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"The Best News on Anna Maria Island Since 1992"
Volume 12, No. 44 Sept. 8, 2004 FREE
FRANCES SIDESWIPES ISLAND
By Rick Catlin
Anna Maria Island again dodged the proverbial
bullet this past weekend when Hurricane Frances
moved west from the Atlantic Ocean then northwest
through Tampa and Pasco County and out into the Gulf
Then came the backside of the storm on Monday
as the storm sent bands of tropical storm-force winds
accompanied by driving rain out of the west-northwest
through the Island, downing power lines, uprooting
trees and shrubs, damaging a few roofs and flooding
"We survived the hurricane fairly well," said Anna
Maria Mayor SueLynn. "It was only Sunday and Mon-
day that we started to get bad weather."
Bradenton Beach Police Lt. John Cosby said winds
at that city were clocked at 67 mph about 4 p.m. Sun-
day, with sustained winds of 54 mph for a brief period.
Islandwide rainfall was slightly more than 6 inches.
Bradenton Beach probably endured the worst damage,
with two mobile homes in the Sandpiper Mobile Resort
and two trailers at the Pines Trailer Park losing all or
much of their roofs.
The roof was also torn off the Bradenton Beach
Fishing Pier restaurant and kitchen on Bridge Street.
"We had massive damage there," Cosby said.
Power was knocked out around 2 a.m. Sunday
morning in some parts of the Island. Winds knocked
down a power pole and transformer at the Rod & Reel
Motel in Anna Maria and, as of Tuesday morning, most
of that city was still without power although it was
promised to be restored by afternoon.
Bradenton Beach got power back Monday after-
noon, while most of Holmes Beach electricity was re-
stored late Monday or Tuesday morning. Power was
still out north of 78th Street on Tuesday morning.
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Clockwise from above: Sandpiper Mobile Resort roof damage, North Shore Drive erosion, power pole at Rod & Reel Pier,
roof damage at Bradenton Beach Fishing Pier, Beach Inn roof damage in Holmes Beach.
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PAGE 2 K SEPT. 08, 2004 M THE ISLANDER
A panoramic view Tuesday morning from east to west and looking south from 765 N. Shore Drive at the homes along the Gulf of Mexico. Islander Photos: Bonner Joy
Hope for North Shore beachfront property owners
By Rick Catlin
Property owners on North Shore Drive in Anna
Maria already suffering severe beach erosion this sum-
mer (The Islander, Aug. 4 and Aug. 11) were hit hard
by the backside of Hurricane Frances that brought
waves crashing against their already damaged beaches
and homes. The foundation of a home at 765 North
Shore is now exposed from the wave action this past
Those owners were not involved in the 2002 beach
renourishment project, although many of them wanted
in the project, but were prevented by a few property
owners who refused to sign easements.
The bad news is that city and county officials have
told the homeowners there is little that can be done by
their respective governments to provide temporary re-
lief from the erosion.
Now, however, hope is on the way, at least some
slim hope of saving their houses before the next beach
renourishment project in about five years.
A Florida Department of Environmental Protection
Coastal Projects Initiative grant program may offer
some immediate relief.
Anna Maria Mayor SueLynn said she's working
with Manatee County Grants Director Maggie Marr
and Ecosystems Manager Charlie Hunsicker to prepare
the necessary grant application for each affected prop-
erty owner. The application deadline is Oct. 15.
The grants range from $15,000 to $50,000 and the
funding comes from the National Oceanic and Atmo-
spheric Administration. Funds will be distributed be-
ginning July 1, 2005.
"We've been doing all the preliminary work and
we expect to get the grant to the DEP by Oct. 15," the
U.S. Coast Guard officials in St. Petersburg
said they have called off the search for a vessel
that sent a distress call Saturday, Sept. 4, at 2 a.m.
The vessel reported that it was in trouble about 12
miles south-southwest of Anna Maria Island with
one male and three children aboard.
A Coast Guard public affairs spokesperson
said the search was halted at 10 p.m. Sunday,
Sept. 5, after no trace of the vessel was found,
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Unfortunately, the grant program does not include
armoringg," such as placing groins, concrete blocks,
seawalls or other solid objects in the water as a means
of halting beach erosion, said SueLynn.
"This is more for vegetation methods of halting
erosion. People who want armoring have to apply di-
rectly to the DEP" and pay for those measures out of
their pocket, if approved.
The Sandbar restaurant in Anna Maria received a
DEP permit for armoring several years ago and placed
rocks at strategic locations around the property to halt
beach erosion until the 2002 project.
despite an extensive search.
"Our search efforts did not find the vessel, and
there has been no correlation that any vessel is
missing or overdue in the Gulf of Mexico," said
In addition, there was no follow-up distress
call from the vessel, leaving the Coast Guard to
consider the possibility that the call was a hoax,
the spokesperson said.
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THE ISLANDER U SEPT. 8, 2004" PAGE 3
Third vote planned for fire district ad valorem tax
By Rick Catlin
Some people say "the third time's the charm."
Others say it's "three strikes and you're out."
Either way, the West Manatee Fire and Rescue
District board of commissioners plans to find out the
answer in November.
Board members in an emergency meeting Sept. 2
voted unanimously to bring the ad valorem tax issue
back to district voters in the November general elec-
tions. It would be the third time this year the board has
taken the issue to the voters. This time, however, the
board will ask for a maximum .5 millage rate, as op-
posed to the 1.0 requested in August.
WMFR Chief Andy Price said the emergency
meeting was needed because the deadline for the
Manatee County Supervisor of Elections Office to re-
ceive ballot measures for the Nov. 2 elections was 5
p.m. Friday, Sept. 3.,
Otherwise, said Price, the district would have to
wait until 2006 for another general election, or spend
$25,000 to hold a special election in 2005.
Board members agreed that because the ad valorem
tax question lost by 49 votes in August, the count was
not a clear enough mandate from the people to give up
the fight, although board member Larry Tyler had some
Tyler said he had a "real problem" voting to place
the issue before the voters again, because "the voters
have said 'no' twice" in the past year. The same issue
lost in March 2004 by 124 votes. Had the measure been
soundly defeated, "We wouldn't be having this discus-
sion," said Tyler, and other board members agreed.
But it was a very close vote and the district needs
to meet the new staffing requirements, or it may not be
able to fight some fires, acknowledged Tyler.
The people who voted against the measure "are the
people who don't want us to have the money to protect
them," he said.
Capt. Barry Brooks of the WMFR agreed. "We are
the most important people in the world for 20 minutes,
then we are forgotten," he said.
Price noted that if the .5-mill tax is approved and
the district only needs a .3- or .4-mill rate to meet its
staffing requirements under the state-mandated "two-
in, two-out" rule, the lower rate will be implemented.
"We'll only use what we need," he pledged.
Price and board members believe there will be a larger
voter turnout in November for the presidential election and
that should clearly decide the issue. Only 33 percent of the
district's 23,446 registered voters turned out Aug. 31,
while traditionally, more than 50 percent of voters cast a
ballot during a presidential election.
Board chairman Jesse Davis said it looks like a
"lose, lose situation." If the board votes to try again in
November, it will alienate those opposed to an ad va-
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O'Brien out of Bradenton Beach race
By Paul Roat
Citing family concerns, Bradenton Beach Ward 4
City Commissioner Anna O'Brien announced Aug. 2
that she was withdrawing from the Nov. 2 ballot, mak-
ing Bill Shearon the commissioner-elect for the south-
ern portion of the city.
"I can't do two things," O'Brien said, "and I have
to take care of some family stuff, but I have complete
and total confidence with Bill Shearon that he will be
able to sit in this seat."
O'Brien, who was elected to the office in Novem-
ber 2002, said she would continue to work on several
pending issues, "but I can't feel I can commit for this
next year. I'm sorry."
She added that she would serve through Novem-
ber, the remainder of her term,.
O'Brien has been something of a firebrand on the
commission in the past year, leading the charge to replace
the city attorney and city planner just after the November
2003 elections. At that time, the commission also placed
the city's department heads on probation.
Since last November, the city's building official,
city clerk and code enforcement officer have resigned.
"I'm proud of what you guys have done," O'Brien
She was lauded for her efforts on the commission
by her peers.
Ward 3 City Commissioner Lisa Marie Phillips
told O'Brien that she felt "congratulations are in order
for achieving three out of four [ballot initiatives]. I
think three out of four is outstanding and is a lasting
contribution to the city."
Bradenton Beach electors Aug. 31 rejected a city
commission initiative to change the city's charter to
have a city manager form of government, but approved
three other charter changes, limiting height of buildings
to no more than 29 feet above Federal Emergency
Management Agency "base-flood" elevations, fore-
stalling the sale of any city waterfront access, and re-
quiring at least a four-member commission vote to ap-
prove changes to land use laws and other major devel-
opments within the city.
Mayor John Chappie told O'Brien that "we've
butted heads a few times, but we've made great
progress and you have been the stimulus, and a lot of
good things have happened since November."
lorem tax. If the board decides not to pursue the issue,
there will be some fires where the crews can't go inside
to fight the blaze until backup arrives.
Price said that without the funding the ad valorem
tax would generate, the district would have to look at
the real possibility of closing one of its three stations
to meet the state staffing requirements.
There was also some confusion on whether or not
the board could even hold an emergency meeting with-
out the standard 24-hour public notice.
Price said WMFR district attorney Alan Prather said
the board could meet to determine if an emergency meet-
ing was necessary. If the board agreed it was an emer-
gency, it could make a decision now and hold an adver-
tised public meeting on the emergency issue as soon as
possible. Price said Prather indicated that the board could
change its decision at that meeting, which will be held
Sept. 16 following a short 6 p.m. tax appeal hearing.
The board agreed that facing a 24-hour deadline to
place the measure before voters again, or waiting one
or two years for another election, constituted an emer-
One thing was certain after the board voted to send
the issue to the voters once again: Another defeat will
mean the end of the ad valorem tax measure in the dis-
trict for some time.
Is the third time a lucky charm? Or is it "One, two,
three strikes you're out?"
Anna Maria City
Sept. 8, 6:45 p.m., Environmental Education and En-
hancement Committee meeting.
Sept. 9, 6:45 p.m., special city commission meeting on
Sept. 9, 7 p.m., city commission work session.
Sept. 13, 6 p.m., first budget public hearing.
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.
Sept. 8, 6 p.m., Citizen Advisory Committee For Review
and Updating of the Comprehensive Plan and Land De-
velopment Code For Bradenton Beach CANCELED.
Sept. 9, 7 p.m., first budget public hearing.
Sept. 14, 1 p.m., scenic highway committee meeting.
Sept. 16, 1 p.m., city commission meeting.
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.,
Sept. 8, 5 p.m., parks and beautification committee
Sept. 14, 6:30 p.m., first budget public hearing.
Sept. 14, 7 p.m., city commission meeting with work
session to immediately follow.
Sept. 16, 10 a.m., code enforcement board meeting.
Sept. 16, 7 p.m., planning commission meeting.
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive,
Governmental offices in Anna Maria City and
Bradenton Beach will be closed on Friday, Sept. 10;
Anna Maria for observance of Patriot's Day, Bradenton
Beach for rodent cleanup.
Sept. 8, 11 a.m., Island Emergency Operation Center
meeting, Fire Station No. 1, 6000 Marina Drive,
Sept. 13, 1:30 p.m., Tamiami Trail Scenic Highway
Committee Corridor Advocacy Group meeting,
Sarasota-Manatee Metropolitan Planning Organization
offices, 7632 15th St. E., Sarasota.
Sept. 15, 3 p.m., Coalition of Barrier Island Elected
Officials meeting, Longboat Key Town Hall, 501 Bay
Isles Road, Longboat Key.
Sept. 16, 6 p.m., public hearing on 2004 assessment
appeals, followed by hearing for public input on ad va-
lorem tax issue on Nov. 2 election, West Manatee Fire
& Rescue District, Fire Station No. 1, 6000 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach.
PAGE 4 M SEPT. 08, 2004 M THE ISLANDER
Bradenton Beach officials: Stormwater fee OK
By Paul Roat
Without much comment, Bradenton Beach city
commissioners have approved the first reading of a
$100-per-year fee to residents to improve and reduce
stormwater runoff in the city.
Proceeds from the fee, which, if approved later this
month, could go into effect as early as Oct. 1, would
amount to upwards of $130,000 per year. The funds
would be used to create drainage improvements in the
The proposed ordinance would also provide for
credits for residents who reduced the quantity and im-
proved the quality of stormwater runoff from their
Another benefit to the program, according to
Bradenton Beach Public Works Director Dottie
Poindexter, would be to alleviate flooding.
The fee schedule would assess $100 per year to
every single-family, multi-family or condominium unit
in the city. Office space would also pay the flat rate per
unit. Commercial properties would pay $150 per year,
and mobile home park residents would be assessed $75
Any property with a driveway would have an ad-
ditional $10 charge added to the fee. Pools and tennis
courts would each be charged an additional $10 fee.
Credits would come for those residents or busi-
nesses which would replace driveways with impervi-
ous pavers via a 20-percent fee reduction. Installation
of roof gutters that drain to a retention-detention area
could account for a 10-percent fee drop. Perimeter
swales or retention-detention ponds on a property call
for a 10-percent reduction each, and if the retention-
detention area is sufficient to accommodate a 100-year
storm, a 20-percent credit would be offered.
Poindexter called the swale-pond approach the
equivalent of the creation of "rain gardens."
"The Southwest Florida Water Management Dis-
trict Stormwater Runoff Investigation and Stormwater
Management Plan done for the City of Bradenton
Beach in 1996 rated the system as Level of Service F,
the lowest rating, primarily because travel over most
roads, including evacuation routes, is seriously ham-
pered or prevented by the inundation from a 10-year
tidal or rainfall event," Poindexter has said.
"This dedicated funding can be used to enhance the
system, correct the defects and improve water quality
as required by National Pollution Discharge Elimina-
tion System permit," Poindexter said. "Reducing the
level of flooding is also a consideration in the flood
insurance rating system, which will be a pass-through
savings to the property owners.
"The consideration that we also develop a method
that will involve correcting participation of the resi-
dents to improve local storage capacity through yard
and landscaping improvements, as outlined in Florida
Yards and Neighborhood's Handbook, with credits to
the owner's utility rate, is a win/win solution to correct
problems that developed before stormwater regulations
were in place. As credits are given, the cost of improve-
ments will be reduced, which will be a fair and equi-
table offset of revenue and need."
Holmes Beach officials approved a stormwater
utility fee last year at a rate of $36 per year. Anna Maria
City is currently contemplating a similar fee.
Poindexter added that the fee should reach "catch-
up" rates in 10 years and could then be reduced.
The final reading and public hearing on the
stormwater fee proposal is scheduled for 1 p.m. Sept.
Lawsuit filed against
Anna Maria, arbitration
By Rick Catlin
True to their word, Robert and Nicky Hunt have
filed a lawsuit against the City of Anna Maria request-
ing that the circuit court overturn the Aug. 2 city com-
mission denial of their site plan for their property at 303
The lawsuit was filed Sept. 1, but attorney Peter
Mackey, representing the Hunts, has asked for a spe-
cial master hearing first to resolve the dilemma before
the court case proceeds (The Islander, Sept. 1). The
commission is scheduled to discuss the special master
hearing request at 6:45 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 9.
In a special master hearing, both the city and the
Hunts would agree on an independent third party, usu-
ally a retired judge, to mediate the case. Both sides
present arguments and discuss issues to reach a solu-
tion. The special master considers all the evidence, tes-
timony and applicable laws and codes and issues a non-
binding ruling, usually a compromise proposed.
The commission then has the option of accepting
or rejecting the ruling. A rejection of a special master
ruling by the commission would allow the lawsuit to
proceed, Mackey said.
The Hunts had submitted a site plan for 303 Pine
Ave. which would have been a three-story structure in
the residential-office-retail zone with ground-floor re-
tail and some retail/office space on the second floor.
