Islander (Anna Maria, Fla. : 1992) ( February 4, 2004 )

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Title: Islander (Anna Maria, Fla. : 1992)
Uniform Title: Islander (Anna Maria, Fla. : 1992)
Physical Description: Newspaper
Creator: Islander
Publisher: Bonner Joy
Creation Date: February 4, 2004


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

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Skimming the news ... Anna Maria Island map in this edition, page 20.

Anna Maria



"The Best News on Anna Maria Island Since 1992"

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Knight in shining a

By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
The latest "partner" to step into the embattled Tide-
mark hotel/condominium/marina project in Holmes
Beach could well be the "knight in shining armor"
needed to save the $20 million project from extinction.
Tidemark filed for federal bankruptcy protection
on Jan. 21, and Tidemark's Nick Easterling said EFO
Holdings of Dallas and its mortgage subsidiary, Cy-
press Lending Group of Vero Beach, have agreed to
fund $3.9 million to get the project out of bankruptcy
and into construction.
"We're not really the knight in shining armor," said
Bob Grammen of Cypress Lending, "but we do step in
to assist 'debtor-in-possession' companies in bank-
ruptcy when we see a viable project that needs some fi-
nancial assistance. If that's a 'knight,' then I guess we
EFO Holdings found the Tidemark project worth-
while, he said, and that's when Cypress made its offer.
Grammen explained that Cypress is only the lend-
ing arm of EFO Holdings. Once Tidemark is out of
bankruptcy court, or the bankruptcy judge agrees to the
proposed financing, EFO Holdings takes over and ar-
ranges development of the project.
A study of the project by EFO and an on-site in-
spection found a demand and need for condominium/
hotel units with an accompanying marina on Anna
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"We think it's a good project, and I understand
several major developers are interested," if the bank-
ruptcy court approves the financing, Grammen said.
Recent Cypress/EFO funding efforts in Florida
alone include the Key West Brewery in Key West,
which was recently sold; Boddens Industrial Park in
Tampa; a $6 million loan to the Twin Eagles Golf and
Country Club in Naples; a $1.1 million loan to
Princeton Hospital in Orlando, and a $3.7 million pur-
chase option on debtor-in-possession property in
"We often make loans of more than $10 million,"
noted Grammen, "but the normal range is between
$500,000 and $10 million."
The Tidemark project was surrounded in contro-
versy when it was approved by the Holmes Beach City
Commission in August 2001.
Two duplex lots adjacent to the Marina Bay restau-
rant property were rezoned to commercial, and the
project was called a marina. Under the Holmes Beach
land development code, "lodging" is allowed at a ma-
After city approval of the project, Easterling re-
ceived a Florida Department of Environmental Protec-
tion permit to dredge the channel at the property and
move a seawall to create more marina dock space.
The demolition of the restaurant in August 2002

Volume 12, No. 13 Feb. 4, 2004 FREE

Bell options

old Sigma

Cortez property

By Jim Hanson
Islander Correspondent
Saying he's too busy to fight through the kind of
opposition he has encountered in Cortez, Piero Rivolta
has given Karen Bell a 60-day option to buy the former
Sigma property.
Bell's proposal has aroused a storm of controversy
in Cortez, with some Cortezians approving, some in-
different, some vociferously opposed because they
have a deal of their own in mind.
Neither Bell nor Rivolta discussed price on the
option, although last year Rivolta said he had put $1.5
million into the property, including the $750,000 he
paid for it.
Bell said she and another person, whom she did not
identify, have some money and are looking for another
investor to help out.
"We could keep going for awhile," she said. "But
the mortgage payments would be too high for us to
carry on indefinitely."
Rivolta bought the three-acre property in 1999
from the Taiwanese businessman who ran the fish
house until he ran into trouble with the U.S. govern-
ment. Rivolta renamed it Cortez Cover Marina,
dredged the boat basin, refurbished the boat slips and
the main building, which he used as a woodworking
shop to finish out 38-foot boats he was building at Port
Manatee. He wanted to develop a marina and build
some housing, and that's when he ran into a wave of
outrage among his Cortez neighbors.
Bell said she wanted to make the property a moor-
age for all kinds of watercraft and specifically com-
mercial fishing boats. That would be in keeping with
her Bell family heritage the A.P. Bell Fish Co.
nearby has been a family enterprise for decades. She
owns Star Fish Company and Seafood Market and
Restaurant next door to Bell Fish.
She would allow fishermen to work on their boats
there, installing a marine railway to haul the boats.
Indeed, she started thinking of buying the property
last fall when a Bell boat broke down and had to be
hauled in a commercial boatyard in Tarpon Springs at
a "shocking" cost of $8,500.
Cortez native Mary Fulford Green led the charge
against Bell's proposal, saying there never has been a
permit for a marina at Rivola's property. Besides, she

Ex-S.'ima fish house soon to be ex-Corte.r Cove
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Brasota objects to plan
Brasota Mortgage Co. has filed an objection with Woman's club luncheon,
the federal bankruptcy judge over the refinancing plan
proposed by Cypress Lending to the Tidemark project. craft show today
Bob Grammen of Cypress Lending said Nick The Woman's Club of Anna Maria Island is
Easterling was to meet with Brasota representatives having its international luncheon and craft dis-
Feb. 2 to "discuss those issues."
Feb. 2 to "discuss those issues." play at noon Wednesday, Feb. 4, at the Anna
The judge has ordered an independent evaluation Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia
of the Tidemark property and the company's assets and Ave., Anna Maria.
will hold a hearing Feb. 17 for the Brasota objection Hostesses are Delia Ayala, Nancy Dunne;
and a discussion of the appraisal report, he said. Gerry Parker and Jan Dawson, with Edythe
"We think Brasota will want this project to go for- Richardson as head hostess.
ward with our funding plan after their questions are re- Information may be obtained by calling 778-
solved," said Grammen. "We are still committed to the 6083.
project and our plan, but it will be up to the judge to

Sales tax hike would fund many Island projects

By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Island municipalities would get an unexpected
annual windfall of funds for a variety of projects if the
proposed countywide half-cent tax increase passes on
March 9.
"For Anna Maria, we could expect to receive about
$97,000 annually from the increase," Anna Maria
Mayor SueLynn said, according to figures supplied by
Manatee County Commissioner Jane Von Hahmann.
Bradenton Beach would get an estimated $81,000
each year for the 10 years the tax would be in effect,
while Holmes Beach could expect around $209,000

The tax money would not have to be used strictly
for infrastructure as a previous sales tax increase re-
quired, the mayor said.
"The list of uses has been expanded to include
stormwater runoff projects, new buildings, creating
parks or buying lands for recreation, and other areas.
That gives us a lot of options," SueLynn added.
Von Hahmann told the mayors that studies have
shown that 25 percent of the tax increase would be paid
by visitors to the Manatee area.
"So, it's not all coming just from local taxpayers,"
the mayor observed.

Suicide victim found off Anna Maria

The body of a man who may have jumped from the
Sunshine Skyway Bridge the previous day was discov-
ered floating in the water about 100 yards offshore last
Thursday afternoon, Jan. 29, in Anna Maria.
Sgt. John Kenney of the Manatee County Sheriff's
Office substation in Anna Maria said deputies re-
sponded to a call around 1:50 p.m. Thursday in the 500
block of South Bay Boulevard.
A worker at that location had seen something sus-
picious in the water and called the MCSO. Deputies
pulled the body to shore.

A press release from MCSO spokesperson Dave
Bristow said the body was believed to be that of a man
who jumped from the Sunshine Skyway Bridge Jan. 28.
The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office is investigat-
ing the incident, Bristow said. The name of the victim
was not released.
Bristow noted, however, that the body was not that
of Chris Parker, 37, of St. Petersburg, who has been
missing in Tampa Bay since Jan. 25 when his high-
speed boat flipped over in choppy waters. Parker was
a co-founder of the Bonefish Grill restaurant chain.

Tide could be coming in
The planned Tidemark hotel/condominium/marina
on the site of the former Pete Reynard's/Marina
Bay restaurant in Holmes Beach could soon be
under construction, if a proposed bankruptcy
reorganization and financing plan is approved by
the federal bankruptcy court in Tampa. Islander
Photo: Bonner Joy

Tidemark savior coming?

was expected to be followed by the start of construc-
tion, but Easterling encountered a number of financing
A number of construction start dates came and
went without any activity at the site and, in July 2003,
Regions Bank of Florida filed a foreclosure notice on
its first mortgage of $1.45 million.
The bank was awarded foreclosure in December
2003 and had planned to sell its mortgage on the Mana-
tee County courthouse steps on Feb. 12.
But Regions Bank attorney Scott Cichon said the
bankruptcy petition automatically puts a stop order on
the sale.
Easterling has said his goal is to pay off all the
creditors and investors and get the project built as


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1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 7, at Ooh La La! Bistro,
5406 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
Celebrate with us the release of Tim Dorsey's
newest Florida mystery novel, "Cadillac Beach."
Author's talk and luncheon, including
a first-edition copy of the book and personal
signing session. Confirmed reservations required.
Cost: $50.
Reserve with The Islander at 778-7978.

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Expect more delays Thursday as drainage work will turn Gulf Drive into a one-lane road near the Anna
Maria Elementary School. Similar work was done Jan. 28-29. Islander Photo: Paul Roat

Torres offers settlement option

in Holmes Beach lawsuit

By Diana Bogan
Islander Reporter
A settlement in an ongoing legal dispute be-
tween the Torres family and the City of Holmes
Beach may soon be on the table.
Holmes Beach and Noah's Ark Enterprises
Inc. were served with a lawsuit filed on behalf of
Carmen, Fernando and Gladys Torres of Holmes
Beach in August 2001.
The Torres family owns property on 38th
Street next to the Anna Maria Island Beach Resort,
formerly the Aquarius Motel, which was owned
and operated by John Pace of Noah's Ark Enter-
prises Inc.
The Anna Maria Island Beach Resort was re-
cently sold to Milt and Brenda Boyd-May and has
prompted Torres to negotiate a settlement.
At the heart of the lawsuit is Torres' complaint
that the beautification project on Second Avenue
granted to Pace by the city restricts access to his
home. Both Torres and the motel abut Second
Avenue, an unpaved city right of way. Second
Avenue runs north to south along the beachfront,
south of the Manatee Public Beach.
The lawsuit argues that the landscaping done
by Pace impairs access to the Torres home and di-
minishes the value of the property.
In a letter to City Attorney Jim Dye, Torres'
attorney John Thomas stated that "the sale of the

Cortez Cove option acquired
and others want it for the Watercraft Center being de-
veloped as part of the Florida Gulf Coast Marine Mu-
seum at the old schoolhouse building just up the road.
Among those others is Roger Allen, coordinator of
the museum development and originator of a
boatbuilding program in the historic fishing village.
He too would make a fishermen's haven of the
property, with a foundry and marine railway and ma-
chine shop, plus facilities to teach traditional
boatbuilding skills that are rapidly vanishing. Half of
the docks would be reserved for fishing boats.
He said he has talked with possible donors and
believes they could swing a deal financially. His cen-
ter would be self-supporting, any income above ex-
penses going into the nonprofit center.
Bell said, though, "A working waterfront is the
best thing for Cortez."
Who knew what when is a scalding question.
Green and Allen say Bell had long known of their
hopes for the property and they feel bitterly disappointed.
Bell said that was not so, that she has been talking with
Rivolta for many weeks ironing out details.
The Florida Institute for Saltwater Heritage wanted
the property earlier, Green said.
Bell said that as treasurer of FISH she'd cer-
tainly have known about that, and she'd never heard

Anna Maria Island Beach Resort to new owners
removes the underlying antagonism between the
neighboring parties, thereby removing one ob-
stacle to final resolution of the issues."
The Torres family has offered several terms in
an attempt to reach a mutually acceptable resolu-
tion with the city.
Torres has offered to co-fund with the city the
improvement of the disputed portion of Second
Avenue by covering a two-lane width of right of
way with shell or similar material. The improve-
ments would include a 10-mph speed-limit sign, a
no-parking sign and some markers indicating a
crosswalk for resort visitors.
The city is also being asked to move the posts
placed in the right of way and the resort is being
asked to post a sign warning visitors not to move
furniture or place objects in the road.
The Torres' would not oppose any reasonable
use of public property to the west of the Second
Avenue right of way or the remaining road right of
way not affected by the proposed new two lane
shell road.
Finally, all parties would dismiss the appeals
with each party paying its own fees and costs.
According to Dye, the city commissioners
would need to schedule a shade meeting in order
to discuss any settlement offer and the earliest
available date is Feb. 24.

of that proposal.
"Why not have both there?" asked Thomas "Blue"
Fulford, president of FISH, lifelong fisherman and a
Cortez leader. He indicated that was far from the last
time he would ask that question.
Manatee County Commissioner Jane von Hahmann,
who lives in Cortez and owns commercial property there,
including Surfing World, said she'd like to see something
useful made of the long-idle property, as long as it fit into
the community character and the Village Vision Plan. She
noted, "This pits one part of Cortez against the other," not
an unusual condition there.
Artist Linda Molto, Cortez activist, said she'd "like
to see something to help commercial fishing," but
wasn't sure what Bell's plans were. Under its zoning,
she said, "three houses could be built on that property,
there's nothing to stop it."
Blue Fulford said maybe Bell could work in con-
cert with FISH. Cortez loves to argue, he noted, so the
matter won't be settled instantly. Anyway, "more
power to her."
Said Butch Howey, whose Cortez Trailer Park has
been in the family since 1959, "I have no problem with
that (Bell's plans). Some people in Cortez don't want
any changes, but things do change."
James "Wyre" Lee, a younger-generation Cortezian
and fisherman, said of Bell's proposal "Why not?"
Others in Cortez, however, were noncommittal, not
interested or not wanting to get involved because, as
Molto put it, "it's liable to be nasty."


Expect road closure,

traffic delays Thursday
Hoping to avoid the traffic gridlock created by the
closure of Gulf Drive near the elementary school for
two days, Jan. 28 and 29, the Holmes Beach Police
Department says the city has negotiated a better sched-
ule for the continuing stormdrain work.
The work was made possible by a grant and in-
cludes stormdrain improvements for the area known as
the Haverkos Basin.
The city asked the contractor to work at night af-
ter last week's gridlock, according to Lt. Dale
Stephenson of the HBPD, but that wasn't in their con-
They will, however, work on half of Gulf Drive,
limiting traffic to one lane at 52nd Street on Thursday,
Feb. 5, closing one side of the road at a time and work-
ing eight to nine hours, starting at 8:30-8:45 a.m. in
order to limit the traffic problems to one day.
They plan to start after the morning elementary
school student drop off, but Stephenson asked that driv-
ers remain patient in the afternoon during the traffic
rush that will result from parents picking up their stu-
Stephenson said northbound traffic on Gulf Drive
will flow freely, while southboud traffic will be di-
verted on 52nd Street to Second Avenue and back onto
Gulf Drive on 50th Street.
"If people will just stay.in the line," Stephenson
said, "it backs up when people go on side trips and
when they do that they slow the flow." He suggests
people stay in the line of traffic and not try to get a few
cars ahead by trying shortcuts or going around the
block and clogging traffic on other streets.

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Anna Maria City
Feb. 5, 7 p.m., parking work session.
Feb. 9, 7 p.m., code enforcement board meeting.
Feb. 11, 6:45 p.m., Environmental Education and En-
hancement Committee meeting.
Feb. 12, 7 p.m., city commission work session.
Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive,

Bradenton Beach
Feb. 5, 7 p.m., city commission meeting. Agenda: Pub-
lic comment, cost of copying legal files discussion,
revisitation of motion regarding Island Inc., clarifica-
tion of city's requirements regarding lawsuit Stott vs.
city and Greg Watkins, discussion regarding drug-free
workplace ordinance, phone cable discussion, bike
lanes discussion and reimbursement from Florida De-
partment of Transportation, electric car discussion, fi-
nal approval of ad hoc committee on comprehensive
plan members, discussion on animals creating nui-
sances, landscaping discussion, attorney invoice dis-
cussion, five-year capital improvement project list dis-
cussion, comp plan budget amendment, 23rd Street
storm drain discussion, Sunshine Law class discussion,
Manatee County Library Board of Trustees appoint-
ment, consent agenda and liaison reports.
Feb. 10, 2 p.m., scenic highway committee meeting.
Feb. 10, 3:30 p.m., joint meeting with scenic highway
committee and city commission.
Feb. 11, 6:30 p.m., city commission-ad hoc compre-
hensive plan committee meeting.
Feb. 12, 3:30 p.m., city commission meeting with city
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.,

Holmes Beach
Feb. 4, 5 p.m., parks and beautification committee
Feb. 5, 10 a.m., safety program rehearsal.
Feb. 6, 3:30 p.m., turtle protection ordinance meeting.
Feb. 9, 6:30 p.m., safety program meeting.
Feb. 10, 7 p.m., city commission meeting with work
session to immediately follow.
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive,

Of Interest
Feb. 7, 10:30 a.m., Holmes Beach Civic Association
election of officers and update, Island Branch Library,
5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.


More Anna Maria parking plans at Feb. 5 meeting

By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
The initial euphoria that greeted Anna Maria City
Commissioner Duke Miller's proposed parking plan
(The Islander, Jan. 21) appears to be wearing off, at
least among fellow commissioners.
Miller's proposal, the latest in a seemingly endless
plethora of proposed parking solutions the past 80-plus
years for this residential community, would essentially
allow individual owners to provide parking on the right
of way in front of their property, if they so choose.
The proposal would replace a designated parking
plan for 171 spaces along streets within the Beach
Access Zone that the commission has been studying the
past nine months.
But the commission may now have to deal with
other proposals from commissioners at its Feb. 5 park-
ing workshop session.

Commission Chairperson John Quam will present
his "Plan X" to have 102 parking spaces within the
Beach Access Zone.
Parking would be based on location, not on desig-
nated parking spaces. "In most cases, there is only one
parking location per street," he said.
All other areas of the rights of way except for the
approved parking location would be "no parking." If a
property owner does not have a driveway, he or she
would apply for a permit through the code enforcement
board to park in the right of way, said Quam.
Plan X, he said, allows for "limited parking near
the beach for residents, non-resident property owners
and the general public." He also said it was "fair and
even-handed" by diffusing limited parking throughout
the BAZ.
Not to be outdone, Commissioner Dale Woodland
said he could support the Miller plan only if two other

parking plan options he presented last December fail.
The first option he favors is to remove all No Park-
ing signs except those needed for safety and have dili-
gent law enforcement.
If that proposal doesn't work, Woodland would
like to implement alternate street parking.
Should neither of those options prove viable, then,
said Woodland, he could support the Miller plan. He
emphasized, however, that support is only after the first
two options have failed.
In other words, his support of the Miller plan is
only as a 'court of last resort.'
"I don't believe we have a serious parking problem,
certainly not one that can't be controlled," Woodland con-
cluded, but with the continuing controversy surrounding
any proposed parking solution in Anna Maria, he added
in a classic understatement that, "It will take courage for
this commission to resolve the parking debate."

