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Islander (Anna Maria, Fla. : 1992) ( April 28, 2004 )

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Title: Islander (Anna Maria, Fla. : 1992)
Uniform Title: Islander (Anna Maria, Fla. : 1992)
Physical Description: Newspaper
Creator: Islander
Publisher: Bonner Joy
Creation Date: April 28, 2004

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

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


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"The Best News on Anna Maria Island Since 1992"


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Sea foxes
Melanie Moran's kindergarten class at Anna Maria Elementary School spent an afternoon cruising around the
Island aboard the Sea Fox with Capt. Bill Sloan. Sea Fox owners Donald and Carrie Hager; parents ofAME
kindergartner D.J., invited the class on the voyage, which departed from the Seafood Shack Marina in Cortez.
Students said they saw a school of dolphins and passed through three open bridges. Islander Photo: Diana Bogan


Key Royale Bridge funding pushed back


By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Holmes Beach elected officials at the April 21 Coa-
lition of Barrier Island Elected Officials got some bad
news from County Commissioner Jane von Hahmann.
The Sarasota-Manatee Metropolitan Planning Or-
ganization has dropped funding for a new Key Royale
Bridge from its proposed-2006-07 budget.
"It's now been pushed back to the 2007-08 bud-
get," von Hahmann told the BIEO.
Great, quipped Holmes Beach Mayor Carol
Whitmore, who chaired the meeting, noting the bridge has
been pushed out of every MPO budget cycle since she first
entered politics in 1991 as a city commissioner.
At one time, the Key Royale Bridge was third on
a list of MPO bridge priority projects, but was eventu-


Diamonds
are a girl's
best friend X 3 :
Yes indeed, diamonds are a
girl's best friend, and more so
when you win them! And even
more so when it's celebrated
with friends. Such was the
case at the annual Anna
Maria Island Community
Center Affaire to Remember
where Suki Janisch, right, was
the winner of the diamond
bracelet raffle and she shared
the "moment" with chairper-
son Trudy Moon, left, and
executive director of the
Center Pierrette Kelly. More
auction results inside. Islander
Photo: Bonner Joy


ally dropped to No. 13.
"It was a matter of balancing the funds available with
priorities of the MPO," said Florida Department of Trans-
portation spokesperson Maryemma Bachelder when con-
tacted after the meeting. "The bridge replacement just
didn't need to be done ASAP. It's not in that bad a shape."
About $1.38 million is programmed for the bridge
work, of which about $1.2 million is for construction.
But the BIEO did gets some good news.
Use of the Island trolley is way up, von Hahmann
said, and there's every indication the grant to fund the
free service will be renewed by the DOT.
On many days this past winter, more than 2,000
people rode the trolley and the daily passenger average
PLEASE SEE KEY ROYALE BRIDGE, PAGE 3


Volume 12, No. 25 April 28, 2004 FREE

Island Sandpile:

Safety hazard as

'attractive nuisance?'
By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
That pile of dredged sand behind the baseball field
in Holmes Beach could be a safety hazard, particularly
for young kids playing on it, according to Holmes
Beach resident Joan Graham.
She should know. She lost a young son in a
sandpile accident many years ago and, according to
Graham, the.sandpile and accompanying pond is "an
accident waiting to happen."
Her son drowned when he fell into a pool at a con-
struction site where the contractor had failed to install
a child-proof fence around the project. The contractor
was charged and convicted in the incident, but Graham
has never recovered emotionally.
"Frankly, I'm shocked by the laxness of our com-
munity overseers. This dredging site is an accident
waiting to happen," she said.
Marge Soeffker of Holmes Beach agrees.
"I've been by there many times on weekends and
seen young kids playing inside the fence," she said.
"It's a wonder something hasn't happened already."
The sand in some locations is nearly 30 feet high
and the project is surrounded somewhat by a 4-foot-
high plastic fence that is easily removed, she said.
Soeffker was driving on Flotilla Drive one evening
last week around 8 p.m. when she observed three
young children inside the fence playing on the sand.
"One child was probably no more than 6, while the
other two were maybe 9 or 10," she said.
Soeffker was concerned, knowing that Graham had
lost a son in a sandpile accident.
"I called to them and told them it was very danger-
ous. They were running at the top and that sand is soft.
PLEASE SEE SANDPILE, PAGE 3



Bridge Street Fest

this weekend
The annual Bridge Street Festival will combine
food and entertainment and a carnival atmosphere Sat-
urday and Sunday in Bradenton Beach.
Bridge Street will be closed to vehicles on those
days, and most parking is expected to be at Coquina
Beach to the south, with free transportation between
parking and festival via trolley.
The festivities will run from 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Sat-
urday, May 1, and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, May 2.
"Come dance in the street, soak up the sun, have some
fun" is the invitation.
Featured will be arts and crafts, food and desserts
from local vendors, continuous live music, a rock
climb, bungee jump, face painting and "take a shot at
dunking one of our infamous local residents." An RCA
27-inch TV donated by The Islander will be raffled.
Entertaining Saturday will be Tim Chandler and
Rick, Koko Ray and the Soul Providers, Doug Bidwell,
Hammers and Adams, Sue Griffin, and "surprise ap-
pearances."
On Sunday the entertainers will be the Manatee
Cloggers, the Blues Pigs, Reid Frost, Reggae with
Natural Vibes, High Water, Found and New Breed.
Proceeds are to go to the Tingley Memorial Library
in Bradenton Beach and the Anna Maria Island Com-
munity Center. Details are available at 778-9388.


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Affaire raises $300,000,


Community Center big winner


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Tres chic
"Affaire to Remember" committee member Ilona
Kenrick and committee chair Trudy Moon's husband
Stewart welcome guests to the champagne reception
under the glow of the Paris scenery.


Saturday's "An Affaire to Remember" raised at
least $300,000 for its sponsoring Anna Maria Island
Community Center, the Center said yesterday after
collating the results.
That's somewhat more than last year's event, big-
gest-ever fundraiser for the Center and on the Island.
A total of 310 people attended the Affaire at St. Ber-
nard Catholic Church.
Again this year an anonymous donor stepped up to
match all bids in the live portion of the auction bidding
totaling $100,000, including the "cash call."
Center executive director Pierrette Kelly an-
nounced a portion of the funds raised at the event will
go to the capital campaign to expand the Center's fa-
cilities.
Sue O'Connor of Anna Maria won the $5,000
Give-A-Way raffle. In other raffles, the 51-inch TV set
was won by Kathy McKenzie of Holmes Beach and the
diamond tennis bracelet went to Suki Janisch of
Holmes Beach.
The great attractions of the evening were the silent
and live auctions of dozens of items, and here are some


Schmoozing
Left to right, Holmes
Beach Police Chief Jay
Romine, Holmes Beach
Mayor Carol Whitmore
and Manatee County
Commissioner Jane von
Hahmann and her
husband Rocky, seated,
were caught up in the
evening chatter amid
dinner and auctions at
the Anna Maria Island
Community Center's
annualfundraiser.


representative prizes and winning bidders:
Seven-day Alaska cruise for two, won by Tom and
Donna Seguin of Bradenton; a week in Paris, Don and
Karen Schroder; Bradenton mayor for a day and tick-
ets to share a box seat with Mayor Wayne Poston at a
Tampa Devil Rays/Pittsburgh Pirates baseball game,
won by Ross Benjamin of Bradenton Beach.
Weekend at the Waldorf in New York with tickets
to "The Producers," Kim Dalglish of Bradenton; 10-
day European cruise, Steve Blackledge of Longboat
Key.
And the liveliest prize of all, a Bichon Frisse puppy
with a year's food, grooming and veterinary care plus
carpet cleaning, won by Herman and Roberta
Fernandez of Tampa.
And Ed Chiles seemed pretty excited about his
winning bid on a trip to Las Vegas and tickets to see
Elton John.
Ilona and Jeff Kenrick cheered for their prize two-
hour sunset trolley tour with a case of champagne and
a barbecue dinner, donated by Trolley Systems of
America, The Islander and Big John's Barbecue.


So many choices
Auctioneer Bobby Smith
and wife Kathleen (who
incidentally gave birth
to their 13-year-old
child Taylor during his
turn at the podium that
many years ago) check
over jewelry in the
silent auction with
Kendra Presswood.
Islander Photos:
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THE ISLANDER 0 APRIL 28, 2004 M PAGE 3


MCSO arrests man after threat, 'strange behavior'


Manatee County Sheriff s Office deputies in Anna
Maria last Friday, April 23, arrested Mark A. Ouimette,
49, of Bradenton after he exhibited some "strange be-
havior" toward post office employees in Anna Maria
and Sgt. John Kenney, the MCSO deputy in charge of
the Anna Maria substation.
According to Sgt. Kenney, Ouimette entered the
U.S. Post Office in the Bayview Plaza around 3 p.m.
and told staff he was the "Postmaster General" and he
was going to have everyone electrocuted because they
were illegal selling stamps.
Ouimette then left the post office and confronted
Kenney, who was parked in the Roser Memorial Com-



Sandpile draws Holmes Beach ire
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
They could easily have fallen into the water," she said.
Following the incident, Soeffker called Holmes
Beach Mayor Carol Whitmore to express her con-
cern.
Whitmore said she has written to project manager
Randy Williams of Energy Resources Inc. to increase
the netting and provide more safety.
"I told them I didn't think [the fence] was sturdy
enough to keep kids out and the height should also be
increased," the mayor said.
According to Whitmore, Williams said his com-
pany had done a number of these sandpile and water-
sediment pond projects and they were "comfortable
with what they've done."
The mayor has alerted Holmes Beach police to
patrol the area on nights and weekends and warn off
anyone playing inside the fence, but she's still worried.
"I'm concerned it's a city liability. I know we've
brought it to their attention; so it's basically their re-
sponsibility to fix it," Whitmore noted, "but it's still on
city property."
Williams referred all questions on the Holmes Beach
project to Paul Reinhardt of Energy Resource Inc. in Mis-
souri, where the company headquarters is located.
Reinhardt said he was also very concerned about
safety at the project, but cofiterini;d that the orange
safety fence met liability requirements.
"The sand isn't really a liability. I don't think a kid
would get hurt if he fell off the sand. My major concern
is if they fell into the sediment pond," even though it's
only 3 feet deep at the most, he said.
The safety issue is the same as that of a child play-
ing alongside canal, he observed. "Do canals have a
safety fence? That bright orange fence tells people this
is not a playground."
True enough, but those playing on the sandpile
aren't "people," but little kids, said Soeffker. And many
times after hours and on weekends when work crews
are gone, she's seen the fence pulled down in places. In
addition, some of the sand has spilled over onto Flotilla
Drive, creating a driving hazard, she said.


munity Church parking lot on Pine Avenue.
"He said I was impersonating a police officer,"
said Kenney, "and that he was the president and com-
mander-in-chief and that I needed to show identifica-
tion, or he was going to beat me up."
Kenney called for backup and attempted to calm
Ouimette, but he became belligerent.
At that point, said Kenney, Ouimette threatened
to "kill us all" and began acting in a threatening man-
ner.
Deputies attempted to arrest Ouimette, but he re-
sisted and a scuffle ensued. Kenney said Gary Thorpe
of the public works department assisted deputies with


"We could put up a chain-link fence around the
site, but that would inhibit the work," Reinhardt added.
And federal law doesn't require such a fence,,said
Gary Grove of the U.S. Occupational Health and Safety
Administration.
Grove said his office had received a complaint of
an unsafe condition at the site, but was not investigat-
ing. further because OSHA only deals with occupa-
tional safety issues, not public safety hazards.
However, noted Grove, there is a doctrine called
"attractive nuisance" which the city and contractor
might want to be aware of.
The "attractive nuisance" doctrine is like a swim-
ming pool without a fence, he noted. It's attractive to
kids, but also dangerous because they might fall in.
Holmes Beach City Commissioner Roger Lutz, an
attorney, said the sand needs to be moved "within a
reasonable amount of time. Either spread it out or haul
it away."


the arrest.
"We tried to deal with him calmly," said Kenney,
"but the situation escalated when he refused to com-
ply." Ouimette was injured in the scuffle, he said.
The suspect was transported to the MCSO jail
where he was charged with disorderly conduct and re-
sisting arrest with violence.
It will be up to MCSO deputies at the jail to deter-
mine if Ouimette will be committed for psychiatric
evaluation, Kenney said.
According to the available database online with the
Manatee County Clerk of the Circuit Court, Ouimette
has no prior felony arrests in Manatee County.


An accident
waiting to
happen?
Some Holmes Beach
residents believe the
sandpile and water
'- sediment pond on
SFlotilla Drive are
just an "accident
waiting to happen"
as young kids often
play on the sandpile
after work crews
have left. The
plastic fence around
the area does little
to deter the young-
stersfrom getting
inside, the residents
say. Islander Photo:
Rick Catlin


As an attorney, Lutz is well aware of the "attrac-
tive nuisance" doctrine, and said if an accident happens
at the sandpile, both the contractor and the city could
face liability.
"I am concerned about that sandpile. We can't let
it stay there," he concluded.
According to Florida statute 768.075, liability
could apply to the property owner and contractor un-
der the "attractive nuisance" doctrine, even if young-
sters were trespassing on the site.
What could be more attractive to a kid than water
and a sandpile to climb on, suggested Soeffker.
Whitmore said that if efforts to haul the sand to
renourish the Palma Sola Causeway fail (see separate
story), or if no one else will take the sand, she'll have
Energy Resource move the sand to the county landfill.
Some sand has already been trucked to DeSoto
Park and the City of Anna Maria used some for the
bayfront beach near the city pier.


Key Royale Bridge delayed. again
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
is well above 1,000.
What a difference between a trolley and a bus, she
noted.
When the Manatee County Area Transit operated
a bus on the Island, the average daily ridership was


Meetings


Anna Maria City
April 28, 6:45 p.m., Environmental Education and
Enhancement Committee meeting.
May 6, 7 p.m., special parking work session.
Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive,
708-6130.

Bradenton Beach
April 28, 5 p.m., special city commission meeting
and second reading on extending the partial building
moratorium.
April 28, 6 p.m., Sunshine Law and Florida Public
Records Law seminar.
May 4, 1 p.m., scenic highway committee meeting.


about 60 people per day.
Von Hahmann also asked Longboat Key Mayor
Ron Johnson to discuss with the town commission the
idea of extending trolley service through Longboat
Key. She said she's gotten a lot of calls from people on
the north end of Longboat Key for the service.
Johnson said he has, but the initial discussion has
indicated there's not enough interest. He'll bring the


May 4, 3 p.m., city commission work meeting on pro-
posed ballot issues.
May 6, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.,
778-1005.

Holmes Beach
May 5, 4 p.m., parks, beautification committee meeting.
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive,
708-5800.

Of Interest
April 28, 6 p.m., Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch
meeting, Holmes Beach City Hall.


issue back to the commission, he said.
In other business, Whitmore said the information
signs for Cortez Road West and Manatee Avenue West
advising motorists of Island conditions should be up
before hurricane season starts.
Von Hahmann advised the BIEO that the county
commission at its May 4 meeting will discuss a
$25,000 grant to move a boat ramp at the east end of
the Palma 'a Causeway to a less-congested area a
few hundred yards farther west. The current location is
also popular with bathers and picnickers and has be-
come very congested. Elected officials and members of
the public are invited to attend the meeting and provide
input to the commission.
Johnson reminded the BIEO that the Longboat
Pass Bridge will be closed completely on five separate
occasions during the six-month bridge repair period,
and motorists should be given plenty of notice about
those closures.
Bradenton Beach City Commissioner Lisa Marie
Phillips said that Longboat Key Town Manager Bruce
St. Denis will speak to her city's commission in the
near future on the organization and operation of a city
manager form of government. She invited BIEO mem-
bers to attend, once the date for St. Denis is set.
St. Denis has made similar presentations to Holmes
Beach and Anna Maria elected officials.


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PAGE 4 E APRIL 28, 2004 0 THE ISLANDER


City manager


'discussion'


turns sour

By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
It would seem as if some Holmes Beach city com-
missioners might already have their minds made up on
the issue of a city manager, as in "thanks, but no
thanks."
That's how it might have sounded when Commis-
sioner Don Maloney, a long-time proponent of the idea,
asked city commissioners at their April 20 workshop
to view a nine-minute video on the commission-city
manager form of government from the Florida City and
County Managers Association.
Chairperson Sandy Haas-Martens asked if the
commission wanted to "waste time" viewing another
tape regarding a city manager, as the commission had
seen one two years ago. At that time, the commission
had rejected a recommendation from the city's charter
review committee that city voters decide the issue.
"It's a waste of time?" asked Maloney. It's only a
waste of time if commissioners have already made up
their minds to reject placing the issue before the vot-
ers to let them decide, he suggested.
"Well, I don't think it's a good idea for the city,"
said Commissioner Patrick Morton.
Either way, said Haas-Martens, it's something the
voters should decide the issue, not the video.
Commissioner Roger Lutz chimed in that while
he's not particularly interested in viewing the video,
he'd rather spend nine minutes watching the presenta-
tion than 10 minutes arguing about it.
"Then let's watch it," said Commissioner Rich
Bohnenberger.
"And let those who don't want to watch it go
home," quipped Maloney.
Prior to the video, Maloney said he intended to
bring the question of asking voters to decide on a city
manager to the commission for a formal vote.
The city commission must approve the ballot ques-
tion for a city manager before the Supervisor of Elec-
tions Office will place it on the Aug. 31 primary bal-
lot.


10 years at Tingley
Tingley Memorial Library volunteers Phil Connolly, left,
special pins commemorating their 10 years of service at
veteran was Jane Schelin. Islander Photo: Paul Roat

If Maloney fails to get a majority vote from the
commission in favor of putting the question on the
ballot, he'll still have the option of asking the county
commission to send the issue to the voters (The Is-
lander, April 21).

Visitor skateboard park fees
In other workshop business, commissioners gave
the thumbs down to a suggestion from Mayor Carol
Whitmore that they consider a daily charge for visiting
youngsters to use the skatepark, rather than the $35
registration fee that off-Island residents have to pay.
Whitmore said the suggestion came from Holmes
Beach Police Chief Jay Romine and several officers
because there are so many young skateboarders visit-
ing grandparents during the winter season.
Morton thought it might be a good idea, but


Moratorium extension rejected


by Bradenton Beach planners


By Paul Roat
Bradenton Beach Planning and Zoning Board
members have recommended to the city commission
that the current building moratorium not be extended
another year.
The four members present at last week's continued
meeting voted unanimously not to extend the morato-
rium on street vacations, property rezonings or compre-
hensive plan amendments. The current moratorium
expires May 1. It has been in effect for two years.
City commissioners will have the final say in the
matter after a final public hearing on the moratorium
at 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 28.
Several people spoke on the moratorium at the
planning and zoning board public hearing.
Resident and developer Reed Mapes said he failed


to see a need for the moratorium. "It doesn't make
sense to me," he said, adding that "there is no telling
how many people have been blocked from building."
Resident John Dean said the two-year moratorium
"is long enough for a moratorium. I think it's a nega-
tive to the city. It doesn't make us look good."
Resident Michael Pierce, also a member of a spe-
cial committee reviewing the city's comprehensive
plan and land-development codes, said he believed the
moratorium "should stay in place so we can review the
comp plan."
Planning board members seemed to agree that
"enough was enough" with the moratorium, though. "I
believe we can address each application and weigh it
on its own merit," board member Jo Ann Meilner said.
"There doesn't seem to be any end in sight."


