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Skimming the news ... The Islander football contest continues, page 14.


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"The Best News on Anna Maria Island Since 1992"


www.islander.org


Volume 12,


No. 47 Sept. 29, 2004 FREE


Jeanne leans on storm-weary Islanders


By Rick Catlin and Paul Roat
Islander Reporters
Like Yogi Berra said. "It's deja vu all over again."
Beleaguered Islanders and Florida residents bat-
tened down the hatches and boarded up the windows
again this past weekend as yet another hurricane this
one named Jeanne marched through Florida and
threatened Anna Maria Island. It was the fourth such
storm in the past six weeks to brush past the Island.
It's too much of a cliche to say "We dodged an-
other bullet," but that's exactly what Holmes Beach
Mayor Carol Whitmore said.
"This one was a little closer and stronger, but
didn't cause as much damage as Frances, probably
because Frances cleaned out all the old trees and de-
bris," she said.
"We lucked out," Bradenton Beach Public Works
Director Dottie Poindexter said.
Jeanne almost caught Islanders napping. As late as
Saturday afternoon, the National Hurricane Center in
Miami was still forecasting Jeanne to come ashore near
Melbourne, then move up the east coast.
But as Islanders have learned, hurricane forecasts
can change quickly. By late Saturday evening, the
NHC put Jeanne's track through the center of the state
and through the night, kept moving its path to the west,
directly at Tampa Bay. Eventually, Jeanne passed just
PLEASE SEE JEANNE, PAGE 15

Board unanimously

approves $8.55 million

AME budget
By Diana Bogan
Islander Reporter
The trimmed budget for Anna Maria Elementary
School's construction was added as an emergency
agenda item at the Manatee County School Board's
Monday night meeting.
The school's construction team has been directed
to reduce the school's $10 million project to a more
palatable $8 million at a workshop Sept. 13 and, in two
weeks, succeeded in reducing the total budget to $8.55
million a budget that was unanimously approved by
school board members.
AME construction team members present included
Sherry Dowling, director of construction services; Jane
Dreger, construction services project director; Tom
Peacock of contractor W.G. Mills; AME principal
PLEASE SEE SCHOOL, PAGE 3


Windy, wet, wild weekend hits again
Anna Maria resident Erin Boyd used a wind measuring device Sunday morning to record winds as high as 48
mph at the Rod & Reel Pier caused by Hurricane Jeanne. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy
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Anna Maria residents picket for power


Anna Maria resident Charlie Daniel is mad
as hell, and he's not going to take it anymore.
It's not that he doesn't have power restored
yet in his neighborhood, but his elderly neigh-
bors are suffering, he said, and no one will help.
"I was told this morning that Florida Power
& Light won't be able to give us a time for when
they will restore power, and it's going to be bru-
tal today for some of the elderly folks up here."
Daniel said he called the Red Cross for help
for his neighbors and was told, "sorry," but that
with the shelters all closed, there's nothing they
could do.
He called the Manatee County Emergency
Operations Center and, he said, "it's closed.


They've all gone home to their air condition-
ing."
Daniel and some of his friends from the
Holly Road-Iris, Rose streets neighborhood, of
which there are about 50 homes without power,
took their complaint to the streets choosing
to picket the city for relief, for a shelter for the
elderly and for the city to urge FPL for attention.
Daniel called Mayor SueLynn, who told
him she'd work on the problem.
She then learned that FPL can't restore
power to that area until its contracted tree ser-
vice can remove some downed limbs.
She has been in contact with FPL's area
PLEASE SEE POWER, NEXT PAGE


Save that sand
Staff members at the
Sandbar restaurant in
Anna Maria found nearly
one and a half feet of
sand piled on the deck of
the restaurant Monday
morning and worked
feverishly to clear the
decks before the restau-
rant opened. Owner Ed
Chiles said it appeared
that Jeanne brought
some more sand to the
beach areas near the
restaurant. Islander
Photo: Bonner Joy


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PAGE 2 0 SEPT. 29, 2004 0 THE ISLANDER


Anna Maria P&Z recommends another variance


Members of the Anna Maria Planning and Zoning
Board met Monday night to consider yet another set-
back variance this one for owners Larry Albert and
Linda Kapisak of a vacant corner lot at 796 Jacaranda
Ave.
Albert said the variance was needed to allow a 28-
foot-wide home, and that the 10-foot side setbacks on
the corner lot would allow only a 25-foot home, which
was a "hardship in planning hallways and door
swings."
Albert said he was seeking to put the same size
home on his corner lot that others can build on an in-
terior lot.
Board member Charles Caniff said it appeared the
turning point is the hardship. "It appears your hardship
is that you want a 28-foot home on a 25-foot home lot."
Board chairperson Chris Collins, "Why design
what you can't build?"
Albert said "a 25-foot home is more like a mobile
home in the Sandpiper [mobile home park]."
Dan Gagne of Quality Builders, who apparently
designed the home, said it was similar to 802 N. Shore,

Power out still in Anna Maria City
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1

supervisor, Don Sayer, offering to remove debris, cut
trees and to free the power lines for the FPL crews.
SueLynn said she was told that even if that occurs,
Sayer wouldn't say when they could restore power for
certain.
The mayor confirmed she had obtained approval to
provide a daytime shelter for those needing it at Roser
Memorial Community Church, and that city public
works staff would be going door to door to let residents
know their alternatives and offering water and ice if
needed. She also said Roser Church had agreed to pro-
vide transportation for the elderly to and from the
church.
She had not yet worked out a night shelter, but she
said she would continue working to resolve the prob-
lems for all the residents of Anna Maria.


built by Quality in the "V-zone, but considerably
higher, with a setback variance" granted by the board.
The board voted 3-1 to approve the variance with
Caniff dissenting, and members then took up discuss-


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Attorney Jim Dye quipped, "We should look at the
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Charlie Daniel, Carolyne Norwood, center, and Jean Cross take their plea for power to the streets Tuesday,
picketing for help from their neighbors and the City of Anna Maria to have power restored to elderly neigh-
bors in their Holly Road-Iris, Rose streets neighborhood. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy


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THE ISLANDER M SEPT. 29, 2004 M PAGE 3


Big coastal cleanup campaign is Saturday


The annual autumn Florida and Manatee County
Coastal Cleanup will be Saturday morning, Oct. 2, with
Anna Maria Island leading the drive here since most of
Manatee County's beaches are on the Island.
The campaign is organized by Keep Manatee
Beautiful Inc., sponsored statewide by the Ocean Con-
servancy and locally by Tropicana.
Cautious in the wake of the four hurricanes that have
hit the state this season, Ingrid McClellan, executive di-
rector of Keep Manatee Beautiful, said "The alternate date
in case of a tropical storm is the next Saturday, Oct. 9."
Groups involved in Adopt-A-Highway, -Road, and
-Shore programs are to do a special cleanup jobs on
their adopted sections Saturday.
A beach dive is scheduled off Bradenton Beach,
with divers to check in at 8 a.m. at Aqua Pro Divers,


School plans approved by board
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
Kathy Hayes; and community representatives Don
Schroder, Steve Shields, Suki Janisch and Michael
Pierce.
Dowling outlined for the board the cost reduction
items the team agreed upon during its meeting.
The first item Dowling addressed was the two-
story classroom building that will sit at the center of the
campus. This building, Dowling said, has not been al-
tered. The team kept the metal roof and Bahama shut-
ters that the community indicated at earlier meetings
would give the building an "Island" style.
What the team did choose to eliminate were the
following:
The new auditorium and adjoining art and music
rooms.
A new covered play area.
A reduction in landscaping and playground bud-
gets.
The north parking lot, which would have con-
tained an additional 26 parking spaces.
The team included some new items in lieu of some
eliminated expenditures.
The existing auditorium will be partially renovated.
Dowling said there will not be a full renovation of the
building, but instead it would be a 50 percent renova-
tion to avoid the need to bring it entirely up to code.
The building will be upgraded and its air quality issues
addressed to make it more usable, but it still would not
be a suitable emergency shelter for students.
The team has designated a budget of $250,000 for
the renovation of the auditorium and Superintendent
Roger Dearing added that the renovation will include
matching the exterior and roof of the building to
complement new construction.
The team will also renovate the existing classroom
wing that currently includes Karen Newhall's and
Deborah Thomas' classrooms. This building, referred
to as "building 9" is the most recent building added to
AME's campus and will also undergo a partial renova-
tion similar to the auditorium. The team has designated
an additional $250,000 for this renovation.
Building 9 will house the art and music room on
the new campus in addition to extra classrooms.
Dowling said keeping the existing auditorium and
Building 9 actually benefits the community by adding
more square footage to the project than the previously
proposed plan.
The team also chose to maintain the covered
play area as it is instead of moving it or building a
new covered area adjacent to the planned new play-
ground locations. After the new building is con-
structed, the covered pavilion will not be near the
playground. The playground will be on the north
side of the building.
Dowling said the landscaping budget has been re-
duced from $130,000 to $91,000. Now that the audito-
rium will remain in its current location, it will no longer
provide a backdrop for the proposed outdoor amphithe-
ater. Dowling said he also anticipates needing less fill
on the campus and, therefore, there will not be a full
amphitheater.
Dowling said he can assure the community that the
remaining oak trees will not be removed.
The playground budget has also been reduced from
$57,000 to $27,000 in addition to the basketball
court and playground equipment installed at the start of
the 2003-04 school year.


8104 Cortez Road W., bringing their own equipment or
arranging to rent it and providing their own gloves and
dive knives.
Volunteers are not only welcome but are "abso-
lutely necessary," she said. They should gather at 9
a.m. at the following locations:
For Anna Maria, check in at the city hall, 10005
Gulf Drive.
Holmes Beach, Kingfish Boat Ramp on Manatee
Avenue at the Island end of the Anna Maria Island
Bridge.
Bradenton Beach, Beach House Restaurant park-


ing lot, 200 Gulf Drive N.
Cortez, the old schoolhouse on 119th Street off
Cortez Road.
Palma Sola Causeway, pavilions on the north side
of the causeway.
Last year 1,500 volunteers in Manatee County
cleared 53,850 pounds of trash and debris from beaches
and 126 miles of roads and highways, McClellan said.
Statewide, 31,000 people picked up 623,000 pounds of
trash.
Additional details may be obtained from
McClellan at 795-8272.


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The Anna Maria Elementary School construction team illustrated its cost cutting measures with hand drawn
revisions to the layout of the campus. The hatch marked buildings represent those that will remain on the
construction plans. These include the originally proposed two-story new classroom building at the center of
campus. To the left of the campus the existing auditorium and furthermost classroom building will be partially
renovated. To the right of the new classroom building, the existing covered play area will remain unaltered.
Islander Photo: Diana Bogan.


Dowling said he couldn't comment on the design
of the new playground or the equipment that would
be installed since those plans have not been final-
ized. He said there is some additional design work
that needs to be done and that the playground and
landscaping are natural areas that can be easily ex-
panded later.
Finally, parking spaces were eliminated from the
plan where Building 9 currently exists. The elimination
of this parking lot reduces the spaces on the original
design from 76 to 50 spaces.
Board member Larry Simmons asked that the team
consider adding parking back into the plan if, during
construction, money was saved in other areas.
Dowling told the board that the new plan provides
the capacity to do more if money becomes available.
For example, the auditorium renovation would be part
of the last phase and if other revenue became available
the proposed new auditorium and adjoining music and
art annex could be added at the end of the construction
phase.
Dowling also told the board that if the cost to reno-
vate Building 9 is less than $250,000, the difference
can be designated elsewhere, such as to the auditorium.
With the board's approval, the construction team
has the green light to move forward with designat-
ing a construction timeline and to begin work on
campus.
Board member Harry Kinnan said the community
should see dirt moving as quickly as possible.
"I think this plan reflects the priorities of the comn-


munity, such as keeping the auditorium. There has been
a lot of give and take but the integrity hasn't been com-
promised," Kinnan concluded.


Meetings

Anna Maria City
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 com-
mission and planning and zoning board meetings to be
held at Holmes Beach City Hall.
708-6130.

Bradenton Beach
Sept. 30, 4 p.m., special city commission meeting on
city pier.
Oct. 5, 2 p.m., special city commission meeting on
Web site.
Oct. 7, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.,
778-1005.

Holmes Beach
Sept. 30, 7 p.m., planning commission meeting.
Oct. 6, 5 p.m., parks and beautification committee
meeting.
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive,
708-5800.





PAGE 4 0 SEPT. 29, 2004 M THE ISLANDER


Few supporting many: Barrier islands pay and pay


By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Manatee County commissioners and county school
board members should be thanking their financial stars
that taxable real estate values on Anna Maria Island and
the county portion of Longboat Key have skyrocketed
the past three years. The increasing values have al-
lowed both county and school board budgets to in-
crease significantly for the 2004-05 fiscal year.
Some Island elected officials say it's a case of the
few paying for the many.
With just about 9,000 residents (3 percent) of the
county's estimated 300,000 people living on the Island
and the Manatee County side of Longboat Key, prop-
erty owners here will pay enough in taxes to account
for 15 percent of the county's entire $452 million bud-
get for 2004-05.
According to available online records at the Mana-
tee County Property Appraiser's Office Web site for
the 2004-05 fiscal year, Anna Maria has $570 million
worth of taxable value property, Holmes Beach has
$1.13 billion, Bradenton Beach $429.3 million, and
Longboat Key is at $1.34 billion
Manatee County commissioners recently adopted a
$452 million budget with an 18.74 millage rate. At that
figure, Island and Longboat Key taxpayers will cough up
approximately $65.5 million of the county's $452 million
budget for 2004-04, or 15 percent of the total.
Islanders and LBK residents are also doing their
part to support public education in the county, paying
4.6 percent ($27.7 million) in taxes toward the school
board's $621.3 million budget, despite the fact that
only around 1 percent of the county's 40,000 students
live on Anna Maria Island and Longboat Key.
While county commissioners are beaming to their
constituents that taxes weren't raised this year-
thanks to the dramatic rise in property values in the
Gulf beach cities to cover the 8 percent county budget
increase the school board members should also
thank property owners here for supporting education.
The school board was able to decrease its millage rate
from 8.296 to 7.999, thanks to a $10 million increase
in revenues, largely from increased property values in
the Gulf cities.
In a city-by-city breakdown, Anna Maria, with
about 1,500 residents (.5 percent of the county's total
population) will fork over $4.64 million, or 2.4 percent
of the county's total $452 million budget; Holmes
Beach (5,000 residents, 1.6 percent of the county popu-,
lation) will pay $21.1 million (4.7 percent of the county
budget); and tiny Bradenton Beach, with just 1,000
estimated residents, will do its fair share by paying
$8.24 million (1.8 percent) of that budget.
Longboat Key will chime in with $25.5 million for


Real estate values up

165 percent in 10 years
Just 10 years ago, the entire value of Anna
Maria Island property was valued at $808 mil-
lion.
Ten years later, the Manatee County Prop-
erty Appraiser's Office has valued taxable Island
real estate at approximately $2.293 billion, a 165
percent increase.
In fact, the Holmes Beach appraised value is
now at $1.13 billion by itself, compared with
$458.5 million in 1994. Anna Maria had a total
assessed property value of $212.5 million in
1994, compared with $570 million this year,
while Bradenton Beach skyrocketed from a
mere $137 million in 1994 to $429.3 million
today.
As a comparison, a home purchased on
Anna Maria .Island in 1994 for just $150,000
would be valued today at around $397,500. And
that figure is based just upon appraised value as
determined by the MCPAO, not the actual sale
price.

