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A line in the disappearing sand
Property owners in the 750-760 block of North Shore Drive in Anna Maria met with Mayor SueLynn and Manatee
County Ecosystems Administrator Charlie Hunsicker Aug. 5 on what little is left of the beach in firon of their homes,
only to learn there is nothing the county can offer them for immediate assistance. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin
Little immediate help for eroded
Anna Maria City beachfront
By Rick Catlin
There are probably a lot of property owners along
North Shore Drive in Anna Maria who are now wish-
ing they had signed on for the 2002 beach
A recent series of westerly storms and accompany-
ing winds have seriously eroded the beach in front of
a number of houses in the area, causing waves to crash
against homes (The Islander, July 28, Aug. 4) and
beaches to disappear. At the same time, areas along the
Anna Maria beach that were renourished have survived
the storms with no long-lasting effects, according to
Manatee County Ecosystems Administrator Charlie
Hunsicker met with affected property owners and
Mayor SueLynn on what's left of the beach in front of
753 N. Shore Drive. Unfortunately, he told the owners,
there's little the county can do because the area was not
included in the county's 2002 beach renourishment
Because some property owners in the area declined
to sign easements, the county decided not to renourish
the few selected portions of beach in this area where
owners did sign.
"Had this been renourished, we could have pro-
vided some immediate relief," he told the dismayed
But there are some erosion prevention measures
the owners can do individually and at their own ex-
pense, he said, like getting a Florida Department of
Environmental Protection permit for sandbags, as
PLEASE SEE EROSION, NEXT PAGE
Popular beach cafe to close for repairs
By Rick Catlin
The Cafe on the Beach restaurant and snack bar at
Manatee Public Beach in Holmes Beach will tempo-
rarily close on Aug. 23 for approximately eight weeks
while Manatee County remodels the building and in-
stalls a new roof.
The county has agreed to allow Cafe on the Beach
operators Dee Percifield and Gene Schaefer to set up
a temporary hot dog and snack stand and a location for
beach rentals. According to a letter from the county,
Cafe on the Beach should have "temporary occupancy"
of the refurbished building by Oct. 15, and will not be
charged rent until it reoccupies the structure.
Manatee County owns the property and building
and leases the space to a company owned by Percifield
and Schaefer. The county commission last week ap-
proved $680,000 in needed repairs to the facility.
Percifield, who has operated the facility since
1992, said the repairs are necessary, but at the same
time, she's sorry that a number of long-time staff might
soon be looking for other jobs.
"I can only use one person in the gift shop, and I'm
estimating that probably 45 to 50 people will be let go
from the restaurant. Most of our people have been with
us a long time, some since the beginning. It's really a
shame. We'll probably lose a lot of them, but we really
hope they will all come back." Some staff will be able
to work at the Coquina Beach location that the couple
also operate, Schaefer said.
Manatee County also has increased the rent by
$53,000 annually in a new 10-year lease agreement.
Volume 12, No. 40 Aug. 11, 2004 FREE
By Paul Roat
A stormwater management utility fee of $100 per
year is being considered for most developed properties
in Bradenton Beach.
Goal of the proceeds from the proposal would be
to reduce the quantity and improve the quality of
stormwater runoff into the Gulf of Mexico and Anna
Maria Sound. Another benefit to the program, ac-
cording to Bradenton Beach Public Works Director
Dottie Poindexter, would be to alleviate flooding.
The city would assess $100 per year on all single-
family, multi-family or condominium units in the city.
Businesses would also pay the flat rate. Commercial-
zoned properties would pay $150 per year, and mobile
home park residents would be assessed $75.
Any property with a driveway would have an ad-
ditional $10 fee. Pools or tennis courts incur an addi-
tional $10 fee.
However, there are also a host of credits available
for those willing to reduce the amount of stormwater
that enters the city drainage system.
Replacement of driveways with porous pavers
would result in a 20-percent fee reduction. Installation
of roof gutters that drain to a retention-detention area
could account for a 10 percent fee drop. Perimeter
swales or retention-detention ponds on a property
would each be eligible for a 10 percent reduction, and
if the retention-detention area is determined to be suf-
ficient to accommodate a 100-year storm, a 20 percent
credit would be offered.
"The Southwest Florida Water Management Dis-
trict Stormwater Runoff Investigation and Stormwater
Management Plan done for the City of Bradenton
Beach in 1996 rated the system as Level of Service F,
the lowest rating, primarily because travel over most
roads, including evacuation routes, is seriously ham-
pered or prevented by the inundation from a 10-year
tidal or rainfall event," according to Poindexter.
"The study included recommendations for im-
provements to the system to increase storage of runoff,
and runoff quality controls as capital projects," she
added. "However, no source of secure funding was
identified. Since 95 percent of the runoff goes directly
to Anna Maria Sound, a state protected body of water,
PLEASE SEE STORMWATER, NEXT PAGE
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to watch out for
Two tropical storms, Bonnie and Charley,
cropped up earlier this week. Both were forecast to
intensify and reach hurricane force later in the
week. Bonnie formed in the southern Gulf of
Mexico and was expected to make landfall in the
Florida Panhandle by Thursday. Charley formed in
the Caribbean and was forecast to enter the Gulf
by week's end with a possible landfall somewhere
in the eastern Gulf.
PAGE 2 E AUG. 11, 2004 0 THE ISLANDER
Erosion hits Anna Maria City
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
North Shore Drive property owner Julie Trouner and
her family have done.
"It's just a shame," said Trouner. "We signed for
beach renourishment, but others along here didn't
sign. Now, we have to face this," she said, as she
watched how waves had eroded the sand around her
seawalled property and damaged some rebar keep-
ing the seawall together.
Other property owners who attended the meeting
with Hunsicker claimed they didn't sign up for
renourishment because their attorney had advised
them that someone might be able to build in front of
"I guess it was bad advice," said one owner who
asked not to be identified. "I wish now I and the oth-
ers had joined."
Property owner Alfred Chiles was one owner
who wanted beach renourishment. Now, he'll likely
have to pay for any measures to halt erosion out of
his own pocket.
"It should not have come to this," Chiles said.
SueLynn she spoke with Steve Davis of the DEP
who inspected the beach area last week and submit-
ted a report to the DEP's Coastal Systems Division
and its supervisor, Mike Barnett.
The mayor said she's arranging a meeting of the
affected owners and other concerned property own-
ers near Bean Point with West, Barnett, county of-
ficials and Rick Spadoni of Coastal Planning and
Engineering of Boca Raton to discuss options for
immediate beach renourishment. She said she hopes
to have the meeting later this week.
Unfortunately, most of the options are at prop-
erty owner expense, but those involve more than just
sandbags, and include the placement of rocks and
groins to halt erosion, according to the mayor.
The erosion damage could serve as a warning to
property owners who didn't sign easements for the
2002 renourishment project.
Hunsicker has already begun coordinating the
next beach renourishment effort, but it's not ex-
pected to begin until 2009 or 2010 at the earliest, he
Stormwater fee proposed
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
containment of contaminants is required by law. While
the city was able to improve maintenance by absorb-
ing the cost of street sweeping and cleaning of storm
drains, there has not been an available source of rev-
enue to increase capacity of storage, such as acquisition
of property or construction of swales, and an alternate
source of funding was considered."
Poindexter said the city had earmarked a large
portion of the revenue that would have derived from the
2003 sales tax increase, but it was rejected by voters.
Another source of revenue had to be found, Poindexter
said, hence the stormwater fee proposal.
"This dedicated funding can be used to enhance the
system, correct the defects and improve water quality
as required by the National Pollution Discharge Elimi-
nation System permit," Poindexter said. "Reducing the
level of flooding is also a consideration in the flood
insurance-rating system, which will be a pass-through
down, for now
Work crews on Monday
began demolishing the
Waterfront Restaurant in
S 'Anna Maria in preparation
S ..for a new facility that is
S- planned to look exactly
i like the structure damaged
' :', in an arson fire March 17
including the fireplace.
Architect Gene Aubry said
he detailed the interior
with photographs and
Some appointments were
S .' salvaged. Owners Jason
A... ..,t and Leah Suzor recently
received preliminary site
Plan approval from the city
: commission to rebuild the
.. . . '. restaurant. Islander
-,, ^ Photo: Keith Barnett
savings to the property owners.
"The consideration that we also develop a method
that will involve participation of the residents in pro-
viding local storage capacity through yard and land-
scaping improvements, as outlined in Florida Yards
and Neighborhood's Handbook, with credits to the
owner's utility rate, is a win-win solution to correct
problems that developed before stormwater regulations
were in place. As credits are given, the cost of improve-
ments will be reduced, which will be a fair and equi-
table offset of revenue and need.
"The first few years will involve considerable ex-
penditures to catch up," she said.
Holmes Beach officials last year approved a yearly
stormwater utility fee of $36 per year. Anna Maria City
is also contemplating a similar fee.
City commissioners unanimously approved send-
ing the sample language to implement a stormwater
management utility fee to the city attorney to draft an
ordinance. No dates for public hearings on the matter
have been set.
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THE ISLANDER M AUG. 11, 2004 M PAGE 3
Miller suggests reconsideration of Pine Avenue development
By Rick Catlin
Faced with a "threatened" lawsuit that will impact
an already-stretched Anna Maria budget for 2004-05,
Commissioner Duke Miller has suggested commission-
ers talk about rehearing its 3-2 denial of a site plan for
303 Pine Ave. (The Islander, Aug. 4).
In a one-way memo to Commission Chairperson
John Quam, Miller said it's apparent that the denial will
"result in a lawsuit against the city," with accompany-
ing legal costs that will have an "immense negative
driver in Anna Maria
An 80-year-old Perico Island man died Thursday,
Aug. 5, shortly before noon after suffering an appar-
ently fatal medical condition while driving his car south
on North Shore Drive in Anna Maria. The car contin-
ued through the Willow Avenue intersection and struck
the piling for the house at 219 Willow Avenue.
Manatee County Sheriff's Office deputies re-
sponded and pronounced John Plasmati, 80, of 841
Waterside Lane dead at the scene, according to the
A nurse working at a nearby residence attempted
to revive Plasmati without success.
impact" on the city's meager 2004-05 budget.
He noted similar lawsuits in Holmes Beach have
upped that city's legal expenses by 175 percent.
"It may be wise for us to put this issue on the
agenda for the next work session, if that's possible, to
consider a rehearing," suggested Miller.
He based his suggestion on several factors, includ-
ing the "threat" from the Hunts, owners of 303 Pine
Ave., to file a lawsuit against the city. "Given our ob-
vious ambiguity, our odds of winning a suit decrease
substantially," he said.
Miller added that it's possible one or more of the
three dissenting commissioners might choose to re-
consider their position. Miller and Quam sided with the
applicants while Commissioners Linda Cramer, Dale
Woodland and Carol Ann Magill opposed the site plan.
Attorney Peter Mackey, representing the Hunts,
said the lawsuit papers are being drawn up and will be
filed within the required time frame, once the city files
its decision with the circuit court.
"At the same time," he added, "I would welcome
an opportunity for a rehearing."
John Plasmati, 80,
of Perico Island,
died after suffering
an apparent fatal
heart attack while
driving south on
North Shore Drive
last Thursday. His
through the inter-
section and struck
the support piling
of the house at 219
Willow Ave. Is-
Anna Maria City Commission candidate gets unwanted publicity
Anna Maria city commission candidate Ben
Hayes of 733 Holly Road has been a virtual un-
known since filing qualifying papers in July to seek
one of two commission seats up for election in
Unknown, that is, until Manatee County
Sheriff's Office deputies were called to his home
July 28 over a verbal dispute between himself and
city resident Charlie Daniel.
According to the MCSO report, Daniel, who
also lives on Holly Drive, was riding his bicycle on
the street in front of Hayes' house around 3 p.m.
when Hayes confronted him with an accusation that
Daniel had turned him in to the code enforcement of-
ficer for a violation.
Daniel denied the accusation, but a verbal alterca-
tion ensued and Hayes made derogatory statements
about Daniel, including cursing and calling him a "fag-
got," the report said.
One witness in the MCSO report said Hayes cursed
at Daniel. Daniel claimed Hayes approached him with
a "nail pulling wrecking bar," while another witness in
the report said Hayes had an "iron bar." Daniel said at
no time did he set foot on Hayes' property, a statement
corroborated in the report by two witnesses.
Hayes admitted calling Daniel a "faggot," but
claimed it was Daniel who then came into his yard.
Daniel and the two witnesses denied the allegation.
Daniel said he believed this was an "obvious
homophobic attack," that he had done nothing to
The MCSO listed the July 28 matter as a "ver-
bal disturbance" between neighbors and no further
action was taken.
Daniel is a former member of the city's plan-
ning and zoning board.
Dolphin death off Bradenton Beach
A dead bottlenose dolphin was spotted in the surf and brought to shore by Beach House Restaurant employee
Mike Szelwach and an unidentified man near the restaurant in Bradenton Beach on Tuesday, Aug. 3. Accord-
ing to veterinarian Deborah Fauquier, deputy program manager of the Mote Stranding Investigations
Program, the dolphin had been caught, tagged and released by the Sarasota Dolphin Research Program in
the past. The female dolphin, named Rose, was estimated to have been 14 years old and died of a lung
infection, possibly pneumonia, Fauquier said, adding that the infection could have resulted from a stingray
or catfish interaction. Islander Photo: J.L. Robertson
Anna Maria City
Aug. 11, 6:45 p.m., Environmental Education and En-
hancement Committee meeting.
Aug. 12, 9 a.m., ad hoc committee meeting on compre-
Aug. 12, 7 p.m., city commission work session.
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.
Aug. 11, 4 p.m., special city commission meeting on
Aug. 11, 6 p.m., Citizen Advisory Committee For Re-
view and Updating of the Comprehensive Plan and
Land Development Code For Bradenton Beach.
Aug. 18, 4 p.m., city commission budget work meet-
Aug. 19, 1 p.m., city commission meeting.
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.,
Aug. 19, 7 p.m., planning commission meeting.
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive,
Aug. 11, 11 a.m., Island Emergency Operation Com-
mittee meeting, Fire Station No. 1,6001 Marina Drive,
Aug. 18, 7 p.m., Coalition of Barrier Island Elected
Officials meeting, Holmes Beach City Hall.
PAGE 4 E AUG. 11, 2004 0 THE ISLANDER
Tidemark courts new dance partner
By Rick Catlin
The troubled Tidemark condominium/hotel/marina
development in Holmes Beach seems to change finan-
cial partners about as often as students at a Fred Astaire
The latest "savior" of the bankrupt company is
Reliance Property Group, according to Tidemark man-
aging general partner Nick Easterling.
Reliance replaces Southstar Development of Coral
Gables, which had planned to inject the necessary $5 mil-
lion in financing to get Tidemark out of bankruptcy court
until Easterling abruptly dismissed the company just days
before a scheduled Aug. 4 hearing in federal court.
"Basically, I fired Southstar because they wanted
to rearrange the project," said Easterling. "I haven't
spent the past 18 months not getting paid to see that
But Reliance appears to be just another Tidemark
"dance partner" in its efforts to waltz around reorganiz-
ing under federal bankruptcy laws. Tidemark Partners
LLC filed for bankruptcy protection in federal court in
Tampa on Jan. 21, 2004.
In April 2004, Southstar had replaced Cypress
Lending Group of Vero Beach, Fla. part of the EFO
real estate group from Dallas as the new "partner"
when it loaned Tidemark $130,000 in interim financ-
ing and agreed to "due diligence" in an effort to pro-
vide financing for Tidemnark.
