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Skimming the news ... All the business news on An ino Maria Island, page 14.

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"The Best News on Anna Maria Island Since 1992"


Volume 12, No. 28 May 19, 2004 FREE

Commission nixes public vote on city manager

By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
The Holmes Beach City Commission has refused
to let the voting public decide the issue of whether or
not a city manager is needed in Holmes Beach.
At the May 11 meeting, Commissioner Don
Maloney's motion that the issue be placed on the Aug.
31 ballot to let the voters decide failed for lack of a
Commissioners Pat Morton, Sandy Haas-MNartens.
Roger Lutz and Rich Bohnenberger had all previously
stated separately they didn't think the city needed a
manager (The Islander, May 5).

Marina envisioned

for former Sigma

property in Cortez
By Jim Hanson
Islander Correspondent
With the old Sigma property in Cortez finally in
their hands, Karen Bell and partners plan now to seek
rezoning to allow a marina there.
The partners closed the deal last week to buy the
property from Piero Rivolta for $1.865 million. With
Bell are her husband, Paul Brugger, who together share
one-fourth ownership; Judy Brueggeman, one-fourth;
and Eva and Peter Thurell, one-half.
Bell, an executive of the A.P. Bell Fish Co. and
owner of Star Fish Co. and its restaurant next door to
Bell Fish, said this week that she feels the county will
approve changes to allow the marina to go ahead.
The Florida Department
'What better of Environmental Protection
believes the property is a ma-
thing for rina already, she said, and
"what better thing for Cortez
Cortez than than a working marina and
a working boatyard?"
Some in Cortez who
marina and originally opposed Rivolta's
plan to develop Cortez Cove
boatyard?' Marina continue their oppo-
Karen Bell sition. Bell knows it won't
be easy, but she is deter-
mined to see it through. The
approach channel and boat basin are newly dredged by
Rivolta to suit a marina operation.
The property is just under three acres with 900 feet
of shoreline toward the eastern end of the Cortez wa-
terfront, she said.
Sigma has a history, some successes and some hard
times. It began about 1960 when B.C. Capo and his twin
sons moved the old Church of Christ building onto land
along the water and went into the fish business. Over the
years, the Capos built docks and added to the building.
Capo's twin sons were named Lloyd and Floyd,
universally called Big Bubba and Little Bubba, Walter
Bell recalled a few years ago. Bell is president of the
Bell fish house.
Big Bubba was the businessman, his widow,
Martha Jane Masemore, has recounted. The couple
ended up running the business, Capo Fisheries Inc.
They took in a partner, Chester Bell, and not long af-
terward Big Bubba died of leukemia in 1970.
His widow and Bell ran the fish house until 1979

Maloney said he wasn't asking for commission
approval to change the city charter, just to let "citizens
have the opportunity they deserve to express their
view" on the issue. "Don't deny the voters their right
to use the same thing that put you all up here," he
Maloney's plea fell on deaf ears.
Members of the public at the meeting, however.
supported Maloney.
Former Manatee County Attorney and current city
resident Chip Rice argued that "to put this on the bal-
lot is not difficult and it's only fair."
Don Knode, a member of the charter review com-

mittee of 2001-02, said that it was interesting to note
that in the past, all four commissioners now against the
issue, at one time or another had been in favor of the
Lutz corrected Knode, stating that he had only been
in favor of a tri-city government for the three Island
Whatever, noted Don Schroder, who was chairman
of the ill-fated charter review committee that had all its
30-plus recommendations rejected by the then-com-

Cool art
Island Middle School art students take a closer look at the handiwork of Richard Zerr, a chef and ice sculptor
at the Hilton on Longboat Key. Zerr never had anyformnal art training and designs his work from his own
free-hand drawings. Zerr. who has been creating ice sculptures for competitions and large events for 15
years, can finish a piece like this heart in two hours. Islander Photos: Diana Bogan

Ward 3 seat applicants

sought in Bradenton Beach

By Paul Roat
HELP WANTED: Ward 3 position on Bradenton
Beach City Commission. Part-time (?!). Must be resi-
dent, registered voter in ward for at least nine months
prior to June 3, 2004. Ward is from the south side of
Seventh Street North to the north side of First Street
and includes the Pines Trailer Park. Some night meet-
ings. Pay: $4,800 per year.
City commissioners are planning to go door-to-
door handing out a more detailed description of the
above to residents in Ward 3 to solicit nominees for the
commission seat vacated by the resignation of Peter
Barreda earlier this month. Barreda's resignation was
prompted by increased business commitments and
health issues.

The commission is expected to name his successor
June 3.
A number of financial disclosure forms must be
filed periodically with the city, including assets, by the
new commissioner.
City officials suggest applicants write a brief re-
quest for consideration including qualifications and ex-
perience. Hobbies and special interests are encouraged.
Letters of intent may be sent or dropped off to city hall,
107 Gulf Drive, by June 1.
As of Monday, only one application had been sub-
mitted Ross Benjamin, who held the seat from No-
vember 2001 to .uly 2002. -He resigned from the com-
mission, citing verbal attacks against him and wife
Ellen as his reason for departing.

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Turtles finally

arrive, but

By Jim Hanson
Islander Correspondent
Well, they're here finally, the mother turtles who
will propagate their race on our beach.
They're a few weeks late and they're very shy and
they haven't managed to lay a single egg yet, but
they're crawling around looking for likely homes for
their "kids."
Five "false crawls" have been logged since the first
one Sunday near the Bean Point walkover, three Mon-
day and one Tuesday, all in Anna Maria. "False
crawls" are the trails left by the big reptiles that come
ashore to nest and change their minds. The tracks look
like a big (very big) zipper trail, or wide tractor-tire
tread on the beach leading in and out of the water.
The first crawl of the year was spotted by Joe St.
Germaine, who is one of about 50 "active beach walk-
ers," said Suzi Fox, who manages Anna Maria Island
Turtle Watch and holds the state permit for marine
turtle preservation.
The "active walkers" are in addition to about 150
members of Turtle Watch who take turns monitoring
the beach during turtle nesting season.
"I don't know what I'd do without them, members
and nonmembers," Fox said. "Joe is really great, faith-
ful to the end, eyes always open. He's well trained, but
the state requires formally trained walkers for formal
Three other "false crawls" were found Monday
morning on the beach at Bayfront Park in Anna Maria.
It's-possible that one turtle made all three tracks, Fox
said, but not all that probable. Tuesday morning's false
crawl was on the beach near the Sandbar restaurant.
The track that St. Germaine found at Bean Point
was made by a relatively small turtle, probably a young
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Nesting activity, but no nest
Turtle Watclh director Suzi Fox marked of'Anna Maria Island's first turtle crawl of tle season for volunteers
and others to observe first-hand the tractor-like trail in the sand. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy

what to do with all those eggs," Fox said.
Sea turtles dig down a couple of feet, deposit 100
or so eggs that are about the size of golf balls, cover
them and head back into the Gulf, letting sun and sand
incubate their eggs.
The six-month turtle nesting season officially be-
gan May 1, but most years some come out of the Gulf
a week or three early. Not this year, which Fox at-
tributes to chilly Gulf water temperature which now is
just about warm enough 80 degrees and up is
deemed ideal for turtles.

Anyone coming upon a sea turtle on the beach is
warned to stay quiet, avoid use of flashlights at night,
and give the turtle ample room to nest. No flash pho-
The nest will be marked in the morning when
AMITW volunteers do their walk.
Fox may be reached at the Turtle Watch Education
Center, 5408 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, 778-1435.
For turtle emergencies, a mother turtle in distress, or
eventually, hatchlings gone astray, call her cell phone
at 232-1405.


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Citizens Committee formed in Holmes Beach

Holmes Beach Commissioner Don Maloney has
formed the Citizens Committee for the Best Municipal
Government and plans to continue the fight to allow
city voters to decide on whether or not they want a city
manager form of government.
Maloney's motion to the commission May 11 to
place that question before city voters on the Aug. 31
election failed for lack of.a second, but Maloney said
he's undeterred.
"We are not going to quit," he claimed.
Maloney said that while he might not agree with
the other commissioners' opinions on a city manager,
not allowing the issue to be settled by the voters is "tak-
ing away the right of the people to make a decision"
about their government.
Among options under consideration by the com-

mittee is seeking commission candidates to run in the
November election who favor placing the measure
before the voters. The committee is also looking to
have a straw vote taken among voters at Holmes
Beach precincts Aug. 31, asking them if they would
approve having the electorate decide the issue.
"We're not asking for a charter change, we're only
asking if the voters should be given the right to vote
on the jssue," he said.
Because Manatee County is not a chartered
county, a petition to the county election office signed
by registered voters of Holmes Beach asking for the
question to be on the ballot would not be honored
without county commission approval, Maloney noted.
His committee has no plans at this time to take the
issue to the county commission.

Grants received
Grants from the Elizabeth Eaton Fund were approved for Manatee County organizations represented by, from
left, Nancy Ambrose, Anna Maria Island Butterfly Park; Arlene Flisik, Manatee County Audubon Felts
Preserve; Julie McClure, Palma Sola Botanical Park; Brenda George, Boys and Girls Club's master gar-
dener program; Christine Clyne, Manatee Village Historical Park; Diane Ingram, Manatee County Agricul-
tural Museum; and Ann Fletcher and Carol Ponder of the Founder's Circle of the Manatee River Garden
Club, which administers the Eaton Fund.

City manager nixed for now
Asking city residents to vote on a city manager
"was our most important recommendation," claimed
Schroder, and not allowing them to vote on the issue is
a "gross misjudgment of your positions."
After the meeting, Maloney said he "couldn't be-
lieve" that commissioners wouldn't even "give the
voters their say. That's how they themselves got
He also congratulated Bradenton Beach for send-
ing the same city manager issue to its voters to decide
in the Aug. 31 primary election.

Coastal setback
Commissioners deferred further action until May
25 on the second reading of an amendment to change
the construction setback along the coastline from the
mean high water line to the erosion control line as es-
tablished by the Florida Department of Environmental
Resident Joan Perry raised several objections to the
proposed amendment, noting the city doesn't have an
overlay map showing where the ECL runs along the
In some instances, she indicated, the ECL might
allow construction closer to the water than intended.
Lutz suggested the matter be put off until the conm-
mission can view a map of where the ECL is located.

Shubin appeal
Attorney John Shubin withdrew his appeal of a
variance issued to Frank Davis by the board of adjust-
ment, noting the matter would be sent to the circuit
court for a decision.
In other business the commission approved the
Sarasota.firm of Adley, Brisson and Engman to update
the city's land'development code for the $60,600 low
bid price the company submitted.
Mayor Carol Whitmore reported that the contract
to repair the seawall along Marina Drive at the pro-
posed Tidemark project near the Wachovia Bank is
under review by the city attorney and should be put out
for bid in the very near future.

Work session
Commissioners discussed the draft "savings
clause" ordinance with planner Bill Brisson, who wrote
the draft after it was approved by the planning commis-
Brisson said he was able to identify only 12 lots in
the city that would be affected by the ordinance.
A maximum of 31 residences could be built on
those 12 lots, Brisson claimed, including one triplex
and three fourplexes. He said he reviewed more than
1,500 lots in the city.
A property owner with a house straddling two
non-conforming lots could still tear down the struc-
ture and build two units, one on each lot, but setback
requirements must still be met under the ordinance.
The only reason for a variance would be if the mini-
mum square footage requirement could not be met,
he said.
Brisson said he and the planning commission agree
the ordinance is consistent with the city's comprehen-
sive plan.
Lutz said he had several concerns with the draft,
and will discuss those further when the ordinance is
presented for a first reading.
The savings clause ordinance is designed to allow
owners of nonconforming lots to be able to build what
was allowed in 1989 when the land development code
was changed. No savings clause was introduced at that
time, although the city continued to issue building per-
mits for nonconforming lots with less than the required
In other business, several members of the public
pleaded with the city not to remove invasive and non-
native trees such as Australian pines when requested by
residents. Maloney, however, said his investigation has
determined that it's a state law enacted in 1997 to re-
move such vegetation from city rights of way and pub-
lic property.
Whitmore said it's city policy to remove those
trees when requested, or when it's a safety concern.
Resident John Molyneau asked that the city review
the policy and preserve such trees when possible. A
number of people have written the city conlplaining
about the loss of the Australian pines. "A lot of people
are concerned," he said.


Straw vote
The Islander is conducting its own straw vote
among Holmes Beach voters. If you are a regis-
tered Holmes Beach voter, please drop off the
following ballot at The Islander offices at 5404
Marina Drive, fax your vote to 778-9392, or e-
mail a vote to news@islander.org. Please, vote
only once.

"Should the voters of Holmes Beach be allowed
to vote as to whether or not they want a city man-
ager-commission form of government?"

J Yes JNo

Marina proposed for Cortez

when they sold it to Junior Guthrie. He named it Gulf
to Bay and developed it into a sizable operation until
he ran into other troubles and lost it.
Chester Bell bought it back and 20 years ago sold it
to Tony Huang, businessman from Taiwan who named it
Sigma. Huang then acquired a bigger plant in St. Peters-
burg from Red Lobster and concentrated his fish business
there. He kept the Cortez plant to ship fish to St. Peters-
burg for processing, making a big business of mullet roe
for the Orient where it was, and is, highly valued.
Huang, too, ran into difficulties, with the U.S. govern-
ment accusing him of importing shrimp from a country
with which trade was prohibited. He went back to Taiwan,
from where he continued to operate his businesses. In
1999 he sold the Cortez property to Rivolta.


Anna Maria City
May 24, 7 p.m., planning and zoning board meeting.
May 25, 6 p.m., ad hoc comprehensive plan commit-
May 26, 6:45 p.m., Environmental Education and En-
hancement Committee meeting.
May 27, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive,

Bradenton Beach
May 19, 4 p.m., city commission work meeting on bal-
lot issues.
May 20, 1 p.m., city commission meeting. Agenda:
Public comment; first reading on supplemental code
enforcement ordinance; pending legal issue discus-
sion; attorney invoice discussion; Web site update; li-
brary clerk increase in hours discussion; stormwater
annual report; discussion on sharing city equipment;
staff step-plan ordinance review; computer purchase
discussion; staff drug testing discussion; staff meeting
reports, commission meeting attendance and agenda
items discussion; agenda items regarding backup
materials, due dates and times discussion; consent
agenda; commission reports; and scheduling upcom-
ing meetings.
May 26, 4 p.m., city commission work session on bal-
lot issues.
May 26, 6 p.m., Citizen Advisory Committee For Re-
view and Updating of the Comprehensive Plan and
Land Development Code For Bradenton Beach meet-
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.,

Holmes Beach
May 20, 10 a.m., code enforcement board meeting -
May 25, 7 p.m., city commission meeting with work
session to immediately follow.
May 27, 9 a.m., code enforcement board meeting.
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive,

Of Interest
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.


