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"The Best News on Anna Maria Island Since 1992"
Volume 12, No. 8 Dec. 31, 2003 FREE
Murder, suicide leave Anna Maria shocked
By Rick Catlin
Outwardly, Les and Lisa Young of 221 Oak Ave.
in Anna Maria appeared to be the perfect couple, often
bicycling around the neighborhood with their 7-year-
old twins, a boy and girl. Neighbors said they always
appeared friendly and happy.
But just before 9 a.m. the day after Christmas,
something went terribly wrong in the Young house-
In what police are calling an apparent murder-sui-
cide, Leslie "Les" Young, 50, shot and killed his 40-
year-old wife that morning in the couple's home, then
turned the gun on himself. The twins were in the house
at the time, but were not hurt.
It was the first murder in Anna Maria that some
residents who have lived in the city more than 50 years
Young was a successful businessman and the
owner of Young's Landscaping Services on Longboat
Key. His wife also worked at the company, a business
An unidentified woman who
said she is a paramedic from
Canada, above, and other
volunteers attend to teenage
girls moments after the pair
fell 30feet to the pavement
near the Beach House Restau-
rant in Bradenton Beach when
the parasail they were in
struck an electric line. The tow
rope had snapped on the
parasail, sending the girls
careening over land. Onlook-
ers examine the remains of the
parachute that the two teenage
girls were in when it slammed
into a power line,
right.Islander Photos: Cour-
tesy Ric Gatehouse.
Manatee County Sheriff's Office spokesperson
Dave Bristow said the deaths appear to have been a
murder-suicide, but he could offer few details.
He said the husband apparently shot his wife in the
kitchen several times with a .22 caliber handgun, then
walked into the living room and shot himself.
The children ran next door to a neighbor, who in-
vestigated, then called 911.
Bristow said John Sgt. Kinney of the MCSO of-
PLEASE SEE MURDER, NEXT PAGE
By Rick Catlin
Two teenage girls vacationing from Massachusetts
must have a guardian angel watching over them.
Stephanie Cote and Nataliya Lozko escaped seri-
ous injury Monday in a fall from a parasail in
Bradenton Beach Monday afternoon after the tow rope
snapped and the parachute they were in drifted into an
electrical line on Gulf Drive near the Beach House
Witnesses said the parachute exploded moments
after it hit the wire at about 2:10 p.m.
The girls fell about 30 feet to the Gulf Drive pave-
ment below, narrowly missing passing cars.
Both were taken by Bayflite helicopter ambulance
from Coquina Beach to Bayfront Medical Center in St.
Petersburg, but were released later that day with no se-
"I'd say they had a guardian angel watching over
them," said Mike Dunn, vacationing in Bradenton
Beach from Virginia.
Dunn witnessed the accident and credited an un-
known paramedic vacationing from Canada with pos-
sibly preventing serious injury to the girls, or maybe
even saving their lives.
"She was there right when they hit the road, got
them stabilized, and knew exactly what to do for their
injuries. She was a big help, and told the girls not to
worry, that they were going to be OK," Dunn said. The
woman, however, disappeared as soon as police and
"She was a lifesaver, a guardian angel," Dunn added.
"In fact, I'd say the girls had a guardian angel.
They could have hit the power lines and been zapped."
Dunn said the girls hung in the parachute for a few
seconds after it wrapped itself around the electrical line.
"Then there was this explosion and the girls fell
out," he said. Two women had run into the road at-
tempting to catch the girls before they fell, but were
unsuccessful, Dunn added.
He said the response time from police and para-
medics was incredible, with the first Bradenton Beach
police unit on the scene within a minute. An ambulance
arrived within a few minutes.
The boat was from U-Fly Parasailing of Cortez
owned by Kirk Hanne, who was in the boat at the time
of the accident, a U.S. Coast Guard spokesperson said.
Coast Guard officers and officials of the Florida
Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission detained
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PAGE 2 0 DEC. 31, 2003 0 THE ISLANDER
Murder shocks Anna Maria City
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
fice in Anna Maria responded within a minute of the
original call at 8:54 a.m. and found the couple inside
the house, then called for assistance. Both the husband
and wife were dead when Kinney arrived, Bristow said.
"This is just terrible the day after Christmas," he
said. "We now have two children without their parents.
It's very sad."
Bristow said there have been no prior calls to that
address by the MCSO in response to any complaints.
The children were taken to a neighbor's house
while the MCSO was contacting next-of-kin, he said.
The children were being counseled by MCSO victim's
adovcate volunteers. "But obviously they are dis-
traught. They're only 7 years old. They are trauma-
The children attend Anna Maria Elementary
School. They will be placed in the care of relatives,
Police had no known motive for the shootings, and
MCSO deputies were scouring the area interviewing
neighbors and.potential witnesses.
"We don't know what led him to do what he did,"
Bristow said. "This is normally a peaceful commu-
He couldn't remember any prior homicide in Anna
Maria in the 17 years he's been with the MCSO.
"This may be a first for Anna Maria."
Former Anna Maria Mayor Gary Deffenbaugh,
who was an Anna Maria police officer during the
1960s, said he could not recall any murder in Anna
Maria when he was on the force, and he was not aware
of any prior murder in the city.
Residents along Oak Avenue said the couple al-
ways appeared pleasant and Les Young was a volun-
teer coach at the Anna Maria Island Community Cen-
"You would always see them out riding their bi-
cycles and they seemed very nice," said Jim DePorre.
"It's something you would never believe could happen
in Anna Maria. They seemed like a perfect couple and
But one nearby resident, who asked not to be iden-
tified, said the couple had some marriage difficulties
Manatee County Sheriff's Office deputies and investigators at 221 Oak Avenue in Anna Maria on Dec. 26
where an apparent murder-suicide involving a husband and wife took place shortly before 9 a.m. Islander
Photo: Rick Catlin
lately, but he declined to be specific.
Bristow confirmed that the MCSO investigation
had revealed some recent marital problems. "But we
may never know what set him off that morning."
The couple were married in August 1992, and had
lived in Anna Maria for the past 11 years.
According to on-line records at the Manatee
County Clerk of the Circuit Court Web site, Young was
divorced from his first wife in 1987, but was arrested
for spousal battery against her in February 1988. In
July 1992 he was arrested for domestic violence against
another woman who was an employee of his.
Young had a 19-year-old son from his first mar-
riage, another neighbor said, but the son did not reside
at the Anna Maria house.
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A fund for the Young twins, Olivia and
Dylan, has been established by the Anna Maria
Elementary School with consent from family
members, according to Principal Kathy Hayes.
Donations to benefit the twins and their future
needs should be sent to Anna Maria Elementary
Young Memorial Account, Wachovia Bank, 5327
Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach FL 34217. For more
information, contact Ron Valdez at Wachovia,
795-3108, or Hayes at 708-5525.
Family members were expected to meet at
presstime Tuesday to determine who will pro-
vide a home for the twins and where.
THE ISLANDER 0 DEC. 31, 2003 M PAGE 3
By Wayne Manley
In reaction to the number of sea turtle deaths dur-
ing the 2003 nesting season and pressure from Anna
Maria Island Turtle Watch, Holmes Beach city com-
missioners will be considering the repeal of current
turtle-related ordinances and enacting a new, tougher
set of laws for protection of marine turtles.
Some of the provisions in the proposed ordinance
exceed the minimum guidelines provided by the
Florida Department of Environmental Protection.
Suzi Fox, director of the Island Turtle Watch pro-
gram and permit holder for the Island's beaches, feels
that the old ordinances, drawn up from; generic state
guidelines and inserted with the ordinances of dissimi-
lar seaside communities, were not specific enough to
Holmes Beach nor were they enforced adequately.
"The turtle mortality rate in Holmes Beach far ex-
ceeded the number of deaths in Anna Maria and
Bradenton Beach," Fox stated. She would prefer to see
one set of laws governing the three cities on Anna Maria
Island, but doesn't think that will become a reality soon.
S"The idea was to make this one the new ordinance
- the strictest and the best in the state," she added.
Lighting, beach furniture and enforcement are some
of the main concerns during the turtle season, which runs
from May 1 to the end of October. General coastal devel-
opment practices must also be scrutinized.
Holmes Beach city commissioners will convene a
workshop at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 16, to discuss the
details of the proposed ordinance, which was drafted by
City Attorney Patricia Petruff.
After a series of workshops to receive public input
and to fine-tune the proposal, commissioners will vote
on the proposed new ordinance.
Fox is hopeful that the new set of laws, as written
by Petruff, will be adopted "in its first draft and not
Opposition to this draft will likely come from
motel owners, developers and beach residents, who feel
that it will create an unsafe environment and a finan-
cial burden. And, indeed, the restrictions on lighting,
new standards of development and construction prac-
tices are comprehensive.
The purpose of the proposed ordinance "is to pro-
tect threatened and endangered marine turtles along the
beaches of the City of Holmes Beach, by safe guard-
ing the nesting females and hatchling marine turtles
from the adverse affects (sic) of artificial light; and
adult marine turtles from injury and harassment," ac-
cording to the ordinance.
Jurisdiction is for only the Gulf beaches within the
City of Holmes Beach. The city commission is autho-
rized to grant variances under certain circumstances.
Much of the ordinance deals with lighting defini-
tions and restrictions, including vehicular lights, build-
ing exterior and interior lighting, standards for new
development, standards for publicly owned lighting,
requirements for construction sites, and new standards
for existing developments.
The type, wattage and height of lights will be
highly regulated. Basically, any direct or indirect light
that can be seen from the beach or cumulatively illu-
minated lighted areas that are bright enough to cast a
shadow on the beach will be prohibited. Many of the
corrections to offending light sources can be done sim-
ply by redirecting fixtures, reducing the wattage and
switching to yellow "bug-lights" or true neon lights,
physically installing shields on the lights, or plant veg-
etation buffers between the light source and the beach.
All windows and doors of ground-level or multi-
story structures that are in a direct line-of-sight of the
beach will be required to install tinted glass or film.
There are also provisions in the proposed ordi-
nance for education and dissemination of information
and civil and administrative enforcement powers.
Disruptive activities, such as building fires or op-
eration of motor vehicles on the beach, will be prohib-
ited from sunset to sunrise during the nesting season.
Pier Regulars celebrate holidays
Pier Regulars President Frank Alhneda, center, hosted his organization's annual holiday party Where else?
- at the Anna Maria City Pier Saturday. City Commissioners Carol Ann Magill and Dale Woodland, and
Mayor SueLynn, are pictured among the celebrants. Islander Photo: Nancy Ambrose
Anna Maria has sales tax 'wish list'
Anna Maria Mayor SueLynn has submitted her
"wish list" of infrastructure projects that would be
funded by the city's share of a half-cent sales tax in-
crease Manatee County commissioners are propos-
In no particular preference order, the projects are:
Repair/replacement of 1,100 linear feet of side-
Purchase of a "bobcat" for maintenance of
swales, parking areas and rights of way.
Boat, motor and appropriate equipment for the
Manatee County Sheriff's Office deputies for water-
way law enforcement.
Design and construction of a public works build-
ADA improvements to city hall, city pier, public
Parasail mishap off Island
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
Hanne after the accident for questioning and seized the
burned parachute for inspection.
Lt. Scott Muller of the Coast Guard's Marine
Safety Office in Tampa said he is conducting an inves-
tigation to determine if any safety rules were violated
by U-Sail or its operators.
Muller said Hanne is not a licensed boat captain,
but there was one on board the vessel at the time the
tow rope-broke. Depending upon the results of the in-
vestigation, Muller said civil fines could be imposed on
Hanne and U-Sail.
The FWC is investigating the incident for any
criminal action or negligence on the part of the opera-
tor, Gary Morse of the FWC in Lakeland said.
According to the Manatee County Clerk of Court's
database, Hanne has a history of alcohol-related traf-
fic offenses in Manatee County, and has a court case
involving alcohol currently pending.
The parasailing industry is unregulated in Florida
and operators need only a boat passenger vehicle li-
cense to take up to six passengers for parasailing, ac-
cording to Muller.
There have been a number of parasailing accidents
in Florida in recent years.
A vacationing woman and her daughter died off Ft.
Myers two years ago when the parachute harness broke
and they fell 250 feet into the water.
Three people parasailing in Clearwater Bay in
October 1999 escaped serious injury when the towline
snapped, sending them crashing to the ground.
Two people died off Bradenton Beach earlier this
year when a wing support in the light aircraft they were
flying broke and the men fell to their deaths.
parking lots and the historical park.
Construction of a pathway to the beach for handi-
Creation of a city waterway map and appropriate
signage of aquatic plants and trees for canoe and kayak
trips by the public.
A high-volume drainage pump to quickly remove
Design and construction of a retention pond
model that can be readily incorporated into individual
Construction of several retention ponds in criti-
cal stormwater runoff areas.
The county commission is expected to place the
half-cent increase measure on the March 2004 ballot
for a countywide vote.
Anna Maria City
Jan. 7, 4 p.m., capital improvements finance commit-
Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive,
Jan. 8, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.,
Jan. 6, 7 p.m.. city commission meeting with work ses-
sion to immediately follow.
Jan. 7, 5 p.m., parks and beautification committee
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive,
Anna Maria City, Bradenton Beach, Holmes Beach and
Longboat Key will be closed Jan. 1 for the New Year's
Trash and recyclable pickup will be changed in Anna
Maria, Holmes Beach and Longboat Key because of
the holiday. Anna Maria and Holmes Beach have re-
scheduled pickup of solid waste for Saturday, Jan. 3;
recyclables will be collected Monday. On Longboat
Key, both solid waste and recyclables will be collected
on Saturday. Bradenton Beach has no collections
scheduled for Thursday, and pickup will not be altered
by the holiday.
PAGE 4 0 DEC. 31, 2003 M THE ISLANDER
Anna Maria City Hall renovation over budget
By Rick Catlin
The total cost to renovate the Anna Maria city hall
is slightly over the budgeted amount of $154,000, due
to the architect's fees being included in the total.
Mayor SueLynn met with city commissioners Dec.
22 and reviewed the original commission decision
April 4, 2003, to pay architect's fees of 8 percent of the
project, which was not to exceed $150,000 not with-
out coming back to the commission.
The city budgeted just under $154,000 for the
project in the 2003-04 budget, but with architect Tom
O'Brien's fee at $12,000 and the $2,500 for air condi-
tioning improvements, there's only $139,000 remain-
ing, she said.
The low bid on the project was from Southern
Cross Construction for $146,000 and that did not in-
clude two "options" the commission could approve: a
new facade on the entrance and a new roof.
The mayor wondered if the commission was inter-
ested in increasing the amount for the remodeling
project and consider all the bids.
She said the low bidder, while "generally" given
the contract, will be chosen by the city hall improve-
ments selection committee also on the basis of ability,
resources and the time frame for completion of the
The final selection will still have to be approved by
Commissioner Carol Ann Magill, however, ques-
tioned why O'Brien had already been paid and asked
the mayor to determine if O'Brien was also to super-
vise the construction at no further charge to the city.
"We need to find out the exact amount to do the
project," Magill said. "I dislike making decisions when
I don't have all the information available."
Commission Chairperson John Quam said he
didn't foresee O'Brien getting any more money, but the
mayor needs to determine what would be his further re-
Commissioner Duke Miller observed that if South-
ern Cross were awarded the contract, the budget would
be short about $12,000, and O'Brien has already been
paid $10,000, based on an estimate of $150,000.
Nobody thought to include O'Brien's fees in the
cost of the project when it went for bid, he noted. Oth-
erwise, the bid amount should have been $138,000, not
the $150,000 advertised.
The mayor added that city hall staff won't be able
to use the building during renovations as originally
thought, and the city will have to rent a double-wide
trailer to serve as a temporary city hall during construc-
tion. She said she would present information on those
costs at the Jan. 8 commission workshop.
Costs seem to be adding up, said Commissioner
Dale Woodland. "And I don't want to see this project
turn into a money pot with more and more expenses.
We don't want to drag out the project, but we are con-
cerned" about the mounting expenses.
The mayor admitted that relocation costs and archi-
tect fees had not been considered in the original
$170,000 estimate provided by Public Works Director
George McKay, but that was a "best-guess estimate."
A number of improvements in the original scope of
work have been deleted to meet the $150,000 limit, she
said, and the renovations are now a "bare bones" project.
The mayor wants to know how much the commis-
sion is willing to spend, while the commission wants
to know how much it's going to cost before it spends
Miller suggested the mayor return to the commis-
sion Jan. 8 with the total cost of the architect, costs to
rent a double-wide trailer as a temporary city hall for
the maximum six months of construction, any addi-
tional relocation costs, and the cost to patch and seal the
roof as one of the two "options."
Woodland observed that "the architect has been paid
in full and construction hasn't even started. This is frus-
trating." The mayor noted that the architect was paid to
provide the plans and supervise the bid process. He was
to be paid whether the renovations took place or not.
Anna Maria resident Chuck White chided the com-
mission for "nit-picking" on costs, noting that no con-
struction project ever comes in at the exact estimate.
Resident Georgia Van Cleave wondered why ev-
eryone was in such a rush to get the building renovated.
The new commissioners need to be updated on previ-
ous commission decisions and the plans approved for
After all, the proposal to renovate city hall has only
been around four years.
It's not like parking and drainage problems, which
have been city plagues since the 1920s and are still not
Commissioners agreed they wanted the project
done as soon as possible, they just want to know how
much more is money is needed to complete the "bare
bones" bid specifications.
Southern Cross low bidder
on Anna Maria City Hall
By Rick Catlin
Southern Cross Contracting Inc. of Sarasota was
the low bidder for the Anna Maria City Hall improve-
ment project after five bids were opened Friday, Dec.
19, by architect Tom O'Brien and City Clerk Alice
The Southern Cross bid was $146,555, while the
next lowest was $150,584 from TriTech Construction.
Other bids were $152,924 from Delesline Construction
in Palmetto; $154,254 from Howell Construction and
$149,590 from ManaSota Contractors.
A bid submitted by Allstate Construction was not
considered, said O'Brien, because it did not reach the
city by the deadline of Friday, Dec. 12.
An Allstate representative said his firm's bid
would not have been among the lowest.
The city commission has $150,000 set aside for the
project in the 2003-04 budget.
The city's bid selection committee will now review
the Southern Cross bid to ensure the company has the
resources and experience to do the job in a timely man-
ner and can meet insurance and performance bond re-
"Generally speaking, the low bidder will get the
contract," said O'Brien, who is a member of the selec-
If not, he said the committee will look at the sec-
ond-lowest bid to see if it meets city requirements.
An announcement on the official selection is ex-
pected at the Jan. 8 city commission workshop, Mayor
Get the bid out
Architect Tom O'Brien and Anna Maria City
Clerk Alice Baird met with contractors to
unseal the bids for a city hall improvement
project. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin
Author Hoffman coming to Island Jan. 10
Mystery novelist Jilliane Hoffman will be on
the Island Jan. 10 to talk about her first novel, "Ret-
ribution," available in stores now.
