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Marine turtle mystery deepens off Island, state
By Jim Hanson
With sea turtle nests here one-third of normal, record
"false crawls," jittery state officials refusing to release a
healed loggerhead in these waters the turtle mystery
deepens and their protectors fear a crisis in the species.
Nests total only 35 on Anna Maria Island's beach,
"about 70 short of where it should be by this time of the
nesting season," said Suzi Fox, director of the Island
Turtle Watch and holder of the state marine turtle pres-
ervation permit for the Island.
"False crawls" total more than 100, she said, a
record for this time of year and still multiplying. They
are the huge zipper-like tracks turtles leave coming up
on the beach to make nests, and then leading back into
the Gulf after having changed their minds.
for city ballot
By Paul Roat
Ballot language to change the city's charter to in-
clude a manager-commission form of government,
among other proposals, will be discussed at 4 p.m.
Wednesday, June 23, by Bradenton Beach city com-
Commissioners have been debating for several
years the merits of adding a city manager to operate the
day-to-day activities of city hall, and voted last week
to approve language changing the city's charter to in-
clude a manager.
The proposal will have to go to the voters for rati-
fication, and first reading of the ordinance establishing
the ballot language is scheduled for today. A final pub-
lic hearing is scheduled for July 1.
It is unclear as to just when the question will appear
on a ballot, though. City commissioners had discussed
putting the matter to the voters on the Aug. 31 primary
election ballot, but the ordinance language states that the
matter will appear on the Nov. 2 ballot and the required
advertising also stated the November election date.
Other highlights of the ballot proposals for electors
include the apparent abolition of the city's board of
adjustment, the creation of a new department head in
the form of a city treasurer, height limitations on all
structures, requirement of a greater than 4-1 vote on
PLEASE SEE BALLOT, PAGE 3
"We hope there's a natural reason, that mother
turtles just aren't ready, that it's not whatever is mak-
ing sick turtles strand on the beach."
There have been eight of those thus far. One died,
and the others are under medical care at Mote Marine
Laboratory. The first one to land on the Island, named
Sherlock Holmes, Mote has nursed back to health so it
was returned to the sea yesterday, June 22.
Not into its home waters here, however, as is custom-
ary state officials insisted that Sherlock not be turned
loose in waters that produced the sick turtles. The logger-
head was taken off Marco Island for release.
Dr. Charles Manire, chief veterinarian at Mote,
expressed grave concern at the current situation but
said he is awaiting laboratory test results to get a line
on what is going wrong.
"It probably won't be possible to know until next
year whether this is a downward trend in loggerhead
population," he said.
"There have been real problems the last few years.
There was a big die-off south of us all the way to the Keys
two years ago. Strandings are the highest on record.
Turtles go through cycles, and this may be just a down
But "given all the other things, this may herald a
downward trend in the turtle population."
Turtle Watch's Fox noted that in the past few years
"the species has taken some heavy hits in the environ-
ment, in land loss along their habitat, in other human
interference. It may be about all they can take. It would
be terrible to lose this species," which for years has
been on the official threatened list.
'Top Notch' photog meets her prince
Shooter Mary Ann Bozzetti of Bradenton says she had a hand of bananas ripening on her porch and when she
went to pick a few for her breakfast, "I found my Prince waiting for me." The result, titled "My Prince" by
Bozzetti, is the third weekly winner in The Islander's Top Notch photo contest. Weekly winners in the eight-
week contest receive a coveted "More Than a Mullet Wrapper" Islander T-shirt and $50 from the newspaper.
The photo will now go into a pool with other weekly winners eligible for the contest grand-prize package,
including $100 from The Islander and a variety of gift certificates. Entry info inside, page 8.
Roller hockey is under
way at the Anna Maria
Center Saturdays and
this group of 9- to 11-
year-olds is in for all
the action. There are
divisions for ages 12-
13, 14-16, and the cost
for the summer-fall
season is $35. For
contact the Center at
Photo: J.L. Robertson
Deputies seek 'lewd' suspect
Anna Maria's deputies with the Manatee County Sheriffs
Office are seeking a man who propositioned two juvenile girls early
Saturday evening at the comer of Crescent and Pine avenues.
The girls, age 13 and 15, ran from the driver of a blue Honda
and called 911 at 5:40 p.m. on their cell phone after the driver
had called them over to his car, where they observed him fondle
himself. They also reported he was nude below the waist.
The driver apparently propositioned the girls, according to
Sgt. John Kenney, who said he asked them if they wanted to
"make $100." He is wanted for lewd and lascivious activity.
The girls reported a partial Indiana tag of "938J" and de-
scribed the assailant as a white male, age 20 to 30, with a buzz
cut and wearing sunglasses.
Deputies ask that anyone who may have experienced a simi-
lar incident, or who may have information on the vehicle, to call
the Anna Maria substation at 708-8899.
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Nachtigal new Ward 3 commissioner in Bradenton Beach
By Paul Roat
And now there is one, as Bradenton Beach city
commissioners appointed Rob Nachtigal to serve as the
Ward 3 commissioner.
Nachtigal, 54, will serve out the rest of Peter
Barreda's term until November 2005 due to
Barreda's resignation due to both business and health
Nachtigal is a sales representative for Ward Oil Co.
Inc. in Tampa. He has been a territorial manager for
several petroleum companies in Florida and the south-
east in the past few years, and is a former program ad-
ministrator for the Manatee County School District. He
is a veteran of the U.S. Navy, and received a bachelor's
degree from the University of West Florida.
"I'm at your service," he told commissioners, add-
ing that his work schedule was very flexible and could
accommodate city commission meetings and work ses-
Nachtigal also said he favored a city manager for
Bradenton Beach "if the budget can afford it. It would
be an ideal situation.
The other short-listed candidate, Tammy Barr, re-
ceived the lone endorsement of Mayor John Chappie,
while Vice Mayor Anna O'Brien and Commissioners
Lisa Marie Phillips and John Shaughnessy favored
into office as
the Ward 3
June 17. He
will serve out
term due to
Stop Taking Our Pines is starting up on Island
By Rick Catlin
Island resident and environmentalist Marsha
Lindsey has formed STOP (Stop Taking Our Pines)
as an activist group to obtain signatures on a petition
asking local and county government to stop the de-
struction of Australian pine and other trees on Anna
Maria Island and both north and south along the
Palma Sola Causeway.
Lindsey, who has lived on the Island since 1965,
said she's just started forming the group and, within
a few days, will be looking for locations to place the
"It's an individual ef-
fort at this point, but I plan
on getting permits for loca-
tions to be allowed to pass
out the petition and get sig-
natures," she said.
Lindsey said that "re-
moving these natural barri-
ers" harms the wild birds
that use them as a habitat
and is "counterproductive
in the event of hurricanes and other storms."
There is currently no tree ordinance in Holmes
Beach prohibiting the removal of trees on private
property, but Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation
Commission regulations forbid such removal if birds
are nesting in the tree.
At the same time, state statute requires removal
of non-native trees such as Australian pines from a
public right of way when they became a danger to
To reach Lindsey, call 778-8520.
THE ISLANDER U JUNE 23, 2004 U PAGE 3
Arvida-Perico: Four years before the mast
The Bradenton City Council on June 9 approved a
revised site plan-by Arvida for its 686-unit Perico Is-
land condominium project, just over four years after the
council approved the first site plan.
The controversial project has spawned a number of
allegations, lawsuits and actions and those are likely to
continue for some time.
Arvida's Perico time line:
April 2000 Perico Island annexed by City of
April 2000 ---,Arvida, a division of the St. Joe
Company, the largest private landowner in Florida,
submits site plan to Bradenton for an 898-unit condo-
minium development on Perico Island.
April 2000 Bradenton approves site plan.
Arvida withdraws plans for a retail-office complex
along Palma Sola Causeway near entrance to the devel-
May 2000 Lawsuit against Bradenton and
Arvida filed by environmental group ManaSota-88,
Manatee County and the three Island cities. Suit claims
project does not meet Bradenton comprehensive plan
May 2000 Lawsuit against project filed by
Concerned Citizens of Manatee over environmental
issues. Arvida plans no construction until all lawsuits
September 2001 Administrative law judge
rules Florida Department of Community Affairs has
right to decide if Arvida plan conforms to Bradenton
March 2002 Bradenton, county and other
Manatee municipalities agree to "The Accord" to settle
future land use and annexation disputes.
'Fishbones' down at city basin
John Evans, left, of Catchers Marina in Holmes Beach arrived at work Monday morning at 6:30 a.m. to find
"Fishbones," a 26-foot custom Morgan fishing boat docked on the seawall in the city basin, had about afoot
to go before it went under. Evans said he tried a bilge pump but the water was rushing in faster than it could
pump. "Finney" Wood of Towboat U.S. surveys the situation before raising the boat, which was later moved
to Perico Marina for repair. The boat is owned by part-time Islander Ron Woodsby. Islander Photo: Bonner
Ballot issues proposed
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
some land-use changes, prohibition of beach or bay
access vacations, and establishing a time frame for citi-
zen protests for ordinances.
The proposed questions for the voters to decide:
Ballot 1, Charter revision providing for city manager:
Should the city amend its charter to appoint a quali-
fied, professional city manager to serve as chief execu-
tive officer responsible for directing and supervising all
departments and city employees (except for the chief
of police, city auditor, and city attorney, who shall re-
port directly to the city commission); preparing a pro-
posed budget, and for faithfully executing the adopted
budget, and the requirements of all laws, charter pro-
visions, ordinances and policy directions from the city
Yes, for approval; No, for rejection.
Ballot 2, Charter amendment providing for a maximum
building height for the City of Bradenton Beach:
Should the city adopt a charter amendment provid-
ing that no structure, including parts, attachments or
appurtenances to any structure, shall be erected to a
maximum overall height greater than 29 feet between
the Federal Emergency Management Agency base
flood elevation to the highest point on the roof struc-
ture or ridge, except for chimney, vents and elevator
shafts, which may not protrude above the roof more
than four feet?
Yes, for approval; No, for..jection.
Ballot 3, Charter amendment requiring 4-1 (supra-
majority) vote on certain land-use and zoning applica-
Should the city adopt a charter amendment requiring a
4-1 (supra-majority) vote of the city commission to
approve any comprehensive plan amendment (map or
text), rezoning, variance, special exception, or vacation
of any city right-of-way?
Yes, for approval: No, for rejection.
Ballot 4, Charter amendment prohibiting vacation of
beach, bay or water access city rights of ways:
Should the city adopt a charter amendment prohib-
iting the city from vacating any city right of way that
provides direct or indirect beach, bay or water access'?
Yes, for approval; No, for rejection.
Ballot 5, Charter amendment providing a 30 day time
for citizen initiatives to repeal certain ordinances:
Should the city adopt a charter amendment provid-
ing that citizen initiatives to repeal an ordinance ap-
proving a plan amendment, rezoning, variance, special
exception, or vacation of right of way be filed within
30 calendar days from the date the ordinance is signed
by the mayor, and providing that all citizens' initiative
signatures will be verified by the supervisor of elec-
tions rather than verified by the city clerk?
Yes, for approval; No, for rejection.
March 2003 Perico Harbor Marina, adjacent
to proposed Arvida location on Perico Island, files for
state permit to dredge harbor basin for deep-draft boats
and to create 224 floating boat slips. Claims no relation
between decision and Arvida plan.
February 2004 Bradenton files comprehen-
sive- plan amendment with DCA that would allow
Arvida's plan to conform to comp-plan.
March 2004 Bradenton withdraws comp-plan
March 2004 Perico Harbor Marina granted
dredging permit by Florida Department of Environ-
mental Protection pending acceptance of mitigation
offer to Town of Longboat Key for $1 million in envi-
ronmental improvements and safeguards on the Sister
Keys in that city.
April 2004 Arvida submits new site plan call-
ing for 686 condominium units in 13 high-rise build-
ings. The plan would conform to the current Bradenton
comprehensive plan density requirements at the maxi-
mum amount allowable.
April 2004 County commissioners claim the
county is under no obligation to provide water service
to the Arvida project because the current agreement
does not address Perico Island as part of Bradenton.
May 2004 City of Bradenton Planning Com-
mission approves revised Arvida site plan.
June 1, 2004 County commissioners authorize
county administrator to discuss purchase of Perico Is-
land from owners Manatee Fruit Co.
June 9, 2004 Bradenton City Council rejects
motion to defer decision on revised Arvida site plan to
allow county to proceed with purchase discussions;
approves site plan by 4-1 vote.
June 9, 2004 County commissioners ask
county attorney to examine site plan for legal chal-
lenges and present options. Agenda item for June 22
county commission meeting. ManaSota-88 adopts
wait-and-see attitude, pending county decision.
June 22, 2004 County attorney presents op-
tions to commission.
Anna Maria City
June 23, 5 p.m., special planning and zoning board
meeting, Holmes Beach City Hall.
June .23, 6:45 p.m., Environmental Education and En-
hancement Committee meeting.
June 24, 10 a.m., pre-bid conference on bridge repair
to be held at Island Baptist Church, 8605 Marina Drive,
June 24, 7 p.m., city commission meeting to be held at
Holmes Beach City Hall.
Anna Maria City Hall, temporarily at Island Baptist
Church, 8605 Marina Drive, Anna Maria City. City
commission and planning and zoning board meetings
to be held at Holmes Beach City Hall.
June 23, 4 p.m., city commission work meeting on
June 23, 6 p.m.. Citizen Advisory Committee For Re-
view and Updating of the Comprehensive Plan and
Land Development Code For Bradenton Beach.
June 29, I p.m., scenic highway committee meeting.
June 30, 4 p.m., city commission work meeting on
July 1, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.,
June 23, 9 a.m., code enforcement board meeting.
June 24, 9 a.m., board of adjustment meeting.
June 29, 8 a.m., "shade" meeting with public work ses-
sion to immediately follow.
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive,
June 24, 6 p.m., West Manatee Fire & Rescue District
Commission meeting, Fire Station No. 1,6001 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach.
PAGE 4 E JUNE 23, 2004 N THE ISLANDER
Don't interfere in
By Rick Catlin
Anna Maria Mayor SueLynn sent a memo June 17
to all city commissioners asking that they "refrain"
from contacting any of the current or potential contrac-
tors involved in the city hall remodeling project.
The action was prompted by an e-mail she got that
same day from Southern Cross Construction stating the
company had heard from Bringman Roofing Co. that
a commissioner had called that company asking about
the price of roofing shingles. Southern Cross wanted to
know if they now should meet with the architects to
prepare a "scope and materials" for the roof work.
Southern Cross is the contractor for the city hall
The city commission has not approved any funds
for a new roof in the remodeling project, but has indi-
cated funding would be in the 2004-05 budget.
SueLynn said in her memo that according to the
city charter, all requests by commissioners to contact
any of the contractors should go through the mayor.
"This kind of involvement by a commissioner
complicates an already complex solution and creates
unnecessary confusion on the part of all parties," the
She claimed she did not know which commissioner
had called Bringman Roofing, that she had only seen
the e-mail from Southern Cross asking her if a pre-con-
struction meeting on the roof was needed at this time.
Her e-mail was sent to all commissioners.
"I have not talked to Southern Cross after receiv-
ing their e-mail," the mayor said, but indicated she
would do so as soon as city hall opened for business
Monday, June 21, in its temporary location at the Island
The mayor did send an e-mail response to South-
ern Cross stating that at this time there is no need for a
pre-construction conference on the roof.
By Rick Catlin
The federal bankruptcy court in Tampa has ordered
Tidemark Partners LLC to address issues and objec-
tions to Tidemark's proposed refinancing plan raised
by Brasota Mortgage Co., which is owed $4.1 million
Tidemark, which filed for bankruptcy in January,
was ordered to indicate whether or not it intends to
"assume or reject" the contract settlement offered by
Brasota, which holds the first mortgage on the Tide-
mark property on Marina Drive in Holmes Beach.
Brasota claims it is owed $4.1 million from Tide-
mark, and has offered Tidemark and managing partner
Nick Easterling a bankruptcy settlement agreement that
would finance construction only of the marina portion
of the condominium/marina complex.
