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Happy Easter, from Piper!
"The Best News on Anna Maria Island Since 1992"
Volume 12, No. 22 April 7, 2004 FREE
Advice for Islanders this weekend: 'Stay home'
By Rick Catlin
Islanders are bracing for what appears to be a
record number of visitors this weekend, and local law
enforcement officials are giving Island residents some
good advice to avoid the expected heavy traffic.
"Be patient," said Sgt. John Kinney of the Mana-
tee County Sheriff's Office Anna Maria substation.
"If you have to go off-Island, leave early and return
late, if possible," he said. "If you can, stay at home and
walk or take the trolley if you have to go somewhere."
That's good advice, echoed Holmes Beach Police
Chief Jay Romine, who expects traffic this Easter
weekend to be "the busiest we've seen this year.
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"Traffic will be heavy. It's usually the last hurrah
before the end of the season, and we'll have extra of-
ficers on duty. Our primary goal will be traffic control,"
Romine also took time to praise the Island trolley,
PLEASE SEE EASTER, NEXT PAGE
By Paul Roat
If the attendees at a meeting Monday were any in-
dication, everyone wants to jump on a water taxi in the
Manatee-Sarasota county area.
The 50 or so people, mostly governmental offi-
cials, agreed in concept to proceed with a feasibility.
study to look into creation of a waterborne taxi service
that could provide boat service from Englewood to
Sarasota to Anna Maria Island to Palmetto and
Bradenton and perhaps even to St. Petersburg.
The study, with a cost pegged at $40,000, would be
conducted by Renaissance Planning Group and paid for
by the Sarasota-Manatee Metropolitan Planning Orga-
nization. Results of the study are expected in a year.
Monday's planning seminar, called a charrette,
addressed possible dock sites, routes, types of trips and
other issues. "We're looking for input," MPO Planner
Bob Herrington told the group. "Is it feasible to go into
a feasibility study?"
In a word, the answer was "Yes."
PLEASE SEE WATER TAXI, PAGE 3
Parking violators vent anger on city staff
By Rick Catlin
Staff at the Anna Maria City Hall have been con-
fronted the past few weeks with so many angry driv-
ers who have received parking tickets in the city, ,. '
they've been forced to put up a sign directing offend- '~
ers how they can protest their ticket.
In recent weeks, said staff member Ann Maria '
Thorpe, she's been screamed at, yelled at, sworn at and
insulted by irate motorists.
And the accompanying letters in the city's read file -
have been none too complimentary about the $30 park-
"No sign was present in the direction of traffic .
where I parked," wrote Marcus Webster of St. Cloud, .
"So, I guess I must pay this ridiculously excessive
fine. You must be proud of how you keep the riff-raff
"Have a happy time in your private little enclave
of white people. I'll be sure to tell my friends to find
another place to vacation," he concluded.
Richard and Elfriede of Longboat Key wrote that
they were paying the fine "under protest."
There was no posted "No Parking" sign in the area,
he claimed, and he parked next to another vehicle, Anna Maria Parking Enforcement Squad
PLEASE SEE PARKING, PAGE 4
Times have changed for city staff confronted by irate motorists with parking tickets since the Anna Maria
Parking Enforcement Squad went out of business.
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has carried more than 2,000 passengers on many
is season. "I'd hate to see what our traffic would
ke without it," he said.
Bradenton Beach, the traffic crush will be at the
Road-Gulf Drive intersection and along State --
89 to Coquina Beach, where traffic often backs .
ss the Longboat Pass Bridge and into Longboat
'e'll have all extra officers on duty for traffic
," said Bradenton Beach Police Chief Sam
e, and he's asked the MCSO for additional of-
nd a horse patrol at Coquina Beach.
ie question is how much more traffic can the
handle?" said the chief. "This weekend will be
gest beach day of the year. We all just have to
inders should plan on staying home and using
ley if they have to go anywhere, he suggested.
nd if you do go anywhere in your car, expect
serious delays," the chief added.
lile you can expect traffic delays on the Island
ekend, don't expect to find a hotel room if
heading here this weekend without a reserva-
e've still got a few rooms," said Marge Moran Departmen
;urfside Econolodge and Bamboo Club condo- agency afte
is, "but they are moving fast, and I expect to be Emergency
t by this weekend. People don't book well in tegrated I
Like they used to, and we try and accommodate Emmetsbui
who show up Friday afternoon looking for a the U.S. De
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THE ISLANDER E APRIL 7, 2004 E PAGE 3
Mediator's wife has property managed by Davis company
By Rick Catlin an agreement in the lawsuit filed in August 2003 by
Islander Reporter Holmes Beach residents Barbara Coloney and
The wife of the retired judge assigned to mediate Ruthanne McLean against Frank Davis owns property
The Island Real Estate Company has a sign in front of the property at 104 49th St. owned by Linda C.
Gallen, wife of retired Judge Thomas Gallen Sr. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin
Water taxi could visit Island
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
"I've become a believer in public transit because
of the trolley on the Island," Holmes Beach Mayor
Carol Whitmore said. "I've learned that if you provide
a service, they'll come."
The Manatee Trolley serves Island residents and
visitors seven days a week from 6 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Cost is free, making the trolley attractive to riders, as
is the 20-minute wait to board the open-air buses. Rid-
ership has soared of late, with upwards of more than
51,000 passengers using the service in March 2004
Manatee County Commissioner Joe McClash, also
the chair of the MPO and the point person for the wa-
ter-taxi concept, suggested that possible landing sites
Sfor the "water trolley" could be the Crosley Mansion,
the north end of Longboat Key, Bradenton Beach City
Pier, and locations on the Manatee River in Bradenton
Sarasota Mayor Lou Ann Palmer said that city had
already drafted a water-taxi plan and enabling ordi-
nance, with possible dockage at Mote Marine Labora-
tory, Selby Gardens, the downtown cultural district, the
Sarasota Quay and the Ringling Museum area.
"I think we're ahead of the curve on this," Palmer
said. "We've already identified our blueways and stops
for a water'taxi. We're just waiting for a funding
Other possible landing spots were a "hub" between
Venice and Englewood, with occasional tie-ins to
Sarasota and points north every week. There was also
Discussion of occasional trips between Bradenton-Pal-
metto and St. Petersburg; and the Parrish area.
Other possible stops were at the Holiday Inn Air-
port on Bowlees Creek just north of the airport, the
Kingfish Boat Ramp in Holmes Beach and the Anna
Maria City Pier.
Sarasota City Planner Karen Murphy said the or-
dinance was modeled after a similar document in Ft.
Lauderdale. "It's similar to a taxi service on land," she
said, with licensing of boats and a requirement of regu-
Murphy said it was important that any water taxi
be integrated in the mass-transit system in the two-
county area. "You need alternative means of transpor-
tation if the weather is inclement," she said.
McClash said a key ingredient to the water-taxi
plan would be to address needs of both commuters and
tourists. "We need to have work trips, perhaps early in
the morning, and then perhaps more leisurely trips for
tourists later in the day," he said...
The tourist trip mention sparked a concern by Capt.
Kim Ibasfalean, operator of Capt. Kim Charters in
"I looked into starting a water-taxi service between
Cortez and Coquina Beach, but ran into public domain
issues and had to drop the idea," she said. "I think it's
a wonderful idea, but I would like you to consider hir-
ing local captains to run the service. I've suffered
through some hard times in the past two years, and I'm
concerned with hearing talk about the water taxi doing
tourism stuff, because then you'll be cutting into some
of what I do."
McClash suggested that the feasibility study look
into existing waterborne service "to avoid duplication.
We need to get the information about what you're do-
ing. now so we can identify and protect you. We don't
want to hurt private business, we want to complement
Renaissance Planning Group's Whit Blanton, who
will head up the feasibility study, said similar projects
had been done for Pinellas County, Miami-Dade
County, Ft. Lauderdale and Jacksonville.
"Ft. Lauderdale began as a tourism program, then
the government stepped in and expanded it for com-
muters," he said. "In Jacksonville, officials had pro-
posed a new bridge across the river, but realized the
cost was prohibitive. Officials got an old ferry and re-
furbished it, and eliminated a 25-mile car trip with a
three-mile ferry trip. It has become a very effective
Blanton said federal funds for pilot water-taxi ser-
vice may be available, but the funding would only pro-
vide start-up costs and operational funds for three
years. There would also be a local match, perhaps as
much as 50 percent, he said.
McClash said everything involving the expense of
starting a water taxi should be considered in light of the
cost of other transportation services. "We looked at a
bridge to Longboat Key and were told it would never
get permitted, and the cost would be upwards of $150
million. If we could go in with a $5 million water taxi
with a $500,000 a year operational budget, it makes a
lot of sense."
managed by a Davis-owned company.
Retired Judge Thomas Gallen Sr. was assigned by
the Manatee County Circuit Court to mediate the law-
suit by McLean-Coloney against Davis and the city,
alleging that the public notice for the city commission
to discuss Davis' site plan at 5022 Marina Drive was
not properly noticed.
According to the online database of the Manatee
County Property Appraiser's Office, Linda C. Gallen,
wife of Thomas Gallen Sr., owns a duplex at 104 49th
St. in Holmes Beach.
The rental property is managed by Island Real
Estate Company, according to a sign posted in front of
the duplex. One of the principal owners of Island Real
Estate is Frank Davis.
Attorney Peter Mackey, who represents Davis, said
he was unaware that Linda Gallen owned any property
managed by Island Real Estate.
He said he could not comment on the specifics of
any mediation agreement.
John Shubin, the Miami-based attorney who rep-
resents Coloney and McLean, said he couldn't com-
ment at this time..
Efforts to reach Judge Gallen for comment were
Anna Maria City
April 8, 6 p.m., city commission work session on park-
April 8, 7 p.m., city commission meeting. Agenda:
Discussion on remodeling city hall, procedures re: rec-
ommendations from board or committee, vacant lot on
Pine Avenue discussion, county ordinance on fire-
works discussion, Chilson Avenue cul-de-sac drainage
project discussion, overpayment of city employee dis-
cussion and public comment.
April 12, 7 p.m., code enforcement board meeting.
April 13, 6 p.m., ad-hoc comprehensive plan commit-
April 14,4 p.m., Capital Improvement Advisory Com-
April 14, 6:45 p.m., Environmental Education and
Enhancement Committee meeting.
Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive,
April 7, 4 p.m., city commission meeting re: ballot is-
April 8, 6:30 p.m., planning and zoning meeting.
Agenda: Continuation of Kokolis parking-lot re-
April 13, 1 p.m., scenic highway committee meeting.
April 13, 4 p.m., city commission work meeting re:
April 14, 6 p.m., Citizen Advisory Committee For
Review and Updating of the Comprehensive Plan| and
Land Development Code For Bradenton.Beach. '
April 15, 1 p.m., city commission meeting.
April 15, 6:30 p.m., planning and zoning board meet-
ing. Agenda: Public hearing on extension of partial
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.,
April 7, 5 p.in., parks and beautification committee
April 15, 10 a.m., code enforcement board meeting.
April 15, 7 p.m., planning commission meeting.
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive,
Governmental offices in Anna Maria City, Bradenton
Beach, Holmes Beach and Longboat Key will be
closed April 9 for Good Friday.
April 7, 4-6 p.m., public information workshop on
Longboat Pass Bridge construction, Longboat Key
Town Hall, 501 Bay Isles Road, Longboat Key.
April 14, 11 a.m., Island Emergency Operations Cen-
ter meeting, Fire Station No. 1, 6001 Marina Drive,
PAGE 4 M APRIL 7, 2004 0 THE ISLANDER
Sunrise service opens Easter Sunday on Island
By Jim Hanson
Christians will celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus
Christ at sunrise Sunday, the Island's annual Easter
service at Manatee County Public Beach.
All churches on Anna Maria Island will participate
in the program arranged and sponsored by the Kiwanis
Club of Anna Maria Island for the 40th year. Kiwanian
Bill Tester is in charge, and he is hoping for another
Easter Sunday of the perfect weather the Island has
enjoyed for 39 Easters.
Worshipers are encouraged to take the free trolley
to the services. Trolley service starts at 6 a.m. on both
ends of the Island.
Longboat Key will have its own "Son Rise" sun-
rise service, starting at 6:45 a.m. at Bayfront Park, 4052
Gulf of Mexico Drive, with the Rev. Kenneth Gill,
pastor of Longboat Island Chapel, bringing the sermon
and special music planned.
The Anna Maria service will start at 6:30 a.m. on
the beach where Manatee Avenue meets the Gulf of
Mexico. Proceeds will go to the churches of the Island
to add to the $120,000 or so the Kiwanians have raised
there over the 40-year span.
Bob LoPiccolo, longtime Kiwanian who for years
arranged the Easter service, will provide the prelude.
The invocation will be given by Father Harry Parsell,
rector of the Episcopal Church of the Annunciation.
The welcome will be brought by Phyllis
Bohnenberger, president of the Kiwanis Club.
A prayer for military men and women, particularly
those serving in Iraq and Afghanistan, will be by the
Rev. Dale Lawson, pastor of the Island Baptist Church.
The Scripture passage will be by the Rev. Deacon
Alfred Gasperi of St. Bernard Catholic Church.
Special music will then be presented by Steve
Wicker, singer and keyboard artist.
Rev. Lawson will be the principal speaker at the
service, bringing the Easter sermon.
The Rev. Gary Batey, pastor of Roser Memorial
Community Church, will give the offertory and Wicker
will provide the offertory music.