The book is a legal thriller that takes place
on Florida's east coast. The story pits a female
state attorney's professional ethics against her
personal values, culminating in a taut courtroom
Hoffman knows from what she speaks in the
courtroom; in "real life" she's an attorney with the
Florida Department of Law Enforcement.
What makes her first book even more interesting
isn't found on the pages but in its formation.
Hoffman had a bidding war going on between eight
publishing houses for "Retribution," with Putnam
Hoffman has also sold European rights to the book,
and Warner Brothers has bought the film rights and is
rumored to already have started development of a
movie based on the novel.
Hoffman will be at Circle Books on St.
Armands Circle at 1 p.m. Jan. 10, and will be at
Ooh La La! Bistro in Holmes Beach at 4 p.m. Tick-
ets for the cocktail party and book signing at the
restaurant are $50, and include a first-edition copy
of "Retribution." Reservations are a must, and may
be made by calling 778-7978.
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Education Center begins
winter term on Monday
The Education Center, 5370 Gulf of Mexico Drive,
Longboat Key, will begin its winter term Monday, Jan.
5, with 150 programs until mid-April.
Courses include Spanish, Italian, writing, Holly-
wood classics, dance, jazz, opera, religion, literature,
drama, fishing, bridge, international affairs, digital
photography, and health and wellness courses.
Additional information may be obtained by calling
Pastorius exhibit open
at Longboat church
The exhibit of watercolors by Bradenton artist Dee
Pastorius will remain until Jan. 15 at the All Angels by
the Sea Episcopal Church, 563 Bay Isles Road,
The one-person show opened Dec. 15. Additional
information may be obtained by calling 761-4119.
Art/craft display, judging
is woman's club topic
The display and judging of arts and crafts will be
explored by the Woman's Club of Anna Maria Island
when it meets at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 7.
The meeting will be at the Anna Maria Island
Community Center 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria.
Serving as hostesses will be Diana Miller, Miriam
Peck, Eunice Warda, Dot Canboni, Jane Winegarden
and Betty Riordan.
Membership details may be obtained from Janet
Clark at 778-6083.
German lessons to start
at community center
Lessons in conversational German are to begin Mon-
day, Jan. 5, from 10-11:30 a.m. at the Anna Maria Island
Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria.
Bettina Sego, a native of Germany, will be the in-
structor. Cost is $56 for members for the six-week
course, $60 for nonmembers. Details are available at
Israel lecture scheduled
for double program
The lecture by Mark Rosenblum opening
Longboat Key Education Center's lecture series
has proven so popular that it will be repeated, the
Titled "From Smart Bombs to Smart Politics:
Prospects for Peace in the Middle East," the Jan.
6 lecture at 3 p.m. has been sold out so it will be
repeated at 7:30 p.m. Rosenblum is MSNBC's
Middle East analyst.
He is professor of history at Queens College,
City University of New York, and recently com-
pleted a tour of the region where he met with
Israel's Ariel Sharon and Palestine"s Yasir
Bridge lessons start Friday
at community center
Bridge lessons with Larry Auerbach as instructor
will begin from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 2, at the
Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia
Ave., Anna Maria.
Auerbach has been playing high-level bridge for 20
years and has more than 4,000 master points, the Cen-
ter said. Cost is $11 per lesson or $72 for the eight-
week course. Additional details are available at 778-
'Day at races' Jan. 20,
ticket deadline Jan. 8
"A Day At the Races" to Tampa Bay Downs spon-
sored by the St. Bernard Women's Guild will be Jan.
20, but tickets at $30 must be reserved by Jan. 8.
The event will include bus fare, admission, pro-
grams and a buffet dinner. Buses will leave from the
church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach, at 9
Tickets are available after each mass and at the
THE ISLANDER E DEC. 31, 2003 N PAGE 5
Haleys plans 50th birthday
celebration all year
Haley's Motel will start a year-long 50th birthday
bash with "fireworks on the beach" New Year's Eve.
The Anna Maria Island landmark will sponsor a
big show by Jim Taylor and his Taylor-Made Pyrotech-
nics off the Haley beach, where 81st Street runs into the
Gulf of Mexico in Holmes Beach.
It will begin at 9 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 31, and the
entire Island is invited, said Tom and Sabine Buehler,
Haley's owners. They advise those attending to leave their
cars at home and take the trolley, as parking in the neigh-
borhood is limited.
The Buehlers said ground was broken for the build-
ing on New Year's Day 1953 by Frank Haley. Details
may be obtained by phoning 778-5405.
Gulf Coast Writers meet Monday
The Gulf Coast Writers group will meet at 10:15
a.m. Monday, Jan. 5, at the Island Branch Library, 5701
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
Participants are to bring essays, poems or short sto-
ries to be read. Details may be obtained by calling 761-
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PAGE 6 K DEC. 31, 2003 0 THE ISLANDER
The post-Christmas tragedy of murder-suicide in
Anna Maria settled into reality over the weekend, and
nearly everyone we spoke to or came in contact with had
concerns for the children left behind by this senseless act.
When Les Young took his wife's life, and then his
own, he couldn't have been thinking of how those few
tragic moments would play out for a lifetime in the
minds of his 7-year-old twin children and another sib-
ling, reported to be 19, from a different marriage.
The event rocked the community, the neighbors,
acquaintances, business associates.
And when school resumes at Anna Maria Elementary
Wednesday, it will be a sad day for the school community,
and especially the Young twins' classmates.
Our hearts go out to all who knew, loved, respected
and will miss the Youngs, and we offer our sincere
wishes for a wonderful life for their children.
New year wishes
You know the adage, "If fishes were wishes, we'd
all cast nets."
But our wishes are for "fishes."
We're casting about for a place where the public can
go to fish on the bay, dock a boat, bring a picnic and re-
lax, right in the center of the business district of Holmes
If the Tidemark "dream" condo project has indeed
failed, then Holmes Beach has a great opportunity to ap-
peal to the Trust for Public Land and all other fund-
ing sources to rescue the property from developers,
bankers and the auction block and put the land in pub-
The TPL, according to its Web site, is "a national
nonprofit working exclusively to protect land for human
enjoyment. TPL helps conserve land for recreation and
spiritual, nourishment and to improve the health and
quality of life of American communities."
It creates urban parks, gardens and greenways; sets
aside open space in the path of growth; conserves land
for watershed protection, scenic beauty, and close-to-
home recreation; and safeguards the character of com-
munities by preserving historic landmarks and land-
Sounds like just what we need in Holmes Beach.
The downtown Sarasota Bayfront Park and marina,
adjacent to Marina Jack restaurant, are shining examples
of what a defunct development could become.
We're wishing ...
And a happy new year to all.
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About two weeks ago one of our tennis players at
the community of Mt. Vernon collapsed on the tennis
court from total cardiac arrest. Fortunately we could
call 911 right away and the EMS unit from West Mana-
tee Fire & Rescue Station 2 was on site in less than five
They were so professional and efficient that they
were able to restore a heartbeat and get our stricken
tennis player to Blake Medical Center. He survived and
is already out of the hospital and returning to normal
This letter is to thank the taxpayers for supporting
this facility and to thank the EMS for their work. With-
out them there would have been a funeral instead.
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Volunteer school nurse program
I am writing to thank your newspaper for the well-
written article about the Volunteer School Nurse Pro-
gram in Manatee County. Diana Bogan did an excel-
lent job in covering this special grant program. Due to
this article, I am starting to receive phone calls from
interested nurse volunteers.
I would like to clarify that the 480 hours and
$15,000 value of donated time noted in the article was
for the month of October 2003. This was the highest
month of volunteer activity since the program began.
It is very exciting to note that the volunteers in this
program have donated from January 2002 to Novem-
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students and staff in Manatee County schools.
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Thanks again for you newspaper's coverage of this
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The Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island would like
to thank Publix Super Market and The Islander for their
support of all the Kiwanis Club volunteers promoting
our annual citrus fruit sale.
The initial sale effort was at Publix Oct. 22 and 27 at
the same time flu shots were being offered. Order blanks
were passed out to all present by eight Kiwanis Club
members each day. Letters were also mailed to all custom-
ers that ordered fruit the previous year, reminding them to
More than 190 orders were processed last year. The
majority were sent as gifts out of state, as postage is in-
cluded with each order.
The proceeds are used for the benefit of children, in
sports, education and scholarships. Currently at the Anna
Maria Elementary School a Bring Up the Grades (BUGS)
program is under way. Any student who improves his or
her grade one level, without sliding back on another sub-
ject, gets the BUGS certificate, plus an ice cream cone
certificate good at the Cafe on the Beach.
The college scholarship awarded by the Kiwanis
Club, valued at $2,500, is the biggest award. This is
made through the Manatee County Schools Founda-
tion, "Take Stock in Children."
The Honeybell tangelo crop that matures in late De-
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are available from Rich Bohnenberger at 778-0355, and
at The Islander office, 5404 Marine Drive, Holmes Beach.
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THE ISLANDER 0 DEC. 31, 2003 0 PAGE 7
Desert duty for Island son, husband
By Rick Catlin
No soldier ever joined the armed forces to be a
hero, but U.S. Army Cpl. Steve Slavik can't help but
feel proud of his service in Iraq the past nine months.
Slavik, who is on Christmas leave from his unit at the
Baghdad Airport, grew up on Anna Maria Island and met
his wife, Michelle, at Rotten Ralph's Restaurant.
His parents, Greg and Roz, live on Key Royale in
Slavik and his unit, the 94th Artillery Battalion, are
helping rebuild the airport and its infrastructure to get
Iraq up and "flying" again.
"I know I'm doing something for the people of Iraq
and if I've helped just one person there, then I know
I've done right," said Slavik, who is also a former
Iraq Airport was "in ruins when we got there, so
the reconstruction of Iraq is a major job.
"That's the high part of the duty. The low part is
missing my family," he added.
That and getting shot at by snipers while on patrol
and not trusting any Iraqis the first time you meet them.
"I've been shot at many, many times by random
sniper fire and several people in my division have been
killed in action," he said. "We are constantly on alert
for danger and we watch everybody."
He and Michelle have two daughters, ages 7 and 14,
and they reside in Germany, Slavik's normal station, while
he completes his one-year assignment in Iraq.
The duty has been an eye-opener for Slavik.
"By and large, the Iraqi people really support what
we've done. They really had nothing."
While Iraq duty can get boring, troop morale is
helped by the folks back home.
"Every man and woman in the armed forces there
are appreciative of the people back here that support
us," he observed..
Slavik, a U.S. Marine reservist prior to Sept. 11,
said he tried to re-enlist back into the Marine Corps
after Sept. 11, but they weren't taking anyone, so he
transferred to the U.S. Army.
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and other members of the 94th Artillery Battalion.
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Division Artillery commander for his work in solving
an electrical problem that had been plaguing the unit.
He worked 36 hours straight to fix the problem.
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Year in Review
By Paul Roat
Drainage, height, critters, more height, turtles,
thefts, deaths 2003 on Anna Maria Island was event-
ful, to say the least.
And to spoil part of the annual recap of events that
happened on Anna Maria Island, here's a hint at what
you'll find in Part 2, which will appear in The Islander
Jan. 7, 2004 we had no hurricanes.
Happy New Year.
Islander of Year 2002, Billie Martini: "Exempli-
fies the charm and character of Anna Maria Island" was
how Martini was described as The Islander's Islander
of the Year. A 32-year resident of Holmes Beach, she
was a city commissioner and held positions in the city's
post office, clerk and teacher's aide at the elementary
school and is a member of Save Anna Maria Inc., fight-
ing against the proposed high bridge between Perico
Island and Holmes Beach.
Sandpiper still short: Sandpiper Mobile Resort in
Bradenton Beach residents need to pony up more
money to acquire enough shares to purchase the park
from owner Vorbeck Corp. Sale price is $9.6 million;
deadline is Jan. 27; about $600,000 is still needed for
Out: The Anna Maria Island Privateers were in-
formed they would not be invited to the Gasparilla
Festival parade in Tampa after 2003. The Ye Mystic
Crewe of Gasparilla club that founded the popular pa-
rade through Downtown Tampa has decided that it will
be the only "pirate" motif in the festivities. Said the
Privateers: "It's not something we can't get along with-
60 Minutes of fame: Father John Ellis of St. Ber-
nard Catholic Church and his wife appeared on the tele-
vision program "60 Minutes" to discuss the change in
church philosophy in 1981 that allowed already mar-
ried men to become priests.
Cool theft: An unusual theft of a 1.5-ton air-con-
ditioning unit took place at a house in Holmes Beach.
The AC unit was valued at $2,000.
Gone: The Beach Barn at Bridge Street and Gulf
Drive in Bradenton Beach was demolished to make
way for the Sand Castle condominium project. The
Beach Barn sold beach sundries and bait.
Sponsor-themed police cars proposed:
Bradenton Beach officials mulled the idea of commer-
cial messages on city police cars. A North Carolina
company offered cars at $1 each, fully equipped, as
long as sponsors logos could be placed on the vehicles.
The cars had a value of about $40,000. The city even-
tually dropped the idea after the company failed to
answer a series of detailed questions.
What beach?: Florida coastal erosion expert Dr.
Bob Dean was contacted by Anna Maria City officials
to inspect the northern tip of the Island after severe
erosion threatened several homes. The shores of Tampa
Bay, which is the eroded section, were not part of the
2002 beach renourishment project on the Island.
Portuguese man-of-vvar jellyfish washed ashore oni
the Island last January. Islander Photo: Jack Elka
Dragging on: More legal complaints on the long-
standing fight by Islanders and others against the
Arvida Corp. proposal to build 898 condominium units
on Perico Island ensured the fight will drag on.
Bradenton approved the project, which includes some
10-story buildings; Manatee County, ManaSota-88 and
the Island cities objected on environmental and hurri-
cane evacuation issues. The project first in 1998 with
the island's annexation into Bradenton.
Tidemark funding reaches "go" stage: The Tide-
mark hotel/marina project reached a pre-sale level of
funding that allowed construction financing to be ob-
tained, according to Tidemark officials. The project, at
the former Pete Reynards-Marina Bay restaurant site in
Holmes Beach, is estimated to cost $20 million.
Amenities include 40 timeshare units, a 130-seat res-
taurant and lounge, and 61 boat slips.
We'll miss you: Ellen Marshall died Jan. 3 at age
94. She moved to the Island in 1947, started the
Island's first newspaper, and was awarded a Heartland
Award by Florida Gov. Lawton Chiles in 1996 for her
dedication to the community and children.
Gone: Anna Maria Elementary School Principal
Tim Kolbe will leave his post at the school to accept a
new position as coordinator of school leadership for the
Manatee County School District.
Anna Maria City parking: In an issue that will
eventually stretch throughout the year, and has been
controversial for decades, city commissioners decided
to define parking zones in which permits would be re-
quired. Exactly where those zones would be would
come later, as would who could get the permits, com-
Thousands of people attended the annual Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival in the village in February.
Islander Photo: J.L. Robertson
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Shooter acquitted: Scott Scranton, charged with
aggravated assault with a firearm and carrying a con-
cealed weapon after a scuffle outside a Holmes Beach
restaurant in 2001 that ended with Matt Denham being
shot in the chest, was acquitted.
Tourism down: Tourism on the Island dropped an
estimated 20 percent during the holiday season in 2002,
a dip attributed to a poor economy, fears of flying af-
ter Sept. 11, and a poor Canadian-dollar exchange rate.
Restaurants, though, saw a better-than-usual financial
picture during the same period.
Report summary cites need for more study: Dr.
Bob Dean, the coastal engineer charged with studying
erosion at Bean Point, said in a report that further study
is needed. Cost for the new study was estimated at
$6,500. City officials agreed to study the matter before
Cortez curator: Roger Allen was hired to coordi-
nate development of a maritime museum in Cortez at
the 1912-era schoolhouse.
Ninth grade coming?: Island Middle School di-
rectors considered adding a ninth-grade to the current
sixth- through eighth-grade curriculum. The matter was
Island building official proposed: In light of
Anna Maria City's lack of a building official, Island
cities considered consolidating building official duties.
The three Island mayors agreed to discuss the matter
further. Former Anna Maria Building Official George
McKay's certification for the post was removed by the
state in August 2001; his certification was reinstated in
December 2002; although the city did not reinstate his
position. Holmes Beach and Bradenton Beach picked
up the building official duties for Anna Maria.
Trolley turmoil: Some Island residents com-
plained that the trolley buses are too loud and want
Manatee County Area Transit to muffle them. County
officials agreed to look into the matter.
No Island building official: Bradenton Beach city
commissioners rejected the concept of an Islandwide
building department, thereby quashing the consolida-
Cover-ups, accusations fly: Bradenton Beach
Vice Mayor Bill Arnold accused the city's police and
public works departments of "running things the way
they want," using words like "accusation" and "cover-
uip." Police Chief Sam Speciale took offense at the "ac-
cusation," stating, "He's making it sound like we've
done something illegal." Public Works Director Dottie
Poindexter said, "You used the word cover-up, and that
causes me some concern." Arnold said he had heard
that computers were missing from the city; department
heads explained how older-model computers were
shifted to other departments and no computers had
been misplaced. "OK, I'm wrong and everybody else
is right," Arnold said. "There may be times when I may
use the wrong words."
Comp plan planning: Anna Maria City officials
and citizens spent eight hours on a Saturday learning
the nuances of comprehensive planning in what will
become a story that should stretch through the next
three years or more. Tony Arrant, with the Tallahassee-
based Florida Institute of Government, explained state
rules and land-use codes.
More parking in Anna Maria City urged by
Holmes Beach: Holmes Beach city commissioners,
concerned that a change in beach-access parking in
Anna Maria City could jeopardize future beach
renourishment projects on the Island, directed Mayor
Carol Whitmore to voice their concerns to Anna Maria
Mayor SueLynn regarding lack of beach access.
Winner: Cheryl Bennett was named Anna Maria
Elementary School Employee of the Year. She was the
Where's the vision?: Bradenton Beach city com-
missioners questioned the progress of the year-long
visioning project to determine future growth, or lack
thereof, in the city. Another meeting on the matter was
scheduled for March.
Man-Of-War attacks beaches: Portuguese Man-
Of-War jellyfish by the hundreds littered the northern
beaches of the Island. The bright blue fish cause an
intense sting if touched by humans.
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THE ISLANDER 0 DEC. 31, 2003 0 PAGE 9
Year in review for 2003
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 8
Parking redux: Anna Maria City parking restric-
tions split the city, with scores of letters coming in from
people either favoring some parking limits, some op-
posing any parking limitations.
