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Charley would have blown Island apart
By Rick Catlin
Island residents who figured their homes would be
safe from Hurricane Charley's 145 mph winds
shouldn't be so smug.
Structures on Anna Maria Island built prior to 2001
were not constructed to withstand the force of such
winds, said Holmes Beach Assistant Public Works Su-
perintendent Bill Saunders.
Fact is, he said, only those buildings erected after
the new Florida building codes were enacted in 2001
would have had a chance against that power of Mother
Nature. Even those buildings, however, were only built
By Rick Catlin
Board members of the West Manatee Fire & Res-
cue District approved a record $4.6 million budget at
their Aug. 19 meeting, a figure based entirely on fund-
ing by assessments in the district. There was no pub-
lic opposition to the budget.
The $4.6 million does not rely on ad valorem tax
revenue, a referendum upon which district voters will
decide in balloting Aug. 31, said WMFR Chief Andy
Price. Should that issue pass, Price said the district
could expect an additional $1.5 million in revenues for
the 2004-05 fiscal year, based upon a .5 millage rate.
That money would be used to hire 12 more firefighters
to meet the "two-in, two-out" rule for firefighters re-
sponding to a structure fire. The 2003-04 budget was
approximately $4 million.
The district has been spending money from its ad-
vertising budget urging voters to approve the ad valo-
Price and the board also discussed the district's
preparations for Hurricane Charley.
"We were really prepared for the hurricane com-
pared to some other areas," observed Price. "And I'm
really happy that people on the Island evacuated. They
heeded the warnings." He estimated about 50 people
refused to leave their homes.
"So we need to continue to be prepared and buy the
right equipment to be ready for the big one," added
Price. "Everyone thinks it will never happen here, but
when it does, people will ask why we weren't prepared.
We're not just a fire department, we are an all-hazard
response department. Who do people call when they
have a problem? They call the fire department."
WMFR staff and units would have been the first
allowed back on Anna Maria Island after Charley
struck, he noted. "We are the first-response team. We
would have had to assess the damage and coordinate
the recovery effort."
At the same time that the district was prepared for
Charley, Price and board member John Tyler noted that
had the hurricane hit here as predicted, this district
would have been the one asking for help, not Charlotte
"We were lucky, and it would have been much
worse here with our population," said Tyler. "But a
terrible price was paid in Charlotte County."
to withstand sustained winds of 110 mph with a peak,
three-second burst of 130 mph, he noted.
In other words, said Saunders, it's "absolutely
guaranteed" that the roofs of most, if not all Island
homes and businesses, would have been "blown away"
and few unboarded windows would have remained in
the face of a 145-mph wind.
"I don't think many houses would have survived,"
he added. "Maybe the trusses of a few buildings would
still be standing." And a lot of the older buildings built
in the 1950s and 1960s would simply have disappeared
under such a powerful force, or washed away by the
storm surge, he added.
Island-Charley aid flow,
Fort Ogden United Methodist Church, above, had
considerable damage from Huricane Charley. Two
large stained-glass windows were lost, one of them,
pictured below, twisted in a heap of rubble. Right,
the Sunnybreeze 55-plus Christian adult community
two miles south of Fort Ogden saw all mobile homes
destroyed. More on the hurricane, page 16. Islander
Photos: Nancy Ambrose
At noon on Aug. 13, forecasters had predicted
Charley would make landfall in about six hours near
the mouth of Tampa Bay as a Category 3 hurricane
with sustained winds of near 120 mph. Instead, Charley
took a right turn about 2 p.m., increased in strength, and
came ashore in Port Charlotte around 6 p.m. as a Cat-
egory 4 hurricane packing winds of 145 mph.
"We would have looked like Sanibel if the storm
had reached the Island," said Saunders. The storm
surge cut North Captiva Island into two separate sec-
tions, and on Captiva Island, wiped out a road and de-
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stroyed numerous homes, motels and condominiums.
Charley likely would have created new inlets on
Anna Maria Island from the Gulf to Anna Maria Sound,
probably around Ninth Street South, and the Gulf Drive
Cafe at 10th Street North in Bradenton Beach, he ob-
served. The damage to mobile homes on the Island
would have been as catastrophic as what people have
seen in Port Charlotte and Punta Gorda.
Structures built on the Island after the new, tougher
state building codes enacted in 2001, however, would
have withstood Charley a lot better than older build-
ings, said Brent Whitehead of Whitehead Construction.
"We would have had a good deal of structural loss
of windows and roofs on the Island, particularly on the
type of house that was built from 1950s to late 1990s,"
he said. Concrete block homes might have fared well,
but there would have been "roof issues."
The homes built after the new state building codes
were enacted, however, "would have fared better,"
Whitehead predicted, but he acknowledged most Island
buildings don't meet the 2001 code.
According to information he's received from build-
ers in Port Charlotte, the newer homes withstood the
145-mph winds fairly well, while the older homes suf-
fered mild to severe damage.
The damage, however, was diverse. Some struc-
tures survived nearly intact, while an adjacent building
might have been blown to pieces, he noted.
In one case Whitehead has heard about, a concrete
block home built in the 1960s had all its windows
blown out while next door, a newly constructed home
was still structurally sound after the hurricane.
Rick Spadoni of Coastal Planning and Engineering
in Boca Raton agreed that Anna Maria would have
suffered catastrophic damage had Charley hit here as
predicted as a Category 3 or 4 hurricane.
"A direct hit from a Category 4 hurricane of sus-
tained 145 mph winds on Anna Maria Island would
likely result in highly varying degrees of structural
damage," said Spadoni. Newer buildings would have
fared better than those built years ago.
But Spadoni, as the engineer in charge of the 2002
beach renourishment project on Anna Maria Island,
mobile homes where Burkey resided before Hurricane Charley. Rena moved to Florida in November and
drove her red car (behind them on the right) to her parents' place, thinking it would be safer there. Part of a
mobile home was on top of her car after Charley blew through, but remarkably it came out pretty good as
did her folks. Islander Photo: Nancy Ambrose
was concerned about the possible storm surge here.
Given the predicted 10-foot or greater storm surge
and the low elevation of Anna Maria Island, "it would
be expected that the entire Island would have been
But familiarity breeds wisdom.
In Miami-Dade County, the construction standard
now requires a roof to be built to withstand 145-mph
gusts, while the standard in the Florida Keys is 150-
mph gusts. Miami-Dade toughened its building codes
to exceed state requirements after Hurricane Andrew in
1992, when thousands of homes were destroyed by the
Category 5 hurricane.
But a 20-mph increase in a hurricane's winds is not
the same as a 20-mph increase in force, explained
"The force generated increases faster than the
windspeed generated," he explained.
A Category 4 hurricane with 145-mph winds is a
"killer storm," said West Manatee Fire and Rescue
District Chief Andy Price. Simply put, "Had Hurricane
Charley hit here as predicted, we would have been
looking for the bodies of those who stayed behind on
At least one Island resident who stayed behind
agreed. "I've been through these before," said Anna
Maria City Commissioner Dale Woodland. "But I
would have reconsidered staying and been out of here
immediately," had Charley continued its northward
track as a Category 4 hurricane.
The people in Port Charlotte should have heeded
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including longtime partner Michael Fido, daughter Susan Mead, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Ms. Gibbs spent many vacations on Anna Maria Island, her favorite spot in the world, said her daughter.
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Candidate calls Anna Maria
By Rick Catlin
1 slander Reporter
Looks like the tpd-slinging in the Anna Maria
mayor's race has begun.
Mayoral candidate and former Mayor Gary
Deffenbaugh called current Mayor SueLynn and Pub-
lic Works Director George McKay "irresponsible" af-
ter public works department staff member Gary Thorpe
collapsed of heat exhaustion while working outside
Friday afternoon had to be taken-to Blake Medical
Center. Thorpe was taken to Blake around 1:30 p.m.
and released in good condition at 5:30 p.m.
Allowing public works staff members to work in
such high heat shows "irresponsibility" on the part of
SueLynn, Deffenbaugh said, and iticertainly wouldn't
have happened if he was mayor.
"She said she didn't know Thorpe was outside
working in the heat. I find that hard to believe," he said.
Thorpe-was using a powered push mower to cut
grass along a right-of-way atFiri Street and North Shore
Drive when he collapsed around 1:15 p.m. Resident
Thrift shop reopening
at Roser church
The thrift shop operated by the Roser Guild
of Roser Memorial Community Church in Anna
Maria will reopen Thursday, Sept. 2, after taking
August off, the guild has announced.
It will resume the regular schedule of opera-
tion Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 a.m.-2
p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m.-noon. Donations
are received Wednesdays from 9-11 a.m.
The shop opened in 1997, replacing the ba-
zaars of many years. It has helped the church with
renovations, and supports the Anna Maria Island
Community Center, the Anna Maria Island His-
torical Society, scholarships for Island students,
and other causes.
Details may be obtained by calling 779-2733.
Charley Daniel was driving by at the time and called
911 and administered first aid until emergency medi-
cal staff arrived.
According to SueLynn, Thorpe had been working
outside that morning and several people told her he
complained of not feeling well at lunch. Thorpe was
using the powered push mower because the three riding
mowers were all undergoing maintenance, she said.
Deffenbaugh said he would not have allowed PWD
staff to use anything but a riding mower to cut the
grass, and in such high heat, would have stopped ev-
eryone from working outdoors. "He (Thorpe) should
not have been outside, even using a self-propelled
mower," Deffenbaugh said. Either the mayor or
McKay should have halted such outdoor activity, he
Get your facts straight, replied the mayor.
"No one is forced to work in the heat," said
SueLynn. All PWD staff members are told that "if they
feel the heat effects, to stop work and go inside. They
are told to get plenty of water and stop anytime it's too
hot." If it's too hot for them, they can go inside any-
time, she added.
The mayor said that from talking to other staff
members, Thorpe did not appear well at lunch time, but
chose to go back to work at 1 p.m.
"Sometimes you do all you can, but these things
happen. I'm very happy there's nothing wrong. I wish
it hadn't happened, but it did."
The mayor said she went to Blake Friday afternoon
and spoke with Thorpe, advising him to take some time
She's also issuing a new advisory to PWD staff to
be "very careful" when working outside and get plenty
of water. She'll follow up her directive with McKay
and look at a mandatory maximum of 45 minutes out-
side work each hour for PWD staff during the high heat
SueLynn also claimed that Deffenbaugh barged into
her office early Friday afternoon with his accusations be-
fore she had even been informed of what happened.
She declined to answer Deffenbaugh's charge of
"irresponsibility," saying she would "not stoop" to that
THE ISLANDER 0 AUG. 25, 2004 E PAGE 3
open if you hurry
There's still time to get a spot for bowling in the
14th annual O'Connor Bowling Challenge Saturday,
Aug. 28, and a chance to win a 32-inch TV.
Billy O'Connor, who with his twin George spon-
sors the event, said that many who plan to bowl told
him they had been distracted by Hurricane Charley and
hadn't signed up early as usual. But they're coming,
and so are others he's talked with.
Bowlers may sign up at The Islander, 5404 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach; Duffy's Tavern, 5808 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach; and the Anna Maria Island
Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria,
beneficiary of the event.
The challenge will be at AMF Bradenton Lanes,
4208 Cortez Road, Bradenton, with sign-in from 5-6
p.m. and bowling to begin at 6:15 p.m. Cost is $20 per
bowler, which includes three games and bowling shoes.
The annual post-bowling party will follow at the
Cortez Kitchen restaurant, 4628 119th St., on the Cortez
waterfront. Winners will be announced then, including the
bowler who will get the Panasonic flat-screen TV donated
by The Islander. The winner must be at the party to qualify
for the prize and numerous other raffles.
Additional information may be obtained by calling
Public input sought by
Holmes Beach planners
Holmes Beach planning commissioners and city
planner Bill Brisson are encouraging residents to pro-
vide input on comprehensive plan and land develop-
ment issues they believe the city needs to address. Two
information gathering sessions will be held, Monday,
Aug. 30, and Tuesday, Aug. 31, both at 7 p.m. at
Holmes Beach City Hall.
Residents who live north of Manatee Public Beach
are invited to attend the session on Monday, while resi-
dents living south of the public beach are encouraged
to attend the Tuesday night meeting.
The city commission hired Brisson to work in con-
junction with the planning commission to review all
Land Development Code provisions for consistency
with the city's comprehensive plan and for internal
consistency within the LDC.
Commission Chairperson Sue Normand stressed
that the information sessions provide an opportunity for
Anna Maria City
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.
Aug. 25, 6 p.m., Citizen Advisory Committee For Re-
view and Updating of the Comprehensive Plan and
Land Development Code For Bradenton Beach, to be
held at Tingley Memorial Library, 107 Second St.
Aug. 25, 6 p.m., board of adjustment meeting.
Aug. 26, 6 p.m., town hall meeting on ballot issues for
Aug. 31 primary.
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.,
Aug. 26, 9 a.m., board of adjustment meeting.
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive,
Aug. 31, 7 a.m.-7 p.m., election day.
PAGE 4 0 AUG. 25, 2004 0 THE ISLANDER
ELECTION 2004: AUG. 31 PRIMARY
Primary contest to
decide District 7
Because both candidates for the District 7, Mana-
tee County Commission are registered Republicans,
the race will be decided in the primary balloting on
Aug. 31. District 7 encompasses the entire county.
Manatee County Commission,
Joe Hampton is a lifelong Bradenton resident. Born
in 1948, he graduated from Manatee High School and
attended Manatee Junior College.
He is the owner of
Hampton Painting Inc.,
which his father started 34
years ago. He is married
with one son and four
9 n grandchildren.
Hampton was previ-
ously elected to the Pal-
metto City Council and
served from 1994 to 1998.
He was also the city's vice
He is running against
incumbent Joe McClash because he doesn't believe in
McClash has been a county commissioner since
1990 and "after 14 years, enough is enough," said
Hampton. McClash has not done a good job and poli-
ticians should be limited to two terms, he said.
Hampton's main priorities are the transportation
and road system in Manatee County, and dealing with
the unprecedented growth in the county the past few
"The roads haven't kept up with the people. We
need to set up a master plan and include all communi-
ties to discuss transportation, along with future infra-
structure needs. We need a lot of road improvements,."
Hampton favors a new bridge over the Manatee
River, but not at the Fort Hamer location.
He also believes filing more lawsuits against the
City of Bradenton over the Perico Island-Arvida
project is "throwing money away." The county needs
to be working with Bradenton on growth and transpor-
tation issues, not filing lawsuits. He does not favor any
high-speed rail system for Manatee County.
With so much growth in the county, Hampton
would like to use any half-cent sales tax increase for
road development and improvements throughout the
county. "All the money has been going out east. We
need to spread the money around to the western part of
He does, however, favor widening State Roads 64
and 70 east of 1-75 to accommodate growth.
"We have to go out to them, and we have to look
at the future. People are going to come here to live and
we have to be ready. We need to have a vision of the
Hampton said there are many good ideas in the
Vision Manatee statement, but wondered how many
have been completed by the county commission.
The county must also protect its waterways and
create more boat ramps and water access, he said.
County beaches must be maintained and renourished as
necessary. Hampton does not support the purchase of
private lands for public recreational needs.
Manatee County Commission,
Joe McClash was born in New York and moved to
Bradenton at an early age. He graduated from Mana-
tee High School and served in the U.S. Marine Corps.