A hymn, "Christ the Lord Is Risen Today," will
follow, and the Rev. Bill Grossman, pastor of Harvey
Memorial Community Church, will give the benedic-
tion. Postlude will be by trumpeter Dennis Dietz.
Both of the sunrise services are open to everyone, and
those attending are advised to bring a chair or blanket.
In addition to the sunrise worship, there are these
other Holy Week and Easter services at our churches,
including telephone numbers where further information
may be obtained:
Roser Memorial Community Church,
512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria
Holy Thursday, Communion at 7 p.m. in the sanc-
Parking tickets spur grief
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
which was not ticketed.
Duke Strenger of Bradenton was not so kind.
"As a result of this ridiculous parking ticket, I
promise never to visit your community again. Trust me.
I'll be sure to pass the word along," he wrote.
Sandra Seaver of Maine was somewhat diplomatic.
"I was here less than an hour" to visit Anna Maria's
beautiful beaches before she was ticketed. She said she
was never informed it was OK to park on the grass, and
suggested the city put up a sign saying "park with tires
off the street."
She did ask that the city tear up the ticket and re-
turn her $30 check.
D.E. Burns of Bradenton wrote that he drove
around three blocks to find a parking space. When he
did, he was gone from his vehicle for only six minutes,
he claimed. Upon return, he found a $30 parking ticket
on his windshield.
Patricia Rohrer of Bradenton said she parked to
ensure she was far enough off the right of way and well
away from the nearest No Parking sign. Even her
guests agreed she was in a parking area.
"Needless to say your officer did not agree," she
Patricia Vanette of the Anna Maria Island Players
wrote to thank City Clerk Alice Baird for explaining
the ordinance to her.
At the same time, wrote Vanette, she noted that the
Good Friday services at noon in the chapel.
Easter Sunday services with message by the pas-
tor, "By Dawn's Early Light," and special music by the
church music director, Susan Crumpler, 9 and 11 a.m.
The Rev. Gary Batey, pastor. 778-0414.
St. Bernard Roman Catholic Church,
248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach
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.
Tiniest munchkin, Islander too!
The tiniest Munchkin in the Saint Stephen's spring
musical production of The Wizard of Oz is none
other than Alexandra Howe of Holmes Beach, one of
two pre-schoolers chosen for parts. The play was
produced by the fine and performing arts depart-
ment, which is chaired by Preston Boyd, a frequent
familiar face at Island Players as actor and director.
Islander Photo: Courtesy Tina Howe
parking ticket she and her husband got was issued at 8
p.m. during an Island Players performance.
"I cannot imagine that anyone in the [police] de-
partment, knowing the Island Players excellent reputa-
tion, would have the gall to feel anyone was in viola-
tion of parking there."
She noted the space was in an isolated spot under
a tree, and the officer wrote she had parked in a space
for "authorized vehicles only," in a space "off the
beaten path" that is in an unlighted, isolated area.
"Is he kidding, or what?" she wrote.
Paul Vanette added that this was the "dumbest
ticket I have ever received. Your rookie officer must
have been very proud. I say rookie because no seasoned
officer working on the Island would, in my opinion, do
such a stupid thing."
Thorpe said that recently one woman with a young
child in tow began screaming and swearing at her,
prompting the sign in the window at the clerk's office
to inform people that such actions are not acceptable.
The sign states:
"You have the right to dispute parking violations
with the sergeant in charge and/or through the Mana-
tee County Court System.
"Our front desk clerk is here to accept your pay-
"Abuse language or behavior will not be toler-
The city's parking ordinance along with accompa-
nying signage and fine amount is currently under re-
view by the city commission and changes are expected
in the future.
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
Episcopal Church of the Annunciation,
4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach
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.
Festival Mass with choir, 11 a.m.
Father Harry I. Parsell, rector. 778-1638.
Gloria Dei Lutheran Church,
6608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach
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
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, similar 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
Easter Sunday services at 8:30 and 10:50 a.m.
The Rev. Dale Lawson, pastor. 778-0719.
All Angels by the Sea Episcopal Church,
563 Bay Isles Road, Longboat Key
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 Catholic Church,
4280 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key
Holy Thursday, Mass of the Last Supper, 5:30 p.m.
with the choir.
Good Friday, Reading of the Passion, Stations of
the Cross and Communion, 2 p.m. Stations at 7 p.m.,
followed by confession.
Saturday, Masses at 4:30 and 6 p.m.
Easter Sunday, Masses at 8, 9:30 and 11 a.m. and
12:15 p.m., choir at 9:30.
Father Edward Pick, pastor. 383-1255.
Longboat Island Chapel,
6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive
Maundy Thursday, simple soup supper and Com-
munion, 6 p.m.
Good Friday service at noon.
Easter Sunday, services at 9:30 and 11 a.m.
Rev. Kenneth Gill, pastor. 383-6491.
Island's Aposporos reads play
Tom Aposporos of Anna Maria will read from
"Boss Tom" April 20 in the Fogartyville Cafe series
dedicated to new short plays, sponsors of the series
The former Anna Maria city commissioner will
read excerpts from the Jack Gilhooley one-man play
based on the legendary scoundrel of Kansas City poli-
tics, Tom Pendergast. Gilhooley will introduce the
Meanwhile, the series will feature various works
by Sarasota playwrights Tuesday, April 6.
The readings take place at 7 p.m. at the
Fogartyville Cafe, 800 17th Ave. W., Bradenton, just
south of McKechnie Field. Food service begins at 6
p.m. Details may be obtained at 741-9755.
laloney to bring I
By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter G
olmes Beach City Commissioner Don Maloney
city voters to decide once and for all if they want
manager form of government.
ie city's charter review committee recommended
city commission in early 2002 that the issue be
1 on a citywide ballot, but the commission de- The Fl
by a 3-2 vote. A majority of commissioners said o
Iey didn't see the need for a city manager weak may
ow, two years later, Maloney wants the city com- council.
)n to again consider such a proposal for the No-
-r ballot. This time around, however, he's educat- hire n i
hire and fir
e public on the value of a city manager. mission ar
e's been holding regular public seminars at the the FLC ha
Branch Library with city government experts A city
ing on the value to the city of a manager.
baloney is also making himself available to speak sion
neowners associations, condominium associa-
civic groups and other organizations on what a
manager could do for Holmes Beach. The cc
remember when I first brought up the issue
years ago," said Maloney. "The mayor at that the state's
the state' s
aid this little city can't afford one," said Maloney.
:ply was, "That's why we need one." between 5
orida municipal government has "become a
)f-a-lot more complicated" the past few years, "as Since
an see from our lawsuits," noted Maloney. Florida ci
alone stressed that his initiative is not a reflec- with a co
with a col
n the efficiency of the current system and staff. Those ct
S. Those citi
do a great job now, but this would provide a full-
)-5 manager. I'm convinced we could do better as 6,000).
PAGE 6 E APRIL 7, 2004 U THE ISLANDER
While not wanting to make light of current world
tensions, one very rare long-ago resident of Anna
Maria Island hitched a ride and hopped in a friend's car
and in response to "How the heck are ya, Jerry," he
said, "Happy not to be one of 50."
He was referring to that day's hostage count in
Iran. And he was definitely one in a million.
Palm Sunday, and the impending Easter week climax,
Easter Sunday, the absolute peak of winter season as far
as people and traffic go, brought to mind Jerry and the
thought that we hard-core Islanders (more on that later) are
hostages in our homes to this annual event.
The best estimates of our Easter bulge are some
35,000 people with all the accommodations and rent-
als filled up and plenty of family and friends visiting
nearly every household.
Hard-core Islander: No trips to town. Few trips to
Publix except early morning or late night. No beach
trips, no tanning, no boating never on holidays. "Let
the amateurs have it."
Living on Island time slow and easy trans-
lates to casual acceptance of bascule bridges and out-
of-the-ordinary "business hours." It definitely slows
down the urge to stand in line at restaurants or wait in
long lines of traffic. And it's a good thing.
So stock up on groceries in the early morning and
prepare for one of the best weeks you've had at home
all year. Plant petunias. Water the grass. Catch up on
your reading or the final season of "Sex and the City."
Just don't try to go too far from the nest.
Remember, it will all end soon too soon for
tourist-hungry Island businesses.
Be safe and have a Happy Easter, of course.
Just wondering ...
Why Islanders have no say, no meeting on the re-
pair plans for the Longboat Pass Bridge, and why the
Florida Department of Transportation chose to reno-
vate rather than replace the bridge?
Why the first Anna Maria Elementary School ar-
chitect, who couldn't be retained because he changed
firms, but the firm that got the contract was retained,
although its architect passed away?
Why King Middle School doesn't have a design
team for its replacement building?
Why Island Middle School failed?
Why the "Heavy Traffic, Expect Delays" sign
warning motorists en route to the Island is "on" 24/7?
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Keep them green
My lawn is so beautiful and green, hopefully it will
encourage other people to take better care of their
lawns. I see so many neglected lawns, it's a shame and
a big eyesore.
A good healthy green lawn adds luster to the neigh-
borhood and improves the quality of the community. It
does not require a lot of work and expense to have a
pretty lawn. A little fertilizer, weed killer and water
twice a week is all that's necessary.
Clarence E. Gehrke Jr., Anna Maria
On those raccoons
one more time
Although I can see Jean Bystrom's view (The Is-
lander, Your Opinion March 24) as an animal lover,
I believe she is looking at the situation with rose-col-
ored glasses. Living in harmony is wonderful if it's
harmony for all. Mr. Diehm (Your Opinion, March
17, 31) hit the nail on the head.
Raccoons are not the fuzzy, cute little rascals
some would have you believe. If we were talking
about rats, I'm sure Ms. Bystrom would feel differ-
ently. Raccoons spread the same diseases as rats.
The Island is overpopulated with raccoons. The
balance of nature is upset because there are no natu-
ral predators to control the population. God put
predators on earth to keep a natural balance. Now
raccoons continue to increase in numbers unabated.
They are a lot bolder than they should be.
My three little dogs were out in our fenced, we-
pay-taxes-for property around 9 p.m. when I heard
them barking and then crying. I rushed out to find a
raccoon going after them. Yes, it was attacking and
harassing, and it certainly scared me.
It didn't try to run, it kept chasing the dogs. I
didn't know what to do, I was afraid it would bite
me. With its brazen attitude, I wasn't sure if it was
rabid. It eventually walked over to the fence and
climbed over, not at all in a hurry.
The next day I called my neighbor, who has two
little dogs, to warn her. I found out that while I was
out of town a raccoon attacked her dog while she
was in the yard with the dog. It grabbed the dog and
tore into it. The dog was severely hurt and sick for
a month. It now bears a horrible large scar.
This is not "living in harmony." I don't like the
fact that I own a house where I can't let my dogs out
for fear of them being attacked and seriously hurt or
killed. Adult raccoons can kill dogs.
I think one of the reasons we all live on Anna
Maria Island is for its peacefulness. This problem
will only get worse, it can't get any better on its own.
Without predators in nature an overpopulating spe-
cies only has disease and starvation to regulate its
And it doesn't take that much of a leap for things
to get really bad. Today they are attacking and bit-
ing dogs, next in line are small children. We should
be proactive in lowering the population and not wait
until someone is seriously hurt or contracts rabies.
My dogs are patients of Dr. Bystrom. I would
like to keep them alive so he can keep them healthy.
Barbara Hieronymous, Holmes Beach
Warning to all Islanders
I am not familiar with the laws in Holmes Beach,
but I do know that in most jurisdictions a dredging
waste site that contains water must be surrounded by
a child-proof fence.
I lost a small son by drowning at such a site, where
a contractor ignored the rules. Not only was he charged,
but also he was marred for life emotionally, as was I.
Frankly I am shocked by the laxness of our com-
munity overseers. This dredging site on Flotilla Drive
is an accident waiting to happen.
Joan Graham, Holmes Beach
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Anyway you slice it, it's Maloney
Holmes Beach City Commissioner Don Maloney
is out of town this week, but he's not slacking his city
duty. In fact, he's on a mission for the city two mis-
First, he was to be the honored guest and featured
speaker at the April 3 Florida League of Cities Inter-
national Academy, at the Orlando Radisson Plaza.
Beginning Monday, he is attending the week-long
National Hurricane Conference in the same city, learn-
ing related subjects on how to protect Holmes Beach
from hurricanes and about the agencies and state man-
dates that affect the city. But more on that later.
What follows is Commissioner Maloney's speech,
"The Role of City Leaders in Developing International
While preparing for this talk last night, I was at my
desk, my wife Sarah was doing something in the
kitchen, and our youngest grandson, Nicholas for
whom we were sitting was constantly bugging her
about something. Finally, Sarah told him, "go ask your
grandfather." Nicholas snapped back with, "Grandma,
I don't want to know that much about it."
He's not my favorite, but you can thank him for
cutting down this talk.
I'm far more than just somewhat appreciative of
the League for this opportunity they have provided me
with this morning to talk about my favorite subject -
Favorite, because so much of the world's future
depends on coming up with better international rela-
tions than we've managed to enjoy up to now.