the county budget (5.6 percent) and $10.7 million for
the school board.
"Wonderful," said Holmes Beach Mayor Carol
Whitmore with just a hint of sarcasm. "Except it's not
really equitable. Less than 4 percent of the people in the
county pay 15 percent of the budget.
"It's definitely not fair," she added, "but it's mar-
ket driven. I remember when I was growing up out
here, nobody wanted to live on the Island. Property
values were nothing."
The only bright side to the unequal taxation is that
Whitmore said the 4.7 percent contribution by Holmes
Beach taxpayers to the county budget "should give me
a little more leverage with the county when we need
something done."
Holmes Beach City Commissioner Don Maloney
was not so diplomatic.
"Something has to be done to stop the county from
putting the screws to us," he said. "It's amazing. I can't
believe that the business and population growth out
east isn't helping pay more for schools and the budget."
What's needed, said Maloney, is some professional
help to lean on the county to make taxation more equi-
table.
Maloney has long believed that rising property
values and accompanying taxation on the Island will
gradually compel Island families to sell out to devel-
opers and part-time residents, eventually turning the


Island into a giant condominium or rental unit.
"I hope the county at least sends us a nice Christmas
present for us doing our part to support education and the
budget for the people who don't live here," he quipped.
"Outrageous" said Anna Maria Mayor SueLynn. In-
creased taxes are "driving all our small businesses to sell
out."
While there might not be much she can do individu-
ally, she'd like to have Island elected officials such as the
Coalition of Barrier Island Elected Officials sit down in
a joint meeting with the county property appraiser and
staff and find out just exactly what is going on.
Anna Maria resident Norm Mansour has long been
an advocate of fair and equal taxation, and it's obvious
to him that Island residents are paying an unfair share
of the tax burden. There may, however, be a solution.
"Maybe it's time our Island elected officials look
into whether or not the Island cities are receiving an
appropriate level of service for what we are paying," he
said. He also suggested that Island officials examine
the feasibility of creating a Municipal Services Taxa-
tion Unit toensure the Island receives it fair share of
services for what Islanders pay in taxes.
Good idea, echoed SueLynn. In fact, the time
might be ripe for the Island cities to look at forming
their own county. "We would then have control over
where and how our taxes are spent," she said.
She also reminded Island residents that less than 10
percent of their total tax bill from the county goes to
fund city government. The rest goes to the county gov-
ernment, the school board, and a variety of other gov-
ernmental bodies, agencies, services and budgets.
County Commission Chairperson Jane von
Hahmann, whose district includes Longboat Key and
Anna Maria Island, said she would welcome the oppor-
tunity to meet with municipal officials or the Coalition
of Barrier Island Elected Officials to discuss options to
lower taxes.
"While property values are market driven, it's not
something we should simply ignore," von Hahmann
said.

Businesses hurt
The high tax bills have not gone unnoticed by Is-
land businesses (The Islander, Sept. 15).
Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce presi-
dent Don Schroder said that while no direct talks are
planned at this time with appropriate legislators, the
chamber doesn't plan to ignore the problem.
"We are concerned about the stress the current tax
rates are placing upon our business members," said
Schroder, and the chamber is gathering information for
an eventual meeting with those officials who might be
able to fix or at least alleviate the problem.


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THE ISLANDER 0 SEPT. 29, 2004 0 PAGE 5


'Reluctant' commission OKs Waterfront lease


By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
After the Anna Maria City Commission meeting
Sept. 23, some residents might be tempted to ask com-
missioners what part of "no" don't they understand.
A reluctant commission tried desperately to avoid
approving an annual lease with the Waterfront Restau-
rant for eight parking spaces at the city pier, and asked
City Attorney Jim Dye three times if the commission
could just grant a special exception for the spaces rather
than approve the lease by an ordinance.
"The code doesn't permit it," replied Dye three
times to the same question.
But the commission at a July 28 meeting had ap-
proved the Waterfront Restaurant site plan and an ac-
companying lease of parking spaces at the pier, Com-
missioner Dale Woodland reminded his colleagues.
"I don't like it either, but when we granted the site


plan, we told them we would lease them spaces to meet
concurrency. We dug our own hole. We didn't have to
solve their problem, but we did," he said. If the com-
mission now wants to "change the solution," the entire
site plan is incomplete, Woodland added.
Commissioner Carol Ann Magill agreed, reluc-
tantly, but Commissioner Linda Cramer was adamant
in her opposition to the ordinance.
"I support the Waterfront Restaurant 100 percent.
I just don't think this is the method" to get it back in
business. She thought the commission was "setting a
precedent" by leasing public property to a private busi-
ness, but Dye said it's not unusual to lease city prop-
erty.
The restaurant will pay $1 annually for the lease,
but it's only for a one-year period. Either party can
cancel with a 90-day notice, and the restaurant can't put
up signs saying those spots are for restaurant patrons.

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The public still enjoys use of the spaces on a "first
come, first serve" basis, Dye said.
Magill thought she had been "strong-armed" at the
original site plan approval to get the restaurant back in
business, but "at this late stage" would agree to the or-
dinance to get the restaurant back in business.
Restaurant owners Jason and Leah Suzor can't get
a building permit until they meet the city's parking
requirements.
The somewhat bizarre situation occurred after the
restaurant sustained a fire March 17 that put it out of
business. When the Suzors approached the city with a
new site plan to rebuild, they learned they had to meet
parking concurrency as established by city code. The
restaurant had previously enjoyed "grandfather" status
for its parking requirements.
Cramer pointed out that most restaurants and busi-
nesses in the city don't meet parking requirements and
wanted the city to address that issue. She mentioned one
establishment that is supposed to have 29 spaces, but uti-
lizes on-street parking because it doesn't meet the code.
Dye, however, pointed out those are code enforce-
ment issues, while the Waterfront lease is part of the
site plan review procedure.
Magill said it's time the city addressed the ineq-
uity, and the issue of parking still unresolved in the
city after 80 years will be placed on the Oct. 14
commission workshop agenda. "We need to make this
a top priority," she said.
Suzor noted that he should be held accountable for
parking, but the situation he's in right now is "not our
fault." If the commission denied the lease, then the city
should go to every restaurant in the city and check
parking compliance against the code, he said.
City residents Georgia van Cleave and Diane
Canniff spoke against the ordinance, and van Cleave
suggested that $1 per year was too low.
Commissioner Duke Miller, who made that
amount part of the commission's site plan approval
Aug. 2, was not at this meeting.
Eventually, the commission voted, albeit reluc-
tantly, to pass the ordinance by a 3-1 vote, with Cramer
casting the lone vote against the measure.
Suzor said he plans to begin construction immedi-
ately and hopes to be open in time for Christmas, but
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Staying above water
As weary as you may be of hurricane season,
there's more to come, although we can all hope the
remainder will be uneventful.
When it comes down to it, we've fared well
throughout these storm tribulations.
It's safe to say and TV weather watchers will
agree we can't rely on storm predictions. We
can't rely on the weather in hurricane and tropical
storm conditions to do what it looks like it will do,
what the forecasters say it will likely do, or at the
very least, to behave the way other storms have be-
haved.
Weather wizards can only warn us of the worst
and leave to us the task of preparation.
But Anna Maria Island didn't get ready for Hur-
ricane Jeanne. The folks who customarily boarded
their homes and businesses for Charley, Frances
and Jeanne were either so worn out, stunned or dis-
believing, they didn't bother. Of course, some folks
hadn't yet removed their prior storm protection.
We heard over and over that folks weren't get-
ting ready because they were "sick and tired of it."
It being hurricanes.
Still, with all the inconveniences we've suf-
fered, and even the property damage, it's difficult
to imagine circumstances in any of the hardest-af-
fected areas, such as Port St. Lucie, Melbourne,
Lakeland and Wauchula, and particularly Lake
Wales, that saw the eye of three strong storms.
For some of us, who have traveled to help with
hurricane relief in other areas, there is great com-
fort in seeing the grateful expression of folks who
have no water, ice or food, or a home to prepare it
in.
We've discovered some folks who were living
in poverty before the storms and need us now
more than ever. One band of several families is liv-
ing still south of Arcadia without power since
Charley, without transportation, without basic ne-
cessities and in great need of social services. A
1-year-old child of a very young mother there has
yet to be given a name.
We should all thank our lucky stars we have a
great and giving community on Anna Maria Island
to come home to and that we can afford some
time, money or energy to help those who are still
"treading water."
We are lucky indeed, and so we must continue
the business of caring.



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In regard to your call to turn "our school" over to
the community and its leaders as a charter school, may
I remind you that too much input from inexperienced
but highly vocal community members is what contrib-
uted largely to the demise of one Island charter school?
It's time that we let the trained professionals who
have been a part of the success of our elementary
school for many, many years make the decisions that
are needed to get this project under way.
We can't "do better." You only need to spend a
little time on the AME campus to.realize that it is very
tired and that our children and our dedicated staff have
dealt with the problems inherent in this historic, well-
loved building for too long.
Another "community meeting" will only serve to
allow the whiners to gain the public attention they
crave. It is obvious that we need a safer, healthier, and
pleasant campus for our children, so get over it and let
the people in the know get on with it.
Jean Cross, Anna Maria

Save the pines
I hope the powers that be, that is city and county
officials in Bradenton and our Island of Anna Maria,
were out and about examining the destruction in the
aftermath of Hurricane Frances.
The facts are the Australian pines kept the Island
intact, as they have since the 1930s. One pine tree came
down on Palma Sola Causeway, its roots growing in the
water for decades.
Palm trees were broken, uprooted and thrown about
all over the Island, proving they are of no benefit whatso-
ever, certainly no help with the problem of erosion on the
beaches or protection for our homes or wildlife.
Stop using taxpayers' money to plant palm trees.
Remove Australian pines from the list of problem trees
and shrubs that well-intentioned groups with the help
of government grants are removing. Australian pines
must be saved.
Shirley McNulty, Anna Maria


A godsend
This is in response to Robin Rhodes' letter re-
garding noisy generators.
Come on, now a hurricane has hit the Island
and poor you can't sleep! Well, what if you were in
Myakka, Punta Gorda or anywhere else that Charley
and Frances hit and people are suffering in their own
way a shame you would miss sleep.
The noise from generators or any equipment
used to help people, for whatever reason, should be
a "godsend," not a nuisance. If you lose 12 hours
sleep or less, just think what our neighbors to the
east, south and north have gone through.
Maybe your neighbor has asthma or breathing
problems and needs air, or needs to keep medicine
cold, or even if it's to keep on the TV to know what
precautions are needed, or evacuation information.
Maybe you should evacuate to a "quiet" shelter
during any hurricane threats.
Chill out.
K. Schreckengost, Bradenton


A fine example
Anna Maria Elementary School's program dedi-
cated to peaceful resolution of personal and world is-
sues was both spectacular and moving. The parents
and friends of the students who were in attendance
showed their appreciation and thankfulness for the
undertaking with congratulations and words of sup-
port to Cindi Harrison, school counselor, who orga-
nized the program, and to Kathy Hayes, principal.
The Anna Maria Island Rotary Club is extremely
proud to have been an integral part in the initial un-
dertaking and the annual programs that foster hope
and aspiration for world peace among the Island
children.
Would that other peoples in the world could see
the happiness, excitement and enthusiasm of these
children in this ceremony.
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No respect
I respond to a letter written by the developer of
Bermuda Bay condo in Bradenton Beach, which shows
what we residents of the city must endure. The extreme
negative attitude shows no respect for persons that have
dedicated themselves to protect Bradenton Beach, es-
pecially Commissioner Lisa Marie Phillips.
When the investors purchased the Gulf to bay
property at 1400 block north, they knew that the beach
side was not buildable and is in the preservation zone.
They knew they could transfer the density to the east
side.
They didn't have to create two incorporations, but
they did Island Inc. (Bermuda condo with 28 three-
bedroom units) and Beach Development Inc. (Paradise
condo). It is not known how they got the building official
to write the letter approving it in 1999, thereby getting the
Florida Department of Environmental Protection to issue
a permit based on a site plan (expired in 2002).
Was there ever a public hearing regarding the de-
struction of the sand dunes with vegetation? Were there
any letters to the adjacent neighbors that have walk-
overs and dunes also'?
The letter writer refers to the dunes as "nasty
berm At least he calls it a berm and not "a pile of sand
by the road" as was stated to Katie Pierola by the
former land planner.
During all my years I have never heard a land plan-
ner say such words. Planners deal with Tampa Bay
Regional Planning Council. Florida Department of
Community Affairs and various state agencies. etc.
They must abide by local and state comprehensive
plans (protection of dunes with vegetation as a top pri-
ority in coastal and beach systems). .
A great deal of credit needs to be acknowledged for
the Bradenton Beach commissioners who had the cour-
age to rid the city of persons who sided with individu-
als that simply don't understand the need to protect the
city from plans and projects that would reshape our
Island from disproportionate development, especially


in Bradenton Beach, which is losing voters.
The Manatee County judge sided with the city not
to build on the beach. Of the three judges at the appeal
court, two sided with the Island Inc. and one for the
city. The city has appealed to the Florida Supreme
Court (five judges).
It remains to be seen what the DEP will do now
that so much is known.
Since the developer maligned Commissioner
Phillips, I and others in our community appreciate her
strong fortitude to uphold the principles of her plat-
forms for which she was elected by 70 percent of the
voting citizens.
Gail Cole, former mayor, Bradenton Beach
Spend it on protection
Hurrah to the Bradenton Beach Police Department
and Officer Eric Hill for arresting a suspect who robbed
me in a store during my vacation in Bradenton Beach.
I didn't hold out much hope that the man would be
caught and I was shocked by the brazenness of the
crime.
One of the reasons I selected Anna Maria Island
[for a vacation] was because of its reputation for seren-
ity, and I felt the children would be sater And it is a
beautiful, pleasant island. So it was particularly disturb-
ing for this to occur during their first trip to Florida. as
they were right there in the store with me.
The girls, age 10, felt responsible somehow, as this
vacation was to celebrate their 10th birthday, and they
were so upset they even cried. Fortunately, they had
never been exposed to crime before this.
Of course, to put things in perspective, even being
robbed wasn't the worst thing that happened to me that
week. The day after this happened, one of my best
friends from college, Lt. Charles Wilkins III, was killed
in Iraq when an improvised explosive device detonated
under his Humvee. What a reminder that a life is a lot
more precious than cash or possessions.
After Hurricane Charley passed Anna Maria Is-
land, but the Island had been mentioned as a target, the


chamber of commerce was considering spending
money to conduct a publicity campaign. Instead, I sug-
gest that the chamber should consider donating these
funds to local police and sheriff's offices to build up
citizen protection, because damage to a reputation as a
safe destination could be even harder to repair.
The Bradenton Beach police are to be commended
for their diligence in working to keep Anna Maria Is-
land safe.
Elizabeth M. Harris, Columbus, Ohio

For storm victims
We were glad to get the Aug. 25 issue of The Is-
lander this week, as it gave us some information about
sending a hurricane relief donation as Anna Maria Is-
land property owners.
Thank you for your efforts on behalf of those who
suffered the storms. Please direct this [$200] donation
to whichever of the efforts described in your story can
make best use of it to help people rebuild.
Patricia E. Garrett/Oliver H. Woshinsky, Portland,
Maine (seasonal home in Holmes Beach)


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Obituary
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Arthur Towne Ballman
Arthur Towne Ballman, 65, of Bradenton and for-
merly Holmes Beach, died Sept. 21.
Born in Miami, Mr. Ballman was named for his
maternal grandfather, Ithiel Towne, a
prominent architect in the 1800s. Towne
designed projects such as Center Church
on the Green in New Haven, Conn., and
public buildings in Washington, D.C., in-
cluding the U.S. Treasury Building.
Ballman graduated from high school at
Miami Edison and received a degree in ar-
chitecture from Georgia Technical Insti-
tute in 1961. His professional career be-
gan in Miami and qualified him to be se-
lected to work with noted architect
Charles W. Moore, chairman of the school
of architecture at Yale University.
By 1966, Ballman became partner in
an Essex, Conn., firm of international im-
portance where he specialized in residen-
tial and multifamily designs for clients in Ballman
Los Angeles, New York, Vermont and
Connecticut. In 1971, he opened his own practice in
New Haven, later expanded to Litchfield, Conn., and
produced notable projects in New York, Acapulco,
Mexico, and Connecticut, including the Litchfield
Congregational Church. He was sought for custom-
design projects for additions to private residences, in-
cluding the home of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Oliver
Wendell Holmes Jr., and many of his designs were fea-
tured in House Beautiful magazine.
In 1989, Ballman semi-retired and moved to
Florida to develop a "boutique" professional practice
as he became involved in the Anna Maria Island art and
theater community. He served two terms as president
of the Artists Guild Gallery in Holmes Beach, and his
oil and watercolor paintings and prints have been avail-
able at the gallery for more than 10 years.
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to a play one night and that appealed to me. I volunteered
for painting scenery and this evolved, beginning in 1994,
to a role as one of the set designers for the Island Players."
Theater attendees will remember sets that included
"Barefoot in the Park,"
*..L "Charlie's Aunt" and "The
Hand the Rocks the Cradle."
"' His knowledge of the theater
and its needs made him the "ar-
chitect of choice" for designing
-,R the major addition to the Island
.. P' 1 Players theater in 1997 that
added a new lobby, entrance,
box office, restrooms and stor-
age area.
Ballman also appeared on
Stage in "Foxfire," and his most
notable' role as Elwood P.
Dowd in the comedy "Harvey,"
on which he philosophizes, "As
a child I was told that to be suc-
cessful in life, one must be ei-
ther very smart or very nice. I
decided to be very nice."
He also designed renovations to the existing fel-
lowship hall and kitchen for Roser Memorial Commu-
nity Church, expansion and renovations to the Key
Royale Club and custom houses on Anna Maria and
Longboat Key. In 1996, Ballman entered a national
design competition for the new housing in the Laurel
Park Neighborhood of Sarasota, in which he was the
winner.
He is survived by cousins Joseph and Dorthea
Gunson of Davie, Fla., and Tonie Carter of Davenport,
Fla., as well as many friends who have loved him for
his charm, wit and kindness over the years.
A memorial celebration is being planned for Sat-
urday, Oct. 23, with a time and place to be announced
at a later date. For more information, contact Phyllis
Elfenbein after Oct. 6 at 778-4412.