He was the owner/operator of McClash Heating
and Cooling Inc. for 20 years, and is now involved in
property management. He was first elected to the
county commission in 1990 and is the incumbent can-
McClash is married with two children.
He believes his record the past 14 years speaks for
itself, and he has provided leadership on such issues as
The Accord and the development of a water taxi in
cooperation with Sarasota County.
As chairman of the Sarasota-Manatee Metropoli-
tan Planning Organization, he said he has worked dili-
gently to fund and build roads in the area and to ensure
a safe and efficient road system.
"Maintaining our roads is absolutely necessary to
reduce congestion," said McClash, and transportation
is one of his main priorities. He supports construction
of the Fort Hamer bridge at its present location, al-
though he believes other north-south roads are needed
as a relief to the traffic congestion in the county.
Other priorities include protecting the environment
and growth management.
"Growth properly managed can continue to pro-
vide quality communities
that keep the reason we
want to call Manatee
S County our home. Manatee
County needs to look be-
yond a 20-year growth plan
to ensure our future is prop-
S"' early planned," he said.
Keeping impact fees at a
level that insures growth
McClash pays its fair share.
At the same time, he
wants to work with communities such as Parrish and
Myakka to create a master plan "for their future to pre-
vent unplanned growth."
The threat to the county is that it is becoming "over
built," he observed.
"My goal is to retain the reason people have called
Manatee County home. High densities and high-rises
will ruin our uniqueness," McClash said. There is
enough demand to live in Manatee County without
converting large tracts of undeveloped land into high-
He defended his opposition to the Perico Island/
Arvida condominium project and the county's litiga-
tion against the City of Bradenton over that issue. "I am
willing to fight against high-rise developers and con-
tinue representing our community interest."
However, he added, "Cities and counties must
work together. I am proud to be a co-author of The
Accord," which provides a mechanism to settle dis-
agreements between governments in the county.
He was also instrumental in establishing the Island
trolley on Anna Maria Island, and when he was chair-
man of the county commission, started a monthly meet-
ing with city mayors to have "closer working relations"
\with those entities.
Two seats up for
Two nonpartisan seats will be on the Aug. 31 bal-
lot for Islanders: District 2 and District 4. The winner
of Tuesday's election will take office.
Manatee School Board,
Harry Kinnan is running for a third term on the
Manatee County School Board as the District 2 repre-
Kinnan was first elected to the board in 1996 and
admits he's partial to AME because his sister Anne is
a fifth-grade teacher at the school. "I have a vested
interest in AME and I'm a big supporter. It's a wonder-
Kinnan recognizes that AME is unique for falling
enrollment. Rather than redistricting, Kinnan is in fa-
vor of widening AME's school-choice cluster to allow
families to choose AME.
"Once the new school is built, what an opportunity
we have to make it an attraction. The school will have
the capacity to do some
unique things with its loca-
tion on the waterfront and I
would like to encourage
"AME will always be
a viable school that is well
supported," Kinnan empha-
Kinnan also promises
an i that the start of AME con-
struction is on its way. He
acknowledges that the project has been delayed by the
death of the principal architect and rising construction
costs, but he assures Islanders that there will be a new
auditorium and the promises made to the community
will be kept.
Despite the rising cost of construction in the past
six months, Kinnan said Islanders should not worry.
"The intent and integrity of the school will not change
and it will maintain the flavor of the Island."
He said he believes the community will see some
real movement on the project in early fall and, in about
a year, will see a beautiful facility that is long overdue.
"The community has been more than patient and it's
time to move."
Kinnan also believes charter schools are a good
concept and would like to see them all flourish. Five
percent of Manatee County students attend charter
schools and Kinnan said he would be very interested if
Islanders decided to reconstitute its charter middle
"IMS did a lot of things well, especially their mu-
sic program, and they produced good students. Fiscally
is where they dropped the ball and I think the rapid
turn- over in staff hurt them.
"The district did give them a lot of help and re-
sources along the way. I feel when a school fails, we
all fail a little bit."
He also noted that thoughts of adding a sixth-grade
to AME would not be practical, considering it requires
a different curriculum that would not blend well with
kindergarten through fifth-grade.
Kinnan is supportive of modifying the state's use
of the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test to de-
termine accountability. He believes the FCAT should
be used as a diagnostic tool, not as a pass/fail barom-
eter, and he is in favor of legislation to give parents ac-
cess to the test.
Kinnan is a product of the Manatee County school
system, starting with Ballard Elementary School, and
is a graduate of Stetson University with a master's de-
gree from Florida Atlantic University.
He has been married to wife Sue, a Manatee
County teacher, for 32 years. They have three children,
Christopher, 27, Courtney, 25, and Patrick, 21.
For more information, view the candidate's Web
site at www.harrykinnan.com.
Manatee School Board,
Dave Miner is seeking to serve as the District 2
school board representative.
Miner has been an
active participant in educa-
tion, serving as the governor
of the Florida Association of
School Advisory Councils
and the statewide director of
the Florida Coalition for
He is proud that dur-
ing the past year he authored
Miner the "Truth in Testing -
Parents Right to Know
Act," which was sponsored by Florida State Represen-
PLEASE SEE ELECTION, PAGE 8
Governance changes decided by
By Paul Roat
Bradenton Beach voters will decide whether or not
to change their form of city government next Tuesday.
Four charter changes are on the ballot, Probably the
most controversial is the change to add to the staff a
city manager charged with handling most day-to-day
operations of the city.
City commissioners have .oted unanimously to
endorse the change as they have with all four char-
'er questions and have approved the mailing of a
:ver to all electors in the city to present the facts of the
The mailing states, in oart,
"The mavor and commission currently oversee all
.Aiv operations. A city manager is a professional whose
knowledgee education and professional experience
would guide the city's operations
"The city current\ operate, witt less than 25
people. including a full-service po cer and public works
department. along witl citt :lerk ano manning de-
partment. Four department heads must not only super-
.ise their employees,. but mus provide the commission
', th budget in: ormanion. assurI concurrenLce' 'e lh otIhe'
20overnmnental agencies ,iand cominate 'ts i'nc;Ton,
vx th other city departments. A -\ ty manager \oi(uld
assume those tasks and free department heads to man-
ige their departments.
'Since 1998,. he cit ha ';, cast \aos uc clcrenII
department heads in each 01 i)ie our deparnmcnoi A
city manager could provide management consistency
for department heads who are otherwise *ubiert 'o
changes in political currents b' changing commission,
-A city manager's expertise i, managing the city s
assets should result w a more efficient. less-wasteful
government. A city manager would also have the bur-
den of preparing and implementing a balanced city
budget as approved by the commission The city is fis-
cally sound with ample reserves for addressing unfore-
seen financial burdens. A city manager's professional
expertise in managing the city s financial health and is
intended to be a great benefit for the future of the city."
Salary of the city manager may be the sticking
point in the issue. Salary estimates have ranged from
$80,000 to $120,000, not including benefits. Another
debate focuses on the limits placed on the city
The city manager ballot question reads:
"Should the city amend its charter to appoint a
qualified, professional city manager to serve as chief
executive officer responsible for directing and super-
vising all departments and city employees (except for
the chief of police, city auditor and city attorney, who
shall report directly to the city commission); preparing
proposed budgets; and for faithfully executing the
adopted budget, and the requirements of all laws, char-
Anna Maria Island
Voting in the Tuesday, Aug. 31, primary
'-ections will be held at the following loca-
S's on Anna vlaria island:
1 Anna Maria. Precinct 91 Roseri Ve-
iional Community Church. 512 Pine Ave.
Holmes Beach. Precinct 92 Gloria
t)C, Lutheran Church. 6608 Marina Drive.
Holmes Beach. Precinct 93 -- St. Ber-
iari Catholic Church. 248 S. Harbor Dr.ve.
Bradenton Beach, Precinct 94 -
bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.
Check your voter registration card to con-
irm your polling location. Florida law requires
others to show a photo and signature identifica-
tion. Be prepared to present your Florida driver's
license, or another form of photo ID.
Voting will take place from 7 a.m. to 7
For voter information, call the supervisor
of elections at 741-3823, or visit the Manatee
County election Web site at
THE ISLANDER E AUG. 25, 2004 E PAGE 5
ter provisions, ordinances and policy directions from
the city commission?"
The charter change would also have the city man-
ager, not the mayor, nominate and have the commis-
sion ratify the hiring or firing of the city clerk, city trea-
surer, city planner, department heads "and such other
boards, committees and panels as may be established
or provided for by law, ordinance or resolution of the
Included within the provision is the creation oi a
separate city treasurer, a position currently included in
the duties of the city clerk's office. The new city trea-
surer would probably rank in salary with other depart-
ment heads in the $48,000-per-year category.
The second charter change reads:
"Should the city adopt a charter amendment pro-
viding that no structure, including parts, attachments or
appurtenances to any structure, shall be erected to a
maximum overall height greater than 29 feet between
the Federal Emergency Management Agency base
flood elevation to the highest point on the roof struc-
ture or ridge, except for chimney, vents and elevaiti
shafts which may not protrude above the roof more
than 4 feet?"
Charter amendment three asks:
"Should the city adopt a charter amendment reauw-
ing a supra-majority vote of at least four out of f,'x
members of the city commission to approve any com-
prehensive plan amendment (map or text). rezoning
variance, special exception, or vacation of any c,'t
right of way?"
This amendment, if approved, would delete tht
autonomous authority of the city's board of adjustment
and make that body advisory to the city commission
The final ballot question would, if approved by
voters, ensure that city property remains as city prop-
erty. The question is, "Should the city adopt a charter
amendment prohibiting the city from selling or vacat-
ing any city right of way that provides direct or indi-
rect beach, bay or water access?"
Polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 7 p.m. Aug. 31.
The polling location for Bradenton Beach is city hall.
107 Gulf Drive N.
"Katherine Harris has
forgotten that the people she
ARI- serves should come first,.
S- before her own personal or
partisan ambition. I know that
Customer service isn't part of
the job it is the job. Send
me to Congress and I will
never forget who I'm working
_for." Christine Jennings
Islanders for Jennings
Albert Ames + Janet Aubry + Gene Aubry + Ed Chiles
Rhea Chiles Pat Geyer Les Holst + Donna Hinkle Cleo Jennings
Bonner Joy + Brenda Katz Fred Katz Stephanie Katz
Janice Mattina Dr. Peter Mattina Chip Rice + Lester Rice
David Teitelbaum Suki Westra-Janisch Barbara Zdravecky
"Chris Jennings will be accountable and efficient. Just like Lawton,
she will listen to the needs of the people of our district. We support
Chris Jennings and hope you will also." Ed Chiles, son offormer
Florida Gov. Lawton Chiles
Jennings Beats Harris!
Vote Aug. 31
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THE HOLMES BEACH
e Holmes Beach Planning Commission will be holding two
p public "neighborhood" meetings to gather input from residents
and property owners regarding issues and topics to be consid-
ered during the Planning Commission's updating of the Land
Development Code and preparation of the Evaluation and Ap-
praisal report for the Comprehensive Plan.
These public meetings will be held in the City Commission Chambers
beginning at 7 p.m. Aug. 30 and Aug. 31, 2004, for residents and owners
of property located in the following areas of the city:
Aug. 30, 2004 for the area north of Manatee Public Beach.
Aug. 31, 2004 for the area south of Manatee Public Beach.
The Comprehensive Plan is the basic document containing the city's
policies guiding growth and development within the city. The Evaluation
and Appraisal Report is the first step in updating the city's Comprehensive
Plan. The Land Development Code is the tool that implements the Compre-
hensive Plan. It contains the specific provisions regulating development of
all lands within the city.
This is your opportunity as citizens and property owners to help the
Planning Commission determine what local issues are important and
need to be looked at during the Evaluation and Appraisal Report. It is
also your opportunity to suggest to the Planning Commission how to
improve the Land Development Code; make it more understandable,
easier to use, and to ensure that its regulations are consistent with the
city's Comprehensive Plan.
All who wish to speak will be heard. For those who may not wish to
speak in a public forum, handout sheets will be available at the meeting to
fill out and submit your thoughts and ideas for consideration by the Plan-
For more information, please call Holmes Beach at 708-5833.
PAGE 6 E AUG. 25, 2004 0 THE ISLANDER
Your vote counts Aug. 31
Bradenton Beach will decide on four charter gov-
ernment changes on Tuesday, Aug. 31.
City commissioners are in agreement on the need
for a city manager in the wake of resignations, fired
staff and advisors but they weakened their proposal
and the result is not worthy of the salary or the profes-
sion of city management.
By removing from the proposed city manager's
oversight the police department, city attorney and city
auditor, any professional manager would likely won-
der what's left to manage but the clerk and building de-
partment staff and he/she would be correct.
We prefer to wait for the city to propose a city
manager that will manage the city, as opposed to the
commission micro-managing the city.
We recommend voting "No" on this matter.
The second charter change proposes to limit build-
ing heights, which are presently regulated by the land
development code. It's an extenuating measure to limit
future changes in land development.
Land development matters have no real place
within the governing document of a city. However,
building heights are such a "hot button" on the Island
that commissioners apparently believe the issue should
"carved in stone."
Although we see problems down the road with this pro-
posal, we recommend voting "Yes" on this item.
Charter amendment three asks to increase from a
normal majority vote of the commission to a supra-ma-
jority vote (four out of five members) to approve any
comprehensive plan amendment and diminishes the de-
cision-making power of the city's board of adjustment
to be advisory to the city commission.
We recommend voting "No" to this charter change
on the basis of maintaining the adjustment board's au-
Finally, a charter amendment prohibiting the city
from selling or vacating any city right of way that pro-
vides direct or indirect beach, bay or water access is a
Vote "Yes" to preserve public access.
Fire tax increase
Also decided by Aug. 31 balloting is a new tax pro-
posed by the West Manatee Fire and Rescue District.
What a long costly way we've come from an
With a $4.6 million 2004-05 budget, not including
the proposed ad valorem tax, the district operation ex-
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ceeds the total budgets of two of the Island cities.
In spite of increased annual assessments by the dis-
trict, legislated needs have not been met and the depart-
ment has grown far beyond the bounds of Anna Maria
We believe the district could benefit from scrutiniz-
ing its p, ::nt budget, but commissioners are pro-
firefightet-.. and apparently favor seeing the department
The "two-in, two-out" rule has been the excuse for
More than one problem
We are all breathing a sigh of relief that we were
not targeted by Hurricane Charley, and our prayers go
out to those less fortunate. But am I the only one who
realizes just how horrendous a hit on our Bradenton
Beach it would have been, given the actions of our
current city commissioners?
Thanks to them, our knowledgeable building offi-
cial, code enforcement officer and city clerk, not to
mention our city attorney of some 17 years, have been
driven out of town.
That fact cannot be denied. Those deposed people
were the ones who had at their fingertips the where-
withal to coordinate and document our needs to FEMA
and get our city back on its feet again without the red
tape others are going to be experiencing.
We have a good emergency management program,
thank heaven, but without that informed backup we have
only a few officials left with the expertise to carry out the
intricate details required to put our Island back into shape.
Did we dodge the bullet? Yes, we did, but no thanks
to the narrow-minded, single-issue commissioners who
lack the will or the ability to consider that there is more
to running a city than guarding the building growth.
It is time we get real about city government and ev-
erything that encompasses. Curb the growth, yes, but
don't forget the even more devastating perils our Island
This is from a former city commissioner and frus-
increasing budgets for several years, and it seems we're
held hostage by the district's inability to meet this need.
