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Islander (Anna Maria, Fla. : 1992) ( April 21, 2004 )

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Title: Islander (Anna Maria, Fla. : 1992)
Uniform Title: Islander (Anna Maria, Fla. : 1992)
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Creator: Islander
Publisher: Bonner Joy
Creation Date: April 21, 2004

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Spatial Coverage: United States -- Florida -- Manatee -- Anna Maria
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Permanent Link: http://ufdc.ufl.edu/UF00074389/00546

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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 21, 2004

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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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Holding Location: University of Florida
Rights Management: All rights reserved by the source institution and holding location.
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SSkimming the news ... Island Biz highlights local stores, endeavors, page 30.


Anna Maria



T he Islander pag
Afghan stories, page 19.


"The Best


News on Anna Maria Island Since 1992"


www.islander.org


Arson!
Capt. Kurt Lathrop of the West Manatee Fire & Rescue District posts a notice at the Waterfront Restaurant in
Anna Maria asking for anyone with information on the March 18fire at the property to call him at 741-3900.
Anyone providing information will be kept anonymous, Lathrop said. A reward is being offered for informa-
tion leading to an arrest and conviction. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin


Sarasota motorcyclist seriously


injured, bridge closed for hours


By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
A motorcyclist who crashed into the rear end of a
vehicle on Manatee Avenue Sunday afternoon while
the car was waiting for the drawbridge was listed in
critical condition Tuesday morning at Bayfront Medi-
cal Center in St. Petersburg.
Bradenton police said the 27-year-old Bradley
Iddings of Sarasota was not wearing a helmet when the
motorcycle he was riding struck the rear of a car driven
by Gerald Praschak, 74, of Bradenton. Praschak had
stopped for the drawbridge in the westbound lane at the
approach to the Anna Maria Bridge at 3:44 p.m., wait-
ing for it to reopen to vehicular traffic.
According to eyewitness Julia Robertson, Iddings
was apparently thrown head-first from the motorcycle
when he struck Praschak's vehicle.
Robertson was in a vehicle three cars ahead of
Praschak when she heard the crash and saw Iddings
flying through the air.
"He seemed to land headfirst on the pavement,"
said Robertson. "Everyone got out of their cars and
rushed over to him, but he wasn't moving."
A woman who said she was a trauma nurse was
one of the first people to reach Iddings and performed
emergency first aid. "She said he had a good pulse,
even though he wasn't moving," Robertson added.
The nurse was in telephone contact with emer-
gency medical staff and an ambulance reached the
scene within five minutes. The helicopter that took


Iddings to Bayfront arrived about 20 minutes after the
crash, she said.
The east and westbound lanes of Manatee Avenue
were closed for as long as three hours while Bradenton
police, which have jurisdiction in the case, investigated
the crash. The bridge was closed for more than an hour
before it reopened eastbound. For a time, traffic to the
Island was halted at 75th Street and Manatee Avenue.


Volume 12, No. 24 April 21, 2004 FREE


Anna Maria


restaurant fire


deemed arson
By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Investigators of the West Manatee Fire & Rescue
District and the State Fire Marshal's Office now say
that the March 18 fire at the Waterfront Restaurant in
Anna Maria was an act of arson.
"Information obtained in the investigation has led
investigators to conclude that the cause of the fire is
incendiary (intentionally set)," said a statement from
the WMFR issued Monday, April 19.
Because of the continuing investigation, "specific
details of the investigation/cause will not be released
until the investigation is concluded. Investigators hope
to complete the investigation in the very near future,"
the statement said.
Capt. Ernie Cave of the WMFR said he could not
PLEASE SEE ARSON, NEXT PAGE


Vacationing cyclist dies

after striking vehicle
A 75-year-old Illinois man died Monday afternoon
at Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg following
a Saturday morning accident in Holmes Beach when
the bicycle he was riding struck a vehicle at the inter-
section of 67th Street and Holmes Boulevard.
Holmes Beach Police said Francisco Juco of Peo-
ria, Ill. was air-flighted to Bayfront after the accident.
Hospital officials said he died at 3:50 p.m. Monday.
No charges have been filed and the incident is un-
der investigation, police said. According to Chief Jay
Romine, "all indications at this point are that the bicy-
clist was at fault and there is nothing to indicate that
there will be any charges."
According to one witness, Juco was not wearing a
helmet at the time of the crash, and appeared to run
through a stop sign on Holmes Boulevard just before
he struck the moving vehicle.
Juco was apparently vacationing in Holmes Beach,
police said.


Motorcyclist
critical after
bridge crash
Emergency medical
technicians attend to
motorcyclist Bradley
Iddings on the east side
of the Anna Maria
Bridge Sunday after-
noon after the motor-
cycle he was driving
struck the last car in
line in the westbound
lane waiting for the
drawbridge to open.
Islander Photo:
1 J.L. Robertson


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PAGE 2 M APRIL 21, 2004 0 THE ISLANDER


One lawsuit dismissed in Bradenton Beach


By Paul Roat
A lawsuit filed by a former city employee against
two elected and one appointed official of Bradenton
Beach has been dismissed.

Red hats -
and
ladies
abound
The Beach
House
Restaurant
outdoor
deck was
the scene
recently of
a luncheon S
gathering
ofnumer-
ous groups
of the Red
Hat
Society.
Islander
Photo:
Courtesy
Marsha
Garlinger



Arson ruled cause of fire
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1,
comment further about the investigation, and was un-
able to even say if the investigation had uncovered any
suspects.
Capt. Kurt Lathrop of the WMFR posted a notice
at the restaurant Monday stating the fire was considered
arson and offering a reward of up to $1,000 or more for
information leading to an arrest and conviction.
Owners John and Leah Suzor, who have been


Circuit Court Judge Marc Gilner dismissed with-
out prejudice a suit filed by former Code Enforcement
Officer Dawn Betts against Vice Mayor Anna O'Brien
and City Commissioner Lisa Marie Phillips in which


working to gain approval to restore the property to its
original condition, said they have been devastated by
the fire and the arson announcement.
"It's been a nightmare," said Leah Suzor. She said
it's been nearly a month since she last heard from the
insurance company about repairing the building.
The fire was reported just after 5 a.m. on March 18
and caused an estimated $75,000 to $100,000 in dam-
age, fire officials said.
The WMFR asked that anyone with information on
the fire call anonymously to Lathrop at 741-3900.


Betts claimed she was defamed by them at a city com-
mission meeting.
Also named in the suit was Ken Lohn, chair of the
board of adjustment, who was not included in Gilner's
decision to dismiss and apparently is still a party in the
suit.
David Wilcox, representing Betts, indicated that
the dismissal "without prejudice" allows him to refile
the suit.
The suit was filed in the wake of a special city
commission meeting Feb. 20. Betts had resigned from
her position as code enforcement officer and had three
working days left before her departure. At the meeting,
O'Brien accused Betts and developer David
Teitelbaum of "inappropriate behavior in front of citi-
zens, and she has been seen on the porch with
Teitelbaum being very intimate and there is an atmo-
sphere of intimacy and she needs to watch what the hell
she's doing in public," according to the lawsuit.
Regarding Phillips, Betts' suit stated that "Phillips
accused Betts of selectively enforcing the city codes,
not doing her job and stated that unless something were
done to prevent such, Betts would take improper ac-
tions in her official capacity 'on the way out the door.'"
Regarding Lohn, Betts' suit claims "Lohn spoke up
from the audience during the meeting and stated that
there was 'corruption involved' and that he could 'tes-
tify to corruption in the matter under discussion' which
were matters exclusively concerning Betts."
Attorney Greg Hootman, who represents
Bradenton Beach on behalf of the city's insurer, the
Florida League of Cities, said he was hopeful that
Gilner's decision would serve as a harbinger for other
legal action filed against the city.
Former Building Official Bob Welch also filed a
lawsuit against O'Brien, claiming defamation.
And Teitelbaum has filed a suit against O'Brien in
which he said she "has committed various and sundry
actions which constitute a violation of certain rights of
Teitelbaum which are secured by the Constitution and
laws of the United States."
Hootman said that case will be heard in federal
court.


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THE ISLANDER M APRIL 21, 2004 0 PAGE 3



Anna Maria Commission sails with Columbus


By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
The special Anna Maria City Commission meeting
April 15 called by Commissioner Linda Cramer to dis-
cuss old and new business items began a lot like Chris-
topher Columbus did when he sailed the ocean blue in
fourteen- hundred-and-ninety-two.
"Chris" is the only man in history who, upon start-
ing out, did not know where he was going; upon arriv-
ing, did not know where he was; and upon returning,
did not know where he had been. And he did it all with
someone else's money.
Commissioners thought they were starting out to
prioritize the city's old business list and, at the same
time, decide which items on the new business list
should be on upcoming agendas.
But Cramer; who chaired the meeting, began the
journey by saying she wanted to ask the commission
for a motion or consensus to direct the mayor to obtain
a complete structural report of city hall. She said she
needed more information on the structural integrity of
the building before she could reach a decision on con-
tinuing the planned city hall renovation project (The
Islander, April 14).
Hold on a minute, intoned Commissioner Dale
Woodland. That item's "not on my agenda, and I have
a problem," he said. "You are asking us to vote on
something that will cost money and it hasn't been ad-
vertised. This should be presented to the public and I'm
not prepared to vote on it" tonight.
How about a consensus to put discussion on an
upcoming commission agenda? asked Cramer.
That opened the floodgates for the commission to
rehash the entire city hall project as Commissioner
Carol Ann Magill said she had concerns and did not
know how the city was going to proceed.
Mayor SueLynn joined in, saying that as directed
by commissioners at their April 8 meeting, she had
obtained an estimate of $750 from a licensed contrac-
tor for a roof and window inspection. She planned to
present the estimate at the April 22 commission meet-
ing.
The rimold and asbestos problems cited in prior re-
ports will be addressed in the renovations, according to
architect Tom O'Brien and contractor Southern Cross
Inc., the mayor said.
S The issue, said themayor, is that the city has to do
something about the mold and asbestos for the health
of city staff. A new roof might have to wait.
Commission Chairperson Johr Quam agreed.
"Even if we find we need anew roof, I don't want
to delay the renovations."
Well, said Cramer, can we at least discuss a build-


ing inspection report at the April 22 meeting and get a
recommendation for funding?
"Am I off base here? We are talking about prob-
lems and I'm stressing that we do the roof" at the same
time as the mold and asbestos removal.
Woodland advised Cramer that a structural integ-
rity inspection was outside the scope of work approved
by the commission for the renovation project.
After an 80-minute discussion of the renovation
project, commissioners almost returned to the night's
actual agenda list.
Cramer said the commission wasn't there to micro-
manage the mayor, but asked the mayor about an up-
dated report on the city pier complying with the Ameri-
cans with Disabilities Act.
She also asked SueLynn about a permit-fee plan
that Building Official Kevin Donohue was supposed to
complete, and the traffic plan prepared by Baskerville-
Donovan Inc., the city's engineering firm.
"Hold on,"-said Commissioner Duke Miller.
"I thought this meeting was called just to see if
these items should stay on the list, not to sit here and
discuss them further," he said.
Miller suggested the mayor just give commission-
ers a spread sheet indicating the item, current status and
upcoming action.
"I don't see us talking about each item, just
whether to pursue it or not," he concluded.
That didn't stop Cramer from asking the mayor
about prohibited advertising on the modular newsracks,
plans and parking for the remodeled community cen-
ter and staff performance evaluations. She said it was
her understanding that the commission was to be in-
volved in preparing those reports.
"Point of order," injected Magill, echoing Miller.
"I thought this meeting was just to discuss the list, not
our own ideas."
"In my mind, it was to discuss any new business,"
replied Cramer.
"Well, 90 percent of what you said [about the per-
formance evaluations] is administrative. That's my
responsibility, not the commission's," SueLynn said.
Hinting that she's not likely to seek a second term
in November, the mayor said she plans on completing
the performance evaluations in the next few months -
"before I leave office."
Woodland agreed with the mayor. "That's admin-
istrative and if I have thoughts, I'll go to the mayor, not
discuss them with the commission."
Quam and Magill sided with Woodland and sug-
gested Cramer meet with the mayor to discuss her con-
cerns.
Woodland did, however, say he appreciated


Winds 45, Shell Point love
High winds a week ago Monday with estimated gusts of 45-50 mph are still the topic of conversation on Anna
Maria Island, having caught plenty offolks off guard. While lots of lawn furniture and garbage cans whisked
about, this tennis court fence blew over at Westbay Point & Moorings condominiums in Holmes Beach, but
spared damages to several cars parked alongside. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy


Cramer's idea to discuss the old business/new business
list and Quam added that the commission should meet
once or twice a year to review the list.
After the meeting, SueLynn said she believed that
the meeting went well, but a few of the items discussed
were administrative in nature, not policy decisions.
"I believe sometimes it's difficult for the commis-
sion to separate what is policy and what's administra-
tive" under the new charter adopted in February 2003.
"The commissioners now have the right to come to
me and talk directly" about issues and concerns, she
said, because the mayor is no longer a voting member
of the city commission.
From the old/new business list, the commission
eventually knew where they had been and where they
hoped to go, and agreed to place these new business
items on a future agenda, when appropriate:
Gulfront park management plan.
Fireworks ordinance.
Right-of-way use permit.
Historical Society lease to include Belle Haven.
Compensation increase for the office of mayor.
Review of current application fees for variances,
building permits, vacations, etc.
City traffic-flow plan.
Standardized size for real estate signs.
City donation policy.
Modular newsrack advertising (new to the list).

Items that will remain on the old business list are:
Parking/signage ordinances.
Procedures regarding recommendations from a
board or committee.
Permit fee/home occupation, rental, business.
City Pier ADA compliance project.
Waste Management automated service contract.
Code enforcement procedures.
Dangerous dog ordinance.




Meetings

Anna Maria City
April 22, 6 p.m., city commission work session on
parking.
April 22, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
April 26,.7 p.m., planning and zoning board meeting.
April 28, 6:45 p.m., Environmental Education and
Enhancement Committee meeting.
Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive,
708-6130.

Bradenton Beach
April 22, 6:30 p.m., planning and zoning board contin-
ued meeting and public hearing on extending the par-
tial building moratorium.
April 26, 4 p.m., city commission-department head
meeting re: Web site development.
April 27, 1 p.m., scenic highway committee meeting.
April 27, 4 p.m., Citizen Advisory Committee for Re-
view and Updating of the Comprehensive Plan and
Land Development Code for Bradenton Beach.
April 28, 5 p.m., special city commission meeting and
second reading on extending the partial building mora-
torium.
April 28, 6 p.m., Sunshine Law and Florida Public
Records L, seminar.
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.,
778-1005.

Holmes Beach
April 21, 9 a.m., board of adjustment meeting.
April 22, 10 a.m., code enforcement board meeting.
April 23, 1:30 p.m., police retirement board meeting.
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive,
708-5800.

Of Interest
April 21, 7 p.m., Coalition of Barrier Island Elected
Officials meeting, Holmes Beach City Hall.
April 22, 4-7 p.m., public meeting to discuss goals
within Cortez vision plan, Cortez Community Center,
4523 123rd St. Ct. W., Cortez.
April 26, 9:30 a.m., Sarasota-Manatee Metropolitan
Planning Organization meeting, Sudakoff Hall, USF-
New College campus, Sarasota.


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PAGE 4 0 APRIL 21, 2004 0 THE ISLANDER


Galati working toward 'clean marina' designation

Galati Marine and Yacht Sales on South Bay Bou-
levard in Anna Maria is currently enrolled in the
"Florida Clean Marina" program sponsored by the
Florida Department of Environmental Protection..
The volunteer program is a proactive and partner-
ship-driven approach to keep marinas and adjacent -. ,
waterways free of pollutants.
Galati staff have attended Clean Marina workshops '---
and are now conducting a self-audit of procedures es- -. *-
tablished by the marina to keep solvents, sewage and -
fuel out of the waters, said Bill King, general manager ,- --''.-.
of Galati.
The marina is now preparing and implementing an
action plan of the components of the Clean Marina
program. Once that's completed, the marina will con-..
tact the DEP for an environmental survey. _
Action plan procedures include instructional mate- N*i,
rials and facilities for boaters on pollution prevention, -
and keeping staff and boaters aware of procedures to .
keep the marina clean. -' -
Once DEP approves the environmental survey, ,.- --' "
Galati will be given a Clean Marina designation. N.a--- ---- --a---
"This is something we are very interested in," said '' \
King. "It maintains a healthy environment for marine '
life in the area and the boaters and members of the -
community who use these waters, and creates a pleas- ..... .. - -
ant boating environment." ........-
In addition, said King, Galati Marine wants its -'.
customers to know the facility is committed to clean ..:..iB
water and a clean environment.
"This is really a partnership among Galati, the
DEP, our valued customers, and people who use these
waters," he said. Clean marine
The Bradenton Beach Marina is also working to- Staff members at Galati Marine at the end of South Bay Boulevard in Anna Maria have been attending
ward a "clean marina" designation while the Perico workshops and developing programs to get the marina designated as a "Florida Clean Marina" by the
Harbor Marina has already attained that rating. Florida Department of Environmental Protection. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin



Maloney revisits city manager issue for Holmes Beach


By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Holmes Beach City Commissioner Don Maloney
was to present a short video to the city commission last
night (April 20) on the merits of a city manager form
of government.
He said he wants Holmes Beach voters to decide
if they want a city manager or not, and plans on hav-
ing the question of sending the issue to the voters as a
commission agenda item at the May 11 meeting.
If commissioners approve, the question will be
placed on the Aug. 31 primary ballot.
"The basic language," said Maloney is "Should the
City of Holmes Beach have a city manager?"
"It's no surprise from me because I've always been
in favor of a city manager," he added.
In fact, Maloney is now presenting his video and
giving his message on the merits of a city manager to


various groups and organizations throughout the city.
He's scheduled to be at the Rotary Club on April 27 for
a presentation.
Maloney said he's also sent commissioners and the
mayor a one-way memo on a city manager form of
government and the video presentation.
Should Holmes Beach voters approve the measure
in the August election, the city commission will then
have to draft an ordinance to change the city charter.
"That will obviously take some time and require a
lot of work," Maloney observed.
The 2001-02 charter review committee had recom-
mended the city adopt a city manager form of govern-
ment, but the then-city commission voted 3-2 not to
present the issue to the voters.
If the commission again votes against allowing the
question on a citywide ballot, Maloney has the option of
taking the measure to the county commission for approval.


"With all the costs that we have now in the city, we
need someone with business and professional experi-
ence" to run the city, said Maloney. "We can't afford
not to have a city manager. There is just too much at
stake."
Maloney said homeowners associations, condo-
minium associations, civic groups and other organiza-
tions that would like to learn more on what a city man-
ager coulddo for Holmes Beach should call him at 778-
4865.
According to the Florida City and County Manag-
ers Association, 67 percent of all Florida cities have a
city manager form of government. For cities with a
population between 5,000 and 150,000, the figure rises
to 95 percent, the FCCM said.
All Florida cities incorporated since 1990 have
adopted a council-city manager form of government,
according to FCCM figures.