Easterling has rejected the proposal, opting instead
for a deal with Southstar Development of Coral Gables
that would include construction financing for the entire
project, including the planned 40 condominium units.
That agreement, however, has not been finalized and
presented to the court for approval, and Brasota wants
Tidemark to address its claims first.
Brasota has objected to the Southstar plan, claim-
ing it would be paid less than the full amount owed if
the plan was to be accepted by the court.
Tidemark has already received court permission to
amend its disclosure statement and the court will re-
view that statement on or after July 15.
Anna Maria City Hall
now in Holmes Beach
By Rick Catlin
The temporary location of Anna Maria City Hall at
the Island Baptist Church opened promptly at 9 a.m.
Monday, June 21, after staff and city employees
worked over the weekend to ensure a "grand opening."
The city hall is located on the second floor of the
church's Fellowship Hall.
The Manatee County Sheriffs Office substation is
also located at the temporary city hall.
Relocation was necessary while Southern Cross
Construction completes the approved $200,000-plus
remodeling and maintenance repairs at the city's 10005
Gulf Drive city hall location. Mayor SueLynn said the
current plan is to be at the IBC for a maximum of four
City commission and planning and zoning board
meetings will be held at the Holmes Beach City Hall
during this period, while committees will meet in the
second floor conference room of Fellowship Hall. The
June 24 commission meeting will be at 7 p.m. in
Signs directing the public to the temporary location
have been posted around the church and at the regular
By Rick Catlin
An interpretation of Anna Maria's codes for re-
building nonconforming structures prompted the plan-
ning and zoning board Monday to continue its meeting
on the Waterfront Restaurant preliminary site plan to
4 p.m. Wednesday, June 23 at the Holmes Beach City
Board members did not agree with Building Offi-
Key Royale Bridge
meeting June 29
The Holmes Beach City Commission will meet
with representatives of the Florida Department of
Transportation at approximately 8:30 a.m. Thursday,
June 29, to discuss a new Key Royale Bridge.
The meeting will take place immediately follow-
ing an 8 a.m. closed-door meeting with attorneys to
discuss a current lawsuit against the city.
DOT representatives are to bring their latest in-
spection reports along with cost estimates for a replace-
ment bridge to the meeting.
The commission will also discuss reimbursement
procedures with the DOT.
The DOT had pushed funding of a new bridge from
its 2004-05 budget to 2007-08, but the DOT does have
a program that allows for construction of structures
now, with DOT reimbursement in a later budget.
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unload boxes of
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Ready for business
Anna Maria Public Works Director George McKay
sets up a sign this past Monday morning at the
entrance to the IBC Fellowship Hall announcing that
Anna Maria City Hall is open for business. Islander
Photo: Rick Catlin
cial Kevin Donohue's interpretation that restaurant
owners Jason and Leah Suzor could use all the space
allocated to nonconforming structures on the property
to rebuild a new restaurant into one building. Instead,
board members argued that the Suzors could only re-
build the structure that was damaged in a March 18 fire,
unless their site plan conformed to current setback re-
quirements and codes.
In board member Chuck Webb's opinion, the
Suzors will lose their nonconforming use if they tear
down the structures not damaged in the fire.
The impasse prompted Donohue to note that this
made the new site plan procedures adopted in April dif-
ficult to implement because he is required to guide
applicants through the process with his interpretation
of the code. He said he met five times with architect
Gene Aubry to iron out the submitted preliminary site
In his opinion, the Suzors were entitled to all the
square footage of structures currently on the property
for the proposed restaurant, Donohue said.
The board will discuss interpretation of the code
for non-conforming uses with Donohue and City Attor-
ney Jim Dye, who was not present at the Monday meet-
The board is attempting to reach a decision to de-
liver to the city commission meeting June 24.
Fire investigators have declared the March 18 fire
at The Waterfront an arson, and are offering a reward
for any information leading to an arrest and conviction.
Site plan procedures unclear,
Waterfront restaurant on hold
THE ISLANDER 0 JUNE 23, 2004 0 PAGE 5
Shelters coming to Bradenton Beach someday
By Rick Catlin
The Manatee County Area Transit will make "ev-
ery effort" to fulfill a promise made to the Bradenton
Beach Scenic Highway Corridor Management Entity in
2000 to install four trolley shelters along the corridor
within three to four years.
That was the pledge given by Ralf Hessler of
MCAT at the June 15 CME meeting.
Unfortunately, Hessler still does not have a spe-
cific date for installation, but the bid package for 20-
25 shelters throughout the MCAT system is now
being put together. MCAT plans to install 20-25
shelters each year along its routes over a five-year
period, he said.
Once the contractor has been chosen, Hessler said
he'll be back to the CME to discuss locations.
However, only four or five shelters might be in-
stalled throughout Anna Maria Island in the initial in-
stallation phase. One location "very likely" to get a trol-
ley shelter in the initial phase is Coquina Beach, he
noted. while the Manatee Public Beach in Holmes
Beach will also have a high priority. However, no lo-
cations have been designated, Hessler noted.
The CME has its own design for trolley shelters
and has selected 11 locations for installation, including
four "priority" spots.
Hessler said Bradenton Beach could proceed with
installing its own shelters using the CME design, but
would only be reimbursed for the cost of an MCAT
That's fine, said CME member Bob Herrington,
because, based upon his previous experience, the CME
shelter cost of about $6,000 will likely be lower than
Great, said Hessler, but don't expect a rebate if the
CME cost is lower than MCAT's.
He suggested, however, that the CME wait until he
comes back with more information and specific loca-
tions for shelters. MCAT will use the CME design for
shelters installed along the CME corridor, he said, and
four MCAT-paid locations in Bradenton Beach might
still be a possibility in the first phase.
They should be, said CME member Bill
Shearon, because MCAT promised four locations in
2000 because Gulf Drive had been designated a state
"And we will make every effort to fulfill our
promise," pledged Hessler. "It's in our best interests
to provide shelters."
Bradenton Beach Mayor John Chappie noted the
Island trolley daily passenger total was usually equal
to the number of riders in the rest of the MCAT sys-
tem. That should put the Island at the top of the "pri-
ority" list for shelter locations.
In other business, Hessler and the CME dis-
cussed the interest shown lately by Longboat Key
and the Sarasota County Area Transit in extending
For the second time Nicole Witton has been
awarded the $3.000 Whitey Horton scholarship, while
the children of a Holmes Beach police officer also won
awards as the Anna Maria Island Privateers announced
Witton. a graduate last year of Manatee High
School. won the Whitey Horton scholarship in 2003
and again this year. She is a sophomore at Manatee
Community College majoring in nursing and plans
to pursue a bachelor's degree in nursing, said Eliza-
beth Cline, Privateers treasurer. The scholarship is
in honor of a longtime Privateer.
Brian and Deanna Stephenson, son and daugh-
ter of Holmes Beach Police Lt. Dale Stephenson,
both won scholarships to MCC.
Brian is a repeat winner also, having been
awarded a Privateer scholarship last year. A 2003
graduate of Bayshore High School, he won a $1,000
scholarship this year to continue studying business
administration at MCC, where he is a sophomore.
Deanna is a 2002 Bayshore graduate and a
the trolley service from Coquina Beach to St.
Armands Circle. Longboat has become interested
because of the success of the Island trolley, he said.
Approximately 90 percent of workers on
Longboat Key don't live in that town and need trans-
portation to work, said Herrington. In addition, the
Island trolley keeps about 1,000 car trips per day off
Gulf Drive during the winter season.
They also have to have a transit system if they
want any of the benefits of the proposed water taxi.
The MPO is funding a feasibility study on the ben-
efits of such a system, said Herrington. "The success
of the Anna Maria Island trolley has been shown to
Longboat Key and now they want to talk," he added.
Hessler cautioned that discussions with
Longboat Key and SCAT are only preliminary.
sophomore in psychology at MCC. A $500 winner,
she plans to continue her education at the Univer-
sity of South Florida toward a master's degree in
Other $1,000 scholarship winners:
Amber Becerra, who was awarded a Privateer
scholarship last year. She is a 2003 Bayshore gradu-
ate who is a sophomore at MCC majoring in biol-
ogy, planning to become a trauma surgeon.
LeQuira McDaniel, a graduate this year of
Lakewood Ranch High School who is planning to
major in elementary education at Florida A&M.
Another $500 scholarship was awarded to
Nikki Donato, 2004 Manatee High graduate who
plans to major in business and journalism with a
view to owning her own photography business.
The scholarships are a major program of the
Privateers, an organization of volunteers devoted to
helping the youngsters of the Island and mainland.
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County withholds water, Island
It won't or couldn't be the first time someone sug-
gested that Anna Maria Island protect its resources with
a toll bridge. Certainly not.
But brainstorming can be productive and folks sure
are talking about what to do to stop high-rises from
coming to the waterfront.
After all, Anna Maria has been struggling to enact
a parking ordinance that can provide some relief ever-
increasing weekend beach traffic.
Bradenton Beach suffers from traffic burdens daily
in "high season" and weekends in the summer, with
cars clogging Gulf Drive both north and south of
Holmes Beach is no exception, with traffic backing
up from the Anna Maria Island Bridge along Manatee
Avenue and the connecting roadways. And parking is at
a premium at all the recreation areas and boat ramps.
Recently Manatee County Commissioner Joe
McClash suggested the county could withhold water
from the Arvida-Perico Island proposed development
to force Arvida and Bradenton to reconsider the
planned 686 condos, mostly in 10-story structures.
He also sent out a barrage of e-mails soliciting
comment on the issue.
Which got us thinking: If the majority of Islanders
are opposed to high-rise development on the shoreline,
particularly on our vista of Perico Island, then why
don't we withhold our most valuable resource? Which
is, of course, the beaches.
Certainly, Bradenton doesn't contribute to the
Island's infrastructure, and the county does little to
maintain what infrastructure it provides. In fact, the
county-maintained facilities at the public beaches
(parking lots, landscaping and rest rooms) are shame-
ful when they should be jewels.
At what point do we take action to protect our valu-
able resources for the taxpayers here right here on
Anna Maria Island, where the taxes are higher, by vir-
tue of higher values, than elsewhere in the county?
Of course, we know everyone wants to and should
be able to access the beach, the Intracoastal Waterway,
the Gulf of Mexico.
And it would take an act of the Florida Legislature
to enact a toll, so it's pretty far reaching, but has any-
one visited the quiet ambiance of Boca Grande (toll
Sometimes you gotta put your money where your
mouth is. Anna Maria Island toll? Only if you don't
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A sorry lot
What a sorry bunch Bradenton has for a city council
- the lone dissenter Marianne Barnebey excluded, of
Like a docile bunch of lapdogs, they do Arvida's bid-
ding and approve the 10-story concrete wall of shame
development on Perico Island. They openly admit in their
discussions that their approval is all about money. They
show no concern for preserving our saltwater shoreline
heritage, almost uniqut'on Florida's populated coast.
Contrast if you will their pitiful excuse for leadership
with that demonstrated in Cortez.
With a minimum of resources but with a wealth of
heart, industriousness and creativity, Cortez's leaders and
citizens are defending their village from the same devel-
oper predations Bradenton City Council finds appealing.
The FISH Preserve is an excellent example of what
should have been done on Perico Island. Instead we get the
new low in city government venality exhibited by the
Tell me, who voted for these jerks?
Steve Gonnan, Holmes Beach
Plenty of differences
I attended the Bradenton City Council meeting re-
garding the Arvida/Perico project. What surprised me
most is the position the Bradenton (Herald) editorial board
is taking by supporting the plan.
Written in the East Manatee Herald March 21: "There
is no substantive reason to deny the project's approval.
Similarly scaled buildings are going up in downtown
Bradenton and Palmetto at Riviera Dunes. Why should
Perico be so different?"
There are a great deal of differences:
The Gulf of Mexico is not in front of those areas.
Manatee Avenue cannot be four-laned through the
causeway to the Anna Maria Bridge.
Bradenton and Palmetto are downtown locations; tall
buildings belong downtown.
The downtown are closer to Interstate-75 for better
Many lessons to learn after Hurricane Andrew, Sep-
Another bullet dodged and more lessons to learn from
the Storm of the Century, March 1993.
And who can forget storms Elena, Juan and Kate in
The experts (builders and sellers) keep saying it's an
upscale development. Why is it that the upscale people
visit Anna Maria Island (no high-rise community) and say
"Please don't change it"?
What is the real reason that suddenly hurricane evacu-
ation is no longer a problem in the eyes of the Herald?
Katie Pierola, president, Save Anna Maria
What's happening to the "powers that be?" Are they
so greedy for higher real estate tax dollars that they are
willing to let developers such as Arvida/St. Joe just destroy
sensitive lands and areas for the sake of the almighty
When these people eventually leave office this will be
their legacy. Do they truly believe that this is a right and
good thing? Are they really convinced that this is for the
benefit of the community and our beautiful beaches and
waterways? Do they even care?
Added to that, they insult my intelligence by saying
that most of the buyers/owners will only be here for one-
third of the year. Are they going to put that into the condo
documents as part of the rules?
I originally came from a country that has preserved
lands and buildings. Some are not hundreds of years old
but thousands. Tourists flock to these monuments to his-
tory by the thousands. A lot of them are Americans.
These places are still around because hundreds or
thousands of years ago the "powers that be" said, "No, we
will not destroy this land, we'll preserve it" and luckily
enough people said yes. That's how these places became
part of our living history, not just a memory.
Susan Hatch, Anna Maria
Rick Ely's impact
letter seems to sum
up the attitude
meeting Maj. Rick
Ely during his trip
here. From those
of us at The
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The people of Anna Maria Island, to include
the towns, declared the week of June 7-13 as Maj.
Rick Ely Week as a tribute to Major Ely and his
family for their service to our country. As a
veteran, I thought this was a wonderful thing to do
for a member of our military forces on their
I was invited to the dinner held for Major Ely
at the Moose Lodge and had the opportunity to
talk with him for a few moments that evening.
Little did I know of the impact that conversation
would have on me.
Saturday morning I received a phone call from
Mrs. Rita Bailey, the lady who had invited me to
attend the dinner, telling me that Major Ely had
asked that I be at the reception being held that
morning at the elementary school auditorium. I
had no idea why he should make the request, but
agreed to attend in honor of Major Ely's service to
After Major Ely made his presentation to the
gathered group, he spoke of some of the people he
had met during his stay, and singled me out as an
example of his hero.
Let me be the first to deny this title. I am retired
from the U.S. Army and was a senior noncommis-
sioned officer. I spent two years in Vietnam and
this service is the reason for Major Ely feeling the
way he did. When the veterans of Vietnam returned
to the United States, we were met with hostility, as
our nation was in turmoil over that war. We never
received a "thank you" or a warm welcome, and the
major was aware of this.
Major Ely called me up to the stage to stand
by his side and presented me with a small medal
that would be very meaningful to him. This was
his way of paying tribute, not only to me but to
all veterans of Vietnam who never received that
"welcome home" that today's veterans are
I could not help the tears that filled my eyes
or the lump in my throat as I turned to the people
of Anna Maria Island who were giving me a
standing ovation and, after 35 years, saying
To you wonderful people I say "Thank you
and may God bless you all."
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THE ISLANDER 0 JUNE 23, 2004 0 PAGE 7
Ten years ago, the June 23, 1994, issue
of The Islander announced that:
Florida Gov. Lawton Chiles launched his re-election
campaign from the Beach House Restaurant in Bradenton
Beach, at the same time addressing concerns of about 20
protesters outside the restaurant, who demonstrated
against a proposed fixed-span, 65-foot high bridge to re-
place the Anna Maria Bridge. He told the protesters that
any decision on the bridge was out of his hands.
Someone was so hungry, they broke into Ato's Res-
taurant at 111 S. Bay Blvd. in Anna Maria and stole a
quantity of ham and sausages. For good measure, the thief
also stole a microwave oven and cooking utensils.
Anna Maria Island Community Center board
member Luke Courtney said that because of budget
increases and demand, the Center needs the three Island
cities need to double the amount each city gave to the
Center last year, from a total of $30,000 to $60,000.
