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Skimming the news ... Anna Maria Island map in this edition, page 16.

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Charley preparations, inside

"The Best News on Anna Maria Islth of Hurricand Since 1992" www.islander.org Volume 12, No. 41 Aug. 18, 2004 FREE

Island dodges Charley's wrath

By Rick Catlin Miami had Charley
Islander Reporterh of Tampa Bay.
Anna Mariexpected a Island defied the odds on Friday the
13th, drawing to the proverbial inside straight and find-rectly over '
ing the magic card that pushed Hurricane Charley east sunshine

of itSkyw ay Bridge. It was really lookand sparing th e Island from
"cabefore it astrophic devastation."."

Maloney was at the Manatee County Emergency f4-'-
Operations Center with Holmes Beach Commissioner w-' .
Sandy Haas-Martens and other Island and county rricane-r .
National Hurricane Center in Miami had Charley A grim search in Hurricane Charley aftermath
winds of up to 145 miles per hoFirefighter Nick Herlehy and Capt. Sam Collier o Cedar Hamock Fie Ditrct search for signs of life.
the Island.Islander Photo: Courtesy WMFR

Maloney said. "We figured we had abut four hours on sandbags
before it hd it ."he
department ThursBut at 2 p.m., Islanders got lucky with the draw,
Volunteer Bobwhile others were not so fortunate.

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Operations Center wGeorge McKayith olmes Beach Commissioner
Sandy Haas-Martens-and other Island and county ..

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coffeemFirefighter Nick Herlehy and Capt. Sa Collier Cedar Hamaker sits at ready in this demolished bilFire District sedrchfing.or signs of life.ing.

Islander Photo: Court esy WMFR

lauding much-needed bottled water geparedills, charcoal and
lighter fluid, flashlights and batteries, coolers, inflat- Maria
able mattresses, bug spray, wet wipes and easy-to-open up
packaged food items (or canned goods and can open- sandbags
ers) and personal hygiene products to the store at 5408 by the
Marina Drive, next door to Oo La La in the Island .... urs-
Shopping Center, Holmes Beach., Aug. 12.
Cash and checks for supplies can be sent or deliv- Heeding the messageGeorge McKay
ered to The Islander, noted Hurricane Charley Relief, Hurricane Charlev must have gotten this message posted infront of Tropical Treats on Gulf Drive in Anna
at 5404 Marina Drive. (More inside.) Maia. Islander Photo: Paul RotCourtesy WFR


Charley misses Island
elected officials when the unexpected happened. "We
watched the right turn of the hurricane, which was in-
credible to us," he said. "It was a miracle for the Island,
but it finished off Port Charlotte and I really feel for the
people there."
Along with 145 mph winds, a Cat 4 hurricane pass-
ing over or just to the west of Anna Maria Island would
have brought a storm surge of anywhere from 14 to 20
feet, according to the National Hurricane Center.
Had the storm surge and winds happened as pre-
dicted, "There would be nothing left of this Island,"
said West Manatee Fire and Rescue Chief Andy Price.
"We would have had the same devastation that you are
now seeing in Port Charlotte. We would have had mas-
sive destruction and some deaths."
For those who still doubt the destruction and storm
surge, Price pointed to a picture in a local daily news-
paper of North Captiva Island, which is now split in
half. "The road is completely washed out and I under-
stand some hotels and homes are gone," he said. A
similar storm surge here would likely have split the
Island around 22nd Street North in Bradenton Beach,
he indicated.
Another likely breach in the Island would have
been at about 14th Street South in Bradenton Beach,
where historically there once was an inlet. It is the nar-
rowest part of the Island.
A lot of people in the Charlotte area apparently
didn't take the threat seriously, Price observed.
"All the forecasts had it coming directly toward
us. When it moved, a lot of people there weren't ex-
pecting it, and it was sudden and took them by surprise.
I can only expect that a lot of people didn't listen to the
"I feel fortunate and lucky for the Island, but at the
same time, I feel for the people in Charlotte County,"
he added.
The WMFR has sent two trucks and two crews of
firefighters to help in that county, Price said.
He also praised Islanders for heeding the warnings
to evacuate. "People really understood the danger of
the storm. I just hope that people will take the next one
seriously, too. I've always said that it's not if, but when.

Lesson in storm dynamics
Looking south toward Captiva Island, Cayo Costa, an island on the south side of Boca Grande Pass which is mostly
uninhabited state park, has been divided by the bearing of Hurricane Charley. Islander Photo: Jack Elka

We know we are going to get hit someday."
Price said the Island evacuation went very well, but
a few people probably stayed on the Island. "I'm sure
a few people remained, but Friday morning, I didn't see
anybody. It was like a ghost town."
Bradenton Beach Police Lt. John Cosby agreed.
"We had four people that stayed in the city," he said.
"We started with 12 who stayed, but we were able to
talk the others into leaving."
Had Charley struck the Island, said Price, the
WMFR staff would now be looking for the bodies of
those who had stayed, not thanking their stars that no
damage occurred.
Haas-Martens, who was the official Holmes Beach

representative at the Manatee County Emergency Op-
erations Center during the storm, had high praise for
the EOC.
"The EOC did a great job of keeping us informed
of what was happening and getting decisions from us,"
as the policy group of the EOC, she observed.
"We were told to expect catastrophic devastation
on the Island, right up until the time the storm turned.
There was tension, then relief, then we worried about
the people in Charlotte County. We said, 'Thank God
for us,' but we also said a prayer for them."
Bradenton Beach Mayor John Chappie, who was

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Charley aftermath on Island

also stationed at the emergency operations center in
Bradenton during the storm, said Friday "was a long
day, it was like waiting for the train wreck" until the
storm turned to the east at about 2 p.m.
"It was a major wake-up call for us," he added.

Law enforcement officials had sealed off the Island
to oncoming traffic at 12:01 a.m. on Aug. 13, and the
EOC policy group composed of countywide elected
officials was reluctant to reopen the Island to traffic,
even after the danger had apparently passed.
"They didn't want anybody back on the Island until
Saturday morning," said Maloney, but Lt. Dale
Stephenson of the Holmes Beach Police Department
"put the pressure on" to lift the evacuation order. That
order was given at 7 p.m. Friday evening and Island-
ers began returning to their homes and breathing a col-
lective sigh of relief.

Manatee County health officials shut off the water
to the Island at 6 a.m. Aug. 13, and Island residents
were ordered to boil water for home usage until yester-
day. Water service was restored to the Island at about
7 p.m. Friday.

Contrary to some reports, Florida Power & Light
never planned to shut off electricity to the Island. An
FPL spokesperson said FPL never deliberately shut off
electricity to customers, but would not send out a re-
pair crew for a downed line is winds exceed 38 mph.
The "rumor" of an electrical shutoff for Anna
Maria Island may have been prompted by Progress
Energy in Pinellas County and Tampa Electric Com-
pany in Tampa. Prior to Charley's arrival, Progress
Energy shut off electricity to the barrier islands it ser-
vices in Pinellas County, while TECO turned off power
to Davis Island.

Those who stayed
Anna Maria City Commissioner Dale Woodland
did not evacuate, but remained at his home.
"I stayed to protect my property," said Woodland,
who has a first-floor elevation of 14 feet. "I was wor-
ried, and it looked real bad, but I've been through these
before. I wasn't worried about flooding because of my
Woodland said his main concern was for the city,
not for himself personally.

Those who left
Contrary to one media report, Holmes Beach
Mayor Carol Whitmore did not stay in her house, but
evacuated to her husband's surgical clinic in Sarasota
Thursday evening.

West Manatee Fire and Rescue Capt. Barry Brooks is stunned by mobile home damage in the Port Charlotte/
Punta Gorda storm swath. Islander Photo: Courtesy WMFR

She said she was in constant communication with
Haas-Martens, the city's designated EOC representa-
tive, in addition to Holmes Beach Police Chief Jay
Anna Maria Mayor SueLynn, along with Commis-
sioners Linda Cramer and Duke Miller, in addition to
city staff, stayed at the Comfort Inn in Bradenton.
The mayor said she was in touch with Commis-
sioner John Quam, the city's EOC representative.
The temporary city hall at the Island Baptist
Church was open until 4 p.m. Thursday, said the
mayor, while she stayed until about 5:30 p.m.
Some Anna Maria residents apparently went to the
city hall on Gulf Drive for re-entry tags. Finding that
location under construction, they then proceeded to the
Holmes Beach City Hall for their tag, rather than the
city's temporary office location.
Bradenton Beach City Clerk Nora Idso said that
city gave out about 300 re-entry tags. "It was about 10
deep for a while on Thursday," she said.
That city's evacuation of records and computers
went well, she said, and the staff spent much of Satur-
day putting things back in order so city hall could re-
open for business on Monday.
"By far, the evacuation and actions of residents and
our Island governments was excellent," said Price. "As
I said, I hope we don't forget the lessons learned."
Amen, added Maloney.
"I've always said that 80 percent of the people who
live on this Island have never experienced a major hur-
ricane," he said. "Now that 80 percent still haven't
experienced a major hurricane, but they've experienced


Anna Maria City
Aug. 23, 7 p.m., planning and zoning board meeting.
Aug. 25, 6:45 p.m., Environmental Education and En-
hancement Committee meeting.
Aug. 26, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
Anna Maria City Hall, temporarily at Island Baptist
Church, 8605 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. City com-
mission and planning and zoning board meetings to be
held at Holmes Beach City Hall.

Bradenton Beach
Aug. 1 8, 4 p.m., city commission budget work meet-
Aug. 19, 1 p.m., city commission meeting. Agenda: Public
comment, second hearing and public hearing on fence and
pool ordinance, duties of local planning agency discus-
sion, second reading and public hearing on major devel-
opment ordinance, update of development agreement or-
dinance, update on nuisance tree ordinance, legal updates,
ballot issue discussion, pier restaurant grease trap quote
discussion, CRA corridor enhancement discussion, rodent
infestation discussion, consent agenda, commission re-

ports and calendar scheduling.
Aug. 25, 6 p.m., Citizen Advisory Committee For Re-
view and Updating of the Comprehensive Plan and
Land Development Code For Bradenton Beach.
Aug. 26, 6 p..m., town hall meeting on ballot issues for
Aug. 31 primary.
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.,

Holmes Beach
Aug. 19, 7 p.m., planning commission meeting.
Aug. 24, 7 p.m., city commission meeting with work
session to immediately follow.-
Aug. 26, 9 a.m., board of adjustment meeting.
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive,

Of Interest
Aug. 18, 7 p.m., Coalition of Barrier Island Elected
Officials meeting, Holmes Beach City Hall.
Aug. 19, 6 p.m., West Manatee Fire & Rescue Com-
mission meeting, Fire Station No. 1, 6001 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach.

Storm syntax?
Don't boil three days, but rather Islanders were
advised to boil drinking and cooking water one
minute before use through Monday. Islander Photo:
Bonner Joy

the biggest scare of their lives.
"Anyone who thinks the Island would have only
suffered a little damage just has to look at the pictures
from Port Charlotte, Arcadia, Punta Gorda and Captiva
Island. That's what we would have looked like," noted
the commissioner.
"We were lucky this time. We got a taste of the real
one and what has to be done, but remember, it's not a
question of if we have a major hurricane, but when."


WMFRfirefighter Dion Nemo searches debris from
Hurricane Charley for signs of life.


Shocking discovery
WMFR firefighters were shocked to see the Punta Gorda Fire Department damaged by Charley. According to Capt. Ernie Cave, the trucks were stuck behind storm-
damaged doors and they didn't yet know if the vehicles were damaged. Islander Photo: Courtesy WMFR

Island rushes to relief of Charley victims

By Jim Hanson
Islander Correspondent
From water to food to dollars, from churches to
business people to firemen, Anna Maria Islanders are
rushing to the aid of Hurricane Charley's victims.
Always sympathetic and generous, many Islanders
are frustrated at where to go to start their help on its
way. They are relieved at surviving intact another nar-
row escape, and they just want to help those who suf-
fered the wrath of Charley.
Jeff Croley of Holmes Beach, an Islander of 20
some years, has made several trips to Sebring,
Wauchula and Arcadia in the wake of the storm.
Croley has some relatives there and he's volunteer-
ing with a group organized by the American Legion on
U.S. 301 near Wellcraft. He manages a Longboat Key
property for Michael Saunders & Co. and has taken a
week's vacation to provide relief to storm victims, and
like others, he's doing it in gratitude for being spared
from the storm.
Croley highlighted some of the immediate needs in
the devastated areas to the east of Anna Maria Island.
"Yesterday was the first I've seen of the Red Cross
there and that was late in the day. They need ice and
water desperately."
He said they need "grills, charcoal and lighter fluid.
Bug spray. Easy to open, pop-top foods, like Spaghetti-
Os, and flashlights and batteries it's dark there at
Clothing and other such needs will be taken care of
later, he indicated.
Islanders who want to help Croley supply victims
can reach him at 284-1964, or drop off donations to The
Islander, where a "staging area" for donations is avail-
able in cooperation with Ooh La La! Bistro at its vacant
adjoining storefront and volunteers from Harvey
"It (Charley) was supposed to be ours," said Mike
Shannon, who is organizing some assistance for the Chiles
Group. "We're extremely lucky, and we need to share
with the unlucky people that Charley didn't miss."
Ed Chiles will match "dollar-for-dollar" any mon-
etary donations to the victims, and his employees are
collecting such goods as bottled water, dried and

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canned foods, baby formula and diapers. "The media
is focused on Punta Gorda," said Shannon, "and that's
what they should do. We'd also like to help closer
neighbors, like Wauchula and Arcadia and others that
aren't getting so much attention."
He said donations may be made at the three Chiles
restaurants: Beach House, 200 Gulf Drive N.,
Bradenton Beach; Sandbar, 100 Spring Ave., Anna
Maria; and Mar Vista, 760 Broadway, Longboat Key.
The Rev. Bill Grossman, pastor of Harvey Memo-
rial Community Church in Bradenton Beach, would
like to associate his church with one in Myakka or
Arcadia, where hundreds of migrant workers are af-
fected. Harvey also is working with Peace Community
Church in Ft. Myers. "We're in this together," he said
in his Sunday sermon.
Donations may be taken to services at 9:30 a.m.
Sunday at Harvey, 300 Church Ave., or any day to
church member Nancy Ambrose at The Islander, 5404
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, or checks with a memo
for Hurricane Charley may be mailed to Harvey at P.O.
Box 243, Bradenton Beach FL 34217.
Harvey is teaming with Harvest United Methodist
Church of Bradenton, which is making daily runs to the
Arcadia/Myakka area, and will be helping the Peace Com-
munity Church in Ft. Myers. Grossman said folks can,
earmark their donations for either of the relief efforts.
He said cash donations and supplies, such as De-
pends and baby diapers, are needed.
The Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island is asking
that relief checks be made out to Rotary District 6960
with a memo for Hurricane Charley and dropped off at
Island Florist, 5312 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
Another Island business collecting water and sup-
plies is Ginny's Antiques & Art and Jane E's Coffee
and Tea, both at 5600 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
Paulette Webb of Gaunt Inc. of 3011 Gulf Drive,
Holmes Beach, is also collecting through Friday sup-
plies and donations to buy needed items, which Floyd
Gilley has volunteered to deliver to east Manatee
County storm victims.
Cindy Perinetti at Island Gourmet, 5604 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach, is rounding up checks for the
American Red Cross.

