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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: May 12, 2004


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

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

Anna Maria



"The Best News on Anna Maria Island Since 1992"


Volume 12, No. 27 May 12, 2004 FREE

Arvida Perico plan heads to Bradenton officials

By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Island residents will hold their collective breath
May 19 as the revised Arvida site plan for its proposed
Perico Island condominium project goes before the
Bradenton Planning Commission that day. A favorable
recommendation by the commission will send the is-
sue to the Bradenton City Council, which approved the
original Arvida plan in 2000.

Opponents of the project are concerned because
the new Arvida site plan calls for 668 condominium
units. Not surprisingly, that's the maximum number
that can be built on the property under the city's cur-
rent comprehensive plan.
Arvida's site plan in 2000 called for 898 units,
prompting a lawsuit by the environmental group
ManaSota-88 and another by a group of concerned
citizens. The suits claimed, among other objections,

Patriotic Stars and Stripes
Anna Maria Elementary School fifth-graders Molly Wolfe, Ricky Miller and Eric Larsen are assisted by
Honor Guardsman Dick Krempasky of Kirby Stewart American Legion Post No. 24 in raising the American
flag previously flown at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan. The flag was sent to AME by Army Maj. Rick Ely
while he was stationed there. The flag is of further significant because it flew over the base on Humanitarian
Aid Day. For more details, see page 9. Islander Photo: Diana Bogan

that the proposal and number of units did not fit with
the City of Bradenton's comprehensive land-use plan.
But the new Arvida proposal might meet all the
requirements of the Bradenton land-use plan, render-
ing ManaSota 88's current lawsuit moot.
"Obviously, we're very concerned now about our
legal challenges," said Glenn Compton of ManaSota-88.

Manager proposal

to be on ballot in

Bradenton Beach
By Paul Roat
Voters will decide Aug. 31 whether or not to
change the form of government in Bradenton Beach to
include a city manager.
City commissioners last week unanimously agreed
to ask City Attorney Ralf Brookes to draft language
that will change the city's charter to become a commis-
sion-manager government.
"The system just doesn't work the way it is," said
Mayor John Chappie.
Bradenton Beach currently has a "weak-mayor"
form of government, where the mayor serves as the de
facto administrator in the city but has an equal vote as
a commissioner in policy matters.
The city manager form of government, as
Longboat Key Town Manager Bruce St. Denis ex-
plained to Bradenton Beach commissioners, allows for
professional management of the city.
The city manager proposal was floated in
Bradenton Beach several years ago but was dropped
due to high projected costs. At the time, it was esti-
mated that a professional manager would cost about
$100,000 a year.
"You will have to convince your voters that you're
not paying for a manager, you're paying for manage-

Bell, Cortez partners

buy Sigma property
By Jim Hanson
Islander Correspondent
Karen Bell was to realize a long-standing dream
late Tuesday, closing on a transaction to purchase the
old Sigma fish house property in Cortez.
She had been negotiating with owner Pierro
Rivolta for months, and arranging financing for just as
long. It all came together this week, with four partners
They are paying $1.865 million for the choice
Cortez waterfront property, known lately as the Cortez
Cove Marina which Rivolta tried to develop. That pro-
gram fell through with the opposition of several Cortez
Involved with Bell in the deal are her husband,
Paul Brugger, who with Bell will share one-fourth
ownership; Judy Breuggeman, one-fourth; and Eva and
Peter Thurell, one-half.
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Charges dismissed against parasail owner

Charges of negligence were dropped last week in
Manatee County circuit court against U-Fly Parasailing
owner Kirk Hanne of Cortez for a December accident
in Bradenton Beach. Despite testimony by a Florida
Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officer
that Hanne was at fault for the accident, Judge Doug
Henderson said there were not enough witnesses to

Manager proposed for Island city
ment," St. Denis told commissioners.
Bradenton Beach may not be the only city on the
Island to broach the manager-commission form of gov-
ernment this year.
Holmes Beach City Commissioner Don Maloney
has been a strong advocate of that form of government
for years. He hopes to have the question placed on the
ballot in that city in August as well.
He also spoke to the Bradenton Beach commis-
sioners, saying, "a manager provides objective solu-
tions to problems.
"You can't afford not to hire a professional city
manager," Maloney added. "I've spoken with 11 cities
that have managers and their costs have been reduced
in all of them, plus having increased efficiency and
Holmes Beach Mayor Carol Whitmore told the
Bradenton Beach commissioners, "I feel it's time for
your city to do something about your micro-manage-
"If you go with a city manager, that's good, but you
have to do something," she said.
Anna Maria Mayor SueLynn said, "The weak
mayor form of government served us well 10 or 20
years ago, but things have changed in the last five years
and that form of government won't work for our gov-
ernment today.
"We have much more sophisticated people living
here today. They're not the laid-back people of before,"
she said. "It's time to change."

prove the accusation.
The accident took place Dec. 29 as vacationing
teenagers Nataliya Lozko and Stephanie Cote of
Springfield, Mass., were parasailing together just off
Bradenton Beach when the tow rope carrying them
became disconnected from Hanne's boat.
The two drifted over a power line near the Beach
House Restaurant, where the sail caught on fire, send-
ing the two crashing to the pavement 20 feet below.
They suffered only minor injuries in the accident.
Following dismissal of the case, FWC officer Jeff
Babuata, who led the investigation into the December

Full up with food
Bradenton Beach letter carrier James Bumbul said,
"We had great community support" for the annual
National Association of Letter Carriers food drive
Saturday, May 8. He estimated 12,000 pounds of
food was collected.

Islanders give tons of food
Anna Maria Island's letter carriers hauled in much
more food in this year's food drive than they got last
year an estimated 12,000 pounds, said James
Bumbul, letter carrier in charge of the event here.
Saturday the postal workers collected nonperish-
able foodstuffs left at mail boxes in bags Kash N'
Karry provided, and Bumbul said he's sure final fig-
ures will show at least the six tons that he estimated.

accident, called for state regulation of the industry. A
bill to regulate parasail operators in Florida failed to
pass in the just-ended session of the Florida Legisla-
ture, but the FWC has vowed to continue to seek leg-
A U.S. Coast Guard investigation into the accident
is still ongoing, and in the absence of state action, Coast
Guard officials are calling on local municipalities to
enact ordinances regulating the industry.
The families of Lozko and Cote have hired an at-
torney to investigate the accident for possible civil ac-

Cortez property purchase OK'd

of waterfront. It has one large restored building, one
smaller needing work, and one long shed used for park-
ing and storage.
There are 20-some boat slips which Rivolta rebuilt
in a lagoon that he had dredged at his own expense
along with the approach channel, Bell noted. His plan
for a marina ran aground when he proposed building
residences there, arousing ire among some Cortezians,
and then Manatee County planners decided Sigma was
not zoned for a marina.
The property has been idle for a couple of years since
Rivolta moved his boat-finishing woodworking shop to
the mainland in Sarasota- excepting use for the Denzel
Washington film "Out of Time." It never has been listed
for sale, but he has said he liked Bell personally and gave
her a 60-day option some time ago and extended it to give
her time to get financing in order.
Bell said her group will try now to change county
zoning to permit a marina operation. She wants to put
the slips to use as moorages for yachts and commercial
fishing boats and provide facilities for working on
boats, along with some upland storage.
She noted that the Florida Department of Environ-
mental Protection believes the property is indeed a le-
gal marina, though the county disagrees.



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THE ISLANDER 0 MAY 12, 2004 0 PAGE 3

Perico Harbor dredging approved pending key OK

By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Despite objections from a number of environmen-
tal groups, Island residents, and its own investigators,
the Florida Department of Environmental Protection
has issued a permit for the Perico Harbor Marina to
dredge the bay bottom at the facility pending approval
by the Longboat Key Town Commission of the
marina's mitigation offer to stabilize the environment
of the Sister Keys off Longboat Key.
The permit application has also been given the
green light by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers dis-
trict office in Jacksonville.
But the permit is not yet a "done deal."
The Longboat Key Town Commission is currently
considering the mitigation proposal from Perico Har-
bor to spend about $1 million on Sister Keys, although
several legal issues have arisen.
Following discussion and public input at its April
work session, the commission referred the matter to its
June workshop, pending more information on the

town's liability.
Longboat Key Town Commissioner Jeremy
Whatmough said there won't be any commission decision
on the mitigation offer until at least the regular June meet-
ing, if then. However, he added, "I would imagine that
barring an unforeseen event, it will go forward. Everyone
[on the commission] seems in favor of it."
Longboat Key residents Joan Bergstrom and Tom
Mayers have spoken against the mitigation.
Perico Harbor applied in February 2003 to the DEP
to dredge 3.14 acres of bay bottom at its location at the
east end of the Anna Maria Bridge and install a series
of floating docks and 225 wet slips. The dredging
would allow deep- draft boats to utilize the facility. The
applicants claimed the bottom lands in the area were
"privately owned" and dredging would have minimal
impact on marine life.
The application had been opposed by the environ-
mental group ManaSota-88, but its chairman, Glenn
Compton, said the organization doesn't have the
money to continue to fight the project.

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Recycling starts in Bradenton Beach
Bradenton Beach Public Works employees Corey Linzy, left, Bonnie Johann and Rob Greer with a few of the
recycle bins and buckets that are being distributed to homes in the city. The city has begun a curbside recy-
cling program, with great results: In its first week the city collected more than 900 pounds of glass, aluminum
cans, newspaper and cardboard, with the total climbing to more than 1,300 pounds by the second week.
Islander Photo: Paul Roat

Arvida moves ahead on Perico
"Although our lawsuits against the 898 units are
still pending until we get a court resolution," noted
Compton, "this latest Arvida effort might negate that
Compton and other opponents plan to register ob-
jections at the May 19 meeting. In addition, said
Compton, his organization will study the new plan to
see if there are any potential legal challenges in the
ManaSota-88 and the three Island cities, Manatee
County, along with the group Concerned Citizens of
Manatee County, already have two lawsuits against the
original site plan approved by the City of Bradenton in
"We are going to look at all our options once we
review the new site plan. We haven't reached the point
yet where we can't continue our challenges."
He acknowledged, however, that it's apparent
Arvida isn't backing down on its determination to build
on Perico Island, and the day may come when
ManaSota-88 finds it is no longer economically fea-
sible to continue legal objections.

"We're not there yet," he added, "but we're just
one small organization fighting the largest land-hold-
ing company in Florida. We rely upon donations for
our legal services, while they've got high-paid corpo-
rate lawyers on their side.
"We'll have to study the outcome of the new plan
for any [future] legal challenges. There's no guarantee
that the City of Bradenton will approve what Arvida is
proposing. We're in a 'wait and see' mode, but right
now, the ball is in Bradenton's court. We have to see
what, if anything, is approved, then study that for le-
gal issues we might have," Compton concluded.
He noted that if the 668-unit project is approved
and built, it would have about 1,600 residents when
sold out.
That's 1,600 people trying to get on and off two-
lane Manatee Avenue a few hundred yards from the
Anna Maria Bridge, Compton observed.
The first thing Arvida residents will demand is a
traffic light at the Arvida-Manatee Avenue intersection,
he claimed. Then will come the request for retail-office
space at the complex, followed by an outcry to four-
lane Manatee Avenue. And those 1,600 people and
their vehicles will be here in full force during the win-
ter tourist season, Compton observed.

"We did not file for an administrative hearing on
the permit, although our concerns remain with the
project," he said. "We simply don't have the resources
to battle this project, the Perico Island-Arvida develop-
ment and other current environmental issues at the
same time," he said.
ManaSota-88 also objected to the U.S. Army
Corps of Engineers, but that plea has fallen on deaf
ears. Charles Schnepel of the Corps said his office has
approved the permit.
Michael Zavosky of the DEP said the permit was
issued pending acceptance or rejection of the mitiga-
tion offer to Longboat Key.
In its initial report on the application submitted in
February 2003, the DEP had agreed with many of the
objections raised by ManaSota-88 and the Corps to the
Perico Harbor project. After reviewing modifications
proposed by Perico Harbor and its mitigation offer,
however, the DEP changed its tune.
Schnepel said "mitigating" offers for environmen-
tal restoration in one area are common when a project
would damage the environment in its proposed loca-
tion. Perico Harbor chose a Longboat Key site for its
mitigation proposal as there was no Anna Maria Island
location on the DEP's list of potential mitigation sites
in Manatee County. The Sister Keys are located along
the bay side of Longboat Key, inside the town limits in
Manatee County.
Compton said it's significant that Perico Harbor
Marina wants to dredge its marina basin to allow for
deep- draft boats at the same time the Arvida Corp. is
proposing a large-scale condominium project just east
of the marina.
"This would seem to go hand-in-hand with the
Arvida development," he claimed.
That project now calls for 668 condominium units
that would house approximately 1,600 people.
"Obviously, many of those people will own big
boats and will want a place to dock their boats in a
convenient location," said Compton.
"I don't think it's a coincidence that Perico Harbor
wants to dredge its marina and expand, and Arvida just
happens to want to put 1,600 people next door," he


Anna Maria City
May 12, 4 p.m., Capital Improvement Advisory Com-
mittee meeting.
May 12, 6:45 p.m., Environmental Education and En-
hancement Committee meeting.
May 13, 6:30 p.m., special city commission meeting on
rights of way.
May 13, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive,

Bradenton Beach
May 12, 4 p.m., city commission work meeting on
ballot issues.
May 12, 6 p.m., Citizen Advisory Committee For Re-
view and Updating of the Comprehensive Plan and
Land Development Code For Bradenton Beach.
May 13, 6 p.m., government services meeting with city
May 18, 1 p.m., scenic highway committee meeting.
May 19, -1 .m., city commission work meeting on
ballot issues.
May 20, 1 p.m., city commission meeting.
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.,

Holmes Beach
May 20, 10 a.m., code enforcement board meeting.
Holnes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive,

Of Interest
May 12, 11 a.m., Island Emergency Operations Center
meeting, Fire Station No. 1, 6001 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach.
May 17, 3:30 p.m., Island Transportation Planning
Organization meeting, Holmes Beach City Hall.
May 19, 6:30 p.m., Coalition of Barrier Island Elected
Officials meeting, Anna Maria Island Community Cen-
ter, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria City.


Restaurant owners remain committed to rebuilding

By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Waterfront Restaurant owners Jason and Leah
Suzor are determined to rebuild their Anna Maria eat-
ery in the same condition as it was before a pre-dawn
fire March 18 caused between $75,000 and $100,000
in damages and closed the facility.
Leah Suzor said insurance adjusters are continuing
their assessment of the damage, but she and Jason still
hope to have the restaurant located at 111 S. Bay Blvd.,
ready to reopen in four to six months. She acknowl-
edged, however, that there is a lot of insurance com-
pany paperwork involved in getting the damage as-
sessed and repairs under way.
"It's been slow going," she said.
If the insurance company says the restaurant can be
rebuilt, it will have the same look as the original res-
taurant, she added. The original building was con-
structed as a house in 1922.
"We're very interested in preserving the historical
character and look of the building," Jason said. "Obvi-
ously, we have to wait for the insurance people, but our
plan is to rebuild exactly the way it was before the fire."
Investigators from the State Fire Marshal and West
Manatee Fire & Rescue have determined the blaze was
deliberately set and rewards of up to $4,000 have been
offered for information leading to an arrest and convic-
tion in the case. The Suzors have been cleared in the
investigation, Capt. Kurt Lathrop of the WMFR has
said previously.
Anyone with information on the fire is asked to call
Lathrop at 741-3995, or 1-866-634-8477.


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The Waterfront Restaurant at 11 S. Bay Boulevard in Anna Maria remains closed following a March 18 fire
-that caused nearly $100;000 in damages. Repairs have not yet begun pending an adjustment and settlement by
the restaurant's insurance company. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin

Landscaping a hot topic in Holmes Beach

By Diana Bogan
Islander Reporter
It seems some residents in Holmes Beach are
standing up to speak for the trees, but they differ in
which trees they speak for mature trees, native trees,
or non-native trees.
Holmes Beach Mayor Carol Whitmore attended
this month's parks and beautification committee meet-
ing to address residents' concerns about the city's
policy on removal of mature Australian pine trees.
Earlier this year, Holmes Beach resident John
Molyneux questioned why mature Australian pine
trees on a beachfront easement at 74th Street were al-
lowed to be removed and has since lobbied for an or-
dinance that protects mature trees, not specifically
Australian pines.
According to Joe Duennes, superintendent of pub-
lic works, the city's policy is to remove Australian
pines from rights of way when they are along an evacu-
ation route or by citizen request when it is determined
that the tree is large enough to potentially damage that
citizen's property by falling.
The city is liable for damage to private property
caused by trees on rights of way.
Whitmore said she has received several letters and
phone calls from residents asking for the trees to re-
main, but the city policy is to slowly get rid of Austra-
lian pines along evacuation routes. "It's the last thing
I want to see happen, but it's a fact of life. People ex-
pect different things today. It's not the Island it was 20
or 30 years ago."

Mother's Day could have been a whole lot better
at Leverock's Seafood House on Manatee Avenue at
the east end of the Anna Maria Bridge.
The restaurant's kitchen hood alarm system acti-
vated at 5:13 p.m., forcing a packed house of patrons
to exit the building. The alarm automatically sprays a
chemical through the range-hood system and onto the
restaurant's burners and stoves to stop any fire, and
that ended cooking for the day.
Units from West Manatee Fire & Rescue in
Holmes Beach responded within minutes, said WMFR
Chief Andy Price, but there was no fire. Some units
returned to the station before reaching the restaurant,
he said.

