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Volume 12, No. 19 March 17, 2004 FREE
Island Middle School charter renewal denied
By Diana Bogan
A unanimous vote by the Manatee County School
Board sealed the fate of Island Middle School Monday.
School board members upheld district Superinten-
dent Roger Dearing's recommendation not to renew the
Island school's charter despite pledges from former
IMS Executive Director Jeanne Shell and newly
elected IMS board members to turn the school around.
The school board's decision means IMS students
will be placed into neighborhood schools or may apply
to other charter schools for the next school year. They
will finish the current school year at IMS.
"I'm sure you're just as surprised to see me here as
I am to be here," Shell told the school board March 15.
"It felt more like
a public hanging."
IMS board member
"Three years ago I thought we'd be here all aglow, but
little did I realize the board of directors would make a
wrong turn in the road to renewal and we'd be here
fighting to survive."
Shell told the board that a "well-thought-out strat-
egy" got her ousted from her position at the end of the
previous school year and the board chose to put in
place people to run the school as the charter application
"The charter application is not an educational
document and lacks the foundation needed," Shell ex-
plained. "It was a vision they wanted to make happen."
Shell told the board she was willing to return to
IMS and bring the school back into compliance, as it
was when she left it, if the board was willing to grant
the school a one-year charter renewal.
Newly elected to the IMS board, Ed Upshaw was
willing to step up to the podium and take responsibil-
ity for the adversity faced during the past school year.
"One thing went wrong with the school," Upshaw
PLEASE SEE IMS, NEXT PAGE
HAPPY ST. PATRICK'S DAY TO ALL ISLANDERS
Leprechuns, big and small, were highlights of the St. Patrick's Parade with plenty o'
green to go around. The parade from downtown Holmes Beach to the Anna Maria '
Island Communtiy Center was led by Vin Mannix, top left, and featured the
Riverview High School Kiltie Band. Islander Photos: Bonner Joy
Lake LaVista preferred parcel- 'another fine mess'
By Rick Catlin
As Stan might have said to Ollie, "Another fine
mess you've gotten me into."
Shades of Holmes Beach and its ownership prob-
lems along some of its canals!
Anna Maria Mayor SueLynn told city commission-
ers March 11 that there is some confusion regarding
ownership of seven boat docks along a vacant piece of
property on Lake LaVista.
Some Lake LaVista residents have built docks at
the property and have used and maintained them for a
number of years, some since 1950.
But some of the docks had fallen into disrepair and
a complaint was made to city hall, she said.
A recent investigation of ownership by City Attor-
ney Jim Dye requested by the mayor revealed that "the
last deed to the property was to the city," Dye said.
That was in 1959.
Some Lake LaVista residents, however, have own-
ership claims also, SueLynn added.
"So there is some question of ownership. It's a
complicated issue," she said, in a classic understate-
Dye said some property ownership rights may have
been created by a reserve parcel in the 1949 plat, but
the plat is "unclear on this issue."
In his view, the replat and subsequent deed made
this property a private park owned by the city for the
residents of the Lake LaVista subdivision. The prob-
lem, however, is that under state law, the city can't own
and maintain a park for just a few people.
If the city owns the land, then the residents who
have docks might lose exclusive use of the docks.
There's no simple answer about who owns, who
should own, who maintains and who regulates, said
Dye, and the city codes don't allow a dock on vacant
But if the city owns the property, then it owns the
docks and the liability, he noted.
Adding to the confusion, some of the affected resi-
dents said the city's quit-claim deed is bogus.
Another fine mess, Ollie.
Resident Jim Callahan said the city has been allow-
ing people to use the docks since 1952.
The system "has been working fine up until now.
All we want is a permit to build a new dock. We don't
care who owns the land, it's who has deeded rights to
the property," he added.
Callahan said he brought the issue to the city com-
mission seven years ago, but it never followed up with
a workshop or a conclusion.
The city could sell the property to a homeowner's
association, but there isn't one established in Lake
In Dye's view, the city should not own the land, but
that's a decision for the commission. He just needed
direction on how to proceed.
Commissioner Dale Woodland said the "reason-
able approach" is that the city should not own the land,
but Dye countered that under that approach, 100 per-
cent of the Lake LaVista subdivision owners (44) have
to agree to ownership.
"Try," said Commission Chairperson John Quam,
and Woodland and Commissioner Carol Ann Magill
OK, said Dye.
On another matter, the commission set the next
parking meeting for 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 18.
The ownership of these docks on Lake La Vista, and
the accompanying vacant property on Lakeview
Lane, are now in question by the city and several
Lake La Vista residents. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin
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IMS loses it charter
CONTINUED FROM PAGE I
said. "Last year we made the mistake of .letting go of
a qualified, experienced and competent director and
hiring inexperienced, unqualified people. We have
learned from that mistake."
Superintendent Dearing cited more than one prob-
lem with IMS, many of which he told the board violate
state statutes and the school's charter contract with the
He said the school exposed the school board to li-
ability by allowing students to be transported on field
trips by parents because the school neglected to docu-
ment eligibility of parents and vehicles used to trans-
Dearing said the school also lacked evidence of a
scientifically based reading program, did not maintain
lesson plans adhering to the Sunshine State Standards,
failed to employ certified teachers, didn't record its
financial statements in alignment with the school dis-
trict, and violated its charter agreement by not provid-
ing free and reduced-cost lunches.
As the charter sponsor, the Manatee County School
Board is responsible for ensuring that the charter appli-
cant is fiscally sound.
He noted that IMS has not submitted financial re-
ports in a timely manner, which is a violation of its
charter contract, and that the charter review panel
found inconsistencies in the financial reports submit-
ted to the county and those on file at the school. The
school's lack of organized and accurate record keeping
of grant funds violates federal law, Dearing said.
The lack of certified teachers, with the exception
of science teacher Sandy Brousseau, proved to be a
large hurdle for IMS. None of the teachers teaching
out-of-field or professionals hired as experts-in-field
teachers were officially approved by the charter board.
According to the district's charter review committee,
if audited, funding for all but one teacher would likely
Dearing went further by detailing violations within
the school's contract with the county, citing issues in
nearly every section from record keeping, human re-
sources, discipline, safety and welfare and academic
Manatee County School Board member Frank
Brunner voted in favor of granting the IMS charter
three years ago, but expressed concerns at Monday.
"In my personal opinion, the team of experts do an
outstanding job of reviewing applications and bend
over backwards to give advice and work with charter
schools," he said.
Brunner said he believed IMS put the school board
at risk due to its poor governance. He said he spoke to
several parents, and although he heard good reports on
students, the recommendation by Dearing and the re-
view committee bear a lot of weight.
School board member Barbara Harvey said she was
concerned that students at IMS were not receiving the best
quality of education that the county can provide.
All property purchased by IMS with public funds
will revert to the school board and the IMS board will
be accountable for all debts.
It's unclear which IMS board members will be li-
able for any remaining debts. Harvey and Brunner
questioned whether it falls on the shoulders of the
board members in place when the debt was incurred or
all boards divided.
School board attorney Mark Barnebey suggested
IMS consult its corporate attorney, but the IMS board
does not currently have an attorney.
Shell said many of the documents the school failed
to produce for the charter review team were in place
when she left at the close of the last school year.
Len Blackwood and Bob
DeVane oversee sales at
the Annie Silver Comnu-
nity Center yard sale in
Friday was a big day for
the event, volunteer Kit
Redeker reported, but
Saturday was brisk for
sales, too. Islander
Photo: Bonner Joy
IMS board member Jim Ferguson said he was will-
ing to appeal the decision at the state level. He said the
board's treatment of the IMS renewal application was
unusual in that representatives from the school were not
questioned by the board and were only permitted to
speak for three minutes during public comment.
"It felt more like a public hanging," said Ferguson.
IMS board member and acting executive director
Kimberly Holmstrom said, "What upsets me is, if
we've been having these problems for three years, why
didn't we hear from [the school board] prior to our re-
newal so we could fix it right away?"
Holmstrom also pointed out many of the issues
brought up were the responsibility of the director and
when board members attempted to step in they were
accused of micromanaging the school.
Although the charter statute requires certification
for teachers, it does not pose specific requirements for
governing boards or directors of charter schools. De-
spite the failure of IMS to meet the requirements of the
statute, Dearing said many charter schools are success-
ful and run with the help of the school board.
Based on the small percentage that fail, Dearing
does not believe it's necessary for the statute to impose
stricter qualifications for people who want to open and
run a charter school.
"When you have rapid turnover and an evident lack
of certified people you have an atmosphere for prob-
lems," Dearing said.
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THE ISLANDER 0 MARCH 17, 2004 E PAGE 3
Dolphin rescued, warning issued
By Jim Hanson
Rescued from deadly monofilament fishing line by
a scientist and a waterman, a young dolphin is doing
well in the hospital.
The fishing line, obviously lost or discarded by a
fisherman, wrapped around her and was cutting. into her
flesh in two places, one of then to the bone,'said Dr.
Randy Wells. : -
He is director of Marine Mammal and Sea Turtle
Research at Mote Marine Laboratory, Sarasota, and he
issued a plea to fishermen to be % ery careful with their
"Nobody does it on purpose," he said. "The fish-
ermen love the outdoors and wouldn't hurt a sea ani-
mal deliberately, but their lines get loose in the sea.
Sometimes a line breaks loose, and that can't be helped.
But often a fisherman will strip bad line off his reel and
toss it over the side. That's what kills sea life."
This is especially poignant for Anna Maria Island,
a major marine turtle nesting beach where the turtles
are expected to begin coming ashore to reproduce in six
weeks or less. Every year Anna Maria Island Turtle
Watch and others find turtles and other creatures, es-
pecially birds, tangled in fishing line, often fatally.
Wells said a team surveying dolphins in Charlotte
Harbor spotted one with its dorsal fin mutilated. They
called Wells, who set up an ambush with his longtime
seagoing partner, Larry Fulford, Cortez native and
Fulford carefully herded the dolphin into the long
net he trailed behind his boat, and, when she was
caught, he and Wells and other helpers carefully loaded
her aboard for examination.
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Monofilament line severely cut a young female dolphin in the Charlotte Harbor area last week. Islander
Photo: Courtesy Mote Marine Laboratory, Dr. Randy Wells
Wells said she had multiple strands of line embed-
ded in her dorsal fin, and it had been cutting deeper and
deeper with the drag of the rest of the line trailing be-
hind her. Another piece of line had cut to the bone in
her right flipper.
He took the lines away, cleared out necrotic tissue,
and concluded she needed concentrated help. They took
her to the marine mammal hospital at Mote. There, she
gets antibiotics, plenty of fish, and a name: Toro.
He and Fulford have caught, treated and released
two other monofilament-injured dolphins in the past
few months near Ft. Pierce and Placida.
Fulford, a fourth-generation commercial fisher-
man, was especially outraged at this latest episode.
"It's getting worse and worse," he said. "Sooner or
later something will have to be done about it to keep the
problem from happening over and over.
"Another problem people are just becoming aware
of is noise pollution in the water boat propellers, Jet-
skis and the like. It bothers sea life badly, so much so
that measures are being taken by shipping lines. Pre-
vention hasn't gotten here yet."
Wells advised fishermen to make sure their tackle
is in good condition and to bring ashore any line they
discard. Don't feed dolphins, he warned, or they will
begin to see humans as a source of food and expose
themselves to dangers. Anyone who sees animals of
any kind with fishing gear on them should call Mote at
pursuing Island Marine purchase Meetings
By Rick Catlin
The on-again;off-again effort by Annai Maria to
purchase the Island Marine property on Pine ANeniiue
now appears? off again after Major SueLynn learned
that dity would have to come up wilh-at least 25 per-
cent ($500,000) of the $2 million sale price as its por-
tion of any matching grant.
The city would also have to pay the estimated
$3,000 to $4,000 for a consultant to prepare the grant
to the Florida Communities Trust, she said. That
money is in addition to the expected $2,000 for an in-
dependent appraisal of the property.
SueLynn also said that the Trust for Public Lands,
which was to handle the purchase from Island Marine
owner Jeff Van Hoose, then sell the property to the city
when it received the FCT grant, expected a "soft dona-
tion" from the seller of between 8 and 10 percent, or
"That amount is not acceptable to the seller," she
said in a memo to city commissioners.
She said she learned of these additional expenses
in a March 4 meeting with TPL Florida Director of
Projects Kevin Mooney.
Many of the details of the potential purchase by the
TPL "were different from what I understood from the
two TPL representatives" that met with her, city com-
missioners and the public Jan. 20, she said (The Is-
lander, Jan. 28).
After talking with Mooney, the mayor told com-
missioners that she was extremely disappointed, but "I
do not think based upon the aforementioned informa-
tion that we should continue the negotiation with TPL
and the (marina) owners."
A final decision to pursue purchase of the property
will be up to the city commission.
Van Hoose originally told the city on Jan. 20 he
would not budge from a $2.5 million asking price.
Following a denial of his variance application by
the Anna Maria Planning and Zoning Board in late
January, however, Van Hoose told the city he wanted
to reopen negotiations for a city purchase and was will-
ing to lower the purchase price to $2 million.
Van Hoose wanted a variance to build five single-
family residences on the five lots comprising the prop-
erty, but the P&Z board refused that request, noting the
lot size would only allow him to build 3 single-family
He could, however, instead build five residential-
office-retail units as the property is zoned ROR.
Parking lot proposal postponed by planners
By Paul Roat
A proposed parking lot in Bradenton Beach has
been stalled until April 8 by city planners.
Agent Charlie Ugarte, representing owners George
Marinos and Wendy Kokolis, asked the city planning
and zoning board to approve a special exception for a
31-space parking lot on Ninth Street North. The area,
approximately one-third of an acre, is zoned commer-
cial, and historically was used as a parking lot for the
defunct Trader Jack's restaurant.
However, planners were concerned about a num-
ber of gaps in the proposal, including lack of a light-
ing plan, landscape plans that appeared incomplete,
questions about stormwater runoff and the amount of
impervious surface area on the site, and bike and side-
walk provisions along Gulf Drive.
"Compared with other packages we've received,"
planning board member Rick Bisio said, "they're usu-
ally more fleshed out. I'd like to wait a few weeks and
get a lighting plan presented to us before we vote on
this." Other members of the board agreed.
The lighting plan presents some interesting ob-
stacles for the parking lot owners and developers. City
codes require a certain level of lighting averaged
throughout the lot. However, Ugarte told planners, that
level of lighting runs counter to what state officials and
Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch members require for
protecting sea turtles that nest on the beach during the
Ugarte urged planners to revisit the city lighting
requirements in light of new turtle protection require-
The parking lot matter will come back before the
planning board at 6:30 p.m. April 8.
Anna Maria City
March 18, 7 p.m., city commission meeting on parking.
March 22, 7 p.m., planning and zoning board meeting.
March 24, 6:45 p.m., Environmental Education and
Enhancement Committee meeting.
March 25, 7 p.m., city commission meeting. Anna
Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive,
March 18, 1 p.m., city commission meeting. Agenda:
Public comment, transfer of legal items from Chuck
Webb to new City Attorney Ralf Brookes, discussion
regarding "nuisance" tree ordinance, resolution regard-
ing solid waste and recyclable collection, invoices for
Webb, Wells and Williams, discussion regarding city
employee recognition day, discussion of proposed bal-
lot issues, discussion on attorney billing matters, dis-
cussion regarding procedures for handling citizen com-
plaints, discussion on action on anonymous complaints,
discussion on garage sale ordinance, consent agenda
and commission reports.
March 25, 4 p.m., special city commission meeting.
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.,
March 18, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., code enforcement board
March 23, 7 p.m., city commission meeting with work
session immediately following.
March 25, 9 a.m., board of adjustment meeting.
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive,
March 18, 6 p.m., West Manatee Fire & Rescue Dis-
trict Commission meeting, Fire Station No. 1, 6001
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
March 22, 9:30 a.m., Sarasota-Manatee Metropolitan
Planning Organization meeting, Sudakoff Hall, USF-
New College campus, Sarasota.
March 24, 7 p.m., Coalition of Barrier Island Elected
Officials meeting, Bradenton Beach City Hall.
Mayor recommends against
PAGE 4 E MARCH 17, 2004 0 THE ISLANDER
Anna Maria Island homes still in demand
By Rick Catlin
The annual Tour of Homes takes place on Anna
Maria Island this weekend, and Island homes have
never been so popular, or in demand to buy, according
to Island real estate agents.
"This has been a very busy month for single-fam-
ily homes," said Gail Tutewiler of Wedebrock Real
Estate in Holmes Beach.
"We've had a lot of people looking and Anna
Maria Island is where they want to be. People love the
'old Florida' atmosphere of the Island," she added.
And home values are still going up.
Tutewiler, who was the No. 1 sales agent at the
Holmes Beach office in 2003, said that price "depends
upon where you want to be. Waterfront is the most
popular location, but buyers can find some good bar-
gains if they look just a few blocks from the water.
"We have a wide variety of home locations on the
Island, from Gulffront to canalfront to waterfront to
inland," she noted, and buyers won't be disappointed
at what's available or the price range.
Indeed, the average asking price of a single-fam-
ily home on Anna Maria Island varies from $400,000
to $600,000 or higher, depending upon location. While
there are some upscale properties valued at more than
$1 million, some very good values can be found in the
While. new houses are always in demand,
Tutewiler said a lot of clients are looking at purchas-
ing homes that can be remodeled to their lifestyle and
She also noted that condominiums continue to be
a hot-selling item for.investors, winter visitors, or year-
And prices are never going to be lower.
Some canalfront homes that sold for around
$250,000 just five years ago are now valued at more
than $500,000, but Tutewiler agreed prices on Anna
Maria Island are still much lower than comparable
Florida barrier-islands such as Marco Island, Sanibel
and even Longboat Key.
"Homes here are still a great value, and we don't
see any slowdown in interest, or buying."
High demand for Island living has also increased
the number of homes for sale. A recent check of the
Island's multiple listing service for real estate agents
found more than 200 properties for sale, including con-
In Anna Maria, Doug Dowling of Doug Dowling
Real Estate said there seems to be a lot of single-fam-
ily homes now on the market, but houses "that are
priced right are selling."
And values continue to rise.
One four-bedroom, canalfront house that sold in
2001 for $249,000 recently was contracted for purchase
"So, I don't see anything that indicates values
won't continue to climb," he predicted.
Condominiums are also in demand, Dowling said,
and many are being purchased for investment by absen-
"It's an easy investment," he observed, because the
owner doesn't have to worry about maintenance, and
units can be managed for rental income by a real estate
"This Island is still a hot place for real estate."
And the people who are building new homes defi-
nitely want that "Island look" in their new residence.
Designer Emily Anne Smith of the architectural
firm of Eatman and Smith on Bay Drive South in
Bradenton Beach said a lot of people are coming to her
looking for that "Key West" classic style in their new
Other people like to see a Victorian or Queen Anne
look with their new home, but they all want Key West
or Mediterranean style as the dominant factor.
"There's definitely a Mediterranean influence in
some cases, with a Spanish or French flair," said Smith,
"but everyone wants to conform to the historic indig-
enous character of Anna Maria Island.
Even remodeling projects tend toward the historic
style of architecture, she added.
And this winter has been an exceptionally busy one
for the firm.
"We've been blessed with a lot of work. It's been
very, very busy," Smith concluded.
Canal dredging ongoing in Holmes Beach
By Rick Catlin
The dredging of some 32 canals in Holmes Beach
is now in its first phase, said Public Works Director Joe
Duennes, and contractor Energy Resources Inc. has
completed the dredging of the first canal parallel to
Dredging of the second canal, between 66th Street
and 67th Street, has begun, he said. Dredging of that
canal should take another eight to 12 days.
Material dredged is being stockpiled in a "lake"
behind the Birdie Tibbetts baseball field, and when the
material dries, the contractor is hauling it away,
But the material is "not being moved as fast as we
want," added Duennes, and he's expressed his concern
to the contractor.
About 40 percent (7,200 cubic yards) of the esti-
mated 18,000 cubic yards of material to be dredged in
the first five canals of phase one was from the first
canal along Flotilla Drive, he said.
Five canals will be dredged in phase one, Duennes
The next three canals in order are the canal paral-
leling 77th Street to the north; the canal paralleling
Marina Drive from 77th Street to the north, and the
canals that form the interior border of Marina Isles.
Duennes estimated phase one and the removal of
all stockpiled material would be completed in July or
August, depending upon the weather.
At the same time, he noted, the West Coast Inland
Lake Holmes Beach
Workers for Energy Resources Inc. are draining and stockpiling material dredged from the canal in Holmes
Beach between 66th Street and 67th Street behind the Birdie Tebbetts baseball field as part of the city's canal
dredging project. The dredged material has created a "lake" of water. As the material dries, it's hauled away
by the contractor. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin
Navigation District is preparing a bid to dredge a num-
ber of shallow areas outside the city's jurisdiction and
Energy Resources is expected to bid on that project.
Areas in the WCIND dredge project include the shal-
low area near Watson's Bayou past the Key Royale en-
trance and several areas near the Kingfish Boat Ramp.
Energy Resources did the dredging for WCIND in
those areas under the last contract, and the company
recently worked on Longboat Key in that town's canal
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THE ISLANDER W MARCH 17, 2004 E PAGE 5
Commissioners eye halt to city hall renovation
By Rick Catlin
If Anna Maria Commissioners Dale Woodland and
Carol Ann Magill have their way, the approved city
hall renovation project will come to a screeching halt
until all costs are finalized and all inspections complete.
The commissioners questioned Mayor SueLynn at
their March 11 workshop about the estimated $8,500
cost of removing some asbestos-containing material
from city hall, found during a required asbestos inspec-
tion Feb. 18.
It's not going to cost that much, the mayor replied.
She said she's met with architect Tom O'Brien and
contractor Southern Cross Inc., and they have deter-
mined that not all the material has to be removed. The
actual cost will be "considerably less" than $8,500.