The remaining portion of the second floor and all of the
third floor would be devoted exclusively to the Hunts'
In the Aug. 2 denial, Commissioners Linda
Cramer, Carol Ann Magill and Dale Woodland voted
against the site plan, while Commission Chairperson
John Quam and Commissioner Duke Miller favored
The 3-2 denial came despite an opinion by City
Attorney Jim Dye that the site plan was legal under the
city's comprehensive plan and accompanying code, a
unanimous recommendation for approval from the
By Rick Catlin
Holmes Beach Police Chief Jay Romine met
recently with engineers from the Manatee County
Transportation Department to discuss traffic calm-
ing measures for Marina Drive near the Gulf Drive
Romine said the engineers made several sug-
gestions such as sidewalk enhancements, a pedes-
trian-friendly median for Marina Drive and possi-
bly adding a sidewalk along a section of Gulf
Drive near the intersection. Another suggestion
was to make Marina Drive a two-lane street at the
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planning and zoning board, and recommendations for
approval from city engineers Baskerville-Donovan
Inc., planning consultant Joel Freedman and Building
Official Kevin Donohue.
In the lawsuit, Mackey claims that "at no time was
any evidence presented to the city in support of, or pro-
viding a basis for denying, the site plan application."
Therefore, said Mackey, "The city's Aug. 2 denial
of the Hunts site plan "is legally improper and not
based upon substantial and competent evidence."
Despite the "plain language of the city's code and
comp plan," and evidence presented in support of the
site plan, "certain commissioners interpreted the comp
plan to restrict an ROR building to two stories," he
Therefore, the city's denial is "arbitrary, unreason-
able and discriminatory relative to the Hunts," said
The suit asked that the court declare the city's Aug.
2 decision an "abuse of discretion," and enter an order
to "show cause why the city's denial of the Hunts' site
plan should not be overturned," and also award the
Hunts their attorney fees and other costs relative to the
Ironically, the Hunt site plan application was the
first under review procedures adopted by the city in
March 2004 for major projects and developments.
The second application under the new procedures
was from the Waterfront Restaurant and that, too,
nearly ended up in court until a last-minute compro-
mise between the restaurant owners and commission-
ers resulted in approval.
There has been no third application under the pro-
cedures, and P&Z board vice chairman Charles Canniff
has suggested to the commission that in view of the
problems with the first two applications, it might be
wise for the board and commission to hold a joint meet-
ing as soon as possible to see where the problems lie
and what corrective measures might be taken.
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intersection, but wider and with turn lanes.
"The ultimate goal is to make the area pedes-
trian-friendly," said Romine. He emphasized that
these were simply "suggestions" and nothing is
ready for presentation to the city.
The engineers will perform an aerial survey of
the intersection and accompanying streets and re-
turn to Romine with some "concrete" suggestions
and options. Among the options will be how to
fund any project approved by the city.
"Grant funding will be part of the process of
moving the project forward," the chief added.
Romine is also the city's traffic engineer.
Holmes Beach eyes traffic calming
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THE ISLANDER 0 SEPT. 8, 2004 M PAGE 5
Public input given to Holmes Beach planners
By Diana Bogan
A dozen residents attended the information gath-
ering sessions held by the Holmes Beach Planning
Commission and city planner Bill Brisson last week.
The sessions provided residents with a forum to pro-
vide input on comprehensive plan and land develop-
ment issues they believe the city needs to address.
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 this is the time for residents to have their voices
heard and make a difference early in the process.
Nine residents who live north of Manatee Public
Beach attended the first session Monday, Aug. 31, and
brought several issues to the commission's attention.
Steve Lindall asked commissioners to review the
city's noise ordinance. Lindall said it is disruptive
when residents trim trees or continue construction
projects on weekends. He suggested limiting noisy
activities from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays and not
at all on Sundays.
It was also suggested that the commissioners re-
visit the city's height ordinance and compare it to
neighborhoods such as Bird Key in Sarasota.
Lindall also reminded the commission that it took
almost nine years for the city to allow a piano teacher
to have a home business license and perhaps the land
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development code should be updated to address home-
based and Internet businesses.
There was also interest in creating a downtown
center or art district that would attract visitors to events
like art walks or shops.
Lindall asked commissioners to also consider pro-
visions to accommodate outdoor dining and establish-
ing an "art deco" area that could generate more busi-
ness by facilitating evening gatherings.
He said that with a little forethought the city could
have obtained the Tidemark property and created a city
beach walk from the bay to the Gulf, incorporating the
entire downtown area.
Three residents living south of the public beach at-
tended the Sept. I meeting. They brought up drainage is-
sues along Sixth Avenue and asked for better buffering be-
tween residential and commercial properties.
Karen Swartz questioned whether the commercial
properties behind her home on Sixth Avenue had to an-
chor their air-conditioning units to their roofs. "I could see
them becoming projectile during a hurricane," she said.
Planning Commissioner Gary Hickerson asked that
the city also consider the runoff caused by newer
homes elevated above the road on higher ground than
Hickerson also suggested that the city require an
independent engineer to audit building plans to ensure
city codes are being met. "The city pays for a financial
audit, which is routine in business. A lot of professions
are routinely audited," he said. "I bring it up because
we've seen a lot of controversy where the work is not
Normand said she received a request from Sunbow
Bay condominium residents for more sidewalks on the
south end of the city. Residents in wheelchairs and with
young families don't find it easy to walk to the beach
and, Normand said, she was told many wait until they
can get a ride.
Residents can review copies of the city's compre-
hensive plan and LDC at the Island Branch Library or
city hall. The LDC is also available on the Internet at
A questionnaire is available at city hall for those
who missed the information sessions but still want to
The next planning commission meeting is at 7 p.m.
Thursday, Sept. 16.
Chamber seeking recipes
The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Com-
merce has revived its cookbook, and needs reci-
pes very soon.
The book was a project of many months
ago, but was dropped until this week. Now the
chamber has a deadline of Sept. 15, so the book
may be published this fall.
Wanted are recipes from Islanders and
friends, family recipes or restaurant favorites,
said the chamber.
Recipes may be sent to the chamber at 5313
Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach FL 34217, or faxed
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Islanders recoil from Frances,
eye approaching Ivan
It's true, by the time you read this the debris and
most of the damage from Hurricane Frances will have
been addressed and you and almost everyone else will
be plotting and tracking the path of this summer's third
potentially dangerous storm Hurricane Ivan.
Talk about your "three strikes." If Murphy's Law
holds true, we should all run out and wash our cars, toss
out the hurricane supplies, and place an umbrella by the
door. The more we do to get ready, the more likely
we'll forestall another hurricane blow.
Well, not likely, unless you believe in old supersti-
tions. Better do like the scouts, and be prepared.
Restock your batteries, nonperishable foods and
bottled water and improve on all the flaws in your hur-
ricane plan. You may be put to test again as soon as
As far as hurricanes go, Frances came as close as
any major storm in recent memory ... even closer than
Fortunately for Anna Maria Island, we were again
on "the good side of the storm," and impacts of storm
surge, high winds and rain were far less than our neigh-
bors to the north and east experienced.
At Monday morning's high tide on the Island,
4:20 a.m., the winds were howling, rainfall was light
but steady, and the tide appeared normal. Then came
first light and the tide was higher than at 4:20, due
to the storm surge in the Gulf. Thankfully, it crested
just below the seawalls in most places on the
bayside, and held there for more than an hour, and
The beach itself held up remarkably well. By Mon-
lay afternoon, there was plenty of sand on the shore in
Holmes Beach, plenty of sand where in past storms
there had been almost none in Bradenton Beach, and
even the homes imperiled on North Shore Drive in
Anna Maria were, surprisingly, "hanging in there."
Remember the "No Name" storm of 1982, when
waves crashed over the seawall at the Martinique and
pushed cars out of the ground-floor garages?
Remember the March 1993 "Storm of the Century"
that flooded some homes along the beaches?
Remember when we had virtually no beach?
Ours is renourished, and it held up admirably
through the severe test. It should convince the strongest
holdout next time around.
Once again, we've dodged the bullet, and we
should thank our lucky stars.
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SLICK 'Hang in there ... another one is on its way!' By Egan
I'd like to say a word or 200 about generators.
OK, so the lights are out. You have finally ac-
cepted it and now have begun to enjoy the peace and
quiet. The toads and crickets and all the songs of the
night have come to life, when suddenly the tranquil-
ity is brought to an abrupt halt. Your neighbor has a
generator that emits a loud constant rumble 24 hours
Can't close my windows -- too hot.
Unless this generator is ,ital to your survival,
please, let your neighbors get some sleep.
You wouldn't get away with running your lawn
Give it a rest so I can.
Robin Rhodes, Anna Maria
For Captain Jackie
On behalf of friends and family of Capt. Jackie
Sierra, we would like to thank the Galati family for pro-
viding a beautiful yacht for us to bring Jackie to her
final resting place in the Gulf of Mexico.
We headed out in the midafternoon with a caravan
of boat filled with friends following the 60-foot yacht
that was so generously provided by the marina.
It was calm and sunny, which made it a gorgeous
setting for the final celebration of Capt. Jackie. It was
exactly what Jackie had wanted and I am sure she was
there smiling over us. Thank you again to the Galati
Mary Menendez, Holmes Beach
Attend the meeting
Proposed increases in the annual Holmes Beach
city budget project a rise in the millage rate from 1.896
to 2.0, an increase of 5.5 percent. The increase follows
on a property value reassessment effected in 2003,
which very significantly increased real estate taxes for
I and a number of residents have called to the at-
tention of the commissioners and mayor the irrespon-
sible removal of mature trees by the city, in particular
the Australian pines, from public properties.
More often than not this has been carried out for
the benefit of adjacent property owners and not in the
best interest of the community. Line items in the pro-
posed budget call for $25,000 for tree removal and
$20,000 for removal of exotics at Grassy Point. It is not
clear what exotics are included in the latter project.
I encourage as many as possible residents to at-
tend the hearing on the budget scheduled for Sept.
14, as I believe that our public officials need to an-
swer why the city should expect a tax increase of 5.5
percent when the national CPI over the past year has
risen 3 percent through July and Florida's CPI has
risen at a level below the national average.
If we are to spend money on tree management,
why not put the funds toward planting hardwood
trees as opposed to destroying them and, in turn, the
John Molyneux, Holmes Beach
Many many thanks from the Anna Maria Island
Privateers to all the folks that donated money or dry
goods to our Hurricane Disaster Relief Fund over the
You helped raise approximately $2,000, and water,
food, adult and children's clothing and many other
Hats off to the lady who brought 10 hand-held fans
Special kudos to Bonner Joy at The Islander, Beth
and crew at D.Coy Ducks, everyone on Bridge Street,
the Beach House Restaurant, and, last but definitely not
least, Fred and Dave and the girls at The Sea Horse in
Thank you, thank you.
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THE ISLANDER 0 SEPT. 8, 2004 0 PAGE 7
Naval calling for Cortez fisherman
ended with ear infection
Like many of the boys he grew up with in Cortez
in the 1930s, Luther Guthrie never wanted to be any-
thing but a fisherman. That was the life for him.
When the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor on Dec.
7, 1941, and the United States entered World War II,
Luther had just gotten married to a Sarasota girl and
was working as an independent fisherman.
"I enjoyed being married," said Luther, but he
never considered trying to get a marriage exemption
from military service.
"All my friends were joining the Navy, my broth-
ers were in the Navy and so was my sister. I figured that
was the place to be because I had grown up on the
water and knew something about the sea."
In August 1942, Luther joined the Navy and was
sent to Norfolk, Va., for basic training.
That turned out to be a minor blessing because
Luther had relatives in nearby Newport News. Naval
regulations allowed married men to leave the base at
night to be with their families.
"So my wife came up and stayed with them and, at
the end of the day, I would catch the ferry across the
river and stay with her. It was nice to have someone to
come home to."
After completing basic training, Luther was as-
signed to a new mine sweeper that went on patrol in the
Atlantic. He was scheduled to attend signal school, but
one day after returning from the sea, he came down
with a serious ear infection.
"I ended up in the hospital. The doctors said it was
severe, chronic tinninitis."
What it meant was that his naval career was com-
ing to an end after just eight months.
"I was honorably discharged from the Navy with
1 ,i ,- .
Cortez resident Luther Guthrie with a picture of himself and wife Helen. The picture was taken around 1943
when Guthrie was in the U.S. Navy in World War II.
a 10 percent disability. I've had these chronic ear in-
fections all my life, ever since my Navy days," said
There would be no duty in the south Pacific or in
a convoy crossing the north Atlantic for Luther. In-
stead, he was sent back to Cortez.
"It never bothered me that I didn't go overseas and
others did. It was the luck of the draw. I was prepared
to do my duty. Of course, it made my wife real happy,"
"But I was real sorry that so many of the guys from
Cortez didn't come back from the war, like Warren
Bell, 'Posey' and others."
Back in Cortez during the middle of the war, the
fishing business was booming. The military was buy-
ing just about everything anyone could catch, and what
it didn't buy was quickly bought and shipped north for
supermarkets because beef was rationed by the govern-
ment, but not fish.
"It was a good life until the red tide got real bad in
the 1950s," remembered Luther. That forced him to
take a job with the Manatee County School Board
maintenance department to make ends meet, as he and
Helen by then had six children.
He eventually returned to commercial fishing and
retired about 10 years ago. "I didn't retire, I just got
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Storm relief continues on Island
By Jim Hanson
Two hurricanes down and another making nasty
gestures, Anna Maria Islanders continue strong efforts
to help the victims.
From churches to civic organizations to individu-
als, all manner of items the victims need are being col-
lected and sent inland for distribution. Most of the
Island's help is destined for victims of Charley, though
some may end up going to people harmed by Frances,
and some of those in need may be the same for both
It will depend partly on a couple of policy meetings
Wednesday. All Islands Denominations, the organiza-
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 8
tired," said Luther with a laugh.
He still lives on the same property where he was
born in 1921, although the house has been rebuilt. Most
of his children live elsewhere, but granddaughter
Rhonda and her four children live in Cortez and keep
"Cortez was a great life, but it's all gone now. I
miss the life on the water with the other guys. It used
to be a pleasure to go out there to fish."
"The Greatest Generation" column is for Island,
Longboat Key, Perico Island and Cortez veterans, man
or woman, who served in the armed forces of any al-
lied country (U.S., Canada, Britain, Holland, Norway,
France, Poland, Australia, New Zealand, the Philip-
pines, etc.) during World War II. We'd like to hear
from you. Please call Rick Catlin at 778-7978.
tion of the Island's six churches, was meeting at 2 p.m.
Wednesday, Sept. 8, and the Anna Maria Island Priva-
teers service group at 7:30 p.m., both to decide where
their efforts from now on will be most useful.
Charley went inland from the Gulf 50 miles south
of the Island and Frances crossed Florida about the
same distance north, with Islanders relieved and grate-
ful in both cases. Now Ivan is threatening at the end of
AID continues to accumulate donations at the ac-
tivities room of St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S.
Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach, and the vacant store of-
fered by The Islander and Ooh La La! Bistro at 5408
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Frank McGrath, presi-
dent of AID, said those items will go east of the Island
rather than the Punta Gorda area, which he feels is
more aligned with Sarasota.
"Everyone needs," he said. "But Wauchula,
Myakka City, Arcadia, Fort Ogden and other small
places in that area have gotten less attention from other
groups so we're helping there."
Water is not needed now, he said, and clothing is
too hard to handle in volume, but great needs exist in
household supplies and appliances, canned foods, tow-
els, linen, baby items, pet food, and cleaning materials
of all kinds.
The Privateers collection points are the Ooh La La!
space and the Sea Horse restaurant, 12012 Cortez Road
in Cortez. Canned food, batteries, tools, baby items, pet
food and cleaning materials are high on the Privateers
help list. They too are concentrating on the Charley-
ravaged area east of here.
Both organizations are accepting cash donations
for hurricane relief, too. Such help may be mailed to the
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Johnny Milano of Holmes Beach unloads relief
supplies contributed by generous homeowners where
he works at The Landings in Sarasota. Milano said
he was relieved to find a dropoff near home at Ooh
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"Business after hours" will be hosted from
5:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 14, by the
Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce at T.H.
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Privateers at P.O. Box 1238, Holmes Beach FL 34216,
or AID at P.O. Box 305, Anna Maria FL 34216. The
Privateers have received more than $3,000, said Eric
Rushnell, president, while the figures for AID's hurri-
cane fund are still being counted.
The Chiles Group were collecting dollar donations
last week at the Beach House restaurant, 200 Gulf
Drive N., Bradenton Beach, and that relief is marked
for the Red Cross, although Hurricane Frances may
prompt the collection of more supplies there.
