Islander (Anna Maria, Fla. : 1992) ( March 24, 2004 )

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Title: Islander (Anna Maria, Fla. : 1992)
Uniform Title: Islander (Anna Maria, Fla. : 1992)
Physical Description: Newspaper
Creator: Islander
Publisher: Bonner Joy
Creation Date: March 24, 2004


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

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Skimming the news ... Island Biz has news about Island companies, page 20

Anna Maria



"The Best News on Anna Maria Island Since 1992"

Curbside recycling to

start finally in [

Bradenton Beach
By Paul Roat
Curbside recycling is finally coming to Bradenton
Public Works Director Dottie Poindexter said blue
bins and white buckets would be distributed to sanita-
tion customers the first week in April, with collection
expected to begin later in the month.
Glass and plastic should be placed in the blue bin;
newspaper can be placed in the white bucket; alumi-
num cans should be placed in plastic bags, Poindexter
said. Recycling collection day citywide will be Thurs-
Cardboard boxes should be flattened and placed
near the recyclable material for pickup. Food contain-
ers should first be rinsed out to protect against insects
and rodents invading containers, Poindexter advised.
Items that may not be recycled include phone
books, junk mail, hazardous materials, aerosol cans and
Phase 1 of the curbside recycling program will in-
clude single-family homes and multi-family dwellings
of up to four units. Phase 2 will include condominiums Miin
Sand businesses that choose to participate in the recy-
cling program.
The recycling program will come at a price: City ge new
commissioners have agreed on a 20-percent increase in learned
annual sanitation charges to all residential customers, Shoppin,
and the bills should be in the mail just about the same
time as the recycling bins and buckets are being
dropped off.
The commission with little comment ap-
proved a residential charge of $150 per year, up from
the current $125. New charges for the various units

Duplex $150.
Condo apartment $150.
Residential condo $125.
Residential motel $150.
Motel unit $125 per unit.
Mobile home unit $150.
Rear-door pickup $300.
Commercial retail $125 per can.
Commercial business $1,120 per Dumpster.
There will still be no charge for collection of ap-
pliances, yard waste or tires.
Further information regarding the recycling pro-
gram may be provided by Poindexter at 778-3947.


Volume 12, No. 20

March 24, 2004 FREE

I it up
;lorist Jacquie Clark shows students from Kathy Grandstad's third-grade class how to mix colors to
colors not included in the standard watercolor paint set. The Anna Maria Elementary School students
various artistic techniques during a morning visit to the Anna Maria Island Artists Guild in the Island
ig Center. Islander Photos: Bonner Joy

7- i

Looming interest
Anna Maria Island Artists Guild member Gloria
Cropper demonstrates the art of weaving to third-
graders from Anna Maria Elementary School who
visited the Artists Guild Gallery in the Island Shop-
ping Center.

Sketch artist
Canadian snowbird and Anna Maria Island Artists
Guild member Claire Chevarie shares her expertise
in sketching with pastels and color pencils with
students from Anna Maria Elementary School.
Third-grade students walked from the Island school
to visit the Artists Guild Gallery in the Island Shop-
ping Center.

Police, parents keep tabs on Island sex offenders

By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Concerned about the recent abduction and murder
of 11-year-old Sarasota schoolgirl Carlie Bruscia, Is-
land police and parents are keeping a watchful eye on
any sex offenders who live on the Island.
According to information available at the Florida
Department of Law Enforcement's Web site for sexual
offenders, eight men convicted of sexual offenses, in-
cluding one listed as a sexual predator, live on Anna
Maria Island. The sexual predator lives in Bradenton
Beach, while five sex offenders live in Holmes Beach,
another in Bradenton Beach and one in Anna Maria.
While Florida law states a convicted sexual preda-
tor can't live near a school or school bus stop, the same
law doesn't apply for those convicted of a lesser sexual

The FDLE Web site shows a convicted sexual of-
fender lives just two blocks from Anna Maria Elemen-
tary School at 4500 Gulf Drive in Holmes Beach, and
another convicted sexual offender resides at 2916 Gulf
Holmes Beach Police, school officials and mem-
bers of the AME Parent-Teacher Organization are
aware that the man moved to 4500 Gulf Drive in 2003
from Bradenton, and HBPD Officer Pete Lannon said
the man is kept under watch as much as possible by
police. AME is located at 4700 Gulf Drive.
The 30-year-old man at 4500 Gulf Drive formerly
lived in Palmetto and Bradenton. He is described as a
white male, 5 feet, 6 inches tall, about 155 pounds, with
brown hair, blue eyes, and a tattoo on his left arm that
says "Cocaine Comanchie."
He was convicted in 1995 of burglary of a dwell-

ing with assault and sexual battery of an individual (not
a minor). He received a six-year sentence with five
years of probation. That incident apparently took place
in Palmetto, according to the FDLE information.
The individual has since had three misdemeanor
arrests, including one for solicitation of a prostitute. He
was arrested by the HBPD in January 2004 for misde-
meanor trespassing. The charge was eventually
dropped by the state attorney's office.
According to available records at the Manatee
County Clerk of the Circuit Court Web site, the subject
listed the Holmes Beach address and an address on
14th Street West in Bradenton when arrested in Octo-
ber 2003 by Longboat Key Police for various misde-
meanor offenses.

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Fire closes historic Waterfront in Anna Maria

By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
A pre-dawn fire Thursday morning, March 18, at
the historic Waterfront Restaurant in Anna Maria has
closed the facility indefinitely, co-owner Leah Suzor
The first unit of the West Manatee Fire and Rescue
District reached the building at 5:07 a.m., while the
second unit from the Cortez station arrived at 5:15 p.m.
Tony Frisco, an Anna Maria resident who was fish-
ing on the city pier at that time, saw the blaze close to
5 a.m. and called 911. The restaurant is located at 111
S. Bay Blvd. across the street from the pier.
Firefighters were able to extinguish the blaze be-
fore flames engulfed the entire building, but the three
firefighters on the first unit to arrive had to wait eight
minutes for the second unit coming from Cortez Road
before entering the structure. The fire gutted the
kitchen and spread through portions of the roof.
The fire appeared to start in the kitchen and moved
upward through the roof, but the cause and origin are
still under investigation, WMFR Capt. Ernie Cave said.
No one was injured in the fire and damage was
estimated at between $75,000 and $100,000, he added.
Suzor, who owns the restaurant with husband John
and other family members, said the restaurant closed
normally around 12:20 a.m. that morning.
She said she was waiting for insurance investiga-
tors to estimate the cost of repairs to the building,
which was originally built in 1922.
"We fully intend to rebuild, but we won't know
anything until the insurance people complete their es-
timate for repairs, she said. "We'll rebuild if the in-
surance people say we can. A lot will depend on
whether or not the building needs a new roof."
John Suzor said if the restaurant can be rebuilt, it
will have the same look as before the fire.
"We're very interested in preserving the historical
character and look of the building," he said. "Obvi-
ously, we have to wait for the insurance people, but our
plan is to rebuild exactly the way it was before the fire."
Leah Suzor said she was concerned about the loyal
customers and staff of about 30 people, who must now

Cool it
A firefighter applies water under the eaves near the kitchen of the Waterfront restaurant where smoke and
flames were still showing shortly after 6 a.m. Islander Photos: Bonner Joy

look for other jobs.
The fire could not have come at a worse time for
the business or staff. The restaurant was becoming very
popular in the two years it's been owned by the Suzors.
"Of all the months for this to happen. March has
been just tremendous for us, the best since we opened,"
she signed. "We'll just have to wait and see what hap-
pens and do the best we can."
Cave said that the three firefighters on the first unit
that arrived at 5:07 a.m. had to fight a defensive fire for
eight minutes and were prevented from entering the
building by the "two-in, two-out" rule until the second
unit from the WMFR Cortez Road station arrived eight
minutes later. Had there been enough firefighters to
enter the building on the first truck, there likely would
have been less interior damage, he observed.
A proposal by the WMFR district board to increase
the district's annual budget by about $1.5 million
through an ad valorem tax and add 12 firefighters to
meet the "two-in, two-out" rule was defeated by 128
votes in the district in early March.

Through the kitchen window
A fire investigator checks the area of the burned-out
kitchen of the Waterfront Restaurant following the
early morning fire Friday.


Fire district

to try again
By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
mbers of the West Manatee Fire & Rescue Dis-
ard and WMFR Chief Andy Price conducted a
)rtem March 18 on the 128-vote failure of the
,d ad valorem tax initiative for the district.
another way, said Price, the issue would have
if 65 people had changed their votes.
Price and the board aren't giving up.
day after the defeat, said Price, a number of ""
who voted against the measure called him and
;y would have voted "yes" if they had under-
iat the district wasn't asking for a 3.75 millage
;t that that figure would be the maximum the "People w
could implement. Board mei
ice they understood we only needed a .5 rate, the next ballot
d they would have voted for it," the chief said. "And we i
people called and said they were for us, just Tyler noted.
the 3.75 rate." Price said
also heard from some voters who thought the measure, but t
was getting a slice of the half-cent sales tax Cortez Road v
e, which also was defeated by the voters, district has to (
:e said if the measure is brought to the voters of what the pr(
t should not be with a 3.75 mill cap, but some- "We tried
and won, in March. observed. "W

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Historic homes, auction, 'surprise' top weekend in Cortez

Cortez is used to welcoming people who want to
see the historic fishing village and celebrate at festivals
- now it is opening its historic homes to visitors.
This weekend will see the first of what may well
become a fixture there, the tour of homes Saturday and
Sunday, March 27-28.
Along with the tour will be another winner, a silent
auction with a long list of impressive articles up for
bids at the Cortez Community Center, 4523 123rd St.
Ct. Bidders will register first for a number, which will
protect identities and avoid squabbles, said Carole
Schmidt, who is in charge of the auction.
Both the Cortez Village Historic Homes Tour and
the silent auction will begin at 10 a.m. both days, the
tour continuing through 4 p.m. and the auction wind-
ing up an hour earlier Sunday for tallying the winning
In addition to all the happenings, there is a recep-
tion planned at the community center during the entire
event with refreshments aplenty and afternoon enter-
tainment by an assortment of Cortez musicians, includ-
ing the Cortez Grand 01' Oprey.
The homes on the tour are as historic as homes can
get, all of them on the National Historic Register. The
village itself is on the National Register of Historic
Admission to the tour is $12 in advance, $15 on the
days of the tour. Tickets may be purchased at The Is-
lander, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, or at the
Cortez Community Center, or arranged by phone at
708-4935 during business hours, or 794-5919 evenings.
Patrons taking the tour are required to first check-
in at the community center to receive their "official"

tour map, which will include a sixth "surprise" home
- a well-kept Cortez secret until Saturday.
Parking is on the streets or in a large area across
Cortez Road from the village. Maps are to be provided
to ticket holders when they check in for the tour at the
community center, said artist Linda Molto, who has
organized the event.
And Molto advises, tour patrons must leave their
pets at home, especially considering the tour
homeowners will likely have their pets at home. She
also advises patrons to bring an umbrella for sun shade

The T-shirt
tells all about
the festivities
in Cortez this
Photo: J.L.

on their walk, wear comfy shoes, and if all that fails,
they will have a golf cart available to assist weary
Open for visiting will be the homes of:
Marianne and Adam Ellis, 4518 123rd St. Ct.
Wendy and Albert Gagne, 4512 121st St. Ct.
Mary Fulford Green, 4527 123rd St.
Gigi and Rick Ortwein, 4428 124th St. Ct.
Joyce and Ken Walker, 12007 45th Ave.
And, of course, a surprise location to be announced
at the community center on the tour map.

Rehab planned for Longboat Pass Bridge later this year

Don't expect to get to or from Longboat Key
with any great speed for the next six months or so.
Quinn Construction Inc. has been hired by the
Florida Department of Transportation to rehabilitate
the Longboat Pass Bridge linking Bradenton Beach
to Longboat Key. The $1.9 million project is sched-
uled to start April 26 and will take about six months.
"The work will require the bridge to be closed
at certain times," according to DOT spokesperson
Maryemma Bachelder. "The closings will be re-

stricted to overnight hours, when traffic is typically
lighter. Workers can close the bridge to traffic only
between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. Sunday nights through
Friday mornings. No closures will be permitted on
weekends at any time.
"The contract also limits the number of times the
bridge can be closed to traffic to no more than five times
during the project. Lane closures with alternating one-way
flagging may occur Mondays through Fridays from 9 a.m.
to 2 p.m. and from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m."

Work to be done includes a near complete
overhaul of the structural, mechanical and electri-
cal parts of the 47-year-old bridge. The steel
bridge deck will be replaced, pilings will be re-
paired, brake and span locks will be reconditioned
and the electrical system either rehabilitated or
A special public workshop on the project will
be from 4-6 p.m. Wednesday, April 7, at
Longboat Key Town Hall, 501 Bay Isles Road.

Wide range of goodies coming for April 24 'Affaire'

From gourmet dinner for 10 in your home to a
week in the Caribbean, 2004's "An Affaire to Re-
member" will have so much going for its auction it's
hard to imagine anyone going home from the event
The "Affaire," biggest furidraising event of the
year for the Anna Maria Island Community Center, will
be from 5-11 p.m. April 24 at St. Bernard Catholic
Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach.
Tickets are already selling very well, said the Cen-
ter, so it's best to get them while they last the event
sells out well in advance. Reservations may be made at

$125 per person at the Center, 407 Magnolia Ave.,
Anna Maria, or by calling 778-1908. That's the same
number to call if you wish to become an auction spon-
sor or donor.
A small very small sampling of items the
silent auction will feature includes:
A week at Marigot Bay, St. Lucie, in the Carib-
bean: two bedroom, two bath house with deck reveal-
ing a spectacular view of the Caribbean, walking dis-
tance to beach and restaurants.
A gourmet dinner for 10 in your home, prepared
by Chef Joe Evans, with choice of appetizers, salad,

entree and dessert at a mutually acceptable date. Plus
a copy of his new book, "Chef Joe's Most Requested
Recipes." Plus cleanup of kitchen and dining room.
One round of golf for two with National Basketball
Association referee Bob Delaney and Channel 40
weatherman Bob Harrington at Lakewood Ranch
Country Club, including lunch.
Day of fishing for six anglers with Capt. Chris
Galati aboard the 45-foot Cabo yacht "Team Galati."
Cajun dinner for 10 at your house, plus
autographed copy of recipe book from Chef Paul
Prudhomme and a package of spices.