Woodland said he had spoken with another archi-
tect, who said the asbestos inspection was required by
Florida law, and he wanted to know if O'Brien had
brought up the inspection before the commission ap-
proved $164,000 in funding in February that included
an $18,000 contingency fund for the project.
SueLynn said she could not recall if the subject
came up at that time.
"Well, I want to put a halt to signing anything with
the contractor," said Magill.
After approval of the funds, the asbestos problem
became known, she noted. There could also be a prob-
lem with mold and mildew. She said she's talked with
someone who does mold and mildew removal and it's
often serious and expensive.
"I want to see what's wrong with this building be-
fore proceeding further," Magill said, and she's also got
some "concern" with the bonding for Southern Cross:
"I would have to vote against appropriating any
more money," she added.
But the money has already been appropriated, said
Commission Chairperson John Quam, as has the con-
tingency fund for such unanticipated expenses such as
Removing any asbestos-containing floor or ceiling
material "won't break the bank," claimed the mayor,
and the mold and mildew issue would have to be dealt
with if it's found in the walls during the project. Asbestos inspection
"I would not agree to stopping this project," added
Quam. Of the 10 areas inspected at city hall for asbes-
"Well, I would," intoned Woodland, who voted tos-containing material on Feb. 18 by Greenfield
against the $164,000 funding, arguing instead the com- Environmental, only two revealed the presence of
mission should stick to the original $120,000 left in the ACM, the Greenfield report said.
budget for the renovation project before the commis- The report said that any material with a
sion voted additional funds. greater than 1 percent by weight of asbestos is
Magill said she wanted the total cost of asbestos considered by the U.S. Environmental Protection
removal along with any other additional costs brought Agency to be an ACM, and must be handled and
to the March 25 commission meeting, and she's not removed according to state and federal specifica-
ready to approve the contract with Southern Cross. tions by a state-licensed asbestos removal com-
"I'm very discouraged," she concluded. pany.
Commissioners also discussed a "penalty and re- Greenfield found the drop-ceiling in the com-
ward" clause for Southern Cross if the work is or is not mission meeting room contained 2.5 percent
completed within the 180-day time frame established ACM, while the floor tile in the hallway and other
in the contract. areas had 8 percent of ACM.
SueLynn said she would discuss that issue with The recommendation is to not remove the
O'Brien, get costs on asbestos removal, ask about mold floor tile, but to cover that area with a new floor-
and mildew tests on city hall, and bring all that infor- ing. That's an acceptable procedure by the EPA,
mation to the March 25 meeting. The Southern Cross according to city hall architect Tom O'Brien.
contract will be an agenda item at that meeting.
Planning commission recommends
erosion control line setback
The Holmes Beach Planning Commission re-
viewed an ordinance amendment which will modify
the setback requirement for coastal building and devel-
opment at its March 11 meeting.
The proposed amendment states that any construc-
tion activities contiguous to the Gulf of Mexico must
be set back 50 feet from the erosion control line.
Holmes Beach Superintendent of Public Works Joe
Duennes told the commission that the city's board of
adjustment has a history of granting variances permit-
ting many of the existing homes along the coast to be
built out to the proposed 50-foot setback.
The amendment also includes a provision prohib-
iting the board of adjustment from having the author-
ity to grant any variance from these new requirements.
The commission unanimously agreed that the
amended ordinance complies with the city's compre-
hensive plan and will forward it to the city commission
with a recommendation that a definition for "erosion
control line" be included.
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Wherever you go, whatever you do, never mind
what you plan to drink, think before you drive. You
may be better off taking the Island trolley! In fact, any
alternative to driving your auto will be a good one.
Bike, skateboard, walk, or hibernate at home.
This weekend should see the crest of what will be
a four-week building wave a tsunami of the worst
of the season's traffic, scheduled to wash over the Is-
land Easter weekend.
It will get worse much worse before it gets
better. The tidal traffic begins to recede after Easter, but
monthly renters stay, well, the month. Any real relief
will come in May, although since Manatee County
began advertising Anna Maria Island as "our little se-
cret," even what was called the "quiet months" are
busier than ever thought possible.
And it's not just the seasonal visitors who contrib-
ute to our traffic woes. There are the folks at the new
east county developments who prefer to play on the
Intracoastal rather than the Interstate. There are more
and more Island events each year to drum up dollars for
nonprofit organizations. And there are more of us -
Islanders than anyone previously thought possible.
And more to come. As our friend Snooks Adams
- in his 80s, longtime police chief now retired, and
native of Cortez once told a reporter just after he'd
described the wilderness of the Anna Maria Island
where he grew up, the deserted beach and swimming
with alligators in Lake LaVista, when asked what do
you think of all the people who have come here,
Snooks said, "Hell, I didn't want you to come here."
But if you know Snooks, you know he's far more
gracious than to let it go at that. Speaking at the time in
favor of a new high-rise bridge to the Island, he added that
since you're here, we've got to provide for you.
We need roads, parks, boat ramps, recreation,
schools and all the things that make up a community for
as many people as come here.
Sadly, it became apparent this week that the strug-
gling Island Middle School will close this school year.
Would that we could create more open spaces and
wider roads but as the community has grown in num-
bers, our infrastructure needs have had nowhere to grow.
We encourage government to look for open spaces
to benefit everyone, and provide needed improvements
to what we have. And bring on the ferry!
It's all the more important to Anna Maria Island
every busy day.
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What about the water?
As a io g time Anna Maria resident I am having
some concerns about the priorities that our Island cit-
ies are addressing. Tourism surges, beach comeback,
parking issues resolved, or at least a plan is in hand.
What about the water?
It is, according to the Manatee County Health De-
partment, unsafe for the elderly and the young and
those without a healthy immune system to swim in the
I'm sure that warning is not on the Web site tout-
ing Anna Maria's pristine beaches. I propose a con-
certed effort to find and correct the problem
I do not think people are going to come to paradise
to swim in sewage even with wider beaches and
Robert Shreeves, Holmes Beach
The "reduction" by Arvida is a joke. The Arvida/
Poston plans are dangerous and real bad news for the
entire area, especially Anna Maria and Perico is--
In the future, only a beautiful environment will
attract tourism and money. High-rise buildings will
turn business away. That is a fact, that has been the
trend in Europe for decades and the same trend started
years ago in Florida, too. I am sure Arvida and
(Bradenton Mayor Wayne) Poston know that.
The Arvida/Poston plans will fill the pockets of
very few. The vast majority, Bradenton, the islands and
the whole area will lose, big time and irreversible.
These plans will make the area unsafe, ugly and
they will destroy the best Bradenton and Anna Maria
have to offer: Nature, a unique landscape, exactly what
future tourists and potential home buyers are looking
for. The best plan for this area and a prosperous future:
No building higher than the tallest palm tree.
Greg Fassbinder, Bradenton and Germany
I'm an outsider. I live off the Island but visit a rela-
tive every week. The letter by Chrissy Krug, a seventh-
grader at your infamous Island Middle School, was
superb and right on! She said it better than I ever could!
So, to the teachers and leaders at IMS, I repeat,
"Get over yourselves!" It would be nice if you adults
started thinking about those darling children and their
future: And get over yourselves.
Joan Deacon, Bradenton
Those pesky raccoons
I am an 84-year-old winter resident of Pines Trailer
Park for the past 20 years. It is most disgusting to think
that the City of Bradenton Beach cannot protect us
from damage caused by wild raccoons in our park.
They rummage through our garbage cans, tip them
over nightly, make screaming noises at times, dig big
holes in our lawns, and make us scared to go outside
at night for fear they may attack us. The chance of them
having rabies infection is always there and enough to
put fear into anyone.
The police department tells us nothing can be done
to remove this menace. It is hard to believe that some-
thing cannot be done to eliminate this problem. Maybe
the Department of Conservation for the State of Florida
should get into the action.
Years ago animal control used to trap them and
remove them from the premises. What has happened to
Manatee County to allow this matter to go unsolved?
Jacob W. Diehm, Bradenton Beach
The St. Bernard Catholic Church's Women's Guild
wishes to thank the business community, attendees and
members for their gifts and help in making the dessert
card party a very enjoyable afternoon. Their thought-
fulness is appreciated in making it a great success.
Cornelia R. Zanetti, chairperson
THE ISLANDER 0 MARCH 17, 2004 0 PAGE 7
Islander sponsors better government seminar
By Diana Bogan
Could there possibly be a more efficient way to run
city government? This was the focus of the Islander's
Better Government Seminar held last week.
Bruce St. Denis, town manager of Longboat Key,
and Philip Deaton, a Range Rider member, shared their
knowledge of the council-manager form of government
with Island residents.
Range Riders is a group of retired city and county
managers sponsored by the Florida City and County
Management Association. St. Denis has been the
Longboat Key town manager for seven years.
The council-manager form of government offers a
separation of policy and administrative powers. It com-
bines the strong political leadership of elected officials
with the strong managerial leadership of an appointed
professional manager to effectively provide for the
needs of the community.
Deaton said the council-manager form of govern-
The March 17, 1994, issue of
The Islander announced that:
Manatee County officials said they would begin
"tilling" the beach by the end of March in preparation
for the upcoming turtle nesting season. Tilling (churn-
ing up the sand of the recently renourished beach) will
make it easier for turtles to dig nests in the soft sand,
Construction of a roundabout at the Gulf Drive-
Bridge Street intersection in Bradenton Beach is sched-
uled to begin this week, according to a Florida Depart-
ment of Transportation official. The roundabout will be
the first-ever built in Florida on a state highway.
ment is the outgrowth of a reform movement to over-
come corruption in local government. The basic idea of
it being that if we could only run government the way
we run business, everything would be better.
Similar to a business where a CEO hires someone
who knows how to run a business, elected officials hire
someone who knows how to run a city, Deaton explained.
It would be up to the elected officials to hire a pro-
fessional administrator based on his or her education,
training, experience and expertise.
For example, St. Denis has more than 20 years of
work experience in public works and facilities manage-
ment, plus a master's degree in management. He also
worked as an assistant town manager.
Elected officials retain the authority to terminate
the manager at any time based on his or her perfor-
mance. An effective manager, however, can reduce
operating costs, increase efficiency and productivity
and improve revenue, according to Deaton.
Both Deaton and St. Denis pointed out that a strong
mayor can only be replaced through an election, but if
a manager is not meeting the needs of the city, he or she
can be fired by commission vote.
"The administration can be changed immediately by
a vote of the commission. You don't have to wait for an
election. It can be very responsive," St. Denis said.
Some of the city manager's duties include imple-
menting the policies adopted by the elected officials,
preparing comprehensive annual budgets, applying for
funding and grants and managing municipal services.
St. Denis said this form of government is effective
because elected officials don't always have a back-
ground in government. With the council-manger form
of government, elected officials can rely on the exper-
tise of the manager. St. Denis said it is the manager's
responsibility to provide elected officials with enough
information to make informed policy decisions.
One of the benefits of this form of government,
according to St. Denis, is consistency. The city man-
ager oversees the department heads and is the only
employee other than the city attorney to report directly
to the commission.
Deaton has heard people say you shouldn't put "all
your eggs in one basket" as an argument against hav-
ing a council-manager form of government because it
allows the manager to be so powerful.
Deaton's response is a quote from Mark Twain.
"You put all your eggs in one basket, then watch that
The need for council-manager government today
stems from the growing complexity of government.
"There is too much you need to know, to look at, to
anticipate," Deaton said.
With the ability to anticipate future needs and prob-
lems before they arise, a city manager can reduce the
city's exposure to lawsuits, Deaton said.
Council-manager form of government is widely
used across the country by large and small municipali-
ties. Deaton said he worked as a manager for cities with
populations ranging from 3,000 to 60,000.
Another public seminar with St. Denis and another
member of Range Riders on "better government,"
hosted by Holmes Beach City Commissioner Don
Maloney and sponsored by The Islander, will be held
at the Island Branch Library, at 1:30 p.m. and again at
6:30 p.m. March 24, with refreshments following.
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Letter from 'Soldier's Heart' to AME students
Fourth- and fifth-graders at Anna Maria Elemen-
tary School received a letter from Army Cpl. Steve
Slavick in response to letters they wrote to soldiers
serving in Afghanistan and Iraq letters that were
included in the care packages prepared by members of
Harvey Memorial Church in Bradenton Beach.
AME Guidance Counselor Cindi Harrison com-
mented that these may be the only letters that some of
the soldiers might receive and that Slavick's letter must
have been written shortly after receiving the care pack-
age around Valentine's Day.
Slavick's letter to the students:
Dear Harvey Memorial Church and all the kids
who wrote those wonderful letters,
I'm speaking on behalf of all the soldiers from First
Armor Division, specifically those from my Battalion
We greatly appreciate the gifts you have donated.
But above all, the time in which it took to think about
We as soldiers have come to realize the support the
Americans as a whole have for the fight on terrorism.
The gifts will be distributed first to the soldiers
who don't have anything out here, or don't have any-
thing being sent to them.
I had a wonderful time talking to the church offi-
cials that made this happen. You all will be in my
prayers and your hearts are bound to ours. Hopefully
we will re-deploy home soon.
We will never forget about Harvey Memorial
Church and the offerings you gave to God, country and
the U.S. Armed Forces.
Cpl. Steve Slavick, U.S. Army, Iraq
Rev. Bill Grossman of Harvey Memorial Church read the first response received to letters Anna Maria
Elementary School students wrote to soldiers serving in Afghanistan and Iraq. The letters were included in
care packages prepared in January by church members for its "Soldier's Heart" project. Islander Photo:
Ordinances delayed in Holmes Beach
By Rick Catlin
The second and final reading of four proposed or-
dinances in Holmes Beach was delayed until March 23
by the city; commission March 9 as only three of the
five-'dimissioners were present for the scheduled-
public hearing. r
Commissioner Don Maloney was on duty as a vol-
unteer election official while'Commissioner Roger
Lutz was called at the last minute for a deposition.
The four ordinances are to send appeals of board
of adjustment-decisions directly to the circuit court;
establish a fee schedule for comprehensive plan
amendments and for various land-use and development
applications; an amendment to the outdoor dining or-
dinance; and an ordinance to provide that due public
notice for land-use and development approvals shall be
the responsibility of the applicantss.
The commission did, however, have the first read-
ing to adopt the Manatee County ordinance concerning
the manufacture, sale and use of fireworks and that -
pardon the pun set off a minor explosion among
some members of the public.
The ordinance would make it illegal for anyone to
sell, manufacture or use fireworks in Holmes Beach,
and enforcement would include a civil fine. Fireworks
displays and usage would be authorized only if a per-
mit is issued by the Manatee County Sheriff's Office.
By Jim Hanson
With $58,000 from its festival, a bit of cushion left
from other events, and the historic homes tour and si-
lent auction coming the weekend of March 27, the
FISH Preserve is in the hands of the people of Cortez.
The Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival two
weekends ago cleared somewhat more than $58,000
with receipts in and most bills paid, said Karen Bell.
She is treasurer of the sponsor and beneficiary, Cortez-
based Florida Institute for Saltwater Heritage.
That brings FISH within a whisker of the final pay-
ment on the preserve, 95 acres of mangrove wetlands
and some uplands just east of the village. FISH has
been buying it for annual installments of $63,000 to
Police Chief Jay Romine said the goal is not to
eliminate the July 4 celebrations, just stop the loophole
in the law that allowed for the sale of fireworks.
But resident Rebecca Smith argued that the city
could pass the ordinance, but allow for fireworks on
"It's a special occasion on this island," she main-
tained, adding "it would be a shame to diminish a nice
Island celebration of patriotism" that takes place on
Commissioner Rich Bohnenberger, however,
countered that the city, if it adopts the Manatee County
ordinance, does not have the authority to allow fire-
works on those dates.
It's already illegal in Holmes Beach to set off fire-
works without a permit, he said.
Romine added that the day after July 4 there is al-
ways a "huge mess" to clean up on the beach.
Resident Doug Eastman, however, said the city is
naive to think it can enforce the ordinance on July 4,
when nearly 10,000 people from the mainland come to
the Island to set off fireworks.
"You would need a prison for 10,000 people to
enforce this ordinance," he claimed. "Either arrest ev-
eryone or no one."
He said he and his family and a few friends regu-
larly have fireworks displays at his house July 4. "What
are you going to do, arrest all of us?"
keep it as a nature preserve that will stop developers
from the village from the east.
The upcoming events will without doubt fill out the
$63,000 final payment, due April 3, she said.
She said jubilantly that she is "absolutely delighted"
with the situation "We're in great shape. Finally."
Due Saturday and Sunday, March 27-28, is the first
Cortez Village Historic Homes Tour and Silent Auc-
tion, sponsored by FISH and the Cortez Village His-
torical Society. Proceeds go to the Preserve fund.
Five historic houses will open for visitors' en-
joyment from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. lor $12 per person in ad-
vance, $ 15 on the days of the tour. Tickets may be ar-
ranged and further information obtained by calling
704-0996 or 704-8598.
Mayor Carol Whitmore agreed that the city is not
going to be able to stop everyone from shooting off
fireworks, but the ordinance does make roadside sales
of fireworks illegal.
If Eastman and his friends are setting off fireworks,
why not go to the MCSO and see about a permit, she
Eastman said he wasn't interested in going to fire-
works school for three weeks in Alabama, just to set off
a few firecrackers on July 4.
The second reading of the ordinance is scheduled
for March 23.
Sunrise boat slips
City Attorney Patricia Petruff reported she is still
working on a plan for the city to set procedures and
establish usage rights for private boat docks in the Sun-
rise Park canal.
The city discovered several years ago during sea-
wall repairs that it actually owns the canal bottom, but
a number of residents had built boat docks in the canal
the past 40 years. The city wants to convey rights to
those owners with a legitimate claim so that they will
be responsible for insurance and maintenance of the
But some members of the public were still not sat-
isfied that the city was doing enough or moving fast
enough to solve the problem.
Whitmore responded that it took the city 10 years
to solve the dock ownership problem for the T-end
canals in other parts of the city.
"This is a long and lengthy process [for Sunrise]
and we are working to solve the issue," she added.
The issue is still an agenda item because it has not
been solved, she noted. "We keep these items on the list
so we don't forget them, and we're not forgetting about
Board Chairperson Sandy Haas-Martens reiterated
that the commission has heard from affected residents
on numerous occasions and the city is moving forward
to give rights to those owners with a legal claim to a
boat dock in that area.
In other commission business, Whitmore said en-
gineers are studying the sinking roadbed and sidewalk
on Marina Drive near the Tidemark property, but some
emergency repairs have been affected. A long-term
solution is being prepared for bid, and initial estimates
have put the cost at around $80,000.
FISH Preserve over the top
THE ISLANDER 0 MARCH 17, 2004 N PAGE 9
By Paul Roat
How's this for a new Island adventure:
You take the free trolley to north Longboat Key,
step onto a free open-air water taxi and cruise down
Sarasota Bay to the Crosley Mansion, take a tram to the
airport, then catch a bus to downtown Sarasota for
lunch and return the same way.
Or how about this: Take the free trolley to King-
fish Boat Ramp in Holmes Beach, then board a free
water taxi and cruise across Tampa Bay for lunch in St.
Petersburg and return.
The adventure could be coming within a few years
if some regional transportation planners and more than
a few county commissioners have their way.
Manatee County Commissioner Joe McClash, also
the chair of the Sarasota-Manatee Metropolitan Plan-
ning Organization, floated the idea of a bi-county wa-
ter taxi to the members of the Island Transportation
Planning Organization Monday.
"There seems to be some excitement about this,"
he said, "and I think it's important that the community
have a conversation about it."
McClash said traffic congestion on the barrier is-
lands was a fact of life, and with property values so
high and transportation dollars so dear, expanding
roads was just not feasible. Alternative means of get-
ting around are the best bet to ease road gridlock, and
the water taxi proposal could do just that.
"It could only take 20 or 40 minutes to get to the
Island from the airport by water," he said about the
same time it takes to drive it.
McClash said there has been some interest from
Longboat Key officials about establishing a water taxi
to link the key with other locales. Longboat officials are
also interested in establishing their own key-long trol-
ley, he said.
Manatee County Commission Chair Jane von
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Amongst good company
Islander Woody Candish sits among Italian-made statuary he restored at his art studio in Cortez for Saints
Peter and Paul the Apostles Catholic Church in Bradenton. The month-long project concluded this week and
the bronze statues will again grace the outdoor grounds at the church.
Center dance Friday; tickets still available
There are still some tickets available for the Tickets are $10 per person for the dance that
Big Band Dance Friday, March 19, at the Anna will run from 8 to 11 p.m. The Dreamclassics IV
Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia will bring their music to the Center for the affair.
Ave., Anna Maria. Setups and snacks will be available.
Hahmann said she also liked the idea of the water taxi.
"I just hope that we will focus on it as transportation,
not just entertainment or tourism," she said.
MPO's Bob Herrington said he had tentatively set
an April 5 date for a meeting with interested parties.
"We've got about 100 interested people so far," he
added, "and that doesn't even include boat captains."
If the community consensus is favorable, McClash
said it could take "three or four years to get something
on the water."
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Celebrate art, donate
for sale April 1
The Islander newspaper is looking for a few
good artists. There are only two criteria for the
job at hand: They must be gifted and generous.
Many artists have already acknowledged the
call, which requires they donate work for a silent
auction to be held Thursday, April 1, at the The
The event is "For Art's Sake," and the pro-
ceeds will benefit the art programs at Manatee
High School under the direction of Islander/art-
ist/teacher Rob Reiber.
The public is invited to attend the silent auc-
tion and reception, which will be held at the
newspaper's office in the Island Shopping Cen-
ter, Holmes Beach.
