Islander (Anna Maria, Fla. : 1992) ( March 3, 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: March 3, 2004


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

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"The Best News on Anna Maria Island Since 1992"

Volume 12, No. 17

March 3, 2004 FREE

Fire protection cost

up if property tax

ballot issue passes
By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
The annual assessment for residents of the West
Manatee Fire & Rescue District will remain in effect,
even if district voters approve a measure March 9 al-
lowing the district to collect revenue with an ad valo-
rem tax, WMFRD Chief Andy Price said. The story in
the Feb. 25 issue of The Islander had indicated other-
"We've never said that the ad valorem will replace
the assessment," said Price."We are only asking voters
to approve our ability to apply the ad valorem" to meet
needed funding increases.
But the additional money generated by ad valorem
taxes is for a specific purpose, he said.
The district needs the funding to meet the new
Florida and National Fire Protection Association re-
quirement of "two in, two out" firefighters on hand to
enter a burning building.
At present, WMFR has only enough firefighters to
send three people on a fire truck for a fire. The district
needs an additional 12 firefighters, Price said, to meet
the new requirements.
Under the new state law, two firefighters have to
be stationed outside a burning structure before two can

New Arvida plan drops

number of condos
By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
The Arvida Corporation submitted a new site plan
to the City of Bradenton yesterday for its planned
Perico Island condominium project, a move that had
long been expected by opponents of the development.
According to documents from Arvida, the new
plan calls for a reduction in the number of condomini-
ums from 893 to 686, but some of the buildings appear
to be 10 stories high, the same height called for in the
original plan.
Arvida said this new site plan would result in 18
fewer buildings and 207 less condominium units than
its plan previously approved by the Bradenton City
Council. That plan has been challenged in court by the
environmental group ManaSota-88 and a group of con-
cerned citizens.
In addition, said an Arvida statement, the new
site plan will result in a 23 percent reduction in traf-
fic on State Road 64 (Manatee Avenue), and the
gross density of the project will be lowered on the
352-acre site.
The new plans call for five buildings of 300 total
units with two stories of parking and eight buildings
with 386 total club residences and one story of parking.
There will be walking trails and a bike path, along
with a boat launch area for kayaks, canoes and small
sailboats, Arvida said. A clubhouse, cabana and tennis
courts are also planned.
Efforts to reach Arvida Vice-President Ed Hill to
determine the number of stories planned for each build-
ing under the new site plan were unsuccessful by press
deadline. An Arvida spokesperson said Hill would
comment today, March 3, about the new plan.
Efforts to reach ManaSota-88 Executive Director
Glenn Compton for comment were also unsuccessful.

Heritage Festival
prep on Pine Avenue
."' Anna Maria Public Works
Director George McKay and
volunteer Nick Norwood
.. "zoom," the banner heralding
.e Heritage Week over Pine
S " Avenue Sunday in preparation
for the week's events, including
a Saturday street festival
honoring the city's first mayor
'(1923-1927) Mitch Davis, with
music, food, antique cars,
raffles, contests, dignitaries and

At left, Anna Maria City Com-
-. imissioner Linda Cramer, a
id painter by trade who resided for
a time in Belle Haven Cottage
when it was situated on Palmineto
Avenue, having been moved
therefrom the city pier where it
hadfallen in the water, and now
located at the Anna Maria
,Historical Park, puts trim paint
on the cottage in preparation of
Heritage Week. Islander
.. Photos: Bonner Joy

Don't forget to vote Tuesday

Tuesday is election day in Manatee County, with
two local issues on the ballot for all voters and a presi-
dential preference selection for registered Democrats.
The half-cent sales tax for environmental and recre-
ational lands question is posed for all voters. The question
reads, "Shall Manatee County levy a one-half cent sales
surtax, for a period of 10 years, to purchase and improve
environmentally significant lands, and to fund county
parks. recreational facilities, canoe trails and boat ramps,
sidewalks and outdoor lighting, and to fund city projects
for stormwater, water and wastewater facilities, transpor-
tation, public transit, parks, boat ramps and recreational
facilities, public buildings, erosion control, and public
safety vehicles? For or Against."
Island voters, and all electors within the West

Manatee Fire & Rescue District, have a question on the
ballot about an ad valorem tax that is proposed to
supplement the existing assessments. The question
reads: "In order to maintain a high level of life safety
and property protection for the citizens of the district,
shall the West Manatee Fire & Rescue District be au-
thorized to exercise its ad valorem taxing authority, in
an annual amount not to exceed 3.75 mills as autho-
rized by Chapter 191 Florida Statutes? Yes or No."
And Democratic voters have a presidential candi-
date to select, between Carol Mosely Braun, Wesley
Clark, Howard Dean, John Edwards. Dick Gephardt,
John Kerry, Dennis J. Kucinich, Joe Lieberman or Al
Polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

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Brasota now controls

Tidemark destiny
By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Brasota Mortgage Inc. of Sarasota and Bradenton
has purchased the first mortgage on the Tidemark prop-
erty in Holmes Beach from Regions Bank of Florida,
essentially assuming control over the future of the
embattled hotel/condominium/marina project.
According to available online records, Brasota paid
$1.6 million to Regions Bank for the mortgage. Re-
gions Bank had foreclosed on its first mortgage to Tide-
mark for $1.45 million in December, but interest on the
loan had driven the total foreclosure up to $1.7 million.
Brasota already held a second mortgage on the
property of $1.7 million and the purchase gives it a $3.3
million stake in Tidemark Partners LLC, which filed
for bankruptcy in January.
The move would appear to block any effort by
Dallas-based EFO Holdings and its financial company,
Cypress Lending Group of Naples, to become first
mortgage holder through a $3.9 million refinance bid
that still needed the blessing of the bankruptcy court.
Attorney Peter Mackey, representing Brasota, said
a refinancing agreement being worked out with Tide-
mark managing partner Nick Easterling if approved
by the bankruptcy court and creditors would allow
construction on the project to begin in the near future.
Easterling said he has talked with Brasota repre-
sentatives, but said he could not comment on specifics
of the proposal at this time.
"Obviously, Brasota had been with us from the
beginning, so I certainly wanted to hear what they had
to say," Easterling noted.
While Tidemark may have had difficulty starting
construction of its 40-unit, $20 million project that was
approved by the Holmes Beach City Commission in
August 2001, it appears Brasota Mortgage is ready to
step in with the necessary financing to complete the
Tidemark lawyers have withdrawn a request in
bankruptcy court to obtain credit from Cypress Lend-
ing and have obtained an extension of the deadline to
file financial statements.

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Selling by the seashore
Allene Grossman and Kathryn Spencer handle sales at the jewelry table for the Harvey Memorial Community
Church flea market. The Sea Notes Jazz Band plays for everyone's "shopping pleasure" in the background.
The sale reaped approximately $1,300 for the church. Islander Photo: Nancy Ambrose

Springfest coming next weekend

Featuring live animals, the works of 100 or more
artists, and an art raffle, Springfest will be Saturday and
Sunday, March 13-14, on Anna Maria Island.
The festival of arts and crafts will be from 10 a.m.-
5 p.m. both days at the Holmes Beach City Hall field,
5801 Marina Drive.
Admission and parking are free, the sponsoring
Anna Maria Island Art League said.
The family-oriented event will have live music
throughout both days and food booths, as well as the art
exhibits and booths where nonprofit organizations may
show their work.

One of the latter will feature live animals, which
the Art League said is always one of the most popular
exhibits, especially for children.
Festival exhibitors will donate works to be raffled.
Tickets are $1, six for $5. Proceeds will go to the
league's scholarship fund.
This is one of the two major fundraisers of the
league each year,.the other being Winterfest in Decem-
ber. The league offers art classes and a variety of other
programs for Islanders. Its gallery is at 5312 Holmes
Blvd., Holmes Beach.
Further information may be obtained at 778-2099.

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Anna Maria to extend building moratorium

By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Plans by the Anna Maria City Commission to end
the current building moratorium on April 1 apparently
will have to be changed.
The planning and zoning board asked the commis-
sion at its Feb. 26 meeting to return the expiration of
the moratorium to its original July 1, 2004, date, say-
ing that it doesn't want to give the commission a "half-
baked" developmental review application process.
The P&Z has been meeting weekly since January
ih worksessions to develop the review process, but in
a memo to the commission said it felt it was being
"rushed" to meet the April 1 deadline.
Actually, said City Attorney Jim Dye, the "process
part" is complete, but the board has not yet had time to
address the "substantive" part that deals with actual
rules developers and builders will have to follow.
That's the "meat" of the board's work, he said.
Commissioner Dale Woodland said he was con-
cerned about the people the moratorium was impacting,
but other commissioners agreed to hold a special meet-
ing March 11 for the first reading of an ordinance ex-
tending the moratorium deadline to July 1. Woodland
said he would vote against any extension.
The second reading will be held March 25.

Rumors of lawsuits floating

around Bradenton Beach
By Paul Roat
Legal thunderstorms may be looming on the hori-
zon of Bradenton Beach.
Rumors of lawsuits against the city have been
floating around for a week or more. Nothing has been
filed in court as yet, but attorney David Wilcox has
admitted that "given the events of the last several
weeks, we are examining our alternatives and will be
making a decision in the near future."
Wilcox demurred to answer questions regarding
"events," "we" and "alternatives." However, there are
several possible matters that could bear legal scrutiny.
Former Building Official Bob Welch resigned
from the city effective Jan. 2, stating in part that "ac-
tions by public official have made it impossible for me
to continue working for the city." He highlighted a let-
ter written by City Commissioner Lisa Marie Phillips
and actions by Vice Mayor Anna O'Brien in his letter
of resignation.
Welch retained the services of Wilcox at that time.
Resident Ronald Ockerman was involved in a "ver-
bal argument" with Phillips Jan 3. on 22nd Street in
what has been described as a road-rage incident.
Sheriffs deputies were called to the scene and, after an
investigation, closed the case with no charges filed.
Ockerman retained the services of Wilcox at that

The building moratorium does not apply to con-
struction of single-family homes, but does extend to
new commercial projects, including those in the resi-
dential-office-retail zone along Pine Avenue.
At least one family has had its plans for an ROR
unit placed on hold because of the moratorium that was
passed Jan. 22, just weeks after they bought property
on Pine Avenue and moved to Anna Maria from Great
Britain to develop a business and residence on the site.

Halt city hall remodeling project
Anna Maria resident Diane Canniff told city com-
missioners she's concerned with a number of problems
with the city hall renovation project, including esti-
mated costs, the architect's contract, and the need for
an asbestos inspection before any work can begin,
among other concerns.
"Stop this project right now" and get some realis-
tic information on costs, then put that amount in next
year's budget, she implored the commission at its Feb.
26 meeting.
Canniff suggested a number of errors have already
been made, and the required asbestos inspection has
still not been completed.
But Canniff made her comments at the end of the
meeting. Commissioners declined to discuss the issue
further and adjourned the meeting after thanking
Canniff for her comments.
Commissioner Duke Miller had earlier replied to
a question from Commissioner Carol Ann Magill on
the city hall renovation project, noting that a number of
concerns relating to the project were discussed by the
commission at a special meeting in January, and the
project has the commission's go-ahead.
The contract from Southern Cross Construction, the
winning bidder, will be reviewed by the commission at an
upcoming meeting before it is approved and signed.
At the special meeting Jan. 14, commissioners
agreed to transfer some $45,900 allocated to various
line items in the current budget to the infrastructure
fund to meet the projected $164,000 total cost of the
long-anticipated city hall remodeling project.
The major shortfall had come from the $17,000
estimate to rent a double-wide trailer for six months to
serve as a temporary city hall while the remodeling
takes place. The mayor and architect Tom O'Brien had
originally thought the staff could remain in their offices
during the renovations, but the U.S. Occupational
Safety and Health Agency nixed that idea.
The total transfers would meet the expected costs
and still leave a contingency fund of about $19,500 for
the project.
Miller has, however, expressed concern previously
that O'Brien was paid in full before any actual work on
the project started.
The project has been in the past four city budgets,
but no actual work has ever started.

Garden party
Islanders enjoyed the Manatee River Garden Club Secret Garden Fashion Show and Luncheon held at the
Lakewood Ranch Golf and Country Club Feb. 7.

Rear-door trash pickup
The commission had the first reading of an ordi-
nance requiring non-resident property owners to have
rear-door pickup, but Waste Management Inc., the
city's trash hauling contractor, dumped its own load on
what had at first seemed a thoughtful solution to the
proliferation of garbage cans along city rights of way
during the week at properties where owners only come
to the city on weekends.
WMI attorney Ron Kaplan said the city is certainly
within its rights to enact the proposed ordinance, but
"enactment" will have a substantive impact on Waste
Management's cost of doing business in the city."
From about 100 customers who currently have
rear-door pickup, the ordinance would jump that figure
to around 800, said Kaplan.
-"Such a substantial increase was not contemplated"
when the current franchise agreement and amendment
were approved, he noted.
The agreement allows WMI to address "unusual
increases in the cost of doing business or due to change
in law or regulation," and WMI would seek "relief" to
increase its charges for rear-door pickup if the ordi-
nance passes, Kaplan observed.
Miller was dumbfounded at WMI's response.
"What if all these people just called up and asked
for rear-door service? Would that be the same thing?"
he asked.
Rear-door trash collection service currently costs
$2 more per month than curbside service.
Commissioners agreed to discuss the ordinance
further at a workshop and get more feedback from
WMI on what they would propose as cost increases if
the ordinance were enacted.


Anna Maria City
March 4, 7 p.m., city commission meeting on parking.
March 10, 4:30 p.m., Capital Improvement Advisory
Committee meeting.
March 10, 6:45 p.m., Environmental Education and
Enhancement Committee meeting.
March 11, 6:45 p.m. special city commission meeting
to extend the partial building moratorium.
March 11, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive,

Bradenton Beach
March 4, 7 p.m., city commission meeting. Agenda:
Public comment, second reading and public hearing on
sanitation ordinance, discussion on building official
position, discussion on code enforcement officer posi-
tion, budget amendment on pickup truck and dump
truck for public works department, derelict houseboat
removal discussion, pier lease violation discussion,
proposed ballot issues, consent agenda and commission
March 6, 10 a.m., public meeting on "Regina."
March 10, 6 p.m., ad hoc committee on comprehensive
plan review meeting.
March 11, noon, board of adjustment meeting.
March 11, 6:30 p.m., planning and zoning board meet-
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.,

Holmes Beach
March 3, 5 p.m., parks and beautification committee
March 9, 7 p.m., city commission meeting with work
session to immediately follow.
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive,

Of Interest
March 9, 7 a.m.-7 p.m., presidential preference primary
election, with West Manatee Fire & Rescue District
referendum question on expanding tax base and
countywide half-cent sales tax referendum included on
March 10, 11 a.m., Island Emergency Operations Com-
mittee meeting at Fire Station No. 1, 6001 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach.


Series of IMS board meetings cause a ruckus

By Diana Bogan
Islander Reporter
The Island Middle School board of directors met three
times in the past week with evidence of increasing tension
and animosity between members becoming apparent.
A once-united board has recently been deadlocked
on how to govern board meetings and, as a byproduct,
issues some board members deem vital for discussion
have been repeatedly swept under the table.
The board held a work session Saturday, Feb. 21,
and two special meetings, one Tuesday, Feb. 24, and
again Thursday, Feb. 26.
At the Saturday work .session, board member
Noranne Hutcheson attempted to clarify the powers of the
president of the corporation as defined in the IMS bylaws.
She questioned whether the intent of the bylaws al-
lowed the president to make decisions on behalf of the
board without input from other board members, and per-
haps even without the knowledge of other board members.
IMS parent Scott Bassett objected to any discus-
sion regarding the president's duties, stating the board
president, who was unable to attend the meeting,
should address them, and that it was not noticed on the
agenda as a point of discussion.
Hutcheson attempted to raise the topic again at the
following two special board meetings and was unable
to bring the topic to the table when she motioned to
contract an independent third party to clarify the pow-
ers and duties of the president of the corporation.
Hutcheson again was told she could not raise the
issue without proper notice on the agenda.
Parent representative Shellie Hodges objected to
the restriction, claiming that the lack of clarification is
hindering the daily operation of the school.
Hodges and Hutcheson insisted that a conflict they
believe is hampering daily operations should receive
immediate attention from the board.
Board chairman and president Genie Salter said
she preferred to stick to the advertised agenda and dis-
cuss the matter at the next regular board meeting.
At this week's meetings, all items not published on
the agenda and brought to the table by either a con-
cerned board member, administrative member or par-

Property tax proposal on ballot

enter the building to fight or investigate the fire, unless
someone is trapped inside the blaze. Firefighters can
then enter the building to effect a rescue.
Without the additional firefighter, there could be a
situation where a WMFR unit arrives at a structure fire
on the north end of the Island that should be fought
from inside, but firefighters are forced to remain out-
side waiting for backup from the mainland. That could
take up to 10 or 12 minutes, possibly more, in some
cases, said Price.
"We hope that never happens, but some people
said we'd never have a condo fire and we did, and some
people said we'd never lose someone in a fire, and we
did," he observed.
He also noted that the district is not growing, un-
like East Manatee, where new houses and subdivisions
spring up almost overnight, thus increasing the revenue
for those fire districts.

ent were restricted from discussion.
At the Thursday evening meeting, pandemonium
broke loose when Hutcheson was again unable to bring
her issue to the table, IMS Director Kelly Parsons was
restricted from asking the board a question pertaining
to her duties and obligations, and parents were re-
stricted from making public comment.
Salter said the chairman has the discretion to allow
public comment or to add additional items to the
agenda and she declined to do both.
Board member Marlene West explained that the
board needed to be cautious in discussing any item that
might be controversial and that the board did not want
to open itself to any future lawsuits by proceeding in-
Several parents were outraged at the decision,
threatening to pull their students from the school if
the board refused to hear their concerns. Some went
so far as to call for the resignation of some board
Board member Kimberly Holmstrom added fuel to
the fire when she motioned that Hodges be removed
from the board. She said she has tried to remain impar-
tial and listen to all sides of an issue but, after witness-
ing Hodges make disparaging remarks about the board
in front of staff and parents, she now believes Hodges
should be removed from the board.

