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Courts overrule Bradenton Beach
By Paul Roat
Bradenton Beach lost round two in its battle to
keep development from two beachfront properties in
the 1400 block of Gulf Drive.
The Florida Second District Court of Appeal has
overturned a lower court decision that endorsed
Bradenton Beach's action in rejecting construction of
two duplexes, and stated that the development can pro-
Co-developers for Island Inc. and Beach Develop-
PLEASE SEE DEVELOPMENT, PAGE 3
Volume 12, No. 34 June 30, 2004 FREE
By Rick Catlin
While Manatee county commissioners did vote
June 22 to once again legally challenge the planned
686-unit Arvida condominium project on Perico Island,
county opposition to the development may be waning.
Commissioners only passed the measure 5-2 after
agreeing that the county should seek mediation with the
City of Bradenton before any protracted legal battle.
The county along with the three Island cities and
the environmental group ManaSota-88 filed suit
against the development four years ago after Bradenton
approved the project for 898 units. While that challenge
is still in court, the revised site plan submitted by
Arvida in April and approved by Bradenton in June
appears to meet the city's comprehensive plan require-
ments for density. That had been the basis for the
county's initial lawsuit.
Assistant County Attorney Bill Clague told com-
missioners that staff had identified a number of areas
in the new site plan that could be the basis for a law-
But some commissioners, such as Amy Stein and
Jonathan Bruce, thought the money for a new lawsuit
might be better spent elsewhere, such as buying prop-
erty for public preservation. Four years of legal chal-
lenges have gotten the county nowhere, except for
Arvida to reduce the number of planned units, noted
Bruce. Arvida still proposes at least five 10-story high-
rise structures among the planned 13 buildings.
Commissioner Joe McClash said if everything
were about money, then the commission should just put
a big sign over Manatee County saying "for sale."
Commission Chairperson Jane von Hahmann,
whose district includes Anna Maria Island and Cortez,
wanted the county to continue its battle against the
"The development will have a significant impact
on my district," and a wall of condominium buildings
on Perico Island will not fit with the surrounding en-
vironment, she said.
Von Hahmann vowed to continue battling against
the project. She also mentioned she does not believe the
county is obligated to provide water to Arvida under
the current service agreement between Bradenton and
"There could be some lively discussion over that
issue, but there are also other options to consider" that
PLEASE SEE PERICO, PAGE 3
Packing a prize
Amelia Talucci of Holmes Beach couldn't resist the snapshot of husband Nate and nephew Jacob packing
their beach supplies off for a day or an hour of sun and sand, and neither could the "Top Notch "judges.
Hers is the fourth weekly winner in The Islander's summer 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, includ-
ing $100 from The Islander and a variety of gift certificates. Entry infb inside, page 8.
A sunrise over Perico Island, as viewed from Anna
Maria Island. Perico will be the focus of yet another
legal battle over development. Islander Photo:
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Brasota: Tidemark out
By Rick Catlin
Brasota Mortgage Co. has asked the
federal bankruptcy court in Tampa to
throw out the bankruptcy petition of Tide-
mark Partners LLC and allow it to fore-
close on the property so it can get back the
$4.1 million Tidemark owes Brasota.
The motion was submitted June 17
and a hearing is set for July 6.
"We've asked the judge to take us out
of bankruptcy court so we can foreclose on
Tidemark and get our money," said
Brasota attorney Peter Mackey. "We've
had enough waiting. Hopefully, the judge
will agree and we can go through the fore-
closure process, then sell the property."
Brasota holds the first mortgage on
the Tidemark property on Marina Drive
in Holmes Beach.
The company has claimed that
Tidemark and its managing partner,
Nick Easterling, have rejected a Brasota
bankruptcy settlement agreement that
would finance construction only of the
marina portion of the planned 40-unit
According to court documents,
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 condos. That agreement,
however, has not been finalized and pre-
sented to the court for approval.
Brasota has objected to the
Southstar plan, claiming it would be
paid less than the full amount owed if
that plan is accepted by the court.
Tidemark has already received
court permission to amend its disclosure
statement and the court will review that
statement on or after July 15.
More than 100 people met with of-
ficials of the Florida Fish and Wildlife
Conservation Commission last week at
the Manatee Civic Center to discuss pro-
posed state regulations to protect mana-
tees that would include a "slow speed"
zone in Anna Maria Sound.
A number of Island residents spoke
against the proposal, including Holmes
Beach charter fisherman Scott Moore,
who said the county's manatee protec-
tion ordinance should be enough.
Environmentalists such as Suzanne
Tarr of Save the Manatee Club, how-
ever, argued that the state needs to do
more to protect manatees and other fish
The FWC already has a number of
"slow speed" zones for manatee protec-
tion around Tampa Bay, including Terra
Ceia Bay and Terra Ceia Bayou in
Manatee, but wants more zones, includ-
ing larger areas of Tampa Bay and in
Warner's Bayou in Manatee, in addition
to Anna Maria Sound.
Manatee County Commissioner Joe
McClash claimed the FWC wants to
eliminate recreational boating near the
Kingfish Boat Ramp and other areas along
the Island's bayside by making them
"slow speed" zones. He also said there are
few, if any, manatees in that area.
The FWC will meet in St. Petersburg
in September with a governor-appointed
wildlife panel to discuss public input from
the meeting and its recommendations.
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No 'sounds of silence'
in Anna Maria City
By Rick Catlin
The "sounds of silence" along normally peaceful
North Shore Drive and adjacent streets was broken last
week by a pile driver operated by Holmes Construction
Co. digging a foundation for a new home at 769 North
The pile driver began cranking up Monday, June
21, shortly after 7 a.m., nearby residents said, and
filled the air with a loud "clank" every two seconds
until 5 p.m. The pile driver could be heard three
"Clank, clank, clank, clank, clank," went the pile
driver throughout the day.
One couple who rented a cottage for a week at 765
N. Shore immediately moved out, according to a neigh-
bor, while another couple who own a beachfront cot-
tage returned to Brandon after arriving Monday for an
expected quiet week on the Gulf of Mexico.
Unfortunately, there's no noise ordinance against
pile drivers during the day, said Anna Maria Code
Enforcement Officer Gerry Rathvon. Building Official
Kevin Donohue likewise said there is nothing in the
building code that prohibits use of a pile driver to plant
building columns, as long as its done during daytime
during the week.
It was his understanding that the pile driver was
used by Holmes Construction because of a shortage of
cement in the area.
Mayor SueLynn said she apologized to some
nearby residents who complained about the noise to
her, but "unfortunately, nothing could be done."
Donohue said it was his understanding that there
were 40 piles to be driven and each one would take
about one hour. Holmes Construction, however, was
able to conclude its pile-driving operation on Wednes-
day, June 23, returning North Shore Drive to Simon
and Garfunkel and the "Sounds of Silence."
Hugh Holmes Jr. of Holmes Construction apolo-
gized to area residents for the inconvenience, and
neighbors were grateful that the pile-driving didn't take
all week as originally expected.
Development OK'd by court
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
ment Inc. appeared before the city in early 2000, seek-
ing approval to build the duplexes on the Gulf of
Mexico across Gulf Drive from the Bermuda Bay con-
The city's planning and zoning board approved the
projects. City commissioners denied the request in
April 2000. The developers filed a lawsuit against the
city, citing that the denial was not made with "substan-
tial, competent evidence."
The crux of the issue was a land-use map adopted
by the city commission in 1989 that called for that part
of the beach to be preserved due to an unusual soil
composition. Developers brought forward expert wit-
nesses who said the beach there was no different than
the beaches up and down the Island and that the "con-
servation" designation was in error.
City commissioners disagreed, citing previous ero-
sion trends in that section of shoreline that had at one
point left only a few yards of sand between Gulf Drive
and the Gulf prior to a 1992-93 beach renourishment
Developers took the matter to court and, in April
2003, Judge Charles Williams of the 12th Judicial Cir-
cuit Court ruled in favor of the city. He wrote, in part,
"It is the court's view that ... the evidence pre-
sented in this case supports the city's denial of the re-
quested plan amendment. To be sure, some evidence
was presented in support of the petitioner's argument
that the Future Land Use Map was drawn in error in the
area in question, and that the boundary of the preser-
vation area was meant to coincide with a soil map de-
picting certain type of sand located on the beach par-
cels in question.
"The city's planner reached this conclusion in his
staff report to the planning and zoning commission,
which voted to approve the plan amendment. However,
neither the planner nor the planning and zoning com-
mission are the ultimate arbiters of what is now recog-
nized as the legislative determination of whether a pro-
posed plan amendment is consistent with an adopted
Crashing pile driver disrupts Anna Maria
This pile driver operated by Holmes Construction
Co. broke the silence usually found along North
Shore Drive in Anna Maria last week every day
during daylight hours as it was pounding in support
beams for a new residence at 769 North Shore
Drive. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin
comprehensive plan. That is the province of the city
commission, whose decision to deny the petitioner's
small-scale plan amendments was a fairly debatable
exercise of their legislative authority."
The matter was appealed by the developers and, in
a June 23, 2004, opinion, Court of Appeals Judge
James W. Whatley said in the majority ruling that the
lower court was in error.
"The trial court erred in finding that, based on the
evidence that was before the city commission at the
public hearing on the appellants' petition, the city's
denial of the appellants' petition was fairly debatable,"
"The appellants presented expert testimony, in-
cluding from the city's own land planner, showing that
the designation of the appellants' property as preserva-
tion was erroneous because the property did not meet
the definition of preservation. They also presented evi-
dence, and the trial court found that Manatee County
had taxed the property as R-3, i.e., residential property,
and the mayor's son had been issued a license to oper-
ate a sailboat rental business on the property, which
activity is not allowed on preservation property."
Whatley continued that city testimony to block the
development "presented no testimony rebutting the
expert testimony that the property did not meet the
definition of preservation."
Judge Darryl Casanueva,. in a dissenting view of
the majority, raised the issue of legislative intent.
"This court should consider whether the city pre-
sented any evidence, beyond a fair debate, that its de-
cision to maintain the status quo in the land use plan
was 'reasonable from a planning, economic, environ-
mental and fiscal responsibility standpoint.'
"Thus, appropriate evidence before the city and the
circuit court could and did include other aspects of the
city's legislative decision to deny the amendment, such
as its legitimate interests in keeping the area undevel-
oped to accomplish its goals of diminishing beach ero-
sion, minimizing flooding, preserving dune systems,
encouraging the renourishment of its beaches, main-
taining open areas, controlling traffic in the event of
major storms, and limiting property damage from po-
Greg Hootman, who argued the case on behalf of
Bradenton Beach, said "the city is obviously disap-
pointed in the court's ruling and is evaluating its fur-
ther appellate remedies." Those "remedies" are ex-
pected to be discussed by the city commission at its
July 1 meeting.
Attorney John P. Harllee, representing Island Inc.
and Beach Development Inc., said "the effect of the
ruling of the appellate court is the city will have to grant
an amendment to the city's comprehensive plan and
approve the building and zoning."
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Perico Island again site of fight
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
might halt the project, she added.
Commissioners only reluctantly approved the mea-
sure after McClash said the lawsuit could go to media-
tion first before the litigation became too costly.
The county has 30 days from the date that
Bradenton approved the revised Arvida site plan to file
legal challenges. Bradenton approved the new plan on
Glenn Compton of ManaSota-88 said his group
intends to file a legal action separate from the county's,
and has hired attorney Ralf Brooks, currently the
Bradenton Beach city attorney, as its lead counsel.
"When negotiations start, we want to be able to sit
at the bargaining table," he said.
But Compton sounded a dire note that his organi-
zation can continue to fight the project only as long as
it is able to raise funds to retain legal counsel.
"We are the small organization fighting the big
boys and it's obvious they have the money and legal
people to continue this battle as long as they want. At
some point, we may have to consider if a continued
legal challenge is worth the financial cost," he noted.
Efforts to reach Bradenton Mayor Wayne Poston
for comment were unsuccessful, but he has indicated
previously that enough is enough, and it's time for the
county to stop fighting this issue.
The proposed 686 units would add a significant tax
base to Bradenton.
Even an estimated average appraisal value of
$500,000 per unit, based upon current Island condo-
minium values, would amount to $343 million in
property values the city would add to its tax rolls, or
about $1.5 million per year in ad valorem taxes col-
lected for the Bradenton city treasury just from con-
dominium owners at the project. And that's just
based on current approximate property values and
.present millage rates.
"It's about the money," for the City of
Bradenton, said McClash, and "nobody should think
Anna Maria City
July 1, 6 p.m., city commission meeting on budget.
July 7, 7 p.m., special planning and zoning board meet-
ing on Waterfront Restaurant.
July 8, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
Anna Maria City Hall, temporarily at Island Baptist
Church, 8605 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. City com-
mission and planning and zoning board meetings to be
held at Holmes Beach City Hall.
June 30, 4 p.m., city commission work meeting on
July 1, 7 p.m., city commission meeting. Agenda: Pub-
lic comment, first reading and public hearing on pro-
posed charter amendments, discussion of seawall repair
at Avenue A, extension of interlocal agreement with
Holmes Beach for building official duties, Holmes
Beach building official charges for May discussion,
city attorney invoices, temporary position in city
clerk's office discussion, salary increase for library
clerk, consent agenda, commission reports and calen-
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.,
July 7, 7 p.m., planning and zoning board meeting ten-
July 8, 10 a.m., code enforcement board meeting.
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive,
Anna Maria, Bradenton Beach, Holmes Beach and
Longboat Key government offices will be closed Mon-
day, July 4, in observance of the Fourth of July holiday.
Garbage, recycling and trash collection in Anna Maria
City, Holmes Beach and Longboat Key will not take
place July 5, with an alternate pickup date scheduled
for Saturday, July 3. There will be no change in the
schedule for pickup in Bradenton Beach due to the
PAGE 4 0 JUNE 30, 2004 0 THE ISLANDER
Island candidates waiting to declare
By Rick Catlin
Although the first date of candidate qualifying for
municipal elections is less than two weeks away, few
incumbents on Anna Maria Island are ready at this time
to declare they'll seek re-election.
The Manatee Supervisor of Elections Office has given
candidates just one week, July 12-16, to file the appropri-
ate papers and qualify for the November elections.
In Holmes Beach, Mayor Carol Whitmore has de-
clared her intention to seek another term as has Com-
mission Chairperson Sandy Haas-Martens, but Com-
missioner Roger Lutz was noncommittal. "I haven't
made any decision at this point," he said.
Anna Maria Mayor SueLynn said she'll likely pick
up a qualifying packet, but has made no definite deci-
sion on seeking another term.
Commissioner Duke Miller said his decision was
"undetermined," but he will likewise pick up a quali-
Commissioner Linda Cramer said she was "un-
sure" about another term because she's on vacation
during the qualifying period and unable to change her
plans. She said she would contact the SOE to see if
exceptions for the qualifying period will allowed.
The SOE office announced in early June that quali-
fying for the November elections had been moved from
its usual September time slot to July to accommodate
the expected large number of questions and elections
on the November ballot.
Candidates can always pick up a packet and qualify
for the ballot, then drop out at a later date, said an SOE
office spokesperson. "They would simply lose the fees
they paid to qualify," the spokesperson said.
Packets are available at the SOE office at 305 15th
St. W., in Bradenton, and will be mailed to the respec-
tive city hall upon request of the city clerk, the SOE
But if there is an "unknown candidate" for any Is-
land election, they're still "unknown" to the SOE or to
the respective city clerks in each Island city.
As of Tuesday, June 29, only former Bradenton
Beach City Commissioner Herb Dolan had picked up
a qualifying packet on the Island. Dolan resides in
Ward 2 in that city, a seat held by Lisa Marie Phillips.
Waterfront Restaurant plans
still on hold in Anna Maria City
By Rick Catlin
As Yogi Berra would say, "It's deja vu all over
Owners of the Waterfront Restaurant in Anna
Maria had hoped to get a decision from the planning
and zoning board June 21 to either approve or deny
their preliminary site plan application.
A portion of the restaurant was damaged in a March
18 fire, and the preliminary site plan for the nonconform-
ing property proposed to combine the three structures on
the property into one unit. Only the front building was
damaged in the fire, but the other two units are part of the
restaurant and used for food storage and preparation,
owners Jason and Leah Suzor said.
The preliminary site plan had been approved by
Building Official Kevin Donohue, who interpreted the
code to the applicants that they could use all the square
footage of the footprint. The board, however, believed that
under the code, if the applicants "voluntarily" tore down
the two undamaged buildings, the property would lose its
"grandfather" status as a nonconforming-but-usable res-
taurant and be required to meet current code requirements.