For information on participating in the silent
auction, call The Islander's staff artist Carrie
The roster of past participants includes Price,
Genevieve Alban, Rhea Chiles, Sue Curry,
Woody Candish, Adam Ellis, Joe Hutchinson,
Linda Molto, Ines Norman, Rob Reiber, Andre
Renard, Barbara Singer, Richard Thomas, Joan
Voyles and many more.
The April 1 event no fooling will be
outdoors on the sidewalk at The Islander, 5404
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, from 5:30 to 7:30
Come celebrate it's art for kid's sake!
Four Islanders will sing in
Four Anna Maria Island men will lend their voices
to the annual show of the Manatee County Gulf Coast
Barbershop Chorus Saturday, March 20.
The show, the 23rd for the chorus, is titled "Every-
thing Old Is New Again" and it will be at 2 p.m. at the
Neal Auditorium of Manatee Community College,
5340 26th St. W., Bradenton.
Singing with the chorus will be Islanders Charley
Canniff, Jim Graham, Wil Little and Joe Nolan, regu-
lar barbershoppers of the quartet "Fourgetful Four."
In addition to the chorus will be several quartets:
District champion and international finalist "The Wise
Guys;" Sunshine district's "Fermata;" and four local
groups, "YB Limited," "Envoy," "Spontaneous Com-
bustion," and "3 Good-Looking Men." Also on the
program is the "Industrial Strength Mini-Chorus."
All seats are reserved at $15, and reservations may
be made by calling Graham at 778-3820 or Canniff at
778-4590, or at the box office starting at 1 p.m. Satur-
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Bach's Birthday Bash
Johann Sebastian Bach was born March 21, 1685,
and his birthday Sunday will be observed and his ge-
nius honored with a concert by the Island's orchestra.
He is considered by many to have been the great-
est musical genius of the millennium, and his admirers
especially include the Island's Willem Bartelsman,
who was responsible for creating the Island's orches-
tra. Bach is his favorite composer..
The Anna Maria Island Community Orchestra and
Chorus, directed by Alfred Gershfeld, will present the
"Afternoon of German Music" at 2 p.m. at the Island
Baptist Church, 8605 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Admis-
sion is free, with a donation of at least $15 suggested.
The fabled Coffee Cantata, one of Bach's rare
secular cantatas, is on the program, and its history is
Coffee supposedly was discovered in Ethiopia
when a shepherd noticed his goats got frisky from the
red beans growing on some bushes. He advised a mon-
astery of this matter and the good friars thought such
a powerful stimulant was the work of the devil and
threw the beans into the fire. The aroma started the
whole rich history of coffee.
Drinking coffee spread and reached Europe in the
1600s and coffee houses sprang up, with men gather-
ing there to discuss such dangerous subjects as politics.
King Charles II therefore closed down all 3,000 "sedi-
tious" coffee houses in England.
Bach in 1732 wrote his Coffee Cantata, a miniature
opera with two characters and a narrator telling the tale
of a father trying to cure his daughter of coffee, and, as
fathers do, failing. The cantata ends with everyone
singing a joyful praise of coffee.
The parts will be performed in English Sunday by
Douglas Renfroe, bass-baritone; Lorraine Murphy-
Renfroe, soprano; and Bill Kelly, tenor.
Another Bach composition on Sunday's program
is Cantata No. 50, "Nun is das Heil."
Works by two other German composers are on the
program. Richard Wagner's music will be performed
for the first time by the Island orchestra and chorus in
a scene from his opera Tannhauser. And Ludwig van
Beethovan's "Choral Fantasy" will be presented with
Matthew Harrison as pianist.
Further information may be obtained by calling
Gloria Dei is hosting troupe
The outreach/fellowship board of Gloria Dei
Lutheran Church is hosting a special public program of
theatrics Friday evening, March 20.
The event will begin at 7 p.m. at the church, 6608
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
The Asolo Readers, actors from the Asolo Theater
Company Guild, will present "Rewrites," by Neil
Simon scenes from "Come Blow Your Horn,"
"Barefoot in the Park," "The Odd Couple," and "The
Additional information may be obtained by calling
The Eucumtnenical singing
group "4 R King" per-
formed at the Island
Baptist Church Sunday,
March 7, to the delight of
a full-house audience,
including Margaret Unger,
foreground. The audience
was on its feet, singing,
Slapping and dancing. The
four men of different ages,
different walks of life and
different religions found a
shared passion for singing.
Bass Fuzz Meneley, right,
is a member and sings on
the praise team at Island
Baptist. The other singers
are, left to right, Dave
Downer, Lee Miller and
Jason Miller. Islander
Photo: Nancy Ambrose
THE ISLANDER E MARCH 17, 2004 0 PAGE 11
Cortez community picnic on old
The annual community picnic in Cortez will be
Saturday, March 20, on the grounds of the 1912-built
school at 119th Street and Cortez Road.
It will be an appreciation event for volunteers who
worked on the Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival and
will explore progress on restoration of the old school.
It will be from 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m., sponsored by the
Cortez Village Historical Society. Bring a dish to share,
the society advises. Details are available at 795-7121.
Registration is open now for a workshop on hand-
painting a T-shirt at the Anna Maria Island Community
Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria.
The workshop will be from 1-3:30 p.m. Wednes-
day, March 31, with Sue Lynn Cotton as instructor.
Cost is $20 for members, $25 for nonmembers, with a
$5 supply fee for brushes and paint. Details are avail-
able at 778-1908.
flamingo sales will be Sunday
The South Florida Museum will host a closing re-
ception for the "Tasteful and Tacky" show and receive
final bids on flamingo sculptures Sunday afternoon,
"Souvenirs of Florida: The Tasteful and the Tacky"
show has been "wildly popular," said the museum.
The reception will be from 2-4 p.m. at the museum,
201 10th St. W., Bradenton. Bids on the birds which are
decorated by local artists will close at 4 p.m., and all
proceeds will go to the museum's education programs.
Hours at the museum are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-
Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday.. Admission if $9.50
for adults, $7.50 for seniors, $6 for students, $5 for
children. Details may be obtained at 746-4131.
Free Bible study course
is offered in Cortez
A free correspondence course in Bible studies is
being offered by a longtime Cortez resident Mary
She said persons interested may enroll by calling
her at 795-7121, or writing to P.O. Box 963, Cortez FL
Titles in the series are "God Has Spoken," "Know-
ing Jesus," "This Is Good News" and "Born of Water
Fish farming explored
at Mote on Monday
"Innovations in Fish Farming Technology for the
21st Century" will be discussed in a Monday night lec-
ture at Mote Marine Laboratory, 1600 Ken Thompson
Pkwy., Sarasota, off the south ramp of the New Pass
Dr. Kevan L. Main will be the speaker. He is Mote
senior scientist who is director of the Center for Aquac-
ulture Research and Development.
The lecture will begin at 7 p.m. in the Martin-Selby
Science Education Center at Mote. Admission is free
to Mote members and one guest, $5 for nonmembers.
Reservations are required and may be made by calling
388-4441, extension 691.
Pancake brunch Saturday
The Men's Club of Roser Memorial Community
Church will have its final pancake brunch of the sea-
son Saturday morning, March 20, at the church, 512
Pine Ave., Anna Maria.
The public event will be 8-11 a.m., with prices $4
for adults, $2 for children. Baked goods will be sold
there also. Details may be obtained by calling 778-
Spring dance scheduled by
A spring dance is planned for Friday, March 19, in
the main hall of American Legion Post 24, 2000 75th
St. W., Bradenton.
The dance will be from 7:30-10:30 p.m., featuring
the six-piece Sig Harder Orchestra. The post said mem-
bers and nonmembers, singles and couples, are wel-
come. Cost is $5 per person. Details may be obtained
by calling 794-3489.
Flavor of the month
Joan Stephens, left, featured artist of the month at
the Anna Maria Artists Guild Gallery in the Island
Shopping Center, Holmes Beach, shared her opening
reception Friday with a 15th anniversary celebration
for the organization. Joining her at the window
display of her watercolors is husband Gordon and
Guild officer Jacquie Clark. Stephens' donated
painting, "Reflections of Italy, was won by
Rosemarie and Jerry Kovaleski of Holmes Beach in
a drawing of names attending the opening. Islander
Photo: Bonner Joy
Gwen Lipke, 73, of Cortez, died March 1.
Born in Council Bluffs, Iowa, Mrs. Lipke moved
to Cortez in 1956 from Arlington, Va. She was a
stewardess for United Airlines, a medical secretary
A gathering of friends was held March 14. Me-
morial contributions may be made to Hospice of
Southwest Florida, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota FL
She is survived by husband William J.; daughters
Julie A. Guthrie and Rose Swafford, both of Cortez;
sons William J. Jr. and Robert, both of Cortez, and
James. A. of Charleston, S.C.; sisters Jacquetta Shaw
of Bradenton and Constance Rose of Falls Church,
Va.; 13 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
Benjamin Irving Roberts
Benjamin Irving Roberts, 82, of Bean Station,
Tenn., and formerly Longboat Key, died March 1.
Born in Princess Ann County, Mr. Roberts grew up
in Virginia Beach, Va. He was retired from the federal
government as an electronic missile specialist. He
joined the U.S. Cavalry in 1938, and transferred to the
Air Corps and then to the armament school. He was a
member of the Chennaults Flying Tigers and the 5th
Private services were in Tennessee.
He is survived by his wife of 18 years Sherrell
Taylor, formerly of Cortez; daughters Melanie Roberts
Bourne of Bethesda, Md., and Susan Roberts Pryor of
Williamsburg, Va.; sister Elsie Roberts Dudley; step-
children Melissa Porter, Tammy Gigele and Earl Wil-
liams; six grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; and
many nieces and nephews.
Maureen Saenger, 66, of Bradenton, died March 5.
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By Rick Catlin
West Manatee Fire and Rescue Chief Andy Price
says he will try again in the future to get the ad valo-
rem tax initiative approved by district voters.
The proposal on the March 9 ballot to allow the
district to fund budget increases through property taxes
was defeated by a mere 128 votes out of 7,808 votes
"It was a setback, but it was by a very slim mar-
gin," said an obviously disappointed Price.
"We've already gotten a lot of calls of support and
feedback from the community to bring the issue again,"
A lot of people were unsure what they were voting
for, Price indicated, and many thought the district was
asking for a 3.75 millage rate. "Once they found out
otherwise, many said they would support the measure."
Price had said prior to the vote the district only
needed a .5 millage rate to meet its future funding re-
quirements, but the ballot language would have al-
lowed the WMFR board to tax up to 3.75 mills, the
state authorized maximum.
He thought another district vote on the issue could
have a limit on the millage rate, such as the 1 mill
Braden River Fire District voters approved.
"It's something to consider in a future vote," Price
But before any new vote takes place, Price plans to
form a focus group of private citizens, including some
opposed to the ad valorem tax, fire officials and
WMFR board members, to study the issue.
Of prime importance is how to get out the correct
information to the public on what the ad valorem tax
means and what the district needs, he said.
The district has to meet state requirements for more
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firefighters to cover services, but is already near the
maximum assessment amount allowed by the state leg-
islature. The assessment rate is based on the square
footage of a structure.
Without additional revenues, the district cannot
meet the "two in, two out" rule imposed by the state for
firefighters at a burning structure.
The rule requires two firefighters to be outside the
building before the minimum of two firefighters can
enter the building to fight the blaze.
Currently, WMFR has only enough staff for three
firefighters per call. The district would have used the ad
valorem funding to hire an additional 12 firefighters,
enough to staff four firefighters on each truck during a call.
The district budget is now "going to be very lean
in the future," he observed, without ad valorem taxes.
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The .5 mills tax would have added approximately
$1.5 million to the existing district budget of $4 mil-
One Island voter and property owner, who re-
quested anonymity, agreed that the ballot language
calling for a 3.75 maximum millage rate confused a lot
"I think a lot of people thought that was the rate
they wanted," the owner said.
"I might have been in favor if they had just asked
voters to approve a specific rate like they did in Braden
River," the owner noted.
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THE ISLANDER E MARCH 17, 2004 0 PAGE 13
Anna Maria considers moratorium extension with exception
By Rick Catlin
Faced with extending Anna Maria's current build-
ing moratorium for another 90 days a move that
would continue a hardship for at least one family look-
ing to build in the city's retail-office-residential zone
along Pine Avenue city commissioners at their
March 11 special meeting agreed to exclude new con-
struction in the ROR zone in any moratorium extension
ifit.involves a residential home with the planned busi-
SSingle-family home construction is already ex-
enpmted from ihe building moratorium, which is due to
expire on April 1.
Fire district tax rejected
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 12
lorem taxes in addition to an annual assessment to fund
Contrary to what some voters might have thought,
the vote for ad valorem taxes for the WMFR district
was very close on Anna Maria Island.
Islanders narrowly voted 1,022 to 919 against the
proposal, a difference of 103 votes.
By Island city, the vote was:
Anna Maria 235 287
Holmes Beach 565 595
Bradenton Beach 119 140
But the biggest nay to the district proposal came
from the Mt. Vernon polling station on Cortez Road
near the WMFR station.
Voters in that district defeated the measure by a
near two-to-one margin, with 186 in favor and 360
Perico Island voters in the WMFR district were
nearly split, with 191 voting yes and 193 voting no.
In the three Cortez-area polling stations, 465 voted
for the measure while 454 were against the proposal.
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The commission consensus to a moratorium exten-
sion came after it learned that the planning and zoning
board was still working on an accompanying ordinance
for proposed site-plan-review procedures for major
projects in the city,
The ordinance extending the moratorium to July 1
and accompanying exception in the ROR zone will
have its second and final reading on March 25 at the
regular city commission meeting. A majority of com-
missioners must approve the extension. -
Commissioner Dale Woodland argued against ani
moratorium extension except for subdi% vision de velop-
ments and lot splits.
"I don't see that the city is vulnerable elsewhere,"
he said. "Are we aware of something that we:don't
want to happen?"
Woodland suggested the commission modify the
moratorium extension to apply just to subdivisions and
lot splits, but other commissioners weren't interested
in that change, only an exception for an ROR dwelling
that includes a residence.
That exception was prompted by a concern for
Nicky and Robert Hunt, who had purchased property
at 303 Pine Ave. in November, just a few weeks before
the commission voted for the building moratorium. The
Hunts planned to build a residence over their business,
but those plans were stalled by the moratorium.
Mayor SueLynn said the Hunts got caught "in-be-
tween," and had they purchased their property just a
few weeks earlier, would likely have had plans submit-
ted prior to the moratorium. Any extension of the mora-
torium to July 1 would put them behind another three
months, she observed.
Attorney Peter Mackey, representing the Hunts,
said extending the moratorium further would take away
property rights from his clients, and they are already
suffering a hardship because of the moratorium.
He suggested that excepting ROR construction
with a residence from the moratorium is not making an
exception for any one person, and City Attorney Jim
"This creates a class of properties" for an exception
in the ROR zone, he told commissioners, and doesn't
Dr. Diane Michaels
501 Village Green Parkway Bradenton
(1 block east of Albertson's Manatee Ave.)
single out any one individual or family.
Woodland agreed with such an exception.
The reason the moratorium came into effect was
because of the Villa Rosa development application in
2002, when the city realized it did not have proper site-
plan- review procedures or accompanying ordinances
for major developments, he observed.
Quam and Commissioner Carol Ann Magill also
agreed to add the ROR exception to the moratorium
extension, but Woodland said he would still vote
against the extension at the March 25 meeting unless
it applies only to lot splits and subdivisions.
P&Z board chairman Ellen Trudelle said the board
is meeting weekly to finalize the ordinance, but "things
keep coming up" that have to be dealt with. The site-
plan application process is complete, but the ordinance
should accompany that process when presented to the
.commission, she said.
Trudelle said the P&Z should complete the ordi-
nance prior to July 1, along with definitions of major
and minor projects where the ordinance and site-plan
procedures will apply.
Commissioners Linda Cramer and Duke Miller
were absent from the meeting.
County to replace Bayfront
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shelter roofs at Bayfront Park on North Bay
Boulevard in Anna Maria.
Plans along with building permit applica-
tions will be submitted to Donohue as soon as
possible, a county memo said.
The county leases and maintains Bayfront
Park from Anna Maria under an agreement
originally signed in July 1975.
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project gets a 'go'
By Jim Hanson
Major work on the old Cortez school is free
to start, with a management agreement between
Manatee County and the Clerk of the Circuit
Court newly approved by the county.
The work has been stalled since last May
when a state grant that had been approved went
unfunded, along with a host of others. The grant
called for matching local funds, which were pro-
vided by the county, the clerk of court, local non-
profit entities and private donors totaling some
Cortezians eager to get going with the work
asked the county for permission to use the match-
ing money to carry on rebuilding while awaiting
the state funds, hopefully this year. The county
said management, split between county and
clerk, had to be concentrated in one entity before
funds could be released.
That is what the Manatee County Commis-
sion approved last week, a management agree-
ment giving the Clerk of the Circuit Court oper-
ating authority over the 1912-built school's reno-
"That's just what we needed," said the clerk,
Chips Shore, whose authority extends over the
county's historic places and records.
Shore's lieutenant for the matter is Christine
Clyne, who already is gearing up for a trip to Tal-
lahassee in a week or two to press for funding of this
and other projects. With her will be the project's
strongest advocate, Roger Allen, coordinator of the
renovation, and others from the area.
Allen has been directing volunteers who
have "done wonders," he said, in dismantling
parts of the school in preparation for the recon-
struction. They have gone as far as they can, he
Now he and the clerk's office will seek a
suitable contractor to pull permits, do other pa-
perwork, and oversee the work. Hiring of a con-
tractor will have to go through the normal county
procurement process, which takes time.
Floors, walls, the front porch and some struc-
tural elements will use up the matching funds,
and the rest of the job can be done with the grant
when it comes through.
The building at the east end of the historic
fishing village will house the Florida Gulf Coast
Earl Mowry is ready to go to Haiti as soon as things settle in the country. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy
Islander's mercy trip to Haiti delayed
By Jim Hanson
Earl Mowry hoped to leave Holmes Beach for
Haiti about now, but riots and revolution have delayed
He and a handful of other Good Samaritans spend
several weeks in Haiti every year, helping the island-
ers improve their lives and building a church, parson-
age and, starting as soon as they get there, a school.
That has been put aside pending a calming of vio-
lence that is tearing the island apart, Mowry said. Up
until the past few weeks, the rioting has been far from
their worksite, but now it is widespread and threatens
to overrun everything.
The U.S. State Department has told Americans to
get out of the country, and hundreds of foreigners re-
portedly are standing in line for every flight out to any-
where. Nobody should come to Haiti now, the U.S.
government said, but it is working with other countries
to calm the fighting.
Mowry agrees that's the best course, but he is frus-
trated. He has collected more than 500 donated "bags
of joy" for children there, and said it looks as if there
will be more than that ready before he can get them to
the hemisphere's poorest island nation.
"They have a very difficult life without war," he
said this week at his "retired" Island TV shop in
Holmes Beach. "It's an awesome situation."
He has been able to plan this spring and beyond
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But "then it got to Cap-Hatien, where we are." That's
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Those "bags of joy" are gallon-size plastic storage
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Saving $12 a month to cost Anna Maria homeowner thousands
By Rick Catlin
An Anna Maria homeowner who avoided paying
for city-mandated garbage collection service the past
14 years now faces a $100-a-day fine until she com-
plies with the city's ordinance.
In fact, Mary Lease of 110 Palmetto Ave. could
end up owing the city as much as the property is worth
if she continues to avoid city mail and notices sent to
her at both her Palmetto residence and her home in
The Anna Maria Code Enforcement Board decided
March 9 that Lease had failed to comply with the city
ordinance requiring her to have a licensed trash-haul-
ing service remove her garbage and voted 3-1 to imple-
ment the $100-per-day fine.
Lease was not present at the meeting.
The fine became effective Feb. 25, the date the
CEB had given Lease to comply with the city ordi-
nance or face a fine imposed by the board.
Code Enforcement Officer Gerry Rathvon said re-
peated attempts to contact Lease through regular and
certified mail at both addresses had failed, and Lease
has also not responded to notices left at the Palmetto
Rathvon said she's also tried knocking on the door
of the Palmetto residence when a vehicle registered to
Lease was parked in the driveway, but no one has ever
answered the door.
"She has never made one attempt to answer any
letters or call me," Rathvon added.
Rathvon began an investigation into a potential
code violation last October, when Waste Management
Inc., the city's licensed trash-hauling service, notified
her that they were suspending service to the Lease
property for non-payment of the $12.50-per-month
charge for basic waste pickup service.
WMI told Rathvon at that time that it had picked
up garbage at the Lease residence since 1990, when
Lease bought the property, but no bill had ever been
After an effort to collect some $900 in outstanding
charges failed in 1997, WMI wrote off the debt and
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But according to photos taken by Rathvon, Lease
solved the trash problem by taking her waste to the
city-owned garbage can at the end of the street.
Board member Shirley O'Day said the board was
not there to act as the collection agency for WMI, but
the city was paying WMI to pick up trash at the end of
Palmetto Avenue and Lease was obviously avoiding
the city ordinance requiring every property owner to
have a licensed trash hauler.
WMI has the franchise for garage collection ser-
vices in Anna Maria.
The board also agreed that enough was enough and
imposed the daily fine effective from Feb. 26.
That means Lease already owed the city $2,100 by
March 17, more than double what she avoided paying
WMI the past 14 years.
The board did, however, agree not to file the fine
notice with the Manatee County Clerk of the Circuit
Court until March 23.
A letter will be sent to Lease informing her of the
board's decision and the amount, and it will ask her to
contact the city to resolve the issue.
If the problem isn't solved by March 23, the city
will file the notice with the court and it will eventually
be placed as a lien against the property.
Any lien would have to be settled before the prop-
erty could be sold, acknowledged City Attorney Jim
Island police reports
Anna Maria City
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Community Center, information. Deputies were called
in reference to an employee who was fired. According
to the report, the executive director feared the former
employee might cause a problem with the computer
March 10, 300 block of Spring Avenue, missing
person. A woman reported her friend missing after he
did not return from a walk. According to the report, the
woman told police her friend is here on spring break
and may have gotten lost.