Parking meter on ballot: Bradenton Beach city
commissioners agreed to place the question of whether
or not parking meters should be placed in the Bridge
Street area on the November ballot for voters to decide
the controversial matter.
Noisy trolleys for a while: With a cost of $12,000-
$20,000 per trolley to muffle loud motors, Manatee
County Area Transit officials decided that a more si-
lent bus system won't happen any time soon, but
agreed to continue to work on the problem.
Sandpiper deal closes: Sandpiper Mobile Resort
residents were able to purchase the park from owner
Skate park a go: Holmes Beach city commission-
ers approved the development of a micro-skate park
near city hall.
Vacation: Holmes Beach city commissioners ap-
proved vacation of a portion of Third Avenue to Patrick
McConnell in front of his property at 3716 Gulf Drive.
The vacation was needed, McConnell said, to make his
new home more architecturally pleasing.
Election winners: Commissioner Linda Cramer
was re-elected and political newcomer Duke Miller
elected to the city commission in Anna Maria. Candi-
date Jeff Smith came in third in the race. Electors also
approved a change in the city charter which will make
the mayor strictly an administrator, changed the elec-
tion date from February to November, called for a fifth
commissioner. That commissioner will be appointed
until the next election in November. Tom Aposporos
was later appointed to the new spot on the dais, and
John Quam was named as commission chair.
School winner: Kathy Hayes, principal at Orange
Ridge-Bullock Elementary School, was named the new
principal at Anna Maria Elementary School.
Tidemark objections: Tidemark developer Nick
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Duffy's Tavern reopened in its new location in March. Pictured celebrating are, from left, Polli Stroup, Peggi
Davenport, Chris McNamara and proprietress Pat "Miss Duffy" Geyer.
Easterling's proposal to change the configuration and
docks at his Tidemark hotel-condo project received a
number of objections from environmental groups,
which cited fears that larger boats could harm mana-
Fire drill for real: Anna Maria Elementary School
was evacuated of students and staff after smoke began
pouring from an air-conditioning unit. No one was hurt.
Easement vacation: A platted but undeveloped
alley on property at 2512 Gulf Drive was vacated by
the Bradenton Beach City Commission. Although the
city has a moratorium on street vacations, among other
building-related issues, a city-initiated vacation is al-
lowed, which is what happened in this instance.
Height rears its ugly head: In an issue that would
eventually become a flash point for much of the Island,
Jim DePorre requested a variance from the Anna Maria
City building 37-foot height limit to build a 42-foot-tall
home at 801 N. Shore Drive.
Cell tower craze continues: Anna Maria city
commissioners bickered about who should write a
communication tower ordinance, the city attorney or
Gloria Dei Lutheran Church
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the consultant retained in 2002 to draft the city's wire-
less master plan. It was decided that the city attorney
would write the new law, and the consultant would
Cortez fest success: More than 22,500 people at-
tended the 21st annual Cortez Commercial Fishing
Festival, and about $30,000 was raised at the two-day
event. Proceeds from the festival were dedicated to the
purchase of the 95-acre FISH Preserve east of the vil-
Height OK: Anna Maria planning and zoning
board members approved Jim DePorre's 42-foot-tall
building on North Shore Drive. Next step: city commis-
Height again: Moving south, another variance to
height was presented to the Holmes Beach Board of
Adjustment by Frank Davis for his property at 5622
Gulf Drive. Davis wants a five-foot variance, to 41 feet,
for a four-unit dwelling.
No to marina expansion: The Florida Department
of Environmental Protection, in a preliminary determi-
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in St. Petersburg, car pooling to the galleries there:
Trudy Horigan, Penny Williams, Jean Tourt, Joan
Valenza, Frances Fleet, Loretta Owens, Jan
Melczarek, Darlene Holbrook, Mary Himmes, Chris
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The Beach House Restaurant in Bradenton Beach
is geared up for the annual blast to welcome the new
year, with an elegant dress-up New Year's Eve party
There was still room for a few more celebrants on
the reservation list earlier in the week, and the weather
seemed to promise a great night, said Rebecca Shannon
of the Chiles Group, Beach House owner.
There will be parties inside and on the deck out-
side, the five-piece Delrays playing indoors and a
smaller group on the deck.
It will be an elegant, extravagant affair, including
candlelight and champagne at $85 per person. The fire-
works by Jim Taylor's Taylor-Made Pyrotechnics will
begin some minutes before midnight and climax with
"a huge finale" at midnight, said Shannon.
Details about the event at the restaurant, at 200
Gulf Drive N., may be obtained by calling 779-2222.
The three Magrath sisters are reluctant to talk
about their troubles in the drama "Crimes of the
Heart," to be staged by the Island Players Jan. 8-
25 at its theater in Anna Maria City.
Troubles? One sister's trouble is that she shot
her husband, has been accused and admits it. The
youngish sisters are together in their hometown,
Hazlehurst, Miss., because their grandfather is se-
The mood is grim for awhile, not helped by
cousin Chick who is glad to remind everyone of
her nearly blameless life.
The shooting sister, Babe, finds a lawyer or he
finds her and they all overcome the moodiness as
the three sisters open up. They end up feeling bet-
ter, less oppressed by their problems.
Babe is played by Megan Mooney, the other
Magrath sisters by Diana Shoemaker as Lenny and
Dianne Brin as Meg. Others in the cast are Leslie
Taylor as Chick Boyle, Joe Shedrick as Doc Por-
ter, Stan Koci as Barnette Lloyd.
Veteran director Kelly Woodland is at the
helm again for this one, with dependable assis-
tants Dorothy Eder as stage manager; Mark
Woodland, set designer; Don Bailey, costume
designer; Chris McVicker, lights; and Bob
The theater is at the corner of Gulf Drive and
Pine Avenue in Anna Maria. Curtain times are 8
p.m. except for three Sunday matinees at 2 p.m.
There are no performances on Mondays. Tickets
at $15 per show may be obtained at the box office
from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. daily except Sunday, or by
calling 778-5755 during box office hours.
Charter board meets
The Island Middle School board of directors will
meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 6, at the school, 206 85th
St., Holmes Beach. For information, call 778-5200.
Island police reports
Anna Maria City
Dec. 22, 300 block of Hardin Avenue, information.
According to the report, a dog scratched the right rear
door of a parked vehicle during a walk with its owner.
Dec. 23, 700 block of North Shore Drive, informa-
tion. According to the report, a catamaran that washed
ashore was vandalized. The city public works depart-
ment was notified to move the catamaran.
Dec. 29, 100 block of Bay Boulevard, information.
A lock was reportedly removed from a newspaper box.
Dec. 4, 135 Bridge St., Bridge Tender Inn, defraud-
ing an innkeeper. According to the report, a woman
who had been dining with a male friend refused to pay
the food bill. The male diner left the restaurant first,
leaving the woman with the bill. According to the re-
port, the woman told her server that the male invited
her to dinner and should be responsible for the tab. She
also left the restaurant without paying for the meal.
Dec. 14, 1800 block of Gulf Drive South, traffic
arrest. A man stopped for driving without brake lights
on his trailer was arrested for driving without a license,
which was reportedly suspended for failing to pay child
support. According to the report, the man also had an
active Manatee County warrant for domestic battery.
Dec. 21, 300 block of Gulf Drive South, traffic
arrest. A man stopped for a broken tail light was ar-
rested for driving with a suspended license and on two
Manatee County warrants.
Dec. 28, 1200 block of Gulf Drive South, traffic
arrest. A man was cited for driving with an expired li-
cense and failing to obey the speed limit.
Dec. 22, 4400 block of Second Avenue, criminal
mischief. A man reported finding a hole cut in the
screen door of his pool area.
Dec. 22, 4000 Gulf Drive, Manatee Public Beach,
theft. A couple visiting the beach reported money sto-
len from their wallets, which had been left under the
front seat of their vehicle.
Dec. 22, 4500 block of Second Avenue, theft. A
man reported his curbside garbage cart stolen.
Dec. 22, 4000 Gulf Drive, Manatee Public Beach,
burglary. A man reported his credit card and money
stolen from his vehicle.
Dec. 22, 300 block of 66th Street, burglary. Offic-
ers responded to a burglary in progress when a
homeowner reported hearing noises in the master bed-
room, although police found the home secure.
Dec. 22, 5400 block of Marina Drive, drivers li-
cense. A man was reportedly arrested for driving with
a suspended license.
Dec. 22, 260 block of South Harbor Drive, crimi-
nal mischief. According to the report, two eggs were
thrown at a home.
Dec. 26, 5600 block of Gulf Drive, burglary. A
man reported three pounds of assorted polished gem-
stones, two knives, cash, compact discs and an all-pur-
pose tool stolen from his vehicle.
Dec. 26, 5616 Gulf Drive, Gulf Shore apartments,
burglary. A pair of beach sandals was reportedly sto-
len from a vehicle.
Dec. 28, 4700 block of Gulf Drive, DUI and drug
equipment. Ruby Lake, 58, of Holmes Beach, was ar-
rested after an officer witnessed her driving erratically.
Lake failed a field sobriety test and was arrested for
driving under the influence, according to the report.
After her arrest, officers inventoried Lake's vehicle and
found prescription medication, $270 in cash and a
crack cocaine kit. Lake was also charged with posses-
sion of drug paraphernalia.
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The Anna Maria Island Art League has set up its
class schedule for winter and spring 2004, with several
courses to begin next week.
All classes will be at the league's gallery, 5312
Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach. Full information may be
obtained by calling 778-2099. The schedule:
Basket Weaving, Pam McMillen instructor, Tues-
days from 2-3:30 p.m., first session Jan. 6-Feb. 17,
second session Feb. 24-March 15; cost $105 for mem-
bers, $115 for nonmembers, plus supplies at $35 per
Old Masters Methodology Oil Painting, Paul
Scibilia instructor, Wednesdays from 10 a.m.-noon,
first session Jan. 7-Feb. 18, second Feb. 25-April 7;
cost $84 for members, $95 for nonmembers, plus $30
Drawing the Tropical Landscape, Ginger White in-
structor, Fridays from 4-5:30 p.m., first session Jan. 9-Feb.
27, second session March 12-April 30; cost $105 for
members, $116 nonmembers.
Artworks to be displayed during January at the Island
Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, in-
clude works by Dawn Gurtner, Erin Huybrechts and the
Anna Maria Island Community Center.
Gurtner's display will be in mixed media,
Huybrecht's in oils and prints, and the center's is a quilt.
Other events on the library's January program:
Monday, Jan. 5 and 26, Internet class for beginners,
8:30 a.m., registration required by calling 778-6341.
Tuesday, Jan. 6 to 27, veterans' service officer avail-
able for interviews by appointment at 749-3030, 1-4 p.m.
Tuesday, Jan. 13, James A. McCartney, former
Washington correspondent, appears on Friends ,of the
Patrick E. Dama
Patrick E. Dama, 91, of Bradenton and formerly
Bradenton Beach, died Dec. 23.
Born in Bronx, N.Y., Mr. Dama came to
Bradenton Beach from there in 1969. He was a builder.
and developer with Dama Development. He was a
member of the Builders Union of New York City. He
was a member of St. Bernard Catholic Church, Holmes
Visitation was Dec. 28 and memorial services Dec.
29 at the church. Griffith-Cline Funeral Home, Island
Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by daughter Virginia Ramazotta of
Franklin Lakes, N.J., four grandchildren; and eight
Helen Millwater, 78, of New Jersey and Holmes
Beach, died Dec. 21.
Born in Rattan, Okla., Mrs. Millwater moved to
Holmes Beach from Orlando after living in New Jer-
sey for many years. She owned gift shops in Cape May,
N.J., and Sanford, Fla. She was employed as executive
secretary to the director of adult education in North
Plainfield, N.J., and served as secretary to the mayor
and town council of Watchung, N.J. She was a volun-
teer at hospitals in Manatee County. She attended Is-
land Baptist Church, Anna Maria City.
Local memorial services will be at 11 a.m. Friday,
Jan. 2, at the church, 8605 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria City.
She is survived by daughter Cheryl Paglia of
Judge Walter R. Talley
Judge Walter R. Talley, 78, of Bradenton, died
He was a county judge in Manatee County. He
served in the U.S. Marine Corps in World War II and
Korea. He was a member of ATO Fraternity at Univer-
sity of North Carolina. He was a member of Kiwanis
and the Bradenton Country Club. He was a member of
Christ Episcopal Church.
Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Jan. 3 at
the church, 4030 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton. Memo-
rial contributions may be made to the Michael J. Fox
Foundation for Parkinsons Research, Grand Central
Station, P.O. Box 4777, New York NY 10163. Griffith-
Mosaic Stepping Stones, Sandy French instructor,
9 a.m.-1 p.m. Jan. 30, 10-11 a.m. Jan. 31, two-day
workshop; cost $60 for members, $66 for nonmembers,
lab fees $10.
Floorcloth Workshop, Elena DeLaVille instructor,
noon-4 p.m. Feb. 3; cost $48 for members, $53 for non-
members, $15 lab fee.
Classical Black-and-White Photography, Chris
Galanopoulos and Jerry Quin instructors, 6-8 p.m.
Monday, Feb. 9-March 15; cost $90 for members, $99
Beginning Stained Glass, Sandy French instructor,
Friday 9-11 a.m. Feb. 13-March 26; cost $76 for mem-
bers, $84 for nonmembers, $150 for supplies.
Watercolor, Barb Singer instructor, Tuesdays 10
a.m.-noon, ongoing class; $13 per class for members,
$15 for nonmembers.
Open Studio With Live Model, 6:30-8:30 p.m. sec-
ond and fourth Thursday each month; cost $5 per ses-
Library Focus on Florida program, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Tuesday, Jan. 27, author and journalist Andy Little
speaks on Friends Focus on Florida series, 2 p.m.
Wednesday, Jan. 7-28, Family Storytime, 6 p.m.
Wednesday, Jan 14, Friends Book Club, 10:30 a.m.
Thursday and Friday, Jan. 22-23, AARP driver
safety program, register at 776-1158, class noon-4 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 31, Friends of the Island Branch
Library book sale, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
The library opens at 10 a.m. daily except Sunday,
closing at 8 p.m. Monday and Wednesday, 6 p.m. Tues-
day and Thursday, 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Further
information.may be obtained by calling 778-6341.
Cline Funeral Home, Manatee Avenue Chapel, is in
charge of arrangements.
He is survived by wife Donna; stepdaughter
Kathryn S. Rogers of Holmes Beach; sons Walter R. Jr.
of St. Petersburg, Alexander R. of Marion, Ala., Daniel
L. of Atlanta, Ga.; sister Jean T. Bennett of Gainesville;
brother Robert E. of Homosassa Springs; and six
Leslie 'Les' John Young
Leslie "Les" John Young, 50, of Anna Maria City,
died Dec. 26.
Born in Chicago, Mr. Young came to the area from
Crete, Ill., in 1970. He was owner of Young's Land-
scaping and Irrigation on Longboat Key. He was a
graduate of Sarasota High School. He was a member
of Palma Sola Bay Baptist Church in Bradenton.
Memorial services were Dec. 30 at the Palma Sola
Bay Baptist Church. Burial will be in Sarasota. Toale
Brothers Funeral Home, Colonial Chapel, is in charge
He is survived by daughter Olivia N. of Anna
Maria; sons Leslie "L.J." of Bradenton and Dylan L. of
Anna Maria City; sisters Marilyn J. Panozzo of West
Palm Beach and Kathleen E. Neumann of Longboat
Key; brother William L. of Bradenton; and mother
Ethel H. of Sarasota.
Lisa Renee Young
Lisa Renee Young, 40, of Anna Maria City, died
Born in Harrison Township, Pa., Mrs. Young came
to Manatee County from Tarentum, Pa., 15 years ago.
She was a dental hygienist before becoming office ad-
ministrator at Young's Landscaping and Irrigation,
Longboat Key. She was a graduate of Highlands High
School and a graduate of a four-year dental hygienist
Visitation will be from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Fri-
day, Jan. 2, at Duster Funeral Home, 347 East Tenth
Ave., Tarentum, Pa. Memorial services will be at 11
a.m. Saturday, Jan. 3, at the funeral home.
She is survived by daughter Olivia H.; son Dylan
L.; brother John R. Phillips of Tarentum, Julie L.
Taraborrelli of Hampton Township; and grandmother
Mary C. Phillips of Natrona Heights, Pa..
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nation, rejected a proposal by the Perico Harbor marina
to dredge about 7.5 acres of bay bottom to create a 188-
wet-slip marina at the site of the current 240-dry-slip
marina. Marina officials could modify the project and
try to gain state approval, DEP officials said.
Sued: J.C. Gardener's restaurant was sued by
Sysco Foods Services for more than $176,000. The
restaurant was evicted in November 2002 from its lo-
cation at Bridgewalk, at Gulf Drive and Bridge Street,
after five months of operation. Graham Gardener of
J.C. Gardener's took over operation of the Sea Horse
restaurant in Cortez.
Trash talk: Anna Maria's Environmental Educa-
tion and Enhancement Committee members voiced
concerns about residents leaving weekend yard waste
at the curb for Wednesday collection. The group agreed
to discuss the matter again.
Duffy's Tavern reopens: Island landmark Duffy's
Tavern reopened at its new location at 59th Street and
Marina Drive in Holmes Beach. The burger-and-beer
haunt, on the Island since 1970, lost its lease at its
former venue across from the Manatee Public Beach in
June 2002. New additions to the new joint: ice, iced tea,
air conditioning and a fireplace.
Turtle center: Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch
opened its new education center at 5408 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach, filled with all things turtle.
Walk a winner: Island Middle School's "Walk the
Island for Island Middle School" fundraiser garnered
more than $22,000 for enhanced education programs.
Where're the squirrels?: In one of the oddest sto-
ries of the year, squirrels were reported to have vacated
Coquina Beach. Where once were hundreds are now
almost none, prompting Bradenton Beach police to
increase patrols to ensure that someone isn't hunting
the little furry critters.
Height OK: Frank Davis received the blessing of
the Holmes Beach Board of Adjustment to build his
four-unit project at 5622 Gulf Drive five feet higher
than allowed by city codes.
Height not OK: Holmes Beach Planning Commis-
sion members voted against a change in the city's land
development codes that would have allowed taller
buildings in the city.
Height tabled: Anna Maria city commissioners
tabled action on Jim DePorre's request for a building
height variance for his North Shore Drive home.
BB gun vandal: Several vehicles and stores in
Holmes Beach reported damage caused by someone
shooting a BB gun.
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Marine Development Corp. at 52nd Street. The devel-
opers wanted the vacation to increase the density for
condos planned at the adjacent Holmes Beach Marina.
City objection was caused by long-standing plans to
add a retention pond on the right of way.
