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ISLANDER IB'i I 1
Trolley proposed for Island, Longboat
The clang of a jitney's bell may be heard on the
Islands as early as Summer 1994 if all goes well.
City, county, regional and state officials are all
investigating the possibility of a trolley to serve Anna
Maria Island as well as Longboat, St. Armands and
With passage of the necessary resolutions and ap-
provals, service could commence next year, according
to Florida Department of Transportation official John
What is being proposed is an open-air-type jitney
storm tests beach
By Joy Courtney
The Island's beach renourishment project is cur-
rently being surveyed to determine if any structural
damage was done by the March 13 storm, labeled by
some as the "Storm of the Century."
Surveyors contracted by the U.S. Corps of Engineers
are currently working along the length of the entire project
to provide data to be compared with the end-of-project
surveys. The comparison will determine if any sand was
lost or unnaturally shifted and any underwater changes to
the Gulfs floor will be identified by both the topographi-
cal (surface) and hydrographical (underwater) survey.
Though the violent water movement created by the
no-name storm advanced concern over the health of
the infant project, the requirement for these surveys
was included in the original permits issued to Mana-
tee County, the project sponsor, by the Department of
Natural Resources (DNR). Any "significant event" as
defined by the DNR would require these surveys over
the project's 50-year lifespan.
The federal, state and county government bodies
that financed the renourishment project will continue
to monitor it, explained Charles Stevens, project man-
ager, Manatee Shore Protection Project, U.S. Corps of
Engineers. Stevens explained that the project would
not have been considered if its benefit did not equal or
surpass the cost averaged over a 50-year project
lifespan. Once completed, repair to the project could
be mandated to protect the 50-year investment under
The surveys will provide an adjusted beach profile to
answer such questions as did the sand move? If so,
where did the sand go, both above and below the water
line. Will it come back as planned when favorable weather
action, including gentler waves and wind, take over?
According to Stevens, the Island's beach
renourishment project is definitely a success story. Con-
fronted with a major storm within one month of comple-
tion, the new beach passed its first test and justified the
governments' investment to protect the Island's useable
land, buildings and, of course, its residents.
Neil Rogers, professional engineer, DNR, agreed
with the project's performance. Though no official deter-
mination has been made, the storm could have accelerated
sand movement relative to the original erosion design, but
the losses from the storm were not significant according
to field reports, he said. The DNR will analyze the sur-
veys' results, but it will be up to the Corps of Engineers
and Manatee County to determine if any repair work
needs to be done.
Site inspections determined one area of concern
from 30th Street in Holmes Beach north to the Public
Beach. The surveys may show that erosion in that area
could be replaced naturally. The Corps must wait un-
til the surveys are completed and analyzed before it
can determine if repair is necessary.
The 4.7 mile renourishment project that added 150
ito 200-feet of beach from 13th Street South in Braden-
;ton Beach to 77th Street in Holmes Beach, began in
]December 1992 and was completed March 9.
The government agencies involved anticipate the
study to be completed and analyzed within four weeks.
that would go from the north end of Anna Maria to
Although exact routes and times are still up in the
air, transportation officials are considering an hourly
run with four buses, probably operating seven days a
week. "Park and ride" options would also be consid-
ered at mainland sites on Manatee Avenue, Cortez
Road and in Sarasota.
Costs for the service are uncertain until more de-
tails are finalized, but Starling said up to 50 percent of
the costs for three years would be provided by FDOT.
A similar bus service has been ongoing on Ft.
Myers Beach since 1987, and has received rave re-
views and very high riderships. Starling said he hoped
similar reactions would result here.
Resolutions have been drafted and are pending
before the elected officials at Anna Maria, Holmes
Beach, Bradenton Beach and Longboat Key. With that
approval, Starling said the next step would be the
Manatee County Commission for their approval. He
said he hoped to have that hurdle overcome within a
month to meet state fund request deadlines of July 1.
Look! It's a pair of manatees Photo: Paul Roat
Holmes Beach residents received a pleasant surprise last week when a pair of manatees grazed through the
marina by Pete Reynard's Restaurant. The sea cows migrate through the area in the spring and fall.
Anna Maria City
to hold Spring
Anna Maria City will hold its annual Spring
Clean-up offering its citizens an opportunity to dispose
of unusual items. Small appliances, fencing, wooden
steps, broken lawn furniture are just a few examples of
the types of items that will be accepted. Large appli-
ances such as refrigerators and hazardous waste mate-
rials will not be accepted.
The event takes place on Saturday, April 24, be-
tween the hours of 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. at Gulf Drive next
to the Anna Maria Post Office Plaza. The City's re-
cycle bins located east of the Anna Maria Historical
Park on Pine Avenue will also be open.
Call Commissioner Max Znika, 778-0781, for
By Pat Copeland
Four of last year's candidates for the Anna
Maria Fire Commission campaigned on the issue
of increasing public awareness of the yearly tax
rate hearing. If you're one of those who nodded
your head in agreement, now is the time to pay
attention the 1992-93 fire district tax rate hear-
ing is on tap for next month.
And the rate is anticipated to increase by more
than $161,000 next year.
At last week's fire commission meeting, the
board introduced the following proposed base as-
Single family, condominium, duplex, multi-
family and mobile homes $15 per unit.
Travel trailers $7.50 per unit
Stores, shopping centers, super markets and
produce $12.50 per unit.
Office, professional, financial, repair shops
and service stations $12.50 per unit.
Restaurants, night clubs, hotels, motels, mor-
tuaries and clubs $12.50 per unit.
Industrial and utilities $12.50 per unit.
Storage, auto sales and parking lots $12.50
Lumber yards and warehousing $12.50 per
Institutional $12.50 per unit.
In all commercial categories there is also a
Continued on next page
SKIMMING THE NEWS ...
Bridge Street parking...............Page 2
Letters ...................................... Page 4
Those Were the Days..............Page 5
Little league photos...........Page 6 & 7
Storm shelter ...........................Page 8
Police reports.........................Page 14
Fishing .................................. Page 16
Real estate ........................... Page 20
APRIL 22, 1993
!w THE ISLANDER BYSTANDER m APRIL 22, 1993 0 PAGE 2
Bridge Street parking
reduced, more spaces
By Pat Copeland
After strong urging from members
of its Community Redevelopment
Council (CRA), the Bradenton Beach
City Council adopted a new parking
design for Bridge Street which will cut
legal parking spaces to 11. Pleas for
more spaces, coupled with promises of
leases from the owners of the Bradenton
Beach Hardware and Key West Willy's
to provide 20 more spaces, were enough
to sway council members to keep some
CRA Chairman Clem Dryden told
council members there have been 28
open forum meetings concerning the
Bridge Street renovations during the
past 16 months. Dryden cited the work
of his group, along with planners and
architects, to effect a positive and eco-
nomically feasible change to rejuvenate
businesses in the city's core district
while trying to please the majority of
the property owners.
"There's been a controversy over
loss of parking on Bridge Street," said
Dryden. "Well, today, Pat at Bradenton
Beach Hardware agreed to lease to us,
on a one-year basis for just going in and
shelling her lot, 10 parking spaces,
minimum, in the daytime and possibly
the whole parking lot at night. And I'm
going to be willing to provide 10 park-
ing spaces (at Key West Willy's) for the
year for $1."
Dryden said Ed Chiles, who is pur-,
chasing the Harbor House, also agreed
to contribute some parking to the pub-
lic at 200 Gulf Drive North.
"A lot of people have to give up a
lot." Dryden noted. "I, personally, have
to give up over $84,000 worth of ease-
ments, so this is not something I'm tak-
ing lightly. I don't mind doing it, be-
cause I think the overall project is going
to benefit everybody. I urge you to pass
this plan, because I think it's the best
one we have to offer."
Architect Rick Fawley explained,
"It will take time for momentum to pick
up. As it gears up, we want to provide
you with a vehicle to make the transi-
tion. You don't want to build huge park-
ing lots now in anticipation of some-
thing. We want you to bring the parking
along concurrently with the needs and
development. It makes more sense eco-
nomically and aesthetically."
Council voted unanimously in favor
of the plan.
Richard Hickey, owner of the
Beach Barn, expressed concern with the
loss of parking for his business as well
as the neighboring Moose Lodge be-
cause of the project. Both- establish-
ments are losing spaces in front of their
businesses, which are on Florida De-
partment of Transportation (FDOT)
right-of-way, and spaces on the Bridge
Street extension west of Gulf Drive.
"We were somewhat assured that,
when the parking was being eliminated,
some effort would be made to compen-
sate for that by helping us push the
dunes back to provide some parking
behind our building," said Hickey.
"We're anxious for somebody to recog-
nize that we have a problem. Steve
West (of the Department of Natural
Resources) visited the property, took
pictures and gave me the application.
City Attorney Alan Prather said
both the city and the CRA could speak
to the DNR in favor of Hickey's appli-
Fawley clarified the concept of the
roundabout planned for the intersection
of Gulf Drive and Bridge Street. The
center will be an 18-foot landscaped
nucleus surrounded by pavers. Outside
the pavers will be a mountable curb for
the benefit of large delivery trucks turn-
ing onto Bridge Street.
"The key is there are yield signs for
those entering the roundabout at the
four intersections," said Fawley. "They
have to give right-of-way to anybody
who is already in the roundabout com-
ing around. No one has to stop, and the
number of cars that move through a
roundabout are significantly higher than
signalization or a traffic signal."
There will be crosswalks across
Bridge Street and Gulf Drive at all four
street entrances to the roundabout. Each
crosswalk, except the one on the west
side of Bridge Street, will have a safety
island midway across, facilitating pe-
destrian crossing. Traffic entering the
roundabout is expected to slow to about
15 to 20 mph, due to landscaping, the
difference in the pavement surface, the
presence of yield signs and the pedes-
Fawley said 80 percent of the cost
of the roundabout will be borne by the
FDOT, which suggested the idea as a
response to safety concerns from resi-
dents and city officials.
Lake LaVista dredging project well on its way
Men and equipment of Subaqueous Services Inc., Ft. Lauderdale, (above) are well on
their way to clearing the Lake LaVista Channel of approximately 1,500 cubic yards of
sludge. Using the perk system, the sludge, composed of 70percent water and 30
percent sand, is being pumped on shore just north of the Humpback Bridge in Anna
Maria City into a holding area. Bulldozers spread out the sludge to bake in the sun
and drain a process that will return it to its natural sandy consistency (below). Once
the sand is dried out, it will be moved to an as yet undetermined site off the Island
Subaqueous Services, Inc. has until May 12 to complete the project followed by a
seven-day period to clean-up and file appropriate paperwork. According to the Anna
Maria Public Works Department, if the weather continues to be as calm as it has
been, the project has a good chance to be completed earlier. The Anna Maria Lake
La Vista Study Committee has been awarded a $15,000 grant from the Westcoast
Inland Navigational District towards the project. The grant will defray the
taxpayers' cost of $18,712. Photos: Joy Courtney
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Planning agency chair calls it quits
Ed Callen, Chairman of the Anna Maria Planning Commission for six years, has
submitted his "retire-ation" from the Board effective immediately. With his 70th
birthday coming up, the reason he gave was, "It's time."
Accepting with regret, Mayor Ray Simches and the city commissioners during
their workshop said they could not thank Callen enough for his dedication and con-
tribution to the city.
Mayor Simches asked Anna Maria Island residents interested in serving on the
Planning Commission to contact city hall.
Fire District proposes $161,000 tax increase, from Page 1
proposed square foot assessment increase of $.00625
per square foot over 1,000 square feet.
The total 1992-933 proposed tax levy is estimated
at $780,098.44, an increase of $161,123.44 over the
1991-93 tax levy of approximately $619,975.00. Ap-
proximations are due to variables such as the percent-
age of uncollected taxes, discounts for property own-
ers who pay their taxes early and the percentage paid
to the tax collector to collect the taxes, said Fire Chief
John Van Ostenbridge, commission treasurer,
noted, "This is part of our five-year program that was
passed by the legislature two years ago. We're trying
to do with what we can to upgrade our system to keep
our (insurance) rating."
Holmes Beach resident Lee Edwards said he un-
derstood that the board could not increase taxes more
than 25 percent.
Price explained, "That's only 25 percent on the
businesses, factories, industrial, etc. The residential
limit is $15 on the base assessment or two cents per
square foot over 1,000 square feet in one year. The
base rate and the square footage rate may not be in-
creased in the same year in residential assessments."
Commissioner Sandy Haas asked if the hearing
notice could be in the form of display ads in the Island
newspapers, rather than a legal ad in a daily newspa-
per. She cited past complaints from people who did not
see the legal ad.
