Islander (Anna Maria, Fla. : 1992) ( April 14, 2004 )

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Creation Date: April 14, 2004


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Title: Islander (Anna Maria, Fla. : 1992)
Uniform Title: Islander (Anna Maria, Fla. : 1992)
Physical Description: Newspaper
Creator: Islander
Publisher: Bonner Joy
Creation Date: April 14, 2004


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

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Skimming the news ... Anna Maria Island map in this edition, page 20.

Anna Maria



"The Best News on

The 40th Anna Maria
Island Kiwanis Club-
sponsored Easter
Sunrise Service at the
Manatee Public Beach
was attended by more
than 2,000 persons. The
event included partici-
pation by all six Island
churches, music and an
offering of $5,907.21
that is divided equally
among the ministries.
Islander Photos:
J.L. Robertson

Anna Maria Island Since 1992"


Volume 12, No. 23 April 14, 2004 FREE

The Rev. Bill Grossman of Harvey Memorial Com-
munity Church.

Anna Maria water off

today, Bradenton Beach

turns dry tomorrow
The Manatee County Utilities Operations Depart-
ment will shut off water in selected locations in Anna
Maria Wednesday, April 14, and Bradenton Beach,
Thursday, April 15.
In Anna Maria, water will be shut off
fromWednesday from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. along Bay
Boulevard from Magnolia Avenue south to the dead
end at Galati Yacht Sales, including Loquat Avenue,
Bayview Place, Kumquat Avenue, South Drive, Blue
Heron Drive and Seagull Way.
Water in Bradenton Beach will be off Thursday
from 9 a.m. co 2 p.m. from Second Street North to
Cortez Road, including the Bradenton Beach Marina.
The service interruptions are due to the county
connecting new water lines in the two cities.

Holmes Beach nixes

new turtle ordinance
By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Holmes Beach city commissioners unanimously
rejected a proposed new turtle lighting ordinance at
their April 6 workshop, calling the ordinance exces-

Future of Anna Maria City Hall

renovation project in doubt

By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
The first agenda item at the Anna Maria City Com-
mission workshop April 8 was supposed to be about the
city's contract with Southern Cross Construction for
the planned remodeling of city hall.
Instead, commissioners spent nearly 90 minutes
micro-managing the scope of work already approved
by the commission last year, putting the entire project
within the realm of numerous city projects that get
plenty of lip service but see little action.
Commissioner Linda Cramer led the charge
against going ahead with the project as it stands now,
claiming the city should perform a complete roof in-
spection and make any recommendations part of city
hall renovations.
Although roof improvements or replacement were
not in the original scope of work authorized by the
commission, Cramer was not to be denied.
"I want more roof information before we go further
into this. The roof is the culprit. If we're going to do
[the project], I'd like to see us do it all."
The city has already budgeted $168,000 for the
remodeling project, but Cramer said the "most impor-
tant way to spend the money is the roof."
That comment came after Public Works Director
George McKay said he and a roofing contractor

combed through the roof last week looking for prob-
lems. They determined the roof could only last about
two more years, and that would be stretching it, he said.
McKay said he discovered some dry rot and a leak
in the northeast corner where the Manatee County
Sheriff's Office substation is located. He did suggest
that roof repairs or replacement could be in next year's
budget and the commission proceed now with the cur-
rent planned interior renovations at city hall.
That was a suggestion Commission Chairperson
John Quam concurred with.
Cramer, however, said she wasn't comfortable
without a complete professionally done roof inspection
and a new roof, if necessary. She also suggested that
the windows be examined for repair or replacement,
and the city consider new stucco for the exterior. None
of those repairs were part of the original score of work
performed by architect Tom O'Brien at the
commission's request.
Mayor SueLynn wondered if Cramer's direction
was for her to "get an estimate of an estimate of what
a roof inspection will cost."
"I'd just like to see you move forward and don't
ask questions," sniped Cramer, who has indicated she's
not prepared to proceed with the project until such in-

Look out
for sparks!
Neighbors and fire West
Manatee Fire and Rescue
District staff were in the
streets watching wires
spark overhead at Holmes
Boulevard and 56th Street,
among the numerous calls
- 16 in the district -
including transformers
arcing and wires down, one
on Sycamore in Anna
Maria, during Monday's
heavy winds and storm
activity. According to
WMFR Capt. Ernie Cave,
units from Florida Power &
Light responded to the
problems. Islander Photo:
Bonner Joy

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City hall re.do in jeopardy?
formation is available to her. She also said she knows
someone who is a roofing contractor who could per-
form the inspection.
Quam, however, disagreed with what's important
to the project.
With reports of mold and asbestos at city hall,
those issues have "become most important. We can't
delay much longer. We owe it to the staff to correct the
Delaying the project further will just end up cost-
ing the city more money as costs continue to inflate.
Wait a minute, said Commissioner Dale Wood-
land. Are we going to discuss the contract or the roof?
Discussion then turned to the continued increase in
the estimated costs associated with project.
The mayor said the Island Baptist Church has in-
dicated the city could use its facility as a temporary city
hall during the renovations, once the Island Middle
School vacates the premises in June. That would elimi-
nate the estimated $15,300 cost to rent a double-wide
trailer and the nearly $3,000 to wire the trailer.
That would considerably reduce the project cost,
which the mayor has estimated at $186,000, including
trailer rental, trailer wiring, new wiring for the remod-
eled city hall and architect's fees, she said.
She also noted that Southern Cross has agreed to
hold its $151,000 contract price firm for the next few
But Quam disagreed with the mayor's estimates.
His figures put the estimate closer to $210,000. He
thought the city could save money by not changing the
entrance in the approved plans, but City Attorney Jim
Dye thought that might trigger a re-bid process and
require completely new blueprints.
Woodland suggested Quam and the mayor get to-
gether before the April 22 meeting and come up with
more precise figures that they both agree with.
Dye indicated there could be legal issues involved
eventually if the city is aware of the mold and asbes-
tos problems, but fails to take remedial action.
SueLynn agreed. There are federal guidelines from
the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the
Occupational Safety and Health Administration that the

city is required to follow. "We are bound to do some-
thing" about those issues, she indicated.
The mayor said she would provide commissioners
with an update on the use of Island Baptist Church, and
the estimated cost of a roof inspection at the April 22
commission meeting.
Commissioners Duke Miller and Carol Ann Magill
were absent from the worksession.
Magill has said previously she is opposed to pro-
ceeding with the project because of escalating costs,
but has acknowledged the city has to do something
about the mold and asbestos to ensure worker safety.
Miller has also expressed concern with the contin-
ued increase in costs associated with the project that are
in addition to the $151,000 contract with Southern
Cross. That contract has not yet been signed by the
Woodland also doesn't want to spend more than
the amount in the 2003-04 budget, but agreed the city
must deal with the mold and asbestos problems.

Overpayment of elected officials
SueLynn said she had not followed up with the
commission's recommendation in January to place
collection of overpayments to former Mayor Gary
Deffenbaugh and former City Commissioner Doug
Wolfe with a collection agency because of concerns
about the accounting method used to determine what
they were to be paid.
Although he's never been asked officially by the city
to look into the matter, Dye said there seems to be a prob-
lem with the method of payment to elected officials.
What's missing is the formula used by the city auditors to
calculate payments, he said. The city relies on the budget
ordinance for its compensation schedule of payments to
elected officials, not a separate ordinance.
He believes elected officials should be paid from
the date they are sworn in to the date someone else is
sworn in to take their positions.
Deffenbaugh has said he doesn't owe the city the
$180 it's asking for because he was elected for two
years (24 months) and that's what he was paid for.
The auditors' method of determining salary ap-
pears to indicate elected officials are paid for 23
months plus a portion of the 24th month during their
term of office, Cramer observed.



Mmmmmmmm ice cream!
Ashley Coil, dad Ed and Lexi traveled all the way
from Sarasota to help Tyler's Homemade Ice Cream
Shop ,in Cortez celebrate its 20th anniversary April
3. Tyler's offered prices rolled back to what they
were in 1984 when the storefirst opened. Islander
Photo: Nancy Ambrose
Woodland and City Treasurer Diane Percycoe will
meet to try and determine how the city auditor arrived
at 23 months of salary plus a partial payment.

Old and new business
Cramer called for a special commission meeting at
6 p.m. Thursday, April 15, to prioritize the old busi-
ness/new business matters still pending before the com-
There are 16 items of new business pending and 11
old business items the commission must address and
Cramer wants a priority list established.
If the commission is not going to deal with an item,
just remove it from the list, she suggested.

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Turtle ordinance nixed

sive and not in the best interests of city residents.
City Attorney Patricia Petruff told the commis-
sion that adoption was strictly "voluntary," but tech-
nology and populations have changed since the cur- .:
rent turtle ordinance was adopted in 1978.
The proposed ordinance would have updated the
lighting requirements for condominiums and other
structures along the beach during the May 1-Oct. 31
turtle nesting season.
The ordinance would'also have addressed other
issues such as construction during the nesting season
and what beach activities might be harmful to turtles.
But corimissioners agreed they didn't feel the need
for a new ordinance. .
Commissioner Roger Lutz thought the ordinance
wouldinly create a lot of "unintended consequences,"
and went "overboard" in restricting activities and light-
"It also puts the city in a position we should not be
in," added Commissioner Rich Bohnenberger.. ., -.
"Common sense," he said, is iot prevailing in this ..-
ordinance, and it should be up to the State of Florida
to enact such legislation, not the city. i
On the east coast of Florida, the state allows a turtle ''"".
nest to be moved for safety reasons, but not on the west DeSoto sand
coast, he noted.
Watson's Services Inc. drops or
People who advocated a new ordinance should i .
at DeSoto National Memorial i
lobby the state and not saddle Holmes Beach with the
libiitdonated to the park by Energy 1
liblt. ,*taxpayers from footing the cost
Commission Chairperson Sandy Haas-Martens taxaers rom footing the
agreed after Tropical Storm Gabrielle,
"I think it goes too far," she said. wil receive an additional 50 lo,
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Charter changes discussed for Bradenton Beach

By Paul Roat
Bradenton Beach voters may have the opportunity
to change the way the city does business on their Au-
gust ballot.
City commissioners agreed to further discuss
changing the city's charter- the document that allows
the city to be a city in several areas including the
city's form of government.
Bradenton Beach has what is called a "weak
mayor" form of government. The mayor, although
elected rather than appointed, has the same weight in
voting as a city commissioner.
"Do we want to keep the 'weak mayor' form of
government, which we have now, or change?" asked
Vice Mayor Anna O'Brien. "Anna Maria has a strong
mayor form of government. We need to get these ques-
tions out of the way because we need to get the choices
to the voters."
Anna Maria voters approved a charter change in
that city last year that went to a "strong mayor" gov-
ernment, where the mayor is not a voting member of

Rehab starts

April 26 for

Longboat Bridge

The good news is that the total closure of the
Longboat Pass Bridge to vehicular traffic for repairs
won't start until late June, it will only be closed at
night, and the total closure will be for no more than 20
The bad news is that auto lane closures could oc-
cur at any point for the six-month-long, $1.9 million
project to rehabilitate the 47-year-old bridge linking
Bradenton Beach to Longboat Key.
Work to be done, which is scheduled to start
April 26, includes a pretty much complete overhaul
of the structural, mechanical and electrical parts of
the bridge.
The steel bridge deck will be replaced, along with
steel beams and connections and steel curbs. Sidewalks
and bridge rails will be replaced, and all the structural
steel will be replaced. Pilings will be repaired and joints
will be cleaned and sealed. All the railings will be re-
paired, and the counterweights will also be repaired.
All metal on the bridge will also be painted.
Mechanically, the bridge will get reconditioned
locks and motors to power the draw. All the machin-
ery that operates the bridge will be refurbished and
much of the electric-motor components will be re-
placed. New navigational lights will be installed, plus
horns, and the electrical control panel board replaced.

the city commission but can veto a commission deci-
sion. The mayor, in effect, serves as the administrator
of the city under a "strong mayor" program.
Holmes Beach City Commissioner Don Maloney
is proposing a ballot initiative for citizens there to have
the city's current "strong mayor" government amended
to include the hiring of a city manager.
Other possible ballot items in Bradenton Beach
would be the state-mandated determination of a "local
planning agency," pursuant to state law regarding com-
prehensive plans.
Bradenton Beach, in 1989, designated its planning
and zoning board as the local planning agency. O'Brien
said the board is comprised of "citizen volunteers and they
don't have the expertise. If we want to have the P&Z as
the planning agency, we need to get them educated."
City Commissioner Lisa Marie Phillips brought up
another aspect of the designation: liability. "Board
members as officers of the city have accountability that
should not rest on their shoulders," she said. "The li-
ability should not rest on them. They can be sued."

City Commissioner Peter Barreda suggested that all
decisions facing the city be finally decided by the city
commission. Currently, P&Z is a mostly advisory board,
the city's code enforcement board and board of adjustment
are both independent bodies whose decisions are not
placed into the purview of the city commission.
Another planning-related aspect of the ballot
questions lies in the way comprehensive plan
amendments have been done in the past 15 years.
O'Brien said many of the amendments were made to
the city's future land use map, but were not encom-
passed within the text of the comprehensive plan,
thereby giving the changes greater emphasis. She
said that could be addressed within the charter.
O'Brien said city staff had also suggested chang-
ing the length of service for commissioners and the
mayor from the current two years to three.
Commissioners agreed to have further workshops
on the questions before drafting language for the bal-
lot for voters to decide if changes should .be imple-
mented or not.

Aerobics luncheon
Members of the Island Fitness Center had an appreciation luncheon for their teacher, Caryl B. Bouziane, at
the Beach House Restaurant in Bradenton Beach. From left are Judy Grover, Theresa Foss, Enos Foss, Lyle
Anderson, Bill Raaker, Sally Martin, Barry Martin, Gloria Sebold, Pat Zigulich, Bouziane, Arlene Purdum,
Karen Zirzon, Judy Bower, Doris Harrod, Diane Edwards, Mary Ellen Stahr and Sandy Albano.

The cable operating the system will be reconditioned
and lightning and surge-breaker systems installed.
For road traffic, lane closures may have alternating
one-way traffic Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. and
from 6 p.m.-9 p.m. to allow the early morning and late
afternoon traffic rush to traverse the span as unimpeded
as it ever can be.
Boat traffic will be affected as well as cars.
The contractor, Quinn Construction Inc., may close
the bridge to boat traffic from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. on week-
days, plus from 6 a.m. to noon on weekdays during the
painting and sandblasting procedure. Additionally,
bridge openings may be limited to every hour on the

hour from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. weekdays.
No weekend work will be conducted, Florida De-
partment of Transportation spokesperson Maryemma
Bachelder said.
"The contract limits the number of times the bridge
can be closed up to a total of 20 times over five sepa-
rate periods during the project," she added.
Notices will be posted as far in advance as possible
for lane closures or traffic delays, Bachelder said, with
notices to include lighted message boards and adviso-
ries in The Islander when at all possible.
Further information is available from Bachelder at

Tidemark seeks court approval for further credit

By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Embattled Tidemark Partners LLC, developers of the
Tidemark hotel and condominium project in Holmes
Beach, has asked the federal bankruptcy court in Tampa
to approve a $130,000 loan from Southstar Development
Partners of Coral Gables to allow the company to continue
operating for the next three months.
Tidemark, which filed for bankruptcy in federal
court Jan. 8, said that without the financing, the com-
pany "will have no funds to operate its business, thus
depriving [it] of the opportunity to reorganize" and
emerge from bankruptcy.
Additionally, Tidemark said it will lose "valuable
permitting rights associated with the Tidemark prop-
erty, which will markedly reduce its value."
Tidemark has already reported debts totaling just
under $5.2 million in its bankruptcy petition, including
$950,000 in unsecured claims.
In its long-range budget plan submitted to the
court, Southstar said it would pay off the $5.2 million
and provide construction financing to build the entire
But if approved, the Southstar loan won't come
The preliminary "rescue" loan would be at 12 per-

cent annual interest rate, and Tidemark would also have
to pay for Southstar's attorney fees and expenses, plus
a 1 percent commitment fee. That would bring the to-
tal amount close to $140,000.
Tidemark asked the court for an immediate ruling
on the financing petition, claiming "there is insufficient
time for a full hearing before [Tidemark] must use the
post-petition financing."
Without the money immediately, said Tidemark,
"there will be a direct and immediate adverse impact
on the continuing operation of the business and on the
value of its business."
Tidemark claims it needs the money for "ordinary
business operations." A review of the proposed three-
month budget for the borrowed funds shows that Tide-
mark managing partner Nick Easterling would receive
$35,000 in salary over the three-month financing period.
Two other staff members would receive $7,500
each in salary during this time, bringing the total
amount in salaries to be paid from the borrowed money
to $50,000, or 38 percent of the loan.
Easterling said that a proposed refinancing deal
from first mortgage holder Brasota Mortgage would
not include construction financing, while Southstar can
"bring everything to the table to complete the project.
"We can get everyone paid off at the end of three

months" with the Southstar financing plan, he said.
The bankruptcy court was to hear the Tidemark
petition, April 13.
Southstar Development Partners would be the lat-
est in a string of potential saviors of the troubled prop-
erty that have fallen by the wayside.
In September 2003, Easterling said he had a deal
with the Parliament Group of Dallas to become part-
ners in the resort.
Following the collapse of those negotiations,
Easterling had Dallas-based EFO Holdings real estate
lined up to inject some much-need cash, but that deal
also fell through.
Once in bankruptcy court, third-mortgage holder
Cypress Lending of Vero Beach offered Easterling a
refinancing package that, at the time, would have put
them ahead of Brasota Mortgage in the mortgage peck-
ing order.
That deal, however, was turned down by
Easterling after Brasota Mortgage purchased the first
mortgage on the property from Regions Bank to move
past Cypress Lending. Brasota then offered Easterling
its own refinancing program to complete the project.
The Holmes Beach City Commission approved the
40-unit, S20 million Tidemark condo/hotel/marina
project in August 2001.