Individual efforts are legion here with Islanders'
usual generosity. One is a "Cut-A-Thon" Saturday,
Sept. 11, at the Amy Dodge Aveda Salon, 5311 Gulf
Drive, Holmes Beach, with proceeds that day going to
Some 140 horses have been trucked in from east-
central Florida and are being boarded at Hidden Hills
Equestrian Center, Parrish, whose operators include
Karen Roetker of Holmes Beach. She said the center
had room for 100, and owner Jerry Mastromarino
found stalls for another 40 among neighbors.
The help will continue as long as the need exists,
which will be for months, said AID's McGrath.
"We get as much out of it as we give," he said.
The Islander has collected names of generous
donors of pianos and organs for needy churches and
community organizations and, in the wake of
Frances, will be sorting out and matching up needs.
The demolished church in Fort Ogden is first on the
donation list for a piano or organ, a much-needed
item to lift the spirits there, according to Harvey
Memorial Community Church representative Nancy
Ambrose, also a staff member at The Islander.
Publisher Bob Vedder, of the Venice Gondolier,
sister publication of Port Charlotte's Sun Herald, said
he would spread the word on the availability of the
available donations through his associate journalists,
who "have seen it all."
Blessing of Fleet ceremony
Saturday in Cortez
Blessing of the Fleet will be Saturday morning,
Sept. 11, just north of the Cortez Bridge, sponsored by
the Cortez Yacht Club as a first birthday celebration.
Any boat is welcome to participate, said Rick and
Laurie Schultz, who are hosting what is hoped will be-
come an annual event.
Skippers are to begin assembling at 9 a.m. on the
Seafood Shack yacht basin docks to configure a "raft-
up" with the Schultzes' large Hatteras as focal point of
the group raft as well as the day's celebration.
The U.S. Coast Guard is to escort the fleet to the
ceremony's scene just north of the Cortez Bridge where
at 11 a.m. the Rev. Jim Marsh will bless the boats.
Former pastor of the Longboat Island Chapel, he also
will conduct memorial services for victims of the Sept.
11, 2001, catastrophe and for deceased members of the
A bagpiper will provide ritual accompaniment to
the event. Following the ceremonies, the boats will
circle an anchored wreath memorial and toss flowers
on the water.
After the waterborne ceremonies the boaters will
partake of a barbecue presented by the yacht club com-
memorating the first anniversary of the 100-member
organization. The party will be at the Smugglers Land-
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By Jim Hanson
At least eight sea turtle nests fell victim to hurri-
cane Frances on Anna Maria Island beaches, one
nestful of 93 freshly hatched loggerheads drowning
where they were born.
That should leave intact 35 of the 43 nests counted
before the storm, and Tuesday she had seen "25, maybe
30" surviving nests, said Suzi Fox, who holds the state
permit for marine turtle preservation on the Island.
Sixty-eight nests hatched before Frances.
The beach had lost substantial sand at the south end
of the Island, but the north end fared better, she said. Sea
oats planted in last year's renourishment project appeared
to have survived, the tops blown away but the roots intact.
Fox and other volunteers of Turtle Watch, of which
she is director, rescued about 100 eggs from another
washed-out nest in the surf and relocated them higher
on the beach so the sun and warm sand can complete
the incubation process. They appeared about two
weeks short of hatching, she said.
Earlier, before the hurricane, another nest was
found to have been invaded by ants and the eggs
The damage to sea turtles was less than she and
other experienced Turtle Watch members had feared -
"I was actually shocked so many survived," she said.
"We thought they'd be wiped out. By 3 a.m. Monday
I thought they were finished, but dawn showed us dif-
ferently, thank heaven."
Volunteers patrolling the beach "kept bringing
babies and eggs to my house" in Bradenton Beach, Fox
said. "We used it as an infirmary to keep them going
until we could put them back in nature."
She asked that anyone finding stakes that mark
nests take them to the Turtle Watch Education Center,
103 Seventh St. N., Bradenton Beach, or phone 778-
Turtle nests fared fairly well in the face of Hurricane Frances onslaught. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy
Barbecue planned Friday at Annunciation
Former Islander John Swagert and his Big The church asks that anyone interested in attending
John's Texas Bar B-Que will serve up a barbecue phone 778-1638 and let the staff know.
dinner at 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 10, at the Episcopal Swagert is a longtime member of the Anna
Church of the Annunciation. Maria Island Privateers and lived on the Island for
Tickets at $8 per person are on sale at the 15 years before moving recently to the mainland,
church office, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. where he operates his "Big John's."
Harry C. Adley
Harry C. Adley, 77, of Sarasota, died Aug. 30.
Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., Mr. Adley came to
Sarasota 31 years ago from Atlanta. He was a planner
and consultant with the firm of Adley, Brisson and
Engman, having provided planning services for all
three Island cities during his career. He was a graduate
from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He
served on the board of the Florida Endowment for the
Humanities for eight years. He was on the founding
board of the Unitarian Retirement Center and was an
advisor for the League of Women Voters.
Visitation will be at 5 p.m. Sept. 10 at Toale Broth-
ers Funeral Home, Colonial Chapel, 40 N. Orange
Ave., Sarasota. Services will be at 2 p.m.. Sept. 11 at
the Unitarian Universalist Church, 3975 Fruitville
Road, Sarasota. Memorial contributions may be made
to the Alzheimer's Association, 1230 Tuttle Ave.,
Sarasota FL 34234, or to the Art Center of Sarasota,
707 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota FL 34236.
He is survived by daughters Rhonda Kerr of Fort
Myers, Andrienne Anderson of Flowery Branch, Ga.,
and Cindy Novak of Dubai, United Arab Emirates;
sons Jamie of Orlando and George of Sarasota; and 10
Brian Graham, 66, of Holmes Beach, died Sept. 1.
Born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, Mr. Graham
moved to Holmes Beach from there in 1994.
Memorial services were Sept. 7 at Brown and Sons
Funeral Homes, 43rd Street Chapel, Bradenton.
He is survived by sons John and Conor, both of
Dr. Stephen Olford
Dr. Stephen Olford, 86, of Memphis, Tenn., and
formerly Holmes Beach, died Aug. 29.
Dr. Olford was an expository preacher and mentor
to many evangelical leaders. He founded Encounter
Ministries in Holmes Beach from 1974-79, and later
Olford Ministries International in Memphis.
He is survived by his wife, two sons and five
Meeting on Cortez
dredging put off
A community meeting planned for Sept. 9 to look
into a proposed dredging project in Cortez has been
postponed until October, the sponsoring organization
Florida Institute for Saltwater Heritage said the
postponement honors the request of Manatee County
Commissioner Jane von Hahmann, who wanted time
to gather technical information and talk with offi-
cials who had been out of town on hurricane busi-
ness. The meeting will be rescheduled when parties
agree to a date.
The proposal is to dredge the navigation channel
along the Cortez waterfront. Its validity was questioned
by some who thought it might include spending pub-
lic tax money to dredge private land in part of the chan-
Meanwhile, the FISH board of directors will meet
at its originally scheduled time at 6:15 p.m. Sept. 16 at
the Cortez Community Center, 4523 123rd St., said
FISH President Allen Garner. Details may be obtained
AME School Advisory
Committee seeks members
The Anna Maria Elementary School Advisory
Committee will hold its first meeting of the year at 2:50
p.m. Monday, Sept. 20, in the school cafeteria.
AME principal Kathy Hayes said that parents and
representatives of the business community interested in
serving as committee members should attend.
Suki Janisch is the 2004-05 SAC president and
officers will be elected for the secretary and vice presi-
dent positions at the first meeting. The vice president
serves as the president-elect for the following school
At the first meeting, Hayes said she will update
members on the status of the school improvement plan.
Hayes noted that this meeting is the time to define
the committee's membership and meeting times and
dates for subsequent meetings. Meetings generally run
until 4 p.m. and accommodations are provided for
The SAC serves as a liaison between the commu-
nity and the school and assists in the enhancement of
school site decision-making, the development of edu-
cational programs, and serves in an advisory capacity
to the principal. The committee is also responsible for
reviewing and approving the AME School Improve-
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Breakfast: French Toast Glaze, Cereal, Toast, Peanut
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Lunch: Yogurt, Fruit and Muffin Plate, Cheeseburger
or Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich, Roll, Potato
Smiles, Dill Stack, Fruit
Wednesday, Sept. 15
Breakfast: Chicken Patty with Biscuit, Orange
Muffin, Cereal, Toast, Fruit
Lunch: Salisbury Steak with Mashed Potatoes and
Gravy, Fish Square on a Bun or Peanut Butter and
Jelly Sandwich, Green Beans, Tossed Salad, Fruit
Thursday, Sept. 16
Breakfast: Yogurt, Cereal, Toast, Churro, Fruit
Lunch: Chicken Bites with Tater Tots, Chef Salad or
Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich, Raw Carrots with
Dip, Steamed Broccoli, Fruit
Friday, Sept. 17
Breakfast: Belgian Waffle Sticks with Syrup, Cereal,
Toast, Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich, Fruit
Lunch: Cheese Pizza, Peanut Butter and Jelly
Sandwich or Turkey and Cheese Sandwich with
Chips, Vegetable Blend, Tossed Salad, Fruit
Juice and milk are served with every meal.
Sheriff Wells to
speak to Anna
By Rick Catlin
Anna Maria residents and commissioners
concerned about the nearly 15 percent rise in
the city's 2004-05 contract with the Manatee
County Sheriff's Office will get their chance to
question the contract and the man responsible
Thursday, Sept. 9, at the 7 p.m. city commission
Manatee County Sheriff Charlie Wells is
scheduled to address commissioners that
evening on the $580,000 MCSO contract,
which represents 30 percent of the entire city
budget. Commissioners previously have ex-
pressed dismay at the high annual increase in
the MCSO contract and have suggested a reduc-
tion in officers from seven to six might save the
city about $70,000.
Wells was originally scheduled to meet
with commissioners Aug. 12, but those plans
were scrapped because of Hurricane Charley.
For his part, Wells has said previously the
contract is not negotiable. The city, however,
always has the option to reduce the level of ser-
vice the MCSO provides.
Just three years ago, in the 2001-02 budget,
the MCSO provided annual service to Anna
Maria for about $330,000. That figure was still
about 30 percent of the city's budget.
Wells, in the middle of a re-election cam-
paign, is scheduled to be one of the first speak-
ers on the agenda.
AME construction plan
to school board
The Anna Maria Elementary School construction
team will update the Manatee County School Board on
the status of the AME project and the final bids com-
prising the Guaranteed Maximum Price at 7 p.m. Mon-
day, Sept. 13.
Manatee County School District Project Man-
ager Larry Roemer advised that team members will
present an overview of the proposed construction at
AME, including the site plan and building eleva-
tions. Roemer said these plans have not been altered
from the final plans presented to the Island commu-
nity, which included a landscaped amphitheater, an
auditorium, Bahama shutters and a metal roof.
Board members will have the opportunity to ask
the team questions concerning the project prior to vot-
ing on the GMP.
Roemer said a timeline for construction will be
determined following the school board presentation
and that the administration had not yet rescheduled the
The school board meeting will take place at the
school board administration building, 215 Manatee
Ave. W., Bradenton.
AME school recognition funds
The Manatee County School District received a
$1.9 million state school recognition grant, which is to
be allocated to 27 area schools, including Anna Maria
Schools qualified for funding as a result of per-
formance on the Florida Comprehensive Assessment
Test. Schools scoring an "A" or "B" ranking are eli-
gible for $100 per student, giving AME a sum of
Funds may be used for staff bonuses, temporary
personnel requirements, or to purchase instructional
materials or supplies that enhance the school's educa-
tion programs. In past years, AME has chosen to uti-
lize funds for staff bonuses.
The decision on how to utilize funds is determined
by each school's advisory council, which must develop
a plan by Nov. 1 or the money automatically goes to
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Arvida not likely to give up Perico fight
By Rick Catlin
Islanders shouldn't be surprised that the Arvida/St.
Joe Corporation refuses to budge on its demand for
high-rise condominiums for its proposed Perico Island
At a recent mediation hearing between Manatee
County and City of Bradenton officials, county repre-
sentatives indicated they might drop their latest lawsuit
against the project if Arvida was willing to lower the
maximum height of buildings to 37 feet. Arvida, not
surprisingly, declined, citing the economic benefit of
Arvida vice president Ed Hill said the project is
only economically viable if the company is able to sell
condominiums with a view of Perico Sound and the
Gulf of Mexico/
Indeed, based upon history, the Jacksonville-based
Arvida/St. Joe doesn't like to pass on a profit-making
The St. Joe Co., which acquired Arvida in 1996, is
the largest private landowner in Florida with more than
I million acres in land and assets in excess of $2 bil-
lion and a net corporate income of $174 million last
It's also got a long history in Florida of using its
political muscle to supposedly fix elections and support
politicians friendly to its development plans.
The company was founded by Alfred du Pont (yes,
those du Ponts) in the early 1900s to buy Florida land
Du Pont eventually sold the company to Ed Ball,
who headed St. Joe from 1930 until 1968.
Ball has been accused of fixing the 1950 election
of George Smathers as Florida's governor, a claim he
At one time, St. Joe owned the state's largest pa-
per mill and a railroad, along with extensive land hold-
ings, but since the mid-I1990s has concentrated on land
sales and development.
Now, former DisneyWorld executive Peter
Rummell heads up St. Joe. Rummell claims he learned
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of the law firm of Hopping Green and Sams.
While he was FSU president, Sandy D'Alamberte
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newspaper opinion column after the company was criti-
cized by a letter writer.
In the 2002 elections, St. Joe and its subsidiaries
and executives donated at least $84,000 to political
candidates, including current Gov. Jeb Bush.
The company says it makes campaign contribu-
tions to candidates of both political parties, and sup-
ports anyone who will help northwest Florida become
the garden spot of the state for new home development.
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St. Joe officials make no secret that they need the
bigger airport as an attraction for people to buy some
of the 450 planned homes in its subdivision near
Randy Curtis of the Panama City-Bay County
Airport Authority said a new airport with an 8,000-
foot runway, as St. Joe has requested, will cost tax-
payers about $210 million. Curtis supports a new
airport because the current 6,300 foot runway is too
small for new versions of the Boeing 737, let alone
St. Joe contends the area needs a new facility
because of the tremendous growth in the Panhandle,
and because the nearest large airport is in Tallahas-
see, about 70 miles away. Not to mention the fact that
a new airport could help generate millions and mil-
lions of dollars in new home sales in the region for
All part of the St. Joe plan to develop the Great
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homes and living, as company advertising states.
Major player in panhandle development
But Crooked Creek is not the only St. Joe/Arvida
project in Florida's Panhandle, nor the only reason it
needs a new airport. It's also not the only controversy.
In Gulf County near the city of Port St. Joe, com-
pany officials have asked that county officials move a
3.5-mile stretch of U.S. Highway 98 to make room for
its planned 1,600-home Windmark development.
A similar proposal in nearby Franklin County to
move a 1.4-mile portion of U.S. 98 was withdrawn by
the company following a torrent of complaints by state
officials and local residents.
St. Joe has already been approved to build its
SummerCamp development in St. Teresa in Franklin
County. The community will have 499 homes and more
than 25,000 square feet of commercial space and a hotel.
A proposal for a marina, however, was withdrawn.
In its WaterSound development in Walton County,
St. Joe has already sold more than a third of the planned
499 lots. The county has given St. Joe approval for a
golf course and an additional 1,250 residential units.
In south Florida, Arvida developed the posh
Weston subdivision, which has been incorporated into
Arvida also has three large developments in and
around Jacksonville, including a 450-unit subdivision
on the St. Johns River.
On Longboat Key, Arvida developed the Longboat
Key Club, among other projects, and Bird Key, a full-
scale dredge-and-fill development.
Conservation for cash
At the same time, however, St. Joe has become
somewhat of a champion of conservation.
The company sold off 90,000 acres to state conser-
vation agencies in 2002 and will sell another 75,000
acres within'three years, and possibly an additional
160,000 acres to the state, company officials say.
The company even has a vice president for conser-
vation lands, George Wilson, who is charged with help-
ing environmental groups and governmental agencies
to buy undeveloped St. Joe property for preservation as
a state or local park- at a St. Joe profit price.