Rehab starts on Longboat Bridge, lane closures next week?


By Paul Roat
Crews began mobilizing equipment Monday in
preparation of a $1.9 million rehabilitation project on
the Longboat Pass Bridge, with lane closures scheduled
to begin next week on the span linking Bradenton
Beach to Longboat Key.
Work to be done includes a pretty much complete
overhaul of the structural, mechanical and electrical
parts of the bridge.
For road traffic, lane closures may have alternating
one-way traffic Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. and
from 6 p.m.-9 p.m. to allow the early morning and late-
afternoon traffic rush to traverse the span as unimpeded
as it ever can be. There will be no lane closures after-
noons from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.


Boat traffic will be affected as well as cars. The
contractor, Quinn Construction Inc., may close the
bridge to boat traffic from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. on week-
days, plus from 6 a.m. to noon on weekdays during the
painting and sandblasting procedure. Additionally,
bridge openings may be limited to every hour on the
hour from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. weekdays.
No weekend work will be conducted.
Complete closure of the bridge may also occur, but
the contractor is limited to a total of 20 occurrences
over five separate periods during the project. However,
that total closure isn't scheduled until late June and will
only be at night.
Further information is available from the Florida
Department of Transportation at (800) 292-3368.


Janet Bone and Bette Kissick were presented with
the library. Not pictured but also a 10-year library


Bohnenberger said it wouldn't be fair to kids from
Manatee County, who have to pay the full price.
Lutz and Haas-Martens agreed and also thought
there were liability issues involved.
The commission consensus was not to pursue the
idea.

Bradenton Beach building official
service request rejected
Commissioners also rejected any notion that the
city should provide building official services to
Bradenton Beach, beyond what is called for in the cur-
rent interlocal agreement.
Whitmore said she had heard Bradenton Beach
might ask to use a Holmes Beach building official per-
manently and wanted direction from the commission.
She said she'd only consider such a request if
Bradenton Beach paid all the costs to hire another
building official, including salary and benefits.
"I don't have a problem listening, but I just want
to let you know," she added.
Don't bother listening, replied commissioners.
"There's nothing in it for us," said Bohnenberger,
and Lutz agreed. The consensus was Whitmore
shouldn't even meet with Bradenton Beach on the is-
sue.

Land development code review
Bohnenberger said he, along with Building Official
Bill Saunders and Public Works Director Joe Duennes,
had separately reviewed the five bids to review the
city's land-development codes and each had arrived
independently on the same choice: The Sarasota plan-
ning firm of Adley Brisson and Engman.
That company was also the low bidder among the
five, and has done work for the city in the past.
A recommendation will be ready by the next regu-
lar meeting, Bohnenberger said.

Seawall repairs
Whitmore said the scope of bids to repair the sea-
wall along Marina Drive from Wachovia Bank to
Catchers Marina is being reviewed by the city attorney
and the proposal should go out to bid soon.

Modify setback code
Commissioners at their regular meeting April 20
had the first reading of an ordinance to modify the set-
back code to amend the definition of mean high water.
The ordinance will also revise the definition of mean
high water line and the city will use the Florida Depart-
ment of Environmental Protection's erosion control
line as its setback line.
Bohnenberger said he had some concerns about the
ordinance, but would discuss those with the appropriate
city staff prior to the second reading of the ordinance.


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THE ISLANDER U APRIL 28, 2004 U PAGE 5


One turtle ashore, but not on Anna Maria Island


By Jim Hanson
Islander Correspondent
The turtle season is here, both officially by humans
and really by a mother turtle, though Anna Maria Island
is awaiting its first nest.
The first of the season was logged at Manasota
Key, miles south of here, and at least a few somewhat
envious members of the Island's Turtle Watch are hop-
ing the loggerheads are heading north.
Officially, the sea turtle nesting season begins May
1 each year and extends until Oct. 31 or until the last
egg has hatched. Bright and very early Saturday morn-
ing, Turtle Watch volunteers will begin walking the
beach at dawn, checking for "crawls."
Those are large zipper-like tracks left by mother
turtles as they waddle up the beach to dig down a couple
of feet, deposit maybe 100 eggs the size of golf balls, cover
them, and head back into the Gulf of Mexico.
Actually, the beach has been covered every morn-


ing in April by Suzi Fox, Turtle Watch director and
holder of the state's marine turtle preservation permit.
Not to mention volunteers who just couldn't wait, and
walked the beach looking for turtle signs.
Her daily patrols were "just in case," Fox said.
"It could have happened here," referring to the
early nest that happened to be on Manasota. Turtle
Watch volunteers all up and down the Gulf vie for that
precious "first" annually, and Anna Maria had it last
year.
All those volunteers are to get training this evening
at Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive. Fox
and her 15 coordinators will assign sections for each
volunteer to patrol on a regular schedule. They will
hear the latest changes in regulations from Fox, and
will get flags to mark crawls. From that point nests will
be staked and warnings posted to avoid harm to the
nests, and eventually each nest will be inventoried 70
days after the eggs are laid to determine how many


made it through the hatching process and how many
didn't.
Fox expects 162 returning volunteers and maybe
25 new ones at the training session from 6-8 p.m.
Wednesday, April 28.
Friday, April 30, volunteers will be at Kingfish
Boat Ramp alongside the Island end of the Anna Maria
Island Bridge, waving signs and otherwise warning
people that it's "Lights Out" for the turtle season.
That means everyone along the beach must make
sure none of their home or business lights are visible
at turtle-level on the beach. Hatchlings instinctively
head for light, for millennia the sparkle of the Gulf's
surface but now competition comes from lights that
lure the babies upland, often disastrously.
Saturday morning Fox will outline the turtle pres-
ervation program as guest speaker at the weekly meet-
ing of the Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island at 8 a.m.
at the Cafe on the Beach.


'30-day' window to get Holmes Beach sand to Palma Sola Causeway


By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
City, county and state officials are racing against
the clock to get a general-use permit from the Florida
Department of Environmental Protection to use some
of the sand from the Holmes Beach canal-dredging
project to renourish sections of the beach along Palma
Sola Causeway.
County Commissioner Jane von Hahmann said the
county can move the sand from Holmes Beach to the
causeway if the Florida Department of Transportation
gets a general-use permit from the DEP.
"It's the fastest way to get the permits to move the
sand," von Hahmann said. Otherwise, the permitting
process could take up to nine months.
But the clock is ticking.
State regulations for a general-use permit give the
DOT only 30 days to get the permit from the DEP once
it has applied. Otherwise, the project is automatically


denied.
County Environmental Systems Manager Charlie
Hunsicker said his role is to prepare the actual request
to the DOT and work with the various state agencies to
get the permit.
"It can get real complicated," he noted, but a gen-
eral- use permit is from state agency to state agency and
is supposed to bypass a lot of "red tape" involved when
a city or county requests a DEP permit.
Right now, said Hunsicker, he's waiting to hear
from the DOT on whether or not they'll apply on be-
half of Manatee County.
If a general-use permit is not issued, he said, "we
won't pursue the project further."
The clock continues to tick because the canal dredg-
ing contractor, Energy Resources Inc. of Missouri, is re-
quired to remove the sand, either through sale, give-away
or by transporting it to the county landfill.
The sand is "beach quality," Holmes Beach Mayor


Carol Whitmore said recently, and that moved the folks
at DeSoto National Memorial to get some for their
beach renourishment.
Anna Maria also took sand for the beach area near
the city pier.
Those entities didn't need a DEP permit because
the sand wasn't being moved to a state-owned or con-
trolled beach or right of way, Hunsicker noted.
He also said his office has been looking at a pos-
sible renourishment of Coquina Beach that might be
done before the next planned beach renourishment
project on the Island in about five to seven years. Co-
quina Beach was not included in the 2002 beach
renourishment.
Hunsicker cautioned, however, that no decision has
been reached to even present an "off-cycle"
renourishment project to the county commission.
Any such application is "a long way off," if it's
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Good news
Who wouldn't like to have only good news to read?
We'd like to report more good news but it only comes in
small, special packages. Like diamonds!
Kudos go to Diamond Sponsors Chuck and Joey
Lester and all the other sponsors, donors, volunteers,
committee members, auctioneer and contributors to the
annual "Affaire to Remember," for the Anna Maria Island
Community Center.
And WOW! For the third year an anonymous donor
has matched the $100,000 worth of live auction bids, for
items such as a gaudy, tropical man's vest, a tiny puppy
and a "cash call."
What? you ask. Well, you gotta be there.
This event is "fancy-schmantzy" for Anna Maria Is-
land and a sparkling event especially for Suki Janisch,
winner of the fabulous diamond bracelet.
This year the Center has benefited some $300,000
from the event and from the community that just keeps
giving.

Bad news waiting to happen
While the canal dredging project in Holmes Beach
was long overdue, and the resulting sand is renourishing
the beachfront at the DeSoto National Memorial, the
bayfront beach near the Anna Maria City Pier and possi-
bly, too, along the Palma Sola Causeway, the huge
sandpile that lingers poses a serious danger.
This is what no child would recognize as an "attractive
nuisance," but also no child could possibly resist if given free
rein to climb, run, slide and play "King of the Hill."
And that's what has happened.
To make matters worse, this sandpile circles a sedi-
ment pond, further increasing the danger to youngsters
who find the monstrosity irresistible.
And all that goes without saying that the pile rests
alongside Birdie Tebbetts Field and it's spring and
kids are playing baseball there. Never mind the sand has
consumed the parking lot during baseball season.
Cross your fingers, say your prayers, and hope the
city and the contractor rectify this situation quickly.

Lighten up
Just a reminder: Marine turtle nesting season offi-
cially begins May 1, which requires beachfront property
owners dim, shade or otherwise turn out lights sunset to
dawn that can be seen from a "turtle's eye view" on the
shore. It's also advised to remove beach chairs, cabanas
and any other obstacles that the 300-pound loggerheads
that frequent our beaches might encounter.
It's a good thing to do.



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Leave Willow Avenue alone
"If it ac,'t broke, don't fix it!"
Parking on Willow Avenue in Anna Maria City
doesn't seem to be "broke." On the contrary, the resi-
dents on this street are happy with the existing parking
rules.
By trying to "fix it," the city may well create prob-
lems that have never existed here before.
As long as we have the continued good service of
the sheriff's department to take care of any parking vio-
lations, we are very contented with parking on our
street.
Please don't "fix" Willow Avenue.
Elizabeth P. Moss, Anna Maria City


Make beach better
I am not sure if Anna Maria Island has any control
over Coquina Beach, but if they do, they should relin-
quish it to someone that cares about peace and tranquil-
ity.
I took my family to the beach on Easter morning,
very early, to have an Easter egg hunt for my 5-year-
old granddaughter. We arrived about 7 a.m., and for
about one hour enjoyed the experience.
By 8 a.m. the parade of mobile boom boxes began.
The din of noise was overwhelming. We sat on the
beach about 100 yards from the public parking area,
and could not hear the waves break for the thudding
sound of the bass coming from the parking area.
We left at 9:30 and went to another beach a mile
south, which was very pleasant.
The government has laws against alcohol, nudity,
and littering on and near the beach. They should also
insist on eliminating the very annoying and intentional
profusion of loud music that was present on Easter
Sunday at that beach. If your paper has any influence
on this issue, please apply it. We would like to have our
peace and tranquility of this spot back.
Darrel Allen, Valrico


'Good job, city hall'
I must give kudos to the Holmes Beach Board of
Adjustment for voting down the variance requested by
Holmes Beach Land LLC at the April 21 meeting.
The board recognized the area in question (74th
Street West) is currently overdeveloped. Granting the
variance would have opened the door for a large-scale
duplex that would have added unnecessary density to
an already overstressed area.
Of course Holmes Beach Land LLC will appeal
this decision, but the bottom line is that at 50 feet of
width, the lot is much too small to allow such develop-
ment. The owners should have known this before they
bought the property, and if they were misinformed it's
no one's fault but their own.
The small victory at the board of adjustment, in
conjunction with the planning and zoning board voting
down Pat Kabris' latest requests to build twin duplexes
in the same vicinity, shows me that Holmes Beach City
Hall is taking the threat of overdevelopment seriously.
Keep up the good work.
Andrew G. White, Holmes Beach

Thanks for success
St. Bernard Council of Catholic Women extends its
gratitude to all the members and friends who helped make
the 2004 Welcome Spring Fashion Show a huge success.
A special thank you to the following businesses:
Jane E's Coffee and Tea, Amy Dodge Salon, Charlie's
on the Island, Island Fitness, Irene's Resort Wear, the
Waterfront Restaurant, Duffy's Tavern, Fat Cat Carpet
Cleaning and Sally's Dolls and Bears at the Red Barn.
Marian G. Van Winkle, Chairman, Holmes Beach
Have your say
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So long Bongo's with room for dancing and dining? Noise complaints chandelier, marble whatever it all took our breath
With regard to the complaints against Bongo's, prevailed in Sarasota and decimated that city's music away.
With regard to the complaints against Bongo s, I scene. Similar complaints nearly put Cortez Kitchen Thanks to that wonderful lady it was a most memo-
take exception to the information being reported as out of business. rable trip. She's a wonderful spokesperson for the area.
"fact." Bradenton's director of development services
To set the record straight for Palma Sola waterfront We are grateful to her.
Larry Frey was quoted as saying that "Bongo's gener- residents, Bongo's bands do not "play far into the Cathy and Philip Katrovitz, Vero Beach
ates an average of 944 motorist trips on a weekday.... night." Outdoor music there goes to
Snimght." Outdoor music there goes to 10pm.
How would he know that? Were counters placed Bongo's: Save the parking
on both sides of Bongo's driveway? Is he combining Jean Hammerl, Bradenton This is an old story about a farmer who burned
the trips made to and from Anna Maria Island and those down his barn to be rid of the rats sound familiar?
of the daytime beachgoers along the causeway in that Anna Maria City wants to greatly reduce the num-
"statistic"? Or is he justifying for his bosses the tear- Wonderful spokesperson ber of legal parking spaces because of too much litter,
ing down of the restaurant for development of 10 con- My husband and I live in Vero Beach on the noise, urination in the begonias, etc.
dominiums on the property. Florida east coast. We decided to get out of town for Why not a drive to "stash the trash" and an enforce-
Frey adds that "a decision had to be reached based a weekend and decided it was time our destination was ment of present drinking and bodily exposure laws?
on public safety." Well, the confusion of cars and trail- Sarasota. I've owned my Anna Maria City house for 35 years
ers hauling boats and Jet-skis pulling on and off the Packing a bag and prepping the car, we set off a and have beached on Willow for 35 years. The owners
causeway in broad daylight poses a far greater hazard little after noon on a Friday for our great adventure. At on Willow don't mind. We even have an informal
than Bongo's does operating at night. Just this week, I approximately 5 p.m., we ended up at the Eckerd store, group called Club Willow for fun and companionship.
happened by the causeway beach area in time to see the corner of Manatee Avenue and Gulf Drive on Anna Please be nice let us alone.
results of an accident between Bongo's and Palma Sola Maria Island. Jim Krumme, Anna-Maria
Boulevard with emergency vehicles still on the scene. Not having any idea where we'd be staying that
Don't blame Bongo's for this daytime accident, or the night, we decided to ask a local person and a lady
tangle of traffic when it occurred. working in the card department fit the bill. She used T 1 p S
By Frey's own statement, the threat of Perico Is- her cell phone to contact a couple of motels/hotels and
land development would pose a much greater impact was most helpful to us. D rops
on causeway traffic than Bongo's does today. (Not to It turned out she works for The Islander and is a
mention the impact of many more cars trying to evacu- chamber of commerce ambassador, and a delightful A M I
ate during a hurricane.) In fact, such a claim would be but anonymous individual. (She is Nancy Ambrose,
more than enough reason to stop the proposed Arvida advertising representative at the newspaper and active
development today. But, we know that won't happen in many organizations and events on the Island. Date Low High Rainfall
and we know that Bongo's will close May 2. Editor.) April 18 64 86 0
As for the noise issue, we all know that sounds We ended up at the Pelican Post Motel, and it April 19 62 86 0
travel well over bodies of water. The restaurant now suited our needs just fine. We saw a gorgeous sunset, April 20 64 87 0
known as Bongo's was built in 1978. To Selma Zislis ate dinner on the Bridge Street pier and breakfast at a April 21 68 86 0
and her Palma Sola petitioner neighbors: How long delightful crepe cafe also on Bridge Street. April 22 68 86 0
have you owned your homes? Our visit to the Ringling Museum of Art took up April 23 68 87 0
The demise of Bongo's is a great loss to the local most of Saturday. We were overwhelmed by its gran- April 24 68 87 0
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Holmes Beach board of adjustment says it ain't so


By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
"Say it ain't so, Joe."
OK, said the Holmes Beach Board of Adjustment
to Michael Roaldi, it ain't so, even if you have a letter
from the city attorney saying it is so.
That was the 3-2 decision reached by the board at
its April 21 meeting when it heard a request from
Roaldi for a variance of 21.5 feet so he can build a
duplex at his property at 106 74th St.
Attorney Steve Thompson, representing owners
Roaldi and Holmes Beach Land LLC, said the appli-
cants arrived before the board after a long and convo-
luted process.
Before his clients purchased the property in mid-
2002, Thompson was asked to determine if they could
build a duplex on the site, which is in the medium den-
sity residential zone, but only has 58.5 feet of frontage,
not the required 80 feet.
The building official at that time told Thompson to get
a letter from City Attorney Jim Dye saying it was OK to
build the duplex and he would allow such construction.