Anna Maria parking plan inches closer to end

By Rick Catlin trate parking in a
Islander Reporter Quam said L
Anna Maria's "Plan X" parking plan proposed by Drive and Willo
Commission Chairperson John Quam to solve the spaces, with som
city's parking woes within the beach access zone is Commission
inching closer to completion and an eventual vote streets in the BA2
by the city commission. on Cypress Stree
Some people, however, might say that's like say- along Tuna Aven
ing the solar system is inching toward the constellation to North Shore D
Orion. It's been headed in that direction for 5 billion Another issu
years and it ain't gonna get there for another 5 billion meter is a special
years. parking space.
But the Anna Maria City Commission appears de- "For the reco
termined to move forward with Plan X to solve a nearly a resident asking
90-year-old problem in the city and do it within the home. I would b(
next 5 billion years. Resident Ch
At its April 8 special meeting on parking, commis- would then end t
sioners again went street by street to place parking ing] signs if exce
or no parking spaces on each street. Quam said tl
Commissioners rejected the idea of open parking with that issue ye
on Willow Avenue as residents there had requested at
a commission meeting two weeks ago. .,i.p ,
Commissioner Linda Cramer said she didn't have *,'
a problem with open parking on Willow, but "we then -
are open to requests from other streets."
On Palmetto Avenue, residents want parking by
permit, while some residents on other streets in the
BAZ want no parking at all on their street. She said she
wouldn't mind hearing from residents on every BAZ
street to hear what sort of parking they prefer.
The whole point of Plan X, explained Quam, is to g ., i
distribute parking in the BAZ to make it fair to every-
Commissioner Dale Woodland and Mayor
SueLynn, however, sided against Quam and Cramer.
Woodland said he agreed two weeks ago with the
request from the Willow Avenue residents and "I agree 3.
The mayor added that allowing open parking on Sea creature
Willow gives the public "a large number of parking Anna Maria Ele,
spaces." including shells,
Palmetto Avenue resident Robin Wall, however, display, including
pointed out that the idea of Plan X is "not to concen- students to inspe



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[0 cars currently can park on Palm
w Avenue. Plan X reduces that to 15
e handicap-accessible parking.
ers also discussed making some
one-way thoroughfares, such as west
t from North Shore Drive, then south
ue, then east on Spruce Avenue back
e ticking on the Anna Maria parking
1 exception permit to a resident for a

rd," said Woodland, "I would support
for a parking space in front of their
e in favor of that."
uck White observed that the BAZ
p a "forest of [parking and no park-
:ptions were granted."
he commission wasn't ready to deal
et, it must first decide on the location

and number of parking spaces within the BAZ. The
plan currently calls for 110 spaces.
Not everyone, however, thought Plan X was the
ultimate solution.
Resident Jennifer Cascardo said it sounds like the
commission is "on a mission" and ignoring a number
of citizen concerns for parking along canalfront streets
or for canal access. "We feel we are being ignored" by
the commission, she said.
Quam pointed out that those are issues for another
meeting; this one is just for parking in the BAZ.
With Commissioners Duke Miller and Carol Ann
Magill absent, Quam, Woodland and Cramer agreed to
another parking workshop at 6 p.m. April 22 prior to
the regular commission meeting to discuss a revised
Plan X and recommendations.
At the regular meeting that day, commissioners
could agree to adopt the BAZ plan and proceed with
establishing an ordinance, or send the issue back to
further workshops.


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nentary students gather around several items on display from Mote Marine Laboratory
coral, and models of a stone crab, lobster and preserved squid. Mote's traveling marine-life
g an 850-gallon aquarium, touch tank and turtle-hatching display, arrived on campus for
ct throughout the school day. Islander Photo: Diana Bogan



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Farewell winter friends
With the Easter weekend of 2004 now behind us,
the 2003-04 Anna Maria Island winter tourist season is
drawing to a close.
From now until the end of April, our visitors will be
packing their bags, loading their cars, boarding up the
house or condominium and saying goodbye to old and
new friends, then heading to a milder northern summer.
Traffic will lessen on the Island, the beaches will
become less crowded, a raised drawbridge won't back
up traffic all the way to Longboat Key, and you can get
a seat at the best Island restaurants on a Friday or Sat-
urday night without a one-hour wait.
By all accounts, this was the best season for Anna
Maria Island since pre-Sept. 11.
Sure, some Islanders have complained about all the
traffic, but that's human nature. And the increase in
traffic is a small price to pay for the economic injection
this winter's visitors brought.
Besides, imagine what Island traffic would have
been like without the Island trolley.
And if you're on this beautiful Island, what's the
hurry, anyway?
Remember that lots of Islanders depend upon win-
ter business to make it through the off-season May-
Without the snowbirds, a lot of "mom and pop"
accommodations, eateries, and clothing and gift shops
would simply have to close their doors. And the money
spent on the Island by our visitors will circulate through
the local economy seven times, according to the experts
at the Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau.
So bear with the traffic a few more weeks.
Increased visitor traffic that signals a healthy local
economy is the tradeoff for this slice of "Old Florida"
living that hopefully will never be discovered by the jet
set, Generation X, spring breakers, fast-food chains or
massive hotel developers.
Of course, we'll soon be dealing with summer's
high heat and humidity and we'll be wishing we could
have gone with the northern flock.
So wish our visitors well, and hopefully we'll see
them again starting in October.
They come back year after year because this Island
isn't Disneyworld, Daytona Beach, Miami Beach or Ft.
This is the "Old Florida" that can't be found any-
where else in this state.
Let's keep it that way.

The Islander
APRIL 14, 2004 Vol. 12, No. 23
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'Soldiers Heart'
The "Project Soldiers Heart" committee wishes to
thank the members of Harvey Memorial Church for
their sponsorship, generosity and support of the "Sol-
diers Heart" project. We also want to thank the people
of the community who contributed so generously to
this worthy cause.
Special thanks go to Dr. John Norman for his
contribution of a large box of toothbrushes to be dis-
tributed not only to the soldiers, but to children of Iraq.
Thanks also to The Islander for support and to the staff
and patrons of the Bradenton Beach Moose Lodge for
their generous contributions.
Last, but by no means least, a great big hug and
thank you to Mrs. Cindi Harrison of the Anna Maria
Elementary School and the children of the fourth- and
fifth-grades for the many letters they wrote and deco-
rated and were sent to the soldiers in Iraq. Also thanks
to Mrs. Ellis and her students at the Island Middle
School, who also wrote and decorated their letters for
the soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan.
We thank all of you for your generosity and sup-
port for the men and women who are risking their lives
for our freedoms.
The Rev. Bill Grossman, Nancy Ambrose, Bill
Tester, Ed Callen

Lawns are passe
In response to "Care for Lawns, Keep Them
Green," one word for writer Gehrke: Xeriscape. Green
lawns are pass. They are a waste of our precious wa-
ter and the weed killers are harsh on the environment.
Even too much fertilizer leaching into our canals can
wreak havoc on our sea life.
Our beautiful state bird, the mockingbird, is dwin-
dling in population from the poisons we use to eradi-
cate its food source insects and the berries from
native plants.
By utilizing a natural landscape called xeriscape,
one can have a terrific yard with no grass whatsoever.

Plenty of natural areas with drought-tolerant plants, and
some pathways of shell or pavers and you can create an
environmentally friendly garden with definite curb
I would also like to make our transplanted citizens
aware that the state tree, the cabbage palm, should
beautify our skyline with a full rounded head of fronds
and a beard. I cringe at the scalped palms of all variet-
ies on Anna Maria.
The beard of the cabbage palm is a natural habitat
for the Florida Seminole bat. These misunderstood
creatures devour multitudes of mosquitoes and other
insects, but we have robbed them of places to live.
Green lawns are nice if you're a major league ball
club with the resources and filtration technology to re-
cycle the water used on the field, but Anna Maria is
naturally beautiful, without spending the water we need
just to live, on foreign lawns.
Deborah Pettee, Anna Maria

Thanks AME parents
Anna Maria Elementary School is so blessed to
have such wonderful, supportive parents.
April 5-8 was staff appreciation week at AME.
Each day parents from one grade level brought in a
homemade dish for breakfast and lunch for the teach-
ers and staff to enjoy.
They dined on stone crab claws graciously donated
by Moore's Stone Crab Restaurant; homemade baked ziti
and lasagna, an incredible 1905 salad, burritos, tacos, hero
sandwiches and delicious breakfast casseroles.
A special thanks to all the parents who supported
this effort. You made it special for the teachers and
staff. Each day they expressed how much they enjoyed
each meal. Thank you for making that happen.
We're glad that you enjoyed your week, teachers
and staff. You deserve to be pampered every day.
Beth Ann Schieble and Donna Perez, AME staff
appreciation week coordinators

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Fireworks law: Unpatriotic?
Patriotic Americans need not apply in Holmes
Beach. If you use a firecracker to show what a patriotic
American you are, all of the Holmes Beach commis-
sioners voted to take your fireworks away from you.
Well, not exactly. You can, on the Fourth of July,
go to the beach and set one off, according to my read-
ing of the new city ordinance 04-07, if you are willing
to complete a county-authorized application, have writ-
ten approval from the appropriate fire district and, just
to be kind, they will let you get one from the local fire
department, submit a sworn affidavit that you are a
competent operator (your name must be on the affida-
vit) and that you are licensed by the Federal Bureau of
Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.
Of course, you must have your sworn affidavit to
show you have a general liability insurance policy with at
least a $500,000 limit, provide a nonrefundable permit
application fee of $50, and submit the completed package,
including supporting affidavits and documents, to the
county at least 15 calendar days prior to the proposed day
you are going to light your firecracker.
There is a little reading you must do because you
must know MFPA Code 1123 and NFPA Standard
1126 (whatever they might be) and comply with the
provisions addressed in them.
Now to make sure you are who the city thinks you
should be, they are having the county public safety di-
rector deny or issue a public fireworks display permit
(that is what they call lighting a firecracker). And just
to make sure we citizens don't get the wrong idea, the
ordinance says "nothing herein shall be construed as
permitting any personal, noncommercial display of
These are the people we elected to run our city.
Now if you just go set your firecracker off and you
don't contest the citation they give you, it will only cost
you $500, otherwise "restitution may be awarded the
county, sheriff, municipality and/or fire district for the
actual cost associated with enforcement, seizure, and

investigation of a proven violation."
And why did our elected officials say they wanted
to do this? Well, one of their reasons was, and I quote,
"The city commission finds that the improper use of
fireworks and sparklers poses a significant danger of
fire within the city."
You won't be able to light your firecracker on July
4, but you can sure vote in November.
Win Bishop, Holmes Beach

Thanks and umbrage
Thanks to The Islander for the editorial advocacy
of the sales tax referendum.
A huge thanks to all the unpaid citizen volunteers
that initiated the issue and devoted untold hours to the
effort. Their ranks included a wide spectrum of back-
grounds and political beliefs that were able to set them
aside and agree on a common cause of establishing a
dedicated revenue source for the acquisition and pres-
ervation of conservation lands. Many of these folks
were Islanders.
The so-called "baggage" that dragged the effort
down was not of our doing, in fact we warned of that
scenario from the outset.
I do take umbrage with the reveling of some oppo-
nents in the wake of the vote. Many have characterized
the proponents as a bunch of thieves conspiring to bilk
average taxpayers. Most folks would be able to find
what this tax would have cost them with an occasional
search of the sofa or dresser-top change jars.
To those that troubled to assist derailing a non-
partisan "quality of life" issue by politicizing it,
stooping to name-calling, and circulating mistruths,
I hope you are pleased with your effort. The refer-
endum, as presented, may have been flawed but it
certainly did not deserve the vilification it received
from its detractors. It will be interesting to see how
many of you folks step up to the plate with solutions
for the still-existent issue of rampant growth gnaw-
ing away at our natural Florida resources, and still

not paying for itself as well.
To all of those that tirelessly worked, donated
money, and gave unselfishly of their time without com-
pensation, I salute you and am proud to have been as-
sociated with you and with the effort. Thanks.
Capt. J. "Zach" Zacharias, Cortez

Great garden tour
The Anna Maria Community Chorus and Orchestra
(AMICCO) would like to thank everyone whose great
efforts created a successful first Anna Maria Island Gar-
den Tour. We had over 300 visitors to our six Island gar-
dens and everyone enjoyed the lovely day and tour.
The Islander was instrumental in helping us with
our publicity. We took an informal survey at the gar-
dens and most of the tour goers said they heard about
the tour in the newspaper. Thank you.
Our sponsors, Island Real Estate Inc. and the Sand-
bar restaurant, Beach House Restaurant and Mar Vista
Dockside Restaurant and Pub, Ed Chiles proprietor,
helped give the tour committee the help needed to get
the project started. We are indebted to these fine com-
munity supporters.
The owners of our six gardens were most gracious
in opening their gardens to the many visitors and tire-
lessly answering questions. Thanks to Richard
Beaupre, Chuck White and SueLynn, Rosemary and
Ed Edwards, Deborah Heger, Les and Ellen Holst, and
Nan Sanders and Ginnie Neill.
The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce/Visi-
tor Information Center, BridgeWalk, Ginny's Antiques
and Art, and White Egret gift shop volunteered to sell our
tickets and publicize our event and are much appreciated.
We had a great group of volunteers, both on the
tour committee and as garden guides on the day of the
tour. Last but not least thanks to all of you who came
and meandered through these great gardens.
We're already planning to do it next year.
John Horigan, president AMICCO
Karen Lockwood, tour committee chair

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CME seeks intersection improvements ASAP

By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Not content to wait a year for a Florida Department
of Transportation report on traffic patterns across the
Cortez Bridge, the Bradenton Beach Scenic Highway
Committee Corridor Management Entity is looking for
immediate relief for traffic congestion in the area.
At its March 30 meeting, the CME adopted a rec-
ommendation that the city commission direct Police
Chief Sam Speciale and Public Works Director Dottie
Poindexter to approach the DOT now with recommen-
dations to alleviate congestion at the Cortez Road-Gulf
Drive intersection.
Suggested immediate remedies include changing
the timing of the intersection traffic light during peak
traffic hours for vehicles coming on and off the Island,
and eliminating the left-turn on permissive green for

southbound Gulf Drive traffic turning onto the Cortez
Such traffic would move under a left-turn-only
green light, Speciale said.
He noted that on many occasions when the bridge
is raised, drivers turn left into the intersection when the
light is green, only to be forced to a halt in the middle
of the intersection because of traffic backup. This stops
the flow of all north-south traffic on Gulf Drive at the
intersection when the light changes.
"I've actually had to get out of my cruiser on oc-
casion and tell a driver to back up because he was
blocking the intersection," the chief said.
Another suggestion was to add plastic pylon poles
along the merging traffic lane for vehicles turning right
onto Cortez Road from Gulf Drive.
Drivers now attempt to immediately merge onto

Cortez Road, rather than driving the length of the
merge lane to get into traffic, Poindexter said. Drivers
often stop upon turning right to wait for an open spot
in traffic. This causes a backup down Gulf Drive and
often prevents drivers that want to continue north from
moving through the intersection.
Poindexter said these pylons, called vertical traffic
delineators, will force drivers to move away from the
intersection before merging.
Bob Herrington of the Sarasota-Manatee Metro-
politan Planning Organization said these measures
could get immediate approval from the DOT, while the
MPO and CME are awaiting the year-long study of
traffic patterns (vehicular and boat) for the Cortez
Bridge which began last month.
Once those results are sent to the MPO, they will
be forwarded to the CME for recommendations.

