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THE BEST NEWS ON ANNA MARIA ISLAND
That was the year that was
By Laura Dart
The year is over, and what a year it was.
It was the year the most expensive house to be built
on the Island started construction and the most expensive
boat fire occurred at Galati Marine.
The year a monument to two teenagers killed near the
Manatee Avenue bridge appeared and disappeared, with
an ever-changing location proposed for the Manatee Pub-
And certainly, it was the year of The Bridge.
The year was filled with controversy over the 65-foot
fixed-span bridge from the mainland to the Island at Mana-
ordered by judge
The final chapter for Rock/David Pete Reynard's
Restaurant Inc., operator of Shucker's Dockside Grill,
formerly Pete Reynard's Restaurant, will unfold Jan.14 on
the Manatee County courthouse steps. The restaurant is
located at 5325 Marina Drive in Holmes Beach.
Therestaurant's foreclosure was orderedby Judge Scott
Brownell on Dec. 16. The restaurant property including fur-
nishings, equipment, supplies, merchandise and fixtures will
be auctioned off at 11:00 am. on the steps of the Manatee
County Courthouse. The restaurant's state alcohol license will
be auctioned separately at the same time.
Troubles began for David Rittoff, president of Rock/
David, in February of this year when previous owners An-
thony A. Tatakis and Eleanor Reynard Tatakis filed suit
against Rock/David for failure to make mortgage payments
since May 1, 1992. According to the suit, Rock/David owed
$1.6 million, plus interest and costs, at that time.
In May of this year, Rock/David filed a petition to
reorganize its finances under Chapter 11 of the federal
The Reynards, Pete and Eleanor, took over the restau-
rant on October 26, 1954. It was built in the early 1950s
by a group of 20 or more investors including members of
the Holmes family and was originally called the Holmes
S Beach Yacht Club.
tee Avenue. Many Islanders were vocal and adamant against
the bridge, and finally gained a publichearing, to no avail. De-
spite die-hard attempts to stop the plans by members of SAM
(Save Anna Maria), the Florida Department of Transportation
approved its construction.
The debate is continuing with permitting still to come
from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and
the Coast Guard. The New Year will be alive with more
bridge debates and controversies.
It was the year of the beach renourishmentprogram with
the creation of 4.6 miles of desperately needed shoreline from
south Bradenton Beach to 76th Street in Holmes Beach.
It was also the year of a freighter collision resulting in an
oil spill off Egmont Key which threatened to damage the
renourished beach, surrounding waters and wildlife.
An uncontested election in Bradenton Beach was
countered by a ten-candidate election in Holmes Beach.
It was the year of the "No-Name Storm" that pum-
meled the Island.
It was the year of the first reported rabid raccoon and
a lost 10-foot long python.
From the most turtle hatchlings ever to the new 779
telephone prefix, the year was certainly one thing it was
a year to remember. Remember the old with fondness and
welcome the new with anticipation.
For a more detailed look at 1993, see page 8.
With 1993 all but a
memory, and 1994 looming
ahead, Harmony and Alana
Feldmen, residents of
Holmes Beach, light a New
Year's candle. We at the
Islander Bystander join the
FeldmnAs in wishing
every e a safe and
prospe us new year.
Islander hoto courtesy
Islander Photo: Paul Roar
After years of controversy, the three erosion control groins in Bradenton Beach appear destined for repair prior to
being reopened to the public. Manatee County Commissioners have approved the repair work and apparently are
willing to accept liability for use of the piers, the sticking point behind the facilities' closure. The piers, off Cortez
Beach, are popular fishing, diving and surfing spots. Work has been ongoing at the Manatee Public Beach pier in
Holmes Beach to bring that structure up to safety standards.
The fix is in!
Candidate qualification ends
in Anna Maria City,
surprise announcement in
Holmes Beach, page 3
SKIMMING THE NEWS ...
How safe is the Ringling Bridge? Page 2
Tug/barge/bridge collision ........... Page 3
More motel rooms? .................... Page 4
Bridge ammo mounts ................ Page 5
Opinions .................................... Page 6
The Way We Were ..................... Page 7
Year in review ............................ Page 8
Announcements ....................... Page 10
School....................................... Page 14
Stir-it-up .................................... Page 16
Obituaries ............................. Page 17
Helping Santa ....................... Page 18
Lottery wiz.............................. Page 19
Outdoors ......................... Page 22-23
DECEMBER 30, 1993
BEST WISHES FOR 1994
I~ PAGE 2 E DECEMBER 30, 1993 E THE ISLANDER BYSTANDER
Opening 41 st Street goes to permitting stage
By Pat Copeland
The Holmes Beach City Council last week approved
of the drainage plan presented by 41st Street property
owner Dave Moynihan for the opening of 41st Street and
instructed him to proceed with Swiftmud permitting. He
will be aided by Public Works Supervisor John
The plan presented by lot owners on the street, nearly
a year ago, is to shell the street to provide access to lots
on the platted but unimproved street. Improvements are
contingent on a drainage plan required by Swiftmud.
In April, council agreed to pay one third of the cost,
not to exceed $3,000. However since that time, the cost
has escalated due to Southwest Florida Water Manage-
ment District (Swiftmud) regulations.
Councilwoman Carol Whitmore felt the city should
still share in one third of the cost, even if it exceeds $3,000.
She said the city holds some responsibility in opening the
road, because residents are paying taxes on buildable lots.
City Clerk Leslie Ford said a budget amendment
would be required if the city's share exceeds $3,000.
Council persons Mary Ellen Reichard and Rich
Bohnenberger said the city's portion should be limited to
City attorney Patricia Petruff said it is not the city's
responsibility to open the road.
Petruff explained, "Being a platted lot of record does
not put any responsibility on the city. Those persons who
bought lots on an unplatted street of record knew that
existed when they chose to buy those lots. It's not the city
that's calling it a buildable lot. The purchase price of the
lots reflected the condition. If someone disputes the valu-
ation of his property, there is an appeal procedure."
Property owner Ken Rickett said the city should be
responsible for obtaining the permitting.
Petruff said the city should appoint Moynihan as its
agent to proceed with obtaining permitting for the project
Whitmore protested, "That's not what we told these
people. At the last two meetings we all agreed that the city
has some responsibility as far as Swiftmud and permitting
is concerned. We said Moynihan wasn't qualified to do
this, and as a service to the taxpayers of the city we were
going to provide this service."
Councilman Chairman Don Howard said the council
doesn't need to address the question of cost at this time
because the new cost has yet to be determined.
In other business, council voted to direct Mayor Pat
Geyer to select the option for repair of the Key Royale
Bridge after information on each option's longevity is
received from engineers. The cost of one option is $70,000
and the other is $110,000.
Council passed a resolution to institute an employee
Mike Peterson of the
Florida Department of
Transportation, left, and
Bradenton Beach Public
Works Director Buddy
Watts survey a late-model
VW Fox that ended up in
Anna Maria Sound near
Coquina Beach last
Wednesday. Police said
the vehicle was reported
stolen from Bradenton
earlier in the day.
Islander Photos; Paul Roat
Mike Peterson had been hearing so much
about Leffis Key that he decided to take a look at
the island southeast of Bradenton Beach.
But Peterson, an engineer with the Florida
Department of Transportation, got more than he
bargained for when he stopped at the boat ramp
just north of the island last Wednesday.
"I first thought it might be some kind of arti-
ficial reef," Peterson said of the black VW Fox
that was floating in Anna Maria Sound. "Then I
figured I'd better call somebody."
The vehicle, police discovered, had been re-
ported stolen from Bradenton only hours earlier.
Police surmised the thieves drove the car into the
water at the boat ramp. When Peterson arrived and
discovered the.car, it was floating about 30 feet
from the ramp, gently bobbing just below the
Divers from the Manatee County Sheriffs De-
partment attached cables to the vehicle, and a tow
truck operator winched the car to solid ground.
Police have no suspects in the car's.theft and
DEP questions safety of Ringling Bridge, too
By Paul Roat
Environmental regulators are vowing to fight con-
struction of a 65-foot fixed-span bridge to replace the ex-
Curfew for Island kids?
By Laura Dart
Next year, a proposal for a statewide curfew will
come up before the Florida Legislature. The proposal
will mandate that unsupervised children under the age
of 16 must be off the streets after 10:00 p.m. on week-
days and after 11:00 p.m. on weekends.
Presently, none of the three Island cities have
mandatory curfews for juveniles, and do not have
plans to implement any.
Holmes Beach Acting Police Chief Jay Romine
said he would be very surprised to see the law pass.
Romine said, "The curfew would certainly help with
the juveniles, but essentially the problem lies with
parents not knowing where their children are and
what they are doing."
isting Ringling Causeway Bridge.
Florida Department of Environmental Protection Envi-
ronmental Specialist George Craciun said the department "is
recommending in writing that a compromise to a 45-foot
drawbridge be reached." Concerns have been raised about the
higher bridge being less safe in high winds.
DEP has turned over the environmental permitting of
the Ringling Causeway Bridge to the Southwest Florida
Water Management District (Swiftmud) in the wake of a
departmental reorganization earlier this year. The weight
of DEP's objections to the Ringling Bridge is uncertain.
DEP retains permitting power for a similar-sized
bridge to Anna Maria Island, and has to date refused per-
mits for the bridge for safety reasons.
National Hurricane Center Director Bob Sheets has
written that winds are much higher across roadbeds of 65-
foot bridges than on roadways for lower structures. Based
on Sheets' statement, DEP officials have requested addi-
tional wind studies for the Anna Maria bridge, and have
denied permits for construction of the structure.
The same information will need to be provided prior
to permitting of the Sarasota bridge.
During the "no-name" storm March 13, a car became
airborne on a 65-foot bridge near Cocoa, Florida. The
vehicle was slammed against a guardrail, careened across
the bridge deck and flew over another guardrail, landing
upside down on the embankment. The driver was killed.
In November 1989, a Michigan judge ordered the
Mackinac Bridge Authority to pay $1.1 million to an In-
diana couple after they suffered serious injuries in a high
wind accident there on a 210-foot bridge. The judge de-
clared the authority negligent in not warning motorists of
high wind dangers.
The authority later installed signs that include caution
warnings at 20 mph winds for all vehicles. At 35 mph,
police escort high-profile vehicles across the bridge. At 65
mph winds, no vehicular traffic is allowed on the
Florida Department of Transportation officials hope
to build a new $35 million Ringling Causeway Bridge in
1997-98. The new span will be north of the current bridge,
forcing the relocation of the Tony Saprito Fishing Pier.
The bridge will have a center clearance of 65 feet, and
have a bridge deck of about 75 feet.
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THE ISLANDER BYSTANDER N DECEMBER 30, 1993 1 PAGE 3 [II
IN SEARCH OF PUBLIC OFFICE
Bohnenberger to run for
mayor in Holmes Beach
Holmes Beach Councilman Rich Bohnenberger
turned in his resignation Dec. 22 in order to run for mayor
in the city's March 8 election. His resignation is effective
on election day.
Bohnenberger, who was elected to council in March
of 1993, said, "I think it's a formidable job. I feel quali-
fied for the job and I think I can do it well. I've had a lot
of encouragement in the community.
"I've been preparing myself for higher office some-
time in the future, but sometimes the future is today. I
haven't seen anyone coming forth to run and I wanted to
get my name out there first."
Bohnenberger said he feels that being a member of
council is not a prerequisite to being mayor but the expe-
rience is very valuable.
"All the action is with the council, but the mayor is
the city manager," he said. "I think formal training for the
mayor and other administrators of the city is needed."
Bohnenberger is enrolled in the Leadership Manatee
program and has successfully completed a portion of the
certified public manager's program through the Univer-
sity of South Florida. In January, he is scheduled to attend
the Institute for Elected Municipal Officials through the
Florida League of Cities arid the Florida Institute of Gov-
... and the candidates for Anna Maria are:
It's official: the books are closed and qualifying
for next Feb. 8 Anna Maria City election is over.
A field of six candidates, including all the incum-
bents, will seek office to the available three council
and mayor's seats.
For Mayor, incumbent Ray Simches will seek
another term of office. He is being challenged by
former Commissioner George McKay, who resigned
from his commission seat last week to seek the
Seeking re-election are Doug Wolfe, the vice
mayor, and Max Znika. Challenging the incumbents
are Leon Kramer, one of the founders of the Save
Anna Maria group, and Chuck Shumard, director of
the Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch.
The candidates receiving the largest number of
votes will be the winners.
The Islander Bystander will sponsor a candi-
dates' forum on Wednesday, Jan. 26, at 7 p.m. in
Anna Maria City Hall.
Barge bash closes Longboat Bridge
Inconvenience without injuries was the result of a pre- owned by Gulf Construction Group, Inc. of Panama City.
dawn collision of a runaway barge and the Longboat Pass U.S. Coast Guard divers and Florida Department of
Bridge Wednesday. Transportation officials certified the bridge safe after in-
The bridge was closed to vehicular traffic for about 3 1/ specting the damage, and reopened the span to traffic
2 hours after a barge and tugboat broke moorings and ca- about 9:30 a.m.
reened off the bridge at about 6 am. No one was injured in The vessels apparently broke loose from moorings
the collision, which resulted in minor damage to pier supports. during a series of thunderstorms that passed through in
Workers have been repairing the fender system and draw front of a cold front Wednesday.
of the bridge for about five months. The barge and tug are No damage estimates have as yet been compiled.
to run for mayor in
Anna Maria City
Anna Maria City Commissioner George McKay re-
signed his seat on the commission last week in order to run
for mayor in the city's Feb. 8 election.
McKay, 49, of Iris Street, said he wants to change the
way the city does business with the public. He added that
he believed that a difference in personalities between him-
self and Mayor Ray Simches will be a deciding factor in
McKay's decision to run for mayor came at a cost of
forfeiting his seat on the commission. City codes require
a commissioner to resign from office to qualify to run for
the mayor's position.
McKay resigned Tuesday, and qualified to run for
mayor the next day.
The Islander Bystander will sponsor a candidates fo-
rum Wednesday, Jan. 26 at 7 p.m. in the Anna Maria City
Anna Maria City
Wednesday, 1/5: 7:30 p.m. Special Meeting on
Chapter 24, Beach Ordinances
Tuesday, 1/4: 7:30 p.m. Council Meeting
Tuesday, 1/4: 7 p.m. Community
Redevelopment Agency Meeting
Anna Maria City Hall will be closed Friday,
Dec. 31, for the New Year holiday. Bradenton
Beach will be closed Friday, Dec. 31, and
Holmes Beach City Hall will be closed
Monday, Jan. 3.