Pre-register and pay in advance
at The Islander or at 6:30 p.m.
nt WMFR tntinn oNn 1

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Spring breakers ignore Island, thankfully

By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Island residents who might think there are already
plenty of visitors along with vehicles on Anna
Maria Island should breathe a sigh of relief. Colle ge
students on spring break this week are not expected to
discover the Island, at least not this year.
The annual migration of thousands of college stu-
dents from northern climates to Florida beaches this
week bypasses the Island, according to Susan Estler of
the Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau,
and that's just fine with the CVB.
"We really don't have the attractions that spring-
breakers want," she said, "and we don't go after that
market. For us, spring break is a family of four look-
ing for a quiet beach."
The college crowd goes to Panama City, Daytona
Beach, Clearwater Beach, Ft. Lauderdale or Miami,
observed -Estler, where beach bars and nightclubs
abound with live entertainment, plenty of cheap beer,
and there are large beachfront hotels and wide avenues
along the beach for walking, gawking or cruising.
"We don't have that on Anna Maria Island," she
observed, and the CVB doesn't advertise to that mar-
"This is a quiet vacation area for those who just
want to enjoy the old Florida feel and lifestyle. We tar-
get families and those looking for the quiet vacation."
Indeed, Panama City recently spent more than $4
million on an ad campaign to attract spring breakers.
'"That's fine," said Estler. "Let the spring break people
go there.There should be plenty of families and area high
school students on Anna Maria Island this week.
"We already seem to be enjoying an excellent win-
ter visitor season, and spring breakers might be hard-
pressed to find an accommodation, let alone something
to do at night," she added.
In fact, said Estler, feedback from many members
indicates this is already the best winter season since the
events of Sept. 11, 2001, put the entire Florida tourism
market in a downward spiral the past three years.
1During the 2001-02 -season after Sept. 11, winter

visitor arrivals to the Bradenton and Island declined by
more than 10 percent, a loss of an estimated $300 mil-
lion in the local economy.
"My impression from members is that this is a very
good season. The exact numbers (of visitors) will be in
soon, but everyone I've talked to has been doing very
well," she concluded.
Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce Execu-
tive Director Mary Ann Brockman agreed that the Is-
land is not a spring break destination and doesn't
want to be. Besides, the Island's doing quite well with-
out it.
"We don't need the spring break crowd and this is
not their type of vacation spot. And we seem to be do-
ing nicely this season without them," she added.
From member feedback, the Island "seems to be
having a wonderful season already," Brockman said.
While some retail trade is a bit soft, "motels and
restaurants are doing great," she added.
Brockman said the Chamber had 2,299 walk-in
visitors during February people looking for informa-
tion on lodging, restaurants, businesses and Island ac-
"That was a record for us," she noted. In addition,
the Chamber's Web site had 31,353 visitors in Febru-
ary, while 997 people called the Chamber offices seek-
ing accommodation information.
"There's been just a huge influx of people this
winter. We've been directing them to our members and
telling them to use the trolley and park their car at their
accommodation," Brockman concluded.
They must have heeded that advice, acknowledged
Ralf Heseler of the Manatee County Area Transit,
which operates the free Island trolley service.
Passenger counts for the trolley hit a record on Sat-
urday, Feb. 21, when 1,960 people used the trolley. More
than 30,000 people rode the trolley that month, he noted.
For this year, trolley passenger counts are up 17
percent over last year at this time, a good indication
there are a lot more visitors this season than last, he
"It would seem from the figures that there are quite

a few people on the Island," Heseler concluded.
Indeed, said Holmes Beach Police Chief Jay
Romine, who doubles as the city's traffic engineer and
sees Island traffic on a daily basis.
"I think it has been little bit busier [traffic wise] this
year. It sure seems like there are more people and cars on
the Island than the past few years," the chief observed.
Restaurateur Ed Chiles couldn't agree more.
Chiles, who owns the Sandbar in Anna Maria, the
Beach House in Bradenton Beach, and the Mar Vista
on Longboat Key, said this has been the best season for
his restaurants since prior to the events of Sept. 11.
"We've had good weather and that always helps,
and we've been full just about every night the weather
has been good. Thankfully, we had pretty good weather
in January and February, and March has been fantas-
tic so far."
Chiles added that while there may not be a lot of
spring breakers on Anna Maria Island, "we do see some
on the beach and a few do come to the restaurants.
"It's nothing like Panama City and the breakers we
get seem to be very well behaved."
Marge Moran at the Econolodge Surfside Resort
and Club Bamboo condominiums in Bradenton Beach
said the complex might have a few spring breakers this
week, but she's never had a problem with any of them.
"There's generally only a few, and they seem to
prefer our peace and quiet," she observed.
Any spring breakers arriving this week might have
to look hard for an accommodation.
Bookings at both the Econolodge and Club Bam-
boo have been excellent, Moran said, and she's had
many full nights this winter season.
"This March has been much better than last year.
It's been a solid season."
She did note that visitors don't seem to book far in
advance like they used to, and some walk-in traffic has
to be turned away on occasion.
"My advice is that if you're thinking of coming for
Easter weekend (April 9-12), make your reservations
now because we're starting to fill up for that week, as
is everyone else. It's looking very good."

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Spring is sprung
While winter on Anna Maria Island closely re-
sembles spring, with the beginning of spring March 20
came some beautiful weekend weather followed by
what will eminently be our last cool weather for many,
many months.
Spring may come north of the Mason-Dixon line,
but for us it's summer-like weather from here on out.
And a future of 95-degree-plus days for months on end.
Enjoy it and low power bills while you can.

Recycle now
Finally Bradenton Beach is coming out of the
"dark ages" and into the 20th, er, 21st century, to be-
gin its curbside recycling program.
It's been a long haul getting to the point where
expanding its service is a reality. Several past mayors
and former commissions professed to tackle the prob-
lem to no avail.
And then there was the blighted do-it-yourself re-
cycle trailer across from Coquina Beach, which was
more often than not hauled to the landfill due to con-
tamination of the recyclables.
Now it's into the future for Bradenton Beach resi-
dents, who will recycle more items than Waste Man-
agement customers newspapers, glass, aluminum,
plastics and cardboard. And put less in the garbage bin.
Better late than never. Recycle Now!

Bridge snub
It's deja vu all over again, as Yogi Berra would say.
The Florida Department of Transporation is set to
embark on six months and $1.9 million of repair work
to the 47-year-old Longboat Pass Bridge that require
the bridge to be "closed at certain times," and there will
be some daytime lane closures.
Yes. Closures. Although limited by the contract, it
will still entail some inconveniences to Key-to-Island,
and vice versa, commuters. We imagine restaurant/
motel workers and patrons to be most affected.
And here's the rub, a public information workshop
is to be held on Longboat Key April 7 regarding the
construction project, and apparently, once again, we of
Anna Maria Island are "chopped liver." (Left out.)
No meetings are scheduled here by the DOT to
show the scope of work or provide discussion with
project personnel.
Maybe the DOT is thinking we'll travel to
Longboat Key .... Ha! Maybe we should tell them it's
still season and we couldn't get back if we did.

The Islander
MARCH 24, 2004 Vol. 12, No. 20
V Publisher and Editor
Bonner Joy
V Editorial
Paul Roat, News Editor
Diana Bogan
Rick Catlin
Jack Egan
Jack Elka
Jim Hanson
Katharine Wight
V Contributors
Matthew Barnes
Gib Bergquist
Kevin Cassidy
Doug Dowling
Steve Huntington
Robert Noble
J.L. Robertson
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V Advertising Sales
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Rebecca Barnett
V Accounting, Classified
Advertising and Subscriptions
Julia Robertson
V Production Graphics
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V Distribution
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Service and more
We were very much looking forward to celebrat-
ing our 38ih wedding anniversary with two other spe-
cial couples Thursday, March 18, at the Waterfront
Restaurant. We had discussed our plans with the pro-
prietor, Leah Suzor, a few days earlier.
Like everyone else familiar with the Waterfront
Restaurant, we were greatly dismayed to hear about the
fire early in the morning of our anniversary day. We
were able to make other arrangements for dinner else-
where on the Island.
But our day was really made when we returned to our
accommodations to find a message on the telephone an-
swering machine from Leah. Despite the hectic day she
was obviously having, she had taken the time to phone us

to apologize tor not being
for dinner. She also offer
make alternative dinner a
What a marvelous ex
No need to apologize
to seeing you in a refur
next March.
Jim and Kathy Lynr

To the 84-year-old'
about our "pesky raccoo
know the raccoons are
land and are just another
tures put on this earth fc
Humans must lear
creature like all the othei
I would suggest keel
and securing your garbaE
the attack and they are
you. They are just hung
All the screaming r
noises. It's all part of life
exist in harmony with on
Jean Bystrom, Holn

Good concept
I recently attended the second meeting of Ward 2 of
Bradenton Beach hosted by our city commissioner, Lisa
Marie Phillips. In general the meetings are very informa-
tive and give all residents the opportunity to get any issue
of concern on the agenda for resolution or discussion.
I personally wish to thank Lisa Marie Phillips for
making all Ward 2 residents aware of important issues.
Hopefully the commissioners of other wards on the
Island will do the same thing for their constituents and
hold monthly ward meetings. What a difference this
concept could make to all Island residents and have the
end result of making this a true "island paradise."
Frederick W. Nill, Bradenton Beach .
What problem?

able to accommodate our group The process of systematic problem solving begins
-ed to do whatever she could to with careful definition of the problem. A recent meet-
irrangements for us. ing of the Anna Maria City Commission pertaining to
:ample of Island hospitality! the parking problem makes it clear that the "parking
ze, Leah, and we look forward problem" is'really a group of problems that are only
bished Waterfront Restaurant vaguely connected to the relative importance of the
problems in this group varied from speaker to speaker
i, Ottawa, Ontario and included littering, property damage, public elimi-
nation of human waste, protection of family values and
ons are OK
s ae too many vehicles for too few spaces.
'winter resident" complaining Under consideration at present is a solution that
ns" ....I just wanted to let you pertains only to the last of that group of problems. It
'fulltime residents" on this Is- cannot ever solve the others. In fact, the reduction in
one of God's fascinating crea- legal parking spaces proposed in that solution would
or a reason. seem to worsen the only problem that it does address.
n to live with this wonderful There are already laws that apply to this group of
- animals existing on this earth. problems which are faced by any community established
ping all dog and cat food inside within a natural recreation area. I left the meeting strongly
ge cans tightly. They are not on opposed to wasting any more time or money finding a
not trying to harass and scare solution to a problem that defies popular definition. The
ry looking for food. past 20 years have clearly demonstrated that any solution
noises at night are just mating conceived under these circumstances is doomed to failure.
and if we would all just learn to The only rational solution I have read removes all "no
ie another things would be a lot parking" signs except those necessary to the public and
enforces existing laws (Woodland Option 1).
nes Beach Fred Emmins, Anna Maria

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Refuting Phillips
Lisa Marie Phillips wishes to continue to publicly
condemn citizens in this community, defame our good
name, say that we don't care about our city, that for
some reason what we do for a living is dishonorable,
or that profit is bad.
I'm sick of her "publicly waged smear campaign."
If she wishes to deal with these matters in the paper and
continue to try to split the community, I too will join
the fight. I am up for protecting my rights and my
name. Grow up, girl.,
First, so that the citizens of Anna Maria Island
know the truth, I live and vote in Bradenton Beach. I
have previously lived in Holmes Beach. I have been a
developer on this Island for over 20 years. That's right,
I make my living doing something I truly love to do.
Seems like lots of people like what I do, they buy it as
fast as I can build it.
I have developed in that time period probably more
than all the other developers combined on this Island.
I have received awards from the government for envi-
ronmental protection. and preservation. The cities ap-
proved every single development that has been com-
pleted on this Island.
Lisa Marie "lies" to have the public believe that the
developers in this community do not live here and
don't care about the community. She would prefer to
make innuendo from her ignorance than find and tell
the truth. To my knowledge, the other three major de-
velopers all live and vote on this Island, some of us for
quite some time.
If Lisa Marie and her fellow commissioners be-
lieve they only represent the people that vote in the
majority, they are wrong. They represent all of the
property owners. They are ignorant to the fact that
as commissioners it is their responsibility to repre-
sent everyone in the community. A good leader gal-
vanizes the community, doesn't split it. Compromise
always wins.

Economics alone will run this city just as it does
every city. Every community feels they can force
"buyers" to purchase what they want them to pur-
chase. The simple truth is almost everyone would
prefer to live in a single-family home on grade. Me
too, but there are not enough of them to go around.
The value of even dilapidated housing is so high that
it will be purchased for the land value alone and
destroyed. That's just economics. Get it? Econom-
You can't stop change but you can direct it. I hope
the commissioners can find the right decision. I moved
here for the atmosphere. Atmosphere is the people's
attitude, not the buildings.
Galvanize the people and you will maintain the
atmosphere, split them and the money side will win, as
it always has. It is the nature of us Americans.
Reed Mapes, Bradenton Beah

Civility, please
"If you carry a grudge, how much does it weigh?"
Bits & Pieces, 2004 Winter issue, contributed by Bob
Perception is just that and current perception
from afar of Bradenton Beach and our officials is stun-
ning! What happened to the word "civility" that is such
an important part of the admonition our mayor reads at
the beginning of each and every city commission meet-
ing to those who show up to participate, as well as to
our city commissioners sitting on the dais?
To have such an ongoing uproar in commission
meeting after commission meeting is just unbelievable.
Who's to blame for letting this go on and on and on?
The attendees? The visitors? The developers? The
property owners? Reality is, the blame sits right in the
lap of some of our commissioners and other city offi-
"Our real values are expressed in our actions, in

what we do and how we do it," said Robert Rabbin,
business consultant and writer. Does anyone believe
we voted for any city official to act the way they are
acting, say what they are saying, do what they are
doing that is bringing scorn, contempt and ridicule
down on our small Island enclave? That's not what
we wanted, but that's certainly what we are getting!
There is an ethical way of doing city business and
to me, some of our city officials have forgotten just
what the word "ethics" and "civility" mean.
And the chickens have now started to come home
to roost!
Maybe it's time to think of the positive and look
forward to not that many months down the road when
we'll be able to once again head to city hall to cast our
ballots. Maybe this time we need to vote for "Tidy
Bowl" and a good house cleaning!
Ross Benjamin, Bradenton Beach

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E 8 0 MARCH 24, 2004 0 THE ISLANDER

MS won't appeE

By Diana Bogan
Islander Reporter
Fhe Island Middle School Board of Directors .
ed that it may not be wise to appeal the Mana-
'ounty School Board's decision to end its char-

Ihe IMS board has the option to appeal the
ol board's decision at the state level, but be-
-s the time and effort to do so would further de-
from the needs of the students for the rest of the
ol year.
'We only have 14 days to appeal the decision,"
Kimberly Holmstrom, a board member and act-
MS director. "It would be better to put our en-
and effort in making this a secure school for the
hinder of the year. We don't have enough re-
ces to fight an appeal and it would draw away
i what we can give our children."
rhe board agreed it would be in its best interest
ssolve the current IMS corporation at the end of
school year and work toward forming a new cor-
tion and applying for a new charter school for
>005-06 school year.
'rior to the end of the current school year, the
ol board will require several actions of the IMS


Two nominated

to FISH board
Wives were nominated to fill board vacancies due
to death and illness, during a long, sometimes spirited
meeting of the Florida Institute for Saltwater Heritage
in Cortez.
Alcee Taylor, lifelong fisherman and civic leader
of Cortez, is in ill health and may not be able carry on
full duties on the board of directors, it was brought out,
so his wife Plum was nominated to fill in for him.
Nominated to fill the vacancy caused by the death
of Ernie Bergman was his wife, Judy.
FISH treasurer Karen Bell said all the figures were
not yet in hand for the recent Cortez Commercial Fish-
ing Festival, but it appeared possible that the profits
could nearly reach the $63,000 final payment for pur-
chase of the FISH Preserve.
Still to come are the first annual Cortez Historic
Homes Tour and Silent Auction this weekend, from
which proceeds of $12 and $15 tickets will go to the
The Southwest Florida Water Management District
may still be interested in helping the Preserve through
purchase of development rights to assure that it will not
be developed, already the main goal of FISH.
Swiftmud originally made overtures to buy the prop-
erty, but Cortez and FISH were not interested.
That money could go toward purchase of some of
the 11 or 12 lots still in private ownership along the
borders of the Preserve, it was noted.

Irish honors bestowed
Irishman (and Holmes Beach city commissioner) Don Maloney, left, bestowed Irishman of the Year honors
upon John Corbett, who for many years has organized and led the Anna Maria Irish Ceili Dancers, at a
breakfast at the Moose Lodge in Bradenton Beach attended by more than 150 loyal Irish and friends of the
Irish. Past winners at the breakfast were the guests of The Islander, while Irish jokes, courtesy of Maloney,
and entertainment by the Ceili Dancers (rear), also highlighted the event. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy

Islanders celebrate St. Patrick's Day
More than 50 Islanders and friends loaded up last Wednesday for a trip to Gibsonton to celebrate St. Patrick's
Day. Among the crowd that boarded a bus on Bridge Street were, from left, Ken and Sherry Wiley, Dort Davis, Jim
Koster, Sheryl and Don Pampauch and Eileen and Ross Benjamin. Islander Photo: J.L. Robertson

The March 24, 1994, issue of
The Islander announced that:
The Coalition of Barrier Island Elected Officials
recommended to the Florida Department of Transpor-
tation that it close Cortez Bridge for 30 days for needed
bridge repairs, rather than a 30-week closing that would
leave just one lane of the bridge open.
Anna Maria Mayor Ray Simches has proposed an
Island-long sidewalk-bike path extending from Anna
Maria to the Longboat Pass Bridge. Planning of the
path would be funded through a grant, Simches said.
Seven months after the Florida Department of
Transportation said it would be completed, construc-
tion of the roundabout at the Gulf Drive-Bridge Street
intersection got under way this week. The roundabout
is part of the $500,000 Bridge Street rehabilitation
project funded through a state grant.

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A free Water Wise Expo & Gardening Col-
lege is scheduled for Saturday, March 27, at the
Manatee County Fairgrounds, 1303 17t St. W.,
There will be classes, exhibits, free garden-
ing information, promotional items, snacks and
more, said the county's extension service. It will
be from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Details may be obtained by
calling 722-4524.

'Home-style Bible' comes
to Island Baptist Sunday
Oklahoma rancher Les Feldick, who has taught
"home-style Bible" for 30 years, will speak at four
appearances Sunday, March 28, at Island Baptist
He will speak at the Sunday School hour, at the 11
a.m. worship service, and again at 1:30 and 6:30 p.m.
at the church, 8605 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Lunch
will be served after the 11 o'clock service for those
who wish to stay for the 1:30 p.m. gathering.
Layman Feldick said he has never had any formal
Bible training, speaks without'notes or lesson plans,
and teaches in five different cities each week. He also
has the "Through the Door" television program.
Further information may be obtained by calling

Paint-a-shirt workshop
next week at Center
A one-day workshop to paint a design of choice on
a shirt, top, or even a pillow will be from 1-3:30 p.m.
Wednesday, March 31, at the Anna Maria Island Com-
munity Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria.
Artist Suzie Cotton will instruct. Cost is $15 for
members, $20 for nonmembers, plus a $5 supply fee.
Further information is available at 778-1908.