Island trolley rolling ahead toward more records

By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
While a few Islanders might still complain about
the noise from the Island trolley, most Islanders are
thankful the trolley is around providing free trans-
portation and keeping approximately 1,000 vehicle
movements per day off Island roads.
"It's been a big success," said Ralf Heseler of the
Manatee County Area Transit, the authority which
operates the trolley.
"We are in the height of the season and our daily rid-
ership is up 17 percent from last year at this time. I think
it's fair to say we've taken a lot of people out of their ve-
hicles on Island streets and put them in the trolley."
The trolley has carried more than 2,000 passengers
on many days this winter season. "That's almost 1,000
cars less per day moving on the Island," he added.
Island law enforcement officials charged with han-
dling traffic are grateful for the trolley's help.
"Imagine where we would be without the trolley,"
added Holmes Beach Police Chief Jay Romine, who
doubles as the city's traffic engineer.
Fact is, said Heseler, the trolley has been a "huge
So successful that he and MCAT officials are con-
fident that the Florida Department of Transportation

Trolley ridership
According to MCAT figures, the Island trol-
ley carried 7,924 passengers from Thursday,
March 25, through Sunday, March 28. A record
2,243 passengers rode the trolley on Saturday,
March 27.
MCAT officials said they wouldn't be sur-
prised to see the record broken Easter weekend.

will either renew the grant to operate the trolley when
it expires in March 2005 or extend the current grant.
Manatee County commissioners have concurred
*with the trolley's success and preparations are already
under way at MCAT for a new grant application which
would seek $500,000 in DOT funding along with a like
amount from the county.
And Manatee County Director of Community De-
velopment Fred Loveland doesn't see the commission
charging for ridership during the next three-year grant
But the trolley is not without its problems.
"We expected a 10-year life from the trolley,"
noted Heseler, but admitted MCAT is already thinking
about replacements.
"These trolleys are not cheap to run, require a lot

of maintenance, and they are not as durable as adver-
tised to the DOT," which purchased the trolleys under
a state contract, he said.
The trolleys suffer frequent breakdowns and each
trolley already has more than 100,000 miles of use, and
the trolleys have only been operating for two years.
"So I don't think we will get 10 years," Heseler
observed. At some point in the near future, MCAT will
have to consider purchasing new vehicles, only this
time, it will be with MCAT input to the DOT on speci-
fications, he added.
Heseler doesn't think that the DOT considered the
engine noise created by the trolleys, the affects of the
salty beach air on the engines, sandy roads on the Is-
land, or the high usage of the trolleys when it purchased
the vehicles.
County Commissioner Jane von Hahmann, whose
district includes Anna Maria Island, is in favor of re-
newing the grant, and believes other commissioners
share that sentiment.
"All the [commission] discussion on the trolley at
our meetings has been positive," she said. "I feel very
confident the trolley will be renewed."
Loveland indciated MCAT would likely hold hear-
ings on the Island to discuss options for renewing the
trolley, along with specifications for new trolleys.

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By Diana Bogan l
Islander Reporter
ih Bicknell is trading in her Island flip flops and
ses for warm boots and knit caps when she re-
Valentine, Neb., early next month.
knell has spent the past 19 years working at the
Ranch Library. She joined the staff as a branch
t and in 1991 became the branch manager.
i might say Bicknell's first job as a librarian
her youth. Growing up in Troy, Ohio, she and
- sister Marcia Alcorn used to "play library" as

knell said she would tape the author and title
the inside of her Golden Tablet children's
nd have her sister check them out. She also put
and due-date slips into her grandmother's large
on of books.
er graduating from high school, Bicknell earned i
ma State library certificate and a master's de-
library science from Indiana State University.
rked in Vigo County, Ind., until 1985, when she
:o Florida.
er working in Tarpon Springs, she moved to N S
SCounty and, during her time at the Island li-
as seen many changes. ^,.
most notable change to the library system has
e increasing use of technology. In 1996 the li-
'stem became automated.
at was a humdinger [of a change]," Bicknell Saying fare
ery few of us on the staff had computer expe- Island Branch
We were like children learning from day one." Diana Bogan
automated system, Bicknell said, has been a
iange since it allows library catalogues to be library when c
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Earth day celebration
to open preserve
Felts Audubon Preserve will open Saturday,
April 17, with dedication ceremonies at 9:15 a.m.
and lectures and tours all day, which is Earth Day
for the Manatee County Audubon Society.
The preserve is at 24th Avenue East and Ex-
perimental Farm Road north of Palmetto. Guided
nature walks, a plant sale, exhibits, live animals, a
raptor show, and children's activities are on the
program. Among the sponsors is the Anna Maria
Island Turtle Watch.
Admission is free and plenty of parking is
available, said Audubon. Details may be obtained
by calling 746-1991.

Skoloda opens Longboat
small business series
Dr. Thomas Skoloda of Anna Maria will be the
featured speaker at the opening session of the annual
Small Business Week observations on Longboat Key.
He will speak on "Stress Free for Life" at a semi-
nar from 8-9:30 a.m. Monday, May 3, at the Hilton
Longboat Key Beachfront Resort, 4711 Gulf of Mexico
Drive. Other events on the Small Business Week
"Strengthening Your Business A Blueprint for
Success," seminar with Dr. Thomas Davenport of
Manatee Community College and Susan Maurer of
Republic Bank, noon-2 p.m. May 3 at the Hilton.
"Chamber Showcase," displaying products and
services, 5:30-7:30 p.m. May 4 at the Centre Shops,
5370 Gulf of Mexico Drive.
"Helping Small Businesses Help Themselves,"
seminar with Zach Rans and Mike Siegal of
Livingston, Patterson & Strickland, P.A., 8-11:30 a.m.
May 5 at the Hilton.
"Listening to a Leader," Andrew Vac, 11:30 a.m.-
1:30 p.m. May 5 at the Hilton.
"Small Business Person of the Year Awards Break-
fast, 7:30 a.m. May 6 at the Hilton.
Additional information on all of the events may be
obtained and reservations made by calling 387-9519.

Easter 'Beach Bunny'
While traffic piled up on Gulf Drive in Bradenton
Beach Easter weekend with cars headed for Coquina
Beach, the Easter "Beach Bunny" made a stop at the
Beach House Restaurant and took time to hand out
holiday chocolates to children. This elaborately
bonneted bunny is better known as Frank Papalia,
one of the restaurant's managers. Islander Photo:
Marsha Garlinger

'Genuine native'
will reminisce for society
Earl "Nick" Baden, Bradenton attorney who de-
scribes himself as a "genuine native," will share memo-
ries of the Island when he visits the Anna Maria Island
Historical Society Monday, April 19.
He will speak at the society's meeting at 7:30 p.m.
at the Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, with
the public invited.
Baden said he spent summers in a beach house at
the southern end of Bradenton Beach. His father, Earl
Sr., was district manager for the Tampa Tribune when
there were only two morning papers in the area.
He remembers, he said, Pete the Greek and his gro-
cery store and 50 cats on Bridge Street, the woman who
drove a bakery truck up and down the Island yelling
specials of the day, "Uncle Sam" the postman, and
adventures on the old wooden bridge.
He was born in Bradenton, educated in Manatee
County, Florida State University and Stetson Univer-
sity School of Law. He has had his law firm in
Bradenton since 1969.
Details may be obtained by calling 778-0492.

Schlossberg to tell Dems
of 'Winning in 2004'
Stephen I. Schlossberg, former union and U.S.
government official, will address the Anna Maria Is-
land Democratic Club Monday, April 19.
He will speak at the club's Dutch treat luncheon at
noon at the Beach House Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N.,
Bradenton Beach. The topic is "Winning in 2004." The
affair is open to the public and no reservations are neces-
Schlossberg, now living in Sarasota, was general
counsel of the United Auto Workers, U.S. deputy
undersecretary of labor, and for several years ran the
Washington office of the United Nation's International
Labor Organization.
He also served as an adjunct professor of law at
Georgetown University in Washington.
Further information may be obtained by calling 778-9287.
Author Hiaasen speaking
at Manatee library
Author Carl Hiaasen will address the annual Book
and Author Luncheon of the Manatee County Public
Library Foundation Thursday, April 15, at the
Bradenton City Auditorium.
The best-selling author will speak at 12:30 p.m.
The luncheon is to begin at noon in the auditorium,
1005 Barcarrota Blvd., Bradenton. Tickets for the
speech are $10, with luncheon tickets already sold out.
Additional details may be obtained by phoning
748-5555, ext. 243.

Longboat chamber charts
event on Anna Maria
The Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce will
have a "business after hours" session in Bradenton
Beach, and Anna Maria Islanders are welcome, the
chamber said.
It will be from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 15,
at the Sun House Restaurant, 111 Gulf Drive S. Cost
is $5 for Longboat chamber members, $10 for non-
members. Details are available at 383-2466.

Motivational speaker's series
opens Friday at Center
A three-session workshop, "Celebrate Life," with
motivational speaker Angela Jackson, will open its
series at 10:30 a.m. Friday, April 16, at the Anna Maria
Island Community Center.
It will meet at the same time, same place, three
consecutive Fridays and cost $10 per session for mem-
bers, $12 for nonmembers. The Center is at 407 Mag-
nolia Ave., Anna Maria. Additional information is
available at 778-1908.

Caregivers unit meets Friday
The Family Caregiver Support Group will meet at
1 p.m. Friday, April 16, at the Island Branch Library,
5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
The sponsor, Meals on Wheels Plus, said the pro-
gram is open to anyone caring for an older friend or
relative with chronic health or memory problems, in-
cluding Alzheimer's disease. Details are available at


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Racing for a finish with a bottle ... boat, that is
More than 1,000 spectators watched boats formed from plastic bottles race Saturday on Palma Sola Bay.
Despite afew mishaps one vessel barely made it to the starting line before sinking a great time was had
by all. Pictured is the Island's Privateens boat pulling ahead of Drift In's "Challenger" vessel. The
Privateens boat, "USS Arggg," and the group won first in the Class C school division and were voted as best-
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Anna Maria Elementary School menu
Monday, April 19
Breakfast: French Toast Sticks with Syrup, Cereal, Toast, Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich or Fruit
Lunch: Nachos with Beef and Cheese, Grilled Chicken on a Bun or Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich, Tossed Salad, Steamed
Carrots, Fruit, Juice Bar
Tuesday, April 20
Breakfast: Bagel with Jelly, Grilled Cheese Sandwich, Cereal, Toast, Fruit
Lunch: Turkey Gravy with Mashed Potatoes, Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich or Hamburger on Bun, Green Beans, Tossed Salad,
Wednesday, April 21
Breakfast: Scrambled Eggs, Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich, Cereal, Toast, Fruit
Lunch: Beef-A-Roni with Roll, Chicken Tenders or Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich, Tossed Salad, Tater Tots, Fruit,
Thursday, April 22
Breakfast: Yogurt, Chicken Tender with Roll, Cereal, Toast, Fruit
Lunch: Chicken Bites with Tater Tots, Corndog or Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich, Steamed Broccoli, Tossed Salad, Fruit
Friday, April 23
Breakfast: Orange Muffin, Cereal, Scrambled Eggs and Toast, Fruit
Lunch: Pizza Sticks with Marinara Sauce, Fruit, Yogurt and Muffin Plate or Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich, Corn, Tossed Salad,
Fruit, Juice Bar
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15, will tell Island parents of upcoming kindergarten
pupils what they need to know to get their children
ready for the big experience.
The roundup will be mostly about inoculations re-
quired for entering kindergartners, but will expand into
other areas of interest to parents and children.
Parents are to bring their youngsters to this special
clinic, said the Manatee County Health Department, to
prepare for the autumn beginning of school.
It will be from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. in the auditorium of
Anna Maria Elementary School, 4700 Gulf Drive N.,
Holmes Beach. This doesn't mean the rest of the school
will shut down for the clinic, said a school spokesper-
son classes will go on as usual.
The department listed what children will need be-
fore school starts:
Five doses of DPT unless dose No. 4 was given on
or after 4th birthday.
Four doses of polio vaccine unless dose No. 3 was
given on or after 4th birthday.
A second dose of measles vaccine, preferably
measles-mumps-rubella, spaced at least one month
apart with the first dose given on or after first birthday.
Hepatitis B vaccine (three doses) will now be re-
quired for kindergarten entry through fifth-grade; sec-
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and the third dose six months from the first.
One dose of Varivax or a documented case of
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Island police reports
Anna Maria City
April 2, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria Island
Community Center, theft. According to the report,
money collected for the aerobics class was stolen from
the collection bucket.
April 7, 100 S. Bay Blvd., City Pier Restaurant,
grand theft. A bank bag was reportedly stolen from the
bar area.
April 12, 400 block of Pine Avenue, found prop-
erty. A compact disc player was found on the sidewalk.

Bradenton Beach
April 2, 2300 block of Gulf Drive North, battery.
A father got into a fight with a woman and her husband
after the woman refused to leave his children alone.
According to the report, the woman repeatedly ap-
proached the children while they were swimming and
later told police she believed the father wasn't watch-
ing the children well enough so she tried to get them
away from him. According to the report, a fist fight
ensued between the children's parents, the woman and
her husband, but officers were unable to determine who
threw the first punch.
April 4, 2500 block of Avenue B, burglary. A man
reported several tools missing from his garage.
April 6, 1600 Coquina Beach, Marine Rescue Life-
guard Stand No. 3, burglary. A lifeguard reported that

someone entered his lifeguard stand and took his towel
and water-condition warning flags.

Holmes Beach
April 3, 248 S. Harbor Drive, St. Bernard Catho-
lic Church, trespass. Several juveniles were reportedly
skateboarding on church property after having been
warned not to skate there in the past. They were issued
trespass warnings.
April 3, 4000 Gulf Drive, Manatee Public Beach,
drug arrest. A juvenile, allegedly a student of Lee
Middle School, was arrested for possession of mari-
April 3, 4000 Gulf Drive, Manatee Public Beach,
alcohol possession. Two men were cited for possession
of an open alcohol container on the beach.
April 4, 4500 block of Gulf Drive, battery. A man
was arrested for beating his girlfriend. The girlfriend
reported this is not the first time he has harmed her and,
according to the report, the man was recently released
from prison for a charge that classifies him as a sexual
April 5, 3007 Gulf Drive, Anchor Inn, theft. A
woman reported her purse stolen.
April 5, 3242 E. Bay Drive, Solo's Pizza, theft. A
man reported his bicycle stolen.
April 7, 3300 block of East Bay Drive, theft. A
woman reported a credit card stolen from her purse.
April 8, 600 block of Manatee Avenue, burglary.
The steering column to a woman's vehicle was dam-
aged and the stereo faceplate and radio were reportedly
found on the ground by maintenance personnel.
April 8, 2900 block of Gulf Drive, battery. Accord-
ing to the report, two teenage girls were involved in a
fight at a school-bus stop. During the investigation, the
mother of one of the teenagers was arrested on two
outstanding Levi County warrants for worthless
April 9, 400 block of 76th Street, animal attack.
According to the report, a 13-year-old boy was attacked
by a dog and treated for a broken right arm. The dog
broke free from its chain, according to police, and the
boy fell and broke his arm trying to run away. The dog
bit his pant leg and would not let go until the owner
retrieved the dog. The dog owner claims the boy teased
the dog. Animal control was called to the home.
April 9, 2800 block of Avenue E, burglary. A

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woman reported her purse stolen from her home. The
purse and some of its contents were found along the
shoreline in Bradenton Beach.
April 9, 103 29th St., Angelinos Sea Lodge, bur-
glary/criminal mischief. A couple reported hearing
someone in their bedroom, but nothing was missing.
April 10, 8100 block of Palm Drive, assault. A man
reported that he was riding his bike when a teenager in
a passing vehicle swung what turned out to be a toy
sword at his head.
April 10, 5801 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach
Skate Park, trespass. A skater was issued a trespass
for refusing to wear his helmet and protective gear
while skating.

Ballroom almost full
for Center's 'Affaire'
A few openings are still available for "April in
Paris," the 2004 edition of An Affaire to Remem-
ber, for the Anna Maria Island Community Center.
The big fundraising social event and auction
will begin at 5 p.m. April 24 at St. Bernard Catho-
lic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach, to
benefit the Center.
It will include a champagne reception, dinner,
and live auction with such items as ocean cruises,
tickets to sports events, children's summer pack-
ages, a huge TV, diamond bracelet, and many oth-
ers, said the Center.
Cost is $125 per person. Details on making
reservations are available at 778-1908.