Van Ostenbridge said state statute requires a legal
ad in a general circulation newspaper.
"One year we put it in the local paper and the
Bradenton Herald, and we saw no difference, except
we had another bill to pay," he said. "If we're going
to advertise in three papers, we're going to have to
change our advertising budget."
Price added that the Bradenton Herald is used be-
cause the ad must also cover the Cortez area. He said
the commission relies on the Island papers for articles
on the subject and meeting notices to alert the public.
The tax rate hearing was set for 6:30 p.m. on May
10 at the fire station in Holmes Beach. Tax rate in-
crease information is available to the public at the fire
After the meeting, Price explained the legislation
that governs the district's tax rate increases.
"Whenever we need an increase, we have to go to
the state legislature to request one, and they give us a
cap," he said. "We must provide them with a program
of equipment and personnel we will need and how we
are going to use the money.
"In 1991, we provided the legislature with a five-
year plan of what we would need. They gave their
approval with stipulations, but we can move things
around within the plan. It's a scheduled increase, but
also a limited increase per legislative act. That is the
plan we are working with now."
MM THE ISLANDER BYSTANDER M APRIL 22, 1993 M PAGE 3
Lengthy investigation leads to drug bust
Two Holmes Beach residents were arrested and
charged with felony drug possession last week at the
conclusion of a joint investigation by members of the
Manatee Sheriff's Delta Task Force and the Holmes
Beach Police Department that started in 1992.
A search warrant was executed at the residence of 26-
year-old Greg J. Gentiluomo, 106 B 72nd St., Holmes
Beach. Gentiluomo was charged with two counts of
felony possession of marijuana, possession of narcotics
paraphernalia and possession of a short-barrel firearm.
April C. Wallace, 19, of the same address, was
,charged with felony possession of marijuana and pos-
By Pat Copeland
Island emergency officials want the Island cities to get
off their duffs and take action. The three items that have
been waiting for attention for the past year are adoption
of the peacetime emergency plan, decisions on re-entry
tags for Islanders' automobiles and videotaping of cities.
With hurricane season officially beginning June 1,
emergency officials are anxious to get the trio of
changes implemented soon.
At last week's Island Emergency Operations Cen-
ter (IEOC) meeting, Fire Chief Andy Price explained,
"These are things we learned from Hurricane Hugo
and Hurricane Andrew to help regulate and recover
after a major storm. The point is being able to do cer-
tain things and be prepared for it when that big one
comes and hits us."
The peacetime emergency plan, which will give
Island officials the power to declare an emergency
without waiting for the county to do so, was completed
about a year ago and sent to each city for adoption. It
was adopted by the Bradenton Beach City Council at
its April 8 meeting and by the Anna Maria Fire Dis-
trict at its April 12 meeting. Both the Anna Maria City
Commission and the Holmes Beach City Council have
discussed the plan in recent work sessions.
Price said state statute gives emergency authority
to the county, but "by having our own plan and being
Greg Keith April
Gentiluomo Greene Wallace
session of narcotic paraphernalia.
The suspects were arrested when their vehicle was
stopped for running a red light at 75th Street West and
Cortez Road. In the vehicle search, a felony amount of
marijuana and $2,300 was confiscated. The 1979
Chevrolet, registered to Gentiluomo, and the money
were seized under the Florida Felony Forfeiture Act.
Keith M. Green, 27, of 45th Ave., W., Cortez was
arrested for one misdemeanor count of possession of
All three were released from the Manatee County
jail either on bond or with supervision.
No other information has been released on the in-
need city action for disaster preparation
part of their plan, it gives us the latitude to declare and
emergency and do certain things."
Also agreed upon about a year ago was a change
from the re-entry sticker currently placed on an
automobile's bumper to a colored tag that will hang on
an automobile's rear view mirror. Officials feel con-
trol of the stickers has gotten out of hand.
Through the years, automobiles with the non-re-
movable stickers have been sold and traded off Island.
A tag can be removed when the automobile is sold and
placed on the resident's new automobile. In addition,
there has been no limit on the number of stickers per
household, with many in the possession of off-Island
relatives of Islanders.
Another problem is the fact that the stickers have
remained the same color through the years. Officials
reason that changing the color of the tags every three
years would offer better control.
The hang-up seems to be how many tags should be
permitted per household. Some officials feel one per
household is enough; others want one for every vehicle.
Price stressed, "What people don't understand is
that these tags are not for the little emergencies that we
have had in the past. They're for the major disaster -
the one that comes through and wipes out half the Is-
land. We want to limit the number of cars that come
back. It's just so people can go to their homes and
check them and get essential items and leave again."
Anna Maria Commissioner George McKay said
some residents believe the tag program is an infringe-
ment on their right to return to the Island.
Price said the tag program should also be coordi-
nated with Longboat Key officials, because "their resi-
dents have to go through our checkpoints."
Videotaping of each city was recommended by the
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to
aid in recovery efforts and for insurance claims after
a major disaster said Price. The cost would be $750-
$1,000 for Anna Maria, $1,000-$1,500 for Holmes
Beach and $250-$500 for Bradenton Beach.
McKay said some Anna Maria residents object to the
videotaping because they feel it is an infringement on their
privacy, "but if we are acting as a city board, all we need
to be concerned with is the infrastructure. We don't nec-
essarily have to video the houses; that's only a courtesy
to help them when FEMA comes in after a disaster."
Price protested, "It's like people who don't want
their house numbers visible. I can't understand the
logic of that. The videotaping is nothing more than
what you can see driving down the street. When every-
thing is gone, you have to have some sort of record.
After Hurricane Hugo, officials had problems with
houses that were moved three and four blocks from their
original location, said Price. And after Hurricane Andrew,
all street signs and reference points were obliterated, cre-
ating massive problems for emergency officials."
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M] THE ISLANDER BYSTANDER 0 APRIL 22, 1993 M PAGE 4
Close call for anti-bridge
State officials very nearly threw Islanders a low, in-
side curve ball last week with the consolidation of two
environmental agencies into one super eco-entity.
Last year, Gov. Lawton Chiles decided to combine
the Departments of Natural Resources and Environmen-
tal Regulation. The new super agency, the Department of
Environmental Protection, would serve to meet the new
trend in government to streamline permitting and reduce
duplication of services. So far, so good, but what's that got
to do with us?
Well, part of the old DER's concern was with the
ecological damage new bridges would cause. DER, in
fact, has denied the permit for the construction of the con-
troversial 65-foot high, fixed-span bridge between Perico
Island and Holmes Beach.
Bad news: DER as well as the resulting new super-
agency will be out of the bridge impact arena. Those du-
ties are being turned over to a regional agency, the South-
west Florida Water Management District, since Swiftmud
has both wetland review capabilities as well as the abil-
ity to levy ad valorem taxes through the basin boards.
Good news: DER will conclude its review of all ex-
isting bridges, including the Manatee Avenue replacement
bridge. Although a new agency taking over the review
would guarantee a delay in bridge construction and aggra-
vate the Department of Transportation (DOT), it would
not guarantee us the same level of opposition the DER has
offered a close call for those opposed to the bridge.
By the way, the FDOT has presented its responses to
the environmental regulators and they are planning an-
other meeting to answer still more questions, necessitat-
ing an additional extension. It should be their last shot at
coming to an agreement.
Thepoints that are looming include assurances from
DOT that seagrasses that are impacted could be mitigated.
DER permit processor George Craciun states that they do
not have adequate information on the impacts of bridge
placement to the north of the existing bridge and informa-
tion is also incomplete on access channels and how close
.a northern alignment would be to the existing bridge.
The one compelling comment Craciun had to make
regarding the DOT submittal concerns one paragraph in
the report. Read this carefully SAM; DOT states that they
have "overwhelming public support for the project." They
state in their report, "the public also prefers the southern
alignment," claiming documentation by petition, reaf-
firmed by the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO)
vote on January 25, and by approval of the Manatee
County Commission and the Holmes Beach Council,
"which both voted in favor of the southern alignment."
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Let justice be done
I have seen my husband Arnold Crossley go
through excruciating pain the last 10 days. Arnold is
a very brave man. One of his nurses told me, "He is a
real trooper, very cooperative in following instructions
The first few days were almost unbearable, to see him
suffering. Arnold was a loyal employee to Ed Porter,
owner of Fast Eddie's Place in Anna Maria City for al-
most six years. He did not deserve this awful illness.
Arnold had two wonderful surgeons, Drs. Brian
Hobar and Marc Grenier. They successfully removed two
cancerous tumors, one on Arnold's vocal cords and one
on left side of his neck. It will be a lengthy recovery.
Arnold is my husband of 15 years and I love him
dearly. I am so very proud of his bravery. I feel very badly
that he lost his vocal cords, but the important issue is he's
alive thanks to his compassionate surgeons.
I personally blame Ed Porter for Arnold's life-
threatening illness. Porter defrauded us on insurance.
Arnold began having problems with his throat last
year, but we could not afford tests. If we could have,
we would have found out about the tumors sooner.
I am not concerned with a lawsuit against Porter.
No money could compensate for the physical and
emotional pain nor the removal of his vocal cords.
I just want to see Porter prosecuted. He has hurt
many people and almost -cost a man's life, my
husband's. I want to see justice done!
Ruth Crossley, Bradenton
'Right on' bridge article
Your Islander Bystander of April 15 reported on
"bridge failings" and it is interesting to read the statements
of FDOT's Bob Cranford. He fully parrots the party line
of the FDOT bureaucracy who want nothing less than
building a new mega-bridge alongside the existing draw-
bridge. Sort of an environmentally damaging
engineeringly unwise and unnecessary monument to
FDOT and some guy who wants his name on the dedica-
So, Mr. Cranford says the problem of three mal-
functions is "the bridge is old ... excess wear and tear
... tenders work ... under a lot of stress ... and lots of
Mr. Cranford, let me share an experience I had
while fishing from the Manatee bridge a couple of
years ago. Several sailboats were milling about the
bridge apparently trying to hail the tender. So, I went
to the cubicle and there inside was the tender stripped
to his shorts, fast asleep. After some banging on the
window, he awakened and opened the bridge.
I never knew that sleeping on the job was consid-
ered "under a lot of stress," Mr. Cranford. And, Mr.
Cranford's closing remark in the article was "FDOT
has been trying to replace thatbridge for years and the
people out there keep fighting it. Would you print that
in your paper?"
Wow! It seems to me the stuff that needs replacing is
some FDOT personnel and bridge tender personnel.
Somehow this Island area has to wake up (also bridge
tenders) to the fundamental truth that Longboat Key needs
a bridge of its own, and stop the baloney of trying to build
misplaced monuments wasting taxpayer money.
Glenn Reed, Holmes Beach
On Tuesday afternoon, April.6, the Manatee Avenue
Bridge malfunctioned. It occasionally does! The line of
traffic was bumper to bumper from 75h Street to the
bridge by Leverocks. This lasted about an hour and a half.
At that point, the Manatee Sheriffs Department
turned us around back to Cortez and then on to Anna
Maria Island. After all these years with its breakdowns,
why not post officers at 75th Street to turn back Island
bound traffic? There must be enough communication to
We hope that perhaps a few of the S.A.M. group
were caught in this same traffic nightmare. Also, emer-
gency vehicles could not possibly have gotten through.
An hour and a half is too risky in any case.
Dora Sanders, Harold and Nell Bergstrom,
Russ and Caroline Green, Holmes Beach
Anna Maria City
Thurs., 4/22: 7:30 p.m. Anna Maria
Tues., 4/27: 7:30 p.m. Regular
Special City Council meeting, 11 a.m.
Thurs., 4/22: 9 a.m. Council Workshop
Mon., 4/26: 9 a.m. Code Enforcement Board
Thurs., 4/22: 10 a.m. Manasota League of Cities
All meetings at city halls unless otherwise noted.
THOSE WERE THE BAYS
Part 5, the Saga of Anna Maria City, 70 years old
this year, by June Alder
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Fishermen display the results of a day's outing in this 1920 photo taken on the
Anna Maria wharf.
Kenneth McLeod, connected with
the Ozone barber shop in Bradentown,
met with an accident Monday night
near the corner of Fairview and Mana-
tee avenues, when a Harley-Davidson
motorcycle he was riding turned.over
upon him, the accident being caused by
the young man trying to avoid colliding
with a Ford car suddenly coming into
Manatee from Fairview.
McLeod is at the Larrabee hospital,
suffering from internal injuries and
bruises, and while in a serious condi-
tion throughout the night, being practi-
cally paralyzed for hours, the young
man was resting as well Tuesday as
could be expected.