Important, because I believe that the absence of
international understanding is the prime cause of the
absence of good international relations. There can
never be any agreement without understanding, but it's
not all that difficult to have understanding without
agreement. Good international relations depend on first
understanding with or without agreement. I hope
you understand what I've just said even if you don't
The second reason I am real anxious to remain in-
volved in international relations after my retirement
from business is because I'm a salesman and/or a mar-
keter at heart as well as a politician and so, in
both of those careers, I don't like being involved with
a loser like I am now. Loser, because again only in the
past month I have figures for, the United States, while
exporting some $80 billion worth of goods and ser-
vices, was importing over $120 billion worth of the
What bothers me is that those numbers mean we
said goodbye to over $40 billion of ours again that
month. Right now, for example, China alone has over
a trillion U.S. dollars in its banks. That makes us a big
loser, until we figure out how to get those dollars spent
Why did we lose them? And why, in international
trade, are we always the loser?
Mainly, I believe, it is our lack of that international
understanding I mentioned earlier, and the apparent
don't-give-a-damn attitude about that loss. They, the
rest of the world, obviously know what we want and
they are quite happy selling it to us. Obviously, we
don't really know nor have we made enough effort
to understand what they need and/or want. It's not
trade when it's unbalanced like that.
So where can you and I and other local officials
help start working on a better balance? For one thing,
you have already started by taking time to be here these
past two days. You have already heard from previous
speakers how our cities can benefit economically inter-
national development, how we in Florida have the per-
fect location from which to get involved internation-
ally, and what new opportunities exist.
This meeting's agenda promised that I would tell
you what your role is in developing international pro-
grams. I believe the League has already spelled out
those opportunities by covering things like the Sister
Cities Program, by promoting and hosting International
Round Tables all around our state, by urging that we all
join in the efforts of organizations like the Gulf of
Mexico States Accord, by passing along what some
other Florida cities are doing to promote international
understanding, and by identifying many other ways
you can be an active part of all that effort. If you're not
on to all this, call Carol Westmoreland's office for de-
tails. Look through the folder they have already pro-
vided you with here today.
Collecting all that will tell you how to get involved,
but I'm more anxious to pass on this morning the
"Why" you should get involved at least, why I per-
sonally think you should get involved.
My own interest in international involvement
started many years ago when I realized that foreign
manufacturers of printing machinery were selling as
much, or even more, of their machinery here in the
United States than we were selling of ours. And believe
me, ours was better.
I became far more than just somewhat anti-inter-
national as a result. Japanese manufacturers particu-
larly annoyed me and marketers roaming around our
country with their cameras, photographing, it seemed,
everything in sight. Obviously, I decided, they were
Why, I wondered, why were we losing in my part
of the international marketplace? Suddenly, after my
job took me to the Orient, it came to me: They were
busy learning about the international marketplaces with
their cameras, but when we were traveling around, we
were busy teaching with our slide shows and black-
boards because, we believed, we already knew every-
thing about every place. We knew it all and were not
about to learn anything. If it was good enough for us,
it was good enough for the world. Here's an example
of what I mean:
My company designed and built what I, and many
others, believed to be the world's finest newspaper press.
While I was living in Japan, where my company sent me
to set up joint ventures in both manufacturing and market-
ing, the home office directed me to put serious efforts to-
gether in order to sell our newspaper press over there. It
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ut that the printing area sizes of our presses -
ory in North and South America and Europe -
It print newspapers the size Japanese were settled
I the States that we would have to change the sizes
dresses to succeed there. They telexed back and
t "The Japanese will have to change the size
never sold a newspaper press there. The Ger-
d. And it wasn't only my American bosses that
they knew it all.
time, on a plane ride from Hong Kong back to
I was seated next to the vice president of design
)f our prime American automobile manufacturers.
ere days when America was turning out little cars
Henry J, the Nash Rambler, and Ford and others
ose sizes, too. They were all buried by little Japa-
ssans and Toyotas. Because of his position, I
resist asking my companion: What happened?
ippened, he said, because we, the Americans,
e country wanted a little car. But, he admitted,
't know they wanted a great little car with all Seattle fern
es our big cars had. The rest is history. Evelyn and Ric
as that conversation that led me to work on Bainbridge Isk
ing joint ventures in Japan rather than trying to
>ne on soil I really didn't understand. We still tomers. Our mn
ity of problems, but nearly all resulted from our nese printers v
an reluctance to admit there was something we terest on our i
now. interest rates t
ring knowledge and ownership paid off. We bargo that yea
reducing products the Japanese wanted and I had to borrow
se, not just shoving our desires on them. We machines front
tith those little automobiles of ours as well as customers at o
THE ISLANDER M APRIL 7, 2004 0 PAGE 9
Benevolent invasion: Nesting sea turtles
By Jim Hanson
An invasion as welcome as the annual winter visi-
tor influx is just around the corer, and a whole lot of
Islanders are diligently preparing for it.
It is the annual nesting of marine turtles, the offi-
cial season starting May 1 but the actual nesting always
beginning when turtles feel like it in the warming wa-
ters of the Gulf of Mexico.
Most Anna Maria Island experience is with the big
loggerheads, with the occasional green coming ashore
each season. The gigantic leatherbacks prefer the At-
lantic Coast to the Gulf, and hardly ever show up here.
Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch is gearing up, and
so are homeowners and shoreside businesses, plus
those who enforce laws protecting the big reptiles.
Anna Maria has laws in place. Holmes Beach is in
the process of enacting an ordinance to strengthen ex-
isting regulations. Bradenton Beach has a strong law,
but there's nobody to enforce it.
Turtle Watch has scheduled a meeting from 6-8
p.m. April 28 to train volunteers in the art of turtle pres-
ervation. Suzi Fox, who holds the state sea turtle pres-
ervation permit and heads Turtle Watch, said there are
150 or so regular volunteers and 50 more coming
along. They will monitor the beach through April, and
on May 1 will begin walking every foot of it every
"Lights Out for Sea Turtles" will be 4:30-5:30 p.m.
April 30, when volunteers will wave signs at motorists
at Kingfish Boat Ramp reminding them to prevent any
lights from shining where turtles can see them.
Marine turtles instinctively head for the safety of
the sea, guided by the water's shimmer, and bright
lights lure them farther inshore with often disastrous
results. This is particularly true with freshly hatched
Turtle Watch has been getting ready for the season
in other ways, too. Its education center and store at
5408 Marina Drive has turned in a year of "great suc-
cess," said Fox, and will start tours of the turtle-nest-
ing beach areas in June.
The "Adopt a Turtle Nest" program has a good
start, she said, with 13 adoptions so far at $100 or more
per nest. Memberships in Turtle Watch are being re-
newed "and everyone should be getting around to that
Ed Sterba is a new member of the board of direc-
tors, and nonvoting members added to the board are
Christina Swasinski and Sudan Camp.
Plans are being made for a youth summer camp in
partnership with the Medallion After-School program.
Called "Project Sea Turtle," it will have 25 children per
week from June 2-Aug. 6, kindergarten age through
sixth-grade. They will hear speakers, clean the beaches
and fill holes, visit nesting beaches, snorkel, see the sea
through buckets with transparent bottoms, take field
trips to Leffis Key and Coquina Beach and generally
fill a week with turtles.
Children are already helping assemble packages of
brochures and literature on preventing lights from in-
truding on the nesting beach. The packets will be dis-
tributed to rental agents to put into their properties to
Enforcement of turtle protection laws is generally
up to the code enforcement officers of each of the
Island's three cities, and they're getting ready, too.
Gerry Rathvon, code enforcement officer in Anna
Maria, said she will send letters this month to owners
of property fronting on the Gulf, explaining lighting
rules. In mid-May she will start walking the beach at
night to find violators of the lighting code and spotting
articles people have left on the beach such as towels,
chairs, tents and so on, that can interfere with turtles
coming out of the water to nest. It's illegal, and she will
be telling the owners so.
Walter Wunderlich, code enforcement officer for
Watson to the
A loggerhead sea
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ported to Mote
a tory by Anna
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a blood transfu-
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earlier this week.
Holmes Beach, said he will welcome the new turtle-
protection ordinance that appears on the brink of pas-
sage by the city commission. He plans to start night
surveys next week, spotting lighting trouble spots.
Holmes Beach Police Chief Jay Romine said his offic-
ers will help enforce the law, but while "we care very
much about turtles, we have to keep public safety in
mind, too." -
Bradenton Beach's enforcement of turtle-protec-
tion regulations, ruled exemplary last year, apparently
will await hiring of a code enforcement officer to fill
the vacancy left by a resignation amidst the city hall
turmoil there. The police department said it is prepared
to act on any criminal violations, such as handling or
taking of hatchlings.
All in all, Turtle Watch "hopes for a banner year,"
said Fox. "We expect good numbers. The beach is in
good shape, the renourished parts just tilled to soften
the sand, and it's settled into good nesting grounds."
Turtle Watch keeps an eye on nesting activity within
the renourishment project for Manatee County and the
Additional information may be obtained from the
education center at 778-1435 or from Fox at 232-1405.
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Philip G. Cole
Philip G. Cole, 83, of Holmes Beach, died March
Born in Tarrytown, N.Y., Mr. Cole moved to
Manatee County from Vero Beach earlier this year. He
was an attorney with Love and Cole of Colorado
Springs, Colo. He served in the U.S. Army during
World War II in the Pacific Theater. He was a gradu-
ate of Princeton University and Harvard Law School.
He was a member of the Colorado Supreme Court. He
was a member of the American Bar Association.
Private family services will be held in Ontario,
Canada, in August. Memorial contributions may be
made to the Dolphin and Whale Hospital, Mote Marine
Laboratory, 1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy., Sarasota FL
34236. Griffith-Cline Funeral Home, Island Chapel,
was in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by daughters Elizabeth Bruce of
Anna Maria and Katharine Cole Bedell of Carmel,
Calif.; sons Philip G. III of Boulder, Colo., and Albert
Clinton Griffin of Colorado Springs; sister Katharine
Cole Worden of Newport, R.I.; three grandchildren;
and four great-grandchildren.
John Lowell Phinney Sr.
John Lowell-Phinney Sr., 78, of Bradenton and
formerly Kansas City, Mo., died March 24.
Born in Appleton City, Mo., Mr. Phinney was a
graduate of Rockhurst College. He was a businessman.
Memorial Mass and funeral services were April 5
at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Bradenton. Memorial
contributions may be made to Guardian Angel Fund for
St. Joseph School, 2990 26th St. W., Bradenton FL
He is survived by wife of 52 years Terry Anne;
daughters Ursula "Cubbie" Anne Stemm of Holmes
Beach and Susan Weber of Jefferson City, Mo.; sons
John "Jack" L. Jr. and Michael E., both of Kansas City;
brother Gene of Appleton City; and five grandchildren.
The phone number for obtaining Bruce
Knecht's new book of poetry and photos, "Anna
Maria Island in Review," is 756-3085, not as er-
roneously reported last week.
For art's sake donations, dollars for MHS
Manatee High School art teacher Rob Reiber said
the approximately $4,000 raised by The Islander
"For Art's Sake" silent auction and reception
Thursday represents two years' supply budget for his
art department and teachers. The auction included
donated works by local artists, including some MHS
student works, excellent attendance and some
generous bidding. The unidentified patron pictured
is deciding whether to bid on a pencil sketch by Dr.
Andre Renard and Reiber's own watercolor earned
the top price at the event, closely followed by a
Woody Candish sculpture. Islander Photo:
Anna Maria I
The restless mind of Anna Maria Island author
Gene Ciliberti enticed him to wonder how many resi-
dents knew how much esoterica about the Island they
defend so staunchly against all comers.
Here is some playful whimsy he concocted, which
he titles "Island Fun."
1. How many traffic lights are on the Island?
1, 2, 3, 4 or 5
2. How long is the Anna Maria City Pier?
400 plus, 500 plus, 600 plus, 700 plus or 800 plus.
3. Where is the highest ground above sea level?
Bean Point, Coquina Baywalk or Pine Avenue.
4. How many fishing piers are there?
1,2, 3, 4 or5
5. There is an enclosed three-acre lake with fish in
Holmes Beach. Where is it?
6. Where is Tuna Street and in which city?
7. What is the highest building on the Island?
8. There is a huge banyan (ficus) tree that has grown
two additional main trunks: Where is it?
9. Where is there a tree inside another tree?
10. How many traffic circles are there on the Island?
1. There are five traffic lights Cortez Road and
Gulf Drive, East Bay Drive and Gulf Drive, Manatee
Avenue and Gulf Drive, Manatee Avenue and East Bay
Drive, Marina Drive and Gulf Drive.
2. The pier is about 736 feet in length.
3. The hill (dirt mound) at Coquina Baywalk
(Leffis Key) in Bradenton Beach.
4. There are four fishing piers Rod & Reel Pier,
Anna Maria City Pier, Manatee County Beach,
Bradenton Beach Pier.
5. Between 68th and 69th streets; Marina Drive and
6. Just one short block perpendicular to the Gulf
beach between Cypress and Spruce streets in Anna
7. The Martinique condos, 52nd Street in Holmes
8. In the 400 block of Spring Street in Anna Maria.
9. Avenue E and 31st Street, Holmes Beach. (One
10. There are two, on each end (east-west) of
Bridge Street in Bradenton Beach.
Red tide/human health
discussed at Mote
Dr. Barbara Kirkpatrick will discuss "Florida Red
Tide and Human Health: Top 10 Questions" at Mote
Marine Laboratory at 7 p.m. Monday, April 5.
She is the Mote staff scientist who is manager of
the environmental health program. The program is free
to Mote members and one guest, $5 for nonmembers.
Reservations are required, call 388-4441, ext. 691.