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vided all other requirements are met.
After getting that letter, his clients purchased the
property, but when they applied for a building permit,
they were turned down.
The building official, claimed Thompson, had
"changed his interpretation" of the code and the city got
a different legal opinion from another lawyer that was
the complete opposite of Dye's position.
Roaldi appealed that decision to the city commis-
sion, but the commission upheld the building official's
decision, at the same time noting that Roaldi needed a
variance.
"That's why we are here this morning. Now, we
have a problem," Thompson concluded.
He claimed the request met all the criteria for a
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Chicago" is building there, with all the activity and new
construction.
Board chairman Hugh Holmes Jr. said in his view
the variance request "meets all the criteria," but noted
that "the whole Island is being overbuilt. I'm a builder,
but I don't like it."
Board member Alan Guy said it's not up to the
board to question zoning, just determine if the variance
meets the criteria.
But three members said it ain't so and voted against
the variance request following a motion by Olsen and
seconded by Peter Ereg. Robert Maher also voted for
denial.
Board member David Moynihan recused himself
from the discussions and vote as he had been the real
estate agent who sold the property to Roaldi.
Thompson said there is "no doubt there will be an
appeal and more litigation. We're frustrated. I heard no
mention in the meeting of what standards [for a vari-
ance] we violated. It was all just personal opinion."
Roaldi has already filed an appeal on March 11 of
the city commission's decision to uphold the building
official's decision.
But all appeals and court cases regarding a duplex
on the property might become moot.
Acting City Attorney Mark Singer told the board
of adjustment that the Holmes Beach Planning Com-
mission has recommended the city commission adopt
a "savings clause" ordinance.
If that passes, lots that were legal prior to the 1989
land development code changes would be
"grandfathered" for construction that was allowable at
that time. That would mean a duplex could be built on
Roaldi's property without the required frontage, pro-
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Board of Adjustment members might want to re-
view the proposed ordinance and attend the public
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THE ISLANDER U APRIL 28, 2004 U PAGE 9


Commission delay causes withdrawal of grant offer


By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
An offer by grant writer Angela Brewer of
Bradenton to the Anna Maria City Commission to write
a grant proposal to fund a variety of city stormwat6r-
drainage-improvement projects for a federally funded
program has been withdrawn, just about 12 hours af-
ter it was offered to the city.
Brewer said she has been a grant writer for 33 years
and runs a grant-writing service that, according to her,
has brought in more than $4.2 billion in grant funding
to local municipalities.
She told commissioners at their April 22 meeting
that several city drainage projects would be "ideal can-
didates" for the program, but the deadline for applica-
tion is May 31. Brewer said she and Baskerville
Donovan Inc., the city's engineering firm, could write
the grant for no more than $10,000, including the nec-
essary engineering input from BDI.
Mayor SueLynn said the money was available
from the public works department contingency fund of
$17,000 and would only involve a line-item transfer if
commissioners approved. Even Public Works Director
George McKay believed hiring Brewer was a good
idea.
But Commissioner Dale Woodland said there was
"no way" he would ever vote to spend city money the
first time he's seen a funding proposal and suggested
a special meeting Monday, April 26, to discuss the is-
sue.
While Commissioners John Quam and Duke
Miller were in favor of the offer, Commissioners Linda
Cramer and Carol Ann Magill were absent from the
discussion and the city charter requires at least three
commissioners to approve a measure. That put the is-
sue to the special meeting.
"This is a chance to save tens of thousands of dol-
lars," noted Miller.
But on Friday, April 23, just about 12 hours after
the commission meeting ended, Mayor SueLynn said
she was informed that Tom Wilcox of BDI said Brewer
"had withdrawn her offer.
Apparently, said the mayor, Brewer "perceived"
that there wasn't enough commission support for the
project.
"Frankly, I'm surprised she didn't wait until the
special meeting for the commission to make it happen,"
SueLynn said. She thought all the commissioners
would support the proposal, once it was discussed and
no reserve funds were needed.

Re-publication of city codes
Woodland also argued against voting to spend
$8,800 in a line-item transfer from the maintenance
budget to codify 27 ordinances and 300 pages of city
codes until he's had a chance to review the proposal.
"You are not going to see me spending the city's
money the first time I see something," he said. "I need
time to think and get public input."
The proposal from the Municipal Code Corp. of
Tallahassee calls for five new code books, plus an up-
date of the online version of the city codes, along with
compact disc versions that staff can use to easily copy
and review appropriate sections.
While commissioners agreed with Building Offi-
cial Kevin Donohue that the city codes need updating
and codification, the issue was placed on the May
worksession agenda.

Parking fine reduction
Mayor SueLynn asked commissioners to consider
reducing the $30 fine for parking with tires on the pave-
ment or facing the wrong direction.
City staff have faced a number of hostile offend-
ers, said the mayor, and most, if not all, are just upset
about the amount.
"The bad publicity generated [by the fine] is not
equal to the punishment," said the mayor. The fine used
to be $15, but was doubled by the city commission
several years ago. SueLynn pointed out she was only
asking for a fine reduction on those two offenses, not
all offenses in the parking ordinance.
But Miller said the city should just post a sign at
the city limit on Gulf Drive warning motorists about the
offenses and the subsequent fine.
Woodland, however, thought the S30 fine might be
excessive and agreed with the mayor.
'-uam asked SueLynn to find out how much it


would cost the city to amend the ordinance just for
those two items. She'll report back at the May 13 com-
mission workshop.

City hall renovations
With Cramer absent, commissioners gave short
shrift to her proposal that the commission direct the
mayor to obtain a full structural inspection of city hall,
along with an official estimate for a new roof and win-
dows (The Islander, April 21).
SueLynn did present a "free" estimate from
Bringman Roofing Company that a new roof would
cost approximately $22,800, and commissioners
agreed that should be addressed in the next budget.
The consensus was to spend no more money on
structural evaluations this year.
The mayor did report that she was waiting on es-
timates from Southern Cross Construction on the cost
for asbestos and mold removal that would be beyond
the scope and contract of $151,000 for city hall reno-
vations.
There was also good news from the Island Baptist
Church. Church officials have offered the entire second
floor of its classroom study building to Anna Maria as
a temporary city hall for $1,700 per month while city
hall is being remodeled.
With a four-month estimate for renovations,
SueLynn said that offer would save the city just under
$10,000 as opposed to renting a double-wide trailer for
about $16,000. Additionally, the church is already
wired for computers. The city would have to pay
around $2,500 to wire the rented trailer for electricity
and computer hookups.

County fireworks ordinance
The commission had the first reading of adopting
the Manatee County fireworks ordinance that would
prohibit the roadside sale of fireworks in Anna Maria.


But Magill wondered why the city should pass the
ordinance if it's going to cost the city extra money for
enforcement, and the city is going to arrest families for
setting off fireworks on July 4. That's an Island tradi-
tion, she said.
"That's not the purpose of the ordinance," replied
Quam. "The ordinance is to halt roadside sales."
It's already illegal by state statute to set off fire-
works without a permit, said Sgt. John Kenney, the
deputy in charge of Anna Maria's substation of the
Manatee County Sheriff's Office.
"We'll use our discretion, but it would be impos-
sible to enforce on July 4. We would need 200 offic-
ers."
The second reading and public hearing of the or-
dinance will be on May 27.

Signage
SueLynn proposed to document locations of traf-
fic signs on the city's streets not in the beach access
zone using volunteers, rather than paying BDI for the
information. The documentation is needed for a new
parking ordinance, according to City Attorney Jim
Dye.
The commission agreed with the mayor and Miller
and Quam both volunteered to assist.
SueLynn also suggested that commissioners look
around the city for traffic signs they would like to
eliminate or move.

Chilson Avenue drainage
Commissioners agreed to give this item "high pri-
ority" in the next budget, but 85-year-old Chilson Av-
enue resident Margaret Jenkins said she's been waiting
a long time for Chilson Avenue to be fixed and "it
keeps getting put off. I hope to see it before I die."
Jenkins and her family have lived in Anna Maria
since the 1950s.


Garden club
chiefs
Installed by the
Anna Maria
Garden Club
were, from left,
Mary Manion,
president;
Priscilla
Seewald, vice
president;
Susan Fernald,
secretary; and
Barbara
Marcheck,
treasurer. They
were installed
at the annual
"salad lun-
cheon" at
Roser Memo-
rial Community
Church. Is-
lander Photo:
Nancy
Ambrose.


No Davis settlement, court action awaited


By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
A court-ordered mediation March 30 to resolve a
lawsuit filed in August 2003 by Holmes Beach resi-
dents Ruthanne McLean and Barbara Coloney against
the city and resident Frank Davis was apparently un-
successful and the lawsuit will continue.
"Apparently," because Miami attorney John
Shubin, who represents McLean and Coloney, could
only state the litigation is still ongoing. He said the
court has ordered him and opposing attorney Peter
Mackey not to discuss the case with the media.
"The lawsuit is proceeding," was all Shubin would
say.
Mackey, however, said "We thought a settlement
was reached" following mediation, "but we've not
heard back from Mr. Shubin." He said he could not
comment on the substance of any agreement, or the


pending lawsuit.
Retired Judge Thomas Gallen mediated the dispute
on March 30, which alleges that the city commission
meeting to discuss Davis' site plan at 5622 Gulf Drive
was not properly noticed.
But that dispute is not the only battle between
Davis, who wants to build a fourplex at the site, and
McLean-Coloney, who are adjacent property owners.
McLean-Coloney, represented by family member
Shubin, have another lawsuit against Davis and
Holmes Beach, claiming approval of the site plan itself
was improper. In addition, Shubin has filed an appeal
of the board of adjustment decision that granted Davis
a variance to obtain site-plan approval. Not to be out-
done, Mackey has filed his own lawsuits against the
city and McLean-Coloney.
Greg Hootman of the Florida League of Cities rep-
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bring original works to be read at a meeting at 10:15
a.m. Monday, May 3, at the Island Branch Library,
5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
The material to be read to the group includes po-
ems, essays and short stories. Further information is
available at 761-9036.

Church women schedule
joint meeting, contest
A contest in decorated spring hats is scheduled at
a meeting of the St. Bernard's Council of Catholic
Women and the Women's Guild of the Episcopal
Church of the Annunciation.
The joint session will be at 11 a.m. May 13 at the
social hall of St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Har-
bor Drive, Holmes Beach. A potluck lunch will follow
at 12:30 p.m.
All of the women attending are to wear spring-
decorated hats, which will be judged in the categories
of most original and prettiest.
Details may be obtained by calling 778-2508.


'Greater Tuna' coming next week
A tiny Texas town is big enough to provide plenty
of humor to fill a theater with laughs as the Island Play-
ers present "Greater Tuna" starting Thursday, May 6.
Tuna, Texas, has 20 people and a dog, but it comes
up with enough troubling events and puzzling snarls to
keep any city anywhere busy. Its citizens don't care,
they love the place in fact a high school student's
prize-winning poem ends "'Cause I think the world
outside of Tuna is bizarre."
The play has as many writers as players. Written by
Jaston Williams, Joe Sears and Ed Howard, it stars Fred
Zimmerman, Dan Higgs and Sylvia Marnie.
Zimmerman's voice is sufficient for several char-
acters: Aries Struvie, Petey Fisk and Didi Snavely,
while Higgs is Thurston Wheelis, Yippy and Rev.
Spikes "and others," the casting director promises,
featuring Marie.
Director is the veteran Preston Boyd, stage man-
ager Ruth Stevens, set designer John Flannery, costume
designer Don Bailey, lighting director Chris McVicker,
sound engineer Bob Grant.
Tickets are $15, and the box office is open from 9
a.m.-1 p.m. daily except Sunday. Curtain times are 8
p.m. except for Sunday matinees at 2 p.m., no perfor-
mances Monday. The theater is at 10009 Gulf Drive,
Anna Maria.
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Anna Maria Island's letter carriers will pick
up nonperishable foodstuffs, mostly canned
goods, on May 8 to feed the hungry.
The local postal workers will join the 12th na-
tional effort to restock community food banks.
Just over a million pounds of food was collected
last year in the area from Largo to Punta Gorda,
which includes Anna Maria Island.
It was third highest collection in the United
States, and the sponsoring National Association
of Letter Carriers hopes to beat that mark this
year.
Postal deliveries before the collection date
will include bags to hold the food to be placed at
mailboxes on May 8. The bags are being donated
by Kash N' Karry. The post office in the city of
Anna Maria, where no residential deliveries are
made, will have a collection box in the lobby.
Additional information may be obtained by
calling 778-8279.


Woman's club to honor
its past presidents
Past presidents of the Woman's Club of Anna
Maria Island will be honored at a potluck luncheon at
noon Wednesday, May 5.
The luncheon will be at the Anna Maria Island
Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria,
with members to bring their own table service and pot-
luck food to share.
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Art and antique
medicine bottle display at library
Watercolors by Island artist Mary Stealey, art
works by Sue Lynn Cotton's students, and a display of
antique medicine bottles will be featured during May
at the Island Branch Library.
The medicine bottles are being provided by Harold
Folkerth. Cotton teaches several classes in art at the
Anna Maria Island Community Center.
Stealey said painting is therapy for her, and her
painted portrait of Pope John Paul II, "Prayer for World
Peace," helped heal her from the loss of many loved
ones including several in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist
attacks.
Other events on the library's calendar for May:
Monday, May 10-24, Internet class for beginners
(advance registration required by calling 778-6341),
8:30 a.m.
Tuesday, May 4-25, veterans service officer inter-
views clients (by appointment, call 749-3030), 1-4 p.m.
Wednesday, May 12, Friends of the Island Branch
Library Book Club, 10:30 a.m.
Thursday-Friday, May 13-14, AARP driver safety
course (advance registration required, call 776-1158),
noon-4 p.m.
Saturday, May 8, family origami class, 10:30 a.m.
The library is at 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach. It opens daily except Sunday at 10 a.m., clos-
ing Monday and Wednesday at 8 p.m., Tuesday and
Thursday at 6 p.m., Friday and Saturday at 5 p.m. The
phone number is 778-6341.
Gloria Dei Bible school starting
Gloria Dei Lutheran Church is accepting registra-
tion of children for the vacation Bible school at the
church, 6608 Maria Drive, Holmes Beach.
The school from June 7-11 is open to children from
age 4 years through fifth-grade. Crafts, games, music,
Bible stories and snacks are on the daily program. Fur-
ther details may be obtained and registration completed
at 778-1813.
Authors Hennessey,
Dye to sign their works
Dick-Hennessey and Marguerita Loucke Dye will
sign their books at an authors' event Friday and Satur-
day at Bayview Plaza, 101 S. Bay Blvd., Anna Maria.
Hennessey has written three books, "Few Are Cho-
sen," "Survival," and his latest, the Anna Maria Island
and Gulf Coast-based "Me Tarzan You Jane."
Dye is author of the children's book "If I Were"
and the humorous "A Smile a Chuckle and a Loud
Guffaw."
They will sign their works from 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
April 30 and May 1.

Manatee Players slate
four-play summer
The Manatee Players will present four plays on a
summer schedule, the troupe has announced, with au-
ditions programmed for May 22.
The auditions and plays will be at the Riverfront
Theatre, 102 Old Main St., Bradenton. Directors will
cast 21 roles in plays by area playwrights, said Rick
Kerby, managing artistic director.
The summer season will run July 9-Aug. 1, with a
different play each weekend. Each is performed four
times, 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Saturday and
Sunday.
Rehearsals will start four weeks before each produc-
tion, and auditions will be from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. May 22.
The schedule and casting needs:
July 9-11, "The Split" by Jack Gilhooley and Jo
Morello, directed by Bob Trisoline, romantic comedy
that needs three women and two men.
July 16-18, "First House of Neptune" by Christa
Kreimendahl, directed by Jack Eddleman, comedy
needing four women and one boy of 11.
July 23-25 "Alligators" by Sylvia Reed, directed
by Jay Handelman, dramatic comedy with a cast of
three women and one man.
July 30-Aug. 1 "Grace" by David Smith, directed
by Preston Boyd, drama calling for three women, three
men, one preteen girl.
The theater will provide audition pieces for each
play. Further audition information is available at 748-
0111.
Tickets are $12 each for each play, $40 for the
entire series. Ticket information may be obtained by
calling the box office at 748-5875.


Kukacs-Davis wed
Karen Ann Lukacs and Seth Benjamin Davis, both of
Bradenton, were married at sunset on the beach
March 13. She is the daughter of G. Allan Lukacs
and Judy Lukacs (of the Island branch of Wachovia),
and he is the son of Tony and Cindy Davis, all of
Bradenton. The couple honeymooned in Key West,
and will reside in Bradenton.

Anna Maria 5K run,
mile walk Sunday
The annual 5K run/one-mile walk will be done for
fun and charity Sunday, May 2, around the City of
Anna Maria.
Sponsors are hoping to raise $10,000 from the
event for the Children's Academy of Southwest
Florida, but to hit that mark registration will have to
speed up the rest of this week, said Barbara Turner.
The price is $12 per participant, she said, and those
interested may call her at 798-8862 or 704-8908, orjust
show up for registration Sunday morning.
Registration will begin at 7 a.m. at Bayfront Park,
100 N. Bay Blvd., and the race and walk will begin at
8 a.m. The 5K course is "around Anna Maria" and back
to the park, expected to take about an hour even for
slowpokes.
The first 125 to register will get T-shirts and
"goodie bags," said Turner.

Center's stepping stone class
Monday, Tuesday
A class in making stepping stones for the garden
will be at Anna Maria Island Community Center Mon-
day and Tuesday, May 3-4, with the registration dead-
line Thursday, April 29.
Artist Glen LeFevre will lead the class from 1-2:30
p.m. Monday and 1:30-2:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Cen-
ter, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Cost is $55 for
members, $60 for nonmembers.
Details are available at 778-1908.


Obituary

Richard C. Thiele
Richard C. Thiele, 66, of Holmes Beach, died April
20.
Born in Fort Wayne, Ind., Mr. Thiele moved to
Manatee County from Columbia City, Ind., in 1989. He
was a former owner and operator of All Around Main-
tenance of Manatee. He was a member of Hope
Lutheran Church in Columbia City.
Visitation was April 22. Memorial services will be
in Knightstown, Ind. Memorial contributions may be
made to Hospice of Southwest Florida, 5955 Rand
Blvd., Sarasota FL 34238, or H. Lee Moffitt Cancer
Center Foundation, 12902 Magnolia Drive, Tampa FL
33612-9809. Brown and Sons Funeral Home was in
charge of arrangements.
He is survived by wife Vickie L.; daughters Nicole
and Michele of Holmes Beach; and sister Joann
Thibodeau of St. Charles, Mich.


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by Preston Whaley Jr.


Movin' the blues forward:
Chicago to AMI
Trying to get a bar audience to respond positively
to original music can be a lot like trying to jump a
juiceless car battery with a basketball. It just won't.
But Walter Smith Jr.'s tight rootsy songs come
through fresh and real as new voltage.
And the Island audience is plugging in.
Speaking over the telephone from St. Petersburg,
Smith said, "I've had a nice little following down that
way. The people always enjoy themselves. I started
playing at the Tip of the Island pub in 2001, which was
nice because I'd start at 4:30 p.m. when everyone had
time to come out before it got too late. Regulars from
the Tip come out to support me at Ducks, though."
Last Saturday, Smith's band Chicago Nights mixed
original and classic songs, from BB King to Otis
Redding to the Rolling Stones, while the audience
clapped, danced and shouted their pleasure.
Another musician taking in the band said, "It only
takes 10 minutes to tell. The singer is on. The
drummer's like a clock, which is what you want.
They're good."
The band's lineup (which is undergoing some
changes) includes Mark Stone on lead guitar, Louie
Nagy on drums and occasional vocals and Jeff Avrin
on bass. Smith writes the songs, sings and plays rhythm
and lead guitar. Their sound is no frills and energetic.
Smith grew up on Chicago's south side the fac-
tory, some say, of America's industrial blues.
With his mother being a gospel/jazz singer and
club performer and his father a performing guitarist,
music was a constant presence in his home. Smith took
up guitar and singing at an early age and began his
performing career in school programs. He grew up
watching the moves and picking the brains of some
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Walter Smith Jr. and his "Chicago Nights" rhythm section bring tight, rootsy original tunes to D.Coy Ducks.
Left to right, band members are Mark Stone, Walter Smith Jr., Louie Nagy and Jeff Avrin. Islander Photo:


Preston Whaley Jr.
On his Web site, Smith says, "Muddy Waters told
me, 'Always play it from your heart.' Buddy Guy
taught me the importance of developing my own
sound. Jimmy Dawkins' message was not to forget
about the business side of things, while Jimmy Lee
Robinson conveyed the importance of living clean and
not getting caught up in 'the game.'"
Usually billed as a traditional blues man, Smith's
true interests and original music are far more eclectic.
"I hate to be called a dabbler. [Blues purists] al-
ways want to say, 'That's not the blues.' I've got a song
called 'When I've been Drinking' that's pure country.
People want you to stay where you are, but life is
change and this music has got to change, too.
"I like Taj Mahal, Keb Mo, some of the ol' school
folks, but I also like Joni Mitchell, country stuff I grew
up with, Hank Williams. I'm all over the map."
Smith isn't interested in fossilizing the blues.
He says he brings an open spirit and new influ-
ences to the music in order to move it forward.


