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Fishing – 10-27-2010

Fishing’s great, weather too, stone crabs ‘holed up’

Fishing and great weather go hand in hand in the waters around Anna Maria Island, but the stone crab season has seen a somewhat mediocre start. One crabber reported seeing too many octopus in the traps, a sign the crabs are “holed up.” A little shake up in the waters is apparently needed to get the bottom-feeders moving from their hiding holes.

Capt. Anthony Manali of Legmakr Fishing Team in Anna Maria said his stone crab season started off “fair.” Manali also said he needs some weather to “stir it up.” Manali said he’s looking forward to rougher conditions to get crabs moving. Also with the full moon, the crabs slowed down. It was too light out at night for them to be moving.
“All in all, it was a fair start,” he said.

“There’s a few octopus, which is a good sign. Too many isn’t good. Prices are holding up good because the demand is high, and there’s no stock leftover from last year — the winter was too cold to produce any overstock.

“I’m getting $10 a pound for medium claws and up to $15 for jumbos. I have a wholesale and retail license, so I do a little better than the guys who sell to the fish houses.

Also, last year and last couple of years, the Cedar Key crabbers had a great catch, but they’re not really killing them this year. That makes the price good for everybody,” Manali said.

According to James “Wyre” Lee at Cortez Bait and Seafood on the docks in Cortez, the slow start to stone crab season means slightly higher prices at the market, but there’s still some good eating to be had. “We need some a good cold front and some rough water to get the crabs moving and feeding,” Lee said. “When the weather turns to crap, the crabbing picks up.”

Capt. Larry McGuire of Show Me the Fish Charters reports his offshore charters are catching some “really nice red snapper on the weekends along with big red and gag grouper, amberjack, kingfish, big sharks and monster mangrove snapper. On some days, they’re jumping in the boat. Even a caveman could catch them.”

He said the best action is out past 100 feet with live pinfish and sardines for bait. Closer in, around 1 or 2 miles off the beach, there is “Spanish mackerel madness” — all you want to catch —a variety of sharks and a few cobia. Gag grouper are continuing to move closer, now in around 50 to 70 feet of water, as the water temperature cools. “Gag grouper are one of my favorites and are coming home for the holidays,” he said.

Capt. Mark Howard of SumoTime Fishing Charters reposts his clients have “experienced some of the best fishing and tackle busting action Anna Maria Island has to offer” the past week. He’s concentrated efforts off the beach and the artificial reefs in our local waters.

The Spanish mackerel bite has been phenomenal, Howard said. With a live well “blacked out” full of shiners, we have been anchoring just off the structure of the artificial reefs and chumming to draw the marauding schools of mackerel close to the boat. “Using a 50-pound leader and a long silver shank hook, I’ve been hooking the shiners behind the pectoral-fin joint. The hook should just fit right in where the fin meets the body. Catches of 50-plus fish have been the standard.” Howard also has been seeing a variety of species mixed in with the mackerel — kingfish, cobia, tarpon and bonita — to mix up the action.

“For these fish, an upgrade to a bigger pole would be a wise choice,” he said. “Sharks have made a huge showing in the mackerel areas — some big ones. Black tips and spinner sharks averaging 6 feet and a 120 pounds have readily gobbled up chunks of mackerel and bonitas.”

Kimberly Shearer from Annie’s Bait and Tackle said customers are reporting redfish being caught in Perico Bay. “A 27-inch one was pulled off the oyster bed using live select shrimp for bait.”
She said reports came in of schools of Spanish mackerel and bonito 1/2 mile out of Longboat Pass in approximately 20′ of water. Customers at Annie’s said they had been drift-fishing towards

Bradenton Beach, using live shrimp and shad. “They were getting hits on every cast and had a lot of fun,” she said.

Reports are coming into Annie’s of a lot of redfish in Sarasota Bay, but they are oversized, she said.

Tom Cassetty from the Rod & Reel Pier said they’re seeing plenty of black drum and flounder caught on shiners and shrimp and mackerel is coming to the docks on jigs and spoons.

Capt. Warren Girle reported offshore seeing a few kingfish. He predicts the kingfish catch will improve with a couple more cold fronts. He was seeing mackerel everywhere to 5 pounds, grouper and snapper and a nice flounder bite around the artificial reefs. Inshore, Girle said redfish and black drum were showing up in good numbers and his charters saw limits of trout every trip from the grass flats in 3-5 feet of water. Girle said they saw some excitement two days ago when they got into some sharks offshore, 2-5 footers attacking their macks.

At Island Discount Tackle in Holmes Beach, Jonny Keyes said fishers who want to work off the beaches from the shore can still target jacks, Spanish mackerel and lady fish. Working the shore from the bayside, wading or from docks, Keyes said fishers are catching plenty of keeper redfish, and the canals are loaded with big trout. He recommended using a suspending lure, which also works well for the redfish.

