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Surf's up on Anna Maria Island
Hundreds more than anyone recollects of surfers attacked the high surf, estimated to be anywhere from 8
to 15 feet, during Ivan's brush with Anna Maria Island. Meteorologists reported waves at the eyewall of Ivan
to be 55 feet as the storm passed 300 miles out, and 100 miles from Anna Maria, 25-foot seas. Islander Photo:
Water, water everywhere
Rotten Ralph's Waterfront Restaurant took on the literal translation during high tide and the addition of a 2-
to 4-foot tidal surge Sept. 15 as water inundated the restaurant and engulfed Ralph's outdoor deck when
Hurricane Ivan passed Anna Maria Island 300 miles offshore in the Gulf of Mexico. U' ,,-:/.../. the restau-
rant remained open and dried out later, although some repairs were needed on the deck, according to Dave
Russell. Islander Photo: Joanie Mills
Ivan: The terrible damage
to Anna Maria beaches
By Rick Catlin
Anna Maria property owners along North Shore
Drive who spent big bucks on some quick beach
renourishment sand and revetment two weeks ago
(The Islander, Sept. 15) in hopes of saving their prop-
erty before Hurricane Ivan's arrival saw that money go
washing quickly out to sea last week.
Although the center of Ivan missed the Island by
about 300 miles, the tail end of the hurricane brought
PLEASE SEE IVAN, PAGE 4
Volume 12, No. 46 Sept. 22, 2004 FREE
By Diana Bogan
"We need magic and miracles is what I'm hearing
you say," responded Manatee County Superintendent
Roger Dearing to school board members reviewing the
escalating cost of constructing the proposed new Anna
Maria Elementary School at a budget workshop held
In September 2003, the board approved a $7.12
million budget for AME's construction project and,
since that time, the rising demand of raw materials
and labor, cost of steel, concrete and fuel have
driven the total cost of the project to $10,040,055.
During the 2003-04 school year, AME's construc-
tion team spent several months revising and scaling
back the project's inflating budget and managed to
meet the board-approved maximum without eliminat-
ing items such as a metal roof, Bahama shutters, addi-
tional landscaping and an auditorium.
Director of Construction Services Sherry Dowling
told the board, "We have done a professional job to
provide what we were asked to provide. We've had
many, many community meetings at AME and it's a
good number for what's on the plan."
PLEASE SEE SCHOOL, PAGE 5
Anna Maria Elementary School kindergartner Sadie
Elbert is breathing easier after monitor Alison
Stripling came to her aide during lunch last week.
Stripling said she and custodian Shirley Beard
noticed Elbert's face turn red as she clutched the
lunch table. Both jumped into motion and Stripling
reached Elbert first and raised her out of her seat
into the Heimlich maneuver, dislodging a hard crust
of bread from her throat. Elbert was given a clean
bill of health from the clinic staff and was able to
finish her lunch. Stripling, who has been certified in
CPR since she was a teenager, said it was one of the
scariest experiences of her life. "It's one thing to
have taken a class and another to actually do it, she
said. Islander Photo: Diana Bogan
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PAGE 2"I SEPT. 22, 2004i THE ISLANDER
100 equine guests gone, life calmer
By Jim Hanson
The 100-plus surplus horses departed with the hur-
ricanes, and Karen Roetker of Holmes Beach is settling
back into the calmer life of her work at a 200-acre horse
She got a shocking introduction to her new calling.
One month into her marketing job at Hidden Hills
Equestrian Center at Parrish, Hurricane Charley terror-
ized east-coast horse owners as much as anyone, and
they sent their valuable livestock west.
Many went to the state fairgrounds at Tampa, and
more than 100 came to Hidden Hills. It's a big opera-
tion, with 84 stalls of its own and others borrowed at
neighboring stables, and the horses had no problems at
all, Roetker said.
It could have been chaos, for the owners have been
at that location for only one year. They moved there
from A Children's Haven on University Parkway on
the Manatee-Sarasota county line.
But owners Pam and Jerry Mastromarino are old
hands, and they weren't fazed by an inundation of very
valuable horses. They took most of them into their own
stables and arranged for neighbors to absorb the sur-
plus, Roetker said.
Not only was it a most welcome deliverance from
danger for the animals, it was a stroke of good business
as the relieved owners of the horses were only too glad
to pay the going rate for boarding and care.
Trucks delivered the horses to Hidden Hills and
took them back to the Atlantic side of the state when
Charley, and then Frances, cleared out.
Roetker, who has lived on the Island for 12 years,
had never been a "horse person," she said, until she
took on the marketing job for Hidden Hills. "Now I
regret the horseless years I've missed. I just love them."
Especially Luna, the filly born to Jig's Memory
four months ago. Luna's grandfather is the famed
Triple Crown champion of years gone by, Seattle Slew,
and her mother is a sister of another famed thorough-
Another focus of Roetker's dedication is Hidden
Hills' special needs program, which puts disabled
people of all ages together with horses. It works
wonders, said Pam Mastromarino: "We have one
blind girl here who trots a horse around like a cow-
Hidden Hills is a growing concern, said Roetker,
with plans for expansion of facilities and programs. It
already has regular jumping competitions among
horses, dressage, "ride for life" contests and all man-
ner of equine events, plus, of course, riding for all and
training of both riders and horses.
Soon Jerry Mastromarino will begin developing
part of his 200 acres as an up-scale residential area of
32 homes. His background is business, in addition to
being a world-class professional rider. For years he was
a corporate consultant, headquartering in Sarasota.
Then, he said of his horses, "my hobby became a pas-
sion and my passion became an obsession."
Pam stresses that everything they do is family-ori-
ented: "We just do what it takes to keep families to-
gether, riding and picnics and shows and barbecues and
lunches, all of it, and we are putting together a family
The shows are all free, and the next ones are at
noon Oct. 16 and 30. Hidden Hills is at 15830 Rutland
Road, (State Road 675), six miles north of the Ellenton
mall, phone 776-0970.
This young star, Luna, admired here by Karen
Roetker of Holmes Beach, is a 4-month-old grand-
daughter of the champion Seattle Slew.
Rat removal completed; stench remains
The rats are gone, their detritus has been elimi-
nated and, it is hoped, the aroma will soon depart
in Bradenton Beach City Hall.
"I've been dealing with this for months, and
I'm sick of it," City Clerk Nora Idso rather mod-
estly phrased the matter before the city commission
The infestation and its accompanying
cleanup has amounted to about $9,500, not
counting an unexpected expense of replacing all
the ceiling tiles in the building. The tiles were
covered with rodent ... well, call the leaving
The anti-rodent repairs forced city hall to close
Sept. 10 for rodent removal and disinfection.
Public works staff spent the weekend, Mon-
day and Tuesday forcing city hall to again
close for business to get the rodent remains
removed and the tile replaced.
The tile replacement, at an as-yet undeter-
mined cost, was done by the city's public works
crew, required masks and clothing that more
closely resemble hazardous material attire than
"We hope to reopen Wednesday," Idso said.
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Pier franchise terminated in Bradenton Beach
By Paul Roat
Bradenton Beach is in the market for a new fish-
ing pier franchisee.
City commissioners last Thursday terminated the
lease of Karen and Jake Gallo, who had operated the
restaurant-fishing franchise at the Bradenton Beach
Fishing Pier for several years.
The lease termination was done under a clause in
the contract that allows either the city or the franchisee
to end their relationship if there was significant dam-
age to the pier due to storms, winds or rain.
Recent storm damage from Hurricane Frances
on Labor Day weekend caused massive damage to
the roof of the restaurant, and rainfall caused water
damage to the Gallo's equipment. The restaurant has
been closed since the storm, and Bradenton Beach
Public Works Director Dottie Poindexter said it
would be at least a month before repairs could be
completed and the facility re-opened.
The building is under the control of the city; equip-
ment and the operation of the restaurant is the respon-
sibility of the Gallos.
Although the storm damage was the cited reason
for the lease termination, financial woes regarding the
operation appeared to be the rationale behind some
commissioners' thoughts regarding the decision.
Bradenton Beach collects 12 percent of the pro-
ceeds from the pier restaurant revenue and fishing
charges, or $5,000 per month, whichever is greater.
The funds go into a special account earmarked for pier
The pier account reached a peak in 1999 under dif-
ferent management when the proceeds were
$1,020,000. The funds have dwindled since, and
reached a low of $818,000 in 2003.
Jake Gallo blamed the economy on the reduced
"I don't think the times are as good as they could
be," he told commissioners. "We took it as it was in
a decline. I think the business on the Island has de-
clined. We're doing the best we can. It's a very ex-
pensive pier to run. You may get rid of us and get
someone better, but you may get someone worse,
Vice Mayor Anna O'Brien said that the "relation-
ship [between the Gallos and the city] has not been a
good one for a while, and I think it might be an appro-
priate time to terminate our relationship with the
Gallos, make the repairs to the pier and then go out to
bid for a new franchisee."
Commissioners unanimously approved the deci-
sion to terminate the Gallo's lease.
Poindexter said she was seeking estimates from
contractors to repair the roof and would present the
proposals to the commission as soon as possible.
A request-for-proposals for a new franchisee was
also directed to be fast-tracked.
Artificial reef planned offshore of Coquina Beach
By Rick Catlin
An artificial reef planned for about 900 feet off
south Coquina Beach could prove a popular attraction
for fish and fishermen.
Rick Spadoni of Coastal Planning & Engineering
in Boca Raton along with Manatee County Ecosystems
Manager Charlie Hunsicker met Monday with repre-
sentatives of marine contractor Kelly Bros. Inc. of Ft.
Myers to discuss the contract and the exact location of
"The reef is tied into the 2002 renourishment
project," said Spadoni, whose firm is the county's con-
tracted marine engineering company. Because some
sand has shifted from underwater rocks along the
Island's shores since the 2002 renourishment, the arti-
ficial reef will mitigate some of that loss of marine
habitat, he said.
There's not much artificial about the reef, however.
Spadoni said the rocks are natural Florida limestone
and they'll be placed in 9 to 14 feet of water about 900
feet off Coquina Beach. "It should become a haven for
fish and fishermen," he predicted.
Kelly Bros. will utilize the boat ramp on the east
side Coquina Park as its staging area for the equipment
Cost of the project is $269,000 and completion is
scheduled for December.
Record budget for Holmes Beach
By Rick Catlin
Holmes Beach City Commissioners adopted a ten-
tative 2004-05 budget of $8.4 million at its initial bud-
get hearing Sept. 14, along with a tentative 2.0 millage
rate. But at least two commissioners served notice in
the 3-2 budget vote that they were prepared to argue a
number of line items when the commission meets for
the final budget hearing Sept. 28. The tentative millage
rate passed unanimously.
While the $8.4 million budget is a record, it in-
Hayes resigns from
Anna Maria City
Anna Maria city commission candidate
Ben Hayes is now the former candidate after
he submitted a letter to the city Sept. 16 stat-
ing that he was withdrawing as a candidate for
a commission seat in the Nov. 2 election for
Hayes' withdrawal means that incumbent
commissioners Duke Miller and Linda Cramer
will be automatically returned for another two-
year term. No other candidates qualified for
The race for mayor will be between in-
cumbent SueLynn and former Mayor Gary
cludes a reserve carryover of $3.1 million.
However, rising property values on Anna Maria
Island and in Holmes Beach fueled an ad valorem tax
revenue increase of $350,000, allowing the commis-
sion to retain the 2.0 millage rate. The rate was at 2.25,
but the commission two years ago was able to reduce
the rate because of rising property values.
Several property owners spoke to complain about
the high increase in their property taxes, but Commis-
sioner Rich Bohnenberger noted that property value
increase is a function of the county property appraiser,
not the city. In addition, said Bohnenberger, the state's
Amendment 10 puts the tax burden on non-resident
property owners who are not limited by the 3 percent
maximum annual increase in property taxes that home-
steaded residents enjoy.
"I agree with everything you said," replied Com-
missioner Roger Lutz, "but you are preaching to the
choir. We didn't pass any of that (legislation)."
Commissioner Don Maloney argued for a full-
time professional city planner, noting that the bud-
get includes $80,000 for a part-time planner. The
city would be better served with its own planner,
rather than using someone like Bill Brisson on an "as
Not to be outdone, Bohnenberger said he didn't
agree with a number of increases to charitable organi-
zations, along with some other line items.
Mayor Carol Whitmore noted that the Anna Maria
Island Turtle Watch organization had withdrawn its
$1,500 request. Bohnenberger had asked to review that
organization's accounting to see how it spent its money
before voting for any appropriation.
Both Maloney and Bohnenberger voted against the
Meet the reef
From left, Manatee
Hunsicker and marine
engineer Rick Spadoni
of Coastal Planning
and Engineering met
with Shane Kelly and
Chris Bautista of
Kelly Bros. Inc.
Monday, Sept. 20, to
discuss the contract
for an artificial reef
off Coquina Beach.
Anna Maria City
Sept. 23, 7 p.m., city commission meeting. Agenda: Fla.
Rep. Bill Galvano address; 303 Pine Ave. discussion;
code enforcement procedures ordinance; Waterfront
Restaurant parking lease, amended height-restriction
ordinance; address numbering ordinance; Lake La Vista
parcel ordinance; discussion on rezoning Gulffront park.
Sept. 27, 6 p.m., final public hearing and adoption of
Sept. 27, 7 p.m., planning and zoning board meeting.
Sept. 29, 6:45 p.m., Environmental Education and En-
hancement Committee meeting.
Anna Maria City Hall, temporarily at Island Baptist
Church, 8605 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. City commis-
sion and planning and zoning board meetings to be held
at Holmes Beach City Hall.
Sept. 22, 6 p.m., Citizen Advisory Committee For Review
and Updating of the Comprehensive Plan and Land De-
velopment Code For Bradenton Beach meeting.
Sept. 23, 7 p.m., final hearing and adoption of 2004-05
Sept. 28, 1 p.m., Scenic Highway Committee meeting.
Sept. 28, 4 p.m., shade meeting regarding litigation for
Bradenton Beach vs. Island Inc. and Beach Development
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.,
Sept. 28, 6:30 p.m., second public hearing and adoption
of 2004-05 budget.
Sept. 28, 7 p.m., city commission meeting with work ses-
sion to immediately follow.
Sept. 30, 7 p.m., planning commission meeting.
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive,
Sept. 22, 7 p.m., Coalition of Barrier Island Elected Offi-
cials meeting, Holmes Beach City Hall.
Sept. 27, 9:30 a.m., Sarasota-Manatee Metropolitan Plan-
ning Commission meeting, Sudakoff Hall, USF-New Col-
lege campus, Sarasota.
PAGE 4 E SEPT. 22, 2004 M THE ISLANDER
Waves from Hurricane Ivan quickly washed away sand dumped last week on this area
of beach in Anna Maria along North Shore Drive, prompting some residents to call
for beach renourishment immediately. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin
By Saturday, Sept. 18, waves had returned to normal on Anna Maria
Island and along North Shore Drive, but the emergency sand did not
return and now, some Australian pines are threatened. Islander Photo:
Ivan: The terrible flooding
CONTINUED FROM PAGE I
west-southwest winds and currents, abnormally high
tides, and 3- to 5-foot waves to the Island, effectively
eroding the new beach areas.
Residents between 751 and 765 North Shore ap-
pear to be fighting a losing battle with beach erosion.
Despite their emergency efforts, Ivan eroded the newly
laid beach sand, exposed foundations, breached sea-
walls, tore down beach access walkways and flowed
onto North Shore Drive and many other streets in Anna
Maria. The area was not part of the 2002 beach
renourishment project, and unless Mother Nature lends
a hand, there appears to be little that can be done for the
eroded areas, outside of private funding.
But there's always a chance that the beach could
come back on its own, said Rick Spadoni of Coastal
Planning & Engineering in Boca Raton.
"A northwest current will bring the sand down, but
with hurricane aftereffects, you usually end up with a
low, wide beach. It depends upon the duration of the
north-south current," he noted.