The Red Cross Manatee Chapter said that at this
point monetary donations will best serve the
hurricane's victims, for "they don't have a home to
cook in or a closet to keep clothing, but money helps
everyone." Shampoo, soap, razors, toothpaste and such
personal items are welcome as well. Donations may be
sent to the chapter at 2905 59th St. W., Bradenton FL
34209, or may be dropped off to Perinetti.
Churches are taking a hand, too. Roser Memorial
Community Church's mission committee has sent a
check to the Salvation Army disaster relief fund, said
a spokesperson, and forwarded at least one check from
an individual.
Island Baptist Church is working with the Florida
Baptist Disaster Relief Team, said a spokesperson,
coordinating donations of money, food and supplies.
St. Bernard Catholic Church has been collecting
special funds at all Masses, and many volunteers from
the church are helping churches in the disaster area.
the Anna Maria Island Community Center is also
accepting donations at 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Of
special need, Center officials said, are tarps, diapers, face
wipes, bottled water, toothpaste and other hygiene prod-
West Manatee Fire & Rescue District sent several
engines and four people to the scene and may send
another this week, said Capt. Ernie Cave. Deputy Chief
Bret Pollock has been assigned to Lakeland to lend a
hand there.
Units from Cedar Hammock Fire District and
Manatee County Emergency Medical Services and
Longboat Key firefighters were on the trip with

Islander evacuation story
Trish Edwards of Holmes Beach said she evacuated
on Thursday afternoon with her husband and son to a hotel
in Orlando. Again, Friday evening, the Edwards family
was evacuated from their hotel to the ballroom of the
Hyatt Hotel, which was used as a shelter.
"We were told there were 90 mph winds," she said.
"The paramedics, fire department and hotel staff took
great care of all of us."
Edwards said they were allowed to return to their
hotel by 11:30 p.m. Friday evening but did not have
"I'm glad we left," Edwards said. "I'm not risking
my life. There were a lot of people in Orlando who also
thought they were travelling away from the storm."
Edwards said throughout the evacuation she kept
in contact with Danny and Tracy Mitchell, former Is-
landers who now live on Sanibel Island.
The Mitchell's and their three children evacuated
from Sanibel to Miami 7 a.m. Thursday. They have
been unable to return to Sanibel and have no idea what
is left of their home.
Edwards said she invited the family to stay at her
parent's condominium in Holmes Beach and their kids
visited their former teachers at Anna Maria Elementary
School during lunchtime on Monday.


Fire district tries again with tax hike plan

By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Voters in the West Manatee Fire and Rescue Dis-
trict will be asked again on Aug. 31 to approve a mea-
sure giving the district ad valorem tax authority to in-
crease revenues. The district is proposing a 1-mill cap
in the ballot language, but anticipates it would only
need a .5 mill rate to meet its requirements, according
to WMFR Chief Andy Price.
A similar proposal calling for a maximum 3.75
millage rate was defeated by district voters on March
9 by 128 votes out of 7,808 cast. Voters at the Mt.
Vernon polling station on Cortez Road defeated the
measure by 166 votes.
But a lot of people were unsure what they were
voting for then, Price indicated, and many thought the
district was asking for a 3.75 millage rate.
That's not the case, and this time around, Price has
taken pains and some expense to inform voters that the
measure places a 1-mill cap on the tax. Any change in
that millage rate would have to be approved by voters.
Price was confident the district would only need a .5
rate, however.
With a .5 mill rate, a homeowner in the district with
a house valued at $200,000 would pay an additional
$100 annually for fire service protection.
Price said the district needs the funding to meet
new Florida rules and regulations on staffing and train-
ing, primarily the "two-in, two-out" rule.
That means at least two firefighters must wait out-
side a burning building before two firefighters can en-
ter the structure to help extinguish the blaze. At present,
WMFR has only enough staff for three firefighters on
each truck. The first firefighting unit on the scene of
any fire must wait for enough backup before entering
a building.
The new Florida Firefighter Occupational Health and
Safety Act also requires firefighters to have at least 160
hours of instruction and certification before they can be
involved in any firefighting activities, Price noted.
One example of the lack of enough firefighters was

in the Waterfront Restaurant fire in Anna Maria March
17. Because the first WMFR unit to arrive on the scene
had only three firefighters, none could enter the burn-
ing structure until backup arrived. The fire had to be
contained from outside the structure until other units
and personnel arrived and that resulted in more dam-
age to the interior than would have happened with four
firefighters on board the first response truck.
"Imagine," said Price, "if this was your home burn-
ing and we had to wait outside while the house burned
"We presently have three firefighters on duty at
each of our three stations" each shift. "Even with mu-
tual aid response from surrounding districts, we still
cannot meet the staffing and response-time require-
The staffing issue is being faced by fire service
providers "across the country," and in Manatee County
by other fire districts. The districts of Southern Mana-
tee, Cedar Hammock and East Manatee recently placed
the ad valorem issue before its respective voters and it
was approved in all three communities.
"They are now in the process of hiring the addi-
tional firefighters and a staff and implementing the
changes necessary" to meet the new standards, Price
"We hope that never happens, but some people
said we'd never have a condo fire and we did, and some
people said we'd never lose someone in a fire, and we
did," he observed.
He also noted that the district is not growing, un-
like East Manatee, where new houses and subdivisions
spring up almost overnight, thus increasing the revenue
for those fire districts.
"We're pretty well built out in West Manatee,"
Price said.
Additionally, the City of Bradenton has recently
annexed large portions of areas that were in the district.
Properties in those areas now pay fire assessments and
any ad valorem tax for fire service to Bradenton.
Price is well aware that the total amount a property

owner pays for fire protection will increase if the ad
valorem issue passes.
And as an Island resident who grew up on Anna
Maria, he knows that Island real estate values are much
higher than some areas of the district on the mainland.
Price noted that the Cedar Hammock Fire District
already has a 1-mill rate, while the Southern Manatee
Fire District ad valorem fire tax rate is .8 mills.
Great idea, said Anna Maria City Commissioner
Duke Miller, except that it's not fair to Island residents.
"There are no homes on this Island valued at
$200,000," observed Miller. "This is just not fair. Why
should we pay the same rate as a homeowner in
Bradenton with a $100,000 home? Do we get fives
times the fire service?" he asked.
"Don't get me wrong. I'm all for increased fire
protection. I just believe the old method of assessment
was fair, while the ad valorem isn't."
Miller also suggested that consolidating the
county's 12 fire districts might save a few million dol-
lars of taxpayer's money annually, rather than asking
voters to fund government waste.
"Or, go to the state and ask for an increase in the
assessment. At least that's fair," he said.
"The Island, with just one-fourth of the people in
the district, will be paying an unfair share of the tax
revenues collected for the entire district because of our
high property values," Miller claimed.
"I'm all for the extra firefighters," he said, "I just
wish there was an equitable way to distribute the cost."
Holmes Beach City Commissioner Rich
Bohnenberger, an ex-fireman, agreed.
"Personally, I'm opposed to the tax. I think fire
districts should be looking at consolidation" as a means
of saving money, he observed.
Manatee County has 10 fire districts plus the City
of Bradenton and Longboat Key fire departments.
"That's a lot of administration. I was a fireman in
Philadelphia for more than 20 years and we had one fire
department that served about 4 million people," he said.
If passed, the ad valorem tax will be in addition to
the annual fire district assessment.

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How DO you spell relief?
While Islanders quickly contemplated their re-
lief Friday of having had a major hurricane come so
close, bearing down so long and barely veering
away before making landfall, that relief was short-
Folks here quickly turned their thoughts to re-
lief and aid for those folks less fortunate than us,
those in the path of Hurricane Charley.
Our sense of wellbeing was someone else's
We quickly learned the path of Charley brought
devastation as near as Myakka City and Arcadia,
and all the small towns, homes, farms and groves in
those areas.
Relief was needed and Islanders went right to
work providing all that they could.
They are still working hard at accumulating aid
and getting it to those who so desperately need it.
Everyone can help some way, and the more active
ones are asking the rest of us to help them get it
Churches are doing their bit, as always. The
Chiles Group of restaurants will collect donations
of canned and dried foods, bottled water, baby
formula, toilet articles, etc. Harvey Memorial
Community Church has been busy since before
the hurricane landed, gathering items and sending
them to victims and their churches. And dozens
of businesses and individuals on the Island are
galvanized by the suffering of neighbors to the
south and east.
The Anna Maria Island Community Center's
teen program is mounting a collection drive and
working with the Red Cross.
Some businesses are chipping in to provide
"handymen" services, while individuals are loading
their pickup trucks with water and ice and making
two and three trips a day to help strangers in need.
The Islander is hoping to help, too. Along with Ooh
La La! Bistro and its vacant space in the Island
Shopping Center and Harvey Church volunteers, a
collection and distribution center will be open as
you read this to serve relief wherever it may be
Hopefully, we can combine our efforts, send aid
to those who need it most, and send whatever is
needed most and all Islanders can share their
sense of relief.

The Islander
AUG. 18, 2004 Vol. 12, No. 41
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Op inion -...........

I would like to take this opportunity on behalf of
the City of Holmes Beach to thank all of the residents
and business owners for their cooperation in the orderly
evacuation of the island last week. Once again, we have
"dodged the bullet" that was Hurricane Charley. While
some people chose to ignore the evacuation order and
ride out the storm, the majority of our residents heeded
the warning and headed to areas that everyone assumed
would be safer than a barrier island.
In this particular case, many inland areas of the
state became the target of the storm's wrath and Anna
Maria Island escaped relatively unscathed. The point
that should be made is that without a last-second
change of course from the storm, life would have
changed drastically for everyone that lives, works or
plays on the Island.
It is our responsibility as public officials to do
everything possible to protect life and property
within our jurisdictions. Part of this responsibility
involves urging people to leave their homes and
businesses in times of emergency. For those people
who continue to call and complain that they were
evacuated "for noir eason," I urge you to look two
counties to the south and see the total devastation
and loss of life that could have easily occurred here.
;We do not enjoydisplacing people from their sur-
roundings any more than people enjoy being displaced.
But be assured, wh'erthe situation calls for it again, our
responsibility and reaction will be the same. Please do
not fall into the trap of thinking that "it never happens
here" because next time we may not be as fortunate.
I would also like to thank the dedicated public
employees that served tirelessly to protect the county
and the Island while their own families and homes were
in peril. It is this type of dedication that protects us all,
whether we "dodge the bullet" or not.
Chief Jav Romine, Holmes Beach Police Department

Benefit to community
Two years ago my uncle, Frank Venditti, and I
purchased a piece of property on Holmes Beach with
the intention of building a two-family structure which
would become our "dream retirement home." At the
time, we received written assurance from City Attor-
ney Jim Dye that the lot met every requirement for said
building, in point of fact a duplex had already been
approved on the property.
We love the island and we've both owned prop-
erty on the water for over 20 years and are frequent
We retained (at great expense) Brent Whitehead
and Emily Anne Smith, whose reputation are impec-
cable, to design and build a single-family home, which
was our intent. Our ultimate goal is to live in this home.
Carol and I will rent sparingly to close friends and fam-
ily until that day comes; Frank and Lucy do not intend
to rent theirs at all.
Contrast this with the eyesore that currently stands
on the property, which is rented constantly, and I think
you will agree that the community is better served by
our plan.
We've chosen this moment to break our silence
only because of a series of erroneous articles that have
appeared in this newspaper. Recently, this paper re-
ported that we wanted to build two duplexes on the
property, which gives the impression that we are com-
mercial developers in pursuit of profit. Nothing could
be further from the truth.
We've kept a low profile so that when this issue is
settled we can live peacefully among our friends and
neighbors. We will not participate in this acrimonious
debate which has nothing to do with us. We remain
hopeful that the home we've invested most of our life
savings in will prove to be a benefit to the entire com-
Mike Roaldi, Frank Venditti, Holmes Beach


Island Biz

Island native,
Parrish namesake returns
Dave Parrish of United Electric grew up on Anna
Maria Island, where his dad owned Parrish Real Estate
Company. In fact, said Dave, his family has been in the
area for at least six generations and the town of Parrish
was named after his great-
"At least that's what
I've always been told," he
said with a laugh.
Dave eventually
opened Community Electric
in Holmes Beach, and the
business became so success-
ful, he was soon operating
Parrish throughout Manatee County
and into Longboat Key. He
sold Community Electric in 2001 and thought he'd re-
tire to north Florida and grow trees.
But a few months ago, Community Electric went
out of business and the old staff started calling him and
asking him to return to the electrical business in Mana-
tee County.
"I had to think long and hard, but eventually I de-
cided to come back. I talked to some of my old custom-
ers and staff and really felt bad for them," Dave said.
He quietly opened United Electric at the corner of
U.S. 301 and Whitfield Boulevard a few months ago
and has been deliberately low-key.
"I just wanted to set up the company infrastructure
and get my old customers back. Thankfully, I had
enough of my old customers right away that we started
work immediately. We wanted to keep it low key un-
til everything was ready."
United Electric, however, is fast becoming "big
The company recently started working on Anna
Maria Island and Longboat Key, and service manager
Ken Gollsneider recently received his certification in
sea-turtle-friendly lighting installation from the Florida

Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and the
U.S. Wildlife Service.
"The turtles are on the Island and Longboat Key,
so that's where we are going to be doing a lot of work,"
Dave predicted.
"And it's nice to be back on the Island," he added,
even though the Island has gotten a lot bigger since he
was at Anna Maria Elementary School. "But it's still
the same great people," noted Dave, who now lives in
Anna Maria.
In addition to turtle lighting, United Electric also
provides commercial, residential and industrial electri-
cal installation, electric motor replacement, new con-
struction wiring, inspections, intercoms and a host of
other services, including 24-hour emergency service.
For more information on United Electric, call 756-

Anna Maria now has
fine wines, beverages
Lori Clay and Herb Rice spent nearly two years
looking around Florida for a place to live after retiring
from their jobs with USAir in Charlotte. They were
also looking for something to do, and have found both
on Anna Maria Island.
They plan on a "soft" opening for their Anna
Maria Island Liquor and Wine store in the Island
Fitness Center in Holmes Beach today, Aug. 18.
"We had planned to open Monday, but the deliv-
eries got set back because of the hurricane," said Herb.
The store will feature the finest domestic and im-
ported wines in the mid-to-upper price range, includ-
ing some of the best California wines, said Herb.
In addition, Herb and Lori will offer a complete
line of imported and domestic beers and liquors, along
with soft drinks, mixers, ice and cigars. A grand open-
ing is planned in about a month.
The couple is excited about their new business and
can't believe how friendly everyone has been to their
"We love it here. Everyone has been so nice. We

Name Mama Lo's train
Mama Lo's eatery in the Bayview Plaza in Anna
Maria is having a "name that train" contest for the
elevated train that circles the interior of the estab-
lishment. The entry deadline is Aug. 31 and the
winner gets a $25 gift certificate from Mama Lo.
Here, Lois "Mama Lo" Finley and Sandy Shahinian
serve up some eats as the train goes whistling by
overhead. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin

looked everywhere for a place to retire and finally
found it here on the Island," said Lori. "What a great
Store hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through
Saturday and noon until 6 p.m. on Sunday.
To learn more about Anna Maria Island Liquor and
Wine, call 778-5434.