Islanders invited to rally for FCAT reform

By Diana Bogan
Islander Reporter
Members of the Manatee County Really Angry
Teachers Parents and Activists Coalition for Kids is co-
sponsoring a statewide "Truth in Testing" conference
and rally Feb. 14.
The conference will launch a legislative campaign
for parental access to their child's graded Florida Com-
prehensive Assessment Test. The conference will fea-
ture sessions led by local activists, provide a national
perspective on test reform and include an outdoor rally.
Islander Suki Janisch, RATPACK co-founder, said
the goal of the rally is to show parents how they can
become involved in helping introduce a bill to the leg-
islature for high-stakes testing reform.
RATPACK is a non-partisan grassroots movement
organized by Janisch and another Islander, Joyce Karp,
opposing the use of high-stakes testing for student re-
tention, graduation and school grading.
Janisch explained that the organization is not try-
ing to stop the use of the FCAT, rather it's interested
in modifying the way it is used.
She said the group would like to see the FCAT
administered at the beginning and end of the school
year as a tool to help teachers gauge student progress.
The group is also interested in seeing a standard nation-
wide test developed.
"We don't think the legislature's hard work is for
naught," Janisch said, "but high-stakes testing is not
meeting the best interest of our kids. We aren't trying
to change minds, but open minds to see how an alter-
native approach can become a win-win situation. It's
not a problem with the test, it's how the test is being
Since its inception in August 2003, RATPACK
members, including parents, teachers and school ad-
ministrators throughout Manatee County, have met
monthly at the downtown Bradenton Central Library to
work toward its goals.
During the first school semester, RATPACK sur-
veyed teachers for anonymous feedback relating their
professional experience of the effects of high-stakes
testing on the classroom environment.
At each monthly meeting, RATPACK members
take on a simple assignment to help get its "no more
high-stakes testing" message to state legislators, such
as e-mailing state representatives, writing letters to

FCAT delivery
Suki Janisch of the Manatee County Really Angry Teachers Parents and Activists Coalition for Kids delivered
a package full of stuffed animals to Florida Rep. Donna Clarke in December. Members of the RATPACK
delivered stuffed animals to state legislators, including Rep. Bill Galvano, Sen. Mike Bennett and Sen. Lesley
Miller as a reminder that a number of kids are being hurt by high-stakes testing. Islander Photo: Courtesy
Suki Janisch

newspapers and gathering petitions.
Janisch said in the coming months, the group is
going to focus on drafting a legislative bill for FCAT
reform and to help parents gain access to graded FCAT
tests. .
RATPACK meets the first Wednesday of every
month at the Central Library, 1301 Barcarrota Blvd.
W., Bradenton, with the exception of its next meeting.
The group will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 4, in
the media center at Rowlett Elementary School, 3500

Ninth Street E., Bradenton.
The "Truth in Testing" statewide rally will be held
from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 14, at the Or-
lando Public Library, 101 E. Central Blvd., Orlando.
RATPACK is co-sponsoring the event with simi-
lar organizations throughout Florida, including Florida
Acorn, FCAT Changes of Indian River and Florida
Coalition for Assessment Reform.
For more information about RATPACK, visit the
Web site at www.ratpackmanatee.org.

More delays to Anna Maria City Hall renovations

By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Plans to begin the long-awaited $150,000
Anna Maria city hall renovation project by March
1 could be delayed further because the building
needs an asbestos inspection before contractor
Southern Cross Inc. can start any remodeling.
Mayor SueLynn said that's what Southern
Cross representatives told her when she had a pre-
approval meeting with them Jan. 28.
Southern Cross has been approved by the city
commission for the project, which they have esti-

mated at just over $150,000, but no final contracts have
yet been signed.
The asbestos survey can only be done by a licensed
state inspector. The inspection is a requirement of the
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on older build-
ings such as city hall, according to Southern Cross, she
"I'm hopeful to get an estimate for the inspection
and bring that to the Feb. 26 commission meeting," the
mayor said. She also needs final approval from the
commission to sign the contract with Southern Cross.
"Southern Cross is willing to work with us and stay

within the budget, but they don't know how much
the inspection will cost. Once I get the estimate,
I'm going to the commission as soon as possible."
She did not rule out requesting a special com-
mission meeting on the asbestos inspection, just to
get the project started faster.
The mayor had hoped Southern Cross could
begin construction around March 1 and finish
within six months.
The city needs to rent a double-wide trailer to
use as a temporary city hall during the renovation


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Sandbar restaurant denied again by planners

By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Sandbar restaurant owner Ed Chiles seems to be
caught in the middle.
On the one hand, he's being sued to comply with
the Americans with Disabilities Act to provide suitable
and adequate handicap-accessible parking at the Sand-
bar restaurant on Spring Avenue in Anna Maria.
On the other hand, he needs the city to vacate an
alleyway alongside the restaurant so he can expand the
rest rooms and create the parking spaces that meet
ADA requirements.
Anna Maria's planning and zoning board denied
Chiles' vacation request by a 3-1 vote at its Jan. 26
meeting, but members said they were sympathetic to
his ADA plight.
Jeff Hostetler of Banks Engineering, who repre-
sented WELD Inc. the corporate owner of the prop-
erty presented an option to swap the city the re-
quested alleyway for another on the property.
He said the ADA requires parking spaces with a
hard surface next to the restaurant with a paved walk-
way to an entrance ramp.
But the alleyway the Sandbar needs is adjacent to
the Gulf of Mexico while the other is 41 feet east, and
some board members thought it wasn't an even swap.
Board member Bob Barlow, however, said he felt
the vacation request met all the criteria, and the city has
to be sympathetic to business owners providing suit-
able handicap access.
P&Z chairperson Ellen Trudelle suggested closing
the alleyway in question as an alternative, but Hostetler
said there would be a setback issue, because the restau-
rant also has to provide an ADA-compliant bathroom,
and that would extend into the alleyway.
He said he would have to discuss the alley closure
idea with Chiles.
City Attorney Jim Dye said that while closure "has
been done before," it would not resolve the setback
Hostetler noted that the city had given the Sandbar
building permits as far back as 1994 under the assump-
tion the alleyway had been previously vacated.
Chiles said he has to move a portion of the restaurant
building 8 feet into the alleyway to build a restroom facil-
ity for both men and women, but board members believed
a unisex bathroom could be built in the restaurant build-
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Trudelle said she could agree to close the alleyway
to provide ADA parking, but not to an extension of the
rest room into the alley.
"I think that's a reasonable compromise," she said.
New board member Frank Pytel agreed with
Trudelle's compromise, as long as nothing is put in the
right of way.
Although he voted to deny the vacation request, he
observed that "some ADA accommodation has to be
made eventually."
The board voted 3-1 to recommend denial of the
vacation request to the city commission, with Barlow
casting the dissenting vote.
Hostetler said he will likely appeal to the commis-

Wolfe pays up
Former Anna Maria City Commissioner Doug
Wolfe has paid back the $400 the city claims was
overpaid to him during his 1999-2001 term of of-
Mayor SueLynn informed city commissioners
last week that Wolfe had sent the city a check for
the requested reimbursement.
That leaves only former Mayor Gary
Deffenbaugh with a balance due the city for over-
Deffenbaugh has paid $620 of the $800 the
city's auditors claim he owes, and has said previ-
ously he doesn't believe he's liable for the remain-
Commissioners voted 4-1 at their Jan. 22
meeting to have Mayor SueLynn turn over the
past-due accounts of Wolfe and Deffenbaugh to a
collection agency.
An effort at that meeting by Commissioner
Linda Cramer to have the city also investigate
whether or not former Mayor Chuck Shumard
owes the city $2,500 failed to generate any inter-
est among the other commissioners.
Resident Shirley O'Day said that when
Shumard spent the $2,500 for personal legal fees,
the commission at the time investigated the inci-
dent and agreed it was likely improper, but de-
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A request by Island Marine LLC and Island Deli
LLC for variances to the minimum lot width in the re-
tail-office-residential zone for the five lots they own
from 410 Pine Ave. to 418 Pine Ave. ended with a 2-2
vote, effectively continuing the request to the Feb. 23
P&Z meeting.
The lots are "lots of record," said attorney Barbara
Levin representing the owners, but need a variance
under the current code because they don't meet the
7,500 square-foot requirement.
Levin said the property had been a marina since
around 1950, and the lots were platted in 1913.
She said the variance request meets all the city cri-
teria for a variance, and "residential construction" is
consistent with the ROR district. Nearby neighbors are
not opposed to the project, Levin added.
The board, however, was concerned because the
code states a single-family home can be built in the R-
1 zone, but it doesn't address the ROR zone.
Dye said that in his opinion the code doesn't pro-
hibit construction of a single-family home on a sub-
standard lot in the ROR zone.
Barlow wondered if something this large doesn't
fall under the current building moratorium and Pytel
asked Levin about combining the lots to build four
units. Levin noted, however, that no two adjoining lots
are under the same ownership. Island Marine LLC
owns three non-adjoining lots while Island Deli owns
the other two.
Jeff Van Hoose of both Island Marine and Island
Deli said each house will have two stories of livable
space over parking, with 2,200 square feet under air.
"These are very similar to what (developer) Reed
Mapes has built in Holmes Beach. These are very high-
end houses."
He said if the lot-width variance is granted, all
other setback requirements could be met.
Board member Margaret Jenkins said her major
concern was the proposal doesn't seem to fit with the
city's comprehensive plan.
Pytel and Jenkins voted to deny the variance while
Barlow and Trudelle were against the motion.
The 2-2 vote, with three board members absent,
makes the matter still pending before the board, Dye
said, and further action was continued to the Feb. 23
P&Z meeting.


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Cortez cat fight
Three strong women, with all their friends and
backers lining up behind them, are head-on into a cat
fight over a chunk of property in Cortez.
And what could be more appropriate than a cat
fight over some old fish house, rows of boat docks and
a sizable chunk of land occupied by more feral cats
than you could shake a stick at?
And if you thought folks in the three cities on Anna
Maria Island were resistant to change, you ain't seen
nothing yet.
The squabble is over what is now the Rivolta prop-
erty, what was once the Sigma Fish House, and long
before was a residence and huge garage filled with
Dean Arnold's antique cars in various stages of repair
and disrepair.
It isn't without controversy as in the late 1970s,
early 80s, a huge mullet run resulted in 10-foot-high
piles of fish carcasses on the site, while the prized roe
was packed in freezer trailers for shipment to the Ori-
ent. The result was a disgusting stench and disgust for
the wasteful discard.
And it's about what Cortez "should be."
Both factions have a vision, and while they may
appear similar, they are no more so than the proponents
Group A, we'll call them, is looking to utilize the
three-acre Rivolta property for a working boatyard.
Docks, ways, repairs and plenty of space to put fishing
boats ashore to do bottom work and the like. Old
Group B wants to utilize the property in conjunc-
tion with the developing schoolhouse, the Gulf Coast
Marine Museum, as a "Watercraft Center" with a
foundry, machine shop, ways and facilities to teach tra-
ditional boat-building skills. B's plan would allow
commercial fishing boats at half the docks.
Group A for profit. Group B nonprofit.
Both would benefit the commercial fishers remain-
ing in Cortez with jobs and space to do valuable work.
"Why not have both there?" asked our hero Tho-
mas "Blue" Fulford, president of FISH, lifelong fish-
erman and a Cortez leader.
Both groups represent hope for the future of the
"little fishing village that could" in spite of being nearly
regulated out of the commercial fishing business.
And either way, it's far more palatable than a
Gucci motel-restaurant-marina.

The Islander
FEB. 4, 2004 Vol. 12, No. 13
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Thank you
I would like to thank the community for the over-
whelming kindness I received during my recent hospi-
talization and recovery.
I received cards, calls and dinners every night for a
period of two weeks. As most of you know, my culinary
skills are lacking and my husband was very appreciative.
I am humbled at your thoughtfulness.
Carol Whitmore, Holmes Beach mayor

It's the intersection,
not the bridge
You are right, here we go again with more bridge-
traffic studies on the Cortez Bridge (The Islander, Jan.
28). I have been a bridge tender on the Cortez Bridge
for eight years and every year at this time the same
story surfaces.
In the eight years I have been on the bridge, never
once have I had a day that the bridge was opened at each
20-minute interval, and neither has anyone else. For in-
stance, today I divided the number of bridge openings for
the month of January by the total scheduled hours, and the
figure is less than one opening per hour.
This indicates that a change in the schedule would
do absolutely nothing. If a study is needed, the easy
way would be to pick a weekend or holiday and lock
the bridge down for the day. I guarantee the traffic will
still be backed up.
On weekends this time of year I have seen numer-
ous occasions when the bridge had not been opened for
more than an hour and traffic would be backed up as
far as you could see, with motorists glaring in at me as
they inched by as if it was my fault.
I have said this before along with many others, the
problem is insufficient roadway not bridge openings.
I wonder why this subject never comes up in the sum-
mer months? I have many more bridge openings then
and no traffic backups, so figure that out.
If anyone wants to dispute this, I have the numbers

to prove it without an expensive, useless study.
Ted Von Tress, Cortez Bridge tender

Fine treatment
My husband and I have vacationed on Anna Maria
Island for eight years and love it. Until this trip every-
thing went along smoothly.
Unfortunately while vacationing in November and
December I ran into medical problems. Not knowing
any physicians in the area, someone advised me to seek
help at Pinnacle Medical Center, which I did.
I received excellent treatment for a week and when it
was decided by them and myself that is was necessary to
see a surgeon, they arranged for an appointment with Dr.
Vincent Milazzo for the very next day. Dr. Milazzo and
his staff were very professional and efficient.
The procedure they did required me to see an in-
fectious disease doctor. Again, arrangement was made
for the next day. Dr. Eliot Godofsky and his staff at the
infectious disease facility in Bradenton treated me for
the next 30 days. Again, I cannot emphasize the won-
derful treatment I received.
When it became necessary for me to have care in
my home I received it from Housecall Home
Healthcare. Again I received professional and efficient
care. Thanks, Els and Bob.
My husband and I were at a loss with all of this
happening, but having such wonderful care helped
greatly. Since we had to vacate our rental condo three
weeks before my treatment was to end we had to find
additional living arrangements. Thanks to Pat S., who
provided us with a place to stay, I was able to finish my
treatment and return home to Michigan.
I feel the medical treatment I received in Florida was
the tops, which made a very stressful time much easier.
We are returning to Anna Maria Island again this
year. Hopefully I won't need any medical treatment,
but if I do I will feel confident that the treatment I re-
ceive will be the best.
Sally Rigo, Northville, Mich.


BIEO officials concerned about Arvida impact

By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Any Arivida development on Perico Island will
have a serious impact on Anna Maria Island and
Longboat Key, members of the Barrier Island Elected
Officials agreed at their January meeting.
While any construction of the proposed 898-unit
condominium complex appears a long way off, Anna
Maria Mayor SueLynn said the time to consider its
impact is now.
"Just as many of those people will turn right onto
the Island as will turn left to the mainland," she told the
Although Manatee County has decided not to
adopt an impact fee that would affect municipalities,
the City of Bradenton does have an impact fee, but that
fee does not specifically address transportation, said
Manatee County Commissioner Jane von Hahmann.
"If you want Bradenton to assess issues along State
Road 64 (Manatee Avenue) you need to advise them of
your concerns," von Hahmann told the BIEO. "In my
mind, transportation is going to be your major impact
from Arvida."
In other words, explained SueLynn, if Arvida gets

built, the Island should get some impact fee from the
city or the developer.
"Well, it's too early to holler," said Holmes Beach
City Commissioner Don Maloney, "but if they do get
approval, we should do something with Bradenton.
Arvida will have a serious impact on Holmes Beach."
SueLynn agreed to hold off on any BIEO letter to
Bradenton asking for a transportation impact fee, but
at the first sign of approval for the project, "we should
send them a letter asking to be considered in any im-
pact fee."
Members also agreed with von Hahmann that the
BIEO should send comments to the Florida Depart-
ment of Community Affairs regarding Bradenton's
efforts to amend its comprehensive plan to increase the
allowable building density on coastal areas, particularly
on Perico Island.
Manatee County is opposed to the amendment and
would "welcome support from other jurisdictions," von
Hahmann observed.
Bradenton annexed Perico Island in April 2000,
just a few weeks before the Arvida Corporation submit-
ted plans to the city for an 898-unit complex of high-
rise condominiums. The city gave approval to the

Author Dorsey coming to Island

Like lunch and an up close and personal visit with
a Florida mystery writer? You got it!
Author Tim Dorsey will sign copies of his Feb. 3
release title "Cadillac Beach." and chat with fans and
friends at a "reservations only" luncheon as the guest
of The Islander, Circle Books and Ooh La La! Bistro.
The book continues the adventures of his character
Serge Storms, this time attempting to unravel the myste-
rious 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 Tribune.
"Vulgar, violent and gaudier than sunsets on the Keys,

Dorsey's roadshow is some fun."- New York Times.
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.
Dorsey will join his 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 lun-
cheon, 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.

project, prompting an outcry from environmentalists,
Manatee County and Island cities.
The proposed project has been legally challenged
in court by the environmental group ManaSota-88, in
conjunction with Manatee County, Holmes Beach,
Bradenton Beach and Anna Maria.
The BIEO also agreed to contact the U.S. Coast
Guard in Miami to discuss bridge-raising times, par-
ticularly during the winter season.
On many occasions during the season, said
Longboat Key Town Commissioner Jeremy
Whatmough, a bridge-raising on the Cortez Bridge
backs up traffic onto Longboat Key, then the Longboat
Pass Bridge is raised, creating even further traffic de-
Coast Guard officials in Miami said last year they
would study the bridge opening times along Sarasota
Bay and adjacent waters after the fixed-span Ringling
Bridge connecting Sarasota with Bird Key was in op-
Currently, the Cortez and Anna Maria bridges to
the Island are raised every 20 minutes "on demand" of


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Charter renewal review, team visits begin at IMS

By Diana Bogan
Islander Reporter
A Manatee County School District charter renewal
team will begin its schedule of on-site monitoring vis-
its to the Island Middle School this week.
The initial three-year charter for IMS is up for re-
newal with the Manatee County School District, the
school's charter sponsor.
The on-site monitoring teams visiting the school
are district employees from various departments, in-
cluding the finance department and curriculum depart-
ment. The team will gather information from the school
and write a summary report.
A review panel of 10-12 district department mem-
bers will review the information gathered during the
site visits and make its recommendation for charter
renewal to Assistant Superintendent Lynnette Edwards.
Edwards will present the recommendation to Su-
perintendent Roger Dearing, who will, in turn, make a
presentation to the school board at a regularly sched-
uled meeting.
Manatee County School District Executive Direc-
tor of Educational Programs Fran Padgett said she met
with IMS Director Kelly Parsons and IMS board mem-

ber Noranne Hutcheson earlier in the school year to
provide an overview of the charter renewal process and
the information that the review panel will require.
Padgett said the school board will look for two key
things that IMS is fulfilling its contract and that it
is fulfilling the Florida statutes governing charter
Padgett said that during the on-site monitoring,
panel members will collect information in several cat-
egories, including governance, financial management,
curriculum, special education, risk management and
human resource provisions.
Ultimately, Padgett said, charter schools are re-
quired to show that they are fiscally sound and that stu-
dents are progressing academically in accordance with
Florida's Sunshine State Standards.
For instance, the review panel could consider the
school's annual report, internal audit, Florida Compre-
hensive Assessment Test scores and teacher lesson
plans. Padgett said the review panel would follow the
provisions in the statutes governing charter schools in
formulating its recommendation.
Padgett said she is in constant communication with
the IMS administration as its liaison and the charter re-

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The first model home at the Villa Rosa subdivision on South Bay Boulevard in Anna Maria is under construc-
tion, and developer Steve Noriega said that, when completed, the house has a pending sale contract for $2.5
million. He said he expects a final plat on the 19 lots at the site to be ready for city approval in about 90 days.
When completed and sold, the 19 units in Villa Rosa are expected to add between $80,000 to $100,000 in
annual tax revenue to the city treasury. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin

newal process will allow Parsons to review the sum-
mary report and respond with further information if
needed before a recommendation is made to the school
Padgett said a recommendation should be ready by
the end of the month and the IMS charter renewal
should be presented at a school board meeting in
March. Dearing will make the presentation under new
business and IMS representatives will be allowed to
comment or answer questions.
Once the charter is renewed, IMS will work with
Padgett's office to draft a new contract between IMS
and the school district. At that time, Padgett said, IMS
has the option to revise items agreed to in its current
Last year, four charter schools were up for renewal
and the school board approved five-year charters for
each, Padgett said. IMS is requesting a five-year re-
newal for its charter.
Padgett said Dearing has the authority to make the
final recommendation for the renewal term, and char-
ters can be granted a renewal for a period of three to 15
The challenge charter schools face, Padgett ex-
plained, is that they are each unique in mission and,
having a significantly smaller student population, it's
a harder job to build a foundation and remain account-
able for FCAT scores and Florida statutes.
As the sponsor, the school board is not responsible
for the day-to-day workings of a charter school and
related issues such as staff retention, for example,
would not play a role in the charter renewal decision,
Padgett said.
The only instance those issues would become a
factor is if it impacts student academic progress or the
school's financial stability.
The statute for charter schools outlines the
sponsor's duty to monitor the progress of a charter
school, but not impose its policies on the charter
school. Charter schools are operated by a private or
not-for-profit organization. IMS is operated by the
nonprofit Island Middle School Inc.
Padgett acknowledged that charter schools are a
school of choice and allow parents to look at the needs
of their child and find the school to best fit them. When
charter schools fulfill their mission, Padgett said, they
are innovative and serve the needs of a unique popu-
"IMS has a really unique vision of what it wants
the school to be," Padgett said of the school's strengths.
"IMS has a strong identity with the Island and the
uniqueness of that culture. The school's project-based
learning also makes it unique."


