Islander (Anna Maria, Fla. : 1992) ( January 5, 2005 )

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Title: Islander (Anna Maria, Fla. : 1992)
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Physical Description: Newspaper
Language: English
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Place of Publication: Anna Maria Fla
Publication Date: January 5, 2005


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Title: Islander (Anna Maria, Fla. : 1992)
Uniform Title: Islander (Anna Maria, Fla. : 1992)
Physical Description: Newspaper
Language: English
Creator: Islander
Publisher: Bonner Joy
Place of Publication: Anna Maria Fla
Publication Date: January 5, 2005


Subjects / Keywords: Islander -- Anna Maria Islander -- Anna Maria Island -- Florida Newspaper -- Anna Maria Island -- Florida
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newspaper   ( sobekcm )
Spatial Coverage: United States -- Florida -- Manatee -- Anna Maria
Coordinates: 27.530278 x -82.734444

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Skimming the news ... Islander football contest final winner listed on page 8.

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"The Best News on Anna Maria Island Since 1992"


Volume 13, No. 9 Jan. 5, 2005 FREE

FEMA paperwork failure

creates Anna Maria rush

By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
After weeks of searching through the Federal
Emergency Management Agency bureaucracy to find
the completed forms that give emergency approval to
construct aberm along a severely eroded beach area of
North Shore Drive in Anna Maria, Mayor SueLynn
finally located the appropriate documents in a FEMA
office in Orlando. The documents were completed in
mid-October, the mayor said, but never forwarded to
Anna Maria by FEMA.
Apparently, a lot of cities are in the same posi-
tion of tr\ ing to find the approved FEMA forms, she
But FEMA's failure to ensure a timely delivery has
created a problem for SueLynn and the Anna Maria
City Commission.
To get a permit from the Florida Department of En-

Island mayors

oppose county

charter draft
By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Holmes Beach Mayor Carol Whitmore along with
Anna Maria Mayor SueLynn and Bradenton Beach
Mayor John Chappie plan to vigorously protest the
proposed county charter presented last week to the
county commission.
"They just want to control our municipalities," said
Whitmore after reading the proposal, which calls for a
14-member board to review all land development and
annexation issues within the municipalities. The seven
county commissioners would comprise half the seats
on the proposed board.
"People need to understand, we already have char-
ter government in each Island city. We don't need a
new charter controlling us and I intend to be at every
county commission meeting to oppose this plan,"
vowed Whitmore.
"It's nothing niore than the same old McClash ver-
sus Poston battle," she said. That "battle" took place
over the City of Bradenton annexing Perico Island, then
approving the Arvida-St. Joe 686-unit condominium
project for that island. County Commissioner Joe
McClash headed opposition to that project against the
City of Bradenton and Mayor Wayne Poston.
In a reaction to the Perico annexation, county com-
missioners in 2002 had proposed a charter government
for Manatee County, but shelved the idea in favor of
"The Accord," which was an agreement between
Manatee County cities and the county government -
including the school board that disputes over land
development issues would be settled by a joint commit-
tee of city, school board and county representatives.
Now, said Whitmore, county commissioners don't
seem to think The Accord is working, hence the return
of the county charter issue.
Anna Maria Mayor SueLynn said Island cities and
residents need to voice their opposition to the county

vironmental Protection to build the berm, the city needs
its application on file with the DEP by Jan. 15. In ad-
dition, the city has to approve the $32,200 in funding
and identify a contractor in the application. FEMA will
reimburse 90 percent ($29,550) of the construction
cost, while the state should pick up the tab for the re-
mainder, she said.
That still leaves the city facing an emergency meet-
ing to approve the funds and select a contractor within
the next 10 days, the mayor said.
The beach area between 751 and 761 North Shore
Drive was se\erel\ eroded during the four hurricanes
that struck Florida last year. A winter storm during the
Christmas holidays further eroded the beach.
SueLynn said she would ask Commission Chair-
person John Quam to call an emergency commission
meeting on the issue, but no date had been set by press

Got beach?
The sand base for these Australian pines along North
Shore Drive in Anna Maria has become severely
eroded the past six months as a result of hurricanes
and a recent winter storm.-The trees appear ready to
topple at any moment without some immediate beach
renourishment. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy

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Got more beach?
This house between 751 and 761 North Shore Drive in Anna Maria is in immediate need of a berm or beach
renourishment to prevent further erosion and perhaps serious structural damage -following the four
hurricanes of 2004 and the winter storm that passed through the area during the recent holiday season.
Islander Photo: Bonner Joy

2004 Islander of year: Jeff Croley

Jeff Croley of Holmes Beach symbolizes all the
good qualities we could ask for in a volunteer and
he symbolizes for Anna Maria Island all the good folks
who quietly went about doing anything and everything
they could to aid those in need after Hurricanes
Charley, Frances, Ivan and Jeanne.
There were undoubtedly many, many volunteers
who pitched in many hours, and many folks who gave
food, supplies and cash to aid hurricane victims in east
Manatee County. Yet somehow Jeff, who came by our
office coincidentally, epitomized the selfless nature of
those most willing to help.
Jeff, who is a longtime maintenance employee at
Veranda Beach Club on Longboat Key, took a week's
vacation from work to volunteer wherever needed af-
ter Charley hit the Gulf coast Aug. 13.

He joined up with the American Legion in Arcadia,
where a supply station was established to receive and
distribute aid to those in need. Jeff found a niche in the
relief effort and took to riding the back roads in his
pickup truck in the hardest hit areais,'coaxing the folks
he found in need into an icy bottled water, a-Coke or
To further his effort, Jeff needed a BIG cooler, which
is what prompted him to stop at our office. That and the
fact our lights were on and we were at work very early on
Tuesday when he was on his way to Arcadia.
He was absolutely ecstatic that we had just such a
cooler, and ice, too, at Ooh La La! next door. And so
his routine became a stop for ice in the morning before


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Islander of year: Jeff Croley
heading off to do his good deeds, meeting folks who
were all too reluctant to accept aid, and then chatting
and comforting and soothing them into a cold drink -
usually the first cold drink since the storm struck.
Jeff wore out his tires and his back, and no doubt
lost 10 pounds, and his heart swelled with emotion over
the good folks he met every day and the conditions they
had to endure.
He took back up where he'd left off with Charley
when Frances struck the east coast and worked its way
to some of the same areas of Polk and Hardee counties
on roads that had become too familiar to him.
Like Jeff, the stories of Jo Ann Meilner and her
husband Don, as well as Nancy and David Ambrose,
who didn't hesitate to help victims of Charley and the
other storms are moving and motivating.
Each of us gave to the relief effort, but more than
some, they continued to do good deeds.
And congratulations to Jeff for inspiring us all.



Jo Ann Meilner joined The Islander when asked to
help the Chiles Group serve hot lunches in Wauchula
a week after Charley. She said she was anxious and cu-
rious about the damage there, ha\ ing believed that 60
miles inland would be a safe haven.
"Iwasn't prepared to see the magnitude of the
storm's destruction," she said.
"Pulling into the staging area for volunteers and
relief supplies, seeing the tents, the huge stacks of
bottled water and walls of donated goods lining the
parking lot of the Kash & Karry brought a tear to my
eye. The steady stream of trucks, cars and semi-trail-
ers pulling up to unload supplies was balanced by the
steady, long lines of people who needed those items.
"My sense of obligation for volunteering was bal-
anced by the guilt that wve were spared by Charley and
others had suffered.
"Also very moving was the unlimited supply of good

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.\ ictiim of Hurtlicanle Clharlet' in I\\t ich la i've' a cool
hug to Jeff Croley in exchange fbr ils ,offer ice-cold
boiled water. Jeff took hi vacation it, deliver kindness
and comfort to ,ianiv of tet nted'y victims of the hurri-
cane ii rith area from Wauchula to Punta Gorda,
will by those able to give. As we helped serve Chiles'
buffet of hot food. fre.h cold salads and dessert, a group.
in pickup truck filled to the brim \% ith hot MI e \ican food
came by to ask if they could join our food line. It was
quickly unloaded and added to the tables.
"From Girl Scout and Bo) Scout troops to the Ed
Chiles restaurant group, to the Red Cross and Salva-
tion Army, there \ ere helpers everywhere we looked.
"As soon as my husband Don listened to my sto-
ries of the hurricane damage, he didn't hesitate to find
a. way to help. He loaded his truck and construction
trailer with chain saws, tools. a generator and coolers
of bottled water and headed to Arcadia, then south to
the very tiny town of Hull, where he found a small area
of overturned trailers and severely daman-ed small
frame homes. Folks there were li\ ing in their vehicles.
It was evident that they may never have power re-
stored. He helped cut trees and clear the fallen
branches. There was so much damage, the task seemed
"Each weekend for several weeks he returned to
help. The most pressing need was shelter. He as able
to buy an RV trailer at a great discount. Its size re-
quired a tow truck for the move to Hull and Greg
Gothier was hired to do the job. As they pulled into
Hull and Greg saw the conditions there, he refused any

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"The amount of destruction to the homes of people
who were living the most basic, simple and humble
lives was gut wrenching.
"It made us appreciate how very fortunate we re-
ally are. Not just that the storms passed us, but much
deeper gratitude for all that we have here on AMI, our
homes, our families, our community.
As we learned more about the need, The Islander
got more involved in trying to help others deliver aid
to the needy.
On behalf of Harvey Memorial Community
Church, Islander staff-member Nancy Ambrose took
on distribution of aid collected at The Islander office.
Croley had told us about a group of people he happened
upon that had not been helped after Hurricane Charley
at Sunnybreeze Christian Retirement Community a
mix of mobile and block homes where all the mobile
homes \ ere destroyed and many of the residents were
still up north
Nan'\' and husband David found folks there very
appreciative for all the aid they could carry, and we
\ou Id hat e never found them.without Jeff's guidance.
The Ambroses ventured on to Fort Ogden, where
Jeff had observed an old church all but fully destroyed,
and Nochatee, where they found many people in need.
They distributed a cargo-\ an load of all kinds of needed
items to the three communities.
The aid effort by the Ambroses focused in the gen-
eral area around Fort Ogden. Harvey Church started a
fund drive, as did Allisland Demonimations and-The
Islander for the people and churches of that area and
all kinds of items were shared with families through-
out the area. Our community of residents- and visitors
was so generous that even an organ was delivered to
one of the churches left without music.
-The .miiles on the faces and the tears of joy in their
eyes said it all. Many people just couldn't believe that
people all the way from Anna Maria Island would care so
much for her rh needs," NarJnc said.
And Jeff had already, been there ahead of us \ ith
his pickup truck and his coolers. He certainly aimed us
in hie right direction.
Jeff Croley was an inspiration during this time and
we thank him for that and for much more If \ ou ever
need a friend ... we've got his number.


SueLynn letter rips von Hahmann, county commission

Anna Maria Mayor SueLynn has blasted County
Commissioner Jane von Hahmann, whose district repre-
sents the Island, for not notifying any Island elected offi-
cial that a draft county charter was available and circulated
to county commissioners at their Dec. 29 meeting.
"I find it unconscionable that you did not notify
any barrier island elected official that a draft charter
was written and that it would be reviewed" by county

conimissioners. The mayor said that in a Nov. 19 let-
ter to von Hahmann, she had specifically asked that
Island elected officials "be notified in advance" of the
draft charter.
"So-far, our not being invited to participate in any
manner in the development of a charter," said
SueLynn, "does nothing to give me any reason to trust
that the county commission is acting in good faith, let

Bridge repair over untroubled waters
Repair work on the humpback bridge on North Bay Boulevard in Anna Maria is now under way and motorists
are advised to use caution when encountering construction crews. The $172,000 project also involves repairs
to the Spruce Street bridge. Islander Photo: Courtesy Carolyne Norwood.

Charter draws Island ire
"This is extremely serious to our land development
and growth," she said. If passed by the county voters,
county commissioners would comprise 50 percent of a
board that would rule on annexation and land develop-
ment within the municipalities.
"That's unacceptable and it's bogus representa-
tion," said the mayor. The Island, including Longboat
Key, would have only four representatives on the board
and could easily be outvoted over issues affected the
-barrier island cities, she noted.
"The county should not have control over what we
do under our city charter," the mayor added.
She urged all Island residents to attend county
commission meetings and present their views on the

proposed charter to the commissioners.
While efforts to reach Bradenton Beach Mayor
John Chappie were unsuccessful, Whitmore said she's
talked to Chappie and he fully supports opposition to
the proposed charter.
Any county charter form of government would have
to be approved by voters in a countywide election, said
Whitmore, but she's concerned because of the large num-
ber of residents who live in unincorporated east Manatee
County. "Those people might think they need a charter
government" and could easily pass such a measure over
the opposition of voters.in the cities, she suggested.
The county commission was scheduled to discuss
the charter proposal at its Jan. 4 meeting. Commission
meetings are open to the public and held every Tues-
day starting at 9 a.m. in the county government build-
ing in downtown Bradenton.

Lester-lslander challenge beats goal

The match has been met, and then some.
Islanders stepped up to match fellow Island-
ers Joey and Chuck Lester's challenge of
$50,000 to benefit the Anna Maria Island Com-
munity Center to the tune of $52,550 as of Mon-
day, bringing the total benevolence to the Cen-
ter to $102,550 this year.
The funds raised go to the Center's endow-
ment fund, capital of which will remain un-
touched, although the interest may be spent on
Center programs.
The challenge is co-sponsored by The Is-
lander newspaper.
"We are incredibly happy and enormously
grateful to the community to have taken the
Lester's challenge," said Center Executive di-
rector Pierrette Kelly. "The Center's educa-
tional, recreational and cultural programs and -
services have positively affected the lives of

thousands of people. With the help of the
Center's endowment, thousands more will ben-
efit in the future. This brings us one step closer
-to ensure that we can continue to provide qual-
ity programs and services for all generations.
The endowment fund will do this and protect
our future, making sure the programs and ser-
vices for the community are there for genera-
tions to come."
The Lester-Islander challenge to the Anna
Maria community began in 1996 and has provided
the Center with more than $508,000.
"It all goes toward the success of the Center's
endowment," said Chuck Lester, "and could not be
made possible without the efforts of The Islander
newspaper. We started this in 1996 with zero dol-
lars. We want to thank all the people who contrib-
uted. It is the extraordinary effort by the Island
people who make this possible."

alone [that it] will consider our point of view."
The issue of a county charter "has already created
so much animosity and distrust that a resolution is go-
ing to be more difficult to achieve than it otherwise
would have been, and the hard feelings more difficult
to set aside," added the mayor.
She also asked von Hahmann to send Island
elected officials a copy of the proposed charter, and
assure her that Island officials will receive advance
notice of any meeting where the proposed charter is
discussed, in addition to any potential changes or
modifications to the proposal.
Von Hahmann said she was surprised at the "mis-
information" in SueLynn'sletter, particularly since
no county commission meeting was held Dec. 29 and
there has been no joint commission review.
"Like other elected officials, we get a document
to study first before discussion.at a meeting," she said,
and promised to speak to SueLynn directly about the
proposal and the "misinformation." She also noted
that Count\ Commissioner Joe McClash e-mailed a
copy of the draft to all county municipalities Dec. 29,
inviting "comments and criticisms" before the county
commission places the issue on a future agenda.
"There is certainly no intention not to inform the
Island cities," von Hahmann said emphatically. "We
absolutely want comments from Island elected offi-
cials," she added, and both her and McClash plan on
attending commission meetings in all three Island
cities and on Longboat Key this month.
Von Hahmann and McClash will attend the
Holmes Beach commission meeting Jan. 11,
Bradeoton Beach and Longboat Key commission
meetings on Jan. 20, and the Anna Maria City Com-
mission on Jan. 27.


Anna Maria City
Jan. 5, 6:45 p.m., Environmental Education and En-
hancement Committee meeting.
Anna Maria City Hall, ..
10005 Gulf Drive. 708-6130.

Bradenton Beach '
Jan. 5, 4 p.m., city commission work session on code
enforcement policies.
Jan. 6, 3 p.m., joint meeting with cit commission and
Tingley Memorial Library Board on capital improve-
ment projects.
Jan. 6, 6 p.m., city commission work session on poli-
cies and procedures.
Jan. 6, 7 p.m., city commission meeting. Agenda: Pub-
lic comment, draft aggregation discussion of lots, draft
default discussion on major development ordinance,
city pier franchise discussion, city.pier architectural
review discussion, banner request for Coquina Tides
Arts and Crafts Show, discussion to remove speed
bumps on.11th Street South, Web-site maintenance
contract discussion, appointment of Tjet Martin to code
enforcement board, approval of agenda backup mate-
rial procedure, tree trimming invoice, coastal advocate
league request from Commissioner Lisa Marie Phillips,
consent agenda, commission reports and calendar
scheduling and review.
Jan. 11, 1 p.m., scenic highway committee meeting.
Jan. 12, 5 p.m., Citizens Advisory Committee for the
Review and Updating of the Comprehensive Plan and
Land Development Code.
Jan. 13, 6 p.m., planning and zoning board meeting.
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.,

Holmes Beach
Jan. 5, 5 p.m., parks and beautification committee
Jan. 10, 7 p.m., planning commission meeting.
Jan. 11, 7 p.m., city commission meeting with work
session to immediately follow.
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive,

Of Interest
Jan, 8, 1:30 p.m., Save Anna Maria meeting. Agenda
includes nomination of officers. Meeting to be held at
Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes


Cafe on the Beach still not fully open

By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Cafe on the Beach at the Manatee Public Beach
won't be ready to fully re-open for another few weeks,
according to Manatee County workers at the site, and
the continued presence of construction equipment and
trailers created a traffic nightmare last week for
beachgoers and Holmes Beach police.
Work on the entire project was set to conclude Dec.
15, according to Cafe on the Beach and Beach Shop
owner Dee Percifield. The gift shop and Pancake Shack
have opened she said, but the.restaurant appears a few
weeks away from completion.
"Hopefully within two weeks," said Percifield.
Parking during the busy holiday season at Mana-
tee Public Beach became a nightmare, said Holmes
Beach Police Chief Jay Romine, particularly with good
weather last week.
The construction trailers and equipment remaining
at the site take up about 50 to 60 parking spaces and
finding a parking space was extremely difficult for
some beachgoers last week.
"We are understanding of the situation there," said
Romine, "and we're trying to get people to move their
vehicles before we issue a ticket. We can't ignore all
the parking violations, and we are asking people to be
patient when they go to the beach."
"Hopefully, the construction and equipment will be
gone by mid-January" when the winter season cranks
up again, said Percifield.
Manatee County began its $600,000 renovation
project of the Cafe on the Beach building last August
and planned to finish by Nov. 1, but was delayed by the

Where to park?
Some beachgoers looking for a parking spot last week at the Manatee Public Beach had problems as approxi-
mately 60 parking spaces are taken up by the trailers and equipment associated with the Cafe on the Beach
remodeling project. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin

four hurricanes that passed through the area. The re-
opening was then moved to Dec. 15.
"We're hopeful everything will be fully back on
track in a few weeks," said Percifield. "The county has
been wonderful, doing everything it can, and I know
[Holmes Beach] Mayor [Carol] Whitmore and others

have been pushing to get us open. At least we're par-
tially open."
Until the remodeled building is ready, Cafe on the
Beach will continue to operate from a portable stand on
the property. The Pancake Shack is open every morn-
ing for breakfast.