Garden stepping-stone class
deadline near
The deadline is Monday, March 29, for registration
for the garden stepping-stone class at Anna Island
Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria.
Glen LeFevre will instruct the process from 1-
2:30p.m. Monday, April 5, and 1:30-2:30 p.m. Tues-
day, April 6. Cost is $55 for members, $60 for non-
members. Details may be obtained at 778-1908.

IMS thankful for Rotary tutors
Members of the Anna Maria Island Rotary Club
have spent the past several months volunteering at the
Island Middle School as reading and math tutors.
"The individual attention and instruction has re-
ally helped the students' academic progress, as well as
boosting their self-esteem" said IMS board member
Noranne Hutcheson.
IMS thanks Rotary members Mary Creamer,
Rosanne Creed, Hank de Jongh, Jim Dunne, Bob
McConnachie, Ed Misner and Wolfgang Nissen for
volunteering their time and expertise.
Hutcheson said the school welcomes all members
of the community interested in sharing their knowledge
with the sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade students at
To volunteer at IMS, or for more information, call
Religious art, artifacts sought
An exhibit of religious art and artifacts is scheduled
by All Island Denominations, which said it will be ac-
cepting such items from Islanders until Friday, March
Those with such offerings should phone the Epis-
copal Church of the Annunciation at 778-1638 before
5 p.m. Friday, said AID spokesperson Janet Clark. AID
is the organization of all Island churches.
The exhibit will be at the church, 4408 Gulf Drive,
Holmes Beach, from 5-7 p.m. Friday, April 2. Wine,
cheese and hors d'oeuvres are planned.


Nellie Marie Thurston
Fernandez Lundy
Nellie Marie Thurston Fernandez Lundy, 90, of
Holmes Beach, died March 15.
Born in Madelia, Minn., Mrs. Lundy moved to
Anna Maria Island in 1944. She was an interior de-
signer and decorator and co-owner of Driftwood Gal-
leries and Casa Fernandez in Bradenton. She was co-
owner of Marie Nelson Interiors in Holmes Beach.
Visitation and memorial services were March 20.
Griffith-Cline Funeral Home, Mansion Chapel,
Ellenton, was in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by daughters Dee Kermode and
Melinda Lampariello; son Richard Fernandez; step-
children Walker and Dan Lundy; sister Evelyn
Hammond; brother Charles Thurston; nine grandchil-
dren; four step-grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren;
and two step-great-grandchildren.

Art for art's sake, all welcome
Island artists have begun bringing their donations to The Islanderfor the annual benefit for art, For Art's
Sake, to be held April 1. Proceeds each year from the silent auction and reception have gone to Island
schools, and this year will benefit the art program at Manatee High School in recognition of contributing
artist/Islander/teacher Rob Reiber. And Reiber says his students will contribute to the event with a sale of
their works. The event takes place 5:30-7:30 p.m. at The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
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t long last, parking

space in Anna

aria, or maybe not
By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
[ard to believe, but the Anna Maria City Commis-
ippears on the verge of approving a parking plan
e city after more than 80 years of parking prob-
and endless committees and recommendations.
commissionerss at their March 17 parking work-
gave consensus for the go-ahead to the proposal,
ed "Plan X" by author and Commission Chairper-
ohn Quam.
Vell, four commissioners gave the go-ahead.
commissionerr Dale Woodland said the plan is too '
located and he wasn't going to vote for it if it ever, .
s to the commission as an ordinance.
yven Commissioner Carol Magill said she had ,
"reservations" about the plan, which pinpoints
parkingg spaces along streets within the designated
i-access zone. said that m<
'he original Baskerville-Donovan Inc. engineering dents who d
t had designated 271 parking spaces within the But Mil
in the BAZ
despitee reservations by Woodland and Magill, parking or r
ver, commissioners proceeded to look at spaces Cramer
in X street-by-street and hear public input on the parking ord
Int of parking, or no parking, on each of those quest no par
:s. that under a
irst up were the residents of Willow Avenue, who will be a cl
the street kept as it is, with open parking and no "exception"
rnot, cn~oc street or in 1


Could there possibly be a
more efficient way to run city gov-
ernment? This will be the focus of
The Islander's Better Government
Seminar at 1:30 p.m. March 24 at
the Island Branch Library in
Holmes Beach.
Hosting the seminar is Holmes
Beach City Commissioner Don
Maloney, a proponent of the coun-
cil-manager form of government.
It combines the political leader-
ship of elected officials with the
managerial leadership of an ap-
pointed professional manager to
effectively provide for the needs
of the community.
Maloney will be showing a pro-
fessional video made available by
the Florida League of Cities on the
various forms of government prac-
ticed in Florida.
The council-manager form of
government is the outgrowth of a
reform movement to overcome cor-
ruption in local government, the
basic idea of it being that if we

visit the issue of having all parking on
Gulf Boulevard as handicap spaces, as it
was for a number of years. Currently, no
parking is allowed on Gulf Boulevard,
and the former parking area is desig-
nated for loading and unloading.
Commissioners also discussed how
Plan X might affect commercial proper-
ties in residential areas.
SueLynn said she understood that
many motels in residential areas have
had their parking grandfathered in, but it

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 offi-
cials hire someone who knows how
to run a city.
Maloney and a committee of
local residents are seeking to put
on the November election ballot a
Holmes Beach charter amendment
that would change the present
strong mayor-commission govern-
ment in Holmes Beach to a man-
ager-commission government.
Maloney is also seeking speak-
ing engagements with Island
groups, civic organizations and
homeowner associations.
For more information or to
schedule a talk, call Maloney at
778-4865, or visit www.
A 6:30 p.m. session of "Better
Government" scheduled for the
same day, March 24, is canceled.

was something City Attorney Jim Dye
might look at if Plan X removes any
parking from the establishment.
After discussing parking on each of
the 34 streets in the BAZ, commissioners
agreed to proceed with another parking
workshop at 6 p.m. April 8, one hour prior
to the regular commission workshop.
The commission, said Quam, still
has a lot of work ahead, before the plan
is ready for Dye to write an accompany-
ing ordinance.
But Magill was concerned that the
commission was not hearing from
enough residents, particularly those who

Islander sponsors better

government seminar today

* Peppertree
* Beach
* Park
* Maple
* Oak
* Mangrove
* Cedar
* Willow
* Palmetto
* Palm
* Magnolia
* Gulf Blvd.
* Spring
* Pine

* Elm
* Sycamore
* Sycamore

* Coconut
* Fir
* Spruce
* Tuna
* Cypress
* Newton
* Jacaranda
* Jacaranda
* Jacaranda
* Fern
* Fern
* Gladiolus
* Gladiolus

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6 (3 and 3)
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7 (3 and 4)
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might want an exception.
Most residents in attendance, how-
ever, praised the plan as at least some-
thing the city is doing to solve the long-
standing issue.
George Lott of Oak Avenue said the
plan appears "acceptable" at this point.
Prior to adjournment, Miller, who is
promoting Plan X as a compromise to

Under "Plan X," streets in the
BAZ would have the following park-
ing spaces, not including any handicap
parking, (numbers in parenthesis indi-
cate spaces on each side of the road).

his permit parking plan, praised Quam
for going "beyond the call of duty" in
mapping out parking on each street in
the BAZ in Plan X.
"Let's call it the commission plan,"
said Quam.
Woodland said you can call it what-
ever you want, but he's still not voting
for it.

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MARY E. HAMEL was born in Los Angeles, CA on May 28,1935. She gradu-
S ated from Holland Hall School for girls, Tulsa, OK and attended the University of
STulsa where she was president of Delta Gamma Sorority and Pi Delta Epsilon, jour-
LI nalism Fraternity.
She wrote an insightful and humorous widely read opinion column called
Something Different for the Mattoon Journal Gazette for many years. She was also
very proud of being crowned first runner-up to Mrs. America in 1966 as Mrs. Illi-
nois. In 1968 she was named Regional Homemaker of the Year for Family Circle
Magazine. Mary E. Hamel also farmed and enjoyed renovating historic homes in
Illinois before moving to Anna Maria Island in Florida in 1999.
Surviving are children William B. Hamel, III of Clarendon Hills, Illinois, John
R. Hamel of Tampa, Florida and Mary Katherine Harrington of San Diego, Califor-
nia and six beautiful grandchildren. Surviving also is longtime companion Ernest
H. Clay. We all will miss you deeply.
h^ Donations may be made to *t H- '""d Schol- -
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The full details of Plan X,
along with maps showing the pro-
posed locations of each parking
space, are available at Anna Maria
City Hall for inspection.
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Across Europe

with Georgie Patton
Like many veterans featured in this column, it has .
n difficult the past 60 years for Holmes Beach resi-
it Harold "Hal" Bergstrom to talk about what he did
ing World War H. His wife, children and grandchil-
n know only that he was in the war, and served in
U.S. 3rd Army under General George S. Patton. .
And as with many veterans, Hal lost too many
-nds, had too many close calls, and saw too much
Ith and destruction to ever forget.
His odyssey to the 3rd Army began in Minneapo-
Minn., in the summer of 1942, where he was a stu-
it at the University of Minnesota and a friend of
Times Beach resident John Bacich, who was featured '
"The Greatest Generation" in the Sept. 24, 2003,
"I didn't apply for a student deferment, said Hal,
I was drafted into the infantry in August 1942. I U.S. Arm
Ain't want to avoid serving my country." right, po.
After basic training, Hal was assigned to the Trans- Germany
rotation Corps in Oakland, where he was a staff ser- German p
ant in charge of loading ships bound for the Pacific.
But the work was boring, and Hal craved a bit more
ion. division
"When you're young, you don't think about the Utah Bea

Today, Hal Bergstrom lives an active "retired" life
in Holmes Beach with Nell, his wife of 61 years.
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Greatest Generation

the Rhine at Mainz.
One night, he and some other soldiers found a
building intact, and settled down for the night. The
Germans started firing artillery rounds into the build-
ing and one came right through the wall.
"It was a dud. Had it exploded, we would all have
been killed. It's something I still think about to this day,
and this is the first time I've ever talked about how
close I came to getting killed. And that wasn't the only
close call."
From Germany, the 3rd Army moved through
Austria and was in Czechoslovakia when the war in
Europe ended.
During this drive, Hal saw some of the Nazi qeath
camp survivors, an impression that haunts him even
But even though Germany surrendered in May
1945, the war didn't appear over for the 26th Division.
"We all started training for the Pacific and were
being refitted when we heard,about the atom bomb
being dropped. Boy, we were a happy bunch, because

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France seeks

Normandy veterans
Are you a veteran of WWII? Did you help
liberate France? The Consulate of France is look-
ing for WWII veterans that took part in the
Normandy landings and contributed to the libera-
tion of France (1944-1945).
If you are in this category and have a com-
puter, please go to www.manateeveterans.com
and download the form entitled: Consulate of
France "Thank You America."
If you do not have a computer or access to
one, please contact Don Courtney of the Mana-
tee County Veterans Council at 745-9564. A cer-
emony is planned by the French Consulate in
Sarasota around April 18.

we figured a lot of us wouldn't make it through an in-
vasion of Japan."
Even though Hal has had a successful life, his war
experiences changed him completely.
"There was a lot of death and suffering. We were
all scared, but we'd do anything not to let our buddies
down. After a while, you just accept that at any time
you could be next. I was proud to be a part of that out-
Hal said he wasn't a hero, "but I served with a
bunch of heros."
When the war ended, Hal returned to Minnesota
and his wife and started a family along with a success-
ful jewelry business.
Bergstrom Jewelers has several stores in the Min-
neapolis area, including one in the Mall of the Ameri-
cas. The business is now owned by a niece.
The Bergstroms first came to Anna Maria Island in
1970 and retired here permanently in 1997.
"I still have a hard time talking about the war, and
this is the first time I've ever opened up about what
happened and what I saw. I still think about the war
from time to time, and get teary-eyed over some of the
memories and lost comrades. Why did I make it back
and not them?
"My kids look at my mementos and decorations
and ask how I got them, but I never really talked to
them about what I.did.
"This has been good for me to get it off my
chest. It was a long time ago for the young people of
today, but maybe they will remember us and what
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"I'm glad I did what I did. I have no regrets. I was
just one of the lucky ones and I still think of my bud-
dies who didn't come back. It took me years to get over
the impact of the war, but I would do it again if I had
For Hal Bergstrom and all the other veterans of
"The Greatest Generation," none of their stories will
ever bring them full closure to the war.
Let us hope their stories will at least bring them
"The Greatest Generation" column is for Island,
Longboat Key, Perico Island and Cortez veterans, man
or woman, who served in the armed forces of any al-
lied country (U.S., Canada, Britain, Holland, Norway,
France, Poland, Australia, New Zealand, the Philip-
pines, etc.) during World War II. We'd like to hear
from you. Please call Rick Catlin at 778-7978.

EEEC looks at

Pine Avenue

Members of the Anna Maria Environmen-
tal Education and Enhancement Committee
agreed at their Feb. 26 meeting to look into the
"feasibility" of improving the look of Pine Av-
enue through various plantings along the street.
Committee members will meet with busi-
ness and property owners along Pine Avenue to
discuss possible beautification improvements
and EEEC Chairperson Tim Eisler will report
these findings to Mayor SueLynn.
The committee also supports a management
plan written for Gulffront Park, located on the
Gulf between Palmetto Street and Oak Avenue,
and will work with the mayor to implement the
study required to write the plan.
If the city is unable to find the necessary
funds, the committee will consider underwriting
the cost of the plan.
The committee will also continue to work
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Island police reports
Anna Maria
March 13, 875 N. Shore Drive, Rod & Reel Pier,
alcohol ordinance. A man was cited for possession of
alcohol by a posted "no alcohol" sign.
March 18, Bayfront Park, alcohol ordinance. A
man was cited for possession of alcohol in a prohibited

Bradenton Beach
No reports.

Holmes Beach
March 12, 2900 block of Gulf Drive, battery. A
woman reported that her boyfriend beat her after he
returned home from a bar. The woman fled to the po-
lice station from her home after she witnessed her boy-
friend take 10 or more prescription pills and drink a
bottle of vodka at their home. Officers responded to the
home to arrest the suspect and found him unconscious.
He was taken into custody under the Baker Act and
transported to Blake Medical Center.
March 15, 300 block of 28th Street, criminal mis-
chief. A man reported that a woman he knew caused a
disturbance at his home and caused some damage to the
passenger side of his vehicle.
March 17, 4700 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria Elemen-
tary School, theft. Four traffic cones were reportedly
March 18,4500 block of Gulf Drive, criminal mis-
chief. A man reported a rear tire on his parked truck had
been deflated.
March 18, 100 block of 36th Street, disorderly in-
toxication. A woman called officers to report an intoxi-
cated neighbor who was behaving violently and who
was also naked in the street. The man continued to
cause a disturbance after officers advised him to stay
inside and was subsequently arrested.

'Dance the Night Away'
Friday at Palma Sola
A dance to raise money for the construction
fund for Palma Sola Botanical Park is scheduled
from 8-11 p.m. Friday, March 26.
Titled "Dance the Night Away," it will be in
the new Galleria Building at the park, 9800 17th
Ave. N.W., Bradenton. The Billy Rice Band
will provide music. Tickets at $10 per person
may be obtained by calling 792-8719 or at the

Beginners' watercolor class due
A new class for beginners in watercolor painting is
starting soon and registration has begun at the Anna
Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave.,
Anna Maria.
Beginning April 1, the class will meet from 1-3:30
p.m. for four Thursdays under the tutelage of Susie
Cotton. Cost is $60 for members, $65 for nonmembers.
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Beautification committee

takes time for education
By Diana Bogan
Islander Reporter
The Holmes Beach Parks and Beautification com-
mittee agreed to spend the beginning of each meeting
learning about the Florida Yards and Neighborhoods
principles of landscaping.
Committee member Debra Heger gave the group
an overview of the FYN approach and how it could
benefit the city.
First Heger identified the goals of the parks and
beautification committee as pursuing grants, identify-
ing eyesores, making recommendations to the city
commission and organizing the adopt-a-spot program
to beautify medians.
One of the constraints the group faces is that the
committee is only a recommending body and has no
authority. According to Heger, this means the commit-
tee must rely on persuasion and examples to effect a
Other landscaping hardships in Holmes Beach are
the climate, coastal weather and soil type.
Heger said, part-time residents who may not have
knowledge about what works best for landscaping an
Island yard may feel discouraged by poor results and
opt for alternatives such as rock and pebble yards
which don't serve the greater good of the neighbor-
Landscaping choices affect the efficiency of the
city's drainage systems and also impact water re-
Heger explained that water is a scarce resource that
may be more limited as municipalities continue to
grow. An average lawn requires the use of 8,000 gal-
lons of water per year, she said.
The FYN program helps residents implement land-
scapes that direct rain runoff to plants that need nour-
ishing and to utilize drought-resistant plants and low
maintenance alternatives.
Heger suggested the city could work on improving
its entryways and focal points within the city with land-
scaping. Heger showed photos demonstrating how little
landscaping exists throughout the city's focal points.
According to Heger, public perception of main
downtown areas will influence property owners.
Heger suggested the committee could recommend
an updated landscape ordinance that focuses on water
quality. That local groups could design and maintain
demonstration gardens around the city hall property to
educate the public and promote easy care landscapes.
The consensus of the committee is to keep learn-
ing about the FYN principals and in turn use the knowl-
edge to inform the public.


