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Islander (Anna Maria, Fla. : 1992) ( February 25, 2004 )

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Creation Date: February 25, 2004

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Title: Islander (Anna Maria, Fla. : 1992)
Uniform Title: Islander (Anna Maria, Fla. : 1992)
Physical Description: Newspaper
Creator: Islander
Publisher: Bonner Joy
Creation Date: February 25, 2004

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

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Skimming the news ... Island property increases see transactions, page 28.


Anna Maria



The


Islander


Basketball ends, page 22.


"The Best News on Anna Maria Island Since 1992"


Pure
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Native Cortezian
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Volume 12, No. 16 Feb. 25, 2004 FREE


Middle school


faces possible


budget cuts
By Diana Bogan
Islander Reporter
The Island Middle School board of directors faced
news this week that the school's operating budget is
dwindling. The budgetary bottom line presented by
accountant Julie Krokroskia at the board's Feb. 17
meeting shows IMS is $27,000 "in the hole."
"It's not a pleasant place to be," Krokroskia told
the board as she explained how the school's funds have
dipped.
According to Krokroskia, the school's budget was
based on an average enrollment of 115 students, for
which the school anticipated receiving a little more
than $3,000 per student in Florida Education Finance
Program funding.
The FEFP funding is calculated based on the num-
ber of Full-Time Equivalent students in attendance
during FTE week in October and February.
Krokroskia said in October the FTE count showed
IMS had 114 students in attendance, but when the FTE
S count was taken this month student attendance was
down to 102. For the budget, this results in a loss of
approximately $40,000 in FTE revenue.
Krokroskia explained that the school receives an
FTE check each month. At first the dollar amount is
based on projected enrollment and adjusted to match
the actual student attendance calculated during FTE
week in October. However, in February when the num-
bers dropped, the FTE funds were adjusted for what
PLEASE SEE IMS, PAGE 4


'Early release' for Bradenton Beach Code Enforcement Officer


By Paul Roat
Bradenton Beach Code Enforcement Officer Dawn
Betts received three days paid leave before her intended
last day of work Feb. 25 from the city commission last
week.
Betts resigned Feb. 9, offering the city two weeks
notice of her intention to leave.
In a special emergency city commission meeting at
4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 20, commissioners agreed 4-1 to
allow Betts to leave city employ early after Vice Mayor
Anna O'Brien said "I am asking her to not come back
to work after today.
"She has done very inappropriate behavior in front
of citizens, and she's had citizens crying in the streets,"
O'Brien said of Betts. "She has ignored complaints,
and she has been seen on the porch with [Old Bridge
Village developer David] Teitelbaum being very inti-
mate while serving as our code enforcement officer.
There is an atmosphere of intimacy, and I'm very
scared. She needs to watch what the hell she's doing in
public."
O'Brien said she had heard that Betts was leaving
the city to work for either developer Teitelbaum or
Steve Noriega, another prominent Bradenton Beach
developer. Both at times have been at odds with the
current administration.
O'Brien said she "objects to [Betts] having access
and I want no further damage to my city. I'm concerned
with her use of public power. I believe it is very im-
proper, and unless there is a dire need for her to be here
Monday, enough is enough. I don't want her to repre-
sent the city."


'She needs to watch what the hell
she's doing in public.'
Vice Mayor Anna O'Brien
regarding Code Enforcement Officer Dawn Betts


O'Brien's original motion was to have the code
enforcement officer be given the next three days -
through Feb. 25, her intended last day of employment
- considered as vacation days and deny Betts access
to city hall and public records. That motion was sec-
onded by City Commissioner John Shaughnessy.
After discussion, the final motion approved by the
city commission was for Betts to have three work days
off in recognition of her "fine service to the city," also
seconded by Shaughnessy and approved by the city
commission with the "nay" vote coming from Mayor
John Chappie.
"She's done a lot of good work for the city,"
Chappie said. "There are always complaints against the
code enforcement officer it's the nature of the
beast." He said that he was concerned Betts "has had
her resignation in for almost two weeks, and we
haven't done this with any other employees."
City Commissioner Peter Barreda concurred with
O'Brien so far as saying, "Just give her three days paid
leave."
City Commissioner Lisa Marie Phillips said she
had received information on issues that had come be-
fore Betts that had been inconclusive "until I spoke to
Mayor Chappie. It is a pattern. I'm seeing code en-


forcement as being very selective. There were three
instances I brought to her that I did not see any reso-
lution to. I'm seeing a pattern with her past supervisor,
confidant, whatever I'm concerned."
Bradenton Beach Code Enforcement Board Chair-
man Ken Lohn, present at the meeting, interjected from
the gallery that "there is corruption involved in
Bradenton Beach City Hall and I can testify to this
matter." He was not allowed to elaborate.
"With this new information," Phillips said, "I have
a fear that something will happen."
When told of O'Brien's comments, made at the
public meeting, David Teitlebaum said, "Her com-
ments are totally unfounded. It is slander, scandalous,
unfair to Miss Betts and unfair to me. I'm not going to
stand for it."
Betts told The Islander, "I'm flabbergasted. It's
absurd, the [O'Brien] comment was totally uncalled
for. And as far as the comments as to who I'm going
to work for, I'm not going to work for anybody. I've
started my own business and I don't want to comment
further until I'm away from the city. It will be a service
business and I have developed a corporation and I'll be
on my own and my services will be contracted."
Betts defended her work, saying "I've worked with
so many people and I work with everybody. My last
few days I was working on an unsafe structure and the
tenant thanked me for have FPL turn off service until
the problem was resolved. On Wednesday, I stayed
overtime on an anonymous call about a construction
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Brookes named new city attorney enforcement er leaves early
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By Paul Roat
Ralf Brookes is the new Bradenton Beach city at-
torney.
City commissioners Feb. 18 unanimously agreed to
retain Brookes, pending contract negotiations. He is
expected to receive $130 per hour, the same rate as
former City Attorney Alan Prather received.
Brookes said his legal specialties included munici-
pal law, comprehensive-planning issues and land-use
matters.
He has been a member of the Florida Bar Associa-
tion since 1988, and represented Sarasota and Monroe
counties as legal counsel. He has also represented a
host of other local governments, including Charlotte,
Lee, Manatee, Hernando and Miami-Dade counties,
plus cities as diverse as Tampa, Coral Gables, Key
West and Miami Beach.
Brookes lives in Cape Coral, in Lee County, but
said he had no problem commuting to Bradenton Beach
for meetings.
And he indicated that Bradenton Beach was on a
cusp insofar as development is concerned.
"You will face tremendous redevelopment pres-
sure," he said, and you need to have a good vision of
the future."
He also said that "if I represent you, I pledge to you


Two Bradenton men

arrested in Holmes

Beach burglary
Holmes Beach police arrested two Bradenton
men Feb. 22 after they were observed by police at-
tempting to burglarize an unoccupied residence near
the beach end of 52nd Street.
Arrested was Ken Fossa, 24, and Eric Jodoin, 18,
both of Bradenton.
HBPD Detective Sgt. Terri Davis said the men were
first spotted in a parked vehicle at the S&S Plaza in
Holmes Beach around 11 p.m. by Officer Steve Wolff.


.--- --- --,
RalfBrookes may soon be the new Bradenton Beach
city attorney, pending contract negotiations. Islander
Photo: Paul Roat

that I will take no further cases in Bradenton Beach or
Manatee County."
Vice Mayor Anna O'Brien will serve as liaison
in meeting with Brookes and working out details on
his contract with the city, which will be presented to
the city commission at its regular meeting March 4
at 7 p.m.
In the wake of Brookes apparent employment, In-
terim City Attorney Charles Webb said he would with-
draw his application for city attorney Feb. 16, although
he said he would continue the role until the city final-
izes its plans to retain Brookes.


The pair left their vehicle and went on foot to bur-
glarize the 52nd Street residence shortly before mid-
night when they were arrested by Wolff and other
HBPD officers, according to the report.
Fossa, of Eighth Avenue Drive West in Bradenton,
was charged with armed burglary, possession of bur-


site and I worked with the Holmes Beach building of-
ficial to get a stop-work order.
"I handled a noise complaint at [Teitlebaum's]
Tortuga Inn and I fixed that by having the contractor
box in a noisy pump. I've had anonymous calls against
Noriega, too."
Betts said she was most disappointed that she
would not be following through with lighting changes
ongoing at the Beach House Restaurant with regard to
turtle protection.
She joins a host of people affiliated with Bradenton
Beach government who have left, either of their own
volition or not, since three new members of the com-
mission took office last November.
On Nov. 21, city .commissioners voted 4-1 to ter-
minate contracts with longtime City Attorney Alan
Prather and City Planner Bill Brisson. Commissioners
at that meeting also terminated the terms of city plan-
ning and zoning board members Susan Kehne and Pete
Milazzo.
In December, Building Official Bob Welch offered
his letter of resignation effective Jan. 2, citing undue
pressure from city commissioners to allow him to con-
tinue to perform his duties.
Betts stated in her resignation letter that "due to
lack of management support, company structure and
low morale, I find it necessary to serve notice of res-
ignation."
Betts, under the supervision of a police officer and
the mayor, removed personal items from city hall Mon-
day.
No action to replace Betts has yet been undertaken
by the city commission, although O'Brien offered to
take code complaints in the interim.


glary tools, and possession of narcotic paraphernalia.
Jodoin, of 23rd Sreet West in Bradenton, was also
charged with armed burglary in addition to misde-
meanor possession of marijuana.
The men were transported to the Manatee County
Jail.


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THE ISLANDER M FEB. 25, 2004 0 PAGE 3


Davis variance approved, more legal battles loom


By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
In what may have given Holmes Beach residents
a sneak preview of future courtroom battles over the
same issue, lawyers on both sides of the Frank Davis
lot-width variance request sparred, dueled, jabbed and
traded verbal accusations during a two-hour hearing
before the board of adjustment Feb. 18.
The end result was that attorney Peter Mackey,
representing Davis, won a 3-2 decision from the BOA
to grant Davis a lot-width variance for his property at
5622 Gulf Drive, allowing Davis to proceed with plans
to build a four-unit condominium. Included in the ap-
proval was a contingency that Davis not utilize a pre-
viously granted height variance to 41 feet, but restrict
the building height to 36 feet, a contingency Davis him-
self volunteered.
But Davis isn't likely to break ground any time in
the near future.
The variance approval becomes final only after all
appeals are concluded, the motion to approve stated.
Should the courts determine the site plan was not
properly approved, said acting City Attorney Mark
Singer, the variance is voided.
Davis' site plan approval from the city commission
last year was contingent upon him obtaining a variance
from the BOA.
Attorney John Shubin, representing adjacent land-
owners Barbara Coloney and Ruthanne McLean, who
have opposed the variance and site plan approval, im-
mediately vowed to appeal to the city commission as
his first legal move against the variance.
Shubin already has one lawsuit against the city,
claiming the commission meeting approving the site
plan was not properly. noticed. In addition, Shubin filed
a lawsuit Feb. 12 against the city alleging the site plan
approval itself was improper (see separate story).
One thing seemed clear, according to board member
Russ Olsen, who voted against the variance: "It's already
cost the city more than $60,000 in legal fees in this issue
and it's going to cost us a lot more in the future."
Mackey claimed that was Shubin's fault for all the
legal roadblocks, and the city should look to the plain-
tiffs for legal fees. The McLean family has three land-
use attorneys in it, including Shubin, who are oppos-
ing Davis and the city for free, he said.
He also alleged that the McLean-Coloney group
has failed to negotiate a settlement with his client, de-
spite offers to meet.
But Mackey agreed the Davis issue has been a
complicated one for the city.
The "reason we are here," he said, is because the
city did not adopt a "savings clause" often called a
"grandfather" clause when it changed its land use
codes in 1989 to require 80 feet of frontage for new
construction in the A-I zone. Davis has only 68.2 feet
of frontage on the lot.
Prior to the code change, Davis owned a lot that
was conforming as to lot width and he could have built
his four-unit condominium without any problems,
claimed Mackey.
Because there was no "savings clause" adopted,
the Davis property became a legal, non-conforming lot
after the code changed.
However, argued Mackey, the "hardship" is that
Davis used to have a legal lot, but now he doesn't and
the city has always intended that legal lots of record
before the code change that became non-conforming
could still be built on as before.
In other words, he said, Davis met all the require-
ments to build before the code changes, so he should
"not be deprived of the use of the property because the
code changed."
But Shubin countered that was not the intent of the
city when it changed the code, and the city has to fol-
low the law.
His family has lived in Holmes Beach for decades
and loves the city and this Island.
It was Davis who failed to attend the requested
meetings to negotiate a settlement, not his clients,
Shubin claimed.
It's time for reason within the law. "Too much
mud" has already been slung on McLean and Coloney
over their opposition to the variance and site plan.
"Don't give in to emotional rhetoric," he urged the
board. "This is all about money."
He said his clients would be happy to allow Davis
to build what they already have, but Davis wants to


build a "McMansion" of 8,800 square feet, while the
McLean-Coloney structure is only 3,044 square feet.
Davis, he claimed, wants to build four large con-
dominiums so he can sell them for a big profit.
"And what's the hardship?" he asked.
"To show hardship you need to show that without
a variance, you can't economically use the property,"
said Shubin, and that's not the case at present.
The current four-bedroom structure has operated
quite nicely as part of the Harrington House Bed and
Breakfast Inn owned by Davis, but Davis can make
more mqney selling condo units, Shubin said.
"He still has an economic use" without the vari-
ance, he argued.
Shubin also warned the city that the issue is far
from over.
"If you don't follow the law, we feel we have a
right to go to court to make you follow the law," he
advised the board.
Shubin also claimed there was a square footage
issue involved, but Singer told the board the variance
request was only for lot width, and they had to follow
the variance criteria for just that issue.
Olsen and board member Peter Ereg voted against
the variance while members David Moynihan, Hugh
Holmes Jr. and Allan Guy approved the motion, agree-
ing Davis met all the criteria for a variance, including
hardship because of the code change.
Thomas Jefferson once said that in Congress, there
are lawyers talking to lawyers who are being advised
by lawyers, and they are all paid to talk by the hour.
And Congress meets for two years.
It could take a lot longer than two years before all
the lawyers get done arguing this issue.

Another lawsuit
With one lawsuit already filed against Holmes
Beach and Davis, attorney Shubin, representing
Coloney and McLean, filed a second legal action Feb.
12 against Davis and the city, this time alleging that the
city's approval of the Davis site plan is "inconsistent
with the city's comprehensive plan."
Shubin also claimed that the comprehensive plan
itself is "legally invalid," and property owners near
Davis have been denied "due process of law."
In addition, Shubin wants the courts to rule on the
proposed "savings clause" ordinance before it has been
passed by the city commission, claiming it is an "un-
constitutional dedication of the city's police power"
and impacts "vested rights" of abutting property own-
ers.
The lawsuit also states plaintiffs Coloney and
McLean deserve "money damages" from Davis be-
cause of his "malicious filing and maintenance of liti-
gation" against his clients and the continual "threats of
legal action against the plaintiff's immediate family
members."
This, alleged Shubin, is in "direct retaliation for the
plaintiffs' legitimate and justified exercise of their con-
stitutional rights to free speech and petition govern-
ment for redress of grievances."
Not so fast, said attorney Mackey, who represents
Davis. "It's obvious these people are grasping for
straws."
He dismissed the notion that Davis has maliciously
filed any litigation against the plaintiffs, noting that
Davis only filed a standard counter-motion to the origi-
nal complaint by the McLean-Coloney camp.
Mackey also said it's somewhat strange for a law-
suit to be filed against a city ordinance that's only been


The Coloney-McLean
home, a duplex with two
stories of living space,
right, will be overshad-
owed, according to their
attorney John Shubin,
:-: when Frank Davis builds
his four-unit Mediterra-
i nean-style condo, replac-
Si.ng the four-bedroom home
situated on the left which
S is rented now as an annex
to his bed and breakfast.
-'.:>: Islander Photo:
Rick Catlin


proposed, but not yet passed by the city commission.
"All this action will do is increase the legal fees
paid by the city and Mr. Davis in fighting these allega-
tions. The only people paying are the taxpayers of
Holmes Beach and Mr. Davis," he added. Shubin, he
claimed, is filing these motions without charge as he is
a member of the McLean family.
"In my opinion, counsel has personalized this is-
sue," Mackey concluded.

Davis-McLean meeting canceled
A planned meeting today between Frank Davis and
members of the McLean-Coloney family to discuss and
possibly settle differences over the site plan for Davis'
condos at 5622 Marina Drive in Holmes Beach has
been canceled.
Attorney Peter Mackey, representing Davis, said a
McLean family member informed Davis earlier this
week that not all family members could be present at
the meeting, which was to have been conducted with-
out the presence of attorneys.
There are no plans to reschedule the meeting,
Mackey said.
In other news, Mackey filed a lawsuit against the
City of Holmes Beach Feb. 23 as a "safety valve," he
said, in the event that an appeal by the McLean-
Coloney group to the circuit court of the city's approval
of the Davis site plan is upheld.
"It's strictly a safety-valve filing," said Mackey.
He said he had 30 days to appeal the city's decision
to approve the Davis site plan subject to a variance for
the property.
Even though Davis was subsequently granted a
variance by the city, the filing gives Davis some legal
protection if he has to argue in court that Davis should
not have needed a variance to get the site plan approval,
Mackey said.
The lawsuit also included a motion for an indefi-
nite stay of the proceedings, he added.



Meetings


Anna Maria City
Feb. 25, 6:45 p.m., Education Environmental Enhance-
ment Committee meeting.
Feb. 26, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
March 3, 6:30 p.m., planning and zoning board work
session.
March 4, 7 p m., city commission meeting on parking.
Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive,
708-6130.

Bradenton Beach
Feb. 25, 4 p.m., city commission-department head
work meeting.
Feb. 26, 3:30 p.m., city commission work meeting.
Feb. 26, 6:30 p.m., board of adjustment meeting.
March 2, 1 p.m., scenic highway committee meeting.
March 4, 7 p.in., city commission meeting.
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.,
778-1005.

Holmes Beach
Feb. 27, 1 p.m., police retirement board m eting
March 3, 5 p.m., parks and beautification ,;omn ittee
meeting.
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive,
708-5800.


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PAGE 4 0 FEB. 25, 2004 0 THE ISLANDER



DOT begins six.month Island traffic study


By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
The Coalition of Barrier Island Elected Officials
got some good news at its Feb. 18 meeting in Anna
Maria.
Mike Howe of the Sarasota-Manatee Metropolitan
Planning Organization told the BIEO that the Florida
Department of Transportation has agreed to conduct a
six-month evaluation of Island traffic congestion and
patterns, with particular emphasis on Cortez Bridge and
the Cortez Road-Gulf Drive intersection.
In fact, said Howe, the DOT has already begun the
study.
Good, said Manatee County Commissioner Jane
von Hahmann, who noted that the last DOT traffic
study was done in the first week of October 2003.
"I can't think of a slower month to count cars on
Cortez Road than the first week of October," she ob-
served dryly.
Not so for this DOT effort.
The six-month study will include holiday weekend
traffic such as Easter, Memorial Day and July 4.
That should give the DOT a pretty good idea of the


IMS budget shortfall
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1


was overpaid earlier in the year. The end result is
$40,000 less than the school was planning for its in-
come.
According to Krokroskia, the original budget pre-
pared by Gary Hughes also counted on $60,000 in
fundraising, which has not taken place during the
school year.
Krokroskia advised the board that it needs to con-
sider that the school currently has 91 students enrolled
and it's staffed to accommodate 120 students. She sug-
gested teachers reshuffle their schedules and staff
double up on duties.
"If teachers don't want to take a cut in pay,"
Krokroskia said, "perhaps they can pick up an elective
or two."
Krokroskia also pointed out that the administration
at the school is "top heavy."
"No offense, but you have five people working on
administration and last year there were two," she said..
She suggested the board look at doing more work
in-house or through parent volunteers rather than
spending $20,000 on a consultant, for example.
"The reality is if you're staffed for 120 students
and you're down to 91, you can't pay this many
people," Krokroskia advised.
Some of the pitfalls in the budget are also a result
of rising utility bills, legal fees and teacher resigna-
tions.
Krokroskia reported that the school store has not
generated as much revenue as anticipated and that the
school should reconsider paying for future field trips


numbers, said Anna Maria Mayor SueLynn.
Once the information is complete, it will be for-
warded to the MPO.
The MPO would like to use the data in an attempt
to get the U.S. Coast Guard to change the drawbridge
time for the Cortez Bridge, and also the Anna Maria
Bridge on Manatee Avenue. Currently, both bridges
can be raised every 20 minutes on demand by boaters
during daylight hours.
The BIEO has long lobbied for a change to 30- minute
intervals, particularly during the winter tourist season.
In addition to the data for the USCG, said Howe,
the MPO will need an engineer's study of the traffic
congestion at the Cortez Road-Gulf Drive intersection
and recommended improvements to send to the DOT
for direction on solving the congestion problem there.
Bradenton Beach Mayor John Chappie offered to
have his city's Scenic Highway Committee Corridor
Management Entity take the lead in organizing an
engineer's study, if the Bradenton Beach City Commis-
sion approves.
Howe estimated such a study would cost about
$25,000 and von Hahmann suggested the three Island


and ask the parents to kick in the fees.
She also suggested the board hire a long-term sub-
stitute to teach math and social studies for the rest of
the year because it would be a less expensive alterna-
tive to hiring a full-time teacher on a full salary with
benefits.
Parsons raised concerns about attracting quality
teachers to the school given Krokroskia's budget re-
port. She also expressed concern about letting any more
staff go due to budget restrictions given the number of


cities and Manatee County might jointly fund the study.
Manatee County Administrator Ernie Padgett
agreed this was a project the county should be involved
with and pledged support, as did von Hahmann.
The engineer's study should be done when the
DOT data are available for use in the study, Howe
noted.
Once intersection improvements are agreed upon,
the MPO has some funding programs for those im-
provements, but it could take several years for those to
become available.
DOT funds may also be available for intersection
improvements, Howe said.
The BIEO also discussed the upcoming Manatee
County half-cent sales tax increase vote on March 9.
Another issue noted was the state legislature's rev-
enue sharing modification plan with municipal govern-
ments, and the state law passed last year requiring
municipal governments to pay a $200 court filing fee
to prosecute municipal cases in the state court system
(see separate story).
The next BIEO meeting was scheduled for 7 p.m.
Wednesday, March 24, at Bradenton Beach City Hall.


