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Arvida's Perico Island fate may rest with DCA
By Rick Catlin
The future of the Arvida Corporation's planned 898-
unit condominium project on Perico Island may rest with
the Florida Department of Community Affairs.
That's because the DCA has to rule on a compre-
hensive-plan amendment passed by the Bradenton City
Council that, if approved, could allow the project to
proceed without further legal challenges.
Objections to the amendment have been filed with
the DCA by the Tampa Bay Regional Planning Coun-
By Rick Catlin
The Holmes Beach City Commission agreed at its
Feb. 10 meeting that Patrick and Angela Kabris of 101
75th St. have a unique piece of property. A portion is
zoned R-2 (medium-density residential), while a second
parcel is zoned R-1 for private recreational purposes.
What the commission didn't agree to was a request
by Kabris to amend the city's comprehensive plan and
future land-use map that would have changed the zon-
ing on the R-1 parcel to R-2.
Kabris needed the rezone to build two dwelling
units on the entire property and the request has gone
back and forth between the planning commission and
city commission the past five months.
The planning commission had recommended ap-
proval based upon a promise by Kabris to include deed
restrictions limiting the entire property to just the two
requested units even if adjacent property was later pur-
chased, if the amendment and zoning were approved by
That offer, however, fell on deaf ears.
City Attorney Patricia Petruff told commissioners
they should decide the issue without considering the
deed restrictions, just whether or not the existing land
use is consistent with the comprehensive plan.
Planning Commission Chairperson Sue Normand
said the deed restriction offer was the "primary reason"
the commission voted to recommend approval, after
first recommending denial of the request last October.
The deed restrictions would "reduce intensity" on
the property, Normand said.
Even Caleb Grimes, the attorney representing
Kabris, agreed the deed restrictions are not a contin-
gency for the commission to base a decision upon, but
the Kabrises would "stand by their statement to put in
the deed restrictions."
Commissioner Roger Lutz observed that under the
present R-l zoning, the property could be bought by a
condominium or homeowners association and a club-
house or cabana facility built there. Kabris currently
has a pool and cabana building on the property.
The real issue, Lutz said, is the threat of what can
be built on R-1 property. "We ought to look and change
the definition of R-1, but not piece by piece, so I'm not
Other commissioners agreed and voted 5-0 to deny
the requested amendment and accompanying zoning
Thompson appeal denied
Commissioners also voted to deny an appeal of a
building official's denial of a permit for property at 106
PLEASE SEE REZONING, PAGE 4
cil, Manatee County and the environmental group
"We've objected that this amendment does noth-
ing but allow Arvida to use wetlands that they can't
build on to compute the density for their project," said
Glenn Compton, ManaSota-88 executive director.
The group presently has two lawsuits against the
project:. one on the grounds that it does not conform
with Bradenton's current comprehensive plan and the
other on environmental issues.
Unfortunately, said Compton, if the DCA rules the
amendment is acceptable and Arvida conforms to the
amended plan, "that could remove our legal challenge
against the comp plan."
In other words, Arvida would have clear sailing for
"Not necessarily," observed Compton. "We still
have the environmental lawsuit, but a revised site plan
could conform to the amended comp plan and that chal-
lenge goes out the window." He said he wouldn't be
PLEASE SEE PERICO, NEXT PAGE
Historical, political, athletic and pop culture figures past and present had the opportunity to "meet and greet"
at the Anna Maria Elementary School fifth-grade "Biographers Tea." Here Nicole Botero as Cleopatra,
Molly Slicker as Lucille Ball, and Kristi Wickersham as Princess Diana exchange autographs. For more
pictures, see inside. Islander Photo: Diana Bogan
Cortez fishing festival this weekend
By Jim Hanson
For an historic village celebrating its heritage this
weekend, there's quite a bit new for the Cortez Com-
mercial Fishing Festival.
The old Miller dock is new, rebuilt to its original
utility stretching maybe 80 feet into the bay. The big
raffle prize is a brand new Coquina skiff built by hand
by volunteer craftsmen. And the newest in Cortez films
will be shown.
The 22nd annual festival will be Saturday and Sun-
day, Feb. 21-22. in the fishing village at the mainland
end of the Cortez Bridge. Admission is $2 per person,
parking is along the village streets or at Coquina Beach
or the Winn-Dixie lot at 7400 Cortez Road, with shuttle
buses all day between the remote parking lots and the
festival gate. New this year, hours of the festival will
be 10 a.m.-6 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday, although
Sunday will be quiet until 1 p.m. s far as music goes.
Proceeds will go toward making the final payment
of $63,000 on the FISH Preserve. That is the 95-acre
buffer between Cortez and unwanted development,
which Cortezians are buying through their Florida In-
stitute for Saltwater Heritage.
Cortez is one of the very few Florida fishing vil-
lages still pretty much in their historic condition, with
small houses and businesses and commercial fish
houses, all built by the Gulf's fish and mostly by mul-
let. The great mullet industry ended when inshore net
fishing was banned 1995 by statewide referendum, but
the fishing tradition goes on.
Among the many features of the festival will be
Cortez people cooking the traditional Cortez fish. An-
other gastronomical favorite will be strawberry
shortcake baked by members of the Cortez Village
Other food will range from seafood to Caribbean
to barbecue to chocolate pastries, not forgetting ham-
burgers for finicky kids.
Children will have their own fun there, in games
and rides and live sea critters. There will be displays of
arts and crafts and boat rides and displays of village
history, including the latest in Cortez films in the
Cortez Community Center.
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Perico Island fate to DCA
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surprised to see Arvida submit a new site plan in the
very near future, even without any DCA decision.
With a greater density allowance, Arvida could
.construct more buildings on the north Perico Island
property, but not as high as the 10-story structures. It
would still end up with the same 898 units that would
add an estimated 2,000 people to the Perico Island
"At a minimum, we would request public hearings
if the DCA approves the amendment," said Compton.
"We are assuming it will be approved, but we are
in a 'wait and see' mode."
Generally, the DCA renders a decision within 60
to 90 days after a comp-plan amendment is submitted,
Compton noted. The DCA could approve the amend-
ment, add conditions, reject the amendment, or return
the proposed amendment to Bradenton for more pub-
lic hearings, he said.
One thing does seem clear to Compton.
Arvida seems set on developing the property and
the City of Bradenton seems determined to add an
Arvida condominium complex to its tax rolls.
Arvida-Perico Island history
The controversy surrounding the Arvida project
began in 1998 when the City of Bradenton annexed
This allowed Arvida to avoid paying any county
impact fees on its project, and two years later, the cor-
poration submitted a site plan and received Bradenton
City Council approval to proceed.
A legal battle with ManaSota-88 and a group of
citizens, as well as a suit filed by Manatee County and
the three Island cities, ensued and the project has been
tied up in court since that time.
Arvida's current site proposal calls for 898 condo-
minium units, some in 10-story buildings, on ex-farm-
land owned by Whiting Preston located just east of the
Perico Harbor Marina on the north side of the Palma
Arvida withdrew plans for a proposed retail-office
center in the present site plan and Florida Department
of Transportation representatives have said they expect
Safe harbor for weighty Anna Maria problem
Workers removed this 3,000-pound safe from Anna Maria City Hall last week in preparation for upcoming
renovations at city hall that should last until September. The safe had not been used by city staff for a number
of years, and was sold to a Sarasota moving company. Islander Photo: Courtesy of Gerry Rathvon
an additional 2,000 residents in that area to have mini-
mal impact on the two-lane Palma Sola Causeway.
Evacuation of Anna Maria Island won't be a prob-
lem during hurricane season because of the Perico Is-
land population, Arvida has claimed, because most of
the condominium buyers are likely to be seasonal and
not live in their units during the June-to-November
That's a claim that has been called "rubbish" by the
Coalition of Barrier Island Elected Officials.
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Cortez activist worried about real estate boom
By Rick Catlin
Real estate prices in Cortez have been gradually
creeping up, and some local real estate experts say the
day is not too far off when Cortez real estate values,
like Anna Maria Island's already, start to boom, if they
And that's got some Cortez residents worried that
investors and developers will buy the older Cortez
homes to tear down and rebuild with more modern
structures with a high resale value.
Cortez Historical Society treasurer and village ac-
tivist Mary Fulford Green, however, said redevelop-
ment won't be easy for the real estate investor inter-
ested only in a profit, not on preserving the village.
Cortez Village is on the National Registry of Historic
Places and 97 homes have been identified in the his-
"My understanding is that if the house is one of the
97 designated for historical preservation, you can't just
tear it down. You have to make every effort to preserve
it," she said.
In addition, any renovations or additions to an his-
toric home must be approved by the Manatee County
Historical Preservation Board.
"You need a permit even to renovate and there are
a lot of restrictions on what you can do," Green noted.
But not all homes and lots in Cortez fall under his-
toric preservation rules.
A commercial building on the waterfront could be
torn down and a single-family home built on each
Any new house, however, still has to conform to
architectural standards as established by the preserva-
tion board, Green observed, but it's definitely not true
to say you can't build a new home in the district.
"So far, we've been lucky. We don't know what's
going to be here in 100 years, but we still have the fam-
ily atmosphere here."
Unfortunately, many of the younger Cortez fisher-
men can no longer afford to live in Cortez because of
rising real estate values.
Cortez homeowners concerned that one day their
descendants might decide to sell the property can place
that house in a "Dynasty Trust" that will last for 365
years, Green said.
That's what she and her family have done with
their home. It's.a way of protecting Cortez from the
investors of the future, she said. "I want others to know
they can protect their home from greedy developers."
However, she predicted the day will come when
somebody will want to acquire two or three lots on the
waterfront and build a couple of large mansions, just to
make a fortune.
Thankfully, many children of long-time Cortez
residents are returning to their roots and living in their
"This is a family community and one of the few
places in the world where nothing changes," noted
Green, whose family came to Cortez from North Caro-
lina in 1887.
Green and her compatriots feel they've done "re-
markably well" in preserving Cortez.
She and her group led the fight against a proposed
marina along the waterfront in the 1980s, and were
instrumental in halting plans by the Florida Department
of Transportation for a four-lane, high-rise bridge to
replace the existing two-lane Cortez Bridge to Anna
The historical society played a lead role in getting
the village on the National Register of Historic Places,
and the accompanying zoning means no condominiums
But those efforts haven't entirely stopped investors
and real estate buyers from casting an eager eye to
"Everybody from Bradenton Beach detours
through here every day looking for a 'for sale' sign,"
"We have shown our dedication to preservation,"
she added, but a lot of houses lately have been bought
for some very high prices, compared to what they were
worth 10 or 20 years ago.
"We can only do what we can now to halt the
Green also noted that some parts of the historic
district extend north across Cortez Road, but don't
cover all areas.
Cortez under construction
A number of expensive waterfront homes at Harbour Landings in Cortez are now under construction, signify-
ing the real estate boom in the area that many long-time Cortez families fear could some day alter the charac-
ter of the village. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin
The Harbour Landings subdivision project on the
north side of Cortez Road has a number of waterfront
homes and a lot of vacant land for more.
"My concern there is that 80 percent of the habi-
tat in the Cortez area has been destroyed by the devel-
opers," said Green.
Other, older homes north of Cortez Road that are
not in the district can easily be bought, torn down and
rebuilt with a much larger residence.
Mike Norman of Mike Norman Real Estate in
Bradenton Beach has family living in Cortez and wants
to preserve the historic nature of the district.
His agency handles a few rental units in Cortez that
have been renovated according to the architectural style
of the village.
"We want to keep this place as a nice, quiet village
for families and fishermen," said Norman, but agreed
that land values are rising in Cortez.
Indeed, the Cortez land boom may already be here.
Right now, the few houses sold are being pur-
chased as rental units or by families, but if prices con-
tinue to rise, long-time Cortez homeowners could see
their retirement in their property.
"It's the same thing that's happening on Anna
Maria Island," said a local real estate agent who asked
not to be identified.
If you're an older Cortez resident with no retire-
ment plan and no savings, and your home has been in
your family for generations, and someone comes along
and offers you $200,000 for it, "what do you do?"
A tiny little Cortez house purchased 20 years ago
for less than $50,000 sold recently for $150,000, the
"A lot of Cortez homeowners are going to find they
have a retirement fund in their real estate in the near
future," the agent predicted.
Fishing festival this weekend
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
Music has always been a vital part of life in Cortez,
and this year's festival will emphasize that too. The Ri-
chard Culbreath Group of Cortez musicians will be
prominent both days, along with such entertainment lu-
minaries as Tim Chandler and Edge-Wise, Country
Spice Band, Sunshine Express Cloggers and the Anna
Maria String Band.
Among the raffle prizes will be a handmade quilt,
a weekend for two at Palm Island, paintings and other
The biggest prizes of all remain the village itself,
its friendly people, its picturesque working waterfront
with dozens of fishing boats, the pristine FISH Pre-
serve, the mangrove islets offshore and especially
Cortez Key, the largest brown pelican rookery on
Florida's Gulf coast.
Anna Maria City
Feb. 20, 1 p.m., ad hoc comprehensive planning com-
Feb. 23, 7 p.m., planning and zoning board meeting.
Feb. 24, 6:30 p.m., planning and zoning board work
Feb. 25, 6:45 p.m., Education Environmental Enhance-
ment Committee meeting.
Feb. 26, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive,
Feb. 18, 6 p.m., special city commission meeting to
discuss attorney services.
Feb. 19, 1 p.m., city commission meeting. Agenda:
Public comment, first reading of sanitation ordinance,
computer assistance contract, discussion on amending
level of service to consultant for bike lane design, dis-
cussion of purchase order for bike lanes, Sunshine Law
class discussion, parking discussion on Bay Drive
South, resolution for establishment of underwater ar-
cheological preserve at the "Regina," Holmes Beach
Building Department charges for January, lobbying
discussion on Community Redevelopment Agency
assessments before the Florida Legislature, training
class request by staff, Webb, Wells and Williams legal
charges, policy discussion on adding documents to
employee files, consent agenda and commission re-
Feb. 19, 3:30 p.m., "shade" meeting.
Feb. 25, 4 p.m., city commission-department head
work mec. '-.
Feb. 26, 3:30 p.m., city commission work meeting.
Feb. 26, 6:30 p.m., board of adjustment meeting.
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.,
Feb. 18, 9 a.m., board of adjustment meeting.
Feb. 19, 10 a.m., code enforcement board meeting.
Feb. 24, 7 p.m., city commission meeting with work
session to immediately follow.
Holnes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive,
Feb. 18, 3 p.m., Coalition of Barrier Island Elected
Officials meeting, Anna Maria City Hall.
Feb. 23, 9:30 a.m., Sarasota-Manatee Metropolitan
Planning Organization meeting, Sudakoff Hall, USF-
New College campus, Sarasota.
PAGE 4 4 FEB. 18, 2004 0 THE ISLANDER
19 residences sought for Bongo's location
Up to 19 homes will be built on the site of Bongo's
Bayside Grill and Bar on the Palma Sola Causeway if
Bradenton approves a request by a St. Petersburg de-
The proposal by property owner Bayway Ltd. was
being taken up this afternoon by the city's planning
commission. Bayway wants the zoning changed from
commercial to Res-15, the city's maximum density
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
74th St., opting instead to have the applicant file a vari-
The appeal, however, did highlight some unusual
Attorney Steve Thompson, representing the prop-
erty owners, filed the appeal and presented a June 25,
2002, letter from City Attorney Jim Dye that essentially
said the property was a buildable lot.
Thompson said Building Official Joe Duennes had
requested at that time that his clients get an opinion
from Dye before a building permit would be issued.
Based upon the representations in the Dye letter,
said Thompson, his clients purchased the property and
submitted a building permit application for a duplex.
It was quite a surprise when the permit was denied
by Building Official Bill Saunders.
"The denial has damaged my client," claimed Th-
ompson. "We had talked to city professionals first to
determine what could be done."
He cited the legal principle of equitable estoppel
in that the city attorney had represented the lot was
buildable, his clients relied upon those representa-
tions and the "change in position" by Saunders was
detrimental to his client.
Saunders based his decision on the fact that the lot
frontage was insufficient, which Dye had addressed.
Lutz, however, wondered if the issue was not that
Thompson's clients were "unable to build," just not
able to build a duplex.
What about asking for a variance? inquired Com-
missioner Rich Bohnenberger.
Thompson, however, thought if a variance was
denied, it would put his client in a "tough legal posi-
tion" for an equitable estoppel lawsuit.
Besides, he added, "we went to everyone," includ-
ing the city attorney.
"Well, I do feel bad for you," said Commissioner
Bradenton planning director Larry Frye said he
recommended Res-3, the lowest density allowed in
residential zoning, for safety reasons.
"Trips would drop dramatically with a few homes
there instead of a popular restaurant," he said. "Add the
people who come to the causeway for recreation, and
there's already a traffic problem."
This is the same city government that approved con-
struction by Arvida Corp. of 898 future dwelling units on
A red tide bloom is causing coughing and
runny noses along some parts of Southwest
Florida, including Anna Maria Island.
Red tide is an algae that is usually found in
low quantities in the Gulf of Mexico and the bays.
At times the algae blooms, and depending on the
severity of the bloom can cause respiratory prob-
lems for humans and fish kills.
As of Friday, Feb. 13, the Florida Marine
Research Institute in St. Petersburg had recorded
"higher-than-normal concentrations of the Florida
red tide organism from Pinellas County to
Gasparilla Pass in the northern portion of
Gasparilla Sound in Charlotte County. Respira-
tory irritation was reported earlier in the week
from Palmetto and south Manasota Key, although,
Don Maloney, but the city attorney's job is to address
the city commission, not a member of the public.
Acting City Attorney Mark Singer said the issue is
one of code interpretation and the city code clearly
states that is a responsibility of the building official.
The commission, he said, has to decide if Dye was act-
ing as an authorized agent when he wrote the letter.
Lutz believed that "what's fair is fair."
The applicants went to the building official, who
said that whatever the city attorney says is OK, and the
city attorney said it was OK, he observed. A mistake
had been made and the city should approve the appeal.
Commission Chairperson Sandy Haas-Martens
agreed, but Maloney, Bohnenberger and Commissioner
Pat Morton voted to have the applicant file a variance
request with the board of adjustment.
The commission also voted to authorize city staff
Perico Island. Bongo's is half a mile from there.
Any change won't happen immediately, said
Bongo restaurant co-owner Craig Malogrides.
"[Bayside] said we can stay as long as we want," he
said Tuesday. "We've got a great group coming in to
play on a two-month contract."
Whatever the planners decide, the ultimate deci-
sion is up to the city council, which Frye said is ex-
pected to take it up in late March.
in general, reports of effects have been minimal."
Readings at New Pass, between Longboat
Key and City Island, conducted by Mote Marine
Laboratory scientists, had "high" to "low" levels.
The higher levels can produce fish kills, and bait
shops at City Island reported they couldn't keep
pinfish alive in their fish tanks.
Residents from Anna Maria Island to Lido
Beach reported coughing and sneezing Sunday
in the wake of strong northwest winds and high
Red tide effects are usually localized, with
one stretch of beach having an outbreak of the
airborne aerosol that causes the respiratory prob-
lems, while an area of the coast a short distance
away may be free from the toxins.
to obtain proposal requests from qualified profession-
als to update the city's land-development code.
Lutz said in his experience, such updates usually
cost between $50,000 and $100,000 and take more than
a year to complete.
Commissioners also voted to authorize the mayor
to sign a contract with Hurst Awning Company for
$21,092 to install awnings at city hall. Lutz voted
against the measure.
The commission also approved a measure to have
Banks Engineering Company submit guidelines to de-
velop a master drainage plan for the city. Funds total-
ing $176,680 for the guidelines and master plan are in
the 2003-04 city budget.
Commissioners also set a "shade" meeting for 6:30
p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 24 to discuss a settlement offer in
a lawsuit filed by the Torres family against the city.