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Playbills, paintings on view
at library in October
Playbills, watercolors and seascapes will be
on exhibit during October at the Island Branch Li-
brary, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
The playbills are among the collection of
Virginia Wahl, and include such classics as the
one for "The Odd Couple" when it played on
Broadway. The watercolors are by Julinna
Irelan, and the seascapes are acrylics by
Marilyn Plummer she is an award-winning
impressionist whose most recent "moody sea-
scapes" were shown at the Kitler Art Gallery in
Tampa.
The library will be closed the morning of Oct.
11 for staff training, and will open at 1 p.m. The
rest of the month the usual hours obtain: opening
at 10 a.m., closing at 8 p.m. Monday and Wednes-
day, 6 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday, 5 p.m. Friday
and Saturday, closed Sunday.
Other events on the October calendar:
Oct. 4 and 18 at 8:30 a.m., Internet class for
beginners, registration required by calling 778-
6341.
Oct. 5 and 6 noon-4 p.m., AARP safe driving
course, advance registration required by calling
776-1158.
Oct. 5, 12, 19, 26 from 1-4 p.m., veterans ser-
vice officer will interview clients by appointment
made at 749-3030.
Oct. 9 at 10:30 a.m., family origami class.
Oct. 15 at 9:30 a.m., Friends of the Island Li-
brary board meeting.
Additional details may be obtained by calling
778-6341.

Gulf Coast Writers meet
Gulf Coast Writers group will meet at 10:15 a.m.
Monday, Oct. 4, at the Island Branch Library, 5701
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, with those attending to
bring original poems and essays to read. Details are
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Major Ely thanks Anna Maria Island students


U.S. Army Maj. Rick Ely, Anna Maria Island's
favorite Afghan warrior, has taken time again to let
local youngsters know that he appreciates their special
attention, and to send them a very special gift.
Ely is the Army helicopter pilot who received let-
ters from Island students while he was serving in Af-
ghanistan, the letters resulting from a program
launched by the Harvey Memorial Community Church
in Bradenton Beach and Nancy Ambrose, church mem-
ber and an Islander staffer.
In June, Ely finished his Afghan tour and an out-
pouring of Island gratitude for his service brought him,
his wife and their two children to the Island for a visit.
A highlight was a ceremony at the Anna Maria El-
ementary School thanking him for his service to the
country, with students taking a vital part.
Back at work with the National Guard in Iowa, Ely
has written to two of the students to thank them for
their special roles in the ceremony, Lindsey Bell and
Russell "Tom" Grant.
He thanked Lindsey Bell for singing "God Bless


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Commissioners also approved a property tax
rate of 2.4932 mills for next year, down from the
current levy of 2.5434. A mill is $1 for every
$1,000 of assessed value of a property, less any
exemptions.
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and taking advantage of the $25,000 homestead
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and Russell "Tom" Grant for reciting the Pledge of
Allegiance and for his invitation to ride horses with
him.
Apologizing for not writing sooner, Ely explained
that he had not had a day off for 20 days and "it's a lot
easier to find time to do things in Afghanistan when
you have no family to take care of."
He reminded them that during the ceremony he
gave a special coin to a Vietnam veteran, Ralph Shoe-
maker, "for the good deeds he did as a soldier while
serving in Vietnam. He has a special coin that no one
else will ever have, one with my name on it given to me
by my boss in Afghanistan."
Now, he said, he had ordered some of the coins and
"would like for you to have one. It's just like Ralph's,
but without a name. It's not worth much, you can not
buy anything with it, but it is my way of saying thank
you for a job well done.
"Take care and do well in school this year. Again,
thank you."


$1,271.70.
The value of assessable property in the city
has risen significantly for next year over the cur-
rent budget period almost $99 million.
In 2003-04, total assessed property value in
Bradenton Beach for tax purposes was established
at $336,446,984. For the next fiscal year, which
begins Oct. 1, the value is $434,981,500.
Only resident Jan Vosburgh spoke on the bud-
get during the public hearing portion of the Sept.
23 meeting. She blasted the high rate of taxes lev-
ied by Manatee County, adding that "I'm sorry
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Major Rick Ely sent letters to Island youth thanking
them for their kindness.

Chamber sets candidate nights
Two opportunities to discuss issues and complaints
with candidates for high office are scheduled by the
Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce.
Questions will be answered, the chamber said, but the
questions must be in writing and submitted at the door.
The first gathering, Oct. 5, will pit Manatee County
Sheriff Charlie Wells against challenger Kevin
Murphy. It will be from 5:30-7 p.m. at the Holmes
Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive.
The second will feature 13th District U.S. Rep.
Katherine Harris, Republican, and her Democratic op-
ponent, Jan Schneider, from 5:30-7 p.m. Oct. 14 at
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By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Following nearly five hours of budget debate Tues-
day, Anna Maria city commissioners approved a $2
million budget for 2004-05 that keeps the tax rate at 2.0
mils, the same rate as last year.
But approval did not come easy, even after a prior
worksession and public hearing. At least one commis-
sioner was absent from each of those sessions.
Commissioners debated line item by line item,
eventually agreeing to trim some $170,000 from the
budget in order to find $135,000 as the city's share of
a matching Southwest Florida Water Management Dis-
trict grant that will improve the stormwater runoff and
drainage for the Gladiolus Street-North Shore Drive


basin.
One item that the commission voted to keep in the
budget was the contract with the Manatee County
Sheriff's Office for law enforcement that calls for
seven deputies in Anna Maria.
While some commissioners considered reducing
the number of deputies from seven to six to save about
$68,000 in the budget, the swaying argument seemed
to come from former Mayor Gary Deffenbaugh, who
was a member of the city's police force before the
MCSO took over in the mid-1980s.
"Six officers will not cover the city," he said. When
the city had just six deputies when he was mayor, there
were periods when no officer was available to handle
Anna Maria calls. "It just won't work," he emphasized.


Not wanting to compromise citizen safety, the
commission voted 4-1 to retain seven deputies and
keep the MCSO contract at $583,000. Commissioner
Dale Woodland cast the dissenting vote.
The commission also rejected a plea by Commis-
sioner Linda Cramer for a new roof on city hall, but
agreed the current roof would only last one or two years
and a new one should be put in the 2005-06 budget.
The approved budget maintains a 35 percent re-
serve fund of the operating budget, but has only
$25,000 in the contingency fund. Ad valorem tax rev-
enues increased by 13.3 percent to $1.125 million.
Commissioners agreed that while this was a "bare
bones" budget, it did as much as possible for the city
without increasing taxes.


BIEO trashes Island trash collector


By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Grubbs Inc. waste hauling service of Pasco County
doesn't appear to have much of a future on Anna Maria
Island or Longboat Key.
The company was contracted by Anna Maria,
Bradenton Beach, Holmes Beach and Longboat Key to
haul debris after a hurricane, but the company failed
miserably after Hurricanes Charley and Frances.
Longboat Key Town Commissioner Jeremey
Whatmough told members of the Coalition of Bar-
rier Island Elected Officials Sept. 22 that Grubbs
"did a terrible job" in cleaning up that city after
Charley and Frances.

Islander's photos going on exhibit
The artist's reception will be from 6-8 p.m. Friday,
Oct. 1, for Anna Maria Island's Jay Canterbury as an
exhibit of his photographic abstractions opens.
The reception, open free to the public, will be at the
fine art gallery of Manatee Community College, 5840
26th St. W., Bradenton, where his photos will be high-
lighted through Nov. 23.
Canterbury has won numerous awards in the area,
including first place in the Anna Maria Island Festival
of Fine Arts and the Art League of Manatee County.
Gallery hours are 9 a.m.-4 p.m. daily Monday-Fri-
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"They had major problems" in getting equipment
and personnel to Longboat Key, he said.
Likewise for our cities, said Anna Maria Mayor
SueLynn and Holmes Beach Mayor Carol Whitmore.
"We're not even going to call Grubbs anymore,"
SueLynn said.
Both cities signed emergency contracts with Waste
Management Inc. to haul hurricane-related debris, but
even WMI got itself in a pickup jam.
"They overextended themselves," said Whitmore.
"They had to bring in trucks from Ft. Myers and still
not all of the debris has been picked iup," she said.
SueLynn said she's gotten a list of three other com-
panies that can perform debris cleanup following a hur-
ricane or storm, so her city won't get "caught short"
again. She did, however, thank WMI for stepping in
when Grubbs stopped taking telephone calls from the
Island cities.
Whitmore also observed that a lot of Islanders are
suffering "hurricane stress" after three major hurri-
canes threatened the Island within a three-week period.
"It was almost overwhelming," she noted.
At the same time, SueLynn said the Manatee
County Emergency Operations Center staff should be
commended for their efficiency during each storm. She
also noted that the EOC needs a Longboat Key contact
during meetings of the EOC policy committee, which
makes decisions affecting all municipalities in Mana-
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hearing, just moments after he criticized the commis-
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All three island cities were working on propos-
als to meet the state-mandated requirement that by Oct.
I, all yard waste must be picked up separately from
garbage.
Bradenton Beach Marina owner Allan Bazzy
filed a lawsuit against the Bradenton Beach City Com-
mission after it denied his site plan for $1 million worth
of remodeling and renovations. The plan also asked the
commission to rezone six vacant lots from residential
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Season's class schedule
The Anna Maria Island Art League has scheduled
its program of classes for the 2004-05 season. They are
all at the league's gallery, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes
Beach. Details may be obtained by calling 778-2099.
The first of five classes in youth traditional arts for
ages 5-12, with instructor Erin Huybrechts, begins
Sept. 28; it is at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday and costs $90 for
members per six-week course.
Drawing and watercolors with Ginger White is
under way already, with the first six-week class ending
Oct. 18; three other sessions are planned through April
11, 10:45 a.m. Monday, cost $90.
Classical figure drawing will begin its first course Oct.
15 and run for five weeks, with two other sessions to fol-
low through April 29; meets at 3 p.m. Friday with Gin-
ger White as instructor, $75 plus model fee of $25.
Old masters methodology oil painting will begin
Oct. 20 and run for six weeks under Paul Scibilia, meet-
ing Wednesdays at 10 a.m., $90 plus lab fee of $30.
Basket weaving will begin its first six-week course
Oct. 19, meeting at 2 p.m. Tuesday with Pamr
McMillen, $75 plus supplies for $35.
Classical black-and-white photography will be
taught by Chris Galanopoulos and Jerry Quin at 6 p.m.
Monday starting Nov. 19, $90 for six-week course.
Floorcloth painting one-day workshops will be led
by Elena DeLaVille at noon Dec. 17 and Feb. 18, $50
plus $20 lab fee.
Ongoing classes are pilates Mondays at 9 a.m. and
yoga Thursdays at 9 a.m. with Preston Whaley Jr. for
$6 per class, and watercolors with Barb Singer at 10
a.m. Tuesday, $13 per class.

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present its "Boat Smart" class from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 2, at the squadron's building at 1200
71st St. N.W., Bradenton'
The course covers boating safety, Florida maritime
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The first "really serious" golf tournament of
the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce
will start at noon Friday, Oct. 1, at El Conquista-
dor Country Club.
Dawn Mishler, who is chairing the event, said
golfers shoullget registered now to avoid any
last-minute crush. They may do so by calling the
chamber at 778-1541.
The tournament will see a new Honda Accord
given away in one of four hole-in-one specials.
Other prizes in that category will include airline
tickets, restaurant extravaganzas and more,
Mishler said. Prizes also will be awarded for clos-
est to the pin, longest hole, straightest drive and
any number of competitive ratings.
It will be on the reconstituted course at El
Conquistador, 4350 El Conquistador Pkwy.,
Bradenton. The awards dinner will be at the club-
house after play concludes.
Cost is $125 per person, which includes green
fees, golf cart, dinner, and gift bag with a golf shirt.
The proceeds will go to the chamber's schol-
arship fund, with scholarships to be awarded to
Island students next spring.
Sponsors are Bright House Networks, Island
Real Estate, LaPensee Plumbing, and Honda Cars
of Bradenton.


Tri-chamber 'after hours' Tuesday
The Manatee Chamber of Commerce will sponsor
a "business after hours" event 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct.
5, at the Beach House Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N.,
Bradenton Beach.
Two other organizations will join in the networking
event, the Anna Maria Island and Longboat Key cham-
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Art League annual faculty exhibit
The Anna Maria Island Art League's annual ex-
hibit of works by its faculty members will be Oct. 1-
29, with the opening reception at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Oct.
1.
The events are free and open to the public at the
league's gallery, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach.
The exhibit will feature photography by Jerry Quin
and Chris Galanopoulos, watercolors by Barbara
Singer, drawings and watercolors by Ginger White,
baskets by Pam McMillen, oil paintings by Paul
Scibilia, youth arts by Erin Huybrechts, pilates and
yoga by Preston Whaley Jr., and floorcloth painting by
Elena DeLaVille.
Hours of the gallery are 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tues-
day-Friday. Details are available at 778-2099.