SHonored
--, Bradenton Beach Police Detec-
Stive Sgt. Lennard Diaz, left, and
". Chief Sam Speciale were given
plaques by Mayor John Chappie
in recognition of arresting a man
accused of murdering Carol
'" Foreman of Third Street North in
the city. Kim Bean, 46, of Second
'Street, has been charged with
S second degree murder, accord-
-. ing to Assistant State Attorney
Heather Wagner, afirst-degree
: felony punishable by up to life in
-prison. Diaz questioned Bean
Shortly after Foreman was found
dead in her home Feb. 4, and
Bean confessed to striking her in
San argument over drugs. Bean
Swas arrested less than 36 hours
after the incident. Arraignment is
set for March 5.
Islander Photo: Paul Roat

changes the staff and students have already endured.
"I'm not suggesting this is a way to get good teach-
ers," Krokroskia said, "I'm just speaking in terms of
what the budget can afford. A lot of the little things the
school has done this year that are nice, like hiring staff
to manage the lunch room, are costing us too much.
This year administrative expenses are at least 50 per-
cent more than last year.
"We need to tighten the belt. It's hard, and it might
not be ideal, but it has to be done."


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THE ISLANDER U FEB. 25, 2004 0 PAGE ,


Ad valorem tax would replace annual assessment


By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Residents and businesses in the West Manatee Fire
& Rescue District will be asked to approve a measure
on the March 9 ballot that will allow the district to col-
lect ad valorem taxes to meet its annual budget, rather
than the present means of an annual assessment to dis-
trict residents.
WMFR Chief Andy Price told district board members
at their Feb. 19 meeting that public education on the pro-


posal seems to be working and he's found little opposition.
Most people seem to agree with the proposal when
they understand that the amount they pay annually for
fire protection is not changing, just the method by
which the district collects the money, Price said.
A large number of fire districts in Florida and the
Manatee County area currently use ad valorem taxes
for funding instead of an assessment. An ad valorem
tax for fire service simply replaces the assessment,
which has to be increased annually, he noted.


Visitor
Marc Mino, author of books on butterflies, meets with members of the Manasota Chapter-North American
Butterfly Association. He wrote "the encyclopedia of butterfly gardening, said an association member,
"Florida Butterfly Gardening, and other books on the subject and is now com letting a book on caterpillars.


In his various public education discussions on the
proposal, "the consensus seems to be in favor of ad
valorem," Price added. "The response has been favor-
able, and I haven't found a lot of opposition."
With the increase in property values every year,
board member Larry Tyler said he believes the district
board would not have to increase the millage rate an-
nually to meet the district's budget.
Using ad valorem taxes, Price believes the WMFR
can provide better service to its residents and project its
annual budget easier.
Price said if the measure passes, he will propose a
millage of about 50 cents per $1,000 of assessed evalu-
ation, a .5 millage rate.
A homeowner in the district with a home valued at
$250,000 would pay $125 for the fire district tax.
He and his staff have already done the financial
assessments, he said, and "that rate will give us what
we need" to meet the annual budget, noting that the
Cedar Hammock Fire District has a 1.0 millage rate,
while Braden River is .8 mills.
"For that small millage, people will get $2 million
worth of equipment, about 20 firefighters, an ambu-
lance and a response time of between four to eight
minutes when they have a fire," observed Price.
By comparison, he said, the millage rate for the
Manatee County Sheriff's Office is 5.1 in the unincor-
porated area of the county, and for that, the caller gets
a $30,000 vehicle driven by one officer who usually
responds in about 30 minutes, depending upon the
emergency,
Under Florida law, the district could go as high as
3.75 mills.
Price also presented the 2003 district report on re-
sponses, noc ing that 1,280 responses, or 62 percent, ouw
of the 2,064 total, were for emergency medical service.
Only 3 percent of responses were for actual fires.
"Like I've always said, emergency medical service
is the primary thing we do," he added.
A small number of responses were "good intent"
calls, when someone smells smoke or thinks they see
a fire, but upon actual investigation by WMFR, there
was no actual fire or emergency.


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    Opinion

    'Say nothing'
    We're insulted and we are not alone. For a Bradenton
    Beach city commissioner to state accusations of "intimacy"
    against anyone at a public meeting is outrageous.
    The subject employee resigned and had only three days
    remaining and it would have sufficed to let matters rest,
    particular in lieu of any evidence of wrongdoing, but NO.
    A special meeting was called, the mayor's administrative
    authority was ignored, and a "monkey court" of surly and
    unsavory accusations ensued.
    Nevermind the "pledge" of public conduct in
    Bradenton Beach. It must have gone with the manners in
    the garbage. Read on ...

    Dear Bradenton Beach Commission:
    SMy wife and I are dumbfounded that we continually
    hear and read the ongoing derogatory and insensitive com-
    ments that some of you openly voice about past and present
    as well as departing Bradenton Beach employees. Dawn
    Betts, our code enforcement officer, is a perfect example.
    Dawn is leaving. It's as simple as that. Tell her she did
    a good job, pat her on the back, give her three days off and
    just shut up. Cite me one single iota of positiveness you give
    our city by doing otherwise.
    So what if she discussed ajob with David Teitelbaum
    or Steve Noreiga, two developers you simply don't like? Is
    that suspicious or illegal? Cite me a single instance in any
    of your careers when you were planning on leaving a job
    and did not search for another job while you were still
    employed. Did that give your employer the right to attack
    your credibility or malign and insult you? Not in my book.
    It appears to an increasing number of "us out here" that
    some of you have become so obsessively focused on those
    you don't like that you can't see that you each of you -
    are the reason there's an increasingly festering image in the
    public's eye that Bradenton Beach's city officials are more
    interested in innuendo, attacking, muckraking and destroy-
    ing the careers of those they don't like than doing anything
    else.
    You are doing what my wife openly chastised the
    mayor and commission for allowing to go on a few years
    back when I was a commissioner, only what you're doing
    is worse.
    There's an old saying: "If you don't have something
    nice to say about someone, just don't say anything."
    The time has come for some of you to digest that con-
    cept. You represent us and right now a lot of us are getting
    pretty disgusted with the way we are being represented.
    Ross Benjamin, former commissioner, Bradenton
    Beach


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    Parking options
    I would like to follow up on our last parking meet-
    ing as I have given the topic much thought and have
    been contacted by numerous residents.
    Since 1999, I have talked to our Manatee County
    Sheriff's offi;c substation officers about parking and
    they have tol' me our problems are normal, routine,
    minimal, etc., and controllable.
    The following beach access streets have parking:
    Peppertree, Park, Maple, Oak, Mangrove, Cedar, Wil-
    low, Palmetto, Palm, Elm, Sycamore, Coconut and
    Fern. The following streets are closed to parking:
    Beach, Magnolia, Fir, Spruce, Tuna, Cypress and
    Gladiolus. It is interesting to me that a majority of the
    parking complaints we hear are from people living on
    no-parking streets or next to a street which recently
    received no parking (Gladiolus and Beach). It makes on
    wonder if "No Parking" either doesn't work or it cre-
    ates problems for neighbors.
    My Dec. 12 memo listed three options I said I
    could support and I would like to share my thoughts on
    the options and remember all options include vigi-
    lant law enforcement, documentation of parking prob-
    lems and a one-year trial period.
    Option 1: Remove "No Parking" signs (except for
    safety). This obviously is simple to implement and re-
    flects Anna Maria's friendly, open, laid-back, sharing
    character and history; at the same time our demograph-
    ics are changing and many newcomers don't share our
    traditions. At our last meeting, I said I did not like this
    proposal because it did not provide relief, but as I said
    earlier, our parking problems are normal; therefore dili-
    gent law enforcement is in order, not relief.
    Option 2: Alternate side of the street parking (or
    any form of 50 percent parking and 50 percent no park-
    ing). I proposed this in 1999 and still feel it has merit
    but acknowledge that few others share my view. This
    option was the result of my recognition in 1999 that the
    parking committee consisted of two sides: those who
    wanted to restrict parking and those who did not. This
    option was offered as a compromise.
    Option 3: Individual property owners maintain
    their right of way to encourage or discourage parking.
    This option will generate a lot of discussion from the
    naysayers but I am confident that (from the Miller/Dye
    memos) that this option can be implemented if that is


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    what the commission decides. What I like about this
    option is it puts the control at the homeowner level.
    What I don't like about this option is it may pit one
    homeowner against another (we saw this at out previ-
    ous meeting) and the result of this option may be dras-
    tically reduced available parking.
    Some questions to ponder: Do we want to change
    ourselves to a deed-restricted community? And why
    penalize our visitors (the vast majority are responsible)
    because a small minority is disrespectful?
    Let's look at options we can live with. I stated ear-
    lier that I don't believe we have a serious parking prob-
    lem (certainly not one that can't be controlled). There-
    fore I favor Option 1 first, Option 2 second and Option
    3 third. It will take courage for this commission to re-
    solve the parking debate.
    Dale Woodland, Anna Maria City Commissioner

    Signal, please
    Allow me to respond to Don Maloney (The Is-
    lander, Feb. 18) and his comments regarding Michigan
    drivers.
    I am a Michigan driver who comes to Anna Maria
    Island every year for the month of February. I don't
    know if Don is a native or a transplant but I can tell you
    from experience that Florida drivers are not perfect.
    When driving along the major thoroughfare, I stop
    and let motorists come out from side roadways. As they
    pull into traffic it is easy to tell who is a Florida driver
    or a snowbird. The snowbirds smile and wave. Those
    with Florida plates never acknowledge the assistance
    into traveling down the roadways, acting as though
    they are the only ones allowed to drive in Florida.
    So, Don, with tongue-in-cheek, please remind your
    "native" Florida drivers to signal thanks instead of ig-
    noring the snowbirds, especially from Michigan. But
    please don't signal that we, the other drivers, are num-
    ber one!
    Bill Cleary, Okemos, Mich.
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    the business community, attendees and members for
    their gifts and help in making the dessert card party a
    very enjoyable afternoon. We appreciate your thought-
    fulness in making it a real success.
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    Opinion


    FOR the sales tax increase
    By Glenn Compton
    ManaSota-88
    ManaSota-88 is fully supportive of the proposed
    half-percent sales tax increase for the purpose of ac-
    quiring environmentally sensitive land. At least half of
    Manatee County's portion of the sales tax revenue is to
    be earmarked for environmental preservation.
    Acquisition of environmentally sensitive lands is
    important and will allow for an overall positive benefit
    by protecting the water and environmental resources of
    the county. Proper management of invasive exotic
    plants and animals, fire management and hydrologic
    restoration of lands is needed. Proper land management
    helps protect the integrity of Manatee's environmental
    resources.
    Manatee County is one of the fastest-growing
    counties in the state. Much open space has been lost to.
    development. There is a critical need for an active land
    acquisition and management program. The purchase of
    environmentally sensitive lands enhances the quality of
    life in Manatee County. The longer we wait, the more
    it will cost, and we will look back at the missed oppor-
    tunity in time to aggressively go out and protect envi-
    ronmentally sensitive lands.
    Manatee County residents need only look south to see
    an example of a successful land acquisition program. The
    Sarasota County Environmentally Sensitive Lands Protec-
    tion Program recently closed on two properties to protect
    a combined acreage of over 5,500 acres. Sarasota County
    voters approved their environmentally sensitive lands pro-
    gram by referendum in 1999. Approximately 14,000 acres
    of land have been protected under Sarasota's land
    acquision program. These lands would not have otherwise
    been protected if Sarasota voters had not approved the
    program. Similar to Sarasota, the Manatee land acquisi-
    tion program is a "willing seller" program only.
    An important aspect in having an active land pro-
    tection program is the increased opportunities to cost


    share with other land acquisition programs available
    through the Southwest Florida Water Management
    District and the Florida Forever Trust Fund.
    Manatee County residents have been very support-
    ive of funding environmental preservation projects.
    There is broad community support for the one-half cent
    sales tax. It is a referendum that truly has its roots in
    community participation. The proposed sales tax in-
    crease is supportive of several of the issues Imagine
    Manatee found important. Preservation of natural areas
    was the No. 1 goal identified by citizens in the Imag-
    ine Manatee visioning plan.
    The distribution of the revenues will help all per-
    sons in Manatee County, not just for the purchase of
    valuable lands, but will also help fund needed
    stormwater improvements and municipal projects for
    wastewater facilities, transportation, public transit,
    parks and recreational facilities. Infrastructure deficien-
    cies currently exist. The passage of the half-cent sales
    tax will provide additional funding for infrastructure
    deficiencies to be corrected.
    About $7 million will be used to buy or protect en-
    vironmentally sensitive lands, $7 million will be used
    for recreational purposes and about $4 million will be
    divided among the cities. The Board of County Com-
    missioners will remove the current ad valorem tax used
    for the.purchase of environmentally sensitive lands
    should the referendum pass.
    On Tuesday, March 9, the board of directors of
    ManaSota-88 strongly recommends a vote "yes" on
    the one-half cent sales surtax for environmental and
    recreational lands and infrastructure.
    ManaSota-88 is a non-profit organization, incor-
    porated in the State of Florida. It is dedicated to pro-
    tecting the public's health and preservation of the en-
    vironment. A majority of the membership resides in
    Manatee County.

    EDITOR'S NOTE: Attempts to contact opponents
    to the sales tax were unsuccessful at presstime.


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    Despite opposition from the Anna Maria Island
    Chamber of Commerce and some Holmes Beach hote-
    liers, the city commission voted to uphold a planning
    commission opinion that the intent of the city's com-
    prehensive plan limits hotels and motels in the A-1
    district to 10 units per acre.
    Two Holmes Beach police officers were injured
    when they got into a scuffle with two transient brothers
    after the officers responded to a disturbance report at the
    Tradewinds apartments in Bradenton Beach. Officer Rick,
    Pentecost suffered a broken leg, while Officer Rob Velardi
    sustained some facial injuries. The brothers, Aaron and
    Robert Kozmits, were arrested on a variety of charges,
    including battery and resisting arrest with violence. The
    Holmes Beach officers had answered the call in Bradenton
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    PAGE 8 M FEB. 25, 2004 M THE ISLANDER

    Island cities face prosecution problem with new law


    By Rick Catlin
    Islander Reporter
    If Florida House bill 113A takes effect July 1,
    2004, as planned, Island cities and most small
    Florida municipalities may face a difficult time
    prosecuting municipal offenses and collecting fines for
    those infractions.
    In an effort to reduce some $2.2 billion in the up-
    coming state budget, HB 113A will prohibit state attor-
    neys from appearing in county courts for the purpose
    of prosecuting municipal ordinances, according to
    Florida League of Cities legislative counsel Kraig
    Conn. The bill also prohibits public defenders from
    appearing for indigents in a municipal case.
    The bill called "Article 5" by the FLC would
    also require cities to pay $200 per case just to use the
    court system and facilities, he added.
    "That means small municipalities will have to
    hire an attorney to prosecute their cases and possibly
    a public defender for the accused and, in some cases,
    the cost of prosecuting will exceed the violation,"
    Konn noted.
    Those attorneys could be a big budget item for
    small cities like Anna Maria, Holmes Beach or
    Bradenton Beach, he said.


    "A large city like Bradenton, which has a lot of
    municipal cases, could just hire a full-time attorney to
    prosecute," Konn observed. "For a small city with a
    limited budget, that's just not practical."
    The smart person who gets a parking ticket in Anna
    Maria for $35 could just demand a court trial. The city
    would then have to pay $200 to use the court, plus the
    cost of hiring an attorney to prosecute the case.
    "A case like that is probably never going to court,"
    conceded Konn, and that scenario "could have a chill-
    ing effect on community standards and revenue."
    Cities like Anna Maria could simply not afford to
    prosecute cases such as panhandling, open-container
    violations or parking infractions, he said. "It's a
    money-losing situation for the small community."
    Small cities would have to increase taxes signifi-
    cantly to offset these costs and continue to enforce their
    codes, he predicted.
    But Island cities can take heart. Article 5 is not yet
    a done deal, said Konn.
    "These are just the glitches we have identified and
    we'll work with the legislature to correct them," when
    the state legislature convenes March 2 in a 60-day ses-
    sion, he said.
    "The $200 filing fee is the most significant prob-


    lem we are dealing with," Konn claimed.
    The FLC believes this fee is inconsistent with the
    Florida Constitution, and many legislators are inclined
    to an FLC suggestion to change that to a nominal pay-
    ment of $10 for court use, and have the court assess
    costs to the guilty party. The municipality would re-
    ceive the fine amount.
    Additionally, both the Florida State Attorneys As-
    sociation and Public Defenders Association have told
    legislators they are not "overly burdened" with munici-
    pal court cases.
    "Obviously, with that testimony, we believe they
    can continue to work on municipal cases without im-
    peding their other duties" added Konn.
    The FLC will appear before the appropriate legis-
    lative committee to argue against Article 5 as it stands
    now, and some FLC proposed changes have been
    "fairly well received," he said.
    "Everything is still in the testimony phase, but
    we're confident of support," Konn concluded.
    If the FLC efforts to amend Article 5 fail, however,
    and the bill as written now becomes law on July 1,
    Konn said municipal governments and/or the county
    could create an interlocal agreement on prosecution of
    municipal cases.