March 7, 116 Bridge St., Bradenton Beach Post
Office parking lot, warrant/drug arrest. Bryan, Jonas,
41, of Orlando, was arrested for possession of five
marijuana cigarettes after officers responded to a do-
mestic dispute. According to the report, the marijuana
was found when Jonas requested officers retrieve his
medicine from his car. Jonas told the police the mari-
juana was used for medical purposes. According to the
report, Jonas also had an active warrant out of Osceola
county for contempt of court and a suspended drivers
license for a DUI.
March 10, 600 block of Manatee Avenue, warrant
arrest. A man was arrested on an outstanding warrant.
March 11, 4000 Gulf Drive, Manatee Public
Beach, suspicious incident. Officers responded to a
woman claiming to have been raped by two men on the
beach. According to the police investigation, there was
no evidence to corroborate the allegations and the
woman admitted to lying.
March 1 200 block of 55th Street, criminal mis-
chief. A flowerpot in front of a home was thrown in the
street and damaged.
March 11, 400 block of 76th Street, telephone. A
woman reported that her teenage daughter has been
receiving threatening phone calls on a daily basis from
another student from her school. According to the re-
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March 11, 67th Street beach, beverage law. An 18-
year-old was arrested for drinking beer on the beach.
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A-Rod hits first for new Murderer's Row Braves prevail
By Steve Huntington
Special to The Islander
Anna Maria Island baseball great Birdie Tebbetts
loved baseball knowledge, whether it be scouting play-
ers, out-thinking his opponents, or even baseball trivia.
So here's our Tebbetts Tidbit question for this week:
As I watch former Tampa Bay Devil Ray Esteban
Yan pitch for his new team, the Detroit Tigers, many
memories of seeing him pitch at Tropicana Field come
to mind. Unfortunately, too many of them are of him
"pouring gasoline on the fire." One unlikely highlight
of Yan's career, however, occurred in his first major
league at-bat in 2000 at Shea Stadium. What happened?
Worth the trip
Earlier last week, the perennial division winners of
the National League East, the Atlanta Braves, were in
Tampa to take on the American League champion New
A Yankee fan and friend of mine was down visit-
ing from New Jersey, and his friend Andy Sheridan, an
Anna Maria resident, had invested in season tickets for
the Yankees spring training and, well, I got invited
along. It became the perfect day to check out some of
Andy has been extremely busy lately installing
floating docks made of strong plastic that your boat can
drive right up and park on, and he was off the island
down at Phillippi Creek at a job Tuesday morning. So
we got a bit of a late start, especially considering the
parking nightmare ahead at the new Legends Field in
Tampa. But soon enough, we were sitting up the right
field line, watching Yankee ace Mike Mussina pitch-
ing to the Braves. He gave up a run in the top of the
The highlight for the majority in attendance was
County mayors meeting
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when, after Derek Jeter singled off the Braves starter
John Thomson, Alex Rodriguez belted his first home
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So the Yanks are up 2-1. But Mussina only goes
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to the death of his father-in-law. He otherwise would
have been the starting pitcher in the first exhibition
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Gabe White, former Cincinnati Red, relieved, and
in his first and only inning of work, quickly gave it
back and more. In succession, White surrendered a solo
homer to Marcus Giles, a two-run shot to J.D. Drew
and a grand-slam home run to catcher Johnny Estrada.
The Braves were back on top 8-2, and the relatively
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agreed that it was another beautiful afternoon of March
baseball on Florida's gulf coast.
Tebbetts Tidbit answer: A first-pitch home run.
Esteban Yan, batting in an inter-league game against
the Mets on June 4, 2000, hit a home run on the first
pitch of his first at-bat in the majors. He became the
77th player (12th pitcher) to homer in his first at-bat
and the 14th player (fifth pitcher) to do it on the first
pitch. And now on this spring day in 2004, a sunny
Sunday at "Progress Energy Park, home of Al Lang
Field," Yan was near perfect against his old mates. As
the starting pitcher for Detroit, he retired nine of the 10
men he faced, yielding only a two-out single to Rocco
Baldelli. The Rays later rallied to win 11-3.
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Anna Maria paving dispute still not settled
Fay Erickson of Anna Maria won a night at the
Renaissance Vinoy Resort-and Golf Club in St.
Petersburg and a basket of food and wine as the
grand door prize at the annual scholarship auction
of the Bradenton Branch, American Association of
Widowed persons meet
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By Rick Catlin
Anna Maria's dispute with paving contractor APAC
of Sarasota over work done last summer on Oak and Tar-
pon Avenues is still not settled, and APAC has yet to be
paid the $30,000 by the city for its poor performance.
But Tom Wilcox of Baskerville-Donovan Inc., the
city's engineering firm, told the capital improvements
advisory committee March 10 that he's hopeful the
impasse may be nearing an end.
APAC has now called for a meeting with Wilcox,
Mayor SueLynn and BDI's Kurt Jensen in an effort to
resolve the dispute. That meeting was scheduled for
today, March 17.
Prior meetings had all been at the request of BDI
or the city.
Offers by APAC to solve the problem had required
the city to pay more money than the $30,000 in the
original contract, and those offers have been categori-
cally rejected by Wilcox and SueLynn.
Since the original paving, both Oak and Tarpon
have developed "wrinkles" and a followup investi-
gation revealed APAC never put down a "tack coat"
on the road surface, a requirement CIAC member
Bill Snow, a former paving contractor, has said re-
sulted in the road surface "sliding" and developing
Wilcox said his position is that the city "wants a
job on those streets that will hold up and be wrinkle-
free without any cracks."
However, he added, APAC has previously de-
clined to remove the top layer and put down a tack coat
at its own expense.
"They feel just a patch and a new surface will be
satisfactory," Wilcox observed. "And I say that surface
is still going to slide."
Wilcox said that whatever is decided by the city
and APAC at the meeting will come back to the CIAC
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and city commission before any final approval.
In other CIAC business, Wilcox said the final bid
package for needed repairs to the city's two bridges is
almost ready and will be mailed to contractors in the
next few days.
The CIAC also discussed the status of drainage
repairs and projects that have been approved by the city
One project already under way is the Rose Street
swale work. Public Works Director George McKay
said the total cost to date for outside vendor items on
that project is $5,455.
City wants unauthorized
Anna Maria Building Official Kevin Donohue has
asked Mayor SueLynn for assistance to have unautho-
rized construction at two residences removed.
Donohue said the construction of a rear deck at 115
Palm Ave. was done without a building-permit, as was
the construction and addition of a concrete slab and
screen room at 317 North Bay Blvd.
Although each property owner responded to an
initial letter from Donohue about the violations, follow-
up letters addressing the issues and asking for more
information have not been returned.
Donohue said the construction at one location is an
unauthorized use in that zoning district, while submit-
ted plans at the other property were incomplete.
The city commission could ask the courts to issue
an order requiring removal of the offending construc-
tion, if the city and property.owners can't reach a settle-
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Lawyers on both sides of the Frank Davis variance
issue at 5622 Marina Drive in Holmes Beach are bat-
In the latest salvo delivered to the city March 12,
attorney Peter Mackey, representing Davis, has asked
the city to take no action on a March 4 appeal by attor-
ney John Shubin on behalf of adjacent land owners
Ruthanne McLean and Barbara Coloney of the board
of adjustment's Feb. 18 decision to grant Davis a lot-
Mackey claims that according to the city's.land
development code, "only an applicant or building of-
ficial may appeal the board of adjustment's decision to
the city commission."
Since neither McLean or Coloney is either the ap-
plicant or the building official, Mackey requested that
the city dismiss the appeal.
Mayor Carol Whitmore said Attorney Mark
Singer, who is acting as city attorney in this matter, is
studying the McLean/Coloney appeal and Mackey's
letter, and will give an opinion to the city as soon as
Shubin already has two lawsuits filed against the
city over the Davis issue, while Mackey, not to be out-
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matter, and another legal action against McLean/
Davis has a four-bedroom structure at 5622 Marina
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Davis wants to move the current building to the
Harrington House, then build a four-unit condominium
at 5622 Marina Drive property, a project opposed by
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Island Players takes audience 'Over the River' to laughter
By Robert Noble
Special to The Islander
"Over the River and Through the Woods" proves
to be another charmer for Anna Maria's Island Players.
The laughter flows from this charming work by Joe
DiPietro about a close-knit Italian family in Hoboken,
N.J. two pairs of grandparents and the beloved
grandson who may be leaving the nest.
The writing is warm and insightful, full of human
comedy, and director Phyllis Elfenbein has given it a
glowing production with a superb cast. Elfenbein has
a wonderful way with actors, and she has inspired some
delicious performances from all six of her talented
Jon Kieffner (Nick Cristano), who was so dynami-
cally demented in "The Nerd" earlier this season, is
utterly beguiling and ingratiating as the grandson, who
also functions as a sort of narrator for the evening. His
easy attractiveness makes you understand why his
grandparents adore him so. His earnest goodness re-
minds one of the young Jimmy Stewart.
Two Island regulars, Gabe Simches as Frank
Gianelli, and Sam McDowell as Nunzio Cristano, af-
ter playing a hilarious duo in "The Sunshine Boys" a
few seasons ago, are back again and better than ever.
Simches is beautifully relaxed as he lands one laugh
after another with polished precision. His warmth and
humanity fill the stage. McDowell is a bubble of roly-
poly fun, using his twinkling eyes and silly-putty face
to create masterstrokes of comedy.
Reta Scribner as Aida Gianelli is an Italian
grandma to die for! Never without an apron, the kitchen
is her natural habitat. "Family, faith and food" is her
war cry. A couple of times she drops energy, but most
of the time she is right on never allowing the char-
acter to cross over into caricature.
As Nunzio's wife Emma, Barbara Fleming is a
constant joy warm, gracious, constantly having
Masses said for her grandson, and eventually trying to
play matchmaker to push the 29-year-old boy into
The whole plot is to keep Nick from taking a job
promotion that would take him to Seattle and out of the
family fold. Katy Jodat plays Caitlin O'Hare, the in-
tended bride, with a winning spunkiness that is beguil-
ing. A beautiful, slender blonde, she makes a refresh-
ing contribution to the production.
At various times during the performance, charac-
ters step downstage to offer a monologue, clarifying,
filling in, and further revealing character. It's a pleas-
ant device, which the actors handle delightfully in
Chris McVicker's atmospheric pools of light.
Arthur Ballman's handsome set works beautifully
on two levels, and is attractively painted in peach and
ochre tones. Costume wizard Don Bailey has clothed
his cast in green, olive and blues, with an occasional
pink that is subtle and right.
DiPietro has created a real Valentine to the Italian
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family life he obviously knows so well. The one-liners
come fast and furiously. Nunzio, speaking of yet an-
other Parillo Tour: "You get on the bus, off the bus,
take a picture, on the bus, off the bus, take a picture...."
When Caitlin informs the family she's a vegetar-
ian, Emma replies, "Oh, she's an animal doctor."
Then when Nick finally leaves for Seattle, Aida
bakes him a large pan of lasagna. Nick says, "But I
can't take that on the plane!" to which Aida replies,
"OK, I'll mail it to you!"
Elfenbein and her cast really understand this lovely
play and it's a fun-filled two hours.
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.
Tickets are $15, available at the box office from 9
a.m.- 1 p.m. daily except Sunday, and one hour before
performances, or by calling 778-5755.
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every 20 minutes. From 9 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. the intervals
are again every 30 minutes. The route north is Gulf/East
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southbound the route is Gulf Drive only. Info: 749-7116.
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Three years for Museum Shoppe
Owners Ed and Florence Hall of the Museum Shoppe
in the Bay View Plaza in Anna Maria recently
celebrated the third anniversary of the store's
opening, and their third wedding anniversary.
Islander Photo: Rick Catlin
Museum Shoppe is a happy 3
When Ed and Florence Hall of the Museum
Shoppe gift and antique shop in the Bay View Plaza at
101 South Bay Blvd. in Anna Maria first decided to
open their unique store three years ago, they envisioned
it as something they could do part time.
After all, the couple had just gotten married on
Anna Maria Island and were simply looking for some-
thing to do.
"We were both retired," said Florence, "and we
thought it would be fun to have an antique store and
work just part-time. But it's mushroomed from three
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Indeed, Ed figures that about half of the popular
store's clientele are repeat customers.
"I guess it's because we have such a wide variety
of unique gifts," suggested Flo. "A lot of winter visi-
tors say they come to Anna Maria just to visit us and
see what's new. We've added a lot of new lines since
we first opened in March 2001. We're not just antiques,
we are full of wonderful and unique gifts and items."
In addition to antiques, there are original litho-
graphs by Michael Keene, hand-crafted wooden pup-
pets, Polish pottery, American-made toys, games,
clocks, marine items, Indian carvings and sculptures,
and a host of other gifts at very reasonable prices.
The original name of the store was The Museum,
but so many people stopped by thinking it was strictly
a museum, they decided to change the name.
"We're a museum for some very unusual items,
and we love people to browse our 'museum,' but we
have the advantage that people can also buy what they
like," noted Flo.
Ed and Flo celebrated their third anniversary on
Feb. 14 and opened the Museum Shoppe on March 10,
The Museum Shoppe is open from 10 a.m. to 5
p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on
Friday and Saturday, and from noon until 4 p.m. on
For more information or to talk with Ed or Flo, call
779-0273. The store is also on-line at www.the-
Mister Roberts turns 38
Mister Roberts island and beach casual clothing
and accessories for men and women in the S&S Shop-
ping Plaza at 5330 Gulf Drive in Holmes Beach is cel-
ebrating its 38th birthday starting today, and owners
Linda Clayton and Signa Bouziane promise some big
savings on numerous items the next four days.
The store, founded by the late R.G. Roberts and
wife Tena, has been in existence at the same location
Mr. Roberts today
Owners and sisters Linda Clayton, left, and Signa
Bouziane of Mister Roberts island casual clothing
store in the S&S Plaza in Holmes Beach will cel-
ebrate the store's 38th anniversary starting today.
Absent from photo: store founder and mon Tena
Roberts. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy
in Holmes Beach since 1966.
Linda and Signa, daughters of the Roberts, now
operate the business, which expanded into women's
wear 15 years ago, said Linda.
"We've also added beach bags, hats and footwear,
beach towels, Island-style jewelry and a number of
other casual items for Island living," chimed in Signa,
"not to mention swimwear and T-shirts.
"So, we're going to have a great anniversary and
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CONTINUED FROM PAGE 22
The top fashions in casual and beachwear from
Paradise Found, Koret, Go Barefoot, Luau, Color Me
Cotton, Click, WoolRich and Nino Wong can be found
at Mister Roberts.
Mister Roberts is open from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
daily and from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. To get
island casual, call 778-4505.
Tyler's turns 20
Tyler's Ice Cream Store at 11904 Cortez Road W.
in Cortez turns 20 in April and to celebrate, the store
will bring back the original 1984 prices for Saturday,
The store features homemade ice cream, yogurt,
sorbe, milkshakes, sundaes and a host of other delights.
Please tell 'em, "I saw it in The Islander."
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THE ISLANDER WlMACH, 17, 32004 I PAGE,,2
'.f We cheer for
These staff members at
Tyler's Ice Cream in
Cortez welcome your
"screams for ice
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Sto right, Jeff Darwin,
Celia Sperotto, Debra
Loomis and Jeremy
Photo: Nancy Ambrose
Original owner Larry Tyler will be on hand to help
celebrate the occasion, and eat a few ice cream cones.
Tyler's will be open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on
April 3. Normal store hours are from noon to 10 p.m.
For more information on the 20th anniversary cel-
ebration, call 794-5333.
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by Preston Whaley Jr.
Chuck Caudill's music:
Convincing taste test
After 23 years of playing at the Sandbar restaurant
in Anna Maria and another 13 years of alternate nights
at the Beach House Restaurant in Bradenton Beach,
you might wonder if Chuck Caudill had become a little
too comfortable, perhaps even complacent, about his
To be sure, beachfront employment provides the
bread and butter of Caudill's musical career. He loves
it, and he makes it look easy. But he's got more cook-
ing in his musical kitchen than you might think new
musical elements, original songs and plenty of high-
Speaking of the latter, he says, "It's at fever pitch
Caudill got into music when, like so many others,
he saw the Beatles on the Ed Sullivan Show. Rock 'n'
roll hooked him like a fish. It also helped that his
mother and brothers were musically inclined.
But recently he's been going back to the great
songs written before the Beatles came along, or for that
matter, Chuck Berry, Little Richard and Elvis back
to songs that "are more sophisticated" he says.
He speaks of songs written by the likes of Cole
Porter, Errol Garner, Irving Berlin, Johnny Mercer and
George Gershwin. They were meticulously crafted,
although less familiar than today's music, more com-
plicated and, perhaps more open-ended.
Caudill says, "I'm trying to be as diverse as I can
because the audience is so diverse. People come here
from all over the world. My song list comes from their
To favorites James Taylor, the Beatles, the Eagles,
Eric Clapton and Bob Marley, he adds songs such as
"Summer Time," "Only a Paper Moon" and "Come
at you at
Jimmy Langford of
Cumming, Ga., peers
through his creations
at the Anna Maria
Island Springfest art
and craft show held
over the weekend.
The weather was
grand, the shoppers- 1
were many and \
music and food were 'I
aplenty, too. Islander.
Photos: Bonner Joy
The Gumbo C
music for "
the crowd at 'f' -, .
Protected by tarps and heaters as temperatures dipped into the 40s, Beach House Restaurant customers stay
warm as they enjoy the music of Chuck Caudill. On warmer evenings, Caudill plays under the stars with the
sunset at his back. Islander Photo: Preston Whaley Jr.
Rain Or Come Shine."
On Saturday, he teaches private guitar lessons to
kids. He says communicating the fundamentals of
music has "forced me to return to the roots." It's helped
his own studies.
Having lived on Anna Maria Island since 1973,
Caudill's roots here have grown deep.
Dara, his wife of 10 years, says, "Chuck can run,
write and work on his music during the day. He's al-
ways singing and working on something, and he's in-
volved with the community."
Caudill is a flesh-and-blood symbol of the Island
scene, whose significance comes through in songs he's
written, such as "Red Tide Blues." Everybody here
knows these blues, and the organization known as So-
lutions To Avoid Red Tide has adopted the tune as a
The Orlando-based, teen environmental music
group Green Spirit played the song "Dreams" co-
written by Caudill with Ricardo Conchola, reflecting
on the plight of Florida's sea turtles during the Na-
tional Millennium Arbor Day Celebration.
Most recently, he donated the use of his song "The
Life You Gave" to the Sarasota Bayfront Park art ex-
hibit Coexistence. Originally inspired by the Elian
Gonzales story, the song has proved to be universally
meaningful about the sacrifices mothers make so their
children can live free.
All of these songs can be heard on his latest com-
pact disc, "Time to Play," which features the musician-
ship of local players like Duane Freeman on sax; Willy
Royal on violin; Caudill's former band partner John
Prestia on vocals, electric guitar and dobro; and many
others, including his brother Joey of Washington, D.C.,
laying down lead guitar.
Presently, Caudill is working on his second disc of
original songs. He plans to record it at his home studio
with many of the same musicians.
The home studio is a symptom of Caudill's gadget
prowess. If you see him perform, you have to be im-
With respect to the sequencers and sound equip-
ment used during performances, he says, "There are
people who disagree with this, but I don't see [sequenc-
ers] as a crutch. I don't download anything. I play and
sequence everything myself. It allows me to show ver-
satility as a musician and creates more sound textures.
It's like another musical instrument. As long as it's not
cheesy and is tasteful, that's the key."
Twenty-three years of dining with Chuck Caudill
is a pretty convincing taste test.
"I have a beautiful life here, but I'm still produc-
tive. I'm not interested in touring the country in a bus,"
He plans to continue writing music and marketing
it for performing artists, film, commercials and video.
Ahd he's had some success with that. Lakewood
Ranch used one of his jingles and the Anna Maria Is-
land Chamber of Commerce incorporated his "Anna
Maria" into a promotional video.
Dara, formerly a stockbroker, describes herself as
a "farm girl from Ohio. My parents were seasonal visi-
tors and took me here when I was younger."
She remembers walking past the Sandbar while
listening to the music carried on the wind and it was
Chuck playing, although she didn't know at the time.
"I thought, 'this is paradise.'"
Now they walk on the beach together almost every
Caudill plays five days a week at either the Sand-
bar or Beach House Restaurant. You can reach him at
Wednesday, March 17
9 a.m. Horseshoe games at Anna Maria City
Hall Park, 10005 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria.
9:30 a.m. St. Patrick's Day breakfast at the
Moose Lodge, 110 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach.
Information: 778-4865. Fee applies.
Noon to 3:30 p.m. Duplicate bridge at the Anna
Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave.,
Anna Maria. Information: 778-3390. Fee applies.
Noon to 4 p.m. AARP Driver Safety course at
the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes
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 Communrii Cen-
ter, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 778-
1908. Fee applies.
6 p.m. Family storytime at the Island Branch
Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Informa-
8 p.m. Manatee Community College Jazz En-
semble at Neel Performing Arts Center, 5840 26th St.
W., Bradenton. Information: 752-6320. Fee applies.
Thursday, March 18
9 to 11:30 a.m. Birding course with John
Gianaven at the Education Center, 5370 Gulf of Mexico
Drive, Longboat Key. Information: 383-8811. Fee ap-
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tax assistance from AARP
and VITA volunteers at the Island Branch Library, 5701
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: (888) 227-
6p.m. Greek dinner at the Church of the Annun-
ciation, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information:
778-1638. Fee applies.