Aposporos talks theater
at guild meet Monday
Tom Aposporos will do readings and discuss the-
ater and his current role when the Artist Guild of Anna
Maria Island meets Monday, Oct. 4.
Aposporos, former Anna Maria city commissioner,
will talk about his part in "Metamorphosis," the Mana-
tee Players entry in the Florida Theater Conference.
The meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. in the public hall of
the Episcopal Church of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf
Drive, Holmes Beach.
The guild will present a public demonstration of
watercolor painting by Jacquie Clark from 1-2:30 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 7, at the guild's gallery, 5414 Marina
Drive,-Holmes Beach.
Hours at the gallery are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-
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Island police reports
Anna Maria City
Sept. 17, Gulf Beach at Pine Avenue, vehicle on
beach. A truck delivering sand to the Sandbar restau-
rant for a wedding drove over the beach berm and be-
came stuck. The sand was to be used to build a large
sandcastle for a wedding and the city had allegedly
given permission for the delivery. A tow truck pulled
the delivery truck free and there was reportedly no
damage to the native vegetation.
Sept. 20, 101 S. Bay Blvd., Mama Lo's, counter-
feit bill. The manager reportedly received a counterfeit
$20 bill, which she discovered while preparing her
bank deposit.
Sept. 22, 100 block of Tern Drive, criminal mis-
chief. A woman reported damage to her boat davit that
she believes was due to criminal mischief.

Bradenton Beach
Sept. 10, 2200 block of Gulf Drive North, sus-
pended license. A man was arrested for driving with-
out a license. According to the report, the man's license
was already suspended on a previous DUI charge.
Sept. 13, 2200 block of Avenue C, suspended license.
A man was arrested for driving with a suspended license.
Sept. 14, 104 17th St. N. and Gulf Drive North,
Bradenton Beach Club, burglary. A drill was reportedly
stolen from a locked storage unit at the construction site.
There was also damage to the door of the storage unit.
Sept. 15, 2318 Gulf Drive, Casa Marina Resort,
burglary. The manager of the resort reported that some-
one gained entry to the office door, which was secured
with a combination lock, and took all the room keys.
Sept. 15, 2500 block of Avenue B, suspended li-
cense. A man was arrested for driving without a li-
cense. According to the report, his license had been
suspended for being a habitual traffic offender. His tag
and vehicle were also unregistered and he had no proof
of insurance.
Sept. 17, 900 Gulf Drive S., Cortez Beach, bur-
glary. A woman reported her purse stolen from her
vehicle.
Sept. 17, 201 Gulf Drive N., Oma's Pizza, domes-
tic battery. Officers responded to a report of a male and
female arguing in the restaurant parking lot. According
to the report, the woman told police she and her boy-
friend were arguing because he wanted to go home and
she didn't. She said that during the argument her boy-
friend grabbed her arm, but that he let go and left the
scene. Because the woman reported that her boyfriend
had been abusive in the past, officers assisted her in
finding a woman's shelter.
Sept. 19, 2318 Gulf Drive N., Casa Marina Resort,
theft. A guest reported a rental bike stolen.
Sept. 18, 2518 Gulf Drive N., Sandy Toes apart-
ments, burglary. A woman reported a blender and set
of keys stolen from her vehicle.
Sept. 19,500 Gulf Drive S., Cortez Beach, theft. A
woman reported that her bag was stolen from the beach
while she was swimming.
Sept. 19, 700 Gulf Drive S., Cortez Beach, theft. A
woman reported her beach bag stolen while she was
swimming.
Sept. 19, 2601 Gulf Drive N., Sandpiper Resort,
theft. A woman reported her bicycle stolen.
Sept. 20, 2400 block of Gulf Drive, criminal mis-
chief. A door to a rental unit was secured after a neigh-
bor reported that is was swinging open in the wind.
Sept. 22, 2100 Gulf Drive S., Coquina Beach, bur-
glary. A woman reported her purse stolen from her
vehicle.



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for Nov. 2 election
There are still a few days left for those who
have not registered to vote for the Nov. 2 elec-
tion.
Voter registration closes for the General
Election (including Island city elections) Oct. 4.
Registration forms are available at The Is-
latnder office, 5404 Marimna Di)rive, Holmes Beach,
as well as all three city halls on the Island. For
more information, call the Manatee County Super-
visor of Elections Office at 741-3823.


Bradenton Beach juvenile
arrested for armed burglary
A 16-year-old male juvenile was arrested
for armed burglary with more charges possibly
pending.
According to Bradenton Beach Detective
Sgt. Lenard Diaz, the juvenile's mother entered
her son's room to gather laundry and found a .38-
caliber revolver and bullets wrapped up in a shirt.
She then called police and permitted them to
search her son's room.
During the search, several items were found,
including a small television, whisky flask and
electric razor that officers suspected were stolen.
The juvenile was picked up by police at his
school and transported to the Bradenton Beach
police station for questioning by Diaz. The juve-
nile not only confessed to stealing the gun from
a car parked a block from his home, but he also
admitted committing approximately 25 to 30
more automobile and residential burglaries.
The juvenile affirmed the items found in his
room were stolen and also returned an MP-3 player
and headphones he took from another vehicle.
Diaz said the department is investigating
some other burglaries and more charges are
pending.


Sept. 22, 1325 Gulf Drive N., Tortuga Inn, theft. A
woman reported her designer shirt missing from her room.
Sept. 23, 2100 block of Avenue B, criminal mis-
chief. A man reported that when he pulled into his
driveway, he was approached by a woman walking
along the roadway. She reportedly began yelling at him
for the way he was driving and, when he asked her to
get off his property, she allegedly picked up a shell
from the driveway and scratched his car. The man then
allegedly pushed her to the ground.

Holmes Beach
Sept. 17, 500 block of 56th Street, criminal mis-
chief. A resident's security light on the east side of his
residence was sprayed with black paint.
Sept. 17, 5300 block of Gulf Drive, burglary. A
man reported his cell phone stolen from his vehicle.
Sept. 19, 8100 block of Gulf Drive, battery. A man
was arrested for threatening a witness who reportedly
supplied information about him to the police regarding
an automobile burglary. According to the report, the
man went to the witness' home, grabbed her by the
neck and threatened to strangle her. He was charged
with threatening a witness and domestic battery in ad-
dition to the auto burglary.
Sept. 19, 3000 block of Avenue C, suspicious in-
cident. A woman reported that she heard her neighbor
shooting a BB gun and was worried that a pellet may
have hit her car. The woman's car was not damaged,
but two other vehicles parked at Island Starter and Auto
Repair were damaged.
Sept. 19, 300 block of 29th Street, theft of vehicle. A
man reported his 1991 Oldsmobile van stolen from his
residence. The owner said the ignition key had broken off
in the key hole and it could easily be started, and he had
parked the vehicle on the west side of his residence in the
yard. Officers then found the van parked at another resi-
dence on Avenue B in Bradenton Beach. The owner of
that residence reported finding the car.
Sept. 19, 2700 block of Gulf drive, burglary. A
man reported his cell phone and charger stolen from his
vehicle.
Sept. 19, 500 block of 70th Street, burglary. A man
was arrested for two counts of burglary after his ex-
girlfriend told police he stole tools from his former
employer. The man had recently been fired and report-
edly stole a vacuum pump, actylene torch and other
miscellaneous tools from two work vans. His ex-girl-
friend informed police of the location where the suspect
confided he hid the items.
Sept. 23, 300 block of 28th Street, burglary. A
neighbor reported seeing a vehicle parked at a vacant
residence which was undergoing remodeling and then
witnessed two people leave the residence in the morn-
ing. The property owner was notified and surveyed the
property for missing items. According to the owner, the
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A documentary film by Islander Barbara Hussong,
premiering in Bradenton Monday, is designed as the
launching platform for similar productions and pro-
grams throughout the country, the producer said.
"Battered, Bruised and Broken" will be the feature
around whicD 70 Gulf Coast organizations are building
their "Family Violence: Not In My Back Yard" event
at Manatee Community College Monday, Oct. 4. Oc-
tober is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
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production/editing studio there, said her documentary
on family violence took her into the lives of many
abused women and children in Manatee and Sarasota
counties, even the surviving mother of children mur-
dered by their father.
"This film wasn't made from a screenplay," she
said. "Every one of the participants has a real name and
face. They might live next door to you.
"I hope to wake people up after watching this film and
realize family violence isn't going to go away and it's up
to us as a community to understand and make the changes
necessary to prevent or stop family violence."
Co-producer is Damen Shaqiri, whose mother was
abused by her first husband, he said, so "it hits close to
home."
Sponsor of the gathering is SCOPE, "Sarasota
County Openly Plans for Excellence," a community or-
ganization devoted to "starting dialogue on subjects

Walk, bike your kid to school day
Parents and students at Anna Maria Elementary
School are encouraged to participate in this year's na-
tional Walk or Bike Your Kid to School Day Wednes-
day, Oct. 6.
AME's Parents-On-Patrol safety-watch organiza-
tion is planning the event, which will take place from
7:45 to 8:15 a.m.
The purpose of the event is to teach children how
to look for strangers, watch for cars and cross the street
safely, in addition to parents talking to their children
about safety as they walk.
Students can gather at the following two locations
and walk with POP parent volunteers:
Holmes Beach Post Office parking lot.
Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce park-
ing lot.
Parents who drive to the Chamber meeting site are
asked not to park in the Wachovia Bank parking lot.
Vince and Larry, Crash Test Dummies, will be
making a special appearance at this year's event and
will be walking to school with students.
According to POP team leader Debbie Scott, students
will be given safety information to take home from school
and read with their parents prior to the event.
AME is the only school in Manatee County that
participates in walk-to-school day and, Scott said,
AME Principal Kathy Hayes will greet students in the
courtyard on their arrival for a presentation of recog-
nition certificates.

Donate blood at AME School
Anna Maria Elementary School is hosting its sec-
ond annual Halloween theme blood drive noting that
"there is nothing scarier than a blood shortage." The
community is encouraged to donate blood from 8:30
a.m. to noon Friday, Oct. 1.
All donors will receive a T-shirt and a coupon for a
buy-one, get-one-free ticket offer to the Florida Aquarium.
To make an appointment, call the school office at
708-5525.
AME is located at 4700 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.

Power yoga for kids
Little Yogis: Power yoga for kids ages 6 to 10 be-
gins its fall session at the Island Fitness Center from
3:45 to 4:45 p.m. Oct. 5.
Certified yoga instructor and children's dance teacher
Cindy Phillips invites children to explore yoga techniques
through imitating animals, shapes, number and games.
Class meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays for seven
weeks. The cost for the entire session is $98, or stu-
dents can attend periodically at a cost of $10 per class.
Pre-registration is required and a minimum of six
students are needed for the class to commence. To reg-
ister, call Phillips at 224-0292.


Barbara Hussong's film on family violence will
premiere Monday at MCC.
like family violence."
Hussong said some 70 organizations including The
Islander newspaper in the two counties plan to partici-
pate in the event, which will be free of charge to the
public on the Manatee Community College campus,
5840 26th St. W., Bradenton. Doors to Neel Audito-
rium will open at 6 p.m. and "Battered, Bruised and
Broken" will be screened at 7 p.m.
Hussong, who has produced several documentaries
here, said she hopes to produce similar films and par-
ticipate in similar awareness programs around the
country.


'Kid's Live' signup at
Anna Maria Elementary School
Kid's Live, a Christian program for kindergar-
ten through fifth-grade students, will hold its first
meeting Oct. 4.
The group will continue to meet every Monday
at the pavilion at Anna Maria Elementary School.
Activities start at the end of the school day and fin-
ish at 3:30 p.m.
Kid's Live is an opportunity for students to
share Christian fellowship, play Bible bingo, enjoy
Gospel readings, sing worship songs and more. The
last Monday of each month will be "movie day,"
which will be held in a classroom.
The program is sponsored by Manatee Youth for
Christ and all kids are welcome to participate. AME
teachers Joan Sackett and Deborah Thomas run
AME's Kid's Live with the help of parent volunteers.
Permission slips for Kid's Live are available in
AME's administrative office. AME is located at
4700 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
For more information, contact Donna Perez,
Sackett or Thomas at 708-5525.


Anna Maria Elementary menu
Monday, Oct. 4
Breakfast: Pancakes with Syrup, Super Donut,
Cereal, Toast, Fruit
Lunch: Ravioli with Garlic Toast, Chicken Patty on a
Bun or Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich, Tator
Rounds, Steamed Green Beans, Tossed Salad, Juice
Bar
Tuesday, Oct. 5
Breakfast: Sausage Biscuit, Cereal, Toast, Peanut
Butter and Jelly Sandwich, Fruit
Lunch: Macaroni and Cheese, Fish Shapes or Peanut
Butter and Jelly Sandwich, Roll, Tossed Salad,
Steamed Peas, Applesauce
Wednesday, Oct. 6
Breakfast: Grilled Cheese Sandwich, Super Donut,
Cereal, Toast, Fruit
Lunch: Turkey Gravy with Mashed Potatoes,
Breaded Beef Patty or Peanut Butter and Jelly
Sandwich, Biscuit, Steamed Broccoli, Sliced Peaches
Thursday, Oct. 7
Breakfast: French Toast Sticks, Cereal, Toast,
Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich, Fruit
Lunch: Taco with Lettuce, Tomato and Cheese,
Baked Burrito or Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich,
Spanish Rice, Steamed Corn, "Fruity Shape Up"
dessert
Friday, Oct. 8
Student Holiday
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Jeanne hammers Island
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1


north of Tampa, but brought stronger winds and
heavier rains than Hurricane Frances just three weeks
ago.
Surprisingly, there seemed to be less damage on
the Island from Jeanne, but public works directors and
mayors were still making assessments Monday and
Tuesday.
"I haven't heard of a lot of damage," said
Whitmore, adding that public works department staff
were scouring the city on Monday inspecting damage.
There appeared to be less flooding than from
Frances, and fewer trees and power lines down.
As of Monday, Sept. 27, she had not called Waste
Management Inc. for emergency debris pickup. If WMI
is not called in for an emergency pickup, today
(Wednesday, Sept. 29) is the normal yard waste pickup
day and residents should prepare yard waste normally.
"I'm only going to call them in if it's absolutely
necessary. Our bill from Frances is more than
$50,000," she noted, although the Federal Emergency
Management Agency should reimburse the city for
about 80 percent of that bill.
The same situation seemed to take place in Anna
Maria, said Mayor SueLynn.
"We're still assessing damage, but at this point,
we're not calling in Waste Management," said the
mayor.
If no special pickup is ordered, WMI will haul yard
waste on Thursday, but it must be bundled in the pre-
scribed manner, SueLynn said.
Poindexter said Bradenton Beach workers were
collecting trash in that city up until about 8 p.m. Sat-
urday "so we cut way back on the amount of stuff that
would blow around during Jeanne."
Some locations in Holmes Beach and Anna Maria,
however, were still without power Monday afternoon,
although Bradenton Beach was mostly spared any
power outages.
A Florida Power & Light Co. spokesperson said
the company was "assessing" outage locations through-
out its service area and was bringing in emergency
crews from out of state to deal with restoring power. A
team of FPL trucks arrived on the Island late Monday
afternoon and were dispatched to affected areas.
One North Shore Drive resident in Anna Maria
said he reported a downed power line to FPL Saturday
night, and was assured that they would fix the line be-
fore restoring power.
That didn't happen and when power was turned
back on early Sunday morning, an electrical fire broke
out in the man's back yard.
Fire trucks and personnel from the West Manatee
Fire and Rescue station in Holmes Beach were called,
but told the man they were unable to do anything be-
cause of the electrical nature of the blaze. Luckily, the
fire burned itself out, the man said.
Probably the most extensive damage on the Island
was in Bradenton Beach, where Jeanne tore the roof off
the EconoLodge, 2502 Gulf Drive, for the third time in
about 10 years. There was also damage to the Gulf
View condominium, 100 block Gulf Drive North, ac-
cording to Poindexter, and some tree damage. Beach
erosion was also significant, she said, but was hopeful
that the sand would migrate back to shore over time.
Mantee County officials closed Coquina Beach in the
parking lots Tuesday due to extensive damage to trees,
damaged lifeguard towers and "severe beach erosion."
After four hurricanes in six weeks, Islanders are
'now prepared for storm emergencies, but getting a little
tired of all the hurricanes.
"These hurricanes are causing a lot of stress to
people," said Whitmore. "I keep getting calls all the
time asking when is this going to end and I can't an-
swer them. People are getting stressed to the maxi-
mum."
Indeed, hurricane stress syndrome is affecting a lot
of people, said psychologist Carol Greer Siemaszko of
Perico Island Counseling Services.
"I've noticed a number of my clients talking about
their stress level related to hurricanes. People are just
tired of worrying about what's going to happen. Talk-
ing about the problem helps, but it would really help if
we don't have any more hurricanes," she observed.
And Anna Maria Island has yet to feel the direct
brunt of any of the four hurricanes Charley, Frances,
Ivan and Jeanne that have struck Florida the past six
weeks, and there are still two months left in the 2004
hurricane season.