Cypress Lending and EFO signed the Tidemark
dance card after Easterling rejected an offer by first
mortgage holder Brasota Mortgage, which bought up
Regions Bank's $1.7 million mortgage to go with its
$2.3 million mortgage. Easterling, however, rejected
Brasota's plan because the company would only offer
financing for the marina portion of the project, not the
proposed 40-unit condominium and accompanying
Regions Bank had filed for foreclosure on Tide-
mark on Dec. 23, 2003, after efforts between Tidemark
and "partner" Parliament Group of Dallas on a deal
Parliament had joined up with Tidemark in Sep-
tember 2003 with a refinancing agreement, prompting
Easterling to announce construction might begin in
Brasota attorney Peter Mackey said the company
has signed an agreement giving Tidemark 10 days to
pay off the estimated $5 million debt after the bank-
ruptcy court approves any reorganization plan with a
new Tidemark partner, or until Oct. 20, 2004. Other-
wise, Brasota can proceed with foreclosure in circuit
court and sell the property to new investors to recover
The next court hearing on Tidemark's latest reor-
ganization plan this one with Reliance as the new
partner- is scheduled to debut Sept. 1.
'official' post in
Charles K. Edwards has been offered the position l
of building official in Bradenton Beach.
City commissioners Monday authorized Mayor
John Chappie to enter into negotiations with Edwards.
Questions to be posed to Edwards will include his abil-
ity to garner a provisional building official license and
his availability to start work.
Edwards has said he is a licensed general contrac-
tor, project manager, estimator and troubleshooter. For I
the past seven years he has been the president of Shut-
ter-Vue Inc. of Bradenton, a company that designs and
installs hurricane shutters. Prior to that he was a de-
signer with the Orlando and St. Petersburg-based
Shutterhaus Inc. for 22 years, another shutter business. I .
He was an independent sub-contractor dealing with
electrical systems in Cincinnati, Ohio, and an electri-
cian in Georgia.
... and Manatee County steps 'Back up'
in for part-time help "Backi yo
By Paul Roat in Bradenton
An 11 th-hour "save" by Manatee County has en- covered evac
sured building inspections will continue in Bradenton Photo: Nanc
Beach for at least another month.
The city has been without the services of an in-
house building official since January in the wake of the B r
resignation of Bob Welch. Bradenton Beach entered ri
into an interlocal agreement with Holmes Beach to pro-
vide inspection duties while the city interviewed for a
However, as the months passed and no candidates
were selected, Holmes Beach city commissioners de-
cided to halt providing inspection duties in the city,
effective Friday, Aug. 6. Anna M
Mayor John Chappie told city commissioners he had meeting app
contacted Manatee County Administrator Emrnie Padgett terprises Inc
and had received approval for county building officials to bridges. Cor
step in to handle inspections in the city through Sept. 10. ternatives in
County inspectors will be paid by the city for their ommended b
time in the city, multiplied by a factor of 1.3 percent. Donovan Inc
The city will be held liable for any issues that arise from for the proje
any inspections, not the county, as well as any injuries As the c
sustained by county officials working in the city. bridge repa
Chappie said the hours of operation in the building transfers to i
department would probably have to be altered to ac- including fr
commodate county officials. Commis
Bradenton Beach has paid Holmes Beach Crescent Dr
$12,328.33 for building official services from January $13,000 front
through the end of June, Holmes Beach Treasurer Rick ment project
Ashley said. While tl-
Salary for the building official position in of troubled w
Bradenton Beach is $48,000 annually, plus benefits. where to fin
That job description will also include code enforce- Mayor
ment duties, since that job was also vacated in January current bud1
and commissioners chose to eliminate the position. is nothing ir
ur computer files" when a storm threatens, computer consultant Jim Bode urged the 100-plus
d business owners at the Hurricane Information Seminar last week at the Beach House Restaurant
'n Beach. Other speakers at the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce-sponsored event
cuation and re-entry to the Island after a hurricane, insurance, cleanup and rebuilding. Islander
idge over untroubled waters
won't cover leaky roof
By Rick Catlin
aria City Commissioners at their Aug. 2
roved a $105,000 contract with CEM En-
:. to repair and rehabilitate the city's two
nmissioners also approved four added al-
the repairs totaling $62,000 that were rec-
by the city's engineer firm of Baskerville-
c. and added an $8,367 contingency fund
current budget only had about $138,000 for
irs, commissioners approved line-item
reach the estimated $175,000 project cost,
om the capital improvements reserve fund.
sioners took $25,000 from the Pine Avenue/
ive stormwater improvement project and
n the $25,000 budgeted for a capital improve-
for North Shore Drive south of Pine Avenue.
hose actions kept Anna Maria's bridges out
waters, commissioners were left wondering
d money for a new roof on city hall.
SueLynn said there was no money in the
get without going into reserves, and there
ithe 2004-05 budget for a new roof.
Commissioner Linda Cramer, however, pointed
out that it makes sense to replace the roof during the
current city hall remodeling project which, according
to the mayor, should be completed by the end of Sep-
Commissioner Duke Miller favored waiting until
the city hall project was complete, then putting the roof
project out for bid.
Public Works Director George McKay said his
department could patch the present leak in the mansard,
and also recommended waiting until completion of the
remodeling project. SueLynn said she would tell
Southern Cross, the city hall remodeling contractor,
that the city would not move forward with a new roof
at this time
Cramer, however, has been determined to get a
new roof on city hall during this budget cycle, and got
approval from the mayor to call contractor Mike
Connelly about an inspection of the current roof and a
cost analysis for a replacement.
The mayor has already provided the commission
with roof replacement estimates from licensed contrac-
tors, ranging from about $40,000 to $58,000, depend-
ing on the style and quality of the new roof.
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Things go wrong, no one wants the blame.
Might as well eat worms. There are times we'd
like to dish up worms on a buffet for some politi-
cians and other folks who "just don't get it."
It's really not about who you like or who you
don't. Pretty much everyone works hard at making
our cities a better place to live, we just have dif-
ferent ways of going about it.
Take beach renouishment. Some folks in Anna
Maria declined to sign easements to allow sand to
be pumped on the beach seaward of their property.
Now with waves lapping at their doors, they likely
wish they'd join the program. The Gulf of Mexico
can very quickly open a can of worms.
Word came this week that Cafe on the Beach,
the Island staple for beachfront dining and sunset
watching, will close for two months while Mana-
tee County remodels the building. The renovations
are sorely needed, all will attest, but the loss of
jobs and revenue will sadly trickle through the Is-
land community. Eat worms?
Traffic? Sure it's summer, but every week
from Thursday to Sunday more and more re-
sembles.winter season. The Bradenton Beach bike
path construction is causing misery for north-south
traffic at the southern end of the Island. Replacing
the seawall and sidewalk at the Holmes Beach city
basin along Marina Drive is also causing havoc.
It s big trouble for kids who walk to and from
A.nna Maria Elementary and have no safe path.
Anna Maria city commissioners are trying to
squeeze a too-tight budget to save taxpayers a few
dollars in spite of requests for long-overdue im-
provements. This in a city that returned grant
funds for drainage and bike path projects? And
never mind a cost to the city of pennies on the
dollar for land that could be purchased with mostly
state funds although any sort of development
will surely meet citizen ire. Looks like a steady
diet of worms there.
And last but not least, some of you may re-
member an Anna Maria resident who said he
moved there for its distinct lack of diversity. While
ne passed away and we hoped his opinions with
him, we are loath to hear that there are folks here
now who haven't heard of live and let live.
We should feed prejudice to the worms.
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Help them help you
On Aug. 31 there will be a question on the bal-
lot asking you to approve or disapprove the West
Manatee Fire & Rescue District exercising its ad
valorem taxing authority. If approved the district
will impose a one-half-mill rate (50 cents per $1,000
of taxable value) and limit the ability of the district
to raise this millage to a cap of I mill. This tax will
be in addition to the present assessment method,
which will remain to reduce the impact of the mill-
This referendum was narrowly defeated in the
March election, but now after voters expressed their
opinions, the board has made significant changes in
the proposed tax rate and reduced the cap from 3.75
mills to 1 mill.
What does this really mean to you the voter?
The West Manatee Fire & Rescue District would
receive an additional $50 for each $100,000 of your
home's taxable value. This $50 per $100,000 would
allow WMFR to hire the additional personnel needed
to comply with state-mandated firefighter safety
rules and maintain the level of service you have
come to expect.
How do these rules affect you'?
Firefighters are firefighters because they love
what they do. When a building is on fire, every
firefighter on scene wants to be the first one in the
door, with nozzle in hand. Traditionally, the first-
arriving truck (usually with two or three firefighters)
would quickly size up the fire and enter the structure
to find and put out the fire, while looking for vic-
State law now says we can no longer do that. The
state of Florida has adopted the Florida Firefighter
Occupational Health and Safety Act. Contained in
this rule is adoption of OSHA 29CFR1910.134, or
commonly called the "two in, two out" rule which
requires fire services to implement a rapid interven-
tion team (RIT) of at least two firefighters, who must
be in place and dedicated to the safety of fire crews
before they can enter a burning structure.
So instead of showing up and rushing in to fight
the fire with two or three people, we now must wait
for another truck to arrive so we can go in. The sec-
ond fire truck, if you live in northwest Bradenton,
would come from the city of Bradenton, or the
10,000 block of Cortez Road.
That's a long time to wait if it is your house that
is on fire. Residents on the north end of the Island
must wait even longer while the second responding
truck comes from the Cortez Station or the Westside
Station at 67th Street and Manatee Avenue.
If the referendum passes, WMFR would be able
to show up with enough people on the first truck to
be allowed to enter your building and fight the fire
without having to wait for the second truck.
It is the desire of the firefighters of West Mana-
tee to provide the residents of our district with the
best possible service. Please help us do just that by
voting for the Fire Rescue Initiative on Aug. 31.
Capt. Ernie Cave, WMFR
I read the Aug. 4 article in The Islander of the
miraculous survival of Greg LaPensee after suffer-
ing a 23,000-volt electrical shock with interest and
marveled at his good luck. He certainly has a guard-
ian angel sitting on his shoulder!
Please note, however, that nobody survives
"electrocution." The word, as defined in all the dic-
tionaries which I consulted just to make sure, means
"death by electric shock." One can survive an elec-
tric shock, but cannot survive "electrocution."
Just a small point which detracts from on other-
wise excellent report.
Arno Lemmer, Holmes Beach
EDITOR'S NOTE: Mr. Lemmer is correct.
Webster's Dictionary has "electrocution" defined as:
"To kill with electricity, to execute a condemned
prisoner with electricity." We apologize for the er-
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Leave dunes alone
This is an open letter to the developers of Bermuda
Bay condominium at 1401 Gulf Drive in Bradenton
Beach. They have a lawsuit against the city for voting
against their plans to build two structures with two
driveways leading to the building across from their
The city won the lawsuit last year. However, Island
Inc. (Bermuda Bay) appealed the case at the District
Court of Appeal. There were three judges (two voted
for Island Inc. and one for the city) thereby winning at
The location of the proposed project is in the en-
vironmental zone (El) that have valuable sand dunes
with vegetation (sea oats, etc.). In order to build there
these dunes will have to be destroyed.
The attorney for the appellants (Island Inc.) argued
that the beach restoration and renourishment of the
seven years of work (3,600) pages to do the first dredg-
ing of sand event (1992) were used as "smokescreens"
and were not relevant to the issue of not allowing the
destruction of the nature-made dunes on this vital sand
protection of the beach.
They also argue the land use map decades ago that
it was not considered an El zone; that it was in later
years declared a preservation area. The city certainly
had the right to do so.
It is not only the Island Inc. site but also the adja-
cent neighbors Silver Surf, 1301 Gulf Drive N. (for-
merly Harbor Lights); Tortouga, 1325 Gulf Drive N.
(formerly Catalina); and Gulf Stream, 1501 Gulf Drive
N. (formerly Smugglers Cove).
An element in the Florida State Comprehensive
Plan clearly states under the Coastal Marine Resources
No. 4 in the jurisdiction of Bradenton Beach protect
coastal resources, marine resources and dune systems
from the adverse effects of development.
It has always been and will continue to be (Mana-
tee County Erosion Control Project designed by the
Army Corps of Engineers, a federally authorized
project since 1970 ongoing with a 50 year contract) that
this location, Gulf Drive and Cortez Road North to
Gulf Drive Caf6, four lots at the Sunset Park, the S-
curve Gulf Drive at 22nd Street North are the most
vulnerable for storm surge and flooding storms and
Just because other developments on Gulf Drive
have been built on the beachside is not just cause for
them to build also. These developments have been al-
lowed because former dwellings were on them. The
city always allowed transfer of density on Gulf to Bay
parcels on the west side to the east side.
Another argument they raise is the issue of sand soils
in the dunes are not quality beach sand. The experts (Jim
Farr and George F. Young) were used in the case. I sure
want to know their credentials and be able to compare with
numerous coastal engineers who are affiliated with the
Florida Shore and Beach Association based in Tallahas-
see. It is really quite simple to compare these dunes with
Coquina and Cortez Beach dunes.
They make a comparison that because sailboat rent-
als operate at the Silver Surf beach, that is a commercial
venture, therefore they can construct the cement struc-
tures. This is grasping at straws. If anything their opera-
tion has been used many times for publicity to advertise
the beauty of the sails, sunsets, and the Gulf of Mexico.
It has been a tremendous asset for Ralph Cole,
owner of his beach oriented equipment, to be there. He
always has helped to clean the dunes, plant sea oats,
and more importantly educate the public the impor-
tance of the dunes with the walkover and how sea oats
are so important in keeping, holding, and protecting the
He actually has saved lives in the Gulf. His jet skis
have been used numerous times to help capsized boats.
He has a certificate from lifeguards and Manatee
County for his efforts.
Why in all these past years the other resorts at this
stretch of beach, at least 600 feet, haven't wanted to
Is Island Inc. in such dire straights and can prove
It is very ironic the smokescreenn" I spoke of at the
beginning of this article is the very reason they want to
construct this project because of the new wider beach.
It is also very ironic that the dunes at this location
former owned by Mr. Skalitsky and the Dama family
was the very first nature-made dune. Catalina Beach
Resort (Tortuga) was the second. Manatee County's
Coquina and Cortez Beach, third, and other neighbors
Another irony, now they want to be the first ever
on the Island to destroy dunes. By doing this destruc-
tion it will weaken the strength of this line of defense.
It will also create a horrible blowout.
I have never seen judges go against home rule,
namely incorporated cities.
The owner of Island Inc. professes his love of
Bradenton Beach, I really don't think so.
The sign at the Sunset Park just north of the S curve
on Gulf Drive and 22nd Street reads: "This public
beach access would not have been possible without the
sacrifice of Janet Braithwaite, Robert Forker, Allan
Hamilton/Mable Harper (co-owners) and Mathew
The state of Florida purchased the four beach lots,
50 by 100 feet, from the above owners, and they net-
ted between $20,000-$30,000 apiece, each were differ-
ent because of closing costs and taxes, they could have
sold them for three times as much but they did it to
create open space on the beach.
This case is going to the Supreme Court in Talla-
hassee. We need help from anyone who truly cares
about stopping the greed.