7p.m. Smoke-free bingo at Annie Silver Com-
munity Center, 103 23rd St., Bradenton Beach. Infor-
Friday, March 19
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Book sale at Tingley Memo-
rial Library, 111 Second St. N., Bradenton Beach. In-
1 to 2 p.m. Family caregiver support group at
the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach. Information: 748-3001.
7p.m. Asolo Readers present rewrites by Neil
Simon at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 6608 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-1813.
7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Spring dance at American
Legion Post No. 24, 2000 75th St. W., Bradenton. In-
formation: 794-3489. Fee applies.
8 to 11 p.m. "Gotta Dance" at the Anna Maria
Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna
Maria. Information: 778-1908. Fee applies.
Saturday, March 20
8 to 11 a.m. Pancake brunch at Roser Memo-
rial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. In-
formation: 778-0414. Fee applies.
8:30 a.m. Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island
meeting at Cafe on the Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Mana-
tee Public Beach, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-
8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Spring Bazaar at Kirkwood
Presbyterian Church, 6101 Cortez Rd. W., Bradenton.
9 a.m. Horseshoe games at Anna Maria City
Hall Park, 10005 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria.
9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Suncoast Watercolor So-
ciety presents "Capturing the Beauty of Florida Marine
Life" with Linda Soderquist at the Art League of Mana-
tee County, 209 Ninth St. W., Bradenton. Information:
746-2862. Fee applies.
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Book sale at Tingley Memo-
rial Library, 111 Second St., Bradenton Beach. Infor-
11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cortez Community Picnic
at the 1912 Cortez Schoolhouse on 119th Street West,
Cortez. Information: 795-7121. Fee applies.
2p.m. Mel Brenner presents Costa Rica at the
Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach. Information: 778-6341.
2 p.m. -Manatee County Sandpiper Barbershop
Chorus presents "Everything Old is New Again" at Neel
Performing Arts Center, 5340 26th St. W., Bradenton.
Information: 778-3820. Fee applies. -
6 to 11 p.m. "Celebrate Longboat Key" gala/
auction at Harbourside at the Longboat Key Club, 3000
Harbourside Drive, Longboat Key. Information: 387-
9519. Fee applies.
7:30 p.m. Israeli artist Yaakov Greenvurcel
guest lecture at Temple Beth Israel, 567 Bay Isles
Road, Longboat Key. Information: 383-3428.
Sunday, March 21
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. "Heirlooms of Tomorrow" art
exhibit at Temple Beth Israel, 567 Bay Isles Road,
Longboat Key. Information: 383-3428.
2 p.m. Anna Maria Island Community Chorus
and Orchestra present Bach's Birthday Bash at the
Island Baptist Church, 8605 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
Information: 778-0719. Fee applies.
2 to 4 p.m. Closing reception for "Souvenirs of
Florida: The Tasteful and the Tacky" at the South
Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton. Informa-
tion: 746-4131. Fee applies.
Monday, March 22
8:30 a.m. Internet class at the Island Branch
Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Informa-
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. "Heirlooms of Tomorrow" art
exhibit at Temple Beth Israel, 567 Bay Isles Road,
Longboat Key. Information: 383-3428.
4:30 to 6 p.m. -"Roots and Shoots" teen environ-
mental program at the Anna Maria Island Community
Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information:
778-1908. Fee applies.
7p.m. "Innovations in Fish Farming Technology
for the 21 st Century" with Kevan Main at Mote Marine
Laboratory, 1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy., Sarasota.
Information: 388-4441. Fee applies.
Tuesday, March 23
Noon "Food-Flowers-Fashion" show at the
Stella Maris Activity Center, St. Mary Star of the Sea
Church, 4280 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. In-
formation: 383-3923. 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.
1 to 4 p.m. Veterans service officer at the Island
Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
5 p.m. Ohio and Kentucky night at American
Legion Post No. 24, 2000 75th St. W., Bradenton. In-
Wednesday, March 24
9 a.m. Horseshoe games at Anna Maria City
Hall Park, 10005 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria.
Noon-- St. Bernard Guild "Welcome Spring" lun-
cheon at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor
Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-7865. Fee ap-
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 Cen-
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ter, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 778-
1908. Fee applies.
5 to 7p.m. Anna Maria Island Chamber of Com-
merce Business Card Exchange at Hair's to You Sa-
lon, 3218 E. Bay Drive, Holmes Beach. Information:
6 p.m. Family storytime at the Island Branch
Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Informa-
Sew For Fun with Diana Kelly at the Roser Me-
morial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria,
through March 18. Information:-792-6934.
Birding course at the Center for Education,
Longboat Key March 18.
"The Artist Kip" exhibit by Kip Ackerman at Kaos
Gallery South, 1122 12th St. W., Bradenton, through
March 27. Information: 747-0823.
Stained-glass art by Kathy Storm at Island Gal-
lery West, 5368 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, through
March 27. Information: 778-6648.
"Over the River and Through the Woods" at the
Island Players, 10009 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria, through
March 28. Information: 778-5755.
"Monday Painters" art exhibit at the Island Branch
Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, through
March 31. Information: 778-1716.
"Student Exhibit" at the Anna Maria Island Art
League, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach, through
March 31. Information: 778-2099.
"Jazz Series Paintings of Various Jazz Musi-
cians" by Herbie Rose at Graciela Giles Studio, 1014
12th St. W., Bradenton, through March 31. Information:
Tax assistance from AARP and VITA volunteers
at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach, every Thursday through April 15. Infor-
mation: (888) 227-7669.
Watercolor with Susie Cotton at the Anna Maria
Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna
Maria, through May 25. Information: 778-1908. Fee
Islander Fishing Class with Capt. Mike Heistand at
West Manatee Fire and Rescue Station No. 1 March 25.
Ladies of Jazz at St. Armands Circle, Sarasota
Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce "Os-
car Winning Fashions" show and luncheon at the
Bradenton Country Club March 26.
Mexican Fiesta Buffet and Dance at American
Legion Post No. 24 March 27.
"Planting to Attract Birds and Butterflies" at the
Pelican Man's Bird Sanctuary March 27.
Anna Maria Island Power Squadron chicken bar-
becue March 27.
"Whale Sharks of the Caribbean: Legends of the
Domino Fish" at Mote Marine Laboratory March 29.
Book sale at Blake Medical Center, Bradenton,
The way it was at Tingley Memorial Library
Before there was a Tingley Memorial Library, there was a Bradenton Beach library, pictured here circa 1984.
The parking lot at the extreme right of the picture is the city hall parking lot on Second Street. The annual
Tingley Memorial Library book sale will be from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday and Saturday, March 19-20. On sale
will be fiction and nonfiction hardbacks and paperbacks, audiobooks, puzzles, coffee-table books "and much
more. The library is at III Second St., next door to the Bradenton Beach City Hall. Further information may
be obtained by calling 779-1208.
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Sarasota Bay Program contemplates independence
One of the region's leading environmental agen-
cies may become independent later this year.
The Sarasota Bay National Estuary Program hopes
to free itself from governmental oversight Oct. 1 while
continuing to receive federal, state, regional and local
funds for the preservation and enhancement of the
waters from Anna Maria Island to Venice.
The independent status would follow a similar step
done by the Tampa Bay Estuary Program seven years
ago, and apparently is a trend among the 28 National
Estuary Programs in the United States.
The bay program was approved in 1988, and its
first management plan ratified in 1989. The program
receives about $1 million a year from the various gov-
ernmental agencies with a mandate to control pollution
threats and bring together the various agencies charged
with protecting the waters.
Going independent will mean that the oversight
committee the policy committee will remain
basically the same, but will act as more of a board of
directors. Membership in the policy committee in-
cludes representatives from the U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency, the Florida Department of Environ-
mental Protection, Southwest Florida Water Manage-
ment District, Manatee County, Sarasota County and
the City of Sarasota.
Mark Alderson, the executive director of the bay
program since its inception, has said that he expects the
policy committee to grow to include representatives
from Longboat Key and Bradenton when the expected
transition takes place this fall.
Sarasota Bay history
The following is an except from the 1990 "Sarasota
Bay Project State of the Bay Report."
Sarasota Bay was formed about 6,000 years ago,
during the most recent rise of sea level.
Sea level has fluctuated substantially during the
past few million years in response to global climate
changes and alterations in polar ice caps. Geologically,
sea level in what is now the Sarasota Bay area has
ranged from as much as 330 feet below to perhaps as
much as 100 feet above the present level. As recently
as 17,000 years ago, the shoreline of what is now the
Gulf of Mexico was approximately 60 miles to the
west, with sea level about 300 feet below present lev-
The first people to live in the Sarasota Bay area
were prehistoric Indians whose ancestors migrated over
the ice sheets from northeastern Asia. After thousands
of years, these nomadic tribes reached the area that
today is Sarasota Bay. The earliest traces of these an-
cient Indians, found near Warm Mineral Springs in
southern Sarasota County, date back to about 10,000
Sarasota Bay served as a primary waterway for
these ancient tribes and their later, better-known de-
scendants, the Tocobaga, Timucuan, and Calusa Indi-
Huge shell mounds, called middens, created by
these ancient people are still visible on the mainland
and the barrier islands surrounding Sarasota Bay. How-
ever, diseases brought to the New World by Europe-
ans during the late 16th century destroyed these early
From 1700 to the mid-1800s, Cuban fishermen
established fish camps, or rancheros, on the shores of
the bay. Mullet and mullet roe were the principal prod-
ucts traded with Havana then, although drum, turtle
and trout were also salted and shipped south. Seminole
Indians, newly arrived in the Sarasota Bay area, also
roamed the bay and coastal region hunting, fishing and
European explorers used Sarasota Bay as a shel-
tered water link between Charlotte Harbor and Tampa
Bay. An early homesteader to the region was Josiah
Gates, who arrived in the Manatee River area in 1842.
A year later, William Whitaker sailed to the high yel-
low bluffs on the mainland farther south and staked his
claim to what is now much of the northwest portion of
the City of Sarasota.
The slow trickle of settlers became a stream, and
then a flood after World War II. Although fewer than
100,000 people lived in the Sarasota Bay area 50 years
ago, that early settler population has now swelled to
more than a half-million.
Coastal and bay development intensified from the
late 1950s to the 1970s, as hundreds of acres of bay
bottom were dredged to produce waterfront lots. Ca-
nals were dredged and the spoil used to create subdi-
Bird Key, located between the city of Sarasota
mainland and St. Armands Key, was once the location
of one of the largest seagrass beds in Sarasota Bay. The
area was bulkheaded with seawalls; dredges filled the
area behind the seawalls with materials from the bay
bottom, and the resulting expanded island was subdi-
vided into single-family homesites.
During this period, the Intracoastal Waterway was
dug to provide a deep, protected channel running the
length of the bay and beyond. Dredge-spoil islands
were created throughout the bay during construction of
the ICW, covering seagrass beds and changing water-
circulation patterns. The natural shore was replaced by
seawalls, to retain dredge-and-fill material for housing
sites and to protect homes from storms and boat wakes.
[A similar practice took place on School Key, now
called Key Royale, in Holmes Beach.]
As this intensive development took place, natural
porous surfaces were replaced by nonporous parking
lots, roads and rooftops. Stormwater carried pollutants
into the bay at increased rates. Septic systems were
constructed and the runoff from their drain fields pol-
luted the bay. As seawalls replaced the ecologically
important mangroves and seagrass beds were covered
by fill or died as a result of poor water quality, natural
The current environmental condition of Sarasota
Bay could be worse, however, if federal, state and lo-
cal programs had not been enacted.
Manatee County began construction of a
countywide water system in the late 1960s. In the
1970s, a mandatory sewer system was constructed,
which has significantly reduced the number of septic
systems in use in the county. Sarasota County enacted
laws prohibiting dredging in the bay, slowing the de-
struction of seagrass beds. Cities and towns surround-
ing the bay passed bulkhead ordinances restricting in-
discriminate construction of seawalls. The State of
Florida, through the Department of Environmental Pro-
tection, enforced laws to protect Sarasota Bay's habi-
tats, such as mangrove forests, and developed
stormwater management programs.
An estuary is a semi-enclosed body of water with
free connection with the open sea, and within which
seawater is measurably diluted by fresh water from
Divers took to the water
last Sunday to map the
wreck of the molasses
barge "Regina off
Bradenton Beach. A
volunteer group will
meet at 10 a.m. Saturday
at Bradenton Beach City
Hall, 107 Second St., to
discuss having the
shipwreck listed with the
State of Florida. Is-
lander Photo: J.L.
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Kingfish starting to show, mackerel thick
By Capt. Mike Heistand
Don't forget to sign up for the fishing school start-
ing at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 25. Joining me will
be Capt. Rick Gross, Capt. Thom Smith and Capt.
Larry McGuire to talk about where, when and how to
catch fish using live and artificial lures, plus tips and
techniques for bottom fishing and trolling.
There will be lots of free prizes and fishing lures,
a door prize for a charter trip, and an Islander "More
Than A Mullet Wrapper" T-shirt for paid attendees.
The school will be held at Fire Station No. 1, 6001
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Pre-register at The Is-
lander, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
Cost is $35 per person, kids under age 16 admit-
ted free with a paid adult. Call 778-7978 for more in-
On the fishing scene this week, summertime fish-
ing is starting to appear. Whitebait is starting to make
a good showing, and redfish, trout and snook are all
hungry in the backwaters.
Offshore fishing for snapper is superb right now,
and grouper action is excellent in less than 100 feet of
water in the Gulf of Mexico. Mackerel are thick, and
a few kingfish are starting to make their run along the
Sheepshead fishing is about at its peak right now,
with reports of some catches to better than 7 pounds.
Capt. Thom Smith at Angler's Repair on Cortez
Road said he's doing well with snook on artificial
baits, with some good-size keepers coming back on
most trips. He's also finding plenty of mackerel and
Bill Lowman at Island Discount Tackle'said
summertime fishing appears to be here, with good re-
ports of snook being caught. Whitebait is starting to
show up on the seagrass flats, and sheepshead are still
everywhere. Offshore fishing for snapper is excellent
right now, and grouper are still in less than 100 feet of
water in the Gulf.
Capt. Larry McGuire aboard the Show Me The
Fish Charters said, "The fishing' is heatin' up!" Grou-
per fishing is getting better and better as the month of
March goes on, he said, and he's been putting his cli-
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Dan Wessly, left, caught this 28-pound red grouper
while out in the Gulf with Gus Swoboda on an all-
day trip with Capt. Larry McGuire aboard the Show
Me The Fish Charters.
ents onto red grouper to 28 pounds, gag grouper to 12
pounds, limit catches of mangrove snapper to 5 pounds,
and also yellowtail snapper, lane snapper, hog snapper,
scamp, triggerfish and a few amberjack. Most of the
action is in about 110 feet of water, with good results
with live pinfish, live shrimp and frozen sardines, as
well as some squid.
Bob Kilb at the Rod & Reel Pier said there were
lots and lots of sheepshead in the 4-pound range caught
last week off the dock. Mackerel are a good bet in the
afternoons, with some up to 29 inches, plus some small
Speaking of turtles
Anna Maria Island Turtle
Watch Director Suzi Fox
S spoke at the monthly
meeting of the Manatee
.County Audubon Society.
Pictured here, front row,
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S John DeFazio of Turtle
S Watch, and Tom
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to right, Steve Black, Bob
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Cliff Alcorn at the Anna Maria City Pier said
fishers there are catching some nice mackerel to 4
pounds, sheepshead to 5 pounds, snapper around the
pilings and snook at night.
Dave Johnson at Snead Island Crab House said
lots of black drum are being caught near the old rail-
road bridge in the Manatee River, with blood worms
working the best as bait. Some big snook showed up in
the cut this week, he said, and Spanish mackerel are
being caught near the Sunshine Skyway Bridge pier
systems, plus lots of sheepshead.
Capt. Rick Gross on Fishy Business out of
Catchers Marina in Holmes Beach said mackerel are
everywhere right now, plus he's putting his charters
onto sheepshead to 6 pounds and snook action is pick-
ing up now that the water temperature is finally start-
ing to warm.
Capt. Tom Chaya said he's getting a good mixed-
bag of fish: redfish, mackerel, snapper and sheepshead
were all caught by his charters last week.
At Perico Island Bait and Tackle, redfish reports
are coming in from the sandy spots amidst the seagrass
flats by wade fishers, although it seems that there is
only one red per hole being caught. Trout are starting
to get bigger, and sheepies are around almost every
piling and pier in the area.
Capt. Sam Kimball on Legend charters out of
Annie's Bait & Tackle in Cortez said snapper fishing
is awesome in about 100 feet of water in the Gulf, plus
good action on porgies, triggerfish, grunts, a few king-
fish and lots of mackerel.
Capt. Zach Zacharias on the Dee-Jay II out of
Annie's said he's getting his charters onto trout to 23
inches, redfish to 24 inches, plus mackerel, pompano
and sheepshead. He's finding kingfish just starting to
show up offshoreas well.
On my boat Magic, we have been catching lots and
lots of sheepies of up to better than 7 pounds, plus
mangrove snapper, a few trout and redfish on most
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, Holnies Beach, or e-mailed to
news @islander.org. Please include identification for
persons in the picture along with information on the
catch and a name and phone number for more infor-
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March Madness guarantees true college champs
By Kevin Cassidy
March is a great time of year for sports fans, espe-
cially in the Manatee County area. For starters, the
weather is usually great, which makes it real easy to
skive off work to head out to McKechnie Field for an
afternoori.spring training baseball game.
,March also ushers in what has become the No. I
television viewer sporting event in the country, which
has come to be known as "March Madness."
March Madness is college basketball's season-end-
ing, single-elimination tournament that pits the nation's
64 best basketball teams against each other in a race to
the national college championship of Division I.
Cinderella stories and surprising finishes are the
norm and, unlike college football, a champion is de-
cided s ly upon how well any of the 64 teams plays
basketball on the court. This contrasts dramatically
with c'ege football's Bowl Championship Series,
where politics, conference affiliations and computer-
generated rankings effectively eliminate 90 percent of
Division I college programs from even having a chance
to compete for the national title before a game is
Sports fans will need to limber up their remote
control hand for the myriad games that start Thursday
Anna Maria Island
Little League schedules
Date Time Teams
Major League (ages 9-12)
March 17- .6:30 p.m. :,Duncan vs. Island Lumber
March 19 6:30 p.m. Duncan vs. WMFD
March 29 7 p.m. Duncan vs. Island Lumber
Minor League (ages 8-9)
March 18 6:30 p.m. Bark Realty vs.
T-ball (ages 5-7)
March 18 5 p.m. Morgan Stanley vs.
afternoon and continue for the two weeks.
There's no March Madness at the Anna Maria Is-
land Community Center, but there are some competi-
tive baseball games being played at all three division
Minor league coaches are encouraged to email
their game results and stats to me at
Kevin @ islander.org.
Manatee High Her-icanes
The Manatee Her-icanes girls soccer program held
its season-ending awards banquet Monday, March 15,
at Demetrios Pizza House where varsity and junior
varsity letters and awards were distributed.
Rookie-of-the-Near- for the varsity team, coached
by this writer, went to former Islander Hannah Brickse
for her stellar play ondefense. Most-improved player
went to fellow freshman Lauren Gabreski, who was
moved to defense midway through the year and ex-
celled. Former Islander Courtney Foley, a senior, and
junior Kate Saunders captured the coaches award,
while junior Angela Sheehan won the Golden Boot
award for leading the team in scoring.
Senior Samm Perry won the coveted "Lunch Pail."
award, given to the hardest working player on the team,
while junior Lindsey Weaver captured the most valu-
able player award.
Junior Varsity awards were handed out by Island
resident and JV coach Jeff Nelson, .whose team com-
piled an impressive 12-4 record.
Most improved player went to Islander Gracie
Sawyer, who was initially cut from the team. Sawyer
came back the next day to ask Coach Nelson if she
could stay involved by being the team manager, offer-
ing to carry water and equipment. Nelson declined,
saying that if she had that much commitment, he would
rather have her on the team as a player. That move
turned out to be a good one for Nelson and Sawyer. She
went on to fill a valuable role as a reserve on offense
" and defense and finished the season with two goals.
Nelson gave the coaches award to Samantha
lerulli, while Gina Barrese won the offensive player of
the year after leading the team with 18 goals. MVP
went to freshman sweeper Emily King. King domi-
nated defensively for Nelson and late in the year got
called up to the varsity where she started and played
100 minutes in the Canes' 1-0, double-overtime victory
in the District 11 semifinal game. For her efforts, King
was also awarded a varsity letter.
So ends another season of high school soccer.
Morgan Stanley powers past Betsy Hills
Morgan Stanley pounded out 16 hits, including
home runs from Travis Belsito and Giorgio Gomez, to
record a 13-7 victory over Betsy Hills Real Estate in
minor league baseball action Saturday, March 13, at the
Betsy Hills drew first blood when Johnny Mattay
singled and scored on an RBI single by Daniel
Pimental for a 1-0 lead. Morgan Stanley came right
back in the bottom of the inning with three straight
singles by Belsito, Rozanne Waliahgha and William
Hellem-Brusso before Joseph Darke hit a fielder's
choice grounder that plated Waliahgha for a 2-1 lead.
Connor Field singled to move Darke to third where he
.easily scored on Gomez' single to right for a 3-1 lead.
Betsy Hills battled back to take a 4-3 lead in the top
of the second on singles by Rasheed Waliahgha, An-
drew Crowton, Katie Hunt and Jerry Mayer with
Waliahgha, Crowton and Hunt crossing the plate with
Morgan Stanley batted around the order in the bot-
tom of the second to put the game effectively out of
reach of another Betsy Hills comeback. Patrick
Edwards and Alec Thompson singled in front of
Belsito, who ripped a line drive into the gap in right-
centerfield that rolled to the fence for a three-run, in-
side-the-park home run and a 6-4 lead.