By Diana Bogan
Islander Reporter
Island Middle School Board President Genie
Salter and IMS parent/former board member Scott
Bassett are conducting an investigation into allega-
tions that other board or staff members secretly
taped some recent public meetings.
At a special meeting Feb. 26 to discuss the un-
authorized taping, Salter said it had come to her at-
tention that the last regular board meeting and Sat-
urday workshop, which were held in the language

"We're pretty well built out in West Manatee,"
Price said.
Additionally, the City of Bradenton has recently
annexed large portions of areas that were in the
WMFRD. Properties in those areas now pay fire assess-
ments and any ad valorem tax for fire service to
Price is well aware that the total amount a property
owner pays for fire protection will increase if the ad
valorem issue passes.
And as an Island resident who grew up on Anna
Maria, he knows that Island real estate values are much
higher than some areas of the district on the mainland.
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. That should generate about $1.5
million in additional revenue for the district, he said.
With that rate, a homeowner in the district with a
home valued at $200,000 would pay $100 for the fire dis-
trict ad valorem tax, plus the annual assessment of $104
if the home is under 1,000 square feet. Price said that the
assessment amount increases proportionatley for resi-

Hodges and Hutcheson walked away from the table,
arguing that it was unfair that select board members were
allowed to bring new agenda items to the table.
"Why are they the only ones allowed to talk?" Hodges
asked the parents. "I've been told I'm not allowed to talk
to the parents. Why don't they want my vote?"
West commented that the meeting had turned into
"Mutiny on the Bounty."
Parents argued that the school is in trouble and the
board is the root cause of disharmony at the school.
The room splintered into several arguments,
amongst them Hutcheson pleading with West, "Do you
want this school to continue? This is your baby and
mine. Do you want the kids and teachers to leave and
the county to close this school?"
Parsons also pleaded with West to "do the right
Salter adjourned the meeting and she and
Holmstrom left, while some parents stayed on to vent
their frustrations.
The board still has unfinished business to discuss,
including finishing charter renewal documents; clari-
fying the IMS bylaws; developing a code of ethics;
establishing qualifications for board candidates; defin-
ing the duties of the board, the executive director and
the structure of governance; and establishing a method
for mediating issues that require privacy.

arts room, were taped using hidden equipment
without the knowledge of the full board.
"This board has never authorized taping for
use as public record and although the taping can be
done openly," Salter said, "we are talking about
secret taping made by people in this school."
Salter said she spoke to an attorney and the
Manatee County Sheriff's Office regarding the is-
sue and both strongly urged that the matter be in-

dences with square footage above 1,000 square feet.
Price noted that the Cedar Hammock Fire District
already has a 1.0 millage rate, while the Southern
Manatee Fire District ad valorem fire tax rate is .8
Residents in the Braden River Fire District are be-
ing asked to approve an ad valorem tax on March 9,
as are those in the Englewood Fire District in Sarasota
On Anna Maria Island, however, few, if any, Is-
land homes are valued at $200,000 or less.
One Island property owner, who asked not to be
identified, noted that he pays $490 a year now as an
assessment. With his property valued at $800,000,
he'll pay an additional $400 in ad valorem taxes just
to support the fire district.
"The Island, with just one-fourth of the people in
the district, will be paying an unfair share of the tax
revenues collected for the entire district because of our
high property values," the owner said.
"I'm all for the extra firefighters," he said, "I just
wish there was an equitable way to distribute the cost."


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IMS president investigates alleged 'secret taping'




Islander convicted

of child molestation
Bradenton Beach resident Madison Bohannon, 34,
of Sixth Street North, was convicted last week of lewd
and lascivious molestation of a female minor and given
a four and a half-year prison term.
Bohannon, who was originally arrested in June 2003
on the charge, pleaded no contest to the accusation.
The 14-year-old girl involved was not a Bradenton
Beach resident, according to court records.

'Secret taping' at IMS?
Sgt. John Kenney of the MCSO Anna Maria Sub-
station said that if there is an intent to audio tape a pro-
ceeding, everyone has to have knowledge of it. Kenney
confirmed that a representative of the school was
warned that audio taping without the knowledge of the
people present is a third-degree felony. The intent of
the law, he said, draws back to the ability to use a wire
tap, but that laws are catching up with the use of new
Kenney said a police report regarding the alleged
taping has not been filed with his department, although
the school did report a theft.
According to the report, a staff member reported
the video camera connector in the language arts class-
room missing the same camera that was allegedly
used to tape board meetings.
Salter contacted the sheriff's office and in-

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formed it that she disabled the camera due to the al-
legations of secret tapings and that the board would
address the issue.
Salter said the board should know how and why the
tapes were made.
Board member Noranne Hutcheson said she was
aware the tapes were being made and that they would
be helpful to her as she finalizes the typed minutes of
the meetings.

"What's the point of not saying it out in the open?"
asked board member Kimberly Holmstrom. "We're not
scared of what was said, it's a matter of it not being done
openly. Why couldn't you say 'I'm going to tape?'"
The board voted to allow Salter to interview non-
board members that may have been involved in the in-
cident, and Bassett will interview board members on
the subject, to determine if there may have been any


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Celebrate the legacy
The Anna Maria Island Historical Society has been of-
fered a $10,000 matching grant by the Selby Foundation of
Sarasota to help restore the Belle Haven Cottage if the
AMIHS can raise the equivalent amount.
The result is a Heritage Week, which kicked off Mon-
day with a ribbon-cutting for the cottage.
To reach the $10,000 goal, the society expanded its
fundraising efforts to include recognition plaques and person-
alized wooden planks that serve as decking around the cottage.
Best of all, you can show your support for the histori-
cal society at Saturday's street festival, including entertain-
ment, food and fun for all ages, and tour the cottage that
someday will be restored to offer more opportunities for
everyone to learn of the history of Anna Maria Island.
It's a good thing.

Vote Tuesday!
Democrats will narrow their choice for the November
presidential election on next Tuesday's primary ballot, but
for everyone else there are still some critical choices.
Manatee County has a proposed to add a half-cent sales
tax to acquire environmentally sensitive land which will
bring to 7 percent the sales tax collected here for 10 years.
We support that effort in fact, applaud it but we are
loath to give the portion of the tax to the cities that will again
allow for infrastructure spending that has not been budgeted.
The projected share of annual funding for municipali-
ties is $4 million and not so long ago we saw the results of
another windfall tax: "Taj Mahal" (city hall) built in Holmes
Beach, and a promise for parking acquisition for the Anna
Maria Island Community Center and other benefits for Is-
land kids that went astray in lieu of police cars and other
Taxpayers deserve to know where and how the money
will be spent before they approve a tax.
Which brings us to the West Manatee Fire & Rescue
District, which has grown by leaps and bounds from all-
volunteer roots, and now seeks an ad valorem tax in addi-
tion to existing assessments.
The proposed tax will add $1.5 million to the fire dis-
trict coffer next year for a specific purpose, according to
Chief Andy Price to meet state mandates for additional
The district public relations campaign is lacking that by
the proponents of the sales tax, but it is evident that since last
year's addition of a stormwater improvement "fee" in
Holmes Beach, we are seeing new and innovative ways to
tax, tax, tax.
We would have preferred to see the budgets and so we
advise to vote your conscience.



Last November I was as you might guess -
quite upset, not just because I lost the Bradenton Beach
mayoral election but mainly because I came in third.
However, thanks to the activities of some of the corn-
missioners who won seats in that election, I want to
publicly offer my sincere thanks for all city voters who
caused my defeat.
Those activities are the ones you read about in this
paper every week since that election. You know, like
the firing of the city's longtime attorney and hiring one
who lives in Cape Coral, which is a city far away from
our problems.
That change, I believe, was because I read a com-
missioner thought that having an attorney from the
same office that our other Island cities used would be
"incestuous." Fascinating!
I forget why the city planner was fired, but it
couldn't be because the commissioners are better plan-
And another activity involved putting all depart-
ment heads on 90 days probation so they could be
evaluated and then deciding they were OK without
any evaluating after all.
The latest carrying-on and all the commission-
ers' remarks that went with it was the voluntary
departure of the code enforcement officer. That was
welcomed, I read, because, for one thing, some violat-
ing residents she cited were mad for her actions. When
you're the code enforcement officer, some people
should be mad at you.
I'm anxious to see the performance of the commis-
sioner who has volunteered to enforce codes until a
replacement could be found (not, unfortunately, for the
commissioner, but for the enforcement officer).
I'm not even going to try to figure out what caused
the resignation of the city building official. That got
confusing when I read that the commissioners were
upset that he was seen with developers. Who are build-
ing officials usually seen with?

Anyway, thanks again for not electing me mayor,
and join me in hopes and prayers for the winner who
now has to manage Florida's most fascinating city.
There are some plusses about our city government
today. One is that they keep talking about recycling.
Hopefully, it will be the voters who recycle at the next
And another plus to all the goings-on in Bradenton
Beach government: I haven't heard Holmes Beach
Commissioner Don Maloney pushing lately for a
single-city Anna Maria Island probably because it
would include us.
Bill Arnold, former commissioner, Bradenton

Thanks for listening
The Bradenton Beach City Commission has come
under fire recently for a number of reasons. I don't in-
tend to judge how appropriately they have acted. I do
want to applaud them for listening to the voters and
attempting to uphold their campaign promises.
The most intense election issue in our city is devel-
opment. Yet each new commission has sat on the dias
and done little or nothing to help curb this fast spread-
ing change. The ambiance felt coming over the Cortez
Bridge and seeing a quaint village is fast disappearing.
These new commissioners have tried to enact im-
mediate change. Whether right or wrong, they have
acted. They are the first commissioners that have and
I thank them for that.
Keep up the "Save our Neighborhoods" attitudes
and we will keep up our support on Election Day.
Janice Dingman, Bradenton Beach

Help for injured
Thank you to all who helped me when I fell on
Marina Drive, and one young man in particular who
had a first-aid kit and the others who stopped and
helped me. I had surgery for a fractured elbow.
Terry Johnson, Holmes Beach

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Open letter to business owners
To those business owners that hire the handi-
capped, my deepest most heart-felt thanks to you. You
do a wonderful service for people like my daughter,
who want only to be useful members of society. Mean-
while, others upset a whole family's schedule and
lifestyle without a thought for the employee.
My daughter was offered the chance for a position
polling silverware, an exciting job for her. She was born
with Down Syndrome, a form of mental retardation. She
was asked to come for a day of training to be followed by
two hours of work four days a week. To prepare for the
job required my daughter to drop school two days a week.
She went to the training session, but the actual job was on
again/off again for three months. Three months of miss-
ing two valuable days of school per week because we
didn't know when the job would really start.
In February she went for another training session
and was on the job two whole days before being let go
for being too slow at the task. The majority of employ-
ees are given 90 days to see if they can do the work; she
was given two. She was lucky. Another woman, also
mentally retarded, was given only one day. They de-
serve better. They deserve a real chance to prove them-
Margie DiGiovanni, Longboat Key

'Power can be grossly misused'
By the action of the city commission of Bradenton
Beach, the city has lost yet one more dedicated and
professional employee. As vice mayor of the city for
one year, I found Dawn Betts to be caring and dedi-
cated in pursuit of her somewhat contentious job of
enforcing the city codes. She was honest and fair in her
dealings with our citizens. When at all possible, she
spent time resolving problems rather than citing viola-
tions. She did not deserve the treatment she received at
the hands of our city commission.

Until the last election, the commission did what
they were elected to do. Their job was, and still should
be, to set policy and create ordinances that allow the
city employees to do their job.
Until the last election, our city was managed by a
dedicated and knowledgeable group of employees.
Even though they were/are paid far less than they de-
served, morale was high.
Now, the city commission has taken it upon them-
selves to become city managers. They have stepped in
to micro-manage the highly complex organization that
even our small city must have in order to comply with
all the state and federal laws that apply to us. The im-
plication is that our employees cannot be trusted to
know how to do their jobs.
The city commission is wrong.
The commissioners were elected on a platform of
growth management in our city. Yet this same commis-
sion has now eliminated the planner, the attorney and
driven out of office every official but one that deals
with the management of that growth. It was the city
code and ordinances that needed changing, not the
employees who enforce them. They have stripped us of
years of knowledge and dedication with some mis-
guided opinion that they can somehow bungle along
without such valuable people.
They are wrong and our city is hurting because of
Power can be grossly misused.
Mollie Sandberg, former vice mayor, Bradenton

Who are the kids at IMS?
As a student of Island Middle School, I have one
thing to say: Get over yourselves.
Some of the people on the board and some of the
parents would like to see IMS Director Kelly Parsons
get fired. If they do that, who would take her position?
At the last board meeting I attended, the students'

need for stability was and is a major ordeal. They
would be going against what they said. If you are go-
ing to say something, then you should go by it.
I am tired of all of this "stuff" that is going on. If
they really cared about the well being of the students
they should get over themselves.
Sitting outside the office all day is not a productive
way to get things done, and it is definitely not profes-
sional. Most of the adults who are supposed to help
IMS are making it worse. They are acting unjust and
like kids. Since Gary Hughes is suing the school, he is
included in this.How does a person take away a kid's
education? They do not think or care about us students
or anything, we are just getting tossed back and forth.
We have such a tight budget because we have to
hire a lawyer; this is not a normal trial and case, so it
costs a little more. I feel sorry for those who have com-
mitted their lives to making sure that this school goes
through everything.
As this is all going on did anyone ever stop to think
about the students? Whose education is getting ruined?
The students.
Who is going to end up paying for all of this? The
I have one more thing to say: Mr. Hughes, certain
people on the board and others, do not smirk when you
see this letter. For you are the ones who have done the
wrong. Do not blame this on Kelly Parsons, for it is
you people who make the final decisions on the actions
she makes.
Chrissy Krug, IMS seventh-grader

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Holmes Beach: It's my bottom, please

By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Holmes Beach city commissioners at their Feb. 24
workshop directed City Attorney Patricia Petruff to
prepare a draft ordinance that will hopefully settle the
issue of who owns what docks in the Sunrise Park boat
basin along Avenue B North, who can build or repair
such docks, and who has rights to use those docks.
Actually, the ownership issue is settled, said City
Attorney Patricia Petruff. The city owns the docks, re-
gardless of who originally built them.
Petruff said a survey was recently completed that
shows that the city owns the canal bottom land on
which the docks are built. Therefore, the city owns the
A basic principle of property rights law, said
Petruff, is that "if it is built on your property, then you
own it."
"Are you saying this is public land?" asked Com-
missioner Roger Lutz, because if the city doesn't own
it, "we can't convey rights to it."
"I'm saying it is," replied Petruff.
"The city can either demolish the docks, which I
don't recommend, or it can allow usage," she added.
Commissioners were inclined to allow usage and
requested Petruff to proceed with the draft ordinance.
The ordinance would also provide a procedure for
the homeowners in the basin-to establish a claim for a
dock and the city would convey rights to those docks,
or build a new one. The affected property owners
would also obtain the necessary insurance and be re-
sponsible for maintenance of the docks.
The issue surfaced several years ago when the city
wanted to assess all the property owners along the ba-
sin for seawall repairs, only to discover the city itself
was the owner of the seawall, not the adjacent owners.
The city repaired the seawall at a cost of more than
$100,000, but told the affected property owners they
didn't own the docks they thought they owned.
A number of property owners have since produced
deeds and bills of sale for the docks in question, but
Petruff said none of those establish legal ownership of

the bottom land the docks are built on.
The commission has said previously it never in-
tended to deny rights to anyone, or keep the docks, but
with legal ownership there are liability and mainte-
nance issues that the commission needs to resolve.
The draft ordinance will be similar to another or-
dinance that allowed docks to be built along the T-end
canals in the city. That ordinance, however, took about
10 years to create, said Mayor Carol Whitmore.
But this city commission doesn't plan to wait 10
years to settle this issue.
Petruff said she expects a draft ordinance to be
ready by the April commission work session.
Sunrise resident John Anthony, himself an attor-
ney, said he purchased his property last September and
was told he owned the boat dock, although it was in
need of repair.
He wanted to build a new dock at the location, but
after the issue surfaced, he said, he's been waiting for
direction from the city.
"I'm not totally sure" of Petruff's opinion, he
noted, "But I do want to work with the city."
Resident Madonna Fox of Avenue B asked what
proof the city will want for an owner to establish a

claim for a dock, but Lutz said the city "is a long way
from establishing that."
Petruff said that, according to her information,
there are spaces for 31 docks along the basin and 30
affected property owners, so it does not appear at this
time that anyone with a valid legal claim would be left
Anthony asked the commission to proceed as
quickly as possible.
"The basin is starting to look bad," he said, but no
property owner wants to fix up any dock until owner-
ship and usage has been established.
We will, replied Commission Chairperson Sandy
In other action, the commission approved a draft
ordinance adopting the Manatee County fireworks or-
dinance that will forbid the sale or usage of fireworks,
except by licensed personnel.
Police Chief Jay Romine said the ordinance pro-
hibits individuals from shooting off fireworks and po-
lice would have the power to arrest and fine offenders.
Temporary use permits for a fireworks display
would be available, but a licensed fireworks operator
would have to conduct the display, he said.

