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Uniform Title: Islander (Anna Maria, Fla. : 1992)
Physical Description: Newspaper
Creator: Islander
Publisher: Bonner Joy
Creation Date: March 10, 2004


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newspaper   ( sobekcm )
Spatial Coverage: United States -- Florida -- Manatee -- Anna Maria
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"The Best News on Anna Maria Island Since 1992"

Volume 12, No. 18 March 10, 2004 FREE

Four lawsuits filed against Bradenton Beach officials

By Paul Roat
With claims along the lines of "abusive behavior"
and "damaged reputations," four lawsuits have been
filed in circuit court against various elected and ap-
pointed officials in Bradenton Beach.
"You have cleaned house and run off employees,"
attorney David Wilcox told the city commission as he
had four lawsuits served against Vice Mayor Anna
O'Brien and City Commissioner Lisa Marie Phillips at
the start of the past Thursday's city commission meet-
ing. Board of Adjustment Chair Ken Lohn was also
named in one of the suits.
Wilcox added that he would forward the informa-
tion within the legal matter to the Florida Department
of Law Enforcement and the attorney general's office,

and said that other legal action could follow.
The lawsuits were filed on behalf of former Build-
ing Official Bob Welch, former Code Enforcement
Officer Dawn Betts, developer David Teitelbaum and
Ronald Ockerman, a citizen who was involved with an
altercation with Phillips Jan. 3.
In the Welch versus O'Brien matter, he claims
defamation in his complaint. The suit claims, in part,
that "prior to and since being elected, she has made
negative comments and allegations of wrongdoing by
Welch in his capacity of [building official and] ... has
been engaged in a pattern of harassment of Welch and
his subordinates" ... and "has had a vendetta against
Welch. O'Brien's goal has been to get rid of Welch and
other city employees."

Kids decorate, race on Heritage Day
Winners of the decorated bike "race" in the junior category (ages 3-6) at the Anna Maria Island Historical
Society's Saturday Heritage Day event are, left to right, Chase Droenby, Shelby Barker, Abby Owens, Emma
Bouchard and Riley Hecklinski. More Heritage Day photos inside. Islander Photo: Courtesy Andy Little

ManaSota-88 rejects new

Arvida plan for Perico Island

By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
A revised site plan filed last week by the Arvida
Corporation with the City of Bradenton for its proposed
Perico Island condominium project has been rejected
by the environmental group ManaSota-88.
ManaSota-88 chairman Glenn Compton said that
after studying the revised plan, his organization still has
"serious concerns" about hurricane evacuation, the
environmental impact the project will have on Perico
Island, transportation problems for Manatee Avenue
and the "visual impact" the 10-story buildings will
Arvida's revised site plan reduces the number of
condominium units from 893 to 686 and lowers the
number of buildings from 31 to just 13.
"But they haven't reduced the height of any build-
ings, so that's still a concern we have," said Compton,
"and we've always been concerned about the environ-
mental impact the construction would have on the

island's eco-system.
"There's also an extremely significant hurricane
evacuation and transportation impact, so we are going
to take a long look at the new plan," he added.
ManaSota-88, along with the three Island cities,
Manatee County and other "concerned citizens," al-
ready has a legal challenge to the original site plan
approved by the City of Bradenton in 2000, but
Compton said his organization would consider the cost
of another lawsuit to the new site plan, if necessary.
"We are going to look at all our options. We
haven't reached the point yet where we can't continue
our challenges."
He acknowledged, however, that it's apparent
Arvida isn't backing down on its plan to build the
project, and the day may come when ManaSota-88
finds it is no longer economically feasible to continue
legal objections.
Compton also took a swipe at the Perico Harbor

The lawsuit continues that during a special emer-
gency city commission meeting Feb. 20, O'Brien "ac-
cused Welch of being 'associated professionally with
other entities while on the city payroll.' O'Brien lev-
eled accusations of problems with Welch's work, pro-
fessional competence, integrity and veracity. O'Brien's
allegations are untrue, hurtful and scandalous. O'Brien
knew that her remarks were untrue and she made them
with such willful and wanton disregard for Welch that
they were malicious" and "were intended to subject
Welch to hatred, distrust, ridicule, contempt or dis-
Welch asked for damages in excess of $15,000 and

Middle school charter

in jeopardy, decision

expected Monday
By Diana Bogan
Islander Reporter
The moment of truth for Island Middle School par-
ents and staff will be at 7 p.m. Monday, March 15,
when the Manatee County School Board will decide if
the IMS charter is worthy of renewal.
In the past week, the IMS board of directors re-
ceived word from its school board liaisons during the
charter renewal process that the recommending body
was not in favor of renewing the charter.
Several issues were raised by Manatee County
District Schools Assistant Superintendent Lynette
Edwards in phone conversations with IMS board mem-
bers, which the IMS board attempted to address in a
series of lengthy evening meetings last week.
A seven-hour meeting held at IMS Tuesday, March
2, began a chain of events leading to major changes in
the membership of the board and school administration.

Parson's termination
What began as an inquiry into the powers of the
president of the Island Middle School nonprofit corpo-
ration quickly turned into an inquiry of executive direc-
tor Kelly Parsons' ability to perform her duties.
Board President Genie Salter, who serves as the
corporation's president, us enpowered to act as "edu-
cational and administrative head of the corporation."
She has "general superintendence over the institution,"
and is in charge of bringing such matters to the atten-
tion of the board for it to meet its policy-making re-
The bylaws also state that the president has the
power, on behalf of the directors, to "perform all acts
and execute all documents to make effective the actions
of the board."
Parsons said she has been receiving directives from
board members since January asking her to "fix" deci-
sions she has made.
"I assumed I worked for the board as a whole and
recently learned that isn't the case," Parsons said.
"Who do I take orders from? I get orders from Genie
on a daily basis and I wonder if my decisions will stick
or if I'll be fired for insubordination. I do a dance to
make each one of you happy. I'm looking for a solu-
tion not to lay blame."
"If you can't make good choices," Salter told Par-
sons, "I'm going to make them for you."
Board member Kimberly Holmstrom said she was

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Lawsuits lodged against officials
requested a jury trial.
"There is so much mudslinging going on," Welch
said at the meeting, "that you all should be dressed in
brown. You should resign your positions, and I'm ask-
ing the citizens for your recall."
In the Betts versus O'Brien, Phillips and Lohn law-
suit, the Feb. 20 meeting was again cited, in which
O'Brien accused her and Teitelbaum of "'inappropri-
ate behavior in front of citizens, and she has been seen
on the porch with Teitelbaum being very intimate and
there is an atmosphere of intimacy and she needs to
watch what the hell she's doing in public."
The suit continues that "O'Brien stated or implied
that Betts was being paid or employed by Teitelbaum
while she was still working for the city, the implication
being that she was engaged in improper, illegal or un-
ethical behavior. O'Brien's statements were intended
to subject Betts to hatred, distrust, ridicule, contempt
or disgrace. O'Brien's statements impugned Betts' pro-
fessional integrity and materially damaged her profes-
sional reputation."
Regarding Phillips, Betts' suit states that "Phillips
accused Betts of selectively enforcing the city codes,
not doing her job and stated that unless something were
done to prevent such, Betts would take improper ac-
tions in her official capacity 'on the way out the door.'
Phillips either knew that her remarks were untrue or she
made them with such willful and wanton disregard for
Betts that they were malicious."
Regarding Lohn, Betts' suit claims defamation.
Again citing the Feb. 20 meeting, in which Lohn
claimed "there's corruption involved here," the suit
states that "Lohn spoke up from the audience during the
meeting and stated that there was 'corruption involved'
and that he could 'testify to corruption in the matter
under discussion' which were matters exclusively con-
cerning Betts. The accusation was clearly that Betts
was guilty of corruption. Lohn's allegations are untrue,
hurtful and scandalous."
A jury trial was requested in the suit.
In the Teitelbaum versus O'Brien suit, the devel-
oper of the city's Old Bridge Village condominium
project states that "O'Brien has opposed any develop-

Bradenton Beach City Commnissioner Lisa Marie
Phillps was served with a lawsuit during last week's
commission meeting, along with Vice Mayor Anna
O'Brien and Board of Adjustment Chair Ken Lohn.
Islander Photo: J.L. Robertson
ment or redevelopment of real estate in Bradenton
Beach for a number of years. She has made negative
comments and allegations of wrongdoing by
Teitelbaum throughout the development process, both
as a private citizen and after she became elected to
public office. O'Brien has been engaged in a consistent
pattern of harassment of Teitelbaum, his workers, visi-
tors and customers since-the project started.
"O'Brien, without permission or invitation, ap-
pears on or about the Old Bridge Village site on almost
a daily basis, whereupon she takes photographs, uses
abusive and foul language to workers and customers,
and has called the city police again and again making
unfounded complaints to them."
Teitelbaum's suit again references the Feb. 20
meeting in statements involving he and Betts.
He also said in his lawsuit that "O'Brien has com-
mitted various and sundry actions which constitute a
violation of certain rights of Teitelbaum which are se-
cured by the Constitution and laws of the United States.
O'Brien harassed and threatened customers of
Teitelbaum who are visiting the property by yelling at
them, swearing at them, and generally being abusive to
them resulting in driving them off and preventing them
from purchasing the property, all to the significant and
material detriment of Teitelbaum.
"O'Brien has harassed and interfered with

Teitelbaum's business by exerting her influences as
vice mayor and city commissioner on city employees
such as the building official, the code enforcement of-
ficer and the police department in attempts to have
them use their official position against Teitelbaum. All
of O'Brien's actions were designed to deprive
Teitelbaurn of the possession, enjoyment and use of his
property in contravention to the United States Consti-
"Teitelbaum has been damaged by having custom-
ers intimidated and verbally abused by O'Brien, result-
ing in their loss of interest in purchasing a unit in the
project which is a lost sale of units marketed at $1 mil-
lion and the costs of carrying the units for an extended
period due to O'Brien."
He is asking for damages in excess of $15,000, and
a jury trial.
"I'm dismayed to see how much damage you com-
missioners have accomplished since taking office,"
Teitelbaum told commissioners last week. "Your plan
to 'clean house' at city hall has been implemented in
less than four months. You have decimated the city
government by firing the city's lawyer, planner, build-
ing official, two members of the planning and zoning
board and now the code enforcement officer. You have
damaged reputations of professional people without
"A profound message will be delivered shortly,
and there are other strong messages to follow," he con-
tinued. "Your personal activities, and how city hall will
operate in the future, is about to change."
In the Ockerman versus Phillips lawsuit, he states he
and his wife were driving on 22nd Street and as he slowed,
"Phillips pulled up behind him and blew her horn and
started gesturing at him. It appeared to Ockerman that
Phillips 'flipped him off,' so he returned the favor."
After they both exited their vehicles, Ockennrman's suit
states that "Phillips was hysterically yelling and gesturing
at Ockerman and made him concerned for his safety and
the safety of his wife, who was sitting in the car."
When Ockerman said he was going to call the po-
lice, Phillips said "'Go ahead. Call the police. I am a
city commissioner and I run the police, and I run the
Ockerman is asking for damages in excess of
$15,000, and an injunction against Phillips.

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Current IMS board
The Island Middle School Board of
Directors has undergone yet another
transition in membership since the
start of the school year, with three
new members. The current board
members from left are Ed Upshaw,
Jim Ferguson, Pain Bertrand,
Marlene West, Kimberly Holmstrom
and Genie Salter. Shellie Hodges and
Noranne Hutcheson resigned from
their board positions last week.
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unaware of the distinction between the board and the
role of the president and that the bylaws need to be
Parsons was called away from the meeting before
the issues surrounding her role as executive director
could be resolved.
Julie Krokroskia, the school's accountant, stated
that Parsons has done her best to lead the school but
everyone could "kiss it goodbye if the board doesn't do
something drastic.
"If you can't do the job, put a smile on your face
and get it done don't come to work," Krokroskia
Salter said she had several problems with Parsons'
recent job performance. Salter said Parsons failed to fill
a public record request for alleged video tapes of board
meetings, although Parsons told Salter she could not
turn them over because they were never in her posses-
Salter had a number of reasons for wanting to dis-
miss Parsons, but a major factor was Parsons' response
to the district's charter renewal team's inquiries. Salter
said Edwards told her that the response was "grossly
Salter moved to fire Parsons and the board unani-
mously agreed.
Parsons said she learned about her termination in
the morning newspaper and that she was later notified
by Salter of the board's decision through e-mail.
Parsons said the board never reviewed her perfor-
mance and did not address her questions regarding the
chain of command.
"I felt paralyzed trying to meet the needs of the
kids, run the school and pacify the board president on
a daily basis," Parsons said.
Holmstrom is presently running the school office
until the board decides whether to hire an interim di-

Board membership
Salter said she understood that a prime concern of
parents was the need to add more expertise to the
board. Two parents, Jim Ferguson and Ed Upshaw, had
submitted letters of interest.
Ferguson said he would bring his expertise in fi-
nance to the board and that he has a vested interest in
seeing the school succeed as a parent of a sixth-grader.
Upshaw said he would defer to Ferguson and wait
for the board to elect members in April when terms
expire for all current board members.
Ferguson was unanimously voted onto the board.
Shellie Hodges position as the parent representa-
tive to the board was then brought into question and
Holmstrom indicated she overheard Hodges make dis-
paraging remarks about the board.
Salter indicated that Edwards called to question a
possible conflict of interest for board members to be
employed by the school.
Holmstrom moved for Hodges' removal from the
board and Salter seconded. Hodges then resigned.
Pam Bertrand was later nominated by the parents
to fill Hodges' position until the annual corporation
meeting in September, when the parent representative
is duly elected for the new school year.
By the end of the week, Noranne Hutcheson re-
signed her position from the board her second such
resignation since the charter was formed.
In her resignation notice, Hutcheson wrote that
Salter has shown a lack of respect for fellow board
members, the IMS community, and the students, which

Hutcheson said there will likely be more lawsuits
following the board's recent actions and the powers
Salter has assumed as president of the corporation.
"I can no longer condone your actions or the recent
actions of the board of directors," Hutcheson wrote.
Ed Upshaw was approved to serve the rest of
Hutcheson's term on the board.

Budget update
Krokroskia re-addressed the school budget cuts
with board members and indicated several cost-cutting
measures had been taken to reduce the school's
$27,000 deficit to $9,974.
Krokroskia told the board she received a call from
the Manatee County School District's finance director
after reading reports about the school's budget crisis in
local newspapers.
Krokroskia told the board more cuts need to be
made and the board agreed to her suggestions. The lat-
est round of budget cuts include eliminating all consult-
ant fees, including Noranne Hutcheson's position as the
school's curriculum consultant, effective March 10.
The administration is also restricted from purchas-
ing any additional supplies, including text books, and
from incurring repair costs for technology equipment.
The budget for cleaning and repairs made over the
summer has also been reduced.
Krokroskia said she assured the remaining full-
time teachers, Jimi Gee, Sandy Brousseau, Ashley
Elles, Lori Guerrin and Micheline Grenier-Jones, that
they would continue to be paid.
Krokroskia recommended reducing health insur-
ance benefits for Parsons and Hodges. Both adminis-
trative employees had opted to receive health coverage
for their dependents in lieu of higher salaries.
Krokroskia suggested they be required to pay for their
dependent health care.
The board's termination of Parsons, however,
made the suggestion moot.
Krokroskia said the school could save an additional
$6,000 if it asks teachers to pay half the cost of their
health benefits for the remainder of the school year.
"Nothing is left but the bare bones," Krokroskia
Transportation costs are still a big issue in the bud-
get because the school pays a driver by the hour and per
mile from IMS to 26th Street in Bradenton. Ferguson
said he would investigate how many students are using
the bus service and determine if any reduction in ser-
vices can be made.
If the school were to close, Krokroskia reminded
the board members, they would be responsible for the
deficit. Krokroskia made it clear that the MCSB would
absorb all the school's assets and the board members
would be accountable for its entire debt.
Krokroskia said she was still unsure which board
members would absorb the cost, the current members
or the members serving when the budget was approved.
"We may be looking at a shut-down budget,"
Krokroskia admitted, "but I refuse to accept that fact
until [the school board] makes its vote. If we don't do
something drastic we'll seal our fate."

Charter renewal
Krokroskia urged parents to get involved and get
the attention of the school board members who will
vote on the fate of the school.
"This is the time to write a letter as a parent, ex-
plaining why you would support renewing the charter,"
Krokroskia said.
Krokroskia also suggested the board find someone
the school board respects to come in and save the

school and fix it.
Salter said she determined from her discussions
with Edwards that the problems with the charter re-
newal stem from the current school year. Salter said the
school district has concerns with the IMS curriculum.
Salter said she learned the school has a marginal
chance of remaining open next year.
Both Salter and Holmstrom met independently
with Edwards to discuss the school's curriculum and
address some of the school district's concerns.
The board agreed it would be wise to seek a one-
year charter renewal when the school board votes
March 15.
In the meantime, board members are searching for
an interim director and pursing the possibility of bring-
ing back some staff that parents favored in the past.
Hutcheson threw her hat in the ring for consider-
ation as the interim director if a majority of parents
support her, and if Holmstrom and Salter resign from
the board.


Anna Maria City
March 10, 4:30 p.m., Capital Improvement Advisory
Committee meeting.
March 10, 6:45 p.m., Environmental Education and En-
hancement 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. Agenda:
Lake La Vista subdivision "reserved" partial discus-
sion, discussion of contract for remodeling city hall,
discussion of vacant lot adjacent to historical park on
Pine Avenue, discussion of procedures regarding bring
recommendation forward from board or committee,
fireworks ordinance discussion, Chilson Avenue drain-
age project discussion, resolution regarding draw-
bridges to Island, prioritization of old and new busi-
ness, and public comment.
March 16, 6:30 p.m., planning and zoning board meet-
Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive,

Bradenton Beach
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-
March 16, 1 p.m., scenic highway committee meeting.
March 18, 1 p.m., city commission meeting.
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.,

Holmes Beach
March 11, 7 p.m., planning commission meeting.
March 18, 9 a.m. code enforcement board meeting.
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive,

Of Interest
March 10, 1 1 a.m., Island Emergency Operations Cen-
ter meeting at Fire Station No. 1, 6001 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach.
March 10, 1:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., Better Government
Seminar sponsored by The Islander, 5801 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach.
March 15, 3:30 p.m., Island Transportation Planning
Organization meeting, Holmes Beach City Hall.