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Boy does right,

gets reward
"Mom, I knew it was the right thing to do," said
Chaz Reddy; "but man, that's a lot of money."
He was talking about his $10 reward, not the $48
he found in a sandwich bag in a store and reunited with
its owner.
Chaz and Mom, Alisa Parks of Holmes Beach,
were shopping when the 7-year-old spotted a transpar-
ent bag containing what looked like a fortune.
He promptly took it to the nearest cashier, who got
it to its owner, who was still in the store with his fam-
ily. He was a boy about 10 who was carrying all the
money he got in cash gifts for Christmas. He was in a
When Chaz short for Charles, said Mom, but
"he's no Charles, he's a natural Chaz" got the
money back to its proprietor, the family gave him a $10
Chaz went to kindergarten at Anna Maria Elemen-
tary School, but Stewart Elementary on the mainland
is "a better fit" for him in first grade. His sister Lacy
attends Island Middle School. Mom is a counselor at
Manatee Glens Hospital.
Did Chaz put his reward into a savings account or
college fund? "You're kidding," said Mom. "He
couldn't wait to spend it."
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Anna Maria code violator given 50 years to fix problem

By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Recognizing the "exceptional circumstances" sur-
rounding a setback encroachment for the house at 781
Jacaranda, Anna Maria's Code Enforcement Board gave
owner Shirley McNulty 50 years to fix the problem.

By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Nearly six months after Anna Maria's plan-
ning and zoning board first began work on an
application process for major projects in the city,
the final draft is just about ready for city commis-
sion review.
The P&Z board met with City Attorney Jim
Dye and Joel Freedman, the planner who has de-
veloped the application procedures in conjunction
with the board.
Board members agreed that major develop-
ments in the city, such as a subdivision, combin-
ing two or more lots for a project, or major com-
mercial construction, require an application. Mi-
nor projects such as a single-family home or reno-
vations do not.
Dye questioned the board on what its goal
was in developing the application process.
"Basically, we want to be able to review ev-
erything we can get our hands on," said board
member Charles Canniff. "We want to know
who, what, where, when and why" on major
As part of the process for a major project,
developers must hold community meetings to

Board members clearly indicated they would have
preferred to dismiss the matter entirely, but they are
required to act on a complaint.
This one came from Bill English at 780 Jacaranda,
who complained that McNulty's screened porch and
balcony were built almost to the property line. The set-

explain the development to the community and se-
cure a development agreement from the city com-
mission before proceeding.
Dye was concerned that the P&Z was using a
sledgehammer to swat a fly, and wondered if the
board should first consider "substantive changes"
to the current building code before implementing
the development application procedures.
Canniff thought otherwise, noting that city resi-
dents he's talked with want the board to establish a
procedure for review and inspection of major projects.
The city currently has a building moratorium
on major developments in place until April 1, 2004,
during which time the city commission and P&Z
board will review building codes and make appro-
priate changes.
The major development application process
was triggered by the June 2002 application by GSR
Development to build the Villa Rosa subdivision on
South Bay Boulevard.
At that time, the city discovered it had no real
procedures for dealing with such major projects.
Board members made some changes to the ap-
plication procedures submitted by Freedman and
will forward a final copy of the document to the city
commission for review and approval.

back requirement in Anna Maria is 10 feet, while
McNulty's porch and balcony range from 3 feet to 9
feet to the property line.
McNulty, a 19-year resident of Anna Maria, didn't
deny there was a violation, but produced evidence to
show the encroachments were already in place when
she bought the property in 2000, and the porch was
added in a renovation project in 1988 by then-owner
Ronald Pettay.
Alas, McNulty was unable to produce a building
permit issued by the city in 1988 for such work, al-
though the footprint of the property on file with the
Manatee County Property Appraiser's Office shows the
porch and balcony.
Such major additions that took place in 1988
would surely have required a building permit,
McNulty said.
Unfortunately, she's been unable to find a copy of
the permit, despite a search through Anna Maria Build-
ing Department records and with the real estate com-
pany from which she purchased the property.
Code Enforcement Officer Gerry Rathvon said her
research has indicated the 10-foot setbacks were in
place in 1988, but at the same time, a county aerial
photograph of the property that year shows the im-
Board members were sympathetic to McNulty's
John Fara observed that there were probably 200
or more homes in Anna Maria with similar encroach-
ments, and he would be opposed to any fine for
Board Chairperson Bill Iseman said he wouldn't be
surprised to see a "flood" of similar complaints.
However, the board can act only upon the basis of
fact and what complaints are brought to the city.
The board agreed and voted to find the building in
violation and gave McNulty 50 years, or until destruc-
tion of the porch, whichever comes first, to fix the
problem. There was no fine imposed and no encum-
brances will be placed on the property, the board said.


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St. Bernard's Ladies Guild is making plans for its
annual Valentine dessert and card party, scheduled for
Feb. 16, two days after Valentine's Day.
The party will be from 1-4 p.m. at St. Bernard
Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach.
Several raffle and door prizes are in hand. Those at-
tending are asked to bring playing cards, score pads or
a board game.
Tickets at $8 per person may be purchased after
each mass or by calling the church office, 778-4769.

Scholarship being offered
by historical society
A $500 scholarship open to any Island high school
senior is being offered by the Anna Maria Island His-
torical Society.
To be eligible, students must have weighted grade-
point averages of 3.0 for a four-year college, 2.5 for a
community college. Deadline is April 2 and the winner
will be selected by May 1.
Scholarship forms are available at the society's
museum at 402 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Completed
applications may be mailed to Scholarship Committee,
Anna Maria Island Historical Society, P.O. Box 4215,
Anna Maria FL 34216.
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Christian comic heads bill
at Gloria Del
Richard Praytor of Los Angeles, 2003 "Christian
comic of the year," will lead the entertainment at Gloria
Dei Lutheran Church's family comedy night Feb. 7.
Show time is 7 p.m., but there will be events lead-
ing up to that "contemporary service of praise" from
5-6 p.m., pizza and soft drinks from 6-7 p.m., and then
the Island Middle School drama class in comical skits
until 7:30.
The comedy show begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets at
$7, or $4 for children, may be bought at the door. Pro-
ceeds go to Praytor and the drama class. Details are
available at 778-1813 and at the church, 6608 Marina
Drive. Holmes Beach.

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of county forum
Cortez will be one of the stars of Manatee County's
first Historic Preservation Forum, scheduled for all day
Feb. 12 and centered at the Manatee Convention &
Visitors Center in Palmetto.
The old schoolhouse in Cortez, built in 1912, will
be focus of a bus tour and lecture on building restora-
tion techniques. The brick building is being restored to
become the Gulf Coast Maritime Museum and commu-
nity center for the historic fishing village.
Manatee County and the state bought the building
for public use after years of disuse following the death
of renowned artist Robert Sailors, who used it as a stu-
dio and home. It is on the east side of Cortez.
Lunch will be at the Crosley Estate and a visit to
the Family Heritage House at Manatee Community
College is on the agenda for the preservation tour.
Registration is under way now for the event
through Kathy McCaslin at 749-3070.
Other areas to be covered in the forum program in-
clude resource coordination through grant writing and
lobbying, and community involvement with volunteer
recruitment and retention stressed.

Tickets available now
for fashion luncheon
Tickets for the annual spring fashion show of the
Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce are avail-
able now at the chamber office, 5313 Gulf Drive,
Holmes Beach.
The $25 ticket covers lunch, fashion show and a
glass of champagne, said the chamber.
The show will be March 26 at the Bradenton Coun-
try Club, 4646 Ninth Ave. W., Bradenton. It will have
a Hollywood theme, "Oscar-Winning Fashions." The
show also will have an "avenue of shops" and a raffle.
Boutiques showing their fashions will include AMI
West, Jennifer's, Mister Roberts, Sun and Surf, White
Egret and the Two Sides of Nature.
Hair and makeup for the models will be provided
by the Amy Dodge Salon, which also will provide a
makeover as a prize to be offered during the luncheon.
Details may be obtained by calling the chamber at

Longboat cast performs
'Mousetrap' on weekend
Three performances will keep Longboat Key's
thespians on stage this weekend, with two evening re-
ceptions also scheduled.
It is a special production by the Longboat Cham-
ber of Commerce at the Sarasota Players Theater. 838
N. Tamiami Trail. Sarasota. Members of the chamber
will fill the roles for the three performances of mouse-
trap." They have been working on them for two
months, the chamber said.
Curtain times are 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 6, and 2
and 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 7. A cocktail reception with
the players will follow both evening performances.
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Tickets are going fast for the 12th annual
Valentine's Day Big Band Benefit Dance Feb. 12,

Greek Glendi Festival
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The 20th annual Greek Glendi Festival this
year will run for four days next week at the St.
Barbara Greek Orthodox Church, 7671 N.
Lockwood Ridge Road, Sarasota.
It will feature bazouki music, folk dancing,
ethnic food, a craft "market place," children's
games, and glimpses of the Olympic Games
which will be in August in Athens. Admission
is $2, parking is free and plentiful.
Opening ceremonies will be at 11 a.m. Thurs-
day, Feb. 12. Hours are 11 a.m-9 p.m. Thursday-
Saturday, noon-8 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 15.
Further information may be obtained at 812-

sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Is-
The dance always sells out early, Kiwanians said,
so "you'd better, get your tickets right away." They are
$10 per person and are "sold preferably by the table"
of 10-12 persons per table.
Proceeds will be donated to the Anna Maria Island
Community Center for children's activities. In the past
10 years more than $26,000 has gone to the Center
from the club.
"Last year," said Bob LoPiccolo, dance committee
chairman, "more than 350 attended and some $3,000
was donated to the Center. Our goal was to give at least
$2,500 and we have exceeded the goal every year."
"Jitterbug to jive to jazz" will be provided by the Bob
Zimmerman orchestra with vocalist Beverly Roberts.
The festivities will begin at 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb.
12, at the Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. For
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Priscilla N. Barstow
Priscilla N. Barstow, 93, of Falmouth, Mass., and
formerly Holmes Beach, died Jan. 20.
Born in Cambridge, Mass., Mrs. Barstow was a
graduate of Lesley College. She taught at the Village,
East Falmouth, Marstons Mills and Centerville schools
for more than 40 years before her retirement in 1973.
She was a volunteer at 'Blake Medical Center,
Bradenton. She was a member of Roser Memorial
Community Church, Anna Maria.
Memorial services were in Falmouth. Memorial
contributions may be made to Special Olympics of
Massachusetts, 450 Maple St., Building 1, Danvers
MA 01929-4009, or to Make A Wish Foundation, 295
Devonshire St., Fourth Floor, Boston MA 02110.
She is survived by-daughters Susan B. Thomas of
Sandwich, Mass., and Jane B. Scalli of East Falmouth,
Mass.; son David N. of Centreville, Va.; 10 grandchil-
dren; and five great-grandchildren.

Francis Herbert Haines
Francis Herbert Haines, 92, of Holmes Beach, died
Feb. 1.
Born in Highland County, Ohio, Mr. Haines
moved to Holmes Beach 17 years ago from Port Wash-
ington, N.Y. He was an art director at RKO Studios and
Paramount Pictures in New York. He started Haines
Advertising in Port Washington in 1957. He was active
in the Port Washington community.
Visitation will be 3-5 p.m. Wednesday. Feb. 4. at
Griffith-Cline Funeral Home, Island Chapel, 6000

Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Memorial services will
be at 10 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 5, at Roser Memorial
Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria City.
Memorial contributions may be made to Friends of the
Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach FL
He is survived by his wife of 55 years Marion and
many nieces and nephews.

Michael James Nicholas
Michael James Nicholas, 76, of Holmes Beach and
Middletown, N.J., died Jan. 29.
Born in Bronx, N.Y., Mr. Nicholas has been a win-
ter visitor from Middletown for 45 years. He was an
agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation from
1951-62, vice president of Eastern Operations for Sea
Land Service Inc. and was selected the chief contract
administration officer for the New York Shipping As-
sociation. He was in the U.S. Marine Corps during
World War II. He attended St. Bernard Catholic
Church, Holmes Beach.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice
of Southwest Florida, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota FL
34238. Shannon Funeral Home, Westview Chapel, is
in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by wife Veronica; daughters
Patricia McGinley of Tinton Falls, N.J., Mary Eliza-
beth LaMura of Shrewsbury, N.J., and Anne Veronica
Galbally of Blue Bell. Pa.; son Michael James Jr. of
Atlanta, Ga.; sister Alice McKeon of New Milford,
N.J.: and eight grandchildren.

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'Soldier's Heart' ncludesteE students
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By Diana Bogan
Islander Reporter
Fourth- and fifth-graders at Anna Maria Elemen-
tary School wrote personal letters to soldiers serving in
Afghanistan and Iraq to include in the care packages
being prepared by members of Harvey Memorial
Ed Callan and Nancy Ambrose said the church
started its "Soldier's Heart" project to collect socks, eye
drops, shampoo, batteries, flashlight bulbs and other
items that are not readily available to American ser-
AME students were asked to write letters to in-
clude in the packages, which will be distributed to sol-
diers who might not already have family and friends
from home supporting their efforts, Ambrose said.
Callan and Ambrose anticipate having the "we
care" packages arrive in the Middle East in time for
Valentine's Day and many of the students at AME
hope to receive a letter in response from some of the
Many of the students wrote about their apprecia-
tion for the efforts by American soldiers to safeguard
our freedom. They sent messages of peace and asked
that our soldiers come home safely.
Below are two of the letters written by AME stu-

Dear Soldier,
I appreciate you fighting for our country or help-
ing our soldiers with medical problems.
I do not want to grow up in a dictatorship or in a
communist country. American soldiers make sure that
we have freedom.
It is a sacrifice of you and your family to fight in
Iraq or Afghanistan.
I live in Florida by the beach. There are sand, shells
and palm trees. What is it like where you are? What do
the children do for fun?
Please write back.
Eric Larsen, AME fifth-grader

Letters from the heart
Ed Callan and Nancy Ambrosefrom Harvey Memorial Church collected heartfelt letters to American soldiers
serving in Afghanistan and Iraq written by fourth- and fifth-graders at Anna Maria Elementary School. AME
students Tommy Price, Eric Larson and Kara Nelson met with Callan and Ambrose to read their letters and
share their thoughts about project Soldier's Heart. Islander Photo: Diana Bogan

Dear American Soldier,
I am Tommy Price. I'm 10 years old and I love
sports. My favorite ones are football, baseball, basket-
ball and soccer.
Thank you for protecting our country. I'm so proud
that you and other people went or volunteered to be in
the Army. Someday I want to be in the Army just like

I hope you will be OK. And, thank you again. I
want to be brave enough to go in the Army too.
You're awesome! Good luck.
Tommy Price, AME fourth-grader

AME welcomes school choice participation

By Diana Bogan
Islander Reporter
The Manatee County School District will be ac-
cepting school choice applications through Feb. 13 and
Anna Maria Elementary School is a unique choice for
As one of the only waterfront schools in the state,
AME is truly an Island school. AME is situated on
Anna Maria Sound at 4700 Gulf Drive and serves as a
focal point of the Island.
Originally constructed in the 1950s, the school will
feature a new campus for its 2004-05 school year and
draws students primarily from the three Island cities.
AME Principal Kathy Hayes said the school has a
dedicated faculty of 21 teachers and 14 support staff
who provide quality instruction and a supportive envi-
ronment for nearly 300 students in kindergarten
through fifth-grade.
"AME students perform well on state assessments,
ranking at the top of the district in reading and math,"
said Hayes. "In addition, students regularly participate
in volunteer service projects, philanthropic ventures,
dramatic arts and community events."
Hayes noted that parents and community members
play an active role in the daily activities at the school.

Serve 'em up
Jack Williamson of
the Roser Memorial
Community Church
Men's Club serves
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with the heaping hot
pancakes to
Leonard Denham
and Molly Parks at
the annual Roser
Men's Club pan-
cake breakfast.
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"Participation in the parent-teacher organization and
school advisory council activities, student-produced
television broadcasts, field trips, adopt-a-grandparent
program and classroom activities arc just a few of the
opportunities for ... -iin il.lii. "' Hayes explained.
Hayes said anyone considering school choice op-
portunities for a child is welcome to visit "our little
school by the bay."
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. Hayes said students who would attend Ballard,
Miller, Moody, Orange Ridge-Bullock, Palma Sola and
Stewart elementary schools comprise AME's new clus-
Parents are invited to schedule a tour of AME by
calling the school administrative office at 708-5525.
School choice applications are available online at
www.manatee.kl2.fl.us, at all district schools, and at
the Manatee County School District parent information
center, at 234 Manatee Ave. E., Bradenton.
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 Cen-
For more information, call 708-4971, ext. 211, or
708-8770, ext. 2012.