Trolley is 1: The trolley bus on the Island turned
1 year old. It averaged 910 passengers a day, or about
26 an hour, according to Manatee County Area Tran-
sit officials, and had been termed a success with its free
Parking: Anna Maria city commissioners agreed
to a study on existing parking availability within the
city before implementing any parking restrictions.
Skate park: Holmes Beach city commissioners
agreed to purchase about $53,000 worth of equipment
for the micro-skate park to be constructed adjacent to
Green flash tales: In an article that eventually
generated almost a score of responses from readers,
The Islander's "Sandscript" column told tales of re-
ported green flashes at sunset and sunrise off Florida.
Everyone, it seemed, except the "Sandscript" colum-
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Vision is for less traffic: Bradenton Beach citi-
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to address traffic on Gulf Drive. A final report was
scheduled for April.
"Live with it:" Island elected officials, again sty-
mied by the U.S. Coast Guard to change the opening
schedule on bridges linking the Island to the mainland,
reached a consensus to "just live with the traffic" dur-
ing the peak tourist season. The bridges open on the
hour and at twenty minute intervals when needed; Is-
land officials want that time changed to twice an hour.
The Coast Guard is in charge of bridge openings.
Parking: Another element of Anna Maria City
entered into the parking fray South Bay Boulevard
residents are upset about street parking near Galati
Marine and Rotten Ralph's restaurant. A study of the
area was authorized by officials.
Dredging: Holmes Beach officials applied to the
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for permits to dredge 31
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canals in the city. More than 48,000 cubic yards of
material would be dredged. Cost for the dredging, if
approved, was unknown.
Violations charged: Owners of two elevated con-
dos at 4004 Sixth Ave. in Holmes beach were found in
violation of city codes for having living quarters com-
plete with kitchen and bathroom on the ground floor,
which, according to the city, may only be used for stor-
age. Both homeowners agreed to conform to city law.
Winner: Bradenton Beach was declared the win-
ner in a long-standing court case concerning denial of
variances for two duplexes in the 1400 block of Gulf
Drive, across the street from the Bermuda Bay condo-
minium. Attorneys for the developers said they would
appeal the decision.
Busted: Six people were arrested in Bradenton
Beach and Holmes Beach, charged with selling drugs.
BB gun vandals strike again: Late-night vandals
again struck in Holmes Beach, with 12 vehicle owners
and businesses reporting holes in windows caused by
BB pellets. Police were investigating and looking for
leads, and said the vandals were suspected to be under
the age of 20.
Capital improvement plans: Anna Maria City's
capital improvement committee outlined stormwater
improvement projects in the city for many streets, plus
recommended a citywide stormwater improvement
study be conducted.
Tip gets threat: Residents near the Tip of the Is-
land restaurant-pub in Anna Maria City threatened le-
gal action against the establishment on Palmetto Av-
enue due to what they say are code violations. Resi-
dents said the establishment sells more alcohol than
food; city officials disagreed.
Deadly crash: An early morning car crash left two
people dead on the Cortez Bridge. Walter Sher of Anna
Maria was driving his car eastbound on the bridge
when he sped through the barricade for the bridge and
hit the span as it was being raised. Also killed was
Jamie Hayes of Bradenton.
Road work OK'd: Anna Maria city commission-
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Grant request: Bradenton Beach officials applied
for a $300,000 federal-state grant to create the Coquina
Beach Trail, a loop that would allow walkers and cy-
clists to travel south from Fifth Street South near the
Gulf to the Longboat Bridge, then under the bridge and
north to Leffis Key.
Tortuga Inn expansion OK'd: Bradenton Beach
Planning and Zoning Board members approved a 13-
unit expansion of the Tortuga Inn, 1325 Gulf Drive,
with a number of stipulations. The proposed project
met all city requirements, according to city staff. To-
tal units on the site are 55.
Dredging: Cost estimates for the dredging of ca-
nals in Holmes Beach, with a 10-year life attributed to
the project, was placed at about $1 million.
Island heroes: Bob McGlynn and Jim Krupa were
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rescue cook Andrew Sargent from the burning build-
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ing businesses in the strip center.
Height: Anna Maria officials agreed that more
meetings were needed to address the height of build-
ings in the city.
Cell law: Anna Maria city commissioners agreed,
after viewing 13 pages of criticism from a consultant
regarding the city attorney's draft ordinance limiting
communication towers, to have the consultant write the
Retired: Postal worker Keith Markert retired from
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two years earlier, Joan Stephens thought her purse and
wallet were long gone. Enter Bill and Linda Stalye,
who were snorkeling in the surf and found her purse in
tact and returned it to Joan, complete with $307 in cash.
Again with BB gun vandals: In two months, al-
most 30 incidents of BB gun damages were reported in
Holmes Beach, mostly in the Gulf Drive-Marine Drive
Near-school shooting: Two Holmes Beach resi-
dents were cited with drug and weapons charges after
an early morning shootout at a residence abutting the
Anna Maria Elementary School. Jesse Buri and Shae
Corrigan said an intruder had entered the home on
North Harbor Drive, prompting the early morning gun-
fire. The school had not opened for the day and classes
New school plans unveiled: New Anna Maria
Elementary School plans were presented to the com-
munity, featuring a separate auditorium and cafeteria.
Most new schools in the county have a combined fa-
cility called a "cafetorium." Construction cost was es-
timated at $7.1 million.
Height again: With two variances to the city's
height rules, one for Frank Davis, the other for Patrick
McConnell, Holmes Beach city commissioners are
pondering state and local rules to try to decide on
height-limit changes to the city code. A decision was
expected by May.
Sandpiper: Although Sandpiper Mobile Resort
residents were able to come up with enough money to
purchase the park, a title issue arose that could jeopar-
dize the purchase. Several of the mobile homes are on
city streets, and overall density of mobile homes within
the park is greater than allowed. The matter had been
an issue since 1961. City commissioners agreed to dis-
cuss the matter further, and eventually reached a com-
promise that called for a gradual phasing out of mobile
homes in the park.
Building officials: Anna Maria city commission-
ers wrestled with whether or not to continue to utilize
building official services from Holmes Beach or hire
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Holmes Beach officials said they would discontinue the
city's service to Anna Maria.
Sewers coming?: Manatee County commissioners
agreed to provide sewer service to 11 homeowners on
Peacock Lane in Holmes Beach, the last, largest sec-
tion of the Island without county sewer service. Total
cost of the service installation not including indi-
vidual hookups from the street to the residences was
estimated at $54,000, with the county picking up 8
percent and homeowners funding the remainder.
Who cares?: The ManaSota-88 attorney attempt-
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While that litigation is still pending, the revised site
plan might render it moot.
III a last-ditch effort to save Perico from the
clutches of Arvida's development, county commission-
ers June 8 approved a motion to pursue a possible pur-
chase of the property from the current land owner,
Manatee Fruit Company.
But tile county's efforts for a purchase may prove
too little and too late.
Whiting Preston Jr. of Manatee Fruit Co. did not
appear interested at the Bradenton City Council rneet-
in- in talking to the county about any potential pur-
chase. A motion by Councilwoman Marianne
Barnebey to table discussion of the site plan until
Manatee County has had a chance to discuss a purchase
with the owners failed for lack ofa second.
Efforts to reach Preston for comment were 1111SLIC-
With approval by Bradenton, Arvida inay now
have tile green light to begin construction unless legal
action to halt tile proJect is swiftly enacted. McClash
said the col!!ity attorney's report won't be ready until
tile June 22 commission ineeting
'File environmental proup ManaSota-88 was part of
tile 2000 lawsuit against- Bradenton, and executive di-
rector Glenn Compton said his organization will not
"It was obvious tile City COIIIIMSSion had made up
its nilrid before tile meeting. They are not even Inter-
ested ill having Manatee County talk about a purchase.
I'm extremely upset, but we are going to take a long
hard look at legal action. We'll certainly see what
Manatee County does and I'll talk to our board about
what to do."
But finances are always a consideration in my le-
"We'reJUSt a S111.111 environmental organization.
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Please stay: Bradenton Beach Vice Mayor Bill
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First nest: The first loggerhead sea turtle nest ap-
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and, about 60 days later, the little reptiles crawl into the
Vandals: Holmes Beach police said they had a
"heavy physical presence" in the area where BB gun
vandals had been shooting windows. A reward of $700
was collected by citizens and businesses for informa-
tion leading to an arrest of the vandals.
Noisy, or not: Bradenton Beach officials, unde-
cided on how loud was too loud, deadlocked on ap-
proving a noise ordinance in the city.
Foxy: At least two fox sightings were made on the
Island, prompting questions about how they got here
and what they're doing.
Violation: Another property in Holmes Beach, at
308 67th St., was found to be in violation of city code
that limits living quarters on the ground floor of the
structure. The homeowners agreed to remove the vio-
lation, but claimed a previous building official had said
the practice was allowed.
Radio Perico?: A low-powered radio station was
proposed for Perico Island that would reach to Anna
Maria Island if approved by myriad federal and state
Biggest yet: The most expensive hotel sale in Is-
land history was made when David Teitelbaum bought
the 2.7 acre Tortuga Inn resort in Bradenton Beach for
$6.5 million. The property is zoned for 55 units. The
only more expensive sale than the Tortuga was when
Sandpiper residents bought their mobile home park,
also in Bradenton Beach, for $9.6 million.
Sigma proposal for Cortez: A new proposal for
the former Sigma fish house in Cortez called for rec-
reation of a Cortez classic: the Albion Inn, the former
resort that was torn down to make way for U.S. Coast
Guard Station Cortez. Developer for the boatell" a
motel targeted to boat owners is Piero Rivolta. The
project also includes 35 boat slips and a restaurant.
Good tourist season: Island hoteliers and other
tourist-oriented businesses classed the winter snowbird
season just ended as "very good."
Affaire to Remember: The annual fundraising bash
to benefit the Anna Maria Island Community Center
raised more than $286,000 and drew a packed house.
At least one fox has taken up residency on the Island, as this picture by Anna Maria City resident Vilma
Martynec clearly shows.
Ringing: Mike Norman of Bradenton Beach do-
nated a bronze bell to the city for placement in the
clock (bell) tower at Bridge Street and the city pier. It
will ring at noon, 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. daily.
Height: Holmes Beach officials contemplate a
moratorium on all height issues in the city. City com-
missioners agreed to consider it later.
Pier problems?: Residents complained that new
franchisees at the Bradenton Beach City Pier, Karen
and John Gallo, have problems with the facility. The
pier franchise lease is due for renewal in July. City
commissioners agreed to talk about the issues.
Building officials: Holmes Beach officials decide
to end the relationship between their city and Anna
Maria City "within 60 to 90 days" in a general consen-
Bradenton Beach turns 50: Bradenton Beach
celebrates its 50th anniversary of incorporation with a
street party, dinner party, music and lots of food.
To the bikes!: Anna Maria's law enforcement of-
ficers, deputies with the Manatee County Sheriff's
Office, have taken to bicycles to conduct "community
policing" to the glee of residents and deputies alike. "I
can't tell you how much I enjoy it," said Sgt. John
We're No. 1: The Island Middle School Conch
Fritter Band took first place in the jazz-band category
at the World Festival Tours Competition in Orlando,
winning against 12 competitors from across the coun-
Bed tax hike proposed: Bradenton Area Conven-
tion and Visitors Bureau chief Larry White proposed
raising the tourist accommodations tax from 3 to 4
percent, a proposal that was met with opposition by
Island hoteliers. Resorts on Anna Maria Island and
Longboat Key generate about 80 percent of the room
sales revenue from their guests.
Bridge repairs: Repairs to the Anna Maria Bridge
between Holmes Beach and Perico Island began. Re-
pair to pilings, at a cost of $231,000, is the first phase
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in what will eventually be a $7.2 million re-do of the
span, giving it an estimated "life expectancy" of 10
Contentious Cortez: About 80 people packed the
community center in Cortez to hear Piero Rivolta's
plans for the Sigma fish house property he owns. He
hopes to create a boatel a 20-room resort catering to
boaters and architecturally modeled after the former
Albion Inn in the village. Some villagers liked the
plans, other did not. Next stop: the county planning
commission, then the county commission.
Another condo: Developer Bill Greer proposed a
12-unit condo project at the former Island Plantation
motel on 1.5 acres at 7300 Gulf Drive in Holmes
Appeal of decision sought: Ken Lohn, himself the
chair of the Bradenton Beach Board of Adjustment,
filed an appeal of a decision by Building Official Bob
Welch to issue permits for a duplex on Bay Drive
South. Lohn lives next door to the project. He recused
himself from the board he chairs to make his appeal,
and board members rejected his request.
Perez pool finally OK'd: After "only" 18 months,
Donna and Gary Perez obtained permission to build a
swimming pool a few feet into the setback behind their
home at 783 Jacaranda St., Anna Maria City. City plan-
ners had recommended denial of the variance; a new
code in the city adopted in January 2003 allows the
pool without a variance.
Alert: Hurricane season started June 1. Experts
predicted more storms this year than on an average
Tragedy: Pilot Danny Mora and passenger Robert
Duncan crashed an ultralight plane in the surf off
Bradenton Beach. Both men were killed. Mora hailed
from Cortez; Duncan from Bradenton.
Another record: Developers Steve Noriega and
Robert Byrne paid $7.9 million for four Gulffront par-
cels in Bradenton Beach in the 2500 block of Gulf
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Height: Holmes Beach city commissioners inched
toward changing height restrictions in the city. Next up:
Construction prep: Site work at the Anna Maria
Elementary School may take place during the summer,
school officials announced.
Budget cuts vs. tax hike: Bradenton Area Con-
vention and Visitors Bureau chief Larry White said
he would be forced to cut the marketing budget if the
bed tax on accommodations in the county is not in-
"Growth Planning 101:" Tallahassee-based
growth management expert Tony Arrant spent eight
hours on a Saturday talking about growth issues to
Bradenton Beach officials and citizens.
New Tip: Tip of the Island restaurant-pub was sold
and new owners Dawn and Bob Kozash pledged to
focus on "family oriented" activities. Previously, resi-
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Sign clutter addressed: Bradenton Beach Police
Chief Sam Speciale identified about 40 more signs than
are really needed along Gulf Drive in the city to the
scenic highway committee, which endorsed the sign
removal plan and sent it to the city commission, which
Parking: Anna Maria city commissioners agreed
they needed more information before addressing the
parking issue in the city.
Height: Anna Maria city planning and zoning
board members agreed they wouldn't recommend
changing the city's height restrictions to accommodate
newer, bigger houses, and tossed the whole matter back
to the city commission.
Trolley brakes, noise: Sand has trashed the brakes
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on all five trolleys, compliments of the Island ambi-
ance. One trolley has had a noise abatement system
added, at a cost of $10,000, and Manatee County offi-
cials are still evaluating the results.
Drowning: A Pinellas County man, Jose L.
Nieves, drowned in the surf north of the Manatee Pub-
lic Beach in an area unattended by lifeguards. High
seas were attributed to the cause of the fatality.
IMS squabble: Board review committee mem-
bers at the Island Middle School and Director Jeanne
Shell squared off over teacher retention at the
school. Shell said she was considering not inviting
three teachers back to the school next year; board
members suspended her ability to do so without their
knowledge; Shell said if the board did not resolve
her leadership capabilities "at least five staff mem-
bers were prepared to 'walk.'" Another meeting on
the matter was planned.
Bloody great results: Thanks to an anonymous
benefactor who agreed to donate $100 per blood dona-
tion to four Island-based not-for-profit organizations,
239 units of blood were donated in two days.
Belle Haven restoration costs: It will cost about
$100,000 to restore the Belle Haven Cottage in Anna
Maria City to its former splendor, and the Island's his-
torical society started a fundraising drive to reach the
goal. The cottage, built in 1920 at the end of the Anna
Maria City Pier, fell into the bay and was pulled ashore
and hauled to Palmetto Avenue, where it served as a
residence for about 70 years before being moved to
Pine Avenue adjacent to the historical museum. It will
be transformed into a museum annex showcasing Is-
Out: Island Middle School Director Jeanne Shell
said she is "choosing not to return" to the school next
year after a contentious, six-hour meeting with the
school's board of directors. At issue was her authority
to hire and fire staff versus board members' input in the
Drain this: Anna Maria city commissioners
agreed to authorize engineering work to conduct a
citywide stormwater management program, the first
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step in keeping the city's streets dry after it rains.
Bridge backup: Replacement of the Key Royale
Bridge was delayed a year, to 2005-06. Cost of the re-
placement is estimated at about $1.1 million.
Gone: The Professional Medical Center in Holmes
Beach closed its doors, citing higher malpractice insur-
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No charge: A proposal for electric car rental in
Bradenton Beach was quashed when the application
for extending the special-exception use for Island
Water Sports and Scooter Rentals of 1301 Gulf
Drive was determined to violate state law. The
Florida Department of Transportation ruled that
safety concerns would cause it to prohibit the elec-
tric cars on Gulf Drive from the rental location.
School plans OK'd: Preliminary plans for the
new Anna Maria Elementary School were approved
by the Manatee County School Board. The plans call
for the new building to be constructed east of the
existing school, allowing the school to continue to
operate while construction takes place. The school
will be elevated, have both an auditorium and cafete-
ria, and be built to accommodate up to 350 students.
Officials said they would present the plans to the
community in August, after school starts.
Best: The Florida Association of Realtors said
the average price of a single-family home in the
Manatee-Sarasota area of Florida rose 24 percent
from April 2002 to April 2003, the largest increase
in the state.
Halt!: Anna Maria city officials halted dredging
of Galati Marine's boat basin after hazardous wastes
buckets, old batteries and the like were found
at the dredge spoil site.
Skate park fee feud: A spat between Island
cites erupted concerning fees for skaters at the mi-
cro-skate park in Holmes Beach. Skaters in that city
would pay $10 a year to skate as much as they want;
kids in Anna Maria City and Bradenton Beach would
pay $30 a year. The difference, said Holmes Beach
Mayor Carol Whitmore, was caused by failure of the
other two municipalities to sign an interlocal agree-
ment on liability, despite the other two cities finan-
cially contributing to the park. The matter was
deemed worthy of further discussion.
Kudos for Kathy: Anna Maria Elementary School
Principal Kathy Hayes was one of only five elementary
school principals in the state to receive the 2003 Prin-
cipal Achievement Award by the Florida Department
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'The wild blue'
Bob "Bus" Shafer, formerly of Anna Maria, grew
up on a farm in Illinois, dreaming of one day becom-
ing a pilot.
After the United States entered World War II, he
tried to enlist in the U.S. Army Air Corp for pilot train-
ing, but failed the physical.
The draft board, however, wasn't so picky, and he
was drafted into the Army on Jan. 1, 1943.