Bradenton Beach to Holmes Beach: More help, please?


By Paul Roat
Let's let Holmes Beach do it!
That sentiment was the message Bradenton Beach
city commissioners directed Mayor John Chappie to
present to their neighbors to the north regarding build-
ing official duties.
Bradenton Beach has been without a full-time


building official since the resignation of Bob Welch in
early January. Holmes Beach agreed to perform the
building inspection duties for Bradenton Beach, for a
fee, while the city seeks someone to fill the position.
But after four months and only one applicant, Tal-
lahassee-based Harvey Smith, city commissioners last
week suggested that a more permanent relationship


Volunteers clean up ton of trash in area


One hundred and sixty-two volunteers cleaned
2,172.5 pounds of trash as the Island's share of the
Great American Cleanup Saturday.
And that doesn't count three Dumpsterfuls in Cortez
and on Palma Sola Causeway that won't be weighed and
totaled until the end of the week, said Ingrid McClellan,
director of the sponsoring Keep Manatee Beautiful.
Two Dumpsters were filled by a dozen volun-
teers combing the FISH Preserve at the east end of
Cortez, she said.
Forty-two volunteers cleared Anna Maria of 725.5
pounds of trash; 32 volunteers picked up 450 pounds
in Holmes Beach; 66 workers got 582 pounds in


Bradenton Beach; and 10 picked 415 pounds plus an
additional Dumpster load on the Palma Sola Causeway.
Anna Maria Island Privateers reported that of the
130 pounds of trash they cleaned up, 39 pounds were
cigarette butts. The Privateers worked along Marina
and Gulf drives.
There were no surprises at the Kingfish Boat Ramp
in Holmes Beach, McClellan said: As usual, the volun-
teers found empty beer cans and liquor containers
there, much of it in the mangroves.
Over all, 1,000 volunteers worked on cleanup day
in all of Manatee County, most of them members of
Adopt a Highway, Road or Shore groups.


with Holmes Beach should be considered.
"People have told me they like the Holmes Beach
team," Vice Mayor Anna O'Brien said, "and the idea
of using them was brought forward, and I have been
asked to approach Holmes Beach Mayor Carol
Whitmore about using them instead of hiring our own
building official."
"People have told me they are providing a wonder-
ful service," City Commissioner Lisa Marie Phillips
added.
"Why not ask Holmes Beach and see if they are
interested?" City Commissioner John Shaughnessy
suggested.
"I think we should explore all our options," Mayor
John Chappie added.
City Commissioner Peter Barreda moved to have
Chappie contact Whitmore regarding the "Holmes
Beach team" pursuing Bradenton Beach building du-
ties.
Whitmore told The Islander that "I'd like to do it.
I've always supported consolidation of services like
that. It's ridiculous not to."
She added that any decision regarding a more long-
term sharing of officials is up to the Holmes Beach City
Commission.





THE ISLANDER N APRIL 21, 2004 M PAGE 5


Center's 'Affaire to Remember' Saturday


By Jim Hanson
Islander Correspondent
Untold tens of thousands of dollars' worth of trips,
jewelry, dinners and even cash will go home with
guests at the annual "An Affaire to Remember" Satur-
day night.
"April in Paris" is the theme of this year's big
fundraising party to benefit Anna Maria Island Com-
munity Center. It will be 5-11 p.m. April 24 at St. Ber-
nard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes
Beach.
A few tickets are still available for $125 each at the
Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria, phone 778-
1908. They are good for an evening of elegance and en-
joyment, food and entertainment. Pianist Jo Snyder will
play and Ina Jo Donovan will sing during the evening.
The silent auction is a big draw of the Affaire ev-
ery year, and it begins when the doors open. The live
auction starts at 8 p.m. but in a way will begin before
the party, with absentee bids accepted via forms avail-


able at the Center.
A major attraction is always the $5,000 Give-A-
Way, a drawing during the evening with tickets $20
each. Similar raffles are a 51-inch TV at $5 per ticket
and diamond tennis bracelet valued at $3,200 at $75 per
raffle ticket
Everything is to be purchased with a bid number
and signature, and drawing tickets are available at
tables near the entrance.
Live auction items cover a wide range, all of it at
a high level of excitement. A few of the many offer-
ings:
A week in Paris July 21-28, in a residence that
sleeps four.
An Islander two-hour, Island-long champagne
cruise by a trolley company for up to 20 persons, with
Big John's Texas BBQ catering.
Four-day, three-night round trip to Las Vegas in-
cluding Elton John concert.
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;Opinion

Be careful out there
A couple of weeks ago, one of us at The Islander had
a rough boat ride. Ran aground twice within 20 minutes,
within 100 yards, and had two young girls crying, "I'm
gonna have to dream about this."
They just got bounced a little, nothing serious, thank-
fully. The race to beat darkness to the dock and anxious
youngsters were the basis for the incidents. At least the girls
were snug in their beds a mere hour or so later.
It's a reminder that we all need to be careful out
there. Two serious accidents over the weekend and not
even a holiday weekend are shocking reminders to
this community.
We rarely see fatalities, and thankfully so, but an
elderly bicyclist who possibly had too much faith in the
laid-back atmosphere of Anna Maria Island, lost his
battle Monday to survive a Saturday car crash. Most
unfortunately, he did not wear a helmet.
He took a route many of us walk, cycle, in-line skate
or skateboard on a lesser traveled road in Holmes Beach
that runs parallel to Marina/Palm/Gulf drives but goes
nowhere.
While no stop signs or traffic calming could have
changed the circumstances of this or the motorcycle acci-
dent on the Anna Maria Bridge Sunday, we think it al-
lows for some reflection.
Are we ready to improve traffic for pedestrians and
cyclists and kids walking to school in Holmes Beach?
Just say "Yes." Life is too short and too precious.
We're talking about taming some roadways, making
them more "people friendly." For instance, on some
streets speed humps might slow through traffic better
than alternating stop signs.
Picture the "downtown area" of Holmes Beach, es-
pecially along Marina Drive, with just one lane ,of auto
traffic/bikes each way, and eliminating turn lanes.
Now also visualize wide, brick-based serpentine
paths on each side of the road for pedestrians to meander
through landscaped areas with benches, water fountains,
low bollard lighting, improved pedestrian crosswalks,
curbing and Voila! downtown becomes a park.
And the paths safely link small shopping centers, the
waterfront basin, library, city hall and other businesses
in the district.
Downtown Holmes Beach becomes the jewel of
Anna Maria Island. And it could work along Gulf Drive
from the bank area north beyond the post office and along
Marina Drive from the traffic light north to city hall and
the fire station.
At least take a moment to think about it.



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Patriotic?
I wish -espond to Win Bishop's letter of April
14, 2004, that appeared in the "Your Opinion" section
of the Islander.
I feel it is unfair to me and my fellow commission-
ers to be judged as unpatriotic. Safety is not unpatriotic.
That said, I would like to thank you for taking your
time to acknowledge the commissioners. We hope your
letter will enlighten the residents of Holmes Beach to
how important their safety and well being are to us.
While your point I'm sure is well intended, the
facts are incomplete. (Please refer to Ordinance 04-27
and NFPA Code 1123). It is unlawful to set-off fire-
works. (Florida Statues Chapter 791 prohibits with
minimal exceptions, the sale and use of fireworks
throughout the state.
Commissioner Pat Morton, Holmes Beach

You changed my mind...
After reading your letter to the editor complaining
about our "pesky raccoons," I must say you changed
my mind. I agree. Let's get rid of them. While we are
at it, let's kill the sharks in the waters, the panthers, the
bobcats, the alligators, the foxes and the Florida black
bears. I certainly don't want them to attack anyone.
Let's kill the birds, too. One pooped in my open
sunroof the other day. I think he did it on purpose. Next
thing you know they will be pooping on our little chil-
dren.
Jean Bystrom, Holmes Beach

Fireworks exception
In regards to the Win Bishop letter of April 14,
2004, which appeared in "Your Opinion:"
Since when did it become unpatriotic to practice
safety measures? Isn't is expected that all people us-
ing fireworks should be responsible? But as we all
know, people aren't. Which would you rather your
family sit next to on the beach watching the fire-
works? A responsible person licensed to display


these with general liability insurance, and God for-
bid, an accident would happen or one of the many
who do not have your safety in mind, only their en-
joyment?
You also did not mention the fact that these fire-
works start a week before Easter and continue for sev-
eral weeks past July 4. Nor did you mention the trash
left behind on our beaches by these irresponsible
people. Not only is this unpleasant to see, it is danger-
ous to our sea life.
Yes, we know how we'll vote in November, we'll
vote for those who care.
M. Huff, Holmes Beach

Retirees help kids
During the difficult times of the last few months,
Island Middle School has asked and received assistance
from the local retirement community. I would like to
thank those retirees who have stepped forward to as-
sure that the last months at IMS will be beneficial and
productive for our students.
At the top of the list is Larry Fowler, who is in
charge of the school during our remaining weeks of
operation. He is a retired school administrator, coun-
selor and teacher and a member of the Kiwanis Club
of Anna Maria Island. He has brought order and sta-
bility while demonstrating a real compassion for our
students, who have been through so much. He has
also fostered a spirit of pride and cooperation
amongst teachers, parents and students.
Jim Howarth, who retired in January from his po-
sition as a math teacher at Bayshore High School, has
filled the math teacher position at IMS.
Retirees from the Kiwanis club volunteer each day
to supervise the students during the lunch period so
they can go outside and participate in sports activities.
Thanks to the generosity of these retirees, who are
either volunteering or working for reduced pay, our stu-
dents will be better prepared to move on to high school
or other middle schools next year.
Debbie Bassett, Bradenton, grateful IMS parent










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Restoration nearer
The Anna Maria Island Historical Society is
$3,000 closer to the goal of $10,000 to match a grant
offered by the Selby Foundation (to restore historic
Belle Haven cottage).
The recent Heritage Festival was such a success
that plans are being formulated to stage the second
annual Island Heritage Festival the first Saturday of
March 2005.
Thanks to the City of Anna Maria for allowing us
to close off part of Pine Avenue and festoon it with
banners. Accolades go to those who helped with the
week-long celebration. The musicians, vendors, an-
tique car owners, Privateers and Manateens.
At the end of Mitch Davis Day, his daughter Mar-
garet Taylor magically appeared with her daughter,
granddaughter and great-granddaughter. Mrs. Taylor
picked the winning ticket for the 50/50 raffle. A total
of $1,222 was collected and Jill Wollin of Ellenton won
half, while the society kept $611.
Thanks go to AMIHS president Gordon Atkinson
and his wife Betsy for engraving and painting the
planks for Belle Haven. Jim Brannon has done an ex-
cellent job of restoring windows in Belle Haven. Mark
Kimball and John Johnson worked hard to make Belle
Haven picturesque for festival week.
Thanks go to Karen Bell of Cortez for the loan of
an immense nautical rope and donation of crab traps.
We have found a restorer of old homes, and work on
the inside of Belle Haven will soon begin.
Kudos to my wonderful helpers Linda Cramer and
Brenda Boyd-May and to all the newspapers for their
coverage.
Carolyne Norwood, AMIHS administrator
A fine museum
What a great little historical museum we have here
on our Island. I recently paid a visit and sat with (di-
rector) Carolyne Norwood while I wandered through
pages of two scrapbooks full of information and news


clippings of our "little school by the bay."
The staff was friendly and helpful. The museum
has a wealth of history within its walls and there's a
scavenger hunt for the kids. Stop by and pay them a
visit, you'll be glad you did.
I stopped by because I am doing a special project
for the upcoming spring fundraiser "Dancing in the
Streets" silent auction. I needed a list of all Anna
Maria Elementary School teachers, past and present,
for a rocking chair I will be painting. These names
will be paint-penned on the chair along with the past
and present school logos, the peacock and the dol-
phin [mascots]. The children in Mrs. Sackett's class
will have their "stick children" artwork on the chair
as well.
There will be lots of great art projects from each
class to bid on, as well as some beautiful themed bas-
kets. Did I mention the fantastic menu?
You won't want to miss this fun event on May 8.
We'll be listening to the wonderful Conch Fritters band
and dancing to the DJ's Motown tunes. The proceeds
from this event will be allocated to the school's tech-
nology and literacy programs.
The success of last year's event allowed the PTO
to purchase a mobile computer lab with 20 laptop com-
puters. The children have benefited tremendously by
this purchase and we hope to have the support of the
community for this year's event as well.
We can't tell you how much we appreciate your
support of our school. So get your tickets at the school
office before they run out.
Donna M. Perez, head homeroom mom, AME

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The Islander announced that:
Island elected officials petitioned Gov. Lawton
Chiles to strike funds for the Anna Maria Island Bridge
from the upcoming budget. The budget line-item calls
for $12.23 million for a new fixed-span, high-rise
bridge.
The Florida Department of Environmental Pro-
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development on East Bay Drive in Holmes Beach for
illegal mangrove pruning. A stop-work order was is-
sued to the development pending completion of the in-
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Larry Arthur Miles, 46, of Tampa, after he reportedly
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Germans considered OSS

fighter a spy, shoot on sight
Perico Island resident Paul Mackey knew he had
joined a "strange organization" when he was accepted
into the OSS (Organization of Strategic Services) in
World War II, just after graduating as a second lieuten-
ant from Officer Candidate School in Ft. Benning, Ga.
"But when we got to Washington, D.C., for train-
ing, I really began to realize just how strange and se-
cretive it was," said Mackey.
He met a lot of guys at his training school with
European accents who wore civilian clothes and never
talked about their past, or where they were from, or
going. He even met one guy who claimed he was a
Romanov of Russia's royal family.
It was like, don't ask anybody any questions, re-
membered Mackey.
He was trained in guerrilla tactics, explosives and
demolition, along with karate and hand-to-hand fight-
ing. He was only told he would operate behind enemy
lines, not where he was going or what he would do.
"That was fine with me until they said that if I was
captured, I would probably be shot as a spy because I
wouldn't be wearing a regular uniform."
Still, said Mackey, "When you're young and want
to do your part, you don't think of the danger.
"All I knew was that the OSS was an exciting and
dangerous outfit, and it sure beat going to Europe as a
replacement officer for an infantry company on the lines."
Little did Mackey realize that after the war, the rem-
nants of the OSS would become the Central Intelligence
Agency headed by Allen Dulles, who ran the OSS from
the U.S. Embassy in Switzerland during the war.
Mackey's odyssey to the OSS began in Ashtabutla,
Ohio, when he volunteered for the Army in 1942, a few
weeks after Pearl Harbor.
He went to infantry Officer Candidate School in
1943 and was recruited by the OSS after graduation.
"They were only taking a few guys, and a buddy
of mine who was Regular Army said if we didn't join,
we'd probably be sent to Europe as replacement offic-
ers in a line division and what chance did we have to
survive? Besides, the OSS sounded exciting."
After his training Mackey, whose father was from
Finland, was assigned to an OSS outfit of mostly
Greeks.
"It was pretty easy to figure we'd be going to
Greece," he said. "Just about everybody spoke Greek
but me."
His unit sailed from New York in late December
1943 and landed in Egypt for further training.
Mackey was sent to Palestine (now Israel) for para-
troop training with the British at an airbase near Haifa.
After more training, his unit was shipped to Bari, Italy.
A parachute drop into occupied Greece was can-
celed, and Mackey's unit, the 2671 OSS Special Recon
Battalion, was sent on a night mission via an LCI


Mackey today
Perico Island resident Paul Mackey.


(Landing-Craft- Infantry) to rendezvous with the Greek
resistance fighters on the Greek coast along the
Adriatic Sea.
"We slipped past the German boats in the area, but
when we got to the coast, it was so quiet we figured the
Germans were waiting to ambush us. We were real ner-
vous and I told the men if shooting starts, to jump in the
water and swim. It would have been our only chance."
Thankfully the boat, also loaded with supplies for
the Greek fighters, landed without incident near Eprius.
Mackey and his men met their Greek guides and
had to do a forced march in four hours before daylight
to reach the mountains held by the Greeks.
"The Germans controlled the coast, but the Greek
fighters had the mountains, so we had to get out of there
before dawn or else the German patrols would have
spotted us," he remembered.
The Germans didn't patrol at night because the
Greeks would blow up the patrol vehicles.
Once safely in the mountains, Mackey met British
Major Joe LeBrucq, who was, technically, his superior
officer.
Within a few days, Mackey was leading patrols
against German positions and road blocks, always hit-
ting a few targets, then vanishing into the hills.
"These were hit-and-run missions. One time, we
got about 50 trucks. The Germans would shoot back,
but we wouldn't stay long and they didn't dare follow
us into the mountains."
Mackey and his men figured the Germans would
start moving troops from Greece to Europe following
the Allied invasion on June 6, 1944, but they didn't.
And Mackey's hit and run missions were not with-
out consequences.
"The Germans posted a notice that they would kill
10 Greeks, including women and children, for every
German soldier we killed. We tried to be pretty care-
ful after that."
Once LeBrucq ordered Mackey on a mission to
capture some horses and supplies from the Germans.
When Mackey's unit reached the German supply
depot, they were ambushed by the Germans.
"So, somebody had tipped them off. We got out
without losing anybody, but I told LeBrucq that he
wasn't my commanding officer and I wasn't going on
any more crazy missions. I was responsible for these
guys, not him."
Eventually, however, the Germans got a photo-
graph of Mackey and some of the other men, probably
through a collaborator, said Mackey.
Their pictures were posted in the local Greek towns
with a notice saying these men were spies and should
be turned in by the Greeks.
Mackey knew that because the Germans consid-
ered members of the OSS spies, he would be shot if
captured.
By October 1944, however, the Germans began
moving out of the area and Mackey's unit was ordered
back to Italy.
That was the end of his OSS days, and he was
shipped to Europe as a replacement officer in the 17th
Airborne Division, just after the Battle of the Bulge in
Belgium.
He was assigned as a liaison officer with the 513th
Parachute Regiment and crossed the Rhine River in a
glider as part of Operation Varsity, the last major Al-
lied offensive of the European theater.
The C-47 plane towing the glider was supposed to
let the glider release the tow line first, but because of
flak, the C-47 pilots got scared and released the tow
line themselves while it was still attached to the nose
of the glider.
"That tow line pulled us straight down and we
thought 'this is it,'" said Mackey. "Our pilot and co-pi-
lot struggled with that line and finally got it released
just a few seconds before impact. They pulled up the
nose just as we hit the ground."
That's all Mackey remembered until he woke up to
find himself 25 feet in front of the glider and with sev-
eral broken ribs and a busted nose.
The Germans were shooting at Mackey and his
men from the nearby woods and Mackey ordered the
men into a ditch and to return fire. After a one-hour
firefight, the Germans surrendered.
"There were hundreds of them, mostly old men and
young kids. I think they were glad the war was over. I'll
never forget the look on their faces."
The 17th was pulled back from the front lines af-
ter the Germans surrendered in May, and the talk was
that they might be shipped to the Pacific for the inva-
sion of Japan.