The newly adopted site-plan procedures in Anna
Maria required the board to either approve, deny or
approve with conditions, the site plan application at the
June 21 meeting.
Instead, the board declined to make a decision and
opted to hold a special meeting Wednesday, June 23,
to discuss interpretation of the code for nonconform-
ing structures with Donohue and City Attorney Jim
Dye, and possibly reach a decision on the site plan.
That idea didn't work out well for the Suzors.
Dye advised the board June 23 that it would have
to go through the entire public hearing process again in
order to reach a decision on the Waterfront application.
The special meeting June 23 could not be used for ap-
proval or denial. According to the site plan review pro-
cedures, that should have been done by the P&Z board
at the June 21 meeting. The board set 7 p.m. Wednes-
day, July 7, for the "deja vu" public hearing.
Dye told the board that, in his opinion, the intent
No movement in Davis lawsuits
expected until August
An attorney involved in the various lawsuits filed
against Holmes Beach businessman Frank Davis and
the city by Barbara Coloney and Ruthanne McLean
over Davis' proposed condominium project at 5622
Gulf Drive said he did not expect any significant move-
ment in the cases until August.
Legal challenges have been filed against Davis and
the city over the public notice of Davis' site plan and
the issuance of a variance by the board of adjustment,
among other lawsuits.
Efforts for a negotiated settlement over issues be-
tween the two parties have apparently failed. Lawyers
on both sides have agreed not to talk publicly about
specifics of the lawsuits.
Attorney Greg Hootman, who represents Holmes
Beach in the legal actions, held a "shade" meeting with
city commissioners June 29 to update them on the sta-
tus of the lawsuits.
of the code is to allow nonconforming structures "un-
til they are voluntarily removed." At that time, the
property loses its "grandfathered" status and would
have to conform to current setback and other code re-
The applicants could rebuild just the damaged front
building on the restaurant property and retain the non-
conformity for setbacks, he indicated.
"If the two buildings are nonconforming because
of setback requirements, and are voluntarily removed,
there is no protection. A voluntary knock-down is new
construction and that has to meet current code," opined
Yes, but there's a problem in the code, countered
Donohue. It's conflicting because, in another section, the
code states that a nonconformity can be enlarged if the
nonconformity is not increased. His decision was based on
the fact the applicants did not intend to increase the non-
conforming portion of the property --the front over-hang
on the porch along South Bay Boulevard.
Attorney David Hall spoke on behalf of the Suzors,
claiming all three structures restaurant, kitchen and
storage area are an "integrated use" of the property
and should be considered as one footprint.
All his clients want to do is put all three structures
under one roof to create an aesthetically pleasing build-
ing that will fit into the ambiance of Anna Maria and
look just like the restaurant did before the fire.
Very nice, suggested board member Charles
Canniff, but while the buildings may be used to support
the restaurant, under the current codes they are acces-
sory buildings and not physically attached to the main
"We are trying to fit a square peg into a round
hole," he said, "and I have yet to hear anything" that
changes his previous opinion that combining all three
structures into one building requires the Waterfront to
meet all current code requirements.
But architect Gene Aubry cried foul. He had nu-
merous meetings with Donohue and based his design
on Donohue's interpretations. He followed all the rules
laid down by Donohue. Now, the board is changing the
rules, but can't give him guidance for what are the
"We still don't know the rules," and it's costing his
clients a lot of money. The garage can be left in place,
if necessary, but just "tell me what the road map is" for
the site plan. "We have done this according to the rules,
but you have changed the rules and you don't know
what the rules are."
That is something Aubry and his clients will have
to figure out on their own. Dye advised board members
that they could not indicate to Aubry what they might
recommend or approve at a future meeting.
Donohue suggested that Aubry consider some site
plan changes prior to the July 7 meeting. He also said
that, in the future, he will only give a recommendation
to site plan applicants, not an opinion. He'll also note
that he is only the first step in a three-part process for
site plan approval, and that his opinion on a code could
be different from that of the P&Z, or even the city com-
That's how he sees the site plan review process
now, but that was not the original intention of the pro-
Sittin' on the dock by the bay
Tom Wilcox, center, of Baskerville-Donovan Inc.,
Anna Maria's engineering firm, stands on top of the
walkover alongside the humpback bridge on North
Bay Boulevard discussing bid specifications to
repair the city's two bridges with two prospective
contractors. Representatives of five companies
showed up June 24 for the city's pre-bid conference
on the estimated $130,000 project. Islander Photo:
cess adopted in April, he said.
Board members and Dye agreed on one thing in
Anna Maria: there is often disagreement between the
board and the building official over code interpretation.
In fact, said Canniff, there are occasions when the city
commission overrides a P&Z recommendation and
approves or rejects a project. The commission has the
final decision on the Waterfront site plan, the P&Z is
only a recommending body, he said.
Aubry and the Suzors wanted the board to make a
decision and send it to the city commission meeting
June 24. However, Dye said that because the June 21
meeting was not continued to a "date and time certain,"
it would be best if the entire public hearing process
were properly noticed again.
Hall suggested there might be little point to a July
7 meeting. "There's no question we are going to be
turned down two weeks from now, and that's a shame.
Then where do we go? You've put us in a very diffi-
Because the fire has been deemed as an arson by
fire investigators, the Suzor's insurance company has
not yet paid any claims to rebuild the restaurant. The
Suzors have indicated the remodeling plan presented
would be paid for by themselves and other family
The site plan application by the Waterfront is only
the second to come before the P&Z board since the new
site plan review process was adopted.
Canniff said that originally, board members
thought the review process would be a "piece of cake."
The current confusion was not contemplated when the
procedures were put in place, and it now appears there
could be some refinements made to the process.
Deja vu, Yogi.
THE ISLANDER U JUNE 30, 2004 U PAGE 5
Hearing on manager, charter changes Thursday
By Paul Roat
After a slight hiccup on advertising dates,
Bradenton Beach officials are poised to hold the first
of two public hearings on a host of changes to the
city charter Thursday night.
City commissioners had hoped to have the first
hearing and public input last week, but legal adver-
tising of the notice included incorrect ballot lan-
guage. The ad stated the measures would appear
before voters Nov. 2 instead of the agreed-upon Aug.
31 date, hence the delay for the re-advertising.
In a meeting June 23, commissioners refined the
language and struck one proposed ballot issue deal-
ing with citizen-initiative challenges to land devel-
opment in the city.
Probably the most controversial charter change
is the question of whether or not the city should re-
tain the services of a city manager, and change the
way government operates in the city to accommo-
date such a manager.
The ballot question asks, "Should the city amend
its charter to appoint a qualified, professional city
manager to serve as chief executive officer respon-
sible for directing and supervising all departments
and city employees (except for the chief of police,
city auditor and city attorney who shall report di-
rectly to the city commission); preparing proposed
budgets; and for faithfully executing the adopted
budget, and the requirements of all laws, charter
provisions, ordinances and policy directions from
the city commission?"
Duties of the city manager, as outlined in the
changes of the charter, would include many of the
tasks currently carried out by the mayor.
After being hired by at least four members of the
city commission and having that employment ter-
minated by at vote of at least four members the
city manager would be charged with the duties to
"appoint, remove, discipline and administer the
compensation and salaries for employees of the city
(except for the offices of chief of police, city audi-
tor, and city attorney all of whom shall report di-
rectly to the city commission)."
The manager would also "direct and supervise
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the administration of all departments, offices and
agencies of the city, except as otherwise provided by
this charter or law; attend city commission meetings,
with a voice but not a vote in the proceedings; faith-
fully execute all laws, charter provisions, ordinances
and policy direction of the city commission; prepare
and submit an annual budget and implement the fi-
nal budget approved by the city commission; keep
the city commission fully advised as to the financial
condition and future needs of the city; assist the city
commission to develop long term goals for the city
and strategies to implement these goals; be custodian
of all real property and tangible personal property
owned by the city; and perform such other duties as
specified in this charter or may be required by the
The charter changes would also have the city
manager, not the mayor, nominate and have the com-
mission ratify the hiring or firing of the city clerk,
city treasurer, city planner, department heads "and
such other boards, committees and panels as may be
established or provided for by law, ordinance or
resolution of the commission."
New in that section is the creation of a separate
city treasurer, a position currently included in the
duties of the city clerk's office. The new city trea-
surer would probably be ranked in salary with other
department heads, in the $48,000-per-year category.
Salary of a city manager has not been discussed.
There is only one municipality in Manatee County,
Longboat Key, that has a manager form of govern-
ment. Town Manager Bruce St. Denis earns
$134,846 annually, not including benefits.
The allowable height of buildings is also slated
to come before voters. Although city land-develop-
ment codes proscribe allowable height of structures
in the city, commissioners have indicated that plac-
ing the matter in the charter would be a further step
toward ensuring no skyscrapers could be built in the
Voters will be asked, "Should the city adopt a char-
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city, voters will be asked to grant more authority to
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a charter amendment requiring a supra-majority vote
of at least four out of five members of the city com-
mission to approve any comprehensive plan amend-
ment (map or text), rezoning, special exception, or
vacation of any city right of way?"
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ance" in its language, thereby effectively turning the
currently independent board of adjustment into ei-
ther an advisory body or negating its purpose alto-
gether, either of which change went against the
wishes of at least one member of the board.
Board of Adjustment Chair Ken Lohn spoke t(
the city commission earlier this month opposing any
change. "There is no problem with the way our
board of adjustment has operated for over 50 years,"
Lohn said in part. "The suggested change is a solu-
tion to a problem that does not exist."
The final ballot question would, if approved by
voters, ensure that city property remains as city
property. The question is, "Should the city adopt a
charter amendment prohibiting the city from selling
or vacating any city right of way that provides direct
or indirect beach, bay or water access?"
The public hearing on the proposed charter
amendments is scheduled for 7 p.m. July 1 at city
hall, with the final hearing set for July 15 at 1 p.m.
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Annie, get your guns
There's an old saying that goes around in times of
trouble, "Bring lawyers, guns and money."
Hence, it's time Bradenton Beach Vice Mayor
Anna O'Brien, who campaigned for her seat on limit-
ing development, to lead the charge.
While we don't agree with the court's opinion this
week on the lawsuit brought by co-developers of the
beachfront opposite the Bermuda Bay Club, we found
plenty to support "our opinions" in the dissent of one
of the three appellate judges.
In this case, a circuit court judge sided with the city,
which had designated the land in question as "preserva-
tion" in its comprehensive plan. The developers sought to
change the land use to medium/high residential/tourist.
Judge Darryl Casanueva reasoned that there is evi-
dence in the record that the city considered property
development rights when it enacted the preservation
designation for the land in question and, he notes, to
that end the city allowed developments of greater den-
sity on the bay side than on the Gulf side.
Hence, the developer already received "some" relief.
The city's action constituted a lawful exercise of its
legislative authority, he said, although the decision de-
prived the developers of all economically viable uses of
their land, they likely can and will deserve compensation.
Casanueva said, in conclusion, "Where, as here, there
is evidence in support of both sides of a comprehensive
plan amendment, it is difficult to determine that the [city's]
decision was anything but 'fairly debatable.'"
We hope the city will continue the debate.
Where else could a decision against development
for a few (four units), benefit so many than this tiny
stretch of beach, so close to Gulf Drive that it affords
a water vista to all who pass by, and so well utilized for
recreation in what is one of the most densely populated
areas of the Island?
Keep up the good fight, Bradenton Beach.
In another Bradenton Beach matter, we commend
the city for pursuing a choice for voters on changing the
form of government to include a city manager.
With that said, we were puzzled to learn some of the
commissioners opted to dilute the powers of a city man-
ager in fact, the whole concept of a city manager form
of government by maintaining its reign over the city
attorney, the city auditor, and even the police department.
Duh? How effective could a city manager be with-
out managing all aspects of the city?
We think the commission is looking to micro-man-
age the manager and that can't be a good thing.
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Kudos to all the Manatee County commissioners,
especially Joe McClash who, like many silent taxpay-
ers, are appalled at the thought of seeing high-rise con-
crete buildings clouding the skyline of Perico Island,
environmental disruptions, and a disastrous evacu:
process off the Island during a hurricane.
We hope that all those opposed to this foreign in-
vasion to our eyesight continue their efforts to stop this
affront to our sensitive waterway and pristine area.
It appears that the ordinary citizen's rights to main-
tain an area that induced him/her to settle here is with-
out any regard. We do not want this area inundated
with bricks of clay like Longboat Key and the East
Coast of Florida.
The efforts to obtain and use this area as a park to
pi ,c ve the natural landscape are certainly a more
Lsirable answer to utilizing these sensitive acres.
Keep etp the good work, ManaSota-88, Island cit-
ies and Mr. McClash.
Arvida and Mayor Poston, go elsewhere with your
Lois and Daniel Masone, Glemi and Darlene
Masone, Don and Shireen Seaman, Marian and Peter
Vassello, Josephine and Alfred Thorsley, of Perico Is-
Thank you for the outstanding editorial done by
Rick Catlin in the Memorial Day issue. He truly puts
perspective on events a perspective we have lost
with too many 24-hour cable-news outlets.
As a student of military history, a son of a World
War II veteran and a man who narrowly missed hav-
ing to serve in Vietnam (from where several of my
friends did not return), I only hope editorials like Rick's
can help my children and their generation keep a per-
spective on the sacrifices of the past.
Rick's series of veteran's stories is outstanding,
too. I lost my father long ago and only wish I could
have heard more stories from him.
When I was a young boy I asked him if he was ever
afraid in the war (he served in the Pacific building air-
fields for MacArthur). He answered, "Many times, es-
pecially when I was soaked with sea water."
I found out years later that when his outfit was at
sea he was a gunner on the troop transport, and it turns
out he was credited with downing a kamikaze that
crashed only about 100 yards from him, hence the
soaking with sea water.
Thanks again Rick.
Terry Sack, Rockford, Mich.
Many thanks to The Islander and wonderful staff
for taking the time to organize the "For Artsake"
fundraiser auction in April.
The generosity of all the artists who donated is
much appreciated. The money raised will greatly ben-
efit the art program at Manatee High School. More than
$4,000 was raised, which is four times my budget for
We will put it to good use. Thanks to all who par-
Robert Reiber, Bradenton Beach, Manatee High
I would like to thank the paramedics, Bayflight
personnel, Bayfront Hospital and most especially to a
wonderful lady named Bonnie: Thank you for calling
911 and me to let us know Wayne had fallen.
All of you gave my husband excellent care after his
He will be immobile for a while, but thanks to all
of you, he will recover. Thank you for all of your ef-
Tie Vander Molen family
Cheers for Turtle Watch
Volunteers by the dozens in our area, hundreds
about the state, all up at dawn, walking miles along our
beaches hoping to spot turtle "crawls," a nest, docu-
ment, mark, watch and eagerly await the hatchlings,
making certain they make it safely to our Gulf repeat-
ing the wonderful process of nature.
While all these dedicated folks are roaming about,
between "crawls," do you know what they are doing?
Carrying bags to pick up all of the trash strewn along our
beaches during the day/night before. Average each vol-
unteer- two bags crammed full of Styrofoam cups, plas-
tic lids, straws, balloons with miles of string attached to
snare sea creatures or fowl rendering them helpless, small
plastic bags, large ones too, hundreds of plastic water
bottles, aluminum cans, glass beer bottles to break later
leaving a hazard for a running barefoot child, even dispos-
able diapers full, neatly rolled up and taped.
Never mind various pieces of attire, and I won't
mention which pieces, along with broken plastic toys,
brightly colored to provide additional attraction for fish
or fowl, and the lovely net bag entrapment device they
We all enjoy our beach, ranked among the best in
the world. If everyone bringing things along would
enjoy their time at the beach, then simply take every-
thing back off the beach we, along with our fish and
fowl, will always enjoy our trash/garbage-free spec-
tacular beaches. It is certainly worth the responsible
Businesses and residents along our beaches, thank
you for dimming your lights, looking good.
Each city: Along your beaches, more trash cans are
needed. Give folks a proper place to get rid of the stuff.
Suzi (Fox, head of Turtle Watch) needs the small
ATV because she cannot possibly keep all the volun-
teers in line by foot alone. This is for a very special
purpose and a very limited time and not during "turtle
hours," patience please.
I am proud to be one of the many, many volunteers.
Penny A. Bray, Bradenton
To our children, Christopher and Chelsea Perez:
We just want to let you know how pleased we are with
your academic achievements at Anna Maria Elemen-
Chelsea, being one of the youngest second-graders
at AME, you have impressed us with your outstanding
scores in reading on your SATs, as well as your first-
place award for math superstars in your class and per-
fect attendance award. You put forth your best this year
and it shows, girl.