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City Commission: No private trolley stops
By Rick Catlin
It may have taken nearly two years, but the
Bradenton Beach City Commission finally settled the
issue of private funding for trolley shelters.
Forget it, commissioners said.
In a joint meeting with the Bradenton Beach Sce-
nic Highway Committee Corridor Management Entity,
commissioners agreed that trolley shelters should be
publicly owned with no private advertising.
A private company could still donate the money for
a trolley shelter, but that location wouldn't be named
after the company. A small plague announcing the
donation could be placed at the shelter.
Two companies, the Tortuga Inn and the
Bradenton Beach Club, have offered to fund construc-
tion of a trolley shelter at the respective properties, but
in return wanted a sign erected at the shelter naming the
location after the company.
Mayor John Chappie told commissioners that ini-
tially he was in favor of privately funded trolley shel-
ters, but has now changed his mind.
"It's clearer and simpler if the public owns the
shelters," he said. That eliminates worries about main-
tenance, advertising or if the business is sold, Chappie
"If someone wants to donate money for a shelter,
that's fine, only they are still public," he said. "This is
the simplest way to go."
The commission also got an update from CME
Chairperson Judy Giovanelli on the status of the new
The Manatee County Area Transit plans to build 15
trolley/bus shelters a year for the next three years
countywide and a portion, probably two or three each
year, will be built on the Island, she said.
It's not likely Bradenton Beach would have more
than one a year installed unless another Island city
opted not to have a shelter, she noted.
If the commission approves the CME trolley de-
sign, MCAT will go along with that for the Island, if
Commission meets committee
Bradenton Beach Mayor John Chappie, left, and members of the Scenic Highway Committee Corridor Man-
agement Entity review a proposed master landscape plan for State Road 789 at a joint meeting with city
commissioners Feb. 10 where commissioners approved the CME plan. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin
the Island Transportation and Planning Organization
approves, Giovanelli said.
MCAT has promised to fund most if not all of the
cost, and the CME design is cheaper than the design
proposed by MCAT.
She estimated the cost at between $5,000 and
$6,000 for each shelter. MCAT has not yet determined
Island locations, she added.
The commission also unanimously passed the
CME Action Plan through 2010 along with the CME
Master Landscape Plan.
The formal CME landscape plan needed commis-
sion approval so it can be used as a basis for grant ap-
plications, Giovanelli said.
The plan was done by resident Russell Moore of
RMPK in Sarasota at no cost to the city, she noted.
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Maritime culture: Cortez has it all
By Susan A. Eacker
"It's no fish ye're buying: it's men's lives."
Sir Walter Scott wrote these words more than 200
years ago. Undoubtedly, the fisherfolk of Cortez today
would concur. Saltwater, they will tell you, runs through
their veins. Why else would six generations of families in
this small community cling to a way of life that is eco-
nomically marginal (no fish, no pay) as well as dangerous
(fishing rivals coal mining in occupational fatalities).
Since the 1880s, the folks of Cortez have swum
against the tide literally decimated by the hurricane of
1921 and legislatively buffeted by the decree that prohib-
ited the taking of mullet (their primary catch) except with
a cast net. Still, the small village on Sarasota Bay remains
and retains the character of a way that life that has all but
vanished in other coastal communities in this country.
For two days this weekend, Feb. 21 and 22, visitors
are invited to immerse themselves in the maritime culture
of Cortez. That's when the 22nd annual Cortez Commer-
cial Fishing Festival takes place.
The theme this year: "Got Fish?" And since there's
no "Mad Mullet Disease," consumers might want to con-
sider the ways in which Cortezians deliver the omega-rich
fish to their plate. Festivalgoers can sample mullet pre-
pared in a multitude of ways. And for the epicure, there's
"mango crab cakes" and "sushi fish chowder." The festi-
val will also feature marine-life exhibits, entertainment,
boatrides, and nautically related arts and crafts.
But the most important reason to come out to Cortez
is to support the community's effort to secure 95 acres of
wetland adjacent to the village. A final payment of
$63,000, due April 3, is needed to purchase the property,
and all proceeds from the festival will go to that end.
As one of the last undeveloped areas of shoreline on
Sarasota Bay, the preserve will serve as a "buffer zone"
between the village and the ubiquitous "pink flamingo"
strip malls and condos that seem to grow like kudzu in the
And it's notjust "MEN'S" lives you'll be buying, but
WOMEN'S as well. For while their men have been at sea,
the women of Cortez have historically borne the respon-
sibility for taking care of things on dry land.
After all, it was the women's auxiliary of the vol-
unteer fire department in Cortez that organized the first
Editor's note: The writer is a fifth-generation
Cortez native who has recently returned to the area
and opened Nica Rose, a retail shop in Holmes Beach.
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The right thing
In the Feb. 4 issue of The Islander I read a won-
derful story about a 7-year-old boy who found a bag
of money and returned it to the proper owner. I too
had a similar experience. But instead of money I lost
my credit card.
On Feb. 6, while dining at one of your fine res-
taurants, I discovered my credit card was missing.
Thinking through that day I realized I had only used
it once at one of the local businesses. I immediately
called to check on my card but it seemed no one had
seen it. I became panicky that someone had discov-
ered it and picked it up.
When I called Visa for cancellation I was sur-
prised to find that a Good Samaritan had found the
card and reported it to the Visa 800 number.
I have always enjoyed my visits to Anna Maria
and its beautiful beaches. Now I have found it to be
a safe and honest place.
"Thank you" to the one who had the courage to
do the right thing.
Linda Ross, Minneapolis, Minn.
Thanks from the
Sandpiper Woman's Club
The Sandpiper Woman's Club would like to thank
all the generous merchants who donated prizes for our
penny sale. The proceeds went to the Anna Maria Is-
Theresa Kunze, Bradenton Beach
Anna Maria City parking solution:
'In our lifetime?'
I find it very offensive to have one of our new
city commissioners call me a liar, along with my
friends and neighbors here in the City of Anna
Maria. This person alluded to the idea that we have
been making up the [parking] problems in all of the
years we have lived here. We have been active in
these past 26 years in trying to keep this a quiet,
peaceful place to live.
The best solution that has been brought out re-
cently was the plan that Commissioner Duke Miller
proposed to control the situation with vegetation in
the right of way. If this would not be possible, and I
can't understand why not, Commissioner John
Quam's Plan X would be another good idea.
The only fact that I can agree on with this new
commissioner is "it will take courage to resolve the
parking debate." In the Fall of 2002, our commis-
sioners made a commitment to do whatever is needed
to provide relief. That implies they, too, recognized
there are real, not contrived, problems. I am sure my
friends and neighbors all agree and are waiting to see
if this will be accomplished in our lifetime.
Larrie J. Mercadante, Anna Maria City
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THE ISLANDER M FEB. 18, 2004 U PAGE 7
I can't win or
lose them all
By Don Maloney
Special to The Islander
Just once, I'd like to go through a whole day feel-
ing like a real, total winner. I know I don't have much
of a chance to win $10 million from Publishers Clear-
ing House; they've already warned me that my chance
was only one in 310,000,000. Still, I send back all those
And, I'll have to win the Florida Lotto just to break
even from the tickets I've bought since we moved here.
Just once on Sunday mornings this time of year, I'd
like to be able to treat Wife Sarah to breakfast without
waiting in line no matter what restaurant I pick.
The other day, I thought maybe I was heading for
a perfect day. Like when I got out of bed, I immediately
found my teeth, hearing aids and glasses. And better
yet, when I went out to get the morning paper, the de-
livery man actually hadn't thrown it next to one of my
lawn sprinklers. I even found the car keys when I was
ready to go the mainland and the car had plenty of
gas. I received not one bill in the mail, and I even got
one more chance from Publishers Clearing House.
Anyway, I took off in the car. All the way down
Marina Drive I wasn't behind a school bus, the Island
Trolley or a Michigan driver. I did wind up behind a
Canadian driver deciding not to turn even though his
directionals were on, but the Manatee Avenue bridge
wasn't up so that plus evened out the Canadian blink-
Best of all, all the mainland shopping that day was
fine. I remembered everything Wife Sarah had on the
list she gave me and I didn't get a single rain check.
The line in the 10-items-or-less line was slow, but that
gave me time to leaf through both the Enquirer and
Cosmopolitan magazine. That was a plus, because
Wife Sarah doesn't want either in our house, and none
of my doctors' offices ever have them either.
But, alas as good as a day it had been, it was all
canceled out on the way back to the Island. First off, no
matter how hard I tried, a pickup truck with a New
York plate beat me to the Palma Sola Causeway merge.
A school bus stopped twice near Perico and, of course,
the bridge was up.
I suppose I could have managed to live quietly with
all those later negatives when I got home if I had re-
membered my house key and didn't have to sit in the
car for four hours waiting for Wife Sarah to come back
from a Woman's Club meeting.
Gulf water temperature 660
24-hour accumulation with reading at approximately 5 p.m. daily
SHeadlines in the Feb. 17, 1994, issue
of The Islander announced that:
The Holmes Beach Code Enforcement Board
fined owners of the Island Foods and Citgo/Payless
Ready Store for non-payment of previous false alarm
penalties. The fines were $1,875 and $1,500 respec-
Peter and Patricia Cain, former owners of Candy
Cain's Restaurant in Anna Maria, appealed a decision
in favor of the city in a lawsuit they filed to have the
city's alcoholic beverage ordinance declared unconsti-
Anna Maria Code Enforcement Officer Don
Tarantola asked to be recused from any code enforce-
ment activities against the Sandbar restaurant because
his wife recently became an employee of the restaurant.
The Sandbar has a request before the city to vacate two
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prepared by Eric Smith, said a church member.
Hoyt Miller and his jazz group will provide
music during the sale. Items donated for the sale
may be dropped off any day next week. Details
may be obtained by calling the pastor, the Rev.
William Grossman, at 224-8608.
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Anna Maria budget.changes belong to mayor
By Rick Catlin
An effort by Anna Maria Commissioner Dale
Woodland to form a committee to revise the format in
which.the 'annual budget is presented fell flat when
Commission Chairperson John Quam and other com-
missioners at the Feb. 12 workshop agreed it was an
administrative, not commission, matter.
"This is not policy," said Quam. "The mayor pre-
sents the budget. I suggest you discuss this with the
mayor. I don't think we should be involved."
Some of the changes proposed by Woodland
"seem like overkill," said Commissioner Duke Miller,
but Mayor SueLynn agreed to meet with Woodland
and discuss his proposal.
She did agree that at the least, the draft budget
should include year-to-date figures for line item expen-
ditures when presented to the commission.
Woodland also addressed the city's policy of al-
lowing anonymous complaints, and suggested that a
complainant who wants to remain anonymous meet
with the mayor and the mayor would sign the com-
"There was a time," said Woodland, "when we
didn't allow any anonymous complaints."
He did agree that some people filing a complaint
might have a fear of retribution if signing the com-
plaint, so "I understand both sides."
But Miller agreed with city resident Charlie Daniel
that any meeting with the mayor is a matter of public
record and it wouldn't take much for the media or
others- to find out who filed the complaint.
Quam said that more than 99 percent of anony-
mous complaints are valid, and all complaints are in-
vestigated by the code enforcement officer, who would
sign any proven code violation notice.
Besides, he said, the mayor has more important
Miller said he agreed with the principle that a per-
son should be able to face the accuser, but agreed to
leave the current policy in place for now.
SueLynn said the city has been in a quandary over
the current bid process because it's difficult to get three
Jennifer's of Manatee and Woodson
Brothers' Seafood Grille are sponsoring a
mother-daughter prom preview fashion show
and complimentary luncheon Saturday, March
The show will feature local moms model-
ing evening wear and daughters modeling the
latest prom fashions for teens.
During the show, an audience member
will be chosen for a prom makeover. She will
be outfitted in a gown from Jennifer's and her
hair and makeup done by a stylist from Amy
Dodge Salon. The lucky winner will get to
model her new look in the fashion show.
A mom from the audience will also be
chosen for a formal-wear makeover.
Audience members will also have an op-
portunity to register to win a free prom dress
from Jennifer's. There will be a raffle for an
Amy Dodge Salon gift package. Proceeds
from the raffle will benefit the Manatee High
School Student Council class field trip to the
U.S. Senate in April.
The show is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 1
p.m. at Woodsons Brothers', 7243 Manatee
Ave. W., Bradenton.
Seating is limited and reservations are re-
quested by March 3. Seats can be reserved by
calling Sharon Alexander at 778-2276, or
Jennifer's at 792-6695.
bids on jobs under $2,500. She suggested that commis-
sioners approve an administrative change that would
allow the city to get three contractor bids at the begin-
ning of the year on small projects for plumbing, carpen-
try, electricity and others.
Commissioners agreed with that suggestion as long
as they see and approve the bid and contractor.
Public Works Director George McKay said he would
get .he name (it f three contractors for each type of job to
the comnmii ion and use them -n a rotating basis.
City Attorney Jim Dye noted that the mayor
doesn't have the authority to sign checks for budgeted
line items up to $25,000 unless the commission amends
the bid process resolution.
Quam said his understanding of the bid resolution
is the mayor should bring all expenditures to the com-
mission, budgeted or not. Allowing the mayor to pay
for line item projects under $2,500 without commission
approval might require a change in the bid resolution,
"If it's under $2,500, use 'sale source' language"
in the resolution. That way, the mayor can just write the
check, Dye said.
Miller noted that this is just for approved line items
under $2,500. All city expenditures above that amount,
or not budgeted regardless of the cost, must still be ap-
proved by the commission.
The mayor said she would revise the administrative
procedures on bids and return to the commission.
An amendment to the bid resolution may be
needed, Dye observed.
Public land purchase
Commissioners agreed they weren't really inter-
ested in buying a lot on the north side of the humpback
bridge on North Bay Boulevard after they saw an ini-
tial estimate of $90,000 for the property.
The mayor had looked into a possible purchase for
the day when the city would have to build a new bridge
and would need access to the seawall.
Quam suggested going back to the owner to dis-
cuss a possible donation to the city, but Miller said
that's not likely.
A better idea, he said, is to see if the city can put
in pilings along the seawall.
"If we can put in pilings, we won't need to acquire
the property. It's not worth $90,000 anyway. It's an
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Manatee High School Junior Amanda Smith and
mom Sharon Alexander model gowns from
Jennifer's of Bradenton. Smith will be one of the
local teens modeling prom gowns at the March 6
Mother-Daughter Prom Fashion Preview
Luncheon. Islander Photo: Diana Bogan
unbuildable lot and you can't get to it," said Miller.
"It's useless property."
Miller also noted that the upcoming bridge reno-
vations at that location should make the bridge safe for
another 15 to 20 years.
Commissioners agreed to have McKay examine
the feasibility of pilings.
Alcohol permit system
Commissioner Linda Cramer lobbied the com-
mission to establish a regulatory procedure for busi-
nesses in the city that would include an inspection of
the site plan for adherence, a safety and fire inspection
and compliance with the issued business permit.
She had wanted the city to look into.regulating
consumption of alcoholic beverages at licensed pre-
mises, but Dye said that's reserved for the state.
"Well, we need a building permit system,"
It's an idea that's been brought up before and
commissioners agreed to discuss the issue further at
Gulf Boulevard parking
Commissioners turned down a request by Wood-
land for the commission to study the issue of allow-
ing handicap accessible parking on Gulf Boulevard,
citing safety issues. There is currently no parking al-
lowed on Gulf Boulevard, which is between Palmetto
and Magnolia avenues.
The next parking workshop was scheduled for 7
p.m. Thursday, March 4. Commissioners will have to
specifically identify each parking location on every
street that will have parking, said Dye. Commission-
ers agreed they have some homework before that
March 4 meeting.
What the heck
The story on parking in the Feb. 11 issue of The
Islander incorrectly reported Miller as saying that if
a plan goes to "hell" in a hand-basket, it could be
changed. What Miller actually said was if the plan
goes to' "heck" in a hand-basket, it could be changed.
"But I did mean the other word," he added.
Offshore molasses barge
Bradenton Beach officials hope that a sunken mo-
lasses barge in the near-shore region of the Gulf of
Mexico will one day become an archeological pre-
serve, part of Florida's Maritime Heritage Trail.
"The idea of a series of underwater parks, trails and
preserves is new to Florida," Della A. Scott-Ireton told
the Bradenton Beach City Commission in May 2002.
She is with the Florida Department of State's Division
of Historical Resources and heads the underwater pro-
The "Regina" is the infamous molasses barge that
sank about 50 yards from shore in the Gulf off Ninth
Street North in Bradenton Beach on March 8, 1940.
The barge was launched from Belfast, Ireland, in 1904
as a steam schooner, but later converted to a barge.
It was sailing from Havana, Cuba, to New Orleans
when a winter storm caused its tug to apparently make
way to Tampa Bay. High winds and seas either broke
the tow or the crew of the tugboat towing the 247-foot-
long vessel cut the cable, driving the barge with its
350,000-gallon cargo of molasses to shore.
The crew of eight clung to the vessel throughout
the night. The ship's cook and his German shepherd
dog tried to swim to shore at first light, only to drown.
The remaining seamen were rescued, but the "Regina"
ended up on the bottom with no hopes of recovery and
over time became a popular dive spot.
Bradenton Beach city commissioners will address
the issue in the form of a resolution Thursday, Feb. 19,
at the regular 1 p.m. meeting. The resolution states in
part that the city will act "as a partner with the Florida
Bureau of Archaeological Research in offering techni-
cal assistance and consulting for research from staff on
the "Regina," but no other expenditures are autho-
THE ISLANDER 0 FEB. 18, 2004 M PAGE 9
Palma Sola, Bayfront Park
waters now unhealthy
Bathers and beachgoers along the Palma Sola
Causeway at the eastern end may want to exercise cau-
After issuing an advisory for the waters off the
southern end of Bayfront Park in Anna Maria last
week, the Manatee County Health Department this
week has added the northern waters of Palma Sola Bay
to the advisory.
The advisory said that waters tested at the Palma
Sola Bay North location found the latest five-week
average of tests for enteric bacteria (fecal coliform and
enterococci) had levels higher than those prescribed by
the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
The latest test average at Palma Sola Bay North
found 44.823 Coli Forming Units per 100 milliliters of
water compared with the EPA maximum of 35 CFU
per 100 ml. The Florida Department of Environmental
Protection maximum is 800 CFU per 100 ml.
The Bayfront Park South advisory is still in effect,
the advisory said.
The increased bacteria levels could cause human
disease, infections and rashes, Manatee County Envi-
ronmental Health Director Charles Henry said.
The Holmes Beach Public Works Department has cordoned off a section of the sidewalk at the 5300 block of
Marina Drive alongside the boat basin while workers patch the ground underneath. PWD Director Joe
Duennes said the dirt underneath the sidewalk has washed into the sea through a crack in the seawall and a
major repair project is needed. The patch will make the sidewalk temporarily safe until the city gets a contrac-
torfor the project, he said. That will take at least six weeks, he indicated. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy.
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Gulf Drive, Bradenton Beach.
Featured at the fair will be household items, furni-
ture, art, a raffle and food. "You name it, we have it,"
said a spokesperson.
Tickets going on sale
for big band dance
The Anna Maria Island Community Center is sell-
ing tickets now for its third big band dance of the sea-
son, scheduled March 19.
Tickets at $10 per person may be obtained at the
Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria, or reserved
by phone at 778-1908. The Dreamclassics IV band will
bring the music.
London focus of lecture
Saturday at library
Travel experts James and Ruth Hyndman will
speak and show photographs of London, England, at 2
p.m. Saturday, Feb. 21, at the Island Branch Library in
Mr. Hyndman is the former owner of a travel busi-
ness in Toronto, Canada, and was an executive for
Holiday Inns Canada. He is currently a travel writer
The library program, sponsored by the Friends of
the Island Library, will be held at the facility's meet-
ing room at 5701 Marina Drive. Seating is limited to 75
people and is open to the public. Further information
is available at 778-6341.