Center teaming up with
Albertsons for benefit
Anna Maria Island Community Center has joined
an Albertson's Food & Drug program to gain up to
$7,200 for the Center.
Albertson' s shoppers may obtain a coded card that
is scanned at the checkout counter and their purchases
noted, the Center receiving benefits up to $1,800 per
quarter. The "Community Partners" cards are available
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passion: Toth

Performing songs from North and South America,
Italy, France, Spain and Ireland, Luigi Toth makes lis-
teners feel at home in a virtual Babylon of four lyrical
and musical tongues.
He has played at Da Giorgio's Ristorante for four
and a half years.
Wearing a proper blue blazer and favorite brown
hat tipped over his eyes, Toth's unassuming Italian
accent and singing style, the quiet passion and clear
tone of his trumpet, come together as a package of
Neapolitan jazz-inflected cool. The cool is in the look,
and in the sound of his voice and muted horn.
Some of the songs he plays have Italian roots older
than the restaurant's recipes, which themselves date
back five generations to restaurateur Giorgio Oldano's
Indeed, these are the Neapolitan songs.
As Toth puts it, "[Naples] is the only city in the world
made famous by its songs."
The songs usually flow over a minor-key melody
and strike melancholy themes as indicated by titles
such as "Heart and Soul" and "Angel with a Devil's
Sometimes Oldano, attired in his chef's regalia,
emerges from the hot kitchen to sing a few songs and
enjoy the cool breeze of Toth's horn.
But Toth is the main entertainment. Oldano says,
"People know him and come to see him during the sea-
son. He fits in well because he plays low and sweet -
just right for the ambiance."
Toth was born in Eritrea (Ethiopia) during World
War II, but his family settled in Italy. He was educated
in the Italian classics and opera legends of Puccini and
Verdi, and took up the trumpet during compulsory
military training, playing for the military band.
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Jazz from Italy
Luigi Toth blows crystal-clear melodies at Da
Giorgio's Ristorante where, on occasion, Chef
Giorgio Oldano sings along. Islander Photo:
Preston Whaley Jr.

was "struck" by a Louis Armstrong song, and from that
night on he devoted his life to the enjoyment and ad-
vancement of jazz.
Judging from his unassuming demeanor and low-
key playing style, you would never guess that Toth is
an historically significant, recognized impresario of
jazz in Italy.
He responded to his love of Armstrong's music in
1970 by forming the Old Time Jazz Band and touring
Italy, playing the few scattered venues that would ac-
commodate the unfamiliar music. The band persevered,
built a reputation, and by 1975 was invited to partici-
pate in the International Pescara Jazz Festival.
Toth decided he could do more to help establish
jazz in Italy.
In 1976, he founded the St. Louis Jazz Club and
School. Devoted exclusively to jazz, it was the first of
its kind in Italy. Shortly thereafter, he opened the Jazz
Club Roma and became a key planner and promoter of
jazz concerts.
Toth has recorded music for numerous Italian ra-
dio and television programs. He founded the Missis-
sippi Jazz Club and Jazz School in Rome, which at-
tracted world-famous jazz musicians like Barney
Kessel, Jaki Byard and Archie Shepp to perform and
The names appear in the New Grove Dictionary of
Jazz, as does Toth's. In 1988, he was selected to the
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Operator Culturali in Italy. Numerous major media
articles a thick scrapbook full highlight Toth's
contributions as a jazz artist, promoter and educator.
Toth's "Green Card" designates him an "Alien of
Extraordinary Ability." Self-effacingly, he says, "I'm
very proud of that."
His life is comparatively simple now. He originally
came to the United States and Florida in 1992 to pur-
chase a winter home, but by 1994, with his wife being
pregnant, he decided to stay.
For a family, he says, "It's better here than in
Rome, more quiet. I can spend time with Constantino,"
his son, "and take him to school in the morning."
Back in Italy, he has two sons from a previous
marriage and regrets that his lifestyle then kept him
from being more available to them. This June it will be
10 years since he was last in Italy. It all seems quite
remote, he says.
Toth has written many songs and lyrics. He's com-
posed a number of lyrics to classical arias, even music
by Chopin, but he doesn't play them. "I only prepare
the songs people ask of me," he says.
He uses sequencers to program a small orchestra
of drums, bass, strings and other horns. "I can change
the rhythm and drums and bass," Toth says, "which is
not easy, but I like different kinds of rhythm, so it
doesn't seem like an electronic product. It seems quite
Toth says he feels comfortable with his life right
now, but within a couple of years he would like to open
an Italian-style cafe, a kind of Cafe St. Marco, where
he could play jazz and feature Latin music and his wife,
a professional dancer, could dance flamenco.
He says, "I have been able to do most things I've
wanted in my life. I think I will be able to do this."
Toth performs at Da Giorgio's 6:30-9:30 p.m.,
Tuesday-Saturday. Sunday and Monday, he plays at 15
South Ristorante on St. Armands Circle, and Wednes-
day-Friday at Relish This Hot Dog Bistro in Sarasota,
noon to 3 p.m.

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An afternoon with Leon Merian
The Conch Fritter Band at Island Middle School will
present an afternoon with legendary trumpeter Leon
Merian from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 24, at the school.
IMS music director Jimi Gee said Merian will per-
form a short set and will talk about his career. IMS trum-
pet player Cody Beaver and trombonist Josh Scheible
have been selected to each play a duet with Merian, fol-
lowed by a performance of the Conch Fritter Band.
There will be a silent auction featuring
autographed posters and compact discs by artists as
diverse as Trans-Siberian Orchestra and Megadeth,
supplied by Al Pitrelli of Trans-Siberian Orchestra,
"Fake" books for musicians donated by Fogts Music,
and gift certificates from local restaurants.
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compact disc and his biography, "The Man Behind the
Tickets for the event are $10 and proceeds will help
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Island sex offender has moved
A resident of the apartment units at 4500 Gulf
Drive which a convicted sex offender had listed as his
address (The Islander, March 17), says the man is no
longer living at that duplex.
Under Florida law, convicted sexual offenders are
required to report their place of residence to the Florida
Department of Law Enforcement, even after their pro-
bation ends.
The man recently moved from the unit just prior to
publication of the story, the resident said.
According to a Holmes Beach Police report, how-
ever, the man was arrested April 4 at 4500 Gulf Drive
on a misdemeanor domestic spouse battery charge. His
address was listed as 4500 Gulf Drive on the report.
The FDLE Web site still lists the Holmes Beach
address for the offender.

Drivers' safety course next week
Registration has opened for the AARP's safe-driv-
ing refresher course for drivers 50 and older, scheduled
Thursday and Friday, April 22-23.
It will be noon-4 p.m. both days, with advance regis-
tration required at 776-1158. It will be at the Island Branch
Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Further in-
formation may be obtained by calling 778-6341.

Beth Israel notes events
in history this month
Temple Beth Israel on Longboat Key is com-
memorating significant events in Jewish history during
April at the temple, 567 Bay Isles Road.
The programs, all open to the public, include:
Holocaust Remembrance Day and Community Yom
Hashoath service, with Dr. David H. Baras, son of Holo-
caust survivors and a director of the Florida Holocaust
Museum, St. Petersburg; 4 p.m. Sunday, April 18.
"Displaced: Miracle at St. Otillen," video of two
Jewish and Christian privates in the U.S. Army who
saved concentration camp survivors in 1945-46.
Present will be one of the soldiers, Edward Herman,
brother of Miriam Greenberg of Beth Israel; 2 p.m.
April. 22.
Israel Independence Day breakfast meeting with
Dr. Reuven Hazan of Emory and Hebrew Universities,
advisor to the speaker of the Knesset in Israel and con-
sultant to Israeli political parties, 10:30 a.m. April 25.
"The Menage a Trois," Torah commentary on Sa-
rah, Hagar and Abraham, by Rabbi Michael B.
Eisenstadt; 12:30 p.m. April 26.
Details may be obtained by calling 383-3428.
Tour quilt 'stuff' available
Note cards and posters featuring the "Beach
Breezes" quilt made for the recent Tour of Homes are
being sold at the Anna Maria Island Community Cen-
ter, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria.
Cards come in packages of five plus five enve-
lopes, priced at $5. The quilt posters are 11 inches by
17 inches, also $5.
The quilt raffle brought in $4,400 to the Center. It was
designed and created by the "Eyeland Needlers" sewing
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SRod & Reel Pier owner Gus Wacker said he had
been contacted by a major motion picture company to
film portions of a movie starring Clint Eastwood and
Holly Hunter at the pier. Wacker said he spoke with
Eastwood personally on the phone, but nothing has yet
been signed.
Holmes Beach resident Daniel Wiersema was
released from Manatee County Jail after serving 39
days on a civil contempt charge for failure to remove
illegal construction materials from his property at 3220
Gulf Drive. He also faces state and city fines totaling
$738,000 for the illegal materials.
The Bradenton Beach City Commission delayed
action for another 30 days on allowing businesses to
rent personal watercraft from city beaches. City Attor-
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Pelican Man 5K walk
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A 5K walk from City Island to St. Armands Circle
and back is scheduled Saturday morning, April 17, to
benefit the Pelican Mari's.Bird Sanctuary.
Check-in starts at 7:30 a.m., with the walk taking
place from 8 a.m.-noon. The route will be on sidewalks
all the way, and is handicapped-accessible.
It is from the Pelican Man's establishment at 1600
Ken Thompson Pkwy., south around the circle, and
back. Bottled water will be provided free to the walk-
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Was a Saint But Someone
Was a Murderer. He Killed
Pete Gunwall, Put His
Body Into a Barrel, Threw
it Into the Sea


Sanctity Key is a small island off the
Gulf Coast of Florida and it ought to be
investigated by some scientific committee. The soil
or the atmosphere of the place exerts a weird kind
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unscrew a screwball anywhere in these United
States, revolve him twice, and let him go, he will
wind up on Sanctity Key.
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have persons who, deprived of fish and cabbage
palms, would starve to death. Then we have the
winter flux, the tourist, and of these, by some
mystic process, we get only those fitted to the Key:
I remember the night two well-to-do ladies flipped
a coin in the local juke joint to decide which of
them would divorce her husband and marry the
bartender and one married him, too.
So it goes on Sanctity Key. Everybody knows
everybody else, and hates most of them. Feuds
bloom like flowers. It is a lovely place.
And then one night the rum came.
It was a coolish March night and I was un-
dressing for bed when there was a sudden banging
on the door and somebody screaming, "Johnny!
Hey Johnny! For the luvva Mike hurry!"
I had my pants only half on, staggered to the
door and opened it. Charlie Pocket fell in on me.
Charlie was a scrawny little fellow with lots of
teeth missing. He fished and did odd carpentry
jobs, and stayed drunk whenever he had the
money or the friends with which to obtain alcohol.
Right now, his breath would have burned with a
pure blue flame. He blew a pint of it in my face
and yelled, "It's a miracle, Johnny! It's the
greatest miracle since the Lord changed water into
wine! Let's go!"
He started out the door, spun into the frame,
and backed off. "A miracle!" he yelled. "Tampa
Bay has turned to rum! One hundred and ten
proof, Johnny! Let's go!"
We went. I had no clear picture of what had
happened, naturally, but the odor of Charlie's
breath convinced me the matter needed investiga-
tion. And, as we ran, Charlie kept shouting about,
"Barrels! Thousands and thousands of barrels!
You can't swim for being crushed between them!"
It's not far from my house to the bay. We
raced across the beach and down to the water's
edge and I didn't see a single barrel. I didn't see
anything except the bay and off to the right the
fishing pier jutting out over the water with a single
electric light burning about halfway out on it.
There was a three-quarter moon that night,
cloud-covered most of the time. The wind was off
the Gulf and the bay itself was fairly calm.

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I a.ked Charlie
Pc:,kelt ; here \ere all these
b.art.rl. "'Otui therei" he said,
waving at the wide open spaces. "But
let'em come to us. To hell with 'em. I'll show
you." He started running again, not into the water
but back across the beach into the sea oats. There
he stumbled around, cursing, beating at the tall
grass. "Here it is!" he whooped.
It was a barrel, a big barrel. It sat on one end
and a hole had been knocked in the top. Charlie
was down on hands and knees feeling around in
the sand and he came up with two empty cola
bottles. He handed one to me. "Dip in and fill her
up," he said.
I dipped in and filled her up. It was rum all
right a heavy, rich, Cuban rum. Charlie had
been guessing when he said 110 proof, but it had
been a conservative guess. This rum was cool in
the throat and warm in the belly. It lay in you like
a small electric heater, shooting out warm, golden
rays. I gave the heater a little more current.
I heard the gurgle of Charlie's bottle and
when it had stopped he coughed for a while, then
said, "It's all mine. I found it and it's all mine.
But I'll give you a barrel, Johnny. I'll give you a
dozen barrels. You're my friend."
I said I was indeed a friend of Charlie
Pocket's and proud to be one, but where were
those other barrels? "People hauling them in like
mullet," Charlie said. "And I left to get you,
Johnny. Because you are my friend. You've given
me drinks when I didn't have any. And now I am
going to pay you back."
I said what a pleasure it was to have a drink
with my old friend Charlie. I said that to show
him how I felt about our friendship I would refill
my cola bottle from his rum barrel.
"I was down with my cast net for mullet,"
Charlie said. "And this barrel come by. I didn't
know what was in it, but I got it and was trying to
get it up on the beach when Tom Wade and old
Pete Gunwall came."
"Together?" They were hardly a pair you'd
expect to be wandering together on a spring night.
"They helped me roll it up on the beach and I
got that hole in it and we had a few drinks and -"
"Pete Gunwall?" I said. "Did he drink?"
"Told him it was orange juice. And you know
how he is; thinks he's smarter than the final
edition of the encyclopedia, and that he's right
and everybody else is wrong. He had to take a
couple of drinks to prove 1 was lying."
"But all these other barrels you were talking
"Somebody out on the dock got one. I don't
know who it was but I could see them by that light
out there, hauling it in. And making so much
noise that lights went on in Brightside's house and
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now. Probably everybody in Sanctity Key will be
out getting them soon. See?"
The lights of a car were moving along the road
toward the dock, fast. We heard the brakes
screech, voices. Somebody ran out the dock.
"After my rum!" Charlie said. His voice had a
catch in it, and he took a long drink. "My rum -
and the whole damn island is after it."
"Where did it come from?"

He turned his head to stare at me. "What
difference does that make?"
I admitted the question was purely academic.
"The thing is, if there's more rum floating around
in the bay, why are we sitting here?"
"Drinking," Charlie said.
"Bring your bottle."
"Let me refill it first."
We both refilled our bottles against the safari
and set out up the beach. We saw something dark
floating around about 50 feet out, shed our
trousers and went for it. It was an empty orange
crate. The next thing we found was the remnants
of a cardboard box.
By this time the word must have got around
the island fairly well because other cars turned up
at the dock. Along the beach, every quarter mile
or so, you'd see a flash-beam probing out across
the water. Wayne Brightside was out in front of
his house in a rowboat and shouted to ask if we'd
found any rum, and Charlie pointed back toward
the old orange crate and told him the water was
full of rum in that direction.
We went on and eventually we did find a keg,
a small keg compared to Charlie's. Charlie said
there was no need to waste time with these small
affairs, but I pointed out that this was closer to us
than Charlie's barrel, and our bottles were
empty. So we rolled the keg up on the beach and
got the bung out somehow and had a drink to
make sure it contained rum. We then had a drink
to make sure it was the same kind of rum Charlie
had found. I told Charlie that this was my barrel
and since I'd drunk out of his barrel, I wanted
him to have some from mine, and he said a man
would be a poor friend indeed to refuse such an
offer. I drank to keep him company.
Well, with the excitement and warding off
pneumonia and one thing and another it may be
that I had drunk slightly more than my usual
temperate allowance. What followed is just a little
The clouds must have been breaking up, for
the moonlight seemed to come and go. And when
the moon was shining we saw this barrel, a big
barrel, as big as Charlie's, about 50 yards off-
shore. We braced ourselves against the shock of
the cold water and went after it. We pushed and
pulled and got the barrel ashore. We rolled it
across the beach into the sea oats and stood it on
end. That was when Charlie said, "There's
something wrong with this barrel. There's no end
in it."
"There's got to be an end. It's not empty."



"Well I don't feel any end."
"Let me see." At this moment there was no
moon. I put my hand where the end of the barrel
ought to have been and touched nothing. I
reached inside, and then farther inside, and I
touched something. "Seaweed," I said. "At least
- I -" in some strange way my stomach had got
turned upside down in my throat. "Charlie," I
said, "there's a man in this barrel."
What the hell's he doing in there?" Charlie
asked. "It's our barrel."
"It's your barrel, Charlie. They are all your
"That's no way to drink rum, getting in the
barrel. Who -?"
The moon came from behind the clouds.
This may not have been the most brilliant
moonlight ever seen, but it was bright enough.
Charlie was holding the barrel, tilting it slightly,
and the moon light was shining directly inside like
a spotlight. It showed old Pete Gunwall squatting
inside the barrel, his head tilted back to look up
at us. His eyes were open. His mouth was open.
The moonlight even made a little glimmer on the
water standing in his mouth. And because of the
way his head flopped back we could see the big
hole at the base of his throat.
Charlie let go of the barrel. It rocked back
and forth in the sand a couple of times and
stopped. The moon went under the clouds again.
Neither Charlie nor I moved, that I remember.
We were standing close together and about 50 feet
away from the barrel.
"He's dead!" Charlie said.
"Yes," I said.
"Where's the rum? The little keg. It's over
that way, is it?"
"I'm looking for it."
I found it and our cola bottles were beside it.
We filled them, wasting a good bit, and braced
"How'd he get in there?"
"Somebody must have put him in."
"The person that killed him."
Charlie gagged on his drink and was forced to
take another. "What did they kill him for?"
"How do I know?"
Charlie's last drink must have helped for his
voice was more cheerful. "That's right," he said.
"They'll never know why old Pete Gunwall was
killed. Too many good reasons to choose from.
Just put it down as: 'Cause unknown, but homi-
cide justifiable.'"
Charlie had another sip. "Claiming he has
insomnia; if Pete couldn't sleep it was because he
was worrying that something would be going on
that he didn't know about. Always sticking his
nose in everybody else's business."
"You never liked him, did you?"

"Who did?"
"But you had a fight with him at the juke not
long ago."
"I was just getting a few beers on credit. And
old Pete starts telling Mac that I wouldn't ever
pay. It was none of his business how much I owed
"You threatened to kill him."
"Everybody on Sanctity Key has threatened to
kill him."
"And now somebody has."