But St. Joe has also put more than 20,000 undevel-
oped acres on the "sell" market in rural northwest
Florida, subdividing the acreage near Fanlew, Fla., into
100- acre parcels for modern rural living.
The list of St. Joe/Arvida developments and pro-
posals in the panhandle and around Tallahassee is ex-
So why did St. Joe/Arvida, with its seemingly end-
less supply of land and friendly politicians in Florida's
Panhandle, come to Bradenton?
Probably because of friendly local officials, sug-
gested environmentalist Ernie Rivers in Pensacola.
When the Bradenton City Council annexed Perico
Island in early 2000, it took Arvida less than a month
to get approval from that body for its condominium
Since the project was now located within the
Bradenton city limits, Arvida did not have to pay
Manatee County impact fees that would have cost them
hundreds of thousands of dollars.
But St. Joe and Arvida don't do anything that
won't make a profit, said Rivers.
The land reportedly will cost Arvida about $10
million. With 686 condominium units on Perico sell-
ing at an average estimated price of a mere $400,000
per unit, the deal would bring in about $275 million in
gross sales for Arvida when the project is built out.
"I think you could make a nice profit, after build-
ing and land costs, out of $275 million," suggested
"So I don't think Arvida is just going to walk away
from that kind of money, just because some little en-
vironmental group challenges them in court," he said.
The environmental group ManaSota-88 has also
filed a new lawsuit against the City of Bradenton over
its approval of Arvida's proposed Perico Island project.
ManaSota-88 executive director Glenn Compton is
under no illusions about the might of Arvida.
"They've got the high-priced lawyers and lobby-
ists, they've got the political might, they've got all
these other developments that they claim provide jobs
in Florida, and they've got money. They've got every-
thing," said Compton. "We're just a non-profit group
And if Arvida thinks ManaSota-88 will eventually
throw in the towel, it could be right.
"We have no intention of giving up the new court
case, but the day may come when we no longer have
the finances to continue," Compton said. "Our legal
expenses are all paid through donations, while Arvida
has enough money to continue this fight for a long
The company's activities in northwest Florida
show Arvida is more interested in making a buck than
THE ISLANDER U SEPT. 8, 2004 U PAGE 13
Key retreat' scheduled
Longboat Key accommodations operators have
teamed up with the LBK Chamber of Commerce to
host "Heroes' Retreat" starting late next week.
Soldiers and their families from Fort Benning, Ga.,
will be given accommodations "in appreciation for
what they are doing for our country," the chamber said.
The only down side is that the outfit that was to
benefit originally had its Iraq tour extended. So others
at Benning will be receiving the generosity of
Longboaters from Sept. 11-18.
The retreat originated with Tom Brennan of Sea-
side Garden Retreat, who had friends at Fort Benning
and began negotiations with officials there and the lo-
A total of 17 rooms are available to military people
at no charge at the Sand Cay Beach Resort, Starfish
Motel, Longboat Bay Club and Seaside Garden, the
'4 Women Only' expo
is seeking exhibitors
A "4 Women Only" exposition is sched-
uled the first of next month, and exhibitors are
sought to show goods and services of particu-
lar use to women, said the producer, Buckler
Promotions Inc. of Deltona.
The expo will be Oct. 1-3 at Sarasota-
Bradenton International Convention Center,
8005 15th St. E., the former Sam's Club build-
ing behind Sarasota-Bradenton International
To be shown by the 100 exhibitors who
have signed up so far, said the promoter, are
beauty and health products, hair and cosmetic
makeovers, jewelry, foods, gardening products,
plastic surgeons, wedding planning, fashions,
etc., plus seminars on beauty, travel, computers,
finance and relationships.
Spaces are open at the expo for $395 each
for the three days, tables an additional $10-$30.
Admission will be $5 each day. Additional in-
formation may be obtained and registration
made at 386-860-0092.
in saving the environment, and that holds true for the
Perico Island project, Compton concluded.
EDITOR'S NOTE: portions this article have appeared
in previous issues of The Islander.
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Island police reports
Anna Maria City
Aug. 28,2400 block of Gulf Drive North, false report.
Police responding to a traffic crash received false informa-
tion from the driver and passenger of a vehicle that hit the
rear of another vehicle. According to the report, the male
driver told police he was a passenger and the female iden-
tified herself as the driver at fault. Witnesses reported that
the male was driving, and when confronted by the officer,
the male stated he lied because he was not listed as a driver
on the rental car agreement.
Aug. 29, 1000 block of Gulf Drive North, burglary.
A man reported that 52 gallons of gas was siphoned
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ported that his son stole a checkbook from his bedroom.
Aug. 28, 5626 Gulf Drive, Harrington House Bed
and Breakfast Inn, burglary. Approximately $800 in
cash was reportedly stolen from a bank bag kept in the
Aug. 28, 200 block of Haverkos Court, distur-
bance. According to the report, a woman became
locked out of her friend's home when she went to re-
trieve an item from her car. The woman told police she
heard her friends arguing inside the residence and be-
gan beating on the window next to the door to get their
attention. According to the report, the window broke
and cut the woman's wrist.
Aug. 30, 4000 Gulf Drive, Manatee Public Beach,
burglary. A man reported his cash and prescription pills
stolen from his car.
Aug. 30, 5801 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach Police
Department, suspicious person. A woman was given an
identity-theft packet after she reportedly learned from
her car insurance company that a man in another state
had used her Social Security number to file a car insur-
Aug. 30, 5900 block of Flotilla Drive, criminal
mischief. According to the report, the front windshield,
back window and side mirror of a front-end loader
/ere cracked. The equipment is being used by Energy
Resources to dredge the Holmes Beach canals.
Aug. 31,4000 Gulf Drive, Manatee Public Beach,
drug arrest. Brian Lynch, 20, of Valrico, was arrested
for possession of marijuana, drug paraphernalia and
alcohol under the age of 21. According to the report,
Lynch was seen on the beach after closing and was
approached by an officer on patrol. At that time, the
officer arrested Lynch for possession of alcohol and,
during the arrest, found him in possession of a mari-
juana pipe reportedly still warm from use. The officer
found marijuana inside Lynch's cigarette pack.
Sept. 1, 500 block of 74th Street, theft. A man re-
ported that a house guest stole four checks from his check-
book and attempted to cash one of the checks for $1,500
at Amscott. The woman was reportedly arrested by
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Beach Scenic Highway Committee Corridor Manage-
ment Entity will have about five years to come up with
a plan for street-end enhancement that will designate
public parking spaces in those areas.
That's about how long the CME has until the next
beach renourishment project gets fully under way and
Manatee County officials will actually count the num-
ber of parking spaces near beach accesses that will
apply to the beach renourishment program.
After an informal survey of street ends in the city
by CME member Bill Shearon and Mayor John
Chappie found only 19 apparent public parking spaces,
the sub-committee members have their work cut out for
them. But the CME at its July 27 meeting authorized
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Island Chamber of Commerce welcoming visitors to
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The CME got some bad news when it learned that
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A royal palm tree on Pine Avenue near North Shore Drive in Anna Maria
snapped off and blocked the road. Emergency workers, Manatee County Sheriff's
Office personnel and residents managed to clear the obstruction quickly. Is-
lander Photo: Paul Roat
And yet another palm tree toppled on power lines on South Harbor Drive in Holmes
Beach. Islander Photo: Nancy Ambrose
Frances smacks Island
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
"All in all, we didn't have much major damage
from the wind except for a lot of trees down and some
vegetation and the transformer," said SueLynn.
There was flooding in the expected areas and Anna
Maria Public Works Director George McKay worked
Sunday to erect barricades to keep motorists out of the
Some heavy beach erosion was reported along
North Shore Drive, particularly in areas that were not
part of the 2002 beach renourishment project. The
house at 765 North Shore had its foundation exposed
to the Gulf of Mexico by erosion.
"Nothing really happened until after the hurricane
passed," the mayor observed. "In fact, the major prob-
lem was the sightseers. It was very frustrating as they
clogged the roads and drove around barricades and
through flooded areas, sending water back into the
"Stupid," said Sgt. John Kinney of the Manatee
County Sheriff's Office sub-station in Anna Maria.
"These people have been told to stay home and
they're just out here sightseeing and making our job
harder," he said, as he watched a horde of "tourists"
walking the beach near the city pier being pelted by
driving winds and rain.
He said there was little law enforcement could do
to keep people off the Island in the absence of a curfew
or mandatory evacuation. "All we can do is keep them
off private property and we can't be everywhere. We
can't stop people from driving around and being stu-
Kinney said he routed several people from the
Sandbar restaurant in Anna Maria who were on the
property without permission.
Ed Chiles, owner of the Sandbar and the Beach
House Restaurant in Bradenton Beach, said both prop-
erties seem to have survived the backside of Frances
A radio report Monday said that the Beach House
had been washed into the sea, but upon inspection, that
was not the case, he said.
"Reports of our demise have been greatly exagger-
ated," observed Chiles dryly, and both restaurants were
scheduled to be open today for business.
But the Island may have escaped the frying pan just
to be placed into the fire. Hurricane Ivan is churning
rapidly through the Caribbean on a west-northwest
track that, according to the National Hurricane Center
in Miami, would put Ivan between Cuba and Florida
this Saturday on a northwest course for Florida.
"All we can do is watch and be prepared," said a
weary SueLynn. "We should know something better by
the commission meeting Thursday."
Hurricane watchers at the Manatee County Emer-
gency Operations Center were keeping a wary eye on
Ivan, but said it was too soon for an accurate forecast.
Considering the numerous projections for Frances
that were later changed by the NHC, they could only
hope the same would be true for Ivan.
"All we can do is make decisions based upon the
latest weather reports we receive," said Commissioner
John Quam, the city's representative to the EOC.
Holmes Beach didn't have the "tourists" that Anna
Maria appeared to get, said Mayor Carol Whitmore, but
there were a number of people who congregated at the
Manatee Public Beach.
"We ended up closing the beach because people
were jumping off the pier into the surf," she said. Oth-
erwise, the tourists appeared to go to Coquina Beach or
Damage in Holmes Beach was similar to that re-
ported in Anna Maria, with a few roofs blown off, some
trees uprooted or cracked, and pool cages downed.
Public works department crews were out on Tuesday
cleaning up what they could, Whitmore said.
The greatest location of damage in the city appar-
ently is the Beach Inn at 66th Street and the beach,
which had part of its roof end up in the parking lot.
Whitmore added that Waste Management Inc.
won't pick up garbage until Thursday, the scheduled
day, but planned to haul yard waste today -- as usual.
The mayor said Marina Drive at the Gulf Drive
intersection was closed because winds kept knocking
down the barricades, not because the storm had dam-
aged the under-construction seawall along Marina
Drive. "All in all, it could have been a lot worse."
It might be. Whitmore said the EOC will meet
Thursday to discuss Hurricane Ivan and she plans on
attending. "We'll see if we have to do this all over
After near misses from Charley and Frances, will
the Island's luck hold or will the third time be strike
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Anna Maria Island scenes of Frances
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Photo: Rick Catlin
A gaping hole in the seawall where repairs are under way along the Holmes Beach
city basin seawall threatened to undermine Marina Drive, and barrel barricades
threatened area businesses, which necessitated public works crews to detour traffic
for Frances. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy
These two young men scampered through pellets of rain and sand to skim the
shoreline at 66th Street in Holmes Beach. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy
This large, meandering tree at the corner of Gladiolus Street and Alamanda Avenue in Anna Maria suc-
cumbed to Frances'.firy. Islander Photo.: Bonner Joy
Even Bradenton Beach City Hall was not spared
Frances' wrath, when the covering blew off the
porch overhang. Islander Photo: J.L. Robertson
Islander Photo: Paul Roat
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Some Island motels reap Frances benefit
By Rick Catlin
One man's misery is often another man's fortune.
That seemed to be the case this past weekend as
Florida east coast residents flocked to Manatee County
and Anna Maria Island to get out of the way of pow-
erful Hurricane Frances.
Ironically, the business generated by Frances
somewhat made up for the cancellations caused by
Hurricane Charley three weeks ago, when the Island
was evacuated and all accommodations were shut
"I feel a little terrible that we're doing so good
because of the misfortune of others," said Marge
Moran of the Surfside Econolodge and Club Bamboo
in Bradenton Beach. The property was nearly sold out
for the Labor Day weekend, primarily with east coast
residents, she said.
"Initially, we had cancellations from vacationers
early in the week. Then, we started getting calls from
people on the east coast. Now, we're just about full,"
Moran said Friday before the storm made landfall on
Florida's east coast.
But the influx of east coast residents is a mixed
blessing because many Island accommodation proper-
ties lost all their business because of Hurricane
Charley. In fact, the Island was evacuated during
Charley and accommodation owners had the unenvi-
able task of telling incoming guests the bad news.
"August was a washout," said Kent Davis of Siam
Gardens in Anna Maria. "We lost all our reservations
because of Charley and we were scheduled to be sold
Davis said the same thing happened when Frances
was first forecast to hit Florida, but he did pick up some
reservations from east coast residents getting out of
harm's way. "But it was like one step forward, two
steps back," he noted. "The new reservations didn't
equal the cancellations."
At the Rod & Reel Motel in Anna Maria, manager
Sherry Mesaros noted the same problem.
"We were originally scheduled to be full because
of the holiday, but those people all canceled. Then, we
had some people come in from the east coast, but it
didn't equal out."
Moran, however, got lucky in August when crews
from the electric companies working in Port Charlotte
booked her rooms in August after Charley came
through that area and knocked out the electricity. Those
reservations helped ease the sting of the cancellations
from that hurricane. In fact, she said, Florida Power and
Light called her last week to book rooms, just in case
Frances caused similar power outages in central
But not all Island accommodations were getting a
benefit from Frances.
While mainland hotels and motels were booked
solid for Labor Day by east coast residents, said Rob
Warner of the Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors
Bureau, the same was not true of the Island because of
some bad publicity.
"We had plenty of availability," said Mary Ann
Brockman of the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Com-
merce, "but very few phone calls. Some television sta-
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hotels were full and that just wasn't the case. We had
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from the east coast asking if the bridges were closed."
Brockman said she tried to correct the false reports
on Friday with a number of local media outlets, but the
damage was done.
Angela Rodocker of the Bridge Walk resort in
Bradenton Beach would agree.
"We didn't get many visitors from the east coast
looking for rooms," she said. "That was surprising be-
cause others did."
One east coast couple who stopped at Jane E's
Coffee Bar in Holmes Beach Saturday said they were
relieved to find pet-friendly accommodations at
"If we hadn't found Haley's online," the
Melbourne woman said, "we's have had to disguise our
90-pound dog and a cat, or sneak them in a hotel room
late at night."
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roof damage when the shingles started blowing up
and away Sunday and received repairs Monday from
a fast-acting crew from Weller Roofing and Alumi-
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in the Florida Straits this w weekend.
The storm was also forecast to intensify as
the week continues, according to meteorologists
with ihe National Hurricane Center.
In other words, don't unpack or take down
your window protection, and be sure to refresh
your hurricane supply kit.
Waste Management Inc., the contracted
trash hauler for Holmes Beach and Anna
Maria, will collect yard waste today and regu-
lar trash on Thursday, Sept. 9, as scheduled,
a company spokesperson said.
Recycling materials won't be picked up
again until Monday, Sept. 13, the spokesper-
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9 a.m. Horseshoe games at Anna Maria City
Hall Park, 10005 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria.
10:30 a.m. Friends of the Island Branch Library
book club at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-6341.
Friday, Sept. 10
6 p.m. Big John's Texas Barbecue at the
Church of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes
Beach. Information: 778-1638. Fee applies.
7 to 10 p.m. Car show and sock hop at the
American Legion Post No. 24, 2000 75th St. W.,
Bradenton. Information: 794-3489. Fee applies for
8 p.m. Manatee Players opening night of "Les
Miserables" school edition at the Riverfront Theatre,
102 Old Main St., Bradenton. Information: 748-5875.
Saturday, Sept. 11
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. Blessing of the Fleet Ceremony hosted
by the Cortez Yacht Club at the Intracoastal Waterway
north of the Cortez Bridge. Information: 780-3547.
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cut-A-Thon to benefit the Red
Cross assistance for hurricane victims at Amy Dodge
Aveda Salon, 5311 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Infor-
mation: 778-8191. Reservations recommended.