Longboat Island Chapel announces interim staff

Longboat Island Chapel will welcome a new senior
minister and associate minister to its fold in February.
Bruce Porter comes' to the church after serving as
the senior minister at Church of the Palms in Sarasota
for 21 years. He has agreed to serve as interim senior
minister at the Longboat Key Chapel beginning Feb. 1.
Ray Woody comes to the church after eight years
of service as the senior minister at the Siesta Key Pres-
byterian Church and serving as a parish associate of the

Fourth Presbyterian Church in Sarasota during a period
of retirement. He will serve as the new associate min-
ister for the Longboat Chapel Feb. 1.
Porter will lead the Sunday worship service and
Woody will assist in the services and provide pastoral
"It's wonderful to have some exciting.and positive
news for our congregation," said chapel board of gov-
ernors member Bill Newhouse. "I believe they will be

able to relate to the older members of the congrega-
And Keeley Sullivan has joined the chapel staff as
the net ) outh education leader. She is a young mother
and graduate of Cardinal Mooney High School in
Sarasota and Columbia College in South Carolina.
Longboat Island Chapel is located at 6200-Gulf of
Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. For worship informa-
tion, call 383-6491.

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THE ISLANDER 0 JAN. 5, 2005 0 PAGE 5

Harvey Church joins

tsunami relief appeal
The Rev. Bill Grossman of Harvey Memorial
Community Church in Bradenton Beach announced
this week the church will participate in an emergency
response program for Southern Asia victims of the
earthquake and tsunamis with the Church World Ser-
CWS sent initial emergency response shipments of
500 family shelter kits to Sri Lanka, emergency medicine
kits for basic medication and antibiotics for 75,000 per-
sons for up to three months, 5,000 blankets and more than
40,000 "Gift of the Heart" health kits to Indonesia.
Founded in 1946, Church World Service is the
relief, development, and refugee assistance ministry
of 36 Protestant, Orthodox, and Anglican denomina-
tions in the United States. Working in partnership
with indigenous organizations in more than 80 coun-
tries, CWS works worldwide to meet human needs
and foster self-reliance for all whose way is hard.
Substantial financial assistance is needed to sup-
port specific emergency needs.
Grossman suggests that Islanders seeking to help
tsunami victims join the Harvey congregation in mak-
ing monetary donations to CWS. Checks should be
written to Harvey Church .and marked "Tidal-wave
relief," he indicated. Mail checks to Harvey, 300
Church Ave., Bradenton Beach.
For information on CWS, visit its Web site at
churchworldservice.org or call them directly at (800)
297-1516 toll free, and for more information on donat-
ing, call Grossman at 224-8608.

Rotary announces third annual
casino event
The Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island announced
this week it is organizing its third annual Extravaganza
& Casino Night event to be held Feb. 5.
The event features casino-style gaming tables and,
although no cash changes hands, participants receive chips
that are tallied at the close of the evening for prize awards.
Live music and a buffet dinner also highlight the evening
for the $50 ticket price, and features an open bar.
Rotary members will soon canvas Island busi-
nesses for donations of merchandise and services for
both live and silent auctions at the event.
Last year's "Extravaganza" raised $15,000 for
Rotary's charitable projects worldwide and on Anna
Maria Island.
For additional information, call chairperson Don
Fernald at 779-0429. Advance tickets are available at
the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce, 5313
Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.

Tibetan Buddhist monk
guest teacher Jan. 8.9
Geshe Lama Tenzin Dhargye, a Tibetan Bud-
dhist monk from Sera Mey Monastery, India, will
share his teachings on the "Path to Enlightenment
and Daily Useful Life Practice" as the guest of
Islander Zia Walker.
Dhargye will speak at Walker's home at
109B 13th St. S., Bradenton Beach, from 4 to 6
p.m. January 8-9 and again January 28-29.
The event is free, although a donation to aid the
Indian Ocean tsunami victims is greatly appreciated.
For more information, call Walker at 779-9074.

James Pay exhibit
artists reception
The Anna Maria Island Art League will present its
members-only 11th Annual James Pay Exhibit Jan. 7-
The final day for league members to submit up to
three works of art is Wednesday, Jan, 5, and there is a
$5 entry fee per piece.
The exhibition will be on view at the Art League
from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday.
There will be an opening reception from 5:30 to
7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 7, at which time awards will be
The Anna Maria Island Art League is located at
5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach. For more informa-
tion, call 778-2099.

nr 11 A ringing success
Wi ,The Anna Maria Kiwanis
k- ,Club reported that its
'- "Salvation Army.bell ringers
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five weeks prior to Christ-
mas, $3,500 more than last
year. Kiwanis leader Russ
Olson, pictured, attributed
the increase in contributions
to the extra need required by
the four hurricanes that
struck the state last summer.
Assisting the Kiwanians in
the Salvation Army bell
ringing was the Island
Rotary Club and the
Women's Club ofAnna
Maria. Islander Photo:
Courtesy Ralph Bassett

Author, journalist S.V. Date
at Island Branch Library
The Friends of the Island Branch Library have
invited author and journalist S.V. Date to speak at
the library Tuesday, Jan. 11.
As an award-winning investigative reporter,
Date has covered Florida government in
Talllahassee and is bureau chief of their Palm Beach
Post newspaper. He is also the author of five thrill-
ers and a biography of Senator Bob Graham titled
"Quiet Passion." Date is currently working on his
seventh book, "Foul Ball," which is a major league
baseball mystery.
Date will speak at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. in the li-
brary meeting room. The program is free and seat-
ing is on a first-come basis. The Island Friends ask
that all attendees be seated no later that five minutes
prior to the program start time.
The library is located at 5701 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach. For more information, call 778-

Family caregiver support group
meeting Jan. 21 at library
Meals on Wheels Plus will sponsor a family
caregiver support group at the Island Branch Library
Friday, Jan. 21. Anyone caring for an older adult friend
or family member with chronic health or memory prob-
lems is welcome to attend.
The meeting will take place at 1 p.m. at the library
at 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. For more infor-
mation, call 747-4655.


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Storm brewing?
The ink was barely dry on the draft of a proposed
Manatee County "growth management charter" before
the indictments started flying from some officials of the
municipalities in Manatee County and back again.
The proposal is labeled "discussion draft," and the
Board of County Commissioners has barely discussed it,
but city officials are jumping at the chance to blast them
for what they obviously believe will "strip their power."
The fact that this proposed charter is being drafted
to provide greater and more stringent growth manage-
ment is an indication to us that the county may be mov-
ing in the right direction. Growth management is direly
needed in view of all the hindsight Arvida-St. Joe Co.
and their soon-to-be Perico Island development have
provided the Island community.
It seems, however, that only the environmentalists
have embraced the plan to institute a charter for Mana-
tee County. If a county charter had been implemented
previously, we likely wouldn't be faced with high-rises
on Perico, which is a good enough reason to give it our
attention and some thoughtful consideration.
At this week's county commission.meeting, com-
missioners asked for time to discuss the plan before op-
ponents attack, and opponents MayorsWayne Poston
of Bradenton, Larry Bustle of Palmetto and Carol
Whitmore of Holmes Beach asked the county to set
aside the idea of a charter government.
At the least they pled, let's have open discussion
before proceeding. And so they shall. A joint meeting of
city officials, school board members and the county
.commissioners will take place at 2 p.m. Jan. 27 at the
- Manatee Civic Center in Palmetto.
County commissioners tell us that it is their duty to
proceed with representing their constituents in the best
way possible and that may be to form a charter govern-
City officials have yet to determine what, if any,
powers of municipal government will be superceded. We
can only hope that the county will look to the cities for
examples of working charter governments and respect
the limits those charters allow each city in shaping their
At least, we've gone a step beyond "the Accord,"
which was little more than an agreement to discuss mat-
ters of common interest.
We can have a vision, but we also must have a plan
for how to reach it. If the county charter leads us there,
we want to listen and learn how we can benefit. As of
now, we hear only condemnation.
This "brouhaha" will be continued ....

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No more worrying in 2005
Another holiday season is over, and 2004 is gone with
it. Other than a few disappointments, both were quite
happy. Oh, I didn't get a partridge from anybody, but I
guess it's just as well because I don't have a pear tree to.
put it in anyway. And I still can't adjust to Christmas Eve's
Midnight Mass being celebrated at 10 o'clock.
The pleasures of holiday visits of some of our grand-
children were almost neutered when I realized that they
didn't know what I was talking about when I was telling
them about the fun I had at their ages while running my
electric trains around the Christmas tree. But that was all
evened out because I didn't know the Play Station Two
they were talking about wasn't a railroad station.
It's scary these days when people say: "Another year
is over!" Scary because when you've heard that as many
years as I have, you can't help consider the odds of ever
hearing it again. In fact, thanks to my birthday next week,
my age numbers will go from Trombones to Sunset Strip.
Resolutions, of course, come with those New Years, '
and I always make some. Like last year, I resolved to quit
having my nightly bourbon on therocks after Judge Judy
was over at 5 o'clock. I kept that one, and I'm going to
make the same for 2005 with just a slight change. This
year I'm going to quit the bourbon, too.
And I'm going to quit worrying about so many little
things that really don't make a difference. Like all dur-
ing 2004, when I checked out in the "10 things or less
express lane" at Publix, I worried do a bunch of six
bananas count as one or six? And how about a single pack
of 12 Cokes (diet, of course)? If the checkout lady counts
it as 12, will I get hollered at and embarrassed ifI happen
to be in that line in front of a friend of Wife Sarah's? If I'm
in front of snowbirds in that line, however, I don't worry
- they're not registered Holmes Beach voters (and there-
fore not critical to my next re-election campaign to the
Holmes Beach City Commission).
Another 2004 worry came from signs in restaurants
that say: "Please wait to be seated." Shouldn't they read:
"Please seat to be waited?" And in the men's rest rooms
in those same restaurants, there's usually a sign that says

"Employees must wash their hands before returning to
work." Those signs caused two more 2004 worries -
does the manager also have to wash his hands, and is the
same sign in the ladies room?
Some of my 2004 worries were really closer to won-
ders. Like what's the difference between signs, I won-
dered, that read: "No Parking" and those that read: "No
Parking Anytime?" In the former areas, is parking OK
Sometimes? And how about those parking signs in Anna
Maria that didn't mean anything?
"No-right turn on red'"signs also worried/wondered
me. Is it OK to turn left on red there?
In 2005, I've resolved to quit all that wondering and
worrying. Instead, I'm making, some real resolutions be-
sides just the bourbon on the rocks thing.
For instance, I will not once in 2005 try to beat an-
other car to the merge at the Palma Sola Causeway when
coming back to the Island from Bradenton unless, of
course, the other car has Canadian plates. That's because
I owe them for all the times they use only their headlights
but never their directionals.
Also, I'm really going on a diet in 2005, but I'm not
sure how yet because I read about some new choices in
USA Today last week. They had charts listing ideal
weights for men depending on age and height. I might not
have to diet at all I learned from following that chart -
if I can manage somehow to grow to 18 feet tall. Surely
during 2005, Dr. Phil or somebody will come up with a
way for me to accomplish that rather than losing all the
weight I've worked so hard to collect.
I remember a company president I once reported to
telling me that the whole idea of the firm's "Standard
Operating Procedure" manual was to spell out opportuni-
ties for us to deviate from those procedures. Otherwise,
how would we know? Isn't that also a perfect reason for
New Year's resolutions?
Anyway, have a Happy New Year. And to those of
ypot who know who I'm specifically aiming at, remember
to wash your hands before returning to work, and park
wherever you want in Anna Maria.
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Men, women

of valor
By Gib Bergquist
Special to The Islander
Have you hugged a cop lately? If not, the
Cracker thinks it's high time you did.
It has been said that in order to be a good law-
man, you have to possess the patience of Job, the
wisdom of Solomon, the legal knowledge of a judge,
the love, compassion, kindness, consideration and
understanding of Mother Teresa, and a willingness
to lay your life daily on the line for the people you
In figures just released, 12 law enforcement of-
ficers died on duty in Florida during 2004. While
there is a tendency to group all civil servants in one
category, men and women of valor deserve to be
placed on a much higher plane.
This past year, the Island was sideswiped by four
hurricanes, forcing mandatory evacuation on one oc-
casion. We left our Island not knowing for sure what
we would find on our return, but knowing for.sure
that it would be well-protected and secured by the
police officers left behind.
Our Island is enriched with outstanding police
officers and deputy sheriffs, and all parents should
try to instill in their children a very positi% e image
of our law enforcement officers. Let them know that
a policeman is a friend that they can depend upon
when needed.
There is an ordinance presently pending before
the Holmes Beach City Commission that, if passed,
will modestly improve the Holmes Beach police of-
ficers' pension plan. The ordinance will be on the
commission agenda at the 7 p.m. meeting Tuesday,
Jan. 11.
As a retired FBI agent and current chairman of
the police pension board, the Cracker whole-
heartedly supports this ordinance, which in the long
haul could save taxpayer money. He urges your sup-
port. The Cracker will bring the cops. You bring the

Hall named
to replace Wunderlich
SHolmes Beach Code Enforcement Clerk
Nancy Hall has been named by Mayor Carol
Whitmore to replace current Code Enforcement
Officer Walter Wunderlich, who is retiring Jan..
Hall will assume her new duties Jan. 24 and
a search is under way for a new clerk in that de-
partment, the mayor said.

Boat smart classes,
safety workshops
The Anna Maria Island Power Squadron is present-
ing three boater safety courses in January.
Monday, Jan. 10, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., the
squadron will present a free workshop on the funda-
mentals of piloting.
Thursday, Jan. 13, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., there
will be a free presentation on "The Shocking Truth
About Lightning" and how to protect your boat.
Saturday, Jan. 22, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., there
will be a "Boat Smart" class;. The fee is $17 and in-
cludes course materials, lunch and snacks.
All classes will be held at the AMI Power Squad-
ron building located at 1200 71st St. N.W., Bradenton.
For registration and further information, call Steve
or JoAnn Vaughn at 714-0449.

St. Bernard pancake breakfast
set for next Sunday
St. Bernard Catholic Church will host a pancake
breakfast from 8 to 11:30 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 9, at the
Breakfast includes homemade pancakes, sausage,
orange juice and coffee. There will also be a homemade
baked goods for sale.
Breakfast costs $3 for adults and $1.50 for chil-
The church is located at 248 S Harbor Drive,
Holmes Beach. For more information, call 778-0414.

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Ten years ago in the"Jan. 5, 1995, issue
of The Islander, headlines announced:
A Manatee County circuit court judge ruled in
favor of Bradenton Beach Marina owner Alan Bazzy
in his lawsuit against the city to expand his marina. On
Aug. 23, 1994, the city commission voted 3-2 to ap-
prove his rezoning request, but the city's code required
at least four votes to change zoning.
Holmes Beach police officer Charles Anderson
resigned his position following allegations that he was
drunk when he crashed his motorcycle in an accident
in Bradenton that broke the arm and several vertebrae
of his girlfriend. He was also accused of leaving the
scene of an accident.
A proposed Holmes Beach ordinance to allow in-
home artistic teaching was sent back to the planning
commission because city laws prohibit vehicular or
pedestrian traffic to a home used for an occupation.


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By Paul Roat
Four hurricanes hitting Florida in six weeks more
than ruled the second half of 2004's new events. For-
tunately for Islanders, the storms for the most part
spared homes and businesses on Anna Maria Island,
but there was significant beach erosion.
And now, for the. second half of 2004 ...