I heard Charlie take a long breath. "He was
with Tom Wade earlier tonight when I came to
get you. I left them together."
"Tom wouldn't kill him," I said. And stopped.
"At least, I hope not."
Tom Wade was a young fellow who had come
to Sanctity Key soon after the end of the war. He
had come out of the Army with a little money
saved up, and he'd opened a small restaurant that
should have made good. But he'd put in an
electric stove, and on Sanctity Key the electricity
goes out every time the wind blows, and the wind
blows most of the time. He'd put in kerosene and
there'd been an accident. Somehow the stove got
knocked over and burned the place up. He'd had
no insurance.
He did have perseverance, however. Shortly
before this time old Pete Gunwall's niece had
come to the island and Tom had fallen in love with
her. He wanted to stay on the island. He got a job
as chauffeur and general caretaker for Miss Susie
Smith. He worked hard and Betty Gunwall would
have married him if it hadn't been for her uncle.
Now, Charlie Pocket sipped at his bottle and
said, "We might as well look at the cheerful side of
this. Betty will inherit Pete's money. And the old

The man fired through the window. I
saw Ruby jolt down. Then one of the
glasses in my hand vanished.

devil was rich as a wagon load of manure; smelled
the same way, of course. And she can marry
"Not if Tom is convicted of murder."
"Then let's roll him back in the water,"
Charlie said. "If nobody ever found him,
nobody'd ever worry."
"I can't do that," I said. "I'm a deputy. At
least, a sort of deputy. It's a non-paying job, but
I'm supposed to notify the sheriff, and things like
that. Besides, Tom might not be the one who
killed him.
"Then who did?"
"I don't know."

It must have struck both of us at the same time:
that even though the victim was just old Pete
Gunwall, the action was murder. It meant there
was a murderer, an unknown murderer, loose on
Sanctity Key. It was an idea that goose pimpled
my spine.
Charlie said, "You don't reckon he was just
- just practicing on Pete? He wouldn't kill
anybody else?"
"I better notify the sheriff right away. You
stay here with the body."

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"Somebody's got to stay. And I'm the deputy
so I should notify the sheriff."
"Look here," Charlie said. "If anybody wants
to steal old Pete Gunwall's body, it is all right
with me. They are welcome to it. I wouldn't be
any use staying, so I'll just go along with you."
I said I'd best take the keg of rum along; there
was never any telling what emergency might arise.
So I got it on my shoulder and we started down
the beach. There were quite a few lights now along
the water's edge but nobody had come this far
toward the point. Everybody was interested in
rum and nothing else we hoped but both
Charlie and I kept pretty close to the sea oats;
particularly in those moments when the moon was
The rifle went off about 30 feet in front of us
and at the edge of the sea oats. The flash of it
wasn't as bright as the Hiroshima bomb, and it
made slightly less noise than Gabriel's trumpet,
but it was enough. I heard the bullet hit water and
ricochet, but that was when I was already in the
air, diving for the sea oats and trying to hold onto
the keg at the same time. Then I was in the grass,
fighting Charlie to keep him from burrowing

r "

"Johnny!" Miss Susie said,
lowering the gun.

under me, instead of me under him.
The rifle kept firing. Charlie was digging like
a gopher, saying, "It's an invasion! They are
killing everybody on the island!" He was still
saying it after the rifle had stopped.
It was very quiet. I could hear the water on
the beach and the dry rattle of the sea oats, and
then a sort of tom-tom sound that proved to be my
heart beating. And then I heard a man weeping,
the most broken-hearted sound I ever heard.
I peeped cautiously out and saw a man sitting
at the edge of the sea oats. He was sobbing like an
overworked water-pump. The moon came out
then and I saw it was Mac Poole, the owner of the
local juke joint the same guy the women tour-
ists had matched for several years before.
He appeared harmless enough now, his rifle
on the sand beside him. He didn't even look up as
Charlie and I approached. There was a rum
barrel in the grass behind him, and beside him a
half-filled tomato can. Charlie leaned and put an
arm around his shoulder.
"Go away!" Mac Poole said. "I don't have a
friend in the world. Not a true friend."
Charlie assured him that we were all like
brothers. He gave Mac a drink from his own
tomato can of rum and Mac took it but went right
back to crying. I asked him what he had been
shooting at.
"Damn barrel!" he said, waving his arm at the

bay. "Shoot ever damn one of them!" The sobs
came pouring out of him. "Everybody on the Key
with his own barrel of rum, who's going to come to
my place and buy it? I'll go broke!"
I made quick motions at getting my keg in a
less conspicuous position, but Mac shook his
head. "It's too late," he sobbed, "I give up. Can't
shoot 'em all."
I took a long breath, put one foot on the rifle,
and said, "Mac, did you stuff old Pete Gunwall in
a barrel.?
He looked up at me. The tears in his eyes
shone in the moonlight. "A barrel?" he said. "I
wouldn't waste a teacup on that ...." He burst
into a fresh torrent of sobs.
Charlie Pocket gazed sadly down at him. "The
way some people abuse alcohol it's enough to
cause the return of prohibition." He drank the
rest of the rum in Mac's tomato can.
There wasn't anything else I could get out of
Mac, so Charlie and I started off again. We were
almost at my house when Charlie said, "We ought
to talk to Tom Wade first. We ought to give him a
"You think he did it?"
"You know how he was about Betty Gunwall,"
Charlie said. "And you know how old Pete treated
her. Tom's got a temper and he and Pete were
arguing when I saw them tonight. But you ought
to give Tom a chance before you tell the sheriff he
did it."
I knew there was something wrong with that
statement, but maybe I wasn't as sharp as I might
have been. So Charlie and I retrieved our trou-
sers, got my car, and started out to see Tom
Tom lived in a room above Susie Smith's
garage, and although this was Miss Susie's first
winter on the island she was a typical Sanctity
Key character. She was sixty-ish, and looked like
a female Victor McLaglen. She had a dog that
looked like a moth-eaten muff and she never went
out of the house without the creature tucked
under one arm. She had a huge automobile, but
once the rather bold-looking young lady who
drove her to Sanctity Key had departed, the car
never left the garage until she hired Tom Wade as
chauffeur and caretaker.
At first, she didn't have a telephone in her
house and wouldn't have one put in because she
said it cost too much, but when her dog got sick
she had a $118 phone bill at the juke joint: she'd
bring the dog there and hold him up to the phone
to cough for the benefit of a Christian Scientist
Veterinarian in Boston. She said her dog not only
didn't trust Florida veterinarians, but the very
thought of one upset him terribly. When she did
have a telephone installed, it was because she
couldn't get the results of the Miami racetracks
over the radio.

Id Pete Gunwall had once said that he be-
lieved Miss Susie had operated a house of ill
repute. Miss Susie, overhearing him and carefully
shifting her dog from her right arm to her left,
had knocked him down with her umbrella. She
then said that every sporting house she had ever
run had been of the highest caliber and she would
not have scum like Pete Gunwall casting asper-
sions on them.
There was a gate across the drive to Miss
Susie's house, so Charlie and I left the car and
walked. We went past the house and around to
the garage in the back. There was a light on in
Tom Wade's room, but the door leading up to it
was locked and there was no answer to our knock-
ing. Charlie found a ladder and started struggling
with it. "Put it up and look in the window," he
said. "Tom must be asleep."
Well, this seemed to make sense at the moment
so I was helping him with the ladder when the
flashlight was turned on us. A voice said, "Just
keep holding that ladder unless you want to be
blown in half."
I couldn't see who was holding the light, but I
could see Miss Susie. She was wearing a bathing
suit and over this a beach robe which flopped
open. That bathing suit had been designed for a
more youthful figure and the sight of Miss Susie in

it would have made Don Juan swear off sex
forever. But what held my attention was the pistol
in her right hand. It was without doubt the biggest
pistol ever made. It had the barrel of a five-inch
naval gun on a revolver handle. And she had it
pointed right straight at the base of my throat -
right at the spot where Pete Gunwall had been
She had the dog under her left arm. It began
to yip now, and Miss Susie said, : "Be quiet,
Sweetsum. I'll feed these guys to you if they make
a move."
Then another voice, a man's voice, said,
"Why that's Johnny. And Charlie Pocket."
"Who?" Miss Susie said. She wasn't wearing
the thick glasses she usually wore, but she seemed
perfectly capable of seeing where she was aiming
her cannon.
"You know Johnny," the man said. He came
into the edge of the light now and I saw that it was
Wayne Brightside. "What are you fellows doing
"We're looking for Tom Wade," I said. "You
know Tom. Good old Tom Wade. Lives up there."
Miss Susie said, "Johnny!" and lowered her
pistol; and I took a breath that made a vacuum
for three feet around me. "I didn't recognize
"Yes'm," I said. "I'm glad you do now."
"Tom must be out looking for rum. The beach
is navel deep in rum tonight. Come on in and have
a drink."
Charlie Pocket spoke for the first time. He
said, "Thank you, Miss Susie. Where is it?"
We went inside and Miss Susie introduced
Charlie and me to the person who had been
holding the flashlight. This was a Miss Ruby
O'Malley. She also wore a beach robe and bathing
suit, and on her, it looked good. Her hair was
very yellow and her mouth and fingernails very
red. She was a bit on the flamboyant side, but
pretty. Miss Susie said that Ruby was visiting her
while on a short vacation.
Miss Susie explained the bathing suits by
saying she and Ruby had been out looking for
rum. They'd got a small keg, and then Wayne
Brightside had brought some down to them also.
Wayne said, "I found a keg right after I saw you
fellows. I don't drink much, and I hadn't known
that Miss Susie found any, or even knew about it.
So I filled a couple of bottles and brought them
Ruby said she thought that was very nice of
Wayne. Charlie Pocket said where was the rum?
Miss Susie got out a bottle and glasses and we all
had a drink.
We had another drink, Miss Susie saying that
although she had almost blown a hole in my chest
she really thought I was very nice. Ruby put one
arm through mine and one through Wayne
Brightside's and said she thought everybody on
Sanctity Key was nice. "It must be fun to live on
the beach where the rum just washes up in barrels
in front of your house."
"A special occasion," Brightside said. "We
had it just for you."
This Wayne Brightside was a tourist, but
because he came every year we looked on him
almost as a native. He was a small, slender man
with arthritis that hunched one shoulder a little.
He knew everybody, the natives and the tourists,
and everybody like him. He was one of those
people who rarely said anything bad about any-
body, but despite that he could carry on an
interesting conversation.

N ow Ruby was asking him where did the rum
come from which had washed up on the
He grinned at her. "Manna from heaven."
"That's what Miss Susie's girls say," she told
him, shaking his arm with hers, none to coyly.
"All man are from heaven."
Miss Susie said, "Have another drink, dearie.
You're on vacation." So Ruby had another. Miss
Susie had mixers, but Ruby ignored them.
Wayne said, "The rum must have come from a
ship. Gone aground in the bay, probably."


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hurry. When I left he was still there with
"Did Pete say where he was going to make the
phone call?"
"No. But he doesn't have a phone here. And I
came back here to be with Betty."

M aybe I looked as if I didn't believe him.
Betty said, "Tom's been with me ever since.
We were waiting to tell Uncle Pete that we are
going to get married."
"I've got an offer of a job in Bradenton," Tom
said. "A pretty good one. That's what I was telling
Mr. Gunwall when we met Charlie down on the
"And how did Pete take the news?"
Tom Wade looked at me a long time. He
seemed to be trying to make up his mind. At least
he said, "Mr. Gunwall said I'd never marry Betty
so long as he could keep me from it."
Betty said, "Tom couldn't have had anything
to do with Uncle Pete's death. It must be some-
thing about the thing that had been worrying him
the last week or two."
"What was that?"
She shook her head. "He never told me. But I
could tell he was worried. And once I heard him
muttering to himself about something being no
more than any young man might have done."
The sheriff arrived and I told him what had
happened. He asked if there was any of the rum
handy as he would like to sample it in the interest
of strict law enforcement. There was none at
Pete's, however, and so the sheriff said for me to
take him down and show him the barrel with Pete
in it. "After that you can go home and to bed," he
said. "I recommend it."
But the night was not to end without one more
shock. We went along the beach, the sheriff and a
deputy, a regular, salary-drawing deputy, follow-
ing after me. The moon was down now and it was
very dark, but the sheriff had a flashlight. Appar-
ently everybody had given up the rum hunt since
we saw no one and no lights.
The barrel was where Charlie and I had left
it, at the edge of the sea oats. It wasn't hard to
find with the sheriff's flashlight. "There it is," 1
said. "Pete's inside."
The sheriff went over and flashed his light in
the barrel. "Take a look," he said to me.
"I've seen him. And I never did like to look at
him even when he was alive."
"Look anyway."
I went over, and swallowed, and looked in the
barrel. I started to swallow again, but it got stuck
in my throat.
Pete Gunwall was gone.
A light came out of the tall grass beyond the
barrel and spotted us. It was like being hit in the
face with a rock. It was like being shot. Then a
voice said, "Hello, sheriff. I didn't recognize you.
Thought maybe it was the murderer come back."

I sat down in the sand to rest.
From the conversation that followed I gath-
ered the newcomers were internal revenue officers
who had come down to search for the rum. "Mr.
Poole was helping us look," one of them said,
"and he found the barrel here with the body in
"When was that?" the sheriff asked.
"About half an hour ago," I recognized that
voice. It was Mac Poole. He seemed to have
recovered from his crying jag. Or at least he had
quit crying.
The sheriff said, "Johnny had found it before
then, floating around in the bay."
"What time was that?"
I tried to figure it out. "About 1 or 1:30."
"That's strange," one of the revenue men
said. "Mr. Gunwall was wearing a watch and it
stopped at just 1:30. It wasn't a waterproof watch
and it must have stopped within a few minutes
after the body was thrown in the bay."
I asked Mac Poole what time Charlie and I
had seen him, but he said he didn't remember. I
remembered that I had started to bed around 11

or 11:30. After Charlie Pocket's arrival, things
were a bit uncertain. The best I could figure, it
must have been very close to 1 or 1:30 when we
found the body. But I didn't like the way the
revenue men looked at me when I said that.
The sheriff asked if they thought there was
any direct connection between Pete Gunwall's
murder and the barrels of rum. "I think not," one
of the revenue men told him. "We had this gang
pretty well spotted. We knew all the members,
and we even know this cargo was to come in. But
when the Coast Guard cutter started chasing
them, they got away for a little while by dodging
out of the channel. They went aground, though,
and were throwing over the cargo, trying to
lighten the vessel, when the cutter caught up with
them. I think we've got everybody connected with
the smuggling."
"Then that makes it strictly a Sanctity Key
affair," the sheriff said. "Which means, Johnny,
that one of your pals is a murderer."
"Unless he is the killer himself," one of the
revenue men said. "After all, he admits being with
the body about the same time as the victim's
watch shows as the time of the murder."
I said I wasn't feeling at all well; I said I
thought I would go home and to bed.
Charlie Pocket showed up at my place about
10 the next morning. He had brought my car
back, and it was obvious that he had saved his
barrel from the revenue men, because nothing
short of a barrel could have got Charlie in his
current shape. He said he was celebrating Pete
Gunwall's permanent departure from Sanctity
Key, and he wanted to know who the killer was so
as to take him, or her, a drink.
"The revenue men think maybe you killed
him," I said. "You were with the body just about
the time they believe it went into the water."
"What?" He looked at me, blinking, and not
quite as drunk as he had been a minute before.
"What did you say?"
I told him about the watch and Charlie swore
that that was just like Pete Gunwall. "He always
was a liar. Even his watch wouldn't keep the right
"Tom Wade says you didn't leave him on the
beach with Pete. Tom says he left you and Pete
"He's crazy. At least," Charlic said, "I think
he is. I was just having a drink, or maybe two.
And then I thought about coming up to get you.
But it seems to me Tom was still there.
Charlie suggested some hair of the dog for my
hangover, but I thought beer would suit me
better. We drove down to the juke and found Mac
Poole doing a thriving business. A good part of
the island was holding a rather informal wake
around the bar and pinball machines, with many
freely-expressed views on both the rum and the

Every now and then the sheriff would show
up, and with almost no urging, somebody would
present him with a new brass-bound theory. I
heard everybody convicted of the murder, from
me to Miss Susie Smith, with motives varied and
It is amazing what you can learn about people,
including yourself, when a bunch of Sanctity Keyers
really get rolling. I learned that I had once been vice
president of a nudist colony and had won to this
position through influence with the band of profes-
sional criminals who ran the place; I heard that
Wayne Brightside was extremely fond of coon meat
and trapped the animals near the island garbage
dump at the same time he raided the dump for scrap
paper which he sold; I heard that Charlie Pocket
had bootlegged during the day of prohibition, and
that once he had advertised for a wife in the Tampa
paper, and when a prospect showed up, Charlie got
one look at her and hid for two days in big 'gator
swamp; I heard the things the tourist lady, who had
matched for and won Mac Poole, had said about
Mac when, soon thereafter, she divorced him and
these included everything from arson to xylophone
playing, including chronic gambling on pinball
machines. The things I heard about Miss Susie were
also extremely interesting, but modesty prevent me
putting them down here.
And strangely enough, listening to all this
chatter and the constant rehashing of the murder,
I began to get an idea of my own. I didn't think
much of them at first, but as the day wore on and
my alcoholic content increased, I began to regard
myself a little short of a deductive genius. Shortly
after dinner that night, I even decided to do
something about it which shows you that
alcohol is not an unmixed blessing.
I was in the juke at the time and I said to
Charlie Pocket, "What do you think of Miss
Susie's visitor?"
"Miss Ruby O'Malley, the blonde. We met her
last night."
"She's on vacation," Charlie said.
"I thought we might pay a purely social call."
"Wayne Brightside called on her and Miss
Susie last night, or it was this morning rather."
"Wayne is younger than I am," Charlie said.
So I went calling alone. The gate to the drive-
way was open this time. I drove in and parked
beside the house. Miss O'Malley herself answered
my knock. She was wearing slacks with a halter
top, and I have lived on Florida beaches for a long
time and seen many things, so I only made small
gasping noises now. She smiled happily when she
saw me. "I'm so glad you came, Johnny. I've been
trying to call you."
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"That's a good idea." She led me into the
kitchen and made drinks. "Miss Susie's gone into
Bradenton. Tom drive her in to see that Shirley
Temple picture. It's an old picture they're show-
ing again, but Miss Susie just loved Shirley
Temple she always has. Tom's a nice boy too."
"Yes," I said.
"But he's in love."
"So I'm here alone. It tried to call you, and
then I thought I would go down to Mac Poole's
"You know Mac?" I asked.
"I think it's always helpful to know bartend-
ers, don't you? They are such influential people."
On this point we were in agreement. Ruby
made more drinks and we took them into the
living room. Ruby said the big light in the floor
lamp hurt her eyes, so she turned it off, leaving
the room pleasantly dim. We sat on the sofa.
Ruby were wearing perfume and she had not been
niggardly with it.
I said Sanctity Key must be a rather lonely
place for a pretty young girl on her vacation; it
wasn't like Miami with night clubs and gambling.
And Ruby said maybe she would take a whack at
Miami before she went north again.
I said, "It's strange you should have come
here at all."
"Miss Susie wanted me to visit her. And she's
been awfully good to me, so I wanted to come. She
said it would be a nice place to rest."
"But there wasn't anybody here that you