Palestine paratrooper
U.S. Army 2nd Lt. Paul Mackey was a member of the
OSS (Organization of Strategic Services) in World
War II, and earned his paratrooper wings at a
British airbase near Haifa in Palestine. The above
photo was taken at a seawall in Tel Aviv just after
Mackey earned his wings. The OSS was the forerun-
ner of today's Central Intelligence Agency.

Mackey figured he had too many "points" for an-
other combat assignment, but then the atom bomb was
dropped, the war was over, and it didn't matter.
He was shipped back to the United States and
asked to stay in the Army, but he declined.
"I wanted to go back home, get married and go to
school," remembered Mackey, and he did.
He took his discharge and went back to Ohio, mar-
ried wife Carmeane and worked in the sales department
of the Hanna Coal Company, then Consolidation Coal,
before becoming a vice president of the Dale Carnegie
Institute.
He and Carmeane had four children, two sons and
two daughters. One son was killed in a boating accident
off Rhode Island in 1990.
The Mackeys first came to Anna Maria Island in
1987 because their son, Peter, was moving to the area,
and Paul and Carmeane eventually retired here.
There are many things about the war Paul Mackey
will never forget.
"I wasn't that scared. When you're young, you
don't think too much about those things, but I've car-
ried those experiences and memories with me. The war
changed me forever."
One experience was a name change.
His father was from Finland and named Maki, but
because the family thought that name resembled Japa-
nese, they had it changed to Mackey before the war
started.
Mackey also remembers that when he was in
Greece, a lot of the guerrillas were communist and
wanted Mackey and his unit to fight the regular Greek
Army, in addition to the Germans.
"We were told not to get involved in the political
situation and we didn't."
It was only a few years after his discharge that
Mackey learned the OSS had become the CIA.
"I guess if I'd stayed in, I'd have been a spy," said
Paul Mackey with a laugh.
The CIA never forgot the contribution Mackey and
his men made to the OSS. The story of his unit's move-
ment and operations in Greece is in the CIA archives
in Washington, D.C., and also appeared in the CIA
Museum magazine.
Mackey received two bronze stars and a purple
heart during his tour of duty, but doesn't consider him-
self a hero.
"I just did my part, what I thought was exciting. It
was an incredible experience and I'm proud to have
been a part of the OSS and the U.S. Army."

"The Greatest Generation" column is for Island,
Longhoat Key, Perico Island and Cortez veterans, men
and women, who served in the armed forces of any al-
lied country (U.S., Canada, Britain, Holland, Norway,
France, Poland, Australia, New Zealand, the Philip-
pines, etc.) during World War II. We'd like to hear
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Consultant says fix Anna Maria City Hall now


By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
The consultant who did the indoor air-quality in-
spection (mold report) on Anna Maria City Hall now
says the building should be fixed as soon as possible.
Asked by Mayor SueLynn to provide an estimate


of work needed to fix the mold problem, Scott Russell
of Environmental Safety Consultants in Clearwater
presented an eloquent eight-page report on what should
be done to remediatee" the problem.
Most notably, Russell said the mold problem
should be fixed "as soon as possible," and "if the oc-


Math superstars
Anna Maria Elementary school fifth-graders Blake Wilson, from Anne Kinnan's class, and Chris Perez, from Lynn
McDonough 's class, won first place in the countywide "Math Superstars" competition. Wilson and Perez were
chosen to represent AME after scoring the highest within their class on the competition quiz. Wilson and Perez will
receive a $100 savings bond and attend a luncheon at the Bradenton County Club in May. A traveling winner's
trophy will soon be on display at AME until the next competition. The team from AME prevailed over 32 other fifth-
grade teams. The winning strategy? Divide and conquer. Perez solved the odd problems, Wilson solved the even
problems, then they double-checked each other's math. Islander Photo: Diana Bogan


cupants are experiencing medically diagnosed health
impairments caused by the mold, a medical doctor
should be consulted concerning occupancy of the pre-
mises."
During actual mold removal, he said, "the work
areas in the building should not be occupied or entered
by anyone, except the mold remediation firm's repre-
sentatives." After completion, testing must show the
areas are "safe" before anyone can enter the premises,
Russell said.
What he didn't say was how much.
Mayor SueLynn said contractor Southern Cross
Construction and architect Tom O'Brien have reviewed
Russell's remediation proposal. Southern Cross indi-
cated much of that work was already planned, but there
may be additional costs.
Southern Cross also said the asbestos discovered in
an asbestos inspection would have to be removed and
there will be some additional costs associated with that
as well. Only a licensed asbestos-removal company can
perform that work.
The mayor said she was waiting on estimates for
asbestos abatement and mold removal from Southern
Cross.
She wasn't waiting on a roof estimate, however.
Following city commission direction, licensed
roofer Gary Bringman made an inspection of the city
hall roof.
His report said the city should reroof in "two years
or less," and said that for "budgeting purposes," a roof
replacement along with added tapered insulation would
cost "approximately $22,800."
Bringman's estimate, Russell's "remediation pro-
tocol," O'Brien's comments and those of Southern
Cross will be presented to the city commission for dis-
cussion at the April 22 commission meeting.
The commission, however, has directed the mayor
to get a complete roof inspection report along with a
window inspection from licensed construction inspec-
tor Michael Conley, who has done work for the city
previously. Conley said the evaluations and inspections
for both items would cost the city $750.


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Jazz at the Park on Sunday will raise funds and
promote awareness for the program dedicated to help-
ing child abuse victims.
The concert featuring the Island's own Herb
Harris and his jazz trio will be 5-8 p.m. Sunday,
April 25, at Palma Sola Botanical Park, 9800 17th Ave.
N.W., Bradenton. Tickets to the event are $60 per per-
son. Sponsors are being sought as well, with contribu-
tion levels anywhere from $500 to $5,000.
Jazz in the Park is "an intimate gathering at Palma
Sola" and a sample of restaurant specialties is planned
along with "an outstanding wine selection," said
Melinda Clarke Thompson, executive director of the
beneficiary Manatee Children's Services.
Prospective sponsors may call her at 345-1200.

Scenic highway entity
is seeking volunteers
The Bradenton Beach Scenic Highway Corridor
Management Entity needs volunteers to put together
recommendations to the Bradenton Beach City Com-
mission.
Scott Barr, vice chairman of the entity, said there
are several openings for volunteers to help make offi-
cial suggestions to the commission.
He asked interested persons to call the city clerk at
778-1005 or go to the city hall, 107 Gulf Drive N., to
volunteer in person.



Streetlife


Island police reports
Anna Maria City
No reports.

Bradenton Beach
April 6, 1800 Gulf Drive South, Leffis Key, bur-
glary. A man reported his stereo and bank checks sto-
len from his vehicle.
April 10, 2201 Gulf Drive N., Sunset Beach Mo-
tel, information. A customer called police after the
manager became argumentative when the customer
asked for a partial refund. Officers stood by while the
manager gave two unsatisfied customers partial re-
funds.
April 11, 2200 block of Gulf Drive, drivers license.
A man was arrested for driving with a suspended li-
cense.

Holmes Beach
April 12, 200 block of Harbor Drive, theft. A three-
wheel bike was reported stolen.
April 14, 3007 Gulf Drive, Anchor Inn, trespass. A
bartender requested a trespass warning for a customer.
According to the report, the customer was too intoxi-
cated to take care of himself and was taken into custody
under the Marchman Act.
April 15, 6900 Gulf Drive, Bali Hai Resort, bur-
glary. A couple reported some items missing from their
room, including money and jewelry.


Cortez, county will study

school's future at meeting
Residents of Cortez will get "every chance" to air
their suggestions and opinion of what should be done
at the old Cortez schoolhouse, at a meeting from 4-7
p.m. Thursday, April 22.
Host is the Manatee County Clerk of the Circuit
Court's Office, which has responsibility and authority
for the 1912-built school at the east end of the historic
fishing village. The meeting will be in the Cortez Com-
munity Center, 4523 123rd St. Ct. W.
The county has bought the schoolhouse with state
help, and plans are to develop the Florida Gulf Coast
Maritime Museum there, with plenty of room also for
the community center.
Volunteers have done as much work as they can,
and the county has just completed an agreement assign-
ing operations to the clerk of the circuit court, Chips
Shore. This permits expenditure of the $167,000 local
matching funds to go with a state grant that was ap-
proved but never funded. Hopes are that state funds
will come through this year.
Cathy Slusser of Shore's staff said the discussion
Thursday will take up "preservation of the history of
the community and plan direction for the schoolhouse,"
focusing on goals set forth in the "vision plan" for
Cortez.


IMS auctions autographed guitar,
concert tickets
An electric guitar autographed by members of the
Trans-Siberian Orchestra will be up for auction at the
Island Middle School Conch Fritter Band "Afternoon
with Leon Merian" fundraiser Saturday, April 24.
In addition to the autographed guitar, IMS board
member Ed Upshaw said Trans-Siberian donated free
tickets to its next Florida concert for the highest bidder.
The event takes place at 2 at the school and features
a performance by Merian, whose trumpet delivers what
Dizzy Gillespie once called "one of the most beautiful
sounds you'll ever hear," and will be followed by a
performance of the Conch Fritter Band.
Merian's career spans five decades of appearances
with other greats, including Sarah Vaughn, Elle
Fitzgerald, Lena Home, Tony Bennett, Frank Sinatra,
Charlie Barnet, Peggy Lee and the Mills Brothers. He
backed artists Judy Garland, Danny Kaye and Elvis
Presley.
Merian will also be offering signed copies of his
compact disc and his biography, "The Man Behind the
Horn."
Tickets for the fundraiser are $10 and proceeds will
help fund the Conch Fritter Band trip to Orlando in
May to compete in the jazz-band category of the World
Festival Tours Competition. Last year the Conch Frit-
ters won first place in the jazz-band category at the
competition.
Tickets are available at the IMS school office, 206
85th St., Holmes Beach. For more information, call
778-5200.

IMS does 'Make A Difference'
Island Middle School shutdown coordinator Larry
Fowler announced that the school was selected as a
local honoree for its past volunteer efforts.
The school was recognized by "USA Weekend"
magazine as one of the top 10 percent of participants
and received an award certificate for its efforts Oct. 25,
National Make-A-Difference Day.
Students and staff planned several community ser-
vice projects to coincide with the nationwide
volunteerism event including:
* Planted a butterfly garden across from the school on
85th Street.
* A car wash that raised $100 for Southeast Guide Dogs
Inc. of Palmetto.
* Applying "Stash-Your-Trash" signs on beachfront
garbage cans from Coquina Beach in Bradenton Beach
to Bayfront Park in Anna Maria.
* Writing and performing a play about resisting peer
pressure and drugs for Anna Maria Elementary School.
* A Conch Fritter Band performance for the Holmes
Beach veterans' memorial dedication service.
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Planners recommend 'savings clause'


By Diana Bogan
Islander Reporter
The Holmes Beach Planning Commission unani-
mously voted to recommend the proposed lot of record
"savings clause" amendment to the city's land devel-
opment code at its meeting April 15.
The purpose of the proposed savings clause is to
allow owners of legal nonconforming lots of record, in
particular those lots that are insufficient as to width, to
develop their property without the need for a lot-width
variance, provided the development of these lots meets
all other requirements of the LDC.
Land planner Bill Brisson presented a redrafted
amendment April 15 based on direction given to him
by the planning commission at its January meeting
when they first reviewed the savings clause drafted by
City Attorney Patricia Petruff.
Brisson's redraft reflects the city's wish to provide
owners of a legal nonconforming lot of record to build
a single-family dwelling unit, or other dwelling permit-
ted by the zoning district, as long as it meets all district
regulations and does not exceed the density or intensity


allowed in its land-use category.
The proposed ordinance will also permit owners of
contiguous legal nonconforming lots (two or more ad-
joining undersized lots) to construct a single-family
dwelling on each of the lots.
Brisson told the commission that the savings clause
does not mean the property owner will be able to build
a larger home than if a lot-width variance were re-
quired, because all the same setback and height require-
ments will apply.
Brisson reviewed a 1993 map of the city's subdi-
vision and lot lines to determine how many properties
could be developed at a greater density than presently
allowed if the proposed amendment is approved by the
city commission.
In his review, Brisson said he found only 12 prop-
erties with nonconforming lot widths that would in-
crease in density nine in the R-2 district and three
in the A-l district. The potential increase in density of
these properties could result in 23 additional units
throughout the city.
The proposed amendment prohibits granting a vari-


ance for a nonconforming lot developed under the new
savings clause except where the strict application of the
requirements of the LDC would prohibit the dwelling
from meeting the minimum floor-area requirements in
its zoning district.
Finally, the redraft clarifies the date by which ex-
isting lots should have been recorded to be considered
legally nonconforming for the purpose of the savings
clause.
A "lot of record" is a parcel of land properly re-
corded. A "nonconformity" arises when lots, parcels,
buildings, structures -and uses that were lawful, typi-
cally prior to the 1989 enactment of the comprehensive
plan, no longer conform to amended or newly estab-
lished ordinances.
The updated amendment indicates that a legal,
nonconforming lot of record will be those existing on
Dec. 5, 1989, when the LDC was enacted.
The proposed savings clause amendment will be
scheduled for an upcoming city commission work ses-
sion when city commissioners will consider the plan-
ning board's reccomendation.


Island Marine property for sale: $2.5 million


By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Island Marine and Deli owner Jeff van Hoose has
put his Anna Maria property up for sale, with an ask-
ing price of $2.5 million for the five lots. The purchase
price includes the Island Deli store, which has been
closed since van Hoose sought a variance from the
city's planning and zoning board to build five single-
family homes on each of the lots. The marina was
closed and dismantled last fall.
But the P&Z board turned down van Hoose earlier
this year, noting he had enough total lot width to build
three homes, or he could build five residential-office-
retail units to fit each lot, as the property is zoned ROR.
The board also noted that by replatting the lots, he
might have enough width to build four single-family
homes.
Van Hoose, however, decided not to appeal the
P&Z decision to the city commission, but did enter into
talks with the city on a possible purchase through the
Trust for Public Lands.
Originally, van Hoose declined to lower his $2.5
million asking price, telling Mayor SueLynn and city
commissioners he already had a few offers at that
amount.
Those offers, however, apparently failed to mate-
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Even that wasn't low enough for the purchase to and 10 percent of the purchase price.
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would have to come up with 25 percent of the purchase SueLynn, and the property is now on the market.
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THE ISLANDER 0 APRIL 21, 2004 M PAGE 13


Bradenton Beach committee vows to move faster


By Paul Roat
Let's pick up the pace.
That was the consensus of the Citizen Advisory
Committee for Review and Updating of the Compre-
hensive Plan and Land Development Code for
Bradenton Beach, the group charged with reviewing
the long-range growth pattern of the city.
Several board members appeared frustrated at the
once-a-month meeting schedule and 18- 24-month time
period planning consultant Tony Arrant placed on the
evaluation, appraisal and review of the city's compre-
hensive plan.
"We need to redefine what we're doing here,"
committee member Mike Norman said. "We need to go
through this line by line, and agree or not. I signed onto
a two-year voyage, but I think we can get there quicker.
I think we can get there in six or eight months. In two
years, the horse is long out of that barn," he said, refer-
ring to growth and development trends in the city.
Committee member Timothy Lyons appeared to
agree.
"I believe the [comprehensive plan] is poorly or-
ganized, and I believe 90 percent of what's in there will
not change," he said. "I believe we can rewrite that 90
percent and make it easier to understand. I believe there
are strong opinions about what needs to be changed,
and I don't know why we can't do that up front."
Arrant said the committee apparently was "talking
about two different things. The reason why I decided
to start slow is to see the level of commitment of the
committee. I'm hearing your frustration and I interpret
it to mean that you want to pick the issues that concern
you now, not the total statutory process. If you want to
do it my way, fine, we can go quicker, if you want to
do more work:
"But there's a right \I a to do this, and a half-assed
way to do it," lie continued. "If Bradenton Beach wants
to amend my 'contract [and meet more than once a
month] fine, but it will cost more money. I'm hearing
a lot about changing the R-3 zoning in the city, and a
moratorium, and that's fine, but that's a totally separate
issue. If you want to change those things, you may not


be on the right committee.
"The process is to look at and evaluate what you
have and determine if it is working, and if not, to col-
lect the data and address the changes," Arrant contin-
ued. "You're not editing a book. There are consultants
that will do that. I want to do this legally and deliber-
ately, and you've got to fix as many changes as you can
in the comp plan, then there's no legal challenge."
Arrant led the committee on an exercise dealing
with residential zoning which allows up to 18 units per
acre in the comprehensive plan. Committee members
said the correct use should be up to eight units and
thought that change should be made and sent off to
state officials for ratification after planning and zoning
board and city commission approval.
"But what if somebody bought eight units and de-
cided to put in one big house?" Arrant asked. "Is that
what you want?"
Well, no, committee members said.
OK, said Arrant, then you don't want development
up to eight units, you want eight units only, no more,
no less.
Oh, committee members muttered. Right.
Fine, Arrant said, explaining that the state review
of any comp-plan amendment would take up to nine
months, as would the land-use changes. Local approval
could take up to three months.
And that's just for that one amendment, Arrant
added, and you can only do two of them a year. Why
not wait until the various elements in the comp plan
have been reviewed, then get them all approved at the
same time rather than piecemeal.
The "quick fix" proposals were not discussed
again.
Committee members did agree to begin review on
one of the "smaller" elements chapters in the
comp plan and discuss the changes in the transportation
section at their next meeting April 26. Arrant predicted
the transportation element could be dealt with during
the two-hour meeting.
With the process firmly in hand by then, commit-
tee members may begin to tackle the thorniest of the


elements, future land use.
Comp plans do a number of things for an area.
They may be used to extend or redistribute growth.
They may manage the timing of new growth. They may
protect natural resources, and provide financial secu-
rity.
Plans may also serve as a guide to new or existing
development, and provide planning tools for infrastruc-
ture development or intergovernmental coordination,
Arrant has said.
All comp plans must have a certain set of elements:
capital improvements, future land use, traffic circula-
tion, infrastructure, conservation, recreation and open
space, housing, coastal management, and intergovern-
mental coordination.
The comp plan powers the future development in
a city, aided by a future land-use map. Implementation
of the comp plan is done through land-development
codes, which the committee will also address once the
comp-plan process has been completed.
The April 27 meeting will begin at 4 p.m.
In other matters, former Mayor Katie Pierola re-
signed from the comp-plan committee, citing schedul-
ing conflicts and health issues.