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Holmes Beach denies Kabris one more time

By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
For the second time this year, the Holmes Beach
City Commission denied a request by Patrick and An-
gela Kabris to amend the city's comprehensive plan
and future land-use map and change the zoning on their
beachfront property at 101 75th St.
"There is no dispute," said Holmes Beach City
Commissioner Roger Lutz at the Aug. 10 public hear-
ing. "We went through the process once and said 'no.'
I don't want to change the zoning."
The commission had previously agreed that the
Kabrises own a unique piece of property (The Islander,
Feb. 18). A portion is zoned Rec-1 (recreational) while
the remainder is R-2 (medium-density residential). The
Kabrises want to build two units on the property, but
do not have enough square footage to build the type of
structure they want without more residentially zoned
That "uniqueness" however, didn't stop the
commission from denying the Kabris' request in
Rather than file a lawsuit, however, the Kabrises
and attorney Caleb Grimes invoked a little-used Florida
statute allowing them to request the services of a "spe-
cial master" to come up with a compromise solution
that the Kabrises believe addressed all the city's con-
cerns. Commissioner Rich Bohnenberger attended the
mediation as the city's representative.
The mediation proposal presented was to amend
the comp plan to change the description of a portion of
the property from recreational to residential, then ex-
change some of the Rec- 1 property for R-2, and some

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R-2 land was to become Rec-1. This would give the
Kabrises enough square footage to build the type of
structure that would be compatible with the neighbor-
hood, said Grimes.
Grimes discussed the history of the property and
said the mediation proposal would ensure there could
be no increase in the number of residential units on the
property, even if it were sold in the future. The maxi-
mum number of buildable units would remain at two,
he said.
He also noted that land-use planner Bill Brisson of
Sarasota has responded favorably to the mitigation pro-
"This corrects the situation" and "avoids litiga-
tion," Grimes added, and urged commissioners to ap-
prove the request.
But Lutz, also an attorney, pointed out that the
mediation statute is for disputes between governments
and private parties. "There is no dispute," he con-
tended. The Kabrises can still build on the property, but
the structure will be higher than what they would like,
Lutz observed.
Commissioner Don Maloney agreed. "I don't un-
derstand what's wrong with what he's got now."
"He's trying to build a better, nicer house," replied
Grimes. The current R-2 zoned portion of the Kabris
property is odd-shaped and "encourages" building up-
ward rather than outward.
Build it up, commissioners seemed to say in their
3-2 vote denying the request. Bohnenberger and Com-
mission Chairperson Sandy Haas-Martens voted for the
request, while Maloney, Lutz and Commissioner Pat
Morton dissented.


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Marina Drive seawall
In other commission business, Mayor Carol
Whitmore said she needed commission consensus to
authorize a contract change of anywhere from $1,000
to $75,000 for the current seawall repairs along Marina
Engineers have discovered there could be a prob-
lem with the underlying road support for the seawall
that might require an entire new section of seawall
immediately, she said. She did not expect a final an-
swer until Aug. 11, but needed a decision because three
commissioners were to be at the Florida League of Cit-
ies convention this week and would be unable to attend
a special meeting on the issue.
Banks Engineering, the firm hired by the city to
supervise the project, will report to Whitmore as soon
as possible, she said. "Our engineer does not believe
the entire seawall needs replacement, but we may. I
need the leeway because three commissioners will be
Commissioners, reluctantly, approved the contract
change by a 4-1 vote.

Waste Management Contract
Commissioners were expected to give the thumbs
down to a proposed new contract with trash hauler
Waste Management Inc. that would have required au-
tomated service, but in a surprise move, Maloney asked
that the ordinance be tabled until after the first three
months of 2005. In the interim, he will gather informa-
tion from cities currently using WMI automated service
and also discuss the issue of smaller containers with
WMI officials.
The commission agreed to table the ordinance un-
til that time.

In other business, the commission
Approved the first reading of a new ordinance
modifying the definition of a motel and hotel in the
Agreed to a draft resolution correcting the legal
description of the property known as Tidemark.
Appointed Kathleen King to the parks and beau-
tification committee.
Moved discussion of the draft ordinances to gov-
ern ownership, liability and use of the dock slips in the
Sunrise subdivision and the T-end canals to the Aug.
24 workshop session, and directed Whitmore to draft
guidelines on how the city will determine who has the
first right to lease a dock slip when there are conflict-
ing claims.
Directed City Attorney Patricia Petruff to attempt
to merge the two dock ordinances.



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Turtles defy storm, hatch by dozens

By Jim Hanson
Islander Correspondent
Hurricane Charley not only didn't harm the sea
turtle hatchlings coming to life on Anna Maria
Island's beaches, it may well have given the hatch a
Just before the storm came ashore south of here,
a rash of nests yielded up their charges, said Suzi Fox,
director of the Island Turtle Watch and holder of the

state's marine turtle preservation permit.
"Maybe the drop in air pressure when the hurricane
approached told the baby turtles it was time to come up
for air," she said. "Whatever, we had a bunch of nests
coming to life then, all at once almost."
All of them did well except for one nest of
hatchlings, 50 of which from one nest became disori-
ented and ended up on dry land instead of the Gulf of
Mexico. At birth, turtles instinctively head for light,


Jeremy Dykeman
Jeremy Dykeman, 26, of Anna Maria, died Aug.
Born in Spokane, Wash., Mr. Dykeman came to
Anna Maria in 1999. He was a mason.
Services will be private.
He is survived by daughters Josephine and Madi-
son; brothers Nicholas and Martin, both of Spokane;
parents Amy of Anna Maria and Jerry of Washington;
grandmother Bette Richards of Arizona; and grandfa-
ther Gene Haumschild of Washington.

Robert Anthony Heyne
Robert Anthony Heyne, 75 of Holmes Beach and
Lakeview, Ohio, died Aug. 8.
Mr. Heyne was a member of the 136 Dayton Fire
Department, the Milton Athletic Club, the Indian Lake
FOE, Moose, and Elks, VFW Post 2800, American
Legion Post 24 and the Amvets Post 39.
Memorial services were Aug. 13 in Ohio.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 41 years,
JoAnn; brothers Harry of Beavercreek, Ohio, and of
Arcanum, Ohio; and nine nieces and nephews.

Frederick P. Logan
Frederick P. Logan, 83, of Bradenton, formerly of
Holmes Beach, died Aug. 10.
Born in Sommerville, Mass., Mr. Logan was active
in many civic associations in East Longmeadows, Mass.,
and Jamestown, N.C. He was a major in the U.S. Marine
Corps and received a purple heart during World War II.
Memorial services will be held at a later date in
He is survived by daughter Mary Lou Turner of
East Liverpool, Ohio; son Frederick Jr. of Front Royal,
Va.; sister Helen McNiff of Suffield, Conn.; six grand-
children; and two great-grandchildren.

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Dr. Robert Ryerson Rodgers, 78, of Montclair,
N.J., died July 29.
Born in Springfield, Ohio, he attended high school
in Mercersburg Academy in Mercersburg, Pa. He was
a research associate at the College of Human Ecology
at Cornell University in Ithica, N.Y., before joining
Empire State College in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., where
he designed college curricula, and then taught at the
Buffalo, N.Y., learning center before his retirement as
a professor in 2000. He served in the U.S. Army, 100th
Division of the 399 Infantry from 1944-46, serving in
France where he was awarded two Bronze Stars and a
Purple Heart. He attended Princeton University and the
University of Chicago, where he received a master's
degree in psychology and a doctorate in human devel-
His mother, the late Sara Igo, was a co-founder of
Island Players in Anna Maria.
Memorial services will be held in Buffalo Oct. 10.
Memorial contributions. may be sent to the Western
New York Peace Center, 2123 Bailey Ave., Buffalo
NY 14211.
He is survived by his wife of 49 years Dorothy;
daughter Christine; sons David, Mark and Arthur; and
six grandchildren.

Vera Jacquelyn 'Jackie' Sierra
Vera Jacquelyn "Jackie" Sierra, of Anna Maria
Island, died Aug. 16.
A retired teacher from Palmetto High School, Ms.
Sierra was also a charter captain.
Memorial services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday,
Aug. 21, at Saints Peter And Paul Catholic Church,
2850 75th St. W., Bradenton. Memorial donations may
be made to Hospice of Southwest Florida at 3355 26th
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which for millennia was the sparkle of the sea, but now
manmade lights can distract them upland, often fatally.
A few also washed back in the surf, Fox said.
The hatch rate continues to be remarkable, she said
- 90 percent of the eggs have hatched and sent live
babies to sea, compared with no more than 50 percent
last year. This puts the total hatchlings about equal to
last year's despite the 2004 nest total of 108 here be-
ing only half of last year's.
Not a single nest flooded on Anna Maria's beach,
despite grave warnings and fears for such storm effects
even 60 miles north of Charley's landfall. The beach
itself seemed to have suffered no ill effects, Fox said.
Turtle Watch volunteers removed signs from
marked nests on the beach in anticipation of Charley's
effects, and Fox took the organization's three land
turtles and 50 "orphaned" hatchlings inland to ride out
the storm.
"I went to a friend's home in Sarasota," she said.
"We had those 50 hatchlings we were going to put into
the Gulf, and we had to keep them in buckets until we
got back to the Island to send them on their way. There
were buckets all over the house."
Additional information may be obtained at the
Turtle Watch Education Center, 103 Seventh St. N. in
Bradenton Beach, or by calling 778-1435.


Ten years ago in the Aug. 18, 1994, issue
of The Islander, headlines announced:
The Citgo gas station and convenience store at
31st Street and Gulf Drive in Holmes Beach was
robbed by a lone gunman around 6 a.m. last Saturday.
The man wore a sweatshirt over his head and made off
with an undetermined amount of cash.
Bradenton Beach is still looking for a building
official after David Jones of Hillsborough County de-
clined the $30,000-a-year post after it was offered to
him by the city commission.
Four U.S. Navy sailors were arrested at the Drift-
In Lounge in Bradenton Beach Saturday and charged
with aggravated assault after two local men were cut
with a knife. The sailors were all on shore leave from
the U.S.S. Saratoga.


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City to Villa Rosa:

You ain't goin' alone
By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Anna Maria Mayor SueLynn has flatly turned
down an "offer" by the developers of Villa Rosa to
have all "future inspections" at the subdivision done by
a Florida-licensed independent professional engineer
rather than the city's own building official.
The mayor said Building Official Kevin Donohue
received a request Aug. 9 from Steve Noriega of GSR
Development and Spectrum Construction Management
Inc. indicating the company would provide a profes-
sional engineer for future inspections.
Noriega said it was his "understanding" that the
state approves outside inspections. In addition, said
Noriega, this "should remove some of the burden from
your schedule."
No way, responded the mayor. "At this point, we
are not going to allow only their inspector and not our
own building official. They can have an engineer per-
form inspections, but we are also going to make all
necessary inspections," she said.
Donohue said that while Florida statutes allow
contractors to hire professional inspection services, it
"does not exclude me from doing my job.
"And it's never been a burden in Anna Maria to
perform building inspections," he added.
Donohue noted that GSR has scheduled a meeting
this week with his department to discuss a final plat for
the 17-unit Villa Rosa project.
Construction on a $2 million model home at Villa
Rosa was begun earlier this year, but has not yet been
Homes in the gated subdivision are expected to
range in value from $1.5 million to $2.5 million.
The site plan for Villa Rosa was approved by the
city commission two years ago after several stormy
sessions with Villa Rosa and its attorneys. Following
approval, the city commission voted to establish site-
plan review procedures for major and minor projects in
the city that were supposed to eliminate many of the
problems the city faced in dealing with Villa Rosa's
The first project approved by the planning and
zoning board under the new procedures was rejected by
the city commission at its Aug. 2 meeting, and a law-
suit is expected.

Lucky find, luckier owner
David Sandoro of Longboat Key has a hobby and, as
a result, finds lots of interesting, sometimes valuable
items. Such is the case of a diamond ring he found
with his metal detector on the beach in Bradenton
Beach. Sandoro had it appraised and learned its
value $8,000 and then placed an ad in The
Islander to find the ring's owner. Shortly after the ad
published, Sandoro got a call from the daughter of
the ring 's owner, who promptly identified it. It seems
the family had been vacationing at the Tortuga Inn
when the ring, an antique dating from the late 1880s
left to her by her grandmother, slipped mom's finger.
Sandoro drove to Orlando to reunite the jewel with
its owner. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy

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Reliance Property Group pledging up to $5.6 million
in exit financing to take Tidemark out of bankruptcy.
Under the reorganization plan, Reliance would pay
off creditors and purchase the property, but would keep
current Tidemark managing partner Nick Easterling as
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Caregiver support group
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The family caregiver support group sponsored by
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It is open to anyone caring for an older adult fam-
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problems, including Alzheimer's Disease. Additional
information is available at 747-4655.

AME earns 'Five Star' award
The Florida Department of Education has named
Anna Maria Elementary School among 13 Manatee
County schools as a "Five Star" school in recognition
of community involvement.
The award recognizes proven involvement of vol-
unteers, business partners, families, the school's advi-
sory council and youth community service.
AME is a first-time recipient of the award.
Other Manatee schools receiving the award are
Wakeland, Miller, Braden River, Orange Ridge-Bullock,
Rowlett, Tillman, Witt and Daughtrey elementary
schools, Braden River and Johnson middle schools, and
Manatee and Lakewood Ranch high schools.

Easterling would also get an ownership inter-
est in the development company formed by Reli-
ance, a 24-month contract to provide management
and consulting services to the project, a commis-
sion on the sale of any condominium unit he ini-
tiates, and an ownership interest in the new oper-
ating company formed by Reliance.
The reorganization plan lists Brasota Mortgage of
Bradenton as holder of the first and second mortgages
on the Tidemark property in Holmes Beach, with a to-
tal value of $4.3 million. EFO Holdings/Cypress Lend-
ing Group of Vero Beach has a claim for $92,000,
while there are $950,000 in unsecured claims listed.
Creditors and the court must approve the plan be-
fore it is enacted. A hearing on the new plan is sched-
uled for Sept. 4.
The Holmes Beach City Commission approved the
40-unit Tidemark hotel/condominium/marina in Au-
gust 2001. The company declared bankruptcy in Janu-
ary 2004.

New dates for events

put off for Charley
"Broadway Memories" musical starring Anna
Maria Elementary School student Lindsey Bell,
whose opening performance Aug. 13 was canceled
because of the hurricane, will make up its lost time
by adding Wednesday, Aug. 18, to its program.
Manatee Players said the show will run now from
Aug. 18-22, performances at 8 p.m. except for
Sunday's, which will be at 2 p.m. At Riverfront
Theatre, 102 Old Main St., Bradenton. Tickets for
the canceled show may be exchanged, or refunds
will be made. Tickets available for this week's
shows, $20 at the box office or by calling 748-5875.

By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Steve Ayers of paving contractor APAC has
made yet another offer to Anna Maria to settle the
long-running dispute over his company's perfor-
mance in paving Oak and Tarpon avenues last year.
The newest offer calls for the city to cough up
only an additional $3,000 above the contract price of
$33,000. APAC last month had asked for an extra
Ayers now says he will replace the first 90 feet
of asphalt on Oak Avenue just east of Gulf Drive
with two inches of hot mix asphalt for the extra
He also wants the city to give Baskerville-

Donovan Inc., the city's engineering firm, a check
to APAC for 90 percent of the original contract
price. BDI would hold the check in escrow until it
approves the new work.
The Anna Maria City Commission rejected an
offer July 28 by APAC to repair the roads and add
another half-inch of asphalt for an extra $9,000,
claiming APAC signed a contract and should honor
At that meeting, the commission said APAC
should complete the work according to the original
contract and repair the unsatisfactory areas as soon
as possible at no additional cost to the city.
Commissioners were to discuss the newest
APAC offer at a workshop.