Baptist church choir
this Saturday, Sunday
The Senior Adult Musical Presentation of the
"Keenagers Choir" production of "How about some
good news?" will be presented twice this weekend at
the Island Baptist Church, 8605 Gulf Drive, Anna
The group promises "a full cast of characters,
laughter and great musical selections," according to a
Performances are 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 21, and
6:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 22. An ice cream social will
follow the Sunday performance.
The events are free and open to the public. Further
information is available.by calling 778-0719.
Turtle posters sought
for Longboat contest
Longboat Key Turtle Watch is seeking marine
turtle-related original artwork for its annual poster con-
test, with the deadline for submissions March 31.
Wanted are "general artistic interpretations regard-
ing sea turtles, including the nesting and hatching of
loggerhead turtles and especially the need for 'lights
out'" during the May-October nesting season.
Dimensions are 11 by 17 inches, said Gillian D.
Busard, who heads the Longboat organization. Entries
may be submitted to her at Suite 101, 6350 Gulf of
Mexico Drive. She will provide further information at
St. Bernard to serve pancakes
A pancake breakfast will be served to the public
from 8-11 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 22, at St. Bernard Catholic
Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach.
On the menu along with pancakes will be sausage,
juice and coffee. Cost is $3 for adults, half price for
children. A homemade bake sale will accompany the
breakfast. Details are available at 778-4769.
Reception is tomorrow
for artist Carreno
Mixed-media artist Antonio Carreno will open a
"Flashback" exhibit of recent works at a reception from
6-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 19, at Wallace Fine Art,
5350 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key.
A native of the Dominican Republic, he has lived
and painted in New York and Europe and his works
have been exhibited in many major cities, said the gal-
lery. His exhibit will hang here until March 9. Details
are available at 387-0746.
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Korean War Veterans Association, at Kirby Stewart
American Legion Post 24 in Bradenton. At left is
Gene Ciliberti of Holmes Beach, author of "Recol-
lections of a Boy Marine," who was the featured
speaker. With him is Scott Blomeley, who like
Ciliberti took part in the bitter Chosin Reservoir
campaign in North Korea in 1950.
'Boy Marine' to speak Tuesday
at Island Branch Library
Holmes Beach author Gene Ciliberti will discuss
his experiences in the U.S. Marine Corps and his time
in Korea at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 24, at the Island
Ciliberti has written of his experiences in a book,
"Recollections of a Boy Marine." He will talk about his
"convictions that military training and combat at the
Chosin Reservoir helped him learn about duty, cour-
age, integrity and bravery," according to a library
The program is sponsored by Friends of the Island
No tickets are needed for the free program, which
is open to the public. The library is at 5701 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach. Further information may be re-
ceived by calling 778-6341.
Community Center class
changes are announced
The Anna Maria Island Community Center has
announced that the Tuesday evening pilates class will
meet at 6 p.m. starting Feb. 24, the Thursday evening
tai chi class will meet at 6 p.m. beginning Feb. 26, and
the Saturday pilates and tai chi classes will start at 9:30
a.m. effective Feb. 28. Sherry Fideler's body-ball class
scheduled for Tuesdays has been canceled. Details are
available at 778-1908.
Privateers seek vendors
for Thieves Market
The Anna Maria Island Privateers are now signing
up vendors who wish to participate in the Thieves
Market the organization is sponsoring Feb. 28.
Spaces are $15 for 10 feet by 10 feet, $25 for a
double. The market will be from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. in the
parking lot opposite the Seafood Shack, 4110 127th St.
W., Cortez, near the mainland end of the Cortez Bridge.
There will be a Privateer or two at the scene from
5:30 a.m. onward to help vendors get situated. Further
information may be obtained by calling 729-4793.
'Fourth Friday With Style'
coming to circle
Jazz musician Fred Johnson will perform on
"Fourth Friday With Style" from 6-9 p.m. Feb. 27 on
St. Armands Circle.
Johnson is featured at the Tampa Bay Performing
Arts Center. The free concert also will have DJ George
Nix with "smooth jazz" prizes and merchandise. Those
attending are advised to bring a lawn chair or blanket.
Details may be obtained by calling 388-1554.
Widowed persons meet
A "coffee and conversation hour" for widowed
persons is scheduled Monday, Feb. 23, at 9 a.m. at the
Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia
Ave., Anna Maria. Author Andrew Clyde Little will
speak. Details may be obtained at 778-1908.
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comp plan committee
long, long trek
By Paul Roat
The long, lonely process of reviewing, revising
or retaining the long-term growth plan of Bradenton
Beach has begun.
Seven members of a special committee, which
will be led by consultant Tony Arrant of the Florida
Institute of Goverment and has Anna O'Brien serve
as city commission liaison, are expected to take
about two years going over the city's comprehensive
plan, land development codes and the city's charter.
In the first meeting of the group last week, Ernest
Clay was elected as committee chair and Janie
Robertson as recording secretary. Arrant will serve
as meeting facilitator.
In a mostly get-to-know-one-another session, the
committee members talked a little about themselves.
Clay, a licensed registered architect in Illinois and
Florida and also a member of the city's planning and
zoning board, said he has been a city resident for more
than four years and enjoys swimming and boating.
Timothy Lyons moved to the United States
from England in 1967, and moved to Bradenton
Beach from Connecticut in 2000. He is an avid ten-
Tjet Martin, who has managed a rental property
in the city for six years, moved to the city perma-
nently about six months ago. She loves to read and
watch the dolphins.
Michael Pierce, a member of the Anna Maria
Elementary School Advisory Council, retired to the
city after 36 years working for General Motors as a
Katie Pierola, former mayor of Bradenton
Beach, moved to the city in 1970 and owned and
operated a resort for 25 years. She served three terms
as mayor and also loves to read and watch movies.
Mike Norman, a 30-year real estate veteran,
said his hobbies are "to harass city commission
members" and boating.
Robertson, who served on an educational task
force in Michigan and is a retired science teacher from
Michigan, has rented property in the city since 1994.
Arrant asked the committee members what were
the problems they believed the city was facing. In no
particular ranking, the list included:
A disconnect between the vision statement and
the current character of the city in that development
is not consistent with the city's vision.
A need to educate the public on planning code
implementation and variances.
Enhancement of the city's quality of life.
Development is too dense, or intense.
Need to educate the committee on comp plan
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Addressing the lowering percentage of perma-
Current housing patterns that serve as a disin-
centive for permanent residents.
Deletion of high-density zoning in the city.
Too few single-family lots and homes in the
Current zoning that could increase multi-fam-
ily dwellings in the city.
Land-use compatibility regarding size and
Need to review land development codes regard-
ing parking and drainage.
Need for a more restrictive interpretation and
implementation of the land development codes.
Need of an existing land-use inventory in the
Addressing traffic and pedestrian safety.
Finally, Arrant suggested the board members of-
fer their suggestions as to what makes up a "commu-
nity." Again in no particular order, committee mem-
bers said people, safety, buildings, natural resources,
including climate,'recreational facilities, infrastruc-
ture, commerce, public facilities and culture.
The next committee meeting will be at 6 p.m.
'Kitchen Classics' program
Friday on Longboat
A musical program, "Kitchen Classics for Gour-
mets and Music Lovers" will be presented at 3 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 20, at the Education Center on Longboat
It is based on "Kitchen Classics From the Philhar-
monic" by June Bell, featuring recipes and interviews
with Philharmonic musicians. Cost is $12 for members,
$15 for nonmembers, at the center at 5370 Gulf of
A companion program on March 2 will be "Orato-
rios Through the Ages," said the center. Details of both
programs may be obtained by calling 383-8811.
'Greater Tuna' auditions set
Auditions for actors seeking parts in the play
"Greater Tuna" have been scheduled for March 14 by
the Anna Maria Island Players.
The auditions will be at 7:30 p.m. at the Players'
theater, 10009 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Director
Preston Boyd said he needs just two men, each of
whom will play multiple roles.
He said he also would like to interview a woman
who would like to be a backstage dresser.
The play will run May 6-18. Further information
may be obtained from the director at 747-2506.
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City officials brush up on Sunshine Law
Holmes Beach hosted a class on Ethics and the
Sunshine Law for city officials and board members
Friday, Feb. 13.
The class was well attended by Holmes Beach city
officials, including almost all the administrative staff.
Commissioners Don Maloney, Pat Morton and Sandy
Haas-Martens attended, as did.code enforcement board
member Ted Geeraertz and Don Schroder, board of ad-
justment members Joe Bracken, Allan Guy, and Peter
Ereg, and parks and beautification committee member
The class was open to members of boards and gov-
ernment officials in neighboring cities. From Anna
Maria, newly elected commissioner Carol Ann Magill
attended. Bradenton's administrative services director
David Beauchamp, aide to the Bradenton mayor Kelly
Begerlern and administrative secretary for the
Bradenton clerk's office Bev Rhodes also attended.
BJ Branson is a member of the human relations
board developed by the city of Sarasota and she also
traveled to the Island to take part in the class.
And one last-minute class member was Noranne
Hutchison from the Island Middle School board of di-
Teacher Ron Hamilton, a management consultant,
works with Manatee Community College teaching a
course on ethics and the Sunshine Law.
The first part of the.course defined what ethics are
and the impact they have on an organization.
Hamilton explained ethics are accepted principles
of right and wrong, and for organizations it can be dif-
ficult to determine what is right and wrong and then
choose to do the right thing.
The impact of the ethical values displayed by an
organization, or governmental board, impacts the repu-
tation it carries with the public.
Hamilton gave examples of companies that have
maintained excellent reputations despite undergoing
some challenges compared to those that have suc-
cumbed to'a negative reputation. The difference,
Hamilton said, is having a clear code of conduct and
following that code of conduct.
"Having a code of conduct doesn't mean you are ethi-
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can face, such as lying, cheating, stealing or conflicts
The class discussed how the Florida Government-
In-The-Sunshine Law helps ensure that conflicts of
interest are avoided. Many members of the class talked
about how they handle social situations where other
board members or city officials might be present and
how difficult it is to avoid people who want to engage
them in a conversation on city issues.
Beauchamp said that the City of Bradenton is work-
ing on developing its own code of ethics, which Hamilton
agrees is a key tool in handling ethical dilemmas.
Hamilton told the group that there are essentially
four elements that can help organizations minimize
ethical issues. In addition to having a code of ethics, a
vision or value statement, policies and a decision-mak-
ing model should be put in place.
Hamilton offered a simple decision-making model
called the SILVER model. In contemplating an ethical
dilemma Hamilton suggests asking the following ques-
Sleep. Will I loose sleep over my decision?
Impact. What are the consequences of my deci-
Legal. Is my decision legal?
Values. Is the decision consistent with my values
and the organization's values?
Explore. Who else can I look to for help?
Reputation. Would I want to see my decision as
front-page news and would I like to tell my kids about it?
Hamilton closed the course with an activity that
allowed participants to work together to solve a sample
Swiftmud/Cortez prospect hanging
By Jim Hanson
Swiftmud was back in town last week, very infor-
mally "fishing around" Cortez for its prospects of pur-
chasing the FISH Preserve.
The Cortez attitude was, hold on, folks, let's see
Officials with the Southwest Florida Water Man-
agement District a couple of years ago approached the
historic fishing village with a proposal to acquire de-
velopment rights or an easement to the preserve.
It is 95 pristine mangrove wetlands and some upland
acreage at the eastern end of the village. Villagers are
buying it, through their Florida Institute for Saltwater
Heritage, as a buffer against intrusive development.
That also would be the land's role if Swiftmud got
the rights it talked about. The problem then was price,
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FISH is buying the property from the Schewe es-
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Swiftmud's program was devised to protect the
Southwest Florida drinking water supply. It has been
directed mostly at cattle ranches and citrus operations
in mid-Florida atop the aquifer that provides most of
this area's water. The program leaves title and use of
a property in the owner's hands, but gives development
rights exclusively to Swiftmud.
That, as a practical matter, means no development,
noted Karen Bell, treasurer of FISH.
Swiftmud pays 40 to 60 percent of the appraised
value of a property for the development rights. The
agency's own appraisal came in far above what
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Parents propose solutions for IMS future
Island Middle School parents apparently want the
school's board of directors to replace the present
executive director, Kelly Parsons, by next year.
A large group of parents of Island Middle School
students filled the band room Wednesday, Feb. 11, to
discuss problems they perceive with the school admin-
istration and possible solutions,.
They were in agreement that the board should
search for a qualified person with experience outside
of IMS to serve as the IMS executive director in time
for the 2004-05 school year.
The meeting was closed to IMS staff and board
members, although board member Marlene West and
substitute math teacher Marilyn Kelly were both
present as parents of students attending the school.
Also present were parent and former IMS board
member Scott Bassett and Emily Salter, IMS gradu-
ate and daughter of current board president Genie
The meeting was prompted by the recent resigna-
tions of two teachers. Parents questioned why teachers
are abandoning the school and expressed concern about
the emotional and educational impact it has left on stu-
Parents shared their concerns for three hours and
compiled a list of long-term and short-term goals they
would like to see the IMS board and its school admin-
The list of short-term goals the parents would like
met quickly include:
Moving Marilyn Kelly from substitute teaching
in math to teaching social studies full-time.
Hire a permanent math teacher.
Have students read more books and submit a
monthly book report.
Utilize the Riverdeep computer program the
school already subscribes to as a teaching aide.
Prepare students for the Florida Comprehensive
Assesment Test in science.
Address daily classroom learning in addition to
independent project-based learning.
Evaluate Noranne Hutchison's effectiveness in
implementing project-based learning and possibly hire
someone who can implement it more efficiently.
The parents also compiled of list of long-term
goals for the board to consider:
Parents will form a parent-teacher advisory com-
The board of directors needs additional members
with experience in the education field.
School employees should not be permitted to
serve on the board of directors.
The roles of the board and its director should be
The parent advisory committee plans to follow up
on the suggestions made at the parent meeting and re-
port back to the school's Parent-Teacher Organization.
Fifth-grader Cody Hunter shared stories of
America's wild frontier representing Davey Crockett
at the AME Biographers Tea.
Jacques Cousteau meets Jacques Cousteau at the
Anna Maria Elementary School Biographers Tea.
Fifth-graders Haleigh Ker, from Anne Kinnan's
class, and Mackenzie Kosfeld, from Lynne
McDonough's class, both chose to study the life of
the underwater explorer for their class biography
project and came face to face at the tea party.
Cameron Ellsworth brought Walt Disney to life at
the AME Biographers Tea.
Anna Maria Elementary
Monday, Feb. 23
Breakfast: Pancakes with Syrup, Cereal, Toast,
Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich, Fruit
Lunch: Ravioli with Garlic Toast, Ham and Cheese
Sandwich with Cheetos or Peanut Butter and Jelly
Sandwich, Tossed Salad, Mixed Vegetables, Juice
Tuesday, Feb. 24
Breakfast: Sausage and Biscuit, Peanut Butter and
Jelly Sandwich, Cereal, Toast, Fruit
Lunch: Macaroni and Cheese, Fish Shapes or Peanut
Butter and Jelly Sandwich, Roll, Tossed Salad, Peas
and Carrots, Fruit
Wednesday, Feb. 25
Breakfast: Super Donut, Grilled Cheese Sandwich,
Cereal, Toast, Fruit
Lunch: Turkey Gravy with Rice, Barbecue Rib on
Bun or Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich, Tossed
Salad, Green Beans, Fruit,
Thursday, Feb. 26
Breakfast: French Toast Sticks with Syrup, Peanut
Butter and Jelly Sandwich, Cereal, Toast, Fruit
Lunch: Tacos, Turkey Stack Sandwich or Peanut
Butter and Jelly Sandwich, Capri Blend, Tossed
Friday, Feb. 27
Breakfast: Yogurt, Cereal, Scrambled Eggs and
Lunch: Pepperoni Pizza, Breaded Chicken Patty on a
Bun or Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich, Tater Tots,
Tossed Salad, Fruit, Happy Birthday Cupcake
Juice and milk are served with every meal.
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THE ISLANDER 0 FEB. 18, 2004 M PAGE 15
Cars crafted out of pine by Anna Maria Island Cub
Scout Pack No. 7 await an official weigh-in before
racing in the Pine Wood Derby.
AME plans to dance in the streets
The Anna Maria Elementary School Parent-
Teacher Organization's plans for its second "Spring
Fling" event are under way.
This year's theme is "Dancing in the Streets" and
will be held May 8 at St. Bernard Catholic Church in
The event will feature food from Moore's Stone
Crab, Woodson Brothers' Seafood Grille, Beach City,
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Each first-place winner from the den raced in a final heat to determine the overall winners, which were, Bear
Cub Chase Stripling, third place, Tiger Cub Blake Tedesco, second place and Wolf Cub Matthew Lannon, first
place. Weeblo Scout Joseph Fara was awarded a ribbon for "most unique design" and Tedesco's car was
deemed the "coolest design." Islander Photo: Diana Bogan
and student-made arts and crafts will also take place
during the dinner and dance. Some of the gift basket
themes feature jewelry, sports teams, fishing excur-
sions, spa retreats and beach paraphernalia.
Complimentary babysitting service will be pro-
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Island police reports
Anna Maria City
Feb. 3, 100 Spring Ave., Sandbar restaurant, drug
arrest. According to the report, Andrew Kerznar was
charged with uttering a forged instrument, dealing in
stolen property and possession of cocaine and drug
paraphernalia. According to the report, Kerznar used
four stolen gift certificates from the Chiles Group at the
Mar Vista, Beach House and Sandbar restaurants.
While at Mar Vista, Kerznar reportedly sold one of the
gift certificates to a patron at another table. When he
used the last one at the Sandbar, management called the
sheriffs office. Subsequent to his arrest, he was found
in possession of cocaine and paraphernalia.
Feb. 7, 100 block of Palmetto Avenue, informa-
tion. An anonymous person called to report people
trimming seagrape plants on city land. The landscaper
and homeowner were told they need city approval in
order to trim plants on city property.
Feb. 9, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria Island
Community Center, battery. According to the report, an
argument ensued at a basketball game.
Feb. 2, 100 block of Fourth Street North, informa-
tion. A resident reported that the tenant renting a room
in a neighbor's home has been urinating along the side
yard between the two properties. Officers were advised
that the space being rented by the tenant does not have
bathroom facilities and the case was forwarded to the
city code enforcement officer.
Feb. 5, 5400 block of Marina Drive, information.
While on patrol, an officer assisted an elderly woman
after he witnessed her trip on the uneven sidewalk and
hit her head.
Feb. 6, 100 block of 39th Street, burglary. A man
reported his wallet stolen from his dresser.
Feb. 6 100 block of 39th Street, burglary. A woman
reported her purse stolen from her bedroom.
Feb. 7, 500 block of Bayview Drive, recovered
boat. A catamaran reportedly washed up against the
seawall and was stuck in the mangroves. According to
the report, the boat was reported stolen in Bradenton
Beach and the owner was notified of its location.
Feb. 8, 600 block of Key Royale, theft. According
to the report, a man allowed two of his son's friends to
stay at his home because they claimed to be homeless.
The man reported that the two houseguests stole a
checkbook and jewelry.
Feb. 8, 3200 E. Bay Drive, Shells restaurant, theft.
A woman reported her purse stolen. According to the
report, she said she hung the purse on the back of her
chair and left the restaurant without it. When she went
back to pick it up, it was gone.
Feb. 9, 300 block of 72nd Street, harassment. A
woman reported receiving harassing phone calls from
Feb. 9, 100 block of 36th Street, domestic distur-
bance. A man was arrested for domestic violence because
he made a threatening statement toward his roommate in
front of officers responding to an emergency call.
Feb. 11, 4000 Gulf Drive, Manatee Public Beach,
theft. According to the report, the shelves in the pub-
lic rest rooms were stolen.
Feb. 12, 3500 block of Fourth Avenue, burglary. A
woman reported her makeup case and waist pack sto-
len from her kitchen table.
Investigation unclear on community center basketball altercation
Manatee County Sheriff's Office deputies are
unsure who started an altercation Feb. 9 at the Anna
Maria Island Community Center between a basket-
ball-referee and a player.