Christopher, what can we say? Straight A's all the
way from kindergarten to fifth-grade. What an achieve-
ment! You've had a remarkable year ... first place in
the county for math superstars teamed with Blake Wil-
son, all A's in the math award, the president's award
for all A's, outstanding rank in reading and science on'
your FCATs with a perfect score in math. Congratula-
tions, graduate. For such a young man, you have shown
such strength and maturity. You're a wonderful son.
We just want to praise you both for your hard work
and let you know that you should be proud of your-
selves for studying hard, taking the time to read every
day and trying your very best. We love you.
Gary and Donna Perez, Anna Maria
Parade versus church
First of all I love the Fourth of July parade! My
grandson is visiting during the Fourth and was looking
forward to the parade.
However, to have it on Sunday morning during
church service time goes against all the values our
small towns stand for.
The traffic at that time will hinder those trying to
reach churches on the Island, as well as trying to explain
to our children why they can't see the parade this year.
Jane Frisco, Anna Maria
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Time to look at Turtle Watch, says commissioner
By Rick Catlin
Holmes Beach City Commissioner Rich
Bohnenberger says it's time the commission look at the
Anna Maria Turtle Watch program as part of govern-
Turtle Watch moving
to Bradenton Beach
Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch Education Center
is moving, come July 31, from Holmes Beach quarters
it has occupied since March 2003.
Suzi Fox, director of Turtle Watch, said the cen-
ter will move to a storefront in Bradenton Beach, but
she declined to specify just where until the paperwork
She said the offer to move to another space with
possibly free or reduced rent was too good to refuse.
The center is now at 5408 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach, where Turtle Watch has operated under an ar-
rangement with Ooh La La! Bistro next door to the
store in the Island Shopping Center. Ooh La La owner
Damon Presswood said Fox had a special arrangement
with him that included three months advance notice to
vacate, although he expects "something can be worked
He plans to use the space for expansion of his
popular "continental" restaurant.
Before it opened, Turtle Watch business was con-
.ucted out of Fox's home and its gear was stored in her
garage. There was no retail store.
In addition to educational and preservation mate-
rials, the center has been stocked and operated as a
turtle store, and Fox said it has been fairly successful,
paying its own way from the first.
ment. He's asked that commissioners discuss the
organization's role with the city government at the next
commission workshop July 13.
"I think it's time to look at Turtle Watch as a part
of government's operation because we have responsi-
bility, but no authority," he said at the June 29 special
commission meeting regarding the Key Royale Bridge.
As the city gives money to Turtle Watch, it should
also have some idea how the organization operates, he
Bohnenberger's remarks came after commission-
ers agreed to have City Attorney Patricia Petruff look
into the legality of the city allowing Turtle Watch to
continue using an ATV on the beach, despite a city
ordinance against such use.
According to documents presented to the commis-
sion at its June 8 meeting, Turtle Watch authority to
utilize an ATV on the beach as part of the county's
2002 beach renourishment project expired in January
2004. Commissioners at that meeting turned down a
request from Turtle Watch Director Suzi Fox to con-
tinue using the ATV to monitor turtle and hatchling
activity on the beach.
Not so fast, said Manatee County Ecosystems
Manager Charlie Hunsicker in a letter to commission-
ers. He claimed the county gave inaccurate dates for the
expiration of beach renourishment and Fox should be
allowed to continue to operate the ATV.
Commissioner Roger Lutz said he didn't have any
problem extending use of the ATV by Turtle Watch,
"as long as it's legal. If not, then I'd say 'no'."
The commission consensus was to have the city
attorney examine the legality and give an opinion at the
July 13 commission workshop.
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week on the cover of The Islander through July 28.
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eight weekly winners, includes $100 from the newspa-
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Sea turtle nesting continues to lag
By Jim Hanson is down, "false crawls" are up. Those are the
Islander Correspondent tracks left by turtles hat have come ashore to
With only 56 marine turtle nests on the Island nest, changed their minds and gone back into the
beaches where there should be far more than 100 by sea. The total here is 150 falsies. Nests and false
now, the nesting season seems sure to be a corn- crawls normally are about even.
parative loser. One more dead turtle washed up on the Is-
Suzi Fox, director of the Anna Maria Island land over the weekend, with indications it was
Turtle Watch and holder of the state's marine turtle victim of the same problem that afflicted eight
preservation permit, is worried that this will be a loggerheads that stranded earlier. One of those
record year in reverse, died, another, named Sherlock Holmes by Turtle
Everything else is upbeat, she said. "The beach Watch volunteers, recovered under Mote Marine
is in good shape, shoreside lights are under control, Laboratory treatment sufficiently to be released
the Gulf water is warm, the sand is just right. We've last week at Marco Island.
got everything but the turtles." The cause of the turtles' troubles is still a
The picture is similarly gloomy all up and down mystery, but extensive testing has been done and
the Florida coasts, both Gulf and Atlantic. Nesting results are due momentarily.
THE ISLANDER M JUNE 30, 2004 0 PAGE 9
Anna Maria confusion: Site plan pulled
By Rick Catlin
Anna Maria city commissioners at their June 25 met-
ing were all set to disregard their own attorney's advice
and deny a site plan application by Robert and Nikki Hunt
of 303 Pine Ave., but the applicants withdrew the plan
moments before a vote and asked for a continuation to July
The Hunts' site plan for a three-story structure in the
residential-office-retail zone had been approved by the
planning and zoning board, but commissioners believed
the Hunt application did not meet the city's comprehen-
sive plan requirements, which appears to limit the residen-
tial portion of an ROR building to just the floor above the
office-retail space, which must be on the ground floor.
Sabin photos on exhibit
in July at riverfront
Photographs by Islander Jonathan Sabin are on
exhibit in the lobby of the Riverfront Theatre, 102 Old
Main St., Bradenton.
Sabin moved to Anna Maria from Rockaway
Beach, N.Y., in 1976 and has gained a reputation in the
area as a photographer. The exhibit has a mix of pic-
tures ranging from Ayers Rock in Australia to a hand-
The exhibit coincides with the Summer New Play
Series of works by area playwrights, directors and ac-
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Not so according to the city code, said the P&Z board
and Building Official Kevin Donohue in recommending
approval of the site plan.
They had agreed that the city code does not specifi-
cally limit ROR structures to only two floors, just that the
residence has to be above the office-retail. The Hunts had
proposed ground-floor office-retail with the second floor
divided equally between an office-retail unit and the resi-
dence. The third floor would be entirely residential, thus
meeting the code requirement that no single use (residen-
tial, office or retail) occupy more than 50 percent of the
Commissioners, however, disagreed.
Chairperson John Quam said the comprehensive plan
limits construction to ground floor retail-office and the
second floor to residential.
The city code, however, only states that the residence
will be above the retail-office space and does not deny an
applicant a third floor, as long as the 50 percent rule and
the height requirement are met, replied Donohue.
City Attorney Jim Dye said the comprehensive plan
takes precedence over the city codes because the codes
were adopted from the comp plan. But people are reading
the comp plan to say second floor "only," he added, al-
though the word "only" just isn't there.
In other words, said Dye, in his opinion the applicants
could build according to the site plan and the current city
codes, as long as they meet other requirements.
Commissioner Dale Woodland countered that he "re-
spectfully disagreed" with Dye's interpretation.
"To me, it's clear that the intent is for ground-floor
retail-office and the second floor for residential," and in
his interpretation, the code says the same thing.
Dye responded that the commission should be care-
ful with restrictions. "If they are there, then I'm with you
totally, but I don't see anything in the comp plan that
eliminates a third floor."
Commissioners Linda Cramer and Carol Ann Magill
agreed with Woodland. "For anybody who has lived in
Anna Maria, you can tell the intent of the comp plan," said
Maybe, replied Donohue, but he was given the task
under the site-plan-review procedures of providing an
interpretation of the codes to the Hunts and that's what he
did, just like the site plan for the Waterfront Restaurant
(see separate story).
Designer Emily Anne Smith pointed out that the
Hunts could build just a single-family residence on the
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The Hunts have been trying to get this project started
since they bought the property in November 2003, she
noted. Just after they purchased the land, they got hit with
a city building moratorium that lasted until April 1, one
week after the new site plan review procedures went into
effect. Her clients then took direction from Donohue and
proceeded on the basis of that advice.
But, from the discussion, said Smith, it's clear the
commission is going to deny the site plan. "So, my clients
want to withdraw the application and be put forward to the
next meeting so we can regroup. This was totally unex-
Commissioners agreed to continue the public hearing
until July 22.
Commissioners and Mayor SueLynn also agreed that
the site-plan-review procedures need to be adjusted. She's
already met with Donohue and, for future applicants, he
will not give a code interpretation, only direction. He'll
also note to applicants that the site-plan application is a
three-step process from the building department to the
P&Z to the commission, with commissioners having fi-
"The site plan review process is new and it has put the
building official in a difficult situation," said the mayor.
The Hunts' application was the first under the new pro-
cedures and has raised code-interpretation issues, as has
the second application under the new procedures, which
was submitted by the Waterfront Restaurant.
Donohue has now been instructed "not to interpret
any more," said SueLynn. It's like opening up "Pandora's
Box" with a code interpretation to an applicant that can
later be overturned by the P&Z board or commission. The
applicants later claim that they only followed what
Donohue told them to do.
It's up to the applicants to find out what the city re-
quirements are and meet them, the mayor concluded.
Dye agreed. He does not respond to inquiries from
attorneys representing private clients who want informa-
tion on city building codes. "People are asking me, but
they have to understand the hearing process. They have to
review the code" for compliance, not the city. Applicants
must be aware they can be turned down in any of three
Resident Chris Collins suggested that the commission
amend the city code for the ROR district to specifically
state that only two floors of occupancy are allowed. Com-
missioners agreed to put the issue on a future workshop
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business-card exchange June 22 are, left to right, Steve Bark, Pat Shahinian, Jamie Culbreth, Virginia Elmore, Dr.
Kathleen Goerg and host D'arcy Arpke of Euphemia Haye. Islander Photo: Nancy Ambrose
Folks enjoyed a partriotic-themed outdoor barbecue
at the AMI chamber business card exchange June
23, including, left to right, Gail Tutewiler, Denny
Rauschl and Pat Lapadula, both of A Paradise, and
in the background, musician Mikey Silbaugh.
Islander Photo: Nancy Ambrose
Three young women from Anna Maria Island have
been awarded college scholarships by All Islands De-
nominations, the organization of the six Island
Natalie Powers of Anna Maria won a $ 1,000 schol-
arship to Rollins College in Winter Park, where she
will study chiropractic medicine. A graduate of Mana-
tee High School, she is active in Roser Memorial Com-
Laurie Goulet is receiving her second AID schol-
arship. A widowed mother of four, she is attending
Manatee Community College working on a nursing
degree. She is a member of Island Baptist Church. Her
scholarship is for $1,000.
Melissa Rack received a $750 scholarship to study
for a degree in biology at the University of South
Florida. Married and mother of two, she has an asso-
ciate of arts degree from MCC. She is active in the Is-
land Baptist Church's youth program.
Additional information may be obtained by calling
Architect selected for
King Middle School
By Diana Bogan
The Manatee County School Board has selected
GLE & Associates of Tampa to join forces with W.G.
Mills to move forward with plans for new construction
at King Middle School in Bradenton.
In March, the school board terminated its contract
with Educational Design Associates in favor of seek-
ing an existing middle school design that could be con-
formed to fit King's campus.
Bill Criswell and Joe Blovin are the new principal
architects on the King construction project. W.G. Mills
is handling construction management.
The design for King's new facilities will be based
on the GLE design for the recently reconstructed
Dunedin Highland Middle School. Manatee County
School District construction services project director
Doug Mann said the Dunedin school's design was se-
lected because it will fit on the King campus.
Plans for the new building, which will be a com-
bination of one and two stories, were unveiled to the
school community recently and Mann said it received
a very good reception.
Mann said the Dunedin school was designed to
accommodate 1,900 students and will need to be modi-
fied for King Middle's population of 1,100 students
and will need to meet all Manatee County standards.
The school district purchased 6.7 acres adjacent to
the existing campus earlier this year, and Mann said the
project team hasn't determined how the land will be
incorporated into the plans.
Mann said that construction at King should begin
after the first of the year and will take 12 to 15 months
GLE & Associates also designed Palmetto High
School in Manatee County.
Put out trash
July 5 is a holiday for some folks and gar-
bage pickup is changed for some to July 3.
Garbage, recycling and trash collection in
Anna Maria City, Holmes Beach and Longboat
Key will not take place Monday. July 5, due to
the July 4 holiday.
The alternate pickup date for residents in
those cities is Saturday, July 3.
There will be no interruption of service for
Bradenton Beach residents.
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Specials for kids head
library July schedule
Special school-age programs will be featured at 2
p.m. every Tuesday in July on the Island Branch
Library's schedule, sponsored by the Friends of the
Island Branch Library.
The programs are free and open to adults as well
as children, though if space becomes overcrowded,
children will get preference. All but one will be at the
library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
July 6 will feature a program on marine turtles di-
rected by Suzi Fox, who heads the Anna Maria Island
Turtle Watch and holds the state's marine turtle preserva-
tion permit for the Island, to be presented at the library.
July 13 Christopher Oz will present "Tropical
Magic," with the program to be in larger quarters at the
Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia
Ave., Anna Maria.
July 20 will see a program by the Sarasota Ski-A-
Rees at the library.
July 27 Ginger White, executive director of the
Anna Maria Island Art League, will lead a program on
art, including drawing. For this program only, because
materials are required and because space is limited,
pre-registration is required by calling 778-6341.
Also during July there will be exhibits in the library
- the NASCAR collection of Scott Fulton and con-
temporary artwork by Pamela Seiber.
The rest of the July schedule at the library:
Tuesday July 6-27, veterans service officer will
interview clients from 1-4 p.m. by appointment ar-
ranged by calling 749-3030.
Wednesday July 14, Friends of the Library Book
Club, 10:30 a.m.
Thursday and Friday July 8-9, AARP senior driver
refresher course noon-4 p.m., registration required by
Saturday July 10, family origami class, 10:30 a.m.
The library opens at 10 a.m. daily except Sunday,
closing at 8 p.m. Monday and Wednesday, 6 p.m.
Tuesday and Thursday, 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
The phone number is 778-6341.
Olympics registration under way
Registration is open now for the 2004 edition of the
Sandbar Beach Olympics July '18, and the sponsor warns
that it is open only to the first 20 teams to register.
It will be on the beach in front of the Sandbar restau-
rant, 100 Spring Ave., .Anna Maria, for six-person teams
- three female, three male.
Cost per team is $125, and entries may be mailed to
the Sandbar, P.O. Box 1478, Anna Maria FL 34216. Pro-
ceeds go to the ROCK program, Reaching Out to Cancer
Kids, sponsored by the American Cancer Society.
Events will include volleyball, Frisbee throw, keg
roll, tray race and waiter race. Additional details are
available at 778-1696.
Skate Night for Teens starting
Anna Maria Island Community Center will offer
Skate Night for Teens starting Friday, July 9, open to
youngsters 11-17 years of age.
Skaters are to bring their own in-line skates and pro-
tective pads to the Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna
Maria. Hours are 7-10 p.m. A fee of $3 will cover pizza
and a soft drink. Details are available at 778-1908.
Presenting a $500 scholarship from the Woman's
Club of Anna Maria Island to Manatee High School
senior Hunter Green is Faye Pratt. immediate past
president of the club.
for 'Ely Week'
Comments continue to come in weeks after U.S.
Army Maj. Rick Ely and his family were honored by
Anna Maria Island in an outpouring of gratitude for his
service and thoughtfulness for Island youngsters.
One of the latest comes from Eric Roux, who runs
the military and government transportation programs at
Delta Airlines. The Islander's Nancy Ambrose, a ma-
jor contributor to the "Soldier's Heart" program that
ultimately brought Ely and his family to the Island, sent
copies of the newspaper to Delta, which helped arrange
transportation to the Island for the Elys.
Island school children wrote letters to be included in
the "Soldier's Heart" packages mailed by Harvey Memo-
rial Community Church, and The Islander printed the
answers Ely sent to each child, and helped arrange the trip
here by the major and his wife and two children.
Roux responded for Delta with an e-mail letter to
"Your package arrived safely. Thanks very much
for the copies of the paper and the community wel-
come. What a great paper! Your Web site just doesn't
do it justice.
"The picture collage will make a great addition to
our photo collection. It looks like Major Ely and his
family enjoyed their stay and were slightly over-
whelmed. Thank you for including Delta on the con-
tributors list. We were happy to help, and reading about
the success of the Ely family's trip has put a smile on
everyone's face here."
Longboat chamber volunteers
Ten volunteers are needed to help out at the Fourth
of July Freedom Festival on Longboat Key, selling
food and managing children's games.