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IID PAGE 4 0 DECEMBER 30, 1993 0 THE ISLANDER BYSTANDER
Council clears way for more Holmes Beach motel rooms
By Pat Copeland
The Holmes Beach City Council has agreed to re-
move hotel/motel from the definition of dwelling unit in
the A-1 district, but a means of limiting the number of
hotel/motel units has yet to be determined.
The situation came to light at the Dec. 9 work session
when City Attorney Patricia Petruff told council that un-
der existing regulations, motels may be able to rebuild at
a density of 60 units per floor per acre. The density of
dwelling units is 10 per acre.
Petruff recommended clarifying the definitions of the
two types of units and said council could also add lan-
guage to limit the number of hotel/motel units that can be
built or re-built.
In a special work session last week, Petruff presented
a draft ordinance removing hotel/motel from the defini-
tion of dwelling unit. Councilman Rich Bohnenberger
asked her what criteria would limit the number of motel
rooms with this change.
Petruff said the only criteria currently in the code are
One of the Island's fine featured friends surveys his
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Islander Photo: Jeannie Friedman
minimum parcel size, yard requirements, minimum
square footage for motel rooms, off-street parking, spac-
ing of buildings, buffering, maximum percentage of lot to
be occupied and concurrency requirements.
Bohnenberger asked if the council could place a limit
on the number of motel rooms "without it just being an
Petruff replied, "When you are looking at a land use,
if you do not give someone a use of property, then the city
has taken the property from the person. An owner of land
is not authorized to have what they consider the highest
and best use of the property. In setting restrictions on use
of property, you can use your best judgment in terms of
what is appropriate for your city."
Petruff pointed out that if the council is reluctant to limit
the number of rooms, it could "put additional standards and
criteria in the code. For instance, you could require them to
have some type of recreational facilities. Another option is to
specify that they have to have a certain percentage of open
space. This is your decision to make."
Councilwoman Mary Ellen Reichard noted, "Ten
units may be too small for a business, but we certainly
don't want to increase density."
Councilwomen Carol Whitmore and Billie Martini
were also concerned about increasing density. Petruff said
they are confusing density with intensity, and commercial
uses are considered intensity of use.
Martini said she felt that prior councils wanted mo-
tels to be limited to 10 units per acre.
City Clerk Leslie Ford read letters from former Coun-
cilwomen Betty Hill and Mary Mond on the subject.
Hill wrote, "The proposal to increase density in the A-
1 district is absolutely amazing. It flies in the face of one
of the main directives the city received from the state in
developing the comprehensive plan, namely 'direct the
population away from the coast.'
"In the late 1960s, the density in the A-i district was
36 units to an acre. Over the past 25 years, wise councils
have gradually reduced that density to the current status.
Can you imagine what we would be living with today if
the entire beach front area was built to that density?'
Mond wrote, "As a council person who worked on
the comprehensive plan, I do not feel that the wording
contained in the plan places any restrictions on the num-
ber of units allowed or to density requirements in the ho-
tel/motel district. All references are made to lowering of
density requirements of residential family dwelling units."
Planning Commissioner Bruce Golding, who was also
on the commission when the comprehensive plan was devel-
oped, noted, "When we did the last plan, it was pretty clear
in my mind that a unit was a unit regardless of the district, and
the 10 units per acre applied throughout the city."
Martini and Reichard felt the planning commission
should study the question. Council agreed to hold a work
session with the planning commission at 7 p.m. on Jan. 6.
Holmes Beach resident Bob Van Wagoner felt council
would not have enough time at the work session for public
comment and urged council to schedule a time for such feed-
back before reaching the ordinance stage. He also asked coun-
cil why the subject was being addressed at this time.
"All of a sudden it is in the public domain and I don't
think anybody understands how it happened," he said.
Mayor Pat Geyer responded.
"Through talking with the attorney. The attorney sug-
gested the definition be changed."
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Island Transportation Planning Organization
members received additional ammunition for the fight
against the high, fixed-span bridge planned to replace
the Anna Maria Bridge at Manatee Avenue.
A citizen advisory group has recommended to the
ITPO itself an advisory group to the bi-county Met-
ropolitan Planning Organization that bridge plans
be halted "for an indefinite period all approvals of
major new transportation infrastructure on or to Anna
Maria Island, including bridges, until the three Island
cities have the opportunity granted to them under the
new ELMS Law to plan their own vision of their trans-
portation needs and capacities for the future and that
the MPO rescind, for the same period, any approval of
plans made earlier, such as for the high, fixed bridge
along Manatee Avenue, which would impact on the
Island severely, and about which our citizens are
strenuously concerned, and for which there is no cur-
By Pat Copeland
The Holmes Beach City Council has directed its at-
torney to revise the city's setback requirements by remov-
ing differentiations between one and two-story setbacks
in all districts.
Council learned of a problem with side setback re-
quirements when a resident applied to add a second story
and challenged Public Works Supervisor John Fer-
nandez's interpretation of the code.
At last week's work session, Council Chairman Don
Howard explained that the side setbacks for new residential
structures are 10 feet for a one-story structure and 15 feet for
a two-story structure. According to Fernandez, if a second
story is added to a conforming structure, the entire building,
not just the addition, must have a side setback of 15 feet
However, on a non-conforming structure, it is pos-
sible to add a second story with a side setback of 15 feet.
City attorney Patricia Petruff told council of three
options to address the problem.
"Your first option is to have one set of front, side and
rear setbacks regardless of whether it's one or two stories,"
rent, critical need."
The ELMS Law Environmental Land Manage-
ment Study allows municipalities and counties to de-
velop long-range plans for the future.
Citizen Advisory Committee Chair Bob
VanWagoner said "the people on the Island are being
muzzled" by MPO representatives, and that Islanders
"have been blocked by parliamentary procedure, most
of it out of order."
The CAC recommendation approved by the
ITPO will be presented at the regional transportation
planning meeting Jan. 24.
VanWagoner and the CAC will also contact the
Florida Department of Transportation to inquire of
other pilot programs for public transit on and to the Is-
land. "This is not a revival of the 'trolley' proposal, but
of an adaptation which would serve our citizens and
mainland visitors alike," VanWagoner said.
she offered. "Your second option would be to have the
stair step approach where the second story would be
brought in to meet that 15-foot or additional setback. The
third option would be to leave it and those who want to
remodel a house that was built to the existing one-story
setbacks would have to go out instead of up."
Councilwoman Carol Whitmore felt the setbacks
should be standardized as in the City of Anna Maria.
Noting the wide variety of setback requirements
throughout the city, Fernandez said, "Setbacks were done
to please the public to give light, space and air between
buildings. I feel we're looking at a lot of aesthetics."
In a letter to council, former Councilwoman Betty Hill
wrote, "Reducing setbacks would be a big mistake. Imagine
two two-story houses (elevated so that means three stories)
side by side. They could string their clothesline between the
buildings ala New York tenement. The need for light, air and
open space is being forgotten. Overbuilding sweating the
land is what this is called. It can be seen all over the east
coast of Florida. It certainly can be nothing but detrimental."
The ordinance to revise setback requirements will
have its first reading at the Jan. 4 council meeting.
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Drainage and traffic patterns are some of the first items
being addressed by a new multi-governmental task force
charged with coming up with solutions to problems along
The 789 Task Force will not consider any widening
of the roadway, Manatee County Commissioner Stan
Stephens said during the group's meeting last Wednesday.
"The intent of the group is not to deal with the issues of
bridges or widening the roadway," he said.
Drainage is one of the biggest problems on the road-
way, Manatee County Engineer Wayne Roberts said. He
has reviewed the condition of Gulf Drive and said the
areas near the S-curves near 13th Street South and at
20th Street North present the biggest problems.
Channelization of water along a curb-and-gutter system
to retention ponds may be one solution to the road flood-
ing, Roberts said, but additional property may need to be
acquired to accommodate the ponds.
Roberts said he hoped to work with the Southwest
Florida Water Management District in their efforts to
develop an Island-wide stormwater management plan. All
three cities have endorsed the Swiftmud plan, which
should begin early next year.
Architect Richard Fawley said an additional problem
was the high water table on the Island. For ponds to be
effective, he observed, the water would need to be retained
inside berms at higher elevations almost above ground.
Traffic operations seem to revolve around intersec-
tions. Both the Cortez Road and Manatee Avenue inter-
sections at Gulf Drive present the biggest problems in traf-
fic congestion on the Island. Roberts said one solution
would be to expand the acceleration lanes.
Other areas to be addressed by the group will be land-
scaped medians, bike paths and future land use.
Also to be discussed will be the county planned im-
provements to Cortez Beach, including beach vegetation
and dune walkovers.
Holmes Beach to revise setbacks
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NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a GEN-
ERAL ELECTION will be held in the City of
Holmes Beach on Tuesday, March 8, 1994,
from 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM.
This election is being held for the purpose of
electing two (2) Council members for two year
terms of office each, one Council member for an
unexpired term of one year, and a Mayor for a
two year term of office.
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that petitions
may be filed to have the names of candidates
placed on the ballot from noon on January 4,
1994 through noon January 18, 1994. All can-
didates must comply with the Florida Public Dis-
closure Law at the time of filing.
All precincts will vote at the Island Library,
5701 Marina Drive.
Voter registration books will be open at City
Hall from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., Monday
through Friday, through February 7, 1994.
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Opponents of the 65-foot bridge better hope they can
prove that, when people driving cars and high-profile
vehicles on the bridge encounter high winds and are
blown off the bridge, they fall on the fish and manatees
and kill them.
It's the only hope they have that the Florida Depart-
ment of Environmental Protection will be able to stop the
Florida Department of Transportation from building a 65-
foot-high bridge on Manatee Avenue.
A meeting will be held January 6 between the "killer
Ds" DEP and DOT that may have a profound ef-
fect on Islanders.
Many residents, concerned about the bridge proposed
to replace the existing Anna Maria Island Bridge, are upset
about rumors of the upcoming meeting.
The railroad vine has been buzzing.
First we heard that Dr. Richard Garrity, director of
district management with DEP, will be "involved" in the
meeting with DOT.
DEP staff have to date been involved in the permit-
ting process for the bridge, including Environmental Su-
pervisor George Craciun and Engineer Early Sorenson.
The pair have led the charge at the previous meetings in-
volving high wind effects on traffic on the proposed new
high bridge, and have been instrumental in DEP's "intent
to deny" the needed permit for the bridge. No permit, no
bridge, in short.
Garrity was present at only one of the four meetings
to date, the first meeting Feb. 19, 1993.
Bob Stetler, DEP program administrator under
Garrity, says DEP continues to believe the northern align-
ment will minimize seagrass impacts and that, according
to information provided by DOT, they are led to believe
the northern alignment is still feasible.
But Stetler also says safety on the 65-foot-bridge is
less of an issue in the review of the environmental permit.
"We won't address the safety of the 65-foot bridge unless
it is directly related to environmental resources and wa-
ter use at the site," he said. "It must relate to specific uses
of the water and effects such as shading on seagrass."
When asked who will be concerned with the safety of
people on the bridge, he replied, "that would be the re-
sponsibility of emergency coordinators in the area."
Sounds like DOT slides on safety. In spite of the fact that
there are no studies to prove the high bridges safe, DOT en-
gineers have signed off on the plans and, as DOT District
Secretary David May says, "We will build that bridge."
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Happy holidays from
the Island Poet
Christmas greetings to all you folks,
For your comments on my poems and jokes.
Some of them were good and some were bad,
But you can never believe the fun I've had.
So on this birthday of our Christ,
I want to wish you all things nice.
Bud Atteridge, The Island Poet
Can't use theirs?
Re: "Art versus privacy," Dec. 16.
If you artists need an alternativebeach house to paint,
feel free to use mine.
"Coffee's on" and there will be less stress from the
Paul T. Collins, Holmes Beach
The recent talk of consolidating some Island services,
as well as the FDOT and Manatee County government's
pushing the overwhelmingly opposed bridge upon Island-
ers, has spurred my imagination.
I can see "Island County," a single government con-
sisting of Anna Maria Island and maybe other close is-
lands. We could have a government elected by and re-
sponsive to our residents and not be at the whim of unsym-
pathetic mainlanders. We could deal with the state on our
This may not be as wild an idea as one might think.
Let's watch the efforts of Jacksonville Beach, Neptune
Beach and Atlantic Beach as they attempt to form "Ocean
County." Hilton Head Island, S. C., is also considering in-
Even the United States is a product of secession. With
our Island's high property values and tax base it could
even provide financial gains.
The future of our Island should lie in the hands of Is-
landers and we must consider any opportunity for self-
government. Dreams can sometimes come true.
Clark Leips, Holmes Beach
Bars and church don't mix
Times are a-changing. Gays in the military ... sex on
television ...a church service at the Sandbar. A church
service at the Sandbar?
I remember a time when churches condemned liquor
establishments. I guess you can expect a swizzle stick to
accompany your hymnal this Christmas Eve.
David Mitchell, Anna Maria
Write to the Coast Guard
A recent notice from the United States Coast Guard
advises they will evaluate staggered half-hour openings on
our two bridges from Jan. 1 to Jan. 31,1994.
Now, the rest of the story ...
14 years ago, we concluded that the 30-minute inter-
val staggered between the two bridges the plan to be
studied in January would minimize vehicular stoppage
and maximize vessel transit. Public input to the Coast
Guard included some 89 letters 80 for staggered half-
hour openings and 9 against.
So, the Coast Guard instituted 20-minute interval
openings, which impedes boats and increases auto stop-
page and span wear factors by 50% over the preferred
Since the January test period allows only an absolute
minimum testing period, and the Coast Guard has indi-
cated that timing will revert to the fiasco we now endure
in correspondence to the Department of Transportation,
we must assume it is politically inspired.
In the Federal Register, the USCG falsified the dis-
tance (2.09 miles) between the bridges mid allude to high
winds, swift currents and hazardous shoaling as justifica-
tion for 20-minute intervals.
In consideration of this and much more, it is incum-
bent on every citizen to write the Coast Guard before Jan.
15, 1994, and conclude with a question of who is sup-
posed to be serving whom!?