Holmes Beach beautification committee

reviews landscape requirements

By Diana Bogan
Islander Reporter
Two members of the Holmes Beach Parks and
Beautification Committee have submitted proposed
changes to the city's landscape ordinance for review
and discussion at its September meeting.
Deborah Heger and Kathleen King both took time
during the committee's summer break to research land-
scape requirements from neighboring cities and review
the existing statutes and details of Holmes Beach's re-
King said she conducted a review of the city's rec-
ommendations for landscaping and preservation of fo-
liage, location of image-enhancing items, such as
benches, signs and markers, and use of publicly owned
In King's proposal to the committee, she high-
lighted sections within the existing code as focal points
for further discussion.
"I think the codes are stringent in some ways and
need to have more enforcement," suggested King.
One of the key points King noted in her proposal
is the tree replacement policy, which she said is un-
clear. She suggests clarifying that a tree-removal per-
mit is not a requirement for a developer to remove ex-
otic trees from new residential and commercial con-
struction sites and during renovation. She said that re-
moval of invasive exotic trees or plant life should be
mitigated with comparable-sized native trees or plants
on the site.
Additionally, King proposed strengthening the or-
dinance with a specific tree-replacement clause, ad-
dressing trees, plants or shrubs that die or are uprooted

in a storm. The clause would also detail the types of
trees suitable for mitigation or replacement for lost
Heger submitted an in-depth redraft of the city's cur-
rent ordinance for review. She proposed to split the ordi-
nance into five sections minimum landscape require-
ments, parking buffers, lighting, screening and trees.
It also clarifies the applicability of each section to
single- and two-family residences, adds language en-
couraging Florida-friendly landscaping practices, adds
a separate ordinance for water conservation where per-
manent in-ground irrigation systems are used and adds
a definition section.
The tree section is revised to include single-fam-
ily residential, but also expands exempt trees. "This
will elevate tree protection for all land uses, but encour-
age, through the expanded exemption, elimination of
recognized harmful trees," said Heger.
Heger's addition of a proposed water-conservation
ordinance is designed to give guidance on plant types
that aid water conservation and landscape practices
friendly to water quality. Included in the proposed or-
dinance is a compliance checklist and landscape in-
spection form, which apply to properties utilizing an in-
ground irrigation system.
Heger is also a proponent of education and outlined
suggestions for educating property owners through
outreach programs, training, building a satellite library
of Manatee County extension service publications, cre-
ating a "welcome wagon" and demonstration gardens.
King also emphasized that changes to the land-
scape ordinance "need to be an inclusive plan that
people will want to participate in."

Tropical Treats adds to debated menu

By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Following an Anna Maria City Commission work-
shop July 8 in which commissioners questioned a spe-
cial use permit application by Tropical Treats of 9003
Gulf Drive to sell beer and wine, owners of the eatery
have revised the menu.
Commissioner Linda Cramer had questioned
whether or not the establishment met the definition of

Island Players schedule
first season audition
Auditions for "The Sensuous Senator" will be
at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 29, at the Island Play-
ers' theater at 10009 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria.
There are roles for four women ages 20-50
and four men 20-80, said director Preston Boyd.
The play will run Oct. 7-17. Details may be ob-
tained by calling Boyd at 747-2506.

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.

a restaurant because she believed it did not offer a "full-
course meal" (The Islander, July 14). That despite an
opinion by City Attorney Jim Dye that a "hamburger
and fries with a drink" served by the establishment
qualifies as a full-course meal.
"This seems to be the key area in question." said
Jo Ann Mattick of Tropical Treats and Eats LLC, and
to avoid any "ambiguity," the "restaurant" now has a
new menu offering "full-course meals" in addition to
"daily specials" for meals, she said.
"While our meals are not served on fine china and
cost considerably less than those served" at other
nearby restaurants, the restaurants' pricing and menu
"are designed to permit all citizens of our city, from
those living on a fixed income to those where money
is no object, to enjoy quality food at reasonable prices,"
said Mattick.
She added that Tropical Treats has no intention of
becoming a "bar," but she simply wants to offer cus-
tomers a glass of wine or bottle of beer with their
The new menu includes entrees such as a crab cake
dinner with salad, fish and chips dinner with salad, and
a chicken finger basket, in addition to daily dinner spe-
cials, Mattick said.
The commission is slated to have discussion of the
application by Tropical Treats for the special use per-
mit on its agenda at its Aug. 26 meeting.

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EDITOR'S NOTE: Voters will
go to the polls Tuesday, Aug.
31, to deal with a number of
issues. Among the items on the
ballot will be a nonpartisan
judicial court race. All voters
may cast a ballot in this
election. More election cover-
age will be included in next
week's Islander.

Susan Chapman,
Circuit Judge, Group 2,
12th Judicial Circuit
Susan Chapman was born in
Quincy, Ill., in 1950. She is a graduate
from Washington University in St.
Louis with an A.B. in political science in
1973, and received a Masters of Social
Work in
1977 and a
law degree in
1977, then
worked in the
S_ Public De-
fender Sys-
tem, includ-
ing serving
Chapman- as Chief Cir-
cuit Public
Defender and a trial chief supervising a
trial staff in an urban public defender
"During that tenure, I represented
clients in some of Missouri's most se-
rious criminal cases," she said.
She and her husband moved to
Sarasota in 1989.
In 1990, she opened a litigation
practice in Sarasota, practicing primarily
in the area of family law. The Sarasota
County Commission appointed her as a
Code Enforcement Special Master in
"My civic engagement includes
helping to create the Family Law Con-
nection, serving as President of the
Mental Health Community Centers and
on the Board, volunteering for Teen
Court, and serving as President of the
Sarasota County Civic League this past
year," Chapman said. "The Florida Bar,
the Supreme Court, and the governor
have honored me for my free legal ser-
vices to children.
"I bring the most years of experi-
ence and the most courtroom experience
to this race," she continued. "My areas
of greatest expertise are the areas in
which the circuit has the greatest need
- that is, family law and criminal law.
My judicial temperament has been
proved in my thirteen years as a special
master. The skills I offer for the position
of Circuit Judge are diversity and depth
of legal experience and a strong under-
standing of the human element as a re-
sult of my civic engagement."

Diana Moreland,
Circuit Judge, Group 2,
12th Judicial Circuit
Diana Moreland was born in Dover,
Ohio, in 1961, and moved to Florida in
1984. She was a graduate of the U.S.
Merchant Marine Academy, served in
the Merchant Marine Reserve, earned a
... degree in
: M a r i n e
tion and
Nautical Sci-
ence, and a
law degree
from Stetson
College of
law, located
in Gulfport.
She holds a U.S. Coast Guard license
with third-officer status allowing unlim-
ited tonnage of vessels in all oceans.
"I bring to the bench a cool head,
well-rounded life experiences and re-
viewed reliability," Moreland said. "I
have been around the law in one form or
another since I decided to accept a con-
gressional appointment to the U.S. Mer-
chant Marine Academy in 1980. At the
academy I learned to 'serve and protect.'
My military and seafaring experiences
have ensured I can handle stressful (I
was one of 12 women to graduate with
my class and the only woman on all the
vessels I served) and still make tough,
fair and reasoned decisions when re-
"After an injury left me temporarily
paralyzed and unable to pursue a mili-
tary career," she said, "I re-grouped and
decided to dedicate myself to the law.
This career decision allowed me to ad-
vocate for clients within the framework
established by the laws of Florida, the
Constitutions of both Florida and the
United States, and the ethical rules of
my profession while still earning the
respect of my peers in law enforcement,
on the bench as well as on the other side
of the courtroom.
"In this campaign," Moreland
added, "after independent interviews of
all the candidates, I received the en-
dorsement of the Police Benevolent As-
sociation. I have handled several high-
profile cases at the special request of
"I have also attempted to serve my
community," she said. "In 2003, Gov.
Jeb Bush appointed me to the Manatee
County Housing Authority, and Mana-
tee County Commissioner Pat Glass
asked me to serve as chair for the mi-
grant housing subcommittee on business
and industry.
"I feel I possess qualities which
have withstood intensive review and
demonstrate my ability to handle a
myriad of legal and non-legal, situations
calmly professionally and competently."

Michael Mosca,
Circuit Judge, Group 2,
12th Judicial Circuit
Michael Mosca received a
bachelor's degree in history from
Florida State University and, in 1983,
received his degree in law from the Uni-
versity of Florida. He moved to Sarasota


after gradua-
21 years of
dedicated le-
gal practice, it
is an honor
and privilege
to ask the
people of
Sarasota and
DeSoto coun-

ties to elect me as their next circuitjudge,"
candidate Michael Mosca said. "My expe-
rience, first as a high school teacher and
then an accomplished trial lawyer and par-
ent, gives me the professional and personal
qualifications to serve the interests of jus-
tice for all who appear before me.
"I have successfully handled most of
the kind of cases heard in circuit court. My
courtroom experience includes child cus-
tody, serious crimes, auto negligence, vic-
tims rights and insurance coverage cases.
Being entrusted with people's most seri-
ous problems taught me the value of being
prepared, respectful and honest.
"I enjoy a very good reputation in
the community as well as with our
judges and police," he continued. "It is
the encouragement and expressions of
confidence that I received from the lead-
ers in our community which prompted
me to seek this office."
Mosca said he was a classroom
teacher for six years before embarking
on becoming an attorney, adding that he
spent 11 summer vacations teaching at
summer high school programs around
the country. "I've worked with kids
from all backgrounds, including minor-
ity and underprivileged kids from
around the United States," Mosca said.
"As a circuit judge I will bring my
experience from the classroom as well
as the courtroom into my important de-
cisions, many of which will directly af-
fect kids and families. Much of a circuit
judge's time is spent in family court and
juvenile court, deciding delinquency,
dependency, parental rights, custody,
visitation, child support and many other
issues that impact kids.
"Once on the bench," he concluded,
"I would like to promote a 'classroom-
courtroom' program where judges could
visit high school classrooms on a rotat-
ing basis and students could watch
courtroom proceedings in person to gain
a greater insight into how our courts
work. I believe that education is the key
to building respect among our youth for
the laws and institutions that serve us."

William G. Salomone,
Circuit Judge, Group 2,
12th Judicial Circuit
William G. Salomone has a juris
doctorate in law degree from the Uni-
versity of Florida, a doctorate degree in
civil engineering from Purdue Univer-
sity, a master's degree in civil engineer-
ing from the
University of
f l f California,
and a


degree in
civil engi-
neering from
He has
been a mem-
ber of the

Florida Bar for 18 years andhas spent
16 years adjudicating private litigation
matters as an arbitrator and special mas-
ter. He has spent 14 years as an adjunct
civil and criminal law professor, four
years as a mediator for the Florida De-
partment of Education and was the 2002
Florida recipient of the "excellence in
conflict resolution" award.
"For 34 years I have been an inter-
national problem solver," Salomone
said. "My diversity of experience has
helped me understand people and the
world in general. I understand the nature
of conflict and how it affects peoples'
lives. I have a proven, award-winning
track record of success. I have used
skills the judge uses.
"Within the 12th Judicial Circuit
and throughout the State of Florida, I
have conducted hearings, used the rules
of evidence, used the rules of civil pro-
cedure, used my knowledge of the law,
admitted relevant evidence, listened to
witnesses and made informed decisions
based on sound legal reasoning.
"In the courtroom, I have analyzed
complex cases for the court," he contin-
ued. "I have been tested for 16 years.
The media has scrutinized me. Yet, I
have gained the public's confidence. I
understand what the responsibilities of a
judge are.
"I have served the community," he
continued. "I have lived my life with the
highest standard of ethical conduct. I
understand the judicial role to protect
the liberty and freedom of the people by
preserving the rule of law and respecting
the U.S. Constitution and the laws de-
rived from it.
"I would bring to the judgeship a
respect for the people's right to be
heard," Salomone continued. "I have the
legal scholarship to interpret the law as
it is written. I have the management and
organizational skills to handle the judi-
cial caseload. My diverse background
and experience will make me a better
judge and a positive addition to our
competent judiciary."

English family on Anna Maria Island for memorial

The family of Marion Nancy Gibbs has arrived
here from England on a poignant trip to memorialize
her and visit the Island she loved.
A living memorial will be dedicated at the butter-
fly garden in the 5700 block of Marina Drive, between
Holmes Beach City Hall and the Island Branch Library.
Nancy Ambrose, who spearheaded the drive for the
garden, is arranging the living memorial and the coin-
cidental replanting of much of the butterfly garden and
installing irrigation gear.

Along with the plants will be a plaque stating "In
Memory of Marion Nancy Gibbs, April 6, 1934-Feb-
ruary 16, 2001." It and the memorial will be dedicated
in ceremonies while Ms. Gibbs' family and friends are
She and her family, particularly five grandchildren,
"all shared in the good times on Anna Maria that they
first discovered in 1990," said her daughter Susan
Mead. "It has remained their most favorite place and
leaves them with cherished, happy memories of their

happy family times together.
"We have treasured memories of your beautiful
island and are comforted in the knowledge that a small
corner of most beautiful Anna Maria will be forever
She recounted that her mother was born in
Warminster, Wiltshire, near Bath and Stonehenge,
married Tony Gibbs and had daughter Marion, who
will be here with her husband Doug Mead, along with
grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

THE ISLANDER 0 AUG. 18, 2004 M PAGE 13


Island police reports
Anna Maria City
Aug. 7, 700 block of North Shore Drive, alarm. A
power dip reportedly caused a resident's alarm to sig-
Aug. 7, 100 N. Bay Blvd., City Pier Restaurant,
grand theft. According to the report, a restaurant em-
ployee went to the restaurant on his day off, was seen
taking a bank bag containing approximately $988, hide
it under his clothing and leave through the kitchen.
Aug. 10, 200 block of Willow Avenue, battery. A
capias request was issued for a woman who reportedly
slapped a juvenile in the face and pushed her into a wall
during an argument.
Aug. 15, Bayfront Park, vehicle on beach. Two
men were cited for driving their vehicles on the beach.
Aug. 15,500 block of Heron Drive, near drowning.
According to the report, a man was holding his breath
underwater in his swimming pool when he passed out.
He received immediate attention by the responding
sheriff's deputy and was transported to Blake Medical
Center by Emergency Medical Services.

Bradenton Beach
Aug. 1, 1900 Gulf Drive N., Marabella condomini-
ums, burglary. A juvenile was arrested after attempt-
ing to burglarize a vehicle. According to the report, the
owner of the vehicle and several neighbors heard the
car alarm and witnessed the juvenile fleeing from the
car. Neighbors were able to provide officers with the
license plate of the vehicle the suspect drove away in
and officers stopped the suspect shortly after leaving
the scene.
Aug. 4, 115 Third St. S., Old Bridge Village, theft.
A woman reported four "no trespassing" signs stolen
from the private dock belonging to the Old Bridge Vil-
lage condominium association.
Aug. 4, 2000 block of Gulf Drive North, traffic
arrest. Tiffany Tyrell, 27, of Bradenton Beach, was
arrested for driving while intoxicated, leaving the scene
of an accident and assaulting an officer. According to
the report, Tyrell hit another vehicle while passing in
the no-passing zone in the 2000 block of Gulf Drive
North and left the scene of the crash without providing
assistance. She hit another vehicle in the parking lot of
2519 Gulf Drive, again leaving the scene of a crash.
Officers stopped Tyrell on Manatee Avenue where she
was also charged with assault for resisting the arrest-
ing officer.

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Aug. 8, 2400 block of Avenue B, burglary. A
woman reported that she had an argument with her
brother and when he left her home he took several
items without permission.
Aug. 8, 2200 Gulf Drive N., Seaside Inn, defraud-
ing an innkeeper. A woman departed without paying
her bill. According to the report, the credit card the
woman left with the manager could not be processed
and although the guest promised to pay with cash, she
left without notification.
Aug. 10, 2000 Gulf Drive, Coquina Park, drug ar-
rest. Walter Flemming, 42, of Ellenton, was arrested for
possession of drug paraphernalia, including a home-
made pipe that field-tested positive for marijuana resi-
due and prescription pills, when officers found him
passed out in his truck after the park had closed. Ac-
cording to the report, Flemming's driver's license was
already suspended for failure to complete a substance-
abuse course.

Holmes Beach
Aug. 6, 100 block of 79th Street, theft. A woman
reported that a gold necklace was stolen from her
dresser and that she suspected the furniture delivery
men who had just left her home. According to the re-
port, the woman contacted the delivery supervisor, who
agreed to stall his workers until a police officer could
search the delivery truck. An officer responded to the
location of the truck, found the woman's necklace, and
returned it to her.
Aug. 6, 3000 Gulf Drive, suspicious vehicle. Of-
ficers posted a 72-hour notice of intent to tow a vehicle
that appeared to be abandoned.
Aug. 7, 3007 Gulf Drive, Anchor Inn, theft. A man
reported his bicycle stolen.
Aug. 9, 4700 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria Elementary
School, domestic problem. A woman notified the of-
ficer guarding the school crosswalk that she believed
her husband was on school property and informed him
that she has an injunction against the husband. The
officer was unable to locate the husband and asked the
woman to file an affidavit.
Aug. 10, 5608 Gulf Drive, Sun Plaza west, suspi-
cious incident. A resident reported finding a hand-writ-
ten poem on a memo pad in the ladies' rest room near
the pool that included references to death, police, blood
and "leaving a mark in the world."