Voters speak: Taxes for fire district, sales tax fail in Manatee

Tuesday's election saw rejections in both the sales
tax and the West Manatee Fire & Rescue District tax.
The half-cent sales tax for environmental and rec-
reational lands question was posed for all voters. The
question, "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 wastewa-
ter facilities, transportation, public transit, parks, boat

Arvida plan still upsets

Marina dredging application, which is still under con-
sideration by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
"Obviously, Perico Harbor is attempting to accom-
modate Arvida's development and the demand for
large boat slips and a deep-water marina that the project
would generate," he said.
In its new site plan, Arvida said the building cov-
erage would be on just 13.65 of the 353 total acres in
the site.
Open space would account for 235 acres, while 35
acres would be for stormwater retention. Recreational
areas, including a 10,000-square-foot clubhouse with
amenities, tennis courts and open recreational areas,
would account for 8.5 acres.
The new plan calls for walking trails and bike
paths, and a boat launch area for kayaks, canoes and
small sailboats.
The "existing 124 acres of shoreline, wetlands and
mangroves will be left intact," Arvida pledged.
Arvida's project summary said the reduction of
207 units would result in a "significant decrease in traf-
fic and congestion by approximately 23 percent, or 759
average trips per day."
At the same time, however, Arvida estimated that
the projected average vehicle trips per day to and from
the project onto Manatee Avenue would still be 3,300.
Using 2.4 as an average number of residents per
unit, the project would house an estimated 1,650 people
when sold out.
Compton said the new site plan appears to be based
upon a Bradenton comprehensive-plan amendment on
density requirements recently passed by the city coun-
cil and forwarded to the Florida Department of Com-
munity Affairs for approval. The DCA has not yet ruled
on that amendment, he said.
The current ManaSota-88 lawsuit against the
project claims the Arvida plan did not conform to the
requirements of Bradenton's comprehensive plan.
Compton and ManaSota-88 attorney Dan Lobeck
have said previously that if the DCA approves the new
amendment, it might be difficult to pursue another le-
gal challenge.
But Arvida vice-president Ed Hill said the new site
plan conforms to the current City of Bradenton com-
prehensive plan, not any proposed amendment.
"This plan has no co-relation with the pending
comprehensive plan amendment. This was done volun-
tarily and this is what we want to build, regardless of

ramps and recreational facilities, public buildings, erosion
control, and public safety vehicles? For or Against," failed
24,349, or 51.63 percent, to 22,816 votes, or 48.37 percent
of the vote.
About $7 million would have been used to buy or pro-
tect environmentally sensitive lands, $7 for recreational
purposes and about $4 million to municipalities in the
county for like purposes.
Island voters, and all electors within the West Manatee
Fire & Rescue District, had a question on the ballot about the
implementation of an ad valorem tax in addition to the current

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Arvida site plan shows 13 buildings
The revised Arvida site plan for its Perico Island
condominium project shows 13 buildings along a
single boulevard, down from 31 in the original site
plan. The new plan calls for 686 condominium units,
207 less than in the original plan.

what is or is not in the amendment," he said.
Any construction, however, is at least two years
away, and the build-out of the entire project would
likely take between eight and 10 years, he added.
"Each building is phased in" as buyers purchase
units, Hill noted.
Prices will range from the low $300,000 to $1 mil-
lion for luxury units.
"This is a unique plan and it has taken a consider-
able amount of time to come up with a favorable plan
that includes a reduction in traffic" along State Road
64, he said.
The new site plan is now being studied by the City
of Bradenton Department of Developmental Services.
Following that study, the city's planning commission
will review the application at its April meeting and
submit a recommendation to the Bradenton City Coun-
cil for discussion and vote:

assessments. The question, "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 authorized to exercise its ad valorem taxing
authority, in an annual amount not to exceed 3.75 mills
as authorized by Chapter 191 Florida Statutes? Yes or
No," failed 3,968, or 50.82 percent, to 3,840, or 49.18
percent of the vote.
Neither tally falls within the recount require-
ments of Florida law, according to Manatee County
Supervisor of Elections Bob Sweat.

Island Marine offer

down to $2 million
By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Owners of the Island Marine property on Pine
Avenue in Anna Maria have lowered their asking price
to the city to $2 million, down from their "take it or
leave it" offer of $2.5 million at a Jan. 22 meeting with
city commissioners, Mayor SueLynn and representa-
tives of the Trust for Public Lands.
At that time, the city left the offer because owner
Jeff Van Hoose said he wouldn't come down from the
price, even if an independent appraisal of the property
required by the Trust for Public Lands was lower (The
Islander, Jan 28, March 3).
The TPL purchases properties of historical or
public significance for municipal governments, then
helps arrange financing for the municipality to pur-
chase the property for public use. The municipality
uses the time between the TPL purchase and subse-
quent acquisition by the city to obtain grant funding
to offset the cost.
Van Hoose said at the Jan. 22 meeting he already
had an offer of $2.5 million and Commissioner Duke
Miller advised him then to take that offer.
But times, along with offers and prices, seem to
have changed rapidly.
After the planning and zoning board voted in late
January to recommend that the city commission deny
a variance request from Van Hoose to build five single-
family dwellings on the property which is zoned
residential-office-retail Van Hoose countered that
he was willing to reopen the negotiations with the city.
Following a meeting between City Attorney Jim
Dye and Barbara Levin, representing the property own-
ers, Van Hoose lowered his asking price and TPL pro-
posed a two-phase process to Levin and Island Marine
owners to proceed with a potential purchase.
Central to the process, however, is an estimated
$2,000 independent appraisal that the city must pay for.
If the appraisal comes back with a land value less
than $2 million, the current owners have the option of
accepting or rejecting the appraisal.
Should the owners accept the appraisal value, TPL
then moves forward with a contract to purchase the
property, subject to the city acquiring funding to pur-
chase the property from TPL through a Florida Com-
munities Trust grant.
TPL will work with the city to prepare the neces-
sary grant for FCT funding.



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'Plan X' parking going forward in Anna Maria

By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
It may not be the parking plan every Anna Maria
commissioner or city resident wants, and it took a
somewhat stormy parking worksession March 4 to get
the go-ahead, but commissioners eventually agreed to
move forward with Commission Chairperson John
Quam's "Plan X" to solve the city's parking woes, or
at least provide some relief for those woes.
The consensus to proceed came only after commis-
sioners traded some verbal accusations among them-
selves and with members of the public, and argued the
merits of Plan X and some of the other parking solu-
tions proposed the past 30 years.
Plan X essentially calls for 107 designated park-
ing spaces on streets within the beach access zone as
defined in the Baskerville-Donovan Inc. parking report.
BDI, the city's engineering firm, had originally
recommended 171 spaces, but had identified more than
350 potential parking spaces in the BAZ.
Under Plan X, however, the commission will have
to decide where the spaces will be located on each
street, and some commissioners don't want to make
that choice.
"I feel very uncomfortable sitting up here trying to
identify spots," said Commissioner Carol Ann Magill,
who favored open public parking in the BAZ on a one-
year trial basis.
Commissioner Dale Woodland said he did not sup-
port Plan X because it was restrictive, divisive and too
complicated. He agreed with Magill that open parking

should be tried for one year.
Commissioner Linda Cramer chimed in that she had
always supported resident-only parking, but there was
never a commission majority to support that option.
Quam, however, said he thought the commission at
the last parking workshop wanted to give residents some
parking relief and were in favor of Plan X.
"Well, if we don't make a decision now, we're going
to have a mess," said Quam.
"Everyone is not going to be happy," he added, but
it's time the commission make some "difficult" decisions.
Commissioner Duke Miller said the city had paid
BDI to designate the locations. Now, under Plan X, the
commission was to make that decision.
"I'm not going to tell someone that they are going
to have parking in front of their house for life," said
"But I still support Plan X" as a compromise solu-
tion, he added.
For the past 18 months, the commission has looked
at permit parking, resident-only parking, alternate-
street parking, parking on the right of way decided by
individual property owners and open parking, he ob-
served, none of which have been acceptable to a ma-
jority of commissioners.
"We've come full circle, so I'm supporting Plan X
as, something simple on the table."
Many residents at the meeting agreed, although it
seemed as if some were in favor of Plan X as long as park-
ing spaces weren't placed on the street they live on.
But do something, said Joe Romeo of Park Avenue.

There is no "perfect plan," but meeting after meet-
ing after meeting on parking takes place and "we don't
get anywhere," he observed. "So give Plan X a chance.
Nothing is perfect. You can always adjust it. At least
get us started" on a parking solution.
John Cunningham of Fern Street, who has had
numerous problems with public parking in front of his
house, said he's supported every plan proposed before,
and he supports Plan X.
George Lott of Oak Avenue suggested that the
commission meet with residents of each street where
designated parking spaces will be located.
Even Cramer agreed to compromise, saying "let's get
moving and pick some spots," but she noted there could
be exceptions to some proposed parking locations.
The public mood for the commission to "do some-
thing" appeared to carry some weight with the commis-
Commissioners, some reluctantly, agreed to have
Quam proceed with marking exact parking locations on
some of the BAZ streets and return with that map to the
March 11 commission workshop.
Fine, said Miller, but "I just want to be sure Quam
isn't wasting his time. Is there a consensus to proceed?"
There was, and Quam said he will try to identify as
many spaces on as many streets as possible before
March 11 and present a map for.commissioners and
residents at that meeting.
Handicap-accessible parking spaces would be lo-
cated on Maple and Oak Streets. Some streets and
blocks in the BAZ would have no parking.


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... Before you leap
What we have here, fellow Islanders, is a painful
lesson in the value of second thoughts.
Four lawsuits against Bradenton Beach officials. Is-
land Middle School officials named in other lawsuits.
Holmes Beach in multiple lawsuits. Threats of a new law-
suit in Anna Maria. Most of these could be avoided, it
seems to us, by second thoughts before actions were taken.
Former employees of the city are suing Bradenton
Beach's vice mayor and a city commissioner. The com-
missioner is named in another suit by a citizen in a
separate incident. So is the chair of a city regulatory
board, a volunteer who is not paid for his services. And
then there's ....
Well, you get it. There's confusion and anger and
damaged reputations and a lot of other personal reactions,
and it's all laid out starting on Page One of this edition.
The point is, most of it could have been avoided
with a little judicious second-thinking on the part of
several people who should know better.
Voters appreciate some individuality in their gov-
ernmental representatives, even a show of asperity on
occasions that either require it or excuse it. But tan-
trums? Accusations against staff members who can't
fight back? Come on!
And there's, a worse consequence in both the
Bradenton Beach and Island Middle School instances.
It's obvious and immediate in the school's case: The
bad blood and rage and lawsuits are quite likely to help kill
the school. And with it the education for its students, who
inevitably are adversely affected by the turmoil.
As for Bradenton Beach, since the last election, the
city has become a candidate for municipal buffoon of
the year. It's been especially amusing to the folks in
Anna Maria who are relieved to have the "heat" di-
rected from them for the first time in a long time.
In Holmes Beach, the lawsuits are the consequence
of a city willing to give up height restrictions, sell off
city property and otherwise facilitate development -
and possibly the city attorneys who are representing
both sides.
Anna Maria's on the verge of a suit over its build-
ing moratorium, which like nearly all things there, has
dragged on too long.
Now it's serious. There may not be a way back to
reason and stability, short of the courts. But those of
good will, you can bet, will be trying to find the way.
Help them. They need it.
We all need apologies.

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Support officials
The newly elected officials of Bradenton Beach
have been given the power to act according to what
they think is right.
They were elected by the majority of the city resi-
dents based on their platform of "Save our Neighbor-
hoods. "
The people that criticize them either don't know
what goes on in the city or are opposed to the wishes
of Bradenton Beach's majority.
As a resident of Bradenton Beach, I applaud their
efforts and stand behind them.
Inks Norman, Bradenton Beach

No condo city, please
On Feb. 18, I attended the Holmes Beach Board of
Adjustment hearing. If you have read the informative
reports of this hearing and of other issues relative to the
Frank Davis case in The Islander, you have an idea of
the situation. I listened carefully and, I hope, objec-
tively and yet I remain unconvinced that the decision
was a correct one.
I think the three men who voted for the variance
might need to offer the community an explanation for
their actions and their decision. As I understood the
proceedings, the questions I would like answered are:
Why was the agenda changed so that the Davis
case could be heard first? So a precedent could be set?
If that is true, who will benefit from this precedent? It
was stated that there were 12 to 15 more cases like this
Why did one member of the board continually re-
fer to Mr. Davis as "Frank" while not assuming the
same air of familiarity with the other side? To me, this
smacked of cronyism and collusion.
Why did the board seem to ignore two contentions
made by Mr. John Shubin that I thought were signifi-
cant? When Mr. Davis purchased the property, it was
at that time not in conformance with the then-current

code. Additionally, as there was no savings (grandfa-
ther) clause, how could Mr. Davis call for one retroac-
It seemed to me that (attorney) Mark Singer
charged the board to consider the "hardship criterion"
as the basis for its decision. The board seemed to side-
step the charge. Does Mr. Davis have a real hardship?
The existing structure on the lot in question is appar-
ently sound and a current source of income to him. If
he is allowed to build the proposed condo unit, he ap-
parently wants to move the structure to use it as it is
being used now.
Not everyone over the age of 50 wants to live in a
condo city. What attracts many people to this Island is
cherished by those who return and stay is the feeling of
going back in time to a more relaxed, slower paced,
more neighborly community.
That said, everyone realizes that change in-
duced by nature or humanity is inevitable, but
change by humans can be instituted with the best inter-
ests of the social and environmental communities in
One of the many reasons my husband and I choose
to live on this Island is that we rarely have to leave it
for goods, services and entertainment. We value the
friendly, symbiotic relationship of residential and busi-
ness needs and concerns, and we trust that the business
people here share the "best interests" of the majority of
people I speak with resident and tourist alike who
want to keep the quaintly quirky flavor of this Island
from changing too much.
Final question to commissioners: What are your
motives for serving on this board? If they are for pub-
lic service, we truly appreciate your expertise and sac-
rifices. If you really love this Island and care about its
future, I hope that with your decisions you consider the
message and the legacy you send to, not just this com-
munity, but to your own children and grandchildren.
Nancy R. Deal, Holmes Beach


Postmaster Willis retiring

By Jim Hanson
Islander Correspondent
Bob Willis is retiring after 30 years a postman, 11
of them as postmaster here, but he's not going any-
where it took him too long to get "back home."
He will be honored at a "so long for now" party
Friday, March 12, from 5-6 p.m. at DCoy Ducks Bar
and Grille, 5410 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, and the
whole Island is invited.
Willis is an "Islander to the bone," bom here and
reared as an Islander until the family moved to Bradenton.
His father is the attorney and judge who incorporated
Holmes Beach as a city. The judge, now 92, and his wife
are living in Freedom Village, Willis said.
The family lived in a house on an acre. of
beachfront which the judge sold for $4,000 in the
1950s. The Martinique condominiums are there now.'
Young Bob graduated from the University of
South Florida and continued graduate studies almost
everywhere he worked-- George Washington Univer-
sity in Washington, D.C., Memphis State University,
Old Dominion in Virginia.
He was a contractor with the U.S. Postal Service in
Washington for a couple of years, then 30 years ago
took a fulltimejob with the service. He served in Wash-
ington, Memphis, Tampa and "finally got where I had
been plotting all along to be, Anna Maria Island."
"The job is great, the community is just grand,

The Anna Maria Tour of Homes is scheduled from
10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, March 20, to benefit the Anna
Maria Island Community Center.
Featured on the tour will be two homes in Holmes
Beach and three in Anna Maria, opened to the public
for the day. An Island Tropical Treasures boutique fea-
turing handcrafts of the tour committee will be in one
of the tour homes, and a handmade quilt will be raffled
there for $1 per chance. "Taste of the Tour" at Island's
End Bistro will include refreshments from 1:30-4 p.m.,
$6 per person.

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Bob Willis, left, with window clerk Mike Boesen at
the Bradenton Beach Post Office. Islander Photo:
J.L. Robertson
there are fine people in the office," he said. Now he
figures on traveling a bit, doing some fishing, "getting
my golf game going again."
As a certified engineer in Florida, he considered
starting a second career in engineering "but I decided
if I wanted to work, I'd rather go on being postmaster."
He has lived for years in Holmes Beach and plans
to continue doing so.
It will be a month or more until a new postmaster
is selected. Meanwhile, Pam Hickman, who he said has
been at the Bradenton Beach office for several years,
will be in charge.

Price of the tour is $12 per person in advance, $15
the day of the tour.
The tour will include the homes of Jack and Katie
Whelan, 203 55th St., Holmes Beach; Andre Renard and
Carol Whitmore, 8324 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach;
Tom and Chris Tollette, 505 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria;
Evan and Janet Ancher, 103 Newton Lane, Anna Maria,
where the boutique and raffle will be; and Marty and Jan
Hiller, 705 N. Shore Drive, Anna Maria.
Additional information may be obtained by calling

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The March 10, 1994, issue of The
Islander announced that:
Holmes Beach voters elected Rich Bohnenberger as
mayor by a 872-to-397 vote over candidate Joy Courtney.
Re-elected as city commissioners were Carol Whitmore
and Pat Geyer, while Luke Courtney also gained a com-
mission seat by 16 votes over Lee Edwards..
The Holmes Beach City Commission told repre-
sentatives of the Florida Department of Transportation
it favored a 30-day closing of Cortez Bridge for needed
repairs. The DOT favors that option, representatives
said, but also presented the commission with an option
of 31 weeks of single-lane closures during repairs.
Wet Willies Inc. of St. Petersburg submitted an
application to Bradenton Beach to establish a beachside
rental business in the 300 block of Gulf Drive South.
The business would include Jet-ski, waterbike and ca-
bana rentals in addition to a concession stand, the ap-
plication said.


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by Rick Catlin

Food for Liberty
Bill Olson was already a married man and a meat
department manager for an A&P supermarket when he
was drafted into the U.S. Army in November 1942.
Although a lot of other married guys were avoid-
ing the draft through a deferment, Bill figured going
into the Army was the least he could do for his coun-
Most of the men called up that November were
from New York and New Jersey, so the Army formed
the 77th Infantry Division from the men, later called
the "Liberty" division for the distinctive Statue of
Libery patches the men wore on their uniforms.
But an army and a division travel on its stomach
and although there's an unwritten army rule that you
never volunteer for anything, Bill's hand went up when
division headquarters asked for volunteers who knew
how to cook to staff the mess halls.
"I volunteered as a kitchen worker, but when the
commanding officer found out I knew how to cut and
cook meat, they made me a staff sergeant in charge of
a company mess hall. That was fine with me because
I didn't have to do any K.P. (kitchen police) duty."
The division went to Hawaii for training in 1943
and participated in its first invasion on Guam in early
But don't get the idea that mess hall staff sat back
on the ships and waited for the fighting to stop before
going ashore.
"We would usually hit the beach in the fourth or
fifth wave," said Bill. "And we went ashore armed with
our rifles. When the Japs fired at us, we shot back."
Because the troops were eating "K" and "C" ra-
tions the first few days, the mess hall wasn't normally
established until the fifth day.
The mess hall staff was a~sig nd as medical order-
lies and male nurses until the kitchens were set up.
"We usually started cooking hot meals on the fifth
day of the invasion, so it was a lot of work and we were
right there on the front lines. We didn't miss any of the
Invasion followed invasion for the Liberty division
and Bill and his mess hall finally landed on Leyte in the
Philippines as part of Gen. Douglas MacArthur's in-
vading force that fulfilled hiis pledge, "I shall return."
But on Leyte, Bill and his men encountered their
first Kamikaze "suicide" Japanese planes and troops.
During the invasion, about two dozen Japanese
aircraft attacked the fleet, and two planes got through
and crashed on an aircraft carrier about 100 yards lr'.:
Bill's ship.
"Luckily for us, the Japanese were targeting the
carriers. We found out later about 800 men died in the
suicide attacks. It could easily have been our ship."
After going ashore, his unit was ordered to *';- f
holes one morning about 5 a.m. because the Jt, .',se
had infiltrated the front lines.
"About 25 Japanese soldiers snuck by us du.-! :
night," Bill said. "We had been told not to siouo, he-
cause the Japanese had suicide grenades they would
throw. After they walked by us without seeing us, how-
ever, someone opened up and all hell broke loose. That
was the end of them real quick."
But Bill's reputation as a cook far outweighed his
combat exploits.
"We had a lot of generals and brass who would
come by to eat our chow. A lot of that was because we
had good food, and we always cleaned our equipment
and the mess kits with hot water to kill any dysentery
One proud moment for Bill was when legendary
war correspondent Ernie Pyle came for lunch during
the Okinawa invasion. A few days later, Pyle was killed
by a sniper bullet.
"Okinawa was the bloodiest battle of the war. We
were shot at constantly, and the Japanese refused to
After Okinawa, the division trained for the inva-
sion of Japan. The 77th was to invade Tokyo itself and
Bill's unit would be in the fourth wave ashore.
"We all knew there would be a lot of casualties, but
then they dropped the A-bombs. We were just hoping

As member of the famed "Statue of Liberty" division, Islander Bill Olson was part of the U.S. Army that
occupied Sapporo, Japan, following the Japanese surrender. Years after the war, Sapporo would host the
Winter Olympics.

that was the end of the war, and it was. I was pretty
relieved to have made it through."
After the surrender, the 77th was sent to Sapporo
as an occupation force and Bill continued as a mess
Sapporo would later gain fame as host to the 1972
Winter Olympics.
Bill Olson was shipped back to the United States
in December 1945 and discharged, his duty over.
He worked for A&P as a store manager for a num-
ber of years, then went to work with Union Carbide as
a salesman. He retired to Anna Maria Island in 1978.
"I was real lucky. We lost a lot of guys in those
invasions, a lot of my friends. Out of 50 guys in one
company who started with us on Guam, only two or
three were left at the end.
"But I was happy doing what I was doing. I was 28
at the time and was considered the 'old man' by the
young kids in the outfit. We did what we had to do and
I got through it. I'm proud of my service."
"The Greatest Generation" column is for Island,
Longboat Key, Perico Island and Cortez veterans, man
or woman, who served in the armed forces of any al-
lied country (U.S., Canada, Britain, Holland, Norway,
France, Poland, Australia, New Zealand, the Philip-
pines, etc.) during World War II. We'd like to hear
from you. Please call Rick Catlin at 778-7978.