Jim Kissick, Bradenton Beach
Letters regarding the 30-minute timed opening
schedule should be addressed to:
7th Coast Guard District
909 Southeast First Avenue
Miami, FL 33131
THOSE WERE THE IAYS
Part 4, Bridges Over Troubled Waters,
I-- by June Alder
Anna Maria Island and Longboat Key might be tied together like Siamese twins
today if the state road department hadn't been thwarted in 1954.
AND IT CAME TO PASS
If the State Roads Department and a
few Anna Maria Island officials had got-
ten their way in 1954, we'd not have the
graceful Longboat Pass bridge of today.
Instead there'd be an
ugly causeway dam-
ming up the pass. Un- There's a loi
less it'd been obliter- Key bashing
ated by one too many nowadays o
There's a lot of subject of br
Longboat Key bash- 1954Anna 1
ing going on nowa- (re
days over the subject(relatively) r
of bridges. But in climber and
1954 Anna Maria was; Key the poo
the (relatively) rich
social climber and
Longboat Key the poor relative.
It was the Longboat folks who were
the "white hats" then, preventing a poten-
tial environmental calamity.
Here's what happened.
Politicians and Chamber of Com-
merce types started to talk about a cause-
way between the two islands in 1949, right
after World War II. A highway zipping
down the Key to Sarasota would surely
"open up" sleepy Longboat to develop-
ment, was how the thinking went.
But when the 50 or so members of the
Longboat Civic Club (sort of the forerun-
ner of the town government that was to
come in 1955) heard the rumors, they
One of the anti-causeway leaders was
Gordon Whitney, owner of a resort near
Longboat- Pass. He had lost 800 feet of
shoreline to erosion caused by the digging
of the Intracoastal Waterway, he and his
neighbors were convinced. So ifLongboat
Pass were plugged up entirely, it would be
The Civic Club campaigned against
the causeway idea for four years. What
they really wanted was a bridge from
Longboat directly to the mainland. But
that wasn't to be.
When a movement for a "five-bridge
package" a $13 million program -
gained momentum, Longboaters sup-
ported it. It would result in three links to
Anna Maria Island (via Cortez, Perico Is-
land and Longboat Key), a second bridge
over the Manatee River (the DeSoto
bridge) and a Braden River bridge.
seemed to forget
of Longboat about the Longboat
going on causeway.
r the Everybody but
dges. But in At the end of
Faria was the 1953 it was revealed
that the SRD was
hi social planning to build a
longboat roadbed 500 feet
relative. wide and a third of a
mile long straight
across Longboat Pass
-but only about 10 feet above sea level.
Well, the Longboat people had a fit.
No hearings were scheduled on the plan.
There were to be no "impact" or "envi-
ronmental" studies. (The ecological era
was two decades in the future.) The
Army Corps of Engineers' sole concern
was whether or not the project would
"present an unreasonable obstruction to
the public rights of navigation."
But at the insistence of the Longboat
group and their allies, the Cortez fisher-
men and recreational boaters, a hearing
was called for March. There was rejoic-
ing when the causeway permit was de-
nied on the basis of the hearing. Nothing
daunted, however, the SRD came back
with another plan for a combination of an
850-foot-long causeway and a draw-
bridge. This plan was approved.
Then came a blow to the bridge ad-
vocates: a lawsuit imperiling the $6 mil-
lion-plus three-bridge plan for Anna
Maria Island. While the bridges were in
limbo the SRD discarded the Longboat
Pass causeway plan for good and all. The
pass would be spanned by a 17-foot-high
bridge about a third of a mile long.
But not until the lawsuit was re-
Next: See you
in court, boys
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1993: YEAR IN REVIEW
By Laura Dart
Nov. 25,1992- The Islander Bystander introduced
itself as the new island newspaper that will serve as "a
public forum on matters pertaining to Anna Maria."
The Episcopal Church of the Annunciation in Holmes
Beach was robbed.
The Holmes Beach City Council meeting was de-
voted to the public's opinion regarding the new Manatee
Jacob Thum of Bradenton was the first recipient of
the Kenny Randall Sportsmanship Award.
Dec. 3, 1992 The first phase of the perpetual beau-
tification project was completed with the "Anna Maria
Island Walk" in Anna Maria City.
An MPO-sanctioned committee was in the process of
being formed in order to take a second look at the pro-
posed new bridge at Manatee Avenue.
Joyce Lazzara of Holmes Beach held an exhibit of her
art work at the Heron's Walk Gallery.
Dec. 10, 1992 The bridges at Manatee and Cortez
Avenues opened at 20-minute intervals instead of the pre-
vious 15-minute schedule due to Coast Guard testing.
The R-4 zone was under debate because it prohibited
the renting of property for under 30 days instead of a
The Privateers sponsored a Christmas Parade and
children's gifts from Santa event on Dec. 12.
A disputed stop sign at the intersection of Gulf and
Palm Drives was nixed due to lack of evidence that a
speeding problem existed at the intersection.
The Anna Maria Island Art League's 1992 Festival
of Fine Arts was held Dec. 5 and 6.
Dec. 17, 1992 Preliminary plans for the remodel-
ing of Anna Maria City Hall were unveiled.
The ITPO passed a resolution opposing the new
The owner of Candy Cain's restaurant in Anna Maria
City brought up the alcohol policy for businesses in that city.
T-back bathing suits were banned in county parks and
on county property.
Dec. 24, 1992 Fast Eddie's restaurant was fore-
closed by its major lien-holder on Dec. 21.
Ed Callen was named Citizen of the Year 1992 in
Anna Maria City.
The preliminary Bridge Street plans for a roundabout
at its intersection with Gulf Drive were introduced.
Bradenton Beach okayed the sanitation rate hike of 13
Dec. 31, 1992 Holmes Beach may have illegally
trimmed two small stands of mangroves flanking 77th
Street at Marina Drive in Holmes Beach.
The Tampa Bay National Estuary Program awarded
Anna Maria City a $1,000 Bay Grant.
Bradenton Beach passed a resolution regarding
beach-user fees for public beaches located in the city.
Jan. 14,1993 A request to rezone an area across
from Gulf Drive Cafe in Bradenton Beach from medium-
high density to residential/office/retail was denied.
The response from a public hearing showed that the
residents of the Island do not want the 65-foot high bridge
proposed from the mainland to the Island at Manatee
The dredge project to renourish 4.6 miles of shoreline
was running ahead of schedule.
Jan. 21,1993 The Anchorage Restaurant opened
Feb. 1 in the defunct Fast Eddie's building.
Ten people qualified to run for three seats on the
Holmes Beach Council.
Key Royale was granted seven new fire hydrants.
Jan. 28,1993 The bridge at Manatee Avenue was
approved by the MPO by a vote of 10-4, despite their
special committee's recommendation to the contrary.
Holmes Beach passed a resolution in opposition to
Bradenton Beach Mayor Katie Pierola was honored
with a park for her contribution to saving the beaches.
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Islander Photo courtesy Kay Hoey
The proposed replacement of the Anna Maria Island Bridge connecting Anna Maria to the.mainland at Manatee
Avenue was the hottest topic of conversation on the Island during the year. Shown here is the same size and type
bridge, a 65-foot, fixed span bridge over the Indian River in Cocoa, Fla. In the foreground is a memorial to a
motorist who was killed when his car was blown off the bridge by the high winds. Opponents of the Anna Maria
Island Bridge cite wind shear as one reason why the proposed bridge should not be built.
*.. +.... .. .; ... . -. .
A freak late-winter storm struck the Island on March 13. Wheel-deep water was present throughout the Island
Wind and high tides caused major damage to the renourished beach south of the Manatee County Public Beach
and Bradenton Beach took some of the hardest pounding during the storm. The jetties along Coquina Beach were
exposed by high tides for the first time in many years.
THE ISLANDER BYSTANDER N DECEMBER 30, 1993 0 PAGE'9 IjW
A pre-dawn collision between a freighter and two
barges on March 10 caused a serious threat to the
ecology of Tampa Bay. One of the barges, carrying 10
million gallons of aviation fuel, burst into flames. The
second barge began leaking heavy crude oil, causing an
oil slick more than 10 miles long. The oil was contained
without major damage to the environment.
Feb. 4, 1993 Bradenton Beach Councilman Jim
Kissick found 16 inconsistencies with the proposed bridge
at Manatee Avenue.
Jack Eganjoined the staff of The Islander Bystander.
The Seay brothers, owners of The Anchorage restau-
rant; were assigned the lease of the Anna Maria City Pier.
Feb. 11, 1993- Anna Maria School was awarded
a $68,000 grant through the Retrofit for Technology Grant
Jeannie Friedman joined the staff of the Islander By-
Fire District Commissioner Jeff Willey resigned his
seat on the commission due to moving outside the district
Feb. 18, 1993 June Alder'joined The Islander
Bystander editorial staff.
Island Heritage Day was held on Feb. 20.
Bradenton Beach Mayor Katie Pierola was named as
the Island representative to the MPO.
Carolyne Norwood received the Leadership Volun-
teer Award from Volunteer Services of Manatee County.
Feb. 25, 1993 The Island became the first regional
barrier island to undergo a study to develop a storm wa-
ter management program.
Potential destruction of seagrass beds stalled permits
for the proposed bridge at Manatee Avenue.
The bridge renourishment project was finished.
The crater, created during the beach renourishment at
the Shell Cove Condominium, was filled after weeks of
squabbling over beachfront property rights.
March 4, 1993 The state DOT knew about the
environmental dangers the proposed bridge at Manatee
Avenue posed yet still used $1 million for studies and
engineering plans for bridge.
A new alcohol ordinance for Anna Maria City was
March 11, 1993- Rich Bohnenberger. Billie Mar-
tini, and Mary Ellen Reichard won Holmes Beach City
The Elementary School Library Committee exceeded
its goal of $8,000 in donations.
March 18, 1993 Foreclosure was filed against
Pete Reynard's Restaurant.
A freak late-winter storm struck Anna Maria Island
causing minimal property damage thanks mainly to the
wide expanse of newly renourished beachfront. The
spring art and craft show, set up behind Holmes Beach
City Hall, was destroyed by rain and flooding.
Anna Maria Commissioner George McKay was re-
placed on the ITPO by Anna Maria City Mayor Ray
March 25, 1993 The owner of the Gulf Drive
Cafe in Bradenton Beach received approval to use his
property for accessory parking.
A $15,000 grant was given to help foot the bill for the
dredging of Lake La Vista in Anna Maria City.
Mayor Katie Pierola cited prejudice against the Island
by the state DOT regarding the proposed bridge at Mana-
April 1, 1993 Pat Copeland joined the editorial
staff of The Islander Bystander.
Islander Photo: Joy Courtney
The year produced a record number of turtle hatchlings ... to the delight of the Anna Maria Turtle Program. Shown
here are a normal hatchling alongside a "light-pigmented" baby loggerhead turtle.
Holmes Beachrequested additional members on the
ITPO, and a request for representation by council mem-
bers instead of mayors was rejected by the other two cit-
April 8, 1993 Prehistoric sites on Perico Island
were brought up as a deterrent to the proposed bridge at
SAM (Save Anna Maria) stories highlighted the issue.
Former workers at Fast Eddie's are feeling neglect
because health insurance, Worker Compensation, etc.,
The beach renourishment program took three
months to complete, and with good weather was
finished far ahead of schedule in late February. The
$13 million project added approximately 150feet of
beach to the Gulf shore from 13th Street South in
Bradenton Beach to 77th Street in Holmes Beach.
Islander Photo: Bonner Presswood
were not paid.
April 15, 1993 Island rumors were put to rest:
Turtles nightclub closed, Pete Reynard's foreclosure was
stalled, and Ed Chiles, owner of the Sandbar Restaurant
bought the Harbor House.
Street parking in Bradenton Beach was made illegal.
Bradenton Beach doubled pier fishing fees from 25
cents to 50 cents.
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The Island Branch Library will be open on Friday, Dec.
31. It will be closed Saturday, Jan. 1, New Year's Day.
Women meet Monday
The Episcopal Church Women of the Church of the
Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Dr., Holmes Beach, will have
Father Ben Barnes of All Angels as the speaker at its
Monday, Jan. 3, meeting.
A business meeting will begin at 10:15 a.m. Lun-
cheon will be served at noon.
Make reservations by calling the church at 778-1638
or by signing up in Lowe Hall before noon on Monday,
Bridge Club at center
The Anna Maria Bridge Club, open for regular play
to residents and visitors alike, will resume play at 12:30
p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 4, at the Anna Maria Island Commu-
Players without partners may attend. The weekly fee
is $1.50 per person.
For more information, call AMICC at 778-1908.
'You Can't Take It With
You' auditions Jan 2
Auditions for the Moss Hart/George S. Kaufman
comedy classic, "You Can't Take It With You," will be
held in the chapel/theater of Roser Community Church
in Anna Maria City on Sunday, Jan. 2, at 7:30 p.m.
Director Dorothy McChesney will cast nine men
and seven women for the Chapel Players production to
be presented the last two weeks in February.
The community is invited to participate.
Adult dance classes
resume at center
Dance instructors Bob and Carole'Lee Schrienk will
resume teaching evening open group dance lessons for
singles and couples at the Anna Maria Island Commu-
nity Center during the first week of January.
Country-western line dancing, including one-step,
two-step, doubles, country and country line dancing, will
be offered Saturdays from 7 to 8 p.m. The fee is $3 for
AMICC members and $4 for non-members.
Ballroom/Latin/Big Band dance classes will be held
Monday from 8 to 9 p.m. The cost is $5 for members
and $6 for non-members.
Annual AMICC memberships, offering discounts
on all courses and programs are: 55 and older, $5; adults,
$10; children, $5 and families, $20.
For more information, call the Center at 778-1908.
Off Stage Ladies to
meet at Seafood Shack
Off Stage Ladies, a support group for the Island
Players, will meet for a luncheon meeting on Wednes-
day, Jan. 12, at the Seafood Shack.
Social hour will start at 11:30 a.m. followed by a
Carolyne Norwood, president of the Anna Maria Is-
land Historical Society, will be the guest speaker. She
will discuss plans for the Anna Maria Island Centennial
Celebration to be held May 20, 21 and 22.
Island militia forming
The first sign-up of the Anna Maria Island militia,
tentatively named the Anna Maria Island Irregulars, will
be held between 1 and 4 p.m. at Westbay Cove, 600
Manatee Ave., Unit 108, Holmes Beach, on New Year's
Day, Jan. 1.
The purpose of the Irregulars is to plan the defense
of the Island against those outside forces seeking to in-
vade it with projects and controls which will stifle the
voice and will of Islanders.