Spadoni, who was the marine engineer in charge of
the 2002 Manatee County beach renourishment project
on Anna Maria Island, said he and Manatee County
Ecosystems Manager Charlie Hunsicker will inspect
the eroded areas of the Island this week and attempt to
determine if any immediate help is available.
According to Hunsicker, immediate renourishment
is possible for those property owners who joined the
2002 renourishment project by signing easements to
Not so for North Shore Drive.
A few property owners in the affected area of
North Shore Drive opted not to sign an easement, and
renourishment in Anna Maria stopped at Elm Street.
Hunsicker said the project could not have skipped a few
areas of beach and included just those owners past Elm
Street who wanted renourishment.
"There should be something that can be done," said
Julie Trouner, one of the North Shore Drive property
owners who wanted the 2002 beach renourishment ef-
fort in front of her house.
There is. Get the owners who didn't want to sign
in 2002 to join up now and Hunsicker might be able to
get some immediate renourishment.
"We're trying," said Trouner, "but frankly, a few
owners have said they will never sign an easement."
Even after they've lost their beach?
"We'll see," she said. "They said that before Ivan."
She indicated most of the property owners between
751 and 765 North Shore now want beach
renourishment. Hunsicker said he did not know if that
would be enough easements to allow the federal gov-
ernment to release the funds for immediate
Hurricane Ivan also caused flooding on many
bayside streets in Holmes Beach and Bradenton Beach
and, although there were some reports of flooding in
carports and garages, there was no significant damage.
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A lone man observes the unusually high surf and beach break where the walkovers and beach south of
Spring Avenue and the Sandbar restaurant in Anna Maria took a beating from the high tide and waves
caused by Hurricane Ivan as it passed 300 miles offshore. Islander Photo: Courtesy Joanie Mills
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THE ISLANDER 0 SEPT. 22, 2004 0 PAGE 5
The Sandbar restaurant saw waves lapping up to the building and a great deal of
sand disappearing from the beach during Hurricane Ivan-induced high seas on
Sept. 15. Islander Photo: Courtesy Joanie Mills
School for Constructive Play in Anna Maria had to delay the opening of school a
day after Hurricane Frances hit over Labor Day weekend and plowed an
Australian pine tree down on the playground and building. Islander Photo:
Courtesy Debbie Springer
Marina Drive was awash with cars and trucks plunging through flooded roads
caused not by rain, but an extremely high tide and surge from Hurricane Ivan,
which backed saltwater from the stormwater-drainage system into yards, some
homes and roads. Islander Photo: Paul Roat
Mobile homes, streets and the recreation area at Sandpiper Park in Bradenton
Beach were surrounded by water that was level with the seawall and Anna
Maria Sound at high tide Wednesday afternoon, Sept. 15- Islander Photo:
School construction costs climb
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
"The reality is this project was started in 2001 and
part of the frustration is that it has taken so long to get
to where we are tonight," said board member Harry
Kinnan. "Whatever we need to do, we need to do it."
Kinnan added that the board always knew it was
going to build a quality school on the Island that ex-
ceeded the average cost of other schools.
"We are at a dilemma point," Dearing said. "Con-
struction services and finances are far exceeding any
foreseeable budget. It just so happens Anna Maria and
King Middle School are the next in line, but we can
envision the same problem for every school in the pipe-
line after them. This is a problem we all have to solve."
Both Dearing and Dowling reported to the board that
in the past 10 months steel prices have risen 88 percent and
the demand for cement is so high that it's being rationed.
Dowling said the district has to schedule concrete pours
weeks in advance and Dearing added that projects were
being limited to 50 cubic yards of concrete a day at hours
that have disrupted neighborhoods.
Both noted that the construction market has yet to
feel the impact of recent hurricane damage in neighbor-
ing counties. Dearing pointed out that Charlotte County
will have to rebuild eight schools in three years.
"This is a train wreck getting ready to happen and
a construction increase like this is enough to stop a train
from running altogether," Dearing said.
Manatee County's own capital plan to build addi-
tional schools was also cited as a contributing cause to
the demand on the construction market. Bill Horton,
assistant superintendent of schools, said the district has
a well-planned building program that is more in tune
with the teacher, student and community needs than
Dowling added that the district's capital plan is
ambitious and the need for new schools makes them a
large player in the market. In addition to AME, there
are already eight other ..
tion and three needing renovations with more com-
The rising costs are not anybody's fault, but
Dearing stressed that the district needs to make "mean-
ingful, conservative" decisions, otherwise there may
not be funds for school projects slated for construction
at the tail end of its five-year capital plan.
AME was supposed to be among the first projects
addressed after county voters approved a half-cent on
the dollar sales tax increase in May 2002. The 15-year
sales tax increase was specifically passed to fund
school construction projects.
Dearing cautioned that the funds generated from
the sales tax only give the district the means to have the
facilities to house the same number of students in 2006
as they did in 2001. The added facilities give the dis-
trict the means to meet the class size amendment,
which reduces student-per-teacher ratios.
The bottom line for AME is that items such as its
metal roof, Bahama shutters and auditorium are fair
game for the chopping block.
Dearing told the construction team to trim the to-
tal budget to $8 million and to present a line-item
analysis of items proposed to be cut by Friday, Sept. 24.
Hayes said the construction team would meet Wednes-
day, Sept. 22, to consider its options.
Representing the Island community at the con-
struction team meetings are Michael Pierce, Don
Schroder, who was asked to replace Gina Duvall,
whose daughter graduated from AME last year, and
Suki Janisch, as the school advisory council presi-
dent, has been asked to take the place of Maria
Dearing told the construction team to have a con-
tract ready for consideration at the first board meeting
Representing the teachers, Kathy Grandstad spoke
to the board emphasizing the need for immediate atten-
tion to the facilities. She reminded the board that fac-
ulty mnemers who have stayed at AME for many years
"We have an air conditioning system from the
1970s, doors that have to be locked down from the
outside, buckets to catch leaks in our rooms. We don't
care about the style of roof or Bahama shutters," said
Grandstad. "We want a safe school for our children and
we don't want you to forget us."
Board members discussed several options to trim
the cost to the district, including soliciting community
support in raising funds for the desired amenities and
Board member Larry Simmons questioned whether
the auditorium could be added at a later date, or if the
community would be willing to raise the funds. "It's a
big bite to take when we have other promises to keep."
Dowling estimated the cost of the auditorium to be
$1.4 million and admitted that the team never consid-
ered omitting it from the plans.
Board member Walter Miller suggested that since
the auditorium is an attraction for the community, per-
haps additional funding could be available from the
department of community services.
"Bottom line is we need a school that is education-
ally sound and something the community can be proud
of," Miller said. "A school reflects a community and
the value of education to that community."
Board member Frank Brunner said he believes that
at the end of the day, the district needs to provide a
"safe, effici effective facility."
Hayes reminded the board that AME has been on
the district's list for several years and when its time
came for new construction or renovation approximately
eight years ago. it was bypassed and funds were sper
on a school with more critical needs.
"This is a neighborhood school. They have already
raised money for their own technology lab and for their
own playground," Kinnan said. "The Island commu-
nity has already done more that what they should have
had to do."
AME will get a new school, the board agrees, and
it wants to see the project move forward without fur-
The next school board meeting will be a 7 p.m.
Monday, Sept. 27.
PAGE 6 E SEPT. 22, 2004 0 THE ISLANDER
New school debacle
The proposed $2 million in budget cuts for the pro-
posed Anna Maria Elementary School could be cause
The Island community local leaders and profes-
sionals who want only the best for the school, its stu-
dents and staff, have been duped. Placated.
Schmoozed. Used and abused.
We were promised fair treatment and we got "no"
The "master planning team" embraced the campus,
the bayfront, the shady oaks and the community. Its vi-
sion capitalized on the waterfront setting.
An architect was hired and construction services
stepped in and demolished an oak hammock and play-
ground equipment that was purchased with community
funding. We got a promise for enhanced landscaping
with an outdoor theater setting. We got a chain-link
fence and a promise for a new playground.
They demolished a walkway with handprints of past
students and staff (some of whom are now forever gone).
We got a promise for a "memory wall" replacement.
Before the cuts, three more donated items were sac-
rificed: the caboose, outdoor pavilion and outdoor signs.
While the construction team struggled last spring
to maintain the the auditorium and the basic "box"
design with added features such as a metal roof and
window shutters- those items are again meeting the
scrutiny of the slashers.
Of all the meetings we participated in with school of-
ficials public and private no one was insulted more
than Island resident Gene Aubry, an architect whose cre-
dentials include the Ritz-Carlton Aspen, Naples Perform-
ing Arts Hall, Sarasota Selby Library and hundreds of li-
braries, schools and homes across the country.
But Aubry persevered, met with Superintendent
Roger Dearing, and walked away with a fee to provide
a conceptual plan for King Middle School a plan
that he made extraordinary, and yet no school board
member has seen. And a promise to take his proposal
for AME seriously.
But nothing was "serious" and nothing has been
gained after two years of struggle against mediocrity.
If the school board wants to meet its budget, they
should give the job to Aubry. And if they want to be fair,
school officials should cough up the money to meet the
inflating costs from the district's sales tax (construction)
revenue, especially in view of the disproportionate taxes
resulting from high Island property values.
And if they want to get the whole fiasco over with,
they should turn the school over to the community and
its leaders as a charter school.
We can do better.
SLICK 'Touche!' By Egan
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As treasurer for the city of Holmes Beach, I wanted
to take the opportunity to clarify and expand upon a
few comments previously made in the Sept. 8 edition
of The Islander's "Your Opinion" section.
First let me say that I totally agree with the "Attend
the meeting" title that was given to the letter. The Truth
in Millage (TRIM) provisions of Florida statutes pro-
vide a process whereby two public hearings are held
specifically for citizens to provide input into their lo-
cal governmental budget.
Good government results from the participation
and input of its citizens. That can only happen when the
citizens attend the meetings and educate themselves on
the issues and voice their opinions.
I would like to clarify that the current 2003-04
budget is not based on a 1.896 millage rate, but rather
is set at 2 mills, the same millage rate that is currently
proposed for 2004-05.
It is rather hard to compare budget years only on a
percentage increase basis when one does not look at the
needs and line items within the budget. The city's budget
is a complex document comprising many revenue sources
other than property taxes and includes some major capi-
tal improvements over and above operational expenses.
Among these are $1.3 million for bridge replacement and
significant amounts for stormwater projects.
Tree removal funds included in the budget are set
aside to remove trees on city rights of way that are de-
termined to be a threat to public and private property
or citizen safety. Damages incurred in the recent storms
throughout the state are a good example of how dan-
gerous some of the larger unstable or unhealthy trees
can be to life and property. Additionally, there is
money included in the budget as well as grant funds
that have been received to provide for the planting of
native trees and beautification of the city.
The money set aside for exotic plant removal on
the Grassy Point Preserve property is a requirement that
was placed upon the city by the state when the state
state preservation funding and gave the land to the city.
We are blessed to have received this grant, which has
guaranteed that the Grassy Point Preserve land will
remain forever in its natural state and protected from
any future development.
We look forward to the citizens of Holmes Beach
attending and voicing their opinions at the public hear-
ings. That, after all, is what they are designed for.
Rick Ashley, Holmes Beach City Treasurer
The opinion about the too-noisy generators in the
Sept. 8 edition needs to be answered on behalf of all
Islanders who try to face the challenges of living in a
hurricane area the best way they can.
Having a generator is a blessing in the aftermath of
a hurricane and to keep up the basics of life is so im-
portant, especially when you have children.
Comparing a generator, which is an emergency tool,
with running a lawn mower shows the state of mind and
character of the person who wrote this silly comment.
If you can't sleep at night, get some earplugs.
Patricia Staebler, Anna Maria
Tax equity needed
The inequity of real estate taxes on Anna Maria
Island is destroying retirement dreams of many and
forcing them to sell out.
Is it fair that a 30-year-old 1,400-square-foot house
on Anna Maria have a tax burden of $6,000 when the
same comparable house in West Bradenton has a tax of
When Islanders call the tax assessor's office to
inquire, they're met with a smart alec answer of "Well,
would you sell your home for the assessed value?"
The formula needs to be changed to be fair to Island-
ers. An equitable formula for assessing properties is to
compute the value based on the mean-square-foot value
of all Manatee County homes. Just because we are in the
vast minority out here shouldn't influence what's fair.
" I k -ve ornan, hlobtlnes Beach
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It's our school
This is an open letter to the Manatee County
School Board regarding the status of the now "over-
budget" Anna Maria Elementary School construction
Regretfully, since the destruction of the "walk of
fame" memory sidewalk, the community-funded play-
ground and the historic 100-plus year old oak ham-
mock, the parents and community of Anna Maria Is-
land, lacking the support that it deserved from staff,
learned a great lesson.
We learned about the "process" used by the school
board in the construction of new schools a process
that lacks integrity and vision. If only the children's
needs would have come first. Do you realize that it has
been more than a year since the Fourth of July massa-
cre of the playgrounds and trees and the children are
still fenced out of most of the open space on the school
grounds and are resorted to playing in the full sun or in
the bus circle?
And construction has never begun. Before I left the
meeting with the school board's superintendent that
fateful summer, I asked that if anything was to come
out of this "mistake," let it be that the "process" be
To start at the beginning ... the "community ap-
proved" plans were estimated and determined to be
"over budget" (within the course of a weekend), so a
different architect, whose plans were supposedly "in
budget" won the bid. This was a completely different
design. The new footprint was approved by the school
board but not shown to the community. The commu-
nity was promised that they would be able to see the
new plans in the fall and that nothing would happen
At the final SAC meeting of that school year, a few
who attended got to see "artist renderings" of the pro-
posed new school. This was not, however, available to
all, as this agenda item was not made public. The art-
ist even drew in pretty trees, supposedly where our
beloved oaks stood.
Every tree on campus was then tagged. Parents
were told not to worry that it was just for a tree survey.
School let out, summer began, and during the Fourth
of July holiday, the bulldozers razed the playground
equipment and trees.
These trees were, at the time, home to many nest-
ing parrots. It seems that the new footprint of the school
sat directly on the oak hammocks that the community
and children so embraced. The community, at the very
least, was upset and demanded a town meeting.
The school board attended. Apologies were made
by all and a "severe lack of communication" was de-
termined to be the culprit. Although the school board
acknowledged the problems, we were told that the
amount of money they had already invested mandated
that the project should continue and, they added "the
trees are already gone. The footprint of the school
might as well sit there."
After all, the teachers were anxious for their new
school. And the old "it's easier to ask for forgiveness
than permission" was echoed around the meeting by
Promises were made. Better playground equipment
to replace what was bulldozed, exceptional landscap-
ing to replace what was bulldozed, Bahama-style shut-
ters and a metal roof to give the "L" shaped box a more
They informed us it was time to move on can't
live in the past. What's done, is done.
Two years later it is determined that the new plan
is $2 million over budget. For the construction team to
tell us that the budget increase is due to the increased
cost of concrete, steel, and fuel alone is an insult to our
intelligence. We acknowledge that concrete, steel and
fuel costs have risen significantly easily 20-30 per-
cent across the board. But concrete, steel and fuel is
probably only 30 percent of the budget. This would
leave a line item of only $1,800,000 that would be af-
fected by this increased cost. That increase would then
be $540,000, if my figures are correct. What else ac-
counts for the remainder of the increase? Was the origi-
nal budget accurate? Has the value-engineering process
been effective? It appears that the construction team
started demolition of the site before actual plans were
available and before the Soutwest Water Management
District permit approval was applied for.
And the biggest question: Why would demolition
of a school begin before an accurate budget was ap-
proved by the school board? Is this the way all projects
are run? Is this good management by the school board
and its staff?
It was at the most recent school board meeting
when the new budget figure was announced that some
solutions were offered. One that I find humorous was
to ask the community to raise the money for the shut-
ters, metal roof, and auditorium, as we raise a lot of
money for our school.
And there was school staff pleading to the school
board just to build the school because they don't care
what it looks like.
The final outcome was for the school construction
team at its next meeting to start cutting away at the
school to bring it into budget. To leave the task of this
hacking that the school is to receive by a select
"principal's hand-picked" team is wrong.