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Government? Like charity,

begins at home
By Don Maloney
Special to The Islander
When the calendar brings our country around to
presidential election time such as right now, I am more
than somewhat favorably impressed both by the atten-
tion the media makes of the situation and the interest
citizens show. I can understand the latter. After all,
presidential actions have some effect on us all.
On the other hand, while my measure of impres-
sion is just as deep, although negatively now, in what
appears to me as the absence of such interest by citizens
in local municipal government and what it's up to. In
the years I've sat on the Holmes Beach City Commis-
sion, for instance, attendance at our meetings seldom
totals more than 10 of the thousands of our city resi-
dents who are affected by everything we decide. Presi-
dential decisions seldom do the same.
In discussing this with a friend the other day, he
suggested that it might just be that residents don't fully
understand how city government should and does be-
have. Maybe that's why, he said, only a small percent-
age of voters turn out for city elections. It's because
they don't know what they should be looking for.
Just in case he's right, here are ideas I've collected
at meetings of the Florida League of Cities and its na-
tional counterpart.
Whenever the subject of good municipal govern-
ment comes up at those meetings, as it often does, most
agree (and I'm one of them) the key elements of rep-
resentation, governance, political leadership, along
with professional values and competence, must be

present to have a good city government, along with
legislators capable of carrying it out.
The first element, representation, involves the han-
dling of immediate concerns and linking citizens to city
hall. That ability eases dealings with pressing problems
and helping citizens bring their problems to city hall.
The second element, governance, requires the abil-
ity to both set a course for the city, as well as to create
a policy agenda to follow that course, and also to as-
sure that goals are being accomplished both effectively
and efficiently.
The political leadership element requires identify-
ing key problems and issues, setting the goals, propos-
ing solutions and maintaining focus.
Professional values and competence requires a
commitment to values that promote the public's inter-
est like openness, fairness, honesty, stewardship and
accountability, to name just a few.
Here in Florida, there are many forms of munici-
pal government from which to choose. There's the
mayor-council form with a non-voting but administrat-
ing mayor (such as Holmes Beach and Anna Maria
now have), and the other where the mayor has a vote
but shares administration (as in Bradenton Beach). In
those governmental forms, all are elected.
Longboat Key has the commission/manager form
where the commission is elected and they appoint a
professional city manager.

Which government?
Originally in this country, cities used a form of
government that they carried over from England. That
form we would today call the "Commission-Weak
Mayor" style, because each member of the council
enjoyed essentially the same powers, and the council
made all decisions collaboratively.
This form, and others that evolved from it, are what
I'll detail here. Many of the terms I'll use are from the
National Civic League's "Model City Charter" which
has been published since 1897.
Cities in Florida enjoy broad home rule powers as
recognized in the Florida Constitution. Each Florida
city has a charter and listed here are most of the styles
the cities can choose from for a government:

Commission-Weak Mayor
This is a legislative body that hires, fires, evaluates
and retains its staff collectively; votes on a budget (pre-
pared by staff); makes all service/delivery decisions
collectively. The mayor is ceremonial, and in some
charters does not have a vote; the staff answers to the
commission collectively. About 100 Florida cities, in-

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Department of Environmental Protection officials have contracted with Weedbusters Inc. to remove the 200-
acre infestation at a cost of about $20,000. The cleanup should be completed by next week. Manatee County
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expected to continue even after the cleanup. "As long as we have warm weather, no rain and little water flow,
it will probably continue," Brown said. The macroalgae bloom is probably exacerbated by the nutrient
discharge into the bayou from the former Piney Point phosphate mine.


Government education
seminar March 10
Upcoming: An informative seminar on "bet-
ter government" hosted by the Citizens' Com-
mittee for the Best Municipal Government and
sponsored by The Islander. Two sessions will be
offered Wednesday, March 10, to provide inter-
ested citizens with more information and discus-
sion on government options with professionals
Bruce St. Denis, town manager of Longboat
Key, and Richard Simmons, retired city manager
and member of the International City Manage-
ment Association and the Florida City and
County Managers Association.
The two sessions, at 10 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.,
will both be at the Island Branch Library, 5701
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
Next week: A comparison detailing the
plusses and minuses of the most popular forms
of government.

cluding Bradenton Beach (where the mayor does have
a vote), are so governed.

Commission-Strong Mayor
This includes a legislative body that in most cases
- such as in Holmes Beach does not include the
mayor. However, the mayor can have veto power, and
also hires, fires, and evaluates the staff. The mayor
often has power to appoint boards and committees
(usually with commission input). The mayor in this
case is expected to be a full-time or close-to-full-time
city administrator. The budget is prepared by the
mayor. The commission is largely legislative but does
often guide implementation of policies and ordinances.
About 30 of Florida's cities, including Anna Maria and
Holmes Beach, are governed this way.

Here, the charter would clearly define the role of
commission as legislative, and the role of manager as
the full-time professional administrator. The mayor
may or may not be elected at large, or be elected by the
commission members on a rotating basis as is done in
Longboat Key. The mayor's role is ceremonial and he/
she chairs commission meetings. The manager hires,
fires, evaluates all staff, prepares the budget, and usu-
ally prepares agenda material. The manager is also re-
sponsible for implementation and the commission is
legislative in nature. More than 250 of Florida's 408
municipalities are like Longboat Key governed
this way.

This system was adapted from a circa 1900 form
of county government. Each member of the elected
body is a "commissioner" of some service (like roads,
police, parks, etc.) and looks after everything pertinent.
Mayor is ceremonial and commission handles all leg-
islation. Less than 15 Florida cities are governed this

Another 15 Florida cities have adopted pieces of
the above forms and put them together in systems I find
impossible to detail here other than to say they appear
to be mixtures of the Commission-Weak Mayor and
Commission systems.

Like in so many other areas, change is under way
in some Florida municipalities' government styles.
Like Sewell's Point changed to Commission-Manager
in 1999; Minneola changed from Commission-Strong
Mayor to Commission-Manager last April; Anna Maria
changed last year from Commission-Weak Mayor to
Commission-Strong Mayor.
Every new city formed in Florida since 1990 has
chosen to adopt the Commission-Manager form.

Editor's Note: Holmes Beach Commissioner Don
Maloney has formed a Citizens' Committee for the
Best Municipal Government to present options to the
present mayor-commission form of government pres-
ently chartered in Holmes Beach. The Web site and
informational seminars are offered to present those
options. He can be reached at 778-4865, or access the
site at www.annamariasfuture.com.

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new schedule
The Artists Guild gallery is operating on a new
schedule, the Island artists' organization has an-
nounced. It will be open from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-
Friday and 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday.
The guild also announced a watercolor painting
demonstration by Sue Lynn Cotton from 1:30-3:30
p.m. Thursday, March 11, at the gallery, 5414 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach.
A professional painter, Cotton teaches watercolors
at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, Longboat
Key Art Center, and for the Lakewood Ranch Art
Additional information is available at 778-6694.

Home and garden tour
Saturday on Longboat
The 26th annual home and garden tour of the
Longboat Key Garden Club will be from 10 a.m.-4
p.m. Saturday, March 6.
Homes from end to end of the key will be open for
touring, plus a stop at the Longboat Key Center for the
Arts at the north village of the island. Refreshments
will be served at Joan M. Durante Park, 5500 Gulf of
Mexico Drive.
Tickets at $15 may be obtained by phoning 387-
8142 or 383-1567. On tour day tickets will be available
at Durante Park. Proceeds go to the club's scholarships
and beautification projects.
From the south end of the key and heading north,
the homes are:
Denise and John Saputo, 10 Lighthouse Point
Wendy Curts and David Urbinas, 1932
Harbourside Drive.
Shirley and Gerald Gotthelf, 2199 Harbourside
Susan and Lenny Landau, 3815 Fair Oaks in Bay
Ann and John Summers, 5961 Emerald Harbor
Tickets include a complimentary glass of wine at
Mar Vista Dockside Restaurant & Pub, 760 Broadway,
in the village area at the the north end of the key, and
a 10-percent discount on lunch at Dry Dock Waterfront
Grill, 412 Gulf of Mexico Drive, at the south end of
Further information may be obtained at 383-8869.

Egan on Egan
Jack Egan models The Islander's new T-shirt,
featuring an editorial cartoon by none other than
Egan. It welcomes people to the Island and its three
cities, "our own Bermuda Triangle" and is offered
in addition to the familiar "More than a mullet
wrapper" shirt and hats. Shirts are $10 for small to
extra-large and $12 for XX-large. Mullet-wrapper
hats are $12. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy

Gospel concert coming
to Island Baptist
A "gospel-sing concert" will presented when
the Four Our King quartet appears at 6:30 p.m.
Sunday, March 7, at the Island Baptist Church,
8605 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria.
It is a free concert with no tickets required,
stressed the pastor, the Rev. Charlie Hahn. Fur-
ther information may be obtained by calling 778-

Off Stage Ladies
lunch meeting next week
The Off Stage Ladies, auxiliary to the Anna Maria
Island Players theatrical company, will have a luncheon
meeting at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 10, at the
Bradenton Yacht Club, 4307 Snead Island, Palmetto.
A silent auction is on the program. Additional in-
formation may be obtained by calling 761-8623 or 792-

St. Bernard pancake breakfast
is Sunday
St. Bernard Catholic Church will have a pancake
breakfast and homemade bake sale from 8-11:30 a.m.
Sunday, March 7, at the church, 248 S. Harbor Drive,
Holmes Beach. On the menu with the pancakes will be
sausage, juice and coffee. Cost is $3 for adults, half
price for children. Details may be obtained at 778-

Fashion show, luncheon
for Episcopal women
The Episcopal Church Women of the Church of the
Annunciation will have a fashion show and luncheon
at its meeting Thursday, March 11, at the church, 4408
Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
The business meeting at 10:30 a.m. will precede
the fashion show by Beall's Department Store and
BonWorth, which is scheduled for 11:30.
Reservations are due by Monday, March 8, by call-
ing 778-3457.

Student exhibit starting Friday
at art league
The annual student exhibit of the Anna Maria Is-
land Art League will open Friday, March 5, with a re-
ception from 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Awards will be presented there, based on judging
by Shirley Rush Dean. The exhibit will hang through-
out March at the league's gallery, 5312 Holmes Blvd.,
Holmes Beach.
Submissions for the exhibit will be accepted
Wednesday and Thursday, March 3-4, during gallery
hours, 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. There is a $5 fee per entry, with
a four-piece maximum.
The exhibit will feature works done under the in-
struction of Sandy French, stained glass; Barbara
Singer, watercolors; Pam McMillen, basket weaving;
Paul Scibilia, old masters methodology oil painting;
and Ginger White, tropical landscape painting.
Further information may be obtained by calling the
league gallery at 778-2099.

Center line-dancers' fundraiser
is Sunday
The line-dancing class at the Anna Maria Island
Community Center will have a fundraising event from
10:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, March 7, at the Center, 407
Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria.
Entry fee is $6 per person, which will go to youth
scholarships at the Center. Attendees are to bring their
own lunches. Details may be obtained at 778-1908.

'Mass Care' course due
Tuesday at Red Cross
A free course on "Mass Care" will be offered by
the American Red Cross from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Tuesday,
March 9, at the Manatee County chapter's quarters,
2905 59th St. W., Bradenton.
The course will show how to provide emergency
needs to large numbers of victims of a disaster. Ad-
vance registration is required at 792-8686.

Veteran newsman speaks
to Democrats Monday
Longtime "Washington Week in Review" moderator
Paul Duke will speak at a luncheon meeting of the Anna
Maria Island Democratic Club Monday, March 8.
Also at the meeting at noon at the Beach House
Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach, will
be Dr. Keith A. Fitzgerald. Associate professor of po-
litical science at New College, he will continue his dis-
cussion of "Democratic Citizenship in the 21st Cen-
tury," which he initiated before the club in February.
Duke moderated "Week in Review" for 20 years,
longest running news program on PBS. He has reported
for NBC as well as PBS, written for the Washington
Post, New York Times, Wall Street Journal and New
He has been inducted into the Washington Journal-
ism Hall of Fame and recently received the John Chan-
cellor award for excellence in journalism. He now is
honorary chair of the Sarasota-based "Forum 2004:
The truth for a change."
The luncheon is Dutch treat, open to the public and
no reservations are required, said Dale de Haan of the
club. Further information may be obtained by calling
him at 778-9287.

Great American Cleanup in
Bradenton Saturday
The 2004 Great American Cleanup, Manatee ver-
sion, will begin its annual spring cleaning Saturday,
March 6, in Bradenton, with others to follow through
this month and next.
Saturday's event will be citywide in Bradenton,
said Ingrid McClelland, executive director of the spon-
soring Keep Manatee Beautiful.
The cleanup drive on Anna Maria Island, Cortez and
Braden River will be the last on the schedule, April 17,
from 9 a.m.-noon, along with the rest of Manatee County
not already picked clean of trash. Palmetto will clean up
March 20 and the Upper Manatee River March 27.
This Saturday's schedule will include Bradenton
Front Porch Communities, whose cleaners are to meet at
9 a.m. at St. Stephens AME Church, 629 Ninth Ave. E,
to help with cleanup at 11 churches and selected other
The Lewis Park area's gathering place at 8:30 a.m.
will be at the Manatee River Garden Club, 3120 First
Ave. W., and the Old Manatee Neighborhood starting
point will be the Manatee United Methodist Church,
315 15th St. E., also at 8:30 a.m.
All. other Bradenton residents are asked to clean up
their areas' roadsides and vacant lots and have the re-
sulting trash at curbside by noon Saturday.
Details for all cleanup days may be obtained from
Keep Manatee Beautiful at 795-8272.

At library
Among the exhibit of shrines and altars, "Divine
Inspiration: The Sacred Feminine Within, this
month at the Island Branch Library are the "Our
Lady of the Cave Relics" Madonna figurine, left,
from Margaret Murphy-Reed and "Cabinet of the
Guadalupanas" of Zoe von Averkamp, above. The
library is at 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. It
opens at 10 a.m. daily except Sunday, closing at 8
p.m. Monday and Wednesday, 6 p.m. Tuesday and
Thursday, 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Details may
be obtained at 778-6341.

Auction list a long one
The list of items winnable in the auction at An
Affaire to Remember is even longer than usual and
the big event is still a couple of months away, the Anna
Maria Island Community Center said.
The Affaire will be April 24 at the Center, 407
Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. It is the biggest annual
fundraiser for the Center.
On the auction's short list of donated prizes are fine
art, vacation packages, collectibles, elegant dining and
nearly 40 other valuable items in "the biggest and best
silent auction ever."
As for food, Harry's Continental Kitchens will
again offer a tempting dinner. Admission for the event
is $125 per person.
The Center emphasized that funds raised at the
event "will benefit 1,800 youths and 3,700 seniors by
providing an opportunity for them to expand their abili-
ties and learn new skills."
Reservations are being taken now at the Center,
St. Patrick's dinner for Safe Place
The Beach House Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N.,
Bradenton Beach, will be the scene of a St. Patrick's
eve fundraiser for Safe Place Inc. of Bradenton.
Special guest speakers at the event will include
Manatee County Commissioner Jane von Hahmann
and Manatee Glens Corp. President/CEO Mary Ruiz,
and guest auctioneer will be Manatee County Sheriff
Charlie Wells.
The Safe Place Inc is a nonprofit organization that
helps men recovering from addictions to drugs and al-
cohol. The facility is located on 48th Avenue West in
Tickets for the March 16 event are $50 per person,
including dinner and a beverage. The event will start at
6:30 p.m. and information on sponsorship or reserva-
tions may be obtained from Safe Place directors
Tammy or Scott Barr at 713-7201.


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Born in Kingston, N.Y., Ms. Garland was a prop-
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Memorial services were Feb. 29 at First Church of
God on 43rd Street, Bradenton. Brown and Sons Fu-
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Sean of Corsackle, N.Y., and Major John of Ft. Polk,
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Maria, officially launching Island Heritage Week .,. '."
March 1-6. In the background is the Belle Haven : I-
Cottage, which is being restored to its 1913 original
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The activities for the Anna Maria Island Heritage
m o Festival on Pine Avenue in Anna Maria continue this
week, highlighted by a number of events from 9 a.m.
to 6 p.m. Saturday, March 6.
-The schedule for musicians this Saturday at the
Anna Maria Island Historical Society Museum at 402
Pine Avenue is:
*9 a.m.- Belle Haven Preservation Band.
10a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The Island Middle School
IF Conch Fritters and Jimi Gee.
12:30 p.m. to 1 p.m. Danielle Hollobaugh.
1:15 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. Sweet Adelines.
: 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Straight Up.
S4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Sophisticated Jazz.
,-"Other activities this Saturday include:
--* Island Middle School student play at the "old city
A kids' bicycle parade on Pine Avenue at 2:30
p.m. Participants in the parade will include children
-from pre-school through middle school on decorated
.... bikes, and all cyclists should be at the Pine Avenue and
Crescent Drive intersection by 2:30.p.m.
There will be an antique car display and an assort-
ment of vendors, including food from Duffy's Tavern,
Beach City Grille, Jane E's Coffee bar, Tropical Treats
Fixer upper and Eats and Sandy's Rich Coffee.
Jim Brannon of Custom Carpentry Inc. and resident of Anna Maria helps at Belle Haven Cottage with window The events will end at 6 p.m. with the announce-
repairs in advance of the Heritage Week event, which will center around fundraising to restore the cottage. ment of raffle prize winners, along with the winner of
City Commissioner Linda Cramer is painting trim above the newly added porch in the background. Islander the Mitch Davis look-alike "not" cash-vote contest.
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By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Fed up with listening to appeals of board of adjust-
ment decisions that seem to end up in circuit court re-
gardless of the city commission's direction on the ap-
peal, Holmes Beach city commissioners Feb. 24 ap-
proved the first reading of an ordinance that will send
those appeals directly to the court.
The appeals process for BOA decisions will be the
same as those of the code enforcement board, if the
ordinance passes a second reading, Board Chairperson
Sandy Haas-Martens said.
The commission also passed on first reading an
ordinance allowing restaurants to add up to eight out-
door seats without filing an amended site plan. Com-
missioner Pat Morton voted against the measure.
In a move designed to stem the rising costs of
city business, commissioners also approved on first
reading an ordinance establishing a new fee sched-
ule for applicants who request a comprehensive plan
or land development code amendment, code amend-
ments affecting private property and various other
land-use and development applications. The city
normally pays for advertising and public notice, pa-
perwork, 'investigations and other associated costs,
but under the proposed ordinance, that burden is
passed to the applicant.
The ordinance is not designed to be a money-
maker, said Mayor Carol Whitmore in response to a
question from Commissioner Roger Lutz, but the city
staff has worked out the amount it usually costs the city
in such cases.
Commissioners also passed the first reading of an
ordinance amendment which would require that appli-
cants with a development or land-use proposal will be
responsible for ensuring due public notice is given and
pay the costs associated with that notice.
'State of the City' talk
Holmes Beach Mayor Carol Whitmore will discuss
"The State of the City" at a meeting Saturday, March
6, of the Holmes Beach Civic Association.
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fees would be in effect, if the ordinance passes a sec-
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Comp plan amendment (small scale) $6,000.
Comp plan amendment (all others) $12,000.
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Rezoning petition $3,000.
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Application for variance $500.
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1.9 percent of project value.
b. Project value between $100,000 and $1 mil-
lion, permit fee of 1.9 percent of project value with 1
percent of fee due upon filing of application.
c. Project value more than $1 million, permit fee of
1.9 percent with $10,000 due upon filing of application.
Appeal of building official decision $1,000.
Special exception permit (expansion or change of
non-conforming uses or structures) $1,000.
Special exception permit (cell towers and special
exception use antennas), $5,000 deposit plus any addi-
tional amounts.
Preliminary subdivision plat, $500, plus $20 per
lot shown on plat.
Final subdivision plat, $200, plus $20 per lot
shown on plat.
Other petitions/applications requiring public hearing
before city commission or board of adjustment, $500.
Saturday by mayor
her presentation, said the association. The meeting will
be at 10:30 a.m. in the meeting room of the Island
Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.