Anna Maria Elementary

School menu
Monday, Feb. 9
Breakfast: Scrambled Eggs and Toast, Cereal,
Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich, Fruit
Lunch. Chicken Tenders, Grilled Cheese Sandwich
or Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich, Green Beans,
Tomato Soup, Juice Bar, Fruit
Tuesday, Feb. 10
Breakfast: Yogurt, Grilled Cheese Sandwich, Cereal,
Toast, Fruit
Lunch: Spaghetti with Meat Sauce and Garlic Toast,
Hot Dog on a Bun or Peanut Butter and Jelly Sand-
wich, Tossed Salad, Corn, Fruit
Wednesday, Feb. 11
Breakfast: Egg and Cheese Biscuit, Peanut Butter
and Jelly Sandwich, Toast, Cereal, Fruit
Lunch: Tuna Sandwich, Barbecue Rib on Bun or
Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich, Tossed Salad,
Peas and Carrots, Fruit
Thursday, Feb. 12
Breakfast: Breakfast Pizza, Peanut Butter and Jelly
Sandwich, Cereal, Toast, Fruit
Lunch: Baked Chicken, Sloppy Joe on Bun or Peanut
Butter and Jelly Sandwich, Mashed Potatoes, Tossed
Salad, Fruit
Friday, Feb. 13
Breakfast: Pancakes with Syrup, Cereal, Toast,
Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich, Fruit
Lunch: Pepperoni Pizza, Ham and Cheese Sandwich
with Baked Cheetos or Peanut Butter and Jelly
Sandwich, Steamed Broccoli, Tossed Salad, Fruit,
Valentine's Day Cookie
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Skiff readied for Cortez fishing festival Feb. 21.22

By Jim Hanson
Islander Correspondent
Lovingly crafted by hand by a dozen master build-
ers, a 13-foot Coquina skiff is in the final stages of cre-
ation in Cortez, to be a big raffle prize.
It will go home with someone at the Cortez Com-
mercial Fishing Festival Feb. 21-22. The builders have
been so busy with their work that they haven't gotten
around to setting the price of raffle tickets.
It is the project of a boatbuilding program that is
part of the Florida Gulf Coast Maritime Museum,
which will occupy the brick schoolhouse built in
Cortez in 1912 and is being renovated.
It's all under the direction of Roger Allen, coordi-
nator of the museum program administered by the of-
fice of the clerk of the circuit court.
The skiff is a traditional model used along the Gulf
Coast from Civil War times onward for fishing, crab-
bing, clamming and trading, said Allen. It is of cy-
press, yellow pine and mahogany.
It will be painted and varnished the planking
will get the paint and the thwarts and trim the varnish.
Its builders are all volunteers who have been mas-
ter carpenters, boatbuilders and other craftsmen. Their

Ted Cook, left, Tim Enyart and Dick Scully with the model and the real skiff Islander Photos: Paul Roat

roster changes periodically with the seasons, some
going north for the summer and coming back to work
in the fall. Everything has been hand-done, from saw-
ing the planking and other pieces to the most consci-
entious sanding.
They will build at least two more, one with sails
and one accommodating an outboard motor, to be sold
.to help fund the museum's programs.
Also to be a festival feature will be the sale of kits
of skiff models made by Ted Cook of Carroll, Ohio,
and Casey Key. The pieces are laser-cut, it was ex-
plained, which makes them a precise fit in every case.
The model will be 23 inches long when assembled.
Oars are included. There are several kits on hand, and
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The festival will be from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. noon Sat-
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for church, a spokesperson said.
It will have a broad selection of arts and crafts, all
kinds of food from the traditional Cortez mullet
through strawberry shortcake, also a tradition provided
by women of the Cortez Village Historical Society.
There will be children's games, a climbing rock
wall, a live maritime critter tank, and dozens of activi-
ties for which the festival has become known.
Parking will be along the village's streets or at the
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By Rick Catlin
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Ten-year-old Anna Maria Elementary fifth-grader
Zack Even of Holmes Beach has developed a flying
device based upon an advanced propulsion system that
has even NASA scientists admiring his creation.
Even is the youngest known student to build a func-
tional aircraft based on this advanced system, said Holmes
Beach resident Mark Mason, who is the technology
teacher at the Dreams Are Free Academy in Sarasota.
Mason supervised Even during construction of the craft.
The flying device has no moving parts, no onboard
fuel, and flies without the need of wings or a mechani-
cal engine, said Mason.
NASA scientists last summer began investigating
the system as a way to propel satellites and several
companies are now working on bringing these new
devices into the space market.
Zack built his model spacecraft from simple parts,
said Mason. Propulsion is created due to the interaction

between the spacecraft components and the Earth's at-
mosphere, and other versions of the design can work in
the vacuum of space, he said.
"In space, the effect creates thrust by pushing
against the fabric of space itself, and as a result, re-
quires no propellant to function," Mason noted. "That
makes it a highly interesting potential method of cre-
ating thrust.
"Crafts must be built within strict tolerances due to
the limited power supply. Unlike predictable science
experiments used in most school science labs, this is an
evolving technology requiring students to be creative
in the construction of their craft."
"This field of study is in its infancy, but may offer
an approach to enhancing the efficiency of conven-
tional aircraft and spacecraft in the future," added
"Maybe we'll soon see a Buck Rogers hover car,"
he concluded.
Zack is the son of Dana Even of Holmes Beach.

Privateers too big for Gasparilla

Their land-roving ship is too big for the Gasparilla
parade in Tampa this weekend, so the Anna Maria Is-
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The Island fun and civic group has been with the
Tampa pirates in their parade in years past, but a
change in the Tampa unit's requirements has ruled out
the Privateers.
Participants in the Gasparilla parade Saturday, Feb.
7, must be towed, said the Privateers' president, Greg
"Shiprek" Davidson. Self-propelled floats have been
allowed to parade in the past.
The self-propelled Privateers boat-float is too big
for towing, though, he said. It is nimble enough to get
around most covers, but with a towing vehicle up front
it is just too much float for the Tampa parade route.
This has nothing to do with Gasparilla's proposal
to exclude any other pirate-costumed participants from
parading, which it planned to do a year ago. That
wouldn't have mattered much to the Privateers,
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The Tampa organization subsequently dropped
that idea, for so many of the participating outfits rely
on pirate costumes that the Gasparilla pirates would
have been virtually alone.
There's plenty of activity coming up to keep Pri-
vateers' public exposure high.
Their float will be at the Ybor City celebration Feb.
21 and the Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival the
next day. Actually, there will be Privateers at the
Cortez affair both of its days, Feb. 21-22, but the float
will be in Tampa the first day and in Cortez the second.
On March 6 the Privateers will be at the Anna
Maria Island Historical Society's big fundraising event
on Pine Avenue in Anna Maria. Coming up in late
March will be the Anna Maria Island school parade, the
St. Patrick's Day parade and the Chasco Fiesta in New
Port Richey, a festival by and for American Indians
from all over the United States.
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Two artists featured

for 'Second Friday'
Oil painter Fay Gee and fabric artist June Kleeman
will be featured in the "second Friday" opening of the
Artists Guild gallery Feb. 13.
The public showing will be from 5-7:30 p.m. at the
gallery of the Artists Guild of Anna Maria Island, 5414
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
Gee is originally from Toronto and started paint-
ing 50 years ago, interrupting her art for a career and
a family before taking up her brushes again. She does
realistic oil paintings of scenery, flowers and animals.
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The Anna Maria Island Historical Society started
its major fundraising drive with the beginning of Feb-
ruary, continuing until March 6.
First objective of the drive is to come up with
$10,000 to match a proposed grant from the Selby
Foundation, which is needed to restore the historic
Belle Haven cottage, built in 1920 only to fall into the
bay six years later. It is now at the historical society's
museum on Pine Avenue in Anna Maria.
Fundraising activities will climax with Anna Maria
Heritage Week, March 1-6, when celebrations will be
centered around the museum, 402 Pine Ave.
A 50/50 lottery is on the docket for the closing day,
with tickets now on sale at the museum at $2 each, $5
for three. In this game, the entire proceeds from ticket
sales will be divided 50/50, the winner getting half and
the society half.
Also on March 6 Capt. Mitch Davis, Anna Maria's
first mayor, will be honored with a declaration of
"Mitch Davis Day." His memory also was honored in
1965 commemorating the 40th anniversary of the city's
A "Mitch Davis contest" is planned, with entrants
seeking sponsors who pay $10 for a vote for the en-
trant. The winner will get a collection of prizes donated
by Island businesses. Forms may be picked up at the
museum between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Tuesday,
Wednesday, Thursdays and Saturdays.
The historical society has asked the Anna Maria
City Commission to change Pine Avenue's name to
Mitch Davis Way for the week.

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A "Mitch Davis contest" is a feature of the fund
drive of the Island historical society. Here is Davis
himself at the jail he built 'way back. He also built
Roser church, the museum building and many homes
along Pine Avenue, along with the historic Belle
Haven cottage the society is restoring.

The Holmes Beach Police Department continues its
"Safety is a State of Mind" series with a discussion on
drugs in schools and on the Island at 7 p.m. Monday.
HBPD community resource officer Pete Lannon
will lead the discussion with guest Cindi Harrison,
guidance counselor at Anna Maria Elementary School.
The presentation will begin with a quiz to test au-
dience familiarity with the current drug scene. Lannon

will discuss various new and highly dangerous drugs.
There will be a video presentation featuring
"straight talk" from a young victim describing her near-
death experience with drugs.
Refreshments will be available a half hour before
the presentation in the AME auditorium, 4700 Gulf
Drive, Holmes Beach.
For more information, call 708-5525.


Janet Reno, Islanders
share stage
Two prominent Islanders will join such ce-
lebrities as Janet Reno and Maya Azucena at a
major Democratic blast Feb. 28.
Rhea Chiles, former Florida first lady, and her
son Ed will be prominent on the program of the
"Proud to Be a Democrat" party sponsored by the
Manatee County Democratic Party Feb. 28.
Ed Chiles will be master of ceremonies and his
mother, widow of the late Gov. Lawton Chiles, will
be honorary guest host. Chiles heads the Chiles
Group of three restaurants on Anna Maria Island
and Longboat Key.
Theme of the party will be "Celebrating Our
Diversity." Highlighting the theme will be music
featuring Azucena, recording star and New York
City's "hip-hop/soul songbird," and mariachi mu-
sic, Indian dancing, and Haitian entertainment.
Former U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno
will be special guest speaker.
Others to be honored include the Rev. James
T. Golden, Bradenton vice mayor; Gwendolyn
Brown, county commissioner; Gerardo Ramirez,
president of the Manatee Democratic Hispanic
Caucus; Silne Dieudonne, president of the Mana-
tee Haitian-American West Coast Alliance; Dr.
Mona and Kailash Jain of the Indian-American
Society; Rick Farmer, president of the
Farmworkers Union; Misty Smelzer of Pride
Fest Inc.; and Boyd McCamish, Service Employ-
ees International Union.
The party will be at the Bradenton City Cen-
ter, 1101 Barcarrota Blvd., Bradenton. It will
begin with a VIP reception with Reno and
Azucena at 5:30 p.m., followed at 7 p.m. by a
silent auction, dinner and dancing.
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Grassy Point signage, plant survey coming soon

The City of Holmes Beach will be installing a sign
acknowledging the grant assistance for the purchase of '
Grassy Point in 2002. The sign will be placed along
East Bay Drive within the next few months. ..t 4 '
The Grassy Point acreage is pristine mangrove
wetlands on the bayfront south of the Anna Maria '
Bridge and opposite Walgreens on East Bay Drive.
City Treasurer Rick Ashley confirmed that the city
owns a 33-acre parcel of land stretching from the Mike
Norman real estate office on East Bay Drive to the bay
and north to the Sandy Pointe condominiums. I
The city originally had an interest in a parcel be-
ginning at 29th Street and running along the water, as
well as another small lot that was under negotiation, .i
which Ashley said the city was not able to obtain. r
Ashley said the parcels the city purchased are not
easily accessible and there are no plans to develop it for
public use.
The city's management plan for Grassy Point in-
cludes a survey of the vegetation and removal of exotic
plants, which is scheduled to take place during the cur-
rent budget year. The land will be kept as preservation
land, and Ashley said the public won't see a lot of .
The Florida Communities Trust handled the pro-
cess of making offers to land owners and negotiating
Holmes Beach lofted the project in 1998, the trust
approved Holmes Beach's application for $847,917 in
early 1999, and deadlines were extended repeatedly, Mangroves flourish at Grassy Point in Holmes Beach. Islander Photo: Paul Roat
partly because of problems within the process itself.

AME school advisory council evaluates recess

By Diana Bogan
Islander Reporter
Prompted by a parent inquiry, the Anna Maria El-
ementary School Advisory Council reviewed the
school's policy on recess and using it as a consequence
for poor student behavior.
AME Principal Kathy Hayes began the Jan. 26 dis-
cussion with a presentation of how AME stacks up
against other Manatee County elementary schools in
scheduling recess time.
Hayes obtained an 80 percent response rate from
her survey and results showed that the average recess
time at other schools is 20 minutes, and all but one
school withholds recess as a consequence for poor stu-
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Hayes said AME offers 30 minutes of recess to all
grade levels, but found that several area schools greatly
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at Rowlett and Wakeland there is no recess after first-
Hayes said AME has a general policy that allows
teachers to withhold recess if students have not com-
pleted assignments or display poor behavior. The only
school that reported it did not have a similar policy was
Samoset Elementary School.
"If you play during work time, then you may have
to work during playtime," Hayes explained. "Teachers
are skilled at understanding if a student needs interven-
tion and help structure learning for the student to be
Hayes said that the faculty believes students need
a break from the day and integrate a series of transi-
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time to be with friends.
As a concerned parent, Judy Titsworth questioned
whether AME's policy required that a student miss an
entire 30-minute period of recess for not finishing an
assignment or the parent forgetting to sign the student
"Shouldn't the student be allowed to finish the as-
signment and then participate in the remaining recess
time?" Titsworth asked.
Hayes said AME's policy is general, allowing the
teacher discretion in how it is applied. Hayes said the
teacher can decide if the student should sit and read a
book, do homework or run laps.
"For the most part, it's effective," Hayes said.
"And often kids complete their work with additional
time in class. Our schedules aren't so locked that stu-
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Firefighters with the West Manatee Fire & Rescue
district are replacing older versions of the Self Con-
tained Breathing Apparatus they currently use with the
latest state-of-the-art equipment.
WMFR Capt. Ernie Cave said SCBA is the air tank
and mask firefighters wear when the air is unsafe to
breathe, such as inside structure fires or during gas
SCBA is very similar to Scuba self contained
underwater breathing apparatus which underwater
divers use, he added.
The new technology, however, also have an inte-
grated Personal Alert System device which sounds a
sharp alarm when the firefighter is motionless for more
than 60 seconds. This allows other firefighters to fol-
low the sound and locate the downed firefighter.
WMFR firefighters tested the new equipment last
week at the Waterway's complex on Cortez Road,
Cave said.
The new SCBA's weigh about 25 pounds and are
worn along with the 40 pounds of standard equipment
a firefighter wears during a fire or other emergencies.
Testing involves firefighters climbing and de-
scending some 30 flights of stairs with about 100
pounds of equipment.
Each new SCBA will cost about $5,000, Cave said,
and the district has been planning the purchase for the
past several years.

Not quite Scuba for WMFR firefighters
West Manatee Fire & Rescue district firefighters Tim
Hyden, left, and Brian Gaskil test new Self Contained
Breathing Apparatus equipment during a planned
training exercise at the Waterway's Condominiums
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The Florida Department of Transportation an-
nounced that the Cortez Bridge requires such exten-
sive repairs, it may have to be closed for 30 days to
all traffic. A second option, DOT officials said, is to
have prolonged single-lane traffic for up to 190 days
and close the bridge to all vehicular traffic from
midnight to 6 a.m.
Plans to plant sea oats and other salt-tolerant
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Anna Maria City Commissioner Dorothy
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Owners of this property at 4915 Gulf Drive in Holmes
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Bayplas 1 LLC sent a letter to the city on Jan. 26
regarding its intent. The property is zoned R-2 and,
according to Assistant Superintendent of Public Works
Bill Saunders, there is presently a single-family home
and two duplexes on the property. Although no site plan
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Native Floridian Susan Eacker has returned to
her roots with the weekend opening of the Nica Rose
custom-bead jewelry store at 5508 Marina Drive in
Holmes Beach.
Susan's great-grandparents were William and
Sallie Fulford, who helped settle Cortez, and her grand-
parents were Jack and Sally Moore, who established
Moore's Stone Crab Restaurant on Longboat Key.
After a number of years in.the Cincinnati area
operating a custom jewelry store with her husband,
John Malan, the couple finally decided it was time
to "return home."
The new store promises to be a welcome addi-
tion to the Holmes Beach shopping scene, Susan
said, and will specialize in custom-made jewelry
with a price range for every client.
John is the jeweler and creates a custom line of
exclusive necklaces, bracelets, earrings and ankle
bracelets. Clients can also create their own design.
Nica Rose carries silver, crystal and semi-pre-
cious stones from around the world, Susan said, and
also has a unique collection of Nicaraguan pottery in
pre-Columbian and modern designs.
The couple have made many trips to Central
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The Bridge Tender Inn at 135 Bridge St. in
Bradenton Beach will celebrate its 14th birthday on
Monday, Feb. 9, with food prices rolled back to the
Live music will be presented at 5:30 p.m. and again
at 9 p.m. The restaurant opens at 11:30 a.m. and the
special prices are in effect all day until the kitchen
closes at 10 p.m.
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Patience with correct number
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identified her as Debbie Dial Bach.
To reach Debbie, call 779-1811.

Boyd-May back on Gulf
Island real estate agent Brenda Boyd-May and
husband Milt May recently purchased the 11-unit
Anna Maria Island Beach Resort at 105 39th St. in
Holmes Beach.
Boyd-May, whose late father developed a number
of Island properties, said the family has no plans to
change the property:
"We're delighted to be back on the Gulf of Mexico.
It's a wonderful place and we like it just the way it is,"
she said.
Sale price of the property was $2.925 million,
Boyd-May said.

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'Quintessential Contemporary'
show on key Friday
A "first of its kind" show of contemporary art from
1970 to the present from private collections of
Longboat Key residents will open Friday, Feb. 6, and
run through the rest of the month.
The show will be at the Longboat Key Center for
the Arts, 6860 Longboat Drive. The center said that to
protect the privacy of the collectors, all selections will
be shown anonymously.
The objective of the show "is to increase the aware-
ness of significant art produced worldwide in the past
33 years," the center added. Details may be obtained by
calling 383-2345.

Pancake breakfast Sunday
St. Bernard Catholic Church will have a pancake
breakfast from 8-11:30 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 8, at the
church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach.
Pancakes, sausage, juice and coffee are on the
menu, $3 for adults and $1.50 for children. A home-
made bake sale is planned at the same time. Details are
available at 778-4769.

Episcopal Church Women
to hear of Ringling
Episcopal Church Women of the Church of the
Annunciation will meet Thursday, Feb. 5, to hear a
program on the John and Mable Ringling Museum of
Art by Janet Robinson.
Also at the meeting at Lowe Hall, 4408 Gulf Drive,
Holmes Beach, the members will make final plans for
the "white elephant sale" scheduled from 9 a.m.-12:30
p.m. Feb. 14 at the church.
Further information is available at 778-1638.

Free help in preparing
tax returns Thursday
Tax-Aide, the AARP's program to help people
prepare their income tax returns, will offer its free as-
sistance from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 5, and
every Thursday through April 15.
AARP and VITA volunteers will be available at
the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach. Further information on scheduling may be ob-
tained by calling 758-9271.




Fun! Games! Rotary!
The Anna Maria Island Rotary Club
hosted its second annual "Island
Extravaganza and Casino Night"
Saturday at St. Bernard Catholic
Church with a catered dinner, open
bar, silent and live auction items,
and a casino complete with gaming
tables and slot machines. Living high
at the blackjack table are Scott Dell
and Sandee Pruett, both of the Anna
Maria Island Community Center,
builder Mark Kimball, and Carola
Sesterhenn, daughter of Island
Florist owners Birgit and Herbert.
The gambling was all in fun and the
event a fundraiser for Rotary
charities local and worldwide.
Proceeds were not available at
presstime. Islander Photo:
Y_ Bonner Joy

Glass painting class Friday
A four-week glass-painting course will begin Fri-
day, Feb. 6, with a class at 12:15 p.m., meeting at the
same time on all February Fridays at the Anna Maria
Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna
Maria. Cost is $13 for members, $15 for nonmembers.
Details may be obtained by calling 778-1908.

