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City hall may be stalled
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contractor Southern Cross Construction.
The commission originally budgeted $154,000 for
the project, and recently increased that figure to
But new problems and costs keep arising, said
Cramer, and now she's concerned that a proper roof
inspection wasn't done and that city hall might need
a new roof.
A new roof wasn't part of the original scope of
work, said architect Tom O'Brien, who has already
been paid $12,000 for the plans. The original scope was
for interior renovations only, he pointed out.
If the commission wants to add exterior remodel-
ing or a new roof, that would require a new request for
bids, O'Brien noted.
"Right now, it's a good price for interior renova-
tions," he added, suggesting the commission could
implement a second stage of improvements in the next
"Well, without a roof inspection I won't support
this project," quipped Cramer.
Commissioner Carol Ann Magill agreed. "The
costs keep going up and up and now it's $186,000, so
I have a great concern about where we are going. I'm
concerned how this has grown to nearly $200,000."
Even Commissioner Duke Miller, who has been a
staunch supporter of the project, had reservations about
the project after reviewing the latest cost estimate.
"We are already at $34,000 over the contract price
from Southern Cross," he pointed out, and that doesn't
include the $12,000 already paid O'Brien. At each dis-
cussion of renovations, additional costs keep arising.
"I was originally behind the project, but I don't like
surprises. Now, we are looking at almost $50,000 in
surprises. It's already 30 percent more than we were
authorized to spend in the budget," Miller concluded.
Commissioner Dale Woodland is opposed to
spending any more for city hall renovations than the
$154,000 in the original 2003-04 budget, including the
Commissioners asked SueLynn to get a roof in-
spection and a mold report, along with any other new
The first reading of a proposed marine turtle pro-
tection ordinance amendment for Holmes Beach is
scheduled for the April 6 city commission meeting.
Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch Director Suzi
Fox said a number of residents have already
stopped at the Turtle Watch store at 5408 Marina
Drive in the Island Shopping Center to get infor-
cost estimates, back to them to review at the April 8
Resident Margaret Jenkins said that with the
project cost continuing its upward spiral, if it gets close
to $300,000, the city should just tear down the existing
structure and build a new city hall.
Southern Cross estimated the cost to renovate the
interior of city hall at $151,000, but additional costs to
mation on what types of lights they will need if
the ordinance passes.
Fox said she did not expect a groundswell of
opposition to the proposed amendment. Objec-
tions previously raised by some concerned citi-
zens have been addressed at prior meetings be-
tween Turtle Watch and the residents.
Mary and Raymond
Dykema of South Bay
Boulevard in Anna
Maria stand in front
of a neighbor's tool
shed that Mary
painted to look like a
Although not an
artist by trade, Mary
said she just wanted
to brighten up the
exterior and improve
the view. It must have
worked, because a
few people stopped
by to see if the
"cottage" was for
rent. Sorry! Islander
Photo: Rick Catlin
the city include $15,000 to rent a temporary trailer for
city hall staff to use during the renovations, $8,700 to
remove asbestos-containing floor tiles, $6,990 cable,
voice and data rewiring of the renovated building, and
$2,790 for temporary cabling to the trailer.
The city hall renovation project has been in the city
budget the past four years, but implementation of the
project only began about 15 months ago.
Turtle lighting ordinance ready for approval
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THE ISLANDER E MARCH 31, 2004 0 PAGE 3
Chief Romine to head Florida police association
Holmes Beach Police Chief Jay Romine will be-
come the top cop in Florida this June when he becomes
president of the 600-member Florida Police Chiefs As-
Romine, who has been an FPCA vice president for
three years, will be sworn in at the association's June
meeting in Panama City Beach.
He's been a member of the Holmes Beach Police
Department for 18 years and the chief for the past 10.
Mayor Carol Whitmore said it's an honor for
Romine and Holmes Beach.
"I think it shows the quality of our chief and our
police, and it's wonderful
that tiny Holmes Beach is
represented among our
state's top police officers,"
the mayor said.
The FPCA comprises
city police chiefs along with
county, state and federal law
enforcement officers and
agencies in Florida.
The association estab-
lishes policy and guidelines
for law enforcement, and lobbies and advises the
Florida legislature on behalf of law enforcement in the
state on issues affecting police.
Romine is also a member of the Florida Depart-
ment of Law Enforcement's Standards and Training
The 19-member commission reviews disciplinary
cases regarding law enforcement certification for po-
lice officers in Florida.
Romine was appointed to the STC in 2002 by Florida
Gov. Jeb Bush after he was recommended by the FPCA
to the governor for an opening on the commission.
Hughes, Island Middle School settle civil suit
By Diana Bogan
The Island Middle School Board of Directors and
Gary Hughes, former executive director of the school,
have reached an amicable agreement resolving all is-
sues between them.
In October, Hughes retained an attorney and sub-
mitted a letter of complaint surrounding the circum-
stances of his termination.
In his complaint, Hughes alleged the board vio-
lated Sunshine Laws, breached its contract with Ameri-
can United Employees and accused the board of gen-
In January, Hughes filed a civil suit against Island
David Cardinal, nephew of Peggy Cardinal of Holmes Beach, wasn't aware that there was a manatee
nearby or that his outboard was providing drinking water for the animal at 68th Street, Holmes Beach.
His wife Cathy snapped pictures of the event he wasn't aware of that, either. They were visiting from
Outreach for Waterfront
The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce
and All Island Denominations have established inde-
pendent programs to help employees of the Waterfront
restaurant, which was badly damaged by fire on March
According to restaurant owners Eric and Leah
Suzor, there were 35 individuals employed at the res-
Don Schroder, chamber president, said, "The pur-
pose of the dual programs is to help the employees get
back on their feet."
The Rev. Gary Batey of Roser Memorial Commu-
nity Church met with the chamber executive commit-
tee to discuss how to work together in helping the em-
ployees while they search for new employment oppor-
The chamber has asked its restaurant-owner mem-
bers to try and absorb the cooks, servers and dishwash-
ers by extending job opportunities, and Chef Damon
Presswood of Ooh La La! Bistro has already hired two
The chamber is, also collecting monetary dona-
tions, retailer gift certificates and any other suitable
items at its office located at 5313 Gulf Drive, Holmes
Beach. Checks should be made out to the Waterfront
Roser Memorial Community Church at 512 Pine
Ave., Anna Maria, is accepting canned food items, dry
goods, and food gift certificates for distribution from
the church food bank. This effort is being supported by
the six member churches of All Island Denominations.
"Tragedies such as this can hit any of our busi-
nesses," said Schroder. "Our chamber's motto is 'Busi-
nesses Helping Businesses' and there isn't a better way
to support our membership in their time of need than
this combined effort. It is in the best tradition of our
For more information contact Batey at Roser Me-
morial Community Church, 778-0414, or Mary Ann
Brockman at the chamber, 778-1541.
Middle School Inc. and then-IMS Director Kelly Par-
Hughes sought action to compel IMS to provide
public records he requested from Parsons Dec. 8, 2003.
Hughes also wanted a declaration made that he
could be on school grounds for any lawful purpose and
that statements made in a petition filed by Parsons for
"protection from repeat violence" were false. Parsons'
petition, filed on Dec. 12, 2003, was denied.
At a special meeting of the IMS board held Sun-
day, March 21, Salter announced that the board and
Hughes' had resolved all its issues.
In a joint statement, Salter said the board appreci-
ates Hughes' contributions to the school. "Hughes has
demonstrated dedication to the IMS students, commu-
nity and the vision of the charter," she said.
Hughes expressed his gratitude for the opportunity
to serve IMS.
"We are all disappointed that the school will not
remain open," the statement said, "but our mutual dedi-
cation to the welfare of the students remains unabated."
Anna Maria City
April 6, 6:30 p.m., planning and zoning board work
April 8, 6 p.m., city commission work session on park-
April 8, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive,
April 1, 7 p.m., city commission meeting. Agenda:
Public comment, status of pending legal matters discus-
sion, scenic highway request, scenic-highway-en-
hancement-grant-request discussion, pier inspection
discussion, tree- trimming intersection policy discus-
sion, building department extension of services discus-
sion, phone-line proposal approval, trolley-station plan
discussion, attorney invoice, Bridge Street festival spe-
cial-event request, street-paving contract discussion,
bridge-opening resolution discussion, sanitation-fee
extension discussion and commission reports.
April 5, 7 p.m., Ward I neighborhood meeting, hosted
by City Commissioner John Shaughnessy, Sandpiper
Mobile Resort meeting room, 2601 Gulf Drive.
April 8, 6:30 p.m., planning and zoning meeting.
Agenda: Continuation of Kokolis parking-lot request.
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.,
April 6, 7 p.m., city commission meeting with work
session to immediately follow.
April 7, 5 p.m., parks and beautification committee
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive,
April 5, 9 a.m., "charrette" on water taxi service in
Manatee and Sarasota counties, Manatee County Con-
vention Center, Longboat Key Room, 1 Haben Blvd.,
April 7, 4-7 p.m., informational meeting on Longboat
Pass Bridge repairs, Longboat Key Town Hall, 501
Bay Isles Road, Longboat Key.
4 0 MARCH 31, 2004 0 THE ISLANDER
1lEO learns aboL
By Rick Catlin
Lhe Coalition of Barrier Island Elected Officials is
s interested in ways to reduce traffic on Anna
Island and Longboat Key, particularly during the
nd the Sarasota-Manatee Metropolitan Planning
fization may have at least one answer: water taxis.
ob Herrington of the MPO told the BIEO at its
h 24 meeting in Bradenton Beach, in a bit of an
statement, that there's a "lot of congestion on
Maria Island" these days.
Ill us something we don't know, BIEO officials
/ell, replied Herrington, water taxis from the
and to selected locations on the Island and
boat Key might be a partial answer.
'ater taxis are used successfully in Ft. Lauderdale
icksonville, he said, and Pinellas County is cur-
doing a feasibility study on the taxis.
trigued by the possibilities, the MPO will hold a
Ig from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Monday, April 5, at
anatee Civic Center in Palmetto to discuss the
he "charrette" will focus on the "feasibility of
borne transportation for passenger travel in
ota and Manatee counties, and how such travel
effectively complement and enhance the
nodal transportation system," Herrington said.
e hopes the charrette will serve as a "catalyst" to Got molas
ate interest among the various governments, The molasse
d officials and agencies that would be involved Beach just n.
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A "snowbird" food drive has been launched on
Anna Maria Island by the postal union that conducts the
annual drive for food for the needy.
"Leave it before you leave" is the plea of the Na-
tional Association of Letter Carriers, hoping "snow-
birds" soon heading north will leave nonperishable
foodstuffs at their mailboxes.
The regular food drive will be May 8, but postal.
workers feel they'll miss many of their visiting patrons
who will be leaving before then. "Just place nonperish-
able food items in a bag by your mailbox any day, and
Fireworks in Holmes Beach
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The commission also re-appointed Don Schroder
and Charles Stealy to the code enforcement board and
appointed Joe Jackson as a board alternate.
During the workshop session following the regu-
lar commission meeting, commissioners agreed to
study the new contract proposal from Waste Manage-
ment Inc., calling for automated pickup service. They
will also study suggested modifications to the contract
by the city attorney prior to the next work session,
when the contract will be discussed in-depth.
The commission also adopted a resolution on the
opening times for the Cortez and Anna Maria bridges
to send to the U.S. Coast Guard in Miami.
The resolution supports a similar one from
Longboat Key and other Island cities asking the Coast
Guard to consider changing the bridge-raising times
from every 20 minutes during daylight hours, when
necessary, to every 30 minutes.
Bohenberger said it was probably the sixth time in
the past 10 years the city has sent the Coast Guard such
a request to change the bridge opening times and none
have been successful at affecting any change.
"But let's do it again," he said.
we'll carry it to the food banks," they said.
The 2003 drive collected 61.7 million pounds of
food, the NALC said, with just over a million pounds
given by postal patrons in the West Coast Florida dis-
trict, which includes Bradenton Beach, Holmes Beach
and Anna Maria.
mediation in Davis case
By Rick Catlin
A court-ordered mediation to resolve a lawsuit
filed in August 2003 by Holmes Beach residents
Ruthanne McLean and Barbara Coloney against the
city and resident Frank Davis was scheduled to take
place yesterday, March 30.
Retired Judge Thomas Gallen was to mediate the
dispute, which alleges that the city commission meet-
ing to discuss Davis' site plan at 5622 Gulf Drive was
not properly noticed.
But don't expect any decision to end the legal
battles between Davis, who wants to build a fourplex
at the site, and McLean-Coloney, who are adjacent
McLean-Coloney, represented by family member
and Miami attorney John Shubin, have another lawsuit
against Davis and Holmes Beach claiming approval of
the site plan itself was improper. In addition, Shubin
has filed an appeal of the board of adjustment decision
that granted Davis a variance to obtain site-plan ap-
Davis is represented by Bradenton attorney Peter
Mackey, while Greg Hootman of the Florida League of
Cities represents the city.
Any settlement reached in the mediation must be
approved by the Holmes Beach City Commission,
Mayor Carol Whitmore said.
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The Island Middle School annual Walk-a-
Thon fundraiser will be held Saturday, April 3.
Friends and families of IMS will begin their
six-mile trek across the Island at 8:30 a.m. from
the bayside Coquina Beach northern pavilion in
Bradenton Beach to the IMS/Island Baptist
Church parking lot at 8605 Gulf Drive, Holmes
Walkers are asked to wear good shoes and
socks, suntan lotion and a hat as well as bring
water and a snack.
Walkers are expected to arrive at the finish
line by 11:30 a.m. where there will be entertain-
ment and hot dogs for sale.
Students earn money from pledges for each
mile they walk and this year the school's goal
is to raise $10,000. Proceeds will support stu-
dent activities, such as the Conch Fritter band's
travel expenses to a competition to be held in
Pledges may be donated to any IMS student
or delivered to the school. Pledge checks for
walkers should be made out to the IMS PTO
and donations will also be accepted the day of
Prizes will be awarded.to the students with
the most pledges, and the individual who col-
lects the most pledges during the walk.
The event will end at 1 p.m. and the Island
police departments will provide safety patrol
during the walk.
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Not by a long shot. The Florida Institute for Salt-
water Heritage, which may be the hardest-working
fundraising group around, announced this week it
raised the funds to pay off the mortgage on the Pre-
serve, 95 acres of land adjacent and north of the Cortez
village, and hurrah for them.
Fish frys, fish festivals, the new tour of homes ....
it all added up to success and came together like a per-
fect key lime pie -just put the whipped cream on top.
Since December 2000 when Louise Schewe offered
to sell her 95 acres to FISH for $250,000, well under
market value, to help preserve fishing village atmosphere
and lifestyle, Cortez villagers have been diligent.
How did they do it? According to Karen Bell, "We
worked for it and we had wonderful support from the lo-
cal community and beyond ... Every penny raised came
from private donations. Not one cent was provided by a
government entity. What an incredible thing to achieve!"'
Indeed. We so look forward to celebrating this
achievement with FISH at a ceremony on the property
at a new bridge over a tidal creek.
What's next for the "little village that could"?
Well, there may be a chance to purchase some adjoin-
ing or additional properties to enhance the village and
That will be the topping on the pie!
April fools ...
Thank heavens for good sports! Anna Maria
Mayor SueLynn agreed to help us make fun of our-
selves at the expense of the city and April Fool!
Of course, there's not a Taco Bell coming to re-
place Anna Maria City Hall. There's not a Taco Bell
coming to Anna Maria Island anywhere at least not
to our knowledge.
It's all in fun!
It's somewhat like the fun we had over some "alert
reader's" responses to a reprint advertisement from The
Islander newspaper 1967 that featured the late R.G.
Roberts of Mister Roberts resort shop with fishing rod
in hand saying he's "hooked on The Islander." The ad
offered a $3.50-a-year subscription and some of our.
2004 readers thought it might be true now.
Sorry. Too good to be true at today's postage rates,
although our annual subscription has been $36 for more
than five years. And our apologies to the person who
now has that former newspaper's phone number.
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Brakes on condos
I have watched this Island develop for over 50
years and I have been involved in real estate for over
30 years. I am not opposed to development; I am op-
posed to things out of scale.
For the most part development here in Bradenton
Beach has been good but the pendulum has swung coo
far and too long in one direction and needs to come
back for some balance.
That said ... I really have to laugh. Last week a de-
veloper wrote to the editor of The Islander whining about
Lisa Marie Phillips, a Bradenton Beach city commis-
sioner. He failed to state in his letter that he recently sued
the city over some Gulffront property. He wanted to
change this property zoning from recreational open space
to condo zoning. When he bought the property it was
zoned recreational, intended by the city fathers to be left
open for all to enjoy.