Bill Olson retired to Anna Maria Island in 1978

Long may it wave
Richard and Joyce DeWitt of Holmes Beach
and daughter Teresa DeWitt McMaster (far
right) raised the American flag last week at
Westbay Point and Moorings condominium
in Holmes Beach in honor of their daughter
and sister, Maj. Lisa DeWitt, M.D., who is
serving with the 161st Army Medical
Battalion in Kuwait. The flag was sent to the
DeWitts by Lisa and is one of the flags that
has flown over Camp Victory, the U.S. Army
base in Kuwait. Dr. DeWitt, an emergency
room physician, is being transferred to
Baghdad in the near future, according to the
DeWitts. The 161st AMB is a Florida
National Guard unit stationed in Miami that
was called to active duty last October.
Islander Photo: Courtesy Terry McMaster

old for greatest generation glamour girl
Perico Island resident Ruth Heckinger, who race for ages 80 and over, and followed that up
was featured in the Feb. 25 issue of The Islander with a first place in the 50-meter backstroke in her
as part of the "Greatest Generation" column on age category.
World War II veterans, recently won two gold Heckinger said she plans to compete in the
medals in swimming at the Gulf Coast Senior Florida State Senior Games in Sarasota this summer.
Games held at G.T. Bray Park in Bradenton. She is a resident of the Town and Country
Heckinger won gold in the 50-meter freestyle apartment complex on Perico Island.

Asbestos removal

to cost city $8,500
The cost of the Anna Maria City Hall renovation
project has increased by $8,500 after a required asbes-
tos inspection found the banned substance in ceiling
texture and floor tiles at the facility.
BC Environmental of Tampa submitted a cost es-
timate of $8,500 to contractor Southern Cross of
Sarasota to remove 1,800 square feet of ceiling texture
at city hall and nearly 2,000 square feet of floor tile
containing asbestos.
Removal of the asbestos material is a requirement
of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency before
any new construction can begin, and removal and dis-
posal of the substance must be done by a licensed as-
bestos consultant in accordance with strict EPA guide-
lines, Mayor SueLynn said.
Inspection of city hall for asbestos material prior to
the start of the already-approved $164,000 renovation
project was also a federal requirement. The city com-
mission has established a contingency fund of $19,000
for the project.
The asbestos issue and the contract with Southern
Cross will be on the March 11 commission meeting

Property owner

threatens lawsuit

over moratorium
Disgruntled Anna Maria property owner Robert
Hunt has sent city commissioners a letter threatening
a lawsuit over its proposal to extend the current build-
ing moratorium from April 1 to July 1.
In a letter to the city March 3, Hunt, who owns
property at 303 Pine Ave. in the retail-office-residen-
tial zone, said he and his wife bought the property in
November with the intention of building an ROR unit
for their family residence and business.
The moratorium passed by the city commission in
January was a complete surprise to the Hunts, and they

Kids welcome
back at Bayfront
Work crews last
week were busy
installing new
playground equip-
mentfor kids at
Bayfront Park on
North Bay Boulevard
in Anna Maria. The
new equipment was
provided by the
IS Manatee County
S Parks and Recre-
ation Department,
which leases the
.park from Anna
Maria. Islander
S Photo: Rick Catlin

Cell tower applicants meet with Anna Maria officials

Four months after picking up an application for
a cell tower in Anna Maria, representatives of the
MarSac Group in Bradenton (The Islander, Nov. 19,
2003) met last week with Mayor SueLynn and Build-
ing Official Kevin Donohue.
Donohue said he and the mayor met March 3
with Dan Sack and Ray Alexander, the principals
of MarSac, to discuss a possible proposal for a
"personal wireless services facility."
"They didn't say they were going to apply, and
they didn't present an application," said Donohue,
but they presented a model design of a 150-foot-
high flagpole as a cell tower.

claim they have suffered financial loss and medical
stress because of the "situation."
"I now understand that you are again proposing to
extend the moratorium until July 1," said Hunt, and he
wanted to know if any provisions were in place to
"compensate people adversely affected by this mora-
He said he has tried to be patient with the city, but
the situation has already cost his family a great deal of

The antenna for the tower would be enclosed in
the flagpole, according to Donohue, and the tower
would handle multiple carriers.
He said the men indicated they had discussed a
possible location at Galati Marine on South Bay
Donohue told the men that the current cell tower
ordinance limits the height of towers to 37 feet.
He said he reviewed the application process for
a cell tower location, and also the procedures nec-
essary to apply for a variance.
The men indicated they still had work to do be-
fore making any application, Donohue concluded.

money and stress.
Hunt also alleged that the city failed to adequately
review the preliminary site plans submitted in Febru-
"So unless somebody contacts us within 48 hours"
to sort out the problem, "we will have no alternative but
to issue a lawsuit," he concluded.
Discussion of an extension of the moratorium will
be on the commission's March 11 agenda.


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Friday and Saturday
Annie Silver Community Center in Bradenton
Beach has scheduled "the best ever yard sale" starting
at 8 a.m. Friday and Saturday, March 12-13.
The Center is at 103 23rd St., where books, cloth-
ing, furniture and household goods will be sold, and
luncheon will be available along with refreshments.
Details may be obtained at 778-1915.

Chamber trust seminar
scheduled for Tuesday
A seminar on "The 12 Steps to Customer Trust"
will be presented Tuesday, March 16, by the Anna
Maria Island Chamber of Commerce at the Holmes
Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive.
It will stress "proven techniques for improving
customer relationships," the chamber said. The pro-
gram, from 7:30-9:30 p.m., will be open to the public
free of charge, said the chamber, but reservations
would be appreciated. Call 779-9412.

DeSoto Memorial noting
56 years Saturday
DeSoto National Memorial in northwest Bradenton
will mark its 56th year Saturday, March 13, with a full
day of celebration.
A program will be devoted to Hernando DeSoto
and his remarkable 4,000-mile journey through what is
now the southeastern United States. Descriptions of
new peoples and abundant lands, taken home by the
expedition, helped inspire Europeans to colonize North
Memorial Superintendent Charles E. Fenwick said
rangers in historic costume and volunteers will present
a variety of programs, including firing of the arquebus,
crossbow, atlatl and other weapons of the period when
DeSoto landed here in 1539.
Saturday's programs include:
10:30 a.m., The Beginning where DeSoto got
his riches, and what brought him to Florida.
11:30, Words From a Woman Elizabeth Neily
tells of women on the expedition.
12:30 P.M., The Cavalry Heidi May will lead a
cavalry demonstration, showing why DeSoto's Paso
Finos were his greatest weapon.
1:30, Pifiatas How kids had fun then and now
with pifiatas.
2:30, Conquistador Walk 45-minute walk
through mangroves to DeSoto's camp at Uzita.
3:30, Legacy Was the expedition a success, and
do we owe colonization to DeSoto?
The memorial is at the northern end of 75th Street
in Bradenton, where entry and all activities are free.
Further details may be obtained by calling 792-0458.

Reserve your seat for
'Dancing in the Street'
The Anna Maria Elementary School Parent-
Teacher Organization is taking reservations for its sec-
ond "Spring Fling" event.
This year's theme is "Dancing in the Streets" and
will be held May 8 at St. Bernard Catholic Church in
Holmes Beach.
The event will feature food from Moore's Stone
Crab, Woodson Brothers' Seafood Grille, Beach City
Market and Grill, the Sandbar, Outback Steakhouse
and Bonefish Grill restaurants, and more.
A silent auction featuring classroom gift baskets
and student-made arts and crafts will also take place
during the event. Some of the gift basket themes fea-
ture jewelry, sports teams, fishing excursions, spa re-
treats and beach paraphernalia.
Complimentary, babysitting service will be pro-
vided from 5:30 to 11:30 p.m. at the Playroom in
Holmes Beach.
Dinner reservations cost $30 and are available
through the school's administrative office.
For more information, call 708-5525.

Fashion luncheon tomorrow
The fashion show and luncheon of the Episcopal
Church Women of the Church of tohe Annunciation will
be Thursday, March 11, at the church, 4408 Gulf Drive,
Holmes Beach.
A business meeting at 10:30 a.m. will precede the
fashion show, which is scheduled for 11:30, followed
by luncheon. Details may be obtained at 778-3457.

To marry
A March 19 wedding is planned by Michelle Ann
Goforth, daughter of Wayne Goforth and Patricia
Drenner of Bradenton, and Justin-Max Pedota, son of
Carmen and Frank Pedota of Anna Maria. She
graduated from Bayshore High School in 1995 and
Florida State University in 2000, and is a healthcare
analyst at Gevity HR. He graduated from Bradenton
Academy in 1993, Stetson University in 1997, and
Manatee Technical Institute Criminal Justice Acad-
emy in 2003. He is a senior utility analyst at Foot-
locker Inc. The wedding and reception will be at
Palmna Sola Botanical Gardens.

Resist-a-ball class starts
at Center Tuesdays
A resist-a-ball class has been launched at the Anna
Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave.,
Anna Maria, to continue at 10:15 a.m. Tuesday
through March.
Fitness instructor Sherry Fideler uses an exercise
ball in this workout for many muscles, and those at-
tending must bring their own ball. Cost is $7 for mem-
bers, $9 for nonmembers. Details are available at 778-

St. Bernard fashion show
reservations open now
Reservations are being accepted for the "Welcome
Spring" luncheon and fashion show of the Women's
Guild of St. Bernard Catholic Church.
Deadline for reservations is March 20. The show
will be March 24 at noon at the church, 248 S. Harbor
Drive, Holmes Beach.
Fashion models will include guild members Sarah
Maloney, Connie McKinnis, Marge Barker, Jean
Stanley, Anna Salvatore, Susan McUsic and Kathleen
Tickets at $10 per person are available at weekend
masses of weekdays at the church office, phone 778-
4769, or at 778-7865 or 761-3986.

Penny Flower Show
is next Wednesday
The Anna Maria Garden Club's annual Penny
Flower Show will be from 1-3 p.m. Wednesday, March
17, at Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine
Ave., Anna Maria.
Open to the public, the show features judging by
those attending they vote on the arrangements by
dropping pennies or other coins in containers at the
Further information may be obtained by calling the
club's president, Priscilla Seewald, at 778-3665.

Driver safety course
next week at library
A two-day AARP-sponsored course in safe driving
for drivers over 50 years of age will be from noon-4
p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, March 16-17, at the Is-
land Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes
The required advance registration may be done by
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Affaire tickets now
Seventy-five tickets to the Affaire to Remember
have been sold out of 300 available, and that could
mean jitters later for people who haven't signed up yet.
Sandee Pruett of the sponsoring and beneficiary
Anna Maria Island Community Center said there -is
always a rush for tickets in the few days before the
Affaire, scheduled this year for April 24.
"And then the tickets sell out and people have to go
on a waiting list and hope someone decides not to go,"
she said.
All in all, early purchase is the more sensible
policy, and it's easy call the Center at 778-1908 or
get them directly at the office at 407 Magnolia Ave.,
Anna Maria.
This is especially the case for those who want to buy
a table, she said, for they get scarce very soon. Tickets are
$125 per person, tables usually are for eight persons.
The Affaire will begin at 5 p.m. with a champagne
reception and silent auction at St. Bernard Catholic
Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach, not at the
Center as was mistakenly reported last week.
Live entertainment will be part of the program,
along with hours d'oeuvres, dinner, grand dessert table,
drawing for a diamond and big-screen TV, $5,000 cash
"giveaway," and silent and live auctions.

Tickers still available
for dance at Center
A little more than a week remains to buy tickets
for the Big Band Dance at the Anna Maria Island Com-
munity Center March 19.
Music will be by the Dreamclassics IV for the
dance at the Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria,
from 8-11 p.m. Tickets at $10 per person and are avail-
able at the Center or by calling 778-1908.

'Human Shield' in
MCC screening Tuesday
"Human Shield," the film by an Islander about a fu-
tile effort to prevent war in Iraq and featuring a Sarasota
resident, will be shown here Tuesday, March 16.
It will be admission-free at 7:30 p.m. in the Mana-
tee Community College Filmmaker Forum at Manatee
Community College, 5840 26th St. W., Bradenton. The
documentary's director, Debra Hussong, is a Holmes
Beach resident who has produced several earlier docu-
mentaries. "Human Shield" has been shown at some 20
film festivals nationwide.
Featured is Faith Fippinger of Sarasota, who joined
250 "human shields" from 30 countries who tried to put
their bodies between Iraqi targets and U.S. military
Reservations are suggested since seating is limited.
They may be made and further information obtained at
725-0139, or e-mail dhm7@infionline.net.

Tickets on sale for Greek dinner
The Episcopal Church of the Annunciation is spon-
soring a Greek dinner, for which tickets are now on sale
at the parish office, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
Tickets are $12 per person for the dinner at 6 p.m.
March 18. On the menu will be a choice of lamb shank
or chicken. Further information may be obtained at


Janet Hansen
Janet Hansen, 65, of Holmes Beach, died March 5.
Born in Hastings, Mich., Mrs. Hansen came to
Holmes Beach from Charlotte, Mich., in 1996. She was
a registered nurse and homemaker.
Visitation was March 8 and services March 9 at
Church of the Annunciation, Holmes Beach. Memorial
contributions may be made to the Arthritis Foundation,
501 Village Green Parkway, Suite 5, Bradenton FL
34209. Griffith-Cline Funeral Home, Island Chapel,
was in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by husband Kenneth; daughter
Katherine Downing of Overland Park, Kansas; son Eric
of Washington, D.C.; sisters Carole Garlinger of
Hastings, Nancy Moore of Schenectady, N.Y., and
Jenella Smith of Houston, Texas; brother Gerald
Garlinger of Nashville, Mich.; and two grandchildren.

Artists Guild notes

15th birthday Friday
The Artists Guild of Anna Maria Island will
note 15 years on the Island with an open house
Friday evening and the opening reception for the
artist of the month, Joan Stephens.
The open house-reception will be from 5-7:30
p.m. at the guild's gallery, 5414 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach. It is open to the public free of
Formed in 1989, the guild's stated goal was and
-is "to promote and support creative processes by
bringing together all artists visual and perform-
ing and literary to share experiences, expertise
and work together to develop and promote the artis-
tic community."
It sponsored the first weekend art festival that
autumn, and opened its gallery in Holmes Beach the
next year to display the work of member artists.
The current president, Peggy Potter, said,
"The support of the creative arts in the schools
has been a goal of the organization from its ear-
liest days. We would like to expand our
organization's ability to provide more financial
support to arts programs."
It has monthly social and educational meet-
ings, art demonstrations and artist of the month
and "second Friday" receptions. It sponsors tours
of the Ringling Museum of Art and gallery for
third-graders at the Anna Maria Elementary
School, and provides a forum for "exchange of
creative ideas and information."
The artist of the month, Ms. Stephens, is a wa-
tercolorist who will display sketches and paintings
from a trip to Italy, her third such trip for art.
She calls Perico Bay home, but summers in her
native Wisconsin. She plans to spend three weeks
with fellow Wisconsin painters in France.
Further information on the gallery, its ser-
vices and its anniversary may be obtained by call-
ing 778-6694.

Education center offers
marine class Saturday
The Education Center of Longboat Key will teach
a marine-life course Saturday morning, March 13,
aboard the Daniel Webster Clements.
The class will be from 9 a.m.-noon and cost mem-
bers $35, nonmembers $45. The vessel is a 72-foot
replica of an historic wooden Gulf Coast schooner.
Beginning Thursday, March 18, will be a four-
week course in birding with field trips guided by John
Gianaven, from 9-11:30 a.m. Cost if $70 for members,
$80 for nonmembers.
Details for both courses may be obtained by call-
ing 383-8811, or at the center, 5370 Gulf of Mexico
Drive, in the Centre Shops.

Top volunteer
Florence Tully of St. Bernard Catholic Church in
Holmes Beach has been named "volunteer of the
year" in the Catholic Diocese of Venice. Noted were
her 17 years as "parish respect life" representative,
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Bayside beach improving, but Bean Point shrinking

By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Anna Maria residents concerned about the loss of *- "
beach along the Tampa Bay side of the city can take .
The beach seems to be returning along the bayfront ,- '
from Rotten Ralph's to Bean Point.
Studies'now under way on bayside erosion by Dr. ik
Robert Dean of the University of Florida show some
sand has returned to this coastline in the past 18 -"
At one time (The Islander, Oct. 26, 2002), resi- .- 4
dents with waterfront homes along North Shore Bou- ""." ...Z -
levard were concerned when waves and water at high --
tide would crash over their seawall.
A recent measurement of beach sand at high tide '
in this area, however, found between five to 20 feet of -- . '
sand between the seawall and the high-water mark in
various locations, something not observed 18 months
Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for some
areas of Anna Maria on the Gulf side north of the Sand- .
bar restaurant to Bean Point that were not included in .
the 2002 beach renourishment program.
Some residents in those areas opted out of the plan,
apparently not interested in giving Manatee County an Beach coming
easement to the beach, and the beach in some of these A recent photo of the beach along the Tampa Bay side of Anna Maria looking south from Bean Point at high
areas seems to be disappearing, tide shows between five and 10 feet of sand. Just 18 months ago, the waters at high tide would encroach on tl
"This is not unexpected," said Rick Spadoni of seawall seen at right. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin
Boca Raton-based Coastal Planning and Engineering,
the firm that did the beach engineering for Manatee ..
County for the 2002 renourishment project. M
"We've looked at a number of aerial photographs ...'.-- .- :
and the sand along the north end of Anna Maria Island '
seems to be fluctuating," said Spadoni. "There's defi-
nitely less there in some areas than two years ago."
But it's a phenomenon seen on the north end of
many Florida Gulf coast barrier islands. Lido Key,
Longboat Key, Sanibel Island and Captiva Island have
all experienced similar problems, he said.
On Anna Maria Island, the normal north to south
flow of sand along the coast is dictated by the shoal
about 200 yards offshore, Spadoni noted. ... ,
This shoal comes and goes with the currents, and .. .
gets deeper or shallower depending upon the current. Y. --.- '
In turn, this affects the buildup or removal of sand
along Bean Point and the north end of Anna Maria Is-
It would be premature to say that the lack of beach
renourishment is the reason for the fluctuating shoal "
and loss of sand along the beach, but he has concluded
that locations that did have beach renourishment still
have 60 or more feet of sand between the shoreline and
the high water mark, while the water reaches the coast-
line in some areas that were not renourished. Beach going
As part of Coastal's contract with Manatee County, Bec going
As part of Coastal's contract with Manatee County, The same cannot be said for some of those areas of the Gulf side of Anna Maria that were not included in the
company engineers will inspect the renourished beach .
on ie ine th2002 beach renourishment project. Here, residents have used rocks and sandbags to hold out the Gulf waters
along with the Bean Point area this summer.
P A SEE BE H, NXT PAGE while the beach has only a few feet of sand at high tide and, in some areas, no beach at all. Islander Photo:

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AME architects fired from King Middle project