Composer Moerk's elegy gets
national premiere
Anna Maria Island composer Alice Moerk has re-
turned from Washington, D.C., where her Elegy for
Cello and Piano, "All That Lies Before," premiered.
Her composition was one of seven by composers
across the United States to premiere at the national con-
vention of the National League of American Pen Women.
She also was presented with awards for her "Tap-
estries" for band, and for her "Variations on 'Pas-
times.'" Both the elegy and variations earlier received
awards at the Florida convention of the national orga-
nization.
Last month, Moerk's Christmas carol, "Little
Babe," received the songwriters award from the
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School district estimates 2004-05 $9.7 million deficit


By Diana Bogan
Islander Reporter
Anna Maria Elementary School Advisory Commit-
tee members learned Monday that the Manatee County
School Board estimates a $9.7 million budget deficit
for the next school year.
In a video presentation being shown to all SAC
members at all area schools, Manatee County Superin-
tendent Roger Dearing explains how Florida Gov. Jeb
Bush's current budget request is not adequate to meet
the educational needs of school districts.
Dearing stressed that lack of adequate state fund-
ing has created a crisis for the county. "We are at that
crucial point where decisive action must take place,"
Dearing said.
Funding for schools is affected by the class-size
amendment, capital funding, the Florida lottery, pub-
lic-school funding for operations, health insurance
costs and the governor's budget, according to Dearing.
The class-size amendment to the state constitution
passed last year requires that payment of the costs as-
sociated with reducing class size is the responsibility
of the state and not of local school districts. But,
Dearing says, the state has not fulfilled its obligation.
"The revenue 'pie' has remained the same size and
they slice it thinner by earmarking some new revenue
as 'class size,"' Dearing said.
Prior to the passage of the class-size amendment,
which reduces the student-to-teacher ratio, Manatee
County had the capacity to seat 41,624 students. After
the amendment, student capacity in existing schools in
34,508, resulting in a loss of space for 7,116 students.
According to Dearing, the school district will need
$99.5 million to create additional classroom space to
accommodate the loss.
The state has provided Manatee County $11 mil-
lion in the current school year and Dearing estimates
receiving an additional $1.8 million in the next school
year. "This leaves us short," Dearing said.
He also addressed the use of the state lottery money
for education. The intent of the legislature is that the net
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schools is outweighed by 10 letters from other
citizens calling for lower taxes. However,
Dearing says Manatee County schools have
reached a critical point and it's time for the par-
ents' voice to be heard.
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Rep. Johnnie Byrd, Jr., Speaker of the House,
121 N. Collins St., Ste 202, Plant City FL 33566.
Rep. Frank Peterman, 1198 62nd Ave. S.,
St. Petersburg FL 33675.
Rep. Ron Reagan, 7011 15th St. E., Ste. B-
1, Sarasota FL 34243.
Rep. Bill Galvano, 1023 Manatee Ave. W.,
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Rep. Donna Clarke, 1991 Main St., Ste.
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Sen. James King Jr., President of the Sen-
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Sen. Michael Bennett, 3653 Cortez Road
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Sen. Lisa Carlton, 2127 S. Tamiami Trail,
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Last year, the county had an $8 million deficit and
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timates it needs $18.9 million to meet that growth and
inflation. To meet the requirements of the class-size
amendment, Dearing estimates the budgetary needs at
an additional $7.8 million.
According to Dearing, the governor's budget pro-
vides the county with $9.2 million for growth and in-
flation, and $7.8 million for new class sizes.
In May 2002, Manatee County voters approved a
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renovation of many district schools. This year the half-
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four new elementary schools, three new middle schools
and four new high schools, plus the renovation and
replacement of 17 existing schools, including Anna
Maria Elementary and King Middle schools.
The school district has also received $6 million in
revenue for new student stations from an impact fee on
new residential construction.
The school board also recently negotiated a $2
million reduction in benefits and premium increases for
employees.
The bottom line is the Manatee County School
District will be faced with trimming $9.7 million from
its budget to meet the $17 million allocated to the
county from the state. "This puts Manatee County
schools in a critical situation," Dearing said. "Let Tal-
lahassee step up to the needs for capital planning."
Dearing states that for every letter legislators re-
ceive from a teacher or parent, they receive 10 more
from taxpayers asking for reduced taxes.
"It's time the legislators heard the parents,"
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THE ISLANDER 0 APRIL 21, 2004 U PAGE 15


Anna Maria can't halt, just regulate development


By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Anna Maria's comprehensive plan and land devel-
opment review committee continued its laborious task
April 13 with another meeting with professional plan-
ner Tony Arrant.
The committee discussed the required housing el-
ement in the comprehensive plan and got some bad
news from Arrant.
Concerned about the large number of single-fam-
ily homes converted to rental units in the city the past
few years, committee member and City Commissioner
Dale Woodland wondered if that could be halted.
Not really, said Arrant.
Woodland was also concerned about the number of
older homes being bought by investors, then developed
into a larger structure and used as a rental property.
"There is no magic wand that says you can stop
development, but you can regulate and discourage in-
creased development if that's what you want," Arrant
said.
The city can lower density, maintain or increase
setback requirements, restrict lot splits and combina-
tions, and keep the basic footprint of older homes in-
tact in future renovations.
The city can't stop all development, but it can con-
trol development.
Restricting further conversion of single-family
homes to rental properties can be done, but everyone
within a particular zone identified as a rental property
zone "has to be treated equally," Arrant noted. And
halting such conversion becomes a political issue
which the committee will not address.
Arrant then presented statistics generated by the
University of Florida that will be used as a guide in
writing the housing element.
While there's not likely to be any substandard
housing in Anna Maria, Arrant said that if there is, the
city has to present a proposal in its revised comprehen-
sive plan to fix at least 20 percent of the substandard
homes each year for the next five years.
Arrant agreed to write the housing element for the

Budget deficit predicted
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 14

Dearing is urging parents to write, e-mail or phone
the governor, and state and local government represen-
tatives to provide adequate funding for both the class-
size amendment requirements and education in general.
Sample letters to send to legislators are available
at AME, and the SAC members have recommended the
school place contact information and sample letters on
its Web site.


committee and present it for comment at the next meet-
ing.
Members also discussed the definition and descrip-
tion of what Anna Maria is and agreed the city has
changed considerably from the 1989 comp-plan de-
scription which states that the city is a "vacation and
retirement community."
The committee agreed that a better description is
that Anna Maria "is a low-density, single-family resi-
dential community with a significant amount of single-
family homes used as rentals."
Committee members also discussed the transpor-
tation element of the LDC and were concerned about
parking, particularly at rental properties.
Remember, said Arrant, the comprehensive plan
can only set parameters for issues. After that, ordi-
nances are required and then those issues become code
enforcement problems.
The LDC can say the city shouldn't have boats


parked in driveways, or RVs in a yard, "but you have
to be willing" to pass ordinances to enforce those rec-
ommendations.
Committee members will study the transportation
element and present findings and recommendations at
the next meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 27.
The public can attend any of the committee meet-
ings.
Once the entire comp plan including a proposed
Future Land-Use Map and the land-development
codes are revised by the committee, a series of public
hearings with public input will be scheduled by the city
commission to review and pass or reject the proposals.
After passage, the revised comp plan and accom-
panying LDC will be forwarded to the Florida Depart-
ment of Community Affairs for its acceptance or rejec-
tion.


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Impasse over Anna Maria road resurfacing


By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Talks between Anna Maria City Engineer Tom
Wilcox of Baskerville-Donovan Inc. and paving con-
tractor APAC over repaving Oak and Tarpon avenues
have stalled again, Wilcox reported to the capital im-
provements advisory committee April 14.
"We had reached a tentative agreement to solve the
problem," said Wilcox, but just before he was to
present a possible settlement to the city commission,
APAC backed out.
APAC resurfaced Oak and Tarpon Avenues last
year, but because the company failed to put down a
tack coat, some portions of the roads have buckled and
slid, Wilcox said. The city has not paid APAC any of
the $32,000 project cost, pending an agreement to fix
the problem.
Under the tentative agreement, the city would pur-
chase the extra asphalt needed, APAC would provide
the labor at no charge and BDI would inspect the work,
also at no charge.
But Wilcox wanted at least a one-year guarantee
that the patch work proposal would work and APAC
balked at the last minute over the demand.
APAC has estimated the city's portion of the patch
job at about $20,000 for asphalt.
The best solution, however, is to remill the road,
said committee member Bill Snow, a former paving
contractor.
Agreed, said Wilcox, but APAC said that would
cost about $47,000 and they would still want the origi-
nal $32,000.
Snow was also upset to learn that although APAC
had done the work as part of a piggy-back contract with
Manatee County, it was without a performance bond.
He said he had always assumed APAC was under
a bond, but Wilcox said performance bonds on such
small projects aren't required.
Snow said he'd be in favor of remilling (removing


the entire one-and-a-half-inch top coat) and have the
city pay for a half-inch of new asphalt, while APAC
would be responsible for one inch of asphalt plus the
labor.
"That's the fix," said CIAC chairman Larry Albert,
but Wilcox said APAC feels it is due at least 90 percent
of the original contract before proceeding with
remilling the road.
If APAC would just "eat the first contract" and go
with the remill at $47,000, "that would be a good deal,"
noted Wilcox, but APAC is not interested.
So discussions with APAC are at an impasse, noted
Wilcox.


In other business, Public Works Director George
McKay said he was negotiating with Holmes Beach to
purchase some of the sand dredged from that city's
canals and currently stockpiled behind the city's base-
ball field.
McKay would use the sand to renourish the beach
by the city pier.
"It won't be free, but it's far cheaper than what
it would cost if [the city] had to go elsewhere," he
said.
The committee is also preparing its priority list of
capital improvement projects to give the mayor for the
2004-05 budget.


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District personnel walk IMS through shutdown plan


By Diana Bogan
Islander Reporter
A team of Manatee County School District repre-
sentatives met with the Island Middle School Board of
Directors April 13 to present an action plan for the
school's June 30 closing.
Manatee County Assistant Superintendent Lynette
Edwards introduced the board to several staff members
from the district's finance and curriculum departments
who will coordinate the school shutdown with IMS
staff.
Edwards and her team outlined the information that
the school will need to submit to district staff and the
timeline for each item. Edwards' action plan clarified
whose responsibility each task will be throughout the
process.
By the end of the month a review of current
monthly financial data and an annual financial review
must take place. IMS must also inventory its fixed as-
sets, produce a record of tangible property, list its lease
obligations among other paperwork, and videotape its
facilities.
Edwards said district officials will need to be on
campus to complete some of the work, such as video-
taping the facilities, but will schedule around regular
school operating hours so classes will not be disrupted.
The IMS contract with the Manatee County School
District expires June 30 and Edwards said the school


Representatives from the Manatee County
School District met with parents to discuss enroll-
ment options for IMS students in time for the 2004-
05 school year.
IMS shutdown coordinator Larry Fowler said
sixth- and seventh-grade students need to enroll in
the middle school zoned for their neighborhood,
unless they are enrolling in another charter school.
Because the school choice application period has
passed, IMS students do not have the option to
choose a public school outside of their housing
zone.
Progress reports will be sent home Wednesday,


board will have to officially revoke the charter at a
regularly scheduled board meeting no later than its first
meeting in July.
Any assets that become the property of the county
will be collected May 27 or May 28 when the school
year is complete.
Current IMS teachers interested in working at other
county schools may apply at the district when job
postings become available the end of May.
In other business, IMS shutdown coordinator Larry


April 21, and Fowler said parents are encouraged
to meet with him as soon as possible to review
their child's record.
Parents need to call the school where their
child will attend and set up an appointment to en-
roll for next year. Fowler said parents will need to
provide the school with proof of residency, last
year's Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test
scores and a copy of the student's IMS school
record.
Sugg Middle School Principal Angela Essig
attended the IMS meeting and invited parents to
attend Sugg's open house May 6.


Fowler told the board some personnel changes have
occurred to help in the shutdown process.
Beverly Beaver, who worked as the school secre-
tary in the fall, has agreed to provide help in the office
for a few hours each week. Physical education teacher
Lori Guerrin has agreed to work as Fowler's assistant
and Ken Kiersy has been hired to take over Guerrin's
PE duties. Finally, board member Kimberly
Holmstrom has resigned as the temporary director now
that Fowler is handling operations.


Parking lot proposal gets nod by planners


By Paul Roat
A proposed parking lot in Bradenton Beach re-
ceived the go-ahead from city planners and will come
before the city commission May 6.
Agent Charlie Ugarte, representing owners George
Marines and Wendy Kokolis, received the blessing of
the city planning and zoning board last week for a spe-
cial exception for a 31-space parking lot on Ninth
Street North, east of Gulf Drive. The area, approxi-
mately one-third of an acre, is zoned commercial, and
historically was used as a parking lot for the long-de-
funct Trader Jack's restaurant.
The parking lot will be used by patrons of Gulf
Drive Cafe, 900 Gulf Drive N.
Planners unanimously approved the special-excep-
tion request but pegged a stipulation and posed a num-
ber of comments on the project, which Ugarte said had
a cost approaching $40,000.
The stipulation calls for a 1-foot strip of land to be


set aside to augment the existing 4-foot-wide sidewalk
on the east side of Gulf Drive.
The comments were more detailed and biting, es-
pecially regarding the city's current lack of a planner,
building official and code enforcement officer.
"All members present agreed that their recommen-
dation for approval was made without benefit of advice
and direction from a city building official or a city plan-
ner," the letter to the commission from Bob Dale, plan-
ning and zoning board chair, states.
"We feel that reviewing projects without the expe-
rience and knowledge of those two key city staff people
puts the planning and zoning board at risk of not hav-
ing all information necessary to make recommenda-
tions to the city commission," the letter continued.
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staff is to be commended for the services they are pro-
viding us, they cannot be expected to have the same
level of knowledge and responsibility as would our


own in-house building official.
"We strongly urge you to fill the vacant position of
the building official with a permanent employee."
Planners also said their recommendation was taken as
a part, not the whole, of the issue of parking at the cafe -
"in isolation" was the phrase used by Dale in his letter and
by P&Z board member Rick Bisio in his motion.
"We have not reviewed the total number of spaces
available for restaurant usage and do not represent that
this recommendation will solve the pending 'parking-
versus-seating' issues for the restaurant," the letter
continued.
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Board gives trash


violator two weeks
By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
The Anna Maria Code Enforcement Board showed its
kinder, gentler side at its April 12 meeting.
The board gave Mary Lease of 110 Palmetto Ave.
another two weeks to get an agreement with Waste Man-
agement Inc., the city's contracted trash hauler, for collec-
tion service to come into compliance with the city's ordi-
nance. After that date, a $100-a-day fine levied by the
board against Lease at its March 9 meeting will be re-
corded with the county court (The Islander, March 17),
unless Lease reaches agreement with WMI.
The daily fine, which is effective from Feb. 25, will
continue to be assessed, but the board said if Lease comes
into compliance, she can appeal to the board for a reduc-
tion or elimination of the fine.
Lease, who was present at the April 12 meeting after
failing to attend the prior CEB meetings regarding her
property, said she had been in London for some time
working for Continental Airlines, and only recently be-
came aware of the problem.
Her mail was not forwarded to her London address,
but was held at a Tampa post office. Lease has her perma-
nent residence in Tampa.
"I've gotten involved in something I never realized
was mandatory," Lease said in her defense.
When she moved to Anna Maria in the early 1950s
with her family, garbage collection wasn't mandatory.
"It was always my belief that the service wasn't
needed if you didn't have garbage," she added.
She said she went to city hall several years ago to in-
form a staff member she didn't live in the house year-
round and didn't require garbage collection.
"They said I was OK," Lease claimed.
She never thought collection was an issue, but admit-
ted receiving several bills from WMI during the past few
years. At one time, there was a three-year lapse in WMI
bills, she said.
"No one ever said I needed this service. They never
made it clear," Lease noted.
Lease said she only recently learned of the code en-
forcement problem, and just returned from Europe to
Anna Maria earlier in the week. She said she called WMI
that day to inquire about the past due bill and getting ser-
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In addition, she told CEB chairperson Bill Iseman,
paying the $900 was a financial hardship.
Board member Shirley O'Day sympathized with
Lease, but said that's not the issue before the board.
"Our issue is that the city demands every
homeowner" to have a collection contract with WMI.
Lease claimed she didn't know when that requirement
started.
Iseman said if Lease can get a contract with WMI, the
$100-per-day fine will cease accumulating. She can then
appeal to the board to reduce or remove the fine.
The fine has not yet been filed with the Manatee
County Court. Once that happens, the city would hold a
lien which would have to be satisfied before the property
could be sold.
"I strongly urge you to come into compliance and get
a contract with Waste Management," said Iseman.
"Every day is another $100 fine."
But Lease reiterated she has a financial hardship in
paying the $900 to WMI.
Well, do something, Iseman urged.
The city doesn't want to file a lien, but "you must
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The board voted unanimously to give Lease until
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THE ISLANDER 0 APRIL 21, 2004 M PAGE 19


IMS students share

in 'Soldier's Heart'
By Diana Bogan
Islander Reporter
More than a dozen students from Island Middle
School received letters from U.S. Army Maj. Rick Ely,
who is presently stationed in Afghanistan.
Ely is the executive officer of a helicopter mainte-
nance battalion 40 miles north of Kabul, the country's
capital. He received a package from Harvey Memorial
Community Church containing letters from the Island
students, in addition to items that are not readily avail-
able to American servicemen that were collected by the
church.
Ely took the time to respond to each student with
pictures of life in Afghanistan and information about
himself and his work.
Each letter is different, addressing the questions
and comments written by individual students. Here is
a sample of his correspondence with IMS students.

To an American soldier,
I am a seventh-grade student at Island Middle
School on Anna Maria Island in Florida. My name is
Tyler Heeman.
I think that all of you that are defending our coun-
try are brave. I am extremely proud of you.
What part of the world are you in? What kind of
soldier are you? Is it scary?
I hope that you are careful, where ever you are.
Thank you.
Tyler Heeman

Hello Tyler,
I received your letter. It takes a long time for mail
to arrive in Afghanistan. I heard it's about 7,000 miles
away. It usually takes 3-5 weeks for mail to arrive.
Today is Sunday and I have done absolutely noth-
ing. Well, I did run 6.5 miles and it killed me. I made
some soup for my buddies and I. It was really good!
I have been here since Aug. 2. The flight was rather
long. With all the plane changes and everything, it
takes about two to three days.
I used to like flying, but I've grown to dislike it
more and more, especially in a military airplane. There
are only two windows where soldiers sit. They are at
the very back and you cannot see out them while you
are seated.
We came over to Afghanistan on a C-17 Air Force
plane. It is really big. We had all our equipment in it
with us. There were not too many seats and it was kind
of crowded.
Once we were in the air we were able to walk
around, sleep on the floor and pretty much do anything
we wanted to do. It took us about 25 hours of actual
flight time to get here. That does not include the stop
in Germany.
I did get to go home for eight days to see my fam-
ily. I wish I had stayed here. It was really tough to go
home for that short period of time and be able to do
things with them. I have been gone a long time and it
will probably take a long time for my family to get used
to me being home again. I bet my kids feel like they do
not have a dad.
I visited a lot of places on my way home. We
landed in Turkey, then went to London, then to New
Jersey, Pennsylvania, Chicago and then finally Iowa.
On the way back to Afghanistan, I went to Chi-
cago, Germany, Turkey and then an airbase called
Manas. It's located in the country of Kyrgyzstan. I bet
your teacher can't even pronounce that!
When I got home to Iowa, I was lucky enough to
shovel 10 inches of snow. That sounds like fun, huh?
Man' of you may have never seen snow. I built a fort


Hazardous
workplace
U.S. Army Maj.
Rick Ely
captured this
explosion
approximately
two miles away
from Steel
Beach where he
works in
Afghanistan.
According to
Ely, an Af-
ghanistan
National set off
a bomb in an
attempt to steal
the gunpowder
it contained.