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Chamber fashion show Friday
Emmie Gallagher, almost 4, and Cortni Wash, 5, try out fashions at Sun & Surf resortwear for the Anna
Maria Island Chamber of Commerce's spring fashion show March 26. Emmie is modeling for Sun & Surf of
Holmes Beach, and Cortni is showing her AMI West outfit, as show organizer Sharon Alexander adds finish-
ing touches. The fashion show and luncheon, including an "avenue of shops" and raffle, will be at the
Bradenton Country Club. For reservations, call the chamber at 778-1541. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy

St. Bernard pancake breakfast
coming up on Sunday
The men of St. Bernard Catholic Church will spon-
sor a public pancake breakfast the last of the win-
ter season Sunday, March 28, at the church, 248 S.
Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach.
The event will be from 8-11:30 a.m. Cost is $3 for
adults, $1.50 for children. A bake sale will be in con-
junction with the breakfast. Details are available at

'Molar Gras' is tomorrow
Business After Hours, regular get-together for mem-
bers of the Longboat Chamber of Commerce, will be a
"Molar Gras" at a dentist's office Thursday, March 25.
It will be from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the office of Dr.
Robert Gordon, 7000 Gulf of Mexico Drive. Cost is $5
for members, $10 for guests. Details may be obtained
by calling the chamber at 387-9519.

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Butterfly, bird plants topic
on Saturday
Plants that attract butterflies and birds will be
discussed by Laura Schiller, wildlife biologist, at
the Pelican Man's Bird Sanctuary at 10:30 a.m.
Saturday, March 27.
The free program will be at the sanctuary, 1708
Ken Thompson Pkwy., Sarasota, off the south ramp
of the New Pass Bridge to Longboat Key. Additional
information is available at 388-4444.

Chicken barbecue Saturday
by power squadron
The Anna Maria Island Power Squadron is spon-
soring a chicken barbecue Saturday, March 27, at its
quarters at 1200 71st St. W., Bradenton. Cost is $5 per
person for the event, which will be from noon-3 p.m.
Further information is available at 778-8408.



Code violator 'responds' to Anna Maria charges

By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
An Anna Maria homeowner facing a $100-a-day
fine imposed by the Code Enforcement Board March
9 for not having mandated garbage-collection service
from Waste Management Inc. has finally responded to
the city, somewhat after the fact.
Mary Lease of 110 Palmetto Ave., who did not
appear at the March 9 meeting and had not previously
responded to repeated attempts by Code Enforcement
Officer Gerry Rathvon since last year to contact her,
sent a letter to the city dated Feb. 13, 2004. The city
received the letter March 17.
In her letter Lease, who has a permanent address in
Tampa, said she and her family have lived on Anna
Maria Island since the 1950s, when her father, the Rev.
Charles Lease, was pastor of the Roser Memorial Com-
munity Church.
She claimed that years after the Palmetto Avenue
cottage was purchased in the early 1960s, she received
a letter from WMI about collection service. She said
she wrote back to them saying she would not need their
At some point in time, although not mentioned in

her letter, Lease said she went to city hall and asked
about garbage collection service. She said she ex-
plained to the clerk that she did not live in the cottage
permanently and would carry her own garbage back to
Tampa. Her brother would do lawn maintenance. Lease
said the clerk said she was 'OK' and I left."
Now, she's addressing the problem, she said, and
"would not hesitate to conform to what is necessary to
keep the peace and do what's right..I do know that
Waste Management has never picked up anything from
my yard because I've never left anything out" for col-
Lease said she works for Continental Airlines and
has been out of Florida and the country since Novem-
She said a friend had informed her of notice letters
left at her Anna Maria house, and told her to contact the
city, but she was not in a position to call long distance.
"So I hope this suffices until we can meet. I'll forward
this to one of my friends to mail/deliver."
Lease concluded her letter saying she will return to
Anna Maria soon after coming back to Tampa in mid-
to late-March and "hope this is no longer an issue and
can easily be put to rest."

She asked that someone at the city respond to her.
But Rathvon has tried to contact Lease many times.
Regular and certified mail informing her of the
board's decision was sent March 16, but Lease has not
responded to date, Rathvon said. She's tried to contact
Lease on numerous occasions since last October,
through regular and certified mail at both the Tampa
and Anna Maria addresses, and notices were left at the
Palmetto Avenue property.
"I have again urged her to contact me" in the
March 16 letters, she said.
"The first thing she has to do is come into compli-
ance and contact Waste Management," Rathvon noted.
After that, Lease can address the fine issue with the
code enforcement board.
The fine imposed by the CEB was effective Feb.
25. As of March 24, Lease owes $2,900 to the city for
non-compliance with the city code that requires all resi-
dents to utilize the city's contracted service.
WMI charges a base rate of about $12.50 per
month for trash collection services.
WMI records presented by Rathvon at the March
9 meeting indicated Lease has never had any WMI
service, at least not since 1990.

Tlrtle lighting becomes request for all-inclusive study

By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
A discussion by the Bradenton Beach Corridor
Management Entity at its March 16 meeting of
turtle-friendly street lights along State Road 789
(Gulf Drive) turned into a request to ask the city
commission to fund an all-encompassing engineer-
ing study of a host of issues.
CME member Bill Shearon said the priority is to
determine where the city plans to install sidewalks
along Gulf Drive, then have the lights follow that path.
Bob Herrington of the Sarasota-Manatee Metro-
politan Planning Organization suggested the CME
first needs to see an inventory of where sidewalks

are already located on Gulf Drive and determine
where more are needed.
Herrington also noted that the Florida Depart-
ment of Transportation plans to resurface Gulf Drive
in the next one to two years, and the DOT in the past
has installed shelter pads for bus/trolley stops dur-
ing other resurfacing projects in the MPO jurisdic-
This might be a good time to get an engineer's
study done on the sidewalks and trolley stop loca-
tions, he said, because grant applications for any
MPO funds for sidewalks and lights are due by June
7, 2004.
Good idea, said chairperson Judy Giovanelli,

and let's include traffic calming areas and handicap-
accessible trolley stops in the study.
Funding for the engineer's report must be ap-
proved by the city commission, but there is $8,000
left in the capital street-improvements budget that
has not been used, noted Public Works Director
Dottie Poindexter.
"And my guess is this study will only cost about
$5,000," she added.
That's because Wilson-Miller, the city's engi-
neering firm, already has plenty of data from the
recently completed bike-path study and report.

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Penny Flower Show: $300 and many winners

The Penny Flower Show and Plant Sale at Roser
Memorial Community Church brought in more than
$300 for the sponsoring Anna Maria Island Garden
Those attending voted on their choices for best
flower arrangements by putting coins in receptacles at
each arrangement, and this alone raised $96.25, the
club said this week after tallying the totals from.last
Wednesday's event.
Plant sales brought in $243.50, plant raffle $31,
and club dues $35, for a total of $305.75.
Winners in the show were, listed in order of plac-
Super Mums Marilyn Shirley, Jean Taylor,
Dawn Haskins.
Green Mansions Marilyn Shirley, Susan
Elegance in a Basket Marilyn Shirley, Priscilla
Seewald, Susan Fernald.
In Oriental Fashion Susan Fernald, Jean Taylor,
Priscilla Seewald.
Springtime Susan Fernald, Margaret Art, Dawn
Fun With Food Jean Taylor won all three
Miniatures Kathryn Spencer, Jean Taylor.

The CME voted to have Giovanelli present a for-
mal request to the city commission to fund an engi-
neering study along S.R. 789 for a "comprehensive
pedestrian and safety enhancement plan" to include
sidewalk locations and upgrades; landscaping,
handicap accessibility, trolley shelter locations,
turtle-friendly street-lighting locations, and traffic-
calming locations and suggestions.
The study should be completed by May 10,
2004, Giovanelli said.
Mayor John Chappie said he would present the
request at the commission's first meeting in April.

Three of the Anna Maria Island Garden Club members and their entries in the annual Penny Flower Show,
from left, Priscilla Seewald, Susan Fernald, Mary Manion.

Anna Maria Elementary School menu
Monday, March 29
Breakfast: Pancakes with Syrup, Cereal, Toast, Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich, Fruit
Lunch: Ravioli with Garlic Toast, Ham and Cheese Sandwich with Cheetos or Peanut Butter and Jelly
Sandwich, Tossed Salad, Mixed Vegetables, Juice Bar, Fruit
Tuesday, March 30
Breakfast: Sausage and Biscuit, Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich, Cereal, Toast, Fruit
Lunch: Macaroni and Cheese, Fish Shapes or Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich, Roll, Tossed Salad,
Peas and Carrots, Fruit
Wednesday, March 31
Breakfast: Super Donut, Grilled Cheese Sandwich, Cereal, Toast, Fruit
Lunch: Turkey Gravy with Rice, Barbecue Rib on Bun or Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich, Tossed
Salad, Green Beans, Fruit, Happy Birthday Cupcake
Thursday, April 1
Breakfast: French Toast Sticks with Syrup, Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich, Cereal, Toast, Fruit
Lunch: Tacos, Turkey Stack Sandwich or Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich, Capri Blend, Tossed
Salad, Fruit
Friday, April 2
Breakfast: Yogurt, Cereal, Scrambled Eggs and Toast, Fruit
Lunch: Pepperoni Pizza, Breaded Chicken Patty on a Bun or Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich, Tater
Tots, Tossed Salad, Fruit
Juice and milk are served with every meal.

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Sunshine Eddie
Brian's Sunnyside Up II cafe at 9516 Cortez Road W. was recently purchased by
Eddie Ryan and renamed Eddie's Sunshine Cafe. Some of the staff include, from
left, Linda Fortier, Jackie Lovejoy, Gloria Barnett, Mona Graham, Charlie Ward
with owner Eddie Ryan. Islander Photo: Nancy Ambrose

Laundry by Lewis
Bay West Laundry at 627 59th St. in the BayWest Plaza was recently purchased by
James and Traci Lewis, and Traci, above, promises the store will be run as a family
business. Services include pickup and delivery, hand washing and even ironing, in
addition to self-serve washers and dryers. Islander Photo: Nancy Ambrose

Four years for Luigi at Da Giorgio's
Luigi Toth has been performing as a one-man band
at DaGiorgio's Ristorante at 5702 Marina Drive in
Holmes Beach for the past four years, and his
singing duets with owner Giorgio have become an
institution at the restaurant. Luigi's music includes
Italian favorites, jazz, pop and Frank Sinatra, among
others. Luigi plays keyboards and trumpet, and
performance hours are from 6:30 9:30 p.m. Tues-
day through Saturday. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy

Island girl is Prime One
When Holmes Beach resident Loretta Owens first
heard about the Prime One fat-burning and energy en-
hancement program offered by Advantage Marketing
Systems two years ago, she thought she'd try the plan,
since all other energy and supplement programs she
tried didn't seem to work.
"After six months, I couldn't believe the difference
in how I felt," said Loretta, "and I started telling people
how great the products were. People were soon asking
me where they could get the items."
Word got back to the AMS corporate headquarters
of her enthusiasm, and it was suggested that if she liked
the product that well, why didn't she become a distribu-
tor representative and get paid for that enthusiasm.
That was 18 months ago, and now Loretta is the
area distributor for Prime One, the energy formula that
also helps reduce "belly fat," and AM-300, the fat-
burning solution for the entire body.
"We call them the dynamic duo," she gushed.
Neither product contains ephedra, but are a com-
bination of herbs. The products are considered food,
and do not interfere with medication, she said.
Loretta usually sells her products over the Internet

New Duffy's turns 1
Duffy's Tavern at the intersection of 59th Street and Marina Drive in Holmes Beach recently celebrated its
first anniversary at its new location, after more than 30 years opposite the Manatee Public Beach. Joining in
the celebration were, from left, Pamn Geyer, owner Pat Geyer, Peggi Davenport and Polli Stroup. Islander
Photo: Nancy Ambrose

Primed for life
Holmes Beach resident Loretta Owens is the area
distributor for Prime One fat-burning energy
products and AM-300 fat-burning solution. Islander
Photo: Bonner Joy

and is currently offering a free 30-day supply of AM-
300 and the Prime One together.

Going pro
Lisa Altenbach, above, is the new manager at the
Storage Pros at 6801 Cortez Road W. in Bradenton,
while Tiffanie Burns is the new assistant manager.
For more information on Storage Pros, call 761-
9304. Islander Photo: Courtesy Storage Pros.

"People are always a little skeptical of claims, so
we're offering these products free for one month," said
Loretta enthusiastically. "You can't get any lower than
free," she added.
To learn more about Prime One and AM-300, call
Loretta at 778-2658, or visit her on the Internet at

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project in downtown Sarasota. He built upscale 38-
foot sport cruiser boats at Port Manatee amid battles
with the port, builds them and bigger ones now in a
Sarasota boatyard over which he and Sarasota County
are locking horns.
Most of all locally he is remembered as the man
who bought the old Sigma fish house in Cortez and
moved to turn it into Cortez Cove Marina, to the vo-
ciferous outrage of a number of Cortezians. They
were afraid his plans for some living quarters on the
property heralded condo-izing of the historic fishing
Those suspicions, and the controversy, may have
been laid to rest with his recent decision to sell the
property rather than take time from his other works to
fight the marina through. He gave native Cortezian
Karen Bell a two-month option on the property.
For more information about the bikes, call Volta
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Tour of Island Homes 'still counting'
Proceeds from the 1Ilth annual Anna Maria Island handcrafted gift and home decor items, reported
Tour of Homes last Saturday are still being tabulated, raising $4,300, and chances for a hand-stitched
but early numbers of some "$35,000 and still counting" quilt sponsored by Green Real Estate of Anna
indicate a success, according to a spokesperson for the Maria brought in another $4,400 with the winner
beneficiary, the Anna Maria Island Community Center. being Charlie Daniels of Anna Maria.
More than 1,300 tickets at $12 or $15 the day of The 2004 fundraiser exceeds the previous year
the tour weresold. slightly, but doesn't quite measure up to the record
"Tropical Treats Boutique," featuring $38,000 of 2002.

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By Jim Hanson
Islander Correspondent
Piero Rivolta, the restless entrepreneur whose
holdings include the controversial Cortez Cove Marina,
is moving into still another field: Electric bicycles.
They are ideal for barrier Islands such as Anna
Maria, he said, and he foresees a good market in many
parts of crowded Florida. They seem ideal for yacht
people, who need small, easily stowed land transport.
He should know, he's been a yachtsman most of his life
and recently completed his state-of-the art 90-foot cut-
He is persuasive about the bike, as about most
things he undertakes, and the bike is every bit as con-
vincing. It's named Volta, manufactured in Taiwan and
marketed through Hong Kong. Rivolta is the United
States importer.
It can be pedaled, run on electric power, or the two
combined in "pedal assist'" mode; that's where the elec-
tric motor in the front-wheel hub cuts in to help the
pedaler. It makes the human power seem stronger than
it is.
It is quiet, non-polluting, efficient, inexpensive
($1,299 tops), lightweight, comfortable, simple, eco-
nomical and easy to maintain, Rivolta said. Its battery
is good for about 30 miles per charge.
As bikes go it does everything but wash your
Rivolta may be about due for something everybody
can like, with no large minuses. He's been involved in
controversy ever since he sailed his 60-foot sloop here
from Italy in 1980 and settled on Sarasota's Bird Key.