Songs like "Sharks in the Water" make it seem like
the menace is presently circling. And those "Cold
Chills," he reminds us in another original, are coming
from that look your lover gave you this morning.
Smith's debut album "Cold Out & Down" (2000),
features acoustic guitar and mandolin on a song called
"Sheridan Road," that recalls the folk-style of Led
Zeppelin's music combined with the loneliness of a
Hank Williams ballad.
And if you've ever felt robbed by your own fam-
ily, the autobiographical "Family Rob" transforms the
depression with inner strength and wonder of life.
Jim Reeves, of Gregg Allman and ZZ Top-fame,
produced the album's eight original tunes at Reeves
Audio in Evanston, Ill. The tones ring warm and pure.
Smith moved to the bay area in 2001.
He's played the Suwannee Music Festival and the
Sarasota Blues Festival and many street fairs.
In addition to Island venues, he performs regularly
at Famous Cigars and Fourth Street Cigars in the St.
Pete-Clearwater area, of which he says,"The martini-
cigar bar crowd seems to be the market enjoying roots
and blues music."
He's also appeared on local television programs
such as the Sandy Atkinson show out of Brandon, the
Music Connection and the Phill Phunn Show,
When the new compact disk is finished, planned
for release in late August, he looks forward to a vast
schedule of television and festival appearances.
He says, "The songs are 80 percent written and, I
think, artistically, they're a step up for me. I have a
network of friends Damon Fowler, Ritchey
Kicklighter and Twinkle, and I want to have a special
guest artist on most of the tracks."
The only challenges remaining are raising the
money for studio time for the independent release and
a wedding on July 17.
Life's changing all the time, and Smith is paying
attention.
Catch him at D.Coy Ducks on May 8, or reach him
by phone at (727) 823-7781, or view the online at
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Anna Maria
deputy clerk certified
Anna Maria Deputy City
Clerk and City Treasurer
Diane Percycoe recently
received the "Certified
Municipal Clerk" designation
from the International Insti-
tute of Municipal Clerks. She
attained the designation
through completion of an
IIMC-approved program
conducted by the Florida
Institute of Government. She
has been employed with the
city since November 2001 and
holds a bachelor of science
degree from the University of
Northern Illinois. Islander
Photo: Rick Catlin


dBratcernBceified Registration coming up for county camps
Bradenton Beach Deputy City Clerk Nora Idso has T Lakew o d Rh
received the designation of "Certified Municipal at G.T Bray, Lakewood Ranch High
Clerk" from the International Institute of Municipal
Clerks. She began work at city hall in June 1999. Two Manatee County summer camps will register tending the camp themselves over the years. Fees for
Islander Photo: Paul Roat their participants at two locations Thursday, Friday and Summer Blast are $20 for registration, $65 per week


Saturday, April 29-30 and May 1.
Registration will be from 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Thursday
and Friday and 9 a.m.-noon Saturday at G.T. Bray
Park, 502 33rd Ave. W., Bradenton. The camps will be
June 1-Aug. 6 at G.T. Bray and June 1-July 23 at Lake-
wood Ranch High School.
The camps are Summer Blast for children ages 5-14
in weekly sessions from June 1-Aug. 6, and the Adven-
ture Camp for youngsters aged 10-15 from June 1-July 30.
Summer Blast is the Manatee County Parks and
Recreation Department's signature camp, with many of
its counselors having gotten into the program by at-


per child, with $16 optional lunch program.
Adventure Camp is a traveling affair, with daily
field trips ranging from Fantasy of Flight to Disney
Quest, Fantasia Gardens, Adventure Island, Capt.
Memo's Pirate Ship Cruise and Busch Gardens. This
camp will be at both sites, nine weeks with enrollment
limited to 45 youngsters per site per week. Fees are $20
for registration and $120 per child per week.
The county program also will include a special
needs camp, with counselors now arranging it with the
Manatee County School Board.
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By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
If the Manatee-Sarasota water-taxi idea ever hits
the waves, a major transit point would likely be the
Bradenton Beach City Pier at Bridge Street.
While there's a lot of work left before the water taxi
ever becomes a reality, Bob Herrington of the Sarasota-
Manatee Metropolitan Planning Organization told mem-
bers of the city's Corridor Management Entity Scenic
Highway Committee at the April 13 meeting that the pier
would likely be a logical landing place for water taxis from
mainland locations.
The MPO is funding a feasibility study of the pro-
posal and "if it's a go" for the service and Bradenton
Beach landing, the CME will be involved in a number
of planning areas, he said.
The project does look favorable at this time, he
observed.
Herrington said the MPO was hard pressed to find
negatives to the proposal at a meeting two weeks ago
of all interested parties.
"We asked for negatives," he said, and the only
response was from the charter boat captains who
wanted assurances business wouldn't be taken away
from them by a water-taxi service.
Similar water-taxi services have been successful in
Jacksonville and Ft. Lauderdale, Herrington noted.
CME members thought a water taxi transit point on
the pier would be an economic boost to not just Bridge
Street but the entire city.
In other CME business, Mayor John Chappie said an
initial meeting with beachfront property owner Wendy
Kokolis regarding a possible purchase of some of her
property through a Florida Forever grant did not go well.
"We're trying to work something out," he said, but at
this point, Kokolis does not want to do anything with the
city.
Florida Forever is a grant program run by the
Florida Department of Environmental Protection that
purchases private property for public recreational use.
CME member Scott Barr reviewed the city's pro-
posed sign ordinance and presented comments on the
use and placement of vacation rental signs in the city.
Barr and the CME would like to a reduction of
vacation rental signs along State Road 789 (Gulf
Drive). The CME asked Barr to review the entire or-
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Likely Cortez grant money in state budget


By Jim Hanson
Islander Correspondent
Money that likely will trickle down to Cortez is in
the budget now being wrestled by the Florida Senate
and House, and prospects are rated better and better for
its approval.
That's the word from State Rep. Bill Galvano, R-
Manatee, who joined a Sarasota representative to in-
clude $10 million in the budget. The nail-biting sus-
pense won't last long the Legislature is to adjourn
Friday, April 30, and it all has to be wrapped up by
then.
The $10 million is for "special category" grants for
arts and historic preservation, which includes the 1912-
built schoolhouse at the eastern end of the historic fish-
ing village of Cortez.

World War II veterans,

others get Legion fete
The American Legion is organizing a tribute to
World War II veterans on Memorial Day, and it is look-
ing for help.
The assistance will be in the form of donations to
help finance the affair, said a spokesman for the
Legion's Kirby Stewart Post 24 in Bradenton.
The local tribute will coincide with the dedication
May 29 of the National World War II Memorial in
Washington, D.C.,.during a four-day "Tribute to a
Generation: National World War II Reunion."
The Kirby post spokesman said of the 16 million
men and women in uniform during World War II, less
than one-fourth survive -and between 1,000 and 1,500
are dying each day.
"After 59 years, it is about time to say 'Thank you'
for saving the world and preserving America's free-
doms for all of us today."
Donation checks should be made out to the post
with the notation "World War II Tribute" and mailed
to the post at 2000 75th St. W., Bradenton FL 34209.
Details may be obtained by phoning 761-3324.


Cortez was approved last year for $167,000 to re-
store the county-owned old school, which will house
the Cortez Community Center and the Florida Gulf
Coast Maritime Museum.
But special category funds were cut from the final
appropriation by Gov. Jeb Bush. Whether he will approve
such funds in the 2004-05 budget is a big question.
Cortez-is high on the historic preservation grant
list, said Christine Clyne, Manatee County director of
information who handles such matters for the clerk of
the circuit court, Chips Shore.
"I got an e-mail Monday that says it looks like fi-
nal funding is in good shape," she said. "If the $10
million goes through, we will share in it."
Galvano was cautiously optimistic, familiar as
he is with the vagaries of the legislative process. "It


looks good going in, but you really can't tell the fi-
nal outcome," he said from Tallahassee.
"It's up to the president of the Senate and the speaker
of the House, and their people are doing the negotiation
in conference committee. Nancy Detert (representative
from Sarasota) and I have worked hard so everyone in-
volved here knows how important it is to Cortez."
The grant would fund the final stage of restoration of
the old building, which already is partially restored by
volunteers working with the project coordinator, Roger
Allen.
The county is in the process of signing up a con-
tractor to oversee the locally funded work. Whether or
not the state grant is funded, as much of the job as pos-
sible with the matching funds will continue. But the
grant is vital to completion of the building.

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of Anna Maria
Island. Presenting
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Keane, chair of the
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Winkle, first vice
president; and
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By Rick Catlin
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Anna Maria city commissioners held a special
meeting on parking April 23 to again discuss the Plan
X parking proposal for the designated beach access
zone from Commission Chairperson John Quam.
Commissioners discussed how residents within the
BAZ would apply for a special-exception permit for
parking.
Residents of Willow Avenue also raised objections
to designating parking spaces on that street, preferring


35 top student works

in May 7 art show
By Jim Hanson
Islander Correspondent
A dazzling display of artistic talent, some of it
homegrown on Anna Maria Island, will be revealed in
the annual Manatee High Art Exhibit opening Friday,
May 7.
The opening reception will be from 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Friday at the gallery that is hosting the exhibit for the
10th year, Anna Maria Island Art League, 5312
Holmes Blvd. Holmes Beach.
It is "very much open to the public," said the chief
of it all, Manatee High School art instructor Rob Reiber
of Bradenton Beach. "Lots of food and refreshments,
lots of super art." The Chiles Group is providing the
food, Wal-Mart the drinks, he said, and many of the
student artists will be there to talk with the art lovers.
A highlight of the opening will be presentation of a
$4,144 check to the school's art department from Bonner
Joy, publisher of The Islander, and Carrie Price, The
Islander's event coordinator. The money comes from the
big art auction at the newspaper last month. "It's huge,"
said Reiber, "almost more than my budget."
To assemble the exhibit, he explained, each year he
pulls out works of art from the portfolio level, third-
and fourth-year students. About half the work on ex-
hibit will be by seniors, half by undergraduates.
He is particularly pleased to note that of 20 port-
folio-level students, half or more are expected to go on
into art after finishing high school.
Among the exhibiting students are at least three
from the Island, Heather Murray, Jessica Hickerson
and Daniel Lalican.
The exhibit will hang until the last week in May,
Reiber said, when he will be returning the work to the
students.
The league's gallery is open from 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Tuesday-Friday. Additional details may be obtained by
calling 778-2099.



Belle Haven's interior

revamp to begin
The major job of restoring the interior of his-
toric Belle Haven cottage in Anna Maria will
begin May 1, said the Anna Maria Island Histori-
cal Society's Carolyne Norwood.
The society acquired the old building and
moved it alongside the society's Anna Maria Is-
land Historical Museum, 402 Pine Ave., and with
volunteers and funds donated by patrons has re-
stored much of the exterior.
The interior, though, is in "very bad condi-
tion," Norwood said, with much rotting wood and
termite damage. It will be a major reconstruction
project to bring it up to acceptable condition.
"We have a contractor, Jerry Johnson of
Englewood, who has said flatly that he will be
here and ready to work at 9 a.m. May 1,"
Norwood said.
Meanwhile, with "the season" over and hot
weather upon us, members of the society have
turned off their ovens for the summer and won't be
baking "early settlers bread," the popular bread they
sell in quantity at the museum during the winter.
The museum will be open from 10 a.m.-
12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and
Saturday during the summer. Details may be ob-
tained by calling 778-0495.


PAGE :16 'APRIL 28, 2004 W.THE: ISLANDER


Parking questions continue in Anna Maria City


Woodland raised several issues relating to the plan,
noting that currently, parking is allowed everywhere in
Anna Maria where there is not a "No Parking" sign.
Under Plan X, parking is allowed in the BAZ only in
designated spaces. Woodland wants to know how the
city will communicate to visitors and residents where
they can park.
"Hopefully, we'll get those issues resolved soon
and move forward with the ordinance," said Quam.
Woodland's issues and others will be discussed at the
next commission meeting on parking at 7 p.m. May 6.


instead open parking.
While Commissioners Dale Woodland and Carol
Ann Magill support the Willow Avenue request, resi-
dents from other streets have suggested that if Willow
Avenue is allowed open parking, their street should be
given special consideration for no parking whatsoever.
The cost of all the signage needed in the BAZ for
parking and no-parking signs was discussed. Quam's
unofficial estimate put that price at about $13,000.
"There would definitely be more signs than now"
in the BAZ under Plan X, Quam noted.


Grand picnic
Participants in the Adopt-A -Grandparent program at Anna Maria Elementary School gathered at Coquina
Beach in Bradenton Beach for an end-of-year picnic lunch and softball game. The program, which teams up
seniors from All Island Denominations and the Anna Maria Kiwanis Club with AME students as surrogate
grandparents, was initiated more than 10 years ago. The spring picnic has become a group tradition. Islander


islands being picked
agement, another employee or by visitors to the area;
and "will truly represent outstanding service given by
someone in the hospitality industry."
The award will be presented at the National Tour-
ism Week luncheon starting at 11:30 a.m. May 13 at the
Radisson Lido Beach Resort, 700 Ben Franklin Drive
on Lido Key. Also participating will be the Shining
Star winners of the Longboat Key and Siesta Key
Chambers of Commerce.
Cost of the luncheon is $20 for chamber members,
$30 for nonmembers. Reservations may be made at the
Anna Maria chamber, 778-1541.


Episcopal women seat
officers, end season
Episcopal Church Women will install Julie Ann
Linde as president when they meet at 10:30 a.m. Thurs-
day, May 6, at Lowe Hall in the Episcopal Church of
the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
The meeting will be followed by a "pitch-in" salad
and luncheon, and this will be the final meeting of the
2003-04 season.
To be installed along with Linde are Paula Tripp,
president-elect; Jan Pettus, treasurer; Ann Simmons,
recording secretary; Margaret Jenkins, corresponding
secretary; and Ruth Curry, outgoing president who will
be installed as parliamentarian.
A program will be presented by Selma
Zimmerman on "A Jewish Woman Born in Iraq."
Further information may be obtained by calling
778-1638.

Causeway gets Arbor Day trees
Work crews will plant the first of 75 palm trees
alongthe barren shores of the Palma Sola Causeway at
11 a.m. Friday, April 30, as part of Arbor Day ceremo-
nies. Funding for the project was provided by the Keep
Manatee Beautiful organization through a grant from
the Florida Division of Forestries.
Following installation along the causeway, Keep
Manatee Beautiful officials will help install trees in
Holmes Beach at noon and in Anna Maria at 1 p.m.


Photo: Nancy Ambrose

Shining Stars of three
There is still time to nominate a favorite hospital-
ity service worker for the Shining Star award to be pre-
sented by the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Com-
merce in a three-island celebration.
Deadline is 1 p.m. Saturday, May 1, for the chamber
to receive nominations. Forms for nominations are avail-
able at the chamber, 5313 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
A nominee must be an employee in the hospitality
industry, not management; may be nominated by man-



Hancocks not guilty
Holmes Beach residents Jeffrey Hancock and
Tammy Catt-Hancock were found not guilty of
fraud April 23 by Judge Stephen Dakan in a non-
jury trial in the circuit court.
The couple were charged in April 2003 with
fraud involving a security interest in connection
with the December 2001 sale of Anna Maria Island
Wine & Spirits, a liquor store on Marina Drive in
Holmes Beach

Center's summer camp to start
Registration for "Lost in Space," the 2004 summer
camp of the Anna Maria Island Community Center,
will begin Monday, May 3.
Enrollment will be at the Center, 407 Magnolia
Ave., Anna Maria. The camp from June 1-Aug. 6 will
be for children who are entering the first-grade in au-
tumn 2004 through those entering sixth-grade.
It will be open from as early as 7:30 a.m. until 5:30
p.m. or later, with an additional fee for extended hours.
Cost is $80 per week per child, $75 per additional child
in the same family. Additional fees will be charged for
major field trips. A pre-registration fee of $15 will be
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THE ISLANDER E APRIL 28, 2004 E PAGE 17

Almost time for 'Dancing' at elementary school

There are less than two weeks left to reserve your
place at the Anna Maria Elementary School Parent-
Teacher Organization "Spring Fling" event.
This year's theme is "Dancing in the Streets" and i i
will be held from 6 to 11 p.m., Saturday, May 8, at St. ,
Bernard Catholic Church in Holmes Beach.
The menu will feature lobster chowder, shrimp
cocktail, grouper cakes, St. Louis ribs, chicken pasta,
stone crabs, Bali chicken, Cuban platters and more.
A silent auction featuring classroom gift baskets
and student-made arts and crafts will also take place at :::
the event.
Lynn McDonough's class basket features a new
barbecue grill and accessories, Toni Lashway's class
basket features a toy chest full of SpongeBob charac-
ter items, and Kathy Grandstad's class is sponsoring
two fishing gift baskets that include lures, rods, a tackle
box, and a fishing charter with Capt. Mark Howard.
Several baskets feature items perfect for Mother's ....''
Day gifts, including a visit to a hair salon or spa.
Local businesses also pitched in with auction
items, including a membership to Westbay Athletic
Club in Bradenton, a one-week stay at Gulfview Con-
dominiums, a facial and massage from Hair's to You
Salon, tickets to Mote Marine Aquarium and gift cer-
tificates to several restaurants.
Dinner music will be provided by Jimi Gee and the
Island Middle School Conch Fritter Band, followed by
DJ "Filthy Rich," offering dance music ranging from
the 1960s to present. Joan Sackett's second-grade class is auctioning a
Complimentary babysitting service will be pro- rocking chair with the names of all of Anna Maria School stools
vided from 5:30 to 11:30 p.m. at the Playroom in Elementary School's teachers and principals painted
Holmes Beach. on it to represent AME through the years. The item Kathy Grandstad's third-grade class is offering a set
Dinner reservations cost $30 and are available will be part of the Parent-Teacher Organization of eight hand-painted beach-inspired wood stools in
through the school's administrative office. Spring Fling silent auction May 8. Islander Photos: the Parent-Teacher Organization Spring Fling silent
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The!i der



The April 28, 1994, issue of
The Islander announced that:
Bradenton Beach Building Official Joe Romano
decided to keep his job, one week after submitting a let-
ter of resignation to Mayor Katie Pierola. Romano then
cited Pierola and her husband for allowing a sailboat-Jet-
ski rental business at their property at 1325 Gulf Drive.
Metropolitan Planning Organization Executive
Director Mike Guy said his organization will hold a
"charrette" in July to discuss a third bridge from the
mainland to either Bradenton Beach or Longboat Key.
Ato's Restaurant at 111 S. Bay Blvd. in Anna
Maria was charged with violating state and city regu-
lations by city code inspector Don Tarantola.and the
establishment was advised to discontinue serving food
because an occupational license had not been issued.
Anna Maria Elementary
School menu
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Breakfast: Breakfast Pizza, Cereal, Toast, Fruit
Lunch: Breaded Chicken with Mashed Potatoes, Frito
Pie with Corn Chips or Peanut Butter and Jelly Sand-
wich, Tossed Salad, Peas, Fruit, Juice Bar
Tuesday, May 4
Breakfast: French Toast Glaze, Cereal, Toast,, Fruit
Lunch: Cheeseburger, Chef Salad or Peanut Butter
and Jelly Sandwich, Tossed Salad, Potato Smiles,
Fruit
Wednesday, May 5
Breakfast: Orange Muffin, Chicken Tender with Roll,
Cereal, Toast, Fruit
Lunch: Salisbury Steak with Mashed Potatoes, Fish on
a Bun or Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich, Tossed
Salad, Green Beans, Fruit
Thursday, May 6
Breakfast: Yogurt, Cereal, Tast, Churro, Fruit
Lunch: Chicken Bites with. Taler .tots, Yogurt, Fruit and
Muffin Plate or Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich,
Steamed Broccoli, Tossed Salad, Fruit
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April 17, 53rd Avenue West and 43rd Street, found
property. A man reported finding a purse in the road.