U.S. Army Maj. Rick Ely en route to Afghanistan. He The airplane that Maj. Ely took to Afghanistan was
said the trip took about 25 hours offlight time and packed with people and gear.
encompassed about three days.


The helicopterflight line with the mountains of Afghanistan in the background.


with my son Alec and it caved in on top of me. We had
fun, but as I said, I did not have much time with my
wife and kids.
So you want to know if it is dangerous here. Well,
it can be if you do not pay attention to the rules. One
day there was a large explosion. It shook the whole
building where I work. It actually scared me. I grabbed
my camera and ran outside to see what it was. I got
pictures of it. It was huge. I was probably about two
miles away from it when I took the picture.
Here is what happened. There was an Afghanistan
Local National (we call them Hajji's) who had found a
bomb. He decided to see if he could open it up to get the
gunpowder. I guess gunpowder is worth of lot of money


in Afghanistan. He was going to sell the gunpowder to
someone. Anyway he got it opened. It blew up in the vil-
lage where he lived. There were 100 bomb-lets (bombs
within a bomb) in the bomb. He was killed along with 11
other people, eight of them were children.
Tyler, take care of yourself and your friends.
Friends are important in life and so is being nice to
people. Be sure to study hard.
I will be home soon to my family. I will be back in
Iowa in May. I would really like to come to Florida. I
bet you live in a cool place. My kids would love to visit
the beach.
God bless you.
Rick Ely





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50 and makeover arrive together


By Fritzie Gaccione
Special to The Islander
I said to the stylist "Hi, I'm Fritzie." She took one
look and said "Ugh, you do need a makeover."
My reactions were numerous and varied, but the
stark truth that settled in was that she was probably
right. William Whatley, senior style consultant for the
Fox TV show Ambush Makeovers, certainly thought
so. And my Aunt Hema, who is my lifelong cheer-
leader, has urged me to do it since I turned over the
previous decade.
Lowering my defenses, I began to anticipate the
great day. I wondered what it would feel like on the
inside looking so different on the outside. There was a
Zen thing happening, too non-attachment.
I have always had long hair, so I had to get ready
to let go of identifying through it. It is a new decade of
my life, I can have a new look.
I turned 50 recently.
All my show business gurus have said that as a
woman in show business I should never be honest
about my age. Losing two of my original five nuclear
family members before they turned 50 gives me a dif-
ferent perspective on the age thing. I apologize to my
mentors. It is good advice but I don't care. I claim it, I
am 50.
So off to Nu-U Salon and Day Spa in Fayettville,
Ark., where I am living and working until I can get
back to Anna Maria Island. Colorist and in-salon coach
Miranda Ebb had arranged for me to undergo an amaz-
ing physical transformation.
My friend Mike Snyder, producer of Ambush
Makeover for Fox TV, came in to set up a conference
call with style agent William Whatley. When I first sent
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Whatley spoke with Miranda Epp, the colorist; Teneil
Smith, the cutter; and Jeffrey Smith, the stylist. Three
different people were going to work on my hair. Wow!
Whatley asked them what their plan was for me
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need him any more. Nu-U had it together!
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pony tails and then lopped off so that Uriel Jackson, a
little girl with alopecia ariata a disease which pre-
vents hair growth can be tressed in them. I love the
fact that my hair won't be wasted.
Then Miranda Epp did her thing with the color.
Wow! She was like a chemist, mixing up all these dif-
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"Villa Incognito," but since I hadn't I had to settle for
an issue of Cosmopolitan.
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had many colors of highlights and darker hair overall.
The next part of my makeover was true spoiling:
Sheri Williams gave me a facial. Aaaaahhh! A facial is
one of the best things that can happen on this planet. A
facial can make all the bad things that have ever hap-
pened evaporate in a few short minutes.
It is so much attention and delicate touch on your
face, different lotions, then having your face wrapped
up in a steamy towel scented to your preference. Then
a different lotion and another towel, a new scent is
applied, and another. It is having your toes massaged,
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Then Teneil Smith finished the haircut, knowing
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Fritzie gets a new look
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 20
I'm not Jeffrey Smith he is a master of styling but
I am learning to recreate the Nu-U that I became then.
Leslie Johnson waxed my eyebrows and also mas-
saged my hands thoroughly. Crystal Webster applied!
my makeup, giving me a radiant natural look. My eyes
look big and bright blue and my complexion is even
and clear.
I have been preparing for this age for the past
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my physical fitness and Gold's Gym has been holding
my hand along the way. Thanks to my personal trainer,
Liz Love, who encouraged me to go on when my knees
hurt and my ankles throbbed and I couldn't stand on
one foot, let alone jump up and down on one foot.
Now I can fully participate in any aerobics class at
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the recumbent bike and watch the aerobics classes and
think "I'll never do that again." Humph!
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ticipated was the change itwould make in my voice,
giving me new texture and resonance and control. Yes,
I am becoming a new and improved person, an allover-
makeover.
And beyond the realm of the physical makeover to
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unique purpose, to my ultimate good and highest po-
tential is a process I am seriously pursuing.
The results have been mianifesting in the synergy
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tract has pushed me out of my comfort zone into this
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Young rockers band together to make 'magic'


By Diana Bogan
Islander Reporter
They may be younger than most Island musicians
but the Magic Tree Conspiracy's taste and talent for
music is mature.
Jake Orr, Josh Schieble, Cory Costello, Brandon
Kerr and Tyler Heeman met through the band program
at Island Middle School. All five are members of the
school's Conch Fritter Band and recently decided to
form their own band.
Costello said Magic Tree Conspiracy is really a
combination of members from two bands that decided
to join forces.
Costello plays lead guitar, Orr plays bass and sings
backup vocals, Schieble is the lead singer and plays
guitar, Kerr plays drums and Heeman plays additional
percussion and keyboard.
Although the group credits IMS band director Jimi
Gee with jump-starting their foray into the music scene,
Schieble gets credit for the band's unusual name.
"It came to me in a dream," Schieble said. The
band also credits him as the group storyteller. "I dreamt
I was driving a car but I had no depth perception.
Ahead of me I saw a tree that I couldn't reach. It turned
out that the tree I thought I was following was the air
freshener hanging from my rearview mirror."
"I thought the name was immature but I've grown
to like it," admitted Orr.
"It's a name you know you're not copying from
someone else," added Costello.
"But wouldn't it be funny if someone copied the
name after us?" Kerr piped up. "Like the Magic Leaf
Conspiracy."
The lively banter between the guys demonstrates
their wit and humor, but it's their musicianship that
makes them stand out. Already they play with pro-
fessionalism, having been groomed and mentored by
Gee.
They share a passion for music from the 1960s and
'70s, and say they enjoy playing the classic-rock tunes
that line their compact disk racks.
Kerr says his parents listen to "Led Zeppelin and
stuff' and Costello says he likes the Beatles, which is
a band his parents enjoy. Schieble, too, says his par-
ents' taste in music has rubbed off on him and Heeman
says fellow band members are increasing his repertoire.
They all agree there isn't much reason to listen to
much of anything on the pop charts today. They are
clearly unimpressed by the MTV generation of hit
makers.
"I'm scared of anything past '77," said Schieble.
"Ninety percent of it all sounds the same," com-
plained Kerr.
"It's just wrong to call it music," adds Costello.
Orr explained that popular bands today play the
same things and, with all he and his band members
know about music, it isn't very interesting.
"Some bands do know a lot about music, but they
don't show it often," Orr said. "People don't hear it."
The group has its own set list of classic tunes that
Gee has helped them finesse, including "Mustang
Sally," "Come Together," "Wonderful Tonight,"
"Proud Mary," and "Sunshine of Your Love."
"I hear we do 'Sunshine of Your Love' really


'Magic' band established
Middle school students Josh Schieble, Tyler Heeman, Brandon Kerr, Jake Orr and Cory Costello form the
classic rock band Magic Tree Conspiracy. Islander Photo: Diana Bogan


"I hear we do 'Sunshine of
Your Love' really well."
Cory Costello

well," said Costello.
Since starting the group in January, the band has
played in conjunction with Conch Fritter Band perfor-
mances. One of their first gigs was at the Bradenton
Seafood Fest last month and last week they entertained
staff and students at Anna Maria Elementary School
during staff appreciation week and again at the Parent-
Teacher Organization meeting.
Costello and Orr say they have become more seri-
ous about their musicianship in the past year.
"You guys have natural talent," Kerr said of his
bandmates. "I got serious about the drums in November."
Orr noted the difference by pointing out that he
only played piano because he was forced to practice by
his parents, but he's happy to practice with fellow band
members three times a week.
Orr also plays trumpet, Schieble plays trombone in
the Conch Fritter Band, and Kerr knows how to play
bass.
Schieble joked, "I could play the ukulele but I
don't."
"I'm able to play other instruments, but I wouldn't
consider myself a trumpet player," Orr explained.
To add a little more diversity to the band, IMS


alumna and jazz-vocalist Alex Stewart sits in on some
shows as an invited guest.
Gee recommended the group consider adding
Stewart as the "icing on the cake," and,Orr said she
"blew our minds away" when they heard her sing,
Stewart is enrolled in the music program at Booker
High School where Orr, Costello and Kerr will attend
classes next year. -
Schieble is off to Southeast High School, where he
has been accepted into the International Baccalaureate
program. The youngest of the bunch, Heeman will be:
moving on to eighth-grade next year.
"These are some of the most talented kids we
have," Gee said. If they use all their talents, this will
be one hell of a band."
The band is taking their talent seriously and
Stewart believes the guys are very committed to what
they're doing.
They'd like to be local celebrities, which they de-
fined as being "known around town" and hired for gigs.
"Or success could be going up to the top," Costello
said. "I could go for that. I'm optimistic."
"Yeah. We plan to go all the way," Kerr added.
Magic Tree Conspiracy has been invited to join
Koko Ray and the Soul Providers from 3 to 7 p.m. at
Grego's Almost at the Beach Tavern for a gig Sunday,
April 25.
Grego's is located on Palma Sola Boulevard at
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AME fifth-grade 'Wheeling to Give'


By Diana Bogan
Islander Reporter
Lynn McDonough's fifth-grade class at Anna
Maria Elementary School is ready and "wheeling" to
give.
With the guidance of the Anna Maria Island Ro-
tary Club and AME Guidance Counselor Cindi
Harrison, the fifth-grade class has set up a nonprofit
organization Wheeling to Give. The class says it will
raise money for the International Wheelchair Foun-
dation.
According to Harrison, the students have
planned fundraisers and will donate all proceeds to
the foundation, which ships thousands of wheel-
chairs annually to children in need. Harrison said the
foundation will match any donation made by Wheel-
ing to Give.
The student-run nonprofit is divided into several
departments, including accounting, advertising and
sales. Harrison said she conducted a career-educa-
tion lesson with McDonough's class and then al-
lowed students to apply for work in a department.
Harrison said the career lesson was aimed at
helping the students match their skills with different
types of jobs.
The accounting department will soon be opening
a bank account at an Island bank and a field-opera-
tion team will be placing counter-top canisters at
local businesses to collect donations.
The advertising department will be busy making
promotional fliers and iMovie commercials to play
during the AME morning news show and to inform
Islanders about upcoming fundraisers.
The sales team plans to hold a fundraiser in May.
Students plan during the school day to sell change
purses that clip onto backpacks and possibly at the
next Parent-Teacher Organization meeting and com-
munity dinner.
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School menu
Monday, April 26
Breakfast: Pancakes with Syrup, Cereal, Toast,
Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich, Fruit
Lunch: Ravioli with Garlic Toast, Ham and
Cheese Sandwich with Cheetos or Peanut Butter
and Jelly Sandwich, Tossed Salad, Mixed Veg-
etables, Juice Bar, Fruit
Tuesday, April 27
Breakfast: Sausage and Biscuit, Peanut Butter
and Jelly Sandwich, Cereal, Toast, Fruit
Lunch: Macaroni and Cheese, Fish Shapes or
Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich, Roll, Tossed
Salad, Peas and Carrots, Fruit
Wednesday, April 28
Breakfast: Super Donut, Grilled Cheese Sand-
wich, Cereal, Toast, Fruit
Lunch: Turkey Gravy with Rice, Barbecue Rib on
Bun or Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich, Tossed
Salad, Green Beans, Fruit
Thursday, April 29
Breakfast: French Toast Sticks with Syrup,
Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich, Cereal, Toast,
Fruit
Lunch: Tacos, Turkey Stack Sandwich or Peanut
Butter and Jelly Sandwich, Capri Blend, Tossed
Salad, Fruit
Friday, April 30
Breakfast: Yogurt, Cereal, Scrambled Eggs and
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Finally, Haiti suitable for Islanders


By Jim Hanson
Islander Correspondent
Delayed more than a month by war, Earl Mowry is
finally on the verge of leaving this week for Haiti to
continue the job he assigned himself, building a church
and school.
The longtime Holmes Beach resident will have
company on the trip and on the job Charles
Wilmore, who spends half the year here and half in
Indiana.
They plan to leave April 21 for West Palm Beach,
where they will board a Missionary Flights Interna-
tional plane to Haiti. They will spend a week working
long, hard hours in the Madelin community just out of
Cap-Haitien.
Bitter fighting between populist rebels and the re-
mains of deported President Aristide's forces kept the
Anna Maria Island men from the Caribbean island na-
tioil a month beyond their original departure date.
It was worth it, said Mowry.
"It didn't do us any damage, and did us and everyone
good by getting rid of Aristide," he said. "The country has
been going downhill ever since he started 10 years ago. He
has stolen millions from the poorest country in the hemi-
sphere. The people want him gone, and whatever had to
be done to get him out was worth it.
"I see a bright corner being turned."
In Haiti he and Wilmore will finish the 47- by-100
foot church they have built for "Pastor Julio." Pouring
the concrete floor is about all that is needed structur-
ally.
They will work on a school there, too, next door to
the church.
"If you can get people started in church, education
is next and both are desperately needed," Mowry said.
"The country's hope is its children, and the church and


school will be their basis."
Preparatory to their trip, Mowry and Wilmore have
shipped 1,800 pounds of much-needed material to the
school, including "bags of joy" he has filled with do-
nated items for children.
That was one benefit of the month's delay in depar-
ture: Instead of the 400 or so bags a month ago, they
sent 550 bags ahead of them.
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dren of Haiti," he said. "The Lord worked in a beauti-
ful way."
He is still accepting donations, for the work won't
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Wednesday, April 21
9 a.m. Horseshoe games at Anna Maria City
Hall Park, 10005 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria.
Noon to 3:30 p.m. Duplicate bridge at the Anna
Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave.,
Anna Maria. Information: 778-3390. Fee applies.
4 to 6 p.m. Friends of the Island Library open
house for retiree Sarah Bicknell at the Island Branch
Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Informa-
tion: 779-1416.
4:30 to 6 p.m. "Educating Jane" teen girls life-
skills club at the Anna Maria Island Community Cen-
ter, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 778-
1908. Fee applies.
6 p.m. Family storytime at the Island Branch
Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Informa-
tion: 778-6341.
7 to 9 p.m. "Coral Grief: Fall of the Cities Be-
neath the Sea" with marine-tourism expert Alex Brylske
at Center for Innovation and Technology auditorium at
Manatee Community College Lakewood Ranch, 7131
Professional Pkwy. E., Sarasota. Information: 408-
1494.
7 to 9 p.m. Teen talent night at Fogartyville
Cafe, 800 17th Ave. W., Bradenton. Information: 741-
9755. Fee applies.

Thursday, April 22
Noon to 4 p.m. AARP driver safety program at
the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach. Information: 776-1158.
2 p.m. "Displaced: Miracle at St. Otillien" video
presentation at Temple Beth El, 567 Bay Isles Road,
Longboat Key. Information: 383-3428.

Friday, April 23
9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Mixed movements fitness
class at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407
Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 778-1908.
Fee applies.
Noon to 4 p.m. AARP driver safety program at
the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach. Information: 776-1158.


Saturday, April 24
8:30 a.m. Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island
meeting at Cafe on the Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Mana-
tee Public Beach, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-
0355.
9 a.m. Horseshoe games at Anna Maria City
Hall Park, 10005 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria.
2 to 4 p.m. "An Afternoon with Leon Merian" at
Island Middle School, 206 85th St., Holmes Beach.
Information: 778-5200. Fee applies.
5 to 11 p.m. Anna Maria Island Community
Center's "An Affair to Remember: April in Paris" at St.
Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes
Beach. Information: 778-1908. Fee applies.

Sunday, April 25
10:30 a.m. Israel Independence Day breakfast
with guest Reuven Hazan at Temple Beth El, 567 Bay
Isles Road, Longboat Key. Information: 383-3428. Fee
applies.
5 to 8 p.m. "Jazz at the Park" at Palma Sola
Botanical Gardens, 9800 17th Ave. N.W., Bradenton.
Information: 722-2966.

Monday, April 26
9a.m. Island widowed-persons service meeting
at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Mag-
nolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 778-1908.
12:30 p.m. Torah commentary, 'The Menage a
Trois," presented by Rabbi Michael Eisenstat at
Temple Beth El, 567 Bay Isles Road, Longboat Key.
Information: 383-3428.
4:30 to 6p.m. "Roots and Shoots" teen environ-
mental program at the Anna Maria Island Community
Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information:
778-1908. Fee applies.

Tuesday, April 27
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.
Appointments: 749-3030.

Wednesday, April 28
9 a.m. Horseshoe games at Anna Maria City
Hall Park, 10005 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria.
Noon to 3:30 p.m. Duplicate bridge at the Anna
Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave.,


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4:30 to 6 p.m. "Educating Jane" teen girls life-
skills club at the Anna Maria Island Community Cen-
ter, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 778-
1908. Fee applies.
6 p.m. Family storytime at the Island Branch
Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Informa-
tion: 778-6341.

Ongoing:
Watercolor exhibit by Thelma Sarty at Island
Gallery West, 5368 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, through
April 24.
'The Country Wife The Musical" at Neel Per-
forming Arts Center, 5340 26th St. W., Bradenton. In-
formation: 752-5320. Fee applies.
Watercolor exhibit by Kim Attwooll at the Island
Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach,
through April 30. Information: 778-6341.
"Works from Open Studio" at the Anna Maria Is-
land Art League, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach,
through April 30. Information: 778-2099.
Rolf Bertram photographs at the Island Branch
Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, through
April 31. Information: 778-6341.
Watercolor with Susie Cotton at the Anna Maria
Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna
Maria, through May 25. Information: 778-1908. Fee
applies.
Retrospective exhibit by Florida photographer
Clyde Butcher at the South Florida museum, 201 10th
St. W., Bradenton, through August. Information: 746-
4131. Fee applies.