Mote is at 1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy., Sarasota, on
City Island off the south ramp of the New Pass Bridge
to Longboat Key.
Sculptor Harrison lecture
Deadline for signing up for sculptor Barbara
Harrison's lecture in downtown Sarasota is April 12,
and RSVPs may be phoned to 387-8589.
The lecture will be at the Sonnet Gallery, 1480
Main St., at 5 p.m. April 15, with discussion to follow.
Harrison, of Longboat Key, will discuss her new
works. She has had exhibits throughout the area, plus
the Corcoran Gallery in Washington, Princeton Univer-
sity, and the New York Academy of Design, as well as
in private and corporate collections.
Shell club meeting
Sarasota Shell Club will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday,
April 8, at the Mote Marine Laboratory's aquarium.
1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy., Sarasota. Details are
available at 739-0908.
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Mold smells like
bad news for
na Maria City Hall
By Rick Catlin
ady beset by unforeseen costs and rising esti-
e long-planned Anna Maria City Hall renovation
ow faces yet another unanticipated problem.
ndoor-air quality testing report done on the
March 16 shows a significant mold problem
ill, and makes several recommendations which
in costs for the project above the $168,000 al-
proved by the commission.
s report, Environmental Safety Consultants
'learwater said it found that "significant mold
it the time of testing," and "potential mold was
n the air-conditioning duct system.
Recommended that a National Air Duct Clean-
,ciation-certified state-licensed air condition
or "clean the system throughout."
Idition, said ESC, a "trained, experienced mold y .
tion contractor should remove all water-
water-damaged and mold-infested building
s under negative pressure containment."
)re those materials are put back, the remaining ate n
materials and air should be tested "to make
significant mold remains." Anna Maria E
provided no cost estimate for its recom- class display t
work. class teamed i
'or SueLynn said it appears most of the work be distributed
ended in the mold report is slated for the re-
ng project, but she'll confirm this with the ar- Linda Cramer
THE ISLANDER 0 APRIL 7, 2004 0 PAGE 13
Flying to victory
As a teenager in Guildford, England, in the sum-
mer of 1939, Cortez resident Cedella Duke (nee
Crowe) and her friends were convinced a war was com-
"It was obvious to us. We all felt Hitler's promises
were rubbish," said Cedella.
Many of her friends and schoolmates joined the
British armed services that summer, and on Sept. 13,
1939, two weeks after Hitler invaded Poland and World
War II started, Cedella was determined to do her part.
Just 18 years old, she persuaded her father him-
self a World War I veteran of the Royal Air Force -
to take her that day to the RAF airfield at Farborough
where she joined the Women's Auxiliary Air Force.
"There really weren't any provisions for training
women for the jobs needed when the war started,"
noted Cedella. Since she had trained at Kensington
College in London as a secretary and worked in Lon-
don for eight months before the war, she was naturally
assigned as a secretary and eventually became the per-
sonal clerk to the RAF station commander.
"It was all very different and exciting in the begin-
ning. We girls were in a private home and I met people
from all walks of life I probably never would have
come across except for the war."
There was a feeling of camaraderie, of being in-
volved in defending the homeland from an expected
"People had spirit, knowing we were all in the
same boat and everyone pulled together. It's a spirit I'll
Of course, in the early days of the war, everyone
didn't expect it to last too long, but reality set in after
Dunkirk and the fall of France in June 1940. Britain
then stood alone against the German armed forces and
suffered through the Battle of Britain.
While she never got bombed directly, Cedella re-
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members hearing the bombers go overhead on many
nights and viewing the British surrender, the nightly
bombing raids did nothing but forge the British resolve
to "never surrender."
"We knew we were alone, but we absolutely were
not going to give up. Churchill was such a wonderful
leader. He rallied everyone and never let us give up.
There was never any thought that we would lose."
During 1941, Cedella's commanding officer per-
suaded her to attend Officer's Training School and she
was eventually commissioned as a WAAF assistant
She also trained as a code and cypher officer,
which was "not as exciting as it sounds," noted Cedella,
and at one time, was posted to an air base where she
was the only female.
With men from all parts of the world stationed
there, the duty was "certainly much more interesting
than it could ever have been in peacetime."
Although those were still dark days for the British,
everyone knew America would enter the war sooner or
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WAAF Officer Cedella Duke (nee Crowe) in 1943.
up in Britain and Cedella met her share of American
Despite the wartime conditions, there was still
plenty of socializing and parties, and a young, good-
looking WAAF officer was in demand.
At one point, she had an American boyfriend who
was an artillery officer, but he got sent to North Africa
where he was wounded and shipped back to the States.
By spring 1944, excitement was in the air in En-
gland. The Allies were building up to D-Day, the inva-
sion of occupied Europe, and Cedella was assigned to
RAF Bomber Command as personal assistant to Air
Marshall Sir Arthur Harris's second-in-command.
"We were very relieved that D-Day was coming.
We knew we would have to go back to win the war, and
once the landings took place, we knew it was only a
matter of time."
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ever, the British began to concentrate on sending more
forces to the Pacific Theater in preparation for the Al-
lied invasion of Japan.
Unbeknownst to Cedella, a young Royal Navy pi-
lot named Peter Duke had been assigned to the aircraft
carrier "Formidable" in the Pacific in 1945.
Duke had joined the RN during the war in the tra-
dition of his forefathers and went into the fleet air arm
Because of a shortage of carrier pilot training fa-
cilities in Britain, however, he was sent to the United
States where he trained at Gross Isle, Mich., and in
Pensacola and Jacksonville.
"He graduated from flight school in Florida and
received his U.S. Navy wings, and he's very proud of
that fact today," said Cedella. He would be one of the
few Royal Navy pilots whose wings were actually U.S.
"He had an absolutely wonderful time in Florida
and cannot speak too highly of the training he re-
The two didn't know each other then, but they
would return to Florida as husband and wife in 1980.
But that's getting ahead of Cedella's story.
By May 1945, because of a lack of British-made
carrier aircraft in the Pacific, many British carrier pi-
lots were flying American-made Corsairs, which were
a bit too big for the shorter and not-as-wide deck of the
British carriers compared with the American-made
The Corsairs had limited ability for the pilot to see
ahead when landing on a carrier, and a lot of pilots
crashed their planes and died attempting this difficult
maneuver on a British carrier.
Returning from a fighter patrol one day, Lt. Duke
crashed his Corsair on the Formidable's flight deck and
suffered a serious spinal injury.
"He was just lucky he made it to the deck and
lived," said Cedella, but the best R.N. doctors couldn't
fix his back injury.
He was discharged from the service after the war
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Dr. Cedella Duke, D.C., and Dr. Peter Duke, D.C., today.
and after living a few years in .Britain, moved to
The atom bomb was dropped on Aug. 6, 1945, and
World War II officially ended on Sept. 1 of that year.
"At last it was over," remembered Cedella. "We
were all relieved that we had won. We had been
through something very great and wonderful, some-
thing that will likely never happen again."
Cedella was asked to remain in the WAAF, but she
"wanted to get on with my life" and figured peace-time
duty "would be something of a let-down."
She made up her mind to be a chiropractor and
wanted to get into a chiropractic school in the United
States, but was unsuccessful in gaining admission.
Finally, in 1947, she heard that a new chiropractic
college had just opened in Toronto. She was accepted
for admission and began her studies in September of
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when Duke came to the college for treatment of his
The two would meet during Peter's treatment.
With similar war and homeland experiences, it wasn't
long before the dashing ex-fighter pilot and the strik-
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Peter decided to follow in Cedella's path and enrolled
in the chiropractic college.
Cedella graduated in May 1951 and the couple
were married two weeks later. Cedella opened an of-
fice after graduation and Peter joined the practice when
"We retired from our practice in 1980 and have
enjoyed our winters in Florida.
"Unfortunately, due to serious health problems,
Peter is currently back in Canada and it is unlikely that
he will be coming to Florida again. But we consider
ourselves very lucky to have landed in Florida and near
the Island," Cedella said.
The couple have two sons who live in Canada.
Cedella doesn't live in the past, but on occasion she
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The annual Bottle Boat Regatta, featuring boats
made of mostly milk bottles sailed by wet fun-lovers,
will be Saturday morning off Palma Sola Causeway.
A feature of the Hernando DeSoto Historical
Society's Heritage Festival, it will begin at 10 a.m.
April 10 at a starting line off Bongo's Bay side Grille
and Bar, 9915 Manatee Ave., and proceed in utter con-
fusion to a wet and wild conclusion.
The Privateens, teen organization within the Anna
Maria Island Privateers, will have an entry ready by
then, said Privateen spokesperson Liz "Doc" Christie.
A dozen or more Privateens worked with milk jugs
over the weekend, assembling their craft. The Priva-
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not have a bottle boat of their own.
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 14
remembers her wartime experiences and companions.
"If I had to do it all again, I would. I'm proud of my
service and proud of my country for standing up to Hitler
when we were alone. It was a wonderful time in my life,
one I shall never forget. I know Peter feels the same way."
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The boats are cobbled together of bottles, most of
which are plastic milk jugs because they're handier,
said a spokesperson. In some cases the same boats are
used year after year.
"It always draws a big, enthusiastic crowd," said
The DeSoto Heritage Festival kicked off with the
annual Seafood Fest over the weekend in downtown
Bradenton, continues with the DeSoto Kids Parade
starting at 10 a.m. Friday, April 9, in Palmetto it's
Good Friday. no school.
The festival's Easter egg hunt will be at 10 a.m.
Saturday, April 10, in G.T. Bray Park, 3504 33rd Ave.
Drive W., Bradenton, to assure that the youngsters are
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The DeSoto Ball will be Friday night, April 23, and
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Island police reports
Anna Maria City
March 29, Gulf Drive and Spring Avenue, traffic
accident. A vehicle reportedly veered off the road and
knocked down a pedestrian-crosswalk sign.
March 30, 200 block of Spruce Avenue, informa-
tion. According to the report, several people carrying
a sailboat off the beach were seen crossing through 20
yards of sea oats. Deputies informed them of the con-
sequences if they damage sea oats.
March 31, 9500 block of Gulf Drive, domestic dis-
turbance. A woman was given a victim's rights book-
let and domestic violence packet after she informed
deputies that her husband became angry with her and
smashed her cell phone.
March 22,2513 Gulf Drive, Circle K, theft. A woman
drove away without paying for the gas she pumped.
March 26, 1300 block of Gulf Drive, alcohol vio-
lation. A juvenile was arrested for possession of alco-
hol and released into the custody of his father.
March 27, 100 block of Bay Drive South, aggra-
vated assault. A man was arrested after brandishing a
knife during a fight with another man. According to the
report, witnesses saw the suspect approach and yell at
three men attempting to get in their boat. The suspect
was seen grabbing one of the men and throwing him off
the dock and then pulling out and waving a knife at the
victim. According to the report, the suspect told police
he acted in self-defense and approached the men be-
cause he didn't like the way two of the men were treat-
ing the third elderly man on the boat.
March 28, 400 block of Highland Avenue, traffic ar-
rest. A man was arrested for driving without a license af-
ter officers received a.report he was driving erratically.
March 30, 700 block of Gulf Drive South, warrant
arrest/drug arrest. James Gaines, 34, of Bradenton, was
stopped for speeding and arrested on a Manatee County
warrant for grand theft. After he was placed in custody,
officers reportedly found a crack pipe in the defendant's
pocket. According to the report, officers found several
packs of frozen fish and other frozen commercial food
packages stolen from an area company. The vehicle
Gaines was driving was also found to be stolen. Gaines
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Office deputies assisted with investigating the stolen mer-
March 28, 900 Gulf Drive S., Cortez Beach, grand
theft. Officers received a report regarding stolen surf-
boards. While on route, officers observed a vehicle
speeding along the beach parking area, while traffic
was backed up approximately two miles on the road.
According to the report, officers saw several surfboards
hanging out the vehicle's trunk and attempted to stop
the driver, who fled from police. Officers followed the
defendants and saw them throw the surfboards out of
the car and then abandon the vehicle in a parking lot.
The surfboards, although severely damaged, were re-
covered and the vehicle was towed. According to the
report, both suspects were arrested when they at-
tempted to retrieve the vehicle from the tow company.
March 26, 3100 block of Avenue F, burglary. A
woman reported money missing from a purse she kept
in a drawer in her bedroom.
March 27, 4000 Gulf Drive, Manatee Public
Beach, criminal mischief. A man reported his parked
car was scratched by a sharp object along both sides of
March 28, 200 block of 67th Street, contempt of
court. A man was arrested on a Charlotte County con-
tempt of court warrant.
March 29, 6600 Gulf Drive, Resort 66, theft. Man-
agement reported the theft of four televisions and two
video-cassette recorders. According to the report, man-
agement recently completed an inventory after the
completion of six months of renovation.
March 29, 8200 block of Gulf Drive, driver's li-
cense. A driver was stopped after officers witnessed his
car veer into the bike path several times. The driver was
cited for driving with a suspended license.
March 30, 6306 Gulf Drive, Blue Water Beach
Club, burglary. A vacationing couple reported their
wallets stolen from their room.
April 1, 300 block of 67th Street, suspicious inci-
dent. A man was taken into custody and transported to
a treatment facility at his request.
April 1, 7100 Gulf Drive, Natulius condominiums,
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from a home on North Harbor Lane.