Morgan Stanley received four consecutive singles
by Hellem-Brusso, Darke, Field and Guerin before
Gomez now batting left-handed ripped a line shot
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into the gap in right field for another three-run, inside-
the-park home run and an 11-4 lead.
Betsy Hills got back three runs in the top of the
third on singles by Mattay, Pimental and Drew Morgan
and a double by Rasheed Waliahgha, but the inning
came to an end thanks to a nifty play at first by Belsito.
Morgan Stanley added two insurance runs in the
bottom of the inning, thanks to singles from Edwards
and Stephanie Purnell, and a two-run single by Belsito.
Betsy Hills managed a pair of two-out singles by
Rip Shafer and Mayer, but that was as close as they
Belsito finished the day 3-for-3, including a home
run and five RBIs, while Gomez was 2-for-2 with a
home run and three RBIs. Edwards, Hellem-Brusso
and Field each finished with a pair of singles on the
day, while Rozanne Waliahga, Darke, Zack Guerin,
Purnell and Thompson each added singles to the Mor-
gan Stanley hitting attack.
Betsy Hills was led by Rasheed Waliagha's 2-for-
2 performance that included a double and one run
scored and two singles and two runs scored from
Mattay. Pimental added a pair of singles and one run,
while Morgan, Crowton and Hunt each contributed a
single and one run scored. Mayer, Shafer and Max
Miller rounded out the offense for Betsy Hill with
Island Lumber opens season
with pair of wins
Island Lumber opened the first week of the Anna
Maria Island Little League Majors Division action with
a pair of victories to take the early lead in the race for
the pennant. Each game during the first week of major
league play was decided by one run, so you know the
games are competitive. There's still a long way to go
as coaches figure out the best way to utilize their tal-
ent so stay tuned!
Duncan 10, WMFD 9
Cory Wash went 3-for-4, including a double and
three runs scored, and Kyle Bellingar homered and
scored three runs to lead Duncan Real Estate past
WMFD in the season opener Monday, March 8. Steven
Sylvester and Forrest Goodwin each added a single and
one run scored for Duncan, which also received a pair
of singles and one run scored from Max Huber in the
Bellingar was impressive through four innings of
work on the mound, allowing three hits while striking
out eight. Wash got the pitching win with two innings
of work in relief of Bellingar.
Tommy Price paced the WMFD offense with a pair
of singles and one run scored, while Daniel Janisch
singled and scored one run. Zack Even and Jordan
Sebastiano scored two runs apiece for WMFD in the
Island Lumber 16, WMFD 15
Patrick Facheris went 2-for-2 with two runs scored
and Troy Kozewski went 2-for-5 with two runs scored
to help lead Island Lumber past WMFD Wednesday,
March 10. Leadoff hitter Glenn Bower reached base
four times and scored two runs while collecting one
single for Island Lumber, which also received a single
and one run scored from Broderick West, Kyle Aritt,
Daniel Riley, Joey Hutchinson and Zach Facheris in the
WMFD was led by Jordan Sebastiano's 4-for-4
performance that included a pair of doubles and two
runs scored and a 3-for-4, three runs scored perfor-
mance from Tommy Price. Daniel Janisch added a
single and two runs scored and Wyatt Easterling added
a single in the loss.
Island Lumber 14, Duncan 13
Lead-off hitter Glenn Bower doubled to start the
game and followed that up with four walks that turned
into four runs as Island Lumber edged Duncan Real
Estate Friday, March 12. Kyle Bellingar went 2-for-5,
including a triple and one run scored, while Matt Bauer
and Joey Hutchinson each singled and scored two runs
for Island Lumber, which also received runs from Zach
Facheris and Daniel Riley in the victory.
Kyle Bellingar went 3-for-3, including a double
and three runs scored, and Forest Goodwin went 2-for-
4, including a double and four runs scored, to lead
-. . .. -
Zach Guerin demonstrates good form on this base hit for his Morgan Stanley team. Islander Photos:
Betsy Hills shortstop Fielding Goodwin traps the ball as Morgan Stanley's Joseph Darke hustles to second.
Max Miltler makes a nice play at third base for his
Betsy Hills baseball team.
Duncan Real Estate in the loss. Max Huber tripled and
scored one run for Duncan, which also received a
single and one run scored from Steven Sylvester and
Winners in the March 13 horseshoe games were
Jim McGuire and "Fritz," both of Bradenton. Runners-
Betsy Hills catcher Sarah Miller attempts to block a
low pitch during minor league baseball action at the
up were Chris McNamara of Bradenton and Herb
Puryear of Anna Maria City.
Winners in the March 10 games were Ron Pepka of
Bradenton and Dean Rowe of Holmes Beach. Runners-
up were Tom Markley of Holmes Beach and Puryear.
The weekly contests get under way every Wednes-
day and Saturday at 9 a.m. at Anna Maria City Hall
Park, 10005 Gulf Drive. There are no membership fees
and everyone is welcome.
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USED 1200-POUND Mantowoc ice machine with
bin, good condition, works great, $1,650. Call Bill,
GIRL SCOUT COOKIES available at The Islander,
assorted varieties, $3.50 box. All proceeds paid to
local Girl Scout troop.
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FOR SALE Anna Maria canalfront
home with pool on a quiet
vacation rental, but also
the place to be for a
Call Pat Staebler, Lic. Real Estate Broker
778-0123 or 705-0123
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.
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 wel-
come. Smoke free. 103 23rd St. Corner of Avenue
C and 23rd Street, Bradenton Beach.
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.
ISLANDER CLASSIFIED: The best news in town
and the best results from classified ads and service
Skipper & Associates Inc
Waterfront Property Specialist
(941) 379-2333 vww.FIoridaBeachnBav.corn
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).
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RIVER CLUB units have been updated
with all new fixtures, cabinets and more.
204 3rd St. W. Bradenton
At the gate, go to visitor side and press 009
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SANDCASTLE BEACH RESORT located in the heart of Bradenton Beach on Gulf Drive and
Bridge Street. Beautiful units from S1,395.000 to $1,925 000
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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!
LONGBOAT KEY HISTORY "From Calusas to
Condominiums" by Ralph B. Hunter. Signed cop-
ies available at The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach. 778-7978.
ROSER THRIFT SHOP Yard sale Saturday, March
20, 8am-noon. 511 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. 779-
NEIGHBORHOOD YARD SALE Saturday, March
20, 9am-? Cash sale. Palm Harbor Drive, Holmes
SATURDAY, MARCH 20, 8am-3pm. Recliner, sofa
bed, refrigerator, entertainment center, chairs, mis-
cellaneous household, collectibles and much more.
2105 Avenue B, Bradenton Beach.
NIKI'S GIFT & ANTIQUE Mall sale items of the
week: Artwork 40 percent off; sterling jewelry 50
percent off; select antiques 25 percent to 40 per-
cent off. 779-0729.
WATERFRONT IN HOLMES BEACH
2BR/2BA, SOUTH FACING CANALFRONT
Saturday March 20 *-11am-2pm
509 59th St.. Holmes Beach
BEACH SIDE ELEGANCE
home has it all!
I7 open floor plan
and custom tile
Family room with fireplace and amazing
media room complete with theater seat-
ing. The outside entertainment area has
a gourmet gas grill station, large free-
form pool, Jacuzzi and a cabana/chang-
ing area. Best of all, it's directly across
the street from the Gulf of Mexico on the
north end of Anna Maria! Nothing com-
pares! Offered at $949,900.
Location, Location, Location!
An immaculate home, just
steps to fabulous Bean Point
-" on the very tip of Anna Maria.
1 Impeccably maintained, this el-
evated home features a casual
... i il~i~thi'~il 'floor plan with completely en-
i.l J .. closed garage and workshop.
'" ,m '" Large lot with plenty of room
for a pool or future expansion.
S' A top floor addition would have
nice water views. Don't miss
this great home or perfect
S -" -. ..-. weekend getaway. Offered at
See them online at: www.greenreal.com
REAL ESTATE .'"
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FOUND KEYS on the beach near Sandpiper Mobile
Resort at the Bradenton Beach/Holmes Beach city
line. Claim at The Islander.
LOST, STILL MISSING! Beloved black Manx kitty.
Collar and tag. Name is Puddin'. Call 778-6000.
CRITTER SITTER nine years in pet care. 24 years
as an Island resident. Lots of TLC for your beloved
pets with in-home visits. 778-6000.
GORGEOUS ADULT CATS and other pets for
adoption at Southgate Animal Hospital. References
1969 VW BEETLE Bug. 1971 engine, needs body
work. $750. New battery, runs good. Fun Island car!
SELL IT FAST in The Islander.
1990 ECONOLINE 150 VAN, cold air conditioning,
has towing package. Ready for travel. Runs great.
$2,000, or best offer. 778-1102.
BAY VIEWS & BOAT DOCK Westbay Point
& Moorings, downstairs, 2BR/2BA end unit
with large glass-enclosed lanai. Canal views
from all windows, light and bright. $349,000.
Call Hal Gillihan, 713-5555
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22-FOOT CENTER console fishing boat, two outboard
motors. $1,500. Call 778-7197, leave message.
EGMONT EXPRESS CHARTERS: Seek out secret
water paradise. Sunsets, back water, Egmont or
custom trips. See dolphins and manatees. Call
778-7459 or 720-5470.
LET'S GO FISHING! Call Capt. Mike Heistand on
the charter boat "Magic." Full or half day backwa-
ter fishing. USCG licensed. Ice, bait, tackle pro-
BABY-SITTING AND PET-SITTING My name is
Sarah, I am 15-years old. Hourly charge: $5/child
or $3/pet, $2.50/hour for each additional pet or
child. Please call 778-7622, 778-7611 or 447-8593.
CHILD SITTER AND PET SITTER. Seventh-grade
male looking for a job. Available after school and
weekends. Call Zachary, 779-9783.
ISLAND DUPLEX Fantastic location, one block
to private beach, deeded boat slip, 2BR/1 BA
each side, large lanais. $469,000.
51-" 3cor .33- 00
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. Confiden-
tiality agreement required for details. Call Longview
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.
VIDEO RENTALS: Growing young business with
good lease. Price will grow as business does, so
now is the time to buy. Call Longview Realty at 383-
6112 (confidentiality agreement required for de-
3101 Gulf Drive,
Holmes Beach, FL 34217
(941) 778-6696 Office
(941) 778-4364 Fax
Kathy Caserta 1-800-367-1617 Toll-Free
Realtor, GRI, CRS (941) 778-6943 Home
(941) 704-2023 Cell
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.. "i A must 4BR/2BA on tran-
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S- with a pool and dock
with lift permits! $650,000.
caLL Laura McGeary 941-704-3708
Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate Inc.
or Brian Heavrin 941 758-7777 R../MR(
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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,
KEY ROYALE GOLF club, a drug-free workplace, is
looking for a part-time counter person. Apply in per-
son or call 778-3055.
LPNS: YEAR-ROUND private duty for lady with spi-
nal injury. Full-time nights, part-time days. Travel
opportunity. Call 383-6953.
CLASSIFIEDS ADS can be found on line at
HELPER WANTED for part-time tax work/paper
work. $7/hour. Call Chris, 778-2837..
LEGAL SECRETARY/PARALEGAL needed for sole
practitioner. Must be well organized, have good
computer and telephone skills and relate well to all
types of people. Casual work environment close to
the Island. Legal experience preferred but will train
the right person. Please e-mail your resume to
email@example.com or call 749-6433.
HELP WANTED: Apply for all positions at Ooh La
La! Bistro, 5406 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
JOURNALIST: Part-time reporter sought for city
beat and features writing by The Islander. Must
have journalism education, experience or back-
ground relevant to government reporting. E-mail
resumes to firstname.lastname@example.org, fax 778-9392 or
mail/deliver to office, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach FL 34217.
CALLING ALL VOLUNTEERS! Would you like to
meet interesting people from around the world? Are
you interested in learning the history of Anna Maria
Island? Get involved with the Anna Maria Island
Historical Museum, 402 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. We
need you! Call 778-0492.
THE TINGLEY MEMORIAL Library in Bradenton
Beach is looking for volunteers. Duties include
checking books in and out, reshelving and generally
assisting library patrons. It's fun, give it a try! Any-
one interested in our friendly community library
should call Eveann Adams, 779-1208.
MAN WITH SHOVEL Plantings, natives, cabbage
palms, patio gardens, trimming, clean-up,
edgings, more. Hard-working and responsible.
Excellent references. Edward 778-3222.
LET US DRIVE YOU! Shopping, medical appoint-
ments, airports, cruise ports. Flat rates. Sunshine
Car Service. Serving the Islands. 778-5476.
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.
COMPUTER OBEDIENCE TRAINING. Is your
computer misbehaving? Certified computer ser-
vice and private lessons. Special $30 per hour-
free advice. 545-7508.
GULFVIEW DUPLEX WEST OF NORTH SHORE DRIVE
Secluded Steps from beach Exquisite Views
-.. ---... Rare opportunity to own established turnkey rental property
"" '" "I Top floor 2BR/2BA with breathtaking Gulfviews. Enjoy sunset
price Reduced afterglow from private deck.
Sff i First floor 2BR with den or use as third bedroom, 2BA, partial
Gulfviews and private porch
l I Easily converted to single family
Call Jennifer R. Cascardo, www.nyflbroker.com
Licensed Real Estate Broker New York Florida
778-1440 "Exclusive Service from Skyline to Skyway."
SALES & RENTALS
419 Pine Ave., Anna Maria FL .34216 PO Box 2150 (941) 778-2291
EVENINGS 778-2632 FAX (941) 778-2294
t Island Duplex
with Gulf View
This bright and spacious hideaway
offers two 2BR/2BA apartments with '
sundecks offering glimpses of the '
Gulf! Amenities include cheerful Mexican tile floors, open kitchens with break-
fast bars and pretty ceramic tiled countertops, ceilings fans, tropical borders in
bedrooms and interior laundry rooms with deep sinks. Easy walking distance to
shopping and beach and close to the Manatee bridge for easy mainland access.
Priced at $649,900.
R VIDEO TOUR s oW se w ey
BROCHURE Visit our Web site at www.betsyhills.com
S\ of Anna Maxia Inc.
5309 Gulf Drive
ISLAND PRESSURE CLEANING for great results,
wash away mildew, dirt and salt. Thorough, reason-
able and reliable. Free estimates, licensed and in-
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.
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.
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
I DON'T CUT corners, I clean corners. Affordable,
dependable cleaning. Chamberlain Professional
Cleaning, 778-7770. References available.
; 'Investment Properties Homes
SSecond Homes Condos
7.'., 4m Relocation Multi-Family
Buying or Selling?
Call a professional, energetic agent who will
work diligently to serve YOUR needs.
Direct line: 807-4661
Free consultation and market analysis on your property.
COMING SOON! Two beautiful new 3/2 homes at 306 56th St.
Preconstruction 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-215-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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29Years ofProfessional Service
YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD REAL ESTATE SHOPPE.
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 Acr6ss from white sand beaches. Ground
floor, private courtyard opens onto heated pool/gazebo area.
Turnkey furnished. Well maintained. $270,000.
5400 GULFFRONT BEACHES AND SUNSETS
1BR/1BA turnkey, poolview, $275,000.
2BR/1.5BA, pool view. Great buy, $310,000.
VACATION, SEASONAL & ANNUAL RENTALS
MARTINQUE Gulffront 2BR/2BA, pool, tennis, elevators.
5400 GULFFRONT complex, 1 and 2BRs, pool.
BEACHFRONT 3BR/2BA home, tastefully decorated.
CAYMAN CAY 2BR/2BA, pool, gazebo across from beach.
5508C MARINA DRIVE 778-0807 800-956-0807
BEACH VIEW CONDOS
Spacious (1157 sq. ft. UA, 1430 sq. ft. total) 2BR/2BA
condo, completely updated with hardwood floors, Italian ce-
ramic-tiled bathroom, and two screened lanais just one
block to beach! $409,000.
Beautiful patio home with pool. 2BR plus den. Open, tiled floor
plan, high ceilings! $349,000.
Call Sue Carlson, 720-2242
An Island Place Realty
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Trust a professional with more than
twenty years of experience to
handle your real estate needs.
Jim Anderson Realty Company
PO Box 1789 401-B Pine Avenue Anna Maria, FL 34216
941.778.4847 toll free 1.800.772.3235
www j imandersonrealty com
e-mail: jimsrealtyco@aol cornn
Thanks for saying "I saw it in The Islander"
111 Pelican Anna Maria Canalfront Home
1.792 iq ii I I r.ii.n are sila) air c-ondiiioned is 3BR.
2BA and 2 62., sq Ii under r,:co. 11iur) include, a
screened-in canalfront lanai and oversized t'.vu-car ga-
rage. 75-by-100-foot seawalled lot with dock at the end
i:.I cul-de-sac 6. 5.0,000 furnisrhed thati %iII include .a
Zodi.ac-Ipe boal and mior .r
Doug Dowling Realty
Phone & Fax: (941) 778-1222
r7 7 7www.dougdowling.com
REAL ESTATE LLC
VILLAGE GREEN POOL HOME
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.
BAY HOLLOW- PRIVATE DOCK
2BR/2BA, updated condo with deeded boat dock. Eat-in
kitchen, wood-burning fireplace, walk-in closets, Jacuzzi
tub. Carport and heated pool. $359,900.
SUN PLAZA WEST
2BR/2BA turnkey furnished condo. Beachfront complex,
breakfast bar, kitchen with dome ceiling, elevator, tennis,
heated pool, carport, balcony, storage, very good rental,
walk to stores and restaurants. $425,000
2BR/1BA, 1BR/1BA and 1BR studio apartment. Large
lot with tropical landscaping. Turnkey furnished. Cathe-
dral ceiling, porches, ceiling fans. Great rental. $459,900.
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..
KEY ROYALE POOL
3BR/3BA spacious water A ., .ted pool and
spa, large mast pe. Italian tile and
carpet, ea N -e' at garage. Deep-water canal
and direct to Intracoastal Waterway. $776,000.
From $700 / month
Condos/Homes: $500 week / $1,000 month
779-0202 (800) 732-6434
REAL ESTATE LLC
Island Shopping Center 5402 Marina Drive
Holmes Beach, Florida 34217 www.suncoastinc.com
GULFFRONT MOTEL Ten-unit beachfront motel. 130-
foot Gulf frontage. Large inground spa.
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.
POOL HOME IN HOLMES BEACH Completely redone
2BR/2BA home with tile floors, new appliances, beautiful
free-form pool only three blocks to the beach and only
COMMERCIALLY ZONED Block building in historic
district near Bridge Street. Ground level for retail, office
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.
LOWEST PRICED DUPLEX ON ISLAND One block to
beach. 2BR/1BA and 3BR/1BA, back unit remodeled.
100+ Gulffront rental units with hun-
dreds more just steps from the beach.
3101 GULF DRIVE HOLMES BEACH
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McEVOY PAINTING: Frank McEvoy owner. Interior
and exterior work. Free estimates. Call 750-8467 or
HOME SITTING: Retired Christian couple available
anytime, references provided, local references also.
For information call, (770) 832-7319, Tom and
K.A.S. CLEANING: Employee owned, servicing pri-
vate homes, condo, rentals and seasonal homes.
Concierge services and home watch. Call 730-5318.
ATTENTION SNOWBIRDS/Vacationers: Security/
maintenance available. Monitor house, mail, news-
papers, service providers (lawn, etc.). Will also
clean'pool. Retired law enforcement officer. Island
resident. Call Dede, 778-2664 or 447-5572.
JUDY, JUDY, JUDY, will clean, clean, clean your
home. Call 778-3272.
DISCOVER PILATES: On-going class at Anna Maria Is-
land Art League, 6-7pm Wednesdays, $8/class, drop-ins
welcome. Call 778-2099 for information. Also at G.T. Bray
Activity Center starting March 16. Call 742-5974 for infor-
mation. Certified Pilates Instructor Preston Whaley Jr.
EYEDESIGN CREATIVE SERVICES. Specializing
in business cards, flyers, postcards, rackcards,
doorhangers, brochures, custom greeting cards,
logos and design services. Phone us 778-2523.
MUSIC LESSONS! Flute, saxophone, clarinet. Be-
ginning to advanced. Contact Koko Ray, 792-0160.
BEACH SERVICE air conditioning, heat, refrigera-
tion. Commercial and residential service, repair and/
or replacement. Serving Manatee County and the
Island since 1987. For dependable, honest and
personalized service, call William Eller, 795-7411.
ANYONE CAN TAKE a picture. A professional cre-
ates a portrait. I want to be at your wedding!
NADIA'S EUROSAGE Relaxing, healing massage
in the comfort of your home. Call today for an ap-
pointment, 795-0887. MA#0017550.
PIANO AND KEYBOARD lessons. Call Jack Elka,
SEWING: Get your sewing alterations done fast and
reliably. Hems, zippers, sleeves, waistlines, 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.
CONNIE'S LANDSCAPING and Lawn Mainte-
nance. Residential and commercial. Full-service
lawn maintenance, cleanup, tree trimming, haul-
ing, Xeriscape. Island resident. Excellent refer-
ISLAND LAWN SPRINKLER service and repair.
If it is broken, we can fix it. Free estimates. Se-
nior 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.
JR'S LANDSCAPING AND MAINTENANCE
Lawns, native plants, mulching, trimming, haul-
ing, cleanup. Island resident 25 years. Call
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.
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BEAUTIFUL BAY PALMS 3BR/2.5BA canalfront home re-
cently updated to include a coral-appointed remote-controlled
gas fireplace, new windows, pavers, boat hoist and more.
Enjoy luxury living in this ranch-style home with more than
2,650 sq. ft. of living area. $775,600 $750,000.
314 Pine Avenue Anna Maria
(941) 779-0732 Toll Free: (866) 779-0732
Storage Units Available!
5500 Marina Drive
Holmes Beach, FL
Fax: 941 779-2602
DESIRABLE BEAN POINT!