It is not going to be easy to not see $2 million in
I hate to believe that there is this much bad faith
among the school board members. Where is the ac-
A community meeting is in order. It is, after all, our
school. If anything good can come from the destruction
of an historic oak hammock, let it be that the "process"
in which schools are designed, planned and built be
challenged and changed. Let it be that the Anna Maria
Island community gets the school for its students it
After all, the children are watching.
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Perico Island project mediation pending again
By Paul Roat
Although it took about two hours perhaps a
record in zippiness considering officials from four cit-
ies, Manatee County and representatives from develop-
ers were all present to offer their opinions the meet-
ing pretty much boiled down to one question-answer
regarding the Perico Island-St. Joe (formerly Arvida)
Question: "Is there any area for compromise be-
cause, if not, what are we doing here?" from Manatee
County Commissioner Jonathan Bruce to St. Joe devel-
opment officials, who hope to create 656 condominium
units on Perico Island, some in 10-story buildings.
Island officials, the county and others oppose the
development based on a number of issues, primarily the
height of the condos.
Answer: "Of course. St. Joe is willing to listen if
the county has a reasonable proposal, but the heights of
these buildings are an integral part of the design site.
The height is necessary to keep the mangrove fringe.
No one will pay a premium for island living to look at
the back of mangroves. If you remove a story [of height
of buildings] you lose $10 million," from St. Joe attor-
ney Kevin Hennessy.
So much for Round 2 of mediation regarding chal-
lenges to the proposed development of Perico Island,
Mayor calls for
Following the recent damage by downed Austra-
lian pines in Anna Maria, and the pending demise of
about five of the trees along North Shore Drive, Anna
Maria Mayor SueLynn has asked the city commission
to take "immediate action" to either remove or reduce
the height of some of the trees.
"I know there are people who would like to see
them remain untouched, but the potential for destruc-
tion of property, sometimes even death, outweighs their
beauty and the substantial shade they provide," the
mayor said in a letter to commissioners.
She believes the city should reduce the height or
eliminate entirely all Australian pines on city property
and take legislative action to require all property own-
ers to do likewise. She suggested a two-year period for
property owners to reduce in height or remove offend-
ing pines, and asked that the issue be placed on a fu-
ture commission worksession agenda.
just across the Anna Maria Island Bridge from Holmes
For better than four years the development of the
once-farm property, which was annexed from Manatee
County into the City of Bradenton and has received that
city's approval for developmental into upscale condos, has
been controversial as far as Island residents are concerned.
Islanders have all along challenged developer state-
ments that hurricane evacuation by the added population
of the project would not be an issue. Vista loss is also an
issue with the high-rise buildings, Islanders have said.
Numerous lawsuits have been, and still are, pending on the
All three Island cities, plus Manatee County and
the environmental group ManaSota-88, as well as a
citizen's group have been in the fray throughout all the
Monday's meeting allowed St. Joe attorney
Hennessy to offer a presentation on the project. It was,
he said, "the right project, at the right time with the
Most of the residents would be seasonal and have
the Perico Island homes as second residences and
would not be in the area during hurricane season, he
said, adding that the current application called for two
units per acre, the lowest density in the city, and would
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Ready to go down under
These Australian pines along the water's edge in
Anna Maria at 761 N. Shore Drive have had their
root systems seriously eroded by recent wave action
and appear ready to fall at any moment. Islander
Photo: Rick Catlin
No permission for stuck truck
By Rick Catlin
A truck hauling equipment for a private wedding
at the Sandbar restaurant in Anna Maria became stuck
in the sand Friday afternoon and had to be hauled out
by a tow truck.
But trucks aren't allowed on the beach without city
permission, and Anna Maria Mayor SueLynn said she
checked with every city department head and staff
member and no one gave any permission or special
exception for a truck to be on the beach.
"I've checked with everyone. It's the first anyone
has heard about a truck going on the beach," she said.
The mayor said it was her understanding that a
woman had rented the trucks to bring in supplies and
equipment for her daughter's wedding at the restaurant
Saturday, Sept. 18.
The woman (get name from MCSO report on Mon-
day) claimed to the Manatee County Sheriff's Office
deputy who investigated the incident that she had per-
mission from the city, but couldn't remember the name
of the person she talked with. Additionally, the woman
told the MCSO that she had spoken with Suzi Fox of
Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch. The woman alleged
to the officer that Fox had no objections to the equip-
ment or trucks on the beach.
Not so, said Fox. "I don't know anything about it.
No one has called me recently about taking a truck on
the beach or having a wedding." She said she would
have inspected the area before the wedding, and a per-
mission form would have been issued by Turtle Watch.
No citation was issued by the MCSO, according to
the report, because there was no criminal intent and no
sea oats or vegetation was damaged.
But the dunes and beach vegetation are under the
control of the Florida Department of Environmental
Protection. Efforts to reach Steve West of the DEP's
Sarasota office to determine if an investigation was
under way were unsuccessful prior to press deadline.
"I'd really like to know who gave her permission,"
the mayor said, "or who she claims she spoke with at
the city." The mayor's investigation is continuing.
provide the city with tax revenue of $1.2 million annu-
ally. The county would reap $1.7 per year in taxes, he
Mangroves would be retained and, Hennessy said,
under the current proposal 79 percent of the land would
remain as open space on the site.
And then the matter got back around to the meat of
the meeting: Compromise.
County officials, who have a say in the matter due
to pending lawsuits, appear to have one concern only
in the Perico Island project. Height.
So how high is too high? St. Joe's Hennessy basi-
That answer came late Tuesday, when county com-
missioners said they would drop the legal action in the
matter if St. Joe would agree to a building height on the
west side of the project of no more than 65 feet, and
height on the east portion of the project no more than
No response had come from St. Joe at Islander
ManaSota-88 environmental organization ques-
tions are another issue.
And the next round of legal talks, this time with a
mediator approved by all parties, may be the arbiter of
By Paul Roat
One day after many of the city's streets were
inundated in a mini-storm surge compliments of
Hurricane Ivan, Bradenton Beach city commis-
sioners approved a stormwater utility fee for all
Proceeds from the fee will be used to create
drainage improvements in the city. The fee is es-
timated to amount to about $130,000 revenue an-
Another benefit to the program, according to
Bradenton Beach Public Works Director Dottie
Poindexter, would be to alleviate flooding.
Credits will be available for those who reduce
the quantity or improve the quality of stormwater
runoff from their property.
The fee schedule would assess $100 per year
to every single-family, multi-family or condo-
minium 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 per unit.
Any property with a driveway would have an
additional $10 charge added to the fee. Pools and
tennis courts would be charged an additional $10
Credits would come for those residents and
businesses for certain reductions in stormwater
runoff. Replacing concrete driveways with imper-
vious pavers would amount to 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."
Holmes Beach officials approved a
stormwater utility fee last year at a rate of $36
annually. Anna Maria City is currently contem-
plating a similar fee.
Poindexter added that the improved system
should be sufficiently established in about 10
years and could then be reduced.
The ordinance was passed with little com-
ment from either the public or commission.
This truck got stuck on the beach in Anna Maria.
Islander Photo: Bonner Joy
new Tidemark deal
sweet for Easterling
By Rick Catlin
Legal wranglings in the Tidemark Partners LLC
bankruptcy case continue to be complicated.
Jilted suitor Southstar Development of Coral
Gables filed an objection in federal court last week to
Tidemark's proposed reorganized debtor plan with
Reliance Property Group of Conn., claiming the deal
"may be a better offer for Tidemark's insider principal,
Nick Easterling," but is "simply not a better deal for
Southstar had a financing agreement with
Easterling to bail the troubled property out of bank-
ruptcy, but Easterling rejected that proposal even after
it was submitted to the bankruptcy court. A new pro-
posal was offered by Reliance, but Southstar filed a
separate lawsuit, claiming it had a "no shop" agreement
with Easterling, meaning he would not look for financ-
ing other than from Southstar.
Under the terms of the Reliance reorganization
proposal, an "Easterling Agreement" has been in-
cluded, in which Easterling would continue to be the
"managing member" and responsible for operations.
In addition, Easterling would provide "manage-
ment and consulting services" to the project and:
Be entitled to an ownership interest in the devel-
opment company formed by the purchaser (Reliance)
in an amount no less than 5 percent.
Be provided a salary of $12,000 per month for 24
months following the entry of the confirmation order
(by the bankruptcy court) and an office, office equip-
ment and furniture as reasonably required.
Be provided with a minimum commission of 3
percent on the sale of condominium units procured by
Easterling and/or an override commission agreed to by
Reliance and Easterling.
Be entitled to an ownership interest in the new
operating company formed by the purchaser in an
amount no less than 10 percent, with an option to pur-
chase an additional 31 percent on terms acceptable to
Reliance and Easterling.
Reliance also said "management of the operating
company shall be conducted by Easterling and a des-
ignee of the purchaser (Reliance), with any dispute
between the two to be resolved by arbitration."
Reliance said it would provide exit financing to a
Easterling claims victory
Tidemark Partners LLC managing director
Nick Easterling said yesterday that at the Sept. 21
bankruptcy hearing, the judge ruled in
Tidemark's favor and accepted the reorganiza-
tion plan submitted by Reliance Property Group.
In addition, said Easterling, Tidemark and
RPG settled the lawsuit and claims submitted by
Southstar Development LLC and they have with-
drawn their objections to the RPG plan.
The ruling clears the way for a confirmation
hearing on Oct. 26, he said. If approved at that
hearing, Tidemark and RPG will close their refi-
nancing agreement on Nov. 10.
"Then we can start construction," Easterling
maximum of $5.6 million. All secured creditors would
be paid in full, while unsecured creditors would divide
up whatever of the $5.6 million remains.
Bad deal for the unsecured creditors, said
Tidemark has already defaulted in its agreement
with Southstar, and the Reliance proposal fails to ad-
dress the post-petition claims of Southstar for approxi-
mately $215,000. If this amount were paid, said
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Southstar, Tidemark would be "unable to make its pro-
posed 100 percent payment to unsecured creditors."
Southstar claims the Reliance proposal should also
note to creditors the "risks associated" with its litiga-
tion against Tidemark.
Southstar is also alleging that with its mounting
administrative claims against Tidemark, "the Reliance
deal provides less cash to unsecured creditors," than its
own offer does.
Among other allegations, Southstar claimed the
new disclosure statement from Tidemark "fails to ad-
equately describe the Easterling Agreement, which
provides payments to debtor's principal, Nick
A hearing on Tidemark's emergency motion to
replace financing from Southstar with the Reliance
plan is scheduled for Sept. 21 in bankruptcy court.
The court also denied a motion by U.S. Bankruptcy
Court Trustee Felicia Turner to either deny the Tide-
mark bankruptcy petition entirely, or convert it to in-
However, the court stayed a final decision on
Turner's motion "pending a further ruling from the
court." Turner had claimed that Tidemark had failed to
follow the bankruptcy court rules and regulations, in-
cluding failure to file reports on how it was spending
whatever money it had in its accounts.
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Hunts withdraw special master
request, lawsuit ahead
The owners of the property at 303 Pine Ave. in
Anna Maria have withdrawn their request for a special
master hearing to resolve issues the city has with their
site plan and have opted instead for the circuit court to
decide their case against the city.
Robert and Nicky Hunt filed a lawsuit against Anna
Maria in late August over the city commission's Aug. 2
denial of their site plan application, but then requested a
special master hearing in an effort to solve the impasse.
The Hunt preliminary site plan was approved by
the planning and zoning board, but was rejected in a 3-
2 vote by the commission.
In a Sept. 17 letter to City Attorney Jim Dye, how-
ever, attorney Peter Mackey representing the Hunts
said his clients have withdrawn their request and will
instead rely on the legal action they filed.
A day to dine with your children
Fla. Gov. Jeb Bush has declared Monday, Sept. 27,
"Family Day, A Day to Eat Dinner with Your Children."
The initiative is meant to draw attention to the
important role parents play in their children's lives.
According to Bush, studies have shown that students
coming from families who eat together regularly are
less likely to try drugs, drink or get in trouble.
Ten years ago in the Sept. 22, 1994, issue of
The Islander, headlines announced that:
A bloom of red tide was reported off New Pass
at Longboat Key and scientists from Mote Marine pre-
dicted it would move north and affect Anna Maria Is-
land this week.
New Anna Maria Public Works Director/Code
Enforcement Officer/Building Inspector Bill
Zimmerman met with the city commission and got an
earful from them about his duties, but Mayor Ray
Simches chided commissioners that he is in charge of
Zimmerman, not the commission.
The Metropolitan Planning Organization was
expected to decide next week whether to fund a drain-
age project for Bradenton Beach and Anna Maria Is-
land, or send the $177,000 to Longboat Key to help
with that city's failed beach renourishment effort.
AME fall festival
plans under way
Anna Maria Elementary School's Parent-Teacher
Organization is busy planning the annual Fall Festival,
one of its largest fundraisers of the year.
Due to an area fenced off for construction on the
campus, the festival will again be held at St. Bernard
Catholic Church in Holmes Beach from 11 a.m. to 3
p.m. Oct. 30. Committee chairperson Dawn Wash said
there will be limited parking available at the church this
year because parking spaces will be roped off to ac-
commodate a wedding taking place at the church the
The festival is still anticipated to kick off with a
costume parade starting at the Wachovia Bank parking
lot and ending in the church parking lot where a grade-
by-grade costume contest will take place. Wash said
that the committee still needs a parent volunteer to
oversee the parade the day of the festival. The task in-
cludes organizing walkers by classroom, walking them
to the church and setting up the judging.
Wash said that most classes have signed up to run
a game booth at the festival and the community can
look forward to a lot of new games.
The committee is also planning on contracting with
some companies for larger game attractions, including
a race track, blow-up slide, speed pitch and moon walk.
Committee members are also busy collecting items
for its prize drawing. Wash said she has already se-
cured four tickets to Disney World in Orlando and is
working on hotel accommodations to complete the pack-
Tickets for the prize drawing are being sold by
AME students for $1 each and will also be available at
the Bay Fest in Anna Maria Oct. 16. AME will have a
booth selling festival tickets and snow cones.
This year the committee chose not to hire a musi-
cian for its entertainment; instead they are seeking
clowns, mimes and other kid-oriented entertainers.
The committee is seeking a parent volunteer to
solicit donations from Manatee Avenue business own-
ers, and it also needs to borrow a public address sys-
The next committee meeting will be at 8:30 a.m.
Sept. 28 in the school cafeteria. For more information,
Monday, Sept. 27
Breakfast: French Toast Sticks with Syrup, Cereal,
Toast, Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich, Fruit
Lunch: Nachos with Beef and Cheese Sauce or
Grilled Chicken on a Bun, Tossed Salad, Steamed
Tuesday, Sept. 28
Breakfast: Hot Pocket, Cereal, Toast, Grilled Cheese
Lunch: Chicken Nuggets with Tater Tots, Ham-
burger on a Bun or Peanut Butter and Jelly Sand-
wich, Dill Stack, Baked Beans, Fruit
Wednesday, Sept. 29
Breakfast: Scrambled Eggs, Peanut Butter and Jelly
Sandwich, Cereal, Toast, Fruit
Lunch: Beef-a-Roni, Popcorn Chicken or Peanut
Butter and Jelly Sandwich, Roll, Raw Carrots with
Dip, Steamed Broccoli, Fruit
Thursday, Sept. 30
Breakfast: Ham and Cheese on Toast, Cereal, Toast,
Lunch: Salisbury Steak with Mashed Potatoes, Corn
Dog or Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich, Tossed
Salad, Green Beans, Fruit
Friday, Oct. 1
Breakfast: Orange Muffin, Cereal, Toast, Scrambled
Lunch: Pizza Sticks with Marinara Sauce, Peanut
Butter and Jelly Sandwich or Fruit, Muffin and
Yogurt Plate, Corn, Tossed Salad, Fruit
Juice and milk are served with every meal.
To be wed
Carrie L. Engelke of St. Charles, Mo., and Andrew M.