One male juvenile, 15, of Holmes Beach, and three
females, ages 12-13, one from Anna Maria and two
from Holmes Beach, were charged with one count each
of automobile theft and burglary.
According to the report, Phillip and Michelle Paine
phoned police when they saw the group of juveniles
enter their neighbor's vacant home. The home appar-
ently is undergoing renovation and was left unsecured.
The absent property owner, Joseph Morrison, had
parked his 1987 two-door Mercedes in the garage of
the house before going north.
The children were observed driving away in the
car, although Morrison, who was contacted by police
in New Jersey, said that he had both sets of car keys and
no one is authorized to drive the car. Morrison faxed an
affidavit stating the car was stolen to the Holmes Beach
Officers then set up surveillance in the area and
apprehended the youths approximately two hours later
as they drove along Gulf Drive.
Following their arrest, one of the females report-
edly told police she took the other juveniles to
Morrison's house because she knew it was empty and
the car was there. She also told an officer that she
wanted to move back to West Virginia and hoped her
friend would drive her there.
According to the report, they all stated that they
thought the homeowners must be dead, since no one
was ever around, and they decided to take the car be-
cause it did not seem to belong to anyone.
The juveniles told police they found a key that
started the car in the glove box. The male suspect was
also charged with driving without a license and an ex-
According to the report, the three girls were laugh-
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Parents get sneak peek at AME construction plan
By Diana Bogan
Before heading home for spring break, Anna Maria
Elementary School students and parents received a
computer CD-ROM video highlighting the need for a
new Island school and featuring a look at the design
plans for the pending construction of the new facilities.
The video CD was part of a Manatee County
School Board initiative to document its current con-
struction plans and projects.
AME Principal Kathy Hayes said the video tries to
capture the history of the school as well as what the
community has to look forward to in the future.
In the video, Hayes walks the viewer through the
existing school as she points out how the more than 50-
year-old structure has served the community well, yet
where it has failed to hold up.
For example, when AME was constructed in the
1950s, media centers were not utilized in schools. As
a result, AME's media center is housed in classroom
space. In the new building, Hayes says, the media cen-
ter will have more than three times the square footage.
In addition, the media center will include an upgraded
television production set and studio for the student-
produced AME morning news show.
The video also shows how teachers have trouble
regulating classroom temperatures, compete with noise
from air conditioning units, lack of storage space and
functional windows. Hayes says in the new building
there will be a textbook storage room and walk-in stor-
age closets in classrooms.
Hayes noted that when the new building is completed,
all the portable classrooms will be gone and it will be the
first time in years everyone will be under one roof.
The new building's traffic flow plan will also al-
leviate congestion on Gulf Drive since three times as
many cars will fit in the car waiting loop.
"We have a very open campus in many ways, in
and out and we sit on Gulf Drive, a very busy street. It's
almost impossible for our staff and teachers to keep
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can have a false sense of security. It's critical we do all
we can to have a safe school campus."
Hayes also pointed out the school's unique water-
front view and noted that the existing school sits as far
away as possible from the waterfront. "Our new cam-
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what an inspiring place to learn and teach," said Hayes.
Landscape architect David Jones is featured in the
video sharing the design team's, opportunity to recre-
ate a coastal landscape that would have originally
occurred on a barrier island for education and practical
use at the school. "It gives us an opportunity to show
students what is native on the Island," he said.
At the close of the video, Hayes walks the viewer
through the design plans for the new building. On the first
floor will be classrooms for kindergarten, first- and sec-
ond-grades, a computer lab, kitchen and dining area. A
breezeway leads to the art and music classrooms and au-
Third-, fourth- and fifth-grade classes will be lo-
cated on the second floor, along with the media center.
The two-story building will be the focus of the first
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heavy equipment work required to lay the foundation,
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If construction is not delayed, Hayes anticipates it
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Garden tour raises
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The first-ever Anna Maria Island Garden Tour
Saturday raised $4,500 for the Island's orchestra, a
success so impressive that it became the first annual
tour another is already in the planning for next year.
Six of the Island's gardens were opened to the pub-
lic at $12 per person, a fundraiser for the Anna Maria
Island Community Orchestra and Chorus.
"The gardens were splendid, the weather was per-
fect," said Karen Lockwood, originator, organizer and
chairwoman of the committee that put it all together
"I know the committee members, and I am sure the
people who toured the gardens, are looking forward to
a similar tour next year."
Alice Jeghelian, treasurer of the orchestra and cho-
rus, said her organization was "terribly excited about
the tour as a new way for us to be introduced to the
community. We reach people through music, this is a
visual way to appreciate beauty.
"Many of the gardens could be called 'secret gar-
dens,' they're so private and special to the individuals.
The tour took us beyond the walls and opened the gar-
dens up to people."
The money is very welcome, she said. "We
.struggle so hard to get by, and this is a new avenue to
finance great music."
This watercolor titled "Tulips" will be among
Bradenton artist Thelma Sarty's paintings featured at
Island Gallery West, 5368 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach,
from Sunday through April 24. Gallery hours are 10
a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday. Details at 778-6648.
Garden tour successes
The most exotic home on the Island Garden Tour was in Bradenton Beach. While the owners were.reluctant to
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Abused children program concert
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The Anna Maria Elementary School Parent- to raise funds for the program dedicated to helping
Teacher Organization will present its family-din- child abuse victims.
ner night with the meal catered by Peaches Res- The concert featuring the Island's own Herb
taurant TuesdIa,-April 13. Harris and his jazz trio will be from 5-8 p.m. Sun-
Dinner starts at.5 p.m. in the school cafete- day, April 25, at Palma Sola Botanical Park, 9800 17th
ria and will be followed by the second-grade play Ave. N.W., Bradenton. Businesses and individuals are
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The e\enmn's _menu includes creamed where from $500 to $5,000. Tickets to the event are
chicken with egetables o\era puff pastry shell, $60 per person.
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Dinner tickets cost $7 for adults and $5 for said Melinda Clarke Thompson, executive director of
children and are available in advance through the the beneficiary Manatee Children's Services.
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The April 7, 1994, issue of The Islander
Thomas and Janet Huffine said they were giving
up their contract with the U.S. Postal Service to oper-
ate the Holmes Beach Post Office. A financial audit
had revealed some accounting errors at the post office,
but nothing serious, according to the audit. Huffine is
a former Holmes Beach City Commission member.
The Anna Maria Planning Commission said a
remodeled home that is violating city and federal regu-
lations must either be torn down or elevated to meet
flood insurance requirements. The owners of the prop-
erty at 891 N. Shore Drive have already spent more
than $100,000 on renovations.
The Florida Department of Transportation an-
nounced that the Cortez Bridge will be closed from
Oct. 1 through Oct. 31, 1995, for needed bridge repairs.
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March 29 68 86 0
March 30 64 86 0
March 31 70 86 0
April 1 62 76 0
April 2 64 76 0
April 3 64 86 0
Average Gulf water temperature 680
24-hour accumulation with reading at approximately 5 p.m. daily.
THE ISLANDER E APRIL 7, 2004 0 PAGE 19
at Coquina Beach
in Bradenton Beach
to walk to Island
Middle School in
Holmes Beach for
"the school's annual
pants earned $1
per mile from their
toward the net goal
to raise $10,000.
Pledges are still
being collected at
School parent and
board member Ed
Upshaw grilled hot
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By Kevin Cassidy
e Islander Junior League baseball team for 13-
ear-old players played two games last week and -
way from both games with 10-run, mercy-rule "'-
Friday, April 2, they defeated Beef O'Brady's
six innings. The Islanders followed that up with
nning, 15-4 win over Charles Roy Roofing on
ty morning at Birdie Tebbetts Field in Holmes
:o improve their record to 4-3 on the season.
in Price was dominant on the mound in their
home victory, allowing only three hits and no
runs while striking out four batters in five in-
: Islanders batted around to take a 4-0 lead in the
of the first. Connor Bystrom led off with a
down the right-field line and after stealing third,
ly scored on a single to center by Nick Sato.
allowedd with a single and after a double steal put
d Price on second and third. Sato then scored on
ground-out by Billy Alstrom. Matt Shafer then
Price with a double to left-center. Shafer scored Islander shor
run of the inning when, after stealing third, he during Junior
home when the Charles Roy pitcher got called Cassidy
>nzo Price and Zack Waliagha followed with inning with a
but Bystrom's line drive went right to the The Islan,
elder for the third out of the inning, sent 12 batter
arles Roy Roofing scored one run in the top of runs. Shafer,
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 22
Friday night's game saw Connor Bystrom and
Sean Pittman combine on a no-hitter. Bystrom started
and went four innings, allowing four unearned runs
while striking out six. Pittman closed the game out with
two hitless innings that saw him record all six outs via
Offensively, the Islander received big perfor-
mances from several players. Pittman went 4-for-4,
including a pair of doubles and two runs scored, while
Sean Price singled, doubled and had two triples while
scoring three runs.
Bystrom also had a big night with four hits, includ-
ing a double, triple and three runs scored, while Sato
added a double among his two hits.
WMFD in win column
with pair of victories
West Manatee Fire & Rescue District earned a pair
of victories in Anna Maria Island Little League's ma-
jors division last week to end a four-game losing streak
and served notice to the rest of the league thatthey are
a team to be reckoned with. Islander third-baseman Nick
Wednesday, March 31, the firefighters defeated first to end the game during 1
Island Lumber 9-7 thanks in part to some quality pitch- action at Birdie Tebbetts Fieh
ing by Zach Evan and Wyatt Easterling. On Friday,
April 2, WMFD earned an exciting 12-11 come-from- one run for WMFD, which als
behind victory thanks to a two-out, two-run single by Daniel Janisch and three runs
Jordan Sebastiano. Steve Sylvester led the Dt
Sebastiano's timely hit scored Trevor Bystrom for with a 3-for-4 game that inch
the tying run, while Zach Evan crossed the plate with two runs scored. Cory Wash
the winning run in the 12-11 victory. runs scored among his two h
Sebastiano finished the day 3-for-4, including a through with a pair of singles
24 E APRIL 7, 2004 0 THE ISLANDER
rts The semi
saw James Al
'INUED FROM PAGE 23 top of the bo
Little League events on horizon minute overt
ark your calendars for April 17 and May 30. shootout.
17 is picture day and fun day at the Anna Maria This time
Community Center. Team and individual pho- Carter made
11 be taken in addition to an impressive offering came up wit
1, games and activities for the entire family. Pic- The Mag
hedules will be distributed to team managers as Tampa 5-1 in
saw them bai
:e gets closer.
nday, May 30, is Anna Maria Island Community shutting out
r Day at Tropicana Field and you can reserve
or good seats. The much-hated New York Yan- Kevin Harve)
>y this writer) and its collection of All-Stars like Carter, Jame
3iambi, A-Rod and Derek Jeter will come to the Andrew Mor
or a 1:15 p.m. game against promising Tampa ackson, ssa
)ungsters like Carl Crawford, Rocco Baldelli and Matthew Un
upper infield reserve seats cost just $15 with a Anna
n of the proceeds being donated to the Center.
Place ticket orders or for more information, you Date
ntact the Center at 778-1908, or contact Devil Junior Leagl
representative Barry Jones at 1-888-FAN RAYS, April 10
23, or (727) 825-3123.
Islander helps soccer team
to Region C title Major Leagu
and resident Stephen Thomas helped his U12 April 7 (
ee Magic boy's soccer team to the Region C
pionship over the March 27-28 weekend in April 9 (
; Hill. Thomas and his teammates thanks to a April 12 (
y Kevin Harvey battled to a 1-1 tie in regula-
. Minor Leagu
lay and followed that with two scoreless 10- Ari
overtimes to send the game to penalty kicks. Ar. r
Wednesday, April 7
7 to 8 a.m. Pier Regulars meeting at the Anna
Maria City Pier, 100 S. Bay Blvd., Anna Maria. Informa-
9 a.m. Horseshoe games at Anna Maria City Hall
Park, 10005 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria.
Noon- Woman's Club of Anna Maria Island instal-
lation of new officers at the Bradenton Yacht Club, 4307
Snead Island Road, Palmetto. Information: 778-7865.
4:30 to 6 p.m. "Educating Jane" teen girls life-
skills club at the Anna Maria Island Community Center,
407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 778-1908.
6 p.m.- Family storytime at the Island Branch Li-
brary, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information:
Thursday, April 8
10 a.m. to 2p.m. Tax assistance from AARP and
VITA volunteers at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Ma-
rina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: (888) 227-7669.
1 to 3 p.m. Oil painting demonstration by Fay
Gee at Artists Guild Gallery, 5414 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach. Information: 778-6694.
1 to 3:30 p.m. Beginner's watercolor class with
Susie Cotton at the Anna Maria Island Community Cen-
ter, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 778-
1908. Fee applies.
7p.m. Sarasota Shell Club meeting at Mote Ma-
rine Aquarium, 1700 Ken Thompson Pkwy., Sarasota.
8 p.m. Choral invitational featuring local high
school choirs at Neel Performing Arts Center, 5840 26th
St. W., Bradenton. Information: 752-5320.
Friday, April 9
5 to 7:30 p.m. Artists reception for Woody
Candish at the Artists Guild Gallery, 5414 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach. Information: 778-6694.
Saturday, April 10
8 a.m. to 5p.m. Boating safety class at the Anna
Maria Island Power Squadron, 1200 71st St. N.W.,
Bradenton. Information: 778-8408. Fee applies.