Please address your concern or opposition to the
destruction of this dune that may also create a domino
effect to the adjacent dunes on either side to:
Gregory W. Hootman, P.A., attorney at law, P.O.
Box 1778, Sarasota FL 34230, phone 941-952-1035,
fax 941-953-2314, or to Ralf Brookes, Bradenton
Beach City Attorney, 1217 E. Cape Coral Pkwy., No.
107, Cape Coral FL 33904, phone 239-910-5464, fax
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PAGE 8 0 AUG. 11, 2004 M THE ISLANDER
Beach and perils spectacular in storm
By Jim Hanson
People have been flocking to Island beaches de-
spite or because of stormy weather to "see the
fury of Mother Nature," said lifeguard Capt. Joe
He agrees with the people who see beauty and
majesty in storms. But he is all too aware of the dan-
gers stormy weather brings, too.
"It's a time of peril, too," he warned. "People have
to be sure their skill level in the water is up to meeting
the challenges they put themselves through."
There have been no serious incidents so far this
season, he said, and that probably is largely due to the
lifeguards' attitude: "The best rescue is the one you
Holmes Beach to
Anna Maria forget
combined cop ops
By Rick Catlin
Holmes Beach Mayor Carol Whitmore has given
a polite "thanks, but no thanks" reply to an effort by
Anna Maria City Commissioner Duke Miller to discuss
the cost of Holmes Beach assuming law enforcement
duties for Anna Maria.
In a letter to Miller and the city Aug. 5, Whitmore
said she appreciated the confidence that Miller had
shown in the HBPD, but "at this time, I do not feel the
timing is right to move forward and present you with
Whitmore added that she recently attended an
Anna Maria City Commission meeting and did not feel
that the commission yet "grasped the strong mayor
form of government."
To put it bluntly, Whitmore said she has observed
Anna Maria commissioners "micro-managing issues
that are clearly legislative and cannot subject my po-
lice department and myself to this (sic)."
But if Anna Maria wants to return to the issue in
the future, when commissioners stop micro-managing,
"please let me know and I will bring this to my com-
mission," Whitmore concluded.
Miller's effort with Holmes Beach came after the
Manatee County Sheriff s Office increased its contract
price with Anna Maria for 2004-05 from $510,000 to
$580,000, with no option for negotiation. Miller and
other commissioners are seeking measures to either
reduce spending or generate revenue, without increas-
ing the city's millage rate.
Sheriff Wells to speak
to Anna Maria commission
By Rick Catlin
Anna Maria residents and commissioners con-
cerned about the nearly 15 percent rise in the city's
2004-05 contract with the Manatee County Sheriff's
Office will get their chance to take potshots at the
contract and the man responsible Thursday, Aug.. 12,
at the 7 p.m. city commission meeting.
Manatee County Sheriff Charlie Wells is scheduled
to address commissioners that evening on the $580,000
MCSO contract, which represents 30 percent of the
entire city budget. Commissioners previously have
expressed dismay at the high annual increase in the
MCSO contract and have suggested a reduction in of-
ficers from seven to six might save the city about
For his part, Wells has said previously the contract
is not negotiable. The city, however, always has the
option to reduce the level of service the MCSO pro-
Just three years ago, in the 2001-02 budget, the
MCSO provided annual service to Anna Maria for
about $330,000. That figure, however, was still about
30 percent of the city's annual budget.
Wells, in the middle of a re-election campaign, is
scheduled to be one of the first speakers on the work-
don't have to perform."
To validate that credo, the Marine Rescue Service
of the Manatee County Public Safety Department trains
its 14 lifeguards and supervisors to prevent the condi-
tions of danger before they can occur.
"In the rough seas and heavy surf of the past sev-
eral days we have closed sections of beach to swim-
mers as they became more dangerous, then reopened
them when the danger was well past," Westerman said.
"The guard staff says on top of conditions and in
control of the people using the beach. One of the worst
fears is of rip currents, which can form in minutes.
They can pull even good swimmers away from safety
- like the young man in Venice several days ago, a
strong swimmer who got caught in a rip and drowned.
"We can see a rip start forming, and we get right
on it. We motion people away from that part of the
beach and move them on to a safer place. We work
personally with patrons to make sure everyone is
The county keeps two lifeguards at Manatee Pub-
lic Beach and four at Coquina during normal swim-
ming hours, and they respond to incidents all up and
down the Island from Bean Point to Longboat Pass. Not
Longboat Key, though, unless the police there call for
their help. They respond mostly to 911 emergency
They do it gladly, for it's their job and they enjoy
it, even the rough parts. As Westerman said, "We're at
our best when you are at your worst."
Summer camp at the Anna Maria Island Community Center wrapped up with afield trip to Papa John's
restaurant on Manatee Avenue in Bradenton where these young Islanders learned how pizzas are made from
Chuck Ginn, Lisa Adams and store manager David Hildebrandt. Each camper received a "Junior Pizza
Maker" certificate and an individual-sized pizza. Islander Photo: Diana Bogan
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Registration for O'Connor Bowling Challenge open
Signup is ongoing for the annual O'Connor Bowl- evening, Aug. 28, at the AMF Bradenton Lanes, 4208
ing Challenge Aug. 28, Bill O'Connor said this week. Cortez Road, Bradenton. Participants will sign in from
He and twin brother George expect an overflow 5-6 p.m., with bowling to begin "promptly" at 6:15
crowd of bowlers again this year, so it's advisable for p.m.
bowlers to get their spot reserved long before the big The annual big party will begin when bowlers fin-
party. Some 280 bowled last year- an advance sell- ish their exertions. It will be at the Cortez Kitchen res-
out with at some 350-400 folks at the lanes for the taurant, 4628 119th St. on the Cortez waterfront.
fun. Awards, prizes and giveaways all take place at the
Bowlers may sign up no later than Wednesday,
Aug. 25, at The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach; Duffy's Tavern, 5808 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach; or the Anna Maria Island Community Center,
407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Proceeds will go to
the Center's programs.
Cost is $20 per bowler for the action Saturday
Kitchen, and Bill advises that this year participants will
have to be present to win.
Top prize, courtesy of event sponsor The Islander,
is a 32-inch flat-screen Panasonic television, and Peggi
Davenport of Duffy's will again be in charge of TV
Additional details are available at 650-5488.
THE ISLANDER 0 AUG. 11, 2004 K PAGE 9
National nests down; local hatchlings up for turtles
By Jim Hanson
More than halfway through the sea turtle nesting
season, "experts" are realizing what Anna Maria Island
Turtle Watch volunteers have known for weeks: Log-
gerheads are in serious trouble.
Wire services and daily newspapers have begun
reporting what has worried Islanders since June, half as
Ten years ago in the Aug. 11, 1994, issue
of The Islander, headlines announced:
Facing a budget deficit, the Anna Maria Island
Community Center appealed to the Holmes Beach City
Commission to double its annual contribution, from
many sea turtle nests as even in bad years of the re-
Loggerhead nesting numbers are so low from
North Carolina to Florida this summer that biologists
even fear for that species' survival, said an article over
Suzi Fox has been saying that about the Island for
nearly two months. She is director of Anna Maria Is-
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$15,000 to $30,000.
Managers of the two Circle K convenience stores
in Bradenton Beach were arrested by Bradenton Beach
police and charged with grand theft after $20,000 was
reported missing at one store, while the second location
was short $17,000.
Tempers flared at an Anna Maria Fire District
meeting when commissioners Sandy Haas and Glenn
Bliss voted against the 1994/95 budget. District com-
missioner George Jackson accused Bliss of "grand-
standing" because they had not opposed the budget at
a recent workshop session.
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turtle preservation, and has seen many seasons average
around 200 nests here.
This year is a different, and frightening, story: As
of today, only 103 nests have been found on Island
beaches, half of last year's and of the average.
The weekend story, printed throughout the south-
east in daily newspapers, cited Georgia as a prime ex-
ample. There, 346 nests had been reported, compared
with the average 1,000-plus over the past 15 years.
Biologists in Florida, North and South Carolina,
Alabama and even in the Caribbean "also report dis-
mally low numbers of nesting loggerheads." Scientists
say they don't know whether it's a normal slowdown
or the first sign of a crisis.
Nobody knows what is causing the problem, and
the Island's Fox is first to admit she doesn't know. But
she has suspicions.
"The weather was very cold by turtle standards
early in the season," she said. The nesting season here
is May-October. "The Gulf water stayed cold until
June, and sea turtles don't start nesting until it's 80 and
above. Maybe they went elsewhere. Maybe a big die-
off years ago is showing its results now. Maybe a dis-
ease is involved."
She added, "We won't know where this is headed
until nesting time next year."
There is an upside, though. Twelve nests have
hatched on Anna Maria beaches so far this year, and the
"hatch rate" is 90 percent. That means that 90 or more
of the average 100 eggs per nest sent hatchlings into the
Last year the hatch rate was around 50 percent.
Turtle Watch volunteers dig down into hatched nests
to make sure no hatchlings are hung up there and to
count the egg evidence.
What this means is that this year's nests are send-
ing nearly the same total numbers of hatchlings into the
sea as last year's, and with only half the nests.
Details may be obtained at the Turtle Watch Edu-
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By Diana Bogan
Holmes Beach resident Debbie Scott flew to Los
Angeles to undergo hours of scrutiny by oral surgeons,
psychiatrists and plastic surgeons contracted by ABC
Television's "Extreme Makeover" show only to be told
she is not healthy enough or ugly enough to make the
"They told me I'm too pretty and too unhealthy and
I'm happily kicked out of the running," Scott said.
Scott was one of 200 semi-finalists selected from
20,000 applicants vying for a spot on the show and
flown out to California for a final evaluation by the
extreme makeover team.
During the physical examination, Scott was noti-
fied that she has three lumps in her breasts and would
not be permitted to continue with the application pro-
cess. She was sent home.
One of the Extreme team members offered to pay
for the biopsy she needs and Scott said she has already
received that check.
"That literally saves my life," she said. "How do I
say 'thank you' to someone I don't know who already
Scott applied to the show because she has been
unable to address her medical needs with Medicaid and
the deterioration in health has led to a lack of confi-
dence in her appearance.
The deterioration of her teeth has led to an infec-
tion in her sinus cavity that has become a hard mass,
which Scott says is too painful to touch. The combina-
tion of being physically ill from the infection and the
poor condition of her teeth has made it difficult for
Scott to maintain her weight.
Despite being passed over by the Extreme team,
Scott is pushing forward with her own plan to regain
her appearance and self-confidence Island style.
Scott met with oral surgeon Charles Tomeo for a
consultation and was told she would need 10 teeth ex-
tracted, bone filing and local anesthesia resulting in a
cost of $2,000.
Island dentist Gy Yatros has also contacted Scott
and invited her to his office for a consultation to deter-
mine if he can assist her and contribute to her dental
This handcrafted "elder angel" is one of the items
included in the raffle at Islander Debbie Scott's
Island makeover celebration.
Makeover fundraiser party Aug. 14
Kathleen Goerg of the Island Family Chiropractic
Center is working with Debbie Scott to sponsor a
fundraiser to help defray any remaining costs for her
upcoming dental surgery. A fundraiser kick-off is
scheduled for Aug. 14 from 10 a.m. to noon at Goerg's
office at 3612 E. Bay Drive in Holmes Beach.
Islanders are invited to meet Scott at the event,
where there will be kids activities, a raffle drawing and
refreshments. Goerg will be accepting donations to-
wards Scott's dental surgery through Aug. 28.
For more information, call Scott at 778-0268, or
Georg's office at 778-0722.
Public input sought by
Holmes Beach planners
By Diana Bogan
The Holmes Beach Planning Commission and city
planner Bill Brisson are encouraging residents to tell
them what comprehensive plan and land development
code issues they believe the city needs to address.
Three information gathering sessions are being orga-
nized for Aug. 30 through Sept. I at 7 p.m. at Holmes
Beach City Hall.
Cortez Yacht Club race
Sunday in Gulf
The Cortez Yacht Club will hold this year's final
race of the Commodore's Cup Series on Sunday, Aug.
15, and the event is open to members and non-mem-
A cold breakfast buffet will be served dockside at
the Seafood Shack Marina, 4110 127th St. W., Cortez,
beginning at 8:30 a.m., followed by a captain's meet-
ing at 9:30.
Starting line for the race is in the Gulf of Mexico
near the LP marker for Longboat Pass, racing a figure-
eight course approximately 4 miles overall.
First, second and third place will be awarded for
two classes: True Cruising and Non-Spinnaker, with
finish times calculated using PHRF standards.
Entry fee is $10 per boat for members and $15 for
non-members. A brief awards ceremony will follow at
For information is available through George
Carter, CYC vice commodore, at 792-9100.
The city commission hired Brisson to work in con-
junction with the planning commission to review all LDC
provisions for consistency with the city's comprehensive
plan and for internal consistency within the LDC.
Commission Chairperson Sue Normand stressed
that the information sessions provide an opportunity for
residents to make a difference early in the process and
have their voices heard.
Normand suggested that each information session
be designated for specific neighborhoods so that resi-
dents have an opportunity to address concerns that spe-
cifically apply to them.
"Different areas do have different concerns,"
Normand said. And we might get more participation."
Brisson noted that public input should be limited
to problems that deal specifically with the LDC. He
also suggested that he would approach business own-
ers and contractors who, in the course of their business,
use the LDC to provide input.
"It's very practical to get input from professionals
that have to use it all the time," Brisson said, "and look
at the glitches they encounter."
A questionnaire will also be available for those
who don't wish to speak at the information sessions,
but want to provide input.
In the meantime, the planning commissioners and
Brisson agreed to review a list of issues provided by
city staff and the results of the community visioning
process conducted by the Tampa Bay Regional Plan-
ning Council last year.
Planning commissioners will meet again Aug. 19
and finalize plans for its public information sessions.
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Lauren Gundry of Bradenton Beach has started
early in life to battle life's bad breaks she has begun
a car wash operation to help pay the bills for treatment
of her grandmother's cancer.
Suzanne Darmenio of Holmes Beach is extremely
appreciative of the sentiment and its action and espe-
cially of her granddaughter. "She's a lovely child, and
we just love her to death," she said.
To make sure everyone understands the seriousness
of the situation, and to assure there is no suspicion of a
ripoff, Lauren explains it in an e-mail to The Islander:
"Hi. My name is Lauren. I am 15 years old. My
grandmother Suzanne Darmenio is currently diagnosed
with pancreatic cancer. My grandpa, Greg Darmenio,
has lost his job and as of now they're without income.
In order for my grandma to even think about having
any treatment they need money.
"I am currently involved in a 'car wash for cancer'
located at the Holmes Beach fire Department (West
Manatee Fire and Rescue). We will be there during
peak travel times in the afternoons and as possible on
weekends until further notice.
"Also, if anyone has any information on starting a
cancer walk or any other fundraiser or wants to contrib-
ute time and/or funds, please call 778-5770 or 778-
5065. If no answer, please leave a message.
"Thank you so much to everyone who has partici-
pated to date, especially the fire department for their
generous donation of space. My grandmother really
Still time to sign for
Center kids' program
Although school has already started, there's still
time left to sign up children for the Anna Maria Island
Community Center's after-school TLC program.
It began Monday at the cafeteria of the Anna Maria
Titled Time for Learning Creatively, it will be on
school days from school dismissal until 6 p.m. It is
aimed at all children, especially those who might be
home alone without the program.
Included on the agenda are homework help, com-
puter skills, mentoring, creative arts, recreation, cook-
ing, drama, specialized remediation and tutoring, spe-
cial performances and field trips.