By Diana Bogan
Islander Reporter
Manatee County School Board members voted 5-
0 to terminate its contract with Educational Design
Associates as the design firm for new construction at
King Middle School.
The vote backed Superintendent Roger Dearing's
recommendation to speed up construction plans by re-
using an existing middle school design that could be
conformed to fit King's campus.
Dearing cited several unforeseen delays in the
project timeline as contributing factors supporting his
Since EDA was hired more than a year ago to reno-
vate the existing school, the school board learned struc-
tural problems required demolition of the old building
and new construction.
Board member Walter Miller noted that the board
amended its contract with EDA to proceed with new
construction plans last year in December. "We're three
months out and have no [design] plans," he said.
In January, EDA's principal architect, Tom Cardi-
nal, suddenly died, leaving the rest of his firm to com-

Beach growing, shrinking
"At that time, we might get a better idea of what's
happening, but right now, the renourished beach is
performing as expected. I can't say for certain what's
happening at Bean Point."
Spadoni said planning for the next beach
renpourishment is already under way, but Anna Maria
residents concerned they might not have a beach left in
front of their property by that time should worry.
The next renourishment project for Anna Maria
Island won't take place until 2008 or 2009 at the ear-
liest, he noted.
"It usually takes five to seven years to get these
projects planned and approved," Spadoni observed.

plete the project.
And in February, the scope of the project changed
again when the school district purchased 6.7 acres ad-
jacent to the existing campus, providing more flexibil-
ity in the layout of the new school.
In his defense, Richard Allen, vice president of
EDA, said the firm has presented two design plans. The
first was submitted last April, prior to the purchase of
additional land.
Allen said the tight, compressed constraints of the
original 18-acre lot dictated the design of an L-shaped
building fitted around the footprint of the existing
Allen said a second design rendering was com-
pleted in February, which utilized the newly purchased
Dearing said he had been in contact with members
of King's construction team and understood they
wanted to move forward as rapidly as possible. He said
he sensed the team's urgency.
"We're not meaning to create a negative working
relationship with EDA," Dearing said. "We just want
to get going."
King Middle School's Principal Terry Lux con-
curred with Dearing, stating that "speed is on my
Miller stated he "got the impression" the working
relationship had broken down, with no fault on either
side. "I get the impression something clogged it up and
I'm not sure if it's mendable," he said.
In severing ties with EDA and using a reuse plan,
Dearing indicated that the team would save four to six
months and it was too early to determine the financial
impact. EDA is still entitled to all fees accrued up to the
termination date of the contract.
"I feel like I'm on that show 'Survivor'" Allen told
the board. "Y'all keep trying to kick me off the Island."
But Allen and his firm have not been kicked off Anna
Maria Island.
Despite rumblings last summer from community
members opposed to EDA's design renderings for
Anna Maria Elementary School, and despite the fact

Cardinal was the principal architect on the project, the
firm still maintains its contract for new school con-
struction on the Island campus.
When EDA presented its draft design plans to
AME's School Advisory Committee in April 2003,
construction was scheduled to begin in October 2003
with hopes to open the new school in January 2005.
AME's project was derailed when the pre-con-
struction demolition team bulldozed 17 native live oak
trees over the July 4, 2003, holiday.
The result of the community protest was a series of
meetings held throughout the summer to unveil various
design renderings and landscape plans to the public.
When some members of the community expressed
dissatisfaction with EDA's design concept and asked
to switch architects, Dearing said that working back-
wards would not be an option.
"Since we have a complete set of plans and a con-
tract with the architect and construction company, it
would not be cost effective to do anything but move
forward," Dearing told the community at a meeting in
Several meetings were then held with the commu-
nity and EDA to find landscape and structural design
In September 2003, the construction start date was
moved to Dec. 1 because the architectural team had not
completed its developmental design drawings.
In October, estimates based on the still unfinished
developmental design documents put the project $1.3
million over budget causing more delays while the
construction team made budget cuts.
EDA did not complete the developmental design
documents until November. The Manatee County
School Board approved the plan at its Dec. 9 meeting,
pushing the construction start date to April 2, 2004, and
the school opening to August 2005.
If a repeat plan is approved for King, Assistant
Superintendent of Schools Bill Horton said he would
"conservatively" estimate the new school to ready by
January 2006. "But if it all fell into place, August 2005
is probably doable."


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By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
The Bradenton Beach Scenic Highway Committee
Corridor Management Entity at its March 2 meeting
identified four locations for trolley shelters that could
be paid for with Community Redevelopment Agency
The four locations are on Gulf Drive in front of city
hall on the east side; Fourth Street south on the west
side; Third Street south on the east side, and at the
Beach House Restaurant, on the west side.
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city commission of the four locations. If approved by
the commission, the locations go to Bradenton Beach
Police Lt. John Cosby and Public Works Director
Dottie Poindexter as capital improvement projects.
"The commission is ready to go with CRA funds,"
Mayor John Chappie said at the meeting.
In other matters, Bob Herrington of the Manatee-
Sarasota Metropolitan Planning Organization said that
Longboat Key is "extremely interested" in extending
the trolley route from Bradenton Beach through
Longboat Key to St. Armands Circle and back.
That could be because they found out the trolley is
transporting more than 1,100 people per day during the
winter tourist season, said Chappie.
"It removes a lot of people and cars from the
roads," he said. Imagine the transportation problem if
there were no trolley, Chappie observed.
The CME also discussed the multi-use path from
the city's southern limit through Coquina Beach to the
Longboat Key Bridge. Herrington said the Manatee
County Commission needs the plans by Sept. 15, 2004,
for its grant application for funding of the project.
The first phase of the project is only for the west
side of State Road 789.
The CME re-elected Giovanelli as chairperson and
elected Scott Barr as vice-chairperson.

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St. Patrick's Day will get its due on Anna Maria
Island this year with a parade, a dinner or three and the
annual breakfast arranged by himself, Don Maloney.
The breakfast will be the only event on Paddy's
day itself, the others coming on Sunday and on St.
Patrick's eve.
First on the agenda will be the Beach Bistro parade
up Marina Drive. Paraders will start assembling at 3
p.m. Sunday, March 14, at the Tidemark site, Marina
and Gulf drives. Interested parties may call 780-1465
for parade information.
At Tidemark, such diverse celebrants as the Anna
Maria Island Privateers, cloggers, bands, Irish dancers,

Walking tour schedule begins
A program of Friday walking tours of parks
and conservation lands in Manatee County has
begun, with the next scheduled March 12 at Rye
Wilderness and March 19 at Emerson Point.
The tours led by Around the Bend Nature
Tours begin at 9:30 a.m. on Fridays, alternating
weekly between Rye and Emerson.
Rye tourers meet at the picnic pavilion pre-
pared to ford the Rye Branch creek for a study
of the history of the Florida scrub community
and then the Rye family cemetery.
Emerson walkers gather at the temple
mound parking lot and tour the largest remain-
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Bay, and hear of the invasion of the air potato
and the annual "spud-busting" restoration
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bagpipers, drummers and many others will sort them-
selves out and step out at 4 p.m. for the parade.
They will head north on Marina Drive, to Palm
Avenue and then Gulf Drive and then to Gulf and
Magnolia Avenue, where they will disperse.
Participants and spectators may walk from there to
the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Mag-
nolia Ave., for a party starting at 5 p.m. and running
until 9. It will have live music of the Irish persuasion,
Irish food from Beach Bistro, an Irish gift shop and
many other Erin-inspired affairs.
Tickets are $10 per person in advance at the Cen-
ter, 407 Magnolia Ave., or $12 at the door. Proceeds
will go to the Center's Before and After School schol-
arship fund. This fund supports most of the students
enrolled in the program, which provides help with
homework, tutoring, sports and arts for children K-5.
Details may be obtained by calling 778-1908.
On St. Pat's eve, Tuesday, March 16, a fundraising
event is planned for Safe Place Inc. at 6:30 p.m. at the
Beach House Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N.,
Bradenton Beach.
Special guest auctioneer will be Manatee County
Sheriff Charlie Wells, with speakers County Commis-
sioner Jane von Hahmann and Manatee Glens Corp.
President Mary Ruiz.
Tickets are $50 per person, and reservations may
be made with Safe Place directors Tammy and Scott
Barr at 713-7201. The organization helps men recov-
ering from drug and/or alcohol addiction.
As for St. Patrick's Day, the annual breakfast sold out
two weeks before the event, as is normal every year.
It will be at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 17, at the
Moose Lodge hall, 110 Gulf Drive, Bradenton Beach.
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Islander wins 'spring training' on Broadway

By Diana Bogan
Islander Reporter
The lights on New York City's Broadway stage
beckon Island girl Trina Rizzo.
Rizzo was one of 30 students aged 10-17 selected as
a winner in the "Bravo On With The Show: On Broadway
... See Who You Can Be" national contest sponsored by
Bright House Networks and Bravo Cable Network.
Rizzo learned about the contest from Anna Maria
Elementary School Principal Kathy Hayes, who re-
ceived a press release from the cable TV provider.
Rizzo completed an entry form with answers to
four short questions and submitted it with a teacher
recommendation. She was chosen as one of 50 semi-
finalists and asked to write an essay. Based on her es-
say, she was chosen as a finalist.
She will be flown to New York to participate in
three days of singing, dancing and acting training with
Broadway professionals, culminating in a final perfor-
mance on a Broadway stage.
In addition, Bright House Networks and Bravo will
help fund local arts programs by awarding a $1,000
grant to AME.
AME art teacher Gary Wooten said he plans to use
the grant to purchase new theater equipment and put
her name on it.
Hayes said, "We're extremely proud of her and I
believe we'll hear about her accomplishments for a
long time to come."

Rizzo will have the company of her family when
she travels to New York. Her parents are originally
from New York and have extended family and friends
in the area.
In addition to seeing Trina on Broadway, the fam-
ily is looking forward to taking in a Broadway show.
"It will be a chance for Trina to sit back, relax and see
real professionals at work," commented her mom.
Before heading for the spotlight, Trina said her first
stop in New York will be Chinatown, and probably a
bite to eat at Nobu, her favorite Japanese restaurant.
Younger sister Holly, age 7, is also excited about
the trip. She is eager to visit the multitude of museums
the city has to offer especially its science museums.
In her application, Trina wrote that her friend
Molly Kallins, who got her start in acting in our local
theaters, has inspired her. Kallins went on to get a role
in a Broadway show, among other acting jobs.
Trina said in a couple of years she might like to try
out for a Broadway show, but she wouldn't want to live
in New York fulltime.
"I like it here better," she said.
In her application she credited her home town for
its theater life. "My city is special in the performing arts
because, even though it is not very big, there are many
theaters and many talented performers," wrote Rizzo.
"Even if I never become a professional actress or
get in a Broadway show, the experiences I've had make
me feel rich and famous."

Bravo Rizzo
Anna Maria Elementary School fourth-grader Trina
Rizzo will head to Broadway this spring to partici-
pate in three days of acting, dancing and singing.
Rizzo is one of 30 winners in the "Bravo On With
The Show: On Broadway ... See Who You Can Be"
national contest sponsored by Bright House Net-
works and Bravo Cable Network. Islander Photo:
Diana Bogan

Benderson proposes mangrove removal, expansion

By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Benderson Development Inc., owners of the Anna
Maria Island Shopping Centre on East Bay Drive in
Holmes Beach, have proposed removing a small grove
of mangroves in front of the complex for additional

Explorers seek volunteer
The Sarasota Bay Explorers organization is look-
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Amy L. Brossard, marine biologist with the Ex-
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will be trained for the ecological tours of an hour and
45 minutes.
The volunteers will give 5- to 10-minute narrations
on Big Edwards Island, she said, with marine biologists

parking and expanding the building to the north.
Holmes Beach Building Official Bill Saunders said
Benderson representatives have discussed the idea with.
him, but have not yet applied for a permit.
Saunders said it was his understanding they wanted
to remove the small stand of mangrove in front of the

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Holmes Beach 'State of the City'

By Diana Bogan
Islander Reporter
The Holmes Beach Civic Association invited
Mayor Carol Whitmore to its March 6 meeting to up-
date residents on the status of government issues.
Whitmore, who has been the city's mayor since
1998, explained her role in the strong-mayor model of
government the city has chartered.
As mayor, she explained that her role is to admin-
ister the policies approved by the city commission.
Whitmore briefly addressed the city's $7.3 million
budget to note that Holmes Beach lowered its tax last
year. The city's tax rate went from a proposed 2.5 to 2
Several public works projects which have been in
the planning stage for several years have finally come
to fruition this year. Whitmore said the city has com-
pleted the dredging of the 66th Street canal and has four
more canals on 67th, 81st and.83rd streets to be
Whitmore said the $500,000 dredging project was
budgeted and took three years to get under way.
Another project that finally got under way is the
Haverkos Basin drainage project. Whitmore said resi-
dents probably noticed the traffic delays as the first
phase of work began last month.
The work done was based on a master drainage
plan done for the city in 1995, and is aimed at improv-
ing stormwater drainage.
The city budgeted $150,000 from a matching grant
for the first phase of the project, and is looking for a
grant to defray the $200,000 cost of phase two, which
will tie in Harbor Lane.
Whitmore said the city has also hired an engineer-
ing firm to prepare an updated master drainage plan.
The most pressing infrastructure issue facing the
city is the recent separation of the seawall from the
sidewalk in front of the Tidemark basin. Whitmore said
the city is likely to spend $50,000 to $90,000 on an
emergency repair.
Another unexpected expense is dealing with mold
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Holmes Beach Mayor Carol Whitmore presents a
"State of the City" address to the Holmes Beach
Civic Association and announces her intention to run
for another term as mayor. Islander Photo: Diana
air conditioning system needs to be fixed right away.
Wrapping up, Whitmore said she plans to run for
one more term as mayor. "I really love doing the ad-
ministrative stuff and I love my city," she said.
Whitmore said she can't stand people who come
out to the Island and try to change the way it is. She
said she would continue to fight projects such as
Arvida's plan to build 10-story condominiums on
Perico Island that may change the character of the city.
"If I'm not here to protect my Island, someone
might do something we don't want," Whitmore said.
The next civic association meeting will be Oct. 16.

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moves continue
In a move not unexpected, attorney John Shubin,
on behalf of adjacent property owners Ruthanne
McLean and Barbara Coloney, has appealed the
Holmes Beach Board of Adjustment's Feb. 18 deci-
sion to grant a lot-width variance to Frank Davis for
his proposed development at 5622 Gulf Drive.
The appeal will first be heard by the city com-
mission, but no date has yet been set, according to
City Clerk Brooke Bennett.
Shubin's appeal letter was sent to the city on
March 4.
The city also received a letter on March 5
from attorney Caleb Grimes, representing Patrick
and Angeline Kabris, requesting "informal media-
tion" to settle the Kabris' request for an amend-
ment to the city's comprehensive plan and future
land-use map.
The Kabris' were denied their request Feb. 10
by the city commission, and Grimes states that
denial was improper.
Under Florida statutes, said Grimes, he is re-
questing that a "mutually acceptable mediator" be
selected to resolve the issue.

Painting on glass to be
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Bradenton artist Dee Pastorius will give a demon-
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West, 5368 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
The program, free and open to the public, will be
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Watercolorist Terhardt featured
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'Over the River' opening tomorrow at Island Players

Island Players will explore the lengths to which
elders will go to keep grandchildren near in "Over the
River and Through the Woods," opening Thursday,
March 11.
The Joe DiPietro play will run through March 28
at the historic Island playhouse, 10007 Gulf Drive,
Anna Maria. Curtain time is 8 p.m. except for two Sun-
day matinees at 2 p.m. The theater is closed Mondays.
Directed by Phyllis Elfenbein, the production fea-
tures young Nick, a single Italian-American living in
New York after his parents move to Florida.
He has family, though, two sets of grandparents
who are enough family for anybody. He has dinner
with them in New Jersey every Sunday, and they dote
on him.
The grandparents are fiercely family-oriented, and
Nick is the only family around so they want him there
forever. But he gets a good job offer across the conti-
nent in Seattle.
When he announces his impending move, they use
any and all means to keep him near.
The cast includes Jon Kieffner as Nick, Katy Jodat
as Caitlin O'Hare, Barbara Fleming as Emma Cristano
and Sam McDowell as her husband Nunzio, Reta
Scribner as Aida Gianelli and Gabe Simches as her

husband Frank.
Director Elfenbein is assisted by stage manager
Anne Fasulo, set designer Art Ballman, costumer Dan
Bailey, lighting director Chris McVicker and sound

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The cast of the Island
Players production of
"Over the River and
Through the Woods,"
opening March 11 at the
Anna Maria theater, gather
at the table for a toast.
From left to right, Barbara
Fleming, Sam McDowell,
.. Katy Jodat, Jon Kieffner,
Gabe Simches and Reta
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Tickets are $15, available at the box office from 9
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performances, or by calling 778-5755.


Island police reports
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Feb. 27, 10005 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria City bike
pound, grand theft. Two bikes were stolen from the city
bike pound.
Feb. 28, 100 Bay Blvd., Bayfront Park, alcohol
violation. A man was cited for having an open con-
tainer of alcohol in a prohibited area.
March 3, 100 Spring Ave., Sandbar restaurant,
alarm. Officers secured the area after the security alarm
was activated.
March 3, 100 Bay Blvd., Bayfront Park, alcohol
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March 1, 500 block of 70th Street, theft. A set of
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March 1, 2900 block of Avenue B, burglary. Ac-
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entry to a home. According to the report, nothing was
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March 2, 3602 E. Bay Drive, Beach Unlimited,
theft. A newspaper box was stolen.
March 3, 400 63rd St., Holmes Beach Boat Ramp,
theft. A gas tank was reported stolen from a shuttle
March 4, 2900 block of Avenue E, theft. A man
reported his boat, motor and trailer stolen. Police recov-
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at Tingley library
Tingley Memorial Library in Bradenton
Beach will have its annual book sale from 10
a.m.-3 p.m. Friday and Saturday, March 19-
20, and it is accepting donated books as stock
for the big event.
It has in hand, and has room for more, fic-
tion and nonfiction hardbacks and paper-
backs, audiobooks, puzzles, coffee-table
books "and much more," the library said.
The library is at 111 Second St., next door
to the Bradenton Beach City Hall. Further infor-
mation may be obtained by calling 779-1208.

Bullies subject of meeting
The Holmes Beach Police Department continues
its "Safety is a State of Mind" series with a discussion
on "Bullies and the Bullied" at 7 p.m. Monday, March
Jan Urbanski, a prevention specialist for Safe and
Drug Free Schools, is the featured guest for the
Urbanski will discuss what defines a bully, conse-
quences of bullying, the role of bystanders, understand-
ing the victim and successful school programs address-
ing the issue.
HBPD community resource officer Pete Lannon
will share how the Drug Abuse Resistance Education
program he teaches at Anna Maria Elementary School
addresses the issue.
And guest Cindi Harrison, AME guidance counse-
lor, will share the techniques and educational tools
implemented in the classroom.
Refreshments will be available a half hour before
the presentation in the AME auditorium, 4700 Gulf
Drive, Holmes Beach.
Babysitting services will be provided during the
presentation. Children will be given an age-appropri-
ate safety lesson from the McGruff Kids safety series.
For more information, call 708-5525.

Raising the house
Danielle Hollobaugh, a vision-impaired student at Manatee High School, entertained attendees at the Heri-
tage Day festival at the Anna Maria Island Historical Society. She belted out (no microphone required for this
young woman) a perfect rendition of "The Star-Spangled Banner" and other popular tunes. The event raised
nearly $3,000 for the restoration of Belle Haven Cottage. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy
Stained glass on exhibit
at Island Gallery West
An exhibit of stained glass works by
Bradenton artist Kathy Storm will be
featured from March 14-27 at the
Island Gallery West, 5368 Gulf
Drive, Holmes Beach. Storm said she
has been working full time in glass
since starting her studio in 1990, and
"each piece is a labor of love." She
was a painter in oils until a televi-
sion show convinced her that glass
was her medium. The cooperative
gallery said it has nearly 30 artists
working in a wide variety of media.
Its hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-
Saturday. Details are available
at 778-6648.