Widowed persons meet
The Widowed Persons Service will meet at 9 a.m.
Monday, Feb. 9, for "coffee and conversation" at the
Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia
Ave., Anna Maria. Discussed will be "The Changing
Family Circle." Details are available at 778-1908.

Gallery sets demonstration
of porcelain painting
Helen DeForge will demonstrate the art of porce-
lain painting from 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, Feb. 7, at
Island Gallery West, 5368 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
Details may be obtained at 778-6648.

Jazz class Feb. 11
at key education center
Rob Pronk will play and discuss his music in Jus-
tin Freed's "Deeper Into Jazz" class beginning at 2:30
p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 11, at the Education Center on
Longboat Key.
Pronk has worked with many jazz luminaries and
is a pianist, composer, arranger and leader of the Neth-
erlands Metropole Orchestra, a 61-member group.
Tickets are $15, and reservations are suggested.
The center is at 5370 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat
Key. Further information is available at 383-8811.

AME first-grade play, dinner-meet
The Anna Maria Elementary School Parent-
Teacher Organization family dinner night and first-
grade performers will be Tuesday, Feb. 10.
Jackie's Cafe/Paradise Bagels of Holmes Beach is
sponsoring the PTO dinner featuring roast pork from
5-7 p.m. Meal tickets can be purchased in advance at
the school office or the evening of the meeting at a cost
of $7 for adults and $5 for children.
Following dinner, there will be a PTO meeting and
the first-grade classes will present a performance.
For more information, call the school administra-
tive office at 708-5525.



Island police reports
Anna Maria City
Jan. 29, 500 block of S. Bay Blvd., death investi-
gation. According to the report, deputies received a call
reporting a body floating in the water.

Bradenton Beach
Jan. 24, 117 Seventh St. N., Bayview Terrace con-
dominiums, criminal mischief. Two lamp posts were
reportedly smashed.
Jan. 24, 1800 Gulf Drive S., Leffis Key, burglary.
A woman's purse was reportedly stolen from her ve-
Jan. 24, 1800 Gulf Drive S., Leffis Key, burglary.
Several items, including a woman's purse and cell
phone, were reportedly stolen from her vehicle. Ac-
cording to the report, the front passenger window was
pried open so that the victim's car alarm, which was
turned on, would not be activated.
Jan. 24, 200 block of Gulf Drive, traffic and drug
arrest. Roy Holmes, 35, of Bradenton Beach, was ar-
rested for possession of three grams of marijuana after
he reportedly hit a woman's car and fled the scene.
According to the report, officers located Holmes at his
residence where he was in possession of the marijuana
and drug paraphernalia. According to the report,
Holmes was driving with a suspended license and was
unable to provide registration or insurance information.
Holmes was transported to Blake Medical Center for
minor injuries incurred from the traffic accident.
Jan. 25, 400 block of 20th Place North, criminal
mischief. The sidewall of all four tires of a parked car
were reportedly punctured by a sharp object.
Jan. 26, 1800 Gulf Drive S., Coquina Park, warrant
arrest. A man was arrested on a Manatee County war-
rant for failure to appear.

Holmes Beach
Jan. 23, 4000 Gulf Drive, Manatee Public Beach,
burglary. A woman's purse was reportedly stolen from
her vehicle.
Jan. 30, 400 block of Clark Lane, battery. A man
was asked to leave his residence after an argument with
his live-in girlfriend reportedly escalated.

'Mostly Mozart' concert
Sunday afternoon
"Mostly Mozart" will be presented Sunday, Feb. 8, by
the Anna Maria Island Community Orchestra and Chorus
at the Island Baptist Church, 8605 Gulf Drive, Anna
Alfred Gershfeld will conduct, with James Forssell as
chorus director. The concert will begin at 2 p.m. and is free
to the public, though a donation of at least $15 is sug-
On the program are the overture to "The Marriage
of Figaro," Symphony No. 25, "Regina Coeli in C,"
"Exsultate Jubilate," and "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 play Vivaldi's "Concerto for
Two Cellos."
Further information may be obtained at 758-5886.

Due to a misunderstanding, the late Cliff Burgeson
was omitted from a story in the Jan. 28 Islander. Mr.
Burgeson, who died last year, conducted the first con-
cert by the Anna Maria Island Orchestra and Chorus.


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'Buck' founder here 50 years later

By Jim Hanson
Islander Correspondent
John Egan became a surprised hero to Moroccans
in 1952 by founding the "Buck a Month Club," and 61
years later he's still a hero to nephew Jack Egan of
Anna Maria City.
At 100, Uncle John is in a nursing home on the
mainland, but he once was an Islander. And a Spaniard,
and a Filipino and a Brit and an Egyptian and a German
and a Brazilian and ... Well, you get the idea.
John Egan led a gypsy life as a construction worker
with big companies all over the world where there was
S building going on. His nephew, The Islander's cartoon-
ist, has been bemused by his adventuring elder all of his
"He'd pop in unannounced after a year in
Timbuktu," Egan the Younger said. "He'd bring exotic
gifts for us all, entertain us with wonderful stories of
his latest escapades, all of them true as far as I could
ever check.
"Then one morning he'd yawn, stretch, pick up his
suitcase and be gone again for who knew where or how
Over the years he visited his brother Joe, who
tended bar at the old Sandbar but lived in Bradenton.
But uncle switched to Anna Maria Island when Joe's
son Jack and his family moved in 1968. John found
much more enchantment in Jack's lively, lovely daugh-
ters than he could scrape up with a mere brother.
John was born in November 1903 in New York and
his first job was as a "go-fer" for the New York Stock
Exchange. Jack said his uncle learned enough there to
form his own stock company and start selling shares in
it, but the New York attorney general shut that down
as somewhat suspicious. That was in the early 1920s.
Uncle John bought a large tract of land in Califor-
nia and sold stock in it, then closed that down and wan-
dered in and out of many ventures before he got into
construction. As a construction stiff he could go wher-
ever there was work, make an excellent living at worth-
while work, and stay as free as a man can get.
He never married, Jack said, but it wasn't for lack
of opportunity, not to say importunity. The ladies liked
him, but he stayed clear of permanent entanglement.
That "Buck of the Month," now it happened in
1952 when John was working on a construction project
in Morocco, north Africa.
He thought comparatively rich Americans could
pony up a bit of their high pay to help their hosts, who

were in no better economic shape then than they are
now. He was always persuasive, in fact it sometimes
got him into trouble, said his nephew, and he turned his
winning ways on his fellow workers.
Why don't they do what some guys he knew in
California were doing, he suggested, and put a dollar
a month apiece into a kitty and use it to help the poor-
est of poor Moroccans?
Good question. Good answer: Together over the
months his buddies tossed a buck each into the kitty,
and spread the word until a truly respectable sum was
available every month. And other "Buck a Month"
clubs formed elsewhere in Morocco, where the United
States was deficit-deep in a huge military construction

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According to a newspaper account at the time,
Egan and his independent-minded pals "believed in
self-help where possible" and taught handicraft skills
to young Moroccans, helped a private orphanage near
Bournazel, donated to a new Moslem orphanage near
Casablanca, and many other good works.
Egan moved on from there, of course, living the
itinerant life he preferred, and went into other ventures
and adventures until it was time to hang it up.
He's never lost his independence, nephew Jack
said. "I've thought of asking the White House for a
special birthday card when he's 101 in November. But
he got a 90th birthday letter from the president in 1993
and when I asked him later where it was he said 'I
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From the Apollo Theater in New York to Apollo
Beach, Fla., ladies and gentlemen, coming soon to
Motown your Monday at Cafe on the Beach former
singer for the groups Joe Frazier and the Knockouts and
the Soul Brothers Six Lester "Some Kind of Won-
derful" Freeman and the Full Moon Band.
You can hear the flame of enthusiasm in Freeman's
Of soul music, he says, "The music went around
and it's coming around again. It's even more important
now because people know what they want. They've
heard the acid rock. I think we're taking this sound to
a new level. I'm excited about it."
Freeman's been excited about music before. As a
younger man, he basked in the starlight of the Soul
Brothers Six, when the song he co-wrote in 1967,
"Some Kind of Wonderful," hit the charts.
"It shocked us. We weren't quite ready for it, but
we were the baddest thing around then," he says with
The band formed in Rochester, N.Y., consisting of
the multi-talented Freeman, Willie John Ellison, Vonell
Benjamin, and brothers Charles, Moses, Sam and
Harry Armstrong and that makes seven but one of
the brothers made an early exit.
Fine Records recorded the band's debut "Stop
Hurting Me" in 1965, and in 1966 Lyndell Records
recorded them, misspelling the credit Sold Brothers
Six. Next, a Philadelphia radio jockey introduced the
group to Atlantic Records executive Jerry Wexler, who
signed them on the spot.
The band came up with the song "Some Kind of
Wonderful" while packed in a car on the way to Phila-
delphia to cut the record "You Better Check Yourself."
It happened spontaneously.
Freeman says, or rather sings, "The lines just
started going around. 'I don't need a whole lots a
money. I don't need a big, fine car.'"
When the producer heard it, he shouted, "That's it!
That's a hit!"
The song hit No. 91 on the Top 100 chart, but that
was just the beginning. Thirty-eight bands have since
recorded the tune. Preeminently, Grand Funk Railroad
placed it at No. 3 in 1974.
Unable to surpass the success of "Some Kind of
Wonderful," Atlantic Records dropped the band before

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the end of the decade.
Its members drifted
apart but amicable
split the royalties for
the song.
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Freeman says, "Joe's name opened up doors all

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More accolades for Diamant, Kafka book

By Jim Hanson
Islander Correspondent
Nearly 20 years into what is likely her defining
work, Kathi Diamant's life is still hitched to Franz
Kafka, his lover Dora and the book that Diamant cre-
ated out of that turmoil.
She started not long before her first research trip in
1985, has continued without letup and will
go on far into her future. Surely the next
year is well laid out. With luck, her life
could go on into TV and a movie.
Dora was a Diamant, too, not a relative
of the Anna Maria Diamants, though the
coincidence is compelling. Dora was
"Kafka's Last Love," title and subject of ,
Kathi's book.
Dora was a woman born to love, appar- '- '
ently, for Kafka could be a difficult man in monstrous
times. He was an intellectual and a writer who thought
reality was absurd and out of control. Dora made his
last year bearable, and he died in her arms in 1924
while Hitler and Stalin went on to make Kafka's worst
nightmares reality.
After Kathi's first research trip and monumental
research in every book and institution and place that
could be helpful, she began writing full time in 1990
"to develop enough skills to tell Dora's story." For 10
years she wrote travel, arts, entertainment and many
false starts on Dora.
She wrote one play, two novels, three screenplays
and three proposals for a nonfiction book, she said, be-
fore a publisher accepted the idea of a biography. That
was all Kathi needed: She started writing the book in
late 2000, finished at the end of 2002, and saw it pub-
lished in March 2003.
Her first book signing was here, at Ooh La La!
Bistro on April 1, 2003, the birthday of her father,

William, who lives with wife Peggy and assorted
Diamant and Blassingame descendants in Anna Maria.
Since then Kathi's life has been book events from
one end of the United States to the other not to ex-
clude England, where Dora died in 1952, and Paris,
where Kathi found Dora's diary and where the book
was featured at the famed Shakespeare & Co.
bookstore's Literary Arts Festival.
In London her U.K. publisher will
host a party for her on Feb. 26, and on
March 4 she will have a party for Dora's
106th birthday at the London Jewish Cul-
tural Center.
"Kafka's Last Love" comes out in
German in the fall and in Spanish next
winter, so that's where she will be for
n : 4' those momentous events. Further, she is
writing a proposal to make a BBC documentary of the
book, and has hopes that her film agent will get it into
the movies writing the screenplay herself, presum-
Meantime, she remains an off-and-on Islander,
here over the holidays for the first-ever gathering of
most of the entire far-flung family. "I'm always here
for Christmas," she said, "and I try to come during the
spring and summer."
She came here in the 1950s with her parents at age
one, attended Anna Maria Elementary School in 1963-
64. "Every one of the five of us kids attended AME
somewhere along the line," she said.
Her mother is daughter of the famed author, the
late Wyatt Blassingame, and the Diamants live in the
original Blassingame house in Anna Maria. Their
daughter Trudi and her daughter, Annamaria (yes, af-
ter the Island), live in Anna Maria too. Kathi and hus-
band Byron live in California, where she is adjunct
professor at San Diego State University.

Go fly a kite
"You're never too old tofly a kite, says Otto
Jorgensen of Holmes Beach, and proved it by joining
old friend Max Schotsch building and flying an 8-
foot kite. "We bought 150-pound-test nylon line from
the hardware store and attached the line to a deep-
sea fishing pole, he said. "Max's wife Bonnie did
the art work and we launched on another perfect day
in Holmes Beach."

o\ er the country Vegas, LA, New York. When Joe
fought \ e played his victory parties. But hard as I tried,
I couldn't teach him how to sing."
.Ater six years, Freeman tired of the nightlife and
returned to a more stable existence of family and a day
Job working for Kodak in Rochester N.Y., where he
sa' s. "I w ent in as a cleaner and came out 18 years later
as a lab technician."
After Kodak, he returned to Philadel-
phia to run Frazier's limousine business,
another raucous night job that got old af-
ter three years.
For the past five years, Freeman and
his wife have lived in Apollo Beach, where
he works as the senior project manager for
One Source, which handles the mainte-
nance for Saks Fifth Avenue department
Except for his first love, singing gospel music,
Freeman's performed very little since his stint with
Frazier and the Knockouts.
That changed two years ago when event promoter
Dave White, night manager of the Cafe on the Beach,
spotted Freeman singing "Some Kind of Wonderful" at
the Ruskin Seafood Festival. He immediately asked him
to perform at a "Say-No-to-Drugs" event at the Cafe.
Freeman said OK, put together a group and had a
great time.
It was a new beginning.
Now Freeman works with the Full Moon Band and
drummer Wayne Aldrich (owner of Full Moon Music
in Apollo Beach) and a full lineup with bass, keyboards
and a back-up female vocalist.
The music's come full circle for Freeman.
He's navigating the familiar musical charts that
began his career. Artists like Jackie Wilson, Otis
Redding and Al Green, and songs like "My Girl" and
"Knock On Wood" along with an occasional
Delbert McClinton tune.
The band's busy playing clubs such as Legends,
Sidelines and a recent Century 21 Real Estate party at
Channelside in Tampa.
A,. for the show at Cafe on the Beach, Freeman
sa s,. "On the deck or in the sand, you won't be sitting'
Jd0, n "
I lere will be two sets of music at 6 p.m. and 7:30
p.m. Tickets are $10 and may be purchased at Cafe on the
Beach, Skinny's Place, and Duffy's Tavern in Holmes
Beach, and Curves, 4228 60th St. W., Bradenton. For in-
formation, call White at Cafe on the Beach, 778-0784.


Wednesday, Feb. 4
7 to 8 a.m. Pier regulars meeting at the Anna
Maria City Pier, 100 S. Bay Blvd., Anna Maria. Informa-
tion: 778-7062.
Noon Women's Club of Anna Maria Island Inter-
national luncheon and craft display at the Anna Maria
Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna
Maria. Information: 779-9028.
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 girls 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-
tion: 778-6341.

Thursday, Feb. 5
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tax assistance from AARP
and VITA volunteers at the Island Branch Library, 5701
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: (888) 227-
10:30 a.m. Ringling Museum presentation by
Janet Robinson at the Episcopal Church of the Annun-
ciation, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information:
S 7p.m. Bingo at Annie Silver Community Cen-
ter, Avenue C and 23rd Street, Bradenton Beach. In-
formation: 778-1915.

Friday, Feb. 6
10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. "Singing River Rendez-
vous: Living History at It's Finest" at Camp Flying
Eagle, Upper Manatee River Road, Bradenton. Infor-
mation: 915-5510. Fee applies.
12:15 to 2:15 p.m. Glass painting class with
Dawn Gurtner at the Anna Maria Island Community

Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information:
778-1908. Fee applies.
5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Opening reception for Stu-
dio Artists at the Anna Maria Island Art League, 5312
Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach. Information: 778-
6 to 10 p.m. First Weekend Art Fest in the Vil-
lage of the Arts, between Ninth and 14th streets west,
Bradenton. Information: 741-8056.

Saturday, Feb. 7
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 Porcelain painting demonstra-
tion by Helen DeForge at Island Gallery West, 5368
Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-6648.
10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. "Singing River Rendez-
vous: Living History at It's Finest" at Camp Flying
Eagle, Upper Manatee River Road, Bradenton. Infor-
mation: 915-5510. Fee applies.
10:30 a.m. Holmes Beach Civic Association
meeting at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-9315.
10:30 a.m. Wild bird rescue training class at the
Pelican Man's Bird Sanctuary, 1708 Ken Thompson
Pkwy., Sarasota. Information: 388-4444.
11 a.m. to 4 p.m. First Weekend Art Fest in the
Village of the Arts, between west Ninth and 14th
streets, Bradenton. Information: 741-8056.
2 to 4 p.m. Save Anna Maria Inc. meeting with
guest speaker Dick Eckenrod, Manatee County For-
ever member, at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Ma-
rina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-7732.
2 p.m. and 7 p.m. "A Sunshine State of Mind"
Sweet Adelines concert at Neel Performing Arts Cen-
ter, 5840 26th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 794-
0218. Fee applies.
7p.m. Family comedy night with Rich Praytor at
Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 6608 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach. Information: 778-1813. Fee applies.
7p.m. "Black Tie at the Ranch" benefit for the
Manatee County Blood Center at Lakewood Ranch
Golf and Country Club, 7650 Legacy Blvd., Bradenton.
Information: 746-0606. Fee applies.

Sunday, Feb. 8
8 to 11:30 a.m. Pancake breakfast at St. Ber-

nard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes
Beach. Information: 778-4769. Fee applies.
10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. "Singing River Rendez-
vous: Living History at It's Finest" at Camp Flying
Eagle, Upper Manatee River Road, Bradenton. Infor-
mation: 915-5510. Fee applies.
2 p.m. "Mostly Mozart" concert by the Anna
Maria Island Community Orchestra and Chorus at Is-
land Baptist Church, 8605 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria.
Information: 778-0719. Fee applies.
2 to 4 p.m. Opening reception for "Boats and
Buildings" exhibit by Jim Batten at All Angels Episco-
pal Church Gallery, 563 Bay Isles Road, Longboat Key.
Information: 761-7470.
3 p.m. Jacobite Pipe and Drum Band at Neel
Performing Arts Center, 5840 26th St. W., Bradenton.
Information: 350-0271.

Monday, Feb. 9
8:30 a.m. -.Internet class at the Island Branch
Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Informa-
tion: 778-6341.
9 a.m. Island Widowed Persons Service "Cof-
fee and Conversation: The Changing Family Circle" at
the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magno-
lia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 778-1908.
4:30 to 6p.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.
5:30 p.m. Democratic Women's Club of Mana-
tee County meeting with guest speaker Betty Castor at
the Sandbar restaurant, 100 Spring Ave., Anna Maria.
Information: 792-6983. Fee applies.
5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Author Suzanne Tate reading
and book signing at the Anna Maria Island Turtle
Watch Store and Education Center, 5408 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach. Information: 778-1435.
6:30 p.m. "Drugs in School: Our Own Island
Battle" with Holmes Beach Police Officer Pete Lannon
at Anna Maria Elementary School, 4700 Gulf Drive,
Holmes Beach. Information: 708-5525.
7 p.m. "Lost in Lostmans River: Exploring the
Plight of Endangered Sawfish" with Colin
Simpfendorfer at Mote Marine Laboratory, 1600 Ken
Thompson Pkwy., Sarasota. Information: 388-4441.
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11 a.m. --"Writings of Abraham Lincoln" with John
Mellon at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach. Information: 778-6341.
Noon to 3:30 p.m. -Friendly bridge at the Anna
Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave.,
Anna Maria. Information: 778-1908. Fee applies.
1 to 4 p.m. Veterans' service officer at the Island
Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
Appointments: 749-3030.
2 p.m. "Writings of Abraham Lincoln" with John
Mellon at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach. Information: 778-6341.
5 to 7 p.m. Minnesota/Wisconsin night at the
American Legion Post No. 24, 2000 75th St. W.,
Bradenton. Information: 794-3489.
8p.m. Pianist Joyce Valentine at Neel Perform-
ing Arts Center, 5840 26th St. W., Bradenton. Informa-
tion: 752-5252. Fee applies.