Bradenton Beach
April 15, 2000 Gulf Drive, Bungalow Beach mo-
tel, burglary. A woman reported her wallet stolen from
her purse.
April 16, 201 Gulf Drive N., Oma's Pizza, crimi-
nal mischief. The car ornaments were reportedly re-
moved from the back of a vehicle parked at the restau-
rant.
April 17, 12700 block of Cortez Road, drug arrest.
Corley Jones, 21, of Seffner, was-arrested for posses-
sion of approximately one gram of cocaine. According
to the report, an officer witnessed the defendant throw
something out the window during a routine traffic stop
and the item retrieved field-tested positive for cocaine.
April 17, 1900 Gulf Drive S., Coquina Park, theft.
A woman reportedly left two coolers containing food
and beverages on a picnic table for approximately two
hours, she said, while she drove back to her motel in
town. According to the report, the coolers were miss-
ing upon her return.
April 17, 200 block of Bay Drive North, criminal
mischief. A man reported damage to two tires and turn
signal lights of more than one of his vehicles.
April 18, 2502 Gulf Drive N., Econolodge motel/
Club Bamboo, drug arrest. Kenneth Fox, 23, of
Bradenton, was arrested for possession of 11 grams of
marijuana. According to the report, Fox was arrested
when officers responded to a loud noise complaint due
to a party taking place in one of the i-;, ,n-i, Kevin Fox,
20, of Bradenton, was also arrested at the same party


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thrift shop and music from the Island's Conch Fritters
at the annual spring luncheon and Twice the Charm
show Sunday, May 16.
The event will be at Carrabba's Italian Grill, 2206
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for possession of alcohol while under the age of 21 and
possession of approximately six grams of marijuana.
April 18, 1600 Gulf Drive, Coquina Park, lewd and
lascivious. A man reportedly exposed himself to sev-
eral teenage girls on the beach. According to the report,
Manatee County Marine Rescue lifeguards attempted
to detain the suspect until police arrived but were un-
successful.
April 18, 1800 Gulf Drive S., Leffis Key, burglary.
A woman reported her purse stolen from her vehicle.
April 19, 800 Gulf Drive, Cortez Beach, theft.
Some visitors reported their beach bags stolen from the
beach while they were swimming.
April 21, 700 Gulf Drive, Cortez Beach, theft. A
couple reported their beach bag stolen.

Holmes Beach
April 16, 3700 block of Fourth Avenue, theft. Two
lawn chairs were stolen from an apartment.
April 16, 6900 Gulf Drive, Bali Hai motel, bur-
glary. Money was reportedly stolen from a guest room.
April 18, 5600 block of Guava, criminal mischief.
The front window of a home was reportedly struck with
two BB-gun pellets.
April 18, 500 block of Bayview Drive, lost. A man
reported his gun lost. According to the report, the gun
was kept in a box that the owner had not opened in
several years.
April 18, 100 block of White Avenue, theft. A man
reported his bike stolen.
April 18, 400 block of 63rd Street, assault. A man
was arrested after an argument with his girlfriend.
According to the report, the girlfriend locked the man
out of the house because he stayed out late and the man
broke the glass on the door trying to get inside.
April 19, 400 block of 76th Street, trespass warn-
ing. A man was giving a trespass warning to stay away
from a teenage girl whom he allegedly contacted re-
peatedly.
April 19, 4000 Gulf Drive, Manatee Public Beach,
theft. A man reported his beach items stolen while he
took a walk.
April 20,4000 Gulf Drive, Manatee Public Beach,
theft. A man reported that his beach chair and backpack
were stolen while he was skim boarding.
April 21, 4000 Gulf Drive, Manatee Public Beach,
burglary. A woman reported her purse stolen from her
vehicle.


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THE ISLANDER 0 APRIL 28, 2004 0 PAGE 19


Busy Island ladies stitch to warm needy


By Jim Hanson
Islander Correspondent
Ruth Rascher started it, and when she moved away
in 1998 Albertine Veenstra gave it impetus and helped
make it grow from eight women to 18.
It's the Tuesday quilting bee that meets weekly at
Roser Memorial Community Church and makes
bedcovers for anyone who needs them.
They've made hundreds over the years a whop-
ping 36 full-size quilts so far
this year, plus 45 smaller
editions for babies. They
keep tabs February-to-Feb-
ruary, Veenstra said, and
during the most recent pe-
riod made 200.
Of those, 193 were
sent to other needy places,
mostly Lutheran missions,
Albertine Veenstra and the rest were given to
local people including mi-
grant workers, Red Cross children, and needy people
in Manatee County.
She is a grateful American, born and reared in
Luxemburg, leaving there in 1961. She was a seam-
stress and tailor there, and found a need for experts in
the United States. She taught sewing in the Acton
[Mass.] Community Center.
Married there to Norman Veenstra, she reared four
children before he retired and they came to Florida. His
mother and sister lived in St. Petersburg, and it didn't
take the newcomers long to discover Anna Maria Is-
land.
Here she found, in addition to a fine climate and
many friends, the women who meet at Gloria Dei
Lutheran Church every Tuesday, winter and summer,
and do their quilting thing.
"We are a happy bunch," she said. "We laugh and
talk and exchange things, and we sew all the while. It's
fun and it's useful.
"Creative, too. We're creating in fabric. Speaking
of that, we always need more fabric. Any kinds, any
amounts."
Each woman can work a specialty, some cutting
cloth to a template, some tracing around templates,
some ironing the cloth and "blocks," as the individual
quilt pieces are called. And they all sew, and all like it
- some take work home with them, Veenstra said.
She has won quilting awards herself, and still de-
signs her own blocks from time to time.
"We always welcome new ladies," she empha-
sized. "The more who are there, the more quilting we
can do and the more fun we can have doing it. They


One of 200
Anna Maria Island women put together another quilt for charity 36full-size and 45 baby quilts so far this
year, 200from February 2003 to February 2004. From left are Carol Councilman, Mary Sicking, Vera North
and Agnes Reding. Islander Photos: Nancy Ambrose


Island quilters
Regulars at the weekly
quilting bee at Gloria
Dei Lutheran Church
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Ruth Kinzie, Jeanne
Tinn, Mary Farkas,
Vera North, Mary
Sicking. Second row,
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Barbara Wohlhueter,
Ruth Kolar, Shirley
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Hattie Kaesinger, Carol
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Just come any time."
"Any time" is Tuesday morning at 10 o'clock, on
into the afternoon as late as 2 p.m. if they choose. The
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More letters from


'Soldier's Heart'
Each week the Islander features letters from U.S.
Army Maj. Rick Ely, who is presently stationed in
Afghanistan, to students at Island Middle School.
More than a dozen students from Island Middle
School received letters from Ely, executive officer of
a helicopter maintenance battalion 40 miles north of
Kabul, the country's capital.
Ely 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. The program was called Soldier's Heart.
Here is this week's correspondence with IMS stu-
dents.

To an American Soldier,
Thank you for being so brave and sticking up for
our country. That really means a lot to me. You do what
you do best.
Thanks again. You rock.
Jalla Johnson

Dear Jalla,
I received your letter and I want to thank you for
taking time out of your day to write a soldier. Your
thoughtfulness is truly appreciated and has put a warm
feeling in my heart.
I have been outside the military base only a couple
of times. I have visited a village twice. The Afghani-
stan people are unique. The kids here are really cool.
As I drove through the villages they all held up their
thumbs yelling, "How are you!"
The kids are really cute. I have not seen too many
girls in the villages. They are not allowed to hang
around the boys.
I have done a lot of exciting things over here. There
is a road that goes around the airfield. It is 6.5 miles
long. I have run that road six times. It takes me less than
an hour to run that far. The weird thing is that they have
a fence on each side of the road. It is not a good idea
to cross over the fence. On the other side of the fence
are minefields. It is very dangerous to walk in some
areas. That is why it's important to listen to rules oth-
erwise you can get hurt.
I will tell you a little about myself. I hold the rank
of Major in the Iowa Army National Guard from
Boone, Iowa. I work fulltime for the National Guard.
I am the executive officer for a helicopter maintenance
battalion. We make sure that all the helicopters are
being repaired correctly and in a timely manner. I am
a pilot and fly an UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter. I have


flown very little here, but have been on several flights
around Afghanistan.
I live in Ames, Iowa, and have two children. I have
an 11-year-old daughter named Kayla. She is in gym-
nastics and loves it. I also have a nine-year-old son
named Alec. He likes football and the Green Bay Pack-
ers. Remember, school is very important and many
children do not have the same opportunity. Please do
your best in school and learn all you can.
Sincerely,
Rick Ely

To whomever it may concern,
Hi my name is Russell Grant. You can call me
Tom.
I'm in sixth-grade. I'm 12 years old on Feb. 18,
2004.
I am a student at Island Middle School. I send this
letter to you in hope you will write back and tell me
what it is like in the Army.
Sincerely,
Russell Grant

Hey Tom,
That's quite a name change from Russell. My
name is Rick; you can call me Bruce. A lot of people
say I look like Bruce Willis. What do you think?
So you want to know what it is like in the Army. I
love it Tom, even here in Afghanistan. I would love it
a lot more if I got to fly more often.
I am a commissioned officer who holds the rank of
major. My position is the executive officer for a main-
tenance battalion. I am the second highest-ranking guy
in our battalion. Our battalion is rather large and can
have up to 1,088 soldiers in it. We only have 230 sol-
diers here from our battalion.
It's not too bad here in Afghanistan. The weather
is really nice. We are surrounded by mountains. The
country is really somewhat beautiful to the eye, but not
to your feel. In other words, it's dusty and dirty. There
are rocks, rocks and more rocks.
The Army has brought in a lot of rock. Why, you
ask? Because it gets real muddy when it rains. I mean


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old in
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where he
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a helicop-
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battalion
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of Kabul.







real muddy! It's not like mud back home. The dust is
a real fine talcum powder and when it rains, it turns to
paste. The funny thing is, it takes forever for the mud
to dry out. It is weird. It will rain one day and take a
week to 10 days to dry out. We use the rock to make
sidewalks. We have big rock sidewalks to walk on so
we do not get all muddy. It's nice when it rains, but it
hurts your feet when you first get here. I'm used to it
now. It took about three weeks to get used to walking.
on rocks.
The cool thing I do is fly helicopters. I always
wanted to be a pilot, so I joined the Army. I actually
went to college first and got interested in the Army
while at college and joined ROTC. That's where we
learn how to be an officer in the Army. They told me I
could fly helicopters and I said, "Cool, sign me up."
So, I went through four years of college and got
commissioned as an officer and then they sent me to
flight school. I now fly an UH-60 Blackhawk helicop-
ter. It is a cool helicopter. It almost flies all by itself. I
can take my hands off the controls and it will hover all
by itself.
Where do I live? When I got here I lived in a tent.
That was fun. I live with five other guys in a tent. Most
people have seven guys in their tent. We are always
trying to improve our living conditions. We are able to
hire some local Afghanistan people and they built us a
thing called a B-hut. So I live in a B-hut now. It is just
like a tent, but it is made of wood.
Quite often I will hear explosions. The explosions
are usually from the Army trying to get rid of all the
land mines in this country. Land mines are bombs that
bad people hide in the ground and if someone steps on
them, they go boom. It's not a good thing.
We do carry guns over here in order to protect
ourselves. Well, I had better go. It is getting late. Study
hard in school.
I will be home in Iowa soon and will be able to see
my family then. I will be back 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


Rocks, rocks and more rocks are in camp to keep the dust and mud down.


The interior of Maj. Rick Ely's B-hut, like a tent but made of wood.






THE ISLANDER M APRIL 28, 2004 0 PAGE 23


First Audubon birdathon a surprise success


The birds pulled a fine climax out of a bad season
last weekend when members of the Manatee County
Audubon Society counted 63 species in its first annual
Birdathon.
Birders sought out birds on Anna Maria Island,
Perico Island and the north tip of Longboat Key. Sev-
enteen Audubon members took part, raising money
from sponsors to go to the new Felts Audubon Pre-
serve.
"The birders were very pleased with the morning's
result," said an Audubon spokesperson. "This had been
one of the worst birding winters in seven years, but the
last two weeks more birds have been in the area."
The birders said they were thrilled at having seen
63 species, "the greatest find being the Snowy Plover."
Birds seen were the Brown Pelican, Great Cormo-
rant, Double-Crested Cormorant, Anhinga, Magnifi-
cent Frigatebird, Great Blue Heron, Great Egret, Red-
dish Egret, Cattle Egret, Yellow-Crowned Night
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Mottled Duck, Mallard, Lesser Scaup, Red-
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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.,
Anna Maria. Information: 778-3390. Fee applies.
4:30 to 6 p.m. "Educating Jane" teen girls life-
skills club at the Anna Maria Island Community Center,
407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 778-1908.
Fee applies.
6 p.m. Family storytime at the Island Branch Li-
brary, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information:
778-6341.

Thursday, April 29
8 p.m. Manatee Community College choirs and
ensembles "Spring Fling Concert" at Neel Performing
Arts Center, 5840 26th St. W., Bradenton. Information:
752-5320. Fee applies.

Friday, April 30
11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Book signing by Island authors
Dick Hennessey and Marguerita Loucke Dye at
Bayview Plaza, 100 S. Bay Blvd., Anna Maria. Informa-
tion: 778-2605.

Saturday, May 1
Sunrise to noon Nature trail open at Felts
Audubon Preserve, 4600 24th Ave. E., Palmetto. Infor-
mation: 518-4431.
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,
9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Red Cross babysitting course at
the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia
Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 778-1908. Fee applies.
10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Bridge Street Festival on
Bridge Street, Bradenton Beach. Information: 778-9388.


Sunday, May 2
7 a.m. Children's Academy of Southwest Florida
Fun Run/Walk from Bayfront Park, North Bay Boule-
vard, Anna Maria. Information: 798-8862.
10a.m. to 6p.m. Bridge Street Festival on Bridge
Street, Bradenton Beach. Information: 778-9388.
Noon to 4 p.m. Jazz Club of Sarasota "Jazz on
the Water" aboard the Seafood Shack's showboat, Sea-
food Shack Marina, 127th Street, Cortez. Information:
316-9207. Fee applies.

Monday, May 3
8 to 9:30 a.m. Longboat Key Chamber of Com-
merce presents "Stress Free for Life" with Tom Skoloda
at the Hilton Longboat Key Beachfront Resort, 4711
Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. Information: 387-
9519.
10:15 a.m. Gulf Coast Writers meeting at the
Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach. Information: 761-9036.
Noon to 2p.m. Longboat Key Chamber of Com-
merce presents "Strengthening Your Business" with
Tom Davenport at the Hilton Longboat Key Beachfront
Resort, 4711 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. Infor-
mation: 387-9519.
1 to 2:30 p.m. Stepping-stone class with Glen
LeFerve at the Anna Maria Island Community Center,
407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 778-1908.
Fee applies.
4:30 to 6p.m. "Roots and Shoots" teen environ-
mental program at the Anna Maria Island Community
Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information:
778-1908. Fee applies.

Tuesday, May 4
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.
1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Stepping-stone class with Glen
LeFerve at the Anna Maria Island Community Center,
407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 778-1908.
Fee applies.
5:30 to 7:30 p.m. "A Taste of the Centre" at the
Centre Shops of Longboat Key, 5370 Gulf of Mexico
Drive, Longboat Key. Information: 387-9519. Fee ap-


plies.
7 to 9 p.m. Boating skills and seamanship pro-
gram at the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, 5801 33rd Ave.
Drive W., Bradenton. Information: 761-4303. Fee ap-
plies.

Wednesday, May 5
7 to 8 a.m. Pier Regulars meeting at the Anna
Maria City Pier, 100 S. Bay Blvd., Anna Maria. Informa-
tion: 778-7062.
8 to 11:30 a.m. Longboat Key Chamber of Com-
merce presents "Helping Small Businesses Help Them-
selves" seminar with Zach Rans and Mike Siegal at the
Hilton Longboat Key Beachfront Resort, 4711 Gulf of
Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. Information: 387-9519.
9 a.m. Horseshoe games at Anna Maria City Hall
Park, 10005 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria.
Noon Woman's Club of Anna Maria Island pot-
luck lunch at the Anna Maria Island Community Center,
407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 778-6083.
Noon to 3:30 p.m. Duplicate bridge at the Anna
Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave.,
Anna Maria. Information: 778-3390. Fee applies.
4:30 to 6 p.m. "Educating Jane" teen girls life-
skills club at the Anna Maria Island Community Center,
407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 778-1908.
Fee applies.
6 p.m. Family storytime at the Island Branch Li-
brary, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information:
778-6341.

Ongoing:
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 30. 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
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By Jim Hanson
Islander Correspondent
Circuit Court Judge Janette Dunnigan, longtime
Island resident, will be honored Friday with the Junior
League of Manatee County's "She's Setting the Pace"
award.
She's being honored for overcoming tremendous
obstacles, as much as for her success as an attorney and
judge. "She's such a good role model for young
women," said her nominator, Bradenton attorney
Paulette R. Pace.
The award will be presented at a luncheon at noon
Friday, April 30, at the Bradenton Country Club, 4646

Calendar
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 24
St. W., Bradenton, through August. Information: 746-
4131. Fee applies.