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    to council
    A request to rezone the land where Bongos restau-
    rant is located on the Palma Sola Causeway has been
    approved in modified form by the Bradenton Planning
    Commission and now goes to the city council for de-
    cision March 10.
    The request by property owner Alfred Parente of
    Bayway Limited Inc., on behalf of purchasers Sanford I
    and Barbara Katz and Scott Cramer, all of Tierra .
    Verde, was for a change from commercial to residen-
    tial with approval of 15 units per acre. The planning .
    staff recommended three units, although the planning
    commission approved 10 units. Bongo's occupies 1.3
    acres, said Ruth Seewer of the planning staff.
    The city wants to move away from commercial
    zoning at the location, it was explained, to avoid the
    heavier traffic commercial areas tend to attract. Dedical
    Larry Frey, director of development services for Cortezian
    Bradenton, said the city council may now choose from schoolhot
    the three options three, 10 or 15 units per acres. inaugura
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    Ruth Heckinger of Perico Island has always won-
    dered why few people ever remember the 600-plus
    American nurses killed in action during World War II.
    Then again, few Americans today even know that
    the Japanese held 77 American Army and Navy nurses
    as Prisoners of War in the Philippines from May 1942
    until their liberation in February 1945. Those nurses
    had served on the front lines of the fighting in Bataan
    and were captured by the Japanese.
    But Ruth is not one to dwell too much on recogni-
    tion these days.
    Helping the wounded soldiers of the China-Burma-
    India theater of war as a U.S. Army nurse and bring-
    ing some of those soldiers to safety was enough recog-
    nition. That and being named a member of the Hump
    Pilots Association the select group of airmen and
    nurses who flew supplies and wounded soldiers over
    the Himalaya Mountains to and from China and Burma
    during the war. More than 1,000 planes crashed flying
    the "Hump Route," and Ruth had several close calls on
    those missions.
    "I was just doing my duty, doing what I loved to
    do," said Ruth modestly. "Being honored by the pilots
    and wounded, that was my recognition."
    Her journey to the front lines began when she en-
    tered St. Luke's School of Nursing at Columbia Uni-
    versity in her native New York City after graduating
    from high school in 1941.
    "I always wanted to be a nurse and everyone knew
    a war was coming. The guys said they would join up
    and fight, and I said I'd be right behind them, and I kept
    my promise."
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    January 1945, Ruth was commissioned a second lieu-
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    "I remember the mailman running down the street
    yelling 'Ruthie's now a lieutenant.' I guess he peeked
    in the mail, but my parents were very proud."
    Her first assignment was working with amputees
    in an Atlantic City hospital.
    "These were the guys who had gotten blown up on
    the beaches of Normandy, so it was a very good learn-
    ing experience," she said.
    In March 1945, Ruth flew from Homestead Air
    Force Base outside of Miami to North Africa enroute
    to India.
    "I was the only girl on the plane. I turned 21 years
    old the day we landed in Casablanca for refueling and
    that was an exciting stop."
    From North Africa, Ruth grabbed a flight on a B-
    24 bomber heading for India, where she was to be as-


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    Glamorous pilot
    U.S. Army nurse Ruth Frisinger Heckinger poses in
    the cockpit of a P-38 fighter at the Calcutta, India,
    airport during World War II.

    signed to the 142nd Group Hospital in Calcutta.
    Making a refueling stop in Libya, the pilot bragged
    to the tower that he had one of the prettiest girls in the
    world on his airplane. He even put Ruth on the micro-
    phone and stuck her in the upper turret as he landed and
    motored by the tower so the guys could see he wasn't
    kidding.
    "They hadn't seen an American girl in nearly two
    years. They thought my voice was just a practical joke
    by the pilot until we came by the tower and they saw
    me. Their eyes just dropped out of their heads," said
    Ruthie with a laugh.
    "I might have been the only nurse who ever flew
    in a B-24," said Ruth, laughing at the memory of the
    pilot who buzzed the Taj Mahal on the trip.
    But Calcutta would be no laughing matter.
    "The hottest place in the world," Ruthie remem-
    bers. "It would be 130 degrees every day and there was
    no air conditioning in those days."
    In addition to the heat, the hospital had to deal with
    the bugs, dirt, filth and tropical diseases found in that
    part of the world, while treating the Allied wounded
    from the China-Burma fighting.
    Ruth was assigned to the psychiatric ward and it
    was not pleasant duty.
    "A lot of the guys had just seen too much, seen too
    many of their friends get blown apart. It was tough
    duty. A lot of them would just go crazy on us."
    One night, one of her patients went off the deep
    end, smashing furniture and throwing things at the
    walls.
    "He was a big guy and I was just 5 feet 2 inches
    and about 100 pounds, and he was real upset. I tried to
    calm him down and he just said 'go away lieutenant, I
    might hurt you.'"
    Being a nurse in Calcutta certainly wasn't the
    glamorous war-time nursing duty portrayed in movies,
    but the nurses were outnumbered four to one by the
    men, so Ruth and her colleagues didn't lack for atten-
    tion.
    But there was nothing glamorous about the night-
    time uniform of boots and trousers to protect everyone
    from snakes, bugs and mosquitoes.
    Ruth was often assigned to fly as nurse on the
    hump planes bringing back wounded from the front,
    and there was nothing glamorous about those missions
    either.
    She learned to bail out of an airplane, shoot a rifle
    and carried a loaded .38-caliber pistol on the plane.
    On one flight, the pilot reported the engines had
    failed and told everyone to "hit the silk."
    "That means 'bail out,' so we did. Everyone except
    the pilot. He crashed into the mountains and didn't
    make it. I landed in a tree and the crew got me down."
    The survivors hiked through the jungle for three days
    to reach Allied lines.
    Another time a Japanese Zero fighter plane at-
    tacked the aircraft and the pilot had to climb into the
    clouds. All this while Ruth was trying to stop a gaping
    wound in a soldier who needed oxygen for the blood
    to clot. At 15,000 feet, there wasn't a lot of oxygen in
    the air, so she took off her own oxygen mask and
    placed it directly over the wound, and the patient sur-
    vived. Thankfully, the Zero's guns missed the plane.
    The jungle medical and air evacuation stations
    were just a few miles from the front and she was usu-
    ally the only female in the compound, occasionally
    spending a week or more in the field. She sometimes
    went to sleep with the sound of guns firing in the dis-
    tance.
    "That's if you could get to sleep. One night, a ti-


    THE ISLANDER 0 FEB. 25, 2004 0 PAGE 9
    ger tried to get into the tent. I slept with my .38 loaded
    under the pillow and there was a guard stationed out-
    side the tent."
    Once, one of Ruth's colleagues woke up to dis-
    cover a rat as big as a dog chewing on her blanket.
    Another nurse once found a king cobra snake roaming
    her tent.
    While Ruth was a battle-hardened nurse when the
    war ended after the atom bombs were dropped on Ja-
    pan, nothing prepared her for bringing back the prison-
    ers of war released by the Japanese.
    "Their faces showed they couldn't grasp what had
    happened to them. They would ask who we were. Some
    of them had not seen an American woman in years.
    Some would just break into tears and cry."
    Yes, Ruth was a battle-hardened nurse, but found
    she still had a soft spot when she was ordered back to
    the states on a troop ship carrying about 4,000 soldiers
    and a few nurses.
    "The captain said we would be able to see the light-
    house at the Portland (Oregon) harbor at 5 a.m. By 4
    a.m., there were 4,000 people on deck looking into the
    night sky. Then, we saw the lighthouse and everyone
    roared. The war was over for us."
    When the ship docked, Ruth and the nurses off-
    loaded first, blew kisses to the troops still on board, and
    were greeted as heroes by the local population.
    "I still cry at the memory. It was the most exciting
    day of my life, coming home."
    But America soon forgot about the nurses who
    served so proudly in the armed forces.
    There were a few "love story" movies about war-
    time nurses made after the war like "South Pacific,"
    and one movie, "So Proudly We Hail," was to have
    been an eye-witness account of the nurses in the
    Bataan-Corregidor fighting, but ended up a Hollywood
    stereotype of love-sick women that was filled with in-
    accuracies and falsehoods, and totally missed the point
    of the nurses duty in combat.
    Certainly no truly realistic movie about nurses in
    WWII combat zones was ever made, and the 600-plus
    nurses who died in the line of duty during the war have
    been largely forgotten.
    The nurses of WWII only recently had a memorial
    dedicated to them in Washington, D.C.
    And it was not until 1999 that a book entitled "We
    Band of Angels" was written by Dr. Elizabeth Moran,
    R.N., about the true story of the 97 Army and Navy
    nurses who served in Bataan and Corregidor during the
    fighting, as told by the surviving nurses.
    Twenty escaped by submarine or aircraft before the
    Bataan-Corregidor surrender in May 1942, while 77
    were captured and held as POWs by the Japanese for
    nearly three years. The book documents the frontline
    combat duty of the nurses, and the treatment the
    women suffered as POWs at the hands of their captors.
    Ruth has just finished reading the book and, along
    with a tear in her eye, it rekindled memories of her own
    service.
    "The description of the jungle and the duty there
    was so realistic. It brought back a lot of memories. So
    many Americans did not know much about Burma and
    India, but the Chinese knew how important we were to
    stopping the Japanese."
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    A meeting has been scheduled for Friday
    evening on the sales tax increase proposal to be on
    the March 9 election's ballot.
    The meeting will be at 7 p.m. Feb. 27 at the
    Cortez Community Center, 4523 123rd St. Ct. W.,
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    Three years ago, the Beijing Pilots Association in-
    vited members of the Hump Pilots Association to come
    to China as honored guests.
    "It was a two-week celebration," said Ruth. "The
    Chinese said they will never forget what we did for
    them."
    For nearly 60 years, Ruth has stayed in touch with
    the Calcutta nurses, although "we are now all in our 80s
    and there are fewer of us every year."
    She has no regrets about her service.
    "I could not have stayed on the sidelines while oth-
    ers of my generation were bleeding and dying. I wanted
    to get near the action. Standard Oil wanted me as a nurse
    in South America when I graduated, but I had no inten-
    tion of avoiding the war. I wanted to do my part and I
    did."
    After the war, Ruth married and raised a family. She
    has endured some hardship, but does not dwell on what
    has happened.
    She's been a nurse and a writer, and moved to
    Florida 10 years ago. An avid swimmer who competes
    in Masters and Senior Olympic swimming events, she
    also works part-time as a Kelly Girl.
    She remains active in the Hump Pilots Association,
    and hopes one day a realistic movie about nurses on the
    frontlines in WWII will be made.
    Ruth wouldn't mind seeing "We Band of Angels"
    made into a movie, but figures it's not the politically
    correct thing to do in this day and age because it might
    portray the Japanese military in a bad light.
    "Still, I just don't want people to forget that women
    served in some tough locations and died in the war,
    too."
    On meeting Ruth Heckinger, it becomes impossible
    for anyone to forget the nurses who so proudly served
    in WWII.


    'Over the River'
    due at Island Players
    The Island Players will open "Over the River and
    Through the Woods" Thursday, March 11, to run
    through March 28.
    The Joe DiPietro play revolves around a young,
    single Italian-American in New York. His parents have
    moved to Florida, but he has at least enough family for
    anyone in his two sets of grandparents.
    They live in Hoboken, N.J., and he has Sunday din-
    ner with them every week. They are fiercely family ori-
    ented and they plan to keep Nick close.
    When he gets a good job offer in Seattle, the grand-
    parents use any and all means that occur to them to per-
    suade him to pass up the big job and stay near.
    Jon Kieffner plays Nick, with others in the cast
    Gabe Simches, Reta Schribner, Sam McDowell, Bar-
    bara Fleming and Katy Jodat.
    Director is Phyllis Elfenbein, working with Anne
    Fasulo as stage manager, Art Ballman set designer,
    Don Bailey costumer, Chris McVicker lighting direc-
    tor, and Bob Grant on sound.
    Curtain times are 8 p.m. except for two Sunday
    matinees at 2 p.m., no performances Mondays. Tickets
    are $15 at the box office, which will be open from 9
    a.m.-l p.m. daily except Sunday starting Monday,
    March 1. For information, call 778-5755 during box
    office hours.
    The Island Players Theater is at 10009 Gulf Drive,
    Anna Maria.

    'Penny Flower Show' set
    A "Penny Flower Show," where people do the
    judging and vote with their coins, is planned by the
    Anna Maria Garden Club March 17.
    The club's Jean Taylor explained that flower ar-
    rangements will be on display, each with its own coin
    receptacle. People attending the show may vote on their
    choices as winners by dropping coins in the container
    - the better they like the display, the bigger and the
    more the coins.
    The event will be from 1-3 p.m. in the fellowship
    hall of Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine
    Ave., Anna Maria. Details are available at 778-4683.


    Garden Fest vendors sought
    Palma Sola Botanical Gardens needs vendors to
    participate in the annual Garden Fest March 13-14 at
    the park, 9800 17th Ave. N.W., Bradenton.
    "A weekend full of beautiful plants and flowers" is
    promised by Deb Bell, who is chairing the event. It will
    be from 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. both days. Tickets are $2, chil-
    dren free.
    Garden exhibits, entertainment, raffle prizes and
    plenty of food are the main attractions, said Bell. She
    will provide further information at 792-6030. Prospec-
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    p.m. Thursday the Gloria Dei Lutheran Church.
    Debbie Hager, master gardener with the Manatee
    County Extension Service, will be the speaker. The
    church is at 6608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Details
    may be obtained at 778-1063.
    Guild's birthday party Monday
    The Artists Guild of Anna Maria Island will cel-
    ebrate its 15th birthday with a party Monday, March 1,
    at the Episcopal Church of the Annunciation, 4408
    Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
    Informal conversations and dinner will begin at 6
    p.m., followed by a business meeting and a guild his-
    torical program.
    "The 10 founding members and 15 charter mem-
    bers created a vision that has resulted in the strong pres-
    ence of art groups and galleries on the Island today,"
    the guild said.
    Reservations at $10 per person are necessary for
    this catered event, the guild emphasized, and may be
    made by calling the gallery at 778-6694.
    At Gallery West
    Artist Jane Fitzgerald of Holmes Beach will dem-
    onstrate ceramic tile painting from 10 a.m.-noon Sat-
    urday at Island Gallery West, 5368 Gulf Drive, Holmes
    Beach. Her works hang in the gallery, which is open 10
    a.m.-5 p.m. daily except Sunday. Details are available
    at 778-6648.


    Winemaker dinner

    at Ooh la la! Tuesday
    A Winemakers Dinner with winemakers them-
    selves presiding alongside chef/owner Damon
    Presswood will be held at Ooh La La! Bistro at 6 p.m.
    Tuesday, March 6.
    Wines from Hogue Cellars and R.H. Phillips win-
    eries will be paired and served with a six-course din-
    ner, said Presswood. The restaurant is at 5406 Marina
    Drive, in the Island Shopping Center, Holmes Beach.
    Attending along with Presswood will be Ryan
    Pattie from Hogue and R.H. Phillips. Cost of the affair
    is $100 per person and reservations are being taken at
    778-5320.
    Hogue's Johannisberg Riesling will be served
    with hours d'oeuvres, R.H. Phillips EXP Viognier
    with an appetizer of white asparagus and Dungeness
    crab over a sweet-potato pancake, and Toasted Head
    Chardonnay will accompany a salad of mixed greens
    and herbs with a dressing of lavender, honey and
    sauteed pears. Next will be a cheese course, includ-
    ing Roquefort, goat and Camenbert cheeses with
    grapes and dried apricots and figs, accompanied by
    a Hogue Reserve 1999 Merlot.
    The Genesis by Hogue 2000 Merlot will be served
    with the entree, Roasted Applewood Bacon-Wrapped
    Kurobuta Pork Loin with a Lobster Mushrooom (a spe-
    cial mushroom, not to be confused with seafood)
    Sauce, and Hogue 2003 Late Harvest White Riesling
    with dessert.


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    sponsored by
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    Proceeds benefit the
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    Obituaries


    Priscilla N. Barstow
    Priscilla N. Barstow, 93, of Falmouth, Mass., and
    formerly Holmes Beach, died Jan. 20.
    Born in Cambridge, Mass., Mrs. Barstow was a
    graduate of Lesley College. She taught at the Village,
    East Falmouth, Marstons Mills and Centerville schools
    for more than 40 years before her retirement in 1973.
    She was a volunteer at Blake Medical Center,
    Bradenton. She was a member of Roser Memorial
    Community Church, Anna Maria.
    Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb.
    28, at Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine
    Ave., Anna Maria City. Memorial contributions may
    be made to Special Olympics of Massachusetts, 450
    Maple St., Building 1, Danvers MA 01929-4009, or to
    Make-A-Wish Foundation, 295 Devonshire St., Fourth
    Floor, Boston MA 02110.
    She is survived by daughters Susan B. Thomas of
    Sandwich, Mass., and Jane B. Scalli of East Falmouth,
    Mass.; son David N. of Centreville, Va.; 10 grandchil-
    dren; and five great-grandchildren.


    Susan Bradow-Burchard
    Susan Bradow-Burchard, 45, of Bradenton and
    formerly Holmes Beach, died Feb. 15.
    Born in Bradenton, Ms. Bradow-Burchard lived in
    Holmes Beach until moving to Bradenton in 1994.
    Services were private. Memorial contributions may
    be made to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box
    21475. St. Petersburg FL 33742. Brown and Sons Fu-
    neral Home, 43rd Street Chapel. was in charge of ar-


    rangements.
    She is survived by son Joel A. Burchard of
    Bradenton; brothers Mark Bradow of Bradenton, Stuart
    Bradow of Deltona, and Lance Bradow of Falksville,
    Ala.; and mother Marilyn J. Bradow of Bradenton.

    David H. McKee
    David H. McKee, 86, of Bradenton, died Feb. 18.
    Born in Detroit, Mich., Mr. McKee moved to
    Bradenton from Mt. Clemens, Mich., in 1973. He was
    the owner of McKee Kenyon & Company. He served
    in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was Prot-
    estant.
    There were no services. Memorial contributions
    may be made to the American Cancer Society, 600 U.S.
    301 Blvd. N., Suite 136, Bradenton FL 34205, or Hos-
    pice of Southwest Florida, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota
    FL 34238. Griffith-Cline Funeral Home, Manatee Av-
    enue Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.
    He is survived by sons Gerald of Anna Maria Is-
    land and David L. of Capac, Mich.; daughter Patricia
    Merchant of Jackson, Tenn.; eight grandchildren; and
    seven great-grandchildren.


    Sue B. 'Susie' Weld
    Sue B. "Susie" Weld, 65, of Bradenton, died Jan.
    27.
    Memorial services were Feb. 23 at Island Baptist
    Church, Anna Maria City. Brown and Sons Funeral
    Home, 26th Street Chapel, was in charge of arrange-
    ments.


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    Clinton aide, Reno,

    Castor at party
    Betty Currrie, private secretary to former President
    Bill Cinton, will join other luminaries at a countywide
    "Proud to Be a Democrat" party Saturday night.
    She will share the spotlight with Anna Maria
    Island's Rhea Chiles, who was Florida's first lady
    when the late Lawton Chiles was governor, and their
    son Ed, who heads the Chiles Group of restaurants and
    also lives on the Island. He will be master of ceremo-
    nies.
    Former Attorney General Janet Reno will be there,
    too, along with Betty Castor, candidate for U.S. Sen-
    ate; U.S. Rep. Jim Davis; and candidates for the Con-
    gressional District 13 seat and local offices.
    "Celebrating Our Diversity" is the theme for the
    evening, which will begin with a VIP reception at 5:30
    and then a silent auction, dinner and dancing starting
    at 6 p.m.
    In keeping with the theme, a gospel singer will be
    there; a Latino dance band will play; an Indian-Ameri-
    can dance troupe and Haitian-American numbers will
    be presented; and recording star Maya Azucena, New
    York City's "Hip-Hop/Soul Songbird," will perform.
    Other special guests will be the Rev. James T.
    Golden, vice mayor of Bradenton; Gwendolyn
    Brown, Manatee County commissioner; Gerardo
    Ramirez, president of the Manatee Democratic His-
    panic Caucus; Silne Dieudonne, president of the
    Manatee Haitian-American West Coast Alliance; Dr.
    Mona and Kailash Jain of the Indian-American So-
    ciety; Rick Farmer, president of the Farmworkers
    Union; Misty Smeltzer of Pride Inc.; and Boyd
    McCamish of the Service Employees Union Interna-
    tional.
    Tickets are $75, VIP tickets are $150 and include
    the reception. For tickets and further information, call
    761-8174 or 780-5599.


    Kindergarten 'Bugs'
    performance at AME
    Anna Maria Elementary School students
    from Maureen Loveland's, Katie Bosen's and
    Melanie Moran's kindergarten classes will per-
    form "Bugs," their first musical production at
    7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 26, in the auditorium.
    The kindergartners will wear an array of
    bug costumes, including ladybugs and ants, in
    this story about how to behave at a picnic in the
    park when you're an uninvited bug that is.


    Cleaners
    Youngsters from Gene Witt Elementary School in Bradenton have been helping Anna Maria Island Turtle
    Watch keep turtle-nesting beaches clean and do chores around the turtle center. They are part of the Medal-
    lion School Partnership program at their school. Florida Power & Light Co. gave them all T-shirts.

    Former Island pianist in unique concert


    Former Islander Mary Lee St. John will join a part-
    ner in a unique "one piano, four hands" concert in
    March as one of the "Duets of Distinction" team.
    St. John taught piano while living in Anna Maria for
    18 years, and was organist for several churches here. She
    and husband Richard, who retired from the Manatee
    County school system, have moved to the mainland.
    The concert will be at 4 p.m. Sunday, March 14, at
    the Trinity United Methodist Church, 3200 Manatee
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    ceeds to benefit nonprofit music organizations.
    The other half of the duet is Bonnie Wolfgram,
    who began playing one pair of the "four hands" in
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    THE ISLANDER 0 FEB. 25, 2004 0 PAGE 13


    Escape school offers steps toward child safety


    By Diana Bogan
    Islander Reporter
    A special child safety presentation of the Dignity
    Memorial Escape School program at Anna Maria El-
    ementary School Feb. 19 was attended by 140 kids and
    56 adults.
    Escape School is a nationally acclaimed child-ab-
    duction-prevention program that has been featured on
    the Oprah Winfrey Show, Good Morning America,
    The View with Barbara Walters and more.
    Griffith-Cline Funeral and Cremation Services is
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    Development Director Joanne Klement presented the
    program at AME.
    Through the use of a video by program founder
    Bob Stuber, parents and children were given a founda-
    tion of information to keep children safe.