This developer states "To my knowledge, the other
three major developers all live on this Island, some of us
for quite some time."
Three developers don't represent a majority. This
developer states his short-sighted position very well when
he says "That's just economics. Get it? Economics."
No, we don't get it. Quality of life is more impor-
tant to us than economics. Get it?
I suggest these "three developers" take a trip to Key
West, Charleston, S.C., and Savannah, Ga., and see that
home preservation and restoring old houses is perhaps
more profitable than replacing them with massive struc-
Back to Lisa Marie Phillips, another letter to the edi-
tor of The Islander that same issue by Frederick W. Nill
praised the commissioner for her neighborhood meetings.
And guess what. She doesn't do it for economics. Get it?
No one said it would be easy for Bradenton Beach
to put the brakes on condo development. It's about as
pleasant as cleaning out a chicken coop, but thank God
the commissioners we just elected have the guts, vision
and fortitude to provide us all in Bradenton Beach with
a better city.
If the voters of Bradenton Beach really love this
place, they should rally around these commissioners
and chase off the snapping dogs,
Mike Norman, Bradenton Beach
Cute little monsters
In response to the letter in The Islander, "Raccoons
are OK," why is it that the "do gooders" who live in high-
rise apartments are the ones so fond of wild animals, and
could care less whether they annoy other residents.
Since they are not bothered by these animals be-
cause of living in a relative fortress for a home, they
have no idea how it is having to contend with these
animals bothering you every night.
They should try to sleep one night in a mobile
home, where a restless raccoon is on top of your trailer
seeming to be playing football with another raccoon.
We have to constantly worry that they may get under
the trailer and tear off the insulation underneath and
may build a nest under it.
The advice she imparted has been in practice for
years. One thing she doesn't realize is that these cute
little monsters multiply and unless some are eliminated
it will only make matters worse.
Someone suggested we should move our animals
to the area where these people live and will respect
their lives, but realize we wouldn't be so low to put our
problems in their laps. It would be a pleasant surprise
if the City of Bradenton Beach would finally solve this
problem they have ignored for so long.
Jacob W. Diehm, Bradenton Beach
Heavy traffic, more condos?
Note: This letter was sent to Bradenton Mayor Wayne
Poston and the Bradenton city council members:
If you have driven west on Manatee Avenue recently,
you must have noticed a portable highway sign near the
drawbridge warning "Heavy Traffic; Expect Delays."
Under such circumstances, how can you possibly
give permission for 600 or 700 new condominiums to
be built in that neighborhood?
Sally Maynard, Holmes Beach
to full of wonder
By Don Maloney
Special to The Islander
I've experienced much more than just a few days
over the past years that I could label "wonderful." Like
meeting Wife Sarah for the first time, getting a good
job, having four kids that turned out a dozen grandchil-
dren so far, getting a new car even getting elected.
These days, however, my days seem to be full of
wonder more often rather than wonderful. And the
things I wonder about rarely earn that effort.
Like I found myself wondering the other day who
was the first hotel maid to fold the first sheet of toilet
paper into a triangle and why?
I find myself refolding it into a triangle after I use
it just to confuse the current maid. But, I wonder, con-
fuse her of what? While I'm into the toilet subject, I
wonder why toilet-paper manufacturers charge twice as
much for their new double rolls when each of those
doubles use only one cardboard roll in the center in-
stead of the two cardboards they need for the single
But, back to my wonder about hotel goings-on. I
wonder what is happening to a world where the coffee
in my hotel room is free, but the bottle of water is
I even caught myself wondering the other day why
- in the new gas-station pumps that take a credit card
- is it so important that you take the card out of the
slot immediately? I'm dying to leave it in next time, but
I don't want to start a fire or something.
And why, I wonder, did gas pumps do away with
those little jars of marbles on top that used to roll
around in that jar so you could see gas was really be-
ing pumped? Now, I just have to presume it's pump-
ing from those digital numbers on the pump.
And what happened to those guys who used to
pump gas for me and then asked me if I wanted him to
check my oil? I remember that I never said yes until
this one guy, who instead of asking, "Can I check your
oil?" asked, "Is your oil at a safe level?" That scared
up a quick, nervous, "Yes" from me. And now, I check
my oil on a regular basis.
And for the umpteenth time this morning, some
driver raced to pass me on the right so he could beat
me to that merge on Manatee Avenue at Palma Sola
Bay. Where, I wonder, are they going that makes
that one car length ahead of me so important? I also
wonder why I get such great joy when the bridge
opens and one of those merger beaters has to wait
with the rest of us.
And I wonder why I can never erase, when I go
into either our Island Walgreens or Eckerds, this con-
cern I read about once: Why do they put the pharmacy
where ill people have to walk way back in thestore to
pick up medicine, but sell cigarettes (with the surgeon
general's warning) right inside their front doors?
I also wonder if it's really moral for drug stores to
have regular sales on candies and other stuff, stuff that
just by using them can sometimes cause you to use their
pharmacy, where I don't recall a 50-percent-off sale
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why do I have to hit 'Start' when I want to shut it off?
A daily wonder that comes up while I'm reading
my newspaper is, why do doctors and real estate sales-
people put their pictures in their ads? My thought is
that's unnecessary and maybe even chance be-
cause their customers might only go to them if they like
the way they look, leaving out those somebodies who
don't like the way they look. Some of the best doctors
and realtors that I've done business with might not have
been successful if they had put their pictures in ads.
While I'm on the medical subject, my old market-
ing blood makes me wonder- to really drum up busi-
ness why don't eye doctors have their ads printed in
really small type?
On the other hand, shouldn't plumbers, electricians
and others that come TO your home have their pictures
in their ads so that you could recognize them before
you let them in the house?
And why, I wonder, do most that perform some
service or other in Florida have no names? Like I hear
Wife Sarah say she has to call the "lawnman," the
"poolman," the "bugman," and others. The only one I
remember referring to like that back in Plattsburgh,
N.Y., was the "mailman," but we don't use that name
down here because we have a "maillady."
I was reading a toothpaste or maybe it was a
toothbrush ad yesterday that promised my teeth, if
I used their product regularly, would be 30 percent
whiter. How, I wondered, do you measure a percentage
of tooth whiteness? I thought seriously of trying it, then
after claiming that my teeth only got 22 percent whiter,
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Sarah will ever squeeze the toothpaste tube from the
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Anna Maria building moratorium to end April 1
By Rick Catlin
Anna Maria city commissioners at their March 25
meeting unanimously adopted a site plan review pro-
cedures ordinance for new developments in the city,
effectively ending the need to continue the present
building moratorium past its April 1 expiration date.
Commissioners agreed to the procedures once they
learned that any changes can be implemented by reso-
lution, not an ordinance amendment.
"You don't need a public meeting or ordinance to
change the procedures," said acting City Attorney
"Then I say go with it," replied-Commissioner
Duke Miller, even though the planning and zoning
board just finished the procedures last week, and com-
missioners only had a few days to review the ordi-
Once the ordinance passed, Mayor SueLynn said
there is now "no need to extend the [building] morato-
rium. The moratorium was only proposed to get site-
plan review procedures in place, and I encourage the
commission to not extend the moratorium."
Commissioners were listening and unanimously
voted n.otto extend the current building moratorium
beyond April 1.
Commissioners narrowly approved by a 3-2 vote a
ivriance request by Joseph and Anne Garcia of 769 N.
Shore Drive to enclose the area under a new two-story
house they want to build there.
The P&Z board had recommended approval-of the
variance by the same 3-2 vote, with the stipulation that
such construction not increase flood insurance costs
Contractor Hugh Holmes Jr., representing the
Garcias, noted that many houses in this flood-plain
zone had been given building permits in prior years by
the city to build with the ground floor enclosed.
But when the Garcias applied for a building permit
a few months ago, recently hired Building Official
Kevin Donohue pointed out that the city codes forbid
such construction in that flood zone without a variance.
Holmes said his clients had a letter signed by Pub-
lic Works Director George McKay in October 2002
stating the city had no objection to such construction.
The letter was required by the Garcias to obtain a
Florida Department of Environmental Protection per-
Holmes said the Garcias would not have proceeded
with the project without the McKay letter, and have
already spent about $33,000 in planning the new house.
Donohue said that according to what representa-
tives of the Federal Emergency Management Agency-
sponsored flood insurance program told him, granting
the variance and enclosing the ground floor would not
increase the cost of flood insurance for other residents
in the city.-
But if this variance is granted, according to FEMA,
the city has to stop granting further variances if it wants
to keep earning points under the program that lowers
flood insurance rates in the city. City residents cur-
rently get a 10 percent reduction on flood insurance
rates, according to FEMA.
But FEMA doesn't establish insurance rates, ob-
served Miller. That's done by private agencies.
Agreed, said Donohue. He's only stating what he's
heard back from FEMA.
Miller, somewhat reluctantly, agreed that there was
a hardship because the Garcias had relied upon a "no
objection" letter from the city. "I would feel differ-
ently" if the Garcias had not gotten that letter, he noted.
Woodland and Cramer agreed with Miller in the 3-
Oak and Tarpon repaving
The battle over the alleged poor paving job done on
Oak and Tarpon Avenues last year by APAC paving
company is continuing, said Tom Wilcox of
Baskerville-Donovan Inc., the city's engineering firm.
APAC has not been paid any of the $33,000 owed
for the job, said Wilcox, and has not agreed to any pro-
posal to correct deficiencies.
Wilcox presented three possible options for the city
to solve the issue, including a partial payment of
$10,000 to APAC in return for patching and resurfac-
ing the roads.
"Whatever you do, however, you should do some-
thing before the rainy season," he added.
Miller, however, didn't want to pay APAC any-
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Cortez to celebrate Preserve payoff: 'It's ours!'
With the weekend's Tour of Historic Homes put- --
ting the funds for the FISH Preserve far over the top, ; -
Cortez on Saturday will celebrate making its final ^m ^ ^ i. -
Florida Institute for Saltwater Heritage will host a
ceremony at 4 p.m. Saturday, April 3, just west of the
Preserve to celebrate owning the property "free and -
FISH has been buying the 95 acres of mangrove
wetlands and some wetlands just east of the historic ~'
fishing village. It is a nature preserve forming a buffer .
impassable by developers, keeping the Old Florida -
quality of life the village cherishes. ..
Saturday's ceremony will see the culmination of
four years of festivals, a just-completed homes tour, o oe < ^
and other fundraising efforts. Successful efforts, as wit-
ness the four payments that will climax and end with *js l
The payment comes from $60,000 raised at the
Cortez Commerial Fishing Festival in February, plus
more than $10,000 from the past weekend's Cortezs
Village Tour of Historic Homes and Silent Auction. c ___
Totals from the latter are not yet totted up, for some
winning auction bidders still haven't picked up their
purchases and paid for them, said Linda Molto of Bpi
Karen Bell, FISH treasurer, said of the Preserve
payoff, "Funding came from all over. Every penny
raised came from private donations. Not one cent was
provided by a government entity. What an incredible
thing to achieve!" Proud purchaser
The "mortgage burning" ceremony at 4 p.m. Sat- The silent auction held in conjunction with the Cortez Village Historic Homes Tour over the weekend was
urday will be at the new bridge over the tidal creek at nothing less than a huge success. The Cortez Community Center was filled with donated art, gift certificates,
the end of 119th Street West. Parking will be available various objects and, yes, food and drinks. Successful bidderfor Bill Sargent's "Annie's Extremely Casual
at the old schoolhouse and at nearby Cortez Bait and Dining, a panoramic, framed photo, is Edna Erven, with her top bid of $620. A patron of Annie 'sfor some
Seafood. 30 years, Erven said she was thrilled with her purchase. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy
Paying for FISH
Gloria Newcomb, left, of Timber Creek development on Cortez Road, pays for
her winning auction bids on a cookbook and a boat ridefor six with Capt. Kim
Ibasfaelen. Volunteer Gloria Nolin is collecting the paymentfor FISH. Islander
Photo: Bonner Joy
right, owner with
husband Al of one
of the locations on
the historic homes
her mother, Pat
Warren, in con-
portation to other
locations on the
No fishing allowed
Gigi Ortwein and cat "Fish" greeted home tour patrons and "punched" their
tickets as they were on their way into her cottage. The Cortez home tour was a
benefitfor FISH, the Florida Institute of Saltwater Heritage, not the cat. Islander
Photo: Melissa Williams
----- Moratorium ends April I no joke!
S ,CONTINUED FROM PAGE 8
thing and wondered why APAC didn't put down a tack
coat when the contract required one.
i Wilcox said BDI offered inspection services for the
paving job to the city for an additional fee after the
engineering cost, but the capital improvements advi-
sory committee declined the offer, indicating the city
would provide an inspector. The CIAC now agrees that
a BDI inspector will be "on site" for all future capital
Commissioners did not agree to any payment to
APAC, and agreed to wait for a further report from
Wilcox on negotiations with the company.
In other business, the mayor announced the annual
Spring Cleanup Day will be Saturday, April 17. The
cleanup is only for large trash items, not electronics or
The city also got a clean bill of health from its
auditors, but accountant Ed Leonard said that in his
opinion, the city should not go any lower than its
current 35 percent reserve fund compared with the
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March 20 at their waterfront home in Holmes Beach
with a celebration among family and friends.
Ferguson is the popular Dr. Dave of Dr. Dave's
Band. He holds a doctorate degree and works in
administration for the Manatee County School
District. Velinoff recently sold her business, Captain
John's Marina on Cortez Road, and is enjoying
Jazz on the Water cruise tickets
going on sale Thursday
Tickets will go on sale Thursday, April 1, for the
21st annual Jazz on the Water cruise aboard the Sea-
food Shack's paddle-wheeler.
There will be bands on both decks playing dancing
and listening music, said the Jazz Club of Sarasota,
sponsor of the event. The boat will leave its dock in
Cortez at noon, returning at 4 p.m., on May 2.
Tickets at $25 may be purchased from the jazz or-
ganization at 330 S. Pineapple Ave., Sarasota, 316-
Boating skills, seamanship
classes begin Tuesday
A program teaching boating skills and seamanship
will begin Tuesday, April 6, at the Coast Guard Aux-
iliary Flotilla 81 building in G.T. Bray Park, 5801 33rd
Ave. Dr. W., Bradenton.
The classes will be from 7-9 p.m. Tuesday and
Thursday for four weeks. They are free of charge,
but the text and workbook are not they total $30.
For registration and information, call 761-4304 or
Art League registering
pilates class participants
Registration is open for the class in Pilates exercise
to begin April 12 at the Anna Maria Island Art League,
5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach.
Preston Whaley Jr. will instruct the eight-week
course, cost of which is $64 per person. It will be
Monday at 9 a.m. Those interested may register at
the league gallery, by mail, or by phoning 778-2099.
The gallery is open from 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Tuesday-
'Open Studio' reception is Friday
Opening reception for the "Works From Open Stu-
dio" exhibit will be from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Friday, April
2, at the Anna Maria Island Art League.
The exhibit will hang through April at the gallery,
5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach. It will feature stud-
ies of the figure in a variety of media by artists who
have used the Open Studio forum at the league.
The gallery is open from 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Tues-
day-Friday. Details may be obtained by calling 778-
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Players bring Islanders
'Greater Tuna' in May
A comedy whose cast is smaller than its list of
writers will be at the Island Players theater in Anna
Maria May 6-16.
The total cast is two players, Dan Higgs and Fred
Zimmerman, who each will portray several characters.
The play was written by Jaston Williams, Joe Sears
and Ed Howard, who set the production in Tuna, Texas.
The theater is at 10009 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria.
Tickets at $15 may be obtained by calling the box of-
fice at 778-5755, or at the box office from 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
starting April 26.
Rhea Chiles to discuss
'Art in My Life' Monday
Rhea Chiles, wife of the late Gov. Lawton Chiles,
will tell about "Art in My Life" at a meeting of the
Artists Guild of Anna Maria Island Monday, April 5.
The meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. at the Episcopal
Church of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes
Ms. Chiles, who lives in Holmes Beach, is herself
Later in the week, Fay Gee will give a demonstra-
tion of oil painting from 1-3 p.m. Thursday, April 8, at
the gallery, 5414 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
Additional information may be obtained by calling
Longboat 'hurricane party'
needs varied sponsors
The Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce is well
into planning its second annual "hurricane party" and
is looking for sponsors for the event.
The party is expected to repeat last year's sellout,
said the chamber. It will be the evening of June 10 at
the Longboat Key Hilton Beachfront Resort, 4711 Gulf
of Mexico Drive. Sponsor opportunities range from
$25 to $75 and beyond, and interested parties may get
in touch with the chamber at 387-9519.