Early sign-ons will become charter members of the
For more information call Bob Van Wagoner at
Shirley MacLaine at Van Wezel
Superstar actress and entertainer Shirley MacLaine
will make her Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall debut in
a high-spirited song and dance revue Monday and
Tuesday, Jan. 17 and 18. Tickets are only available for
the 9:30p.m., Jan. 18performance. Call 1-800-826-
9303 Van Wezel box office in Sarasotafor ticket
Hi-12 to meet
The Anna Maria Hi-12 Club will meet at Shucker's
Restaurant in Holmes Beach on Thursday, Dec. 30.
All Masons are invited to attend.
Cookbooks needed by
The Friends of the Island Branch Library are seeking
donations of cookbooks for the organization's annual
cookbook sale to be held Saturday, Jan. 22.
The sale will begin at 11 a.m. and will continue until
all the books are sold. Proceeds will directly benefit the
Island Branch facility and its collection.
Gift contributions of cookbooks may be deposited at
the branch during the library's business hours. Donations
will be accepted through Saturday, Jan. 15.
Woman's Club to meet
The Woman's Club of Anna Maria Island will meet
on Wednesday, Jan. 5, at 12:30 p.m. at the Anna Maria
Island Community Center.
Refreshments will be served. All ladies of the area are
invited to attend.
For information concerning the Woman's Club, call
Florence Gelderman, vice president, at 778-3659.
Silver Arts Competition
seeks Island artists
Gulf Coast Senior Games Silver Arts Competition is
a celebration of the creative talents of our senior adults.
Island artists are encouraged to participate. Submitted art
work will be on display Monday, Feb. 21, through Wednes-
day, Feb. 23, in the lobby of the downtown Bradenton
NationsBank Banking Center, 1202 6th Ave. W.
To enter the Silver Arts competition, call 745-3062
for an application. All applications must be received no
later than Saturday, Jan. 15.
Southeast High victory
Manatee County will celebrate Southeast High
School's recent 4A State Championship football victory
with a parade to be held Tuesday, Jan. 4.
The 50-vehicle parade will begin at 3rd Street West
and Manatee Avenue in Bradenton at 12 noon and move
toward the high school. A recognition ceremony will be
held in the stadium of Southeast High School immediately
following the parade.
The Island community is invited to attend.
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Chamber installs officers
The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce recently held its annual holiday
dinner and installation of 1993/94 officers at the Sandbar Restaurant in Anna Maria
City. Taking on one-year terms are (front row) Frank Davis, first vice president;
Mary Ann Sipe, president, and Sandy Haas, treasurer. Back row are Tom Nelson,
secretary, and Bob Hines, second vice-president.
Writers to meet
The Gulf Coast Writers Group will
meet Monday, Jan. 3, at 10:15 a.m. at the
Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Dr.,
For more information, call 729-2399.
The Education Center on Longboat
Key will hold new courses for music lov-
ers starting Monday, Jan. 10 and lasting
for eight weeks. The courses include "Mu-
sic Appreciation," "Choral Workshop,"
"Sentimental Journey," and "5,000 Years
of Song in Three Hours." Call the center
at 383-8811 for details.
The Players of Sarasota will present
the exuberant musical "Mame" beginning
Friday, Jan. 7, through Sunday, Jan. 16.
Tickets for all performances are $14. For
tickets and information call the box office,
Monday through Friday, from 10 am. to
4 p.m. at 365-2494.
Nationally renowned singer/story-
teller Bill Harley and his lively three-piece
band, The Troublemakers, return to
Sarasota's Van Wezel Performing Arts
hall at 10:30 am., Saturday, Jan. 22 as part
of the Van Wezel Saturday Mornings for
Kids series. Tickets are $5.50. Call 1-800-
826-9303 for ticket information.
The Manasota Genealogical Society
will hold a meeting Wednesday, Jan. 5, at 10
a.m. at the Central Main Library in down-
town Bradenton. The topic will be "Search-
ing American Newspapers" presented by
Fran Carter. Everyone is welcome to attend.
Call 729-3632 for information.
The Manatee Players present three
evening concerts combining Broadway
show tunes and the wonder of modem tech-
nology in an entertaining, family-friendly
New Year's event. Performances of "Mike
& His Mac" are Wednesday, Thursday, and
Friday, Dec. 29, 30 and 31 at 8 p.m. at the
Riverfront Theatre. Tickets are $9 for Dec.
29 and 31 and $12.50 for Dec. 31,which in-
cludes a special New Year's Eve reception.
For ticket information call the Players' box
office at 748-5875 between 10 a.m. and 2
p.m., Mondays through Fridays.
The Longboat Key Art Center, 6860
Longboat Dr. S., has the following
classes starting in January: basketry, ba-
sic drawing, paper making/embossing,
photography/darkroom, pottery and
stained glass. Class size is limited. The
cost is $50 for five sessions for members
only. Call 383-2345 for details and times.
Manatee County Central Library
will co-sponsor a program on "Ask the
I.R.S." with the Sarasota I.R.S. office on
Saturday, Jan. 8, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The program is free and open to the pub-
lic. Seating is limited so come early. The
library is located at 1301 Barcarrota
Blvd. in Bradenton. Call 748-5555 for
Manatee Community College will
offer non-credit courses in drawing. "Be-
ginning Drawing," will meet on Mon-
days, Jan 3 to 31, from 12:30 p.m. to 3
p.m. "Beginning Watercolor" will be
held Tuesdays, Jan. 4 to 25, from 12:30
p.m. to 3 p.m. "Intermediate Watercolor"
will be held Mondays, Jan. 3 to 31, from
9:30 a.m. to 12 noon and "Advanced
Watercolor" will meet on Fridays, Jan. 7
to 28, from 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. Call 755-
1511, ext. 4203 for more information.
Local fundraiser helps
"One Mile March for Manatee,"
sponsored by Pace Fitness, 1st National
Bank of Manatee County and Island
Foods, held on Nov. 23 at the Manatee
County Beach, raised $720.
The event was originally organized to
help the Anna Maria Island Community
Center provide 50 families with Thanks-
giving Dinner. According to John Pace of
Pace Fitness, All Island Denominations
met the center's Thanksgiving goal so the
One Mile March funds were put to work
through Hope Family Services of Mana-
The "One Mile March for Manatee,"
said Pace, paid the security deposit and
the first and last month's rent for an apart-
ment to house a homeless mother with
two children, a boy 14 years-of-age and
a girl, 12 years-of-age.
The "One Mile March for Manatee"
will become a bi-annual event, said Pace.
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An illegal walkway allowed by Public Works Direc-
tor Frank Tyndall, constructed on private property in Anna
Maria City, may stay because it is within the R-1 zoning
April 22, 1993 Trolley service between Anna
Maria Island, Longboat Key and St. Armand's was pro-
Two Holmes Beach residents were arrested and
charged with felony drug possession.
Emergency officials began to work towards disaster
preparation in time for hurricane season.
April 29,1993 Councilwomen Billie Martini and
Mary Ellen Reichard of Holmes Beach were accused of
violating the Sunshine Law.
Island officials were angry at the County for not re-
sponding to the needs of the beaches.
The DOT and DER remain in serious disagreement
over the proposed bridge at Manatee Avenue.
May 6, 1993 The DOT was granted another ex-
tension regarding the New Manatee Bridge.
A resolution opposing the bridge was tabled in Holmes
Beach due to accusations that two councilwomen broke the
Sunshine Law, but Anna Maria City approved it.
Anna Maria City vetoed the installation of a free se-
May 13, 1993 Anna Maria Fire Commission
passed a 21 percent tax hike.
Holmes Beach Councilwoman Mary Ellen Reichard
cited a code violation in regard to a mandatory work ses-
sion to be held following the election.
May 20, 1993 Councilwomen Billie Martini and
Mary Ellen Reichard were officially cleared of breaking
the Sunshine Law by the State Attorney's Office.
A roundabout scheduled for construction in
Bradenton Beach at Bridge Street was postponed until late
A new fire training facility was planned for the Island.
May 27, 1993 The DOT announced that public
meetings will be held about the new Manatee Bridge.
Deena Hartman and Scott Dell were appointed as new
directors at the Anna Maria Island Community Center.
The Islander Bystander reader response poll showed
that the proposed high, fixed-span bridge at Manatee Av-
enue is unacceptable.
June 3,1993 Holmes Beach was trying to collect
$100,000 in fines from Daniel Wiersema due to violating
the city's building code.
A state ruling was requested on residential walkway that
extends into the Preservation Zone in Anna Maria City.
Planting on the newly renourished beach was left as
the beachfront owner's responsibility.
June 10, 1993 Holmes Beach wants short-term
leasing halted in Key Royale.
Holmes Beach made a resolution to permit only one
"For Sale" sign per property.
June 17,1993 The Island Emergency Operations
Center requested a budget hike from the three Island cit-
ies and fire district.
Island emergency officials gave hurricane advice at
seminars across the Island.
The first maritime exhibit opened in historic Cortez
June 24, 1993 Holmes Beach City Council de-
cided to oppose the county's recycling plan.
Charles Micah Dault was sentenced to two years at
the Manatee County prison farm for the April 1992 acci-
dent near Kingfish Ramp in Holmes Beach that killed
Reagan Manson and Islander Lindsay Crawford.
July 1, 1993 The Anna Maria fire team placed
number one in the state.
The DOT agreed to have two public hearings in late
October about the proposed high, fixed-span bridge at
An emergency phone service network was created at
the fire station in Holmes Beach for the Island Emergency
July 8,1993 --Island property values increased over
$61. million from 1992-1993..
... -.. ..
This large granite monument dedicated to two teenage girls killed in an automobile accident near the Kingfish boat
ramp in April 1992 was originally placed on the right-of-way on Manatee Avenue. It was later removed at the
insistence ofDOT. The site proposed by a member of one of the families is along the road at the entrance to the
Manatee Public Beach. Approval is pending by the Manatee County Commission.
An engineering study began on the Key Royal Bridge
to assess its deterioration.
Two bicyclists filed suits against Holmes Beach due
to faulty bicycle paths.
July 15, 1993 A fisherman from Alabama was
bitten by an airborne barracuda aboard Anna Maria char-
ter boat ReefReacher.
Holmes Beach Police Chief Rick Maddox was placed
on probation by Mayor Pat Geyer.
Holmes Beach promised to try to increase funding for
the Community Center.
Anna Maria City was awarded a $45,000 grant to
keep Lake La Vista from silting up again.
July 22,1993 Chief Maloney of Bradenton Beach
fired a probationary officer.
The three Island cities agreed on a peacetime emer-
Islander Joni Korzen became Bradenton Rotary's first
woman board member.
July 29,1993 Bradenton Beach taxes were being
considered for a 36 percent hike.
Beach renourishment was rejected in Anna Maria
The Anna Maria Fire District added a full-time
firefighter at Station 2.
Holmes Beach added new resort rental fees to rent-
als and will receive $21,000 additional revenue per year.
Candy Cain's restaurant was rezoned from commer-
cial to retail/office/residential.
Holmes Beach voted to allow two real estate signs per
property instead of one.
August 5, 1993 The Island trolley proposal for the
Island and Longboat Key was killed by the Manatee
Holmes Beach Police Chief Rick Maddox was fired
and he appealed; Councilwoman Billie Martini was un-
der fire for abstaining on the vote which decided his fate.
A monument dedicated to two Holmes Beach girls
killed in April 1992 was removed from its site on Mana-
Anna Maria City held firm to no property tax hike.
The newly renourished beach was deemed a success
as storm protection for beachfront property owners dur-
ing the March 13 near-hurricane.
August 12, 1993 A vessel collision erupted in
flames off Egmont Key leaving environmental damage
The Anna Maria Fire Commission approved a salary
hike despite public protest.
Frank Tyndall, director of public works in Anna
Maria City, announced his retirement.
Swiftmud, the water management agency for the Island,
wanted to hike taxes by 31 percent which was opposed by
Bradenton Beach and discussed in Holmes Beach.
August 19,1993 Anna Maria Fire Commission-
ers began a study regarding consolidation with two other
The oil spill off of Egmont Key spared the Island
The state of Florida responded to complaints about Ed
Porter, owner of the defunct Fast Eddie's restaurants.
A couple was finally granted the right to build a home
on their undersized lot.
August 26, 1993 Fire Commissioner John Van
Ostenbridge was found not in violation of the Sunshine
The planning commissioner for Holmes Beach ob-
jected to a new public works appointment.
Residents appealed to the Anna Maria City Commis-
sion to stop the Sandbar Restaurant from expanding into
The Holmes Beach City budget was finalized for
1993/94, and included $160,000 for the repair of the Key
Sept. 2,1993 Owners of tourist rentals complained
in Holmes Beach that the resort overlay district allowing
rentals of only 30 days and over was too restrictive.
Product tampering was discovered on the Island.
The Ringling Bridge Task Force delayed a decision
on recommendations for the bridge until Nov. 25.
Sept. 9,1993 A tax relief law was proposed to ease
tax assessment burdens next year.
The Galati family took over Perico Harbor Marina.
The Holmes Beach Police Department received a
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What will 1994 hold in store for Islanders? Be sure to read the Islander
Bystander to keep up-to-date on the activities and antics that affect us all.
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new radio system.
Files revealed that the Holmes Beach Police Depart-
ment was in turmoil during the command of Chief
Sept 16, 1993 -The vacation of the alley Sandbar Res-
taurant was stalled through efforts of the area residents.
Ed Kockanowski drove his Mazda truck into the
water at Annie's Bait and Tackle.
Residents opposed placement of the monument hon-
oring two Island girls killed in 1992 near the Kingfish
Boat Ramp at the Manatee County Public Beach.
Sept. 23, 1993 The Moose beach party request
was denied due to the question of selling alcohol on the
Island officials endorsed a trolley bus from Anna
Maria City to Lido Beach.
The 779 prefix was added to the Island telephone
Sept. 30, 1993 The Sandbar alley vacation was
approved by the planning commission and sent to the
Anna Maria City Commission for consideration.
A 21-foot drawbridge was recommended as replace-
ment for the Ringling Bridge.
Five fire districts, including Anna Maria, began plans
Holmes Beach opposed the county's recycling plan.
Oct. 7,1993- The trolley between Anna Maria and
Longboat Key was postponed for a year due to lack of
Hoteliers and real estate agents protested again the
rental restrictions in the R-4 district.
The appeal for ex-Chief Rick Maddox was stalled due
to a pending legal opinion from the attorney general.