8:30 a.m. Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island
meeting at Cafe on the Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Mana-
tee Public Beach, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-
8:30 a.m. Easter Egg Hunt and Bunny Trail Car-
nival at G.T. Bray Park Softball Field, 5502 33rd Ave.
Drive W., Bradenton. Information: 742-5923.
9 a.m. Horseshoe games at Anna Maria City Hall
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10 to 11:30 a.m. Easter "Eggstravaganza" at
Faith United Methodist Church, 7215 First Ave. W.,
Bradenton. Information: 794-8067.
Monday, April 12
9 a.m. Island Widowed Persons Service meeting
at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Mag-
nolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 778-1908.
10:30 to 11:30 a.m. NIA fitness class with Janis
Frawley-Holler 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.
7 p.m. "The Romantic Lives of Sharks" with
Jeffery Carrier at Mote Marine Laboratory, 1600 Ken
Thompson Pkwy., Sarasota. Information: 388-4441.
Noon to 3:30 p.m. -Friendly bridge at the Anna
Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave.,
Anna Maria. Information: 778-1908. Fee applies.
1 to 4 p.m. Veterans service officer at the Island
Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Ap-
2 p.m. "Island Wise: Lessons in Living from the
Islands of the World" lecture by author Janis Frawley-
Holler at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach. Information: 778-6341.
4:30 to 6p.m. Al Hixon's "It's Jazz from Dixie to
Dizzy" at the Longboat Key Center for the Arts, 6860
Longboat Drive S., Longboat Key. Information: 383-
2345. Fee applies.
5 to 7 p.m. Family dinner night sponsored by
Peaches Restaurant at Anna Maria Elementary School,
4700 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 708-5525.
5:45 to 6:30 p.m. Karate with Kevin Bergquist for
ages 8 and under at the Anna Maria Island Community
Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information:
778-1908. Fee applies.
6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Karate with Kevin Bergquist for
ages 9-13 at the Anna Maria Island Community Center,
407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 778-1908.
7:30 to 8:45p.m. Karate with Kevin Bergquist for
ages 14 to adult at the Anna Maria Island Community
Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information:
778-1908. Fee applies.
7:30 to 9p.m. Al Hixon's "It's Jazz from Dixie toa
Dizzy" at the Longboat Key Center for the Arts, 6860
Longboat Drive S., Longboat Key. Information: 383-
2345. Fee applies.
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Wednesday, April 14
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.
4:30 to 6 p.m. "Educating Jane" teen girls life-
skills club at the Anna Maria Island Community Center,
407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 778-1908.
5 to 9 p.m. "Who Moved My Cheese?" workshop
at the Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce, 6854 Gulf
of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. Information: 387-9519.
6 p.m. Family storytime at the Island Branch Li-
brary, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information:
Glass creations by Linda Schmid at Island Gallery
West, 5368 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, through April 10.
Tax assistance from AARP and VITA volunteers
at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach, every Thursday through April 15. Information:
Watercolor exhibit by Kim Attwooll at the Island
Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach,
through April 30. Information: 778-6341.
"Works from Open Studio" at the Anna Maria Is-
land Art League, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach,
through April 30. Information: 778-2099.
Rolf Bertram photographs at the Island Branch Li-
brary, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, through April
31. Information: 778-6341.
Watercolor with Susie Cotton at the Anna Maria Is-
land Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria,
through May 25. Information: 778-1908. Fee applies.
Retrospective exhibit by Florida photographer
Clyde Butcher at the South Florida museum, 201 10th
St. W., Bradenton. Information: 746-4131. Fee applies.
Kindergarten roundup at Anna Maria Elementary
School April 15.
Lecture by sculptor Barbara Harrison at Sonnet
Gallery April 15.
"Celebrate Life" motivational workshop at the
Anna Maria Island Community Center April 16.
Earth Day celebration at Felts Audubon Preserve
"The Country Wife The Musical" opens at Neel
Performing Arts Center April 17.
Healthy Kids Day at the YMCA Bradenton April 17.
"Perspectives of an Astronaut/Oceanographer" at
Mote Marine Laboratory April 19.
Readings from "Boss Tom" at Fogartyville Cafe
Where the locals bring their friends!
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irricane season fore
William Gray has offered his prediction for the
lantic hurricane season, and the news isn't good.
Colorado State University meteorologist has
an "active" season this year. "We estimate that A
11 have about eight hurricanes (average is 5.9),
;d storms (average is 9.6), 60 named storm days ..'
e is 49), 35 hurricane days (average is 24.5),
tense (category 3-4-5) hurricanes (average is
;ht intense hurricane days (average is 5) and a ,.y
e destruction potential of 100 (average is 71),"
in his April 2 report.
e probability of a U.S. major hurricane landfall Island and othi
ated to be 40 percent above the long-period The Calus
," Gray continued, suggesting the
and his team base the forecast on a whole slew "There may be
.1 weather patterns, including everything from living on top ol
Ocean water temperature to North Atlantic too much of a
linity to drought conditions in North Africa. time," she saic
y is also using a relatively new tactic in his
5ns: history. "This early April forecast is based
vly devised extended-range statistical forecast Even thou,
re which utilizes 52 years of past global re- water and lots
data," he said. out there right
r Colorado State University research project Manatee Coun
wn that a sizable portion of the year-to-year May and Octo
ty of Atlantic tropical cyclone activity can be plants are und'
;t' [the opposite of forecast] with skill signifi- The best way to
exceeding climatology. These forecasts are seasons is to pi
n a statistical methodology derived from 52 season begins.
f past global re-analysis data and a separate when to water
f prior analog years, which have had similar Morse said
tmosphere.and ocean precursor circulation fea- thirsty when tU
this year." it's time to wal
THE ISLANDER 0 APRIL 7, 2004 M PAGE 27
Snook season here at last; kingfish expected soon
By Capt. Mike Heistand
Fishing this week may be a tale of what's not out
there whitebait and kingfish, although there are
some spotty reports of some big kings being caught.
What is out there with a vengeance is snook. Big
There are also lots of big trout, redfish, a few
flounder, mackerel and lots of snapper out in the
Gulf of Mexico.
Capt. Thom Smith at Angler's Repair on
Cortez Road said he took Bill Packer and his son out
last week and caught snook, redfish, trout and big
jacks to 10 pounds on whitebait.
Bill Lowman at Island Discount Tackle said
fishing is as good as it gets right now. Snook action
is excellent, kingfish are out there but haven't kicked
into high gear just yet. There are lots of mackerel
around and trout are spawning, so please release any
trout bigger than 24 inches in length.
Capt. Larry McGuire of Show Me The Fish
Charters said that kingfish season finally started
last week, before the wind started blowing. "On
Monday I guided out Butch Schultz and his party to
grouper, snapper, and a 6-foot-long blacktip shark.
I also took the Al Gustafson party to some kingfish
to 30 pounds, gag grouper, scamp, and mangrove
snapper, and Bill Drew and his family chartered me
out to a nice catch of mangrove snapper, sheepshead
and a variety of other reef fish."
Bob Kilb at the Rod & Reel Pier said there are
still a few sheepshead around, some oversize snook,
plus redfish, mackerel, pompano and a few flounder.
He's finding whitebait coming and going at the pier
- mostly going, though.
Cliff Alcorn at the Anna Maria City Pier said
fishers there are getting into sheepshead, mackerel,
snapper, jacks and snook at night. There still isn't
much whitebait around the pier as yet, but it should
start showing up any day now.
Dave Johnson at Snead Island Crab House
was in the hospital last week, but is back at work
now. Be sure to stop by and say "Hi." He said he's
seeing lots of keeper-size snook coming to the dock,
along with some mackerel, bluefish, black drum,
redfish and mangrove snapper.
Capt. Rick Gross on Fishy Business out of
Catchers Marina in Holmes Beach said snook fish-
ing is excellent right now, with limit catches on most
days and as many as 20 on some trip. Redfish are
good-sized right now, plus he's catching lots of big
trout on most trips.
At the Perico Island Bait and Tackle, action in-
cluded redfish, flounder, snook and some big trout.
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Butch Schultz caught this 6-foot-long blacktip shark while fishing with Capt. Larry McGuire on Show Me The
Capt. Tom Chaya on the Dolphin Dreams in
Holmes Beach out of Catchers said he's also getting
lots of snook, with limit catches on most trips. He's
finding trout to be plentiful and big right now, too.
Capt. Sam Kimball on Legend charters out of
Annie's-Bait & Tackle in Cortez said grouper fish-
ing is still good, with some fish up to 15 pounds.
He's also catching mackerel, triggerfish, snapper-
both lane and mangrove but he hasn't gotten into
any kingfish as yet.
Capt. Zach Zacharias on the Dee-Jay II out of
Annie's said snook fishing is good, with some fish
better than 30 inches long. He's finding lots of re-
ally big trout, some mackerel, and bluefish on the
days the wind has died enough to let him get out
into the Gulf.
On my boat Magic, we have been catching
snook to 34 inches, redfish to 26 inches, lots of big
trout to 24 inches, mackerel and some 4-pound
DEEP SEA FISHING
Sailing daily from the Seafood Shack
Marina at the base of the Cortez Bridge
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Good luck and good fishing.
Capt. Mike Heistand is a 20-year-plus fishing
guide. Call him at 779-9607 to provide a 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
news @ islander.org.
Please include identification for persons in the
picture along with information on the catch and a
name and phone number for more information.
Snapshots may be retrieved once they appear in the
bn no bDorino
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+ Huge Selection In Stock
+ Offshore & Inshore
+ Dealer for 15 Years
+ NO ONE PRICED
LOWE MON THURS: 7-5
2219 GULF DRIVE
(at corner of Guff Dr & 23rd SL)
s TLA KI 778.7688
DISCOUNT TACKLE HOLMES BEACH:
at CATCHER'S MARINA
(5503 Marina Drive.)
MOST MAJOR CREDIT CARDS 779.2838
DAILY 9am-3pm $45 (excluding Weds. & Sat.)
Weds. & Sat. Special 8am-5pm 9 Hours $55
Every Monday is Ladies Day only $25!
Senior Citizens $5 Off Children 12 and Under
$10 Off Our Regular Adult Fare Private Charters Available
For Reservations Call 795-1930
lace women's winner Kathleen Horrocks, left, and Jimmie McSi
an James Memoria
e third annual Alan James Memorial Tennis In the me
iment was held March 26-27 at the Anna Maria place and wa
Community Center tennis courts. Brita came in
nners in the women's division were Kathleen Bill Poole tied
ks and second-place finisher Barbara Pavelka. also had good
3r third place were Kareen Gilbert, JoAnne end.
II and Pauline Camenter. The tour
THE ISLANDER 0 APRIL 7, 2004 0 PAGE 29
Ye Olde Post
Nan Barber recently opened the Olde Post Office
Antiques and Eclectibles at 817 Manatee Ave. E. in
Bradenton. Islander Photo: Nancy Ambrose
Not your average post office
Nan Barber has just opened the Olde Post Office
Antiques and Eclectibles store at 817 Manatee Ave. E.
in the historic old village area of downtown Bradenton.
It's certainly not your average antique shop.
"We have unique treasurers for the unique shop-
per," quipped Nan, who spent many years as a buyer
in the antique business in Pennsylvania before moving
She has a variety of "great furniture," antiques
from the 1950s and 60s, and "eclectic collectibles."
And exactly what is an "eclectible?
"Well, it's an eclectible collectible," replied Nan,
meaning you might just have to browse through this
charming and delightful store to find that "unique and
"I always dreamed of having my own shop," said
Nan. "When this opportunity came up, I was delighted
to take it. We have so many unique items I think we can
The shop is not just for seasonal visitors, and Nan
believes local residents will find a number of high-
quality and unique gifts at Olde Post Office. Not to
Here's to Sandy's 'Richie Valli'
Sandy Rich acquired a landmark of sorts for her
combination coffee and sandwich shop and real
estate office in Anna Maria a butler, aka valet,
and possibly the brother of Four Seasons' singer
Frankie Valli. She's currently conducting a name-
the-butler contest and offering a "mystery prize "for
the winning name. For information or to enter, stop
in Sandy's Rich Coffee and Sandy Rich Real Estate
at 9908 Gulf Drive, or call 779-0034. Islander
Photo: Bonner Joy
mention those "eclectible collectibles."
Store hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday
through Saturday and on Sunday from noon until 4
Dealers and consignors and anyone needing more
Hawaiian girl Otila is now giving free hula lessons
at Ato's Polynesian Paradise restaurant at 7020
Cortez Road W. in the 71st Street Plaza. For more
information on lessons, call Otila at 761-4961.
Islander Photo: Nancy Ambrose
information should call Nan at 708-3500.
Got a new business going up in Anna Maria Island,
Cortez or Longboat Key? How about a new product or
service, an anniversary, a new hire, or an award-win-
ning staff member? Call Island Biz at 778-7978, fax
your news to 778-9392, or e-mail us at
news @ islander. org.
with purchase of deeded boat dock
Do you want...
' A fabulous 3BR/2BA home?
q4 Bright family room?
d Remodeled throughout?
I New custom maple kitchen?
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, Gorgeous ceramic tile?
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i Great neighborhood?
'4 Room for a pool?
I Deeded boat dock?
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the Island lifestyle!
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view from the front and check out the neighborhood. You'll love it!