No school
Trees were
downed at the
entrance to the
Anna Maria
Elementary
school. Schools
throughout
Manatee
County were
closed Monday.
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Holmes
Lake
Holmes
Boulevard in
Holmes Beach
looking north
from 68th
Street endured
its share of
flooding
Sunday, but the
waters had
receded by
Sunday night.
Islander
Photo:
Bonner Joy


No fishing today
The Rod & Reel Pier in Anna Maria seemed to take a pounding Sunday from Jeanne, but suffered little
damage. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy


Got gas?
The Manatee
Avenue Citgo
station at the
east end of
the Anna
Maria Island
Bridge on
Perico Island
lost the
awning over
its gas pumps
during the
hurricane.
Islander
Photo:
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AME launches



'Birthday



Book Club'

Anna Maria Elementary School media specialist
Lynn McDonough has launched a special program to
expand the school's library collection and honor stu-
dents' birthdays.
The "Birthday Book Club" is open to all AME
students at a one-time cost of $15. Students who join
the club will be invited to a bi-monthly birthday
party in the media center.
At their birthday party, students are able to
choose a brand new book for the library's collection.
Students sign the book plate with their name and
birth date. Birthday book selections are then marked
with a star sticker on the book's binding so students
know which books have been dedicated to the library
by book club members.
McDonough said she asked students about their
reading interests before purchasing the books for the
club donations. She said the new additions are books
published within the past year.
So far approximately 50 students have joined the
club, and August and September birthday members
recently celebrated in the media center.
For the August/September party, Publix donated
cupcakes and Fit to Eat Deli donated ice cream
smoothies.
Dalton Hicks, who celebrated his birthday in
September, chose a book about the summer Olym-
pics as his donation. "I didn't have time to watch the
Olympics this summer, so I picked this book so I
could read about it," he said.
Alex Burgess, an August birthday member,
chose a book called "Titanic Ghosts of the Abyss."
His selection was unique because the reader uses a
3-D viewer to see "ghosts" pop out of the page.
Other birthday members making donations to the
library include Samantha Latimer, Chris Carrino,
Stephanie Purnell, Alyssa Mills, Samantha Burgess,
Chandler Hardy, Cooper Hardy, Joseph Cucci, Grant
Bower and Travis Belsito.
McDonough said the program is an effort to ex-
pand the library's collection with books the kids en-
joy.
To learn more about the program, call
McDonough at 708-5525.


Book party
The first members of the new Anna Maria Elementary School "Birthday Book Club" celebrated their August
and September birthdays by dedicating a new book to the media center and enjoying cupcakes and smoothies.
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Birthday girl
Alyssa Mills
celebrated her
August birthday
at Anna Maria
Elementary
School by dedi-
cating the book
"Junie B. First
Grader Cheater
Pants" to the
school's media
center in honor of
her birthday.
Eight-year-old
Mills is a member
of AME's new
birthday book
club.


Peace pledge
AME fifth-graders Trina Rizzo, Alexis Mitchell, Shelby Shinn, Rachel White, Matt Danziger, Blake Rivers,
Erin Dolan and Justin Suca unveiled a student pledge they co-wrote for the peace day celebration. In the
pledge, students vow to "distinguish" themselves as a person of good character by treating others the way
they want to be treated; being kind, forgiving, helpful and humble; respecting people of all ages, all races, all
cultures and customs; and solving all conflicts peacefully. They also vowed to practice the "Triple A -
Awareness, Acceptance and Appreciation every day." Islander Photos: Diana Bogan


Opening peace ceremony
Dalton Hicks led the school in reciting the Pledge of
Allegiance in the opening ceremony of Anna Maria
Elementary School's Peace Day celebration. Along-
side the American Flag is the school's Peace Pole,
which was rededicated during the celebration.


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Anna Maria needs $135,000 to get Swiftmud grant


By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Anna Maria may finally have an opportunity to do
some much-needed stormwater drainage improvements
if it can come up with $135,000, Mayor SueLynn told
commissioners at their Sept. 23 meeting.
The good news is that the Southwest Florida Wa-
ter Management District approved a grant application
from the city for stormwater drainage improvements in
the Gladiolus Street-North Shore Drive basin.
But few things are ever that good in Anna Maria.
The mayor said the grant is a matching grant for
$270,000. The city needs to come up with half that
amount.
Maybe things are that good in Anna Maria.
The mayor added that the city's matching portion
does not have to be in cash, but can be "in kind," such
as the value of the land the project will encompass.
With 3,200 linear feet of city right of way involved,
there's a good chance City Engineer Tom Wilcox of
Baskerville-Donovan Inc. will be able to get enough
value in the land to meet the matching requirements.
Commissioners were to meet in a special session Sept.
27 to put the funds in the 2004-05 budget, and Wilcox was
expected to attend with accompanying data.
The money has to be in the coming fiscal year's bud-
get for the city to get the Swiftmud funds, SueLynn said.
"It's a good opportunity to improve stormwater
drainage in the city," she told commissioners.
The commission also heard from State Rep. Bill
Galvano, who presented an overview of recent legisla-
tion affecting Florida municipalities. He also praised
SueLynn for her efforts in Tallahassee on behalf of the
city.
Galvano said the current estimate of damages from
Hurricanes Charley, Frances and Ivan is $20 billion and
this has put a "strain"? on the private insurance sector.
It's possible insurance companies will seek to raise


rates in the future, he said.
The commission learned that the request by Rob-
ert and Nicky Hunt to use a special master hearing to
resolve issues with the city over their proposed project
at 303 Pine Ave. has been withdrawn. Instead, said City
Attorney Jim Dye, the Hunts will rely on their already-
filed civil suit against the city to settle the case. The
commission denied a site plan application by the Hunts
Aug. 2, prompting the suit.
Commissioner Dale Woodland asked about using
a different legal representative in the case and Dye said
he has no problems with that. However, a new coun-
sel needs to get "up to speed" on the case, he said.
Commissioners will discuss use of an alternate attor-
ney at their Oct. 14 workshop.
The commission also passed an ordinance amend-
ing the city's code enforcement procedures to allow for
separate attorneys for the city and the code enforcement
board during a hearing. The ordinance also separates
the appeal procedures for code enforcement violations
and any fine imposed by the board.
In other business, the commission passed the first
reading of ordinances to amend the address numbering
requirements in the city and create a reserve parcel for
Lake La Vista.
The commission sent discussion of rezoning the
Gulf-front public park from public recreation space to
environmental to its October worksession after Dye
said a change to the city charter might be the best pro-
cedure to ensure the property is never used for any
other purpose by a future commission.
At the same worksession, commissioners will also
discuss limiting the height of buildings in the commer-
cial district and the amount of residential space allowed
for new construction in the residential-office-retail
zone.
SueLynn said she expected to present a change
order for the city hall remodeling project Oct. 14 that


will include cost estimates and an explanation of the
work to be performed. She also said that the Island
Transportation Planning Organization is discussing
repaving Gulf Drive in Bradenton Beach and Holmes
Beach, and she's asked for an estimate to repave the
Anna Maria portion as well.
Because Gulf Drive in Anna Maria is owned by the
city, the city has to pay the cost of any repairs, but the
mayor said if it's part of a larger project, the cost would
be significantly reduced. She also asked for an estimate
to repave Pine Avenue.
Commissioners also agreed to support a trolley
stop near Willow Avenue for residents on that street
who find it difficult to walk four blocks to the current
nearest stop.
A petition signed by a number of residents in sup-
port of a trolley stop for Willow Avenue was presented
by Carolyne Norwood.
Commissioner Carol Ann Magill said she's dis-
cussed the idea with officials of the Manatee County
Area Transit and they have no objection to having the
Island trolley stop there, but need a formal request from
the city. MCAT will install its own trolley bench at no
charge, Magill said, or the manufacturer will provide
one similar to others already in Anna Maria, also at no
expense to the city.

Registration now for painting
A class in one-stroke painting is scheduled to begin
Oct. 11 at the Anna Maria Island Community Center,
which is urging interested Islanders to register right away.
The classes will be on four Mondays from 6:30-
8:30 p.m. at the Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna
Maria. They are open to people of high school age,
adults and seniors. The instructor will be Jo Gustavsen.
Those interested may register by calling the Cen-
ter at 778-1908 by Oct. 8. Cost is $60 for members, $65
for nonmembers.


J.O. Guthrie: The quiet benefactor of Cortez


By Jim Hanson
Islander Correspondent
He gave work to most Cortez villagers at one time
or another. He helped many buy homes, helped others
with businesses. He brought the first African-Ameri-
cans to work full time in the old village.
Through it all J.O. Guthrie rocked in his chair out-
side the door of his Bay Shore Fish Co., quietly keep-
ing a friendly eye on his hometown and its goings-on.
And making business deals. And incidentally building
a legacy and a mini-dynasty as patriarch of half the
village until his death in 1977 at age 74.
He ended up one of the biggest businessmen in
Manatge County, said his son J.O. Guthrie Jr., called
June. "Of course there weren't all that many business-
men here then," Junie said, adding that his father "was
big enough to have a visit from Vice President Harry
S. Truman.
"Pretty good for a man with a third-grade educa-
tion."
His son fondly recalls the Cortez of those days and
his father's major part in making it what it was. The son
is called Junie to distinguish him from a cousin who is
also a Junior Guthrie. Junie has carried on tradition,
naming his own son J.O. Guthrie III but calling him
Jimmy.
James Otway Guthrie arrived in Cortez at age 18.
He came from North Carolina, as had so many
Cortezians including "Capt. Billy" Fulford, who be-
came Guthrie's father-in-law. He tried commercial
fishing, was briefly a cook on a tugboat, then worked
at Dixie Fish Co. In the mid-1930s he bought the fish
house and renamed it Bay Shore Fish Co., where Star
Fish is now.
Subsequently he bought Bums Taylor's building
next door and ran Bay Shore there. It burned during
World War II and he rebuilt it despite wartime short-
ages, a frustrating job that "took forever," recalled son
Junie. While rebuilding, he bought another old fish
house next door from Jess Williams to keep the fish
business going. He later demolished that old building
and used its dock for big fish boats when he expanded
east of Bay Shore, Junie said.
During the war he bought wrecked and worn-out
cars and reclaimed their engines for boat power plants
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J.O. Guthrie as so many remember him, quietly
rocking in front of his fish house and keeping track
of Cortez as it goes by.
and tires for villagers' cars, for no new engines and
tires were being made for civilians. It was illustrative
of what made him such an important businessman. So
was his ice-making machine, first'on the Gulf Coast
and perhaps in all Florida.
With so many of the men of Cortez away at war,
Guthrie hired their wives and other womenfolk to drive
his trucks and do other jobs that until then were men's
monopoly.
Before he was through he had fish operations in
Palmetto, Vamo, Osprey, Englewood, Islamorado, Ev-
erglades City and Naples. His company trucked fish to
outlets all over the south and as far north as New York,
"buying fish where he found them, selling them wher-
ever there was a market."
A shrimper friend from North Carolina found pink
shrimp in the Gulf and Guthrie had him send boats
down and brought in yet another product for Bay


Shore. He became interested in cattle, and ended up
running some 1,200-1,500 head in East Manatee.
Then came the worst red tide ever, said Junie, kill-
ing most of the fish in the eastern Gulf in 1947-48.
Guthrie sent Junie to Angel City, where there were stili
fish. While he was there his father sold Bay Shore to
Royal Fish & Poultry Co., a Georgia operation and bi,:
customer. Royal ran Bay Shore for awhile, then sold :
to A.P. Bell, who had a fish house nearby; it's si;:
going strong under the Bell name.
Guthrie agreed not to compete in the fish business
for five years, but that didn't slow him down. He filled
in the time building a strip mall on Cortez Road, includ-
ing the post office building. Always he owned substani
tial properties around Cortez.
When his five-year hiatus was up, Guthrie and sons
started another wholesale fish operation headquartered
in Palmetto "We had nhe Miami market sewed up,"
Junie recalls gleefully. "Dad was in the right place at
the right time."
This was a rugged area, and Guthrie the Elder was
as rugged as any: "The fishermen and the Navy men
would drink together in the bars and fight," said Junie.
"Dad too. People said they would look like link sau-
sages coming out the bar window, where he threw
them"
He liked the ladies, too, Junie said. That earned
him the disapproval of some of the women of Cortez,
and a few haven't forgiven him to this day.
It was in good part a Guthrie town "Uncle Joe
had a store and the post office, owned the Albion Inn
where his wife cooked and quite a few Cortez people
worked. Charlie Guthrie owned the pool room and the
town waterworks, paid kids to pump water into raised
tanks. Uncle John owned the Cortez trailer park at the
bridge and was the bridge tender, hand-cranked the
draw on the old wooden bridge."
Lifelong Cortezian Blue Fulford remembers
Guthrie as "quiet, an observing kind of man. He never
did a bad thing to anybody, he was good to everyone,
especially kids. He helped dozens of people with get-
ting into business, buying homes and so on. He'd hear
about a need, and then just go quietly and help. His
word was good, absolutely.
"What more can you say about a man?"






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Center Division III soccer race tightens up


By Kevin Cassidy
Islander Reporter
The race for first place got a lot tighter in the Anna
Maria Island Community Center Soccer League, Divi-
sion III (ages 8-9), with previously unbeaten Island
Animal Clinic falling 3-2 to Air America, which im-
proved to 2-1-1 with the win. Throw Harry's Continen-
tal Kitchens into the mix as well after its 5-2 victory
over Jessie's Island Store Friday, Sept. 24, to improve
Harry's record to 2-1 one game out of first place.
Harry's withstood some early offensive pressure
from Jessie's before getting it together for the victory
that saw Harry's unleash a flurry of shots against
Jessie's goalie Rip Shafer, who finished with 13 saves.
Early on it was Harry's goalie Taylor Wilson who
came up big on defense. Jessie's Stephanie Purnell re-
ceived a pass at the six-yard mark from Jonah Castor.
She quickly settled the ball and shot, but Wilson dove
to her left to make a great save and deny Purnell. Three
minutes later, Purnell found Jessie's teammate Kylie
Brownwell on the left edge of the box, but her left-
footed offering was again saved by Wilson in goal.
From that point onward, Harry's pretty much con-
trolled the flow of the game and often had the ball
down on the Jessie's defensive end. Harry's forward
Hunter Parrish almost notched the first goal of the
game when he picked off a Jessie's throw-in and
dribbled in on Shafer in goal, but Shafer aggressively
came off his line to smother the ball before Parrish
could get a shot off.
Harry's finally broke through Shafer and the
Jessie's defense when Parrish stole the ball in the
midfield and passed inside to Olivia Alstrom. Alstrom
carried the ball forward before hitting a beautiful
through ball to Kayla Arritt streaking down the middle.
Arritt carried the ball in and shot over a hard-charging
Shafer for a 1-0 lead for Harry's.
The 13th minute saw Jessie's tie the game when
the goalie was called by the referee for picking up an
illegal pass-back with his hands. Jonah Castor depos-
ited the free kick into the upper-right corner of the goal
to tie the game 1-1.
Late in the first half, Elijah Toussant picked off a
short punt and dribbled to his right past two defenders
before ripping a shot far post for a 2-1 Harry's lead
which carried into the half.
Jessie's showed some life at the start of the second
half when Purnell cleared the ball up the left side to
Castor, who pushed it past two defenders before his
shot found the near corner to tie the score at 2-2.
Harry's turned it up a notch over the next 10 minutes
and came up with a pair of goals from Toussant. The first
goal was all Toussant, as he stole the ball in the midfield
and outran everyone to score what turned out to the game-
winner. Five minutes later, Toussant notched his third goal
of the game when he finished off a nice pass from Savan-
nah Schield for a 4-2 Harry's lead.
Schield completed the scoring for Harry's when
Kayla Arritt stole the ball in the midfield and took off on
a breakaway. Connor Field came over to break the play
up, but Arritt alertly passed the ball to Schield, who fin-
ished the opportunity to end the game with a 5-2 victory.
There were other good performances as well last
week. Read on to see how your favorite team fared.
Don't forget about "Fun Day/Picture Day" Saturday,


Anna Maria Island Community
Center soccer schedule
Division I (ages 12-14)
Sept 29 7:15 p.m. Mr. Bones vs. LaPensee
Sept. 23 7:15 p.m. ReMax vs. Mr. Bones
Oct. 5 7:15 p.m. LaPensee vs. ReMax

Division II (ages 10-11)
Sept. 29 6 p.m. FRE vs. Gateway


Sept. 30 6 p.m.
Oct. 5 6 p.m.