The sponsoring Longboat Key Chamber of Com-
merce said they are needed from I 1 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at
the festival on Bay Isles Road. Volunteers may call the
chamber at 383-2466.
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early, run late
The Island's Independence Day fireworks will get
a running jump on the Fourth by getting themselves
torched off by Jim Taylor the night before in Bradenton
Beach, then a smaller show the next night on the north
end of the Island and a "really big show" in Bradenton.
A giant show at the Beach House Restaurant, fea-
turing three-inch to 12-inch shells, will begin offshore
from a barge at about 9:15 p.m. Saturday, July 3, and
will be the "jump-start" for the next day's events, said
a spokesperson for the Chiles Group, Beach House
owner and sponsor of the annual display.
The show itself will be once again by Taylor-Made
Pyrotechnical Entertainment, which has become the
traditional celebrant of exuberant holidays here. Owner
Jim Taylor will preside on his fireworks barge an-
chored off the Beach House.
Taylor said, "I've been beat up, blown up, shot at,
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ment displays two "big boys, 12-inch shells he
plans to explode at the Beach House this year.
scratched, pinched, bitten and ... well, the show must
go on. It's dangerous stuff, electrifying." Although he
quickly added, "safety is always paramount for the
viewers and my crew."
On the Fourth, his crew will take the show north to
the beach at the Sandbar Restaurant, another in the
Chiles Group, for a second Island Fourth of July exhi-
bition starting at dark. He calls this a "close proximity"
show, which will be shot from the shoreline, featuring
"smaller shells, fewer aerials, but lots of comets and
Jim himself will be overseeing a huge show on the
Fourth at the Green Bridge, the former Bradenton-Pal-
metto connector that now serves as a fishing pier.
The Green Bridge show is his biggest, with "3,300
shots, and lots of fun," he said, adding that one inspec-
tor told him it's the second largest show in Florida for
At the Beach House, tradition will be observed
with a VIP party under a huge tent on the beach. Res-
ervations are being made at 779-2222 at $125 per
couple. "It's mostly the same people every year," said
the spokesperson,, who explained that "we choose the
eve of Independence Day every year because there's so
much else happening on the Fourth."
For Sandbar information, call 778-2224.
Public advised not to
set off fireworks July 4
By Rick Catlin
The annual July 4 invasion of thousands of main-
landers and visitors to Anna Maria Island to set off fire-
works on the beach may have a dim glow to it this year.
Newly enacted county and city ordinances prohibit
the public use of fireworks without a permit and Island
police and Manatee County Sheriff's Office deputies
will be out in force trying to stop offenders.
But police want to educate the public about the
new law, not spoil their holiday celebrations.
Lt. Dale Stephenson of the Holmes Beach Police
Beach House fireworks
Fireworks over the Gulf of Mexico excite the crowd
at last year's Beach House Restaurant July Fourth
show, as well as the thousands of folks lining the
beachfront and north and south as far as the pyro-
technics can be seen on Anna Maria Island.
Department said that while police do have authority
under the new. city ordinance to issue citations, "We
want to be an education arm this year. We just want to
inform offenders, but we will confiscate the fireworks,"
That doesn't mean, he added, the officers won't
issue a citation. "If the offense is blatant or a repeat
violation, we will go ahead and issue a citation,"
Extra officers will be patrolling the beach areas,
MCSO Sgt. John Kenney in charge of the MCSO
Anna Maria substation likewise wants to educate the
public on the new ordinance in Anna Maria.
"When we spot an offender, we will educate them
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Big parade coming length of Island on Fourth
By Jim Hanson
Pirates aboard their ship, floats, decorated vehicles
of all shapes and sizes, cyclists, music, candy, beads -
everything but marchers will transit the Island Sunday
in the Privateers' annual Independence Day parade.
Anyone can participate, stressed Anna Maria Is-
land Privateers' president Greg "Shiprek" Davidson,
but get there early and get organized and have your
own wheels. The parade is from end to end of the Is-
land, much too far to walk it, particularly in July heat.
It will start at 10 a.m. at Coquina Beach at the
southern tip of the Island and end up at Bayfront Park
in Anna Maria, at the north end. Afterward, starting
about 12:30 p.m., there will be a picnic and festivities
at the Anna Maria Public Beach at Cafe on the Beach.
There, scholarships will be officially awarded to
six young scholars by the Privateers. The winners will
have ridden in the parade aboard the Privateers' boat/
float. Fireworks will come earlier and later see re-
Paraders are to gather at 9:30 a.m. at Coquina to get
sorted out for the 10 a.m. parade launch. They will go
north on Gulf Drive through Bradenton Beach, on East
Fireworks ban to be enforced
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 12
on the use of fireworks. We will use our discretion, and
could issue a notice to appear in court, but we want to
educate the public first," he said.
Extra deputies have been added for the weekend
and a detail will be on duty at Bayfront Park, he said.
Kenney also noted that while some retail outlets
are selling fireworks, they are supposed to have a per-
mit, and then only sell those fireworks to a permit
Permits have been issued for fireworks displays
Saturday, July 3, at the Beach House Restaurant in
Bradenton Beach and Sunday, July 4, at the Sandbar
restaurant in Anna Maria. Those displays traditionally
start around 9 p.m.
Bay Drive to left on Manatee Avenue again, right on
the curve onto Gulf Drive again, right on Marina Drive
through Holmes Beach, right on Pine Avenue in Anna
Maria, left on North Bay Boulevard to Bayfront Park,
where they will disband to return south to the picnic.
Harvey Memorial Community Church in
Bradenton Beach has changed the time of its Sunday
morning service from 9:30 to 9 a.m. to give worship-
ers time to take in the parade after the service. Harvey
is near the parade's launching site. The change is for
July 4 only, the church stressed. Other churches' sched-
ules are not affected by the parade.
Winners of the Privateers' annual scholarships who
are scheduled to ride the Privateers' boat/float and then
Taylor's joy, magic
Pyrotechnic-maniac Jim Taylor says he wishes
he'd written the following prose on fireworks, and,
alas, he doesn't know the author. But it does express his
innermost feelings about his craft.
"I often use the word joy when describing fireworks.
It is a considered work, deliberate in choice. Not just
amusement, entertainment or astonishment, but joy.
"Our art makes us all into children again for
awhile. We become one in our experience for the mo-
ment, lost in the sound and color and light. We see
large forces, stronger than we can be, yet beautiful in
their efforts. Sometimes violent, sometimes restrained.
Deliberate beyond imagination at times, coarse and
rude at others.
"Deadly force, dangerous, dirty stuff. Crafted with
sweat. Controlled by the artist. Bringing joy to many.
"To me, the art encompasses all of life. Pain and
work, plan and mistake, joy and tragedy. For all the
pain, injury and failure we suffer, our efforts bring the
joy the magic, to thousands. Not a bad return.
Though very few ever recognize the effort, nearly all
remember the result, and have for a few moments, the
joy. The world is better for an instant.
"What more could one want."
receive their awards are Nicole Witton, winner of the
$3,000 Whitey Horton scholarship named after a long-
time Privateer; Brian and Deanna Stephenson, son and
daughter of Holmes Beach Police Lt. Dale Stephenson,
$1,000 and $500 scholarships, respectively; Amber
Becerra, $1,000; LeQuira McDaniel, $1,000; and Nikki
The Cafe on the Beach festivities will be family-
oriented, including a treasure hunt and other events
geared for the young in the crowd.
Chief Privateer "Shiprek" advised early arrival for
parade viewers in order to get a parking space, or park-
ing in more spacious areas such as Coquina Beach and
taking the free trolley to a favored viewing spot and
back to the vehicle.
Additional details may be obtained by calling 721-
4075 or 729-9039.
July 4 coastal cleanup set
A Fourth of July beach cleanup for part of
Bradenton Beach is planned after the July 3 fireworks
City Commissioner Lisa Marie Phillips is sponsor-
ing a beach cleanup following Saturday night's fire-
works display at the Beach House Restaurant in
Bradenton Beach. Volunteers are asked to meet at the
Annie Silver Community Center, on the comer of 23rd
Street and Avenue C, at 8 a.m. on Sunday, July 4th.
"Historically, an egregious amount of trash and debris
remain after the Independence Day fireworks, which will
be held the evening of Saturday, July 3 this year," she said.
"For the health, safety and welfare of our residents, visi-
tors, marine life, and especially nesting turtles, it is impera-
tive that volunteers step up to the task."
Phillips said collection bags, gloves and bottled
water will be provided to all volunteers by the
Bradenton Beach Public Works Department in con-
junction with the Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch. She
advised volunteers to use the trolley to travel to and
from meeting sites.
Further information may be obtained from Phillips
at 778-1323 or 778-1005, ext. 212.
PAGE 14 M JUNE 30, 2004 0 THE ISLANDER
One variance approved, two denied for office building
By Rick Catlin
In what could be its last-ever meeting, the Holmes
Beach Board of Adjustment approved one of three vari-
ances requested by Iris Clark to build a two-story-over-
parking real estate office at 301 Manatee Ave. on the
comer of Manatee Avenue and Gulf Drive.
The board agreed to a setback variance of only 20
feet along Manatee Avenue compared with the required
25 feet because the Florida Department of Transporta-
tion had taken away some of the property when it im-
proved Manatee Avenue (State Road 64).
But the board found no hardship to build to the
variance request for just a 10-foot setback from
Skinny's Pub on the south side of the property. The
board also denied a parking variance for the project.
Clark and husband Richard Bond proposed a 23-
foot by 65-foot office with two stories above parking.
Bond said the building would be used as their real es-
tate office. Because two variances were denied, the
applicants will have to redesign the building in a
smaller configuration to conform to city code.
In other business, the board elected Russ Olsen as
its chairman and David Moynihan as its vice chairman,
but rioted those actions may be pointless in the very
The city commission is discussing an ordinance
that would eliminate the board of adjustment. Instead,
the city would use a "special master" legal counsel
from outside the area to decide variance requests.
Moynihan noted that the commission did not ask
for the board's opinion on this issue, and suggested that
Olsen write a letter to the commission outlining its ob-
"Their fear is that with laymen like ourselves mak-
ing decisions, it opens up the city to lawsuits. I dis-
agree. I think a board of adjustment is typical for a
community like ours," Moynihan said.
He added that he believes the system "works well"
and is "offended that the fate of a local decision could
be decided by an out-of-towner."
Olsen agreed. "Everything is litigious. It sounds
like the commission has been brainwashed," but even
the decision of a special master can result in a lawsuit,
"I don't want to abandon a group of local citizens
to go with an outsider," Moynihan added. Besides, the
city attorney is always present to advise the board.
Members agreed to attend the next commission
workshop to voice their opinions.
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lunch break, the Holmes Beach Code Enforcement
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4004 Sixth Ave. was built to meet city codes in 1981
and therefore amounts to a legal nonconforming
structure under current floodplain regulations.
The fourplex, built by the original owner Rod
Rawson, was permitted by Hal Johnson, the city's
building official at the time, to each include a bathroom
furnished with a shower, toilet and vanity, and approxi-
mately three electrical outlets on the ground floor.
The four units are currently owned by Gilbert
Yankee, Shawn Waters, Patricia Raymer and Gerald
Herrick who were represented at the meeting by at-
torney Damian Ozark. Yankee, Raymer and Herrick
each testified that their units contained a ground-
floor bathroom and electrical outlets when they pur-
chased them and are listed on the property
appraiser's tax roll as two-bath units.
In a unanimous vote, the board agreed that al-
though the bathroom and electrical outlets might not
be permitted by current floodplain regulations, the
evidence presented to the board indicates that city
policy in the 1980s was to allow the anomaly.
Board members believed that Johnson's occu-
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by Johnson and signed by Rawson, stating that no
enclosures on the ground floor would be used for any
purpose other than storage, suggesting that Johnson
had no intention of permitting the ground floor to be
used as habitable space.
Rawson also testified that Johnson was aware of
the additional bathrooms in each unit and, in those
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By Jim Hanson
The generosity of a boat carpenter and collector 60
miles away has given the Florida West Coast Maritime
Museum a windfall and a job.
Four boats came to the Cortez program from the
late Dale Harvey of Englewood, who sent the boats
north from beyond the grave. Before dying of cancer
at the end of December, he arranged to turn them over
Volunteers who make up the museum boat-build-
ing program transported the boats here. Some were
among the historic vessels in Harvey's collection, as-
sembled over the decades. He had hoped to rebuild
them himself, as he did others.
"He was just a wonderful man," said Roger Allen,
coordinator of the project refurbishing the 1912-built
Cortez school and organizer of the boat program. "He
was a real collector, and even on his deathbed he was
thinking of how to preserve these boats."
They will be rebuilt by the program's many volun-
teers and some will be kept in the museum's collection
The late Dale Harvey, donor of various traditional
watercraft to the Florida Gulf Coast Maritime
Museum at Cortez.
of vessels that once were used in the commercial fish-
ing industry that was the foundation of Cortez.
Much of the work will wait until the program has
its own quarters. It is in the Cortez Community Center
now and "we can't commit the space there now the
center is too important to Cortez to tie it up that way."
One of the boats is getting attention already, a 15-
foot sloop-rigged Bahamas fishing smack. believed
THE ISLANDER M JUNE 30, 2004 M PAGE 15
built at Elbow Key in the early 1950s. It needs a new
keel and some planking, said Allen. It is on a trailer that
can be wheeled into the center for work, out again
when the space is needed for other activities.
The Tradewinds, a 28-foot Crocker-designed sail-
ing yacht, will be a bigger project when the program
gets its own home. It needs frames, planks, deck work
and a new cabin, as well as the whole interior of the
boat. The program has detailed structural information.
A mullet launch, a power boat designed as a small
tugboat that could tow a couple of skiffs and their
gillnet loads, doesn't need much work, Allen said. With
a paint job and engine work it will be ready for the
water. Built in the 1960s, it is the kind of vessel used
in these waters before the net ban shut down fishing in
1995. Of all the boats, this is one that is certain to go
into the museum's permanent collection.
Harvey's personal pleasure boat, which he com-
pleted just before his death, is a 16-foot sailing dory
that the Cortez program is using now. In keeping with
Harvey's wishes, Allen will sell the boat and put the
proceeds into the program.
On another project, the Cuban fishing boat that sat
on a trailer in front of the Sea Hagg gift shop on Cortez
Road for a long time is getting some work and needs
more. The boat-building volunteers will use it as a
model to make detailed drawings, with the goal of
Cortez school restoration coming soon
By Jim Hanson
With state money officially in hand and contractors
checking the job, restoration of the old schoolhouse in
Cortez will be getting under way soon.
That was the word brought to the historic fishing
village by the Manatee County Clerk of the Circuit
Court at a meeting of the village's Florida Institute for
The clerk himself, Chips Shore, was there to bring
official word that the Florida Legislature and governor
had provided $162,736 for the restoration job.
Ten contractors met last week to look over the
1912-built school and prepare offers to do the work.
Christine Clyne, director of public information for
Shore's office, said that with the money available, the
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The contractors will report to Shore by July 6
whether they can handle the job for the money, meet
again with him to tell him what needs to be done dif-
ferently than the architect's proposal. From there on,
Clyne said, it's a matter of the architect adjusting the
plans and getting bids.
Volunteers have done as much of the renovation
work as they are capable of doing, and professionals
are needed for completion. The clerk's office oversees
Manatee County historical resources.
At the Florida Institute of Saltwater Heritage meet-
ing, plans were begun for a communitywide meeting
to discuss dredging of the channel along the Cortez wa-
terfront. The project ran into difficulties when it was
brought up earlier this year, the problems centering
around which parts of the channel bottom are publicly
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and public funding will be available. The project must
have community support to move ahead, she said.
Negotiations are under way for purchase of a three-
lot parcel of land adjacent to the eastern end of the
FISH Preserve, the meeting was told. It is mostly low-
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Island police reports
Anna Maria City
June 14, 100 Bay Blvd., trespass warning. A man
was given a trespass warning from the city pier.
June 18, 8600 block of Gulf Drive, driver's license.
A man was arrested for driving with a suspended license.
June 18, 100 block of Palm Avenue, theft. A woman
reported items missing from the trunk of her car.
June 18, 3900 block of Cortez Road West, fraud.
According to the report, a check for a child to attend bas-
ketball camp was reportedly cashed inappropriately.
Jack Harlen Bass
Jack Harlen Bass, 70, of Lake Placid and formerly
Holmes Beach, died June 25.
Bom in De Quincy, La., Mr. Bass came to Holmes
Beach from Louisiana in 1963, then moved to Lake
Placid seven years ago. He was the former owner of
Jack Bass Marine Construction in Holmes Beach. He
was a former Holmes Beach city commissioner. He
was a member of Manatee Masonic Lodge #31 and F.