AME lunch room 'food fight' resolved by PTO

By Diana Bogan
Islander Reporter
Funds set up at the beginning of the school year by
the Anna Maria Elementary School Parent-Teacher
Organization are being used to ensure any student who
wants a hot lunch gets one but apparently not until
after an incident erupted in the cafeteria.
AME PTO President Cindy Thompson said she was
surprised last week when she visited the school to have
lunch with her son and saw a boy in tears because he'd had
his choice of lunch taken away in the lunch line and re-
placed with a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. She said
she thought it must be a mistake and went to Principal
Kathy Hayes to remind her of a special PTO fund avail-
able to help with past due lunch accounts.
"How does punishing the kids help the parents?"
Thompson wondered. "We all felt bad about it. It's not
fair, it's not enough food and it's a matter of self-es-
"We try to be more child oriented at AME," Hayes
said. That is why she chose to enact an alternative lunch
plan only for the last two weeks of school.
Thompson said that at the end of the 2002-03
school year it came to her attention that students with
a low balance or past-due lunch account were being
denied a hot lunch until their accounts were paid.
Instead of their choice of entree, these students
were provided a peanut butter and jelly or grilled
cheese sandwich and milk.
Thompson said she was informed by then-Principal
Tim Kolbe that the school board policy does not allow

children to charge their school lunch and incur a deficit.
At that time the PTO was not in a position to des-
ignate funds to pay for student lunches for those with
insufficient funds in their account, so a group of par-
ents donated $300 and worked with cafeteria manager
Rene Harper to allow kids to continue choosing a hot
lunch until the parents brought their accounts in bal-
To avoid having students turned away again this
year, the PTO approved in September a change in
policy. It designated a field trip fund to be a "Student
Assistance Fund" to help pay for field trips, school T-
shirts and weekly reader books, and also to help stu-
dents with past-due lunch accounts to continue getting
regular lunch entrees.
Thompson said the PTO earmarked $300 from its
student assistance fund to pay for lunches as needed
and was surprised to learn that students were once
again having their hot lunch replaced with cold sand-
wiches and milk.
Hayes said in March the deficit had soared to more
than $400 and she attempted to speak personally to
parents who owed money as well as having letters sent
home, but had limited success.
Hayes notified parents that students would not be
allowed to charge any meals during the last two weeks
of school and that an alternative meal would be pro-
Hayes said that the policy is no different from
that of any other school in the district and that many
elementary schools enact the policy throughout the

school year'for students who miss two or three pay-
Thompson said the PTO didn't advertise funds
were available because they prefer parents be account-
able for their debts, however, in the interim, the PTO
did not want students to be caught in the middle.
Any lunchroom debt left at the end of the school
year is paid from the school's internal account. Hayes
said she believes paying for school lunches is not a
proper use of PTO funds, and as principal it is her re-
sponsibility to do what is within her means to reduce
the deficit.
In the week the alternative lunch plan was enacted,
the deficit was reduced to $150, said Hayes.
"1 understand the PTO's concern and see that we
don't want the kids to be embarrassed," Hayes said. "I
have contacted these parents and tried to get their at-
tention gently in other ways."
Hayes said efforts were also made to ensure none
of the families with outstanding debts were qualified
for the free or reduced lunch program.
Haves said that she understands the PTO's con-
cerns and has reached a compromise. The alternative
lunch program has been discontinued and the student
assistance fund will be used to pay for any final debt
owed to the district.
An agreement was also reached that AME would
contact parents next year when their child's lunch ac-
count fell below $5 instead of $1.40.
Hayes said the good news is that her active stance
has reduced the deficit and the impact it will have on
the funds offered by the PTO.

Mayor Whitmore,

MPO want

answers on

Key Royale Bridge
By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Holmes Beach Mayor Carol Whitmore along
with the Sarasota-Manatee Metropolitan Planning
Organization want some answers from the Florida
Department of Transportation on a new Key Royale
bridge, and they want them now.
Whitmore and MPO Executive Director Mike
Guy have written a letter to Rick Langley at the
DOT's Bartow office demanding an explanation for
why funding for a new Key Royale bridge has now
been pushed back to the 2007-08 DOT budget.
"The original project was scheduled for funding
in the fiscal year 2004-05," said Whitmore. "Then,
it was moved to the 05-06 budget, then in Novem-
ber 2003, the DOT draft work plan had the project
in 2006-07."
The latest DOT work plan released in late April
shows funding for the Key Royale Bridge in its
2007-08 budget.
"That's not good enough," said Whitmore. "This
project has been in the planning process for a num-
ber of years and every time it appears funding is
imminent, the DOT postpones it. We've spent thou-
sands and thousands of dollars extending the life of
this bridge and I want an explanation from the DOT
as to why this bridge project has been surpassed in
priority by other bridges every year."
At one time, she said, funding for a new Key
Royale Bridge was fifth in priority on a DOT list, but
it then got pushed to No. 13 in that budget cycle,
then dropped completely.
"I want to know the reasons for this proposed de-
lay and I want the DOT to reconsider restoring the
proposed funding to its original target year of 2004-
05," Whitmore concluded.
The cost of a new Key Royale Bridge has been
previously estimated at $1.2 million, the mayor
added, but that was two years ago.
Without DOT funding, the city may have to look
at its own options to replace the bridge.
The 2003-04 budget had set aside $100,000 for
bridge repairs and a similar amount, if not more, will
probably be in the 2004-05 budget, Whitmore said.

Surprise: No water from county for Arvida-Perico project

The 800-pound gorilla came to the table late
Tuesday afternoon.
Manatee County commissioners unanimously
voted to send a letter to Bradenton officials stating
the county would not be interested in selling water
to the Arvida Corp.-proposed 668-unit develop-
ment on Perico Island, just across Anna Maria
Sound from Anna Mlaria Island.
Commissioner Joe McClash offered a mo-
tion that the county present its position to the
city that it was not interested in selling water to

the project as it is currently proposed; that the
height of the buildings some up to 10 stories
- is excessive and that 35 feet is more appro-
priate; that transportation issues need to be fur-
ther addressed: and that the county has concerns
that vistas of nearby parks would be harmed by
the tall buildings.
The Bradenton City Planning Commission is
scheduled to discuss the Arvida project at 2 p.m.
Wednesday, May 19, at the Bradenton City Hall.
101 Old Main St.

Off Stage
New' officers of the
Anna Maria Island
Players' auxiliary
organization, the
Off Stage Ladies.
from left: Carol
Heckman, secre-
tary; Sarah
Maloney. presi-
dent; Phyllis
Glentz, vice
president; and
Marian Van
Winkle, treasurer.

Parking correction
The story in the May 12 issue of The Islander on
parking in Anna Maria should have noted that resident
Bob Castellano said the proposed parking ordinance
was "overkill," not Al DiCostanzo. Mr. DiCostanzo
favors the proposed parking plan.
Woodland explains
Anna Maria Commissioner Dale Woodland has
noted that the Willow Avenue parking issue is not the
only reason he does not support the Plan X parking
proposal within the city's beach access zone, as was
indicated in the May 12 issue of The Islander.
His other reasons are that he believes Plan X is
divisive, restrictive and too complicated.
In The Islander article "Aubry's alternative for
King Middle School ignored," architect Gene Aubry
was misquoted. It should have stated, "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 good quality building."


Key Bridge

work ongoing

The Florida Department of Transportation
repairs and rehabilitation of the State Road 789/
Longboat Pass Drawbridge will continue this
week and through the summer.
Expect intermittent lane closures (one-lane,
two-way traffic) with flaggers present while
crews repair piles and deck joints. One sidewalk
may be closed to pedestrians and the DOT asks
that both drivers and pedestrians use caution
crossing the roadway and bridge.

THE ISLANDER 0 MAY 19, 2004 0 PAGE 5

Great day for kids comes

Saturday at Bayfront Park

By Jim Hanson
Islander Correspondent
The big spring party for all youngsters on and near
Anna Maria Island will be at Bayfront Park from 10
a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, May 22.
It's Snooks Adams Kids Day 2004, sponsored by
the Anna Maria Island Privateers. It's "a festival just
for kids," said the Privateers, though adults are cer-
tainly welcome.
Snooks Adams was the Island's first peace officer
and was chief of police of Holmes Beach when he
drove a Jeep-full of youngsters to Coquina Beach the
first Saturday after school was out in 1955, he recalled.
He provided free hot dogs and sodas.
The celebration expanded over the years, until in

1980 he turned it over to the Privateers. They were a
somewhat new organization that wanted to help the
Island, its children and themselves have some fun.
The festival moved up-Island to the Manatee Pub-
lic Beach, then to the more spacious Bayfront Park in
Anna Maria. That's where it will be Saturday 200
S. Bay Drive.
There, youngsters will have all kinds of games,
pirate costume contest, treasure hunt, races and lots of
food. Kids will get the hot dogs and pizza and soda
free, adults can have a share too but they have to pay.
Adams, who lives in Holmes Beach, will be there
too, maybe not as spry as he was when it all began, but
still full of love for children and enthusiasm for the
festival he created.

Blood donors sought Islandwide

A pint of blood from a donor will be worth $100
to local Island charities in the Islandwide blood drive
Saturday and Sunday, June 5-6.
It is the fourth annual blood drive, and the largest
blood collection event all year for the Manatee Com-
munity Blood Center.
This blood drive is a win-win for Island charities -
an anonymous benefactor has offered to donate $100 per
blood donor to one of four Island groups, or shared among
the charities, for each pint of blood given.
Receiving groups include the Anna Maria Island
Community Center, the Anna Maria Island Privateers,
the West Manatee Fire and Rescue Volunteers and
Wildlife Rehabilitation and Education. All four groups
are based on Anna Maria Island.
The Islahd charities are "rallying" their supporters
to give during the Islandwide drive, which can result
in upwards of $10,000 to the non-profits. In fact, the
benefactor has removed the 100 donor, $ 10,000 dona-
tion ceiling and the "sky's the limit."

Wildlife Inc. of Bradenton Beach reports more
than 100 donors are already registered to give blood
and their $100 reward to the organization headed by
Gail Straight.
And the fire department volunteers are enlisting
other departments and sharing their "rewards to
build up their numbers.
The Privateers are recruiting donors at events such
as their recent golf tournament and will be hailing po-
tential donors from their float/boat near the Kingfish
Boat Ramp the two days of the blood drive. Their funds
are earmarked for youth scholarships.
Sandee Pruitt of the Center said they will be call-
ing potential donors and mailing notices within the
The Center is offering some incentives to donors
who designate their $100 donation to their charity:
SFree registration for a youth to attend summer
camp at the Center, a $15 value, and a donor's name
will be drawn for a free week at the summer camp, an

One happy day, 87 years
Snooks Adams, a native of Cortez and the Island's
first patrol officer and then Holmes Beach police
chief until retirement in 1978, celebrated his 87th
birthday at home with friends and wife Liz. More
than 300 people 'filled the house" at Pete Reynard's
Restaurant for his retirement dinner on May 18,
1978. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy

$80 value.
Free membership in the Center for one year, $15
Center membership for a senior (55 and up) for
a year, a $20 value.
Passes to use the Center's tennis courts, $10
Blood will be taken from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday
and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday at three Island locations: Ii
Anna Maria, at sponsors Marina Pointe Realty and A
Pine Avenue Salon, 314 Pine Ave.; at Holmes Beach
sponsor The Islander newspaper office, 5404 Marina
Drive; and in Bradenton Beach at the sponsoring Beach
House Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N.
The first 300 donors will receive commemorative T-
shirts. All donors receive orange juice and/or water from
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Democracy takes

a licking
The "Gang of Four" should be ashamed. Holmes
Beach City Commissioners Rich Bohnenberger, Sandy
Haas-Martens, Roger Lutz and Pat Morton sat silent
when fellow Commissioner Don Maloney motioned to
add a question to the Aug. 31 primary ballot regarding
a city manager.
Stone silence greeted the Maloney motion, ef-
fectively preventing the issue from going on the bal-
By failing to second the motion, the Gang of
Four "heard no evil," and public input, either for or
against, was denied. Were they afraid of what they
might hear if the motion had been seconded and dis-
Or were they fearful of revealing their thoughts?
Regardless, they should at least have given the
voters the right to decide. That's all Maloney was ask-
ing, and his plea fell on deaf ears.
Their collective silence shows they are now deny-
ing the same right to vote to those who elected them,
and being seated commissioners, this decision should
not rest with them alone.
Surprisingly, at least three of the four have previ-
ously supported the idea of a city manager for Holmes
Beach, and Morton said as much during his successful
2003 campaign for a commission seat.
Shame on the Gang of Four for failing democracy.
Part of democracy is allowing the people to vote on
decisions of significant impact. Another part of democ-
racy is voting commissioners out of office. Don't for-
get that one.
The issue here, however, is not whether commis-
sioners believe Holmes Beach needs a city manager,
the issue is whether or not those same commissioners
believe the voters can make an intelligent decision, or
should even have the right to make a decision.
Yes, commissioners were elected to make deci-
sions, often difficult ones. But to block voters from a
matter of this magnitude stings with superiority.
Meanwhile, Maloney will seek another way to give
voters their choice for or against a manager-commis-
sion form of government in Holmes Beach.
At least until we remove the flies from the oint-
ment, we likely will not see progress on this issue.
Nobody can deny city voters the right to elect two
new commissioners in November and that should put
some salve on this wound.

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For Pierola
Anyone criticizing the contribution of Katie
Pierola to Bradenton Beach, the Island and the
county, should see two videotapes from the "dark
days" when the Island was washing away and the
consensus lacked on what, if anything, to do ab,. it
The first, made from a low-flying helicopter,
showed the rubble of our beaches, houses washing
away and seawall relics to climb over to get to the
beach. It was labeled simply, "Where's the beach?"
It was paid for by the countywide "Save the Beach"
committee and partially funded and chaired-by
Katie. Its purpose was to show the poor shape that
our beaches were in.
The second video, made by the U.S. Army Corps
of Engineers, was an attribute and tribute to Katie's
When our county delegation to Washington,
D.C., of which I was honorce ) be a part of, showed
the first film to our political leaders there, all were
astonished at the need, but alas, the budget had been
passed. We were told that there was no money for
Manatee County beaches and we wouldn't be getting
The larger salvo Katie equipped us with was a
scrapbook of request letters from Katie and students
at Anna Maria Elementary School. We left it with
one of our senators with a request to get it to Presi-
dent Bush (George's dad).
The second video Katie doubters should see, the
one made by the Corps, details how President Bush
inscribed "Help Katie and the Kids" across the up-
per left-hand corner of the scrapbook and passed it
down through the Corps chain of command.
Each officer thought it a joke until his superior
told him that it was a direct order from their com-
manding officer, the President. The district officer
demurred twice until his superior told him he was
getting three choices: help Katie and the kids, or help

Katie and the kids, or help Katie and the kids. He
said he decided to help Katie and the kids.
Money was put in the closed budget and our
beaches were repaired and renourished. Such is the
persistence, skill and creativity of Katie Pierola.
I once, and only once, forwarded a state
senator's complaint about Katie's persistence to Stan
Tait, chairman of the Florida Shore and Beach Pres-
ervation Association. Stan's reply: Clone me 12
more like her and we can get something done!
A devastated beach, on which agreement was
lacking, was transformed to a great value, much
greater than anticipated.
County Commissioner Pat Glass, equally instru-
mental in turning our economy around, can confirm
this account. I have copies of both videos if anyone
would care to see them.
John Adams, Holmes Beach

Message to thief
This is to the person or persons who used our
credit card on April 1, 4 and 5.
Whether I lost it or you took it, you had no right
to use it. You went to Stop and Pick, Outback
Steakhouse, Winn Dixie (more than $500), CVS and
Applebees. The total spluge was over $1,000. All
those places are around 43rd Street in Bradenton.
You not only used my card but you stole from all
of these merchants. Granted these merchants should
have checked your ID but did not, or you would not
have been able to use it.
We stay on the Island for three months and re-
ally love the area. It's too bad that there are people
like you who have no conscience. You might think
that you got away with it, but you will have to live
with yourself and just remember there is always
someone who knows exactly what you are doing and
you alone will have to answer for it.
Ed and Carol Hensley, Michigan

Building official interviews

continue in Bradenton Beach

By Heather A. Beddow
Islander Reporter
The Bradenton Beach mayor and city commission-
ers are still sifting through applications for the planning
and development department to fill the position of
building official, which has been vacant since January.
"We haven't been dragging our feet," Mayor John
Chappie said. "An interview takes a week or so, mini-
mum, to get everything through the commission."
At the May 12 meeting, commissioners discussed
scheduling interviews with a narrowed field of three
applicants, George Herbert of Myakka City, Michael
Flynn of Fall River, Mass., and Harvey Smith of Tal-
lahassee, who has already had one interview.
Chuck Sheridan of Merritt Island and Donald Ray
True of Forte Meade also applied for the building of-
ficial position, but both withdrew their applications.
Herbert of Myakka City emigrated from England
in 1995. He served as site superintendent for both
Manasota Commercial Construction and Starling Con-
struction. He has more than 30 years of experience in
the construction industry and has been certified in new
building codes.
Flynn is president of Nutek Building Co. in Fall
River and has been a construction supervisor, project
manager, building inspector and interim building com-

Holmes Beach flag flap
The United States flag at the Holmes Beach City
Hall hasn't been raised the past two weeks because of
damage to the holding device at the top of the pole.
Mayor Carol Whitmore said a recent windstorm
broke the flag's hook at the top. To repair the damage,
the city needs the West Manatee Fire & Rescue bucket
truck to reach that high, but that engine is undergoing
Whitmore said if the WMFR bucket truck isn't
fixed in the next few days, the city will rent a truck to
hoist workers to the top of the pole to effect repairs.

missioner. He attended Bridgewater State College and
Dean College.
Smith is licensed as a code enforcement profes-
sional, construction plans examiner, construction in-
spector and is a state of Florida registered electrical
contractor. He has a bachelor's degree in management
and human resources from Florida State University and
an associate of science degree in architectural design
and building construction technology from Okaloosa-
Walton Community College.
City Clerk Pat Grizzle provided information regard-
ing qualifications for the building official position, which
includes: a bachelor's degree in engineering, architecture,
building construction or a related field; five years experi-
ence in civil engineering or building construction in a
management position; and Florida licensure as a code
administrator. Candidates without licensure have 12
months to receive it upon employment.
Although the Holmes Beach building department
is temporarily serving as the building official for
Bradenton Beach, the funding is available for a full-
time building official for the city.
Building officials are responsible for reviewing.
approving and issuing all development permits. They
also perform inspections and assist both contractors
and the public to make sure they are complying with
laws and ordinances.
Grizzle said that the pay is negotiable, usually
around $50,000, and also includes full medical ben-
Holmes Beach Treasurer Rick Ashley said the to-
tal amount owed by Bradenton Beach for building of-
ficial services is $7,894.90 from January through April.
Grizzle said building permit fees collected in that
period amount to $72.293.25 and go into the city's gen-
eral fund.
Ashley also said "the interlocal agreement to pro-
vide building department cr\ices eC\pires the first
week in July and currently doesn't have another re-
newal clause."