Whitmore said the city has only removed invasive
Australian pines and is making an effort to replace
trees, but the cost prohibits it from happening quickly.
Some residents have written letters in favor of
keeping Australian pines on the Island. Those in favor
cited benefits such as shade, aesthetic value and nest-
ing for birds.
Parks and beautification committee member Debra
Heger explained that the Australian pine and other non-
native trees are still misunderstood by mary residents.
Unfortunately, even if you like a non-native
invasive plant, such as a punk tree, Brazilian pepper
tree or Australian pine, and choose to keep it in your
yard, Heger said, it spreads its seeds to other yards
through wind, water or birds, and they choke out na-
tive plants.
Heger also said birds may nest in Australian pines,
but birds that look for native plants to nest are being
displaced. Keeping invasive trees is a choice to get rid
of everything else, Heger said.
According to information from the Manatee
County Extension Services office, invasive exotics are
altering native plant communities by displacing native
species, changing community structures or ecological
functions, and Australian pines have "devastated"
beachfront communities.
Heger noted the Island is full of Australian pines
although alternative trees can also provide a canopy of
shade and attract wildlife. Native alternatives provid-
ing shade similar to the Australian pines include the
slash pine, sand pine, paradise tree, cabbage palm,

"The hood system deployed, but there was no fire,"
said Price. "For some unknown reason, the system ac-
cidentally went off."
But the result was the evacuation of a full house of
hungry Mother's Day customers, according to a
Leverock's manager.
Because of the chemical spray, Manatee County
health officials had to inspect the kitchen and
cleanup efforts on Monday before the restaurant re-
opened. By Monday afternoon, Leverock's was back
in business.
"It's not common that these systems are activated
without a fire," said Price, "but it has been known to
happen in the past."

southern magnolia and soapberry.
Heger pointed out that not all exotics are invasive.
Invasive exotics, if not removed, prevent the growth of
native vegetation.
Holmes Beach resident Maro Lorimer suggested
that there are plenty of empty spaces to propagate na-
tives before chopping down existing exotics.
Heger told the committee, "You can't get a healthy
canopy to thrive and grow with invasive exotics
present. You can't phase in replacement trees if Aus-
tralian pines are here."
Molyneux stressed that his movement is about
implementing a clear guide for what can be permitted.
"Part of the character and beauty of the Island is its
flora and fauna."
Committee member Kathy King said everyone was
in agreement that Islanders want a canopy of trees,
"but, it has to be phased in. We can't provide you with
a beautiful natural landscape without taking [invasive
exotics] out or else we're throwing money away. We
all want trees and greenery, just not the same species."
Whitmore said the issue of tree removal would be
brought up at a city commission work session and
Molyneux will be able to voice his concerns to the
In the meantime, the beautification committee
members plan to hold another work session June 2 to
compile recommendations to clarify current city land-
scaping codes. The committee's goal is to recommend
changes that would clarify inconsistencies in the exist-
ing landscape ordinance and propose stricter guidelines
on how much landscaping and what types of landscap-
ing are permitted for homeowners.
In other business, Whitmore said that the city has
contracted with Connie's Landscaping Services to
beautify the city hall property. Money budgeted for
ground maintenance will be used for new landscaping
that will feature drought resistant and saltwater toler-
ant plants.
Also, Whitmore said, the recent planting of palm
trees on the right of way on 28th Street is obstructing
the view of oncoming traffic for drivers attempting to
make a left turn onto Gulf Drive. Whitmore said the
trees will be moved to relieve the problem.

City flags to honor police
Flags at city halls in Holmes Beach, Bradenton Beach
and Anna Maria will fly at half-staff Saturday, May 15,
as part of National Peace Officers' Memorial Day.
The day is part of National Police Week from May

Alarm activation causes

Leverock's evacuation


Parking plan going forward in Anna Maria City

By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
A divided Anna Maria City Commission grudg-
ingly gave the go-ahead at its May 6 meeting for a draft
ordinance to govern parking within the designated
beach access zone. Commission Chairperson John
Quam said he would have the ordinance ready for a
first reading at the May 27 commission meeting.
But commissioners were split 3-2 on the status of
Willow Avenue, where residents have requested that
parking be allowed to remain "as is," with open park-
ing everywhere on that street.
The commission previously had designated only five
parking spaces on Willow under Quam's "Plan X" park-
ing solution, but residents on that street presented a peti-
tion to maintain the status quo or "opt out" of the plan.
Commissioner Duke Miller proposed a compro-
mise that Willow Avenue be allowed seven parking
spaces, the number that the city engineering firm of
Baskerville-Donovan had indicated could be located
safely on that street and conform to the current city
parking ordinance.
Commissioners Dale Woodland and Carol Ann
Magill, however, said they would vote against Plan X
if parking on Willow Avenue was not retained "as is."
Quam said that if open parking were allowed on
Willow, residents there would be "overrun" with pub-
lic parking.
Miller said the city is not making an exception for
Willow Avenue, just giving residents there the "maxi-
mum number of safe spaces."
Commissioner Linda Cramer carried the swing vote,
saying that while she had no problem with Willow Av-
enue "opting out" of Plan X, the current plan is "as good
as it gets" for parking in the BAZ. However, she added,
she still has some "real problems" with Plan X.
As in any Anna Maria meeting on parking the past
27 years, tempers flared and accusations were hurled.
Resident Al DiCostanzo said the proposed ordi-
nance and accompanying signage is "overkill." Anna
Maria property owner John Cagnina, who resides in
Holmes Beach, said the commission is preparing a plan

Nasty name-calling
During the debate, one male member of the
audience was heard to say "she's an _ _ ___
after Cramer finished speaking on one occasion.
After the meeting, Cramer said she heard
what was said and knew the person who said it,
but decided not to make an issue of it at that time.
She said she learned later that the person was
speaking about Magill, not herself.
"It's just a shame that people make these
statements over this issue," Cramer said. "It just
shows their ignorance of what we're trying to ac-
complish as a commission."
She agreed such language is indicative of the
divisiveness that the parking issue has created in
Anna Maria.

and ordinance that is complicated and difficult, while
ignoring the wishes of the taxpayers. The city should
just "deal with parking problems" on an individual
basis, he claimed.
"You are going to pass this, then you will have to
undo the damage," Cagnina added.
Miller, however, said that after the current two-
and-a-half years of commission discussion on parking,
parking solution committees and proposals dating back
to 1977, and inaction by previous commissions on any
recommendations, the time has come to move forward
with something concrete.
Cramer reminded the audience that any ordinance
still required two public meetings and public input be-
fore a formal vote.
Quam said the ordinance would only be in force for
one year while the city studies its effectiveness to control
parking in the BAZ. After 12 months, the commission
could either amend, reject or continue the ordinance.
He also had to gavel the meeting to order several
times because of outbursts from the audience.
John Thomas of Coconut Avenue, however, sup-
ported the commission's direction. With the large

growth of east Manatee County, the city is going to
face an ever-increasing number of visitors who will be
looking to park anywhere. "We are going to have a
problem and you are taking a responsible direction," he
told commissioners.
Commissioners also dealt with signage for parking,
no parking and handicap spaces.
"There will be a lot of signs out there," under Plan
X, said Quam.
By his estimation, the city will need 114 parking
signs, seven handicap parking signs, and an as-yet unde-
termined number of no-parking signs. The city could opt
to use smaller signs and, as a cost-saving measure, utilize
some of the current parking and no parking signs in place.
"But we want to make it clear where you can and
cannot park" in the BAZ, he emphasized.
Quam said he would have detailed costs of the
signage by May 27.
Commissioners also agreed to make the Cypress
Street-Tuna Avenue-Spruce Street thoroughfare one-way
streets in the ordinance, because the streets are narrow and
the residents seem to be in favor of such a move.
There was also commission agreement on allowing
a "permanent permit" for BAZ homeowners without a
driveway to be allowed to park on the right of way.
Woodland and Cramer believed there would be
very few of the estimated 400 property owners within
the BAZ that fell into this category.
Woodland also wanted the city to mail out letters
to every property owner in the BAZ notifying them of
the May 27 public hearing.
While Cramer said she was supporting Plan X for
now, she reminded the public that the final ordinance
language could be amended at either public hearing on
the ordinance.
The draft ordinance places seven parking spaces on
Willow Avenue and seven handicap parking spaces
throughout the BAZ for a total of 110 parking spots in the
Willow Avenue residents, including Elizabeth Moss
and Dale Higinbotham, vowed to continue their fight for
open parking at the May 27 commission meeting.




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Soldier's big heart
For weeks Anna Maria Island and a U.S. Army
major serving in Afghanistan have been nurturing a
romance, and finally they're going to meet.
It's been at very long distance and sight unseen, but
Islanders have fallen in love with Maj. Rick Ely and he,
evidently, returns the affection. We'll find out soon
whether the romance survives face-to-face, and we're
betting it will only grow stronger.
The Anna Maria Island school kids are very fortu-
nate that it was Ely who got their letters from "Project
Soldier's Heart" sponsored by Harvey Memorial Com-
munity Church of Bradenton Beach. The youngsters
wrote letters to "Dear Soldier" filled with respect, grati-
tude for the job being done, and, of course, curiosity.
Their soldier, a very busy man as executive officer
of a helicopter outfit in a combat zone, answered every
single letter personally. Each response was filled with
personal references that precluded "boiler plate" -
each boy and girl got full attention, photos and obvi-
ously a lot of affection.
You've been reading the exchanges in The Islander
for the past several editions, and the letters going and
coming have warmed hearts up and down the Island.
Major Ely is indeed one in a million. One boy
wrote "you can call me Tom," and Ely responded, "you
can call me Bruce," adding that folks think he looks
like Bruce Willis.
But we suspect our military services are filled with
men and women just as considerate, just as light-
hearted, just as compassionate and just as homesick.
Now it's a grateful Island's turn. Anna Maria Is-
land en masse is bringing "our soldier" and his wife and
children here for a vacation that is bound to be memo-
rable for everyone concerned.
It is the least we could do for a soldier who laid it
all out there for his country. We wish it could be done
for every one of them.
Our Island will be a second home to our favorite
soldier and his family, so welcome home, Major.
And that brings us to another point.
We should honor and support the individuals in
service no matter our opinion of the war.
If you know someone serving overseas with ties to
Anna Maria Island, please share their address, e-mail, or
contact information with us that we may share it with oth-
ers. Contact the editor: news@islander.org, call 778-7978,
or visit The Islander office.
And please do the same if you would like to con-
tribute to Major Ely's family visit.

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Eirlronment of threats
rife in Bradenton Beach
Several weeks ago I was criticized for not attend-
ing the visioning committee meeting of Bradenton
Beach and also for selling our former business, the
Catalina Beach Resort, now known as Tortuga Inn.
If it's any consolation to my critics, I was sick with
clinical depression for three years. I am not looking for
What I do find terribly offensive is the suggestion
that I didn't give back to Bradenton Beach and Anna
Maria Island. Most people who know me know about
my devotion to the critical erosion that existed on the
shores of the Island. The cost to me was financial and
emotional. My dedication to many more issues can't be
explained by a short letter.
What I do see is the viciousness that is happening
to Bradenton Beach.
I will match my record with any of these persons'
who find fault anytime.
The late Louis J. Barolo, a Bradenton Beach plan-
ning and zoning commission chairman who gave many
hundreds of dollars of free service for the city's first
comprehensive plan and zoning book, used to say
"How much can you eat?"
Decades ago there was also a lawsuit mentality that
almost devastated the city.
Everything comes to an end sooner or later, even
to these so-called lovers of Bradenton Beach.
I've never seen such a "sue, sue, sue" environment
of threats, threats and more threats that exist on this
beautiful Island.
This letter is not about sour grapes but a letter of
words of disgust.
Katie Pierola, former mayor of Bradenton Beach

A compromise
offered on the animal front?
I am so sorry that my fact-based letter has turned

Ms. Bystrom into an advocate for the slaughter of mil-
lions of animals. I am begging her to let those innocent
animals live. The land sharks and panthers that come
into my back yard do not attack my pets.
Maybe I should be the one to change my mind
on reducing the number of raccoons. Rather than
trap and release, let's just let them breed until their
eyes fall out.
In fact, I now think that we should set all our
pets free. We have been cruel to confine, spay and
neuter them. They should be allowed to breed with-
out our intervention. With all the pets free and in-
creasing in numbers they can live in harmony with
the raccoons.
We could also give our children some weapons to
defend themselves against any attacks. It would be a
valuable lesson of survival of the fittest.
Sounds like a great compromise.
Barbara Hieronimous, Holmes Beach

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Beddow joins Islander staff for summer

Some say that Heather Beddow listened to the
waves in one too many seashells. Now she can never
leave the beach.
Born and raised in Bradenton and Holmes Beach,
Beddow, 23, left her roots
only to continue her educa-
tion at the University of

from Manatee High School
in 1999 and from Manatee
Community College in
2001. She has taken many
writing and public relations
classes and has an
_Beddow associate's degree in mass
communications and will obtain a bachelor's degree in
public relations this fall.
Since living in Gainesville, working at a surf shop
has encouraged her to take up surfing as a hobby. Her
other hobbies include boating, fishing, water skiing,
swimming and jogging on the beach.
She is a member of Delta Gamma sorority and has

Cortez's FISH schedules
election for May 27
Directors will be elected at the annual meet-
ing of the Florida Institute for Saltwater Heritage
May 27. at the recently restored Miller's dock.
The Cortez-based organization said "one of
the most important functions of the annual meet-
ing is election of a board of directors." Along
with that will be a report on FISH's year, which
promised to be good news.
Miller's dock is located between Alcee
Taylor's Boatshop Museum and the Fulford Fish
House, next to the Star Fish Restaurant's park-
ing lot. Dinner is to be potluck or food from Star.
Details may be obtained by calling 708-
4935 or 794-7165.

been an active member in the Gamma Theta chapter for
three years. Through the sorority, Beddow has partici-
pated in many volunteer and philanthropic activities,
which include raising money for the blind and for chil-
dren with cancer.
She has attended many public meetings in
Gainesville dealing with housing and neighborhood de-
velopment as well as city beautification board meet-
ings. She has covered events including Gainesville's
annual Bike, Hike and Bus Week and also covered re-
development issues concerning Shand's Hospital in
After graduating, Beddow plans to reside in
Until then, she hopes to deliver quality news sto-
ries to Island residents and keep them informed and up-
dated on current issues and events.

Stealey, Schroder

reappointed to code board
Don Schroder and Charles Stealey have been reap-
pointed to the Holmes Beach Code Enforcement Board.
Stealey was first appointed to the board in 1996 and
Schroder joined in 1998. Their new terms end in April
Joe Jackson was appointed as the first alternate to
the board, replacing Bob Jones. A second alternate
position is still vacant.
Applicants must be residents of Holmes Beach and
will be appointed to the board by the mayor and ap-
proved by the city commission.
Members should have experience or an interest in
architecture, business, engineering, general contract-
ing, subcontracting or real estate.
The alternate member will be called upon to fill in
when a regular board member can not attend a sched-
uled meeting.
For information, call city hall at 708-5800.
Troy Deans have wedding
Troy and Julie Dean were married May 4 at the
Beach House Restaurant in Bradenton Beach, and had
the wedding reception there. They live in Brandon.


issue of The Islander announced that:

The Bradenton Beach City Commission imposed
a moratorium on fence construction while city officials
deal with the growing number of walled communities
in the city.
Anna Maria Planning Commission Chairman
Tom Turner said city attorneys are a waste of
taxpayer's money and said he will ask the city commis-
sion to empower a subcommittee with authority to draft
The Holmes Beach City Commission told mem-
bers of the city's Police Services Study Committee to
explore the possibilities of Bradenton Beach and/or
Anna Maria contracting with Holmes Beach for police

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Aubry's alternative for King construction ignored

By Diana Bogan
Islander Reporter
Architect Gene Aubry has an alternative to the
Manatee County School Board's decision to re-use an
existing school design at King Middle School. He has
a design he generated eight months ago at the
superintendent's behest that could be ready for con-
struction in 90 days if school board officials were con-
sidering efficiency and excellence instead of medioc-
rity, he said.
However, his plan apparently is gathering dust in
the superintendent's office and has never been pre-
sented to the school board.
The school board recently opted to consider archi-
tectural plans from other school sites that have already
been constructed to save time and money on the King
school replacement, although they did not have an
opportunity to consider Aubry's submission.
Aubry says it isn't that he is pursuing a bid for the
new construction project for the King campus, but it
bothers him to hear that the school board is buying
"mediocrity." He has plenty to do, he says, but is ada-
mant because he believes the kids lose with the current
school board decision to rebuild another school's plan.
"You don't just take a building and plop it around
on a site because it fits," Aubry said. "As an architect,
it's not about getting the job. What is done for the kids
should be the best the public can buy.
"Middle school is the most difficult time for kids
anyway and they should put kids in a sensitive envi-
ronment and give them a beautiful place to be every-
"The point is, [the school board] doesn't care what
the buildings look like. All you get is lip service."
Aubry said he never intended to become involved
in the proposed construction project for King. His in-
terest has been tied to Anna Maria Elementary
School's proposed construction, a project he has fol-
lowed since architect Ernie Dreher was first hired to
design the "master plan" for the school more than two
years ago.
Aubry said when he made comments at the pub-
lic meetings involving the alternative plans developed
for AME by Educational Design Associates, he was
told he was being antagonistic.
But he drew up a quick plan for AME anyway, one
that showed a possible alternative approach, and that
eventually landed him a meeting with Manatee County
School District Superintendent Roger Dearing and
Assistant Superintendent Bill Horton.
The purpose of the meeting was to explain his
ideas for AME, but when Aubry finished talking about
his plan and his credentials, he said Dearing asked if
he could buy two weeks of his time to conceptualize
a mudchneeded, "urgently needed," replacement for
Aubry said there were no rules to follow, he was
asked to propose what he thought was the right and