Upcoming:
"Let Freedom Ring" day of prayer at West Mana-
tee Fire and Rescue Station No. 1 May 6.
Episcopal Church Women present "A Jewish
Woman Born in Iraq" at the Church of the Annunciation
May 6.
"Forever Plaid" at the Riverfront Theatre opens
May 6.
"Greater Tuna" at the Island Players opens May
6.
Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce "Small
Business Person of the Year" awards breakfast at the
Hilton Longboat Key May 6.
Manatee High Art Exhibit at the Anna Maria Island
Art League May 7.
Southwest Florida Peace Coalition presents "Hu-
man Shield" at the Unitarian Universalist Church,
Sarasota, May 7.
Spring Harvest celebration at Hope Seeds,
Bradenton, May 7-8.
Anna Maria Elementary School Spring Fling at St.
Bernard Catholic Church May 8.
Family origami class at the Island Branch Library
May 8.
Letter carrier's food drive May 8.


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Ninth Ave. W., Bradenton. Local educator Mary
Corbin will get a similar award.
The luncheon will benefit the PACE (Practical
Academic and Cultural Education) Center for Girls of
Manatee County, a program for at-risk girls in middle
and high school.
Judge Dunnigan is "an extraordinary person who
worked her way through school the hard way, support-
ing a child while doing so," said Pace. "She tells girls
and shows them that anything is possible, keep trying,
don't let things stand in your way."
The judge would know about obstacles and devo-
tion and costly triumphs. She's at the top now, but it
was a long road up.
She married at 18: "I was captain of my
(Zephyrhills) high school cheerleaders and I married
the captain of the football team. I had a baby, divorced,
and then went to college and law school."
Just like that. Actually, she worked as a legal sec-
retary to put herself through Florida State University
and its law school, graduating with honors. She had
worked in high school for one of the two lawyers in
Zephyrhills, and at a soda fountain.
She'd never had anything to do with Manatee
County until the university sent her to an internship at
the Public Defender's Office in Sarasota. Public De-
fender Elliott Metcalfe asked her to finish law school
early so he could hire her for his Manatee County of-
fice.
There for five years as a criminal defense lawyer
and then in civil practice in Sarasota for three years, in
1989 she joined the State Attorney's Office, then went
to the bench in 1994.
Circuit Court judges are elected or initially ap-
pointed on the recommendation of the circuit's Judicial
Nominating Committee, and Judge Dunnigan is proud
to be the first woman ever recommended by that criti-
cal committee.
Gov. Lawton Chiles promptly appointed her to the
bench in 1993, to serve until the next election, which
was only six months away. She won that one and ev-
ery one since, serving six-year terms.


She's also the only woman in this circuit court to
serve in every division, judging family court, juvenile,
felony, civil, probate and guardianship and the special
drug court, where she is now. Plus the domestic vio-
lence injunction enforcement division. And she is ad-
ministrative judge for all of Manatee County.
A very busy woman, all in all. But she had time to
rear a daughter, who currently is working in Polk
County and has presented the judge with a granddaugh-
ter, now a 3-year-old angel.
She had time, too, to speak to women everywhere
in the county, especially to young women who had lost
their way or were at least wandering. Friends claim she
has turned countless young lives to healthy tracks,
averting personal disasters for dozens and dozens.
She has been generous with her attention and her
home on the Island, hosting dinners for women law-
yers, said attorney Pace.
Reservations for Friday's luncheon may be made
with Sarah Saputo at 756-5123.


Island's Judge Janette Dunnigan honored


Judge Dunnigan





PAGE 26 0 APRIL 28, 2004 THE ISLANDER


Sand Wars coming to a county near us soon


It will be interesting to see how good science fares
against partisan politics in what seems to be shaping up
to become the Big Pass sand wars.
Big Sarasota Pass separates Lido and Siesta keys
in Sarasota County. The inlet has never been dredged,
and tends to migrate north and south at the whim of
winds and waves.
Although the pass generally is somewhat deep and
historically has usually been navigable to boaters,
shoals have begun to clog the inlet in recent years. Last
year, in fact, the shoaling was happening so fast that the
U.S. Coast Guard pulled up all the channel markers and
classed the pass to a "use-at-your-own-risk" inlet.
The pass shoaling at its Gulf of Mexico mouth had
also created a huge sandbar. Ironically, the creation of
the sandbar seemed to spur erosion at the north end of
Siesta Key, threatening a score or more of beachfront
trophy-style houses.
It was, in short, a mess.
So after a few months of debate, Sarasota County
commissioners commissioned a team of coastal geolo-
gists to look at the pass, look at the shoal, look at the
erosion, and bring some hard science into the equation
of what to do with the whole matter.
Regarding Big Sarasota Pass, the report by Dr.
Richard A. Davis and Dr. Ping Wang of the University
of South Florida's geology department states:
"The large ebb-tidal delta [the sandbar outside the
pass in the Gulf] bypasses considerable sediment
across the inlet to Siesta Key. The nourishment of Lido
Key has increased the volume of bypassing sand and
has added sediment to the ebb delta. This bypassing has
provided sand for the beaches of northern Siesta Key,
but now the ebb delta is so large that this sand is mov-
ing onto the barrier island several hundred meters south
of the end of the island. Erosion is extensive and severe
on the north end of Siesta Key at the present time.
"Tidal currents in the main channel of Big Sarasota
Pass exceed a meter per second. As a consequence, it
is expected to stay open and to maintain a channel simi-
lar to the present one. The mouth of the channel as it
exists toward the south into the Gulf is shoaling and
provides navigational problems. Under the present cir-
cumstances this condition is expected to persist and
perhaps become worse.
"Sediments that comprise the ebb-tidal delta at Big
Sarasota Pass are dominated by fine quartz sand with
varying amounts of carbonate sand and gravel. The
volume of this type of quartz sand-dominated sediment
in the ebb delta is at least 10 million cubic yards. At
least this amount of nourishment-quality sediment is
available in this sediment body.
"Utilization of a portion of the ebb-tidal delta as a
borrow site for nourishment will not cause problems
for the inlet or for the northern portion of Siesta Key
beaches. In fact it will enhance beach development in
this part of the barrier island."
The pair of scientists were asked to address five
specific questions by the county commission.
What is the likelihood of Big Pass closing?
Under the present circumstances there is little like-
lihood that Big Pass will close in the sense that there
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that the mouth of the main channel will continue to
shoal as has been the case over the past several years.
Does the Big Pass shoal benefit directly from
updrift restoration projects [Lido Beach renourishment
efforts] ?
Yes.
Is the sand in the Big Pass shoal suitable for beach
renourishment projects?
Yes.
Are there any portions of the shoal that can be re-
moved without having a detrimental impact to the ad-
jacent shorelines?
Yes. In fact, the removal of this portion of the sand
body would benefit the northern end of Siesta Key by
enabling bypassed sediment to reach this critically
eroding area whereas now it is carried several hundred
meters to the south.
Would dredging in and around the inlet affect the
stability of the channel, especially in the more seaward
areas?
It is not recommended to dredge the main channel
of Big Pass, which is stabilized and maintains a depth
of 5-8 meters. Dredging of the distal portion of the in-
let channel in combination with removal of sediment
for nourishment purposes would enhance tidal flux in
this area and would provide for a deeper distal portion
of the main channel. It is unlikely that the channel
would remain in this state for very long, but would
continue to shoal and migrate to the south in response
to the longshore sediment transport from the north. A
possible solution would be the regular dredging and use
of this sediment for nourishment purposes.



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The top 4 percent of graduating seniors
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nual "academic beach bash" today at the
Beach House Restaurant.
This is the 15th annual party honoring the
top students by the Bradenton Beach restau-
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Schools Foundation.
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There's the science. Now for the politics.
About 15 years ago, Venice beaches were suffer-
ing from severe erosion. Venice has a wastewater treat-
ment plant that's right on the Gulf OK, so they may
not be all that bright down there and the plant was
threatened with inundation due to the lack of sand on
the beach.
Venice officials started looking around for a sand
source and, lo and behold, found one in the huge sand-
bar off the north end of Siesta Key. Beach-quality sand,
not too far from where it needed to go, all within
Sarasota County it seemed too good to be true, and
the Venice gang started quiet negotiations with the
county gang to get the sand.
The negotiations became anything but quiet when
Siesta Key residents learned of the sand exchange. Si-
esta thought that the sand in the shoal protected the key
from storm threats, pointed out that Siesta beaches
weren't suffering from any erosion, and basically said
to leave our damn sand alone.
It got ugly quick. In fact, one county commissioner
whose district encompassed Siesta Key lost his re-elec-
tion bid in part because of the sand wars. Venice
dropped the fight, found another offshore sand source
that cost more, but got its beaches renourished.

... and now, by the numbers
Drs. Davis and Wang have estimated that there is
about 10 million cubic meters of sand available for
renourishment at the Big Pass shoal, out of a total of
better than 14 million cubic meters.
When Venice made its proposal all those years ago,
it wanted about 450,000 cubic meters of sand, and pro-
posed to "feather" the sand from the outer edges of the
shoal. According to my math, that works out to about
3.5 percent.
Now, the numbers get a little more interesting.
Anna Maria Island underwent its second beach
renourishment project April-June 2002. We got our
sand from an offshore borrow site off the north end of
the Island, and about 1.5 million cubic meters of sand
was used to add a beach about 250 feet wide on ap-
proximately eight miles of shoreline on the Island.
Now, rounding things off dramatically, we might
assume there is enough sand at the Big Pass shoal to
renourish all the beaches from Anna Maria's north end
to Ft. Myers with some to spare. Roughly 70 miles of
beach renourishment, all benefiting from that one re-
ally big sandbar.
It will be interesting to watch the politics in
Sarasota as the Sand Wars pick up this summer.

Sandscript factoid
Ever noticed how some barrier islands look alike?
Anna Maria, Siesta Key, Gasparilla Island and North
Captiva are what Drs. Davis and Wang call "drum-
stick" islands because they have a fat end that tapers to
something of a point, and they look like the leg of a
piece of fried chicken.
The shape is probably due in part to the large in-
lets at the northern ends of the keys and all the energy
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Kings slow in Gulf, but snook still hot in bays


By Capt. Mike Heistand
Kingfish action has slowed a bit in the past week
in the Gulf of Mexico,'but grouper and snapper fishing
remains great offshore.
Backwater's best bet is still snook, with some 40-
inch monsters being reported. There are also good
catches of trout, some redfish, and a few big flounder.
Don't forget the 18th Annual Kids Free Fishing
Tournament will be Saturday, May 8, at the Green
Bridge Pier in Palmetto, sponsored by the Manatee,
Sarasota Fish & Game Association.
All children from the ages of 7 to 14 are eligible to
fish. Entry is free and there is no charge for food and
snacks. Bait, hooks and sinkers are provided for fish-
ing, but each child must bring a rod, although organiz-
ers have said that under "unique circumstances" loaner
rod and reels will be available. An adult must accom-
pany children.
Prizes will be awarded for the first three places in
each age group, along with lots of raffle prizes, al-
though you must be present to win.
Registration starts at 7 a.m., the tournament runs
from 8-10 a.m., lunch will start at 10 a.m., and awards
presented from 10:45-11:30 a.m.
For more information, call 794-2806.
Capt. Thom Smith at Angler's Repair on Cortez
Road said he and his charters caught 35 snook last
week, plus a few redfish and lots of trout off Tidy' Is-
land or Longboat Point using whitebait.
Bill Lowman at Island Discount Tackle said it's
running hot and cold regarding fishing snook action
in the backwater is hot, while kingfish catches in the
Gulf of Mexico are cold. The bays are still producing
lots of big redfish and trout, and offshore action for
grouper and snapper is between fair and good.
Bob Kilb at the Rod & Reel Pier said fishers there
are catching some redfish, pompano, and a few keeper-
size snook, but sheepshead have all but disappeared for
the season.
Cliff Alcorn at the Anna Maria City Pier said
fishing is somewhat slow, but there are still some snook
being caught in the mornings, plus mackerel and some
big redfish.
Dave Johnson at Snead Island Crab House said
there are lots of reports of black drum being caught in

Whitey Horton tourney
Anna Maria Island Privateers are seeking sponsors
for their 10th annual Whitey Horton Golf Tournament,
with the deadline for sponsorship and entries Saturday,
May 1.
The tournament will begin with a cannon start at 1
p.m. Saturday, May 8, at the Manatee County Golf
Course, 6415 53rd Ave, W., Bradenton.
Hole sponsorships are $100 for silver, which in-
cludes an identifying sign at the hole's tee, and $250
for gold, which includes one entry for golf and dinner
as well as the tee sign.
Registration for the tournament will be from 11:30
a.m.-12:30 p.m., with a putting contest at the same
time. Other special contests will be closest to the pin
and longest drive, both with prizes.
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Quite a catch
Jack Thomas Shinn, 7, a first-grade student at Anna
Maria Elementary School, set quite a record for his
first-ever snook: a 30-inch 10-pounder caught with
Dad Damon and friends aboard the family boat "Sea
Lizard." Other catches included flounder and trout.
Jack has been fishing since he was 3.

the cut and some snook coming out of Terra Ceia Bay.
Mackerel are still hanging around the rocks off the
front of Terra Ceia Bay, and there are good catches of
mangrove snapper coming from the ship channels.
Capt. Rick Gross on Fishy Business out of
Catchers Marina in Holmes Beach said he's bringing
in big snook on almost every trip, and he's finding red-

due, sponsors sought
includes entry to the awards dinner at 7 p.m. Additional
guests for dinner is $25 per person.
The awards dinner will be at Kirby Stewart Post
American Legion hallo, 2000 75th St. W., Bradenton.
Prime rib is on the menu, and live music will provide
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fish action to be getting better and better. Trout are
really big right now, as are snook, he said, with some
linesiders coming in at better than 40 inches in length.
At Perico Island Bait and Tackle, reports are the
basic backwater catches from this time of year: lots of
snook, redfish and trout from the wade fishers, and
grouper and snapper are providing the best bets for
offshore anglers.
Capt. Tom Chaya on the Dolphin Dreams in
Holmes Beach out of Catchers said his charters are
doing well with snook, mackerel, redfish, trout, man-
grove snapper and a few kingfish.
Capt. Larry McGuire of Show Me The Fish
Charters said he guided Bill and Lori Shuttleworth
and Tom and Kevin Brooks out to an awesome catch
of some cobia to 55 pounds, blackfin tuna to 25 pounds,
keeper red and gag grouper, as well as some 4-foot
barracuda and bonita to 10 pounds. Capt. Larry also
took the Ron Brown party out a large catch of red grou-
per to 18 pounds and gag grouper to 10 pounds. Other
charters produced nice catches of mangrove snapper to
7 pounds, yellowtail snapper, scamp and black and red
grouper.
-Capt. Zach Zacharias on the Dee-Jay II out of
Annie's Bait & Tackle in Cortez said bay fishing for
snook has been good, with some catches to 31 inches.
He's also putting his charters onto redfish to 30 inches,
trout to 23 inches, although kingfish and cobia action
was somewhat slow. He's finding some big grouper
and snapper in about 50 feet of water, though, out in the
Gulf.
On my boat Magic, we're still catching snook to 34
inches, redfish to 27 inches, trout to 24 inches and are
picking up a few 18-inch flounder. I haven't gotten into
the kings yet this year, but we did boat a legal-size
cobia last week.
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
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Duncan holds onto big lead in AMI Little League


By Kevin Cassidy
Islander Correspondent
Duncan Real Estate ran into a "speed bump" on its
way to the championship of the Anna Maria Island
Little League in a 14-14 tie game with Island Lumber
Monday, April 19. The tie was the closest thing to a
loss that the Duncans have experienced since dropping
a 12-11 decision to West Manatee Fire Distrcit back on
April 2.
With the season quickly winding down, there ap-
pear to be no challengers left to knock them from the
top spot they've held all season. Duncan won its other
game last week, taking a 16-9 decision from WMFD
Friday, April 23. WMFD also experienced a 10-5 loss
to Island Lumber on Wednesday, April 21.
With the last regular-season game on the schedule
set for May 6 and not too many makeup games, the
regular season will soon be history.
That leaves the playoffs as the only chance for ei-
ther Island Lumber or WMFD to exact some revenge
on Duncan. With Island Lumber's 14-14 tie this past
week and WMFD's penchant for playing Duncan Real
Estate close, anything can happen, so stay tuned.

Duncan Real Estate 16, WMFD 9
Cory Wash went 3-for-3 with one run scored and
Steven Sylvester singled and scored three runs to lead
Duncan Real Estate to a seven-run victory over WMFD
on Friday night. Kyle Bellinger and Dillon King each
added a single and two runs scored, while Forrest
Goodwin walked four times and scored four runs.
WMFD was led by Blake Wilson and Zach Evan,
who each singled and scored two runs, while Jordan
Sebastiano doubled and scored once. Jack Titsworth
and Trevor Bystrom each added a single and one run
scored in the loss.

Island Lumber 10, WMFD 5
Island Lumber pounded out eight hits while receiv-
ing a strong pitching effort from Broderick West to
record a 10-5 victory over WMFD Wednesday. West
struck out 10 batters to earn the pitching win while also
contributing at the plate with a single and one run
scored. Joey Hutchinson and Daniel Riley each ripped
a pair of singles and scored twice to lead the hit parade.
Matt Bauer added a single and three runs scored, while
Zach Facheris and Connor Cloharty each added singles
in the victory.
Daniel Janisch went 2-for-3, including a pair of
runs, and Tommy Price added a pair of singles and one
run scored to lead the WMFD hitting attack. Blake
Wilson managed three singles, but was left stranded as
WMFD couldn't come up with the clutch hit when it
was needed.

Duncan 14, Lumber 14
Duncan Real Estate took a 14-13 lead into the bot-
tom of the sixth inning, but Kyle Aritt walked and later
scored on a passed ball to tie the game for Island Lum-
ber as the time limit kicked in at Monday night's game.
Cory Wash had a huge game for Duncan, going 3-for-
5, including a pair of triples, a double and three runs
scored, while Forrest Goodwin singled and scored four
runs. Steven Sylvester, Austin Wash and Kyle Bellinger
each added a single and one run scored in the tie.
Daniel Janisch had a pair of doubles and two runs
scored and Patrice Facheris went 2-for-3 with two runs
scored to pace Island Lumber in the tie. Glenn Bower
added three runs scored and Cameron Ellsworth
crossed the plate twice to round out the Island Lumber
offense.