PAGE 8 0 JUNE 23, 2004 0 THE ISLANDER
Tarpon, stingrays beguile Island swimmers
By Jim Hanson
Advice from Jay Moyles: Don't be so enchanted
swimming with tarpon that you forget the stingray
Moyles is chief of marine rescue in the Manatee
County Department of Public Safety, overseeing life-
guards among his varied duties.
It's tarpon season, he noted, and the big fish are head-
ing south along the coast, thick and close-in to the beach.
"They are so close inshore along Anna Maria Island that
they often get among the swimmers," he said.
Clearly as charmed as anyone fresh in from the
Midwest, the veteran mariner said "They school up
right off the beach sometimes, and there are tarpon as
far as the eye can see."
Anglers hurl their enticements right among them
from the beach, he said, but there's slim chance of
catching one there. Those fishing from boats likely
have a better prospect, he said.
It would be hard to blame those silvery beauties for
people getting painfully stung in the foot or ankle, but
it's not unlikely for stingray season is getting started.
These rays feed along the surf line, hunting prov-
ender just under the sand and thus themselves camou-
flaged. Beach waders should be very aware of them, for
they are quick and sure with their weapon if stepped on.
That is a barb at the base of the ray's tail, and the
ray whips it over and into whatever steps on it. It is
venomous and, beyond the pain of the barb's penetra-
tion, the poison causes sometimes strong and always
painful reactions, Moyles said.
If stung, he said, soak the foot or ankle at once in
water as hot as you can bear, and keep it up for at least
an hour. Meanwhile, get medical attention. So far this
season there have been 12 stings at Manatee Public
Beach and one on Coquina.
This question asked by the art of this T-shirt is answered in the affirmative offshore right now.
To alert the shy creatures so they can avoid the
human foot and the foot avoid the stinger, strollers
should shuffle their feet in the sand along the surf as
There's lightning to worry about, too. One bolt
struck near the Coquina lifeguard tower, probably fol-
lowed a power line to the tower and gave a lifeguard a
hefty bounce, said Moyles.
"He's fine now, no problem, but it was bound to be
a shock, watching out for people on the beach and get-
ting a jolt himself."
The best assurance against unpleasantness on the
beach is to pay attention to the signal flags and follow
Green, all is OK. Yellow, careful of surf and cur-
rents. Red, high hazards of big surf and rip currents.
Purple, treacherous sea life in the shallows, including
stingrays, jellyfish, Portuguese man-of-war, sea lice.
Double red, sharks and dangerous surf and rips, nobody
allowed in the water.
The tarpon will all be through here before too
much longer, on their way to frustrate fisherfolk in the
big tournaments south of here. And the stingray's early
season will taper off about mid-July, said Moyles, to
resume in early autumn.
A er ray of light: Probably because of a pub-
lic better educated in the ways of rays, the sting inci-
dence is declining every season, including this year,
said Moyles. That, and their main predator is sharks. Be
careful out there.
'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 features a winner each
week on the cover of The Islander.
The grand prize winner, which is chosen from the
eight weekly winners, includes $100 from the newspa-
per, a gift certificate from Mr. Roberts Resortwear, and
other gift certificates.
Weekly winners receive $50 and a "More-than-a-
mullet-wrapper" T-shirt from the Islander.
The weekly deadline is noon Friday throughout the
contest with the next deadline June 25.
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 may be submitted in the origi-
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retouching, enhancements or computer manipulation is
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 e-mail, one photo
attachment per e-mail.
Photos without entry forms will be disqualified.
Additional photo labels are available at the newspaper
office or they may be copied.
Photographer Jose Granados of Nuevo Leon, Mexico,
snapped this digital image to win the Top Notch Aug.
13, 2003, weekly contest.
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
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-
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digital photo attachment. One e-mail per photo submission. Mail
entries to The Islander Top Notch Photo Contest, 5404 Marina
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THE ISLANDER U JUNE 23, 2004 U PAGE 9
Ava Ehde: Not your stereotypical librarian
By Diana Bogan
Jump out of planes or be a librarian. That's the
advice Ava Ehde got from taking a career aptitude test
during her college days.
She got a giggle out of picturing herself as a stereo-
typical librarian but looked into the career anyway and
found it was something she really would like.
Unlike the stereotypes, Ehde says she isn't one to
shush kids who come into the library and is known to
let out her own big laugh.
A native New Yorker, Ehde grew up as a "farm
girl" with horses and growing vegetables. "I knew edu-
cation was the only thing that was going to get me up
and out of there."
Ehde earned an undergraduate degree in German
and history and a master's in library science before
moving to the Island from Buffalo, N.Y., more than a
Before moving to Holmes Beach, on the recom-
mendation of a friend, Ehde spent several years visit-
ing the Island.
"I worked three jobs up in New York and visits to
the Island were the best part of the year," Ehde said.
Ehde has held a variety of jobs that are public ser-
vice-oriented, including 21 years in the restaurant busi-
ness as a manager, pastry chef, bartender and dish-
Prior to moving to the Island, she worked as a pro-
fessor and systems coordinator for the library at the
State University of New York in Buffalo. Ehde says
she still teaches two online library science courses for
Ehde's first job was at the Niagara Falls Library,
where she was the local history librarian. "Niagara
Falls is one of the most photographed places in the
world and the library's collection had tin-types and
photographs mounted on leather. They had one-of-a-
Working in a library blends Ehde's love for re-
search and solving mysteries. "I like solving little mys-
teries every day," she said. "We don't just shelve books
all day. We help the student with a question about frogs
and the mother looking for information about a health
Ehde is excited about working at the Island Branch
Library, where she says she has had a warm reception
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The position is a promotion from her job as the
reference librarian at the Central Branch Library in
"I love my job and I can't believe I got the oppor-
tunity to work on the Island no more traffic," she
She rides her bike every morning and says she
loves to read serial mysteries and can't walk out of the
library without an armload of books.
Ehde said Sarah Bicknell, who retired from Ehde's
position in May, did a great job with the library and it
has been "a treat" to step into her place. "I told the staff
there isn't anything here that needs to be fixed," she
said. Instead, she is looking for ways to work with the
Friends of the Island Library to enhance what Bicknell
Ehde hopes to bring in more young adult readers
by offering programs that might interest them, such as
skateboarding or surfing, as well as updating the
young-adult book collection.
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Since starting at the Island branch a little more than
a month ago, Ehde has begun Internet training classes
for the staff, she has reorganized the book collections
and ordered new signage for the shelving units.
Ehde said there has been a lot of positive feedback
to the library's current display of young Islander Coo-
per Hardy's collection of children's books and toys.
Ehde said she would like to continue featuring a child's
collection in the library's display case at least twice a
When not shelving books or solving mysteries at
the library, she loves to spend time with her dog, Eli,
biking 55 miles every week, snorkeling and cooking for
Ehde's visits her parents and siblings in New York
regularly. Her sister, Debbie Stisser, was not surprised
at her career path, she says.
"I alphabetized books and music, and my sister was
a little worried when I started on the spices," said Ehde.
"I'm a geek at heart, what else would I do? I love my
job. I love working on the Island. I love the mood, the
pace, the Island mindset. It's nice all around," she said.
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By Diana Bogan
The Florida Department of Education released the
School Accountability Grades this week and Anna
Maria Elementary School maintained its "A" grade,
while the Island Middle School earned a "C" grade.
The Florida Accountability Grading System in-
volves six key elements derived from the reading, writ-
ing and mathematics scores on the Florida Comprehen-
sive Assessment Test taken by students in March.
Grades are based on the total points earned, with
a score of 0-279 equaling an F, 280-319 a D, 320-379
a C, 380-409 a B, and more than 410 is an A grade, in
addition to adequate student progress and percent of
AME improved its total grade point from 496 last
year to 502 this year.
AME not only maintained its "A" grade, but also
satisfied 100 percent of the 30 criteria for the Federal
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The school's annual report card also shows that
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Welch joins Island
Holmes Beach resident Nancy Welch has
joined the Island Branch Library staff as a full-
time library technician.
Welch moved to the Island with her family in
1961 and attended the Anna Maria Elementary
School as a third-grader.
Prior to joining the library staff, Welch volun-
teered at the Island branch when she had time off
from her previous job with Learning Publications,
which recently closed its doors.
Welch said she enjoys the library atmosphere
and the people who visit there.
In her free time, Welch enjoys reading En-
glish mysteries and classics, although 19th cen-
tury Irish authors is a new interests. She is cur-
rently reading a collection of short stories hoping
to find a few Irish authors to investigate further.
She said she likes the variety her job offers
and she finds it interesting to see what other
people like to read.
Welch spent two weeks training at the Central
Library in Bradenton before starting at the Island
Branch earlier this month.
in the state on the percent of students making learning
gains and money spent per student.
IMS earned 393 total grade points, down slightly
from last year's 398. This is the first year IMS received
an accountability grade. It's previous FCAT scores
were used as a benchmark for comparing student gains
Eighty-three percent of IMS students were tested.
Of those, 75 percent met high standards of achievement
in reading and 57 percent met a high standard of
achievement in math.
IMS satisfied 93 percent of the criteria for the No
Child Left Behind Act. According to the Manatee
County School District, preliminary results indicate
eight area schools met the Federal criteria for adequate
Overall schools in Manatee County performed
well. Twenty-three schools received an "A," 11 schools
received a "B," nine received a "C," and two received
a "D." None of the Manatee County schools received
an "F" this year.
For more information and a list of school grades,
visit the Florida Department of Education Web site at
warned on fireworks
The Manatee County Emergency Medical Ser-
vices has issued a warning prior to July 4 to all
county residents that it is illegal to discharge fire-
works in the county without a permit.
The warning comes in the wake of a county or-
dinance adopted in February that outlaws the sale of
fireworks from tents, roadside stands and vehicles.
Fireworks may still be purchased at retail outlets, but
only by adults.
In addition, said the EMS, "the buying and sell-
ing of fireworks requires a special permit" from the
Manatee County Sheriff's Office.
Although all three Island cities have adopted the
county fireworks ordinance, police and MCSO depu-
ties on Anna Maria Island have said enforcement
during the July 4 weekend will be almost impossible
without an additional 1,000 officers.
Some organizations and businesses have ob-
tained a permit for a fireworks display the July 4
weekend, including the Sandbar restaurant in Anna
Maria and the Beach House Restaurant in Bradenton
Beach, which traditionally has a fireworks display
starting around 9 p.m. July 3.
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THE ISLANDER 0 JUNE 23, 2004 0 PAGE 11
Eaton shares seeds of change
with Anna Maria Islanders
By Diana Bogan
Don Eaton knows the power of change literally.
The singer/songwriter from Oregon turns small change
into sustenance for starving people worldwide.
Through his nonprofit organization Small Change,
Eaton collects monetary donations that he uses to sup-
ply relief agencies with oral-rehydration salt packets to
help save the lives of people who would otherwise die
from the dehydration that accompanies starvation.
"We ask people to save and donate their small
change. Every cent saved goes to direct hunger relief,"
Islander Anne-Marie Shurina has been a fan of
Eaton's music and mission since meeting him four
years ago at a seminar.
Shurina and Al Robinson recently invited Eaton to
perform and share his message at their home. Shurina
said close to 50 people attended the concert and do-
nated $210 to Small Change.
Eaton said Islanders will feed 2,010 people with
the money they raised for his organization.
Eaton founded Small Change eight years ago. He
said he saw a television documentary that raised his
awareness of the number of people still suffering from
He later learned about the oral-rehydration pack-
ets at a United Nations conference where he was per-
forming. Many people who are starving are so dehy-
drated that by the time milk or porridge is given to
them, it runs right through them because their tissue
can't accept the nourishment, he explained.
Mixed with clean water, the ORS packet
rehydrates the tissue and enables the body to absorb
food by the following day.
"You can't live on the packet alone," Eaton said, "but
one packet can be the difference between living or not."
A single packet costs a dime and Eaton has raised
$140,000, amounting to 1.4 million lives saved.
Eaton said statistics show that every minute 20
people die of hunger across the world.
While visiting the Island, Eaton met with Cindi
Harrison, the guidance counselor at Anna Maria El-
ementary School, to discuss the possibility of initiating
a joint venture with fifth-grade students next year.
This school year, AME's fifth-graders raised
money for the Wheelchair Foundation and Harrison
spoke to Eaton about giving students the opportunity
to raise money for Small Change next year.
But Eaton has more than just a worthy cause to
offer. He spends 70 percent of his time on the road pro-
moting his music and giving seminars on compassion
His music, nonprofit and educational lectures are
intermingled. They all address beginning growth and
change at home.
The main mission of Small Change is compassion
education giving people the skills to change their
Bike lane work slooooowly
starts in Bradenton Beach
Work crews are starting the long-delayed
project of adding 4-foot-wide bike lanes on both
the east and west sides of Gulf Drive in Bradenton
Site preparation work began Monday on the
roughly $300,000 project, according to Public
Works Director Dottie Poindexter, although the
actual construction of the lanes won't begin until
after the July 4 holiday.
Apac Construction will be doing the work,
which has been in the talking stage for at least
nine years and in the work plan by the Florida
Department of Transportation for at least five
years. The bulk of the funding for the project is
from DOT, with about $30,000 coming from the
In another traffic matter, storm drain cleaning
will be taking place this week along Gulf Drive
from Cortez Road south to Coquina Beach and
may cause some intermittent lane closures, accord-
ing to DOT officials.
Voice of change
Don Eaton sings about compassion and change
across the country and his nonprofit organization
Small Change makes a big impact fighting world-
wide hunger. Eaton shared his music and mission
with Islanders at a concert hosted by Al Robinson
and Anne-Marie Shurina. Islander Photo: Diana
thoughts, words and deeds to deal with the emotional
aspects of hunger.
Eaton points out that you don't have to be physically
starving to be emotionally starving. He lectures around the
country to organizations and schools to offer simple strat-
egies, such as asking yourself how you feel and what you
need to change or sustain that feeling.
These too are small changes that individuals can
make to help themselves. Eaton said he tells young
groups that it doesn't take a majority to make positive
changes. Studies show that it only takes 5 percent of the
population to change the social system by living ac-
cording to their value system.
"It only takes five sarcastic kids in a class of 30 to
hold the rest hostage," described Eaton. "And, it only
takes five kids to be kind to transform the class, too. I
find it hopeful that it doesn't take 100 percent or a
majority to make change. It only takes 5 percent to be
dedicated and courageous, to walk the talk and the
other 95 percent will follow."
Eaton "walks the talk" through his music as well.
He has recorded three compact discs through his com-
pany Seeds Music. He tithes 10 percent of the profits
earned from "seed-d" (a term coined by an AME stu-
dent Eaton met during his visit) sales, which is enough
to purchase enough seeds to feed a family of four in a
third-world country with four vegetable crops.
He describes his music as motivational. Through it,
he shares stories about people that may inspire others
and celebrates the small things in life that can make a
The music is inclusive of different spiritual beliefs
and promotes growth of love in the world.
His most recent "seed-d" is "Hope of Humanity,"
and the single "I Am One Voice" received national at-
tention when actress Suzanne Somers introduced it on
The Oprah Winfrey show and in her television movie
"Keeping Secrets: The Suzanne Somers Story." The
talk show and the movie were used as the vehicles to
launch the song as the national "anthem" of Adult
Children of Alcoholics, said Eaton.
He began his journey as a musician and friends say
he was writing songs about compassion long before he
founded Small Change.
Through his work, Eaton hopes to give people a
desire to make small changes in their own lives to
inspire them to be "compassion in action."
To learn more about Small Change, visit his Web
site at www.small-change.org.
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Shell leads Broach School, open house Thursday
By Diana Bogan
Jeanne Shell is taking the "Broach approach" in
continuing her educational leadership as the new direc-
tor of the Broach School in Bradenton.
Shell, who served as the director of the Island
Middle School for its first two years, said she is excited
about the opportunity to foster the individual needs of
students and prepare them for a lifetime of learning -
a mission she has always been passionate about.
Representatives of the Educational Services of
America Corporation, which owns the Broach School,
told Shell they were impressed by the growth of the
Island Middle School under her leadership and the edu-
cational progress of the students.