Division III (ages 8-9)
Oct. 1 6 p.m
Oct. 1 7 p.m
Oct. 4 6 p.m.
Oct. 4 7 p.m.


Danziger vs. A&E
A&E vs. Gateway


WC Surf vs. Harry's
Jessie's vs. Air America
WC Surf vs. Pine Avenue
Jessie's vs. Island Animal


Instructional (ages 5-7)
Sept. 29 6 p.m. Bistros vs. Ralph's
Sept. 30 6 p.m. Observer vs. Ralph's
Sept. 30 7 p.m. Bistros vs. Ocean View
Oct. 5 6 p.m. Ocean View vs. Brd Ortho
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Harry's forward Hunter Parrish shoots amid a
crowd of players during Division III soccer action at
the Center.
Oct. 2, starting at 9 a.m. Everyone is invited out to
enjoy some good old-fashioned family fun before and
after getting their team and individual pictures taken.
A complete photo schedule appears at the end of this
week's sports news.

Surf Shop 5, Jessie's 1
A hat trick by Giorgio Gomez and one goal from
Danny Krokrskia carried the West Coast Surf Shop to
a 5-1 victory over Jessie's Island Store Monday, Sept.
20, in Division III soccer action at the Center. Jonah
Castor notched the lone goal for Jessie's in the loss.

Island Animal 6, Pine Avenue 1
Island Animal Clinic showcased the depth of its
overall talent during its Sept. 20 Division III victory
over Pine Avenue Store as six different players found
the back of the net. William Brusso, Trevor Bystrom,
Elijah Clay-Chapman, Joseph Darke, Reina Glavan
and Jack Titsworth each scored goals during their 6-1
victory. Zach Guerin notched one goal to lead Pine
Avenue in the loss.

Gateway 7, A&E 2
Joey Hutchinson's four goals helped Gateway So-
lutions cool off previously unbeaten Air & Energy
during a Division II victory Tuesday, Sept. 21.
Hutchinson received ample support from teammates
Matt Bauer, Kyle Crum and Austin Wash, who each
tallied a goal in the victory and move Gateway to the
top of the standings. A&E was led by Sarah Howard
and Carson Wooten-Stipcich with one goal each.

West Coast AC 10, Mr. Bones 4
West Coast Air Conditioning smoked Mr. Bones
10-4 on Tuesday, Sept. 21, behind three goals from
Andrew Fortenberry and two goals apiece from team-
mates Chandler Hardy, Alex Wright and Amber
Wright. Miles Hostetler added one goal to complete the
goal-scoring barrage in the Division I contest. Mr.
Bones received a pair of goals from Billy Alstrom and
one goal apiece from Forrest Schield and Blake Wil-
son in the loss.

IRE 12, Danziger 1
Six goals from Travis Belsito carried Island Real
Estate to its first victory, a 12-1 thumping of Danziger
Allergy & Sinus on Wednesday, Sept. 22. in Division


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Pine Avenue goalie Rip Shafer comes out to make
one of his 13 saves in the game as Harry's forward
Hunter Parrish closes in.


Pine Avenue defender Bailey Bannigan rushes to
make a tackle on Harry's forward Hunter Parrish
during Division III soccer action at the Center.
IRE, which also received goals from Chris Callahan,
Daniel Janisch, Austin Martin and Kyle Parsons in the
victory. Jordan Sebastiano notched the lone goal for
Danziger in defeat.

ReMax 10, Mr. Bones 1
Four goals apiece from Celia Ware and Tim Villars
carried ReMax Gulfstream Realty to a 10-1 victory
over Mr. Bones on Wednesday, Sept. 22, in Division
I soccer action. Ben Valdivieso chipped in with two
goals to complete the scoring for ReMax, while Kristie
Wickersham found the back of the net for the lone goal
for Mr. Bones in the loss.

Gateway 8, Danziger 2
Matt Bauer stuffed up Danziger Allergy & Sinus
with five goals during Gateway Solutions 8-2 Division
II victory Thursday, Sept. 23. Joey Huchinson added a
pair of goals, while Kyle Crum scored one to complete
the scoring in their victory, which improved Gateway
to 3-0 on the season. Joe Garbus and Mackenzie
Kosfeld each notched a goal in defeat for Danziger.

West Coast AC 5, LaPensee 2
West Coast Air Conditioning received goals from
four different players during its 5-2 Division I victory
over LaPensee Plumbing in the Thursday evening late
game. Andrew Fortenberry led the way with two goals,
while Stephen Orlando, Alex Wright and Miles
Hostetler each added goals in the victory. Chris Mar-
tin and Preston Riede each found the back of the net
once to lead LaPensee in defeat.

Air America 3, Animal Clinic 2
Air America scored a 3-2 upset win over previously
unbeaten Island Animal Clinic on Friday, Sept. 24, behind
two goals from Daniel Pimental and one goal from Chris-
tian Goulet. The win pulls Air America to within a half
game of first place in Division III. Island Animal Clinic,
which fell to 3-1 with the loss, was led by Trevor Bystrom
and Max Miller with a goal apiece.

Team photo schedule
Team photos times: Observer, Bistros, 9 a.m.; Brd
Ortho and Ocean View, 9:20 a.m.; M. Stanley and
Ralph's, 9:40 a.m.; M. Norman and Surf Shop, 10 a.m.;
Jessie's and Harry's 10:20 a.m.; Pine Store and Animal
Clinic 10:40 a.m. Gateway and Air America, 1 a.m.:
IRE and A&E. I 1:20 a.m.: ReMa\ and Dian/ier 1 1:40
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THE ISLANDER SEPT. 29, 2004 U PAGE 19


Hurricane travails, again: No more, please!


Despite hopes that last week's "Sandscript" col-
umn would have the last mention of hurricanes,
Jeanne's appearance Sunday has precluded that desire.
"We were lucky," was how one Anna Maria Island
official put it, and that statement is probably an understate-
ment. Roofs off a few resorts, some roofs peeled off mo-
bile homes, trees downed, power out somewhat al-
though more than "somewhat" in Anna Maria City and
beach erosion is the legacy that Hurricane Jeanne left us.
It could have been much, much worse, as all the
other storm damage photos and video we've all been
glued to for the past few days attest from places like
Port St. Lucie, Stuart, Lake Wales, Lakeland, Bartow
and even Tampa.
As mentioned last week, "enough already!" Now
on to some other matters.

Hurricane history, up close and personal
Today's technology allows us to worry about a
potential storm threat a week before it gets here, ac-
cording to a prognasticating news report on hurricanes
I received a while back, which stated:
"A satellite view of the Atlantic may show two or
three areas of concern.
"But what if we had lived here years before all of
these aids to prognostication? How would we know
that a hurricane was headed our way'?
"The small fishing vessels that plied the state's
west coast to supply Havana's needs in the 1700s and
1800s would find refuge over the huge freshwater
springs that welled up just offshore. The spring would
break the seas and allow them to ride out a storm at
anchor if they couldn't make it to a safe haven.
"There are records of captains who did not want to
go to sea, thinking a storm was on the way. But the
admiral of the fleet, with pressure from a distant mon-
arch, would insist to the peril of entire fleets of ships
laden with treasure and men.
"When a sailor noticed a steady wind from the north-
east quadrant, he would keep a wary eye on it. He would
stand with his back to the direction of the clouds and ex-
tend his left arm to his side. That's where the low pressure
system that made that wind was. If there were only puffy
lower clouds, there may not be much concern.
"But when high wispy clouds are going in a direc-
tion slightly veered to the lower, watch out.
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"Fiddler crabs would form thick lines and caravan
to the highest level of the barrier islands or mainland
near shore. We had fiddler crabs in our Gulfport front
yard two blocks from Boca Ciega Bay before the small
1949 hurricane piled it full of seaweed.
"Birds stop flying and are silent hours before the
storm. Doves sit on branches in great flocks, all facing the
wind except for one in every dozen or so who sits the other
way to watch for predators. Then that one turns, and his
neighbor swings around to watch. But when the storm gets
close, they all fly to the ground under bushes.
"Cats seem to get extra friendly. Then they disap-
pear, hiding in the closet or tinder the sofa. The tails of
dogs droop or go between their legs. The dogs may
hang around you or disappear.
"Before the great Galveston hurricane, it was a sea
captain who desperately tried to warn the resident me-
teorologist that the little storm that had gone over Cuba
was going to be a big one. He just knew."
So, the question is: Who knew about Charley,
Frances, Ivan and Jeanne and didn't bother to tell any-
body else'?

Road trip
Assuming that the marina is still there, Saturday will
mark a semi-historic event for Florida mystery fans: The
rededication of the "Bahia Mar Slip F-18 Literary Land-
mark," honoring the late, great Sarasota writer John D.
MacDonald and his fictitious character Travis McGee.
The Ft. Lauderdale event is scheduled to host the
likes of our local author friends James W. Hall, Randy
Wayne White, Les Standiford, P.J. Parrish, James
Grippando and Jonathon King to honor "John D." and
his work in bringing Florida into the forefront of mys-
tery fiction writing.
The event is a rededication of a plaque on a piling
where Travis was alleged to have kept his houseboat,
the "Busted Flush," for his tenure as MacDonald's
most enduring character. In February 1987, a slip in the


marina at Bahia Mar was named the first Florida Lit-
erary Landmark by Friends of Libraries USA. The
plaque read, and will again read:
"Dedicated to the 'Busted Flush'
Home of Travis McGee
Fictional Hero and Salvage Consultant
Created by John D. MacDonald, Author
1916-1986
Designated a Literary Landmark Feb. 21, 1987."
According to event organizers, "The plaque, some-
what weather-beaten, was removed during a recent
renovation and expansion of the marina but is now
ready to be reinstalled. At 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 2,
the Florida Center for the Book will rededicate the lit-
erary landmark at the Radisson Bahia Mar Beach Re-
sort, 801 Seabreeze Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. The pro-
gram will include a brief ceremony at the marina and
a champagne reception in the hotel gardens.
"Calvin Branche, a champion of John D.
MacDonald literature, will also participate in the event,
and Fort Lauderdale Mayor Jim Naugle will proclaim
Oct. 2 Travis McGee Day."
I bump into someone every once in a while who
says, "John D. who?" and it always makes me angry,
not because they haven't heard of one of the world
leaders of mystery writing, but that they've got better
than 60 drop-dead-great books ahead of them to read
(and I don't been there, did that).
You owe it to yourself-- heck, I treat myself to
this every few years, and I'm about due again to
read the "color" books (all have a color in the title)
within the Travis series, all 19 of them, in order. They
really do seem to stand the test of time, and they're
terrific. Current Florida mystery aficionados will find
an awful lot of character development and plotting
similarities between the MacDonald books and more
recent novels, too.

Sandscript factoid
Here's a new "lesson to be learned" from the hur-
ricanes, at least new to me.
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drives, photo albums or anything else that is valuable
to you in your dishwasher.
Assuming that your dishwasher doesn't end up in
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flooding or rain intrusion. Remember duh, some-
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Wednesday, Sept. 29
9 a.m. Horseshoe games at Anna Maria City Hall
Park, 10005 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria.

Thursday, Sept. 30
10 a.m. Sukkot service at Temple Beth El, 567 Bay
Isles Road, Longboat Key. Information: 383-3428. Fee
applies.
3:15 to 4 p.m. Creative dance for ages 4 to 7 at the
Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia
Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 778-1908. Fee applies.
-- 4:45 to 5 p.m. Jazz dance for ages 8 to 10 at the
Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia
Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 778-1908. Fee applies.

Friday, Oct. 1
8:30 a.m. to noon Blood drive at Anna Maria El-
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formation: 708-5525.
5 to 7 p.m. Florida Suncoast Watercolor Society
Aqueous Show artists reception at Joan Durante Pavilion,
6860 Longboat Drive S., Longboat Key. Information: 508-
384-8036.
5 to 7 p.m. "Art in Fiber" artists reception at the
ArtCenter Manatee, 209 Ninth St. W., Bradenton. Infor-
mation: 746-2862.
5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Artists reception for the faculty
exhibit at the Anna Maria Island Art League, 5312 Holmes
Blvd., Holmes Beach. Information: 778-2099.
6 to 8 p.m. Opening reception for Island photog-
rapher Jay Canterbury in the fine art gallery at Manatee
Community College, 5840 26th St. W., Bradenton. Infor-
mation: 752-5225.

Saturday, Oct. 2
8:30 a.m. Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island meet-
ing at Fit to Eat Deli, 5315 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. In-
formation: 778-0355.
8 a.m. Keep Manatee Beautiful Coastal Cleanup
Offshore Dive along Bradenton Beach. Check in at 8104
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Island; Anna Maria Island check-in points at Anna Maria
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10:30 a.m. Wild bird rescue training at the Pelican
Man's Bird Sanctuary, 1708 Ken Thompson Pkwy.,
Sarasota. Information: 388-4444.

Monday, Oct. 4
8:30 a.m. Internet class for beginners at the Island
Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Infor-
mation: 778-6341.
10:15 a.m. Gulf Coast Writers meeting at the Island
Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Infor-
mation: 792-5295.
6:30 p.m. Artists Guild of Anna Maria general
meeting with guest speaker thespian Tom Aposporos at
the Episcopal Church of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf
Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-1788.

Tuesday, Oct. 5
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.
Information: 776-1158.
1 to 4 p.m. Veterans service officer at the Island
Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Ap-
pointments: 749-3030.
3:45 to 4:45 p.m. Power Yoga for Kids with Cindy
Phillips at the Island Fitness Center, 5313 Gulf Drive,
Holmes Beach. Information: 224-0292. Fee applies.
5 to 7 p.m. Longboat Key, Manatee and Anna
Maria Island Chambers of Commerce "Business After
Hours" at the Beach House Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive,
Bradenton Beach. Information: 387-9519.
5:30 to 7p.m.- "Meet the Candidates" for Manatee
County Sheriff at Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Gulf
Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 779-9412.

Wednesday, Oct. 6
7 to 8 a.m. Pier Regulars meeting at the Anna
Maria City Pier, 100 S. Bay Blvd., Anna Maria. Informa-
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9 a.m. Horseshoe games at Anna Maria City Hall
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Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
Information: 776-1158.