It appears that shortly after 10
o'clock Monday night Rufus Peacock
met McLeod and asked to be taken out
on Manatee Avenue, where a car occu-
pied by his sisters had been stalled.
There being a sidecar on the motorcycle
McLeod was driving, Peacock asked to
get in, and they started down Manatee
Avenue, and at the corner mentioned a
Ford car suddenly turned into Manatee
Avenue. Mr. McLeod maneuvered and
avoided a collision, but it seems that
Peacock became frightened and jumped
from the sidecar, which caused the mo-
torcycle to become overbalanced, and it
made three complete somersaults, each
time falling upon McLeod.
Night Officers Bennett and Miller
were soon on the scene, and with assis-
tance of others extricated the unfortu-
nate man from his perilous position and
rushed him to the Larrabee hospital,
where Dr. Larrabee gave him immedi-
- The Evening Herald, May 30, 1923
When we celebrate the Two Hun-
dred Seventeenth Birthday of our nation
this year with rockets and parties and
parades, how about humming a bar or
two of Yankee Doodle in honor of Anna
Maria City's Seventieth.
It was on July 5, 1923, that the
Island's first municipality announced its
presence in the world. That's when the
three temporary commissioners-the
two Davises (Mayor Sam and Vice
Mayor Mitch, not related) and C. W.
Bonham (town clerk pro tem)-put
their heads together and enacted the
town's first laws.
Typical of the officials of frontier
settlements, their objective was "to bring
law and order" to their bailiwick. Don't
laugh. The Island was on the frontier of
Florida as far as smuggling was con-
cerned. Prohibition was in effect and rum
runners were active here. Schooners and
launches loaded with whiskey from Cuba
slipped in and out of Tampa Bay in the
dark of night. And illegal aliens (mostly
Chinese) were being landed on the shores
of Sarasota and Manatee counties from
time to time.
But the principal disturbers of the
peace in those days were-not despera-
does in black hats who rode into town
on lathered up horses with six-guns a-
shootin', but Roaring Twenties ren-
egades in helmets and goggles astride
smoke-belching, ear-splitting adult toys
called motorcycles. Ah, how they loved
to jounce over the Cortez road bridge,
cut over to the beach and speed north-
ward along the hard-packed sand up to
Pine Avenue, then shoot east towards
the bay on the concrete sidewalk and
onto the long wharf, leaping over bro-
ken or missing cross-rails and finally
coming to a stop within inches of the
end of the dock. It was called rough-
riding and it was considered a thrilling
sport, but not by tranquillity-loving
So the first ordinance to go on the
books created the office of town marshal,
the second dealt with rules and regulations
to keep the cyclists and tin lizzies in check
and the third set up a municipal court to
punish the miscreants.
The six other ordinances dealt with
occupational licenses, the design of a
town seal (more about that later), the
duties of the town clerk, qualifications
for elective office, the town's tax
year-July 1, 1923, to July 1, 1924-
and finally, the date for the election of
the permanent board of commissioners:
Tuesday, August 7.
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Islanders interested in preserving their community
came to learn about the bridge, courtesy of Save Anna
Maria (SAM) and Bradenton Beach Mayor Katie
Large numbers of citizens, many members, many
new faces, even from areas as remote as Palma Sola,
turned out at the public meeting this week to be edu-
cated. Ironically, it was held at the elementary school.
There was a briefing at the beginning of the meet-
ing by Claflin Garst, the attorney retained by SAM to
represent complainants at Westbay Cove South regard-
ing the lack of legal notification by Florida's Depart-
ment of Transportation (DOT). A question and answer
period was beneficial to clear up both the means and
intended results of the legal action.
Then came Pierola, who's wisdom and tenacity
not always seeming to be appreciated by other politi-
cians, took time to criticize the three island cities for
"governing themselves over the past years and forget-
ting to protect our island." She reminded the audience
that DOT had been doing Anna Maria Island bridge
studies since 1988, and she stated that she believes
officials have been mislead.
Pierola set the stage for the evening's presentation
of DOT's elaborate ($30,000 estimated price tag)
video prepared for the John Ringling Causeway Bridge
replacement, currently in the public hearing stages in
The video shows Sarasota citizens many options
for their bridge, even including a tunnel replacement,
and gives even more options for their public input on
the project. By the end of the presentation, there were
audible groans from the audience.
The general consensus was disappointment. The
disappointment that Anna Maria Island was not af-
forded the same courtesies in planning for either
Cortez Road or Manatee Avenue bridges.
The meeting closed with an update on the permit-
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Providing shelter from the storm -W something
most Islanders seek when a big blow comes was
one objective of the newly formed disaster task force,
a joint effort between Islanders and the Red Cross.
Another objective is disaster preparedness through
education. Officials want to
make sure Islanders know how Chief Rick Mad&
to prepare for a storm, what to do Chief Rik Mad
at its various stages and what Beach Police Dep
types of help are available, group should also
The task force, with the shelters to be use
weighty name Anna Maria Is-
land Disaster Preparedness and. small storms that
Shelter Service Task Force, but are not danger
had its first meeting Friday at full scale Island e
the fire station in Holmes
Beach. Chaired by Gale Carter,
former Bradenton Beach Councilwoman, the group
includes police, fire and elected officials from each
city, as well as community lay persons.
Sarah Jones, director of emergency services for the
Manatee County Chapter of the American Red Cross
(ARC), stressed, "We have shelters in place on the
mainland. We do not have enough people to staff those
"My thinking was when people need to evacuate
anyway, perhaps we could train them to go into the
shelters. If Island people would want to staff shelters,
then I think the Island people would feel more com-
fortable going into those places."
Jones said a workshop to train Island shelter work-
ers is planned for May 15 from noon to 5 p.m. at the
Anna Maria Island Community Center (AMICC). Oth-
ers can be scheduled as the need arises.
Jones discussed the concept of a special needs
shelter for those with medical problems.
"There is confusion about what constitutes special
needs and what kinds of care they would receive," she
said. "It's also important for people to realize their care
giver must go with them; they can't just be delivered
to a shelter."
Fire Chief Andy Price said that Moody Elemen-
tary School is designated as the special needs shelter.
He said Islanders who have special medical needs and
those who need help in evacuating can register with the
fire department. Those registered will receive assis-
tance in early evacuation.
Carter added, "People have to understand that they
can't just take special needs people to the hospital.
Hospitals are already going to be overburdened, and
Manatee Hospital is in a flood
x of the Holmes plain and is one of the early
rtment said the Chief Rick Maddox of the
establish Island Holmes Beach Police Depart-
in the event of ment said the group should also
establish Island shelters to be
reate flooding used in the event of small storms
ous enough for a that create flooding but are not
acuation. dangerous enough for a full scale
Island evacuation. Jones said the
ARC will work with Islanders.
In the area of disaster preparedness, Price ex-
plained the concept of the Island Emergency Opera-
tions Center (IEOC).
"It is the cooperative effort of the Anna Maria Fire
District and the three Island cities. It was formed to
provide better management of emergency services to
the Island, to direct the evacuation process and to pro-
vide cooperation with the county emergency opera-
tions center," he said.
The group agreed to hold a series of disaster pre-
paredness meetings for Islanders conducted jointly by
the ARC and IEOC. Representatives of both organiza-
tions will be at the next IEOC meeting at 10 a.m. on
May 12 at the fire station in Holmes Beach to work on
the agenda for the meetings.
Cpl. John Cosby of the Bradenton Beach Police De-
partment said response to past public meetings on the
topic has been poor. Pierrette Kelly, executive director of
the AMICC, suggested a special effort in trailer parks and
condominiums to generate attendance to the meetings.
Anna Maria Commissioner Dottie McChesney suggested
flyers to publicize the meetings.
Disaster preparedness meetings were set for 7:30
p.m. on June 8 in Holmes Beach City Hall, 7 p.m. on
June 9 in Bradenton Beach City Hall and 10 a.m. on
June 10 at the AMICC.
ting process, still ongoing between DOT and the De-
partment of Environmental Regulation (DER). An
April 22 deadline looms for DOT to file information
requested by DER which would allow DOT a permit.
The Islander Bystander learned that a large pack-
age of information from DOT was received at the DER
office in Tampa this week, and DER is in the process
of reviewing the material.
If DER issues an "intent to permit," the public will
have the right to challenge DER. And all parties, ob-
jectors who have filed letters with the DER, will be
notified and given an opportunity to file a petition of
intent to protest the permit.
If DER does not permit, DOT has the same oppor-
tunity to petition for a hearing, and again, objectors
would be notified.
It may be a very important part of the process,
since DER can deny the permit based on safety factors
related to the 65-foot bridge, as well as the apparent
environmental impact on seagrasses and mangroves in
Nathan Kulbersh, a resident of Pine Bay Forest
bordering Palma Sola Bay on the mainland, voiced his
opinion on how to make a change, stating "it's a po-
litical battle and the only way to win is to get to the
people for whom you vote."
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My Restaurant Papy
Sylvie Mariolan is two and a half years old and she
gleefully recognizes the sign outside Chez Andre in
the Island Shopping Center. She replies when .
queried as to the signs likeness, "restaurant Papy,"
in her appropriately French accent. Of course, the
chef depicted on the sign is her grandfather.
'A puzzlement' l .
Residents, local '-:
officials and Swiftmud
engineers study city
maps at a workshop
held last week in Anna .
Maria City. The public 40.
was invited to pinpoint
storm water problems
on the Island.
Photo: Jeannie ,
'A dark and
It was as if nature decided to provide proof that the
Island has drainage problems.
Storm sewers overflowed onto city streets, park-
ing lots held ankle deep pools of water and the rain
continued to fall from a blackened sky last Thursday
night as district engineers and residents came together
to discuss the Island's stormwater drainage problems.
An informal workshop conducted by the South-
west Florida Management District (Swiftmud) was
scheduled so that the public could provide input about
specific stormwater problems in the Island's three cit-
ies. At the request of and in cooperation with the cit-
ies, the district is developing an Island-wide
Stormwater Management Master Plan.
"The success of the District's investigation will
to cause special
By Joy Courtney
Anna Maria City Attorney Robert Hendrickson
has been requested by Anna Maria City to chair a
meeting over changes to three city ordinances pro-
posed by the Local Planing Agency. The Anna Maria
City Commission agreed to call the meeting in an ef-
fort to curtail public confusion before the process to
make them law begins.
The subjects of the meeting, to be held at 7:30 p.m.
on Monday, April 26 at city hall, will be as follows:
The Local Planning Agency reviewed the ordi-
nance on right-of-ways and found it too restrictive re-
garding the planting of trees. It has recommended that
trees be permitted, but they would have to meet certain
criteria such as type, number and distance to lot line.
In its review of the beach ordinance relating to
dogs, vehicles, fires, etc., on the beach, it was deter-
mined that neither the Local Planning Agency or the
city's planning commission were knowledgeable
enough to determine at what point the "soft sand area"
of the Customary Rights Doctrine is subject to public
use (versus private use) and suggests contracting a city
planner to provide the answer.
Chapter 24 of city code controls vegetation within
the city. The Local Planning Agency recommended a
new draft be adopted with the tree portion deleted. The
current tree ordinance would remain in effect.
depend in large part on local citizen input and the as-
sistance of the local public works departments," ac-
cording to Swiftmud personnel. Questionnaires were
distributed at the meeting and are available at the three
city halls, the Island Branch Library and the Anna
Maria Post Office.
Engineers from the District will access the level of
service provided by the present stormwater drainage
system and will inventory the locations of primary
drainage problems. All ditches, swales and storm
drains in those areas will be surveyed. Recommenda-
tions will then be made for the improvement of the
drainage system and water quality enhancement. All
improvements are required to comply with existing
comprehensive plans of the three cities.
Jackson to take seat on fire board
George Jackson was invited to sit in on last week's
fire commission meeting to familiarize himself with
the board's procedures prior to taking his seat on the
board next month.
Jackson was appointed to the Anna Maria Fire
Control Commission by Governor Lawton Chiles last
month, but he cannot officially take his seat until pa-
perwork is completed in Tallahassee. Jackson will re-
place Jeff Willey, who resigned from the board be-
cause he is moving out of the district.
Jackson has been a district volunteer for 15 years and
a full time firefighter for the City of Sarasota for four
years. He also operates an Island plumbing business, Jack-
son Plumbing, which was started by his father, John.
Board member John Van Ostenbridge, acting as a
private citizen, submitted Jackson's name, along with
that of Mike Haupt of Anna Maria, to the governor for
When Willey announced his intention to leave the
board, the board recommended Dave Schuckert to replace
Willey, but Schuckert removed his name from consider-
ation. Van Ostenbridge sLid the board could not make
another recommendation, because it had not received of-
ficial notification of Schuckert's withdrawal from the
Fire Chief Andy Price praised the governor's se-
lection. "George is very fair," he said. "He knows the
inner workings of a fire department and understands
the day to day operations and the needs of the district.