Architect Gene Aubry talks about his commissioned
plans for a new King Middle School at The Islander
office. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy

best thing to do.
"With 45 years of architectural experience, when
it comes to kids and education, I think I know what I'm
doing when it comes to planning a quality wedding."
Aubry said he enlisted the help of colleagues from
CHPA, a mechanical engineering company in the Or-
lando area, and structural engineers from Walter P.
Within two weeks he had developed a conceptual
design for a new two-story building on the existing
King campus and further, beyond his assigned task,
developed a schematic plan, including details on how
it could be built and the materials to be used. He also
enlisted a friend at W.G. Mills to estimate the cost,
which came to approximately $20.24 million.
Aubry said his-colleagues were enthusiastic about
the project and said they would be willing to complete
the project at whatever fee the Manatee County School
Board offered.
Aubry said he also met with members of King's
construction team, including Principal Terry Lux and
members of the School Advisory Committee to gain
input before developing his conceptual design.
According to Aubry, the construction team mem-
bers from King were "elated" with the design he pro-
His schematic includes an indoor courtyard/atrium
with plants and palm trees that serves as a cafeteria as

well as a gathering place, similar to a common area at
a mall where people mix and mingle.
Aubry credited King for having an outstanding
music program and designed the indoor courtyard with
the idea that it would be an acoustically superior venue
for school concerts.
Aubry proposed using efficient design and materials
to give the school a longer shelf life and save money in the
long term for the public. He proposed using the same en-
ergy-efficient ice cooling system used in his design of the
Selby Library in downtown Sarasota.
He also proposed using glass block walls for the
building's exterior. This is energy efficient and lowers
the manpower needed to build the building, not to men-
tion that it meets energy and wind codes.
The glass-block design provides built-in shade and
the energy consumption of the building is next to noth-
ing, Aubry said.
Another design element Aubry is passionate about
is good lighting. He said there are ways to provide
quality lighting so that the desks can be arranged in any
position without sacrificing proper lighting.
Unlike his concept, today's new schools are not
flexible in their design. Aubry said schools are built in
pods, which are "cute ideas, but you can't change the
use of a room to reflect the changes in education. If a
building doesn't adjust, you're dead in the water.
"What's going on in the construction end of
schools is irresponsible," Aubry said. "They don't want
to look at new ideas. I understand we have state regu-
lations, but that doesn't stop you from being imagina-
tive. There is more than one way to put lights in a room.
"I think it's sad that boards of education today do
not strive to put kids in beautifully done buildings.
Good design is not just what it looks like; you know it's
significantly well designed because you can feel it.
"King will end up with the same double corridor,
lights, wall materials and concrete block that lets in
moisture, and 10 years from now they'll have another
sick building."
Aubry unveiled his conceptual drawing to Dearing
and members of the construction department last fall.
Had the contract with EDA been terminated at that
time, and had Aubry been asked to move forward with
his plan, he says, the team would be two months into
construction today.
"Why should King get a second-hand.school?"
Aubry contemplated. "It's because everything is going
to Lakewood Ranch."
After his presentation to Dearing and the construc-
tion staff, Aubry recalls being told that this is the direc-
tion they believed the district should be going.
"I thought that meant efficient buildings," said
A complete set of design documents would require
only 90 days for Aubry's team of designers and engi-
neers. And if W.G. Mills was brought in to complete
the construction contract, he said, construction could
start on day 91.

Construction moving forward for AME, King schools

By Diana Bogan
Islander Reporter
Plans for new construction at Anna Maria Elemen-
tary and King Middle schools are still moving forward
despite delays on both projects.
Larry Roemer, Manatee County School District
construction services project manager, said the design
documents have finally been completed for Anna
Maria Elementary's future two-story building.
W.G. Mills is handling construction management
and has prepared the scope of work for bids.
The deadline for bid packages was May 11, and
W.G. Mills will begin reviewing the proposals to verify
the low bidders have covered the required scope of
work without overlapping or proposing more work
than was advertised.
No work will be scheduled on campus until W.G.
Mills determines the Guaranteed Maximum Price
based on the bidding process and the Manatee County
School Board approves the bids in June. A timeline for
possible summer work and construction is still in the
planning stages.
Roemer said the process has been moving along
normally, although there was a slight delay after the
principal architect on the project, Tom Cardinal, died

in January.
Roemer said the team did lose some time re-gath-
ering some information, but the team has regrouped
and everyone did as well as they could given the cir-
Roemer said the next activity the community will
see on campus will take place when students return in
the fall. He said the community will be invited to a
ground-breaking ceremony, which will also be at-
tended by school board members and local public of-
ficials. And, he said, the school community might have
input in the activities surrounding the ceremony.
Manatee County Superintendent Roger Dearing

said that a design plan for King Middle School will go
before the board for approval in June.
Two months ago the school board terminated its
contract with Educational Design Associates for King
Middle School's new construction project at Dearing's
The board also backed Dearing's recommendation
to speed up construction plans by reusing an existing
middle school design that could be conformed to fit
King's campus.
Dearing said three plans have been short-listed and
each has been designed within the past year, meeting
current education construction standards.

AME family dinner night, fifth-grade performance
The final Parent-Teacher Organization family din- tration office or at the door and cost $7 for adults and
ner night of the school year at Anna Maria Elementary $5 for students. Dinners are available for dine-in or
School will be hosted by the Sandbar Restaurant from carryout.
5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 18. Following the dinner at 7 p.m., there will be a brief
The menu will include grilled chicken with PTO meeting in the auditorium and the fifth-grade stu-
roasted red potatoes, green beans, Caesar salad and dents will perform their "Salute to Broadway."
fresh roll. The school is located at 4700 Gulf Drive, Holmes
Tickets are available through the AME adminis- Beach. For more information call, 708-5525.

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AME raises American soldier's flag from Afghanistan

By Diana Bogan
Islander Reporter
Raising the American flag over Anna Maria El-
ementary School at the start of the school day was a
special honor Tuesday, May 11.
Students gathered around the flagpole in front of
the school administration building with special guests
Nancy Ambrose, the Rev. Bill Grossman and Ed Callen
of Harvey Memorial Community Church and the honor
guard from Kirby Stewart American Legion Post No.
24 in Bradenton to raise an American flag given to the
school by Army Maj. Rick Ely.
Ely served at Bagram Air Base, 40 miles north of
Kabul, the capital city of Afghanistan, where he was
executive officer of a helicopter maintenance battalion.
Ely and his crew were the recipients of care packages
sent by Harvey Church through its "Project Soldier's
Heart," a vision of Navy veteran Callen.
Within the care packages were letters written by
students from Island Middle School and AME. Ely not
only took the time to write a personal response to each
student's letter, but he sent them the American flag that
flew over his base on Humanitarian Aid Day, a day
when service personnel volunteered at nearby schools
and hospitals.
AME also received a certificate of authenticity
stating that this flag was "flown in the face of the en-
emy, and bears witness to the destruction, capture, de-
tention and interrogation of terrorist forces threatening
the freedom of the United State of America and the
Ambrose received a letter from Ely to read at the
flag-raising ceremony. Here is his message:

Dear Islanders,
I want to tell all the people of Anna Maria Island
thank you for your support and patriotism. All of your
thoughts, prayers and concerns touched my heart dur-
ing my time away from my family.
Now I know the time I spent away from my fam-
ily is a small price to pay for the freedom we enjoy.
Many of you probably did not realize what impact you
could have.
It's because of caring people, like yourselves, that
I will not hesitate to do my job when called upon. You
are what makes a soldier a soldier. You give us the pa-
triotism to do our job. Without it, you would not have
the soldier to protect the freedom of the United States.
The flag presented to you flew over Bagram Air
Base in Afghanistan on Humanitarian Aid Day, March
25, 2004.
It represents a small token of my appreciation for
all that you have done. It is meant to thank each of you

Honor guard
Honor guard W.M. Pastor, Sheila Cassidy, Peter Cautilli, Al Jones and Konrad Ortner of Kirby Stewart
American Legion Post No. 24 in Bradenton attended the flag-raising ceremony at Anna Maria Elementary
School, which featured an American flag flown at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan sent to the school by
Army Maj. Rick Ely. Islander Photos: Diana Bogan

Ely family to be June guest of AMI

Following his tour of duty in Afghanistan, U.S.
Army Maj. Rick Ely and his family are planning to
visit the Island in June.
Ely has become one of the Island's own local
heroes with his heartfelt responses to letters sent
him from students at both Anna Maria Elementary
and Island Middle School.
Ely was stationed at Bagram Air Base, 40 miles
north of Kabul, and worked as an executive officer
of a helicopter maintenance battalion before return-
ing home to his family in Iowa earlier this month.
Plans are already coming together for Ely to
visit the Island for the first time with wife Joelle,
daughter Kayla and son Alec.
Several local businesses will sponsor accom-
modations and services to the family and Fantasy
Travel of Bradenton is working on a travel package.
David Teitlebaum is offering a four-night stay in

for your support and dedication to our great nation in
its fight against terrorism.
Your thoughtfulness and patriotism for our coun-
try is truly appreciated by all soldiers and has touched
more people than you can ever imagine. You all have
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has offered to drive Rick and Joelle to a romantic din-
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The family has been invited to Mote Marine
Aquarium and the Pelican Man's Bird Sanctuary,
where they will get behind the scenes tours and a
look at the bay aboard the Peli-boat.
A brunch for the family has been offered by
Chef Damon Presswood of Ooh La La!, including
his favorite dish for kids, "real French toast."
AME Principal Kathy Hayes said she would be
happy to open the school for a community event in
Ely's honor.
Nancy Ambrose and the Rev. Bill Grossman of
Harvey Memorial Community Church can be con-
tacted to make donations for the family's visit.
For more information contact Ambrose at 518-
4431 or Grossman at 224-8608.

Elementary School and Island Middle School that their
efforts do make a difference and have brought some
love and warmth to a soldier on the other side of the
God Bless each and everyone of you.
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Enduring Freedom IV, Afghanistan

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Price, organizer of the benefit "For Art's Sake, held in Aprilfor Reiber's art department. Many local artists
donated art for a silent auction and reception sponsored by The Islander with 100 percent of the funds re-
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Prizes are needed to be awarded in the 16th annual
golf tournament of the Longboat Chamber of Commerce.
The event will be May 21, starting at 1 p.m. at the
Islandside course of the Longboat Key Club, and 100
golfers have signed up already, the chamber said. All
that's needed now is help with prizes to reward those golf-
Anyone with a suitable prize or a check to finance
one may get in touch with the chamber at 387-9519.

Congressional hopefuls here
Contestants for a place in November on the ballot for
the U.S. Senate and 13th Congressional District will ad-
dress the Anna Maria Island Democratic Club Monday,
May 17.
The event will be a forum at the club's Dutch-treat
luncheon at noon at the Beach House Restaurant, 200
Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. They are contesting
in the Aug. 31 primary to be placed on the November
general election ballot.
Hoping to succeed Sen. Bob Graham are Alex
Penelas, Peter Deutch and Betty Castor.
Running for the right to oppose U.S. Rep.
Katherine Harris, Republican, are Floyd Jay Winters,
Jan Schneider, Christine Jennings and C.J. Czaia.
Details may be obtained from 778-9287 or 778-

Registration for driver programs
Registration has begun for the AARP driver safety
program for drivers 50 and up, which will be May 13-
14 and June 10-11 at the Island Branch Library.
Drivers may register by calling 776-1158 for either
course, both of which are noon-4 p.m. The library is at
5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.

Society to elect officers
The Anna Maria Island Historical Society will close
out its season with election of officers and awards for
volunteers at a meeting at 7:30 p.m. Monday, May 17.
Also at the public session at the Anna Maria City Hall,
10005 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria, Dr. David Sadkin will
outline the history and functions of the Wildlife Education
and Rehabilitation Center in Bradenton Beach.
Sadkin is volunteer director of education services for
the wildlife center. In its 20 years it has grown to one of
the largest wildlife units in the state, with 3,000-4,000
animals treated annually. The center also provides classes
and workshops for schools and civic groups.
Additional details on Monday's meeting may be
obtained by calling 778-0492.

Fashions to show to music
of Island's Conch Fritters
Fashions will come from the Twice the
Charm 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 Cortez Road W., Bradenton, from noon-2
p.m. Tickets are $14, $6 for children.
The models will display women's, men's and
children's clothing from the thrift shop, along
with shoes and accessories, said a spokesperson
for the sponsoring Manatee Children's Services.
The band was started by music director Jimi
Gee at Island Middle School, which will close at the
end of this term, although the band may continue on
its own.
The Manatee Children's Services spokesperson
explained that it is a private-sector child services'
organization, not a county office. Details may be
obtained by calling 345-1200 or 727-1143.

Safe boating class set
by power squadron
A boating safety class is scheduled by the Anna
Maria Island Power Squadron at 1200 71st St. N.W.,
Bradenton from 8 a.m.-noon Saturday, May 22.
The fee of $25 will pay for the instruction book, ma-
terials and food. Covered will be boating laws, weather,
rules of the road, boat handling and distress signals. De-
tails may be obtained by calling 778-8408 or 545-7646.

Manatee sailors schedule
forays to the Island
What better destination for a bunch of sailors than
the barrier islands?
The Manatee Sailing Association answered the
question by programming two visits to Anna Maria
Island and one to Longboat Key in its 2004 schedule.
There will be a picnic at Bayfront Park, Anna Maria,
on July 24; a bay race centered at Mar Vista Dockside
Restaurant and Pub on north Longboat Key Sept. I 1;
and a "race and raft-up" at Rotten Ralph's Restaurant
on Bimini Bay, Anna Maria, Nov. 13.
Though its members are active aboard their sail-
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has organized events about twice a month at various
destinations on the Gulf Coast.
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Constantine 'Gus' Aposporos
Constantine "Gus" Aposporos, 81, of Anna Maria
City, died May 7.
Born in Yonkers, N.Y., Mr. Aposporos was a re-
tired co-owner of Aposporos & Son Real Estate. He
served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War
II. He was a former member of AHEPA, a Greek fra-
ternal organization. He was a past vice president of
Dutchess County, N.Y., multiple listing service. He
was Greek Orthodox.
Memorial services will be held in Poughkeepsie,
N.Y., at a later date. Griffith-Cline Funeral Home is in
charge of arrangements.
He is survived by sons Thomas C. of Anna Maria
City and G. David of San Diego, Calif.; brothers
Theodore of Poughkeepsie, Peter of Eugene, Ore.,
and Themistocles of Rockville, Md.; and three

Helen Lucille Bowen
Helen Lucille Bowen, 86, of Tampa, died April 28.
Born in East St. Louis, Mo., Mrs. Bowen was a
homemaker, music teacher and concern pianist. She
was a member of St. Bernard Catholic Church,
Holmes Beach.
Memorial services will be held at a later date.
Memorial contributions may be made to Andrew's
Toy Box in care of Martin Funeral Home, 128 N.
Resler Drive, El Paso TX 79912.
She is survived by her husband of 66 years, Ber-
nard; daughters Michelle Boggiano and Mary Ellen
Fimbel; son Edward M. Roche; sister Margaret Mary
Martin; six grandchildren; and eight great-grandchil-

Dr. Jane Carolan
Dr. Jane Carolan, 41, of Bradenton, died May 6.
"Dr. Jane" was a veterinarian at Island Animal
Clinic in Holmes Beach and Palma Sola Animal Clinic
in Bradenton. She was a
graduate of Shawnee Mis-
sion East High School, Prai-
rie Village, Kan., and re-
ceived a doctorate from
s Kansas State University.
Memorial services
will be held at 11 a.m. Sat-
urday, May 15, at Island
Baptist Church, 8605 Gulf
Drive, Anna Maria City.
Dr. Jane Carolan Memorial contributions
may be made to Bishop
Animal Shelter, 5718 21st Ave. W., Bradenton FL
34209. Griffith-Cline Funeral Home, Cortez Road
Chapel, is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by husband Greg Dietrich; daugh-
ter Sarah; brothers James and Charles Carolan of Kan-
sas City, Mo.; parents Walter and Jan Carolan of Mis-
sion Hills, Kan.; parents-in-law Jack and Betty Dietrich
of Anna Maria; sisters-in-law Jan Smith and Beth
Conner; grandmother-in-law Maxine Blake; and many
nieces, nephews and cousins.

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right, Irene Pearman of
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store's new Red Hat T-
shirt), and Red Hatters
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Shirley Nolan, Ardie
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Peter Paul Conrad
Peter Paul Conrad, 98, of Anna Maria, died May 6.
Mr. Conrad was a retired exploration geophysicist
and educator. He was Presbyterian.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice
of Southwest Florida, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota FL
He is survived by daughter Andree of Anna Maria.