Ongoing:
Florida Suncoast Watercolor Society Aqueous
Show at the Longboat Key Center for the Arts, 6860
Longboat Drive S., Longboat Key, through Oct. 28. Infor-
mation: 508-384-8036.
Roller hockey at the Anna Maria Island Community
Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria, through Oct. 28.
Information: 778-1908. Fee applies.
Creative dance for ages 4 to 7 at the Anna Maria Is-
land Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria,
through Oct. 28. Information: 778-1908. Fee applies.
Jazz dance for ages 8 to 10 at the Anna Maria Is-
land Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria,
through Oct. 28. Information: 778-1908. Fee applies.
Faculty exhibit at the Anna Maria Island Art League,
5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach, through Oct. 29. In-
formation: 778-2099.
Children's art classes at the Anna Maria Island Art
League, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach, through Nov.
2. Information: 778-2099. Fee applies.
Photography exhibit by Islander Jay Canterbury in
the fine art gallery at Manatee Community College, 5840
26th St. W., Bradenton, through Nov. 23. Information:
752-5225.
"Herbie Rose: Twenty Years in Florida" exhibit at the
South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton. In-
formation: 746-4131.

Upcoming:
Watercolor demonstration at the Artists Guild Gal-
lery Oct. 7.
Family origami class at the Island Branch Library
Oct. 9.
"Forty Days of Purpose" kickoff lunch at the Island
Baptist Church Oct. 9.
Spaghetti dinner and Sweet Adeline Serenade at
the Kirkwood Presbyterian Church Oct. 9.
Italian buffet night at the American Legion Post No.
24 Oct. 9.
St. Armands Art Festival at St. Armands Circle Oct.
9-10.
Garden stepping-stone craft class at the Anna Maria
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One-stroke painting class at the Anna Maria Island
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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.


NEW LISTING Sun Plaza West Condo, 2BR/2BA with Gulf view.
Beautiful location. $595,000. Please call Michel Cerene, Broker,
778-0777 or 545-9591 eves, or Mike Carleton, 737-0915.


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DINING ROOM TABLE 48x80 inches, beveled
glass-top, six chairs. Excellent condition, $1,200.
(941) 778-3367.

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)
201-9756.

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)
779-2624.

ANNA MARIA ISLAND SCREENSAVER! Experience
the Island on your computer desktop. Available at The
Islander, or purchase on line or order by mail. $12 PC
or $15 Mac. www.robertsondesignstudio.com.

BUTTERFLY PARK BENEFIT: Purchase a personal-
ized brick in the Anna Maria Island Butterfly Park. Two
lines, $40. Three lines, $50. Pick up form at The Is-
lander or call (941) 518-4431 for more information.
Download form: www.islandsandbeaches.com/
brick.pdf

FREE GUN LOCK. Yes, free. Just for the asking.
Courtesy of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conserva-
tion Commission. Free at The Islander newspaper
office, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Don't be
sorry, be safe. One per customer.

LONGBOAT KEY HISTORY "From Calusas to Con-
dominium'" by Ralph B. Hunter. Signed copies
available at The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach. (941) 778-7978.

DON'T FORGET! The Islander has "mullet" T-shirts.
Stop in our office at 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach or order online www.islander.org.



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


.I. G BAYOU CONDO Anna
..EN .1 Maria The only mainte-
... nance-free living in Anna
". Maria City! Canalfront with
I., bay views, private boat
j dock, new tile, new carpet,
S.freshly painted, new win-
7" .. dows coming. Just listed at
$279,900. Call Stephanie Bell or Frank Migliore, (941) 778-2307
or direct (941) 920-5156. MLS#105518.
;. ERS WEST OF GULF DRIVE -
FFIF; 131 White Ave. Duplex on
corner r lot, two-car garage,
lanai, lots of decks, over
3.900 sf. under roof. 150
sleps to beach access.
Would also make a great single-family home! Asking $699,000.
For more details call Stephanie Bell, Broker, 778-2307 or 920-
5156. MLS103353.

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SERVING THE AREA SINCE 1970 MLS


ROSER THRIFT SHOP: Open Tuesday, Thursday,
9:30am-2pm. Saturday 9am-noon. Always half-price
sales racks. 511 Pine Ave, Anna Maria. 779-2733.

THREE FAMILY YARD SALE: Friday, Oct 1 and Sat-
urday, Oct. 2, 8am-2pm. 417 63rd St., Holmes Beach.


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.
www.versadock.com

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.

WAVE RUNNER: 2003 Yamaha XL700 with GPS,
trailer, four-year warranty. Garaged like new. Less
than 30 hours. $5,900. (941) 795-5089.


td Hi dialdebbie@diamondshores.com
co Office: 779-1811
* A Cell: 400-1172


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.
(941) 723-1107.


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
779-9803.

BABYSITTER WITH EXPERIENCE and CPR license,
13 years old, friendly and responsible. (941) 778-2469.

13-YEAR-OLD girl will babysit all ages in your
home. Reasonable rates and knows CPR. Call Jes-
sica Lord, (941) 747-2495.


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


One of the biggest names
in mortgages is right in
your own backyard.
j t en you choose Chase you
are guaranteed by a variety
of products offered by one of the
nation's top mortgage lenders.
Plus, the knowledge of loan
officers like Ron Hayes who
are familiar with and dedicated
to your local community. RON HAYES
So, whatever your mortgage
needs fixed rate, adjustable rate, jumbo, govern-
ment, call Ron locally for a free consultation at
(941) 761-9808 (24 hours) or (800) 559-8025.

w CHASE 1
Manhattan Mortgage Corporation


Beautiful energy efficient Key West-style Duplex 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.

Marina Pointe

Realty Co.

314 Pine Avenue Anna Maria
(941) 779-0732 Toll Free: (866) 779-0732
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SALES ASSOCIATES NEEDED, fast paced office
in prime location. No fees, great splits. Call Jesse or
Robin, (941) 778-7244.

JOURNALIST: Part-time reporter sought for city
beat and features writing by The Islander. Must have
journalism education, experience or background
relevant to government reporting. E-mail resumes to
news@Islander.org, fax (941) 778-9392 or mail/de-.
liver to office, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach FL
34217.

OUTSTANDING OPPORTUNITY to make a differ-
ence in the life of a child. Busy community center
seeking energetic, fun-loving person to provide lead-
ership to well-established sports and after-school
programs. Ideal candidate enrolled in recreation/
physical education degree or 40-hour DCF childcare
certification; CPR/first aid certified. Part-time after-
noon/evening and some Saturdays. For further in-
formation, call (941) 778-1908, or e-mail resume:
kjoyce@tampabay.rr.com.

BEFORE SCHOOL COUNSELOR: Earn $50 weekly.
Monday-Friday, 7-8am. Seeking outgoing individual to
supervise small group of children Kindergarten-grade
5- E-mail resume: kjoyce@tampabay.rr.com.

OFFICE ASSISTANT. Join our team! Seeking out-
going person with positive attitude to perform admin-
istrative office duties and daily center operations.
Administrative experience and work with children a
plus. Part-time evenings and some Saturdays. E-
mail resume: kjoyce@tampabay.rr.com.

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


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: 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/hour. Free advice.
(9A1) 545-7508.

ISLANDD PRESSURE CLEANING for great results,
wash away mildew, dirt, salt. Thorough, reasonable,
reliable. Free estimates, licensed, insured. (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.


The Islander
The best news on Anna
Maria Island is now online:
www.islander.org


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.

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 to-
day. Affordable rates, quality work guaranteed. Pool
cages, lanais, windows, doors. Call (941) 713-5333.

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.

MR. BILL'S HOME REPAIR/maintenance service.
Over 30 years experience. self-employed in con-
I structior, trades.. i'm handy to have around." (941)
778-456-

HOUSE CLEANING at your service. Reliable, expe-
rienced, low rates. Excellent references. Please call
Lourdes, (941) 726-1615.

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

TREE SERVICE: Stump grinding, topping, trim-
ming, removals. Palm trimming. 15 years locally
working on Anna Maria. Phil Brewer, (941) 545-
4770 or 778-7790.
ISLANDER CLASSIFIED: The best news in town
and the best results from service advertising!


WHEN ONLY THE BEST WILL DO


FROM 1 BEDROOM APARTMENTS
TO
5 BEDROOM EXECUTIVE HOMES

5319 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach
(Island Fitness Plaza)

TEL. 941-778-3699 TOLL FREE 1-800-865-0800 FAX 941-782-5606
E-mail vacation@amgcrentals.com
Web www.annamariagulfcoastrentals.com


Formerly Island Real Estate Rentals


C2Bill Brittain

518-4222


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glass overlooking the sparkling blue bay, plus six breezy decks offering spellbinding views! The
solid concrete construction is softened by cedar accents on both wood burning fireplaces and
cedar trim on the many sundecks. The spacious and open gourmet kitchen offers lovely pick-
led oak cabinetry complimented by gorgeous granite countertops and breakfast bar, plus top
of the line Kitchen Aide appliances. There is an attractive glass front elevator, security system,
and boat ramp, plus two attached garages, two central air and heat systems, and a tranquil
study-office area, offering dazzling bayfront panoramas and spectacular crimson sunsets! Don't
miss this secluded and wonderful waterfront retreat, priced to sell at $1,299,000.
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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.

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

PHOTOGRAPHER FOR HIRE: Kelly Ragan. Cus-
tom portraits, weddings, beach photography. Infor-
mation at Restless Natives, (941) 779-2624.

MURALIST, Mark Burdette. Custom murals, interior
or exterior, landscapes and more. Information at
Restless Natives, (941) 779-2624.


SALES RND RENTALS


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REAL ESTATE
OF ANNA MARIA


941 778-0455
9906 Gulf Drive
Anna Maria
www.greenreal.com


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


IRONING SERVICE: We press your lovely linens
and apparel. Also your khakis and tees! $1.25 per
item. Free pickup and delivery. Call Hannah, (941)
778-0208.

PILATES and Yoga: Classes held at Anna Maria Art
League. Pilates on Monday, 9-10am; Yoga on Fri-
day, 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.

ANYONE CAN TAKE a picture. A professional cre-
ates a portrait. I want to be at your wedding!
www.jackelka.com. (941) 778-2711.


IBf-BayRealty
of Anna Maria Inc.
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I 4.. ISLAND GETAWAY:
[. '. Completely remodeled, 2BR/
I. . '. i '-. 2BA half duplex. Turnkey
furnished with new everything
". "S- throughout gives this unit a
or seaside retreat theme. This
,r- t .-. -- property is in an attractive
location in Holmes Beach with
a view of Spring Lake and is only a block to the beach. $397,600.


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

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

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
community. $289,000.

THIS BEAUTIFUL DUPLEX
is only steps from the beach
and bay! Built new in 2001.
Each 2BR/2BA has French
doors and screened
balconies. Downstairs, grill
out in private patio or enjoy
a new fenced in back yard.


Three oversized bonus rooms not included in square footage.
Great investment! Offered at $644,900.
CANALFRONT IN
LONGBOAT KEY
S Canalfront home close to the
beach! 3BR/2BA elevated
-[ home in Longboat Key just
S'. two blocks from the beach.
'- ,i Wood and tile floors
S- throughout. Walk out of
your door and onto your boat--easy access to the bay and Gulf. Build
up for bay views! Call today for your viewing appointment. $625,000.

CALL TODAY!
I (800)771-6043 (941)778-7244
5309 Gulf Drive Holmes Beach
www.gulfbayrealty.com


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 per-
sonalized service, call William Eller, (941) 795-
7411. RA005052.

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.

MORE CLASSIFIEDS equals more readers.

ANNA MARIA



REAL ESTATE LLC

NORTH BEACH VILLAGE
3BR/2.5BA Townhouse in the heart of Holmes
Beach. Ceramic tile, breakfast bar, separate dining
room, screened porch, balcony, heated pool, lush
landscaping, two-car garage. Short walk to prime
beach. $499,900.

PERICO BAY CLUB
2BR/2BA end unit. Screened porch overlooks lagoon.
Ceramic tile, newly painted, close to pool, tennis and
clubhouse. Carport, screened porch and balcony,
vaulted ceiling, walk-in closets, guard-gate, entry.
$234,900.

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.

DUPLEX
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
rental. $205,000.

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.

ISLAND TRIPLEX
2BR/1.5BA.plus IBR/IBA 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.

WATERFRONT CONDO
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.

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.

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

779-0202 (800) 732-6434
ANNA MARIA


REAL ESTATE LLC
Island Shopping Center 5402 Marina Drive
Holmes Beach, Florida 34217 www.suncoastinc.com,


Gayle Simyson Schulz...

I ..10has these fabulous seasonal and
vacation properties available for
rent:
Holmes Beach
3BR/2.5BA townhouse steps to the beach, $2,800
2BR/2BA Martinique Condo, Gulffront, heated
pool, S3,300.
3BR/2BA Key Royal Canal Home, $2,800.


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2BR/2BA Gulf Sands Condo, Gulffront, heated pool, S3,000.
2BR/2BA Ground-level duplex with heated pool, steps to the beach, $2,800.
2BR/2BA Ground-level house, close to the beach, $2,500.
Bradenton
I1BR/1 BA Ground-level condo with pool, tennis, $1,400.
Cortez
2BR/2BA Condo, close to Bradenton Beach, $1,500.
Jim Anderson Realty Company
PO Box 1789 401-B Pine Avenue Anna Maria, FL 34216
941.778.4847 toll free 1.800.772.3235
www.iman d person realty.com
ema il: jim srealtyco@aol.com


3224 EAST BAY DRIVE HOLMES BEACH

Gail Tutewiler

941-705-0227
Toll Free 1-866-587-8559
I'/RLSWrECOPAtY GailTuteRE@aol.com


DIRECT GULFFRONT Wow! What a view from this third
floor southwest corner unit at Martinique South. Everything
is absolutely new! The kitchen has been redesigned, lanai
has been removed and the floor raised to enlarge the liv-
ing area. Too many upgrades to mention. Very elegantly
furnished. Inside washer and dryer. Building was upgraded
last year. Amenities include secured entrance, tennis,
heated pool, clubhouse and private beach. Garage and stor-
age room on the ground floor. Like new construction ex-
cept for the price only $742,000.






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AUTO DETAILING BY HAND Spotless inside and
out. I can save you time and money. Island resident,
references. For pricing, call (941) 713-5967.


CONNIE'S LANDSCAPING INC. Residential and
commercial. Full-service lawn maintenance, land-
scaping, cleanup, hauling and more! Insured.
(941) 778-5294.

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

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)
778-4441.

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"
(941) 720-0770.



VAN-GO PAINTING residential/commercial, inte-
rior/exterior, pressure cleaning, wallpaper. Island
references. Dan or Bill, (941) 795-5100.

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

INTERIOR AND EXTERIOR PAINTING free esti-
mates. 35-year Island resident. Call Jim Bickal at
(941) 778-1730.

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

TILE TILE TILE. All variations of ceramic tile sup-
plied and installed. Quality workmanship, prompt,
reliable, many Island references. Call Neil, (941)
726-3077.


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

CUSTOM RENOVATION/RESTORATION expert.
All phases of carpentry, repairs and painting. In-
sured. Member of Better Business Bureau. Paul
Beauregard, (941) 779-2294.

KEN & TINA DBA Griffin's Home Improvements Inc.
Handyman, fine woodwork, countertops, cabinets
and shutters. Insured and licensed, (941) 748-4711.


TILE, CARPET, LAMINATE supplied and installed.
Why pay retail? Island resident, many references.
Free estimates, prompt service. Steve Allen Floor
Coverings. (941) 792-1367, or 726-1802.

FIND GREAT DEALS on everything in The Islander,
778-7978.


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.

CONCRETE/MASONRY/RESTORATION, con-
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.

CEILING AND WALL repair, drywall, texture, paint,
tile. Call Fred, (941) 586-3656 or leave message,
752-9777.

WINDOW SHADES, BLINDS, shutters and more.
Lifetime warranty. Call Keith Barnett for a free in-
home consultation. Island references, 15 years ex-
perience. (941) 778-3526 or 730-0516.



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.

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 (941)
778-3730.