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    each of the six miles they walk. This year's walk
    will end with a festival at the school, and will be
    open to the community.
    The walk-a-thon festival will feature music
    by Jimi Gee's band and will take place from 11
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    children on a routine basis so that safety skills become
    second nature, like using good manners.
    Klement describes Escape School as a tool of em-
    powerment. "It prepares children to have the power to
    take charge in a dangerous situation."
    The video explains how to identify a "good" or
    "bad" stranger. It teaches children that strangers can
    not be identified by appearance. Instead, actions tell the
    tale and the main point is that adults should not ask
    children for help.
    According to the presentation, talking about safety
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    news frightens children more. When children are taught
    safety techniques, they can make proper choices if


    travel expenses for the award-winning IMS Conch
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    Sponsorship opportunities are available to local
    businesses, and community involvement is encour-
    aged.
    "Community participation as a sponsor, with
    either a financial or in-kind donation, directly en-
    riches the experiences of our students both inside
    and outside of the classroom," said Parsons.
    There are several sponsorship levels available.
    The "Sole" sponsor, which is the highest sponsor-
    ship level, is a minimum of $5,000 and offers the
    sponsor year 'round publicity at school events, in
    IMS correspondence and school advertising.
    Other sponsorship incentives include yearbook
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    and water stations.
    Parsons said she hopes past business partners
    will "walk with us" again this year.
    For more information, call the school's admin-
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    In the video, child actors demonstrate how to es-
    cape from inside a car, including the trunk of a car, and
    how to get away from an adult who might approach
    them on the street and grab them by the hand.
    After the video presentation, volunteers from the
    audience demonstrated some of the safety techniques
    learned from the video.
    The video also covers common lures used by ab-
    ductors, how to find help when needed, and how to
    attract attention to your abductor.
    Klement stressed that the techniques and informa-
    tion presented by the Escape School video should only
    be taken as one step to teaching children about safety.
    Personal safety should be an ongoing lesson at
    home and Escape School offers more information for
    parents to share with their children through its Web
    site, escapeschool.com. Klement advised that the Web
    site is updated frequently with new information and
    activities.
    Another step parents can take in providing life-sav-
    ing skills for their child is by joining a martial arts class.
    Sensei Kevin Bergquist teaches karate, anti-abduction,
    anti-bullying and women's self-defense classes at two
    locations on the Island.
    Bergquist said he canceled his karate class for chil-
    dren so everyone could attend the Escape School pre-
    sentation. He said a martial arts class is an excellent
    way to follow up and build on the skills taught by the
    Escape School program.
    Bergquist offers classes for children as young as
    age 4, as well as teenagers and adults at the Anna Maria
    Island Community Center and the Island Fitness Cen-
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    Klement said parents can obtain a free copy of the
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    Klement also recommends Robert Stuber's book
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    Finally, parents were given a free child-identifica-
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    young as age 3. For infants and toddlers under age 3
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    Engineer's hobby is a bolt: Electric truck here to stay


    By Rick Catlin
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    Holmes Beach resident Tom Stockebrand is a
    semi-retired engineer who has always been fascinated
    with electric cars, and he now drives around the Island
    in his all-electric Chevrolet S-10 pickup truck without
    worrying about the high price of gasoline.
    "Don't need any," said Stockebrand, who built his
    first all-electric vehicle in 1974.
    The truck runs on a set of 20 lithium ion batteries


    that weigh about one-third of a lead battery, and give
    him a range of about 40 miles before a recharge.
    "I use this truck for all my Island driving, even into
    the mainland. Of course, I plan my trips carefully."
    If he added four more batteries, he could increase
    his range to around 65 miles. Putting in a motor-gen-
    erator would give him a 240-mile range, he said.
    "Electric cars are a lot of fun and cheaper to oper-
    ate than a regular car," he said proudly.
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    The truck can be charged overnight from a 110-
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    Building electric cars is just a hobby, not a com-
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    It takes about three months worth of weekends to
    build an electric vehicle, or around five straight days of
    work if you're a mechanic with a garage, he noted.
    "Actually, I can't take all the credit for building
    this one," he said. Although he's previously built two
    all-electric vehicles himself, he purchased this one
    from a friend in Albuquerque and upgraded it with
    modern components.
    "Electric vehicles are big in Europe in big cities
    like Oslo. You can even rent them, but they haven't
    appeared here in the States in large numbers."
    The major auto manufacturers have the technology
    to build an all-electric car, but are concentrating on
    producing hybrid cars for the general public that use
    both gasoline and battery power.
    Tom's all-electric S-10 is a lot quieter than a gaso-
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    doesn't require maintenance and repairs like oil
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    Don't get the idea that these vehicles are all made
    with rubber bands, toothpicks and flashlight batteries.
    Tom knows of one company that will make an all-elec-
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    He's an avid proponent of all-electric vehicles and
    even belongs to the Electric Auto Association.
    He estimated there are around 5,000 all-electric
    vehicles in the United States, all built by enthusiasts
    such as himself.
    "I love these cars and I'm more than happy to meet
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    Saturday, March 6, is the big day, with a carnival at-
    mosphere along Pine Avenue, with the museum the focal
    point of it all at 402 Pine Ave. It will be Capt. Mitch Davis
    Day honoring the first mayor, and an "I Don't Look Like
    Mitch Davis" contest, including cash votes, will climax
    with announcement of the winner at 6 p.m.
    After the ribbon ceremony at 10 a.m. Monday, featur-
    ing city officials, a gumbo limbo tree will be planted in
    memory of George Norwood, Citizen of the Year in 2002
    and an integral volunteer in the historical association for
    many years.
    The cottage is on the museum grounds, moved there
    after years of use and abuse built in 1920 at the end of
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    used variously, ultimately as a family home.
    Wednesday will see an open house at the museum
    in conjunction with the Manatee County Heritage
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    jail and Belle Haven will be given, Old Settlers bread
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    By Jim Hanson
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    Gladys Vasilantone of Holmes Beach has seven
    children and 17 grandchildren and is on her third hus-
    band, and she'll celebrate her 17th birthday Sunday.
    She's a "leaper," born on Feb. 29, and "it's OK to
    be born then," despite confusion about birthdays.
    Her Mom wanted to avoid that anomaly, she said,
    and was happy when Gladys turned out to be due on
    Valentine's Day. But she waited and waited, and Mom
    just couldn't avoid having a "leaper."
    That was in Philadelphia in 1936, and Gladys spent
    several birthdays dissuading Mom from observing her
    birthday at Feb. 28 or March 1.
    It didn't interfere with living a full, interesting life.
    She was a dancer right out of high school, traveling
    with a Hawaiian/Tahitian troupe around New York and
    Connecticut.
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    vorce. She had all those kids to rear, so she went to
    work for Ortho and was a belly dancer on weekends
    and taught that arcane art in evenings.
    She married again, had two sons by that husband
    and buried him and had all those kids plus two.
    Then 24 years ago she married Alexander
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    thing unimaginable when his family migrated here
    from Greece.
    All those kids are now accountants and nurses and
    artists and insurance agents and Air Force servicemen
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    One of them, a son, and an 18-year-old grand-
    daughter are coming to help her celebrate Sunday,
    when they all will dine in style at Harry's Continental
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    By Jim Hanson
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    Leap Year has been on for two months, Leap
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    they go back to when men ruled the roost and
    women were expected to defer.
    There are those who don't believe such a time
    ever existed in reality, but there it is. Leap Year
    Day was supposed to be the only one when
    women were allowed to propose marriage to men.
    There was no formal provision for their maneuver-
    ing and manipulation the other 1,460 days, maybe
    because they've never needed permission.
    Anyway, it all started in Rome way back
    when and developed further in England and Scot-
    land and Ireland.
    A year is the number of days the earth takes
    to make a revolution around the sun, which works
    out to be 365.2425 days. Julius Caesar tried to
    even things out with his Julian calendar, abetted
    later by Caesar Augustus. They got Leap Year
    started, and rewarded themselves with having
    months named after them July and August. It
    took Pope Gregory to formalize things in 1582
    with his calendar, which we still use.
    The Irish apparently got the female-proposal
    thing going, St. Patrick himself being involved. St.
    Bridgit complained to him about women having to
    wait so long for him to propose a situation still
    well known in Ireland so he said women were
    free to propose on Leap Year Day.
    This seemed to stem from English law, which
    left Feb. 29 out of everything so people assumed
    all traditions were tossed for the day. The
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    THE ISLANDER FEB. 25, 2004 M PAGE 17

    'Mostly musical' service Sunday by All Island Denominations


    The All Island Denominations organization of the
    Island's six churches will sponsor a "mostly musical"
    ecumenical service with perhaps 90 voices Sunday,
    Feb. 29.
    It will be at 6:30 p.m. at Island Baptist Church,
    8605 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria, with choirs from all six
    churches participating.
    The pastor of each church will make brief remarks
    with a two-minute limit, said Frank McGrath, president
    of AID, and the rest will be all music.
    Susan Crumpler, choir director at Roser Memorial
    Community Church, has organized the program in con-
    cert with all the other choir directors. She said she ex-
    pects 75-90 voices to be singing in worship.
    More than a dozen handbell ringers from Roser and


    Leap year
    CONTINUED FROM PAGE 16
    Scotland formalized it in 1288 with a law that let
    women propose and penalized men who refused, the
    penalty ranging from a kiss to a silk dress.
    Americans continued the custom in a lackadaisical
    way until Al Capp came along in the 1930s with his
    wildly popular "Li'l Abner" comic strip.
    "Sadie Hawkins Day," he called it, after "the
    homeliest gal in the hills" who grew tired of waiting
    and so did her father, Hekzebiah. Rifle at the ready, he
    decreed a foot race in which women chased the bach-
    elors of the town of Dogpatch with matrimony the re-
    ward to the fleet.
    This bit of whimsy pleased the college crowd,
    which adopted the day as their own in a most casual
    way until hundreds of campuses observed Sadie
    Hawkins Day with dances and even a few token foot-
    races.
    Nowadays the day is of special interest to those
    born on Feb. 29, "leapers" who only get one birthday
    every four years. Many "leapers," bless 'em, to make
    up for three years of seeing friends celebrate actual
    birthdays, feel their day gives them the right to party
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    section. Crumpler has been rehearsing them for weeks,
    as each ringer has a different note to contribute. It's
    new to a few of the ringers, she said, but "they're just
    great."
    The program will open with piano-and-organ du-
    ets bringing the prelude and offertory, and the postlude
    will be an organ number.
    There will be two choir anthems, one with the or-
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    Monday Painters will be exhibiting their works
    during March in the meeting room of the Island Branch
    Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
    Joining them will be other exhibits "Shrines &
    Altars" by Zoe Van Averkamp and a mixed-media pre-
    sentation by Judy Allen.
    The Monday Painters are an unorganized group of
    artists from around the United States and Canada that
    meets Mondays at the Cafe on the Beach from 10 a.m.-
    2 p.m., breaking for lunch there unless the restaurant is
    too crowded.
    "Members" are at all levels of artists, from begin-
    ners to instructors although there is no instruction
    as such in their meetings. They help and critique each
    other. Their media include acrylic, watercolor, oil, pas-
    tels and chalk.
    Other features during March at the library:

    Writers meet Monday
    The Gulf Coast Writers group will meet at 10:15
    a.m. Monday, March 1, at the Island Branch Library,
    5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Writers are to
    bring original material to read. Information is available
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    Helping Crumpler with organization and rehears-
    als have been music directors Charlie Hahn of Island
    Baptist, Carl Parks of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church,
    Donald Donahue of St. Bernard, Betty Simches of
    Harvey Memorial Community Church, and Tom
    Tenny of the Episcopal Church of the Annunciation.
    The program is open to the public free of charge,
    the offering to go to the AID scholarship fund. Further
    details may be obtained at 778-0414.


    Monday, March 8 and 22, Internet class for begin-
    ners, 8:30 a.m. (registration required at 778-6341).
    Tuesday, March 9, Friends of the Island Branch
    Library Focus on Florida Series featuring Bradenton
    Herald outdoor writer Jerry Hill, 2 p.m.
    Tuesday, March 2-30, Veterans service officer
    will interview clients (by appointment only, call 749-
    3030), 1-4 p.m.
    Tuesday and Wednesday, March 16-17, AARP
    driver safety course (registration required, 776-1158),
    noon-4 p.m.
    Wednesday, March 10, Friends Book Club, 10:30
    a.m.
    Friday, March 12, Friends meeting and election of
    officers, 10:30 a.m.
    Saturday, March 13, origami class, 10:30 a.m.
    Saturday, March 20, Friends travel program, Mel
    Brenner presents "Costa Rica," 2 p.m.
    The library opens daily except Sunday at 10 a.m.,
    closing at 8 p.m. Monday and Wednesday, 6 p.m.
    Tuesday and Thursday, 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
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    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 Magno-
    lia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 778-3390. Fee
    applies.
    4:30 to 6p.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 7 p.m. Anna Maria Island Chamber of
    Commerce business card exchange at Wachovia
    Bank, 5327 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information:
    778-1541.
    6 p.m. Family storytime at the Island Branch
    Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Informa-
    tion: 778-6341.

    Thursday, Feb. 26
    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) 227-7669.
    2 to 3:30 p.m. Basics of Interior Design with
    Bettina Sego at the Anna Maria Island Community
    Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Informa-
    tion: 778-1908. Fee applies.
    5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Longboat Key Chamber of
    Commerce "Business After Hours" at Ana Molinari
    Salon and Spa, 201 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat
    Key. Information: 387-9519. Fee applies.
    6p.m. Tai Chi class at the Anna Maria Island
    Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria.
    Information: 778-1908. Fee applies.
    7p.m. Anna Maria Elementary School kinder-
    garten "Bugs" performance in the school auditorium,
    4700 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information:
    708-5525.
    7 p.m. Smoke-free bingo at Annie Silver
    Community Center, 103 23rd St., Bradenton Beach.
    Information: 778-1915.

    Friday, Feb. 27
    6 to 9 p.m. Smooth Jazz with Fred Johnson
    at St. Armands Circle, Sarasota. Information: 388-
    1554.

    Saturday, Feb. 28
    S8 a.m. to noon Boating safety class at the
    Anna Maria Island Power Squadron, 1200 71st St.
    NW., Bradenton. Information: 778-8408 or 545-
    7646. Fee applies.
    8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Flea market at Harvey Me-
    morial Community Church, 300 Church St.,
    Bradenton Beach. Information: 224-8608.
    8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Privateers Thieves Market at
    4110 127th St. W., Cortez. Information: 729-4793.
    8:30 a.m. Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island
    meeting at Cafe on the Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive,
    Manatee Public Beach, Holmes Beach. Information:
    778-0355.
    9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Street sale at Pines Trailer
    Park, 103 Church St., Bradenton Beach. Informa-
    tion: 778-2654.
    9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Rummage sale at St. Mary
    Star of the Sea Catholic Church, 4280 Gulf of
    Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. Information: 383-1255.
    9:30 a.m. Pilates class at the Anna Maria Is-
    land Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna
    Maria. Information: 778-1908. Fee applies.
    9:30 a.m. Tai Chi class at the Anna Maria Is-
    land Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna
    Maria. Information: 778-1908. Fee applies.
    10 a.m. to noon Ceramic tile painting demon-
    stration by Jane Fitzgerald at Island Gallery West,
    5368 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-
    6648.
    5:30 p.m. "Proud to be a Democrat Party" at
    the Bradenton City Center, 1101 Barcarrota Blvd.,
    Bradenton. Information: 761-8174, or 780-5599. Fee
    applies.



    Business card exchange

    scheduled this evening
    A business card exchange is being spon-
    sored by the Anna Maria Island Chamber of
    Commerce from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 25,
    at the Wachovia Holmes Beach Financial Cen-
    ter, 5327 Gulf Drive. Reservations may be made
    and further information obtained at 778-1541.


    Sunday, Feb. 29
    2 p.m. Clay and Sally Hart at Neel Perform-
    ing Arts Center, 5840 26th St. W., Bradenton. Infor-
    mation: 752-5320. Fee applies.
    6:30 p.m. Ecumenical service of song and
    praise sponsored by All Island Denominations at the
    Island Baptist Church, 8605 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria.
    Information: 778-6083.

    Monday, March 1
    10 a.m. Island Heritage Festival ribbon-cut-
    ting ceremony at the Anna Maria Island Historical
    Society Museum, 402 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Infor-
    mation: 778-0492, or 778-1514.
    10:15 a.m. Gulf Coast Writers meeting at the
    Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes
    Beach. Information: 761-9036.
    4:30 to 6p.m. "Roots and Shoots" teen envi-
    ronmental program at the Anna Maria Island Com-
    munity Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. In-
    formation: 778-1908. Fee applies.
    6 p.m. Artists Guild of Anna Maria 15th Anni-
    versary Party at the Episcopal Church of the Annun-
    ciation, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information:
    778-6694. Fee applies.
    7 p.m. "Florida's Shipwreck Preserves: A
    Partnership in Maritime Heritage Trust" with Roger
    Smith, state underwater archaeologist, at Mote Ma-
    rine Laboratory, 1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy.,
    Sarasota. Information: 388-4441. Fee applies.
    Tuesday, March 2
    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 Is-
    land Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes
    Beach. Appointments: 749-3030.
    3p.m. "Race The Power of an Illusion" with
    documentary producer Larry Adelman at Temple
    Beth Israel, 567 Bay Isles Road, Longboat Key. In-
    formation: 383-3428.
    3 to 4:30 p.m. "Oratorios Through the Ages"
    with music columnist June LeBell at the Education
    Center, 5370 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key.
    Information: 383-8811. Fee applies.
    4:30 to 6p.m. Al Hixon's "It's Jazz from Dixie
    to Dizzy" at the Joan M. Durante Pavilion, 6860
    Longboat Drive S., Longboat Key. Information: 383-
    2345. Fee applies.
    6 to 7p.m. Pilates class at the Anna Maria Is-
    land Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna
    Maria. Information: 778-1908. Fee applies!
    6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Anna Maria Elementary
    School Kid's Karaoke night at Beef O'Brady's, 6703
    Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton. Information: 761-
    1444.
    7:30 to 9p.m. Al Hixon's "It's Jazz from Dixie
    to Dizzy" at the Joan M. Durante Pavilion, 6860
    Longboat Drive S., Longboat Key. Information: 383-
    2345. Fee applies.

    Wednesday, March 3
    7 to 8 a.m. Pier regulars meeting at the Anna
    Maria City Pier, 100 S. Bay Blvd., Anna Maria. Infor-
    mation: 778-7062.
    10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Island Heritage Festival
    open house at the Anna Maria Island Historical So-
    ciety Museum, 402 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Informa-
    tion: 778-0492, or 778-1514.
    Noon to 3:30 p.m. Duplicate bridge at the
    Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magno-
    lia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 778-3390. Fee
    applies.
    1 p.m. The Woman's Club of Anna Maria Is-
    land presents "Senior Fraud" with speaker Diane
    Barrie at the Anna Maria Island Community Center,
    407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 778-
    6083.
    4:30 to 6p.m. "Educating Jane" teen girls life-
    skills club at the Anna Maria Island Community Cen-
    ter, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information:
    778-1908. Fee applies.
    6 p.m. Family storytime at the Island Branch
    Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Informa-
    tion: 778-6341.


    Sweet treats
    I i Anna Maria Elementary
    SSchool teacher Katie
    Bosen and her kinder-
    garten class took afield
    trip to Tropical Treats
    S i aand Eats in Anna Maria
    S L Hwhere they sampled ice
    S.. cream. The parents and
    f family of kindergarten
    classmate Emily
    if Bouchard own the newly
    Opened eatery. Islander
    Photo: Courtesy Becky
    and David Bouchard


    Ongoing:
    Studio artists exhibit at the Anna Maria Island
    Art League, 5312 Holmes Blvd., through Feb. 27. In-
    formation: 778-2099.
    "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. Information: 778-6648.
    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. Informa-
    tion: 383-2345.
    "The Women" at the Manatee Players
    Riverfront Theatre, 102 Old Main St., Bradenton,
    through March 7. Information: 748-5875. Fee ap-
    plies.
    "Flashback" exhibit by Antonio Carreno at
    Wallace Fine Art, 5350 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Suite
    103, Longboat Key, through March 9. Information:
    387-0746.
    Orchid photography by Don Wilson at Island
    Gallery West, 5368 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach,
    through March 13. Information: 778-6648.
    Sew For Fun with Diana Kelly at the Roser Me-
    morial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna
    Maria, through March 18. Information: 792-6934.
    "Souvenirs of Florida: The Tasteful and the
    Tacky" at the South Florida Museum, 201 10th St.
    W., Bradenton, through March 21. Information: 746-
    4131. Fee applies.
    The Tasteful and the Tacky Flamingo Auction
    at the South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W.,
    Bradenton, through March 21. Information: 746-
    4131. Fee applies.
    "Monday Painters" art exhibit at the Island
    Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach,
    through March 31. Information: 778-1716.
    Tax assistance from AARP and VITA volun-
    teers at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina
    Drive, Holmes Beach, every Thursday through April
    15. Information: (888) 227-7669.
    Watercolor with Susie Cotton at the Anna
    Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave.,
    Anna Maria, through May 25. Information: 778-1908.
    Fee applies.