Shakespeare on the Bay
tickets go on sale
Tickets are on sale now for the first Shakespeare on
the Bay production, "Twelfth Night, or What You
Will" at the Powel Crosley Museum.
The presentation will begin a 10-day run on April
13 on the lawn at the museum along Sarasota Bay,
8374 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. It will be played at
7:30 p.m. plus matinees at 2 p.m.
Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors over 60
and juniors under 12. They may be purchased at the
museum or by calling 722-3244.
Scholars sought soon
The Artists Guild of Anna Maria Island announced
this week it will award a $500 scholarship to a 2004
Manatee County high school graduate.
The graduate must plan to major in art in college,
and those students interested may obtain an application
form and details of the scholarship at their high school
guidance office. Deadline for applications is April 8.
For more information, contact the guild's Janet
Fittro at 778-0054.
St. Bernard guild will meet
The St. Bernard Women's Guild will meet Thurs-
day, April 1, at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S.
Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach.
The board of directors will meet at 11 a.m. and the
membership will have refreshments at 12:30 p.m. The
program will be on "Faith in Action." Details may be
obtained by calling 778-2508.
Motivational workshop at Center
Motivational speaker and author Angela Jackson
will return to the Island in April for a three-session
workshop at the Anna Maria Island Community Cen-
The Canadian writer will head the "celebration of
the ordinary and the extraordinary" from 10:30 a.m.-
2:30 p.m. on three Fridays, April 16-23-30 at the Cen-
ter, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. She has had
motivational schedules here in the past with "very fine
reception," said the Center.
Cost is $10 per session for members, $12:for non-
members. Registration is open now at the Center or by
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Gardens in all 3 Anna Maria Island cities on tour
By Jim Hanson
Music lovers are anticipating a big financial boost
for their beloved orchestra and chorus Saturday, April
3, from. the first annual Anna Maria Island Garden
The Island-long event, with outstanding gardens
open to the public in each of the three cities, will be
from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Beneficiary will be the Anna
Maria Island Community Orchestra and Chorus, which
just completed its 2003-04 season with a mostly Bach
Tour tickets are $10 per person and may be bought
at the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce, 5313
Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach; Bridge Walk, 100 Bridge
St., Bradenton Beach; White Egret, 101 S. Bay Blvd.,
Anna Maria; Ginny's Antiques and Art, 5600 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach; and Robyn's Nest, 7427 Mana-
tee Ave., Bradenton.
They also are available at any of the gardens on the
day of the tour, said Su Pontius, who is directing the
The gardeners who created the scenes of the tour
are happy with their work, feeling that all the labor and
expense have turned out to be well worth it. Here is a
rundown of the gardens:
Richard Beaupre, 620 Rose St., Anna Maria "I
love my garden at the peaceful north tip of Anna Maria.
When I bought this beach house in 1997 I was really
ready to have a garden. I had been living in a high-rise
condo in Tampa.
"It took a while to remove all the non-native pine
and more months to remove large shallow roots criss-
crossing the lot. My neighbors probably thought they
would never get another peaceful weekend, but even-
tually the chain sawing stopped.
"The transformation started quickly with 17 palms
and a Royal Poinciana in July 1998. Over the next year
the irrigation system, patio and smaller plants were
added. I still spend a good amount of time working and
enjoying the garden and making changes as it evolves."
More than 70 Key Royale women partici-
pated in the Rally for a Cure initiative to raise
awareness and early detection of breast cancer.
They joined women golfers in all 50 states in
the crusade against breast cancer and to help the
Dallas-based Komen Foundation with the $1,200
they raised through the rally.
Titleist golf balls bearing the pink ribbon can-
Chuck Webb has been busy tidying his Anna Maria home for Saturday's garden tour. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy
SueLynn and Chuck White, 426 Spring Ave.,
Anna Maria "Golly, it sure has a small yard,"
Chuck said at first, but "I'm thrilled now that it isn't
Starting with a bare yard front and back, a lot of
work and devotion have turned this into a mostly tropi-
cal but still eclectic mix of whatever strikes the fancy.
Amy Young, Ruth Williamson, Phyllis Locke, Jane
Winegarden, Eunice Warda
Gaye Ganos, Lois Bick, Tootie Wagner
Barbara Mason, Del Reppenhagen
Plants come and go, sometimes in wholesale lots. Some
flooding of the lot has made the owners keep some
plants in pots and has required mounding for more
Rosemary and Ed Edwards, 804 N. Shore Drive,
Anna Maria These owners spend a good deal of
their time at their northern home about as far as you can
get from Anna Maria Island without going foreign -
Port Townsend, Wash. so their inspirations were car-
ried out by Cyndi Deppen, who had this to say:
"The Edwardses had me create a garden full of
large beautiful trees and palms, a butterfly garden to
attract and nurture many of the visiting butterflies as
well as a tropical garden full of exotic plants with beau-
tiful blooms, textures and colorful foliage. Their love
for nature brought their vision to life."
Deborah Heger, 503 65th St., Holmes Beach -
"As with many newcomers, I enthusiastically kept
many a garden shop in business buying many more
plants than I should have for their beauty and abun-
dance. Of course, that's what my garden would look
like once planted well, not quite.
"I planted with abandon, without a plan. My only
goal was to reduce the amount of grass to mow since
it was scraggly and fertilizers weren't my favorite
"It took several years of trips to garden shops to
replace plants (still one of my-favorite things to do)
before I discovered the Manatee County Extension
Service's Master Gardener program and was able to
take the course.
"The information from this course set me on a
more measured, methodical and less expensive ap-
proach to my gardening, i.e. using natives and plants
acclimated to Island growing conditions.
"My yard is a beginner's approach to this type of
gardening, since I left several of the 'with abandon'
plants as I added the natives. So it has a little of 'what
not to do' still lurking in the different areas."
Ellen and Les Hoist, 108 13th St. S., Bradenton
Beach "Coming from Colorado, the local gardening
has been a challenge. Most important to us has been the
actual physical environment. Then, keeping it simple.
"It meant following our Indonesian theme, in pro-
cess, and keeping it indigenous and safe for butterflies
and other living creatures."
Nan Sanders and Ginnie Neill, 203 22th St.,
Bradenton Beach "Stroll paths through sun and
shade among native and exotic plants in a secluded
jungle paradise. Ever changing, the garden offers a
kaleidoscope of opportunities throughout the year to
relax, enjoy and appreciate."
Pontius is available at 794-5507 to provide addi-
cer awareness symbol were awarded to every
player who hit the green on the sixth hole. Ev-
eryone got a rally ribbon golf pin to wear, plus
early-detection cancer literature.
It was pointed out that breast cancer is the
leading cause of death for women ages 35-54,
and accounts for more than 75 percent of all
cancer deaths among women 55 and older.
Key Royale women golf for cancer program
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Christian Holy Week starts Sunday
By Jim Hanson
Christian Holy Week begins with Palm Sunday,
April 4, and culminates the following Sunday with
Easter, and Anna Maria Island is ready for it.
There will be Palm Sunday services in the
churches, special observances during the week, and the
annual Easter Sunrise Service at dawn April 11.
The Rev. Bill Grossman, pastor of Harvey Memo-
rial Community Church in Bradenton Beach and senior
serving pastor on the Island, said Palm Sunday is ob-
served as the day of Jesus Christ's triumphal entry into
Jerusalem at the time of the Jewish observance of Pass-
It. is called -Palm Sunday, he said, because the
people there were so happy with his arrival that they cut
palm fronds and put them in the street for him to walk
During the week that followed, Jesus celebrated
Passover at the Last Supper with his disciples. He was
crucified on Friday and was resurrected on Sunday,
which is our Easter.
I Holy Week services on the Island, including tele-
phone numbers where further detailed information may
Episcopal Church of the Annunciation,
4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach
,Palm Sunday, blessing and distribution of the
palms at the 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. services.
Holy Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thurs-
day, Holy Eucharist at 10 a.m.
Maundy Thursday, Holy Eucharist at 10 a.m. and
7 p.m., foot-washing ceremony and stripping of the al-
Good Friday liturgy at noon, Stations of the Cross
at 7 p.m.
Easter Sunday, First Mass of Easter with organ
music and hymns, 7:30 a,m.
Choral Eucharist with choir, 9 a.m.
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Gloria Dei Lutheran Church,
6608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach,
Palm Sunday, Blessing of the palms and choir pro-
cessional, 8 and 10:30 a.m.
Maundy Thursday, 10:30 a.m: and 7:15 p.m., with
stripping of the alter at the latter service.
Good Friday, Tenebrae ("Service of the Shadows")
at 6 p.m. Call 778-1813 if transportation is needed for
this special service.
Easter Sunday, Easter celebration services at 8 and
10:30 a.m., Sunday School at 9 a.m. -
The Rev. David Webb, pastor. 778-1813.
Harvey Memorial Community Church,
300 Church St., Bradenton Beach
Palm Sunday service at 9:30 a.m.
Maundy Thursday, Holy Communion and potluck
supper at 6 p.m., with people bringing a dish to share.
Communion will be taken around the table, simi-
lar to the Last Supper.
Easter Sunday service at 9:30 a.m.
The Rev. Bill Grossman, pastor. 224-8608.
Island Baptist Church,
8605 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria
Palm Sunday service at 10:50 a.m.
Easter Sunday services at 8:30 and 10:50 a.m.
The Rev. Dale Lawson, pastor. 778-0719.
Roser Memorial Community Church,
512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria
Palm Sunday, children will lead the choir in a pro-
cessional with palm fronds, 9 and 11 a.m.
Holy Thursday, Communion at 7 p.m. in the sanctu-
Good Friday services at noon in the chapel.
Easter Sunday services with special music planned
by the church music director, Susan Crumpler, 9 and
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The Rev. Gary Batey, pastor. 778-0414.
St. Bernard Roman Catholic Church,
248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach
Masses Saturday at 4 and 5:30 p.m.
Palm Sunday, blessing and distribution of palms at
8:30, 10 and 11:30 a.m. Masses.
Masses Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at 8:30
a.m. Morning prayer Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday
and Thursday at 9:15 a.m. Confession Monday and
Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. and Thursday at 7 p.m.
Holy Thursday, Mass of the Lord's Supper at 7
Good Friday, Divine Mercy service at 8:30 a.m.,
Stations of the Cross at noon, Passion of Our Lord at
Holy Saturday, Divine Mercy service at 8:30 a.m.,
blessing of Easter baskets at 11 a.m., Easter Vigil Mass
at 7:30 p.m.
Easter Sunday, Masses at 7, 8:30, 10 and 11:30
a.m. Divine Mercy at 12:45, and the Easter egg hunt
begins then, too.
Father Robert J. Mongiello, pastor. 778-4769.
All Angels by the Sea
Episcopal Church, 563 Bay Isles Road,
Palm Sunday services at 8 and 10 a.m.
Wednesday, Holy Eucharist at 10 a.m.
Maundy Thursday, Holy Eucharist at 5 p.m.
Good Friday service at noon.
Easter Sunday, Choral Eucharist at 8 and 10 a.m.
Father Downs C. Stitler Jr., rector.
St. Mary Star of the Sea
4280 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key.
Saturday services at 4:30 and 6 p.m., blessing of
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aim Sunday, April 4, at Gloria Dei Lutheran Island, was in
1. periodically up
rl Parks, the church's organist and choirmaster, "With jus
sent the 40-year-old organ's third recital since large works ac
ops were installed, a recent project. out distortion;
e public concert is free but an offering will be He noted tl
organ, that ma
Episcopal Church Women after hundreds
been in use for
hear of relief fund Sunday's p
iscopal Church Women of the Church of the French organ
ciation will host Judy Tiffany at its general Guilmant and
g Thursday, April 1. Guilmant'
representative of the Diocesan Relief Fund, she the chorus "L
eak at the meeting, which will begin at 10:30 Handel's "Me
allowingg Holy Eucharist at 9:30 a.m. at the massive "Cho]
,4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. powerful "Lit;
servations for the luncheon may be made by smaller pieces
5O show due at Legion post
Friday night Coly weD
USO show, based on traveling wartime shows
ited Service Organization staged for servicemen, the palms at 4
presented at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 2, at Ameri- Palm Sun
-gion Kirby Stewart post, 2000 75th St. W., tribution of the
will feature local talent who have been rehears- Masses at 9 monday,
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THE ISLANDER 0 MARCH 31, 2004 0 PAGE 15
New Arvida plan worries opponents
By Rick Catlin
Opponents of the proposed Arvida condominium
project on Perico Island are concerned now that the
City of Bradenton has withdrawn a comprehensive-
plan amendment previously submitted to the Florida
Department of Community Affairs that, if approved,
would have given Arvida free rein to build'898 condo-
minium units as originally planned.
They're concerned because the new Arvida site
plan submitted to Bradenton last month calls for just
668 condominium units, surprisingly the maximum
number that can be built on the property under the
city's current comprehensive plan without the proposed
Arvida's original proposal for 898 units had
prompted a lawsuit by the environmental group
ManaSota-88 and concerned citizens, claiming the pro-
posal and number of units did not fit with the City of
Bradenton's land-use plan.
Bradenton filed a plan amendment with the DCA
last year, but withdrew the request earlier this month.
"Obviously, we're very concerned now about our
legal challenges," said Glenn Compton of ManaSota-
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"Although our lawsuits against the 898 units are
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ManaSota-88, along with the three Island cities,
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Old faithful Daylight Saving Time coming Sunday
other countries join the United States in saving time.
The main goal of saving time is saving energy, ac-
cording to the people who started DST way back when
and who keep it going now. The U.S. Department of
Transportation had a study 30 years or so ago that indi-
cated the country's electricity usage went down one per-
cent each day with DST. Most energy consumed by light-
ing and appliances occurs in the evening when families are
home. Move the clocks so we get an hour more daylight
when we are most likely to use it, and we cut electric use.
Benjamin Franklin first suggested such time manipu-
lation in 1784. The idea didn't grab anyone much, and it
took an Englishman, William Willett, to bring it up suc-
cessfully in 1907. Even so, it wasn't until 1916 that clocks
in Britain were put ahead one hour during summer.
America followed suit in 1918 to conserve re-
sources for the World War I effort, but the DST law
was so unpopular that it was repealed. When we went
to our second World War, Congress reinstated DST,
calling it War Time, and the country stayed an hour
ahead of itself year around until 1945.
From 1945 on, states and even localities were free to
set their clocks front or back as they wished, with such
confusion that Congress set up DST again in 1966. Since
1986, DST has been decreed to begin the first Sunday in
April. So be it. At 2 a.m. spring forward.
By Jim Hanson
Three things to remember now: DST begins at 2
a.m. Sunday, April 4. "Spring forward." And it's Day-
light Saving Time, no "S" on the saving.
In short, set the clocks ahead one hour at 2 o'clock
Sunday morning if you're a perfectionist or an insom-
niac. Otherwise reset the time before going to bed Sat-
urday night or upon awakening Sunday morning.
Why do you have to? Because if you don't, you'll
be out of step with the rest of the country. Well, almost.
Not observing DST are Hawaii, Samoa, Guam, Puerto
Rico, eastern Indiana and most of Arizona. About 70
Linda Schmid uses a torch to melt glass rods in creating glass beadjewelry
SJewelry by Linda Schmidfeatures decorative glass beads that she creates.
Glass artistry featured at Island Gallery West
THE ISLANDER E MARCH 31, 2004 U PAGE 17
Island police reports
Anna Maria City
March 21, North Bay Boulevard, footbridge over
Lake La Vista channel, information. A woman riding
her bike over the footbridge reported she fell and in-
jured her leg.
March 24, 200 block of Oak Avenue, burglary.
Two tennis rackets were reported stolen from the
owner's laundry room.
March 16, 3000 block of Gulf Drive, traffic arrest.
According to the report, a man backed his vehicle into
another car twice and then drove away. Officers
stopped the driver, who reportedly did not have a valid
driver's license, insurance or registration.
March 21, 1400 block of Gulf Drive South, Cortez
Beach, drug arrest. Jerome Lantigua, 20, of Kissimee,
was arrested for possession of marijuana. According to
the report, the officer approached Lantigua to tell him
the beach was closed and saw him attempt to dispose
of a rolled marijuana cigarette.
March 21, 1200 block of Gulf Drive South, Cortez
Beach, drug arrest. Michelle Waldo, 32, of Sarasota,
was arrested for possession of a controlled substance.
According to the report, Waldo was found passed out
and partially undressed in her parked car after closing
hours by officers. According to the report, Waldo was
in possession of prescription pills that a poison control
official identified for the officer as "speed."