& A.M. of Bradenton. He was an avid outdoorsman.
Memorial services will be at 6 p.m. Wednesday,
June 30, at Brown & Sons Funeral Home, 604 43rd St.
He is survived by companion Pat Bricker; daugh-
ters Peggy Berger, Joyce Van Ostenbridge and Julie
Hunnicutt, all of Bradenton; son Charles of Bradenton;
brother Carl Bailey of Bradenton; mother Sylvia Bailey
of De Quincy; one granddaughter; and three grandsons.
June 19, 400 block of Alamanda Road, trespass
warning. A man was reportedly issued a trespass warn-
ing from a residence.
June 21, 800 block of South Bay Boulevard, infor-
mation. A woman reported her neighbor's dog entered
her yard and growled at her son. According to the re-
port, an animal control officer spoke to the neighbor
and the woman reported she had not had any further
problems with the dog.
June 23, 300 block of Pine Street, found property.
A bag containing a digital camera was found and
turned into the Manatee County Sheriff's Office Anna
June 23, 10005 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria City Hall,
found property. According to the report, unclaimed
keys found and kept over the past several years at city
hall were submitted for destruction.
June 24, 300 block of Spring Avenue, battery.
According to the report, a woman "pricked" her male
roommate's hand with a kitchen knife during a domes-
June 22, 2200 block of Gulf Drive, burglary. Ac-
cording to the report, someone climbed up to the sec-
ond story of a house under construction and took a
generator and portable air compressor. Officers ob-
served tire tracks indicating where the equipment was
wheeled to a vehicle at the site.
June 18, 2700 block of Avenue B, theft. Accord-
ing to the report, someone removed a marine compass
from a boat and attempted to take the GPS unit.
June 22, 5302 Marina Drive, Sand Dollar, theft. A
UPS delivery left outside the rear door was stolen.
June 23, 105 39th St., Anna Maria Beach Resort,
involuntary commitment. A guest staying at the resort
was involuntarily transported to Manatee Memorial
Hospital for examination after disturbing other guests,
refusing to leave the resort at the manager's request,
and threatening to harm herself in front of officers.
June 24, 3007 Gulf Drive, Anchor Inn, check. The
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rescue team for
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board approved a motion June 22 to have Chief
Andy Price create an urban search-and-rescue
team in conjunction with Longboat Key and
Cedar Hammock fire districts.
Price said training of the six WMFR
firefighters needed for the joint 18-man team
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Bridge could begin next spring
By Rick Catlin
Describing the Key Royale Bridge in Holmes
Beach as "functionally obsolete," representatives of the
Florida Department of Transportation on Tuesday told
the city commission construction of a new bridge could
begin as early as June 2005.
Ed Ponce of the DOT said if the city agrees to fi-
nance the project now, with a DOT guarantee that it be
reimbursed in the 2007-08 budget, it would take the
DOT about a year to get the necessary U.S. Coast
Guard and Southwest Florida Water Management Dis-
trict approvals and permits. Construction could begin
about two to three months after all approvals and would
take approximately 180 to 200 days, he said.
"One year is our best estimate" to get all the paper-
work and permits in order, Ponce concluded. He did
not have an idea of construction cost, but an engineer-
ing study two years ago indicated the project would
Islander Debbie Scott is seeking community
input and support in her effort to start an Attention
Deficit Disorder/ Attention Deficit Hyperactivity
Disorder group meetings on the Island.
Scott said she is seeking a location on the Is-
land to hold support group meetings for parents,
children, teenagers, teachers and families on Sat-
The purpose of the organization will be to
give those dealing with ADD/ADHD a forum to
share information and experiences with others.
Scott said she is aware of support groups
meeting in Bradenton and Sarasota, but would like
to offer a more convenient alternative for Island-
In addition to a meeting location, Scott is
cost around $1.2 million.
"Wonderful," said Mayor Carol Whitmore. Getting
a new bridge started next year, she said, is a lot better
than in the 2007-08 budget, where the DOT had placed
the project recently. The DOT had originally scheduled
a new Key Royale Bridge in its 2004-05 budget, but
pushed the project back three years because it had a low
The city has secured a short-term funding source
for construction of the bridge through Wachovia Bank
under a program administered by the Florida Associa-
tion of Counties, Whitmore added, but the loan won't
be used until the DOT is ready to begin construction.
She needed commission consensus to have the DOT
begin permit applications and commissioners quickly
"I feel much better about the project now," said
Commissioner Don Maloney, after listening to the
seeking volunteers to help chair group meetings.
Chairpersons will be responsible for helping Scott
establish meeting agendas and handouts.
Scott intends to invite local professionals to
speak to the group about ADD/ADHD, and hopes
to set up a support network for members to utilize
"I want to keep things lively and interesting so
members look forward to group meetings," Scott
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"I'm excited for the people who will benefit
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To get involved, call Scott at 778-0268.
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gallery, she teaches at the Arts Center of Sarasota
and at her studio in that city. Gallery hours are 10
a. n. -5 p.m. Monday-Saturday.
Christian golf event planned
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Cortez fisherman decided sky,
not sea, for World War II duty
Albert Few grew up in Cortez before World War
II, but he always knew that unlike many of his Cortez
school pals, he'd be better suited up in the air than on
the water when the war came.
"I always had my heart set on something in avia-
tion," said Al.
He was back in Cortez for the weekend from
school at Florida Southern College in Lakeland on
Sunday, Dec. 7, 1941, when he heard the news on the
radio that the Japanese had attacked Pearl Harbor.
The next day, Dec. 8, he was back in Lakeland at
the U.S. Army recruiting station where he enlisted for
"I didn't want to wait for a draft notice, and there
were quite a few fellows at college who joined up
right away. I always wanted to fly, so I picked the air
He got his wish as the Army sent him to Texas for
basic and advanced flight training. He graduated from
flight school as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army
Air Corps (later renamed the U.S. Army Air Force) on
Oct. 9, 1942.
Albert then trained as a P-40 fighter pilot in Vir-
One day in early 1943, he and 74 other pilots flew
brand new P-40s from the factory back to Virginia
where they were loaded onto the aircraft carrier
"That night, we learned we were headed to North
Africa as replacement pilots. Then, the C.O. (com-
manding officer) told us we'd have to fly the planes off
the deck. None of us had ever flown off an aircraft car-
rier, but when we got to Africa we all made it."
With just 375 feet of deck space to take off,
Albert's heart might have missed a beat as he gunned
his P-40 down the extremely short flight deck, but the
ascent went smoothly. The men landed in the legend-
ary city of Casablanca, then were assigned to the 33rd
This was just after the U.S. Army's defeat by the
Afrika Corps at Kasserine Pass, so Few and his squad-
ron were moved close to the front.
On his first day at his new duty station, he saw four
ME-109 German fighter planes attack the base, but
they were all shot down by ground crews and other
pilots. Right then, he knew he was in real combat. The
next day, he flew on his first mission.
"I think everybody is a little nervous the first time
in combat. My first combat flight was spent doing
ground support for the infantry. There was so much
flak, we could have walked on it. I didn't see how I
could get through all that, but I did. After that, I was
One day, Al had an interesting wingman, Lt. Colo-
nel Benjamin Davis, the commanding officer of the
famed Tuskegee Airmen (99th Fighter Squadron).
Davis' first combat assignment before his unit was
activated was to fly with some experienced fighter pi-
lots, and that turned out to be Few and his squadron.
The mission went smoothly and the Tuskegee Airmen
Cortez resident Albert "Little Tate" Few beside a
painting of a formation of P-40 fighter aircraft, the
same airplane he flew in World War II. Islander
Photo: Rick Catlin
Albert Few in 1942 as a U.S. Army Air Corps aviation cadet in Texas.
were soon sent into combat.
Because the German Luftwaffe (air force) was al-
most non-existent in North Africa, there were few op-
portunities for aerial combat with German fighters. But
there was plenty of action for Few and his fellow pilots.
"We flew a lot of strafing and bombing missions
real close to the ground, and the Germans threw up
everything they had at us." A lot of his comrades never
made it back to base, but Few came through unscathed
on these missions.
"We lost 30 percent of our pilots either killed or
taken prisoner. I didn't get a scratch, but I would often
land with my plane shot full of holes."
The Germans surrendered in Africa in May 1943.
The 33rd then flew support missions for the invasion
of Sicily. By September, the Allies had landed at
Salerno and the 33rd was moved to the Italian main-
land. Then came the big German counterattack and
Few and his squadron were flying two or three mis-
sions a day in close air support of the infantry defend-
"The Germans almost pushed us into the sea. We
were flying constantly and a lot of guys got hurt real
bad or shot down. Salerno was probably the roughest
time we had," remembered Al.
With Salerno finally secure, Al and his squadron
got an assignment to fly to Naples and drop some pro-
"They told us there wouldn't be any flak. A real
milk run, the briefing officer said."
Al can now laugh at the memory. Over Naples, the
P40s slowed down so the pilots could drop the leaflets.
That's when the Germans opened up with every anti-
aircraft gun they had.
"I remember a big orange explosion just a few feet
in front of me and I thought I'd bought it. The plane
started to rock and go down, but I got it stabilized,
gunned the engine and lowered the nose for speed and
got the heck out of there. That was close. I don't know
how that didn't blow me out of the sky."
All 12 planes made it back, but the pilots vowed
never to fly another propaganda mission.
Unlike bomber crews, who were sent back to the
United States after 35 missions, fighter pilots had no
such magic number.
"You flew until you were killed, too wounded to
keep flying, or the flight surgeon decided you were a
mental case," Al said. Some pilots took the "Section 8
(mentally disabled)" route, and Albert admits that af-
ter 80-plus missions, he was beginning to wonder if he
was going to make it.
Escorting a group of B-25 bombers on one mis-
sion, Albert looked at the bomber below him and saw
it blown out of the sky by German anti-aircraft fire.
"That one almost got to me. Some people started
to get real scared and worried, but I was pretty OK."
Then one day in November 1943, Albert walked
into the orderly room prior to another mission and was
handed his orders reassigning him back to the Z.I.
(Zone of the Interior), meaning the U.S. of A.
"I was too stupid to realize that I didn't have to fly
that day. I went on the mission and my buddies said I
was crazy. But the mission went OK and I left the next
day for the states. I flew 84 combat missions before
Albert returned to Bradenton in December 1943
and married Clara Elizabeth Macon of Bradenton, a girl
he had known since seventh grade.
He was assigned to an airbase in Utah to train as a
P-51 pilot and was preparing to be sent to the Pacific
for the expected invasion of Japan. Then came the news
in August 1945 that the atomic bomb had been
"When I heard that, me and a lot of guys breathed
a sign of relief. I figured it was over."
He was right. The Army Air Force then gave him
a choice of going to Japan with the army of occupation,
or taking a discharge.
Albert, by now a captain, didn't hesitate to take the
discharge and left the service on Nov. 30, 1945. He
remained in the reserves, however, for six years, even-
tually training on F-86 Supersabre fighter jets.
He returned to college at the University of Ala-
bama and earned his degree in aeronautical engineer-
Eventually, he went to work for the National Aero-
nautical and Space Administration and ended up in
Huntsville, Ala., with the space program.
There, he worked with the legendary Werner von
Braun and helped develop the Saturn rocket, the Lunar
launch vehicle for the Apollo missions to the moon
and, eventually, the space shuttle.
What few people know is that von Braun and the
team had developed a space satellite well before the
Russian Sputnik was launched in October 1957, but
because of political infighting between the Army and
Air Force, the team had been prevented from launch-
ing the device.
After Sputnik, President Dwight Eisenhower
stepped in and ordered von Braun to get his satellite in
the air as soon as possible.
"So, we had the technology to be the first in space,
we just weren't allowed to use it until after the Russians
put up Sputnik," Al remembered.
In 1976, Al and his family retired to Bradenton and
Cortez. He has a son in Largo and a daughter in Jack-
"I'm proud of my service and the career I had. I
wasn't a hero, I just wanted to do my duty and get
home, although flying that last mission after I got my
orders to go home must have meant I didn't want to get
home that bad, but I made it."
"The Greatest Generation" column is for Island,
Longboat Key, Perico Island and Cortez veterans, man
or woman, who served in the armed forces of any al-
lied country (U.S., Canada, Britain, Holland, Norway,
France, Poland, Australia, New Zealand, the Philip-
pines, etc.) during World War II. We'd like to hear
from you. Please call Rick Catlin at 778-7978.
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Island officer coaches national winner
By Jim Hanson
The Holmes Beach Police
Department's training officer is back in
harness after a week in Kansas City,
Mo., where he coached a Bradenton
police rookie to a bronze medal in "Best
of the Best" competition.
Officer Andy Glenn said the com-
petition was terrific, 104 state and terri-
torial winners battling it out in the
His prize pupil, Bradenton Police
Officer Yolanda Torres, won the third-
place bronze. His other entry, Jackson
Hughey of Lakewood Ranch, came in
sixth in the nation. Both are veterans of
the Manatee Technical Institute criminal
Glenn explained that criminal jus-
tice students in technical schools and
community colleges compete locally in
"first-responder techniques, crisis inter-
vention, arrest procedures, fingerprint-
ing at a crime scene and other skills one
must perform as an officer or deputy."
That's where Torres and Hughey
took their first steps on their road to
Kansas City. Winning locally, they went
to the regional contests in Hillsborough
County, where they won the first-place
gold medals, then won the state gold at
Miami to go to Missouri.
"The nationals are about like the
state course," Glenn said. "In the most
difficult part, actors staged a bank
holdup and judges tested responses to
Holmes Beach Officer Andy Glenn.
the various aspects of their handling of
the robbery, real police work for three
hours of tension."
Glenn has had other demanding ca-
reers before becoming a policeman eight
He made a living as a professional
kick boxer for six years, then became a
commercial diver with Shell Oil on its
drilling platforms in the sea. He was one
of the first divers onto the wreck of the
Andrea Doria in the Atlantic, he said.
He "pulls a shift" in addition to run-
ning all training at the Holmes Beach Po-
lice Department, he noted, and is criminal
justice coordinator at MTI on a part-time
With all that behind him, what's
"I'll stay a police officer," he said.
"My first love is being a cop."
Yolanda Torres handcuffs Jackson Hughey as Holmes Beach Officer Andy Glenn
tells them how.
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The Gulf of Mexico is dead, dead, dead
Ah, the joys of summer!
Brilliant blue skies, towering thunderheads that
bring afternoon rain, balmy sea breezes, a riot of flow-
.,s and shrubs.
And a zone of dead water in the northern Gulf of
,lexico that, by summer's end, will encompass an area
.bout the same size as New Jersey.
The dead zone is hypoxic, lacking enough oxygen
t- keep any marine life alive. Fish and other movable
Critters flee the area; shellfish and other bottom dwell-
o.-rs without the means of locomotion die. It's an annual
thing, and scientists believe it is growing larger and
lasting longer each year.
The hypoxic state has its roots in the U.S. Midwest.
Fertilizer containing nitrogen flows into the Mississippi
River and is carried downstream to eventually end up
in the Gulf. The nitrate-rich water acts as fertilizer for
:lgae, which gorges themselves on the food source. As
the algae die, they drop to the bottom and become food
for bacteria. As the bacteria gorge, they absorb the
available oxygen from the water, and the water "dies."
Researchers explained in the June 5 issue of "Sci-
ence News" that the northern Gulf is a relatively static
body of water without much in the way of "flushing."
With an estimated 4.5 million gallons of nitrate-rich
river water entering the area every second yes, that's
4.5 million per second the dead zone grows and
grows until it reaches epic proportions.
However, come fall, the nitrogen input drops and
he zone shrinks, That's the good news.
The bad news is that in other water bodies around
Lhe world the zones don't go away. There is a perma-
4 ent dead zone in the Baltic Sea that stretches to some-
_hing like 100,000 square kilometers. There is also a
seasonal hypoxic region in Chesapeake Bay.
And a Virginia Institute of Marine Sciences scien-
ist, Robert J. Diaz, said that his research indicates that
-he number of dead zones are roughly doubling every
S0 years. As he puts it, historically "overfishing was the
leading environmental issue affecting our seas. In the
'w millennium, it's going to be oxygen."
Scientists identified 68 dead zones worldwide in
,ie early 1990s. Today, it is estimated there are about
Historically, the dead zone in the Gulf dates to at
.ast 1884. More recent data indicate that the annual
cycle started in the mid-1970s. That's not hard to grasp
,,hen you remember that the Mississippi watershed
encompasses about 41 percent of the lower United
;iates, and a huge amount of that area is the nation's
breadbasket, filled to overflowing with farms produc-
ig our veggies.