Compared to the Island city budgets, the fire district
is asking to tax (in addition to the present assessment) half
again what each property owner pays in city taxes.
It appears an excessive measure. If the district
would offer to lower the current assessment practice to
augment-offset the property tax levy, we would be
more comfortable, therefore we recommend you vote
"No" to the fire district's proposed new tax.
treated longtime resident.
Mollie Sandberg, Bradenton Beach
I just read a story in The Islander that Anna Maria
City Commissioner Dale Woodward chose not obey
the order to evacuate and instead stayed on the Island
to "protect his property."
His decision to publicly admit to this is as just as
dumb as the decision itself. As a high-level official of this
community he has an obligation to set an example, and his
decision to ignore the order to evacuate sends a bad sig-
nal to anyone who read the article.
Television coverage has revealed the incredible
power Hurricane Charley wielded upon Sanibel, Captiva
and Punta Gorda. Does Commissioner Woodland think he
possesses so much power from his position as commis-
sioner that he can single-handedly turn back the force of
the hurricane and thus "protect his property?" If he does,
then maybe he thinks he can leap over tall buildings with
a single bound and that it's OK if he ignores evacuation
In my opinion Commissioner Woodland's action
warrants a reprimand from Mayor SueLynn. However,
considering how fouled up Island politics are, I doubt
that will ever happen.
Commissioner Woodland, consider yourself repri-
manded. Shame on you.
Bill Bartlett, Holmes Beach
THE ISLANDER 0 AUG. 25, 2004 0 PAGE 7
Anna Maria city hall roof, structure in poor shape
By Rick Catlin
Anna Maria city commissioners stuck looking for
about $50,000 for a new roof for city hall better look
a little harder before the roof literally comes tumbling
According to a roof inspection done by certified
building inspector Michael Conley of Straight Inspec-
tion Services, the roof has "significant deterioration"
and termites in one location of the structure's frame
have been enjoying a gourmet meal for some time,
damaging the area in the process.
The bleak report states that the current roof is leak-
ing in six to eight places, has numerous ponding areas,
and a large blister is developing in one area.
Conley also found "significant deterioration" of the
underlying material, and the tile roof is about 34 years
old, while its life span is projected at just 20 to 25 years,
he said. A flat roof will "never drain properly," he said,
and over time, it settles and causes pockets of water to
develop, adding to the roof deterioration.
More bad news. The current insulation is inad-
equate, Conley noted in his report.
And those stucco cracks in the exterior of the build-
ing are spreading because the wood-frame walls con-
nected to the concrete-block walls are moving.
"It's never a good idea to connect wood framing
with concrete block," he observed. "If it's in the bud-
get, I recommend temporarily supporting the rear roof
area and replacing the wood-frame walls with concrete
That's because the wood-frame walls at the north-
east corner of the building show "significant termite
damage," and the "double top plate and support mem-
bers are extensively damaged" by termites.
"In my opinion," said Conley, "the framing should
be replaced or shored up before the walls are closed."
If the picture is as bleak as Conley paints it, com-
missioners have just a few weeks to find the money for
roof and structure repairs to coincide with the city hall
renovation project currently under way.
Conley did not provide estimates in his report, but
noted that a quality roof costs between $3 and $7 per
square foot, while a shingle roof, which would only last
about 15 to 20 years, would cost between $2 and $4 per
square foot. The roof area is about 10,000 square feet,
Additionally, blown-in insulation for a roof would
cost between 80 cents and $1.20 per square foot.
None of that work includes the cost of replacing the
framing damaged by termites, repairing the stucco
cracks or fixing the windows.
The windows currently at city hall "can continue
in Anna Maria
just trying to help
Steve Noriega of the Villa Rosa development on
South Bay Boulevard in Anna Maria said he was just
trying to "lend a helping hand" to Anna Maria when he
offered to perform inspection services on the model
home now under construction at the project.
"We're building a new type of wall that can with-
stand 250 mph winds," said Noriega. The wall system
is "extremely complicated" and requires a lot of read-
ing and understanding of the new system on the part of
a building official prior to any inspection.
"We certainly weren't trying to eliminate the Anna
Maria building official, just make his job easier" and
speed up construction, he added. "Certainly the city's
building official has to be on the site to make an inspec-
tion," noted Noriega.
By using a certified engineer to perform the re-
quired inspection, then getting an inspection from Anna
Maria Building Official Kevin Donohue once he's be-
come knowledgeable about the new system, Noriega
hoped to have the model home completed by January
The model home is under a $2 million contract for
sale and other houses in the planned 17-unit, canalfront
project should range from $1.5 million to $2.5 million.
to serve as they are," observed Conley, but they each
need servicing at an estimated cost of between $25 and
$40 per window.
Conley did have some good news as he concluded
his report. "If I can be of further assistance, or if you
have any questions, please call me," he offered.
Commissioners had tried at their initial budget
hearing in July to find money for a new roof, but were
unsuccessful. They will discuss potential revenue gen-
eration measures at their 6 p.m. meeting Aug. 26.
Barlow resigns P&Z post
Bob Barlow has resigned from the Anna
Maria Planning and Zoning Board. He was chair-
person of the board.
Vice chairperson Charles Canniff will serve
as chairman of the board until the board elects a
Tingley Memorial Library hosts
open house Tuesday, Aug. 31
All are invited to an open house on Tuesday, Aug.
31, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Tingley Memorial Li-
brary, 111 Second Street, Bradenton Beach.
The celebration is in honor of Mrs. Beulah Hannah
Hooks Tingley on what would have been her 111 th birth-
day and the 10th anniversary of the library.
Refreshments will be offered throughout the day.
"I hope that everyone in the area will join us in our
celebration of Mrs. Tingley's wonderful donation to
create a place of reading in Bradenton Beach," said li-
brary chair Cotty Johnson.
Upon Mrs. Tingley's death in 1986, her bequeath
became reality in 1994 with the creation of the library.
An ancillary support group of the library is its board,
which augments operating funds from her bequeath in
the form of the purchase of computer terminals, book
acquisitions and functions to show appreciation to the
Library's more than 40 unpaid volunteers who provide
assistance to keep the library open year-round.
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tatives Bill Galvano and Ron Reagan and Florida Sena-
tor Mike Bennett. He was invited to testify before the
Senate Education Committee and was a primary orga-
nizer of a conference on the subject held in Orlando this
"As a statewide director of the Florida Coalition for
Assessment Reform and member of the Really Angry
Teachers Parents and Activists Coalition for Kids, I am
recognized statewide as a leader in assessment reform
so we can have better accountability of our students'
progress and the quality of our schools."
Miner said we need entry and exit testing of what
is taught without pressure on our children. He supports
beginning- and end-of-year "learning gains" testing.
The legislation Miner authored would enable par-
ents and guardians to gain access to their child's FCAT
If elected, Miner will make serving children, not
board members, his first priority and has pledged not
to accept a salary greater than what is paid to some of
Miner said that more funding for education in
Manatee County should be promoted by a member of
the school board who has established credibility with
legislators for putting children first.
Miner believes changing attendance zones is a
harsh tool used to address overcrowding due to poor
planning. In Anna Maria Elementary School's case,
where enrollment has dropped, he does not favor redis-
tricting to boost enrollment.
He agrees that the best way to address greater en-
rollment may be to increase AME's school-choice clus-
ter, and Miner would support adding grade levels.
"I have long felt there were benefits for having the
sixth-grade remain part of the elementary school,"
Miner said. "I am mindful, however, that providing the
middle school curriculum benefits to an elementary
school will present challenges. Another option would
be to convert AME into a combination elementary-
As for proposed construction plans for AME,
Miner vowed to "give the shirt off my back to make
sure AME gets a new school."
Miner believes there is a systemic districtwide
problem in keeping the community informed and in-
volved, which can only be addressed by electing new
Miner also believes the problems faced by the Is-
land Middle School, which led to its closing, were a
result of a lack of consistent assistance from the school
"I support charter schools and find that in most
instances they have worked well for the families who
choose them," he said.
"Present charter school oversight is selective and
inconsistent, causing confusion and waste," notes
Miner. "I think the Island would benefit by having a
new charter middle school that has true board and ad-
ministrative support and guidance."
Miner obtained his bachelor's degree from
Amherst College and received his juris doctor at the
University of Detroit.
He and wife Marsha have a daughter, Sarah, 19,
attending Manatee Community College, and a son,
Joey, 16, attending Manatee High School. The family
also includes a dog named Nina.
Miner said he is seeking the school board position
because there is a need for major change in the way our
school board does business. For more information on
his position, visit his Web site at
Manatee School Board,
Frank Brunner of Palmetto is running for a third
-: term as the District 4 repre-
sentative to the Manatee
County School Board.
Brunner was first
elected to the board in 1996
and is the representative for
Anna Maria and Palmetto
elementary schools and Pal-
metto High School, Stewart
Elementary School and
Brunner King and Lee middle
Brunner is proud of his effort to help restore lead-
ership to the administration of the Manatee County
School District. He believes the county has secured one
of the finest superintendents in Florida, Roger Dearing,
whom he says is respected among leaders and his peers.
Brunner said he took a leap of faith when Dearing
recommended trimming 30 minutes from the students'
school day last year, and he doesn't see the need to
change back to the old schedule.
"The proof is in the pudding," Brunner explained.
"We were told the additional planning time for teach-
ers would result in higher student achievement and
Manatee County just had one of its best years.
"Three out of four schools are A or B rated schools,
nine improved their school grade and this year there
were no F rated schools."
Brunner believes in accountability for all schools
and students, but is an advocate for change in the
implementation of the Florida Comprehensive Assess-
ment Test. He believes using the FCAT to test students
at the beginning and end of the same school year would
make the FCAT a more beneficial diagnostic tool.
Brunner would also like the FCAT to be open for
parent, teacher and student review.
Brunner said his most challenging task has been
dealing with growth and the need to redistrict. Brunner
said he prefers to see students move to the Island school
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through choice rather than redistricting.
Brunner said the county does offer a lot of school
choice to West Bradenton and would have no problem
widening the cluster of choice schools to AME as long
as it doesn't burden the existing transportation system.
"I would favor a proposal by AME to permit any-
one in the county willing to provide their own transpor-
tation to attend AME."
Brunner said his commitment to AME is as strong
as it's ever been and Islanders should have no fears
about the ongoing construction plans for the campus.
He said the final approval from the school board
has been scheduled for an upcoming meeting in Sep-
tember and he has asked about the project's status.
He said the process provides for a lot more input
from the community today, with school staff and com-
munity members working side by side with the archi-
tect and school district representatives.
"I assure you, once final approval is given, you will
see things mobilize quickly," he promised. "Signifi-
cantly more is being spent on AME because we are
committed to making it look like a unique Island school
and preserve it as a center of the community."
Brunner said he would be equally committed to
supporting Islanders should they choose to reopen a
charter middle school.
"The system worked. Island Middle School was
not poor overall, but management became a liability
and would have impacted education eventually. The-
board did hold them accountable."
Brunner is a graduate of Manatee High School and
holds a bachelor's degree in general engineering with
a field of study in American politics and diplomacy
from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.
He is married to Tamara, and is the father of twins
Joshua and Luke, 3, step-daughter Ashley Daniel, 22,
and step-son Addison Routh, 13.
Manatee School Board,
James Ferguson is seeking to represent District 4
on the Manatee County School Board.
Ferguson has ties to the Island through his involve-
ment at Island Middle School as a parent of a sixth-
grader and, briefly, as a board member at IMS. His wife
Melissa's grandparents are also long time Island resi-
If elected, Ferguson has high aspirations for his
first term on the board.
Ferguson said he
would push to restore the 30
minutes of education previ-
ously cut from the school
"Florida requires a
a -t-- m minimum of 5.5 hours of
education and that is what
this school board supports
Ferguson said Ferguson. "The result is
that our children are testing
at minimum acceptance levels. Looking at the Florida
Comprehensive Assessment Test scores, we can see
that Manatee County is not performing equal to the rest
of the state."
Ferguson believes the FCAT provides good in-
formation on how each individual school is perform-
ing and how well the district performs when com-
pared to other districts and state averages. Scores
can assist in determining which schools need addi-
tional resources to help children achieve their full
potential, he said.
He would like to see the FCAT administered mid-
year so that progress can be determined and individual
learning paths tailored for the student.
He is also strongly opposed to any test that is ad-
ministered as part of a student's permanent record that
is not made available to the parent/guardian to review.
Ferguson is opposed to redistricting school zones.
"Schools are best supported when they are attended by
children from the immediate neighborhood. Greater
effort needs to be given to improving the individual
schools based on the specific needs of the surrounding
Artwork by Anna Maria Island artist
Woody Candish and watercolors by Rocco
Gambacorta will be exhibited during September
at the Island Public Library, 5701 Marina Drive,
Other features there during the month:
Tuesday, Sept. 7-28, veterans service of-
ficer will interview clients, by appointment at
749-3030, from 1-4 p.m.
Wednesday, Sept. 8, Friends of the Island
Branch Library Book Club, 10:30 a.m.
Saturday, Sept. 11, family origami class,
THE ISLANDER N AUG. 25, 2004 0 PAGE 9
He believes parents should be allowed to voluntar-
ily choose to send their child to AME and that bus
zones, such as the special routes created for charter
schools, could be provided for this purpose.
Although he supports the charter school system, he
believes the current administration is not supportive.
According to Ferguson, the school board elected to cut
nearly $600,000 of charter school funding and did not
renew the IMS charter despite its "academic superior-
Ferguson believes the failure of IMS was due to
failed leadership at the Manatee County School Board.
He would like the district to create a stronger partner-
ship with each charter school.
Ferguson said that in view of the success of IMS
in attracting students, he would consider adding a
middle school grades to boost the student population at
He believes a new school should be provided to fit
the needs of the Island community as more than just a
place of education as a community center.
"The AME community's experience is typical.
Respect for the members of the community, parents,
and teachers are lacking in the apparatus of the school
board and its administration. This will change with a
change in leadership."
Ferguson has a degree in finance with a minor in
economics from the University of South Florida and a
detailed account of his analysis of the school board
budget and financial management is available at his
Web site, www.fergusonforeducation.com.
He has two children, a 12-year-old daughter and an
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The Hutch Award honoring Seattle-born Fred Hutchinson, who died of cancer in 1964, was presented to
Seattle Mariners pitcher Jamie Moyer in Seattle in a pre-game ceremony on the field. The award is part of the
Catch-A-Cure for Cancer program cosponsored by the Moyer Foundation, the Fred Hutchinson Cancer
Research Center and Mariners Care. From left are winners N.Y. Yankees first baseman John Olerud, Yankees
manager Joe Torre, Patsy Hutchinson, 2004 award winner Moyer, and Mariners batting coach Paul Molitor.
Islander Photo: Ben Van Houton, Seattle Mariners
Hutchinsons in Seattle
Patsy Hutchinson of Holmes Beach, her grandson
Joey, his mom Laura and daughter Patty of the late
Fred Hutchinson were special guests at the Sunday,
Aug. 15, game of the Seattle Mariners vs. N.Y. Yan-
kees for a presentation of the Hutch Award to Mariners
pitcher Jamie Moyer.
Hutch was born in Seattle and was considered a
baseball star by all who knew him. He died of lung
cancer at age 45 and the cancer center that bears his
name was started by his brother.