Alexander of Holmes Beach are to be married Satur-
day, Sept. 25, at the Sandbar restaurant, Anna Maria.
Both are alumni of South East Missouri State Univer-
sity. Parents of the bride are David and Linda Engelke
of St. Charles., Mo., and his parents are Terry and
Peggy Alexander, of Holmes Beach and St.Charles.
Art helps, art heals
Area artists and arts organizations will join forces
Monday, Sept. 27, to present "Art Helps/Art Heals" a
benefit for this season's hurricane victims.
The benefit will feature musical performances by
a number of performers, including Island actress and
Anna Maria Elementary School student Trina Rizzo, in
the main auditorium at the Van Wezel Performing Arts
Hall, 777 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota.
Rizzo said she will be among 200 performers in the
evening's finale. Rizzo said she was invited by the
event organizers to sing "Helping Hands" with Bruce
Merkel to kick off the finale.
Rizzo appeared last year as "Annie" in the theater
production at Sarasota's Players Theater.
The benefit will also feature a silent auction of arts
and crafts donated by local artists. The auction items
will be displayed in the Van Wezel Grand Foyer.
Doors open at 6 p.m. followed at 7:30 p.m. by the
evening's main performance. Tickets cost $10 and are
available at the Van Wezel box office, by calling 1-
800-826-9303, or via the Web at www.vanwezel.org.
All funds go directly to provide assistance to those
in need through a partnership with the Community
Foundation of Sarasota County.
Turtle season may,
may not be over?
By Jim Hanson
There's still a little hope a few marine turtles will
hatch on Anna Maria Island beaches, but not a lot.
Hurricane Ivan's storm surge wiped out some sea
turtle nests, others were emptied and moved by Turtle
Watch volunteers to prevent their destruction before
the storm's waters drowned the nests.
Now three nests are known to be approaching the
hatch point on the Island, one in front of the Beach
House Restaurant in Bradenton Beach, another farther
south in Bradenton Beach, the third at the south end of
Anna Maria City.
Turtle Watch keeps as close tabs as possible on all
of the nests, and the three remaining are believed due
to hatch sometime in early October.
That is the best estimate of Suzi Fox, who holds the
state's marine turtle preservation permit and is direc-
tor of Turtle Watch.
There are also some spots that still may have live
nests, but whose Turtle Watch markers were washed
away by the storm. So her volunteers will keep patrol-
ling those sectors "just in case."
The storm washed out some nests, exposing the
eggs and destroying the life in them, and covered oth-
ers long enough to drown the small lives.
The May-October hatching season saw an estimated
111 nests on Anna Maria, but an exact count isn't possible
because there were many "false crawls" and then the sea
washed away any remaining traces. A false crawl is the
track left by a turtle that came ashore to nest but changed
its mind, or the nest was not verified.
Anna Maria wins
two civic awards
The City of Anna Maria has won two awards for
"outstanding efforts in improving Manatee County
public properties," awarded by Keep Manatee Beauti-
ful. The awards were made at a luncheon last week at
the Holiday Inn Airport Marina.
The city's public works department was honored
with the government partnership public service award
for restoration and beauification of the Bayshore Na-
ture Preserve, creation of a "pocket park" on Jacaranda
Street, installation of a historical gumbo-limbo fence at
the public works staging area, efforts to secure grants,
regular participation in the Keep Manatee Beautiful
Arbor Day tree planting, ability to communicate the
city's goals to residents, and a consistent policy of tree
removals after analysis. Public Works Director George
McKay accepted the honors.
The city's second honor was the public landscaping
award won by the Environmental Enhancement and Edu-
cation Committee for reviving and ensuring completion
of a landscaping project on the west side of City Hall.
Winning an Adopt-A-Shore award was the EARTH
Club of Manatee Community College for three cleanup
a year since 1992 on Leffis Key, Bradenton Beach.
An award also went to the American Business
Women's Association for its quarterly cleanup of Gulf
Drive from Cortez Road to Longboat Pass in the
Additional information may be obtained by phon-
Free health discussion
Kathleen Goerg of the Island Chiropractic Center
presents "The Incredible Doctor You," a free health
information session at her office in Holmes Beach.
The session begins at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 28,
and refreshments will be provided.
Island Chiropractic Center is located at 3612 E.
Bay Drive, Holmes Beach. For more information, call
Goerg at 778-0722.
Youth art classes at Art League
The Anna Maria Island Art League is offering art
classes for children ages 5-10 beginning Sept. 28.
Classes meet from 4:30 to 6 p.m. for a six-week
period and cost $90 for art league members and $99 for
Students will learn art history, composition, basic
chalk pastel techniques, printmaking, painting and
sketching, all from instructor Erin Huybrechts.
Preregistration is required because classes are
small. For more information, call 778-2099.
The Anna Maria Island Art League is located at
5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach.
Community forum on education
Parents of Manatee County students have two oppor-
tunities to learn more about challenges faced in public
education at community forums being held this week.
Wednesday, Sept. 22, there will be a public education
forum from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Fogartyville Cafe, 800 17th
Ave. W., Bradenton. Education leaders and members of
the community are invited to engage in a dialogue about
the challenges and opportunities facing public schools.
There will be a town hall meeting at Rowlett Elemen-
tary School beginning at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 27.
U.S. Representative Jim Davis will lead a discussion re-
garding the federal No Child Left Behind Act.
Rowlett is located at 3500 Ninth St. E., Bradenton.
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by Rick Catlin
Perico man was top radar
specialist in Pacific
Perico Bay resident Joe Frattura was enrolled in his
freshman year at Carnegie Tech in Pittsburgh when the
Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941.
"I had a four-year deferment from the draft," said
Joe, "and I was in the Reserve Officer Training Corp."
But during his second year at Carnegie, Joe
couldn't stand being "out of the action," and he volun-
tarily gave up his deferment in August 1943 and joined
After graduating from boot camp, the Navy se-
lected two graduates from the more than 100 seaman
recruits to attend radar electronics technician school
and Joe was one of the two.
"Radar was pretty new in those days. The British
had developed it before the war, but we were starting
to use it on all the ships. I guess my test scores showed
I knew something about electronics," said Joe.
After spending more than 10 months training for
his new job, Joe was assigned to Mare Island Naval
Station in San Francisco in 1944 awaiting deployment
to the Pacific theater of operations.
Somewhere along the way toward getting his ship
assignment, luck took a hand.
"When the assignments came out, my name was
the last on the.list for the U.S.S. Vestal, a fleet repair
ship that was the oldest ship in the Navy."
The next person on the list got assigned to the
U.S.S. Indianapolis, a cruiser that would see plenty of
action in the war.
"It was also the ship that took the atomic bomb to
Tinian in 1945," remembered Joe. After the Indianapo-
lis left Tinian, it was torpedoed by a Japanese subma-
rine and more than 1,000 sailors lost their lives.
"That was a pretty lucky day for me, although I
thought then that the Indianapolis might be a better as-
signment. Thankfully, I got the Vestal or I might not be
While on the Vestal, he was given command of the
mess line for sailors, a lot of responsibility for a 19-
The ship sailed to Kwajalein, Eniwetok, Truk and
Ulithi assisting other ships with radar repairs and other
electronic necessities of the burgeoning naval technol-
At one time, the Vestal was scheduled to partici-
pate in the invasion of Iwo Jima in early 1945, but its
orders were changed to the invasion of Okinawa on
April 1, 1945.
By then, Joe's ability to install and fix the complex
systems associated with radar brought him to the atten-
tion of the officers in charge of radar repairs. He was
promoted and given command of the electronics shop
on the Vestal.
"We fixed and installed radar, sonar, everything
electrical for all the ships in the fleet. It was a pretty
busy place and everyone got along real well. I had
some pretty sharp guys working for me."
Headed toward Okinawa, the lead ship in the 64-
vessel convoy lost its radar, and as the sailor in charge
of radar repairs for the fleet, Joe was ordered to fix the
"I remember the entire convoy had to slow down
for a few hours while I transferred to the lead ship.
They were going to send me by breeches buoy, but the
seas were too rough, so I went by boat."
The radar got fixed and the invasion took place as
scheduled on April 1.
While the Vestal was stationed offshore on April
1, it wasn't immune from Japanese attack.
"That's when we started seeing the kamikaze at-
tacks," remembered Joe. Thirty-five ships got hit by
kamikazes the first day of the invasion, including an
empty ammunition ship that was two ships behind the
Vestal in the convoy.
"If that ship had been loaded, it would have taken
out all the nearby ships, including us, with it. It was
another lucky day for me."
But the kamikaze attacks were relentless and they
attacked every day.
"At first, we would go below from our repair sta-
tions when they attacked, but after awhile, when they
kept missing us, the skipper said we should keep on
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working above the decks on
the masts. It was kind of
scary to see the kamikazes
coming in while you were
50 feet above the deck
working on a radar. But the
Vestal was lucky. We didn't p
lose anybody. They did get
quite a few ships, however."
Indeed, Joe and his crew
were often assigned to board Frattura
the blown-up ships to see if
any radar or electrical parts could be salvaged.
After so many attacks, the Navy started using
smoke screens to fool the Japanese pilots. "Once they
started doing that, the Japanese pilots couldn't find us,
so we got a lot more work done."
Following Okinawa, the Vestal was preparing for
the invasion of Japan when the atom bomb was
dropped on Hiroshima.
"We figured that was the end of the war after we
heard the news. We were all pretty thankful because
everyone was saying how tough the invasion was go-
ing to be."
After the Japanese surrendered, the Vestal was sent
to Hong Kong, where it and its crew mingled with Brit-
ish and Australian ships and sailors.
The British, American and Australian navies used
the same dock and there were a lot of fights, both in
Hong Kong and on the docks. "We didn't get along
with the British, but we were pals with the Australians,
who also didn't like the British. Fights would start,
often over nothing."
There were so many fights that to ensure safety,
liberty for enlisted personnel was canceled liberty
for all sailors except for the two technicians called upon
by the combined American and British Officer's Club
to fix the jukebox at the club. That order included Joe
"I was one of only two sailors allowed off the ship.
We took our time fixing that jukebox and made sure we
had to come back the next day to check if it was work-
Eventually, the Vestal returned to San Francisco,
and Joe was discharged from the Navy in 1946. He
attended the University of Pittsburgh and earned his
degree in electrical engineering. He worked for Sperry
Gyroscope on Long Island, where he met his future
wife, Marguerite. The couple have two children.
Joe had a long and distinguished career in the ra-
dar and electronics field, and assisted on many U.S.
government projects. He and his wife retired to Anna
Maria Island in 1991 and eventually settled at Perico
"I was never a hero," said Joe, "but I couldn't stay
home while everyone was else was in the service. I'm
proud of what I did and I'm happy I had some luck
during the Navy. Everything turned out pretty well."
THE ISLANDER U SEPT. 22, 2004 U PAGE 13
Woodland proposes sweeping budget reductions
By Rick Catlin
Anna Maria City Commissioner Dale Woodland has
proposed a number of expense reductions in the 2004-05
budget that he claims would save the city $161,000.
Woodland is already in favor of reducing the num-
ber of Manatee County Sheriff's Office deputies in the
city from seven to six, a move he claims would save the
city $83,000. Mayor SueLynn is opposed to any
MCSO staff reduction and said such a move would
only save the city about $68,000 (see separate story).
But Woodland has gone on record as opposing
even the modest .1 increase in the ad valorem tax rate
that the city commission tentatively adopted Sept. 13.
"We are in fact increasing taxes and reducing re-
serves," claimed Woodland in a letter to SueLynn, city
commissioners, city staff and the MCSO substation in
"This is a serious financial condition which re-
quires deliberate action. If this commission does not
address the problem now, the situation will only get
worse. Our decisions must be based on facts and logic,
not on emotion. I am in favor of 2.0 mill and a reserve
of at least 35 percent of the operation budget," he said.
Woodland proposed the following expense reduc-
tions in various line items:
Employee health insurance $7,800
Employee dental insurance $220
Public works rentals $6,000
Wireless consultant $2,800
City engineer $20,000
City hall furniture $5,000
Public works lot improvements $15,000
Gulf Park Management Plan $1,500
MCSO budget $83,000
Pine/Crescent outfall $20,000
The commission at its Sept. 13 meeting had already
agreed to reduce the amount spent on public works
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get by eliminating one of the seven Manatee County
Sheriff's Office deputies now assigned to the
MCSO substation are facing stiff opposition from
While Commissioner Dale Woodland has said
the city could save nearly $80,000 by dropping one
deputy from the duty roster (The Islander, Sept. 15),
the mayor responded that such a move would com-
promise the safety and rights of Anna Maria citi-
"I am adamantly opposed to any reduction in
force of the sheriff's department deputies," the
The idea of reducing the force is "being made
largely on an economic basis" without considering
the impact on the "safety, security and quality" of
law enforcement in the city, she observed.
Reducing the MCSO staff at the Anna Maria
substation would reduce the MCSO presence at
critical hours in the city, the mayor claimed. Only
one deputy would be on duty in the city for many
shifts under a six-deputy rotation.
When one deputy is sick, in training or on va-
cation, Anna Maria would not have 24/7 coverage
and the city would then fall under the jurisdiction of
the MCSO western district, a fact noted by Sheriff
Charlie Wells to the city commission Sept. 9.
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nor with residents, and "may not be as effective" as
the present deputies, she said.
With a six-deputy rotation, use of the MCSO
all-terrain-vehicle for beach patrols and the personal
watercraft to patrol waters around Anna Maria
would be cut back or cease, the mayor claimed.
Bicycle patrols by deputies would also be cut back.
Since each deputy is entitled to a minimum one-
month vacation annually, a six-deputy rotation
would mean that for at least six months every year
"the city would not have a car patrolling" on a 24-
hour-per-day, seven-days-per-week basis.
She also said she's heard no commissioner
mention that on holiday weekends or during the
busy winter season, the city's population increases
by thousands and the city needs 24/7 coverage.
"The patrol absences can seriously impact the
safety and welfare of our citizens and the security
of our property. In my opinion, you cannot put a
dollar amount on the loss of these rights," the mayor
According to her figures, elimination of one
deputy would only save the city $68,000 in the
The city itself in 2000 had asked the MCSO to
increase the number of deputies from six to seven.
The final public hearing on the 2004-05 budget
is scheduled for 6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 27, at the Is-
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Anna Maria City
Sept. 15, 600 block of North Shore Drive, stolen
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Sept. 10, 7300 block of Holmes Boulevard, theft of
vehicle. According to the report, officers ran the tag of
a suspicious vehicle being driven near Clark Drive and
were advised that it was reported stolen. Officers
stopped the driver of the vehicle and arrested the driver
and three passengers.
An officer retrieved a bag that one of the passengers
attempted to discard out the car window before being
pulled over. Inside the bag the officer found a small pis-
tol, which was reportedly stolen out of Manatee County,
two Social Security cards and a cell phone. One of the
passengers was wanted on a Brevard County warrant, the
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Samuel Thorne Bussey II
Samuel Thome Bussey II, 47, of Gainesville and
formerly Holmes Beach, died Sept. 13.
Mr. Bussey was a staff member of Shands Hospi-
tal at the University of Florida. He was a graduate of
Manatee High School, Bradenton, class of 1975, where
he was a National Merit Scholarship finalist, and the
University of Florida. He held all scuba diving quali-
fications except under-ice and assisted in location and
recovery of victims in water-filled caverns in North
Florida. He was an avid sport parachutist with more
than 2,500 jumps.
In accordance with his expressed wishes, his ashes
will be scattered from the sky by fellow skydivers at
Skydive Palatka Sept. 25. Memorial contributions may
be made to Disaster Relief Fund, American Red Cross,
P.O. Box 37243, Washington D.C. 20013.
He is survived by. sisters Mary E. Johnson of
Mathews, Va., and Linda A. Griffin of Reston, Va.;
brother Arthur S. III of Seffner; and parents Arthur S.
and Wilma E. of Holmes Beach.
Elizabeth H. 'Liz' Martin
Elizabeth H. "Liz" Martin, 87, of Holmes Beach
and Lafayette, Ind., died Sept. 13.