Most scientists agree that there is a fix to the prob-
'em: Pull the plug on the fertilizer. The problem is that
-ulling the fertilizer plug will also flush the farming
idustry in the nation. No more veggies, no more food,
The federal government is looking at ways to deal
vith the nitrogen problem, but there are no real regu-
.tions to address the amount of fertilizer used on
:arms. Voluntary programs advocating that less is more
is one approach. Establishing riverside wetlands, which
ict as filters to any runoff, is another.
Unfortunately the programs are spotty and not do-
:ng a whole lot of good. In the river off Clinton, Iowa,
here is something like 82,000 tons of nitrate flowing
downstream each year.
It is estimated that nitrates have to be cut in half to
really deal with the dead zone issue in the Gulf. As a
goal goes, that's a good one, but not really feasible any
time soon since it takes about 150 pounds of fertilizer
to feed an acre of corn per year.
The Mississippi River watershed encompasses
thout 1.2 million square acres
There is a bright glow on the dead zone issue, but
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Black Sea is starting to diminish in size and duration,
and some mussel beds are being reintroduced to an
otherwise barren region of water. The reason?
With the fall of the Soviet Union, government sub-
sidies for fertilizer were curtailed in much of the region.
Farmers couldn't get the supplements for the crops, and
the crops weren't fertilized. Of course, the crop produc-
tion plummeted, but so too did the fertilizer runoff.
It somehow seems like a bad solution to a bad
Of course, we had our own dead zone in miniature
earlier this year, when the treated sludge from the Piney
Point phosphate plant was dumped in Bishop Harbor,
causing an algae bloom that caused a real mess. Fortu-
nately, the area was small enough that crews could
come in an scoop out the green stuff and haul it away.
Leatherback turtle update
Leatherback sea turtles are the largest of the marine
reptiles, growing to a length of 6 feet and weighing up-
wards of 1,000 pounds. They can live up to 100 years.
Unfortunately, not too many of them are living
Researchers have explained in the journal "Nature"
that there were an estimated 115,000 leatherback turtles
worldwide in 1982. The census counted about 35,000
12 years later, a 70 percent drop.
Satellite images of the turtles in the Pacific Ocean
indicate that leatherbacks used some pretty proscribed
migration routes that don't change all that much. The
"turtle freeways" was to be good news for conservation
efforts, as ships and other problems could be shunted
to one side to allow the turtles the right of way.
Unfortunately, Atlantic Ocean leatherbacks mean-
der all over the place, like drunk drivers, in search of
food and clearing a path for them isn't really feasible.
Leatherbacks also just happen to dive to the same
depth as longline fishers, producing lots of turtle
catches in lieu of swordfish or tuna, another bad thing.
In fact, longline fishing has come under attack by
three Florida environmental groups, which filed suit in
U.S. District Court in Tallahassee against the National
Marine Fisheries Service last week. The groups claim
that longline fishing caused "needless injury and deaths
of hundreds of threatened and endangered leatherback
and loggerhead sea turtles," according to a wire report.
Anna Maria Island became familiar with leather-
back turtles five years ago when "Anna" the turtle
beached herself off the north end of the Island.
In what may have been the first sighting of the
species on the West Coast of Florida they usually
are East Coast beach-bound Anna had become en-
tangled in some fishing line that eventually cost her a
left-front flipper. She was treated at the Clearwater
Marine Aquarium for an infection, and eventually re-
leased. Twice. Both times she beached again, and even-
tually was euthanized at the aquarium due to her lim-
As Greg Harmon of the aquarium put it, "It turned
out that there never was a solution to her problems,
once she got tangled in that fisherman's discarded line.
It's unpardonable that this turtle suffered for months
because of one of us."
Dead zones do have one short-term saving grace in
that fishing in the area just outside of the zone is often
Like rats leaving a sinking ship, marine life that
can flee the hypoxic water do so. If fishers or shrimp-
ers can find the zone and lurk along the edges, the fish-
ing is usually pretty good. An 1884 account of what
was recorded as the first acknowledgment of a dead
zone was described as a "jubilee" by a Mobile, Ala.,
newspaper due to a prolonged run of good crab and fish
yield in the waters off Alabama.
Leatherback saviors, for a while
Anna, a rare leatherback sea turtle which beached o'f the north end of Anna Maria Island in March 1999, was
ircaied and released back into the Gut, of Mexico twice, only to return to shore. She was infected by.fishing
line entangling a flipper, which evenmictiv was amputated, and she later died. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy
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Tarpon season hits high gear; snook thick off beaches
By Capt. Mike Heistand
Stick close to the beaches for the best fishing ac-
tion right now.
Tarpon pods are rolling along the shore from
Egmont Key south to Longboat Key and beyond, with
some good-sized hookups reported up and down the
A little closer in, beach snook action is about at its
peak right now, with the range about a half-cast from
the dry sand. Remember that snook are still out of sea-
son, but they're great to catch and release.
Offshore snapper action has been described as
"great," and gag and red grouper fishing is good.
Redfish are spotty, but there are some good reports
of good-sized, plentiful fish in Anna Maria Sound.
Capt. Thom Smith at Angler's Repair on Cortez
Road said he's following the old fisherman adage of
"fish early and late," with morning and late-afternoon
charters his mainstay right now. He's mostly working
Terra Ceia Bay and Joe's Bay, producing lots of catch-
and-release snook to 28 inches, some small redfish to
21 inches and lots of trout in the deeper flats. White-
bait, small pinfish and jigs are working best for the best
catches, Capt. Thom said, and he's finding that on the
lower tides he's finding good results by getting out of
the boat and walking the flats. "It beats the heat, too,"
he said with a chuckle.
Bill Lowman at Island Discount Tackle said
there is great summertime fishing going on right now.
Tarpon season is still in full swing, with lots of pods
working off the beaches, more toward Longboat Key
than the Island, and some really great hookups just
north of Egmont Key and running to the Sunshine Sky-
way Bridge. Beach snook fishing is at its annual best
now, with linesiders working the trough between the
dry sand beach and the first sandbar in the Gulf. Bill
said the beautiful thing about beach snook is they'll
take either live bait like shiners or shrimp, or artificial,
with a new lure called a Tsunami working "like a
killer." Offshore, look for mangrove snapper fishing to
be "great, not good, but great," as well as red grouper
in the 30-mile range, plus a few permit at the 1 and 3-
Bob Kilb at the Rod & Reel Pier had a good fish
story to tell: A "young guy" got a tarpon hookup last
week off the pier. He fought the silver king for about
10 minutes when a boater cruised by. The guy signaled
the boater, jumped in the vessel and kept fighting the
fish, eventually bringing what ended out to be about a
140-pound tarpon to the boat. "It was a lot of fun to
watch," Bob said. Other pier action included lots of
small mackerel, snapper, catch-and-release snook and
an occasional redfish.
Cliff Alcorn at the Anna Maria City Pier said
pier anglers there are also catching lots of somewhat
small mackerel, a few flounder and lots of catch-and-
release snook. Tarpon are going by, but without taking
a hook, and there have been some cobia hooked but not
landed and some small mangrove snapper caught.
Dave Johnson at Snead Island Crab House said
he's hearing reports of lots of tarpon out there in Tampa
Bay, but he's seeing a lots of trout to 29 inches in
length and redfish to 34 inches come onto the docks,
with the best action coming from Terra Ceia Bay.
Capt. Rick Gross on Fishy Business out of
Cody catches a cuda
Cody Fulghum, 9, of Lavonia, Ga., caught this 5-
foot-long barracuda while fishing offshore with
Capt. Larry McGuire.
Catchers Marina in Holmes Beach said he's finding
fishing to be a little slow, but still was able to bring a
few 80- to 100-pound tarpon off Egmont Key to the
boat, plus lots of catch-and-release snook.
Teresa Baranowski at the Perico Island Bait and
Tackle said one of her customers caught a 130-pound
tarpon in Longboat Pass Sunday, while another caught
a 140-pound silver king off Egmont Key the same day.
There are also good reports of catch-and-release snook
coming out of Longboat Pass, she said, and lots of red-
fish just south of the Anna Maria Island Bridge on the
east side of Anna Maria Sound. One fisher caught 32
reds one day, Teresa said, exchanging the biggest for
the next-biggest until he got the whopper in his bait
well. She said she went out one day last week and
caught three snook and four flounder, too, and has
heard of lots of whiting coming from near the beaches.
Capt. Larry McGuire of Show Me The Fish
Charters said he has been catching gag and red grou-
per to 20 pounds, mangrove snapper to 5 pounds as
well as a large variety of other fish such as permit, large
sharks, barracuda to 5 feet, margates, hogfish and
bonita. He took Skip Shipley of Orlando to a nice catch
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Hall Park, 10005 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria.
2 to 2:45 p.m. Creative dance for ages 4-7 with
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9 a.m. Horseshoe games at Anna Maria City
Hall Park, 10005 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria.
After sunset: Fireworks display at the Beach
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1 to 4 p.m. Veterans service officer at the Island
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2 to 3 p.m. "Florida Sea Turtles" children's pro-
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Island Turtle Watch, at the Island Branch Library, 5701
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-6341.
Wednesday, July 7
9 a.m. Horseshoe games at Anna Maria City
Hall Park, 10005 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria.
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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Wiffle Ball league play at the Anna Maria Island
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through Aug. 6. Information: 778-1908. Fee applies.
Retrospective exhibit by Florida photographer
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St. W., Bradenton, through August. Information: 746-
4131. Fee applies.
"Road Trip to Mars and Beyond" summer camp
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Student photography exhibit at the South Florida
Museum, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton, through Aug. 29.
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Roller hockey at the Anna Maria Island Commu-
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AARP Driver Safety course at the Island Branch
Library July 8-9.
Skate night for teens at the Anna Maria Island
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'The Split" opens at the Riverfront Theatre July 9.
Volunteer orientation at the Pelican Man's Bird
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"Feeding Frenzy" family program at Mote Marine
Laboratory July 10.
Family origami class at the Island Branch Library
Gulf Coast Writers meeting at the Island Branch
Library July 12.
"Merry Wives of Windsor" opens at the Island
Players theater July 13.
"Tropical Magic" children's program at the Anna
Maria Island Community Center July 13.
Creative Business Connections meeting at
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Friends Book Club meeting at the Island Branch
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All-Stars find tough competition in District 16 tourney
By Kevin Cassidy
The good news is that the Anna Maria Island Little
League baseball All-Star teams managed to do better
than last year when the league couldn't field a team to
compete in the District 16 tournament in Englewood.
This season, Anna Maria sent two teams a 9-10
and 11-12 All-Star team to compete in the tourna-
ment, which this year is being hosted by Braden River
Little League in east Bradenton. The District 16 tour-
nament serves as the start of a long improbable trek to
the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pa.
Local teams, such as Braden River, made it to the
semifinals of the 2002 Southeast Regional tournament
in Gulfport, Fla., and Manatee East went even further
in 1997, advancing to Williamsport and eventually fin-
ishing second in the nation.
After Saturday's and Sunday's results, Island play-
ers and parents won't have to make any unexpected
travel plans to Williamsport. Both teams were simply
overmatched and outplayed by teams stocked with in-
tense and talented players that were well coached. They
were backed up by zealous fans who decorated their
vehicles, and the dugouts and came armed with various
noisemakers to cheer their teams on to victory.
The Anna Maria 9-10 All-Stars dropped a heart-
breaking 6-4 decision to Manatee East Saturday, June
26, in its first tournament game despite a strong pitch-
ing performance from Glenn Bower. Bower pitched
four innings and allowed only three hits while striking
Wyatt Easterling paced the offense for the Island,
going 2-for-2 with one run scored, while Austin Wash,
Joey Hutchinson and Zachery Facheris each scored one
run in the loss.
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in the fourth to complete the perfect game, which
ended with Manatee East on top by a 29-0 score.
Island 11-12 All-Stars Troy Kozewski, Pat
Facheris, Daniel Riley, Zach Even, Blake Wilson,
Cory Wash, Forrest Schield, Kyle Parsons and Burns
Easterling would probably be excused if they opted to
bail out after that loss, but they showed good charac-
ter in coming back Sunday morning to compete.
Again they were simply overmatched against a
very good Venice National team that featured Chris
Atamanchuk, who hit four home runs in his first game
of the tournament. The Islanders held Atamanchuk in
the yard, though he did go 3-for-4 and score two runs
in Venice National's 13-0 victory. But the star of the
game for Venice was James Browning, who went 2-
for-3 with a pair of home runs and three RBIs. Brown-
ing also pitched an inning of no-hit ball with three
strikeouts in relief of starter Todd Hofmeier, who
struck out five in two hitless innings.
The Islanders showed some life in the final inning
when Cory Wash drew a two-out walk to become Anna
Maria's first base runner of the tourney, but Venice
pitcher Benson Smith struck out the next batter to end
While the 11-12 team showed improvement from
game one to two, the Island's 9-10 team went in re-
verse. Six walks, a triple and five singles by Venice
National and a lack of focus and hustle on the part of
the Islanders resulted in an 11-0 deficit after one inning
on the way to a 28-2 loss for the younger Islanders
The Islanders fought back in the bottom of the in-
ning to score two runs. Wyatt Easterling and Joey
Kyle Crum delivers a pitch for his 9-10 Island All-
Star team during. District 16 Little League tourney
action at Braden River Park.
Hutchinson both singled and scored runs in the inning,
while Justin Suca managed a single in the bottom of the
fourth for the only other Island hit in the loss.
Michael Knott went 4-for-4, including two
doubles, four runs and four RBIs, to pace the Venice
By the time this story hits the streets Wednesday,
both Island teams will have played their third and final
game of the tournament. Look for a report on how our
Island boys fared in their last game in next week's Is-
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The third-annual EZ Skimmers Back-to-School
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Aug. 21-22 at the Beach House Restaurant in
If you haven't had the pleasure of attending, you're
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Last year the contest drew more than 125 contestants,
creating a fantastic atmosphere with good boarding by
skimmers of all ages male and female along with
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EZ Skimmers is also looking for sponsors for the
two-day event which already boasts the Beach House,
West Coast Surf Shop, ZAP Skimmers, Native Rent-
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For more information, call West Coast Surf Shop
Mickey Hooke, preeminent runner and longtime
staff memboer at Galati Marine in Anna Maria City,
took a second-place overall trophy home from a 5,000-
meter run in Clermont, Fla., June 26.
The race was part of the 2004 United States Asso-
ciation for Track and Field Southeastern Masters
Championship. The race drew runners from seven
Taking second overall with a time of 16:56.50
- isn't too bad for Hooke, since it was his first-ever
Way to go, Mickey!
Winners in the June 26 horseshoe games were John
Bennett and Bill Starrett, both of Anna Maria City.
Runners-up were George McKay of Anna Maria City
and Jimmy Spencer of Bradenton.
Winners in the June 23 games were Tom Skoloda
of Anna Maria City and Starrett. Runners-up were Herb
Ditzel of Anna Maria City and Tom Rhodes of Cortez.
The weekly contests get under way every Wednes-
day and Saturday at 9 a.m. at Anna Maria City Hall
Park, 10005 Gulf Drive. There are no membership fees
and everyone is welcome.
Wyatt Easterling slashes a ball down thefirst-base line during District 16 Little League tourney action at
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Ginny and Jane E in Anna Maria
Ginny and Jane E's at the former IGA store at 9807
Gulf Drive in Anna Maria is set to open tomorrow,
July 1. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin
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Ginny and Jane E.,
Sisters Ginny Dutton and Jane E. Wright of
Ginny's Antiques and Jane E's Coffee Bar in
Holmes Beach are doing it again.
Their new store, Ginny and Jane E's in the former
IGA building at 9807 Gulf Drive in Anna Maria, is
scheduled to open tomorrow, July 1.
"We're going to have lots of the same things we
have at the original store, plus a lot of new features,"
said Ginny with obvious enthusiasm.
In addition to some great antiques and art, Ginny
and Jane E's will feature fresh organic produce and
herbs, a bakery, juice bar, slushees, lots of other good
eats and patio and lanai furniture. Fresh flowers will
also be available in season.
"Jane E's baking the whole grain breads when she
wants to," added Ginny. "We're going to call our open-
ing Ginny's garden party and Jane E's 'I'll bake if I
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"It's for after-dinner people who just want to sing
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We know a lot of people who think they are talented,
so this will be their chance to prove it."
In November, the new store will host an Anna
Maria Island Chamber of Commerce event.
"Ginny is really looking forward to the second
store," said Jane E. "I'm going to be the manager and
baker, while Ginny gets to sit down and do nothing,"
she said a smile.