No room at the inn: The Fourth of July weekend
saw swamped accommodations on the Island. As the
head of the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce
put it, "Except for a few single units here and there,
everyone was booked solid." Occupancy figures were
reported to be up significantly from last year as well.
To. the voters: Bradenton Beach voters will face
four charter amendments later in the year. The changes
would have a city manager operate the day-to-day busi-
ness of the city as well as creation of a city treasurer.
There was also a limitation of all structures of no more
than 29 feet above the Federal Emergenct Manage-
ment Agency base-flood elevation. Plus, there was a,
change to require a super-majority vote of the city com-
mission on comprehensive plan amendments,
rezonings, special exceptions or street vacations. The
final amendment would ban the sale of any city prop-
erty that is adjacent to the water.
Where's the parking?: Members of the
Bradenton Beach scenic highway committee learned
that although there are a plethora of parking spaces
indicated on several maps, the actual amount of park-
ing appeared to be much less.
Another condo: The Beach HouseResort, 1000
Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach, was sold and the new
owner planned to renovate the rental property into nine
condominium units.
Once more into legaJ fray: The three Island cit-
ies, the environmental group ManaSota-88 and Holmes
Beach resident Joan PerIT filed a lawsuit to block St.
Joe Co. plans to develop 686 condominium units on
Perico Island. Manatee County filed a separate lawsuit
to halt the development.
Impalement re-enactment: A Discovery Channel
film crew visited the Island to re-enact the impalement
of a man 10 years ago. Ex-Washington, D.C., Metro
Police Chief Maurice Cullinane was fishing with
friends when an anchor slipped off the boat and boo-
meranged back into the boat, impaling him in the head.
He was taken to the hospital, the anchor removed, and
he recovered.
Pile it on: The pile of dredged'sand, located near
Holmes Beach City Hall, grew bigger and bigger and
will remain for several months before being hauled off.
The sand is the byproduct of the dredging of canals in
the city.
NIMBY: Several Anna Maria City residents ob-
jected to the renovation project of the Anna Maria Is-
land Community Center that would change the
building's main entry from Magnolia Avenue to Palm
Avenue. Center officials said the plans were prelimi-
nary and subject to change.
Minimum seven days: Holmes Beach planners

.Al incidett 10) Vearcs 1i o off't I /lad l.i er, l a ftan
hlid an anchor inipaled in his head was recreated for
a TV program in July.
recommended the city commission limit short-term
rentals to at least seven days in the city's residential
zoning districts. Some residents had complained that
the current practice of no restrictions.had created one-
night rentals in their neighborhoods and had changed
the quality of life the) enjoyed.
Build it: An appellate court ruled that two du-
plexes should and could be built in the 1400 block of
Gulf Drive in Bradenton Beach. A lower court had
ruled the city',s.decisionito den i the development was
in order. The matter has been in court since 2000. The
city commission agreed to appeal the appellate court
Closed: The Palma Sola Golf Club on 75th Street
in Bradenton closed after 36 years of operation. The
property willbecome'a condominium development
Elections: Qualifying for public offices came to a
close on the Island. In Anna Mari. t former la\ or Gar\
Deffenbaugh will face off aigailt incumbent SueL 1nn:
incumbent commissioners Linda Cramer and Duke
Miller will also face challenger Ben Ha. e- in the iv, o-
seat election. In Bradenton Beach, City Comnmissioner
Lisa Marie Phillips was unopposed in her re-election
bid; incumbent Anna O'Brien \ ill face challenger Bill
Shearon for the Ward 4 pos't. In Hulrmes Beach, i la. o:
Carol Whitmore was unopposed for re-election; incum-
bents Sandy Haas-Martens and Roger Lutz will face
David Zaccagnino and former Mayor/Commissioner
Pat Geyer for those two seats.,The election is Nov. 2
for all cities.
Trashed: Holmes Beach residents "trashed" a pro-
posal by Waste Management, the city's contracted gar-
bage, trash and recycling hauler, to replace resident

garbage cans with either 64- or 35-gallon wheeled con-
tainers. City commissioners agreed to study the matter
Rats!: A rodent infestation of Bradenton Beach
City Hall prompted city officials to hire an extermina-
ition company to seal the building and trap for 30 days
at a cost of $1,500.
Kabris compromise: The Holmes Beach City
Commission heard a mediation proposal offered on the
Kabris property ,101 75th St. Commissioners agreed to
discuss ilie matter further later.
Players plays for 2004-05: Island Players an-
nounced the performances for the next season: "The
Sensuous Senator," "The Orphans." "Over the Tav-
ern," "Beu Jest," and The Farndale Avenue Housing
Estate Tci\ nsI omen's Guild Dramatic Society Murder
M\I ster ."
Turtles coming-out party: The first of the
Island's loggerhead turtle egts hatched and scampered
-into the surf.
SChannel this: State and local officials investigated
the creation of t( o channels off Jev fish KeN, channels
Dredged apparently without permits. The channel on
the west side of the island, just southeast of Bradenton
Beach in Sarasota Bay, was estimated to be 850 feet
long. 30 feet wide and 5 feet deep; another channel on
the east side ofJe.\ fish \\aj-. miller. "Whoever did the
dredging did the people in that area a bad disservice,"
a marine officer \ ith the Florida Department of Envi-
ronmental Protection said. "We will continue to go
forward, and our goal is to have that area restored."
Both civil and criminal penalties were being sought for
whoever did the dredging and/or had it done
Bridge replacement speed-up OK'd: Florida
Department of Transportation officials agreed to re-
place the Ke\ Royale Bridge in 20,08. Not fast enough
for Holmes Beach city officials, who approved borrow-
ing the money to ha\e the bridge replaced within a year
and entered into an agreement \ ith the DOTito get the
money replaced in 200S.
Gear gone: Thieves took $5,600 in gear. mostly
electronics, from the Sea Trek Diver shop in Bradenton

Shocking tale: Greg LaPensee sur\ i ed a 23,000-
volt shock while installing a water line in Holmes
.Beach. Four years ago, he lost control of his car while
crsing the Annl Maria bland Bridge. It went over the
rail, and LaPe 1 siee ani from piling to piling until he
reached shore and help.
Turtle tragedy: Someone apparently trying to
help a collection of caged sea turtles let them loose, and
the,, primptl\ headed toward lights near Gulf Drive in
Bradenton Beach. About 50 were squashed by passing
cars before turtle volunteers could corral the remaining
errant hatchlings and put them in the Gulf.
Off to court: Nikki and Robert Hunt requested
Anna Maria City approval to build a three-story resi-
dential-office-retail building at 303 Pine Ave. City
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-of the city attorney, the city planning commission and
the city engineer. The Hunts vowed to take the matter
to court.
Makeover maven: Islander Debbie Scott flew to
Los Angeles to meet with producers on the ABC-TV
series "Extreme Makeover." She has had dental prob-
lems that have caused her to lose weight due to an in-
Stormwater fee proposed: Bradenton Beachiof-
ficials pondered a $100-per-year stormwater manage-
ment utility fee that would, among other things, address
drainage problems in the city. Public hearings on the
matter were planned at a later date.
Erosion woes: Homeowners in the! 700 block of
North Shore Drive in Anna Maria that had-been ham-
mered by storms and an especially eroded beach were
told there was little that could be done to protect their
homes until the next beach renourishment cycle in six
to eight years.
Closed, but not for long: The Cafe on the Beach
at Manatee Public Beach in Holmes Beach closed for
eight weeks for remodeling.
Now it's Manatee County's turn: Manatee
County building officials stepped in to handle inspec-
tions in Bradenton Beach after Holmes Beach backed
out of the practice. Bradenton Beach had been without
a building official of its own since early January, and
Holmes Beach had agreed to step in to help for a brief
period of time. Bradenton Beach city commissioners
offered the position to Charles Edwards of Bradenton,
but he needs state licenses prior to beginning work.
Bridge work: Anna Maria city commissioners
approved about $175,000 in repair work for the city's
two bridges.
No joint cops: Holmes Beach officials nixed any
joint law enforcement effort with Anna Maria due, in
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Florida, bringing water, food and other supplies to the
storm victims. As Mike Shannon at the Beach House
Restaurant in Bradenton Beach put it, "It was supposed
to be ours. We're extremely-lucky, and we need to
share with the unlucky people that Charley didn't
One more time: West Manatee Fire & Rescue
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ing another unit.
Turtles go to meet Charley: The sea turtle hatch-
ing rate was unprecedented prior to Hurricane
Charley's approach, with about 90 percent of the nests
on the Island hatching prior to the storm's approach.
Only a small number of the remaining nests were
flooded by the hurricane's high winds and strong
Record: West Manatee Fire & Rescue'District
commissioners approved a record $4.6 million budget.
Bad roof: The Anna Maria City Hall roof repair
estimate was pegged at $50,000. Further discussion
was scheduled on the scope of remodeling work there.

Tidemark: A trustee with the U.S. Bankruptcy
Court filed a motion that asked to have the proposed
development's bankruptcy either be dismissed or
placed under an involuntary ranking because the devel-
oper had failed to provide adequate financial informa-
NO: Voters rejected the 1-mill property tax assess-
ment requested by West Manatee Fire & Rescue Dis-
NO, too: Bradenton Beach voters rejected the city
manager form of government change proposed by city

officials. Voters did approve the limit on building
height, the supra-majority vote on major land-use
changes and the prohibition of selling public waterfront
Out: Anna Maria City Commission candidate Ben
Hayes withdrew his name from the ballot, leaving in-
cumbents Linda Cramer and Duke Miller unopposed
for re-election in November.
Oops: Developers of a six-unit condo at the former
Christian Science Church on Marina Drive in Holmes
Beach were told that they need a small-scale amend-
ment to the Future Land Use Map to build the project.
The problem: Construction had already begun on the
Frances: Hurricane Frances struck the state of
Florida just north of West Palm Beach on Labor Day
weekend, Sept. 4, and slowly passed across the state,
exiting into the Gulf north of Tampa. The storm had
105-mph winds at landfall. A voluntary evacuation of
the Island was issued, and things looked good until the
big storm neared Tampa, when power lines started to
tumble and trees tip. A roof of a resort in Holmes Beach
was ripped off, as was the roof at the pier restaurant in
Bradenton Beach. Some experienced power outages for
several days. Winds were clocked in gusts to 67 mph
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reasons, leaving Bill Shearon unopposed in his candi-
One more time: West Manatee Fire & Rescue
District commissioners agreed to place yet another
property tax request on the November ballot, this one
requesting a half-mill levy.
Fee OK: Bradenton Beach city commissioners
approved a $100-per-year fee for stormwater runoff
control. The levy was expected to net $130,000 per
year, with the funds to be used to improve drainage.
-Ivan: Hurricane Ivan struck the Gulf Coast at the
ilorida-Alabama border Sept. 15 with 13-mrph winds.
The storm caused massive destruction in the Pensacola
area, but Anna MariJ Island was mostly spared except
for very heavy surf and beach erosion.
Gone?: Property.taxes for small motels on the Is-
land increased up to 70 percent in some cases, prompt-
ing some resort owners to vow to sell their properties
to condominium developers. "The tax rates are headed
toward a level where it will be impossible to maintain
any small business on the Island," one motel owner
said. Anna Maria Chamber of Commerce representa-
tives vowed to work to fix the problem.

Cleared: Bradenton Beach Code Enforcement
Board Chair Ken Lohn was cleared of any ethical
wrongdoing by the state ethics commission. Developer.
Steve Noriega had filed charges against Lohn earlier in
the year, claiming he improperly\ used his position.
Civil action against Lohn by Noriega was still working
through the courts.
Wow!: Anna Maria Elementary School recon-
struction costs were estimated at $7.12 million in 2003.
However, raw material cost increases and other factors
have increased the actual cost of construction to $10
million: School board members instructed staff to work
with parents and the community.to cut some costs.
Final rat bill: The last rat was ousted from the
Bradenton Beach City Hall. and the final bill to have
the rodent infestation cleaned up and hauled out was
more than $9,500.
Pier franchise terminated: City commissioners
approved the revocation of the franchise agreement
between the city and Karen and Jake Gallo to man-
age the Bradenton Beach City Pier restaurant. The
restaurant was damaged by winds and rain from
Hurricane Frances, and a clause in the contract al-
lows the city to terminate the agreement if it is dam-
aged by storms. Commissioners agreed to go out to

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bi,r a new pier manager.
/ Budgets: All three Island cities approved budgets.
'for fiscal year 2004-05. Anna Nlaria's spending plan
"as $2.036 million, Bradenton Beach $2.738 million:
and Holmes Beach $8.4 million.
Jeanne: Hurricane Jeanne, w ith \\inds at landfall
of 115 mph, followed a near-identical track to Hurri-
cane Frances earlierin the month, making landfall Sept.
26 and again smacking the Island with high w inds and
surf, causing some roof damage, power outages and
beach erosion.
Trimmed: After lots of pencil-sharpening and
hard work, theAnna Maria Elementar School recon-
struction budget \..as trimmed to $8.55 million and
approved b\ school board members. Out w\as the pro-
posed ne\w auditorium and music and an rooms adja-
cent.to it; the current auditorium and some other build-
ings will instead be renovated.
We pay and pay and pay ...: With 3 percent of
the Manatee County population, property o\ ners on
Anna Maria Island and the northern portion of
Longboat KeN pa. about 15 percent of the county bud-
get. Propert3i alues haxe increased 165 percent in the
Past 10 years as well.

S"Too Christian:' A Holmes Beach resident com-
plained the "Christmas decorations" the citv puts iup
every year are "too Christian." Officials said their
decorations are generic in nature. A legal re iew\ of the
decorations eventually deemed the lights and trees as
"Criticall eroded:" Florida Department of Envi-
ronmental Protection officials declared Island beaches
criticall) eroded" in the wake of four hurricanes. The
declaration could expedite the next beach
renourishment project to.as early as 20106, rather than
the pre\ iousl3 scheduled 2010.
Makeover; Holmes Beach resident Debbie Scott
recei% ed an "extreme makeover" x\ without benefit of the
TV program thanks to the generosity of Islanders. A
total of $13.0I00 in dental reconstruction work was pro-
.ided to her w without charge by Dr.'Gy Yatro', Dave
Jensen of Natural Prosthetic Dental Lab and Ron Per-
due of Ron Perdue Dental Lab. Scott's biops\ results
were, happily, negative.
Long, long fight: Business owners on the Island,
disgusted w ith the escalating property tax levy they
have to pay, learned that changing the collection pro-
cess would require a constitutional amendment or the
formation of a new county. Members of Citizens
Against Rising Taxation continued to discuss options..
Illegal: Anna Maria city commissioners were sur-
prised to learn that outdoor dining in the city was ille-

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Home again: Anna Nlria ctit empIloyees mo\ed
back into their new |I remodeled citv hall after several
months' hiatus at the Island Baptist Chuich.
Sue )ou: The former Biadenton Beach Citr Pier
franchisees. Karen and Jake Gallo. sued the citt for
damages the\ said the\ sustained after the root of tile
pier restaurant \ as damaged bt Hurricne Frances.
Moratorium,- please: Environmental group
MlanaSota-SS requested officials in Manatee and
Sarasota counties enact a building, moratorium until
hurricane shelter space meets population demands.
New Center plans unveiled: Anna Maria Island
Community Center officials unl el led plans for a inew Ih
remodeled building, including more space for meet-
ings, a drop-off area on Magnolia Al enue and nman
other amenitll es.
Delayed: Hurricanes delayed the reopening of the.
Cafe on the Beach at the Manatee Public Beach until
early December. M anatee Count\ officials had ap-
proved a new roof arid other improvements with a
promise it \x would reopen by early November.

Island elections: Incumbents ruled in theii re-elec-
tion bids on the Island. In Anna Maria, incumbent
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sioners Roger Lutz and Sandy Haas-Martens edged
challenges by former Commissioner and Mayor Pat
Ge er and political new corner Dav id Zaccagino.
Fire tax nixed: For the third time in a Near, voters
rejected a tax increase to augment the budget of the
West Manatee Fire & Rescue District.
Perico settlement After a long da\ of closed
mediation, all of the parties in\ol ed in lawsuits to
block deellopmnent on Perico Island reached an accord.
Developer St Joe Co. agreed to lower the height of
some buildings on the \ est side of the Island. raise the
height of some others on the east side, offer a large tract
of land for sale to Manatee Counti at a bargain-base-
ment price as long as all parties agreed to drop their
lawsuits. Anna Maria, Bradenton Beach. Holmes
Beach. Manatee Count\. NlanaSota-8S and resident
Joan Perrv:all eentmall agreed and the 6S6-unit higlh-
rise project %\ as cleared to go.
Finally: After almost 10 months, Bradenton Beach
officials hired Ed Me Adam as building official in the
Lumber OK: Holmes Beach cit\ commissioners
jappro\ed reno ation plans for Island Lumber on 54th
Street that would allo-. an e\pansIonl of storage ';pace
and improi e overall appearance of the business. Some
residents had complained about traffic problems result-
ing from the business.
Charged: Charges were le. ied against tt'o Cortez
men in the Je \\fish Ke\ dredine incident earlier in the
sear. Carl D. lMora \ wat charged w ith o\w ning the boat
that created the S50-foot-long channel on the est side
of the island: Ra, mond L. Guthrie III w as charged \ ith
-operating the vessel.
Gone: The boat captain of the \ess'el tow ing the
tv.o LMas-,achtisetts girl's w hen the parasail cable broke,
forcing the pairto plunge onto Gulf Dri.\e in Bradenton
Beach, surrendered his captain's license and the busi-
ness is no longer in operation.
King decision is to bus: King Middle School stu-
dents \ ill be hussed to telmporar\ lodging at the Braden
Ri\el High School ciampu's while Kine undergoes re-
cornstruction. school board memrbeis agreed Some par-
ents and students objected tt the move. w\ which would
add about 901 minutes a da\ to the current bus sched-
ule. :.
Honored: Thomas '"Blue"' Ful ford of Cortez was
inducted into the lIanatee Count) Agriculture Hall of
Fame. The commercial fisher man \as honored for his ,
service to the industry in the lifetime achievement
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Stormwater fee: Anna Maria city commissioners
appro-t ed a st'ormlater runoff fee. although the actual
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Closed: Commercial grouper fishing in the Gulf of
Mexico was closed Nov. 15 through the first of the year
after yearly quotas of the fish were met. Commercial
fishers said the closure would iripact them just prior to
the holidays; restaurateurs said the ban would cause
them to scramble to find other fresh fish to place on the
Open: The Seafood Shack restaurant in Cortez
reopened after closing shortly after Labor Day for re-
modeling. Rumors of a sale were unfounded, accord-
ing to owner Ham Jones.
"Mini-project" on Perico?: Developer Pat Neal
owns about 22 acres of land on southern Perico Island
that he said could one day be used as a site for a high-
end hotel or condominiums, although he said he would
be willing to discuss selling it to Manatee County for
Retiring: Holmes Beach Code Enforcement Of-
ficer Walter Wunderlich announced his plans to retire
after seven years with the city.
Consolidate: West Manatee Fire & Rescue Dis-
trict officials were told by Florida Sen. Mike.Bennett
that any proposal to the legislature to increase the
district's assessment would not be approved and the
board should start consolidation talks with other fire
districts in the county as a cost-saving means.
Sand, please; Manatee County officials submitted
a request to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to re-
ceive federal funds for an emergency beach
renourishment project to replace sand lost during the
four hurricanes over the summer-fall seasons. Total
sand loss was estimated at -between 130,000 and
300,000 cubic yards.

Don't go changing: Manatee County commission-
ers agreed to allow some zoning violations in Cortez
through the form of a comprehensive plan amendment.
The violations include boat storage in yards, crab trap
and net storage and other practices of the commercial
fishing village that have existed for more than 100
years. Height limitations on new structures and other
zoning matters were also "grandfathered."
Charter not!: Island officials were flabber-
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create a charter form of government that the allege
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Further discussion was expected.
No sand, please: Manatee County officials, upset
that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers cannot guaran-
tee the quality of the new sand to be placed on the
Island's beaches, decided to request the Corps drop the
emergency beach renourishment project.
Daylight plane: Bradenton Beach city commis-
sioners instructed their attorney to draft a "daylight.
plane" law that would reduce the bulk of buildings in
the city.
No parking = not legal: Anna Maria city commis-
sioners learned their "No Parking" zones were not le-
gal and any tickets issued were based on a non-enforce-
able law. The matter was quickly rectified through an
emergency ordinance.
Nice gift: Bradenton Beach officials learned that
they are eligible to receive what will amount to more
than $600,000 in streetscape improvement money from
several Florida Department of Transportation funds.
Fatal fire: A fire claimed a Bradenton Beach man,
the first fire-related fatality in almost 20 years on the
Island. James Fowler, 43, apparently fell asleep with a
lit cigarette in his Fourth Street South apartment and

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died of smoke inhalation.
Still delayed: After almost nine months, the Wa-
terfront Restaurant in Anna Maria received the needed
permits from the city to begin reconstruction. The res-
taurant was destroyed by an arson fire.
No-go: Bradenton Beach officials rejected the lone
bid received to manage- the city pier restaurant and
decided to start over again, perhaps this time with a
more simplified bid package.
Rezoned: Holmes Beach city commissioners ap-
proved a small-scale development amendment to allow
an after-the-fact cordo project on the former Christian
Science Church property on Marina Drive, as well as
four lots on Second Avenue and 45th Street.
Well, maybe yes after all: U.S. Army Corps of
Engineers officials said they would work with Mana-
tee County to find the best possible sand for an emer-
gency beach renourishment project on the Island,
prompting some county officials to reconsider their "no
thanks" stance. More discussion was expected.