"They asked me if I wanted to fly and I said 'sure,'
so I went into the Army Air Corps. That was fine with
Following basic training, he took gunnery school
training in Ft. Myers, then went to armaments school
By November 1943, Bus was a qualified gunner
and was assigned to a crew for a B-24 bomber. The
crew picked up a brand new B-24 Liberator from the
factory in Kansas, and flew it all the way to the South
Pacific, landing on Espiritu Santu Island in the New
Hebrides where they were assigned to the 13th Air
"We were the smallest air force in the air corps. We
only had 48 planes," said Bus.
Being assigned to the 13th was also a bit unlucky.
"In Europe," observed Bus, "you went home after 25
missions. In-the 13th, you kept flying until the Army
said you could go home, you got wounded badly, or
you went home in a body bag,"
His crew began flying missions immediately, usu-
ally on 10- to 12-hour flights, to bomb Japanese targets
on distant islands.
On a mission over Truk Island, his group was at-
tacked by more than 100 Japanese Zeros (fighter
planes). "We knocked down about 50 and I'm sure I
got a few."
Living conditions in the South Pacific were sparse.
"We lived in tents with no electricity, no running wa-
ter and little entertainment. It was always 130 degrees
outside and raining. We flew every other day and never
knew which mission would be our last."
But Bus had the luck of the draw on his side.
On one mission, the Japanese shot a hole in the
wing of his plane near the wheel well and the pilot
wasn't sure the wheel would hold up on landing.
"I wanted to bail out, but everyone else said stay
with the ship, so I did." The plane landed without in-
cident, "but that wheel was probably held up with a
paper clip," said Bus with a laugh.
Other incidents weren't so funny.
On one mission, a bomb failed to drop and Bus had
to climb down the catwalk, 30,000 feet in the air, the
temperature 24 degrees below zero, and in full gear into
an open bomb bay to dislodge the bomb.
"One false step and I would have gone with the
bomb," he said.
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When his outfit was transferred from Espiritu
Santu to Guadalcanal, the pilot decided to take a few
men and their equipment on the first flight, then return
for the rest of the crew.
"I stayed behind for the second flight," said Bus.
On takeoff of the first flight, the pilot lost an engine and
tried to turn in the wrong direction. "He didn't make it
and six of my buddies died in the crash. I was just lucky
it wasn't me. The luck of the draw."
Another time, the pilot became "concerned" about
a night mission and declared an engine emergency, just
so he could land at a fighter base to avoid completing
the bombing mission at night.
The airstrip was only about 1,000 feet long and
wouldn't normally hold a B-24, but the plane blew a
tire on landing and that helped slow it on the ground.
"When I looked out, we had run off the end of the
runway and our wing was over a cliff that dropped
down about 200 feet. Man, that was close."
The next day, the plane was pushed off the cliff, the
crew complained to the group commander about the
pilot, who was immediately transferred to a desk job,
and the co-pilot, Lt. Randolph, was promoted to the
"That was a good thing because Randolph prob-
ably saved our lives on our last mission."
By mid-1944, Bus had completed 57 missions and
he knew the chances of survival decreased every time
he went in the air.
One day, said Bus, the group commander called for
volunteers for a "suicide mission" to bomb the Japa-
nese oil fields on Borneo, an 18-hour roundtrip flight.
"He said most of us wouldn't make it back because
we'd run out of gas, but if we did and we already had
25 missions, we would be sent back to the States.
"We all had more than enough missions and we
knew if anybody could get the plane back, Randolph
could. He was a genius at conserving fuel."
Of the 48 Liberators that took off for Borneo, only
eight returned, including Randolph's plane.
Shafer, third from
right, with the 10-
man crew that
flew a brand new
from Kansas to
the South Pacific
Bob Shafer today still has his wartime logbook, diary
and photos that he took during his 58 bombing
missions in the South Pacific in WWII. Islander
Photo: Rick Catlin
"We lost a few planes over the target, but most just
crashed because they ran out of fuel along the return
route," said Bus. "I'm sure some guys bailed out, be-
cause the Navy had rescue ships stationed along our
As for Randolph, he had taken off with the maxi-
mum of 3,200 gallons of fuel and landed with just 60
gallons, enough for only about two or three more min-
utes of flight time.
"Two planes ran out of gas on the runway after
they landed. I think we had more fuel than anybody.
Randolph was really cool the whole mission. We knew
if anybody could, he'd make it back."
The Army lived up to its word and Bus was sent
back to the states and discharged. He never knew what
happened to Randolph, but if anybody was a hero in the
war, it was him.
"I wasn't a hero, but I considered my buddies
heros. We would do anything for each other. You just
didn't want to let them down."
After the war, Bus went to Indianapolis, got mar-
ried, and worked for a meat packing plant for 32 years.
He and his wife moved to Florida in 1979 and he had
his own wallpaper business in Bradenton for 15 years.
He lived in Anna Maria for nearly 12 years until he
moved to Palma Sola to care for a sick relative. Bus
regularly visits his old pals on the Island and still con-
siders himself an "Islander at heart."
"The war touched me a lot. I think about it every
day and how lucky I was to come back," he said.
"It was just the luck of the draw so many times that
allowed me to return, get married and raise a family.
How can I ever forget that?"
"The Greatest Generation" column is for Island,
Longboat Key, Perico Island and Cortez veterans, man
or woman, who served in the armed forces of any al-
lied country (U.S., Canada, Britain, Holland, Norway,
France, Poland, Australia, New Zealand, the Philip-
pines, etc.) during World War II. We'd like to hear
from you. Please call Rick Catlin at 778-7978.
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Very exclusive citizen
LD's Jewelry and Watch Repair at 7358 Cortez Rd.
W., Bradenton, recently became the exclusive dealer
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Pictured with some of the world-famous watches are
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Fantastic fantasy Christmas
Kids and clients at Fantasy Travel at 6630 Cortez
Road W., Bradenton, got a real Christmas break this
holiday season as clients who brought in a new toy for
the fourth annual Fantasy Travel Christmas Toy Drive
got a discount on their next cruise or tour.
Staff members collect the gifts and take them to
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award-winning staff member? Call Island Biz at 778-
7978, fax your news to 778-9392, or e-mail us at
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'What's right about IMS' campaign begins
The Island Middle School staff is inviting the com-
munity to take part in its "journey for excellence" by
joining its "What's Right About IMS" positive feed-
Staff is asking members of the school community
to share their thoughts on how IMS has made a posi-
tive impact by submitting an entry, such as one of the
examples described below, to be included in the
A story or moment that illustrates or describes
why you are content, satisfied, elated or totally blessed
to have your child attending IMS.
Explain why you believe IMS has been the right
choice for you, your child, and your family.
A moment or story illustrated using a poster or
photos with captions.
A moment or story described in a short note or
Entries can be submitted to the school via mail, e-
mail or fax, or may be given to parent representative to
the IMS board and assistant director Shellie Hodges at
the school office.
All entries will become part of the IMS archives
and kept in a portfolio for future generations of IMS
community to view.
A scrapbook has already been started and can be
Anna Maria Elementary
Monday, Jan. 5
Winter Vacation: No School
Tuesday, Jan. 6
Winter Vacation: No School
Wednesday, Jan. 7
Breakfast: Orange Muffin, Chicken Tender with
Roll, Cereal, Toast, Fruit
Lunch: Salisbury Steak with Mashed Potatoes, Fish
on a Bun or Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich,
Tossed Salad, Green Beans, Fruit
Thursday, Jan. 8
Breakfast: Yogurt, Cereal, Toast, Churro, Fruit
Lunch: Chicken Bites with Tater Tots, Yogurt, Fruit
and Muffin Plate or Peanut Butter and Jelly Sand-
wich, Steamed Broccoli, Tossed Salad, Fruit
Friday, Jan. 9
Breakfast: Belgian Waffle Sticks with Syrup, Cereal,
Toast, Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich
Lunch: Cheese Pizza, Peanut Butter and Jelly
Sandwich or Turkey and Cheese Sandwich, Capri
Blend, Tossed Salad, Fruit
Juice and milk are served with every meal.
9908 Gulf Drive Anna Maria
(941) 779-0034 _--
found in the IMS office. An example of a recent sub-
mission by parent Bonni Morrison can be viewed on
the IMS Web site at www.islandmiddleschool.net.
Morrison submitted a "Pragmatist's Guide to
IMS," in which she outlines three concepts she wants
her child to learn at IMS and how the school is fulfill-
ing those needs.
For example, Morrison writes that she wants her child
to learn that 'imperfection does not mean failure" and tht
the small size of IMS helps foster this concept by allow-
ing "children to see the frustrations and successes of their
teachers, administrators, parents and peers."
SIMS is located at 206 85th Street W., Holmes
Beach. The school can be reachedlat, 778-5200, by fax
to 778-5222, or by e-mail at
SAnna Maria El-
and performed their
own holiday produc-
tion for the Decein-
meeting. In the play
"Six Little Snow-
flakes" the class
reminds its audience
that the holiday
season is also a time
to reach out and
help those who are
on stage to sing
togetherness for the
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Of o. 1908. Fee applies. by the Sea Episcopal Church, 563 Bay Isles Road,
O Q G O M I Noon to 3:30 p.m. -Friendly bridge at the Anna Longboat Key. Information: 761-4119.
Q Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., "Living Art Collection" at Garcia Gallery, 917 12th
Anna Maria. Information: 778-1908. Fee applies. Ave. W., Bradenton, through Feb. 4. Information: 746-
S0 3 1 to 4 p.m. Veterans' service officer at the Island 8743.
Q Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Watercolor sessions with Susie Cotton at the
Appointments: 749-3030. Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia
Wednesday, Dec. 31 7 to 9 p.m. Boating and seamanship program at Ave., Anna Maria, through May 25. Information: 778-
Noon to 3:30 p.m. Duplicate bridge at the Anna the Coast Guard Auxiliary building, G.T. Bray Park, 1908. Fee applies.
Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., 5801 53rd Ave. Ct. W., Bradenton. Information: 761-
Anna Maria. Information: 778-3390. Fee applies. 4303. Fee applies. Upcoming:
6 p.m. Family storytime at the Island Branch Fitness free-for-all at the Anna Maria Island Com-
Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Informa- Wednesday, Jan. 7 munity Center Jan. 8.
tion: 778-6341. 7 to 8 a.m. Pier Regulars meeting at the Anna Sarasota Shell Club meeting at Mote Marine
9p.m.- Haley's Motel 50th Anniversary fireworks Maria City Pier, 100 S. Bay Blvd., Anna Maria. Informa- Aquarium Jan. 8.
display on the beach at 81st Street, Holmes Beach. tion: 778-7062. Saltwater fishing course at the Longboat Key
Information: 778-5405. 9 to 10 a.m. N.I.A. fitness class with Janis Education Center Jan. 8.
Frawley-Holler at the Anna Maria Island Community Basics of interior design class at the Anna Maria
Friday, Jan. 2 Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: Island Community Center Jan. 8.
10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Bridge lessons with Larry 778-1908. Fee applies. One-Stroke Painting at the Anna Maria Island
Auerbach at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, Noon to 3:30 p.m. Duplicate bridge at the Anna Community Center Jan. 8.
407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 778- Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Line dancing at the Anna Maria Island Commu-
1908. Fee applies. Anna Maria. Information: 778-3390. Fee applies. nity Center Jan. 9.
6 to 10 p.m. First Weekend Art Fest at Village 1 to 2:30 p.m. Drawing class with Susie Cotton Bead class at the Anna Maria Island Community
of the Arts, between 14th and Ninth Street West, at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Mag- Center Jan. 9.
Bradenton. Information: 741-8056. nolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 778-1908. Fee Women of Manatee County Republican Club
applies, meeting at the Bradenton Country Club Jan. 9.
Saturday, Jan. 3 6 p.m. Family storytime at the Island Branch Opening reception for Erin Huybrechts at the Is-
8 a.m. to noon- Anna Maria Island Power Squad- Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Informa- land Branch Library Jan. 10.
ron safe boating class at 1200 71st St. N.W., tion: 778-6341. Saltwater flyfishing course at the Longboat Key
Bradenton. Information: 778-8408. Fee applies. Education Center Jan. 10.
8:30 a.m. Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island Ongoing: Longboat Lifestyles Health Expo at the Centre
meeting at Cafe on the Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Mana- "Holiday in Paradise: Mermaids, Sea Creatures Shops of Longboat Key Jan. 10.
tee Public Beach, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-. & Art, Oh My!" at the Village of the Arts galleries be- Auditions for "Over the River and Through the
0355. tween 14th and Ninth Street West in downtown Woods" at the Island Players theater Jan. 11.
11 a.m. to 4 p.m. First Weekend Art Fest at Vil- Bradenton, through Jan. 3. Information: 741-8056. "My 30 Years in Washington" with James
large of the Arts, between 14th and Ninth Street West, Watercolor exhibit by Dee Pastorius at All Angels McCartney at the Island Branch Library Jan. 13.
Bradenton. Information: 741-8056.
Sunday, Jan. 4
8:30 to 11:30 a.m. All-you-can-eat breakfast at
the American Legion Post No. 24, 2000 75th St. W.,
Bradenton. Information: 794-3489. Fee applies.
Monday, Jan. 5
10 to 11:30 a.m. German language lessons with a
Bettina Sego at the Anna Maria Island Community
Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information:
778-1908. Fee applies.
12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Irish dance class at St. Ber- -N -
nard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes .
Beach. Information: 778-1908. Fee applies. .i
6:30 p.m. Artists Guild of Anna Maria meeting
at the Church of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive,
Holmes Beach. Information: 778-1788.
Tuday, Ja. 6 Vendors and shoppers come from all over to make sales and deals when Ginny's Antiques & Art hosts a
9:30 a.m. to noon Watercolor class with Susie
Cotton at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, "flea market" sale in its parking lot. The event is monthly through tourist season, with the next sale at 8 a.m.
407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 778- Sunday, Jan. 4, at the shop, 5600 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy
From Anna Maria to Ellenton and points inbetween, you're sure to find hunting for art,
antiques and collectibles as much fun as the discovery. There are so many places to go FE1 D S' ORE
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Leffis Key: The way the Island used to be
After spending what seems like a year poring over
the 2003 editions of The Islander, I admit to being
somewhat focused on history this week. Below is the
first "Sandscript" column, written for the edition dated
July 15, 1998.
Has it really been five-and-a-half years already?
A stark place, monochromatic at first glance. It
was a place you had to wade out into. Had to train your
ears to uncover the faint sounds, sharpen your eyes
enough to tell one vague gray from another. That was
one of the problems. People were so glutted on the
garish, the loud gimmicks of Disney World, the neon
extremes of the new Florida, they didn't appreciate
grays and browns anymore. The nuances of dull
greens. The result was, a lot of people were willing to
part with what they took to be nothing but a colorless
mosquito breeding ground. Willing to let the machines
gobble away at it, mile by mile, drain it, pave it, let the
cardboard housing developments sprawl farther and
"Mean High Tide," by James W. Hall
Subtleties of green and gray and brown, slight dis-
tinctions in shape and form of leaves and a gentle si-
lence of Florida of years past are the offerings of Leffis
Key in Bradenton Beach.
When you go, don't expect to be overcome with
the "neon extremes of the new Florida," as Hall writes.
Instead, practice the art of careful observation.
Leffis Key is one of the larger efforts scientists and
policy makers have achieved in this part of the state as
a bastion re-creating an environmental habitat that has
been battered through development for homes in years
past. Leffis Key old-timers remember it as Coffee
Key was once a mangrove isle separated from Co-
quina Beach by a shallow channel, a vital nursery
ground for fish and birds and shellfish that once prob-
ably served as a bayside retreat for marine life from
part of the ebb and flow of Longboat Pass.
Over time, the little key became a man-made land-
fill. Dredge material, called spoil, from the creation of
the Intracoastal Waterway in the late 1950s, was
dumped on the island and filled the channel between
the Island and the key. The added spoil in part raised
the elevation of the land, allowing exotic plants like
Australian pines and Brazilian peppers to flourish and
choking out native mangroves and buttonwoods. About
15 acres of mangroves were eventually destroyed due
to human intervention.
That's when the folks from the Sarasota Bay Na-
tional Estuary Program stepped into the picture. In
1990, work began on adding tidal pools around the 30-
acre key. The spoil from the creation of the lagoons
was used to build a 40-foot mound in the middle of the
little island. Native plants such as red cedar, Florida
privet, sea grape, golden creeper and green buttonwood
were planted, as well as hundreds of small red man-
Boardwalks and trails were added, too, to allow
people to stroll through the natural park and get a
glimpse of what much of Anna Maria Island looked
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like at the turn of the century. The first phase of the
project ended in 1994.
A boardwalk across a dredged channel lies at the
entrance of Leffis Key. It's not unusual to see schools
of small snook nosing into the current as the tide comes
in, hanging motionless in the still water. Tiny fiddler
crabs with brightly painted shells scamper in the sand
and burrow in the shore along the water.
The trail angles to the right, where a deck sprouts
into Anna Maria Sound. Signs indicate a rock forma-
tion just casting distance from the boardwalk, and wade
fishers compete with pelicans in the flats for trout and
The trail continues around the large mound, skirt-
ing the lagoons that are lined with marsh grass and
thriving red mangroves. It's through a canopy of man-
groves that the path leads to another deck on the
bayfront, this time with a vista of a large school of
small mullet swirling through the shoal grass and oys-
In this fringe of red and black mangrove there are
small black crabs scuttling through the prop roots and
pneumatophores, those four-inch-high, pencil-looking
roots that allow black mangroves to purge their systems
of excess salt as well as helping the trees "breathe."
Egrets wade through the shallow water looking for a
fingerling fish snack.
The trail continues along the mangrove fringe, then
jogs through a saltern, or salt marsh. Salterns are rap-
idly disappearing in the area, partly due to pollution and
rising water that tend to choke out the plants that live
there. It's a shame the ground is alive with more
fiddler crabs waving their one huge claw at intruders.
Another waterfront deck offers a panoramic view
of Cortez at the end of the path, which then doubles
back through another saltern and across another board-
walk over the lagoonal system.
The trail to the top of the mound in the center of
Leffis Key leads through a score of red cedars. From
the hilltop, the waterfront of Cortez is plainly visible.
Some of the houses on Jewfish Key peep through the
pines to the southeast. Coquina Beach and the Gulf are
visible to the west.
Leffis Key is a growing, dynamic area. The la-
goonal system has grown northward to the small boat
ramp, with more plantings, more boardwalks, more
area to explore.
The expansion featured something a little different,
too. Some of the clean spoil was used to fill a deep hole
northeast of Leffis Key in Anna Maria Sound, a hole
that extends down too far for seagrasses to grow. Shoal
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and turtle grasses have since recolonized the area, pro-
viding a home for more marine life.
More than $400,000 has been spent to re-create
Leffis Key as the environmentally important area it is
Volunteers planted more than 50,000 native plants
in the area to date, with many of the plants donated by
several nurseries in the area. Much more will evolve
before the project is completed.