Born in Lafayette, Mrs. Martin attended St.
Boniface Elementary School and St. Francis High
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Insurance Co. During World War II, she volunteered
with the American Red Cross and was one of the first
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open with a pair of sandals. Inside the residence, a hole
was found in the drywall ceiling, several beer bottles were
found in and around the residence, and the owner reported
a lock box and a case of beer were missing.
lington National Cemetery. She was a member of St.
Bernard Catholic Church, Holmes Beach, and St. Ber-
nard Ladies Guild. She was a member of the Audubon
Society, the Key Royale Association and the Key
Royale Women's Golf Association.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held Sept. 15 at the
church. Burial and Funeral Mass was held Sept. 15.
She is survived by brother Joseph P. Hemerling of
San Bernadino, Calif.; and many nieces and nephews.
Harold L. 'Hank' Van Winkle
Harold L. "Hank" Van Winkle, 79, of Bradenton,
died Sept. 14.
Born in Clifton, N.J., Mr. Van Winkle moved to
the area in 1992 from Stanhope, N.J. He worked for the
U.S. Postal Service for 40 years, retiring as postmas-
ter in Stanhope. He served in the Merchant Marine in
World War II. He was a member of the American Le-
gion Kirby Stewart Post No. 24. He was a member of
the St. Bernard Catholic Church, Holmes Beach, and
was a member of the Holy Name Society there.
Visitation with military honors and a Wake Service
was Sept. 16, with Funeral Mass Sept. 17 at the church.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Dominican
Sisters of Hope Development Office, 320 Powell Ave.,
Newburgh NY 12550. Brown and Sons Funeral Homes,
43rd Street Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by wife of 54 years Cecile; daugh-
ters Cecilia Degnan of Bloomfield, N.J.; sons Charles
of Underhill, Vt., and Sgt. Harold of Clifton, N.J.; and
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Islander gives devastated church organ
By Jim Hanson
A Holmes Beach woman is giving a hurricane-lev-
eled church an organ to start its long journey back onto
its physical feet. The spirit is already there.
Burdette Dora said the organ "takes up too much
room" in her Island home, that it has been there a
couple of years and now she needs the space "for some-
thing else, I don't know what yet."
Actually, her natural generosity took over when
she saw an item in The Islander outlining needs of vic-
tims of Hurricane Charley, and Charley's successor
Among the needs were pianos and organs around
which to create the music so vital to organizing wor-
ship. Among the needy was the United Methodist
Church in Fort Ogden, a small town just south of
Arcadia on State Road 17. It is the oldest church in
town, and it was leveled.
Dora had just the thing, a solid-state Thomas organ
which she had just had refurbished at a cost of $125. She
got in touch with The Islander, which turned the informa-
tion over to Nancy Ambrose, who has been doing so much
for hurricane victims along with her other charities and her
duties on the Islander advertising staff.
From here on it seemed easy.
Ambrose and husband David arranged to load the
organ in their cargo van and move it on the first free
weekend. That was the weekend of Hurricane Frances.
OK, next weekend, then. That was Hurricane
Ivan's turn to foul up the move. Too many folks fled
Fort Ogden in view of Friday and Saturday's Hurricane
Ivan forecast. And the next weekend was out because
of a critical illness in the Ambrose family out of town.
So it's got to be this weekend.
This organ is only the beginning, Islander Pub-
lisher Bonner Joy has found.
She originated the musical instrument campaign
when she heard about Fort Ogden's problem, and the
response surprised her. Now she has a line on another
organ and five pianos.
"But it's slow going," she said, "hooking them up
with churches and other community organizations that
need them. One storm after another impeded commu-
Not to mention people and vehicles to move them.
Ever try to move a grand piano? It takes experts, and
now the call is going out for them to bear a hand. Call
Ambrose or Joy at 778-7978.
Burdette Dora takes a seat one final time at the
organ she donated to a needy congregation in Fort
Ogden. Islander Photo: Nancy Ambrose
CHARLEY (also known as IVAN)
There are some things in life that we do not know
And one is where a hurricane will go.
Though the Weatherman says it will land right here
The final result is it landed down there.
To go or to stay, we mull the decision
Then authorities say "Evacuation."
At first what to do is quite a quandary
But as Charlie creeps closer,
Leaving is mandatory.
Which doesn't mean you will be arrested
If you remain until the waves have crested,
But you're on your own and all alone
If you stay, to ride out that storm.
Just leave the names of your next of kin
With authorities- who will notify them
If you drift away in that angry sea
Or get conked on the head by flying debris.
Sand bags are filled in preparation
To hold back the water in the desolation.
Windows are boarded, shops are closed
Now everyone who wants to goes.
Vacationing neighbors went to the East
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Where the storms fury would be the least.
But Charlie followed the very next day.
They made it back, they were okay,
Their return trip was very slow and
Vacation time was cut quite low.
Our family voted that we not stay
We loaded up for our get-away.
To abandon our pets would never do,
So we brought along our mini zoo-
Two cats, a dog and a green conure,'
moving to a place that was more secure..
Those cats are bird catchers quite superb,
So I was most anxious about my bird.
We took lots of ice, food and generator
To run the telly and refrigerator
If the electricity went out we'd be alright
With flashlights and candles to brighten the night.
We sat up quite late tracking the storm
Learned water and electric were turned off back home.
That because of flooding there'd be much harm.
But we went to bed and stayed quite warm.
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We got things ready, we were leaving
We drove back home, weary and grateful
That old Charley passed, although quite hateful
To so many others along his path
It was hell to pay because of his wrath.
We expected to find electricity off
And refrigerators with lots of spoiled stuff
Flooded houses and downed trees
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Instead we found to our surprise
Electricity on, and little water rise.
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Cortez Road W. on Oct. 1.
He recently purchased Ato's Polynesian Paradise
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Plans call for the Iron Skillet to be open for break-
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Jessie's deli back
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David Moynihan was leader in both sales and in
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To reach Jeff and Howz It Flowin' call 228-7642.
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Michael Valley of the Edward Jones investment
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will host a free seminar at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 14,
at the company offices.
A 529 plan is a "tax-advantaged way to save for
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Island real estate
528 74th St., Holmes Beach, a canalfront 1,920 sfla
/ 2178 sfur 3bed/2bath/lcar home built in 1959 on a
103x120 lot, was sold 7/8/04, Ross to Bimini Bay LLC,
for $850,000; list $995,000.
6200 Flotilla, Holmes Beach, 252 Westbay Point
& Moorings, a 1,116 sfla /1,300 sfur 2bed/2bath condo
built in 1979, was sold 7/8/04, Scherer to Lee, for
117 Seventh St. N., Bradenton Beach, 25 Bayview
Terrace, a 594 sfla / 638 sfur I bed/lbath condo built in
1973, was sold 7/14/04, Myette to Alwin, for $195,000;
119 81st St., Holmes Beach, a 840 sfla / 984 sfur
duplex built in 1946 on an 80x76 lot, was sold 7/12/04,
Craig to Buehler, for $350,000.
145 Crescent, Anna Maria, a 1,173 sfla /1,509 sfur
2bed/lbath/lcar home built in 1960 on a 66x116 lot,
was sold 4/03 Diaz to Ramsey for $1, then Ramsey to
Howe 5/03 for $285,000, then Howe to Zachos 6/03 for
$322,300, then Zachos to Phelps Properties LLC 7/14/
04 for $529,000.
1603 Gulf Drive, Bradenton Beach, No. 7
Tradewinds a condo conversion unit, was sold 7/15/04,
Teitelbaum to Schmidt, for $325,000; No. 32
Tradewinds unit sold 7/13 to Ickowitz for $295,000.
203 71st St., Holmes Beach, a 1,596 sfla / 1,936
sfur 4bed/2bath duplex built in 1972 on a 59x105 lot,
was sold 7/14/04, Baker to Phelps Properties LLC, for
213 76th St., Holmes Beach, a 1,372 sfla / 1,708
sfur 3bed/2bath/l car home built in 1952 on a 96x78 lot,
was sold 7/13/04, Sharper to Machado-Preciado, for
$415,000; list $439,000.
Compiled by Doug Dowling, licensed real estate
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Sarasota. Information: 365-5118. Fee applies.
Tuesday, Sept. 28
9 to 10 a.m. Muscles and More fitness class at
the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magno-
lia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 778-1908. Fee ap-
10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Beginning Pilates at the Anna
Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave.,
Anna Maria. Information: 778-1908. Fee applies.
11 a.m. "The Incredible Doctor You" health talk at
Island Chiropractic, 3612 E. Bay Drive, Holmes Beach.
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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.
Noon to 4 p.m. AARP Driver Safety course at the
Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
1 to 4 p.m. Veterans service officer at the Island
Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Ap-
4:30 to 6 p.m. Children's art classes at the Anna
Maria Island Art League, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes
Beach. Information: 778-2099. Fee applies.
6 to 7p.m. Power Pilates class at the Anna Maria
Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna
Maria. Information: 778-1908. Fee applies
Wednesday, Sept. 29
9 a.m. Horseshoe games at Anna Maria City Hall
Park, 10005 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria.
Manatee Players presents "Les Miserables" school
edition at the Riverfront Theatre, 102 Old Main St.,
Bradenton, through Sept. 25. Information: 748-5875. Fee
Artwork by Woody Candish and Rocco Gambacorta
at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach, through Sept. 30. Information: 778-6341.
Photographs by John C. Bonser at Island Gallery
West, 5368 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, through Sept. 30.
Roller hockey at the Anna Maria Island Community
Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria, through Oct. 30.
Herbie Rose: Twenty Years in Florida exhibit at the
South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton. In-
Faculty exhibit at the Anna Maria Island Art League
Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce golf out-
ing at El Conquistador Oct. 1.
"Art in Fiber" at the ArtCenter Manatee Oct. 1.
Florida Suncoast Watercolor Society Aqueous
Show reception at the Longboat Key Center for the Arts
Wild bird rescue training class at the Pelican Man's
Bird Sanctuary Oct. 2.
Gulf Coast Writers meeting at the Island Branch
Library Oct. 4.
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PAGE 20 0 SEPT. 22, 2004 0 THE ISLANDER
Last hurricane column ever (we hope)
Let's hope that this "Sandscript" column makes the
last mention of hurricanes in a long, long time.
We've had four storms, three of them major hur-
ricanes, in about as many weeks in Florida.
.Tropical Storm Bonnie struck the Big Bend area on
Powerful Hurricane Charley targeted the Sunshine
Skyway Bridge on Aug. 13 before veering into Upper
Captiva and Punta Gorda and then exiting the state near
Hurricane Frances hit the West Palm Beach-
Melbome area on Labor Day weekend before it exited
north of Clearwater, backslapping the Island with wind
and waves as it moved to points north.
Hurricane Ivan, with 135-mph winds, struck Gulf
Shores, Ala., Sept. 16. The damage to Pensacola,
Destin and other coastal communities was devastating
- as well as storm damage in Grenada, the Cayman
Islands, Jamaica and Cuba.
Basically, no part of the Sunshine State was spared
some type of damage caused by the four storms.
An article in the Tampa Tribune by John W.
Allman pretty much hit the highlights of the damage.
Power outages statewide topped about 6 million
customers in total. Florida Power & Light, which pro-
vided electricity to the southern half of the state plus a
narrow coastal band up to almost Jacksonville, had 5.5
million customers without juice during Charley and
Gulf Power Co. in the Panhandle is still trying to
get a handle on the problems caused by Ivan, but about
90 percent of its customers are without electricity. To
bring the matter into some kind of perspective, Gulf has
about 1,580 miles of transmission lines; 790 miles of
those lines have been destroyed.
As one Gulf executive put it, "The electric system
it has taken us 80 years to build was basically destroyed
in eight hours."
School damage was extensive across the state just
in raw damage to buildings. Charlotte County is look-
ing at upwards of $200 million to fix schools; Palm
Beach County $30 million.
Agriculture damage figures are still coming in, but
it's been pegged to date at better than $2 billion. Not
counted is the 94,000 acres of cotton that was just about
ready for picking in the Panhandle. Figure the cotton
crop to be pretty much a total loss up there.
And then there are the long-term impacts to tour-
ism and construction. Island resort owners, already
reeling with huge tax increases as their property assess-
ments have been driven up, are now looking at fearful
tourists who may well decide that Scottsdale, Ariz.,
may be a better place for a couple weeks in the sun than
And construction costs, also already high, may be
driven even higher with the run on plywood and other
supplies as anxious homeowners descended on Home
Depot and similar stores to buy material to protect their
homes and, unfortunately, in some cases rebuild them.
Beach erosion and future beach renourishment
projects will also be a key factor in the upcoming months
and years. The feds are backpedaling on funding such
projects of late. Additional beach renourishment may be
needed there, further dipping into a rapidly diminishing
pot of money for such efforts.
Another area of worry
And just when you thought it couldn't get worse ...
Eric Ernst had an interesting column in the
Sarasota Herald-Tribune the other day regarding some
sudden tax hits rebuilding homeowners may have to
Floridians approved a constitutional amendment in
record on their school telephone answering machine.
This came about because it implemented a policy re-
quiring students and parents to be responsible for their
children's absences and missing homework.
"The school and teachers are being sued by parents
who want their children's failing grades changed to
passing grades even though those children were absent
15-30 times during the semester and did not complete
enough school work to pass their classes.
"This is the actual answering machine message for
"Hello! You have reached the automated answer-
ing service of your school. In order to assist you in
connecting the right staff member, please listen to all
your options before making a selection:
"To lie about why your child is absent Press 1.
"To make excuses for why your child did not do
his work Press 2.
"To complain about what we do Press 3.
"To swear at staff members Press 4.
"To ask why you didn't get information that was
already enclosed in your newsletter and several flyers
mailed to you Press 5.
"If you want us to raise your child Press 6.
"If you want to reach out and touch, slap or hit
someone Press 7.
"To request another teacher for the third time this
year Press 8.
"To complain about bus transportation Press 9.
"To complain about school lunches Press 0.
"If you realize this is the real world and your child
must be accountable and responsible for his/her own
behavior, class work, homework, and that it's not the
teachers' fault for your child's lack of effort hang
up and have a nice day!"
Hurricane Ivan has been attributed to 128 deaths:
45 in the United States including 16 in Florida, as well
as 15 in Jamaica, five in Haiti, two in the Cayman Is-
lands, 39 in Grenada, one in Tobago, one in Barbados
and four in the Dominican Republic.
1995 that capped homesteaded property to assessments
of no more than 3 percent of its value annually. The
Save Our Homes initiative was targeted to keep spiral-
ing property values, and spiraling taxes, from forcing
homeowners to sell their property because they
couldn't afford the taxes.
However, a little clause in the language of the law
calls for any improvements, even through an "act of
God," that are greater than 125 percent above the ap-
praised value of the home, to void the tax break.
If your house is valued at $40,000 that's just the
house, not the property and you get hit with dam-
age that would cost more than $50,000, you lose the
Save Our Home tax break, and your taxes will be as-
sessed based on the estimated value of the new or im-
Granted, they will be capped at no more than 3
percent a year after that, but that big hit could really
There has been talk in Tallahassee about holding
a special session of the Florida Legislature this fall to
deal with hurricane issues. Let's keep an eye on the
suggested legislation and see if lawmakers are willing
to address the Save Our Home conundrum.
... and on the lighter side
This e-mail, sent from a friend living in Paris,
France, may help lighten the Ivan load a bit. I'll make
no claims of its accuracy.
"This is the message that the Pacific Palisades
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Dirty water + dirty weather = good fishing action
By Capt. Mike Heistand
Storm after storm has threatened the coast, post-
poning time after time the Eighth Annual De Soto Fish-
ing Tournament. Never fear, though, the event has been
rescheduled for Oct. 1-3, starting with a captain's meet-
ing at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 1, at the Bradenton Yacht
Club, 4307 Snead Island Road, Palmetto, followed by
a party and with the start of offshore fishing after the
meeting. The party is should run until 11:30 that night.