POOL HOME AVAILABLE for vacation let. Near
Holmes Beach, 3BR/2BA with all amenities. Please
contact, (941) 753-8709, ext. 2.

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

BEACHFRONT condos with gorgeous views, 3BR/
2BA, 2BR/2BA and 1BR/1BA. Furnished weekly,
monthly, seasonal rentals. By owner. (901) 301-8299.

ANNUAL DUPLEX 2BR/2BA, Florida room, carport,
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.

VACATION VILLAS: Beautifully furnished 1BR/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. Avail-
able now through Nov. 30. No pets, nonsmoking.
(941) 387-8610.

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 RENTALS: 305 66th, 2BR/1.5BA duplex,
washer/dryer, pet OK, $900/month; Runaway Bay
1BR/1BA condo, pool, tennis, pet OK, $775/month;
Perico Bay C;lub, 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.
www.suncoastinc.com.

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.

WEEKLY/MONTHLY RENTALS: Condos/houses
from $500/week, $1,500/month. Many Gulffront,
(800) 732-6434, SunCoast Real Estate.
www.suncoastinc.com.

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 RENTALS: Anna Maria beachfront,
choice of 2BR or 3BR, fully-furnished apartments.
Tropical setting, laundry, cable, sundecks, private.
(941) 778-3143.

5400 CONDO Annual Rental: Gulffront complex,
1 BR/1 BA ground-floor unit, glass-enclosed lanai,
pools. $850/month. Marina Pointe Realty Co. (941)
779-0732 or (866) 779-0732.

ANNUAL RENTALS: 1BR/1BA, duplex, $525/
month; 2BR/1.5BA, duplex, $950/month; 2BR/2BA
Gulf-view apartment, $1,100/month; 3BR/1BA, el-
evated home, $1,200/month; 2BR/2BA Gulf-view
apartment, $1,250/month, including all utilities. Call
Betsy Hills Real Estate, P.A., 778-2291 or e-
mail:Jason@betsyhills.com.

ANNUAL RENTAL: 2BR/1BA duplex, screened
porch, close to beach, $775/month. Marina Pointe
Realty Co. (941) 779-0732 or (866) 779-0732.

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.

LIKE NEW CONDO near Bradenton Beach. Available
annually or seasonally, $750/month. (941) 447-6278.

ANNUAL RENTAL: Efficiency apartment, central
Holmes Beach location. $500/month. Fran Maxon
Real Estate, (941) 778-2307.

BRADENTON: Immaculate 2BR/2BA condo in adult
community only one mile to Gulf! Unit faces pool
with canal view. Fully furnished, cable TV, full
kitchen. Three-month minimum, January through
March, $1,950/month. Deposit required. (336) 210-
7804 or (859) 653-8436.

ANNUAL RENTALS: Single-family home, 2BR/2BA
steps to beach, $1,100/month; three 1BR/1BA units
on water, all tile, $700 to $775/month; single-family
house 3BR/2BA on canal, $1,700/month. Island
Real Estate (941) 778-6066.

ANNUAL RENTAL 1BR/1BA near beach. Utility
room, covered parking. Available Nov. 1, $650/
month. Security deposit required. (941) 778-5504 or
(863) 696-4352.

DIRECT GULFFRONT CONDO, brand new 1 BR/1 BA
designer furnished. Pool, laundry, walk to restaurants.
Opens Jan.1. $900/week. Call (901) 301-8299.

SEASONAL Holmes Beach. 2BR/1BA. Ground-level
duplex. Completely furnished. One house to Gulf. No
pets. (813) 689-0925, e-mail: HlmsBchRntl@aol.com.


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SEASONAL, LOVELY, modern 2BR/2BA duplex
unit. 210 81 st St. Three-minute walk to beach. (813)
962-0817.

PERICO BAY CLUB 2BR/2BA, first-floor unit. Im-
maculate, fully furnished. Available Oct. 15, annu-
ally or seasonally. (201) 390-5524, e-mail:
screeminmimi@aol.com.

PRIVATE BEACH Annual. 2BR/1BA, new floors.
No pets. $685/month. (941) 778-1086.

CORTEZ COTTAGE fully furnished, nice breezy,
quiet area. Off-season, $850/month, $550/week.
Seasonal, $1,700/month. (941) 778-8168 or 794-
5980. www.divefish.com.

ANNUAL AND SEASONAL rentals available now!
2BR/2BA Island duplex, $750/month; 1 BR/1BA Is-
land duplex, $525/month; Perico Bay Club condos,
$2,900/month; Lazy Livin condos, $1,850-$2,300/
month; Mariners Cove condos, $3,400/month.
Please call Cristin Curl, Wagner Realty, (941) 778-
2246. www.wagnerrealty.com

FEMALE ROOMMATE wanted for 2BR/2BA
Holmes Beach townhouse. Newly renovated, near
beach, bay view. $500/month, plus half utilities. Call
(352) 281-6500.

RENT it fast with an ad in The Islander.

Kathy Geeraerts, Realtor
778-0455

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ISLAND BREEZES $525,000
Enjoy the Island breeze from the
large screened porch of this 2BR/
2BA home. Views of Tampa
Bay! Great location close to post
office, shopping and the fishing
pier. Open floor plan and outside
shower. IB 104647.


6016 Manatee Avenue West, Bradenton
(941) 751-1155 (800) 778-8448
Visit our Web site at www.floridamoves.com


ANNUAL 3BR/2BA ground-level duplex. Close to
shopping and beach. Washer/dryer, lawn mainte-
nance included. 205 Peacock Lane, Holmes
Beach. $1,100/month. (941) 807-5626.

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


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.

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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Call anytime for a consultation.


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.
CallAnWne HtAber, Realtor
for viewing or injb
(941) 713-9835


BAYFRONT LOT 50-by-200-feet. Fantastic view.
Zoned R-2 for duplex. $720,000. (740) 965-6934.

DUPLEX FOR SALE on north end of Anna Maria
Island, $575,000. Call (941) 812-9593.

COMPLETELY REMODELED and updated condo!
Everything new, just finished! The Bayou in City of
Anna Maria. 2BR/1 BA, upstairs unit. Washer/dryer,
pantry, dock. Walk to shopping, restaurants, beach.
$330,000. Owner, Don H., (770) 889-2887 or (941)
778-1367.

SANDPIPER MOBILE home. Turnkey furnished,
very nice. Needs no work! Must sell, best offer! Call
(941) 518-3054 or (330) 686-8765.





RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT Auction: 400-plus
acres Albemarle County, VA. Friday, Oct. 15, noon.
Gorgeous property with views of the Blue Ridge
Mountains, and 5-6-acre stocked pond. Offered in
five-plus acre lots to 155-plus acres farmland. Only
25 minutes to Charlottesville. (804) 355-2100,
www.motleys.com. (VA lic. #16).

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NEW SEASONAL RENTALS
BEACH GETAWAY:
1 BR/1 BA Steps to Beach, $2,200
ISLAND DUPLEXES:
2BR/l BA $2, 100-$2.500
SEA PIRATE:
2BR/1 BA Pool, Close to Beach, $2,000
PALMA SOLA HARBOUR:
2BR/2BA Pool and Tennis, $2,100
SUNBOW BAY:
2BR/2BA Pool and Tennis, $2,800
WATERFRONT HOMES:
2BR to 3BR/2BA Pool and Dock, $4,000-$4,500
ANNUAL RENTALS
Pointe West Villa: 2BR/2BA $850
Bayou Condo 2BR/1 BA $875
Bradenton Beach Duplex: 3BR/1 BA $925
Anna Maria Home: 3BR/2BA $1,500
Cape Vista Home: 2BR '2BA $1100
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Ship to your jobsite. E-z build your own. 52x70,
$13,676; 42x42, $7,995. (800) 993-4660.
www.universalsteel.com.



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 and
Mt. Dora. Mix of pines, palms and fruit trees with
miles of bridle paths. Next to new golf course. Great
financing, small down payment. Call (866) 352-
2249, ext. 248. www.filandbargains.com.


DREAMING OF MOVING to the cool Carolina moun-
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homesites on gorgeous mountain course. No time limit
to build. Little down, lowest interest rates! Call (866)
334-3253, ext. 710. www.cherokeevalleysc.com.

VIEWS! VIEWS! VIEWS! North Carolina mountains.
15-acres, $29,900. Three-acres and cabin,
$99,900. Grand opening Oct. 16-17! Beautiful
mountain tracts near Spruce Pines and Little Swit-
zerland, halfway between Asheville and Boone!
(800) 455-1981, ext. 712.

BUY MOUNTAIN LAND! 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.


WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA Mountains. North
Carolina where there is cool mountain air, views and
stream, homes, cabins and acreage. Call for free
brochure of mountain property sales. (800) 642-
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N.C., 28906. www.realtyofmurphy.com.

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I know this will come as a huge and pleasant surprise: Anna Maria Island has
1 HR;EE 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 having to rely on capital appreciation alone to justify your investment. This
is a no-brainer. Call me right away and allow me to get you out of the red and
into the black. Island Aussie Geoff (941) 545-0206, (800) 653-1913.


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Mobile: 941-545-0206
www.AussieGeoff.com
e-mail: islander@ AussieGeoff.com


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arnd screened patio that -:.erlcoks beau
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500980


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SNEW LUXURY 2BR/2.5BA direct
bayfront condo with wood cabinets, el-
evaied ceilings, private elevator and
t-/o-car garage. $950,000. MLS#
500398
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BRADENTON BEACH CLUB 2BR/2BA
condo currently under construction.
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BEAUTIFUL 3BR/2BA direct Gullfrc.rt
condo with wood cabinets, granite
countertops, stainless steel appliances,
elevator and community pool.
$1,600,000. MLS# 500389.






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BRADENTON BEACH CLUB
TOWNHOUSE nowunder construction.
3BR/2.5BA with private elevator.
$750,000. MLS# 105695.
$750,000. MLS# 105695.


WONDERFUL ISLAND HOME in super TWO OR 3BR HOME -..th o.er 3 60'):
,:ondhiic.r, inside and out. Located in great under roof. Home ., uniq.ue immaculate
l':...':. r in the City of Anna Maria. and quality built throughouT on deep
$53 500. MLS# 104140. water canal with o.,at dock' $849 000
MLS# 96486.


EUROPEAN 3BR/2BA villa with over
2,300 sf of living space and separate in-
law quarters. Property features a Roman
garden and roof top deck with partial
Gulf views. $1,099,000. MLS# 98602.










BRADENTON BEACH CLUB 2BR/2BA
condo currently under construction.
$599,000. MLS# 105751.
$599,000. MLS# 105751.


TOTALLY UPDATED direct Gulffron
condo offers all new tile new kitchen
and new furniture with fantastic pan
oramic views down the beach
$859,000. MLS# 105166



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I.E., NOT I
By Kyle Mahowald / Edited by Will Shortz


Across
1 Many Bob Marley fans
7 Criticized severely
13 Call it quits
20 No holds barred
21 Big Ten team
22 Cause for delay
23 The Good Witch of the
North
24 Key of Mozart's
Symphony No. 40
25 "This is serious!"
26 DNA sample for lab
analysis?
28 Fixes
29 Civic group
30 Football Hall-of-Famer
Ford
31 Cause for an R rating
32 Continue
35 "L.A. Law" actress
36 Librarian?
42 Big name in watches
44 Al dente
45 On the ball
46 Pressure unit equal to
one newton per
square meter
47 Good-for-nothings
50 Checkout procedures
51 Venom
52 Saucers may hold
them
53 Zeno, notably
54 Noted 2000 guest at
Camp David
55 Sidekick of radio, TV
and film
56 Airline's exercise
program?
58 "__Blue"
61 Atlanta's Center
62 TV Land showing
64 Up
66 Revolutionary


Guevara
67 Lab instruction?
69 Recently nicked?
73 Hollywood's Hawke
75 N.F.L. team named
after a poem
77 Gifts on October
birthdays
78 Uncovered the most
79 Regatta
81 Beatnik's exclamation
82 Wine vessels
83 Proceed without a
game plan
84 "_ yourself!"
85 Rear
86 Shakespearean forest
87 Dictator's snide
remark?
90 Poet's monogram
93 Popular soup ingredi-
ent
94 It may get glossed
over
95 1863 German inven-
tion, for short
96 Holdings of some
banks
97 Lady of honor
100 Pajama sellers?
106 "God willing"
108 Ring of color
109 "Want to grab a bite?"
110 Neanderthals
111 Tourists' counterparts
112 Favorite daughter of
Zeus
113 Garbage dump, say.
114 "Shame!"
115 Sales reps' goals

Down
1 Uneven
2 Cause of hereditary
variation


3 Spring toy
4 Softens, with "down"
5 Maker of the A4, A6
and A8
6 1972 Wimbledon
winner Smith
7 London landmark
8 Popular candy bar
ingredient
9 Crack
10 Touch
11 Hydroxyl compound
12 Life-or-death
13 Underhanded one
14 Dance version of a
record, say
15 First family's home
16 Slightly
17 Midwest cook?
18 News inits.
19 Honeybunch
27 Graduates, briefly
31 "Was that so hard!?"
33 Dove competitor
34 Honeybunch
36 Mister in Milan
37 Grps.
38 Part of an Atkins
breakfast
39 Look forward to
40 Italian alternative
41 Some transp. stocks
42 Leg part
43 City just north of Lake
Nasser
44 Leg ends
46 Spanish beach
47 Baker's unit
48 Peerless
49 Playboy's agenda?
50 Time on the job
51 Teed off
53 Writer/illustrator of the
story "Gertrude
McFuzz"


Smoking result
Bush whack?
With time to spare
Full moon, e.g.


Dings
Give the heave-ho
"Goodness gracious!"
Goodly
Tale end
With celerity
Leveled
Sting, of sorts
Puffed up
Creator of


23-Across
79 Switch
80 Leprechaun's land
81 Dernier_
82 Domain of King Minos
84 Thwack
87 2002 film about a
virtual actress
88 Movie shots
89 Expose
90 Mega-retailer based in
Minneapolis
91 Breastbones
92 Snap courses


94 Vision-improving
device
96 "Tiny Bubbles" singer
98 Makes like
99 Try it
100 Estonian or Lithuanian
101 Olympic archer
102 Knock down
103 Just so
104 Self-proclaimed "The
Big Aristotle"
105 You might go for a
spin in it
106 Kind of beer or bag
107 Stable staple


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JEWFISH KEY WATERFRONT Elevated cy-
press home with wrap-around decks on two
levels. 70 ft. dock, 4+ acres. Included vested
interest in mainland community property with
docking. Anne Miller, 778-2246. #100997.
$1,950,000






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A-PLUS WATERFRONT Five minutes to
Intracoastal Waterway'. Newer 1995 3BR/2BA
on saltwater canal in Coral Shores. Upgrades
galore, caged pool, two boat lifts. Jane
Tinsworth. 761-3100. #105243. $679,000


CONCEPTUAL RENDERING








OLD FLORIDA CHARM at South Beach Village
condos. Eight townhomes now under construc-
tion in Bradenton Beach. Fully furnished 3BR/
2.5BA with two-car garage, numerous amenities,
approximately 2200SF. Stan Rutstein. 727-2800.
#104439. Pricing starting at $1,275,000.


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.
$449,000


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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.
#103828. $729,900


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.
$689,900








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ANNA MARIA BAYFRONT CONDO Bay FLORIDA LIVING AT ITS BEST! 2BR/2BA
views from this furnished 2BR/2BA top-floor turnkey condo 55-plus Mt. Vernon. First floor
end unit, popular island complex. Includes two overlooks bird sanctuary, bay view and
pools, tennis, fishing pier, covered parking and Intracoastal. Boat docks assigned upon avail-
elevator. Dave Moynihan, 778-2246. ability on sailboat canal. Judy McCauley or
#105510. $405,000 Gina and Peter Uliano. 751-0670. #105644.
$275,000.


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