The number of birds, fish, crabs, insects and other
marine life that now call the key home must appreci-
ate the effort.
Leffis Key drew national attention among birders
in Spring 1999 when a western stripe-headed tanager,
the first ever confirmed on the west coast of Florida,
was spotted there. It is a West Indies native whose near-
est home to Florida is the Bahamas. About 20 sightings
: .... verified in
j. : -: : "" Florida, all
ami and the
g o t t e n
caught in a
flock of mi-
S grating war-
S': thought it
Western stripe-headed tanager. the bird had
the Everglades, where one was believed spotted earlier,
and was driven westward by huge fires there. Both men
are bird-watching veterans of the Audubon Society.
Richard Ware of Holmes Beach said the bird was
seen first at 11 a.m. April 10 by two vacationing
women on their way out of town. They took one last
walk on Leffis Key, saw the rare visitor and from the
airport phoned Arnold Rawson of Sarasota, bird re-
corder for Audubon. Word went out via an Internet
From then on the bird was a star.
One man flew in from Vail, Colo., the next day.
Two came from Seattle, another from San Francisco,
another drove all night from Jacksonville. Others
rushed to the Island from Ohio, Sacramento, Kansas
City, Baltimore, Michigan and points outward.
The bird left, perhaps back to the Bahamas, in early
May, and has not returned although birders are still
watching and waiting.
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THE ISLANDER M DEC. 31, 2003 M PAGE 23
Lots of reds, sheepies, some snook good bets now
By Capt. Mike Heistand
Fishing action remains on the slow side, except for
those great-tasting sheepshead near almost any struc-
ture in the bays. Lots of reports of 4-pound sheepies are
coming up everywhere, with really good results com-
ing from fishing near the Anna Maria Bridge or the pier
at the Manatee Public Beach.
Offshore fishing, when weather permits, is near-
excellent for grouper and snapper.
And backwater anglers are filling the holds still
with redfish and having lots of fun with catch-and-re-
lease trout and some big snook.
Lee Gause at Perico Harbor Bait & Tackle said
there are lots of sheepshead being caught near the Anna
Maria Bridge and the pier at the Manatee Public Beach
in Holmes Beach, plus some redfish coming from the
potholes in the seagrass flats. Catch-and-release trout
are also a good bet for anglers, he added.
Capt. Thorn Smith at Angler's Repair on Cortez
Road said he's getting quite a few redfish in the 15- to
24-inch range, flounder to 15 inches, sheepshead to 4
pounds and a few catch-and-release trout. Most of his
best results are coming from Joe's Island, with artifi-
cial bait and flies working the best for hookups.
Bob Kilb at the Rod & Reel Pier said anglers are
finding things to be at its winter best, with lots of
sheepshead, black drum, flounder and a few redfish.
Cliff Alcorn at the Anna Maria City Pier said
he's seeing lots of black drum, flounder and sheeps-
head to 4 pounds coming onto the deck.
Bill Lowman at Island Discount Tackle said
grouper fishing is still fair to excellent offshore right
now, with trolling about five miles from Anna Maria
Island getting the best results. Some of the grouper are
coming in at better than 20 pounds, too. Snapper action
- lane and mangrove is also good, with most
catches in the 3- to 4-pound range. Sheepies and red-
fish are the targeted fish in the backwaters, he added.
Dave Johnson at Snead Island Crab House said
sheepshead are everywhere right now, plus some catch-
and-release snook being caught near the old railroad
bridge in the Manatee River. Black drum are still be-
ing caught near the docks in the river, he added.
Capt. Rick Gross on Fishy Business out of
Catchers Marina in Holmes Beach said he's getting
his charters into a mess of bluefish, sheepshead, small
grouper, flounder and some catch-and-release trout.
Capt. Tom Chaya on the Dolphin Dreams in
Holmes Beach out of Catchers said redfish are his
best bet of the week, with sheepshead adding to the
mix. The sheepies are in the 4-pound range, Capt.
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Bill Mackson and his party caught an impressive 70 mangrove snapper while fishing with Capt. Larry
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On my boat Magic, we've been catching reds to
26 inches, sheepshead to 4 pounds, and catch-and-re-
lease trout to 24 inches in length.
Good luck and good fishing.
Capt. Mike Heistand is a 20-year-plus fishing
guide. Call him at 779-9607 to provide a fishing re-
port. Prints and digital images of your catch are also
welcome and may be dropped off at The Islander,
5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, or e-mailed to
firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include identification for
persons in the picture along with information on the
catch and a name and phone number for more infor-
mation. Snapshots may be retrieved once they ap-
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offers boating course
Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 81 is offer-
ing a boating skills and seamanship program
starting Tuesday, Jan. 6.
The course will be from 7-9 p.m. Tues-
days and Thursdays for four weeks at the
auxiliary's building in G.T. Bray Park, 5801
53rd Ave. Ct. W., Bradenton. The course is
free, but text and bookwork cost $30. Details
are available at 761-4303 or 761-7393.
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UMAX ASTRA 2110U scanner with software,
owner's manual, cables. Mac and Windows compat-
ible. $50 or best offer. Like new. 792-0160.
TWIN BEDS AND nightstand. Complete set, mat-
tresses, box springs, headboards, linens. Can de-
liver. $150 or best offer. Call 778-5538.
PIANO: BABY GRAND, very old and rough condition,
$100 or best offer. You haul. 778-0155 or 798-6417.
DINING ROOM TABLE, four chairs, recliner. Table
and chairs in antique ivory, $100. Lay-Z-Boy recliner
in light chocolate fabric, $50. Call 761-371T4.
STACK WASHER/DRYER, electric, extra-large ca-
pacity. Excellent condition, used one-and-a half-
years. $350 or best offer. 778-3367.
LADIES GOLF CLUBS with bag. Good for starter.
BEDROOM SET: solid oak in a stateroom style by
National of Mt. Airy. Eight pieces with king-size
headboard, but no beds, $1,400. 792-4274.
ISLAND PLAYER'S PECAN SALE: Mammoth halves!
New crop. Holiday bags $6.95 lb., chocolate covered
$7.95 lb. Now available at SunCoast Real Estate and
The Islander newspaper located in the Island Shop-
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land Players. For information call: 779-0202.
FREE DELIVERY: SEAFOOD to go. Shrimp, crabs,
native fish. Delivered to your door. Call James Lee,
795-1112 or 704-8421.
Vacation Rentals & Property Management
More than 35 Gulffront rentals to choose from.
Call us last! Best rates on the beach!
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Family Friendly Gulffront Luxury
2-Bedroom Condominiums 2 & 3-Bedroom Condominiums
One Week Minimum
Call For Rates and Availability
866-661-6622 or 778-8000
DR. DAVE BAND at Bongo's on Manatee Avenue
Every Friday, 6-10pm.
AMI KIWANIS CLUB fruit orders benefit Island chil-
dren. Order delicious oranges and grapefruit pack-
ages for shipment to friends and family from mem-
ber Rich Bohnenberger, 778-0355. Honeybell tan-
gelos crop, mature now!
LONGBOAT KEY HISTORY "From Calusas to Con-
dominiums" by Ralph B. Hunter. Signed copies
available at The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach. 778-7978.
MOVING SALE: SATURDAY and Sunday, Jan. 3-
4, 8am-? Furniture, collectibles, antique tools and
more. 239 Gladiolus, Anna Maria.
CRITTER SITTER nine years in pet care. 24 years
as an Island resident. Lots of TLC for your beloved
pets with in-home visits. 778-6000.
FREE: TWIN KITTY brothers, approximately 6
months old. Need a happy home. One black and
white, one gray and white. Both beautiful and well
behaved. Call Crickett, 778-6000.
1999 TOMOS 50CC Moped. 400 miles. New. $699
or best offer. 792-4171.
1996 BUICK ROADMASTER station wagon. Fully
loaded, excellent condition. 70,000 miles. $11,000.
New Vacation Rental
on the north end of
Anna Maria Island!
"Sea Grass" 2B/2B with
open floor plan less
than a block to the
beach! Open for sea-
son and booking now!
700 N. Shore Drive
Call Sue Carlson
Anna Maria Island
3 Pine A. tmA nna s ,M
413 Pine Ave. Anna Maria -
1990 ECONOLINE 150 VAN, cold air conditioning,
has towing package. Ready for travel. Runs great.
$2,500, or best offer. 795-1111.
BOAT/TRAILER STORAGE/DOCKAGE. Vacation
or long term. Private ramp, wash-down areas. Min-
utes to Intracoastal, Gulf, restaurants, bait. Capt.
John's Marina. 792-2620. Bottom painting.
DEEP-WATER SLIP, north end of Anna Maria.
Easy Gulf access. 794-8877 or 730-5393.
1997 CHRIS CRAFT 20-foot., 150-hp Evinrude, CC
plus 1997 trailer. Excellent condition, many extras.
$11,000. Call (813) 323-1082.
15-FOOT HOBIE SKIFF, fiberglass, V-hull, 60-hp
VRO Johnson, trailer. Many extras. $3,850. Call
EGMONT EXPRESS CHARTERS: Seek out secret
water paradise. Sunsets, back water, Egmont or cus-
tom trips. See dolphins and manatees. Call 778-7459
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. 779-9607.
BABY-SITTING AND PET-SITTING My name is
Sarah, I am 15-years old. Hourly charge: $5/child or
$3/pet, $2.50/hour for each additional pet or child.
Please call 778-7622, 778-7611 or 447-8593.
;Canalfront with dock
S' J and 1,424 sq.ft. living
S area. 2.654 sq.tt. under
S root. 3BR/2BA, three-
I-- J car garage home with
caged pool built in 1997
by Quality Builders on a
---- 75-by-100-ft. lot, for
sale for $675,000, fully
and gorgeously fur-
Snished to the nines.
Doug Dowling Realty
Phone & Fax: (941) 778-1222
E-Mail: dougdowling ,earthlink.net
SALES & RENTALS
419 Pine Ave., Anna Maria FL 34216 PO Box 2150 (941) 778-2291
EVENINGS 778-2632 FAX (941) 778-2294
WATERFRONT POOL HOME '
This Irin,.ing 3BR 2BA waierironi pool .I .
r,orre oilers a cheerful veesieriy expc- .
sure o. erlookirig iranquii Lake L Visia .- .-
Features of this charming hideaway, tucked away on the Island's quiet north end, include
a spacious eat-in kitchen with white glass-front cabinets, cozy waterside Florida room,
with built-in bar area and pecky cypress siding, newer seawall and dock, lovely vaulted
pool cage, new Trane heat pump, easy-care shell landscaping accented by citrus trees
and a covered cabana area. Don't miss this wonderful opportunity! Priced at $599,900.
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All Gulfront High Speed Elevators Security Gates Burglar
Alarms All Units Enclosed Garages Pool with Spa High
Ceilings* From 2,160 Sq. Ft. $1,550,000 to $2,275,000.
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CHILD SITTER AND PET SITTER. Seventh-grade
Sale looking for a job. Available after school and
weekends. Call Zachary, 779-9783.
NEED A CHILD or pet sitter? Call one number and
get connected to three wonderful sitters! Tiffany,
Kari, Holly. 778-3275 or 779-0793.
ISLAND SPORTS BAR: All-year clientele. Beer/
wine, good lease, smoking OK. $85,000. Call
Longview Realty, 383-6112.
REAL ESTATE: Tired of paying office fees? Two ex-
perienced agents needed for fast paced, high traffic
Island office. Top splits, sign-on bonus. Call
Wedebrock Real Estate today! "Personalized, not
Franchised". Call Joe Pickett, 383-5543.
HELP WANTED: Apply for all positions at Ooh La La
Bistro, 5406 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, or call Chef
Damon or Jon, 778-5320.
JOURNALIST: Part-time reporter sought for city beat
and features writing by The Islander. Must have jour-
nalism education, experience or background relevant
to government reporting. E-mail resumes to
email@example.com, fax 778-9392 or mail/deliver to
office, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach FL 34217.
ONLINE SERVICE: Did you know you can place
classified ads and subscribe on line with our secure
server? Check it out at www.islander.org.
CALLING ALL VOLUNTEERS! Would you like to
meet interesting people from around the world? Are
you interested in learning the history of Anna Maria
Island? Get involved with the Anna Maria Island His-
torical Museum, 402 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. We need
you! Call 778-0492.
CHECK US OUT AT www.islander.org !!!
~ W-- REALTOR.
29Years ofProfessional Service
YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD REAL ESTATE SHOPPE.
Experience Reputation Results
CAYMAN CAY 2BR/2BA Across from white sand beaches. Ground floor,
private courtyard opens onto heated pool/gazebo area. Turnkey furnished.
Well maintained. $299,000.
GULF BEACH PLACE 2BR/2BA, turnkey, beautifully updated, roof/
sundeck with panoramic views. $399,000.
5400 GULFRONT 1BR/1BA turnkey furnished $275,000.
5400 GULFRONT 2BR/1.5BA poolview $310,000.
VACATION, SEASONAL & ANNUAL RENTALS
GULF BEACH 2BR/2BA, view, pool, beautiful vacation spot.
MARTINQUE Gulffront 2BR/2BA, pool, tennis, elevators.
5400 GULFFRONT complex, 1 and 2BRs, pool.
BEACHFRONT 3BR/2BA home, tastefully decorated.
CAYMAN CAY 2BR/2BA, pool, gazebo across from beach.
Canal/Pool 3BR/2BA home.
5508C MARINA DRIVE 778-0807 800-956-0807
5500 Marina Drive
Holmes Beach, FL
Fax: 941 779-2602
DESIRABLE BEAN POINT!
Gulfview, 3BR/2BA, open floor plan, across
the street from beach access. $745,000.
Call Larry Albert 725-1074.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED at Turtle Watch. AMITW is
seeking volunteers with customer service or retail
experience. Greet and inform visitors at our educa-
tion center and/or to help with nesting activity on our
beaches. Training is provided, please contact the
Turtle Watch Education Center for more information.
Amy Talucci or Suzi Fox, 778-1435.
THE TINGLEY MEMORIAL Library in Bradenton
Beach is looking for volunteers. Duties include
checking books in and out, reshelving and generally
assisting library patrons. It's fun, give it a try! Any-
one interested in our friendly community library
should call Eveann Adams, 779-1208.
MAN WITH SHOVEL Plantings, natives, cabbage
palms, patio gardens, trimming, clean-up, edgings,
more. Hard-working and responsible. Excellent ref-
erences. Edward 778-3222.
LET US DRIVE YOU! Shopping, medical appoint-
ments, airports, cruise ports. Flat rates. Sunshine
Car Service. Serving the Islands. 778-5476.
COMPUTER OBEDIENCE TRAINING. Is your com-
puter misbehaving? Certified computer service and
private lessons. Special $25 per hour- free advice.
ISLAND PRESSURE CLEANING for great results,
wash away mildew, dirt and salt. Thorough, reason-
able and reliable. Free estimates, licensed and in-
LOOKING FOR A GOOD DEAL? You can read
Wednesday's classified at noon on Tuesday at
www.islander.org. And it's FREE!
BENNETT'S APPLIANCE/AC and Household Ser-
vice. Service all brands, eighteen years experience.
All repairs warranteed. Call 746-8984, cell 545-5793.
ADORABLE! NW BRADENTON
HOME This may be the last chance
to own an adorable renovated 2BR
home under $165K. Even cuter in-
side than out! Open floor plan,
wood and ceramic floors, spa bath-
tub and much more. All on a large
*,:I"'; 5 85-by-150-ft. lot. Plenty of room to
grow and plenty of room for pool.
Single-car garage, outdoor workshop and much more! Asking $160,000.
Call Bob Hinds direct, 545-7453. MLS#97584
AFFORDABLE! DUPLEX WEST
SIDE OF GULF DRIVE Own a piece
of the Island before its too late! Cute
and cozy, half-block to beautiful
beach in an area of newly con-
structed homes. Don't miss out on
this opportunity. Investment or resi-
dence. Many updates and lots of po-
tential. A must see! Priced to sell at $325,000. Call Stephanie Bell Broker/
Owner, 778-2307 or direct at 920-5156. MLS#93114
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SERVING THE AREA SINCE 1970 MLS
K.A.S. CLEANING LLC: Employee owned, servicing
private homes, condos, rentals and seasonal
homes. Concierge services and home watch.
Bonded, insured. 792-6660.
STEVE'S REMODELING & Repair: Chicago con-
tractor for 30 years. Affordable and dependable ser-
vice. Please call 795-1968.
TILE AND MOSAIC custom installation, 20 years
experience. References available. For a reasonable
price call Sebastian, 704-6719.
TREE SERVICE: Topping, trimming, removals.
Palm trimming. 15 years locally working on Anna
Maria. Phil Brewer, 545-4770.
NOTARY PUBLIC: Civil marriages and renewal of
wedding vows, sunset beach setting or wherever.
Norman R. Veenstra, 778-5834.
RESIDENTIAL WINDOW CLEANING specialist. 28
years experience. Owner/operator. Call Larry for a
free estimate, 447-1771.
CHRISTMAS COMPUTER SERVICE New com-
puter, software or equipment for Christmas? Call us
and we'll set it up for you. Call John Baird with Ma-
trix PC, 708-6541. www.matrixPConline.com
I DON'T CUT corners, I clean corners. Affordable,
dependable cleaning. Chamberlain Professional
Cleaning, 779-1128. References available.
MR. BILL'S HOME REPAIR/maintenance service.
Over 30 years experience, self-employed in construc-
tion trades. "I'm handy to have around." 779-9666.
HANDYMAN SERVICES Scott Fulton, owner, Island
resident. "Get the job done right." Free estimate, many
references. 713-1907 cell, 778-4192 home.
FRANK'S HAULING SCRAP-Metal business.
Please call at anytime, 778-3275.
THOUSANDS OF HOMES ONE ADDRESS
SPECTACULAR bayfront estate on a HISTORIC RIVERFRONT TREASURE
pristine one care lot. Plantation-style Grand two-story, 1925 home on large
home offers private beach, dock and lot with majestic oaks. Riverfront lot
extensive upgrades. $1,250,000. Kathy included. $649,000. Ruth Lawler, 587-
Marcinko, 685-6767. 97322 4623. 97423
MAJESTIC TRADITION IN MANGO PARK NW BRADENTON Charming traditional
Two story 4BR/5BA home has heated 4BR family home. Private setting with
pool and front and back staircases, room for pool. Master suite has sitting/
$424,900. Cindy Pierro, 920-6818 or dressing area. $295,000. Elizabeth
Victoria Horstmann, 518-1278. 97907 Gardini, 356-0096. 97980
BEAUTIFULLY REMODELED 4BR home has gourmet kitchen, fireplace, wood
floors and waterside pool. $899,000. Kathy Marcinko, 713-1100 or Sandy Drapala,
KEY ROYALE WATERFRONT 4BR/3BA pool home. New kitchen and bath cabinets.