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Anna Maria has been lifted.
At the same time, however, an advisory for
the waters for Palma Sola Bay north at the east-
ern end of the Palma Sola Causeway has been is-
The Manatee County Health Department is-
sued a health advisory for the Palma.Sola Bay
north waters after the most recent five-week av-
erage of tests for enteric bacteria (fecal coliform
and enterococci) at that location found levels
higher than those prescribed by the U.S. Environ-
mental Protection Agency.
The latest test average found 72.88 Coli
Forming Units per 100 milliliters of water at the
Palma Sola test site compared with the EPA
maximum of 35 CFU per 100 milliliters. The
Florida Department of Environmental Protection
maximum is 800 CFU per 100 ml.
The increased bacteria levels could cause hu-
man disease, infections and rashes, Manatee
County Environmental Health Director Charles
Henry said.
When excess enteric bacteria is found at a
test site, it's an indication of fecal pollution, he
observed. The pollution could come from
stormwater runoff, pets, wildlife or human sew-
Under a federally funded program, the
county monitors 10 area saltwater locations.
When levels of fecal coliform or other bacteria
exceed the accepted EPA standard for a five-
week test average, a warning is issued.
Seven test locations are on Anna Maria Is-
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By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Following a denial of his variance application by
the Anna Maria Planning and Zoning Board (see sepa-
rate story), Island Marine owner Jeff Van Hoose now
wants to reopen negotiations with the city to discuss
purchase of his property on Pine Avenue.
The move also comes after Van Hoose had origi-
nally refused to lower his $2.5 million asking price
during discussions with the city Jan. 20 about a pos-
sible purchase.
At that time, Van Hoose had said he wouldn't
lower his price, even if a required independent ap-
praisal showed the value was less than an appraisal
done for Van Hoose by Brasota Mortgage, which
placed the property value at $2.5 million.
But in a letter to City Attorney Jim Dye, attorney
Barbara Levin, representing Island Marine LLC and Is-
land Store and Deli LLC, the named property owners, said
she was authorized to state that her clients "wish to pur-
sue the acquisition of the property by the city."
At the same time, added Levin, Van Hoose will put
on hold any appeal of the variance "pending resolution
of acquisition negotiations."
Dye had previously told Levin that the city could
not even negotiate a potential purchase while her cli-
ents were pursuing the variance, or if they proceeded
with legal action against the city.
Mayor SueLynn, along with representatives of the
Trust for Public Lands, city commissioners and mem-
bers of the public had met with Van Hoose Jan. 20 to
discuss a potential purchase.
TPL representative John Garrison said then his
nonprofit organization would purchase the property for
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TPL. That's typically done with a state or federal grant,
he said.
At the same time, however, Garrison said TPL
would have to get its own appraisal of the property
from a certified appraiser on its approved list. The TPL
won't pay more than what the independent appraisal
states, he indicated.
That proved to be the sticking point for Van Hoose,
who supplied his own appraisal of $2.5 million done by
appraiser David Moore for the Brasota Mortgage Com-
Van Hoose claimed he had other offers on the
property already, but wanted to give the city first crack.
But even with an independent appraisal, Van
Hoose said he wouldn't come down from the $2.5 mil-
lion price, regardless of what the TPL will pay.
Commissioner Duke Miller at that meeting ques-
tioned the math in the appraisal, and noted that the
appraisal assumes there will be five buildable lots on
the property, but Van Hoose needs a variance to the
city's lot-size requirements in order to make five build-
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Miller at that time.
Garrison agreed, saying the TPL needs an indepen-
dent appraisal before it proceeds with a purchase and
it never pays more than that appraisal.
"Then I'd say if I had a $2.5 million offer, I'd take
it and get out of Dodge," Miller told Van Hoose then.
Garrison thought Anna Maria had an excellent
chance of receiving a grant for 100 percent of the pur-
chase price from the Florida Communities Trust. The
FCT has $66 million in grant money available and an-
nounces its decisions in September, giving the city
ample time to file an application, he said.
With Van Hoose refusing to lower his price, re-
gardless of the outcome of an independent appraisal,
both the city and TPL agreed at the Jan. 20 meeting
there was no point in pursuing the issue.
Now that Van Hoose appears willing to reopen
negotiations with the city, it would seem his asking
price of $2.5 million is also open to negotiations.
Mayor SueLynn said Van Hoose met with TPL
representatives on March 2 to discuss the procedures,
and she would schedule another meeting with city com-
missioners, Van Hoose and the TPL pending the out-
come of those discussions.


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No 'hardship' for Anna Maria's Island Marine variance

By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
An effort by Jeff Van Hoose of Island Marine LLC
and Island Deli LLC to obtain a lot-size variance to build
five single-family homes on the five lots at the site of his
former marina and deli on Pine Avenue in Anna Maria
failed at the Feb. 23 planning and zoning board meeting.
The area is zoned retail-office-residential.
Board members voted 4-1 to recommend the city
commission deny the request, citing a lack of demon-
strated "hardship" by the applicant.
The initial variance request ended in a 2-2 tie vote
by the board Jan. 26, requiring another hearing.
The five lots are owned alternately by Island Ma-
rine LLC and Island Deli LLC and have no contiguous
ownership. Each lot required a width variance of 22
feet to meet the city's 75-foot lot-width requirement for
a single-family home.
Attorney Barbara Levin, representing the two com-
panies, said that single-family homes are "in harmony
with the surrounding residential character," and her
clients want to "downsize" by building residential units
with no retail space.
Levin claimed the city's current code allows
single-family homes to be built in the ROR zone. The
"hardship" of not enough lot width was not created
when her clients purchased the property a few years
ago, but by the city when it changed the lot-size re-
quirements for single-family homes.
The lots in question were platted in 1913, she said.
Board Chairperson Ellen Trudelle said she felt
there was a "gray area" in the ROR zone to tear down
an existing structure and build just a single-family
If other owners of non-conforming lots in the city
can tear down and rebuild without a variance, why not
in the ROR, she asked?
City Attorney Jim Dye explained that when the lot-
size requirements were adopted, the city allowed for
owners of non-conforming lots at that time to build a
single-family home.

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However, he said, the city included language that
said "in the future" any lot zoned single-family residen-
tial must conform to the requirements, but "it doesn't
say when the future starts."
But an ROR building is a reasonable use in this
zone without a variance, he added.
In other words, Van Hoose could build five smaller
units on each lot that had the ground floor for office or
retail use with a residence above.
Van Hoose claimed that when he purchased the
property, his intent was to eventually build single-fam-
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"Our attorneys even called the building official,"
he said, but he could not remember who it was in Anna
Maria at that time.
He would never have purchased the property if he
had not been under the impression that single-family
home construction was allowed on the property, he
Van Hoose claimed that without the variance, his
only other option was to build ROR units and he won-
dered "if that's what the city wants?"
Actually, replied board member Charles Canniff,
the city's 2003 visioning statement calls for ROR units
on Pine Avenue.
"Maybe residences over businesses aren't so bad,"
he added.
But it was never purchased for that use, rejoined
van Hoose.
"Caveat emptor," said Canniff, noting the owners
could replat the five lots and might come very close to
having four lots with enough width to build single-fam-
ily homes.
Dye cautioned that the applicants should not take
any advice from board members as a favorable course
of action.
"Any future request is decided upon by the merits"
of that application.
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sure. Board members Canniff, Frank Pytel, Jim Conoly
and Margaret Jenkins approved the denial.

Hardship found
Board members did, however, find that Mr. and
Mrs. Joe Garcia of 769 North Shore Drive did have a
hardship, and voted to recommend a variance to their
planned two-story-over-parking residence that would
allow them to enclose the ground-floor parking with
breakaway walls.
City code allows just 299 square feet of enclosed
space for the parking floor of new homes built within
the "V-Zone" as established by the Federal Emergency
Management Agency.
Contractor Hugh Holmes Jr., representing Garcia,
said the "hardship" is that Mrs. Garcia is elderly and
will require an elevator to get up to the residential area.
The elevator would take up about 270 square feet, leav-
ing too little room for a storage shed.
Another hardship, Holmes explained, was that the
Garcias had to get approval from the Florida Depart-
ment of Environmental Protection prior to construction
and the DEP needed a letter of no objection from the
Holmes produced a letter dated Oct. 2, 2002,
signed by Public Works Director George McKay stat-
ing that the city has "no objection" to the project "at
this time."
McKay did, however, state that "the project as
shown appears to meet ordinances applicable to this
site," but "any project final site plan and building code
review and approval will be required before a building
permit can be issued by the City of Anna Maria."
The hardship, Holmes explained, was that the
Garcias proceeded with their planned home based upon
the McKay letter and subsequent DEP approval letter.
When the time came for a building permit, Build-
ing Official Kevin Donohue showed Holmes the ordi-
nance which prohibits the plan.
Board members agreed that a number of homes
have been built in that area with enclosed ground floor
parking, but with no variance granted.
I (olmes said his client would not have proceeded
wili the plans without the McKay letter.
Conoly agreed. Being misled by a city official is a
hardship, in his opinion.
Canniff and Pytel thought the applicant's problems
could be solved without a variance, but Jenkins and
Trudelle sided with Conoly.
A motion to recommend approval of the variance
to the city commission passed 3-2 with the stipulation
that such a variance would not result in higher flood
insurance premiums for city residents.
Holmes said he would have an answer to the insur-
ance question for the March 25 city commission meeting.


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By Jim Hanson
Islander Correspondent
"He's a genuine original old Motowner, man," and
he must be because appendicitis merely slowed him
down a short while.
He is Lester Freeman, as described by Dave White,
manager of the Cafe on the Beach at the Manatee Pub-
lic Beach. Freeman was due there in mid-February, but
his appendix cut him down.
Freeman had to call it off briefly, for the kind of
energetic performance he brings along requires a body
in full function. He'll be at the cafe for a double-bar-
reled show Monday, March 8.
"There's nobody more Motown than this man,"
said White. "We're lucky to get him. That's why we're

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calling it Motown Monday."
Freeman is a terrific musician, all right, with his
own Full Moon Band and credit for the classic "Some
Kind of Wonderful" that he recorded with the Soul
Brothers Six in 1967. He's also an uninhibited and
energetic entertainer, said White. And he's a boxing
trainer, Freeman himself admits.
"I taught Joe Frazier his left hook," he said. "First
time he fought (Mohammed) Ali I was his assistant
trainer. I could teach him that hook but I couldn't teach
him to sing. He's a baaaad singer."
He and the heavyweight-champ-to-be were both
from Philadelphia, and they joined in entertaining when
Frazier had his world-touring band years ago. They still
stay in touch.

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Bradenton Civic Center Saturday
and welcomed honored guest
speaker Janet Reno, seated right.
Master of ceremonies for the
evening was Islander Ed Chiles,
and honorary guest host, Ed's
mother and Florida's former first
lady Rhea Chiles, also a resident
ofAnna Maria Island. The event
included dinner, entertainment,
political speeches and a silent
auction. Islander Photo:
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Island organist to perform
Carl Parks, from Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in
Holmes Beach, will be part of the program at Manatee
Community College's "Bach-A-Thon" concert Tues-
day, March 9.
The performances of choir, instrumental services
and music ensembles will celebrate the 319th birthday
of classical composer Johann Sebastian Bach. The pre-
sentation begins at 7:30 p.m., and will be held in Neel
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White is his No. 1 fan on Anna Maria Island until
the fan competition heats up after Monday. "I listened
to 'Some Kind of Wonderful' time after time at my
locker when I was playing pro baseball," White said.
White himself has an intriguing background, pro
ball with the Milwaukee Brewers organization for
years before ending up on the Island managing the Caf6
on the Beach.
"I heard him again at a Police Athletic League ben-
efit not long ago and I got in touch and said, 'Man,
you've got it all, you have to come out of retirement.'
He put together the band and I said 'Let's do something
on the Island.' And here we go: Motown Monday."
Freeman is lead singer of the Full Moon Band,
named after the music store in Apollo Beach where the
musicians all got together two years ago; the store's
owner is their drummer. Apollo Beach is where Free-
man and his real estate agent wife live. His day job is
senior project manager for a maintenance company
serving such clients as Saks in Sarasota.
He does percussion as well as singing, plus the
group has guitar, base, keyboard and drums, and, he
said, "everybody sings." They do Motown, rhythm and
blues, 1960s and '70s music mainly and "no rock and
roll, at all."
White's take on it all is that Freeman is "Las Ve-
gas caliber entertainment, but instead of $75 a ticket
you get it all here for $10." White is touting the tick-
ets on his popular sports and entertainment radio show
on "1498 on the Pier." You can get them from him
there and at the Cafe on the Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive,
Holmes Beach, Duffy's Tavern, 313 59th St., Holmes
Beach, and Skinny's Place, 3901 Gulf Drive, Holmes
Beach. Part of the proceeds will go to the Anna Maria
Island Privateers. Tickets bought for the scheduled Feb.
16 show will be honored Monday.
It's actually a double Freeman show Monday, the
old master coming on at 6:30 with the band, taking a
short break at midpoint, then going on again until 9
p.m., with the band playing on all the way.
The $10 ticket gets you in the door, a seat and a
drink. And an evening of Motown and dancing- and
Freeman "dances more than anyone else," said White.
"He can't stay still."

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FCAT workshop for AME parents
Anna Maria Elementary School parents interested
in learning more about the Florida Comprehensive
Assessment Test are invited to a workshop at 1 p.m.
Thursday, March 4, in the school computer lab.
The workshop will cover FCAT design, item speci-
fications, online resources and effect on student pro-
gression plans.
AME principal Kathy Hayes said that FCAT test-
ing takes place the first two weeks of March and this
workshop is not meant to help prepare students for tak-
ing the test. The workshop is more of an information
session, she said.

Anna Maria School menu
Monday, March 8
Breakfast: Scrambled Eggs and Toast, Cereal,
Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich, Fruit
Lunch: Chicken Tenders, Grilled Cheese Sandwich
or Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich, Green Beans,
Tomato Soup, Juice Bar, Fruit
Tuesday, March 9
Breakfast: Yogurt, Grilled Cheese Sandwich, Cereal,
Toast, Fruit
Lunch: Spaghetti with Meat Sauce and Garlic Toast,
Hot Dog on a Bun or Peanut Butter and Jelly Sand-
wich, Tossed Salad, Corn, Fruit
Wednesday, March 10
Breakfast: Egg and Cheese Biscuit, Peanut Butter
and Jelly Sandwich, Toast, Cereal, Fruit
Lunch: Tuna Sandwich, Barbecue Rib on Bun or
Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich, Tossed Salad,
Peas and Carrots, Fruit
Thursday, March 11
Breakfast: Breakfast Pizza, Peanut Butter and Jelly
Sandwich, Cereal, Toast, Fruit
Lunch: Baked Chicken, Sloppy Joe on Bun or Peanut
Butter and Jelly Sandwich, Mashed Potatoes, Tossed
Salad, Fruit
Friday, March 12
Breakfast: Pancakes with Syrup, Cereal, Toast,
Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich, Fruit
Lunch: Pepperoni Pizza, Ham and Cheese Sandwich
with Baked Cheetos or Peanut Butter and Jelly
Sandwich, Steamed Broccoli, Tossed Salad, Fruit
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Songs and praise for Island churches
All Island Denominations, the organization of all
Island churches, sponsored a community Ecumenical
Service of Song and Praise at Island Baptist Church
Sunday evening, Feb. 29. Music was presented by
the combined choirs of all the Island churches under
the direction of Pastor Charlie Hahn, minister of
music and youth minister at Island Baptist, above. At
left, Gladys Martineau received the Bunnell Humani-
tarian Award for 2004, and is pictured here with the
2003 recipient, Paul Swanberg. They were pre-
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All Island Denominations, at the ecumenical service.
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The March 3, 1994 issue of The Islander
announced that:
Holmes Beach resident Daniel Wiersema was
jailed on a civil contempt charge for failing to remove
illegal construction materials from his property at 3220
Gulf Drive. He already faces a Florida Department of
Environmental Protection fine of $587,000 and a city
fine of $152,000 for the offense. The city fine is grow-
ing at a rate of $250 per day.
Acting Holmes Beach Police Chief Lt. Jay
Romine was officially named to the post by the city
commission upon the recommendation of Mayor Pat
Geyer. Romine has been with the department since
1986, and was named acting chief when Rick
Maddox's employment was terminated in July 1993.
Fisherman Maurice Cullinane was transported by
helicopter to the Bayfront Medical Center in St. Peters-
burg after he accidentally was struck in the head by the
20-pound anchor for the boat he was fishing from. The
anchor was still imbedded about 3 inches in his head
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Island police reports
Anna Maria City
Feb. 16, 300 block of Spring Avenue, burglary.
According to the report, two nail guns were stolen from
a utility trailer.
Feb. 19, 100 block of South Bay Boulevard, war-
rant arrest. A man was arrested on a warrant issued for
failure to pay child support.
Feb. 25, 206 85th St. W., Island Middle School,
information. Deputies received a report that the video
connection to a camera in the language arts room was
missing. According to the report, deputies spoke to the
IMS board president, who advised she took the connec-
tion because the camera had been used to video tape
board meetings without the knowledge of all board

Bradenton Beach
Feb. 6, 8000 Block of 43rd Avenue West,
Bradenton, drug arrest. According to the report, an
anonymous source informed officers that Eugene
Fortin, 40, of Bradenton, was selling marijuana to the
employees of the Beach House Restaurant. Working
with officers, the informant made three controlled drug

Tile art by Kip featured
Kip Ackerman of Holmes Beach will exhibit his at-
mospheric art and hand-painted tiles on stone and terra
cotta at Kaos Gallery South in Bradenton. Part of the
First Friday Art Walk, the opening reception will be at
6 p.m. Friday, March 5. The gallery is at 1122 12th St.
W. in the Village of he Arts. Details are available at

Bloodmobile coming to Center
The Manatee County Bloodmobile will take blood
from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesday, March 9, at the Anna
Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave.,
Anna Maria.
Every donor will get a T-shirt and coupon for food
at Chick-fil-A. Donors are to eat a meal and drink
plenty of liquids before donating. First-time givers
must present a photo ID and Social Security number.
Details may be obtained by calling 778-1908.