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bankrupt but now reorganized and refinanced -
Tidemark hotel and condominium project in Holmes
Beach, former Tidemark partner Southstar SSHB of
Coral Gables has refused to hand over a lease it holds

Moving on
Popular Manatee County Sheriff's Office
Deputy Sal Magro of the MCSO Anna Maria sub-
station, at right, with station commander Sgt. John
Kenney, will be leaving Anna Maria after five
years for a new assignment with the MCSO in east
Bradenton. Magro's last duty da\ \ ill be Jan. 9.
Also departing that same day for a new assign-
ment is MCSO Deputy Eric Struble, who has been
in Anna Maria the past year.

Sew for fun monthly projects
Islanders interested in sewing, embroidering and
quilting projects are invited to meet from 9:30 to 11:30
a.m. and "sew for fun" at the Roser Memorial Commu-
nity Church each Thursda\.
A new sewing project will be introduced each
week beginning Thursday, Jan. 6, and continuing on
Thursday through March 17.
The church is located at 512 Pine Ave., Anna
Maria. For more information, call Diana Kelly at 795-
Island Players
Off Stage Ladies lunch Jan. 12
The Off Stage Ladies Auxiliary of the Island Play-
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day, Jan. 12.
The lunch will be held at the Bayou Steakhouse on
Longboat Key. The restaurant is located at 6814 Gulf
of Mexico Drive in the Whitney Beach Plaza.
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Tidemark has asked federal bankruptcy court
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Oct. S rulin.
In response. Southstar claimed that before giving
up the lease. Tidemark %%as to meet certain conditions
and pa\ ments prior to the Dec. 1 closing Tidemark had
% ith ne%\ partner Reliance Property Group. Instead,
said Southstar. RPG and Tidemark tried to make those
paN ments at the closing and that wasn't %\ hat the Oct.
8 court order said
Southstar rejected the Dec. 1 offer and, in response,
filed its o, n motion Dec. 3 claiming it \\ as o\\ ed fur-
ther relief "as is lust and appropriate."
"The\ just v\ant more money\ because I kicked
them out of the deal last fall." explained Easterling
Southstar cot the boot, lie said. because it ne\er
planned on building the hotel and condo portions of the
project. just the marina, and it wanted to gain control
of the property, so it could sell it off to another de el-
The reorganization agreement between Easterlin2g
and RPG confirms the project %\ ill be built as planned
when it received site plan approT al from the Holmes
Beach City Commission in August 2001. That site plan
calls for a 40-unit condominium project w( ith accIompa-
nying marina and restaurant. The condominiums would
be rented as hotel rooms.
Easterling was unclear how the loss of 20 parking
spaces would affect his site plan, but was confident that
Paskay would rule in Tidemark's favor.
He said all the money owed Southstar is being held
in escrow pending a settlement order by the court. The
reorganization financing with RPG involved an esti-
mated $5.4 million to pay off creditors, including
Southstar, and bring Tidemark out of bankruptcy court.
Tidemark filed for bankruptcy in January 2004.
As of press deadline yesterday, no decision had
been reached at the hearing.

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Fresh Florida grouper should be back on lo-
cal restaurant menus b\ this weekend after six-
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"Most of the boats went out over the week-
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Star Fish iii Cortez, "and they're usually) out for
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She- aid the first boats backirito port should
get a slightly better price for grouper as the de-
mand \\ill be higher,but didn't expect the price
to climb to much more than 2$2.50-$3 per pound
paid to fishers.
Ed Chiles of the Chile< Group of restaurants on
the Island and Longboat Key said the hiatus of
Florida grouper on his menus was offset bN Mexi-
can grouper, ith good re\ ie s from patrons
"The advances of re fri geration a1nd transpor-
tation appear to mitigate the closures of fisheries
for us." he said, adding that advances in Mexican
Sfish factories also made the product betterthan he
: had hoped.
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the market price down in the future." he said.
The grouper catch %% as halted bh federal fish-
ery managers No\. 15 through Jan. 1 due to the
quota being met; Anilther closure of grouper
catches will run from Feb. 15 throughMarch 15,
a key spawning time for the deepwater fish.

Church Women United meeting
All Island ladies are in' ited to attend the Church
Women United meeting at 9:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 7, at
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The meeting will feature a program by Midge Barnes
titled an "Elephant in the Room" and refreshments.
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Helen Bailey
Helen Bailey, 90, of Holmes Beach, died Jan. 1.
Born in Monroe, Wis., Mrs. Bailey came to Mana-
tee County from Turtle Lake, Wis., in 1963. She was
a retired resort owner. She was Lutheran.
Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday,
Jan. 8, at Redeemer Lutheran Church, 6311. Third Ave.
W., Bradenton. Griffith-Cline Funeral Home, Manatee
Avenue Chapel, is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by daughter Eria J. Lee of St. Paul,
Minn.; sons David Alan and Terry Samuel, both of
Bradenton; 10 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchil-
Margaret K. Fulmer
Margaret K. Fulmer, 40, of Anna Maria, died Dec. 28.
Born in Charleston, S.C., Mrs. Fulmer was eastern
regional director of human resources with Emeritus
SAssisted Living Co.
Memorial services were Dec. 30. Burial will be in
She is survived by husband Loren; brother Alan
Kanehl of California; and parents Sarah and Frederick
Robert N. Shadbolt
Robert N. Shadbolt, 73, of Bradenton, died Dec. 24.
Born in Huntington, Long Island, N.Y., Mr.
Shadbolt moved to the area in 1990. He was retired
from the telephone company. He was a member of the
Pier Regulars, Anna Maria, the Telephone Pioneers and
was a volunteer for Meals on Wheels.
Memorial services were Dec. 31 at Gloria Dei
Lutheran Church, Holmes Beach. Mansion Memorial
Park and Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by wife of 51 years Mary Lou;
daughters Rhonda Borstelmann of Holmes Beach,
Sandra Goldblatt of Huntington, N.Y., Karen Littran
of Naples, and Susan Boring of Tacoma, Wash.; son
Robbie of Bradenton; sister Betty Ann Edwards of
Washington Crossing, Pa.; eight grandchildren; and
two great-grandchildren.

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Longtime Anna Maria resident Edwina Hazzard
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friends at her residence in Freedom Village. Seated is
Mrs. Hazzard surrounded by, left to right, great-
granddaughter Eliza, daughter Barbara and husband
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Stephen Knode, Hazzard's grandson, and great-
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'Welcome back, sunbirds' dance
"Welcome back, sunbirds" will be the salutation of
Anna Maria Island Community Center at a dance wel-
coming snowbirds back from snow to sunshine.
The dance, first of the season, will be from 8 to 11
p.m. Jan. 14 at the Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna
Maria. The Dreamclassics IV, "the little band with the
big sound," will provide jitterbug to jive to jazz to the
Center. Tickets are $i0.
"We hear enough about snowbirds," said a spokes-
person. "They're heading into the sunshine so they
must be sunbirds instead they are to us, anyway."
The Center reminds Islanders that there are two
more major dances down the line in early winter the
Kiwanis Club Sweetheart Dance Feb. 10 and "Gotta
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Top 10 sports stories for 2004

; By Kevin Cassidy
Islander Reporter
The 2004 year in sports had its usual highs and
lows, bringing agony and defeat alongside euphoria
and joy as is usually the case with sports. Deciding
which sporting events are bigger or better than one or
the other is a difficult task to say the least. especially
-when my "esteemed" colleague, Paul Roat, hogs the
back issues of The Islander for researching the past
year in sports.
After overcoming what I'll affectionately call the
"Roat Effect," I reviewed my notes and pictures taken
throughout the year and compiled my Top 10. In an
effort to be fair, I combined some events along com-
mon themes, while others will get only a mention in
this opening statement.
Once again the O'Connor Bowling Challenge and
the Anna Maria Island Oyster Bar golf tournament
were must-attend affairs and both resulted in generous
donations to the Anna Maria Island Community Cen-
The year also saw the closing down of two nearby
golf courses when Palma Sola and Village Green shut
their doors in the interest of residential development.
Professional sports also graced T
he Islander sports pages with the Tampa. Bay
Lightning's improbable run to the Stanley Cup title and
the Tampa Bay Devil Rays 12-game winning streak
that put them two games over .500 midway through the
For the most part though, this weekly column's
focus is on youth sports. I want to thank all the coaches,
parents and kids who read my stories each week and I
want to thank Anna Maria Island Community Center
athletic director Andy Jonatzke for all of his efforts in
providing timely information for my column.
Last but not least, I want to wish all of my readers
a Happy New Year and to let them know that I'm look-
ing forward to another great year of sports in 2005.

No. 1. Playoff win adds
exclamation point to softball season
Island Family Physicians won 6-3 over the
Bradenton Elks May 22, culminating a fantastic soft-
ball season for the 10-under Island girls. They finished
the regular season on top of the 10-under division with
a 15-2 record before sweeping two playoff games to
claim the postseason title.
The playoffs were a continuation of the accom-
plishments that IFP had during the regular season. They
won games because they had a timely offense and
played tough defense behind a trio of talented pitchers:
Ally Titsworth, Emma Barlow and Hailey Dearlove. It
made Coach Julie Dearlove's job much easier.
Offensively, IFP was led by Titsworth and Barlow,
who led the team in hits while compiling a hefty .780
on-base percentage. Nicole Botero, Kelly Guerin and
Dearlove followed with a .630 on-base percentage,
while Kristi Wickersham, Molly McDiDrough. Paige
Morris and Savannah Schield each had key hits during
their playoff run.
IFP received strong defensive play from a variety
of players who got a chance to play more than one
position in the field. Martine Miller played first base
along with Titsworth, who played first, third or outfield
when she wasn't pitching, while Guerin, Ashley War-
ing, Wickersham, Schield and Dearlove logged time at
second base and the outfield.
Botero, Guerin and Morris handled the hot corner,
while Barlow was the primary shortstop. Molly
McDonough was the catcher in all 19 games and made
several outstanding plays at home during key moments
in a couple of close games.

No. 2. Islanders make mark
in prep sports
Islanders who excelled in prep sports graced The
Islander's sports pages numerous times throughout
2004. It's always nice to see products of our local youth
leagues excel at the high school and or middle school

Kern leads Her-icanes to playoffs
Kim Kern's penalty kick ended over 100 minutes
of soccer during the class 5A District 11 semifinal

Island Family Physicians
Front, left to right, Kelly Guerin, Ally Titsworth, Emma Barlow, Savaninah Schiell. Standing, left to right, Hailey
Dearlove, Nicole Botero, Ashley Waring, Molly McDonough, Kristi lWick~ershlm and Paige Morris. Not pictured:
Martine Miller. Coaches: Ron McDonough, Julie Dearlove, Steve Titsworth. Islander Photos: Kevin Cassidy

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Spencer Carper gets some serious air during the EZ Skimmers back-to-school skimboard contest in August.

game on Jan. 28 in Venice.
Kern granddaughter of Island residents Ellie
and Tom Kern was the last player to kick in the
penalty kick shootout that decided Wednesday's game
between Punta Gorda and Manatee after the two teams
battled to a scoreless tie through regulation time and
two overtimes.
Her clutch kick advanced the Manatee Her-icanes
to the quarterfinals for the second straight season.

Basketball season ends for three Island girls
The Manatee Hurricanes girls' basketball season
came to an end on Feb. 12 thanks to a 67-53 loss to
Venice in the 5A District 11 semifinals. So ends an-
other season of basketball for the Manatee High girls,
which include Islanders Brittany Parker, Jessica
Cramer and Ryanne Carden. For Parker, a senior and
three-year starter, the loss ended a solid career that saw
her average nine points and seven rebounds per game
during her tenure on the varsity team.
Sophomores Carden and Cramer were in their first
season on the varsity team and still have a couple of
seasons to look forward to.

Soccer star makes his mark in high school, overseas
Longtime Island resident Sean Pittman experi-


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Hailey Dearlove delivers a pitch for her Island
Family Physicians softball team during the Manatee
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Sports in review

enced a stellar freshman year on the Manatee High
boy's varsity soccer team. Sean was a starter on the
team for much of the season. which h went a little bit
further then anyone imagined.
Sean follo\\d up his great high school experience
\ hen he joined a national tour tedam in Sweden for the
Gothia Cup in Jul\. The Gothia Cup, which is the
\ world Youth Cup. \ as a fantastic learning experience
that will surely help him improve as a pla\ er. Sean was
named teamMVP for his stellar pla\ in Sweden.

Little League produces two varsity Hurricanes
The.Manatee Hurricanes \arsit\ baseball team can
thank the Anna Maria Island Little League for t\o con-
tributors to its 2(l-4 season. Ta\ lor Manning and current
Islander Chrs Nelson both got their stail pla\ ing baseball
at Benji Scanio Field in Anna Mana and both are being
counted on to fill specific roles for the Hurricanes.

Islanders make track mark
A fe\\ Island residents represented their school and
the Island extremely, \\ell in the Manasota Elks middle
school track e ent April 17 at Southeast High School
in Bradenton.
Heather Dearlohe \\on the ei2hth-grade girls
1,600-meter run \\ ith an impressive 7-20.34. while
brother Justin finished in second place in the si\th-
grade boys'. 1,600-meter run \. ith a time, of 6:17. Sev-
enth-grader Lance Burger placed in three e cents. He
took third in the,boys' 100-meter dash \ ith a time of
14.17. He also finished in third place in the boys' 20i0-
meter dash o ith a time of 28.16 seconds and \\ rapped
up his day with a third-place finish in the long jump
with a leap of 14-9 12.
S Eighth-grader Spencer Carper took second place in
ithe bo\ s' 1,600-meter run with a time of 5:40.86, while
IBen Murphy ran a 6:09.3S, which was good for third
iin the seventh-grade boys' 1,600-meter run. Stephen
iThomas-finished in fourth place in the sixth-grade
boys' 400-meter dash with a time of 1:11.90, a mere
seven-tenths of a second from a second-place finish.

Island soccer represented on Her-icanes
Four Island girls made the girl's soccer teams at

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Manatee High for the 2004-05 season. Sophomore de-
fender Gracie Sa\\.er is in her second season as a
member of the junior \arsit) squad. \ which is coached
b\ Island resident Jeff Nelson. Freshmen Tierney
Green and Amber Wright are also members of the jun-
ior \arsit-, team. Green is starting at forward and cur-
rentl leads her team in scoring with three goals, while
the speedy Wright is firmly entrenched as the starter at
right defender.
Junior midfielder/defender Wetherl \Vigeels\ north,
who recently moved here from Indiana, is in her first
season with the varsity Her-icanes.

No. 3. Skimboard contest
The third annual EZ Skimmers back-to-school
skimboarding contest took place Aug. 21 at the Beach
House Restaurant. The number of contestants was less
than half of the expected 100 or so skimmers, due in
part to Hurricane Ch.irle).
The skimmers that did participate put on another-

outstanding sho\ for the 100 or so spectators. despite
less than stellar conditions for top-notch skimming.
The tide \\a-. out and %a\es \%ere \ irtuall\ non-existent
for most of the da\, but, as usual, the cream rose to the
top and after several challenging heats, champions.
were crowned in eight di\ visions.

No. 4. Lady Spartans take title
The Lady Spartans defeated the Lady Wildcats 26-
24 May 24 to win the girls' 8-9-10 championship at
G.T. Bray Park in Bradenton. The Spartans \\ ere pretty\
much an all-island team with Emma Fridenberg the
lone Bradenton team member. Islanders on the team
were Ally Titsworth, Kelly Guerin, Emma Barlow,
Haile) Dearlove, Moll\ McDonough. Ashley Waring
and Martine Miller.
The Lad, Spartans dominated through the entire
regular season and playoffs with a perfect 10-0 record,

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outscoring their opponents by a 277-105 margin.

No. 5. Island juniors excel
The Islander Junior League baseball team for play-
ers age 13-15 played two games in early April and
came away with 10-run, mercy-rule victories in both
games. On April 2, they defeated Beef O'Brady's 16-
6 in six innings. They followed that up with a five-in-
ning 15-4 win over Charles Roy Roofing at Birdie
Tebbetts Field in Holmes Beach to improve their
record to 4-3 on the season.
Unfortunately, the team struggled to field a full
team, forcing them to forfeit the remaining games in
the second half of the season. This prompted three
players Shane and Tanner Pelkey and Pat Cole -
to go across the bridge and play for Manatee National
team and all of them made all-stars.
Shane Pelkey ended up as the leading hitter in the
junior league with a batting average above .650 and
Tanner Pelkey and Cole both had outstanding seasons.
Cole became the team's primary catcher while also
taking a regular turn on the mound and Tanner was a
starter in right field and a solid hitter.
Shane Pelkey, who had never hit a home run at any
level of baseball, culminated a good year when he-hit solo
home runs in his first at-bat in three consecutive games.

No. 6. Island meets
Tampa Bay Devil Rays
Eleven-year-old Islander Molly Slicker got up
close and personal with several members of the Tampa
Bay Devil Rays when she got to serve as honorary bat
girl during the July 25 game against the Kansas City
Royals at Tropicana Field. Molly got to meet and greet
the majority of Rays' players prior to the game thanks
to a winning bid by grandparents Ellen and Ross at the
Center's "Affair to Remember" fundraiser.

No. 7. Excitement ends
basketball season
Feb. 21 was a day filled with exciting basketball
games from start to finish.at the Center.
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Those were minor upsets compared to what hap-
pened in the Premier League, where the Beach House
completed a worst-to-first run by defeating top-seed
Oyster Bar in the semifinals before edging second-seed
ReMax for the title.

No. 8. Soccer season
The last regular season ames arid the al\\iais en-
tertaining all-star games were pla. ed during the week
of Nov. 2-5, ending another -eason of youth soccer on
Anna Maria Island. It was a good season with strong
performances from several individuals.