Inshore and nearshore action will commence at 7
a.m. Oct. 2, 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. Oct. 3.
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 and $100 for
junior division vessels.
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,
As to fishing, it has been great except for the weather.
Backwater fishing for redfish and snook couldn't be bet-
ter, and mackerel action continues to be great.
Capt Thorn Smith at Angler's Repair on Cortez
Road said he's getting good catches of redfish on both
live and artificial baits, plus some nice-size trout and
an few keeper-snook to 27 inches.
Bill Lowman at Island Discount Tackle said fish-
ing has been excellent even with the bad weather. Off-
shore action has been slow, but backwater fishing for
redfish and snook has been tremendous, with reds the
best bet right now.
Bob Kilb at the Rod & Reel Pier said pier anglers
are reeling in lots of redfish up to 14 pounds, plus black
drum and some nice-sized snook at night.
CliffAlcorn at the Anna Maria City Pier said the
dock fishers are doing very well early in the morning
with mackerel to 22 inches, keeper-size mangrove
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Holiday greeting cards are going on sale this
week at the Pelican Man's Bird Sanctuary, 1708
Ken Thompson Pkwy., Sarasota, on City Island
off the south ramp of the New Pass Bridge to
Suitable for Thanksgiving, New Year's and
religious holidays, they feature a photograph of
a great white egret with poinsettias by Jan Cook
of Kingwood, W.Va. The cards come in packages
of 20 for $12.95. They are on sale at the
sanctuary's gift shop, open from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
seven days a week.
Also ready for sale at the gift shop are the
sanctuary's annual "entertainment" books, which
include coupons for special prices at restaurants,
theaters, etc. They are $30 each.
Additional information may be obtained by
We'd love to hear your fish
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one night last week. The water is still dirty, Cliff said,
but the fishing is still good.
Dave Johnson at Snead Island Crab House said
there are lots of snook being brought to the dock in bet-
ter-than-40-inch lengths, plus mangrove snapper to 14
inches caught by the Sunshine Skyway Bridge, as well as
some mackerel and reds caught in Terra Ceia Bay.
Capt. Rick Gross on Fishy Business out of
Catchers Marina in Holmes Beach said he finally got
back into the fishing mode after all the storms and had
good results on reds to 27 inches and snook to 32
inches in length.
Teresa Baranowski at Perico Island Bait and
Tackle said wade fishers were doing well with redfish
catches just south of the Anna Maria Bridge on lower
tides, with shrimp working best as bait. There are also
good catches of snook trout and mackerel reported by
boaters going out of the marina.
Capt. Tom Chaya on the Dolphin Dreams in
Holmes Beach out of Catchers said he's putting his
charters onto snook, redfish, trout and mackerel, and he
too is finding fishing action good despite the storms.
Good luck and good fishing.
Capt. Mike Heistand is a 20-year-plus fishing guide.
Call him at 723-1107 to provide a fishing report. Prints
and digital images of your catch are also welcome and
may be dropped off at The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach, ore-mailed firstname.lastname@example.org. Please
include identification for persons in the picture along with
information on the catch and a name and phone number
for more information. Snapshots may be retrieved once
they appear in the paper.
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Oyster Bar golf tourney marks success for Center
By Kevin Cassidy
To say that the fourth annual Anna Maria Oyster
Bar golf tournament was a huge success and that the
more than 160 golfers had a great time would be a gross
Thirty-six foursomes teed it up Friday, Sept. 17, at
El Conquistador Golf & Country Club for a chance to
earn bragging rights for the lowest score, along with
other individual contests on the course, such as closest
to the pin, closest to the Budweiser golf bag, longest
drive and straightest drive. Throw in tons of adult bev-
erages that made this Irishman thirsty and more food
than you could shake a pitching wedge at, and the par-
ticipants of the tournament were left wanting nothing,
except for maybe a few more mulligans to improve
their team score.
Oyster Bar owner John Horne and his staff of res-
taurateurs know how to throw a fundraiser! Between
entry fees, raffle ticket sales, a silent auction and lots
of corporate support, the tournament took in a whop-
ping $45,646.98 although that's before the bills are
Cotton's Ringers, a team comprising Ernie Cotton,
Chuck Whitfield, Steve Crawford and Bob Kinney,
brought home first-place trophies after shooting an
unheard-of 55, which was one shot better than last
year's champs Boyd Insurance, which carded a 56 this
year to finish in second place. Pat Osborne, Corky
Taylor, Nick Zez and Larry McGary made up the Boyd
team. Jerry Scott, Chad Gates, Jim Burgess and Charlie
Murphy made up the Bank of Commerce team and
took third place with a 57.
Most Honest Golfers award went to the Americom
team of Bob Slicker, Scott Rodgers, Jeff Rodgers and
Tim Howell, who "managed" their way around the El
Conquistador course with a robust 74. For their hon-
esty, they each received bobble-head golf trophies and,
appropriately enough, brand new ball retrievers.
Other prizes went to putting contest winner Bob
Kinney and straightest drive winner Hugh Holmes Jr.
Long drive winners were Mark Wickersham and
Darryle Weaver on the men's side and Linda Spivey
and Lynnette Warnars for the ladies. Aric Chevtalkin,
Chris Woodward and Steve Saunders captured closest-
to-the-pin awards, while Bobby Hardy won the closest-
to-the-Budweiser bag contest. Last but not least was the
50/50 raffle, which was won by Pat Maloney, who
pocketed $1,445.50 for his share of the pot.
Seeing as how the tournament was sold out when
this writer received the initial press release, I want to
go on record that I'm in for next year.
Congratulations to all of the winners most defi-
nitely including all of the kids participating in programs
at the Anna Maria Island Community Center.
Air & Energy improves to 2-0 with shutout
Air & Energy took over first place in Anna Maria
Island Community Center soccer league, Division II,
thanks to a 6-0 victory Thursday, Sept. 16, against
Danziger Allergy & Sinus. One of the keys to victory
was the outstanding defensive play of midfielders
Raina Lardas, Zach Evans, Justin Garcia and Carson
Wooten-Stipcich, who combined to smother any offen-
sive chances Danziger may have had before they got
the ball onto the A&E side of the field.
Another benefit of the smothering midfield was
that it created quick counterattack chances, which A&E
smartly converted into goals.
The first goal of the evening came when Martine
Miller got loose up the right side where she crossed the
ball inside to Sarah Howard, who finished for a 1-0
lead six minutes into the game.
Five minutes later, the midfield broke up an offen-
sive foray and the ball found its way to Miller, who
dribbled past three defenders and blasted the ball into
the upper right corner of the goal for a 2-0 lead.
A&E quickly added to its two-goal lead when
Miller picked off a Danziger goal kick in the 15th
minute and dribbled into the box and beat the Danziger
goalie far post for a 3-0 lead it would not relinquish.
Late in the first half, Miller scored the last of her
team-leading three goals when she again received the
ball thanks to some aggressive defense by her midfield.
She carried the ball up the right side before cutting in-
side and rocketing a shot that Danziger goalie Cameron
Ellsworth blocked, but the ball rebounded out in front
of the goal and Miller alertly poked in the loose ball for
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Bob Slicker, Scott Rodgers, Jeff Rodgers and Tim Howell pose with their bobble head trophies and golf ball
retrievers they won for being the "most honest" golfers. They combined to shoot a 74 to top the field of 36
teams in the fourth annual Anna Maria Oyster Bar golf tournament. Islander Photos: Kevin Cassidy
..... Anna Maria
bined to shoot
55 to claim
first place in
John Horne, center, poses with Peggy Douglas, Rob Douglas, Bob Blake and Steve Sanders who are charter
members of the John Horne Fan Club. The foursome wore shirts with John's picture on the front, which
Home stated would be the golf shirts of choice for next year's tournament.
a 4-0 A&E lead.
The second half was more of the same for A&E as
its midfield continuously snuffed out any chance of a
Danziger goal with aggressive tackles, while Zach
Evans and Carson Wooten-Stipcich each added goals
to complete the 6-0 victory.
Island Animal 5, Harry's 0
Island Animal Clinic improved to 2-0 with an im-
pressive 5-0 victory Monday, Sept. 13, over Harry's
Continental Kitchens to take control of first place in
PLEASE SEE SPORTS, NEXT PAGE
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Hurricane Ivan churned up the Gulf of Mexico, which fueled the fears of Island property owners but delighted the hundreds of surfers who flocked to the Island for a
chance to catch a ride. Here an unidentified surfer drops in on an 8-foot wave just west of the Manatee Public Beach pier before bottom turning back toward the pier
for a nice frontside ride. Islander Photos: Kevin Cassidy
Anna Maria Island
as of Sept. 17
Won Loss Tie
Division I (ages 12-14)
LaPensee Plumbing 2 1 0
ReMax 1 1 0
Mr. Bones 1 0 0
West Coast Air 1 1 0
Division II (ages 10-11)
Air & Energy 2 0 0
Gateway Computers 1 0 0
Danziger 1 0 0
Island Real Estate 0 2 0
Division III (ages 8-9)
Island Animal Clinic
Pine Ave. Store
West Coast Surf
soccer league schedule
All games played at the Center
Division I (ages 12-14)
Sept 22 7:15 p.m. Mr. Bones vs. ReMax
Sept. 23 7:15 p.m. West Coast Air vs. LaPensee
Sept. 28 7:15 p.m. West Coast Air vs. ReMax
Division II-(ages 10-11)
Sept. 22 6 p.m. IRE vs. Danziger
Sept. 23 6 p.m. Danziger vs. Gateway
Sept. 28 6 p.m. Island Real Estate vs.
Air & Energy
Division III (ages 8-9)
Sept. 24 6 p.m
Sept. 24 7 p.m
Sept. 27 6 p.m.
Sept. 27 7 p.m.
Harry's vs. Jessie's
Island Animal vs. Air America
Harry's vs. Pine Store
WC Surf Shop vs.
Instructional (ages 5-7)
Sept. 23 6 p.m. Observer vs. M. Stanley
Sept. 23 7 p.m. Ralph's vs. Mike Norman
Sept. 28 6 p.m. Ocean View vs. M. Stanley
Sept. 28 7 p.m. Brd. Orthopaedic vs.
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 22
Division III. Jack Titsworth led the way with two goals,
while teammates William Brusso, Trevor Bystrom and
Elijah Clay-Chapman each added one goal to the vic-
Jessie's 7, Pine Avenue 3
Jonah Castor poured in five goals to lead Jessie's
Island Store to a 7-3 victory over Pine Avenue Store in
Monday's second Division III contest. Julian Botero
Air & Energy's Martine Miller scores the first of her
three goals during A&E's 6-0 victory over Danziger
Allergy & Sinus in Division II soccer action at the
Anna Maria Island Community Center.
and Cody Johnson added to the score with a goal apiece
as Jessie's improved to 1-1 on the season.
Zach Guerin notched three goals to lead Pine Av-
enue in the loss.
ReMax 17, West Coast Air 3
Two touchdowns and a field goal carried ReMax
to a huge win over West Coast Air Conditioning in
Division I action Tuesday, Sept. 14. Ben Valdivieso led
the way with seven goals, while teammate Tim Villars
scored four. Celia Ware notched a hat trick to go along
with two goals from Broderick West.
Stephen Orlando scored two goals to lead West
Coast AC, which also received one goal from Alex
Wright in the loss.
Gateway 7, Island Real Estate 3
Joey Hutchinson poured in four goals to lead Gate-
way Solutions past Island Real Estate 7-3 Wednesday,
Sept. 15, in Division II soccer action. Matt Bauer added
two goals and Austin Wash added one as Gateway cap-
tured their first win of the season.
Travis Belsito notched a hat trick in his first game
to lead Island Real Estate in the loss.
LaPensee 10, Mr. Bones 3
LaPensee Plumbing disposed of Mr. Bones 10-3
behind three goals from Preston Reide and two goals
apiece from Cory Wash, Max Marnie and Chris Mar-
tin. Kyle Sewall added one goal for LaPensee Plumb-
Danziger's Mackenzie Kosfeld breaks up an offen-
sive foray by A&E's Zach Evans during Division II.
makes a nice
in Division II
ing, which improved to 2-1 with a victory in the
Wednesday, Sept. 15, Division I soccer contest.
Blake Wilson scored a pair of goals to lead Bones,
which also received one goal from Billy Alstrom in the
LaPensee 10, ReMax 5
LaPensee Plumbing doubled up on ReMax in a
battle of high-scoring Division I teams on Thursday,
Sept. 16. Preston Reide led the way for LaPensee with
five goals while Max Marnie added three. Cory Wash
and Kyle Sewall closed out the LaPensee scoring with
one goal apiece.
Ben Valdivieso led ReMax with four goals, while
teammate Tim Villars added one goal in the loss.
Surf Shop 1, Pine Avenue 1
West Coast Surf Shop received one goal from Danny
Krokroskia and Zach Guerin tallied one goal for Pine
Avenue Store in a I1-1 tie in Division III action on Friday,
Sept. 17. The tie improves Pine Avenue to 1-1-1 on the
season while the Surf Shop improves to 0-1 1.
Harry's 5, Air America 3
Elijah Toussaint and Hunter Parrish both scored a
pair of goals to lead Harry's past Air America in Divi-
sion III soccer action Friday, Sept. 17. Kayla Aritt
added one goal to Harry's total while Air America was
led by two goals from Daniel Pimentel and one goal
from Christian Goulet.
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MOVING SALE: Top-load washer/dryer, white, like
new, $400 or best offer. Weight bench and 210-lb.
Olympic weight set, $150 or best offer. Call (704)
HURRICANE LUMBER SURPLUS: 4-by-8-foot, 5/8-
inch, treated plywood. Eight full sheets, never used.
Call Larry, (941) 778-2882.
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.
NEED A GIFT? Artists will design and create a
unique piece, stained glass, paintings, painted fur-
niture and more! Restless Natives, Island Shopping
Center, 5314 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. (941)
LONGBOAT KEY HISTORY "From Calusas to Con-
dominiums" by Ralph B. Hunter. Signed copies avail-
able at The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach. (941) 778-7978.
ROSER THRIFT SHOP: Open Tuesday, Thursday,
9:30am-2pm. Saturday 9am-noon. Always half-price
sales racks. 511 Pine Ave, Anna Maria. 779-2733.
MULTI-FAMILY Yard Sale: Friday and Saturday,
Sept.'17-18, 8am-2pm: Furniture, lamps, tables, twin
beds, kitchen miscellaneous, TVs, books, bikes, lots
of stuff. 117 48th St., Holmes Beach.
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HURRICANE SALE Niki's Gift & Antiques. Cos-
tume, vintage-sterling jewelry 10-70 percent off.
Selected gifts and antiques 25-50 percent. Open
seven days, 9:30am-5pm. 5351 Gulf Drive, Holmes
Beach Islanders Market Antiques opening soon.
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.
WORK TRUCK: 1986 Ford pickup with utility box,
$650. (941) 737-8929.
1990 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.
DOCK FOR LEASE in Holmes Beach. Will handle
boat 22-by-8-feet. Water to the dock. $95/month
with one-year lease, payable quarterly. Call Don,
(770) 889-2887 or (941) 778-1367.
HOBIE CAT: 16 foot, new shrouds, needs some
work, $500. (941) 737-8929.
DEEP-WATER BOAT slip. North end of Anna
Maria, easy access to Gulf. (941) 794-8877.
LET'S GO FISHING! Call Capt. Mike Heistand on
the charter boat "Magic." Full or half day backwater
fishing. USCG licensed. Ice, bait, tackle provided.
CHILD SITTER AND PET SITTER. Ninth-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)
13-YEAR-OLD girl will babysit all ages in your
home. Reasonable rates and knows CPR. Call Jes-
sica Lord, (941) 747-2495.
SALES ASSOCIATES NEEDED, fast paced office
in prime location. No fees, great splits. Call Jesse
or Robin, (941) 778-7244.
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
C Doug Dowling Realty
Phone & Fax: (941) 778-1222
Real Estate, Inc.