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Ten years ago, the May 19, 1994, issue of
The Islander announced that:
The special task force formed to address land-
scaping and beautification issues along Gulf Drive
in Bradenton Beach announced it would hold a meet-
ing May 25 to obtain public input on the task force
Anna Maria Mayor Ray Simches dismissed a
recommendation from the planning commission that
the city utilize a volunteer committee to review and
draft ordinances, rather than paying the city attorney.
The Anna Maria Island Community Center will
hold a forum May 26 to address the problems of
drugs and sex among Island teenagers.


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Me, you and

the wild blue
Bob Frank of Holmes Beach was still in high
school Dec. 7, 1941, and taking a drive in his home-
town of Jamaica in the New York borough of Queens
when he heard on the radio that Japan had attacked
Pearl Harbor.
"We were all ready to join up that day," Bob re-
membered, but the enlistment offices were closed.
He wanted to be an aerial photographer and signed
up with the U.S. Army Air Corps. He was called to ac-
tive duty in October 1942, and trained as both a pho-
tographer and aerial gunner
Originally assigned to a B-17, he was transferred
to a B-24 squadron in Wyoming for further training.
His aircraft crew was sent to Italy in late October
1944 and was stationed in Cerignola with the 742nd
Squadron of the 455th Bomb Group, part of the 15th
U.S. Army Air Force.
"We were the top crew in our training class, so we
thought we were pretty hot. We all couldn't wait for
our first mission. I guess I was too young to be scared,"
he said.
Bob's plane, "Cream of the Crop," was the last
aircraft in the formation on that first mission, a position
known as "tail-end Charlie," and he was the tail gun-
ner. "So I was really the back end of the formation," he
said with a laugh..
"But we had the feeling that we were pretty good,
and we trusted our pilot, Leighton Hope. We went and
bombed in Hungary. We got lots of flak because we
were the last plane, but didn't see any fighters, so ev-
erything worked out for us."
Another crew that day wasn't so lucky.
"They got shot down. We saw it happen and saw
them bail out. It was kind of scary to see all those para-
chutes and the plane on fire." Later, Bob learned that
most of the crew survived and reached the safety of
The B-24s were protected by fighter aircraft and
the famous Tuskegee Airmen flew along with Bob's
squadron on several occasions.
On one mission, "Cream of the Crop" was again
flying as "tail-end Charlie" when an unidentified B-24
came up from behind and tried to join the formation.

Top guns
Bob Frank is second from the left in the back row of this 1944 photo of his crew graduating as the top crew
from B-24 training in Wyoming in October 1944. The men were shipped to Italy the next day to be part of the

15th U.S. Army Air Force.

"We tried to raise them on the radio, but they didn't
answer. We were suspicious because the Germans were
known to rebuild downed B-24s and fly them up to
shoot Allied aircraft."
The Tuskegee airmen were flying cover for the
mission that day and one of the pilots finally got the B-
24 on the radio,,but the suspicious plane didn't know
the call sign for the day.
"They told that pilot to turn around and they would
escort him back to the nearest Allied base," Bob re-
membered. When the unknown pilot protested, the
Tuskegee pilot said if he didn't follow him, they would
shoot him down.
"So they escorted him back. We never did learn
what happened or if it was a bunch of Germans in that
plane," said Bob, "but they weren't taking any
That incident was documented by author Stephen
Ambrose in his book "The Wild Blue," about former
U.S. Senator George McGovem's experiences as a B-
24 pilot with the 455th during the war.
One mission didn't go quite so well for "Cream of

the Crop."
"We got shot up pretty bad and had to land on this
tiny island off the coast of Yugoslavia and it was a real
short runway. If you overshot the runway, you'd hit a
mountain. We just barely made it in, thanks to
Bob also remembers how the infantry would com-
plain how "easy" the air crews had it compared to the
ground troops.
"One day we took an infantry officer with us on a
mission. We flew through so much flak, it sounded like
we were flying through a hailstorm. Then the fighters
attacked. When we got back to the base, that guy said
he would never fly with us again. We got a good laugh
out of that."
By early 1945, Bob and his crew knew the war was
winding down because the Germans no longer had any
fighter aircraft to send up against the bombers.
"We were just counting our missions, hoping we'd
make it because the end was in sight."
Other crews and friends were not so lucky. "We




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Quiet time
Bob Frank enjoys Holmes Beach, having moved here
with his wife in 1990from the east coast of Florida.
Islander Photo: Rick Catlin

Greatest Generation
lost some good men. A lot of guys never came back."
Bob and the crew were on rest and recreation leave
when they got the news that Germany had surrendered.
"We did 21 missions and everybody in the crew
got home safely. We all flew back to the States to-
gether, then went our separate ways, but there was a
bond there that can never be broken. It's something

only those who served together in combat can under-
stand. I wasn't a hero. But I would have done anything
not to let my crew down."
Bob still sees the bombardier and radio man from
"Cream of the Crop" every winter when they visit
"I still get emotional. I'm going to the dedication
of the World War II memorial in Washington, D.C.,
this summer and it's going to be tough."
For Bob Frank, visiting the WWII memorial will
be bittersweet. He had a brother in the 82nd Airborne

[ Kiwanian
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fighter pilot,
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years. With him
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left, who spon-
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Division who survived D-Day and the Battle of the
Bulge, only to be killed after the war in a parachute
demonstration accident in Berlin.
After his discharge, Bob became a draftsman and
facility planner in the New York area. He and wife Jean
retired to the east coast of Florida in 1987, but found
Holmes Beach so much nicer, they moved here in
"It's real nice and quiet here, but hardly a day goes
by I don't think about the war. I guess it's that way for
a lot of veterans."


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Bradenton Beach artist Tonya Clay has been noti-
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Four of her oil paintings have been specified for the
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The deadline for reservations for the Longboat Key
Hurricane Party is June 7, but it's an early sell-out so
anyone interested had better get at it now.
That's the word from the sponsoring Longboat Key
Chamber of Commerce, which tried the party as an
experiment last year and got such an overwhelming
response that it's now an annual affair, and a popular
One of the reasons, said the chamber, is the pro-
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hurricane and what to do after it hits.
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Welcome, Madelyn Ann
Peggi and Bruce Davenport welcomed baby girl
Madelyn Ann to the world at 5.03 a.m. May 13, at
Blake Medical Center in Bradenton. Madelyn
weighed 9 pounds 10 ounces. She is the granddaugh-
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proprietors of Duffy's Tavern. Islander Photo:
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Temple notes Shavuoth
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and two days later begin its summer Shabbat schedule.
Shavuoth services also will include Yiskor, memo-
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temple at 567 Bay Isles Road, Longboat Key.
Friday, May 28, will see the first Shabbat service
on the summer schedule, 5:30 p.m. Friday until Sept.
10. Details may be obtained by calling 383-3428.
Cortez Kitchens golf benefit
A golf outing to help a Cortez man through cancer
treatments is being planned by the Cortez Kitchen Res-
taurant and Fish Market.
B.J. Lipke, born of a long-standing family in the
historic fishing village, has been treated for cancer for
months, said Peter Barreda, Cortez Kitchen owner. He
still needs some treatment, said Barreda, but has run
short of funds and needs help.
Until he was stricken, Lipke worked at the restau-
rant and "we want him back," Barreda said. "He's a
great guy and a great worker."
Hence the golf outing, which will start at 1 p.m.
June 19 at the Manatee County Golf Course, 6415 53rd
Ave. W. A two-person scramble is planned, and "lots
of prizes and lots of fun," Barreda said.
Entry is $45 per person and hole sponsorships are
open at $100 per hole, the proceeds going to Lipke's
medical treatments.
Following the golf play will be a party at the Cortez
Kitchen, 4628 119th St. W. Additional information
may be obtained at 798-9404.

Horseshoe winners
Winners in the May 15 horseshoe games were
George McKay of Anna Maria City and Ron Pepka of
Bradenton. Runners-up were Tom Rhodes of Cortez
and Karl Thomas of Bradenton.
Winners in the May 12 games were Pepka and
Rhodes. Runners-up were Bill Starrett and Cathy
Stolzfus, both of Anna Maria City.
The weekly contests get under way every Wednes-
day and Saturday at 9 a.m. at Anna Maria City Hall
Park, 10005 Gulf Drive. There are no membership fees
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She depicts local marine life, birds, boats and shore
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16th Longboat Key golf
tournament is Friday
The annual golf tournament sponsored by the
Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce will get
under way with a shotgun start at 1 p.m. Friday,
May 21.
It will be at the Longboat Key Club's
Islandside course at the south end of the key. The
tourney is $125 per golfer or $400 for a foursome.
Sponsors have been signed up ranging from $150
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An awards banquet at the clubhouse will be-
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Maintenance costs add to

city hall renovations total

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The cost to remodel the Anna Maria City Hall is
holding steady at $151,000, Mayor SueLynn told city
commissioners at their May 13 workshop.
Unfortunately, that's only the good news. The bad
news is that maintenance costs associated with remod-
eling have climbed to nearly $60,000, and could go
even higher, the mayor noted.
Those costs now include replacement of three air-
conditioning units, asbestos removal and abatement,
mold removal and mitigation, and the cost to relocate
city hall to the Island Baptist Church for three months.
The commission, however, should separate the
costs into two portions, actual remodeling and needed
maintenance, she said. "Remember, the remodeling
portion is still at $151,000." Necessary maintenance
was only discovered as the contractors and architects
began to examine the scope of work.
Most if not all the maintenance should have been
done by prior commissions, but was ignored, said Pub-
lic Works Director George McKay, who included him-
self in that failure during his terms as a city commis-
Now, after more than 20 years of neglect, the city
has to face up to what has to be done.
But the mayor gave commissioners a choice, in
case they might not want to move forward with the
entire project, including maintenance. She presented a
second option that would cost the city an estimated
$45,000 to $60,000.
Option 2 includes losing the $15,000 already spent
on architectural fees, but adds the necessary asbestos
removal and mold mitigation, and the needed replace-
ment of the air-conditioning compressors. Addition-
ally, city hall would have to be vacated for at least two
weeks during the repair period under the second choice.
"This is just.fixing what has to be fixed," SueLynn
said. Federal and state safety regulations require the re-
moval of the asbestos and mitigation of the mold problem,
and the city must comply with the Americans with Dis-
abilities Act for access to city hall and chambers.
Commissioner Carol Ann Magill said the $210,000
figure is too much and the amount keeps growing and
growing. "I'm not pleased with this," she said.

Commissioner Dale Woodland was also not happy
with the rising costs. While his position is still against
moving forward with the entire project, he agreed the
second option "has to be done."
But Commission Chairperson John Quam noted
that the city has already budgeted nearly $204,000 for
the entire project.
The current total estimate is only $7,000 more, and
that amount could easily be found in several unused
budget items, the mayor said.
Woodland and Magill wanted a more precise cost
of the second option and SueLynn said she'd have
those figures for the May 27 meeting.
"We'll do the best we can," she noted, but encour-
aged the commission to proceed with the entire reno-
vation as costs will continue to rise and Southern Cross
won't continue to maintain its $151,000 bid price much
longer. They've already extended it well past the origi-
nal February deadline, SueLynn said.

Traffic signage
Commissioners agreed to lay out a citywide map of
where parking and no-parking signs outside the desig-
nated beach access zone are located. The map and loca-
tions are needed for a new city parking ordinance. Com-
missioners will also note where signs should or should not
be located, and encouraged public input on that issue.
In other business, commissioners:
Discussed republication of the city codes at a cost
of $8,765 and placed this item on its May 27 regular
meeting agenda.
Limited a commissioner's comment on a single
agenda item to five minutes.
Approved the mayor's request to schedule the
first 2004-05 budget meeting for June 22.
Agreed with the mayor to adjust the salary sched-
ules of the city's administrative assistant and building
department clerk (currently vacant).
Listened to a proposal from SueLynn for a part-
time parking officer on summer weekends and agreed
to discuss the issue further May 27.
Agreed to discuss lowering the city's current $30
parking fine at the May 27 meeting.
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Final letters from

'Soldier's Heart'
Each week the Islander has featured letters from
U.S. Army Maj. Rick Ely, who was stationed in Af-
ghanistan, to students at Island Middle School.
More than a dozen students from Island Middle
School received letters from Ely, who was the execu-
tive officer of a helicopter maintenance battalion 40
miles north of Kabul, the country's capital, before re-
turning 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
Ely and his family plan to visit the Island in June.
Here is his final week of correspondence with IMS

Dear American Soldier
Hello my name is Devon Ellis, and I'm from
Bradenton, Fla. Where are you from? I just want to
say that I greatly appreciate what you are doing.
Thank you for fighting for my freedom, and so I'm

Afghan Christmas
Rick Ely rides a camel to a first-place finish in a
holiday parade held at his U.S. Army base in Af-

not scared of terrorist
Devon Ellis

Dear Devon,
Hey how are you doing buddy? I have been real
busy. I will be home in less than 30 days. Yee Haw! I
can not wait! I wanted to write you and thank you for
your letter. I admire kids like you. I am from Iowa, the
corn state not the potato state. Your letter was so short
and sweet. That's the way I like things. I will tell you
that, although it was short you said a lot. You said
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Ely family to visit Island,

contributions sought

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 will visit the Island for the first time with wife
Joelle, daughter Kayla and son Alec, and hopefully
meet with some of the students and families he has
communicated with from Afghanistan.
Several local businesses will sponsor accommoda-
tions and services to the family and Fantasy Travel of
Bradenton is working on a travel package.
The family will stay at the Tortuga Inn from June
7 until June 11 and weekend accommodations are still
needed. Longboat Limo has offered to drive Rick and
Joelle to a romantic dinner donated by Euphemia Haye
on Longboat Key.
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 favor-
ite dish for kids of any age, "real French toast."
AME Principal Kathy Hayes has offered the school
auditorium for a community event in Ely's honor.
Donations are sought to offset the cost of a rental
car for the family and other travel expenses.
Nancy Ambrose of The Islander newspaper and
the Rev. Bill Grossman of Harvey Memorial Commu-
nity Church can be contacted to make donations for the
family's visit.
To contribute to Ely's visit, contact Ambrose at
518-4431 or Grossman at 224-8608.

freedom. I am truly glad to do it for you, Devon. You
are a special kid. All you kids are special.
I'm about out of new stuff to say to your class and
I hope all of you read these letters to each other. There
was a helicopter that did get shot at here in Afghani-
stan. The helicopter is called an Apache helicopter. It
is also known as an AH-64. AH stands for attack heli-
copter. I fly an UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter. UH
stands for utility helicopter. Did you know all Army
helicopters are named after Indian tribes, except for
one? Do you know what it is? It is named after a snake.
It is called the AH-I Cobra. That is pretty neat.
One of the biggest dangers is personal hygiene. We
have to wash our hands a lot so we don't get sick. There
are a lot of diseases over here and you can get sick if you
do not take care of yourself. Before I came over here I had
to get 10 shots. I got seven in one day. My arm was really
sore. We have to take malaria pills every day so we do not
get malaria. The other day one soldier got bit by a scor-
pion. He got pretty sick. I have not seen any scorpions, but
I have seen a big spider. It is called a camel spider. I guess
they bite really hard. I have not been bitten by one and
hope I do not get bitten.
Well, Devon, I hope you enjoy the pictures I have
sent and please share your letter with your classmates.
Take care and study hard in school. It is very important
and remember, most kids here do not have the oppor-
tunity to go to school. Wash your hands so you do not
get sick.
Your buddy,
Rick Ely