March 23, 1700 block of Gulf Drive South,
driver's license. A driver was stopped for excessive
noise from a car radio. According to the report, the
driver did not have a valid license and was wanted for
failure to appear on two Manatee County warrants and
a Hillsborough County warrant for theft and arrested.
March 19, 2900 block of Avenue E, burglary. A
man reported his wallet stolen from his vacation rental.
March 19, 4000 Gulf Drive, Manatee Public
Beach, DUI. Joshua Gurley, 22, of Bradenton, was ar-
rested for driving under the influence of alcohol with
damage to another vehicle. According to the report,
Gurley and another driver backed their vehicles into
each other while leaving the parking lot. The accident
investigation also showed that Gurley was driving
without a license, insurance or registration. According
to the report, Gurley is currently on probation for a
previous DUI charge.
March 21, 300 block of 62nd Street, dog bite. A
man reported that his dog bit his neighbor on the hand
when she tried to pet it. According to the report, the dog
was a stray dog the owners recently took in and it had
not yet been taken to a veterinarian for rabies shots.
March 22, 3210 East Bay Drive, Paradise Bagels,
theft. According to the report, juvenile stole money from
the tip jar near the cash register. Another customer tried
to stop the juvenile from leaving but was reportedly
pushed out the door as the juvenile ran away.
March 22, 6200 Flotilla Drive, tennis courts, warrant
arrest. Officers received an anonymous report of a suspi-
cious person hiding behind the bushes at the tennis courts.
Officers found and arrested the man on an outstanding
felony warrant for violating his California parole.
March 23, 6900 Gulf Drive, Bali Hai Resort, theft.
A man reported his compact discs and five-inch knife
stolen from his vehicle.
March 25, 500 block of 69th Street, theft. Fifteen
bags of landscape mulch nuggets were reported stolen.
March 24, 4000 Gulf Drive, Manatee Public
Beach, impound. According to the report, a vehicle was
impounded for blocking another vehicle that was
parked at the public beach.
March 24, 500 block of 74th Street, theft. A man
reported his handgun missing from the glove box of his
3 H I
The March 31, 1994, issue of
The Islander announced that:
The Anna Maria Island Community Center an-
nounced it would hold a public forum on juvenile
crime, drug use, sex and truancy after a number of teen-
agers revealed in confidential interviews with AMICC
executive director Pierrette Kelly that they used drugs.
Island and county officials at ajoint work session in
Anna Maria announced the formation of two study com-
mittees to determine who has authority and responsibility
to maintain the recently renourished beach that includes
some private property, and the other to make recommen-
dations on methods and funding of such maintenance.
Burglars who tried to steal an 800-pound safe
from the Anchorage Restaurant in Anna Maria gave up
and left when faced with carrying the metal monstros-
ity down two flights of stairs at the restaurant. Owner
John Horne said even if the thieves had gotten away
with the safe, they would have
find it was empty.
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A convicted sex offender whom the Florida
Department of Law Enforcement lists on its Web
site as residing at 2916 Gulf Drive in Holmes
Beach (The Islander, March 17) no longer lives
at that address, the owner of the property said.
Under Florida law, convicted sexual offend-
ers are required to report their residence address
to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement,
even after their probation ends.
The property owner said the 27-year-old
man, who was convicted of lewd and lascivious
acts with a child under the age of 16, has not
lived at that address for "three or four months."
March 25, 3800 block of East Bay Drive, assault.
A man was arrested for domestic assault because he
reportedly threatened his former wife, grabbing her by
the shirt collar and pushing her while she attempted to
remove her things from their home.
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Sandwich, Tossed Salad, Peas, Fruit, Juice Bar
Tuesday, April 6
Breakfast: French Toast Glaze, Cereal, Toast, Fruit
Lunch: Cheeseburger, Chef Salad or Peanut Butter
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Wednesday, April 7
Breakfast: Orange Muffin, Chicken Tender with
Roll, Cereal, Toast, Fruit
Lunch: Salisbury Steak with Mashed Potatoes, Fish
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Tossed Salad, Green Beans, Fruit
Thursday, April 8
Breakfast: Yogurt, Cereal, Toast, Churro, Fruit
Lunch: Chicken Bites with Tater Tots, Yogurt, Fruit
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By Jim Hanson staffers and o
Islander Correspondent and came awa
ok a trip to Tallahassee, but Cortez school project will come thrc
believe the legislative machinery is working to The $167
ate money to renovate the historic building, funding was e
h Manatee County Clerk of the Circuit Court tion that the F
Shore leading the semi-lobbying effort, the proved, and ii
supporters were able to come home fairly opti- Senate. If they
hat funds would be approved this year. It's up up to Gov. Jet
lorida Senate, which they rate as friendly, and The count
ernor, an unknown quantity, side of the vill
e got done all that could be done at this time," condition to i
ristine Clyne, director of information for the Museum and 1
and Shore's lieutenant for the project. Among The state
other responsibilities, Shore has authority over
preservation and restoration in the county. Bon
h them in Tallahassee were Cathy Slusser, who
historic resources for Shore, and Roger Allen, Loud mu
ed coordinator of the restoration and of the r ou
are about to er
n project. the site was aj
,y met with senators, representatives, top state City Council.
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Get the fever, get
For all of the area's growth in people of Latino and
Hispanic descent, you would think there would be
more salsa, more meringue, more flamenco, more Latin
Yovany Alas, a native of Cuba and leader of the
group Latin Passion, says, "I think there's a need.
American people are beginning to discover the Latin
flavor. And in Sarasota and Bradenton there's a grow-
ing affection for the music, but very few people are
doing what we're doing."
Yovany has been a musician since he was 8 years
old, and he has an impressive pedigree.
For 20 years in pre-revolutionary Cuba, his father,
Carlos Alas del Casino, broadcast four radio and tele-
vision programs out of Havana. As a singer/songwriter
with lots of stage charisma, Alas des Casino was a
suave superstar of Latin music.
Yovany says, "Every day he'd leave for Havana in
the morning and not show up at home until 2 a.m."
Yovany flourished in this environment.
At age 3 he began reciting poetry and singing
songs. When he was 8 he studied classical guitar, mu-
sic theory and rhythm at the Conservatorio de
Guanabacoa. By the time he was 11, he was perform-
ing in theaters and making his own television appear-
ances on (CMQ TV) Channel 4 in Havana. His preco-
cious career was interrupted in 1965 when he was
forced to leave his family and immigrate to Miami to
live with relatives.
"My aunt didn't want me to be in music like my
father, so soon I was on the streets. I went to New York
and started doing rock 'n' roll."
He was the lead singer for the group Cold Winter
for a number of years.
While in New York City he met Alice Cooper and
attended recording sessions at Studio 54. He mastered
the English language, too, before returning to Miami to
be closer to his musical roots and to play guitar, per-
cussion and sing in hotels and clubs there.
Latin Passion formed three years ago as a five-
piece ensemble with Pepe Olarte on piano, Jimmy Mac
on congas, and Pepe Olan on drums. Yovany's wife
Lydia sings lead and backup vocals and provides per-
cussion and a visual rhythm in her dancing.
"What I love to do is dance," she says. "Since I was
a little girl, I've studied ballet, flamenco and Latin
Also from Cuba, Lydia and Yovany have been
sweethearts since she was 14. Married 20 years, they
have a son named Christopher.
They are "both inspiration and great support in my
life," says Yovany.
The band's repertoire includes the spectrum of
Latin music but focuses on traditional Cuban songs -
"songs my father did," says Yovany.
The lyrics are in Spanish and the grooves are dance
friendly and infectious, whether you know the Latin
dances, such as meringue and tango, or not.
Boleros (Spanish for romantic ballads) such as
"Sabor A Mi" (Taste of Me) and "Historia De Un
Amor" go over smooth and sultry.
Latin Passion has mostly performed in Sarasota at
Latin Cantina, the restaurant Gastronomia, and at pri-
vate parties. On April 8 they'll be doing a show at
THE ISLANDER 0 MARCH 31, 2004 N PAGE 19
":' Yovany and Latin
d boleros at
Burt and Bobby Woodson of Woodson Brothers
Seafood Grille, where Latin Passion performed re-
cently, say they definitely want to have them back.
"They came in for dinner one night and we got to
talking, and they left us a compact disk, which we liked
a lot," Burt said. "I thought they were a lot of fun and
drew a nice group of people in from as far away as
The Woodsons hadn't planned it this way, but as
much as their restaurant is a supper club, it has also
become a music club.
In addition to bands like the Blues Injectors, Tim
Chandler and KoKo Ray, Bobby says, "We've been
trying to bring in some more ethnic groups. Gumbo
Boogie Band [a Cajun, zydeco-style band] has been
doing well for us on Tuesdays. A lot of people come
in to dance. We have people for dinner and try to keep
them for the entertainment. And if Bongo's closes
down, we hope their people will come to us for enter-
You can hear live music at Woodson Brothers
Tuesday through Saturday.
As for Yovany and Latin Passion, Bobby says,
"These guys are great!"
Look for them to return there soon.
For music schedule information, call Woodsons at
And to reach Yovany, call (941) 302-0720, or
check his Web site at www.yovanymusic.com.
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Rolf Bertram will exhibit his panoramic photographs, such as this picture of the Ringling Bridge, at the Island Public Library during April.
Panoramic Island going in library's exhibit
Anna Maria Island photographer Rolf Bertram will third class in watercolors is being added in April, said
show unique 4-foot-wide photos of.the barrier islands the Center. She also teaches a class in drawing. She has
when his display opens at the Island Public Library for had shows on the Island and in Bradenton.
all of April. Attwooll studied art in England and specializes in
The Holmes Beach resident explained that each tiny paintings for greeting cards. She has built a busi-
print covers an unusual 180 degrees, 8 inches deep ness out of the miniature watercolors. She lives at
by 49 inches wide. On display will be studies of lo- Lakewood Ranch.
cations on Anna Maria Island, Longboat Key and
Two watercolor artists, Sue Lynn Cotton and Kim
Attwooll, also will display their works during April at
the library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
Cotton, who lived on the Island until moving to the
mainland two years ago, teaches at the Anna Maria
Island Community Center and is so effective that a
Another artist coming to the area, this one creating
in words, is Carl Hiassen, best-selling Florida author
who will be featured speaker at the Manatee County
Central Library's 17th annual Foundation and Author
Luncheon Thursday, April 15.
The Island Branch Library's April schedule:
Monday, April 12-26, Internet class for beginners,
registration required (call 778-6341), 8:30 a.m.
Tuesday, April 6-27, veterans service officer in-
terviews clients by appointment (749-3030), 1-4 p.m.
Tuesday, April 13, Friends of the Island Library's
Focus on Florida series, featuring travel editor and
author Janis Frawley-Holler, 2 p.m.
Wednesday, April 14, Friends Book Club, 10:30
Thursday and Friday, April 22-23, AARP driver-
safety course, registration required (776-1158), noon-
Saturday, April 10, origami class, 10:30 a.m.
The library opens at 10 a.m. daily except Sunday,
closing at 8 p.m. Monday and Wednesday, 6 p.m.
Tuesday and Thursday, 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
The phone number is 778-6341.
Poems, pictures praise Island in book
By Jim Hanson
Tens of thousands have sung paeans to the paradise
that is Anna Maria Island, and now a poet is adding his
form of homage.
He has made considerable investment to do so, has
Bruce Knecht, in writing and photographing and con-
vincing a publisher that Anna Maria is worth a book.
It is a small book or a budding magazine, even
Knecht is not sure which, and to the reader it is worth
Knecht's efforts and the publisher's attention. If
enough readers find it so, there likely will be sequels
or perhaps a periodical.
Called "Anna Maria Island in Review," it is just off
the presses and beginning to look for markets among
native Islanders and admirers of Anna Maria else-
where. Knecht is tackling the local marketing himself,
aiming to place it in gift shops and retail stores and
souvenir shops, anywhere people tend to buy remind-
ers of beauty and enjoyment.
Text and photos pretty much alternate in the book,
the text wisps of emotions and thoughts, and the pho-
tos unfamiliar shots of fa-
miliar scenes around the Is-
land. It is a pleasant journey
through one artist's appre-
ciation of paradise.
Whether the poetry is
good or not depends on the
beholder, as does most art,
but it's a sure thing that it is
far different from the usual
expectations of verse. And Knecht
that may be explained by
the journey and arrival of the poet.
Knecht trained to be a textile engineer at the Uni-
versity of Massachusetts and then studied philosophy
and poetry, the latter for years with the late Pulitzer-
prize-winning Alan Dugan on Cape Cod.
He started a poetry society in the New Bedford/Fall
River region, then launched a magazine for the arts
there. He spoke at schools and other gatherings, want-
ing to "encourage public understanding of contempo-
rary as well as traditional poetry," he said.
Seeking something that didn't exist there, six years
ago he started coming to Bradenton off and on, ended up
moving here. And got sand in his shoes -.Island sand.
Writers write, they can't help it. So poets write poetry,
and he started and couldn't stop and ended up with a col-
lection of modern poems. He came out of publishing, so
what would be more logical than publishing the poems?
He had a working relationship with Brickford Publishing
House "up north," and the result is off the presses now.
Incidentally, regardless of whichever came first,
publishing or poetizing, the combination has led him
well along toward setting up one philosophy and three
poetry magazines under Brickford contract.
"I am eternally grateful to Anna Maria Island for
giving me serenity and happiness," he said. "It has
given so much to so many that way, even the simple act
of kids touching water for a few minutes, that I thought
I'd try to give something back with this publication."
He hopes it will be in local outlets right away,
priced at $7.95. If interested persons can't find it there,
it is on the Web at annamariaisland.tripod.com, e-mail
firstname.lastname@example.org, or P.O. Box 4311, Anna Maria
FL 34216. Or call Knecht at 756-3985.
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8 to 9 a.m. "Good Morning Longboat Key" at the
Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce, 6854 Gulf of
Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. Information: 387-9519.
9 a.m. Horseshoe games at Anna Maria City
Hall Park, 10005 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria.
Noon to 3:30 p.m. Duplicate bridge at the Anna
Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave.,
Anna Maria. Information: 778-3390. Fee applies.
1 to 3:30 p.m. "Paint-a-shirt" class with Sue
Lynn Cotton at the Anna Maria Island Community Cen-
ter, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 778-
1908. Fee applies.
4:30 to 6 p.m. "Educating Jane" teen girls life-
skills club at the Anna Maria Island Community Cen-
ter, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 778-
1908. Fee applies.
6 p.m. Family storytime at the Island Branch
Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Informa-
Thursday, April 1
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tax assistance from AARP
and VITA volunteers at the Island Branch Library, 5701
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: (888) 227-
10:30 a.m. Episcopal Church Women of the
Church of the Annunciation meeting with guest
speaker Judy Tiffany of the Diocesan Relief Fund at
4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-
12:30 p.m. St. Bernard Women's Guild presents
"Faith in Action" in the church social hall, 248 S. Har-
bor Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-4769.
1 p.m. Longboat Key cartoonist Abe Klieman
signs his book "In the Beginning, There was Laughter"
at Circle Books, 478 John Ringling Blvd., Sarasota.
5:30 to 7:30p.m. "For Art's Sake" silent auction
benefit for the Manatee High School art department at
The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Infor-
7p.m. Smoke-free bingo at Annie Silver Com-
munity Center, 103 23rd St., Bradenton Beach. Infor-
8 p.m. Manatee Community College Chamber
Orchestra at Neel Performing Arts Center, 5840 26th
St. W., Bradenton. Information: 752-5320. Fee applies.
Friday, April 2
12:15 to 2:15 p.m. Furniture painting class with
Dawn Gurtner at the Anna Maria Island Community
Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information:
778-1908. Fee applies.
5 to 7p.m. Religious art and artifacts exhibit at
the Episcopal Church of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf
Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-6083.
5:30 to 7:30 p.m. "Works from Open Studio"
artists reception at the Anna Maria Island Art League,
5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach. Information: 778-
5:30 to 7:30 p.m. "Dreams are Free" artist re-
ception at the Art League of Manatee County, 209
Ninth St. W., Bradenton. Information: 746-2862.
7:30 to 9:30 p.m. USO Show at American Le-
gion Post No. 24, 2000 75th St. W., Bradenton. Infor-
mation: 794-3489. Fee applies.
Saturday, April 3
8:30 a.m. Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island
meeting at Cafe on the Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Mana-
tee Public Beach, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-
8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. "Walk-the-lsland-for-lsland-
Middle-School" from Coquina Beach Bay Side North
Pavilion, Bradenton Beach to IMS, 206 85th Street,
Holmes Beach. Information: 778-5200. Donations ap-
9 a.m. Horseshoe games at Anna Maria City
Hall Park, 10005 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria.