MCSO deputies were called to the Center around
9 p.m. after basketball referee Mike Blanchette and
player Brian Faasse, 14, apparently got into a scuffle
after a game Blanchette had officiated. Don Faasse,
Brian's father, was also apparently involved, accord-
ing to the MCSO report.
While Blanchette claimed he was assaulted by
Brian Faase, the MCSO report said witnesses to the
incident gave conflicting statements as to who
started the altercation. As a result, the MCSO is con-
tinuing its investigation, the report said.
Blanchette had cuts on his face and some bruises,
the report added.
When completed, the MCSO report will be for-
warded to the state attorney's office for a decision on
any legal action.
Anna Maria City Commissioner Linda Cramer,
who is the commission liaison to the Center, said she
had talked with Center staff and people who wit-
nessed the incident.
"I'm still gathering information, but I will make
a report to the commission when I have everything,"
Cramer said she was confident that the board and
staff would follow through with their policies on
zero tolerance for disruptive behavior between staff
DR. WILLIAM BYSTROM
AND DR. JANE CAROLAN
are pleased to welcome their new associate
and those who use the Center.
Center Program Development Director Scott
Dell said it was an unfortunate incident, and the ref-
eree, player and parent reportedly. involved have all
been suspended from the Center indefinitely pending
the results of the MCSO investigation.
"The Center has a no tolerance policy in regard
to matters such as this," and that will be strictly en-
forced, he added.
Dell confirmed that Blanchette served a 12-
month suspension from the Center a few years ago.
Brian Faasse at one time also served a suspension
from the Center, Dell added, but he did not know the
length of that suspension.
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Escape school comes to AME
Anna Maria Elementary School is hosting an Es-
cape School presentation from 7 to 8 p.m. Thursday,
Feb. 19, in the school auditorium.
Escape School is a child abduction prevention pro-
gram offered in Manatee County through the sponsor-
ship of Griffith-Cline Funeral Homes.
Escape School is a nationally recognized family-
safety program that provides parents and their children
with critical abduction and escape techniques.
Schools in Manatee County are taking a proactive
stance after the abduction and murder of Sarasota's
AME Principal Kathy Hayes is encouraging all
families to attend this safety presentation.
For more information, call 708-5525.
Interior design course starting
A six-week course in interior design is pro-
grammed at the Anna Maria Island Community Cen-
ter, starting Feb. 26.
The class will meet Thursdays from 2-3:30 p.m. at
the Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Instruc-
tor will be Bettina Sego.
She said a room of one of the class participants will
be chosen as a class design project. Cost is $60 for
Center members, $65 for nonmembers. Pre-registration
is required by calling 778-1908.
Donald Griffin, 59, passed away Feb. 11.
He was born in New Jersey and moved to
Bradenton Beach in 1976. He and wife Emma opened
"Munchies" Restaurant, which sold in approximately
1983, after which they returned to New Jersey.
Donald continued his friendships and ties here and
visited Anna Maria Island frequently. He was a veteran
of the U.S. Marine Corps. He owned a limosine service
in West Patterson, N.J.
He is survived by wife Emma; daughter Kathleen,
of Totowa, N.J., brother and sister-in-law, John and
Eleanor Griffin of Dunedin, Fla., cousins, Dick and
Marge Morash of Anna Maria, close friend Lillian
Phillips, of West Patterson, N.J., and numerous neices,
nephews, cousins and friends.
A service was held in New Jersey Feb 14. A me-
morial mass will be held at 1 p.m. Sat., Feb. 28, at Our
Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Dunedin.
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Center of Booker High School for the 2004-05 school year. Auditions were held Feb. 7 and allfour musicians
credited IMS band director Jimi Gee as their inspiration for pursuing an education in music. Islander Photo:
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'Kitchen Classics' program
Friday on Longboat
A musical program, "Kitchen Classics for Gour-
mets and Music Lovers" will be presented at 3 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 20, at the Education Center on Longboat
It is based on "Kitchen Classics From the Philhar-
monic" by June Bell, featuring recipes and interviews
with Philharmonic musicians. Cost is $12 for members,
$15 for nonmembers, at the center at 5370 Gulf of
A companion program on March 2 will be "Orato-
rios Through the Ages," said the center. Details of both
programs may be obtained by calling 383-8811.
Island Middle School kickoff
The Beach City Market and Grill is catering a
kickoff dinner for the Island Middle School Walk-a-
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children under 10.
The walk-a-thon is scheduled for April 3. Students
and their families will walk from the Coquina Beach
Pavilion to IMS, earning money from pledges for each
of the six miles they walk.
Monies raised by the walk are used to enhance the
educational opportunities offered at IMS. Sponsorship
opportunities are available to local businesses, and
community involvement is welcome.
For more information, call the school's administra-
tive office at 778-5200.
Longboat card exchange
Wednesday at Wachovia
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Saving a little may cost a lot for Anna Maria homeowner
By Rick Catlin
An Anna Maria homeowner who apparently tried
to save a few dollars every month on garbage collec-
tion service since purchasing her Palmetto Avenue
home in 1990 could now be facing fines by the code
enforcement board totaling thousands of dollars.
The board at its Feb. 9 meeting found Mary Lease
of 110 Palmetto Ave. has violated the city ordinance
which requires that residents use Waste Management
Inc., the city's authorized trash collector, to collect and
haul waste, except under a few unique circumstances.
According to Code Enforcement Officer Gerry
Rathvon, Lease purchased the property in 1990 and
never paid anything to WMI for garbage collection.
WMI collected trash from the Lease residence
from 1990 to 1998, said Rathvon, but Lease never paid
The St. Bernard
raises money annu-
ally at its bazaar,
card party and events O wl
such as the recent
to help Project Light
of Bradenton, an
helps feed homeless
persons. On Sunday,
Feb. 1, President
right, presented a
$300 check to Ann e
Griffin of Project
S Light. Islander
the bill. The company that year wrote off several thou-
sand dollars worth of debt owed by Lease, but contin-
ued to haul the waste from the property until Oct. 6,
At that time, said Rathvon, WMI notified the city
it was suspending service to that address. Lease owes
WMI $927.06 for service from 1998 until October
Rathvon produced evidence that Lease has been
putting her waste in the public trash receptacle at the
beach access end of Palmetto Avenue since WMI
halted her service.
Rathvon said she notified Lease of the violation
.hearing through certified mail and also posted notices
at the property.
Lease is apparently a part-time resident. Her per-
manent address is 2808 Azalea Street No. 212 in
The board agreed that Lease, who did not attend
the meeting, was not an authorized trash collector, and
ordered her to begin waste collection by WMI not later
than Feb. 25, 2004, or face further action.
If Lease does not comply with the order, the board
could fine her up to $250 per day for each day after
Feb. 25 she does not comply with the order.
Board Chairman Bill Isernan noted that the city is
not the collection agency for WMI, but every
homeowner in the'city has to have a trash hauler.
WMI currently charges about $12.50 per month
per house for waste hauling services in Anna Maria.
Efforts to reach Lease for comment were unsuc-
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Mike does it from 'dawn to dusk'
Capt. Mike Benton recently moved his Dawn to
Dusk charter fishing boat to Anna Maria Island, and
like the name of his boat and his business, he does it
from dawn to dusk fishing, that is.
A licensed U.S. Coast Guard captain, Capt. Mike
has been taking fishing charters in Tampa Bay waters
for more than 15 years, and he knows where the fish
He specializes in finding snook, tarpon, cobia, red-
fish, mackerel, trout and fish found in the Tampa Bay
-"If the fish are biting, we'll find 'em," he predicted
He's been featured on local television stations such
as channel 9, 10 and 13, and once did a feature for The
Charter trips are for four, six or eight hours and
longer, and the Dawn to Dusk can accommodate up to
five fishermen at a time. Larger parties can also be
handled, Capt. Mike said.
All trips include licenses, tackle and live and arti-
"You bring your enthusiasm, food and beverages,
and we'll bring you to the fish," is the Dawn to Dusk
motto, Capt. Mike said.
Capt. Mike also does clock repair and restoration,
when the fish aren't biting.
"We like to say that if your clock doesn't tick, toc
it do me," he said with a laugh.
For more information on Dawn to Dusk and to
reach Capt. Mike Benton, call 773-5808 or 400-9465.
Skipper & Associates real estate recently added units
at the Bradenton Beach Club condominiums on Gulf
Drive in Bradenton Beach to their sales listings.
"We're very excited to be associated with the
Bradenton Beach Club," she said. "It's a wonderful
Skipper has been involved in area real estate for a
number of years and has been selling Island properties
"I've actually been in the area all my life. I was
born and raised in Florida, so this place is just special
to me," she added.
The dynamic duo are also selling the Sand Castle
condominiums on the Gulf at Bridge Street in
Bradenton Beach, and represent the River Club on the
Bradenton River in downtown Bradenton.
River Club units will be featured in the upcoming
Parade of Homes on Feb. 21, she said.
Skipper and Richard also represent Bermuda Bay
on the Island, and the Main Street condominiums in
The company has a Web site at
To speak with Skipper or Richard, call 379-2333
Island real estate for
Bond girl, husband
"Skipper" Bond and husband Richard Bond of y,._
"Skipper" Bond of Skipper & Associates real estate.
Islander Photo. Nancy Ambrose
Sea Oats growing
Owners of the Sunset Beach motel at 2201 Gulf
Drive N. in Bradenton Beach plan on converting the
property to a condominium complex known as Sea
Oats. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin
Sunset going condo
Another Bradenton Beach motel has announced
plans to convert its units into condominiums.
Owners David and Jane Guy of the Sunset Beach
Motel at 2201 Gulf Dr. N. say they will submit the re-
quired plans to the Bradenton Beach building depart-
ment within the next few weeks.
David Guy said the plan is to convert the current
14-unit motel and accompanying three-bedroom, two-
bath house into a 10-unit condominium complex.
The units will be two bedrooms with two and a
half baths and range in size from 1,597 square feet to
3,146 square feet, he said.
Pre-construction sales contracts are now available,
with prices starting at $579,000.
For more information on Sea Oats, call 778-7900.
Grand opening at Island Fitness
A grand opening for two new facets of Island Fit-
ness Business Center is scheduled for Friday, Feb. 20,
and it will note also a year in business for the center.
The Aveda spa at the front end of the building at
5313 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, will be a focus of the
grand opening, said the center's owner, John Belsito.
Another part of the festivities, more in the form of
a welcoming, will be the arrival of Island Physical
Therapy therapist Lee Levanduski.
The center has been functioning for a year as of
Feb. 8, Belsito said, and "we have a lot of classes go-
ing. It's all working out extremely well."
The party will be from 5-7 p.m., open to the public,
with appetizers, drinks and desserts, and a grand prize
drawing. Hosts in addition to Island Fitness are Amy
Dodge, Fit to Eat Deli, Gulf-Bay Realty, and the Anna
Maria Island Chamber of Commerce, next-door neighbor
to Island Fitness in the old Eckerd Drug building.
New tenant at Old Bridge Village
Island real estate and condominium developer David
Tietelbaum recently moved his company, Teitelbaum
Developers Inc., from the Tortuga Inn to new digs at
his development Old Bridge Village at 115 3rd St. S.
in Bradenton Beach. Islander Photo: Jack Elka
Geoff Wall and Gail Tuteweiler again led the
Holmes Beach office of Wedebrock Real Estate Co. in,
respectively, obtaining new listings and sales during
January. Tops in listings at Longboat Key were Doug
Bruce and Cindy and Gary LaFlamme, and in sales,
Anna Urban and the Mike Migone/Tina Rudek team.
Alan Galletto signed up the most new listings and
Marilyn Trevethan made the most closed sales for Is-
land Real Estate during January.
Becky Smith and Elfi Starrett again in January led
Wagner Realty's Anna Maria Island office in obtain-
ing new listings. Other top Wagner agents included
Mary Wickersham and Cindy English, leaders in both
new listings and in sales at the Longboat Key office.
Island real estate sales
104 78th St., Holmes Beach, 104 D Oceana, a
1,829 sfla / 2232 sfur 3bed/2bath condo built in 1985,
was sold 12/16/03, Shardell to Heiple, for $1,150,000.
105 17th St. N., Bradenton Beach, 17 Bradenton
Beach Club 3, a 1,991 sfla 3bed/2.5bath/2car condo
built in 2003, was sold 12/18/03, AMI Bayshore to
Maurio, for $678,000; list $695,000.
1325 Gulf Dr. N., Bradenton Beach, Tortuga Inn
conversion to condos by Tortuga Partners, sold units
122 and 228 to Badcock 12/18/03 for $570,000 and
unit 229 to Cast Properties 12/15/03, for $285,000.
1612.Gulf Dr., Bradenton Beach, C Bradenton
Beach Club 6, a Gulffront 3bed/2bath/2car 1,657 sfla
condo built in 2003, was sold 12/15/03, AMI Bayshore
to Maurio, for $970,000; list $995,000.
1699 Gulf Dr., Bradenton Beach, B Bradenton
Beach Club 6, a new condo, was sold 12/16/03, AMI
Bayshore to Lamar, for $565,000.
Compiled by Doug Dowling, licensed real estate
broker, 778-1222, exclusively for The Islander.
Island real estate transactions may be viewed on the
Web at islander.org. Copyright 2004.
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Aaron Cushman: Longbo
By Jim Hanson
He has a lifelong passion for winning, and his book
about Chicago's and America's public relations busi-
ness illustrates it very clearly and entertainingly.
Aaron Cushman is a very veteran PR man, resident
of Longboat Key, and author of "A Passion for Win-
ning." It is a fascinating trip through post-World War
II Chicago, America and an industry that Cushman was
helping grow up then.
He will be signing copies of his just-out book at
Circle Books, 478 John Ringling Blvd., St. Armands
Circle, Friday afternoon, Feb. 20, starting at 1 p.m.
On the long, interesting trip from neophyte in a
business that didn't actually exist until he and a few
more got there, through his two wars, through movies
and music and bigtime sports and even bigger-time
business, he leads us on a merry chase. -
He sprinkles familiar names, sometimes almost a
flood, but somehow he doesn't come off as a name
dropper but as a guy in a series of unique situations
who is just telling us about it, and couldn't get it said \
without the names.
Cushman got into PR when there was no PR, as an
's'Passion for Winning'
entertainment publicist in a Chicago that was a dynamo
of and for entertainers, most of them just passing
through. He met them all and gathered personal anec-
dotes about them the Three Stooges early on, Milton
Berle, Jane Russell, Danny Thomas, Martin and Lewis,
Jimmy Durante, Sammy Davis Jr. you get the genre
and the time.
When Cushman and his PR agency spread out,
they really spread. He got to handle the Chicago White
Sox and their genius owner Bill Veeck. Marvin Glass,
the undisputed but unsung "king of toy." A small three-
hotel group that wanted to expand with the help of
dynamite PR, the Marriott chain in its early and then
not-so-early years. A goofy challenge to ward off a
threatened Nazi parade in Skokie, Ill. Century 21 real
estate combine, publicizing it at the Rose Bowl and the
Iditarod dogsled race.
You name it, Cushman has been there and done that
and, what's more, shares it along with personalized les-
sons in public relations that we couldn't get anywhere else.
He closes the book with "Cushman's Top 20 Tips
for Public Relations" which chapter alone is well worth
the price of admission ($21.95, Lighthouse Press) for
anyone with a yen for combat and ulcers.
Secrets of leadership in Islander's book
An Islander with 30 years' experience in manage-
ment consulting has put secrets of management into a
book just coming out.
Dr. Larry L. Craft's "QuickStart Leadership" gives
seven secrets of leadership and devotes a chapter to
each. It is available on Amazon now, he said, and is
being introduced to distributors at $24.95 so "you will
see it in stores in the next 30 to 60 days."
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Rinell has guts, talent
Frank Sinatra's career spanned seven decades of
hits. Every one of the last 40 years of his career pro-
duced at least one Top 100 album or single.
The thousands of songs he recorded the way he
immortalized so many of them with his artful croon -
made the late Sinatra a giant, a standard bearer and a
cultural institution. Millions of hearts melt to the sound
of his voice.
Imitating him is an audacious act. But John Rinell
doesn't sweat it.
And it's not forced, it comes naturally to him.
After all, he was born in Sinatra's-hometown of
Hoboken, N.J., but that's just one coincidence among
The backyard of the walkup brownstone Rinell
grew up in on Bloomfield Street shared the property
line with one of Sinatra's childhood homes. Rinell's
father was a popular Sinatra sound-alike in the 1940s.
Like Sinatra, Rinell's father passed away within
the past six years.
Rinell says he wasn't close to his father, who di-
vorced his mother and left home when John was 7
years old. Yet, he says, "I think I'm trying to be more
like my father than Sinatra."
He didn't start out that way.
Thirty-five years ago his professional music career
began in coffee houses. He performed folk songs made
popular by Phil Ochs, John Denver and Peter, Paul and
Mary. There was a resurgence of interest in folk mu-
sic then and many good songs were on the charts.
"There are a lot of great songs in every genre,"
Rinell says. "But it's always a mystery what makes a
song great. I don't compose except spontaneously on
my guitar as a jazz soloist. I'm so critical of myself. I
leave the songwriting to others and have the benefit of
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Sinatra didn't compose either, but he chose his
From "All or Nothing at All," Sinatra's first hit,
recorded with Harry James in 1939, to his three-year
stint with the Tommy Dorsey Band when he argu-
ably became America's first youth culture superstar, on
parallel with Elvis, the Beatles and Madonna to his
later choices of songs like "New York, New York" and
"My Way," Rinell says, "he chose winners. He turned
those songs and so many others into masterpieces."
Rinell's been playing music since he was 7 years
old. "I picked up all kinds of instruments. I spent a year
and a half in my high school woodshop building a harp-
sichord." He still plays that handcrafted instrument.
He studied music education at Jersey City State
College, lived all over New Jersey and then in Long
Island for 16 years. He's taught music to high school
students, but mostly he's been a performer, playing the
Westbury Music Fair in Long Island and opening for
name acts like Jerry Vale, Johnny Maestro, Larry
Chance and the Earls and the great harmonica player
In yet another coincidence (given Sinatra's alleged
Mafia associations), Rinell says, "[Mafia boss] John
Gotti became a big fan."
Four years ago he moved to Ellenton and put to-
gether a full-blown, cabaret-style Sinatra show for hire
with pianist Sam Lane.
That's not all.
Private parties enjoy this jack-of-all popular musi-
cal genres. Sometimes he just spins records as a disc
jockey. For some parties, he does Jimmy Buffett and
plays a steel drum.
Steady gigs include Sundays and Mondays at
Christopher's Restaurant at the Radison Hotel on Lido
Beach and Wednesday at Cafe L'Europe, where he
strolls the tables crooning Sinatra versions of "Put All
Your Dreams Away," "My Funny Valentine," "It had
to be You," and any request the audience throws at him.
"I really key off requests," he says.
Every Thursday, on the deck of the Beach House
Restaurant in Bradenton Beach, he plays guitar and
sings a mix of pop tunes, from Elvis to Buffett to Stevie
Wonder, that's "ever changing and ever growing, all in
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customer feel important. I try to do all singers authen-
tically in the way they phrase a line and their vibrato,
but in my voice. I don't force it because that's when it
Sinatra makes an appearance at every Rinell per-
"I like the music more than the man" he says of
Sinatra. "It's amazing. The guy is long gone but he's
still with us because of the quality of what he did."
Like Elvis, a lot of people do Sinatra. The
competition's keen, but Rinell says, "It's good people
keep the legacy alive. I think it's very,positive."
The Orlando-based, constantly touring Tommy
Dorsey tribute band recently approached Rinell to join
up as the band's singer. Rinell was honored but turned
down the job because of the travel demands and low
pay. In hopes that sometime down the line he.might be
able to say yes, he says, "I kept their card."