To an American Soldier,
It must be hot out there. My best friend's brother
is stationed out there somewhere. She showed me what
he had to eat. I felt bad for him because it was really
Last year my old school (King Middle School) sent
care packages to soldiers everywhere. They got deodor-
ant, candy, gum, dental products, sanitizing wipes and
stuff. Have you received a care package? If I knew
where you were I'd send you one.
Is it scary to go to war? Thank you for doing it. I
know how hard it must be to be so far away from ev-
eryone you love. But you'll be back soon. Thank you
for protecting our freedom and our country. I know you
probably don't want to be there. I wouldn't.
Hope you make it back safely. Good luck.
Lacev Reddv

Dear Lacey,
How are you doing? Your handwriting is very im-
pressive. You have great penmanship. I'm writing you
from Afghanistan. It is Wednesday morning here and
Tuesday night in Florida. I'm used to converting the
time zone to Central Time zone. It's 10 1/2 hours ahead
of the Midwest and I believe 9 1/2 hours ahead of
Florida. It's not too bad here. Everyone thinks it's re-
ally hot over here, but it's not. We even had snow a
couple of times. We are in a desert and a desert is clas-
sified as such based on the amount of precipitation it
receives in a year and not necessarily the temperature.
You asked if it is scary to go to war. I think it is
scary anytime you go somewhere that you are unsure
of. Just think if your parents were moving and you had
to go to a different school. It would be scary for you to
go to a different school. That's kind of what it is like.
You have no idea what to expect, so you do feel un-
easy. But now that I have been here for several months,
I am familiar with the surroundings and feel pretty
comfortable. It's not as scary as I thought.
I have been over here since Aug. 2, 2003. It's been
a long time. I missed having Christmas with my wife
and two kids. I have a boy 9 years old named Alec and
a girl, Kayla, who is 11 years old. They are great kids.
They were on NBC nightly news with Tom Brokaw
while I was gone. It was sad. They started crying. We
had some neat events while we were over here. During
Thanksgiving and Christmas we coordinated a parade
for the base. It was pretty neat. The local Afghanistan
people were looking at us with a confused look on their
face. We rented a camel for our parade. That was pretty
neat and got us first place in the judging competition.
This has been quite an experience and believe it or not
has been a fun experience in my life. I miss my family, but
feel it is important to be here doing the job that I'm doing
for my country. You take care Lacey and study hard. I will
be home soon to my family. I will be back in Iowa in May.
God bless you,
Rick Ely

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John J. Dunn
John J. Dunn, 82, of Sarasota and formerly Holmes
Beach, died May 9.
Mr. Dunn was a former member of the Boston
police and the Massachusetts State Police, retiring as
lieutenant detective. He served in the South Pacific
theater in World War II with the U.S. Air Force.
Memorial services will be held in Massachusetts at
a later date. Brown and Sons Funeral Home is in charge
of arrangements.
He is survived by sons John and Mark and
daughter Mary, all of Massachusetts; brothers James
of Boston and William of Bradenton; sisters Marga-
ret of Framingham, Mass., Catherine Crowley of
Yarmouthport, Mass., Anne Caruso of Brewster,
Mass., and Irene Kilroy of Boston; and good friends
Doreen and Judge William Pastor of Holmes Beach.

Louise F. Lockwood
Louise F. Lockwood, 80, of Holmes Beach and
formerly Middletown, Conn., died April 29.
Born in Bryn Mawr, Pa., Mrs. Lockwood was a
graduate of Radnor High School and Bryn Mawr Col-
lege. She worked for Choice Magazine, Middletown,
Conn., from 1963-1984, retiring as editor.
A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Friday,
June 21, at the Roser Memorial Community Church
Chapel, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria City. Memorial
contributions may be made to Friends of the Island
Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach FL
34217, or to Hospice of Southwest Florida, 5955 Rand
Blvd., Sarasota FL 34238.
She is survived by daughters Andree A. of New
York, N.Y., and Rachel L. Gonzalez-Falla of Corpus
Christi, Texas; son Winthrop F. of Brooklyn, N.Y.; and
one granddaughter.

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and formerly Anna Maria Island, died May 13.
Mrs. Robson was the fifth of nine children born
to parents Thomas Louvine Hackney and Mabel
Flournoy Morton Hackney. She spent her youth
along the Alafia River and graduated from
Hillsborough High School in Tampa. She attended
classes at the University of Tampa and worked as a
bookkeeper in Tampa. She married Alfred Hart
Robson of Tampa in 1935, and eventually moved to
Anna Maria Island in 1944, where she lived until
1975. She was active in the Episcopal Church of the
Annunciation in Holmes Beach and was a volunteer
at the Anna Maria Island Elementary School. She
was a member of St. Mark's Episcopal Church in
Palm Beach Gardens.
She was preceded in death by her husband and
her son, Alfred Hart "Roby" Robson, Jr. She is sur-
vived by daughters Suzanne Robson Smith of
Dunedin and Judith Robson Holly of West Palm
Beach; brother Leland Hackney Sr. of Jacksonville;
four grandsons; and four great-grandchildren.

Olga 'Murph' Thompson
Olga "Murph" Thompson, 71, of Holmes Beach
and the Lake Minnetonka area of Minneapolis, Minn.,
died April 29.
Born in Montreal, Canada, Mrs. Thompson moved
to Minneapolis in 1943 and came to Anna Maria Island
as a winter resident in 1968, moving here full-tillme in
2001. ShvesrI-veds execti secretary of the Wayzata
Country Club in Wayzata, Minn., and later as execu-
tive director for the Varsity Club of the Northwest at
the University of Minnesota Hospital campus before
forming her own marketing consultant firm. She was
a member of the Anna Maria Garden Club and the
Manatee Sail and Power Squadron.
Memorial services will be at 7:45 p.m. May 23 on
the beach at 67th Street.
She is survived by husband R. Pierce; daughters
Kimberley Benika, Kerry and Robyn; sister Marion
Fridlund; and five grandchildren.

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Warning that 58,200 children were abducted in
the United States in 1999 alone, Griffith-Cline Fu-
neral and Cremation Services in Manatee County
will observe National Missing Children's Day Tues-
day, May 25.
Toddler abuduction-prevention tips and free fin-
gerprint kits will be offered at the Island Chapel, 6000
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
Jo Anne Klement, community development direc-
tor for the funeral home, said that although most abduc-
tion victims are teenagers, "parents of toddlers are fre-
quently concerned about the safety of their children."
She and Griffith-Cline offer some tips for toddler
Confine them in shopping carts or strollers when
you shop: If you have more than one child, use a mul-
tiple stroller or put them all in a shopping cart; keep a
sharp eye on your child at the playground; never as-
sume another adult is watching your children; don't
leave one alone in a public restroom.
Klement works through the Dignity Memorial Es-
cape School, which she said helped 220,000 children
avoid or escape abduction in 2003. She will provide
further information at 778-4480, or visit their Web site
at www.escapeschool.com.

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A committee is being formed to organize the 2004
Freedom Festival on July 4 on Longboat Key, and
members are needed for the group.
Also needed are volunteers to help decorate, cook,
set up games and the like on the day of the event.
The Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce hopes
the event will be "a fun, old-fashioned celebration of
the Fourth of July."
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Upscale walk for the Island
Construction has begun on the Island Walk condo-
miniums on Marina Drive, site of the former Chris-
tian Science Church. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin

Island Walk is true Island-style
Construction on the Island Walk condominiums at
6300 Marina Drive in Holmes Beach is under way and
the 12-unit project promises upscale, quality Island liv-
"All of the units are courtyard-style with two floors
of living over parking," said Jan Oden of Oden-
McLaughlin Homes, the project builder and developer.
When completed, Island Walk will be comprised of six
buildings, each with two units.
With a courtyard for each condominium, owners
have actual property where they can build a pool or spa
or add an outdoor barbecue area.
Each unit contains about 1,900 square feet of liv-
ing space and come with a master bedroom suite and
two additional bedrooms. One bedroom can be con-
verted to a den, said Jan.
Other amenities include granite and marble floors
and counter tops, a greatroom, dining room and bal-
"I like to think this is upscale Island living at its
casual best," said Jan with a laugh.
Pre-construction prices are $595,000, and Jan has
already taken several reservations.
"The word seems to be out and we plan on open-
ing the first building in late August," she said.
For more information on Island Walk, call Oden at

Pure water at
Bradenton Outlet Mall
Aquasana pure water and purifying systems are
now available at the Bradenton Outlet Mall at 6133
Manatee Ave. W. in Bradenton.
Metro Home Supply Inc. of Sarasota has opened a
BYO Empty B outlet at the mall for thirsty customers
looking for premium water.
Customers can refill their own bottles at BYO, or
purchase Aquasana systems and filters.
Portable sink-top units and a combination unit are
also available, as is the popular Aquasana Rhino sys-
tem which provides healthy water for all household
uses, including showers, washing dishes and for drink-
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Empty B, call Darlene or Tom at 359-3799 or 730-
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Dial Debbie for Island vacation
If you're looking to list an Island property, just dial
Debbie Dial at Diamond Shores Realty Inc. at 1501
Gulf Drive N. in Bradenton Beach.
You might get more than real estate information if
you sign up.
For a limited time, clients who list a property with
Diamond Shores can get a free stay at one of three
Anna Maria Island resorts participating in the plan.
This past winter, visitors from throughout the
United States, Canada and Europe came to Anna Maria
Island looking for property or a timeshare offered by
Diamond Shores, and stayed at the Gulf Stream,
Smuggler's Cove or Umbrella Beach resort. And many
of those "visitors" became buyers, said Debbie.
"While they were here, so many of them fell in

love with our warm weather and Island living that they
started looking for property while they were here and
became buyers.
"The buyers are staying at our house, so let us
show them your house," is Diamond Shores and
Debbie's motto.
For more information on listing a property with
Diamond Shores, call Debbie Dial at 779-1811, or visit
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New owners expected
at 307 Pine Avenue
The sale of the 307 Pine General Store is expected'
soon. Planned new owner Sandy Oldham said the
store would close one week for renovations and
improvements, then hold a grand reopening on
Thursday, May 20. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin

Pine Avenue rejuvenated
The 307 Pine Avenue store in Anna Maria is
scheduled to reopen tomorrow under new owners
Sandy Oldham and family. The store was closed for a
week for renovations after Oldham purchased the prop-
erty. As the only grocery-deli-beverage store in Anna
Maria, Oldham said the store will cater to residents and
visitors and have a number of new items and features.
A grand opening celebration is planned for later
this month, Oldham said.

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Guarding lawns safer
than guarding in Iraq
By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
"Taking care of lawns and gardens is certainly a lot
safer than my last job," said Adam Gratzer, who has
just started America's Best Lawn Care Inc., along with
twin brother Bernie.
That's because the last job this Bradenton native
had was in Baghdad, Iraq. for 10 months with the 2nd
Battalion, 124th Infantry Division, a Florida National
Guard based in Sanford.
Safe to say. Adam and Bernie will "guard" Island
lawns as well as Adam guarded his troops in Iraq.
where he was a sergeant assigned as an infantry team
"I'm proud of my service and I'm still a member
of the Guard." noted Adam.
Brother Bernie has been in the lawn care and land-
scaping business the past five years. When Adam got
back from Iraq, he decided to go into business with
"We do trimming, mowing. landscaping and other
yard care," said Adam. "I think we're especially good
for the Island and west Bradenton because we can
make weekly maintenance calls for people who are
leaving for the summer."
Lawn services are offered on a weekly, monthly or
one-time basis, he added, and the company recently
purchased completely new equipment to complement
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"We like to think we're the guardsmen to guard
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Realty raves
Sally Greig led in obtaining new listings for Mike
Norman Realty Inc. during March, while Carla
Beddow was tops in sales.
Tom Nelson was named the most successful agent
at acquiring new listings of properties for Island Real
Estate during April, while Allen Galletto and Marilyn
Trevethan were the leading sales agents for the month.
At Wedebrock Real Estate Co.'s Anna Maria Is-
land office, Gail Tutewiler was the leader in both new
listings and sales during April. Other top agents at
Wedebrock included Tina Rudek and the Cindy/Mike
Migone team in new listings and Ralph Faillace and the
Migones in sales at the Longboat Key office.
Laura Dellatorre won top honors in the "closed
volume" category during April at Wagner Realty's
Anna Maria Island office. Jack McCormick led that
category at the Longboat Key office. Other leaders in-
cluded Peggy Henger, obtaining new listings, and
Cathy Meldahl, sales, both at the Longboat Key office.
Island real estate sales
620 Gladstone, Holmes Beach, a canalfront 2,354
sfla / 3,303 sfur 4bed/3bath/2car/pool home built in
1972 on a 90x109 lot, was sold 2/12/04, Benalcazar to
Mathieu, for $739,900; list $769,000.
110 12th St. S., Bradenton Beach, 122 Gulf to Bay
Moorings, an 896 sfla / 1,046 sfur 2bed/2bath condo
built in 1982, was sold 2/19/04, Adare to White, for
$365,000; list $394,500.
201 84th St., Holmes Beach, a 1,194 sfla / 1,790
sfur 3bed/2bath/lcar home built in 1971 on a 90x 100
lot, was sold 2/20/04, Dan Howe Holdings and Bill
Gryboski Holdings to Keith Thompson, for $382,500;
list $389,000.
206 Peacock, Holmes Beach, a 1,944 sfla / 2,234
sfur 4bed/4bath/2car duplex built in 1979 on an 86x87
lot, was sold 2/17/04, Walker to Winheim, for
207 Palm, Anna Maria, two empty lots (maybe the
old duplex is still there?) 52x 110 each, were sold 2/1 8/
04, Barlow to 303 Broadway Assoc., for $287,500
2600 Gulf Dr., Bradenton Beach, 38 Anna Maria
Island Club, a Gulffront 2bed/2bath 1,179 sfla / 1,339
sfur condo -built in 1984, was sold 2/19/04,
Mountainaire LLC to Bramande, for $800,000; list
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4200 Gulf Dr., Holmes Beach, 107 Gulf Sands, a
2bed/2bath 1,008 sfla / 1,104 sfur condo built in 1979,
was sold 2/19/04, Bystrom to Saba, for $615,000.
601 Gulf Dr. N., Bradenton Beach, 113 Gulf
Watch, a 1,282 sfla / 1,380 sfur 2bed/2bath condo built
in 1984, was sold 2/20/04, Worth to Matzen, for
608 Key Royale Dr., Holmes Beach, a canalfront
1,608 sfla / 1,911 sfur 3bed/2bath/lcar home built in
1963 on a 90x125 lot, was sold 2/20/04, Bishop to
FiengA, for $516,500, list $519,900.
6250 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach, 53 North
Beach Village 3, a 1,536 sfla / 2,065 sfur 3bed/2.5bath/
2car townhouse condo built in 1992, was sold 2/18/04,
Tatarchuk to Gingras, for $390,000; list $409,000.
6400 Flotilla, Holmes Beach, 86 Westbay Point &
Moorings, a 2bed/2bath 985 sfla / 1,377 sfur condo
built in 1978, was sold 2/18/04, Richardson to MSVM
LLC, for $380,000.
116-22 52nd St., Holmes Beach, one of four
townhouses of 1,000 sfla / 1,076 sfur built in 1973 on
their own lot of 16+x89 feet, was sold 2/17/04, Island
Restoration LLC to House Master LLC, for $329,000.
Purchased 11/03 for $200,000 each.
125-127-129 Bridge St., Bradenton Beach, a 2,327
sfla / 2605 sfur commercial building built in 1947 on
a 75x50 lot, was sold 2/25/04, Hodges to Bartizal, for
1325 Gulf Dr., Bradenton Beach, 137 Tortuga, a
motel-to-condo conversion, was sold 2/23/04, Tortuga
Partners to McConnell, for $310,000.
536 Key Royale Dr., Holmes Beach, a canalfront
1,731 sfla / 2,644 sfur 3bcd/2bath/2car/pool home built
in 1967 on a 100x 172 lot, was sold 2/24/04, Perona to
Holley, for $760,000; list $799,000.
5608 Gulf Dr., Holmes Beach, 210 Sun Plaza
WeSt., a 1,092 sfla/ 1,236 sfur 2bed/2bath condo built
in 1981, was sold 2/26/04,. Martin to Moriez. for
$434,000; list $459.000.
104 Gulf Dr. S., Bradenton Beach, 105 Gulf View,
a 1,029 sfla / 1,065 sfur 2bed/2bath condo built in
1980. was sold 3/4/04, Parla to Eastman. for $615.000.
116-22 52nd St., Holmes Beach, 1.000 sfla / 1.076
sfur attached townhouses on their own lots (16+x89).
built in 1973, were sold one each by Island Restoration
LLC to Kreps & GulgasI tor $315,000 cach.
1 17 Willow, Anna Maria. a 50x 110 lot. was sold
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125 49th St. & 4808 Second Ave., Holmes Beach,
a 2,356 sfla / 2,673 sfur duplex built in 1960 on a
100xl00 lot, was sold 3/3/04, Mayoz to Kreps, for
204 Tarpon, Anna Maria, a 1,344 sfla / 1,818 sfur
duplex built in 1964 on a 74x103 lot, was sold 3/2/04,
Bacich to May, for $419,000; list $439,000.
214 83rd St., Holmes Beach, a 1,180 sfla/ 1,668
sfur 2bed/2bath/l.5car home built in 1956 on a 90x100
lot, was sold 3/1/04, Sharpe to Kruger, for $410,000;
list $424,900.
316 Hardin, Anna Maria, a 1,462 sfla/ 1,936 sfur
duplex built in 1957 on a 65x108 lot, was sold 3/4/04,
Ksiazek to Lew, for $340,000; list $369,900.
4255 Gulf Dr., Holmes Beach, 124 (aka 127) Is-
land Villages, a 1,367 sfla/ 1,535 sfur 3bed/2bath/2car
condo built in 1981, was sold 3/3/04, Godfrey to
Donella, for $305,000; list $331,000.
600 Manatee Ave. W., Holmes Beach, 122
Westbay Cove, a 1,179 sfla / 1,559 sfur 2bed/2bath
condo built in 1977, was sold 3/3/04, Willard to
Spaulding, for $305,000; list $310,000.
6400 Flotilla Dr., Holmes Beach, 64 Westbay
Point & Moorings, a 985 sfla / 1,377 sfur 2bed/2bath
condo built in 1977, was sold 3/1/04, Schrom to
Sandberg, for $434,250.
1007 Gulf Dr N, Bradenton beach, 201 Summer
Sands, a 1,254 sfla / 1,349 sfur 2bed/2.5bath condo
built in 1982, was sold 3/9/04, Park to Walker, for
243 17th St. N., Bradenton Beach, 10 Bradenton
Beach Club, a 1,688 sfla / 2,122 sfur 2bed/2bath/2car
condo built in 2003, was sold 3/9/04, Hazlett to
Beachnaw, for $655,000.
2518 Gulf Dr., Bradenton Beach, a 4,008 sfur
building on the Gulf, built in 1935 on a 50x155 lot, was
sold 3/12/04, Bull to Sharff, for $1,850.000.
2600 Gulf Dr., Bradenton Beach, 34 Anna Maria
Island Club, a 1,179 sfla / 1,339 sfur 2bed/2bath
Gulffront condo built in 1982, was sold 3/8/04, Peters
to Bramande, for $750,000.
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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.
7 p.m. Dance teacher "Miss Sara" will host a
spring recital and banquet 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.