Wednesday, Feb. 11
10:30 p.m.- Friends of the Island Branch Library
book club at the library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach. Information: 778-6341.
11:30 a.m. Off Stage Ladies Auxiliary of the Is-
land Players presents "Behind the Scenes at Sarasota
Opera" with Lee Chaverin at the Bradenton Yacht Club,
4307 Snead Island Road, Palmetto. Information: 792-
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.
2.30 to 4 p.m. "Deeper Into Jazz" class with
guest Rob Pronk at The Education Center, 5370 Gulf
of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. Information: 383-8811.
Fee applies.
4:30 to 6 p.m. "Educating Jane" teen girls life-
,skills club at the Anna Maria Island Community Cen-

Sawfish is topic at Mote
Colinn Simpfendorfer, Ph.D., senior scientist,
will discuss "Lost in Lostmans River: Exploring the
Plight of the Endangered Sawfish" Monday
evening, Feb. 9, at Mote Marine Laboratory.
In addition to being a senior scientist at Mote,
he is manager of the Elasmobranch Fisheries &
Conservation Biology Program. He will speak on
the Monday Night at Mote program at 7 p.m.
Mote is off the south ramp of the New Pass
Bridge from Longboat at 1600 Ken Thompson
Pkwy. Details are available at 388-4441.

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-
tion: 778-6341.

"The Adventures of Tom Sawyer" at the
Riverfront Theatre, 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.
"Boats and Buildings" exhibit by Jim Batten at All
Angels Episcopal Church Gallery, 563 Bay Isles Road,
Longboat Key, through Feb. 16.
Studio artists exhibit at the Anna Maria Island Art
League, 5312 Holmes Blvd., through Feb. 27. Informa-
tion: 778-2099.
"Beautiful Necessities" exhibit at the Island
Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach,
through Feb. 28. Information: 778-7216.
"Quintessential Contemporary" exhibit at the
Longboat Key Center for the Arts, 6860 Longboat Drive
S., Longboat Key, through Feb. 29. Information: 383-
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.
Fee applies.
Tax assistance from AARP and VITA volunteers
at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach, every Thursday through April 15. Infor-
mation: (888) 227-7669.
Watercolor with Susie Cotton at the Anna Maria
Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna
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Painting demonstration at the Artists Guild Gal-
lery Feb. 12.
Kiwanis Valentine's Day Big Band Benefit Dance
at the Anna Maria Island Community Center Feb. 12.
Historic Preservation Forum at the Cortez 1912
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Greek Glendi Festival at St. Barbara Greek Or-
thodox Church, Sarasota, Feb. 12-15.
Artist reception at the Artists Guild Gallery Feb.
Valentine Pops concert at Neel Performing Arts
Center Feb. 13.
Watercolor demonstration at Island Gallery West
Feb. 14.
Anna Maria Island Power Squadron yard sale
Feb. 14.
Origami at the Island Branch Library Feb. 14.
Elephant sale at the Church of the Annunciation
Feb. 14.
Valentine's Day Sweetheart Ball at the American
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The Crew Cuts at Neel Performing Arts Center
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Valentine dessert-card party at St. Bernard
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Motown Monday at Cafe on the Beach Feb. 16.
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Final chapter in the incredible sinking house saga

And now, the conclusion of the incredible sinking
house story.
My friends Susan and Joe Bird and their twin sons
Gavin and Rowan moved into a great house in Safety
Harbor a few years ago. It's got three bedrooms, a
mother-in-law apartment, two-car garage, hardwood
floors, a big back porch and a wide front verandah.
The house is on a big lot with lots of live oak trees.
It backs up to a spur of the Pinellas Trail, so the back
yard looks huge and there's always some sort of traf-
fic of Rollerblades or joggers to watch. The house is
also only a block or so away from a little fishing pier
and beach on Old Tampa Bay.
Joe is pretty handy, and Susan is an architect. They
planned to do a lot of the usual fix-up work new
kitchen, new bathrooms, and other such stuff them-
selves and were looking forward to it.
The renovation work started slowly with the addi-
tion of some Mediterranean tile by the front door. They
hired a guy to do it, and a month after it was installed
it started to crack.
The Birds figured it was shoddy workmanship and
called the guy back to fix it. Fixed, it cracked again.
Then a wall in the master bedroom developed a
floor-to-ceiling crack you could put your finger into.
Something was wrong. Big time.
The Bird house apparently had a sinkhole under it,
and the house was settling. Big time.
Florida's underground habitat is like a big sponge,
with lots of pockets and cavities that are filled with
water and separated by limestone. Sometimes, espe-
cially during droughts, the water-filled cavities empty
and, without the expanse of water to shore up the earth
above, the ground collapses, causing a sinkhole.
Generally there isn't much you can do when there
is a house in the way of a sinkhole. The typical solu-
tion is to raze the house, wait until the sinkhole is fin-
ished, then fill in the pit and start again orh-ave the
next fearless homeowner start again.
The settling of the Bird house continued. At one
point there was a difference in elevation of eight inches
from one side of the structure to the other. Joe said he
slept with one ear open, just waiting for the crack that
would signal the house was a goner.
The mortgage company called the home a com-
plete loss and forgave the mortgage. The tax collector
and property appraiser eventually dropped the tax bill
to only assess the property in the annual property tax.
The Birds were pretty much living free, but not com-
And that's how it stayed for a few years. The set-
tling stopped, but the house was still kind of, well, tilt-
And now for the happy ending.
The Birds called another guy who specializes in
sinkhole homes. He did core sampling around the
place, and decided it wasn't a sinkhole that was un-
der the house, but a thick layer of clay. Clay expands
and contracts in wet or dry weather and, with the
absence of rain a few years ago, it has shrunk and
taken the ground above and the home's founda-
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When the rains came, the clay expanded, but not
enough to push the house back to its proper alignment.
So the guy brought in a crew, they jacked up the
house so it was level, then put in a bunch of huge brack-
ets on the foundation and drilled stainless-steel rods
down to bedrock.
The house, in effect, is now a stilt house, although
the stilts are underground.
It cost about $50,000, but now there is no way the
place is going anywhere but up in value.
As one old guy told Susan and Joe, "It's a grand
thing for a young couple to have a house on a sink-

Don't look! Don't look ... too much
The secret of computer work is to look away, ac-
cording to some eye doctors.
With more and more people peering into computer
screens for longer and longer periods of time, eye strain
is becoming more commonplace. A 2003 study by
Kaiser Family Foundation shows that children aged 6
and under spend an average two hours a day 14
hours a week in front of television and computer
For teens, according to another study by Harris
Interactive, the time climbs to 17 hours at the computer
and 14 hours of TV watching each week. The Nielsen
poll on adult TV use conducted in 2000 showed that
Americans spend an average of four hours a day watch-
ing television, which works out to a full two months a
The solution is basically to look away, or to change
the ambient light where you're working or channel
Two causes of eye strain are poor lighting and ex-
cessive glare when using computers and televisions.
Computers and televisions should be set up to avoid
direct and reflected glare anywhere in the field of sight.
For computer use, the lighting in a room should be
soft and less bright than the screen. For television view-
ing, the lighting should be dimmer than the screen, but
the room should not be dark, resulting in contrast that
is too great.
And the eye docs recommend taking frequent "vi-
sion breaks" by looking away from the screen and fo-
cusing on a faraway object from time to time.

California desal plant approved
Carlsbad, Calif., may soon take over as having the
largest water desalination plant in the world, surpass-
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proposed $270-million desalination plant that would
produce up to 50-million gallons of fresh water per day
for communities in North San Diego County.
The company proposing the plant still needs per-
mits from the California Coastal Commission before
moving forward with the design and construction of the
facility, which is slated to be in operation by 2007.
The Tampa Bay plant is supposed to take bay wa-
ter and transform it into 25 million gallons of drinking
water every day, but has had problems with meeting
that goal so far.

Feral cat summit coming up
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Com-
mission has invited a group of people with "diverse
perspectives" to a forum to talk about feral cats Feb. 13
in St. Petersburg.
According to the FWC, the forum "will offer par-
ticipants an opportunity to find ways to work together
in the best interests of domestic cats and wildlife. The
issue concerns free-roaming and feral cats preying on
birds and other wildlife,-including imperiled species.
The mission is to find a way to deal with that problem
by building solutions from participants' mutual inter-
FWC Executive Director Kenneth Haddad said "no
one wants cats to suffer, and no one wants wildlife to
suffer. We're hoping participants start with those
shared convictions and build on them without direct
guidance from the FWC."
Clever political move, huh?
The FWC adopted a policy last year that states the
agency opposes releasing cats on property it manages
or in areas where cats pose a threat to endangered or
threatened species or species of special concern. The
policy immediately ignited cat-lovers' fears that a
massive extermination campaign was forthcoming.
The forum is a way to address those concerns,
FWC officials said.

... and a pet Valentine?
An interactive dating service has discovered that
1.5 million Americans are likely to spend more money
on their pets than on their human loved ones for
Valentine's Day.
A Hallmark study reported that 62 percent of
people surveyed sign their pets' names to holiday
cards, and another study said they wouldn't be willing
to trade their pet for $1 million.
Nobody asked me, of course.

Sandscript factoid
The largest sinkhole in Central Floridian's memory
appeared in Winter Park on May 9, 1981. It ended up
gobbling a house, part of a municipal swimming pool,
and lots of trees in its 350-foot-wide, 350-foot-deep
crater, according to "The Florida Handbook" by Allen

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Island boater near top in USCG auxiliary

By Jim Hanson
Islander Correspondent
Islander Raymond Paysour has been a saltwater sailor
for only 10 years, but he has risen to the No. 2job in the
U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary's extensive District 8.
He is vice captain of the division, with 136 staff
officers reporting to him from the division's eight flo-
tillas, stretching from Tampa Bay to Cape Haze. Anna
Maria Island's Flotilla 81 is among them.
The auxiliary has had enough to do over the years,
what with search and rescue, every member on call 24
hours a day, seven days a week. And making safety in-
spections of boats of all kinds. And taking its respon-
sibilities for boat safety very seriously. And teaching
a monthly eight-session boating safety course.
Now the Coast Guard has become part of the U.S.
Department of Homeland Security, and the auxiliary is
part of that, too. It is part of the network for heightened
security nationally and locally. It adds to the workload,
and it's so top secret that nobody can talk about what
they're doing. Just that it is deemed vital to the national
safety in the war against terrorism.
It's not law enforcement, Paysour notes. "We're
the eyes and ears of the Coast Guard, which handles
enforcement." But it does mean more work, and com-
plications which he can't talk about either.
He came here in 1993 upon retirement as traffic
manager of a Kaiser division in Conyers, Ga. The
Paysours had owned a condo at Westbay Point and
Moorings in Holmes Beach since 1976, their retirement
They had been active boaters on the Georgia lakes
and rivers and brought their small boat along, keeping
it at Captains Marina.
"The first time I went out in the bay, I was unaware
how shallow it was and right away I found out by run-
ning aground," he said. "When I got back to the marina,
I was told I should take the flotilla safe boating course.
I liked the course and the people, and things just went
from there."
The Paysours are on their third boat, a 25-foot


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Acadia cruiser powered by a diesel engine. And
they've moved from the apartment to a roomier place,
a house with a dock for the boat on 68th Street in
Holmes Beach.
Although he's at command level now, he still gets
out on weekend safety patrol. That is where most aux-
iliary members spend much of their time, he said,
checking on trouble spots, helping boaters in trouble
and taking them in tow if commercial towing firms
aren't available. They work closely with towing firms,
he said, careful not to infringe on.their business.
His wife, like so many service wives, "tolerates it
all and often helps," he said. Many husband-wife teams
are among the 502 members of Division 8. They pro-
vide their own boats, their only financial compensation

reimbursement for fuel.
The division has eight flotillas numbered from 81
through 89, with 88 awaiting the next one to organize.
Paysour was in command of Flotilla 81 until last fall,
when the Division 8 board of directors elected him vice
"Flotilla is the working level," he said. "Division
is next up, providing assistance and training. Above
that is district, which is just below national."
Next step for him presumably would be division
captain, then on to district level if he wants it. But there
it gets to be a fulltime administrative job, he said.
For now, he's working hard at being the best vice
captain that he can be. That, judging by his perfor-
mance and determination, will be pretty good.

Cold water puts chill in fishing, but sheepies prevail

By Capt. Mike Heistand
Continued cool water in the Gulf of Mexico and
bays has chilled fishing again, but there are still good
catches of sheepshead and some redfish being reported
in the bays.
Offshore, look for good grouper and snapper action
when the winds are down enough to get out there
And don't forget that red snapper season is open
again offshore.
Bob Kilb at the Rod & Reel Pier said fishers there
are getting into lots of sheepshead, some up to 4
pounds. Action has been kind of slow, Bob said, but
should improve as the weather gets better this week.
Cliff Alcorn at the Anna Maria City Pier said
anglers are catching lots and lots of sheepshead and a
whole slew of small snook.
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Bill Lowman at Island Discount Tackle said it's
grouper and snapper offshore right now, while inshore
action is best for trout and sheepshead. Water tempera-
tures are still cool, but look for fishing to improve as
the water warms hopefully this week.
Dave Johnson at Snead Island Crab House said
sheepshead are the mainstay at his dock right now, but
there are still a few keeper-size snook coming in and
slot-limit trout from boaters.
Capt. Rick Gross on Fishy Business out of
Catchers Marina in Holmes Beach said he's getting
mostly trout these days, plus a few redfish and plenty
of sheepshead to 4 pounds.
Capt. Tom Chaya on the Dolphin Dreams in
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RE holds off Observer upset bid in basketball action

By Kevin Cassidy
A cold-shooting third quarter by Longboat Ob-
server proved to be the difference in its upset bid
against undefeated Island Real Estate in a Division II
basketball battle for the Anna Maria Island Community
Center league.
A late rally in the first half saw Longboat pull to
within two points Jan. 31, but a scoreless third quarter,
coupled with baskets by Emma Barlow and Kevin
Callahan, proved to be the difference for IRE, though
the Observer battled to the end.
An inbounds play to Richardson pulled the Ob-
server to 20-16, but Barlow nailed a 12-footer to extend
the IRE lead to 22-16 with 1:10 to play. Richardson
scored on another inbounds play, but 22-18 was as
close as the Observer would come.
Kevin Callahan's eight points and seven points
from Shane Blair led Island Real Estate, which also
received six points from Emma Barlow and three
points from Chris Callahan in the victory.
Kyle Aritt scored eight points to pace Longboat in
the loss. Richardson finished with six points, while
Forest Schield added four points to complete the scor-
ing for the Observer.

Titsworth 15, Danziger 13
A 6-0 fourth-quarter scoring run brought Steve
Titsworth General Contracting back from an 11-5 defi-
cit to tie the score with Danziger Allergy & Sinus and
send the Jan. 31 B-ball game into overtime where bas-
kets by Eric Larson and Ally Titsworth lifted STGC to
a come-from-behind overtime victory in Division II.
Blake Wilson paced the STGC scoring efforts with
nine points, while Titsworth finished with four points
in the victory.

Garrett Secor led Danziger with seven points,
while teammates Daniel Riley and Ashley Waring fin-
ished with four and two points respectively.

IRE 29, Banks 23
Island Real Estate received strong inside scoring
from Shane Blair and Kevin Callahan to record a Jan.
30 victory over Banks Engineering and remain atop the
Division II basketball standings.
Blair finished with 10 points, while Callahan added
eight points for Island Real Estate. Emma Barlow
rounded out the scoring for the victors with six points.
Jordan Sebastiano led Banks Engineering with 16
points, while Miles Hostetler added six points in the

Air & Energy 19, Titsworth 17
Eight points from Matt Bauer and five points from
Zach Even on Friday, Jan. 30, lifted Air & Energy to
its second win of the season, this time over Titsworth
Contracting. Joey Hutchinson added four points while
Max Staebler completed the scoring with two points.
Gabby Pace scored seven points and Donna Barth
added five points to lead the STGC scoring effort. Nash
Thompson scored three points and Blake Wilson had
two to round out the scoring for STGC in the loss.

Danziger 33, Banks 14
Garrett Secor scored 12 points to spark a 14-2
fourth-quarter scoring run and power Danziger Allergy
& Sinus past Banks Engineering Thursday, Jan. 29.
Secor finished with a game-high 22 points, while
Ashley Waring added six points. Daniel Riley added
four points and Lauren Woodson scored one to com-
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Miles Hostetler scored eight points to lead the way

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for Banks Engineering, which also received two points
apiece from Tommy Price, Jordan Sebastiano and
Burns Easterling in the loss.

Observer 18, A&E 15
Eight points from Breann Richardson and six
points from Kyle Aritt lifted Longboat Observer over
Air & Energy Wednesday, Jan. 28, in Division II bas-
ketball action. Forrest Schield contributed four points
to the victory for the Observer team.
Matt Bauer's eight points and three points from
Joey Hutchinson paced A&E in the loss. Kyle Sewall
and Zach Evan added four points to complete the A&E

Premier Division:
Beach House 57, AM Glass & Screen 52
Twenty-one points from Chase Parker and 12
points apiece from Mike Wallen and Justin Hessinger
lifted the Beach House Restaurant team to a five-point
victory over Anna Maria Glass & Screen Saturday, Jan;
31, in Premier Division basketball action at the Center.
Newly acquired Sam Lott added six points, while
Steve Faasse and Tyler Schneerer completed the scoring
for the Beach House with four and two points respectively.

Oyster Bar 69, ReMax 61
David Buck scored 10 of his game-high 25 points
on Saturday, Jan. 31, to hold off a late rally by ReMax
during the Anna Maria Oyster Bar's eight-point Pre-
mier League victory. Spencer Carper contributed to the
win with 16 points, while Matt McDonough and Gary
Scott chipped in with 10 points each.
Clay Orr scored 21 points and Chad Richardson

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added 19 points in the loss for ReMax, which also re-
ceived eight points from Derek Mendez and seven
points from Steve Seaton in the loss.

Oyster Bar 70, Glass & Screen 57
Three double-figure scoring efforts paced the Anna
Maria Oyster Bar over Anna Maria Glass & Screen on
Monday, Jan. 26, to avenge a two-point loss back on
Jan. 5.
Point guard David Buck and center Gary Scott
again led the Oyster Bar with 20 and 18 points respec-
tively, while Spencer Carper completed the double-fig-
ure scoring with 11 points. Matt McDonough added
nine points and Jacob Stebans had five to round out the
scoring for the Oyster Bar.
Taylor Manning led all scorers with 24 points and
Tyler Bekkerus had 14 points to lead Anna Maria Glass
& Screen in the loss. Zach Schield added eight points,
while Billy Malfese scored six and Franklin Moore had
four to complete the scoring.