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chief. A resident reported damage to his porch screen
and plastic patio table.
Aug. 10, 2900 block of Gulf Drive, theft. A prop-
erty owner reported that a renter took two cabinets and
a garden hose when he moved from the property.
Aug. 13, 2700 block of Gulf Drive, disturbance.
Officers advised a group of people hanging around a
parking lot to head home because they were causing a
disturbance late at night.
Aug. 14, 500 block of Bayview Drive, criminal
mischief. A vehicle's tires were reportedly vandal-
Aug. 14, 100 block of 47th street, burglary. A care-
taker of an unoccupied property reported finding evi-
dence that someone attempted to gain entry into the
Aug. 15, 6306 Gulf Drive, Blue Water Resort,
theft. Two concrete sea horse statues were reportedly
stolen from the rear parking lot.
Aug. 15, 3400 block of Sixth Avenue North, crimi-
nal mischief. A resident of a second-floor apartment
reported that the window to his bedroom nearest the
balcony, was broken. According to the report, a PVC
pipe was found near the window as well as other evi-
dence suggesting the apartment had been entered.


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Islander visits Democratic international caucus

(Editor's note: Writer Gretchen Edgren of Holmes
Beach was in Edinburgh, Scotland, visiting her daugh-
ter; Amy McNeese-Mechan, when a worldwide meeting
of American Democrats who live abroad came to town.
Her report follows.)
In Florida's hotly contested 2000 election, George
W. Bush won a net yield of 5700 votes from registered
Republicans overseas more than enough to win the
state, and the presidency. That's according to the Web
site www.republicansabroad.com.
Their Democratic counterparts don't believe the
votes will skew that way this year.
Meeting in Edinburgh March 26-28, some 200
delegates from 21 countries gathered for the 40th an-
niversary global convention of Democrats Abroad In-
ternational, and their spirits were high. They had come
- each entirely at his or her own expense from
places as far-flung as Hong Kong, Colombia, Costa
Rica, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Japan and Australia, as well
as from 11 nations in Western Europe. They reported
unforeseen upsurges in voter-registration interest -
and political activism among American citizens liv-
ing abroad.
Regional caucuses leading up to the Edinburgh
meeting attracted record numbers, according to attor-
ney Joseph Smallhoover, Democrats Abroad's interna-
tional counsel, who lives in France. There, Democrats
had planned for 350 participants and got nearly 700, he
"In the UK, we expected 200 and had 650. There
were even 78 Americans who showed up in Armenia.
We're adding hundreds of Americans a week."
Like others at the convention, Smallhoover attrib-
uted the upswing, in part, to the increase in anti-Ameri-
can feeling experienced by U.S. citizens living abroad.
"We're out here, and we felt the enormous affec-
tion, love and respect the world had for America after
Sept. 11 ," Smallhoover said. "On Sept. 12, the Parisian
newspaper Le Monde ran the headline 'We are All
Americans.' When flights were canceled and so many
American travelers were stranded, Parisians were call-
ing the U.S. embassy saying, 'We have extra bed-
rooms. We'll take people in.' That was virtually un-
heard of before."
Then, he said, subsequent actions by the Bush ad-
ministration, in particular the invasion of Iraq, "turned
that attitude on its head. No one's beating us up in the
streets, but it's like, 'Oh, you're an American.'"
The meeting's principal business was to elect del-
egates to the Democratic National Convention, and to
submit proposals for the party platform. Democrats
Abroad had nine votes at the convention, where they're
ranked in alphabetical order between Delaware and the
District of Columbia.

Islander Gretchen Edgren chats with Frances Deak of Ocala, a retired school principal and 20-year member
of Democrats Abroad and the organization's voter registration officer.

A number of attendees in Edinburgh had Florida
connections. Jeff Rosato, who represented Americans
in Armenia, earned his doctor of jurisprudence degree
from Stetson University College of Law School in
Gulfport; Andrew Dier, representing expats in Colom-
bia, is from Destin.
Ocala is the home town of Frances Deak, a retired
school principal and 20-year member of Democrats
Abroad and the organization's voter registration of-
ficer. Her job, which she does mostly via e-mail from
her home in London, is to help would-be voters through
the intricacies of registering and obtaining absentee
ballots from myriad election jurisdictions.
"I've been doing this for 12 years now," she says,
"and usually people don't show interest in voting un-
til about September. By February this year, I already
had as many inquiries as I usually do in September. We
already knew that in the United Kingdom there were
about 3,000 Americans who were Democrats. By the
time the college students start arriving for overseas
studies, we'll probably have 10,000 in the UK"
Democrats Abroad now has full-fledged organiza-
tions in 32 countries, plus 28 more in formation else-
Simplifying the absentee-ballot process is a key

issue for the organization, says Rachelle Jailer
Valladares, Democrats Abroad's international chair,
who runs a London-based placement service for stu-
dents who study overseas.
"What we're looking for is to have a centralized
office in each state, where we could send our stuff in
and they send stuff out and farm it out among the lo-
cal offices, so we don't have to dig around for the
addresses of voting clerks in small towns who've
never heard of Americans living abroad.
"My mother is a New Hampshire voter, and in
New Hampshire there are something like 900 offices
for voting. Where I come from, people don't go over-
seas. Their idea of overseas is to drive up to Quebec."
Other key concerns for Democrats Abroad include
the environment, tax policies and, not surprisingly,
foreign affairs. Including, says Valladares, the closing
of embassies and consulates abroad, which makes it
difficult for U.S. citizens to get visas, passports and
help in emergencies.
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world, because of budget cuts," says Valladares. "In
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By Jim Hanson
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The final delay in actually getting money to the
Cortez school restoration project has been cleared by
the Manatee County Commission.
It was a routine but necessary action, said a spokes-
woman for "Chips" Shore, county clerk of the circuit
court who has responsibility for matters historic in the
Christine Clyne, Shore's point person for the res-
toration, said the commission had to take formal action
to permit the county to accept donations the match-
ing funds donated by Cortezians to go with the state's
grant for historic preservation.
The state came up with $162,736 after local pres-
sure led by State Rep. Bill Galvano and signed by the
governor a year after the original proposal was passed
by the legislature.
To more than match that, local sources have do-
nated some $169,000. That is the money the county
permitted itself to accept by its action. Donors include
the Florida Institute for Saltwater Heritage, the Cortez
Village Historical Society, the Peter Thurrell family,
and others.
Volunteers have gone as far as they can in prepar-
ing the 1912-build building for restoration, said Roger
Allen, coordinator of the project. Any further work will
be done under the direction of a contractor, who is to
be selected from among eight candidates.
Clyne said what comes next is a Request for Pro-
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expected soon.
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have expressed interest, and then a contract to be
awarded in 45 days. Work can be expected to start
about October, she said.
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Parents needed for AME PTO committees, events

The Anna Maria Elementary School Parent-
Teacher Organization kicked off the new school year
with a welcoming breakfast and information session for
parents new to the school, in addition to a school sup-
ply sale at the school open house.
Lynda Hicks, AME's new PTO president, said the
organization is inviting all parents to attend its meet-
ing at 8:45 a.m. Friday, Aug. 20, when they can sign
up to participate on various committees. Some of the
committee topics Hicks said the PTO needs help with
include Art to Remember, Campbell soup label and
box top collections, hand tiles, school supplies and
karaoke night at Beef O'Brady's restaurant.
Hicks said last year many members were fifth-
grade parents who have now moved on, and this year
she is looking forward to involving new parents in the
The departure of fifth-grade parents has also im-
pacted the PTO board. Hicks said this year she is the
only returning board member and the remaining posi-
tions have been filled with new members.

Horseshoe winners
Winners in the Aug. 14 horseshoe games were
Herb Ditzel of Anna Maria City and Ron Pepka of
Bradenton. Runners-up were George Landraitis of
Bradenton and Tom Rhodes of Cortez.
Winners in the Aug. 11 games were Norm
Good and Sam Samuel, both of Bradenton. Run-
ners-up were Landraitis and Pepka.
The weekly contests get under way every
Wednesday and Saturday at 9 a.m. at Anna Maria
City Hall Park, 10005 Gulf Drive. There are no
membership fees and everyone is welcome.

Donna Perez is the PTO vice president, Maggie
Cucci is the treasurer and Laura Keegan is the board
Perez has had students at AME for the past six
years and, although she has been involved as a PTO
member, this is her first year on the board. Perez is also
the head homeroom mom this year. Cucci and Keegan
are relatively new parents to AME with students in
lower grades.
The board will hold its first evening meeting Sept.
14 with a spaghetti dinner prepared by Cub Scout Pack
No. 7 and an update from AME's construction team.
The PTO would like to continue selling school
supplies at its monthly dinner meetings and programs
if a parent is willing to take charge of handling sales
and inventory.
Hicks said the PTO is also preparing for its first
fundraiser, a giftwrap sale, which begins in September.
The fall festival, one of the PTO's main
fundraising events, including games, food, prize
drawings and entertainment, will return to the St.
Bernard Catholic Church grounds Oct. 30. Dawn
Wash, who will chair the festival committee again
this year, will need parents to help sell tickets, orga-
nize class booths and the costume contest and pa-
rade. Parents interested in helping with the festival
should attend the kickoff meeting at 8:30 a.m. Aug.
26 in the school cafeteria. A follow-up meeting will
be held Aug. 31.
Hicks said the PTO plans to continue holding a
Spring Fling fundraising dinner. Last year's event
raised $25,000, enabling the PTO to purchase $10,000
worth of guided reader books, six laptop computers
with support equipment, and $4,000 in television stu-
dio equipment for the school.
The PTO hasn't set its budget or future event plans
yet and, Hicks said, she's looking forward to receiving

new ideas and input from parents.
For more information, call the school at 708-5525.

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Skimmers converge for prizes, trophies, wild time

By Kevin Cassidy
Islander Correspondent
Look out Bradenton Beach, the skimmers are com-
ing to compete in the wild sport of riding skinny, small
surfboard-like slivers of fiberglass-coated wood in the
shallow waters of the shoreline, leaping waves and tak-
ing on air.
The contest is the idea of Chris Ambut, also known
as EZ and the owner of EZ Skimmers, a custom
skimboard manufacturer.
Ambut says he's merging the contest with one that
was supposed to happen in Fort Myers and was can-
celed due to Hurricane Charley and skimmers are con-
verging from all over Florida to make this one of the
biggest contests ever.
Any proceeds from the event are being donated this
year to red tide research, a cause supported by Beach
House owner and event sponsor Ed Chiles.
Cost for the contest is $25 for amateurs and $75 for
professional boarders, with each contestant receiving
a contest T-shirt and a grab-bag filled with
skimboarding essentials.
Age groups range from the Minis (8 and under) up
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AMICC soccer season, tryouts,
draft under way
The Anna Maria Island Community Center soccer
league is holding tryouts and drafting teams for its 2004
soccer season Aug. 16-20. The age 5-7 draft, conducted
immediately following an hour-long tryout Monday,
Aug. 16, lacked the probing research and intensity of
the NFL draft, but that didn't make it any less impor-
tant to the coaches in the Center's "war room," who
carefully considered each and every player's skill level,
work ethic and character before making their picks.
As you're reading this, Morgan Stanley coach
Mike Brusso is no doubt in fierce negotiations that he
hopes will consummate in a blockbuster trade an-
nouncement later in the week.
The end result (we hope) is that all seven teams in
the 5-7 league are competitive and the kids have fun!
. Some important dates pertaining to the 2004 soc-
cer season will follow so pay attention.
The 2004 soccer banquet will be held at 6:30 p.m.
Monday, Aug. 30, at the Center. The banquet will fea-
ture an Italian-style dinner with Caesar salad and gar-
lic bread catered by Sean Murphy. 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
$6 for adults. Take-out will be available as well. Every-
one is invited to come out and support Island youth
-, Uniforms, season schedules and picture schedules
will be distributed at the event and kids, parents and
coaches will have time to meet and discuss the upcom-
ing season.
Spirit Week follows the soccer banquet with exhi-
bition games starting Tuesday, Aug. 31, and continu-
ing through Sept. 3. Teams will scrimmage to get
warmed up for the season and fans will also have a
chance to get their spirit going. During the first 15
minutes of each game, a tally will be taken of how
many spectators watching the game and are wearing
their team's colors and "Spirit awards" will be an-
.j nounced.

Charity golf tourney still looking
for sponsors
The Anna Mar:;. Oyster Bar charity golf tourna-
ment is still looking for sponsor,- tor its always antici-
pated golf tourney, which takes place Friday. Sept. 17,
at El Conquistador Country Club in Bradenton.
Red tee sponsorships are available for $250 and
provides the sponsor with two tickets to a VIP cocktail
Party, signage on the course and display advertising at
the Anna Maria Oyster Bar Landside for two months
following the tournament. Green tee sponsorships go
for $150 and provides a business advertisement on the
course the day of the tournament.

Skimmers on the beach
The 2004 EZ Skimmers Back-to-School Skim Board Contest at the Beach House Restaurant will be ongoing
Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 21-22, with tons of folks hitting the beach to view the radical moves of the area's
top skimmers. Pictured from the 2003 event is Chris Ross. Islander Photos: Kevin Cassidy

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Gillian Cassidy practices her shot during age 5-7 soccer
irsyouts at the Anna Maria Island Commnunity' Center.

Corporate sponsorships are also still available for
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MAYSO accepting registrations
for fall soccer
Manatee Area Youth Soccer Organization will
hold its fall recreational youth soccer signup on Satur-
day. Aug. 21, at the Manatee Civic Center from 9 a.m.
to 6 p.m. for girls and boys ages 4-13.
Prospective players must present a government-is-
sued birth certificate and a small current photo suitable
for their player pass. A Social Security number and in-

Marlin Ellis demonstrates his dribbling skills
at age 5-7 soccer tryouts at the Anna Maria
Island Community Center.

Sarah Wolfe rips a shot during age 5-7
soccer tryouts at the Anna Maria Island
Community Center.

surance information are also required to register. Cost
ranges from $65 for under-5 players and $85 for ages
under-6 up to U 14 players.
For more information, call Renee Nordbye at (941)
447-6000. or the MAYSO hotline at 795-5925.

Manatee West Little League
hosts 'Fall Ball'
Manatee West Little League is holding its "Fall
Ball" season and registration for players ages 8-16 will
take place Friday, Aug. 20, from 6-8 p.m., and Satur-
day, Aug. 21, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Signups will be
held at G.T. Bray Park's Little League boardroom.
Fall baseball stresses learning the fundamentals of
baseball in a less competitive environment, so every-
one is welcome to come out and play. For more infor-
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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
Baptist Church, 8605 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Infor-
mation: 778-0719.

Friday, Aug. 20
1 to 2 p.m. Family Caregiver Support Group at
the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach. Information: 747-4655.

Saturday, Aug. 21
8 a.m. Back-to-School Skim Board Contest at
the Beach House Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N.,
Bradenton Beach. Information: 779-2222. Fee applies.
8:30 a.m. Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island
meeting at new location, Fit to Eat Deli, 5315 Gulf
Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-0355.
9 a.m. Horseshoe games at Anna Maria City
Hall Park, 10005 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria.
9 a.m. Sierra Club Inner City Outing at South
Lido Beach. Information: 722-4000.
1 p.m. "Raise the Roof" concert and Devil Rays
game at Tropicana Field; bus leaves from Island Bap-
tist Church, 8605 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information:
778-0719. Fee applies.

Sunday, Aug. 22
8 a.m. Back-to-School Skim Board Contest at
the Beach House Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N.,
Bradenton Beach. Information: 779-2222. Fee applies.