Shell was equally impressed that ESA shares the
same educational mission she brought with her to IMS.
The Broach School enrolls students in first-
through 12th-grade and is based on teaching the phi-
losophy of founder Tommie Broach.
The Broach approach meets the increasing need for
quality individual instruction, Shell said, and the school
was opened to help students overcome learning diffi-
culties, build confidence and reach new heights in
Shell said the school can admit up to 60 students
with no more than 15 students per teacher. The school
caters to students who are being left behind in the pub-
lic school system and benefit from alternative learning
Joining Shell from IMS are teachers John
Friedricks and Sanford Brousseau. Shell said she
sought out both Friedricks and Brousseau for teaching
positions because she knew they would be right for the
Friedricks will be teaching middle and high school
grades and Brousseau will teach elementary grade lev-
els. Classrooms reflect the old-fashioned one room
schoolhouse with various age groups learning side by
Students have the opportunity to learn at their own
pace, at their own skill level, and from students around
them, Shell said.
Currently there are 23 students enrolled at the
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Parents and students can learn more about the
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Jo Ann Heyne
Jo Ann Heyne, 71, of Holmes Beach, Indian Lake,
Ohio, and formerly of Dayton, Ohio, died June 13.
Mrs. Heyne was a
winter visitor to Anna Maria
Island since 1982, and
bought a home in Holmes
Beach in 1991. She was re-
tired as secretary to the fire
chief in Dayton. She was a
member of St. Bernard
Catholic Church, Holmes
Beach, and was a member
of the Women's Guild
Nora of House of Prayer in migrant workers assistance
Services were in Dayton June 17. Local services
will be at a later date.
She is survived by husband of 41 years Bob;
brother Clarence Reusch of North Carolina; and the
"Texas Kids" Pam, Tim, Chuck and Kevin.
James R. Eisenzimmer
James R. Eisenzimmer, 73, of Bradenton. died
Born in Buffalo,
k N.Y., Mr. Eisenzimmer
moved to Manatee County
in 1958. He was a retired
f -.'_ block mason and owned
S G&E Masonry. He served
in the U.S. Army during the
Korean War. He was a
There were no ser-
vices. Memorial contribu-
Eisenzimmer tions may be made to Hos-
pice of Southwest Florida,
5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota FL 34238. Brown and Sons
Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by his wife of 48 years Dawn;
daughter Kathi of Bradenton; nephews Mitch and Gary
Garlock of Lexington, Tenn.; and niece Tami
Friend John Fara of Anna Maria remembers
James "Jimmy" Eisenzimmer gave a lot of young
men, including myself, our first real job. He taught us
a skill we all made a living with. I thank him for that.
He had a lot of sayings he used over the many years
we worked together, from the simple to the funny to the
profound. My favorite is "anything worth doing is
worth doing right!"
He was the hardest working man I've ever known
and he loved every minute of it despite his constant
ranting and raving about one thing or another.
I will always remember him as I drive by the count-
less jobs we worked on together on this beautiful Is-
His great sense of humor, instant wit and unbeliev-
able memory of jokes and stories will be sorely missed
by everyone who knew and loved him.
He always talked about going to that great mortar
box in the sky. Farewell, ol' Buddy, it was my great
privilege to have known and worked with you all these
Mary Ellen Sark
Mary Ellen Sark, 51. of
Anna Maria City, died June
..-' Born in Detroit, Mich.,
Ms. Sark was a teller at
Wachovia Bank, a bartender
Sat Bortell's Cocktail
Lounge, and, most recently,
,a worked at the Anna Maria
id Sork and Sark City Pier Restaurant.
Services were private.
She is survived by sister Pat and brother James.
Dale C. Schueneman
Dale C. Schueneman, 64, of Bradenton, died June
Born in Detroit, Mich., Mr. Schueneman came to
Manatee County from there in 1982. He worked for the
Bradenton Beach Public Works Department for 20
years. He was Protestant.
Memorial services will be at 6 p.m. Thursday, June
24, at Brown and Sons Funeral Home, 5624 26th St.
He is survived by sons Dale Robert, David C., and
Michael Johnson, all of Bradenton; daughter Brenda
Gurney of Detroit; 10 grandchildren; and two great-
Joyce Gertrude Smith
Joyce Gertrude Smith, 78, of Bradenton, died June
Ms. Smith came to Manatee County from Cleve-
land. Ohio. in 1983. She was the owner of Mohr
Apartments in the Village of the Arts. She was a
draftsman during World War II for the Alcoa Alumi-
num Co. in Cleveland. She was the former co-owner
of Custom Tops in Garfield, Ohio. She was a volun-
teer at Manatee Memorial Hospital, a volunteer with
the Crisis Line and a children's advocate as a Guard-
ian Ad Litem for the Manatee County court system.
She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church
and formerly a member of Sacred Heart Catholic
Church, where she served on the Ladies Guild and
was a Stephen's Minister.
Visitation was June 18 and a Mass of Christian
Burial June 19 at St. Joseph Catholic Church. Shannon
Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by daughters Joy Courtney of Pal-
metto and formerly Holmes Beach, and Patricia A.
Pesecky of Macedonia, Ohio; son Donald L. of Mesa,
Ariz.; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchil-
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Island police reports
Anna Maria City
June 20, Bayfront Park, alcohol violation. A man
was cited for having an open container of beer in an
area where alcohol is prohibited.
:June 10, 1300 block of Gulf Drive, drug arrest.
Two juvenile males, both 17, both of Bradenton Beach,
were arrested for possession of marijuana after a rou-
tine traffic stop. According to the report, an officer
witnessed the defendants roll through a stop sign with
pedestrians present and then stopped the vehicle.
June 12, Bridge Street and Sixth Street South, or-
dinance violation. A man was arrested after proceed-
ing onto the beach after park hours, disregarding a ver-
bal warning and explanation of the city ordinance from
June 12, 100 block of Eighth Street South, crimi-
nal mischief. A woman was arrested for resisting with-
out violence for obstructing the officer's investigation
and attempts to issue her a trespass warning. Accord-
ing to the report, the woman became argumentative .and
began breaking things at a home where she was a guest.
She was also charged with criminal mischief for the
damage she did to the front door of the home.
June 13, 100 Gulf Drive N., Circle K, traffic arrest.
A man was arrested for driving with a suspended li-
cense and no insurance during a routine traffic stop.
According to the report, the man was stopped due to an
expired vehicle tag.
June 14,2200 block of Avenue C, Baker Act. Accord-
ing to the report, a man called the station approximately
six times in a 15-minute span with unfounded reports.
According to the report, the man had not been taking his
medication, causing him to become delusional. Officers
transported him to Manatee Memorial Hospital.
June 14, 400 block of 80th Street, assault. A man
was arrested for reportedly threatening another man
with a knife.
SProtection plan could stop recreational boats
By Rick Catlin
Boaters who have enjoyed the calm and quiet wa-
ters off the Kingfish Boat Ramp and along the easterly
shores of Holmes Beach may soon have to find a new
location for "recreational" boating.
That's because under a proposed new manatee pro-
tection rule by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conserva-
tion Commission, those locations and others along
the Manatee River might be taken away as recre-
ational areas for boaters, according to County Commis-
sioner Joe McClash.
"Everything around the Kingfish Boat Ramp
would be slow speed and no recreational boating would
be allowed," he told the Coalition of Barrier Island
Elected Officials June 16. That means no jet skis, wa-
ter skiing, wake boarding and other designated boating
But it's not a done deal yet, McClash said.
A public hearing with the FWC to discuss the
manatee protection proposal is scheduled for 6 p.m.
Wednesday, June 23, at the Manatee Convention Cen-
ter in Palmetto.
"The FWC has to have public hearings before they
set the rule," McClash told the BIEO, "and I urge Is-
land cities and representatives and the public to come
and express your opinion."
McClash also discussed the county's battle with
Bradenton and Arvida over the Perico Island condo-
minium project. Arvida's claim that its revised site plan
for 686 condominium units approved June 8 by the
Bradenton City Council reduces density is rubbish, he
."They are at the density they should have had ini-
tially" when Arvida proposed 898 units in April 2000,
he noted. "So, there is no density reduction, they are
just meeting the requirements, and at the maximum
allowable density," said McClash.
"The only reason Bradenton wants those condos is
for their bottom line," he said.
He also scoffed at Arvida's claim that hurricane
evacuation from Anna Maria Island would only be af-
fected by seven minutes by the development. "I told
them if that's the case, they can just open their gate for
McClash rejected Arvida's contention that it could
raise the level of traffic service on State Road 64
(Palma Sola Causeway) to an A level. "It can't be
done" on a two-lane highway, he said. The county al-
ready has a transportation and parking problem on the
Island and along the causeway, and there's nothing in
the Arvida proposal that will ease those conditions.
He urged elected officials to let the county com-
mission know where their respective cities stand on the
issue of the county challenging the new site plan. "It's
not an easy issue. It's government against govern-
ment," he said.
As a last resort, the county could institute condem-
nation proceedings against the property, but that's not
likely to happen, McClash noted.
Hailey Grace Jonatzke couldn't wait to be born. The
daughter of April and Andy, due in August, was born
at 3:13 p.m. June 10 at St. Joseph's Women's
Hospital in Tampa and weighed a slight 2 pounds,
15 ounces. Andy said the doctors are impressed with
Hailey's progress; she has increased in weight to 3
pounds, 3 ounces, and will be released from the
hospital when she reaches 4 pounds. Hailey is the
first grandchild for Mike and Kim Jonatzke and the
first granddaughter for Karen and Chuck Dickerson.
April is a teacher's aide at Anna Maria Elementary
School and Andy is sports director at the Anna
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Two plays in
By Jim Hanson
Anna Maria's Tom Aposporos spent a long time
between acting careers, but he's making up for it -
two plays only two weekends apart.
He is taking a leading role in the Manatee Players'
Summer New Plays Series, four new plays by four lo-
cal playwrights. Aposporos will appear July 9-11 and
23-25 in productions at the Riverfront.
He has played in several Island Players presenta-
tions between his real estate business and his stint as an
Anna Maria city commissioner. It took the Island to put
him back into theater.
He "started life as an actor," he said, and was in "A
Thousand Clowns" in a cabaret theater when he had to
make "a hard life decision" and decided on business
instead of stage.
It was a good decision, he said, for it put him into
real estate with his father, then into politics, chair-
manship of a large bank, and ultimately back
onstage. Mayor of his hometown, Poughkeepsie,
N.Y., for 10 years, he was still in real estate, still on
the periphery of acting by doing narrations, voice-
overs and so on. From mayor he went on to chair a
bank there, stayed on when it merged, and when that
combo was sold he left the business and came to
Here, he went back into real estate. But "people
knew I had a theater background and wanted me to get
with it again so I said yes and yes and yes again and
ended up busy onstage on the Island, Bradenton and
He is in double rehearsal now, for his back-to-back
Dianne Brin (left), Laurie Zimmerman and the Island's Tom Aposporos in an upcoming production in the
Summer New Play Series at Riverfront.
appearances in July. He has the leading role in "The
Split" and supporting part in "Alligators." Both are at
Bradenton's Riverfront Theatre, "Split" July 9-11 and
"Alligators" July 23-25. Curtain time is 8 p.m. Friday
and Saturday, matinees at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Tickets are $12 each, $40 for the series at Riverfront,
102 Old Main St., Bradenton, box office phone 748-
Both those plays and the other two in the series,
"First House of Neptune" July 16-18 and "Grace" July
30-Aug. 1, are by Bradenton and Sarasota playwrights,
and "it's not amateur night," said Aposporos. "The
plays and players are first-rate."
He recommends theater for anyone even remotely
interested, and not just for the creativity.
"As we age, working onstage makes us hone our
powers on many levels," he said. "We have to sharpen
our memory to know lines, be in position, know our ef-
fect on the other players.
"The stage requires discipline that makes you chal-
lenge yourself mentally and physically, to keep age
from slowing you to a standstill. It keeps you in tune."
Summer with Shakespeare: Director's ideal
By Jim Hanson
To spend a summer with William Shakespeare -
.what serious stage director could ask for more?
Kelly Wynn Woodland has her summer with
Shakespeare all arranged and in production, with the
added satisfaction that it is mostly her doing.
As director of "The Merry Wives of Windsor," she
is now busy putting a large cast through their comedic
paces. "Shakespeare On the Island" will be at the Island
Players from July 13-17. And she is already in re-
hearsal for "Romeo and Juliet" for a mainland produc-
tion that is extraordinarily complex even for
Shakespeare On the Island, where "Merry Wives"
will star, is her own creation, and she did it against
great odds. Four years ago she was virtually alone in
her faith that Anna Maria Island would support not only
between-seasons summer theater, but Shakespeare.
She has proved the skeptics wrong, and they are
glad of it. So high had the demand for tickets become
by last year that Shakespeare On the Island in 2003 was
extended to eight performances, compared with the
Woodland has directed other plays than
Shakespeare at the Island playhouse, becoming a main-
stay here, dependable for outstanding performances of
good material. Along the way she has fallen in love
with Anna Maria Island and its theater.
"Everything is great about the Island," she said.
"The location just can't be beat, it's so beautiful. Ev-
ery New York actor would love to be here. The com-
munity gives wonderful support to the theater.
"The Players board is super to work with, the Off
Stage Ladies [auxiliary to the Players] are so helpful,
so invigorating they tell great jokes and are alto-
gether a lot of fun. And the theater is an ideal size."
She is a professional director who is paid for her
work, "a mercenary," she said. She directs plays here,
in Venice and sometimes for the Manatee Players in
Bradenton. The five- or six-show theater season is from
October to May, and she frequently is starting rehears-
als for one play while another is in production: "I keep
Kelly Lynn Woodland
a lot of calendars."
"Theater has been my whole life, still is," she said.
She studied acting in college and worked at the trade
until she was getting only "kid roles, cuties" because
"I've always looked like a kid."
She earned a degree in acting and directing at
Florida State University and got a teaching certificate
at the same time. Her "day job" is as a full-time English
teacher at Lincoln Middle School in Palmetto. She re-
turned to FSU to get a master's degree awhile ago.
In her "spare time" (huh?) she has done seminars
at high schools around the area, introducing students to
Her other Shakespeare show this year is "Romeo
and Juliet," which will be staged at Riverside Theatre
in Bradenton simultaneously with "West Side Story"
on alternate nights on the same stage.
That will give theater patrons a chance to compare the
two stories, for they have the same plot line, she said.
"Shakespeare stole it from an epic poem," she said. "But
it goes far back to Greek mythology." She won't direct
both: the "West Side Story" director is Rick Kirby.
Woodland's daughter Page will be in both the
"Merry Wives of Windsor" and "Romeo and Juliet."
Husband Mark will play Falstaff in "Merry Wives," to
round out the family affair.
Curtain times are 8 p.m. for all performances of the
"Merry Wives" comedy, with no matinees. A special
arrangement is being set up for early tickets: From now
until July 2, send a check for tickets at $10 each pay-
able to Island Players, indicating the date you prefer to
see the play, to P.O. Box 2059, Anna Maria FL 34216.
Starting July 6 the box office will be open from 9
a.m.-l p.m. at 10009 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria, phone
Carola R. Sesterhenn, whose parents and brother
are Anna Maria Islanders, graduated magna cum
laude in nursing from the University of South
Florida and is working in the University Community
Hospital in Tampa. Her parents are Herbert and
Birgit Sesterhenn of Island Florist and her elder
brother is Robert of Connecticon in Holmes Beach.
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Dan Ketchum is the manager for just-opened
Richard's Health and Bulk Foods (formerly
Ansley's) in the S&S Plaza on Gulf Drive in Holmes
Beach. Store hours are from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday
through Saturday. For more information, call Dan at
778-4322. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin
now on Island
Joe Brockschmidt and Chris Ladd started The
Screen Machine in Ellenton nine years ago, rescreen-
ing and replacing lanai and pool enclosures for a hand-
ful of customers. But their business has grown so much
the past few years for The Screen Machine, they're
now coming to Anna Maria Island to help people with
"We've really grown quite a bit," said Joe, "and
we're now on the Island for rescreening and replacing"
of screens and screen doors.