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Anna Maria Island Garden
Tour at various locations. Tickets available at the Anna
Maria Island Chamber of Commerce, 5313 Gulf Drive,
Holmes Beach. Information: 794-5507. Fee applies.
10:30 a.m. Wild bird rescue training at the Peli-
can Man's Bird Sanctuary, 1708 Ken Thompson
Pkwy., Sarasota. Information: 388-4444.
11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Village of the Arts Fashion
Show at 1006 and 1001 11lth Ave. W., Bradenton. In-
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winter. His art is on
display andfor sale
at the Cortez Cafe.
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formation: 741-4970. Fee applies.
Sunday, April 4
3 p.m. Symphonic French pipe organ music at
Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 6608 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach. Information: 778-1813.
Monday, April 5
10:15 a.m. Gulf Coast Writers meeting atthe
Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach. Information: 761-9036.
1 to 2:30 p.m. Stepping-stone craft class with
Glen LeFerve at the Anna Maria Island Community
Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information:
778-1908. Fee applies.
4:30 to 6p.m. "Roots and Shoots" teen environ-
mental program at the Anna Maria Island Community
Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information:
778-1908. Fee applies.
6:30 p.m. Anna Maria Island Artists Guild pre-
sents "Art in My Life" with guest Rhea Chiles at Epis-
copal Church of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive,
Holmes Beach. Information: 778-1788.
7 p.m. "Florida Red Tide and Human Health:
The Top 10 Questions" with Barbara Kirkpatrick at
Mote Marine Laboratory, 1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy.,
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ota. Information: 388-4441. Fee applies.
Jay, April 6
oon to 3:30 p.m. -Friendly bridge at the Anna
Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave.,
Maria. Information: 778-1908. Fee applies.
to 4 p.m. Veterans service officer at the Island
h Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
30 to 2:30 p.m. Stepping-stone craft class with
_eFerve at the Anna Maria Island Community
r, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information:
908. Fee applies.
30 to 8:30 p.m. Anna Maria Elementary
)1 Karaoke night at Beef O'Brady's, 6703 Mana-
'e. W., Bradenton. Information: 761-1444.
p.m. Safe boating course at the Coast Guard
ary, 5801 33rd Ave. Drive W., Bradenton. Infor- Isla
n: 761-4303. Fee applies. A
esday, April 7 of Anna
to 8 a.m. Pier Regulars meeting at the Anna $30,000
City Pier, 100 S. Bay Blvd., Anna Maria. Informa- metto.
a.m. Horseshoe games at Anna Maria City meeting
ark, 10005 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. also nan
oon Woman's Club of Anna Maria Island in- Island H
ion of new officers at the Bradenton Yacht Club, can't aff
Snead Island Road, Palmetto. Information: 778- Roser V
oon to 3:30 p.m. Duplicate bridge at the Anna
Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., helpnee
Maria. Information: 778-3390. Fee applies. afford to
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By Steve Huntington
ome years it seems baseball takes its sweet time
ig here. I know it was that way when I lived up
three decades ago.
anyone older than a school kid will tell you it all
>y more quickly now, though. No matter how fast
winter goes, spring training is here and gone in a
It's now the final week. The Tampa Bay Devil
and New York Yankees have already begun regu-
ason schedules, many, many time zones away.
that's left for the exhibition season? Your two
st opportunities are at McKechnie Field in
;nton Thursday with the Pittsburgh Pirates stand-
ff against the Cincinnati Reds and Saturday's
,Pirates versus the Minnesota Twins.
)unedin Stadium, spring home of the Toronto
lays, hosts a flurry of late activity. The final three
s there (before Florida State League action in
) begin Thursday versus the Phillies, who then fly
iladelphia to open a new season and a new sta-
he Reds come in to Dunedin on Friday, and are
)ff to Chattanooga to play the Baltimore Orioles.
on Saturday, the Jays welcome the Rays, fresh
from Japan. Well, maybe not exactly fresh.
he big question comes for the Tampa Bay Devil
and gets answered Tuesday evening: Can they
ut opening night of the regular season with the The Pittsbur
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Four captain fishing school
The Islander fishing school last week was attended
by 20 wanna-be-better fishers at the West Manatee
Fire District Station I meeting room. In the picture
at left, Captains and some lucky prize winners are
Richard Purnell, back row, left, who got his fee back
in the raffle drawing, joined by instructors Capt.
Mike Heistand and Capt. Rick Gross, Jordan Beck,
winner of fishing gear, and instructors Capt. Thom
Smith and Capt. Larry McGuire. Front row,
Samantha Purnell, 7, with dad's prize money, Brett
Smith, 9, and Landon Beck, 8. Islander Photos:
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 24
and. one save and a 2.57 ERA in 6 games. Alas, the
Cincinnati Reds have already picked him up. The pre-
vailing rule of thumb here for the Devil Rays is to go
with younger, stronger, cheaper players as the team
works its way toward respectability. It is happening all
across the major leagues.
As we stood on the field at Chain O' Lakes Park
in Winter Haven after a strong Devil Rays perfor-
mance against the Cleveland Indians, I asked manager
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Lou Piniella if the caliber of players that the Rays cut
this spring was a sign of strength for this year's team.
"Well, we have more depth, yeah. We signed a lot
of guys over the winter. I'm hoping that the guys we
let go will get jobs. But we have more experience this
year. Basically last year, the people that we let go of
this year, would have probably all made the ball club."
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It never goes unnoticed by a manager or teammates
when a player moves a runner over in this situation.
And conversely, it doesn't go unnoticed when he fails.
Bobby Hill, having a good spring for the Pirates, did it
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Snapper catch 'best in recent memory' plus trout
By Capt. Mike Heistand
Although spring just arrived, summertime fish-
ing is here in full force in the waters off the Island.
Whitebait is thick off the Sunshine Skyway Bridge,
snook fishing is excellent some say it's near its
peak and trout are spawning and really big in the
backwater, with some reports of 27-inch monsters
There are lots of Spanish mackerel being caught,
and some of the charter captains are saying that the
snapper catch is the best in recent memory in the
Gulf of Mexico.
Capt. Larry McGuire on Show Me The Fish
Charters said, "A week of strong winds kept me
from being able to get offshore this past week. I was
finally able to guide out the Mike Stamon party on
Sunday, and they caught snapper and grouper as
well as several 5-foot-plus barracudas. We fished up
to 80 feet of water in the Gulf using live bait, shrimp
Capt. Thorn Smith at Angler's Repair on
Cortez Road said he's caught snook to 27 inches in
length, redfish to 26 inches and trout to 22 inches, all
on artificial bait mostly soft plastic bait like Mr.
Twister or Exudes, with darker colors seeming to
work best right now on the artificial.
Bill Lowman at Island Discount Tackle said
there were a few pompano being caught off the
beaches last week, but snook hunting is the best bet
near shore right now and linesider action may be at
its peak. There are also lots of mackerel in the passes
and near the piers. Offshore fishing is still great -
really great, like the best in many years for snap-
per. Grouper action is stable, while kingfish are still
hard to find but should start to show up any day on
their northward migration. Look for water tempera-
tures to hit 70 and then start hitting the kings.
Bob Kilb at the Rod & Reel Pier said sheeps-
head were really starting to slow down, but mackerel
were taking their place, plus flounder, bluefish,
jacks, snapper and a few keeper-size redfish.
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Cliff Alcorn at the Anna Maria City Pier said
mackerel are the best bet there right now, with most
of the action coming in either mornings or late after-
noons. There are still a few sheepshead hanging
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Capt. Matt Denham said his charters have done
well with amberjack to 50 pounds out in the Gulf,
plus red grouper to 25 pounds, gags to 20 pounds,
snapper to 6 pounds, but they still are missing king-
fish. There are also good catches of lane and yellow-
tail snapper coming to his boat.
Dave Johnson at Snead Island Crab House
said Spanish mackerel are being caught at the docks
in front of Terra Ceia Bay right now, plus black
drum and mangrove snapper at the old railroad
bridge at the Manatee River. There are also plenty of
hungry small snook in Miguel Bay, Dave added.
Capt. Rick Gross on Fishy Business out of
Catchers Marina in Holmes Beach said he put one
of his charters onto a 45-inch-long, 30-pound snook
on one trip last week. Other action includes lots of
keeper-size snook, and obviously linesider fishing is
in full swing for him right now.
At Perico Island Bait and Tackle, wade fishers
are catching some really big trout due to the near-
spawn of the fish in the backwater and, as a re-
minder, all trout should be released. Redfish are still
a main catch for wade fishers right now, with plenty
of mackerel coming onto the boaters' hooks.
Capt. Tom Chaya on the Dolphin Dreams in
Holmes Beach out of Catchers said there are some
really big trout out in the bays right now, with some
up to 27 inches in length being caught. He's also
finding lots of snook, mackerel, snapper and redfish.
On my boat Magic, we caught a dozen legal-size
snook up to 34 inches on one trip last week, plus a
lot of 29-inch fish. Reds are starting to improve by
the day, and trout are coming in to 22 inches and
there are plenty of them.
Good luck and good fishing.
Capt. Mike Heistand is a 20-year-plus fishing
guide. Call him at 779-9607 to provide fishing re-
port. Prints and digital images of your catch are also
welcome and may be dropped off at The Islander,
5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, or e-mailed to
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Holmes Beach Skate Park rolling along smoothly
By Kevin Cassidy
All of the concerns and fears that surrounded the
approval and building of the Holmes Beach Skate Park
appear to be unfounded, based on how well things have
gone since the park opened in June 2003.
Most of the concerns voiced by citizens and some
commissioners were based on a bad rap image -
of skateboarders. People don't seem to like their cloth-
ing, taste in music, and generally view them as some
sort of criminal element. That perception was fueled by
skateboarders' penchant for skating in front of banks,
churches and other businesses, but that's because they
had no place else to skate.
"Invariably [the skateboarders] are going to cause
damage at these locations that simply weren't designed
for skateboarding," stated Lt. Dale Stephenson of the
Holmes Beach Police Department, a proponent of the
park. "The concrete steps get chipped and there's also
the liability of skaters running into pedestrians or into
Another major concern for building the park was
that it would draw unsavory characters "from across
the bridge" that would increase the crime rate and
lower real estate values.
The park has drawn a large number of skateboard-
ers from Bradenton, but the crime rate remains the
same while real estate values continue to mushroom.
In fact, Stephenson said that the park has reduced
the amount of complaints made to that police depart-
ment. "We used to receive 13-14 calls per month to
chase skateboarders away from St. Bernard's, the
banks, S&S Plaza and other locations. Now the kids
have a place to skate so we receive almost no calls of
The strongest argument against the building of the
skate park was the potential liability the city would face
due to serious injuries incurred at the park, but that
hasn't materialized either. Stephenson stated that para-
medics have responded to the park only three times -
with the most serious injury being a hip pointer. No one
has been taken for further treatment and most injuries
have been minor bumps and bruises.
Stephenson went on to state that the skate park is
probably the most utilized of the city's public proper-
ties. The park, which has more than 300 registered us-
ers, averages roughly seven-12 skaters at any given
time. The majority are from Bradenton, but there are
approximately 100 registered Islanders and a fairly
large number of tourists who pay the $30 registration
fee to use the park.
Eleven-year-olds Tyler Bean and Matt Whitaker,
both from Indianapolis, Ind., enjoy the park. They said
they're used to paying up to $7 dollars per session at
some parks back home, so their parents don't mind
paying the $30 fee. Daniel Lasater, 8, of Bradenton,
also enjoys the park. "I come a couple of times per
month, but I'd come more if my mom would drive me
For the first six weeks after the park opened last
year, volunteers monitored the park to make sure that
skaters complied with rules, but since that time it has
been monitored by Holmes Beach officers as part of
their regular routine patrols.
"The biggest problem we've encountered is ensur-
ing that skaters wear all of the required pads, especially
wrist guards," said Stephenson. "Other than that, it has
gone extremely well. I'd like to see the park expanded
a little to add a couple more ramps and make it bigger."
Whether the park gets expanded remains to be
seen, but it's nice to see the park, which started as a
class project by then-Anna Maria Elementary student
Brad Bryant, doing so well.
Could a skateboarding contest be on the horizon?
This writer would like to see it happen!
Island hoopster, 13, on
S17-under AAU squad
Long-time Island resident Celia Ware, recently
was named as a member of the Evolution Ladies 17-
and-under AAU traveling basketball team. Ware, 13,
and currently a student at Island Middle School, at-
tended a tryout at Booker High School where she com-
peted with and against 30 girls, many of whom are
members of their respective high school teams.
Celia was admittedly nervous when she attended
the tryout. All of the girls except one were older, big-
Bradenton resident Gary Jones drops in on one of the ramps at the Holmes Beach Skateboard Park. Islander
Photos: Kevin Cassidy
Indianapolis resident Tyler Bean gets some air
during a recent skating session at the Holmes Beach
ger, and definitely had more experience playing basket-
ball at a higher level.
Celia apparently made an impression, according to
her father, Jeff Ware. "After the tryouts, they told us
we'd get a phone call telling us whether or not she
made the team. We weren't two blocks from the tryout
when my cell phone rang and Celia received the news
that she had made the team."
Celia has honed her skills playing in the coed youth
leagues at the Anna Maria Island Community Center
and gives a lot of credit to her coaches at the Center.
"Coach Tracy Glarner has helped me a lot about learn-
ing the right way to play basketball," Celia stated.
Playing with and against the boys also helped, ac-
cording to Dad. "The boys are so aggressive, which has
definitely helped Celia." Jeff went on to say that it
doesn't surprise him seeing as how she's been playing
basketball pretty hard since she was 5.
Right now Celia and her new teammates are prac-
ticing three to four times per week to prepare for the
upcoming AAU season. They have one-, two- and
three-day tournaments scheduled in Tampa, Orlando,
Daytona Beach and other locations across the state.
Celia is understandably excited and can't wait for
the games to start. As usual to youth sports, there are
always costs involved. She is helping the team sell car-
wash tickets for $5, and the basketball club will also
accept tax-deductible donations.
For more information, you can e-mail the Evolu-
tion Ladies Basketball Club at:
Good luck, Celia!
Little League resumes
All three age groups of Anna Maria Island Little
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Matt Whitaker, visiting with his family from India-
napolis, executes a kick turn off one of the ramps at
the Holmes Beach Skatepark
League get back at it after a nice spring break from
school. Some players and coaches apparently took ad-
vantage of the time and went away for a few days,
while others were content to hang out, catch a spring
training baseball game, or simply go to the beach and
enjoy the beautiful weather.
Mark your calendars for April 17 and May 30.
April 17 is picture day and fun day at the Center. Team
and individual photos will be taken in addition to an
impressive offering of food, games and activities for
the entire family. Team photo schedules will be distrib-
uted to team managers and to players as the date gets
Sunday, May 30, is Anna Maria Island Community
Center Day at Tropicana Field. The loathed (by this
writer) New York Yankees and its collection of All-
Stars, like Jason Giambi, A-Rod and Derek Jeter, will
come to the Trop for a 1:15 p.m. game against prom-
ising Tampa Bay youngsters like Carl Crawford, Rocco
Baldelli and Aubrey Huff.
Upper infield reserved seats cost just $15 with a
portion of the proceeds being donated to the Center.
To place ticket orders, or for more information,
you can contact the Center at 778-1908, or you can
contact Devil Rays representative Barry Jones at 1-
888-FAN RAYS, ext. 3123, or (727) 825-3123.
Spring break soccer camp
While public schools in Manatee County will have
finalized spring break before this camp, there's still
plenty of kids around the Island to take advantage of it.
Head boys' and girls' soccer coach at Bradenton Acad-
emy, John Hartman, is hosting a soccer camp with a
staff of collegiate-level players for younger players
PLEASE SEE SPORTS, NEXT PAGE
THE ISLANDER N MARCH 31, 2004 E PAGE 29
Anna Maria Island
Little League schedules
Date Time Teams
Junior League (ages 13-15)
April 2 7 p.m. Islander vs. Team 9
@ G.T. Bray
10 a.m. Islander vs. Team 2
@ Birdie Tebbetts
Major League (ages 9-12)
March 31 6:30 p.m. WMFD vs. Island Lumber
April 2 6:30 p.m. Duncan vs. WMFD
April 5 7 p.m. Duncan vs. WMFD
Minor League (ages 8-9)
April 1 6:30 p.m. Bark Realty vs. Betsy Hill
April 3 11:30 a.m. Morgan Stanley vs.
Celia Ware, 13, practices her shooting, and is
excited about earning a spot on the 17-Under
Evolution Ladies basketball team.
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 28
ages 6-14 at a cost of $75 per player, or $125 per fam-
ily. The camp is being held at Palma Sola Park 9-11:30
a.m. April 5-9.