Don Wilson will show his nature photography
through March 13 at Island Gallery West, 5368 Gulf
Drive, Holmes Beach. The Bradenton photographer
specializes in orchids. Hours at the gallery are 10 a.m.-
5 p.m. Monday-Saturday.

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purchases at Fortin's home and officers were then able
to obtain a search warrant. According to the report,
Fortin was in possession of 10 bags of marijuana with
a total weight of 80 grams.
Feb. 19, 1800 Gulf Drive, Leffis Key, burglary. A
.man reported his photography equipment was stolen
from the trunk of his rental car.
Feb. 21, 7200 block of Gulf Drive, suspended li-
cense. A man was arrested for knowingly driving with
a suspended license during a routine traffic stop.
Feb. 21, 1800 Gulf Drive, Leffis Key, warrant ar-
rest. A man found in the park after closing was arrested
on a Manatee County warrant.
Feb. 22, 135 Bridge St., Bridge Tender Inn, drug
arrest. Travis Rausch, 21, of Bradenton Beach, was
arrested for possession of two grams of marijuana and
paraphernalia after an anonymous caller reported see-
ing Rausch in a canoe near the Bridge Street Pier smok-
ing illegal.narcotics.

Holmes Beach
Feb. 19, 5607 Gulf Drive, Island Garden Villas,
burglary. A woman reported her purse stolen. Accord-
ing to the report, a window left slightly open may have
been the point of entry.
Feb. 20, 5100 block of Fifth Avenue, suspicious
incident. According to the report, a bedroom window
screen was cut in a manner that would allow access to
the home, but nothing was reportedly missing.
Feb. 22, 3700 block of Gulf Drive, DUI. Tracy
Eckert, 46, of Bradenton Beach, was arrested for driv-
ing under the influence of alcohol and issued a traffic
ticket for careless driving.
Feb. 22, 3000 block of Avenue F, burglary. A man
reported his wallet stolen from his rental unit.
Feb. 23, 3200 block of Gulf Drive, burglary. A
woman reported her purse stolen. According to the report,
she told officers she left the purse behind a chair and found
the screen to the window above the chair had been cut.
Feb. 24, 2800 block of Avenue E, burglary. A woman
reported her purse stolen from her bedroom. According to
the report, officers found the porch screen had been cut
and evidence suggesting a burglar entered the home.
Feb. 24, 4000 Gulf Drive, Manatee Public Beach,
warrant arrest. A man was arrested on a Manatee County
warrant. According to the report, he was found in posses-
sion of another person's driver's license at the time of his
arrest and was charged with unauthorized possession of
the license.
Feb. 24, 2800 block of Avenue E, burglary. A man
reported some tools stolen from his home.
Feb. 25, 3600 block of East Bay Drive, theft. A
number of newspaper boxes were reported stolen.

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By Jim Hanson
Islander Correspondent
Mary Ann Schmidt and Lance of Holmes Beach
will take a walk Saturday, March 13, but they won't be
alone: Some 1,500 other committed people, many with
their dogs, will join them.
They will be taking part in the 18th annual
walkathon for Southeastern Guide Dogs Inc., at the
Manatee County Fairgrounds in Palmetto. The 10K
walk will begin and end at the IMC Arena there, 1402
14th Ave. W.
Pre-registration is all afternoon Friday, March 12,
at the Holiday Inn at 100 Riverfront Drive, Bradenton,
and a welcoming cocktail party will be there from 5:30-
7:30 p.m. Registration is from 7:30-10 a.m. Saturday,
the walk starting at 8 a.m. and ending when the last
straggler drifts in. There will be raffles and entertain-
ment and, at 5 p.m., the concluding entertainment and
pizza party at the Holiday Inn Riverfront.
The. walkathon typically raises $300,000 each year,
by far the biggest fundraising event of the organization.
The walkers find sponsors who donate at least $75 al-
together, said Schmidt, which gives them lunch, T-shirt
and a scarf for their dog. Anyone who raises $1,750
gets to name a puppy destined to become a guide dog.
That's the most exalted destiny a puppy can hope
for, and Lance has sent 50 or 60 offspring into the pro-
gram. He is a collie whose specialty is breeding pro-
spective guide dogs.
Schmidt said many of his puppies have become
guide dogs, while others went into the Gifted Canines
Program as companions for the handicapped or the ill,
and to emergency and law enforcement needs.
Lance has even contributed at least one son to the
breeding program Duffy, who lives with Gary and
Chris Shardelle of Holmes Beach, was so great at what
he was doing that he was promoted to breeder too.
Schmidt, who has been involved in the guide dog
program since 1995, said she goes frequently to the
Palmetto facility "for puppy hugging and dog walk-
ing," and Lance doesn't object.
There are usually 70-80 puppies there being read-
ied for assignment to puppy raisers, people who take

This way Lance
Mary Ann Schmidt guides Lance through the parking
lot at Island Shopping Center where she is a Realtor for
SunCoast Real Estate. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy
the pups at eight or nine weeks and raise them until
they're about 15 months, giving them discipline and an
education in commands. Then they go to obedience
school and on to graduation and a human partner.
They're mostly Labradors, Golden Retrievers, Hungar-
ian Bizslas, Collies, and the Retriever-Lab cross known
as Goldadors. The traditional guide-dog German Shep-
herds develop physical problems early so are not as
popular as they once were.
This year there are a record 99 puppies, so the
huggers stay busy. There's room for plenty of them,
said the organization -just call 745-5794.
The walkathon "has always been one of the best
events we do all year," said Bob DeBusk, executive
director. "We invite everyone to participate and bring
their best friend. It's like a big, happy family reunion."


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Cortez is within $6,000 of making final pay-
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showed this week.
The two-day festival cleared "at least
$57,000," said a jubilant Karen Bell, treasurer of
the sponsor and beneficiary Florida Institute for
Saltwater Fishing. She still has a couple of bills
outstanding, she said, but the net will be no less
than $57,000.
Roughly 10,000 people crowded the tiny his-
toric fishing village each of the two days of the
annual event. The weather was ideal, sunny and dry
and not too breezy.
For four years the Cortez organization FISH
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and some uplands, turning it into a permanent na-
ture preserve and a buffer against encroaching de-
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as this year's. In the previous three years, the dif-
ference between the festival's profits and the pay-
ment has been made up through donations.
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Cortez buy it, through FISH, for $250,000, a frac-
tion of its possible development value.
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this week expressed gratitude for the chance to
keep Cortez from the threat of "another Perico,"
referring to the neighboring island's looming 898-
unit development by Arvida Co.
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right," Bell said. "A few thousand dollars to go, and
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Late bloomer Linscott builds
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This is Diane Linscott's sixth season playing at
Island's End Bistro in Anna Maria, and her following
is bigger and more loyal than ever.
That's because she and her trio bring an under-
stated but compelling interpretation to favorite jazz
standards and popular tunes.
On a recent Thursday night, some in the audience
had traveled across the state just to dine and listen to
Linscott and friends.
Convivial human energy filled the venue.
One of Linscott's fans said, "It's like this every
Thursday. Friday and Saturday are big nights, but
Thursday's packed because of her."
Linscott's musical flower bloomed late.
She'd been singing songs in the living room since
she was a little girl, but it wasn't until after she turned
50 and had raised two kids that she stepped out to pur-
sue the dream of becoming a professional jazz singer.
As a 50th birthday present, her husband offered to
send her to the "Jazz in July" program at the Univer-
sity of Massachusetts, where the faculty included Billy
Taylor, Max Roach, Sheila Jordan and Yusef Lateef.
She was thrilled and exhilarated about going, but
she never made it there not that year.
Her husband passed away of cardiac arrest.
"It was excruciating," says Linscott. "I was to leave
July 9, and he died that day at 6 a.m."
A year later and after much thought, Linscott says,
"I could have gone in a different direction, but I chose
to fulfill a dream. I felt I should. He had given me the
gift, so I reapplied [to Jazz in July] and got a scholar-
ship. It was a very healing thing."
Out of loss came a new creativity. Whatever the
cost or maybe because of it, her music obviously stirs
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She keeps her microphone in a wood-grain golf
case that belonged to her husband. It's kind of funny.
She says, "He was tone deaf, but he loved golf."
Linscott has recorded five compact disks, one for
the Jazzology label and four others, which are self-
published. Three of them are available on her Web site
at www.cdbaby.com.
She has plans to record another one in late March
or early April.
She prepares well for the studio and in keeping
with the jazz ethic of in-the-moment, first-take-is-best
spontaneity she records fast. She and the group will
record the new disk in two sessions.
Her newest CD, "Alone/Together," came out last
year. The graphics feature two roses, one in vivid
bloom and the other drooped and faded, symbolizing
contrasting themes.
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of my favorite songs about the fabulous rush of feelings
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out ... the gain and the loss. My guess is love is some
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culture alive Saturday, March 6, with Cortez
heavily involved.
The presentation will be made twice, at 3
and 7 p.m., at Roskamp Center, New College,
5700 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota.
The Cortez organization Florida Institute
for Saltwater Heritage will host a reception at
5:30 p.m., featuring local saltwater delicacies
such as the fish that built Cortez, mullet.
Sponsored by the Florida Humanities
Council, the show is making five appearances
in the state, the local one being the fourth, said
Karen Bell, treasurer of FISH.
It is a "dramatic production that debates
the different perspectives of commercial fish-
ing," says a press release. It "brings together a
playwright, an artist, an actor and the audience.
"It explores the feelings of a seventh-gen-
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became the critical issue for fishing families in
1995, when a statewide referendum banned net.
fishing in inshore waters, killing the mullet
fishing on which so many in Cortez depended.
The tour includes 12 original oil paintings
by Phil Steel, a dramatization of fishing history
by playwright Evelyn Mayerson, and stars vet-
eran actor Joel Kolker.
Also at Saturday's gathering, Cortez-writ-
ten and -published books under the title "Van-
ishing Culture" will be sold.
Details may be obtained at 708-4953.

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the Anna Maria Island Community Center for its dance March 19, tickets for which are on sale now. The
dance will be from 8-11 p.m. Tickets at $10 may be reserved at 778-1908 or purchased at the Center, 407

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time to stretch out, show their chops and invent their
own ideas for songs like "What'll I Do?" "Love for
Sale," "Yesterdays," the party-like tune "Flimflam
Sauce" and "Somewhere Over the Rainbow." She also
performs many requests.
In addition to Island's End, Linscott plays private
parties and special occasions. She's sung in the Jazz
Caravan for the Sarasota Jazz Festival and during sum-
mer months she lives in Maine, working resort venues
with her music and at home in her art studio.
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printmaking. Her work was on display in February at
the Anna Maria Art League in Holmes Beach.
One passion doesn't diminish the other.
"I'm very eclectic. I can't just do one thing. I'm
very fortunate," she says.
But she works hard at the music, learning two or
three new tunes per week. She sets up and breaks down
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and busy, she says she'd rehearse with the trio a lot
more not that they need it.
Her favorite singers include Ella Fitzgerald,
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7 to 8 a.m. Pier regulars meeting at the Anna Maria
City Pier, 100 S. Bay Blvd., Anna Maria. Information: 778-
9 a.m. Horseshoe game at Anna Maria City Hall
Park, 10005 Gulf Drive.
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Island Heritage Festival open
house at the Anna Maria Island Historical Society Museum,
402 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 778-0492, or 778-
Noon to 3:30 p.m. Duplicate bridge at the Anna
Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave.,, Anna
Maria. Information: 778-3390. Fee applies.
1 p.m. -The Woman's Club of Anna Maria Island pre-
sents "Senior Fraud" with speaker Diane Barrie at the Anna
Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna
Maria. Information: 778-6083.
4:30 to 6 p.m. "Educating Jane" teen girls life-skills
club at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Mag-
nolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 778-1908. Fee applies.
6 p.m. Family storytime at the Island Branch Library,
5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-6341.
7 to 8:30 p.m. Adult basketball at the Anna Maria
Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria.
Information: 778-1908. Fee applies.

Thursday, March 4
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.
7p.m. Smoke-free bingo at Annie Silver Community
Center, 103 23rd St., Bradenton Beach. Information: 778-
7 p.m. Long Term Care Insurance Seminar at the
Education Center, 5370 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat
Key. Information: 906-7066..
8 p.m. Manatee Community College Symphonic
Wind Ensemble at Neel Performing Arts Center, 5840 26th
St. W., Bradenton. Information: 752-5320. Fee applies.

Friday, March 5
Noon- Women of Manatee County Republican Club
meeting with guest Bradenton Mayor Wayne Poston at the
Bradenton Country Club, 4646 Ninth Ave. W., Bradenton.
Information: 758-4878. Fee applies.
12:15 to 2:15 p.m. Furniture painting workshop at
the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia
Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 778-1908. Fee applies.
5:30 to 7:30 p.m. "Student Exhibit" artist reception
at the Anna Maria Island Art League, 5312 Holmes Blvd.,
Holmes Beach. Information: 778-2099.
6 to 10 p.m. -"Jazz Series Paintings of Various
Jazz Musicians" open reception with artist Herbie Rose at
Graciela Giles Studio, 1014 12th St. W., Bradenton. Infor-
mation: 746-4469.
6 to 10 p.m. 'The Artist Kip" exhibit opening recep-
tion for artist Kip Ackerman of Holmes Beach at Kaos Gal-
lery South, 1122 12th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 747-

Saturday, March 6
8:30 a.m. Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island meet-
ing at Cafe on the Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Manatee Pub-
lic Beach, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-0355.
9 a.m. Horseshoe game at Anna Maria City Hall
Park, 10005 Gulf Drive.
9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Hobby and Craft Fair at Gulfshore
of Longboat Key, 3710 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key.
Information: 383-2763.
9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Island Heritage Festival "Mitch
Davis Day" at the Anna Maria Island Historical Society
Museum, 402 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 778-
0492, or 778-1514.
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Longboat Key Garden Club Home
and Garden Tour beginning at 10 Lighthouse Point,
Longboat Key. Information: 383-8869.
10:30 a.m. Holmes Beach Civic Association pre-
sents "The State of the City" with Mayor Carol Whitmore at
the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach. Information: 778-9315.
11 a.m. Fashion show at American Legion Post No.
24, 2000 75th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 794-3489.
Fee applies.
11 a.m. Prom Fashion Show Preview and mother/
daughter luncheon at Woodson Brothers' Seafood Grille,
7243 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton. Information: 778-2276,
or 792-6695.
2:30 p.m. Heritage Festival children's bike parade
down Pine Avenue from the corner of Crescent Street. In-
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8 to 11:30 a.m. Pancake breakfast at St. Bernard
Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach. In-
formation: 778-4769. Fee applies.
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Bradenton Elks Lodge car show
at Manatee Community College, 5840 26th St. W.,
Bradenton. Information: 792-7395.
10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Line dancing youth fundraiser
with Bunny Burton at the Anna Maria Island Community
Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 778-
11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Carnival at Temple Beth El,
2209 75th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 792-0870. Fee
6:30 p.m. "Four Our King" gospel quartet at Island
Baptist Church, 8605 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information:

Monday, March 8
8:30 a.m. Internet class for beginners at the Island
Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Infor-
mation: 778-6341.
Noon- Anna Maria Island Democratic Club presents
"Election 2004: Candidates and Issues" with Paul Duke at
the Beach House Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive, Bradenton
Beach. Information: 778-9287. Fee applies.
4:30 to 6p.m. "Roots and Shoots" teen environmen-
tal program at the Anna Maria Island Community Center,
407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 778-1908.
Fee applies.
7 p.m. "Journey through the Everglades" with
Philippe Cousteau, at Mote Marine Laboratory, 1600 Ken
Thompson Pkwy., Sarasota. Information: 388-4441. Fee

Tuesday, March 9
9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Bloodmobile at the Anna Maria Is-
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Information: 778-1908.
Noon to 3:30 p.m. -Friendly bridge at the Anna Maria
Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria.
Information: 778-1908. Fee applies.
1 to 4 p.m. Veterans service officer at the Island
Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Ap-
pointments: 749-3030.
2p.m. Outdoor writer Jerry Hill at the Island Branch
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6:30 to 9:30 p.m. "Mass Care" course at the Ameri-
can Red Cross, 2905 59th St. W., Bradenton. Information:
7:30 p.m. "Bach-a-thon" at Neel Performing Arts
Center, 5840 26th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 752-

Wednesday, March 10
9 a.m. Horseshoe game at Anna Maria City Hall
Park, 10005 Gulf Drive.
10:30 a.m. Friends of the Library Book Club at the
Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
Information: 778-6341.
11:30 a.m. Anna Maria Island Players Off Stage La-
dies Auxiliary silent auction and luncheon at the Bradenton
Yacht Club, 4307 Snead Island, Palmetto. Information: 761-
8623, or 792-7818.
Noon to 3:30 p.m. Duplicate bridge at the Anna
Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna
Maria. Information: 778-3390. Fee applies.
4:30 to 6 p.m. "Educating Jane" teen girls life-skills
club at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Mag-
nolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 778-1908. Fee applies.
6p.m. Family storytime at the Island Branch Library,
5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-6341.
7:30p.m. Suncoast Mummers String Band at Ameri-
can Legion Post No. 24, 2000 75th St. W., Bradenton. In-
formation: 794-3489. Fee applies.