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Wednesday, Feb. 18
10:15 a.m. Tax seminar at the Island Branch
Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Informa-
11:30 a.m. to 1 p;m. Longboat Key Chamber of
Commerce "Nooner" at the Bayou Steakhouse, 6814
Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. Information: 387-
9519. Fee applies.
Noon to 3:30 p.m. Duplicate bridge at the Anna
Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave.,
Anna Maria. Information: 778-3390. Fee applies.
12:30 p.m. Anna Maria Island Garden Club
meeting with guest Carol Davis, master gardener, at
Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave.,
Anna Maria. Information: 778-3665.
2 p.m. Leon Merian concert at the Riverfront
Theatre, 102 Old Main St., Bradenton. Information:
748-5875. 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-
6 p.m. Greek sampler dinner at the Church of
the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. In-
formation: 778-1638. Fee applies.
6 p.m. Pilates with Preston Whaley Jr. at the
Anna Maria Island Art League, 5312 Holmes Blvd.,
Holmes Beach. Information: 778-2099. Fee applies.
8 p.m. Manatee Community College Chamber
Orchestra concert at Neel Arts Center, 5840 26th St. W.,
Bradenton. Information: 752-5252. Fee applies.
Thursday, Feb. 19
10 a.m. to noon Volunteer coffee at Mote Ma-
rine Laboratory, 1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy., Sarasota.
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-
5:30 p.m. Walk-the-Island for Island Middle
School kickoff dinner sponsored by the Beach City
Market & Grille at IMS, 206 85th St., Holmes Beach.
Information: 778-5200. Fee applies.
6 to 7:30 p.m. Artist reception for Antonio
Carreno at Wallace Fine Art, 5350 Gulf of Mexico
Drive,'Suite 103, Longboat Key. Information: 387-
7p.m. Smoke-free bingo at Annie Silver Com-
munity Center, 103 23rd St., Bradenton Beach. Infor-
7 to 8 p.m. Escape school at Anna Maria El-
ementary School, 4700 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. In-
8 p.m. Opening night of "The Women" at the
Manatee Players Riverfront Theatre, 102 Old Main St.,
Bradenton. Information: 748-5875. Fee applies.
Friday, Feb. 20
3 to 4:30 p.m. "Kitchen Classics For Gour-
mets and Music Lovers" with June LeBell at The Edu-
cation Center, 5370 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat
Key. lnformation:383-8811. Fee applies.
5 to 7p.m. Grand opening for the Island Fitness
Business Center, 5313 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
8p.m. Florida West Coast Symphony presents
"One Night, Three Greats" at Neel Performing Arts
Center, 5840 26th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 953-
3434. Fee applies.
8 p.m. "Mixed Praying: Gentiles in the Ancient
Synagogue" with Paula Fredriksen at Temple Beth Is-
rael, 567 Bay Isles Road, Longboat Key. Information:
Saturday, Feb. 21
7 a.m. to 2p.m. Sandpiper Resort Co-op Street
Fair at 2601 Gulf Drive, Bradenton Beach.
8:30 a.m. Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island
meeting at Cafe on the Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Mana-
tee Public Beach, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-
9 a.m. to 3p.m. "Achieving Dramatic Watercolor
Landscapes" with Ed Bookmeyer at the Art League of
Manatee County, 209 Ninth St. W., Bradenton. Infor-
mation: 746-2862. Fee applies.
10 a.m. "Jews Under Christian Rome" with
Paula Fredriksen at Temple Beth Israel, 567 Bay Isles
Road, Longboat Key. Information: 383-3428.
10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Cortez Commercial Fishing
Festival in Cortez fishing village. Information: 794-
1249, or www.cortezfishingfestival.org.
2 p.m. London travel program with James and
Ruth Hyndman at the Island Branch Library, 5701
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-6341.
3 p.m. "How About Some Good News?" musi-
cal performance at Island Baptist Church, 8605 Gulf
Drive, Anna Maria. Information: 778-0719.
Sunday, Feb. 22
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.
Noon to 6 p.m. Cortez Commercial Fishing Fes-
tival in Cortez fishing village. Information: 794-1249, or
2 to 5 p.m. Souvenirs of Florida: The Tasteful
and the Tacky gallery talk with curator Mary Anna
Murphy at the South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W.,
Bradenton. Information: 746-4131. Fee applies.
3 to 5 p.m. The Tasteful and the Tacky Fla-
mingo Auction and artists reception at the South
Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton. Informa-
tion: 746-4131. Fee applies.
6:30 p.m. "How About Some Good News?"
musical performance at Island Baptist Church, 8605
Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information: 778-0719.
Monday, Feb. 23
8 a.m. Internet class for beginners at the Island
Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
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9 a.m. Island Widowed Persons Services "Cof-
fee and Conversation" with guest author Andy Little at
the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magno-
lia Avenue, Anna Maria. Information: 778-1908.
2p.m. 'The Antarctic Today: Exploring the Last
Known Continent" with Don Walsh at Mote Marine
Laboratory, 1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy., Sarasota.
Information: 388-4441. Fee applies.
4:30 to 6 p.m. "Roots and Shoots" teen environ-
mental program at the Anna Maria Island Community
Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information:
778-1908. Fee applies.
7p.m. --'The Antarctic Today: Exploring the Last
Known Continent" with Don Walsh at Mote Marine
Laboratory, 1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy., Sarasota.
Information: 388-4441. Fee applies.
Tuesday, Feb. 24
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.
S2 p.m. "Recollections of a Boy Marine" with
author Gene Ciliberti at the Island Branch Library, 5701
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-6341.
7:30 p.m. Sarasota Opera Studio artists perfor-
mance at Temple Beth Israel, 567 Bay Isles Road,
Longboat Key. Information: 383-3428. Fee applies.
Wednesday, Feb. 25
8 to 9 a.m. "Good Morning Longboat Key" at the
Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce, 6854 Gulf of
Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. Information: 387-9519.
Noon to 3:30 p.m. Duplicate bridge at the Anna
Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave.,
Anna Maria. Information: 778-3390. Fee applies.
4:30 to 6 p.m. "Educating Jane" teen girls life-
skills club at the Anna Maria Island Community Cen-
ter, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 778-
1908. Fee applies.
5 to 7p.m. Anna Maria Island Chamber of Com-
merce business card exchange at Wachovia Bank,
5327 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
6 p.m. Family storytime at the Island Branch
Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Informa-
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"Beautiful Necessities" exhibit at the Island
Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach,
through Feb. 28. Information: 778-7216.
Painted tiles by Betty Ash at Island Gallery West,
5368 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, through Feb. 28. In-
Anna Maria Island Power Squadron boating
safety class Feb. 28.
"Quintessential Contemporary" exhibit at the
Longboat Key Center for the Arts, 6860 Longboat Drive
S., Longboat Key, through Feb. 29. Information: 383-
"The Women" at the Manatee Players Riverfront
Theatre, 102 Old Main St., Bradenton, through March
7. Information: 748-5875. Fee applies.
"Flashback" exhibit by Antonio Carreno at Wallace
Fine Art, 5350 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Suite 103, Longboat
Key, through March 9. Information: 387-0746.
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.
The Tasteful and the Tacky Flamingo Auction at
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Watercolor with Susie Cotton at the Anna Maria
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Smooth jazz with Fred Johnson at St. Armands
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Flea market at Harvey Memorial Community
Church Feb. 28.
Rummage sale at St. Mary Star of the Sea
Church, Longboat Key Feb. 28.
Privateers Thieves Market near the Seafood
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"Proud to be a Democrat Party" at Bradenton City
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Clay and Sally Hart at Neel Performing Arts Cen-
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"Florida's Shipwreck Preserves: A Partnership in
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"Oratorios Through the Ages" at the Education
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Woman's Club of Anna Maria Island meeting at
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Weather awareness stressed, global warming warnings
Florida Hazardous Weather week starts Monday,
Feb. 23. No, not a week of horrendous weather, but a
few days where federal, state, regional and local offi-
cials will focus on the perils of the Sunshine State's all-
too-often extraordinary weather.
Each day will have a specific type of weather that
will be addressed by students in some classes, and also
by emergency management officials.
Monday's focus will be on lightning. Florida leads
the nation in fatal lightning strikes, with July being the
worst month. An average year will see 10 people struck
and killed by lightning, with teenage boys leading the
Hillsborough and Miami-Dade counties lead the
state in fatal lightning strikes, with 32 people killed
since 1959 in each region.
Rwanda, in Africa, is the "lightning capital of the
world," by the way.
Officials tout the "30-30 rule" to avoid becoming
a lightning statistic. Count the seconds between seeing
lightning and hearing thunder. If the time is less than
30 seconds, lightning is a threat and cover should be
And after you hear the last roll of thunder, wait 30
minutes before you go outside. A few years ago, a
prominent Sarasota-attorney failed to follow that
simple lesson and was struck and killed by lightning
while walking on the beach on Siesta Key when he had
thought a thunderstorm had passed.
Tuesday is the day to address hurricanes and flood-
ing. We should all have learned of the dangers of hur-
ricanes and hurricane safety tips run away! and
"-: the more recent advent of floodwater problems caused
by strong storms.
There are a couple of extra tips, though, that are
relatively new. A good rule of thumb to determine how
much rainfall a hurricane will produce is to take 100
and divide it by the forward speed of the storm.
And another tip if flooding is possible is to make
sure you've parked your car in such a way that you
don't have to back up to get out of your driveway or
garage. You can usually chug forward though high
water in a vehicle, but if you have to back up, the wa-
ter enters your exhaust pipe and you'll probably stall.
Of course, the experts warn you to never drive a ve-
hicle through high water, good advice if you can heed it.
Wednesday is tornado day, complete with a state-
wide warning in the morning. The experts spare no
absolutes on twisters: "Tornadoes are the most sudden,
unpredictable and violent storms on earth," they said.
June, July and August are our peak months for torna-
does, by the way.
Marine safety will be addressed Thursday. Rip
currents aren't a huge issue in our part of the state but
they do occur. Rips are like a zippy little river in the
Gulf of Mexico that runs to or from the shore. If you're
caught in one, relax and go with the flow until it dissi-
pates, then swim up or down the beach a bit before you
head back. If you're lucky, you'll catch another rip
current that will carry you home.
And then don't go out again that day.
Rip currents in the Panhandle of Florida claimed
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something like a dozen people in just a few days last
spring, and one at Bean Point last summer.
Extreme weather heat, cold and sunburn is
Friday's topic. Perhaps due to global warming, tem-
peratures have risen about one degree a year for the
past few decades in Florida.
And the other extreme, cold, killed 26 people over
Be careful out there.
Fortune takes on weather
Fortune magazine had addressed global warming
in its recent issue, and is touting some studies made by
British researchers that were mentioned in "Sandscript"
a few months back.
"Global warming, rather than causing gradual, cen-
turies-spanning change, may be pushing the climate to
a tipping point," David Stipp writes. "Growing evi-
dence suggests the ocean-atmosphere system that con-
trols the world's climate can lurch from one state to
another in less than a decade like a canoe that's
gradually tilted until suddenly it flips over. Scientists
don't know how close the system is to a critical thresh-
old. But abrupt climate change may well occur in the
not-too-distant future. If it does, the need to rapidly
adapt may overwhelm many societies thereby upset-
ting the geopolitical balance of power."
Warmer weather means more wildfires in the West-
ern United States, droughts in Africa, monsoons in India
... heck, maybe even dogs and cats mating or frogs fall-
ing out of the sky. And its not just the usual environmen-
talists who are issuing the warnings this time.
Stipp writes that "In 2001, an international panel of
climate experts concluded that there is increasingly
strong evidence that most of the global warming ob-
served over the past 50 years is attributable to human
activities mainly the burning of fossil fuels such as
oil and coal, which release heat-trapping carbon diox-
ide. Indicators of the warming include shrinking Arc-
tic ice, melting alpine glaciers, and markedly earlier
springs at northerly latitudes. A few years ago such
changes seemed signs of possible trouble for our kids
or grandkids. Today they seem portents of a cataclysm
that may not conveniently wait until we're history.
"In 2002, the National Academy of Sciences issued
a report concluding that human activities could trigger
abrupt change. Last year the World Economic Forum
in Davos, Switzerland, included a session at which
Robert Gagosian, director of the Woods Hole Oceano-
graphic Institution in Massachusetts, urged
policymakers to consider the implications of possible
abrupt climate change within two decades."
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global warming appears to be a problem we created.
... and now we're screwing up the reefs
A debate has raged for years regarding the decline
of coral reefs in the Florida Keys. Scientists have
wrestled with whether it's pollution or overfishing that
is the main cause of the coral-smothering spread of
seaweed on many reefs.
Now, Brian Lapointe and other researchers have
determined that pollution from such sources as sewage
and agricultural runoff is the main culprit of reef de-
mise, a conclusion that has major repercussions for
managers working to end the decline of reefs in South
Florida and around the world.
In the current edition of the Journal of Experimen-
tal Marine Biology and Ecology of Harbor Branch
Oceanographic Institute, Lapointe said that seaweed, or
macroalgae, spreads over coral reefs a problem be-
coming increasingly common it can smother coral
and prevent important reef inhabitants such as fish and
lobster from finding the food and shelter they require.
The reef that remains is transformed into a dull mound
with little of its original vibrant life and color. The two
main explanations for such overgrowth are that nutrients
in pollution fuel rapid, explosive seaweed growth, or that
overfishing and other problems remove key grazers such
as fish or sea urchins that would normally feed on the sea-
weed, keeping its growth and spread in check.
"The reason this issue is so important is that we're
losing our coral reefs at a very accelerated rate,"
Lapointe writes. "These systems are basically in cata-
strophic decline in many parts of the globe, and South
Florida is probably losing coral even faster than other
parts of the world. This
research, I believe, makes it clear that one of the key
problems is pollution from land-based sources."
Nitrogen, which is found in sewage, reaches a
"critical threshold" for seaweed growth of about 14
parts per billion, above which damaging.seaweed
spread is supported and below which it is generally
prevented. Raw sewage is about 40,000 parts per bil-
lion nitrogen, while pristine ocean waters would be
about 1 part per billion.
Water from the Florida Everglades has very high ni-
trogen readings, and that water flows into Florida Bay and
then across the Florida Keys. Lapointe said that current
Everglades restoration plans, which call for a dramatic
increase in the amount of this water released, do not call
for reduction in nitrogen concentrations and could lead to
even more destruction of coral reefs.
"It's clear we're going to have to reduce nitrogen
inputs to Florida Bay if we're going to save down-
stream reefs in the Keys," he said.
Reminds me of the seaweed problems in Bishop
Harbor of late.
Most thunderstorms are about 15 miles wide and
last about 30 minutes.
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Reds starting to show, sheepies still strong, snapper in Gulf
By Capt. Mike Heistand
Fishing has been slow again this week, but there
are still some good catches of redfish and sheepshead
inshore and mangrove snapper offshore in the Gulf of
The weather should pick up this week, and with it
the fishing action.
Lee Gause at Perico Harbor Bait & Tackle said
he's seeing a few trout, small snook in the canals and
a few sheepshead from the Anna Maria Bridge coming
to the docks.
Capt. Thom Smith at Angler's Repair on Cortez
Road said he took the Lowenthal family from Wash-
ington, D.C., out last week and caught trout to 20
inches in length, redfish to 24 inches in length, sheep-
shead to 5 pounds, with most of the action coming from
Mr. Twister Exude lures and live shrimp.
Bill Lowman at Island Discount Tackle said
sheepshead are being caught from almost every pier or
dock right now, and the action should continue through
the end of March. Redfish are starting to make a show-
ing in the bays, while offshore it's mangrove snapper
that is the best bet.
Dave Johnson at Snead Island Crab House said
sheepshead are thick around the old railroad bridge in
the Manatee River and by the dock at the Snead Island
Boat Works, or anywhere near the rocks in front of
Terra Ceia Bay. He's also seeing lots of trout coming
to the dock.
Capt. Rick Gross on Fishy Business out of
Catchers Marina in Holmes Beach said he's been
putting his charters onto lots of mangrove snapper near
shore, plenty of trout in the bays, plus some redfish.
Capt. Tom Chaya on the Dolphin Dreams in
Holmes Beach out of Catchers said redfish and trout
near the docks seems, to be working for his charters
Capt. Sam Kimball on Legend charters out of
Annie's Bait & Tackle in Cortez said before the winds
started up again he was getting lots of mangrove snap-
The second dead turtle
in a month to wash up
on the beach at
Bayfront Park in Anna
Maria was this green
with tumors on all soft
tissues, said Suzi Fox,
director of Anna Maria
Island Turtle Watch.
The first was a logger-
head that had been
killed by a boat's
propeller, and a third
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or 2 pictured was
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per to 5 pounds, grouper to 15 pounds and black tuna
to 20 pounds.
Capt. Zach Zacharias on the Dee-Jay II out of
Annie's said his best bets were grouper, sheepshead,
mangrove snapper, grunts and scamp. Inshore action
includes reds, snook, more sheepies and some good-
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few snook being caught early in the morning and some
mostly undersize grouper being landed.
On my boat Magic, we have been limiting-out on
mangrove snapper near the Sunshine Skyway Bridge.
We caught a few redfish in Terra Ceia Bay and some
sheepshead near the docks outside of Key Royale. We
did run one trip into the Gulf last week, and caught
amberjack to 40 pounds, yellowtail snapper and a few
keeper-size grouper to 10 pounds, all about 60 miles
Good luck and good fishing.
Capt. Mike Heistand is a 20-year-plus fishing
guide. Call him at 779-9607 to provide fishing report.
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come and may be dropped off at The Islander, 5404
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S&S overtakes Paradise for Center Division I top seed
By Kevin Cassidy
In both teams' last game of the regular season, S&S
-Industries defeated A Paradise Realty 47-35 on Saturday,
Feb. 14, to overtake them as the number-one seed for the
upcoming layoffs in the Anna Maria Island Community
Center's Basketball League, Division I. S&S will take on
the yet-to-be-decided fourth-place team, which was to be
sorted out at Tuesday night's matchups.
Monday night had Sign of the Mermaid defeating
Rotten Ralph's for third place, with the loser taking on
Jesse's Beach Lounge in a battle for the fourth and fi-
nal playoff spot on Tuesday, Feb. 17, after presstime.
The playoffs started Tuesday, with the championship
game set for 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 21.
JoJo Wood was once again the offensive spark for
S&S Industries, scoring a game-high 28 points while
also grabbing eight rebounds and dishing out seven
assists in the victory.
Mike Schweitzer also had a big game for S&S,
scoring 13 points while pulling down 14 rebounds, in-
cluding four offensive boards. Zack Waliagha, Jarot
Nelson and Catie Carden completed the S&S scoring
with two points apiece.
Harrison Skaggs led A Paradise with 14 points and
seven rebounds, while Jordan Graeff added 10 points
and 12 rebounds in the loss. Grant Lukitsch chipped in
with seven points and Terra Cole finished with four
points to complete the A Paradise scoring.
Beach Lounge 56, Ralph's 25
Jesse's Beach Lounge won its fourth consecutive
game 56-25 over Rotten Ralph's Restaurant Saturday,
Feb. 14, after opening the season with eight consecu-
tive losses. Saturday's win improves Jesses to 4-8,
which is thanks in part to 19 points from Jake Orr and
12 points from Celia Ware. Dylan Mullen added nine
Anna Maria Island Community
Center basketball schedule
Premier Division (ages 14-17)
Feb. 21 10 a.m. Championship Game
Feb. 21 12 p.m. All-Star Game
Feb. 21 6 p.m. Coaches Game
I (ages 12-13)
Division II (ages 10-11)
Division III (ages 8-9)
Feb. 19 6 p.m.
Feb. 19 7 p.m.
Feb. 21 3 p.m.
Feb. 21 5 p.m.
Feb. 21 6 p.m.
First place vs. Fourth place
Second place vs. Third place
First place vs. Fourth place
Second place vs. Third place
points for Jesse's, which.also received eight points
from Danielle Mullen and four points from Ryan
Guerin in the victory.