The focus of the camp will be on individual foot
skills. Each day these skills will be reinforced through
small-sided games. Campers will be matched up ac-
cording to talent / age group. All campers need to bring
water, ball (No. 4 for ages 7-12; No. 5 for ages 13-14)
and shin guards and wear comfortable clothing.
To register, provide your child's name, age, gen-
der and address, along with a check made payable to
Excel Sports, 6050 34th St. W., Apt. 509, Bradenton
FL 34210, or call Hartman at 773-6010.
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5 p.m. Morgan Stanley vs.
6:30 p.m. Bark Realty vs.
T-ball (ages 5-7)
April 3 9 a.m. Harry's vs. Beach House
April 3 10 a.m. Morgan Stanley vs.
Air & Energy
April 6 5 p.m. Morgan Stanley vs. Harry's
Major League standings
as of March 19
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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
Now Accepting Reservations
for 2005 Season
SEASONAL RENTALS WANTED
Residences, condos, duplexes,
furnished or unfurnished.
Doug Dowling has been the
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GEOFFREY WALL, G.R.I. P.A.
Realtor Sales Associate
For yqUwr Wivate shPowi`n rai
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For confidential and personalized service, please phone me anytime
The Art of the Deal for You
No one know an Island like Aussie Geoff
/ deOcbrCk 3224 East Bay Drive
r STATE COMPANY Holmes Beach
Hom tersn iea h
Hew Nelghbor a T 8ngl
3-4BR/2.5BA, formal living, den,
family room, library. Just exudes
quality, class and distinction. Fea-
tures too numerous to list. $349,000.
$103,000 income in 2003. New in
2000. 6BR/6BA, two swimming
pools. Turnkey furnished. One block
to beach. $1,150,000.
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GAS STOVE 20-inch, like new, $135; in-wall or win-
dow A/C, 18,000 BTU, excellent condition, $110.
MURRAY SELF-PROPELLED lawnmower, $100 or
best offer; fertilizer spreader, $15; electric weed
trimmer,$15; complete set of women's golf clubs,
golf bag and cart, $100. 778-1444.
WASHER/DRYER must sell today, $50/pair;
dresser, $15; table and six chairs, $40; scooter,
needs battery, $300 or best offer. Call 778-0535.
FREE: LADIES SCHWINN, 10-speed, old. Call 778-1444.
YOU CAN LOSE weight. Free trial program for one
month supply. Call Loretta, 778-2658, for details or
GLASS-TOP DINING table with four chairs, cush-
ions, wicker and wrought iron. $550 or best offer.
USED 1200-POUND Mantowoc ice machine with
bin, good condition, works great, $1,650. Call Bill,
GIRL SCOUT COOKIES available at The Islander,
assorted varieties, $3.50 box. All proceeds paid to
local Girl Scout troop.
Fish tank: 150-gallon with hand-made oak cabinet, fully
equipped, $1,000 or best offer. Call Bill, 795-7411.
CAR COVER: Toyota Supra, like new, $50. Call
NICKELS: INDIAN HEAD, 75, no dates, $10; 13
with good dates, $8. Various commemorative un-
circulated silver dollars and halves. 792-4274.
FREE DELIVERY: SEAFOOD to go. Shrimp,
crabs, native fish. Delivered to your door. Call
James Lee, 795-1112 or 704-8421.
BINGO! ANNIE SILVER Community Center would
like to thank The Islander and local businesses for
your donations to help make our season a big suc-
cess! Thank you so much!
SINGER/GUITARIST looking for bassist and drum-
mer to form rock group. Guitarists and singers
welcome. Powerful sounding. Call Walt, 779-1222.
TOURIST APPRECIATION SALE: Niki's Gift and An-
tique Mall, 5351 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Select gifts
and antiques, 25 percent to 70 percent off all sterling
jewelry, 50 percent off teak desk and matching computer
desk, $85. Open 7 days 9:30am-5pm. 779-0729.
Anna Maria canalfront
home with pool on a quiet
vacation rental, but also
the place to be for a
Call Pat Staebler, Lic. Real Estate Broker
778-0123 or 705-0123
E-Mail. BeachlBav@ comcast. net
Phone 941- 379-2333
Visit Website. floridabeachnba\: comrl
Ri ye r Cludb ,:~arcri~hi:~ at $225.,(jii3U-.,$34..()f:)&
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$1,925,000. we have rentals too.'
AMI KIWANIS CLUB fruit orders benefit Island chil-
dren. Order delicious oranges and grapefruit pack-
ages for shipment to friends and family from mem-
ber Rich Bohnenberger, 778-0355. Honeybell tan-
gelos crop, mature now!
LONGBOAT KEY HISTORY "From Calusas to
Condominiums" by Ralph B. Hunter. Signed copies
available at The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach. 778-7978.
ROSER THRIFT SHOP Open Tuesday, Thursday,
Friday, 9:30am-2pm, Saturday 9-noon. Always 50
percent off sales rack. 511 Pine Ave., Anna Maria.
SELL IT FAST! In The Islander.
COMMUNITY SALE Saturday, April 3, 8am-? Art,
battery-powered and U.S. Post Office bicycles, fur-
niture, miscellaneous. South Harbor Drive, Holmes
CRITTER SITTER nine years in pet care. 24 years
as an Island resident. Lots of TLC for your beloved
pets with in-home visits. 778-6000.
Location, Location, Location at an affordable price. Beau-
tifully updated with 1BR/1BA each side. Light, bright and
clean. Tropical landscape, newer roof. Established rental
history. $298,700. Lowest priced duplex on Island.
MAKING REAL ESTATE REAL EASY
Call Tyce Clark
Other.investment ^ ^
properties available RESIDENTIAL REAL
6You Should Buy This House
/ This house was home to the greatest Cub fan in Florida history. WhatI
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!
U. 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 do you need? Ah photos!
/ feet of canalfront with
bayviews, southern exposures.
Cinderblock construction, built in 1961.
Single story, 1,364 sq.ft. livable; 1,764
sq.ft. total on .2397 acre lot. 2BR/2BA,
single-car garage, terrazzo floors, new
roof, seven year warranty, new A/C (ten
year warranty) and new plumbing (five
year warranty). Mature landscaping
including Meyers lemon, Valencia
orange, tangerine, grapefruit and
mango. Fantail and Phoenix Reclinata
Palm. Asking $519,000.
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April 3 12pm 4pm
509 59th St. Holmes Beach
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PET Continued- ;iNG& HARERWCotiued HELWWANTD :
FREE TO GOOD home. Female, spayed calico
cat. Wonderful pet, very healthy, but feline leuke-
mia positive. Call 504-4199.
GORGEOUS ADULT CATS and other pets for
adoption at Southgate Animal Hospital. References
1969 VW BEETLE Bug. 1971 engine, needs body
work. $750. New battery, runs good. Fun Island
car! Call 779-2063.
1995 JEEP WRANGLER six-cylinder, air condition-
ing, CD player, new shocks, 99,100 original miles.
Asking $7,200 or best offer. Call Neal at 284-3061.
1990 ECONOLINE 150 VAN, cold air conditioning,
has towing package. Ready for travel. Runs great.
$2,000, or best offer. 778-1102.
TRAILER WANTED for 24-foot pontoon boat. Call
SUN DOLPHIN on trailer, 11-foot, 3-inch, great for
flats. $550 or best offer. 778-2581.
MODULAR DOCK SYSTEM: Custom drive-on dock-
ing solutions by Versa Dock. Maintenance free, 20-
year warranty. (941) 685-7648, Anna Maria area.
EGMONT EXPRESS CHARTERS: Seek out secret
water paradise. Sunsets, back water, Egmont or
custom trips. See dolphins and manatees. Call
778-7459 or 720-5470.
FISHING FOR a good deal?
Look in The Islander,
LET'S GO FISHING! Call Capt. Mike Heistand on
the charter boat "Magic." Full or half day backwa-
ter fishing. USCG licensed. Ice, bait, tackle pro-
BABY-SITTING AND PET-SITTING My name is
Sarah, I am 15-years old. Hourly charge: $5/child
or $3/pet, $2.50/hour for each additional pet or
child. Please call 778-7622, 778-7611 or 447-8593.
CHILD SITTER AND PET SITTER. Seventh-grade
male looking for a job. Available after school and
weekends. Call Zachary, 779-9783.
NEED A CHILD or pet sitter? Call one number and
get connected to three wonderful sitters! Tiffany,
Kari, Holly. 778-3275 or 779-0793.
BABYSITTER: RED CROSS babysitting and first-
aid certified. Enjoys playing with kids. Call
ISLAND SPORTS BAR: All-year clientele. Beer/
wine, good lease, smoking OK. $85,000. Confiden-
tiality agreement required for details. Call Longview
PET GROOMING: Great opportunity, good profit,
west side location. Equipment, inventory and long-
time clients. Terms considered. $30,000. Real Es-
tate Mart, 756-1090.
VIDEO RENTALS: Growing young business with
good lease. Price will grow as business does, so
now is the time to buy. Call Longview Realty at 383-
6112 (confidentiality agreement required for de-
REAL ESTATE: Tired of paying office fees? Two ex-
perienced agents needed for fast paced, high traffic
Island office. Top splits, sign-on bonus. Call
Wedebrock Real Estate today! "Personalized, not
Franchised". Call Joe Pickett, 383-5543.
REAL ESTATE AGENTS! Busy office, best location,
best commissions. Call today! Robin or Jesse,
LPNS: YEAR-ROUND private duty for lady with spi-
nal injury. Full-time nights, part-time days. Travel op-
portunity. Call 383-6953.
SERVERS NEEDED: All shifts. Right now great pay.
Apply at Rotten Ralph's. 902 S. Bay Blvd., Anna Maria
or call 778-3953.
PART-TIME HELP needed at the Beach Shop. A fun
place to work! Located at Manatee Public Beach,
Holmes Beach. Apply in person. Ask for Dee or Rosie.
STEWARD POSITION: Responsibilities include re-
ceiving goods, daily inventory, cleaning and mainte-
nance of kitchen. Hours 9am-5pm, Tues.-Sat. Bistro
at Island's End, a Sean Murphy restaurant. Inquire at
LOCAL ISLAND RESTAURANT looking for short or-
der-cook for all shifts. Please call 779-9100.
DISHWASHER NEEDED: Full-time, good pay. Call
Mr. Bones, 778-6614.
LEGAL SECRETARY/PARALEGAL needed for sole
practitioner. Must be well organized, have good com-
puter and telephone skills and relate well to all types
of people. Casual work environment close to the Is-
land. Legal experience preferred but will train the right
person. Please e-mail your resume to
email@example.com or call 749-6433.
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BIG BRIGHT AND BEAUTIFUL Bay Palms
canal front 3BR. 4BA home Features on addi-
lion wth second master bedroom suite or guest
wing lots of storage and a large uhtlit, room
Cheery Florida room -..ith vaulted ceiling opens
to lanai tvo-car garage Large 100-by.108.h
lot with room for a big pool and a dock
$699,000. MLS# 101695.
HISTORIC RIVERFRONT ESTATE on the
Manatee River Tolally remodeled main house
has 4,500 sq ft h irh 6BR.-6 5BA, a spacious
wrap around porch. 10 h ceilings hardv.c.od
floors and many more luxurious features There
are also 3 guest cottages each vith 1BR,.' I BA,
all totally remodeled Relax by the heated pool
on over 1 /2 acre of land on the Manatee Ri.er
Definitely a must see $1.490.000
GREAT WATER VIEWS and sunsets from your
2BR 2B.A second floor condo ,.th elegant de-
c.:r. This property' is offered turnke, furnished All
this and more in a gated, active club commurnir,
only to miles to the Gulf beaches $232,000
DESIGNED BY LOCAL ARCHITECT in the
Frank Lloyd Wright-style 2 or 3BR home offers
cathedral ceilings indirect lighting fireplace
large rooms all ,,heelchaor acceis.ible ..-elbar
Pella /.indo,..s sky lights wrap-around lana, lush
landscaping '., Itour-zone sprinkler system & r%.,-
car garage Corre see this unique immaculate
quaoli, built throughout home on deep-v.aer c.a
nal ..ith boat dockl $849 000 MIS# 96486
OWN BEAUTIFUL BEACHFRONT property
....th (4) I BP BA units onred P4 These remcd.
eled unils rent .ell Enlro,' the prcpert, as it I, c.r
build Some ,o the nicesi beach on the land
$1 999 000 rALS# 101097
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RARE ANNA MARIA CONDO available
Waterfront li'.ing made easi at The Ba,ou Con.
dominiums Direct v.aler.ie.v from this 2BR 1 BA
condo with boairng access to the Gulf of
Meco Boatirng and fishing are ,ours to enloy
Make a m.e t.:. the Islandl $289 900
DELIGHTFUL OPEN POOL HOME located
on a deep aoler canal Large Il:,t 100-by 40-
h Gated entr, courtard Exceptional beveled
leadglass front door French d,.zrs open to large
screened lanai pool and lerced backward
Bo.aer s note No bridges toi Tampa Ba',.
10.000-lb boat lIf and TRE/,' dock
'$49.900 MLS# 100351
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VILLA SOFIA 3BR, 3BA Tus.:an Italian ,illa
with open-air rooftop terrace offering an amaz-
ing 360-degree ..0 of the Island Gulf and
bay Turnkey furnished Maplexoo.d kitchen wvth
Cornan cc.untertops Thick solid maplewood
flc.:,r throughout the house '..iimming p..ol vth
v.ater sterilized b,' ultrao.'.ilet treatment Elegant
and beautiful' $870 000 MiLS# 98112
LOOKING FOR THAT "OLD FLORIDA"
beach.-tyle duplex2 Then this is iI Loxared on a
fabulous sireel lust sleps Io Ihe laniasti.: Gulf
beaches and the communir, boal docl,
$599,000 MLS# *'7498
b"110 -" --- I t=A dai lI THESE UNITS HAVE IT ALL! Heated pDol
VILLA MIRANDA 3BR, 3BA Tu..can Ilalarn ...,thF p.ol house Tropical landcaping r....:-:ar
.illa mith opern-air r,.oflop terrace -ofering ar garage Prioate ermr, Nine-fool ceilirni Cla:-
amazing 360.-deqree .iew of the Island Gulf scal .-.oc.d lirnh Pefrigeraio:r range micro- GULF VIEWS & BEACH ACCESS ACROSS
and Ba, Turnkey furnished Maple..o.d kit.:hen .a.e .*.a:her drer r Ceramrc tle and carpenng THE STREET. Build your IUland homrre on this
,ith Corian co.untert.op Th,:k :olid maple.A-cd throh,.'ghoult ece.:;~d lqhhiriq I rthis an.d much 4 5`52 1q h lot close to the Gulf With current
floor: throughout the house Sirrmming pool irb- ,-much more .Dcn t mirr. '.eerq the'.e tabulous is. cr'i se b-acks ,ou ca:n build up to apprx 2 000
-..ater ierilized b uiltra-ic.lel treatment Elegant land retreatli $4i.5 000 and $41.'5 0' sq h under A C home Sur.e, and home site
ard bea.t.f,.,l' $879 000 MrI# "8 1 1J4 .MLf44 I14 & #144 12 plan a.a.lable $38Q 000 MLS# 866.85
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A aE R C AS.SI IED
HELP. WATDCniudSRIE Cotiud SRIE Cniud
HELP WANTED: Apply for all positions at Ooh La
La! Bistro, 5406 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
JOURNALIST: Part-time reporter sought for city beat
and features writing by The Islander. Must have jour-
nalism education, experience or background relevant
to government reporting. E-mail resumes to
firstname.lastname@example.org, fax 778-9392 or mail/deliver to
office, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach FL 34217.
CALLING ALL VOLUNTEERS! Would you like to
meet interesting people from around the world? Are
you interested in learning the history of Anna Maria
Island? Get involved with the Anna Maria Island His-
torical Museum, 402 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. We need
you! Call 778-0492.
THE TINGLEY MEMORIAL Library in Bradenton
Beach is looking for volunteers. Duties include check-
ing books in and out, reshelving and generally assist-
ing library patrons. It's fun, give it a try! Anyone inter-
ested in our friendly community library should call
Eveann Adams, 779-1208.
MAN WITH SHOVEL Plantings, natives, cabbage
palms, patio gardens, trimming, clean-up, edgings,
more. Hard-working and responsible. Excellent refer-
ences. Edward 778-3222.
LET US DRIVE YOU! Shopping, medical appoint-
ments, airports, cruise ports. Flat rates. Sunshine Car
Service. Serving the Islands. 778-5476.