'The Women" at the Manatee Players Riverfront The-
atre, 102 Old Main St., Bradenton, through March 7. Infor-
mation: 748-5875. Fee applies.
"Flashback" exhibit by Antonio Carreno at Wallace
Fine Art, 5350 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Suite 103, Longboat
Key, through March 9. Information: 387-0746.
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 Memorial
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.
'The Artist Kip" exhibit by Kip Ackerman at Kaos Gal-
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Information: 747-0823.

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"Monday Painters" art exhibit at the Island Branch Li-
brary, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, through March
31. Information: 778-1716.
"Student Exhibit" at the Anna Maria Island Art
League, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach, through March
31. Information: 778-2099.
"Jazz Series Paintings of Various Jazz Musicians"
by Herbie Rose at Graciela Giles Studio, 1014 12th St. W.,
Bradenton, through March 31. Information: 746-4469.
Tax assistance from AARP and VITA volunteers at
the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach, every Thursday through April 15. Information: (888)
Watercolor with Susie Cotton at the Anna Maria Is-
land Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria,
through May 25. Information: 778-1908. Fee applies.

Episcopal Church Women of the Church of the An-
nunciation fashion show at the church March 11.
Watercolor painting demonstration at the Artists Guild
Gallery March 11.
MCC Choirs Winter Concert at Neel Performing Arts
Center March 11.
"Over the River and Through the Woods" opening
night at the Island Players Theater March 11.
Southeastern Guide Dog walkathon at the Manatee
Fairgrounds March 12.
Open house at the Artists Guild Gallery March 12.
Friends of the Island Branch Library meeting March
Origami class at the Island Branch Library March 13.
Leon Merian at the Riverfront Theatre March 13.
Garden Fest at Palma Sola Botanical Park March 13-
Anna Maria Island Art League Springfest at Holmes
Beach City Hall Park March 13-14.
Auditions for "Greater Tuna" at the Island Players
March 14.
"The Four Aces" at Neel Performing Arts Center
March 14.
Guitarist Vladislav Blaha at Neel Performing Arts
Center March 15.
The Safe Place St. Patrick's dinner at the Beach
House Restaurant March 16.
AARP Driver Safety course at the Island Branch Li-
brary March 16-17.
Jazz Ensemble at Neel Performing Arts Center March
"Penny Flower Show" at Roser Memorial Community
Church March 17.
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Days of old, and warnings of days to come

Islander cartoonist and bon vivant Jack Egan of-
fered the following account of days past on Anna Maria
Island. Things were definitely different then.
"During the summer of 1947, Dick Hall and
Charlie Jones spearfished around and under the Anna
Maria City Pier. The Manatee County High School stu-
dents would take orders from tourists as to what fish
they wanted, with requests including sheepshead, trout,
redfish, snook and cobia. The boys would go under,
spear the fish and sell it to the tourist by the pound.
"Charlie recalls that one day a tourist put in an or-
der for a 5- to 6-pound snapper. He speared one and
sold it, getting $1.20 for his efforts.
"Back at school, Charlie captured the state titles in
track for the high and low hurdles. He also starred for
Manatee County High School in football. His team
won the South Florida Conference Championship his
senior year. He won a track scholarship to the Univer-
sity of Florida and, after graduation, went on to a dis-
tinguished career in the U.S. Army as an artillery of-
Today, of course, spearfishing for snook is illegal,
and the hook-and-line catch is regulated and snook
cannot be sold.

And today ...
In the late 1940s, things concerning building were
much, much different. Dredge-and-fill development
was common, the Intracoastal Waterway didn't yet
exist, School Key was a sparse mangrove island and
there was no thought of anything called Key Royale.

Now, it's much different. Dredge-and-fill develop-
ment operations are pretty much a thing of the past in
the Sunshine State. Housing prices have gone through
the roof-- although the roof is limited to a set height
on this Island and "megahomes" are being more and
more regulated elsewhere.
Attorney David Levin is offering his thoughts to
how to deal with the new, or not-so-new, rules of home
construction-reconstruction. He achieved Anna Maria
Island fame for his successful defeat of another Megaa"
construction here a few years ago, representing Save
Anna Maria Inc. in stopping the Florida Department of
Transportation's plans to build a huge replacement
bridge at Manatee Avenue to link Perico Island to
Holmes Beach.
He specializes in environmental issues, and his
Web site, flwaterfront.com, offers a few hints of what
property owners should be wary of if they want to
build, rebuild, remodel, or otherwise alter their prop-
erty. As Levin puts it, "To avoid frustration, delays and
undue expenses, buyers of waterfront property should

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Pictured is this 1947 picture is the late Dick Hall, left, and Charlie Jones with a string of snook which they
took to Bradenton and sold at Hawker's Fish Market. Islander Photo: Courtesy Jack Egan



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obtain the answers to these questions prior to closing."
Some of the questions that homeowners should
ponder, according to Levin, include:
Was the existing structure built after Jan. 1, 1975?
If so, special flood plain management regulations may
Is the property located in a Federal Emergency
Management Agency special hazard zone (Zone A or
Zone V), as is much of the Island?
What is the currently required Base Flood Eleva-
tion, something we've all been made very aware of
For structures in FEMA V zones, what is the el-
evation of the bottom of the lowest horizontal structural
member of the lowest enclosed, finished floor? If this
elevation is lower than the BFE, the structure may be
non-conforming, and if non-conforming, the structure
may be unlawful something else we're starting to
learn all too much about.
Is the area below the lowest finished floor used
solely for parking of vehicles, building access, or stor-
*.Is there furniture bed, couch, tables, etc. on
the ground floor? What about a bathroom commode,
sink, shower down there? Ground covering like
carpet, tile or vinyl? Are the ground-floor walls fin-
ished? Any kitchen appliances? A washer-dryer? Sepa-
rated walled rooms? If yes, the structure may be non-
If in a FEMA A zone that's generally close to
the beach do the walls enclosing the area below the
lowest finished floor have a minimum of two openings
no higher than one foot above grade having a total net
open area of not less than one square inch for every
square foot of enclosed area? If not, the structure may
be non-conforming.
If the existing structure does not conform to cur-
rent FEMA regulations, when Wvas the structure last
improved? What was the market value of the non-con-
forming structure when improved? What was the cost
of the improvements when made? If the cost of the
improvements exceeds 50 percent of the market value
of the structure when improved, the structure may be
non-conforming or future improvements may be lim-

Are there any mangroves on or adjacent to the
property? Do the mangroves extend waterward of the
mean high water line? How far waterward do the man-
groves extend from the shoreline? The extent of trim-
ming that can be conducted on mangroves located on
state-owned submerged lands is substantially limited.
How tall are the mangroves? Generally, mangroves
less than 6 feet in height may not be trimmed. Special
regulations apply to mangroves of 10, 16 and 24 feet
or less in pretrimmned height.
More questions than ready answers to building a
house on barrier islands these days, aren't there'?

Manatee count totals for 2004
Manatee counters took to the air Feb. 20, and
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Fishing outlook looking better as weather warms

By Capt. Mike Heistand
Fishing is finally starting to improve!
Sheepshead season should be at its peak for the
next few weeks, and the striped critters are fat and plen-
tiful right now.
Snook are starting to finally show up in some num-
bers, and mackerel are moving through the area near
the piers and passes.
Snapper action offshore is excellent right now, and
grouper fishing is anywhere from "fair" to "great."
Whitebait is plentiful near the Sunshine Skyway
Bridge in Tampa Bay, too.
Lee Gause at Perico Harbor Bait & Tackle said
wade fishers are catching redfish in the potholes in the
bays, plus lots of small snook in the backwater, but no
keepers as yet. There are also lots of keeper-size trout
being brought in up to 20 inches in length.
Capt. Thom Smith at Angler's Repair on Cortez
Road said he's getting into some snook from 21 to 30
inches, all caught on artificial bait.
Bill Lowman. at Island Discount Tackle said
some pompano are starting to show up along the
beaches, plus whiting. Snook action is improving by
the day as spring weather improves. Offshore action for
snapper remains excellent, with some hookups to 5
pounds being reported. Grouper fishing remains fair to
excellent, with some 25-pounders being caught out in
the Gulf.
Dave Johnson at Snead Island Crab House said
he's seeing lots and lots of sheepshead being brought
to the dock, plus black drum from the Manatee River.
Snook are starting to make a showing as well, he said,
and there is'still lots of whitebait near the Sunshine
Skyway Bridge.
Capt. Rick Gross on Fishy Business out of
Catchers Marina in Holmes Beach said he put his
charters onto lots of mackerel last week, with the best
action coming from near Egmont Key. He added that


on the ground, through the auspices of 14 different
Of the total, 1,309 were on the Gulf coast, 1,259 on
the Atlantic side of the state.
It's important to remember that the numbers are
not really a true census of the slow-moving marine
mammals. There are wind, wave, sun, shade, clear and
murky water conditions that can deflect an observer's
eye when it comes to the count. Most manatee re-
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produce, with some sheepshead from the site tipping
the scales at better than 5 pounds.

Of course, and depending upon which side of the
issue one is on, the high or low counts are used to crow
or cringe at the manatee population.
"In 2003, under near-perfect weather conditions,
biologists counted 3,113 manatees," according to the
Florida Marine Research Institute in St. Petersburg. In
2002, there were only 1,796 counted. 2001 saw an all-
time high of 3,276.

Sandscript factoid
Did anyone but me note a number of electronic
clocks reveal that Sunday, Feb. 29, was actually re-
corded as March 1? Or are all my electric do-dads just
so old that they don't record Leap Year dates?

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Holmes Beach out of Catchers said he's been putting
his clients onto mackerel, sheepshead, trout, plus some
slot-limit redfish. He's also seeing more and more
snook showing up.
Bob Kilb at the Rod & Reel Pier said fishing has
greatly improved there in the past few days, with good
catches of mackerel on most days, lots of sheepshead
and some redfish, bluefish and pompano.
Cliff Alcorn at the Anna Maria City Pier said
sheepshead are "No. 1" on the pier hit parade, with
some mackerel, pompano and flounder also caught. He
predicts fishing will improve as the water starts to
warm in the next few days.
On my boat Magic, we are finding that whitebait
is pretty thick near the Sunshine Skyway Bridge.
Sheepshead are still our best bet right now, with limit
catches most days, plus lots of small redfish to 24
Good luck and good fishing.
Capt. Mike Heisland is a 20-year-plus fishing
guide. Call him at 779-9607 to provide a fishing report.
Prints and digital images of your catch are also wel-
come and may be dropped off at The Islander, 5404
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, or e-mailed to
news@islander.org. Please include identification for
persons in the picture along with information on the
catch and a name and phone number for more infor-
mation. Snapshots may be retrieved once they appear
in the paper.

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New look, new season for AMI Little League

By Kevin Cassidy
Islander Correspondent
The Anna Maria Island Little League has a differ-
ent look this season. Part of that has to do with the com-
plete revamping of the Little League board of directors.
The league is now again run through the Anna Maria
Island Community Center after several years of inde-
pendent, volunteer organization management.
There are also changes in the different age group-
ings in each of the divisions. For the last several years,
the league had four age/ability groups: T-ball, AA,
AAA and majors. T-ball was T-ball, while AA was a
pitching machine league that encouraged the kids to
swing the bat. AAA was basically for players age 9-10
that were too good for AA and not quite good enough
to make the jump to the major league level.
This season, the league decided to cut back to three
age/ability divisions to ensure at least three teams to
compete in an all-Island league at each age level. T-ball
will still be for players ages 5-7 years old who are get-
ting their first taste of baseball, while the minors will
be for kids age 8-9 that aren't ready to face live pitch-
ing. The rest of the players will comprise the majors.
This year's major league teams will be extremely
young, with only a handful of true 12-year-olds in the
league. League officials put the word out that the level
of play would be a bit lower than in previous years due
to the young age of most of the major league players.
That prompted players such as Stephen Thomas, Ryan
Guerin and others to sign up to play in the Manatee
West Little League which plays at G.T. Bray Park in
The short-term result of this decision is that the
games will not be quite as aesthetically pleasing as in
previous years, but all of the teams are in the same boat
so the competition should be good!
Here's a look at each of the three major league
teams along with predictions as to who will end up on
top of the standings at season's end. Please understand,
these predictions are made in fun and aren't meant to
offend anyone. Anything can happen.

Cassidy predictions:
First Place, Duncan Real Estate
Duncan Real Estate appears to be one of the stron-
ger teams on paper, but that guarantees them nothing
once the first pitch is thrown. They'll be led by a quar-
tet of players Cory Wash, Forrest Goodwin, Steven
Sylvester and Kyle Bellingar.
Wash will start at second base while also contrib-
uting on the mound. Wash will also be counted on to
provide some pop at the plate with his bat. Another
player being counted on at the plate will be first-
baseman Sylvester. The sweet-swinging lefty has good
size and power and will be a fixture in the middle of the
lineup while also taking his turn on the mound.
Forrest Goodwin is being counted on to play good
defense at shortstop while also "pitching" in on the
mound and at the plate. Bellingar will handle the bulk
of the catching duties in addition to serving time on the
Youngsters like Forrest Schield and Kyle Crum
will also be counted on to perform when called upon
by their skipper Mark Goodwin.
Manager Goodwin is encouraged by what he's
seen so far. "I think we have a pretty good team, but
any success we have depends on our pitching."

Second Place: WMFD
WMFD is probably the youngest team in the
league, but has several good athletes who just need to
gain experience by playing the game. Manager Bill
Bystrom feels pretty good about his team's chances. "I
think the draft was pretty even, so I expect most of the
games to be very competitive."

Anna Maria Island

Little League schedule
Major League (ages 9-12 year olds)
Date Time Team vs. Team
March 8 6:30 p.m. Duncan RE vs. Island Lumber

Minor League (ages 8-9)
March 9 6:30 p.m. Bark Realty vs. Morgan Stanley

(All games played at AMICC Scanio Stadium)

Anthea Rokop shows off her trophy and bouquetfor winning the St. Petersburg Rookie Tennis Tournament.

Bystrom is counting on four or five young players
to step up to the plate this season. Zach Even, who last
year played in the pitching machine league, will start
the season opener on the mound, and Jordan Sebastiano
is expected to wield a productive bat while splitting
time between first base and the mound. Tommy Price
is another player counted on to produce at the plate,
while also contributing on the mound and handling the
majority of the catching duties.
Bystrom went on to mention that Wyatt Easterling
has surprised him with his pitching ability as a 9-year-

Third Place: Island Lumber
Island Lumber manager Jeff Koszewski feels his
team will be right in the thick of things, due in part to
his pitching staff. "We're young, but we've got a nice
four-man rotation that includes two lefties." Right-
hander Broderick West is probably the ace of the staff,
but he will spend the bulk of his time at shortstop while
batting third or fourth in the order.
Matt Bauer will be the other right-handed starter,
while left-hander Glenn Bower will spend time in the
outfield and on the mound. The second left-handed
pitcher will be Troy Koszewski, who is also being
counted on to provide a spark at the plate with his bat.
Other players being counted on include Pat and
Zachary Facheris and Kyle Aritt.

Baseball kickoff banquet tonight
The baseball banquet is tonight at 6:30 p.m. at the
Center, with a dinner courtesy of the Island's End Bis-
tro at $5 for children and $6 for adults. Adults are asked
to bring a dessert to share.
Uniforms and schedules will be handed out after
the dinner so it is imperative that all players attend.

Junior League team needs coach
The Islanders, a second-year Junior League base-
ball team for players ages 13-15, is in need of a coach
for the 2004 season. The season opener is quickly ap-
proaching, so anyone who is willing to step up to the
plate for these young players should call Joe Chlebus
at the Center at 778-1908.

Parade set for Saturday
The Little League parade will take place at 10 a.m.
Saturday, March 6, when teams, players, coaches and
managers, along with their families, parade from the
Island Baptist Church in Anna Maria north on Gulf
Drive and then east on Magnolia Avenue to the Cen-
ter, culminating at Benji Scanio Memorial Stadium.
Following the parade will be round-robin scrim-
mage games for all of the leagues.

Basketball season ends
with awards banquet
Another season of basketball has officially come to
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an end after the awards banquet, held Monday, Feb. 23,
at the Center. Trophies were handed out for first-place
teams in addition to individual awards for four deserv-
ing players in each league.
The Division III Most Valuable Player award was
an easy call since Hailey Dearlove sparked the Bistros
to an undefeated season. Female MVP went to Kelly
Guerin of Galati Marine, while Zach Facheris won the
defensive player of the year awaid for his outstanding
play on the Harry's Continental Kitchens team. Sports-
manship award went to Josh Schmidt of Duncan Real
Steve Titsworth General Contracting swept the
Division II MVP awards, which went to Blake Wilson
and Ally Titsworth. Forrest Schield from the Longboat
Observer took home the sportsmanship award, while
Chris Callahan won the defensive player of the year
It was no surprise that S&S Industries' guard JoJo
Wood captured the MVP for Division I after a domi-
nating season. Female MVP was Jesse's Beach Lounge
forward Danielle Mullen, while Zach Beeker captured
the sportsmanship award for his Rotten Ralph's team.
Defensive player of the year honors went to Harrison
Skaggs of A Paradise Realty.
Naming Anna Maria Oyster Bar center Gary Scott
as MVP for the Premier division was no surprise,
though teammate David Buck had a slight argument
with his outstanding play this season. Female MVP
was Scott's teammate, Sarah White. Phelps Tracy
earned the sportsmanship award, while Beach House
guard Sam Lott won the defensive player of the year

Longboater wins St. Pete tennis tourney
Longboat Key native Anthea Rokop, who turned 8
two weeks ago, recently captured the girls 10 and un-
der division of the St. Petersburg Rookie tennis tour-
Rokop won the United States Tennis Association
sanctioned event in her age group by defeating
Alexandra Kitchen of Pinellas Park in the final.
Rokop, a second-grader at Anna Maria Elementary
who trains at the Cedars Tennis Club on the key, debuted
in February's USTA state of Florida rankings at No. 104
out of 200 eligible girls in the 10-and-under division.