Oct. 14, 1993 Legislators quashed the consolida-
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The community center was receiving many grants for
specific projects but not enough for operating expenses.
Officials were seeking support for a one-cent school tax.
Oct. 21, 1993 Holmes Beach was seeking repre-
sentation on the environmental board of the county.
The FDOT officially announced its first public hear-
ing regarding the new Manatee Bridge.
The Anna Maria Fire Commission voted to hire
firefighter Larry Revell and inspector Janet Guthrie.
Oct. 28, 1993 There were no challengers and no
campaigns in the Bradenton Beach election.
The Holmes Beach City Council rejected a settlement
offer on code violations.
The county wanted to negotiate with Amerecycle
regarding a mixed solid waste facility.
Nov. 4, 1993 Hundreds of Islanders showed up at
the DOT hearing regarding the plans for the bridge at
Manatee Avenue, with overwhelming majority of the
comments opposing the bridge.
Anna Maria City Attorney said the city should deny the
vacation of the alley requested by the Sandbar Restaurant
Nov. 11, 1993 The entire Island was designated as
a coastal high hazard zone.
The Bridge Street roundabout was opposed by the
people who had first endorsed it the DOT.
The proposed tax hike by Swiftmud and the county
recycling plan were disapproved by Anna Maria City
Nov. 18, 1993 Longboat Key lobbied for a high-
rise bridge to replace the Ringling Bridge.
Fire Commissioner John Van Ostenbridge was
cleared of alleged ethics violations.
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the state DOT said the new bridge at Manatee Avenue is
going to be built.
Holmes Beach city will repair the Key Royale Bridge.
The roundabout will be built on Bridge Street in
Dec. 2,1993- The appeal board for former Holmes
Beach Police Chief Rick Maddox was stalled due to the
lack of a third member.
Luke Courtney and Linda Loken were welcomed to
the board of directors for the Anna Maria Island Commu-
Dec. 9,1993 Another delay was allowed for DOT
response to DEP's bridge permit denial with an extension
The residential rental issue drew a huge response at
the planning meeting in Holmes Beach.
Bicycle riding on the beach is prohibited on the Island.
The Holiday Wish Book was included in this edition.
Dec. 16, 1993 An Island raccoon tested positive
A blaze destroyed six boats at the Galati Marina in
Anna Maria City.
Some residents of Holmes Beach said rentals are not
a problem, even in the disputed R-4 district.
Dec. 23, 1993 The proposed 65-foot clearance
bridge at Manatee Avenue is cited as being dangerous due
to high winds.
Ordinance fees regarding false alarms at businesses
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Anna Maria :
Monday, 1/3/94 ,
* Breakfast: Cereal, Toast, Fruit Cup *
S Lunch: Dinosaur Chicken w/Sauce, Dinosaur
* Potatoes, Juice, Fruit Cup t \ 1
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take them to their Christmas party at the home of Brownie Jessica Hickerson. The Brownies enjoyed a special
holiday ride, donated by JTD Associate Limousine ofAnna Maria Island, after making a troop donation to Adopt-
Working together Teacher's wrappers
Peter Birch, a third-grade student in Toni Lashway's class, helps kindergarten Nerissa McClung and Amanda Cicero, students in Anne Russell's fifth-grade class,
student Joshua Vogal figure out how to build a gingerbread house. But it looks like do an elf-of-a-good job for their teacher. The girls are wrapping holiday pencils,
Joshua has found his own special way to build the house and that is eat icing, Mrs. Russell's gift to each of her students.
apply to house, eat icing, apply to house.
Here come Santa
Santa Claus visited Anna Maria Elementary School
A howl of a Christmas tale giving each and every good little boy and girl a holiday
Wolfgang A. Wolf better known as the Big Bad Wolf, played by Patrick Shary, wants a character change in pencil. Did the students enjoy Santa's visit? The look
all the books written about him that Santa's elves are getting ready for Christmas. Seems he wants to now be on the youngster's face says it all.
known as the Big Good Wolf. Wolfgang A. Wolfs tale was told during Mrs. McDonough 's kindergarten and
first-grade class's presentation of a "A Storybook Christmas." "The Nutcracker Ballet," presented by Mrs.
Moran's kindergarten class, and "The Elf Factory," presented by Mrs. Loveland's kindergarten class,
completed the trilogy of Christmas programs at Anna Maria Elementary School.
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Left to right, Alana Feldman, Ian Douglas and Lori Manali, all 3, donned their scrub gear and learned the proper
way to get rid of germs from nurse Charlie Kennedy at the School for Constructive Play.
"Who turned the lights out?" asked an Douglas when
his scrub gear met in the middle of his face. After a
quick adjustment, Ian was ready to learn the finer
techniques of germ eradication.
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By Tomara Kafka
This week we're celebrating.
Since so many people, restaurants and clubs are cel-
ebrating the New Year, this week we're concentrating on
events ... things to do ... for a special holiday.
In Anna Maria, the Anchorage is having a big New
Year's Eve Bash with live entertainment by Jay Fenex, includ-
ing party favors and free champagne. They'll serve the regu-
lar menu as well as New Year's specials. They expect to be
busy and encourage diners to make reservations. New Year's
Day is a big football celebration in the Anchorage lounge.
Every bowl game will be on every TV ... with lots of drink
specials. If you wear your favorite team's logo and your team
scores you get a free drink.
Rotten Ralph's, at the Galati Yacht Basin, is featur-
ing a New Year's Eve Dinner special, Surf & Turf for
At Cafe Robar, the New Year's Eve celebration be-
gins with a special dinner menu, served from 8 until 10
p.m. Entertainment is by Hurricane. The cover charge is
$10 without dinner but there's no cover charge if you have
dinner. Complimentary champagne toast at midnight.
Robar is open New Year's Day with a breakfast buffet.
Mimosas and Bloody Marys for $1.
In Holmes Beach, the Anchor Inn is celebrating
with rock and roll ... Lifeguard appears on both Thursday
and Friday nights. The cover charge is $5 and includes
champagne and party favors on New Year's Eve.
Turtles Bar & Grill, offers entertainment by Rocky
Ruckman and the Beat Heathens on New Year's Eve and
New Year's night.
Chez Andre has scheduled three seatings on New
Year's Eve for a special five-course dinner. Make reser-
vations early. Andre will be closed on New Year's Day.
Mr. Bones BBQ will be open New Year's for dinner.
D.Coy Ducks Bar & Grill is having a private New
Year's Eve dinner party by reservation only. $19.95 per
person includes a special menu, including a choice of
entree (is this irony or what? one of the choices is duck-
ling), live entertainment by John G. Hamilton and cham-
pagne. The bar will open its doors around 1:00 a.m. to the
Shucker's Dockside Grill is open New Year's Eve
and New Year's Day. Their New Year's Eve party costs
$10 per person and includes champagne, party favors, en-
tertainment by Smokin' Stevie and the Backbreakers and
a breakfast buffet after midnight. Reservations are sug-
gested but not required. New Year's Day may be the last
chance to enjoy the football specials ... rumors are ram-
pant that Shucker's will close Jan. 2. We have to wait and
see on that one.
In Bradenton Beach, the Bridge Tender Inn is serv-
ing a special New Year's Eve dinner menu from 5 p.m. until
midnight with reservations for inside seating required.
Tia Lena's suggests you make your New Year's Eve
reservations with them early. They're serving dinner from
4:30 p.m. to midnight.
On Longboat Key, the Mar Vista Dockside Res-
taurant and Pub will have a special New Year's Eve
menu available. Call ahead for preferred seating.
Isabelle's Southern Eatery at Whitney Beach Plaza
will be open New Year's Day from 8:00 am. to 1:00 p.m.,
serving all of Izzy's breakfast specialties. Uncle Dan's
Place, also in the Whitney Beach Plaza, will serve and
deliver (Yes, to Anna Maria Island) Chicago-style thin-
crust pizza New Year's Eve until 10:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.
to 1:00 am. on New Year's Day.
The Hunt Club at the Centre Shops, will celebrate
New Year's Eve with live entertainment by 60s top-ten
recording artist Duane Dee.
At Ivo's Fine Dining, mid-Longboat Key, they will
serve their regular menu of Italian continental cuisine at the
early seating, but the second dinner seating includes a very
special New Year's menu. Reservations will be a must.
And in-town ... across the bridge to Cortez and
Bradenton ... at Club Oliver's on Cortez Rd. at Bantam
The Island Poet
To our vacationers who come from the north to
Here are a few questions to ask yourself today.
Should I make this visit for a week or less,
Or should I stretch it out and become a pest?
Do I really care or even stop to think,
That my host is paying for my food and drink?
Do I wash a dish or even help to make a bed,
Or do I lie around soaking up the sun instead?
Do I ask the host to drive around to see what's nice,
When the poor guy has already been there once or
Could I stretch this visit out for a week or two?
Well, maybe, my friend, but it all depends on you.
Plaza, the live entertainment is Rich Kendall, Wednesday
through Friday's New Year's Eve celebration. There's no
cover charge and the New Year's Eve celebration includes
free champagne, party favors and a free buffet at midnight.
The Seafood Shack will serve their regular menu on
New Year's Eve and the Showboat will have a 3 p.m.
dinner discount cruise. Reservations please.
Zoomerz, on Manatee Avenue, is having a New
Year's Eve party starting at 9:00 p.m. with entertainment
by Vandergriffe & Helm. The celebration includes a mid-
night champagne toast, party favors and complimentary
breakfast buffet at 1:00 a.m. No cover charge.
Next week we'll feature highlights of restaurants and
entertainment spots of Holmes Beach.
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Wayne and Dawn Golden
exchanged wedding vows
on the beach at the
Bluewater Motel in Holmes
Beach on Saturday, Dec.
18, at sunset.
Sarge Gibbons, 78, of Holmes Beach died
Mr. Gibbons moved to the area in 1962 from
Ft. Knox, Ky. He was a First Sergeant in the U. S.
Army. He was a veteran of World War II and the
Korean Conflict and a member of the American
Legion Post #400 in Orlando.
He is survived by a daughter, Ruth G. Meador
of Bradenton; a sister-in-law, Nellie Gibbons of
Snow Hill, Md.; a brother, Kenneth Gibbons of
Snow Hill; ard four grandchildren.
Memorials may be sent to the American Can-
cer Society, Parkwood Professional Bldg., P. O.
Box 10459, Bradenton, Fla. 34282. Griffith-Cline
Island Chapel was in charge of the arrangements.
Island artist wins
Nancy Huss, who exhibits at the Island Gallery West
in Holmes Beach, won first place in the Jay V.
Zimmerman Exhibit at Longboat Key Art Center, 6860
Longboat Dr. S., Longboat Key.
The exhibition may be seen until Sunday, Jan. 23.
Also included in the Zimmerman Exhibition are Is-
land Gallery West members Lee Mears and Virginia
Powel, painters, and Norman Osherman and Thelma
Fews of Cortez
Mr. and Mrs. Albert G. Few, Jr., of Cortez will cel-
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wedding anniversary cruise to the Bahamas.
The Fews were married on Dec. 12, 1943. She is the
former Clara Elizabeth Makin.
The Fews have two children-WilliamT. Few of Largo
and Elizabeth F. Roland of Orange Park- and a grandchild.
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All Island Denominations helps Santa
By Tomara Kafka
Another Christmas passes on the Island.
And another Island Christmas Island Christmas
'93 was a successful drive to provide less-fortunate Is-
landers with food, toys and clothing at the time of year
when giving and gifts are on nearly everyone's minds.
"Islanders, and off-Islanders who go to church out
here, have been very generous this year, especially with
food. Look at the food we have," said Jeanette Cashman,
co-coordinator of Island Christmas '93.
Cashman pointed out abundant piles of bread, pies,
canned goods, frozen turkeys and other assorted goodies at
their headquarters, the former Ace Hardware store at Anna
Maria Centre. "We didn't have this two years ago," she said.
"It was such a coming together of the people in our .
churches," said the Rev. Frank Hutchison, of Roser Church.
'We're all involved and it's a super group of people."
The first Island Christmas in 1991, was organized at a ''
gathering of six Island churches, their ministers and lay rep- .
resentatives. The churches, Episcopal Church of the Annun-
ciation, Roser Memorial Community Church, First Church
of Christ Scientist, St Bernard Catholic Church, Gloria Dei
Lutheran Church and Harvey Memorial Community Church "H
call themselves All Island Denominations (AID). "' .
Last year, when AID couldn't get a building site to
coordinate from, says Cashman, they had to hand out gift *'
certificates. But this year, with the use of the empty hard-
ware store in Holmes Beach donated to AID temporarily
for the Christmas season, they were able to coordinate lots -
of items including clothes, toys and food.
'We served 42 families this year," explains Cashman.
While families may apply directly for help, most
families come to the attention of AID through referrals,
Cashman says, through various sources in the community.
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Cashman. "Throughout the year, we provide Easter bas-
kets, Thanksgiving dinner and Christmas." b
Jeanette Cashman, co-coordinator of Island Christmas
'93 with Pastor Dan Kilts of Gloria Dei Lutheran
Church, has worked with Adopt-A-Family and All
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King of lottery facts calls Island home
By Joy Courtney
From an appearance on The Joan Rivers Show to
lunching at The Mutiny Inn in Holmes Beach would be
a stretch for most, but not for Bradenton Beach resident
Ben Johnson, a published author and the country's only
nationally-syndicated lottery columnist.
Within minutes of meeting and chatting while our lunch
was being prepared, Johnson, 53, impressed me as a really
fun, easy-going, intelligent and personable kind of Island guy
- who, in his words, is basically unemployed. He talked
about how he has "done a little bit here and there" in the pur-
suit of various interests over the years, and joked how his
mother still hopes he'll move back to Michigan and "get a real
job with General Motors." And how circumstances led him
to become an author and columnist
As we dined, I learned better.
Johnson is not only "a really fun, easy-going, intelli-
gent and personable kind of Island guy" but also a col-
lege professor (with more degrees than a thermometer)
who is currently working on his doctorate. He is the au-
thor of 10 college textbooks and six books for the mass
market with another one expected out this year.
"I am not a college professor or a writer," quipped
Johnson. "To the Island I am Ben who lives on Anna
Maria Island and does strange things."
And one of those "strange things" is his lottery column.
As Johnson tells it, the "circumstances" that led to his
nationally syndicated "The Lottery Column" started over
a glass of wine with friends at the former O'Keefe's Wine
Cellar, now The Mutiny Inn.