He will be a real asset to the board."
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Off Island happenings
The Friends of Manatee County Central Library
will sponsor a Book and Curio Sale on Saturday,
April 24, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. All kinds of books,
specialty magazines and collectibles will be on sale.
All proceeds from the sale will go to buy more books,
videos, cassettes and other items for the Central Li-
brary. The library is located at 1301 Barcarrota Blvd.,
Bradenton. For more information, call 792-7813 or
High school students and their parents are invited
to learn more bout the programs and opportunities of-
fered by Manatee Community College in the Seventh
Annual College Showcase on Thursday, April 22,
from 6 to 8 p.m. The event is open to the public. Door
prizes will be awarded. For more information, call
755-1511, ext. 4321.
Jay Hunsberger, instructor of tuba at Manatee
Community College, will perform on Wednesday,
April 28, in Neel Auditorium, 5840 26th St. West in
Bradenton. Hunsberger, who also plays for the Florida
West Coast Symphony and Florida Brass Quintet, will
be accompanied on piano by Jonathan Spivey of the
Florida West Coast Symphony. Three trombone play-
ers will also be featured during the concert. General
admission tickets is $3, student tickets are $1. The con-
cert starts at 8 p.m. For more information, call Neel
Auditorium Box Office, 755-1511, ext. 4240.
The life and contributions of noted aviator Amelia
Earhart will be brought to life through slides and
readings at Manatee County Central Library, on Tues-
day, April 27, immediately following the Friends An-
nual meeting which will begin at 2:30 p.m. The library
is located at 1301 Barcarrota Blvd., Bradenton, For
more information, call 748-5555.
Internationally-acclaimed pianist Boris Lvov will
appear Monday, April 26, on the Manatee Community
College Neel Auditorium stage, 5840 26th St. West,
Bradenton. A professor at Stuttgart Hochschule in
Stuttgart, Germany, Lvov also teaches master classes
in his native Russia at the Moscow Conservatory. He
has toured widely throughout Europe, China,
Scandinavia and Israel. Lvov's concert will consist of
masterworks by Russian composers and Chopin. The
concert begins at 8:15 p.m. General admission is $5.
For more information, call 755-1511, ext. 4351.
Manatee County is celebrating National County
Government Week with free tours and exhibits of
county facilities. Tours on Thursday, April 22 are En-
vironmental Action Commission Facility and Lab; Air
Quality, Water Quality, and Natural Resources, 2 to 4
p.m. at 202 6th Ave. E., Bradenton; Public Health
Dept. and Free Child Immunizations, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
at 415 6th Ave. E., Bradenton; Manatee County
Records Storage, Open House from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Tours on Friday, April 23 are Mock Trial by Teen
Court at the Old Courthouse in Manatee Village His-
torical Park, 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.; Pubic Works Facilities
- 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.at the water treatment plant, 18315
Dam Road, Bradenton; S.W. Wastewater Treatment
Plant, 5101 65th St. W., Bradenton; Computerized
Traffic Signalization Center, and Hensley Public
Safety Complex, 515 11th St. W., Bradenton
Applications for Florida's Face of the Year
Model/Beauty Search (ages 5 to 18) and "Baby Face"
Contest (age six months to 4) are now available at
Camelot Music stores. Sponsored by Studio eLLe of
Sarasota/Miami, the contest will award savings bonds,
photo shoots, scholarships and recognize those who
are outstanding during the day of fashion that con-
cludes with a fashion revue in the evening. The event
is scheduled for Sunday, May 2, at the Bradenton
Municipal Auditorium, 100 10th St. W. Bradenton.
Deadline to enter by mail is April 27.
Popular country singer and songwriter Mary-
Chapin Carpenter will make her Van Wezel Per-
forming Arts Hall debut at 8:15 p.m., Sunday, April
25. Tickets are $22.50 and $20.50 on sale now at the
box office, 777 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. To order
tickets by phone, call 953-3368.
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"Tcl ess Greet. Vq~ing"lq
Two cities nix joint resolution
opposing high bridge construction
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By Pat Copeland
It was back to the drawing board for a joint reso-
lution of the three Island cities opposing the construc-
tion of 65-foot fixed span replacement for the Mana-
tee Avenue Bridge.
The resolution, passed last week by the Bradenton
Beach City Council, was introduced at Monday's
meeting of the Island Transportation Planning Orga-
nization (ITPO) by Bradenton Beach Mayor Katie
Pierola. Officials of Holmes Beach and Anna Maria
opposed passage of the resolution until their councils
are given a chance to discuss it.
Holmes Beach Councilwoman Carol Whitmore
expressed her displeasure over the resolution. "I was
very upset about this, because this is an Island-wide
resolution and the other two cities have had absolutely
no input. If this had been normal procedure, the elected
officials would have decided what we wanted in the
resolution and brought it to the ITPO for a vote, then
it would have gone to the MPO (Metropolitan Plan-
ning Organization). With time of the essence, Katie's
trying to get this pushed through the three cities, so she
can get it to the MPO next Monday."
Whitmore further noted that she does not agree
with some of the information in the resolution, and she
feels a resolution needs to be clean and professional,
Executive Director of the MPO Mike Guy said the
resolution should come from the ITPO, not the cities,
because "the MPO recognizes the ITPO as the represen-
tative organization from the three Island municipalities."
Anna Maria Mayor Ray Simches agreed with
.Whitmore on input from the cities and noted that the
cities already have a resolution opposing the 65-foot
bridge on file with the both the MPO and the Florida
Department of Transportation (FDOT). He asked Guy
how to "direct our efforts in a manner that can bring
Guy explained that originally the MPO supported the
65-foot high replacement span and, when asked to recon-
sider, again supported the span. "Statutorily, the MPO has
no authority at this time to stop that bridge project. Once
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a project has reached the detailed design stage, the only
way it can be pulled from a work program is by joint
agreement of the MPO and the FDOT."
Guy said the Cortez Bridge replacement project
had reached this same point, but was stopped because
the district secretary agreed with the MPO to stop it.
He said any resolution should be directed to the FDOT
Simches asked if the Department of Environmen-
tal Regulation (DER) should also be contacted. Guy
said the DER bases its decisions on permitting require-
ments, but "I would encourage you to take every av-
Simches suggested drafting a resolution opposing
the 65-foot replacement span using specific data and
information that is relevant to the concerns of these
two agencies, such as pollution and environment.
Guy added, "The resolution should be specific as to
what your ultimate goal is in this effort. Is it to have no
replacement or a 25-foot or 45-foot high bascule bridge?
Also tie it into factual evidence, rather than conjecture."
All studies since 1966 have indicated the need for an
additional facility, said Guy, but there has been no addi-
tional study to determine where this facility needs to be
built. He said this is a fact that can be put in the resolution.
The other officials agreed.
In other business, Anna Maria Commissioner
Dorothy McChesney said she was concerned about
lack of notification to cities when a bridge is closed in
an emergency situation, such as a malfunction of the
locking mechanism. She asked that a letter of request
be sent to the FDOT to address the problem.
"I feel the bridge tender has an obligation to call
our police departments right away, so they can stop the
traffic," said McChesney.
Guy said such situations are under the control of
the bridge tender, but suggested a recommendation be
made to FDOT on police and fire department notifica-
tion in emergency closure situations. He also sug-
gested inviting the FDOT bridge maintenance super-
visor to the next ITPO meeting for input.
Simches asked Pierola to bring the problem to the
attention of the MPO its April 26 meeting.
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'Island Affaire' Auction
goes full-speed ahead
The tickets are now available, the posters are popping
up all over, and over 250 donated items have been gath-
ered as plans and details for the Anna Maria Island Com-
munity Center's 9th annual spring auction benefit aim to-
ward the Saturday evening, May 8, fund-raiser.
Items up for bid range from resort and fine dining
packages to a $3,500 tub and whirlpool, from original
works of art to an organ, a new dock, business certifi-
cates, jewelry, hand-painted clothing, plus much more.
There will be ad space auctioned, donated by this
newspaper. Thanks to the generosity of area-wide
businesses and individuals, and the volunteer efforts of
the Center's board of directors, the 1993 "Island
Affaire" promises to be the best auction ever, reports
AMICC Executive Director Pierrette Kelly.
In addition to the auction, there will be a super, grand
prize drawing for a three-day, two-night stay for two in a
suite at the Colony Beach & Tennis Resort on Longboat
Key. Purchasers of grand-prize chances ($1 a piece or 6
for $5) need not be present at the auction to win.
All proceeds from the auction, the Center's single
most important fund-raising event of the year, will ben-
efit over 40 year-round programs for all ages. The event
traditionally attracts a sellout crowd of 300 of the Center's
most ardent supporters, backed up by those who know the
auction's reputation for quality bargains.
The Center's versatile gymnasium which hosts big
band dances, weddings and other cultural affairs will be
colorfully and magically transformed for one of the
Island's favorite social do's. Doors will open for viewing
at 5 p.m. and the event will include a live and silent auc-
tion, an elegant catered buffet, cash bar and live entertain-
ment The live auction will commence, under the direc-
tion of a professional auctioneer, at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets for the May 8 "Island Affaire" will be $18
in advance or $20 at the door, if any are left. Programs
describing individual and package auction items will
be widely distributed in the weeks prior to May 8.
For auction and grand-prize-ticket information, or
to make a donation, contact the Community Center at
778-1908 or call 778-7624 or 778-2924.
'Catch Me If You Can' -
finale for Island Players
A high-tension murder mystery comedy winds up
the season's offerings by the Island Players of Anna
"Catch Me If You Can" is a 1965 Broadway play
by Jack Weinstock and Willie Gilbert, who co-
authored "How to Succeed in Business," and is
adapted from a French play by Robert Thomas.
The action takes place over Labor Day weekend in a
remote bucolic Catskill setting, where a honey-mooning
couple have been ensconced in a luxurious summer lodge
a two-week loan from the bridegroom's boss. But para-
dise is shattered as the young husband is seen frantically
phoning the local constabulary for help. His bride has dis-
appeared. The desperate young man becomes even more
overwrought trying to deal with a lethargic law enforce-
ment organization which seems bent on frustrating his
search. Then a strange young woman shows up claiming
to be the missing wife with documentation to prove it!
"An ingenious 'whodunit'," says director
Geoffrey Todd, "with a wise-cracking detective, a dis-
appearing wife, an unctuous priest, and a beautiful
young woman to say nothing of murder all the in-
gredients of an absorbing mystery-comedy."
The four leading roles are played by Steve Heisler
as Daniel Corban, the bridegroom; Keith Barnett as
Inspector Levine, Gabe Simches as Father Kelleher,
and Linda Davis, the pseudo wife. Sam McDowell
appears as Sidney of Sidney's Sandwich Shoppe. Jack
Cantwell and Linda Greig come on the scene as Mr.
and Mrs. Parker.
"Catch Me If You Can" opens Thursday, April 29,
and continues through May 9. The Island Players The-
atre is located at Gulf Drive and Pine Avenue in Anna
Maria City. All shows start at 8 p.m. except for the
single matinee on Sunday, May 2, which opens at 2
p.m. No show on Monday, May 3. Tickets at $9 are
available at the theatre or by calling 778-5755. The
box office will be open daily from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
except Sundays, starting Monday, April 19, and for an
hour before showtime during the run.
Women's Key Royale
Club meets April 26
The annual and final meeting of the Women's Asso-
ciation of the Key Royale Club for the 1992-1993 year
will be held on Monday, April 26 in the clubhouse.
Luncheon will be served at noon to be follow by
the installation of the 1993-1994 officers and meeting.
The new officers are: Ursula Rowse, president; Fran
Wilhelm, vice-president; Sue Miller, treasurer; Marge
Jacquin, recording secretary, and Janet Stokes, corre-
Rep. McClure to speak
to Hi.12 April 22
Florida State Representative Julie McClure will speak
to the Hi-12 Club at its regular meeting on Thursday, April
22. McClure's subject will be the 1993 legislature with a
question-and-answer period to follow.
Social hour will begin at 11 a.m. followed by the
luncheon at noon at Pete Reynard's restaurant in
Holmes Beach. All Master Masons and their guests are
invited. Reservations for Ladies' Day must be made
with John Lasson at 778-0115.
Cat collection featured
at Island library
During May, long-time Holmes Beach resident
Helen Swift will have her cat collection on display at
Island Branch Library. The former librarian and her
late husband shared a love of felines and always felt
a home was only complete with a cat. Family and
friends presented gifts over the years that reflect
Swift's hobby and include boxes shaped like cats, rare
porcelain figures, framed Chinese stitchery and books.