He developed The Oaks luxury subdivision south
of Sarasota. He built and owns Parkway Collection
shopping center at University Parkway and Lockwood
Ridge Road, where University Bikes will handle the
Volta line. He was a co-founder and chairman of Flag-
ship Bank in Sarasota. He is building a 15-story condo


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targets kids'

bully behavior

By Diana Bogan
Islander Reporter
Parents filled the auditorium at Anna Maria El-
ementary School March 15 to learn about bully preven-
tion tactics from Jan Urbanski, a prevention specialist
for Safe and Drug Free Schools.
"Bullies and the Bullied" was the last of six safety
presentations organized by Holmes Beach Police
Department's community resource officer Pete
In her presentation, Urbanski defined bullying as
negative actions on the part of one or more students
toward an individual repeatedly over time.
Given this definition, Urbanski debunked some
popular myths about bullies. She said studies show that
all students have been involved in bullying 10 per-
cent as the bully, 15 percent as the victim, and 75 per-
cent as bystanders.
Studies also show more bullying activity takes
place in elementary schools versus middle schools, al-
though the intensity and severity get worse in middle
Most bullying is not physical as many believe it to
be and boys do participate more often than girls. An-
other myth is that bullies have low self-esteem, when
the opposite is true.
Urbanski said low self-esteem is the biggest myth
surrounding the issue when, in actuality, the bully has
great leadership qualities, although maybe misguided.
Bullying, Urbanski said, has to do with an imbal-
ance of power. The bully has more perceived power
whether he or she is older, taller, stronger, smarter or
more popular than the victim.
Bullying is also an intentional act by one or more
people toward an individual. Urbanski said it doesn't
happen by accident, "Bullies shop around for someone
they know they can get away with hurting."
And the bullying is never a one-time thing. The
bully will call the persons names, threaten them, knock
over their books or some other action every time they
see those persons.
Urbanski told parents there is a distinct difference
between bullying and rough play, or even real fighting.
Rough play is a normal activity among kids who may
tease each other, but the main point is that everyone

involved is having fun.
Fighting is a one-time conflict that can also happen
between friends. But bullying generally happens be-
tween students who are not friends and the bully or
group is always having fun at the expense of one per-
son who is not.
There are also several types of bullying activities:
Physical actions such as hitting, tripping, taking the
victim's homework or other belongings is actually not
the most common type on campuses.
The most common form of bullying is verbal taunt-
ing, name calling, extortion, threats and body language.
Technologically savvy students are also using Web
sites to create online slam books, e-mails and text-
messaging cell phones to swap negative comments or
embarrassing photographs.
Urbanski said cyber-bullying is especially preva-
lent at high schools but there isn't enough research yet
to determine at what age cyber-bullying starts.
Another form of bullying used by girls is relational
aggression. This type of bullying makes one person feel
excluded from a group. For example, girls may say,
"You can't be my friend if you're her friend." Or, a girl
may find herself suddenly excluded from the lunch
table for no apparent reason.

iurana finale
Cast members of the Manatee Player's production of "Tom Sawyer" ended their presentation to Anna Maria
Elementary School students with the song "Ain't Life Fine." Students learned a little bit about putting to-
gether a stage production, performing and the story of "Tom Sawyer" during the visit, which was sponsored
by the Friends of the Island Branch Library. Islander Photo: Diana Bogan

Stuart Nelson, a
retired Vermont
farmer and former
Islander, visited
third- and fourth-
graders at Anna
Maria Elementary
School to teach
teythem how maple
syrup is manufac-
tured and distrib-
uted. Nelson owned
and operated a
commercial maple
syrup operation in
Vermont before
moving to Florida.
According to
Nelson, Vermont
ranks No. 1 in the
United States for the
commercial produc-
tion of maple syrup.
Islander Photo:
Diana Bogan.

"Typically girls who are friends one day can select
one girl from their group to ostracize the next day with-
out explanation," Urbanski told parents.
The reason a student bullies another is because he
or she is looking for power and control. He or she likes
how it feels to have people look up to them. They of-
ten don't exhibit empathy for others and have a high
self-esteem not necessarily a healthy self-esteem.
In elementary school, Urbanski said bullies have a
lot of status and are often very popular. In middle
school, a bully's popularity wanes, and by high school
they have little popularity.
Urbanski said there aren't really any common de-
nominators that can be used to identify who will be a
bully and who won't. But some influences can be hav-
ing parents who either bully or give very little disci-
pline at home. Peer and media influences can also be
There are clear signs to tell if a student is possibly
a victim of bullying. Urbanski said a child no longer
wanting to go to school is a "red flag" for parents. The
victims are the ones with low self-esteem or may be
lacking social skills.
Victims may spend so much energy trying to stay
safe from a bully or figuring out how to stop the bul-
lying that he or she may begin to fail academically.
Kids believe that asking for help means they've failed
to solve the problem and that it will only make the
problem worse, Urbanski said.
Bystanders are the ones who really have the power
to change the school environment. Urbanski said all it
takes is for the 75 percent of the student body not di-
rectly involved to stand up and tell a bully that his or
her actions are inappropriate and to stop.
AME guidance counselor Cindi Harrison said she
utilizes a program called "Be Cool" that teaches stu-
dents how to stand up for themselves when confronted
by a bully.
Harrison said students have also been taught the
difference between "tattling" and "reporting" to en-
courage them to tell an adult when they see students
being victimized. Urbanski noted that part of the prob-
lem is that most adults are unaware bullying is taking
place. The incidents don't happen in front of adults and
students are afraid to report it.
Harrison also told parents that when school staff is
aware a student is being a bully, it is possible to redi-
rect his or her behavior into more positive avenues and
she's seen it work with students at AME.
Urbanski told parents they can learn more about
how to start a discussion about bullying at home from
a Web site that has information for kids and parents at
"Everyone should be aware that bullying is not a
normal thing kids should have to deal with," Urbanski
said. "You can make all the difference in the world in
how they handle it."


Real Estate

Island property sales
303 56th St., Holmes Beach, a 2,092 sfla / 2,610
sfur duplex built in 1971 on a short one-third acre lot,
was sold 1/20/04, Huth to Robuck, for $385,000.
3805 E. Bay Dr., Holmes Beach, #26 (aka 308)
Sunbow Bay 2, a 1,146 sfla / 1,247 sfur 2bed/2bath
condo built in 1979, was sold 1/22/04, Newbold to
Seventeen Motors Inc., for $292,000; list $339,000.
516 70th St., Holmes Beach, a canalfront 1,439 sfla
/ 1,979 sfur 2bed/2bath/lcar/pool home built in 1967
on an 85x103 lot, was sold 1/21/04, Harper to Dickson,
for $645,000; list $645,700.
520 67th St., Holmes Beach, a canalfront 2,038 sfla
/ 2,788 sfur 2bed/2bath/2car home built in 1972 on an
80x 110 lot, was sold 1/21/04, Kalinowsky to Foy, for
$525,000; list $529,900.
605 N. Point Dr., Holmes Beach, a canalfront
1,950 sfla / 2,948 sfur home built in 1982 on a 90x 110
lot, was sold 1/20/04, Lambert to Bishop, for $620,000.
622 Key Royale Dr., Holmes Beach, a 1,356 sfla /
1,924 sfur home built in 1967 on a 100x1_03 lot, was
sold 1/20/04, Cooper to Moon, for $465,000.
669 Key Royale Dr., Holmes Beach, a bayfront
2,710 sfla / 3,286 sfur 3bed/2.5bath/2car home built in
1971 on a 100x150 lot, was sold 1/23/04, Marshall to
Seventeen Motors Inc., for $1,090,000; list $1,250,000.
1325 Gulf Dr., Bradenton Beach, unit 138 Tortuga,
a motel conversion to condo, was sold 1/30/04, Tortuga
Partners to Cornwell, for $275,000.
210 83rd St., Holmes Beach, a 1,720 sfla / 2,376
sfur 4bed/2bath/lcar home built in 1972 on a 90x100
lot, was sold 1/26/04, Pike to Schon, for $395,000; list
237 Willow, a canalfront 1,616 sfla / 2,836 sfur
3bed/2bath/2car/pool home built in 1990 on a 75x148

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Alan Galletto and Jon Kent shared the hon-
ors as top sales agents for Island Real Estate
ofAnna Maria Island Inc. for 2003. Marilyn
Trevethan was leader in obtaining listings for
the company.
Wagner Realty's Anne Miller led in new
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lot, was sold 1/30/04, Sappenfield to Bernotas, for
$650,000; list $659,000.
246 Gladiolus, Anna Maria, an 85x101 lot, was
sold 1/30/04, John to Zdravecky & Rangel, for
$280,000; list $300,000.
313 N. Bay Blvd, Anna Maria, a five-unit complex
of main house of 1,848 sfla / 1,993 sfur built in 1916,
a four-unit building in rear of 2,744 sfla / 2,771 sfur
built in 1916, and, of course, remodeled, on a 58x1 10
lot, was sold 1/30/04, Sheriff to Sato, for $500,000.
3805 E. Bay-Dr., Holmes Beach, #26. (aka 308)
Sunbow Bay 2, a 1,146 sfla / 1,247 sfur 2bed/2bath
condo built in 1979, was sold 1/26/04, Seventeen Mo-
tors to Leggio, for $292,000.
708 Rose, Anna Maria, a 1,012 sfla / 1,012 sfur
half duplex built in 1971 on a 42x100 lot, was sold 1/
28/04, Pauly to Smith, for $200,000.
796 Jacaranda, Anna Maria, a 50x 105 lot, was sold
1/30/04, Atz to Albert, for $300,700; list $300,000.
8318 Marina Dr., Holmes Beach, a 1,134 sfla /

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1,694 sfur 3bed/2bath/lcar home built in 1958 on an
85x120 lot, was sold 1/26/04, Green and Jackson to
McGough, for $300,000; list $329,000.
1429 (aka 1427) Gulf Dr., Bradenton Beach, 17
Bermuda Bay Club 2, a 1,524 sfla / 2,622 sfur 2bed/
2.5bath/2car condo built in 1999, was sold 2/6/04,
Beachnaw to Theis, for $600,000; list $600,000.
211 71st St., Holmes Beach, a 1,344 sfla / 1,472
sfur 2bed/2bath duplex built in 1982 on a 54x104 lot,
was sold 2/4/04, Simons to Russo, for $320,000; list
242 Chilson, Anna Maria, a 1,260 sfla / 1,644 sfur
2bed/2bath/2car home built in 1973 on an 85x141
canalfront lot, was sold 2/5/04, Delcamp to Campisi,
for $575,000; list $599,000.
2911 Gulf Dr., Holmes Beach, a 1,650 sfla / 2,465
sfur 3bed/3bath/2car home built in 1979 on a 50x100
lot, was sold 2/3/04, Daniel to Hauser, for $305,0000;
list $319,000.
3402 Gulf Dr., Holmes Beach, 1 Gulf Beach Place,
a 1,197 sfla / 1,394 sfur 2bed/2bath condo built in
1987, was sold 2/3/04, Siebert to K6LR Properties, for
$385,0000; list $399,000.
3803 E. Bay Dr., Holmes Beach, 3A Sunbow Bay
1, a 1,456 sfla / 2,070 (aka 2700) sfur 5bed/3bath/lcar
condo built in 1977, was sold 2/5/04, Gamboa to Smith,
for $300,000; list $335,000.
411 Pine Ave., Anna Maria, a two-building duplex
of 792 sfla / 1,142 sfur built in 1971 and 616 sfla / 640
sfur built in 1973, all on a 52x 145 lot, was sold 2/4/04,
Goldstein to AMI Limited Co., for $415,000; list
Compiled by Doug Dowling, licensed real estate
broker, 778-1222, exclusively for The Islander.
Island real estate transactions may be viewed on the
Web at islander.org. Copyright 2004.


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Park, 10005 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Saturday,
Noon St. Bernard Guild "Welcome Spring" 8 a.m.
:heon at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. ing Colle(
bor Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-7865. 1303 17th
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Noon to 3:30 p.m. Duplicate bridge at the meeting a
a Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magno- Manatee F
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4:30 to 6p.m. "Educating Jane" teen girls life- Hall Park,
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10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tax assistance from AARP Maria Isle
VITA volunteers at the Island Branch Library, Bradenton
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Dawn Gurtner at the Anna Maria Island Commu- applies.
Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Infor-
on: 778-1908. Fee applies. Sunday, I
6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The Islander fishing class 8 to 11
Capt. Mike Heistand at West Manatee Fire & nard Cath(
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"The Artist Kip" exhibit by Islander Kip
Ackerman at Kaos Gallery South, 1122 12th St. W.,
Bradenton, through March 27. Information: 747-
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 Mu-
sicians" by Herbie Rose at Graciela Giles Studio,
1014 12th St. W., Bradenton, through March 31. In-
formation: 746-4469.
Glass creations by Linda Schmid at Island Gal-
lery West, 5368 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, through
April 10. Information: 778-6648.
Tax assistance from AARP and VITA volun-
teers at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach, every Thursday through April
15. Information: (888) 227-7669.
Watercolor.with Susie Cotton at the Anna Maria
Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna
Maria, through May 25. Information: 778-1908. Fee
For Art's Sake silent auction benefit at The Is-
lander April 1.
"Works from Open Studio" at Anna Maria Art
League April 2.
Religious art exhibit at the Episcopal Church of
the Annunciation April 2.
U.S.O. Show at the American Legion Post No.
24 April 2.
Anna Maria Island Garden Tour April 3.
Fashion Show at Village of the Arts April 3.

Herb sales at Garden Fest
The Manatee County Herb Society booth at Palma Sola Botanical Gardens "Garden Fest" March 13-14
offered a variety of herbs for sale by volunteers, from left, Roger and Sue Moury and Colleen Shapiro. The
event included sale booths for plants, water gardens and all manner of outdoor garden interests as well as

food and entertainment. Islander Photo: Nancy Ambros

Wild bird rescue training at Pelican Man's Bird
Sanctuary April 3.
April 3.
Organ recital at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church
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Gulf Coast Writers meeting at the Island Branch

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Stepping-stone craft class at Anna Maria Island
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Safe-boating class at the Coast Guard Auxiliary
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of us in the news business.
I learned a long time ago that keeping every scratch
of a pen in a notebook makes life much, much easier
no hunting for scraps of paper with that important
phone number on it, no digging through stacks of pa-
per for a name that was scribbled on a margin, no dig-
ging through a pile of business cards for somebody's
e-mail address -just put it all down in a notebook.
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pocket of a pair of pants and have a spiral binding at the
top. I number them sequentially by year, and in the last
few years I've been throwing out the ones from about
, three years back. I go through about 25 such notebooks
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binder, so he can go back through the index to find the
notes from a particular day or year. The practice always
made sense to me, but I've always been too lazy to
implement it and, quite frankly, it struck me as being
a little anal-retentive.
Which brings up U.S. Sen. Bob Graham per-
haps Vice President? and his infamous notebooks.
My friend Shirish Date has devoted a chapter in his
new biography of Graham to the senator's penchant for
note-taking. Graham, as you probably know, has been
chronicling his days for the past 26 years in small note-
books, a habit that made the national media during his
recent aborted presidential bid.
The media, it seemed, thought that listing what he
had for breakfast or how long it took him to get to work
every day was, well, weird. And this is from people
who take notes for a living.
Date writes in his new book about Graham, "Quiet
Passion," that the notebook scribbling started when
Graham started another of his trademark schemes as a
long-shot gubernatorial candidate. He planned to write
a book about his "workdays" the occasional day he
would spend working with the people doing all man-
ner of jobs and wanted to get the facts right.
Graham started taking notes. The habit stuck, and
he was never able to kick the Jones.
The senator uses notebooks originally purchased
from Eckerd. When he heard that the manufacturer was

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So now you know, probably more than you wanted
to, about Sen. Graham and his notebooks.
By the way, Shirish will be signing copies of
"Quiet Passion" at 6 p.m. Saturday at Circle Books,
478 John Ringling Blvd., St. Armands Circle.

Ran into an old journalist buddy over the weekend
at a beachfront watering hole/hotel. He works for a
newspaper in the Tampa Bay area, and brought some
house guests out to spend an afternoon lolling around
the pool, sipping cool adult beverages.
After the usual lament that none of us seems to
have enough time to spend any of it at the beach these
days, he mentioned that he had another familiar lament
- a whole slew of house guests were descending on
him in the next few weeks. (
One visitor, he said, was a reporter from London
who works mostly as an investigative reporter cover-
ing scandals, something that is probably more than a
full-time job in England considering the nature of tab-
loids there. The Brit also does some travel writing and,
since his newspaper has a daily circulation of better
than 8 million, what he says in the way of places to go
and things to do gets some serious attention.
In fact, he mentioned the Colony Resort on
Longboat Key in one of his travel pieces, and the ten-
nis resort saw 175 people charter a-plane to come visit
from London a while back.
Just then my buddy's friends came up and said that
management had just evicted them from the pool deck:
since they weren't Staying at the hotel. "Policy" was the
word that was used. You can drink at the bar, just don't
use any amenities that don't produce money for man-
"Oh, well," my friend said as they packed up and
left. "I guess I won't be bringing my Lonridon,.writer-
friend out here.":

Sandscript factoid
Bob Graham's brother, Philip, went to Harvard
Law School thanks to some string-pulling by Sen.
Claude Pepper. While there, Philip met and later mar-
ried Katharine Meyer, whose father was the publisher
of the Washington Post. Philip committed suicide in
1963; Katharine took over as publisher and guided the
paper through the whole Watergate mess.
As Shirish Date points out in his book, "Quiet Pas-
sion," "Which means, when you think about it, that but for
Claude Pepper, the Washington Post probably wouldn't
have had the stature in 1973 to have broken the Watergate
scandal. On the other hand, without Pepper, Philip Gra-
ham would not have been in a position to persuade Jack
and Bobby Kennedy to put Lyndon Johnson on the 1960
presidential ticket, which probably would have meant that
Richard Nixon would have become president that year,
which would have meant there wouldn't have been a
Watergate break-in in 1972. So never mind."