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Ben Valdivieso and Joey Hutchinson lit up the
scoreboards in Division I and II, finishing with 57 and
37 goals respectively.
There were no surprise endings at the top of the
standings. As expected, Island Animal Clinic, Gateway
Solutions and West Coast Air Conditioning captured
first place in each of their respective divisions. The
only changes in the standings saw two teams -
LaPensee Plumbing and Air & Energy move from
third to second place in Divisions I and II.

No. 9. Longboat youngster
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Longboat Key native Anthea Rokop made strong
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tennis rankings. She captured the girls' 10-and-under
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Island police reports
Anna Maria City
Dec. 27, 406 Pine Ave., Anna Maria Historical
Park,: criminal mischief. According to the report, a
window on the east side of the Belle Haven Cottage
was broken.
Dec. 30, 100 block of Spring Avenue, information.
A man arriving at a home he rents a few months each
year reported finding the double doors to the storage
area damaged. According to the report, the damage
appeared to be caused by a recent w ind storm and the
property owner was notified.
Jan. 2, 400 block of North Bay Bou e' ard. domes-
tic disturbance. A couple was given a domestic abuse
packet after reporting a verbal altercation between the
Jan. 2, 300 block of Spring Avenue, domestic bat-
tery. A man reported that his girlfriend slapped his face
during a discussion about moving. He was given a
victim's rights packet and domestic abuse packet.

Bradenton Beach
SNo reports available.

Sports in review
tary, trains at the Cedars Tennis Club and debuted in
February's USTA Florida rankings at number 104 out
of 200 eligible girls in her division and improved to
60th in the state.

No. 10. Duncan bounces back
to win Little League tourney
Duncan bounced back from a 13-12 loss to Island
Lumber on May 19 with a 10-8 victory on May 21 to
capture the season-ending, double-elimination tourna-
ment title.
Kyle Bellinger started the sixth-inning rally with a
single to: left field; Cory Wash walked in front of Max
Huber, who drove a single to right center that scored
Bellinger and advanced Wash to third. Wash then stole
home to score the final run of the game.
Wash nailed down the victory with an impressive
sixth inning, but not without some jitters. He induced
a ground-out by Troy Kozewski for the first out before
surrendering a double to Broderick West. West moved
to third on a passed ball, but Wash got out of the jam
by striking out the next two batters to give Duncan the



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Holmes Beach
Dec. 28, 200 block of 76th Street, criminal mis-
chief. According to the report, the back window of a
parked vehicle appeared to have been struck by a BB
or pellet.
Dec. 28, 6600 Gulf Drive, Resort 66, drug arrest.
According to the report, officers responded to a complaint
regarding a loud party where juveniles were allegedly
drinking alcohol. Upon arrival, an officer reported wit-
nessing Thalia Murray, 18, of Bradenton, smoking a mari-
juana cigarette and placed her under arrest. Officers con-
fiscated 19 grams of cannabis, two bongs and a marijuana
pipe from the unit. Jacob Price, 18, of Bradenton, was
arrested for admitting ownership of the cannabis. Several
other juveniles at the party were issued a notice to appear
for drinking alcohol under the age of 21.
Dec. 29, 3100 block of Avenue F, burglary. A man
and woman were arrested for burglary after they took
up residence in a vacant home. According to the report,
a neighbor called police after noticing lights on in a
nearby home. The home owner confirmed to police that


he left the residence secured and had not given autho-
rization for the property to be rented. According to the
report, officers found a side door unsecured and the
suspects asleep.
Dec. 31, 4200 block of Gulf Drive, DUI. David
Yardley, 59, of Holmes Beach, was stopped for driv-
ing on the wrong side of the street and arrested for driv-
ing under the influence of alcohol.
Jan. 1, 500 block of 67th Street, criminal mischief.
According to the report, two residences were spray-
painted with graffiti and eggs had been thrown at the
front of the homes. A nearby park bench and seawall
were also found spray-painted with graffiti.
Jan. 1, 200 block of Bay Drive, criminal mischief.
An officer assisted Bradenton Beach police in arrest-
ing two men who were asked to leave a bar. Accord-
ing to the report, the men were intoxicated, argumen-
tative and physically resisted arrest. One of the suspects
was charged with criminal mischief after attempting to
kick out the passenger window of the officer's patrol
vehicle, causing some damage.

High Twelve chiefs
Anna Maria Island High Twelve Club has installed its 2005 officers, from left, front row, Richard Art, trea-
surer and sergeant at arms; Freeman Stittsworth, president; Allen Thomson, secretary. Back row, Willard
Ashburn, outgoing president; Theron "J" Barbour, chaplain; Edgar Siess, director; Robert Ramieh, first vice
president; William Buck, chaplain of the state organization, installing officer; and Robert Manuel, director.

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Tsunami tale, reef found, safety tips, too

2004 ended on a horrifying note with the earth-
quake-spawned tsunami in the Indian Ocean. The death
toll was approaching 150,000 and property loss is be-
yond description.
It makes our four hurricanes this summer seem
The following from "Editor & Publisher" brings
the devastation home to this reporter.
"All 80 journalists from Serambi, the only daily
newspaper based in hard-hit Banda.Aceh, Indonesia,
are missing and feared dead, according to the Jakarta
"Along with the newspaper's other staff members,
the missing journalists are among 230 employees based
-in Banda Aceh and other areas, who work for the
Jakarta-based publishing group Gramedia.
"'We fear the worst,' Gramedia public relations
chief Agus Parengkuan told the Jakarta Post. 'As the
main paper covering Aceh, the journalists have become
accustomed to threats, intimidation and violence amid
the conflict in the province that began in 1989 when the
military started operations to root out the Free Aceh
Movement,' the Post observed. 'Despite those risks,
nothing could have prepared them for what is being
called the Boxing Day debacle.
"The Kompas bureau chief in Aceh checked the
homes of many of the missing employees, including
that of Najmuddin Umar, who also reports for Kompas.
Like the others, 'his house was no longer there,' an
executive at Kompas said.
"The Serambi office and printing press were
among the buildings in downtown Banda Aceh that
were totally destroyed by the massive 9.0-earthquake
and the tsunami that followed in its wake on Sunday."

New reef
Scientists have discovered something interesting
off the Dry Tortugas in the Gulf of Mexico: The deep-
est coral reef in the United States.
According to the St. Petersburg Times, a group of
University of South Florida scientists set off in 1989 to
look into the benthic condition of the Gulf. About 50
miles west of the Tortugas about 50 miles west of
Key West they dropped a bucket overboard, let it
bounce along the bottom for a while, then pulled it up
filled with purple coral and algae.
It eventually became mapped as the Pulley Ridge
Reef, 20 miles long, up to 3 miles wide in places, all
in 200 to 300 feet of water.
The reef is a remnant barrier island that became
covered with water about 13,000 years ago. Remem-
ber, Florida at one time was much, much wider than it

is today, with "beachfront" property along the West
Coast running about 150 miles from where the shore is
today, compliments of the end of the last ice age.
Anyway, the reef is in a spot that has very clear,
relatively warm water year-round. The coral itself is
also remarkably healthy, with researchers estimating
that up to 70 percent of the reef is living. In the Florida
Keys, about 5 percent of the coral is alive.
Pretty neat, huh? And almostright in our back
yard. Wonder what other \\ wonders are out in the Gulf?

Resolutions to make, keep
The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary has offered two
New Year's resolutions to boaters that are pretty simple
and yet could save your life.
Resolution No. 1: Never go boating without mak-
ing sure everyone on board is wearing a personal flo-
tation device.
Hey, they're making life jackets smaller and lighter
than ever these days, and if a passenger happens to flip
over the side and conk a head on the way, it would save.
their life. Get them and wear them.
Resolution No. 2: Get a Coast Guard Auxiliary
courtesy vessel examination.
The auxiliary members offer these checks free at
a lot of the boat ramps around the Island most week-
.ends. There are some goofy well, not so goofy I
guess, but things you probably don't think of all that
much requirements for boats.
Do you have a whistle on board?
Have your flares expired?
Got a fire extinguisher?
Auxiliary folks will check all that and more, tell
you in writing if you've missed something, and if you
pass they'll give you a pretty nifty sticker you can put
on a windshield to say you're a safe boater.
Back when I had. my little boat I always made it a
point to get the checkup every year. I remember going
through one of the passes many years ago which was
obviously a checkpoint for marine law enforcement
officers, since we counted eight vessels pulled over for

routine checks.
I slowed down as we passed one of the water
cops, figuring he would want to pull me over if for
Sno other reason than to check out the young women
in bikinis I had on board, but just got a wave af-
ter the guy had checked out my nifty little safety
inspection sticker.
The Coast Guard Auxiliary, by the way, was
founded in 1939 through an act of Congress as the U.S.
Coast Guard Reserve, renamed the auxiliary in 1941.
It has 35,000 members nationwide.

Grants, anyone?
The Sarasot4 Bay Estuary Program is offering
grants up to $2,000 for "Florida-friendly neighborhood
projects proposed by communities located in Sarasota
and Manatee counties and within the Sarasota Bay
Estuary Program's watersheds," according to program
"The Florida Yards & Neighborhood Grants are
intended to enhance the environmental value of public
land, such as community parks, gardens, playgrounds
and recreational trails," and deadline is Feb. 1.
Grant applications are available online at
Eligible are "neighborhood associations,
homeowner associations, civic associations, schools,
religious organizations and ad-hoc community
There is a "general information session" at 5:30
p.m. Jan. 5 at Selby Public Library in Sarasota or at 6
p.m. Jan. 6 in the Manatee Central Library.
Grants will be awarded based on "how well the
proposed projects address the focus of 'preserving the
character and value' of public land," according to the
program. "Using Florida native landscaping practices,
creating or enhancing recreational trails and creating a
more attractive environment for the community are
among the criteria the Sarasota Bay Estuary Program's
Grant Review Committee will use to assess grant ap-
More information is available through Brie Willett
at 955-8085 or brie@sarasotabay.org.

Sandscript factoid
There is no record of a tsunami ever occurring in
the Gulf of Mexico. Florida has had its share of earth-
quakes, though, 18 of them since 1780. The last, in
Escambia County in 1997, registered 4.9 on the Rich-
ter Scale.
The capitol of Escambia County, by the way, is

Ellenton joins list of book subjects

Ellenton turns out to be an interesting place, his-
torically speaking, as detailed in a newly published
book by a man whose brother once was pastor of Roser
Memorial Community Church:
"Ellenton Its Early Years" is authored by Jim
Wiggins, native of Ellenton whose family summered
on Anna Maria Island so he could help the U.S. Coast
Guard keep a boyish lookout for German submarines
and other intruders during World War II.,
The Wiggins family came to their small Island
cabin from their Ellenton home, and brother Richard

Horseshoe winners
Winners in the Jan. 1 horseshoe games were Art
Kingstad of Holmes Beach and Herb Puryear of Anna
Maria City. Runners-up were George Landraitis of
Bradenton and George McKay of Anna Maria City.
Winners in the Dec. 29 games were Kingstad and
Harry Stolzfus of Anna Maria City. Runners-up were
Cathy Stolzfus and Bill Starrett, both of Anna Maria City.
Winners in the Dec. 25 games were Cathy and Harry
Stolzfus. Runners-up were Kingstad and Puryear.
Winners in the Dec. 22 games were Ron Pepka of
Bradenton and Starrett. Runners-up were Jack Cooper
of Holmes Beach and Puryear.
The weekly contests get under way every Wednes-
day and Saturday at 9 a.m. at Anna Maria City Hall
Park, 10005 Gulf Drive. There are no membership fees
and everyone is welcome.

was the one who returned years later to be pastor of
Roser in the 1950s. Wiggins is a cousin, too, of Blake
Whisenant, known here as the developer of the
EarthBox. That is the small garden in a box that
Whisenant markets but of his headquarters in Ellenton,
with some retail outlets on Anna Maria.
Wiggins is intimate with his subject, and there is
no doubt that anyone with an acquaintanceship in those
parts will find fascinating personal material in the
The settlement "was born out of a way of life fostered
by slavery and paternalism" and the financial travails of
Major Robert Gamble. The mansion on his old plantation
is still a visitor attraction at Ellenton. Wiggins even has the
names of the slaves who worked the plantation, which he
lists not at all proudly, it is clear.
Ellenton was a hotbed of intrigue and dissension
during the War Between the States, and it took a long
while to calm down. Calm it did, though, and it remains
calm now though not dull, as witness this account
of a childhood sprinkled with fishing and boats and
farming and, most of all, family and friends.
Wiggins lives in West Palm Beach now, and leaves
much of the marketing to his Ellenton cousin,
Whisenant. The local cousin said there is a steady sale
of four or so of the books a day at his Ellenton store at
$12.95. The store is on Gillette Road a block west of
the Gamble mansion.
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Winter has hit fishing: Sheepshead, reds, grouper

By Capt. Mike Heistand
Fishing in general has been following typical win-
ter-time patterns, with sheepshead being the best bets.
Trout season opened up as of the first of the year, and
there are already some good reports coming in on
good-sized catches from the backwater, as well as nice-
size redfish and a few flounder.
Offshore fishing for grouper and snapper is also
good, with most catches coming from less than 100 feet
of water in the Gulf of Mexico.
For up-to-the-minute fishing reports, I'll be on
1490-radio at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 8, with Capt.
Thorn Smith to talk about winter fishing.
And I'll be giving a free fishing seminar at 11:30
a.m. Jan. 15 at the Manatee Civic Center in Palmetto
on winter-time fishing. Hope to see you there.
Cliff Alcorn at the Anna Maria City Pier said
sheepshead was the No. 1 catch of the week there. "It's
typical winter fishing, slow and steady," he explained,
adding that there were also a few flounder, snapper and
bluefish caught from the pier.
Bill Lowman at Island Discount Tackle said
the weather is fine and the fishing is even better,
with sheepshead coming around the bridges, piers
and docks in huge numbers. Trout and redfish are
also a good bet in the backwaters. Offshore fishing
for grouper is excellent right now, with most of the
big fish being caught in less than 100 feet of water
out in the Gulf of Mexico.
Capt. Thom Smith at Angler's Repair on Cortez
Road said he took one charter out and caught more than
20 redfish, plus some big trout to 20 inches.
Bob Kilb at the Rod & Reel Pier said fishing is
somewhat slow there, but there are still lots of sheeps-
head and black drum coming in, plus some redfish.
Dave Johnson at Snead Island Crab House said
one boat came in with eight legal-size grouper and
other vessels were coming back with several trout in
the 24-inch range as well as a few sheepshead from the
Manatee River.
Capt. Rick Gross on Fishy Business out of
Catchers Marina in Holmes Beach said he's putting
his charters onto sheephead; redfish and trout in the
past week, with trout season again open.
At Perico Island Bait and Tackle, fishing reports
have greatly improved in the past few days, with lots
of trout, reds and sheepshead coming back to the dock,
as well as grouper and snapper from the offshore an-
At Sunshine Skyway Bait and Tackle, reports are


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inches, are "invading the piers," plus there.are lots and
lots of sheepshead being caught up to 4 pounds.
Capt. Tom Chaya on the Dolphin Dreams in
Holmes Beach out of Catchers said he's catching red-
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Capt. Zach Zacharias on the Dee-Jay II out of
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Wednesday, Jan. 5
7 to 8 a.m. Pier Regulars meeting at the Anna Maria
City Pier, 100 S. Bay Blvd., Anna Maria. Information: 778-
9 a.m. Horseshoe games at Anna Maria City Hall
Park, 10005 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria.
.Noon- Woman's Club of Anna Maria Island "Interna-
tional Pot Luck Lunch" with guest speaker Frances Smith-
Williams' presentation on living in China at the Anna Maria
Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria.
Information: 778-6083.
3 to 4 p.m. Meditation class with Sandy Taylor at the
Education Center, 5370 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key.
Information: 383-8811. Fee applies.

Thursday, Jan. 6
9:30 to 1-1:30 a.m. Sew for Fun at Roser Memorial
Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Information:
9:30 a.m. to noon Intermediate watercolor class with
Susie Cotton at the Anna Maria Island Community Center,
407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 778-1908. Fee
Noon to 4 p.m. AARP driver safety course at the Is-
land Branch Library,.5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. In-
formation: 776-1158.
3 to 5 p.m. Saltwater fishing course with Capt. Ric
Ehlis at the Education Center, 5370 Gulf of Mexico Drive,
Longboat Key. Information: 383-8811. Fee applies..
6 p.m. Florida Yards and Neighborhoods Grant ap-
plication information session sponsored by the Sarasota Bay
Estuary Program at the Central Branch Library, 1301
Barcarrota Blvd. W., Bradenton. Information: 955-8085.
8 p.m. Opening night of "42nd .Street" at the
Riverfront Theatre, 102 Old Main St., Bradenton. Informa-
tion: 748-5875. Fee applies.

Friday, Jan. 7
9:30 a.m. "Elephant in the'Room" presentation by
Midge Barnes for the Church Women United at Roser Me-
morial Community Church, 420 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. In-
formation: 778-6483.
10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Intermediate bridge lessons with
Larry Auerback at the Anna Maria Island Community Cen-
ter, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 778-1908.
Fee applies.
10:30 a.m. to noon Line dancing with Bunny Burton
at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia
Ave;, AnnaMaria. Inormanon: 778-1908. Fee applies.
Noon to 4 p.m. AARP driver safety course at the Is-
land Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. In-
formation: 776-1158.
12:30 to 2:30 p.m. One-stroke painting class with Jo
Gustavsen at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407
Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 778-1908. Fee
-4 to 6 p.m. "Path to Enlightenment and Daily Useful
Life Practice" with Geshe Lama Tenzin Dhargye at 109B
13th St. S., Bradenton Beach. Information: 779-9074. Dona-
tions benefit Indian Ocean tsunami victims.
5 to 7p.m. "Portraits, Pictures & Sculpture" artists'
reception for Lloyd Singer, Ann Terhardt and Richard Pollock
at the Glenn Gallery, Longboat Key Center for the Arts, 6860
Longboat Drive S., Longboat Key. Information: 751-0266.
5:30 to 7:30 p.m. James Pay exhibit artists' reception
at the Anna Maria Island Art League, 5312 Holmes Blvd.,
Holmes Beach. Information: 778-2099.

Saturday, Jan. 8
5:55 a.m. Manatee Audubon Society field trip to the
Babcock-Webb Wildlife Management Area in Punta Gorda
departs from the downtown Bradenton Post Office parking lot
at 824 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton. Information: 758-2929.