Swift worked in a library capacity on the bookmo-
bile when it stopped at the Anna Maria Community
Center and Island Foodway when it was located were
Eckerd Drugs is situated today. She then worked in the
storefront library in the Holmes Beach Shopping Cen-
ter and was instrumental in construction of the present
Island Branch Library. Swift continues to volunteer
over 100 hours of service to the branch every year an
shares her home with cat Emily.
For further information, call the Island Branch
Library at 778-6341.
Singer's watercolors on
exhibit at Island library
Island Branch Library will have a display of
Holmes Beach resident Barbara Singer's watercolor
paintings during the month of May. Local scenes por-
trayed through an impressionistic style will be famil-
iar to viewers.
Singer received a BFA from Farleigh Dickinson
University in New Jersey and a Bachelor of Arts in Sci-
ence degree from New York University. She has studied
with well-known artists in New Jersey and Florida and has
won numerous awards in both oils and watercolors. Pro-
fessional affiliations include the Manatee Art League,
Longboat Key Art Center, and Florida Suncoast Water-
color Society. The artist enjoys painting in the out-of-
doors and believes that the "spontaneity of painting on
location results in emotional realism."
In addition to artistic talents, Singer worked as a
medical technologist at Blake hospital for over 11
years and currently works part-time at Doctors' Hos-
pital in Sarasota. She has been married to husband Bill
for over 40 years and has three children and four
The Island Branch Library is located at 5701 Ma-
rina Dr., Holmes Beach.
Speakers available from
Mediplex Rehab, a 120-bed rehabilitation center
located at 5627 Ninth St. E., Bradenton, announced the
establishment of a speakers bureau featuring Mediplex
Rehab medical and clinical staff.
Speakers, offering a broad range of topics, are
available to speak to community groups, professional,
business and service organization.
To learn more about the Mediplex Rehab Speak-
ers Bureau call (818) 753-8941 or (800) 899-8941.
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International conductor to
lead Island concert
The coming performance of the
Anna Maria Island Community Or-
chestra & Chorus will offer Island afi-
cionados a glimpse into the interna-
tional world surrounding classical
music. The international aura will be
created by guest conductor Alfred
Gershfeld, a native of Moldavia, and
now of Bradenton.
Gershfeld has conducted many Rus-
sian orchestras including the Moldavian
Philharmonic Society, the State Orches-
tra of the U.S.S.R., the Moscow and
Leningrad Philharmonics, and the
Moldavian State Chamber Orchestra.
Educated in the Kishinev and Moscow
Conservatories, he was also a winner of
the Soviet Union's national violin com-
petition. Finding his way to Bradenton,
he recently debuted as a conductor with
the Sarasota Opera.
"I am honored to be conducting,"
said Gershfeld, who is volunteering his
services. "I like the sense of community
this program offers. Everyone will be
playing and singing simply for the love
of music. I like this."
The program for the concert in-
cludes Albinoni's Adagio for Strings
and Organ, Bach's Cantata No. 94 and
the Symphony No. 6 by Franz Joseph
Soloists who will perform are
Lorraine Sheller, soprano; Christine
Ayala, alto; Donald Sheeler, counter
tenor; Richard Griffith, bass and
Marjorie Whitson, organ.
The concert will be held Sunday,
April 25, at 8 p.m. at Roser Memorial
Community Church, 512 Pine Ave.,
Anna Maria City. Admission is free -
donations are requested.
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After a three-year hiatus, Connie
and Dave are back entertaining at D.
Coy Ducks and packing them in three
nights a week.
I spoke with
Connie and Dave
Ferguson in their
ing the pool. It
was easy to see .
why they never
left Anna Maria '
Island after they
came here on
ried 18 years and
Connie is a
petite, vivacious blonde and you find it
hard to believe she's the mother of 12-
year-old Dixie, and ten-year-old Jesse.
Equally young looking and handsome,
Dave is a full-time science teacher at
King Middle School and last year he
was voted "Science Teacher of the
Connie and Dave are very well-
known in many of our local clubs since
they entertained here for over 14 years.
They specialize in country-rock, punc-
tuated by a top hit or an old standard.
Three years ago they decided they
needed to spend more time with their
family, and that's exactly what they did.
They were sorely missed by many fans
and finally decided
to acquiesce to
S popular demand and
return to show busi-
ness, but only three
nights a week.
sparkle, as she says,
"We worked really
hard for several
months after we
made the decision.
and a lot of new
songs to learn. I'm
really thrilled at the
response we've got-
an arm around her shoulders, and you
can see they're really happy together
and with what they're doing.
"We'll be playing at Brady's starting
in May and return to D. Coy Ducks Me-
morial Day weekend. When we first re-
turned to playing at D. Coy Ducks, club
owners from all over the area were com-
ing in to see if we could still do it," said
"We showed them we could."
native of Moldavia, who
has conducted many
Russian orchestras, will
conduct the next perfor-
mance of the Anna
Maria Island Commu-
nity Orchestra &
Chorus on April 25.
Photo: Joy Courtney
When you know
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New leader of Gloria Dei
Reverend Dan Kilts takes a moment from moving into his office at Gloria Dei
Lutheran Church in Holmes Beach. Arriving from Arizona, Kilts was installed
as pastor of the Island church last Sunday. Photo: Joy Courtney
Gloria Dei Lutheran Church
By Joy Courtney
Reverend Dan Kilts has come from
forming a new congregation in Prescott
Valley, Ariz., to become the leader of
the Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in
Holmes Beach on Anna Maria Island -
a place he said he never knew existed
and found poorly marked on the maps
Kilts, and his wife Paulette, with
their three-year old Scottish terrier,
Heather, not only found our Island but
are settling in to become enthusiastic
"We have been looking for a place
to settle down. Starting congregations is
exciting but it means a lot of moving
around. We are very glad to be here,"
The clearly-marked map of his call-
ing started with seven years of religious
training at the Evangelica Lutheran
Church of America from which he was
ordained in 1976. From there, he led a
three-point rural parish of Cogswell,
Brampton and Havana, N.D., for 11
years and then accepted the challenge of
starting a new congregation in Arizona.
With the church established and
thriving, the Kilts found themselves
ready for an indefinite assignment. At
the suggestion of his parents and their
pastor, he applied to the Florida/Baha-
mas Synod of which Gloria Dei
Lutheran Church is a member and one
of eight area-specific synods in the
country that helps coordinates pastors
with parishes and parishes with pas-
Kilts believes Gloria Dei offered
him the position because of his out-
reach work reflected by six years of
successfully bringing his Prescott con-
"Gloria Dei wants to re-focus its
efforts to reach out to younger families
to share the gospel. This is my area of
expertise and I'm looking forward to
the challenge," he said.
Though Kilts and his family have
been on the Island a short time, he said
he and Paulette were really impressed
with the friendliness of its people, its
beauty and the weather. Two out of
three are a given, but he was warned
that temperatures do change.
"I know what it is like to experi-
ence 38 degrees below zero and tem-
peratures as high as 122 degrees. I'm
ready for summer," he said with a
We'll check with him at the end of
Sandra and Steve Smith
of Holmes Beach
their 20th wedding
anniversary. Falling for
the ploy of "just going
out to dinner" with
friends, the Smiths
returned to their home
to find it full of their
c closest well-wishers.
The Smiths were
neighbors during their
r? childhood in Maine.
-. During their teen years,
Sandra's family moved
V4 away only to return.
Steve was one of the
first neighbors to
welcome the family
back ... and as they say,
"the rest is history."
Photo: Joy Courtney
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Island Police reports
Anna Maria City
April 14, Rod & Reel Pier, 10:45 a.m., Stolen vehicle
recovered. A vehicle stolen on April 12 was recovered
in the parking lot of the Rod & Reel Pier.
April 14, 100 Block Pelican, 7:05 p.m., Violation of
domestic injunction. A male was arrested.
* April 9, 2400 Block Ave. B, 5:01 a.m., Grand auto
theft. An officer observed a vehicle parked under the
Longboat Pass Bridge after Coquina Park was closed.
A check revealed that the car had been stolen. Male
* April 9, 2400 Block Ave., B., 12:35 a.m., Domestic
* April 9, 100 Block 12th St., 2:19 a.m., Domestic
* April 10, 1600 Block Gulf Dr. N., 3:34 a.m., Dead
* April 11, 100 Block SR 789, 2:54 a.m., Reckless
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* April 12, 2200 Block Ave. B., 3:00 p.m., Illegal
Dumping. Complaint was made by home builder be-
cause someone was placing waste in a dumpster he
was renting for the purpose of disposing of construc-
tion debris. He was upset because he had to pay $150
for an extra pickup. A neighbor admitted placing tree
branches in the dumpster. She agreed to pay half the
cost of the extra pickup. Issue settled. No further ac-
* April 12, 100 Block 4th St., 12:27 p.m., Myer's Act.
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the man had been drinking for days and was unable to
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placed in jail so that he could sober up. Manatee
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* April 15, 3rd St., S., 8:00 p.m., Drug Arrest. One
person arrested when a search warrant was executed.
Five bags of marijuana and drug paraphernalia were
seized. Authorities started an investigation when
neighbors registered complaints about the amount of
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* April 18, 101 Seventh Street, N., 12:42 p.m., Bur-
glary. $86 was stolen from the Golden Star Restaurant.
The money was taken from the manager's office when
the restaurant was closed. A pry tool was used to move
the door jam near the lock.
* April 13, 200 Block 70 St., W., 1:42 a.m., Drug ar-
rest. Officers were called to a residence because of a
domestic dispute. A tray containing a greenish-brown
substance was observed sitting on a table in plain sight.
"I only smoke that myself," Brent Boerst said when
officers inquired about the nature of the substance. "It
is only for my own personal use," he stated. Tests de-
termined that the substance was marijuana. Boerst was
* April 13, 3500 Block 4th Ave., 2:30 a.m., Raccoon
racket. In the spirit of cooperation, a Bradenton Beach
officer responded to handle a Holmes Beach problem
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Trials of a police reporter
By Jeannie Friedman
This reporter experienced humiliation, loss of con-
fidence, and finally triumph last week all because a
couple of teenagers told the truth.
It all started when two local teenagers told their
parents that they had seen members of the Manatee
Sheriff's Delta Task Force gathered in a vacant lot on
54th Street in Holmes Beach.
The boys reported they had seen "a bunch of of-
ficers wearing matching shirts with emblems that said
Delta Task Force. They were next to Island Lumber
tion. Citation was issued for allowing a dog to run
loose. The offender had been warned several times
about allowing his dog to roam.
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and they told us they were waiting for a drug delivery
and they were going to make a big bust."
The mother of one of the youths phoned Islander
Bystander reporter Pat Copeland. Since it is this
reporter's job to do all police reports, I was assigned
to check out the story.
These are some of the thoughts that ran through my
head: "Why did I ever agree to do the police beat? How
many cop shows have these guys seen? Sure they gave
confidential information to a couple of kids! Everyone
knows that drug enforcement officers don't stand around
in plain sight attired in matching shirts with fancy em-
blems. These boys must have vivid imaginations. I can't
believe I have to call the police about this silly lead.
They'll never take me seriously again. Chief Maddox will
really get a laugh out of this one."
Reluctantly, knowing that I was about to make a com-
plete fool of myself, I contacted Holmes Beach Chief of
Police Rick Maddox. It was hard to tell him why I was
calling. I stuttered through the reason for the inquiry, as-
suring him that I knew the whole story was a joke.
Maddox didn't help my plight. In fact, he made
"Of course! They're going to tell a couple of teenag-
ers what they're doing," he said with irony in his voice.
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"Maybe they're just out here to go to the beach, I doubt
if they're here to buy lumber," he said. Without denying
or confirming the report, he convinced me that my in-
stincts had been on target and that the entire incident never
happened. I apologized for the phone call and hung up as
quickly as I could, trying to salvage a little pride and dig-
nity. Then, I tried to forget the incident.
When Police Clerk Nancy Bennett phoned a
couple of days later to say she had a press release for
me, the drug bust story didn't cross my mind. Imag-
ine my surprise when I arrived at the police station to
find a neatly typed, official report that the Manatee
Sheriff's Delta Task Force, in cooperation with the
Holmes Beach Police Department, had made three
drug arrests ... the arrest story appears on page 3.
Former Island resident Kendra Presswood has ac-
cepted a position as staff attorney with Judge Emerson
Thompson of the Fifth District Court of Appeal in
Presswood is a 1991 graduate of Stetson Univer-
sity College of Law. She resided on the Island since
1975 and attended Anna Maria Elementary School.