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Notes to news to newsworthiness: Sen. Graham's notebooks

going to discontinue the line, he bought up all the re-
maining stock.
As Date puts it, in a bit of Graham-esque detail,
"For the record, here are the basic notebook facts:
"Each notebook has 80 pages. Each white page is
ruled with 16 faint blue lines, which are spaces half a
hair less than one-quarter inch apart.
"The pages and both front and back covers are
exactly three inches wide and five inches long. Pages
and cardboard covers are rounded off at each bottom
comer with a half-inch radius, and each page and cover
has at the top 12 small, oval holes, through which a
wire spiral binds the notebook together. Each oval hole
is one-eighth-inch wide and five-thirty-seconds of an
inch long. The wire spiral, it should be noted, adds one-
quarter inch to the notebook, producing an overall
length of five and a quarter inches.
"This gives each notebook overall dimensions of
three inches wide, five-and-one-quarter inches long,
and 19-64ths of an inch thick, with a weight of 1.8
Date also added a footnote to his notebook descrip-
"The weight was measured using the electronic
scale at the United States Post Office at the northeast
comer of College Avenue and Bronough Street in Tal-
lahassee, Fla., on Sunday, July 27, 2003. The National
Weather Service at the Tallahassee Regional Airport at
the hour of the weighing showed a relative humidity of
93 percent. However, the Post Office interior was air-
conditioned, resulting in a significantly lower humid-
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eter in the publicly accessible area on weekends, so it
could not be determined what the interior humidity
was. Nor could it be determined what effect this low-


Fishing school Thursday at fire station in Holmes Beach

By Capt. Mike Heistand
You've still got time to sign up for The Islander
fishing school starting 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
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, or you can
pay at the door.
Cost is $35 per person, kids under age 16 admitted
free with a paid adult. Call 778-7978 for more informa-
And now for the fishing report:
Mackerel are the best bet this week, with lots of
hungry macks roaming near the piers and out in the
Gulf of Mexico.
There are still some big sheepshead out there too,
with some reports of catches up to 7 pounds. Trout are
big and hungry now as well, plus some small snook and

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winds cooperate, and snapper action is also good.
Kingfish should start their run along the coast any
day now.
Capt. Thom Smith at Angler's Repair on Cortez
Road said he's been fishing Palma Sola Bay and catch-
ing lots of trout, mackerel and bluefish on almost ev-
ery cast. Friday he went up to Miguel Bay and got a lot
of snook and redfish.
Bill Lowman at Island Discount Tackle said
mackerel are thick around almost every pier and bridge,
trout fishing is getting better every day, and sheepshead
are still being caught but are starting to slow. Offshore,
when the winds die down, grouper fishing is excellent
in about 90 feet of water. Snapper action is also good
and, although the kingfish run hasn't started yet, they
should appear any day now.
Bob Kilb at the Rod & Reel Pier said sheepshead
are still No. 1 at the pier, but there are also some
catches of pompano, mackerel, bluefish and some
small snook.
Cliff Alcorn at the Anna Maria City Pier said
fishers there are getting into mackerel almost every
day, with small spoons and white jigs working the best
as bait. Sheepshead are still being caught, plus some
small flounder, and there are also a few snook coming
onto the deck.
Dave Johnson at Snead Island Crab House said
he's seeing lots of small snook being caught, with a few
keepers and one 10-year-old youth reeling in a 31-inch
linesider last week. Mackerel are near the rocks in front
of Terra Ceia Bay, and there are still lots of big sheep-
shead being caught on the Port Manatee artificial reef
Capt. Rick Gross on Fishy Business out of
Catchers Marina in Holmes Beach said snook fishing
is good when he can get whitebait. He's also catching
a few redfish, some really big trout, and lots of Span-
ish mackerel.
At the Perico Island Bait and Tackle, fishers re-
port trout and redfish are thick on the seagrass flats in
the bays. There are lots of mackerel being caught by
boaters, although snook action is slow due to a lack of
whitebait on the flats so far.
Capt. Tom Chaya on the Dolphin Dreams in
Holmes Beach out of Catchers said he's getting his
charters onto keeper-size grouper, snapper fishing is
excellent right now, he's finding lots of Spanish mack-
erel, big trout but no kingfish.
Capt. Zach Zacharias on the Dee-Jay II out of
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shead, a few flounder and one kingfish.
On my boat Magic, Scottie Stoddard of Longboat
Key caught and released a 38-inch-long, 30-pound
snook last week, plus trout to 20 inches. We've also
been catching large sheepshead to 7 pounds, black
drum to 18 pounds, snook to 27 inches and redfish to
26 inches.
Good luck and good fishing.
Capt. Mike Heistand is a 20-year-plus fishing
guide. Call him at 779-9607 to provide fishing report.
Prints and digital images of your catch are also wel-
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Yankees bring all sorts of 'fans' to McKechnie

By Kevin Cassidy
Islander Correspondent
The New York Yankees baseball team made its
annual visit to McKechnie Field Saturday, March 20,
and delivered yet another sell-out crowd to the quaint
Bradenton ball park.
More than 5,000 fans of all ages, size and genders
came out hoping for a chance to catch an up-close and
personal look at multi-millionaires like Jason Giambi,
Gary Sheffield, Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez as they
took on the hometown Pirates. Autograph seekers,
memorabilia hawkers, true baseball fans and young
ladies hoping to catch A-Rod or Jeter's eye were
among the throngs that packed the stadium on Satur-
At the start of the game, the crowd was decidedly
in favor of the Yankees as a loud cheer erupted when
Jorge Posada scored on a single by Giambi for a 1-0
lead, but that soon changed.
Fortunately for the Pirate faithful in attendance, the
Pirates didn't lay down, despite the fact that the Yan-
kees pay A-Rod and Jeter more money than the Pirates
pay its entire team.
The Pirates scored single runs in the second and
third inning and received outstanding pitching from
five pitchers to earn an exciting 2-1 victory over the
team many consider the odds-on favorite to again win
the World Series title.
Though the presence of the Yankees certainly adds
a certain "buzz" to the air whenever they come down
to McKechnie, once a year is more than enough for this

Duncan, Island Lumber battle for top spot
After four Little League baseball games, it appears
to be a two-team race for the top spot in the major
league division of the Anna Maria Island Little League.
The two teams are currently tied atop the league with
identical 3-1 records. They have played each other
twice, with each team winning once, so this could be
a battle to the end. WMFD is currently winless, but it
has been competitive in every game so its fortunes

could make a turn for the better any time.
League action grounded to a halt thanks to spring
break, but the action will return after the kids go back
to school March 29.

Island Lumber 14, WMFD 6
Kyle Aritt scattered five hits and struck out six
West Manatee Fire District batters in five innings of
work to help lead Island Lumber past WMFD Monday,
March 15, in major league baseball action at the Cen-
WMFD took a 3-1 lead in the top of the first as
Aritt struggled with his control, hitting a batter and
walking two to load the bases for Blake Wilson. Wil-
son came through with a three-run double to score
Daniel Janisch, Zach Evan and Jordan Sebastiano.
Wilson's timely hit overcame one run scored for
Island Lumber in the bottom of the inning when Glenn
Bower doubled and scored on a passed ball.
WMFD added to its lead in the top of the second,
getting a double from Janisch and singles from Tommy
Price and Wilson that brought home Janisch and Price
for a 5-1 lead.
Island Lumber batted around to score four runs in
the bottom of the second, tying the score at 5-5. Bower,
Joey Hutchinson, Broderick West and Cammeron
Ellsworth each.scored a run, with Aritt, Daniel Riley,
West and Ellsworth getting hits. Aritt pitched a one-
two-three third, while the offense again batted around
to break the game open.
Island Lumber received a double and one run
scored from Zachary Facheris and Aritt and singles
from Riley and Hutchinson in the inning that brought
home Bower, Hutchinson and Patrick Facheris as they
managed to open up a 10-5 lead that would not be re-
Aritt ran into trouble in the top of the fifth when he
walked the bases loaded after striking out the WMFD
lead-off hitter. That brought Hutchinson to the mound and
all he did was induce a pop-out to the mound that he turned
into a double play when he fired the ball to third to catch
the baserunner napping for the last out of the game.

Hutchinson finished with a single and three runs
scored, while West went 2-for-2 with two runs scored
to lead Island Lumber. Bower doubled and scored four
runs, while Aritt, Zach Facheris and Ellsworth each had
hits in the win.
Wilson paced the WMFD offense with a double,
single and four RBIs, while Sebastiano doubled and
scored one run. Price singled and scored once and
Janisch and Evan each scored two runs to round out the
WMFD offense.

Duncan 12, Island Lumber 6
Steven Sylvester allowed only one run and five hits
in five innings of relief pitching Wednesday, March 17,
to help Duncan Real Estate hold off Island Lumber by
a 12-6 score.
Sylvester finished with 12 strikeouts while also
going 2-for-4, including a triple and two runs scored on
offense. Other offensive contributors included Max
Huber, who had a pair of singles and three runs scored,
and Dylan King and Kyle Crum who both added a
single and one run scored. Forrest Schield completed
the hit parade with a single and one run scored.
Troy Kazewski had a pair of hits, including a
double and two runs scored, to pace the Island Lumber
offense that also received a single and one run scored
from Broderick West and singles from Joey
Hutchinson and Matt Bauer in the loss.

Duncan 13, WMFD 11
Duncan Real Estate jumped on top of WMFD with
nine runs in the first two innings, then held on for dear
life as WMFD battled back to make a game of the Fri-
day, March 19, major league contest.
Cory Wash went 3-for-4 with one run scored and
Steven Sylvester had two hits, including a double and
two runs scored, to lead the Duncan offense that also
received a pair of singles and two runs scored from
Kyle Crum.
WMFD took the loss despite pounding out five
doubles among its eight hits on the night. Tommy Price

Todd Jones: Birdie Tebbetts 'Smart Player of Week'

By Steve Huntington
Islander Correspondent
While pondering this column during the off-season,
I originally thought I would honor the memory of Anna
Maria Major Leaguer Birdie Tebbetts with either the
"Smart Player" or "Smart Play of the Week." I would
describe something notable that I saw on the field and
include it with whatever other ramblings I could sneak
past my editor. But so far, the honor has applied to attach-
ing his name to the pursuit of baseball knowledge in the
form of a trivia question. Now this time I've got my Birdie
Tebbetts Smart Player of the Week, but let's continue with
a weekly question, too. Hey, why not? It's fun and it's
Question: Which player has played in at least a hun-
dred games in each of the last six seasons, for six differ-
ent teams? That's over a hundred games a year, and ev-
ery year for a new team. Hint: He went to the World Se-
ries with two of them, in 2001 and 2002. (Answer at end.)

The Closer
Todd Jones has been one of the premier closer in the
game. His 184 career saves places him 12th among active
pitchers and one more will break a tie with Kent Tekulve
and Steve Bedrosian to put him at No. 35 all-time.
But he had a rough
year in 2003, split between
Sthe Colorado Rockies and the
Boston Red Sox. For a vet-
eran these days, that often re-
sults in a minor league con-
tract with an invitation to
S spring training. Jones is hop-
ing to make the most of it
S/ with the Tampa Bay Devil
Jones Rays.
What distinguishes
him from the other players is that he writes a regular col-
umn for The Sporting News titled "The Closer." While
few players become members of the media while still in
their playing days, almost none do it with the printed word.
Jones was asked recently what keeps him going with

his baseball career. "What keeps me pushing is that ... the
game's trying to run me out of the game. I've got some
things left that I still want to try to accomplish. I have
every intention of making this team and helping the ball
club any way I can. I still want to pitch. I still enjoy it. It
still stinks when I give up runs and it still feels great when
I do good."
Asked if it was still fun to report to spring training,
Jones said, "Oh yeah. You know, it's funny when
you're from age 31 to 35, you don't like to talk about
your age. Then when you get to 35, you wear it like a
badge. Because when you look around at the guys in
the clubhouse, you wonder how many will be playing
when they're 35.
"I've had a lot of fun on this side of the fence, com-
ing in as a non-roster invitee and having to prove myself
all over again. The Devil Rays said they would give me a
chance, and all I can do is take a man at his word. So if I
get that chance, I think I can pitch on the team. We'll see."
I asked him if he enjoyed writing his baseball column.
"Yeah, I really do. Some weeks it ends up being therapeu-
tic. Some weeks it ends up getting me out of trouble and
some weeks it ends up getting me in trouble."
Jones opened up a hornet's nest last spring when he
wrote that he would not want a gay teammate.
"But I mainly do it for my 9-year-old son and my 6-
year-old daughter. When there are things that I forget
[from] when I played, I can always go back and look. I've
really enjoyed it. For a while I was a bad writer and didn't
really know what to write about. As I get a little older and
have a chance to play with a lot of guys, I'm always go-
ing to run into a story. I was in Detroit and if I had a block
I could always go to Ernie Harwell. And now I can go to
Zimmer here."
So does he see writing, or electronic media, as a ca-
reer after his playing days? "No, I don't think so. My
draw is that I'm a player. I'm a current player that can
complete a sentence and finish an idea. I'm not a big
enough name to have any juice after I'm done. [But] I
mean, if they want to give me the back page of Sports
Illustrated, I'll take it."
In a meeting earlier this month, Jones cautioned his

teammates in talking with the media about steroids:
"This whole controversy, the steroids issue, was started
by the players running their mouth, from Tony Gwynn
to Ken Caminiti and Jose Canseco. Now there are cur-
rent players. You know, why not build up the game? Be
a representative of the game that's been good to you.
Don't try to blow it up. I do that enough when I'm out
there pitching. I don't need to do it when I'm done, or
bitter, or got an ax to grind, or social agenda, or what-
ever. I just.think guys should respect the game and
clean it up if it needs cleaning up. Address it and then
move on, because it's a great game. I hate to see people
automatically assume 50 home runs [were made] with
a needle. It's tough to hear."
Todd Jones shared this insight with fellow Devil Rays
even before the players union warning to curb their
tongues. "Yeah, they put a gag order and they should.
There is so much media with the Internet and print, radio
and TV, you guys have to fill it. You put a microphone in
front of a young guy and he'll just babble and babble. You
got to try and help him out and not let him hang himself."
And it doesn't even have to be a young guy, I chimed
in, though clearly Jones is one who knows what he's talk-
ing about.

Baseball ballads
Songwriter Chuck Brodsky sings songs about base-
ball, among other subjects. He has nine of them in the
Baseball Hall of Fame's Sound Recordings Library. One
of Brodsky's CDs, Baseball Ballads, contains amazing
songs about baseball's clown prince Max Patkin, Fred
Merkle, Moe Berg, Dick Allen, and Dock Ellis' no-hitter
on LSD. The Philadelphia native is doing a Florida tour
this month (what a coincidence!), which brings him to the
Sarasota Sailing Squadron this Monday evening, March
29. For information, call 377-9256.

Mr. Year Contract
Answer: Reggie Sanders (Cincinnati, San Diego,
Atlanta, Arizona, San Francisco and Pittsburgh, 1998-
2003). He can make it seven teams in seven years this year
with St. Louis.

way with two doubles and two runs scored
Daniel Janisch singled and scored three runs.
wvan and Wyatt Easterling each added a double
e run scored for WMFD in the tough loss.

,nna Maria Island Little
ague baseball schedules
Time Teams
League (ages 9-12)
29 6:30 p.m. Duncan vs. Island Lumber
31 6:30 p.m. WMFD vs. Island Lumber
6:30 p.m. Duncan vs. WMFD
League (ages 8-9)
30 6:30 p.m. Bark Realty vs.
Morgan Stanley
6:30 p.m. Bark Realty vs. Betsy Hills
11:30 a.m. Morgan Stanley vs.
Betsy Hills

(ages 5-7)
9 a.m. Harry's vs. Beach House
10 a.m. Morgan Stanley vs.
Air & Energy

flajor League Standings
(as of March 19)
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CARPORT SALE Friday, March 26, 9am-2pm and Sat-
urday, March 27, 9am-4pm. Chemistry glasses and a
little bit of everything. 305 58th St., Holmes Beach.

FRIDAY-SATURDAY, March 26-27, 9am-3pm. House-
hold items, furniture, etc. 109 Cedar Ave., Anna Maria.

March 27, 9am-3pm. Tons of antiques, collectibles,
artwork, jewelry, bric-a-brac, furniture. Parking lot
of Niki's Antique Mall, 5351 Gulf Drive and Essence
of Time, 5306 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach.

YARD SALE FRIDAY-Saturday, March 26-27.
9am-1pm. Patio PVC furniture, girl's bike, clothing,
miscellaneous. 302 Iris, Anna Maria.