8 a.m. Breakfast with the birds and guided nature
walk at the Crowley Museum & Nature Center, -16405
Myakka Road, Sarasota. Information: 322-1000. Fee ap-
8:30 a.m. Kiwanis club breakfast meeting with guest
speaker Rick Catlin.of The Islander on the "Greatest Gen-
eration" at.Fit to Eat Deli, 5315 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
Information: 778-0355.
9 a.m. Horseshoe games at Anna Maria City Hall
Park, 10005 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information: 752-5973.
9 a.m. Sierra Club hike at Little Manatee River State
Park. Information: 752-3200. Fee applies.
9 to 11 a.m. "Something Fishy" family program at
Mote Marine Laboratory, 1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy.,
Sarasota. Information: 388-4441.
10 a.m. Bradenton Opera Guild "Stiffelio" prelude at
Christ Episcopal Church, 4030 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton.
Information: 794-8784. Fee applies.
10 a.m. Watercolor painting demonstration by Bar-
bara Orear at the Island Gallery West, 5368. Gulf Drive,
Holmes Beach. Information: 778-6648.
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. "The Body in Question" wellness
workshop with Lavinia Plonka at the Education Center, 5370
Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. Information: 383-8811.
Fee applies.
10:30 a.m. Family origami class at the Island Branch
Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-
10:30 a.m. Wild bird rescue training at the Pelican
Man's Bird Sanctuary; 1708 Ken Thompsoh Pkwy.,
Sarasota. Information: 388-4444.
Noon to 3p.m. Chicken barbecue at the Anna Maria
Island Power Squadron. 1200 71st St, Bradenton Informa-
tion: 778-8408. Fee applies.
2 p.m. Big Band Extravaganza with Leon Merian at
the Riverfront Theatre. 102 Old Main SI., Bradenton. Infor-
mation: 748-5875. Fee applies.
4 to 6 p.m.- "Path to Enlightenment and Daily Useful
Life Practice" with Geshe Lama Tenzin Dhargye at 109B
13th St. S., Bradenton.Beach. Information: 779-9074. Dona-
tions benefit Indian Ocean Isunarrmiiciims.

Sunday, Jan. 9
8 to 11:30 a.m. Pancake'breakfast at St. Bernard
Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach. Infor-
mation: 778-4769. Fee applies.
9 a.m. to 2 p.m. "Crowley through the Lens" photog-
raphy workshop with Elaine Dunkleberger at the Crowley
Museum & Nature Center, 16405 Myakka Road, Sarasota.
Information: 322-1000. Fee applies.

Monday, Jan. 10
9 to 10 a.m. Island Widowed Persons Service meet-
ing with guest speaker Ava Ehde at the Anna Maria Island
Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Infor-
mation: 778-1908.
10 to 11:30a.m. --German language class with Bettina
Sego at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407
magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 778-1908. Fee
1 to '3 p.m. Stepping-stone craft class with Glen
LeFevre at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407
Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 778-1908. Fee
6 to 8 p.m. Black-and-white photography class with
Chris Galanopoulos and Jerry Quin at the Anna Maria Island
Art League, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach. Information:
778-2099. Fee applies.
6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Fundamentals of piloting course at
the Anna Maria Island Power Squadron, 1200 71st St. NW,
Bradenton. Information: 714-0449.

Tuesday,Jan. 11
10:30 a.m. to- 1 p.m. Intermediate watercolor class
with Susie Cotton at the Anna Maria Island Community Cen-
ter, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 778-1908.
Fee applies.
11 a.m.- Friends of the Island Branch Library present
author and journalist S.V. Date at the Island Branch Library,
5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-6341.
Noon to 3:30 p.m. Friendly bridge at the Anna Maria
Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria.
Information: 778-1908. Fee applies.
1:30 to 2:30p.m. Stepping-stone craft class with Glen

LeFevre at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407
Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 778-1908. Fee
1 to.4 p.m. Veterans service officer at the Island
Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Appoint-
ments: 749-3030.
2p.m. Friends of.the Island Branch Library present
author and journalist S.V. Date at the Island Branch Library,
5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-6341.

Wednesday, Jan. 12
9 a.m. Horseshoe games at Anna Maria City Hall
Park, 10005 Gull Drive. Anna Maria.
10:30 a.m. Friends Book Club at the Island Branch
Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-.
. : 11:30 a.m. Off Stage Ladies Auxiliary of the Island.
Players luncheon at the Bayou. Steakhouse, 6814 Gulf of
Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. Information: 778-4865.

Exhibit of artwork by Rhea Chiles at the Artists Guild
Gallery, 5414 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, through Jan. 7.
Information: 778-6694.
"Herbie Rose: Twenty Years in Florida" art exhibit at
the South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton,
through Jan. 16. Information: 746-4131.
"42nd Street" at the Riverfront Theatre, 102 Old Main
St., Bradenton, through Jan, 23. Information: 748-5875. Fee
Meditation class with Sandy Taylor at the Education
Center, 5370 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key, through
Jan. 26. Information: 383-8811. Fee applies.
One-stroke painting class with Jo Gustavsen at the
Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia.Ave.,
Anna Maria, through Jan. 28. Information: 778-1908. Fee
"Portraits, Pictures & Sculpture" exhibit featuring Lloyd
Singer, Ann Terhardt andRichard Pollock at the Glenn Gal-
lery, Longboat Key Center for the Arts, 6860 Longboat Drive
S., Longboat Key,.through Jan. 30. Information: 751-0266.
"Pastels of the Classical Figure" exhibit by Ginger
White at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive,
Holmes. Beach, through Jan. 31..Information: 778-6341.
Basket-weaving class with Pam McMillen at the Anna
Maria Island Art League, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach,
through Feb. 1. Information: 778-2099. Fee applies.
Youth traditional arts class for ages 5-12 at the Anna
Maria Island Art League, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach,
through Feb. 8. Information: 778-2099. Fee applies.
Old master's methodology oil painting class with Paul
Scibilia at the Anna Maria Island Art League, 5312 Holmes,
Blvd., Holmes Beach, through Feb. 9. Information: 778-2099.
Fee applies.
German language class with Beltira Sego at the Anna
Maria Island Community Center, 407 magnolia Ave., Anna
Maria, through Feb. 14. Information: 778-1908. Fee applies.
*After-school theater training at the Riverfront Theatre,
102 Old. Main St., Bradentoirn through Feb. 24; Information:
748-0111. Fee applies.3. : : "
Saltwater fishing course with Capt. Ric Ehlis at the
Education Center, 5370 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key,
through Feb. 24. Information: 383-8811. Fee applies.
Black-and-white photography class with Chris
Galanopoulos 'and Jerry Quih at ihi-e Anna Maria Island Art
League, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach, through Feb.
28. Information: 778-2099. Fee applies.
Sew for Fun at Roser Memorial Community Church,
512 Pine Ave;, Anna Maria, through March 17. Information:
795-8945. .

Sierra Club presents "Phosphate Mining: What the
Industry Doesn't Want You to Know" at the Sudakoff Cen-
ter Jan. 13.
The Shocking Truth About Lightning and How to Pro-
tect Your Boat" at the Anna Maria Island Power Squadron
Jan. 13.
Basics of interior design at the Anna Maria Island
Community Center Jan. 13.
"Fitness Free-for-all" at the Anna Maria Island Commu-
nity Center Jan. 13.
Orientation and activities fairatB'ayshore High School
Jan. 13.

Island Biz

This cannon roars
Grady-White Boat Inc. representatives -Eddie Smith,
left, and Kris Carroll, right, present the 2004
Admiral's Award for sales and service to Cannons
Marina owner David Miller, second from right, and
marina manager Benny Parrish.

Cannons Marina honored

by Grady-White Boats
Cannons Marina at 6040 Gulf of Mexico Drive
on Longboat Key has earned the prestigious 2004
Admiral's Circle Award from Grady-White Boats. This
is the sixth consecutive year the marina has won the
Marina owner David Miller and-manager Benny
Parrish received the award recently at the 2004 Grady-
White annual dealer conference in North Carolina.
The award is reserved for those Grady-White
dealerships that achieve the highest retail sales for the
year, along with a customer satisfaction index of at
least 9.25 on a 10-point scale.
Cannons Marina has been on Longboat Key since
1955 and is a family-owned and operated full service
marina. Cannons specializes in boat sales, service and
rentals, and features Grady-White and Scout boats
along with Yamaha engines.
The marina is open from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily.
For more information, call 383-1311.

Moving your feast to you
Businessmen Jason Suzor, Chris Dale and Bill
Hand recently opened A Moveable Feast restaurant
on Longboat Key in the Whitney Beach Plaza at 6830
Gulf of Mexico Drive that offers a new concept in Is-
land dining. The restaurant offers eat in, take out or
direct delivery to customers on Longboat Key and in
Bradenton Beach.
Direct deli\ ery items include freshl made salads,
gourmet pizzas, seafood. sand%% iches. desserts and
other items. The service is perfect for those who don't
want to be bothered with driving in seasonal traffic or
are unable to get out to come to the restaurant, the
owners said.
Jason owns the Waterfront Restaurant in Anna
Maria, while Chris and Dale are former employees of
that restaurant, which is presently being remodeled.
A Moveable Feast is open from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.
daily and will open for lunch and delivery dur-
ing the winter season.


Great food to your door
A Moveable Feast specializing in delivering fresh
meals to the customer's doorstep recently opened
in the Whitney Beach Plaza adjacent to the post
office on Longboat Key. Owners and operators
are, from left, Jason Suzor, Chris Dale and Bill
Hand. Islander Photo: Nancy Ambrose

Island Biz

For more information on A Moveable Feast, call

The Wedebrock Real Estate Company at 6350
Gulf of Mexico Drive on Longboat Key recently an-
nounced'the promotion of real estate agent Marc Turner
to sales manager at the company's Siesta Key office.
Turner, who has been with Wedebrock for the past
18 months, will be responsible for the management and
sales operations at the Siesta Key office.
The company also announced the promotion of Joe
Pickett from sales manager to general manager of sales.
Pickett has been with the company for the past four
years and has overall responsibility for sales operations
at the Wedebrock branch offices in Anna Maria, Siesta
Key and on Longboat Key.

Island real estate transactions
With this week's report, Doug Dowling, has retired
from real estate and from his 13-year task of compil-
ing Island real estate sales for The Islander. Dowling

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is looking forward to leaving his
dastardly (and ancient) com-
puter for more leisurely tasks.
Or no tasks. We thank him for
his diligent reporting on Island
property sales and wish him
And starting this week, Is-
land property transactions willBrisso
be compiled by Jesse Brisson,
broker/associate at Gulf-Bay Realty of Holmes Beach.
He can be reached at (941) 713-4755 direct, or at Gulf-
Bay (941) 778-7244.
The December sales to date include:
61.8 Gladiolus, Anna Maria, a 1,120 sfla / 2,152 sfur
4bed/2bath duplex built in 1970 on a 75x 100 lo, was sold 12/
1/04, Winton to Casale, for $450,000; list $479,000.
110 Hammock, Anna Maria, a canalfront 2,654 sfla /
4,548 sfur 4oed,'3baih.3car, bus home built in 1987 on an
80x105 lot,. was sold 12/10/04, Seidel to Perfetto, for
$680,000; list $695,000.
116 Third St. S., Bradenton Beach, a 1474 sfla / 1690
sfur duplex built in 1947 on a 50x100 lot, was sold 12/8/04,
Watkins to Bartizal, for $330,000.
204 Harbor Lane, Holmes Beach, a 980 sfla /1,598 sfur
2bed/1bath/lcar home built in 1956 on a 120x150x30x106
lot, was sold 12/8/04, King to.Vogt, for $434,500; list
210 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach, a canalfront 1,786
sfla / 2098 sfur duplex built in 1956 on a 117x110 (2.5 plat-
ted) lot, was sold 12/9/04, Welsmiller to Causeway Projects
LLC, for $550,000.
3805 E. Bay Drive, Holmes Beach, 305 Sunbow Bay
U23 Ph2, a 1,146 sfla /1,247 stur 2bed.2balh condo built in
1979, was sold 12/6/04, Leddy to Kyger, for $315,000; list
105 Beach, a 50x100 empty lot, was sold 12/13/04, UsS
[sic] Bank to Bode, for $520,000; list $520,000.
112 Pelican, Anna Maria, a canalfront 1,680 sfla / 4,042
sfur 3bed/2bath/3car home built in 1983 on a 75x100 lot, was
sold 12/16/04, Mclntyre to Soletti, for $530,000; list
1201 B Gulf Drive S., Bradenton Beach, a 402 sfla / 452
sfur bed/1 bath home built in 1952 on a 25x50 lot, was sold
12/13/04, Casali to Osborn, for $225,000. Last purchased
10/15/03 for $100,000. Before that, $25,000 12/06/95. And
before that $21,500 11/02/95. We're not done because 02/
20/91 was sold for $15,000.
125 49th St., Holmes Beach, a 3,400 sf (MLS) or 2,356
sfla/ 2,673 sfur (tax roll) duplex built in 1960 on a 100x100
lot, was sold 12/17/04, Kreps to Frase, for $1,020,000; list
3700 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, a 2,376 sfla / 2,663 sfur
3bed/3bath/2car/pool half-duplex built in 1992 on a 47x100
lot, was sold 12/17/04, Fretwell to Fernandez, for $900,000.
3701 Fifth Ave., Holmes Beach, 4 Gulf View
Townhouses, a 1,244 sfla / 1,733 sfur 2bed/2.5bath condo
built in 1982, was sold 12/17/04, Rodriguez-Bacardi to Back,

Leverock's closes
Johnny Leverock's seafood restaurant on Perico
Island at the east end of the Anna Maria Island
bridge ceased operations the week before Christmas
and has closed its doors.

for $395,000; list $419,900.
5200 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, 304 Martinique S., a
1,057 sfla/ 1,169 sfur 2bed/2bath condo built in 1970, was
sold 12/17/04, Brad Assocs. LLC to Fabisiak, for $730,000;
list $748,000.
5608 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, 215 Sun Plaza West,
a 1,092 sfla/ 1,236 sfur 2bed/2bath condo built in 1981, was
sold 12/17/04, Hill to Chrisman, for $825,000; list $849,000.
600 Manatee Ave. W., Holmes Beach, 218 Westbay
Cove, a 1,174 sfla / 1,479 sfur 2bed/2bath condo built in
1977, was sold 12/17/04, Rash to Alford, for $336,000.
621 Dundee, Holmes Beach, a canalfront 1,420 sfla /
2,128 sfur 2bed/2bath/2car home built in 1968 on a 90x115
lot, was sold 12/13/04, Slavik to McCauley, for $636,000; list
6250 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach, a 3bed/2.5bath/2car
1,536 sfla / 2,005 sfur condo built in 1991, was sold 12/17/
04, Cole to Hammonds, for $480,000; list $499,000.
Current Island real estate transactions may also be
viewed on the Web at islander.org. Copyright 2005.



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panoramas. Highest quality photographic fine-art
prints. Online store: www.PhysicalSystems.com.
Galleries: Restless Natives, Artists Guild, Longboat
Key Art Center, Sarasota Art Center.

FOR SALE: SOFA bed, washer, futon, cabinet,
bookshelf, antique sewing machine and cabinet.
(941) 778-1925.

TWIN BED with bookcase headboard, complete
with high-quality mattress set. Owned one year.
$200, or best offer. Call (941).383-9148 and leave

FURNITURE FOR SALE: Drexel solid-oak honey-
colored, American-theme bedroom and living room
set. Bedroom set includes large armoire, dresser,
two night stands, king-sized panel bed, landscape
mirror, original cost, over $7.,000; living room set
includes cocktail table, round table, and end table
with drawer, original cost, $3,000. Other items in-
clude Natuzzi fine leather couch and loveseat,
white, $400. Green-and-blue-plaid couch, $95.
Oversized hunter-green leather TV chair with otto-
man, $95. Stackable storage racks (shoes), $95.
Antique chair. Home entertainment system, excel-
lent 42-inch ProScan Sony receiver, CD player,
Bose speakers, woofer. Lots of other stuff. Call Bill,
(305) 761-3531.

halves! New crop. $7 lb. Now available at The Is-
lander newspaper. Proceeds benefit the Island

10 PUTTERS: Some from the 1920s and 30s. $100.
(941) 798-8342.

FREE DELIVERY to your home or condo: Shrimp,
crabs, native fish. Prompt delivery to your door. Call
James Lee, (941) 795-1112 or 704-8421.

ROSER THRIFT SHOP: Open Tuesday, Thurs-
day, Friday, 9;30am-2pm. Saturday, 9am-noon.
Always sales racks. Pine Avenue, Anna Maria.
(941) 779-2733.

RUMMAGE AND WHITE elephant sale: 8am to 3pm
Friday-Saturday, Jan. 7-8. Casco Dorado condo.
9706 Cortez Rd., Bradenton. Great stuff!

NEW YEAR'S SALE: All high-fashion,-sterling jew-
-elry 50.percent off, select antique gifts, artwork 25-
60 percent off. Niki's Gifts & Antiques. 5351 Gulf
Drive, Holmes Beach, next to Time Saver. Open
seven days, 9:30am-5pm. (941) 779-0729.

EVERYTHING MUST GO in three rental homes!
Two new refrigerators, washer and-dryer, furniture,
dishes, etc. 8am-1pm Friday-Saturday, Jan. 7-8.
104-108 36th St., Holmes Beach.

50 PERCENT OFF! Booths 7 and 47. Essence of
Time, Holmes Boulevard, Holmes Beach. Sale
through Jan. 8. Also, sidewalk sale, Saturday. Jew-
elry, furniture, home accessories.

YARD SALE 9am Saturday-Sunday, Jan. 8-9.,Fur-
niture; clothes, toys, athletic equipment, household,
more. 874 N. Shore Drive, Anna Maria.

MOVING SALE: MULTIPLE families. 602 and 621
Ranger Lane, Longboat Key. Household and lanai.
furniture, exercise equipment, bicycles, sewing ma-,
chine, tools, chainsaw, boating accessories, much
more. Saturday-Sunday, Jan. 8-9. 9am-3pm.

the Island on your computer desktop. Available at The
Islander, or purchase online or order by mail. $12 PC
or $15 Mac. www.robertsondesignstudio.com.

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, (941) 778-0355. Order
through May 2005.

PLATES AND YOGA at Anna Maria Art League.
Pilates, Monday, 9-1Oam; Yoga, Thursday, 9-10:15am.
Beginning to intermediate. $6/class. Drop-ins wel-
come. Instructor Preston Whaley Jr. (941) 778-3996.

SNEED A GIFT' Artists will design and create unique
Start, stained glass, paintings, painted furniture and
more! Restless Natives, Island Shopping Center,
5314 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. (941) 779-2624.