John Devlin
John Devlin, 63, of Bradenton, died May 6.
Born in Scotland, Mr. Devlin came to Manatee
County from Shelby Township, Mich., in 2000. He was
a retired auto engineer with Ford Motor Co. He was a
member of the Moose Lodge, Bradenton Beach, Ma-
sonic Lodge No. 546 in Michigan, a 32nd degree Ma-
son of Eureka Temple, and a member of Peridia Golf
and Country Club.
Memorial gathering will be at 12:30 p.m. Wednes-
day, May 12, at Griffith-Cline Funeral Home,
Manasota Chapel, 1400 36th Ave., Ellenton, with ser-
vices to follow at 1 p.m. Memorial contributions may
be made to American Lung Association of Gulf Coast
Fla., 3333 Clark Road, Sarasota FL 34231, or to the
Humane Society of Manatee County, 2515 14th St. W.,
Bradenton FL 34205.
He is survived by wife of 41 years Nita and other
family members in Scotland.

Theresa 'Terri' lamurri Neill
Theresa "Terry" Iamurri Neill, 49, of Bradenton,
died May 8.
Born in Wilmington, Del., Mrs. Neill moved to
Bradenton from Ft. Myers in 1978. She was the owner
and operator of Tres Chic in Bradenton and taught at
the Bradenton Beauty and Barber Academy for eight
years. She was a 1973 graduate of Henderson Senior
High School in West Chester, Pa., and a 1978 gradu-
ate of the Arthur's Beauty College in Ft. Myers. She
was a member of the Palma Sola Bay Baptist Church,
Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday,
May 15, at Shannon Funeral Home, 5610 Manatee
Ave. W., Bradenton. Memorial contributions may be
made to Hospice of Southwest Florida, 5955 Rand
Blvd., Sarasota FL 34238.
She is survived by husband John Campbell III;
daughter Tina Summer of Parkside, Pa.; sister Lorraine
McCollum of Charlotte, N.C.; brothers Mike and
Marcus Iamurri, both of Ashville, N.C.; and one grand-

Cathleen W. Smith
Cathleen W. Smith, 99, of Holmes Beach, died
April 29.
Born in Johnston, R.I., Mrs. Smith was a resident
of Holmes Beach for more than 30 years. She was a
volunteer and member at the Roser Memorial Commu-
nity Church, Anna Maria City.
Private services will be held.
She is survived by sons Earl of East Hartford, Conn.,
and Robert of Bradenton; daughters Barbara Schmidt of
Glen Head, N.Y., and Jeanne Atkins of Carmel, Ind.; 10
grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren.

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By Robert Noble
Special to The Islander
There is this mythical town called Tuna, in the
mythical state of Texas, inhabited by some of the
wackiest right-wingers you would ever hope to meet.
I urge you to rush out to the charming little play-
house on Anna Maria Island, where the Island Players
has just unveiled its production of "Greater Tuna" to
meet some of these bona fide nuts.
You may split your side laughing at the antics of
two wonderful actors, Dan
Higgs and Fred
Zimmerman, as they take
on 10 roles each, switching
costumes and sexes with
h lightning speed and impres-
sive versatility.
Under Preston
Boyd's busily inventive di-
rection, the citizens of Tuna
come tumbling on the stage
Boyd like a very crazy quilt. Writ-
ten by the original perform-
ers and director, Jayston Williams, Joe Sears and Ed
Howard (good ol' Texas boys, all), they take pot shots
at everything in sight from Agent Orange to the
Humane Society; from the Baptist church to gun con-
trol; from weather forecasters to long-winded preach-
ers; and on and on. No one is safe and nothing is sacred
in "Greater Tuna."
The opening scene takes place in the town's only
radio station, OKKK (as in Ku Klux Klan!), and we
keep returning there visually and in voice-overs while
the actors are changing costumes. It's the social center
of the town, run by Thurston Wheelis (Higgs) and
Aries Struvie (Zimmerman), two gregarious purveyors
of meaningless news and information.
Various townies show up to do commercials or
guest spots, and there is a call-in show where we see
the callers in their homes. The stage right house seems
to become different domiciles, while stage left is the
abode of the Bumiller clan Mama Bertha and her
three kids, who give new meaning to "white trash."
Higgs has a field day as Bertha, with gray hair piled
high on his head, shuffling around in a pair of mules,
hollering at the kids and the 12 dogs, some of whom man-
age to sneak in the kitchen door and relieve themselves on
the floor. Oh well, a spatula does wonders!
Zimmerman plays all three kids, sometimes in
quick succession: Stanley, whom his mother calls
"mean as Mussolini;" Jody, the young, sweet and not
too bright one; and Charlene, who has never made it to
the cheerleading team, much to her despair. He finds
a different voice and physicality for each and, of
course, they look like siblings.
Zimmerman, who was a professional mime, does
a spectacular routine with a broken umbrella as weath-
erman Harold Dean Lattimer doing a radio report in the
middle of a huge rainstorm. Another of his highlights

Fred Zimmerman as Arles Struvie and Dan Higgs as
Thurston Wheelis in the Island Players production
"Greater Tuna."

is Didi Snavely, pushing her used knife and gun store
- "If it doesn't work, bring it back all our products
are guaranteed to kill!"
Higgs does a terrific turn as Pearl Burras, in her taste-
ful print dress, white gloves, and sensible shoes. Pearl, in
her spare time, poisons dogs, but accidentally gets her
husband's prize bird-dog with one of her lethal biscuits.
To cover up, she decides to run the dog over with the car,
which ends Act 1 on a hilariously bizarre note.
The town is full of "Tuna Helpers," who belong to
organizations like "Citizens For Fewer Blacks in Lit-
erature" and "Smut Snatchers of the New Order," with
its special Snatch Squad, dedicated to removing offen-
sive words, such as "knockers" and "nuts" from the
dictionary. They also want books removed from the
shelves of the public library, starting with "Bury My
Heart at Wounded Knee," "Roots," "Huckleberry
Finn" and"Romeo and Juliet."
"We're also looking' into that Mr. Shakespeare's

Shakespeare auditions Sunday
Auditions for roles in the Anna Maria Island Play-
ers presentation of Shakespeare on the Island will be at
7:30 p.m. Sunday, May 16.
This year's play, "The Merry Wives of Windsor,"
has roles for 16 men and four women. However, direc-
tor Kelly Woodland emphasized, she is flexible and
wants to include more women in the cast.
Cast age breakdowns for men: One 35-50 years of
age; one around 25; one 16-25; one 25-45 who can do
or learn a French accent; two 30 and up; one 35-45 who
can do or learn a Welsh accent; two 40 and up; six of
any age, which also could be cast with women.
Women's roles call for two 25-45 who must pair
well with the two men of the same age range; one 16-
25; one 20-30.
In the tradition of previous Shakespeare on the Is-
land presentations, pre-show and intermission enter-
tainment will include instrumentalists, singers and
other performers. They may audition or call the direc-
tor at 794-8762.
The auditions will be at the Players' theater, 10009
Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. The play will be staged there

Dan Higgs as Pear Burras and Fred Zimmerman as
Vera Carp check over the judge in his coffin in the
Island Players production "Greater Tuna." Islander
Photos: Bonner Joy
other books!"
As always at this theater, technical credits are in good
hands: John Flannery's three-part set functioned well in
its small space; Bob Grant's complex sound design
worked well with all the voice overs, radio and telephone
cues; Carl McVicker had some striking effects, especially
the UFO lights and the judge's funeral; and Don Bailey
came up with some great outfits for the ladies as well as
Rev. Spike's white suit and hat, in which Higgs delivered
an incredible eulogy to the dead judge, using every catch
phrase in the English language.
I wish the director and his fine cast had gone a little
more "over the top" with these eccentric folk. The writ-
ing calls for dementia running rampant. But, let's be
grateful for what we have an marvelously entertain-
ing evening with some lovable loonies.
"Greater Tuna" will play at 8 p.m. weekdays except
Monday when there are no performances, and a 2 p.m.
matinee Sunday, May 16, the final performance. Tickets
are $15 and the box office is open from 9 a.m.- 1p.m. daily
except Sunday, and one hour before all performances.
Tickets may be ordered and further details obtained
by calling 778-5755.
The annual meeting of Island Players Inc. is sched-
uled at the theater at 7 p.m. May 19 for all season ticket
May 21 will see the troupe's annual banquet at the
Bradenton Country Club, cocktails at 6:30 p.m. and
dinner at 7:30 p.m. Reservations at $25 per person may
be made with Dorothy Eder at 792-8991, or Ruth
Stevens at 794-2188.

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Lights out for sea turtles: Season under way

By Heather Beddow
Islander Reporter
It's turtle season again and time to save some
money on the electric bill. Although there has been no
nesting activity on Anna Maria Island yet, lights out are
in order for some beach residents as they prepare for
turtle nesting and hatching on their beachfront habitat.
Suzi Fox, director of Anna Maria Island Turtle
Watch, a mostly volunteer organization that makes sure
turtles nest and hatch safely, addressed Bradenton
Beach city commissioners at their May 6 meeting to let
them know Turtle Watch would no longer be aiding
code enforcement in identifying lighting problems or
infractions of turtle-protection laws.
In past years, Fox assisted Dawn Betts, the city's
code enforcement officer, ensuring beach lights affect-
ing turtles were turned off or averted from the shore.
Betts resigned her position in February and now
Bradenton Beach turtles might be in jeopardy because
apparently no one will be responsible for making the
rounds to make sure the shoreline remains dark.
According to Fox, some residents don't feel safe
coming home after dark or being in an unlit area. They
feel that the light ordinance makes turtles more impor-
tant than people.
However, there are alternatives, but with no spe-
cific guidelines to follow. Many turtle conservation
groups suggest installing low ground-level lights, but
the Island cities do not have a specific height or sug-
gested fixtures for people to buy.
Another problem is that there is not a uniform pun-
ishment for violators. Fines vary from Holmes Beach
to Bradenton Beach and people are often approved for
a fixture one year and then turned down the next sea-
Residents often become frustrated that they have
wasted time and money on lights they can't use.
Fox said she receives calls daily from people who
want light inspections, but she wants them to know she
isn't in code enforcement. She said that the job is more
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monitoring, and the light ordinance is the city's respon-
sibility, not hers or Turtle Watch's.
Fox said most community-based programs are
government-run and she would love to see consistency
and have everyone operating on the same page.
Turtle Watch has evolved since its beginning on
Anna Maria Island in 1982. Tommy Van Ness, who
started with Fox in 1996, said that 20 years ago news-
papers didn't cover issues involving turtle nesting.
"We've come a long way," said Van Ness. "When
I first started, people didn't even know we had turtles."
Van Ness said that because of television, the
Internet and newspapers, more people are becoming
educated and want to help the turtles. He said that when
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Watch volunteers hit the
streets reminding Islanders
it's turtle nesting season
and time to turn out or
shield beachfront lights.
T Nesting season is from May
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the Anna Maria Island
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"Turtle Tom," and people ask him questions about sea
turtles and the organization.
As people become more aware of the importance
of turtle season, Fox and Van Ness hope to see more
turtles heading toward the water instead of toward the
street lights and, ultimately, their demise.
Since there is no designated person to focus on man-
dating beachfront lighting in Bradenton Beach, and code
enforcement must go through a training session before
distinguishing which lights are suitable versus the ones
that aren't, and Holmes Beach and Bradenton Beach have
different guidelines, ordinances and punishment for of-
fenders Bradenton Beach is left on its own.
Mayor John Chappie to the rescue. He has offered
to patrol the beach with Fox to learn the trouble spots
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Tidemark offers creditor settlement

The bankruptcy reorganization plan which Tidemark
Partners LLC plans to present May 18 in federal bank-
ruptcy court would give its unsecured creditors two op-
The first choice is that unsecured creditors can elect
to receive 100 percent of their claim if they wait for either
one year following the effective date of the reorganization,
or completion of all construction of the condominiums,
marina and hotel facility, whichever comes first.
Choice two allows unsecured creditors to receive
25 percent of their allowed unsecured claims within 60

Snooks will again

welcome kids for

fun day
By Jim Hanson
Islander Correspondent
Snooks Adams plans to be on hand in a week or so
to welcome the Island's children to the celebration of
life that he began 49 years ago.
It will be Snooks Adams Kids Day, set this year for
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 22, at Bayfront Park
in Anna Maria. It has been sponsored since 1980 by the
Anna Maria Island Privateers.
There will be games and food, a treasure hunt, sack
race, pirate costume contest, balloon games, foot race,
and other games, all of them with prizes. Kids will get
free hot dogs, pizza and sodas. Parents are welcome,
but will have to pay for their food.
The Privateers hope to see 300 or more youngsters
there, said the day's organizer Sue Luzier. That's more
than last year's disappointing turnout, but less than the
500-600 in earlier times.
"Kids used to come from all over," Adams recalled
this week. "Cortez, West Bradenton, even Palmetto,
they'd jam the place. It was very rewarding."
He was well into a career in law enforcement af-
ter service in World War II, when in 1955 he loaded his
Jeep with kids and took them to Coquina Beach for an
afternoon of fun and food. He provided the hot dogs,
the kids provided voracious appetites.
He was the Island's first police chief when Holmes
Beach organized its department. As a Manatee County
deputy sheriff he had been the first fulltime law officer
on the Island.
Twenty-five years after that first Kids Day, he
turned the whole affair over to the Privateers, then a 10-
year-old nonprofit organization put together by a group
of men who wanted to help Island youngsters and have
fun doing so. They will be prominent at the Kids Day,
along with their boat-float.
As for Adams, "They can count on me to be there."

Mayor puts brakes on

use of consultants,

Anna Maria Mayor SueLynn has called a halt to
the indiscriminate use of consultants at city committee,
commission and board meetings.
The city had set aside $50,000 in the 2003-04 bud-
get for consultants such as Baskerville-Donovan Inc.,
the city's engineering firm, but $81,000 has already
been spent on consultants for the fiscal year which
began in October, she told the planning and zoning
board April 26.
"The money hasn't been spent foolishly and we've
had lots of new ordinances and projects, but it has gone
quicker than expected," she said.
As a result, the mayor is cutting back on the use of
consultants such as BDI or Joel Freedman of Freedman
Associates to just attend a commission or board meet-
ing and give advice.
The mayor will also review the use of the city at-
torney and other attorneys at commission and board
Through April 26, the city had spent $34,685 in legal
fees compared with the budgeted amount of $45,000,
which is planned to last the city until Oct. 1, 2004.

days of the effective date of the reorganization.
Tidemark has listed approximately $950,000 in unse-
cured claims in its bankruptcy petition filed in January.
Under the proposed reorganization, Tidemark
would receive a maximum of $5 million in exit financ-
ing from Southstar Development Inc. of Coral Gables
to pay off creditors, including $2.3 million to Brasota
Mortgage, $1.7 million to Regions Bank, and $92,000
to EFO Holdings/Cypress Lending Group Ltd.
Tidemark also proposes a construction financing
plan in the reorganization that, if approved, would al-

low the project to be built.
The operations of Tidemark would continue to be
the responsibility of current managing member Nick
Easterling, if the court approves the reorganization
Tidemark was given approval by the court April 13
for "debtor-in-possession" financing of $140,000 from
Southstar Development to allow the company to con-
tinue operating for the next three months.
The Holmes Beach City Commission approved the
40-unit condo/hotel/marina project in August 2001.

Mums for moms weekend
Manatee High School Sugar Canes, with the help of band members, sold mums for their annual fundraiser in
front of Bank of America in Holmes Beach. Other students held sales at four locations in Bradenton. Front,
left to right, Liz Strawn, Crystal Mauldin and Anna Maria Diamant. Rear, Cori Gonzales, left, and Ben
Rigney. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy

Center continues fundraising

By Rick-Catlin
Islander Reporter
The Anna Maria Island Community Center has
privately raised nearly 60 percent of the necessary $2.5
million it needs for its expansion plans, according to
Executive Director Pierrette Kelly, and public
fundraising efforts will begin when the 80 percent
mark is reached.
The Center and project manager Frank Mozeleski
still have several more months of planning and prepa-
ration before final drawings and renderings of the ex-
pansion are ready, Kelly said.
But the good news is that the Center plans to shift
its main entrance from Magnolia Avenue to the rear of
the building along Palm Avenue, thus easing the traf-
fic and parking crush along Magnolia.
"There is much more parking available in the
rear," noted Kelly, "and there's much more space that

can be converted to parking." The proposed entrance
and accompanying parking will make it easier on par-
ents to drop off and pick up children.
Expansion plans also call for the addition of three
classrooms and a storage building, and a two-story build-
ing with gazebo that would be attached to the building.
Gone is the idea of adding a second floor of space
above the gymnasium, Kelly said. Engineers have con-
cluded that the original design structure would not
support a second story.
The Coalition of Barrier Island Elected Officials
will meet at the Center May 19 to be updated on the
Center's fundraising efforts and plans, she said.
The Center's expansion plan and fundraising be-
gan in December 2001 when the Center's board of
directors determined the 30-year-old facility needed to
be upgraded and enlarged to meet the needs of the Is-
land community.

Islands' 'Shining Stars' at luncheon tomorrow

The barrier islands' chambers of commerce will
name three "Shining Star" award winners at a three-
chamber luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, May 13.
The luncheon will be at the Radisson Lido
Beach Resort, 700 Ben Franklin Drive, Lido Key,
$20 for chamber members, $30 for nonmembers.
Hosting the affair will be the chambers of Anna
Maria Island, Longboat Key and Siesta Key. Each
will announce a "Shining Star" selected from nomi-
nations by employers, fellow workers and patrons.
They will have been judged on outstanding ser-
vice to customers in the hospitality industry, which
figures so large in serving the tourism that feeds the
economies of all three islands.