Friday, May 21
7 to 11:30 p.m. "Dance the Night Away" at
Palma Sola Botanical.Park, 9800 17th Ave. N.W.,
Bradenton. Information: 792-8719. Fee applies.

Saturday, May 22
8:30 a.m. Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island
meeting presents "Trials and Tribulations of Middle
School Management" with Larry Fowler at Cafe on the
Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Manatee Public Beach,
Holmes Beach. Information: 778-0355.
9 a.m. Horseshoe games at Anna Maria City
Hall Park, 10005 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria.
8 a.m. to noon Safe boating class at the Anna

Maria Island Power Squadron, 1200 71st St. N.W.,
Bradenton. Information: 778-8408 or 545-7646. Fee

Monday, May 24
8 a.m. Internet class at the Island Branch Li-
brary, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information:

Tuesday, May 25
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 26
8 to 9 a.m. "Good Morning, Longboat Key" at
the Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce, 6854 Gulf
of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. Information: 387-9519.
9 a.m. Horseshoe games at Anna Maria City
Hall Park, 10005 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria.
Noon to 3:30 p.m. Duplicate bridge at the Anna
Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave.,
Anna Maria. Information: 778-3390. Fee applies.
6 p.m. Family storytime at the Island Branch
Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Informa-
tion: 778-6341.

Stained glass art by Susan Oberender on.display
at Island Gallery West, 5368 Gulf Drive, Holmes
Beach, through May 22.
"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

High school art opening
Amanda Nelson, freshman art student at Manatee High
School, participated in a collaboration piece with
classmates (her contribution is bottom center), cur-
rently on display with other work from the Manatee
High School art program at the Anna Maria Art
League through May. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy

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.

Anna Maria Island Community Center Day at
Tropicana Field May 30.
Memorial Day concert at Phillippi Estate Park,
Sarasota May 31.

'Top Notch' photo contest under way in June

If you've got a great snapshot, we've got a contest
you could win.
The Islander photo contest will begin publishing
weekly winning photos on June 9. Eight weekly win-
ning pictures will be featured on the cover of The Is-
lander and one snapshot will be a grand prize winner
with prizes and gift certificates awarded by the news-
paper and local merchants.
The weekly deadline is noon Friday throughout the
contest with the first deadline June 4.
Judging begins by a selection of pictures that may
include abstract photos, still life pictures, landscapes
and scenics, candid unposed snapshots, action, holi-
days, humor and animal pictures. Nothing is over-
looked, including great kid pics, sentimental moments
and moments of personal triumph.
Send or deliver your favorites (no limits) weekly
to Top Notch Contest Editor, The Islander, 5404 Ma-

rina Drive, Holmes Beach FL 34217.
Digital contest entries should be submitted in the
original JPG format via e-mail to
topnotch@islander.org or on CD. No retouching, en-
hancements or computer manipulation is allowed.
Complete rules and entry forms for the contest are
published below. Please attach a photo contest label to
each photo or CD you submit.
E-mail entrants must submit the label information
in the text of the e-mail, one photo attachment per e-
Photos without entry forms will be disqualified.
Additional photo labels are available at the newspaper
office or they may be copied.

Top notch kitty photo
Ines Norman's photo, capturing her cat's wide
yawn, won the top prize in 1996.

Islander photo contest rules
1) The Islander Newspaper's Top Notch Photo Con-
test is strictly for amateur photographers. Amateur photogra-
phers are those who derive less than 5 percent of their income
from photography.
2) Black-and-white and color photographs taken after Jan.
1, 2003, are eligible. This allows for extended eligibility. Pho-
tos previously published (in any format/media) or entered in
any Islander or other competitions are not eligible.
3) Photographs may be taken with any make of camera.
No retouching or other alteration (except cropping) is permit-
ted of negatives, prints or electronic photo files; no compos-


I have read the contest rules and affirm that this en-
try is in compliance with them.

ite pictures or multiple printing will be accepted. Digital photos
may be submitted in their original JPG file format (via e-mail or
disk) or a printed photograph. Slide (transparency) photos are not
4) Entrant's name, address and phone number must be writ-
ten clearly, in ink, on the contest label and affixed to the back of
each print, or listed similarly in the e-mail message along with the
digital photo attachment. One e-mail per photo submission. Mail
entries to The Islander Top Notch Photo Contest, 5404 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach FL 34217. E-mail digital entries to
5) Entrants by their entry agree that The Islandermay publish
their pictures for local promotion. Entrants must be able to furnish


I have read the contest rules and affirm that this en-
try is in compliance with them.

the original negative or original digital image if requested by the
contest editor. All photos submitted become the property of The
Islander. Photos will not be returned. The Islander and con-
test sponsors assume no responsibility for negatives, diskettes,
CDs or photo prints.
Entrant must know the name and address of any recogniz-
able persons appearing in the picture and those must be en-
closed/attached with the entry.
6) Employees of The Islander and their immediate family
members are not eligible to enter the contest
7) Any taxes on prizes are the sole responsibility of the
winners. Any cash prize won by a minor will be awarded to a
parent or guardian. Prize rights are not transferable.



I have read the contest rules and affirm that this en-
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Island police reports
Anna Maria City
May 9, 100 block of Mangrove Avenue, attempted
burglary. A man reported that someone attempted to
enter his home through the porch door and woke him
May 9,90 block of North Shore Drive, domestic bat-
tery. According to the report, a man was arrested for hit-
ting a woman and throwing a plate at herjuvenile daugh-
ter during an argument he was having with the daughter.

Bradenton Beach
April 28, 2400 block of Gulf Drive North, informa-
tion. Officers stopped a vehicle observed rolling past a
stop sign. During a search of the vehicle, two passengers
reportedly voluntarily surrendered approximately 14
grams of marijuana to the officer. No arrests were made.
May 2, 800 Gulf Drive, Cortez Beach, theft. A man
reported two beach bags and a cooler stolen.
May 4, 200 Bridge St., public parking lot, burglary.
A woman reported that she left her vehicle while she
stopped at the pier for a few minutes and found a man
in her vehicle when she returned. According to the re-
port, he ran when she approached the car. The woman's
cell phone, cash and portable compact-disc player were
missing from the car. The woman described the sus-
pect, but officers were unable to locate him in the area.

Holmes Beach
May 7, 200 block of 84th Street, information. A
woman reported that was being singled out by the city's
code enforcement officer and asked to file a harassment
charge. According to the report, code enforcement plans
to cite the woman for a complaint regarding her dog.
May 7, 100 block of 50th Street, theft. A man re-
ported witnessing his bicycle being stolen by another
man. Officers located the suspect and the bicycle at the
public beach. The bike was returned to its owner, who
chose not to press charges against the suspect.
May 7, 3000 block of Avenue C, drug arrest.

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Phillip Davis, 23, of Sarasota, was arrested for loiter-
ing and possession of marijuana. According to the re-
port, officers responded after Davis and another man
were seen loitering in the wooded area at the end of
Avenue C. Officers reported that neither man had a
logical explanation for being in the woods at night and
an ax and other tools were found in Davis' truck. Mari-
juana leaves were also found in Davis' vehicle. Davis'
passenger was also arrested for loitering.
May 7, 4000 Gulf Drive, Manatee Public Beach,
burglary. A woman's credit card and cash were report-
edly stolen from the purse she left in the trunk of her
May 9, 300 block of 67th Street, Baker Act. A man
was taken into custody under the Baker Act after a
neighbor reported seeing him tearing up his apartment.
According the report, when officers arrived, the man
was having a seizure and is believed to have overdosed
on cocaine and alcohol. He was transported to Blake
Medical Center.
May 10, 4000 Gulf Drive, Manatee Public Beach,
assault. A woman became verbally aggressive when
Manatee County Marine Rescue personnel asked her to
cover up her G-string bikini bottom. According to the
report, she was given a trespass warning.
May 10, 5345 Gulf Drive. The Playroom, forgery.
The owner reported that a former employee altered the
amount of her payroll check prior to cashing it.
May 13, 3340 East Bay Drive, tax collector, found
property. A wallet found lying on the counter was re-
turned to its the owner.
May 13, 4000 Gulf Drive, Manatee Public Beach.
suspicious person. Officers received an anonymous
complaint reporting two men canvassing the parking
lot in possession of a "slim-jim" type tool. According to
the report, when the men realized they were being sur-
veyed by officers they attempted to leave. Officers
stopped the men and conducted a background check.
Both men were arrested on outstanding warrants.
May 13, 4500 block of Gulf Drive, disorderly intoxi-
cation. Officers received a report from Manatee County
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promotions of three employees.
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moted to Firefighter 2nd Class. He has been with WMFR
since October 2001 and was a district volunteer before he
was hired fulltime. Photo: Courtesy of WMFR
Mike Bugel has been promoted from probationary
firefighter to Firefighter 3rd Class. He joined the district
in October 2003 and came to WMFR from the Marion
County (Ocala) Fire District. Photo: Courtesy of WMFR
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sition of data technology specialist. He and his wife moved
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overly intoxicated and became belligerent with an officer.
When she attempted to reach for his gun, she was arrested.
May 13, 3902 Gulf Drive, West Coast Surf Shop,
theft. According to the report, a juvenile was caught at-
tempting to shoplift a wallet. The boy told police his friend
persuaded him to steal it. Officers called the parents of
both juveniles and the clerk chose not to press charges.
May 13, 4500 block of Gulf Drive, assault. A man
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Island teens arrested for occupied burglary

By Diana Bogan
Islander Reporter
On May 9 at approximately 6:30 a.m. a resident on
78th Street awoke to find two people in his home.. Two
Island teens, Adam Arling, 16, of.Bradenton Beach and
Alicia Sportelli, 17, of Anna Maria, were arrested for
occupied burglary, a second-degree felony, although
the case is still under investigation.
According to the report, a man called Holmes
Beach police after he was awakened by two unknown
persons in his bedroom. He reported that the suspects
fled the scene with his wallet.
Holmes Beach Officer Chip Frappier examined the
scene and found two points of attempted entry. First
was a window screen that was removed on the beach
side of the residence, but furniture was blocking the
window from the inside.
According to Frappier, a second window screen next
to the back door was removed and access to the home
gained by unlocking the partially opened window.
Arling and Sportelli, who fit the description of the

intruders, were observed by police waiting for a bus on
79th Street, but police determined they were not in pos-
session of the wallet and allowed them to leave.
Shortly after officers cleared the scene, the owner
found his wallet in a stormdrain on the corner of Palm
Drive and 79th Street, directly across from the bus stop
where Arling and Sportelli were initially questioned.
Holmes Beach Detective Terri Davis said
Frappier's investigation followed leads back to
Sportelli and Arling.
Davis said her department worked in conjunction
with Sgt. John Kinney at the Manatee County Sheriff's
Office substation because both departments were in-
vestigating similar cases.
Davis said Sportelli's mother was notified her
daughter was suspected of a crime and she was brought
to the sheriff's substation in Anna Maria for an inter-
Arling was apprehended in Anna Maria and
brought to the Holmes Beach Police Department for

Davis said there have been 20 residential burglar-
ies in Holmes Beach since October, but Sportelli and
Arling have not been charged with any other crimes.
Both are charged with the 78th Street burglary.
In another matter, Holmes Beach Police arrested
Julio Gomez and Lorenzo Ribalta of Tampa on out-
standing warrants. Gomez was being sought by Miami/
Dade County for failure to pay child support and
Hillsborough County sought Ribalta for failure to pay
traffic citations.
Holmes Beach Police were contacted by an anony-
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the parking lot of the Manatee Public Beach, where
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Anna Maria veggie man grows for fun

By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Anna Maria resident Jack Gray, who was featured
in the Greatest Generation column in an August issue
of The Islander, enjoys spending his free time in his
vegetable garden in the back of his house.
In fact, he and neighbor Ken Byrd, who helps the
90-year-old Gray in the garden, grow so many veg-
etables, there's a waiting list of neighbors and friends
to supply when the veggies are ripe.
Gray started his garden about 25 years ago, and
now grows mustard greens, carrots, beets, snow peas,
tomatoes, corn, Florida sweet onions, beans, rosemary
and parsley.
"Don't forget the fruits," he added.
Those include strawberries, mangoes, oranges and
And there's a long waiting list for his home-grown
"I just do this for fun, something to do, but people
are always asking me when something is going to be
ready," Gray said.
When not fishing at the city pier with friends, Gray
and Byrd like to think of new vegetables to grow.
Corn was a recent addition, and while it doesn't
grow quite that well in Gray's soil, it does provide a
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Nancy Ambrose is Anna

Maria Island's 'Shining Star'

To no one's surprise, Nancy Ambrose is the
"Shining Star" of Anna Maria Island, named at a tri-
chamber of commerce luncheon at the Radisson
Lido Beach Resort last Thursday.
Named Shining Stars with her were Peggy
Boone of Longboat Key and Michael Kradlock of
Siesta Key. The three were selected by the chambers
of commerce of the barrier islands from nominations
submitted by employers, fellow workers or visitors.
The Ambrose nomination, by her employer, Is-
lander publisher Bonner Joy, states that she presents
herself on all occasions to the public as an ambassa-
dor for Anna Maria Island, The Islander and the
Anna Maria Chamber of Commerce.
"It is obvious she is known and loved by many
people and organizations. She was chosen to be The
Islander's 2001 'Islander of the Year' before she
was really known to me personally.
"Eventually, we had a job opening and, having
gotten to know Nancy better, I was pleased to offer
her a position with The Islander. It has been a win-
win situation for us both, and she has stepped into a
very busy career position with ease and fortitude.
"She is active in many community organiza-
tions, representing us at both the AMI chamber and
the Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce, and she

is an ambassador for the AMI chamber. She is our
'Shining Star.'"
Joy cited a letter from Cathy and Philip
Katrpvitz of Vero Beach, who outlined their experi-
ence with Ambrose during a visit to the Island.
They needed help finding a place to stay and
asked the first person they encountered at the Eckerd
store. It turned out to be Ambrose. "She used her cell
phone to contact a couple of motels/hotels and was
most helpful to us."
They had a most enjoyable stay, they wrote,
"thanks to that wonderful lady at Eckerd. She's a
wonderful spokesperson for the area."
The Longboat Key Shining Star, Peggy Boone,
was named when her employers at Little Gull Cot-
tages caught her returning pictures whose broken
frames she had repaired, torn curtains she had re-
sewn, furniture she had repaired all unbeknownst
to the employers until they spotted her.
On Siesta Key, Shining Star Michael Kradlock
was chosen because, according to his employer, he
goes far above and beyond the normal duties for cus-
tomers at Ophelia's restaurant, where he is a waiter,
"providing them with information about the area,
what's great to see and do here, and helpful in all