Upcoming:
Spring Fling concert at Neel Performing Arts
Center April 29.
Red Cross babysitter's training course at the
Anna Maria Island Community Center May 1.
"Jazz on the Water" aboard the Seafood Shack
paddle-wheeler May 2.
Annual Scout Show at G.T. Bray Park May 1.
"Stress Free for Life" at the Hilton Longboat Key
May 3.
"Strengthening Your Business A Blueprint for
Success" at the Hilton Longboat Key May 3.
"A Taste of the Center" at The Centre Shops of
Longboat Key May 4.
Boating-skills course at the U.S. Coast Guard
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Get dark, new tarpon rules for Boca Grande Pass


We're all a little more in the dark than usual this
week: observing National Dark Sky Week, that is.
The second annual NDSW began April 19 and runs
to April 26. Its goal is to douse nighttime illumination,
according to high school student and founder Jennifer
Barlow of Virginia. She said it is a time for people to
"temporarily reduce light pollution while raising
awareness about light pollution's effects on the night
sky, encourage better lighting and promote an interest
in astronomy."
What Jennifer failed to note is that light pollution
in Florida and elsewhere is also detrimental to sea
turtles nesting on the beach. Female turtles come
ashore during the summer months on Anna Maria Is-
land and lay eggs in the sand. The mother turtles, and
the little hatchlings that crawl out of the nests a couple
of months later, use the faint light reflected from the
moon and stars on the Gulf of Mexico to find their way
back to the water.
If stronger lights are visible on the beach, from
houses or condominiums or businesses or street lights,
the turtles can turn toward that brighter illumination,
often ending up under the tires of cars or lost and de-
hydrated in beach shrubbery, with deadly results.
Jennifer's NDSW has been endorsed by the Astro-
nomical League, American Astronomical Society and
the International Dark-Sky Association
"The most important way one can participate is to
turn out unnecessary lighting," according to Jennifer,
"but it is also crucial that everyone spreads the word
about NDSW to gain more participation. The week is
the perfect opportunity to host a star party, visit an ob-
servatory, get the telescope out of the attic, learn more
about the universe, and simply reconnect with the night
sky."
It's a good time to stay in the dark.

New fishing rules in Boca Grande Pass
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Com-
mission has dramatically constricted fishing in Boca
Grande Pass, known throughout the world for its spring
tarpon fishing.
FWC board members said no more than three fish-
ing lines per vessel may be in the water at any one time
in the pass regardless of what fish is being sought. Of-
ficials say the change will "reduce user conflicts and
decrease the amount of non-degradable material depos-
ited on the floor of the pass by anglers" during tarpon
season, which is April, May and June.
That "non-degradable material" matter is no small
deal. More than seven tons of lead weights, jigs, fish-
ing lines, crab traps and anchors have been hauled from
the floor of the pass in the past two years' cleanup ef-
forts. To limit the litter, FWC officials have passed
rules that prohibit use of breakaway gear to harvest any
fish in the pass during April, May and June.
Breakaway gear is defined in the rules to mean
"any bob, float, weight, lure or spoon that is affixed to
a fishing line or hook with wire, line, rubber bands,
plastic ties or other fasteners designed to break off
when a fish is caught."
You can still use a breakaway-style jig, as long as
the weight is not affixed to the hook with fasteners de-
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FWC'had earlier approved another rule at the pass
that prohibits the intentional "snagging" or "snatch
hooking" of tarpon, which is defined as "the inten-
tional catch of a fish by any device intended to impale
or hook tarpon by any part of its body other than the
mouth."
Extra boat cops will be at the pass this year to
explain the new rules and crack down on reckless
boating.

FWC proposes changes in blue,
stone crab fisheries
Crabbers may become a little more crabby if the
FWC enacts some proposals to change the stone and
blue crab fisheries.
For commercial stone crabbers, the proposal may
mean little: a ban on mechanical trap-pullers for non-
commercial fishers. It seems that recreational crabbers,
and some lobstermen, in mostly Monroe County, are
using the devices instead of muscle to haul up traps. The
change, if approved, would not impact anyone who falls
under the Americans With Disabilities category.
For blue crabbers, the proposal would extend a
ban on blue crabbing currently in effect in the Big
Bend area of the state from Sept. 20-Oct. 4 to all Gulf
of Mexico state waters between 3-9 miles from shore.
FWC commissioners predict that extending the
closure would help prevent fishers from stockpiling
stone crabs in blue crab and black sea bass traps just
prior to the opening of stone crab season.
There is also a proposal to begin the lobster and
stone crab trap certificate transfer window to June 15
rather than Aug. 1 in order to give fishermen another
6-7 weeks to transfer trap certificates to other persons;
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and permanently give up some or all of his/her certifi-
cates.
The final public hearing and decision on the pro-
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Happy 100, Thermos
It's a brand name that has become synonymous
with its product. Like its sister products Kleenex and
Scotch tape, Thermos means a way to keep liquid cool
in summer and warm in winter in an often-stylish con-
tainer.
And Thermos is celebrating its centennial in 2004.
(Editor's Note to copyright attorneys: Assume the
"" is placed after every mention of Thermos.)
The company has donated a huge collection of
Thermos bottles and lunch boxes to the Smithsonian
Institution.
"Lunch boxes and their bottles are fascinating sto-
rytellers, filled with the complexities of American
childhood," according to David Shayt, cultural history
curator at the National Museum of American History.
"The Smithsonian sees such food containers as
memory boxes, where family and school merge with
American popular culture."
Celebrities who have appeared on the lunch boxes
were Henry Winkler as The Fonz, Pam Dawber of
"Mork and Mindy" fame, plus David Hasselhoff
("Knight Rider"), Shirley Jones ("Partridge Family"),
June Lockhart ("Lost in Space," "Lassie") and Mead-
owlark Lemon of the Harlem Globetrotters
The history of Thermos dates back to 1892, when
an Oxford University scientist who experimented with
temperature retention made the first vacuum flask by
sealing two glass bottles together and pumping the air
out in between. The first glass vacuum flasks were
fragile, obviously, and in 1904 Thermos added a pro-
tective metal casing, making the glass practical for the
general public."
To say that Thermos became well-traveled is an
understatement. In 1907, Sir Ernest Shackleton took
a Thermos bottle on his expedition to the South Pole.
Lt. Robert Peary took one to the North Pole. Charles
Lindbergh had one aboard the "Spirit of St. Louis," and
Amelia Earhart took one along on her first solo
transAtlantic flight.
Lunch boxes began in 1911, and Roy Rogers was
the first face on the steel boxes in 1953, which sold 2
million sets in the first year.
Glass gave way to stainless steel in 1966 in Ther-
mos, making the containers all but invulnerable to
breakage.
I had to rummage through a cupboard or two, but
yes, I have a Thermos bottle. Who doesn't?

Sandscript factoid
Here's a baby harp seal hunt update: Canadian of-
ficials have extended until May 15 the killing of the
seals because the 350,000 quota has not yet been
reached. A total of 280,000 seals, most less than a
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Kings out there: Problem is getting to 'em


By Capt. Mike Heistand
Kingfish are running offshore, but last week's rain
and winds kept most fishers closer to shore than the
kings. Other offshore highlights include excellent
catches of snapper and a few big amberjack.
Inshore fishing for snook continues to be excellent,
as is action with big trout and redfish. There are also
continued good reports of fine flounder and Spanish
mackerel.
Capt. Thorn Smith at Angler's Repair on Cortez
Road said he's catching snook to 27 inches and lots of
smaller linesiders, redfish to 22 inches, and plenty of
slot-sized trout plus a few flounder. He's using both
artificial and live bait with good results from both.
Bill Lowman at Island Discount Tackle said
snook fishing continues to be some of the best he's seen
in years. Snapper fishing in the Gulf of Mexico remains
excellent, but with the winds it's been tough to get off-
shore for the big kingfish.
Bob Kilb at the Rod & Reel Pier said the wind on
the pier last week really slowed fishing, but by the
weekend things had picked up, with good catches of
mackerel, sheepshead, black drum and a few snook
caught at night.
Cliff Alcorn at the Anna Maria City Pier said
anglers there are catching Spanish mackerel in the
mornings, snook at night plus some big jacks, bluefish
and a few small flounder and mangrove snapper.
Dave Johnson at Snead Island Crab House said
he's catching flounder and black drum in the cut, but
some of the boats that have been by the dock report lots
of good-size snook. The boaters are also finding lots of
Spanish mackerel on the rocks outside of Terra Ceia
Bay.
Capt. Rick Gross on Fishy Business out of
Catchers Marina in Holmes Beach said it's been a
little rough to get out for kingfish, so he's stayed in the
backwater and produced lots of keeper-size snook, red-
fish and trout.
At the Perico Island Bait and Tackle, the reports
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King of kings
Steven Gustafson,
13, of Gurne, Ill.,
caught this large
kingfish his
first while
fishing with Capt.
Larry McGuire on
Show Me The Fish
Charters.


per, triggerfish, porgies, a few mackerel and kingfish
and he boated two 25-pound blackfin tuna.
On my boat Magic, we caught snook to 34 inches,
redfish to 27 inches, trout to 24 inches with plenty of
slot-sized fish caught, plus a 40-pound blacktip shark.
Good luck and good fishing.
Capt. Mike Heistand is a 20-year-plus fishing
guide. Call him at 779-9607 to provide fishing report.
Prints and digital images of your catch are also wel-
come and may be dropped off at The Islander, 5404
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, or e-mailed to
news@islander.org. Please include identification for
persons in the picture along with information on the
catch and a name and phone number for more infor-
mation. Snapshots may be retrieved once they appear
in the paper.


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Come-from-behind victory extends Duncan league lead

By Kevin Cassidy
Islander Correspondent
Duncan Real Estate won a pair of baseball games
last week to open up a 3 1/2-game lead over Island
Lumber and a four-game lead over WMFD in Anna
Maria Island Community Center's Little League.
Duncan opened the week's action with a 13-8 win
over Island Lumber Wednesday, April 16, and fol-
lowed with a come-from-behind win over WMFD Sat-
urday. Monday's scheduled game between WMFD and
Island Lumber was then rained out and will be made up
at a later date.
Saturday was also "Fun Day" at the Center with
hotdogs, flavored ice concoctions and plenty of soda
and candy to eat while enjoying the different games,
including favorites like the moon walk, a golf challenge
and the always popular dunk tank.
Don't forget that Sunday, May 30, is Anna Maria
Island Community Center Day at Tropicana Field. The
New York Yankees and its collection of All-Stars like
Jason Giambi, A-Rod and Derek Jeter will come to the
Trop for a 1:15 p.m. game against promising Tampa
Bay youngsters like Carl Crawford, Rocco Baldelli and
Aubrey Huff.
Upper infield reserved seats cost just $15 with a
portion of the proceeds being donated to the center.
To-place ticket orders or for more information, you
can contact the Anna Maria Island Community Center
at 778-1908, or you can contact Devil Rays represen-
tative Barry Jones at 1-888-FAN RAYS, ext. 3123 or
(727) 825-3123. Heather Dearlove and Kali Walkee make the final turn during the Manasota Elks Middle School Track Meet.
Dearlove held off her King Middle teammate to win the 1,600 meter run. Islander Photos: Kevin Cassidy
Duncan Real Estate 10, WMFD 6
Duncan Real Estate pulled out its victory over
WMFD behind some quality relief pitching from Cory
Wash and some clutch hitting by a host of players.
Trailing 6-5 entering the top of the sixth inning,
Justin Suca walked to lead off the inning and came
around to score following back-to-back singles by d 1LL .
Austin Wash and Steven Sylvester. Forrest Goodwin
grounded out for the first out of the inning before Wash
singled in Austin Wash for Duncan's first lead since the
second inning. Kyle Bellingar then came through with
a two-run double to score Sylvester and Cory Wash for
a 9-6 lead. Bellingar later came home on a passed ball
with the 10th and final run of the game.
Duncan opened the game by taking a 1-0 lead
when Sylvester walked and later scored on an RBI
single to left-center by Bellingar, but WMFD came
right back to tie the game in the bottom of the inning.
With one out, Zach Evan reached on an error and
scored on an RBI double into the left-field corner by
Jordan Sebastiano.
Max Huber singled and scored a run for Duncan in
the second when, after a stolen base put him in scoring
position, he easily scored on a single to center by Aus-
tin Wash.
WMFD fought back to take the lead in the second
when Trevor Bystrom and Burns Easterling led off the
inning with back-to-back walks. Wyatt Easterling
singled home Bystrom, and Burns Easterling came
home on a fielder's choice grounder by Blake Wilson
for a 3-2 lead.
Duncan came back in the top of the third to tie the WMFD third-baseman Daniel Janish charges in to field a ground ball during Duncan Real Estate's 10-6
game when Cory Wash singled, and after stealing sec- victory over WMFD.
ond and third, he easily scored when Kyle Crum's
grounder to the right side got booted for an error.
WMFD scored its final runs in the bottom of the 4"'' Dillan
fourth when Wilson reached on a fielder's choice and King
scored on a triple to right field by Evan. Singles by corrals a
Tommy Price plated Evan and Price for a 6-3 lead that ... pitchfor
they couldn't hold.Phs
Cory Wash was 3-for-4 with three runs scored and Duncan
Bellingar was 3-for-4, including a triple and two runsReal
scored to lead Duncan at the plate. Austin Wash added Estate
three hits and one run scored for Duncan, which also team
received a single and two runs scored from Sylvester during
and a single and one run from Huber. Bellingar and Little
Cory Wash combined to strike out nine WMFD batters / / League
as Wash claimed the pitching victory. .'. action at
Price went 2-for-4 and scored one run to lead A'/ the Anna
WMFD, which also received two hits, including a Maria
double and one run from Sebastiano, and a triple and Island
two runs scored from Evan. Bystrom added a single .. Commu-
and one run scored, while Wyatt Easterling singled and nity
also pitched three effective innings with three kCi Center.
strikeouts.
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THE ISLANDER M APRIL 21, 2004 0 PAGE 29


Sports
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 28
Duncan 13, Island Lumber 8
Duncan Real Estate pounded out 11 hits and 13
runs while receiving an outstanding pitching perfor-
mance from Steven Sylvester during its 13-8 victory
over Island Lumber Wednesday, April 15.
Sylvester entered the game as a pitcher with one
out in the second inning and didn't allow a hit the rest
of the way. He finished with 11 strikeouts, while also
contributing at the plate with a 4-for-4 performance that
included two runs scored.
Kyle Bellingar added a pair of singles and three
runs scored for Duncan, which also received a single
and three runs scored from Forrest Goodwin, and a
single, triple and two runs scored from Cory Wash.
Kyle Crum and Max Huber both finished with a single
and one run scored for Duncan in the victory.
Kyle Aritt singled and scored one run to lead Island
Lumber, which also received two runs scored from
Glenn Bower and single runs from Troy Kozewski,
Joey Hutchinson, Matt Bauer, Broderick West and
Daniel Riley in the loss.

Skim board club announced
The West Coast Surf Shop has announced the for-
mation of the Grommet Surf, SK8 & Skim Club for
boys and girls ages 4-12. Membership cost is $20 and
includes an official club T-shirt and membership card
in addition to club discounts at the surf shop, clinics
and more.
Applications are available at the West Coast Surf
Shop. For more information, contact Brandi Brady at
778-4197, or Else Brusso at 778-2838.

Islanders make track mark
A few Island residents represented their school and
the Island extremely well in the Manasota Elks Middle
School Track Meet held Saturday, April 17, at South-
east High School in Bradenton.
Heather Dearlove won the eighth-grade girls'
1,600-meter run with an impressive 7:20.34 to just
edge King Middle School teammate Kali Walkee's
7:20.38. Dearlove led going into the final turn, but
Walkee accelerated past her with approximately 60
yards to go. Dearlove fell behind by 10 yards, but a late
kick helped her surge past to win by a nose.
Other high finishers include Heather's brother Jus-
tin, who finished in second place in the sixth-grade

Top 10 Batting Averages
as of April 17


Cory Wash, Duncan
Steven Sylvester, Duncan
Jordan Sebastiano, WMFD
Tommy Price, WMFD
Kyle Bellinger, Duncan
Max Huber, Duncan
Kyle Crum, Duncan
Kyle Aritt, Island Lumber
Blake Wilson, WMFD
Patrice Facheris, Island Lumber


.562
.517
.500
.467
.458
.455
.435
.423
.393
.333


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Wyatt Easterling delivers a pitch for his WMFD
team during Little League action at the Center.
boys' 1,600-meter run with a time of 6:17. Seventh-
grader Lance Burger placed in three events. He took
third in the boys' 100-meter dash with a time of 14.17.
He also finished in third place in the boys' 200-meter
dash with a time of 28.16 seconds and wrapped up his
day with a third-place finish in the long jump with a
leap of 14.09.5 feet.
Eighth-grader Spencer Carper took second place in
the boys' 1,600-meter run with a time of 5:40.86, while
Ben Murphy ran a 6:09.38, which was good for third
in the seventh-grade boys' 1,600 meter run. Stephen
Thomas finished in fourth place in the sixth-grade
boys' 400-meter dash with a time of 1:11.90, a mere
seven-tenths of a second from the second-place finish.
In the elementary division, Orange Ridge Bullock
- this writer/teacher's school dominated the 4 by
100 relay races, which is the only event at the elemen-
tary school level. Orange Ridge captured first place in
the third-grade boys, fourth-grade boys and girls and
fifth-grade boys, while also capturing second place in
the third-grade girls competition.
The four first-place finishes set a record in the 10th
annual event, while the fourth-grade boys team win-
ning time broke the meet record.

Horseshoe winners
Winners in the April 17 horseshoe games were
Debbie Rhodes of Cortez and Bill Starrett of Anna
Maria City. Runners-up were Jesse Brisson and
George Landraitis, both of Bradenton.
Winners in the April 7 games were Herb Puryear
of Anna Maria City and Karl Thomas of Holmes
Beach. Runners-up were Ron Pepka of Bradenton and
Carol Watson of England.
The weekly contests get under way every Wednes-
day and Saturday at 9 a.m. at Anna Maria City Hall
Park, 10005 Gulf Drive. There are no membership fees
and everyone is welcome.


WMFD's Blake Wilson bangs out a hit during Little
League action at the Center.