"Five years ago when the lottery started," said Johnson,
"I was in O'Keefe's and everyone was talking about the new
lottery and asking a lot of questions. Questions like, 'What
happens to the money if you die?' None of us had any an-
swers. Ijoked that I could write a book about the lottery with
an interesting angle, possibly about lottery winners who
screwed up. The problem was I didn't know one lottery win-
ner, leastwise any who had screwed up.
"At that time there-were 22 lotteries in the United States
with two more coming into North Carolina and Nebraska and
they were all hungry for positive press. I wrote all of them
asking for information and soon I was receiving 15 to 20 let-
ters a day. I read them and trashed them.
"Six months later I was backin O'Keefe's and again
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the subject of the lottery came up and so did the questions.
But this time I had the answers. I said, 'Hey, I bet I could
write a question-and-answer column about the lottery.'
"That weekend I made up seven questions and seven
answers and sent the sample column to 20 newspapers
around the state of Florida. The Clearwater Sun called,
asked me how much I charged per week ($25?) and also
asked if they could change the name of the column to 'In-
stant Millions.' I said, 'Sure.' Two weeks after the column
appeared in the Sun, the phone started to ring.
"Soon it was in 13 newspapers. Then I did the math,
13 papers times 25 dollars times four weeks, for one-and-
a-half-hours work a month? Wow! It hit me thai I had
better get really serious about this. Eventually I became
an 'expert' because I hadn't limited my column to one
state's lottery. I became the one person who knew what
was going on in all states that had a lottery.
"After three or four months of writing the column, I
got a call from Denny Allen, vice president and editorial
director for King Feature Syndicate, one of the three larg-
est newspaper syndication companies in the world. He
told me King had 'just discovered' my column and
thought it should be syndicated nationally. My first
thought was, 'This little idea of mine is suddenly getting
out of control.'
"The next call I got was from Allen again. He had
moved to the syndicate United Features, offered me an
even better arrangement, and changed the name of the
column to 'The Lottery Column.' The first day United
marketed it they added 50 newspapers and that was four
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Since then Johnson has published two books about
the lottery at the request of Avon Books, "The Lottery
Book" and "Winning the Lottery," in addition to writing
his syndicated weekly column. His lottery expertise has
earned him three guest appearances on The Joan Rivers
Show, if you include reruns.
As we finished our lunch Johnson confessed he had
a B.A. in social studies and a master's degree in history
and is currently working on his doctorate. It was in the 70s
he started writing books about learning skills for students
as well as "self-help" books for the general public.
Johnson's, "The Reading Edge," is one of 10 books
he has written earmarked toward academics. It's widely
used by college freshmen to improve their reading and
comprehension skills as is his "C.L.A.S.T." book.
"C.L.A.S.T." is used by students Florida-wide to help
them pass the College Level Academic Skills Test re-
quired by all colleges in the state of Florida.
One of his six books geared to the general public is
"Reading How to Read Faster and Enjoy It More," and
his "Alpha Shorthand," a guide to learning a quick writ-
ing method, will soon be released.
Johnson has taught at Manatee Community College,
the University of South Florida at Sarasota, and now
teaches "one or two" classes at the University of South
Florida at Tampa. He was also selected by the Sarasota
City Public School Foundation and the Selby Foundation
to hold a public school chair to institute and implement a
program to teach teachers how to teach critical thinking
skills. And he does all this from his home base of
"A writer can live anywhere he or she wants," said
Johnson, "so I wanted to liVe at the beach. I came to Anna
Maria Island because of some friends. When I came off
Cortez and saw the water, I turned right, stopped at a real
estate office and found a place for a month. That was in
1985 and I've been here ever since.
"I live an enchanted life. I'm busy but don't have a
job kind of job. Success to me is to make a contribution
to the world, such as in teaching, and through that contri-
bution 'buy time' for oneself."
As we left the restaurant, one more question remained
to be asked of the lottery guru.
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Island police reports
City of Anna Maria
*Dec. 16, retail theft of $13 in gasoline, 2513 Gulf Dr.
N., Circle K.
Dec. 18, vandalism, 300 block of 61st Street Two
strings of Christmas lights were removed and smashed.
Dec. 18, suspicious person, 5626 Gulf Dr. N.,
Harrington House. The officer responded in reference to
juveniles turning over lawn chairs. The juveniles were
gone upon the officer's arrival.
Dec. 20, disturbance, 3610 East Bay Dr., Dry Dock
Inn. The bartender called police in reference to subjects
fighting in the parking lot The subjects were gone upon
the officer's arrival.
Dec. 20, vandalism, 300 block of 61st Street. A
string of outdoor Christmas lights was cut.
SDec. 21, service, 500 blockof 67th Street A manlocked
his keys in his vehicle. The officer opened the vehicle.
Dec. 21, animal, 4000 Gulf Dr., Manatee Public
Beach. A visitor was walking a dog on the beach. The
officer explained the city ordinance prohibiting dogs on
Dec. 22, petty larceny, 5353 Gulf Dr., Circle K. The
By Tomara Kafka
The Reef Reacher, an Anna Maria charter boat
owned by Captain Phil Shields, was sited Dec. 6 for two
violations by the U.S. Coast Guard.
In routine check, as the 31-foot vesselreturned to the
Galati Marine dock, the boat was boarded by Petty Officer
Dupree. According to Coast Guard officials in Cortez, the
vessel was found to be carrying fish already filleted and its
marine sanitation device valve was shut off.
In Florida, it is illegal to fillet fish until a fishing boat
reaches land. According to the Florida Marine Patrol,
once fish are filleted it is difficult to determine the spe-
cies of the fish, which means that more than likely the
filleted fish is an illegal catch.
When the marine sanitation valve is shut off, officials
store clerk reported that a subject took two quarts of beer
from a cooler and fled. The subject was not located.
Dec. 22, warrant arrest, Clark Drive and Clark Lane.
Dec. 22, traffic, 3600 block of East Bay Drive. The
officer observed two vehicles racing. He suspected that one
explain, more than likely it means raw sewage is running
directly into the water. The fine can be up to'$20,000.
But, says Shields, the problem of the shut-off valve
is corrected. "The Coast Guard wasn't sure of their
own regulations," Shields says.
When Shields was ticketed less than a week later
for the same shut-off valve violation, he called the
Coast Guard in Washington, D.C. to get it straightened
out. He has since gotten the last ticket rescinded.
"I bought the boat that way," says Shields, in de-
fense, "and I've been a boat captain for 10 years now."
Sheilds says that there have been "lots of prob-
lems" and "lots of citations" by the Coast Guard.
"I did it the way they told me to do it," says Shields,
"and then got another citation. They're notreal happy with
me over in Cortez, but I got it straightened out"
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Islander Stephen Bell photographed this graphic display of the results of a drunk driving accident. The scene was staged on Manatee Avenue.
If you're at a party or a bar and you are too
drunk to drive, don't. You can call Care Cab at
792-6611 and get home free. Do the same for a
j- friend or relative if need be.
.' The program is offered by HCA/L.W. Blake
Hospital on New Years as a public service.
This year, you can also call for a free tow
truck. On Anna Maria Island call Matt's Express
Towing and Recovery, 758-6200. They will as-
sist you if you've had too much to drink to drive
home not just over the holiday, but 24 hours
a day, year-round.
What is too drunk?
Drivers are presumed drunk by law enforce-
ment officers if their blood alcohol content registers
.10 percent or above on a breath test On Jan. 1, at
12:01 am., the legal blood alcohol content goes
down to .08 percent
If you weigh 100 to 120 pounds, that amounts
to three to four drinks within a two hour period. Itis
the same whether you drink a 12 ounce beer or 1 1/
2 ounces of 80 proof liquor.
If you weigh between 160 and 200 pounds,
you'll be in the arrestt range" with just four to
five drinks in a two-hour period.
Take some simple precautions if you plan to
"over-drink" your limit.
Choose a designated driver who does not
imbibe or arrange for someone to drop you off
and pick you up.
Spend the night at the party.
Call for a Care Cab or tow truck to get you
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Forget 1993, here's what's coming in '94
By Bob Ardren
Like a snook on a shrimp, 1993 will be gone in a flash.
There are loads of year-end stories around, wrapping
up all the wild, funny, disgusting and otherwise generally
interesting happenings of this past year, so I'd like to do
Let's take a little stroll out here on the wire, and talk
about what just might happen this coming year.
Probably the biggest outdoor story coming up next
year is the Save Our Sealife (SOS) campaign to ban
gillnetting in Florida's inshore waters. It's going to be an
ugly fight to the finish, with true believers on both sides
of the really-not-very-simple question. The question be-
ing, whether constitutionally stopping netting will save -
or at least bolster our sport fishing industry.
From my point of view, both sides of the campaign
are using not-quite-honest arguments, but that's what you
expect from true believers. They're folks who truly be-
lieve that they, and they alone, have the truth on their side.
And most of them are perfectly willing to stretch the truth
a bit to prove it.
Within the past month both the Organized Fishermen
of Florida and the Florida Conservation Association (in
the FCA's clearly unofficial journal, Florida Sportsman
magazine) have introduced race into their arguments.
Both have run ads or stories featuring African Americans
as the victims if the other side wins, and both claim to have
the interest of honest, hard-working poor people at heart.
I happen to think they're both pretty full of baloney.
Both sides are motivated by old fashioned greed, and
they're both unwilling to work out compromises that ben-
efit our natural resources much more than does a simple
banning or not-banning of gill nets.
The SOS folks now claim to have most of the signatures
they need to put the ban on next fall's ballot statewide and
the fight for your vote could be the outdoor story of the year.
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Of course that's assuming The Big One (hurricane)
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I predict that in a fight that will make the Republicans
and Democrats look like gentlefolks, voters will side with
their stomachs and save commercial fishing.
Another proposed constitutional amendment vot-
ers might have a shot at next fall is the one-cent-a-pound
special tax on all sugar produced in Florida.
The fact is, the condition of Everglades National Park
has become a national scandal, and no real solution's in
sight. Even the bogus plan announced by Vice President
Gore a few months back has fallen apart, so the Florida
Audubon Society is trying to force Big Sugar to cough up
the bucks to restore the park.
Of course, we'll all pay that extra penny-a-pound tax, not
Big Sugar, and nobody has figured out how the money will
be spent anyway, to the best of my knowledge. But it's an-
other idea for the ballot, and probably a pretty good one.
starts new year
The American Littoral Society will sponsor
three programs to start off the new year.
On Saturday, Jan. 1, it will hold a New Year's
Day Baywalk at City Island, Sarasota, at 11 a.m.
Participants will explore the restoration project at
City Island. Cost is $1 for members and $2 for non-
On Sunday, Jan. 2, the society will hold its Third
Annual Picnic and Canoe Trip of the Miami Chapter,
between Homestead and Key Largo. Members will
gather for a picnic and canoe trip. The cost is $20.
Saturday, Jan. 8, will be a workday at the
Palmer Point Restoration Project.
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If we get through this winter without snook-kill-
ing cold, I predict we'll have snook fishing next summer
that will finally end all talk of "the good old days." The
closed seasons and size limits have clearly brought back
the snook fishery, and the same holds true for redfish.
The Sarasota Bay National Estuary Program
wraps up its five-year program next year and, despite
some flak for its sometimes bureaucratic style, plenty of
good things for the Bay have resulted from its existence.
Most importantly, in my opinion, is the realization by
local governments and voters that Sarasota Bay (and
Tampa Bay for that matter) can be genuinely improved
through good management and some fairly simple tech-
niques, such as controlling stormwater runoff.
It won't be cheap, and it won't be quick, but mostof
us now understand that our local waters have been badly
trampled in recent decades. And as Pogo once said, "We
have met the enemy, and they is us."
So it's going to be up to us to hold the feet of our lo-
cal city and county leaders to the fire and find a way to
continue the work of restoring our local waters. I predict,
and hope, both we and they will do it.
I also predict:
Next summer will be Captain Mike Heistand's turn
to have a barracuda fling itself into his boat. But he'll be
ready for it and, instead of letting it bite one of his clients,
he'll steak out that son of a gun as it flies by.
Not being the kind of guy who likes being outdone,
Captain Phil Shields will announce he's sighting whales
offshore, and a whole new industry of whale-watching-
for-yuppies will become established on the Island.
Duffy's will add grilled fish sandwiches to the menu.
Longboat Key will sue somebody and, if we're lucky,
it won't be us.
And finally, some well-meaning but misguided vol-
unteer will grab the Islander Bystander cartoon character
Slick and scrub him down, forever destroying Jack Egan's
career as an editorial cartoonist.
Have a Happy New Year, and I'll see you next week.
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The weather is chilly, the cold fronts are frequent, but the
sheepshead action is still hot for local anglers. With shrimp
scarce, try tube worms to catch the tasty striped fish.
Ruth at Miss Cortez Fishing Fleet said the offshore
action has picked up lately. The four-hour trip is averag-
ing 125-head of Key West grunts and porgies. Fishermen
on the six-hour trip are bringing back about 150-head of
vermilion snapper, Key West grunts, porgies, mangrove
snapper, land snapper, sea bass and a few grouper. Ruth
added that the all-day trip won't be running for the month.
Rod and Reel Pier's Kevin said they've been catch-
ing flounder, a couple of bonita and sheepshead at the
Capt. Todd Romine is able to get his charters onto
redfish on every trip out. Helping to fill the fish box are
those tasty sheepshead, with some of them up to five
pounds in size.
Sheepshead is the word at the Anna Maria City Pier.
Dave said the striped fish are coming to fishermen's lures
baited with tube worms. Flounder are also to be caught,
mostly with live shrimp as bait, as well as a few big redfish.
Some evening trout are patrolling the waters around
the Bradenton Beach Pier. Yogi said there are also some
good catches of flounder and sheepshead.
Cold weather has put a crimp in the shrimp harvest,
making the little bugs as hard to catch as some of the fish.
But Carl at Period Harbor Bait and Tackle said there
are still a few anglers coming back to shore with redfish,
a few trout and some big sheepshead. There are also a few
reports of snook coming to the hook as'long as the
hook is near the mouth of a canal, dock or other structures.
Chris at Galati Yacht Basin said grouper and snap-
per are out there, with most of the good catches coming
from about 90 feet of water offshore.
Capt. Rick Gross said he's.catching lots and lots of
sheepshead, a few snook and some redfish around the
A good day's catch
Fishing on the Reef Reacher, this happy crew brought
back a mess of grouper and snapper. Pictured from left
are Klarie Jansen, Steve Tendam, Darlene Tendam,
Harry Bauer, Otto Stalinski and Bill.