Beautiful Island dream home. 3BR/2BA.
16 ft. dock. room for a pool. $750.000.

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_TI-FAMILY MOVING Sale Saturday, March
7:30am-2pm. Exercise equipment, bicycles, CRITTER S
oor furniture, desks, desk chair, fax, etc! 424
* Ave., Anna Maria. as an island
pets with in
VEWAY SALE Thursday, Friday, Saturday, GORGEOL
ch 25-27, 8am-? Six TVs, assorted small appli-
as and furniture, party and household stuff. 210 checked. 9
St., Holmes Beach.

ATE SALE FRIDAY, March 26, 9:30am-2pm.
re contents of nice home, including some an- 1969 VW B
es and collectibles, dolls, French-style clock, work. $750.
os (one with credenza), custom jewelry. A nice Call 779-2C
. For more details see Shopping Guide. 6906
nes Blvd., Holmes Beach. 1996 TOY(
air, power.
{AGE SALE FRIDAY, March 26, 8am-4pm. 524 Call 778-41
St., Holmes Beach. Furniture, fishing equip-
t, tools, appliances, lots of miscellaneous. 524 FIND GRE
St., Holmes Beach. else in The

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Chilson Ave., Anna Maria. The Cadilla

ale looking for a job. Available after school and experience
weekends. Call Zachary, 779-9783. traffic Isla
EED A CHILD or pet sitter? Call one number and Franchise
it connected to three wonderful sitters! Tiffany,
ari, Holly. 778-3275 or 779-0793. REAL ES
tion, best (
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d certified. Enjoys playing with kids. Call
exandra, 778-5352. LPNS: YE
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LAND SPORTS BAR: All-year clientele. Beer/ PART-TI
he, good lease, smoking OK. $85,000. Confiden-n.-.
lity agreement required for details. Call Longview childcare t
.alty, 383-6112. have DCF

DEO RENTALS: Growing young business with pending up
od lease. Price will grow as business does, so science ba
w is the time to buy. Call Longview Realty at 383- 778-1908.
12 (confidentiality agreement required for de- FIT TO EP
Is). $60,000. tons. App
tions. App
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-RTIFIED HOME HEALTH aide: 14 years expe- SUMMER
nce with excellent local references. Compassion- August 10
9, caring male, experience in occupational able. Mus
arapy, massage therapy, physical therapy tech- music, dar
,ian. Contact Paul, 447-4752. Pays $7-$


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

JOURNALIST: New graduate? Part-time reporter
sought for city beat and features writing by The Is-
lander. Must have journalism education, experience
or background relevant to government reporting. E-
mail resumes to news@ Islander.org, fax 778-9392 or
mail/deliver to office, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach FL 34217.
ISLANDER CLASSIFIED: The best news in town
and the best results from classified ads and service
advertising! Check out the ads online at
www.islander.org Tuesday afternoons before the
print edition hits the streets!
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 gen-
erally assisting library patrons. It's fun, give it a
try! Anyone interested in our friendly community
library should call Eveann Adams, 779-1208.

Gulf Coast Islands Realty Inc.
International Residentia/ & 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)

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ast Bay Drive Holme

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Boyd Ar.Realty
EST. 1952
93 N. Shore Drive Duplex, theater
district, fully rented. $505,000.

302 Spring Ave. New renovations,
two blocks to beach, 3BR/2BA,

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

Sought-after 75th Street canal home -
tropical setting! $649,000.

End of 75th Street, open water view
on Bimini Bay! $999,000.

Cute! Cozy! Charming!
$139,000 to $795,000.

5BR/3BA bayfront! $1.2 million
CONTACT: Brenda Boyd May,
Licensed Real Estate Broker
Brandi Brady, Realtor Greg Ross, Realtor

778-8388 730-8589
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MAN WITH SHOVEL Plantings, natives, cabbage
palms, patio gardens, trimming, clean-up, edgings,
more. Hard-working and responsible. Excellent ref-
erences. Edward 778-3222.

LET US DRIVE YOU! Shopping, medical appoint-
ments, airports, cruise ports. Flat rates. Sunshine
Car Service. Serving the Islands. 778-5476.
computer misbehaving? Certified computer service
and private lessons. Special $30 per hour- free
advice. 545-7508.

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

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

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

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

100 Percent Occupancy -
. Listings Needed!

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

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 de-
pendable. Call 737-9111.
CLYDE TANNER PAINTING Inc.: Interior, exterior,
roof coatings, residential. 30 years experience.
Call 798-6985.
I DON'T CUT corners, I clean corners. Affordable,
dependable cleaning. Chamberlain Professional
Cleaning, 778-7770. References available.
CLASSIFIEDS ADS can be found on line at
McEVOY PAINTING: Frank McEvoy owner. Inte-
rior and exterior work. Free estimates. Call 750-
8467 or cell, 713-1208.
HOME SITTING: Retired Christian couple avail-
able anytime, references provided, local refer-
ences also. For information call, (770) 832-7319,
Tom and Gloria Ewing.
K.A.S. CLEANING: Employee owned, servicing
private homes, condo, rentals and seasonal
homes. Concierge services and home watch.



4BR/2BA Village Green family home. Freshly painted
inside and out, new carpet, vinyl and ceramic tile. Split-
plan, family room, screened porch, walled patio, two-car
garage, large corner lot, good schools. Short drive to
beach. Seller financing. $219,900.

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.

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

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

4BR/2.5BA home on extra lar lot. Totally
refurbished. Open l\V P tiful lanai,
two-car ga unity! Close to good
schools, sho ical, restaurants. Just a short drive
to beach. $279,900.

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

779-0202 (800) 732-6434

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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.

exterior. Free bids, local references. Call 778-3713.

DUTCH STAR PAINTING: Premium quality interior
painting. Residential and commercial. Registered and
insured. No charge for estimates. Call 755-5526.

GOING AWAY? Let me give you peace of mind
by monitoring your residence. Christian woman
and Island resident for 13 years. Can furnished,
references upon request. Call 778-5394.

EXCEL SPORTS: One-on-one instruction. Base-
ball, soccer, football, personal training. Profes-
sional/college players, coaches. Reserve your
lesson today. Call 773-6010.

CLASSIFIEDS ADS can be found on line at

ADULT FEMALE with car, can be a relief
caregiver for any age in your home. Can take you
to appointments, run errands, baby sit, house sit,
pet sit, whatever. Call 778-8282.

KEEP IT CLEAN: Residential cleaning service.
Weekly or biweekly. Five years experience. Great
references. Let me help! Call Debbie, 792-9439.

DISCOVER PILATES: On-going class at Anna
Maria Island Art League, 6-7pm Wednesdays, $8/
class, drop-ins welcome. Call 778-2099 for infor-
mation. Also at G.T. Bray Activity Center starting
March 16. Call 742-5974 for information. Certified
Pilates Instructor Preston Whaley Jr.

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the surf while sitting
*.'-. -t' *I- 2BiaB amongst the palms at your
10ts a island escape "your perfect
lll liii place in paradise". Tastefully
.updated 2BR home with
S.... many extras. Open floor
plan, great for entertaining! Wonderful second home or investment
property. Great rental history. Build up for views of the Gulf! Offered
at $537,000.
*s, of this ground-level Gulffront
!*'I designer decorated condo.
Stroll out your glassed-in lanai
f S r-.y _' :: -"' -" "~~' to the pool or pristine beach.
Take the fun to the tennis
courts or bring your own
boat. $649,000.
Jum ool, stroll to
enjoy enter-
"upr n key Zfurnished
Stownhome with its brand
new extra large deck. Priced
for a quick sale, $399,000.
AdorMbleIslandCottage Onby
0 ". ,^_ steps to the beach. Build up
-T-- .-~." i_ for gulf views. Great Invest-
ment opportunity! ONE OF
i Call today for a viewing.

Call Today!
1 (800)771-6043 (941)778-7244
5309 Gulf Drive Holmes Beach

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!
www.jackelka.com. 778-2711.

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

PIANO AND KEYBOARD lessons. Call Jack Elka,

SEWING: Get your sewing alterations done fast
and reliably. Hems, zippers, sleeves, waistlines,
cushions, etc. Reasonably priced. Call Jenifer
Catlin, 727-5873.

ISLANDER CLASSIFIED: The best news in town
and the best results from classified ads and service

TILE AND MOSAIC custom installation, 20 years
experience. References available. For a reason-
able price call Sebastian, 704-6719.

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


DESIRABLE WATERFRONT PROPERTY Endless possibilities for this
3BR/2.5BA home on Bimini Bay. 1,900 sq.ft. of living area, living
room, dining area and master bedroom open onto 1,400 sq.ft. of
caged pool and patio area. 100-ft. on deep-water canal. Oversized
two-car attached garage. Listed at $1,100,000.

BEAUTIFUL BAY PALMS 38R/2.5BA canalfront home recently up-
dated 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.
$7-T57000 $750,000.

Marina Pointe

Realty Co.

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

Storage Units Available!

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

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

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

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

Lawns, native plants, mulching, trimming, hauling,
cleanup. Island resident 25 years. Call 807-1015.

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

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

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

Wednesday's classified at noon on Tuesday at
www.islander.org. And it's FREE!

THE CAY Turnkey furnished
', 2BR/1.5BA. Deep-water canal to
Palma Sola Bay. Boat dock.
Heated Pool. IB96405
,: ,I, $425,000 BUILD YOUR ISLAND
DREAM HOME Canalfront lot
available in Holmes Beach!
6016 Manatee Avenue West, Bradenton
(941) 751-1155 (800) 778-8448
Visit our Web site at www.cbflorida.com



515 74th St. Holmes Beach
3BR/4BA canalfront home with
preferred Southern exposure.
Features an addition with a second
master bedroom suite or guest wing.
Cheery Florida room with vaulted
ceiling opens to screened lanai.
Two-car garage. 100-by-108-ft. lot.
Dock. $699,000.

Call Chris and John
| On the Water. Every Day.
Christine T. Shaw
John van Zandt, Realtors

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

2BR/3BA home with canal on two
sides creating expansive waterview.
Tropical setting, fruit trees, dock,
large curved screened lanai, terrazzo
floors. Short walk to the beach. Fall
in love with the Island ambiance of
this cozy home. $599,900. Dial the
Duncans at 778-1589 eves.

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

SHELL DELIVERED and spread. $30/yard. Hauling:
all kinds of gravel, mulch, top soil with free estimates.
Call Larry at 795-7775, "shell phone" 720-0770.

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

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

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

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

TILE TILE TILE. All variations of ceramic tile
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.

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

Came llia Properties
Vacation Rentals & Property Management
More than 35 Gulffront rentals to choose from.
Call us last! Best rates on the beach!

LaCosta Condominium Marbella Condominium
Family Friendly Gulffront Luxury
2-Bedroom Condominiums 2 & 3-Bedroom Condominiums
One-Week Minimum
Call For Rates and Availability
866-661-6622 or 778-8000

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

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

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

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

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

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.
Call 807-0028.

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

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PHONE: 941.778.6849*TOLL FREE: 800.778.9599
VACATION FAX: 941.779.1750
PROPERTIES. LLC Licensed Real Estate Broker Ann Caon
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3BR/2BA CANALFRONT HOME, pool, Florida room, 150 feet to
the Intracoastal waterway, partial bayview. $725,000. Call Ted
Schlegel, 518-6117 or Barry Gould, 778-3314.

GULFVIEW DUPLEX 2BR/1BA in Bradenton Beach. 100 feet to
the beach. $495,000. Call Barry Gould, 778-3314 or Ted
Schlegel, 518-6117.

WATERFRONT KEY WEST-style home, fantastic
north Anna Maria Island location, seasonal, $2,500/
month, $900/week. Bayfront cottages also avail-
able with docks from $1,500/month, $500/week.
Call 794-5980, or www.divefish.com.

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

VACATION RENTALS: 2BR apartments across
from beautiful beach, $375 to $500/week. Winter
and spring dates available. Almost Beach Apart-
ments, 778-2374.

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

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

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:

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

AZALEA PARK traditional 2-story home TOTALLY RENOVATED & REMOD-
w/over 4200 SF. 4-5BRs, library & bo- ELED! 3BR, den & pool. Gourmet
nus room. Quiet cul-de-sac in NW w/ kitchen, granite counters, wood floors,
community pool. $479,900. 748-6300. fireplace & extensive upgrades
Kathy Marcinko, 713-1100 or Sandy throughout. $464,000. Kathy Valente,
Drapala, 725-0781. 101227 748-6300 or 685-6767. 101286
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on a cul-de-sac, pool & large land-
scaped lake front lot? Then you've
found it! Call today for appointment.
$364,900. Joanne Jenkins, 748-6300
or 228-7878. 101558

1/2 acre cul-de-sac lot. Enjoy lakefront
scenery while relaxing on the patio.
Jacuzzi tub in master bath & newer
A/C. $299,000. Elizabeth Gardini, 748-
6300 or 356-0096. 101557

CUSTOM BUILT 3BR canal front home w/captivating Tampa Bay views. Newer pool
& private dock. $860,000. Ruth Lawler, 748-6300 or 587-4623. 101515
HARBOR HILLS vintage Florida home w/dramatic views of Warner's East Bayou.
$549,900.748-6300. Kathy Marcinko, 713-1100 or Sandy Drapala, 725-0781. 101352
SPECTACULAR 3BR pool home w/den. Over 3100 SF, custom built-ins, wood floors
& lush landscaping. $549,000. Kathy Valente, 748-6300 or 685-6767.101352
MANGO PARK 2-story home. 4/5BR, heated pool & front/back staircases. $424,900.
748-6300. Cindy Pierro, 920-6818 or Victoria Horstmann, 518-1278. 97907
BETTER THAN NEW! Brick paver circle drive & over 2200 SF. Across from Bradenton
Country Club. $349,000. Ruth Lawler, 748-6300 or 587-4623. 101329
BEAUTIFULLY UPDATED westside 3BR/2BA cul-de-sac home w/heated pool.
$295,000. 748-6300. Sandy Drapala, 725-0781 or Kathy Marcinko, 713-1100. 99729
NW BRADENTON 3BR split plan home w/fireplace. Newer carpet & tile. Entertain in
oversized lanai. $209,900. Colette Gerrish, 748-6300 or 713-6557. 94949
INCREDIBLE SPACE! 3/4BR home on 1/3 acre cul-de-sac lot. Over 2000 SF, fenced
yard & 2-car garage. $169,900. Ruth Lawler, 748-6300 or 587-4623. 101331
BEAUTIFUL GOLF COURSE VIEWS from this ground floor condo. Newer flooring &
A/C. Spacious living area. $129.900. Kathy Valente. 748-6300 or 685-6767. 100393

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VACATION RENTAL: 1 BR/1 BA duplex, three short
blocks to beach. Phone, premium cable TV, micro-
wave, washer/dryer, sleeps four. $1,800/month,
$550/week. Call 807-5627 or e-mail:
aalmengual @ msn.com.

level all-view home. Bean Point area. $3,500/
month, $1,500/week. Call Tom, (559) 760-1331.

BEACHSIDE: NORTH SHORE Drive on the beach
behind our house. Bean Point area. $2,500/month,
$900/week. Call Tom, (559) 760-1331.

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

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.

pool, cable, water/sewer and trash included. Old
Florida Realty Co., 778-3377, or Sharon 778-3730.

ANNA MARIA GULF beachfront apartment, vaca-
tion or seasonal. Lovely furnished interior, porch,
sundeck, patio, tropical garden setting, laundry, no
pets. Call 778-3143.

ANNUAL 3BR/2BA, washer/dryer hookup, $900/
month; 1BR/1BA, $650/month; 2BR/1BA, washer/
dryer hookup, carport, $850. No pets. Dolores
Baker Realty, 778-7500.

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

EL CONQUISTADOR 2BR/2BA, Available annually
and seasonally. Nicely located and furnished, ca-
thedral ceilings, screened lanai, washer/dryer. Ga-
rage storage. Golf. Clay tennis courts. Call 778-
3926 or cell 545-3097.

1 BA near beach. Six month minimum, $900/month,
includes utilities, 778-2556.

dryer, pool, nicely furnished, ground floor. Available
April. Call 778-9576.

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

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
(330) 686-8765.

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

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

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

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

eled, 2BR/1BA, bayview, steps to Gulf, covered
parking, laundry. $895/month. Call 778-5412 or
(585) 473-9361.

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:

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

Beach, near beach. $1,500/month or $900/month
for six month, includes utilities. Call 778-2556.

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 RENTAL 2BR/2.5BA townhouse newly
renovated across from beach. Heated pool, garage,
washer/dryer. Includes water, cable. No pets.
$1,300/month. Call 792-6029 or 545-6124.

floor condo in the Moorings. $3,300/month. No
pets, nonsmoking. Reserve now. 778-9710.