And Joe and Chris have found they can save cus-
tomers some big bucks over an entire screen replace-
"A lot of people think you have to replace an en-
tire structure" when screens and some screws keeping
them in place go bad, said Joe.
"That's not always the case, and we can often fix
Screening the Island
Joe Brockshmidt, left, and Chris Ladd of Screen
Machine are now servicing Anna Maria Island
customers for new lanai and porch screens and
the problem and save the customer thousands of dol-
lars over a total replacement. And it will look brand
new for a fraction of the cost."
Screen Machine can complete most jobs in one day
and is available for emergencies.
For more information on Screen Machine, call Joe
Victor Rosenfeld was top listing agent during May
at Wagner Realty's Anna Maria Island office. Sales
leader at the office was Peter Feuerstein, and Sandy
Lindahl won honors in the closed-volume category.
Jack McCormick led in sales at the Longboat Key of-
fice, and Cathy Meldahl in closed volume.
Island real estate
505 77th St., Holmes Beach, a canalfront 2,190 sfla
/ 2,502 sfur home built in 1953 on a 100x106 lot, was
sold 5/6/04, Easterling to Robles, for $555,000.
505 Spring, Anna Maria, a 1,488 sfla / 1,937 sfur
2bed/2bath/2car home/duplex built in 1979 on a
52x 145 lot, was sold 5/7/04, Carpenter to Hladkyj, for
$450,000; list $460,000.
519 74th St., Holmes Beach, a canalfront 1879 sfla
/ 2698 sfur home with pool built in 1967 on a 1 00x 110
lot, was sold 5/7/04, Watts to Weaver, for $775,000;
previously purchased 2/11/03 for $645,000.
542 67th St., Holmes Beach, a canalfront 1,939 sfla
/ 3,265 sfur 3bed/2.5bath/2car/pool home built in 1972
on a 137x1 10 lot, was sold 5/7/04, Liddell to Shorten,
for $1,070,000; list $1,100,000.
617 Dundee, Holmes Beach, a canalfront 1,947
sfla / 2,821 sfur 3bed/3bath/2car/pool home built in
1968 on a 90x115 lot, was sold 5/5/04, Von Euw to
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Marlowe, for $745,000; list $776,000.
623 Concord, Holmes Beach, a canalfront 1,718
sfla / 2,680 sfur 3bed/3bath/2car home built in 1967 on
a 100x 115 lot, was sold 5/4/04, Sharp to Newhart, for
$610,000; list $649,900.
6400 Flotilla, Holmes Beach, 65 Westbay Point &
Moorings, a 985 sfla / 1,377 sfur 2bed/2bath condo
built in 1977, was sold 5/3/04, Stecconi to Nigro, for
6403 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach, a 1,751 sfla/
3,399 sfur 4bed/4bath duplex built in 1978 on a 90x104
lot, was sold 5/7/04, Denish to Allen, for $425,000; list
6504 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach, a 1,200 sfla /
1,740 sfur 2bed/2bath duplex built in 1979 on a 53x105
lot, was sold 5/4/04, Kingan to Cohen, for $370,000;
7101 Gulf Dr., Holmes Beach, a three-building
complex with 4,632 sfla / 5,841 sfur 9bed/6bath/pool
built in 1980 on three lots of about a half acre, was sold
5/7/04, Suncay Inc. to Anna Maria Acquisitions &
Dev., for $1,395,000; previously purchased 8/20/98 for
$450,000 (for those of you counting).
7804 Palm Dr., Holmes Beach, a 1,055 sfla / 1,551
sfur 3bed/l bath/lcar home built in 1963 on a 73x80 lot,
was sold 5/3/04, Volts to Foley, for $389,000; list
1708 Gulf Dr., Bradenton Beach, Bradenton Beach
Club D, a 1,440 sfla / 1,680 sfur 3bed/2bath gulf front
condo built in 2003, was sold 5/13/04, Orexco LLC to
Brodsky, for $1,200.000.
204 66th St., Holmes Beach, a 1,230 sfla / 1,230
sfur duplex built in 1952 on a 60x105 lot, was sold 5/
12/04, Cepero to Andrews, for $380,000.
310 61st St., Holmes Beach, a 1,464 sfla / 1,564
sfur duplex built in 1971 on a 90x100 lot, was sold 5/
10/04, Carr to Island Restoration LLC, for $400,000.
3708 Gulf Dr., Holmes Beach, a 1,446 sfla /1,536
sfur 3bed/2bath condo built in 1991, was sold 5/13/04,
Brodsky to Riley, for $980,000; list $995,000.
3818 Sixth Ave., Holmes Beach, 3818 Village at
Holmes Beach, a 1,725 sfla / 2,647 sfur 3bed/2bath/
2car condo built in 2002, was sold 5/12/04, Village at
Holmes Beach Dev. LLC to Martone, for $437,500; list
6250 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach, 68 North
Beach Village 2, a 1,536 sfla / 2,005 sfur 3bed/2bath/
2car condo built in 1991, was sold 5/10/04, Pett to
Cole, for $420,000; list $430,000.
Compiled by Doug Dowling, licensed real estate
broker, 778-1222, exclusively for The Islander.
Island real estate transactions may be viewed on the
Web at islander.org. Copyright 2004.
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5 to 7p.m. Anna Maria Island Chamber of Com-
merce business card exchange at A Paradise Reality,
5201 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-1541.
Thursday, June 24
8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Teen trip to Adventure Island
departs from the Anna Maria Island Community Cen-
ter, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 778-
1908. Fee applies.
5 to 7p.m. Broach School open house for first-
though 12th-grade at 3005 26th St. W., Bradenton. In-
Friday, June 25
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sarasota Bromeliad Society
plant sale at Selby Botanical Garden, 811 S. Palm
Ave., Sarasota. Information: 366-5731. Fee applies.
Saturday, June 26
8:30 a.m. Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island
meeting at Cafe on the Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Mana-
tee Public Beach, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-
9 a.m. Horseshoe games at Anna Maria City
Hall Park, 10005 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria.
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sarasota Bromeliad Society
plant show at Selby Botanical Garden, 811 S. Palm
Ave., Sarasota. Information: 366-5731. Fee applies.
2 to 4 p.m. Student photography exhibit opens
at the South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W.,
Bradenton. Information: 746-4131. Fee applies.
8 to 11 p.m. Bradenton Woman's Club "Do Ya,
Do Ya, Do Ya Wanna Dance?" benefit at the
Bradenton Woman's Club, 1705 Manatee Ave. W.,
Bradenton. Information: 773-0177. Fee applies.
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Tuesday, June 29
1 to 4 p.m. Veterans service officer at the Island
Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
2 to 3 p.m. "Sing Along to Favorite Songs"
children's program presented by the Anna Maria String
Band at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach. Information: 778-6341.
Wednesday, June 30
9 a.m. Horseshoe games at Anna Maria City
Hall Park, 10005 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria.
2 to 2:45 p.m. Creative dance for ages 4-7 with
Sara Dynan at the Anna Maria Island Community Cen-
ter, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 778-
1908. Fee applies.
Swim lessons with Jerry Cole at the Anna Maria
Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna
Maria, through June 29. Information: 778-1908. Fee
Oil and acrylic paintings by Joan Valenza at the
Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach, through June 30. Information: 778-6341.
Power Yoga for Kids with Cindy Phillips at the
Island Fitness Center, 5317 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach,
through July 8. Information: 778-5446. Fee applies.
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Retrospective exhibit by Florida photographer
Clyde Butcher at the South Florida Museum, 201 10th
St. W., Bradenton, through August. Information: 746-
4131. Fee applies.
"Road Trip to Mars and Beyond" summer camp
at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Mag-
nolia Ave., Anna Maria, through Aug. 6. Information:
778-1908. Fee applies.
Student photography exhibit at the South Florida
Museum, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton, through Aug. 29.
Information: 746-4131. Fee applies.
Roller hockey at the Anna Maria Island Commu-
nity Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria, through
Oct. 30. Information: 778-1908.
Jazz dance for ages 8-11 at the Anna Maria Is-
land Community Center July 1.
Circuit training for ages 12-14 at the Anna Maria
Island Community Center July 1.
Festival and fireworks along the Palmetto
Riverfront July 4.
Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce Freedom
Festival along Bay Isles Road, Longboat Key July 4.
Whiffle Ball at the Anna Maria Island Community
Center July 6.
"Florida Sea Turtles" children's program at the
Island Branch Library July 6.
Shakespeare on the Island "The Merry Wives of
Windsor" at Island Players July 13-17.
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Devil Rays continue winning major league ways
By Kevin Cassidy
In my most recent column on the Lightning's im-
probable run to the Stanley Cup, I mentioned that per-
haps the Devil Rays might not be that far away from
competing for Major League Baseball's biggest prize.
With its 2-1 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on
Sunday, June 20, the Rays have won 11 games in a row
and have compiled a 22-6 record over the past month.
That is the best record in the majors over that span and
has improved the Rays to a best-ever mark of 32-34 to
help overcome its dreadful 10-26 start.
With a roster full of young up-and-coming stars
like Carl Crawford, Rocco Baldelli and Aubrey Huff.
the Rays aren't just a bunch of over paid "superstars."
Under the guidance of Tampa native Lou Pinella. the
Rays are playing an exciting brand of baseball that is
finally translating into wins.
Now if only some people would go to Tropicana Field
and witness this on a first-hand basis. Unless the New
York Yankees or the Boston Red Sox come to town, al-
most nobody is going to see these kids play. They're av-
eraging around 10.000 fans for each game, which is
skewed by the high attendance for the Yankee games.
The Rays play at Toronto for three games June 22-
24 before returning home to host the defending World
Series champion Florida Marlins June 25-27. The Blue
Jays then come to town June 28-30.
For a lot less money than a pro football or hockey
game, you can enjoy a MLB game in the 72-degree
comfort of the Trop.
Get on out and support the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.
They could be our next big winner.
Manatee High girls soccer team
Several current members of the Manatee High
girls' varsity soccer team, along with several prospec-
tive members of the team, are taking part in speed and
agility training with FAST, Florida Acceleration and
Speed Training, which is based at Island Fitness Cen-
ter in Holmes Beach.
The Her-icanes team members, who advanced to
the regional quarterfinals the last two seasons and are
coached by this writer, are hoping that the FAST train-
ing will improve their overall team speed and explo-
siveness to give them a leg up on their competition.
Island Fitness Club owner John Belsito has put to-
gether an all-star cast of experienced trainers who first
assess each athlete before putting them through a series of
exercises and drills to maximize each athlete's full poten-
tial. The end result of the training is to increase the over-
all speed and explosiveness for each of them.
Heading up FAST is Aussie Mark Kovacs, a former
National Collegiate Athletic Association tennis doubles
champion who specializes in testing world-class athletes
and working with young aspiring athletes. Kovacs holds
a master's degree in exercise physiology, a bachelor of
science in exercise science and holds several certificates
all related to physical conditioning and exercise.
Other trainers working with the girls include
Belsito, a former collegiate basketball coach, certified
hockey coach and holder of a master's degree in
healthcare and is a licensed healthcare risk manager,
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at Manatee High School. Islander Photos: Kevin Cassidy
and Jason Gerhart, a certified personal trainer and
former triathlete, who also played soccer and swam at
the collegiate level.
One of the first things that changed for the Mana-
tee girls was in the way they stretched prior to compe-
tition. Instead of the normal static stretching that most
athletes employ, Kovacs and the rest of the FAST train-
ers have introduced them to movement stretching,
which not only gets them loose and ready to compete,
but builds strength and flexibility in key areas of the
body. This strength and flexibility can reduce injuries
while increasing speed and agility.
The girls are working out twice a week for the re-
mainder of the summer and will continue the workouts
when soccer season gets under way in September.
FAST is also working with the Southeast High
School football team in addition to holding workouts
at Lakewood Ranch and Bradenton Academy. For
more information on FAST, call 713-2955.
Cortez Kitchen golf tourney
aids cancer survivor
The Cortez Kitchen held a golf tournament on Satur-
day, June 19, at the Manatee County Golf Course to help
raise money for BJ Lipke. Lipke, who was diagnosed with
cancer in October 2003, has been battling the dreaded
disease hard, and appears to be winning. He is finishing
up on chemotherapy treatments and hopes to be able to get
back to work in two to three months.
The Kitchen's golf tournament, which raised al-
most $3,000, will go a long way to help Lipke concen-
trate on his recovery.
The tournament was a two-man scramble and Tony
Keebough and Tim McDaniel combined to shoot a four
under par to claim first place. Keebough also claimed
the longest-drive competition when he boomed his tee
shot 340 yards on the 410-yard 10th hole.
Other winners were Mickey Thompson, Ralph
Cole and David Swafford, who each won a closest-to-
the-pin contest on the three par threes.
Tournament organizer and Cortez Kitchen owner
Pete Barreda wanted to thank the sponsors for their
support. They include the Sandbar, Beach House and
Mar Vista restaurants, the Sea Horse, A.P. Bell Fish
Company, Moores Stone Crab, the Guthrie family and,
of course, his crew at the Cortez Kitchen.
Congratulations to all of the winners and best
wishes for a full recovery to Lipke.
Law, Curtis claim sixth annual
Demarest Memorial tourney
Bill Law and Neil Curtis teamed up to shoot a 59
and defeat 62 other golfers in the two-man scramble to
win low net in the sixth annual Peter Demarest Memo-
rial Golf Tournament held Saturday, June 19, at
Pinebrook Ironwood Golf Club in Bradenton.
Demarest, a former postal supervisor and local golf
aficionado, passed away six years ago and was a good
friend to all who knew him. He was a regular at Palma
Sola Golf Club and had given Grego's Almost to the
Beach Tavern owner Greg Koeper a putter shortly be-
fore he passed away.
Koeper had the putter mounted for display at
Palma Sola, but they wouldn't hang it up so he started
the tourney to remember his good friend and golfer.
The putter is now on display at Grego's and the tour-
nament is a yearly must-attend event for local golfers.
In addition to the two-man scramble, there was a
blind draw for four-man champ, which was won by
Steve Mansfield, Rich Corali, Jim Peterfeso and Ron
Birtwistle with a 127 combined score. Garth and Chas
McMullen teamed up with Curtis and Law to claim
honorable mention with a 128 combined score.
Bob LeBlanc won the longest drive for the men,
while Vickie Hugenberg captured the women's long
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Islander Debbie Scott honored by Safe Kids Coalition
By Diana Bogan
Debbie Scott was surprised at the Florida Suncoast
Safe Kids Coalition luncheon when the organization
awarded her with a "Child Safety Advocate" plaque.
"I've never been recognized before by anyone other
than my family," Scott said. "It makes me proud."
Scott became involved with the Safe Kids Coalition
when she met Safe Kids coordinator Jean Shoemaker at
a children's summit three years ago and learned about the
"International Walk Your Kid to School Day."
The coalition is sponsored by All Children's Hospi-
tal and comprised of organizations and individuals from
Pinellas, Manatee and Sarasota counties who are dedi-
cated to the safety of children.
In presenting the advocacy award, Shoemaker noted
that Scott "single-handedly" put together a walk-to-school
event for Anna Maria Elementary School two years in a
row. Scott was also chosen for her personal commitment
to raising awareness for child safety and health issues.
In addition to being a member of the Safe Kids Coa-
lition, Scott has volunteered her time in Manatee County
with a victims rights organization and gathered donations
for the Manatee Runaway Shelter.
On the Island, she has volunteered at AME as the
Parent-Teacher Organization safety chairman and Parents
On Patrol coordinator, organized the Island Walk-to-
School Day events and helped Holmes Beach Police Of-
ficer Pete Lannon with his child-safety series for parents.
"I used to ask myself 'What are you doing? One per-
son can't save the world,'" Scott said. "But as I sat among
the 100 people at the luncheon I realized as a group we can
do a lot and have an impact on the world."
Scott said she would like to find a public place to hang
her plaque as a reminder that she is available for anyone
needing an advocate.