At the luncheon, climaxing the area's obser-
vance of National Tourism Week, several speak-
ers will address the condition and future of tour-
They are Bud Nocera, CEO of the Visit Florida
organization, who will speak on "Can You Teach an
Old Tourism Dog New Tricks?" Larry White, execu-
tive director of the Bradenton Area Convention and
Visitors Bureau; Carrie Post, vice president of cul-
tural and heritage tourism of Visit Florida; and Vir-
ginia Haley, executive director of the Sarasota Con-
vention and Visitors Bureau.
Details may be obtained by calling the Anna
Maria chamber at 778-1541.


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Island police reports
Anna Maria
No reports.

Bradenton Beach
No reports.

Holmes Beach
May 1, 100 block of 36th Street, burglary. A
woman reported her purse missing from her dresser.
According to the report, a screen was removed from a
bedroom window to obtain the purse.

May 1, 5600 block of Gulf Drive, burglary. A
woman reported her purse stolen from her second-floor
bedroom. According to the report, someone climbed
the drainpipe and gained access to the home through
the unlocked second-floor balcony door.
May 1, 6300 block of Gulf Drive, burglary. A man
reported finding someone attempting to enter his room
through the sliding glass door. According to the report,
when the suspect was confronted, he stated he must
have the wrong room and fled.
May 1, 5600 block of Gulf Drive, burglary. A
woman reported her purse stolen from her rental unit.
May 1, 4000 Gulf Drive, Manatee Public Beach,

Project ChildSafe comes to Holmes Beach

The Holmes Beach Police Department will provide
free firearm safety kits to residents of Holmes Beach
through a partnership with Project ChildSafe, a nation-
wide firearms safety education program.
"We encourage residents to pick up a ChildSafe
safety kit so that they can securely store their firearm,"
said Holmes Beach Chief Jay Romine.
Each kit contains a safety curriculum and a cable-
style gun lock. The locks fit on most types of handguns,
rifles and shotguns.
"The goal is to prevent a child or any unauthorized
person from accessing a firearm in your home," said

Some Center classes take
summer break
Making way for its big summer camp program, the
Anna Maria Island Community Center will interrupt
most adult classes starting today, May 12.
Cardio sculpt and tai chi classes and the Friday
morning "mixed movements with Mo" will be discon-
tinued, to be resumed in the fall.
And "all but two adult classes will take a vacation
from June 1 until fall," the Center added. Muscles and
More with instructor Shirley Fideler will continue from
9-10 a.m. Tuesday and Laura Bennett's Pilate class
will continue from 9-10 a.m. Thursday.
Summer camp will not affect the evening and Sat-
urday morning schedule, said the Center. Details may
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ticipating in a growing national effort to promote firearm
safety to all gun owners. Romine said the department is
aware how important it is in helping ensure that all fire-
arm owners fully understand their responsibilities with
respect to safe handling and storage of firearms.
Project ChildSafe, a program developed by the
National Shooting Sports Foundation, will distribute
millions of firearm safety kits throughout the country
during the next year. The program is funded by a U.S.
Department of Justice grant with additional funding
provided by the firearms industry.
The safety kits are available for from 8 a.m. to 3
p.m. from the Holmes Beach Police Department, 5801
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.

Fantasy's 'Family Fun Day'
on mainland Saturday
A free "Family Fun Day," sponsored by
Fantasy Travel will be from 1-4 p.m. Satur-
day, May 15, at 6630 Cortez Road W.,
On the festive program are a rock-climb-
ing wall, magician and other entertainment,
and considerable food. The Anna Maria Is-
land Privateers will be there with their pirate
Details are available at 795-3900.

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burglary. A woman reported more than $1,000 in cash
stolen from the trunk of her car.
May 1, 4000 Gulf Drive, Manatee Public Beach,
burglary. A couple reported more than $1,000 in cash
stolen from their vehicle.
May 1, 4000 Gulf Drive, Manatee Public Beach,
burglary. A man reported less than $100 and a credit
card stolen from his vehicle.
May 1, 5600 block of Gulf Drive, burglary. A
woman reported items stolen from her condominium
May 1, 4300 block of Gulf Drive, criminal mis-
chief. According to the report, some juveniles on skate-
boards broke a trolley-stop bench.
May 2, 4000 Gulf Drive, Manatee Public Beach,
theft. A man reported his bag, containing more than
$500 in cash, an MP3 player, camera, cell phone and
watch, stolen sometime while he was asleep on the
May 2, 4000 Gulf Drive, Manatee Public Beach,
theft. A woman reported her wallet stolen.
May 2, Gulf Drive and Oak Avenue, Anna Maria,
driver's license/resisting arrest. Officers responded to
a hit-and-run accident that reportedly occurred at Gulf
Drive and Fifth Avenue and caught up with the suspect
in Anna Maria. According to the report, the accident
was a result of a domestic argument. The driver of the
truck was reportedly pursued by his girlfriend in an-
other car when he ran off the road, hitting a stop sign
and palm tree. According to the report, he backed up
the vehicle, hitting his girlfriend's car, and then drove
away. The suspect was driving with a suspended li-
cense and resisted arrest, police said, and the other
parties involved were issued a summons for leaving the
scene of an accident.
May 3, 48th Street beach, tent removal. A metal
expandable tent frame left on the shoreline was re-
May 3, 4700 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria Elementary
School, criminal mischief. The fence on the south side
of the parking lot was reportedly pushed over.
May 4. 5508 Marina Drive, Rader's Reef, theft. A
clerk reported more than 25 shark tooth necklaces sto-
May 6, 700 Manatee Ave., Kingfish Boat Ramp,
found property. Two air-powered pellet guns were
found discarded near a trash can.

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Summer camps

offer plenty of fun

off and on Island
By Diana Bogan
Islander Reporter
This summer kids have a variety of camp activities
to choose from including Project Sea Turtle, a new
program co-sponsored by the Anna Maria Island Turtle
Watch, voyaging through space at the Anna Maria Is-
land Community Center and becoming "art smart" at
the Longboat Key Center for Art.
The school year ends May 25, and registration for
summer camp is open for programs running from June
to August. Kids can sign up for week-long programs at
several different camps or spend the summer enrolled
in one camp program.
The newest offering is right here on the Island.
Project Sea Turtle is a collaborative effort of the Anna
Maria Island Turtle Watch and Medallion School Part-

Project Sea Turtle
This summer camp focuses on all aspects of marine
life and highlights sea turtle biology and nesting activi-
The camp is organized by turtle watch education
coordinators Christina Swosinski and Susan Camp and
open to ages 5 through 12.
Each week participants will learn how to patrol the
beach for turtle nests, learn about careers in marine
science by visiting professionals at work, take field
trips such as snorkeling, fishing or kayaking, and learn
about bay conservation with hands-on activities. Also
included are creative art and writing projects.
The camp is limited to 25 kids per week and is of-
fered from June 1 to Aug. 6. The cost is $125 per week
in addition to a one-time $25 registration fee.
Turtle camp hours are from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
and participants should bring a bag lunch. Participants
will receive a Project Sea Turtle T-shirt and water
Campers will depart for daily activities from Sea
Breeze Elementary School in Bradenton, but Swosinski
said Islanders can make arrangements to pick up their
kids on the Island where most of the activities will take
Registration information is available at the Anna
Maria Island Turtle Watch Education Center, 5408
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, 778-1435, or by calling
Swosinski at 752-3983.
Swosinski said since Project Sea Turtle is a half-
day program and participants may want to participate
in the Medallion School Partnerships' "Gold Medal
Summer" camp program at Sea Breeze Elementary
School for the remainder of the day.
Sea Breeze Elementary School is located at 3601
71st St. W., Bradenton.

Gold Medal Summer
Medallion School Partnerships is offering a sum-
mer program the keeps pace with the Olympics. Camp-
ers will "go for the gold" with a curriculum focused on
building physical and academic fitness.
Campers will share the spirit of fellowship, team-
work and achievement that accompanies the Olympic
games with activities designed to keep kids' minds and
bodies active all summer.
Some of the activities planned include a softball
throw challenge, Lego-building championship, creat-
ing healthy snacks, learning about famous Olympic
athletes, playing team sports and more.
For registration details call the Medallion School
Partnerships office at 752-3983.
The camp will be held at Sea Breeze Elementary
School is located at 3601 71st St. W., Bradenton.
The Anna Maria Island Community Center is also
offering a theme camp with diverse activities for kids.

Lost in Space
This summer the Center invites kids to tour the
solar system and venture to a different planet each
Young "astronauts" will learn to speak French
along the way, play games, create art, participate in
sports, learn songs and perform in plays.

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There will also be plenty of field trips to the beach,
movies, bowling, roller skating and more. Day trips to
the zoo, aquarium, Adventure Island and Busch Gar-
dens will also be offered.
Field trips this summer will also focus on visits
to state parks, where campers can picnic, swim, take
boat rides and learn about Florida wildlife and veg-
Registration is open to children entering kindergar-
ten through fifth-grade and forms are available at the
Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria.
The camp will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
beginning June 1 and ending Aug. 6. Cost is $80 per
week with an additional charge for major field trips.
There is also a pre-registration fee of $15.
Older children are welcome to apply for a counse-
lor-in-training position.
For more information, call camp director Shirley
Berger at 778-1908.
Kids interested in focusing on art can register for
the two week program at the Longboat Key Center for
the Arts.

Art Smart
The Longboat Key Center for the Arts is offering
an art camp for kids designed to foster creativity and
Classes are taught by professional art educators to
give children the confidence to develop and complete
Classes include working with clay, learning the
basics of color, perspective drawing, portraits and land-
scapes, painting, cartooning, printmaking, beading, and
creating stepping stones.
The summer camp program is open from 10 a.m.
to noon Monday through Thursday from June 7 to July
The cost is $70 for a two weeks of eight classes.
There are a limited number of spaces available.
The art center is located at 6860 Longboat Drive S.,
Longboat Key. For registration information, call 383-
More summer fun opportunities are available at
G.T. Bray Park and Manatee Community College.

Summer Spectrum
Manatee Community College Kids Summer Spec-
trum offers morning and afternoon sessions with a wide
selection of classes.
Kids can choose from more than 40 courses, in-
cluding budding chefs, architectural design, computer
camp, down on the farm, junior journalist, kitchen sci-
ence, Latin dance, puppetry, sign language, and totally
gross chemistry.
Weekly sessions are open to kids ages 7 through 14
from June 7 to July 30. Participants can attend morn-
ing sessions from 9 a.m. to noon, or aft

from 1 to 4 p.m., or both.
Cost is $60 per week per or $120 per week to at-
tend both morning and afternoon sessions. Early morn-
ing drop-off service is available from 7:30 to 9 a.m. for
an additional $15 for kids enrolled in morning sessions.
MCC is located at 5840 26th St. W., Bradenton.
For registration information call 752-5203.
The MCC athletic department will also sponsor
week-long athletic camps in baseball, basketball, soft-
ball and more. For a complete list of camps and regis-
tration information call the athletic department at 752-

Summer blast Camp
Summer "Blast" Camp is a structured recreational
day camp for kids ages 5 to 14. Campers will partici-
pate in a variety of games and activities, such as swim-
ming, team sports, arts and crafts, carnivals, perform-
ing arts, movies and other special events.
There will also be field trips to the Lowry Park
Zoo, Fun Spot, Adventure Island, Wet & Wild and Sea
Camp hours are from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. from June
1 to Aug. 6.
There is a $20 registration fee that includes a T-
shirt for the participant. Cost is $65 per week with op-
tional field trips and a lunch program also available.
G.T. Bray Park is located at 5504 33rd Ave. Drive
W., Bradenton. For more information call 742-5974.

Adventure Camp
For the more adventurous camper, G.T. Bray Park
offers and alternative camp for kids ages 10 to 15.
Kids enrolled in this camp will venture out on field
trips, including horseback riding, laser tag and fishing.
Other destinations include Disney Quest, the Malibu
Grand Prix, the circus and Brandon Ice Forum.
Activities will alternate so participants do not
spend the entire week in the sun. In addition, campers
must know how to swim due to the nature of the pro-
The camp offers weekly sessions from June 1 to
July 30 and is limited to 49 participants per session.
For more information call 742-5974.

Junior counselor program
Teenagers ages 15-17 are eligible to enroll in G.T.
Bray Park's junior counselor program to gain leader-
ship experience.
Junior counselors help organize and lead activities,
swim and participate in field trips. Participants also
earn the required 75 community service hours as stu-
dents participating in the Florida Undergraduate Schol-
arship Program.
To participate, there is a $20 registration fee and
$17.50 weekly fee.
For more information, call 742-5947.


Spring Fling nets $25,000 for AME books, computers

By Diana Bogan
Islander Reporter
Anna Maria Elementary school's second annual
Spring Fling dinner and dance raised $25,000 Saturday,
May 8.
The money will be used to purchase books for the
school's guided reading bookroom and 15 additional
laptop computers for its portable lab.
The decor for the evening was set like a 1950s-'60s
rock.'n' roll clubhouse. Each table was named for a popu-
lar band from that era, such as "Jackson Five Avenue."
The event featured food from area restaurants in-
cluding appetizers from the City Pier Restaurant, Beach
City Market & Grille, Beef O'Brady's and the Sun
House restaurants; entrees from Moore's Stone Crab,
the Sandbar, Shells and Mr. Bones restaurants; and
desserts from Harry's Continental Kitchens, Anna
Maria Oyster Bar, Maggie's Bakeshop and Paradise
Bagels and Cafe.

Drinks were available at the "Drink & Shout"
stand and complimentary champagne was available at
the door.
Artwork prepared by AME students was featured
in a silent auction, including a tiled mirror created by
Katie Boesen's kindergarten class, a ceramic planter
designed by Pat Whitfield's first-grade class, a
decoupage children's table and chairs by Toni
Lashway's second-grade class and a nautical desk cre-
ated by Marcia Brockway's fourth-grade class.
The art was created under the guidance of local
artists and parents.
Other popular auction items included gift baskets
featuring Jimmy Buffett, Sponge Bob, beach gear,
fishing tours and spa items.
Live music for the festivities was provided by the
award-winning Island Middle School Conch Fritter
Band, youth group Magic Tree Conspiracy and was
followed by disk jockey "Filthy Rich."

AME Principal Kathy Hayes, daughter Whitney and
husband Ron put a little spring in their step on the
dance floor.

Jamie Walstad, Sharon Alexandra and Cindy Thomp-
son were co-chair, chairperson and advertising
members of the AME Spring Fling committee, which
also included Donna Perez, Mary Gallagher, Chris-
tine Callahan, Pete and Debbie Lannon, Shawn
Carper, Lynda Hicks, Lynn Watts, Kyra Valadie,
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THE ISLANDER 0 MAY 12, 2004 0 PAGE 19

More letters from
'Soldier's Heart'
Each week the Islander features letters from U.S.
Army Maj. Rick Ely, who was stationed in Afghani-
stan, to students at Island Middle School.
More than a dozen students from Island Middle
School received letters from Ely, who.was executive
officer of a helicopter maintenance battalion 40 miles
north of Kabul, the country's capital, before returning
home to his family in Iowa earlier this month.
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 service personnel that were collected
by the church. The program was called "Soldier's
Here is this week's correspondence with IMS stu-

Dear American Soldier,
Hi, how are you. I'm Lauren. I know you're going
to have a bunch of letters saying thank you and all that
so I am going to talk about something else.
How old are you? My buddy thinks you're like old
old, but you can't be that old. What are you in your 20s
or something?
What is it like there? It seems like there isn't much
What do you eat? All there is over there is sand and
I don't think you eat sand, so what do you eat?
Oh, I have to go. Sorry it is not much of a letter, but
oh well. Bye!
Your new buddy,
Lauren Iglesias

Dear Lauren,
How are you doing today? I received your letter
and would like to thank you for writing to an Ameri-
can soldier.
I am doing fine and anxious to get home. You
wanted to know how old I am. Well, I am one of the
older ones here. I am 42 years old. I was born on Sept.
11, my kids' ages are 9 and 11, I was here fighting the
terrorists responsible for 9/11 on my 42nd birthday on
9/11. Isn't that weird? With all these 9-1 1s, maybe they
will catch Bin Laden while I am here. We can only
A lot of people I am with are in their 20s. I have
been in the Army for 18 years so I am one of the old
guys with all the knowledge.
It is odd here. You are correct when you say there
is nothing here; There are a lot of mud villages and no

Funny nelmet nat
Rick Ely, right, said he "thought about buying this helmet. I was going to wear it when I ride my motorcycle,
the the Afghanistan seller wanted $75 "and that was too much money," Major Ely said.

running water outside the military base. We all drink
bottled water so we do not get sick. The Afghanistan
people have no electricity, no stoves or ovens, no lights,
no toilets and no furnaces. They cook over fire inside
their house and sleep on dirt floors. I am glad I was
born and live in the United States.
I have visited the hospital on base many times and
saw a lot of Afghanistan kids in the hospital. I have
seen a couple kids who have been hurt because they fell
off the roof while sleeping. I was told during the win-
ter they sleep on the roof because snakes will try and
sleep with them to stay warm. Many of the snakes are
poisonous over here. I have seen a lot of kids who have
stepped on land mines. I am glad we are here because
I feel we are really helping people out. We give them
medicine and fix them up so they can go home.
What do I eat? We have a dinning facility and they
make us all different kinds of food. We eat a lot of
chicken. Every Friday they make steak and lobster. It
sounds good but it really isn't. The steak is usually
burnt and the lobster is over cooked. They have a lot of
food that I have never seen before.
For breakfast we get omelets almost every day. The
omelets are made with powdered eggs. It was good
when they first started cooking omelets. I am really
getting tired of the food here. Every once in awhile we
get real eggs. That is heaven. Sometimes I eat four
eggs. When they do not have real eggs, they give us
fake eggs. They are perfectly round and look like rub-
ber. It reminds me of the pretend eggs you get when
you buy play food at the toy store. I have not tasted
those eggs.
We used to be able to go shopping. They had a little
market called a bazaar every Friday. I bought a lot of
cool stuff from the Afghanistan people.
Do you like to shop? It's not like Wal-Mart back
home. It is quite different. They have a lot of jewelry.
They have a rare stone that is unique to Afghanistan
called Lapis and use it to make jewelry for the Egyp-
tian Pharos. It is blue in color.