THE ISLANDER BYSTANDER E DECEMBER 30, 1993 I PAGE 23 I-
t sheepish about hanging around
docks in the Bay. a lot of sheepshead, too.
Capt. Tom Chaya said sheepies and reds are out On my boat Magic I've been able to hook onto a few
there, as well as a few trout. grouper in the Intracoastal Waterway. I've also been able
Capt. Mark Bradow said he's able to get a lot of to get some sheepshead, whiting and black drum.
trout and a few reds on his trips. And, yes, he's hooking Good luck and good fishing.
Trapeze star shines as
Bob Sheffield, visiting from Las Vegas where
he is a trapeze artist at one of the casinos, was
able to swing into action while fishing with
Capt. Tom Chaya on the Dolphin Dreams
recently. Sheffield caught and released this 30-
inch redfish. Good going, Bob!
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Island firefighters ready for combat
By Pat Copeland
Island fire fighters have spent weeks preparing for the
rigors of the 1994 Firefighter Combat Challenge, a gru-
eling test of physical fitness.
Fire fighter Rich Losek explained, "It began three or
four years ago and started as a test of physical fitness. This
is the first time we've competed."
Teams of five fire fighters have been practicing re-
cently at the Martinique condominium. The challenge
course consists of five tasks representing what fire fight-
ers perform in the line of duty.
Throughout the course, fire fighters wear full "turn
out" gear helmet, coat, pants with liners, boots and
gloves and carry an air pack. The weight of the gear
is about 50 pounds.
Tasks include the following:
Stair Climb with High Rise Pack Carry two 50-
foot sections of 1 1/2-inch hose weighing 50 pounds to the
fifth floor of a drill tower or high-rise building. The hose
must be deposited on a square marked on the fifth floor.
Hose Hoist From the top of the tower, using a
hand-over-hand motion, pull the 5/8-inch rope to hoist a
50-foot donut roll of 1/2-inch hose with brass couplings
(about 50 pounds) to the top of the tower. This evolution
is complete when the donut roll clears the rail and is
dropped on the floor.
Forcible Entry This event starts as soon as the pre-
vious task is completed. Using the Keiser Force Machine
and a nine-pound shot hammer, drive a 165-pound I-beam
five feet. The event is complete when the end of the beam
crosses the five-foot line.
Hose Advance After walking a distance of 140
feet, pick up the nozzle and move a one-and-one-hal f-inch
charged hose straight forward 75 feet to a box marked on
the ground, crack the nozzle, show water and place the
nozzle in the box on the pavement. Then walk 30 feet to
the next event.
Victim rescue Drag a 175-pound victim a distance of
100 feet This event and the course is complete when both the
victim and competitor completely clear the finish line.
According to combat challenge literature, an accept-
able time on the course is seven minutes, with five min-
utes considered an excellent time.
Said Losek, "We will continue performing these tasks
as a part of our training throughout the year. It will help
us in handling situations we might have in our fire fight-
There are 11 regional competitions, then a national
competition in Dallas, Texas in August. The first level of
competition for Island fire fighters is Jan. 9 in Orlando.
Swiftmud seeks input on water issues
Steve Minnis, Swiftmud's coordinator of governmen-
tal affairs, met with Island elected officials at their
monthly meeting recently for input on water-related is-
sues facing Florida in the next 20 years.
"This is the water management district's comprehen-
sive planning process," said Minnis. "What we're trying
to accomplish is to provide you with an understanding of
the district and get your input to help direct our future."
Minnis called officials' attention to the issue list pub-
lished by the district. It included management, natural
systems, water quality, water supply and flood protection.
Issues suggested by Island officials included drain-
age, new bridge impacts and continued allowance of pol-
lution loading, over permitting and desalinization.
Minnis said citizen input is also very important and
urged citizens to write Swiftmud at 2379 Broad St.,
Brooksville. L 34609-9915.
Anna Maria Mayor Ray Simchcs asked Minnis about
possible grants from the district for projects such as the acqui-
sition of Bean Point or improving the water quality of canals
that empty into Sarasota Bay.
Minnis said the district has two acquisition programs -
Save Our Rivers and Preservation 2000 to protect natural
systems from development. He said the canals would be listed
Officials agreed to invite the district's grant coordi-
nator to their next meeting.
Pokin' fun at Mona
One of Nat King Cole's greatest hit songs was "Mona
Lisa" and one of Leonardo DaVinci's greatest paint-
ings is the "Mona Lisa." Now comes another person in
the "Mona Lisa sweepstakes." On Dec. 9 Island artist
Nita Saidoo unveiled her own "Mona Lisa" at a
"Poking Fun at Mona Lisa" party held at Shell Point in
Holmes Beach. Are there more famous paintings in
Saidoo's future? She isn't saying, but rumors are out
she's thinking of doing a Michelangelo on a friend's
bathroom ceiling. Islanders Doris Roberts, Margaret
Weitzel, Robin LaSalle, Bea Feeney, Peggy Merrill,
and Dorothy Boyd toasted and roasted Saidoo on her
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Evenings call Ken 778-6986. or Pat 778-3301.
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two story home
Compiled by Doug Dowling, Licensed Real Estate Broker, 778-1222
Sale of the Year
By Doug Dowling
Islander real estate guru
809 North Shore Drive in the City of Anna Maria gets the "Sale of the Year
Award" for 1993. It takes the prize because so many people called in and thought
the newspaper had made a mistake. How, they asked, could a cottage built in 1951
with only 688 square feet of living area sell for $400,000?
Our answer was easy:
1. It's slap-dab on the Gulf of Mexico
2. It's in an area of ritzy Gulffront homes.
3. Betsy Hills herself sold it.
4. And not necessarily in that order of importance.
Editor's note: Doug Dowling, our real estate commentator, took his first drink
in three years after writing this..
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system, fruit trees and much more. Priced at $149,900.
Please call Carol Williams for details. 778-0777 or 778-
1718 after hours.
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ENJOY A CAREFREE LIFESTYLE: in this three bed-
room, two bath home with a caged pool and deep wa-
ter canal. Other amenities include boat dock, sprinkler
system, 70% stone lawn, fruit trees, double garage.
Room for expansion. Now reduced to $225,000. Please
call Carol Williams, 778-0777, 778-1718 after hours.
. .. ..
NORTH POINT HARBOUR: Two story 2 bedroom, 2.5
bath. Canal front home. 2nd floor office could-be third
bedroom. 2 fireplaces, exercise solar heated pool new
berber carpet throughout. $269,000. For more information
& to see this lovely home, please call Marion Ragni, 778-
5910 Marina Dr. Holmes Beach, FL 34217
Call (813) 778-0777 or Rentals 778-0770
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Ocean Park Terrace Condo- 3BR/2BA fully fur-
nished. Two screened porches & Roof Top Sun
Deck overlooking entire Gulf, Intracoastal Waterway
& Island. $199,900.
ISLAND 6-PLEX -
2/2 each unit. Close to beach, restaurants and
shopping. Pool and laundry facilities.
UNOBSTRUCTED VIEW OF
This lot is ready for you to build your dream house.
DESIRABLE TIFFANY PLACE-2 BR/2BA, all
the amenities, elevator and turnkey furnished.
Call Mary Ann Schmidt 778-4931
or Janis Van Steenburgh 778-4796
Neal & Neal Realtors 778-2261
or Toll Free 1-800-422-6325
* GUL- VIEW IOWNHOUSEb pacious uuit view
townhouse with 3BR-3BA, private 2 car garage
and with 3200 sq. ft. under roof. Complex offers
two pools, tennis, lush grounds and short walk to
prime beach. Offered at $159,900. Call Dave
Moynihan for details.
* HOLMES BEACH WATERFRONT Spacious 3BR-
2BA waterfront residence, beautifully renovated with
cathedral ceilings, new modern kitchen with top end
appliances. Lovely new pool and 30 foot concrete
dock with deep water. Offered at $274,000. Call
Dave Moynihan for details.
* DIRECT GULFFRONT Turnkey furnished apart-
ment in popular Sunset Terrace Condominium. Ex-
perience the best of Gulffront living for only
$128,500. Call Dave Moynihan.
* BAYFRONT LOT Central Holmes Beach location
with deep water dockage and fabulous view. Lot is
cleared and measures 85' x 130'. Offered at
$189,500. Call Dave Moynihan.
* LA PLAYITA 2BR-2BA townhouse, close to beach
and shopping, large pool and recreation area, ga-
rage and storage for $79,900. Call Dave Moynihan.
* BAY WINDS Direct Bayfront apartment with great
views of Bay and Intracoastal waterway. Short walk
to beach and shopping. Excellent Island second
home with strong rental opportunity. 2BR-2BA with
under cover parking. Priced at $89,900. Call Dave
* $1,100 INCOME Per month from this modern du-
plex. 2BR/2BA each side. Amenities include dish-
washer, disposals, laundry room, skylights and cov-
ered parking. Priced at $124,900. Call Stan Williams.
* GULFFRONT! Magnificent views from all rooms of
this great house. Popular rental. Expansive, sandy
beach in all directions. Priced at $335,000. Owner
anxious. Call Stan Williams for details.
* MOTEL WITH OWNER FINANCING Island motel
close to beaches and Bay. Buyer's dream for on site
management. Priced at $595,000. Call Stan Williams
- SUNSET LANDINGS Gulf and Bay views from the
balcony of this 2 story, unfurnished townhouse. 2BR-
2.5BA with extra storage and two carports on ground
level. Just across the street for a walk on the beach.
Priced at $119,900. Call Stan Williams.
* 1/2 BLOCK TO GULF OR BAY from this well-
maintained, 2BR-2BA home. Double car garage,
large porch with sliding screens. Yard is landscaped
and partially fenced. Priced at $130,000. Call Tom
* ONE OR TWO duplexes with a total of four, fully
furnished, 1 BR 1BA units for only $175,000. Or buy
just one duplex for $87,500. Well-maintained and
located in quiet neighborhood. Only two blocks to
* SUNRISE OR SUNSET Pick your preference from
one of these 2BR-2BA Gulffront or Bay View, unfur-
nished condos. Pool, elevator and close to shopping
and restaurants. Great beach just across the street.
Priced at $84,900 and $89,900. Call Stan Williams.
* BEACHES, SUNSETS AND AMBIANCE Direct
Gulffront 2BR/2BA unit that is turnkey furnished.
Great walking beach. A proven money maker for
rentals. Protected parking. All for $164,900. Call Stan
WHEN IN PARADISE SEE...
5203 Gulf Drive Holmes Beach, FL 34217
(813) 778-4800 Toll Free 800-327-2522'
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Waterfront Bargain Luxury at Bargain price de-
scribes this spacious 2 bedroom, 2 bath condo. Enjoy
canal front living with boating, tennis, pool, hot tub, and
much more all at a great location. Live like a king forjust
$79,900 Ken Rickett 778-3026.
Exquisite Beach Townhouse -Enjoy top quality beach
living in this spacious 4 bedroom, 2 bath unit featuring
new carpet and decor. Fireplace, new appliances and lots
of storage. Reduced for quick sale to $139,900 Ken
Lowest Priced Unit at Island Village. Enjoy spacious
beach living in this over 1300 square feet 2 bedroom, 2
bath unit. Located near both beach and shopping. Life can
be good for just $98,900 Ken Rickett 778-3026.
Boaters Dream! Only seconds to Gulf! Direct
intracoastal view from this 2 bedroom, 2 bath turnkey
furnished unit. Features include fireplace, boat dock,
heated pool and elevator. $159,900 Call Lynn Hostetter
Beautiful unit in a Gulffront complex. This 2 bedroom,
2 bath unit is turnkey furnished and has a view of the Gulf.
Complex offers heated pool, tennis, and elevator. All for
VACATION RENTAL week/month/season
This charming 2 bedroom, 1, bath duplex with
screened lanai is located within the most desired area
of Anna Maria the tip end of the Island and a short
1.5 blocks to the beach. Amenities are included.
,$1350 per month. $550 per week.
of Anna Maria, Inc.
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NEW HOME CONSTRUCTION REMODELING
Pre-Construction Offer: 3 bedroom, 2 bath elevated
home in desirable area of Anna Maria City. $169,900.
* Buildable lots in Anna Maria City available.
P 0 Box 1232 / Holmes Beach / CR C047915
January February March
$1,000 to $2,400 a month
and some weekly dates open
Call for information:
Anna Maria Island
Great Selection of
Beachfront Bayview Gardenview
Weekly rates from $500.00
Monthly rates from $1,200.00
Contact: Debbie Dial
Michael Saunders & Company
Licensed Real Estate Broker
3222 East Bay Dr., Holmes Beach FL 34217 (813) 778-2275
ANNA MARIA ISLAND
GULF FRONT CONDO
Comer unit with 2 BR/2B, fireplace, balcony, coveredparking
and community pool. $120,000. Jeanette Rampone, 747-2244.
NORTHWEST EXECUTIVE HOME Custom built 4
BR/3 B has new roof, A/C, carpeting and more. Owner may
finance. $174,500. Wendy Foldes, 755-0826.
40' DOCK On sailboat water comes with this 3 BR/2 B
condo that features vaulted ceilings, sky lights and more.
$219,000. Terri Robertson, 795-2676.
GULF FRONT CONDO Contemporary 1 BR/1.5 B unit
with den/guest room. Partially furnished. Prime beach loca-
DUPLEX NEAR BEACH Prime location in Holmes Beach
to live in and have help with the mortgage. Spacious prop-
erty has lots of parking. $189,900. Wendy Foldes, 755-0826.
Anna Maria Island Centre / 813-778-6654
3224 East Bay Drive / Holmes Beach, FL 34217
VOUT THESE CLUB CONDOS
802 Audubon Dr.-1/1 ... $79,900
Contract Pending 940 Sahdpiper Cr-- 2/2 ... 89,900
843 Audubon Dr 2/2 ... $107,000
912 Sandpiper Cr 2/ ... $95,900
1217 Spoonbill Landings Cr -
2/2 ... $117,900
1227 Spoonbill Landings Cr, furnished -
2/2 ... $129,900
1237 Spoonbill Landings Cr -
2/2 ... $116,900
1171 Edgewater Cr -2/2 ... $142,000
1163 Edgewater Cr 3/2 ... $209,000
Buying or Selling
CALL TODAY! !
Evenings 792-8477 .