Anna Maria Island Little League
baseball schedules
Date Time Teams
Junior League (ages 13-15)
April 21 7 p.m. Team 5 vs. Islander @
Lions Club

Major League (ages 9-12)
April 21 6:30 p.m. WMFD vs. Island Lumber
April 23 6:30 p.m. Duncan vs. WMFD
April 26 6:30 p.m. Duncan vs. WMFD


Minor League (ages 8-9)
April 22 6:30 p.m. B
April 24 11:30 a.m. M
BE
April 27 6:30 p.m. B


ark Realty vs. Betsy Hills
organ Stanley vs.
etsy Hills
ark Realty vs. Betsy Hills


T-ball (ages 5-7)
April 24 9 a.m. Harry's vs. Beach House
April 24 10 a.m. Morgan Stanley vs.
Air & Energy

Major League Standings (as of April 17)
Team Won-Lost
Duncan Real Estate 7-2
Island Lumber 3-5
WMFD 3-6


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Island Biz
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Expressly marine
Wayne Seel, right, is the general manager of the just-
opened West Marine Express in the Anna Maria
Island Centre Shops in Holmes Beach while John
Penalver is assistant manager. The marine and
fishing supply store's grand opening will be Satur-
day, April 24. Islander Photo: Rebecca Barnett.

Grand opening Saturday
for West Marine
The West Marine Express store at 3324 E. Bay
Drive in the Anna Maria Island Centre Shops in Holmes
Beach will hold its grand opening Saturday, April 24.
The store caters to boaters, fishermen and mariners
and carries fishing equipment, boats, motors, boating
accessories and just about anything pertaining to boat-
ing and marine activities. West Marine will have spe-
cials all throughout the day during the grand opening.
Items not available at the local store can be ordered
there through the West Marine catalogue.
West Marine Express is open seven days a week.
For more information call 778-4858.

Financial insurance
Insurance and financial investment professionals

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WATERFRONT CONDO
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On sailboat water with large deeded boat dock. Heated
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ting. Vaulted ceiling, fireplace, ceramic tile, brick deck.
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Thomas Brady and Mark Holley recently opened
Lakewood Financial at 9122 58th Drive E. in
Bradenton just off State Road 70. The two formerly
owned an Allstate Insurance agency.
Lakewood Financial specializes in insurance for
homes, condominiums and investment properties, in
addition to financial planning for retirement. Renters
insurance is also available there.
The company carries personal auto, boat and mo-
torcycle insurance.
To learn more about Lakewood Financial, call
Tom or Mark at 752-9210, or visit them on the Web at
www.lwfinancial.com.

Slender ladies
The Slender Lady of Manatee West weight loss
and fitness center for women at 7423 Manatee Ave. W.
recently held its grand opening and owners Ben and
Barbara Barnes are delighted with the initial reaction.
"We're an all-in-one place," said Barbara, "and the
response has been tremendous."
The salon offers user-friendly workout machines in
addition to weight loss and nutritional programs and
life-style changes.
To celebrate their grand opening, Slender Lady is
offering a mother-daughter two-for-one special
monthly rate for moms with daughters from 12 to 17
years old. Other promotions will also be offered, she
added.
The salon is open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
to 7 p.m. weekdays and from 9 a.m. to noon on Satur-
day. Because of demand, however, Barbara said Slen-
der Lady will begin opening at 8 a.m. in the very near
future.
To learn more about Slender Lady, call 761-2400.

Correct that Hula, girl
The caption for a photograph in the April 7 Island
Biz column on Hawaiian girl Otila should have noted


SDUNCAN

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there is a nominal charge for Otila's hula lessons at
Ato's Polynesian Paradise restaurant at 7020 Cortez
Road W. in the 71st Street Plaza, Bradenton. For more
information on lessons, call Otila at 761-4961.


Realty raves
Heather Absten was leading sales agent during
March at Gulf-Bay Realty.
Missi Watkins and Lee Kinworthy, working as a
team, took top honors for March at Wedebrock Real
Estate Co.'s Holmes Beach office. They led the field
in both sales and acquiring new listings. Dick Rowse
also scored high in listings and Gail Tutewiler in sales
at the office. Other leaders included Cindy and Gary
Laflamme and Tina Rudek of the Longboat Key office.
Alan Galletto was top sales agent during March at
Island Real Estate, with Richard Freeman leading in
obtaining new listings.


Island real estate sales
520 Magnolia, Anna Maria, a 1,983 sfla / 4,234
sfur 4bed/3bath/2car home built in 1998 on a 52x145
lot, was sold 2/2/04, Loveland to O'Brien, for
$595,000; list $595,000.
5300 Gulf Dr., Holmes Beach, 608 Martinique N.,
a 1,057 sfla / 1,169 sfur 2bed/2bath condo built in
1971, was sold 2/3/04, Bixby to Shardell, for $625,000;
list $625,000.
611 Dundee, Holmes Beach, a 1,485 sfla / 2,485
sfur canalfront 2bed/2bath/2car home built in 1970 on
a 90x115 lot, was sold 2/3/04, Steele to Duffy, for
$528,000.
611 Gulf Dr., Bradenton Beach, 26 Imperial House
of Bradenton Beach B, a 690 sfla / 730 sfur 2bed/ Ibath
condo built in 1969, was sold 2/4/03, Standeaven to
Kornoelje, for $176,000.
Compiled by Doug Dowling, licensed real estate
broker, 778-1222, exclusively for The Islander. Island
real estate transactions may be viewed on the Web at
islaclder.org. Copyright 2004.



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THE ISLANDER 0 APRIL 21, 2004 0 PAGE 31


A carnival for a fantasy
at Fantasy Travel
Fantasy Travel at 6630 Cortez Road W. in
Bradenton has been selected for the Carnival
Cruise Lines' "Winners Circle" award.
The program was created by Carnival to ac-
knowledge those agencies that exhibit excel-
lence in promoting and selling the "Fun Ship"
cruise experience associated with Carnival.
"Travel agencies are an important part of
the distribution system," said Carnival president
and CEO Bob Dickinson.
"We created the Winner's Circle to recog-
nize those high-volume agencies like Fantasy
Travel that are truly experts in the field, and
exhibit the highest levels of professionalism," he
added.
To be eligible for the award, agencies must
demonstrate "exceptional professionalism, cre-
ativity in sales and marketing techniques, and
outstanding support of the Carnival product,"
Dickinson said.


Winning
fantasy
Staff members of
Fantasy Travel
on Cortez Road
West in
Bradenton
celebrate their
induction into the
Carnival Cruise
Lines' "Winners
Circle." Islander
Photo: Nancy
Ambrose


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FURNITURE: Used eight months. Living room, din-
ing room, some bedroom, lamps, miscellaneous. All
beautiful. 778-0807 or 794-9921.

USED 1200-POUND Mantowoc ice machine with
bin, good condition, works great, $1,650. Call Bill,
795-7411.

GIRL SCOUT COOKIES available at The Islander,
assorted varieties, $3.50 box. All proceeds paid to
local Girl Scout troop.

Fish tank: 150-gallon with hand-made oak cabi-
net, fully equipped, $1,000 or best offer. Call Bill,
795-7411.

BOOKS FOR SALE! Come visit Tingley Memorial Li-
brary, 111 Second St. N, Bradenton Beach and see
our ongoing sale of books, magazines and puzzles.
Open Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-3pm. 779-1208.

CAR COVER: Toyota Supra, like new, $50. Call Bill,
795-7411.

NICKELS: INDIAN HEAD, 75, no dates, $10; 13
with good dates, $8. Various commemorative uncir-
culated silver dollars and halves. 792-4274.

FREE DELIVERY: SEAFOOD to go. Shrimp, crabs,
native fish. Delivered to your door. Call James Lee,
795-1112 or 704-8421.



AMI KIWANIS CLUB fruit orders benefit Island
children. Order delicious oranges and grapefruit
packages for shipment to friends and family from
member Rich Bohnenberger, 778-0355.
Honeybell tangelos crop, mature now!

CHECK US OUT, www.islander.org!

LONGBOAT KEY HISTORY "From Calusas to
Condominiums" by Ralph B. Hunter. Signed cop-
ies available at The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach. 778-7978.


METICULOUSLY MAINTAINED home CUSTOM BUILT 3BR canal front home
in Riverview Landings w/beautiful w/captivating Tampa Bay views. Light
sunset views. 2 gas fireplaces, work- attractive Island interior decor, newer
shop, pool & spa. $879,900. 748- pool & private dock. No bridge to Bay.
6300. Ann DeBellevue, 720-7614 or $860,000. Ruth Lawler, 748-6300 or
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Kathy Marcinko, 713-1100. 102222


CHARMING 3BR/2.5BA home in
Lakeside South community. Close to
shopping, beaches & golf courses.
Community pool, tennis & lawn care.
$169,000. Patty Brooks, 748-6300 or
545-1194. 102435


EXTRAORDINARY VIEWS! 4BR home on 1-acre lot w/guesthouse, pool & dock.
$1,250,000. Kathy Marcinko, 713-1100 or Sandy Drapala, 725-0781. 100112
SPECTACULAR bayfront estate on a 1-acre lot. This plantation style home offers
private beach & dock. $1,199,000. Kathy Valente, 748-6300 or 685-6767. 97322
NW SPECTACULAR 3BR pool home w/den. Over 3100 SF. wood floors & lush
landscaping. $549,000. Kathy Valente, 748-6300 or 685-6767. 99802
AZALEA PARK 2-story home on cul-de-sac. 4-5BR. 4200 SF & community pool.
$479,900. Kathy Marcinko, 713-1100 or Sandy Drapala, 725-0781. 101227
SPACIOUS LAKEFRONT 5BR pool home on large lot. Eat-in kitchen, built-ins &
wood burning fireplace. $475,000. Kathy Valente, 748-6300 or 685-6767.102060
MAJESTIC TRADITION IN MANGO PARK. 2-story, 4-5BR home w/heated pool.
$424,900. Cindy Pierro, 920-6818 or Victoria Horstmann, 518-1278. 97907
BETTER THAN NEW! Exquisitely remodeled home w/over 2200 SF & a brick paver
circle drive. $349,000. Ruth Lawler, 748-6300 or 587-4623. 101329
PRIVATE NW 3-4BR pool home on cul-de-sac. 2 master rms & large fenced yard.
Great for entertaining! $289,900. Joanne Jenkins, 748-6300 or 228-7878.102181
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ROSER THRIFT SHOP: Open Tuesday, Thursday,
9:30am-2pm; Saturday 9-noon. Always 50 percent off
sales rack. 511 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. 779-2733.

MULTI-FAMILY SALE, Saturday, April 24, 9am-1 pm.
Electric grill, microwave oven, household, books,
clothes, pictures. 3401 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.

GARAGE/MOVING SALE Saturday, April 24, 9am-
2pm. Furniture, household items, tools, miscella-
neous. No early birds. 210 65th St., Holmes Beach.

YARD SALE SATURDAY, April 24, 9am-3pm. Two
family. Furniture, dishes, linens, household, miscel-
laneous. Avenue C, Bradenton Beach. Follow the
signs.



FOUND: KAYAK in Anna Maria. Call 779-1509.

FOUND: CD player in Anna Maria. Call 778-2076.



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pets with in-home visits. 778-6000.

GORGEOUS ADULT CATS and other pets for
adoption at Southgate Animal Hospital. References
checked. 922-0774.



1998 NISSAN ALTIMA: Cruise, CD, air, good tire
tread, sun roof, all power, runs good, great second
car. $2,500. 778-0080.

ONLINE SERVICE: Did you know you can place
classified ads and subscribe on line with our secure
server? Check it out at www.islander.org.

1990 ECONOLINE 150 VAN, cold air conditioning,
has towing package. Ready for travel. Runs great.
$2,000, or best offer. 778-1102.


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BEACH new bayfront home
under construction, every up-
grade imaginable. $2.249.000.


INVESTORS: Island duplex ANNA MARIA beachhouse
close to beach. Great rental with guest cottage. and sepa-
history. $449.000. rate buildable lot. $1.950.000.


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MODULAR FLOATING DOCK system: Custom
drive-on docking solutions by Versa Dock. Mainte-
nance free, 20-year warranty. (941) 685-7648,
Anna Maria area.

SUNFISH SAILBOAT: Great sailing condition, new
sail, too. $675. 794-5980.

BOAT SLIP to rent for season in Holmes Beach.
Up to 30-foot boat. 778-7412, leave message.

27-FOOT CARVER Montego 1986, twin 190-hp
Mercruiser, Ceranfield, 120 volt, alcohol-fueled
kitchen, all electronics, water heater, WC tank, re-
frigerator. $16,900. Call 920-1318.

22-FOOT CENTER-console fishing boat, two out-
board motors. $1,500 or best offer. Call 778-7197,
leave message.

18-FOOT HOBIE CAT ready to sail, includes
trailer. $975. Call 778-4225.

14-FOOT SAILBOAT with trailer. $500. 920-1318.



EGMONT EXPRESS CHARTERS: Seek out se-
cret water paradise. Sunsets, back water, Egmont
or custom trips. See dolphins and manatees. Call
778-7459 or 720-5470.

LET'S GO FISHING! Call Capt. Mike Heistand on
the charter boat "Magic." Full or half day backwa-
ter fishing. USCG licensed. Ice, bait, tackle pro-
vided. 779-9607.



BABY-SITTING AND PET-SITTING My name is
Sarah, I am 15-years old. Hourly charge: $5/child
or $3/pet, $2.50/hour for each additional pet or
child. Please call 778-7622, 778-7611 or 447-8593.

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3BR/2BA CANALFRONT HOME, pool, Florida room, 150 feet to the
Intracoastal waterway, partial bayview. $698,000. Call Ted Schlegel,
518-6117 or Barry Gould, 778-3314.


BRADENTON BEACH DUPLEX Direct Gulfview 2BR/1BA on both floors,
1,000 sq.ft. each. Room for a pool. Great rental history! Priced to sell:
5848,000. Call Ted Schlegel, 518-6117 or Barry Gould, 778-3314.


REALTORS


5910 Marina Dr. Holmes Beach, FL 34217
Call (941) 778-0777 or Rentals 778-0770
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NEW LISTING AT NORTH END
Great opportunity to own a 2BR/
2BA house in the heart of the north
end of Anna Maria, just steps to the
bay and a few blocks from the Gulf.
Large lot with room for pool located
close to restaurants, trolley, shops
and fishing piers. Priced to sell at
$457,500. Call Susan Hatch, Real-
tor, 778-7616 eves.


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CHILD SITTER AND PET SITTER. Seventh-grade
male looking for a job. Available after school and
weekends. Call Zachary, 779-9783.

NEED A CHILD or pet sitter? Call one number and
get connected to three wonderful sitters! Tiffany,
Kari, Holly. 778-3275 or 779-0793.

BABYSITTER: RED CROSS babysitting and first-
aid certified. Enjoys playing with kids. Call
Alexandra, 778-5352.

SPENCER'S SKIM SCHOOL for beginners and inter-
mediates. Free skimboard use with lessons. $10 per
half-hour lesson, three lessons recommended. Local
teen, team competitor. Call 778-0944.


ISLAND SPORTS BAR: All-year clientele. Beer/
wine, good lease, smoking OK. $85,000. Confiden-
tiality agreement required for details. Call Longview
Realty, 383-6112.

VIDEO RENTALS: Growing young business with
good lease. Price will grow as business does, so
now is the time to buy. Call Longview Realty at
383-6112 (confidentiality agreement required for
details). $60,000.


REAL ESTATE: Tired of paying office fees? Two
experienced agents needed for fast paced, high
traffic Island office. Top splits, sign-on bonus. Call
Wedebrock Real Estate today! "Personalized, not
Franchised". Call Joe Pickett, 383-5543.

LPNS: YEAR-ROUND private duty for lady with
spinal injury. Full-time nights, part-time days.
Travel opportunity. Call 383-6953.

SERVERS NEEDED: All shifts. Right now great
pay. Apply at Rotten Ralph's. 902 S. Bay Blvd.,
Anna Maria or call 778-3953.


LOCAL ISLAND RESTAURANT looking for short
order-cook for all shifts. Please call 779-9100.

SEASONAL CHEF POSITION: Lake George, N.Y.
resort. $650/week with accommodations. Meals are
pre-ordered. (800) 299-8938.

DOMINO'S PIZZA now hiring part-time phone spe-
cialists. Must be at least 16 years old. Apply at 5604
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.

SATURDAY CLEANING for resort/condo on Lido
Beach. 388-2151.

HELP WANTED: Apply for all positions at Ooh La
La! Bistro, 5406 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.

JOURNALIST: Part-time reporter sought for city
beat and features writing by The Islander. Must
have journalism education, experience or back-
ground relevant to government reporting. E-mail
resumes to news@ Islander.org, fax 778-9392 or
mail/deliver to office, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach FL 34217.

CALLING ALL VOLUNTEERS! Would you like to
meet interesting people from around the world? Are
you interested in learning the history of Anna Maria
Island? Get involved with the Anna Maria Island
Historical Museum, 402 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. We
need you! Call 778-0492.


C.N.A. HOME HEALTHCARE provider. Available
Monday-Friday, daytime. Call 755-1889. CPR
Certified.

CHECK US OUT AT www.islander.org !!!

ISLAND-BASED LADY has vacancy for afternoon
personal-care companion. Clean and run errands.
References available. Call 778-7154.


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

LET US DRIVE YOU! Shopping, medical appoint-
ments, airports, cruise ports. Flat rates. Sunshine
Car Service. Serving the Islands. 778-5476.

COMPUTER OBEDIENCE TRAINING. Is your
computer misbehaving? Certified computer service
and private lessons. Special $30 per hour- free
advice. 545-7508.

ISLAND PRESSURE CLEANING for great results,
wash away mildew, dirt and salt. Thorough, rea-
sonable and reliable. Free estimates, licensed and
insured. 778-0944.

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

COMPUTER SERVICE and repair. Training, main-
tenance, virus and Spyware protection. Island na-
tive. Web site: www.matrixPConline.com. Call John
Baird with Matrix PC, 708-6541.

ATTENTION SNOWBIRDSNacationers: Security/
maintenance available. Monitor house, mail, news-
papers, service providers (lawn, etc.). Will also
clean pool. Retired law enforcement officer. Island
resident. Call Dede, 778-2664 or 447-5572.

MORE CLASSIFIEDS equals more readers.

I DON'T CUT corners, I clean corners. Affordable,
dependable cleaning. Chamberlain Professional
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income. Priced to sell at $395,000.


LOT FOR SALE
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EXCEL SPORTS: One-on-one instruction. Base- BEACH SERVICE air conditioning, heat, refrigera- BAREFOOT LAWNS & GARDENS Providing the
ball, soccer, football, personal training. Profes- tion. Commercial and residential service, repair total TLC for your landscaping requirements.
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rior and exterior work. Free estimates. Call 750- and reliably. Hems, zippers, sleeves, waistlines, AMERICA'S BEST LAWN Care Inc. Professional,
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low rates. 794-5477.
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class, drop-ins welcome. Call 778-2099 for infor- rior/exterior, pressure cleaning, wallpaper. Island
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INTERIOR AND EXTERIOR PAINTING free estii-
mates. 35-year Island resident. Call Jim Bickal at
778-1730.