    Upcoming:
    Manatee Community College Symphonic Wind
    Ensemble at Neel Performing Arts Center March 4.
    Student Exhibit opening reception at the Anna
    Maria Art League March 5.
    Women of Manatee County Republican Club
    meeting with Bradenton Mayor Wayne Poston at the
    Bradenton Country Club March 5.
    First Weekend Art Fest at Village of the Arts
    March 5-6.
    Island Heritage Street Festival "Mitch Davis
    Day" at the Anna Maria Island Historical Museum
    March 6.
    Longboat Key Garden Club Home and Garden
    Tour March 6.
    Jennifer's Mother/Daughter Prom Preview
    Fashion Show Luncheon at Woodson Brothers' Sea-
    food Grill March 6.
    Hobby and Craft Fair at Gulfshore of Longboat
    Key March 6.
    Line dancing youth fundraiser at the Anna
    Maria Island Community Center March 7.
    Bradenton Elk's Lodge car show at Manatee
    Community College March 7.
    Carnival at Temple Beth El, Bradenton, March
    7.
    Internet class at the Island Branch Library March
    8.
    "Journey Through the Everglades" at Mote Ma-
    rine Laboratory March 8.
    Outdoor writer Jerry Hill at the Island Branch Li-
    brary March 9.
    Bach-a-Thon at Neel Performing Arts Center
    March 9.
    Friends book club at the Island Branch Library
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    Streetlife


    Island police reports
    Anna Maria City
    Feb. 16, 300 block of Spring Avenue, burglary.
    Two nail guns were reported stolen from the back of a
    utility trailer.
    Feb. 19, South Bay Boulevard and Pine Avenue,
    warrant. A man was arrested on a warrant for failing to
    pay child support.
    Feb. 20, 300 block of Gulf Boulevard, found prop-
    erty. A watch was found on a bench near the beach.
    Feb. 20, 400 block of Magnolia Avenue, informa-
    tion. Deputies were called to investigate a person who
    had taken an interest in a juvenile on the girls' basket-
    ball team. According to the report, deputies met with
    the individual, the juvenile and her parents and deter-
    mined no crime had been committed.

    Bradenton Beach
    Feb. 10, 2300 block of Avenue C, theft. A man
    reported his bicycle seat stolen.
    Feb. 13, 2000 block of Bay Drive North, recovered
    stolen boat. A boat reported stolen earlier in the week
    was reportedly found by the owner.

    Holmes Beach
    Jan. 30, Anna Maria Bridge, DUI. Eric Bergan, 54,
    of Holmes Beach, was arrested by an officer from the
    Florida Highway Patrol for driving under the influence

    Pines Park annual sale Saturday
    The annual street sale at the Pines Trailer Park in
    Bradenton Beach will be from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday,
    Feb. 28, at the foot the Bradenton Beach City Pier on
    Bridge Street.
    Residents will be selling items at tables, the park
    will have a white elephant sale at its clubhouse, and hot
    dogs, sloppy joes and trimmings will be sold, along
    with homemade pies.
    Additional information may be obtained by calling
    778-2654.


    of alcohol after Holmes Beach police were called to the
    scene of an accident on the bridge where Bergan's ve-
    hicle was stuck with the right-side tires on the sidewalk.
    Feb. 13, 3300 block of Fourth Avenue, larceny. A
    man reported that his gun was stolen from the trunk of
    his rental car.
    Feb. 13, 100 block of 49th Street, burglary. A man
    reported evidence that someone cut a window screen in
    an attempt to enter his apartment, although nothing was
    reportedly stolen.
    Feb. 13, 6100 block of Holmes Boulevard, larceny.
    A man reported his mountain bike stolen.
    Feb. 15, 4000 block of Gulf Drive, burglary. A
    woman reported her wallet stolen from her car. Accord-
    ing to the report, the emptied wallet was found in the
    sideyard of the house.
    Feb. 15, 7200 block of Palm Drive, DUI. John Arling-
    ton, 35, of Anna Maria, was arrested after police received
    a report that a drunk male was in the parking lot of S&S
    Plaza. Officers caught up with Arlington at the Anchor Inn
    where he was found in his vehicle. According to the re-
    port, after Arlington agreed to call a cab and go home,
    officers saw him driving his vehicle without headlights.
    According to the report, he was charged with driving un-
    der the influence and careless driving.
    Feb. 16,4800 block of Gulf Drive, animal complaint.
    Animal control was contacted by a landlord complaining
    that a tenant left his/her dog unattended for several days.
    According to the report, the complainant was told the dog
    had adequate shelter and access to the apartment and the
    officer would leave some dog food and post a 24-hour
    abandonment notice on the apartment door. According to
    the report, a few hours later the same dog was found tied
    up and abandoned behind Ace Hardware store. Accord-
    ing to the report, officers do not believe the dog's owner
    was responsible for abandoning the dog, which is a vio-
    lation of state animal cruelty laws.
    Feb. 19, 5600 block of Guava, theft. A man re-
    ported two bicycles stolen.
    Feb. 19, 5600 block of Gulf Drive, burglary. A
    woman reported a purse stolen from her living room.


    THE ISLANDER 0 FEB. 25, 2004 E PAGE 19


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    20,000 jam tiny Cortez for fishing festival

    By Jim Hanson ,. r
    Islander Correspondent c :. ..
    At least 10,000 visitors jammed Cortez each of the
    weekend days of the Cortez Commercial Fishing Fes- ..
    tival in perfect weather and perfect friendliness. U, *
    There were no frowns in evidence all day Saturday' j .'
    and Sunday, nothing but smiles and an occasional
    groan from someone who ate too much mullet or grou- "
    per or strawberry shortcake.
    Surely Chips Shore, clerk of the circuit court, was ''
    smiling he was made an honorary Cortezian for his
    support of the village as the government official in .. .
    charge of the program to renovate the 1912-built school
    there and turn it into a maritime museum and commu-
    nity center.
    The historic fishing village has about 500 inhabit-
    ants in an area 10 blocks long along the waterfront and
    two blocks deep to Cortez Road, so 20,000 people
    make a real crowd, even spread over two days.
    They came to play and talk and shop at the booths
    and eat at the many food vendors, mostly seafood and
    desserts, but plenty of variety for anyone's preference.
    There were boat rides and pony rides, a large tank
    where marine creatures moved around, a good-sized ---
    pen where various animals were being petted by young .
    and old, mostly young. A vertical rock wall drew some
    trade, totally among the young.
    There was music all day long, all of it local and all
    appreciated Cortez for all of its century-plus of life
    has reared its own talented musicians and many of thousands of people packed the village of Cortez last weekend for the 22nd Annual Cortez Commercial
    them contributed their music to the festival. Fishing Festival. The crowds enjoyed music, food, crafts and the waterfront ambiance of the village. Islander
    Photo: Paul Roar
    Anna Maria Island Privateers were in evidence on
    Saturday but their pirate ship was missing and missed.
    Several visitors wondered where it was, not knowing
    that it was participating Saturday in a parade elsewhere,
    to return to Cortez Sunday.
    All of the receipts and bills were not in her hands
    late Tuesday, Karen Bell said, so tabulation of the '
    money can't be made until later. She is treasurer of the
    Florida Institute for Saltwater Heritage, sponsor and i
    beneficiary of the big annual event. The money will go ia
    toward the final payment of $63,000 for the FISH Pre- '
    serve, 95 acres of mangrove wetlands and some up- I~
    lands which the group is buying as a buffer against
    development.
    The Cortez Village Historical Society sold $2,900 .
    worth of the strawberry shortcakes it makes every year
    for the festival, plus $2,500 worth of T-shirts and books P
    at its headquarters in the community center.
    Jane Lupson of Bradenton won the handmade 13-
    foot Coquina skiff, product of a volunteer program ..
    headed by Roger Allen, schoolhouse/museum curator.
    The quilt that Alice Gullett made by hand, her
    fourth such contribution in four years, was a top prize
    in the raffle and was won by Judy Olds. Tracy Stites
    won artwork donated by Linda Molto, Sharon Leuten
    won two nights at Charlie's Cottages, and Bev Silva
    won dinner for two at Star Fish Company Restaurant. "1


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    PAGE 22 0 FEB. 25, 2004 M THE ISLANDER


    Close, exciting games mark last of basketball


    By Kevin Cassidy
    Islander Correspondent
    Saturday, Feb. 21, was a day filled with exhilarat-
    ing basketball action from start to finish at the Anna
    Maria Island Community Center. All-Star games and
    the always-fun coaches game were played, but the main
    focus of the day was crowning four champions for the
    Center's 2004 basketball divisions.
    Division III was the only age group where the
    regular-season seedings held true to form with the Bis-
    tros completing an undefeated season in a methodical
    22-11 victory over second-seeded Harry's Continental
    Kitchens.
    Division II saw fourth-seeded Banks Engineering
    take the championship with a one-point victory over
    second-seeded Steve Titsworth General Contracting,
    while No. 3 seed Sign of the Mermaid captured the
    Division I title, thanks to a one-point upset win over
    No. 1 seeded S&S Industries.
    Those were minor upsets compared to what hap-
    pened in the Premier Division when the Beach House
    Restaurant completed a worst-to-first run by defeating
    top-seeded Anna Maria Oyster Bar in the semifinals
    before edging second-seeded ReMax for the title.
    So ends another season of basketball at the Center.
    Congratulations to all of the players, coaches and par-
    ents for another great effort.

    Division III: Bistros 22, Harry's 11
    The Bistros served up a strong dose of clutch
    shooting by Hailey Dearlove to close down Harry's
    Continental Kitchens to win the Division III champi-
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    The Bistros turned up the defensive pressure in the
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    Harry's closed the gap somewhat in the fourth
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    Dearlove finished with a game-high 12 points,
    while McDonough scored six. Emma Carper and Brit-
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    with two points apiece. Other Bistros players are Isaiah
    Beaton, Pat Edwards, Connor Field and Max Miller.
    Dylan Riley led Harry's with five points, while
    Zach Facheris and Grant Bower each scored four
    points. Glenn Bower completed the scoring for Harry's
    with two points. Other members of Harry's are Kayla
    Aritt, Savannah Schield, Justin Suca and Taylor Wil-
    son.

    Bistros 15, Galati Marine 14
    The Bistros edged Galati Marine Friday, Feb. 20,
    to advance to the Division III finals and a chance at a
    perfect season behhind eight points from Hailey
    Dearlove. Molly McDonough added-five points while
    Brittany Templeton sco red two points in the victory.
    Kelly GuerianlecdGalati with eight points, while
    Stephanie Scherfk, Daniel Pimental and Sheldon
    Phillips finished with two points each;

    Harry's 4, Jessie's 2
    Harry's Continental Kitchens edged Jessie's Island
    Store 4-2 Thursday, Feb. 19, in a classic pitcher's duel
    - wait, wrong sport! to advance to the Division III
    finals. Savannah Schield and Glenn Bower scored two
    points apiece to lead Harry's, while Zack Guering
    scored two points to lead the way for Jessie's in the
    loss.

    Galati 23, Duncan 9
    Daniel Pimental scored eight points and Kelly
    Guerin added seven points to lead Galati Marine into
    the Division III playoffs thanks to a 23-9 win over
    Duncan Real Estate Thursday, Feb. 19. Stephanie
    Schenk added four points while Sheldon Phillips and
    Chase Stripling contributed two points apiece to the
    victory.
    Giorgio Gomez led Duncan with four points, while
    Alec Thompson and Josh Schmidt added two points
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    of ReMax players outside to Henry who deftly
    drained a three-pointer from the left baseline giving
    Beach House its first lead of the game.
    Steve Seaton answered for ReMax with a baseline
    drive to pull to within one point with 2:03 to play.
    Beach House responded with a methodical passing
    offense in an attempt to run the clock down and force
    ReMax to foul.
    Terry sandwiched three of four free throws around
    a missed three-pointer by Orr for a 51-47 lead with 1:35
    to play. Orr drove the lane and banked it in to pull to
    within 51-49. ReMax quickly fouled Sam Lott on the
    inbounds play, sending him to the line for a one-on-one
    opportunity. Lott missed his foul shot, but Terry
    grabbed the offensive rebound and was fouled. He
    made both shots to give Beach House a 53-49 lead with
    24 second to play.
    Orr went to the line after being fouled on a drive
    to the basket and made one of two shots, but Henry
    responded with two foul shots for a 55-50 lead with 16
    seconds left. Orr got fouled on a three-pointer and
    needed to make his first two shots, then purposely miss
    the last one and grab the offensive rebound for a real-
    istic chance at the win.
    Unfortunately for ReMax, Orr's first two shots
    rattled out, leaving ReMax on the short end of the
    score. Chad Richardson added some excitement to the
    finale when his long three-pointer swished through the
    basket as the final buzzer sounded.
    Henry led Beach House with 17 points, while Jus-
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    points in the win. Lott scored nine points, while Sarah
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    thanks in part to an 18-12 fourth quarter that helped
    overcome a cold-shooting third quarter to claim the
    Division I championship.
    S&S held a 33-30 lead with 4:39 to play, but Ian
    Douglas scored down low to pull the Mermaid to
    within a point and then took the lead when Jamie Urch
    scored on an inbounds play.
    S&S fought back to retake the lead when JoJo
    Wood was fouled on a baseline drive. His foul shot
    rimmed out, but Wood grabbed his own miss and
    passed outside to Jarot Nelson, who swished a 15-
    footer to give S&S a 39-36 lead with 2:39 to play.
    Douglas scored on a baseline drive to pull to within
    a point when Justin Dearlove came up with the play of
    the game. With less than two minutes, the Mermaids
    went into a pressing defense and almost forced a turn-
    over resulting in an inbounds play at halfcourt.
    Dearlove snuck in and came up with a huge steal and
    a layup for a 40-39 lead with just over a minute to play.
    S&S rushed the ball upcourt, but Eric Friedenberg
    came up with a steal and was fouled by Wood forcing
    Wood out of the game with five fouls.
    Friedenberg made one free throw for a two-point
    lead, then came right back with another steal and a pass
    to Douglas, who jumped to catch the ball and laid it in
    to complete an alley-oop for a 43-39 lead as the sec-
    onds ticked away.
    With Wood on the bench, Schweitzer brought the
    ball upcourt looking for a three-pointer to give S&S a
    chance, but the Mermaid double-teamed him. With
    time running down, Schweitzer finally threw the ball
    up and swished it through at the buzzer to complete the
    scoring in the game with the Mermaid on top by a
    point.
    Justin Dearlove and Eric Friedenberg led the Mer-
    maid with 14 points apiece, while Douglas finished
    with eight points, including six in the final quarter.
    Matt Shafer added six points while Urch scored two to
    complete the scoring. Other team members are Lauren
    Barth, Heather Dearlove and Egan Friedenberg.
    S&S was led by Wood's 26 points and 11 points
    from Schweitzer. Catie Carden added four points,
    while Nelson finished with two points. Other team
    members for S&S Industries are Anne Staebler, Zack
    Waliagha, Justin Anton and Emily White.

    S&S 42, Ralph's 37
    JoJo Wood poured in 26 points on Thursday, Feb.
    19, to lead S&S past Rotten Ralph's and into the Di-
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    Industries, which also received four points apiece from
    Jarot Nelson and Mike Schweitzer in the victory.
    Zach Beeker's 19 points paced the Ralph's scoring


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    attack that also received eight points from Corbin
    Kitchen and six points from Ben Valdivieso in the
    loss.

    Ralph's 39, Beach Lounge 32
    Zach Beeker scored 15 points all in the first
    three quarters as Rotten Ralph's withstood a late
    rally by Jesse's Beach Lounge on Tuesday, Feb. 17,
    to earn the fourth and final playoff spot. Ralph's also
    received eight points from Corbin Kitchin, six points
    from Whitney Bauer and four points apiece from Ben
    Valdivieso and Casey Dalton in the victory.
    Celia Ware's 15 points, including 11 in the fourth
    quarter, led the Beach Lounge in the loss, which ended
    a four-game winning streak. Danielle Mullen added
    six points and brother Dylan finished with five points
    for the Lounge, which also received four points from
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    Mermaid 42, Paradise 36
    Sign of the Mermaid jumped out to an early 18-7
    lead over A Paradise Realty behind eight first-quarter
    points apiece from Justin Dearlove and Ian Douglas,
    then withstood a furious rally during its Feb. 17 semi-
    final victory.
    Dearlove finished with 14 points and Douglas
    added 11 as Sign advanced to the finals. Jamie Urch
    added six points, while Eric and Egan Friedenberg
    scored four points apiece in the victory.


    Jordan Graeff scored 18 points to lead all scorers,
    while point guard Grant Lukitsch added 11 points in
    the loss. Harrison Skaggs scored six points and Will
    Osborne scored two to complete the Paradise scoring.

    Mermaid 53, Ralph's 22
    Justin Dearlove scored 18 points and Matt Shafer
    and Eric Friedenberg scored nine points apiece to lead
    Sign of the Mermaid over Rotten Ralph's on Monday,
    Feb. 16, in a battle for third place. Egan Friedenberg
    and Jamie Urch chipped in with six points each while
    Ian Douglas finished with five points for the Mermaid
    in the victory.
    Zach Beeker scored 14 points to lead Rotten
    Ralphs which also received six points from Whitney
    Bauer in the loss. Casey Dalton and Ben Valdivieso
    completed the scoring with two points each.

    Division II: Banks 18, STGC 16
    Jordan Sebasitano's 10-foot baseline shot provided
    the winning margin as Banks Engineering edged Steve
    Titsworth General Contracting to claim the Division II
    championship by an 18-16 score. Miles Hostetler
    brought the Engineers back from a three-point deficit
    when his long-range shot swished through the basket
    to tie the score with 2:03 to play.
    Gabby Pace grabbed an offensive rebound off an
    Ally Titsworth missed shot and laid it in to give STGC
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    a 16-13 lead with just over two minutes to play to set
    the stage for the heroics of Hostetler and Sebastiano.
    Banks players had to fight from behind the entire
    game, trailing 4-0 in the first, 10-7 in the second and
    12-11 at the end of three quarters, but they never gave
    in, even when they grabbed their first lead. Banks had
    to play tough defense down to the last second, espe-
    cially on two inbounds plays in the STGC end during
    the last half-minute of the game.
    Hostetler led all scorers with 12 points, while
    Martine Miller scored four points and Sebastiano fin-
    ished with two points in the victory. Other members of
    the Division II champs are Kyle Bergeron, Tommy
    Price, Daniel Janisch, Alison Lukitsh and Burns
    Easterling.
    Pace finished with six points and Donna Barth
    scored four points to lead STGC, which also. received
    two points apiece from Nash Thompson, Blake Wilson
    and Titsworth in the close loss. Other members of
    STGC are Eric Larson and Hannah Moses.

    Banks 28, IRE 23
    Jordan Sebastiano led a balanced scoring attack
    with seven points to help fourth-place Banks Engineer-
    ing to a Tuesday, Feb. 17, victory over regular-season
    champion A Paradise Realty. Martine Miller and Miles
    Hostetler added six points each, while Tommy Price's
    five points and four points from Daniel Janisch com-
    pleted the Engineer scoring.
    Emma Barlow and Kevin Callahan scored six
    points each to lead the Island Real Estate attack, which
    also received five points from Chris Callahan. Shane
    Blair scored four points and Gabe Salter added two
    points in the loss.