Stars shine on the seashore
Shining Star award-winners Nancy Ambrose, named
by the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce,
and Michael Kradlock, Siesta Key chamber's choice.
Islander Photo: Bonner Joy

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Anna Maria City
By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Anna Maria's code enforcement board is in a quan-
dary about Mary Lease of 110 Palmetto Ave.
At its April 12 meeting, the board gave her two
more weeks to get an agreement with Waste Manage-
ment Inc., the city's contracted trash hauler, for collec-
tion service to come into compliance with the city's
ordinance. Lease has avoided WMI service for the past
14 years.
After the two week extension, the board said then
that a $100-a-day fine imposed by the board March 9
will be recorded with the county court.
But Lease has done nothing to get a WMI contract,
Code Enforcement Officer Gerry Rathvon told the
board May 10.
The last contact Lease had with WMI was April 12,
Rathvon said.
WMI has said they would work with Lease to get
the past-due amount of $900 cleared up and start col-
lection service, but Lease has claimed she doesn't owe
the money because she never needed WMI the past 14
years. She said her family has lived in Anna Maria
since the 1950s.
Now, Lease is claiming a financial hardship as the
reason she can't satisfy WMI.
The board had held off filing the $100-per-day fine
imposed in February to give Lease time get a WMI
contract. Once she has established service, she could
return to the board and request the fine be lowered or
"We've given her extra time and she's done noth-
ing," said board member Shirley O'Day.
Agreed, said acting CEB Chairman Gordon
"I don't know if we can go any further to help this
person, but someone needs to hold her hand and guide
her. We tell her what to do, but she seems unable to do
Lease has claimed she has a high-level manage-

ment job with Continental Airlines. Her property on
Palmetto Avenue would be valued at at least $500,000,
according to a local real estate agent.
In a letter to the board, however, Lease said she
doesn't have the money to pay WMI.

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Jean Taylor, left, and
Clare Faner of the Anna
Maria Garden Club
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Tingley Memorial Library
in Bradenton Beach.
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in memory of Marilyn
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Rathvon said she has now filed the lien notice with the
circuit court and Lease will owe the city $9,000 by May
26. At that rate, the city could own the property within two
years, unless Lease comes up with a WMI contract and
gets the board to reconsider the fine amount.

Dredging eyed for Cortez channel

By Jim Hanson
Islander Correspondent
Dredging the partially silted-in channel along the
Cortez waterfront apparently will be done, but not
without some of the contention that frequently over-
takes Cortez projects.
The proposal was discussed and cussed at a meet-
ing of the FISH board last week, so extensively that
Chips Shore was crowded off the agenda. Shore is clerk
of the circuit court and in charge of Manatee County
historic preservation such as is being undertaken at the
old school at the east end of the historic fishing village.
He was to have participated in a discussion of pri-
orities for rehabilitating the school, but the dredge
matter took so much time that Shore's part of the pro-
gram was put off until another community meeting at

9:30 a.m. Saturday, May 22, at the school.
Dredging to clear the channel was suggested a
couple of years ago by Patty Banyas, who lives on the
shore. The West Coast Inland Navigation District about
a year ago obtained permits for the work from all con-
cerned federal, state and local agencies, said WCIND
executive director Charles Listowski.
There the proposal sat until last week, when Mana-
tee County Commissioner Jane von Hahmann, who
lives in Cortez, met with the principal Cortez civic or-
ganization, Florida Institute for Saltwater Heritage. All
she wanted was a letter supporting the project, which
she could use to get it moving.
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Public invited to land review meetings

By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Only one member of the public attended the April
27 meeting of Anna Maria's ad hoc comprehensive
plan review committee. That was Robin Wall of Pal-
metto Avenue, the only public attendee at the
committee's past three meetings.
While that's not necessarily disturbing to commit-
tee facilitator Tony Arrant, members of the committee
were worried that the public would only start making
recommendations and providing input when the re-
vised plan is presented to the city commission for adop-
"The criticism will come when the commission
holds a public hearing," said committee member Doug
Copeland, who previously served on the city's plan-
ning and zoning board for nearly 10 years.
Arrant said that the committee could finish its pre-
liminary draft revisions on the elements of the new
c-mp- pan by "July or August" and present those find-

ings to the planning and zoning board for the first round
of discussion.
The P&Z will then hold a public hearing on the
plan and forward its recommendations to the city com-
mission, which would hold another public hearing be-
fore adoption.
Mayor SueLynn, however, said she planned to
hold a town hall-type meeting with residents to discuss
the document before it is presented to the P&Z board.
The formally adopted plan is due to the Florida
Department of Community Affairs in March 2005.
"So, we're right on schedule," said Arrant.
Once the comprehensive plan portion is completed,
the committee will turn its attention to land develop-
ment codes.
But board member Charles Canniff said it's been
his experience that committees in the city usually have
to rush things at the last minute to meet deadlines and
he agreed with Arrant's suggestion to hold two meet-
ings per month in May and June and possibly July to

Dredging proposed near Cortez
run from about the Fulford Fish House to the eastern
end of the channel. And that, Karen Bell feared, would
mean dredging some privately owned bottom lands.
Not only is spending public funds on private prop-
erty prohibited, it's not fair, Bell contended. Her
family's business, A.P. Bell Fish Co., had paid for
dredging the other end of the channel. And Piero
Rivolta has spent $250,000 to dredge the section in
front of his property, which he then owned but sold this
month to Bell and partners.
A county spokesperson had told Banyas that docu-
ments indicate none of the area to be dredged was pri-
vately owned, but Bell said she hadn't seen any such
documentation and would withhold her support until
she was sure that was the case.
Commissioner von Hahmann was firm in insisting
that no public money be spent on private property, but
she said she needs to know just what part is public and
what is private. To that end, she said, she would require
a 'scope of work" report to help sort it out.
Ultimately 10 members of the FISH board voted to
support the dredging, with Bell abstaining "until it's
known for sure just what part is.private."
Spoil from the dredging apparently would be dis-
posed of as fill on some of the FISH Preserve or perhaps
be used to heighten the berm around the old school.
That, too, started an argument months ago when it
was first suggested, for some residents fear the chan-
nel bottom had traces of arsenic.

expedite the comprehensive plan revisions.
In other committee business, members "volun-
teered" to rewrite specific sections of the comp plan,
then present their work to the entire committee for re-
Canniff will write the housing element, while
Copeland was assigned to infrastructure. Chuck Webb
is writing the coastal and conservation element while
Chuck White is doing double duty, writing the ele-
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improvements. Sandy Rich was given the intergovern-
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Island elementary FCAT results look good

By Diana Bogan
Islander Reporter
The Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test in
reading, math and writing show Anna Maria Elemen-
tary School in the top echelon once again.
AME Principal Kathy Hayes said the school ranked
No. lin Manatee County in several testing categories.

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Third-graders were first in the district in math, fourth-
graders were first districtwide in math and reading and
fifth-graders were first in reading and science. All classes
remained in the top three for all other subjects.
Hayes said that in the overall picture AME im-
proved in every content area. "When we improve at our
own school, that's when 1 feel good," she said. "We are
doing some great things with the great kids that we
have here."
Fifth-grade teacher Anne Kinnan added that she
believes it's the great teachers that help make a differ-
The scores are representative of all students who
took the FCAT exam and do not exclude students who
may have disabilities or needed accommodations.
In math, 93 percent of third-grade students up
from 85 percent of last year's third-graders scored
a three or above on the test taken in early March. Stu-
dents that score an FCAT achievement level of three or
above are considered to be at grade level, proficient or
In reading, AME's scores were good, with.86 per-
cent of third-grade students reading at or above grade
level, but down slightly compared to last year's class
in which 90 percent of students scored a three or above.
Districtwide, 66 percent of third-graders scored a
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fourth-grade class.
Districtwide in reading, 68 percent of students
achieved a level of proficiency and 58 percent did the
same in math.
Scores for the fourth-grade writing portion of the
FCAT were also released last week, and once again
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fourth-grade level is 3.6.
Fifth-grade students also took the FCAT reading
and math tests as well as a science test for the first time
this year.
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yet, but Hayes has learned that AME ranked at the top
of the list.
In reading, 86 percent of AME fifth-graders
achieved a three or above compared to 62 percent
In math, 79 percent of fifth-graders achieved a
three or greater compared to 51 percent districtwide.
Individual student achievement reports will be sent
home with student report cards on the last day of
school, May 25.
For students who have taken the FCAT exam be-
fore, scores from prior years will also be included for
comparison with current FCAT information.

AME's media

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has had a winter home on the Island since the
Before coming to AME, Phillips was on the
faculty at New College in Sarasota and worked
as a part-time faculty member of the graduate
education department of the University of South
Florida in Tampa.
Phillips, who is a certified media specialist
for kindergarten through 12th-grade, said he has
seen significant changes in the school system
due to the advancement of technology.
In his retirement, Phillips plans to travel and
spend time with his grandsons, Justin, 10, and
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Island Middle School's class of 2004

The Island Middle School will cel-
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eighth-grade class with a commence-
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The ceremony and awards will begin
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Island Middle School aces FCAT writing score

By Diana Bogan
Islander Reporter
Island Middle School eighth-grad-
ers can hold their heads high amidst the
release of the Florida Comprehensive
Achievement Test writing scores, which
show outstanding achievements despite
the school's political turmoil.
IMS eighth-graders were among the
highest achievers, ranking second to
King Middle School by .1 difference in
average scores.
The FCAT writing scores range
from a low 1.0 to a high 6.0. The aver-
age score among IMS eighth-graders is
4.2, up from last year's average 3.6.
Of the 32 students tested, 100 per-
cent of them achieved a score at a level
three or above.
IMS scored above the county and
state averages. Countywide, 90 percent
of eighth-graders achieved a three or
better. The statewide average score is a
Students achieved these results de-
spite a turnover in staff just weeks be-
fore the FCAT was administered.
Scores for the sixth-, seventh- and
eighth-graders in the FCAT reading and

math were also notable.
Scores on the reading and math por-
tion of the exam ranged from a level 1 to
5 with level 2 being a passing grade.
In reading. 76 percent of sixth-grad-
ers, 71 percent of seventh-graders and
73 percent of eighth-graders earned a
level three or above.
IMS students were above the county
average in reading. Countywide. less
than 60 percent of middle school stu-
dents achieved a three or above.
In math countywide, 42 percent of
sixth-graders, 51 percent of \secnth-
graders and 58 percent of eighth-graders
achieved a level three or greater.
At IMS 48 percent of sixth-graders,
46 percent of seventh-graders and 67
percent of eighth-graders were profi-
cient in math.
This year's IMS sixth-graders
showed improvement over last year's
class in reading, but not in math.
The seventh-grade class this year
was not as proficient as last year's class
by roughly 10 percentage points.
And this year's eighth-graders
outscored last year's class by a wide
margin in all categories.

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Solo quartet
Featured soloists from the Island Middle School Conch Fritter Band Cody Beaver, Josh Schieble
and Nathan Herrod gather with big band trumpeter Leon Merian for the concert finale at the IMS
"Afternoon with Leon Merian" findraiser. The event raised approximately $1,400 for the band's trip
to the World Festival Tours Competition held in Orlando earlier this month. Islander Photo: Cour-
tesy Beverly Beaver

Glowing performance
Island Middle School Conch Fritter Band trom-
bonist Josh Schieble shares the spotlight with
trumpeter Leon Merian on a rendition of the song
"Moon Glow. Merian performed with the IMS
Conch Fritter Band during a special fundraising
event at the school Saturday, April 24. Islander
Photos: Diana Bogan

D6ja vu
Island Middle School Conch Fritter Alexa Thorne
has a new portrait with trumpeter Leon Merian to
add to the family scrapbook. Mom Tracy has a photo
of six-month-old Alexa with Merian.

Big band guest
Legendary tritnpeter Leon Merian was the featured guest at a fiundraising event for the Island Middle School
Conch Fritter Band. Merian performed with the IMS band at the school in an effort to raise mnoney,for the
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Sack race
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hopped over the
finish line first
in the girls' sack
race during
Anna Maria
School's kinder-
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Brady Bannigan
and Keeton
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Anna Maria Elementary School second-graders in Joan Sackett, Toni Lashwav and Deborah Thomas' classes
compete against each other in the 50-yard dash during track and field day. The second-grade boy and girl 50-
yard dash winners were Giorgio Gomez and Reina Glavan. First-grade winners were Josh Schmidt, Logan
Reiber and Jailisa Linares; third-grade winners were Chase Stripling and Kyla Aritt; and fifth-grade winners
were Cameron Ellsworth and Ally Titsworth.

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after takeoffduring the inning long jump competi-
tion at Anna Maria Elementary School's track and
field day. Gomez placed first among second-grade
boys and Kyla Nipper jumped 9feet as the girls'
first-place finalist. Other school winners include
third-graders Chase Stripling, 10-7, Kayla Aritt, 10-
I andfifth-graders Dylan King. 11-3 and Ally
Titsworth now holds the school record at 12-3.

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AME says farewell to teacher Pat Whitfield

By Diana Bogan
Islander Reporter Is
Anna Maria Elementary students and faculty -
past and present attended a special ceremony May
11 to say farewell to first-grade teacher Pat
Whitfield is retiring on May 20 after more than
25 years of teaching at the bayside school.
She has taught first, second and third grades dur-
ing her time at AME and presently has a first-grade ".
AME first-grade teacher Lynn Drolet has -
worked closely with Whitfield for the past nine "
years. .
Drolet said Whitfield is always putting her stu- '
dents first. Even at the recent school dinner/dance,,
Drolet said Whitfield was concerned about the. .
progress of one of her "little ones."
According to Drolet, it's typical of Whitfield to
comment, "Oooh, I'm so worried about little Bobby,
but he's getting it." Or, "Wow, look at Mandy's.
writing, it's beautiful. Backward, but beautiful."
Whitfield always looks for the positive and even
though she will soon be enjoying retirement, she
hasn't stopped putting her students' needs first.
Whitfield is thought of as honest, loving, gener-
ous, funny, smart and "very neat" by her coworkers.
And Drolet will especially miss her neatness.
Apparently as neat and organized as Whitfield's Whitfield family
classroom is, Drolet's classroom is the polar oppo- Anna Maria Elementary School teacher Pat Whitfield was surrounded by her grandchildren and husband Bill
site. "How can you leave me?" Drolet pleaded with during a reception in honor of Whitfield's 28 'years at the Island school. Whitfield's last official day at AME is
Whitfield. "My desk might swallow me if you're not May 26, when she will begin her retirement. Islander Photos: Diana Bogan
here to tell me it's time to clean it."
In a faculty video presentation, Debbie Thomas
asked, "Who is going to be here to calm down Lynn
Former AME principals Jim Kronus and Tim
Kolbe also attended the ceremony to wish Whitfield ". *
a happy retirement.
Most faculty agreed Whitfield will soon be en- I '
vied for the amount of rest she will be able to enjoy
as a retiree.'
Coach Gene Burr suggested she deal with a bout
of separation anxiety when school resumes Aug. 9
by throwing her alarm clock out the window. . . . .
And even her students debated on the meaning
of Whitfield's retirement. One student thought she
was going to "attire," and Whitfield said he told her '
that meant she is really tired.
Another student disagreed, saying Whitfield is 0
going to retire, not "attire" and that means, "you
work really really hard until you get tired and have
enough money to quit."
A third student decided retirement meant you
just "work really hard, get really tired and then quit."
Whitfield, who said she has wonderful memo-
ries from AME, plans to spend some time organiz- Parting gift
ing photo albums, gardening, enjoying her five Whitfield received a matching luggage set as a retirement "Bon Voyage" gift from the Anna Maria Elemen-
grandchildren, and perhaps taking some classes at tary Parent-Teacher Organization. Wlhitfield will be retiring May 26 from teaching first-grade at the Island
Manatee Technical Institute. school.