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that I hoped was casual, "Was there?"
"This is good rum," Ruby said. "I like rum,
don't you? It doesn't leave a taste like dirty
underwear in your mouth the next morning."
"How did you and Miss Susie learn about the
rum last night?"
"That Mr. Gunwall came in there to call the
revenues. We heard him talking about it, so Miss
Susie and I got into bathing suits and went look-
ing. Ain't Miss Susie a sight in her bathing suit?
But I bet she had a cute figure when she was
young. I've heard a lot of the old men say so."
"Did Miss Susie ever know Pete Gunwall?
When they were young people?" I took a long pull
at my drink, trying not to make the question
sound as though I had been thinking about it for
the last hour.
"That cheapskate! What would she know him
"I thought maybe they had lived in the same
"Not that I know of."
"Did he say where he was going when he left
here last night?"
"The sheriff asked us that today, but there
wasn't anything we would tell him." The look she
gave me was somewhere between a frown and a
pout, and she fluffed out her hair, which was very
blonde even in the light. "Is that all you came to
talk about?"
I laughed at any idea so silly. I put an arm
along the back of the sofa and Miss O'Malley
curled gently inside it. My mind began to wander

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but I made one last effort at conversation. It was
slightly short of subtle, but it worked. I said,
"You know, when I came to Sanctity Key the first
person I saw was a man I used to know in New
York. Almost everywhere I've ever been I've run
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small place after all."
"Ain't that true. There's a fellow here that
I'm pretty sure I've seen before."
"Who is that?"
"This fellow was trying to get some money out
of a gentleman I knew. A married gentleman." I
patted her shoulder and she said, "Oh, he wasn't
my friend. It was one of my girlfriends that he
went with. But I was with them once when he
pointed out this fellow, the one here, that was
after money."
"Who's the fellow here?"
"You know," Ruby said, "I've never like to go
round with married men much." She polished off
her drink. "You make them this time. And put in
some rum."
I went into the kitchen and made the drinks. I
put in some rum, using big glasses so as to have
room left for a lump of ice. In the living room,
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9 a.m. Horseshoe games at Anna Maria City Hall
Park, 10005 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria.
Noon- The Minnesota club potluck picnic at Bayfront
Park in Anna Maria. Information: 778-3530.
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
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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. Fee
6 p.m. Family storytime at the Island Branch Li-
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6:30 to 7:30 p.m. RATPACK canned food drive sup-
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at the Central Library waterside parking lot, Barcarrota
Boulevard, downtown Bradenton. Information: 778-4126.

Thursday, April 15
5 p.m. Gallery lecture by Longboat Key sculptor
Barbara Harrison at Sonnet Gallery, 1480 Main St.,
Sarasota. Information: 387-8589.

Friday, April 16
10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. "Celebrate Life" with mo-
tivational speaker Angela Jackson at the Anna Maria Is-
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Information: 778-1908. Fee applies.
1 to 2 p.m. Family caregiver support group at the
Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
Information: 747-4655.
7:30 to 11:30 p.m. "Dance the Night Away" at the
Palma Sola Botanical Park, 9800 17th Ave. N.W.,
Bradenton. Information: 792-8719. Fee applies.

Saturday, April 17
7:30 a.m. to noon Pelican Man's Bird Sanctuary
"Walk for the Birds" departs from 1708 Ken Thompson
Pkwy., Sarasota. Information: 388-4444.
8:30 a.m. Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island meet-
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9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Manatee County Audubon Earth
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Farm Road and 24th Avenue East, Palmetto. Information:
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. YMCA Healthy Kids Day at the
Manatee Family YMCA, 3805 59th St. W., Bradenton. In-
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8 p.m. "The Country Wife The Musical" at Neel
Performing Arts Center, 5340 26th St. W., Bradenton. In-
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Sunday, April 18
2 p.m. "The Country Wife The Musical" at Neel
Performing Arts Center, 5340 26th St. W., Bradenton. In-
formation: 752-5320. Fee applies.
4 p.m. Holocaust Remembrance Day/Community
Yom Hashoah Service at Temple Beth El, 567 Bay Isles
Road, Longboat Key. Information: 383-3428.

Monday, April 19
Noon Anna Maria Island Democratic Club presents
"Winning in 2004" with guest Stephen Schlossberg at the
Beach House Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton
Beach. Information: 778-9287.
2 p.m. "Perspectives of an Astronaut/Oceanogra-
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1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy., Sarasota. Information: 388-
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4:30 to 6 p.m. "Roots and Shoots" teen environ-
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7 p.m. "Perspectives of an Astronaut/Oceanogra-
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7:30 p.m. Anna Maria Historical Society presenta-
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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-
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6p.m. "Boss Tom!" performed by Tom Aposporos
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4 to 6 p.m. Friends of the Island Library open house
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4:30 to 6 p.m. "Educating Jane" teen girls life-skills
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Watercolor exhibit by Thelma Sarty at Island Gallery
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"The Country Wife The Musical" at Neel Perform-
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Watercolor exhibit by Kim Attwooll at the Island
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"Works from Open Studio" at the Anna Maria Island
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Rolf Bertram photographs at the Island Branch Li-
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Watercolor with Susie Cotton at the Anna Maria Is-
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through May 25. Information: 778-1908. Fee applies.
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Carrier coming to Panhandle, baby seal hunt back

It's not as local as the "Regina," but Panhandle
divers and fishers will have a new, huge artificial reef
in the near future.
Gulf of Mexico waters about 20 miles south of
Pensacola will be the final resting place for the aircraft
carrier "Oriskany," an 888-foot decommissioned vessel.
The "Oriskany" will be the largest ship ever sunk
in U.S. waters as an artificial reef, according to U.S.
Navy officials.
Florida edged out applications from Texas, Missis-
sippi and a joint application from South Carolina and
Georgia to get the aircraft carrier.
Officials gushed about the federal decision to sink
the ship off Florida.
Gov. Jeb Bush called the action "an economic
windfall and a recreational treasure for the Northwest
Florida area. It has the potential to attract divers and
anglers from all over the world."
Former Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation
Commission member Edwin Roberts said landing the
"Oriskany" is "the greatest thing that ever happened for
scuba divers in Florida and will provide a much-needed
boost for fishermen. And the site offshore from
Pensacola is the most appropriate, considering the
city's history. It will be a fitting and honorable memo-
rial resting place to have the carrier near Pensacola -
the Cradle of Navy Aviation."
FWC Chair Rodney Barreto said the "Oriskany" is
"a fabulous beginning to a new era in Florida. The
value of well-planned artificial reefs is enormous" -
hence the apparent designation of the "Regina," a mo-
lasses carrier that sank just off Bradenton Beach in
1940 and the heir-apparent to becoming the 10th ship-
wreck listed on the state's archeological preserves.
The "Oriskany" is a Ticonderoga-class attack air-
craft carrier, commissioned in 1950. During its days of
service, it had a crew of 3,460 and carried 80 aircraft.
The ship served in Korea and Viet Nam and earned
seven battle stars. It has been out of service since 1975.
And the sinking will save taxpayer dollars, too. A
study by the Navy indicated that cleaning decommis-
sioned ships and awarding them to states for artificial reef
enhancements is less expensive than scrapping the vessels.
No word yet on when the ship will reach the bottom,
although it probably won't be any time real soon. The
announcement of where the big boat would be dropped
was supposed to have been made around Christmas last
year; the final decision was reached last week.

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across the globe: hunters clubbing baby harp seals on
ice floes in Canada, then skinning the pups for their
coats. Television news programs and newspapers in the
1970s were filled with the carnage, and the ecological
and human outcry spurred a boycott on fur that is still
felt today.
Or maybe not.
The baby harp seal hunt is back with a vengeance.
Canadian officials have relaxed quotas for seal kill-
ing to allow about 350,000 skins a year to be taken. The
fur market has seen a resurgence in recent years, mostly
in Russia. Ukraine and Poland. in hats and accessories.
China is also expected to become a major fur market.
The United States and most of Western Europe en-
acted a ban on seal fur in the 1970s and early '80s. By
1985, only about 15.000 seals were killed, mostly for food.
Officials apparently relaxed the kill totals because
of a bolstered population of the seals. They've also
slightly changed the target from the pure-white new-
borns to pups that are at least all of 3 weeks old. The
older pups have a silvery-black spotted coat.
There is also a lame complaint that the estimated
5 million seals are gobbling up the cod fishery. A seal
will eat about a ton of fish a year. Gotta protect those
fish sticks, eh?
No, we don't have seals in the Gulf, although fos-
sil records show that they once flourished here until -
guess what? humans reached the region and found
a plentiful source of protein.
And no, the chances of your getting a sealskin hat,
or needing one, are probably slim.
But jeez. 350.000 dead baby seals a year? And the
carcasses an: useless to the seal industry, so the bod-
ies are just left on the ice to rot. What a horrific waste.
Does this mean that the next thing you know we' ll
start seeing sea-turtle soup on restaurant menus again?
It makes me think of the old, bad joke of the hunter
who got lost in the Everglades. He was starving, and
was just about done for when a Florida panther ap-
peared. He grabbed his gun and shot the big cat,
skinned it and ate a few big steaks.
Just as he finished his meal, a game warden ap-
peared and arrested the guy and hauled hin up in front
of judge for killing an endangered species of animal.
The hunter told his story starving, hopelessly lost -
and the judge let him off.
As the hunter was leaving the courthouse, the judge
came up to the guy and admitted that he too was a
hunter and wondered how the panther steak tasted.
The guy thought a minute, and said, "Well, it tasted
sorta like a cross between a bald eagle and a manatee."

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nosed with lung cancer a while back. He started che-
motherapy, and the docs are "cautiously optimistic" as
to his response to the treatment. He's kept his appetite,
has no nausea or other ill effects, but of course he's lost
his hair.
So he and wife Patty threw a little gathering, and
seven guys decided to join the "Casey Key Hair Club
For Men" and got their heads shorn in a show of soli-
There was a lot of hooting and hollering and laugh-
ing as the hair piled up around the basketball court in
back of Tom's house. He did the honors, of course,
with limited bloodshed, and I've got to admit that a few
of the guys looked better or at least thinner with-
out the locks, my buddy Bob Ardren included.
We wish Tom and Patty all the best during this
less-than-great time.
And to anticipate your probable question, no, I
couldn't work up the courage for the party shave.

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Sandscript factoid
The 350,000 baby harp seal kill allowed by Cana-
dian officials represents about one out of three pups
born annually. Top-quality sealskin is worth about $42
per pup.

Horseshoe winners
Winners in the April 10 horseshoe games
were John Crawford of Bradenton and George
Page of Bradenton Beach. Runners-up were
Fritz Erdich and Ron Pepka, both of
Winners in the April 7 games were Norm
Langeland of Bradenton Beach and Tom
Skoloda of Anna Maria City. Runners-up were
Jim Spencer of Bradenton and Bill Starrett of
Anna Maria City.
The weekly contests get under way every
Wednesday and Saturday at 9 a.m. at Anna
Maria City Hall Park, 10005 Gulf Drive. There
are no membership fees and everyone is wel-


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Duncan gains some breathing room in pennant race

By Kevin Cassidy
Islander Correspondent
Duncan Real Estate won its only baseball game of
the week to improve to 5-2 on the season, which puts
them firmly in control of first place in the Anna Maria
Island Little League. It also puts them two games in
front of Island Lumber and 2 1/2 games up on WMFD.
One reason for its success has to do with the fact
that three of the top four hitters and six of the top 10
are in the Duncan Real Estate lineup. Cory Wash leads
the league with a hefty .542 batting average. He is fol-
lowed closely by teammate Kyle Crum who boasts a
.529 average, while WMFD's Jordan Sebastiano's .500
average is good for third place in the league. Duncan's
Max Huber rounds out the top four with a .471 aver-
WMFD's Tommy Price, .462 and Blake Wilson at
.458 follow in the rankings. Island Lumber is repre-
sented by Kyle Aritt's .455 average, which is good for
seventh best in the league, while a trio of Duncan play-
ers round out the top 10 batters in the league, which are
Steven Sylvester's .435, Kyle Bellingar's .412 and a
.350 average by Forrest Goodwin.

WMFD 9, Island Lumber 8
WMFD overcame an 8-7 deficit on Wednesday,
April 7, thanks to some timely hitting and opportunis-
tic base running by Blake Wilson and Jordan
Sebastiano. Wilson led off the bottom of the sixth with
a double and scored on a single by Sebastiano. A
throwing error by the catcher allowed Sebastiano to
"keep on truckin" around the bases to score the winning
Wilson finished the game 3-for-4 with a double
and three runs scored, while Sebastiano had a pair of
singles and three runs scored. Zach Evan added a

double among his two hits, while Tommy Price, Alex
Burgess and Kyle Parsons each scored one run in the
Kyle Aritt led Island Lumber with a 3-for-4 hitting
performance that included three runs scored, while Pat
Facheris added a single and a double in the loss. Troy
Kosweski singled and scored a pair of runs for Island
Lumber, which also received a single and one run from
Glenn Bower.

Duncan 16, WMFD 11
Duncan Real Estate took advantage of 10 walks to
record a 16-11 victory over WMFD on Monday, April
5. Duncan was led by Cory Wash and Forest Goodwin,
who each singled and scored three runs, while Kyle
Crum went 3-for-3 and scored twice. Steven Sylvester
doubled and scored a pair of runs for Duncan, which
also received a single and two runs scored from Max
Huber and a single and one run from Kyle Bellingar.
Jordan Sebastiano singled and scored two runs to
lead WMFD, which also received two runs apiece from
Zach Evan, Tommy Price and Trevor Bystrom in the

Little League events on horizon
Mark your calendars for April 17 and May 30.
April 17 is picture day and fun day at the Anna Maria
Island Community Center. Team and individual pho-
tos will be taken in addition to an impressive array of
food, games and activities for the entire family. Picture
schedules will be distributed to team managers as the
date gets closer.
Sunday, May 30, is Anna Maria Island Community
Center Day at Tropicana Field. Upper infield reserve
seats cost just $15 with a portion of the proceeds being
donated to the Center.

Anna Maria Island Little League
baseball schedules
Date Time Teams
Junior League (ages 13-15)
April 10 10 a.m. Charles Roy vs.
Islander @ Birdie Tebbetts

Major League (ages 9-12)
April 14 6:30 p.m. Duncan vs. Island Lumber

April 17 2 p.m. Duncan vs. WMFD
April 19 6:30 p.m. Duncan vs. Island Lumber

Minor League (ages 8-9)
April 15 6:30 p.m. Bark Realty vs.
Morgan Stanley
April 17 11:30 a.m. Bark Realty vs. Betsy Hills
April 20 6:30 p.m. Bark Realty vs.
Morgan Stanley

T-ball (ages 5-7)
April 17 9 a.m. Morgan Stanley vs.
Beach House
April 17 10 a.m. Harry's vs. Air & Energy

Major League standings
as of April 2
Team Won-Lost
Duncan Real Estate 5-2
Island Lumber 3-4
WMFD 3-5

To place ticket orders or for more information,
contact the Center at 778-1908, or you can contact
Devil Rays representative Barry Jones at 1-888-FAN
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All aboard
Four Island-
ers share
their news
aboard the
Queen Mary
2 offSt.
From left
are Nub and
Jan Turner,
Joey and
Lester, all of
Key Royale.

Georgetta and Jerry Assaid of Cortez celebrate their
fourth wedding anniversary at St. Johns in the Virgin
Islands, complete with news from home.

At Golden Gate
Doug Moore and Joanne Caminite of Holmes Beach enjoy their Islander while
checking out the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. They were visiting
former Holmes Beach residents Kris Warner-Caropepe and Jon Caropepe, who
now live in Benicia, Calif.

Marigot visitors
George and Hannah Myers, left, visited Joe and Elaine Jackson at their winter
home on Marigot Bay, St. Lucia, not forgetting the hometown press for the hosts.
Both couples are residents of Holmes Beach.