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Toll Free 800-422-6325 .
BEST OF BOTH WORLDS! Unique canalfront
property in Anna Maria City. Extra large lot,
caged pool & a short walk to beach. Supreme
seclusion. Call Roni McCuddin 788-5585.
WEST BAY COVE Delightful view of the Bay
from a prime downstairs unit. 2 bedroom/2 bath,
domed ceiling kitchen, tile entry, Berber carpets.
Lu Rhoden, 778-2692 Ownerr/associate.
WATERWAY!! Cortez Rd condo w/dock near
beach. 2 bedroom, 2 bath. Great view of canal &
Palma Sola Bay! Needs a little TLC priced to sell,
$76,900. Call Robert St. Jean 778-6467 anytime.
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BEAUTIFUL LARGE DIRECT GULFFRONT condo!
Wall of mirrors in living rm. Light & bright: panoramic
view of Anna Maria's sunsets. 2 bedroom/2 bath.
GULF BEACH PLACE only $244,900 for large turn-
key furnished 2 bedroom/2 bath condo w/extra stor-
age. Enclosed balconies overlooking Gulf. Super
Gulf & Bay views from roof. #5KS39
COUNTRY STYLE CHARM. energy efficient
house close to town. 3 bedroom/2 bath. Screened
deck/spa, Corian counters & Euro cabinets, fire-
place. #5KS35. $154,900.
ISLAND VILLAGE! Newly decorated and fur-
nished. Great rental potential. 3 bedroom, 2 bath.
Extra storage, covered parking. Steps to beach.
PERICO BAY CLUB beautiful view of lake from 2
bedroom/2 bath home. Tennis, pool, putting green.
Only minutes to beach! #5KS35. $106,000
PERICO BAY CLUB! Enjoy the best of life here! 2 bed-
room/2 bath. Tumkey fumished. Tennis, pool, putting
green, security guard. Easy to rent. #5KS07. $105,000.
SHELL COVE Enjoy fabulous GULF sunsets from
your balcony! Turnkey furnished, 2 bedroom, 1 bath.
Close to everything! 5KS41. $99,900.
For information and to see any of these, please call...
778-0766 or 388-1267 Eves.
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Commercial Residential Free Estimates
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COMPUTER Tenex Turbo 286-12, with 2 floppy 5.5,
star printer, 14" color monitor. Almost new, boxed with
books and cords. $400. 778-6835.
COMMODORE COMPUTERS 128, 2-64 keyboards,
14" color monitor, printer, 2 disk drives, all books and
cords. $250. 778-6835.
PHOTO EQUIPMENT: Complete Nikon camera sys-
tem NIKON EM body with 50 mm lense, auto winder,
strobe, plus 28 mm and 70-300 zoom lenses, and bag.
Complete $450. 778-9392.
WANNA SKATE? Island Rollers In-Line Skates. A re-
lentless rush! For skating information and sales call
FIND GREAT DEALS on wheels... and everything else
in THE ISLANDER BYSTANDER
CAR CLEAN SPECIAL Wash and vacuum every week
all year on a $15 weekly contract basis. Call mobile
phone # 356-4649.
OFFICE FURNITURE Office desk, credenza with high
back leather chair. Solid oak with leather tops. Excel-
lent condition. $800 for all. 778-1899.
YOGA classes beginning in Holmes Beach. Jan. 3,
Gentle Yoga for seniors. Jan. 13 Beginning Yoga. En-
rollment information. 778-3892.
LOST DOG Tri-color basset hound. 5 years old. An-
swers to "Spike." Lost in vicinity of 107 5th St. S.,
Bradenton Beach. "Spike". White paws. 778-1497.
BEN AND IRENE'S Dog Babysitting Service. At our
home with constant supervision. No cages/kennels.
House calls (Island only). Cats included. 778-1012.
CAR CLEAN SPECIAL: Wash and vacuum every week
all year on a $15 weekly contract basis. Call mobile
phone # 356-4649.
CHARTER FISHING with Capt. Mike Heistand aboard
Magic. 1/2 & full day. Reservations please. Call 778-
HOUSEKEEPER Part-time for small motel. Must have
phone and transportation. Apply in person at 202 1st St.
N., Bradenton Beach.
MOTHER'S HELPER wanted. Three children. Good
pay. Part-time. 778-5734.
RESPONSIBLE BABYSITTER wanted in my home.
Own transportation. Evenings. Approximately 20 to 25
hours a week. For 4 and 5 year old. 778-9613 ask for
EXTRA TIME on your hands? The Anna Maria Island
Chamber of Commerce needs you. Volunteers please
call 778-1541 or 778-2277. Ask for Darcy.
PINE-SOL PATTY & CO We do everything! Light
cleaning, spring cleaning, WINDOWS, moving help,
organizing, whatever! 18 1/2 years on this Island! (20%
discount to Tom Selleck). 778-9217.
HOME REPAIR-Kitchen & Bath, handyman and home
repairs. Island resident, 23 years experience, local ref-
.erences. Call Mark at 778-5354.
AUTO & BOAT DETAILING at your home, office, or
dock-at your convenience. Complete detailing includes
wash, wax, shampoo, engine & underbelly cleaning,
leather & vinyl conditioned, tires & trim dressed and
much more. Protect your investment. Call Damon on
mobile number 356-4649.
PROFESSIONAL YACHT & Boat cleaning by Carleen.
15 years experience. No job to small. For free estimates
call voice pager 813-252-0080. Island resident.
ISLANDER CLASSIFIED The best news in town
and the best results from classified ads and service
CHEERFUL, REFINED mature companion for home
care, driving, shopping, errands, appointments and light
cooking. Dependable Island resident. 778-0601.
TREE SERVICE Topping, trimming, removal of all
types of trees. Including palms. Insured, reasonable.
Island resident. Local references. Call Brewers 778-
BRANTER INTERIORS Professional with Hilton Corp.
for 13 years. Cleaning your home is my specialty. Is-
land resident. 778-2611.
HOME REPAIR SERVICE Professional tile installa-
tion, marble work, plaster & stucco. Interior/exterior. All
repairs. Excellent Island references, 23 years experi-
ence. Call Mark at 778-5354.
VAN-GO PAINTING 15 years experience. ResidentiaV
Commercial, Interior/Exterior, Pressure Cleaning, Wall-
paper hanging. Island resident with Island references.
Call Bill Chamberlin at 778-5455.
JOE UNGVARSKY CONSTRUCTION. Remodeling
specialist. State licensed and insured. Many Island ref-
erences. 778-2993. Lic# CRC 035261.
FAUCET PLUMBING Remodel, service, water heater,
sewer cleaning. 24 hour service. Serving the Island for
17 years. 778-0181. Lic. # RF0038400.
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NEWS HAPPENINGS DINING FISHING SPORTS REAL ESTATE
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Between D. Coy Ducks and the Laundromat
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MONTGOMERY'S CERAMIC TILE Professional in-
stallation and repair. Fully insured. Manatee County
resident 25 years. Call today for a free estimate. Ken
ALUMINUM VINYL CONSTRUCTION. All types.
New installation and repairs. Insured and references.
LIC #RX-0051318. Rex Roberts 778-0029.
ISLAND UPHOLSTERY Danish craftsman, free esti-
mates, pick-up and delivery. Furniture repairs. 778-
4335. 121 Bridge St., Bradenton Beach.
Interior/Exterior Painting. Call Jim Bickal 778-1730. Free
Estimates 28 year Island Resident.
HOME REPAIR Seniors discount. Special rates for
mobile homes. 24 hours service. Island resident for 22
years. Call Pete 778-2812.
ONE LARGE commercial studio. Gulf view. Gulf Drive.
Ideal for small business, office, crafts, etc. Neg. Call
Frank at 778-6126 Eves. 778-6127.
BUY IT! SELL IT! FIND IT! ISLANDER CLASSIFIED.
NORTH BEACH VILLAGE Seasonal, annual available
rentals. 3BR/2.5B. 2 car garage. Furnished or unfur-
nished. Also units for sale. Excalibur Realty. 795-4394.
SEASONAL 1 bedroom in Holmes Beach. Large living
area w/garage. $1200 month. Available Dec. 1st thru
June. Steps from beach. 813-985-6765.
GULFFRONT Wonderful views from this fumished, 2/
1, apartment with pool and sandy walking beach in quiet
area of Holmes Beach. Availabilities from Dec. to Apr.
94 at $625 per week. Call Pat eves. 813-778-7976.
HOLMES BEACH 2/2, washer/dryer, cable TV, phone,
1 block from beach. Seasonal $1500 month including
utilities. Available Jan. thru April 1994. 778-5419.
'SEASONAL BAYFRONT condo. Open Jan. and Feb.
due to cancellation. Large 2/2, beautiful view, tennis,
pool, washer/dryer, etc. $1800 month for Jan. & Feb. or
$2100 for 1 month. Island Real Estate 778-6066.
HOLMES BEACH 2/2 and 1/1, furnished duplex apart-
ments. Seasonal or annual. 778-0468.
SEASONAL RENTAL Key Royale pool house. 2/2
Lovely furnished, quiet and private. Jan 21 thru March
4. $700 weekly w/ 4 week min., 778-0283.
SEASONAL Large 2/2, beautifully furnished elevated-
home. Close to beach. Available now. 778-4010 eves.
FURNISHED ANNA MARIA home. 3/3, living room,
eat-in kitchen, dishwasher, washer/dryer. On canal with
dock. 1.5 block to beach. Bring boat and clothing. 722-
BRADENTON BEACH HOUSE Available Jan. and
Feb. 2/1, furnished. Large deck under shade trees.
Steps from the beach. Behaved pets welcome with
HAPPY NEW YEAR from The Islander Bystander.
COTTAGES FOR RENT on the beach. Anna Maria
City. Wk/Mo/Sn. 813-735-1488.
BRADENTON BEACH 1BR home. 1/2 block to gulf
beach/city pier. Completely furnished. Seasonal. 114
3rd St. S. 778-2896.
SEASONAL RENTAL Westbay Cove. 2/2. Still available for
Jan. 94. Call Old Florida Realty Company 778-3377.
NORTH BEACH VILLAGE Efficiency apartment. Pool
and all utilities. $850 month seasonal/$400 month an-
ANNUAL Unfumished, 2/2 in Anna Maria with gorgeous
open water view. Boat dock included. Won't last long!
$800 month plus utilities and security. Call Debbie
Thrasher, Anna Maria Realty, Inc. 778-2259.
SEASONAL Gulffront/canal homes and condos.
Weekly and monthly. Call Debbie Thrasher, Anna Maria
Realty, Inc. 778-2259.
SEASONAL Holmes Beach. 2BR, furnished gulf view.
Available Feb. 1. $1400 month plus tax. 778-4368.
SEASONAL Feb. 1 thru June 1. 3/1, bayview close to
beach. Covered parking, sundecks, big kitchen, washer/
dryer, cable TV. $1400 month. 778-9546.
ANNA MARIA Just re-decorated 2/1 with 1 car garage.
One block to gulf beach. $1600 month. Available Feb.
1st. 813-778-4073 or 717-484-2167.
GROUND FLOOR Completely furnished 1 BR apart-
ment. 100 yards to gulf. 778-5246.
SEASONAL Newly renovated duplex. 706B Rose St.,
Anna Maria. Available thru cancellation because of
serious illness. North end of Anna Maria close to gulf in
quiet neighborhood. 2/1 on ground floor. $1000 month.
3 or 4 months. 778-1429.
ANNUAL Charming, unfurnished 1BR apartment. Steps
to beach. $400 month plus electric.
SEASONAL GULFFRONT Elegant 1BR apartment.
Turnkey furnished. Available Jan. thru end of Feb. $450
week or $1600 month. Gulf Bay Realty of Anna Maria
SEASONAL RENTAL Available now. Turnkey 3/2
house across from beach. 778-1180.
FULLY FURNISHED in Cortez Village. 2/1. $800 month
(Gas, light & water included) or $300 week. Available
Jan. 1 to Feb. 1, April and May. 794-2556.
HOLMES BEACH By owner. 3/3 elevated duplex.
Owner financing available. $169,500. 778-0468.
WATERFRONT 2/2, approx. 2000 sq. ft. home near
beach. Deep canal to Intracoastal. 15 X 30 solar pool.
516 56th St., Holmes Beach. $187,000. 778-2952 for
DUPLEX BY OWNER Holmes Beach 2/2, ceramic tile,
carpet. Remodeled in 1993. Walk to beach and shopping.
Must see. Asking $124,900. For appointment 778-6221.
KEY ROYALE 624 Foxworth. 100 ft. canalfront. 3/2.5,
living room, dining room, kitchen with eating area. 2 car
garage. $225,000. 778-7837.
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S, -No Overtime Charges!
778-3924 or 778-4461
"Remember, it pays and saves to get a second estimate."
5508 Marina Drive. Holmes Beach (RF0038118)
HOMEI1 RIEPAIRI CO.
Installation & Repair Interior & Exterior
Tile & Marble Masonry & Stucco
Carpentry Decks Dry Wall Kitchen & Bath
23 Years Experience Island Resident Local References
... for free home delivery
Anna Maria Island.
You don't want to miss the
BEST news on the Island.
You may also call to stop home
delivery if necessary.
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HOW TO PLACE A CLASSIFIED AD
THE DEADLINE IS NOON ON MONDAY FOR WEDNESDAY'S PAPER
Classifieds need to be placed in person and paid in advance at our office we do
not invoice or handle credit card charges. Our office is located at 5400A Marina Drive,
in the Island Shopping Center, Holmes Beach. We're on the corner between D. Coy
Ducks and the laundromat. Hours: 9 to 5, Monday thu Friday, Saturday 9 to 2.
Minimum $4.50 for up to 3 lines 21 WORDS.
Additional lines: $1.50 each, Box: $2, One or two line headlines 250 per word.
Minimum $6.50 for up to 3 lines 21 WORDS.
Additional lines: $2 each, Box: $2, One or two line headlines 250 per word.
Call 778-7978 for information and assistance.
AUTO & BOAT
WASH WAX *SHAMPOO
Engine & Underbody
Leather & Vinyl
Tires & Trim
Every detail is cleaned and protected. Your
car and boat can look like new again ...
and maintain its value!
By appointment, at your home or office.
Most cars $85.
Call mobile service #
356-4649 or 778-9392.
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OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK *7 AM to 10 PM SUNDAY 7 AM to 9 PM- PHONE 778-4100
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11 A.M. to NOON