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A long-tailed mammal known as the kinkajou sat on the
shoulder of Jean Dick of the Lowry Park Zoo as she
walked through an Anna Maria Elementary School
student assembly. Islander Photos: Diana Bogan

Terrapin turtle
Anna Maria Elementary School students shared their turtle knowledge with visitors from the Lowry Park
Zoo's education outreach program at a special assembly last week. Lowry Park's Lois Kershner shows the
students a terrapin turtle that lives at the zoo.

Slinky skink Big surprise
Anna Maria Elementary students were visited by this prehensile-tailed skink Anna Maria Elementary students got a surprise visit from an 8-year old, 22-
during a presentation at the school by the Lowry Park Zoo. Students learned the pound boa constrictor at a school assembly featuring the Lowry Park Zoo
characteristics of reptiles during the presentation, including that this tree- education outreach program. Some students got to touch the snake held by the
dwelling vegetarian is the third largest type of skink in the world. zoo's program assistant Jean Dick and Lois Kershner.

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Backstage pass
Anna Maria Elementary School first-graders wait
backstage before their performance of music and poetry.
The students performed for parents at the Parent-
Teacher Organization meeting Feb. 10 and became the
first class nationwide to debut a newly composed song
about peace called "Love Sees No Color."

History buffs
Anna Maria Elementary School fourth-graders learned about the history of Manatee County during a
visit to the Manatee County Historical Park in Bradenton. Students learned what it was like to live in
Manatee County 100 years ago, and perhaps to have attended this church, which was built in 1887.
Students also learned about the county's first school and courthouse.


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Ant parade
This "Army Ant" brigade comprised of Anna Maria Elementary School kindergartners delighted a crowd of
family and friends Feb. 26 with their first performance in a musical production. Islander Photo: Diana Bogan

AME gets automated phone system

Anna Maria Elementary School has a new auto-
mated phone system.
Most district schools have received the same up-
dated communications system. It allows parents to call
a teacher directly by using an extension number.
Each teacher now has voice mail, where parents
can leave a message after keying in the teacher's exten-

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Tuesday, March 16
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Lunch: Beef-A-Roni with Roll, Chicken
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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:
11:30 a.m. Anna Maria Island Players Off Stage Ladies
Auxiliary silent auction and luncheon at the Bradenton Yacht Club,
4307 Snead Island, Palmetto. Information: 761-8623, or 792-7818.
Noon to 3:30p.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 Magnolia 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.
7:30 p.m. Suncoast Mummers String Band at American
Legion Post No. 24, 2000 75th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 794-
3489. Fee applies.
Thursday, March 11
8p.m. Manatee Community College Choir's Winter Concert
at Neel Performing Arts Center, 5840 26th St. W., Bradenton. Infor-
mation: 752-6320. Fee applies.
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tax assistance from AARP and VITA vol-
unteers at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach. Information: (888) 227-7669.
10:30 a.m. The Episcopal Church Women of the Church of
the Annunciation fashion show and luncheon at 4408 Gulf Drive,
Holmes Beach. Information: 778-3457.
12:30p.m. St. Bernard Women's Guild meeting with a visit
from the Irish Dancers at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Har-
bor Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-4769.
1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Watercolor demonstration by Sue Lynn
Cotton at the Artists Guild Gallery, 5414 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach. Information: 778-6694.
S 7p.m. Smoke-free bingo at Annie Silver Community Cen-
ter, 103 23rd St., Bradenton Beach. Information: 778-1915.
8 p.m. Opening night of "Over the River and Through the
Woods" at the Island Players, 10009 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Infor-
mation: 778-5755. Fee applies.
Friday, March 12
8 a.m. Yard sale at Annie Silver Community Center, 103
23rd St., Bradenton Beach. Information: 778-1915.
10:30 a.m. Friends ofthe Island Branch Library annual elec-


Century of fly fishing tackle shown
"One Hundred Years of Fly Fishing Tackle" Anna Maria
will be discussed and backed by antique fly rods by Historical S
Islander H. Patterson Fletcher Monday, March 15. sponsor o
He will bring some of his collection of old rods, event.
most of which he has restored by hand, to the ses- Include
sion at 7:30 p.m. at the Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 his exhibits
Gulf Drive. rods made b
Fletcher, Island architect who designed both the sic design
Holmes Beach City Hall and the Island Branch Library, vintage reel
will take a comprehensive look at the history, design Those a
and construction of antique bamboo fly rods, said the tification. D

tion of officers at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach. Information: 778-6341.
4:3.0 to 8 p.m. Southern catfish dinner at American Legion
Post No. 24, 2000 75th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 794-3489.
Fee applies.
5 to 7:30p.m. "Reflections of Italy" artist reception with Joan
Stephens at the Artists Guild Gallery, 5414 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach. Information: 778-6694.
6 to 9 p.m. Music "from the Islands" at St. Armands Circle,
Sarasota. Information: 388-1554.

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Saturday, March 13
8:30 a.m. Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island meeting at
Cafe on the Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Manatee Public Beach, Holmes
Beach. Information: 778-0355.
9 a.m. Horseshoe game at Anna Maria City Hall Park,
10005 Gulf Drive.
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Fee applies.
9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Garden Fest at the Palma Sola Botani-
cal Park, 9800 17th Ave. N.W., Bradenton. Information: 761-2866.
Fee applies.
10 a.m. to noon Glass painting demonstration by Dee
Pastorius at Island Gallery West, 5368 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
Information: 778-6648.
10a.m. to 5 p.m. Anna Maria Island Art League Springfest
at Holmes Beach City Hall Park, 5801 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
Information: 778-2099.
10:30 a.m. Origami class at the Island Branch Library, 5701
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-6341.
10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. De Soto National Memorial 56th
Anniversary celebration at the northern end of 75th Street West,
Bradenton. Information: 792-0458.
2p.m. Leon Merian and his big band at the Riverfront The-
atre, 102 Old Main St., Bradenton. Information: 748-5875.

Sunday, March 14
9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Garden Fest at the Palma Sola Botani-
cal Park, 9800 17th Ave. N.W., Bradenton: Information: 761-2866.
Fee applies.
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Anna Maria Island Art League Springfest
at Holmes Beach City Hall Park, 5801 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
Information: 778-2099.
2p.m. The Four Aces at Neel Performing Arts Center, 5840
26th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 752-6320. Fee applies.
3p.m. Manatee Community Band Spring Concert at Mana-
tee High School, Ninth Avenue and 32nd Street West, Bradenton.
Information: 755-5750.
4 p.m. St. Patrick's Day Parade. From Tidemark parking lot
to Magnolia Avenue. Information: 778-6444.
5p.m. St. Patrick's Day celebration and dinner at the Anna
Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria.
Information: 778-1908. Fee applies.
7:30 p.m. Auditions for "Greater Tuna" at the Island Play-
ers, 10009 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information: 747-2506.

Monday, March 15
4:30 to 6 p.m. "Roots and Shoots" teen environmental pro-
gram at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia
Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 778-1908. Fee applies.
7p.m. "Marine Life of the Galapagos: What Darwin Didn't
See" with Paul Humann, at Mote Marine Laboratory, 1600 Ken
Thompson Pkwy., Sarasota. Information: 388-4441. Fee applies.
7p.m. "Bullies and the Bullied" safety presentation at Anna
Maria Elementary School, 4700 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Infor-
mation: 708-5525.
7:30 p.m. Anna Maria Island Historical Society presents
"One Hundred Years of Fly Fishing Tackle" at the Anna Maria City
Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information: 778-0492.
8p.m. Guitarist Vladislav Blaha at Neel Performing Arts Cen-
ter, 5840 26th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 752-6320. Fee applies.

Tuesday, March 16.
10:15 to 11:15 a.m. Resist-a-ball fitness class with Sherry
Fideler at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magno-
lia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 778-1908. Fee applies.
Noon to 3:30 p.m. -Friendly bridge at the Anna Maria Island
Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information:
778-1908. Fee applies.
Noon to 4 p.m. AARP Driver Safety course at the Island
Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. 776-1158.
1 to 4 p.m. Veterans service officer at the Island Branch
Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Appointments: 749-
5 to 7 p.m. Family dinner night sponsored by the Sun
House restaurant at Anna Maria Elementary School, 4700 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 708-5525. Fee applies.
6:30 to 9:30 p.m. St. Patrick's Day fundraising dinner and
auction with guest speaker Jane von Hahmann at the Beach
House Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive, Bradenton Beach. Information:
713-7201. Fee applies.
7:30 p.m. Manatee Community College Film Club screen-
ing of "Human Shield" by Debra Hussong at Neel Performing Arts
Center, 5840 26th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 752-6320.
7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Anna Maria Island Chamber of Com-
merce "The 12 Steps to Customer Trust" presentation at Holmes
Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information:

Wednesday, March 17
9 a.m. Horseshoe game at Anna Maria City Hall Park,
10005 Gulf Drive.
9:30 a.m. St. Patrick's Day breakfast at the Moose Lodge,
110 Gulf Drive, Bradenton Beach. Information: 778-4865. Fee ap-
Noon to 3:30 p.m. Duplicate bridge at the Anna Maria Is-
land Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Infor-
mation: 778-3390. Fee applies.
Noon to 4 p.m. AARP Driver Safety course at the Island
Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. 776-1158.
1 to 3 p.m. Anna Maria Garden Club Penny Flower Sale
at Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna
Maria. Information: 778-4683.
4:30 to 6 p.m. "Educating Jane" teen girls life-skills club
at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia 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.
8 p.m. Manatee Community College Jazz Ensemble at
Neel Performing Arts Center, 5840 26th St. W., Bradenton. Infor-
mation: 752-6320. Fee applies.

Orchid photography by Don Wilson at Island Gallery West,
5368 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, through March 13. Information:
Sew For Fun with Diana Kelly at the Roser Memorial Com-
munity Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria, through March 18. In-
formation: 792-6934.
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March 18.
"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 Gallery
South, 1122 12th St. W., Bradenton, through March 27. Informa-
tion: 747-0823.
Stained glass art by Kathy Storm at Island Gallery West,
5368 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, through March 27. Information:
"Over the River and Through the Woods" at the Island Play-
ers, 10009 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria, through March 28. Informa-
tion: 778-5755.
"Monday Painters" art exhibit at the Island Branch Library,
5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, through March 31. Informa-
tion: 778-1716.
"Student Exhibit" at the Anna Maria Island Art League, 5312
Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach, through March 31. Information:
"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 Is-
land Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, every
Thursday through April 15. Information: (888) 227-7669.
Watercolor with Susie Cotton at the Anna Maria Island
Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria, through May
25. Information: 778-1908. Fee applies.

Greek dinner at the Episcopal Church of the Annunciation
March 18.
"Gotta Dance" at the Anna Maria Island Community Cen-
ter March 19.
Book sale at Tingley Memorial Library March 19 and 20.
Friends Travel Program: Costa Rica at the Island Branch
Library March 20.
Anna Maria Island Tour of Homes March 20.
Celebrate Longboat Key at the Longboat Key Club March
"Capturing the Beauty of Florida Marine Life" at the Art
League of Manatee County March 20.
Pancake brunch at Roser Memorial Community Church
March 20.
Cortez Community Picnic at the 1912 Cortez Schoolhouse
March 20.
Anna Maria Island Community Choir and Orchestra concert
at Island Baptist Church March 21.
"Innovations in Fish Farming Technology for the 21st Cen-
tury" at Mote Marine Laboratory March 22.
Musical Mornings Manatee: The Lions of March at the Tidy
Island Clubhouse March 23.
"Food-Flowers-Fashion" show at St. Mary Star of the Sea
Catholic Church, Longboat Key March 23.
Cortez Village Historic Homes Tour March 27-28.


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Island Little League produces two varsity Hurricanes

By Kevin Cassidy
Islander Correspondent
The Manatee High School Hurricanes varsity base-
ball team can thank the Anna Maria Island Little
League for two contributors to its efforts in the 2004
season. Former Islander Taylor Manning and current
resident. Chris Nelson both got their start playing base-
ball at the Anna Maria Island Community Center's
Benji Scanio Field in Little League and both are being
counted on to fill specific roles for the Hurricanes.
Manning the only left-hander is one of four
pitchers that will take the mound on a regular basis,
according to Manatee coach Al Melnick. "Manning
spots the ball well and gets people out with his split-
finger pitch. Pitcher will be his primary role, but if he
keeps hitting the ball effectively, we're gonna have to
find a spot for him in the lineup."
Nelson, who recently suffered a strained Achilles
tendon, is being counted on to fill a utility role. "He'll
play right field, left field and some infield. Wherever
he's needed, Chris will play," stated Melnick. He went
on to say that before the injury, Nelson had done a good
job at the plate, working the count and laying down
bunts when the Hurricanes need to manufacture runs.
The Hurricanes varsity team recently dropped a
frustrating 7-4 decision to the Port Charlotte Pirates
March 5 at G.T. Bray field in Bradenton. The Canes
uncharacteristically committed a bunch of errors to
waste a solid pitching performance from Eddie Ander-
son, who pitched into the sixth inning and allowed only
four hits, two walks and one earned run while striking
out four.
Manatee jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the bottom of
the first when freshman Ryan Rubino blooped a single
down the right-field line and later scored from third on
a passed ball.
Anderson got into trouble in the third when he al-
lowed a lead-off single to Ross, who was bunted over
to second by Velez, Port Charlotte rightfielder Toledo
followed with a single to plate Ross and tie the score,
but that was just the start of it for the Pirates. Two
throwing errors and a passed ball brought home Toledo
and Kemper for a 3-1 Pirates lead.
Manatee fought back to tie the score in the bottom
of the inning as Rubino reached on an error and went
to third on a single by Danny Murphy. Adam Mott's
grounder forced Murphy out at second, but Rubino slid
home to pull to within a run. Taylor Chadsey followed
with a single to move Mott to third, where he easily
scored on Scott Viehman's ground out.
Two more errors, a walk and a single put three
more runs across for Port Charlotte, while the Hurri-
canes managed one run in the bottom of the seventh in
the 7-4 loss.
Chadsey led the Hurricane offense, going 2-for-4
including an RBI double, while Rubino and Mott both
went 1-for-4 with two runs scored. Manning walked
and singled while Tyler Jensen and Alan Conley each
added singles in the loss.

Calling Island athletes!
Let us know when and where and what sports you're
playing. We'd like to see your exploits on the field
or in any sport, team or individual, in The Islander.
Drop a schedule off at the Islander office along with
the names of Islanders who are participating. You
can also e-mail us at kevin@islander.org with any

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All are welcome.

More baseball action
The Anna Maria Island Little League is under way
with games being played almost every night of the
week in addition to games on Saturday mornings, but
they're not the only game in town.
The professionals are back at it, too, and if you've
never ventured to McKechnie Field on Ninth Street
West in Bradenton, then you don't know what you're
For starters, McKechnie is just a beautiful place to
watch a baseball game and it doesn't cost you an arm
and a leg to get a great seat. For $11, you can be close
enough to the field to see your favorite pro ball player
up close and personal.
Secondly, spring training baseball is nothing like
the other professional sport preseasons. Spring training
is laid back and the players are generally pretty friendly
to fans.
Throw in the fact that the weather is beautiful dur-
ing spring training and you've got yourself a built-in
excuse to blow off one responsibility or another for an
afternoon. Get on out to McKechnie. You'll find me in
the box seats near third base.

Region C action starts
for Miller, Magic mates
The UI 1 Manatee Magic girls' soccer team re-
cently concluded its regular season with a 2-0 win over
Valrico on Feb. 22 with both goals coming from Island
resident Martine Miller. The Magic, which went
through a rough patch in the middle of its Division I
schedule, finished in fifth place with a 5-6-3 record.
Region C tournament play started with games be-
ing played over the Feb. 28-29 weekend and the UI 1
girls fared well. They opened the tournament with a 1-
0 victory over Valrico thanks to a nice goal by Kara

Rau. Saturday night saw them edge the Tampa Knights
1-0 with the only goal coming on a penalty kick by
Ashley Conley. The win avenged two losses to the
Knights earlier in the season.
Sunday afternoon saw the Magic defeat West
Pasco 2-1 to earn a bye in the quarterfinal round.
Allyssa Allen opened the scoring for the Magic, but
West Pasco came back to tie the game. Martine scored
the game-winner with just over eight minutes to play
to help extend the season for the Magic.
Next up for Martine and her teammates is the Re-
gion C semifinals over the March 27-28 weekend.
Good luck!

Island youth pilgrimage to Australia
Life-long Island resident Ryane Carden has been
invited to join eight other girls from the United States
on a basketball pilgrimage to Australia July 15-Aug. 5.
The trip was put together by Young Life, a non-de-
nominational Christian youth group in which Carden is
Currently a sophomore at Manatee High School
and a member of the Lady Canes varsity basketball
team, Carden received this once-in-a-lifetime opportu-
nity after first submitting a letter to Chas Fritz of
Young Life.
The application consisted of the normal questions
regarding position, height, and statistics, but Carden
also had to respond to six or seven essay questions in
order to be considered for the trip.
Carden, who carries a 4.3 grade-point average in
her honors classes at MHS must have impressed the
selection panel with her answers since she and
Bradenton Christian's Jessica Magley were the only
area girls to garner the invitation.
The trip includes stops in Melbourne, Canberra,
Sydney, Tansworth and Armadale, where Carden and
her new teammates will spread the word of God while
competing in basketball games against teams from
Australia. In addition, the girls will also work with
youngsters in mini basketball camps along the way.
Carden, an active member of St. Bernard Catholic
Church in Holmes Beach, is in need of financial assis-
tance to realize this fantastic opportunity. Cost of the
trip is $3,500, so if anyone can find it in their hearts
(and wallets) to help Ryane out, she can be reached at

Team Tennis: Bradenton earns victory
over Laurel Oak
The Bradenton Country Club won five of six
matches to defeat Laurel Oak Country Club on Satur-
day, March 6, at the Bradenton Country Club in Florida
District 10 team tennis.
Longboat Key's Anthea Rokop defeated Andrew
von Johnn 8-5, while Michael Neal defeated Hillary
Butler 8-6. Sam Mire and Gabriela Grubbs both won
their matches by 8-4 scores, while Kim Mannausa and



Tebbetts Tidbit: Boys of summer return to area

By Steve Huntington
Islander Correspondent
The late Birdie Tebbetts, long-time Anna Maria
Island resident, longer-time major league player, scout,
manager and executive, made his first claim to fame as
catcher with the Detroit Tigers.
Never has that position made so much news as this
recent off-season, when Tigers owner Mike Illich was
the lone baseball owner to meet the asking price of All-
Star Ivan "Pudge" Rodriguez. Rodriguez brings his po-
tent bat, his skilled handling of a pitching staff and his
new Florida Marlins world championship ring to the re-
charged Tigers for just $40 million for four years.
So who is the Detroit catcher who earned five gold
gloves, and when he retired in 1976 held the all-time
Major League records for most putouts, chances and
highest fielding percentage for a catcher?
(Answer below.)

Opening Day
It is opening day at the Devil Rays finest home sta-
dium, Progress Energy Park, home of the former Al
Lang Field. Most of us still call it Al Lang, which is an
act of commercial disobedience I find common today.
If a stadium or a concert venue has a well-loved or at
least well-accepted name, locals and long-timers take
pride in using the old name rather than the one some
corporation has paid millions to put on it.