Former Cincinnati Reds outfielder Jerry Lynch,
who played for Hutchinson, said, "The people of Cin-
cinnati loved Hutch, because they knew he was a true
gentleman who would give all he had to win."
Since then, with the possible exception of former
Bengals coach Forrest Gregg, Cincinnati hasn't seen a
reasonable facsimile of the larger-than-life Hutchinson,
who ended his career as the Reds manager.
The Seattle presentation is part of four days of
events known as Catch-A-Cure For Cancer sponsored
by the Moyer Foundation, Fred Hutchinson Cancer
Research Center of Seattle, Mariners Care (the Seattle
Mariners non-profit foundation) and KOMO 1000, the
Mariners flagship radio station.
Sunday was Fred Hutchinson Patient and Family
Day at Safeco Field, including a reception for Hutch
cancer center patients and families before the game, the
award presentation and, following the game, all kids
were invited to run around the bases of Safeco Field,
led by Joey.
Joey was the first child to run the bases at the
ballpark when he christened the field July 15, 1999, for
the inaugural game at Safeco Field, starting a tradition
that the Mariners have continued for each opening day
at the field.
The Hutch Award presentation was made more
special this year with the presence of four Hutch Award
winners Mariners pitcher Jamie Moyer (who re-
ceived the award officially in December 2003), Mari-
ners batting coach Paul Molitor, Yankees manager Joe
Torre, and Yankees (and former Mariners first
baseman) John Olerud. Jason Giambi of the Yankees
is also a Hutch Award winner, but due to being on the
disabled list was not traveling with the team.
Remarkable single Mom, sons
By Jim Hanson
Melinda Lampariello is proud as can be of her
three outstanding sons, but she's not all that impressed
with her success as a Mom don't all mothers do all
In her case, all she
could do has been an ex-
traordinary record of devo-
tion and hard, hard work.
She has a college degree
and a good home and a suc-
ceeding business to prove it.
And, of course, those sons.
She did it alone, her
husband long gone when the
Jesse Lampariello children were small. Now
she's seeing all three of the
boys through school and well along to making their
Cody just finished at the University of Central
Florida with two bachelor's degrees, in economics and
finance. Plus a second lieutenant's commission in the
Army Reserve in military intelligence. He has joined
Omni Financial Business Services in Tamrnpa.
Nicolas graduated last year from the College of
Staten Island in New York with a major in finance and
minor in economics, and now is at St. Thomas Univer-
sity of Law in Miami. He is a research assistant for a
law firm and a teaching assistant at the university.
The youngest, Jesse, graduated last month from
Manatee Technical Institute
in computer drafting and is
looking for a job in that
All attended local |
schools, Jesse only after a 3
great battle by his mother \ -
with the Manatee County
School Board, which didn't
want him to be in Anna
Maria Elementary in a O-
wheelchair. He has cerebral Cody Lampariello
It's due to Mom that they're all educated beyond
high school, and not just for the finances. She went
back to school to graduate from Eckerd College in
2001, and "the boys decided if I could do it, they
She was born and reared on Anna Maria Island,
daughter of Jack and Nell Fernandez. They lived in
Holmes Beach, the father owner of the Driftwood Gal-
PLEASE SEE REMARKABLE, NEXT PAGE
Long-range plans to build Tidemark
By Rick Catlin
The Reliance Property Group of Stamford, Conn.,
has committed itself to taking the embattled Tidemark
project out of bankruptcy and building the planned 40-
RPG owner Ken Dardis said the company has
pledged up to $5.6 million in financing to get the com-
pany out of federal bankruptcy court and operating as
Dardis said he envisions two phases to the project,
once Tidemark creditors are paid and the company dis-
missed from bankruptcy court.
"Stage one is building the marina as soon as pos-
sible. In stage two, we'll build the hotel/condominium
units," said Dardis. He also said the restaurant will be
built as shown in the original site plan approved by the
Holmes Beach City Commission in August 2001.
If the reorganization plan with RPG is approved by
the court, Dardis envisions construction of the marina
portion could begin by the end of 2004.
Dardis is no stranger to Anna Maria Island.
He and his family have been vacationing on
Longboat Key for a number of years, and RPG owns
two properties on Longboat Key. One property is the
Silver Sands Resort, which is currently being converted
from hotel to condominium units. The second property
consists of a single-family home on a three-acre lot.
"So, we know the market. We've been coming to the
Anna Maria area for the past 10 years and we really en-
joy it. And I think Tidemark is an excellent venture," he
The federal bankruptcy court in Tampa will hold
a hearing on the RPG reorganization plan for Tidemark
in early September. The plan must be approved by both
the court and creditors. RPG proposes to pay nearly
100 percent of the debt, including the estimated
$950,000 in unsecured claims.
RPG is the latest in a series of potential buyers who
have tried to reorganize Tidemark and take it out of court.
THE ISLANDER 0 AUG. 25, 2004 0 PAGE 11
5312 Marina Drive Holmes Beach
Land changes approved in Bradenton Beach
By Paul Roat
Some major changes have been made in major
development applications in Bradenton Beach.
City commissioners unanimously approved an or-
dinance Aug. 19 that classes duplexes into the "major
development" category for some remodeling. Previ-
ously, the definition of "multi-family dwellings" was
for three or more units under major development pro-
visions; duplex modifications were listed under "minor
Changes in the new law call for major develop-
ments to be:
"New, or redeveloped, or exterior structural modi-
fication or exterior reconfiguration of multifamily de-
"Duplexes that increase inhabitable space.
"Any increase in number of units on a parcel.
"New, or redeveloped, or exterior structural modi-
fication, or exterior reconfiguration of nonresidential
The "major" versus "minor" issue with duplexes
means a significant change in cost for duplex owners.
Previously, the cost was $50 for the first $1,000 of
building valuation and $19 for each additional $1,000
building evaluation. The new ordinance has fees that
vary from $250 to $2,000, depending on the complex-
ity of the change whether duplex or other major devel-
Only one citizen spoke to the changes, and that was
only to request a time when copies of the final docu-
ment, after lengthy debate by commissioners and staff,
would be available for review.
The proposed law would also have the board of
adjustment, currently an independent body, trans-
formed into an advisory board to the city commission.
The new ordinance continues to have the planning
and zoning commission as the local planning agency
according to the city's comprehensive plan. Previous
debate had had that designation go to the city commis-
sion, but commissioner balked at the taking on those
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 10
lery at Cortez Road and 59th Street in Bradenton and
mother owning Marie Nelson Interiors in Holmes
Fernandez imported wood carvings of pelicans and
other sea birds from Spain, where most of his family
were carvers in a village there. He sold the business
years ago, said his daughter, who still has "a few hun-
dred left" and when they're gone, that's it the fam-
ily stopped carving last December when the new gen-
eration declined to get involved.
Melinda attended Palma Sola Elementary School,
Walker Junior High and Manatee High School, married
and went north. She returned as a single mother when
her kids were small; her daughter Shauna lives in Okla-
Mom supported and educated her children mainly
in real estate, and she still keeps her license at A Para-
dise Realty. She also had a succession of "side jobs,
anything to make a living and keep the kids fed and
In other matters, the commissioners continued ap-
proval of an ordinance that would tighten restrictions
on fences in the city, specifically property west of Gulf
Drive. The changes for the most part call for no fences
greater than 3 feet in height on property west of Gulf
Drive, as well as prohibiting screen enclosures of pools
in that part of the city.
Commissioners got bogged down when the issue
of corner lots came into play, and also other waterfront
The fence issue will come back to the commission
A conflict assessment meeting regarding the
proposed Arvida/St. Joe 686-unit condominium
complex on Perico Island will be held at 2 p.m.
Friday, Aug. 27, at the Bradenton City Hall, 101
Old Main St.
Officials from Bradenton, Manatee County,
ManaSota-88 and the three Island cities of Anna
Maria, Holmes Beach and Bradenton Beach will
attend the meeting.
The meeting is open to the public, but pub-
lic comment may not be taken by the attending
The assessment meeting is part of the process
involving a lawsuit between two government
Manatee County and the three Island cities
joined in a lawsuit against the City of
Bradenton's July approval of a revised Arvida
site plan on Perico Island. ManaSota-88 filed a
Officials of the Arvida/St. Joe company have
filed a separate motion asking the court to allow
them to "intervene" in the case on behalf of
clothed and happy."
She loves food and cooking, and last January she
and friend Terry Weaver opened Fit to Eat Deli at Gulf
and Marina drives in Holmes Beach, around the corner
and in the same building as Island Fitness.
The food is a good fit-with a fitness program, she
found, for "we don't do health food as such, but we do
a healthier type of cooking that goes with a healthy
life." They opened in January and "it's doing really
All along her sons have worked when and where
they could while in school, and they still do. Certainly
Cody, who is in Tampa working with Omni. Law
school is expensive and leaves little time for anything
else, but still Nick is doing what he can part time. And
Jesse is chomping at the bit to get started in his field.
Mom still helps them along as they need it, she
said. And she's somewhat taken aback that anyone
would think she's ever done anything memorable in
rejecting obstacles and getting her children off to a fine
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Holmes Beach adjustment board considers setback
The Holmes Beach Board of Adjustment will con-
sider a variance request for a side yard setback for
Patricia Thompson's property at 100-108 36th St. at its
9 a.m. meeting Thursday, Aug. 26.
Acting as Thompson's agent, Patrick McConnell
will present the request for a 10-foot setback on the
ground and first level of living space and 15-foot set-
back on the second floor of living space.
The Holmes Beach Land Development Code con-
tains provisions allowing a variance to be granted to
property owners with buildings or structures on prop-
erty that fronts more than one street, provided that one
street is a dead-end.
Thompson's property fronts Fourth Avenue and
36th Street, which is a dead-end street.
The property consists of two cottages built in the
1940s, a ground-level house built in the 1950s and a
duplex built in the 1990s.
Plans for the property include renovating the exist-
ing duplex and house, removing the cottages and add-
ing a new fourplex, which will all become condomini-
ums. The proposed buildings are not expected to oc-
cupy more than 30 percent of the property, according
to the application.
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Island police reports
Anna Maria City
Aug. 19, 200 block of Willow Avenue, theft. A
man reported a handgun stolen from his residence.
Aug. 11, 1800 Gulf Drive, Coquina Park, traffic
arrest. A driver stopped for careless driving and speed-
ing in the park area was reportedly arrested for driving
with a suspended license.
Aug. 13, 2600 block of 59th Street West, traffic
crash. An officer's vehicle reportedly bumped the rear
of the vehicle in front of it when that driver made an
abrupt stop to allow a fire truck to pass. There was only
slight damage to the officer's vehicle. According to the
report, the officer was only traveling 10 mph at impact.
Aug. 16, 701 Gulf Drive N., Green Turtle Shop,
theft. A bench from the northwest side of the building
was reportedly stolen.
Aug. 16, 1800 Gulf Drive S., Coquina Park, sus-
pended license. A marine rescue officer reported to
police a vehicle speeding around in circles, endanger-
ing beach patrons. According to the report, the driver
was arrested for driving with a suspended license.
Aug. 16, 700 block of Manatee Avenue, battery. A
woman reported that while waiting at the traffic light
at East Bay Drive and Manatee Avenue, a passenger
from a nearby vehicle threw a cup full of liquid through
her open window, hitting her in the head. According to
the report, she pursued the vehicle in an attempt to
confront the passenger and forwarded the vehicle's tag
number to police.
Aug. 16, 10th Street and Gulf Drive, driver's li-
cense. Officers assisted marine rescue officers in stop-
ping passengers in two vehicles that left Coquina Park
without cleaning up their debris. According to the re-
port, the two drivers of the vehicles did not have valid
Aug. 17, 100 block of 39th Street, burglary. A
couple reported a purse and wallet stolen from their
bedroom. According to the report, someone entered the
bedroom through a rear door, a family member saw the
intruder's shadow cast by the light in the bedroom, and
the other family members were alerted. Entering the
bedroom, they reported seeing a figure running from
the residence to the beach.
Aug. 18, 4000 block of Gulf Drive, theft. A woman
reported her bike stolen.
Ten years ago in the Aug. 25, 1994,
issue of The Islander,
Flags flew at half-mast in Anna Maria in honor
of former City Commissioner Mary Ross and former
Mayor Ernie Cagnina, who died within six days of each
In a 3-2 vote, the Bradenton Beach City Commis-
sion denied an expansion request by Bradenton Beach
Marina owner Allan Bazzy.
The Holmes Beach Code Enforcement Board
ordered Edward and Janis Vansteenburg to remove a
living unit on the ground floor of their home at 2906
Avenue C by Jan. 20, 1995.
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Richard K. Beitler
Richard K. Beitler, 90, of Bradenton, died Aug. 10.
Born in Chicago, Mr. Beitler moved to Bradenton
from Hinsdale, Ill, in 1988. He served in the U.S. Navy
during World War II. He was active with Harvey Me-
morial Community Church, Bradenton Beach.
Memorial services were Aug. 22 at the Chateau
Village Clubhouse, Bradenton.
He is survived by sons Kenneth of St. Paul. Minn.,
Douglas of Tampa and Phillip of Carol Stream, Ill.;
sister Dorothy Davidovich of Elmhurst. Ill.: and six
Robert Elwyn Davis
Robert Elwyn Davis, 83, of Ellenton and formerly
Holmes Beach, died Aug. 13.
Born in Philadelphia, Pa., Mr. Davis moved to
Manatee County from Ocean City, N.J.. in 1980, resid-
ing in Holmes Beach for 18 years. He served in U.S.
Naval Intelligence in Washington. D.C.. and in the
Pacific Theater during World War II. He retired trom
the world trade division of the Delaware River Pnor Au-
thority in Camden, N.J., and opened olffce 'r
Antwerp, Brussels and Milan. He was ;a 43 \ ear mem-
ber of the American Legion and a member ol Kirhb
Stewart Post No. 24.
Graveside services with military honors were held
Aug. 17 at Mansion Memorial Park Ellenton Memo-
rial contributions may be made to Hospice of South-
west Florida, 5955 Rand Blvd.. Sarasota FL 34238 or
to aid victims of Hurricane Charley.
He is survived by wife Clare Davis; son Robert
Kent of Anna Maria Island; two grandchildren; and two
Noreen T. Joseph
Noreen T. Joseph, 55 of Holmes Beach, died Aug.
Originally from the Chicago area, Ms. Joseph
moved to Sarasota in 1978 and has lived in Holmes
Beach for 15 years. She was active at the Anna Maria
Island Community Center.
There were no services. Memorial contributions
may be made to Hospice of Southwest Florida, 5955
Rand Blvd., Sarasota FL 34238.
She is survived by sons Jordan and Tyson and two
Ute Kopp-Zinn. 47, of Sarasota. died Aug. 15.
Born in Germany, Ms. Kopp-Zinn moved to Mana-
tee County from there in 1991. She was the former
owner of Rebecca's Bistro restaurant in Holmes Beach
and Big City Hot Dog and Sandwich Shop in Sarasota.
Memorial services were Aug. 21. Memorial contri-
butions may he made to Hospice of Southwest Florida.
5955 Rand Blvd.. Sarasota FL 34238. Brown and Sons
Funeral Home. 26th Street Chapel. was in charge of
She is survived by son Marco Kopp of Germany
and mother Margo Schmidt of Sarasota.
Frederick P, Logan
.icderick P. Logan., formerly of Hoime, Beach.
dihe \ Aug. 10.
Born in Sommerville. Mass., Mr. Logan was active
i maTv civic associations in East Longmeadows.