ReMax 74, Beach House 43
ReMax raced to a 74-43 victory past the Beach
House Restaurant behind 26 points from Chad
Richardson and 16 points from Clay Orr during the Jan.
26 contest. Mike Cramer added 12 points, while Steve
Seaton and Derek Mendez finished with eight points
Chase Parker's 12 points and eight points each
from Sam Lott and Justin Hessinger led the Beach
House, which also received seven points from Mike
Wallen and five points from Sarah White in the loss.

Division I:
Ralph's 30, Beach Lounge 28
Zach Beeker scored eight of his game-high 17 points
in the fourth quarter to lift Rotten Ralph's Waterfront
Restaurant to a Jan. 28 come-from-behind victory over
Jesse's Beach Lounge. Broderick West added seven
points, while Whitney Bauer, Casey Dalton and Ben
Valdivieso chipped in with two points apiece in the vic-
Jake Orr scored 11 points to lead Jesse's, which also
received six points apiece from Danielle and Dylan
Mullen and five points from Celia Ware in the loss.

Ralph's 55, S&S 51
Rotten Ralph's received 26 points from Zach
Beeker and 15 from Casey Dalton to help offset 39
points from S&S Industries' JoJo Wood during Ralph's
four-point victory Jan. 27. Ben Valdivieso chipped in
with nine points, while Broderick West's three points
and two points from Whitney Bauer rounded out the
scoring for Ralph's.
Mike Schweitzer scored eight points and Jarrot
Nelson added four points to complete the S&S
Indurstries scoring efforts.

Mermaid 47, Paradise 45
Sign of the Mermaid received double-figure scoring
efforts from three players to offset 27 points from A Para-
dise Realty forward Jordan Graeff during its 47-45 victory

Anna Maria Island Community

Center basketball schedule

Premier (ages 14-17)
Feb. 7 10a.m.
Feb. 7 11 a.m.
Feb. 9 7 p.m.
Feb. 9 8 p.m.
Division I (ages 12-13)
Feb. 4 8 p.m.
Feb. 7 5 p.m.
Feb. 7 6 p.m.
Feb. 9 6 p.m.
Feb. 10 8 p.m.
Division II (ages 10-11)
Feb. 4 7 p.m.
Feb. 5 8 p.m.
Feb. 6 7 p.m.
Feb. 6 8 p.m.
Feb. 7 3 p.m.
Feb. 7 4 p.m.
Division III (ages 8-9)
Feb. 5 7 p.m.
Feb. 6 6 p.m.
Feb. 7 1 p.m.
Feb. 7 2 p.m.
Feb. 10 7 p.m.
Instructional (ages 5-7)
Feb. 4 6 p.m.
Feb. 5 6 p.m.
Feb. 7 12 p.m.

ReMax vs. Beach House
Glass & Screen vs. Oyster Bar
ReMax vs. Oyster Bar
Beach House vs. Glass & Screen

Ralph's vs. A Paradise
Mermaid vs S&S
Jesse's vs. A Paradise
Mermaid vs. A Paradise
Mermaid vs. Jesse's

A&E vs. IRE
Danziger vs. STGC
Banks vs. Observer
IRE & Sinus vs. STGC
Danziger vs. Observer

Galati vs. Duncan
Bistro's vs. Harry's
Jessie's vs Galati
Duncan vs. Harry's
Jessie's vs. Harry's

Dips vs. Seaside
Seaside vs. Young's
Dips vs. Young's






Kim Kern's penalty kick provided the winning margin for the Manatee Her-icanes and advanced them to the

regional playoffs for the second straight season.

Jan. 26. Eric Friedenberg scored 14 points, while team-
mates Justin Dearlove and Ian Douglas finished with 13
and 12 points respectively. Matt Shafer added six points,
while Jamie Urch finished with two points.
Harrison Skaggs and Grant Lukitsch each scored
nine points to go along with Greaff's 27 points in the

Division III:
Jessie's 14, Duncan 13
Trevor Bystrom scored four of his game-high eight
points in the pivotal fourth quarter to help Jessie's Is-
land Store past Duncan Real Estate Saturday, Jan. 31,
in Division III basketball action. Stephanie Purnell,
Jack Titsworth and Zack Guerin each contributed two
points to the victory for Jessie's.
Josh Schmidt and Wyatt Hoffman led Duncan Real
Estate with four points apiece, while Courtney Schmidt
scored three points and Kyle Crum finished with two
points in the loss.

Harry's 11, Galati 5
Eight points from Glenn Bower helped Harry's
Continental Kitchens past Galati Marine in a Saturday,
Jan. 31, Division III basketball matchup. Dylan Riley
chipped in with two points, while teammate Zach
Facheris finished with one point in the victory.
Kelly Guerin's three points and two points from
Daniel Pimental paced Galati Marine in the loss.

Bistros 14, Duncan 8
Eight points from Molly McDonough and six
points from Hailey Dearlove helped the Bistros fore-
close on Duncan Real Estate Friday, Jan. 30, in Divi-
sion III action.
Josh Schmidt led Duncan with three points, while
Giorgio Gomez and Emily White finished with two
points apiece in the loss.

Harry's 10, Jessie's 6
Glen Bower scored all the points for Harry's Con-
tinental Kitchens during its 10-6 victory Thursday, Jan.
29, over Jessie's Island Store. Jessie's was led by
Trevor Bystrom's four points and two points from
Alexis Mitchell in the loss.

Bistros 12, Galati 5
Hailey Dearlove's 10 points helped the Bistros to
a seven-point victory over Galati Marine Tuesday, Jan.
27, in Division III basketball action. Molly
McDonough and Max Miller completed the Bistros
scoring with two points each.
Tia Borso and Stephanie Schenk scored two points

apiece to lead Galati Marine, which also received one
point from Kelly Guerin in the loss.

Registration for Little League
winds down
The last chance to register players for the Anna
Maria Island Little League is Thursday, Feb. 5, from 5-
9 p.m. at the Center. Tryouts will follow Saturday, Feb.
7, starting at 10:30 a.m. for players ages 8-9. Players
ages 10-12 will follow at noon, with the 5-7-year-olds
trying out at 1:30 p.m.
The 10-12s get back at it Tuesday, Feb. 10, at 6
p.m. while the 8-9s have a second session Wednesday
Feb. 11, also at 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 13, at 6 p.m. is the
last tryout for the 5-7-old age 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 additional
Coaches are needed for all age groups. If interested or
if you need more information, call the Center at 778-1908

Kim Kern leads soccer Her-icanes
to regionals
To quote Yogi Berra, "it's d6ja vu all over again"
for Kim Kern and her Manatee Her-icane soccer team-
mates after Kern's penalty kick ended over 100 min-
utes of soccer during the class 5A District 11 semifi-
nal game Wednesday, Jan. 28, in Venice.
Kern granddaughter of Island residents Ellie
and Tom Kern was the last player to kick in the
penalty kick shootout that decided Wednesday's game
between Punta Gorda Charlotte and Manatee after the
two teams battled to a scoreless tie through regulation


Basketball league standings
as of Feb. 2

Team 14
Premier League
Oyster Bar
Glass & Screen
Beach House
Division I
A Paradise
S&S Industries
Rotten Ralph's

'ins/Losses Team
Division II
7-1 IRE 6-0
3-5 Banks
4-4 STGC
2-7 Observer
A&E 2-6
5-2 Division III
4-4 Bistros
3-4 Jessie's
0-7 Harry's






Pilates class beginning

at Island Art League
Registration is open for two new pilates
classes at the Anna Maria Island Art League,
5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach, with Preston
Whaley Jr. as instructor.
The eight-week course at the beginning level
will begin 9 a.m. Monday, Feb. 16, and continue
on Monday through April 5, and an intermedi-
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available at 778-2099.

time and two overtimes.
Courtney Foley and Angela Sheehan's goals gave
Manatee a 2-1 lead, but Charlotte's last kicker notched her
penalty kick to put the game in Kern's hands, err feet.
Kern calmly stepped up and buried her shot in the lower
right corer of the goal to end the marathon game.
Last season as a freshman, it was Kern's penalty
kick that provided the winning margin in a 3-2 victory
over Riverview High that sent Manatee to its first re-
gional playoff game in five seasons.
Now Kern and her teammates are making a habit
of it, though they're costing their coach (this writer)
valuable hair follicles in the process.
The injury-ravaged Her-icanes lost 4-0 to Lake-
wood Ranch in the district championship game, but its
season now moves south to Cape Coral for a regional
quarterfinal game at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 5.


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NICKELS: INDIAN HEAD, 75, no dates, $10; 13 with
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DR. DAVE BAND at Bongo's on Manatee Avenue
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DISCOVER PILATES: Eight-weeks, beginning
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toIall, errnd.dled :.,lh .:..-r 5,700 sq.ft. The
mr Ian h .,.,ha, F 5B- a 1 BR/1BA own-
er: quarter. :pac.:..i: .-..ap around porch,
10f.h .:eilir.: hard. .:.o.d floors and many
rore lu.u.r.:.,.s feature; There are three pri-
.alte p.:.,.l:.de gue; .:::-naqes each with 1 BR/
I BA oi.all, im..deled :-elax by the heated
p..l o-n .:..er I 2 a:re .f land. You have to
ee th,; prcperr, 11. I -14':. 000. MLS# 99042.

. i quit e.-. Thi: pr .:. erty is ::.-.,i ll,, ,
tir-n.h-, j- r . J t.. ..: t i /ou. There is also
. ..:.-,i,,ft,, b :.a~ .:.: .-,earby. Fabulous
,,.-,,.:d lr, n-, .i ,j le. A great beach
h,,.J :.... ...f i. ,*LS# 97497.

VILLA SOFIA 3BR/3BA Tuscan/Italian
villa with open-air rooftop terrace offering
an amazing 3600 view of the Island, Gulf
and bay. Turnkey furnished. Maplewood
kitchen with Corian countertops. Thick solid
maplewood floors throughout the house.
Swimming pool with water sterilized by ul-
tra-violet treatment. Elegant and beautiful!
$879,000. MLS# 98112

proximately one acre in an area of large
luxury homes. Direct access to Bay and
Gulf. Build your luxurious dream home in a
private secluded subdivision in Manatee
County. $575,000. MLS# 88937.


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AHHH! PARADISE!! P ectacular sunrises
.;, ri :., .-.3:1-, ,T,:': ,,-,. WVatch the boats
: iL ..-,: .{h, d:,lc,,-, : h- lic. See the Sky-
.. E,.d:- I..1i-,'t ..p 3;: evening. This is
. Ih,.j i: 3,-,J l .,-, : -. o Cr. ut. $ ,895,000.
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HOME that faces south towards the pond.
Bright and sunny interior. Dream kitchen
with new cabinets and Corian countertops.
Great room for relaxing. There is also a
package of new furniture included. Lawn
care, clubhouse, exercise room and much
more al included with your monthly fee.
Only minutes to the Gulf beaches.
$349,000. MLS# 96980.

ian villa with open-air rooftop terrace ..fferng
an amazing 360 view of the Islana Gull and
bay. Turnkey furnished. Maplewood Ilitcher
with Corian countertops. Th'.:.k sid
maplewood floors throughout the- h.:,us
Swimming pool with water sterilized b, ulra.
violet treatment. Elegant and beauIifi,.,l
$879,000. MLS# 98114.

super clean and neat 4BR/3BA i..:-:a,
garage home has been expanded and up-
dated with high quality materials and work-
manship. Easy to maintain, easy to pur-
chase and easy to move-in. $679,000.
MLS# 97720.

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beach going family 3BR/2BA newer
home built in 1996 with Gulf views. Many
extra features including a big sleeping
porch on the beach side, master suite with
large walk-in shower, large rec. room for
entertaining and outside patio. 150 steps to
the beautiful Gulf Beaches of Anna Maria
Island. $828,000. MLS# 98454.

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YARD SALE SATURDAY, Feb. 7, 9am-1pm. Tools,
household items, linens, jewelry and more. 204
Crescent Drive, Anna Maria (corner of Spring and

LOST: CELL PHONE. Lost in Holmes Beach area.
Please call 778-3390.

LOST CAT: Vicinity of 71st Street, Holmes Beach.
Looks like a Maine-coon cat with black striping and
white paws. Has medium-length hair. Answers to
"Bootsy." Reward: $150. Call 730-1086.

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.

1983 HONDA GOLDWING 1100cc, new paint.
Doesn't have touring package, rides well, needs a
tune-up, liquid cooled shaft driven. $800. Call 778-

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


Norman *t

Realty INc
p, 3101 Gulf Drive,
Holmes Beach, FL 34217
(941) 778-6696 Office
(941) 778-4364 Fax
Kathy Caserta 1-800-367-1617 Toll-Free
Realtor, GRI, CRS (941) 778-6943 Home
(941) 704-2023 Cell

water paradise. Sunsets, back water, Egmont or
custom trips. See dolphins and manatees. Call 778-
7459 or 720-5470.

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

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.

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
traffic Island office. Top splits, sign-on bonus. Call
Wedebrock Real Estate today! "Personalized, not
Franchised". Call Joe Pickett, 383-5543.

The Islander

Thanks for reading the
best news on Anna
Maria Island since 1992!

REACH RICHARD 1-800-865-0800

p.' Professional Island Service
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CONDOS Brand nv,.- Great squar: I,:,,:1, ,.
healed pool j4.,0..,14'll' and '46,.,ii)4.

IDUPL'L Old Fl.:,rda .:.mrrm.nr.,., t.:.,ai d.:..k
steps t b3:ach $599.0'0J

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REAL ESTATE AGENTS! Busy office, best loca-
tion, best commissions. Call today! Robin or
Jesse, 778-7244.

TEACHERS NEEDED! Part-time math tutor needed
at Sylvan Learning Center in west Bradenton. Work
two days a week, after school hours. Please call

and full-time available. Must be reliable, fun and
willing to meet state training requirements. Above
average salary. Call 778-1698.

Physical moving and lifting required. Call Larry, 778-
2882. Fat Cat Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning.

sole practitioner. Must be well organized, have good
computer and telephone skills and relate well to all
types of people. Casual work environment close to
the Island. Legal experience preferred but will train
the right person. Please e-mail your resume to
kendra@presswoodlaw.com or call 749-6433.

HELP WANTED: Apply for all positions at Ooh La
La! Bistro, 5406 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.

JOURNALIST: Part-time reporter sought for city
beat and features writing by The Islander. Must
have journalism education, experience or back-
ground relevant to government reporting. E-mail
resumes to news@ Islander.org, fax 778-9392 or
mail/deliver to office, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach FL 34217.

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Looking for Just One More Nice Family

for a Great New Little Neighborhood
Just one unit left in a brand new,
direct Gulffront, three-unit condominium
at 3716 Gulf Drive in Holmes Beach


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of living space (1,820 A/C, 317 Veranda)
special features
enities: Private elevator, heated pool and spa, gas grill, two
rage spaces.

inoramic Gulfviews Must see to fully appreciate

Call Pat McConnell

78-7845 or (863)698-4401 cell
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en you choose Chase you
re guaranteed by a variety
of products offered by one of the
nation's top mortgage lenders.
Plus, the knowledge of loan
officers like Ron Hayes who
are familiar with and dedicated
to your local community. RON HAYES
So, whatever your mortgage
needs fixed rate, adjustable rate, jumbo, govern-
ment, call Ron locally for a free consultation at
(941) 761-9808 (24 hours) or (800) 559-8025.

Monhattan Mortgoge Corporation
1*9Y~PP~iE~ d.C.I.


401 Clark Lane Holmes Beach
sq.ft., washer/dryer each side. Decks, porches,
storerooms. Good rental history. $529,000.


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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.

GULF BEACH 2BR/2BA, view, pool, beautiful vacation spot.
MARTINQUE Gulffront 2BR/2BA, pool, tennis, elevators.
5400 GULFFRONT complex, 1 and 2BRs, pool.
BEACHFRONT 3BR/2BA home, tastefully decorated.
CAYMAN CAY 2BR/2BA, pool, gazebo across from beach.
5508C MARINA DRIVE 778-0807 800-956-0807
yrealt7@aol.com *www.tdollyyoungrealestate.com


BAYVIEW Beautiful 2BR/2BA home with unobstructed views
of bay. Large loft for offices or bedroom, wood floors, turnkey
furnished. $575,000.

CANALFRONT CONDO Lovely 2BR/1BA canalfront unit
with waterviews. Offers boat dock, open porch and some fur-
nishings. $275,000.

GULF FRONT Exceptional views from this 2BR/2BA end
unit at Coquina Beach Club. Nicely maintained, Mexican tile
floors, turnkey furnished, heated pool. $810,000.

the place to be both for fun and wonderful food along with old-
time atmosphere. You just don't find anymore open dining with
seating for 60+ with boat dockage. $275,000.

INESTORS: Isljnd dupl\ ANNA MARIA beachhouse
i .l.c ti.: tb~x~h G ia r,.nijl with guest cottage, and sepa-
hIh.,) $4'',ri00 rate buildable lot. $1,950,000.

Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate, Inc



3BR/2BA waterfront home. Room for pool or to expand.
On deep-water canal with direct access to Tampa Bay.
Large backyard with view down canal to Bimini Bay.

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.

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

B M SiiSLCoast
Island Shopping Center 5402 Marina Drive
Holmes Beach, Florida 34217 www.suncoastinc.com





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

'. jor retirement home with large
family room. Newly remodeled in-
acluding carpet, paint inside and
out, kitchen and bath updated.
Detached garage with workshop
li- and utility room. Extra deep lot.
.$118,900. Dial the Duncans at
778-1589 eves.


COMMERCIAL Located in the historic district of
Bradenton Beach, this ground-level block building is 100-
feet to the bay with commercial zoning. The 50-by-100-
foot lot has lots of possibilities. $475,000
75+ Gulffront rental units with hun-
dreds more just steps from the beach.

Mike :

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Simply the Best

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CORNER UNIT Directly on the Gulf next to the public beach.
2BR/2BA, completely updated with tile floors throughout and
all new furniture and completely turnkey. $795,000.

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GULFFRONT MOTEL Ten-unit beachfront motel. 130-foot
Gulf frontage. Large inground spa.


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HELPWANED Cntiued0 SEVICS Cntined ERVCES ontnue

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 ref-
erences. Edward 778-3222.

LET US DRIVE YOU! Shopping, medical appoint-
ments, airports, cruise ports. Flat rates. Sunshine
Car Service. Serving the Islands. 778-5476.

puter misbehaving? Certified computer service and
private lessons. Special $30 per hour- free advice.

wash away mildew, dirt and salt. Thorough, reason-
able and reliable. Free estimates, licensed and in-
sured. 778-0944.

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

K.A.S. CLEANING LLC: Employee owned, servicing
private homes, condos, rentals and seasonal
homes. Concierge services and home watch.
Bonded, insured. 730-5318.

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

C I ". f I ,rl P i "

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-controlled
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. $775,000.

2BR/1BA, 1BR/1BA, fireplace, new A/C in larger unit, large stor-
age room with washer/dryer hookup, screened porch, deck and
fruit trees, located across from community center activities for
all ages. $369,900.

Marina Pointe

Realty Co.

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

Storage Units Available!

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.

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.

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.

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, apartments
and homes. Experienced and insured. Free esti-
mates. Call 729-3030.

CLEANINGS-R-JOB: Will clean your residence,
office, 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.

MR. BILL'S HOME REPAIR/maintenance service.
Over 30 years experience, self-employed in con-
struction trades. "I'm handy to have around."