Worth the trip
There are many reasons to favor Al Lang over the
Trop, home field for the Rays regular season. Some are
obvious and would apply to any dome. Baseball was
not meant to be played indoors, or on artificial turf.
(Thankfully, all those outdoor parks that had astroturf
have either eliminated the plastic grass-finally! -or
the whole stadium itself.)
But more importantly, Al Lang is truly one of the
gems of the Grapefruit League. To sit in the stands
along first base and let your eyes wander over to the
water is always a treat. Some boats move in close
enough to be in position for foul balls off the left side.
Farther out in Tampa Bay, you see sailboats gloriously
gliding by, oblivious to baseball and most other activi-
ties on land. Add to this mix the small planes coming
and going at the Albert Whitted Field, and the line of
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most of the way to the airstrip, and you've got scenery
that tops any ballpark this side of the Allegheny River.
Which brings us to the particular game: The Pitts-
burgh Pirates are visiting the Devil Rays on a gorgeous
Saturday afternoon. Rays highlights abound as Tino
Martinez homered in his first at-bat as a Devil Ray en
route to a 2-for-3 day. Huff had three hits. Julio Lugo
and fan-favorite Rocco Baldelli each figured in two
run-scoring rallies with their two hits apiece.
Jose Cruz, who started alongside Barry Bonds for the
Giants last year, drove in a run with his first hit as a Ray
in the seventh. Fernando Tatis, the one-time slugger com-
ing off an injury-riddled stay with the Montreal Expos,
doubled down the line to again put Tampa Bay up by a run
in the eighth. And after the Pirates tied it once more in the
ninth inning, non-roster invitee and former Minnesota
Twin Jason Maxwell stroked a bases-loaded shot to left
center to win it for Tampa Bay 7-6.
The Pirates motored back home over the Sunshine
Skyway Bridge on the short end of a game that will
have little lasting consequence. But the point is that for
a baseball fan, a leisurely afternoon with the games top-
level players is once again easily within our entertain-
ment options.
Another word or two about the Pirates is in order here,

Lisa Subbiondo won their singles matches 8-1. Patrick
Mire eaned a hard-fought win with an 8-5 score, while
Natalie Phippen dropped her match 8-5.
For more information regarding youth team tennis,
call Laurie Tinnell at 761-7905 or 792-2933.

Horseshoe winners
Winners in the March 6 horseshoe games were
Chris McNamara of Bradenton and George Page of
Bradenton Beach. Runners-up were Jesse Brisson of
Bradenton and Tom Markley of Holmes Beach.
Winners in the March 3 games were Herb Puryear
and Bill Starrett, both of Anna Maria. Runners-up were
John Cooper of Parrish and Tom Florey of Pennsylvania.
The weekly contests get under way every Wednes-
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as long as there's plenty of Spring Training left. Spend-
ing part of a day at Bradenton's McKechnie Field is some-
thing no self-respecting lover of the game should pass up.
It's the shortest of all trips from the Island to Major League
Baseball and McKechnie is the grand old (rebuilt new)
jewel of Florida's ballparks. Two of the games are already
sold out, though (Yankees and Red Sox, of course), so
don't go then unless you've got tickets or money for scalp-
These are just two of several great local choices for
spring training. Head to Sarasota for the Reds, the beau-
tiful brand new stadium in Clearwater for the Phillies,
Dunedin for the Jays, or the experience at the Yankees'
Legends Field in Tampa, which more closely approxi-
mates the major leagues (crowds and parking, for ex-
ample). This is the month when Major League Baseball
is most accessible, and in many ways, the most fun.
After all, everyone's still in first place.
Tebbetts Tidbit answer: Bill Freehan.

Steve Huntington is a long-time Manatee resi-
dent, a lifelong baseball aficionado and program
director of Radio Margaritaville on the Web at
www.radiomargaritaville.com. He formerly pro-
grammed WQSR "Quad 102 and a half" in the
1970s and again in th 1980s when the station was
called "The Wave."

Anna Maria Island Little
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Major League (ages 9-12)
Date Time Teams
March 10 6:30 p.m. WMFD vs. Island Lumber
March 12 6:30 p.m. Duncan vs. Island Lumber
March 15 7 p.m. WMFD vs. Island Lumber

Minor League (ages 8-9)
March 11 6:30 p.m. Bark Realty vs. Betsy Hills
March 13 11:30 a.m. Morgan Stanley vs.
Betsy Hills
March 15 5 p.m. Morgan Stanley vs.
Betsy Hills

T-ball (ages 5-7)
March 13 9 a.m. Beach House vs.
Air & Energy
March 13 10 a.m. Morgan Stanley vs. Harry's
March 16 5 p.m. Harry's vs. Air & Energy

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'Regina' friends meet, mapping of shipwreck starts

Regina made a lot of friends Saturday, with more
expected in the weeks and months ahead.
"Regina" is the molasses barge that sank in the
Gulf of Mexico off Bradenton Beach in a storm March
8, 1940. One man died while trying to swim ashore
from the wreck in the high winds and rough seas, but
the other seven were rescued through the efforts of
Cortezians and other locals.
The "Regina" was commissioned as a steam
schooner in 1904, built in Belfast, Ireland. It is 247 feet
long and, when it ran aground and later sank off Ninth
Street North, was carrying 350,000 gallons of molas-
ses from Havana, Cuba, to New Orleans.
"Regina's" friends, about 40 of them, want the
shipwreck to become part of the Florida Department of
State's Division of Historical Resources Bureau of Ar-
chaeological Research's State Underwater Archeologi-
cal Preserve system, a sort of "shipwreck heritage trail"
that is currently comprised of nine wrecks.
"The idea of a series of underwater parks, trails and
preserves is new to Florida," Della A. Scott-Ireton has
said. She, along with Dr. Roger Smith and Jennifer
McKinnon, will be here for.the month, working with
local divers and others to map the wreck and establish
a "Friends of Regina" group.
Not much is knows about the events that took place
that night in 1940, and Scott-Ireton is hoping that
people who were on the beach or any member of the
crew can be located to tell their story of what happened.
Pictures, artifacts, or any other material will be used to
make the formal nomination of having the wreck
placed into the state program, and the collateral mate-
rial can be used for a shoreside exhibit.
"Whatever happened to the tug?" Scott-Ireton
asked. "We aren't even sure of its name." Accounts of
the tug's name vary based upon news accounts of the
time, and no mention of its captain has been found as
She said that the state has contracted with a marine
historian in Washington, D.C., to research the "Regina"
and its history.
Scott-Ireton said a group of local divers would be
meeting in a classroom setting in the next few weeks

Della Scott-Ireton showed the members of the
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to learn the process of an underwater archeological
survey. Detailed maps will then be produced in the
form of brochures and other material for divers to have
a better understanding of the wreck and its history.
The wreck is only a short swim from shore and is
a popular locale for experienced and novice scuba
divers. Several of the attendees at Saturday's meeting
said that due to the popularity of the wreck, reefballs -
artificial reef structures that attract fish and other ma-
rine life should be considered to be added nearby to
serve as "staging areas" for divers awaiting their turn
to visit the wreck.
It was agreed that county officials would be con-
tacted to see about the feasibility of such a reefball de-
Lorraine and Pete Athas of Sea-Trek Divers in
Bradenton Beach began the nominating process about
two years ago. Pete is the president of the new
"Friends" group; Lorraine is vice president, and Jim
Humes is secretary-treasurer. Any information from
anyone about the ship can be relayed to Sea-Trek at
It seems only fitting that the "Regina" receive its
designation as part of the state's underwater preserve
system as it turns 100 years old.

A dark and stormy night
The following account of the floundering of the
"Regina" is from "Fog's Comin' In," by Doris M.
Green. The superstructure mentioned disappeared long
Just north of the Island end of the Cortez Bridge,
about 50 yards offshore, a black rusted object can be
seen protruding from the Gulf waters. Few know or
remember what it is unless they were on the beach
March 8, 1940, or have asked about the object. A con-
verted tanker, the "Regina," laden with 350,000 gallons
of molasses, was being towed from Cuba to New Or-
leans by the Cuban tugboat "Minian."
A late winter storm developed on Friday with gale-
force winds and pounding 8- to 10-foot waves and by
nightfall the temperature had dropped in the 30s. The
tug and barge were possibly headed for the shelter of
Tampa Bay when the tow line between the two vessels
sheared off, whether by accident or deliberately cut by
the crew trying to save themselves. The eight-man
tanker crew and a German shepherd dog were left
stranded on the sandbar. The Coast Guard in St. Peters-
burg was alerted but in the darkness it was too danger-
ous to send a rescue boat. They loaded an old PBT sea-
plane with rescue supplies for an early Saturday morn-



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ing flight to the floundering barge.
It took about a half-hour to reach the spot on the
beach. After circling as low as they dared, they dropped
life jackets and supplies but the near hurricane-force
winds blew them towards shore and beyond reach of
the crew seen hanging on the rails with waves crash-
ing over them. All during the previous night, crowds
had gathered on the beach and kept fires going to en-
courage the stricken crew. In addition to the seaplane,
the Coast Guard had sent a truck with a gun used to
shoot lines out to the barge, but were unsuccessful.
There was no Sunshine Skyway Bridge at that time and
the truck had to drive around Tampa Bay before arriv-
ing on the scene.
About 10 a.m. my younger brother, Clayton (Jap),
aged 18, and other friends went over to the Island from
Cortez to watch the attempted rescue operations.
Shortly before they arrived the ship's cook, a black
man named Sevrino Canersines, and his dog had
jumped into the raging waves in an attempt to swim
ashore, but soon disappeared in the water. Their bod-
ies later washed up on the beach. Two other men had
jumped into the water trying to make it to safety and
were struggling in the waves to stay afloat. Jap volun-
teered to swim out to them with a long rope tied se-
curely around his waist and the other end held by the
men on shore.
When he finally reached them, he grabbed one man
by his jacket and pulled him to the rope and the other
crewman was able to grab the rope. All were pulled to
safety by the men on shore. Jap said he was freezing .
and very tired when he reached the beach and hurried
home to get out of the wet clothes and did not return to
the beach.
Several attempts were made by men in boats to
reach the barge but the waves were too high. Finally,
Furman Smith from Palma Sola ventured.out in a small
dingy with a long rope, also held by men on shore, and
was successful in reaching the barge. They tied the rope
to the stranded vessel and the remaining crew made it
safely to shore by holding onto the rope. Later Jap and
Furman were awarded trophies by the Bradenton
Chamber of Commerce for their heroism.

Sandscript factoid
According to the state Web site on archeological
preserves, "'Regina' joined a growing fleet of large and
small tankers carrying a specific liquid cargo: molas-
ses. Shipped from several locations in Cuba, the Do-
minican Republic, and Puerto Rico to ports on the East
and Gulf Coasts of the United States, molasses was
used primarily by rum distilleries, and also by animal
feed manufacturers. "New Orleans was a principal
port of the world's molasses trade; cargoes were trans-
ferred to river barges for distribution inland to feed
producers in the Midwest. Compared with other liquid
cargoes carried by tankers at sea, such as oil, chemicals,
or freshwater, molasses is much heavier. In cold
weather it thickens, becoming difficult to pump during
transfer and requiring a longer time in port. Various
tank-heating methods were used to make the cargo
more fluid and easier to pump."


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Sheepies peaking, small snook in backwater

By Capt. Mike Heistand
Sheepshead fishing is about as good as it's going
to get right now, with the best of the season windup
expected at the end of the month. There are reports of
some monster sheepies being caught up to 7 pounds, so
the convict fish are obviously fat, happy and hungry for
the hook.
Whitebait is still thick near the Sunshine Skyway
Backwater fishers are catching lots of small snook,
plus some trout and redfish.
And Larry White caught a 24-inch-long gag grou-
per from his father-in-law's dock off Key Royale Drive
last week.
Capt. Thom Smith at Angler's Repair on Cortez
Road said he's caught snook to 27 inches in length,
redfish to 24 inches, trout to 17 inches, all on artificial
bait, plus mackerel and sheepshead using shrimp as the
Bill Lowman at Island Discount Tackle said fish-
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around the piers and in the backwater. Sheepshead are
being reeled in at better than 6 pounds, and the action
is at its peak right now for those black-and-white
striped fish. Snook action is off to a good start, with
some catches up to 15 pounds already reported. Off-
shore fishing for snapper remains excellent, although
the action is mostly on small catches of 5 pounds or so,
although grouper are a good bet in 60- to 100-foot
depths in the Gulf of Mexico.
Bob Kilb at the Rod & Reel Pier said there were
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sheepshead were No. 1 as far as pier fishers were con-
cerned. Pompano are also starting to show up, but in
small numbers.
Cliff Alcorn at the Anna Maria City Pier said
fishers there are getting into sheepshead to 4 pounds,
mackerel are hitting in the afternoons and there are also
reports of good catches of flounder and snook at night.
Dave Johnson at Snead Island Crab House said
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Catchers Marina in Holmes Beach said he's finding
lots of small snook, plus some keepers, as well as good-
sized redfish, lots of Spanish mackerel near Egmont
Key, and plenty of sheepshead.
At the Perico Island Bait and Tackle, wade fish-
ers are catching redfish in the potholes in the seagrass
flats, but only a few. Trout are a good bet, he said, and
sheepies are the best near the Manatee Public Beach
Capt. Tom Chaya on the Dolphin Dreams in
Holmes Beach out of Catchers said he's getting his
charters onto lots of Spanish mackerel up to 26 inches,
sheepshead to 4 pounds, reds to 26 inches and good-
size mangrove snapper offshore.
Capt. Sam Kimball on Legend charters out of
Annie's Bait & Tackle in Cortez said he's finding lots
of snapper to 5 pounds, plus triggerfish, grunts and
grouper to 15 pounds farther out in the Gulf. He's also
catching some cobia to 30 pounds on good day, black
fin tuna to 25 pounds and porgies.
Capt. Zach Zacharias on the Dee-Jay II out of
Annie's said he's getting his charters onto lots of red-
fish, trout, flounder and snook on the inside, with limit
catches of mangrove snapper and sheepshead to 6
On my boat Magic, we have been catching man-
grove snapper, trout to 20 inches, redfish to 24 inches
and sheepshead to 7 pounds.
Good luck and good fishing.
Capt. Mike Heistand 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
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for the islands I
The Longboat Key Chamber of Com-
merce Ambassadors held a get-together
recently at the Sun House Restaurant in ,
Bradenton Beach for the Anna Maria
Island Chamber of Commerce Ambas- .
sadors. Back row, from left, are
Longboat Ambassador and president of d .
the AMI Ambassadors, Ben Cooper of
Cooper & Associates, Bill Grayson of i
AMI, Bob Barr of Longboat Key and
Bitdiddle's, Nancy Ambrose of The
Islander, and Longboat Key Ambassa-
dors Pat Martin of Pampered Moves
and Linda Worthing of Care Plus Home
Healthcare. Front row, from left, are
Longboat Key Ambassadors Sandee
Davis of Grimefighters, Irina LaRose of
Design 2000 Hair and Nails, Janet
Noack of Republic Bank, Tammy
Halstead of RE/MAX Excellence, and
Dr. Kathleen Goerg of Island
Chiropractic Center. Islander Photo:
Courtesy of Longboat Key
Chamber of Commerce

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


This charming 2BR/3BA beach house is tucked away on the desirable
west side of Gulf Drive in Anna Maria Village, just steps from the sparkling
Gulf of Mexico and a wonderful wide walking beach! Amenities include
cool ceramic tiled floors throughout, ceiling fans, updated kitchen and
baths and a wonderful, partially covered sundeck plus enclosed outdoor
shower! Maintenance is a breeze with white, vinyl siding and pebbled land-
scaping, enhanced by several citrus trees and an adorable storage build-
ing. This light and spacious Island hideaway is priced to sell at $680,000,
so escape to the Island while opportunity knocks!
BROCHURE Visit our Web site at www.betsyhills.com
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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.
1 BR/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

BEAUTIFUL BAY PALMS 3BR/2.5BA canalfront home re-
cently updated to include a coral-appointed remote-controlled
gas fireplace, new windows, pavers, boat hoist and more.
Enjoy luxury living in this ranch-style home with more than
2,650 sq. ft. of living area. $775,000 $750,000.

Marina Pointe

Realty Co.

314 Pine Avenue Anna Maria
(941) 779-0732 Toll Free: (866) 779.0732
Storage Units Available!

r,- 5500 Marina Drive
Holmes Beach, FL
Tropical v 941-779-2580
,r Fax: 941 779-2602


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

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COMING SODNi Two beautiful new 3/2 homes at 306 56th St.
Preconscruction pncing starting at $495. 000
Under construction. New 3/2.5 family room with fireplace, beautiful cherry
cabinets with granite countertops. Lots of upgrades.
2205 88th St. Ct. NW. $396,900.
Lot in northwest Bradenton. 80-by-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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Mixon's turns 65
Mixon's Fruit Farms at 2712 26th Ave. E. in
Bradenton will celebrate its 65th anniversary March
18-20 with a number of attractions and entertainment.
Performers include comedian Robin Cookson, the
Dream Catcher Cloggers, the Sweet Adelines, the
Golden Apple Dinner Theater performers, the Barber
Shoppe Quartet, the FAITH Boys of Christ singers, the
Horseshoe Cove Dulcimer, the West Coast Civic Bal-
let children dancers, and the Trinity Lutheran "Trinity
In addition, the Florida Antique Engine and Trac-
tor Club will have a display and a Fire Safety House
mobile classroom will be set up on March 19 and 20.
Tours of the groves are also planned.
But there's also plenty of Mixon's fresh-squeezed
juice, and a free half-gallon of fresh orange juice will
be given away to the first 50 guests each day of the
anniversary celebration.
There will also be $10 gift certificates given away
every half hour.
Mixon's will also have a 65th Anniversary special
luncheon for $5.50 that includes fresh-squeezed lem-
For more information, call Rosemarie Mixon at
748-5829, extension 256.

Et tu, Brian
Brian's Sunnyside Up II cafe at 9516 Cortez
Road has been sold by Brian Schultz to Eddie Ryan,
whose parents live on Longboat Key.
Last week, Schultz sold Brian's Sunnyside Cafe in
Holmes Beach to some former staff members.
The Cortez Road location has been named Eddie's
Sunshine Cafe, while the Holmes Beach eatery is now
Minnie's Beach Cafe.

Get physical therapy
Licensed physical therapist Lee Levanduski re-
cently opened Island Physical Therapy in the Island

Listings Wanted -
/ Proven Results!

S Real Estate, Inc
Property Manager/Sales Associate
Cell: 812-3455
941-779-0304 1-866-779-0304
Liz Codola www.teamduncan.com

The perfect place

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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

Fitness Center at 5317 Gulf Drive in Holmes Beach.
Lee has been a physical therapist for 15 years and
holds a master's degree in physical therapy.
Prior to opening Island Physical Therapy, he was
with the IMG Academy in Bradenton.
As the Island's only physical therapy center, Lee
welcomes new patients and insurance is accepted.
Office hours are from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday
through Friday.
To learn more about Island Physical Therapy, call
Lee at 778-5446.

New Realtor at Coldwell
Tyce Clark recently joined the staff of Coldwell
Banker real estate at 3614 East Bay Drive in Holmes
Beach, bringing more than 25 years experience in real
estate sales to the office.
He operated his own real estate agency in Illinois
from 1977 to 2001, where he trained and supervised
more than 100 sales agents.
Clark also has experience in custom-home build-


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

home is an Island jewel. Amenities include heated pool/spa, zoned
heat/AC, great room and family room with incredible bayview. New
roof, custom walk-in closets, atrium entry, open floor plan, meticu-
lously and lovingly maintained. Priced at $775,000. Call Marion
Ragni, Realtor for a personal tour. 761-1415 eves.
VILLAGE GREEN Rarely available immaculate 2BR/2BA lakefront
villa. Two-car garage, large family room with hurricane tinted win-
dows, new carpet and complete furnished. Offered for $189,900.
Call Marion Ragni, 761-1415 eves.


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ing and moved to Florida in 2001. He is licensed in
both real estate and insurance in Florida.
To speak with Tyce or learn more about Coldwell
Banker, call 778-2261.