Mi s' and .iamesioi\ n. N C. He was a malor0 and a
.anrmcoper in the U.S. Marine Corps and received a
purpw heart during World War II.
Memorial services will be held at a later date.in
amestown. Memorial contributions may be made to
Southeast Guide Dogs, 4210 77 St. E., Palmetto FL
He is survived by daughter Mary Lou Turner of
East Liverpool, Ohio; son Frederick Jr. of Front Royal,
Va.: sister Helen McNiff of Suffield, Ct.; six grandchil-
dren: and two great-grandchildren.
Edna D. Ruppenthal
Edna D. Ruppenthal, 83, of Bradenton, died Aug.
Born in Detroit, Mrs. Ruppenthal moved to
Bradenton from Tawas City, Mich., in 1947. She was
a dental assistant with Dr. Colson in Holmes Beach and
Dr. Richardson in Bradenton. She was Lutheran.
Memorial services were Aug. 21. Memorial contri-
butions may be made to Hospice of Southwest Florida,
5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota FL 34238. Brown and Sons
Funeral Home, 26th Street Chapel, was in charge of
She is survived by daughter Joan DuBold of
Cumming, Ga.; sons Terry and Rick, both of
Bradenton; brother Herb Bultz of Sinclair Shores,
Mich.; and three grandchildren.
Donald R. Teslow
Donald R. Teslow, 84, of Pillager, Minn., died
Vr Teslow was retired from Glaxo Smith Kline
Pharmaceuticals. He was a Realtor. He was active in
the Men's Club at Roser Memorial Community
Church. Anna Maria Citv. He was a member o" the
1c In: Order of the Easter Star and Aurora Masonic
Looge. Brainerdl. Minn.
Memorial services will be Aug. 25 at Washburr
McReavy Funeral Home. Edina, Minn.
He is survived by wife Lounell: sons Doniai k
and Bradford C.: sister Loraine T. Lanpher: and iwi
Ivan P. Zatkovich
Ivan P. Zatkovich, 73. of Bradenton, died Aug. I ,
Born in Pittsburgh. Pa., Mr. Zatkovich was the
owner of the former Ivan's Pub and Anna Maria Yacht
Basin. He was Catholic.
Memorial services were Aug. 23 at Skyway Me-
morial Park, Ellenton. Covell Cremation and Funeral
Center was in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by daughter Elizabeth Bergeron of
Bradenton; sons Ivan Jr. of Valrico and Mark of Cape
Coral; sister Connie Ash of Oregon; brother Ted Greg
of Oregon; and seven grandchildren.
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Sweet home Alabama
for Cortez veteran
Vernon Mora of Cortez followed the route a lot
of Cortez boys did getting into World War II.
At age 17, Vernon was a commercial fisherman
working to support his mother and two sisters and
brothers when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor on
Dec. 7, 1941.
"I sure didn't want to wait for the draft and carry
a rifle," he said. "Besides, I'd spent almost all my life
on the water, so I figured the Navy was the best place
to be. I didn't want any bullets flying at me."
Little did he realize when he joined up in Octo-
ber 1942, it would be kamikaze airplanes, not bullets,
that would fly at him.
After basic training, he was assigned to the newly
commissioned U.S.S. Alabama, the largest battleship
built during WWII.
After a "shake-down" cruise to Maine, the Ala-
bama headed for duty in the North Atlantic. The ship
was an escort on a number of convoys across the At-
lantic and chased several German ships into Norwe-
gian waters, where it often engaged in running gun
battles with the enemy.
"My battle station was down in the hold under an
18-inch gun," remembered Vern. "We could shoot
from 25 miles away, so we never saw the target, but
the Germans would shoot back. I just prayed they
weren't good shots."
The\ weren't, and the Alabama was eventually
reassigned to the Pacific.
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we were in on every invasion we had in the Pacific,"
said Vern. "We ended up with 13 battle citations, one
for each invasion."
Tarawa, Eniwietok, the Marshall Islands, the Gil-
bert Islands, Saipan, Guam and Okinawa were just a
few of the "memorable" experiences for Mora and the
With its formidable guns, the Alabama could fire
away at enemy targets from a safe 25 miles offshore.
Safe except for the constant attacks by Japanese
aircraft. By the invasion of Saipan in 1944, the Japa-
nese had begun using kamikaze aircraft to blow up
"The Alabama was a pretty big target, so the ka-
mikazes would either aim for an aircraft carrier or us.
Luckily, we shot down a lot of them. We came to ex-
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few hundred feet, flying within inches of the bow be-
fore exploding in the ocean.
While the Alabama never took a direct hit, an ac-
cident one day took the lives of 11 of Vernon's bud-
A five-inch gun was firing on automatic at a kami-
kaze plane and somehow it managed to put a five-inch
shell into the turret of an 18-inch gun onboard the ship.
"Somebody goofed up that day, and 11 guys were
killed. It was pretty sad."
By now, Vernon had been promoted to machinist
mate first class and he was in charge of the engine
He remembered that after Okinawa, the Alabama
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Surprise! City doesn't need max for seawall repair
By Rick Catlin
It certainly was an unusual event in the life of a
Holmes Beach budget, or any Island city budget.
Additional repairs to the seawall along Marina
Drive by Wachovia Bank won't cost the maximum
$75,000 that the city commission voted to spend.
Shockingly, Banks Engineering Inc. was able to
splice the rusted steel support beams under the side-
walk and insert new bars for just $3,000. The commis-
sion had hastily approved a request by Mayor Carol
Whitmore to spend up to $75,000 on the extra repairs.
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CONTINUED FROM PAGE 14
would sail to within 25 miles of Japan and fire at tar-
gets on the mainland. One day in late July 1945, some
crew members found leaflets in the water warning the
Japanese in Hiroshima and Nagasaki to evacuate those
"So we had dropped this warning to them that
something bad was going to happen. We didn't know
what it was until the atom bomb was dropped on
Hiroshima. Then, we figured out what the leaflet was
all about. We were pretty happy because we figured
that was the end of the war."
Indeed it was. After the Japanese surrender, the
Alabama was supposed to have been the first ship into
Yokohama Bay, but because President Harry Truman
was from Missouri, he ordered that ship to lead the
other naval ships.
"We were right behind them, and we had a great
view of the surrender. Of course, all we wanted to do
was go home by then."
Vernon got his wish and the Alabama headed for
Okinawa to pick up some soldiers returning to the
"I was standing in the chow line and saw this other
guy from Cortez named Marvin Carver. What a small
world. We bunked together going back to Pearl Har-
In another coincidence of war, Vernon's brother
Johnny had joined the Navy in 1944 and one day ac-
cidentally met up with Vernon's best friend from
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one block from the small frame cottage where he was
The U.S.S. Alabama is now in Mobile Bay as a
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Island's huge hurricane relief continues
By Jim Hanson
Following the first frantic week of tremendous
exertions on the Island to help Hurricane Charley's
victims after the storm's landfall Aug. 13, relief efforts
here have settled into the long haul.
And it will be long, in the assessment of All Island
Denominations, the organization of the six Island
churches. "We're setting up now to keep relief going
for 12 months at least," said Janet Clark, speaking for
AID. "People will need help that long and longer."
Monday, Aug. 30, AID will lead a group of volun-
teers to Arcadia for a day of help where it's needed.
They will start from St. Bernard Catholic Church at 9
a.m., and helpers are advised to "bring water and lunch
and dress for the heat," Clark said.
The Anna Maria Island Privateers have raised more
than $2,000 cash donations, which some relief agencies
recommend over even food to help victims.
The civic organization also has collected canned
goods and just about anything victims may need, and
hauled it by the vanload to Arcadia, Wauchula and
other areas that got little attention from the media.
"We'll keep doing it as long as it's needed," said
Elizabeth Christie, treasurer and spokesperson for the
Privateers. "We're also working with the American
Legion, and they're making a couple of trips a day."
The Privateens, the group she organized at Manatee
High School where she teaches, have been collecting
energetically and are to bring the goods to her class-
room this week.
Bell Fish Co. in Cortez gave a heroic 180,000
pounds of ice to the effort. "People need ice to keep
their food, with no refrigeration because power is out,"
explained Karen Bell. Other truckers hauled the ice too,
notably Marty Lee and Bradenton Beach city vehicles
Bell had to cut back on its generosity by the middle
of this week so it could service commercial fishing
boats with the ice they must have to keep their catches.
Some boats even came up from the Port Charlotte area
and Ft. Myers, Bell said, for there was no ice for them
or anyone else there.
Bell sent ice also to competitor Parker Fish Co. in
the stricken area, and kept some 20,000 pounds of
Parker products cold in Bell refrigerated units in
As Charley threatened, the Bell company moved
some 20 commercial fishing boats to moor at the high-
end communities of Mariner's Cove and Smuggler's
Landing, Karen Bell said. "They looked a little strange,
big old grouper boats 50-60 feet long alongside the
beautiful yachts there.
"But the people who live there were just great.
They came out and helped tie up the boats and batten
down for the storm and made everyone feel welcome.
They couldn't have been nicer."
Paulette Webb and George Reuss of Holmes Beach
went to Wauchula with a load of goods, along with
Floyd and Shayne Gilley and Andrea Butrum. From
there they were directed to nearby Bowling Green,
where they distributed aid.
Martin and Bernadette Hudak shut down their
Martin's Moving Co. in Bradenton, joined forces with
the Ties Between Friends store and collected donations
of goods and $750 cash for the hurricane victims. "I
can't tell you how wonderful people are," said Ms.
Hudak, who grew up on the Island. "One woman used
her last food stamps to buy food for the victims, and
wouldn't hear of taking anything herself."
And then there is Jeff Croley of Holmes Beach,
who started early and stayed late, all on his own. He
took a week off from his job as maintenance manager
at the Veranda Beach Resort on Longboat Key, loaded
his pickup with water, ice and basic items and drove to
remote areas, sometimes making two trips a day.
He drove rural roads and found plenty of folks who
couldn't, or wouldn't leave their remote property for
He figured those areas would get less help than
more heavily populated places, and found he was right.
He put 1,000 miles on his truck in six days, driving to
"neighborhood after neighborhood, trying to get things
to the elderly and low-income people not near to Red
Cross or other relief distribution centers."
He took items he got from businesses and individu-
als, plus $500 he raised from donations along with
Ed Chiles, left, and Martha Wright and Steve Ananicz of the Chiles Group of restaurants, work feverishly (in
scalding heat) to set up a buffet for volunteers and victims of Hurricane Charley in Wauchula Saturday.
Islander Photo: Bonner Joy
$250 of his own. He found police officers and soldiers
working in the hot sun very grateful for his water and
cold sodas, and the people were appreciative "A lot
of them needed help before the storm."
He found teens in Wauchula cleaning up a trailer
park, volunteers all over the devastated area helping
each other. One woman whose home was virtually
destroyed told him, "Oh, I am so glad Anna Maria
wasn't hit, too."
He found some families who first declined water,
saying others may need it more, but he warmed them
up with his offer of a cold soda, and chatted until they
admitted they really could use some water and ice.
He's back working at his job now, but on the week-
ends plans to return to the stricken areas and even in
evenings he will be back at it, helping with cleanup and
He is possibly the Island's best example of how
one person really can make a difference.
AID is at it too, and will be until help is no longer
needed. To contribute, make checks payable to All Is-
land Denominations, P.O. Box 305, Anna Maria FL
34216, or call 778-6083 for information.
The Privateers also will collect as long as the need
is there, with donations addressed to Privateers, P.O.
Box 1238, Holmes Beach FL 34217.
Florida Power & Light is matching up to $250,000
in donations payable to the Red Cross, mailed to FPL
Community Relations, P.O. Box 219100, Miami FL
Staff and management from the Chiles Group of
restaurants joined owner Ed Chiles and friends in
Wauchula Saturday at a Salvation Army relief post,
where they delivered collected donations and set up a
buffet meal for victims of Charley and volunteers and
other relief workers.
They served 600 meals to grateful workers and
victims and pitched in wherever needed, in the supply
tents, collecting garbage and unloading donated sup-
One Wauchula resident there said they were bat-
tered by 140-mph winds for nearly an hour and a half,
and the line there to select "one Publix bag" of supplies
stretched to 150 adults or more and children all
The Chiles Group is still collecting for Red Cross
with donations matched by Ed Chiles and FPL. Those
donations can be dropped off to the Sandbar restaurant,
Anna Maria, Beach House Restaurant, Bradenton
Beach, or the Mar Vista Dockside Restaurant and Pub,
Longboat Key or to The Islander office, 5404 Ma-
rina Drive, Holmes Beach.
The Islander's Nancy Ambrose and husband
David, on behalf of Harvey Memorial Community
Church, loaded supplies donated by generous Island-
Jeff Croley of Holmes Beach took vacation time from
his job as maintenance superintendent at Veranda
Beach Club on Longboat key to travel through rural
areas giving aid to victims of Hurricane Charley. He
found many grateful recipients in the first week after
the storm, and a "cool hug" of thanks from this
woman. Islander Photo: Courtesy Steve Nursey
ers, went south Saturday on State Road 17 to Fort
Ogden and two miles farther, to the Sunnybreeze mo-
bile home community, having been directed there by
Croley, who indicated folks there were "very much in
Indeed, the community had not one home standing
and had just that morning received a generator to op-
erate facilities in the battered clubhouse.
After Sunnybreeze, the Ambroses delivered sur-
plus supplies to Fort Ogden and a church built in 1879,
where pews and the piano had been tossed about the
chapel and two large stained-glass windows were de-
In the miles of roadway traveled, many power
poles and power lines were observed still down in ru-
ral areas Sunday, although power had been restored in
Myakka City, Arcadia and Wauchula.
And much work remains to be done.
AID vows to work with agencies in Arcadia and
rural areas, seeking families with no insurance and still
in need of help with the recovery from Hurricane
Supplies for AID will be accepted at the churches
and at the vacant store offered by Ooh La La! Bistro
and The Islander in the Island Shopping Center.
THE ISLANDER M AUG. 25, 2004 M PAGE 17
Fill 'er up
A hungry victim of Charley receives food provided
by the Chiles Group and volunteers Jean Couser and
Bill Lowman. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy
A badly damaged church in Arcadia mInaiaged to serve
food to victims Saturday and posted a sign for Sunday
service at 10 a.m. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy
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Cleinupi continued Saturday in Wauchula, and many
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Children's Summit Day is expected to draw a
crowd of 14,000 Saturday, Aug. 28, and as many as
want can get there and back free of charge on Mana-
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fixed-route service. That applies to singles and families
and anyone else wanting to attend the 10th annual
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Lunch: Chicken Nuggets with Tater Tots, Ham-
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9 a.m. Horseshce games at Anna Maria City
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Thursday, Aug. 26
9 to 10 a.m. Muscles and More fitness class
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6:30 to 8:30 p.m. "Goodnight Bay" family pro-
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Saturday, Aug. 28
8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Boat Smart class at the Anna
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Bradenton. Information: 714-0449. Fee applies.
8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Bud Light Beach Volleyball
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formation: 241-3801, or 729-9177.
8:30 a.m. Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island
meeting at 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. to 3p.m. Children's Summit at the Mana-
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2 to 6 p.m. Sky Way Jumpers concert at Co-
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5p.m. O'Connor Bowling Challenge at the AMF
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Monday, Aug. 30
10:30 to 11:30 a.m. NIA fitness class with
Janice Frawley-Holler at the Anna Maria Island Com-
munity Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Infor-
mation: 778-1908. Fee applies.