Canalfront with direct Gulf and bay access. $769,000. Ruth Lawler, 587-4623.
WARNER'S WEST BAYOU 3BR/2BA and den. New seawall 2003. Gorgeous pri-
vate setting with exceptional views. $499,000. Kathy Marcinko, 713-1100 or
Sandy Drapala, 725-0781. 98826
IMPECCABLE PINE MEADOWS home with fireplace, indoor laundry, separate
dining, eat-in kitchen with nice patio area and pool. $324,900. Cindy Pierro, 920-
IMMACULATE NW BRADENTON 4BR/3BA home has it all with an open bright floor
plan, new roof, large pool and is on a quiet street. $309,900. Mary Hellhake, 544-
TOTAL LAWN CARE and community pool in this outstanding 3BR plus den home
in beautiful wooded setting. Newer kitchen and baths. $285,000. Kathy Valente,
BEAUTIFUL WOODED SETTING 3BR home offers updated kitchen, air conditioned
Florida room, yard care and community pool. $240,000. Kathy Valente, 685-6767.
INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITY! Four rental units in three buildings on over 1/2 acre
lot. Also, fourth building is a three-bay garage. Grandfathered in and non-con-
forming. $219,900. Ruth Lawler, 587-4823. 98222
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STUDENT HAVING READING problems? Tutor/
reading specialist, learning consultant. 30 years ex-
perience. Elementary, Ed.B.A.; reading M.A.; Learn-
ing Disabilities, M.A.; Education, Ed.D. 778-0349.
MUSIC LESSONS! Flute, saxophone, clarinet. Be-
ginning to advanced. Contact Koko Ray, 792-0160.
BEACH SERVICE air conditioning, heat, refrigera-
tion. Commercial and residential service, repair and/
or replacement. Serving Manatee County and the
Island since 1987. For dependable, honest and per-
sonalized service, call William Eller, 795-7411.
ANYONE CAN TAKE a picture. A professional cre-
ates a portrait. I want to be at your wedding!
NADIA'S EUROSAGE Relaxing, healing massage in
the comfort of your home. Call today for an appoint-
ment, 795-0887. MA#0017550.
PIANO AND KEYBOARD lessons. Call Jack Elka,
SEWING: Get your sewing alterations done fast and
reliably. Hems, zippers, sleeves, waistlines, cush-
ions, etc. Reasonably priced. Call Jenifer Catlin, 727-
AUTO DETAILING BY HAND Spotless inside and
out. I can save you time and money. Island resident,
references. For pricing call 713-5967.
CONNIE'S LANDSCAPING and Lawn Maintenance.
Residential and commercial. Full-service lawn main-
tenance, cleanup, tree trimming, hauling, Xeriscape.
Island resident. Excellent references. 778-5294.
ISLAND LAWN SPRINKLER service and repair. If it
is broken, we can fix it. Free estimates. Senior dis-
count. Call 778-2581 or 962-6238.
KARAZ LANDSCAPE Lawn Service. Mulch, clean-
ups, power washing, tree trimming and more. City of
Anna Maria resident. Cell 448-3857.
3224 EAST BAY DRIVE HOLMES BEACH
jTeoll Frec 1-866-587-8559
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3BR/2BA Island Home, large lot ............. $384,900
2BR/2BA Holmes Beach, 90-by-100-ft. lot .. $424,900
WATERFRONT/BOAT DOCK CONDOS:
3BR/2BA Palma Sola Harbour................ $309,900
2BR End Unit San Remo Condo............. $154,900
Best Wishes for the New Year!
Thanks to all of my loyal customers
for a Record Year!
CLOUD 9 LANDSCAPING Services: Quality lawn
maintenance, landscape cleanup, plantings, prun-
ing, shell and more! Insured, references, free esti-
mates. Call 778-2335 or 284-1568.
JR'S LANDSCAPING AND MAINTENANCE Lawns,
native plants, mulching, trimming, hauling, cleanup.
Island resident 25 years. Call 807-1015.
PROFESSIONAL LANDSCAPE DESIGN and instal-
lation. Huge selection of plants, shrubs and trees.
Irrigation. Everything Under the Sun Garden Centre,
5704 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. 778-4441.
STRAIGHT SHOT LANDSCAPING. Installations,
clean-ups, pruning, irrigation, trees, edging, rip-rap,
mulch, rock, patios, shell, seawall fill. Reliable and
SHELL DELIVERED and spread. $30/yard. Hauling:
all kinds of gravel, mulch, top soil with free estimates.
Call Larry at 795-7775, "shell phone" 720-0770.
VAN-GO PAINTING residential/commercial, interior/
exterior, pressure cleaning, wallpaper. Island refer-
ences. Dan or Bill, 795-5100
JOE UNGVARSKY CONSTRUCTION Remodeling
contractors. In-house plan designs. State licensed
and insured. Many Island references. 778-2993. Lic#
INTERIOR AND EXTERIOR PAINTING free estimates.
35-year Island resident. Call Jim Bickal at 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)
778-3924 or 778-4461.
OVER THIRTY YEARS craftsman experience. Inte-
rior, exterior, doors, stairs, windows and trim. Dan
Michael, master carpenter. Call cell 778-6898 or cell,
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TILE TILE TILE. All variations of ceramic tile sup-
plied and installed. Quality workmanship, prompt,
reliable, many Island references. Call Neil, 726-3077.
KEVIN GRIFFITHS' ISLAND Paint Interior/exterior
painting, pressure washing and wallpaper. For
prompt, reliable service at reasonable rates, call
704-7115 or 778-2996. Mom/son team.
ROOFING REPAIRS and replacements. Remodel-
ing, repairs, additions, screen rooms, kitchens, baths.
Free estimates. Lic#CGC061519, #CCC057977,
#PE0020374. Insured. Accepting MasterCard/Visa.
25 YEARS EXPERIENCE, highly skilled, dependable
restoration/renovation expert, carpenter, fine finish-
ing contractor. Kitchen/bathroom specialist. Repairs,
painting. Paul Beauregard, 779-2294.
KEN & TINA DBA Griffin's Home Improvements Inc.
Handyman, fine woodwork, countertops, cabinets
and shutters. Insured and licensed, 748-4711.
TILE, CARPET, LAMINATE supplied and installed.
Why pay retail? Island resident, many references.
Free estimates, prompt service. Steve Allen Floor
Coverings. 383-5381, or 726-1802.
HOME REPAIRS & IMPROVEMENTS Carpentry,
painting, sheetrock, popcorn, doors, bi-folds, trim,
moldings kitchen remodeling, general repairs.
Decks, hardwood floors. Homes, rentals. A.J. Win-
5910 Marina Dr. Holmes Beach, FL 34217
Call (941) 778-0777 or Rentals 778-0770
1-800-741-3772 OPEN SEVEN DAYS A WEEK
Web site: www.smithrealtors.com
WESTBAY COVE Don't miss this
beautiful 2BR/2BAground level, poolside
end unit. Recently tiled throughout and
new bedroom carpet. New end windows,
sliding doors, refrigeratorand range hood.
Close to shopping, beaches, trolley. Set
in lush grounds this is carefree Island
living at its best with peace of mind of a
well-run condo association. $310,000.
Call Susan Hatch, Realtor 778-7616
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GEOFFREY WALL, G.R.I. P.A.
Realtor Sales Associate
For your private showing call
"Island Aussie Geoff"
Another record month, record prices
For Selling Action Call The Aussie
S /eeb k No one knows an island like an Aussie.
SESTAATE COMPANY "The art of the deal for you."
Only for the Discerning Few:
The Sunray Quad
$250,000 Turnkey Furnished
1,874 sq.ft. 3BR/2BA
The Whitney Villa
$395,000 over 2,200 sq.ft.
Around $1,000 a month gets you on your own pri-
vate island. 168 acres of nature preserve, two miles
of waterfront, country club-like facilities, Indian
mounds, museum. Choose from two prime locations.
What an investment or
year-round home. Potential
out the ying-yang!
VILLA FRANCESCA Spectacular
Mediterranean villa. 3BR/3BA turnkey
furnished, swimming pool. Crow's
nest roof deck with views forever.
One block to beach. Unbeatable.
Established rental history, $875,000.
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Anna Maria canalfront home with pool on
a quiet cul-de-sac. Established vacation
rental, but also the place to be for a
family. MLS#97716. $650,000
Call Pat Staebler, Lic. Real Estate Broker
778-0123 or 705-0123
Advertising works fast in The Islander.
Ma.ssachsetlls Bred Manatee Coin init led
OWN A PIECE OF PARADISE
(Before it's too late)!
Enjoy the tropical wildlife and peaceful
view of the canal from your ground-floor
condo on Anna Maria Island. Walking
distance to beach, shopping and great fish-
ing on Anna Maria Pier. IB#96011. Of-
fered at only $269,900.
(941) 751-1155 (800) 448-6325
See all Island MLS listings at
REAL ESTATE LLC
KEY ROYALE POOL HOME
3BR/3BA spacious waterfront home with heated pool and
spa, large master suite, turnkey furnished, Italian tile and
carpet, eat-in kitchen, two-car garage. Deep-water canal
and direct access to Intracoastal Waterway. $776,000.
2BR/2BA, ground-floor, turnkey-furnished end unit.
Community pool and clubhouse. Water view. Close to
beaches and shopping. $189,900.
SUN PLAZA WEST
2BR/2BA turnkey furnished condo. Beachfront complex,
breakfast bar, kitchen with dome ceiling, elevator, tennis,
heated pool, carport, balcony, storage, very good rental,
walk to stores and restaurants. $425,000.
PERICO BAY CLUB
2BR/2BA villa in secure gated community on quiet cul-
de-sac with very private views, glassed-in porch and bal-
cony. Close to pool, garage. $239,900.
3BR/2BA waterfront home. Room for pool or to expand.
On deep-water canal with direct access to Tampa Bay.
Large backyard with view down canal to Bimini Bay.
2BR/2BA plus den. Furnished open plan with fireplace.
On sailboat water with large deeded boat dock. Heated
pool, carport, short drive to beach. $329,900,
2BRi2BA condo, beautiful A _. stal Water-
way, heated pool elin two-car ga-
rage, walk 5 ants, doctor's office, bank
From $700 / month
Condos/Homes: $500 week / $1,000 month
779-0202 (800) 732-6434
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REAL ESTATE LLC
Island Shopping Center 5402 Marina Drive
Holmes Beach, Florida 34217 www.suncoastinc.com
TWO STORY HISTORIC BED &
BREAKFAST on the Manatee River that
has been totally remodeled with over 5,700
sq.ft. The main house has 5BR/5BA, a
1BR/1BA owners quarters, spacious wrap-
around porch, 10-ft. ceilings, hardwood
floors and many more luxurious features.
There area also three private poolside guest
cottages each with 1BR/1BA and totally re-
modeled. Relax by the heated pool on over
1/2 acre of land on the Manatee River.
You have to see this property.
4212 Redfish Ct. LOT ..... $575,000
307 Iris St. ............... $475,000
536 Key Royale Dr........ $799,000
106 Gull Dr. ...i............... $599,000.
531 77th St:........~:......$i 1,:895,000
243 Willow Ave............... $895,000
301 S. Ba B Blvd............. $650,000
229 Gladious St. ....... $679,000
1102 Riverside Dr....... $1,490,000
CONDOS, LOTS & DUPLEXES
4915 Gulf Dr ............ $1,715,000
308 55th St. Lot............. $219,000
747 Jacaranda. Lot ...... $389,000
Water's Edge #11ON....... $759,000
Sun Plaza West #202 ..... $409,000
3818 Sixth Ave......... $440,000
Island Village #124 ......... $325,000
3603 4th Ave::......... $1,099,000
104 7th St. So. Duplex ... $600,000
100 7th St. So. Duplex ... $785,000
408 Poinsettia ................ $525,000
4003 5th Ave. ................ $879,000
4005 5th Ave. ............... $879,000
Bayou 5C ..............$.;..:. $289,900
6501 Gulf Dr. ......... $899,900
210 83rd St..,i.................. $424,900
3810 Sixth Ave;. ......... $425,000
Sun Plaza West #210 ...... $459,000
Bradenton Beach Club B.. $849,000
Business only................. $295,000
427 Pine Ave. ................. $695,000
12106 Cortez Rd: ....... $1,350,000
Business opportunity .... $2,490,000
1102 Riverside Dr...... $1,490,000
11434 Perico Isles Cir. ... $349,000
845 Waterside Ln........ $265,000
8204 19th Ave. NW ........ $199,000
332 108th St ............... $199,000
1277 Spoonbill Landings Cir. $239,000
WHave a happy and hea thy
New rYear from your friends at
Island Real Estate. "
Stop by and use our talking
Realtor window 24-hour information center.
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Simply the Best
GULFSANDS Gulffront condo corner unit. Completely up-
graded, tile floor throughout, new furniture throughout.
SPINNAKERS Perfect little rental compound in Holmes
Beach just one block to the beach. Four turnkey furnished
units in impeccable condition with lush tropical landscaping
and a brand new free-form pool. $875,000.
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CANAL FRONT CONDO Lovely 2BR/1BA canalfront
unit with waterviews. Offers boat dock, open porch and
some furnishings. $279,000.
BEST BUY ON ISLAND Totally renovated, bright and
immaculate 1BR/1BA villa on a quiet dead-end street.
GULF FRONT MOTEL Ten unit beach front motel. 130-
foot Gulf frontage. Large inground spa. $3,500,000.
GULF FRONT Exceptional views from this 2BR/2BA
end unit at Coquina Beach Club. Nicely maintained,
Mexican tile floors, turnkey furnished, heated pool.
75+ Gulffront rental units with hun-
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WINDOW SHADES, BLINDS, shutters and more.
Lifetime warranty. Call Keith Barnett for a free in-
home consultation. Island references, 15 years ex-
perience. 778-3526 or 730-0516.
HANDY ANTHONY Jack of most trades. Home re-
furbishing and detailing. Call 778-6000.
WATERFRONT KEY WEST-style home, north
Anna Maria Island, seasonal, $2,500/month or an-
nual, $1,500/month. Bayfront cottages also avail-
able with docks from $1,500/month, $500/week. Call
794-5980, or www.divefish.com.
WINTER, SPRING, SUMMER rentals available
weekly, monthly, seasonal. Wedebrock Real Estate
Co., 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-
VACATION & SEASONAL Private beach, some lo-
cations. Units are complete. Rates seasonally ad-
justed. $375-$975/week, $975-$2,975/month. (800)
977-0803 or 737-1121. www.abeachview.com.
BRADENTON BEACH Homes for sale or rent. Sea-
sonal or annual, 1 BR apartment, unfurnished, $700/
month includes utilities. 55-plus. Sandpiper Mobile
Resort 778-1140, or e-mail:
2BR/1BA TOTALLY renovated duplex with under-
cover parking, storage area, washer/dryer. Steps to
Gulf and bay. 2516-E Avenue B in Bradenton
Beach. Call (813) 300-8543 or (941) 778-0635.
ANNUAL RENTAL 2BR/1BA single-family home.
One block to beach and bay. New kitchen, garage/
workshop, washer/dryer. Private yard. $1,100/
month plus utilities. 2212 Avenue B. Call 795-8979.
ANNUAL PERICO BAY Club, Grand Cayman, 2BR/
2BA, plus den lagoon front with views of estuary and
bay. Ceramic tile throughout, completely updated.
$1,350/month. T. Dolly Young Real Estate, 778-0807.
BEAUTIFUL TROPICAL HOUSE just converted to
.a two-unit property. 2BR/1 BA, completely renovated
and furnished. New washer/dryer, microwave.
Three-minute walk to beach. Seasonal, $1,500/
month. Call Ron, 761-9808.
ANNUAL RENTALS: Large 2BR/2BA, Florida room,
carport, tile floors, washer/dryer hookup, close to
beach, $950/month; 2BR/2BA nice duplex apart-
ment, $725/month; 1BR/1BA duplex apartment,
$650/month. Dolores M. Baker Realty, 778-7500.
NEW LISTING First-time rental, fully furnished villa
in beautiful Mt. Vernon, near beaches, on canal,
lake view front. 2BR/2BA, enclosed lanai, carport,
clubhouse with numerous activities, heated pool,
Jacuzzi, tennis, no pets, non-smoking, age 55-plus,
minimum three months, peak season, $2,400/
month, annual $1,500/month. Call 721-1784.
RENTALS RENT FAST advertised in The Islander.
Anna Maria Island's best news source since 1992.
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.
BEACH TO BAY condo, 2BR/1BA, seasonal or
annual. 55-plus, three-month minimum. Call (813)
247-3178, on weekends (813) 927-1632.
HOLMES BEACH SEASONAL 2BR/2BA, washer/
dryer, pool, nicely furnished, ground floor. Available
April plus. Call 778-9576.
SEASONAL RENTAL 2BR/2BA condo, Westbay Cove
and Westbay Point and Moorings available. After
hours, Sharon Annis, 778-3730, or call 778-3377.
VACATION RENTAL Furnished duplex, 2BR/2BA,
heated pool, pets OK. One block to beach, three-
day minimum to monthly. See "Green House" at
Haleysmotel.com or call 778-5405.
DUPLEX 2BR/2BA 2411 Avenue C, Bradenton
Beach. Carport below with storage room, $800/
OFFICE OR TWO-chair hair salon for rent. 112
52nd St., Holmes Beach. $475/month. 746-8666.
VACATION, SEASONAL Anna Maria Gulffront
apartments. Lovely 2 and 3BR units, fully equipped,
porch, sundeck, tropical setting. 778-3143.
ANNUAL 2BR/2BA in Holmes Beach. Lovely el-
evated duplex, light and bright, screened lanai.
Washer/dryer. Available now! $800/month. Call
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2BR/1BA unfurnished annual Gulfview. $850/
month. Call 778-0292 or 650-3552.
WESTBAY POINT finest waterfront corner unit and
270 degree view. 2BR/2BA, furnished. January-
April, $2,500/month. Call 778-9309.
KING BEDROOM efficiency for rent. Short-term
only. Night, weekend, weekly. Private entrance,
private deck. Nonsmoking, close to beach. Call
778-3433 or 773-0010.
SEASONAL RENTAL HOLMES Beach, 3BR/2BA,
water view from back deck. Washer/dryer, garage,
cable TV. Call for pictures. Price varies on length of
stay. Pets upon approval. Call Cyndy, home (813)
661-5252 or cell (813) 495-5252.
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Available now through April (813) 251-9201.
EL CONQUISTADOR 2BR/2BA, seasonal rental
available March and April. Nicely located and fur-
nished, cathedral ceilings, screened lanai, washer/
dryer. Garage storage. Clay tennis courts. 778-3926.