NEW SEASONAL RENTALS
1 BR/1 BA Steps to Beach, $2,200
2BR/1 BA $2,100-$2,500
2BR/1 BA Pool, Close to Beach, $2,000
PALMA SOLA HARBOUR:
2BR/2BA Pool and Tennis, $2.100
2BR/2BA Pool and Tennis, $2,800
2BR to 3BR/2BA Pool and Dock, $4.000-$4,500
Pointe West Villa: 2BR/2BA $850
Bayou Condo: 2BR/1 BA $875
Bradenton Beach Duplex: 3BR/1BA $925
Anna Maria Home: 3BR/2BA $1,500
Cape Vista Home: 2BR /2BA $1200
310 PineAmnum P.o. Box m1 Anna Mana F 34216
Offl 77904 F 71T-F308 T=eTal Fr 866-779.0304
I know this will come as a huge and pleasant surprise: Anna Maria Island has
TWO almost new homes built to new codes in a dynamic management program
with a documented cash surplus from the rental program. Imagine that! Not
having to put your hand in your pocket at year's end to cover expenses. Not hav-
ing 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
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offers 2,200 sf plus garage and spacious deck
with protected lanai for outdoor living Only 300
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Web site www.annamariareal.com
Deautiuil energy etiicient r\ey vvest-style uuplex con-
structed on 18 foot pilings. Private courtyard entry in-
cludes a small heated pool. Each suite offers 3BR/
2BA, yellow pine and Mexican tile floors, gourmet
kitchen with maple cabinets, central vacuum, high
speed internet wiring, one-car garage and fire alarm/
sprinkler system. Office loft in upper suite opens to
sun deck with Gulf and bay views. $975,000.
314 Pine Avenue Anna Maria
(941) 779-0732 Toll Free: (866) 779-0732
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REAL ESTATE: Tired of paying office fees? Two
experienced agents needed for fast paced, high traf-
fic Island office. Top splits, sign-on bonus. Call
Wedebrock Real Estate today! "Personalized, not
Franchised". Call Joe Pickett, (941) 383-5543.
JOURNALIST: Part-time reporter sought for city
beat and features writing by The Islander. Must have
journalism education, experience or background
relevant to government reporting. E-mail resumes to
email@example.com, fax (941) 778-9392 or mail/
deliver to office, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach
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 com-
puter misbehaving? Certified computer service and
private lessons. Special $30 per hour- free advice.
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. Ex-
cellent references. Call (941) 750-8366.
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.
CALL DAN'S RESCREEN for your free estimate
today. Affordable rates, quality work guaranteed.
Pool cages, lanais, windows, doors. Call (941)
MR. BILL'S HOME REPAIR/maintenance service.
Over 30 years experience, self-employed in con-
struction trades. "I'm handy to have around." (941)
KATHY & MIKE'S CLEANING Service. Delivering a
standard of excellence for all your interior and exterior
cleaning needs. Specializing in residential and vaca-
tion rentals. Now offering window cleaning. Great
rates. References available. Call (941) 722-4358.
BAREFOOT ESTATE MANAGEMENT: Weekly
maid service, deep-cleaning service, vacation rental
cleaning, departure cleaning, carpets, tile, grout.
Servicing private homes, condos, rentals, seasonal
homes and commercial properties. Bonded/Insured.
Free estimates. (941) 761-3000.
HOUSE CLEANING at your service. Reliable, expe-
rienced, low rates. Excellent references. Please call
Lourdes, (941) 726-1615.
TREE SERVICE: Topping, trimming, removals.
Palm trimming. 15 years locally working on Anna
Maria. Phil Brewer, (941) 545-4770 or 778-7790.
PHOTOGRAPHER FOR HIRE: Kelly Ragan. Cus-
tom portraits, weddings, beach photography. Infor-
mation at Restless Natives, (941) 779-2624.
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. Begin-
ning to advanced. Contact Koko Ray, (941) 792-0160.
would like to welcome aboard
our newest agent
Kimberly was born and raised in Tampa. She has the
knowledge and experience to assist you in finding
your dream island home or investment property.
Call i Ift-Bay Realty
(941) 778-7244 of Anna Maria Inc.
or 5309 Gulf Drive
Kimberly Clark (941) 447-9988 Holmes Beach
SALES & RENTALS
419 Pine Ave., Anna Maria FL 34216 PO Box 2150 (941) 778-2291
EVENINGS 778-2632 FAX (941) 778-2294
COMMERCIAL PROPERTY, VILLAGE
OF ANNA MARIA
Attention entrepreneurs! This i.
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busy Pine Avenue! The residential or retail zoning make this the
ideal spot for a marina, shopping plaza, or restaurant. Many boat
docks are already in place, with the potential for more slips. This
beautifully located property is within a short stroll of both the City
Pier and the Gulf of Mexico, plus Lake La Vista offers direct access
to Tampa Bay and the Gulf! Don't miss this prime piece of paradise.
Priced to sell at only $1,945,000.
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The Hibiscus Four brand new
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Designed for carefree water-front living
with all the luxuries and conveniences
one would desire. Two car-plus garage,
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Only 4 Units Starting at $795,000
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MURALIST, Mark Burdette. Custom murals, interior
or exterior, landscapes and more. Information at
Restless Natives, (941) 779-2624.
BEACH SERVICE air conditioning, heat, refrigera-
tion. Commercial and residential service, repair and/
or replacement. Serving Manatee County and the
Island since 1987. For dependable, honest and
personalized service, call William Eller, (941) 795-
ANYONE CAN TAKE a picture. A professional cre-
ates a portrait. I want to be at your wedding!
www.jackelka.com. (941) 778-2711.
NADIA'S EUROSAGE Relaxing, healing massage
in the comfort of your home. Call today for an ap-
pointment, (941) 795-0887. MA#0017550.
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.
MORE CLASSIFIEDS equals more readers.
An Islan4 Place Real tyinc
SO CLOSE TO THE BEACH
and with pool access at North
Beach Village next door! 1B/1B
with sunroom and lanai in quiel
residential area of Holmes Beach!
Turnkey furnished, great rental,
and only S305,000! Call Sue
S(___ Carlson, 779-0733.
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Season is on its way!
'Ve h ,av e several great
new vacation rentals!
Call us at (941) 779-0733
or visit us on the web:
This custom-built home is tucked away on a Lake La
Vista canal on the north end of Anna Maria. This
one-of-a-kind Island home is located in a gorgeous
neighborhood. Park-like grounds, lots of decks,
dream workshop and RV garage. This exceptional
home has it all! Offered at $749,000.
Ken Jackson 1178-6986 Kathy Geerearts 1178-00712
Maureen Dahms 778-0542 LaRae Regis 779-1858
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S7 94455 9906 Gulf Drive
.. Visit our.Web site www,greenreakeom-
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.
BAREFOOT LAWNS & GARDENS: Providing the
total TLC for your landscape requirements. Lawns,
trees, shrubs and gardens. Design, installation and
service. Call (941) 761-3000 for free consultation.
JR'S LANDSCAPING AND MAINTENANCE Lawns,
native plants, mulching, trimming, hauling, cleanup.
Island resident 25 years. Call (941) 807-1015.
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)
CLASSIFIEDS ADS are posted early online at
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
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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I TH I .LL 'F H i 1E JE L E':
SPECTACULAR WATERFRONT HOME
located on an estate size lot overlook-
ing Palma Sola Bay. Over 3500 SF,
pool, dock & 10-car garage.
$1,650,000. Kathy Valente, 748-6300
or 685-6767. 500514
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GENUINE CHARACTER is expressed
throughout this 4-5BR/3 5BA brick
home. Situated on a tree-lined cul-de-
sac street w/a fenced yard for total pri-
vacy. $525,000. Jody Shinn, 748-6300
or 705-5704. 500662
OWN YOUR OWN LAKE in a gardener's
paradise! 4-5BR/3.5BA open plan
home on nearly an acre w/den, fire-
place, large deck, 4-car garage & pool.
$625,000. Cindy Pierro, 748-6300 or
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SPECTACULAR LOCATION on the golf
course at Bradenton Country Club. This
totally remodeled home offers 3BR/
2BA, over 2500 SF & a beautiful land-
scaped lot. $499,000. Kathy Valente,
748-6300 or 685-6767. 103708
SPECTACULAR WATERFRONT home overlooking Palma Sola Bay w/pool, dock & 10-
car garage. $1,650,000. Kathy Valente, 748-6300 or 685-6767. 500514
GULF FRONT ADULT COMMUNITY CONDO Furnished 2nd floor, 2BR condo.
$599,000. 748-6300. Kathy Marcinko, 713-1100 or Sandy Drapala, 725-0781. 99172
TAMARIND MODEL in Hawthorn Park on corner lot. Over 2400 SF, soaring ceilings,
tile throughout & 3-car garage. $449,000. Ruth Lawler, 748-6300 or 587-4623. 500470
RIVERVIEW BLVD.-4BR/2BA home on nearly 1/2 acre corner lot w/pool & caged lanai.
$419,900. 748-6300. Ruth Lawler, 587-4623 or Dani Lolli, 725-2112. 103967
TRADITIONAL 2-STORY 3BR/2BA home in Azalea Park w/landscaped private yard.
$359,900. 748-6300. Sandy Drapala, 725-0781 or Kathy Marcinko, 713-1100.500161
GRAND & SPACIOUS in the Oaks. 4BR/2BA home w/condo assoc. amenities & a large
privacy-fenced back yard. $319,000. Ruth Lawler, 748-6300 or 587-4623. 104552
BEAUTIFUL PANORAMIC VIEWS of Terra Ceia Bay from this top floor 2BR/2BA unit. A piece
of paradise! $299,999. Debbie Capobianco, 748-6300 or 704-2394. 101867
FABULOUS VIEWS from this 2BR end unit condo overlooking the golf course & lakes
w/den. Being sold furnished $189,900. Kathy Valente, 748-6300 or 685-6767. 500759
LAKEFRONT 2BR/2BA home w/over 1400 SF, newer hand made Mexican tile in eat-in
kitchen & newer roof. $169,900. Cheryl Harrington, 748-6300 or 773-8695. 500782
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
ONLINE SERVICE: Did you know you can place
classified ads and subscribe online with our secure
server? Check it out at www.islander.org.
REAL ESTATE LLC
FABULOUS HOLMES BEACH DUPLEX
3BR/2BA each. Spacious, turnkey furnished, ce-
ramic tile, beautiful baths, new kitchens, sun deck,
room for a pool, west of Gulf Drive, very close to
prime beach. $1,078,000.
BAY HOLLOW PRIVATE DOCK
2BR/2BA, updated condo with deeded boat dock.
Eat-in kitchen, wood-burning fireplace, walk-in clos-
ets, Jacuzzi tub. Carport and heated pool. $359,900.
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.
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
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.
4BR/2BA family h 'Vyl s-s radenton.
Split-pla ~i1 fl m, caged pool and
lanai, ne A/;C two-car garage. $259,000.
2BR/1.5BA plus lBR/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.
From $700 / month
Condos/Homes: $500 week / $1,000 month
779-0202 (800) 732-6434
REAL ESTATE LLC
Island Shopping Center 5402 Marina Drive
Holmes Beach, Florida 34217 www.suncoastinc.com
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vice since 1975. Repairs and new construction.
Free estimates, no overtime charges. Now certify-
ing back flow at water meters. (FL#RF0038118)
(941) 778-3924 or 778-4461.
TILE TILE TILE. All variations of ceramic tile
supplied and installed. Quality workmanship,
prompt, reliable, many Island references. Call Neil,
ROOFING REPAIRS and replacements. Remodel-
ing, repairs, additions, screen rooms, kitchens,
baths. Free estimates. 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. 30 years experience. Yes,
I do show up! (941) 778-3904.
E&N PROFESSIONAL painting and decorating.
Reasonable rates, senior discounts. Nancy, (941)
756-9595 or Ellen, 518-3054.
ANNA MARIA RENOVATIONS LLC: Complete
kitchen, bath remodels, crown molding,
baseboards, doors, windows, tile, minor electric and
plumbing. For estimate, call (941) 545-0808.
NEED IT DONE RIGHT the first time? Tile, paint,
minor plumbing/electrical. No job too small. Island
resident. The kitchen/bathroom experts. L&L Home
Repair. (941) 778-1916.
WINDOW SHADES, BLINDS, shutters and more.
Lifetime warranty. Call Keith Barnett for a free in-
home consultation. Island references, 15 years
experience. (941) 778-3526 or 730-0516.
AUTUMN, WINTER, SPRING rentals available
weekly, monthly, seasonal. Wedebrock Real Estate
Co., (941) 778-6665 or (800) 749-6665.
VACATION RENTALS: 2BR apartments across
from beautiful beach, $375 to $500/week. Winter
and spring dates available. Almost Beach Apart-
ments, (941) 778-2374.
RENTALS RENT fast when you advertise in The
VACATION & SEASONAL Private beach. Units are
complete. Rates seasonally adjusted. $425-$975/
week, $975-$2,975/month. (800) 977-0803 or
(941) 737-1121. www.abeachview.com.
NORTH SHORE DRIVE beachfront. Four spacious
3BR/2BA homes with all conveniences. Now book-
ing for this season. Please call (813) 752-4235, or
view Web site: www.AhhSeaBreeze.com.
BEAUTIFUL TROPICAL HOUSE just converted to
a two-unit property. 2BR/1BA, completely reno-
vated and furnished. New washer/dryer, micro-
wave. Three-minute walk to beach. Off season,
$500/week, $1,500/month. Unfurnished annual
rate, $1,200/month. Call Ron, (941) 228-5154.
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
VACATION RENTAL Seaside Gardens. Charming
3BR/2BA with all amenities. $2,000/month. Call
Liz, (305) 387-0135.
POOL HOME AVAILABLE for vacation let. Near
Holmes Beach, 3BR/2BA with all amenities. Please
contact, (941) 753-8709, ext. 2.
ANNUAL KEY WEST-style custom 3BR/2.5BA,
ceramic floors, oak stairs, greatroom with fire-
place, French doors, 2,000 sf living area and
large screened deck. $2,000/month. (941) 794-
9921 or 773-6581.
BEACHFRONT, bayfront condos with gorgeous
views, 3BR/2BA and 2BR/2BA. Furnished
weekly, monthly, seasonal rentals. By owner.
ANNUAL DUPLEX 2BR/2BA, Florida room, car-
port, nice, $950/month; 2BR/1BA, carport, $850/
month; 2BR/2BA $750/month; 1BR/1BA, $675/
month. Dolores M. Baker Realty, (941) 778-7500.
OFFICE SPACE on Anna Maria Island. Centrally lo-
cated on a major artery. Plenty of parking. Up to 1,000
sf. For information call (941) 778-0777 or 545-9591.
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
WATERFONT 1 BR/1 BA seasonal or annual. Very
beautiful. Call (941) 730-3559.
VACATION VILLAS: Beautifully furnished 1 BR/1BA
or 2BR/2BA. Private and secluded, steps to beach.
(941) 778-4636. www.islandgardenvillas.com.
ANNA MARIA: 200 feet to Rod & Reel Pier.
ground-floor, 2BR/1BA, fully furnished, washer/
dryer, all amenities, utilities included. $1,000/
month. Available now through Nov. 30. No pets,
nonsmoking. (941) 387-8610.
HOLMES BEACH 3BR/2BA Annual. Close to
beach. 1,100 sf. Laundry, porch. $895/month, plus
electric. (585) 271-5988.
FURNISHED RENTALS: Perico Bay 2BR/2BA
villa, $1,400/month; Palma Sola Bay 2BR/2BA
townhouse, pool, boat dock, $450/week; Longboat
Key Village 2BR/1BA house, $975/month. Real
Estate Mart, (941) 756-1090.
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MARINERS COVE: Annual rental, unfurnished,
3BR/2.5BA bayfront unit with fabulous views and
2,158 sf of living area with large 32-foot covered
balcony. Gated community with heated pool, tennis,
elevator and protected deep-water dock for up to
35-foot boat. Available October 2004. Call Dave
Moynihan, Realtor, (941) 778-2246 or 720-0089.