Well, I had better go. It is getting late. Study hard
in school.
God bless you,
Rick Ely

Hey American soldier,
Thank you for fighting for us. We all truly appre-
ciate it. I hope that you are OK.
Alberto Cadena

Dear Alberto,
I received your letter and I want to thank you for
taking time out of your day to write to a soldier. Your
thoughtfulness is truly appreciated and has put a warm
feeling in my heart.
Things are going well in Afghanistan. I am located
at Bagram Air Base. Bagram is a pretty good size base.
There are a lot of soldiers here. We have a post ex-
change where we can buy things. There are soldiers
from all over the world here, including Egypt, Italy,
Korea, Slovakia and Poland.
They have civil affairs teams that go and assist lo-
cal Afghanistan villages. They assist in building the
infrastructure of Afghanistan. They have built and
opened many schools for the children. They are going
to open a school on March 22 and we plan to deliver
school supplies to the new school.
We celebrated Halloween and we all dressed up. It
was a fun party and helped maintain morale. You
would not believe a bunch of grownups dressing up for
Halloween. We did not go trick or treating.
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 9-year-old son named
Alec. He likes football and the Green Bay Packers.
Remember school is very important and many chil-
dren do not have the same opportunity. Please do your
best in school and learn all you can.
Rick Ely

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Earl Mowry is back from his benefactions in Haiti,
still beaming at his reception there and optimistic about
the Caribbean island nation's future.
He took more than 550 "bags of joy" with him to
distribute among children, and it took him "two hours
of screaming and yelling and pure happiness" to hand
them out.
The bags are kitchen plastic storage bags which he
had filled on his own, with dollars and donations from
Islanders with toys, toiletries, school supplies, socks
and other items the kids there wouldn't ordinarily have.
The Haitians welcomed the bags and he could have
used many more, he said. As it was, "it was a joyful
time" at the church he was instrumental in building.
He and others with the same mission had planned
to be there in February, but war erupted and they stayed
away to let things cool down. They have indeed cooled,
he said, with the corrupt President Aristide forced into
exile and the nation beginning to rebuild itself.
"The Marines are in the capital, Port au Prince," he
said. "It's pretty peaceful there. French troops from
Dominique had taken over peace-keeping in Cap
Haitien, where we were.
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you looked. I never saw a single argument. I never saw
a gun of any kind. It was a delightful experience."
Work was stalled on the 47-by-l00-foot church he
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He and his people had planned to begin building a
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of classic forms
By Diana Bogan
Islander Reporter
Fifth-graders at Anna Maria Elementary School
have compiled books of original poems based on more
than 10 styles and forms of writing.
Some students chose to tie their poems together
with a continuous theme, for example Sarah Howard's
book "Rub-A-Dub-Dub, Rubber Ducks in a Poetry
Tub" features rubber ducks.
Students filled-their books with couplets, haikus,
limericks, acrostic poems, cinquains, free verse,
diamantes and more. Topics ranged from shopping to
love and soccer to peanut butter.
Here are samples of each type of poem written by
The preposition poem required students to begin
each line with a prepositional phrase, for example,
Stacia Hodges poem on friendship:

Best Friends
With you I'm laughing
On the trolley
In the pool
During spring break
On summer vacation
After school
Friends forever

The limerick, a popular from in the 20th century,
rhymes the filst,'skeofiid and last line, as well as the
third and fourth lines. Take for example Kaitlyn Staib's
limerick "Bill'

There once was a bug named Bill
Who once got very ill
He; had gotten*soaked
He coughed and choked
So he took a pill.

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Free verse is unstructured and as its name implies
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That fluff ball over there,
Sitting on the chair
White with soft fur and blue eyes
Starring deep at nowhere and no one,
I'm wondering what she's thinking.

A cinquain is an American form of poetry. It is
five lines long, unrhymed and consists of two, four,
six, eight, then two syllables respectively. Rainia
Lardas unravels the mystery of mysteries in her

Scary, threatening
Dodging, running, solv-ing
Wonders to the end.

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form of poetry conisting of three lines with five,
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Poetry circle
Anne Kinnan's fifth-grade
class at Anna Maria Elemen-
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from the books of poetry
they've written. Islander
Photo: Diana Bogan

wrote an acrostic poem. In this form of poetry the first
letter of each line vertically spells out a word or phrase
when read.

Can be cool
Or be mad
Drive you nuts
Yet not so bad.

Lauren Woodson's poem about ice cream is a defi-
nition poem, describing for the reader what it is like to
experience ice cream.

Ice cream is like a diamond to a girl. It's their best
friend. Vanilla, strawberry, chocolate, icy whip cream,
steaming hot fudge dripping on your clothes. Every lick
is like heaven.

A list poem describes a setting or object without
directly naming it. For example Emma Smith's list
poem describes a mall.

Stores, food
Credit cards, money
People all over
Shoes, clothes
No more money

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By Jim Hanson
Islander Correspondent
Centuries-old martial arts have come to Anna
Maria Island and are gaining acceptance and students,
thanks mainly to Islander Kevin Bergquist.
He has classes for children as young as 4 and adults
far beyond retirement age, and they all seem to enjoy
the exercise they get and the confidence that comes
with it, said Bergquist.
He holds a fourth-degree black belt, a high attain-
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art. He teaches 13 classes a week at the Island Fitness
Center and the Anna Maria Island Community Center.
There's no way to start earlier than he, practically
as a toddler. His father started him at age 5 in weapons
tactics, disarming, combat restraint and other special-
ties, pretty strong stuff for a 5-year-old.
The father had a lot going for him in the way of
bringing his son into martial arts. He is Gib "the
cracker" Bergquist, who covered a lot of territory in the
world before settling in Holmes Beach in retirement.

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He was a Marine during World War II, then put in
26 years as an FBI agent. Always he studied martial
arts, and always he taught his son what he knew.
The son missed by less than a year being a native
Islander, born in Maryland during one of his father's
Washington, D.C., assignments and arriving on Anna
Maria Island at age 10 months.
Kevin began his formal training in "karate-do"
when he was 10 years old, winning tournaments and
trophies around Florida. At 15 he was awarded a
"shodan," his first black belt.
Through Manatee High School he continued train-
ing in several kinds of martial arts, even one from the
Philippines, while playing football and getting into
power lifting.
Then on to the University of Florida, and into Bra-
zilian and Okinawan forms plus American kickboxing.
But he didn't get a chance to finish college after he
returned home to help out during Gib's illness a couple
of years ago.
Now he is senseei" which is roughly interpreted as

"teacher" but strictly is "one who has gone before."
And he has a sizable following on the Island, not
enough yet so he can quit his day job of remodeling
buildings. But he hopes to change that as time goes on.
He has his own dojoo," or school, at two locations
and is filling the classes. They are "Li'l Dragon"
classes for ages 4-8 years, Karate for Juniors for 9- to
13-year-olds, and Karate Fitness for Adults, age 14
and up. They meet after school and evenings at either
the Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Call 778-
1908 to schedule a class there, or the Island Fitness
Center, 5317 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, 778-5446.
Father "Gib," back on his feet now, must have
been pretty convincing as he reared his family not
only is Kevin a sense, his sister Debbie also is a
sense, holds a black belt in Japanese jujitsu and is
founder of the Fighting Chance Women's Self-De-
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Better Homes loves former Islanders' home

By Jim Hanson
Islander Correspondent
Jeff Gritzmacher and wife Jana would love to be
back on the Island, but he's so terrific at what he's do-
ing that he can't leave where he does it. "Better Homes
and Gardens" agrees.
Not to mention his 6-year-old son Jake, who is the
cover boy on the May edition of "Better Homes and
Gardens" magazine. Inside is a spectacular spread on
Jeff and wife Jana and young Jake and his kid sister
Ella. And the house they built. By hand.
It is a lovely home that they designed and built in
Grayton Beach, next door to Seaside in the Florida Pan-
handle. It is on the shore of a coastal dune lake, one of
less than two dozen in the world, Gritzmacher said.
"Every month or so it opens up to the Gulf of Mexico,
so you can get saltwater fish and freshwater fish in the
same water."
They were told not to buy land there, told not to get
overextended to build a house, told not to design their
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It's a long way from Anna Maria Island, and not
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father in north Florida. He attended Anna Maria El-
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stored it. That was the first, and there have been many
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law in the Seaside area and went on restoring, while
Jana and her sister started their own tile and house
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two years of building a place of their own.
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United States, he said, barring one in California that's
growing just as frenetically.
Maybe, when it all settles down and the
Gritzmachers can retire, they'll make it back to Anna
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AME students featured FST Playwrights

By Diana Bogan
Islander Reporter
Each year students at Anna Maria Elementary
School are first inspired by Florida Studio Theater per-
formances and then encouraged to write a play for
FST's Young Playwrights Festival.
Three AME students, fifth-graders Blake Wilson
and Francis Bergeron and second-grader Zack
Landman, have been awarded top honors in the
theater's annual playwriting competition.
In February students were visited by the Florida
Studio Theatre's Playmakers and, through hands-on
experience, students learned to mix the ingredients of
a play: setting, characters, conflict and dialogue.
Young writers were encouraged to take the ingre-
dients and put together a short play to enter in the fes-
The festival receives 5,000 plays from students in
kindergarten through sixth-grade each year. The actors
read all of the plays and packets were made available
for the public to read and evaluate.
Winning plays are performed by the Florida Stu-
dio Theatre's Playmakers and winning authors receive
a certificate and medal at a luncheon May 8.
AME fifth-graders Wilson and Bergeron will be
among the playwrights honored at the luncheon for
their play "The Play Book," which won first place in
the festival.
Wilson and Bergeron said they worked as a team
with Bergeron writing the first draft and Wilson edit-
ing it and "juicing it up."
"The Play Book" is partially based on a true story.
Bergeron explained that at recess the two of them like
to come up.with football plays and record them in a
book. So, when fifth-grade teacher Anne Kinnan gave
them the assignment to write a play, they decided to
have their characters write a."play book" instead of a
The characters are based on Bergeron, Wilson and
Kinnan, and the play opens with a description of the
teacher being "young and beautiful."
"Ms. Kinnan liked that part," Bergeron admitted.
The boys say they put their personality into the
play and really enjoyed collaborating.
"I like writing. Good plays have a good topic,"
Bergeron said. "I like to write funny plays."
"Find a pun if you want to get a good play," ad-
vised Wilson.
Wilson said finding a topic is the hardest part of
writing a play. Both agree that to be successful you
should write what you like and use a topic that is inter-
esting to you.
"That's what we did and luckily we won,"
Bergeron said.
It took the duo three days to write and edit their
play and they give a lot of credit to Kinnan for guiding
them through the process.
Both said they were surprised they won and offer
their advice to future playwrights, "Don't stress over it
and listen to your teacher. She can really help you."
Bergeron and Wilson said that AME second- and
fourth-graders got to see "The Play Book" performed
during a recent visit to the Florida Studio Theater.
"Every kid I asked said it was good," Bergeron
Wilson said the students who saw the play said the
actors captured their personalities well.
Also among the honorees at this years festival is
Landman, an AME second-grader who penned a play
about the United States Department of Agriculture
nutritional food guide pyramid.
In Landman's play he brings to life each of the
food groups and explores what might happen if they
didn't get along with one another.
Landman said he likes to write and thought this
would be a good topic to talk about.
It is the first time he has written a play although he
likes to write stories in his free time.
Landman said he will probably try again next year
and write another play for FST's Young Playwrights
Landman said he didn't expect to win and was
happy to hear he received an honorable mention.
Following are Bergeron and Wilson's award-win-
ning play, "The Play Book" and Landman's play "The
Talking Food Groups."

Blake Wilson and Francis Bergeron penned a first-place winning play in the Florida Studio Theater's Young
Playwrights Festival. Their play, "The Play Book," will be included in the Florida Studio Theatre's Sarasota

Festival of New Plays. Islander Photos: Diana Bogan

The Play Book
Narrator: One day in a fifth-grade classroom a
teacher named Ms. Kinnan, a young and beautiful
teacher, assigned the class to write a play. Francis and
Blake partnered up with their play. They decided to
make a play book.
Francis: Ms. Kinnan, we are making a play book.
Ms. Kinnan: I think that's a great idea.
Narrator: So the next day...
Ms. Kinnan: Boys, how is your play coming?
Blake: Great, we already have three pages done.
Ms. Kinnan: Excellent!
Narrator: The next day Ms. Kinnan.asks again.
Ms. Kinnan: Boys, how is your play coming?
Francis: Awesome, last night we added six more
Ms. Kinnan: Fantastic! Remember, plays are due to-
Narrator: The next day when the plays are due...
Ms. Kinnan: Class, Blake and Francis have been
working hard on this assignment. Boys, come perform
your play for us.
Blake: Cool.
Francis: Sure, this is great!
Narrator: Francis brings his football to the front of the
classroom. Blake brings up a large notebook with Play
Book written in bold letters.
Francis: (crouching down he shouts) Blue, 42, set,
Narrator: Francis stands up and throws a long pass to
Blake. Blake makes a leaping catch.
Ms. Kinnan: (In shock) What was that?
Blake: That was our play from our football play book.
Ms. Kinnan: A football play book? What are you talk-
ing about?
Boys: You said to write plays, and we did.
Blake: Look, a big fat play book.
Ms. Kinnan: Ahhh!!!
Narrator: Boys high five in celebration.

The Talking Food Groups
One day in the kitchen....
The fruit group was talking about the vegetable
group. The yogurt group was laughing at the meat
group. The meat group asked the yogurt group,
Meat group: Why are you laughing at us?
Yogurt group: Because you are made from animals.
The meat group started to talk to the fruit group and
the vegetable group got mad at the meat group. A big
fight started between the meat, vegetable, fruit and
yogurt groups. In came the bread group.

Bread group: Why are you all fighting?
All the groups started to blame everyone else's
group and the fighting continued.
The bread group walked away to talk among them-
selves, when in walked the candy group.
All other groups: Oh no!
They started to panic because the candy group was
bad and always got into trouble.
The fruit, yogurt, meat and vegetable groups started
to run away from the candy group. This made the candy
group chase them.
The bread group: (Speaking to all) Stop right there!
This scared the candy group and they ran away,
never to come back ever again.
Bread group: (speaking to remaining groups) You can
not fight because you are part of a big important pyra-
mid. Without all of your food groups, the pyramid
would break. So you must be a team.


Young writer
Anna Maria Elementary School second-grader Zack
Landman received an honorable mention in the
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val for his first play, "The Talking Food Groups. "

Wednesday, May 12
9 a.m. Horseshoe games at Anna Maria City
Hall Park, 10005 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria.
10:30 a.m. Friends of the Island Library Book
Club at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach. Information: 778-6341.
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 Cen-
ter, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 778-
1908. Fee applies.
6 p.m. Family storytime at the Island Branch
Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Informa-
tion: 778-6341.

Thursday, May 13
11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. National Tourism Week
Tri-Chamber Luncheon Shining Star Awards and presen-
tation; "Can You Teach an Old Tourism Dog New Tricks?"
at the Radisson Lido Beach Resort, 700 Ben Franklin
Drive, Lido Beach. Information: 387-9519. Fee applies.
11 a.m. St. Bernard Council of Catholic Women
and the Guild of the Annunciation Church joint meet-
ing and spring hat competition at St. Bernard Catholic
Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach. Informa-
tion: 778-2508.
Noon to 4 p.m. AARP driver safety course at the
Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach. Information: 776-1158.

Friday, May 14
Noon to 4 p.m. AARP driver safety course at the
Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach. Information: 776-1158.
6 to 9 p.m. Music "from the Islands" at St.
Armands Circle, Sarasota. Information: 388-1554.

Saturday, May 15
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-
9 a.m. Horseshoe games at Anna Maria City
Hall Park, 10005 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria.
11 a.m. Oriental medicine workshop with
Ricardo Morales at Whale's Song, 515 36th St. W.,
Suite B, Bradenton. Information: 750-8608.
1 to 4 p.m. Fantasy Travel family fun day at
Cortez Village Business Center, 6630 Cortez Road W.,
Bradenton. Information: 795-3900.

Sunday, May 16
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Rare fruit tree sale at the
Manatee Convention Center, One Haben Blvd., Pal-
metto. Information: 722-9550.
Noon to 2 p.m. Manatee Children's Services'
Twice the Charm fashion show and spring lunch at
Carrabba's Italian Grill, 2106 Cortez Road W.,
Bradenton. Information: 727-1200. Fee applies.
7:30 p.m. Auditions for "The Merry Wives of
Windsor" at Island Players, corner of Gulf Drive and
Pine Avenue, Anna Maria. Information: 794-8762.