S Iuf-Bay Realty
k of Anna Maria lac
r ) 5309 Gulf Drive
COMPUTER OBEDIENCE TRAINING. Is your
computer misbehaving? Certified computer service
and private lessons. Special $30 per hour- free
ISLAND PRESSURE CLEANING for great results,
wash away mildew, dirt and salt. Thorough, rea-
sonable and reliable. Free estimates, licensed and
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.
LOOKING FOR A GOOD DEAL? You can read
Wednesday's classified on Tuesday at
www.islander.org. And it's FREE!
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.
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SALES & RENTALS
419 Pine Ave., Anna Maria FL 34216 PO Box 2150 (941) 778-2291
EVENINGS 778-2632 FAX (941) 778-2294
The spectacular view form this ex-
quisite, beautifully maintained 2BR/
2BA beachfront hideaway can't be
beat! Features of this inviting seaside
retreat include a beautifully updated kitchen with lovely Corian countertops and
breakfast bar, ceramic tiled backsplash, domed ceiling with fan, custom cabinetry
and top of the line all white appliances! Other amenities include a beautifully tiled
dining/living room area with dazzling Gulfviews, a spacious seaside master suite
with it's own Gulffront deck and a wonderful guest room/den with custom made
built-in Murphy beds and desk. Other features include lovely wall coverings and
attractive borders, recessed lighting, ceiling fans and an attractive wall of bev-
eled-glass mirrors. Also included are electrically operated storm security shut-
ters on the Gulfside windows. Pride of ownership is reflected throughout this
impeccable apartment, which is being sold by the original owner and has
never been rented. Don't miss this fantastic value, priced at $795,000,
BROCHURE Visit our Web site at www.betsyhills.com
FRANK AGNELLI HAULING: Construction site
cleanup, yard debris removal. No job too small. Small
dumpster available. Reasonable and dependable.
CLYDE TANNER PAINTING Inc.: Interior, exterior,
roof coatings, residential. 30 years experience.
I DON'T CUT corners, I clean corners. Affordable,
dependable cleaning. Chamberlain Professional
Cleaning, 778-7770. References available.
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.
Barefoot Estate Management, 730-5318.
ATTENTION SNOWBIRDS/acationers: 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.
are four condos, e 2BR/2BA, fully equipped kicl ns; private patios and bakonies overlooking a lovely 20-by-40-foot
heated pool in a tropical garden. Only 400 feet to Anna Maria Island's sandy Gulf beaches and sparkling waters.
$1,800,000 Offered by owners 941-778-0032
GULFVIEW DUPLEX WEST OF NORTH SHORE DRIVE
Secluded Steps from beach Exquisite Views
Rare opportunity to own established turnkey rental properly
S* Top floor 2BR/2BA with breathtaking Gulviews. Enjoy sunset
r i dced afterglow from private deck.
P c First floor 2BR with den or use as third bedroom, 2BA, partial
Gulfviews and private porch
Easily converted to single family
Call Jennifer R. Cascardo, www. nyflbroker.com
Licensed Real Estate Broker New York Florida
778- 1 440 "Exclusive Service from Skyline to Skyway."
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This elevated duplex features 2BRI
2BA each side with plenty of storage
and parking below. Excellent north
Holmes Beach location, just short walk
to Gulf. Terrific potential to own an
affordable Island getaway with rental
Income. Priced to sell at $395,000.
LOT FOR SALE
his lot is cleared andready to build on.Justtwo block to the Gulf in the
Village of Anna Maria. Nice neighborhood of newer homes. Great invest-
ment opportunity. Build your dream home here! Just listed at $295,000,
REAL ESTATE 9906 Gulf Drive
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-ANNA MARIA Some bayview one 2BR, three 1BR, room
for pool, large courtyard. $870,000
CAY 2BR/2BA Across from white sand beaches. Ground
private courtyard opens onto heated pool/gazebo area.
Turnkey furnished. Well maintained. $270,000.
5400 GULFFRONT BEACHES AND SUNSETS
1 BR/1 BA turnkey, poolview, $275,000.
2BR/1.5BA, pool view. Great buy, $310,000. $425,000 BU
VACATION, SEASONAL & ANNUAL RENTALS
IRTINOUE Gulffront 2BR/2BA, pool, tennis, elevators. 6016 Ma
5400 GULFFRONT complex, 1 and 2BRs, pool. (941) ;
BEACHFRONT 3BR/2BA home, tastefully decorated. Visit our
'MAN CAY 2BR/2BA, pool, gazebo across from beach.
)8C MARINA DRIVE 778-0807 800-956-0807
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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, refer-
ences upon request. Call 778-5394.
EXCEL SPORTS: One-on-one instruction. Base-
ball, soccer, football, personal training. Profes-
sional/college players, coaches. Reserve your les-
son today. Call 773-6010.
KEEP IT CLEAN: Residential cleaning service.
Weekly or biweekly. Five years experience. Great
references. Let me help! Call Debbie, 792-9439.
TREE SERVICE: Topping, trimming, removals.
Palm trimming. 15 years locally working on Anna
Maria. Phil Brewer, 545-4770.
JUDY, JUDY, JUDY will clean, clean, clean your
home. Call 778-3272.
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.
EYEDESIGN CREATIVE SERVICES. Specializing
in business cards, flyers, postcards, rackcards,
doorhangers, brochures, custom greeting cards,
logos and design services. Phone us 778-2523.
MUSIC LESSONS! Flute, saxophone, clarinet. Begin-
ning to advanced. Contact Koko Ray, 792-0160.
BEACH SERVICE air conditioning, heat, refrigeration.
Commercial and residential service, repair and/or re-
placement. Serving Manatee County and the Island
since 1987. For dependable, honest and personalized
service, call William Eller, 795-7411. RA005052.
ANYONE CAN TAKE a picture. A professional cre-
ates a portrait. I want to be at your wedding!
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,
ONLINE SERVICE: Did you know you can place
classified ads and subscribe on line with our secure
server? Check it out at www.islander.org.
SEWING: Get your sewing alterations done fast
and reliably. Hems, zippers, sleeves, waistlines,
cushions, etc. Reasonably priced. Call Jenifer
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.
SELL IT FAST advertised in The Islander?
CONNIE'S LANDSCAPING and Lawn Mainte-
nance. Residential and commercial. Full-service
lawn maintenance, cleanup, tree trimming, haul-
ing, Xeriscape. Island resident. Excellent refer-
ISLAND LAWN SPRINKLER service and repair. If
it is broken, we can fix it. Free estimates. Senior
discount. Call 778-2581 or 962-6238.
KARAZ LANDSCAPE Lawn Service. Mulch, clean-
ups, power washing, tree trimming and more. City
of Anna Maria resident. Cell 448-3857.
JR'S LANDSCAPING AND MAINTENANCE
Lawns, native plants, mulching, trimming, 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.
BAREFOOT LAWNS & GARDENS Providing the
total TLC for your landscaping requirements.
Lawns, trees, shrubs, container gardens and gar-
dens. Design, installation and service. Call 730-
5318 for free consultation.
DeHART'S Quality Lawn Maintenance. Call 792-5707.
SCOTT D'S LAWNCARE, pressure washing.
Commercial, residential, insured. Top-level ser-
vice. Call 812-2566.
GET "MOORE" FOR your money with Lew Moore.
Complete tree services and chipping, estate/ga-
rage/shed cleanup. Five years on Anna Maria Is-
land. Call 761-7629.
Presidents Elite -
Top 4% Worldwide
ANNA MARIA 2BR home. HOLMES BEACH new
great water views, beautiful bayfront home under con-
lot, just bring your sailboat! struction, every upgrade imag-
$699,000. unable. $1,950,000.
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INVESTORS: Island duplex ANNA MARIA beachhouse
close to beach. Great rental with guest cottage. and sepa-
history. $449,000. rate buildable lot. $1,950,000.
Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate, Inc
DESIRABLE BEAN POINT!
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Gulfview, 3BR/2BA, open floor plan, across
the street from beach access. $745,000.
Call Larry Albert 725-1074.
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
LOT Prime buildable lot in very desirable
area of Anna Maria City on Pine Avenue.
Zoned for Residential/Office/Retail. Owner
financing available. $275,000. Call Susan
Hatch, Realtor. 778-7616 evenings.
LOT Build your dream home on this beau-
tiful lot in a very desirable and exclusive area
of new homes in Perico Shores. Minutes to
beaches and shops. $169,000. Call Susan
Hatch, Realtor, 778-7616 eves.
. uf-Bay Realty
of Anna Maria Inc.
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ISLAND ESCAPE Listen to
the surf while sitting
amongst the palms at your
island escape "your perfect
place in paradise". Tastefully
updated 2BR home with
i ... i 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
ENJOY THE CONVENIENCE
of this ground-level Gulffront
designer decorated condo.
Stroll out your glassed-in lanai
t' to the pool or pristine beach.
Take the fun to the tennis
NORTH BEACH VILLAGE
Jum l, stroll to
townhome with its brand
new extra large deck. Priced
for a quick sale, $399,000.
AdorabIsland Coale Only
,, .steps to the beach. Build up
for gulf views. Great Invest-
ment opportunity! ONE OF
THE LOWEST PRICED
.. :: HOMES ON ANNA MARIA!
I'l.ji ti;i, i Call today for a viewing.
I (800)771-6043 (941)778-7244
5309 Gulf Drive Holmes Beach
BAY AND GULF
WATERVIEWS & DOCK!
One block to beach. Two distinc-
tive R-2 attached townhomes.
Quality poured concrete construe-.
tion. Wow views of Island from
roof. Lots of options! Miss this and
you'll be sorry! $696000
One-half, distinctive, furnished
townhome. Amazing construction,
bay/inlet views, Island pan-
oramic views. Dock with jet-ski
lift. Party wall or condo conver-
WALK TO BEACHES AND
CITY FISHING PIER!
2-3BR/2BA, 1,664 sq.ft. well
maintained home, navigable wa-
r terfront to Bay/Gulf. Large corner
lot. Dock, room for pool, newer
roof, A/C. Move right in!
ca L Laura McGeary 941-704-3708
Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate Inc.
:ESSIONAL LANDSCAPE DESIGN and instal- KEVIN GRIFF
Huge selection of plants, shrubs and trees. Ir- painting, pre
)n. Everything Under the Sun Garden Centre, prompt, relial
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. 778-4441. 704-7115 or
UIGHT SHOT LANDSCAPING. Installations, ROOFING RI
-ups, pruning, irrigation, trees, edging, rip-rap, eling, repairs
i, rock, patios, shell, seawall fill. Reliable and baths. Fre
id. 727-5066. #CCC057977
_L DELIVERED and spread. $30/yard. Haul-
II kinds of gravel, mulch, top soil with free 25 YEARS EX
ates. Call Larry at 795-7775, "shell phone" able restorati
)770. finishing coni
JNGVARSKY CONSTRUCTION Remodeling KEN & TINA
ctors. In-house plan designs. State licensed and Inc. Hndyma
d. Many Island references. 778-2993. Lic# CRC nets and shut
IlOR AND EXTERIOR PAINTING free estimates. a
Why pay reta
ar Island resident. Call Jim Bickal at 778-1730. Free estimate
STIE'S PLUMBING Island and off-Island service Coverings. 7!
1975. Repairs and new construction. Free esti-
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VACATION RENTALS: 2BR apartments across
from beautiful beach, $375 to $500/week. Winter
and spring dates available. Almost Beach Apart-
VACATION & SEASONAL Private beach, some
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 713-0034 or e-mail:
BEAUTIFUL TROPICAL HOUSE just converted to
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.
VACATION RENTAL: 1 BR/1 BA duplex, three short
blocks to beach. Phone, premium cable TV, micro-
wave, washer/dryer, sleeps four. $1,800/month,
$550/week. Call 807-5627 or e-mail:
BEACHFRONT: NORTH SHORE Drive, ground-
level all-view home. Bean Point area. $3,500/
month, $1,500/week. Call Tom, (559) 760-1331.
BEACHSIDE: NORTH SHORE Drive on the beach
behind our house. Bean Point area. $2,500/month,
$900/week. Call Tom, (559) 760-1331.
ANNUAL RENTAL 1 BR/1 BA in City of Anna Maria,
west of Gulf Drive. $750/month. First, last, security.
ANNA MARIA ANNUAL rental. 1 BR/1BA with sun
room apartment one block to Gulf and on Lake
LaVista bayou. One person, nonsmoker, pet pos-
sible. Washer/dryer hookup in separate utility room.
$795/month. Call 778-9158.
BAYFRONT ANNUAL RENTAL 2BR/2BA, tennis,
pool, cable, water/sewer and trash included. Old
Florida Realty Co., 778-3377, or Sharon 778-3730.
ANNA MARIA GULF beachfront apartment, vaca-
tion or seasonal. Lovely furnished interior, porch,
sundeck, patio, tropical garden setting, laundry, no
pets. Call 778-3143.
ANNUAL 3BR/2BA, washer/dryer hookup, $900/
rnonth; 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 distance to shopping
and restaurants in downtown Holmes Beach. Includes
phone, premium cable, microwave, washer/dryer. Small
pets OK. Available April 2004 and accepting reserva-
tions for 2005. Winter rates: $1,700/month, $550/week;
summer rates: $500/week. E-mail:
email@example.com or call 807-5626.
VACATION RENTAL: Charming 1 BR/1 BA, fully fur-
nished, across from white sandy beach. Call
ANNUAL RENTAL: 2BR/2BA, Bradenton Beach,
one block from beach. Must be clean, no pets. Call
(941) 625-2889 or 276-2011.
BEST ISLAND VALUE! Sandpiper Mobile 55-plus, 1BR/
1BA, turnkey furnished. Very nice must see inside!
Three-six month minimum. $585/month includes all
(cable, phone, electric, water, trash). All terms nego-
tiable. Call office, 778-1140, or owner (330) 686-8765.
HOLMES BEACH ANNUAL rental: 1BR/1BA effi-
ciency furnished. All utilities included, except tele-
phone. Close to beach, pets OK. Handicap access.
$700/month. Call 224-5664.
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.
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, ga-
rage, washer/dryer. Includes water, cable. No pets.
$1,300/month. Call 792-6029 or 545-6124.
ANNUAL RENTAL 3BR/2.5BA, direct bayfront
home with heated pool, totally renovated, every-
thing new, ready for immediate occupancy:.-Oeai
Betsy Hills Real Estate, P.A. at 778-2291.
UPGRADE FOR NEXT year: 2BR/2BA under-
cover parking, walk to beach. $2,250/month. Nicely
furnished, leave your stuff from season to season.
REDUCED RENTAL during next six months of
beautifully furnished 3BR/2BA pool home near
Perico Causeway. Call for details, Coastal Proper-
ties Realty, 753-8709.
GULFVIEW: NORTH SHORE Drive, 2BR/2BA,
ground level, garage, reserve for next fall/winter.
Fully furnished, $2,000/month, includes utilities.
(863) 581-4206 or (813) 935-0694. E-mail:
BAYFRONT HOUSE for rent annually. City of Anna
Maria. 3BR/2BA, private beach, immaculate. Call
ANNUAL: RENOVATED 3BR/2BA house with boat
slip. Spacious and bright interior, great location.
$1,300/month. Call 778-3006.
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.
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ANNA MARIA DUPLEX 218-B Palmetto Ave. 2BR/
2BA, furnished, washer/dryer, utilities, available 2005
season. $1,800/month. Call (813) 949-6891, Tampa.
ANNUAL RENTAL DUPLEX 2BR/2BA with garage.
Quiet location, washer/dryer hookup. $850/month.
412 80th St. Call 374-5772.
AVAILABLE NOW: 2BR/2BA townhouse. Boat slip,
heated pool. Also Longboat cottage. $700/week,
$2,000/month. Real Estate Mart, 756-1090.
LONDON SW1, ENGLAND. Escape the Florida
heat and rent my lovely studio apartment in central
London. Call 794-8972 or e-mail:
loscanos @ aol.com.
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.
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.
EFFICIENCY APARTMENT across from Gulf.
$550/week, plus tax and cleaning deposit. Nicely
furnished,-nonsmoking. Call 778-3320.
SEASONAL OR WEEKLY cottage-style rentals.
1BR/1BA or 2BR/1 BA with pool. Walk to beach,
shopping and restaurants. 778-3875. Web site
-F% LBA CONDO, one block to beach. Beautifully
decorated, pobi. $650/week; $2,300/month, plus tax
and cleaning deposit. Nonsmoking. Call 778-3320.
ANNUAL 2BR/2BA townhouse condo on canal with
boat dock and heated pool. Excellent condition.
Available for six months at $795/month, or 12
months at $895/month. 342-9456.
CAPE COD summer rental. Ocean Edge Resort,
Eaton Village, Brewster, Mass.. Immaculate 2BR/
2BA, 14th fairway. (312) 831-1926 or bcares.com.