It is offered on regular school days, half days and
"school's out" days, but shuts down for some holidays.
Fees are a one-time $15 registration fee, $35 a week per
child, an additional $15 for each full day of attendance
because of no school, additional $7 for each half-day
of attendance. Some scholarships are available for
needy children, the Center said.
Details may be obtained at 778-1908.
'Battle of the Bands'
to draw Island Baptists
Young members of the Island Baptist Church are
planning to attend the "Battle of the Bands" Saturday
night, Aug. 14, as a back-to-school rally, the local church
It will be from 5-10 p.m. at 1306 Manatee Ave. W.,
Bradenton, behind the First Baptist Church. Radio per-
sonality Michelle Tellone will be master of ceremonies,
and bands will be judged by musicians.
Games, a climbing wall, door prizes and food are on
the agenda. Details may be obtained by calling 778-0719.
& Drops /
Date Low High Rainfall
Aug. 1 77 87 .80
Aug. 2 78 99 1.00
Aug. 3 76 86 1.00
Aug. 4 76 89 .20
Aug. 5 78 92 Trace
Aug.6 78 93 0
Aug. 7 78 89 .40
Average Gulf water temperature 86
24-hour rainfall accumulation with reading at approximately 5 p.m. daily.
Blood to be taken at
2 locations in August
The Island will host two blood drives during
August, the first at Island Fitness Inc. and the
second at Anna Maria Island Community Center.
Appointments by donors are appreciated, but
drop-ins are welcome too.
At Island Fitness, 5317 Gulf Drive, Holmes
Beach, the bloodmobile will be open from 10
a.m.-2 p.m. Monday, Aug. 23. Appointments
may be made by telephoning 778-5446.
The following day, Tuesday, Aug. 24, the
bloodmobile will be at the Center, 407 Magno-
lia Ave., Anna Maria, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Ap-
pointments may be made at 778-1908.
Donors are to eat a meal and drink liquids
before donating. All donors must present a photo
ID and first-time donors will be asked to provide
their Social Security number.
Oyster Bar tourney
The golf tournament sold out in five days, but the
Anna Maria Oyster Bar's fourth annual competition is
still wide open for hole sponsors.
John Horne, owner of the Oyster Bar restaurants
and sponsor of one of the Island's most successful ath-
letic events, said the tournament needs sponsors for
golf holes at $150 for a green hole, $250 for red, $1,000
for corporate golf shirt sponsorship.
Otherwise, the big event is a go for Friday, Sept.
17, at El Conquistador Country Club, 4350 El Conquis-
tador Pkwy., Bradenton. The shotgun start will be at
All signed up are the full house of 40 four-person
teams at $150 per player. A similar full field last year
netted $33,000 for the Anna Maria Island Community
Center, which is this year's beneficiary too.
Likewise large on the program is the VIP party the
night before the tournament. It will be at Par for the
Course restaurant at the River Club golf course, 6600
River Club Blvd. in East Bradenton.
Further information may be obtained by calling
'All Island Home' can start
soon for Habitat
Island churches have acted so swiftly on the "All
Island Home" for Habitat for Humanity that the project
can begin "perhaps within a month or so."
With $18,645.50 in hand, the Rev. Bill Grossman
said the climax of fundraising is in sight and he is sure
"we will soon get the rest" of the $25,000 or so that is
the Island churches' share.
The money will go to construction of a house for
a needy family at the Habitat development in Palmetto.
The Rev. Gary Batey, pastor of Roser Memorial Com-
munity Church who with Grossman has been heading
the fund drive for All Island Denominations, said AID
would prefer to build an affordable house on the Island,
but property costs prohibit that venture.
AID is handling the program apart from its regu-
lar duties and finances, Batey said, so donation checks
should be made out to Habitat for Humanity with a
notation "For All Island Home," and mailed to Habi-
tat at 1005 Third Ave. W., Bradenton 34221.
Grossman said by phone from California that
Frank Suppe of Habitat in Manatee County has
asked "when would we like to start our house," and
that decision will be made quite soon by AID. Both
Grossman and Batey were in Sacramento for a
Additional details may be obtained by calling 723-
Drawing class resuming at Center
A drawing class with Susan Cotton instructing will
resume Aug. 24 at the Anna Maria Island Community
Center, the Center said. It will be from 9-10:15 a.m. Cost
is $18 for members, $20 for nonmembers for four weeks.
Also at the Center with Cotton starting Aug. 24
will be a watercolor class meeting Tuesdays from
10:30 a.m.-1 p.m., $30 for members and $33 for non-
Further information may be obtained at 778-1908.
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Naval duty led to postmaster
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Wyman Coarsey of Cortez has had a lifelong love
affair with the sea.
In fact, when he heard the news on Dec. 7, 1941,
that the Japanese had bombed Pearl Harbor and the
United States was at war, he was with his mom and dad
in a boat in Palma Sola Bay.
"I remember my dad saying to my mom, 'Don't
worry, our sons are too young to go to war.'" said
Wyman. "I was only 16 at the time and we all figured
the war wouldn't last long."
But it did and by October 1942, Wyman, then 17
and growing tired of working for his dad, heard the
news that all 18-year-olds would be drafted.
"I didn't want to be a foot solider and most of my
Cortez friends had already joined the Navy, so I signed
up. I had grown up on the water and figured that was
the place to be."
His first duty assignment after boot training was to
radio school, but because he had the measles, he was
held back and ended up learning Morse code using a
signal lamp. He eventually went to radio school, then
was transferred to a training camp in Maryland where
he taught seamanship to new recruits.
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ship, the U.S.S. Burrows, a destroyer escort that would
patrol the North Atlantic on convoy duty.
"On our first trip, we headed out to Iceland, then
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While making a routine inspection of the ship as
part of his duties, he discovered a civilian worker down
in the hold of the paint locker. Wyman called for the
officer of the deck to send help, then lowered himself
down to the stricken man.
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around the man and told his buddies on the next deck
to haul away. That's the last thing he remembered un-
til he awoke in a Naval hospital three days later.
Doctors told him the civilian worker had mistak-
enly opened a five-gallon can of carbon tetrachloride,
a poisonous substance that gave off deadly fumes.
"I never learned what happened to the civilian, but
I guess he made it. I did, too, because my buddies
pulled me out in time, but I had to spend 30 days in the
hospital." While in the hospital, he contracted pneumo-
nia from breathing the fumes.
When he recovered enough to take some leave, he
hitchhiked to Florida to tell his dad he was getting
married to a girl he had met in Elkton, Md., who was
working in a munitions factory making 40-mm antiair-
craft shells. He then hitchhiked back to Maryland, got
married, and headed to another hospital in Boston for
"They checked out my lungs, then sent me to an-
other hospital. I figured I was going to get another as-
signment, but the doctors there told me the war was
over and I was going to be discharged."
The date was Aug. 9, 1945, the day the second
atomic bomb was dropped on Japan. The next day,
Aug. 10, the Japanese announced they were surrender-
ing. It was the same day Wyman was discharged with
a 50-percent disability because of his accident.
"After the second A-bomb, we knew the Japanese
were through. I later learned that my ship had been sent
to the Pacific for the invasion, but ended up in Tokyo
Bay without firing a shot. They were at the actual sur-
render on Sept. 1, 1945. I wish I could have gone on
that trip, but things worked out well."
He and his new wife Josie returned to Cortez where
he went to work for the Fulford Fish Co. He bought a
piece of property near his parents' home in what is now
Mariner's Cove. Eventually, he and Josie built a house
there, just up the street from the Seafood Shack. They
still live there today.
"Times were tough, and we had six children, but
we survived with the help of the good people of
Cortez," Wyman noted. "They are my people and I
THE ISLANDER M AUG. 11, 2004 M PAGE 13
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He eventually worked for the A.P. Bell Fish Co.,
then as a driver for Pure Oil Co. in Bradenton.
In 1967, he applied for the job of postmaster in
Cortez. "Because of my war service, I was at the top of
He spent 20 years as postmaster before retiring in
On Dec. 12., 1999, he again contracted pneumonia
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few moments after some had given up hope. "I came
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Wyman is proud of his naval service and would do
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grandson has already joined. I've got another grandson
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kids are proud of me and want to be in the Navy."
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Island police reports
Anna Maria City
July 28, Holly Road and Poinsettia, verbal distur-
bance. According to the report, two men got into, an
argument over a code enforcement violation one resi-
dent believes the other resident reported to the city.
Aug. 4, 200 block of Willow Avenue, traffic fatal-
ity. Deputies responded to a traffic crash in which a car
was driven into a residence. The driver was pronounced
dead at the scene and, according to the report, deputies
believe the Bradenton man suffered a medical condi-
tion before his 1980 Honda wound up crashed into the
Aug. 5, 700 block of North Shore Drive, battery.
According to the report, two men got into a physical
Aug. 5, 100 Spring Ave., Sandbar restaurant, fraud.
According to the report, a man used his credit card to
pay for his lunch and the card was not returned to him.
The man reported that his credit card was later used by
an unauthorized person to obtain money.
July 14, 2500 Block of Avenue C, sexual battery.
According to the report, a woman reported that she
may have been sexually violated while she was asleep.
July 27, 2601 Gulf Drive N., Sandpiper Mobile
Home Park, burglary. A woman reported some tools
stolen from her shed.
July 27, 2200 block of Avenue C, burglary. A man
reported several tools stolen from his storage shed.
July 28, 100 block of Fourth Street South, drunk
pedestrian. A man was transported to the hospital af-
ter officers found him naked, lying in the middle of the
road, and covered in feces.
July 29, 200 block of Church Avenue, informa-
tion. An employee of Marine Tech Construction re-
ported that both his foreman and his employer's truck
could not be located. According to the report, the
Manatee County Sheriff's Office found the missing
truck, which was reportedly being driven by an un-
known male. The foreman was not located.
July 30, 1400 Gulf Drive South, Cortez Beach,
city ordinance violation. A man was cited for driving
Mosquitoes are back with a vengeance
By Jim Hanson
"Terrible," said Manatee County's top mosquito
fighter. "The worst this year, and getting worse with
"With all the rain we've already had, the flooding,
the collection of water everywhere they've just been
waiting for this, and they're hatching like ... well,
Mark Latham talking, and he's in his element, chal-
lenged to the max by the pesky little critters. He is direc-
tor of the Manatee County Mosquito Control District.
Anna Maria Island escapes the worst of the infes-
tation, for the breezes here blow the bulk of them away.
But there are still enough to go around. Many other
parts of Manatee County, though, get it bad.
The best way to fight the nasty little buggers is to
kill them before they reach their adult phase. Mosqui-
toes' eggs lie dormant in stagnant water, in swamps and
marshes, in grass and soil even in canals. Until
ample rain lets them know it's sting-time.
With the heavy rains of the past few weeks, the
little buggers come out as larva and that's where
Latham's people like to catch them. They spray ditches
and low-lying areas during the day to kill larva.
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areas are just too much to spray, Latham said.
His agency uses an insecticide that breaks down
quickly, so there is no residual to get into humans or
animals. That protects people, but it makes the battle
unending "You spray tonight and kill them, there are
more hatching right behind them."
It is permethrin, a manufactured chemical based
on a naturally occurring chemical that is toxic to insects
but less so to animals.
While most effective, Latham said, it too has its
limits. Insects develop a tolerance to the chemical, so
it may lose its effectiveness later. "Kill 99 percent of
mosquitoes in an area and the 1 percent that survive are
resistant to the insecticide, and they're the ones that
propagate their race there."
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much as possible. Avoid dark, shady, damp areas. If
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July 30, 2502 Gulf Drive N., Econo Lodge
Surfside, burglary. A radio was reportedly stolen from
July 30, 200 Gulf Drive N., Beach House Restau-
rant, criminal mischief. According to the report, a ve-
hicle was scratched down the sides, across the front
hood and trunk.
Aug. 1, 103 Gulf Drive N., Banana Cabana Restau-
rant, retail theft. A customer reportedly walked out
without paying for his meal.
Aug. 3, 2513 Gulf Drive N., Circle K, criminal
mischief. According to the report, a concrete garbage
bin was knocked over and broken.
Aug. 4, 2400 block of Avenue B, information.
Officers responded to an abandoned 911 call. Accord-
ing to the report, the resident was attempting to dial the
Aug. 4, 611 Gulf Drive N., Imperial House condo-
miniums, assist other agency. Officers assisted
Longboat Key police with a report of a man found
passed out behind a shed. According to the report, the
man regained consciousness, but was unable to deter-
mine where he was attempting to go and was taken into
custody under the Marchman Act.
Aug. 5,300 block of Gulf Drive, warrant. A man was
reportedly arrested on a Manatee County warrant for tres-
passing. According to the report, the man is also wanted
in DuPage County, Ill., on a warrant for failure to appear
on a possession of a controlled substance charge.
July 31, 5800 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach Skate
Park, trespass warning. According to the report, two
skaters were using the park without the proper equip-
ment or park passes. The officer reportedly gave the
skaters the proper forms to obtain a park pass, and they
were issued trespass warnings when they were found
using the park without passes later the same day.
Aug. 2, 5800 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach Skate
Park, trespass warning. Two men were issued trespass
warnings after they reportedly climbed the park fence
after hours to perform bicycle tricks on the park appa-!
ratus. According to the report, neither of the men had
a park pass.
Aug. 2, 700 block of Manatee Avenue, recovered
property. Officers towed an abandoned vehicle which
reportedly was found containing stolen property. Ac-
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inside the vehicle. Officers reported they believe the
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Published author 'feels good'
Islander correspondent, now author Preston Whaley ''-
Jr., wrote the just-released "Blows Like a Horn"
about intersecting art forms -jazz and fiction in
the 1950s, "literally, socially and culturally." He Off the bus
says it's about how a group of obscure, experimental Kindergartner Julian Braha is greeted by music
writers, beat generation writers who found a new teacher Betsy Evans as he exits the bus at the start of
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District makes changes in student code of conduct
The Manatee County School District has made
several revisions to the Code of Student Conduct for
the upcoming school year.
The conduct booklet outlines the behavior ex-
pected of Manatee district students, including school
dress code, disciplinary guidelines, student and paren-
tal rights and attendance requirements.
The booklet is distributed to all parents at the be-
ginning of each school year and is reviewed annually
for necessary revisions.
With the start of the 2004-05 school year, students
are permitted to bring cellular phones to school for use
outside designated perimeters of campus. Phones must
remain turned off during school hours.
Students are not allowed to prepare, possess or ig-
nite fireworks, explosives or other incendiary devices
likely to cause serious bodily injury or property dam-
age on school board property.
The student expulsion-hearing procedure has
been clarified, noting that the student, parent and/or
their representative may cross examine witnesses
and offer evidence and testimony on the student's
Students are not allowed to enter a bathroom or
locker room belonging to the opposite gender.