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Gulfview, 3BR/2BA, open floor plan, across
the street from beach access. $745,000.
Call Larry Albert 725-1074.
Gulf Coast Islands Realty, Inc.
International Residential & Business Brokers
Immigration Consultants & Mortgage Brokers
List your home or business with us
to reach qualified overseas buyers
Call May McNeill or Peter Harris (Broker)
779-0411 or fax 926-9297
3220 East Bay Drive Holmes Beach, FL 34217
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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
.- 3001 GULF DRIVE*HOLMES BEACH. FL 34217
-, I LAN _' .-, PHONE: 941.778.6849*TOLL FREE: 800.778.9599
VACATION FAX: 941.779.1750
PROPERTIE. L.LC Licensed Reol Estoe Broker Ann Coron
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PRIVACY AND SPACE ON ANNA MARIA
Open Sat. 11-4 Sun. 1-4
525 Blue Heron Drive Anna Maria
Lush landscape, approximately 3.000 sq.ft., wet bars,
two fireplaces, elevator, three decks, huge workshop,
generator, master bedroom with his/hers baths!
SPECTACULAR DIRECT BAYVIEW!
Open Sat. 11-4 Sun. 1-4
207 South Bay Blvd. Anna Maria
A beachy beauty with 2,000 sq.ft., 3BR/3BA, two-car
garage and workshop, deep lot, plenty of room for a pool.
Bayviews from master as well as living/dining area.
SANdy Rich, REA[TOR/BRokER
ANNA MARIA NORTH END CANAL HOME R-i, ,'.j ll : ul
home on one of the most desired streets on the north end. 2BR/2BA,
quiet street. private setting. Don't miss this opportunity! Offered at
$515,000. Call Frank Migliore, 778-2307.
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BAREFOOT LAWNS & GARDENS Providing the
total TLC for your landscaping requirements.
Lawns, trees, shrubs, container gardens and gar-
dens. Design, installation and service. Call 730-
5318 for free consultation.
PROFESSIONAL LANDSCAPE DESIGN and instal-
lation. Huge selection of plants, shrubs and trees. Ir-
rigation. Everything Under the Sun Garden Centre,
5704 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. 778-4441.
STRAIGHT SHOT LANDSCAPING. Installations,
clean-ups, pruning, irrigation, trees, edging, rip-rap,
mulch, rock, patios, shell, seawall fill. Reliable and
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
JOE UNGVARSKY CONSTRUCTION Remodel-
ing contractors. In-house plan designs. State li-
censed and insured. Many Island references. 778-
2993. Lic# CRC 035261.
FIND GREAT DEALS on wheels and everything
else in The Islander, 778-7978.
INTERIOR AND EXTERIOR PAINTING free esti-
mates. 35-year Island resident. Call Jim Bickal at
One of the biggest names
in mortgages is right in
your own backyard.
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Cu your local community.
So, whatever your mortgage
needs fixed rate, adjustable rate, jumbo, govern-
ment, call Ron locally for a free consultation at
(941) 761-9808 (24 hours) or (800) 559-8025.
Monhotton Mortgage Corporation
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
supplied and installed. Quality workmanship,
prompt, reliable, many Island references. Call Neil,
KEVIN GRIFFITHS' ISLAND Paint Interior/exterior
painting, pressure washing and wallpaper. For
prompt, reliable service at reasonable rates, call
704-7115 or 778-2996. Mom/son team.
ROOFING REPAIRS and replacements. Remodel-
ing, repairs, additions, screen rooms, kitchens,
baths. Free estimates. Lic#CGC061519,
#CCC057977, #PE0020374. Insured. Accepting
25 YEARS EXPERIENCE, highly skilled, depend-
able restoration/renovation expert, carpenter, fine
finishing contractor. Kitchen/bathroom specialist.
Repairs, painting. Paul Beauregard, 779-2294.
KEN & TINA DBA Griffin's Home Improvements
Inc. Handyman, fine woodwork, countertops,
cabinets and shutters. Insured and licensed,
Vacation Rentals & Property Management
More than 35 Gulffront rentals to choose from.
Call us last! Best rates on the beach!
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2-Bedroom Condominiums 2 & 3-Bedroom Condominiums
Call For Rates and Availability
866-661-6622 or 778-8000
TILE, CARPET, LAMINATE supplied and installed.
Why pay retail? Island resident, many references.
Free estimates, prompt service. Steve Allen Floor
Coverings. 792-1367, or 726-1802.
MASON: 27 YEARS of experience. All masonry
work and repair. Cinderblock work, brick work,
glass block work, paver and brick driveways. Call
Chris, 795-3034. Lic.#104776. Insured.
MORENO MARBLE & TILE Installation and resto-
ration. Quality work. Over 20 years experience.
Insured. Call Javier at 685-5163 or 795-6615.
JERRY'S HOME REPAIR and Lawn Care: Light
carpentry, pressure washing, handyman, plumbing
and electrical, light hauling, tree trimming. Call 778-
6170 or 447-2198.
ISLAND HOME REPAIRS: Painting, carpentry, dry-
wall repairs, roofing, electrical repairs, jalousie door
and window repairs, screen work. No job too small.
WINDOW SHADES, BLINDS, shutters and more.
Lifetime warranty. Call Keith Barnett for a free in-
home consultation. Island references, 15 years
experience. 778-3526 or 730-0516.
WATERFRONT KEY WEST-style home, fantastic
north Anna Maria Island location, seasonal, $2,500/
month, $900/week. Bayfront cottages also avail-
able with docks from $1,500/month, $500/week.
Call 794-5980, or www.divefish.com.
RENTALS RENT FAST advertised in The Islander.
Simplify Your Search!
Call anytime for a consultation.
of Anna Maria Inc.
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plan, great for entertaining! Wonderful second home or investment
property. Great rental history. Build up for views of the Gulf! Offered
ENJOY THE CONVENIENCE
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
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One block to beach. Two distinctive
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poured concrete construction. Wow
views of Island from roof. Lots of
options! Miss this and you'll be sorry!
One-half, distinctive, furnished
townhome. Amazing construction,
bay/inlet views, Island panoramic
views. Dock with jet-ski lift. Party
wall or condo conversion.
WALK TO BEACHES AND
CITY FISHING PIER!
2-3BR/2BA, 1,664 sq.ft. well
maintained home, navigable wa-
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close to Island beaches! $234,500.
catLL Laura McGeary 941-704-3708
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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-
VACATION & SEASONAL Private beach, some lo-
cations. Units are complete. Rates seasonally ad-
justed. $375-$975/week, $975-$2,975/month. (800)
977-0803 or 737-1121. www.abeachview.com.
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.
SEASONAL RENTAL AVAILABLE now. 1 BR water-
front apartment on north end of Anna Maria. $1,750/
month. Call 778-5445.
GULFVIEW: NORTH SHORE Drive, 2BR/2BA,
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:
ON THE BEACH new, 2BA/2BA weekly/monthly,
Bradenton Beach 778-3618 or www.linger-
SEASONAL RENTAL: Holmes Beach, 4BR (two
master suites)/3BA, house on canal. Two minutes
to beach. Heated pool, dock, cable TV, washer/
dryer, garage, designer furnished with tropical yard
setting. One of the finest rentals on Island. $1,500/
weekly or $5,200/monthly. Call 713-4805 or e-mail:
LOVELY 2BR UNIT, six-month rental. 210 81st. St.,
Holmes Beach. Leave your stuff from year to year.
$2,250/month. Call (813) 961-8921.
BEAUTIFUL TROPICAL HOUSE just converted to
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:
BEACHFRONT: NORTH SHORE Drive, ground-
level all-view home. Bean Point area. $3,500/month,
$1,500/week. Call Tom, (559) 760-1331.
BEACHSIDE: NORTH SHORE Drive on the beach
behind our house. Bean Point area. $2,500/month,
$900/week. Call Tom, (559) 760-1331.
ANNUAL RENTAL 1 BR/1 BA in City of Anna Maria,
west of Gulf Drive. $750/month. First, last, security.
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.
BAYFRONT ANNUAL RENTAL 2BR/2BA, tennis,
pool, cable, water/sewer and trash included. Old
Florida Realty Co., 778-3377, or Sharon 778-3730.
ANNA MARIA GULF beachfront apartment, vaca-
tion or seasonal. Lovely furnished interior, porch,
sundeck, patio, tropical garden setting, laundry, no
pets. Call 778-3143.
SPRING/SUMMER weekly specials now available.
Call Duncan Real Estate, 779-0304.
ANNUAL 3BR/2BA, washer/dryer hookup, $900/
month; 1 BR/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.
CONDO FOR RENT: Holmes Beach, 2BR, pool, 100-
feet from Gulf. Available October, November, Decem-
ber 2004, $1,800/month. Call (517) 694-3288.
RECENTLY REFURBISHED and nicely furnished
1 BR/1BA ground-floor duplex with cheerful decor.
Just three short blocks to the beach. Walking dis-
tance to shopping and restaurants in downtown
Holmes Beach. Includes phone, premium cable,
microwave, washer/dryer. Small pets OK. Available
April 2004 and accepting reservations for 2005.
Winter rates: $1,700/month, $550/week; summer
rates: $500/week. E-mail: email@example.com
or call 807-5626.
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. Can / /i-
3926 or cell 545-3097.
AVAILABLE IMMEDIATELY: Holmes Beach 2BR/
1 BA near beach. $1,500/month for one month or
$900/month for six months, includes utilities,
HOLMES BEACH SEASONAL 2BR/2BA, washer/
dryer, pool, nicely furnished, ground floor. Available
April. Call 778-9576.
MANASOTA KEY, private home directly on beach/
Gulf. 2BR/2BA, pet possible. Available May forward
and next season. Call (570) 943-2516.
VACATION RENTAL: Charming 1BR/1BA, fully
furnished, across from white sandy beach. Call
BEST ISLAND VALUE! Sandpiper Mobile 55-plus,
1 BR/1 BA, turnkey furnished. Very nice must see
inside! Three-six month minimum. $585/month in-
cludes all (cable, phone, electric, water, trash). All
terms negotiable. Call office, 778-1140, or owner
NORTH BRADENTON BEACH: Spacious, re-
modeled, 2BR/1BA, bayview, steps to Gulf, cov-
ered parking, laundry. $895/month. Call 778-5412
or (585) 473-9361.
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ANNUAL RENTAL 1 BR/1 BA garage-top apartment,
fully furnished, $700/month. Also, totally renovated,
everything 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, 1 BR/1 BA furnished, all
new, clean and quiet. $735/month. Call 447-6278.
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.
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.
HOLMES BEACH ANNUAL rental: 1BR/1BA effi-
ciency furnished. All utilities included, except tele-
phone. Close to beach, pets OK. Handicap access.
$700/month. Call 224-5664.
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.
HOLMES BEACH ANNUAL: Large 2BR/2BA, den,
laundry, deck, steps to Gulf. $975/month, plus elec-
tric. Call 778-5412 or (585) 473-9361.
SCHARMIIN(9 9RR/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.
HOLMES BEACH ANNUAL: 100 steps to Gulf. Spa-
cious 2BR/1 BA, lanai. First, last and security. $795,
plus electric. Call 778-5412 or (585) 473-9361.
KING BEDROOM efficiency for rent. Short-term
.only. Night, weekend, weekly. Private entrance,
private deck. Nonsmoking, close to beach. Call 778-
3433 or 773-0010.
SEASONAL RENTAL: 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 713-0034 or e-mail:
ANNUAL RENTAL: North end of Anna Maria. 2BR du-
plex, newly renovated, no pets. Unfurnished. 778-6088.
QUASI (HOLMES) BEACH. Spacious 1 BR tiled annual
$850/month, first, last security or seasonal, $395/week,
plus tax. 778-1098.
SEASONAL OR WEEKLY cottage-style rentals. 1BR/
1 BA or 2BR/1 BA with pool. Walk to beach, shopping and
restaurants. 778-3875. Web site 2spinnakers.com
BOOKING 2005 SEASON: Perico Bay Club 2BR/2BA,
$2,500/month, three-month minimum or January only.
Call Martha, RE/MAX Gulfstream Realty, 778-7777.
FURNISHED STUDIO APARTMENT: $500/month,
plus electric, private, clean, steps from beach. Call
(813) 659-0320 or 778-4941.
BOOKING 2005 SEASON: Sunny Shores 2BR/
2BA, single family, bikes, fishing, boat ramp, one
mile to beach. $2,400/month. Call Martha, RE/MAX
Gulfstream Realty, 778-7777.
2BR/2BA GROUND-LEVEL duplex, three blocks to
beach, shared pool. Available April 1, $1,000/month
plus utilities. A Paradise Realty, 778-4800.
GULFFRONT 1BR/1BA ground-floor condo, full
kitchen, covered porch, available weekly April-De-
cember $750/week, maximum occupancy two. Call
Martha, RE/MAX Gulfstream Realty, 778-7777.
BEAUTIFUL TORCH LAKE, Michigan. Spacious,
secluded home on 10 acres. Lakefront with dock.
3.5BR/2BA, sleeps eight, big deck with view.
$1,800/week, monthly rates negotiable. Call (617)
AVAILABLE IMMEDIATELY 2BR/1BA, Holmes
Beach, near beach. $1,500/month or $900/month
for six month, includes utilities. Call 778-2556.
AVAILABLE NOW: 2BR/2BA townhouse with boat
slip, heated pool. $700/week, $2,000/month. Call
Real Estate Mart, 756-1090.
OFFICE HIDEAWAY Need quiet office away from
home? Centrally located at back of prime commer-
cial building, plenty of parking, private entry and
restroom, 300 sf $375/month, utilities included. For
information, call 745-0959 or 794-8991.
ANNUAL 2BR/2BA HOUSE, north Anna Maria. On
canal with dock. New appliances. Close to beach.
$1,250/month plus utilities. Call Smith Realtors,
ANNUAL UNFURNISHED RENTAL 2BR/2BA
condo in Pine Bay Forest. First and security, close
to pool, tennis courts. $900/month. Call 792-0973.
BEACH BLOCK ANNUAL rental 1BR/1BA in
Holmes Beach. Bright unit, great location. Don't
-miss this! $750/month. Call (609) 652-0170.
AVAILABLE NEXT SEASON: Beautiful home and
garden near Bean Point. Elevated, 3BR/2BA,
screened lanai. $3,200/month. Call (727) 906-8500
ANNUAL RENTAL 2BR/2.5BA townhouse newly
renovated across from beach. Heated pool, ga-
rage, washer/dryer. Includes water, cable. No pets.
$1,300/month. Call 792-6029 or 545-6124.
NORTH HOLMES BEACH annual, two blocks from
Gulf, 2BR/1BA, central air conditioning, fenced
yard, separate laundry hookup. $750/month, in-
cludes water/trash. $500 security. Call 778-5391.
ANNUAL RENTAL: Half-duplex, 2BR/2BA, steps to
beach, shopping and restaurants. Laundry facili-
ties. $825/month..Small or medium pets welcome.
Large deck. Call 778-0837.
THE PREMIER 2BR/2BA, second-floor condo in
the Moorings. $3,300/month. No pets, nonsmoking.
Reserve now. 778-9710.
SEASONAL 2BR/2BA townhouse condo with
heated pool, boat dock, laundry, phone, cable.
$495/Easter week, or $1,395 for April. Call 342-
EFFICIENCY APARTMENT across from Gulf.
$550/week, plus tax and cleaning deposit. Nicely
furnished, nonsmoking. Call 778-3320.
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BRADENTON BEACH fully furnished 1BR and ef-
ficiency apartments. Half-block to beach or bay.
Available April 1-November 30. Nonsmoking, no
pets. Great rates! 778-9002.
2BR/1BA CONDO, one block to beach. Beautifully
decorated, pool. $650/week; $2,300/month, plus tax
and cleaning deposit. Nonsmoking. Call 778-3320.
ANNUAL RENTALS: 1 BR/1 BA duplex with covered
parking, walk to Gulf, $680/month, most utilities in-
cluded. 2BR/1 BA duplex, walk to Gulf, $760/month.
2BR/2BA ground-level home, caged heated pool,
walk to Gulf, $1200/month. Take advantage of great
move-in specials! Call Island Real Estate, 778-6066.
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.
THREE LONGBOAT LOTS on General Harris
Street, total of 1.3 acres (MOL). Offered at $400K
each. Longview Realty, 383-6112.
SAN REMO SHORES condo, 1 BR/1 BA on canal,
just two miles to beaches. Turn key furnished. No
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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.
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.
BEACH COTTAGE RESORT 3BR owners home plus
three rental units. Great west of Gulf Drive location.
100 yards to beach. Walking distance to shops and
restaurants. For sale by owner. 111 36th St., Holmes
Beach. $1,100,000. 778-2071.
NORTH LONGBOAT KEY Gulfside single-family
community. Only three homes remaining. Commu-
nity pool, walk to beach, shops. Models open daily
10AM-4PM. Conrad Beach, 387-9595.
2BR/2BA WATERFRONT CONDO deep-water
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.
FREE FLORIDA VACATION: You purchase the
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.
5910 Marina Dr. Holmes Beach, FL 34217
Call (941) 778-0777 or Rentals 778-0770
1-800-741-3772 OPEN SEVEN DAYS A WEEK
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BfRADENTON HOME 2BR/1BA
starter or retirement home with
large family room. Newly remod-
eled including carpet, paint inside
and out, kitchen and bath up-
dated. Detached garage with
workshop and utility room. Extra
deep' lot. $118,900. Dial the
Duncans at 778-1589 eves.
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.
MT. VERNON CONDO 2BR/2BA, stand-alone
unit. Spacious, excellent condition. $149,500.
ANNA MARIA ISLAND CLUB 2BR/2BA, direct
beachfront. Elevator, pool. $825,000. Call 798-9000
or cell 224-6726.
MOBILE HOME IN 55-plus resort park. 1BR/1BA,
Florida room, updated kitchen. Remodeled bath-
room, 200 steps to the beautiful beach. Florida liv-
ing at a reasonable price at Sandpiper Mobile Re-
sort, by owner. Call 778-7516.
TWO VERY CRISP newer waterfront homes in the
Englewood area. 2BR/2BA, two-car garage, seawall,
no bridges buy this one for the price of a lot, only
$319,000. Also 3BR/2BA, two-car garage, with fam-
ily room and office next to tip lot, massive big water
views, seawall dock, 10,000-lb. boatlift, solar pool
(model condition), only $529,900. Get $20,000
buyer's credit each if under contract by April 11, can
be used as down money. Also seawalled double wa-
terfront lot $289,900. All are direct access, no bridges
or locks. Call (570) 943-2516, leave message.
SMALL WONDERFUL TRAILER in Pines Trailer
Park, Bradenton Beach. Totally rebuilt, furnished,
low monthly, boat dock. $22,000. Call 778-2820.
FISHING FOR a good deal? Look in The Islander.
TWO CONDOS in small, five-unit bradehnon
Beach complex. Unit 2 is a 2BR/1BA, ground
floor, $200,000. Unit 5 is a 2BR/2BA, up/down,
corner unit, new custom blinds, $300,000. 300
Gulf Drive S. Available April 1. For sale by owner,
net to us. Call (864) 226-4129.
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$699,000. inable. $1,950.000.
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park. Bay and Gulf steps away with small boat
dock, fishing pier. $22,000/offer. Call 778-1181 or
WEST OF GULF Drive. This 2BR/2BA duplex in
Holmes Beach is the perfect affordable Island get-
away. Beautiful Gulf beach is just one short block
away. Elevated with plenty of parking and storage
below in desirable area north of Holmes Beach.
Just listed at $395,000. Call Green Real Estate to-
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Anna Maria beach house. Move-in tomorrow. El-
evated 3BR/2BA, plus den and wrap-around deck.
Large work shed and three-car garage. Tropical
garden with citrus. $649,000. Call 778-1537.
OPEN HOUSE SUNDAY 1-4pm, first time by
owner. Beautiful saltwater view of Palma Sola
Bay/canal. Dock/V-lift, many amenities. Large,
updated, 1BR/1BA villa, partially furnished,
shows like a model. 3890 Catalina Drive, off
Cortez. $180's. Call 795-2599.
$375,000 HOME 2BR (possible 3)/2BA. Lowest
priced home in Holmes Beach! Won't last long.
Lots of potential. Two blocks to beautiful beach,
half-block to boat docks (dock available for your
boat). Quiet, friendly neighborhood. 90 by 90 foot
lot Room for pool. Large kitchen and living room.
Only for the Discerning Few:
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Lake-Bayou Front Direct Bayfront
$250.000 Turnkey Furnished $395,000 over 2,200 sq.It
1.874 sq It 3BR/2BA 3-Story 2BR/2 58A
Around $1,000 a month gets you on
your own private island. 168 acres of
nature preserve, two miles -of
waterfront, country club-like facilities,
Indian mounds, museum. Choose
from two prime locations.
DUPLEX WITH GREAT Gulfviews in Bradenton
Beach. Just remodeled 2BR/1 BA upstairs and 1 BR/
1BA downstairs. Over 1,500 sf. Dead-end street,
100-feet to beach. New deck faces beach. Asking
$495,000. Call Barry Gould at 778-3314, Island
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22 Title village in a 1979
Francesco Rosi film
23 Like a certain number
24 What was just laid in the
25 Working with turquoise
and ultramarine cloth?
28 Invoice amount
29 Connect with
30 Laundry job
31 Music bit
37 Ranch head
40 Where "Falstaff"
45 Leading figure
46 False god
48 Mideast carrier
49 "A stitch in time ...," e.g.