HOLMES BEACH ANNUAL: Beach block, 1BR/
1BA, bright, sunny beach apartment. A must see!
$700/month. Call 773-3966.
BEAUTIFUL TORCH LAKE, MICH.: Spacious, se-
cluded home on.10 acres. Lakefront with dock.
3.5BR/2BA, sleeps eight, big deck with view. $1,800/
week, monthly rates negotiable. (617) 232-8188 eves.
WEEKLY/MONTHLY RENTALS: Condos/houses
from $500/week; $1,500/month. Many Gulffront.
Call SunCoast Real Estate, (800) 732-6434.
ANNUAL RENTALS 517 72nd St., 3BR/2BA with
den, first-floor villa, cathedral ceilings, two-car ga-
rage, pond view, heated pool/tennis, gated com-
munity, pet OK. Water, pest and cable included.
Available immediately, $1,200; 117 Neptune, 2BR/
2BA duplex on stilts, small pet ok, garage, washer/
dryer, $995; 2104 Avenue B, 1BR/1BA duplex,
furnished, no pets, $700; Perico Island, 2BR/2BA
condo, first floor, pond view, carport, includes wa-
ter/pest/cable TV, $1,200. SunCoast Real Estate,
ANNUAL RENTALS: Live in paradise year round!
1BR/1 BA from $630/month, most utilities included;
2BR/1 BA elevated duplex, $760/month; 2BR/2BA,
$925/month, onewith one-car garage, Florida
room, lanai, pets welcome! Call for details on great
move-in specials. Island Real Estate, 778-6066.
ANNUAL UNFURNISHED or partially furnished
Anna Maria City, Gulfviews, nonsmoking. First,
last, security. $675/month plus utilities. 778-5439.
2BR/2BA CONDO, furnished or unfurnished, in
Perico Bay Club. Available April 1. $1,100/month
plus utilities. A Paradise Realty, 778-4800.
2404 AVE. B: 1BR/1BA efficiency. Steps to beach,
bay and park. For one or a couple in love. $550/
month, $275 deposit. Water included. Pet friendly.
RENTAL HOME: Remodeled, two blocks to beach,
3BR/2BA, spacious with fireplace, pool and out-
side spa, two porches, front and back, completely
private, fence. Available immediately, must see.
THE PREMIER BAYFRONT 2BR/2BA second-
floor condo in the Moorings. No pets, nonsmoking.
Available April 22, 2004. Reserve now! 778-9710.
ANNUAL RENTALS: 2BR/2BA on canal in Holmes
Beach; 3BR/2BA home in Holmes Beach. Call 778-7039.
ANNUAL 2BR/2BA Townhouse condo on canal
with boat dock and heated pool. Excellent condi-
tion. Available week of Easter, $495; month of
April, $1,595, 342-9456.
CHARMING HISTORIC 2BR/1 BA cottage. Fenced
yard, wood floors, washer/dryer, one block to
beach/bay. Annual, $975/month. Call 778-4451.
BRADENTON BEACH fully furnished apartment,
half-block to beach or bay. Quiet family area. Avail-
able April-December. $680/month, includes taxes
and utilities. Nonsmoking or pets. 778-9002.
ANNUAL 2BR/1BA triplex unit in Holmes Beach. Cen-
tral heat/air, new carpet. Short walk to beach. Some
utilities included. Nonsmoking. $750/month. First, last,
security. References required. Call 778-1193.
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ANNUAL RENTAL Perico Island: 2BR/2BA water-
front villa with garage. Association, pool, tennis
courts. $1,100/month. An Island Place Realty Inc.,
ANNUAL RENTALS 3BR/2BA pool home close to
beach with boat slip. $2,000/month. Call Deborah
Thrasher Re/Max Excellence, (941) 518-7738 or
NEEDED! Annual and vacation rentals to rent!
Personalized property management with Anna
Maria Island Accommodations and An Island Place
Realty. www.annamariaparadise.com or 779-0733.
SEASONAL RENTALS: 3BR/1BA beach house,
Gulfview, $850/week or $2,800/month; 2BR/1BA
unit, one block to beach, $550/week or $1,500/
month. Call Deborah Thrasher RE/Max Excellence,
(941) 518-7738 or (941) 383-9700.
SPRING BREAK SPECIAL! Steps to beach. Fur-
nished 1BR on Anna Maria Island with cable,
washer/dryer, microwave, telephone. $595/week,
plus tax. 778-1098.
ANNUAL RENTAL Anna Maria. North end 2BR
duplex. Newly renovated. No pets. $700/month,
plus security. 778-6088.
HARBOUR LANDINGS: Lot and dock. Beautiful
12,100 sq.ft. homesite offered by owner/Realtor.
Gated community in Cortez. $265,000 includes
dock for boat up to 35-feet Longview Realty, 383-
6112, or George Noble, 685-3372.
SELL IT FAST advertised in The Islander.
THREE LONGBOAT LOTS on General Harris
Street, total of 1.3 acres (MOL). Offered at $400K
each. Longview Realty, 383-6112.
Open House Sunday 4/4 12-4pm
6501 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach
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room, open kitchen, large master, wrap-around porch, large beach access and much more.
Perfect home for entertaining. Asking $814,900.
"For Personalized Service Call Clyde"
Clyde Helton Realtor'
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Really of Manatee
SAN REMO SHORES condo, 1BR/1BA on canal,
just two miles to beaches. Turn key furnished. No
restrictions! $120,000. Contact Bill, 518-9300 days,
LAGUNA YACHT VILLAGE: Tranquil waterfront
community offers everything you've been looking
for. Deep-water boat docks, short walk to gor-
geous beaches, tropical setting and carefree liv-
ing. Two brand new quality built homes with spa-
cious floor plans and many upgrades starting at
$638,500 and three homesites starting at
$240,000. Call Tina Rudek or Mike Migone of
Wedebrock Real Estate, 383-5543.
THE SEA OATS, 2201 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton
Beach. Seize the limited-time opportunity to ob-
tain at preconstruction prices a condo in a small
complex of 8 in paradise! All will have views of
private beach and Gulf of Mexico from windows
and balconies. Sarasota Bay to be seen from
roof-top verandas. Luxury inside and out. Heated
swimming/spa, glass elevator. Carports, ga-
rages. Very low maintenance. Contemporary Key
West-style, 2BR/2.5BA, total sf from 1,597 to
3,146 sf $579,000 $959,000. Open house ev-
ery Sunday, noon-4pm. Contact Jane Guy,
BEACH COTTAGE RESORT 3BR owners home
plus three rental units. Great west of Gulf Drive
location. 100 yards to beach. Walking distance to
shops and restaurants. For sale by owner. 111
36th St., Holmes Beach. $1,100,000. 778-2071.
NORTH LONGBOAT KEY Gulfside single-family
community. Only three homes remaining. Commu-
nity pool, walk to beach, shops. Models open daily
10AM-4PM. Conrad Beach, 387-9595.
2BR/2BA WATERFRONT CONDO deep-water
dock, five minutes to bay. Custom tile and Pergo
flooring. $215,000. Apollo Beach:.iall 779-0153.;
BAY VIEW & BOATDOCK Westbay Point
& Moorings, downstairs, 2BR/2BA end unit
with large glass-enclosed lanai. Canal views
from all windows, light and bright. $349,000.
Call Hal Gillihan, 713-5555
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NORTH END 2BR/2BA near Gulf beach. Sun
deck, screened porch, working fireplace, solar.
$490,000. Call 778-2665.
ANNA MARIA ISLAND CLUB 2BR/2BA, direct
beachfront. Elevator, pool. $825,000. Call 798-
9000 or cell 224-6726.
TWO VERY CRISP newer waterfront homes in the
Englewood area. 2BR/2BA, two-car garage, seawall,
no bridges buy this one for the price of a lot, only
$319,000. Also 3BR/2BA, two-car garage, with fam-
ily room and office next to tip lot, massive big water
views, seawall dock, 10,000-lb. boatlift, solar pool
(model condition), only $529,900. Get $20,000
buyer's credit each if under contract by April 11, can
be used as down money. Also seawalled double
waterfront lot $289,900. All are direct access, no
bridges or locks. Call (570) 943-2516, leave message.
BRADENTON BEACH CONDO: $349,900.
Gulffront development, newly refurbished, on-site
rental office, flexible rental program. Dennis
Girard, ResortQuest Real Estate, 809-0041.
RARE SPACIOUS Perico townhouse. 2BR/2BA
upstairs, 1BR/den/third downstairs. Designer fur-
nished. Gorgeous master suite. Tennis, pool.
$279,000. Premier Florida Realty, 761-3720.
LOT FOR SALE: Cleared and ready to build. This
lot is two short blocks to the Gulf in the village of
Anna Maria. Offered at $295,000. Call Green Real
SUNBOW BAY Holmes Beach, three-level
townhouse on water. 5BR/3BA. Four decks, ddn6
with boat and motor included, refreshed. Broker
protected. Call 778-4783.
2BR/2BA TOWNHOUSE, boat slip, pool, all newly
remodeled. 1,300 sf. Great value at $198,000. Call
Fred- Flis, owner, 756-1090.
Camellia Prope rttie's
Vacation Rentals & Property Management
More than 35 Gulffront rentals to choose from. .
Call us last! Best rates on the beach! ''
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Family Friendly Gulffront Luxury
2-Bedroom Condominiums 2 & 3-Bedroom Condominiums
Call For Rates and Availability
866-661-6622 or 778-8000
BERMUDA BAY CLUB Magnificent condo THIS UNIT HAS IT ALL 2BR/2BA with two WESTBAY POINT & MOORINGS Price re-
with Gulf view. 3BR/3BA, elevator and secu- balconies and views of the bay and Gulf. duced! Unique 2BR/2BA with many up-
rity system are part of many upgrades. En- Turnkey furnished. Totally updated and grades. A relaxation pool and fountain in the
joy the sunsets from your private balconies cleaner than new. Enjoy the heated pool and entry garden. Custom kitchen with second
or walk steps to white sandy beach. Over- private boat dock. Great rental income, wet-bar sink, new appliances, cherry cabi-
sized two-car garage with extra storage. $379,000. Call Denny Rauschl, 725-3934 or nets and granite counter tops, wide entry
Walkway to the bay and fishing pier. 778-4800. foyer, canal view off lanai. $325,000. David
$699,000. Cindy Grazar, 504-6176. Jones and Dick Maher, 778-4800.
Spacious 2BR/2BA. Completely updated with hardwood floors,
Italian ceramic tiled bathroom and two screened lanais. Just
one block to beach. S392,000.
EA ALAT o -e
000 Charming Holmes Beach residence with in- BEACH HOUI
r rental apartment. 2BR/2BA and 1 BR/1 BA, two foot lot. West
3 to beach, large comer lot with fenced back yard history. Many
uit trees. Two laundry rooms with washers and
3 and all other appliances included. Owner occu- BAYOU COti
Motivated. As-is with right to inspect. Principals boat slip incl
779-0470. boat slip incl
ERFRONT PENTHOUSE: Regatta Point condos, RENOVATED
opportunity to own most coveted view Manatee pool! 90-by-1
beautiful Bradenton skyline. Two-story, green- great renta
a top floor, master bath with bidet, two walk-in $509,000. Ca
s, security, two parking spaces (covered), heated HOLMES BE
party room. By appointment, 722-5729. garage. New
000. dral ceiling, ol
TED: 2BR cottage on Anna Maria with room to tiful, must see
id, quiet street. Jay White, 952-0616 or
itel @sprintmail.com. DEEP-WATEF
LER with room to expand in Bradenton Beach rate 1BR/1BA
bay, Gulf and fishing pier steps away. Recent Large great rc
des. $22,000 or offer. Call 778-1181, 962-4947. beautiful 28 by
JTIFUL ISLAND POOL home! 4BR/3.5BA on expansion. Nic
lot. Many updates. 2,100-feet under air. One- ered patio with
garage. $517,500. 778-4675. tion, close to ;
,000 LAKEBRIDGE VILLAGE next to IMG. and city park w
3BA, 2-car garage on lake. 758-4841. Price reduced
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1 New Deal power
10 Shelter grp.
14 Big lie
19 Trader and restaurant
20 Shout on a ship
21 Gene Cernan was the
last man there
23 2003 addition to the
Museum of Flight
24 Taking the place (of)
26 First distiller to sell
whiskey by the bottle
27 A dozen mad bakers?
31 "And away __!"
32 Part of a cornerstone
33 Down-to-earth ones, in
34 Opposite of dis
36 Sports photographer's
37 It's played with a scrum
39 Let know
41 Minor afflictions
43 Conductor's instruction
to a percussionist?
48 Laura Bush's alma
mater, for short
52 Xylophonist's need
55 Stanford rival, familiarly
56 Calendar abbr.
60 European spa
63 Popular reality show,
66 Classic Jaguar
68 Lyre-playing Muse
70 NASA's Spirit and
75 C.D. issuer
78 Money-raising grp.
79 Ore. neighbor
84 Mountain curve
85 Bagel topper
86 Dweller on the Red
89 Comment after a
93 Having the Space
Needle outside one's
98 Cheese made from
99 Very large
100 Apples introduced in
104 "Hurlyburly" playwright
105 Like Abner
107 Tycoon Onassis
108 56-Across and others
111 it's surrounded by
112 It means "red" in
113 Remark regarding chili
117 Patty Hearst's name in
119 Hatcher of "Lois &
120 Where "three men" of
121 Yes, in Japan
123 1930's-40's leading
lady born in Russia
124 Opposite of all
125 N.Y.C. trains overseer
126 Is undecided
127 See 123-Across
129 Hand writing?: Abbr.
1 Lucille Ball or Monty
2 The Preserver
5 Indian dignitary
6 Shoreline feature
7 Some tennis scores
8 Actress Perlman
10 More stylish
11 Prefix with graph
12 Average Joe
13 Adams of Yosemite
14 Cabbage Patch dolls,
15 What divorced ladies
16 Vitamin needed for
17 Player in organized
28 Former Virginia
29 Showy trinket
30 Language related to
39 Comic Margaret
40 Elementary suffix
44 Button material
45 Kofi Annan's birth-
46 Available, in a way
47 "Alice" spinoff
49 Tough luck
54 Hot summer night?
58 Sleepover attire
61 Tums competitor
62 Fight (for)
64 Web address, for
65 Having everything
67 m_ ai (dim sum
68 H.S. requirement
69 night (annual
71 It may be tapped out
72 Brutus's burdens
73 "How ?"
79 Pushes forward
80 "Angele (Latin
81 Ending of some
83 Not taking kindly to
87 Poetic contraction
88 Car starter: Abbr.
90 Actor Danson
91 551, in 551
93 Nonsense syllables
in a 1965 song title
94 City in Pennsylvania
95 Like pizza
96 "Me neither"
98 Support staff?
101 Allergy problem
102 Baseballer's wear
103 "Buck Rogers," for
108 Mazda convertible
109 Four Holy Roman
114 Sea flier
115 Hydroxyl compound
118 Loser to D.D.E.
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YOUR BEACH HOUSE IS READY!
Newly constructed direct Gulffront home.
Granite counters, Plasma TV, surround
sound, carved-glass shower wall, four-car
garage with overhead door on the beach
side. Becky Smith or Elfi Starrett, 778-
2246. #100095. $1,899,000
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2 MINUTE WALK TO BEACH 3BR el-
evated home, French doors, ceramic
throughout, plantation shutters, stor-
age. four-car garage, great landscape,
fenced yard. On a cul-de-sac in Holmes
Beach. Jane Tinsworth, 761-3100.
ANNA MARIA BAY FRONT Lush tropi-
cal bayfront setting with 3BR/2BA older
home on a large 75-by-198-ft. lot with
deep-water dockage. Short distance to
beach. Remodel or build new. Dave
Moynihan, 778-2246. #93749. $945,000
OPEN HOUSE SAT.* MARCH 27
1-3 PM, ANNA MARIA HIDEAWAY De-
lightful 3BR/2BA on canal near the tip of
the Island. Private porch overlooks dock
and charming double lot. Enjoy that spe-
cial island lifestyle. Ann and Berndt
Wolpers, 761-3100. #100000. $549,000
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ISLAND DUPLEX Spectacular bayview
from second floor on the end of the ca-
nal by the future Villa Rosa subdivision.
2BR/2BA each. Short distance to Gulf.
Laurie Dellatorre, 778-2246. #92819.
ISLAND DUPLEX Elevated duplex 2BR/
1BA each side with separate utilities.
Recent renovations new vinyl siding,
kitchen cabinets, vanities, appliances,
stairways and balconies. Dave
Moynihan, 778-2246. #96341. $384,500
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Full water views from every unit
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