The new store will hold a "soft" opening July 1, but
Ginny and Jane E may plan something more "grand"
at a later date.
"Right now, we're just happy to get the new store
open," said Ginny. "We've scrubbed and polished and
waxed and given it a completely clean look."
Store hours will be from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Tues-
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day through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.
For more information on the new store, call Ginny
or Jane E at 778-3394 or 779-1773.
Melinda Lampariello of Fit to Eat deli in the Is-
land Fitness Center in Holmes Beach and her friend,
Carleen Weiss, used to sit on the beach and watch bath-
ers climb on floats and tubes, then struggle mightily to
stay in place as the currents and tide moved them off-
The idea gradually came to them that there should
be an anchor for people who want to float in the water,
but not float with the tide and current. They spent
nearly two years developing the float anchor and, as far
as Melinda is aware, it's the only device on the market.
"I saw people hauling real anchors with them to
stay in place. It was almost laughable," said Melinda.
"We just gradually got the idea and developed some-
thing people and kids can easily use."
Indeed, the float tether is simply filled with beach
sand, dropped over the side to the bottom, then tied to
"Just drop it in and you stay in place," said
Melinda. "It's easy to use."
The float tether is only available at Fit to Eat right
now, said Melinda, but plans are under way to patent
the device and possibly market the product to other
For more information on the float tether, call
Melinda at Fit to Eat at 778-0411, or visit the store.
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
Stay put afloat
Melinda Lampariello and Terry Weaver demonstrate
the float tether available at Fit to Eat in the Island
Fitness Center building at 5317 Gulf Dr. in Holmes
Beach. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin
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.
At Mike Norman Realty Inc., Michael Northfield
was May's top seller and Carla Beddow topped the list-
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6814 Gulf Dr., Holmes Beach, 6814 Westwinds of
KEY ROYALE Immaculate, updated 3BR/3BA home on deep
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Anna Maria recently celebrated its fourth anniver-
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Holmes Beach, a 1,281 sfla / 1,457 sfur condo built in
1979, was sold 5/10/04, McBride to Mancini, for
1007 Gulf Dr. N., Bradenton Beach, 219 Summer
Sands, a 1,259 sfla / 1,349 sfur 2bed/2.5bath condo
built in 1982, was sold 5/18/04, Clays to Cassidy, for
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sfur 4bed/2.5bath/4car home built in 2002, was sold 5/
18/04, Vitale to Cullerton, for $1,630,000; list
110 Seventh St. S., Bradenton Beach, a bayfront
56x130 lot, was sold 5/17/04, GSR Dev to Bryne, for
1603 Gulf Dr., Bradenton Beach, a 36-unit 19,304
sfla resort built in 1936 on two acres of bayfront land,
was sold 5/18/04, Tradewinds of Anna Maria LLC to
Teitelbaum Dev. Inc., for $4,750,000.
207 S. Bay Blvd., Anna Maria, a 2,008 sfla / 3,362
sfur 3bed/3bath/4car/bay overlook home built in 1993
on a 50x200 lot, was sold 5/18/04, Spencer to Kolin,
for $950,000; list $995,000; purchased 5/98 for
210 56th St., Holmes Beach, a 1,456 sfla / 1,840
sfur 4bed/2bath home built in 1949 on a 94xl 17 lot,
was sold 5/17/04, Burness to Muller, for $460,000; list
214 Elm, Anna Maria, a 70x110 lot purchased July
1999 for $120,000, was sold 5/17/04, Trautman to
Babb, for $425,000; list $450,000.
306 Spring, Anna Maria, a 52x145 lot, was sold 5/
17/04, Turk to Carlson, for $285,000; list $306,000.
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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Maureen Dahms, 778-0542
Kathy Geerearts, 778-0072
LaRae Regis, 779-1858
OF ANNA MARIA
778-0455 9906 Gulf Drive
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This charming 3BR/2BA, split bedroom residence offers a sparkling 31-by-
16-foot vaulted, caged pool overlooking the gorgeous golf course! Amenities
include a cheerful white and yellow kitchen with handy pass-thru to the sunny
Florida room, spacious master suite with his-and-hers closets and lovely blue
and white decorator wall coverings, a formal entry foyer with coat closet and
beautiful seashell-pattern tiled floor. Other features include a lovely formal
dining area with bay window and recessed lighting, a new Tempstar heat
pump, barrel-tile roof and lush tropical shrubs and plantings. Don't miss this
fabulous value, priced a $240,000.
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EARLY CLASSIFIED AD DEADLINE: Please place
ads by noon Friday, July 2, for the Wednesday, July
GE REFRIGERATOR: 23.6 cubic feet, white, side-
by-side, new condenser, warranty good through
June 2005. $400 or best offer. 778-4663.
KING-SIZE BRASS headboard, $65; round kitchen-
ette table, two chairs, $70; microwave, $60; toaster
oven, $20; four small lamps, $5 each. 794-8049.
MOVING SALE: Sofa bed, $150; roll-top desk with
chair, $125; beige recliner chair, $100; square mir-
ror, $25. Call 358-6060 or 350-3312.
RATTAN ROCKER and ottoman beige cushion. Ex-
cellent condition. $75. 778-4432.
CAMERAS: MINOLTA XE one with lens, $35; new
X370 in box, $100; Maxuum 7000, used twice, case,
four lenses, $300. 798-8342.
KIDS JUMBO SWING set. Two swings, rings, slide,
clubhouse. Must sell. Will help move. $200. 730-
CEDAR CHEST: 90-plus years old. Good condition,
ISLAND INVESTORS: .
This is the one! $343,000! .- '
Duplex centrally located on '..
Gulf Drive with extra-large
frontage for plenty of parking.
Build out or up for endless '.Z Si : .4i
possibilities. Grab it before it's . .
too late! Owner financing
available. Call Anne Huber
@ 713.9835 TO VIEW.
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experience work for you!
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Relay in the cabana beside the coral and marble-decked pool as you
:ae al views acre .s Tampa Bay and the Skyway Bridge. Italian tile and
elegant wod flooiring Attached 2BR/1BA guest suite. Large cook's
Iltnhen with ciuslomr maple cabinets, natural granite and stainless-steel
appliances. Mature landscaping includes hibiscus, azaleas and Medi-
terranean fig trees. Huge lot more than one-half acre. $849,000.
Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate Inc.
USED 1200-POUND Mantowoc ice machine with
bin, good condition, works great, $1,650. Call Bill,
GIRL SCOUT COOKIES available at The Islander,
assorted varieties, $3.50 box. All proceeds paid to
local Girl Scout troop.
Fish tank: 150-gallon with hand-made oak cabinet,
fully equipped, $1,000 or best offer. Call Bill, 795-
BOOKS FOR SALE! Come visit Tingley Memorial
Library, 111 Second St. N, Bradenton Beach and
see our ongoing sale of books, magazines and
puzzles. Open Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-3pm. 779-
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.
Unique mortgages for
To find the right mortgage for you, call your
Chase Home Finance Mortgage Specialist today.
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REMODELED 3BR/3BA 1-acre corner. SPECTACULAR 3BR pool home w/
lot home. Offering 2 master BR's, over 3100 SF. Den, custom built-ins,
caged heated saltwater pool w/spa & wood floors, numerous upgr.djes
possible guest house/in-law residence, throughout & lush landscaping.
$560,000. Victoria Horstmann, 748- $549,000. Kathy Valente, 748-6300
6300 or 518-1278. 104161 or 685-6767. 99802
MANGO PARK 4BR/3BA custom home PERICO ISLES maintenance free 3BR/
on end of the street. Den/office, fireplace, 2.5BA home w/great lake views. Gran-
pool w/Jacuzzi & 3-car garage. Close to ite kitchen counter tops & Florida room
a marina, preserve & park, Agentowned, overlooks the lake. $345,000. 748-
$419,000. Cindy Pierro, 748-J300 or 6300. Kathy Marcinko. 713-1100 or
920-6818. 103618 Sandy Drapala, 725-0781. 104084
PRIVATE RIVERFRONT ESTATE! 300 ft. of water frontage on 1.6 acres, eleva-
tor &,private dock. $3,200,000. Cindy Pierro, 748-6300 or 920-6818. 99843
ULTIMATE BEACHFRONT CONDO! Turnkey 3BR/2.5BA penthouse with great
Gulf views. $1,790,000. Victoria Horstmann, 748-6300 or 518-0278. 98392
STUNNING VIEWS! 4BR/3BA home on 1-acre lot w/pool & dock. $1,100,000.
748-6300. Kathy Marcinko, 713-1100 or Sandy Drapala, 725-0781.100112
BREATHTAKING TERRA CEIA BAY VIEWS! New waterfront home on Snead Is-
land. Impressive! $895,000. Ruth Lawler, 748-6300 or 587-4623. 100867
EXCEPTIONAL VIEWS! 100 ft. on bayou, fireplace, workshop, private dock,
davits & mature trees. $749,900. Jody Shinn, 748-6300 or 705-5704.100811
BUILDERS OWN HOME. 4BR pool home on almost 1/2-acre w/outdoor areas.
$439,000.748-6300. Ruth Lawler, 587-4623 or Dani Lolli, 725-2112.103967
BEAUTIFUL PANORAMIC VIEWS of Terra Ceia Bay from this 2BR/2BA top floor
unit. $310,000. Debbie Capobianco, 748-6300 or 704-2394.101867
NW PRIVATE 3BR/2BA pool home on a cul-de-sac. Over 2000 SF & extra large
fenced yard. $249,900. Joanne Jenkins, 748-6300 or 228-7878. 102181
NW 3BR/2BA ranch home with a gorgeous pool & patio. Enjoy the maintenance
free yard. $244,900. Kathy Valente, 748-6300 or 685-6767. 103482
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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
Condominiums" 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.
REMODELING SALE Friday-Saturday July 2-3 -
8am-? Stove with hood, refrigerator, cabinets, ceil-
ing fans, lots of miscellaneous. 308-A 57th St.,
YARD SALE FRIDAY, Saturday, July 2-3, 8am-
noon. Household goods, wrought-iron bench. 600
block of Gladiolus. Anna Maria.
FLEA MARKET SUNDAY, July 4, 9am-4pm at
Niki's Gift and Antique Mall parking lot, 5351 Gulf
Drive, Holmes Beach. Tons of antiques, col-
lectibles, jewelry and fun stuff.
REAL ESTATE LLC
FAMILY POOL HOME
4BR/2BA family home in northwest Bradenton.
Split-plan, fireplace, family room, caged pool and
lanai, new A/C, fence, two-car garage. $259,000.
2BR/1.5BA plus 1BR/1BA and 2BR/1BA. Great
investment! Watch the sunset as you collect rent
from these charming units. Easy to see, call for ap-
pointment. Just steps to beautiful beach. $749,000.
4BR/2BA great family home! Good schools, ceramic
tile, split plan, screened lanai, fenced yard, beautiful
landscaping, room for pool, barrel-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.
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
REAL ESTATE LLC
Island Shopping Center 5402 Marina Drive
Holmes Beach, Florida 34217 www.suncoastinc.com
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FOUND: WOMAN'S TIMEX watch in Bradenton
Beach. Call, 778-5476.
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
drive-on docking solutions by Versa Dock. Mainte-
nance free, 20-year warranty. (941) 685-7648, Anna
BOAT SLIP for rent. Deep water, north end of Anna
Maria, easy Gulf access. 794-8877 or 730-5393.
EGMONT EXPRESS CHARTERS: Seek out secret
water paradise. Sunsets, back water, Egmont or
custom trips. See dolphins and manatees. Call 778-
7459 or 720-5470.
LET'S GO FISHING! Call Capt. Mike Heistand on
the charter boat "Magic." Full or half day backwater
fishing. USCG licensed. Ice, bait, tackle provided.
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
AFFORDABLE POOL HOME
$159,000 Caged pool, fenced
backyard, new A/C, carpet and tile -
and a west side location. IB103165
,. PALMA SOLA WOODS -
'" J $259,900. 3BR/2BA tucked away
on a cul-de-sac. Great location,
freshly painted inside and new tile
$379,000- ISLAND CONDO Spacious ground-floor
1BR/1BA end unit at 5400. Steps to beach and pool.
Kitchen with lots of goodies. Washer/dryer. IB 101731
$425,000 BUILD YOUR ISLAND DREAM HOME
Canalfront lot available in Holmes Beach! IB90367
6016 Manatee Avenue West, Bradenton
(941) 751-1155 ( 800) 778-8448
Christine T. Shaw
John van Zandt, Realtors
SPENCER'S SKIM SCHOOL for beginners and in-
termediates. Free skimboard use with lessons. $10
per half-hour lesson, three lessons recommended.
Local teen, team competitor. Call 778-0944.
PETSITTER, DOG WALKER, 12-year-old mother's
helper, odd jobs. Call Kendall at 779-9783 or 779-
BABYSITTER WITH EXPERIENCE and CPR li-
cense, 13 years old, friendly and responsible. 778-
TUTORING: Junior high honor student tutors all
elementary grades during summer vacation. Hourly,
daily or weekly in mathematics, reading, writing and
science. Read-out-loud available upon request. Call
778-2469 after 5pm for schedule and prices.
REAL ESTATE: Tired of paying office fees? Two
experienced agents needed for fast paced, high
traffic Island office. Top splits, sign-on bonus. Call
Wedebrock Real Estate today! "Personalized, not
Franchised". Call Joe Pickett, 383-5543.
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.
EXTRA HOLIDAY CASH: Servers and cleaners for
events July 3 in Anna Maria. Experience, references
required. $20/hour, four-hour minimum. 981-0121.
SALES ASSOCIATES NEEDED, fast paced office
in prime location. No fees, great splits. Call Jesse
or Robin, 778-7244.
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 email@example.com, fax 778-9392 or
mail/deliver to office, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach FL 34217
CALLING ALL VOLUNTEERS! Would you like to
meet interesting people from around the world? Are
you interested in learning the history of Anna Maria
Island? Get involved with the Anna Maria Island
Historical Museum, 402 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. We
need you! Call 778-0492.
29Years of Professional Service
YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD REAL ESTATE SHOPPE.
Experience Reputation Results
HOLMES BEACH DUPLEX 2BR/1.5BA each side.
Furnished on one side, partially furnished on the other.
Immaculate. Lush landscape. $525,000.
5400 GULFFRONT White sand beaches and sunsets.
1 BR/1 BA, new paint and carpet. Reduced to $265,000.
4 UNITS ANNA MARIA Some bayview. Oin .'BR, three 1 BR,
room for pool. Great investment. S$ ( 000.
VACATION, SEASONAL & ANNUAL PENTALS
MARTINQUE Gulffront 2BR/2BA, pool. 1 ,, elevators.
5400 GULFFRONT complex, 1 and pool.
BEACHFRONT 3BR/2BA home, taste,:f .corated.
5508C MARINA DRIVE 778-0807 P, '.-0807
firstname.lastname@example.org www.tdollyyoungreak on
Unique design offers totally sepa-
rate 2BR/2BA units, each 1,000 sf.
Big lot, big duplex. Freshened up
and easy to show. $549,000.
MAN WITH SHOVEL Plantings, natives, cabbage
palms, patio gardens, trimming, clean-up, edgings,
more. Hard-working and responsible. Excellent ref-
erences. Edward 778-3222.
LET US DRIVE YOU! Shopping, medical appoint-
ments, airports, cruise ports. Flat rates. Sunshine
Car Service. Serving the Islands. 778-5476.
COMPUTER OBEDIENCE TRAINING. Is your
computer misbehaving? Certified computer service
and private lessons. Special $30 per hour- free ad-
ISLAND PRESSURE CLEANING for great results,
wash away mildew, dirt and salt. Thorough, reason-
able and reliable. Free estimates, licensed and in-
CONNECT-ICON Your local computer specialist.
Experienced certified technician for communication
electronics offers wireless and cable networks, up-
grades, maintenance, repairs, tutoring and training.
Call Robert, 778-3620.
McEVOY PAINTING: Frank McEvoy owner. Interior
and exterior work. Free estimates. Call 750-8467 or
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.
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. Ex-
cellent references. Call 750-8366.
HANDYMAN SERVICES Scott Fulton, owner, Island
resident. "Get the job done right." Free estimate, many
references. 713-1907 cell, 778-4192 home.
DUMP TRAILER FOR rent for yard trash or con-
struction. Call 778-5551.
PIANO LESSONS with a teacher who makes a dif-
ference. Call Janet, 756-4951.
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Large home on h-tge canal lot
needs children for pool, boat lift,
lanai, media room Easy to see, (9 )7 ;60.. 80-8 58;0O
ready to move in. $749,000.
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EXPERT CERAMIC TILE installation. Prompt and
reliable service, reasonable rates, excellent refer-
ences. If quality counts, call David, 792-2552.