    STGC 20, Observer 17
    Blake Wilson poured in 10 points, including seven
    in the second half as STGC rallied for the victory over
    the Longboat Observer on Tuesday, Feb. 17, to ad-
    vance to the Division II finals. Point-guard Ally
    Titsworth added six points, while Nash Thompson and
    Donna Barth each scored two points to complete the
    STGC scoring.
    Kyle Aritt led the Observer with seven points in the
    loss. Breann Richardson and Forest Schield scored four
    points each and Francis Bergeron added two points for
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    Wednesday, March 3. Families are welcome and prices
    for the dinner are $6 for adults and $5 for children with
    proceeds going to Anna Maria Island Little League. Par-
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    Spaghetti and salad is donated by Island's End restaurant.
    There will be three major league baseball teams for
    the 2004 season led by long-time major league spon-
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    pursuit of Anna Maria's Little League crown.
    There are also three minor league, or pitching-
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    Tale of two boats; one book brings $46 million


    "The money is close. Real close."
    That's probably what executives of the St.
    Armands-based Freedom Ship International Inc. are
    whispering to themselves these days. The company
    hopes to complete a private stock offering this year
    and, with the proceeds, acquire a shipyard in Hondu-
    ras to begin construction of a floating city capable of
    accommodating 70,000 people.
    The biggest ship on the planet would cost about
    $20 billion to build, so it will indeed be a long
    fundraising process, but it would definitely be some-
    thing to see.
    As envisioned by Norman Nixon, the company's
    chief executive officer and founder, the vessel would
    be about a mile long and 750 feet wide. Its size would
    prohibit it from entering ports, so it would just mean-
    der around the world, taking about three years per revo-
    lution. It would anchor off certain coasts periodically
    to allow passengers or residents to visit the locales. In
    fact, the ship will be at key spots about 70 percent of
    the time and in transit for the remainder of the three
    years.
    Some of the "specs" for the ship include:
    18,000 living units, with prices in the range of
    $180,000 to $2.5 million, including a small number of
    premium suites currently priced up to $44 million.
    3,000 commercial units in a similar price range.
    2,400 time-share units.
    10,000 hotel units.
    A casino.
    A ferryboat transportation system that provides
    Departures every 15 minutes, 24 hours a day, to three
    or more local cities giving ship residents access to the
    local neighborhood and up to 30,000 land-based resi-
    dents a chance to spend a day on the ship.
    A medical facility practicing Western and East-
    ern medicine as well as preventive and anti-aging
    medicine.
    A school system that gives the students a chance
    to take a field trip into a different country each week
    for academic purposes or to compete with local schools
    in numerous sporting events.
    An international trade center that gives on-board
    companies and shops the opportunity to show and sell
    their products in a different country each week.
    More than 100 acres of outdoor park, recreation,
    exercise and community space.
    Good luck.

    More 'modest' vessel?
    Back into the land of believability comes Piero
    Rivolta's 90-foot-long sailboat. It sleeps eight in four
    cabins, each with its own bathroom each big enough
    to be called a bathroom rather than a head.
    What's neat, although almost everything about the
    boat is neat, is its retractable keel that allows a draft of
    about six feet in shallows and almost 13 feet when
    under sail off the coast. There are twin rudders, twin
    engines, and all the other stuff you would expect in a
    world-class vessel.
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    the nearby Ringling Bridge. In fact, he's got to putter
    down the Intracoastal Waterway to Venice Inlet to get
    out into the Gulf of Mexico.
    I haven't spent much time on big boats, so I was
    naturally impressed with one so huge. A buddy who
    has spent a lot of time on big boats probably summed
    it up best when he said that the Rivolta sailboat "was
    the nicest sailboat I've ever seen."

    Big money to go away
    The company that mostly built and was to run the
    big water desalination plant in Hillsborough County
    has been given a $5 million golden parachute and told
    to go away.
    Tampa Bay Water officials agreed to pay the sum
    to Covanta, the outfit that built the plant. The desal
    facility has been shut down due to a fear that the filters
    that strain salt from water were being damaged.
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    Value of one book
    Dr. Sylvia Earle's book, "Sea Change: A Message
    of the Oceans" was worth $46 million to one Texas
    publisher. No, not in royalties or an advance, but for the
    betterment of the Gulf.
    Edward Harte is the retired owner and publisher of
    a daily newspaper in Corpus Christi, Texas. His son
    gave him a copy of Earle's book, and Harte the elder
    liked it and its message so much he wrote a check es-
    tablishing the Harte Research Institute For Gulf of
    Mexico Studies, which is charged with being a "coop-
    erator and collaborator with other marine labs" to fo-
    cus on the Gulf.
    Harte was at Mote Marine Laboratory the other
    week, the same lab that Dr. Earle was director of at one
    time. She still serves on the board of directors, and is
    also the "explorer in residence" at the National Geo-
    graphic Society and chairs Gulf studies at the Harte
    Institute.
    A few years ago there was some buzz in the pub-
    lishing world about Stephen King signing a three-book
    contract with a London publishing house for $46 mil-
    lion.
    It looks like Dr. Earle has trumped ol' Steve,
    doesn't it?

    Sandscript factoid
    The Harte Institute has a Web site,
    www.gulfbase.org, which includes a whole slew of
    information about the Gulf. Among the entries in the
    "circulation" category is the following:
    "Water enters the Gulf through the Yucatan Strait,
    circulates as the Loop Current, and exits through the
    Florida Strait, eventually forming the Gulf Stream.
    Portions of the Loop Current often break away, form-
    ing eddies or gyress,' which affect regional current
    patterns. Smaller wind-driven and tidal currents are
    created in nearshore environments.
    "Drainage into the Gulf of Mexico is extensive and
    includes 20 major river systems covering over 3.8 mil-
    lion square kilometers of the continental United States.
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    Mississippi River alone. Additional freshwater inputs
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    Hold on: Fishing action should get great any day


    By Capt. Mike Heistand
    Whitebait, one of the mainstays of local fishing
    action, is starting to show up at the Sunshine Skyway
    Bridge, perhaps signaling the start of spring fishing
    action.
    Watch for fishing to really improve in the next few
    days as the water temperatures warm. A good indica-
    tor was that 18-pound snook that was caught at the Rod
    and Reel Pier last week.
    I'll be at Boater's World at Desoto Square Mall
    March 2 to talk about bridge and pier fishing, and again
    April 6 to talk on how to catch big snook. Both events
    begin at 7 p.m.
    Bob Kilb at the Rod & Reel Pier said there are
    lots of sheepshead to 4 pounds coming onto the docks.
    Snook and redfish are hanging out under the pier, but
    they don't seem hungry, but some of the passing-


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    anglers.
    Cliff Alcorn at the Anna Maria City Pier reports
    that Dennis Elsworth caught an 18-pound, 34-inch-
    long snook last week. Other action includes lots of
    sheepshead, plus a few flounder and trout.
    Lee Gause at Perico Harbor Bait & Tackle said
    wade fishers are catching reds in the potholes in the
    seagrass flats or near the mangroves in the bays, plus
    he's hearing a few reports of flounder being caught and
    sheepshead near the Anna Maria Bridge.
    Capt. Thom Smith at Angler's Repair on Cortez
    Road said he's putting his charters onto trout to 17
    inches, lots of small snook and redfish within the slot
    limit. He's also getting a few sheepshead to 5 pounds.
    Bill Lowman at Island Discount Tackle said fish-
    ing has improved this week thanks to the better
    weather. There are lots of sheepshead hanging around
    the local piers and docks, and wade fishers are catch-
    ing lots of redfish and trout. Offshore action is simply
    snapper, with the tasty fish seeming to be everywhere
    out there, ranging in size to 5 pounds. Grouper fishing
    remains fair to excellent in less than 100 feet of water,
    and amberjack to 50 pounds are coming on strong a
    little farther out in the Gulf.
    Dave Johnson at Snead Island Crab House said
    he's finding lots of sheepshead near the Sunshine Sky-
    way pier systems, mangrove snapper along the ship
    channel to 4 pounds, and one boater brought in a 30-
    inch trout last week. Sheepshead, redfish and black
    drum are also around the piers and docks in the Mana-
    tee River.
    Capt. Rick Gross on Fishy Business out of
    Catchers Marina in Holmes Beach said he has been
    fishing offshore in the mornings and doing well with
    snapper to 4 pounds, and coming inside in the after-
    noons to catch sheepshead, trout and redfish.
    Capt. Tom Chaya on the Dolphin Dreams in
    Holmes Beach out of Catchers said snapper and grou-
    per and hitting well offshore, with excellent catches
    most days last week.
    Capt. Ray Markham said he's also doing well
    with trout and redfish, using artificial baits and finding
    good results in Terra Ceia and Miguel bays.
    On my boat Magic, we have been limiting-out on
    snapper to 17 inches, sheepshead to 5 pounds, and lots
    of redfish.
    Good luck and good fishing.
    Capt. Mike Heistand is a 20-plus-year local fish-
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    Island property sales
    201 84th St., Holmes Beach, a 1,194 sfla/ 1,790
    sfur 3bed/2bath/lcar home built in 1971 on a 90x100
    lot, was sold 12/17/03, Wild to Dan Howe Holdings &
    Bill Gryboski Holdings, for $318,000.
    2109 Avenue C, Bradenton Beach, a 723 sfla / 966
    sfur 2bed/2bath home built in 1950 on a 50x100 lot,
    was sold 12/15/03, Schmidt to Toilette, for $275,000;
    list $298,900.
    310 58th St., Holmes Beach, a 981 sfla 1,770
    sfur 2bed/1.5bath/lcar home built in 1965 on a
    110x100 lot, was sold 12/16/03, Whyte to Stilley, for
    $318,600.
    3223 Gulf Dr., Holmes Beach, a 1,134 sfla/ 1,198
    sfur duplex built in 1966 on a 50x100 lot, was sold 12/
    16/03, Rodman to Murphy, for $305,000.
    4307 Gulf Dr., Holmes Beach, 207 Cayman Cay
    Villas, a 1,027 sfla/ 1,123 sfur 2bed/2bath condo built
    in 1974, was sold 12/19/03, Reynolds to Washburn, for
    $240,000; list $259,000.
    5400 Gulf Dr., Holmes Beach, unit 30, a 2bed/
    2bath 1,182 sfla / 1,269 sfur condo built in 1969, was
    sold 12/18/03, Sumner to Coreau, for $480,000; list
    $515,000.
    600 Manatee Ave. W., Holmes Beach, 136
    Westbay Cove 2, a 1,179 sfla / 1,559 sfur 2bed/2bath
    condo built in 1977, was sold 12/19/03, Higley to
    Agrasto, for $305,550.
    601 Gulf Dr. N., Bradenton Beach, 203 Gulf
    Watch 2, a 1,282 sfla / 1,380 sfur 2bed/2bath condo
    built in 1986, was sold 12/17/03, Sherbeck to Lane, for
    $382,000; list $399,900.
    7000 Gulf Dr., Holmes Beach, 214 Tiffany Place,
    a 1,259 sfla / 1,395 sfur 2bed/2bath condo built in
    1978, was.sold 12/18/03, Fuller to Soos, for $635,000;
    .list $649,000.
    105 39th St., Holmes Beach, the 10-unit Gulffront


    6,454 sfla / 7,984 sfur Aquarius Apts. built in 1973 on
    a 100x200 lot, was sold 12/23/03, Noahs Ark Enter-
    prises to Boyd Family, for $2,925,000.
    106 74th St., Holmes Beach, a Gulffront 1,344 sfla
    / 1,392 sfur home built in 1947 on a 60x270 lot, was
    sold 12/24/03, Holmes Beach Land to Roaldi, for
    $520,000.
    204 65th St., Holmes Beach, a 1,100 sfla / 1,502
    sfur duplex built in 1963 on a 64x102 lot, was sold 12/
    24/03, Zalanka to Bistro Properties, for $328,000; list
    $339,000.
    206 72nd St., Holmes Beach, a 1,516 sfla / 1,541
    sfur 3bed/2bath home built in 1954 on a 118x105 lot,
    was sold 12/23/04, Cornelius to Mills, for $395,000;
    list $399,000.
    2414 Avenue C, Bradenton Beach, a 1,625 sfla /
    2,633 sfur duplex built in 1979 on a 50x100 lot, was
    sold 12/24/03, Holmstrom to Peloubet, for $450,000;
    list $469,000.
    2419 Avenue B, Bradenton Beach, a 2,349 sfla /
    3,433 sfur duplex built in 1976 on a 50x100 lot, was
    sold 12/24/03, Jenks to Patall, for $350,000.
    2502 Gulf Dr., Bradenton Beach, 205 Club Bam-
    boo, a motel conversion unit selling just two months
    prior for $310,000, sold 12/22/03, Stellas to Siefker, for
    $400,000.
    528 72nd St., Holmes Beach, a canalfront 1,875
    sfla / 2,714 sfur 2bed/2bath/2car home built in 1968 on
    a 105x112 lot, was sold 12/22/03, Loudermilk to
    Walding, for $625,000; list $659,900.
    612 Rose, Anna Maria, a 1,100 sfla / 1,538 sfur
    2bed/2bath/lcar home built in 1971 on a 50x100 lot,
    was sold 12/22/03, Bickford to Drew, for $375,000; list
    $450,000.
    6400 Flotilla, Holmes Beach, 86 Westbay Point &
    Moorings, a 985 sfla / 1,377 sfur 2bed/2bath condo
    built in 1978, was sold 12/23/03, Green to Richardson,
    for $380,000; list $384,900.
    747 Manatee Ave. W., Holmes Beach, 34 Westbat
    Bay Cove S, a 1,179 sfla / 1,479 sfur 2bed/2bath condo
    built in 1977, was sold 12/23/03, Kantwill to Stewart,


    for $270,000; list $289,500.
    1325 Gulf Dr., Bradenton Beach, 219 Tortuga A-
    1, a motel to condo conversion unit, sold 1/6/04,
    Tortuga Partners to Fineout, for $250,000.
    1699 Gulf Dr., Bradenton Beach, 9 Bradenton
    Beach Club 2, a new condo built somewhere on or at
    the end of 17th Street North, was sold 1/5/04, AMI
    Bayshore to Bazaire Group, for $625,000.
    1801 Gulf Dr., Bradenton Beach, 126 Runaway
    Bay, a 1,080 sfla / 1,140 sfur 2bed/2bath condo built
    in 1978, was sold 1/6/04, Maynard to Lillie, for
    $245,000.
    206 35th St., Holmes Beach, a 1,337 sfla / 1,357
    sfur 2bed/2bath duplex built in 1968 on a 50x100 lot,
    was sold 1/5/04, Gulf Beach Management to Dabaldo,
    for $359,999; list $379,900.
    3816 Sixth Ave., Holmes Beach, 3816 Village at
    Holmes Beach, a 1,725 sfla / 2,647 sfur 3bed/2bath/
    2car condo built in 2002, was sold 1/6/04, Carter to
    Logan, for $213,000.
    524 71st St., Holmes Beach, a 3828 sfla/ 5864 sfur
    3bed/4.5bath/4car/pool canal front home built in 1964
    on a 102x160 lot at the end of the cul-de-sac with 235
    feet on the canal, was sold 1/8/04, Keller to Danziger,
    for $1,138,500; list $1,250,000.
    529 68th St., Holmes Beach, a canalfront 1,412 sfla
    / 2,487 sfur 2bed/2bath/2car home built in 1970 on a
    91x106 lot, was sold 1/8/04, Johnson to Holmes Beach
    68th St. LLC, for $620,000; list $647,500.
    629 Foxworth, Holmes Beach, a canalfront 1,747
    sfla/ 2,586 sfur 3bed/3bath/2car home built in 1974 on
    a 107x110 lot, was sold 1/6/04, Caufield to Cassese, for
    $575,000; list $595,000.
    6300 Flotilla, Holmes Beach, 100 Shell Point 3, a
    1,151 sfla/ 1,151 sfur 2bed/2bath/lcar condo built in
    1973, was sold 1/5/04, Ballestrini to Holmes, for
    $266,750; list $295,000.
    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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    SEASONAL RENTALS AVAILABLE
    2BR/1BA house, Gulviews, steps to beach, S1,000/week.
    2BR/1BA downstairs apartment, one bloak to beach, 51,800/month.
    LIDO 3BR/3BA gated pool home, private beach access. S6,000/month
    LIDO 3BR/2BA pool home on canal. Steps to private beach and
    St. Armands (rde, S5,000/month
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    WHEELCHAIR: MOTORIZED, three years old,
    lightly used, great condition. $999. Call 761-0885.

    USED 1200-POUND Mantowoc ice machine with
    bin, good condition, works great, $1,650. Call Bill,
    795-7411.

    NEW OAK TABLE, 42 by 54 inches, plus 24-inch
    leaf. Four high-back chairs. Asking $450 or best of-
    fer. Call 778-6871.

    CRAFTMATIC SINGLE bed with wave massage.
    Great condition. $900. Call 747-4368, leave mes-
    sage.

    DRESSER/BUREAU, three drawers, 45.5 inches
    wide, 21 inches deep, 35 inches high. Mahogany
    veneer, bowfront, A-1 condition. $195 or best offer.
    Call 778-9692.

    LIVING-ROOM CHAIR, burgundy/hunter, excellent
    condition, $70; quilts, two twin with shams (wedding
    ring) like new, two white-lace throw pillows, two bur-
    gundy/hunter throw pillows, $60; two twin blankets,
    acrylic, hardly used, $50. Call 778-0042.

    DIGITAL SUNSET PHOTO shoot includes one mat-
    ted 11-by-14, two matted 8-by-10s, nine wallets and
    CD, only $75. Call Creative Originals, 755-9061.

    ALMOST NEW 42-INCH white outdoor table and
    four chairs, when new $1,300, asking $350. Brass-
    and-glass 36-inch console table and coordinating
    mirror, $75. Call 779-0430.



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


    PAY NOW OR pay later! Pay in advance and avoid
    the rate increase! The Islander's classified ad rates
    will increase effective with the March 17 issue. Pay
    by noon March 15 at the current rate and avoid the
    rate increase. For more information, call 778-7978.

    GIRL SCOUT COOKIES available at The Islander,
    assorted varieties, $3.50 box. All proceeds paid to
    local Girl Scout troop.

    Fish tank: 150-gallon with hand-made oak cabinet, fully
    equipped, $1,000 or best offer. Call Bill, 795-7411.

    CAR COVER: Toyota Supra, like new, $50. Call Bill,
    795-7411.

    NICKELS: INDIAN HEAD, 75, no dates, $10; 13 with
    good dates, $8. Various commemorative uncircu-
    lated silver dollars and halves. 792-4274.

    CAMCORDER IN PERFECT condition. got a new
    one for Christmas! Sharp Viewcam 8 LCD VL-E630.
    Comes with all the accessories, including carrying bag
    and a brand new double battery. $100. Call 778-6234.

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

    PAY NOW OR pay later! Pay in advance and avoid
    the rate increase! The Islander's classified ad rates
    will increase effective with the March 17 issue. Pay
    by noon March 15 at the current rate and avoid the
    rate increase. For more information, call 778-7978.





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    BINGO! Annie Silver Community Center. Every Thurs-
    day, through April 1,7pm. Everyone welcome. Smoke
    free. 103 23rd St. Corner of Avenue C and 23rd Street,
    Bradenton Beach.

    PAY NOW OR pay later! Pay in advance and avoid the
    rate increase! The Islander's classified ad rates will
    increase effective with the March 17 issue. Pay by
    noon March 15 at the current rate and avoid the rate
    increase. For more information, call 778-7978.

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

    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,
    mature now!

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    ROSER THRIFT SHOP Open Tuesday, Thursday,
    Friday, 9:30am-2pm, Saturday 9-noon. Always 50
    percent off sales rack. 511 Pine Ave., Anna Maria.
    779-2733.

    YARD SALE FRIDAY and Saturday, Feb. 27-28,
    8am-lpm. Little bit of everything. 215 67th St.,
    Holmes Beach.

    BIG OUTDOOR SALE, Saturday, Feb. 28. House-
    warmings by Horigans. 50 percent off collectibles,
    clothes, tools, household stuff. At Essence of Time,
    5306 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach.

    LONGBOAT KEY RUMMAGE sale, Saturday, Feb.
    28, 9am-2pm. Furniture, housewares, linens, cloth-
    ing, books and lots more! Lunch available. St. Mary
    Star of the Sea Church, 4280 Gulf of Mexico Drive,
    Longboat Key.

    ANNUAL FLEA MARKET, Saturday, Feb. 28, 8am-
    1pm. Appliances large and small, refrigerators, fur-
    niture, clothes, sporting equipment, jewelry, baked
    goods, plants, shells, etc. Lunch. Palma Sola
    Harbour condos, 9400 Cortez Rd. W., Bradenton.
    For information call, 792-3475.

    TWO FLEA MARKETS, Saturday, Feb. 28, 9am-
    5pm. Antiques, collectibles, lots of furniture, jewelry,
    much bric-a-brac and fun stuff. Niki's Gift and An-
    tique Mall, 5351 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, next to
    Time Saver, and at Essence of Time, 5306 Holmes
    Blvd., next to Garden Hut.


    MOVING SALE FRIDAY-Saturday, Feb. 27-28,
    9am-noon. Everything must go! Furniture, kitchen,
    others. Single, double and queen beds. 3701 E. Bay
    Drive, #5B, Holmes Beach, across from Publix.

    GARAGE SALE SATURDAY, Feb. 28, 8am-1pm.
    Fishing tackle, ceiling fans, books, household items.
    229 85th St., Anna Maria.

    MOVING SALE SUNDAY, Feb. 29, 9am-4pm. Must
    sell, household items, jewelry. 3407 Gulf Drive,
    Holmes Beach, behind Walgreens.

    ESTATE-ANTIQUE SALE, Friday, Feb. 27, 8am.
    Huge personal collection, linens, furniture, prints,
    rugs, ruby, blanket chest, Hoosier oak chairs,
    clocks. 6012 11th Ave. W., Bradenton.