A copy of the revised Code of Student Conduct is
available at each school and on the district Web site
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Monday, Aug. 16
Breakfast: Breakfast Pizza, Cereal, Toast, Peanut
Butter and Jelly Sandwich, Fruit
Lunch: Breaded Chicken Patty with Mashed
Potatoes, Chili Con Came with Corn Chips or
Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich, Tossed Salad,
Peas, Fruit, Juice Bar
Tuesday, Aug. 17
Breakfast: French Toast Glaze, Cereal, Toast,
Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich, Fruit
Lunch: Yogurt, Fruit and Muffin Plate, Cheesebur-
ger or Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich, Roll,
Potato Smiles, Dill Stack, Fruit
Wednesday, Aug. 18
Breakfast: Chicken Patty with Biscuit, Orange
Muffin, Cereal, Toast, Fruit
Lunch: Salisbury Steak with Mashed Potatoes and
Gravy, Fish Square on a Bun or Peanut Butter and
Jelly Sandwich, Green Beans, Tossed Salad, Fruit
Thursday, Aug. 19
Breakfast: Yogurt, Cereal, Toast, Churro, Fruit
Lunch: Chicken Bites with Tater Tots, Chef Salad
or Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich, Raw Carrots
with Dip, Steamed Broccoli, Fruit
Friday, Aug. 20
Breakfast: Belgian Waffle Sticks with Syrup, Cereal,
Toast, Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich, Fruit
Lunch: Cheese Pizza, Peanut Butter and Jelly
Sandwich or Turkey and Cheese Sandwich with
Chips, Vegetable Blend, Tossed Salad, Fruit
Juice and milk are served with every meal.
AME new student, family
The Anna Maria Elementary School Parent-
Teacher Organization and Principal Kathy Hayes will
host an informational welcome breakfast at 8:45 a.m.
in the school cafeteria Wednesday, Aug. 11.
Families new to AME are invited to meet other
parents, school staff, learn how to become involved at
school, and learn about lunch room, office and guid-
The PTO hopes the informal breakfast will help
new families make a smooth transition to AME.
For more information, call 708-5525.
Real estate transactions
Up-to-date Island real estate transactions as com-
piled by Doug Dowling for The Islander are available
online at www.islander.org.
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From Anna Maria to Ellenton and points inbetween,
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collectibles as much fun as the discovery.
There are so many places to go "antiquing"
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Flags tell it all at public beaches on Island
By Jim Hanson
Beach flags are like traffic lights, green for go and
red for no, plus yellow for caution. But then there's
purple for beware.
To Jay Moyles, chief of the marine division of the
Manatee County Public Safety Department, it's all as
simple as breathing. And as necessary, on the beach.
Just about every mishap on the beach can be
avoided by paying attention to the flags, even avoiding
lightning. It's easy, Moyles said, for the flags fly at
every manned lifeguard tower on Coquina and Mana-
tee Public Beach.
He advises anyone coming to the beach check in at
the nearest tower, where "one look will give you a lot
of information." Check in every time you arrive, and
keep checking while you're there, for the flags change
as beach conditions change.
He outlined the meanings of the flags:
Green is go, the water is safe and the hazard risk
is low, safe for anyone using normal care and caution.
Yellow means medium hazard, with light surf and
currents, but weak swimmers are discouraged.
Red signifies high hazard, strong surf and/or cur-
rents, all swimmers discouraged.
Red over red, a double flag warning means that the
water is closed to the public: Nobody may enter.
That purple one means "marine pests" are present,
the ones that can cause harm to humans, such as jelly-
fish, stingrays, sea lice. You can see jellyfish clearly
enough to avoid them, and you can chase away stin-
grays buried in the sand at surf's edge by shuffling your
feet as you walk.
Sea lice, though, are a different matter. They're
tiny, the larvae of jellyfish, and they can sting just as
well as their parents. They tend to congregate along the
bottom of the buoys marking the line where boating
and swimming intersect.
"They get trapped in the fabric of a swim suit,"
Moyles said. "Kids look like they have a rash under
their trunks, but it may be sea lice. If you just rinse the
-+-g en~r 'reTice will be there when it's worn again.
Wash it well in soap and water, something in the soap
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The condition of the waters at the beach is indicated
by the flag flying just below the U.S. emblem, and the
beach flags are explained on the display board on
the lifeguard tower's railing.
Actually, Moyles noted, these babies' stingers may
be dead but they're reactivated by water. Same goes for
the parent jellyfish: They may be dead, but water will
bring the stinging poison to life, so don't mess with
jellyfish, dead or otherwise.
There are plenty of problems without jellyfish and
stingrays, he pointed out. Dogs are high on the trouble
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"They've got teeth, though. And anything with
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"You get 10,000 people on the beach and some
dogs, and anything can happen. Especially with kids
present, making noise and jumping around. There is no
reason for a dog on a beach."
And they leave deposits behind them, which own-
ers are supposed to clean up but more often just cover
with sand, Moyles said.
Glass is a special hazard, he noted. "One misplaced
glass bottle can cause a dozen different incidents, all of
them nasty. Keep glass at home. Use plastic on the
Music is often a problem, too. Loud music, that is.
Everyone loves music, Moyles noted, but not a
neighbor's loud music. It also interferes with the
lifeguard's hearing any calls for help from the water.
Keep it down. Or use headphones.
These are all people problems, as here's another
that brings grief to lifeguards: "Don't try to swim be-
yond your level. Everybody thinks he's a great swim-
mer, but anyone who is really good knows better than
to get beyond his capacity. Stay within the buoys."
Lightning is something else, and lifeguards are
all too cognizant of it. It seldom hits along the beach,
but it has happened just a few weeks ago life-
guard Joe Westerman got a tingle when a bojt appar-
ently hit a ways off but traveled along a wire to his
Lifeguards will warn of any pending danger,
Moyles said, and when they do, head for shelter. Not
under a tree or the guard tower, for lightning seeks out
high contacts with the ground. A building or a car of-
. fers some safety, or just squat down to make a smaller
It's looking like a very good summer at the beach.
the lifeguard chief said.
His people are there to help if you need it, but
they'd infinitely prefer your not needing it. There are
only 14 people on the staff, including supervisors, and
they're spread pretty thin.
For instance, Memorial Day weekend saw 10 lost
kids at Coquina Beach, all found, of course.
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Fourth-grade teacher Joan Sackett welcomes parents to her classroom at AME. Sackett gave parents an
overview of what to anticipate during the school year including an announcement that she and Marcia
Brockway will be team teaching this year. Brockway will teach both fourth-grade classes science and
Sackett will teach social studies. Islander Photos: Diana Bogan
Greeting visitors at Anna Maria Elementary School's front desk are Amy Slicker
and Candi Schields.
Kindergartner Sadie Elbert and younger brother Jared,
almost 3, get comfortable in Betsy Evans' music room at
Anna Maria Elementary School. Sadie loves to sing,
according to her mom.
Kindergartners Victoria Brown and Carlee Lanxon find common ground
among the building blocks in Maureen Loveland's classroom at the Anna
Maria Elementary School open house.
Rest and relaxation
Tori and Nicky Boltwood look rested and prepared
for their return to Anna Maria Elementary School.
The twins will be joining Debbie Thomas and Toni
Lashway's second-grade classes for the 2004-05
Employees from the Holmnes Beach Publix offered a health start to the school year at Anna Maria Elementary
School with free packages of granola bars. cra'vons and activity books. Public is one of AME's business partners.
Wednesday, Aug. 11
8:45 a.m. Parent-Teacher Organization wel-
come breakfast for new students and families at Anna
Maria Elementary School, 4700 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach. Information: 708-5525.
9 a.m. Horseshoe games at Anna Maria City
Hall Park, 10005 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria.
10:30 a.m. Friends Book Club at the Island
Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
2 to 5 p.m. Free holistic health consultations
with Melissa Searle at Richard's Whole Foods, 5344
Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-4322.
6:30 p.m. Teen group meeting at the Island
Baptist Church, 8605 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Infor-
Thursday, Aug. 12
6p.m. Island Baptist Church youth group at 216
Periwinkle St., Anna Maria. Information: 778-7033.
7:30 p.m. Sierra Club presents "A Ranger's
View of Myakka River State Park" at Phillippi Estate
Park Mansion, 5500 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Infor-
Saturday, Aug. 14
8 a.m. -Sierra Club Walk with the Scrub Jays at
Oscar Scherer Park, Sarasota. Information: 484-4113.
8:30 a.m. Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island
meeting at Cafe on the Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Mana-
te g lblic Beach, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-
9 a.m. Horseshoe games at Anna Maria Cily
Hall Park, 10Q005 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria.
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Tues-Sat I IAM-IOPM
10 a.m. to noon Fundraiser for Debbie Scott at
Island Family Chiropractic, 3612 E. Bay Drive, Holmes
Beach. Information: 778-0268 or 778-0722.
10:30 a.m. Family origami class at the Island
Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
2 p.m. Natural Alternatives: Hormone Replace-
ment with Melissa Searle at Richard's Whole Foods,
5344 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-
5 to 10p.m. Battle of the Bands behind the First
Baptist Church, 1306 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton.
8 to 11 p.m. "Do Ya, Do Ya, Do Ya Wanna
Dance" at the Bradenton Woman's Club, 1705 Mana-
tee Ave. W., Bradenton. Information: 773-0177. Fee
Sunday, Aug. 15
8:30 a.m. Final race of the Cortez Yacht Club
Commdore's Cup Series starting from the LP marker
for Longboat Pass. Information: 792-9100. Fee ap-
9:30 a.m. "Donuts and the Truth" for teens at the
Island Baptist Church, student building, 8605 Gulf
Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-0719.
Tuesday, Aug. 17
Noon to 3:30 p.m. Friendly bridge at the Anna
Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave.,
Anna Maria. Information: 778-1908. Fee applies.
1 to 4 p.m. Veterans service officer at the Island
Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Longboat Key Chamber of
Commerce "Business After Hours" at Moore's Stone
Crab Restaurant, 800 Broadway, Longboat Key. Infor-
mation: 387-9519. Fee applies.
Wednesday, Aug. 18
9 a.m. Horseshoe games at Anna Maria City
Hall Park, 10005 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria.
6:30 p.m. Teen group meeting at the Island
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Baptist Church, 8605 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Infor-
Retrospective exhibit by Florida photographer
Clyde Butcher at the South Florida Museum, 201 10th
St. W., Bradenton, through August. Information: 746-
4131. Fee applies.
Paintings by Lee Mears at Island Gallery West,
5368 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, through Aug. 14. In-
Student photography exhibit at the South Florida
Museum, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton, through Aug. 29.
Information: 746-4131. Fee applies.
Art by Alice Ottavi and Barbara Singer at the Is-
land Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach, through Aug. 30. Information: 778-6341.
Roller hockey at the Anna Maria Island Commu-
nity Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria, through
Oct. 30. Information: 778-1908.
Family caregiver support group at the Island
Branch Library Aug. 20.
Sierra Club "Inner City Outing" at South Lido
Beach Aug. 21.
"Raise the Roof" at Tropicana Field, bus departs
from Island Baptist Church Aug. 21.
Back-to-School Bash at Sarasota Jungle Gar-
dens Aug. 21.
Back-to-School Skim Board Contest at the Beach
House Restaurant Aug. 21-22.
Blood drive at Island Fitness Center Aug. 23.
Jimi Gee's school of rock open house at Edison
Academic Center, Bradenton Aug. 23.
Blood drive at the Anna Maria Island Community
Center Aug. 24.
Drawing class at the Anna Maria Island Commu-
nity Center Aug. 24.
Watercolor class at the Anna Maria Island Com-
munity Center Aug. 24.
"Good Morning LBK" at the Longboat Key Cham-
ber of Commerce Aug. 25.
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III. PRIx FIXE $29 per person.
All prix-fixe dinners include a melior of Venezuelan coffee,
decaf or tea and choice of dessert from Euphemia Haye's
award-winning dessert display.
Caesar Salad Grecian Lamb Shank
Potato du Jour or Sicilian Brussels Sprouts
Spinach and Arugula Salad Chicken Parmesan
Garlic Angel Hair Pasta or Sicilian Brussels Sprouts
Black Bean or White Bean Hummus Pistachio Crusted
Yellowtail Snapper on Key Lime Jalepeno Beurre Blanc
with Rice Pilaf
Spring Mix of Greens with Grain Mustard Vinaigrette
Prime Sirloin and Tenderloin Tips Marsala
White Rice or Sicilian Brussels Sprouts
Chef' Pate Fresh Horseradish-Crusted Salmon with
Sour Cream Horseradish Sauce
Potato du Jour or Sicilian Brussels Sprouts
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PAGE 20 0 AUG. 11, 2004 0 THE ISLANDER
Islander excels in world's oldest youth soccer tourney
By Kevin Cassidy
If Island resident Sean Pittman is assigned the
obligatory "what-I-did-on-my-summer vacation" es-
say, he'll have no excuse about not having something
to write about. Not after a summer that saw him travel
to Sweden to play in the Gothia Cup, the world cup of
Pittman joined other U.S. players on the National
Sports Tours team July 11 -18 in Gothenberg, Sweden,
for the oldest world youth cup tournament. Pittman and
his teammates joined more than 1,500 teams from 120
countries for the annual event.
Check-in at the hotel and the team's first practice
opened Pittman's soccer excursion soon after landing
in Sweden. The following day, Pittman and his mates
played their first game against a Swedish team and
dropped a 3-2 decision and followed that up with three
consecutive losses to teams from Norway, Sweden and
Finland. Pittman's team closed out its tournament by
defeating another team from the United States by a 4-
Despite the losses, it wasn't all bad for Pittman,
who started and played sweeper, a position he normally
doesn't play. He must have done something right be-
cause the team coaches named him team Most Valu-
able Player for the tournament.
"My team didn't do too well in the tournament,"
said Pittman, "but I had fun and gained a lot of good
experience playing against those European teams,
which should help me improve as a player."
Pittman and his teammates also managed to
I squeeze in some sightseeing between soccer games.
They took a canal cruise through the city and also vis-
ited the National Park of Sweden, which was breathtak-
ingly beautiful, according to Pittman.
The boys also managed to take in a professional
soccer match between Tottenham and Copenhagen.
The opening ceremonies attended by more than 40,000
people stood out to Pittman as one of the highlights of
Now Pittman turns his attention to his sophomore
year at Manatee High School where he hopes to im-
prove on what was a good freshman year on the varsity
soccer team as a returning starter.
Last chance to register for fall soccer
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Center's fall soccer season is winding down with the
last day Saturday, Aug. 14.
Monday and Friday, Aug. 9 and Aug. 13, are des-
ignated "registration nights" from 6-8 p.m. at the Cen-
ter, but players can register anytime between now and
Registration fee for Center members is $40 for first
child and $35 for each additional child. Nonmember
fees are $55 for first child and $50 for each additional
Players receive a uniform, including shirt and
matching socks, and must provide black shorts and shin
guards. Shin guards are offered at the Center for $10 a
Everyone who signs up is assigned a team, al-
though mandatory tryouts will be held for each of the
five age groups. Tryouts will be held from 6:30 p.m. to
7:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, Aug. 16-20. Play-
ers ages 5-7 try out Monday for the instructional league
and are followed by Division III, ages 8-9, Tuesday and
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ages 14-16, try out Friday evening. Players will be as-
signed to their division's teams immediately following
For a brushup on soccer skills and basics, the
Center's Soccer Camp 2004 gets under way Aug. 11
and runs through Aug. 13 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Cost is $20 for Center members and $35 for nonmem-
Youth soccer coaches are also sought.
The 2004 soccer banquet will be held at 6:30 p.m.
Monday, Aug. 30, at the Center. The banquet will fea-
ture a spaghetti dinner with Caesar salad and garlic
bread catered by Beach Bistro. Parents are asked to
bring a dessert to share and the Center will provide
Cost for the banquet is $5 for children under 16 and
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$6 for adults. Take-out dinners will be available as
well. Uniforms and schedules are distributed at the
banquet and the Center's Scott Dell should have some
raffle prizes to give away.