Islanders 'ace' Gulf Coast Senior games
The annual Gulf Coast Senior Games recently con-
cluded in Bradenton with a "Celebration of Athletes"
on Feb. 17. The Senior Games consist of 24 events
ranging from archery to track and field and are open to
participants 50 years or older.
Several Island tennis players threw their racquets
into the fray and came away with an impressive assort-
ment of medals.
Glenn Schwanberg, George McFarland and Russ



Bullet each captured gold medals in the men's 75s,
men's 65s and men's 60s singles matches, while Chris
Meltzner and Tom Geyman teamed up to capture the
gold in the 50s mixed doubles. Bob Pawling and
Neville Clarke teamed up to win the men's 60s doubles
competition, which was a repeat of their 2000 victory
in the 55s doubles competition.
Silver medals were won by Ernie Bradersen and
Dale Romesburg in the men's 70s doubles. Bronze
medals were won by Glenn Schwanberg and Dick
Gellman in the 70s doubles, and Chris Adrian and Jarda
Urbanek in the 50s doubles competitions.

Island soccer star needs support
Longtime Island resident Sean Pittman recently
concluded a stellar freshman year on the Manatee High
boy's varsity soccer team. Sean was a starter on the
team for much of the season, which went a little bit
further then anyone imagined.
Sean scored one goal for the MHS Hurricanes dur-
ing its 3-1 victory in the 5A, District 11, semifinal
game, which guaranteed them a spot in regional tour-
nament action. Manatee lost to Venice in the district
final, but then shocked a lot of people when they trav-
eled to Ft. Myers on Feb. 12 and came away with an
exciting 2-1 double-overtime win. Pittman didn't score
in that game, but played over 100 minutes to contrib-
ute to the victory.
The magical run came to an end in the regional
semifinals Feb. 17 when the Hurricanes dropped a 3-2
decision to a strong Seminole team.
Sean now turns his efforts to training and raising

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Connor Cloharty fires the ball in from his outfield center field during practice at the Center.
position during his Island Lumber practice at the

Center. Islander Photos: Kevin Cassidy
enough money to join his national Sports Tours team
in Sweden for the Gothia Cup in July. The Gothia Cup,
which is the World Youth Cup, will be a fantastic
learning experience that will surely help him improve
as a player.
If you would like to provide financial assistance to
Sean in his international soccer endeavor, you can con-
tact him at 778-4061.
Good luck, Sean!

Horseshoe winners
Winners in the Feb. 28 horseshoe games were Bob
Lee of Anna Maria City and Ron Pepka of Bradenton.
Runners-up were Adin Shank of Bradenton and Bill
Starrett of Anna Maria City.
The Feb. 25 games were rained out.
The weekly contests get under way every Wednes-
day and Saturday at 9 a.m. at Anna Maria City Hall
Park, 10005 Gulf Drive. There are no membership fees
and everyone is welcome.

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COMING SOON! Two beautiful new 3/2 homes at 306 56th St.
Preconstrucuon pricing starting at $495.000O
Under consLrucoon New 3/2 5 family room with fireplace, beautiful cherry
cabinets with granite countertops Lots of upgrades.
2205 88th St. Ct NW. $396.900.
Lot in northwest Bradenton. 8B-by-21 5-ft Will build your dream home
from your plans or ours. 2203 88th St. Ct NW $120.000
Greg Oberhofer, 720-0932
5500 Marina Drive Holmes Beach 778-7127

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3BR/2BA with
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mily room with fireplace and
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Minnie's on 'Sunnyside'
The new owners of Brian's Sunnyside Up Cafe in the
S&S Plaza in Holmes Beach include Linda Allgire,
left, Mary Doub, right, and Kathy Smart. The cafe
will be renamed Minnie's Beach Cafe and is sched-
uled to open this morning, Wednesday, March 3.
Islander Photo: Rick Catlin

Brian's to Minnie's
Several former staff members of Brian's
Sunnyside Up Cafe in the S&S Shopping Plaza in
Holmes Beach have joined. forces to purchase the cafe.
The new name will be Minnie's Beach Cafe and
co-owner Linda Allgire said the restaurant should be
open Wednesday, March 3, promptly at 7 a.m. for
Other owners include Linda's husband Paul along
with Mary Doub and Kathy Smart.
"We'll have the same great menu and keep the
same hours, and have the same great breakfast and
lunch," Linda pledged.
Hours of operation are from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. week-
days and from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. on weekends.
For more information on Minnie's Beach Cafe, call

Cortez 'pot of gold'
The Pot 0' Gold Vegas-style video entertainment
complex at 9516 Cortez Road W. in the Mt. Vernon
Plaza will hold its grand opening Friday, March 5, and
the game store promises fun and prizes for just about
everyone. As part of the grand opening, a complimen-
tary BBQ dinner will be served from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
to all players.
Pot 0' Gold is already open and each player this
week receives one ticket per day for a special prize
drawing at 9 p.m. March 5.
In addition, Players this week also receive a one-
time daily match play of up to $10.
Video game players receive tickets for winning
games that they can accumulate and redeem for debit
Pot 0' Gold has daily door prize drawings and free
refreshments are served throughout the day.
Players must be 21 or older, and Pot 0' Gold is
open from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Saturday
and from noon until 11 p.m. on Sunday.
For more information about Pot 0' Gold, call 792-

S.. . New 'Old' opening
Old Bridge Village, a
new mixed-use commer-
cial and residential
development in the
historical district of
Bradenton Beach, held
an all-clay open house
Friday, which was
attended by, left to right,
Ellen Holst, Steve Bark,
SBegay Atkinson, Serena
Abrahams, Jan Oden,

.g i Teitelbaum, Diana
Kaeding and Ken Oden.
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Personally healthy
Personal Health Concepts on Longboat Key has
changed its telephone number to 504-3946.
Longboat Key resident Matthew Walters started
last November to help Islanders and mainlanders get
healthy, feel better and live longer.
Coming from Baltimore where he managed a fit-
ness center, Walters said he is specializing in personal
health on an individual basis.
Wellness counseling, personal training, advice on
diet and nutrition, disease prevention, weight loss and
weight control and lifestyle counseling are just some of
the services he's offering.
In addition to his master's degree in physical
education from Ohio University, Walters is a certi-
fied personal fitness trainer through the Synergy
Fitness Co. He's also an avid golfer and former col-
lege baseball player, and has worked in health and
fitness facilities throughout his professional career
before moving to Longboat Key and starting Per-
sonal Health Concepts.
To learn more about Personal Health Concepts,
call Matthew at 504-3946.

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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,

FREE: I will trim your frangipani Plumeria tree free
for the cuttings. Call 798-9173, day or night.

DIGITAL SUNSET PHOTO shoot includes one
matted 11-by-14, two matted 8-by-10s, nine wal-
lets and CD, only $75. Call Creative Originals,

artist. "Grent Apes" circa 1977, Artist and Son, self
portrait. Some prints available. Call 778-0942.

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-

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

NICKELS: INDIAN HEAD, 75, no dates, $10; 13
with good dates, $8. Various commemorative uncir-.
culated 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, includ-
ing carrying bag and a brand new double battery.
$100. Call 778-6234.

Gulf Coast Islands Realty, Inc.
International Residential & Business Brokers
Immigration Consultants & Mortgage Brokers

List your home or business with us
to reach qualified overseas buyers

Call May McNeill or Peter Harris (Broker)
779-0411 or fax 926-9297
3220 East Bay Drive Holmes Beach, FL 34217

crabs, native fish. Delivered to your door. Call
James Lee, 795-1112 or 704-8421.

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

DISCOVER PILATES: beginning to intermediate
class at Anna Maria Art League, 6PM, Wednes-
days $8/hour. Small class, nice atmosphere. Cer-
tified Pilates instructor, Preston Whaley Jr.
Physicalmind Institute. For information, 778-2099.

VISIT FANCY FREE unique gallery and boutique.
Open first and second. Friday evening. Monthly art
walks 6-10pm; every Friday and Saturday after-
noon, 11AM-4:OOPM, and by appointment. 747-
6599 or 750-6318. Located at 1211 11th Ave. W.,
in the Village of the Arts, Bradenton.

AMI KIWANIS CLUB fruit orders benefit Island chil-
dren. Order delicious oranges and grapefruit pack-
ages for shipment to friends and family from mem-
ber Rich Bohnenberger, 778-0355. Honeybell tan-
gelos crop, mature now!

Condominiums" by Ralph B. Hunter. Signed copies
available at The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach. 778-7978.

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

CLASSIFIEDS ADS can be found on line at

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FOR SALE Anna Maria canalfront
home with pool on a quiet
v:. vcul-de-sac. Established
U vacation rental, but also
..S.. ,' the place to be for a
family. MLS#97716.

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

8am-2pm. Furniture, small appliances, tools, house-
hold items, jewelry, linens, clothing and bric-a-brac.
Bake sale and other refreshments. Follow the signs!
Cortez Road and 66th Street West, Bradenton.

YARD SALE Friday-Saturday, March 5-6, 9am.
Tools, antiques, household items, fishing tackle.
310 S. Bay Blvd., Anna Maria.

MOVING SALE: Saturday-Sunday, March 6-7,
7AM-1PM. Furniture, kitchen items, clothing and
lots more. 114 81st St., Holmes Beach.

ANNUAL FLEA MARKET Saturday, March 6, 9am-
3pm. Baked goods, crafts, clothing, jewelry, linens,
tools, books, white elephants, furniture. Come and
have lunch with us. Mt. Vernon Clubhouse, 4701
Independence Drive S., off Cortez Road.

percent off; sterling jewelry 50 percent off; select
antiques 10-40 percent off ; rattan and wrought iron
furniture 25-40 percent off. Niki's Gifts & Antiques
Mall, 5351 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. 779-0729.
Open seven, days.

MULTI-FAMILY YARD sale. Saturday, March 6,
8am. Small refrigerator, hand tools, furniture, two
wrought-iron chairs, sterling silver jewelry, old Barbie
dolls, clothes, etc. 409 72nd St., Holmes Beach.

day, March 5-6, 9am-2PM. Crafts, furniture, lamps,
radios, kitchen, books, clothes, everything must
go! 308 67th St., Holmes Beach.

RUMMAGE SALE: Saturday, March 6, 9AM-1 PM.
St. Bernard Activity Center, 43rd St., Holmes

SELL IT FAST when advertised in The Islander!

at 2203 Ave. C. Bradenton Beach
This Sunday 12-311PM 778-1098
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Asking $795,000 _ .'

tiuIrBruce Harrison

or Brian Heavrin 941 758-7777 R V fRII
View our website: YourManateeHome.com



LOST: PRESCRIPTION glasses in the vicinity of
Key Royale golf course. In case'. 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: $1,000 REWARD! Grey and white with
ring tail lost from Avenue B, Bradenton Beach. 779-
9146 or 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.

WANT TO RENT: Pontoon boat, will only use in
bay, no more than five hours per week. Will rent for
one to three months. Call 737-1121.

$179,000 FLAMINGO BY THE BAY Waterfront 2BR/1.5BA
condo with enclosed lanai overlooking deep- water canal. IB98113
CAY Turnkey furnished 2BR/1.5BA.
Deep-water canal to Palma Sola Bay.
. V Boat dock. Heated Pool. IB96405
i ." $425,000 BUILD YOUR ISLAND
DREAM HOME Canalfront lot available
"' \ in Holmes Beach! IB90367
FOREST 2BR/2BA, close to pool, $900/
month. Call Pat or Bob, 795-2211.

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

2000 HI TIDE aluminum/stainless steel boat lift,
4,500-pound capacity. Switches, everything, but
the pilings. $2,000. You remove. 778-2321.

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

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

Sarah, I am 15-years old. Hourly charge: $5/child
or $3/pet, $2.50/hour for each additional pet or
child. Please call 778-7622, 778-7611 or 447-8593.

male looking for a job. Available after school and
weekends. Call Zachary, 779-9783.

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

419 Pine Ave., Anna Maria FL 34216 PO Box 2150 (941) 778-2291
EVENINGS 778-2632 FAX (941) 778-2294




This superbly located 2BR/2BA, direct Gulffront apartment offers endless
views of sea, sand and sky! Amenities include a spacious Gulffront great room,
almond kitchen with handy pass-through to dining area and ceiling fans
throughout. Live the Island dream for only $750,000!
BROCHURE Visit our Web site at www.betsyhills.com

T1E Islander
Thanks for reading the best
news on Anna Maria Island
since 1992!

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 re-located. Call (561)
799-2005, leave message.

PET GROOMING BUSINESS.west-side, equip-
ment, inventory and long time clients. $30,000.
Terms considered. Real Estate Mart, 756-1090.

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,

Gayle Simyson Schulz...
syecializiU in distinctive
/ yroyerties with potential.
Trust a professional with more than
twenty years of experience to handle
your real estate needs.
S. Home Sales
Property Management
Commercial Leasing
Vacation Rentals
Jim Anderson Realty Company
PO Box 1789 401-B Pine Avenue Anna Maria, FL 34216
941.778.4847 toll free 1.800.772.3235
www.jima nderson realty.com
e-mail: jimsrealtyco@ao I .com6

Thnk fr aino1S I t nTe t' ne


307 Tarpon St. '
Anna Maria

778-9422 -- -

Deep-water canal
access to Bimini Bay
2BR/2BA, large living
room, cathedral ceilings,
four-car parking, work-
shop, place for pool,
beautiful shady garden,
boat dock.
Asking price:




TKE Islander
941-778-7978 5404 Marina Dr.
Holmes Beach
HATS $12
M,L,XL $10
XXL $12



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Elevated. turnkey furnished. great rental, large lot.
room for pool. Seporote 1 BR/1 BA guest room, two-
car garage. Located at 5905 Flo.illa Drive. Holmes
Beach. $455.000. 920-4539.
Also available> 2BR/2BA without dock,. 399,000.


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Enjoy sunsets from this meticulously maintained elevated 3BiU2BA on Gulf
Drive. Great room. open kitchen, large master, wrap-around porch, large beach
access and much more. Perfect home for entertaining. Asking $814,900.
Sharon Slocum, 713-2357
'L Laurie Kermode, 224-9518
"Call us for a free market analysis of your home"
SKeller W illiams
Realty of Manatee


29Years of Professional Service
Experience Reputation Results
4 UNITS-ANNA MARIA Some bayview one 2BR, three 1 BR, room
for pool, large courtyard. $870,000
CAYMAN CAY 2BR/2BA Across from white sand beaches. Ground
floor, private courtyard opens onto heated pool/gazebo area.
Turnkey furnished. Well maintained. $270,000.
1BR/1BA turnkey, poolview, $275,000.
2BR/1.5BA, pool view. Great buy, $310,000.
MARTINQUE Gulffront 2BR/2BA, pool, tennis, elevators.
5400 GULFFRONT complex, 1 and 2BRs, pool.
BEACHFRONT 3BR/2BA home, tastefully decorated.
CAYMAN CAY 2BR/2BA, pool, gazebo across from beach.
5508C MARINA DRIVE 778-0807 800-956-0807
yrealt7@aol.com *www.tdollyyoungrealestate.com

CHECK US OUT AT www.islander.org


530 Key Royale Drive Holmes Beach
pool home on deep water canal. Open floor
plan.Gated courtyard entry. Florida room and
family room. French doors open onto screened
lanai.Pool, fenced backyard, two car garage.
Boaters, Note: 10,000 lb. Boat lift. n-w dock,
no Tbridos'~.nT ~.-",, y. -176',000.



Call Chris and John
Christine T. Shaw
John van Zandt, Realtors

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98'5 L.,i D'," FPO bri> &3 Arl, i .-.i, Fr'..5 ;,:.1
941 778-2259 Fax 941 778-2250
Email amrlty@gte.net
Web site www.annamariareal.com


5910 Marina Dr. Holmes Beach, FL 34217
Call (941) 778-0777 or Rentals 778-0770
1-800-741-3772 OPEN SEVEN DAYS A WEEK
Web site: www.smithrealtors.com

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


5500 Marina Drive
Holmes Beach, FL
Fax: 941 779-2602


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

Thanks for saving "1 saw it in The Islander"



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.

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

3BR/3BA spacious waterfr A & _, d pool and
spa, large mast ,p A rtalian tile and
carpet, eat-i e O at garage. Deep-water canal
and direct ac o Intracoastal Waterway. $776,000.

2BR/2BA, ground- e l- end unit.
Community -- 'goo. ater view. Close to
beaches and 89,900.

2BR/2BA, updated condo with deeded boat dock. Eat-in
-kitchen, wood-burning fireplace, walk-in closets, Jacuzzi
tub. Carport and heated pool. $359,900.

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

From $700 / month
Condos/Homes: $500 week / $1,000 month

779-0202 (800) 732-6434

MLS SmA3iiCoast
Island Shopping Center 5402 Marina Drive
Holmes Beach, Florida 34217 www.suncoastinc.com


SiImply the Best

BAYVIEW Beautiful 3BR/2BA home with unobstructed views
of bay. Large loft for offices or bedroom, wood floors, turnkey
furnished. $549,000.

CANALFRONT CONDO Lovely 2BR/1BA canalfront unit
with waterviews. Offers boat dock, open porch and some fur-
nishings. $279,000.

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

GULF SANDS Directly on the Gulf next to the public
beach. 2BR/2BA, completely updated with tile floors
throughout and all new furniture and completely turnkey.