Next on her list of public service projects, Scott plans
to start an Island attention-deficit support group for par-
ents, children and teachers who deal with the disorder.
Scott said she is currently seeking an Island location to
hold Saturday group meetings.
For child safety information, call 778-0268.
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Photo: Diana Bogan
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 20
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Olkosky, who claimed the prize on number five, while
Rick Crawford won the contest on hole number 12.
In other related tournament news, Scott O'Brien
entered the tournament with his father Jim and had
plans to buy his dad a new set of golf clubs for Father's
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Get your free gun lock here; bromeliads this weekend
Got safe firearms?
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Com-
mission, through a program called Project Childsafe, is
offering free gun locks to anyone who wants them. The
FWC folks were kind enough to give a whole slew of
them to us at The Islander for distribution. Stop by the
office at 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, and help
They're pretty neat things, with a thick chain that
loops through the trigger guard of either a handgun or
long gun to prevent accidental firing. The chain then
locks with a key.
The gun locks also come with a handy little book
outlining some basic gun-safety tips.
And it would appear that the locks would also do
double duty as bike locks. Not bad for free, eh?
Bromeliad show this weekend at Selby
OK, I'll admit to having become fond of bromeli-
ads in the past few years, and one of the largest collec-
tions in the United States is set to be shown and offered
for sale this weekend in Sarasota.
The 23rd Annual Sarasota Bromeliad Show and
Sale will run from June 25-27 at Selby Gardens, 811 S.
Palm Ave., just south of the landmark, bayfront Marina
Jack restaurant. Plant sales only will run on Friday
from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., while both show and sale will
be Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
"The Sarasota Bromeliad Society show is one of
the largest in the Southeastern United States," accord-
ing to organizers. "Hundreds of spectacular and often
rare plants are displayed in this judged show and are
exhibited by some of the best bromeliad growers in the
state. Competition is fierce."
One of the neat things about the glorified air plants
is that they can literally be screwed into trees to add to
a landscape's canopy. Actually, they can grow just
about anywhere "bromeliads may attach to trees,
cling to rocks or grow on the forest floor. They can be
found atop the rain forest canopy, on the sides of moun-
tains or in the sands of beaches and deserts. This diver-
sification and successful adaptation to cold, warmth,
and dry or wet conditions and usually brilliantly col-
ored and long-lasting blooms make them ideal plants
to grace both home or garden," as the show folks ex-
That long-lasting bloom spike spiel is really true.
I had one outside my office window that lasted almost
all last summer, and another spike has just come up
with bright yellow and red flowers that will give me
something to enjoy at least through Labor Day.
Admission is the same as the cost to get into Selby,
$12, and lets you roam the grounds of the gardens.
There is a pretty impressive boardwalk at Selby that
follows the shoreline of Sarasota Bay and juts out into
Hudson Bayou, and there's a pretty nice little restau-
rant at the gardens as well. Why not make a day of it?
For further information, call show chair Rob
Branch at 358-4953.
How high is tall?
It's one of those imponderables that has been ap-
parently pondered and solved: How tall can a tree
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and have postulated an answer at no more than 425
feet. That's about 40 stories in skyscraper terms, or
about seven times taller than the Martinique condos in
Researchers donned climbing gear and discovered
the world record holder is the "Stratosphere Giant" in
California's Humboldt Redwoods State Park, at 369
However, anecdotal data indicated that loggers
felled a Douglas fir in British Columbia in 1895 that
was supposed to have been 417 feet tall.
So the question was then asked of just how high
can a tree grow, and why?
There are apparently three schools of thought on
the height issue. Tree tissue was thought for a while to
be a regulating measure trees aren't like a concrete
piling, where you can just add more reinforcing steel
to the tree to help it withstand more and more stress.
Another thought was that tree genetics played a
role. Just as in humans, where some folks are less ver-
tically challenged than others, some trees were thought
to just have that special "tall" gene that let them loom
over their peers.
But a group of researchers, writing in the magazine
"Nature," have pretty much pinned down the tall-tree
height issue to do with, of all things, hydraulics.
Trees have to have the ability to pipe water from
their roots to the upper branches. Once up in the tree,
the water makes its way to the leaves, where it evapo-
rates. It's not a quick process, and on some redwoods
it takes as much as 24 days to make the journey from
root to leaf.
The taller the tree, the greater the influence of grav-
ity on the water, and the harder the tree has to pump the
water up and eventually out. And since the harder the tree
Hurricane awareness meet
scheduled by chamber
The first of what the sponsor anticipates
will be an annual event, a hurricane awareness
meeting, is being programmed by the Anna
Maria Island Chamber of Commerce.
It is scheduled for 5:30-7 p.m. Aug. 3 at the
Beach House Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N.,
Bradenton Beach. The chamber asks that
RSVPs be recorded at 779-0412 soon, as seat-
ing is limited to 100.
On the agenda will be speakers from
Manatee County Emergency Services, West
Manatee Fire & Rescue District, Oswald Tripp
Inc., Servpro of Bradenton, Whitehead Con-
struction and Jim Bode computer consultancy.
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has to work, the less it will flourish, the maximum height
- or the point where the tree just basically says the hell
with it all, I'm done, I'm tired is about 425 feet.
Researchers are hoping the data they obtained can
be used to help foresters better manage old-growth
End of an eon?
Another old-and-slow part of Mother Nature's
menagerie may become the focus of a new growth in-
dustry, in response to the housing growth industry in
Gopher tortoises like those dry, sandy pine uplands
in center of the state. They live up to 60 years, grow to
hundreds and hundreds of pounds, and burrow in the
soft sand to get away from the midday heat. Their bur-
rows are also home to as many as 300 other critters,
since they are often upwards of 60 feet long and up to
10 feet deep.
The gopher problem is that developers, faced with
all kinds of regulations on developing areas closer to
the shore or in wetlands, are finding the original habi-
tat of gophers to be a perfect spot for new houses. They
aren't making any more beachfront land, but there are
all of those thousands and thousands of acres in the
center of the state that are just ripe for subdivisions, and
little is being done to halt the march of growth.
In fact, if gopher tortoises are found on a property,
a developer can either build around the burrows fat
chance in most cases or pay for an "incidental take"
permit, which lets the bulldozers do their worst to the
Or, the burgeoning new third choice is to hire a
gopher tortoise wrangler to corral the little gophers and
relocate them to a less development-prone habitat.
Of course, what today may not be of interest to a
land developer may be the be-all site for a new project
Gophers have few natural predators, what with
their thick shells, but the eggs are vulnerable to rac-
coons and foxes. Females only lay between three and
15 eggs at a time, too, and there is about a 100-day in-
cubation period, which means that there's lots of time
for the eggs to be available for another critter's break-
In fact, some scientists have postulated that there
could well be only one spot in Central Florida that
could be home to gopher tortoises in 30 years or so -
Egmont Key, which does not have any development
and has a thriving gopher population at least until
"Hurricane Brillo" scours the entire West Coast of
Florida and inundates Anna Maria Island.
The feds and state officials are considering adding
gopher tortoises to its list of "threatened" species, up
from its current ranking of "species of special con-
cern," but any ranking change would probably take a
long time and, hey, a gopher tortoise isn't anywhere as
interesting as a Florida panther or a manatee.
Heck, the gophers don't even have their own li-
cense plate, unlike almost everything and anything else
The Stratosphere Giant is estimated to be about
2.000 years old.
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Tarpon roaming (hunting?), plus good red action
By Capt. Mike Heistand
Here's a fun funny, and true fish story.
A local angler was in a fishing tourney just a bit to
our south when she hooked into a big tarpon. While
fighting the silver king, she lost her footing and ended
up in the Gulf of Mexico, still desperately clutching her
rod and reel and finding herself bodysurfing along af-
ter the fish.
Captain and mate were quick to come to her rescue,
but she refused to relinquish the rod as it would have
disqualified her from the event. After a lot of "tarpon
body-boarding," they eventually hauled her out of the
water, still holding the rod, onto the deck of the boat.
"Get up! Get up! You can't fight a tarpon laying on
the deck!" the captain kept saying, but our intrepid
angler couldn't stand up for laughing.
The fish was lost, but a good time was had by all.
Tarpon are a good bet off the beaches right now,
with mackerel fishing also an excellent choice. Grou-
per action out in the Gulf is great, as is snapper.
In the bays, redfish are starting to make a good
showing, plus there are reports of some big flounder
and lots of catch-and-release snook.
Hey, it's a good time to have fun out there, but re-
member to try to stay in the boat, OK?
Capt. Thom Smith at Angler's Repair on Cortez
Road said he's finding lots of redfish in Terra Ceia Bay,
some catch-and-release snook, trout and a 22-inch
flounder, all caught on live bait.
Bill Lowman at Island Discount Tackle said it's
pretty much a game of "What do you want to catch?"
out on the water right now. Tarpon are about as good
as they're going to get. The pelagics sailfish, wahoo,
tuna, dolphin and the like are moving along the
coast somewhat offshore in the Gulf of Mexico. Closer
to shore, look for permit, huge mackerel. And man-
Dr. Scott Clulow (holding the fish), his dad Kent
and nephew Anthony, visiting from Buffalo, caught
a mess of snook on the last days oflinesider season
while fishing with Capt. Thorn Smith in Terra Ceia
and Miguel Bays.
grove snapper are thick in the bays. That's not to men-
tion the catch-and-release snook, redfish, flounder ...
you get the idea.
Bob Kilb at the Rod & Reel Pier said best bets
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there were snapper, mackerel, catch-and-release snook
plus a few tarpon hookups. Bob said fishing is pretty
good right now, too.
Cliff Alcorn at the Anna Maria City Pier said
fishers there are getting into some good-size mackerel
on the better tides, plus mangrove snapper, flounder,
yellowtail jacks and catch-and-release snook at night,
plus lots of tarpon passing the pier and sometimes
hitting during the days.
Dave Johnson at Snead Island Crab House said
there are lots of mackerel outside of Terra Ceia Bay,
and redfish are lurking inside. There was one huge
flounder brought back to the dock last week, and snap-
per are plentiful near the Sunshine Skyway Bridge pier
Capt. Rick Gross on Fishy Business out of
Catchers Marina in Holmes Beach said redfish are
starting to make a better showing of late, and mackerel
are thick with limit catches on most of his days out on
At Perico Island Bait and Tackle, reports in-
cluded good-sized and plentiful redfish, a few big
flounder, schools of snook under the Anna Maria Island
Bridge, and one tarpon caught and released by a boater.
Capt. Tom Chaya on the Dolphin Dreams in
Holmes Beach out of Catchers said he's finding lots of
permit on the artificial reefs, but snapper and mackerel
action is his hot ticket right now, with catch-and-re-
lease snook and redfish a good backup for bay fishing.
Capt. Matt Denham out of Catchers said, if it's
grouper you want, "come and see me." He's bringing
in excellent catches from about 100 feet of water, with
some fish coming in at over 25 pounds, plus great
catches of lane, yellowtail and mangrove snapper to 5
Capt. Sam Kimball on Legend charters out of
Annie's Bait & Tackle in Cortez said he's finding lots
of bonita to 12 pounds, mackerel, snapper to 6 pounds,
banded rudderfish and a few tarpon caught along the
beaches last week.
Capt. Zach Zacharias on the Dee-Jay II out of
Annie's said he's putting his charters onto lots of trout,
reds, catch-and-release snook and flounder in the bays.
Tarpon fishing for him is hot on the outgoing tides right
now, and he's also doing very well with offshore per-
On my boat Magic, we caught a late 12-pound
kingfish last week, mackerel from 25 to 30 inches,
snapper to 17 inches and plenty of redfish up to 27
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.
Prints and digital images of your catch are also wel-
come and may be dropped off at The Islander, 5404
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, or e-mailed to
firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include identification for
persons in the picture along with information on the
catch and a name and phone number for more infor-
mation. Snapshots may be retrieved once they appear
in the paper.
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FURNITURE FOR SALE: Queen sleeper sofa; re-
cliner; coffee table and four chairs; smaller table and
four chairs; hutch, all solid pine construction, $500
Call (863) 698-9398 or 778-2151.
TWIN BEDS, two mattresses, two box springs, two
frames, $130; King dresser, old, good condition,
$200; two matching night stands, pecan finish, $20
for both. 798-8342.
CAMERAS: MINOLTA XE one with lens, $35; new
X370 in box, $100; Maxuum 7000, used twice, case,
four lenses, $300. 798-8342.
REFRIGERATOR: 23-by-6 cubic feet, white, side-
by-side, new condenser, warranty good through
June 2005. $400 or best offer. 778-4663.
JUMBO OUTDOOR PLAYHOUSE COMBO. Two
swings, rings, slide, clubhouse. Must sell. Will help
move. $200. 730-9622.
USED 1,200-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.
FREE GUN LOCK. Yes, free. Just for the asking.
Courtesy of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conserva-
tion Commission. Free at The Islander newspaper
office, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Don't be
sorry, be safe. Also free, a small supply of large,
color saltwater fish species posters featuring the
snapper family. One per customer.
CALLING ALL ARTISTS: Restless Natives gallery
looking for original artwork in all mediums for con-
signment. Stop by 5314 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach, or call Amy 779 2624.
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. Half-price sales
rack. 511 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. 779-2733.
ABSOLUTE AUCTION: SATURDAY, June 26,
11am. Call for brochure, complete contents of the
Surfview Resort to the bare walls. 1121 Benjamin
Franklin Blvd., Lido Beach, Florida. All Florida Re-
alty & Auction Co. (#ab923), 746-5355, 748-4098,
(#aul333). 10 percent buyers premium. Bring tools.
WEEKLY SALE Niki's Gift and Antique Mall, 5351
Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Jewelry 50 percent off;
select antiques and gifts 25 to 60 percent. Just in -
see out fabulous antiques and vintage jewelry.
Open 7 days and also July 4. 779-0729.
REMODELING SALE Friday-Saturday July 2-3 -
8am-? Stove with hood, refrigerator, cabinets, ceil-
ing fans, lots of miscellaneous. 308-A 57th St.,
STOLEN: YELLOW backpack with chef's clothes,
knives and case. No questions asked, 726-3163.
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.
ADOPT: PIT BULL/BOXER mix puppies, male and
female. Ready for adoption. Please call 922-0774.
ADULT CATS in desperate need of loving homes.
All are current on vaccines. All applicants screened.
Please call 922-0774.
1990 ECONOLINE 150 VAN, cold air conditioning,
has towing package. Ready for travel. Runs great.
$2,000, or best offer. 778-1102.
MODULAR FLOATING DOCK systems: Custom
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water paradise. Sunsets, back water, Egmont or
custom trips. See dolphins and manatees. Call 778-
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LET'S GO FISHING! Call Capt. Mike Heistand on
the charter boat "Magic." Full or half day backwa-
ter fishing. USCG licensed. Ice, bait, tackle pro-
CHILD SITTER AND PET SITTER. Eighth-grade
male looking for a job. Available after school and
weekends. Call Zachary, 779-9783.
NEED A CHILD or pet sitter? Call one number and
get connected to three wonderful sitters! Tiffany,
Kari, Holly. 778-3275 or 779-0793.
BABYSITTER: RED CROSS babysitting and first-
aid certified. Enjoys playing with kids. Call
SPENCER'S SKIM SCHOOL for beginners and
intermediates. Free skimboard use with lessons.
$10 per half-hour lesson, three lessons recom-
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helper, odd jobs. Call Kendall at 779-9783 or 779-
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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 schedule and
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experienced agents needed for fast paced, high
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Wedebrock Real Estate today! "Personalized, not
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hour. Tips and milage. Mileage paid nightly. Pre-
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941 778-2259 Fax 941 778-2250
Web site www.annamariareal.com
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M ALMOST BEACHFRONT
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hardwood floors, Italian
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PERICO ISLAND Beautiful 50 -
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den with bright open floor i
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PERICO ISLAND ANNUAL RENTAL: BEAUTIFULLY FURNISHED
3BR/2.5BA two-story waterfront villa Assocaliorn pool,
tennis courts and exercise room, two-car garage, washer/dryer!
$1,700/month, plus utilities.