Island kids warm life of soldier in Afghanistan

By Jim Hanson
Islander Correspondent
A wave of affection and admiration has circled the
world from Anna Maria Island to Afghanistan and
back, thanks to a Bradenton Beach church's inspira-
A U.S. Army major serving in helicopters in Af-
ghanistan has pretty much adopted a bunch of students
at Island Middle School. And vice versa. With love at
both ends.
He is Maj. Rick Ely. They are regular Island kids.
How they got together is some kind of magic, plus dili-
gent work by an Island woman who knows them all.
She is Nancy Ambrose of Holmes Beach, who was
at least partly instrumental in conceiving and manag-
ing the Soldier's Heart program at Harvey Memorial
Community Church in Bradenton Beach.
With Pastor Bill Grossman's whole-hearted sup-
port, church members and others gathered simple but
scarce necessities that soldiers could use such as shav-
ing gear and bug spray, lip balm and batteries, and
packed them up and sent them to Afghanistan.
Island Middle School kids wrote letters telling the
soldiers how much they admire them for what they are
doing, how much it is appreciated at least among the
One of the soldiers made aware of the Islanders'
attitude and efforts was Ely, executive officer of a he-
licopter maintenance battalion 40 miles north of the
country's capital, Kabul. He had a friend on the Island,
and she got things organized.
He is a nephew of a friend of Ambrose in their
mutual home state, Iowa, and she e-mailed him when
she learned of him through Soldier's Heart. He re-

Fifth-grader receives

response from

'Soldier's Heart'
In January, fourth- and fifth-graders at Anna Maria
Elementary School wrote personal letters to soldiers
serving in Afghanistan and Iraq to include in the care
packages being prepared by members of Harvey Me-
morial Church.
The church started its "Soldier's Heart" project to
collect socks, eye drops, shampoo, batteries, flashlight
bulbs and other items that are not readily available to
American servicemen and Island students were asked
to write letters.
This week AME fifth-grader Eric Larsen received
a response to his letter from U.S. Army Maj. Rick Ely
serving in Afghanistan.
Ely is the executive officer of a helicopter mainte-
nance battalion 40 miles north of Kabul, the country's
capital. Enclosed with his letter to Larsen were several
photographs, including pictures of Ely, a local house,
the inside of a local elementary school and local
Below are the letters Larsen and Ely exchanged.

Dear Soldier,
I appreciate you fighting for our country or help-
ing our soldiers with medical problems.
I do not want to grow up in a dictatorship or in a
communist country. American soldiers make sure that
we have freedom.
It is a sacrifice of you and your family to fight in
Iraq or Afghanistan.
I live in Florida by the beach. There are sand, shells
and palm trees. What is it like where you are? What do
the children do for fun?
Please write back.
Eric Larsen, AME fifth-grader

Dear Eric,
I received your letter and I want to thank you for

An American Flag flown at U.S. Army
Maj. Rick Ely's base in Kabul is on its
way, along with a certificate of
authenticity, to Nancy Ambrose for
the Anna Maria Elementary School.

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For Anna Maria
Maj. Rick Ely stretches the flag he has flown over his base and is sending to the lifelong friends he has made
on Anna Maria Island.

sponded. The kids wrote. He responded to them indi-
vidually, all of the letters different.
His responses are testimony to caring by a man
who is in some danger, to a love big enough to add
strangers' children to his own two. He may be back in
the United States soon, Ambrose said, and she and his
young flock would be thrilled if he could come here

sometime. They're working on it.
He is packing up a flag that flew over his base and
sending it to them Ambrose said it will go to Anna
Maria Elementary School.
Meanwhile, they have his letters.
Now Islander readers have them, too, or at least a
good sample.

Afghan fans
Maj. Rick Ely is at right with Army friends, teacher and with Anna Maria'sflag in Afghanistan.

Happy students
- boys and
girls are
strictly segre-
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Afghanistan soldier responds
taking time out of your day to write a soldier. Your
thoughtfulness is truly appreciated and has put a warm
feeling in my heart.
I have been outside the military base a couple of
times. I have visited a school and coordinated an -
"Adopt a School" program. We had our families donate
and ship a lot of school supplies to a school that was 1
built by the Americans. It was a girl's school which we
donated the supplies to. .
The Afghanistan people are unique. They have No
grown up in poverty and do not have the things we have '
in America. They have no electricity or running water.
They drink from filthy streams and go to the bathroom
outside. They cook over an open fire inside their houses
made of mud.
The kids here are really cool. As I drove through
the villages they all held up their thumbs yelling, "How . '
are you!" The kids are really cute. I have not seen too ..
many girls in the villages. They are not allowed to hang "-
around the boys. I will attach some pictures of the lo-..
cal kids. I will attach some pictures of the students and .. .
their school. There are a lot of land mines in this coun- '
try and some kids have been unfortunate and lost their
Maj. Rick Ely and his main mode of transportation.
legs. It is very dangerous for many children in Afghani-
I have done a lot of exciting things over here. There
is a road that goes around the airfield. It is 6.5 miles -- -i d
long. I have run that road six times. It takes me less than
an hour to run that far. The weird thing is that they have of *
a fence on each side of the road. It is not a good idea
to cross over the fence. On the other side of the fence . .i '
are minefields. It is very dangerous to walk in some
areas. That is why its important to listen to rules, oth-
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I will tell you a little about myself. I hold the rank
of Major in the Iowa Army National Guard from
Boone, Iowa. I work full-time for the National Guard.
I live in Ames, Iowa and have two children. I have an Soldiers leaving the comparative warmth of their Chinook to slog through snow.
11-year old daughter named Kayla. She is in gymnas-
tics and loves it. I also have a 9-year-old son named flights around Afghanistan. I went and saw the Buddha children do not have the same opportunity. Please do
Alec. He likes football and the Green Bay Packers. Temples that the Taliban destroyed. It was a significant ndt pick on people or fight with them. That is one rea-
I am the executive officer for a helicopter mainte- landmark in Afghanistan. Maybe you have learned son we are here. The Afghan people are always fight-
nance battalion. We make sure that all the helicopters about it in school. If not, look it up on the computer, it ing and hurting each other. Please do your best in
are being repaired correctly and in a timely manner. I really is a neat thing to see. school and learn all you can.
am a pilot and fly an UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter. I Remember, school is very important and many Rick Ely
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Ground floor, private courtyard opens onto heated pool/gazebo area.
Turnkey furnished. Well maintained. $270,000.
1 BR/1 BA turnkey, poolview, $275,000.
2BR/1.5BA, pool view. Great buy, $310,000.
MARTINQUE Gulffront 2BR/2BA, pool, tennis, elevators.
5400 GULFFRONT complex, 1 and 2BRs, pool.
BEACHFRONT 3BR/2BA home, tastefully decorated.
CAYMAN CAY 2BR/2BA, pool, gazebo across from beach.
5508C MARINA DRIVE 778-0807 800-956-0807
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2BR/2BA, updated condo with deeded boat dock. Eat-in
kitchen, wood-burning fireplace, walk-in closets, Jacuzzi
tub. Carport and heated pool. $359,900.

2BR/2BA plus den. Furnished open plan with fireplace.
On sailboat water with large deeded boat dock. Heated
pool, carport, short drive to beach. $329,900.

2BR/2BA charming home in lush, private, tropical set-
ting. Vaulted ceiling, fireplace, ceramic tile, brick deck.
One block to bay and piers. Near beautiful beach.
2BR/2BA turnkey furnished condo. Beachfront complex,
breakfast bar, kitchen with dome ceiling, elevator, tennis,
heated pool, carport, balcony, storage. Very good rental,
walk to stores and restaurants. $425,000

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

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

779-0202 (800) 732-6434
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Island Shopping Center 5402 Marina Drive
Holmes Beach, Florida 34217 www.suncoastinc.com


Simply the Best

LARGE DUPLEX Bayviews from this nice duplex with 2BR/
2BA in each unit. Large, open decks, covered parking, turn-
key furnished and just two short blocks to beach. $550,000.

is fun as can be with wonderful food and old-time atmosphere.
You just don't find anymore open dining with seating for 60+
or with boat dock. $275,000.

WEST OF GULF DRIVE Location, location. Newer 3BR/
2BA, very close to beach. Corian countertops, Jacuzzi tub, alarm,
central vac, single-car garage and storage room. $549,000.
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2BR/2BA home with tile floors, new appliances, beautiful free-
form pool only three blocks to the beach and only $495,000.

GULF FRONT Exceptional views from this 2BR/2BA end
unit at Coquina Beach Club. Nicely maintained, Mexican tile
floors, turnkey furnished, heated pool. $775,000.
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VERY LARGE 5BR/5BA home or duplex set up to be
either. Ground-level two-story home, two blocks to
beach, one block to bay. $449,000.

GULFFRONT SIX UNITS Directly on the Gulf. Great rent-
als. Remodeled. white ceramic tile floors, swimming pool.

100+ Gulffront rental units with hun-
dreds more just steps from the beach.


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SPENCER'S SKIM SCHOOL for beginners and in- PART-TIME HELP needed at the Beach Shop. A MAN WITH SHOVEL Plantings, natives, cabbage
termediates. Free skimboard use with lessons. $10 fun place to work! Located at Manatee Public palms, patio gardens, trimming, clean-up, edgings,
per half-hour lesson, three lessons recommended. Beach, Holmes Beach. Apply in person. Ask for more. Hard-working and responsible. Excellent
Local teen, team competitor. Call 778-0944. Dee or Rosie. references. Edward 778-3222.
BUSINESS-OPP T NI LOCAL ISLAND RESTAURANT looking for short LET US DRIVE YOU! Shopping, medical appoint-
ISLAND SPORTS BAR: All-year clientele. Beer/ order-cook for all shifts. Please call 779-9100. ments, airports, cruise ports. Flat rates. Sunshine
ISLAND SPORTS BAR: All-year clientele. Beer/ Car Service. Serving the Islands. 778-5476.
wine, good lease, smoking OK. $85,000. Confiden- PART-TIME Friday and Saturday, 6:30am-3:30pm. ar ervceervng the islands 778-5476
tiality agreement required for details. Call Tennis court maintenance and general mainte- COMPUTER OBEDIENCE TRAINING. Is your
Longview Realty, 383-6112. nance around club. Retirees welcome. Please call computer misbehaving? Certified computer ser-
VIDEO RENTALS: Growing young business with 383-6426. vice and private lessons. Special $30 per hour-
VIDEO RENTALS: Growing young business with
free advice. 545-7508.
good lease. Price will grow as business does, so HELP WANTED: Apply for all positions at Ooh La
now is the time to buy. Call Longview Realty at La! Bistro, 5406 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. ISLAND PRESSURE CLEANING for great results,
383-6112 (confidentiality agreement required for ISLAD PE CG or res
details). $60,000. JOURNALIST: Part-time reporter sought for city wash away mildew, dirt and salt. Thorough, rea-
beat and features writing by The Islander. Must sonable and reliable. Free estimates, licensed and
A have journalism education, experience or back- insured. 778-0944.
REAL ESTATE: Tired of paying office fees? Two ground relevant to government reporting. E-mail
experienced agents needed for fast paced, high resumes to news@ Islander.org, fax 778-9392 or CONNECT-ICON Your local computer specialist.
traffic Island office. Top splits, sign-on bonus. Call mail/deliver to office, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Experienced certified technician for communica-
Wedebrock Real Estate today! "Personalized, not Beach FL 34217. tion electronics offers wireless and cable networks,
Franchised". Call Joe Pickett, 383-5543. upgrades, maintenance, repairs, tutoring and train-
Franchised". Call Joe Pickett, 383-5543. CHECK US OUT, www.islander.org! ing. Call Robert, 778-3620.
LPNS: YEAR-ROUND private duty for lady with CALLING ALL VOLUNTEERS! Would you like to INCOME TAX SERVICE: Individuals and small
spinal injury. Full-time nights, part-time days. meet interesting people from around the world? businesses. We also do electronic filing and small
Travel opportunity. Call 383-6953. Are you interested in learning the history of Anna business. C all Pat, Kenney Tax Servic filing and all761-8156.
SERVERS NEEDED: All shifts. Right now great Maria Island? Get involved with the Anna Maria
pay. Apply at Rotten Ralph's. 902 S. Bay Blvd., Island Historical Museum, 402 Pine Ave., Anna
Anna Maria or call 778-3953. Maria. We need you! Call 778-0492. COMPUTER SERVICE and repair. Training, main-
tenance, virus and Spyware protection. Island na-
THE TINGLEY MEMORIAL Library in Bradenton tive. Web site: www.matrixPConline.com. Call
Beach is looking for volunteers. Duties include John Baird with Matrix PC, 708-6541.
Checking books in and out, reshelving and gen-
SREALTORS erally assisting library patrons. It's fun, give it a ATTENTION SNOWBIRDS/Vacationers: Security/
try! Anyone interested in our friendly community maintenance available. Monitor house, mail, news-
5910 Marina Dr. Holmes Beach, FL 34217 library should call Eveann Adams, 779-1208. papers, service providers (lawn, etc.). Will also
Tel: (941) 778-0777 800-741-3772 clean pool. Retired law enforcement officer. Island
rentals@smithrealtors.com resident. Call Dede, 778-2664 or 447-5572.

Accepting Reservations I DON'T CUT corners, I clean corners. Affordable,
Sn e i o dependable cleaning. Chamberlain Professional
Summer & Fall 2004 Cleaning, 778-7770. References available.

Winter 2005 HOLMES BEACH
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plentiful parking
The Best of Island Living and storage.
3BR/2BA Five-Car Garage Please contact
Rod Rawlings.
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A-T-SHIRTS rodrawlings.com $485,000
UNDER CONSTRUCTION! Two beautiful new 3BR/2B/ M,L,XL$10
homes at 306 56th St., Holmes Beach. Still time to choose xl 0 S,10 0
your favorite colors. Excellent value starting at $495,000. 0 60

5500 Marina Drive Holmes Beach
S....... Secluded Steps from beach Exquisite Views
S ,:: Rare opportunity to own established turnkey rental property.
1 '. Top floor 2BR/2BA with breathtaking Guliviews. Enjoy sunset
WEST OF GULF DRIVE ce ed aferglowe from private deck
This elevated duplex features 2BR/ Frst floor 2BR ith den or use as third bedroom 2BA, partial
pGulfviews and private porch
LDI, 2BA each side with plenty of storage Easily conEerted to singl famil
and parking below. Excellent north
Holmes Beach location, just short walk $895,000
to Gulf. Terrific potential to own an Call Jennifer R. Cascardo, www. nyflbroker.com
affordable Island getaway with rental Licensed Real Estate Broker New York Florida
income. Priced to sell at $395,000. 778- 1 440 Exclusive Service from Skyine to Skyway

This aot is cleared and ready to build on. Just two blocks to the Gulf in t A Se
One of the Gulf Coast's best-kept secrets isfor sale... 7-iCAS
theVillage of Anna Maria Nice neighborhood of newer homes. Great in-7/
vestment opportunity. Build your dream home here! Just listed at F^!" 361h S ., H1met 0e5ch

Call Kathy Geeraerts, 778-0072 LaRae Regis, 779-1858 Ken Jackson, 778-6986 -: 1, -'
: -,e Maureen Dahms, 730-0587
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REAL ESTATE ~ 9906 Gulf Drive
OF ANNA MARIA j -' Anna Maria
w. ,, w w .greenreal.com There are four condos, each 2BR/2BA, fully-equipped kitchens, private palios and balconies overlooking a lovely 20-by-40-foot
Sheoled pool in a Iropi l garden. Only 400 fee to Anna Mario Island's sandy Gulf beaches and sparkling waters.
$1,800,000 Offered by owners 941-778-0032


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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.

Christian couple available anytime. References
provided, including local. Pets, yard work. Call
(770) 832-7319.

JUDY, JUDY, JUDY will clean, clean, clean your
home. Call 778-3272.

K.A.S. CLEANING: Employee owned, servicing
private homes, condo, rentals and seasonal
homes. Concierge services and home watch.
Barefoot Estate Management, 730-5318.

McEVOY PAINTING: Frank McEvoy owner. Inte-
rior and exterior work. Free estimates. Call 750-
8467 or cell, 713-1208.

TREE SERVICE: Topping, trimming, removals.
Palm trimming. 15 years locally working on Anna
Maria. Phil Brewer, 545-4770.

HANDYMAN SERVICES Scott Fulton, owner, Is-
land resident. "Get. the job done right." Free esti-
mate, many references. 713-1907 cell, 778-4192

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.

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

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

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


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

PRICE! Enjoy a serene lifestyle in
.this elevated villa fronting on a
S- spring-fed lake, 2BR/1.5BA. Lovingly
S and meticulously maintained with pri-
vate dock, room for small boat, wood
dock and short walk to beach. Pri-
vacy, serenity and waterfront for
$310,000. For viewing call Marion H.
Ragni, Realtor, 761-1415 eves.

Spacious 28R,/2BA. Completely updaoled
with hardwood floors, Italaon ceramic -ile
Bathroom and two screened lanois. Jusi
one block to beach. $385,000.

.Beauliful polio home with pool 2BR
--.plu de.- Ope1 pla, tile floors, high
r : ceilings. 5339,000.

MUSIC LESSONS! Flute, saxophone, clarinet. Be-
ginning to advanced. Contact Koko Ray, 792-0160.