10 a.m. "All About Alligators" at the Crowley
Museum & Nature Center, 16405 Myakka Road,
Sarasota. Information: 322-1000.
10:30 a.m. Family origami class at the Island
Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
9:15 p.m. Sellichot service and reception at
Temple Beth Israel, 567 Bay Isles Road, Longboat
Key. Information: 383-3428. Fee applies.
Monday, Sept. 13
10:15 a.m. Gulf Coast Writers meeting at the
Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach. Information: 792-5295.
6 to 8 p.m. Line dancing lessons at the Ameri-
can Legion Post No. 24, 2000 75th St. W., Bradenton.
Information: 794-3489. Fee applies.
Tuesday, Sept. 14
Noon to 3:30 p.m. Friendly bridge at the Anna
Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave.,
Anna Maria. Information: 778-1908. Fee applies.
1 to 4 p.m. Veterans service officer at the Island
Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Longboat Key Chamber of
Commerce business-after-hours social at T.H. Win-
ston, 1451 Global Court, Sarasota. Information: 387-
Wednesday, Sept. 15
9 a.m. Horseshoe games at Anna Maria City
Hall Park, 10005 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria.
8 p.m. Erev Rosh Hashanah service at Temple
Beth Israel, 567 Bay Isles Road, Longboat Key. Infor-
mation: 383-3428. Fee applies.
Manatee Players presents "Les Miserables"
school edition at the Riverfront Theatre, 102 Old Main
St., Bradenton, through Sept. 25. Information: 748-
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Artwork by Woody Candish and Rocco
Gambacorta at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach, through Sept. 30. Information:
Photographs by John C. Bonser at Island Gallery
West, 5368 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, through Sept.
30. Information: 778-6648.
Roller hockey at the Anna Maria Island Commu-
nity Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria, through
Oct. 30. Information: 778-1908.
Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce "Creating
a Competitive Workforce Advantage" with Ed Barlow
at the Lakewood Ranch Golf and Country Club Sept.
Friends of the Island Branch Library board meet-
ing Sept. 17.
Anna Maria Oyster Bar Charity Golf Tournament
Internet class at the Island Branch Library Sept.
"Give 'em The Pickle" at the Longboat Key Cham-
ber of Commerce Sept. 20.
Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce busi-
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vases with foam stickers and
later enjoyed decorating
themselves with face paints.
Scott will soon have her smile
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worth more than $13,000. An
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has pledged to reconstruct
both her top and bottom teeth.
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Another near miss for Island via Frances
Sixty-nine years ago, a massive hurricane struck
the Florida Keys. The Great Labor Day Hurricane
swept past Long Key as a Category 5 storm. Winds of
more than 155 mph were recorded, more than 600
people died, mostly veterans who were working on the
almost-completed railroad linking Miami to Key West.
The railroad bed was destroyed and never rebuilt.
A later report on the Labor Day storm stated that,
"No anemometer reading of the wind was obtained, but
the gradient formula gives 200-250 mph winds."
Fast forward to now. We've had two major hurri-
canes strike Florida within weeks of each other. Hur-
ricane Charley, a fast-moving Category 2 storm, took
a diagonal path, tearing across the state from Punta
Gorda to Melborne, causing 26 deaths, massive power
outages and billions of dollars of damage.
On Labor Day weekend, Hurricane Frances -
which at one point was a Category 4 hurricane -
churned up the Southeast Coast of the state before
making landfall near Stuart Sunday morning. The
storm also moved diagonally across Florida, this time
southeast to northwest and, at one point, was causing
at least tropical force winds from Jacksonville to the
Frances was huge, wet, and slow. Whereas Charley
was over and done with in half a day, Frances' impacts
started to be felt on the east coast by Thursday, the west
coast by Saturday, and some of us are still digging out
from under a storm from which the center passed a
mere 75 miles from Anna Maria Island.
As of Monday, more than 3 million residences
were without power, and that number will probably be
higher as Frances made yet another landfall near
Apalachicola Monday night.
Neither Charley nor Frances made a hard hit on the
Evacuation orders were issued for Charley as its
early forecast track had the storm making landfall at the
Sunshine Skyway Bridge before veering away to points
south, at Port Charlotte.
Frances's track was always to our north, so it
caught us with tropical force winds Sunday and torren-
tial rain and a slight storm surge Monday, but except
for four trailers and a some roof damages to homes and
businesses, the Island came away from the latest storm
pretty much unscathed.
Of course, almost all of the Island was without
power for much of Monday and Tuesday.
So what are the lessons we learned from Hurricane
Looping through the Island on Sunday brought
home again the need for severe tree trimming along
power lines. Almost the entire stretch of South Bay
Boulevard-North Bay Boulevard had power lines en-
twined within tree limbs and palm fronds.
Florida Power & Light doesn't turn off the switch
when a storm comes, but when a line goes down,
they've got to send a crew out to flip the circuit breaker
to turn the juice back on. With winds better than 35
mph, the crews don't roll. If there are tree limbs in the
way, an additional tree-trimming crew is called in to
get rid of the obstruction before the power is restored,
even if the power lines are still intact.
It's really pretty simple:
No tree limbs = better chance of no power loss.
Keep calling to get your power restored. Don't
think that a neighbor has done the task for you. Re-
member: FPL power outage number is 1-800-40UT-
My power was off for better than 18 hours. The
result will be a really clean refrigerator, and another
just-remembered valuable lesson:
ice thaws if it's not kept cold.
I just swabbed up a puddle from under my fridge
caused by the ice leaking out of the ice-water dispenser
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in the front. Oops.
A few years ago I splurged on some really nifty
rechargeable flashlights that are about as bright as the
sun. During this storm, I've found that the nifty flash-
lights also flare out about as fast as a light bulb. My old
trusty five-cell flashlight works just fine, though, so the
Have more than one flashlight. And lots of batter-
ies. Lots and lots.
And finally, if you've boarded up your house, why
not keep it that way for the next few days. Be alert ...
Next up: Hurricane Ivan
Hurricane Ivan, a Category 4 storm, is currently
working its way toward the northwest in the Caribbean.
Storm models indicate it could reach the Cuba-Florida
Keys area by weeks end, and the storm is predicted to
intensify in the next few days.
However, there was an interesting Web site that
came to light in the past few weeks that reveals almost
everything and then some about those hurricane
computer forecast models that the weather people are
always talking about.
Go to hurricanealley.net and you'll get more infor-
mation than you'll ever want to have on current and
historic storms. The site seems to be a bit erratic; some-
times its free, sometimes the Webmasters want money,
but even if they want some money, it's only $6 a month
to get an awful lot of information about hurricanes.
So here's what the hurricane models say to date
about Hurricane Ivan: Almost all the computer models
indicate it will turn to the north before reaching Florida,
pretty much following the Gulf Stream to points north.
... and about those
hurricane model descriptions
The National Hurricane Center uses a slew of com-
puter models as a part of its prediction for storm tracks,
intensity, storm surge and all the other impressive
things that make up all the parts of a hurricane.
Compliments of hurricanealley.net, here is a very
abbreviated version of some of the models. By the way,
if you go to nhc.noaa.gov, you can read the "discus-
sions" of each of the storms coming at us, and there is
often a mention of a specific model used in the forecast.
According to the Web site:
"Statistical models start with the information as
to where the storm is located and the time of year of
the observation. The program will then search the
available database for other storms in the same lo-
cation at the same time of year. The forecast is then
based upon the history of those storms, what they did
at the same time of year from the same location. The
program is not provided with any information con-
cerning current weather factors that may influence
the system being forecasted. This means that there
could be potentially major influences upon the par-
ticular storm in question that would override the
"CLIPER (CLImatology and PERsistence) include
the initial latitude and longitude of the storm. the com-
ponents of the storm motion vector, or which direction
it is moving, the day of the year, and the initial storm
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the output from the other forecast models and as bench-
mark for tracking forecasting model skill. Any model
that cannot demonstrate significant skill over
CLIPER's combination of climatology and persistence
"Dynamical models, unlike the statistical models,
disregard history altogether. They use as much infor-
mation as possible concerning the storm itself and the
conditions surrounding the storm. The simplest type of
dynamical model sets up a three-dimensional grid of
the atmosphere of isolated points on the earth's surface.
Observational readings are then taken which include
winds, air pressure, humidity and temperature. These
readings are then fed into the computer and the 'model'
will then create a forecast of future movement based on
the output from the interaction of the storm with these
atmospheric conditions at the selected grid points.
"The AVN or aviation model is run by the NCEP,
or National Centers for Environmental Prediction MRF
(Medium Range Forecast) model. The MRF is a 28-
level of atmosphere global model and uses readings
from 28 levels of the atmosphere over the entire globe.
"BAM (Beta and Advection Model) follows a tra-
jectory from the Aviation run of the MRF model to
provide a track forecast. There are three versions of the
BAM [ranging from shallow to medium to deep]. For
a weak hurricane without a well-developed eye wall
extending deep into the atmosphere, or for a tropical
storm, the shallow version of the model may work well,
because storms of this nature tend to be steered by low-
level winds. As the storm grows stronger and the eye
wall gets deeper the deeper versions become more ac-
curate, for these types of storms are steered more by the
winds in the upper-level.
"GFDL (Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory)
model was developed specifically for hurricane predic-
"GHM The GFDL Multiply-Nested Moveable
Mesh Hurricane Model also produces experimental
forecasts of hurricane intensity and wind swath maps
that show the distribution of predicted maximum sur-
face and boundary layer winds. The GHM was devel-
oped by NOAA's Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Labo-
ratory at Princeton University.
"The GUNS Ensemble An Average of the GFDL,
UKMET Office and NOGAPS Models, was developed
by James Goerss of the Naval Research Laboratory in
Monterey, Calif. He has demonstrated that a simple
consensus of the GFDL, UKMET and NOGAPS mod-
els was about 20-percent more accurate at 24, 48 and
72 hours than the best of individual models. Consen-
sus forecasts, on average, are often more accurate than
the forecasts from individual models.
"NOGAPS (Naval Operational Global Atmo-
spheric Prediction System) uses parameterizations of
physical processes and a bogussing, or faking, scheme
for a tropical cyclone taking synthetic observations
that represent the storm's circulation that are then
added to the data assimilation system.
"UKMET (United Kingdom Meteorological Of-
fice). like the NOGAPS and MRF models, UKMET
includes extensive physical parameterizations and a
tropical cyclone bogussing system.
"SHIPS (Statistical Hurricane Intensity Prediction
Scheme" model is a statistical-dynamic intensity pre-
Now, isn't that more than you ever wanted to
The NOGAPS computer model was the only com-
puter run that correctly predicted that Tropical Storm
Harvey would buttonhook to the south instead of hit-
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Tackle, bait, ice, fishing license provided!
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By Capt. Mike Heistand
Don't forget the Eighth Annual De Soto Fishing
Tournament is coming up with a captain's meeting at
5:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 10, at the Bradenton City Cen-
ter-Municipal Auditorium, followed by a party and
with offshore fishing to start after the meeting.
Inshore and nearshore action will commence at
6:30 a.m. Sept. 11 with a shotgun start at the mouth of
the Manatee River. Weigh-in will be at the Bradenton
Yacht Club beginning at 11 a.m. Sept. 12.
There will be offshore, nearshore and inshore divi-
sions, and cash awards at $5,000 for first place awarded
in each, as well as lesser prizes for other place-winners.
Entry fees are set at $275 for inshore, $400 for
nearshore, and $500 for offshore boats through Sept. 6; an
additional $50 has been added now.
The fundraising event by sponsoring Hernando De
Soto Historical Society Inc. benefits a host of other
agencies, including college scholarships.
For more information about the fishing tourney,
What with Hurricane Frances looming or crashing
against the Island for much of last week, fishing reports
were scattered, although the outlook for good snook
and redfishing continues in the bays and, for those will-
ing to try to get outside, grouper and snapper action
should be good in the Gulf of Mexico.
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near Marina Jack restaurant received a rude awak-
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Soccer spirit undampened by Hurricane Frances
By Kevin Cassidy
Tuesday through Friday, Aug. 31-Sept. 3, was sup- -
posed to be a weeklong celebration to kick off the Anna --
Maria Island Community Center's fall soccer league.
Games were completed through Thursday, but Frances .
washed out all of Friday's games and, with the season .
getting started next week and Hurricane Ivan now' -
looming in the Caribbean, it doesn't appear likely the 4 1
missed games will be made up. -,
All teams in four age groups were scheduled to "
play two mini-games, plus get in a practice game or
two with uniforms and referees before the real season
cranks up. Another big part of last week's scrim- , ',;-, 't
mage games was getting parents and fans fine-tuned on..". ,
the nuances of properly supporting the team of their
choice. Parents were instructed to wear team colors and ".
bring anything that they thought would show support .
for their team.
Mike Norman of Mike Norman Realty fame, along
with daughters Sally Greig and Mary-Anne Ellis, ap-
parently were good listeners. Ellis' son Marlin and ... ,
Greig's son Morgan both play for Mike Norman Re-
alty, sponsored by grandpa. Neither Marlin, Morgan ,
nor to be fair, the rest of the Mike Norman Realty soc-
cer team had any difficulty figuring out which fans
were supporting them.
Modified Mike Norman Realty signs with "Go
Gillian" and "Go Mariah" and all the rest of the team
player's names lined one end of the field. Throw in a ,
cowbell, pompoms and some very enthusiastic and
vocal fans all decked out in Mike Norman red -
and you've got yourself some soccer spirit!
If the Mike Norman Realty fans don't win the spirit
week award at this year's soccer banquet, a full inquiry
will be launched to find who's responsible and hold Bradenton Orthopaedic's Neil Carper makes a textbook tackle on Ocean View soccer phenom Adam Hart
them accountable. during instructional league action at the Center. Islander Photos: Kevin Cassidy
Though the sideline antics were entertaining, to say ...-...
the least, the performance of the instructional league, .
some new and definitely young players, ages 5-7, was'
action packed as always. If you've never watched an ,
instructional league game, you're missing out on some ...
To begin with, the focus for this age group is to ,. '
make sure the kids have fun and that they learn the ,." ,-"
basics of the game. Scores and standings aren't kept by .. ,. ...
the Center, though the majority of the players and par- .. . *' ,"' ... ;
ents know who won or lost. It just isn't the main focus 'A: '"
of this young-player league. ',
Teams play with seven players and each team has .
a coach on the field to "direct traffic." Playing soccer '.
is one of the most physically demanding sports around, ..
but being the coach on the field during an instructional -
league game is equally challenging.
swarm to the ball, giving it the name of "bee ball."
Every now and then the ball will squirt out from the
swarm and the race is on again. As the season
progresses, the players improve on their skills and
knowledge of their positions, which spreads the field 4 .
a little bit to make for some good soccer.
PLEASE SEE SPORTS, NEXT PAGEWN
Anna Maria Island
soccer schedule .
Division I (ages 12-14)
Sept. 9 7:15 p.m. LaPensee vs. West Coast Air
Sept. 14 7:15 p.m. ReMax vs. West Coast Air
Division II (ages 10-11)
Sept. 8 6 p.m West Coast Surf vs. Harry's
Division III (ages 8-9)
Sept. 8 6 p.m West Coast Surf vs. Harry's
Sept. 8 7 p.m Pine Ave. Store vs. Air America
Sept. 10 6 p.m. Jessie's vs. Island Animal Clinic
Sept. 10 7 p.m. West Coast Surf vs. Air America
Sept. 13 6 p.m. Harry's vs. Island Animal Clinic
Sept. 13 7 p.m. Jessie's vs. Pine Ave. Store
Instructional (ages 5-7)
Sept. 8 6 p.m. Bistros vs. Longboat Observer
Sept. 9 6 p.m. Observer vs. Ocean View Mike Norman Realty defender Morgan Greig makes a nice play to avoid the tackle from Ocean View's Adam
Sept. 9 7 p.m. Bistros vs. Mike Norman Realty Hart during instructional league action at the Center.
THE ISLANDER 0 SEPT. 8, 2004 0 PAGE 23
Stuff the bus
In an effort to assist schools in neighboring coun-
ties affected by Hurricane Charley, Manatee County
schools have begun an adopt-a-school partnership.
Manatee elementary, middle and high schools will
be collecting donations of educational and recreational
items to replace those lost during the storm by students
Area schools will collect items through Sept. 28,
and "stuff a bus" for a school of similar instruction
In addition to collections at participating schools,
items can be dropped off at the Manatee County School
Support Center, 215 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton.