$550/week, plus tax and cleaning deposit. Nicely
furnished, nonsmoking. Call 778-3320.

2BR/1BA CONDO, one block to beach. Beautifully
decorated, pool. $650/week; $2,300/month, plus tax
and cleaning deposit. Nonsmoking. Call 778-3320.

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

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

PANORAMIC SKYWAY VIEWS from second-floor
loft in this annual rental in the City of Anna Maria.
Gorgeous bayfront home, available now. $2,500/
month. Call 778-3006.

ANNUAL RENTALS: 517 72nd St., 3BR/2BA
house, dock, pet OK, $1,400/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, water/pest/
cable included, available immediately, $1,200/
month; 117 Neptune, 2BR/2BA duplex on stilts,
small pet okay, garage, washer/dryer, $995/
month; 2104 Avenue B, 1BR/1BA duplex, fur-
nished, no pet, $700/month; Perico Island, 2BR/
2BA condo, first floor, pond view, carport, in-
cludes water/pest/cable, $1,200/month. Call
SunCoast Real Estate, 779-0202.

ANNUAL 2BR/2BA elevated duplex, two blocks
to Gulf. $775/month includes trash, washer/dryer,
storage area. Quiet neighborhood. First, last,
$250 security. Call 779-1112.

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Spacious and bright interior, great location. 12,100 sq.fl
00/month. Call 778-3006. Gated comic
dock for boa

LIABLE MARCH-APRIL 2004. 2BR/2BA, 6112, orGe
her/dryer, two blocks to Gulf, quiet area. THREE LO
50/month, $700/week. Call 779-1112. Street, total
each. Long
-AT MOVE-IN specials for annual rentals. 1 BR/
apartment, one block to beach, $630/month, SAN REMO
t utilities included; .1 BR/1 BA duplex close to just two mile
, $680/month, most utilities included; 2BR/1 BA restrictions!.
ated duplex, walk to Gulf, $760/rionth;- 2BR/ 795-5100 e\
home with lanai, caged heated pool, just a
t walk to Gulf, $1,200/month. Call Island Real LAGUNA Y
te for details, 778-6066. community o
beaches, trc
UAL RENTALS 1 BR/1 BA garage-top apartment, brand new c
furnished, $700/month. Also 3BR/2.5BA, direct plans and m
ront home with heated pool, totally renovated, three home
thing new, ready for immediate occupancy. Call Rudek or Mi
y Hills Real Estate, P.A. at 778-2291. 383-5543.

UAL RENTAL: Half-duplex, 2BR/2BA, Holmes THE SEA C
ch, washer/dryer, new tile. $825/month. Small Beach. Seiz
edium pets welcome. Large deck. Call 778- at preconstr
7 or 704-4591. plex of 8 in p

IRADE for next year: 2BR/2BA under-cover beach and (
ing, walk to beach. $2,250/month. Nicely fur- conies. Sara
ed, leave your stuff from season to season. randas. Lux
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MOBILE HOME IN 55-plus resort park. 1BR/1BA,
Florida room, updated kitchen. Remodeled bathroom,
200 steps to the beautiful beach. Florida living at a rea-
sonable price at Sandpiper Mobile Resort, by owner. Call
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 family 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 waterfront lot $289,900. All are direct access, no
bridges or locks. Call (570) 943-2516, leave message.

Park, Bradenton Beach. Totally rebuilt, furnished,
low monthly, boat dock. $22,000. Call 778-2820.

WALK TO BEACHES and city fishing pier! 2-3BR/2BA,
1,664 sf well maintained home, navigable waterfront to
bay/Gulf. Large corner lot. Dock, room for pool, newer
roof, A/C. Move right in. $595,000. Call Laura McGeary,
Coldwell Banker, 704-3708.

$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.

DUPLEX WITH GREAT Gulfviews in Bradenton
Beach. Just remodeled 2BR/1BA upstairs and
1BR/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 Vacation Properties.
spacious floor plan, hardwood floors, granite
countertops, gorgeous pool, screened patio and
lanais. Boaters' delight with 30-foot dock and lift.
2,990 sf living space. $1,100,000. Call Ramona
Glanz, 877-383-9700.
Gulffront development, newly refurbished, on-site
rental office, flexible rental program. Dennis Girard,
ResortQuest Real Estate, 809-0041.

RARE SPACIOUS Perico townhouse. 2BR/2BA up-
stairs, 1 BR/den/third downstairs. Designer furnished.
Gorgeous master suite. Tennis, pool. $279,000. Pre-
mier Florida Realty, 761-3720.
REMODELED 2BR/2BA townhouse complete with boat
slip, heated pool. $198,000. Real Estate Mart, 756-1090.
SUNBOW BAY 2BR/2BA condo, unobstructed bayview
corner unit. Newly turnkey furnished, heated pools, ten-
nis, under-building parking. Walk to beach and shopping.
By owner. $339,000. For information call 795-3778.
LOT FOR SALE: Cleared and ready to build. This lot is two
short blocks to the Gulf in the village of Anna Maria. Of-
fered at $295,000. Call Green Real Estate, 778-0455.
BAY AND GULF Waterviews and dock! One. block to
beach. Two distinctive R-2 attached townhomes. Quality
poured construction. Wow views of Island from roof. Lots
of options! Miss this and you'll be sorry! $869,000. Call
Laura McGeary, Coldwell Banker, 704-3708.
WATERFRONT AND VIEWS! One-half, distinctive, fur-
nished townhome. Amazing construction. Bay/inlet views.
Island panoramic views. Dock with jet-ski lift. Party wall or
condo conversion. $575,000. Call Laura McGeary,
Coldwell Banker, 704-3708.

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Secluded Steps from beach Exquisite Views
* Rare opportunity to own established turnkey rental property
* Top floor 2BR/2BA with breathtaking Gulfviews. Enjoy sunset
afterglow from private deck.
* First floor 2BR with den or use as third bedroom, 2BA, partial
Gulfviews and private porch
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/ This house was home to the greatest Cub fan in Florida history. What
does that mean? If you're a White Sox or Yankees fan, don't even think
about it, move on to the next ad pal!

2 UN Inspectors have confirmed: No WMD's at this address either!

3 The only Island address where there has ever been an Elvis sighting!

'that isn't enough think about this, it sits on a great street where all the
homes on this side of the canal are offset so the views to the bay and the
sunrises won't ever be disturbed. It's private yet only a half-block to the city
park, library and city hall. It's within walking distance to the post office and
Island Shopping center. What else to you need? Ah photos!

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Single story, 1,364 sq.ft. livable; 1,764
sq.ft. total on .2397 acre lot. 2BR/2BA,
single-car garage, terrazzo floors, new
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year warranty) and new plumbing (five
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ont with lots of windows to see for miles, turnkey furnished unit. Spacious covered park
front and side! Beautifully turnkey fur- ing. Located close to shopping, restaurant:
d great weekly rental, only four units and the beach. Affordable Island living
mplex. $750,000. Cindy Grazar, 504- $209,000. Call Dave Jones nr Dick Maher a
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1 Steps in Havana
6 It may be dripping
13 Mellow, in a way
16 What supers supervise:
20 Actor Ryan or Ron
21 Occasional soap opera
plot feature
22 Measuring stick
24 Who ran Iran, once
25 Telecom executive's
other job?
28 Famous language-signing
29 Curls up
30 Coast Guard concern-
31 Boxing referee's other
33 Cure-_ (panaceas)
34 "Hansel and Gretel"
36 Puppy's sound
37 Hull enclosure
38 Film's "three caballeros,"
41 Scand. land
42 "Honest" one
43 "Come !"
45 Homebody
46 Isn't straight in the middle
47 Ticket word
51 Tip-top
52 Terse
53 Ming thing
54 When repeated, show
56 Zipped through
58 instant
59 Spicy stew
60 Sequel writer's other job?
64 Carole King's Too
65 All- Team
67 Stick in the wrong place
68 Overly decorous sorts
70 New Jersey home of Walt
73 Relay part
74 Part of many cages
75 #1 Danny & the Juniors

78 Garbage
79 Quiz show sounds
81 Singer LeAnn
83 Klutzy
84 Meticulously
86 Raiding grp.
88 Quirk
89 Tips off
90 Remains
91 Holds a pose
93 _favor
94 2003 Indy winner_
de Ferran
96 File clerk's other job?
100 Some cobras
104 Like a line, in math
106 Prefix with trash
107 Sean Lennon
108 Nearby star
109 Drink with a straw
110 Biff Arthur Miller
112 Sharp-tongued "Ameri-
can Idol" judge
114 Something to serve
115 Florida city
116 Liquid Plumr rival
117 Little bird
119 Stick in one's craw
120 Suitable to be ridden, as
a horse
121 Like some dollars on
currency exch. boards
122 Classified times: Abbr.
125 Causes to go
127 Steady
128 Safari guide's other job?
131 Guitarist Nugent
132 Expecting
136 Famous 50-oared ship
137 Drill instructor's other
140 Old Roman road
141 Jupiter, e.g.
142 12-note series
143 Eponymous candy
manufacturer Harry
144 "The Thin Man" role
145 Pen
146 Be born with

147 Wows

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Orders come from it
Psychiatrist's other job?
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Letter enclosures: Abbr.
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Wartime positions
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Scratch or dent
1970's sitcom
"Treasure Island" pirate
"In Memoriam," e.g.
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Jockey's other job?
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Humorist Bombeck
Panacea's targets
Caesar, for Gaius Julius
Chow chow chow
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Global: Abbr.
Worker with a dog
When "Route 66" was
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70 Top-rated TV show of
71 Wheat covering
72 Diet doctor's other
73 Rap's __ Kim
75 Old nuclear regulatory
76 Make a selection
77 Jar sizes: Abbr.
79 Decathlon equipment
80 "Hurry up!"
82 Manglers
85 James who wrote "The
Morning Watch"
87 Spore source
89 Fig. in car ads
91 Gift tag word
92 Animal home

94 Piece of bling-bling
95 So that one could
97 "... shall die"
98 Stop at a vineyard
99 Common street name
101 Take to the cleaners
102 Light
103 Hockey's Mikita
105 Forebear of one
of the 12 tribes of Israel
109 Deer, e.g.
111 Boat builder
113 Cheri formerly of
114 Some hippie wear
118 Needlework?
120 Grouse
123 Newsman Roger
124 Bygone blades

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126 Joanna of "Growing
127 Anatomical ridges
129 "David Copperfield"
130 Letter-shaped
132 Specialists
133 In full sail
134 Inquisitive
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Newly constructed direct Gulffront home.
Granite counters. Plasma TV, surround
sound, carved glass shower wall, four-car
garage with overhead door on the beach
side. Becky Smith or Elfi Starrett, 778-
2246. #100095. $1,899,000.

'LAND DUPLEX Spectacular bay view
irom 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

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

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

Location! Spacious family home or Island 1 BA each side with separate utilities. Re-
retreat! Large corner lot with circular cent renovations new vinyl siding, kitchen
drive, two deeded boat slips, updated cabinets, vanities, appliances, stairways
throughout, solar heated pool/spa. Gina and balconies. Dave Moynihan, 778-
& Peter Uliano, 358-7990. #94820. 2246. #96341. $384,500


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cooperative efforts to protect our most valuable resource-water. If asking the right
question is key to finding a long-term solution, then maybe it's time to ask the difficult
question. Is the current strategy of water conservation going to be enough in the future, or
is it time to change the approach and begin teaching water stewardship?

Water conservation, at one time in Florida's history,
simply referred to the capturing of excess water during
plentiful rainy seasons. Today, water conservation has
many meanings. It means store it when it's available,
save it when it's scarce, reduce the amount used and
recycle all that is recyclable. This approach has
brought about inconsistent water usage by homeown-
ers, because their behavior is being driven by the
external forces of nature.
When yearly rainfall levels are low, water conserva-
tion is on the forefront of current important issues.
Water restrictions are enforced with greater zeal and
giant steps are taken to get out the message to reduce
and recycle. Then, when climatic changes occur and
the yearly rainfall totals are above average, the
message to conserve water seems to disappear into a
sea of familiarity, and a blind eye is turned when a
neighbor waters the lawn during an afternoon storm.
If water conservation is to become a behavior
change with lasting effect, it must be a behavior that
is motivated by an altruistic attitude that results in
the practice of water stewardship. This initiative of
water stewardship is the assumption of responsibility
by all residents, at all times, for the welfare of
Florida's water resources, regardless of the environ-
mental conditions that occur from year to year.

Whether it's a time of severe drought or torrential
rains, storing, saving, reducing and recycling water is
necessary to ensure a sustainable water supply. In the
book, Thunder Tree (1993), by Robert Michael Pyle,
it's suggested that unless children from early on have
developed an abiding relationship with the land
around them, a relationship born of intimate and
direct experience, they are unlikely to become citizens
willing to protect and preserve that which they have
never come to know. Now is the time to recall that
childhood connection that motivates one to protect
and preserve from an intimate relationship with
nature, and evolve-beyond water conservation into the
selfless practice of water stewardship.
Charlotte County Utilities is continuously working
with residents to encourage conservation efforts, and
we offer many water conservation devices for home
use, at no cost to our customers. We have maintained
our water restrictions to encourage conservation. Water
consumption levels have been good since the drought
in 2000, customers in CCU's service areas are com-
Smitting to conservation as a way of life. Our residents
are well on their way to becoming good stewards.



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The Peace River/Manasota Regional Water Supply
Authority is working on another facility expansion.
This follows an expansion completed in 2001
that doubled treatment capacity from 12 million
gallons per day to 24 million gallons per day.
The current expansion, scheduledifor comple-
tion in 2007-2008, will consist of additional
treatment capacity, additional ASR wells and the
addition of another surface water reservoir to store
excess untreated river water during the wet season.
A primary factor in determining the facility
size is how much water conservation we can
expect from the public. Permanent lifestyle
changes in water conservation by the public will
preserve our quality of life and reduce everyone's
utility costs in the long run.

The Upper Peace River Watershed Restoration
Initiative is designed to improve the health of the
region's water resources. The Upper Peace River
region has been extensively modified over the past
century as a result of residential, mining, agricul-
tural, and recreational development. These alter-
ations have increased the demand for ground and
surface waters, and as a result, negatively impact-
ed the hydrology and water quality of the region.
Components of recovery plans from the Charlotte
Harbor National Estuary Program and the
Southwest Florida Water Management District are
being used in the process. The initiative will restore
water storage, flows, aquifer recharge, water quality
and ecosystems that were previously altered.
Initial projects include development of
alternative water supplies, habitat restoration,
land and easement acquisitions, floodplain
restoration and water quality improvement through
the development of natural wetland treatment sys-
tems. Initiation of the projects is scheduled over
the next ten years. The restoration will involve
funding from local, state and federal agencies.
Federal funding assistance has been targeted
for the Lake Hancock Storage, Outflow and
Ecosystem Restoration project; the South Saddle
Creek Restoration project; and the Peace Creek
and Wetlands Restoration project. In all, some
$72 million will be targeted for the initiative with
over $28 million from the Southwest Florida Water
Management District and $26 million from the
federal government.

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The Water Planning Alliance is a voluntary
planning body formed by resolution of the following
governmental entities: Charlotte, DeSoto, Manatee and
Sarasota Counties; the cities of Arcadia, Bradenton,
North Port, Palmetto, Punta Gorda, Sarasota, and
Venice; the Town of Longboat Key and the
Englewood Water District.
The Water Planning Alliance demonstrated its
unanimous support of the cooperative development
of a study to address regional water resource and
water supply concerns through its Resolution of
Support for the Regional System Planning and
Engineering Study.
By resolution, the Water Planning Alliance endorsed
the Peace River/Manasota Regional Water Supply
Authority to provide administrative support for
the Alliance, including contracting the services-of a
consultant for the development of the Regional
System Planning and Engineering Study.
The Regional System Planning and Engineering
Study is a two-phase project. Phase I included
performing an inventory of existing water, wastewater
and reclaimed water systems; compiling water
demand and wastewater flow projections; assessing
regulations; and evaluating needs and sources.
Phase II focuses on future water supply assessment
and prioritization. Phase II Will identify projects that
provide for the 20-year water needs of the Alliance
members. Phase II work includes the development of a
comprehensive list of potential future water supply and
reclaimed water projects, technical evaluation of the
projects, evaluation of the combinations of proposed
projects, development and evaluation of alternative
pipeline facilities, preparation of a short list of
proposed projects and a final report summarizing
the findings of Phase II.

Phase II work includes the ongoing participation
from Alliance members through meetings and coordi-
nation with the Alliance's Technical Advisory
Committee (TAC). The TAC is comprised of Alliance
members and their appointed representatives from the
academic and regulatory communities as well as the
Southwest Florida Water Management District. As
public involvement in the process is an important
component, there will be four workshops held to
provide a forum for public input on the potential
future water supply projects.


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The alliance has begun work to ensure demand
through 2023 will be met through new supplies.