50 Terse tip for a street
55 Gold-medal speed
skater Johann __ Koss
57 Stripe wearers
59 Golfer called the Big
60 Chad toucher
62 Places to sit
65 Families may have them
69 "The sweetest gift of
71 Like some health
74 Wings it
80 Shoe material
83 Philippine province or
85 Strummed instruments
87 Rare bills
88 Informal Valentine
89 Bird tendon?
93 __ poetica
94 Barber's job
97 __ Newspapers
102 Small bags
104 Encephalitis cause
105 Actress Polo
106 Snick's partner
108 Pageant judging
110 On easy street
112 Nut taken directly from
118 Like bad coffee?
123 Cole Porter's "_
126 Singer Lenya
127 Make out an envelope
128 After-dinner selection
129 Fall sound
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11 Playing marble
12 Fall place
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15 Ore suffix
16 Driving danger
19 Small taxi
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27 Old map. inits.
32 Not the real Martha?
33 Swing wildly
34 Buffalo's AAA baseball
35 Leaning, in a way
36 What the inspector
gave the waste
38 Some sculptures
39 St. Louis-to-Indianapo-
40 Staples Center player
41 Attorney Gloria
44 They get fleeced
47 Elec. designation
53 Mountain road
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YOUR BEACH HOUSE IS READY!
Newly constructed direct Gulffront home.
Granite counters. Plasma TV, surround
sound, carved glass shower wall, four-car
garage with overhead door on the beach
side. Becky Smith or Elfi Starrett, 778-
2246. #100095. $1,899,000.
ISLAND DUPLEX Spectacular bay view
from second floor on the end of the canal
by the future Villa Rosa subdivision. 2BR/
2BA each. Short distance to Gulf. Laurie
Dellatorre, 778-2246. #92819. $749,000
ANNA MARIA BAY FRONT Lush tropi-
cal bayfront setting with 3BR/2BA older
home on a large 75-by-198-ft. lot with
deep-water dockage. Short distance to
beach. Remodel or build new. Dave
Moynihan, 778-2246. #93749. $945,000
HOLMES BEACH BEAUTY! Location!
Location! Spacious family home or Island
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drive, two deeded boat slips, updated
throughout,, solar heated pool/spa. Gina
& Peter Uliano, 358-7990. #94820.
ISLAND DUPLEX Meticulously main-
tained duplex, west of Gulf Drive. Steps
to prime beach. Each unit offers 2BR/
2BA, turnkey furnished. Large decks and
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ISLAND DUPLEX Elevated duplex 2BR/
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and balconies. Dave Moynihan, 778-
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Marty and Jan Hiller
705 North Shore Road, Anna Maria
The elevated living space in this new home has the kitchen, dining
area, greatroom and master.suite, all of them with views of the Gulf of
Mexico. Upstairs is an office/study, two bedrooms and a cupola
sleeping loft. Space has been left on the ground floor for a future
Tom and Chris Toilette
505 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria
This is a brand new house, completed last June. The living room has a soaring 26-foot peaked
ceiling. The kitchen and two bedrooms also are on the first floor. Upstairs are the master suite
and the family office. The view is spectacular landscaping and pool and Bimini Bay.
Andre Renard, Carol Whitmore
8324 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach
Art is a big factor in this house, with the entrance gates sculpted by Island artist Woody
Candish and owner Dr. Andre Renard's paintings hang here when he completes them
in the studio he designed as an addition to the original one-story house. The other
addition Dr. Renard designed has the master suite. Two guest rooms share the first'
floor with a large kitchen and living room. Carol Whitmore is mayor of Holmes Beach.
Jack and Katie Whelan
203 55th St., Holmes Beach
This is "Flamingo House," a renovated old-style Florida home whose
original deed goes back to the 1800s. It was a rental leaning toward decrepi-
tude when the Whelans bought it two years ago. Now it is a warm home
with stunning use of colors. The master suite opens on the patio and pool,
one of the deepest on the Island and in a style no longer built.
THE ISLANDER 0 MARCH 17, 2004 0 HOME/Lifestyle PAGE 3
Tour of Island
Five homes on the Island Saturday will see a
guest list far longer than any of their owners ever
imagined as callers show up for the 11th annual
Anna Maria Island Tour of Homes.
It will be from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. to raise funds for
the Anna Maria Island Community Center. Tick-
ets are $12 in advance, $15 the day of the tour.
Some extras are on the schedule a boutique,
afternoon refreshments and, of course, the annual
raffle of a quilt, sponsored by Green Real Estate.
This year's quilt is dedicated to one of its stitchers,
the late Irene Murphy.
"Tropical Treats Boutique" will have
handcrafted gift and home decor items at the
Ancher home, one of the tour houses, at 103 New-
ton Lane, Anna Maria. Also on hand will be re-
"Taste of the Tour" will be from 1:30-4 p.m. at
the Island's End Bistro, 10101 Gulf Drive, Anna
Maria, for $6. The Lou Pelletier Trio will play.
"Beach Breezes" is the title of this year's hand-
made quilt, sponsored by Green Real Estate of
Anna Maria and dedicated to the late Irene
Murphy, a dedicated quilt stitcher. It will be
awarded a lucky ticket-holder in a drawing at the
Ancher home at 3 p.m. Tickets are $1, or six for $5.
Additional information and a list of tour ticket
outlets may be obtained by calling 778-1908.
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Evan and Janet Ancher, 103 Newton Lane, Anna Maria
Janet Ancher is fond of crafting, and this new home was built to give her plenty of room. An interior stair
leads to the living room, kitchen and dining area, master suite and guest room. Up another stair is an open
loft, guest room and TV room, whose large deck affords a fine Gulf view. This home also is the site of the 2004
tour's Island Tropical Treasures craft boutique and tour refreshments.
Anna Maria tour stories: Jim Hanson. Photos: Paul Roat
... and garden tour to benefit orchestra, chorus
Six gardens will be open to the public for
the first Anna Maria Island Garden Tour,
scheduled from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. April 3 as a ben-
efit for the Anna Maria Island Community
Orchestra and Chorus.
Gardens to be visited are at the home of Rose-
mary' and Ed Ed wards at 804 North Shore Drive,
Anna Maria; Richard Beaupre's home at 620 Rose
Island Real Estate
Co-Top Sales Person 2003
St., Anna Maria; the home of Chuck White and
Mayor SueLynn at 426 Spring Ave, Anna Maria;
Deborah Heger's home at 503 65th St., Holmes
Beach; the home of Nan Sanders and Jennie Neill,
203 22nd St., Bradenton Beach; and Les and Ellen
Holst's home at 108 13th St. S., Bradenton Beach.
Tickets are $10 per person and may be pur-
chased at the Anna Maria Island Chamber of
Island Real Estate
Co-Top Sales Person 2003
Commerce, 5313 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach;
Bridgewalk Resort, 100 Bridge St., Bradenton
Beach; White Egret, 101 S. Bay Blvd., Anna
Maria; Ginny's Antiques and Art, 5600 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach; and Robyn's Nest, 7427
Manatee Ave. Bradenton.
Additional information may be obtained
by calling 794-5507.
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What is Island style?
By Eugene E. Aubry, FAIA
Special to The Islander
As long as there has been humanity, there
have been buildings. As long as there have been
buildings, there has been architecture. And as
long as there has been architecture, there has been
There are many different well-known styles of
architecture, of course. Among them are Antebel-
lum, Renaissance, Neoclassical and Art Deco.
And some may say there is such a thing as Island
Architecture. It seems like everyone is more com-
fortable if they can put a title to what the style of
their house is. But what actually is an Island
First, let's think about how you go about de-
signing a house. There are several popular ap-
proaches. You can get a "plan book" and go
through picking out your favorite layout. This is
much like buying off the Internet and, in fact,
some house designs can be found there. For a
slightly more personalized approach, you can go
visit your local contractor, who may have built
homes already similar to what you want or who
has hired an architect to design a few plans to put
on any lot anywhere.
Once you hit on the plan you like, you can
look at photographs or drawings of different
house elevations and choose something that fits
your idea of what an Island House should look
like. Unfortunately, when you are dealing with
bits and pieces of preconceived styles, you can
end up with a house that is simply a box with the
properly applied Key West-style accoutrements.
I believe a real Island architectural style can
only be found if you take the time to consider how
the house is going to be used and how it does or
will connect to and relate to its site how the
local environment (sun, rain, wind, adjacent prop-
erties, etc.) will influence the house. In the end,
after all of the above have been analyzed and con-
sidered as well as integrated into the way you
wish to live in the house, you can create a form for
your house, one where the overall proportions
and aesthetics are both exciting and pleasing as
well as practical.
Often when we talk about Island-style houses,
we think about places like Key West, Galveston,
the Bahamas and throughout the Caribbean,
which all have a great architectural history rich in
details appropriate for the climate. The great
houses, both large and small, were built at a time
when the rules of construction and conformity
were much less rigid. For example, in Key West
you can see elegant carpentry techniques utilized
in a three-story house, juxtaposed next to a quaint
Architect Gene Aubry designed his Spring Avenue home, which he shares with wife Janet, for the ultimate in
Island-style living. The pool is enclosed in a front-yard courtyard, where Gus the cat languishes. Islander
Photos: Bonner Joy
cottage with deep shaded porches and a metal
roof. These are both Island-style houses they
work with the weather, the location, the adjacent
properties, but also reflect the individual person-
ality of the homeowner.
The magic in these houses comes from a blend
of components: the variety of both size and indi-
vidual style, density, and the skills of the carpen-
ters that construct them. If you look closely, you
will find that materials used on these historic
buildings were used for strength, longevity and
artistic expression not because they were fad-
dish or fashionable, an unfortunate trend in
What is so important in an island house is
how you feel when you are there. By "there," I
mean not just inside of the house looking out, but
how you feel being on the site in your house. One
of our greatest and most under-utilized assets on
Anna Maria Island is the ability to grow incred-
ible vegetation, thus landscaping should become
integral to the style of your personal habitat.
Trees and plants like palms, oleander,,
bougainvillea to name a few, provide a mini-jungle
for living things. They also provide shade and
scale as well as a natural barrier to the sound of
traffic. Landscaping is the best investment you
can make in enhancing the overall character of
your home because it is very little money for ex-
tremely dramatic improvement.
It is so affordable that if you were to build a
larger home in an area of smaller ones in accor-
dance with local building ordinances, you can
bring in large landscaping to bring the scale of the
building into parity with the adjoining properties.
Because, most importantly, the vegetation you
PLEASE SEE ISLAND STYLE, NEXT PAGE
Gene and Gus greet visitor's at the gate.
The home of former first lady Rhea Chiles in Holmes Beach was designed with comfort and entertaining in
mind by Aubry.
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 4
select for use in your personal landscaping con-
nects your house with the area in which it is
Looking for examples of a true Island-style
house on Anna Maria Island is a challenge. There
are examples of earlier cottages, parts of which
were brought in on barges and placed on small
concrete block foundations in the sand. Over the
years, additions were often made to these houses
creating a blend of historical, contemporary and
individual styles. Sadly, in some cases, these ad-
ditions bear no resemblance to the original and
are so out of context architecturally as to become
jarring juxtapositions of fighting elements in a
style commonly known in our family (and stolen
from Amadeus) as "too many notes." It is not a
Today, unfortunately, when these cottages are
sold, they are often torn down and replaced by
massive, indescribable structures. This in itself
would not be so terrible if the buildings were
brought into scale using appropriate landscaping
and an attempt would be made to match or be
compatible to the materials used on nearby struc-
From an economic standpoint, I believe it is a
poor investment to build a "sore thumb" sitting in
the middle of a flat, shell desert. From personal
experience, many times over I know that the
house designed to fit its environment will be a
better investment every time.
For example, the idea of a grass yard here is
not appropriate. It takes chemicals, pesticides and
precious water to keep it alive, which drains off
creating environmental disaster all around. On
the other hand, trees and plants take little irriga-
tion to get going and then Mother Nature does the
rest often extravagantly so!
As you travel to other islands along our coast,
you find beautiful places where some roads are
actually tunnels through trees and where parking
is completely obscured by lush vegetation that not
only hides the ever-present automotible, but also
THE ISLANDER 0 MARCH 17, 2004 E HOME/Lifestyle PAGE 5
V The front entrance is inviting,
and hints of the artistic tastes
of its owner.
As Aubry puts it, "A house is
not just a place to live but
rather a home for ourselves
and loved ones. A home is not
Islandstyle just because it
exists on an island. In order
for us to have the true Island
House, the rules must become
less about telling you what
you can't do and more about
telling you what you can,
should, and must do to make
every home and building on
our island an Island Place."
provides great shaded paths along roadsides. You
can walk in front of homes that actually have
porches on which you can sit and be at one with
the passerby in a throw back to older, simpler
times when we had a strong sense of community.
Can these seemingly utopian ideas actually
happen in our Island cities? Perhaps, if we could
be more open-minded about the possibilities of
what our Island presents to us. We tend to be
overrun with rules and laws which tell us what
we can and cannot do, rather than how it can be
done to fit with our ideals of creating tropical is-
land paradise for everyone here.
We have missed the point. And badly. A
house is not just a place to live but rather a home
for ourselves and loved ones. A home is not
Islandstyle just because it exists on an island. In
order for us to have the true Island House, the
rules must become less about telling you what
you can't do and more about telling you what you
can, should, and must do to make every home
and building on our island an Island Place.
Architecture is, in the end, art. Many homes
here have all the possibilities of becoming great
"Island Houses." By simply looking very care-
fully at these houses and the sites upon which
they are built, we can play up their potential. Be-
cause they do have the potential to be wonderful
places to live, while still relating to our small-
town, island style. Bigger is not necessarily better,
although it can work in certain instances if it isn't
ugly, garish and out of scale and context with the
If you look at a few of the small villages on the
California coast, the early block-type houses have
been carefully and tastefully preserved, restored,
rennovated and expanded and the quality of the
community has been preserved as well. The prop-
erty values there are great and the living environ-
ment is superb. A great argument that less can be
more, both with regard to size and architectural-
Progress can come without compromising
historical value and individual style. That's really
what Island style is having a house that relates
to the town, the site, and the vegetation around it,
and relates personally to those who call it home.
In the past few decades there have been posi-
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marish ones. The possibilities remain endless here
to do more good and less bad building. And the
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history in tour
of historic homes
By Jim Hanson
For the first time in its century and more of
life, Cortez is inviting strangers into its private
homes for a peek at history in aid of a good cause.
Five genuinely historic homes they're on
the National Historic Register along with 90 or so
others in the village will be open 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday, March 27-28.
Admission is $12 in advance, $15 the days of
the tour. Tickets may be purchased by calling 708-
4935 during business hours, or 794-5919 evenings,
or at the Cortez Community Center, 4523 123rd St.
Ct. The center also is where the weekend's silent
auction and welcome reception for tour patrons
will be headquartered. Tickets are available on
Anna Maria Island at The Islander, 5404 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach.
The money will go to the best of Cortez causes,
final payment for the 95-acre nature preserve and
condo-buffer east of the village. The village's Florida
Institute for Saltwater Heritage must make the final
$63,000 payment in two weeks.
No need to drive between stops on the tour,
said Linda Molto, who has done much of the ar-
ranging of the village-wide event. Park and walk,
nothing is very far from anywhere in Cortez.
Parking is on the streets and the occasional
vacant lot and along the waterfront. Anywhere, in
other words, that space is open. Just be as courte-
ous as Cortez, which is courteous indeed.
Molto said homeowners will welcome guests
"as is," kids and pets and all.
The between-homes strolls themselves are
worth the trip, on narrow streets reminiscent of
very old days, amid lush subtropical foliage,
along a waterfront evocative of a shadowy aware-
ness of better times, better places.
Visitors are invited to tour the waterfront during the weekend of March 27-28 during the Cortez Village
Historic Homes Tour. Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 during the event. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy
Silent auction promises .big event in Cortez
There will be two days of bidding, some of it
no doubt frantic and all of it competitive, in
Cortez for the first annual silent auction.
It will be in conjunction with the Cortez Vil-
lage Historic Homes Tour from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat-
urday and Sunday, March 27-28.
Dozens and dozens of outstanding items have
been donated to the cause by businesses, service
companies, restaurants and individuals, said
Carole Schmidt, who has organized the affair.
Auction prizes run the gamut, she said, from
artworks to weekend resort guest packages to the-
ater tickets to jewelry to oil changes to kayaks to
children's stuff to haircuts to a giant weathervane
to ... name it, it's probably there, Schmidt said.
For maximum civility and minimum throat-
cutting, bids will be submitted by number, not by
name. To get their numbers, bidders need to reg-
ister at the Cortez Community Center, 4523 123rd
A bidder may submit as many bids on as
many items as he or she chooses, Schmidt said,
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Beginning its life in 1910 as a cottage built out
over the water, it was moved inshore five years
later and tied to the Guthrie grocery store and
bowling alley. The immigrant Swiss family of f
Henry Gaughie used it as an oldtime sundries
shop, offering candy and sodas and ice cream.
The 1921 hurricane which destroyed so much
of Cortez created an instant housing shortage,
and the building was moved again and remains
at that location as the lovingly restored home of
Marianne and Adam Ellis. An artist in several
media, he designed and fabricated the banana-
frond front gate, among other creations.
Marianne is a rental agent with the Anna MariaT
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The front door is rare for anywhere, particu-
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divided so the upper and lower halves may be
opened separately. As with so many CortezII"11t
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Wendy and Albert Gagne
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One of the best-preserved old homes in Cortez
has been nurtured by Wendy and Albert Gagne
into a center of friendliness and conviviality, some
of it under a canopy of fine oil portraits.
Like many old homes here, it has the high ceil-
ings so necessary in days before air-conditioning;
every window matches another for cross ventila-
tion. The kitchen is all original wood finish, the
fireplace is original, even the screen door it has
decorative fretwork that was popular here until
Pearl Harbor, when people decided it looked like
the Rising Sun Japanese flag and got rid of them.
This one survived, thanks to Mamie Fulford, leg-
endary cook who took in boarders to rear five
children after Clyde widowed her in 1918.
The generous pavilion out back makes this place
truly distinctive. A large deck wraps around two
sides of the building, and it houses an outdoor bar
and open-air playroom that is relaxation itself. The
Gagnes are gregarious hosts to all Cortez.
Sitting on a quarter of an acre, large in this
village, the yard is an ordered exuberance of sub-
tropical foliage with an old rebuilt pony barn and,
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Mary Fulford Green
4527 123rd. St.
Mary Fulford Green lives here, amidst her
own history and the long colorful record of the
historic fishing village.
She is a descendant of "Captain Billy" Fulford,
one of the original settlers here from North Caro-
lina before the 20th century began. Walton "Tink"
Fulford built the house in 1926 on land he bought
from his father, and he and Edith reared seven
children there, including Dr. Green. She and the
other Fulford offspring still call it "Mama's house"
out of lasting love for mother Edith the only
woman in Cortez who kept a cow so the family
had fresh milk and butter, Mary recalls, and who
helped rear an entire generation of Cortezians,
relatives or not. She lived in this house until her
death at 86 in 1996. Her picture and her husband's
hang in honor here.
Tink was a noted fisherman in a place of no-
table fishermen, and he built his home just yards
from Anna Maria Sound across the street from the
Fulford Fish House.
The original creosote wooden piers, six feet deep,
still support the building. The interior is being re-
stored by removal of modern paneling. The origi-
nal double-hung sash windows are intact, along
with the glassed doors. The exterior of the house
was prominent in the movie "Great Expectations,"
filmed in Cortez in 1996.
The house has been placed in a Dynasty Trust
for Dr. Green and her sister, Anna Fulford
Riddick, and they have pledged never to sell it.
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Gigi and Rick Ortwein
4428 124th St. Ct.
"Hoot" Gibson was a journeyman scrounger,
says the man who owns the house Gibson built bit
by bit with materials he got for free by scrounging
from other buildings, boats, even the sea bottom.
Gigi and Ricky Ortwein live in the house whose
most obvious feature is the stone with which it was
built. The stone came from dredging in Sarasota Bay,
the lumber was salvaged from a house destroyed by
a hurricane on Longboat Key, plus discarded boards
from a fish house, the guest house an old barn where Stone is f
once anchors were fabricated.
Gibson was a carpenter who ran an open-air
grocery, and he added to the house as the family ..
grew. Ortwein is a carpenter and he and Gigi have -'
spent 12 years perfecting their home. Not an in-
stant was wasted.
They opened the ceilings so their small
kitchen seems large under a ceiling that soars far
above the usual. Ortwein got more sea coquina
rock and extended the rockwork almost all
around the house. He built upper deckwork that
manages to be both simple and elaborate. They
completely restored and vastly improved the his-
toric house, and then went into the yard.
They have some of the greenest thumbs
around, and anything they plant grows so ro-
bustly they have to put in controls. Mainly their
controls consist of giving away all kinds of plants
up to and including royal palms. Their yard
makes a luxuriant subtropical setting for a true
gem of a home.
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Joyce and Ken Walker
12007 45th Ave.
It may be the most welcoming front porch
on the Gulf Coast, opened up from the darkness
of enclosure so it is now available and used for
what it was intended sitting. Rocking chairs
come in handy here, for the owners have reno-
vated this to be their retirement home.
The pyramidal roof of this extensively re-
stored house gives that friendly porch a tall
look, and that carries on inside with high ceil-
ings opened up by Joyce and Ken Walker. They
are at least the ninth family in the house since
it was built about 1914 by Roy Mann, a descen-
dant of the first homesteader on Longboat Key.
The Manns figure large in Cortez history, first
coming to the fishing village in the 1880s. They
"blew out" after the 1921 hurricane that hit
Cortez, moving to. St. Petersburg. With help
along the way, their house survived.
Now the heart-of-pine floors gleam like
new, and the fireplace is back after hiding be-
hind boards for 40 years. A roomy addition to
the rear houses a dining area and master bed-
room; faithfully copying the style and materials
of the original house, and it makes the home
much more livable.
The antiques inside give this a real Old
Cortez air, with a hand-operated wooden wash-
ing machine, an all-wood butter churn and
many other enviable items.
Antiques, like this butter churn, are evident.
The most common reaction to the Walker kitchen is a one word exclamation: Wow.
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