I CAN RUN errands for you! Do your shopping,
laundry, pet/house sitting or miscellaneous office/
computer work. I have excellent references. Rea-
sonable rates! Call 778-1072.
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.
MUSIC LESSONS! Flute, saxophone, clarinet. Be-
ginning to advanced. Contact Koko Ray, 792-0160.
BEACH SERVICE air conditioning, heat, refrigeration.
Commercial and residential service, repair and/or re-
placement. Serving Manatee County and the Island
since 1987. For dependable, honest and personalized
service, call William Eller, 795-7411. RA005052.
ANYONE CAN TAKE a picture. A professional cre-
ates a portrait. I want to be at your wedding!
NADIA'S EUROSAGE Relaxing, healing massage
in the comfort of your home. Call today for an ap-
pointment, 795-0887. MA#0017550.
SEWING: Get your sewing alterations. Hems, zip-
pers, sleeves, waistlines, cushions, etc. Reason-
ably priced. Call Jenifer Catlin, 727-5873.
ANNA MARIA TROPICAL SETTING
Spacious contemporary home on deep-
water canal. 2BR/2BA, den, wet bar,
fireplace, two-car garage.
For your private
viewing, call ...
Marilyn Trevethan, Realtor
TILE AND MOSAIC custom installation, 20 years
experience. References available. For a reason-
able price call Sebastian, 704-6719.
AUTO DETAILING BY HAND Spotless inside and
out. I can save you time and money. Island resi-
dent, references. For pricing call 713-5967.
CONNIE'S LANDSCAPING and Lawn Mainte-
nance. Residential and commercial. Full-service
lawn maintenance, cleanup, tree trimming, haul-
ing, Xeriscape. Island resident. Excellent refer-
ISLAND LAWN SPRINKLER service and repair. If
it is broken, we can fix it. Free estimates. Senior
discount. Call 778-2581 or 962-6238.
KARAZ LANDSCAPE Lawn Service. Mulch, clean-
ups, power washing, tree trimming and more. City
of Anna Maria resident. Cell 448-3857.
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.
ONLINE SERVICE: You can place classified ads
and subscribe on-line with our secure server.
Check it out at www.islander.org.
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
NEW LISTING AT NORTH END
Great opportunity to own a 2BR/
28A house in the heart of the north
,;f, : I, ^" end of Anna Maria, just steps to the
:4. bay and a few blocks from the Gulf.
,'. 'Large lot with room for pool located
.;!j^ ^ close to restaurants, trolley, shops
p .- ,J! and fishing piers. Priced to sell at
S' $457,500. Call Susan Hatch, Real-
tor, 778-7616 eves.
3224 EAST BAY DRIVE HOLMES BEACH
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DIRECT GULFFRONT Wow! What a view from this third
floor southwest corner unit at Martinique South. Every-
thing is absolutely new! The kitchen has been redesigned,
lanai has been removed and the floor raised to enlarge the
living area. Too many upgrades to mention. Very elegantly
furnished. Inside washer and dryer. Building was upgraded
last year. Amenities include secured entrance, tennis,
heated pool, clubhouse and private beach. Garage and stor-
age room on the ground floor. Like new construction ex-
cept for the price only $734,000.
BRADENTON TROPICAL LAWN and garden. Spe-
cializing in landscaping lawns, decks, entryways,
butterfly gardens, ponds. Also, year-round mainte-
JR'S LANDSCAPING AND MAINTENANCE
Lawns, native plants, mulching, trimming, hauling,
cleanup. Island resident 25 years. Call 807-1015.
YARD SERVICE. Reasonable, fast. Trees and
hedges trimmed. One-time cut or monthly service
available. Call for free estimate. Bobby, 812-3884
PROFESSIONAL LANDSCAPE DESIGN and in-
stallation. Huge selection of plants, shrubs and
trees. Irrigation. Everything Under the Sun Gar-
den Centre, 5704 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
STRAIGHT SHOT LANDSCAPING. Installations,
clean-ups, pruning, irrigation, trees, edging, rip-
rap, mulch, rock, patios, shell, seawall fill. Reli-
able and insured. 727-5066.
SHELL DELIVERED and spread. $35/yard. Haul-
ing: all kinds of gravel, mulch, top soil with free
estimates. Call Larry at 795-7775, "shell phone"
One of the biggest names
of products offered by one of the
to your local community.
So, whatever your mortgage RON HAYES
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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WEST OF GULF DRIVE 131 White Ave. Duplex on comer 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
LOTS EACH 70-BY-100-
FT., SHORT HALF-
BLOCK TO BEACH. One
lot has a duplex and the
other is vacant. Asking
$800,000 for both parcels.
Call Frank Migliore at
778-2307, or Stephanie
Bell 920-5156, for details.
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COCONUTS PALMS: 4-foot of clear wood and 15-
foot overall height, installed for only $300. Many
other palms available at discount prices. Give your
property curb appeal! Chris 266-7500.
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
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. In-
sured. Call Javier at 685-5163 or 795-6615.
JERRY'S HOME REPAIR and Lawn Care: Light
carpentry, pressure washing, handyman, plumbing
and electrical, light hauling, tree trimming. Call 778-
6170 or 447-2198.
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,
METRO HOME SUPPLY Inc.: Door and window
repairs, vinyl soffit/siding, water filtration. Call (941)
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 Es-
tate Co., 778-6665 or (800) 749-6665.
VACATION RENTALS: 2BR apartments across
from beautiful beach, $375 to $500/week. Winter
and spring dates available. Almost Beach Apart-
VACATION & SEASONAL Private beach. Units
are complete. Rates seasonally adjusted. $425-
$975/week, $975-$2,975/month. (800) 977-0803
or 737-1121. www.abeachview.com.
NORTH SHORE DRIVE beachfront. Four spa-
cious 3BR/2BA homes with all conveniences. Now
booking 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/1 BA, 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,
microwave, washer/dryer, sleeps four. $1,800/
month, $550/week. Call 807-5627 or e-mail:
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. Avail-
able now and accepting reservations for 2005.
Winter rates: $1,700/month, $550/week; summer
rates: $500/week. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
or call 807-5626.
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, (305) 387-0135.
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.
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. Non-
smoking, no pets. First, last, security. Annual,
$650/month, includes some utilities. Mature indi-
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.
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ANNA MARIA: 200 feet to Rod & Reel Pier,
ground-floor, 2BR/1BA, fully furnished, washer/
dryer, all amenities, utilities included. $500/week-
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.
ANNUAL RENTALS: 6404 Holmes Blvd., 1 BR/1 BA
duplex, $900/month; 205 Haverkos, 1 BR/1 BA du-
plex, no pet, $750/month; 2104 Avenue B, 1BR/
1BA 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.
WATERFRONT DUPLEX 3BR/2BA on
Intracoastal in Bradenton Beach. Dock, davits,
steps to beach, pet yard, washer/dryer, storage
shed. Annual $1,100/month. (727) 784-3679.
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.
VACATION RENTAL: Holmes Beach canalfront.
2BR/2BA fully furnished. Garage, laundry, dock,
many extras. $750/week, $2,000/month. Call (813)
ANNUAL ISLAND RENTALS: 1BR/1BA duplex,
close to beach, remodeled; 2BR/1BA duplex,
very nice with convenient location. Smith Real-
ANNUAL 2BR/1 BA new apartment, close to beach.
$900/month, security deposit required, includes
utilities. Call 792-6029 or 545-6118.
EARLY DEADLINE for July 7 edition, Friday
noon July 2.
NEW SPACIOUS 2BR/2BA villa, one-car garage,
screened porch, pool, five minutes to beach. $800/
1BR APARTMENT UNFURNISHED, utilities in-
cluded, $700/month. Sandpiper Mobile Resort,
Bradenton Beach, age 55-plus community. Call
FOURTH OF JULY vacancy! Steps to beach. Fur-
nished 1BR on Anna Maria Island with cable,
washer/dryer, microwave, telephone. $475/week,
plus tax. $1,495/month. 778-1098.
ANNUAL KEY WEST-style custom 3BR/2.5BA,
ceramic floors, oak stairs, greatroom with fire-
place, French doors, 2,000 sf living area and
large screened deck. 794-9921 or 773-6581.
ANNUAL: BRAND NEW Heron's Watch, 3BR/
2BA, two-car garage, ten minutes to beaches.
$1,300/month. T. Dolly Young Real Estate, 794-
9921 or 773-6581.
ROOM FOR RENT: Clean, responsible, non-
smoker to share 2BR/1BA apartment near
beaches (off Island). $425, plus utilities. 792-1424.
SEASONAL AND ANNUAL rentals available now!
Coral Shore canalfront home 3BR/2.5BA, $1,700/
month; Cortez canalfront home 2BR/1.5BA,
$1,350/month; Island townhouse with pool 2BR/
2.5BA, $1,300/month; Perico Bay Club Condo,
2BR/2BA, $950/month. Cristin Curl, Wagner Re-
ANNUAL 3BR/2BA: Very nice elevated home with
dock, washer/dryer, two-car garage, fenced yard,
and more. Holmes Beach. Marina Pointe Realty
HOLMES BEACH: 2BR/2.5BA. Unfurnished home
for rent at 501 67th St. 725-4488.
FURNISHED 1BR/1BA. Nonsmoking, no pets,
first, last, security. $550/month 778-6511.
ANNUAL RENTALS: Walk to Gulf. We love your
pets! 2BR/1BA home $925/month. 3BR/2BA .
home $1,000/month. Call Island Real Estate for
great move-in specials, 778-6066.
HOLMES BEACH: Annual efficiency apartment,
no pets. 778-7039.
ANNUAL RENTAL: 2BR/1BA apartment, one
short block to beach. Anna Maria, no pets. On
Lake Marcia. $775/month. Fran Maxon Real Es-
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HOT NEW LISTINGS! Reserve your place in para-
dise today! Duncan Real Estate, 779-0304.
SEASONAL OR WEEKLY cottage-style rentals.
1BR/1BA or 2BR/1BA with pool. Walk to beach,
shopping and restaurants. 778-3875. Web site
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,
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.
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.
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on desirable Tarpon Street in Anna Maria. Sits on a nice-
sized lot on a deep-water canal. Price $650,000.
Call Pat Staebler, Lic. Real Estate Broker
778-0123 or 705-0123
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.
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.
SUNBOW BAY UNIT 2BR/2BA, partially furnished,
bayside with pool and tennis. Offered at $269,900.
Call Deborah Thrasher, Keller Williams Realty,
HOLMES BEACH tropical paradise. Two fully fur-
nished 2BR/2BA attached homes. Lush land-
scaped pools and Jacuzzi. Outdoor kitchen dining
and living room. Owner/Broker, 778-4441.
730 HOLLY, north end, near Gulf beach, fireplace,
screened porch, sundeck, room for pool. 2BR/2BA.
BRADENTON BEACH motel for sale. 1/3 acre.
$2,250,000. Principals only, please. 725-2836.
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Join us for a spectacular sunset from this
2BR/2BA Gulffront condo!
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or come by boat to the private docks
directly across the road.
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pool. The pool has been completely renovated plus new landscaping, new
stucco and paint, new fencing, and a new paver entry and patio area for
rear unit Large 90x1 00 lot zoned R-2. Offered at $559,900.
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1 (800)771-6043 (941)778-7244
5309 Gulf Drive Holmes Beach
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Simply the Best
NORTHWEST BRADENTON CANAL HOME
4BR/2BA with multiple upgrades. Dock and boat
lift, custom pool and spa. Gourmet kitchen, two
fireplaces. $674,000. Chet Coleman, 224-4246.
BAYFRONT Spectacular view, 3BR/2BA, two-
car, open floor plan. Large lot, 112-by-143-ft..
deep water, dock and lift. Holmes Beach.
WEST OF GULF DRIVE Location, location.
Newer 3BR/2BA, very close to beach. Corian
countertops, Jacuzzi tub, alarm, central vac., single-
car garage and storage room. $549,000.
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.
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.
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GULFFRONT SIX UNITS
Directly on the Gulf. Great rentals. Remodeled,
white ceramic tile floors, swimming pool.
100+ Gulffront rental units with hun-
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4212 Redfish Ct............. $575,000
243 Willow Ave............... $849,000
1102 Riverside Dr......... $1,490,000
530 Key Royale Dr............ $749.900
2908 Avenue E(4-ple-).. S1.799,000
Bridgeport #201 ............ S585,000
MNartinique North 7#101..... S595.000
La Casa Costiera I 11 .... S 1.300,000
5400 Condos a32 ............. 580.000
516 56th St. .................. $599,000
609 Concord Lane .......... $559.000
Waiers Edge a109S. ........ $899,000
631 Foxuorih Lane ....... S1.475,000
2500 N. Gull Dr. ,.,pJ.-$, 2.600.000
5609 Gulf Dr ................... 769.000
Bayou Condo SA ............ $254,900
La Casa Costeria #5 ...... S1.740,000
3603 4th Ave. ............... 1,099.000
104 7th St. S. (Duplex) .... $599,000
2914 Avenue E. ........... $1,595,000
747 Jacaranda Rd. (Lot)... $389,000
727 Jacaranda Rd........... $699,000
100 7th St So.(Duplex) .... $750,000
402 71st. St. ................... $475,000
411 Spring Ave .............. $565,500
218 Gladiolus ................ $459,000
The Terrace #6 .............. $425,000
401 Clark Lane (Duplex) .. $549,000
402 Magnolia Ave. .......... $539,500
Business Only ................ $295,000
Business and Real Estate ... $1,690,000
427 Pine Ave. ................. $695,000
Business Opportunity .... $2,490,000
Palmetto House B&B..... $1,490,000
555 Gulfstream Ave #1503 ... $495,000
1108 92nd St. N.W......... $495,000
Have a safe and happy
July 4th -from your friends
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PAGE 40 M JUNE 30, 2004 0 THE ISLANDER
PACK OF 20
By Manny Nosowsky / Edited by Will Shortz
1 Club of song
5 good cheer!"
9 Follow intently
14 Score sign
19 "In principio __ verbum"
20 Gold's is 79: Abbr.
22 "Mule Train" singer, 1949
23 Newsman famous for
inventing folksy similes
25 Green pear
26 Fast food chain since
27 Online business
28 "Rose rose ..."
29 Welcome sight after a
31 Kerry or Gore: Abbr.
32 Clear cover
35 It's stranded
36 Crumbly salad topping
37 When taps is played
38 1948 election group
41 Old air letters
44 Verne's circumnavigator
45 1948-52 Olympic track
gold medalist Zatopek
46 Grid goals, for short
47 1987 self-titled million-
48 One getting strokes?
50 Street on old TV
52 Rock's__ Band
55 Is a guest of
57 "The Sanction"
61 Was not off one's rocker
62 Mermaid feature
65 Shout made with an
67 Leader of the pack
hidden in this puzzle?
74 Jazz bit
75 Trade punches
76 Balance due
77 Suffix with cannon
78 Panhandle city
80 State bordering Tibet
82 Some are in the 90's
87 Nevil Shute's "
90 Dude, once
91 Spy _Hari
92 Spray producer
95 To be, in Toulon
96 Place to get conked
97 In the least
98 Setting for a
101 __ magica
105 Locations, old-style
107 Once owned
110 Sitter's headache
114 Bambi's aunt
115 Mindful (of)
117 Cut back
118 Goes here and there
121 Port containers
124 Palace resident
125 Bomb trial
127 Phnom __
1 Quit claiming
2 Make an allocution
3 Old rival of
4 Longfellow's bell town
5 Cricket club
6 Moral standard
9 Didn't sink
12 Irish dramatist
Hugh, who won a
Tony for "Da"
13 Old Danish king
15 Weight in gems
16 Zodiac sign
17 "Only Time" singer
18 Song ending?
30 Back on board
34 Cast out
37 Disraeli, e.g.
40 Peer Gynt's mother
42 Football Hall-of-
43 Showing signs of
44 This is its brothers'
49 Slickrock Trail
51 What E. coli eat
53 Doodler's target
54 It goes by rail
58 Commemoration at
a seder: Abbr.
63 Res loquitur
68 Vatican treasure
70 "Que ?"
71 Home of "The
72 What comes to
78 Dr.'s magazine
79 _-Ude (Trans-
81 Hole producers
84 Rentals: Abbr.
86 It. is there
88 Prepares for editing
89 Drink of forgetful-
93 Ice machine
98 Most like a ghost
99 "Nor heady-rash
provoked with raging
103 Pen chorus
106 Early priest
107 Cartoon character with a
110 Spot remover?: Abbr.
111 Rear end, in a fall
112 No longer carry
113 Cough syrup amts.
120 Sound of satisfaction
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