Monday, Aug. 23
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Blood Drive at the Island Fit-
ness Center, 5317 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Informa-
tion: 778-9392.

Tuesday, Aug. 24
9 to 10:15 a.m. Drawing class with Susie Cot-
ton at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407
Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 778-1908.
Fee applies.
9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Blood Drive at the Anna Maria
Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna
Maria. Information: 778-1908.
10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Watercolor class with Susie


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

Wednesday, Aug. 25
8 to 9 a.m. "Good Morning, Longboat Key!" at
the Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce, 6854 Gulf
of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. Information: 387-9519.
9 a.m. Horseshoe games at Anna Maria City
Hall Park, 10005 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria.
6:30 p.m. Teen group meeting at the Island
Baptist Church, 8605 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Infor-
mation: 778-0719.

Retrospective exhibit by Florida photographer
Clyde Butcher at the South Florida Museum, 201 10th
St. W., Bradenton, through August. Information: 746-
4131. Fee applies.
Student photography exhibit at the South Florida
Museum, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton, through Aug. 29.
Information: 746-4131. Fee applies.

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land Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach, throAuh 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.

"Goodnight Bay" at Mote Marine Laboratory Aug.
Children's Summit at the Manatee Convention
Center Aug. 27-28.
Boat Smart class at the Anna Maria Island Power
Squadron Aug. 28.
Back-to-School bash at Sarasota Jungle Gardens
Aug. 28.
Sierra Club evening walk and potluck dinner at
Lido Beach Aug. 29.
Auditions for "The Sensuous Senator" at the Is-
land Players Aug. 29.
Sesame Street Live's 1-2-3 Imagine at the Mana-
tee Convention Center Aug. 31-Sept. 1.

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Hurricane Charley flinches, misses Island

Pick a word to describe Hurricane Charley's inter-
action with Anna Maria Island on Friday, Aug. 13.
The Category 4 storm, with 145-mph winds, pum-
meled Charlotte Harbor at about 3:30 p.m., then pow-
ered through the center of the state before exiting into
the Atlantic Ocean at Daytona Beach. Apparently fear-
ful of deep water, the storm hugged the east coast as it
continued north, finally turning into a band of showers
off Boston Sunday morning.
There is some sort of unwritten journalistic law that
forces hurricanes to mimic sporting events as far as sta-
tistics go. Hurricane Charley, by the numbers, includes:
Number of deaths, as of Sunday: 15, most in Char-
lotte County. Another Category 4 hurricane, unnamed,
hit Galveston, Texas, in 1900 and killed an estimated
6,000 people, although some reports put the death toll
at closer to 12,000.
Number of homes destroyed: In the thousands.
Number of people evacuated: 1.4 million
Number of people without power: 2 million at one
point, with power gradually being restored. Some
people should expect to be without electricity for at
least a week. As of Sunday, power company crews had
restored power to all but about 450,000 people, some-
thing of a feat since almost all of Punta Gorda was
mostly leveled. "Leveled," by the way, means that the
Florida Power & Light crews were looking for where
the power poles had stood so they'd know where to put
the new poles.
Damage estimate: Gov. Jeb Bush has estimated
that the storm damage would total $15 billion, making
Hurricane Charley one of the costliest storms in the
nation's history. By comparison, and adjusting for in-
flation, Category 5 Hurricane Andrew in 1992 cost
residents $35 billion in the Homestead-Miami region.
Hurricane Hugo in 1989 caused $10 billion in damage
to South Carolina.

Why south landfall?
There has been a little guff in the press about the
"unexpected" turn of Charley so much farther to the
south than the forecast landfall in Tampa Bay through-
out most of Friday.
The storm track was true: Hurricane Charley was
forecast to move north and then east. Just when that east-
ward shift would take place was never carved in stone, and
in all the predictions that were broadcast or posted on the
Web, it was clearly said that the storm was unpredictable
and that a shift of even as little as 40 miles would cause
some major adjustment in landfall locales.
Yes, the shift to the east was only discovered at
about 1 p.m. Friday and, yes, it was 'way to the south
of Tampa Bay, the anticipated landfall, but it wasn't
one of those totally unheard of things.

... and on the Island?
Residents of Anna Maria Island heeded the call
and, as a couple of folks put it, "Got the hell out of
A loop of the Island late Thursday afternoon re-
vealed almost no one around. Streets were deserted,
houses were vacated, the mandatory evacuation effec-
tive at noon was accepted and the Island was cleared
in an orderly, calm fashion.
As an example, Bradenton Beach Police Lt. John
Cosby said that of that city's 1,400-or-so residents, only
four opted to ride out the storm. Police did take names and
numbers of next-of-kin for notification of how to collect
the remains which, of course, was not needed.

Power was not disrupted. Water service was shut
down as of 6 a.m. Friday to "protect the integrity of the
system," and returned to service at about 7 p.m.
One disconcerting element was the low number of
houses that were boarded up. Businesses, sure, but
there really weren't that many sheets of plywood over
windows of homes.
Come on, folks. It took a whopping 45 minutes to
board up my house, and another ungodly 45 minutes to
take the plywood down after the storm. How hard can
that be to save tens of thousands of dollars of damage
to a house?
Remember than something like 5 percent of integ-
rity loss of a structure can produce something like 100
percent of roof failure.

If it had happened here ...
Hurricane Charley really had the potential to be-
come the fabled "Hurricane Brillo," scouring the entire
Florida West Coast clear of most structures, businesses
and utilities.
So, if the storm had hit its one-time projected landfall
in Tampa Bay, figure storm surge to have been at about
14 feet. Add on 5-foot-high waves, and you can figure out
that most of the Island would have been inundated.
New construction codes require elevation of about
what the storm surge would have been. Factoring in the
limited elevation of the Island, it boils down to a stilt house
probably having standing water underneath it to the height
of a car pretty much anywhere on Anna Maria.
Ground-level houses well, you'd have had a
whole new concept of "indoor plumbing."
And then there would have been the wind.
Sustained winds of 45 mph send a human to the
ground. Add 100 mph to that, and you're a kite.
Roofs go away.
Trees topple.
Cars, what with the water, turn into boats.
RVs tumble.
Mobile homes disintegrate.

Cortez Yacht Club race
postponed to Sunday in Gulf
Due to hurricane activity, the Cortez Yacht
Club will hold this year's final race of the
Commodore's Cup Series on Sunday, Aug. 22,
postponed from its previous Aug. 15 date.
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 meeting at 9:30.
Starting line for the race is in the Gulf of Mexico
near the LP marker for Longboat Pass, racing a fig-
ure-eight course approximately 4 miles overall.
First, second and third place will be awarded
for two classes: True Cruising and Non-Spinna-
ker, with finish times calculated using PHRF
Entry fee is $10 per boat for members and
$15 for non-members. A brief awards ceremony
will follow at the restaurant.
Information is available through George
Carter, CYC vice commodore, at 792-9100.


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Remember that classic photograph after Hurricane
Andrew of a piece of lumber embedded in a Royal Palm
tree? Multiply that a thousandfold for the Island and
you've got a good idea of what it would have been like.
Oh, and don't forget the damage caused by waves.
You can probably figure that the historic inlet at about
14th Street South in Bradenton Beach would reopen,
and there could also be another pass at 22nd Street
North by the S-curve in that city.

Next time?
Next go-around for a storm is a puzzle. Tradition-
ally, Island residents flee inland to avoid storm surge
and high winds. It is hoped that no Islanders decided to
seek safe haven in Arcadia from Hurricane Charley,
since that historic inland city sustained some severe
pounding from the storm.
What to do?
Well, obviously, get out of Dodge er, the Island.
Plan ahead hotels and motels were all booked
well in advance of the storm. Shelters at schools are
usually safe, but primative, to say the least.
The best place to weather the bad weather of a
storm approaching Southwest Florida? Perhaps Colo-
rado. Or maybe New Zealand I understand it's beau-
tiful there this time of year. Send us a snapshot of you
and The Islander.

Voices from the front
My friend Randy Wayne White, novelist, journal-
ist, former fishing guide and resident of Pineland, Fla.,
was in the face of Hurricane Charley. He posted the
following on his Website as of Saturday morning, af-
ter the storm passed.
"Hey guys, thanks for thinking of me. It's a little
after I a.m., the generator is going, and I can see stars
through a section of my office roof. What a day. At
around 4 p.m., the eye of Hurricane Charlie passed over
Captiva Pass, Cabbage Key, Useppa, and my old house
on the Indian mounds of Pineland.
"It was the equivalent of a 30-mile-wide tornado.
I have no idea what the winds were. 145 mph was the
last I heard. The weather station at Mote Marine next
door was blown away. So were the boat houses where
I sometimes write. So was the marina where my Mav-
erick was stored for 'safe keeping.' A dumb-ass move
to put it there because my dock still stood after the
nightmare moved on. None others in the area did. Pine
Island has been devastated; the houses around me in
Pineland, too. It reminds me of photos of Hiroshima
after the A bomb was dropped. A horizon of splintered
trees and imploded buildings.
"But these ancient Indian mounds on which my old
house is built ... endure as they have for several thousand
years. This house, built in the early '20s, also did well. It
survived when much newer houses nearby collapsed, and
the storm surge never got near it because of the elevation.
"My sons and I boarded the entire porch exterior with
marine plywood; used 2.5-inch screws. Two sections blew
off, so my porch interior was destroyed, all the ceilings
fans, bottles of hot sauce everywhere. I lost my tin room,
nearly every tree in my yard was sheared, but for a couple
of ancient, dinosaur Jamaican tall coconut palms.
"What really brought me near tears, though, was
my office door blew open during the worst of it, and I
later found my really fine stereo microscope, and my
6-inch Celestron telescope both ruined, in a pile of
rubble on the porch. Son of a bitch! Anyway, we did
very well, considering. In the overall scheme of things,
Charles barely scratched our paint."

Sandscript factoid
Gov. Bush probably had the best quote to sum up
the impact of Hurricane Charley: "Our worst fears have
come true."

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Hurricane Charley dampens fishing action

By Capt. Mike Heistand
Hurricane Charley drove most fishers off the wa-
ters late last week, but earlier reports were good for
backwater action: Snook, trout, redfish and flounder.
Don't forget the Eighth Annual De Soto Fishing
Tournament is coming up with a captain's meeting at
5:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 10 at the Bradenton City Cen-
ter-Municipal Auditorium, followed by a party and the
start of offshore fishing.
Inshore and nearshore action will commence at
6:30 a.m. Sept. 11 with a shotgun start at the mouth of
the Manatee River. Weigh-in will be at the Bradenton
Yacht Club beginning at 11 a.m. Sept. 12.
There will be offshore, nearshore and inshore divi-
sions, and cash awards at $5,000 for first place awarded
in each, as well as lesser prizes for other place-winners.
Entry fees are set at $275 for inshore, $400 for
nearshore, and $500 for offshore boats through Sept. 6;
an additional $50 will be added for registrations after
that date.
The fundraising event by sponsoring Hernando De
Soto Historical Society Inc. benefits a host of other
agencies, including college scholarships.
For more information about the fishing tourney,
call 747-1998.
Capt. Thom Smith at Angler's Repair on Cortez
Road said the dark-colored water coming out of the
Manatee River looks bad, but hasn't impacted fishing
much. He's catching lots of redfish, trout and catch-
and-release snook, using mostly artificial lures.
Bill Lowman at Island Discount Tackle said fish-
ing is just getting back to normal after last week's "ad-
venture." He's hearing good reports of catch-and-re-
lease snook being caught, a species that isn't impacted
much by the freshwater influx due to the heavy rains
we've had in the past few weeks. There are also some
good reports of trout and redfish catches by wade fish-
Bob Kilb at the Rod & Reel Pier said water
around the pier is very dark due to the stormwater run-
off, but despite the weather there are still good catches
of mangrove snapper, small catch-and-release snook,
a few redfish, black drum and some flounder.
At Perico Harbor Bait and Tackle, fishers who
made it out said they they had mixed results of trout
and reds on the seagrass flats, but noted that all the
freshwater flow from the rivers seemed to push the
mackerel offshore.
Capt. Zack Zacharis at Annie's Bait and Tackle
in Cortez said he was able to make a few trips out and
caught redfish, trout, snapper, a few flounder and some

Squadron's 'Boat Smart'
class sign-up opens
Registration has opened for the Anna Maria
Island Power Squadron's "Boat Smart" class
scheduled from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 28.
Boaters and others interested may sign up and
obtain additional details by calling 714-0449. The
$32 fee includes book, materials, breakfast and
lunch. The class will be at the squadron's building
at 1200 71st St. N.W., Bradenton.

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Odd fish: African pompano
Stephen Thomas of Holmes Beach caught this odd-looking fish in a castnet in Anna Maria Sound. Sister
Sarah took the pictures, and sent them to The Islander in hopes of an identification. "Those long things
that look like seaweed are actually the dorsal fins, and the pectorals are vegetation like attachments
also, Susan said, adding that she thought the fish was an "uncommon find, possibly rare." Oops. As
Karen M. Burns of the Center for Fisheries Enhancement at Mote Marine Laboratory explained, "Sorry
to disappoint you, but that's just the juvenile form of an African pompano. Don't be misled by the name,
they are found worldwide in tropical and subtropical waters. In the western Atlantic, they are found from
Massachusetts to Brazil, including the Gulf of Mexico. When it gets older it loses all those fancy spines
and looks like what we know as a pompano. Many species offish have larval and juvenile forms which

are different from the adults. Nice photo, though."

catch-and-release snook.
Capt. Sam Kimball out of Annie's said he was
able to bring his charters onto some grouper, banded
rudderfish, snapper and amberjack last week.
Cliff Alcorn at the Anna Maria City Pier said his
best bets there included flounder, jack, snapper, and a
few good-size catch-and-release snook at night. He pre-
dicted that snook season, set to open Sept. 1, looks to
be a good one.
Dave Johnson at Snead Island Crab House said
there are mangrove snapper around, plus snook and
redfish in Terra Ceia Bay.
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day last week and caught 27 redfish to 26 inches in
length, plus two snook to 29 inches.
Good luck and good fishing.
Capt. Mike Heistand is a 20-year-plus fishing
guide. Call him at 779-9607 to provide a fishing report.
Prints and digital images of your catch are also wel-
come and may be dropped off at The Islander, 5404
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, or e-mailed to
news@islander.org. Please include identification for
persons in the picture along with information on the
catch and a name and phone number for more infor-
mation. Snapshots may be retrieved once the), appear
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FOR SALE: Craftsman professional series router
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BEDROOM SET Broyhill solid walnut. Triple
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CAMERAS: MINOLTA XE one with lens, $35; new
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SUZI'S SALE: Saturday, Aug. 21. 10am-7pm.
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YARD SALE in our rec hall, Sandpiper Resort, 2601
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HURRICANE SALE: Niki's Gifts & Antiques 5351
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GARAGE SALE Saturday, Aug. 21 9am-lpm, An-
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This custom-built home is tucked away on a Lake La
Vista canal on the north end of Anna Maria. This
one-of-a-kind Island home is located in a gorgeous
neighborhood. Park-like grounds, lots of decks,
dream workshop and RV garage. This exceptional
home has it all! Offered at $749,000.

Ken Jackson 778-6986 Kathy Geerearts 778-0072
Maureen Dahms 778-0542 LaRae Regis 779-1858



778-0455 9906 Gulf Drive
Visit our Web site www.greenreal.com



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-
aid certified. Enjoys playing with kids. Call
Alexandra, (941) 778-5352.

SPENCER'S SKIM SCHOOL for beginners and in-
termediates. Free skimboard use with lessons. $10
per half-hour lesson, three lessons recommended.
Local teen, team competitor. Call (941) 778-0944.