Realty raves
Heather Abster was top sales agent and Robin
Kollar led in obtaining new listings during February at
the Island's Gulf-Bay Realty.
Jon Kent was tops in obtaining new listings for
Island Real Estate of Anna Maria Island Inc. during
February, while Marianne Correll led in sales.
At Wedebrock Real Estate Co., Gail Tutewiler led
in listings for the Island office, and Vicki Gilbert
headed sales records. Other Wedebrock leaders were
Cindy and Gary LaFlamme and Courtney Campbell,

C o tit a g e st y I e
townhome by the
beach. Offered turn-
key furnished. Taste-
ful decor that makes
S-:'i you feel like spring.
Large screened deck,
2BR/2.5BA, shows
like new! $399,000.

S Call
Robin Kollar
7134518 '

lf-Bay Realty
,t ^ \ of Anna Maria Inc.
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For t oe soothea4t daae"
5309 Gulf Drive Holmes Beach

Realtor Sales Associate
Z; 3 941-545-0206
Pager: 941-233-0748
Fax: 941-778-4794
Fo" / T |ryou" privat r j
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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
The Art of the Deal for You
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The Sunray Quad
Lake-Bayou Front
$250.000 Turnkey Furnished
1.874 sqIft *3BR/2BA
Around $1,000 a

The Whitney Villa
Direct Bayfront
$395.000 over 2.200 so It
3-Slory 2BR/2 5BA
month gets you on

your own private island. 168 acres of
nature preserve, two miles of
waterfront, country club-like facilities,
Indian mounds, museum. Choose
from two prime locations.

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3-4BR/2.5BA, formal living, den,
family room, library. Just exudes
quality, class and distinction. Fea-
tures too numerous to list. S349.000.


$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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Pot 0' Gold
The Pot O' Gold
Vegas-style video
complex at 9516
.Cortez Road W. in
the Mt. Vernon
Plaza had its
grand opening
Friday, March 5,
and staff members
were on hand to
ensure everyone
had a fun time.
From left are
Jeanette Crouse,
Rick Jones, Keith,
Chuck Kline and
Lori. Islander
Photo: Nancy




Island Biz
who led in both listings and sales at Longboat Key.
Bruce Myer of Coldwell Banker Previews Interna-
tional on Longboat Key was honored by the Sarasota
Board of Realtors as the No. 1 agent for most homes
and condominiums sold on Longboat. This ranks him
in the top 1 percent of all Coldwell Banker associates
worldwide, said managing broker Chris Harrington.
Rick Libro received the 100-percent club award,
denoting the top level of success, at the awards banquet
of RE/MAX Excellence in Orlando. He is an agent on
Longboat Key and St. Armands Circle.
Ramona Glanz, RE/MAX Excellence specialist in
upper-tier marketing on Longboat Key, has completed
the company's "luxury-home marketing course." She
has been in real estate since 1976.

Taso's Family Restaurant open
Taso's Family Restaurant at 5026 15th St.. E. in
Bradenton is now open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Taso's has a number of daily specials for lunch and
dinner, said owner Emmanuel Makris, and breakfast
specials start at less than $2.
Specialties of the house include Greek foods and
In addition, Taso's serves chicken, steaks,
seafoods, sandwiches and Italian dishes.
Taso's is open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday
through Saturday and from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday.

Island real estate sales
6300 Marina Dr., Holmes Beach, six lots measur-
ing 220x255, were sold 1/7/04, First Church Christ
Scientist Holmes to Om Island Properties LLC, for
$1,825,000; list $1,500,000.
709 Manatee Ave. W., Holmes Beach, 14 Westbay
Cove South, a 1,179 sfla / 1,479 sfur 2bed/2bath condo
built in 1977, was sold 1/5/04, Barber to Costantino, for
207 71 st St., the west half of a duplex of 950 sfla /

Taso's family
Taso's Family Restaurant at 5026 15th St. E. in
Bradenton recently opened with manager Vera
Cristea, left, and owner Emmanuel Makris serving
up some great family food. Islander Photo: Nancy

1,495 sfur 2bed/2bath/lcar built in 1987 on a 29x105
lot, was sold 1/14/04, Guzzino to Sciara, for $249,000;
list $249,000.
2218, 2300, 2305, 2307 Gulf Dr., Bradenton
Beach, four residential buildings of 1,572 sfla / 2,037
sfur, 3,468 sfla / 3,788 sfur, 816 sfla / 1,492 sfur, 1,152
sfla / 1,602 sfur, some Gulffront, on four lots measur-
ing about 50x100 each, about nine units, were sold 1/
16/04, Sand Pebble Inc. to Tri Star Properties, for
$3,000,000; list $3,000,000.
2502 Gulf Dr., Bradenton Beach, 105 & 104 Club
Bamboo, two motel units converted to condos, were
sold 1/14/04, Diehl to HTMM LLC, for $325,000 each.
2813 Gulf Dr., Holmes Beach, a 50x100 lot, was

sold 1/12/04, Hill to Desmarais, for $215,000; list
3601 E. Bay Dr., Holmes Beach, 206 Sandy Point
[sic] Dl 4, a 1,035 sfla / 1,215 sfur 2bed/2bath/lcar
condo built in 1988, was sold 1/13/04, Lewis to Nunn,
for $210,000; list $229,000.
3607 E Bay Dr., Holmes Beach, 206 Sandy Pointe
2, a 980 sfla / 1040 sfur 2bed/2bath/lcar condo built in
1996, was sold 1/16/04, Smialek to Bisio, for $212,900.
411 28th St., Holmes Beach, a 1,524 sfla / 2,406
sfur 3bed/2bath/1.5car canalfront home built in 1971
on an 80x120 lot, was sold 1/16/04, Scarbrough to
Daane, for $655,000; list $675,000
520 Spring, Anna Maria, a 539 sfla / 700 sfur home
built in 1930 on a 42x60 lot, was sold 1/15/04, Roberts
to Dahms, for $190,000.
5601 Flotilla, Holmes Beach, a 3,097 sfla / 8,190
sfur 6bed/6bath/3car/pool canalfront home built in
1960 on a 121x195+/- lot, was sold 1/16/04,
Dechambre to Hopp, for $710,000; list $749,000.
110 12th St. S., Bradenton Beach, 111 Gulf to
Bay Moorings, a 896 sfla / 1,046 sfur condo built in
1982, was sold 1/23/04, Gombach to Culbreth, for
201 76th St., Holmes Beach, a 1,456 sfur / 2,007
sfur 4bed/4bath/2car duplex built in 1951 on an 80x98
lot, was sold 1/23/04, Cappello to Brown, for $475,000.
206 71st St., Holmes Beach, a 1,074 sfla / 1,597
sfur 2bed/2bath/lcar home built in 1975 on a one-third-
acre lot, was sold 1/21/04, Rice to Krupp, for $380,000;
list $389,000.
300 Bay Dr. S. Bradenton Beach, 8 Old Bridge
Village, a 2,286 sfla mid-level bayfront condo (garages
below) built in 2003, was sold 1/20/04, Old Bridge
Village to Reynolds, for $1,000,000.
300 Bay Drive S., Bradenton Beach, 9 Old Bridge
Village, a 2,286 sfla three-story bayfront condo built in
2003, was sold 1/20/04, Old Bridge Village to Roberts,
for $1,100,000.
Compiled by Doug Dowling, licensed real estate
broker, 778-1222, exclusively for The Islander.
Island real estate transactions may be viewed on the
Web at islander.org. Copyright 2004.

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

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

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

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BBC 241 Located on Anna Maria Island.
$749,900. Near the beach.

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SANDCASTLE BEACH RESORT located in the heart of Bradenton Beach on Gulf Drive and
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Licensed Real Estate Broker

Secluded Steps from beach Exquisite Views
* Rare opportunity to own established turnkey rental property
* Top floor 2BR/2BA with breathtaking Gulfviews. Enjoy sunset
afterglow from private deck.
* First floor 2BP ,-A1h -In or use as third bedroom, 2BA, partial
Gulfviews and prvuie porch
* Easily converted to single family

New York Florida
"Exclusive Service from Skyline to Skyway."

Simply the Best

6400 Gulf Drive

"La Plage"
Annaa Mia's Newest Luxury G(Iffronf Conaos...
All Gulfront High Speed Elevators Security Gates Burglar Alarms
All Units Enclosed Garages Pool with Spa High Ceilings
From 2,160 Sq. Ft. to 4,200 Sq. Ft.



941-778-6696 800-367-1617




WHEELCHAIR: MOTORIZED, three years old,
lightly used, great condition. $999. Call 761-0885.

BICYCLES: 26-INCH big tires, 10-speed and
coaster brakes. Like new condition. $35 each. Call

FUTON WITH 10-inch mattress, two end tables,
two lamps, complete oak desk with hutch, two-
drawer file cabinet, chair. All for $800 or best offer.
Call 779-1051.

QUEEN SOFA AND loveseat, $80; queen bed with
headboard, $60; two nightstands, $20 each; six
drapes, $10 each. Call 730-4689.

Excellent condition. Cardio and upper body work-
out. $150. 778-6873.

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

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

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

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

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

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, including carrying
bag and a brand new double battery. $100. Call

FREE DELIVERY: SEAFOOD to go. Shrimp, 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 welcome.
Smoke free. 103 23rd St. Corner of Avenue C and
23rd Street, Bradenton Beach.

CLASSIFIEDS ADS can be found on line at

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, Fri-
day, 9:30am-2pm, Saturday 9-noon. Always 50 percent
off sales rack. 511 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. 779-2733.

urday, March 12-13, 8am. Books, furniture, clothing
and much more. Refreshments and luncheon. 103
23rd. St., Bradenton Beach.

THREE-FAMILY GARAGE sale, Thursday-Friday,
March 11-12, 8am-?. 211 85th St., Holmes Beach.

YARD SALE SATURDAY, March 13, 8am-lpm.
Shelves, TotalGym, kitchen items, dog beds, micro-
wave, clothing, lots more. 116 52nd St., Holmes Beach.

GIGANTIC FLEA MARKET Saturday, March 13,
9am-3pm. Tons of antiques, collectibles, furniture,
jewelry, crystal, bric-a-brac and unique stuff. 5351
Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.



GARAGE SALE SATURDAY, March 13, 8am-1 pm.
The fun one! Antiques, Tropitone, tools, jewelry,
decorator items. 7002 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.

MOVING SALE SATURDAY, March 13, 8am-noon.
Furniture, household items, clothes. 325 Hardin
Ave., off North Shore, Anna Maria.

SATURDAY, MARCH 13, 8am-2pm. Computer
desk, linens, saw horses, good stuff. Rain date
March 20. 505 69th St., Holmes Beach.

Saturday, March 13, 9am-lpm. Don't miss this
multi-family yard sale. Something for everyone! 18th
Ave. W., off Palma Sola Boulevard. No early birds.

MOVING SALE FRIDAY and Saturday, March 12-
13, 9am-4pm. Much old, new, collectible, glass-
ware, tools, camping, lawn care. Turn north at 123rd
Street, off Cortez Road, follow signs.

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 othei pets for
adoption at Southgate Animal Hospital. References
checked. 922-0774.

1978 CHEVY VAN 350 rebuild, 9-foot lift kit, runs
good. $1,400. Call 779-0281, leave message.



1990 ECONOLINE 150 VAN, cold air conditioning,
has towing package. Ready for travel. Runs great.
$2,000, or best offer. 778-1102.

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

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

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

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

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

ISLAND SPORTS BAR: All-year clientele. Beer/
wine, good lease, smoking OK. $85,000. Call
Longview Realty, 383-6112.

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


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"Tie Best Resort on the Island."* A Private Ownership Opportunity: 23 luxury, furnished, 2-bedroomn,
2-bath.condominium apartments now available, many with spectacular Gulf or Bay views. Spacious floor plans.
The gorgeous property runs from the private Gulf beach to Sarasota Bay, and has 3 pools, fountains and garden
courtyards. Private dock with 14 boat slips available for sale. Hotel managed by ResortQuest International.
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Charming condominium units for sale in-A
popular Old Florida beach resort. Newly ren- _- '
ovated 1-bedroom, 1-bath apartments with .
full kitchens. Dock, pool, lush garden set--
tring. with private beach privileges. A great
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LOCAL CNA: Experienced, references, skilled nurs-
ing. Available Monday-Friday. Call Jenny, 778-5833.

CERTIFIED HOME HEALTH aide: 14 years expe-
rience with excellent local references. Compassion-
ate, caring male, experience in occupational
therapy, massage therapy, physical therapy techni-
cian. Contact Paul, 447-4752.

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

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

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

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.

PART-TIME AFTER school (K-5) counselors:
Mon.-Fri., 2:30-6pm. Must commit to 40 hours of
childcare training within first year of employment
or have DCF certification. Pays $7.50-$11.50, de-
pending upon experience in lifeguarding, music
and science backgrounds. Must be 21 years old.
Call 778-1908.

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of Anna Maria Inc.
) 778-7244

"' ISLAND ESCAPE Listen to
the surf while sitting
I,. amongst the palms at your
S. ..island escape "your perfect
S I place in paradise". Tastefully
'.^.... -'- t ._ -- updated 2BR home with
.many extras. Open floor
plan, great for entertaining! Wonderful second home or investment
property. Great rental history. Build up for views of the Gulf! Offered
at $517,500.
of this ground-level Gulffront
designer decorated condo.
Stroll out your glassed-in lanai
to the pool or pristine beach.
Take the fun to the tennis
courts or bring your own
boat. $649,000.
GULFVIEW CONDO No detail over-
looked i glightful end unit in
Totally updated
y, decorated. Spec-
u arviews, easy beach access and
a pool. Turnkey furnished and ready
Sto move in! $326,400. Call today for
a viewing.
Jump in the pool, stroll to
.V the beach or enjoy enter-
1 01' training in your 2BR/2.5BA
turnkey furnished
townhome with its brand
new extra large deck. Priced
.. for a quick sale, $399,000.
Adorable Island Cottage Only
VI, steps to the beach. Build up
i*"- ;iP for gulf views. Great Invest-
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Call Today!
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PART-TIME HELP needed at the Beach Shoppe. A
fun place to work! Located at Manatee Public Beach,
Holmes Beach. Apply in person. Ask for Dee or Rosie.

August 10, Monday-Friday, AM and PM shifts avail-
able. Must be at least 18 years old. Interests in
music, dance, science, lifeguarding and art helpful.
Pays $7-$9/hour. Call 778-1908.

FULL-TIME COUNTER help for busy marina, 8am-
5:30pm. Responsibilities include retail sales, some
computer work, customer service and phone skills.
Job is fun with great pay and benefits. Apply at Can-
nons Marina, 6040 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat
Key. 383-1311.

weekend youth sports programs. Fulltime, Monday-
Friday, 1-9pm and some Saturdays. Degree or ex-
perience in sports management a plus. Pays
$22,000-$23,500 annually, benefits. Call 778-1908.

KEY ROYALE GOLF club, a drug-free workplace, is
looking for a part-time counter person. Apply in per-
son or call 778-3055.

nity Center, a drug-free workplace. Energetic,
healthy, intelligent, motivated person with good
work ethics. General knowledge of building and
grounds maintenance. Seeking dependable per-
son with good character. Able to work unsuper-
vised. Monday-Friday, 25-40 hours per week.
$8.50-$12/hour, depending on education and ex-
perience. Call 778-1908.

2:30-10pm, Saturday and Sunday. Mr. Bones,

C Turnkey furnished 2BR/1.5BA.
"' -.-p-water canal to Palma Sola Bay.
B..j 1 dock. Heated Pool. IB96405
DREAM HOME Canalfront lot available
i. n Holmes Beach! IB90367
F(OREST 2BR/2BA, close to pool, $900/
.n' ; i h. 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



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, new dock,
no bridges to Tampa Bay. $776,000.

Lot in Anna Maria.
306 Spring Ave. 52-by-145-ft. Only two
blocks to beach. $306,000.


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

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

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

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

CALLING ALL VOLUNTEERS! Would you like to meet
interesting people from around the world? Are you in-
terested in learning the history of Anna Maria Island?
Get involved with the Anna Maria Island Historical
Museum, 402 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. We need you!
Call 778-0492.

THE TINGLEY MEMORIAL Library in Bradenton
Beach is looking for volunteers. Duties include check-
ing books in and out, reshelving and generally assist-
ing library patrons. It's fun, give it a try! Anyone inter-
ested in our friendly community library should call
Eveann Adams, 779-1208.

MAN WITH SHOVEL Plantings, natives, cabbage
palms, patio gardens, trimming, clean-up, edgings,
more. Hard-working and responsible. Excellent ref-
erences. Edward 778-3222.

ISLANDER CLASSIFIED: The best results from
classified ads and service advertising!

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Anna Maria canalfront
home with pool on a quiet
cul-de-sac. Established
vacation rental, but also
the place to be for a
family. MLS#97716.

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

One-half, distinctive, furnished
townhome. Amazing construction,
bay/inlet views, Island panoramic
views. Dock with jet-ski lift. Party
wall or condo conversion.

Bright, cheerful, spacious 2BR/2BA
Osprey Model. Tastefully turnkey
furnished. Wonderful waterviews!
Meticulously maintained. Must see!
Perico Bay Club just two miles
close to Island beaches! $234,500.

One block to beach. Two distinctive
R-2 attached townhomes. Quality
poured concrete construction. Wow
views of Island from roof. Lots of
options! Miss this and you'll be sorry!

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2-3BR/2BA, 1,664 sq.ft. well
maintained home, navigable wa-
terfront to Bay/Gulf. Large corner
lot. Dock, room for pool, newer
roof, A/C. Move right in!

caLL Laura McGeary 941-704-3708
Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate Inc.

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, up-
grades, maintenance, repairs, tutoring and training.
Call Robert, 778-3620.

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

THE ISLANDER. The best news on Anna Maria
Island since 1992.

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

I DON'T CUT corners, I clean corners. Affordable,
dependable cleaning. Chamberlain Professional
Cleaning, 778-7770. References available.

A NAL HOME Rarely available ca-
nal home on one of the most
desired streets on the north
.... . end. 2BR/2BA, quiet street, pri-
'- '* -- vate setting. Don't miss this op-
portunity! Offered at $515,000.
Call Frank Migliore, 778-2307.
BEACH! Quiet and comfortable
.-. n a tropical setting. Many up-
'' 'i home was built in
4'- SALE PENG any to list!) El-
77. evated 2BR/2BA with enclosed
i- garage. Wonderful brick paver
_____ patio area, two very short
blocks to beach. Priced to sell at $369,900. Call Stephanie Bell,
Broker at 920-5156 for all the details! MLS#99433
DRIVE Own a piece of the Island
before it's too late! Cute and
lock to beautiful
'... SALE PENDING rea of newly con-
structed homes. Don't miss out
on this opportunity. Investment
or residence. Many updates and
lots of potential. A must see! Priced reduced to $315,000. Call
Stephanie Bell Broker/Owner, 778-2307 or direct at 920-5156.




HANDYMAN SERVICES Scott Fulton, owner, Island
resident. "Get the job done right." Free estimate, many
references. 713-1907 cell, 778-4192 home.
FRANK AGNELLI HAULING: Construction site
cleanup, yard debris removal. No job too small.
Small dumpster available. Reasonable and depend-
able. Call 737-9111.
CLYDE TANNER PAINTING Inc.: Interior, exterior,
roof coatings, residential. 30 years experience. Call
McEVOY PAINTING: Frank McEvoy owner. Interior
and exterior work. Free estimates. Call 750-8467 or
cell, 713-1208.
DISCOVER PILATES: On-going class at Anna
Maria Island Art League, 6-7pm Wednesdays, $8/
class, drop-ins welcome. Call 778-2099 for informa-
tion. Also at G.T. Bray Activity Center starting March
16. Call 742-5974 for information. Certified Pilates
Instructor Preston Whaley Jr.

in business cards, flyers, postcards, rackcards,
doorhangers, brochures, custom greeting cards,
logos and design services. Phone us 778-2523.

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

Now Accepting Reservations
for 2005 Season

Residences, condos, duplexes,
furnished or unfurnished.