Waterfront wins Hall of Fame
qualifier in basketball
Island residents Kyle Dale and Sam Lott joined Joe
Hills and Joe Morris of Palmetto High School as mem-
bers of the Waterfront 3-on-3 basketball team that won
the Hall of Fame 3-on-3 basketball tournament on
April 17-18 in Tampa. As tournament winners, the
team has qualified for the national tournament to be
held over the Labor Day weekend in Orlando.
The format for these basketball tournaments is the
first team to score 20 points or whichever is leading
after 30 minutes of play is determined the winner of the
game.
The Waterfront team won the championship while
also avenging an earlier loss to 4U2NV (I'm not mak-


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Cory Wash is a picture of concentration as he delivers a pitch for his Duncan Real Estate team during Anna
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Islander now a Dolphin
Island resident Christopher Brooks recently signed a letter of intent to play footballfor the Jacksonville
University Dolphins and will enroll at the school this fall. Brooks was captain of the Manatee High School
football team this year and played fullback. In the background are his mother and stepfather, Donna and


Trey Talley. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy

ing this up) when Joe Hills scored the game-winner
from the low post to make a winner out of the Water-
front. The Waterfront had a tough go of it in the semi-
finals as well, edging a team from Tampa Jesuit High
School 19-17 to finish the weekend with a 3-1 record
with all three victories coming on what turned out to be
a busy Sunday afternoon.
Dale and Lott were also employees at the Water-
front Restaurant prior to its closing after a fire. Despite
their recent setbacks, owners Jason and Leah Suzor still
graciously agreed to sponsor the team. Many thanks to
them the team members all played their hearts out
and are very grateful for the Suzors' generosity.

Grommet Surf,
SK8 & Skim Club announced
The West Coast Surf Shop has announced the forma-
tion 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.

Calling all golfers
The Anna Maria Island Privateers 10th annual
Whitey Horton Memorial Golf Tournament will be
held Saturday, May 8, at the Manatee County Golf
Course. Shotgun er, cannon start for this four-
person scramble is set for 1 p.m.
Cost for this event, which raises money for the
Whitey Horton Memorial Scholarship Fund, is $80 per
person or $300 per foursome, which includes an awards
dinner at the Kirby Stewart American Legion on 75th
Street.
The tournament will include a putting contest from
11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., in addition to closest-to-the-
pin and longest-drive contests.
Deadline for registering your spot in the tourney is
May 1. Call Deby Kuderle at 753-1629, Jane Dunn at 794-
5163, or Kathy Griffenkranz at 747-4953 to sign up.
PLEASE SEE SPORTS, NEXT PAGE





THE ISLANDER M APRIL 28, 2004 0 PAGE 29


Sports
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 28
The tournament is still in need of hole sponsors. ..- L --.'_
For $100, your business will receive tee sign advertis-
ing for your business, and for $250, sponsors.-receive .. 4
a tee sign and one entry for golf and dinner. ,

Horseshoe winners i --- -
Winners in the April 24 horseshoe games were .' .-'" .
Debbie Rhodes and Tom Rhodes, both of Cortez. Run- f Coz R ._ "-"'" .. -,." '. 'i
ners-up were Cathy Stolzfus of Anna Maria City and #
Karl Thomas of Holmes Beach.
Winners in the April 21 games were Tom Rhodes e .." --- ., -W.
and Pete Watson of England. Runners-up were George 'H
Landraitis and Ron Pepka, both of Bradenton. -,I ', ", ....
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. &W
Waterfront Restaurant 3-on-3 champions Sam Lott,
Anna Maria Island Joe Hills, Kyle Dale and Joe Morris show off their Duncan Real Estate's Steven Sylvester doesn't like
trophy and ribbons for winning the Hall of Fame this pitch much during Anna Maria Island Little
Little League schedules basketball tourney inTampa. League action at the Center.
Date Time Teams
Junior League (ages 13-15) .,,,.--.,.'-----.
April 30 7p.m. Islander vs. Team No. 2,. ,* .,,, 4 ., '
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Major League (ages 9-12) A,., ..
April 28 6:30 p.m. WMFD vs. Island Lumber P ..
April 30 6:30 p.m. Duncan vs. Island Lumber i ?F
May 3 6:30 p.m. WMFD vs. Island Lumber -".
Minor League (ages 8-9)
April 29 6:30 p.m. Bark Realty vs. "
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May 1 9 a.m. Beach House vs. Air & Energy Hf.ac
May 1 11:30 a.m. Morgan Stanley vs. Harry's "' '. ,
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May 4 6:30 p.m. Bark Realty vs. "'A!
Morgan Stanley
T-ball (ages 5-7)
May 1 9 a.m. Beach House vs. Air & Energy |qI,
May I 10 a.m. Morgan Stanley vs. Harry's

Major League Standings (as of April 24) ,B
Team Won-Lost
Duncan Real Estate 8-2-1 . ..


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Steven Sylvester, Duncan .459 .
Blake Wilson, WMFD .444
Jordan Sebastiano, WMFD .4443 i t s wr
Tommy Price, WMFD .432 ,
Kyle Bellinger, Duncan .419 "
Kyle Crum, Duncan .385
Max Huber, Duncan .357
Kyle Aritt, Island Lumber .344
Forrest Goodwin, Duncan .333 Kyle Bellinger slides safely into second as WMFD shortstop Tommy Price awaits the throw during Anna
Zach Facheris, Island Lumber .333 Maria Island Little League action at the Center.



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Island Biz


Klub K9 at Bradenton Outlet Mall. Islander Photos.
Rebecca Barnett

Bradenton Outlet Mall

grand opening today
The Bradenton Outlet Mall at 6605 Manatee
Ave. W. will hold its grand opening today, April 28,
and promotions director Claudette Green promises
fun for the entire family, along with some great shop-
ping and prices.
"We've got some great, upscale stores and each
store will be offering grand opening specials that will
include great prices," said Green.
In addition, there will be some festivities for every-
one at the mall.
Specialty shops include those for fine leather
goods, jewelry, men's and women's clothing, hand-
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There's also a "K-9" store for all supplies relating
to dogs, a bookstore, arts and crafts, and a store for
immediate sewing alterations.
The mall held a "soft" opening recently, and re-
sponse has been "tremendous. We're just getting
started, but we want the Island to know who we are
and where we're at. It's been very busy, especially
on weekends," added Green, who lives on the Island.
Mall hours are from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday
through Sunday. For more information, call Claudette
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her clay pot creations.
Bradenton Beach has been sold for $2.25 million. The
sale took place in March.
Former owners Kevan and Fawn Ker and their
family plan to relocate to the Nashville area, where
Kevan is originally from.
Fawn was a member of the Bradenton Beach Cor-
ridor Management Entity Scenic Highway Committee
for nearly six years.

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120 Maple, Anna Maria, a 1,110 sfla / 1,764 sfur
3bed/2bath/lcar home built in 1973 on a 71x100 lot,
was sold 2/12/04, Naranjo to Balducci, for $360,000
[sic]; list $585,000.
1301 Bay Dr. N., Bradenton Beach, IB Bay Watch
1, a 1,079 sfla / 1,211 sfur 2bed/2bath condo built in
1982, was sold 2/9/04, McDill to Dehner, for $335,000;
list $369,000.
1801 Gulf Dr., Bradenton Beach, 184 Runaway
Bay, a 1,080 sfla / 1,140 sfur 2bed/2bath condo built
in 1978, was sold 2/9/04, Walker to Matheny, for
$330,000; list $362,000.
236 Willow, Anna Maria, a canalfront 1,880 sfla /
3,700 sfur 4bed/2.5bath/4car home built in 1976 on a
75x139 lot, was sold 2/11/04, Zoller to King, for
$675,000; list $699,900.


311 63rd St., Holmes Beach, a 1,720 sfla/ 3,184
sfur 4bed/4bath duplex built in 1971 on an 80x101 lot,
was sold 2/9/04, Huth to Loveless, for $385,000; list
$395,00.
317 Tarpon, Anna Maria, a canalfront 1,008 sfla/
1,610 sfur 2bed/1.5bath/lcar home built in 1961 on a
75x110 lot, was sold 2/12/04, Peters to Yavalar, for
$485,000; list $749,000 [sic].
3801 E. Bay Dr., Holmes Beach, 207 Sunbow Bay
4, a 1,146 sfla / 1,247 sfur 2bed/2bath condo built in
1980, was sold 2/12/04, Browne to Crownover, for
$268,000; list $278,000.
501 Gulf Dr. N., Bradenton Beach, 209 Bridgeport
1, a 1,128 sfla / 1,198 sfur 2bed/2bath condo built in
1982, was sold 2/11/04, Fedus to Venable, for
$242,500.
5400 Gulf Dr., Holmes Beach, 5434 Gulf Dr.
Apts., a 1,188 sfla / 1,269 sfur 2bed/2bath condo built


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in 1969, was sold 2/12/04, Sweeney to Bystrom, for
$745,000.
611 Gulf Dr. N., Bradenton Beach, 22 Imperial
House of Bradenton Beach A, a 754 sfla / 794 sfur
2bed/lbath condo built in 1969, was sold 2/9/04,
Pajakowski to Dondo Condo Inc., for $175,000.
614 Baronet, Holmes Beach, a canalfront 1,409
sfla / 2,230 sfur 2bed/2bath/2car home built in 1963 on
a 100x115, was sold i/13/04, Chick to Boyer, for
$595,000.
620 Gladstone, Holmes Beach, a canalfront 2,354
sfla / 3,303 sfur 4bed/3bath/2car/pool home built in
1972 on a 90x109 lot, was sold 2/12/04, Benalcazar to
Mathieu, for $739,900; list $769,000.
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 islander.org. Copyright 2004.


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DISPOSAL OF SURPLUS property: No. 0378/
Year 1988/Chevrolet S-10 Pickup, 88,000 miles.
No. 0382/Year 1990/Chevrolet flat bed, 126,201
miles. No. UNK/Year 1995/Ultra-Pak, Can Com-
pactor. No. NA/Year 1985/Conference Chairs,
metal with padded seats. By the City of Bradenton
Beach, call 778-3927 to view the items. Bids are
to be submitted to City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.,
Bradenton Beach, by noon the Monday following
this advertisement.

USED EIGHT MONTHS: Honey-colored dining
table with six chairs, chest of drawers, large night
stand, lamps, stereo, refrigerator, solid-wood end
and coffee tables. 778-0807 or 794-9921.

LARGE OVAL PATIO table with six chairs, $100;
wicker couch two-piece sectional, $100. Must sell
by Friday. 778-3062

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
Library, 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.


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


ROSER THRIFT SHOP: Open Tuesday, Thurs-
day, 9:30am-2pm; Saturday 9-noon. Always 50
percent off sales rack. 511 Pine Ave., Anna
Maria. 779-2733.

YARD SALE! Saturday-Sunday, May 1-2, 7am-
noon. Household and restaurant items, glassware,
plates, chest freezers, refrigerators, silverware,
canned goods and much, much more. Waterfront
Restaurant, 111 Bay Blvd. Anna Maria.

YARD SALE SATURDAY, May 1, 8am. Antiques,
tools, big screen TV, stereo, clothing, lots of stuff.
212 75th St., Holmes Beach.

YARD SALE SATURDAY, May 1, 8am. Several
families, last one until fall. Rugs, comforters, Jeep
accessories, power tools, basketball machine,
loveseat, sofa, dishes, clothes, dolls, bears and
much more. 409 72nd St., Holmes Beach.

GARAGE SALE FRIDAY, April 30, 8am-11am.
Three-family, something for everyone. A fun sale!
165 Crescent, Anna Maria.


BIG SALE! Niki's Gifts and Antiques, 5351 Gulf
Drive, Holmes Beach. Select furniture, gifts, an-
tiques, 25 to 70 percent off. Sterling jewelry 50
percent off. 779-0729. Open 7 days, 9:30-5pm.


LOST MALE CAT, black and white, long hair, four
white paws, answers to Bootsy. Lost in vicinity of
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CRITTER SITTER nine years in pet care. 24 years
as an Island resident. Lots of TLC for your beloved
pets with in-home visits. 778-6000.

GORGEOUS ADULT CATS and other pets for
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1998 NISSAN ALTIMA: Cruise, CD, air, good tire
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car. $2,500. 778-0080.

2000 TOMOS TSR Scooter, two rider, 1,495 miles.
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out queen bed. $1,800. Call 778-8470.

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leave message.
SUNFISH SAILBOAT: Great sailing condition, new
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WANT TO BUY boat slip in Holmes Beach area for
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AVON R-340 rubber dingy with 15-hp Johnson
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SPENCER'S SKIM SCHOOL for beginners and
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$10 per half-hour lesson, three lessons recom-
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GULF FRONT Rarely available 2BK/Z2BA Uulttront end unit at
Coquina Beach Club. Solid rental history, turnkey furnished,
heated pool. $775,000.


LUW I PRICEU UIULEtA UIN ISAIDnU une blocK to oeacn.
2BR/1BA and 3BR/1BA, back unit remodeled. $345,000.

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WEST OF GULF DRIVE Location, location. Newer 3BR/2BA,
very close to beach. Corian countertops, Jacuzzi tub, alarm, cen-
tral vac., single-car garage and storage room. $549,000.

Mike

Norman j7
RD ly 800-367-1617
ealy INC 941-778-6696
3101 GULF DRIVE HOLMES BEACH
www.mikenormanrealty.com


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.
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.

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.

SATURDAY CLEANING for resort/condo on Lido
Beach. 388-2151.
AFTER SCHOOL/SUMMER camp teachers (2) with
CDA: Anna Maria Island Community Center. $10 to $14/
hour. CDA completed, first aid and all DCF classes.
Education: AA degree plus two years experience. CDL
safe driver preferred. Plans, and implement daily learn-
ing activities, focus on making learning fun and charac-
ter development. Working on director's credentials.
Contact Shirley Berger at 778-1908.
HOUSEKEEPERS NEEDED: Part-time days,
mostly weekends. Transportation a must. Call
Rhonda after 5pm, 779-0793.

ANNA MARIA
ISLAND


SuiiiCoast
REAL ESTATE LLC
ISLAND TRIPLEX
2BR/1.5BA plus IBR/1BA and 2BR/1BA. Great
investment! Watch the sunset as you collect rent from
these charming units. Easy to see, call for appointment.
Just steps to beautiful beach. $749,000.

ANNA MARIA CITY
2BR/2BA charming home in lush, private, tropical setting.
Vaulted ceiling, fireplace, ceramic tile, brick deck. One block
to bay and piers. Near beautiful beach. $549,000.

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

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

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

VILLAGE GREEN
4BR/2BA Village Green family ho hly painted
inside and out, new carc tile. Split-
plan, family E ,,~ ia ed patio, two-car
garage, lar good schools. Short drive to
beach. Seller Inancing. $219,900.
ANNUAL RENTALS
From $700 / month
SEASONAL RENTALS
Condos/Homes: $500 week / $1,000 month

779-0202 (800) 732-6434
ANNA MARIA

MLS SiunCoast
REAL ESTATE LLC
Island Shopping Center 5402 Marina Drive
Holmes Beach, Florida 34217 www.suncoastinc.com


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3224 EAST BAY DRIVE HOLMES BEACH
Gail Tutewiler

941-705-0227
J ef/ee oll IFrcc 1-866-587-8559
R EAL K~ CMIPANY GailTutcRE@aol.coin
JUST OVER THE BRIDGE
NORTHWEST BRADENTON Look what your money can buy a few miles off the
island. A beautiful 4BR/2.5BA home with cathedral ceilings, fireplace, inground
pool and party deck with a huge back yard. Only $369,000
GULF FRONT
BREATHTAKING GULFVIEWS From this second floor 2 BR/2BA unit in Anna
Maria Island Club. Heated pool and hot tub, secured entrance. Inside utility room.
Turnkey furnished. Rental potential $25-30,000 plus. Small pets welcome.
$849,000
ABSOLUTELY STUNNING RENOVATIONS In this direct Gulffront corner unit
in Martinique South. Kitchen redesigned, A/C, windows, doors, furniture.., ev-
erything is new! Garage and extra storage room included. Amenities include
heated pool, clubhouse, secured lobby, tennis and private beach. $734,000.
CLOSE TO GULF
ISLAND VILLAGE 2BR/2BA unit with newly glass-enclosed lanai that opens to
master bedroom, guest bedroom and living room. One of the largest and loveli-
est units in the complex. Complex features lush landscaping, two pools, tennis
courts. Small pets welcome. $339,000
FOUNTAINHEAD Your search for an affordable turnkey furnished island rental prop-
erty or special get-away has ended with this 2 BR/2 BA townhouse. Building is look-
ing great and more renovations are coming. Heated pool, weekly rentals. S259,000.
BAYVIEW TERRACE Your own "beach condo" (1 BR) in this bayfront complex
just steps to the beach. Enjoy the heated pool and park by the bay and the island
lifestyle for only $204,900. Not age-restricted.
IMPERIAL HOUSE Spacious 1BR condo in a true Gulf to bay complex. Very well
maintained, recently painted, turnkey furnished. Amenities include a very social
clubhouse, fishing dock and patio on the bay and a private beach across the road.
All this for $199,000.55+ community.
CORTEZ VILLAGE
A SINGLE PLUS A DOUBLE lot in the quaint village of Cortez, just over the
drawbridge on 124th Street. Zoned commercial (residential permitted). Total of
150 ft. of road frontage. $125,000 and $175,000.


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nent full-time and part-time cashiers and sales asso-
ciate. Trades people welcome. Apply in person. 3352
E. Bay Drive.

WANTED: PART-TIME breakfast/lunch line cook.
Apply in person at Minnie's Beach Cafe, 5360 Gulf
Drive, Holmes Beach. 778-4140.

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

HELP WANTED: Part-time chef/sous chef and serv-
ers. Apply 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@lIslander.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.


YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD REAL ESTATE SHOPPE.
Experience Reputation Results
AZALEA PARK 3BR/2BA, pool, exclusive listing. $280,000.
5400 GULFFRONT White sand beaches and sunsets.
1 BR/1 BA, new paint and carpet. Reduced to $265,000.
MARTINIQUE SOUTH GULF BEACH VIEW 2BR/2BA, bright, light,
attractive decorating, turnkey furnished. Elevator, tennis,
heated pool, cabana. $469,000.
4 UNITS ANNA MARIA Some bayview. One 2BR, three 1BR,
room for pool. Great investment. $870,000.
VACATION, SEASONAL & ANNUAL RENTALS
MARTINQUE Gulffront 2BR/2BA, pool, tennis, elevators.
5400 GULFFRONT complex, 1 and 2BRs, pool.
BEACHFRONT 3BR/2BA home, tastefully decorated.

5508C MARINA DRIVE 778-0807 800-956-0807
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REGISTERED NURSE AVAILABLE for private
duty. Available days, evenings or weekends. Li-
censed and insured. References available. Call
586-4838.

RETIRED NURSE/CAREGIVER available. 42
years experience. Reasonable rates, state certified,
no lifting. Trish, 746-9246.


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, reason-
able and reliable. Free estimates, licensed and in-
sured. 778-0944.

CONNECT-ICON Your local computer specialist.
Experienced certified technician for communica-
tion electronics offers wireless and cable net-
works, upgrades, maintenance, repairs, tutoring
and training. Call Robert, 778-3620.


SELL it fast wtih an ad in The Islander.