    TWO FAMILY SALE Saturday, Feb. 28, 8am. Oak
    table and chairs, grill, antique glass jars, household
    items, men's and women's golf sets. 301 N. Shore,
    Anna Maria.

    YARD SALE SATURDAY, Feb. 28, 9am-1 pm. Tons of
    stuff. 112 52nd St., Holmes Beach.

    AUCTION TUESDAY, March 2, at 7pm. New hauler,
    new merchandise. Everything Store, 612 10th St. E.,
    Palmetto, next to Wendy's. Call for details, 723-1848.

    PAY NOW OR pay later! Pay in advance and avoid
    the rate increase! The Islander's classified ad rates
    will increase effective with the March 17 issue. Pay
    by noon March 15 at the current rate and avoid the
    rate increase. For more information, call 778-7978.


    LOST: PRESCRIPTION SUNGLASSES in the vi-
    cinity of East Bay Drive and Gulf Drive and also
    regular prescription glasses in the vicinity of Key
    Royale golf course. Both pairs in cases. Reward
    offered! Please call 778-2568.

    FOUND: TIGER KITTY, black and gray, needs lov-
    ing home. Call Cricket, 778-6000.

    LOST: Black Manx kitty. "Puddin." Collar and tag.
    Call Cricket, 778-6000.

    LOST CAT: Grey and white, white chest, male,
    ringed tail. Vicinity of Avenue B and 24th Street,
    Bradenton Beach. Huge reward! No questions
    asked. Call 720-2915.



    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. References
    checked. 922-0774.



    18-FT. RUNABOUT, 1978 fiber-form boat. New
    seats, bottom paint. Four-cylinder Chevy engine.
    Mercury in/outboard. Excellent condition. 1986
    single-axle galvanized trailer. Call 778-9526.

    FISHING FOR a good deal? Look in The Islander,
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    EGMONT EXPRESS CHARTERS: Seek out secret
    water paradise. Sunsets, back water, Egmont or
    custom trips. See dolphins and manatees. Call 778-
    7459 or 720-5470.

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



    BABY-SITTING AND PET-SITTING My name is
    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! Tif-
    fany, 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.

    BOUTIQUE: Very established year-round clientele.
    Fabulous inventory and great lease. Very best lo-
    cation! $150,000. Owner relocated. Call
    (561) 799-2005, leave message.



    LOCAL CNA: Experienced, references, skilled nurs-
    ing. Available Monday-Friday. Call Jenny, 778-5833.



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

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


    GOOD ATTITUDE WILL TRAIN! Monday-Friday.
    Physical moving and lifting required. Call Larry, 778-
    2882. Fat Cat Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning.

    OFFICE MANAGER: 20 hours per week. Position re-
    quires excellent organizational and customer-service
    skills. Word and Excel. Sales experience helpful.
    Bradenton Beach. Fax resume, (727) 820-3567.

    EXPERIENCED DELI/SANDWICH and salad maker.
    Jessie's Island Store, Monday-Saturday, 8am-3pm or
    call 778-6903.

    PART-TIME after school (K-fifth) counselors: Monday-
    Friday, 2:30-6pm. Must commit to 40 hours of
    childcare training within first year of employment or
    have DCF certification. Pays between $7.50-$11.50/
    hour depending upon experience in lifeguarding, mu-
    sic and science backgrounds. Must be 21 years old.
    Call Shirley Berger, 778-1908.

    HOUSEKEEPING/OFFICE for weekends only. Good
    customer service skills required. Please call 778-7153,
    or apply 1101 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach.


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    For confidential and personalized service, please phone me anytime
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    The Sunray Quad The Whitney Villa
    Lake-Bayou Front Direct Bayfront
    $250,000 Turnkey Furnished $395,000 over 2.200 sqlt
    1.874 sq.t 3BR/2BA 3-Story 2BR/2 5BA
    Around $1,000 a month gets you on
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    a 385 ft. dock. One-of-a-kind property!
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    or Victoria Horstmann, 518-1278. 97907


    SPECTACULAR bayfront estate on a pristine
    one acre lot. This plantation-style home offers
    private beach, dock and extensive upgrades
    throughout. $1,250,000. Kathy Valente, 748-
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    NW BRADENTON traditional 4BR home. Mas-
    ter suite has sitting/dressing area with Jacuzzi
    tub in bath. Room for a pool. Minutes to
    beach, shopping and medical. $295,000. Eliza-
    beth Gardini, 748-6300 or 356-0096. 97980


    PANORAMIC BAY VIEW looking South on Palma Sola Bay. Expansive lanai for true
    waterfront living. $649,000. Ruth Lawler, 748-6300 or 587-4623. 95824
    GULFFRONT CONDO. Furnished second floor, 2BR over pool with great views.
    $625,000.748-6300. Kathy Marcinko, 713-1100 or Sandy Drapala, 725-0781. 99172
    IMPECCABLE PINE MEADOWS home. Fireplace, indoor laundry, patio area, land-
    scaped/fenced backyard and pool area. $324,900. Cindy Pierro, 920-6818. 97571
    FLORIDA LIVING! Open design 4BR home centering around the pool and lanai.
    $299,900. 748-6300. Kathy Marcinko, 713-1100 or Sandy Drapala, 725-0781. 99953
    WESTSIDE3BR/2BA home with fireplace and heated pool on a cul-de-sac. $295,000.
    748-6300. Sandy Drapala, 725-0781 or Kathy Marcinko, 713-1100. 99729
    TOTAL LAWN CARE and community pool in this 3BR home with a den. Beautiful
    wooded setting. $249,000. Kathy Valente, 748-6300 or 685-6767. 98825/98830
    BEAUTIFUL WOODED SETTING! 3BR home offers Florida room, yard care and com-
    munity pool. $235,000. Kathy Valente, 748-6300 or 685-6767. 98864/98889
    NW BRADENTON. Split plan 3BR home offers a family room fireplace and oversized
    lanai for entertaining. $209,900. Colette Gerrish, 748-6300 or 713-6557. 94949
    BEAUTIFUL GOLF COURSE/LAGOON VIEWS from this spacious ground-floor condo.
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    SUMMER CAMP COUNSELORS needed June 1
    through August 10, Monday-Friday, AM and PM
    shifts available. Must be at least 18 years old. Inter-
    ests in music, dance, science and art would be help-
    ful. Pays $7-$9/hour. Call Shirley Berger, 778-1908.

    IDEAL FOR SENIORS! Join us in making a real dif-
    ference in the lives of the elderly. Non-medical
    companionship and help around the home. Flexible
    part-time day, night and weekend shifts available.
    Friendly, cheerful and dependable people needed.
    Home Instead Senior Care, 794-8844.

    PART-TIME: OWNER WANTS young man to work
    in yard planting grass, etc., in Anna Maria. Call
    778-9510.

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






    $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 Bay.
    SBoat dock. Heated Pool. IB96405
    $425,000 BUILD YOUR ISLAND
    DREAM HOME Canalfront lot available
    in Holmes Beach! IB90367


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    ANNUAL LEASE IN PINE BAY
    FOREST 2BR/2BA, close to pool, $900/
    month. Call Pat or Bob, 795-2211.


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

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

    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.

    PAY NOW OR pay later! Pay in advance and
    avoid the rate increase! The Islander's classified
    ad rates will increase effective with the March 17
    issue. Pay by noon March 15 at the current rate
    and avoid the rate increase. For more informa-
    tion, call 778-7978.


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


    6016 Manatee Avenue West, Bradenton
    (941) 751-1155 (800) 778-8448
    Visit our Web site at www.cbflorida.com


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    Waterfront Property Specialist
    (941) 379-2333 www.FloridaBeachnBay.com


    RIVER CLUB Condos directly on the Manatee River, beautiful views, large clubhouse
    pool and fitness. Units have been updated. $225,000 to $345,000 (14 units available).


    RIVER CLUB units have been updated
    with all new fixtures, cabinets and more.








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    $749,900. Near the beach.




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    Bridge Street. Beautiful units from $1,395,000 to $1,925,000.


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    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 les-
    sons. Special $30 per hour- free advice. 545-7508.

    Listings Wanted -
    Proven Results!


    Liz Codola


    .DUNCAN
    Real Estate, Inc
    Property Manager/Sales Associate
    Cell: 812-3455
    941-779-0304 1-866-779-0304
    liz@teamduncan.com
    www.teamduncan.com


    Direct Gulffront Living -

    Panoramic Gulf Views!
    Looking for one more nice neighbor for a great little neighborhood.
    Just one unit left in a brand new, direct gulffront, three-unit
    condominium at 3716 Gulf Drive in Holmes Beach


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    $1,395,000
    Must see to fully appreciate

    Call Pat McConnell

    778-7845 or (863)698-4401 cell


    Brokers Protected


    Canalfront with dock and 1.424 sq.ft. living area.
    2,654 sq.ft. under roof. 3BR/2BA, three-car garage
    home with caged, heated pool built in 1997 by Qual-
    ity Builders on a 75-by-100-ft. lot, for sale for
    $675,000, fully and gorgeously furnished to the nines.

    SDoug Dowling Realty
    Phone & Fax: (941) 778-1222
    E-Mail: dougdowlingrearthlink.net
    Iwww.dougdowling.com


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    Elevated. turnkey furnished. great rental, large lot,
    room for pool. Separate 1 BR/1BA guest room. two-
    car garage Locoted at 5905 Flotilla Drive, Holmes
    Beach. $455,000. 920-4539.
    Also available> 28rB/2B3A uthout dock. $399.000.


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

    K.A.S. CLEANING LLC: Employee owned, servic-
    ing private homes, condos, rentals and seasonal
    homes. Concierge services and home watch.
    Bonded, insured. 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 reasonable
    price call Sebastian, 704-6719.

    CONNECT-ICON Your local computer specialist.
    Experienced certified technician for communication
    electronics offers wireless and cable networks, up-.
    grades, maintenance, repairs, tutoring and training.
    Call Robert at 778-3620.

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

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

    INCOME TAX SERVICE: Individuals and small
    businesses. We also do electronic filing and all
    states. Call Pat, Kenney Tax Service, 761-8156.

    JACK OF ALL trades. Lawn care, home repair, paint-
    ing, cleaning. .N.job-too small. Call Scott, 720-4873
    or. 7-6-4425.


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    FOR SALE Anna Maria canalfront
    h:. home with pool on a quiet
    cul-de-sac. Established
    Slvacation rental, but also
    the place to be for a
    ..family. MLS#97716.
    _-:_-'_" i$650,000

    Call Pat Staebler, Lic. Real Estate Broker
    778-0123 or 705-0123







    NEW LISTING IN HOLMES
    S BEACH! Quiet and comfortable
    :; hi in a tropical setting. Many up-
    dates since home was built in
    1982 (too many to list!) El-
    evated 2BR/2BA with enclosed
    garage. Wonderful brick paver
    patio area, two very short
    blocks to beach. Priced to sell at $369,900. Call Stephanie Bell,
    Broker at 920-5156 for all the details! MLS#99433
    ADORABLE! NW BRADENTON
    HOME This may be the last
    chance to own an adorable reno-
    vated 2BR home under $165K.
    Even cuter inside than out! Open
    floor plan, wood and ceramic
    floors, spa bathtub and much
    more. All on a large 85-by-150-ft.
    lot. Plenty of room to grow and plenty of room for pool. Single-car
    garage, outdoor workshop and much more! Asking $160,000. Call
    Bob Hinds direct, 545-7453. MLS#97584
    DUPLEX WEST SIDE OF GULF
    DRIVE Own a piece of the Island
    before it's too late! Cute and
    Scozy, half-block to beautiful
    beach in an area of newly con-
    structed homes. Don't miss out
    REDUCED! on this opportunity. Investment
    or residence. Many updates and
    lots of potential. A must see! Priced reduced to $315,000. Call
    Stephanie Bell Broker/Owner, 778-2307 or direct at 920-5156.
    MLS#93114


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    SERVING THE AREA SINCE 1970 MLS


    LOSE WEIGHT be stronger, slimmer, more flex-
    ible. Certified fitness training, private studio setting.
    No contract, low rates, great results. 794-6531.

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

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

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

    PAY NOW OR pay later! Pay in advance and avoid
    the rate increase! The Islander's classified ad rates
    will increase effective with the March 17 issue. Pay
    by noon March 15 at the current rate and avoid the
    rate increase. For more information, call 778-7978.

    BEACH SERVICE air conditioning, heat, refrigeration.
    Commercial and residential service, repair and/or re-
    placement. Serving Manatee County and the Island
    since 1987. For dependable, honest and personalized
    service, call William Eller, 795-7411. RA005052.

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

    CLOUD 9 LANDSCAPING Services: Quality lawn
    maintenance, landscape cleanup, plantings, prun-
    ing, shell and more! Insured, referenced, free es-
    timates. Call 778-2335 or 284-1568.

    PAY NOW OR pay later! Pay in advance and
    avoid the rate increase! The Islander's classified
    ad rates will increase effective with the March 17
    issue. Pay by noon March 15 at the current rate
    and avoid the rate increase. For more informa-
    tion, call 778-7978.

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

    ISLAND LAWNCARE and Landscape is looking
    for a few good clients to cater to. Not just another
    mow-and-go. Call 750-0112.


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    Boyd ..Realty
    EST. 1952
    ANNA MARIA
    Duplex Theatre district, $505,000.

    New Renovations Two blocks to
    beach, 3BR/2BA, $509,000.

    Bayou Condo with boat dock,
    furnished. $279,000.

    HOLMES BEACH
    Canal home tropical setting!
    $649,000.

    Open Water end house, wow!
    $999,000.

    RIVER DISTRICT,
    BRADENTON
    Cute! Cozy! Charming!

    $139,000 to $795,000.

    SNEAD ISLAND ESTATE
    5BR/3BA bayfront! $1.2 million
    CONTACT:
    Brenda Boyd May. Licensed Real Estate Broker
    Brandi Brady Gomez, Realtor Greg Ross, Realtor
    CATCHER'S MARINA HOLMES BEACH
    PINE AVENUE ANNA MARIA
    778-8388 730-8589
    WWW.BOYDREALTY.US


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    "We ARE the Island."
    9805 Gulf Drive PO Box 835 Anna Maria, Florida 34216
    941 778-2259 Fax 941 778-2250
    Email amrlty@gte.net
    Web site www.annamariareal.com


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

    STRAIGHT SHOT LANDSCAPING. Installations,
    clean-ups, pruning, irrigation, trees, edging, rip-rap,
    mulch, rock, patios, shell, seawall fill. Reliable and
    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"
    720-0770.



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

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

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

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

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

    PAY NOW OR pay later! Pay in advance and avoid
    the rate increase! The Islander's classified ad rates
    will increase effective with the March 17 issue. Pay
    by noon March 15 at the current rate and avoid the
    rate increase. For more information, call 778-7978.


    "f LAiND ,-o.9'"' '' 3001 GULF DRIVE*HOLMES BEACH, FL 34217
    P O PLA TI PHONE: 941.778.6849*TOLL FREE: 800.778.9599
    VACATION FAX: 941.179.1150
    PROPERTIE6. LLC Licensed Real Estate Broker Ann Coon
    L 'w .Sla II IIII ] ilstl* omli s.a l.lla ndaai n[ll. p I [rties com


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

    KEVIN GRIFFITHS' ISLAND Paint Interior/exterior
    painting, pressure washing and wallpaper. For
    prompt, reliable service at reasonable rates, call
    704-7115 or 778-2996. Mom/son team.

    ROOFING REPAIRS and replacements. Remodel-
    ing, repairs, additions, screen rooms, kitchens,
    baths. Free estimates. Lic#CGC061519,
    #CCC057977, #PE0020374. Insured. Accepting
    MasterCard/Visa. 720-0794.

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

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


    TILE, CARPET, LAMINATE supplied and installed.
    Why pay retail? Island resident, many references.
    Free estimates, prompt service. Steve Allen Floor
    Coverings. 792-1367, or 726-1802.

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

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

    MORENO MARBLE & TILE Installation and res-
    toration. Quality work. Over 20 years experience.
    Insured. Call Javier at 685-5163 or 795-6615.


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    ANNA MARIA CANAL FRONT


    229 Gladiolus Street
    Private and quiet 4BR/3BA home with a separate,
    nearly new upstairs bedroom suite for guests. 2,300
    sq.ft., large two-car garage. Dock and easy mainte-
    nance yard. Lots of house for the price. $679,000.


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    (941)778-6066
    Christine T. Shaw
    John van Zandt, Realtors


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

    JERRY'S HOME REPAIR and Lawn Care: Light
    carpentry, pressure washing, handyman, plumbing
    and electrical, light hauling, tree trimming. Call
    778-6170 or 447-2198.

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

    ISLAND HOME REPAIRS: Painting, carpentry,
    plumbing, drywall repairs, roofing, electrical re-
    pairs, tile, screen repairs. No job too small. New
    number, 807-0028.

    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, fantastic
    north Anna Maria Island location, seasonal,
    $2,500/month, $900/week. Bayfront cottages also
    available with docks from $1,500/month, $500/
    week. Call 794-5980, or www.divefish.com.

    WINTER, SPRING, SUMMER rentals available
    weekly, monthly, seasonal. Wedebrock Real 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-
    ments, 778-2374.

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

    ON THE BEACH new, 2BA/2BA weekly/monthly,
    Bradenton Beach 778-3618 or www.linger-longer.com.


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

    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.
    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: andrewr@asme.org.
    NEW 2BR/2BA, washer/dryer, central air condi-
    tioning, furnished. 55-plus park, across from
    beach. Seasonally $2,400/month or annually
    $1,400/month. Call 778-4349.


    Direct

    Gulffront

    Views


    ENJOY THE BEAUTIFUL sunsets from this upper-level,
    end-unit condo with the look and feel of a single-family
    home. Unobstructed direct views of the Gulf. Unit has been
    updated and owns into the sand. This property features
    over 1,500 sq.ft., 2BR/2BA, wood-burning fireplace, large
    updated kitchen, heated pool and elevator plus much more.
    Priced to sell at $659,000.
    Call Liz Blandford at rQ194224-..104


    SEASONAL RENTAL: Holmes Beach, 4BR (two master
    suites)/3BA, house on canal. Two minutes to beach.
    Heated pool, dock; cable TV, washer/dryer, garage, de-
    signer furnished with tropical yard setting. One of the fin-
    est rentals on Island. $1,500/weekly or $5,200/monthly.
    Call 713-4805 or e-mail: gamiller@tampabay.rr.com.

    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.
    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: khuelster@yahoo.com.
    BEAUTIFUL TROPICAL HOUSE just converted to a
    two-unit property. 2BR/1BA, completely renovated
    and furnished. New washer/dryer, microwave. 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.


    The Islander
    Don't leave the Island
    without us!


    BEACH SIDE ELEGANCE
    SThis beautiful
    home has it all!
    3BR/2BA with
    Bg *~i **' open floor plan
    and custom tile
    throughout.


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    See it online at: www.greenreal.com


    Family room with fireplace and
    amazing media room complete with
    theater seating. The outside entertain-
    ment area has a gourmet gas grill
    station, large free-form pool, Jacuzzi
    and a cabana/changing area. Best of
    all, it's directly across the street from
    the Gulf of Mexico on the north end of
    Anna Maria! Nothing compares!
    Offered at $949,900.


    PAY NOW OR pay later! Pay in advance and avoid
    the rate increase! The Islander's classified ad rates
    will increase effective with the March 17 issue. Pay
    by noon March 15 at the current rate and avoid the
    rate increase. For more information, call 778-7978.

    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:
    aalmengual @msn.com.

    BEACHFRONT: NORTH SHORE Drive, ground-
    level all-view home. Bean Point area. $3,500/
    month, $1,500/week. Call Tom, (559) 760-1331.
    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-
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    west of Gulf Drive. $750/month. First, last, security.
    Call 778-3523.

    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.
    Call 795-1000.

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

    ANNA MARIA ANNUAL rental. 1BR/1BA 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.

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

    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 vil-
    las 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: Sandypflorida@aol.com.

    ANNA MARIA CITY: 2BR/2BA duplex, available
    2004-05 season. Canal, dock. Amenities included.
    $1,950/month, three-month preferred. Call 778-5793.

    MANASOTA KEY, private home directly on beach/
    Gulf. 2BR/2BA, pet possible. Available May forward
    and next season. Call (570) 943-2516.

    HOLMES BEACH ANNUAL: Large 1BR apartment
    in quiet duplex. $675/month. Call 224-2231.

    EFFICIENCY APARTMENT across from Gulf,
    $550/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
    778-1550.

    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.


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    covered parking, bay view, steps to Gulf. Call 778-
    5412 or (585) 473-9361.

    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
    Estate, 779-0202.