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An immaculate home, just steps to fabulous
Bean Point on the very tip of Anna Maria.
Impeccably maintained, this elevated home
features a casual floor plan with completely
enclosed garage and workshop. Large lot
with plenty of room for a pool or future expan-
sion. A top floor addition would have nice
water views. Don't miss this great home or
perfect weekend getaway. Offered at



9906 Gulf Drive 941 778-0455
Anna Maria www.greenreal.com

The 2004
Tour of Homes
Raffle Tickets Available Now at
Green Real Estate
'1 Each or 6 for '5 proceeds
benefit the Anna Moria Island
Community Center.

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.

vehicles, best prices. Fully permitted at all airports.
Call 779-0043.

CLEANING WITH 'TENDER loving care." Residen-
tial experts. We pay attention to every detail. You
will not be disappointed. 795-2502 or 737-5797.

"GET MOORE FOR your money" with Lew Moore.
Complete tree services and chipping, estate/ga-
rage/shed cleanup. Five years on Anna Maria Is-
land. Call 761-7629.

DISCOVER PILATES: Eight-weeks, beginning and
intermediate sessions at the Anna Maria Island Art
League. Beginning-level class, 9am Mondays, Feb.
16-April 5; intermediate-level 6pm Wednesday, Feb.
18-April 5,. $64 for eight-week session. Certified
Pilates Instructor: Preston Whaley Jr., Physicalmind
Institute. Pre-register a week in advance. For more
information and to register, call 778-2099.

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

HANDYMAN SERVICES Scott Fulton, owner, Is-
land resident. Pressure washing a specialty. Free
estimate, many references. 713-1907 cell, 778-
4192 home.

ONLINE SERVICE: Did you know you can place
classified ads and subscribe on line with our secure
server? Check it out at www.islander.org.

THE ROYAL MAID Service, licensed, bonded, in-
sured. Professional, experienced maids, free esti-
mate, gift certificates available. Please call 727-9337.

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

108 2nd St. N Bradenton Beach

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1BR/1BA, close to shops and restaurants,
one block to beach.
Well maintained, inside and out.
Terry Hayes, 302-3100

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S L A N D EC S I -

BEACH SERVICE air conditioning, heat, refrigiera-
tion. Commercial and residential service, repair
and/or replacement. Serving Manatee County and
the Island since 1987. For dependable, honest and
personalized service, call William Eller, 795-7411.

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

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

PIANO AND KEYBOARD lessons. Call Jack Elka,

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

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

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

MORE CLASSIFIEDS equals more readers. The
Islander, the best news on the island since 1992!

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

Lawns, native plants, mulching, trimming, hauling,
cleanup. Island resident 25 years. Call 807-1015.

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.

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

lation. Huge selection of plants, shrubs and trees. Ir-
rigation. Everything Under the Sun Garden Centre,
5704 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. 778-4441.

clean-ups, pruning, irrigation, trees, edging, rip-rap,
mulch, rock, patios, shell, seawall fill. Reliable and
insured. 727-5066.

SHELL DELIVERED and spread. $30/yard. Haul-
ing: all kinds of gravel, mulch, top soil with free es-
timates. Call Larry at 795-7775, "shell phone"

COMING SOON! Two beautiful new 3/2 homes at 306 56th St.
Preconstruction pricing starting at $495.000.
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-215-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. fOn
86th St. W. Just minutes to the beach Starting at $208.500

Greg Oberh.efer, 720-0932
5500 Marina Drive Holmes Beach 778-7127

Oeqszt MM' fiZea P-stat z
419 Pine Ave., Anna Maria FL 34216 PO Box 2150 (941) 778-2291
EVENINGS 778-2632 FAX (941) 778-2294

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Superialive 4BR'3BA executive estate on one
full acre of beaulriully landscaped grounds.
Amenities include hardwood and tile floors, vaulted ceilings with crown molding, central vac
and security-intercom system, Corian countertops, gas fireplace and heated free-form pool with
spa, French doors, leaded glass, palladian and octagon windows, formal dining room, eat-in
kitchen with adjoining family room, separate game room and private master suite with walk-
in closets, whirlpool tub, balcony and so much more! Priced at $885,000. Don't miss it!
BROCHURE Visit our Website at www.betsyhills.com

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bea.:h Build u fo lr .uI 'e,','e .- ',r .l |Ir,. '-.rr.,n(
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ANNA MARIA',- Cll lo.j1, Ir ,ew.3

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

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

mates. 35-year Island resident. Call Jim Bickal at

CHRISTIE'S PLUMBING Island and off-Island ser-
vice since 1975. Repairs and new construction.
Free estimates, no overtime charges. Now certify-
ing back flow at water meters. (FL#RF0038118)
778-3924 or 778-4461.

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

TILE TILE TILE. All variations of ceramic tile 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#CGCO61519,
#CCC057977, #PE0020374. Insured. Accepting
MasterCard/Visa. 720-0794.

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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.

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

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

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

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, pressure washing, handyman, plumbing
and electrical, light hauling, tree trimming. Call 778-
6170 or 447-2198.

TILE/PAINT/HOME repair. Quality and value serv-
ing Manatee County since 1982. Free estimate, all
work guaranteed. Call 524-0088.

ISLAND HOME REPAIRS: Painting, carpentry, drywall
repairs, electrical, plumbing, roof repairs. All home
repairs. No job too small. New number, 321-3026.

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 seasonal,
$2,500/month. Bayfront cottages also available with
docks from $1,500/month, $500/week. Call 794-
5980, or www.divefish.com.

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

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

VACATION & SEASONAL Private beach, some loca-
tions. Units are complete. Rates seasonally adjusted.
$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 721-1784.

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.

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/
month. 746-8666.

OFFICE OR TWO-chair hair salon for rent. 112
52nd St., Holmes Beach. $475/month. 746-8666.

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

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.

waterfront apartment on north end of Anna Maria.
$1,750/month. Call 778-5445.

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:

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/1 BA TOTALLY renovated duplex with under-
cover parking, storage area, washer/dryer. Steps to
Gulf and bay. 2516-E Avenue B in Bradenton
Beach. $750/month. (813) 300-8543.

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

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. Available February, March, April. Call
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CANCELLATION DUE to illness. Direct Gulffront
condo, newly furnished, 3BR/2BA, heated pool,
Jacuzzi, tennis. Available February-March. 794-
8877 or 730-5393.

SEASONAL: Nicely furnished 2BR/1BA, dock, du-
plex. Three-month minimum. $1,950/month. No
pets. Call 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 1BR apartments. Anna Maria Island, sea-
sonal rentals. Washer/dryer. $550/week, $1,900
month. Call 778-1098. Pets welcome!

EL CONQUISTADOR inches from PGA course.
Heated pool, washer/dryer, sunset view over
courts, clubhouse, Sarasota Bay. 2BR/2BA, fur-
nished. Available February, March, or annually.
Call 750-0648 or 302-1970.

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 subdivision,
water/garbage paid, $1,400/month. No pets, non-
smoking. 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 turnisnea WI I Il upical yard
setting. one of the finest rentals on Island. $1,500/
weekly or $5,200/monthly. Call 713-4805 or e-mail:

Westbay Point and Moorings. Direct waterfront,
Skyway view, 2BR/2BA, upgraded. Old Florida Re-
alty 778-3377, or Sharon Annis, 713-9096.

ANNUAL RENTALS: 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.

2BR/2BA LUXURY CONDO, steps to beach, over-
looks pool, tennis, sauna. Available February,
March, April. $3,300/month, $1,000/week. E-mail:
chickenplucker@webtv.net, or call (863) 688-3524.

IDEAL OFFICE SPACE for lease, Loggerhead
Junction in beautiful Holmes Beach. Small office
park within walking distance to the beach. 465 to
930 sq.ft. Inland Southeast Property Management,

ANNUAL RENTALS: Excellent values. 1BR 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.

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 or 778-5412.

ANNUAL SPACIOUS 2BR/1BA, covered parking,
laundry, bay view, steps to Gulf. $895/month, plus
electric. Call 778-5412 or (585) 473-9361.

laundry, porch, close to beach. First, last, security.
$995/month. Call (585) 473-9361 or 778-5412.

ANNUAL 2BR/2BA CONDO: Waterfront, furnished,
includes utilities. Enclosed parking, secure entry.
$1,450/month. Call 737-7121.

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.
$1,400/month, Garbage paid. No pets. Call 798-
9765 or 704-6383.

ANNUAL RENTAL 2BR/1BA. $800/month, plus utili-
ties. 7502 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Call 778-
5734 or 794-1664.

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 778-2695.

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 Realty,

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NEW 2BR/2BA, washer/dryer, central air condition-
ing, furnished. 55-plus park, across from beach.
Seasonally $2,400/month or annually $1,400/
month. Call 778-4349.

$450/week, plus tax, cleaning and deposit. Nicely
furnished. Nonsmoking. Call 778-3320.

Charming 2BR/2BA, washer/dryer, kitchen appli-
ances, screened porch, spacious yard, Gulfview.
Unfurnished, $1,500/month. Annual rental. Small
pets allowed. Send e-mail to:

ANNUAL RENTAL 2BR/1BA, garage, laundry
hook-up, one block to beach. $850/month. Adults
only. Call 778-1550.

a two-unit property. 2BR/1BA, completely reno-
vated and furnished. New washer/dryer, micro-
wave. Three-minute walk to beach. Seasonal,
$2,000/month. Call Ron, 761-9808.

POOL.HOME for your Florida holiday rental! 3BR/
2BA, furnished, including grill. At the end of Perico
Island causeway. $750/week, discounts for longer.
Call 753-8709 or www.suzanneshomes.com.

LAST CHANCE! 1-3BR homes from $1,500. Call
Duncan Real Estate, 779-0304.

Gulf, lanai, washer/dryer. $795/month, first, last,
security. Call 778-5412 or (585) 473-9361.


2904 Ave. C, Holmes Beach, 2BR/2BA elevated home. $369,900.
2910 Gulf Dr. Holmes Beach duplex. 2BR/1BA and 1BR/IBA. $315,000.
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Duncan Real Estate, 779-0304.

ANNUAL RENTAL: Northwest Bradenton, spacious
3BR/2BA home, washer/dryer, two-car garage.
$1,250/month. Pet friendly. Fran Maxon Real Es-
tate, 778-2307.

now Palma Sola townhouse, 2BR, heated pool
and boat slip, $2,500/month, $750/week; Tara
Golf Club villa with heated pool and golf course.
$2,000/month. Available April only Longboat
Village bungalow, 2BR, near bay and restaurants,
$2,700/month; Perico Bay villa, heated pool, ten-
nis, $2,500/month. Real Estate Mart, 756-1090.

miles from beach, washer/dryer. Adults only.
$800/month, first, last, security. Call 794-3825 or

ground-floor unit, half-block to beach, $395/week;
$1,275/month. Available immediately. Call 342-
9456, or cell (239) 410-4466.

SEASONAL ENJOY THE sunsets from this
Gulfview, 2BR/2BA duplex. Steps to beach. Avail-
able February at reasonable rates due to cancel-
lation. Also available Easter. Call 779-9470.

GARAGE WANTED to store collector car from Fla-
mingo Cay to Holmes Beach area. $50/month. Call
792-3146, evening only.

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NEAR BEACH! 1BR 750 sf, tile floor, annual
rental. First, last, security. $795/month, plus utili-
ties. 778-1098.

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.

3BA, 3,000 sq.ft. under roof, completely updated
kitchen with Corian and KitchenAid appliances, up-
dated plumbing and A/C, large pool, new Trex dock
with 10,000-lb. boat lift and Waverunner lift. Trav-
ertine 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 in-
clude deeded beach, pool, docking, clubhouse and
more. $279,000. Call 383-3751.

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and the best results from classified ads and service

landscaped on oversized lot. This two-
story, recently renovated triplex is a
great Island investment. Two units
fully furnished for seasonal or annual
tenants. Upstairs 2BR unit has vaulted
ceilings and porches on three sides.
Plenty of room to add a pool. Only
one block to the beach! $449,000
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less than two miles to the beautiful Gulf beaches!

Perico Isles Circle

home with
pool, new
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Enjoy the clubhouse, exercise room,
sauna and tennis. Call...

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.

COMMERCIAL LOT Seller is a builder. Will STATELY ISLAND HOME with that Island
build to suit if need and go through the pro- flair. A complete remodel in 2000. Attention
cesses with the county to obtain permitting, paid to detail from Anderson windows to total
Going through initial process now. Perfect lo- intercom system in every room. 5BR/5.5BA
cation for a doctor or lawyers offices. Zoned and coral fireplace. A must seel $995,000.
PRM. $320,000. Call Cindy Grazar at 778- Quentin Talbert, 704-9680.
4800 or 504-5176.



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 ap-
pointment 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,
tennis, under-building parking. Newly turnkey fur-
nished, walk to beach and shopping. For informa-
tion call, 795-3778. $339,900.

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.

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.

2BR/2BA HOUSE with separate 1BR/1BA guest
room. Large lot, room for a pool. Boat dock, two-
car garage, turnkey furnished. Excellent rental.
5905 Flotilla Drive, Holmes Beach. $449,000. Call

FOR SALE BY owner. 3BR/2BA on canal with dock
and pool. $639,000. 304 Iris, Anna Maria. 778-7508.

ANNA MARIA ISLAND: Gulf Drive commercial,
3,000 sq.ft., concrete block. Zoned C-2, high traffic
area, Gulfview. $799,000. Call 730-9440.

plan, two years old. $639,000. For pictures and vir-
tual tour www.philpaxton.com. Phil Paxton, Re/Max
Gulfstream Realty, 920-1363.

2BR/2BA LAKEFRONT condo, Meadowcroft in
Bradenton. Completely furnished. $120,000. Con-
tact Dan, 518-9303 or 795-5100 evenings.

EIGHT-UNIT APARTMENT building in Toledo, Ohio.
Trade for Anna Maria condo/home/duplex. Great cash
flow. Call (734) 243-9006. Leave message.

$60 LOT/FOOT Gulfside, Willow at Gulf. Divorce -
must sell. Call attorney, (973) 344-8666, ext. 350.

ANNA MARIA CONDO 2BR, view of the bay. Walk
to beach. Only $269,900. Call Denise Langlois,
Coldwell Banker, 751-1155. IB#96011.

Street, total of 1.3 acres (MOL). Offered at $400K
each. Longview Realty, 383-6112.

LONGBOAT KEY CONDO recently remodeled
2BR/2BA end unit, first floor, carport, patio, club-
house, heated pool, private beach, boat docking.
$325,000. Owner, 383-4788.

WHY PAY $600,000 for a canal home? 3BR/2BA
canal home, deep water, no bridges, dock, direct
access to Intracoastal. Two-car garage. 2.5 miles
from beach. $429,000. 778-1086.


SPECTACULAR BAYFRONT home, gorgeous view
of water and bird sanctuary from every room. Modern
3BR/2BA two-story, with caged heated pool, updated
kitchen, downstairs playroom, five-car garage and
spacious backyard. Best deal in town! $549,000. Tim,

MOBILE HOME and lot for sale. Sunny Shores on
Palma Sola Bay near beach. 2BR/2BA, central air and
heat. No restrictions. $79,000. Call 795-5089.

PERICO BAY VILLA Gated community, 2BR/2BA,
nicely furnished. Tennis, heated pool. $259,900. Real
Estate Mart, 756-1090.

PALMA SOLA PARK 3BR/2BA with two-car garage.
Close to shopping and beach. Priced to sell.
$231,500. Call Rich Bohnenberger Realty, 778-0355.

Green home. Family room, two-car garage. $224,900.
Call owner Fred, 756-1090.

minium. Large turnkey-furnished 1BR unit with out-
standing rental history. Heated pool being installed.
$350,000. Call Barry or Ted, 778-3314. Island Vaca-
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$395,000 over 2,200 sq.ft.
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Kid's name
Montana tribe
Half of a classic comedy
Ready to be drawn
point (never)
Monster-sighting spot
Car bars
"Moon River" composer
Bite site?
Daring deed
Threatening sign
Looks to the future
Shoot a ray
Dragster's pride
Comes close
Important constituent of
igneous rocks
"Casablanca" actor
"Casablanca" music
Blockbuster offering
Pint in a pub
The Joker and Batman,
Mario of the N.B.A.
Medical research grp.
One who says "one
club," e.g.
Carmaker Maserati
Not very
Nixon impeachment
hearings chairman
No-cal drink
Chip off the old block

66 Got together
67 Point in a space
shuttle's trip
70 Provides provender
71 Area of 1940's mil.
72 Pair at sea
73 Skater of cinema
74 Mediterranean capital
75 "That'll be the day!"
79 Boxing's Oscar
80 "My Name Is Asher
(Chaim Potok
81 Manhandles
84 Studies late
85 Sends up
86 Plasterboards
88 Needle
89 Hair holder, some-
90 "Walk (1964
Warwick hit)
91 St.-Germain's river
92 Windshield option
93 Jacket materials
95 Applause
96 Very fat cats
99 Spray with bouquet
101 Author who covered
the Spanish-American
War for New York
104 Court site, with "The"
105 Linen hue
106 Cry made with a head-
107 Mass communication?
108 Stink
109 Slip through the cracks
110 Silent signals
111 Bolt to bond

"Suzanne" songwriter
Memo starter
Ferry river
Scout warmer
Like a certain birth-
Setting for TV's
Fictional reporter
Wins big, with "up"
10, in a way: Abbr.
Gets by
Ones with homes
away from home
Der _(Adenauer)
In-basket stamp: Abbr.
Visibly shaken
Reporter's asset
Writer Zora
Off-the-wall play
Farmyard female
Private reply
"I'm impressed!"
Big bother
Kind of wrench
Back in
Rap sheet listing
Like some threats
Takes in or lets out
Not one of the majors
Perfume part
Innocents, e.g.
Gutter site

57 Conversion targets
58 Fabulous storyteller
59 Monopoly grp.
63 Russian range
64 Burn
65 "I'm outta here"
66 Cries like a baby
68 "Duino Elegies" poet
69 It's good at raising
72 "For the life ...
76 Isolate during the
77 Junior's junior
78 Postpaid end.
79 Kind of candidate

81 Spindle for a
grinding wheel
82 "Seascape" play-
83 Novel banned in the
U.S. until 1933
85 Lord Peter Wimsey
87 Very sorry
88 Shred
89 Rock cruster
91 Sex researcher Hite
92 Evidence of sloppi-
93 Gulf of_ (Joseph
Conrad story setting)

94 Push
96 Watch
97 Alliance
98 Salon sound
99 Sounds of under-
100 Therefore
102 Howe'er
103 Toronto-to-Ottawa

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2217 GULF DR. N.
(941) 778-2246
(800) 211-2323

cal bayfront setting with 3BR/2BA older
home on a large 75-by-198-foot lot with
deep-water dockage. Short distance to
beach. Remodel or build new. Dave
Moynihan, 778-2246. #93749. $945,000


LOCATION! LOCATION! This beautiful
building lot is adjacent to the future Villa
Rosa Subdivision. Deeded canal ac-
cess through Lot 88 (rear) for entrance
and dockage. Laurie Dellatorre. 778-
2246. #97809. S514.900

ISLAND DUPLEX. Meticulously main-
tained duplex, west of Gulf drive. Steps
to prime beach. Each unit offers 2BR/
2BA, turnkey furnished. Large decks and
lush tropical setting. Dave Moynihan,
778-2246. #98098. $797,500

ISLAND DUPLEX Elevated duplex
2BR/1BA each side with separate utili-
ties. Recent renovations new vinyl sid-
ing, kitchen cabinets, vanities, appli-
ances, stairways and balconies. Dave
Moynihan. 778-2246. -96341.

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

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 & Peter Uliano. 358-7990.
"99737. S348.900

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