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
supplied and installed. Quality workmanship,
prompt, reliable, many Island references. Call Neil,
726-3077.


ROOFING REPAIRS and replacements. Remodel-
ing, repairs, additions, screen rooms, kitchens,.
baths. Free estimates. Lic#CGC061519,
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MasterCardNisa. 720-0794.

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

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


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

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

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RENTAL PROPERTIES
Annual Rental: 1 BR/I BA, dired Gulfview. S670/month.
Vacation Rentals: Call now for your summer vacation rental!


MORENO MARBLE & TILE Installation and resto-
ration. Quality work. Over 20 years experience.
Insured. Call Javier at 685-5163 or 795-6615.

JERRY'S HOME REPAIR and Lawn Care: Light
carpentry, pressure washing, handyman, plumbing
and electrical, light hauling, tree trimming. Call 778-
6170 or 447-2198.

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


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

SPRING, SUMMER. AUTUMN rentals available
weekly, monthly, seasonal. Wedebrock Real Es-
tate 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/
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1121. www.abeachview.com.


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BEAUTIFUL TROPICAL HOUSE just converted
to a two-unit property. 2BR/1BA, completely
renovated and furnished. New washer/dryer, mi-
crowave. Three-minute walk to beach. Off sea-
son, $500/week $1,500/month. Call Ron,
795-2656.

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

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

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

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

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

RECENTLY REFURBISHED and nicely fur-
nished 1 BR/1 BA ground-floor duplex with cheer-
ful decor. Just three short blocks to the beach.
Walking distance to shopping and restaurants in
downtown Holmes Beach. Includes phone, pre-
mium cable, microwave, washer/dryer. Small
pets OK. Available now and accepting reserva-
tions for 2005. Winter rates: $1,700/month,
$550/week; summer rates: $500/week. E-mail:
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BEST ISLAND VALUE! Sandpiper Mobile 55-plus,
1 BR/1 BA, turnkey furnished. Very nice must see
inside! $585/month includes all (cable, phone,
electric, 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,
private deck. Nonsmoking, close to beach. Call
778-3433 or 773-0010.


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


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

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.

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.

ANNUAL RENTAL DUPLEX 2BR/2BA with ga-
rage. Quiet location, washer/dryer hookup. $850/
month. Call Gabe, 374-5772.

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

WEEKLY/MONTHLY RENTALS: Condos/houses
from $500/week; $1,500/month. Many Gulffront.
Call SunCoast Real Estate, (800) 732-6434.
www.suncoastinc.com.

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 occu-
pancy. 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.

HOLMES BEACH ANNUAL large 2BR/2BA, den,
laundry, porch, close to beach. First, last, security.
$975/month. (585) 473-9361 or 778-5412.

WATERFRONT HOME with pool, sauna, steam
bath, exercise room, laundry room, very nice. $3,000/
month seasonally, or $1,700/monthly annual. Also,
1 BR/1BA apartment, same area, $1,000/month an-
nually; $1,500/month seasonally. 779-9074.


ANNUAL RENTAL 3BR/2BA home with garage
in Holmes Beach. No pets. Call 778-7039.

INCREDIBLE CHARM Bradenton Beach vaca-
tion rental. Unique.3BR/2BA, Gulfview, one-and-
a-half blocks to beach, gas grill to HBO, Mexican
tile, plants, great yard, family welcome, pet nego-
tiable. May 15 to Aug. 15, $4,200. 778-7930.

ANNUAL RENTALS: 2104 Ave. B, 1BR/1BA
duplex, 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
vacation home. Available now through October.
$1,600/month. (508) 944-9656. Steps to gor-
geous beach.

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

ANNUAL 2BR/2BA, elevated, washer/dryer
hookups, 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.

ANNUAL 2BR/1 BA triplex unit in Holmes Beach.
Central heat and air, new carpet, short walk to
beach. Some utilities included. Nonsmoking.
$750/month. First, last and security. References
required. Call 778-1193.
FURNISHED 1BR/1BA, clean. Nonsmoking, no
pets. First, last; security. $550/month. Mature
individual preferred. 778-6511.

TOTALLY REMODELED: Great 1BR with peek-
a-boo Gulf view. 125 steps to the beach. Annual,
$700/month. 778-4451 or 778-3647.

ANNUAL LARGE 1BR/1BA 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, ga-
rage, washer/dryer, pool, minutes from beach,
shopping. Nonsmoking, no pets. $1,100. Call
730-4190.

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

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furnished, across from white sandy beach. Call
809-3714.

RENTAL HOME: Remodeled, two blocks to
beach, 3BR/2BA, spacious with fireplace, pool and
outside spa, two porches, front and back, com-
pletely private, fence. Available immediately, must
see. Call 773-0975.

SEASONAL RENTAL Steps to beach. Furnished
1BR on Anna Maria Island with cable, washer/
dryer, microwave, telephone. $475/week, plus tax.
778-1098.

ANNUAL RENTAL 2BR/2BA elevated duplex, new
carpet and paint, large garage and laundry area,
privacy fenced pool. No pets! $1,100/month plus
utilities, pool and lawn care included. Marina
Pointe Realty Co., 779-0732.

NEEDED: FEMALE ROOMMATE to share 2BR/
2BA furnished condo, includes utilities, $600/
month. No pets. 795-2886.

VACATION RENTAL 3BR/2BA home, located just
a few houses from the Gulf. Completely remod-
eled, sleeps six. Call for rates. Marina Pointe Re-
alty Co., 779-0732 or 1-866-779-0732.

ANNUAL 2BR/1BA, steps to beach, great neigh-
borhood, Holmes Beach. First, last, security. $875/
month. 778-5482.

OFF-SEASON RATES Don't miss out! Duncan
Real Estate. 779-o304.
ANNUAL RENTAL 1BR/1BA, close to beach, ev-
erything included, water/sewer/garbage. $700/
month. First, last, no pets. 778-2694.
VILLAS OF POINTE WEST 2BR/2BA, $1,000.
Duncan Real Estate, 779-0304.
WANTED: PARKING under cover for small car to
rent for summer while north. 778-5538.

FURNISHED RENTALS Longboat north-end village,
undated cozy house, 2BR/1BA, $1,200/month;
Northwest Bradenton home, 3BR/2BA, family room,
two-car garage, $990/month; Perico Bay Club villa,
$1,400/month; Palma Sola townhouse, 2BR/2BA,
waterfront, boat slip, pool, $650/week, $1,500/month.
Real Estate Mart, 756-1090.

HOLMES BEACH 2BR/2.5BA, a touch above the
ordinary. 501 67th St., Holmes Beach.
725-4488.

FURNISHED 2BR/2BA CONDO: Pool, eight
minutes from Island, walk to shopping. $1,000/
month. Available November, December, Janu-
ary. Call 778-4225.


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ANNUAL RENTAL 3BR/2BA with pool, Holmes Beach.
$1,800/month. Available April 30. Call 730-5034.

2BR/1.5BA HALF-DUPLEX in Holmes Beach now
available. $775/month unfurnished, or $825/month
furnished, plus utilities. Call (773) 793-8599.

ANNUAL RENTAL 2BR/1BA, Holmes Beach. Re-
cently remodeled. $950/month. Call 730-5034.

THE PREMIER BAYFRONT 2BR/2BA second-
floor condo in the Moorings. No pets, nonsmoking.
Available furnished now. 778-9710.


HARBOUR LANDINGS: Lot and dock. Beautiful
12,100 sq.ft. homesite offered by owner/Realtor.
Gated community in Cortez. $265,000 includes
dock for boat up to 35-feet Longview Realty, 383-
6112, or George Noble, 685-3372.
THREE LONGBOAT LOTS on General Harris
Street, total of 1.3 acres (MOL). Offered at $400K
each. Longview Realty, 383-6112.

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 carereee living. Two
brand new quality built homes with spacious floor
plans and many upgrades starting at $638,500 and
three homesites starting at $240,000. Call Tina Rudek
or Mike Migone of Wedebrock Real Estate, 383-5543.
THE SEA OATS, 2201 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton
Beach. Seize the limited-time opportunity to obtain at
reconstruction 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.

2BR/2BA WATERFRONT CONDO deep-water
dock, five minutes to bay. Custom tile and Pergo
flooring. $215,000. Apollo Beach. Call 779-0153.
ANNA MARIA ISLAND CLUB 2BR/2BA, direct
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, 778-0455.

WANTED: 2BR cottage on Anna Maria with room
to expand, quiet street. Jay White, 952-0616 or
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$399,000 Charming Holmes Beach residence
with in-law or rental apartment. 2BR/2BA and
1BR/1BA, two blocks to beach, large corner lot
with fenced back yard and fruit trees. Two laun-
dry rooms with washers and dryers and all other
appliances included. Owner occupied. Motivated.
As-is with right to inspect. Principals only.
779-0470.

ANNA MARIA BEACH/BAYFRONT: Two homes
on one lot. White sand beach. $1,699,000. Gabe
Buky, Coldwell Banker, 374-5772.

WATERFRONT LOTS and homes between
Englewood and Boca Grande. Six lots with sea-
walls 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.

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


NORTH END 2BR/2BA near Gulf beach. Sun deck,
screened porch, working fireplace, solar. $490,000.
Call 778-2665.


LOW CAJUN, LOW Cajun, Low Cajun. No not the
new fad to replace the Atkins just getting your
attention about a very nice canalfront home for sale
on 59th Street in Holmes Beach. 2BR/2BA with bay
views. Asking $519,000. 778-4773.

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ACRE LOTS. Golf and tennis country club,
deed-restricted community. Panoramic views of
golf course and state nature preserve, a very
private and unusual property. Located in Eustis,
Fla., 45 minutes northwest of Orlando. Priced to
sell, $62,500. Contact developer, (407) 234-
7026 or (407) 682-6162.

ALL UNREASONABLE OFFERS refused! That's
right for the right offer you can buy this wonder-
ful 2BR/2BA, single-car garage canalfront home.
Located in Holmes Beach with bay views. Asking
$519,000. 778-4773.

BRADENTON BEACH DUPLEX 3BR/1BA and
2BR/1BA, add on Florida room and bedroom.
Steps to beach and bay. $380,000. Call
778-7716.

WATERFRONT HOME Holmes Beach 2BR/2BA
canalfront. Southern exposure with bayviews.
Newer roof; A/C and plumbing still under warranty.
Asking $519,000. 778-4773.

KEY ROYALE CANALFRONT! Lovely 3BR/2BA
home totally renovated with new roof. New dock
and lift with no bridges to bay! Offered at
$620,000. 602 Baronet Lane. 778-8590 or
720-7052.

BAYVIEWS with room to expand. Come with this
2BR/2BA canalfront home. Single-story, one-car
garage. 1,764 sf. Mature landscaping. Half-block
to Holmes Beach city park, city hall, library com-
plex. Asking $519,000. 778-4773.

LARGE UPDATED ISLAND duplex/home with
pool! Close to beaches. 90-by-100-foot. lot. New
landscaping, stucco, roof, paver patio. $525,000.
778-4675.

MARILYN MONROE never lived here, but you
can. 2BR/2BA canalfronthome in Holmes Beach.
Bay views in a beautiful setting. Asking $519,000.
778-4773.


2BR/2BA in Holmes Beach. Short block to
beach on quiet street. Includes living, dining,
family room, garage and screened lanai.
$596,400. 729-5221.

DOH is what Homer Simpson said when asked if
this home was a great buy. Come on by and see
why. 509 59th St., Holmes Beach. Asking
$519,000. 778-4773.


SANDPIPER MOBILE: 55-plus, 1BR/1BA, turn-
key furnished. Must see inside to appreciate.
New carpet, air conditioning and more. Great
value at $11,900. All terms and reasonable of-
fers considered. Call office 778-1140, or owner
(330) 686-8765.


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paid to detail. Have a complete mainte- grades. Relaxation pool and fountain in the miles, both front and side! Beautifully turn-
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throughout. $1,500,000. Quentin Talbert, wet-bar sink, new appliances, cherry cabi- four units in complex. $750,000. Cindy
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Business Only ................. $295,000
427 Pine Ave. ............... $695,000
Business Opportunity .... $2,490,000
Palmetto House B&B..... $1,490,000
877 No. Shore Dr. ........ $2,750,000




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covered parking, a new complex roof plus much
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4212 Redfish Ct............... $575,000
307 Iris St. ..................... $495,000
106 Gull Dr. ................... $590,000
243 Willow Ave............... $849,000
301 S. Bay Blvd............... $650,000
229 Gladiolus St.............. $679,000
1102 Riverside Dr......... $1,490,000
8401 Marina Dr............... $750,000
530 Key Royale Dr........... $749,900
408 S. Bay Blvd............ $1,299,000
2908 Avenue E(4-plex).. $1,999,000
Bridgeport #201 ............. $585,000
Sunbow Bay #104............ $279,000
Martinique North #101..... $595,000
La Casa Costiera #11 .... $1,200,000
Waters Edge #110N ........ $759,000
5400 Condos #32 .......... $580,000
516 56th St. .................... $639,000
609 Concord Ln.............. $559,000
Waters Edge #109S........ $899,000
631 Foxworth Lane.......... $689,000
623 Foxworth Lane......... $689,000
2500 N. Gulf Dr. (Duple)....... $2,600,000

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4003 5th Ave. .............. $879,000
4005 5th Ave. ................ $879,000
104 7th St So.(Duplex) .... $599,000
2914 Avenue E............ $1,595,000
6909 Holmes Blvd. .......... $299,000
770 Jacaranda Rd.(Duplex)$459,000
747 Jacaranda Rd. (Lot)... $389,000
408 Poinsettia Rd............ $485,000
5701 Carissa St.(Duplex) $798,000
504 69th St .................. $498,900
6811 Palm Dr. (Duplex) ... $499,000
412 Bay Palms Dr........... $499,900
100 7th St So.(Duplex) .... $785,000
727 Jacaranda ................. $699,000
402 71st. St. ................... $475,000
411 Spring Ave............. $599,500


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By Patrick
Across
1 Electrical gizmo
8 Ones hoping to get in
16 Defense Dept. branch
20 Soothe
21 Wild apple source
22 Fourth of July marcher's
accompaniment
23 #2 with lots of hits
25 Gymnast Korbut
26 Vulcans and others
27 Roadside sign abbr.
29 Tape format
30 Actor Cage, familiarly
31 Ohio cheerleader's
request, twice
32 Rest area?
35 Criticize
37 -Globe
38 Responses to babies
39 Boffo show
41 Fall cache
42 been to the
mountaintop": King
43 Listens
46 Blight victim
47 Erred on
50 Patient of unknown
origin?
51 Partially submerged
structures
54 Spy Rudolf and others
55 Lanka
56 Ultimate
57 "The Age of Bronze"
artist
58 Old but new again
60 Vet, of a sort
63 Need to pay
65 Overseas address:
Abbr.
66 Welcome sign for a
producer
67 Litigators' grp.


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68 Crystal set part
69 Singer's warm-up
syllables
70 Oft-visited part of a
pub
71 Department of eastern
France
72 Defraud
73 "Suicide Blonde" rock
group
74 Legendary reptile with
a fatal breath
76 One putting on cargo
78 Turkish title
80 It follows Leap Day:
Abbr.
81 Villa __, Tivoli
82 Story's approach
83 1978 blockbuster
movie co-written by
Mario Puzo
87 Mug material
88 Every, on an Rx
89 Painting guides
90 Colts, on a scoreboard
91 Little hooters with big
peepers
94 Carved dish
95 It may be brought up
on charges
96 European peak
99 Change the direction
of
101 Nine digits: Abbr.
102 The Way, according to
Lao-Tse
103 It's always in sonnets
104 German cry
105 Baker's unit
107 "Generously" bill
111 Locale for Georgia
O'Keeffe
113 #2 on a table
117 Destination for visitors


to Paris
118 It might give you a fat
lip
119 1984 Martin/ Tomlin
comedy
120 Oboe or sax
121 Rooftop, perhaps
122 Visibly tired

Down
1 Indo-Europeans
2 Buy and sell
3 Magnet alloy
4 Long-snouted fish
5 One recently bar
mitzvahed, e.g.
6 Too wowed for words
7 Fortifications with
double parapets
8 Big plot
9 Newspaper employee
10 India neighbor: Abbr.
11 Fourth after F.D.R.
12 Resident: Suffix
13 One-named designer
14 Reacts with shock
15 Venus's sister
16 Subj. of many a faked
video
17 #2 on a stand
18 Soft blanket
19 Thanksgiving dos
24 Green: Prefix
28 #2 on a ticket
33 Skin
34 Tries to get informa-
tion
36 F.D.R. affliction
38 #2 with lots
39 Final precursor
40 Rear
42 Without purpose
43 Verifiable, as facts
44 A Turner


45 Library regu
47 Cooking wii
48 Portuguese
49 #2 for a dri\
52 Certain zinc
53 Game on a
55 Shore dinner
59 Wall St. act
60 A for Adena
61 Tic-tac-toe1
62 Mdse.
64 Used to be
68 It's a wrap


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Oscar-winning


composer Bernstein
79 Plunder the contents
of
80 Certain brew
84 Early space chimp
85 Some HDTV's
86 What something
shouldn't be called
87 40-point meld
91 Jesse Jackson, e.g.
92 Concerned ones'
assurance
93 Aged potable
95 Unwanted buildup
96 Oxygenate
97 Peanut, e.g.


98 Certain major
100 Deep lake out West
102 X
106 Cut down
108 Let out
109 Had in hand
110 Fiber-yielding shrub
112 Old cartoonist Hoff
114 Inventor Whitney
115 One can't stand
having this
116 Braggart's display

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ISLAND DUPLEX Spectacular bayview
from second floor on the end of the ca-
nal by the future Villa Rosa subdivision.
2BRI2BA each. Short distance to Gulf.
Laurie Dellatorre, 778-2246. #92819.
$749,000

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nean-style central courtyard home. Living
areas open onto atrium can be enclosed
and a pool added. Buy pre-construction
and choose options. Becky Smith or Elfi
Starrett, 778-2246. #99266. $399,000


ANNA MARIA HIDEAWAY Delightful
3BR/2BA on canal near the tip of the Is-
land. Private porch overlooks dock and
charming double lot. Enjoy that special
island lifestyle. Ann and Berndt Wolpers,
761-3100. #100000. $549,000


RUNAWAY ON LAKE 2BR/2BA condo
near pool in excellent condition, turnkey
furnished. Next years rent in place at
$3300/month for season, on-site rental
office. Harold Small, 778-2246. #101812.
$369,000


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access. Beautiful Coral Shores. Extra
large corner lot with room to expand, add
pool. 2BR/2BA, Florida room. Freshly
painted inside/out. New roof. Come see.
Sandy French, 761-3100. #102012.
$429,000


SARASOTA BAYFRONT Enjoy nature's
beauty morning noon and night. 2BR/
2BA, furnished with hurricane shutters.
Brand new washer/dryer. Home warranty.
Carol Greenwald, 751-0670. #102203.
$300,000


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