BEACH SERVICE air conditioning, heat, refrigera-
tion. Commercial and residential service, repair
and/or replacement. Serving Manatee County and
the Island since 1987. For dependable, honest and
personalized service, call William Eller, 795-7411.

ANYONE CAN TAKE a picture. A professional cre-
ates a portrait. I want to be at your wedding!
www.jackelka.com. 778-2711.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Custom built 3BR home plus den w/over 3,500 SF. Views of the
pool, grounds & Palma Solo Bay from the upper level deck.
Workshop, double garages for up to 10 cars, private dock, 100
feet of seawall & 10,000 Ib. boatlift. $1,690,000. #100210
Kathy Valente, Realtor
941.685.6767 4400 Manatee Ave. Bradenton, FL 34209

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$675,000, fully and gorgeously furnished to the nines.

Doug Dowling Realty
Phone & Fax: (941) 778-1222
E-Mail: dougdowling@earthlink.aet

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

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

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

SCOTT D'S LAWNCARE, pressure washing.
Commercial, residential, insured. Top-level ser-
vice. Call 812-2566.

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

GET "MOORE" FOR your money with Lew Moore.
Complete tree services and chipping, estate/ga-
rage/shed cleanup. Five years on Anna Maria Is-
land. Call 761-7629.

CLOUD 9 LANDSCAPING: Quality lawn service,
landscape cleanup, plantings, pruning, tree instal-
lation, shell, more. Insured, references, free esti-
mates. 778-2335 or 284-1568.

FREE: Will trim and cut your frangipani and
plumerea free for the cuttings. 798-9173.

stallation. Huge selection of plants, shrubs and
trees. Irrigation. Everything Under the Sun Gar-
den Centre, 5704 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.


Simplify Your Search!
Call anytime for a consultation.

Real Estate, Inc.
Everyone's Dream of Paradise and then some -
incomparable Gulffront cottage on two buildable
lots in the City of Anna Maria. Watch the sunset
through your own sea oats Survey available Ask-
ing $3,450,000.

This Gracious Home just six houses from the
beach offers 4BR/2BA and has a unique split-plan
design for maximum privacy. Features include a
familyroom, screened front porch with Mexican
tile, wood-burning fireplace, bright eat-in kitchen,
workshop and more. All this situated on an extra-
large fenced comer lot. Asking $499,000.

Coastal Boutique. Looking for good visibility for
your business? Look no further! 1,550 sf under
roof in this coastal-style building with C-1 zoning
west of Gulf Drive in the City of Anna Maria. Ask-
ing $549,000.

Island Style. Live in or rent out, "Sea Foam Cot-
tage" 2BRI2BA steps from Coquina Beach and from
the bay. Privacy-fenced backyard with beautiful
pool and spa. Asking $499,000
CRS, GRI, Broker

X ,941 779-0304
310 Pine Avenur e..O Ba 1e99 an Maa, aL 34216
-- Office 779-0304 F 779-0308 Tol Free 866-779-0304
No One IKnC4W the IsWa Ie A Native

Call Sue Carlson,
An Island Place Realty Inc

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Sandy's Lawn Service Inc.
Sandy's Established in 1983
Lawn Celebrating 20 Years of
Sevi* Quality & Dependable Service.
eCall us for your landscape
778.1345 and hardscape needs.
1 9Licensed & Insured

CRC 035261 EXPERIENCED (941) 778-2993

Residential Commercial
Check our references:
"Quality work at a reasonable price."
Licensed/Insured Serving Anna Maria Island Since 1986 761-8900

Paradise Improvements 778-4173
Kitchen and Bath Remodeling Specialist
Replacement Doors and Windows
Steven Kaluza Andrew Chennault
Fully Licensed and Insured Island References

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Office: (941) 778-2246 792- 8628
E-mail: haroldsmall@wagnerrealty.com

213 54th St., Holmes Beach 778-3082
OPEN: MONDAY thru FRIDAY 7:30 to 5 SATURDAY 8 to 12

S a' m (eanm4 QapeCla
Save $10 on your first clean
Christine's Cleaning -47-1715
Licensed Bonded Insured

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ROOFING REPAIRS and replacements. Remodel-
ing, repairs, additions, screen rooms, kitchens,
baths. Free estimates. Lic#CGC061519,
#CCC057977, #PE0026374. Insured. Accepting
MasterCard/Visa. 720-0794.

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

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

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

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

MORENO MARBLE & TILE Installation and resto-
ration. Quality work. Over 20 years experience. In-
sured. 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 ex-
perience. 778-3526 or 730-0516.

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

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

VACATION & SEASONAL Private beach. Units are
complete. Rates seasonally adjusted. $425-$975/
week, $975-$2,975/month. (800) 977-0803 or 737-
1121. www.abeachview.com.

ONLINE SERVICE: Did you know you can place clas-
sified ads online? Check it out at www.islander.org.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

OFFICE HIDEAWAY Need quiet office away from
home? Centrally located at back of prime commer-
cial building, plenty of parking, private entry and
restroom, 300 sf $375/month, utilities included. For
information, call 745-0959 or 794-8991.

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

DON'T FORGET! The Islander has "mullet" T-shirts.
Stop in our office at 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.

REDUCED RENTAL during next six months of
beautifully furnished 3BR/2BA pool home near
Perico Causeway. Call for details, Coastal Proper-
ties Realty, 753-8709.

ground level, garage, reserve for next fall/winter.
Fully furnished, $2,000/month, includes utilities.
(863) 581-4206 or. (813) 935-0694. E-mail:

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


PANORAMIC SKYWAY VIEWS from second-floor
loft in this annual rental in the City of Anna Maria.
Gorgeous bayfront home, available now. $2,300/
month. Call 778-3006.

ANNUAL RENTAL: 2BR/2BA, Bradenton Beach,
one block from beach. Must be clean, no pets. Call
(941) 625-2889 or 276-2011.
ANNA MARIA DUPLEX 218-B Palmetto-Ave. 2BR/
2BA, furnished, washer/dryer, utilities, available 2005
season. $1,800/month. Call (813) 949-6891, Tampa.
rage. Quiet location, washer/dryer hookup. $850/
month. Call Gabe, 374-5772.
ANNUAL 2BR/2BA elevated duplex, two blocks to
Gulf. $775/month includes trash, washer/dryer,
storage area. Quiet neighborhood. First, last, $250
security. Call 779-1112.
SEASONAL OR WEEKLY cottage-style rentals.
1BR/1BA or 2BR/1BA with pool. Walk to beach,
shopping and restaurants. 778-3875. Web site

CAPE COD summer rental. Ocean Edge Resort,
Eaton Village, Brewster, Mass.. Immaculate 2BR/
2BA, 14th fairway. (312) 831-1926 or bcares.com.

from $500/week; $1,500/month. Many Gulffront.
Call SunCoast Real Estate, (800) 732-6434.

ANNUAL RENTALS: Live in paradise year round!
1 BR/1 BA from $630/month, most utilities included;
2BR/1 BA elevated duplex, $760/month; 2BR/2BA,
$925/month, onewith one-car garage, Florida
room, lanai, pets welcome! Call for details on great
move-in specials. Island Real Estate, 778-6066.

ANNUAL 2BR/1BA triplex unit in Holmes Beach. Cen-
tral heat/air, new carpet. Short walk to beach. Some
utilities included. Nonsmoking. $750/month. First, last,
security. References required. Call 778-1193.
HOLMES BEACH ANNUAL, unfurnished, new car-
pet, not pets. Near beach. $585/month, plus secu-
rity. Call (727) 656-3384.
ANNUAL RENTAL available May 1. 1BR with boat
dockage. Nonsmoking. Furnished or unfurnished.
$750/$700/month. 778-5445.
1BR/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.
ANNUAL SPACIOUS 2BR/1BA covered parking,
laundry, bayview, steps to Gulf. $895/month, plus
electric. 778-5412 or (585) 473-9361.
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/1 BA apartment, same area, $1,000/month an-
nually; $1,500/month seasonally. 779-9074.

ANNUAL RENTAL 3BR/2BA home in Holmes
Beach. No pets. Call 778-7039.
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.
May 15 to Aug. 15, $5,500. 778-7930.
Duncan Real Estate, 779-0304.
floor condo in the Moorings. No pets, nonsmoking.
Available April 22, 2004. Reserve now! 778-9710.

ANNUAL RENTAL: Direct Gulf view 1BR/1BA el-
evated apartment. Covered parking, great views.
$670/month. Fran Maxon Real Estate, 778-2307.

cluded Key West-style with dock. Access by ferry.
Fishing, shelling, wildlife. $125/night, $800/week.
Also, Cortez cottage, $950/month, $500/week.
794-5980 or www.divefish.com.

ANNUAL RENTALS: 2104 Ave. B, 1BR/1BA du-
plex, furnished, no pets, $700/month; 211 82nd St.,
2BR/2BA duplex, pet OK, $995; 640 Broadway,
Longboat Key, 3BR/2BA house, pet OK, $1,200/
month; Perico Island, 2BR/2BA first-floor condo,
pond view, pet OK, carport. Includes water, pest,
cable, $1,100/month. SunCoast Real Estate, 779-
0202 or (800) 732-6434. www.suncoastinc.com.

ANNA MARIA NORTH end 3BR/2BA furnished va-
cation home. Available now through October. $1,600/
month. (508) 944-9656. Steps to gorgeous beach.

houses from $500/week; $1,500/month. Many
Gulffront. 779-0202 or (800) 732-6434. SunCoast
Real Estate, www.suncoastinc.com.


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ANNUAL LARGE 1 BR/1 BA duplex in Holmes Beach.
New kitchen and bath, laundry room with washer/
dryer. Sober adults only. $750/month. 779-0470.
BRIGHT SPACIOUS NEW 2BR/2BA villa, garage,
washer/dryer, pool, minutes from beach, shopping.
Nonsmoking, no pets. $1,100. Call 730-4190.

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

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, to-
tal of 1.3 acres (MOL). Offered at $400K each. Longview
Realty, 383-6112.
2BR/2BA WATERFRONT CONDO deep-water dock, five
minutes to bay. Custom tile and Pergo flooring. $215,000.
Apollo Beach. Call 779-0153.

LAGUNA YACHT VILLAGE: Tranquil waterfront com-
munity offers everything you've been looking for. Deep-
water boat docks, short walk to gorgeous beaches,
tropical setting and carefree living. Two brand new qual-
ity built homes with spacious floor plans and many up-
grades starting at $638,500 and three homesites start-
ing at $240,000. Call Tina Rudek or Mike Migone of
Wedebrock Real Estate, 383-5543.
THE SEA OATS, 2201 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach.
Seize the limited-time opportunity to obtain at
preconstruction prices a condo in a small complex of 8
in paradise! All will have views of private beach and Gulf
of Mexico from windows and balconies. Sarasota Bay
to be seen from roof-top verandas. Luxury inside and
out. Heated swimming/spa, glass elevator. 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.

BRADENTON BEACH Sandpiper Mobile Resort,
lot 631. Completely redone, new floors, new furni-
ture and appliances. Adjacent parking. 55-plus.

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Buying, Selling, Renting? We can help!
Pending> 118 Hammock, Anna Maria (anal Home $515,000
Sold> 2904 Ave. C, Holmes Beach, 2BR/2BA elevated home. $369,900
Sold> 2910 Gulf Dr. Holmes Beach duplex. 2BR/1BA and 1 BR/1BA. S315,000
Pending> 1604 34th St. W. 3BR/2BA $139,900
Sold> 7504 15th Ave. NW. Remodeled 2BR $160,000
Sold> 2810 Southern Pkwy. Updated 2BR/2BA home. $139,900


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

One block to beach. Two distinctive
R-2 attached townhomes. Quality
poured concrete construction. Wow
views of Island from roof. Lots of
options! Miss this and you'll be
sorry! $799,000.

ANNUAL 2BR/2BA, elevated, washer/dryer hook-
ups, storage, covered parking. No pets. $800/
month. Call 778-0954.
ANNUAL RENTAL: 1BR in Holmes Beach. Nice!
$575/month, plus deposit and utilities. Call week-
days 778-6541, pager 569-1591.
HOLMES BEACH between Gulf Drive and beach.
2BR/1 BA home fully equipped. Available November
through April (minimum four months). 778-1996.
ANNUAL 2BR/1 BA triplex unit in Holmes Beach. Cen-
tral heat and air, new carpet, short walk to beach. Some
utilities included. Nonsmoking. $750/month. First, last
and security. References required. Call 778-1193.

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FURNISHED 1BR/1BA, clean. Nonsmoking, no
pets. First, last, security. $550/month. Mature indi-
vidual preferred. 778-6511.
TOTALLY REMODELED: Great 1 BR with peek-a-
boo Gulf view. 125 steps to the beach. Annual,
$725/month. 778-4451 or 778-3647.

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

Kathy Caserta
Realtor, GRI, CRS

One-half, distinctive, furnished
townhome. Amazing construc-
tion, bay/inlet views, Island
panoramic views. Dock with
Jet-ski lift. Party wall or
condo conversion. $575,000.

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

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Realty iNC /
3101 Gulf Drive,
Holmes Beach, FL 34217
(941) 778-6696 Office
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1-800-367-1617 Toll-Free
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(941) 704-2023 Cell

BEAUTIFUL BAY PALMS 3BR/2.5BA canalfront home recently updated
to include a coral-appointed remote-controlled gas fireplace, new win-
dows, pavers, boat hoist and more. Enjoy luxury living in this ranch-style
home with more than 2,650 sf of living area. $740,000.

Marina Pointe

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

LOT FOR SALE: Cleared and ready to build. This lot
is two short blocks to the Gulf in the village of Anna
Maria. Offered at $295,000. Call Green Real Estate,

$399,000 Charming Holmes Beach residence with in-
law or rental apartment. 2BR/2BA and 1 BR/1 BA, two
blocks to beach, large comer lot with fenced back yard
and fruit trees. Two laundry rooms with washers and
dryers and all other appliances included. Owner occu-
pied. Motivated. As-is with right to inspect. Principals
only. 779-0470.

WANTED: 2BR cottage on Anna Maria with room to
expand, quiet street. Jay White, 952-0616 or
jaywhitel @sprintmail.com.

one lot. White sand beach. $1,699,000. Gabe Buky,
Coldwell Banker, 374-5772.

RARE SPACIOUS Perico townhouse. 2BR/2BA upstairs,
1 BR/den/third downstairs. Designer furnished. Gorgeous
master suite. Tennis, pool. $279,000. Premier Florida Re-
alty, 761-3720.

DEEP-WATER CANAL, elevated 2BR/2BA newer home
with bonus 1 BR/BA. Boat dock. Fully furnished. Greatroom
with cathedral ceiling opens to beautiful screened porch.
Big yard, irrigation, room for pool, nice landscaping. Cov-
ered patio, hot tub, two-car garage. Great central Holmes
Beach location. $440,000. Open House Saturday-Sunday,
April 17-18. For information call (941) 920-4539.

WATERFRONT LOTS and homes between Englewood
and Boca Grande. Six lots with seawalls and three ground-
level waterfront homes. Deep water, no bridges, one tip lot
directly on Intracoastal and bay. Your dock to the Gulf in
three minutes. Last chance for affordably prices waterfront
lots from $289,000; homes from $329,000. (570) 943-2516.

CONDO WANTED! 2BR/2BA, prefer Sandy Pointe
or similar. Private party, no Realtor fees! Around
$205,000. Call 747-2062 or (702) 219-2055.

Realtor Sales Associate
.' 941-545-0206
Pager: 941-233-0748
Fax: 941-778-4794
For your private showing call
'Island Atussie Geoff'
Formal Qualifications
33 Years Experience Same Price
Also Commercial and Tax Deferred Exchanges
I respect your privacy and don't bulk mail or cold call
For confidential and personalized service, please phone me anytime
The Art of the Deal for You
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S.po.sing Custom

3-4BR/2.5BA, formal living, den,
family room, library. Just exudes
quality, class and distinction. Fea-
tures too numerous to list. $349%000.

CANALFRONT: North end of Anna Maria. No
bridges to Tampa Bay. Fresh paint and new carpet-
ing in this delightful, professionally redecorated beach
house on cul-de-sac with 3BR/2BA, den, screened
lanai, wraparound deck. Partial bay views. Three-car
garage with large work shed and tropical garden with
dock, citrus and room for pool. Walk to beach.
$615,000. For info and visits, 778-1537.

OPEN HOUSE SUNDAY, April 14, 1-4 pm, 516
58th St., Holmes Beach. 3BR/2BA home with new
pool. Remodeled 2003. Ted Schlegel, 518-6117,
Island Vacation Properties, LLC, 778-6849.

WATERFRONT: FLAMINGO CAY. New listing, lovely
3BR/2BA, living, dining, family rooms, garage. Freshly
painted. Ready for you. $436,000. Homeworks Show-
case (813) 985-8048, or www.gingercarroll.com.

HOLMES BEACH CONDO: $396,400. Direct
beachfront, turnkey furnished, heated pool, eleva-
tor, one-car covered parking. Call 266-7500.

Holmes Beach
MediterraneanW Vila buplex

$103,000 income in 2003. New in
2000. 6BR/6BA, two swimming
pools. Turnkey furnished. One block
to beach. $1,150,000.

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