Call Jon direct for your private showing @ 920-0832,
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Jr. exposures. Cinderblock construction, built in 1961.-Single
story, 1,364 sq.tt. livable; 1,764 sq.ft. total on .2397 acre
-l --lot. 2BR/2BA, single-car garage, terrazzo floors, new roof-
-M:- ^ 1- seven year warranty, new A/C (ten year warranty) and new
plumbing (five year warranty). Mature landscaping
n. including Meyers lemon, Valencia orange, tangerine,
s IT ALL 2BR/2BA with two grapefruit and mango. Fantail and Phoenix Reclinata
views of the bay and Gulf. Palm. Asking $519,000.
shed. Totally updated and
w. Enjoy the heated pool and 509 59th St. Holmes Beach
Jock. Great rental income. 5 9 9h -eH l sB a
Denny Rauschl, 725-3934 or 778-4773
FREE DELIVERY: SEAFOOD to go. Shrimp,
crabs, native fish. Delivered to your door. Call
James Lee, 795-1112 or 704-8421.
AMI KIWANIS CLUB fruit orders benefit Island chil-
dren. Order delicious oranges and grapefruit pack-
ages for shipment to friends and family from member
Rich Bohnenberger, 778-0355. Honeybell tangelos
crop, mature now!
LONGBOAT KEY HISTORY "From Calusas to Con-
dominiums" by Ralph B. Hunter. Signed copies avail-
able at The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes
FLEA MARKET SATURDAY, 9am-4pm. Antiques,
collectibles, jewelry, furniture, books, art, fun stuff.
Parking lot of Niki's Antique Mall, 5351 Gulf Drive,
ROSER THRIFT SHOP: Open Tuesday, Thursday,
9:30am-2pm; Saturday 9-noon. Always 50 percent
off sales rack. 511 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. 779-2733.
TB'i B IkcJ s la-ndif^e
DofBl -leavi he (jiPtno 8BB
LOCATE MISSING PIECES for your china, crystal
and flatware patterns. Call Tabletopster at (888)
242-0994 or visit www.tabletopsetc.com.
SLEEPER SOFA with new mattress, matching
swivel chairs, end tables, coffee table, lamps, etc.
Bedroom set with mattresses and box springs. 702
N. Shore Drive. 778-1217.
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,
CAR COVER: Toyota Supra, like new, $50. Call
NICKELS: INDIAN HEAD, 75, no dates, $10; 13
with good dates, $8. Various commemorative uncir-
culated silver dollars and halves. 792-4274.
THREE-FAMILY GARAGE sale, Saturday, April
10, 8am-2pm. Unbelievable buys, furniture, kitchen
stuff, clothes, books, toys, etc. 219 Periwinkle,
BIG YARD SALE! Friday and Saturday, April 9 &10,
8am-5pm. Lots of great stuff! Paddle boat, quilts,
VCRs, etc. No early birds. 602 Baronet Lane,
GARAGE SALE SATURDAY and Sunday, April 10
& 11, 8am-noon. Kitchen, trundle bed, linens,
dresser/mirror, glass table, fishing tackle, lamps,
movies, cassettes. 2517 Avenue C, Bradenton
SALE: BEAUTIFUL ART by Genevieve Alban,
founder of first Island art group, The Artists Guild.
Friday, April 12, 9:30am-1pm. 912 N. Shore Drive,
Anna Maria. For information call, 778-6260.
MOVING SALE FRIDAY, April 9, 9am-lpm. Is-
land-style dining and twin bed sets, sectional
sofa, loveseat, desk, bookcase, desk, col-
lectibles, bric-a-brac, kitchen, dinette and
kitchen. 613 Concord Lane, Key Royale, Holmes
Beach. Sale by Julie McClure.
ART YARD SALE! Saturday, April 10. 9am to 1
pm. Lots of cool art and other stuff. 303 28th St.
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PT BASAND:OAIN Cntnue 7. ID FR*HRECotiue
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.
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. Refer-
ences checked. 922-0774.
1986 OLDS station wagon. Good work car, runs
great. $1,200. Call 761-7777.
2000 TOMOS TSR Scooter, two rider, 1,495
miles. The Cadillac of scooters. $1,400. Call
1990 ECONOLINE 150 VAN, cold air conditioning,
has towing package. Ready for travel. Runs great.
$2,000, or best offer. 778-1102.
MODULAR DOCK SYSTEM: Custom drive-on
docking solutions by Versa Dock. Maintenance
free, 20-year warranty. (941) 685-7648, Anna
22-FOOT CENTER console fishing boat, two out-
board motors. $1,500, make offer. Call 778-7197,
WANTED: RENTAL boat lift for 20-foot. Proline.
Holmes Beach area. Call evenings, 778-0372.
EGMONT EXPRESS CHARTERS: Seek out secret
water paradise. Sunsets, back water, Egmont or
custom trips. See dolphins and manatees. Call
778-7459 or 720-5470.
LET'S GO FISHING! Call Capt. Mike Heistand on
the charter boat "Magic." Full or half day backwa-
ter fishing. USCG licensed. Ice, bait, tackle pro-
BABY-SITTING AND PET-SITTING My name is
Sarah, I am 15-years old. Hourly charge: $5/child
or $3/pet, $2.50/hour for each additional pet or
child. Please call 778-7622, 778-7611 or
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
SPENCER'S SKIM SCHOOL for beginners and
intermediates. Free skimboard use with lessons.
$10 per half-hour lesson, three lessons recom-
mended. Local teen, team competitor. Call
ISLAND SPORTS BAR: All-year clientele. Beer/
wine, good lease, smoking OK. $85,000. Confiden-
tiality agreement required for details. Call
Longview Realty, 383-6112.
SELL IT FAST in The Islander.
ISLAND ARTISTS CONSIGNMENT shop for sale.
Call for details. 713-3533.
VIDEO RENTALS: Growing young business with
good lease. Price will grow as business does, so
now is the time to buy. Call Longview Realty at
383-6112 (confidentiality agreement required for
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HOME HEALTHCARE provider. Available Mon- WANTED: Island artist/reside
day-Friday, daytime. Call 755-1889. mold. Will pay for your time
PART-TIME Friday and Satul
REAL ESTATE: Tired of paying office fees? Two Tennis court maintenance
experienced agents needed for fast paced, high nance around club. Retirees
traffic Island office. Top splits, sign-on bonus. Call 383-6426.
Wedebrock Real Estate today! "Personalized, not
Franchised". Call Joe Pickett, 383-5543. ONLINE SERVICE: Did you
classified ads and subscribe <
LPNS: YEAR-ROUND private duty for lady with server? Check it out at www
spinal injury. Full-time nights, part-time days.
Travel opportunity. Call 383-6953. HELP WANTED: Apply for a
La! Bistro, 5406 Marina Driv
SERVERS NEEDED: All shifts. Right now great
pay. Apply at Rotten Ralph's. 902 S. Bay Blvd., JOURNALIST: Part-time rel
Anna Maria or call 778-3953. beat and features writing b'
have journalism education,
PART-TIME HELP needed at the Beach Shop. A go e
ground relevant to governm
fun place to work! Located at Manatee Public resumes to news@Islander.
Beach, Holmes Beach. Apply in person. Ask for mail/deliver to office, 5404 r
Dee or Rosie. Beach FL 34217.
GEOFFREY WALL, G.R.I. P.A.
Si Realtor Sales Associate
;;" Pager: 941-233-0748
1 Fax: 941-778-4794
For your private showing call
S"sland Aussie Geoff"
33 Years Experience Same Price
A$~ -:l .. T r% ; -h -
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D ER A SSIFIEDS
LET US DRIVE YOU! Shopping, medical appoint-
ments, airports, cruise ports. Flat rates. Sunshine
Car Service. Serving the Islands. 778-5476.
COMPUTER OBEDIENCE TRAINING. Is your
computer misbehaving? Certified computer ser-
vice and private lessons. Special $30 per hour-
free advice. 545-7508.
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 communica-
tion 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.
CHECK US OUT AT www.islander.org Where you
can read Wednesday's classified on Tuesday!
COMPUTER SERVICE and repair. Training, main-
tenance, virus and Spyware protection. Island
native. Web site: www.matrixPConline.com. Call
John Baird with Matrix PC, 708-6541.
-, i ,, LAN ./" ~.-' 3001 GULF DRIVE*HOLMES BEACH, FL 34217
PHONE: 941.778.6849*TOLL FREE: 800.778.9599
VACATIOI "FAX: 941.779.1750
PROPERTIES. LLC Lcensed Real Estate Broker Ann Caron
ww. slnvaaiopoerisro -sls@iladacto poeris.c
ANNA MARIA 2BR hBmrre,
!rea[l "lter ie.,, b:auiilful
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HOLMES BEACH new
bayfront home under con-
struction, every upgrade imag-
INVESTORS: I land dupl... 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
FRANK AGNELLI HAULING: Construction site
cleanup, yard debris removal. No job too small.
Small dumpster available. Reasonable and de-
pendable. Call 737-9111.
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 SNOWBIRDSNacationers: Security/
maintenance available. Monitor house, mail,
newspapers, service providers (lawn, etc.). Will
also clean pool. Retired law enforcement officer.
Island resident. Call Dede, 778-2664 or 447-5572.
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.
I DON'T CUT corners, I clean corners. Affordable,
dependable cleaning. Chamberlain Professional
Cleaning, 778-7770. References available.
FREE EXPERIENCED HOUSE-SITTING: Retired
Christian couple available anytime. References
provided, including local. Pets, yard work. Call
McEVOY PAINTING: Frank McEvoy owner. Inte-
rior and exterior work. Free estimates. Call 750-
8467 or cell, 713-1208.
Countrywide Home Loans is close by and ready to
-help you get the home of your dreams.
[ Competitive rates
[ Local experts with the power to say "YES" to
your home loan
[ Up-front approval* at the time of application
[A As little as no-to-low down payment options
available to make qualifying easier
[ Fast service of VAiFHA and all loan programs
[ Construction financing available
Home Loan Consultant
S 401 Manatee Ave. W. Holmes Beach
EQUAL HOUSING LENDER 2003 COUNTRYWIDE HOME LOANS, INC. TRADE/SERVICE MARKS ARE THE
PROPERTY OF COUNTRYWIDE FINANCIAL CORPORATION AND/OR ITS SUBSIDIARIES. ADD APPROPRIATE
STATE, LEGAL. UP-FRONT APPROVAL SUBJECT TO SATISFACTORY PROPERTY REVIEW AND NO CHANGE IN
FINANCIAL CONDITION. SOME PRODUCTS MAY NOT BE AVAILABLE IN ALL STATES. PRICES AND GUIDELINES
ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE. RESTRICTIONS APPLY. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
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941 778-2259 Fax 941 778-2250
Web site www.annamariareal.com
TREE SERVICE: Topping, trimming, removals.
Palm trimming. 15 years locally working on Anna
Maria. Phil Brewer, 545-4770.
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. Specializ-
ing in business cards, flyers, postcards, rackcards,
doorhangers, brochures, custom greeting cards,
logos and design services. Phone us 778-2523.
MUSIC LESSONS! Flute, saxophone, clarinet.
Beginning to advanced. Contact Koko Ray,
BEACH SERVICE air conditioning, heat, refrig-
eration. Commercial and residential service, re-
pair and/or replacement. Serving Manatee
County and the Island since 1987. For depend-
able, honest and personalized service, call Wil-
liam Eller, 795-7411. RA005052.
ANYONE CAN TAKE a picture. A professional
creates a portrait. I want to be at your wedding!
NADIA'S EUROSAGE Relaxing, healing mas-
sage in the comfort of your home. Call today for
an appointment, 795-0887. MA#0017550.
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THE ONLY 3BR/2BA CONDO ON THE BEACH! Located
in prestigious island paradise complex. Turnkey furnished,
upscale unit with large pool and covered patio, outstand-
ing rental income. Prime location in Holmes Beach. Ask-
ing $995,000. Call Barry Gould 778-3314
Boyd e Realty
Duplex Theatre district, $505,000.
New Renovations Two blocks to
beach, 3BR/2BA, $509,000.
Bayou Condo with boat dock,
Canal home tropical setting!
Open Water Bimini Bay! $999,000.
Cute! Cozy! Charming!
$139,000 to $795,000.
N.W. Bradenton $299,000
Brenda Boyd May, Licensed Real Estate Broker
Brandi Brady Gomez, Realtor Greg Ross, Realtor
CATCHER'S MARINA HOLMES BEACH
PINE AVENUE ANNA MARIA
E E Ti n k o c l u y C o s t a l "
4 0 APRIL 7, 2004 0 THE ISLANDER
ING: Get your sewing alterations done fast DeHART'S
eliably. Hems, zippers, sleeves, waistlines, 792-5707.
ons, etc. Reasonably priced. Call Jenifer
1, 727-5873. SCOTT D'S L
AND MOSAIC custom installation, 20 years 812-2566.
*ience. References available. For a reason-
price call Sebastian, 704-6719. GET "MOORI
) DETAILING BY HAND Spotless inside and rage/shed cle
can save you time and money. Island resi- land. Call 761
references. For pricing call 713-5967.
LITY PROFESSIONAL PAINTING: Interior House Check:
exterior. Free bids, local references. Call years. Grassc
NIE'S LANDSCAPING and Lawn Mainte- lation. Huge s
e. Residential and commercial. Full-service rigation. Ever
maintenance, cleanup, tree trimming, haul- 5704 Marina [
(eriscape. Island resident. Excellent refer-
s. 778-5294. STRAIGHT S
ND LAWN SPRINKLER service and repair. If mulch, rock,
roken, we can fix it. Free estimates. Senior insured. 727-
unt. Call 778-2581 or 962-6238.
kZ LANDSCAPE Lawn Service. Mulch, clean- ing: all kinds
oower washing, tree trimming and more. City estimates. Cc
na Maria resident. Cell 448-3857. 720-0770.