Tuesday, Aug. 31
9 to 10 a.m. Muscles and More fitness class
with Sherry Fideler at the Anna Maria Island Commu-
THE ISLANDER 0 AUG. 25, 2004 E PAGE 19
nity Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Informa-
tion: 778-1908. Fee applies.
Noon to 3:30 p.m. Friendly bridge at the Anna
Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave.,
Anna Maria. Information: 778-1908. Fee applies.
1 to 4 p.m. Veterans service officer at the Island
Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
6 to 7 p.m. Pilates with Laura Bennett at the
Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia
Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 778-1908. Fee applies.
7 p.m. Sesame Street Live's 1-2-3 Imagine at
the Manatee Convention Center, One Haben Blvd.,
Palmetto. Information: 722-3244. Fee applies.
Wednesday, Sept. 1
7 to 8 a.m. Pier Regulars meeting at the Anna
Maria City Pier, 100 S. Bay Blvd., Anna Maria. Informa-
9 a.m. Horseshoe games at Anna Maria City
Hall Park, 10005 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria.
10:30 a.m. and 7p.m. Sesame Street Live's 1-
2-3 Imagine at the Manatee Convention Center, One
Haben Blvd., Palmetto. Information: 722-3244. Fee
Retrospective exhibit by Florida photographer
Clyde Butcher at the South Florida Museum, 201 10th
St. W., Bradenton, through August. Information: 746-
4131. Fee applies.
Student photography exhibit at the South Florida
Museum, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton, through Aug. 29.
Information: 746-4131. Fee applies.
Art by Alice Ottavi and Barbara Singer at the Is-
land Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach, through Aug. 30. Information: 778-6341.
Roller hockey at the Anna Maria Island Commu-
nity Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria, through
Oct. 30. Information: 778-1908.
Labor Day barbecue at the American Legion Post
No. 24 Sept. 6.
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Coastal geographic changes left by Charley
The coastal landscape of Southwest Florida has
been significantly altered in the wake of Hurricane
Charley's passage Aug. 13.
A new pass, about 400 yards wide, has formed on
Upper Captiva Island due to storm surge, high winds
and pounding waves. Previous identification in The
Islander of the "new" pass had it one island farther
north, on Cayo Costa.
No homes were damaged in the pass creation and.
.n fact. that stretch of the barrier island is pretty much
inin.mmhabited. There are a lot of multi-million-dollar
homes on the north rip of the island.
The new pass is just north of Redfish Pass. which
lows water flow between Pine Island Sound and the
Gulf of Mexico. According to "A Historical Geography
-f Southwest Florida Waterways, Volume Two," Red-
fish Pass was formec by a hurricane itself in 1921, the
same ,ear another new"' pass was formed between
Longboat Key and Lido Shores which bears the origi-
nal name of New Pass.
"This narrow rnhboin at barrier island is subject to
.erwash of storm wvi\c, e ,mm-i the Gulf to the bhaside-
is occurred in 19b0. iccorniing to the late Dr. Gus
-Xntonini in the book and historic carts indicate that
there was a historic channel about where the new inlet
Fi\ ervthing cnaiIcs, bEvervthin s the same.
Odd beach scour
Included with t'l n ,T'cir, of destruction t 'h
Islander's aerial photographic .,ack Elka brought back
SFrom Lee and Charlotti counties: :i Charley's aftermath
were some odd-looking scur. marks on the beaches.
According to Rick Spacion, a coastal engineer with
Coastal Planning and Engineering in Boca Raton -
he's the guy who hanuled much of the Island's beach
renourishment project the beach configuration is
called a cuspatee beach."
"It appears that the storm formed a cuspate beach.
actually pushing sand up." Spadoni said after review-
ing the pictures. "This cuspate affect occurs when wave
run-up happens on a fairly low flat beach, and forms
regularly spaced areas of runoff. It also appears the
wave direction was perpendicular to the shoreline,
which would create the cuspate effect."
And for the Island?
Spadoni added in part. "storm surge would be ex-
)ected above the 10-foot level. Given the low elevation
_)f Anna Maria Island. it would be expected that the
island would be under water
"If the hurricane passed immediately north, the
wind would push water onshore, which is bad. It would
also push water into Tampa Bay, which would increase
the chance from bayside flooding. If the storm passed
south. Anna Maria Island would receive an offshore
wind, which would reduce storm-surge flooding, but
potentially place the Island in the northeast quadrant of
the storm, which often has the highest wind gusts and
highest rainfall rates.
"As a last general comment," Spadoni said, "the
speed of the forward motion of the storm also plays a
role in the wind speed and the duration of the 'pound-
ing' taken from the storm."
We were very, very lucky indeed on Friday the
News from Pine Island
Got word from author, journalist and former fish-
ing guide Randy Wayne White the other day. He
weathered the bad weather in his old house atop an
Indian mound on Pine Island, right in the middle of the
path of Charley. He sent this report.
"Hey guys, it's Wednesday, 18 August, generator
running. Coleman lamp burning, and I've just realized
the DSL is once again working. I last posted at 1:30
a.m. eight hours after Charlie hit. and just before the
DSL went out. It seems like Friday was a month ago,
not five days ago.
'We've been without power,. water, telephone, and
it took the National Guard three days to cut their way
into this little village. I'm too pooped to go into detail
now. but the devastation on Pine Island was far worse
han I thought. This old house, though. and this Indian
1-( uid have forever pro en themselves as the safest of
"The West Coast o Florinda ;emporari\ out of0
order, but we are coming back fast. so doi. change
our la'1 and winter vacation plan' "
New deepwatei discoveries ,in the Guit
Tropical Storm Bonnie remincmbei Bonnie, the
'orinm that chuggec ashore in the Bi, Brc( area of the
state the day before Charley? dictated a course cor-
rection for scientists studying the deep waters of the
Gulf, but the 10-day trip was still viewed as a success.
According to Harbor Branch Oceanographic Labo-
ratory officials, the Operation Deep Scope was "a
wildly successful" exploratory expedition to the Gulf
of Mexico, although the scientists had to run 100 miles
off its scheduled course due to the storm.
A new low-light camera system that records what's
happening in the depths worked well, according to the
lab. and provided some data to support a theory that
some animals use polarized light to find prey.
"The scientists also discovered new phenomena
such as the world's first known fluorescent shark and
luorescence from methane hydrates. which could lead
to a new detection technique for this potential future
energy source," according to the scientists.
"We are returning with an embarrassment of
riches," said expedition co-leader Dr. Edie Widder,
head of Harbor Branch's Biophotonics Center.
Not -s ervthing is peaceful down in the depths of
the Gullf would appear. According to the Harbor
Branch lolks. "The team had several incredible run- ns
w'th lareI. preaIuoris during submersible dives. A, two
separate 'ocantions. massive sixgill sharks were present
1ong enough for extended views, and on one occasion
a disoriented swordfish attacked the submersible,
though i dio not cause any damage."
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Beach accretion occurred as the result of Hurricane Charley in the form of a cuspatee effect" along some
beaches in Southwest Florida, creating this ripple pattern along the shore.
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Dolphin move closer to shore; reds, snook good in bays
By Capt. Mike Heistand
Fishing made a big improvement in the past week,
with whitebait showing up in some numbers pretty
Backwater action for catch-and-release snook and
redfish remains good, and there are several reports of
big mackerel coming from the Intracoastal Waterways,
plus lots of bluefish.
Offshore anglers are catching lots of dolphin the
fish, not the mammal less than 35 miles out in the
Gulf of Mexico, plus snapper fishing remains good.
Capt. Thom Smith at Angler's Repair on Cortez
Road said he's putting his charters onto lots of bluefish
by Buttonwood Harbor in Sarasota Bay, plus a few
redfish, catch-and-release snook to 27 inches and a few
keeper-size trout, all on a combination of either artifi-
cial or live bait.
Bill Lowman at Island Discount Tackle said the
best bets so far seem to be mackerel and bluefish. In-
shore, there are good reports of schooling redfish, and
it would appear that snook season starting Sept. 1 will
be a good one. Offshore action for snapper remains
steady, Bill said, and there are lots of dolphin reported
only about 30 miles out in the Gulf.
Bob Kilb at the Rod & Reel Pier said redfish and
catch-and-release snook are finally starting to bite bet-
ter, as well as lots of mackerel, snapper and a few pom-
Cliff Alcorn at the Anna Maria City Pier said
anglers there are reeling in a good mixed bag of floun-
der, mackerel, snapper, small sharks, yellowtail jacks
and a few redfish.
Dave Johnson at Snead Island Crab House said
there are lots of redfish being caught right now by Tidy
Island, trout off the Key Royale flats, and tons of mack-
erel by the Sunshine Skyway Bridge system.
Capt. Rick Gross on Fishy Business out of Catch-
ers Marina in Holmes Beach said his clients are catch-
ing lots of big catch-and-release snook, some up to 36
inches long. He's also getting into lots of mackerel and
snapper just 6 miles out in the Gulf, plus lots of redfish -
"excellent," was how he put the redfish action.
Teresa Baranowski of Perico Island Bait and
Tackle said there are good reports of trout off the
seagrass flats, mackerel along the Intracoastal and good
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catches of redfish off the southeast corner of the Anna
Maria Island Bridge.
Capt. Tom Chaya on the Dolphin Dreams in
Holmes Beach out of Catchers said there are plenty of
mackerel and a few cobia offshore. Inshore, reds and
trout were his best bets.
Capt. Larry McGuire of Show Me The Fish
Charters said he is catching dolphin to 12 pounds,
about 38 inches long, and lots of school dolphin while
trolling. He's also been catching gag grouper to 15
pounds, red grouper to 12 pounds, mangrove snapper
to 5 pounds, black tip sharks to 4 feet in length, and
barracuda to 5 feet. Capt Larry says Hurricane Charley
has improved fishing in our area by pushing the fish
from down south to our area, especially large schools
of dolphin. He is using live pinfish and Spanish sar-
dines for grouper and snapper; trolling artificial C&H
Ritz.Carlton hotel finds
turtle walks popular
The surprising popularity of its beach walks to
study sea turtles has led the Ritz-Carlton to extend the
program through October, when the turtle nesting sea-
Its turtle walks are open to hotel guests and the
public every Sunday morning, the hotel announced.
The hotel provides a 6:30 a.m. shuttle for guests, while
others meet at the lifeguard stand at the north part of
Lido Beach at 6:45 to join the tour.
Accompanying the tour are volunteers at Mote
Marine Laboratory, who point out tracks of marine
turtles that came ashore during the night, plus nests dug
and filled with eggs by earlier turtle visitors. Care is
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taken to avoid interfering with the natural process, the
Mote volunteers daily patrol 30 miles of beaches
in Sarasota County on the south half of Longboat Key,
Lido Key, Siesta Key, Casey Key and Venice, Ritz
said. Last year they monitored 1,239 nests that hatched
Details on the turtle walks may be obtained by call-
ing the Ritz at 309-2090 or Mote at 388-4441.
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Backwater Near Shore Up to 7 miles out in the Gulf
Snook Redfish Trout Flounder Mackerel Snapper
Light Tackle Fishing Reservations a must
Tackle, bait, ice, fishing license provided!
Capt. Mike Heistand USCG Licensed
holds up a
lures and jigs for dolphin, with all the action taking
place less than 35 miles out in the Gulf.
Capt. Zach Zacharias on the Dee-Jay II out of
Annie's said he's catching redfish to 32 inches in
Palma Sola Bay, trout to 22 inches in about 5 feet of
water, mangrove snapper to 18 inches, flounder on in-
coming tides, plus bluefish and ladyfish. Tarpon and
cobia are around, but you've got to work for them, he
On my boat Magic, we caught lots of redfish to 31
inches, trout to 24 inches, a few flounder and mangrove
snapper to 16 inches.
Good luck and good fishing.
Capt. Mike Heistand is a 20-year-plus fishing guide.
Call him at 779-9607 to provide a fishing report. Prints
and digital images of your catch are also Welcome 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
fobr more information. Snapshots may be retrieved once
they appear in the paper.
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Curves is here
Curves fitness center for women held its grand
opening Monday, Aug. 23. Curves is located in the
S&S Plaza at 5366 Gulf Drive in Holmes Beach and
owner Jo Ann Swan, above, is offering a discount to
the first 100 women who sign up for the program.
Islander Photo: Nancy Ambrose
Curves now open
in Holmes Beach
Curves fitness for women is now open at 5366
Gulf Drive in the S&S Shopping Plaza in Holmes
Beach. Owner Jo Ann Swan, a former Holmes Beach
resident, is offering the first 100 people who sign up a
66 percent discount on service fees.
Swan also has a Curves location on 60th Street in
For more information on Curves in Holmes Beach,
Trippe earns insurance award
The Ft. Myers-based Oswald Trippe Insurance
Co., which has an office at 5203 Gulf Drive in Holmes
Beach, was recently honored by the Hartford Insurance
Co. as the VIP Agency of the Year.
The award recognizes independent property-casu-
alty insurance agencies in the Hartford program that are
top producers in a business segment or particular divi-
sion of sales.
Of the more than 4,000 independent agencies that
represent Hartford, only 3 percent are members of the
For more information on Oswald Trippe in Holmes
Beach, call 778-2206.
Galati honored by Cruisers
Cruiser Yachts of Wisconsin has named Galati
Marine in Anna Maria as one of four winners of its
annual CSI award.
The award is for customer satisfaction and was
given to Galati at the company's recent dealers' meet-
ing in St. Petersburg.
In addition to winning a CSI award, Galati Marine
ranked No. 2 in North America in Cruiser Yacht sales.
Cruiser Yachts range in size from 28 to 54 feet and
come in 13 different models. For more information on
Cruiser Yachts, call Galati Marine and Yacht Sales at
Bob Fittro was the leader in obtaining listings dur-
ing July at Island Real Estate of Anna Maria Island
Inc., and Richard Freeman was top sales agent with the
At Mike Norman Realty Inc., Michael Northfield
was the leading agent in both new listings and in sales
for the month.
Lisa Varano led in sales and new listings during
July at the Holmes Beach office of Wedebrock Real
Estate Co., while Geoff Wall was leader in commercial
listings. Other top performers at Holmes Beach were
Missi Watkins and Lee Kinworthy in sales. At the
Longboat Key office, Mike Migone and the Cindy/
Gary LaFlamme team led in new listings while Migone
and Tina Rudek teamed up to lead in sales, along with
David Moynihan topped the honor roll at Wagner
Realty during July, leading in sales at the Anna Maria
Island office and in closed volume for all Wagner of-
fices. Harold Small obtained the most new listings at
the Anna Maria office. At the Longboat Key office,
Cathy Meldahl led in new listings and Bill Greene in
Island real estate transactions
533 70th St., Holmes Beach, a canalfront 1,713 sfla
/ 2,106 sfur home built in 1966 on a 105x125 lot, was
sold 6/3/04, Turner to Chappelow, for $650,000.
535 67th St., Holmes Beach a canalfront 1,532 sfla
/ 2,554 sfur 3bed/2bath/2car/pool home built in 1973
on a 94xl114 lot, was sold 6/3/04, Chappelow to
Solberg, for $675,000; list $695,000.
616 Emerald Lane, Holmes Beach, a canalfront
1,676 sfla / 2,467 sfur 3bed/2bath/2car/pool home built
in 1969 on a 1 00x 115 lot, was sold 6/3/04, Newhart to
Gerrard, for $675,000.