Sign up or inquire at the Center, 407 Magnolia
Ave., Anna Maria, or call the Center's athletic direc-
tor, Andy Jonatzke, at 778-1908.
Everyone is invited to come out and support Island
Football players sought
The Anna Maria Island Community Center is still
accepting registrations for the Anna Maria Dolphins
football team in the Mighty-Mite and Flag divisions.
Cost for the season is $60 for Islanders and non-Island
Mighty-Mite players must be age 8-10 and weigh
less than 125 pounds, while flag players must be age 6-
7 by Sept. 1.
Currently both teams are short by at least 10 play-
ers so any and all interested players are strongly en-
couraged to come out for football.
After a 20-year void from youth football on the
Island, the Anna Maria Dolphins managed to establish
themselves as a competitive program in the Police Ath-
letic League's youth football league last year and, in
2002, the junior varsity team won the PAL Superbowl.
Unfortunately, lacking signups, it is apparent there
will be no JV or varsity team from the Island.
All prospective players must provide a birth certifi-
cate to register. Sign up at the Center or call 778-1908
for more information.
Sign up early to bowl
The always anticipated, never disappointing
O'Connor Bowling Challenge is set for Saturday, Aug.
28, at the AMF Bradenton Lanes on Cortez Road. If
you haven't reserved your spot, you better get your
team on the board immediately. Last year sold out
early, with 280 bowlers participating and plenty more
who showed up intending to bowl left disappointed.
The 14th annual event, which raises money for Anna
Maria Island Community Center sports programs, is a fun-
filled night where serious and not-so-serious bowlers con-
verge at the bowling alley to challenge their skills against
twins Bill and George O'Connor.
Cost for the tournament is $20 per bowler, which
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Some of the gang from the 2002 O'Connor Bowling Challenge. The 14th annual event will be held Aug. 28.
includes three games and bowling shoes, that is if you
get there early enough to find a pair your size. There
will also be raffle tickets for sale for a chance to win a
variety of items donated by area merchants and restau-
rants with the top prize giveaway being the Panasonic
32-inch flat-screen television donated by The Islander.
Joining the usual challengers will be a team from
Circuit City, including manager Denny Thompson, an
Islander himself. Thompson has made great deals The
Islander's purchase of a "bowling" television for some
eight to 10 years bigger and better every year.
All bowlers must pay in advance and cash or check
will be accepted by The Islander and Duffy's, while
credit card payments (in person or by phone), are ac-
cepted at the center.
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Runners-up were Sam Samuels and Bill Starrett, both
of Anna Maria City.
The Aug. 7 games were canceled due to rain.
The weekly contests get under way every Wednes-
day and Saturday at 9 a.m. at Anna Maria City Hall
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Gulf explorers out to plunge depths this week
A team of scientists assembled from across the
globe are delving into the depths of the Gulf of Mexico
this week in the first-ever deepwater exploration using
state-of-the art equipment.
"Operation Deep Scope" will look for "fantastic
life forms of four alien landscapes in the deep reaches
of the Gulf," according to experts from Harbor Branch
Oceanographic Institution in Ft. Pierce, "with the goal
of revealing never-before-seen animals, behaviors, and
The group of scientists left Panama City Saturday
for a 10-day trek through the Gulf. Explorations will
begin at Desoto Canyon, about 120 miles south of
Pensacola, where the team will study unexplored
deepwater pinnacles. Next stop is Viosca Knoll, a
deepwater coral reef. Next will be "a community of
chemosynthetic clams and worms that rely on methane-
eating bacteria for nutrition." Yum.
Last stop is something called the Brine Pool, 150
miles southeast of New Orleans, "where salt deposits
in the sea floor dissolve to create water so dense that
it forms a shallow lake 2,100 feet below the ocean's
And they've got all the modern toys to play with
in their travels.
Something called "Eye-in-the-Sea" is a camera that
will be deployed on the sea floor and left for 24 hours,
clicking away using low levels of infrared light to il-
luminate what's happening down below. Since bright
lights scare off most critters, the low-light infrared
should show them in their natural state.
There is a deep-sea submersible that will be used
to deploy special fish traps that, scientists hope, will
allow the deep-sea creatures to be brought safely
aboard ship for study.
There will also be bioluminescence studies, and
work done with a variety of filters on cameras to bet-
ter illuminate what's going on down there.
There's more than just critter study involved in the
Previous exploration of the depths led to the dis-
covery of a compound called discodermolide which
has proven to be an effective cancer cell killer, even
in tumors that are resistant to Taxol, one of the best
treatments currently available for breast and other
Besides Harbor Branch scientists, the expedition
includes researchers from Duke University, the Univer-
sity of Queensland, Australia, the Whitney Lab of the
University of Florida, the University of Ulm, Germany,
and Physical Science, Inc., in Andover, Md.
Hurricane forecast update
... and speaking of good luck, the 2004 hurricane
forecast has been lowered slightly by Dr. William Gray
of Colorado State University.
Gray, who has been offering hurricane predictions
for more than 25 years in the Atlantic basin, has low-
ered his count due to a minor warming of the sea sur-
face in the central Pacific Ocean. He is now suggest-
ing that we'll have 13 named storms, with seven be-
coming hurricanes and three to offer winds in excess
of 110 mph.
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The new forecast is down from his previous esti-
mate of 14 named storms, eight hurricanes and three
Despite the lowered forecast, the season is still
above the average of 10 named storms, six hurricanes
and two intense storms.
The chances of an intense hurricane hitting the
U.S. coastline also dropped slightly, but is still at an
unsettling 68 percent. The average is 52 percent.
The Atlantic hurricane season runs through Nov.
Slow down for whales
A proposal has been floated to reduce speed and
alter shipping routes in the Atlantic Ocean in an effort
to protect right whales.
North Atlantic right whales are about the most
endangered marine mammal there is, with an estimated
300 of the creatures roaming the ocean from Canada to
Florida. Right whales are about 50 feet long and can
live up to 70 years.
However, since their annual migratory path runs
right through the shipping routes of most of the ports
in the eastern United States, they run the risk of get-
ting hit by ships entering or leaving port. On aver-
age, one or two whales a year are struck by ships and
When you've only got 300 of something, losing
just one is a big deal, hence the proposed change to
lower speeds of vessels passing through the nearshore
The U.S. Navy has already implemented a program
to change its gunnery practice to take the maneuvers
farther out into the Atlantic. The military used to use
the area near the St. Johns River for target practice;
now, it goes farther out to sea to shoot.
A decision on the reduced speed limit is expected
in a couple months.
My colleague Julia Robertson sent me this little
test, one of those things that makes my head hurt. As
she puts it, it's a "left-brain, right-brain trick."
While sitting at your desk, lift your right foot off
the floor and make clockwise circles.
Now, while doing this, draw the number "6" in the
air with your right hand.
Your foot will change direction and there's noth-
ing you can do about it or, at least, nothing I can do
We commonly recycle glass, aluminum, newspa-
per and cardboard, but oyster shells?
Environmental regulators in Louisiana are looking
to start an oyster shell recycling program. The pilot
project would take place at six processing plants in
Terrebonne Parish, which handle about 1 million
pounds of oyster meat a year. Yeah, meat imagine
how many tons of shells that would produce.
An influx of new shells is vital to the oyster indus-
try. Oyster beds become depleted over time hey,
we're scooping up the shells and need to have an
influx of something upon which the new oysters can
affix themselves. This new material, called cultch, can
be almost anything, but oysters shells are the best.
The cultch is dumped on the beds, which are al-
lowed to lie fallow for a while before harvesting begins
Louisiana officials had hoped to gather shells from
all the raw bars in New Orleans, but discovered that the
logistics of collecting and transporting the shells was
just too unwieldy and expensive.
The Louisiana oyster recycling program, by the
way, mimics what Florida oyster fishers have been
doing for about 50 years. It's easier for us, though,
since we've got a relatively small area of oyster beds
in Apalachicola Bay upon which to seed the crusta-
The Gulf of Mexico encompasses about 600,000
square miles. The largest amount of the water, about 38
percent, is less than 60 feet deep. That's not to say that
all of the Gulf is one big, flat pan full of water: The
deepest part of the Gulf is the Sigsbee Deep, located
near Mexico's coastline, at 14,373 feet.
Getting their news the hard way are Evan and Melinda Bordes, snorkeling in the Keys she said The Is-
lander fought immersion like a slippery cat.
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No rain delays for good fishing last week
By Capt. Mike Heistand
Fishing action is good right now, despite the rain,
with lots and lots of redfish coming in from the back-
waters. Catch-and-release snook are also hot, plus lots
of mackerel and a few flounder.
Offshore action for snapper, grouper and amber-
jack remains steady.
The catch-of-the-week award probably goes to the
angler who caught a 5-foot-long blacktip shark on light
tackle near the Key Royale flats. Good going!
Capt. Thom Smith at Angler's Repair on Cortez
Road said he took a fisherman's holiday to Pine Island
last week and did well with redfish and trout.
Bill Lowman at Island Discount Tackle said fish-
ing is excellent right now, even with all the rain. There
are good reports of redfish and snook in the bays, and
grouper and snapper are still thick in about 100 feet of
water in the Gulf of Mexico.
Bob Kilb at the Rod & Reel Pier said best bets at
the pier included snapper, catch-and-release snook,
redfish, mackerel and some bluefish.
Cliff Alcorn at the Anna Maria City Pier said
pier anglers there were getting into a lot of mackerel,
snapper, flounder, small sharks and catch-and-release
snook at night.
Dave Johnson at Snead Island Crab House said
there are still plenty of good-sized redfish coming out
of Miguel Bay plus catch-and-release snook off Rattle-
snake Point. Mangrove snapper and mackerel, plus
sharks, are still hanging out near Marker 70.
Capt. Ray Markham of Flat Back II said he
found fishing to be relatively slow, but several reds
showed to save the day, along with some trout. He said
good tides and an upcoming weekend new moon
should really turn on the fishing in the next week.
Capt. Rick Gross on Fishy Business out of Catch-
ers Marina in Holmes Beach said the "redfish bite" is on
right now, with most of his catches in the 18- to 27-inch
slot limit. He's also putting his charters onto lots of catch-
and-release snook and a few mangrove snapper.
Teresa Baranowski at Perico Island Bait and
Tackle said one day last week she caught three blacktip
sharks up to 4 feet in length, plus lots of trout in the slot
limit and a few better than 20 inches long. Other action
included redfish at 24 inches, bluefish, snapper to 15
inches and eight catch-and-release snook, all caught
near the docks in the bay. She also caught one redfish
to 40 inches by the Anna Maria Bridge.
Capt. Tom Chaya on the Dolphin Dreams in
Holmes Beach out of Catchers said he's doing well
with mackerel, snapper, trout, redfish and catch-and-
Capt. Matt Denham out of Catchers said grouper
fishing for him remains steady, with a few fish caught
tipping the scales at better than 25 pounds, mostly reds
and a few gags. He's also catching amberjack to 30
pounds and snapper to 5 pounds.
On my boat Magic, it was redfish, redfish, and
more redfish, with up to 20 spotties caught on most
trips. We also reeled in a few catch-and-release snook
up to 30 inches and snapper to 16 inches.
Good luck and good fishing.
Capt. Mike Heistand is a 20-year-plus fishing
guide. Call him at 779-9607 to provide a fishing report.
Captain Steven Salgado
Lifetime experience in local waters
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Elizabeth Heidl of Atlanta, Ga., caught and released this 28-inch-long snook while fishing with Scottie
Stoddard of Longboat Key and Capt. Mike Heistand.
Prints and digital images of your catch are also wel- persons in the picture along with information on the
come and may be dropped off at The Islander, 5404 catch and a name and phone number for more infor-
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, or e-mailed to nation. Snapshots may be retrieved once they appear
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BEDS: NASA memory foam. Factory sealed. Queen
$499, king $599. All sizes available! (941) 929-7570.
LA-Z-BOY QUEEN SOFA sleeper, six months old,
never used. Floral. $500. (941) 778-9595.
WHITEWASH DESK $95; cream-color sofa $90;
loveseat $75; phonics game $45; VCR $40; entry
table $35. All mint condition. 778-3228.
TAG SALE: Lots of clothes, toys, exercise equip-
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BEDROOM DRESSER from the 1930s. Made by
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CAMERAS: MINOLTA XE one with lens, $35; new
X370 in box, $100; Maxuum 7000, used twice, case,
four lenses, $300. (941) 798-8342.
FREE DELIVERY: SEAFOOD to go. Shrimp, crabs,
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(941) 795-1112 or 704-8421.
ANNA MARIA ISLAND SCREENSAVER! Now
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your computer desktop. $12 Windows or $15
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LONGBOAT KEY HISTORY "From Calusas to Con-
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GARAGE SALE this Saturday, Aug. 14, 8am to
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ADULT CATS in desperate need of loving homes.
All are current on vaccines. All applicants screened.
Please call (941) 922-0774.
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has towing package. Ready for travel. Runs great.
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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, (941) 779-9783.
NEED A CHILD or pet sitter? Call one number and
get connected to three wonderful sitters! Tiffany,
Kari, Holly. (941) 778-3275 or 779-0793.
BABYSITTER: RED CROSS babysitting and first-
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SPENCER'S SKIM SCHOOL for beginners and in-
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Local teen, team competitor. Call (941) 778-0944.
PETSITTER, DOG WALKER, 12-year-old mother's
helper, odd jobs. Call Kendall at (941) 779-9783 or
BABYSITTER WITH EXPERIENCE and CPR li-
cense, 13 years old, friendly and responsible. (941)
TUTORING: Junior high honor student tutors all el-
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daily or weekly in mathematics, reading, writing and
science. Read-out-loud available upon request. Call
(941) 778-2469 after 5pm for schedule and prices.
13-YEAR-OLD girl will babysit all ages in your
home. Reasonable rates and knows CPR. Call Jes-
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SEEKING PARTY CONSULTANTS. Visit
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CNA with over nine years of experience looking for
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REAL ESTATE: Tired of paying office fees? Two
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SALES ASSOCIATES NEEDED, fast paced office
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INSIDE SALES with light data entry. Apply at Rod
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IMMEDIATE OPENING: Will train. Must have a
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HELP WANTED: an all-around person. Server,
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HOTEL: Front desk and back up light housekeep-
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HELP WANTED: Part-time chef/sous chef and serv-
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JOURNALIST: Part-time reporter sought for city beat
and features writing by The Islander. Must have jour-
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to government reporting. E-mail resumes to
news@ Islander.org, fax (941) 778-9392 or mail/deliver
to office, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach FL 34217.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: Meet interesting people
and learn the history of the Island. Anna Maria Is-
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Call (941) 778-0492.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: TINGLEY Memorial Li-
brary. Duties include checking books in/out,
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Call Eveann Adams, (941) 779-1208.
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more. Hard-working and responsible. Excellent ref-
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LET US DRIVE YOU! Shopping, medical appoint-
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COMPUTER OBEDIENCE TRAINING. Is your com-
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ISLAND PRESSURE CLEANING for great results,
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Experienced certified technician for communication
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Call Robert, (941) 778-3620.
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TREE SERVICE: Topping, trimming, removals.
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ABOUT GROUT: All repairs and installation. Done
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kitchens, pools, re-caulks. Call Jeff, (941) 545-
0128 or 569-8888.