LANDSCAPING AND MAINTENANCE
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MASON: 27 YEARS of experience. All masonry
work and repair. Cinderblock work, brick work,
glass block work, paver and brick driveways. Call
Chris, 795-3034. Lic.#104776. Insured.
MORENO MARBLE & TILE Installation and resto-
ration. Quality work. Over 20 years experience.
Insured. Call Javier at 685-5163 or 795-6615.
JERRY'S HOME REPAIR and Lawn Care: Light
carpentry, pressure washing, handyman, plumbing
and electrical, light hauling, tree trimming. Call 778-
6170 or 447-2198.
WINDOW SHADES, BLINDS, shutters and more.
Lifetime warranty. Call Keith Barnett for a free in-
home consultation. Island references, 15 years
experience. 778-3526 or 730-0516.
WATERFRONT KEY WEST-style home, fantastic
north Anna Maria Island location, seasonal, $2,500/
month, $900/week. Bayfront cottages also avail-
able with docks from $1,500/month, $500/week.
Call 794-5980, or www.divefish.com.
SPRING, SUMMER. AUTUMN rentals available
weekly, monthly, seasonal. Wedebrock Real Estate
Co., 778-6665 or (800) 749-6665.
VACATION RENTALS: 2BR apartments across
from beautiful beach, $375 to $500/week. Winter
and spring dates available. Almost Beach Apart-
VACATION & SEASONAL Private beach. Units
are complete. Rates seasonally adjusted. $425-
$975/week, $975-$2,975/month. (800) 977-0803
or 737-1121. www.abeachview.com.
NORTH SHORE DRIVE beachfront. Four spa-
cious 3BR/2BA homes with all conveniences.
Now booking for this season. Please call (813)
752-4235, or view Web site:
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: email@example.com.
CHECK US OUT AT www.islander.org !!!
BEAUTIFUL TROPICAL HOUSE just converted
to a two-unit property. 2BR/1BA, completely
renovated and furnished. New washer/dryer, mi-
crowave. Three-minute walk to beach. Off sea-
son, $500/week $1,500/month. Call Ron, 795-
VACATION RENTAL: 1BR/1BA duplex, three
short blocks to beach. Phone, premium cable TV,
microwave, washer/dryer, sleeps four. $1,800/
month, $550/week. Call 807-5627 or e-mail:
aalmengual @ msn.com.
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.
ANNA MARIA ANNUAL rental. 1 BR/1 BA with sun
room apartment one block to Gulf and on Lake
LaVista bayou. One person, nonsmoker, pet pos-
sible. Washer/dryer hookup in separate utility
room. $795/month. Call 778-9158.
BAYFRONT ANNUAL RENTAL 2BR/2BA, tennis,
pool, cable, water/sewer and trash included. Old
Florida Realty Co., 778-3377, or Sharon
There are four condos, each 2BR/2BA, fully equipped kihens, private patios and balconies 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
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WEST OF GULF DRIVE
This elevated duplex features 2BR/
-' 2BA each side with plenty of storage
Call Kathy Geeraerts, 778-0072 LaRae Regis, 779-1858 Ken Jackson, 778-6986
and parking below. Excellent north
Holmes Beach location, just short walk
REAL ESTAto Gulf. Terrific potential to own an
affordable Island getaway with rental
LOT FOR SALE
This lot is cleared and ready to build on. Just two block to the Gulf in the
Village of Anna Maria- Nice neighborhood of newer homes. Great invest-
mient opportunity. Build your dream homeehere! Just listed at $295,000.
Call Kathy Geeraerts, 778-0072 LaRae Regis, 779-1858 Ken Jackson, 778-6986
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UNDER CONSTRUCTION! Two beautiful new 3BR/2BA
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your favorite colors. Excellent value starting at $495,000.
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This charming 3BR/2BA, split-level beach
house is tucked away on quiet road within
steps of both the bay and the Gulf! Features
include vaulted tongue-in-groove cypress ceilings with fans, clerestory windows, mosaic tiled
breakfast bar, ceramic tiled floors, mirrored closet doors and a pleasant sundeck perfect for catching
the colors and afterglow! There is a new roof, easy-care vinyl siding and pebbled landscaping, plus
two central air and heat systems. Don't miss this fabulous buy, priced to sell at only, $495,000!
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GULFVIEW DUPLEX WEST OF NORTH SHORE DRIVE
Secluded Steps from beach Exquisite Views
Rare opportunity to own established turnkey rental property
Top floor 2BR/2BA with breathtaking Gulfviews. Enjoy sunset
First floor 2BR with den or use as third bedroom, 2BA, partial
Gulfviews and private porch
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NEEDED! Annual and vacation rentals to rent!
Personalized property management with Anna
Maria Island Accommodations and An Island
Place Realty. www.annamariaparadise.com or
CHARMING HISTORIC 2BR/1BA cottage.
Fenced yard, wood floors, washer/dryer, one
block to beach/bay. Annual, $975/month. Call
HOLMES BEACH ANNUAL, unfurnished, new
carpet, not pets. Near beach. $585/month, plus
security. Call (727) 656-3384.
ANNUAL RENTAL available May 1.1 BR with boat
dockage. Nonsmoking. Furnished or unfurnished.
1 BR/1BA TRAILER for rent, steps to beach, 55-
plus. Annually, $460/month; seasonally, $700/
month. Sell for $10,000. 727-1683.
ANNUAL RENTALS: 3BR/2BA home with boat
slip, $1,350/month; 3BR/2BA bayfront home,
$2,500/month; 3BR/2.5BA, direct bayfront home
with heated pool, totally renovated, everything
new, ready for immediate occupancy. Call Betsy
Hills Real Estate, P.A., at 778-2291.
118 52ND ST., Holmes Beach, townhouse, 500
feet from the beach. Annual rental, 2BR/1.5BA, all
new appliances, completely remodeled. $1,150/
month. (330) 757-7670.
SECURE STORAGE: Boats, trailers, etc. Starting
at $30. Call 739-5555, 10am-4pm.
ANI'JUAL sr-'ACIOUS 2BR/1BA covered parking,
laundry, bayview, steps to Gulf. $895/month, plus
electric. 778-5412 or (585) 473-9361.
HOLMES BEACH ANNUAL large 2BR/2BA, den,
laundry, porch, close to beach. First, last, security.
$975/month. (585) 473-9361 or 778-5412.
WATERFRONT HOME with pool, sauna, steam bath,
exercise room, laundry room, very nice. $3,000/
month seasonally, or $1,700/monthly annual. Also,
1BR/1BA apartment, same area, $1,000/month an-
nually; $1,500/month seasonally. 779-9074.
SUPER SAVINGS SPECIALS! Now available. Call
Duncan Real Estate, 779-0304.
INCREDIBLE CHARM Bradenton Beach vacation
rental. Unique 3BR/2BA, Gulfview, one-and-a-half
blocks to beach, gas grill to HBO, Mexican tile,
plants, great yard, family welcome, pet negotiable.
Memorial Day to Aug. 15, $6,000. 778-7930.
ANNUAL 1BR in Holmes Beach. Nice. $600/month,
plus utilities and deposit. Weekdays, 778-6541,
2BR/1.5BA HOLMES BEACH now available. Fur-
nished, $875/month plus utilities; unfurnished
$825/month plus utilities. Call (773) 793-8599.
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.
THREE LONGBOAT LOTS on General Harris
Street, total of 1.3 acres (MOL). Offered at $400K
each. Longview Realty, 383-6112.
SAN REMO SHORES condo, 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 gorgeous
beaches, tropical setting and carefree living. Two
brand new quality built homes with spacious floor
plans and many upgrades starting at $638,500 and
three homesites starting at $240,000. Call Tina
Rudek or Mike Migone of Wedebrock Real Estate,
THE SEA OATS, 2201 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton
Beach. Seize the limited-time opportunity to obtain
at preconstruction prices'a condo in a small com-
plex of 8 in paradise! All will have views of private
beach and Gulf of Mexico from windows and bal-
conies. Sarasota Bay to be seen from roof-top ve-
randas. Luxury inside and out. Heated swimming/
spa, glass elevator. Carports, garages. Very low
maintenance. Contemporary Key West-style, 2BR/
2.5BA, total sf from 1,597 to 3,146 sf $579,000 -
$959,000. Open house every Sunday, noon-4pm.
Contact Jane Guy, 284-5469.
2BR/2BA WATERFRONT CONDO deep-water
dock, five minutes to bay. Custom tile and Pergo
flooring. $215,000. Apollo Beach. Call 779-0153.
NORTH END 2BR/2BA near Gulf beach. Sun
deck, screened porch, working fireplace, solar.
$490,000. Call 778-2665.
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ANNA MARIA ISLAND CLUB 2BR/2BA, direct
beachfront. Elevator, pool. $825,000. Call 798-
9000 or cell 224-6726.
BRADENTON BEACH CONDO: $349,900.
Gulffront development, newly refurbished, on-site
rental office, flexible rental program. Dennis Girard,
ResortQuest Real Estate, 809-0041.
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the Intracoastal waterway, partial bayview. $725,000. Call Ted
Schlegel, 518-6117 or Barry Gould, 778-3314.
2BR/1BA CONDO 300 feet to the beach, turnkey furnished.
$208,000. Call Ted Schlegel, 518-6117 or Barry Gould,
3BR/2BA CANALFRONT HOME, pool, Florida room, 150 feet to
the Intracoastal waterway, partial bayview. $698,000. Call Ted
Schlegel, 518-6117 or Barry Gould, 778-3314.
3BR/2BA CANALFRONT HOME, pool, Florida room, 150 feet to
the Intracoastal waterway, partial bayview. $698,000. Call Ted
Schlegel, 518-6117 or Barry Gould, 778-3314.
BEAUTIFULLY MAINTAINED 3BR/3BA home, two blocks
from beach. Must see inside to appreciate. $439,850. Call
Mel Neely, 809-5565.
Simply the Best
KEY ROYALE Cross over the bridge to Key Royale and the
beautiful North Point Harbour area to find your fully fur-
nished dream home. Solar heated pool, fruit trees, deck area
and a boat lift are just a few amenities!
LOWEST PRICED DUPLEX ON ISLAND One block to
beach. 2BR/1BA and 3BR/1BA, back unit remodeled.
COMMERCIALLY ZONED Block building in historic dis-
trict near Bridge Street. Ground level for retail, office or
BAYVIEW Beautiful 3BR/2BA home with unobstructed
views of bay. Large loft for offices or bedroom, wood
floors, turnkey furnished. $549,000.
GULFFRONT MOTEL Ten-unit beachfront motel. 130-
foot Gulf frontage. Large inground spa.
GULF SANDS Directly on the Gulf next to the public beach.
2BR/2BA, completely updated with tile floors throughout and
all new furniture and completely turnkey. $795,000.
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POOL HOME IN HOLMES BEACH Completely redone
2BR/2BA home with tile floors, new appliances, beautiful free-
form pool only three blocks to the beach and only $495,000.
100+ Gulffront rental units with hun-
dreds more just steps from the beach.
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kitchen. $499,900. MLS#
4212 Redfish Ct............ $575,000
307 Iris St....................... $495,000
106 Gull Dr ................ $590,000
243 Willow Ave.............. $849,000
301 S. Bay Blvd. ........... $650,000
229 Gladiolus St. .......... $679,000
1102 Riverside Dr......... $1,490,000
8401 Marina Dr. ............. 750,000
530 Key Royale Dr........ $749,900
408 S. Bay Blvd ......... $1,299,000
2908 Avenue E(4-plex).. $1,999,000
Bridgeport #201 ............ $585,000
Sunbow Bay #104 ............ $279,000
Martinique North #101..... $595,000
La Casa Costiera #11 .... $1,200,000
Waters Edge #11ON ......... $759,000
5400 Condos #32 ............ $580,000
Bayou Condo 5C ........... $279,900
516 56th St...................... $639,000
515 74th St ................... $699,000
609 Concord Ln........... $559,000
Waters EdQe #109S. ..... $899,000
3603 4th Ave. ............ $1,099,000
4003 5th Ave. ............... $879,000
4005 5th Ave. ............... $879,000
3818 6th Ave. ............... $465,000
3810 6th Ave. ............... $450,000
104 7th St So.(Duplex) .... $599,000
2914 Avenue E............. $1,595,000
6909 Holmes Blvd.......... $299,000
Broker/Assocate 747 Jacaranda Rd. (Lot) ... $389,000
408 Poinsettia Rd............ $525,000
5701 Carissa St.(Duplex) $798,000
504 69th St .................. $498,900
6504 Holmes Blvd ........... $379,900
Tom Nelson 6811 Palm Dr. (Duplex) ... $499,000
412 Bay Palms Dr. ........ $499,900
100 7th St So.(Duplex) .... $785,000
Broker/Assocte Business Only .................. $295,000
427 Pine Ave. ........... $695,000
Business Opportunity .... $2,490,000
Palmetto House B&B..... $1,490,000
877 No. Shore Dr......... $2,350,000
S11434 Perico Isle Cir....... $339,000
Gulfstream Ave -lso1 ............. $495,000
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