2BR/2BA home with tile floors,, new appliances, beauti-
ful free-form pool only three blocks to the beach and only

COMMERCIALLY ZONED Block building in historic
district near Bridge Street. Ground level for retail, of-
fice or residential.

100+ Gulffront rental units with hun-
dreds more just steps from the beach.


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

SERVERS NEEDED: All shifts, right now. Great
pay. Apply at Rotten Ralph's. 902 S. Bay Blvd.,
Anna Maria, or call 778-3953

PART-TIME INTERNET research, your computer.
10-20 hours per week. 779-0088.

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.

DON'T FORGET! The Islander has "mullet"
T-shirts. Stop in our office at 5404 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach or order on-line www.islander.org.

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 jour-
nalism education, experience or background relevant
to government reporting. E-mail resumes to
news@Islander.org, fax 778-9392 or mail/deliver to
office, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach FL 34217.

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 information, call 778-7978.

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

Kathy Caserta
Realtor, GRI, CRS

Mike I

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Realty INC
3101 Gulf Drive,
Holmes Beach, FL 34217
(941) 778-6696 Office
(941) 778-4364 Fax
1-800-367-1617 Toll-Free
(941) 778-6943 Home
(941) 704-2023 Cell

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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 misbehaving? Certified computer service
and private lessons. Special $30 per hour- free
advice. 545-7508.

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

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

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

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

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

BEST BUY ON KEY ROYALE Canalfront home, sailboat water, dock,
seawall, no bridges to bay. 3BR/3BA, open floor plan with caged and
heated pool. This home is priced to sell at $599,000.
Vicki Gilbert 941-713-0195

Wedebrock Real Estate Company )
Holmes Beach, Florida
Phone: 941-778-0700 Fax: 941-778-4794
Toll Free: 800-615-9930 www.wedebrock.com

2904 Ave. C., Hol tract pending ed home. S369,900.

2910 Gulf Dr. Holmes contract pending 1 BR/1 BA. $315,000.
7504 15th contract Pending R. $S160,000.
2810 Southern contract pending home. $139,900.


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

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

done at my home office. Extensive experience, in-
cluding legal work. Pick-up and return. Fax avail-
able. 778-0042.

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

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

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

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

COMPUTER SERVICE and repair. Training, main-
tenance, virus and Spyware protection. Island na-
tive. Web site: www.matrixPConline.com. Call
John Baird with Matriy P.. 708-6541.

SEWING: Get your sewing alterations done fast
and reliably. Hems, zippers, sleeves, waistlines,
cushions, etc. Reasonably priced. Call Jenifer
Catlin, 727-5873.
TILE AND MOSAIC custom installation, 20 years
experience. References available. For a reason-
able price call Sebastian, 704-6719.

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out. I can save you time and money. Island resi-
dent, references. For pricing call 713-5967.
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.

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

Lawns, native plants, mulching, trimming, haul-
ing, cleanup. Island resident 25 years. Call

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.

ISLAND LAWNCARE and Landscape is looking for
a few good clients to cater to- Not just another
m .r .. --yu. ;all 750-0112.
GET MOORE FOR your money with Lew Moore.
Complete tree services and chipping, estate/ga-
rage/shed cleanup. Five years on Anna Maria Is-
land. Call 761-7629.

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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. Remod-
eling, 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, cabi-
nets 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.

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

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

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.

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

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

WATERFRONT KEY WEST-style home, 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.

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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.

a two-unit property. 2BR/1BA, completely reno-
vated and furnished. New washer/dryer, micro-
wave. Three-minute walk to beach. Off season,
$500/week $1,500/month. Call Ron, 795-2656.

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.

VACATION RENTAL: 1BR/1BA 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:

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.

ANNUAL RENTAL 1 BR/1 BA in City of Anna Maria.
west of Gulf Drive. $750/month. First, last, security.
Call 778-3523.

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. 1 BR/1 BA with sun
room apartment one block to Gulf and on Lake
LaVista bayou. One person, nonsmoker, pet pos-
sible. Washer/dryer hookup in separate utility room.
$795/month. Call 778-9158.

ANNUAL 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.

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.

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.

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

den, laundry, porch, close to Gulf, remodeled. Call
778-5412 or (585)-473-9361.

covered parkino. hav 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, Decem-
ber 2004, $1,800/month. Call (517) 694-3288.

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

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

Beautiful waterfront view with 25-foot boat dock.
Washer/dryer, two blocks to beach. $975/month.
Call 779-0027.

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

ANNUAL RENTAL: North Shore Drive near Bean
Point. Furnished 2BR/1 BA 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.

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

modeled, 3BR/2BA, home on North Shore, close
to beach. Call for rates. 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 balcnnieo ..o.- ime water. Boat dock.
---,200. Contact 730-5318 or 011-44-1708-
688499. E-mail: Sandypflorida@aol.com.

ANNUAL QUAINT Holmes Beach duplex, 1BR/
1BA, 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.

EL CONQUISTADOR 2BR/2BA, Available annu-
ally and seasonally. Nicely located and furnished,
catnleeurl coilinos, screened lanai, washer/dryer.
Garage storage. Golf. Clay tennis courts. Call 778-
3926 or cell 545-3097.

LOOKING FOR NEXT year? 3BR/2BA Gulffront
condo, heated pool, Jacuzzi, tennis, beach. Avail-
able January, February, March. Call 794-8877.

ANNUAL RENTAL Totally renovated, everything
new, for immediate occupancy. Ground level 3BR/.
2.5BA, direct bayfront home with heated pool. Call
Betsy Hills Real Estate, P.A., at 778-2291.
AVAILABLE FOR MARCH Gulffront condo, 3BR/2BA,
heated pool, Jacuzzi, tennis, beach. Call 794-8877.

LONGBOAT KEY house on the bay. $2,500/month,
available April, May and June. Call 383-6251.

near beach. $1,500/month for one month or $900/
month for six months, includes utilities, 778-2556.
ANNUAL RENTAL 2BR/1BA, garage, laundry
hookup. One block to beach. Adults only. $850/
month. 778-1550.

BAYFRONT HOUSE for rent annually. City of Anna
Maria. 3BR/2BA, private beach, immaculate.
$2,500/month. 778-3006.

ANNUAL RENTAL: North end of Anna Maria. 2BR
duplex, newly renovated, no pets. $750/month, plus
security. 778-6088.

ANNUAL UNFURNISHED or partially furnished
City of Anna Maria, Gulf view. Nonsmoking. $700/
month, first, last, security, plus utilities. 778-5439.

washer/dryer. Two blocks to Gulf. Quiet area. $700/
week, $1,750/month. 779-1112.

SEASONAL 2BR/2BA one block to beach, laundry,
$495/week. Also, Easter week, 2BR/2BA
townhouse condo, heated pool, boat slip, $595/
week. 342-9456 or (239) 410-4466.

ANNUAL RENTAL 3BR/2BA Palma Sola Harbour
condo. New paint, carpet, dock, tennis court, pool.
Three miles to beach. $1,295/month. (800) 308-6069.
GROOMED BEACHES 3BR/2BA condo. 1,535 sf
underroof. Few blocks to Gulf beach and shopping.
Directly above heated pool, turnkey furnished, top
corner unit, tennis courts. $2,000/month for three to
six months. $2,500/month. 224-4640.
ANNUAL DUPLEX 2BR/2BA with laundry facilities.
Steps to beach. Small animals permitted. 778-0837.
CORAL SHORES: Annual rental. Boat dock on salt-
water canal. Close to beach, 3,000 sf, 3BR/2.5BA,
private master suite, two-car oversized garage,
washer/dryer. Immaculate home, abundant storage.
Immediate availability. $1,700/month, $300 security.
Lawn maintenance included. Harry Eschedor, 795-
8956. 5111 Coral Shores, Bradenton.

WANTED TO RENT: Commercial space approxi-
mately 1,400 sq ft. Long-term lease. Parking impor-
tant. 727-8848.
SPRING/SUMMER WEEKLY specials now avail-
able. Duncan Real Estate, 779-0304.

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

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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.

SELL it fast wtih an ad in The Islander.

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

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.

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dock, boatlift
T and pool/spa.
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balconies and views of the bay and Gulf.
Turnkey furnished. Totally updated and
cleaner than new. Enjoy the heated pool and
private boat dock. Great rental income.
$379,000. Call Denny Rauschl, 725-3934 or
$3900.al en aIhl 2-94o

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,

plus three rental units. Great west of Gulf Drive lo-
cation. 100 yards to beach. Walking distance to
shops and restaurants. For sale by owner. 111
36th St., Holmes Beach. $1,100,000. 778-2071.

THE SEA OATS, 2201 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton
Beach. Seize the limited-time opportunity to obtain
at preconstruction prices a condo in a small com-
plex of 8 in paradise! All will have views of private
beach and Gulf of Mexico from windows and bal-
conies. Sarasota Bay to be seen from roof-top ve-
randas. Luxury inside and out. Heated swimming/
spa, glass elevator. Carports, 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.

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.

Doug Dowling Realty
Phone & Fax: (941) 778-1222
E-Mail: dougdowling-@earthlink.net

THE PERFECT GETAWAY Light and bright BERMUDA BAY CLUB Magnificent condo
end unit, turnkey furnished an one block to with Gulf view. 3BR/3BA, elevator and secu-
the beach. Complex has beautiful pool, rity system are part of many upgrades. Enjoy
flexible rental policy and low fees. $239,000. the sunsets from your private balconies or
Call Nicole Skaggs or Jane Grossman at walk steps to white sandy beach. Oversized
778-4800. two-car garage with extra storage. Walkway to
the bay and fishing pier. $775,000. Cindy
Grazar, 504-6176.

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.

dock, five minutes to bay. Custom tile and Pergo
flooring. $215,000. Apollo Beach. Call 779-0153.

glassed lanai, furnished. Call Marilyn Peene, New
Concepts Property, 792-9314.

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

NORTH END 2BR/2BA near Gulf beach. Sun deck,
screened porch, working fireplace, solar. $490,000.
Call 778-2665.

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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. i $775,06 $750,000.

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

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

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S. Bay Blvd., Anna Maria. 2BR/2BA charming, turn-
key-furnished home nestled in tree-house setting.
New carpet, paint. Canal view, Tampa Bay view. Don't
miss out, this one priced to sell! Kristina Talkie, ERA
Mount Vernon Realty Co Inc., 266-8658.

BEACHFRONT COMPLEX. Spectacular sunsets,
Gulf views, endless beach and 2 pools just steps from
your door. Add carefree living in a 1 BR/1 BA condo
with a garden/pool view. $375,000. 795-4830.

OPEN HOUSE Saturday-Sunday 1-5PM. Luxury
country French custom designed and built 3BR/3BA
with myriad special features. 2361 Landings Circle,
75th Street Northwest at Desoto Park. $569,900.
Call 794-3105.

CLASSIFIEDS ADS can be found on line at
www.islander.org. You can read Wednesday's
classified at noon on Tuesday at
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ANNA MARIA BEACH house with separate guest
cottage, completely restored, everything new,
double lot. $1,950,000. Open house 1-4pm Satur-
day, March 6. Charles/Gabe Buky, Coldwell
Banker 387-1864.

upstairs. 1BR or den/1BA downstairs. Designer
furnished. Gorgeous master suite. Tennis, pool.
$279,000. Premier Florida Realty, 761-3720.

HOLMES BEACH NEW bayfront home. Large lot,
open bay views. Every upgrade imaginable.
$1,995,000. Charles/Gabe Buky, Coldwell Banker

GROOMED BEACHES 3BR/2BA condo. 1,535 sf
underroof. Few blocks to Gulf beach and shopping.
Directly above heated pool, turnkey furnished, top
corner unit, tennis courts. $322,000. 224-4640.

SELL it fast wtih an ad in The Islander.

ANNA MARIA LARGE 2BR/2BA canal fronthome,
sailboat water, great water views, fruit trees.
$699,000. Open house Sunday, March 7, 1-4pm.
Charles/Gabe Buky, Coldwell Banker.387-1864.

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.

publication. UP to 3 line minimum includes ap-
proximately 21 words $9. Additional lines $3
each. Box: $3. Ads must be paid in advance.
Classified ads may be submitted through our se-
cure Web site: www.islander.org or faxed to
(941) 778-9392 or delivered/mailed to 5404 Ma-
rina Drive, Holmes Beach FL 34217. We're lo-
cated next to Ooh La La! in the Island Shopping
Center. More information: 778-7978.

Realtor Sales Associate
mi ,.,e, 941-545-0206
.Pager: 941-233-0748
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*" ', "island Aussie Geoff"

Formal Qualifications
33 Years Experience Same Price
Also Commercial and Tax Deferred Exchanges
I respect your privacy and don't bulk mail or cold call
For confidential and personalized service, please phone me anytime
T., a OT the Deal for You
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The Sunray Quad The Whitney Villa
Lake-Bayou Front Direct Bayfront
$250,000 Turnkey Furnished $395.000 over 2,200 sq It
1.874sqft. 3R8/2BA 3-Story 2BR/2 5BA
Around $1,000 a month gets you on
your own private island. 168 acres of
nature preserve, two miles of
waterfront, country club-like facilities,
Indian mounds, museum. Choose
from two prime locations.


3-4BR/2.5BA, formal living, den,
family room, library. Just exudes
quality, class and distinction. Fea-
tures too numerous to list. $349,000.

$103,000 income in 2003. New in
2000. 6BR/6BA, two swimming
pools. Turnkey furnished. One block
to beach. $1,150,000.

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

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:.a duplex in a small complex. 2BR/. 1 5BA FABULOU
..,with views from the screened back porch of TOO! Ave

Best buy on the Island. $310,000 MLS# ing at it. s
100881 $1,299,000
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totally remodeled with over 5,700 sq ft. The
main house has 5BR/5BA, a I BR/1 BA own-
ers quarters, spacious wrap-around porch. 10-
ft. ceilings, hardwood floors and many more
luxurious Features. There are also three private
poolside guest cottages each with 1 BR/i BA
also totally remodeled Relax by the heated
pool on over half-acre of land on the Mana-
lee River You have to see this property.
$1,490,000. MLS# 99042

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3BR '2BA with one-car garage and 16-by-
1 6-f dock Open floor plan with separate
dining area and 1.672 sq ft Enloy the spar-
kling Bimini Bay .alters from *,our large
screened porch This could be your island
dream home $750.000 MLS# 100118.

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VILLA SOFIA 3BR/3BA Tuscan,'Italian
villa with open-air rooftop terrace offering
an amazing 360- view of the Island, Gulf
and bay. Turnkey Furnished Maplewvood
kitchen w,,th Corian countertops Thick solid
maplewood floors throughout the house
Swimming pool with water sterilized by ul-
tra-violet treatment. Elegant and beautiful!
$879,000 MLS# 98112

2BA v.,lh heated pool terini' courts and
boar access to the Intracoastal $290 000

ROD AND REEL MOTEL Lo..caled .;.rn the
sugar ..vhiie sand beaches of .nrina Mar'ia
Island 10 turned, furnished eflicienc, urnit
plus a 2BR I BA turnkey furnished apart.
ment Very v.ell maintained Room for a
pool. In.estors or developers this is ti
$2 750,000 MLS# 100849

ian villa with open-air roohop terrace offering
an amazing 360 view of the Island, Gulf and
bay Turnkey furnished Maplewood kitchen
with Corian countertops Thick solid
maplewood floors throughout the house.
Swimming pool with water sterilized by ultra-
violet treatment Elegant and beautiful!
$879,000 MLS# 98114

C.:.n.do Turnkey furnished 2BP 2BAa
heated pool tennis court The peafe.:- i land
geta...,i $75'? CC'l0 tAi S# 93 1i0

CLOSE TO BEACH 1 BR.' 1 BA each side
duplex ,.,th one car garage Neat and
clear and wailing for you $399,000
MLS# 100889

beach style duplex2 Then this is it! Located
on a fabulous street just steps to the fantas-
tic Gulf beaches and the community boat
dock $599,000. MLS# 97498.

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car garage Pri',ale entry 9-ft ceilings Clas-
.cal...ood finish Refrigerator range, micro-
,.wae, washer, dryer Ceramic tle and car-
penng throughout Recessed lighting All this
and much, much more Don t miss seeing
these fabulous Island retreats' $450,000
and $4-.5 000 MALSu944 14 & #944 12

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13 Wines from Spain
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28 What may be raised at
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31 Lamb specialty
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55 P.D. alert
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67 Hospital staffer: Var.
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Tour victories
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(1966 Critters hit)
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79 How does "no"
describe some
baseball caps?
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84 Cause of many a
85 Top-drawer
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105 What Stephen King
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the letter F?
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movie do taxes and
amine bring to mind?
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and unintelligible talk?
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Wars" droid)
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honorees: Abbr.
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120 Itinerary abbr.

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Newly constructed direct Gulffront home.
Granite counters. Plasma TV, surround
sound, carved glass shower wall, four-car
garage with overhead door on the beach
side. Becky Smith or Elfi Starrett, 778-
2246. #100095. $1,899,000

ISLAND DUPLEX Spectacular bayview
from second floor on the end of the ca-
nal by the future Villa Rosa subdivision.
2BR/2BA each. Short distance to Gulf.
Laurie Dellatorre, 778-2246. #92819.

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

Location! Spacious family home or is-
land retreat! Large corner lot with circu-
lar drive, 2 deeded boat slips, updated
throughout, solar heated pool/spa. Gina
& Peter Uliano, 358-7990. #94820.

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

Adorable, cozy home just steps from the
Gulf. Water views from Florida room,
kitchen, and living room. Great opportu-
nity for investment, or possible expansion
or rebuild. Gina & Peter Uliano, 358-7990.
#99737. S348,900

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Custom-built single-
family homes in gated
community on canals
in Anna Maria. Start-
ing at $1,500,000.

Gulfside condomini-
ums, pool, approxi-
mately 1,900 sq.ft.,
gated parking, deluxe
amen it i es.
Preconstruciton pricing
starts at $1,600,000.

bayside condomini-
ums with boat dock
and pool. Starting at

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