I DON'T CUT corners, I clean corners. Affordable,
dependable cleaning. Chamberlain Professional
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MR. BILL'S HOME REPAIR/maintenance service.
Over 30 years experience, self-employed in construc-
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ELITE CAB: Serving Manatee County and drop-off
airport transportation. Also providing delivery and
shopping services. (941) 539-6374.
KATHY & MIKE'S CLEANING Service. Delivering
a standard of excellence for all your interior and ex-
terior cleaning needs. Specializing in residential
and vacation rentals. Now offering window clean-
ing. Great rates. References available. Call (941)
THE ROYAL MAID Service, licensed, bonded, in-
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mate, gift certificates available. Please call (941)
SUMMER PILATES and Yoga: Classes held at
Anna Maria Art League. Pilates on Monday, 9-
10am; Yoga on Friday, 9-10:15am. Beginning to in-
termediate level. $6 per class. Drop-ins welcome.
Call Preston Whaley Jr., certified Pilates instructor,
at (941) 778-3996 for more information.
MUSIC LESSONS! Flute, saxophone, clarinet.
Beginning to advanced. Contact Koko Ray, (941)
BEACH SERVICE air conditioning, heat, refrigera-
tion. Commercial and residential service, repair
and/or replacement. Serving Manatee County and
the Island since 1987. For dependable, honest and
personalized service, call William Eller, (941) 795-
ANYONE CAN TAKE a picture. A professional cre-
ates a portrait. I want to be at your wedding!
www.jackelka.com. (941) 778-2711.
NADIA'S EUROSAGE Relaxing, healing massage
in the comfort of your home. Call today for an ap-
pointment, (941) 795-0887. MA#0017550.
SEWING: Get your sewing alterations done fast
and reliably. Hems, zippers, sleeves, waistlines,
cushions, etc. Reasonably priced. Call Jenifer
Catlin, (941) 727-5873.
TILE AND MOSAIC custom installation, 20 years
experience. References available. For a reasonable
price call Sebastian, (941) 704-6719.
AUTO DETAILING BY HAND Spotless inside and
out. I can save you time and money. Island resident,
references. For pricing, call (941) 713-5967.
CONNIE'S LANDSCAPING INC. Residential and
commercial. Full-service lawn maintenance, land-
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CLOUD 9 LANDSCAPING: Quality lawn service,
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lation, shell, more. Insured, references, free esti-
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BAREFOOT LAWNS & GARDENS: Providing the
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service. Call (941) 761-3000 for free consultation.
LAWN CARE: Fast.and reliable. Monthly or as
needed. Call Bobby, (941) 812-3884.
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PROFESSIONAL LANDSCAPE DESIGN and in-
stallation. Huge selection of plants, shrubs and
trees. Irrigation. Everything Under the Sun Garden
Centre, 5704 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. (941)
STRAIGHT SHOT LANDSCAPING. Installations,
clean-ups, pruning, irrigation, trees, edging, rip-rap,
mulch, rock, patios, shell, seawall fill. Reliable and
insured. (941) 727-5066.
SHELL DELIVERED and spread. $35/yard. Haul-
ing: all kinds of gravel, mulch, top soil with free
estimates. Call Larry at (941) 795-7775, "shell
phone" (941) 720-0770.
VAN-GO PAINTING residential/commercial, inte-
rior/exterior, pressure cleaning, wallpaper. Island
references. Dan or Bill, (941) 795-5100.
JOE UNGVARSKY CONSTRUCTION Remodeling
contractors. In-house plan designs. State licensed
and insured. Many Island references. (941) 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-
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(941) 778-3924 or 778-4461.
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plied and installed. Quality workmanship, prompt,
reliable, many Island references. Call Neil, (941)
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ing, repairs, additions, screen rooms, kitchens,
baths. Free estimates. Lic#CGC061519,
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CUSTOM RENOVATION/RESTORATION expert.
All phases of carpentry, repairs and painting. In-
sured. Member of Better Business Bureau. Paul
Beauregard, (941) 779-2294.
KEN & TINA DBA Griffin's Home Improvements Inc.
Handyman, fine woodwork, countertops, cabinets and
shutters. Insured and licensed, (941) 748-4711.
TILE, CARPET, LAMINATE supplied and installed.
Why pay retail? Island resident, many references.
Free estimates, prompt service. Steve Allen Floor
Coverings. (941) 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, (941) 795-3034. Lic.#104776. Insured.
MORENO MARBLE & TILE Installation and resto-
ration. Quality work. Over 20 years experience. In-
sured. Call Javier at (941) 685-5163 or 795-6615.
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HANDYMAN SERVICE: Bill MacCaughern. Re-
pairs, renovations, kitchens, bathrooms, decks.
Masonry, tile, painting. 35 years experience. Yes,
I do show up! (941) 778-3904.
JERRY'S HOME REPAIR: Carpentry work, handy-
man, light plumbing, electrical, light hauling, pres-
sure washing and tree trimming. Call (941) 778-
6170 or 447-2198.
CALL DAN'S RESCREEN for your free estimate to-
day. Affordable rates, quality work guaranteed. Pool
cages, lanais, windows, doors. Call (941) 713-5333.
HOME REPAIR, painting, etc. Local references.
Insured. For free estimate, please call John, 778-
WINDOW SHADES, BLINDS, shutters and more.
Lifetime warranty. Call Keith Barnett for a free in-
home consultation. Island references, 15 years
experience. (941) 778-3526 or 730-0516.
SUMMER, AUTUMN, WINTER rentals available
weekly, monthly, seasonal. Wedebrock Real Estate
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Gulf access. $3,295,000. 748-6300.
Kathy Mardinko. 713-1100 or Sandy
Drapala, 725-0781. 102955
SPECTACULAR LOCATION on the
Bradenton Country Club golf course.
3BR/2BA totally remodeled home offer-
ing over 2500 SF & beautiful landscap-
ing. $499,000. Kathy Valente, 748-
6300 or 685-6767. 103708
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SPECTACULAR BIMINI BAY BEAUTY!
3BR/3.5BA home w/stunning views
over Bimini Bay, fireplace & 83 ft. dock/
davit. $1,695,000. 748-6300. John
Brazelton, 773-3637 or Hal Gillihan,
SPACIOUS LAKEFRONT 5BR pool
home on a large lot. Eat-in kitchen, ex-
tensive Mexican tile throughout 1st
floor & a wood burning fireplace,
$459,000. Kathy Valente, 748-6300 or
MANATEE RIVER FRONT ESTATE! 1+3/4-acre lot, main house & 3 guest homes.
$1,999,999. 748-6300. Kathy Marcinko, 713-1100 or Sandy Drapala, 725-0781. 97751
EXCEPTIONAL WATERFRONT on Palma Sola Bay, 3500 SF home offering 10-car ga-
rage, pool & boat dock/lift. $1,550,000. Kathy Valente, 748-6300 or 685-6767. 100210
SNEAD ISLAND WATERFRONT! Breathtaking Terra Ceia Bay views from this brand
new custom built home. $895,000. Ruth Lawler, 748-6300 or 587-4623. 100867
CANAL FRONT custom built 3-4BR home w/captivating Tampa Bay views. Newer
pool & private dock. $860,000. Ruth Lawler, 748-6300 or 587-4623. 101515
REMODELED 3BR/3BA home on almost 1-acre. Caged heated salt-water pool w/spa
& possible guesthouse. $540,000 Victoria Horstmann, 748-6300 or 518-1278 104161
BEST OF BOTH WORLDS! 4BR home w/condo assoc. amenities, over 2500 SF & a
large private fenced rear yard. $319,000. Ruth Lawler, 748-6300 or 587-4623 104552
BEAUTIFUL PANORAMIC VIEWS of Terra Ceia Bay from this top floor 2BR/2BA unit.
A piece of paradise! $310,000 Debbie Capobianco, 748-6300 or 704-2394 101867
BRAND NEW NW 3BR home on a dead end street Volume ceilings, neutral tile &
carpet throughout. S249,000. Kathy Valente, 748-6300 or 685-6767 102006
NW 3BR/2BA ranch home in A+ condition! Fenced yard w/gorgeous pool & patio.
Maintenance free yard. $239,900. Kathy Valente, 748-6300 or 685-6767. 103482
VACATION RENTALS: 2BR apartments across
from beautiful beach, $375 to $500/week. Winter
and spring dates available. Almost Beach Apart-
ments, (941) 778-2374.
VACATION & SEASONAL Private beach. Units are
complete. Rates seasonally adjusted. $425-$975/
week, $975-$2,975/month. (800) 977-0803 or (941)
NORTH SHORE DRIVE beachfront. Four spacious
3BR/2BA homes with all conveniences. Now book-
ing for this season. Please call (813) 752-4235, or
view Web site: www.AhhSeaBreeze.com
BEAUTIFUL TROPICAL HOUSE just converted to
a two-unit property. 2BR/1BA, completely reno-
vated and furnished. New washer/dryer, micro-
wave. Three-minute walk to beach. Off season,
$500/week, $1,500/month. Season, $800/week,
$2,000/month. Call Ron, (941) 795-2656.
VACATION RENTAL: 1 BR/1 BA duplex, three short
blocks to beach. Phone, premium cable TV, micro-
wave, washer/dryer, sleeps four. $1,800/month,
$550/week. Call (941) 807-5627 or e-mail:
aalmengual @ msn.com.
BEACHFRONT: NORTH SHORE Drive, ground-
level all-view home. Bean Point area. $3,500/
month, $1,500/week. Call Tom, (559) 760-1331.
REAL ESTATE LLC
2BR/2BA plus den. Furnished open plan with
fireplace. On sailboat water with large deeded
boat dock. Heated pool, carport, short drive to
2BR/1.5BA plus 1BR/1BA and 2BR/1BA.
Great investment! Watch the sunset as you col-
lect rent from these charming units. Easy to see,
call for appointment. Just steps to beautiful
FABULOUS HOLMES BEACH DUPLEX
3BR/2BA each. Spacious, turnkey furnished, ce-
ramic tile, beautiful baths, new kitchens, sun deck,
room for a pool, west of Gulf Drive, very close to
prime beach. $1,078,000.
BAY HOLLOW PRIVATE DOCK
2BR/2BA, updated condo with deeded boat dock.
Eat-in kitchen, wood-burning fireplace, walk-in
closets, Jacuzzi tub. Carport and heated pool.
4BR/3BA canalfront home with dock and davits.
Direct access to Tampa Bay and Intracoastal Wa-
terway. Large master suite, charming airy family
room opens onto caged pool and Jacuzzi. Barrel-
tile roof. Turnkey furnished. $779,000.
FAMILY POOL HI-'ME
4BR/2BA family ho- tGV est Bradenton.
Split-plan, fin pl'- 1Ty room, caged pool and
lanai, new A/C, fence, two-car garage. $259,000.
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BAYFRONT LOT- 100-foot
frontage, full view of Tampa
Bay, cleared, partially filled,
222 feet deep. Zoned Ri.
Offered at $2.5 million. Please
call Michel Cerene, Broker,
778-0777, or 545-9591 eves,
or Mike Carleton 737-0915.
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pool, cable, water/sewer and trash included. Old
Florida Realty Co., (941) 778-3377, or Sharon (941)
RECENTLY REFURBISHED and nicely furnished
1BR/1BA ground-floor duplex with cheerful decor.
Just three short blocks to the beach. Walking dis-
tance to shopping and restaurants in downtown
Holmes Beach. Includes phone, premium cable,
microwave, washer/dryer. Small pets OK. Available
now and accepting reservations for 2005. Winter
rates: $1,700/month, $550/week; summer rates:
$500/week. E-mail: email@example.com or call
ANNA MARIA DUPLEX 218-B Palmetto Ave. 2BR/
2BA, furnished, washer/dryer, utilities, available 2005
season. $1,800/month. Call (813) 949-6891, Tampa.
VACATION RENTAL Seaside Gardens. Charming
3BR/2BA with all amenities. $2,000/month. Call Liz,
ANNA MARIA BAYSIDE cottage across the beach
from the city pier. 2BR/1BA. Summertime rates,
weekly or monthly. Pet friendly. (941) 778-0542.
POOL HOME AVAILABLE for vacation let. Near
Holmes Beach, 3BR/2BA with all amenities. Please
contact, (941) 753-8709, ext. 2.
ANNA MARIA: 200 feet to Rod & Reel Pier, ground-
floor, 2BR/1BA, fully furnished, washer/dryer, all
amenities, utilities included. $1,000/month. Avail-
able now through Nov. 30. No pets, nonsmoking.
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: 6504 Holmes Blvd., 1BR/1BA
duplex, $775/month; 205 Haverkos, 1BR/1BA du-
plex, no pet, $750/month; 2104 Avenue B, 1 BR/1 BA
duplex, furnished, no pet, $700/month or unfur-
nished $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. SunCoast Real Estate, (941) 779-
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,
ANNUAL KEY WEST-style custom 3BR/2.5BA, ce-
'amic floors, oak stairs, greatroom with fireplace,
French doors, 2,000 sf living area and large
screened deck. (941) 794-9921 or 773-6581.
ANNUAL BRADENTON BEACH 2BR,2BA elevated
(ouplex, 18-by-12 ft. bonus room, fenced yard,
* cher/dryer/dishwasher, central heat and air con-
(.nng, garage, one block to beach new carpet/
.;-,r. Nonsmoking, r o pets, first, las., security. With
i.ooa credit, $850/mcionh. (941) 71: -90.
ANNUAL RENTAL: 2BR/1BA unfurr shed apart-
ment available July 15. Secluded waterfront, non-
smoking apartment with boat dockage on the north
end of Anna Maria. First, last security required.
$1,000/month includes water, cable, and garbage.
BAYFRONT ANNUAL 1 BR/1 BA. New kitchen and
all tile floors. Ground-floor and private. Phone (352)
267-9187, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
SEASONAL-VACATION rental: Very clean and cute
2BR/1 BA duplex with carport, private entrance, plus
laundry. Call now to reserve your spot. Available
now. Now through November, $500/week;
December through April, $650/week. Ask us about a
multi-week discount. (941) 779-0215.
BAYFRONT SEASONAL rental: Spacious 2BR/1 BA
with washer/dryer, cable, phone. Nicely furnished.
Ground-floor and private. Phone (352) 267-9187, or
VACATION RENTAL: Charming fully furnished
1 BR/1 BA, just across from white sandy beach. Call
ANNUAL GROUND-LEVEL duplex, Holmes Beach,
2BR/1 BA. Lanai, unfurnished, steps to beach. $900/
month includes hot water. First, last and security. Non-
smoking, no pets. Available Sept. 1. (941) 778-7665.
HOLMES BEACH: Unique 1BR furnished efficiency,
steps to the beach. All utilities included except
phone. Pets are welcome. Annual. $700/month.
WALK TO BEACH, 2BR/2BA, plus den in Holmes
Beach, large garage, new carpet, ceiling fans,
freshly painted, on cul-de-sac, $995/month. (941)
ANNUAL RENTAL: 2BR/2BA ground-floor duplex,
immaculate, open floor plan, tile throughout, garage,
laundry, just steps to the Gulf, $850/month. (616)
ANNUAL 3BR/2BA very nice elevated home with
dock, washer/dryer, two-car garage, fenced yard
and more. Holmes Beach Marina Pointe Realty
Co. (941) 779-0732.
BEACHFRONT, bayfront condos with gorgeous
views, 3BR/2BA and 2BR/2BA. Weekly, monthly, sea-
sonal rentals, furnished. By owner. (901) 301-8299.
