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Date of Issue: November 03, 2005

Hirsch new Privateers chief

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Scott Hirsch has become acting president of the Anna Maria Island Privateers, succeeding Gregory "Shiprek" Davidson, who died Oct. 17.

Hirsch had been vice president of the civic and charitable organization.

He takes over just in time to ramrod the first mullet smoke of the season and to inaugurate the group's new smoker. That event will be Nov. 12 at Publix at Holmes Beach, 3900 E. Bay Drive.

The new smoker is as nearly a duplicate of the old one as could be made and still be modern, a spokesperson said. "It's sure to be better than the old one, won't have a lot of holes and dents in it."

The sale will start at 8 a.m. and continue until the mullet is all smoked and sold, said the spokesperson. And that may not be long, since for this breaking-in of the new smoker, the Privateers will use only 350 pounds of fish.

They obtain the fresh-caught mullet from A.P. Bell Fish Co. in Cortez.