Zach Beeker led Ralph's with 11 points, while
Corbin Kitchen added six points in the loss. Casey
Dalton scored four points and Whitney Bauer finished
with three points for Ralph's, which concluded the sea-
son with a 4-8 record.
S&S 45, Ralph's 31
JoJo Wood poured in 25 points and Mike
Schweitzer added nine points as S&S Industries im-
proved to 8-3 with a Feb. 11 victory over Rotten
Ralph's Restaurant. Catie Carden chipped in with six
points, while Zack Waliagha and Jarot Nelson com-
pleted the scoring with three and two points respec-
Zach Beeker's 14 points and six points from
Whitney Bauer led Rotten Ralph's in the loss,
Broderick West and Casey Dalton added four points
apiece, while Ben Valdivieso scored three points to
complete the Rotten scoring for Ralph's.
Premier Division: Oyster Bar earns number-one seed
The Anna Maria Oyster Bar "shucked" the short-
handed Beach House Restaurant 90-74 on Saturday,
Feb. 14, to wrap up first place in AMICC's Premier
Division with an impressive 10-2 record.
That sets up the playoff matchups with Oyster Bar
taking on fourth-seeded Beach House, while ReMax
takes on Anna Maria Glass & Screen, as all four teams
fight for a spot in the championship game set for 10
a.m. Saturday, Feb. 21.
David Buck again led the way for the Oyster Bar
with 30 points, including five baskets from behind the
three-point arc, while Gary Scott added 22 points from
his low-post position. Spencer Carper added 18 points
and Matt McDonough scored 11 points as the Oyster
Bar proved itself as the team to beat in the Premier
Justin Hessinger scored 22 points and Mike Wallen
added 19 to lead the Beach House in the loss. Chase
Parker chipped in with seven points and Sam Lott
scored six points for the Beach House, which played
the game despite missing six players.
ReMax 58, Glass & Screen 47
Clay Orr scored 24 points to lead ReMax past
Anna Maria Glass & Screen Saturday, Feb. 14, to wrap
up the second seed in the Premier Division playoffs.
Mike Cramer scored 14 points and Steve Seaton added
10 points for ReMax, which also received five points
apiece from Chad Richardson and Anthony Rosas as
they improved to 7-4 on the season.
Anna Maria Glass fell to 4-7 despite double-figure
scoring efforts from three players led by 15 points from
Franklin Moore and 11 points from Zach Schield. Tyler
Bekkerrus added 10 points, while Billy Malfese scored
eight points in the loss.
Division II: IRE defeats Banks for top seed
Kevin Callahan scored a season-high 22 points, in-
cluding 10 in the fourth quarter, to lead Island Real Estate
to a 37-27 victory over Banks Engineering Saturday, Feb.
14, and wrap up the number-one seed in Division II.
Steve Titsworth General Contracting wrapped up
second place and will take on Longboat Observer,
which edged Banks on a tiebreaker for third place with
Banks now having to play Island Real Estate in the
opening playoff game. The action gets started Wednes-
day, Feb. 18, with the championship game taking place
at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 21.
Chris Callahan added seven points for IRE, which
also received four points from Shane Blair and two
points apiece from Emma Barlow and Gabe Salter in
Miles Hostetler scored 16 points to lead Banks
Engineering in the loss. Jordan Sebastiano added five
points, while Tommy Price, Martine Miller and Burns
Easterling each scored two points to complete the scor-
ing for the Engineers.
A&E 20, Danziger 14
Joey Hutchinson scored nine points and Matt
Bauer added seven points Saturday, Feb. 14, to lead Air
& Energy over Danziger Allergy & Sinus in a last-ditch
effort to make the playoffs. Sarah Howard and Kyle
Sewall each scored two points for A&E, which now
waits to see how other teams fared to learn its fate.
Garrett Secor scored eight points to lead Danziger in
the loss. Lauren Woodson scored four points and Daniel
Riley added two points to complete the Allergy scoring.
Observer. 14, STGC 13
Breann Richardson scored all six of her points in
the fourth quarter Saturday, Feb. 14, to lead Longboat
Observer to a come-from-behind victory over STGC
and keep alive the Observer's playoff hopes. Kyle Aritt
added four points, while Forrest Schield and Francis
Bergereon scored two points each to complete the
Ally Titsworth scored six points and Gabby Pace
scored five points to lead STGC in the loss. Blake
Wilson completed the STGC scoring with two points.
PLEASE SEE SPORTS, NEXT PAGE
Basketball League standings
(final regular season)
ision W/L Division V
mier Division Division II
ster Bar 10-2 Island Real Estate 8
Max 7-4 STGC 6
ss & Screen 4-7 Observer 5
ach House 2-10 Banks Engineering 5
Air & Energy 3
ision I Danziger 3
Sign of Mermaid
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CONTINUED FROM PAGE 28
Observer 20, Danziger 8
Forrest Schield's nine points and six points from
Breann Richardson helped Longboat Observer cruise
past Danziger Friday, Feb. 13. Three points from Kyle
Aritt and two points from Francis Bergereon completed
the Observer scoring in the 12-point victory.
Garrett Secor and Ashley Waring scored four
points apiece to lead Danziger in the loss.
Division III: Bistros wind up undefeated
The Bistros completed a perfect 12-0 season to win
the Division III regular-season crown, thanks to a 21-
11 victory over Duncan Real Estate Friday, Feb. 13.
The Bistros take on the winner of a playoff between
Duncan Real Estate and Galati Marine for fourth place,
while Harry's Continental Kitchens takes on Jessie's
Island Store in the other playoff game. The Division III
championship game is set for 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 21.
Hailey Dearlove paced the victors with eight points
while Brittany Templeton added six points. Molly
McDonough's five points and two points from Isaiah
Beaton completed the scoring for the Bistros.
Emily White scored six points to lead the way for
Duncan Real Estate, while Giorgio Gomez added three
points and Kyle Crum finished with two points in the loss.
Jessie's 10, Duncan 9
Fourth-quarter baskets by Trevor Bystrom and
Jack Titsworth on Saturday, Feb. 14, rallied Jessie's
Island Store past Duncan Real Estate and into a tie for
second place in Division III. Titsworth finished with a
team-high four points while Julian Botero, Bystrom
and Sarah Falls each scored two points in the win.
Emily White led all scorers with five points, while
Josh Schmidt and Giorgio Gomez each scored two
points in the loss for Duncan Real Estate.
Galati 18, Harry's 16
Galati Marine continued their improved play with
a two-point victory over second-place Harry's Conti-
nental Kitchens Saturday, Feb. 14, for its second vic-
tory of this basketball season. Chase Stripling's eight
points and four points from Kelly Guerin paced the
Galati scoring efforts, while Mallory Kosfeld and
Stephanie Schenk added two points apiece.
Glenn Bower scored eight points and Taylor Wil-
son added six points for Harry's in the loss.
Bistros 11, Galati 7
Six points from Molly McDonough helped the
Bistros ease past Galati Marine Wednesday, Feb. 11,
to keep its hopes for an undefeated season alive. Pat
Edwards and Hailey Dearlove added two points while
Emma Carper finished with one point in their 11th vic-
tory of the season without a loss.
Kelly Guerin's three points and two points apiece
from Stephanie Schenk and Chase Stripling paced
Galati in the loss.
Basketball season ends
for three Island girls
The Manatee Hurricanes girls basketball season
came to an end Thursday, Feb. 12, due to a 67-53 loss
to Venice in the 5A-District 11 semifinals. So ends
another season of basketball for the Manatee High
School girls team, which includes Islanders Brittany
Parker, Jessica Cramer and Ryanne Carden. For Parker,
a senior and three-year starter, the loss ended a solid
career that saw her average nine points and seven re-
bounds during her tenure on the varsity team.
Sophomores Carden and Cramer were in their first
season on the varsity team and still have a couple of
seasons to look forward to.
In Thursday's 5A District 11 semifinal game, the
Lady Canes played top-seeded Venice tough in the
early going, but the relentless pressing on defense fi-
nally did the Lady Canes in as Venice overcame a 12-
8 first-quarter deficit by outscoring the Hurricanes 26-
12 in the second quarter.
Manatee staged a last-gasp rally to pull to within
four points on a three-pointer by Lauren Cruz with 5:45
left to play in the third, but Venice pushed the lead to
61-46 at the close of the quarter.
Parker had a strong game in her last outing, scor-
ing nine points, grabbing nine rebounds and blocking
four shots while Carden finished with five points and
four rebounds. Cramer added one point and two re-
Islanders Jessica Cramer, Brittany Parker and Ryanne Carden of the Manatee High School girls basketball
team pose with teammate Lauren Cruz after the Hurricane's 67-53 loss in the District II semifinals. The loss
ended a strong three seasons for Parker, while sophomores Cramer and Carden and junior guard Cruz all
return next season for the Lady Canes. Islander Photos: Kevin Cassidy
Manatee's Jessica Cramer defends against a Venice player during the Lady Cane's 67-53 loss to Venice.
Harrison Skaggs goes strong to the basket as S&S
Industries's Mike Schweitzer defends during Divi-
sion I basketball at the Center.
bounds in a reserve role for the Lady Canes in the loss.
On Tuesday, Feb. 10, the Lady Canes defeated Port
Charlotte 40-22 to advance to the semifinal game.
Hayley Harvey led the Canes with 10 points, while
Parker scored nine points and Carden added seven
points in the victory.
Little League begins play March 8
Registration for Anna Maria Island Little League
has concluded and teams have been selected for three
age divisions. There will be three major league teams
for the 2004 season led by long-time major league
sponsor WMFD. They are joined by Duncan Real Es-
tate and Island Lumber in pursuit of Anna Maria's
Little League crown.
There are also three minor league, or pitching-
machine teams. Morgan Stanley, Betsy Hill and Bark
& Co. make up the three sponsors in the minors.
T-ball boasts four teams led by sponsors Beach
House Restaurant, Air & Energy, Morgan Stanley and
Jordan Graeff tries to tip in a missed shot during
Division I basketball at the Center.
Harry's Continental Kitchens.
There will be a preseason banquet at a soon-to-be-
announced date and time where players will receive
uniforms and schedules for the season. For more infor-
mation, please call 778-1908.
Winners in the Feb. 14 horseshoe games were Ron
Pepka of Bradenton and Tom Skoloda of Anna Maria
City. Runners-up were Bob Lee of Anna Maria City
and Harry Stoltzfus of Holmes Beach.
Winners in the Feb. 11 games were Pepka and
"Herkey Jerky" Smith of Holmes Beach. Runners-up
were George Page of Bradenton Beach and Adin Shank
The weekly contests get under way every Wednes-
day and Saturday at 9 a.m. at Anna Maria City Hall
Park, 10005 Gulf Drive. There are no membership fees
and everyone is welcome.
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2205 88th St. Ct. NW $396.900.
Lot in northwest Braderton. 80-b./-2 15-ft Will build 'your dream home
from your plans or ours 2203 88th-, Sr. Ct NW $ 120,000
G r e 9 ,-,1;.,- r li,*. 2 ij 0' 3 2
5500 Marina Drive Holmes Beach 778-7127
Thanks for saying,"I saw it in The Islander."
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
S2,137 sq.ft. of living space (1,820 A/C, 317 Veranda)..
Many, many special features
enclosed garage spaces.
Panormic Gulfviews MuST see to fully appreciate
Call Pat McConnell
778-7845 or (863)698-440 cell
o Luxury Amenities: Private elevator, heated poolrand spa, gas grill, two
enclosed garage spaces.
Po-mkc G ufviews Must see to fully appreciate
Call Pat McConnell
778-7845 or (863)698-4401 cell
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DISCOVER PILATES: Eight-weeks, beginning and
intermediate sessions at the Anna Maria Island Art
League. Beginning-level class, 9am Mondays, now
through-April 5; intermediate-level 6pm Wednesdays
now through-April 5, $64 for eight-week session. Cer-
tified Pilates Instructor: Preston Whaley Jr.,
Physicalmind Institute. Pre-register a week in advance.
For more information and to register, call 778-2099.
AMI KIWANIS CLUB fruit orders benefit Island chil-
dren. Order delicious oranges and grapefruit packages
for shipment to friends and family from member Rich
Bohnenberger, 778-0355. Honeybell tangelos crop,
LONGBOAT KEY HISTORY "From Calusas to Con-
dominiums" by Ralph B. Hunter. Signed copies avail-
able at The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes
ROSER THRIFT SHOP Open Tuesday, Thursday,
Friday, 9:30am-2pm, Saturday 9-noon. Always 50
percent off sales rack. 511 Pine Ave., Anna Maria.
MULTI-FAMILY MOVING sale, Friday and Saturday,
Feb. 20 & 21, 8am. 520 72nd St., Holmes Beach.
GARAGE SALE SATURDAY, Feb. 21, 9am-? Lots
of everything. 2709 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
GARAGE SALE FRIDAY, Feb. 20, 8am-2pm.
Black memorabilia, mint 44-caliber dueling pistols,
old photo albums, Depression glass. 206 Magno-
lia Ave., Anna Maria.
SATIRDAY- FEB. 21, am. Rain or shine. Multi-
family, lots of good stuff. 6401-A Holmes Blvd.,
MOVING SALE SATURDAY, Feb. 21,7:30am-3pm.
6-HP Johnson motor, antique rocker, Lay-Z-Boy
rocker, coffee table. 239 Gladiolus, Anna Maria.
SATURDAY, FEB. 21, 9am-1pm. Shell Point con-
dominiums will have a tag sale. Doors. open at
9am. Shell Point Clubhouse, 6300 Flotilla Drive,
ANNUAL STREET SALE Saturday, Feb. 28, 9am-
2pm. Arts and crafts, white elephant, homemade
pies, sloppy joe's and hot dogs. Pines Trailer Park,
Bradenton Beach, near Bridge Street Fishing Pier.
SANDPIPER RESORT CO-OP Annual Street Fair,
Saturday, Feb. 21, 7am-2pm. Household items,
furniture, art, raffle and food. You name it we
have it. 2601 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach.
GARAGE SALE SATURDAY, Feb. 21,8am. Twin
beds, dryer, bed linens, other stuff. 610 N. Bay
Blvd., Anna Maria.
SHUGAR'S BOAT DETAILING: Yachts, sailboats,
any size boat. Free estimates. Weekly, bi-weekly,
monthly. Call Capt. Robert Shugars, 778-0069.
LOST: PRESCRIPTION eye glasses, magnetized
sun glasses perhaps attached. Lost in vicinity of
2600 Gulf Drive, Bradenton Beach, on Thursday,
Feb. 5. Please call 778-1271.
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.
GORGEOUS ADULT CATS and other pets for
adoption at Southgate Animal Hospital. Refer-
ences checked. 922-0774.
EGMONT EXPRESS CHARTERS: Seek out se-
cret 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 backwa-
ter fishing. USCG licensed. Ice, bait, tackle pro-
BABY-SITTING AND PET-SITTING My name is
Sarah, I am 15-years old. Hourly charge: $5/child or
$3/pet, $2.50/hour for each additional pet or child.
Please call 778-7622, 778-7611 or 447-8593.
CHILD SITTER AND PET SITTER. Seventh-grade
male looking for a job. Available after school and
weekends. Call Zachary, 779-9783.
NEED A CHILD or pet sitter? Call one number and
get connected to three wonderful sitters! Tiffany,
Kari, Holly. 778-3275 or 779-0793.
ISLAND SPORTS BAR: All-year clientele. Beer/
wine, good lease, smoking OK. $85,000. Call
Longview Realty, 383-6112.
REAL ESTATE: Tired of paying office fees? Two
experienced agents needed for fast paced, high
traffic Island office. Top splits, sign-on bonus.
Call Wedebrock Real Estate today! "Personal-
ized, not Franchised". Call Joe Pickett,
FOr 12+ years of
Professional Island Service
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INTERNATIONAL BUYER'S NEEDS
Another new real estate office on the Island?
No, not justanother real estate broker...
As well as serving the local residential market we spe-
cialize in international buyers who invest in residential
and commercial property and business opportunities for
immigration visa status.
15 years experience in meeting international buyer's needs gives us the
distinct advantage of bringing sellers qul//f/ed buyers. We offer buyers
a complete package of services enabling them to close with confidence.
International buyers need four different specialists real estate broker,
mortgage broker, business broker and a US Immigration specialist to
obtain a visa for their legal status wedo/f ///l ouronto op office,
We'll feature your home in our magazine Discover Forida, which is dis-
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We currently have many Inquiries for res/dont//l and bus1-
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consiultatio/n to discuss listing your home/ Investment
property or business.
GuuF COAST ISLANDS REALTY1 1NC4
Contact: May McNeill or Peter Harris (Broker)
3220 East Bay Drive, Holmes Beach FL 34217
Phone: 779-0411 Fax: 926-9297
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REAL ESTATE AGENTS! Busy office, best loca-
tion, best commissions. Call today! Robin or
FULL-TIME HOUSEKEEPER: Drug-free, reliable,
must work holidays and weekends. Apply in per-
son to Club Bamboo/Econo Lodge, 2502 Gulf
Drive, Bradenton Beach.
WORK ON THE BEACH! Assistant manager for
Longboat Key condo/hotel. Full-time, energetic
professional wanted to fulfill front desk/reserva-
tions and staff oversight responsibilities for busy
vacation rental property. Must be personable, or-
ganized and possess good computer skills. Great
location, staff and guests! No evenings. Partial
weekends and some holiday hours required. Of-
fice and/or hotel experience preferred. Send re-
sume and/or letter of interest to: PO Box 8245,
Longboat Key FL 34228.
LEGAL SECRETARY/PARALEGAL needed for
sole practitioner. Must be well organized, have
good computer and telephone skills and relate
well to all types of people. Casual work environ-
ment close to the Island. Legal experience pre-
ferred but will train the right person. Please e-
mail your resume to
email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org, fax 778-9392 or
mail/deliver to office, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach FL 34217.
CALLING ALL VOLUNTEERS! Would you like to
meet interesting people from around the world?
Are you interested in learning the history of Anna
Maria Island? Get involved with the Anna Maria
Island Historical Museum, 402 Pine Ave., Anna
Maria. We need you! Call 778-0492.
THE TINGLEY MEMORIAL Library in Bradenton
Beach is looking for volunteers. Duties include
checking books in and out, reshelving and gener-
ally assisting library patrons. It's fun, give it a try!
Anyone interested in our friendly community library
should call Eveann Adams, 779-1208.
MAN WITH SHOVEL Plantings, natives, cabbage
palms, patio gardens, trimming, clean-up, edgings,
more. Hard-working and responsible. Excellent
references. Edward 778-3222.
LET US DRIVE YOU! Shopping, medical appoint-
ments, airports, cruise ports. Flat rates. Sunshine
Car Service. Serving the Islands. 778-5476.
COMPUTER OBEDIENCE TRAINING. Is your
computer misbehaving? Certified computer service
and private lessons. Special $30 per hour- free
ISLAND PRESSURE CLEANING for great results,
wash away mildew, dirt and salt. Thorough, rea-
sonable and reliable. Free estimates, licensed and
K.A.S. CLEANING LLC: Employee owned, ser-
vicing private homes, condos, rentals and sea-
sonal 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.
TILE AND MOSAIC custom installation, 20 years
experience. References available. For a reason-
able price call Sebastian, 704-6719.
CONNECT-ICON Your local computer specialist.
Experienced certified technician for communication
electronics offers wireless and cable networks,
upgrades, maintenance, repairs, tutoring and train-
ing. 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.
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.
AUTO DETAILING BY HAND Spotless inside and
out. I can save you time and money. Island resi-
dent, references. For pricing call 713-5967.
THE ROYAL MAID Service, licensed, bonded, in-
sured. Professional, experienced maids, free es-
timate, gift certificates available. Please call
SERVICES SELL FAST advertised in The Islander!
INCOME TAX SERVICE: Individuals and small
businesses. We also do electronic filing and all
states. Call Pat, Kenney Tax Service, 761-8156.