6500 Flotilla, Holmes Beach, a 985 sfla / 1,377 sfur
2bed/2bath condo built in 1979, was sold 6/3/04,
Greenham to Willie, for $325,000; list $330,000.
805 N. Bay Blvd., Anna Maria, a 1,480 sfla / 1,996
sfur 2bed/2bath/2car home built in 1989 on a 62x100
lot, was sold 6/2/04, Strouth to Hall, for $547,500; list
907 & 911 Gulf Dr. N., Bradenton Beach, a
104x250 (+-) parcel of land, was sold 6/3/04, Chipain
to Tenth Street Dev. Co., for $1,200,000.
1325 Gulf Drive N, Bradenton Beach, 117 Tortuga
A, a motel-to-condo conversion, was sold 6/8/04,
Tortuga partners to NDS Ventures, for $225,000.
1603 Gulf Drive, Bradenton Beach, 12
Tradewinds, a motel-to-condo conversion, was sold 6/
8/04, Teitelbaum to Brewster, for $292,500.
1603 Gulf Drive, Bradenton Beach, 17
Tradewinds, a motel-to-condo conversion, was sold 6/
8/04, Teitelbaum to Atkinson, for $295,000.
1603 Gulf Drive, Bradenton Beach, 17
Tradewinds, a cottage-to-condo conversion, was sold
6/8/04, Teitelbaum Dev to Blackledge, for $295,000.
202 78th St., Holmes Beach, a 1,222 sfla / 1519
sfur 3bed/2bath/2car home built in 1991 on a 69x80 lot,
was sold 6/1 1/04, McNulty to Hudson, for $500,000.
2106 Gulf Drive, Bradenton Beach, 2 Gulf Breeze,
a 2bed/2bath 1,117 sfla / 1,194 sfur condo built in
1998, was sold 6/7/04, Frierdich to Quinn, for
$735,000; list $750,000; previously purchased
5608 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, 215 Sun Plaza
West, a 1,092 sfla / 1,236 sfur 2bed/2bath condo built
in 1981, was sold 6/9/04, Ross to Hill, for $695,000;
705 Manatee Ave. W., Holmes Beach, 12 Westbay
'40 under 40'
Hal Christensen, general manager of Harry's
Continental Kitchens, has been admitted to the
"40 Under 40" group of young business and
professional people deemed distinguished among
the area's young and ambitious. A sommelier, he
has managed the family business for four years.
Harry's is at 525 St. Judes Drive at mid-Longboat
Key, phone 383-0777.
The locks of love
Jamie Dimiceli of A Pine Avenue Hair Salon in Anna
Maria displays a ponytail of hair donated by Sharon
LaPensee to the Locks of Love foundation. The
foundation makes wigs for young cancer patients
who have lost their hair due to chemotherapy. Salon
owner Missy Parker said this is the second time
Sharon has donated her hair to Locks of Love.
Parker said anyone can donate hair as long as it is
at least 8 inches in length when cut. Islander Photo:
Cove South, a 1,187 sfla / 1,595 sfur 2bed/2bath condo
built in 1977, was sold 6/9/04, Lockwood to Brennis,
8308 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, a vacant lot
measuring 90x 100, was sold 6/7/04, Peters to Buswell-
Charkow, for $229,000.
2107 Avenue C, Bradenton Beach, a 1,280 sfla/
1,592 sfur 3bed/2bath home built in 1945 on a 50xI00
lot, was sold 6/15/04, Barton to Byrum, for $372,000;
3705 E. Bay Drive, Holmes Beach, 213 Sunbow
Bay 3, a 1,146 sfla / 1,247 sfur 2bed/2bath condo built
in 1980, was sold 6/14/04, Desanto to Amos, for
$255,000; list $259,000.
5200 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, 307 Martinique
South, a 939 sfla / 939 sfur lbed/lbath condo built in
1970, was sold 6/18/04, Roehl to Boyd, for $400,000;
5608 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, 201 Sun Plaza
West, a 1,092 sfla / 1,268 sfur 2bed/2bath condo built
in 1981, was sold 6/17/04, McNary to Kreps, for
$395,000; list $425,000.
610 Foxworth, Holmes Beach, a canalfront 2,081
sfla / 2,609 sfur 3bed/2bath/2car home built in 1970 on
a 95x115 lot, was sold 6/14/04, Gallogley to Harper,
for $625,000; list $650,000.
720 Jacaranda, Anna Maria, a 1,212 sfla / 1,996
sfur 2bed/3bath/lcar home built in 1970 on an 84x99
lot, was sold 6/17/04, Roby to Hayes, for $599,900; list
108 77th St., Holmes Beach, a 1,826 sfla / 2,429
sfur two-building duplex built in 1953 on a 68x80 lot,
was sold 6/21/04, Velasco to Jasko, for $650,000.
1301 Bay Drive N., Bradenton Beach, 7-B Bay
Watch, a 1,079 sfla / 1,211 sfur 2bed/2bath condo built
in 1982, was sold 6/23/04, Chirillo to Ekezie, for
$310,000; list $329,000.
1603 Gulf Drive, Bradenton Beach, 5 Tradewinds,
was sold 6/21/04, Teitelbaum to Wieland, for
$295,000. (Unit 27 sold 6/22/04 to Rogers for
309 66th St., Holmes Beach, a 1,536 sfla / 1,898
sfur 3bed/2.5bath/2car half duplex built in 1990 on a
45x104 lot, was sold 6/25/04, Kramer to Isaacs, for
$470,000; list $489,000.
Compiled by Doug Dowling, licensed real estate
broker, 778-1222, exclusively for The Islander.
Island real estate transactions may be viewed on the
Web at islander.org. Copyright 2004.
THE ISLANDER 0 AUG. 25, 2004 0 PAGE 23
Skimboard contest short on skimmers, high in fun
By Kevin Cassidy
The third annual EZ Skimmers Back-To-School
Skimboarding Contest took place Saturday, Aug. 21, on
the Beach House Restaurant's beautiful beach. The num-
ber of contestants was less than half the expected 100 or
so skimmers, due in part to Hurricane Charley, which
seems to be keeping people closer to home of late.
The skimmers who did participate put on another
outstanding show for the 100 or so spectators, despite
less than stellar conditions for top notch skimming. The
tide was out and waves were virtually nonexistent for
most of the day, but as usual the cream rose to the top
and after several challenging heats, champions were
crowned in eight divisions.
Giorgio Gomez claimed top honors in the minis
division for 5-8-year-olds with a dominating perfor-
mance that featured his infamous headstand and some
rides that produced "big air."
Fellow Islander Neal Carper took second place,
while Lance Bleiweiss of Naples took third and Is-
lander Austin Frische placed fourth.
The menehune division for 9-11 -year-olds featured
some fierce competition among finalists Trevor
Bystrom, Jonah Caster, Michael Harrington and Phillip
Biddulph, all of Holmes Beach. Bystrom claimed top
honors with several strong rides. Caster, Harrington
and Biddulph followed in the standings.
Christian Chamberlain of Holmes Beach was top
dog among the boys in the age 12-14 division, beating
out Spencer Carper, Tyler Cruickshank and Anthony
Riccio for the top prize, while Katie Gardner took first
place in the 11-14 girls division. Elise Schaney of
Englewood came in second and Amber Weaver of
Bradenton took third.
The junior division for boys age 15-17 was ex-
tremely competitive among Islanders Blake Tyre, Joey
Mattay and Chase Parker, who followed Stephen
Bradford of Largo in the chase for first place.
Dave Armstrong and Dion Davis, both of Venice,
took first and second place in the men's 18-21 division.
Chris Bowden and Islander Tom Sanger tied for third
place with Bowden finishing ahead of Sanger on a
The women's division was captured by Shannon
Dambrioso, who finished just ahead of Stephanie
Pritchett, both of Venice. Karla Christianson and Jes-
sica Hopkins, both of Bradenton, followed in the stand-
Austin Bleiwiess of Naples took home top honors
in the professional division over Pete Anderson of St.
Pete and Dustin Boclair of Venice.
Though the number of contestants was down from
last year, everyone who participated both spectators
and skimboarders had a great time and are looking
forward to the next contest Oct. 2 in Dania, Fla. For
more information on the next contest, call the West
Coast Surf Shop at 778-1001.
Soccer dates to remember
The 2004 soccer banquet will be held at 6:30 p.m.
At least 400 players are expected to compete in a
pro-am beach volleyball tournament this weekend at
Coquina Beach, at the south end of Anna Maria Island.
The tournament and its crowds won't interfere with
sea turtle nests along the beach: Anna Maria Island
Turtle Watch is making sure of that. One nest was in
the sand just where a volleyball net was to be, so "they
had to move the tournament we certainly weren't
going to move the nest," said the chief of Turtle Watch.
Instead, the tournament will take care to avoid that
nest and any others, said Suzi Fox, director of Turtle
Watch and holder of the state's marine turtle preserva-
"They also will move all their equipment off the
beach for the night and set it up again the next morn-
ing," she said.
The 2004 Bud Light Beach Volleyball Tournament
will have some 200 two-person teams competing for
"king and queen of the beach" from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Sat-
Blake Tyre pulls off a 360 cutback and still manages
to hold onto his hat during the EZ Skimmers
Monday, Aug. 30, at the Anna Maria Island Commu-
nity Center. The banquet will feature an Italian-style
dinner catered by Sean Murphy. Parents are asked to
bring a dessert to share, while the Center will provide
Cost for the banquet is $5 for kids under 16 and $6
for adults. Take out will be available and everyone is
invited to come out and support Island youth sports at
Uniforms, season schedules and picture schedules
will be distributed following dinner.
Spirit Week follows the soccer banquet with ex-
hibition games starting Tuesday, Aug. 31, and con-
tinuing until Sept. 3. Teams will each play a couple
of scrimmage games to get warmed up for the sea-
son. Fans will also have a chance to get warmed up
with this year's fan spirit challenge. During the first
15 minutes of each game, a tally will be taken of
how many spectators (fans) at the game are wearing
their team's colors. Top-spirited teams will be an-
urday and Sunday, Aug. 28-29, said the sponsoring
Manatee County Parks & Recreation Department. It
has the necessary permits from the Florida Department
of Environmental Protection and Bradenton Beach, the
The event has been scheduled to help Bradenton
Beach in a historically slow tourism month, said the
department, and will be open to the public free of
charge. Official host property is the Silver Surf Resort.
A free concert by the SkyWay Jumpers is planned
from 2-6 p.m. Saturday, and food and beverages will
be available "in a beach barbecue atmosphere through-
out the tournament."
Twenty-five volleyball nets and courts will be set
up along the beach, said the sponsor, and ample park-
ing is provided at the beach and park.
Co-sponsoring the event is the Florida Gulf Coast
Sports Commission. Details are available at 241-3801
Neil Carper feels the "agony of defeat" at the
nounced during the awards ceremony.
Last chance to sign up to bowl, party
The always anticipated, never disappointing
O'Connor Bowling Challenge led by Bill and George
O'Connor and sponsored by The Islander is set for
Saturday, Aug. 30, at the AMF Bradenton Lanes on
If you haven't yet reserved your spot, get rolling to
Duffy's Tavern, The Islander or the Center and sign up
a team or individual. There still are lanes available for
this can't-miss event, which raises money for Center
Cost for the tournament is $20 per bowler, which
includes three games and bowling shoes, that is if you
get there early enough to find a pair your size. There
will also be raffle tickets for sale for a chance to win a
variety of items donated by area merchants and restau-
rants with the big prize being the Panasonic 32-inch
flat-screen television set donated by The Islander with
a great discount from Circuit City and Denny Thomp-
son, Islander and manager of the local store. Thomp-
son and friends are expected to join the challenge with
a team this year.
You can sign up for the Bowling Challenge at The
Islander, 5504 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach; Duffy's
Tavern, Marina Drive at 58th Street, Holmes Beach; or
at the Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria.
Charity golf tourney looking for sponsors
The Anna Maria Oyster Bar charity golf tourna-
ment is still looking for sponsors for the much 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 an ad on display at the
Anna Maria Oyster Bar Landside restaurant for two
months following the tournament. Green sponsorships
go for $150, which displays your business ad on the
course the day of the tournament.
Corporate sponsorships are also still available for
$1,000, including your company logo on the golf shirts
that all participants receive and four invites to the cock-
For more information, contact Fred Hurley at 721 -
7773. or Gary Harkness at 792-0077.
7 -. 7
400 expected at
Coquina volley tourney
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ACTIVITIES COUNSELOR: Island Community
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CLASSIFIEDS ADS are posted early online at
OLD BRIDGE VILLAGE
LISTING & SELLING
Anna Maria Island
All Perico Island
Please, may I represent you?
Marilyn Trevethan, Realtor
(941) 778-6066 Home 792-8477
830 North Shore Dr., Anna Maria...
Is back on the market at the OLD PRICE for a limited
time... until the owners find out that prices have con-
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AUTO DETAILING BY HAND Spotless inside and
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JOE UNGVARSKY CONSTRUCTION Remodeling
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INTERIOR AND EXTERIOR PAINTING free esti-
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garage, heated pool/gazebo, upgrade appliances, pristine
setting. Enclosed balconies plus third balcony. $470,000.
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.
MARTINIQUE GULFFRONT 1 BR/1 BA, elevator, heated pool,
storage, carport, hurricane shutters. $450,000.
VACATION, SEASONAL & ANNUAL RENTALS
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
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EVENINGS 778-2632 FAX (941) 778-2294
This unique and wonderful 3 bedroom, 2 bath '.- : -
bayfronl residence is designed in the timeless
style of Frank Lloyd Wright, offering walls of A- c
glass overlooking the sparkling blue bay, plus six breezy decks offering spellbinding views! The
solid poured concrete construction is softened by cedar accents on both wood buying fire-
places and cedar trim on the many sundecks. The spacious and open gourmet kitchen offers
lovely pickled oak cabinetry complimented by gorgeous granite countertops and breakfast bar,
plus top of the line Kitchen Aide appliances. There is an attractive glass front elevator, secu-
rity system, and boat ramp, plus two attached garages, two central air and heat systems, and
a tranquil study-office area, offering dazzling bayfront panoramas and spectacular crimson sun-
sets! Don't miss this secluded and wonderful waterfront retreat, priced to sell at $1,299,000.
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CHRISTIE'S PLUMBING Island and off-Island service
since 1975. Repairs and new construction. Free es-
timates, no overtime charges. Now certifying back flow
at water meters. (FL#RF0038118) (941) 778-3924 or
TILE TILE TILE. All variations of ceramic tile
supplied and installed. Quality workmanship,
prompt, reliable, many Island references. Call
Neil, (941) 726-3077.
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.
CUSTOM RENOVATION/RESTORATION expert.
All phases of carpentry, repairs and painting. In-
sured. Member of Better Business Bureau. Paul
Beauregard, (941) 779-2294.
KEN & TINA DBA Griffin's Home Improvements Inc.
Handyman, fine woodwork, countertops, cabinets and
shutters. Insured and licensed, (941) 748-4711.
TILE, CARPET, LAMINATE supplied and installed.
Why pay retail? Island resident, many references.
Free estimates, prompt service. Steve Allen Floor
Coverings. (941) 792-1367, or 726-1802.