Call Sue Carlson
ic ) 779-0733
Realtor, GRI, CRS
3101 Gulf Drive,
Holmes Beach, FL 34217
(941) 778-6696 Office
(941) 778-4364 Fax
(941) 778-6943 Home
(941) 704-2023 Cell
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1.792 sq ft o0 living area. isila) air conditioned is 3BR/
2BA and 2.628 sq 1i. under rool (sfur) includes a
screened-in canaliront lana, and oversized two-car ga-
rage. 75-by-100-toot seawalled lot with dock at the end
of cul-de-sac $650,000 furnished that will include a
Zodiac-lype boat and motor
Doug Dowling Realty
Phone & Fax: (941) 778-1222
17 7 www.dougdowling.com
REAL ESTATE LLC
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 ap-
pointment. Just steps to beautiful beach. $749,000.
4BR/2BA great family home! schools, ceramic
tile, split plan, s g pvCE yard, beautiful
landscaping, ro &..Z -pfoarrel-tile roof, two-car
BAY HOLLOW- PRIVATE DOCK
2BR/2BA, updated condo with deeded boat dock.
Eat-in kitchen, wood-burning fireplace, walk-in clos-
ets, Jacuzzi tub. Carport and heated pool. $359,900.
ANNA MARIA CITY
2BR/2BA charming home in lushmivate, tropical set-
ting. Vaulted ceiLi- ,4NG c tile, brick deck.
One block to SAL ear beautiful beach.
Owner is licensed real estate agent. $498,900.
4BR/2BA Village Green home, split plan, screened
lanai, walled patio, new carpet, fresh paint inside and
out, shutters, new verticals. Owner is licensed real
estate agent. $219,900.
2BR/2BA plus den. Furnished open plan with fire-
place. On sailboat water with large deeded boat
dock. Heated pool, carport, short drive to beach.
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.
From $700 / month
Condos/Homes: $500 week / $1,000 month
779-0202 (800) 732-6434
ANNA MARIA w
SMLS SLAN oast
REAL ESTATE LLC
Island Shopping Center 5402 Marina Drive
Holmes Beach, Florida 34217 www.suncoastinc.com j
BEACH BUNGALOW Classic-built 1920, open-
beam vaulted ceiling. 2BR/1BA newer A/C, heat,
wood-burning stove, new dishwasher, tin roof. Cute
as can be! Four houses to beach in Holmes Beach.
DUPLEX 5BR/5BA, two blocks to beach.
Very large. A must see. $429,000.
GULFFRONT Rarely available 2BR/2BA Gulffront
end unit at Coquina Beach Club. Solid rental
history, turnkey furnished, heated pool. $775,000.
S. .... 1
GULF SANDS Corner unit directly on the Gulf
next to the public beach. 2BR/2BA, completely
updated with tile floors throughout and all new
furniture and completely turnkey. $749,000.
"La Plage" Anna Maria's Newest Luxury Gulffront
Condos... All Gulffront High-Speed Elevators,
Security Gates, Burglar Alarms, Enclosed Garages,
Pool with Spa, High Ceilings. Minimum size 3BR/
2.5BA, up to 4,200 sf.
COMMERCIAL Across from beach on Gulf Drive in
Bradenton Beach. Almost 3,000 sf, zoned C-2.
Completely upgraded block building with newer A/C,
electrical, plumbing, three bathrooms, 12 parking
spaces. Real estate only. Call for details.
100+ Gulffront rental units with hun-
dreds more just steps from the beach.
Mike n a
Realty INC 941-778S696
3101 GULF DRIVE HOLMES BEACH
111 Pelican Anna Maria Canalfront Home
THE ISLANDER 0 JUNE 23, 2004 M PAGE 25
Simply the Best
BAYFRONT Spectacular view, 3BR/2BA, two-
car, open floor plan. Large lot, 112-by-143-ft.,
deep water, dock and lift. Holmes Beach.
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pay, flexible schedule. Sales, service, all ages, 18-
plus. Conditions apply. Call now! 927-3464.
SEARCHING FOR a professional to work in a busy
real estate office. Data entry, bill paying, reserva-
tions. Call 778-7244, or fax resume to 778-2769.
SALES ASSOCIATES NEEDED, fast paced office
in prime location. No fees, great splits. Call Jesse
or Robin, 778-7244.
GRAPHIC DESIGNER: Advertising layout and design
for weekly newspaper, some Web site production.
Knowledge of advertising design and layout with a
strong understanding of typography, composition and
copy writing. Qualifications include proficiency in
PhotoShop; knowledge of Illustrator/PageMaker/Ac-
robat a plus. Minimum one-year experience required
and associate's degree or technical school certificate
preferred. Resumes: e-mail email@example.com, fax
778-9392, or mail/deliver to The Islander, 5404 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach FL 34217.
HELP WANTED: Part-time chef/sous chef and
servers. Apply at Ooh La La! Bistro, 5406 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach.
JOURNALIST: Part-time reporter sought for city
beat and features writing by The Islander. Must
have journalism education, experience or back-
ground relevant to government reporting. E-mail
resumes to news@Islander.org, fax 778-9392 or
mail/deliver to office, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach FL 34217.
One of the biggest names
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W t en you choose Chase you
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Plus, the knowledge of loan
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So, whatever your mortgage
needs fixed rate, adjustable rate, jumbo, govern-
ment, call Ron locally for a free consultation at
(941) 761-9808 (24 hours) or (800) 559-8025.
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Thanks for saying 'I saw it in The Islander!'
WEST OF GULF DRIVE 131 White Ave. Duplex on corner lot,
two-car garage, two carports, screened lanai, lots of decks,
over 3,900 sf. under roof. 150 steps to beach access. Just
listed at $699,000. For more details call Stephanie Bell, Bro-
ker, 778-2307 or 920-5156. MLS103353.
HOLMES BEACH TWO
.a LOTS EACH 70-BY-100-
FT., SHORT HALF-
.. BLOCK TO BEACH. One
pENDIpNG lot has a duplex and the
SAL P other is vacant. Asking
$800,000 for both parcels.
Call Frank Migliore at
778-2307, or Stephanie
Bell 920-5156, for details.
SERVING THE AREA SINCE 1970
CALLING ALL VOLUNTEERS! Would you like to
meet interesting people from around the world?
Get involved with the Anna Maria Island Historical
Museum, 402 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. We need
you! Call 778-0492.
GET A FREE ShapeScan body analysis and free
weight-loss consultation. Shapeworks, 778-3430.
MAN WITH SHOVEL Plantings, natives, cabbage
palms, patio gardens, trimming, clean-up, edgings,
more. Hard-working-and responsible. Excellent
references. Edward 778-3222.
LET US DRIVE YOU! Shopping, medical appoint-
ments, airports, cruise ports. Flat rates. Sunshine
Car Service. Serving the Islands. 778-5476.
COMPUTER OBEDIENCE TRAINING. Is your
computer misbehaving? Certified computer service
and private lessons. Special $30 per hour- free
ISLAND PRESSURE CLEANING for great results,
wash away mildew, dirt and salt. Thorough, rea-
sonable and reliable. Free estimates, licensed and
CONNECT-ICON Your local computer specialist.
Experienced certified technician for communication
electronics offers wireless and cable networks,
upgrades, maintenance, repairs, tutoring and train-
ing. Call Robert, 778-3620.
's life! Great opportunity! Beyour
own boss! Jesse's Beach Lounge, beer, wine, food.
seats 25. Low overhead! Partial Gulf view Walk
Appointments a must! Confidentiality agreement
required for financial. $89,900.
Call Laura McGeary, 941-704-3708
Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate
McEVOY PAINTING: Frank McEvoy owner. Inte-
rior 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.
NOTARY PUBLIC: Civil marriages and renewal of
wedding vows, sunset beach setting or wherever.
Norman R. Veenstra, 778-5834.
BAREFOOT ESTATE MANAGEMENT: Weekly
maid service, deep-cleaning service, vacation
rental cleaning, departure cleaning, carpets, tile,
grout. Servicing private homes, condos, rentals,
seasonal homes and commercial properties.
Bonded/Insured. Free estimates. 761-3000.
MR. BILL'S HOME REPAIR/maintenance service.
Over 30 years experience, self-employed in construc-
tion trades. "I'm handy to have around." 779-9666.
IN-HOME TUTORING: Experienced certified
teacher. Summer and after school tutoring avail-
able for K-12. Call Raya, 224-0229.
CLEANING SERVICE Residential or commercial.
Daily, weekly, bi-weekly, move-ins, move-outs.
Excellent references. Call 750-8366.
HANDYMAN SERVICES Scott Fulton, owner, Is-
land resident. "Get the job done right." Free esti-
mate, many references. 713-1907 cell, 778-4192
Unique mortgages for
To find the right mortgage for you, call your
Chase Home Finance Mortgage Specialist today.
1450 59th Street W Bradenton, FL 34209 uh CHASE
(941) 761-9808 or (800) 559-8025
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5910 Marina Dr. Holmes Beach, FL 34217
Call (941) 778-0777 or Rentals 778-0770
1-800-741-3772 OPEN SEVEN DAYS A WEEK
Web site: www.smithrealtors.com
t~. WEST GLENN 3BR/2BA
home in quiet area. Excellent
location. Well maintained.
At m, Vaultedceilings, tropical
A* .landscaping. Two-car
garage, pool/spa. $312,000.
Call Michel Cerene, Realtor,
545-9591 eves, Smith
North Anna Maria
Charm throughout Steps to Bean Point Large Lot
* Lovingly maintained Don't miss the opportunity
to own a home this close to one of the most spec-
tacular beaches in the world!
Ken Jackson 778-6986 Kathy Geerearts 778-0072
Maureen Dahms 778-0542 LaRae Regis 779-1858
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EXPERT CERAMIC TILE installation. Prompt and
reliable service, reasonable rates, excellent refer-
ences. If quality counts, call David, 792-2552.
DUMP TRAILER FOR rent for yard trash or con-
struction. Call 778-5551.
SUMMER PILATES and Yoga: Classes held at
Anna Maria Art League. Pilates on Monday, 9-
10am; Yoga on Friday, 9-10:15am. Beginning to
intermediate level. $6 per class. Drop-ins welcome.
Call Preston Whaley Jr., certified Pilates instructor,
at 778-3996 for more information.
PIANO LESSONS with a teacher who makes a dif-
ference. Call Janet, 756-4951.
MUSIC LESSONS! Flute, saxophone, clarinet.
Beginning to advanced. Contact Koko Ray, 792-
ANYONE CAN TAKE a picture. A professional cre-
ates a portrait. I want to be at your wedding!
NADIA'S EUROSAGE Relaxing, healing massage
in the comfort of your home. Call today for an ap-
pointment, 795-0887. MA#0017550.
TOP NEWS STORIES: www.islander.org
SEWING: Get your sewing alterations done fast
and reliably. Hems, zippers, sleeves, waistlines,
cushions, etc. Reasonably priced. Call Jenifer
BEACH SERVICE air conditioning, heat, refrigera-
tion. Commercial and residential service, repair
and/or replacement. Serving Manatee County and
the Island since 1987. For dependable, honest and
personalized service, call William Eller, 795-7411.
TILE AND MOSAIC custom installation, 20 years
experience. References available. For a reasonable
price call Sebastian, 704-6719.
AUTO DETAILING BY HAND Spotless inside and
out. I can save you time and money. Island resident,
references. For pricing call 713-5967.
CONNIE'S LANDSCAPING and Lawn Maintenance.
Residential and commercial. Full-service lawn main-
tenance, cleanup, tree trimming, hauling, Xeriscape.
Island resident. Excellent references. 778-5294.
ISLAND LAWN SPRINKLER service and repair. If
it is broken, we can fix it. Free estimates. Senior
discount. Call 778-2581 or 962-6238.
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escaped, fully fenced waterfront lot and offers countless amenities, including high
ceilings with fans and track lighting, lovely French doors opening onto the ex-
pansive porch area and wrap-around deck, and a spacious kitchen with domed
ceiling, Kitchen Aid appliances, built-in desk and breakfast bar. Other features
include a lovely waterside great room, featuring a distinctive wood-burning fire-
place faced with Tennessee slate, several huge walk-in closets, and lovely ceramic
tile floors in the entry foyer, kitchen, and baths. The fabulous 40-by-20-foot
heated swimming pool features several therapy jets, a beautiful cut-coral pool
deck, and lovely crystal-crete pool coating. The spacious and private lot offers a
handy circular driveway and features many tropical coconut palms and easy-care
shell landscaping, plus a wonderful floating boat dock on a natural mangrove
canal with bay and Gulf access. Located within steps of Bayfront Park, this tropi-
cal oasis is the perfect island hideaway in laid-back Anna Maria! Priced at $749,000.
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KARAZ LANDSCAPE Lawn Service. Mulch, clean-
ups, power washing, tree trimming and more. City
of Anna Maria resident. Cell 448-3857.
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.
BAREFOOT LAWNS & GARDENS: Providing the
total TLC for your landscape requirements. Lawns,
trees, shrubs and gardens. Design, installation and
service. Call 761-3000 for free consultation.
BRADENTON TROPICAL LAWN and garden. Spe-
cializing in landscaping lawns, decks, entryways,
butterfly gardens, ponds. Also, year-round mainte-
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Sandy's Lawn Service Inc.
Sandy'S Established in 1983
Lawn Celebrating 20 Years of
Sevic Quality & Dependable Service.
Service Call us for your landscape
778.1345 and hardscape needs.
iLicensed & Insured
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Licensed/Insured Serving Anna Maria Island Since 1986 761-8900
Paradise Improvements 778-4173
Kitchen and Bath Remodeling Specialist
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Office: (941) 778-2246 792- 8628
E mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Christine's Cleaning Service 741-1715
Commercial & Residential
Daily Weekly Bi Weekly Monthly
Move Ins Move Outs Deep Cleans
Licensed Bonded Insured
213 54th St., Holmes Beach 778-3082
OPEN: MONDAY thru FRIDAY 7:30 to 5 SATURDAY 8 to 12
John Penalver Photography
Over 30 years experience
The Paver Brick Store
8208 Cortez Road W. Bradenton 34210 (941) 794-6504
9:00 AM til Noon, or by Appointment
Pool Deck, Patio and Driveway Renovations
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Free Estimates 3-Year Warranty with Complete Rescreens
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JR'S LANDSCAPING AND MAINTENANCE
Lawns, native plants, mulching, trimming, hauling,
cleanup. Island resident 25 years. Call 807-1015.
PROFESSIONAL LANDSCAPE DESIGN and instal-
lation. Huge selection of plants, shrubs and trees. Ir-
rigation. Everything Under the Sun Garden Centre,
5704 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. 778-4441.
STRAIGHT SHOT LANDSCAPING. Installations,
clean-ups, pruning, irrigation, trees, edging, rip-rap,
mulch, rock, patios, shell, seawall fill. Reliable and
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.
JOE UNGVARSKY CONSTRUCTION Remodeling
contractors. In-house plan designs. State licensed
and insured. Many Island references. 778-2993.
Lic# CRC 035261.
INTERIOR AND EXTERIOR PAINTING free esti-
mates. 35-year Island resident. Call Jim Bickal at
CHRISTIE'S PLUMBING Island and off-Island ser-
vice since 1975. Repairs and new construction.
Free estimates, no overtime charges. Now certify-
ing back flow at water meters. (FL#RF0038118)
778-3924 or 778-4461.
OVER THIRTY YEARS craftsman experience. In-
terior, exterior, doors, stairs, windows and trim. Dan
Michael, master carpenter. Call 778-6898 or cell,
TILE TILE TILE. All variations of ceramic tile
supplied and installed. Quality workmanship,
prompt, reliable, many Island references. Call Neil,
ROOFING REPAIRS and replacements. Remodel-
ing, repairs, additions, screen rooms, kitchens,
baths. Free estimates. Lic#CGC061519,
#CCC057977, #PE0020374. Insured. Accepting
CUSTOM RENOVATION/RESTORATION expert.