Monday, May 17
Noon Anna Maria Island Democratic Club pre-
sents its "Election 2004 Candidate Forum" at the
Beach House Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N.,
Bradenton Beach. Information: 778-9287 or 778-6284.
4:30 to 6 p.m. "Roots and Shoots" teen environ-
mental program at the Anna Maria Island Community
Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information:
778-1908. Fee applies.
7:30 p.m. Anna Maria Island Historical Society
meeting with guest speaker David Sadkins of the Wild-
life Education and Rehabilitation Center at Anna Maria
City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information:

Tuesday, May 18
Noon to 3:30 p.m. -Friendly bridge at the Anna
Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave.,
Anna Maria. Information: 778-1908. Fee applies.
1 to 4 p.m. Veterans service officer at the Island
Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
Appointments: 749-3030.

Wednesday, May 19
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 Cen-
ter, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 778-
1908. Fee applies.
6 p.m. Family storytime at the Island Branch
Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Informa-
tion: 778-6341.
7p.m. "Miss Sara's" spring dance recital and ban-
quet at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407
Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 778-1908.
7p.m. Island Players Inc. annual meeting at the
theater, corner of Gulf Drive and Pine Avenue, Anna
Maria. Information: 778-5755.

"Greater Tuna" at the Island Players, corner of
Gulf Drive and Pine Avenue, Anna Maria, through May
16. Information: 778-5755. Fee applies.
"Forever Plaid" at the Manatee Players Riverfront
Theatre, 102 Old Main St., Bradenton, through May 23.
Information: 748-5875. Fee applies.
Manatee High School art exhibit at the Anna
Maria Island Art League, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes
Beach, through May 28. Information: 778-2099.
Watercolors by Mary Stealey at the Island Branch
Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, through
May 31. Information: 778-6341.
Watercolor with Susie Cotton at the Anna Maria
Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna
Maria, through May 25. Information: 778-1908. Fee
Retrospective exhibit by Florida photographer
Clyde Butcher at the South Florida Museum, 201 10th
St. W., Bradenton, through August. Information: 746-
4131. Fee applies.

Island Players banquet at the Bradenton Coun-
try Club May 21.
Longboat Key Chamber golf tournament at the
Longboat Key Club May 21.
Dance the Night Away at the Palma Sola Botani-
cal Park May 21.
Safe boating course at the Anna Maria Island
Power Squadron May 22.
"Monster Jam" basketball tournament at the Anna
Maria Island Community Center May 22-23.
Internet class at the Island Branch library May 24.


Eco-thoughts, bad stories of our winter friends

I've been thinking about plants of late, probably
because not only is it spring but I'm also tasked with
watering the estate while my landlord is off to a inter-
national plant symposium in Hawaii.
When I moved into the place more than four years
ago, he had something like 5,000 plants of about 3,000
varieties, mostly bromeliads. He's since branched out
into lots of palms, and I can't even begin to work on the
count. Suffice to say that I'll be spending lots of time
watering while he's gone.
But the plants prompted me to dig back through an
old column that still seems to have relevance. It's a
"chicken-egg" ecological question to ponder:
Should we, as stewards of the environment, inter-
vene in an attempt to repair damage we have caused to
the wilderness, or should we wait and allow nature to
restore our human foibles?
An example will probably best illustrate the ques-
Around the turn of the century, an ornamental plant
called Brazilian pepper was introduced to this part of
Florida. The plant has pretty green leaves and bright
red berries and looked nice in people's yards. It was
hardy, too, and grew quickly with little water or fertil-
The problem came when birds ate the berries and,
er, I guess through "fertilization," eventually the red
seeds were spread far and wide. In a short time, Bra-
zilian pepper seeds were scattered throughout the state
and began sprouting almost as quickly.
The pepper trees grew abundantly, and spread like
a green fire through the native landscape. Nature ab-
hors a mono-culture, and that single-plant environment
was just what was created in Brazilian pepper forests.
Native plants were crowded out by the invasive pep-
pers, birds and other critters moved on without the
usual food sources and peppers stood alone in a vast

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tangle in the wilderness.
Now comes the question: Should man go in with
herbicides and chain saws and remove the plants, or
should we just sit back and wait for nature to eventu-
ally reclaim the Brazilian pepper forests and turn them
back into lush, native Florida landscapes?
It's a question without easy answers. Eco-purists
say we screwed up the environment once by introduc-
ing a non-native species of plant, arid any attempt to
correct the problem will probably just mean that we'll
screw things up even worse.
Eco-fixers say we made a mistake, and now we
should go back and make things right. We have the
knowledge, we have the technology, we have the can-
do-itness, they say. Let's go!
Laying the ethical or moral questions aside, there
is one other factor that could halt the "let's go!" con-
tingent: It takes a lot of work to clear out Brazilian
It's not like you can go in with 50-gallon drums of
Roundup and spray away. Beside the long-term envi-
ronmental damage to the soil, herbicides don't work all
that well on peppers: You've really got to go in and
take 'em out a tree at a time with chainsaws, shovels
and picks to effectively eliminate them.
"Labor intensive" is probably putting it mildly.
I guess the best answer to the invasive species
question is one of not starting. If we hadn't planted the
plants in the first place, we wouldn't have to worry
about what to do with 'em.
So when you're shopping for your spring garden-
ing shrubbery, think Florida. Native plants grow well,
need little water or fertilizer, are easy to maintain and
look nice. What more do you need?

This is one of those stories that you hope never to
witness, hope never happens to your town, but prob-
ably, unfortunately, happens more that we'd like to
Some buddies and I were at a local waterfront,
watering hole having a few adult beverages last week.
A young couple came zipping up on a personal water-
craft after a rental ride, and the proprietor of the busi-
ness was there to meet them.
There was apparently one of those oopss" mo-
ments, as the craft lightly smacked into a piling. No
hurt, no foul, but a bump.
The "bump" got loud as the young couple went up
to settle their bill. Shouts. Bad words. My friend Bob
went over to see what was going on, and came back
with the report that the rental guy was hitting the young
couple up for their $300 deposit to pay for the damage.

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"That's ..." my other buddy Jack said, and we all
trooped over to offer our comments.
Jack cut right to the chase. "I saw what went on,
and if you give these people a hard time I'll rat you
out," he told the watercraft proprietor, who was on the
phone at the time.
"Yeah," he told the phone, "I've got these three
guys giving me a hard time, they're all wearing flow-
ered shirts," and then began to describe us. "I'm talk-
ing to the cops, man," he shouted at us all. "Don't run
We all looked at each other and shrugged. I spoke
to the young, scared couple who turned out to be from
North Carolina vacationing here, who were both cold
and wet from the ride and upset because they couldn't
get their driver's license or credit card back from the
guy until the cops came.
Hostages, as it were.
The cops came, waved us off when we tried to of-
fer our comments, talked to the guy and the young
couple, and the North Carolina crew came over and
asked for our phone numbers "if we're needed to tes-
tify in court," and left. Then one of the cops stopped by
and waved Bob over, had a few words with him and
Bob came back grinning.
"So?" I asked.
"The cop asked what I thought happened. I told
him I thought the personal watercraft rental guy was
trying to scam the kids. The cop said, 'Yeah, that's
what we thought, too.'"
Perhaps the case is closed.
The more I've thought of the incident, the more
angry I've become. Sure, we're sometimes upset when
we've got to deal with "the season," and sometimes say
bad words about out winter visitors, but to out-and-out
scam our winter friends' money is morally wrong, bla-
tantly illegal, and an affront to those of us who live and
work here.
For what it's worth, the personal watercraft busi-
ness person wasn't around a couple of days later. I hope
it was more than just a few days off for the likes of him.

Sandscript factoid
This isn't so much a factoid as a confession which
will probably boot me out the Native Floridian Hall of
I like our winter friends.
For five years, I was the sole annual renter of a
beachfront fourplex. I was there all the time: The other
three units had a steady turnover of folks for a few
days, a week, or a month. The place saw people from
France, England, Germany, Canada, Australia, and
from all over the United States.
There have been stories in The Islander about
short-term rentals and the horror that it brings. I never
saw it where I was, and grew to kinda enjoy the people
who came to visit. To quote my British landlords, the
guests were for the most part "lovely."
In all those years, there were only two incidents
that were less than lovely: A crew of people from
Texas, who were convinced that I'd broken into their
apartment and broken a mirror, and a bunch of Aussies
who left a fistful of .22-caliber shell casings in the gar-
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King season collapses, but mackerel, trout strong

By Capt. Mike Heistand
The bad news: Kingfish have run past us this
spring season.
Other bad news: Snook season is over, and the
reports of catch-and-release linesiders keep coming
in a good fight, but nothing for the table.
Good news: Some big cobia were caught last
week, plus lots of trout, mackerel, redfish and snap-
Offshore fishing for grouper is still good, too.
Capt. Thorn Smith at Angler's Repair on
Cortez Road said he's putting his charters onto lots
of catch-and-release snook, some keeper-size redfish
and slot-limit-size trout to 20 inches. He's finding
both live and artificial bait working well, with the
best action coming from Terra Ceia Bay.
Bill Lowman at Island Discount Tackle said
kingfish have passed by for the most part, but cobia,
permit and mackerel are taking up the slack, plus
some mangrove snapper. Inshore snook season, al-
though closed, is still producing some big catch-and-
release linesiders, while lots of redfish and trout are
filling the coolers.
Bob Kilb at the Rod & Reel Pier said fishers
there have been catching mackerel, jacks, a few red-
fish, some catch-and-release snook, one cobia that
was hooked but lost, and a few.mangrove snapper.
Cliff Alcorn at the Anna Maria City Pier said
anglers there are catching mackerel on most days,
catch-and-release snook mostly at night, some yel-
lowtail jacks and a few flounder.
Dave Johnson at Snead Island Crab House
said mangrove snapper are hanging out around the
dock, there are black drum in the Manatee River near
the docks, and mackerel are out by the rocks in front
of Terra Ceia Bay. Snapper are also thick and hun-
gry near the Sunshine Skyway Bridge pier systems,
he added.
Capt. Rick Gross on Fishy Business out of
Catchers Marina in Holmes Beach said he's getting
into lots of permit offshore, plus mackerel, snapper
and some keeper-size grouper. Inshore action is see-
ing redfish as the hot ticket.
At Perico Island Bait and Tackle, redfish are
being caught in some numbers on the outgoing tides
near the marina. Some boaters are also coming back
in with lots of mackerel, snapper and grouper.
Capt. Tom Chaya on the Dolphin Dreams in
Holmes Beach out of Catchers said he's catching
plenty of catch-and-release snook, plus limit catches
on redfish most trips. He also reports getting into
lots of permit and plenty of trout.
Capt. Sam Kimball on Legend charters out of
Annie's Bait & Tackle in Cortez said he's putting
his clients onto grouper, lane snapper, triggerfish,
banded rudderfish, mackerel and a few cobia.
Capt. Zach Zacharias on the Dee-Jay II out of
Annie's said he's catching lots of mackerel, snapper,
cobia and flounder out in the Gulf, while backwater
fishing is good for redfish and trout.
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bia last week in the bay on 10-pound-test line. We're
also getting into trout to 24 inches, lots of small
catch-and-release snook, and a few keeper-size red-
Good luck and good fishing.
Capt. Mike Heistand is a 20-year-plus fishing
guide. Call him at 779-9607 to provide a fishing re-
port. Prints and digital images of your catch are also
welcome and may be dropped off at The Islander,
5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, or e-mailed to
news@islander.org. Please include identification
for persons in the picture along with information on
the catch and a name and phone number for more in-
formation. Snapshots may be retrieved once they
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Winners in the May 8 horseshoe games were
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and Peter Watson of England.
Winners in the May 5 games were Rhodes and
Bill Starrett of Anna Maria City. Runners-up were
Pepka and Cathy Stolzfus of Anna Maria City.
The weekly contests get under way every
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Hampton 'drives' Team VO past field in Privateer tourney
By Kevin Cassidy
Islander Correspondent
A combination of long drives by Roy Hampton, .
several fortuitous "hand wedges" and some good all-
around play from David Futch and Butch and Scotty. '":
Van Ostenbridge resulted in "Team VO" running away ..
with the 10th annual Whitey Horton Memorial Golf ; 4 4 f.' A
Tournament, a benefit put on by the Anna Maria Island .
Privateers.. '
The tourney was held Saturday, May 8, at the
Manatee County golf course, which "Team VO" l, I
scorched with an unheard-of score of 53. Their 53 was;.
eight strokes better than second-place finishers Jesse .. ; ...
Carr, Jesse Carr Jr. and Bob Ware, who shot a 61. -1 i .-. -
There was a tie for third place between Team Is- "
lander, including myself, Brett McIntosh, Bill .:
Romberger and young Danny Canniff, who carried his "
older teammates. Also shooting a 64 to tie for third :- ,.,, .."
place was the team of Brian Bilber, Stewart Zimmer, : c
George Lackie and Matt Keller.
By now, you're probably scratching your head i A
over the term "hand wedge." Being that the Horton ..
tourney is a fundraiser, golfers had the option of pur-
chasing "hand wedges" and mulliganss" for $1 each. _-.. .
A mulligan lets a player do a shot over without penalty, David Futch, Butch Van Ostenbridge, Roy Hampton and Scott Van Ostenbridge show off theirfirst-place
while a hand wedge gave golfers an opportunity to awards for running away with the Privateers 10th annual Whitey Horton Memorial Golf Tournament with a
advance their ball without penalty by throwing the ball. 53 Islander Photos: Kevin Cassidy
Team Islander capitalized on one of their three
hand wedges on its first hole, the par-five ninth hole.
Two strong shots left them 35 yards short of the green, .. Jesse
but southpaw Canniff threw a nice shot to within 15 Carr Jr.,
feet, where McIntosh calmly putted it in for an eagle. Jesse
Team VO wasn't to be denied with Hampton rou- Carr and
tinely pummeling drives of 350 yards, including a 365- ,". i' Bob
yard drive on the 410-yard 10th hole to win the long .Ware
drive contest. : claimed
After the tournament, golfers "retired" to the Kirby ..i. second
Stewart American Legion Post on 75th Street in ': place in
Bradenton for a big prime rib dinner and plenty of ... the
awards and raffles. --. theorton
Everyone had a good time eating, drinking and lis- golf
tening to some good tunes played by the band, Skyway :..... ... :ourna-
Jumpers. Though many had a great laugh regarding a '. .- ment ri
hand wedge that went awry by this writer (OK, it went ... with a
in the trap), the last laugh was mine when I won the 50/ 61
50 raffle. "d M 1

Duncan crowned champ
Duncan Real Estate claimed the top seed for the 4 .-
upcoming season-ending, double-elimination AMI
Little League baseball tournament with an 11-3-1 .-, .
record. This gives them a bye for the opening round of
the tourney, which gets started at 6:30 p.m. Wednes-
day, May 12, when WMFD (5-11) takes on Island
Lumber (6-8-1), with the winner taking on Duncan at
6:30 p.m. Friday, May 14.
The loser of the second versus third-place game ,. ..
will take on the loser of the May 14 game on May 17 .
with the finals set for Wednesday, May 19, with a play- s ,
off, if needed, May 21.
Little League baseball awards night is set for 7 p.m. tr Jl.
Monday, May 24, at the Center.

Tickets still available for a
Center Day at the Trop
Come and join family and friends May 30 at
Tropicana Field and help support Island kids in Little
League. Tickets are on sale now for $15 with $7 of
each ticket sold benefiting the Anna Maria Island Little
League. P
Seats are located behind home plate and the Cen-
ter reports they are going fast. Buy or sell the most tick- .
ets and you could get to throw out the first pitch. '. ".,.
Don't want to drive to St. Pete, or need a ride? The
Center's got you covered. While you're purchasing
your game ticket, pick up a ticket for their air-condi- ,
tioned charter bus for $15 and ride up with friends.
To place ticket orders or for more information, you .
can contact the Anna Maria Island Community Center
at 778-1908, or you can contact Devil Rays represen- Third-place winners, your sports writer, Dan Canniff Brett Mclntosh and Bill Romnberger pose for a photo
tative Barry Jones at 1-888-FAN RAYS, ext. 3123 or before the start of the golf tournament.
(727) 825-3123.
but somehow, in the end it was another close loss for single by Forrest Schield. A single by Cory Wash set
WMFD loses heartbreaker WMFD, which has played several close games against the table for Forrest Goodwin, who responded with a
WMFD Little Leaguers looked like they had it Duncan this season, two-run triple.
going during their game against Duncan Real Estate Duncan battled to within 7-5 with three runs in the Duncan tied the game when Steven Sylvester
Friday, May 7. They held a 7-2 lead after three innings, fourth inning. Dillon King started the rally when he PLEASE SEE SPORTS, NEXT PAGE
reached base on an error and later scored on a two-out


reached on an error to lead off the fifth inning and score
on Kyle Bellinger's triple. Bellinger later scored when
he scooted home on a passed ball to tie the game 7-7.
WMFD fought back to retake the lead in the top of
the sixth inning. Jordan Sebastiano reached second on
an error with two outs. He alertly made it to third on a
perfectly executed delayed steal and then scored eas- .
ily on a single by Blake Wilson for an 8-7 lead. A
Duncan scored two runs in the bottom of the sixth
inning without the benefit of a hit. Forrest Schield
walked and quickly stole second and third base. A
strikeout was followed by a walk from Forrest
Goodwin. Goodwin took off for first, drawing a throw
down to second, which allowed Schield to come home a. ,
with the tying run. Goodwin stole third, where he :
scored the game winner on Sylvester's RBI ground out
to end the game. Gory Wash and Bellinger each had
two hits and one run scored to lead Duncan, which also
received a triple and one run scored from Goodwin and
a single and one run from Schield. Duncan Real Estate's Dillon King slides into second
Wilson, who went 3-for-4 to lead WMFD at the WMFD centerfielder Daniel Janisch makes a great base with a stolen base as WMFD shortstop Tommy
plate, also received a single and two runs scored from catch during a 9-8 loss to Duncan Real Estate. Price awaits the throw.
Sebastiano and Price in the loss.