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Another thing to ponder at 3 a.m.; Big Bend booms?

First there was global warming. Scientists pre-
dicted that the earth was warming, caused in part by
increased fossil fuel emissions, and warned that the
increase in temperature would cause dire impacts upon
the planet.
Like sea level rise. As the polar ice caps melt, the
extra water causes the oceans to fill, inundating the
surrounding land and flooding low-lying areas like
Anna Maria Island. The prediction calls for water level
increases of about six inches by the year 2020, and
about 14 inches by 2065.
Hurricane activity is also predicted to increase in
the next 20 years, as a recently discovered cycle of
warming and cooling water temperatures in the north-
ern Atlantic Ocean turns warmer, causing more hurri-
canes to form.
And now we've got global dimming to add to the
list of worldwide concerns.
Scientists will meet this week in Montreal to dis-
cuss the darkening of the planet. Sunlight reaching the
earth has diminished today by upwards of 10 percent
from the 1950s, some data indicate. In some parts of the
world, like Hong Kong, there has been a 37-percent
Scientists predict about a 3-percent dimming per
decade has taken place, and predict it will continue.
The cause, again, is air pollution. According to The
New York Times, soot and dust reflect light back into
space. The airborne crud also attracts water, forming
bigger and thicker clouds which further block the light
of the sun.
But as with many maybe most things involv-

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Some researchers say that the way the readings are
taken may be faulty and that the predictions are off by
a factor of about 50 percent. Other researchers point out
that the readings are all being taken from land, leaving
the four-fifths of the planet that is covered with water
without readings.
Other scientists puzzle over the fact that Antarc-
tica, with its lack of factories and other causes of pol-
lution, should be a pristine site without global dimming
problems. It is not, and the readings there match those
of New York, Israel and Asia.
And studies taken in the Indian Ocean indicate that
air pollution does not block out sunlight at all.
Regardless of the outcome of the global dimming
debate, don't forget to slather on sun goo when you go
to the beach. It's not getting that dark yet.

... but it might be getting
a lot louder out there
Big booms may be coming to the Big Bend area of
The U.S. Air Force is looking into buying or leas-
ing vast tracts of the state in Dixie, Levy and Taylor
counties to use as a bombing range to test some new
missiles. The hope is that the firing, from upwards of
200 miles away. will allow the refinement of the
military's arsenal.
Residents of that part of the state, known as
"Florida's Nature Coast," are less than thrilled. As one
fourth-generation Floridian told the St. Petersburg
Times, "You won't find a more patriotic area than Tay-
lor Cointv.i So hlain\g said that, the majority of people
don't really feel like they want to have missiles fired
on them."
The Nature Coast, see, has a burgeoning eco-tour-
ism industry. Who wants to go out and look at birds or
alligators or bears with all that bombing?
Granted, the Big Bend area of the state is one of
Florida's most sparsely populated parts. The three
counties have something like 25 people per acre:
Florida averages about 300.
And it's really pretty up there, with old-Florida
towns like Perry, Cross City and Steinhatchee. Oh, and
there is the nearby nuclear power plant in Crystal
Residents are starting to cash in on the pretty-ness
of the Nature Coast. Eco-tourism is a $5 million a year
busi;Jss now, and more and more people are flocking
to the area to get back to nature. County governments
have had an eye on maintaining the rural lifestyle and
have done something almost unheard of in the state:
The coastline is almost entirely unpopulated.
Granted, beaches are few and far between up there,

with vast stretches of sawgrass and marsh grass lead-
ing to the Gulf of Mexico. In some places, it's hard to
tell where the land ends and the Gulf begins.
All that isolation is what the military is looking for
in development of a "smart bomb" range. The Air
Force is pushing all the typical buttons to convince
folks, too, going to chamber of commerce and Rotary
meetings this week to try to convince the locals that
they're their friends.
"What we would really like is the opportunity to
gain the trust of these counties and convince them to
partner with us, because this is really in the best inter-
est of the United States," said an Air Force spokesman.
As they say, stay tuned.
On a local historical footnote, about a mile of
Longboat Key just north of the Manatee County line
was used by the Air Force, then the U.S. Army Air
Corps, as a practice bombing range during World War
According to "From Calusas to Condominiums,"
by Ralph Hunter, "A total of 152,337 rounds of .50-
caliber ammunition was fired, 374 bombs were
dropped and 252 rockets were fired on Longboat Key"
in August 1945.
The range was activated for a few hours each day.
Gates across Gulf of Mexico Drive were put up to halt
motorists from driving through the aerial barrage.

'Exaltation of Larks' out-takes
James Lipton has written a book which is a "clas-
sic anthology of collective nouns" you know, like
a pride of lions or, well, an exaltation of larks. Here's
a few of his journalistic thoughts:
A pen of editorial cartoonists.
A panel of comic cartoonists.
A scoop of reporters.
A platitude of sportswriters.
A platitude de jour of syndicated columnists.
A query of checkers.
A mangle of copy editors.
A caprice of assignment editors.
A dyspepsia of city editors.
A penultimatum of managing editors.
An ultimatum of executive editors.
A sleaze of tabloids.
A feeding frenzy of paparazzi.
A hype of press agents.
Methinks Mr. Lipton has indeed been in the busi-
ness for a while.

Sandscript factoid
Boating season is upon us. When was the last time
you checked your flares? Even money has it that
they've expired.
As John Stevely. the local marine extension agent
puts it, "Out-of-date flares must be disposed of prop-
erly because they are a source of hazardous waste due
to reactivity, and some may contain toxic metals."
Go buy some new ones, and bring your old ones to
the Manatee County Landfill, 3333 Lena Road, on the
third Saturday of any month. The landfill will also take
any other hazardous waste that day stuff like paint.
chemicals or batteries. Call 795-3474 for more infor-
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Fishing slow, but still a few mackerel, cobia, amberjack

By Capt. Mike Heistand
Fishing has been a little slow, with anyone going
out having to really work to bring in a good catch.
Adding to the gloom is the absence of whitebait.
Redfish action is slow, although backwater fishing
for small catch-and-release snook is fair. There are a
few reports of good hookups of cobia, though.
Capt. Thom Smith at Angler's Repair on Cortez
Road said he's put his charters on a number of catch-
and-release snook and enough trout and flounder to fill
the coolers.
Bill Lowman at Island Discount Tackle said
kingfish are definitely thinning out offshore, but mack-
erel, grouper, snapper and a few cobia are picking up
the slack. Backwater action is mostly for redfish and
trout, with lots of trout coming in the 24-inch range.
Bob Kilb at the Rod & Reel Pier said anglers
there are catching some redfish, catch-and-release
snook, sheepshead, Spanish mackerel and a few pom-
pano. There is no sign of tarpon rolling past the pier,
Bob added.
Cliff Alcorn at the Anna Maria City Pier said
fishers are catching a few mackerel here and there, but
there isn't much in the way of bait around so fishing is
slow. There have been some good catches of flounder.
Dave Johnson at Snead Island Crab House said
redfish are hard to find right now, but there are plenty
of keeper-size trout coming in from Terra Ceia Bay.
The Manatee River is producing some big catch-and-
release snook at night, he said, and there are a few
black drum being caught.
Capt. Rick Gross on Fishy Business out of
Catchers Marina in Holmes Beach said his mornings
are filled with fair catches of mackerel, with the after-
noon producing catch-and-release snook, redfish and
trout on the higher tides. Offshore snapper fishing re-
mains fair to excellent.
At Perico Island Bait and Tackle, reports include
trout, redfish, a few flounder, some small catch-and-
release snook with one linesider to 11 pounds, plus
grouper and one small tarpon.
Capt. Tom .Chaya on the Dolphin Dreamns in
Holmes Beach out of Catchers said he caught some
permit to 20 pounds, snapper to 4 pounds, and some
mackerel. In the bays, he's doing well with good-size
trout and keeper-size redfish.
Capt. Matt Denham out of Catchers said he's
catching red grouper to 25 pounds in the Gulf, amber-
jack to 30 pounds, plus yellowtail, mangrove and lane
snapper and a few keeper-size gag grouper.


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nots of fun for Corte r efin is Bat Roberts Corte a couple ofis tea
"Etout,h fd rigto 50 B eopl" as eSprot r lawiti oso e grouper. Islander Poto "Cs:ch I, Then Coo It
tournament Saturday, according, to spokesman Radl\' Stewart. First place honors went to Capt. Zach
Zacharias, second placee to Carl. Rick Moore, third to Capt. Pat Roberts, and honorable mention to the crews
o" "Good Sax" and "'Sulr Q. Best lady angler inshoie honors wert to Anne Miller; and best lady offshore
angler was Citlyh Baxter. tPicturcd eft at the weigh-inl is Bat Roberts of CorteC with a cotuple of his team's
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Capt. Sam Kimball on Legend charters out of
Annie's Bait & Tackle in Cortez said he's getting into
a few stray kingfish, plus mackerel, bonita, snapper to
6 pounds, habundeid 'rudiclfii ainl a fet\v keeper-si/e
Capt. Zach Zacharias on the Dee-Jay II out of
Annie's said Kurt and Annie Miller won the Cortez
Fishing Tournament last Saturday, with a limit-catch of
Spanish mackerel, flounder, redfish and bluefish, with
their best catch a 22-inch-long trout.
On my boat Magic, we've been catching trout to
24 inches, redfish to 24 inches, a few small flounder

Safe Boating Week due on Island next week

Backed by a national program and the Holmes
Beach City Commission, the Anna Maria Power
Squadron will lead observances on the Island of
Safe Boating Week.
It will be Monday-Friday, May 23-28, through-
out the country. That's when the squadron emphasizes
special attention to proper training, life jackets for

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everyone aboard any water craft, rules of the water-
ways, navigation, distress signals, rescue aid, and "all
manner of being boat smart," said the squadron.
The Anna Maria squadron noted its 47th birth-
day in March. It is a unit of the U.S. Power Squad-
ron. Additional information may be obtained by
calling 761-3211 or 748-6945.




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and a few catch-and-release snook to 29 inches.
Good luck and good fishing.
Capt. Mike Heistand is a 20-year-plus fishing
guide. Call him at 779-9607 to provide a fishing report.
P'rinits and digital images of your catch are also wel-
comie and( may be dropped off at The Islander, 5404
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, or e-mailed to
news@ islander.org. Please include identification for
persons in the picture along with information on the
catch and a name and phone number for more infor-
mation. Snapshots may be retrieved once they appear
in the paper.

sought by Center
The Anna Maria Island Community Center has
sent out a call for counselors-in-training to help with
youngsters who will be attending the "Road Trip to
Mars" summer camp.
Orientation will be offered the last week in May,
with camp to run June I-Aug. 6. Those interested may
call Shirley Berger at the Center at 778-1908.


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Duncan regular season wins no fluke

By Kevin Cassidy
Islander Correspondent
Duncan Real Estate dominated the Anna Maria
Island Little League's regular season so it should come '
as no surprise that it easily won its opening game of the
season-ending, double-elimination tournament Friday,
May 14.
Bellinger struck out two batters in each inning and
walked only one batter in the game.
The fact that it took only four innings to rough up
Island Lumber was somewhat surprising as there
weren't too many mercy-rule games this season.
Duncan Real Estate pitcher Kyle Bellinger was on ,
his game, allowing only one hit and one unearned run .
while striking out eight during the 13-1 four-inning -
victory. The win allows Duncan to sit back and wait for
the winner of the Island Lumber vs. WMFD game in . --,. ... ..
the loser's bracket. The winner of that game will have
to defeat Duncan twice to win the tourney.
With Bellinger completely shutting down the Is- -
land Lumber hitting attack, the game was essentially ,S -- .
over after the second inning when Duncan sent 13 bat-
ters to the plate. Two errors and two walks started the
rally that was punctuated by RBI singles from Forrest, .
Goodwin and Bellinger. Two more errors and a single __
by Kyle Crum ended the inning with Duncan holding 77he WMFD shortstop makes a nice play on this ground ball during the team 's 11-9 loss to Island Lumber.
a 9-0 lead. Islander Photos: Kevin Cassidv
Island Lumber did all it was going to do against
Bellinger and Company in the bottom of the second o.m A. -.
when Broderick West reached on an error and after s anS --
stealing second and third and scored when Joey I 1 1 ; ;i-i, '
Hutchinson's grounder was booted for an error. .'
Duncan evoked the 10-run mercy rule with four
runs in the top of the third on walks by Cory Wash and
Max Huber and singles from Steven Sylvester, _A .- _
Bellinger and Forrest Schield.'
Sylvester finished the day 2-for-2, including a -
double and two runs scored, while Bellinger added a
pair of singles and two runs scored to lead Duncan.... '
Goodwin, Schield and Crum each added a single and
one run scored for Duncan, which also received three
runs scored from Huber and two runs from Cory Wash.
Island Lumber was led by West, who doubled in
the fourth and scored their lone run in the second in-
ning. .owl .. ..

Lumber 11, WMFD 9
WMFD opened up a 6-0 lead in the second inning,
only to watch Island Lumber waltz its way around the
bases to score eight runs in its half of the inning in the "' s B
opening game of the Anna Maria Island Little League
tournament played Wednesday, May 12.
Island Lumber capitalized on six walks, two errors
and a pair of hits in the inning from Daniel Riley. Riley
led off the inning with a single and later cleared the
bases with a triple to the right field fence.
Riley finished the game 3-for-4, including a triple, Zach Even was throwing some heat for WMFD Broderick West struck out 13 batters for Island
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double and two runs scored, while Joey Hutchinson
added a pair of singles and one run scored in the vic-
tory. Cameron Ellsworth added a single, while Patrice
Facheris, Troy Kozewski, Broderick West, Matt Bauer,
and Kyle Aritt each scored runs for Island Lumber.
Pitcher West was dominant on the mound, except
for the second inning when he struggled with his con-
trol. West pitched a complete game and allowed only
two hits, striking out 13.

Tourney play continues
Monday night's game saw WMFD take on Island
Lumber, with the lumberjacks sawing the bats to a 14-
4 victory.
They will now face Duncan Wednesday at 6:30
p.m. to possibly decide the championship. If Duncan
wins, they win it all, if Island Lumber perseveres, the
two teams will face off again in a winner-takes-all
matchup at 6:30 p.m. Friday, May 21.

Happy Birthday Lorretta!
Brothers Tom, Ken, Steve, Rick, Dan, Jeff and
Matt Lease, along with sister Terry Williams joined
extended family members Jimmy Ray, Caroline and

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Mrs. Lease was a long-time volunteer at the Anna
Maria Island Community Center and she put the "soc-
cer" in "Soccer Mom." Mrs. Lease, along with Ken
Trent and Mike Capola, started the Island soccer pro-
gram many years ago and was instrumental in jump-
starting the careers of a number of strong players from
the Island players who went on to play at high
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Longboat juniors dominate
Three young tennis players from Longboat Key
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Eight-year-old Anthea Rokop took first place in the
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Winner of the 12-and-under boys' division was
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GRILL: LARGE OUTDOOR gas Weber grill with
cover. Good condition. $250. 387-2156.

WOODEN BUNK BED for ages 7 and up with built-
in pull-out toy closet, built-in bookshelves and built-
in guest bed. Mattress included. Very good condi-
tion, $250 or best offer. Also, Pro-Form treadmill,
390 PI with power incline, two years old, hardly
used, $190 or best offer. 778-2469.

ANTIQUE UPRIGHT PIANO approximately 100 years
old, excellent condition. Yours if you supply the profes-
sional mover. We may pay moving expense for a
church or non-profit. Call Dan Dwye, 778-5411 from
June 5-14, otherwise (513) 314-1300.

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

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

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

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

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

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

BICYCLE RENTALS: Tour the Island by bike. Great
weekly rates, includes helmet. Adults, $45/week;
children, $25/week. 778-3441.

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

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.

SPRING SALE Niki's Gifts and Antiques. All sterling
jewelry 50 percent off, select gifts and antiques 25-
70 percent off. 5351 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
Open seven days. 779-0729.

HUGE MULTI-FAMILY garage sale: Friday, May 21,
7:30am. Antiques, furniture, collectibles. 9807 Gulf
Drive, 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, elec-
tric windows/locks, five-speed, cruise control, regu-
larly maintained. Asking $5,900. 795-7047.

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1990 GMC VANDURA van. Excellent workhorse or
leisure van. Includes four captain's chairs and fold-
out queen bed. $1,800. Call 778-8470.

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

BOAT DETAILING: Interior and exterior. Does your
boat need a good teak job or waxing? I can come
to you. 724-0874.

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 backwater
fishing. USCG licensed. Ice, bait, tackle provided.