BUTTERFLY PARK BENEFIT: Purchase a person-
alized brick in the Anna Maria Island Butterfly Park.
Two lines, $40. Three lines, $50. Pick up form at The
Islander or call (941) 518-4431 for more information.

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

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

CRITTER SITTER nine years in pet care. 24 years
as an Island resident. Lots of TLC for your beloved
pets with in-home visits. (941) 778-6000.

ADULT CATS in desperate need of loving homes.
All are current on vaccines. All applicants screened.
Please call (941) 922-0774.

1994 MERCURY LS wagon, loaded, perfect condi-
tion, new tires. $3,900.Call for information, (941)

1992 JEEP CHEROKEE sport: Great Island vehicle,
well maintained, new tires. 125,000 miles. $2,500 or
best offer. (941) 778-0155 or 504-3251.

1992 MERCEDES E300: 138,000 miles, very nice
condition, regularly serviced. $5,200. (941) 778-5902.

1993 MERCURY SABLE: green-blue, air condition-
ing, cassette player, air bags. Loaded, well main-
tained, in perfect condition, never been in accident.
111,000 miles. $3,300. (941) 794-1333.

2001 PT CRUISER: 50,000 miles. Purple, sunroof;
ice-cold air, leather interior. Garage kept. $9,500.
(941) 778-3875.

1990 ECONOLINE 150 VAN, cold air conditioning.
has towing package Ready for travel. Runs great!
$1,800, or best oiler. (941i 778-1102.

drive-on docking solutions by Versa Dock. Mainte-
nance free, 20-year warranty. (941) 685-7648.

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proved. Hardwood and tiled floors, ultra high ceilings
with fans, spacious eat-in kitchen, tiled countertops,
central vacuum system, leaded glass accents, new win-
dows, and new central air and heat. $795,000.

Impeccable 2BR/2BA, canalfront home with new double
insulated storm proof windows, gourmet kitchen, bright,
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wall, automatic sprinkler system, circular driveway, bar-
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The pristine and unspoiled setting of this bayfront
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1996 GRADY WHITE: 24-foot voyager T-top. Cabin,
two 130-hp Yamahas, low hours. Lift kept. $35,000.
(941) 778-1620.

1995 EVINRUDE 200 HP. All cables, control box,
key switch, propellor. Less than 100 hours on re-
build. $3,500. (941) 723-1107.

LET'S GO FISHINGI Call Capt. Mike Heistand.on
the charter boat "Magic." Full or half day backwater
fishing. USCG licensed. Ice, bait, tackle provided.
(941) 723-1107.

male looking for a job. Available after school and
weekends. Call Zachary, (941) 779-9783.

NEED A CHILD or pet sitter? Call one number and
get connected to three wonderful sitters! Tiffany,
Kari, Holly. (941) 778-3275 or 779-0793.

BABYSITTER: RED CROSS babysitting and first-
aid certified. Enjoys playing with kids. Call
Alexandra, (941) 778-5352.

SPENCER'S SKIM SCHOOL for beginners and in-
termediates. Free skimboard use with lessons. $10
per half-hour lesson, three lessons recommended.
Local teen, team competitor. Call (941) 778-0944.

PETSITTER, DOG WALKER, 12-year-old mother's
helper, odd jobs. Call Kendall at (941) 779-9783 or,

Scense, 13 years old, friendly and responsible. (941)

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

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

SALES ASSOCIATES NEEDED, fast paced office
in prime location. No fees, great splits. Call Jesse or
Robin, (941) 778-7244.

QUALIFIED CHEF/SOUS chef for busy continental
restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. Ap-
ply at Ooh La La! Bistro, 5406 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach, or call, (941) 778-1102.

NOW HIRING ALL positions. Rotten hours, rotten pay.
Apply at Rotten Ralph's Waterfront Restaurant, 902 S.
Bay Blvd., Anna Maria or call (941) 778-3953.

BOOKKEEPER POSITION available for busy,
friendly Island business. Flexible hours, full or part-
time, some remote work from home a possibility.
QuickBooks experience required. Call Carol, (941)

Realtor and property manager on Anna Maria Is-
land. Advanced computer skills required. Must be
detail-oriented. Real estate license helpful, but not
required. E-mail resume to

Possible living accommodations. Perfect for semi-
retired handy person. Fax resume: (941) 866-9010.

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dock. Zoned duplex. Extras! Asking
$850,000. MLS 502321.

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300 North Shore Dr 4BR/2.5BA du-
plex with five-car garage. Private open
decks, large picture windows, great
views of lake. Asking $750,000. MLS

Call Stephanie Bell, (941) 920-5156 or Frank Migliore, (941) 778-2307.
"IC REDUCED Ave. Duplex oncorner lot, two-carga-
PRIE, rage, two carports, screened lanai, lots
of decks, over 3,900 sf. under roof. 150
S,'BS ri "r' ." steps to beach access. Would also
make a great single-family home! Ask-
S" ing $685,000. For more details call
Stephanie Bell, Broker, 778-2307 or 920-5156. MLS103353.


TEMPORARY SECRETARY: Frequent occasional
work in my home on Key Royale, Holmes Beach.
Pleasant surroundings and good pay. Call Herb
Harris, (941) 778-0813.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: Tingley Memorial Library,
Bradenton Beach. Check books, re-shelve, assist
library, patrons. Come in or call Eveann Adams,
(941) 779-1208.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: Meet interesting people,
learn the history of the Island. Anna Maria Island
Historical Museum, 402 Pine Ave., Anna Maria.
(941) 778-0492.

MAN WITH SHOVEL Plantings, natives, cabbage
palms, patio gardens, trimming, clean-up, edgings,
more. Hard-working and responsible. Excellent ref-
Serences. Edward (941)'778-3222.

LET US DRIVE YOU! Shopping, medical appoint-
ments, airports, cruise ports. Flat rates. Sunshine
Car Service. Serving the Islands. (941) 778-5476.

puter misbehaving? Certified computer service and
private lessons. Special $30/hour. Free advice.

ISLAND PRESSURE CLEANING for great results,-
wash away mildew, dirt, salt. Thorough, reasonable,
reliable. Free estimates, licensed, insured. (941)

CONNECT-ICON Your local computer specialist.
Experienced certified technician for communication
electronics offers wireless and cable networks, up-
grades, maintenance, repairs, tutoring and training.
Call Robert, (941) 778-3620.

FBll!lllll;lI ilell "^ *II with 1,050 sf of liv-
"l ing rea.- Mayi
upgrades including Holmes

-in new roof, screened
porch,Mexican tile,
bonus room and more. Owner/agent. $725,000.
Fabulous energy ef-
ficient Key West-
styleah duplex ona
great structed on 18-foot

I^ t a fee!i B 'i ^'^ ~s~ij~ pilings. Private court-
yard entry includes a
smallto the beach. Each
side offers 2BR/2BA
i'with 1,050 sf of liv-
ing area. Many
-* upgrades including
3B new roof, screened

pine and Mexican tile

floors, gourmet kitchen with maple cabinets, central vacuum,

sprinkler system. Office loft in upper suite opens to sun deck
with Gulfs room and bay views. $975,000er/agent. $725,000
Fabulous energy each
ficient Key West-

: 3BR/2BA home on
S..-., '"''B style deeded boat
structed on 18-foot

S' ,.. plings. Private ouse at
.. yard entry includes a

small heated price!
Each suite offers000.

2BR/1 BA condo, 2905 61st St., $1,800/month
2BR/2BA villa, 428 62nd St., $2,000/month
A. p meand Mexican tile
floors, gourmet kitchen with maple cabinets, central vacuum,
high-speed internet wiring, one-car garage and fire alarm/
sprinkler system. Office loft in upper suite opens to sun deck
with Gulf and bay views. $975,000.
'L Holmes Beach

2BR/2BAduplex, 207 70t h St., $2,500/mont
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314 Pineslip. Cute house atMaria
(941) 779-0732 Toll Free: (866) 779-0732price!

2BR/1BA condo, 2905 61st St., $1,800/month
2BR/2BA villa, 428 62nd St., $2,000/month
2BR/2BA duplex, 207 70th St., $2,500/month

arina Ko

314 Pine Avenue Anna Maria
(941) 779-0732 Toll Free: (866) 779-0732
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NOTARY PUBLIC: Civil marriages and renewal of
wedding vows, sunset beach setting or wherever.
Norman R. Veenstra, (941) 778-5834.

CALL DAN'S RESCREEN for your free estimate to-
day. Affordable rates, quality work guaranteed..Pool
cages, lanais, windows, doors. Call (941) 713-5333.

BRICK PAVER Restoration, pressure cleaning ,
sealing, staining. Make your pavers look new again!
C-Squared, Sean D'Agustino. (941) 345-3092.

and repair. Free estimate, many references. Island
resident. (941) 713-1907 cell, (941) 778-5427 home.
E-mail: geraldscottfulton@hotmail.com.

maid service, deep-cleaning service, vacation rental
cleaning, departure cleaning, carpets, tile, grout.
. Servicing private homes, condos, rentals, seasonal
homes and commercial properties. Bonded/Insured.
Free estimates. (941) 761-3000.

ABOUT GROUT: All repairs and installation. Done
right! Grout cleaning, sealing, staining. Showers,
kitchens, pools, re-caulks. Call Jeff, (941) 545-0128
or 569-8888.

HOUSECLEANING: affordable rates, quality ser-
vice. Seasonals, private homes, rentals. No job too
big or small. Call for estimate. (941) 779-9574.

CHECK US OUT AT www.islander.org !

Cindy M. Jones
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Real Estate, Inc.
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Enjoy the Island breeze from the
large screened porch of this 2BR/
2BA home. Views of Tampa
Bay! Great location close to post
office, shopping and, the fishing
pier. Open floor plan and outside
shower. IB 104647.

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

Countrywide Home Loans is close by-and ready
to help you get the home of your dreams.
[ Competitive rates.
[ Local experts with the power to say "YES" to
your home loan.
[ Up-front approval* at the time of application.
[. As little as no-to-low down payment options
available to make qualifying easier.
[ Loan amounts to $6 million.
[ Construction financing available.

Pam Voorhees
Home Loan Consultant
.'" 401 Manatee Ave. W. Holmes Beach
;: pam voorhees@countrywide.com

n Countrywide
(941) 586-8079

TUTOR: 30 years experience. M.A. reading, M.A.
learning disabilities. Diagnostic/remedial and
supplemental. Call 778-0349 between 4-6pm.

tom portraits, weddings, beach photography. Infor-
mation at Restless Natives, (941) 779-2624.

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

MUSIC LESSONS! Flute, saxophone, clarinet.
Beginning to advanced. Contact Koko Ray, (941)

BEACH SERVICE air conditioning, heat, refrigera-
tion. Commercial and residential service, repair and/
or replacement. Serving Manatee County and the
SIsland since 1987. For dependable, honest and per-
sonalized service, call William Eller, (941) 795-7411.

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

NADIA'S EUROSAGE Relaxing, healing massage.
in the comfort of your home. Call today for an ap-
pointment, (941) 795-0887. MA#0017550.

TILE AND MOSAIC custom installation, 20 years
experience. References available. For a reasonable
price call Sebastian, (941) 704-6719.

Kathy Geeraerts, Realtor

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GREAT VIEW!! 2BR/2BA, sauna, fireplace, spacious
wrap-around deck with views of the Sunshine Skyway
Bridge, downstairs office. 2408 Avenue A, $579,000.
nd ,1 dialdebbie@diamondshores.com
S < Office: 779-1811
4 C A Cell: 400-1172
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AUTO DETAILING BY HAND Spotless inside and
out. I can save you time and money. Island.resident,
References. For pricing, call (941) 713-5967.

commercial. Full-service lawn maintenance, land-
scaping, cleanup, hauling and more! Insured.
(941) 778-5294.

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

total TLC for your landscape requirements. Lawns,
trees, shrubs and gardens. Design, installation and
service. Call (941) 761-3000 for free consultation.

native plants, mulching, trimming, hauling, cleanup.
Island resident 25 years. Call (941) 807-1015.

stallation. Huge selection 'of plants, shrubs and
trees. Irrigation. Everything Under the Sun Garden
Centre, 5704 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. (941)

SHELL DELIVERED and spread. $35/yard. Hauling:
all kinds of gravel, mulch, top soil with free esti-
mates. Call Larry at (941) 795-7775, "shell phone"
(941) 720-0770.

KARAZ LANDSCAPE Lawn Service. Mulch, clean-
ups, power washing, tree trimming and more. City
of Anna Maria resident. Cell (941) 448-3857.

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Great Island Opportunities!
Well-maintained concrete-block duplexes sitting on two prime
lots, just steps to beach. Zoned multifamily 3-10 units. (Presently
only four are on property.) Good rental history. Quiet, high-and-
dry street in Holmes Beach. Community laundry area. Large
covered patio allows for outside entertaining. $1,125,000.
Seasonal Rental: 2BR, one block from beach.
Totally remodeled, includes washed and dryer.
$2,000/month, 3 month minimum.

t! Call Anne Huber, Realtor
for viewing or injb
(941) 713-9835

Perfect Canal Home
With Heated Pool and Boat Lift! -

Two or three bedrooms,
two baths, 1,494 sf,
beautiful landscaping,
winter tenants already
booked, sparkling pool,.
room for expansion.
Offered at $679,000.

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510 68th Street

We just sold 514 71st Street
for $600,000 on 12/28/04.
Call Chris and John

Christine T. Shaw,
John van Zandt,

Beautifully updated and decorated condo with expansive
gulf views. 1909 SF plus covered terrace. True gulf to
bay complex with pool, hot tub and dock on the bay
with a private gulf beach. $899,900

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Call For Rates and Availability
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Florida living at it's best.
Come see the waterviews!
2BR/2BA turnkey furnished
S unit, with a screened-in lanai,
one-car garage, and a deck
.. overlooking the lake. This
;eo4 .*. perfectly maintained gated
commurily offers tennis courts, pools, spas, bikepaths and much
more. Thit '., r. t t 1 7. '

I BR I BA turnkey furnished
.:i r.j :i that is just steps to the
.,hite sandy beaches of Anna
.l ar, Island. Great rental
.-ror' rty. Currently rented for
Viali of Janunary, all of
Ft:.rua-ry and March.
clubhouse, tennis courts,

shuffleboard anr a .Jt,:l ~lh tirri,2 bay views. $345,600.
SCompletely remodeled, 2BR/
2BA half duplex. Turnkey
". furnished with new
:'". F everything throughout gives
S this unit a seaside retreat
S "' theme. This property is in an
-1 attractive location in Holmes
Beach with a view of Spring Lake and is only a block to the beach.
Not a drive-by. $377,600.

'1. T .THIS 2BR HOME is just steps
a from the beach and on the
6T< "."." ...--" *^""~ .west side of Gulf Drive! Build
.'." '. ?, up for views of theGulf or just
'' '- e enjoy this income property as
"it is.On a large lot with room
S .. for a pool. $429,000.

SPANISH MAIN: Beautifully
maintained, updated villa. Pool,
Clubhouse, boat docks, putting
:";-( ',.'. community. One of the best
buys on Longboat Key, 55-plus
; -":"' community. $295,000.

Canalfront home close to the
'.- : beach! 3BR/2BA elevated
S :- .- home Longboat Key just two
'. ...'t blocks from the beach.
*" :-.- 4'^ : '" ...r .-- Wood and tile floors
.... throughout. Walk out of
your door and on to your boat-easy access to the bay and Gulf. Build
up for bay views! Call today for your viewing appointment. $625,000.


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ST1e Islander The best news on Anna Maria island!

The Oldest Mortgage Co. on Anna Maria Island
Linda G. Davis Ted E. Davis
Licensed Mortgage Brokers
Confirming and jumbo loans.
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No closing cost home equity lines of credit.
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Residential and commercial mortgages.
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3BR/2.5BA plus den/office. Charming home, large
lot, fenced yard. Breakfast bar, dining room, large
master bedroom and bath with Jacuzzi tub, screened
porch, balcony. Deeded boat slip with private dock.
Holmes Beach. $699,900.

.2BR/2BA, could be 3BR. Large den with closet, in-
door utility room, washer/dryer and sink. Walk-in
closet, ceramic tile, close to heated pool. Tennis, put-
ting green, carport. Central location, near library,
shopping and restaurants. $379,900.

3BR/2BA Turnkey furnished. Gulffront complex.
Open plan, breakfast bar, dining room, walk-in clos-
ets, screened porch, washer/dryer. Gorgeous beach,
heated pool, tennis. Great rental. $1,050,000.

2BR/2BA Elegant condo in superb Gulf-front com-
plex. Furnished, renovated kitchen, storm shutters,
saunas. Gorgeous beach, jacuzzis, tennis, secured
heated pool, under-building parking; Holmes Beach.

2BR/2BA, updated condo with deeded boat dock.
Eat-in kitchen, wood-burning fireplace, walk-in clos-
ets, Jacuzzi tub. Carport and heated pool. $359,900.

2BR/1BA each. Very close to beautiful.beach. One-
car garage, patio. One unit turnkey furnished. Appli-
ances both sides. Utility with.washer/dryer, residen-
tial area, room for pool. $675,000.

2BR/1.5BA plus 1BR/1BA and 2BR/1BA. Great in-
vestment! Watch the sunset as you collect rent from
these charming units. Easy to see, call for appoint-
ment. Just steps to beautiful beach. $749,000.

From $700 / month
Condos/Homes: $500 week / $1,000 month
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"La Plage" Anina M;nlr.'s newest luxury Gulffront
condos ... All Gulithl.ot, high-speed elevators, security
gates, burglar alarm, enclosed garages, pool/spa, high
ceilings. Minimum size 3BR/2.5BA, up to 4,200 sf.
Starting at $1,475,000.

COZY LAKEFRONT CONDO 15 minutes from
.the b--..ai 2BF/2BA, furnished, pool and hot tub
are waiting for you. $175,000.

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GULF SANDS CONDO Corner unit directly on the
Gulf with great views. 2BR/2BA completely remod-
eled with tile floors throughout, all new furniture and
turnkey. Great price at only $749,000.

BAYFRONT Wonderful open water view with 1.00-
foot dock, boat lift and deep water, lush vegetation.
Large 3BR/2BA home with decks, two-car garage.
Rehab or build hew. $1,250,000.