Presswood is excited about the new position in the
court of appeals, having worked in probate court in
Pinellas County for the past eight months. "It will be nice
to live on the other coast for awhile, and hopefully I can
get a little more use from my surfboard," she stated.
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Anna Maria Island Little League
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to noon on Saturday, April 24, to raise
funds for its program.
Accompanied by their coaches,
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Great catch for an Island grandson
Mike Reed, visiting Anna Maria Island from Wichita, Kansas, had a productive
day angling from the charter boat "Reef Reacher" of Anna Maria City. Mike is
the grandson of Islanders Ann and Dick Maher of Holmes Beach.
out in Gulf
By Mike Heistand
Fran from the Anna Maria City
Pier reported they are still catching
sheepshead, a few snook, pompano, a
few flounder and bluefish which she
said they are releasing.
Chris from Galati Yacht Basin
said the winds have hurt their charter
boat business this past week and has
held them in port. In the Bay and back-
water, they have heard of snook, red-
fish and trout being caught using white
Captain Rick Gross told us that
they have been catching lots and lots of
snook some days up to 20 fish a day.
Rick also told us that white bait has
been very hard to get.
Captain Tom Chaya reported
good catches of snook and he has been
catching and releasing lots of redfish.
John from Island Discount Tackle
said snook was being caught in the
backwater and kingfish caught offshore
when people have been able to get out.
John also said that there are lots and
lots of mackerel in the Gulf right now.
Yvonne from the Miss Cortez
Fishing Fleet reported that their four-
hour trip has averaged 100 head of ver-
milion and gray snapper and porgies.
Their six-hour trip has averaged 200
head of vermilion, lane and mangrove
snapper. Their nine-hour trip caught 45
black and red grouper, mangrove snap-
per, amberjack and yellow tail.
Captain Mike Bradow has caught
a few snook this week but says trout
fishing has improved with quite a few
caught on his boat this week.
Dewey from the Rod & Reel Pier
reported that they are catching snook at
night and in the day time. He said Sun-
day morning there were two snook
caught between 24 and 25 inches. Also,
several permit are being caught, a few
pompano free lining with shrimp,
sheepshead with shrimp and sandfleas
and a lot of redfish are being caught and
Captain Mike Heistand reports a
few good-sized snook were caught on
his boat this week with loads and loads
of redfish, with over 30 being caught
and released on one trip. He has also
caught two cobia this week.
Lee from Perico Harbor Bait &
Tackle said they have been catching
and releasing a lot of redfish as well as
snook, flounder and sheepshead. He
also said king fish are on the beaches.
Lee would like to report the winners of
its Grouper Tournament held last Sun-
day. The winners are: first place, Joe
Fisher on "Fish II" for catching a 17.9
pound grouper; second place, "Walley
II" total weight of three grouper of
39.1 pounds and, third place, "Wet
Willy" total weight for three grouper
of 22.3 pounds.
Captain Todd Romaine said that
he has been catching quite a few snook
with most of them on the small side but
still has managed limit catches for his
Dick from Annie's Bait & Tackle
said that Captain Zack with "Dee Jay
II" said he had been catching two to 15
pound snook using white bait, as well as
flounder, a 26 inch trout and a 32 inch
redfish as a by-product of snook fishing.
The wind has continued to be a success
factor for fishing. Also, Captain Dave
Pinkham with Gulf to Bay Charters has
been doing real good catching kingfish
offshore. Dick also said that Chris
Hancock caught a 31 inch, 9 pound
snook off of Annie's dock.
[fl THE ISLANDER BYSTANDER M APRIL 22, 1993 0 PAGE 17
A computer glitch caused a portion of our story in
last weeks issue, headlined "Peace Corps beckons
Community Center assistant director," to disappear.
-We are reprinting that section of the story.
Again, we congratulate Katherine Johnson, assistant
director of the Anna Maria Island Community Center, and
wish her well as she prepares to leave the Center on April
30 for a Peace Corps assignment in Latvia:
After successful completion of her 90-day proba-
The final spring outing of the Anna Maria
Island Seniors Tennis Group was cel-
ebrated aboard the Seafood Shack Show-
boat, arranged by Jim and Vera McKay
and Alan James. One of the group's
members, the talented Dick Willis pictured
above, direct from the state of Maine,
entertained in his own inimitable manner..
After the cruise, all enjoyed dinner at the
Photo: Courtesy of the Anna Maria Island
Senior Tennis Group
tionary period, she'll be administered the Oath of the
'"When I interviewed with Pierrette three years ago,
she called the Community Center the 'Pearl of the Com-
munity.' It was our goal to make the Center's programs
stronger and more diversified so it would always meet
the needs of the community it serves. I have never for-
gotten that. I'll miss everyone here, but I'm taking that
spirit me," concluded Johnson.
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The clock of life is wound but once to make the hands go round.
And no one will ever know just when that clock runs down.
But why do so many of us let those hours slip away?
When there is so much good we could do every hour of the day.
I wonder how we will have fared when it's time for our clock to unwind.
When there are so many chances to please our maker, that are so easy to find.
How about our friends in the nursing home who sit there all alone.
Do you feel you can't be bothered because there is so much to do at home?
Did someone ask for a helping hand and you gave them a lame excuse?
'Cause they never did anything for you so you figured what's the use.
But, can we afford to let those hours just slowly tick away?
Because for all any of us know, we may only have today.
I OBI UARI S -
Bruce M. Bailey
Bruce M. Bailey, 47, of Bradenton and a former
long-time Island resident, died April 13 at home.
Born in New London, Conn., Mr. Bailey came to
the area from Norwich, Conn., in 1973. He was a
driver and salesman for Consolidated Freightways in
He is survived by his mother, Eunice Cook of
Westerly, R.I., and a brother, Duncan, of Norwich.
Memorial service was held on Monday at Griffith-
Cline Funeral Home on Manatee Ave. The Rev. Ben
H. Eason officiated.
Mark 'Pruitt' Massey
Mark "Pruitt" Massey, 65, of Parrish, died April
26 in Manatee Memorial Hospital.
Born in Burna, Ky., Mr. Massey came to Parrish from
Hampton, Ky., in 1964. He was the former owner and
operator of Liquid Petroleum Co. He was a Protestant. He
served in the U.S. Army during World War II.
He is survived by his wife, Ruth; a daughter, Laura
Moden of Anna Maria; two sons, Donnie, of Parrish,
and Eddie, of Bradenton; a brother, Phillip, of Okla-
homa; six grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.
No local visitation or services were held. Burial
was in Ellenton. Memorials may be made to a char-
ity of choice. Brown-Edwards-Toale Funeral Home
was in charge of the arrangements.
Freda K. Purdy
Freda K. Purdy, 93, of Anna Maria, died April 13
in Anna Maria.
Born in St. Francesville, Ill., Mrs. Purdy came to
Anna Maria every winter since 1950 and was a per-
manent resident for more than 20 years. She was a
retired owner and operator of Purdy Marina in
Cassopolis, Mich. She was a member of Roser Me-
morial Community Church, Anna Maria.
She is survived by two daughters, Katherine
Shanafelt of Anna Maria and Sharlee Dickerson of
Niles, Mich.; 11 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchil-
dren; and six great-great-grandchildren.
No local visitation or services were held. Burial
took place in Mission Hills Cemetery, Niles. Memo-
rials may be made to the Island Branch Library, 5701
Marina Dr., Holmes Beach, Fla. 34217. Griffith-
Cline Funeral Home was in charge of the arrange-
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We read now
second grade class at
Anna Maria Elementary
School show off their
reward for reading nice
thick slices of pizza. The
entire class participated
in Pizza Hut's "Book It"
program. To qualify, each
student had to read four
books a month for five
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qualify in Pizza Hut's "Book It" program. The class
agreed Kim should be rewarded with what else? -
a book, of course.
These are the "Students of the Week" at Anna Maria
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Pizzas sell like hot cakes
Jim Kronus (right), principal of Anna Maria Elementary School, awards the top
sellers in the school's pizza sales fund-raising effort. At left is third place winner and
fifth grade student Shawn Hewitt who won five rental certificates from Barb's Video,
in the middle is second-grade student Tracy Powell who placed second and won four
tickets to a local movie theater. Top winner and second grade student James Fannon
is handed his prize by Kronus. James won a $40 gift certificate from Toys-R- Us.
Photo: Joy Courtney
Award goes full circle Photo: Joy Courtn
Norm and Jane Chesmore (left), owners of Ches's Pasta Plus in Holmes Beach
give Jim Kronus, principal of Anna Maria Elementary School, a check for $34
During the school year, Ches's donates $2-off coupons on its pizzas as awards
school programs such as "Student of the Week." For every $2 the family saves
Ches's sets aside $1 for the school. Including the previous school year,
Lots of cents for education
Anna Maria Elementary School student Wayne Charles puts an envelope of cash
into the "Common Cents for Education" jar. Instead of charging for small
repairs, Wayne's father, Bob, owner of Island Body Shop, asks his customers to
donate to the school's program. According to Wayne, dad's customers has been
very thankful and generous. Photo: Joy Courtney
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Breakfast: Cereal, Toast, Fruit
Lunch: Pizza, Whole Kernel Corn, Garden Salad, "Dirt" Cake
No School DeSoto Day
Breakfast: Cereal, Toast, Fruit
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Lunch: "Acorns on a Branch" (Sloppy Joe Sandwich), "Hickory
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#50301 ...Walk to beach from this 3 bedroom,
3 bath home in Anna Maria. Features 2 Master
suites with walk-in closets, office with access to
deck & sitting room. French doors, Mexican tile
& many windows for light & air! Owner is associate.
To see, call T. DOLLY YOUNG 778-5427.
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For all your real estate needs!
Toni King, Realtor/Associate
Office: (813) 778-6654
After Hours: (813) 778-1785
Michael Saunders & Company
Licensed Real Estate Broker
3224 East Bal Drive. Holmes Beach. FL 34217
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(813) 778-2291 EVENINGS 778-2632
FAX (813) 778-2294 P. 0. Box 2150
419 Pine Avenue Anna Maria FL 34216
Associates After Hours
Barbara A. Sato........778-3509 Christine T. Shaw .....778-2847
Marcella Comett.......778-5919 Nancy Gulford..........778-2158
FOR RENT GULL COTTAGE
Darling 2 bedroom, 1 bath, fully furnished cot-
tage within walking distance of City Pier and
Gulf. $600 per month. Immaculate and fully
equipped with telephone, cable TV, air, heat and
more! Please call today. Immediate Occupancy.
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FEATURE OF THE WEEK
BEGIN IN KEY ROYALE!
It's not perfect, and that is why you can buy this 3B/2B
canalfront home for $149,900. Bring your paintbrush and
your imagination! Don and Karen Schroder, 778-2200.
NORTH BEACH VILLAGE 3 year new, 3 story, 3BR/2.5B
corer unit, double garage, screened porch off breakfast nook
is a steal for only $149,000. Unit also features a large storage
area and new ceramic tile. Wendy Foldes, 755-0826.
BARGAIN SEEKER SPECIAL Direct Gulffront 2BR/
2Bturnkey furnished Anna Maria condo with excellent
rental history for only $129,000. Need we say more? Ken
THE BEST OF GULFFRONT Surroundedby sea oats, wild-
flowers and white sandy beaches, this sprawling ten room beach
home dominates its northern Anna Maria setting. $489,000.
Toni King, 778-1785 or Wendy Foldes, 755-0826.
REDUCED FOR A QUICK SALE Cozy, well maintained
duplex near the beach. Exceptional lot with fruit trees. Could
expand or convert to a 3BR/2B single family home. A real
bargain at $129,000. Ken Rickett, 778-3026.
Anna Maria Island Centre (813) 778-6654
3224 East Bay Drive Holmes Beach, FL 34217
Real estate sale of the week
Brian Burns, formerly of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada,
stopped in the office to meet "the newspaper," and
announce his purchase of Tropic Isle Resort-Motel in
Bradenton Beach.from Habib and Renate Aziz. The
pruchase price was $1.1 million.
Bums sold his insurance business in Canada, and
decided to venture instead in the resort business. He
drove from Myrtle Beach south looking for property
and settled on Anna Maria for it's charm. Bums said,
"Anna Maria is unique in that it has retained its quaint
atmosphere. We looked everywhere and there just is
no place else like it."
Bums has already experienced a few tribulations,
taking over the first day with no maids, but he imme-
diately found a nice couple to take over housekeeping
chores and is setting out to meet other business own-
ers in the community.