DUMP TRAILER: For rent for all your trash and
construction needs. Call 778-5551.
GEOFFREY WALL, G.R.I. P.A
Realtor Sales Associate
9 .Pager: 941-233-0748
." Fax: 941-778-4794
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33 Years Experience Same Price
Also Commercial and Tax Deferred Exchanges
I respect your privacy and don't bulk mail or cold call
For confidential and personalized service, please phone me anytime
The Art of the Deal for You
No one know an Island like Aussie Geoff
SiedbrOCk3224 East Bay Drive
RALETATECOMPANY Holmes Beach
The Sunray Quad The Whitney Villa
Lake-Bayou Front Direct Bayfront
$250,000 Turnkey Furnished $395,000 over 2.200 sq.ft
1,874 sq.ft 3BR/2BA 3-Siory 2BR/2 5BA
Around $1,000 a month gets you on
your own private island. 168 acres of
nature preserve, two miles of
waterfront, country club-like facilities,
Indian mounds, museum. Choose
from two prime locations.
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3-4BR/2.5BA, formal living, den,
family room, library. Just exudes
quality, class and distinction. Fea-
tures too numerous to list. $349,000.
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$103,000 income in 2003. New in
2000. 6BR/6BA, two swimming
pools. Turnkey furnished. One block
to beach. $1,150,000.
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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
wvvcdter-vrews- uon't miss this great home or
perfect weekend getaway. Offered at
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Vacation Rentals & Property Management
More than 35 Gulffront rentals to choose from.
Call us last! Best rates on the beach!
LaCosta Condominium Marbella Condominium
Family Friendly Gulffront Luxury
2-Bedroom Condominiums 2 & 3-Bedroom Condominiums
Call For Rates and Availability
866-661-6622 or 778-8000
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Simply the Best
HOLMES BEACH Ground level 3BR/2BA with vaulted
tongue-in-groove wood ceiling in living room. Tile floors and
room for pool. $375,000.
WEST OF GULF DRIVE Location, location. Newer 3BR/
2BA, very close to beach. Corain countertops, Jacuzzi tub, alarm,
central vac., single-car garage and storage room. $549,000.
KEY ROYALE Cross over the bridge to Key Royale and
the beautiful North Point Harbour area to find your fully
furnished dream home. Solar heated pool, fruit trees, deck
area and a boat lift are just a few amenities! $999,999.
Advertising works great in The Islander.
$179,000 FLAMINGO BY THE BAY Waterfront 2BR/1.5BA
condo with enclosed lanai overlooking deep- water canal. IB98113
$184,900 TOWNHOUSES IN THE
CAY Turnkey furnished 2BR/1.5BA.
Deep-water canal to Palma Sola 1Ba'.
.. Boat dock. Heated Pool. 1B96405
S $425,000 BUILD YOUR ISLAND
j DREAM HOME Canalfront lot available
in Holmes Beach! IB90367
7i'i'Y 1 ANNUAL LEASE IN PINE BAY
OLT i FOREST 2BR/2BA, close to pool, $900/
II' T, month. Call Pat or Bob, 795-2211.
6016 Manatee Avenue West, Bradenton
(941) 751-1155 (800) 778-8448
Visit our Web site at www.cbflorida.com
REAL ESTATE LLC
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.
SUN PLAZA WEST
2BR/2BA turnkey furnished condo. Beachfront complex,
breakfast bar, kitchen with dome ceiling, elevator, tennis,
heated pool, carport, balcony, storage, very good rental,
walk to stores and restaurants. $425,000.
KEY ROYALE POOL HOME
3BR/3BA spacious waterfront home with heated pool and
spa, large master suite, turnkey furnished, Italian tile and
carpet, eat-in kitchen, two-car garage. Deep-water canal
and direct access to Intracoastal Waterway. $776,000.
2BR/2BA, ground-flo 3.( 1\ .. end unit.
Community e,. Ve after view. Close to
beaches and p ,900.
3BR/2BA waterfront home._c to expand.
On deep-water ca p x ampa Bay.
Large back) e n c-canal to Bimini Bay.
BAY HOLLOW PRIVATE DOCK
2BR/2BA, updated condo with deeded boat dock. Eat-in
kitchen, wood-burning fireplace, walk-in closets, Jacuzzi
tub. Carport and heated pool. $359,900.
2BR/1BA, IBR/lBA and 1BR studio apartment. Large
lot with tropical landscaping. Turnkey furnished. Cathe-
dral ceiling, porches, ceiling fans. Great rental. $459,900.
From $700 / month
Condos/Homes: $500 week / $1,000 month
779-0202 (800) 732-6434
1 MLS SiSLAND as
REAL ESTATE LLC
Island Shopping Center 5402 Marina Drive
Holmes Beach, Florida 34217 www.suncoastinc.com
CORTEZ KITCHEN RESTAURANT The Cortez kitchen
is 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.
100+ Gulffront rental units with hun-
dreds more just steps from the beach.
3101 GULF DRIVE HOLMES BEACH
GULFFRONT SIX UNITS Directly on the Gulf. Great rent-
als. Remodeled, white ceramic tile floors, swimming pool.
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BEST BUY ON ISLAND Totally renovated, bright an im-
maculate. 1BR/1BA villa on a quiet dead-end street. $161,000.
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MR. BILL'S HOME REPAIR/maintenance service.
Over 30 years experience, self-employed in con-
struction trades. "I'm handy to have around."
JACK OF ALL trades. Lawn care, home repair,
painting, cleaning. No job too small. Call Scott, 720-
4873 or 778-4425.
LOSE WEIGHT be stronger, slimmer, more flexible.
Certified fitness training, private studio setting. No
contract, low rates, great results. 794-6531.
A HANDYMAN TO Have Around. All home repairs.
Painting, blinds, faucets, picture hanging, drywall
and more. What work do you need done? Call
MASTER YOUR COMPUTER No school, book or
person can teach you as easily as this experienced
teacher. Repairs. Call 383-5372.
MUSIC LESSONS! Flute, saxophone, clarinet. Be-
ginning to advanced. Contact Koko Ray, 792-0160.
BEACH SERVICE air conditioning, heat, refrigera-
tion. Commercial and residential service, repair
and/or replacement. Serving Manatee County and
the Island since 1987. For dependable, honest and
personalized service, call William Eller, 795-7411.
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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
ANYONE CAN TAKE a picture. A professional cre-
ates a portrait. I want to be at your wedding!
NADIA'S EUROSAGE Relaxing, healing massage
in the comfort of your home. Call today for an ap-
pointment, 795-0887. MA#0017550.
PIANO AND KEYBOARD lessons. Call Jack Elka,
SEWING: Get your sewing alterations done fast
and reliably. Hems, zippers, sleeves, waistlines,
cushions, etc. Reasonably priced. Call Jenifer
LAWN AND GARDEN
CONNIE'S LANDSCAPING and Lawn Mainte-
nance. Residential and commercial. Full-service
lawn maintenance, cleanup, tree trimming, haul-
ing, Xeriscape. Island resident. Excellent refer-
ISLAND LAWN SPRINKLER service and repair. If
it is broken, we can fix it. Free estimates. Senior
discount. Call 778-2581 or 962-6238.
KARAZ LANDSCAPE Lawn Service. Mulch, clean-
ups, power washing, tree trimming and more. City
of Anna Maria resident. Cell 448-3857.
FOR SALE BY OWNER
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Anna Maria I.
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Lawns, native plants, mulching, trimming, haul-
ing, cleanup. Island resident 25 years. Call
CLOUD 9 LANDSCAPING Services: Quality. lawn
maintenance, landscape cleanup, plantings,.prun-
ing, shell and more! Insured, referenced, free esti-
mates. Call 778-2335 or 284-1568.
BAREFOOT LAWNS & GARDENS Providing the
total TLC for your landscaping requirements.
Lawns, trees, shrubs, container gardens and
gardens. Design, installation and service. Call
730-5318 for free consultation
"GET MOORE FOR your money" with Lew
Moore. Complete tree services and chipping,
estate/garage/shed cleanup. Five years oh
Anna Maria Island. Call 761-7629.
AFFORDABLE LAWN MOWING! Only $50/
month, why do it yourself! Relax while your lawn
is mowed. Call Scott 792-3560.
PROFESSIONAL LANDSCAPE DESIGN and instal-
lation. Huge selection of plants, shrubs and trees.
Irrigation. Everything Under the Sun Garden Centre,
5704 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. 778-4441.
at 2203 Ave. C. Bradenton-Beach
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So, whatever your mortgage
needs fixed race, adjustable rate, jumbo, govern-
ment, call Ron locally for a free consultation at
(941) 761-9808 (24 hours) or (800) 559-8025.
SMonhoatton Mortgage Corporation
SGulfview, 3BR/2BA, open floor plan, across
the street from beach access. $745,000.
Call Larry Albert 725-1074.
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ANNA MARIA ISLAND
2904 Ave. C., Holmes Beach, 2BR/2BA elevated home. $369,900.
2910 Gulf Dr. Holmes Beach duplex. 2BR/1 BA and 1 BR/1 BA. $315,000.
7504 15th Ave. NW Remodeled, 2BR. $160,000.
2810 Southern Pkwy. Updated 2BR/2BA home. $139,900.
11 SERVING THE AREA SINCE 1970 MLS
5910 Marina Dr. Holmes Beach, FL 34217
Call (941) 778-0777 or Rentals 778-0770
1-800-741-3772 OPEN SEVEN DAYS A WEEK
Web site: www.smithrealtors.com
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LOT- Prime buildable lot in very desirable
area of Anna Maria City on Pine Avenue.
Zoned for Residential/Office/Retail. Owner
financing available. $275,000. Call Susan
Hatch, Realtor. 778-7616 evenings.
LOT Build your dream home on this beau-
tiful lot in a very desirable and exclusive area
of new homes in Perico Shores. Minutes to
beaches and shops. $169,000. Call Susan
Hatch, Realtor, 778-7616 eves.
YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD REAL ESTATE SHOPPE.
Experience Reputation Results
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. $270,000.
5401 GULFFRONT BEACHES AND SUNSETS
1 BR/1 BA turnkey, poolview, $275,000.
2BR/1.5BA, pool view. Great buy, $310,000.
VACATION, SEASONAL & ANNUAL RENTALS
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
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5 L .N D LA S- I E
STRAIGHT SHOT LANDSCAPING. Installations,
clean-ups, pruning, irrigation, trees, edging, rip-
rap, mulch, rock, patios, shell, seawall fill. Reliable
and insured. 727-5066.
SHELL DELIVERED and spread. $30/yard. Haul-
ing: all kinds of gravel, mulch, top soil with free
estimates. Call Larry at 795-7775, "shell phone"
VAN-GO PAINTING residential/commercial, inte-
rior/exterior, pressure cleaning, wallpaper. Island
references. Dan or Bill, 795-5100
JOE UNGVARSKY CONSTRUCTION Remodel-
ing contractors. In-house plan designs. State li-
censed and insured. Many Island references..
778-2993. Lic# CRC 035261.
INTERIOR AND EXTERIOR PAINTING free es-
timates. 35-year Island-resident. Call Jim Bickal
CHRISTIE'S PLUMBING Island and off-Island
service since 1975. Repairs and new construc-
tion. Free estimates, no overtime charges. Now
certifying back flow at water meters.
(FL#RF0038118) 778-3924 or 778-4461.
OVER THIRTY YEARS craftsman experience.
Interior, exterior, doors, stairs, windows and trim.
Dan Michael, master carpenter. Call cell 778-
6898 or cell, 518-3316.
TIl _-I= TIL-E. ~ variations of ceramic tile
supplied and installed. Quality workmanship,
prompt, reliable, many Island references. Call
KEVIN GRIFFITHS' ISLAND Paint Interior/exterior
painting, pressure washing and wallpaper. For
prompt, reliable service at reasonable rates, call
704-7115 or 778-2996. Mom/son team.
ROOFING REPAIRS and replacements. Remodel-
ing, repairs, additions, screen rooms, kitchens,
baths. Free estimates. Lic#CGC061519,
#CCC057977, #PE0020374. Insured. Accepting
25 YEARS EXPERIENCE, highly skilled, de-
pendable restoration/renovation expert, carpen-
ter, fine finishing contractor. Kitchen/bathroom
specialist. Repairs, painting. Paul Beauregard,
KEN & TINA DBA Griffin's Home Improvements
Inc. Handyman, fine woodwork; countertops,
cabinets and shutters. Insured and licensed,
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.
HOME REPAIRS & IMPROVEMENTS Carpen-
try, painting, sheetrock, popcorn, doors, bi-folds,
trim, moldings kitchen remodeling, general re-
pairs. Decks, hardwood floors. Homes, rentals.
A.J. Winters, 713-1951.
MASON: 27 YEARS of experience. All masonry
work and repair. Cinderblock work, brick work,
glass block work, paver and brick driveways. Call
Chris, 795-3034. Lic.#104776. Insured.
SALES & RENTALS
419 Pine Ave., Anna Maria FL 34216 PO Box 2150 (941) 778-2291
EVENINGS 778-2632 FAX (941) 778-2294
Switch Gulf View
This bright and spacious hideaway '
offers two 2BR/2BA apartments with
sundecks offering glimpses of Ihe "
Gulf! Amenities include cheerful Mexican tile floors, open kitchens with break-
fast bars and pretty ceramic tiled countertops, ceilings fans, tropical borders in
bedrooms and interior laundry rooms with deep sinks. Easy walking distance to
shopping and beach and close to the Manatee bridge for easy mainland access.
Priced at $649,900.
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MORENO MARBLE & TILE Installation and res-
toration. Quality work. Over 20 years experience.
Insured. Call Javier at 685-5163 or 795-6615.
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, plumb-
ing 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,
plumbing, drywall repairs, roofing, electrical re-
pairs, tile, screen repairs. No job too small. New
WINDOW SHADES, BLINDS, shutters and more.
Lifetime warranty. Call Keith Barnett for a free in-
home consultation. Island references, 15 years
experience. 778-3526 or 730-0516.
WATERFRONT KEY WEST-style home, north
Anna Maria Island, annual, $1,500/month, or sea-
sonal, $2,500/month. Bayfront cottages also avail-
able with docks from $1,500/month, $500/week.
Call 794-5980, or www.divefish.com.
WINTER, SPRING, SUMMER rentals available
weekly, monthly, seasonal. Wedebrock Real Es-
tate Co., 778-6665 or (800) 749-6665.
VACATION RENTALS: 2BR apartments across
from beautiful beach, $375 to $500/week. Winter
and spring dates available. Almost Beach Apart-
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ENJOY THE CONVENIENCE of this ground-
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out your glassed-in lanai to the pool or pristine
beach. Take the fun to the tennis courts or bring
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condo in El Conquistador with spectacular golf
course views. Hurry up and call today for more
information. Offered at $154,900.
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Elevated, turnkey furnished, great rental, large lot,
room for pool. Separate 1 AB/1 BA guest room, two-
car garage. Located at 5905 Flotilla Drive, Holmes
Beach. $455,000. 920-4539.
Also available 2BR/2BA without dock. $399,000.
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VACATION & SEASONAL Private beach, some
locations. Units are complete. Rates seasonally
adjusted. $375-$975/week, $975-$2,975/month.
(800) 977-0803 or 737-1121.
NEW LISTING First-time rental, fully furnished villa
in beautiful Mt. Vernon, near beaches, on canal,
lake view front. 2BR/2BA, enclosed lanai, carport,
clubhouse with numerous activities, heated pool,
Jacuzzi, tennis, no pets, non-smoking, age 55-plus,
minimum three months, peak season, $2,400/
month, annual $1,500/month. Call 721-1784.
NORTH SHORE DRIVE beachfront. Four spacious
3BR/2BA homes with all conveniences. Now book-
ing for this season. Please call (813) 752-4235, or
view Web site: www.AhhSeaBreeze.com.
HOLMES BEACH SEASONAL 2BR/2BA, washer/,
dryer, pool, nicely furnished, ground floor. Available
April plus. Three month minimum. Call 778-9576.
2BR/1BA unfurnished annual Gulfview. $850/
month. Call 778-0292 or 650-3552.
KING BEDROOM efficiency for rent. Short-term
only. Night, weekend, weekly. Private entrance,
private deck. Nonsmoking, close to beach. Call
778-3433 or 773-0010.
SEASONAL RENTAL AVAILABLE March 1. 1BR
waterfront apartment on north end of Anna Maria.
$1,750/month. Call 778-5445.
GULFVIEW: NORTH SHORE Drive, 2BR/2BA,
ground level, available now thru May. Fully fur-
nished, $2,000/month, includes utilities. (863) 581-
4206, (813) 935-0694, (813) 933-8697, or e-mail:
WESTBAY POINT: Finest waterfront unit and view!
2BR/2BA, corner unit, furnished. $2,500/month. Avail-
able February, March, April. Call (818) 620-3543.
ON THE BEACH new, 2BA/2BA weekly/monthly,
Bradenton Beach 778-3618 or www.linger-
SEASONAL RENTAL: Holmes Beach, 4BR (two
master suites)/3BA, house on canal. Two minutes
to beach. Heated pool, dock, cable TV, washer/
dryer, garage, designer furnished with tropical yard
setting. One of the finest rentals on Island. $1,500/
weekly or $5,200/monthly. Call 713-4805 or e-mail:
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,
LOVELY 2BR UNIT, six-month rental. 210 81st.
St., Holmes Beach. Leave your stuff from year to
year. $2,250/month. Call (813) 961-8921.
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.
AFFORDABLE LONGBOAT KEY beach house.
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:
BEAUTIFUL TROPICAL HOUSE just converted to
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.
HOLMES BEACH ANNUAL 2BR/1BA, 100 steps to
Gulf, lanai, washer/dryer. $795/month, first, last,
security. Call 778-5412 or (585) 473-9361.
ANNUAL RENTAL: Northwest Bradenton, spa-
cious 3BR/2BA home, washer/dryer, two-car ga-
rage. $1,250/month. Pet friendly. Fran Maxon Real
VACATION RENTAL: 1 BR/1 BA duplex, three short
blocks to beach. Phone, premium cable TV, micro-
wave, washer/dryer, sleeps four. $1,800/month,
$550/week. Call 807-5627 or e-mail:
BEACHFRONT: NORTH SHORE Drive, ground-
level all-view home. Bean Point area. $3,500/
month, $1,500/week. Call Tom, (559) 760-1331.
BAYFRONT ANNUAL: 2BR/1BA house, quiet
neighborhood. Also available furnished 1BR/1BA
apartment. Call 795-1132.
BEACHSIDE: NORTH SHORE Drive on the beach
behind our house. Bean Point area. $2,500/month,
$900/week. Call Tom, (559) 760-1331.
EL CONQUISTADOR 2BR/2BA, seasonal rental
available March and April. Nicely located and fur-
nished, cathedral ceilings, screened lanai, washer/
dryer. Garage storage. Fourteen clay tennis courts.
ANNUAL RENTAL 1 BR/1 BA in City of Anna Maria,
west of Gulf Drive. $750/month. First, last, security.
ANNUAL 2BR/2BA elevated duplex in Bradenton
Beach. One block to beach. Covered parking with
storage. High ceilings, clean. No pets. $800/month.
Call 778-4665 or 725-2549.
WORKSHOP/STORAGE for rent. 875 sf, large
overhead door. One mile from Bradenton Beach.
VACATION RENTAL: Charming 1BR/1BA, fully
furnished, across from white sandy beach. Call
ANNA MARIA ANNUAL rental. 1 BR/1 BA with sun
room apartment one block to Gulf and on Lake
LaVista bayou. One person, nonsmoker, pet pos-
sible. Washer/dryer hookup in separate utility
room. $795/month. Call 778-9158.
ANNUAL RENTALS: 3BR/2BA, direct bayfront
home with heated pool, $3,000/month. Call Betsy
Hills Real Estate, PA, 778-2291.
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!
SEASONAL OR WEEKLY cottage-style rentals.