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MASON: 27 YEARS of experience. All masonry
work and repair. Cinderblock work, brick work, glass
block work, paver and brick driveways. Call Chris,
(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) 713-5333.
crete, shell, driveways, concrete painting, staining
and sealing, hauling, deliveries, clean-ups, yard
debris. C-squared contractor. (941) 345-3092. Sean
Dagostino. License #CGC1506629.
HANDYMAN SERVICE: Bill MacCaughern. Re-
pairs, renovations, kitchens, bathrooms, decks.
Masonry, tile, painting. 35 years experience. Yes, I
do show up! (941) 778-3904.
HOME REPAIR, painting, etc. Local references. In-
sured. For free estimate, please call John, 778-3713.
R'eal ty Co.
314 Pine Avenue Anna Maria
(941) 779-0732 Toll Free: (866) 779-0732
PRIVATE RIVERFRONT ESTATE. 300
ft. of waterfrontage on 1.6 acres. Gran-
ite kitchen counters, guest quarters,
pool bar, elevator, private dock & great
views. $3,200,000. Cindy Pierro, 748-
6300 or 920-6818. 99843.
NEWER BEACH HOME offering 4BR/
4BA, heated in-ground pool & many
upgrades. Located 75 ft. from the
beach w/some Gulf views. $1,595,000.
748-6300. Kathy Valente, 685-6767 or
Anka Eshak, 504-6374. 105783
ULTIMATE DIRECT BEACHFRONT
CONDO! Spectacular full Gulf views
from this turnkey furnished 3BR pent-
house w/3 balconies. $1,790,000.
Victoria Horstmann, 748-6300 or 518-
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FABULOUS Key West style home on
pristine Terra Ceia Bay. Observation
deck w/panoramic views of the Skyway
Bridge & Bay. $1,100,000. 748-6300.
Chuck West, 374-3211 or Sheli Kelly,
MANATEE RIVER FRONT ESTATE! Main house & 3 guest homes. $1,999,999. 748-
6300. Kathy Marcinko, 713-1100 or Sandy Drapala, 725-0781. 97751
SPECTACULAR BIMINI BAY BEAUTY! 3BR/3.5BA home w/views over Bimini Bay.
$1,695,000. 748-6300. John Brazelton, 773-3637 or Hal Gillihan, 713-5555. 105308
GREAT ISLAND BUY! 3-4 BR/2.5BA home w/hot tub, separate storage building & at-
tached income property. $629,000. Chuck West, 748-6300 or 374-3211. 105632
GULF FRONT ADULT COMMUNITY CONDO! Furnished 2BR, 2nd floor condo.
$625,000. 748-6300. Kathy Marcinko, 713-1100 or Sandy Drapala, 725-0781. 99172
RIVERVIEW BLVD. 4BR/2BAhome on nearly _-acre corner-to-corner lot w/caged pool/
lanai. $419,900. 748-6300. Ruth Lawler, 587-4623 or Dani Lolli, 725-2112. 103967
GRAND & SPACIOUS 4BR/2BA home w/condo assoc. amenities in the Oaks. Large
backyard & community pool. $319,000. Ruth Lawler, 748-6300 or 587-4623. 104552
BEAUTIFUL PANORAMIC VIEWS of Terra Ceia Bay from this top floor 2BR/2BA unit.
A piece of paradise! $310,000. Debbie Capobianco, 748-6300 or 704-2394. 101867
COZY WESTSIDE 2BR/1 BA home has a brick fireplace, screened porch & beautifully
landscaped/fenced backyard. $145,000. Cindy Pierro, 748-6300 or 920-6818. 105758
MOVE IN TODAY! Nifty 1 or 2 BR villa w/screened lanai, close to the pool. Includes all
appliances & washer/dryer. $93,000. Bill Stufflebeam, 748-6300 or 730-1858. 105812
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brush us off! Island references, summer rates.
Nancy, (941) 756-9595. Ellen (941) 518-3054.
WINDOW SHADES, BLINDS, shutters and more.
Lifetime warranty. Call Keith Barnett for a free in-
home consultation. Island references, 15 years ex-
perience. (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
complete. Rates seasonally adjusted. $425-$975/
week, $975-$2,975/month. (800) 977-0803 or (941)
NORTH SHORE DRIVE beachfront. Four spacious
3BR/2BA homes with all conveniences. Now book-
ing for this season. Please call (813) 752-4235, or
view Web site: www.AhhSeaBreeze.com
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FAMILY POOL HOME
4BR/2BA family home in northwest Bradenton.
Split-plan, fireplace, family room, caged pool
and lanai, new A/C, fence, two-car garage.
FABULOUS HOLMES BEACH DUPLEX
3BR/2BA each. Spacious, turnkey furnished,
ceramic tile, beautiful baths, new kitchens,
sun deck, room for a pool, west of Gulf Drive,
very close to prime beach. $1,078,000.
BAY HOLLOW PRIVATE DOCK
2BR/2BA, updated condo with deeded boat
dock. Eat-in kitchen, wood-burning fireplace,
walk-in closets, Jacuzzi tub. Carport and
heated pool. $359,900.
2BR/1.5BA plus 1BR/1BA and 2BR/1BA.
Great investment! Watch the sunset as you col-
lect rent from these charming units. Easy to see,
call for appointment. Just steps to beautiful
2BR/2BA plus den. Furnished open plan with
fireplace. On sailboat water with large deeded
boat dock. Heated pool, carport, short drive to
PERICO ISLAND VILLA
2BR/2BA Furnished lakefront villa. Vaulted
ceiling, eat-in kitchen, open plan, dining
room, walk-in closets, two-car garage. Heated
pool, tennis, clubhouse, sauna. $289,900.
From $700 / month
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and furnished. New washer/dryer, microwave.
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:
BEACHFRONT: NORTH SHORE Drive, ground-
level all-view home. Bean Point area. $3,500/
month, $1,500/week. Call Tom, (559) 760-1331.
BAYFRONT ANNUAL RENTAL 2BR/2BA. tennis,
pool, cable, water/sewer and trash included. Old
Florida Realty Co., (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 distance to
shopping and restaurants in downtown Holmes
Beach. Includes phone, premium cable, microwave.
washer/dryer. Small pets OK. Available now and ac-
cepting reservations for 2005. Winter rates S1.700/
month, $550/week; summer rates: $500/week E-mail:
email@example.com or call (941) 8C7-5626.
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,
POOL HOME AVAILABLE for vacation let. Near
Holmes Beach, 3BR/2BA with all amenities. Please
contact, (941) 753-8709, ext. 2.
ANNA MARIA: 200 feet to Rod & Reel Pier, ground-
floor, 2BR/1BA, fully furnished, washer/dryer, all
amenities, utilities included. $1,000/month. Avail-
able now through Nov. 30. No pets, nonsmoking.
NEW LISTING: Fully furnished villa in beautiful Mt.
Vernon, near beaches, on canal, lake-view front.
2BR/2BA, enclosed lanai, carport, clubhouse with
numerous activities, heated pool, Jacuzzi, tennis,
no pets, non-smoking, age 55-plus, minimum three
months. Peak season, $2,500/month: annual
$1,500/month. Call (941) 721-1784.
ANNUAL RENTALS: 6504 Holmes Blvd.. 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-
WATERFRONT DUPLEX 3BR/2BA on Intracoastal
in Bradenton Beach. Dock, davits, steps to beach,
pet yard, washer/dryer, storage shed. Annual
$1,000/month. (727) 784-3679.
WEEKLY/MONTHLY RENTALS: Condos and
houses from $500/week to $1,500/month, many
Gulffront. SunCoast Real Estate, (800) 732-6434,
ANNUAL KEY WEST-style custom 3BR/2.5BA,
ceramic floors, oak stairs, greatroom with fireplace,
French doors, 2,000 sf living area and large
screened deck. (941) 794-9921 or 773-6581.
ANNUAL BRADENTON BEACH 2BR/2BA elevated
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.
ANNUAL GROUND-LEVEL duplex, Holmes
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.
BEACHFRONT, bayfront condos with gorgeous
views, 3BR/2BA and 2BR/2BA. Weekly, monthly,
seasonal rentals, furnished. By owner. (901) 301-
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/1 BA, carport $850/month'
2BR/2BA $750: 1BR/1BA $675. Dolores M. Baker
Realty, (941) 778-7500.
HOLMES BEACH ANNUAL large 3BR/2BA duplex.
close to beach. Laundry, porch..Near beacn. First
iast security. $895/month. plus electric. (585) 271 -
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 Charminc ully lurnsrner
BR/1 BA, just across from white sandy beach CG.
WALK TO BEACll- 2BR/2BA plus der n Ho me.-
Beach large garage new caroet ceiling ar,.
freshly painted on cul-de-sac, $995/month 9-1
ANNUAL RENTALS mmacuiate 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
apartments, 1, 2, 3BR. Porches, sundecks laundry.
Immaculate, tropical setting. No petl. (941) 776-3143.
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-
-age, fenced yard and more. Marina Pointe Realty
Co. (941) 779-0732.
SEASONAL RENTALS! 2BR/1BA, steps to beach
available Sept. 7. Condos, houses, duplexes! Call
Deborah Thrasher, Keller Williams Realty, (941)
518-7738. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
ANNUAL 2BR/1BA unfurnished duplex. sreened
porch. $775/month. Marina Pointe Realty Co. (941)
ANNUAL RENTALS. Great move-in special, pets
welcome! Ground-level duplexes, walking distance
to Gulf. 1 BR/1 BA $630/month; 2BR/1 BA with bonus
room, $795/month; 2BR/2BA with garage, family
room and lanai $925/month. Call Island Real Es-
tate, (941) 778-6066.
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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.
RENTAL: 2BR/1BA plus den. Nicely furnished
house, two short blocks to Gulf. $950/month, six-
month minimum. No pets, nonsmoking. (941)
VACATION RENTAL, Holmes Beach 2BR/2BA
canalfront. Fully furnished. Garage, laundry, dock,
many extras. Available now through Dec. 31. $750/
week or $2,200/month. Call (813) 289-9814.
HOLMES BEACH: Annual ground-floor duplex,
four rooms, 1/BR, retiree welcome. $600/month,
plus utilities, first and last security. No pets. (941)
ROOMMATE WANTED: To share 2BR in Holmes
Beach. Seeking quiet individual, female preferred.
$450/month, plus utilities. Call (941) 778-5875.
HOLMES BEACH: Playa Encantada. Spectacular
beachfront 2BR/2BA fully furnished, all amenities,
garage parking, storage. Annual lease $2,200/
month. (941) 778-5902.
VACATION VILLAS: Beautifully furnished 1BR/1BA
or 2BR/2BA. Private and secluded, steps to beach.
(941) 778-4636. www.islandgardenvillas.com.
HOT NEW LISTINGS! Super fall savings. Now book-
ing 2005. Duncan Real Estate, (941) 778-0304.
ANNUAL RENTAL: Beautiful deepwater canalfront
setting on Key Royale! 2BR/2.5BA, garage, all ap-
pliances. $1,500/month plus utilities. Please call An
Island Place Realty, (941) 779-0733.
ANNUAL LISTINGS: 3RR/1BA duplex available
Sejp-tember, $925rnmonth. Also, 2BR/1 BA Bayou
condo, $875/month. Duncan Real Estate, (941)
PANORAMIC GULFFRONT 3BR/2BA home, huge
deck. View from every room. Check our off-season
rates! (813) 920-5595.
VACATION RENTAL: You can have the beautiful
Florida West Coast sun with white sand outside
your door. Remember last winter? Get away while
you can! 1BR fully furnished unit with heated pool
and Gulf. $950/weekly or two weeks at $900/week.
Available Feb. 26-March 5 and March 5-12. Call
(315) 868-2813, leave message.
BAYFRONT CONDO with boat dock slip. Holmes
Beach 2BR/2BA, two-car parking. Available Sept.
30. Close to everything, two blocks to beach. An-
nual or seasonal. Boat slip can be rented sepa-
rately. (941) 923-4212 or 321-0293.
FURNISHED RENTALS: Perico Bay 2BR/2BA villa,
$1,400/month; Palma Sola Bay 2BR/2BA
townhouse, pool, boat dock, $850/month; Longboat
Key Village 2BR/1BA house, $975/month. Real
Estate Mart, (941) 756-1090.
MUST SEE! Holmes Beach. 2BR/2.5BA, two-car
garage, home. Maintenance free. 501 67th St. (941)
SEASONAL OR WEEKLY cottage-style rentals.
1BR/1BA or 2BR/1BA with pool. Walk to beach,
shopping and restaurants. (941) 778-3875. Web
HARBOUR LANDINGS: Lot and dock. Beautiful
12,100 sq.ft. homesite offered by owner/Realtor.
Gated community in Cortez. $287,500 includes
dock for boat up to 35-feet Longview Realty, (941)
383-6112, or George Noble, (941) 685-3372.
LAGUNA YACHT VILLAGE: Tranquil waterfront
community offers everything you've been looking
for. Deep-water boat docks, short walk to gorgeous
beaches, tropical setting and carefree. living. Two
brand new quality built homes with spacious floor
plans and many upgrades starting at $638,500 and
three homesites starting at $240,000. Call Tina
Rudek or Mike Migone of Wedebrock Real Estate,
THE SEA OATS Bradenton Beach. Townhouses
and villas for sale at pre-construction prices. Con-
tact Jane or Dave Guy, (941) 284-5469 or 284-
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
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
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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.
LOWEST PRICE CONDO ON ISLAND! 2BR/2BA
Sunbow Bay unit, partially furnished with pool, ten-
nis, fishing pier. Offered at $269,000. Call Deborah
Thrasher, Keller Williams Realty, (941) 518-7738.
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4212 Redfish Ct............. $575,000
243 Willow Ave.............. $849,000
La Casa Costiera #11 .... $1,300,000
5400 Condos #32 .......... $580,000
Waters Edge #1095 ......... $859,000
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La Casa Costeria #5 ...... $1,740,000
514 71st St. ................... $629,900
Waters Edge #110S ......... $749,900
623 Foxworth Ln. ........... $689,000
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Sandcastle #8 ............. $1,705,000
Tiffany Place #213.............. $980,000
3603 4th Ave. ............. $1,099,000
2914 Avenue E. ........... $1,595,000
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411 Spring Ave.............. $565,000
The Terrace #6 ........... $425,000
401-403 Clark Lane (Duplex) ..... $549,000
402 Magnolia Ave. .......... $539,500
427 Pine Ave ................. $695,000
4002 6th Ave. New ........ $699,000
312 Hardin Ave. (Duplex) .. $459,000
110 81st St. (Duplex) ......... $739,000
Bradenton Beach Club #239... $755,000
Bradenton Beach Club #207... $750,000
Bradenton Beach Club #33......$599,000
Bradenton Beach Club #34......$599,000
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6 World Cup chant
12 Lightning sound
15 Govt. security
20 "JFK" actor
22 Bounty competitor
23 Songwriter Greenwich
24 Start of a quip by 58-
28 "No More I Love You's"
29 4 on a fax machine
30 "Holy Toledo!"
31 Like some queens
32 many words
36 Actress Zadora
37 Ones above 48-Acrosses
38 Modern in Munich
39 Quip, part 2
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47 Turning points
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49 Bit of gel
51 Yoga position
57 For dieters
58 Source of the quip
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68 Opening word?
69 Pool wear
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89 Potluck dinner staple
93 Brand of writing imple-
97 Top part of a form,
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111 Calls for silence
112 Word before an old name
113 Ural River city
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