Thai'.;Right'. You can
I own 1,100 ).f of a uniquely
designed two-BR, %/~ o,
white tiled bathrooms, and a
fuUl enclosed garage. This
-. is Island quality hutng at an
affordable price. It is approximately 400' to the new beautiful
white beach. Drive by our open house, or call for an appointment
to see 2802 Ave C, Holmes Beach.
We have a few choice lots: one in the 2800 bk of Ave E, only
$72,500 with gulf view, another on South Harbor Dr at $54,500.
Dolores M. Baker
Licensed Real Estate Broker
778-7500 E "
Attention Home Buyers!
Price Reductions on
Westbay Point & Moorings 3BR/2BA
with carport and boat dock. Reduced to
Key Royale 608 Crestwood, bay front.
Reduced to $429,000.
Anna Maria City 127 Harmmock, cus-
tom built with many extras. Reduced to
Anna Maria City 521 South Dr, canal
front home. Reduced to $198,500.
Holmes Beach 226 85th St, two blocks
to the beach and boat slip. Reduced to
Anna Maria City 317 Iris Street, Bayou
living at its best, 4BR/3BA. Reduced to
Call Dick Maher for showings ...
605C Manatee Av W 4 Holmes Beach
401 Pine Av Anna Maria
OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK
TOLL FREE 1-800-422-NEAL
SALES RENTAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT
Planning to SELL or RENT your property? Please call an ISLAND REALTY
GROUP OFFICE! Four ISLAND real estate offices working together to
provide personal and professional services. Over 75 combined years of
ISLAND business experience shows we are long established ISLAND offices
IN ANNA MARIA
51.5 x 145 ft lot in area of fine
homes. Close to Tampa Bay.
Don't miss 518 Magnolia Ave.
Priced $72,500. Call Janice
Tressler (eves 778-6258).
FRAN MAXON REAL ESTATE
Licensed Real Estate Broker
9701 Gulf Drive P 0 Box 717
Anna Maria, FL 34216
(813) 778-1450 or 778-2307
Island Duplex on the Gulf in choice Anna Maria
beach Great for partnership investment as two
identical units designed as two single-family
homes. Beautifully maintained, turnkey units
and excellent rental history! REDUCED PRICEI
Call TODAY for details!
ANNA MARIA REALTY, INC.
LIC. REAL ESTATE BROKER
(Formerly Blassingame REalty, Inc. Since 1957)
9805 Gulf Drive P 0 Box 835
Anna Maria, FL 34216
OF ANNA MARIA, INC.
420 Pine Ave P 0 Box 155
Anna Maria, FL 34216
(813) 778-0426 FAX 778-1849
BAY FRONT LOT
in City of Anna Maria for less than
$200,000. Actually, quite a bit less.
DOUG DOWLING REALTY
Lic Real Estate Brokers of Anna Maria Island
P.O. BOX 1667 409 Pine Ave.
Anna Maria, FL 34216
_w _- ._ .-.m
DRASTICALLY REDUCED: A lovely island mini-
estate on. 8 water front lots. Architect designed and
built for entertainment. Four bedrooms and 4 baths.
One of a kind! Broker/owner must sacrifice. Located
on beautiful Anna Maria Island. Reduced to
$345,000 for quick sale. Call Carol Williams, -
778-0777 or 778-1718 eves.
HOLMES BEACH MOTEL: Located in an ex-
cellent area for high visibility. Walk to the
beach, shopping and restaurants. Seven units
including owner's apartment. This property is ab-
solutely immaculate and ready to go. $425,000. For
more information call Zee Catanese, 794-8991
eves or Carol Williams, 778-1718 eves.
CANAL-BAY VIEW: View the Bay and Intrac-
oastal Waterway from most rooms of this 2
bedroom, 2 bath open floor plan home.
Screened lanai, huge storage and recreation
area. Buyer's Warranty and OWNER PREFERS
TO FINANCE. PRICED AT $168,000. Call Carol
Williams, 778-0777 or 778-1718 after hours.
5203 Gulf Dr. Holmes Beach, FL 34217
Call (813) 778-0777 or Rentals 778-0770
1-800-741-3772 Ext. 55 OPEN SEVEN DAYS A WEEK MA LS
On Sailboat Water
in Anna Maria City
Ready to build the
home of your dreams
in an ideal location.
[I THE ISLANDER BYSTANDER 0 APRIL 22, 1993 0 PAGE 22
Commercial Residential Free Estimates
Sarndy's Lawn Mowing Trimming Edging *
toLawn Hauling By the cut or by the month.
1 Service 11 YEARS EXPERIENCE INSURED
U778.345 GUARANTEED:LOWEST PRICES
tI AND SATISFACTION
SUNSHINE ENTERPRISES and
See us for Carpet Vinyl Verticals
Mini-Blinds & Cleaning
New Location! 315 58th Street Holmes Beach 778-6903
SUNSHINE CARPET CLEANING
Specialists in Insurance Work
Water and Flood Extractions
24-Hour Emergency Service
Call Sunshine for all your carpet needs.
315 58th St. Holmes Beach 778-6903
STATE REGISTERED CONTRACTOR State Reg. RC0043740
RESIDENTIAL ROOFING CONTRACTOR
S ALL NEW WORK GUARANTEED
COMPLETED OPERATIONS INCLUDED
MILDEW RESISTANT MATERIALS
SINGLE PLY ROOFING SYSTEMS
Free Estimates 748-3558
l ::-, ouAofCfal
Free Estimates for Residential, Business,
Pre-Construction & Business
778-4900 FAX 778-0493
SEARS 18" Power Reel lawn mower $75. Drop
fertilizer spreader $5. 32, 12" round concrete step-
ping stone $35 each. 778-9618.
PANASONIC CAR PHONE with battery charger.
ROPER 30' electric range $100. Hoover power
drive vacuum/tools $50. 4 HP Craftsman mower
$100. All excellent condition. 778-2214.
NSA Home air purifier. Never been used. Retail
$500, asking $400 OBO. 778-1367 after 8 pm.
FREE FIREWOOD. Corner of Tern & Gladiolus.
KING SIZE WATERBED $75. 778-9392.
OFFICE OR HOME Multi, 3 size sheet copier; en-
large, reduce, w/stand, paper and toner $620. Two
4 drawer; regular heavy file cabinets $75 each. Two
white, 52" wood ceiling fans 435 each. Solid Dan-
ish wood and formica dining table with 2 leaves,
end table, cabinet all for $135. MS DOS 2.2 floppy
computer w/monitor and keyboard $350. Large
home movie screen $80. Wood desk chair $25.
Rolling formica cabinet $15. 778-9470, 2-8 pm.
FOR SALE Table with leaf and 6 chairs $150. Call
after 10 am, 778-1971.
FORMAL DRESS Size 11/12. Hi/Low length. Bill
Levkoff, frost rose, suitable for prom or bridesmaid.
$75. 778-6511 after 6pm & weekends.
FOR MOTHERS DAY Rockwell Mother's Day
Plate 1975, boxed. Also B/G & Jensen 1975. Leave
STAGHORN FERN 4ft wide. $30. 778-9302.
ALL IN GOOD CONDITION Boat equipment:
Mooring line, fenders, boat hook, misc hardware,
etc. Fishing equipment: Rods, tackle boxes, bait
buckets, etc. 778-4555.
1981 OLDS CUTLASS Brougham, V8, A/C, PS &
B, one owner, good reliable transportation. 97,000
miles. $1,200. 778-1220.
1989 23' Baretta Phaser. New 5.0 cobra engine,
cuddy cabin, AM/FM cassette stereo, trailer in-
cluded. Worth $14,000, sacrifice at $12,000. 778-
4084 or .778-6541.
McKEE BOAT 15ft, 50 hp Johnson motor. 778-3060.
BOAT STORAGE It's not too late to store your boat
with us. Special with this ad. $25mo. Cavanagh
BEACH WALKERS: Volunteers are needed for the
Turtle Watch program to walk the beach in north
Bradenton Beach and south Holmes Beach. 778-
1156 or 778-1126.
NAIL TECHNICIAN wanted immediately. Busy
SANDY'S LAWN Service. Help wanted. 778-1345.
PART-TIME CAREGIVER. Mon, Wed and Fri.
My home for 1 and 3 year old. References re-
PART-TIME CASHIERS and part-time deli help
needed. Anna Maria Island IGA.
9807 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Apply in person.
WANTED PART-TIME. Experienced cook and
counter person needed evenings. Apply at Rod and
MATURE COMPANION Do you need a mature
companion in your home? Cook, drive, etc. Full-
time or part-time. 778-8216.
CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE
^) CAVANAGH MARINE REPAIR
SGAS DIESEL I/O INBOARD
ENGINES DRIVES GENERATORS
FULL SERVICE MARINA MOBILE SERVICE
795-7264 124TH ST. CT. WAT CORTEZ ROAD
Elaine is still here ...
INTERIOR & EXTERIOR
RESIDENTIAL & COMMERCIAL
S' Serving the Islands Since 1969
SLicensed and Insured
ROOF REPAIRS INSURED UICENSED
BUILT UP .
CARPENTRY GARY BRINGMAN
SINGLE PLY ROOFING
Bringman Roofing, Inc.
1111 29th Ave. W., Bradenton 34205
Genstar, Elk and GAF Shingles
and kitchens. Millwork wood cut to size.
213 54th Street Holmes Beach 778-3082
Located just West of the Island Shopping Center
CorolaisTm Faucets by KOHLER
The hand-held spray with retractable hose
is convenient for many kitchen tasks.
Visit our showroom LaPensee Plumbing can help
you achieve your kitchen or bath design. We are a
full service company, specializing in repairs,
remodeling and new construction.
THE BOLD LOOK
778-5622 ,,oc. RFW491
5348-B Gulf Dr. Holmes Beach
Finishing Touches Wallpapering
YOUR PAPER HUNG WITH PRIDE & CARE
FREE ESTIMATES 778-2152
5347 GULF DRIVE NORTH HOLMES BEACH
An Air & Energy Humidistat
will keep your home mildew free
and dry all summer. 'i
A humidistat is a I
humidity control ,
device that works i.,.
in conjunction 6'7._
with your air
it turns it on .,
AIR CONDITIONING/HEATING SALES & SERVICE
CONTRACTOR *778- -0mi9ssHB^
lB THE ISLANDER BYSTANDER 0 APRIL 22, 1993 M PAGE 23
PAINTER. Looking for work. 35 years experi-
ence. Also some carpentry jobs. Free estimates.
Call Don 778-2356.
COUPLE AVAILABLE for on site small motel or
apartment complex management. Mature and re-
sponsible, experienced. Available year round. Call
MOTHER OF ONE looking to keep toddlers in her
home, M-F, days. 778-1625.
DO YOU NEED a mature companion in your
home? Cook, drive, etc. Full time or Thursday &
Friday part time. 778-8216.
ISLAND GARDNER will turn your boring landscape
into a yard bursting with blooming flowers and
color. For beautiful ornamentals, perfect for the
beach environment all summer, call 778-2260.
MOTHER WILL BABY-SIT in her home. Monday thru
Friday. For more information. Call Mary 778-0478.
YES, Pine-So Patty & Co. is still here!! We do ev-
erything cleaning, windows, moving help, driving,
etc. 10% discount to Tom Selleck 778-9217.
JOE UNGVARSKY CONSTRUCTION. Remodel-
ing specialist. State licensed and insured. Many
island references. 778-2993.
WHO WANTS to live with dirty carpet. Relax and
let Fat Cat clean your carpet and upholstered fur-
niture. Jon Kent, island resident, owner. 8 to 5
ON THE ROCKS Bartending Services. Private
parties or any occasion. 794-5947.
MONTGOMERY'S CERAMIC TILE SERVICE.
Professional repairs & installation. Fully insured in
Manatee county for 25 years. Call Ken Montgom-
ery for your free estimate today at 792-9252.
APPLIANCES Used & reconditioned. Servicing also
available. Call Frank at Island Appliance. 778-6126.
PRESSED FOR TIME Call Island Ironing. Beautifully
done by a professional with 20 years experience. Open-
ings available at reasonable rates. 778-1767.
OVER THE RAINBOW STITCHERY Custom do-
mestic sewing. Specializing in repairing rental dam-
ages. Bernie Hemingway 795-7312.
NOTARY PUBLIC Private weddings performed.
Documents notarized. Legal business forms sold.
Title change car/boat. I come to your. 383-5372.
ALUMINUM -VINYL INSTALLATION. Remodeling &
repairs. Screen rooms, soffit & fascia, roof-overs, car-
ports, etc. LIC #RX0051318. Insured, references, rea-
sonable prices. Rex Roberts 795-3757.