Duncan 15, Island Lumber 9
Forrest Goodwin went 2-for-4, including a triple Bluefield College
and two runs scored, and Steven Sylvester had a double soccer coach
and two runs scored among his two hits, to lead Duncan Jeremy Swartz
Real Estate past Island Lumber Wednesday, May 5. signs off on
Forrest Schield added a double and two runs scored for Samimantha
Duncan, which also received singles and two runs Perry's scholar-
scored from Max Huber and Gory Wash in the victory. ship to play
Matt Bauer went 2-for-3 with one run scored and soccer at the
Joey Hutchinson singled to lead the Island Lumber Virginia school.
offense in the loss. Also pictured are
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Zach Even pitched WMFD past Island Lumber on n writer, SaIn 's
Monday, May 3, by allowing no hits and one run in : MHS coach.
four innings Of work that included 10 strikeouts. Jor- ..
dan Sebastiano provided much of the offense, going 3- ,
for-3 with three runs scored. Alex Burgess, Even and
Wyatt Easterling each added a single and one run '.,
scored for WMFD in the victory.
Daniel Riley singled and scored one run for the
only hit on the night for Island Lumber. Patrice Matt Bauer singled and scored once to lead the Island
Facheris and Joey Hutchinson added runs for Island Lumber offense. Troy Kozewski added a pair of
Lumber in the loss. singles, while Glenn Bower came around to score two
runs in the loss.
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Park, Bradenton. Kids in age groups 7-8, 9-10 and 11-
12 had to hit off a tee for distance and accuracy, then
throw six pitches into a strike zone. The last component
was to run the bases for speed with points being tallied
to crown an overall winner.
Islander Stephen Thomas was the 11-12 winner on
the bases with a time of 8.23 seconds for the 160-foot
distance. He also finished in second place in the over-
all competition for points to advance to Pitch, Hit &
Run sectional competition, which will be held at Jack
Russell Stadium in Clearwater Saturday, May 22.
Stephen's older sister Sarah has also been busy on
the athletic field. Sarah, who was a four-year varsity
soccer player at Manatee High School, has kept active
at Florida Gulf Coast University by playing club soc-
cer and competing in intramural sports. She recently
was a member of the championship flag football team.
She's not just goofing around though. She just fin-
ished her sophomore year at FGCU and again made the
dean's list with an impressive 3.8 grade-point average.

Longboater victorious
Longboat Key resident Anthea Rokop continued

her climb up the junior tennis rankings with a pair of
strong showings in recent tennis tournaments.
Rokop, 8, won the girls 10 and under division of
the Bangoura Memorial Tennis Tournament at Lake-
wood Ranch Sunday, May 10. That win followed a
strong second-place showing in the Sarasota Bath and
Racquet Super Series on April 11.
Miss Rokop, a second-grader at Anna Maria El-
ementary school who trains with Warren Girle at the
Cedar's Tennis Club, was ranked No. 60 in the state
prior to her victory at Lakewood Ranch.

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

GARAGE SALE SATURDAY, May 15, 8am-noon.
Bedroom furniture, clothes, etc. Also open house!
509 59th St., Holmes Beach.

MOVING SALE SATURDAY, May 15, 8am. Miscel-
laneous small furnishings, TV, small appliances,
some fishing tackle and assorted incidentals.
207 S. Bay Blvd., Anna Maria. No early sales.

YARD SALE FRIDAY and Saturday, May 14-15,
9am-3pm. 5404 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach.

FOUND: Orange-and-white long-hair female cat.
Vicinity of Gulf Drive and Park.Avenue, Anna Maria.

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
adoption at Southgate Animal Hospital. References
checked. 922-0774.

1998 HONDA CIVIC: 81,000 miles, CD player,
electric windows/locks, five-speed, cruise control,
regularly maintained. Asking $5,900. 795-7047.

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

FIND GREAT DEALS on wheels and everything
else in The Islander, 778-7978. Check out our
classified online at www.islander.org.

Spacious ground-floor IBR/IBA
end unit at 5400. Steps to beach
and pool. Kitchen with lots of
goodies. Washer/dryer. IB 101731
DREAM HOME Canalfront
lot available in Holmes Beach!
6016 Manatee Avenue West, Bradenton
(941) 751-1155 (800) 778-8448
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THi Islander Since 1992

Countrywide Home Loans is close by and ready
to help you get the home of your dreams.

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Home Loan Consultant
01 Manatee Ave. W. Holmes Beach
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(941) 586-8079

MAST AND BOOM, aluminum, complete standing
rigging for 24-28-foot sailboat. Located Palmetto
Marina. $799 or best offer. 746-0660.

cret water paradise. Sunsets, back water, Egmont
or custom trips. See dolphins and manatees. Call
778-7459 or 720-5470.

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

male looking for a job. Available after school and
weekends. Call Zachary, 779-9783.

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

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

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

PETSITTER, DOG WALKER, 12-year-old mother's
helper, odd jobs. Call Kendall at 779-9783 or 779-9803.

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

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.
attractive decorating, turnkey furnished. Elevatortennis,
heated pool, cabana. $469,000.
4 UNITS ANNA MARIA Some bayview. One 2BR, three 1BR,
room for pool. Great investment. $870,000.
MARTINQUE Gulffront 2BR/2BA, pool, tennis, elevators.
5400 GULFFRONT complex, 1 and 2BRs, pool.
BEACHFRONT 3BR/2BA home, tastefully decorated.

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FINE ART & FRAMING Gallery and shop estab-
lished in wealthy beach resort neighborhood for
over a dozen years. Good lease available. Confi-
dentiality agreement required for details. Only
$90,000. Longview Realty, 383-6112.

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

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

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

ACE HARDWARE of Holmes Beach seeks perma-
nent full-time and part-time cashiers and sales as-
sociate. Trades people welcome. Apply in person.
3352 E. Bay Drive.

POSITION AVAILABLE for person with minimum
one-year experience in the vacation rental busi-
ness. Job consists of training and supporting cus-
tomers using our rental management software
package. Some bookkeeping experience required
and ability to travel one week per month. Salary
range based upon experience. $27,000-plus. E-
mail resume to: apply@rental-network.com (no
phone contact please).

resort. $650/week with accommodations. Meals are
pre-ordered. (800) 299-8938.

AFTER SCHOOL/Summer Camp teachers: AMI
Community Center. $10-$14/hour. Full-time flexible
hours. Director's credentials a must and minimum
two-years experience. Call Shirley Berger, 778-1908.

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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

HELP WANTED: Part-time chef/sous chef and
servers. 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@ Islander.org, fax 778-9392 or
mail/deliver to office, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach FL 34217.

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.

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 misbehaving? Certified computer service
and private lessons. Special $30 per hour- free
advice. 545-7508.

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 communication
electronics offers wireless and cable networks,
upgrades, maintenance, repairs, tutoring and train-
ing. Call Robert, 778-3620.


Simplify Your Search!
Call anytime for a consultation.

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

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.

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

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, refrigeration.
Commercial and residential service, repair and/or re-
placement Serving Manatee County and the Island
since 1987. For dependable, honest and personalized
service, call William Eller, 795-7411. RA005052.

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

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.

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expansive breakfast bar. Best of all is the enchanting bay-side brick patio, offer-
ing endless views of sea, sand and sky! Other amenities include a beautifully land-
scaped lot with sprinkler system. Priced at $1,500,000.
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Fully Licensed and Insured Island References

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

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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.

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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. Hauling:
all kinds of gravel, mulch, top soil with free estimates.
Call Larry at 795-7775, "shell phone" 720-0770.

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

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

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

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

OVER THIRTY YEARS craftsman experience. In-
terior, exterior, doors, stairs, windows and trim. Dan
Michael, master carpenter. Call 778-6898 or cell,


TILE TILE TILE. All variations of ceramic tile
supplied and installed. Quality workmanship,
prompt, reliable, many Island references. Call Neil,

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, cabi-
nets and shutters. Insured and licensed, 748-4711.

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

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

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.
$SAVE$ TILE PAINT: Professional craftsmen if
you don't call us you're paying too much! Free es-
timate, established 1982. 524-0088.

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

WALLS BEAUTIFIED. Drywall fixes, painting inside
and out. Conscientious work. Call Drew Hudson,

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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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.

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

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

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

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

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

RECENTLY REFURBISHED and nicely furnished
1 BR/1 BA ground-floor duplex with cheerful decor.
Just three short blocks to the beach. Walking 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
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.

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.

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,

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

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.

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

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

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.

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

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

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

ANNUAL 2BR/2BA, elevated, washer/dryer hook-
ups, storage, covered parking. No pets. $800/
month. Call 778-0954.

ARTIST'S STUDIO SUBLET available for rent May-
November. Conveniently located at the Anna Maria
Island Art League. Sink in studio. Bathroom, micro-
wave on premises. $75/month. Call 778-2099.

VACATION RENTAL Seaside Gardens. Charming
3BR/2BA with all amenities. $2,000/month. Call Liz,
(305) 387-0135.

STEPS TO BEACH Annual, unfurnished, 2BR/1BA with
washer/dryer. Pets OK. $800/month. Call 778-0292.

HOLMES BEACH LARGE 2BR/2BA, den, laundry,
steps to Gulf. $975/month plus electric. North
Bradenton Beach, spacious 2BR/2BA, laundry,
covered parking, bay views. $850/month, plus elec-
tric. 778-5412 or (585) 473-9361.


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ANNUAL HOLMES BEACH duplex, nice, four rooms,
1BR/1BA, one-and-a-half blocks to beach. $800/
month, plus utilities, first, last, security. 778-2651.

SANDPIPER MOBILE: 55-plus, turnkey 1BR/1BA,
recently updated. Must see inside. Steps to beach.
$550/month covers it all. Office 778-1140, owner
(330) 686-8765.

1 BR/1 BA, fully furnished, resort style. Utilities, cable
included. Shared laundry room. $950/month. First,
last, security. 761-2725.

MERCHANT MARINE 30 days on/30 days off
schedule, seeks Anna Maria home to share. Travel
often on days off. Excellent references on request.
Reply to: Exploreshipoffice@furgo.com.

PREVIOUS ANNA MARIA resident, veterinarian liv-
ing in Orlando desires long-term rental of Gulffront
room for periodic getaways. Call (407) 671-1183.

1 BR/1BA, new carpet, paint, appliances. Nonsmok-
ing, no pets. First, last and deposit. Annual. $650/
month, includes some utilities. Mature individual.

2BR ANNUAL RENTALS available now! Priced from
$760-$950/month. Pets welcome! Don't miss out -
move in specials. Call Island Real Estate, 778-6066.

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

2BR/1BA ANNUAL unit in Holmes Beach. Short
walk to beach. Newly refurbished. Central heat/air.
Some utilities included. Nonsmoking. $700/month.
First, last and security. References required. Call

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SUPER SAVINGS: Place your reservation today!
Duncan Real Estate, 779-0304.

ANNA MARIA BAYSIDE cottage across the beach
from the city pier. 2BR/1BA. Summertime rates,
weekly or monthly. Small pets OK. 778-0542.

month. Duncan Real Estate, 779-0304.

ANNUAL 1BR/1BA duplex in Bradenton Beach.
Clean, bright, quiet, steps to beach. $675/month,
plus some utilities. First, last, security. No pets. Call
(219) 322- 0149.

home. Pool and more. Bradenton Country Club
area. References required. 447-3714.

ANNUAL RENTALS: Direct Gulfview 1 BR/1 BA elevated
apartment, $670/month; 2BR/1 BA in Anna Maria, $775/
month. Fran Maxon Real Estate, 778-2307.

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

sf) in historic village. Two separate master and
guest bedroom wings, great for shared rental! Half-
block from bay with public boat dock and charming
restaurants and across from the best Longboat Key
Gulf beach. Pool and lawn, deluxe barbeque pro-
vided. $2,800/month, furnished if desired. Children
and pets welcome! 387-1387.

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Elevated half
duplex built in
1995 for low
insurance rates,
ease of mainte-
nance. Lots of
living space,
plentiful parking
and storage.
Please contact
Rod Rawlings.

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.

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 gorgeous
beaches, tropical setting and carefree living. Two
brand new quality built homes with spacious floor
plans and many upgrades starting at $638,500 and
three homesites starting at $240,000. Call Tina
Rudek or Mike Migone of Wedebrock Real Estate,

OPEN HOUSE Saturday, May 15, 9am-noon. 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.

LOW CAJUN, LOW Cajun, Low Cajun. No not the
new fad to replace the Atkins just getting your at-
tention about a very nice canalfront home for sale
on 59th Street in Holmes Beach. 2BR/2BA with bay
views. Asking $519,000. Open house Saturday,
May 15, 9am-noon. 778-4773.

WATERFRONT LOTS and homes between
Englewood and Boca Grande. Six lots with seawalls
and three ground-level waterfront homes. Deep wa-
ter, no bridges, one tip lot directly on Intracoastal and
bay. Your dock to the Gulf in three minutes. Last
chance for affordably prices waterfront lots from
$259,000; homes from $319,000. (570) 943-2516.

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

2BR/3BA home with canal on two
sides creating expansive waterview.
Tropical setting, fruit trees, dock,
large curved screened lanai, terrazzo
floors. Short walk to the beach. Fall
in love with the Island ambiance of
this cozy home. $599,900. Dial the
Duncans at 778-1589 eves.

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the wauil! (orriai courniniop, Travertine marble
Floors, central voa syernm. screened lanai over-
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SPA1I0 HOME with pool and wolerfall!
2BR/2BA plus den wllh bright open floo
plan! S339.000

w 4BR/3BA and over 2.400 sf living space
Beautifully landscaped in a private, tropi
cal seeing! S359,000

Brand new 3BR/2BA HOME in beautiful, quiet real Never
been lived in! Over 2,260 sf. of living space! SI,500/month.

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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. Open house Saturday, May
15, 9am-noon.

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

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

OPEN HOUSE Saturday, May 15, 9am-noon.
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 complex.
Asking $519,000. 778-4773.

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

ALL THE BEAUTY of the Island just across the
Cortez Bridge, Palma Sola bayfront and near
Cortez Village. Two story, 4BR/2BA with canal,
dock and boathouse. Million-dollar views can be
had for $639,000. 794-3010 or 374-0528.

davits and in-ground, caged, solar-heated pool.
Recent upgrades include appliances, air condition-
ing and water heater. Barrel-tile roof. $650,000.
Contact New Concepts Properties, 792-9314.

HOLMES BEACH tropical paradise. Two fully fur-
nished 2BR/2BA attached homes. Lush land-
scaped pools and Jacuzzi. Outdoor kitchen dining
and living room. Owner/Broker, 778-4441.

Opportunity knocks!
Watch this space next week!

PERICO BAY CLUB: Largest villa beautifully up-
dated and furnished. Den, 2BR/2BA, two-car ga-
rage. Asking $339,000. Call Marilyn Trevethan di-
rect, 792-8477, Realtor with Island Real Estate.

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INVESTOR WANTED: Lease back canalfront
home! Appraised at $645,000, will sell at $600,000
and lease back for one to two years. For more in-
formation, call builder, Pete, 812-9593.

THE SEA OATS Bradenton Beach. Townhouses
and villas for sale at pre-construction prices. Con-
tact Jane or Dave Guy, 284-5469 or 284-5461.

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

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2217 GULF DR. N.
(941) 778-2246
(800) 211-2323

views of the Intracoastal. Updated 3BR/
3BA home. Rare true point home with
water on three sides. Boat dock with lift.
Must see. Peggy Henger or Mary
Wickersham, 383-5577. #255157.
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LOCATION! LOCATION! This beautiful
building lot is adjacent to the future Villa
Rosa Subdivision. Deeded canal access
through Lot 88(rear) for entrance and
dockage. Laurie Dellatorre, 778-2246.
#97809. $514,900

ISLAND DUPLEX Spectacular bay view
from second floor on the end of the ca-
nal by the future Villa Rosa subdivision.
2BR/2BA each. Short distance to Gulf.
Laurie Dellatorre, 778-2246. #92819.

ISLAND DUPLEX Elevated duplex 2BR/
1BA each side with separate utilities.
Recent renovations new vinyl siding,
kitchen cabinets, vanities, appliances,
stairways and balconies. Dave
Moynihan, 778-2246. #96341. $384,500

family home or vacation retreat! Corner
lot with circular drive, two deeded boat
slips, enclosed Florida room with office
space, solar heated pool & spa. Gina &
Peter Uliano, 358-7990. #102985.

2BA condo near pool in excellent condi-
tion, turnkey furnished. Next years rent in
place at $3,300/month for season. Onsite
rental office. Harold Small, 778-2246.
#101812. $369,000


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