ANNUAL RENTAL: Steps to beach. 2BR/1BA,
washer/dryer available. Pets welcome. $850/month,
includes water/sewage. Expect first, last, security
deposit. (941) 778-0292 or 650-3552.
ANNUAL RENTALS: 305 66th, 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, pool, tennis, 3BR, $1,500/month,
2BR, $1,000/month; Bay Hollow 2BR/2BA, fur-
nished or unfurnished, boat dock, pet OK, $1,500/
month. SunCoast Real Estate, (941) 779-0202.
WEEKLY/MONTHLY RENTALS: Condos/houses
from $500/week, $1,500/month. Many Gulffront,
(800) 732-6434, SunCoast Real Estate.
ANNUAL Efficiency north end of Anna Maria on
canal, large deck. (941) 794-8877.
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.
VACATION RENTAL: You can have the beautiful
F,',orida 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.
ANNUAL RENTAL: North Shore Drive, Anna Maria.
3BR/2BA, washer/dryer, steps to beach, shops, res-
taurants. $1,200/month, (941) 737-9662.
ANNUAL 2BR/1BA two blocks to beach, new tile,
large kitchen, no pets. $755/month, plus utilities.
Call (941) 922-2473 or 928-3880.
BRADENTON BEACH/Cortez area. Spacious 2BR/
2.5BA. All utilities paid, including cable and laundry. El-
evated apartment, sun deck. $1,175/month. 761-2725.
ANNUAL RENTALS: 2BR/1.5BA, half duplex, $950/
month; 3BR/1BA, elevated home, $1,200/month;
2BR/2BA Gulf-view apartment, $1,450/month, in-
cludes all utilities. Call Betsy Hills Real Estate, P.A.,
at (941) 778-2291, or e-mail Jason @ betsyhills.com.
NOW BOOKING: Luxurious 101 Palm. Gulffront
2BR/2BA and 1BR/1.5BA. Vacation or season. T.
Dolly Young Real Estate, (941) 778-0807.
VACATION RENTALS: Anna Maria beachfront,
choice of 2BR or 3BR, fully-furnished apartments.
Tropical setting, laundry, cable, sundecks, private.
ROOMMATE WANTED: Male/female, 2BR/2BA
apartment, steps to beach, washer/dryer, long term.
$400/month, plus utilities. First, last and deposit.
ANNUAL RENTAL: 106 11th St. S., Bradenton
Beach. Large living room, partially furnished, 1BR/
1IBA, half block to beach and bay. No pets. $700/
month. First, last and $500 security. (941) 778-5677.
ANNUAL RENTAL: Efficiency apartment, central
Holmes Beach location, $500/month. Fran Maxon
Real Estate, (941) 778-2307.
5400 CONDO Annual Rental: Gulffront complex,
1BR/1 BA ground-floor unit, glass-enclosed lanai,
pools. $850/month. Marina Pointe Realty Co. (941)
779-0732 or (866) 779-0732.
ANNUAL 2BR/1.5BA elevated duplex. View of
beach and bay. Steps to beach. $825/month, plus
utilities. No pets. (941) 928-3880.
ANNUAL RENTAL: 2BR/1BA duplex, screened
porch, close to beach, $775/month. Marina Pointe
Realty Co. (941) 779-0732 or (866) 779-0732.
SEASONAL OR WEEKLY cottage-style rentals.
1BR/1BA or 2BR/1BA with pool. Walk to beach,
shopping, restaurants. (941) 778-3875. Web site
HARBOUR LANDINGS: Lot and dock. Beautiful
12,100 sf homesite offered by owner/Realtor. Gated
community in Cortez. $287,500 includes dock for
boat up to 35-feet. Longview Realty, (941) 383-
6112, or George Noble, (941) 685-3372.
THE SEA OATS Bradenton Beach. Townhouses
and villas for sale at pre-construction prices. Contact
Jane or Dave Guy, (941) 284-5469 or 284-5461.
WESTBAY COVE 2BR/2BA, updated, glass lanai,
extra nice, close to beach. 1,450 sf. For sale by
owner, $347,000. (502) 817-7986.
HOME FOR SALE: Northwest Bradenton, Mango
Park. 3BR/3BA with pool and spa, 2,600 sf.
$420,000. (941) 794-3126.
BAYFRONT LOT 50-by-200-feet. Fantastic view.
Zoned R-2 for duplex. $720,000. (740) 965-6934.
COMPLETELY REMODELED and updated
condo! Everything new, just finished! The Bayou
in City of Anna Maria. 2BR/1BA, upstairs unit.
Washer/dryer, pantry, dock. Walk to shopping,
restaurants, beach. $330,000. Owner, Don H.,
(770) 889-2887 or (941) 778-1367.
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LONGBOAT KEY VILLAGE. Very unique 3BR/2BA,
two-car garage. Carriage house-style artist loft/master
suite bedroom. Steps to Sarasota Bay. $619,000. Ex-
clusive listing with Real Estate Mart, (941) 756-1090.
DUPLEX FOR SALE on north end of Anna Maria Is-
land, $575,000. Call (941) 812-9593.
FANTASTIC VIEWS from this 3BR/3BA penthouse unit.
Deep sailboat water leading directly to Intracoastal and
bay. Deeded boat slip. Totally updated. Two miles to
beach. $399,900. (941) 727-3732.
TIMESHARE FOR SALE in Ormond Beach (by
Daytona Beach) on the Atlantic Coast. 1 BR, sleeps
four. Week eight (between race week and bike week).
Must sell. $5,999.99. (941) 758-0985.
VILLAGE GREEN 4BR/2BA completely remodeled,
Corian kitchen, golf-course frontage. $284,900. Real
Estate Mart, (941) 756-1090. OPEN HOUSE: Sand-
piper Resort CO-OP. 55-plus community. Rent or
buy. Co-Op shares available. 2601 Gulf Drive North,
Bradenton Beach. 9am-2pm, Monday through Friday.
Vacation Rentals & Property Management
More than 35 Gulffront rentals to choose from.
Call us last! Best rates on the beach!
LaCosta condominium Marbella Condominium
Family Friendly Gulffront Luxury
2-Bedroom Condominiums 2 & 3-Bedroom Condominiums
Call For Rates and Availability
866-661-6622 or 778-8000
BUILD YOUR ISLAND DREAM
HOME $425,000 Canalfront lot
available in Holmes Beach! IB90367
OR GO EAST TO BUILD $59,900
Great location in the growing Oneco
area. 75'xl27' lot is close to schools
and shopping. IB104631.
6016 Manatee Avenue West, Bradenton
(941) 751-1155 (800) 778-8448
Visit our Web site at www.floridamoves.com
LOWEST PRICE CONDO ON ISLAND! 2BR/2BA
Sunbow Bay unit, partially furnished with pool, tennis,
fishing pier. Offered at $269,000. Call Deborah
Thrasher, RE/MAX Excellence, (941) 518-7738. E-
LOT: Prettiest on Island, R1, 8,843 sf, 88x100. Palm
Harbor Drive. Close to beach, ideal location.
$375,000. Owner (941) 807-4651.
CANALFRONT Key Royale Drive: Updated 3BR/
3BA, plus den home. 3,000 sf under roof. Pool,
dock, boat lift, large private lot. Area of million dol-
lar homes. Reduced to $725,000. (941) 730-1086.
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BEAUTIFUL NORTH CAROLINA. Escape the heat
in the cool western North Carolina mountains.
Homes, cabins, acreage, investments. Cherokee
Mountain Realty, GMAC Real Estate, Murphy.
www.cherokeemountainrealty.com. Call for free
brochure (800) 841-5868.
Kathy Geeraerts, Realtor
OF ANNA MARIA
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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RIGHT OFF THE Parkway! New log home, $59,900.
Beautiful chalet-style log home. Choose from beau-
tiful mountain-view parcels starting at only $19,900!
(800) 455-1981, ext. 415.
BUY MOUNTAIN LAND now! Four acres, spectacular
view, secluded, wooded, paved road, driveway, house site,
$35,000. Owner financing. Bryson City, N.C. Call owner,
(800) 810-1590. www.mountainoverlookproperties.com.
GRAND OPENING LAND Sale! Florida five-acres only
$134,900. Huge savings on gorgeous country acreage
near Orlando and Mt. Doral. Mix of pines, palms, fruit
trees with miles of bridle paths. Next to new golf
course. Great financing, small down payment. Call
now (866) 352-2249, ext. 248. filandbargains.com.
ASHEVILLE, N.C. area. New release! 32-prime water and
view homesites. Western North Carolina's hottest gated
community, Bear River Lodge, (866) 411-5263. Landtrust.
LAKE ACCESS BARGAINS! Six acres, $29,900.
Beautifully wooded, pristine South Carolina location.
Enjoy day dock/boat slips. Includes 10 percent end-of-
summer savings. Limited time! Financing. Call (866)
288-5446, ext. 172. www.sclakefront.com.
DREAMING OF MOVING to the cool Carolina moun-
tains? Bargain prices on wooded golf-front and view
homesites on gorgeous mountain course. No time limit
to build. Little down, lowest interest rates! Call (866)
334-3253, ext. 710. www.cherokeevalleysc.com.
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 AnI ie Huber, Realtor
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^ .A^ BAYOU CONDO Anna
P. END Maria The only mainte-
S --- nance-free living in Anna
SMaria City! Canalfront with
.'. bay views, private boat
* .- dock, new tile, new carpet,
freshly painted, new win-
.t dows coming. Just listed at
$279,900. Call Stephanie Bell or Frank Migliore, (941) 778-2307
or direct (941) 920-5156. MLS#105518.
Re S WEST OF GULF DRIVE -
FFE" 131 White Ave. Duplex on
corner lot, two-car garage,
.i two carports, screened
a lanai, lots of decks, over
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
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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.
4 UNITS ANNA MARIA Some bayview. One 2BR,
three 1BR, room for pool. Great investment. $870,000.
KEY WEST 3BR/2.5BA, fireplace, ceramic floors,
oak stairs, 30 foot covered deck, four-car garage,
storage rooms. $765,000.
VACATION, SEASONAL & ANNUAL RENTALS
ANNUAL 3BR/2.5BA Key West, fireplace, ceramic floors.
MARTINQUE Gulffront 2BR/2BA, pool, tennis, elevators.
BEACHFRONT 3BR/2BA home, tastefully decorated.
5508C MARINA DRIVE 778-0807 800-956-0807
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TWIN HOMES s.old tok-tloer z.I :,:.,-o s-'ai
large pool. Beautiful 3BR/2BA each, large garages,
turnkey finished. Great rental history. One house
fr,-.' the beach. $1,600,000 for both.
BAYFRONT Spectacular view, 3BR 2BA, t ...o-r,
open floor plan. Large lot, 112 by 143-ft., deep
water, dock and lift. Holmes Beach. $1,385,000.
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.
UOWI N OWN RULEN 1N uL, cozy IBtK/IA
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 A/C, electrical, plumbing,
three bathrooms, 12 parking spaces. Real estate
only. Call for details. $775,000.
100+ Gulffront rental units with hun-
dreds more just steps from the beach.
Realty INC 941-778-6696
3101 GULF DRIVE HOLMES BEACH
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Completely remodeled, 2BR/
2BA half duplex. Turnkey
Sti,-. furnished with new everything
'- throughout gives this unit a
seaside retreat theme. This
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location in Holmes Beach with
a view of Spring Lake and is only a block to the beach. $397,600.
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CLUDED overlooking the
pool from this designer-
decorated, spacious 2BR/
2BA at Longboat Yacht
and Tennis Club Mark 11I.
Reduced to $599,000.
50 X 100 LOT. Awesome
views possible when you
build your dream home or
duplex. Just across the
street from the beach.
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
THIS BEAUTIFUL DUPLEX
is only steps from the beach
., Each 2BR/2BA has French
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3603 4th Ave. ............. $1,099,000
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
405 73rd Street (New) ..... $649,000
210 3rd St W #8204 .......... $297,000
210 3rd St W #8402 .......... $348,000
Restaurant Business Only .. $299,000
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243 Willow Ave............... $849,000
La Casa Costiera #11 .... $1,300,000
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
514 North Bay Blvd (New) ...... $950,000
5400 Gulf Drive (New) ........ $899,000
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1 It's carried while on
10 Aromatic oil, often
15 Razor brand
19 Green grp.
20 Old British coin
21 Dog originally bred to
22 Start of a conclusion
23 Outdoor furniture that
can fly you to the
26 Lose one's resistance
27 Actress Sommer
28 Business card abbr.
29 Kid with a new home
30 Cartoon canine
31 Writing tables made
from foam rubber?
34 Tight group?
35 Co. name ender
36 Scout leader?
37 Financial adviser, for
38 They may be in black-
39 John or Christine of
44 Lays down the lawn
45 M-1 rifle inventor
46 Fastens (to)
49 Variety show fillers
50 Adapt musically
51 Went through chan-
53 Of living organisms
54 Joseph of "Citizen
55 Vehicles designed to
59 Cry of surprise
60 Interstate highway
61 Soccer star Hamm
62 Question for the hotel
housekeeper in the
66 Damon, to Pythias
70 Diploma holder
71 Unwilling to say much
72 Norman (military
74 Diane of "A Kiss
Before Dying," 1991
75 Walks breezily
76 Member of an Indian
77 Hood rods
78 Drawing help
79 Pa. iioir, locales
80 It's got a point
82 Photographer Adams
87 Packed away
89 Whether to fold out or
remain as a couch?
92 Isn't serious
94 Sign of trouble
96 Eastern way
97 Squealed cries
98 "No more!"
99 Bookcase seller's
farewell to buyers?
102 Dairy aisle buy
104 Skull Valley dweller
105 "I kissed thee_ I
killed thee": Othello
106 Cultural gathering
107 English assignment
108 Rent payer
109 Therese, e.g.: Abbr.
2 He cursed Cassandra
4 Inference from an ID
5 Like dirt roads
6 Fit to be tied
7 "The of Confucius"
8 Not cliched
9 Godzilla creator
11 They're seen around
12 Colorful seashells
13 Avian colonists
15 Prefix with sphere
16 Humorous tale
involving a settee?
17 Coat repair job
18 Go before
24 Set aside
25 They get burned
32 Doorstep cry
38 "Fairly well"
39 Atlanta train and bus
40 Food writer Claiborne
42 Farm team
44 Sword bearers
45 Get bigger
46 Stadium, home of
the Pro Bowl
47 Furniture launched
from the starship
48 In good shape
49 Actress Christina
51 Boat for shallow water
52 Resist cheerfulness
James of "Misery"
Pair on Wayne
High school org.
Cherry bomb stem
"For Me and My
Purchase at a
Hill or valley, e.g.
Battle of Britain grp.
Exit the system
Song sung on
86 Rent payer
88 Dragon's head feature
89 "I just had an idea!"
90 Big name in dolls
91 "Over There"
93 Soft or sweet follower
95 "Unfaithful" director
100 4 x 4, for short
101 Tolkien creature
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2217 GULF DR. N.
SNEAD ISLAND ESTATE Exquisite two-story
custom-designed home with separate guest
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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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
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lage condos. Eight townhomes now under con-
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3BR/2.5BA with two-car garage, numerous
amenities, approximately 2200SF. Stan
Rutstein. 727-2800. #104439. $1,350,000
HOLMES BEACH COTTAGE 3BR/2BA like
new throughout, new wood cabinets and gas
range. Has room for pool. Very near Gulf
beach. Harold Small. 778-2246. #104972.
ANNA MARIA ISLAND HOME Open and
bright, over 2800 sf, spacious with cathedral
ceiling, gas range, fireplace for both the living
room and bedroom, large loft. Turnkey, war-
ranty. Becky Smith or Elfi Starrett. 778-2246.
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.
BOATER'S PARADISE Plenty of room in
this 3BR/2.5BA treasure. Cathedral ceil-
ings, loft family room with great views.
Lush landscape surrounds pool. One-year
warranty. Joe Corbo. 778-2246. #105417.
SECURE & GRACIOUS LIFE STYLE Gated
waterfront residence. Interior elegantly remod-
eled by European designer. Spacious 2BR/
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