All phases of carpentry, repairs and painting. In-
sured. Member of Better Business Bureau. Paul
KEN & TINA DBA Griffin's Home Improvements
Inc. Handyman, fine woodwork, countertops, cabi-
nets and shutters. Insured and licensed, 748-4711.
TILE, CARPET, LAMINATE supplied and installed.
Why pay retail? Island resident, many references.
Free estimates, prompt service. Steve Allen Floor
Coverings. 792-1367, or 726-1802.
MASON: 27 YEARS of experience. All masonry
work and repair. Cinderblock work, brick work,
glass block work, paver and brick driveways. Call
Chris, 795-3034. Lic.#104776. Insured.
MORENO MARBLE & TILE Installation and resto-
ration. Quality work. Over 20 years experience.
Insured. Call Javier at 685-5163 or 795-6615.
JERRY'S HOME REPAIR and Lawn Care: Light
carpentry, pressure washing, handyman, plumbing
and electrical, light hauling, tree trimming. Call 778-
6170 or 447-2198.
CLASSIFIEDS ADS can be found on line at
CARL V. JOHNSON JR. Inc Building contractor.
New homes, additions, renovations. Quality work
and fair prices. Call 795-1947. Lic#RR0066450.
WALLS BEAUTIFIED. Drywall fixes, painting inside
and out. Conscientious work. Call Drew Hudson.
LICENSED MASON/BLOCK, glass block, paver
brick or patios. Also fireplaces. Call Dave at 792-
METRO HOME SUPPLY Inc.: Door and window
repairs, vinyl soffit/siding, water filtration. Call (941)
PAINTING/HOME REPAIR: CALL FOR free esti-
mate. Local resident, 25 years experience. One
room/entire house. Interior/exterior. Summer
prices. John, 778-3713.
WINDOW SHADES, BLINDS, shutters and more.
Lifetime warranty. Call Keith Barnett for a free in-
home consultation. Island references, 15 years
experience. 778-3526 or 730-0516.
SUMMER, AUTUMN, WINTER 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-
VACATION & SEASONAL Private beach. Units are
complete. Rates seasonally adjusted. $425-$975/
week, $975-$2,975/month. (800) 977-0803 or 737-
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
BEAUTIFUL TROPICAL HOUSE just converted to
a two-unit property. 2BR/1BA, completely reno-
vated and furnished. New washer/dryer, micro-
wave. Three-minute walk to beach. Off season,
$500/week $1,500/month. Call Ron, 795-2656.
VACATION RENTAL: 1BR/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.
BEACHFRONT: NORTH SHORE Drive, ground-
level all-view home. Bean Point area. $3,500/
month, $1,500/week. Call Tom, (559) 760-1331.
BAYFRONT ANNUAL RENTAL 2BR/2BA, tennis,
pool, cable, water/sewer and trash included. Old
Florida Realty Co., 778-3377, or Sharon 778-3730.
BEACHSIDE: NORTH SHORE Drive on the beach
behind our house. Bean Point area. $2,500/month,
$900/week. Call Tom, (559) 760-1331.
RECENTLY REFURBISHED and nicely furnished
1 BR/1 BA ground-floor duplex with cheerful decor.
Just three short blocks to the beach. Walking dis-
tance to shopping and restaurants in downtown
Holmes Beach. Includes phone, premium cable,
microwave, washer/dryer. Small pets OK. Available
now and accepting reservations for 2005. Winter
rates: $1,700/month, $550/week; summer rates:
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ANNA MARIA DUPLEX 218-B Palmetto Ave. 2BR/
2BA, furnished, washer/dryer, utilities, available
2005 season. $1,800/month. Call (813) 949-6891,
VACATION RENTAL Seaside Gardens. Charming
3BR/2BA with all amenities. $2,000/month. Call Liz,
LA W N A N G R N o t uH E I R E N
ANNA MARIA BAYSIDE cottage across the beach
from the city pier. 2BR/1BA. Summertime rates,
weekly or monthly. Pet friendly. 778-0542.
ANNUAL BRADENTON BEACH 2BR/2BA, new
carpet. Carport and storage. One block from beach,
glimpse of Gulf. 625-2889 or 276-2011.
ANNUAL RENTALS! Island townhome, 2BR/2.5BA
across from beach with pool, $1,300/month; Island
duplex, 2BR/2BA, elevated, $750/month; Island
home, 3BR/2BA, $1,150/month. Cortez Village
home, 3BR/2BA, $1,150/month. Call Cristin Curl,
Wagner Realty, 778-2246.
POOL HOME AVAILABLE for vacation let. Near
Holmes Beach, 3BR/2BA with all amenities. Please
contact, 753-8709, ext. 2.
IMMACULATE HOLMES BEACH: Clean, updated,
1BR/1BA, new carpet, paint, appliances. Nonsmok-
ing, no pets. First, last, security. Annual, $650/
month, includes some utilities. Mature individual,
ANNUAL RENTAL APARTMENT in Sunny
Shores, 1BR/1BA, $340 security deposit. $735/
month, includes utilities. Small pet allowed. Call
ANNUAL DUPLEX RENTAL 2BR/2BA, Florida
room, carport, $950; 2BR/1BA, carport, $750/
month; 2BR/2BA, $750/month; 1BR/1BA, $650/
month. Dolores M. Baker Real Estate, 778-7500.
ANNUAL RENTAL APARTMENT in Sunny
Shores, 3BR/2BA, $680 security deposit. $1 .2no0
m. -,i-i, iiit tiues utilities. small pet allowed. Call
ANNA MARIA: 200 feet to Rod & Reel Pier, ground-
floor, 2BR/1BA, fully furnished, washer/dryer, all
amenities, utilities included. $500/week-$1,200/
ANNUAL RENTAL: 3BR/2BA, gorgeous pool home
with hot tub, close to beach with boat slip. $1,800/
month. Call Deborah Thrasher, 518-7738, Keller
Williams Realty. E-mail: DebMThrash@aol.com.
NEW LISTING: Fully furnished villa in beautiful Mt.
Vernon, near beaches, on canal, lake-view front.
2BR/2BA, enclosed lanai, carport, clubhouse with
numerous activities, heated pool, Jacuzzi, tennis,
no pets, non-smoking, age 55-plus, minimum three
months. Peak season, $2,500/month; annual
$1,500/month. Call (941) 721-1784.
WATERFRONT DUPLEX 3BR/2BA on
Intracoastal. Dock, davits, steps to beach, pet yard,
washer/dryer, storage shed. Annual $1,100/month.
ANNUAL RENTALS: 6404 Holmes Blvd., 1 BR/1 BA
duplex, $900/month; 205 Haverkos, 1BR/1BA du-
plex, no pet, $750/month; 2104 Avenue B, 1BR/
1 BA duplex, furnished, no pet, $700/month or un-
furnished $650/month; Perico Bay Club, 2BR/2BA
villa, garage, $1,100/month; Bay Hollow, 2BR/2BA,
furnished or unfurnished, boat dock, pet OK,
$1,500/month; Perico Island, 2BR/2BA condo, first-
floor, pond view, pet OK, carport, includes water/
pest/cable TV, $1000/month. SunCoast Real Es-
tate, 779-0202, www.suncoastinc.com.
WEEKLY/MONTHLY RENTALS: Condos and
houses from $500/week to $1,500/month, many
Gulffront. SunCoast Real Estate, (800) 732-6434,
HOLMES BEACH ANNUAL 2BR/2BA, close to
beach, 1,100 sf, den, laundry, porch. $950/month.
Call (585) 473-9361.
1BR APARTMENT UNFURNISHED, utilities in-
cluded, $700/month. Sandpiper Mobile Resort,
Bradenton Beach, age 55-plus community. Call
VACATION RENTAL: Holmes Beach canalfront.
2BR/2BA fully furnished. Garage, laundry, dock,
many extras. $750/week, $2,000/month. Call (813)
IMMACULATE HOLMES BEACH: Clean, updated,
1 BR/1 BA with nice sized rooms, new carpet, paint,
appliances. Nonsmoking, no pets. First, last and
deposit. Annual. $650/month, includes some utili-
ties Mature individual. 778-1544.
BRADENTON BEACH/CORTEZ area: Spacious
1BR/1BA, fully furnished, resort style. Utilities,
cable included. Shared laundry room. $950/month.
First, last, security. 761-2725.
ANNUAL 3BR/2BA HOME on canal in Key Royale
with pool. $1,900/month. Security deposit required.
Also available, studio apartment with kitchen, bath,
living/bedroom. Call 586-8041.
1BR/1BA on Gulf Drive, $675/month, plus water
and electric. Call (813) 892-4768 or (813) 659-
ANNUAL 2BR/1 BA DUPLEX recently refurbished.
$950/month. Available now. Security deposit re-
quired. Call 586-8041.
ANNUAL FURNISHED PERICO Island waterfront!
3BR/2.5BA, with two-car garage! Association pool,
tennis courts, exercise room. $1,700/month, plus utili-
ties. Please, call An Island Place Realty, 779-0733.
ANNUAL RENTAL 3BR/2BA home with garage in
Holmes Beach. Small pet with deposit. Call 778-
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ANNUAL 2BR/2B DUPLEX with updated kitchen,
garage, tile throughout. West of Gulf Drive. $975/
month. Security deposit required. Call 232-2.216 or
ANNUAL ISLAND RENTALS: 1 BR/1 BA duplex, close
to beach, remodeled; 2BR/1 BA duplex, very nice with
convenient location. Smith Realtors, 778-0770.
ANNUAL RENTAL Bayfront home with boat dock.
3BR/2BA with garage, carport and sun deck.
$2,500/month. Mike Norman Realty, 778-6696.
ANNUAL 2BR/1 BA new apartment, close to beach.
$900/month, security deposit required, includes
utilities. Call 792-6029 or 545-6118.
VACATION AND SEASONAL: Gulffront condo,
101 73rd St. no. 4, Holmes Beach. Full kitchen,
covered porch. Summer 2004, $650/week.
$2,300/month for March 2005. RE/MAX
Gulfstream Realty, 778-7777.
HOT NEW LISTINGS! Reserve your place in para-
dise today! Duncan Real Estate, 779-0304.
VACATION AND SEASONAL: newly refurbished
duplex. 202 64th St., Holmes Beach. 2BR/1 BA and
1 BR/1BA, steps to beach, washer/dryer. Available
summer 2004, $550-$650/week. Available monthly
in winter, call for rates. RE/MAX Gulfstream Realty,
2BR/1BA ANNUAL unit in Holmes Beach. Short
walk to beach. Newly refurbished. Central heat and
air conditioning. Some utilities included. Nonsmok-
ing. $700/month. First, last, security. References
required. Call 778-1193.
ROOMMATE WANTED: $400/month, nice North
Shore home in Anna Maria. Looking for nonsmoker
who works days, sleeps nights. 773-1196.
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ANNUAL RENTAL 10443 Waterbird Way, Flamingo
Cay. 2BR/2BA townhouse with screened lanai, en-
closed lanai and large office space. Boat dock to ac-
commodate 45-foot boat. Tennis, pool. $1,800/month.
RE/MAX Gulfstream Realty, 778-7777.
SEASONAL OR WEEKLY cottage-style rentals.
1BR/1BA or 2BR/1BA with pool. Walk to beach,
shopping and restaurants. 778-3875. Web site
HARBOUR LANDINGS: Lot and dock. Beautiful
12,100 sq.ft. homesite offered by owner/Realtor.
Gated community in Cortez. $287,500 includes
dock for boat up to 35-feet Longview Realty, 383-
6112, or George Noble, 685-3372.
THREE LONGBOAT LOTS on General Harris
Street, total of 1.3 acres (MOL). Offered at $400K
each. Longview Realty, 383-6112.
LAGUNA YACHT VILLAGE: Tranquil waterfront
community offers everything you've been looking
for. Deep-water boat docks, short walk to gorgeous
beaches, tropical setting and carefree living. Two
brand new quality built homes with spacious floor
plans and many upgrades starting at $638,500 and
three homesites starting at $240,000. Call Tina
Rudek or Mike Migone of Wedebrock Real Estate,
NORTH END 2BR/2BA near Gulf beach. Sun deck,
screened porch, working fireplace, solar. $490,000.
THE SEA OATS Bradenton Beach. Townhouses
and villas for sale at pre-construction prices. Con-
tact Jane or Dave Guy, 284-5469 or 284-5461.
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More than 35 Gulffront rentals to choose from.
Call us last! Best rates on the beach!
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VILLAGE GREEN: 4BR/2BA great family home.
Ceramic tile, split plan, lanai, fenced yard, beauti-
ful landscaping, two-car garage. Call Helen White,
SunCoast Real Estate, 779-0202.
BEAUTIFUL MOBILE HOME for sale on
Bradenton Beach. Steps to Gulf waters, water
view, lanai, deck and renovated. Own a piece of
the Island. 55-plus community. Great for weekend
getaways, seasonal rental income. $149,000 with
share. 782-1130 or (941) 224-3710.
TERRIFIC LOCATION close to beach and boat
ramp. 4BR/2BA, caged pool, fenced yard. North-
west Bradenton. $279,000. 794-5046.
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.
BRADENTON BEACH/CORTEZ area. Beautiful,
well-maintained, elevated duplex. 1.5 miles to
Bradenton Beach. Community boat ramp.
OPEN HOUSE: Sandpiper Resort Co-op. 55-plus
community. Rent or buy. Shares available. Satur-
day, June 26, 10am-2pm 2601 Gulf Drive N.,
Bradenton Beach. 778-1140.
MERMAID'S VICTORIAN CASTLE you'll swear you're
underwater inside what should become remarkable bed
and breakfast. Fantastic, well-built, rope-it-off-and-
charge-admission stunner! Under $800,000. Affordable
contiguous strip mall (1.5 acres) and marina (3.7 acres)
could spell resort! Call Janet, 383-6389, e-mail
Deau email@example.com. Horizon Realty.
SUNBOW BAY UNIT 2BR/2BA, partially furnished,
bayside with pool and tennis. Offered at $269,900.
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AZALEA PARK 3BR/2BA, pool, exclusive listing. $280,000.
5400 GULFFRONT White sand beaches and sunsets.
1 BR/1 BA, new paint and carpet. Reduced to $265,000.
MARTINIQUE SOUTH GULF BEACH VIEW 2BR/2BA, bright, light,
attractive decorating, turnkey furnished. Elevator, tennis,
heated pool, cabana. $469,000.
4 UNITS ANNA MARIA Some bayview. One 2BR, three 1BR,
room for pool. Great investment. $870,000.
VACATION, SEASONAL & ANNUAL RENTALS
MARTINQUE Gulffront 2BR/2BA, pool, tennis, elevators.
5400 GULFFRONT complex, 1 and 2BRs, pool.
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ROGET AND ME
By Richard Silvestri / Edited by Will Shortz
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89 Sensible tax?
93 Rhyme time?
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95 Unkind response
97 Poetic plaint
98 Makes fun of
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106 2003 Best Actress
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109 Gave comfort
110 Believe in
111 Satanic disguise
113 Suit material
114 Word of greeting
115 Joey &the
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48 Diamond plane
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52 Long way to go?
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55 Wrinkle with age
56 Dish served with
59 First anniversary
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70 Pleasure trips
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83 Answer to a charge
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cypress home with wrap-around decks on two constructed direct Gulffront home. Granite tunity to own a Key West-style home with 3BR/ Sarasota skyline and LBK from this large
levels. 70-ft. dock, 4+ acres. Included vested counters. Plasma TV, surround sound, 2.5BA, dramatic Intracoastal views. Two 3,630 sf 3BR/loft condo in Tidy Island. Three-
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RUNAWAY BAY ON LAGOON 2BR/2BA
condo near pool in excellent condition, turnkey
furnished. Rents in season $3,300/mo. Harold
Small. 778-2246. #101812. $369,000
LUXURY PRIVACY SECURITY A million dol-
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Private Island. State of the art design. Every-
thing new. Owner/agent. Victor Rosenfeld,
778-2246. #103004. $329,000
NW/W BRADENTON LOCATION This single-
family home is minutes to Gulf, tennis, marina,
schools, parks, restaurants and shopping. A
must see. Laurie Dellatorre, 778-2246.