Items suggested for donation include:
Transparencies, graph paper, construction paper,
manila file folders.
Scissors, calculators, index cards, colored pencils,
staplers and staples, taper dispensers and tape.
Dry-erase markers and liquid dry-eraser solution.
Composition books, sentence strips, desk name
tags, stickers, teacher grade books.
Pencil cases, book bags, trapper keepers.
Boxes of tissue, crates or storage bins, hand
sanitizer, individual and three-ring hole punchers, clip-
Cash donations can be mailed to the Manatee
County Schools Foundation, P. 0. Box 9069,
Bradenton FL 34206.
For more information call the Manatee District
Schools Community Relations Department at 708-
8770, ext. 2452.
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 22
Hurricanes not withstanding, the season is starting
for real next week, so put on your team colors and
come on down to the Center and support your team.
Charity golf tourney still looking
The Anna Maria Oyster Bar charity golf tourna-
ment to benefit the Center is still looking for sponsors
for its always-anticipated golf tourney, which takes
place on 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 advertisement at the
Anna Maria Oyster Bar Landside for two months fol-
lowing the tournament. Green sponsorships go for
$150, which displays your business ad on the course
the day of the tourney.
For more information, contact AMOB's Fred
Hurley at 721-7773, or Gary Harkness at 792-0077.
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830 North Shore Drive, Anna Maria,
...is back on the market at the OLD PRICE for a lim-
ited time... until the owners find out that prices have
continued to go through the roof. Then they're gonna
raise the price from $749,000 to lord who knows what.
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Amy Dodge Cut-A-Thon
Amy Dodge Aveda Salon specialists Maggie Collins,
seated, and Susan James along with owner Amy
Dodge, will be on hand Saturday, Sept. 11, for a Cut-
A-Thon from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for the victims of
Hurricane Charley. The salon is located in the
Island Fitness Center at 5311 Gulf Drive in Holmes
Beach. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin
Amy to hold Cut-A-Thon
for hurricane victims
The Amy Dodge Aveda Salon in the Island Fit-
ness Center at 5311 Gulf Drive in Holmes Beach will
hold a "Cut-A-Thon" Saturday, Sept. 11 with all pro-
ceeds going to the Florida Red Cross to assist the vic-
tims of Hurricane Charley.
The "Cut-A-Thon" is from 9 a.m to 5 p.m. and res-
ervations are requested by calling 778-8191.
Also that day, the salon is offering a 20 percent
discount on all Aveda products.
Islanders may also drop off goods and supplies for
hurricane victims at the salon any day. Cash donations
are also accepted.
Amy and her team of stylists will be traveling to
some of the hardest hit areas to do free haircuts for
some of the less fortunate victims of Hurricane
Charley and will deliver the goods and cash to the
local Red Cross.
For more information, call 778-8191.
Bob Fittro was top agent for obtaining new listings
and Alan Galletto once again was top sales agent during
August at Island Real Estate of Anna Maria Island Inc.
At Gulf-Bay Realty of Anna Maria Inc., Heather
Absten led in both categories, new listings and sales,
Quentin Talbert obtained the most new listings at
A Paradise Realty in August, and Cindy Grazar was the
leader in sales.
Island real estate transactions
1603 Gulf Drive, Bradenton Beach, Teitelbaum
Developers sold No. 13 Tradewinds condo to Watson
6/29/04 for $292,500; No. 25 Tradewinds condo 6/28/
04 to Costanzo for $280,000; and No. 29 Tradewinds
condo 6/30/04 to Costanzo for $280,000.
203 36th St., Holmes Beach, the four-unit, two
building 989 sfla / 1,107 sfur (times four) Casa Sierra
condos built in 1974 with pool on a 200x100 lot, was
sold 6/29/04, Smith to Tapestry LLC, for $1,640,000.
204 78th St., Holmes Beach, a 1,484 sfla / 1,484 sfur
3bed/3bath home built in 1955 on a 60x80 lot, was sold
6/29/04, Cominos to Hall, for $442,000; list $452,000.
239 Gladiolus, Anna Maria, a canalfront (42-feet)
1,392 sfla 1,986 sfur 3bed/2bath/2car home built in
1982 on a 143x165x42x100 lot, was sold 7/1/04,
Ropicki to Cominos, for $480,000; list $495,000.
302 Spring, a recently made-over 1,484 sfla / 1,484
sfur 3bed/2bath home built in 1956 on a 104x72 lot,
was sold 7/2/04, Long Carlton Real Estate to Kivett, for
$517,000; list $519,000.
4001 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, 105 Beach
Townhouses, a 1,106 sfla / 1,305 sfur 2bed/3bath
condo, was sold 6/28/04, Manzella to Nau, for
408 S. Bay Blvd., Anna Maria, a 1,676 sfla / 3,001
sfur 3bed/2.5bath/2car bayfront home built in 1981 by
my first client on a 60x85 lot, was sold 6/28/04, JCW
Realty to Siegal, for $1,125,000; list $1,299,000.
412 Bay Palms, Holmes Beach, a 2,000 sfla / 2,366
sfur 4bed/3bath/l car home built in 1966 on a 100x 127
lot, was sold 6/29/04, Burroughs to Cauldill, for
$460,000; list $499,900.
602 Baronet Lane, Holmes Beach, a canalfront (35
feet) 1,333 sfla / 2,304 sfur 2bed/2bath/lcar home built
in 1963 on an 86x1 tI lot, was sold 6/30/04, Ker to
Cooper, for $595,000.
6200 Flotilla, Holmes Beach, 264 Westbay Point
& Moorings, a 1,114 sfla / 1,426 sfur 2bed/2bath condo
built in 1979, was sold 7/2/04, Ernemann to Theohar,
for $340,000; list $345,000.
7700 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, an 80x62 vacant
lot, was sold 7/2/04, Enlow to Kurth, for $324,000; list
8401 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, a canalfront
1,672 sfla / 2,662 sfur 3bed/2bath/lcar home built in
1967 on a 94x100 lot, was sold 7/2/04, Trefz to
Fairchild, for $675,000; list $750,000.
877 N. Shore Drive, Anna Maria, the 10-unit 3,631
sfla / 5,702 sfur Rod & Reel bayfront motel built in
1952 on a 100x150 lot, was sold 6/30/04, Rod & Reel
Motel to Hallmark Construction, for $2,200,000; list
106 Third St. N., Bradenton Beach, a 1200 sfla /
1636 sfur 3bed/2bath/lcar home built in 1946 on a
50x103 lot, was sold 7/7/04, Carden to Rivard, for
$315,000; list $330,000.
1603 Gulf Drive, Bradenton Beach, No. 8
Tradewinds, a condo conversion unit, sold 7/9/04,
Teitelbaum to Schmidt, for $325,000.
2501 Avenue B, Bradenton Beach, a 1,728 sfla/
3,298 sfur 3bed/2bath/2car home built in 1990 on a
50x100 lot, was sold 7/7/04, Childs to Ervin, for
$535,000; list $549,500.
301 S. Bay Blvd, Anna Maria, a 1,500 sfla / 3,289
sfur 3bed/2bath/2car home built in 1976 on a 61x116
lot, was sold 7/6/04, Braun to Farrell, for $630,000.
3705 E. Bay Drive, Holmes Beach, 114 Sunbow
Bay 3, a 1,121 sfla / 1,222 sfur 2bed/2bath condo built
in 1980, was sold 7/6/04, Serra to Riley, for $264,650;
509 59th St., Holmes Beach, a 1,364 sfla / 1,977
sfur 2bed/l bath/lcar home built in 1961 on a 90x1 16
canalfront lot, was sold 7/6/04, Rush to Collins, for
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.
3 INVESTORS WANTED
: I know this will come as a huge and pleasant surprise: Anna Maria Island has
THREE almost new homes built to new codes in a dynamic management pro-
| gram with a documented cash surplus from the rental program. Imagine that!
I Not having to put your hand in your pocket at year's end to cover expenses. Not
having to rely on capital appreciation alone to justify your investment. This is a
no-brainer. Call me right away and allow me to get you out of the red and into
the black. Island Aussie Geoff (941) 545-0206, (800) 653-1913.
In 34 years I've never had
a listing that didn't sell.
GEOFFREY WALL. G.R.I. P.A
Realtor Sales Associate
e-mail: islander@' AussieGeoff.com
Open Weekends 11:00-4:00
Four brand new
Mediterranean flats nestled between
the azure blue waters of the Gulf of
Mexico and picturesque Coquina Reef.
Designed for carefree water-front living
with all the luxuries and conveniences
one would desire. Two car-plus garage,
elevator, sparkling pool. Just completed
and ready for immediate occupancy -
the island lifestyle awaits.
Only 4 Units Starting at $795,000
Tina Rudek (941) 920-0303
Real Estate, Inc.
NEW SEASONAL RENTALS
1 BR/i BA Steps to Beach, $2,200
PALMA SOLA HARBOUR:
2BR/2BA Pool and Tennis, $2,100
2BR to 3BR/2BA Pool and Dock, $4,000-$4,500
Pointe West Villa: 2BR/2BA $850
Bayou Condo: 2BR/I BA $875
Bradenton Beach Duplex: 3BR/2BA $925
Anna Maria Home: 3BR/2BA $1,500
Cape Vista Home: 2BR/2BA $1200
310 Pine Avenue P.O. Box 1299 Anna Mana, FL 34216
Office 779-0304 Fax 779-0308 Tol Free 866-779-0304
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CAMERAS: MINOLTA XE one with lens, $35; new
X370 in box, $100; Maxuum 7000, used twice, case,
four lenses, $300. (941) 798-8342.
FREE DELIVERY: SEAFOOD to go. Shrimp, crabs,
native fish. Delivered to your door. Call James Lee,
(941) 795-1112 or 704-8421.
ANNA MARIA ISLAND SCREENSAVER! Experi-
ence the Island on your computer desktop. Available
at The Islander, or purchase on line or order by mail.
$12 PC or $15 Mac.
BUTTERFLY PARK BENEFIT: Purchase a person-
alized brick in the Anna Maria Island Butterfly Park.
Two lines, $40. Three lines, $50. Pick up form at The
Islander or call (941) 518-4431 for more information.
Download form: www.islandsandbeaches.com/
FREE GUN LOCK. Yes, free. Just for the asking.
Courtesy of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conserva-
tion Commission. Free at The Islander newspaper
office, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Don't be
sorry, be safe. One per customer.
CALLING ALL ARTISTS: Restless Natives gallery
looking for original artwork in all mediums for con-
signment. Stop by 5314 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach, or call Amy (941) 779 2624.
LONGBOAT KEY HISTORY "From Calusas to Con-
dominiums" by Ralph B. Hunter. Signed copies
available at The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach. (941) 778-7978.
..*- ,, on desirable Tarpon
Street in Anna
f Maria. Nice-sized
r'I lot on a deep-water
Call Pat Staebler,
^-a[o, If Lic. Real Estate Broker
vamtn. a. t 778-0123 or 705-0123
ROSER THRIFT SHOP: Open Tuesday, Thursday,
9:30am-2pm. Saturday 9am-noon. Always half-price
sales racks. 511 Pine Ave, Anna Maria. 779-2733.
HUGE MOVING SALE: Saturday, Sept. 11, 8am-
3pm. Car, lawn, everything! 8 Palm Harbor, Holmes
Beach. (Behind St. Bernard Catholic Church.)
FOUND: MAROON prescription sunglasses at cor-
ner of Magnolia and Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Claim
at Holmes Beach Police Dept.
LOST SIAMESE CAT in the vicinity of Marina Drive and
81st Street, Sunday, Aug. 22. Female, approximately
one-year-old. Kelly, (941) 778-5883 or 920-0254.
CRITTER SITTER nine years in pet-care. 24 years
as an Island resident. Lots of TLC for your beloved
pets with in-home visits. (941) 778-6000.
ADULT CATS in desperate need of loving homes.
All are current on vaccines. All applicants screened.
Please call (941) 922-0774.
2000 SUBARU LEGACY-L Wagon. Less than
65,000 miles. $10,975, or best offer. Has warranty.
5910 Marina Dr. Holmes Beach, FL 34217
Call (941) 778-0777 or Rentals 778-0770
1-800-741-3772 OPEN SEVEN DAYS A WEEK
Web site: www.smithrealtors.com
UNDER CONSTRUCTION! Two beautiful 3BR/2BA homes at
306 56th St., Holmes Beach. $565,000 and $625,000.
Call 778-7127, or 720-0932 for details.
5500 Marina Drive Holmes Beach 778-7127
LIVE THE ISLAND LIFE
TRANSPORTAT1990 ECONOLINE 150 VAN, cold
air conditioning, has towing package. Ready for travel.
Runs great. $2,000, or best offer. (941) 778-1102.
MODULAR FLOATING DOCK systems: Custom
drive-on docking solutions by Versa Dock. Mainte-
nance free, 20-year warranty. (941) 685-7648,
Anna Maria area.
WANTED: BOAT LIFT or davits to rent. For 3,300-
lb. 20-foot CC-boat. Responsible person that can
provide references and maintain equipment. (941)
SAILBOAT: 1970 22-foot Morgan. Good condition,
full sails, sleeps four. Porta-potty, alcohol stove, 8
hp Johnson outboard. Trailerable. Needs cosmetic
work, no painting. Handles great. $2,000, or best
offer. (941) 778-2214.
BOAT TRAILER: Stylemaster, tandem axle. For 24-
foot boat. Like new, only in water two times. New
$2,525; now only, $1,200. (941) 778-5679.
LET'S GO FISHING! Call Capt. Mike Heistand on
the charter boat "Magic." Full or half day backwa-
ter fishing. USCG licensed. Ice, bait, tackle pro-
vided. (941) 779-9607.
3BR/2BA with views of Palma Sola. New kitchen with all
the extras, cathedral ceilings and 18-foot-high fireplace in
living room, wrap-around deck, loft off master bedroom.
Plus, a lagoon-style pool with waterfall. If you love to
entertain, don't miss this home! $479,000.
2,400 sf, 4BR/3BA in a prestigious neighborhood, cathe-
dral ceilings, pool, two-car garage, fireplace.
As is $325,000.
^ Sharon Villars, Realtor" .'
BAYFRONT LOT- 100-foot
frontage, full view of Tampa
Bay, cleared, partially filled,
222 feet deep. Zoned R1.
Offered at $2.5 million. Please
call Michel Cerene, Broker,
778-0777, or 545-9591 eves,
or Mike Carleton 737-0915.
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314 Pine Avenue Anna Maria
(941) 779-0732 Toll Free: (866) 779-0732
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This nearly new home has a fantastic open floor plan and lots
of living space. Beautiful bayou views and stunning Island
decor. Very private pool area and boat dock, complete with
boat lift. Fully enclosed garage and storage area below. Walk
to the Gulf beaches on the north end of Anna Maria!
Offered at $975,000.
Ken Jackson, 778-6986 r e e in
Maureen Dahms, 778-0542 REAL ESTATE
Kathy Geerearts, 778-0072 .OF ANNA MARIA
LaRae Regis, 779-1858 : - 778-0455 9906 Gulf Drive
Visit our Web site www.greenreal.com
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IS L A N I
CHILD SITTER AND PET SITTER. Eighth-grade
male looking for a job. Available after school and
weekends. Call Zachary, (941) 779-9783.
NEED A CHILD or pet sitter? Call one number and
get connected to three wonderful sitters! Tiffany,
Kari, Holly. (941) 778-3275 or 779-0793.
BABYSITTER: RED CROSS babysitting and first-
aid certified. Enjoys playing with kids. Call
Alexandra, (941) 778-5352.
SPENCER'S SKIM SCHOOL for beginners and in-
termediates. Free skimboard use with lessons. $10
per half-hour lesson, three lessons recommended.
Local teen, team competitor. Call (941) 778-0944.
PETSITTER, DOG WALKER, 12-year-old mother's
helper, odd jobs. Call Kendall at (941) 779-9783 or
BABYSITTER WITH EXPERIENCE and CPR li-
cense, 13 years old, friendly and responsible. (941)
TUTORING: Junior high honor student tutors all el-
ementary grades during summer vacation. Hourly,
daily or weekly in mathematics, reading, writing and
science. Read-out-loud available upon request. Call
(941) 778-2469 after 5pm for schedule and prices.