PETSITTER, DOG WALKER, 12-year-old mother's
helper, odd jobs. Call Kendall at (941) 779-9783 or

cense, 13 years old, friendly and responsible. (941)

TUTORING: Junior high honor student tutors all el-
ementary grades during summer vacation. Hourly,
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-
sica Lord, (941) 747-2495.

REAL ESTATE: Tired of paying office fees? Two
experienced agents needed for fast paced, high
traffic Island office. Top splits, sign-on bonus. Call
Wedebrock Real Estate today! "Personalized, not
Franchised". Call Joe Pickett, (941) 383-5543.

SALES ASSOCIATES NEEDED, fast paced office
in prime location. No fees, great splits. Call Jesse
or Robin, (941) 778-7244.

INSIDE SALES with light data entry. Apply at Rod
& Reel Motel, 877 N. Shore Drive, Anna Maria.


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

S *. LOT Prime buildable lot in
.- very desirable area of Anna
Maria City on Pine Avenue.
Zoned for residential/office/re-
tail. Owner financing available.
$285,000. Call Susan Hatch,
Realtor, 778-7616 eves.


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(941) 779-0733 www.anislandplace.com

REAL ESTATE office looking for agents. Generous
splits. Great location! Call Vicky, (941) 812-9593.

LINE COOK breakfast/lunch. Minnie's Beach Cafe.
Three weekdays to start. Apply at 5360 Gulf Drive,
Holmes Beach. (941) 778-4140.

HOTEL: Front desk and back up light housekeeping.
Apply at Rod & Reel Motel. 877 N. Shore Drive,
Anna Maria.

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

JOURNALIST: Part-time reporter sought for city
beat and features writing by The Islander. Must have
journalism education, experience or background
relevant to government reporting. E-mail resumes to
news@Islander.org, fax (941) 778-9392 or mail/de-
liver to office, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach FL

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: Meet interesting people
and learn the history of the Island. Anna Maria Is-
land Historical Museum, 402 PineAve., Anna Maria.
Call (941) 778-0492.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED to help design, construct,
paint sets for Island Players Productions. Come join
the fun! Jack, (941) 758-2527.

brary. Duties include checking books in/out,
reshelving, and generally assisting library patrons.
Call Eveann Adams, (941) 779-1208.

MAN WITH SHOVEL Plantings, natives, cabbage
palms, patio gardens, trimming, clean-up, edgings,
more. Hard-working and responsible. Excellent ref-
erences. Edward (941) 778-3222.
LET US DRIVE YOU! Shopping, medical appoint-
ments, airports, cruise ports. Flat rates. Sunshine
Car Service. Serving the Islands. (941) 778-5476.

111 Pelican Anna Maria Canalfront Home

1,792 zq1 ii )t ir.irq area i.lilal air condii,:ned is 3 R, '
2BA and 2.62'.S ;q ti under roof istjr includes a
screeiried-,n c.ariiir,:rii lanra arn,,,d ,.'. er ed IijL-car aa-
rage 75-.b, -11:1 .fi:,,:,l .c ,ei ... E.ile,.:.l Ii ,.. di k.:. t he end
of cul-de-sac. $650,000 furnished that ..,iii in,:iude a
Zod,,: *!, e b,:,. and motor.

Doug Dowling Realty
Phone & Fax: (941) 778-1222
E-Mail: dougdowling -earthlink.net
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computer misbehaving? Certified computer service
and private lessons. Special $30 per hour- free ad-
vice. (941) 545-7508.

wash away mildew, dirt and salt. Thorough, reason-
able and reliable. Free estimates, licensed and in-
sured. (941) 778-0944.

CONNECT-ICON Your local computer specialist.
Experienced certified technician for communication
electronics offers wireless and cable networks, up-
grades, maintenance, repairs, tutoring and training.
Call Robert, (941) 778-3620.

EXPERT CERAMIC TILE installation. Prompt and
reliable service, reasonable rates, excellent refer-
ences. If quality counts, call David, (941) 792-2552.

COMPUTER SERVICE and repair. Training, main-
tenance, virus and Spyware protection. Island na-
tive. Web site: www.matrixPConline.com. Call John
Baird with Matrix PC, (941) 708-6541.

CLEANING SERVICE Residential or commercial.
Daily, weekly, bi-weekly, move-ins, move-outs. Ex-
cellent references. Call (941) 750-8366.

TREE SERVICE: Topping, trimming, removals.
Palm trimming. 15 years locally working on Anna
Maria. Phil Brewer, (941) 545-4770 or 778-7790.

NEED INFORMATION off the Internet. No time? No
computer? Let us help! Fast, confidential, afford-
able. Call Websearchers, (941) 794-5477.

maid service, deep-cleaning service, vacation rental
cleaning, departure cleaning, carpets, tile, grout.
Servicing private homes, condos, rentals, seasonal
homes and commercial properties. Bonded/Insured.
Free estimates. (941) 761-3000.

ISLANDER CLASSIFIED: The best news in town
and the best results from service advertising!

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THREE almost new homes built to nelw codes in a d',.'namic mana'emnt pro-
gram with a documented cash surplus from the rental p':ogram. igi!5e that'
Not having to put your hand in your pocket at ,'ear's end to cover expenses. Not
having to rely on capital appreciation alone to justify your investmer'i. Ti s is a
no-brainer. Call me right away and allow me to get you out of the red and into
the black. Island Aussie Geoff (941) 545-0206, (800) 653-1913.

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ABOUT GROUT: All repairs and installation. Done
right! Grout cleaning, sealing, staining. Showers,
kitchens, pools, re-caulks. Call Jeff, (941) 545-0128
or 569-8888.

MR. BILL'S HOME REPAIR/maintenance service.
Over 30 years experience, self-employed in construc-
tion trades. "I'm handy to have around." 778-4561.

ELITE CAB: Serving Manatee County and drop-off
airport transportation. Also providing delivery and
shopping services. (941) 539-6374.

THE ROYAL MAID Service, licensed, bonded, in-
sured. Professional, experienced maids, free esti-
mate, gift certificates available. Please call (941)
727-9337 (72-SWEEP).

HANDYMAN SERVICES Scott Fulton, owner, Is-
land resident. "Get the job done right." Free esti-
mate, many references. (941) 713-1907 cell, (941)
778-5427 home.

I DON'T CUT corners, I clean corners. Affordable,
dependable cleaning. Chamberlain Professional
Cleaning, (941) 778-7770. References available.

OIL PORTRAITS: Professional, heirloom quality.
Paintings of your children and family by local artist.
Affordable. E-mail mrtjnt@yahoo.com, or call (727)

COMPUTER SERVICE & repair: Flat rate $59, not
hourly! Total repair including virus protection, spyware,
Windows, AOL. All brands. We do networks, file and
printer sharing. Call Brian, (941) 739-6424.

KATHY & MIKE'S CLEANING Service. Delivering a
standard of excellence for all your interior and exterior
cleaning needs. Specializing in residential and vaca-
tion rentals. Now offering window cleaning. Great
rates. References available. Call (941) 722-4358.
SUMMER PILATES and Yoga: Classes held at
Anna Maria Art League. Pilates on Monday, 9-
10am; Yoga on Friday, 9-10:15am. Beginning to
intermediate level. $6 per class. Drop-ins welcome.
Call Preston Whaley Jr., certified Pilates instructor,
at (941) 778-3996 for more information.

Marianna Pointe

Realty Co.

314 Pine A,,enue Anna Marna
(941) 779-0732 Toll Free: (866) 779-0732

Manatee County A new report has just
been released which reveals seven costly mis-
takes that most homeowners make when sell-
ing their home, including a nine-step system
that can help you sell your home fast and for
the most amount of money.
This industry report shows clearly how the
tradition ways of selling homes have become
increasingly less and less effective in today's
market. The fact of the matter is that fully three-
quarters of home sellers don't get what they
want for their home and become disillusioned
and worse financially disadvantaged
when they put their home on the market.
As this report uncovers, most home sellers

MUSIC LESSONS! Flute, saxophone, clarinet. Begin-
ning to advanced. Contact Koko Ray, (941) 792-0160.

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-
7411. RA005052.

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, cush-
ions, 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.

commercial. Full-service lawn maintenance, land-
scaping, cleanup, hauling and more! Insured.
(941) 778-5294.

ISLAND LAWN SPRINKLER service and repair. If
it is broken, we can fix it. Free estimates. Senior
discount. Call (941) 778-2581 or 962-6238.

KARAZ LANDSCAPE Lawn Service. Mulch, clean-
ups, power washing, tree trimming and more. City
of Anna Maria resident. Cell (941) 448-3857.

CLOUD 9 LANDSCAPING: Quality lawn service,
landscape cleanup, plantings, pruning, tree instal-
lation, shell, more. Insured, references, free esti-
mates. (941) 778-2335 or 284-1568.


KEY ROYALE Immaculate, updated 3BR/3BA home on deep
water canal. Direct access to bay and Gulf. Open floor plan.
Near private golf course and beaches. Artesian well for free
irrigation. $759,900. Call Piroska Planck, 730-9667.
Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate Inc.

make seven deadly mistakes that cost them lit-
erally thousands of dollars. The good news is
that each and every one of these mistakes is
entirely preventable.
In answer to this issue, industry insiders
have prepared a free special report entitled
"The 9-Step System to Get Your Home Sold
Fast and for Top Dollar."
To hear a brief recorded message about
how to order your free copy of this report, call
1-866-818-4985 and enter ID No. 1000. You
can call anytime, 24 hours a day, seven days a
Call NOW to find out how you get the most
money for your home.

This report is courtesy of Re/max Gulfstream. Not intended to solicit properties currently listed for sale. Copyright 2004. Advertisement

total TLC for your landscape requirements. Lawns,
trees, shrubs and gardens. Design, installation and
service. Call (941) 761-3000 for free consultation.

LAWN CARE: Fast and reliable. Monthly or as
needed. Call Bobby, (941) 812-3884

native plants, mulching, trimming, hauling, cleanup.
Island resident 25 years. Call (941) 807-1015.

stallation. Huge selection of plants, shrubs and
trees. Irrigation. Everything Under the Sun Garden
Centre, 5704 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. (941)

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 es-
timates. 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.

contractors. In-house plan designs. State licensed
and insured. Many Island references. (941) 778-
2993. License #CRC 035261.

mates. 35-year Island resident. Call Jim Bickal at
(941) 778-1730.
CHRISTIE'S PLUMBING Island and off-Island ser-
vice since 1975. Repairs and new construction.
Free estimates, no overtime charges. Now certify-
ing back flow at water meters. (FL#RF0038118)
(941) 778-3924 or 778-4461.

Camellia Properties
Vacation Rentals & Property Management
More than 35 Gulffront rentals to choose from.
Call us last! Best rates on the beach!

LaCosta condominium Marbella Condominium
Family Friendly Gulffront Luxury
2-Bedroom Condominiums 2 & 3-Bedroom Condominiums
One-Week Minimum
Call For Rates and Availability
866-661-6622 or 778-8000

Which of These Costly Homeseller

Mistakes Will You Make

When You Sell Your Home?

* Largest selection of rentals on the Island
* 5 full-time rental managers/sales agents
to assist you.
* On-line availability
Buying? Renting? Selling?
Call us for first class service
Mike 800-367-1617
Normant3101 GULF DRIVE

GREAT VIEW 2BR/2BA, sauna, fireplace, spacious
wrap around dock with views of the Sunshine Skyway,
downstairs office. $595,000.
nd 'd > dialdebbie@diamondshores.com
S^ Office: 779-1811
Cell: 400-1172

STI Maria The only mainte-
nance-free living in Anna
J' Maria City! Canalfront with
bay views, private boat
,,A -- - dock, new tile, new carpet,
S.. freshly painted, new win-
__________ dows coming. Just listed at
$279,900. Call Stephanie Bell or Frank Migliore, (941) 778-2307
or direct (941) 920-5156. MLS#105518.
FF 131 White Ave. Duplex on
"..R corner lot, two-car garage,
two carports, screened
lanai, lots of decks, over
3,900 sf. under roof. 150
F- ..- steps to beach access.
Would also make a great single-family home! Asking $699,000.
For more details call Stephanie Bell, Broker, 778-2307 or 920-
5156. MLS103353.

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E-mail amrlty'@gle.net
Web site www.annamariareal.com

29Years ofProfessional Service
Experience Reputation Results
Furnished and partially furnished. $525,000.
5400 GULFFRONT White sand beaches, sunsets, poolview.
1 BR/1 BA, new paint and carpet. Reduced to $265,000.
4 UNITS ANNA MARIA Some bayview. One 2BR,
three 1BR, room for pool. Great investment. $870,000.
heated pool, storage. $450,000.
MARTINQUE Gulffront 2BR/2BA, pool, tennis, elevators.
5400 GULFFRONT complex, 2BR, 2 pools.
BEACHFRONT 3BR/2BA home, tastefully decorated.
5508C MARINA DRIVE 778-0807 800-956-0807
yrealt7@aol.com www.tdollyyoungrealestate.com

SIS Coast


2BR/2BA Furnished lakefront villa. Vaulted ceiling,
eat-in kitchen, open plan, dining room, walk-in clos-
ets, two-car garage. Heated pool, tennis, clubhouse,
sauna. $289,900.
2BR/2BA plus den. Furnished open plan with
fireplace. On sailboat water with large deeded
boat dock. Heated pool, carport, short drive to
beach. $329,900.
2BR/1.5BA plus 1BR/1BA and 2BR/1BA. Great
investment! Watch the sunset as you collect rent
from these charming units. Easy to see, call for ap-
pointment. Just steps to beautiful beach.
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.

2BR/2BA, updated condo with deeded boat dock.
Eat-in kitchen, wood-burning fireplace, walk-in clos-
ets, Jacuzzi tub. Carport and heated pool. $359,900.

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

From $700 / month
Condos/Homes: $500 week / $1,000 month

779-0202 (800) 732-6434

Island Shopping Center 5402 Marina Drive
Holmes Beach, Florida 34217 www.suncoastinc.comn

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/illf-Bay Realty
of Anna Maria Inc.
) 778-7244
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Realty INC
3101 Gulf Drive,
Holmes Beach, FL 34217
(941) 778-6696 Office
(941) 778-4364 Fax
Kathy Caserta 1-800-367-1617 Toll-Free
Realtor, GRI, CRS (941) 778-6943 Home
(941) 704-2023 Cell

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/
M 3BA with a pool! Front unit is
M I .3BR/2BA with an oversized
I single-car garage. Rear unit
S- has been totally renovated and
*.'.-' i is a very large 1 BR/I 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.

75-by-106. Build your
dream home for glimpses
E '"":-' of the Gulf, endless
6. L J possibilities. Offered at
,.~ -.:. *" "$399,000.

Canal front home close to the beach! Three bedroom, two
bathroom elevated home in Longboat Key just two blocks from
the beach. Wood and tile floors throughout. Walk out of your
door and onto your boat--easy access to the bay and gulf. Enjoy
relaxing strolls through the topical foliage and wildlife of Joan M.
Durante Park just one street away. Build up for bay views! Call
today for your viewing appointment. $625,000 .


If-Bay Realty
of Anna Maria Inc.

1 (800)771-6043 (941)778-7244
5309 Gulf Drive Holmes Beach

CLUDED overlooking the
pool from this designer-
decorated, spacious 2BR/
2BA at Longboat Yacht
and Tennis Club Mark II.
Reduced to $599,000.

50 X 100 LOT. Awesome
views possible when you
build your dream home or
duplex. Just across the
street from the beach.
Asking $399,000.

see this designer-decorated
canal home in Anna Maria. The
property comes fully furnished
and features 200 feet of sailboat
waterfront, a caged pool, 3BR/
2BA on a cul-de-sac. This
property has it all! $799,000.

THIS 2BR HOME is just steps
from the beach and on the
west side of Gulf Drive! Build
up for views of the Gulf or just
enjoy this income property as
it is. On a large lot with room
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
the best buys on Longboat
Key, 55-plus community

DUPLEX This is a must see!
Ready to move in and/or
rent. No detail overlooked.
2BR/1 BA each side. Private
brick-paver patio for each
unit, outdoor shower and
room for a pool. Great
Vest Indies flair. $599,000.