ANNUAL 2BR/1BA unfurnished duplex, screened
porch. $775/month. Marina Pointe Realty Co. (941)
OFFICE SPACE on Anna Maria Island. Centrally lo-
cated on a major artery. Plenty of parking. Up to 1,000
sf. For information call (941) 778-0777 or 545-9591.
ANNUAL DUPLEX 2BR/2BA, Florida room, carport,
nice. $950/month; 2BR/1BA, carport $850/month;
2BR/2BA $750; 1 BR/1BA $675. Dolores M. Baker
Realty, (941) 778-7500.
VACATION RENTAL: Holmes Beach canalfront.
2BR/2BA fully furnished. Garage, laundry, dock,
many extras. $750/week, $2,000/month. Call (813)
ROOM FOR RENT: Clean, responsible, nonsmoker
to share 2BR/1BA apartment near beaches (off Is-
land). $425, plus utilities. (941) 792-1424.
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1 BR/1 BA, one block to beach and bay, newly reno-
vated. Tile and wood floors. $715/month. (941) 778-
3647 or 284-1300.
LONGBOAT VILLAGE North end 2BR/1BA up-
dated, charming cottage. Steps to bay and restau-
rants. Turnkey furnished, clean, bright, $975/month
now through December. January-February 2005,
$2,500/month. Real Estate Mart, (941) 756-1090.
ANNUAL RENTALS: 2BR/2BA Gulfview apartment,
$1,450/month includes all utilities. Also, 2BR/1.5BA
half duplex, $1,000/month. Call Betsy Hills Real
Estate, P.A., at (941) 778-2291 or e-mail:
Jason @ betsyhills.com.
HOLMES BEACH ANNUAL large 2BR/2BA, close
to beach. Laundry, porch. First, last security. $950/
month, plus electric. (585) 473-9361.
WATERFRONT PALMA SOLA 2BR/2BA
townhouse. Pool, boat dock. Vacation now! $450/
week. Real Estate Mart, (941) 756-1090.
SEASONAL RENTALS! 2BR/1BA, steps to beach
available Sept. 7. Condos, houses, duplexes! Call
Deborah Thrasher, Keller Williams Realty, (941)
518-7738. E-mail: email@example.com.
ANNUAL RENTALS: Immaculate 2BR/2BA home
with garage, $1,200/month; 3BR/2BA home, Anna
Maria, $1,250/month; efficiency apartment, $500/
month. Fran Maxon Real Estate, 778-2307.
BEACH RENTAL: 2BR/1 BA unfurnished. 2507 Av-
enue B, Bradenton Beach. First, last, plus $500
security. Annual, $800/month. Call (941) 778-2918.
ANNUAL RENTALS. Great move-in special, pets
welcome! Ground-level duplexes, walking distance
to Gulf. 1 BR/1BA $630/month; 2BR/1 BA with bonus
room, $795/month; 2BR/2BA with garage, family
room and lanai $925/month. Call Island Real Es-
tate, (941) 778-6066.
WANTED TO RENT: 1 or 2/BR on the Island. Rent
from Dec. 1, 2005, to April 1, 2006. References,
professional people. Ohio, (330) 722-7610, leave
PANORAMIC GULFVIEW 3BR/2BA executive home
directly across from the beach. Completely renovated.
French doors, master suite with separate entrance,
deck, garage, additional parking. Six months or an-
nual lease. $1,900/month. (941) 778-8470.
SHARE 2BR/1 BA 1,600 sf. beach house ,1.5 blocks
from Holmes Beach. Pets welcome. $750/month, half
of utilities, first, last, security. (941) 383-7992.
ANNUAL RENTAL: Bradenton Beach: 2BR/1BA.
Condo with pool. Steps to beach. Ground level.
$900/month. Call (941) 795-7430 or 228-8372.
ANNUAL FURNISHED Holmes Beach. Walk to
beach, bank, post office. Private parking, large yard.
1BR/1 BA. $650/month, deposit required. 778-4044.
SEASONAL OR WEEKLY cottage-style rentals.
1BR/1BA or 2BR/1BA with pool. Walk to beach,
shopping and restaurants. (941) 778-3875. Web
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, (941)
383-6112, or George Noble, (941) 685-3372.
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
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WESTBAY COVE 2BR/2BA, updated, glass lanai,
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owner. $347,000. (502) 817-7986.
HOLMES BEACH tropical canalfront home. 3BR/
3BA, 2,100 sf. Pool, dock, 10K boat lift. Updated. By
Owner $749,900. (941) 730-1086. Also for rent for
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closing. Asking $580,000. (732) 449-5255.
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RAL SATE ontnue I*LOID ACAS IFID IRAL SATECn -n
ALL THE BEAUTY of the Island just across the
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Village. Two story, 4BR/2BA with canal, dock and
boathouse. Million-dollar views can be had for
$639,000. (941) 794-3010 or 374-0528.
KEY WEST STYLE 3BR/2.5BA, 800 feet to beach,
custom designed, ceramic floors, oak stairs, 30-foot
covered, screened deck, upgrades, private setting
on large lot. Room for boat/cars, plus two storage
rooms. $789,000. (941) 794-9921 or 773-6581. Bro-
BY OWNER: Holmes Beach double lot including
2BR/1 BA on corner lot. Recent updates. $389,000.
LOWEST PRICE CONDO ON ISLAND! 2BR/2BA
Sunbow Bay unit, partially furnished with pool, ten-
nis, fishing pier. Offered at $269,000. Call Deborah
Thrasher, Keller Williams Realty, (941) 518-7738. E-
BRADENTON BEACH, 55-plus Sandpiper Mobile
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6553, or cell (678) 231-9797. E-mail
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i wanna have Jesse'sliGeatoppornieo
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Appointments a must! Confidentiality agreement
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Excellent financing available. Toll-free (866) 770-
5263. Waterfront Group Inc.
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00i -S 131 White Ave. Duplex on
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BOAT DOCKS IN-
CLUDED overlooking the
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Reduced to $599,000.
50 X 100 LOT. Awesome
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SAILORS PARADISE. Come
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and features 200 feet of sailboat
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Tr~I 2BR HOME is just steps
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west side of Gulf Drive! Build
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enjoy this income property as
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for a pool. $429,000.
SPANISH MAIN: Beautifully
maintained, updated villa.
Pool, clubhouse, boat docks,
putting green, in a very active
boating community. One of
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Key, 55-plus community
DUPLEX This is a must see!
Ready to move in and/or
rent. No detail overlooked.
2BR/1BA each side. Private
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unit, outdoor shower and
room for a pool. Great
vacation rental! Turnkey furnished with West Indies flair. $599,000.
THIS BEAUTIFUL DUPLEX
is only steps from the beach
and bay! Built new in 2001.
Each 2BR/2BA has French
--..doors and screened
balconies. Downstairs, grill
out in private patio or enjoy
a new fenced in back yard.
Three oversized bonus rooms not included in square footage.
Great investment! Offered at $644,900.
Better than a house! 4BR/
3BA with a pool! Front unit is
3BR/2BA with an oversized
single-car garage. Rear unit
has been totally renovated and
is a very large I BR/1 BA with
two sets of French doors
leading to the completely renovated pool. New landscaping, new stucco
and paint, new fencing and a new paver entry and patio area for rear
unit Large 90x100 duplex lot zoned R-2. Offered at $559,900.
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PRIME BUILDING LOT
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SEASIDE GARDENS Immaculate move in condi-
tion. 2BR/2BA tile floors, Florida room and bonus
room. French doors, great outdoor entertaining area
on the deck and patio. Only $229,000.
BAYFRONT Spectacular view, 3BR/2BA, two-car,
open floor plan. Large lot, 112 by 143-ft., deep
water, dock and lift. Holmes Beach. $1,385,000.
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3BR/2.5BA, up to 4,200 sf. $1, 975,000.
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WATERFRONT RESTAURANT As fun as can be
with wonderful food, old-time atmosphere. You don't
find open dining anymore, especially with seating for
60+ and a boat dock. Business only. $210,000.
large pool. Beautiful 3BR/2BA each, large garages,
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TWIN HOMES sold together, zoned condo. Share
large pool. Beautiful 3BR/2BA each, large garages,
turnkey furnished. Great rental history. One house
from the beach. $1,600,000.
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. $749,000.
GULFFRONT Rarely available 2BR/2BA Gulffront
end unit at Coquina Beach Club. Solid rental history,
turnkey furnished, heated pool. $775,900.
100+ Gulffront rental units with hun-
dreds more just steps from the beach.
3101 GULF DRIVE HOLMES BEACH
S, . t RI -.
Frank Davis -',
Liz Blandford "NEW TOWNHOME"
Realtor Steps to the beach, 3
t bedroom, 2.5 bath, fur-
nished with a private
4212 Redfish Ct............ $575,000
243 Willow Ave............. $849,000
Realtor Bridgeport #201 ........... $559,000
._ La Casa Costiera #11 .... $1,300,000
5400 Condos #32 ......... $580,000
2500 N. Gulf Dr. (Duplex).. $2,450,000
Realtor La Casa Costeria #5 ...... $1,740,000
514 71st St. .................. $629,900
623 Foxworth Ln. .......... $689,000
Wendy Foldes Sandcastle #7... NEW .... $1,485,000
Sandcastle #8... NEW .... $1,695,000
Tiffany Place #213... NEW ..... $980,000
Richard Freeman -' :.-. .'-
3603 4th Ave. .............$1,099,000
2914 Avenue E. .......... $1,595,000
747 Jacaranda Rd. (Lot) ......$389,000
Broker/Assciate 100 7th St So.(Duplex) ......... $750,000
411 Spring Ave ............. $565,000
The Terrace #6 ............. $425,000
401-403 Clark Lane (Duplex) ..... $549,000
Broker/Associate 402 Magnolia Ave. ......... $539,500
427 Pine Ave ................ $695,000
4002 6th Ave. New ....... $699,000
312 Hardin Ave. (Duplex) .. $459,000
Realtor 110 81st St. (Duplex)......... $739,000
S Bradenton Beach Club #239... $750,000
Broker/Associate 210 3rd St W #8204... NEW .. $295,000
210 3rd St W #8402... NEW .. $340,000
& John Business and Real Estate ... $1,690,000
Realtors Business Opportunity ...... $2,490,000
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By Randolph Ross / Edited by Will Shortz
1 Make a quick left, say
8 Subject of the docu-
mentary "As I Was
12 A black key
17 First word of "Wooly
18 Brooks from Tulsa
19 __ nova
20 They're taken in court
22 Having a line of
23 Spenser player on TV
24 Get rid of
25 The candidate was
accused of having a
30 More than 70% of its
exports are fish: Abbr.
31 Like some monuments
35 The candidate tried to
cover it up and was
41 Early times, for short
44 Record exec Gotti
45 Shoebox letters
47 Funds ran low in the
55 Old Dodge
56 List ender
57 Victory: Ger.
58 Some summer babies
60 Preceder of Alamos or
64 Frigid finish
66 Big overhead?
67 The candidate called
reporters in for a
74 "The Fog of War"
75 Relative of a gull
76 "You've gotta be
77 It's watched in Ont.
81 Make over
83 Bad: Prefix
84 Avis adjective
86 At the convention the
92 Words after duke or
94 Something flipped
95 Big ox
96 "I told you so!"
97 ... and_ ...
105 Drink from India
106 Wrapped up with
107 Do little
111 ... and later lost the
election in key _
117 Tourist center's name
120 North of Virginia
121 Show as an encore
122 Short order, for short
123 Army of the Potomac
124 Has an opinion
127 Legendary luster
128 Greek house
129 Pampering places
130 Call on
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3 Adjective with chance
4 Large, in commercial
5 Bana who played the
Incredible Hulk in film
6 Bad reception
7 Shoddy goods
8 Blue matter
9 Word before "were"
10 Way up
13 Broken down
14 P.O. piece
16 A small dose: Abbr.
18 Square dance partner
19 Trump, e.g.
26 Medicine watchdog
27 Service charge
28 It's hot in Cannes
32 High country
33 Cy Young Award
winner Mike Scott, for
34 Some coll. seniors
36 Actress Carrere
37 Prefix with state
38 Stock market figs.
39 Bill: Fr.
40 Informal assent
42 Spanish saint
43 False flattery
49 "Soul Food" actress,
50 Brecht collaborator
51 Indian tourist city
52 Madrid daily
53 Astin of "Lord of the
54 Teatro Costanzi debut
59 Sullivan had a really
62 Tiny fraction of time:
63 Lose on purpose
65 Sinus specialist, briefly
66 The New Yorker
68 Emporium suffix
69 Soft ball material
70 14 years before the
71 Slate and Salon
72 Opposite of dia
73 Certain security, briefly
77 Like a new dollar bill
79 Bad business partner
82 Repeated interjection
in the Rolling Stones'
85 Shop that fixes
87 QB Manning
89 Looks up to
90 1990's Indian P.M.
91 As loud as possible,
93 It may be political
98 Addams Family
99 Leave home
100 Tool for melons
101 Japanese Beatle?
103 Get in shape
104 State with two time
108 In the box
109 One of the Fitzgeralds
110 Block legally
112 Zeno's home
113 Expensively decorated-.
114 Bank contents
115 Does a job for parents,
116 Encouraging word
117 Type widths
118 Shade of green
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PANORAMIC BAY VIEWS Enjoy views of the
Sarasota skyline and LBK from this large 3,630
SF 3BR/loft condo in Tidy Island. Three-car ga-
rage. Elevator, gated community, 24-hour se-
curity. Jane Tinsworth. 761-3100. #100565.
ANNA MARIA ISLAND HOME Open and
bright, over 2800 sf, spacious with cathe-
dral ceiling, gas range, fireplace for both
the living room and bedroom, large loft.
Turnkey, warranty. Becky Smith or Elfi
Starrett. 778-2246. #103828. $729,900
". '-" '- ....3%-
BOATER'S PARADISE Plenty of room in
this 3BR/2.5BA treasure. Cathedral ceil-
ings, loft family room with great views.
Lush landscape surrounds pool. One-year
warranty. Joe Corbo. 778-2246. #105417.
A-PLUS WATERFRONT Five minutes to
Intracoastal Waterway. Newer 1995 3BR/2BA
on saltwater canal in Coral Shores. Upgrades
galore, caged pool, two boat lifts. Jane
Tinsworth. 761-3100. #105243. S679,000
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CANALFRONT LUXURY Custom built split RIVERFRONT COMMUNITY with pool, tennis,
plan offers formal living and dining rooms, a clubhouse, fishing dock. Top-quality home by
huge den with vaulted ceilings and fireplace. Divald USA Inc. Features: tile roof, granite
Ca'ed solar pool and spa. Dock with lift. Lisa countertops, 10-foot tray ceilings, hardwood or
Anthony. 727-2800. #104978. $599,900 ceramic floors. Pre-construction. Becky Smith
or Elfi Starrett. 778-2246. #99266. $478,000
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HOLMES BEACH COTTAGE 3BR/2BA like
new throughout, new wood cabinets and gas
range. Has room for pool. Very near Gulf
beach. Harold Small. 778-2246. #104972.
SECURE & GRACIOUS LIFE STYLE Gated
waterfront residence. Interior elegantly remod-
eled by European designer. Spacious 2BR/
2BA with two-car garage. Owner/agent. Victor
Rosenfeld. 778-2246. #103004. $329,000