13-YEAR-OLD girl will babysit all ages in your
home. Reasonable rates and knows CPR. Call Jes-
sica Lord, (941) 747-2495.
REAL ESTATE: Tired of paying office fees? Two
experienced agents needed for fast paced,, high
traffic Island office. Top splits, sign-on bonus. Call
Wedebrock Real Estate today! "Personalized, not
Franchised". Call Joe Pickett, (941) 383-5543.
CLASSIFIEDS ADS are posted early online at
SALES ASSOCIATES NEEDED, fast paced office
in prime location. No fees, great splits. Call Jesse
or Robin, (941) 778-7244.
HOUSEKEEPER WANTED: Palma Sola. Experi-
enced in cleaning, laundry, ironing, shopping. Must
be neat, organized, love kids. Flexible hours. Full/
part time, $10/hour. (917) 747-3229.
CHURCH OFFICE needs part-time secretary. Com-
puter experienced. Mail resume to Administrative
Committee, P.O. Box 4298, Anna Maria FL 34216.
DELIVERY PERSON needed one night per week,
midnight-8am. Dedicated person with reliable ve-
hicle, valid drivers license and insurance. Good
pay. Great part-time job. Call (941) 778-1102.
HELP WANTED: Getting ready for season, now hir-
ing all positions!. Apply at Ooh La La! Bistro, 5406
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. (941) 778-5320.
JOURNALIST: Part-time reporter sought for city
beat and features writing by The Islander. Must
have journalism education, experience or back-
ground relevant to government reporting. E-mail
resumes to news@ Islander.org, fax (941) 778-9392
or mail/deliver to office, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach FL 34217.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: Meet interesting people
and learn the history of the Island. Anna Maria Is-
land Historical Museum, 402 Pine Ave., Anna
Maria. Call (941) 778-0492.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED to help design, construct,
paint sets for Island Players Productions. Come join
the fun! Jack, (941) 758-2527.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: TINGLEY Memorial Li-
brary. Duties include checking books in/out,
reshelving, and generally assisting library patrons.
Call Eveann Adams, (941) 779-1208.
MAN WITH SHOVEL Plantings, natives, cabbage
palms, patio gardens, trimming, clean-up, edgings,
more. Hard-working and responsible. Excellent ref-
erences. Edward (941) 778-3222.
LET US DRIVE YOU! Shopping, medical appoint-
ments, airports, cruise ports. Flat rates. Sunshine
Car Service. Serving the Islands. (941) 778-5476.
COMPUTER OBEDIENCE TRAINING. Is your
computer misbehaving? Certified computer service
and private lessons. Special $30 per hour-free ad-
vice. (941) 545-7508.
ISLAND PRESSURE CLEANING for great results,
wash away mildew, dirt and salt. Thorough, reason-
able and reliable. Free estimates, licensed and in-
sured. (941) 778-0944.
CONNECT-ICON Your local computer specialist.
Experienced certified technician for communication
electronics offers wireless and cable networks, up-
grades, maintenance, repairs, tutoring and training.
Call Robert, (941) 778-3620.
NOTARY PUBLIC: Civil marriages and renewal of
wedding vows, sunset beach setting or wherever.
Norman R. Veenstra, (941) 778-5834.
CLEANING SERVICE Residential or commercial.
Daily, weekly, bi-weekly, move-ins, move-outs.
Excellent references. Call (941) 750-8366.
COMPUTER SERVICE and repair. Training, main-
tenance, virus and Spyware protection. Island na-
tive. Web site: www.matrixPConline.com. Call John
Baird with Matrix PC, (941) 708-6541.
THE ROYAL MAID Service, licensed, bonded, in-
sured. Professional, experienced maids, free esti-
mate, gift certificates available. Please call (941)
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plus an inviting waterside living room with marble fireplace and panoramic water views. There are
richly textured : .-ii :, with recessed lighting and vibrantly painted walls in cheerful Caribbean col-
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crowned double carport, and a handy circular driveway with plenty of room for parking. Easy-care
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ABOUT GROUT: All repairs and installation. Done
right! Grout cleaning, sealing, staining. Showers,
kitchens, pools, re-caulks. Call Jeff, (941) 545-0128
MASTER YOUR COMPUTER. No school, book or
person can teach you as easily as this school
teacher. Expert repairs. (941) 383-5372.
MR. BILL'S HOME REPAIR/maintenance ser-
vice. Over 30 years experience, self-employed
in construction trades. "I'm handy to have
KATHY & MIKE'S CLEANING Service. Delivering
a standard of excellence for all your interior and
exterior cleaning needs. Specializing in residential
and vacation rentals. Now offering window clean-
ing. Great rates. References available. Call (941)
CALL DAN'S RESCREEN for your free estimate to-
day. Affordable rates, quality work guaranteed. Pool
cages, lanais, windows, doors. Call (941) 713-5333.
SUMMER PILATES and Yoga: Classes held at
Anna Maria Art League. Pilates on Monday, 9-
10am; Yoga on Friday, 9-10:15am. Beginning to
intermediate level. $6 per class. Drop-ins welcome.
Call Preston Whaley Jr., certified Pilates instructor,
at (941) 778-3996 for more information.
MUSIC LESSONS! Flute, saxophone, clarinet.
Beginning to advanced. Contact Koko Ray, (941)
BEACH SERVICE air conditioning, heat, refrigera-
tion. Commercial and residential service, repair
and/or replacement. Serving Manatee County and
the Island since 1987. For dependable, honest and
personalized service, call William Eller, (941) 795-
GREAT VIEW!! 2BR/2BA, sauna, fireplace, spacious
wrap around deck with views of the Sunshine Skyway
Bridge, downstairs office. 2408 Avenue A, $579,000.
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ANYONE CAN TAKE a picture. A professional cre-
ates a portrait. I want to be at your wedding!
www.jackelka.com. (941) 778-2711.
NADIA'S EUROSAGE Relaxing, healing massage
in the comfort of your home. Call today for an ap-
pointment, (941) 795-0887. MA#0017550.
SEWING: Get your sewing alterations done fast
and reliably. Hems, zippers, sleeves, waistlines,
cushions, etc. Reasonably priced. Call Jenifer
Catlin, (941) 727-5873.
TILE AND MOSAIC custom installation, 20 years
experience. References available. For a reasonable
price call Sebastian, (941) 704-6719.
AUTO DETAILING BY HAND Spotless inside and
out. I can save you time and money. Island resident,
references. For pricing, call (941) 713-5967.
CONNIE'S LANDSCAPING INC. Residential and
commercial. Full-service lawn maintenance, land-
scaping, cleanup, hauling and more! Insured.
ISLAND LAWN SPRINKLER service and repair. If
it is broken, we can fix it. Free estimates. Senior
discount. Call (941) 778-2581 or 962-6238.
CLOUD 9 LANDSCAPING: Quality lawn service,
landscape cleanup, plantings, pruning, tree instal-
lation, shell, more. Insured, references, free esti-
mates. (941) 778-2335 or 284-1568.
JR'S LANDSCAPING AND MAINTENANCE
Lawns, native plants, mulching, trimming, haul-
ing, cleanup. Island resident 25 years. Call (941)
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PRIVATE & PRISTINE RIVERFRONT
ESTATE on 1.6 acres. Granite kitchen
counters, guest quarters, pool bar,
elevator & private dock. $3,200,000.
Cindy Pierro, 748-6300 or 920-6818.
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CHARMING KEY WEST style home on
the Manatee River. Offering wood
floors, gas fireplace, office & hardi-
plank exterior. $1,149,000. 748-6300.
Kathy Marcinko, 713-1100 or Sandy
Drapala, 725-0781. 500371
DRAMATIC PANORAMIC BAY &
INTERCOSTAL VIEWS from this 3BR/
3BA Key Royale home. Offering 3100
SF, extended lanai with pool/spa & pri-
vate dock. $1,500,000. Leah Secondo,
TRADITIONAL NW 2-STORY 3BR/2BA
home in Azalea Park w/wood floors,
large private yard & community pool.
Close to Gulf beaches. $359,900. 748-
6300. Sandy Drapala, 725-0781, Kathy
Marcinko, 713-1100. 500161
MANATEE RIVER FRONT ESTATE on 1+3/4-acres. Main house & 3 guest homes.
$1,999,999.748-6300. Kathy Marcinko, 713-1100 or Sandy Drapala, 725-0781. 97751
ULTIMATE BEACHFRONT CONDO! 3BR turnkey furnished condo w/3 balconies &
spectacular Gulf views. $1,790,000. Victoria Horstmann, 748-6300 or 518-0278. 98392
NEWER BEACH HOME. 4BR/4BA, heated in-ground pool & Gulf views. $1,595,000.
748-6300. Kathy Valente, 685-6767 or Anka Eshak, 504-6374. 105783
FABULOUS Key West-style home on Terra Ceia Bay w/views of Skyway Bridge.
$1,100,000. 748-6300. Chuck West, 374-3211 or Sheli Kelly, 773-4956. 105043
GREAT ISLAND BUY! 3-4 BR/2.5BA home w/hot tub on lanai, storage building & at-
tached income property. $629,000. Chuck West, 748-6300 or 374-3211. 105632
IMPRESSIVELY REMODELED 2600 SF home w/expansive great room & deep sailboat
water canal. $549,000. Ruth Lawler, 748-6300 or 587-4623. 500426
REMODELED 3BR/3BA corner lot home on almost 1-acre. Caged salt water pool w/spa &
possible guest house. $540,000. Victoria Horstmann, 748-6300 or 518-1278. 104161
PRIME NW NEIGHBORHOOD. 4BR corner lot home w/2400 SF, fireplace, tile, pool &
3-car side entry garage. $449,000. Ruth Lawler, 748-6300 or 587-4623. 500470
LAUNCH YOUR CANOE from this 2BR island home on a double lot w/lagoon setting.
2nd lot is approx. 1/3 lagoon. $447,500. Ruth Lawler, 748-6300 or 587-4623. 500427
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PROFESSIONAL LANDSCAPE DESIGN and in-
stallation. Huge selection of plants, shrubs and
trees. Irrigation. Everything Under the Sun Garden
Centre, 5704 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. (941)
STRAIGHT SHOT LANDSCAPING. Installations,
clean-ups, pruning, irrigation, trees, edging, rip-rap,
mulch, rock, patios, shell, seawall fill. Reliable and
insured. (941) 727-5066.
SHELL DELIVERED and spread. $35/yard. Haul-
ing: all kinds of gravel, mulch, top soil with free es-
timates. Call Larry at (941) 795-7775, "shell phone"
VAN-GO PAINTING residential/commercial, inte-
rior/exterior, pressure cleaning, wallpaper. Island
references. Dan or Bill, (941) 795-5100.
JOE UNGVARSKY CONSTRUCTION Remodeling
contractors. In-house plan designs. State licensed
and insured. Many Island references. (941) 778-
2993. License #CRC 035261.
INTERIOR AND EXTERIOR PAINTING free esti-
mates. 35-year Island resident. Call Jim Bickal at
CHRISTIE'S PLUMBING Island and off-Island ser-
vice since 1975. Repairs and new construction.
Free estimates, no overtime charges. Now certify-
ing back flow at water meters. (FL#RF0038118)
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studio condo in highly sought-after Point Pleas-
ACROSS FROM BEACH on Gulf Drive in
Bradenton Beach. Almost 3,000 sf, zoned Residen-
tial/Office/Retail. Completely upgraded block
building with newer AC, electrical, plumbing, three
bathrooms, 12 parking spaces. Real estate only.
Call for details. $775,000.
GULF SANDS Corner unit directly on the Gulf next
to the public beach. 2BR/2BA, completely updated
with tile floors throughout and all new furniture and
completely turnkey. $749,000.
100+ Gulffront rental units with hun-
dreds more just steps from the beach.
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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.
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.
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.
E&N Professional painting and decorating. Don't
brush us off! Island references, summer -ates.
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 730-05 6.
SUMMER, AUTUMN, WINTER rentals available
weekly, monthly, seasonal. Wedebrock Real Estate
Co., (941) 778-6665 or (800) 749-6665.
VACATION RENTALS: 2BR apartments across
irom beautiful beach. $375 to $500/week. Winter
and spring dates available. Almos. Beich Apart-
ments. (941) 778-2374.
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S ee. Rates rjil, ad ju ii .: 975/
; 975-$2,975;ir.nth. (800) '. ...941)
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,3BR'2BA homes wItl aHl convenience. Nov. book-
nr ;or this season. P:ease call (8 C. '5:-4235, or
:ew Web site: www AhhSeaBreeze.cono
BEAUTIFUL TROPiCAL HOUSE jus converted to
a two-unit property. 2BR/1BA, completely renovated
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:
aalmengual @ msn.com.
BEACHFRONT: NORTH SHORE Drive, ground-
level all-view home. Bean Point area. $3,500/
month, $1,500/week. Call Tom, (559) 760-1331.
BAYFRONT ANNUAL RENTAL 2BR/2BA, tennis,
pool, cable, water/sewer and trash included. Old
Florida Realty Co., (941) 778-3377, or Sharon (941)
RECENTLY REFURBISHED and nicely furnished
1 BR/1 BA ground-floor duplex with cheerful decor.
Just three short blocks to the beach. Walking dis-
tance to shopping and restaurants in downtown
Holmes Beach. Includes phone, premium cable,
microwave, washer/dryer. Small pets OK. Available
now and accepting reservations for 2005. Winter
rates: $1,700/month, $550/week; summer rates:
$500/week. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or call
ANNA MARIA DUPLEX 218-B Palmetto Ave. 2BR/
2BA, furnished, washer/dryer, utilities, available 2005
season. $1,800/month. Call (813) 949-6891, Tampa.
VACATION RENTAL Seaside Gardens. Charming
3BR/2BA with all amenities. $2,000/month. Call Liz,
POOL HOME AVAILABLE for vacation let. Near
Holmes Beach, 3BR/2BA with all amenities. Please
contact, (941) 753-8709, ext. 2.
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. $2,000/month. (941) 794-9921 or
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.
BEACHFRONT, bayfront condos with gorgeous
views, 3BR/2BA and 2BR/2BA. Weekly, monthly,
seasonal rentals, furnished. By owner. (901) 301-
ANNUAL DUPLEX 2BR/2BA, Florida room, carport,
nice. $950/month; 2BR/1BA, carport $850/month;
2BR/2BA $750; 1 BR/1 BA $675. Dolores M. Baker
Realty, (941) 778-7500.
ANNA MARiA BAYSIDE cottage across the beach
frornm he city pier. 2BR/1BA. Summertime rates,
week y oi monthly. Pet friendly. (941) 778-0542.
\. ,-ON RENTAL: Charming fully furnished
iL.' 6A us across from white sandy beach. Call
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apartmentsi- 2. 3BR. Porches, suncecks. laundry.
ImmacuiatE tropical setting. No pets. (941) 778-3143.
OFFICE SPACE on Anna Maria Island. Centrally lo-
catea on a major artery. Plenty of parking. Up to 1,000
sf. For information call (941) 778-0777 or 545-9591.
WATERFONT 1BR/1BA seasonal or annual. Very
beautiful. Call (941) 730-3559.
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CHARMING TROPICAL Holmes Beach 3BR/3BA
canalfront home. Available September through
December. Unfurnished. $1,800/month. House also
for sale, $749,900. (941) 730-1086.
HOLMES BEACH DUPLEX: Vacation/seasonal,
across from beach, 1 BR or 2BR, newly remodeled,
new appliances. Bikes. No pets. (513) 236-5091.
ANNUAL AND SEASONAL Rentals available now!
2BR/2BA Island duplex, $750/month. 1 BR/1 BA Island
duplex, $525/month. Please call Cristin Curl, Wagner
Realty, (941) 778-2246. www.wagnerrealty.com.
ANNA MARIA DUPLEX for annual lease. 2BR/1 BA,
newly remodeled, fireplace, large deck, private yard.
$900/month. First, last, security. No pets. (941) 792-
8817, or e-mail email@example.com
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
Resort 66, (315) 868-2813, leave message.
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.
CORTEZ/SUNNY SHORES: ANNUAL 1BR, car-
port, attached storage, near boat ramp. $600/
month. 778-2710 after 10:30am.