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aSandy's Established in 1983
Lan Celebrating 20 Years of
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778-1345 and hardscape needs.
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Residential Commercial
Check our references:
"Quality work at a reasonable price."
Licensed/Insured Serving Anna Maria Island Since 1986 761-8900

Paradise Improvements 778-4173
Kitchen and Bath Remodeling Specialist
Replacement Doors and Windows
Steven Kaluza Andrew Chennault
Fully Licensed and Insured Island References

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

John Penalver Photography
(941) 518-9629
Over 30 years experience

Painting & Pressure Washing
Quality Craftsmanship Residential Repaint Specialist
Condominium Interiors Pool Deck & Driveway Coatings
22-year Manatee Co. resident Lic. & Ins. 23 Years Exp.
792-7549 713-3485

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TILE TILE TILE. All variations of ceramic tile sup-
plied and installed. Quality workmanship, prompt,
reliable, many Island references. Call Neil, (941)

ROOFING REPAIRS and replacements. Remodel-
ing, repairs, additions, screen rooms, kitchens,
baths. Free estimates. License #CGC061519,
#CCC057977, #PE0020374. Insured. Accepting
MasterCard/Visa. (941) 720-0794.

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. License #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.

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-

HOME REPAIR, painting, etc. Local references. In-
sured. For free estimate, please call John, 778-3713.

crete, shell, driveways, concrete painting, staining
and sealing, hauling, deliveries, clean-ups, yard
debris. C-squared contractor. (941) 345-3092.
Sean Dagostino. License #CGC1506629.

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
Co., (941) 778-6665 or (800) 749-6665.

VACATION RENTALS: 2BR apartments across
from beautiful beach, $375 to $500/week Winter
and spring dates available. Almost Beach Apart-
ments, (941) 778-2374.

VACATION & SEASONAL Private beach Units are
compete. Rates seasonally adjusiec S,-25-$975/
,veek. S975-S2.975,month. (800' -8(.: o, 941)
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; two-unit property. 2BR/1BA, compieteiy reno-
vated and furnished. New washer/oryer 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.

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

pool, cable, water/sewer and trash included. Old
Florida Realty Co., (941) 778-3377, or Sharon (941)

RECENTLY REFURBISHED and nicely furnished
1 BR/1 BA ground-floor duplex with cheerful decor.
Just three short blocks to the beach. Walking dis-
tance to shopping and restaurants in downtown
Holmes Beach. Includes phone, premium cable,
microwave, washer/dryer. Small pets OK. Available
now and accepting reservations for 2005. Winter
rates: $1,700/month, $550/week; summer rates:
$500/week. E-mail: aalmengual@msn.com or call
(941) 807-5626.

ANNA MARIA DUPLEX 218-B Palmetto Ave. 2BR/
2BA, furnished, washer/dryer, utilities, available 2005
season. $1,800/month. Call (813) 949-6891, Tampa.

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

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, waaher/dryer, all
amenities, utilities included. $1,000/month. Avail-
able now through Nov. 30. No pets, nonsmoking.
(941) 387-8610.
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., 1 BR/1 BA
duplex, $725/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, 3BR, $1,500/
month, 2BR, $1,100/month; Bay Hollow, 2BR/2BA,
furnished or unfurnished, boat dock, pet OK,
$1,500/month. SunCoast Real Estate, (941) 779-
0202, www.suncoastinc.com.

in Bradenton Beach. Dock, davits, steps to beach,
pet yard, washer/dryer, storage shed. Annual
$1,100/month. (727) 784-3679.

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Gulffront. SunCoast Real Estate, (800) 732-6434,

ANNUAL KEY WEST-style custom 3BR/2.5BA,
ceramic floors, oak stairs, greatroom with fireplace,
French doors, 2,000 sf living area and large
screened deck. (941) 794-9921 or 773-6581.

duplex, 18-by-12 ft. bonus room, fenced yard,
washer/dryer/dishwasher, central heat and air con-
ditioning, garage, one block to beach, new carpet/
paint. Nonsmoking, no pets, first, last, security. With
good credit, $850/month. (941) 713-1390.

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.

Beach, 2BR/1BA. Lanai, unfurnished, steps to
beach. $900/month includes hot water. First, last
and security. Nonsmoking, no pets. Available
Sept. 1. (941) 778-7665.

HOLMES BEACH: Unique 1 BR furnished efficiency,
steps to the beach. All utilities included except
phone. Pets are welcome. Annual. $700/month.
(941) 224-5664.

BEACHFRONT, bayfront condos with gorgeous
views, 3BR/2BA and 2BR/2BA. Weekly, monthly, sea-
sonal rentals, furnished. By owner. (901) 301-8299.

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; 1BR/1BA $675. Dolores M. Baker
Realty, (941) 778-7500.

to beach. Laundry, porch. First, last security. $950/
month, plus electric. (585) 473-9361.

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.

HOLMES BEACH: 2BR/2.5BA, two-car garage home.
Maintenance free. 501 67th St. (941) 725-4488.

ANNUAL FURNISHED Holmes Beach. Walk to
beach, bank, post office. Private parking, large yard.
1 BR/1 BA. $650/month, deposit required. 778-4044.

directly across from the beach. Completely renovated.
French doors, master suite with separate entrance,
deck, garage, additional parking. Six months or annual
lease. $1,900/month. (941) 778-8470.

ANNA MARIA BAYSIDE cottage across the beach
from the city pier. 2BR/1BA. Summertime rates,
weekly or monthly. Pet friendly. (941) 778-0542.

VACATION RENTAL: Charming fully furnished 1 BR/
1 BA, just across from white sandy beach. Call (941)

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 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.

SUPER CHARMING! Bradenton Beach annual 1BR/
1BA, one block to beach and bay, newly renovated.
Tile and wood floors. $700/month. (941) 778-3647.

ANNUAL 2BR/1BA, triplex unit in Holmes Beach.
Central heat and air conditioning. New carpet, paint.
Short walk to beach. Some utilities included. $700/
month. Call (941) 778-1193.

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, (941) 778-2307.

VACATION OR SEASON, Anna Maria Gulffront apart-
ments, 1, 2, 3BR. Porches, sundecks, laundry. Im-
maculate, tropical setting. No pets. (941) 778-3143.
ANNUAL: 1 BR/1 BA short block to beach. Furnished
or unfurnished, $675/month, including all utilities and
cable. Call (941) 778-8536 or 713-3898.

WANTED: House sitting. Room to rent. House to
share. Mature, employed Register Nurse would like
to share house on Island for the fall. Local refer-
ences. (941) 730-0203.

HOLMES BEACH 3BR/2BA annual. Very nice el-
evated home with dock, washer/dryer, two-car ga-
rage, fenced yard and more. Marina Pointe Realty
Co. (941) 779-0732.

RENTAL: 2BR/1 BA plus den. Nicely furnished house,
two short blocks to Gulf. $950/month, six-month mini-
mum. No pets, nonsmoking. (941) 795-8626.

HOT NEW LISTINGS! Super fall savings. Now
booking 2005! Duncan Real Estate, (941) 779-0304.


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ANNUAL 2BR/1BA unfurnished duplex, screened
porch. $775/month. Marina Pointe Realty Co. (941)

ANNUAL LISTINGS: 3BR/1BA duplex, available
September, $925/month. Bayou condo, 2BR/1 BA,
$875/month. Duncan Real Estate, (941)779-0304.

SEASONAL OR WEEKLY cottage-style rentals.
1BR/1BA or 2BR/1BA with pool. Walk to beach,
shopping and restaurants. (941) 778-3875. Web
site 2spinnakers.com

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,
(941) 383-5543.

THE SEA OATS Bradenton Beach. Townhouses and
villas for sate at pre-construction prices. Contact Jane
or Dave Guy, (941) 284-5469 or 284-5461.

BEAUTIFUL MOBILE HOME for sale on Bradenton
Beach. Steps to Gulf waters, water view, lanai, deck
and renovated. Own a piece of the Island. 55-plus
community. Great for weekend getaways, seasonal
rental income. $149,000 with share. (941) 782-1130
or 224-3710.

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WESTBAY COVE 2BR/2BA, updated, glass lanai,
extra nice, close to beach. 1,450 sq.ft. For sale by
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 $1,950/month.

GIVE ME YOUR e-mail address and I will keep you
up to date on Real Estate sales and trends on Anna
Maria Island on a monthly basis via the Anna Maria
Island Property Sales Report newsletter. To get on
list e-mail: dantia@amipsr.com.

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

DESIRABLE Anna Maria lot (50-by-110-feet) west
of Gulf Drive. 117 Willow Ave. By owner, $420,000.
(813) 335-3680.

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RUNAWAY BAY- 2BR/2BA turnkey furnished
condo. Ready to move in or rent. Great rental
and vacation unit. $369,900. David Jones,
778-4800 or 713-4800.

TRIPLEX Breezy and beachy income produc-
ing triplex across from the beach. Upstairs is
a cozy 1BR/1BA with a great reading porch
and a massive sun deck. Downstairs are two
2BR/1BA units. Ample parking, tons of Mexi-
can tile, newer kitchens and baths make this
one a must see. $659,000. Nicole Skaggs or
Jane Grossman at 778-4800 or 795-5704.

CLOSE TO BEACH Gorgeous elevated Is-
land 2BR/2BA with pool and spa. Excellent
rental history. Turnkey furnished. $599,000.
Quentin Talbert 778-4800 or 704-9680.

FISHERMAN'S PLAZA All units triple net with
the exception of Post Office. Can build ap-
proximately 11,000 sf addition. Major traffic
count from Island and north end of Longboat.
Long and good leases. Laundry mat expires
end of year. $1.500,000. Quentin Talbert,
778-4800 or 704-9680.

ground-floor unit with view of the pool and
greenbelt in a park-like setting. Easy to
show. Call office to pick up key. $320,000.
David Jones 778-4800 or 713-4800.

PRICE REDUCED Azalea Park- Lovely
3BR/2BA plus den and a two-car garage.
Brick-front home with lush landscaping lo-
cated on quiet cul-de-sac street. Almost 2,000
sf of living space. Lots of storage. Freshly
painted inside and out. Well maintained. Com-
munity pool. $285,000. Cindy Grazar, 504-
6176 or 778-4800.

GIGANTIC TWO-DAY Auction. Sept. 1-2, 2004.
Montgomery, Ala. 8am. Single, tandem and tri-axle
dumps, truck tractors, cowboys, crawler loaders
and tractors, excavators, motor graders and scrap-
ers, backhoes, rubber tired loaders, forklifts, pav-
ing, skidders, feller bunchers, log loaders, farm
tractors. J.M. Wood Auction Co. Inc. (334) 264-
3265. Bryant Wood, AL LLC #1137.

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Western mountains must see. Homes, cabins,
acreage, and investments. Cherokee Mountain Re-
alty Murphy, N.C. Call for free brochure. (800) 841-
5868. www.cherokeemountainrealty.com

TIMESHARE RESALES! Buy/Sell/Rent. No Commis-
sions, No appraisal fees. Buyers list available. Mem-
ber of BBB. Don't wait, call now! (888) 268-7429.

view only $39,900! Great view, moderate climate.
Excellent financing available'. Toll-free (866) 7-70-
5263. Waterfront Group Inc.

SELL it fast with an ad in The Islander.

Tucked away on a cul-de-sac with a
private back yard. New tile floors and
freshly painted interior. IB104080.

$159,000 Caged pool, fenced back-
yard, new A/C, carpet and tile and a
west side location. IE 103165

Canalfront lot available in Holmes Beach! IB90367

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MOUNTAIN LOG HOME-2.3 acres/$59,900/North
Carolina mountains. New 1,300 sf log-home pack-
age and beautiful mountain parcel. Big views and
high elevation. (800) 455-1981, ext. 234.

BUY MOUNTAIN LAND Now! Five acres, spectacu-
lar view, secluded, wooded, paved road, driveway,
housesite. $35,000. Owner financing. Bryson City,
N.C. Call owner (800) 810-1590.

ASHEVILLE, N.C., area big water. Big views.
Breathtaking mountain homesites! Paved roads,
clubhouse, fishing, Appalachian Trail. 20 percent off.
Limited time. (866) 411-LAND. Bear River Lodge/

LAKE BARGAIN $24,900. Free covered boat slip!
Gently sloping lake view parcel with nice mix of low
rolling meadows and trees. Abuts national forest on
35,000-acre recreational lake in Tennessee. Paved
roads, water, sewer, more. Excellent financing. Call
now (800) 704-3154, ext. 483. Sunset Bay LLC.

DREAMING OF MOVING to the cool Carolina
mountains? Bargain prices on wooded golf-front
and view homesites on gorgeous mountain course.
No time limit to build. Little down, lowest interest
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BUILDING SALE! Rock bottom prices! Quick deliv-
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By Bill Zais / Edited by Will Shortz

Quite a story
Fahd and Saud, e.g.
Way to get noticed
"I pass"
Melville novel
Actress Zellweger
Sub firers
Arrive at the airport
Had a row
Noted Vegas casino
with an Irish name
Cubed roots?
Hot spots
Reverse progress
Primitive business deal-
Worked a garden
Like some races and
Jackie's second
Seat that may spin
Hiker's aid
Poker announcement
Boston airport
Can. province
Conspires with, per-
Son of Ramses I
Take a shot (at)
Baseball line score let-
A Baldwin
Cardinal competitor
Prince Valiant's son
Plural ending
Metric base
Call for help

70 Parts of I'Oceanie
72 Informal wear
73 Loop transports
74 Get around
77 Claim
78 Hirt and Gore
79 Twist up
82 Policy at a ladies' club
83 Yacht material
84 Almost touching
86 Steps down to a river, in
87 Having heat?
88 On the line
90 Teacher's org.
91 Lumberjack
93 Dutch city
94 Beckett title character
95 W (finale of an en-
97 Hardly a brainiac
99 Acted badly
102 Some airport shuttles
104 Thug
105 Moral code
1.08 "The Prince of Tides"
109 "Mark of the Vampire"
112 Tail
113 Flood survivor
114 Summer wear
118 "__ Report," influential
Indian document of
119 Crucifix letters
120 "The Dragons of Eden"
121 Apartment
122 Sixth-century B.C. sto-
123 Org.
124 Come to_
125 "Uh-huh"

1 Bolt down
2 3-Down antagonist
3 See 2-Down
4 Renege
5 Et alia
6 Playboy
7 "Fernando" group
8 Ones with combs
9 Manhattan's east/
west arteries: Abbr.
10 Whistle-blower, at
11 Squarely
12 Loudness units
13 Take baby steps
14 One who can't get
over something
15 Split
16 Docket phrase
17 Comics target
18 British finales
24 est percipi" (Ber-
keley principle)
28 Pop
30 Burr and Copland
31 Marilyn Monroe con-
32 Nonsense
33. Van Gogh work
34 Model material
35 Cushion site
36 Man's tie feature
38 "Hard-boiled" writer
39 Cosmetics name
40 Clear for takeoff?
43 Atlanta-based chan-
45 August birthstone
47 Without payment
49 Mountain social
50 Glower
53 Precisely, after "on"

Urging from Santa
"Go on!"
Panel illumination
Attends to a detail
Mellow Home
Luggage attachment
Not just mislead
One of rock's Ramones
Broke up
Starts to become tire-

80 "The Banger Sisters"
co-star, 2002
81 When people hate the
heat in Haiti
85 Laypersons
89 Mug
92 Basketball stat
96 Composite flower
98 It's widely worn on the
100 Food flavoring brand
101 Enthusiastic agree-
ment abroad

Prefix with economics
2002-3 erupter
Derisive laughs
Not yielding much
Org. for hikers
Shot putters?: Abbr.
20-20, say
Sault Marie

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