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


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

S- The 2004
Tour of Homes
', Raffle Tickets Available Now at
Green Real Estate
'l Each or 6 for '5 proceeds
S benefit the Anna Maria island
(Community Center.

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.
Wednesday's classified at noon on Tuesday at
www.islander.org. And it's FREE!
PIANO AND KEYBOARD lessons. Call Jack Elka,
SEWING: Get your sewing alterations done fast and
reliably. Hems, zippers, sleeves, waistlines, cush-
ions, etc. Reasonably priced. Call Jenifer Catlin,
TILE AND MOSAIC custom installation, 20 years
experience. References available. For a reasonable
price call Sebastian, 704-6719.
AUTO DETAILING BY HAND Spotless inside and
out. I can save you time and money. Island resident,
references. For pricing call 713-5967.

Gulf Coast Islands Realty, Inc.
International Resident/al & 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

Boyd 4-Realty
EST. 1952
Duplex Theatre district, $505,000.
Fully rented.
New Renovations Two blocks to
beach, 3BR/2BA, $509,000.

Bayou Condo with boat dock,
furnished. $279,000.
Canal home tropical setting!

Open Water Bimini Bay! $999,000.
Cute! Cozy! Charming!
$139,000 to $795,000.
5BR/3BA bayfront! $1.2 million
Brenda Boyd May, Licensed Real Estate Broker
Brandi Brady Gomez. Realtor Greg Ross. Realtor
778-8388 730-8589
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nance. Residential and commercial. Full-service
lawn maintenance, cleanups, 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,
pruning, shell and more! Insured, references, free
estimates. Call 778-2335 or 284-1568.
ONLINE SERVICE: Did you know you can place
classified ads and subscribe on line with our se-
cure server? Check it out at www.islander.org.
Lawns, native plants, mulching, trimming, hauling,
cleanup. Island resident 25 years. Call 807-1015.
ISLAND LAWNCARE and Landscape is looking for
a few good clients to cater to. Not just another
mow-and-go. Call 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.

at 2203 Ave. C. Bradenton Beach
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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. Hauling:
all kinds of gravel, mulch, top soil with free estimates.
Call Larry at 795-7775, "shell phone" 720-0770.

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

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

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

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

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

TILE TILE TILE. All variations of ceramic tile sup-
plied and installed. Quality workmanship, prompt, re-
liable, many Island references. Call Neil, 726-3077.

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

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

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

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

KEN & TINA DBA Griffin's Home Improvements
Inc. Handyman, fine woodwork, countertops, 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.

FIND GREAT DEALS on wheels and everything
else in The Islander, 778-7978.

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

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.

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V-s 1 A0 ,II '. PHONE: 941.778.6849*TOLL FREE: 800.778.9599
VACATION FAX: 941.779.17s0
PROPERTIE3. LLO Licensed RealEstote Broker Ann Caron

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3BR/2BA CANALFRONT HOME, pool, Florida room, 150 feet to
the Intracoastal waterway, partial bayview. $725,000. Call Ted
Schlegel, 518-6117 or Barry Gould, 778-3314.

2BR/1BA CONDO 300 feet to the beach, turnkey furnished.
$208,000. Call Ted Schlegel, 518-6117 or Barry Gould,

WATERFRONT KEY WEST-style home, fantastic
north Anna Maria Island location, seasonal, $2,500/
month, $900/week. Bayfront cottages also avail-
able 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.

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

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

RENTALS RENT fast when you advertise in
The Islander.

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

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TATE 300-feet of water frontage on 1.6 feet on Palma Sola Bay. This newer cus-
acres. Guest quarters, pool bar, elevator, tom home offers over3,500sq.ft., 10-car
private dock and great views, garage, pool, boat dock and davits.
$3,200,000. Cindy Pierro, 748-6300 or $1,690,000. Kathy Valente, 748-6300 or
920-6818. 99843 685-6767. 100210
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canal, across lushly landscaped yard. luxury and beauty in this 4BR/3BA home
Over 2,600 sq.ft. of living area with oak on the lake. Full views from pool and out-
floors. Sparkling pool and hot tub. Boat door kitchen. Agent-owned. $475,000.
dock and hoist. $529,900. Ruth Lawler, Victoria Horstmann, 748-6300 or 518-
748-6300 or 587-4623. 100939 1278.100125
ULTIMATE BEACHFRONT CONDO! Gulfviews from this 3BR/2.5BA turnkey open-plan
penthouse. $1,790,000. Victoria Horstmann, 748-6300 or 518-0278. 98392
EXTRAORDINARY VIEWS! 4BR/3BA on one acre. Guest house, pool and dock.
$1,250,000. 748-6300. Kathy Marcinko, 713-1100 or Sandy Drapala, 725-0781.
EXCEPTIONAL VIEWS! Approx. 100-feet on bayou. Fireplace, workshop, private dock,
davits and mature trees. $ 795.000. Jody Shinn. 748-6300 or 7C5-5704. 100811
BEAUTIFUL & CUSTOM! 5BR/4BR home in gated NW commun ty S699.000. 748-
6300. Judy LaValliere, 504-3792 or Ann DeBellevue, 720-7614. 97541
OLD WORLD CHARM 4BR plus den on a large lot with some river views. Over 2,700
sq.ft., restored and updated. S525.000. Kathy Valente, 748-6300 or 685-6767. 100816
WESTBAY POINT & MOORINGS 2BR/2BA condo on the end with deeded boat
dock. Canal and partial bay views. $349,000. Hal Gillihan. 748-6300 or 713-5555
PANORAMIC RIVER VIEWS Sixth-floor end unit condo Pool. Jacuzzi and club-
house. Close to downtown marina S299.000. Ruth Lawler. 748-6300 or 587-
4623. 99810
REMODELED 3BR home in wooded neighborhood Tvo-car garage, total yard care and
community pool. 5225,000. Kathy Valente. 741-63U0 or 685-6767. 101061/101063
INDIAN SPRINGS 3BR home Cathedral ceilings and open design. Close to Gulf
beaches. S199.900. 748-6300. Kathy Marcinko, 713-1100 or Sandy Drapala,
725-0781. 100918


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Residential Commercial
Check our references:
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Licensed/Insured Serving Anna Maria Island Since 1986 761-8900

Paradise Improvements 778-4173
.i Kitchen and Bath Remodeling Specialist
SReplacement Doors and Windows
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Fully Licensed and Insured Island References

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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/1 BA, completely renovated
and furnished. New washer/dryer, microwave.
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: 1 BR/1 BA duplex, three short
blocks to beach. Phone, premium cable TV, micro-
wave, washer/dryer, sleeps four. $1,800/month,
$550/week. Call 807-5627 or e-mail:

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

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

ANNUAL 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.

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.

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

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

RENTALS RENT FAST advertised in The Islander.
The best news on Anna Maria since 1992.

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:
aalmengual@msn.com or call 807-5626.

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 balconies over the water. Boat dock.
$3,200. Contact 730-5318 or 011-44-1708-688499.
E-mail: Sandypflorida@aol.com.

EL CONQUISTADOR 2BR/2BA, Available annually
and seasonally. Nicely located and furnished, ca-
thedral ceilings, screened lanai, washer/dryer. Ga-
rage 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.

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.

1 BA near beach. $1,500/month for one month or
$900/month for six months, includes utilities,

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

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 or medium animals permit-
ted. 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.

dryer, pool, nicely furnished, ground floor. Three
month minimum. Call 778-9576.

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

Maria. 3BR/2BA, elevated. One block to beach.
Available January, February, March 2005. (813)

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

BEST ISLAND VALUE! Sandpiper Mobile 55-plus,
1BR/1BA, turnkey furnished. Very nice must see
inside! April-December three-seix month minimum.
$585/month includes all (cable, phone, electric,
water, trash). All terms negotiable. Call office, 778-
1140, or owner (330) 686-8765.

ANNUAL RENTAL WITH 40-ft. boat slip. 2BR/2BA
condo in Cortez with more than 1,400 sf Living
room, dining room, den and screened lanai over-
looking canal. Large storage area, inside laundry,
covered parking. Available May 1. $1,300/month.
Call 704-4962.

ANNUAL RENTAL 1 BR/1 BA garage-top apartment,
fully furnished, $700/month, totally renovated, ev-
erything new, ready for immediate occupancy.
Ground-level 3BR/2.5BA direct-bayfront home with
heated pool. Call Betsy Hills Real Estate, P.A., at

SAN REMO CONDO on canal, 1BR/1BA fur-
nished, all new, clean and quiet. $735/month. Call

CONDO FOR RENT: Directly on Gulf, 5300 Gulf
Drive. Available now through April 15, special rate.
Call 776-3162.

ANNUAL 2BR/2BA, eat-in kitchen, 25-by-10-ft. en-
closed lanai. Lake view, private garden, carport, pool
and clubhouse. First floor. $1,100. Call 795-8956.

SUNRISE VIEWS all year! Unbelievable annual
rental on the bay in the City of Anna Maria. Wonder-
ful loft/contemplation area on second floor. $2,500/
month. Call 778-3006.

SPRING/SUMMER weekly specials now available.
Call Duncan Real Estate, 779-0304.

DESIRABLE MARINA DRIVE annual rental. Freshly
renovated 3BR/2BA home with boat slip! Hurry the
first person to see this home will want to take it!
$1,300/month. Call 778-3006.

SEASONAL 2BR/2BA CONDO with heated pool
$495 Easter week or $1,395 for April. Also 2BR/2BA
block to beach $495/week. (239) 410-4466.

WANTED! TWO ADULTS for 2004-05 season to oc-
cupy 2BR/1BA canalfront duplex with dock. Three-
month minimum. $1,850/month. Call 778-5793.

ciency furnished. All utilities included, except tele-
phone. Close to beach, pets OK. Handicap access.
$700/month. Call 224-5664.

LONDON SW1, ENGLAND. Escape the Florida
heat and rent my lovely studio apartment in central
London. Call 794-8972 or e-mail:

ANNUAL RENTAL: DUPLEX with garage. Quiet
location, washer/dryer hookup. $875/month. 412
80th St. Call 374-5772.

ANNUAL RENTAL: Perico Bay Club villa. Gated
community. Delightful 2BR/2BA on bird-watching
canal. Garage, screened lanai, washer/dryer, tile
floors, club house, tennis, pool, Jacuzzi. $1,100/
month. Call 778-5902.

laundry, deck, steps to Gulf. $975/month, plus elec-
tric. Call 778-5412 or (585) 473-9361.

CHARMING 2BR/1 BA cottage. Annual rental in his-
toric district, beautiful wood floors, washer/dryer.
One block to beach/bay, fenced yard. $1,100/
month. Call 778-4451 or 778-3647.

NORTH BRADENTON BEACH: Spacious, remodeled,
2BR/1BA, bayview, steps to Gulf, covered parking,
laundry. $895/month. Call 778-5412 or (585) 473-9361.

AVAILABLE NEXT SEASON: Beautiful home and
garden near Bean Point. Elevated, 3BR/2BA,
screened lanai. $3,200/month. Call (727) 906-8500
or www.vrbo.com/11614.

HOLMES BEACH ANNUAL: 100 steps to Gulf. Spa-
cious 2BR/1BA, lanai. First, last and security. $795,
plus electric. Call 778-5412 or (585) 473-9361.

AVAILABLE NOW: 2BR/2BA townhouse, boat slip,
heated pool. $700/week; $2,000/month. Call Real
Estate Mart, 756-1090.

SEASONAL 2004-05: Anna Maria Island nicely fur-
nished 1BR/1BA. One block to beach. No pets,
nonsmoking. Call 778-7754.

Completely furnished, very clean, 1BR apartment
near beach. Utilities, washer/dryer included. Non-
smoking. $695/month. 349-3494.

KING BEDROOM efficiency for rent. Short-term
only. Night, weekend, weekly. Private entrance,
private deck. Nonsmoking, close to beach. Call
778-3433 or 773-0010.

QUASI (HOLMES) BEACH. Spacious 1BR tiled
annual $850/month, first, last security or seasonal,
$395/week, plus tax. 778-1098.

HARBOUR LANDINGS: Lot and dock. Beautiful
12,100 sq.ft. homesite offered by owner/Realtor.
Gated community in Cortez. $265,000 includes
dock for boat up to 35-feet Longview Realty, 383-
6112, or George Noble, 685-3372.

WATERFRONT LOTS and homes between
Englewood and Boca Grande: Six lots with seawalls
and a ground-level waterfront home, deep water, no
bridges, one tip-lot directly on Intracoastal and bay,
your dock to the Gulf in three minutes. Properties
affordably priced from $289,000. Call (570) 943-2516.
EIGHT-UNIT APARTMENT building in Toledo, Ohio.
Trade for Anna Maria condo/home/duplex. Great
cash flow. Call (734) 243-9006. Leave message.

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

SAN REMO SHORES condo, 1 BR/1 BA on canal, just two
miles to beaches. Turn key furnished. No restrictions!
$120,000. Contact Bill, 518-9300 days, 795-5100 evenings.

LAGUNA YACHT VILLAGE: Tranquil waterfront com-
munity offers everything you've been looking for.
Deep-water boat docks, short walk to gorgeous
beaches, tropical setting and carefree living. Two
brand new quality built homes with spacious floor
plans and many upgrades starting at $638,500 and
three homesites starting at $240,000.-Call Tina Rudek
or Mike Migone of Wedebrock Real Estate, 383-5543.



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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 complex of
8 in paradise! All will have views of private beach and
Gulf of Mexico from windows and balconies. Sarasota
Bay to be seen from roof-top verandas. Luxury inside
and out. Heated swimming/spa, glass elevator. Car-
ports, garages. Very low maintenance. Contemporary
Key West-style, 2BR/2.5BA, total sf from 1,597 to
3,146 sf $579,000 $959,000. Open house every
Sunday, noon-4pm. Contact Jane Guy, 284-5469.

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.

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

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

FIND GREAT DEALS on wheels and everything
else in The Islander, 778-7978.

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

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.

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

2BR/2BA HOUSE with separate 1BR/1BA guest
room. Large lot, room for a pool. Boat dock, two-car
garage, turnkey furnished. Excellent rental. 5905 Flo-
tilla Drive, Holmes Beach. $449,000. Call 920-4539.

ENJOY THE NATURAL beauty and all Anna Maria
Island has to offer in this charming 2BR/2BA home.
Close to beach. $399,900. 779-0011.

BY OWNER: Island townhome, located on lagoon with
access to bay. Bring your boat. Rare opportunity at
Sunbow Bay, one available. 3BR/3BA, mother-in-law
suite. Many upgrades. High ceilings, skylights, large
utility room, garage. 100-yard fishing pier, lush
grounds. Two heated pools, tennis. Great investment
or retirement. On the water, on the Island, for only
$379,000. Serious only, please. No brokers! 228-3489.

MT. VERNON CONDO 2BR/2BA, stand-alone
unit. Spacious, excellent condition. $149,500. Call

ANNA MARIA ISLAND waterfront condo. 1 BR/1 BA,
second level, beautiful bay view. Freshly painted,
furnished turnkey. $310,000. Call 778-4098.

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beachfront. Elevator, pool. $825,000. Call 798-
9000 or cell 224-6726.

property from me, I'll manage it. You tell me when
you want to stay and it's free! Mortgage assistance
available. Contact Suzanne, 753-8709.

LOWEST PRICED 2BR/2BA townhouse with boat
slip, heated pool, completely remodeled.
$198,000. Real Estate Mart, 756-1090.

521 BAYVIEW PLACE. Direct access to Tampa
Bay. No bridges. Elevated with wrap-around deck.
3BR/2BA, plus office/den, three-car garage. 1344
sf air conditioned; 2918 sf under roof. Citrus.
$649,000. By owner, 778 1537.

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Elevated. turnkey furnished, great rental, large lot,
room for pool. Separate 1 BR/1 BA guest room, two-
car garage Located at 5905 Flotilla Drive, Holmes
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Rlso available> 2BR/2B1A without dock. $399,000.

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WEST OF GULF DRIVE Location, location. Newer 3BR/
2BA, very close to beach. Corain countertops, Jacuzzi tub,
alarm, central vac., single-car garage and storage room.

VERY LARGE 5BR/5BA home or duplex set up to be
either. Ground-level two-story home, two blocks to beach,
one block to bay. $495,000.

GULF FRONT Exceptional views from this 2BR/2BA end
unit at Coquina Beach Club. Nicely maintained, Mexican tile
floors, turnkey furnished, heated pool. $775,000.

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$161,000 CONDO Villa in Holmes Beach. Totally
renovated, bright and immaculate. Fully furnished and
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is fun as can be with wonderful food and old-time atmo-
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4BR/2.5BA home on extra large lagoon-front lot. Totally
refurbished. Open plan, large caged pool, beautiful lanai,
two-car garage, wonderful community! Close to good
schools, shopping, medical, restaurants. Just a short drive
to beach. $279,900.

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

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

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..

3BR/3BA spacious water ted pool and
spa, large mas j e Italian tile and
carpet, ea jL ar garage. Deep-water canal
and direct to Intracoastal Waterway. $776,000.

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sand between your toes. Furnished, ce-
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4212 Redfish Ct............. $575,000

Realtor 307 Iris St .................. $495,000

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106 Gull Dr. ................... $590,000
531 77th St............. $1,895,000
243 Willow Ave............... $849,000
301 So. Bay Blvd ........... $650,000
229 Gladiolus St. ............ $679,000
1102 Riverside Dr......... $1,490,000
8401 Marina Dr ............... 750,000
530 Key Royale Dr.......... $776,000
408 So. Bay Blvd ........ $1,299,000
2908 Avenue E(4-plex).. $2,150,000
Bridgeport #201 ......:....... $659,000
Sunbow Bay #104.......... $299,000
Martinique North #101..... $595,000
La Casa Costiera #11 .... $1,200,000
Waters Edge #110N ......... $759,000
5400 Condos #32 .......... $580,000
Bradenton Beach Club B... $849,000

Bayou Condo 5C ............ $289,900

3603 4th Ave. ............. $1,099,000
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308 55th St. (Lot) .......... $219,000
4003 5th Ave. ................ $879,000
4005 5th Ave. .................. 879,000
3818 6th Ave. ................ $465,000
3810 6th Ave. ................ $450,000
104 7th St So.(Duplex) .... $599,000
2914 Avenue E. ........... $1,595,000
6909 Holmes Blvd. ......... $310,000
770 Jacaranda Rd.(Duplex)$459,000
747 Jacaranda Rd. (Lot) ... $389,000
727 Jacaranda Rd........... $729,000
408 Poinsettia Rd. .......... $525,000
306 Spring Ave. (Lot) ....... $306,000
5701 Carissa St.(Duplex) $798,000
504 69th St................... $537,900
6504 Holmes Blvd ......... $399,000

Business Only ................ $295,000
427 Pine Ave. ............. $695,000
Business Opportunity .... $2,490,000
Palmetto House B&B..... $1,490,000
877 No. Shore Dr. ........ $2,750,000

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

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

3BR elevated home, French doors, ce-
ramic throughout, plantation shutters,
lots of storage. four-car garage, great
landscape, fenced cul-de-sac. Jane
Tinsworth, 761-3100. #100830.

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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

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Location! Spacious family home or Is-
land retreat! Large corner lot with circu-
lar drive, two deeded boat slips, up-
dated throughout, solar heated pool/
spa. Gina & Peter Uliano, 358-7990.
#94820. $539,900

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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.

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Adorable, cozy home just steps from the
Gulf. Water views from Florida room,
kitchen and living room. Great opportunity
for investment or possible expansion or
rebuild. Gina & Peter Uliano, 358-7990.
#99737. $348,900

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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
am e n it i e s.
Preconstruciton pricing
starts at $1,600,000.

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

Open 10am-5pm Daily
12-4pm Weekends
401 S. Bay Blvd. Anna Maria

Gulf Beach resort on Longboat Key
Daily, Weekly, Monthly
941-383-3788 Toll-Free 866-754-3443

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