VACATION VILLAS: Beautifully furnished 1 BR/1 BA
or 2BR/2BA. Private and secluded, steps to beach.
(941) 778-4636. www.islandgardenvillas.com.
ANNUAL RENTALS: Immaculate 2BR/2BA home
with garage $1,200/month; efficiency apartment,
51oo/month. Fran Maxon Real Estate, (941) 778-
WALK TO BEACH, 2BR/2BA, plus den in Holmes
Beach, large garage, new carpet, ceiling fans,
freshly painted, on cul-de-sac, $995/month. (941)
ANNA MARIA: annual 1BR/1BA near Bean Point,
scenic Gulf view! Deck, private, steps to beach.
$750/month. (941) 778-3006.
ANNUAL 2BR/1BA two blocks to beach, new tile,
large kitchen, no pets. $755/month, plus utilities.
Call (941) 922-2473 or 928-3880.
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ANNUAL RENTALS: 2BR/2BA Gulfview apartment,
$1,450/month includes all utilities. Also, 2BR/1.5BA
half duplex, $950/month. Call Betsy Hills Real Es-
tate, P.A., at (941) 778-2291 or e-mail:
Jason @ betsyhills.com.
M,UST SEE! Holmes Beach. 2BR/2.5BA, two-car
garage, home. Maintenance free. 501 67th St. (941)
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.
ANNUAL HOLMES Beach: Very nice elevated
3BR/2BA home with two-car garage, dock, washer/
dryer, fenced yard and more. Marina Pointe Realty
Co., (941) 779-0732.
ANNUAL RENTALS: 6504 Holmes Blvd. 1 BR/1 BA
duplex, washer/dryer, pet OK, $725/month; 305
66th St., 2BR/1.5BA duplex, washer/dryer, pet OK,
$900/month; Runaway Bay, 1 BR/1 BA condo, pool,
tennis, pet OK, $775/month: Perico Bay Club, 3BR/
2BA, pool, tennis, $1,000/month; Bay Hollow, 2BR/
2BA furnished or unfurnished, boat dock, pet OK,
$1,500/month. SunCoast Real Estate, (941) 779-
ANNUAL 2BR/1BA unfurnished duplex with
screened porch. $775/month. Marina Pointe Realty
Co., (941) 779-0732.
2404 AVENUE B: 1BR/1BA efficiency. Steps to
beach, bay, park. For one person, or a couple in
love. Pet friendly. $550/month, water included.
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GULFFRONT COMPLEX: Annual ground-level
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HOLMES BEACH 3BR/2BA Annual. Close to
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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, sea-
sonal rental income. $149,000 with share. (941)
782-1130 or 224-3710.
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.
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. $765,000. (941) 794-9921 or 773-6581.
DESIRABLE Anna Maria lot (50-by-110-feet) west
of Gulf Drive. 117 Willow Ave. By owner, $420,000.
CHARMING KEY ROYALE Drive 3BR/3BA
canalfront home. 3,000 sf under roof. Updated.
New kitchen, new carpeting. Pool, dock, boat lift.
Large lot. $749,900. (941) 730-1086.
HOME FOR SALE: Northwest Bradenton, Mango
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$420,000. Call (941) 794-3126.
LOWEST PRICE CONDO ON ISLAND! 2BR/2BA
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heated pools. Great investment, retirement.
$399,000. (941) 228-3489.
HOME $425,000 Canalfront lot
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BAYFRONT LOT 50-by-200-feet. Fantastic view.
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COMPLETELY REMODELED and updated condo!
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pantry, dock. Walk to shopping, restaurants, beach.
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Great Island Opportunity!
SUNSET VILLAS, TWO BUILDINGS
TWO UNITS, each with 2 BEDROOMS AND 1 BATH,
TWO UNITS, each with 1 BEDROOM AND 1 BATH, TURNKEY.
$1,125,000. Well-maintained concrete-block duplexes sitting on
100x100 lot, just steps to beach. Zoned multifamily 3-10 units.
(Presently only four are on property.) Good rental history. Quiet,
high-and-dry street in Holmes Beach. Community laundry area.
Large covered patio allows for outside entertaining.
CaLL Anne Huber, Realtor
Sbrvlewlg or injb
FISHERMAN'S PLAZA All units triple net with TRIPLEX Breezy and beachy income produc- BAY LAKI ES IlA I MUSt see '4/,D
the exception of post office. Can build approxi- ing triplex across from the beach. Upstairs is home, great for entertaining. Screened pool on
mately 11,000 sf addition. Major traffic count a cozy 1BR/1BA with a great reading porch large deck. Large corner lot. Great neighbor-
from Island and north end of Longboat. Long and massive sun deck. Downstairs are two hood. Only minutes to the beach. $399,000.
and good leases. Laundromat expires end of 2BR/1 BA units. Ample parking, tons of Mexi- Lynn Hosteller, 778-4800.
year. $1,500,000. Quentin Talbert, 778-4800 can tile, newer kitchens and baths make this
or 704-9680. one a must see. $659,000. Nicole Skaggs or
Jane Grossman at 778-4800 or 795-5704.
"-.tI-'-tBAYOU CONDO Anna
W p 4ENDING Maria The only mainte-
S' '_ nance-free living in Anna
W. Maria City! Canalfront with
It,, bay views, private boat
-... dock, new tile, new carpet,
freshly painted, new win-
dows coming. Just listed at
. 9 900 Cl Slept, nie Bell or Frank Migliore, (941) 778-2307
or direct (941) 920-5156. MLS#105518.
SERS WEST OF GULF DRIVE -
QFFI 131 White Ave. Duplex on
corner lot, two-car garage,
two carports, screened
lanai, lots of decks, over
S 3,900 sf. under roof. 150
_ -_ .-".steps to beach access.
Would also make a great single-family home! Asking $699,000.
For more details call Stephanie Bell, Broker, 778-2307 or 920-
SERVING THE AREA SINCE 1970 MLS
THE ISLANDER 0 SEPT. 8, 2004 M PAGE 31
JW 15' REALTOR.
29Years of Professional Service
YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD REAL ESTATE SHOPPE.
Experience Reputation Results
BAYFRONT TOWNHOUSE VILLA 3BR/3BA, tile floors,
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
REAL ESTATE LLC
KEY WEST-STYLE POOL HOME
2BR/2BA Spectacular home with very private in-
ground pool. Beautifully designed and decorated. Ce-
ramic tile, gourmet kitchen, screened porch overlook-
ing pool area, separate bedroom plan, vaulted ceiling,
breakfast bar, walk-in closets. Really elegant! Large ga-
rage could accommodate several cars, boat or motor
home, fence, very private. Immaculate, North
Holmes Beach. Short walk to prime beach. $799,000.
FABULOUS HOLMES BEACH DUPLEX
3BR/2BA each. Spacious, turnkey furnished, ce-
ramic tile, beautiful baths, new kitchens, sun deck,
room for a pool, west of Gulf Drive, very close to
prime beach. $1,078,000.
BAY HOLLOW PRIVATE DOCK
2BR/zBA, updated condo with deeded boat dock.
Eat-in kitchen, wood-burning fireplace, walk-in clos-
ets, Jacuzzi tub. Carport and heated pool. $359,900.
2BR/1.5BA plus 1BR/1BA and 2BR/1BA. Great in-
vestment! Watch the sunset as you collect rent from
these charming units. Easy to see, call for appoint-
ment. Just steps to beautiful beach. $749,000.
PERICO ISLAND VIL
2BR/2BA Furnished la Vaulted ceil-
ing, eat-in ki g pe O room, walk-
in closer 3e. ge. Heated pool, tennis,
clubho una. $289,900.
FAMILY POOL HOME
4BR/2BA family home in northwest Bradenton.
Split-plan, fireplace, family room, caged pool and
lanai, new A/C, fence, two-car garage. $259,000.
2BR/2BA plus den. Furnished open plan with fire-
place. On sailboat water with large deeded boat dock.
Heated pool, carport, short drive to beach. $329,900.
3BR/2BA and 2BR/2BA duplex, vicinity Manatee
Community College. Close to shopping, restaurant
and doctors. Midway between Bradenton and
Sarasota. Updated, newer appliances, air condition-
ing and windows, fenced yard room for pool, good
From $700 / month
Condos/Homes: $500 week / $1,000 month
779-0202 (800) 732-6434
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Island Shopping Center 5402 Marina Drive
Holmes Beach, Florida 34217 www.suncoastinc.com
I The Islander Since 1992
S of Anna Maria Inc.
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BOAT DOCKS IN-
CLUDED overlooking the
pool from this designer-
decorated, spacious 2BR/
2BA at Longboat Yacht
and Tennis Club Mark 11.
Reduced to $599,000.
50X 100 LOT. Awesome
views possible when you
build your dream home or
duplex. Just across the
street from the beach.
SAILOR'S PARADISE Come
see this designer-decorated
canal home in Anna Maria. The
property comes fully furnished
and features 200 feet of sailboat
waterfront, a caged pool, 3BR/
2BA on a cul-de-sac. This
property has it all! $799,000.
THIS 2BR HOME is just steps
from the beach and on the
west side of Gulf Drive! Build
up for views of the Gulf or just
enjoy this income property as
it is. On a large lot with room
for a pool. $429,000.
SPANISH MAIN: Beautifully
maintained, updated villa. Pool,
clubhouse, boat docks, putting
green, in a very active boating
community. One of the best
buys on Longboat Key, 55-plus
DUPLEX This is a must see!
Ready to move in and/or
2BR/I BA each side. Private
Sbrick-paver patio for each
unit, outdoor shower and
I ,. room for a pool. Great
vacation rental! Turnkey furnished with West Indies flair. $599,000.
THIS BEAUTIFUL DUPLEX
is only steps from the beach
and bay! Built new in 2001.
""""''....i".. "",,, '"" I Each 2BR/2BA has French
-- doors and screened
balconies. Downstairs, grill
Lo uout in private patio or enjoy
a new fenced in back yard.
Three oversized bonus rooms not included in square footage.
Great investment! Offered at $644,900.
BA, "A LONGBOAT KEY
Canalfront home close to the
-. beach! 3BR/2BA elevated
.- ,P' -.. home in Longboat Key just
throughout. Walk out of
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up for bay views! Call today for your viewing appointment. $625,000.
1 (800)771-6043 (941)778-7244
5309 Gulf Drive Holmes Beach
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Two or 3 bedroom home
over 3,600 sf under roof.
is unique, immaculate,
quality built throughout o01
water canal with boat d(
$849,000. MLS# 964E
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
2500 N. Gulf Dr. (Duplex)... $2,450,000
La Casa Costeria #5 ...... $1,740,000
514 71st St. ................... $629,900
Sandcastle #7 ............. $1,492,000
Sandcastle #8 ............. $1,705,000
Tiffany Place #213............... $980,000
Bradenton Beach Club #305... $950,000
Bradenton Beach Club Unit C .. $1,600,000
3603 4th Ave. ............. $1,099,000
747 Jacaranda Rd. (Lot) ... $565,000
100 7th St So.(Duplex) .... $750,000
411 Spring Ave .............. $565,000
The Terrace #6 .............. $425,000
401 Clark Lane (Duplex).......... $549,000
402 Magnolia Ave. .......... $539,500
427 Pine Ave ................. $695,000
4002 6th Ave................. $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
413 63rd Street (New) ..... $249,000
210 3rd St W #8204 .......... $297,000
210 3rd St W #8402 .......... $348,000
9707 Gulf Drive ........... $1,690,000
Business Opportunity ...... $2,490,000
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WHERE IT'S AT
Manny Nosowsky / Edited by Will Shortz
1 Gets used (to)
7 Mies van der __
11 Early education
19 Deliver, as music or
20 Windows alternative
21 Wind (up)
22 Heat in a hurry
23 Fort Bliss city
24 Fall mo.
25 Opera's Te Kanawa
26 Knitting ball
28 With 34-Across, elated
31 Group of religious
33 -de-Marne (French
34 See 28-Across
37 Had something
39 Computer-sharing setup
42 Running-shoe maker
46 Noted company
headquartered in Times
48 Full count
50 Source of ambergris
52 Actor Penn
53 "We know drama"
54 Arm bones
56 She played Sally in
"When Harry Met Sally
58 Anka's "_ Beso"
60 A modicum of modesty
64 Seat of Allen County,
66 See 72-Across
67 Municipally partitioned
68 Streaming video maker
for the Net
72 With 66-Across, where
some hunters aim; with
75-Across, when hockey
73 Fast-food franchise
74 Skating jumps
75 See 72-Across
76 Information booth
77 "It seems to me," in
78 Bus. card info
79 Author Sholem
80 Slice (off)
83 Mai __ (drinks)
84 Artist Rembrandt van
87 How to address a It.
88 Popular alternative
89 Park, Colo.
92 Spare tire
95 Sell door-to-door
97 King Harald's capital
99 "Rock and Roll, Hoochie
_" (1974 hit)
101 Comics dog
102 Round top
104 See 112-Across
108 Arm guard
112 With 104-Across,
villain in "Catch-22"
116 Tampa paper, for short,
118 "Beetle Bailey" creator
121 Foe for El Cid
122 Adm. Zumwalt
123 End in__
124 Go through again
125 Aardvark fare
126 Not natural
127 Call for
128 Made square
2 See 37-Down
4 Dived for treasure?
5 Sequel to "Angela's
8 Info in a used car want
9 Mudhole lover
10 Shake down
11 Parrot's cry
12 Clink, at sea
13 Chocolate substitute
14 It might be put on a web
15 See 43-Down
16 Where to wear a lei,
17 Gumbo pods
18 Be inclined
29 Rink org.
32 Enclosure with a ms.
37 With 2-Down, ancients
38 Flowers named for a
41 Father _,famous
priest to lepers
43 With 15-Down, undoubt-
44 Shootin' Annie
45 Folds, presses and
49 It may be see-through
51 Something to see
55 "Cool" sum
61 Attach, as a patch
63 Some are Jewish
66 Flier around a lighthouse
68 Cry from a laggard
69 Giver (or receiver) of
70 With 71-Down, in secret
71 See 70-Down
72 Understand now, as
73 More than odd
76 Co. with a butterfly logo
78 Took first?
79 Not manual
80 St. Augustine's
81 See 82-Down
82 With 81-Down, like
86 Ontario is on it
90 It's left of F1 on a PC
91 Untidy one
94 France of France
96 Pretty sad
98 Kind of show
100 Go (for)
103 Too soon
105 Government issue, for
108 Madame Bovary
109 Emblem of Great Britain
110 Printer's mistake
111 Cost for a dozen, in a
114 Scored very well on
117 Hunk's or babe's asset
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house all on a landscaped acre. Gorgeous
Manatee River views. Deep water and boat
dock with lift. Jane Tinsworth, 761-3100.
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A-PLUS WATERFRONT Five minutes to
Intracoastal Waterway. Newer 1995 3BR/2BA
on saltwater canal in Coral Shores. Upgrades
galore, caged pool, two boat lifts. Jane
Tinsworth. 761-3100. #105243. $679,000
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Rosenfeld, 778-2246 #103004 1329,C000
OLD FLORIDA CHARM at South Beach Vil-
lage condos. Eight townhomes now under con-
struction in Bradenton Beach. Fully furnished
3BR/2.5BA with two-car garage, numerous
amenities, approximately 2200SF. Stan
Rutstein. 727-2800. #104439. $1,350,000
CANALFRONT LUXURY Custom-built split
plan offers formal living and dining rooms, a
huge den with vaulted ceilings and fireplace.
Caged solar pool and spa. Dock with lift. Lisa
Anthony. 727-2800. #104978. $599,900
ANNA MARIA ISLAND HOME Open and
bright, over 2800 sf, spacious with cathedral
ceiiirn.. gas range, fireplace for both the living
room and bedroom, large loft. Turnkey, war-
ranty. Becky Smith or Elfi Starrett. 778-2246.
HOLMES BEACH COTTAGE 3BR/2BA like
new throughout, new wood cabinets and gas
range. Has room for pool. Very near Gulf
beach. Harold Small. 778-2246. 4104972.
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warranty. Joe Corbo. 778-2246. #1 05417.
ANNA MARIA BAYFRONT CONDO Bay
views from this furnished 2BR/2BA top-floor
end unit, popular island complex. Includes two
pools, tennis, fishing pier. covered parking and
elevator. Dave Moynihan, 778-2246.
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