FURNISHED ANNUAL AND SEASONAL rentals
from $1,500/month! Annual, 7104 Marina Drive,
3BR/2BA house with pool, $1,500/month; 2104
Avenue B, 1BR/1BA furnished, $700/month; 2405
Avenue C., 2BR/2BA duplex, carport, washer/
dryer, $900/month; Perico Bay Club, 2BR/2BA
villa, two-car garage, $1,100/month. SunCoast
Real Estate, 779-0202.
VACATION RENTAL Charming 1BR/1BA, fully
furnished, across from white sandy beach. Call
ANNA MARIA ISLAND 1BR/2BA, 750 sq.ft.,
washer/dryer, on Gulf Drive. Annual. Includes cable
TV, water. $875/month. First, last, security deposit.
LOVELY ELEVATED beach house unit. 2BR/2BA,
under-cover parking, nicely furnished. Three-month
rental, 210 81st Street. $2,500/month. Call in
Tampa, (813) 962-0817 or local, 778-2695.
STEPS TO BEACH! Gorgeous furnished and spa-
cious two-room apartments. Anna Maria Island,
seasonal rentals. $550/week, $1,950 month. Call
778-1098. Pets welcome!
ANNUAL RENTALS: 2BR apartment, one house to
beach, $925/month; 2BR apartment, Anna Maria,
$780/month; 3BR home, $995/month. Call Fran
Maxon Real Estate, 778-2307.
BEACHFRONT: NORTH SHORE Drive, Anna
Maria. Where the Gulf meets the bay. Ground level,
all view beachfront home. Large 2BR/2BA, sleeps
six. Tastefully redone. All you need is here. Janu-
ary $3,200/month; April $3,500/month. Call Tom,
SEASONAL RENTALS: 2BR/2BA villas, washer/
dryer, screened porch, carport, ground level.
$2,000-$2,500/month. Marina Pointe Realty Co.,
779-0732 or (866) 779-0732.
BEAUTIFUL FURNISHED 1BR in 55-plus
Gulffront complex. Panoramic bayview. Newly
renovated and decorated. Must see. Seasonal or
annual. Call 779-9470.
SEASONAL OR WEEKLY cottage-style rentals.
1BR/1BA or 2BR/1BA with pool. Walk to beach,
shopping and restaurants. 778-3875.
VACATION RENTAL 1 BR/1BA, furnished, heated
pool, secluded, private entrance. Steps to beach,
shopping, restaurants, ground level, Call 778- 0291
CONDO RENTALS: 2BR/1BA, Gulffront, available
January. 2BR/2BA Gulffront complex, available
February. Call 794-8877 or 730-5393.
ANNUAL RENTAL Holmes Beach, 2BR/2BA, ga-
rage, washer/dryer, dishwasher. 308 63rd St. $950/
month, plus utilities. Call 737-1121.
1BR/1BA WATERFRONT apartment in Cortez.
Peaceful, clean, bright. Annual, $650/month, includes
utilities. No pets. Call 792-2620 or 778-1086.
HOLMES BEACH SEASONAL close to beach 3BR/
2BA, laundry, porch, large rooms. $2,500/monthly.
Call (585) 473-9361 or 778-5412.
ANNUAL RENTAL: Canalfront home, 3BR/1BA,
$1,200/month. Call Wagner Realty, 778-2246.
HOLMES BEACH ANNUAL large 2BR/2BA, den,
laundry, porch, close to beach. First, last and secu-
rity. $995/month. Call (585) 473-9361 or 778-5412.
ANNUAL RENTALS: Island duplexes, 1BR, $525/
month; 2BR; $650/month. Call Wagner Realty,
ANNUAL COZY SPACIOUS cottage in Holmes
Beach. 1BR/1BA, newly decorated, washer/dryer
hook-up, pet considered. $650/month, plus secu-
rity. Call 778-0488.
SEASONAL RENTAL AVAILABLE March 1. 1BR
waterfront apartment on north end of Anna Maria.
$1,750/month. Call 778-5445.
CANCELLATION DUE to illness. Direct Gulffront
condo, newly furnished, 3BR/2BA, heated pool,
Jacuzzi, tennis. Available January-March. 794-8877
ANNA MARIA SEASONAL 1 BR available January.
Completely furnished, including washer/dryer. One
block to city pier and specialty shops. Call (863)
ANNA MARIA ISLAND: Very clean, very nice, un-
furnished 2BR/2BA, second-floor duplex over-
looks Tampa Bay on Bay Boulevard with rear
canal access. Front and rear porch, garage and
storage. Available February, $1,200/month. Non-
smoking, no pets. First, last and security required.
NEW FOR SEASON! Gulfview 2BR home, $2,100/
month; west of Gulf Drive 3BR home, $2,400/
month. Call Duncan Real Estate, 779-0304.
DON'T FORGET! The Islander has "mullet" T-
shirts. Stop in our office at 5404 Marina Drive,
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DESIGNER KEY ROYALE canalfront home. 2BR/
2BA, den, Mediterranean pool/terrace, dock. Pri-
vate locale, highest standards on Island. Available
March-May. Starting at $4,200/month. Call (863)
LIMITED AVAILABILITY! Cheerful 1BR duplex,
$1,500/month; Sunbow Bay 3BR, $2,600/month;
light and bright 2BR duplex, $1,800/month. Duncan
Real Estate, 779-0304.
BRING YOUR BOAT! Coral Shores 2BR/2BA
canalfront pool home available January-April. $3,900/
month. Premier Florida Realty, 920-1501 or 761-3720.
JANUARY SPECIAL 2BR/1BA, steps to beach, re-
modeled, furnished. $800/month or $250/week.
Nonsmoking, no pets, please. Nice bay view. Call
778-9504 or 545-8923.
SEASONAL RENTAL: Available January 2004
only! Holmes Beach 2BR furnished condo, heated
pool, screened patio. $1,500/month. Call (407) 846-
8741 or 778-0794.
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ANNA MARIA NORTH END tastefully furnished, one
minute to gorgeous beach, 2BR/2BA, sleeps six, el-
evated deck, barbecue, full amenities. $1,200/
week, $3,000/month (508) 946-3433.
LONGBOAT KEY former bank building, 4,700
square feet, zoned office/professional. Twenty park-
ing spaces, contemporary design, great visibility.
$14/square foot. Can divide. Owner/Realtor, 388-
5514, or call 809-4253.
DUPLEX: BEAUTIFUL, built 2001/2002, 3,500 sq.ft.,
6BR/4BA, sun deck, storage house, corner lot, 100
by 100 feet, completely furnished. West of Gulf Drive,
600 ft. to beach. Walk to shopping center. Must see!
$799,000. Owner (813) 874-1939 or (813) 758-3648.
DEEP-WATER CANAL home for sale on 75th Street,
2BR/2BA, large lot 90 by 120 feet, $625,000. Call
778-8473, or e-mail Iborso @imgworld.com
TOWNHOUSE 5BR/3BA, private boat dock, walking
distance to shopping and beach. Heated pool, tennis
and fishing pier. $335,000. #96435. Call Jan Sgueglia,
752-0101 or 358-6060, Michael Saunders & Co.
SELL IT FAST! In The Islander.
ON THE BEACH! 2BR/2BA Gulfview condo end-unit.
Turnkey furnished, unobstructed direct Gulfviews
from all rooms, heated pool, weekly rentals OK.
$599,900. Call (732) 872-2646.
114 81ST ST. or Shell Drive, Holmes Beach. Home
for sale, steps from your own private beach. Deeded
access to the Gulf of Mexico. 2BR/2BA, large play-
room, fireplace, must see to believe! Call (813) 681-
9111, or (813) 363-1231. Ask for Dan.
TWO LUXURY VACATION villas built 2000, across
the road from public beach in Holmes Beach. Each
villa is 3BR/3BA and each have their own pools. For
details, contact Steve, 795-6225.
AFFORDABLE ISLAND LIVING in this totally redone
duplex. Two large 2BR/2BA units with porches and
deck. Everything new, both sides. Let your tenant
pay your way! $395,000. Coldwell Banker, Doug
OPEN HOUSE: SUNDAY, Jan. 4, 2-4 PM. 530 Key
Royale Drive, Holmes Beach. canalfront gem for
sale. 3BR/3BA, 3,000 sq.ft. under roof, completely
updated kitchen with Corian and KitchenAid appli-
ances, updated plumbing and A/C, large pool, new
Trex dock with 10,000-lb. boat lift and Waverunner
lift. Travetine marble bath with walk-in shower and
two-seater Jacuzzi. Large lot (100 by 140 feet),
newer seawall. $750,000. Call 730-1086 or
LONGBOAT KEY GULFFRONT 3BR/2BA condo-
minium. Six-month ownership, October-April annu-
ally. Weekly rental opportunity. $325,000. Pat
Naldrett-Bilodeau, LLC, licensed real estate Broker,
BRING ALL OFFERS! Perico Bay Club villa.
Lakefront 2BR/2BA villa, furnished. Asking
$239,900. Call Marilyn Trevethan at island Real Es-
LONGBOAT KEY Completely furnished 2BR/2BA
condo. Deeded beach, docking, pool, clubhouse.
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BY OWNER 2918 Avenue C., Holmes Beach. Mint
condition, 2BR/2BA elevated home. Only two blocks
to beach. $379,000. 545-8716, or e-mail
4BR/4BA, 3,200 sf beach ranch for sale and rent.
Large lot, pool, loaded! Visit
www.annamariabeachranch.com. 778-8181. 210
67th St., Holmes Beach.
HARBOUR LANDINGS: Lot and dock. Beautiful
12,100 sq.ft. homesite offered by owner/Realtor.
Gated community in Cortez. $265,000 includes dock
for boat up to 35-feet Longview Realty, 383-6112, or
George Noble, 685-3372.
WOW! WATERFRONT updated, 55-plus condo.
2BR/2BA beauty on Sarasota Bay. Many amenities
and boat docks. Only $162,000. Call Alice,
BREATH TAKING GULFVIEW! Two brand new
homes in Bradenton Beach. 3,000 total sq.ft. each.
Open house Jan. 1 and Jan. 4, noon-3pm. Realtors
welcome. Florida Prime Realty, 778-1098.
JIMMY BUFFET SINGING on the stereo and
margaritas on the dock, just add salt. Seawall and
dock on deepwater canal. 3BR/2BA with granite
counter tops. New roof, water heater, kitchen,
plumbing, electrical and flooring. Tile throughout.
Fully furnished and professionally decorated. Just
bring your toothbrush. Ready in mid-January.
$700,000. Call Vicky, 708-0513.
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408 Poinsettia. 4BR/3.5BA.
104 7th St. S. Duplex, $600,000.
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build to suit if need and go through the pro- in great Island location. Near beaches, shop-
cesses with the county to obtain permitting. ping, restaurants and grocery. Complex has
Going through initial process now. Perfect lo- great amenities. Including heated pool, ten-
cation for a doctor or lawyers offices. Zoned nis. Low fees. $259,000. Call Jane
PRM. $320,000. Call Cindy Grazar at 778- Grossman or Nicole Skaggs at 778-4800 or
4800 or 504-5176. 795-5704.
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WESTBAY POINT AND MOORINGS Unique
2BR condo with many upgrades. Custom kitchen
with second wet bar sink, new appliances, cherry
cabinets. A relaxation pool and fountain in the
entry garden, large tile floored lanai with canal
view. One of a kind. $349,000. Call Dave Jones
or Dick Maher at 778-4800 or 713-4800.
GLEN LAKES Partial lake view from 4BR/
2BA home on corner lot. Screened lanai,
alarm system, irrigation system. Close to
great schools and Bollettieri Tennis Acad-
emy, golf courses and shopping. Minutes to
beaches and downtown. $215,900. Lynn
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THIS UNIT HAS IT ALL. 2BR/2BA with two
balconies and views of the bay and Gulf.
Turnkey furnished. Totally updated and
cleaner than new. Enjoy the heated pool and
private boat dock. Great rental income.
$379,000. Call Ed Oliveira, 705-4800.
KEY WEST-STYLE CANAL HOME 3BR/
2BA canal home on extra large lot in Anna
Maria. Very, very private on dead-end street.'
True lagoon-style pool with spa. $659,000.
Quentin Talbert, 778-4800 or 704-9680.
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Canal front, deep water-dock. 3BR/3BA with two master suites, open
floor plan & heated pool. Tastefully done in island decor, most
furnishings included. Easy move into this one! $605,000.
Vicki Gilbert 941-713-0195
Wedebrock Real Estate Company
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$63,900 BAYSHORE ON THE LAKE CONDO
What a view of the lake from this 5th floor unit.
2BR/1BA. Heated pool.
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9906 Gulf Drive 941 778-0455 PAT STAEBLER Lic. Real Estate Broker
Anna Maria www.greenreal.com 720 Holly Road Anna Maria 778-0123
Thanks for saying "I saw it in The Islander!"
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INVESTORS: Island duplex
close to beach. Great rental
ANNA MARIA beachhouse
with guest cottage, and sepa-
rate buildable lot. $1,950,000.
Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate, Inc
The best news on Anna
Maria Island is now
BRAND NEW LISTING
a 222 feet direct beach frontage
* 6,900 sq. ft. living area in a total of 5 units
1,600 sq. ft. single story beachfront house with 3BR/2BA
e Duplex, 1,700 sq. ft. each unit with 3BR/2BA
Two cottages, each 900 sq. ft. with 2BR/1BA
Nothing on the Island compares!
Asking price $4,750,000
Call Barry Gould 941.778.3314 or
Ted Schlegel 941.518.6117
3001 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, FL 34217
(941) 778-6849 800-778-9599
Fax: (941) 779-1750
Web page: www.ivphomesforsale.com
Licensed Real Estate Broker: Ann Caron
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Beautiful Bay Palms JrBH/z.bsA canalrront nome recently up-
dated to include a coral-appointed remote-controlled gas fire-
place, new windows, pavers, boat hoist and more. Enjoy luxury
living in this single-level executive ranch-style home with more
than 2,650 sq. ft. of living area. $775,000.
1 BR/1 BA, 2BR/1BA duplex located very close to AMI Community
Center. Loads of potential on a street with active property im-
provements under way. $379,900.
IM arina Pointe
R ealty Co.
314 Pine Avenue Anna Maria
(941) 779-0732 Toll Free: (866) 779-0732
Storage Units Available!
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7 "Kojak" star
14 When Romeo talks to
Juliet on the balcony
20 They can dish it out
21 Sans sense
22 Bit of progress
23 Start of a Christmas
26 Large baskets
27 Fleming or Hunter
30 Fairy tale start
31 Downed a sub, say
32 Indian council setting
36 Like tears
38 Watchdog's greeting
39 Spill the beans
43 Skater's jump
44 "Ad per aspera"
46 Indonesian vacation
47 Fashionable beach
48 Verse, part 2
53 "To the Poets," for one
54 The good earth
56 Cambodian money
57 the fields we go"
58 Use a wok
59 Age following the Stone
61 "Under the Volcano"
62 Certain bridge
64 Laundry job
69 Unspontaneous ones
71 "Wheel of Fortune" buy
72 What Eng. majors get
75 Cousin of a gnu
76 Summers on the Seine
77 One of the Waughs
78 Often-repeated abbr.
79 Verse, part 3
85 Unwrap, as a gift
86 Not manually, after
87 Female donkey
88 "L' c'est moi"
89 Crimefighter of early
90 "_ Beginning to
Look a Lot Like
91 Trumpet sound
94 11th-century date
96 Goat-legged god
98 Dust busters
100 50 Cent piece
101 Some wedding
106 End of the verse
112 Of the lymph glands
114 Nonresident doctor
115 Kind of strength
116 Sappho's home
1 Sound effect in a
2 "That's hysterical!"
3 God who presided
over the Aesir
4 Actor Ken
5 In one's dotage
6 Cosmetician Lauder
7 Confession recitals
8 "_ a partridge in a
9 Winery sight
10 Officially designate
12 How Santa travels
13 Orchestra: Abbr.
14 Touchdown site
15 Place to see a Ben
17 A huge amount
18 Real mouthful
19 Some hosp. cases
24 Span of time
25 Like Santa's visit
30 Norwegian king
34 Pumpkin eater of the
36 Hold back
37 Neighbor of Scorpius
39 Wash whitener
40 Table covers
44 Ovid's love elegies
45 Rural carriages
46 Texas river
49 Sch. in upstate N.Y.
50 Courtroom affirmation
51 "Ninotchka" director
52 Part of the Venezuela/
60 Renaissance fiddle
61 Sunday best
62 Mortise insertions
63 Sugar plums and
Puts on, as cargo
Davis of "Jezebel"
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Settle once and for
83 Wagner's "_
84 Stimpy's TV pal
92 Rabbit furs
94 Nondrinker by law
95 Mrs. Santa Claus,
96 Pea's place
97 Dancing giddily
98 Drudge of the
99 Last of the House of
101 Funny 2003
102 Ship positions
104 Foreign money
106 Suffix with elephant
107 Loser to Harding in
108 Like Santa
109 do not!"
110 Part of R.S.V.P.
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custom home with 40-ft. boat dock and
easy access to Gulf. 4BR plus office and
game room. Gorgeous pool. Canal and
bay views. Gated Harbor Landings. Jane
Tinsworth, 761-3100. #98405.
BEAUTY ON THE BAYOU! 4BR/3BA
open floor plan with vaulted ceilings,
hardwood floors. Private courtyard, sum-
mer kitchen and pool, separate guest
area, separate office. Priced below ap-
praisal. Geri Gerling, 761-3100. #91974.
ANNA MARIA BAYFRONT Lush tropi-
cal bayfront setting with 3BR/2BA older
home on a large 75-by-198-ft. lot with
deep-water dockage. Short distance to
beach. Remodel or build new. Dave
Moynihan, 778-2246. #93749.
LOCATION! LOCATION! This beautiful
building lot is adjacent to the future Villa
Rosa subdivision. Deeded canal access
through Lot 88 (rear) for entrance and
dockage. Laurie Dellatorre, 778-2246.
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ISLAND DUPLEX Meticulously main-
tained duplex, west of Gulf Drive. Steps
to prime beach. Each unit offers 2BR/
2BA, turnkey furnished. Large decks and
lush tropical setting. Dave Moynihan,
778-2246. #98098. $797,500.
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ISLAND DUPLEX Elevated duplex 2BR/
1 BA each side with separate utilities. Re-
cent renovations new vinyl siding, kitchen
cabinets, vanities, appliances, stairways
and balconies. Dave Moynihan,
778-2246. #96341. $389,500.
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family homes in gated
community on canals
in Anna Maria. Start-
ing at $1,500,000.
THE ROSA DEL MAR
ums, pool, approxi-
mately 1,900 sq.ft.,
gated parking, deluxe
am e n it i e s
starts at $1,600,000.
THE HIBISCUS Four
ums with boat dock
and pool. Starting at
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