    CONDO FOR RENT: Holmes Beach, 2BR, pool,
    100-feet from Gulf. Available October, November,
    December 2004, $1,800/month. Call (517) 694-3288.

    ANNUAL FURNISHED 1BR available March 1.
    Anna Maria City, Gulfview, nonsmoking, no pets.
    First, last, security. $700/month, plus utilities. Call
    778-5439.

    2BR/1BA APARTMENT for rent. First, last and
    security deposit. Completely furnished. Cable TV,
    washer/dryer, all utilities paid. Available from
    March until December 2004. $1,100/month for six
    months or less; $1,000/month for more than six
    months. Call 778-7062.

    WATERFRONT HOME for rent. Minutes from
    beach, furnished or unfurnished beautiful two-story
    bayfront 3BR/2BA home with caged heated pool,
    second-story sun deck, five-car garage and very
    large backyard. $2,500/month. Call Tim, 364-9437
    or e-mail tbeury@hotmail.com.

    SUNNY SHORES VACATION rental, 2BR/2BA,
    one mile to beach, new kitchen, screened lanai,
    enjoy fishing, boating, access to uummlnitv boat
    ramp. $750/week or $2,400/month. Call Martha ai
    RE/MAX Gulfstream Realty, 778-7777.

    RECENTLY REFURBISHED and nicely furnished
    1 BR/1 BA ground-floor duplex with cheerful decor.
    Just three short blocks to the beach. Walking dis-
    tance to shopping and restaurants in downtown
    Holmes Beach. Includes phone, premium cable,
    microwave, washer/dryer. Small pets OK. Avail-
    able April 2004 and accepting reservations for
    2005. Winter rates: $1,700/month, $550/week;
    summer rates: $500/week. E-mail:
    aalmengual@msn.com or call 807-5626.

    PAY NOW OR pay later! Pay in advance and
    avoid the rate increase! The Islander's classified
    ad rates will increase effective with the March 17
    issue. Pay by noon March 15 at the current rate
    and avoid the rate increase. For more informa-
    tion, call 778-7978.

    GULFFRONT VACATION RENTAL beginning
    April. Ground floor. $750/week or $2,400/month.
    101 73rd St. Call Martha, RE/MAX Gulfstream
    Realty, 778-7777.

    LUXURIOUS 2BR/2BA CONDO: Pompano Beach,
    pools, tennis, golf course on site. Available March
    26 to April 2, 2004. $400/week or best offer. Call
    778-3547.

    SPRING/SUMMER Weekly specials now avail-
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    ANNUAL QUAINT Holmes Beach duplex, 1BR/
    1 BA, plus den. Tiled, new kitchen, appliances and
    washer/dryer. 650 sq.ft. $695/month, plus utilities.
    Call (813) 251-8945, or pager (813) 883-5317.

    NORTH-END ANNUAL 1BR/1BA, washer/dryer,
    small pet OK. Call Duncan Real Estate, 779-0304.

    ANNUAL, QUIET, UNFURNISHED 2BR/1 BA villa.
    Beautiful waterfront view with 25-foot boat dock.
    Washer/dryer, two blocks to beach. $950/month.
    Call 779-0027.

    ANNA MARIA ISLAND steps to beach, shopping,
    restaurants, 2BR/2BA duplex, large deck, small
    and medium pets welcome. $825/month. Call 778-
    0837 or 704-4591.

    ANNUAL RENTAL: North end of Anna Maria. 2BR
    duplex, newly renovated, no pets. $800/month,
    plus security. Call 778-6088.

    VACATION RENTAL: Palma Sola, 1BR/1BA avail-
    able now. $90/night (minimum three nights); $500/
    week. Call 447-3726.

    ANNUAL RENTAL: North Shore Drive near Bean
    Point. Furnished 2BR/1BA with washer/dryer, cen-
    tral air/heat. Utilities included. $1,000/month, first
    and last, security deposit. Completely renovated.
    Available March 1. Call 778-4572.

    SEEKING YEAR-ROUND shared accommoda-
    tions on Anna Maria Island. Female professional,
    51. Call 778-6000.

    BEST ISLAND VALUE! Sandpiper Mobile 55-plus.
    1BR/1 BA, turnkey furnished, very nice must see
    inside. April-December, three-six-month minimum,
    $585/month includes it all (caDle, phone, electric,
    water, tdcisn). Call 778-1140.

    VACATION RENTAL AVAILABLE now, newly re-
    modeled, 3BR/2BA, home on North Shore, close
    to beach. Call for rates. Marina Pointe Realty Co.,
    779-0732, or (866) 779-0732.

    SMUGGLER'S LANDING 3BR/2BA townhouse.
    Waterfront, 40-foot boat slip. Call Jim LaRose, A
    Paradise Realty, 729-2381.
    LONGBOAI KEY 2BR/1BA, available April for
    annual furnished optional. $1,200/month, plus utili-
    ties. Real Estate Mart, 756-1090.

    1BR/1BA HOLMES BEACH: Clean, updated, central
    air/heat. Nonsmoking, mature individual, no pets, $550/
    month, first, last, security. Call after 6pm, 778-6511.

    AVAILABLE IMMEDIATELY: Ground-floor 2BR/
    2BA condo in Tara. Enjoy golf, tennis, heated pool.
    Small dog OK. $2,600/month now, or $750/week.
    Real Estate Mart, 756-1090.

    2BR/2BA TOWNHOUSE, $2,500/month or $750/
    week. Boat slip, heated pool. Real Estate Mart,
    756-1090.


    SEASONAL HOLMES BEACH 1 BR/1 BA, half-block
    to beach. $395/weekly. Also, 2BR/2BA, $495/weekly.
    Also booking next year. Call 342-9456, or
    (239) 410-4466 cell.

    HOLMES BEACH half-duplex. Fully furnished im-
    maculate 2BR/1.5BA on quiet street with large
    yard. Close to shopping and beach. Washer/dryer
    hookups. $900/month, annual, plus utilities. Or
    possible seasonally, (773) 793-8599.



    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.

    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 sea-
    walls 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.

    PAY NOW OR pay later! Pay in advance and avoid
    the rate increase! The Islander's classified ad rates
    will increase effective with the March 17 issue. Pay
    by noon March 15 at the current rate and avoid the
    rate increase. For more information, call 778-7978.

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

    THREE LONGBOAT LOTS on General Harris
    Street, total of 1.3 acres (MOL). Offered at $400K
    each. Longview Realty, 383-6112.
    SAN REMO SHORES condo, 1 BR/1 BA on canal,
    just two miles to beaches. Turn key furnished. No
    restrictions! $120,000. Contact Bill, 518-9300 days,
    795-5100 evenings.

    LAGUNA YACHT VILLAGE: Tranquil waterfront
    community offers everything you've been looking
    for. Deep-water boat docks, short walk to gorgeous
    beaches, tropical setting and carefree living. Two
    brand new quality built homes with spacious floor
    plans and many upgrades starting at $638,500 and
    three homesites starting 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
    location. 100 yards to beach. Walking distance to
    shops and restaurants. For sale by owner. 111
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    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.

    WATERFRONT HOME on canal. City of Anna Maria.
    Principals only. $575,000. Call 518-3440.

    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.

    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 appliances and many updates. Exceptional
    location, furnished. $339,000. Call Don, 794-1421.


    BUILDERS REHAB WATERFRONT: 1,700 sf,
    excellent location, city of Anna Maria. $575,000.
    Call 518-3440.

    SANDPIPER RESORT 1990 model, 1BR/1BA,
    central air conditioning, furnished. $85,000 in-
    cludes co-op share. Call 725-1074.

    NEW TO MARKET! Spice up your life! Come to the
    beach! Spectacular sunsets, Gulfviews and end-
    less beach just steps from your door. Add carefree
    living in a spacious, ground-floor 1 BR/1 BA condo.
    $375,000. Call 795-4830.

    CANALFRONT ISLAND HOME 3BR/2.5BA, open
    spacious floor plan, hardwood floors, granite
    countertops, gorgeous pool, screened patio and
    lanais. Boaters' delight with 30-foot dock and lift.
    2,990 sf living space. $1,100,000. Call Ramona
    Glanz, 877-383-9700.

    2BR/2BA WATERFRONT CONDO deep-water
    dock, five minutes to bay. Custom tile and Pergo
    flooring. $215,000. Apollo Beach. Call 779-0153.

    MOUNT VERNON CONDO on canal. 1BR/1BA,
    glassed lanai, furnished. Call Marilyn Peene, New
    Concepts Property, 792-9314.


    SALES & RENTALS
    419 Pine Ave., Anna Maria FL 34216 PO Box 2150 (941) 778-2291
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    Amenities include ceramic tiled and hardwood floors, French doors, fully
    equipped kitchen with pickled wooden cabinets, walk-in closets, several invit-
    ing porches, ceiling fans and a beautifully landscaped corner lot providing easy
    access to both units. There are many palms and a citrus tree plus an outdoor
    shower and washer and dryer. Priced to sell at only $495,000. Hurry!

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    VILLAGE GREEN HOME for sale. 10 minutes to
    beaches. 2BR/2BA split plan. Move-in condition.
    $179,000. Call 792-8918.

    DUPLEX WANTED: Would like to purchase small-
    est, most reasonable priced duplex north of Mana-
    tee Bridge for homestead with 15 to 30 day close.
    Retiring. Please call, (865) 384-5728.

    BY OWNER: Runaway Bay, 2BR/2BA condo, sec-
    ond floor, beach access, good investment, on-site
    management. $282,700. Call (941) 720-1438.

    ISLAND VILLAGE: Beautiful 2BR/2BA condo
    across from Manatee Beach. Glassed lanai, extra
    storage. Updated baths and flooring. $310,000.
    Opeh house Sunday, Feb. 29, 12-3pm. Call Dan
    Mischou, Keller Williams Realty, 730-8580.

    LOWEST PRICED 2BR/2BA townhouse with boat
    slip. Heated pool, completely remodeled,
    $189,900. Exclusive. Real Estate Mart, 756-1090.



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    Longboat Key. Light and bright. An excellent and tennis courts. Great location walk or bike parking. Located close to shopping, restau-
    investment opportunity. Turnkey furnished, ride to the beach or shopping. $259,000. Call rants and the beach. Affordable Island living!
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    Skaggs at 778-4800 or 795-5704. 778-4800 or 713-4800.


    FLAMINGO CAY Immaculate 2BR/2BA
    single-story condo, updated and on deep-
    water canal. Open floor plan and block patio
    unique to this unit. Rare find in this highly
    sought after area only minutes from the
    Island. Mary Fallon, 720-3400.


    BAY WATCH Special second floor unit with no
    neighbors. Excellent condition with new tile,
    carpet, doors and much more. You won't find
    a cleaner unit. Good rental history, in rental
    friendly complex. Private setting with boat/fish-
    ing dock and private pool setting. Steps to
    superior beach area. $349,000. David Vande
    Vrede, 778-4800 or 725-4800.


    BRIDGEPORT 2BR/2BA unit redecorated
    with new tile throughout. New appliances,
    completely repainted and designer furnished.
    Direct Gulffront views. Heated pool, elevator,
    covered parking and extra storage bin. Nice
    beach area. $419,000. Dave Vande Vrede,
    778-4800 or 725-4800.


    C all I N J I o C a a r c ,


    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. $775,000 $750,000.


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    2BR/1 BA, 1BR/1 BA, 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.


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    307 Tarpon St. POOL HOME Completely redone 2BR/2BA home with
    Anna Maria .tile floors, new appliances, beautiful free-form pool only TOTALLY UPDATED 2/2 CONDO in
    Anna Maiarl three blocks to the beach and only $495,000. Perico Bay Club. New kitchen, carpet/tile
    CALL and newly decorated. Florida furnishings
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    778 -9422 the pond in this prestigious gated club com-
    S. munity. All this and more only two miles
    .-re,. c from the white sandy beaches of the Gulf of
    Deep-'-cer carIa Mexico. $223,000. MLS# 100441.






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    ;. .sk i ng pr e Marianne 243 W iow AveCt.............. $57849,000



    $I^g699,-000. I ^ -- ^301 So. Bay Blvd............ $650000
    Realtor
    BobFittro307 Iris St. ...................... $495,000




    CHECKsl en, VERY LARGE 5BR/5BA home or duplex set up to be 106 Gull Dr. .................... $590,000
    either. Ground-level two-story home, two blocks to beach,
    one block to bay. $495,000. 531 77th St ................. $1,895,000




    Sr 110243 Willow Rverside Dr................ $1,49,000
    | I N 5301 So. Bay Blvdr........... $650,000





    ANNA MARIA 1 ,. 8401 Marina Dr................$750,000
    ISLAND 530 Key Royale Dr........... $776,000
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    3603 4th Ave. ............. $1,099,000
    308 55th St. (Lot) ........... $219,000
    4003 5th Ave. ............... $879,000
    4005 5th Ave. ............... $879,000
    Bridgeport #201 .............. $659,000
    3818 6th Ave. ............... $465,000
    3810 6th Ave. ............... $450,000
    100 7th St. So.(Duplex) .. $785,000
    104 7th St. So.(Duplex) ... $599,000
    Sunbow Bay #104 ........... $299,000
    Martinique North #101.... $595,000
    Sun Plaza West #202 ....... $409,000
    La Casa Costiera #11 .... $1,200,000
    Waters Edge #110N ........ $759,000
    Bradenton Beach Club B... $849,000
    6501 Gulf Dr. ................ $828,000
    747 Jacaranda Rd. (Lot) ... $389,000
    727 Jacaranda Rd......... $789,000
    Bayou Condo 5C ........... $289,900
    408 Poinsettia Rd. .......... $525,000
    306 Spring Ave. (Lot)....... $306,000
    5701 Carissa St. (Duplex) $798,000
    2908 Avenue E (Duplex)...... $2,700,000
    504 69th St .................. $537,900
    770 Jacaranda Rd.(Duplex) .... $459,000
    211 67th St.................... $349,000



    Business Only ................ $295,000
    427 Pine Ave. ............... $695,000
    Business Opportunity .... $2,490,000
    Palmetto House B&B.... $1,490,000




    11434 Perico Isle Cr....... $349,000
    882 Audubon Dr.............. $223,000

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    WATERFRONT CONDO
    2BR/2BA plus den. Furnished open plan with fireplace.
    On sailboat water with large deeded boat dock. Heated
    pool, carport, short drive to beach. $329,900.

    SUN PLAZA WEST
    2BR/2BA turnkey furnished condo. Beachfront complex,
    breakfast bar, kitchen with dome ceiling, elevator, tennis,
    heated puol,or:rport, 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.

    PERICO IS
    2BR/2BA, ground-flo.HIo jend unit.
    Community -' water view. Close to
    beaches and ,900.

    KEY ROYALE
    3BR/2BA waterfront home. r pool or to expand.
    On deep-water c ess to Tampa Bay.
    Large backyard own canal to Bimini Bay.
    $519,900.

    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.

    ISLAND TRIPLEX
    2BR/1BA, 1BR/1BA and 1BR studio apartment. Large
    lot with tropical landscaping. Turnkey furnished. Cathe-
    dral ceiling, porches, ceiling fans. Great rental. $459,900.

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    NAMES, NAMES, NAMES 1234-56789 10 11 12 113 14 15 16 17 18 19
    By Derrick Niederman / Edited by Will Shortz


    Across
    1 Like the names at 33-,
    51-, 61-, 73-, 93-, 101-
    and 120-Across
    10 First alert, often
    14 Put on a spit
    20 Welcome abroad
    21 "That's !" (angry
    retort)
    22 "The Music Man"
    woman
    23 Like many driveways
    24 A security
    25 Stat
    26 Dole (out)
    27 Further condition to 1-
    Across
    29 1929 Literature Nobelist
    30 "Mon _!"
    32 Substitute in the kitchen
    33 Author and longtime
    professor of writing at
    Princeton
    39 Hunters' needs: Abbr.
    43 Inventeur's need
    44 __Awards (annual
    prizes for African-
    American achievement)
    45 Fruits de _
    46 Bob Dylan song "_ for
    You"
    47 Supplied
    48 Boatload
    49 Final bid
    50 Carol starter
    51 Actress whose great-
    grandfather was a
    British P.M.
    55 Tastiness
    58 Soccer star Hamm
    59 See 96-Across
    60 Bauxite, e.g.
    61 Three-time French
    Open champion
    69 "Delta of Venus" author
    70 Four CD's
    71 Part of a rainbow
    72 Gold" (1997 film)


    73 1988 and 1992
    Olympic track gold
    medalist)
    81 Not yet shaped
    82 Little hopper
    83 Razor-billed birds
    84 "This Old House"
    address
    87 "That's _" (caution-
    ary Roy Orbison song)
    88 Since, informally
    89 Bar offering
    91 Suffix with pluto-
    92 Stock market over-
    seer: Abbr.
    93 Six-time U.S. Open
    winner
    96 With 59-Across, a
    knock
    99 Stone made of silicon
    and oxygen
    100 They move shells
    101 "Slaves of New York"
    actress
    107 Standard deviation
    symbol
    109 Knight from Atlanta
    110 President Taft's alma
    mater
    111 Stretches
    115 Most basic
    116 Annoyer
    117 Opposite of chic
    118 Minuscule
    119 Oil of_
    120 He developed the
    "Three Principles of
    the People"

    Down
    1 TV schedule abbr.
    2 Greetings
    3 Shown again
    4 Better
    5 Daughter of Poseidon
    who was the ancestor
    of a prophetic clan


    6 Educational grant
    named for a senator
    7 Pot foundation
    8 St.-Honore, in Paris
    9 Spread, as hay
    10 Shakespearean
    haunter
    11 Former Expos man-
    ager
    12 Girl in a Beatles song
    13 Stem-to-stern item
    14 Drive
    15 W.W. I battle locale
    16 Woods, e.g.
    17 Aretha Franklin's "
    No Way"
    18 Wood strip
    19 1961 space chimp
    27 Wriggling
    28 Rios, Ecuador
    29 Calculator button
    30 Go under
    31 Kind of chamber
    33 Peter Pan rival
    34 Theater turn-off?
    35 Busy as_
    36 With all agreeing, after
    "to"
    37 Musical John
    38 Bogus
    40 Awaiting
    41 Circle
    42 Pioneer products
    46 Moscow's home: Abbr.
    48 Spanish muralist
    49 Stole
    50 Curtain-rising time
    51 Doll
    52 Grp. pledged to "do no
    harm"
    53 Storage place
    54 Dallas hoopster
    55 Western Hemisphere
    city founded in 1521
    56 Writer Huffington
    57 Mexico's Villa and
    others


    62 Comic superheroes
    63 Part of speech: Abbr.
    64 Nix
    65 Ben
    66 Cry on opening a tax
    bill
    67 Hints
    68 Nog ingredient,
    maybe
    74 N.H.L. Hall-of-Famer
    who played for
    Montreal
    75 W.W. II battle site, for
    short
    76 Hit Parade"
    77 Many a part in "The
    Pianist"


    78 Stand
    79 Essen's river
    80 Sketch
    84 Divides fairly
    85 Seattle Slew and
    others
    86 Regular: Abbr.
    89 Ninth in a series:
    Abbr.
    90 Duke rival, for short
    91 Noisy
    93 Jazzman
    94 Very much
    95 Open-air arcade
    97 Gulf
    98 Disagreeab o
    101 Bus. heads


    102 Nautical direction
    103 Coin grade
    104 Syringe
    105 "Huzzah!," e.g.
    106 "The Producers" role
    107 Distributed
    108 Home of the
    Brickyard 400
    111 Mag. positions
    112 Singer Reed
    113 Like the Capitol
    bldg. vis-a-vis the
    White House
    114 Nine-digit ID
    Answers to the puzzle are
    ko-atPd in this edition of
    The Islander


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


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    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.
    $945,000.

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    LOCATION! LOCATION! This beautiful
    building lot is adjacent to the future Villa
    Rosa Subdivision. Deeded canal access
    through Lot 88 (rear) for entrance and
    dockage. Laurie Dellatorre, 778-2246.
    #97809. $514,900


    ISLAND DUPLEX Spectacular
    bayview from second floor on the end
    of the canal by the future Villa Rosa
    subdivision. 2BR/2BA each. Short dis-
    tance to Gulf. Laurie Dellatorre, 778-
    2246. #92819. $749,000


    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. $384,500


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


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    THE ROSA DEL MAR
    Gulfside condomini-
    ums, pool, approxi-
    S mately 1,900 sq.ft.,
    ,. ,' I,."i gated parking, deluxe
    a m e n i t i e s
    SPreconstruciton pricing
    Starts at $1,600,000.

    conceptual rendermg-
    THE HIBISCUS Four
    Sbayside condomini-
    ums with boat dock
    ", and pool. Starting at
    $795,000.

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    401 S. Bay Blvd, Anna Maria
    779-2700


    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.
    #99737. $348,900


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