1BR/1BA or 2BR/1BA with pool. Walk to beach,
shopping and restaurants. 778-3875.
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ANNUAL 2BR/1.5BA brand new Holmes Beach
townhouse with all appliances. One block from
beach, quiet area, 120 52nd. St. $1,100/month plus
utilities. No pets, nonsmoking. Call (330) 718-1952.
BAYFRONT ANNUAL RENTAL 2BR/2BA, tennis,
pool, cable, water/sewer and trash included. Old
Florida Realty Co., 778-3377, or Sharon 778-3730.
ANNA MARIA GULF beachfront apartment, vaca-
tion or seasonal. Lovely furnished interior, porch,
sundeck, patio, tropical garden setting, laundry, no
pets. Call 778-3143.
VACATION RENTALS available now. 2BR/2BA
villas or townhouses, $1,800-$3,150/month, call for
weekly rates. Marina Pointe Realty Co., 779-0732
or (866) 779-0732.
ANNUAL 3BR/2BA, washer/dryer hookup, $900/
month; 1BR/1BA, $650/month; 2BR/1BA, washer/
dryer hookup, carport, $850. No pets. Dolores
Baker Realty, 778-7500.
ANNUAL RENTAL Morningside condo, unfur-
nished, 2BR/1BA, near pool, $750/month, plus
electric and phone. Marina Pointe Realty Co., 779-
0732 or (866) 779-0732.
SPECIAL RATE! For March: Fabulous townhouse
at Sunbow Bay, three beds, beautifully furnished
February 2004. All newly decorated. Superb views
from all balconies over the water. Boat dock.
$3,200. Contact 730-5318 or 011-44-1708-688499.
E-mail: Sandvpilorir- '-' o .
MARCH IS AVAILABLE! 2BR/2.5BA, North Beach
Village, $2,700/month; 2BR/2BA, Perico Bay Club,
$2,500/month. Call Martha at RE/MAX Gulfstream
ANNA MARIA CITY: 2BR/2BA duplex, available
2004-05 season. Canal, dock. Amenities included.
$1,950/month, three-month preferred. Call 778-5793.
VACATION RENTAL: 101 73rd St., ground floor,
Gulffront, $750/week. Call Martha at RE/MAX
Gulfstream Realty, 778-7777.
UNOCCUPIED: Need two good people to fill va-
cancy. 2BR/2BA duplex, attractive, quiet, clean,
$1,850/month, 2004 season. All amenities. Call
LOOKING FOR NEXT year? 3BR/2BA Gulffront
condo, heated pool, Jacuzzi, tennis, beach. Avail-
able January, February, March. Call 794-8877.
AVAILABLE FOR MARCH, Gulffront condo, 3BR/
2BA, heated pool, Jacuzzi, tennis, beach. Call
MANASOTA KEY, private home directly on beach/
Gulf. 2BR/2BA, pet possible. Available May for-
ward and next season. Call (570) 943-2516.
HOLMES BEACH ANNUAL: Large 1 BR apartment
in quiet duplex. $675/month. Call 224-2231.
2004 WEEKLY SPECIALS! Now available. Duncan
Real Estate, 779-0304.
ANNUAL CANAL CONDO with boat slip, 2BR/2BA,
nature views, vaulted ceilings, fireplace, enclosed
lanais, beautifully updated, covered parking,
heated pool. $1,025/month. Call 761-2229.
NORTH END ANNUAL 1BR/1BA, washer/dryer,
small pet OK, $700/month. Call Duncan Real Es-
EFFICIENCY APARTMENT across from Gulf,
$450/week plus tax and cleaning deposit. Nicely
furnished, nonsmoking. Call 778-3320.
ANNUAL RENTAL 2BR/1BA, garage, one block to
beach. $825/month, plus utilities. Adults only. Call
SEASONAL HOLMES BEACH 1BR/1BA, ground-
floor unit, half-block to beach. $395/weekly. Also,
2BR/2BA unit, $495/weekly. Call 342-9456 or cell,
HOLMES BEACH ANNUAL: Spacious 2BR/1BA
remodeled, 100 steps to Gulf. Laundry, lanai. Call
(585) 473-9361 or 778-5412.
ANNUAL HOLMES BEACH: Very large 2BR/2BA,
den, laundry, porch, close to Gulf, remodeled. Call
778-5412 or (585) 473-9361.
NORTH BRADENTON BEACH large 2BR/1 BA cov-
ered parking, bay view, steps to Gulf. Call 778-5412
or (585) 473-9361.
2BR/2BA CONDO turnkey furnished on the El Con-
quistador golf course. Secure. Heated pool. $1,000/
month, six months or annual. Call 302-1970.
SEASONAL RENTALS: Condos and houses from
$1,500/month-$500/week. Annual rentals: 517 72nd
St., 3BR/2BA house, dock, two car garage, pet OK;
7104 Marina Drive, 3BR/2BA house, pool, two car
garage, pet OK, $1,500/month; Perico Bay Club,
2BR/2BA with den, first-floor villa, cathedral ceilings,
two car garage, pond view, heated pool, tennis, gated
community, pet OK, $1,300/month. SunCoast Real
TWO LUXURY VACATION villas built 2000, across
the road from public beach in Holmes Beach. Each
villa is 3BR/3BA and each have their own pools.
For details, contact Steve, 795-6225.
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KEY ROYALE CANALFRONT gem for sale. 3BR/
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. Traver-
tine 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.
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.
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Street, total' of 1.3 acres (MOL). Offered at $400K
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Sunsets abound from this upper-level, end-unit condo with the
look and feel of a single-family home. Two balconies provide Gulf
to bay views. This property features over 1,500 sq.ft., 2BR/2BA,
wood-burning fireplace, large updated kitchen with breakfast bar,
heated pool and elevator plus much more. Priced to sell at
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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 Flo-
tilla Drive, Holmes Beach. $449,000, Call 920-4539.
EIGHT-UNIT APARTMENT building in Toledo, Ohio.
Trade for Anna Maria condo/home/duplex. Great
cash flow. Call (734) 243-9006. Leave
LONGBOAT KEY CONDO recently remodeled 2BR/
2BA end unit, first floor, carport, patio, clubhouse,
heated pool, private beach, boat docking. $325,000.
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.
GREAT INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITY! Rare el-
evated duplex in Holmes Beach with two 2BR/1.5BA
units. Leased. Screened lanai, washer/dryer in units.
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STATELY ISLAND HOME on sailboat water HUGE 6-71BR/4BA ISLAND HOME Turnkey FLAMINGO CAY Immaculate 2BR/2BA
canal. New in 2000. 5BR/5.5BA, large pool, furnished and just steps to the beach. Two single-story condo, updated and on deep-
coral fireplace, 3,700 sq.ft., 3 A/C zones. carports plus a garage, new roof, new water canal. Open floor plan and block patio
Three stories of living area. $995,000. appliances, pride of ownership is apparent. Do unique to this unit. Rare find in this highly
Quentin Talbert, 704-9680. not miss one of the best values on the Island. sought after area only minutes from the Is-
$535,000. Call Nicole Skaggs or Jane land. Mary Fallon, 720-3400.
Grossman at 778-4800.
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DIRECT BAYFRONT Stunning 2BR/2BA
turnkey furnished Island condo. Very rental
friendly and just steps to the beach. Excellent
investment opportunity with great rental his-
tory. $429,000. Call Nicole Skaggs or Jane
Grossman at 778-4800
SANDY POINTE Bright and sunny 2BR/2BA
turnkey fumished unit. Spacious covered park-
ing. Located close to shopping, restaurants
and the beach. Affordable Island living!
$209,000. Call Dave Jones or Dick Maher at
778-4800 or 713-4800.
BAY WATCH Spectacular sunrises! Beauti-
fully furnished and remodeled end unit with
direct bay views. 2BR/2BA in a very rental-
friendly complex. Excellent waterfront invest-
ment opportunity. Short walk to the beach.
$459,000. Call Cindy Grazar at 778-4800 or
BRADENTON: PARKWAY VILLAS, 55-plus, ex-
ceptional 2BR/1BA, furnished, washer/dryer,
carport. $69,500. Call 751-1440.
SAN REMO SHORES condo, 1BR/1BA on ca-
nal, just two miles to beaches. No restrictions!
$120,000. Contact Bill, 518-9300 days, 795-
COMMUTER'S PARADISE Bay Colony, Pal-
metto. Deep canal, Terra Ceia Bay, 3BR/2.5BA,
two-car garage, office and pool. Easy access to
1-75, 1-275, St. Pete, Tampa, Sarasota. Dock/lift,
amongst lush tropical gardens. Very private, yet
so convenient. $529,900. 4911 Palmetto Point
Drive. Call 721-4653 or 773-0715.
PERICO BAY CLUB 2BR/2BA first-floor condo with
unobstructed south view of Palma Sola Bay. Up-
scale, contemporary, custom furnishings in gated
community with pools and tennis. Private sale, turn-
key. $339,000. Call 795-7549.
WATERFRONT HOME on canal. City of Anna
Maria. Principals only. $575,000. Call 518-3440.
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1.424 sq.ft. living area,
2,654 sq.ft. under root.
3BR/2BA, three-car ga-
S / .. rage home with caged.
.' heated pool built in 1997
S by Quality Builders on a
75-by-100-ft. lot, for sale
f tor $675.000, fully and
" gorgeously furnished to
SDoug Dowling Realty
Phone & Fax: (941) 778-1222
E-Mail: dougdowling 'earthlink.net
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 ranch-style home with more than
2,650 sq. ft. of living area. $775,00 $750,000.
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.
314 Pine Avenue Anna Maria
(941) 779-0732 Toll Free: (866) 779-0732
Storage Units Available!
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R S EA A R A A o te AL A
LAGUNA YACHT VILLAGE: Tranquil waterfront com-
munity offers everything you've been looking for. Deep-
water boat docks, short walk to gorgeous beaches, tropi-
cal setting and carefree living. Two brand new quality
built homes with spacious floor plans and many up-
grades starting at $638,500 and three homesites start-
ing at $240,000. Call Tina Rudek or Mike Migone of
Wedebrock Real Estate, 383-5543.
BEACH COTTAGE RESORT 3BR owners home
plus three rental units. Great west of Gulf Drive loca-
tion. 100 yards to beach. Walking distance to shops
and restaurants. For sale by owner. 111 36th St.,
Holmes Beach. $1,100,000. 778-2071.
THE SEA OATS, 2201 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton
Beach. Seize the limited-time opportunity to obtain at
preconstruction prices a condo in a small complex of
8 in paradise! All will have views of private beach and
Gulf of Mexico from windows and balconies. Sarasota
Bay to be seen from roof-top verandas. Luxury inside
and out. Heated swimming/spa, glass elevator. Car-
ports, garages. Very low maintenance. Contemporary
Key West-style, 2BR/2.5BA, total sf from 1,597 to
3,146 sf $579,000 $959,000. Open house every
Sunday, noon-4pm. Contact Jane Guy, 284-5469.
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FOR SALE Anna Maria canalfront
home with pool on a quiet
vacation rental, but also
the place to be for a
S : -family. MLSO97716.
Call Pat Staebler, Lic. Real Estate Broker
778-0123 or 705-0123
NORTH END 2BR/2BA near Gulf beach. Sun deck,
screened porch, working fireplace, solar. $490,000.
NORTH LONGBOAT KEY Gulfside single-family
community. Only three homes and four lots remain-
ing. Community pool, walk to beach, shops. Models
open daily 10AM-4PM. Conrad Beach, 387-9595.
OPEN HOUSE SUNDAY, Feb. 22, 2-4pm. Northwest
Bradenton, 1119 59th St. N.W. 3-4BR/3BA on double
lot, 200-foot waterfront, dock/lift, pool. $895,000. Call
224-9008 or 927-2392.
SANDY POINT 2BR/2BA condo, turnkey, beautiful,
walk to beach, shopping, restaurants. Lowest price on
Island. $219,000. Call (813) 641-1698.
PERICO BAY CLUB Grand'Cayman model, 2-3BR/
2BA, enclosed lanai, deck, two-car garage, new ap-
pliances and many updates. Exceptional location, fur-
nished. $350,000. Call Don, 794-1421.
AWESOME VIEWS! 3BR/'2BA, boot docks and sleps to gorgeous beaches
Bayfronl pork and city pier S749,000.
PERFECT HOME 2BR!1 BA, one block to beach, deeded boot slip. 5389,000.
SEASONAL RENTALS AVAILABLE
2BR/1BA house Gullview sleps to beach, SI,000.,week.
2BR/1 BA downstain apartment, one bloik to beach. Sl,800,'month
LIDO 3BR/3BA galed pool home, private beach occes~s 6,n00/month
LIDO 3BR 2BA pool home on canal St~p. tor private beach and
St. Armands [Ellre, 55,000. 'monih.
3BR/2BA house with pool. two blocks
to beach S2,000'mranlh
518-7738 or 383-970C1
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CHARMING, UPDATED 3BR/2BA beach cottage
on north end of Anna Maria. Short walk to Gulf and
bay. $495,000. Betsy Hills Real Estate, P.A.,
BUILDERS REHAB WATERFRONT: 1,700 sf, ex-
cellent location, city of Anna Maria. $575,000. Call
PERFECT BEACHHOUSE! Relax in this beautiful re-
modeled ground-floor home across from beach, or build
up for beautiful Gulf sunsets. $497,000. 778-4675.
DEADLINE: MONDAY NOON for Wednesday publi-
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/ ANNA MARIA
Move in condition. 1/2 block to beach,
Anna Maria Pier and shopping. IB96011
S(941) 751-1155* (800) 448-6325
TOTALLY UPDATED 2BR/2BA condo in
Perico Bay Club. New-kitchen, carpet/tile
and newly decorated. Florida furnishings in-
cluded. Wonderful location overlooking the
pond in this prestigious gated club commu-
nity. All this and more only two miles from
the white sandy beaches of the Gulf of
Mexico. $223,000. MLS# 100441.
FABULOUS GROUND LEVEL Fourplex
on the Gulf of Mexico with a great beach!
WOW! This is the beast beach with a'great
opportunity. $2,700,000. MLS# 100372.
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ONLY CONDO IN CITY OF ANNA
MARIA Located on the north end of Anna
Maria on the water with a nice water view
and only a short walk to the Pier, Bayfront
Park, Roser Church, the post office and shop-
ping. This downstairs unit has a new kitchen,
new bath, new tile and new window treat-
ments. Boat slip located or marked #6.
DELIGHTFUL OPEN POOL HOME lo-
cated on a deep-water canal. Large lot 100-
by-140-ft. Gated entry courtyard, excep-
tional beveled lead-glass front door. French
doors open to large screened lanai, pool,
and fenced backyard. Boaters note: No
bridges to Tampa Bay, 10,000-lb boat lift,
and TREY'. dc..:k $-6 00,. tM'..#
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GREAT VIEWS & GREAT BUY! Listen to
the waves of the Gulf waters, feel the sand
between your toes. Furnished, ceramic tile
and Berber carpet, updated kitchen, handi-
cap access to secure second-floor unit, elec-
tric hurricane shutters plus many more fabu-
lous features. Move right in! $580,000.
HISTORIC RIVERFRONT ESTATE on the
Manatee River. Totally remodeled main
house has 4,500 sq.ft. with 6BR/6.5BA, a
spacious wrap-around porch, 10-ft. ceilings,
hardwood floors and many more li.uixrious
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By Randolph Ross / Edited by Will Shortz
9 Drum set
20 Carefully study
22 King Harald's father
23 Chef's comment at the
25 Swiss miss, maybe:
26 Actor Arnold
27 good example
28 Stuck during winter
30 Talk show host Hannity
36 Announcement at Penn
37 Brief rule
38 Laundry worker's
comment at the poker
41 At first, say
43 Film director often seen
at New York Knick
46 1970's Irish P.M.
48 Noted index, with "the"
49 Medal winners
50 Bridge site
53 "Oz" airer
54 Yardsticks: Abbr.
57 Broadway producer's
comment at the poker
61 Football Hall-of-Famer
62 "Lord, is ?"
63 Au courant
64 Indian turnover
65 French possessive
66 Detective, essentially
71 IV amounts
72 Portion of the iris
74 So as
76 Jackie's #2
77 Reeves of "Speed"
78 Lifer's comment at the
83 Character in Trollope's
85 Number after a period:
86 One of the Ramones
87 Vegas opener
89 Strong team
91 Life jackets
93 They take big steps
96 Car seller's comment
at the poker game
100 Old TV talk show host
101 Speech fillers
103 Ariel and others
104 Took off
108 Loses hearing
111 "I say!" sayer
112 Spring time in Paris
114 Tennis pro's comment
at the poker game
122 Landlocked Asian
124 Marine carriers in
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125 On one extreme
126 Experienced dizziness
1 Sticks in the barbecue
2 A hard row_
3 Kitchen magnet?
4 Word on the street
5 Nail site
6 Prefix with duct
7 Elite group, with "the"
8 Dog's catch, perhaps
9 Body work
11 Year in an Amerigo
12 Circle constants
13 Some Dadaist works
14 Who lives forever
16 Kind of cooking
17 Artist's comment at the
18 Bush and Clinton,
19 Pay back
29 Source of magic dust
31 Canon competitor
32 Piece of music
33 Michigan in Chicago:
34 Tenn. footbailer
35 Nobelist Root
39 Ancient land of France
40 Soft touches
43 Asian mushroom
44 Metal craftsman
45 Farmer's comment at
the poker game
47 Tommy _,Olympic
skiing gold medalist
51 Buzz in space
52 Key letter
58 Carnival's promise
59 Cologne conjunction
61 Suffers from
64 Baked dessert
66 Certain strain
68 Blows it
69 Sun Valley locale:
70 O.T. book
73 Center of Los
75 Super Bowl side:
78 Bus. page news
79 Start of something
80 Twos in the news
81 Post in a flight
82 Fortune 500 com-
pany based in
90 Vowelless number
92 Walkman batteries
93 Wave, e.g.
94 Some peacekeepers
95 Girl with blue eyes
and a ponytail, in a
1962 #1 hit
97 Start of a writ
99 Finish off
102 Subject of the
105 Range name
106 Conseco Fieldhouse
115 Simpson case judge
116 Wine aperitif
117 Green brew
118 It's not right to say
on a farm
119 Pothook shape
120 Turn bad
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2217 GULF DR. N.
ANNA MARIA BAYFRONT Lush tropi-
cal bayfront setting with 3BR/2BA older
home on a large 75-by-198-ft. lot with
deep-water dockage. Short distance to
beach. Remodel or build new. Dave
Moynihan, 778-2246. #93749.
HOLMES BEACH BEAUTY! Location!
Location! Spacious family home or is-
land retreat! Large corner lot with circu-
lar drive, two deeded boat slips, up-
dated throughout; solar heated pool/
spa. Gina & Peter Uliano, 358-7990.
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 utilities.
Recent renovations, new vinyl siding,
kitchen cabinets, vanities, appliances,
stairways and balconies. Dave
Moynihan. 778-2246. #96341. S384,500
ISLAND DUPLEX Spectacular bayview
frorh second floor on the end of the canal
by the future Villa Rosa subdivision. 2BR/
2BA each. Short distance to Gulf. Laurie
Dellatorre, 778-2246. #92819. $749,000
COTTAGE IN BRADENTON BEACH!
Adorable, cozy home just steps from the
Gulf. Water views from Florida room,
kitchen and living room. Great opportunity
for investment, or possible expansion or
rebuild. Gina & Peter Uliano, 358-7990.
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THE VILLA ROSA
family homes in gated
community on canals
in Anna Maria. Start-
ing at $1,500,000.
THE ROSA DEL MAR
ums, pool, approxi-
mately 1,900 sq.ft.,
gated parking, deluxe
a m e n it i e s.
starts at $1,600,000.
THE HIBISCUS Four
ums with boat dock
and pool. Starting at
Open 10am-5pm :-.\,
401 S. Bay Blvd. Anna Maria
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