NORTH POINT HARBOR Community pool and
tennis, canal front contemporary 2 BR plus den/2BA,
fireplace, tile floors, high ceilings, deck, dock and
beautiful. $799,000:

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BANFRONT Parv:.iamn.:..j l- -I th .- b. I p -ri-
vate, lush landscaping. 2 BR/2BA. Hardwood Floors.
Very large master BA .ith jacuzzi and walk in shower.
Big garage and workshop, screened porch facing the *
bay. Dock w/10,000 lb davits. $1,390,00OQ
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DIRECT GULF VIEW Striking unobstructed view
across from the Gulf and beaches. 3BR/3BA, two-
car garage and swimming pool. To be completed by
year end. $1,200,000.
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BAYFRONT 10,000 sf of land. Large dock with deep
water. 2,444 sf house; 2BR/2BA with large Florida
room along with a big bonus: separate large mother-
in-law apartment. New air conditioning, new tile floor,
fresh paint. $1,350,000.
100+ Gulffront rental units with hun-
dreds more just steps from the beach.
Mike 800-367-1617
Norman 941-776696
Norman 3101 GULF DRIVE

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Paradise Improvements 778-4173
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installation. Tropical landscape specialist. Residen-
tial and commercial. 30-years experience. (941)

cials: 18-foot coconut palm, $450; 7-foot Christ-
mas palm, $325. Complete landscape service.
Call (941) 727-5066.

CLOUD 9 LANDSCAPING: Quality landscape main-
tenance, cleanup, pruning, planting, shell and
more. Free estimates. Insured, references. (941)
778-2335 or 284-1568.

VAN-GO PAINTING residential/commercial, interior/
exterior, pressure cleaning, wallpaper. Island refer-
ences. Dan or Bill, (941) 795-5100..

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

mates. 35-year Island resident. Call Jim Bickal at
(941) 778-1730.

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

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

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

Ail phases of carpentry, repairs and painting. In-
sured. Member of Better Business Bureau. Paul
Beauregard, (941) 779-2294.

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

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

MASON: 27 YEARS of experience. All masonry
work and repair. Cinderblock work, brick work, glass
block work, paver and brick driveways. Call Chris,
(941) 795-3034. License #104776. Insured.

MORENO MARBLE & TILE Installation and resto-
ration. Quality work. Over 20 years experience. In-
sured. Call Javier at (941) 685-5163 or 795-6615.

JERRY'S HOME REPAIR: Carpentry work, handy-
man, light plumbing, electrical, light hauling, pres-
sure washing and tree trimming. Call (941) 778-
6170 or 447-2198.

HANDYMAN SERVICE: Bill MacCaughern. Re-
pairs, renovations, kitchens, bathrooms, decks.
Masonry, tile, painting. 30 years experience. Yes, I
do show up! (941) 778-3904.

way, sidewalks, curbs, retaining walls,, structural,
shell drives, dump truck service. C-Squared, Sean
D'Agustino. (941) 345-3092. Lic. #CGC1506629.

THE ISLANDER. The best news on Anna Maria Is-
land since 1992.

Interior/exterior painting! From $1 sf, plus materials.
Free estimate. Established 1985. Call Kirt D. Sweatt.
anytime, (941) 702-0993.

RANDY'S REMODELING: Demo, carpentry, drywall
finishing and texture. Free estimates. (941) 778-
0540 or 320-2506.

JIM MELANSON Painting interior, exterior, pressure
cleaning. Free estimates, 18-year Island resident.
Call Jim, (941) 718-9053.

STEVE'S REMODELING & repair service. Free
estimates, 35 years experience. (941) 795-1968.

PAINTING AND HOME repair: Local references,
free" estimates.-I take pride in my work. Your satis-
faction guaranteed. Call John (941) 778-3713.

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

AUTUMN, WINTER, SPRING rentals available
weekly, monthly, seasonal. Wedebrock Real Estate
Co., (941) 778-6665 or (800) 749-6665.

VACATION RENTALS: 2BR apartments across
from beautiful beach, $375 to $500/week. Winter
and spring dates available. Almost Beach Apart-
ments, (941) 778-2374.

VACATION & SEASONAL Private beach. Units are
complete..Rates seasonally adjusted. $425-$975/
week, $975-$2,975/month. (800) 977-0803 or (941)
737-1121. www.abeachview.com.

NORTH SHORE DRIVE beachfront. Fou spacious
3BR/2BA homes. Please call (813) 752-4235, or
view Web site: www.AhhSeaBreeze.com

POOL HOME AVAILABLE for vacation let. Near
Holmes Beach, 3BR/2BA with all amenities. Man-
aged by Coastal Properties Realty, (941) 794-1515.

CORTEZ COTTAGE fully furnished, nice breezy,
quiet area. Seasonal, $1,700/month, $600/week,
$100/night. (941) 778-8168 or 794-5980.

SEASONAL RENTAL: Holmes Beach, 4BR (two
master suites)/3BA, house on canal. Two minutes to
beach. Heated pool, dock, cable TV, washer/dryer,
garage, designer furnished with tropical yard setting.
One of the finest rentals on Island. $1,600/weekly or
$6,000/monthly. Call 713-0034 or e-mail:

Vernon, two miles to beaches. 2BR/2BA, no pets,
nonsmoking, age 55-plus. Minimum three months.
Peak season, $2,500/month; annually, $1,500/
month. (941) 721-1784.

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ELEVATED 2BR/2BA BEACH house, undercover
parking, close to beach, nicely furnished. 210 81st
St., Holmes Beach. $2,250/month. (813) 962-0817.

NEW FURNISHED 2BR/2BA 55-plus, across from
beach. Furnished, annual $1,150/month. Also avail-
able seasonal. (941) 725-1074.

VACATION OR SEASON, Anna Maria Gulffront apart-
ments, 1, 2, 3BR. Porches, sundecks, laundry. Im-
maculate, tropical setting. No pets. (941)-778-3143.

and open, nonsmoking, no pets. $800 week,
$1,700/month. (941) 795-8077.

ANNUAL RENTAL Holmes Beach. 2BR/1.5BA
townhouse, newly remodeled, 500-feet to beach.
Expect first, last, security deposit. $1,150 'month.
Call (330) 559-3860.

VACATION RENTALS: Available now through April.
Weekly or monthly. Fran Maxon Real Estate, (941)
778-2307. www.franmaxonrealestate.com.

5BR'4.5BA: WALK TO Bean Point beach. Available
January. www.abeachhouse.com. (941) 725-1074.

LONGBOAT KEY, 55-plus furnished 2BR/2BA
house. Includes cable, water, pool, clubhouse. An-
nual, $1,050/month. Call (941) 383-3151.

KEY ROYALE HIGH Standards canal home. Taste-
fully decorated. 2BR/2BA, waterside terrace, heated
pool, dock. Available seasonally $4500/month.
(863) 860-7407. www.vrbo.com/18876/htm.

SEASONAL RENTALS: 2BR/2BA Baywatch condo,
heated pool, waterview, $1,000/week, $3,000/
month; Perico Bay Club, 2BR/2BA, pool, tennis,
small pet OK, $2,600/manth; Bayou, 2BR/1BA,
across from beach, $2,500/month. SunCoast Real
Estate, (941) 779-0202. www.suncoastinc.com.

LATE CANCELLATION available for season or por-
tion. 2BR/2BA, pool, tennis. Close to beach and all
services. Old Florida Realty Co., (941) 778-3377.or

LONGBOAT KEY: Pelican Harbour Gulf -ide home.
3BR/2BA beautifully furnished, available immedi-
ately through March 15. $3,500/ month. Long-term
lease available in May. (941) 758-0978 or 795-1695.

2BA modern duplex on Intracoastal. Dock and dav-
its. Inside washer and dryer, large rooms. First, last,
$1,100/month. (727) 784-3679.

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HOLMES BEACH: 2BR/1BA, 1,500 sf, beach house,
1.5 blocks to beach. Fully furnished, $495/week.
Available January. (941) 587-1456.

GREAT SUNSET VIEWS. Two 2BR apartments on
Gulf Drive, Bradenton Beach. Call (941) 914-4646

SEASONAL RENTAL: Holmes Beach, furnished 1
and 2BR condos. Cable, microwave, washer/dryer.
Block to beach and shopping. From $1,800/month.
(407) 846-8741.

sonal rental. Large 2BR/1 BA newly renovated and
fully equipped. $2,800/month. (352) 267-9187.

OVERLOOKING LAKE: 2BR/2BA unfurnished an-
nual duplex in great condition. 6808-B Palm Drive,
Holmes Beach. $900imonth. (863) 673-0521.

villa located in bird sanctuary on Sarasota Bay. Only
two miles from Gulf beaches. Pool, tennis, club-
house. No pets, nonsmoking, 55-plus. Available
three-twelve months. Boat dock (up to 23 feet) in-
cluded, based on availability. $2,600/monthly, plus
electric and tax. (941) 794-5011.

FLORIDA RENTAL: Hate snow? You can have the
warm West Coast Florida sun and the ocean right
outside your door. Wake up to sunshine every day.
1BR efficiency with a sofa bed. Full housekeeping
service. All you need is your towel. Available at Re-
sort 66 located on Holmes Beach, Anna Maria Is-
land. Weeks available are Feb. 26-March 5 and
March 5-12. $900/week. Call (315)-868-2813, leave

WINTER SPECIAL! Steps to beach. Large 1BR'
2BA, courtyard, washer/dryer, cable, telephone.
$1,995/month, $650/week. Call (941) 778-1098.

water view, clubhouse, exercise room, sauna, pool.
Available January through March 2005. $2,300/
month. (941) 795-3778.

heated pool, tennis, garage. Beautiful Gulfview. One-
month minimum. (941) 779-2701.

WANTED: SINGLE MOM and 8-year-old boy des-
perately need reasonably rental, hopefully within bik-
ing distance to Anna Maria Community Center. (941)

January, $2,500; Palma Sola Townhouse, January,
$1,500/month, February, $2,500/month. Call Real
Estate Mart (941) 756-1090.

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Washer/dryer, dishwasher, new paint and carpet,
walk to Gulf, two-month minimum. $1,900/month.
(941) 779-1112.

remodeled and furnished, 2BR/2BA, beach ac-
cess, pool, tennis. Available February on. $1,075/
week, $3,300/month. Also available long term.
(941) 355-4027.

ANNUAL RENTAL, 2BR/2BA with Florida room,
washer/dryer hookup, dishwasher, carport, close to
beach, beautiful apartment. $975/month. Dolores M..
Baker Realty, (941) 778-7500.

SEASONAL RENTAL 1.5 miles to beach, clean,
furnished, no pets, nonsmoking. $1,000/month plus
utilities. (941) 761-9440.

AVAILABLE 2005 WINTER vacation rentals: Perico
Bay Club, $2,900/month; Coral Shores, 2BR/2BA
with pool on canal, $3,500/month; San Remo
Shores, 3BR/2BA with pool on canal, $3,800/month;
Gulffront duplex, 3BR/2BA, $1,300/week; Mariner's
Cove condo, $3,400/month; Alecassandra Villa,
1BR/1BA, $2,100/month; Bridgeport, 2BR/2BA,.
$2,900/month. Please call Cristin Curl at Wagner
Realty. (941) 778-2246. www.wagnerrealty.com

RENTALS AVAILABLE: Utilities included, unfur-
nished. Efficiency, $690/month; 1BR/1BA, $735/
month; 2BR'1BA, $950/month. Call (941) 524-5205
between 9am-7pm.

Water Views from Every Room!
Condo with Dock

Large and immaculate 3BR/
2BA end unit. Enjoy sunsets,
pool, spa, tennis, courts,
close to beach and shop-
ping, carport. $545,000.

One-of-a-Kind Dollhouse
Immaculate Updated Well iMaintained

Heated, caged pool with
jacuzzi, beautiful mainte-
nance-free landscaping,
close to beaches and golf
course. $639,900.

Call Piroska Planck, 730-9667
Coldwell Banker Residential-Real Estate Inc.

new! $1,800 and $2,900/month. Call (941) 779-9074
or (703) 587-4675.

ANNUAL 2BR/1.5BA elevated duplex. Garage, car-
port, all new renovation, no pets. $900/month, plus
.deposit. (941) 721-3649.

ANNUAL RENTALS: 2BR/2BA single- family home in
northwest Bradenton. $1,200/month; Three 2BR/2BA
single-family canal homes. From $1,600 to $2,100/
month. Call Island Real Estate (941) 778-6066.

LONGBOAT KEY 2BR/2BA 1,400-sf condo with
panoramic views of bay. Available Jan. 15 through
April 15. (941),587-1456.

TURNKEY FURNISHED 2BR/1 BA old Florida-style
ground-floor duplex. Walk to beach. Ceramic floors,
laundry, patio, cable, DVR. Pet friendly. Reason-
able. (941) 779-9470.

1 BR APARTMENT close to beach with water views.
Sleeps four. $500/week or $1,850/month. Nonsmok-
ing. Quiet area, Holmes Beach. (941) 779-0420.

PRICELESS BAY VIEW in the Moorings at Holmes
Beach. Second-floor condo. 2BR/2BA, nicely ap-.
pointed. March $3,000/month. (941) 778-8364.

HOLMES BEACH DUPLEX: 2BR/1.BA, one block to
beach. Year lease, washer and dryer hookup, all tile.
$825/month. Call (813) 244-4944.

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


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modeled condo. Upstairs, canal view, boat dock.
One-of-a-kind unit! $395,000. Don, (941) 778-1367
or (770) 889-2887 or

DIRECT 50x100 FOOT Gulffront lot in Holmes Beach
with DEP permitted. Plans for 2,400 sf living area,
.four-car garage home. $1,650,000. (941) 778-1086.

$1,490,000. Best opportunity in Holmes Beach
3BR/1BA bungalow, 1,328 sf. Concrete-pier foun-
dation. Zoned R-4. Total lot size 50x100 feet. 3306
Fourth Ave., Holmes Beach. Contact Ken Ward,
(813) 892-3690 ...

GULFFRONT 3BR/2BA home nestled among trees in
private setting on most desired stretch of Anna Maria.
$1,950,000. Charles Rutenberg Realty, Rose Waltzer,
(813) 495-7336. No co-broker at this time.-

2BR/2BA CONDO: Great view. 3601 E. Bay Drive.
Cove at Sandy Point. $295,000. Call (941) 779-
0448 or (815) 872-0747.

OWN YOUR OWN Waterfall! 50-foot cascading
waterfall, three-plus acres in prestigious Hemlock
Preserve, Franklin, N.C. Septic approved. $93,500.
Contact (941) 753-2372 or (828) 837-6261.

FOR SALE BY OWNER: Westbay Point & Moor-
ings hard-to-find ground-floor end unit. 2BR/2BA
condo. Excellent condition. $379,900. Call (941)

NORTH END Anna Maria, 2BR/2BA,, fireplace,
sundeck. Close to Gulf beach. $496,000,.(941) 778-

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ANNA MARIA Ground-floor 2BR/1BA with two-car
garage, 100 feet to beach. Bayview, large lot, fur-
nished. Concrete block. (941) 778-7703.

MOUNT VERNON: 2BR/2BA., lakefront condo with
partial bay view, enclosed lanai, new appliances and
air conditioning. Minutes to beach. 55-plus commu-
nity. $239,000. (941) 795-4030.

HOUSE DEALS ON, off, near the Islands. West
Bradenton;. Northwest Bradenton, minutes to beach,
heated pool, sauna, hot tub, $324,900; Ellenton, close-
in country living, custom 3BR/2BA with two-car garage,
3/4-acre wooded lot, $325,000; Longboat Key, English
cottage with unique artist loft, Abbaco architecture, 15-
foot loft ceilings, two-car garage, hot tub, $650,000..
Call Fred Flis, Real Estate Mart (941) 756-1090.

2BR/2BA-3BR/2BA DUPLEX: 2511 Avenue C,
Bradenton Beach. Gulf and bay views. 5,208 sf un-
der roof. One block to beach. Appointment only. Call
(941) 778-2553.

RIVER DISTRICT: 4-6BR/4BA, two fireplaces, hard-
wood throughout, views of river, private setting,
oaks. $585,000. 223 21st St. W. Open daily by ap-
pointment after 10am. (941) 746-2464.

REAL ESTATE INVESTORS: 20 percent plus re-
turn, many to choose from, homesites or houses,
IRA/1031 approved. (941) 953-9115.

OPEN HOUSE: PERICO Bay Club condo for sale
by owner. All new appliances. $255,000. Wednes-
day, Jan. 5, and Saturday, Jan. 8, 1-4pm. 880
Audubon Drive. Call (941) 761-8308.

TO SETTLE ESTATE: 2BR/1BA home with garage.
106 23rd St. N., Bradenton Beach. Call (941) 504-4199
to see. Being sold "as-is" with right to inspect. $469,000.

RIVERVIEW LANDINGS: Northwest Bradenton's
most desired neighborhood. 4BR/3BA, pool/spa,
three-car garage, 5,300-sf under roof, renovated/up-
dated 2003. Spectacular executive home designed
for entertaining. By owner, broker protected.
$799,000. (941) 792-2247.

here! Must see beautiful peaceful mountains of western
North Carolina mountains. Homes, cabins, acreage, in-
vestments. Cherokee Mountain Realty GMAC Real Es-
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munity weaving throughout dye-designed 18-hole
championship course in breathtaking Blue Ridge
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Available January.
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canal with partial bay views, this designed condos. Eight townhomes now under construc- from screened .an ai ita i. o.i.-..rlooC s' pool: with great Gulf views. Fully furnished 2BR/
home will feature 4BR/4.5BA. A grand foyer is tion in Bradenton Beach. Fully furnished 3BR/ Unit has never been rented Turnkey fur- 2.5BA 1610 SF. 2 balconies, heated pool, el-
one of many amenities. Call agent for details. 2.5BA with two-car garage, numerous amenities, nished. 2BR/2BA + laundry, Karer, Day. 778- evator and fabulous beach. Dave Moynihan.
Karen Day. 778-2246. #503717. $1,500,000. approximately 2,200sf. Stan Rutstein. 727-2800. 2246, #503615. $989,000. 778:2246. #503775. $819,500.
#104439. Pricing starting at $1,250,000.

tacular full view of the Gulf from the living
room of this 2BR/2BA upstairs condo. Re-
cently updated with neutral tile, carpet. Car-
port. Two pools. Jane Tinsworth, 761-3100.
#502100. $699,000.

ISLAND FOURPLEX Investment opportunity
on Gulf Drive in Bradenton Beach. Across the
street from the spectacular Gulf of Mexico.
Enjoy rental income. Laurie Dellatorre. 778-
2246. #503697. $649,000.

views from this furnished 2BR/2BA top-floor
end unit, popular island complex. Includes two
pools, tennis, fishing pier, covered parking and
elevator. Dave Moynihan, 778-2246.
#105510. $405,000.

the beach. Totally remodeled, ceramic tile,
crown molding, new central air. No rental re-
strictions. Betty Arnold, 761-3100. #501251.

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