ISLAND WEST APARTMENTS
GRACIOUS economy vacation apartments with
pool. One short block to beach. Efficiencies, 1 & 2
bedrooms. Call Anne Burdorf, owner. 778-6569.
EFFICIENCY Half block to beach, fully furnished,
north Holmes Beach. $350mo (plus deposit) all
utilities including cable. Available 5/8. 778-6198 or
748-4842 (8-5, M-F).
SEASONAL RENTAL Available March & April
1994. 1/1 turnkey private cottage, cross street to
gulf. $1,000/mo includes telephone & cable TV.
778-2832 after 6pm.
VACATION RENTAL 1/1 gulf front turnkey condo.
$75/day includes telephone & cable TV. 778-2832
FURNISHED DUPLEX on Intracoastal-coastal,
great view. 2/1, week/month/year. 778-7980.
SEASONAL RENTAL Holmes Beach, 2/2, washer/
dryer, dishwasher, within block to gulf. Realtor/
Owner 748-8718, 792-8340 eves.
UNFURNISHED DUPLEX 2/1, Available May 1,
$575 plus utilities. For information contact Shirley
@ 6402 Holmes Blvd.
BRADENTON BEACH 1 block to beach, 1/1, pool,
quite, clean. $250/wk, mo. Tim 748-2084.
ANNA MARIA Furnished 1BR apartment, Gulf/Bay
view, pool, patio. $550/mo includes utilities. 211 S
Bay Blvd 778-2896.
NORTH BEACH VILLAGE
Unfurnished 3/2, 2 car garage, washer/dryer, 20 X
10 storage room, wrap around deck. Heated pool.
DUPLEX 2/1, dishwasher, garbage disposal, ceiling
fans, central heat & air. Unfurnished. 408 74th St at
Marina Drive. No pets. Available May 4.778-6273.
SEASONAL ANNA MARIA 2/1, 1/4 block from
Tampa Bay. $800mo. 778-2425.
RENTAL WANTED for professional couple. 3BR
with garage. Condo or home. $700-$900mo.
Yvonne Higgins Real Estate 778-1999.
YES! We have a few seasonal rentals available.
Yvonne Higgins Real Estate 778-1999.
HOUSE WANTED in Holmes Beach on water. Will
pay up to $200,000. Ready for quick closing. Prin-
cipals only. 778-4290.
INVESTORS. 2 & 3BR, GULF FRONT condos.
Grossing over 40,000 per year. Spectacular 2 year
old complex. Priced under $300,000. CRAIG
ABBOTT, PREMIER PROPERTIES 383-1990.
HOLMES BEACH 3/2, w/den, fireplace, POOL,
deep CANAL, near Intracoastal, seawall, davits,
$189,000. Call Fred or Brenda Katz 778-7980 Pru-
dential Florida Realty.
HOLMES BEACH 6/4,2 story, wAarge family room, fire-
place, decks, POOL, seawall, boat lift, near Intracoastal,
deep CANAL, extras! $399,000. Call Fred or Brenda
Katz 778-7980 Prudential Florida Realty.
DUPLEX ON INTRACOASTAL! Deep water dock-
age! Great view! Bradenton Beach. 2 story, 2/1,
garage, seawall, recently remodeled! $155,000.
PERICO BAY CLUB 3/2,2033 sq ft, 2nd floor, heat
& A/C, sun room. All upgrades. $145,000. Owner
WATERFRONT LOT MARINA ISLE, Holmes
Beach, exceptional Island community. Ready to
build. Act fast...this is the only remaining lot avail-
able. $187,500. Call Jeannie or Judy. 778-5445,
778-3806. Jean Holmes Realty.
SEASIDE BEACH HOUSE CONDO Directly on
beach at 68th St, Holmes Beach. Spectacular Gulf
view. 2/1.5 with built-in furniture. One of only ten
luxury units. $175,000. Owner (212) 966-5007.
NEEDED: Wheel chair equipped home for handi-
capped buyer. Yvonne Higgins Real Estate 778-1999.
TOWNHOUSE 2BR, excellent location, freshly
decorated. $93,850. Yvonne Higgins Real Estate
BAY FRONT home, panoramic bird's eye view of In-
tracoastal Waterway, islands, bridges and mainland.
3BR, quality built newer home in natural island setting.
Yvonne Higgins Real Estate. 778-1999.
LOW COST health insurance. $10,000,000. On the
job coverage, small groups, prescriptions included.
Preferred provider hospitals. Over 10 years expe-
rience. Call 778-2324.
HOW TO PLACE A CLASSIFIED
CLASSIFIED RATES: Minimum $3.00 for up to 3
lines. Classifieds need to be placed in person at
5400A Marina Drive, Island Shopping Center, near
D. Coy Ducks. For more information call 778-7978.
Carpentry, Concrete, Aluminum and Screening Service
Rotted Wood Repair Specialist
High in Quality Not in Price Will Beat Any Written Estimate
30 Years Exp. Call Frank 753-7757
Anna Maria Pest Control
CALL (813) 778-1630 LU.No.4467
IACR ..ACR Combined
R~ Services Inc.
LAWN Commercial Residential
SERVICE -- Yard Clean Up Plantings
Free Estimates 778-9665
ROOF OWNERS ...
Your present roof can be
Mobile homes, gravel and tile. Self-cleaning
and mildew resistant.
ATLAS HOME IMPROVEMENTS, INC.
Lic. #16750.001 925-1640
of Florida, Inc. Rxoo65455
SOFFIT & FASCIA
778-7074 Financing Available
* Free Estimates
Commercial & Residential
24-Hr Service -
No Overtime Charges!
778-3924 or 778-4461
"Remember, it pays and saves to get a second estimate."
5508 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach (RF0038118)
s < BOOKKEEPING
1 AW YEAR
1 I:;M TROUNDI
? TAX SERVICE
503 Manatee Avenue W.
Shirley Otey, E. A.
Licensed by the U. S. Government to
represent taxpayers before the IRS
24-Hour Emergency Service
We are a full service
Electrical Service Changes
5345 GULF DRIVE, SUITE 100
HOLMES BEACH, FL 34217
WILL BURNS OWNER (813) 778-7774 1ic. #ER0010206
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ESCARGOTS (French escargots served with chopped mushrooms,
garlic butter, topped with grated cheese and broiled until
bubb ly ) ........................................................................................ 5.95
G A RUC BREA D ................................................................................ 2.25
with mozzarella cheese add........................................................50
POTATO WEDGES (Deep fried and smothered with melted cheese
and bacon bits) .......................................................................... 2.50
MEXICAN SKINS (Half skins deep fried, filled with chili topped with
shredded cheese) ........................................................................... 2.95
O N IO N RIN G S .....................................................................................2.50
CRAB CAKE (A single crab cake with lettuce & tomato or garnish
& tarta r sa uc e) ............................................................................ 2.95
NACHOS (With cheese sauce, jalapenos & salsa)....................... 3.25
NACHOS SUPREME (Large platter of crisp nacho chips topped
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crea m on the side)..................................................................... 5.25
CHILI (By the bowl topped with shredded cheese)................. 2.95
CHICKEN WINGS (Hot, medium or mild) ........................................ 3.95
CLAM STRIPS ............................ ( t... 3.95
MOZZARELLA STICKS ................ ..e. 3e.50
BREADED MUSHROOMS.......... b etwh 3.50
BREADED POPCORN SHRIMP.. a dppng ,Ouce) 4.95
SHRIM P CO C KTA IL ................................................ ........................ .95
BUFFA LO SHRIM P ................................................ ......... .................... .95
STEAMED SHRIMP .......................................... 1/2 dozen .............5.25
STEAMED CLAMS................................................ 1 dozen .................7.95
STEAMED OYSTERS-..........................................1... dozen ................. 7.95
OYSTERS ROCKEFELLER..................................... 1/2 dozen .............5.95
STEAMED MUSSELS (when available) ..............1 dozen .................6.95
CHIKEN FINGER BASKET w/ French Fries .......................................4.95
FRENCH BREAD AND BLrTTER............................................................. 50
HOUSE SALAD............................1.95 FRENCH FRIES ................1.50
COLE SLAW..................................1.25 BAKED POTATO ............... 1.50
VEG ETABLE O F THE DAY ......:......................................................... 1.50
CREAMY CLAM CHOWDER.................Cup 1.95............. Bowl 2.50
SOUP OF THE DAY .................................Cup 1.75............. Bowl 2.25
FRENC H O NIO N SO UP .................................................................... 2.95
GUMBO (when available)...................Cup -2.25..............Bowl -2.95
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CRAB CAKE SANDWICH ....................................................................4.95
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HOMEMADE PECAN CRUNCH APPLE PIE .... ................... 2.50
C ARRO T C AKE....................................................................................2.50
C HEESE C A KE ..........................................................: .................... 2.50
W ITH TO PPIN G ....................................................................................2.75
COFFEE (bottomless cup) ............................................ ...... .95
M ILK .................................................................................................... 1.25
TEA, Hot or Iced (bottom less cup) ................................................... .95
SO D A ................................................................................................... 1.00
TRY A ROTTEN RALPH'S AFTER DINNER COFFEE .............................3.95
Hot coffee with Bailey's, Kahkla. Creme de Cacao and whipped
For parties of 6 or more a 15% gratuity
will be added to your check.
VISA & MASTERCARD ACCEPTED
We do provide a non-smoking area.
Please, for the dining comfort of other customers,
no pipes or cigars.
Full Bar Open Dally
FISHERMAN'S PLATTER (Shrimp, scallops, grouper and your
choice of crab cake or oysters deep fried)........................13.95
SHRIMP SCAMPI (8 large shrimp sauteed In our own blend of
herb seasoned garlic butter) .................................................. 11.95
FRIED SHRIMP (8 large shrimp dipped in our own light batter
and dee p fried ) ......................................................................1... 1.95
FRIED SCALLOPS (Lightly breaded and deep fried).................11.95
SAUTEED SCALLOPS (Sea scallops sauteed in garlic butter and
h e rb s) ........................................................................................ 1 1.95
CLAM STRIP DINNER (10 ozs clam strips lightly breaded and deep
frie d ) ............................................................................................. 8 .9 5
CRAB CAKE DINNER (Two of our homemade crab cakes dipped
in a ligh batter and deep fried) ................................................ 8.95
FRIED OYSTER DINNER (8 Lightly breaded oysters deep fried) ...........
.............. .............................. I .. ..... ........................................................ 10 .9 5
GROUPER DINNER (Fried, broiled or blackened).......................12.95
SNOW CRAB CLUSTERS (Two or three clusters depending on
size steamed and served with melted butter)....................13.95
CHICKEN STRIP DINNER (with honey mustard sauce)..................7.95
STEAK RIBS CHICKEN
NEW YORK STEAK (12 ozs. choice beef, trimmed & grilled to your
liking ..........................................................................;.................. 12 .95
STEAK & MUSHROOM PIE (Tender pieces of beef slowly oven
cooked with mushrooms in a rich brown sauce and topped with
puff pa stry) ........................................... ................................... 8.95
STEAK & KIDNEY PIE (Tender pieces of beef & kidney, slow
cooked in the oven. Served in a rich brown Burgundy sauce
and topped with puff pastry) ...........:.......................................9.95
DANISH BABY BACK RIBS (A full rock, delicately seasoned and
grilled with a light coating of our own B.B.Q. sauce).............11.95
CHICKEN POT PIE (Boneless chicken breast diced and blended
in a light cream sauce with carrots, celery, corn and peas.
Served in casserole with a delicate puff pastry top) ...............8.95
ANNA MARIA CHICKEN (Two boneless, skinless chicken breasts
marinated and grilled to perfection and served with honey
m ustard sauce)........................................................................... 9.95
ALL DINNERS SERVED MRH COLESLAW AND YOUR CHOICE OF
FRENCH FRIES. RICE PILAF OR BAKED POTATO.
BEFORE 9:00 p.m. PLEASE
OYSTER POT (2 dozen oysters) ..................................................... 15.95
CLAM POT (2 dozen clams).............................................................15.95
SEAWALL STEAMER POT FOR 2 dozenn oysters, 1 dozen clams,
6 large shrim p) ......................................................................... 19.95
SNOW CRAB POT FOR 2 (1 dozen oysters, 1 dozen dams, 6 large
shrim p, 2 crab clusters) ............................................................ 26.95
ALL *POTS" INCLUDED STEAMED VEGETABLES.
(Potato, corn cobs, celery, carrots and onions.)
PLEASE ALLOW 30 MINUTES PREPARATION TIME.
$ 1.00 PLATE CHARGE FOR SHARING
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