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

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

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

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

mother's helper, odd jobs. Call Kendall at
779-9783 or 779-9803.

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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. Confidential-
ity 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 traf-
fic Island office. Top splits, sign-on bonus. Call
Wedebrock Real Estate today! "Personalized, not
Franchised". Call Joe Pickett, 383-5543.

DOMINO'S PIZZA: Now hiring delivery driver. Able
to work until 1am for closes. Average pay $15-$18p/
hour Tips and mileage paid nightly. Pre-employment
drug test and good driving record a must. Apply
5604 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.

GENERAL OFFICE: Filing, computer use, light ac-
counts payable for Holmes Beach office. Good sal-
ary and benefits. Fax resume with salary require-
ments, (802) 988-4390.

RESTAURANT HELP: Duties consist of food prepa-
ration, front-counter, cashier and cleanup. Able to
work flexible hours, 20-40/week, between 10am-
10pm with some weekend required. 779-9100.

BOOKKEEPER Longboat Key office. Full time with
benefits. RNS software experience preferred. Fax
resume to 383-3798, or e-mail:
FVconnect @aol.com.

HELP WANTED: Part-time chef/sous chef and
servers. Apply at Ooh La La! Bistro, 5406 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach.

CASHIER, SALES CLERK needed at Home True
Value Hardware. Apply in person: 5324 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach.

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

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.

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and private lessons. Special $30 per hour- free
advice. 545-7508.

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the master bedroom plus several ceiling fans. This handy hideaway comes
complete with a deeded boat slip and a sunny patio. This is the ONLY con-
dominium complex in Anna Maria Village and highly sought after, so don't
miss this affordably priced Island getaway for only $267,000.

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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, up-
grades, maintenance, repairs, tutoring and training.
Call Robert, 778-3620.

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

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

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

MR. BILL'S HOME REPAIR/maintenance ser-
vice. Over 30 years experience, self-employed in
construction trades. "I'm handy to have around."

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and the best results from classified ads.

TUTORING: Junior high honor student tutors all
elementary grades during summer vacation.
Hourly, daily or weekly in mathematics, reading,
writing and science. Read-out-loud available
upon request. Call 778-2469 after 5pm for sched-
ule and prices.


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IMPERIAL TRIM: Carpentry, interior trim, crown
molding, chair rails, baseboards, doors, finish work.
Doug Ewing, 737-9115.

CLEANING SERVICE: Residential or commercial.
Daily, weekly, bi-weekly, move-ins, move-outs.
Excellent references. Call 750-8366.

AUTO DETAILING by Island native. Only top-qual-
ity products including high powered shop-vac and
buffer. Call about multi-wash packages. 724-0874.

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

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.

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

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

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

SLAND 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.

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

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

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

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,

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TILE, CARPET, LAMINATE supplied and installed.
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Free estimates, prompt service. Steve Allen Floor
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MASON: 27 YEARS of experience. All masonry
work and repair. Cinderblock work, brick work, glass
block work, paver and brick driveways. Call Chris,
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MORENO MARBLE & TILE Installation and restora-
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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.

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

SIDING AND SOFFIT at a great low price or convert
your old screen room to an acrylic room it looks like
a glass room for thousands less! Call 713-SIDE.

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.

CORTEZ COTTAGE, $950/month, $500/week.
Also, Palm Island harborfront escape. Secluded Key
West-style with dock. Access by ferry. Fishing, shell-
;ng, wildlife. S125/night, $800/week. Call 778-8168
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

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

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

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

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

RECENTLY REFURBISHED and nicely furnished
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. Avail-
able now and accepting reservations for 2005.
Winter rates: $1,700/month, $550/week; summer
rates: $500/week. E-mail: aalmengual@msn.com
or call 807-5626.

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.

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.
.ongboat Key, 3BR/2BA house, pet OK. S1.200/
month: Perico Island. 2BR/2BA first-floor condo.
oond view, pet OK, carport. Includes water, pest,
cable, $1.100/month. SunCoast Real Estate, 779-
0202 or (800) 732-6434. www.suncoastinc.com.

ANNUAL 2BR/1BA, 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 2BR/2BA, elevated, washer/dryer hook-
ups, storage, covered parking. No pets. $800/
month. Call 778-0954.

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

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

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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.

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

1BR/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.,

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

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.

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

(2,300 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 provided. $2,800/month, furnished if de-
sired. Children and pets welcome! 387-1387.

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1BA house. Flexible lease, $1,200/month. Real
Estate Mart, 756-1090.

ANNUAL RENTALS! Island townhome, 2BR/
2.5BA, across from beach with pool, $1,300/
month; 3BR/1BA canal home with garage and
dock, $1,200/month; 1BR/1 BA San Remo condo
with 'dock R$800/month 9R2R/R2A olvated Island

2BR/2BA TOWNHOUSE: Turnkey furnished, pool,
boatslip. $550/week. Real Estate Mart, 756-1090.

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

ANNUAL RENTALS 2BR/1 BA house, one block to
beach, $1,100/month; 3BR/2BA, pool, hot tub, one
block to beach. $2,000/month. RE/MAX Excel-
lence, Debbie Thrasher 518-7738, or e-mail:

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

SEASONAL RENTALS Anna Maria Island and Lido
Key. Call Deborah Thrasher, RE/MAX Excellence,
518-7738 or e-mail DeborahThrasher@ Remax.net.

smoking, no pets. First, last, one month security.
$600/month. Mature individual. 778-6511.

118 52ND ST., Holmes Beach, townhouse, 500
feet from the beach. Annual rental, 2BR/1.5BA, all
new appliances, completely remodeled. $1,150/
month. (330) 757-7670.

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

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

carpet. Carport and storage. One block from beach.
glimpse of Gulf. 625-2889 or 276-2011.

VACATION RENTAL: Holmes Beach canalfront,
2BR/2BA, fully furnished. Garage, laundry, dock
many extras. $750/week: $2,000/month. Call (813)

500 SF STUDIO apartment, 100 feet to bay. Full
kitchen. $595/month, includes some utilities. First,
last, security. Available June 1. 383-7992.

2BR/1BA UNIT in Holmes Beach. Short walk to
beach. Newly refurbished, central heat/air condi-
tioning, some utilities included. Nonsmoking.
$700/month, first, last, security. References
required. Call 778-1193.

.... .......1 .. . .. SPACIOUS NEW 2BR/2BA villa, one-car garage,
duplex, $750/month. Call Cristin Curl, Wagner ,
duplex, $750/month. Call Cristin Curl, Wagner pool, screened porch, close to beach, shopping.
Realty, 778-2246. $990/month. Call 730-4190.


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in paradise today! Duncan Real Estate, 779-0304.

ANNA MARIA GULFFRONT vacation rental. Spa-
cious 2BR apartment, enclosed porch private pa-
tio, sundeck, tropical beach setting, garage, im-
maculate. 778-3143.

month. Duncan Real Estate, 779-0304.

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

WHY RENT? Own a Gulffront time share for just
$2,000! Call 778-6667, ext. 205, May 15-28 only, or
call 747-0371 anytime.

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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.

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


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

Great opportunity to own a 2BR/
S 2BA house in the heart of the north
end of Anna Maria, just steps to the
bay and a few blocks from the Gulf.
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- $457,500. Call Susan Hatch, Real-
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right for the right offer you can buy this wonder-
ful 2BR/2BA, single-car garage canalfront home.
Located in Holmes Beach with bay views. 59th St.,
Holmes Beach. Asking $519,000. 778-4773.

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.

on one lot. White sand beach. $1,699,000. Also,
available for rent. Gabe Buky, Coldwell Banker,

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. 59th St.,
Holmes Beach. Asking $519,000. 778-4773.

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ports, screened lanai, lots of
decks, over 3,900 sf. under roof.
150 steps to beach access. Just
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6300. Kathy Marcinko, 713-1100 or $1,195,000. Kathy Valente, 748-6300
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6300. Ann DeBellevue, 720-7614 or 748-6300. Sandy Drapala, 725-0781 or
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SPECTACULAR 3BR pool home w/den. 3100 SF, wood floors, custom built-ins
& lush landscaping. $549,000. Kathy Valente, 748-6300 or 685-6767. 99802
SPACIOUS LAKEFRONT 5BR pool home on a large lot. Eat-in kitchen & a wood
burning fireplace. $475,000. Kathy Valente, 748-6300 or 685-6767. 102060
TOTALLY REMODELEDI 3BR, den & pool. Gourmet kitchen, granite counters,
wood floors & fireplace. $464,000. Kathy Valente, 748-6300 or 685-6767.101286
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Blake Hospital & beaches. $229,900. Jody Shinn, 748-6300 or 705-5704. 102990
WELL PRICED 3BR/2BA home in NW location w/nice yard. Close to beaches &
shopping. $189,900. Joanne Jenkins, 748-6300 or 228-7878. 102959
PALMA SOLA PARK. 2BR/2BA split plan home has den & large lot w/circular
driveway. $179,900. Colette Gerrish, 748-6300 or 713-6557. 102921
CHARMING 3BR/2.5BA home in Lakeside South community. Community pool,
tennis & lawn care. $169,000. Patty Brooks, 748-6300 or 545-1194. 102435


Experience Reputation Results
AZALEA PARK 3BR/2BA, pool, exclusive listing. $280,000.
5400 GULFFRONT White sand beaches and sunsets.
1BR/1BA, new paint and carpet. Reduced to $265,000.
attractive decorating, turnkey furnished. Elevator, tennis,
heated pool, cabana. S469,000.
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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21 .1-/2BA, updated condo wih deeded boat dock. Eat-in
kitchen, wood-burning fireplace, walk-in closets, Jacuzzi
tub. Carport and heated pool. $359,900.

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

4BR/3BA canalfront home with dock and davits.
Direct access to Tampa Bay and Intracoastal Water-
way. Large master suite, charming airy family room
opens onto caged pool and Jacuzzi. Barrel-tile roof.
Turnkey furnished. $779,000.

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

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

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

From $700 / month

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

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Island Shopping Center 5402 Marina Drive
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KEY ROYALE Immaculate, updated 3BR/3BA home on deep
water canal. Direct access to bay and Gulf. Open floor plan.
Near private golf course and beaches. Artesian well for free
irrigation. Call Piroska Planck, 730-9667.

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555 Gulfstream Ave 1503s... $495,000

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Own beautiful beach-front property
with four 1BR/1BA units. Zoned R4.
These remodeled units rent well. En-
joy the property as it is or build. Some
of the nicest beach on the island.
$1,999,000. MLS # 101097.

4212 Redfish Ct............. $575,000
307 Iris St. ..................... $495,000
106 Gull Dr. ................... $590,000
243 Willow Ave.............. $849,000
229 Gladiolus St.............. $659,000
1102 Riverside Dr......... $1,490,000
530 Key Royale Dr.......... $749,900
2908 Avenue E(4-plex).. $1,999,000
Bridgeport #201 ............ $585,000
Martinique North #101..... $595,000
La Casa Costiera #11.... $1,200,000
Waters Edge #110N ......... $759,000
5400 Condos #32 ............ $580,000
516 56th St ................... $599,000
609 Concord L. ............. $559,000
Waters Edge #109S. ....... $899,000
631 Foxworth Lane ....... $1,375,000
623 Foxworth Lane .......... $689,000
2500 N. Gulf Dr. (Dupe......... $2,600,000
5609 Gulf Dr. ................. $769,000

3603 4th Ave. .............. $1,099,000
104 7th St So.(Duplex) .... $599,000
2914 Avenue E............. $1,595,000
6909 Holmes Blvd. .......... $289,000
747 Jacaranda Rd. (Lot)... $389,000
412 Bay Palms Dr............ $499,900
100 7th St So.(Duplex) .... $750,000
727 Jacaranda ............... $699,000
402 71st. St. .................. $475,000
411 Spring Ave............... $599,500
111 75th St................... $775,000
213 76th St.................... $439,000
218 Gladiolus ................. $495,000
The Terrace #6 .............. $425,000
204 78th St .................... $475,000

Business Only ................ $295,000
427 Pine Ave. ................. $695,000
Business Opportunity .... $2,490,000
Palmetto House B&B..... $1,490,000
877 No. Shore Dr. ........ $2,350,000
Business and Real Estate ... $1,690,000



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7 Ledger entry
12 Need a lift?
15 Bit of cheesecake
18 Metalware decoration
19 Hair dressing
20 New Deal inits.
21 Hurler's stat.
22 Clingy duchess?
24 New York's _School
of Design
26 Place for booths: Abbr.
27 Slick
28 Double-crosser
30 Andrea (lost
passenger ship)
31 Comment about a mixed
public reaction?
35 Cutting, as a remark
36 Like peas in
38 Strong as
39 Wheel alignment
41 That, to a senorita
42 Summa cum_ (top
45 Family man, familiarly
48 II or elle, in Paris
50 Some summer workers
52 oui!"
54 Agree
57 Plowing December
roads, e.g.?
62 Tea accompanied
63 Some seasonal Florida
66 Prohibitory words
67 Start of a counting-out
68 Pay stub?
69 Rewrites
71 Gogol's Bulba"
73 N.L. East city
74 Bush solicitor general

77 Fluid overload
79 Weight of a lorry's
load, maybe
82 Release
83 Reception from a
Roman emperor?
85 Fast-food restaurant
87 -Rooter
88 "Don Pasquale" role
92 Annoy
95 Levels
98 Like some blows to the
side of the head
99 Pot-au- (French
101 The King
103 Casual shirts
105 Moving picture?
106 More advanced, in a
108 "Restrooms ahead"?
113 See 115-Across
114 South America's Rio

115 Modern locale of
ancient 113-Across
116 Cut through
119 Brought out
121 Most bookish student
in western New York?
125 Pitcher Robb
126 Bikini-to-Oahu dir.
127 They may be seen in
128 Juice producer
129 One of the "Star Trek"
series, to fans
130 Bygone map inits.
131 "Camelot" composer
132 Seizure

1 Pause
2 Take (snooze)
3 C- e n: i, -:,

4 "I Rock"
5 Luth. or Meth., e.g.
6 1966 Michael Caine
title role
7 Frank
8 It runs Down Under
9 Lowest parts
10 care"
11 Like some farmers
12 Gatekeeper
13 Actress Gardner
14 Flower smeller?
15 Barbarian songwriter?
16 __Army (links group)
17 Herod's fortress
19 Intrusive
23 First Lady of Jazz
25 Groundskeeper's
29 Surgeon general
under Reagan
32 Adjective in a
"Ripley's" entry
33 Asian peninsula: Abbr.
34 They may be final or
36 Tomb of in Najaf,
37 Go for the gold?
40 Quadrennial games
43 Eagle of the sea
44 Possible reason for a
poke in the ribs
46 Domestic
47 noir
49 As soon as
51 Alfred Nobel's birth-
53 Caesar's
March 15 destination
55 Bond
56 Staggers
58 Wedding belle
59 Virgin Isl., e.g.
60 Cartoonist Edward

61 Candidate's declara- locale: Abbr.
tion 89 Identical
63 "The Voyage Out" 90 Cross shape
novelist 91 Goal-oriented guy
64 Feeling worse 93 Holyfield of the ring
65 Foul-tasting dessert? 94 Hillock
70 -Hawley Tariff Act 96 Whistle blower, for

of 1930
72 Eye site
75 Arch with a point
76 Viking competitions?
78 Noted wine area
80 It means everything
81 As required, after "if"
84 "_ the conquered!":
86 Lambert Airport

97 Font lines
99 Arouse
100 Big roll
102 Pair of lamps,
104 Dweller on the
107 Article in Die Welt
109 El

110 "El (1983 film)
111 Linney of "The
Truman Show"
112 Reason (from)
117 Yeasty brews
118 Herbaceous plant
120 Dash widths
122 Part of a business
report, with "the"
123 Bank deposit
124 Word repeated
before "away"

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of the Sarasota skyline and Longboat
Key from this large 3,630 sf 3BR/loft
condo in Tidy Island. Three-car garage.
Elevator, gated community, 24-hour se-
curity. Jane Tinsworth, 761-3100.
#100565. $879,000

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

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

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cypress home with wrap-around decks on
two levels. 70-ft. dock, four-plus acres. In-
cluded vested interest in mainland commu-
nity property with docking. Anne Miller,
778-2246. #100997. $1,950,000

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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

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front community close to everything.
Near the Bradenton Yacht Club! Easy
commute to 1-75. US-301, US-41 & US-
19. Easy to show. David Tyler,
722-2246. #102346. $197,000

At Terra Ceia Bay Country Club,
a gated community with golf,
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Full water views from every unit
Under building parking

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