5910 Marina Dr. Holmes Beach, FL 34217
Tel: (941) 778-0777 800-741-3772
rentals@ smithrealtors.com

Accepting Reservations

Summer & Fall 2004

Winter 2005


web site: www.smithrealtors.com




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Real Estate, Inc.
EVERYONE'S DREAM OF PARADISE r l.:hing be-
r.[.-.:r-i rhi- ...,-'I: 1BR 1EB .:.:r f.tj3: and hre Gulf .:,f
.' ,:.: bur .:e .,tJs and an rJ. julftfront p.arc i-r-
.., a. ailable Asking $3,450,000.
ISLAND STYLE Ll.'e in or rent .:.ijt S-Sa Fc, arr :.:r-
ta3 'B'L.'- rS :,:-, 1rr C:r.m quiraira Beach .n rd rr..:.rrn
th-_ ba' Pri .ac ,--re,:ed ta.cLar:J ..Ih b,'urittul
Ir:.ol and spa Asking $499,000.
IMMACULATE HOME that's great tor a first-time
buyer or downsizing. Completely updated 2BR/
1BA, family room, dining room, one-car garage
and great backyard with room for a pool.
Asking $139,000.
GREAT BEACH ACCESS from this single-family lot
,locate .-.est of Gulf Drive, only six houses from
the beacr Survey and building plans are .-.ail-
able. Asking $339,000.


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FOR FURTHER DETAILS DIAL

DARCIE DUNCAN
CRS, GRI, Broker

941 779-0304
310 Pine Anue P 0 Bo 199 Anna M.Mla FL 34216
Office 79-0304 Fra Ti 9-038 rTo Free 86-779-3(04
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ATTENTION SNOWBIRDS/Vacationers: Security/
maintenance available. Monitor house, mail, news-
papers, service providers (lawn, etc.). Will also
clean pool. Retired law enforcement officer. Island
resident. Call Dede, 778-2664 or 447-5572.

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

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

RESPONSIBLE, FRIENDLY CLEANING, free es-
timates, references upon request. Trustworthy and
reliable, fair prices. Call Karen 224-2730 cell or
708-6570 home.

I DON'T CUT corners, I clean corners. Affordable,
dependable cleaning. Chamberlain Professional
Cleaning, 778-7770. References available.

HANDYMAN SERVICES Scott Fulton, owner, Island
resident. "Get the job done right." Free estimate, many
references. 713-1907 cell, 778-4192 home.

ISLANDER CLASSIFIED: The the best results
from classified ads and service advertising!

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.

RENTERS MOVING OUT? Get those carpets
clean and have them dry in one-two hours not
days. Call Daniel Willis at 518-9489 for your free
estimate.


REALTORS


5500 Marina Drive
Holmes Beach, FL
T pical 941-779-2580
4pr Fax: 941 779-2602

DESIRABLE BEAN POINT!
DESIRABLE BEAN POINT!


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


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S L A N U W CLASW IE


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

DESIGN/CREATIVE SERVICES. Specializing in
business cards, flyers, postcards, rackcards,
doorhangers, brochures, custom greeting cards,
logos and design services. Phone us 778-2523.

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

BEACH SERVICE air conditioning, heat, refrigera-
tion. Commercial and residential service, repair and/
or replacement. Serving Manatee County and the
Island since 1987. For dependable, honest and
personalized service, call William Eller, 795-7411.
RA005052.

CLASSIFIEDS ADS can be found on line at
www.islander.org.

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

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

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


Mike
Norman
Realty INC
3101 Gulf Drive,
Holmes Beach, FL 34217
(941) 778-6696 Office
(941) 778-4364 Fax
Kathy Caserta 1-800-367-1617 Toll-Free
Realtor, GRI, CRS (941) 778-6943 Home
(941) 704-2023 Cell


SUnique mortgages for
d unique individuals.
T o find the right mortgage for you, call your
Sm Chase Home Finance Mortgage Specialist today.
Pat Shahinian
1450 59th Street W Bradenton, FL 34209 0 CHASE
(941) 761-9808 or (800) 559-8025 P
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TILE AND MOSAIC custom installation, 20 years
experience. References available. For a reasonable
price call Sebastian, 704-6719.

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


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

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

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

JR'S LANDSCAPING AND MAINTENANCE
Lawns, native plants, mulching, trimming, hauling,
cleanup. Island resident 25 years. Call 807-1015.

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

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


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

AMERICA'S BEST LAWN Care Inc. Professional,
affordable and insured. Free estimates. 224-1153.

SCOTT D'S LAWNCARE: Insured. Commercial
and residential. Pressure washing. Get rid of cob-
webs, surface dirt and mold. Clean decks and drive-
ways. Call 812-2566.


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

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

SHELL DELIVERED and spread. $35/yard. Haul-
ing: all kinds of gravel, mulch, top soil with free
estimates. Call Larry at 795-7775, "shell phone"
720-0770.



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

THE ISLANDER. The best news on Anna Maria
Island since 1992.


TERICO ISLAND!

NEW LISTING!
SNei been live in 3BR/2BA MODEL HOMAE on
2 1 the water! Conan countertop, Traovertine marble
i floors, entrol vac system. ,seened lonai over-
S-- looking loke! S449,000 (Owner/Broker)

--.-BEAUTIFUL
V PATIO HOME with pool and waterfall!
2BR/2BA plus den with bright open floor
plan! S339,000



Brand new 3BR/2BA HOME in eul, quiet area! Never
been lived in! Over 2,260 sf. of living space! S1,500/monlh.

\ Call Sue Carlson,

SAn Island Place Realty In
An Island Place Realty Inc


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VILLA ALEXIA/HOLMES
BEACH new bayfront home
under construction, every up-
grade imaginable. $2,249,000.


W -. 7---.;1-" n i f .-
IN ESTORS: Isld.n duple. ANNA MARIA beachhouse
close to beach. Great rental with guest cottage, and sepa-
history. $4-4,iiiu rate buildable lot. $1,950,000.


Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate, Inc


BEAUTIFUL BAY PALMS 3BR/2.5BA canalfront
home recently updated to include a coral-appointed
remote-controlled gas fireplace, new windows,
pavers, boat hoist and more. Enjoy luxury living in
this ranch-style home with more than 2,650 sf of
living area. $725,000.

M arina Pointe

Realty Co.

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


BEACH SIDE ELEGANCE
This beautiful
S home has it all!
S3BR/2BA with
.1 __ ,L- open floor plan
.. .. and custom tile


throughout.
Family room with fireplace and
amazing media room complete with
theater seating. The outside entertain-
ment area has a gourmet gas grill
station, large free-form pool, Jacuzzi
and a cabana/changing area. Best of
all, it's directly across the street from
the Gulf of Mexico on the north end of
Anna Maria! Nothing compares!
Offered at $949,900.


See it online at: www.greenreal.com


re e 941 778-0455
REAL ESTATE ~ 9906 Gulf Drive
OF ANNA MARIA' t Anna Maria
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JOE UNGVARSKY CONSTRUCTION Remodeling
contractors. In-house plan designs. State licensed
and insured. Many Island references. 778-2993.
Lic# CRC 035261.

INTERIOR AND EXTERIOR PAINTING free esti-
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.

OVER THIRTY YEARS craftsman experience. Inte-
rior, exterior, doors, stairs, windows and trim. Dan
Michael, master carpenter. Call 778-6898 or cell,
518-3316.

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,
#CCC057977, #PE0020374. Insured. Accepting
MasterCard/Visa. 720-0794.

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

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


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


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

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

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

KEVIN GRIFFITHS' ISLAND Paint Interior/exterior
painting, pressure washing and wallpaper. For
prompt, reliable service at reasonable rates, call
704-7115 or 778-2996.

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



PALM ISLAND HARBORFRONT escape. Secluded
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 Estate
Co., 778-6665 or (800) 749-6665.

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

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


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

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

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

VACATION RENTAL: 1 BR/1 BA duplex, three short
blocks to beach. Phone, premium cable TV, micro-
wave, washer/dryer, sleeps four. $1,800/month,
$550/week. Call 807-5627 or e-mail:
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. 1BR/1BA with sun
room apartment one block to Gulf and on Lake
LaVista bayou. One person, nonsmoker, pet pos-
sible. Washer/dryer hookup in separate utility room.
$795/month. Call 778-9158.

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

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

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


KING BEDROOM efficiency for rent. Short-term
only. Night, weekend, weekly. Private entrance,
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.

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.
$2,300/month. Call 778-3006.

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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 garage.
Quiet location, washer/dryer hookup. $850/month.
Call Gabe, 374-5772.

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

ANNUAL RENTALS: 3BR/2BA bayfront home,
$2,500/month; 3BR/2.5BA, direct bayfront home
with heated pool, totally renovated, everything new,
ready for immediate occupancy. Call Betsy Hills
Real Estate, P.A., at 778-2291.

118 52ND ST., Holmes Beach, townhouse, 500 feet
from the beach. Annual rental, 2BR/1.5BA, all new
appliances, completely remodeled. $1,150/month.
(330) 757-7670.
SECURE STORAGE: Boats, trailers, etc. Starting at
$30. Call 739-5555, 10am-4pm.

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

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

WEEKLY/MONTHLY RENTALS: Condos and
houses from $500/week; $1,500/month. Many
Gulffront. 779-0202 or (800) 732-6434. SunCoast
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ANNUAL 2BR/2BA, elevated, washer/dryer hook-
ups, storage, covered parking. No pets. $800/
month. Call 778-0954.

ANNUAL 2BR/1BA 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 indi-
vidual preferred. 778-6511.

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

VACATION RENTAL: Charming 1BR/1BA, fully
furnished, across from white sandy beach. Call
809-3714.

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

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

FURNISHED RENTALS Longboat north-end vil-
lage, updated 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 house, a touch
above the ordinary. 501 67th St., Holmes Beach.
725-4488.

1BR/1BA TRAILER for rent, steps to beach, 55-
plus. Annually, $460/month; seasonally, $700/
month. Sell for $10,000. 727-1683.

OFF-SEASON RATES Don't miss out! Duncan
Real Estate, 779-0304.
SEASONAL OR WEEKLY cottage-style rentals.
1BR/1BA or 2BR/1BA with pool. Walk to beach,
shopping and restaurants. 778-3875. Web site
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VILLAS OF POINTE WEST 2BR/2BA, $1,000.
Duncan Real Estate, 779-0304.

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 3BR/2BA home with garage in
Holmes Beach. No pets. Call 778-7039.
INCREDIBLE CHARM Bradenton Beach vacation
rental. Unique 3BR/2BA, Gulfview, one-and-a-half
blocks to beach, gas grill to HBO, Mexican tile,
plants, great yard, family welcome, pet negotiable.
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SEASONAL RENTAL Steps to beach. Furnished
1BR on Anna Maria Island with cable, washer/
dryer, microwave, telephone. $475/week, plus tax.
$1,495/month. 778-1098.

ANNUAL RENTALS Great move-in specials! 1 BR/
1 BA from $630/month, most utilities included; 2BR/
1 BA elevated duplex, $760/month; 2BR/2BA with
one-car garage, Florida room and lanai, $925/
month. Island Real Estate, 778-6066.

WHITE MOUNTAINS New Hampshire: Escape the
Florida heat and rent our lovely townhouse, 2BR/
2.5BA, swimming pool, tennis court, near several
golf courses, no pets, nonsmoking. Monthly rental
only. $1,800/month. Call (978) 270-6051.

2BR/2BA ANNUAL RENTAL: Immaculate, new
carpet, freshly painted, washer/dryer, dishwasher,
covered parking, walk to Gulf. $825-$950/month.
Move-in special. Call Island Real Estate, 778-6066.

ANNUAL 55-plus mobile park, block to Gulf. 1 BR,
turnkey furnished, no pets. $550/month. First, last
and security. Call 778-4053.

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

2BR/2BA UNFURNISHED annual. No pets. $800/
month, plus utilities. Holmes Beach. 773-4180.

ANNUAL RENTAL 2BR/2BA ground-level home
with family room and two-car garage. Near beach
in Bradenton Beach. Marina Pointe Realty Co.,
779-0732.

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WATERFRONT 2BR/2BA villa with dock and great
view. Furnished. June thru November $800-
$1,000/month. 778-2100 or 224-6521.

ANNUAL RENTAL: Perico Island, brand new 3BR/
2BA waterfront home with two-car garage. Associa-
tion, pool and tennis court. $1,500/month. Call An
Island Place Realty Inc., 779-0733.



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
community offers everything you've been looking
for. Deep-water boat docks, short walk to gor-
geous beaches, tropical setting and carefree liv-
ing. Two brand new quality built homes with spa-
cious floor plans and many upgrades starting at
$638,500 and three homesites starting at
$240,000. Call Tina Rudek or Mike Migone of
Wedebrock Real Estate, 383-5543.

THE SEA OATS, 2201 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton
Beach. Seize the limited-time opportunity to obtain
at preconstruction prices a condo in a small com-
plex of 8 in paradise! All will have views of private
beach and Gulf of Mexico from windows and bal-
conies. Sarasota Bay to be seen from roof-top ve-
randas. Luxury inside and out. Heated swimming/
spa, glass elevator. Carports, garages. Very low
maintenance. Contemporary Key West-style, 2BR/
2.5BA, total sf from 1,597 to 3,146 sf $579,000 -
$959,000. Open house every Sunday, noon-4pm.
Contact Jane Guy, 284-5469.


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

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.

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

WANTED: 2BR cottage on Anna Maria with room
to expand, quiet street. Jay White, (952) 925-0616
or jaywhitel @ sprintmail.com.

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 water-
front lots from $259,000; homes from $319,000.
(570) 943-2516.

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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5910 Marina Dr. Holmes Beach, FL 34217
Call (941) 778-0777 or Rentals 778-0770
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Web site: www.smithrealtors.com



CIMARRON Great Northwest Bradenton home in tran-
quil setting with a lovely lake view. This home features
4 bedrooms, 3 baths, formal living and dining rooms
plus family room with fireplace, tile and pergo floors.
Caged pool and spa is perfect for entertaining or fam-
ily fun. Offered at $359,900. Please call Zee
Cantanese, Broker 778-0777 or 794-8991 eves.


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furnished and just steps to the beach. Two complex has heated pool, elevators and ten- no neighbors. Excellent condition with new tile,
carports plus a garage, new roof, new appli- nis courts. Great location walk or bike ride carpet, door and much more. You won't find a
ances, pride of ownership is apparent. Do not to the beach and shopping. $259,000. Call cleaner unit. Good rental history in rental-
miss one of the best values on the Island. Nicole Skaggs or Jane Grossman at friendly complex. Private setting with boat/fish-
$535,000. Call Nicole Skaggs or Jane 778-4800. ing dock and private pool setting. Steps to su-
Grossman at 778-4800. perior beach area. $349,000. Dave Vande
Verde, 778-4800 or 725-4800.







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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 wonderful
2BR/2BA, single-car garage canalfront home. Lo-
cated 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.

1BR/1BA TRAILER for rent, steps to beach, 55-
plus. Annually, $460/month; seasonally, $700/
month. Sell for $10,000. 727-1683.


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.


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

OPEN HOUSE SUNDAY, May 2, 1-4pm. Lovely
Key Royale canalfront home with bright, open
floor plan, new roof and lots of room for a pool!
602 Baronet Lane, Holmes Beach. 778-8590 or
720-7052.

GOLF CLUB GARDENS 3BR/2.5BA with pool,
new roof, air conditioning, tile, carpet, kitchen
with wood cabinets, remodeled baths, large lot
includes workshop. $197,500. Sunset Interna-
tional Realty, 755-4489.

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HISTORIC ANNA MARIA COTTAGE two
blocks to the beach. Updated and really
cute 3BR/2BA plus two-car garage.
$599.500. MLS# 102504.











TROPICAL AND COZY Elevated beach
house with splendid views of Tampa Bay
and City Pier $650,000 MLS# 96573


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54 John
55 Equal
56 Actress Davis of the
"Matrix" movies
57 It's found in stacks
59 Hamas competitor, for
short
60 Health care supplement
for seniors
63 Gets rid of
66 Subject of evolutionary
study
69 Where a toddler sets a
drink?
72 Thaw
74 Penn of "Mystic River"
75 Bob of the comedy team
Bob and Ray


CANONIZED
Chisholm / Edited by Will Shortz


79 Mercury or Saturn
80 Offenses
82 Kind of game
84 Realm of Otto I: Abbr.
85 Some Red Cross work:
Abbr.
87 Do a cowboy's job?
92 Some gallery offerings
95 Cadge
96 Department of eastern
France
97 Swashbuckler Flynn
98 Like a person who has
fallen off a diet?
102 Battle locale
103 lota
104 R.I. clock setting
105 Fed. fiscal agency
107 Runners' goals
110 Reasons for excom-
munication
117 Slime
118 Order from an old
English outlaw to his
cohorts?
122 Ocean danger
123 Soprano Farrell
124 Weigh (on)
125 Attendance counter
126 Badge holder
127 Gets 100 on a test
128 Always, to a poet
129 Ocular problem

Down
1 Lacking cover?
2 Desert plant
3- Standard
4 Dummy
5 How angry words are
spoken
6 Like some textbook
publ.
7 "Diamonds and Rust"
singer, 1975


8 now!"
9 Neither's partner
10 A.L. and N.L. city:
Abbr.
11 Dramatist Ibsen
12 Some are vital
13 "... for anger in
the bosom of fools":
Eccl. 7:9
14 Not a big spender
15 Woodwind
16 _-edged
17 Las Vegas figures
19 Early programming
language
24 cry
25 Something to run for
29 Canadian tribe
32 "Phooey!"
33 Assent in Acapulco
35 It's just south of the
Himalayas
36 you are!"
37 Took a bride
38 Bygone greeting
39 Stew ingredients
40 Wave catcher
41 Noted Broadway debut
of 10/7/82
42 Klutzy
43 Author Zora
Hurston
44 Greek sandwich
46 Tyrannical
50 Longs (for)
51 Sides in an age-old
"battle"
52 Place where you're
advised "Don't fall in
love," in song
53 Noted foursome
58 Boxers seek them
61 Doer's suffix
62 Pioneer cell phone co.
64 Ode preposition


Union foes
Ott of the Polo
Grounds
John-John's stepdad
2,700-mile-long
Russian river
Borrowed
Lifeboat support
Muse of poetry
Midwest hub
Check for fit
Electrical pioneer
Disney output
Naut. direction
Surrounded by
Impudence
It has six sides


89 Med. plan options
90 Leaf holders
91 Education basics,
briefly
93 Another, in Madrid
94 Dylan Thomas's
birthplace, in Wales
99 acid
100 Used car transaction
101 It has six sides
105 Willow
106 Atlas abbr.
107 They're big on Wall
Street
108 "A Doll's House"
heroine
109 Life savers


111 Famous kicker
112 "The Grapes of
Wrath" figure
113 Former Concorde
fleet
114 Not genuine: Abbr.
115 Slimy
116 Bygone blade
119 Guitarist Paul
120 "South Pacific" prop
121 It does a bang-up
iob


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