Boaters can look to the nearshore reefs for cobia kingfish, bonita, sharks and Spanish mackerel and a good way to target those is shiners and cut bait, Keyes said.

Offshore fishing fishers are targeting red snapper on the weekends, gag grouper and cobia and some nice-size kingfish are showing up.

He said this week we’ll have nice, deep tides and the fishing will improve with the wane of the full moon. He recommended fishers should target their prey on the early, incoming tide.

Capt. Steve Salgado of Compleat Angler said he’s seeing plenty of redfish and snook, a real good trout bite and a mixed bag of all sizes and plenty of white bait.

Offshore, Salagdo said he’s “seeing plenty of grouper and snapper in “50-60-70 feet of water.”

Capt. Mike Greig said he he saw a good week with “some redfish, a bunch of trout, sharks, macks and bonita” coming on the hook.

Send fishing reports to

Capt. Mark Johnston of Legend Charters is
Capt. Warren Girle reported 941 387 8383 offshore inshore
713 2479
Kyle Dodrill from the Sunshine Skyway Fishing Piers South Pier Bait Shop in north Palmetto said: 941-729-0117
Brett Lance from the Rod & Reel Pier Tom Cassetty
Dave Sork from the Anna Maria City Pier said
Capt. Rick Gross of Fishy Business 941 794 3308
At Island Discount Tackle in Holmes Beach, Jonny Keyes
Capt. Rick Gross of Fishy Business said

Islander Calendar – 10-27-2010

Wednesday, Oct. 27
6:30 p.m. — Anna Maria Island Relay for Life kick-off party at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-745-1214.

Friday, Oct. 29
3 to 7 p.m. — Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce Trail of Treats costume contest and trick-or-treating at participating businesses. The event begins at the Chamber office, 5313 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-1541.
4:30 to 6 p.m. — Haunted house at the Anna Maria Island Health and Fitness Center, 5364 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-5446.
5 p.m. — The Islander’s Crazy, Creepy, Crawly Critter Party and Costume Corral Contest, with prizes offered for pets in the scariest, silliest and most original costumes, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-7978.

Saturday, Oct. 30
10 a.m. — Costume contest and children’s Halloween parade departs from the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce proceeding down Gulf Drive to Anna Maria Elementary School. Information: 941-708-5525.
11 a.m. to 3 p.m. — Fall Festival at Anna Maria Elementary School, 4700 Gulf Drive N., Holmes Beach. Information: 941-708-5525.

Sunday, Oct. 31
5:30 to 6:30 p.m. — “Trunk or Treat” at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 6608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-1813.

Monday, Nov. 1
11 a.m. — “Galapagos: Nature, History, Darwin” with Jan Skalny at the Studio at Gulf and Pine, 10101 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information: 941-359-4296.
6 p.m. — Bingo for Turkeys to benefit the Lawton Chiles Christmas Party for Kids at the Sandbar Restaurant, 100 Spring Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-78-0444.

Tuesday, Nov. 2
Noon — Dr. Joke Ogunrinde, ambassadorial scholar visiting from Nigeria, will speak to the Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island at the BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach.

Wednesday, Nov. 3
11 a.m. — Einstein Circle discussion group meets at the Studio at Gulf and Pine, 10101 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information: 941-359-4296.
1:15 p.m. — Gulf Coast Writers member Barbara Goff discusses the Florida Writers Association Convention at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-7631.
3 p.m. — “After Hours Book Club” will discuss “Three Little Words” by Ashley Rhodes-Courter at the Tingley Memorial Library, 111 Second St. N., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-779-1208.

• The first and third Mondays of each month, the American Legion Post 24, 2005 75th St. W., Bradenton, hosts dinners for the public. Fee applies. Information: 941-794-3390.
• Tuesdays, 4:30 p.m., Inquiring Minds cross-denominational study group meets at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 6608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-4579.
• Wednesdays, 6 to 8 p.m., teens meet at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-1908.
• Alternating Wednesdays, 11 a.m., memory loss support group at the Longboat Island Chapel Aging in Paradise Resource Center, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. Information: 941-383-6491.
• Wednesdays and Saturdays, 9 a.m., players pitch horseshoes in the pits at Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information: 941-708-6130.
• Fridays, Senior Adventures Group meets for outings to various locations throughout the summer. Information: 941-962-8835.
• Saturdays, 8:30 a.m., Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island meets at Cafe on the Beach, Manatee Public Beach, Holmes Beach.

Thursday, Oct. 28
6 p.m. — World Music Film Series presents “Throw Down Your Heart” at the South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-746-4131. Fee applies.
6 p.m. — “Hoop Jam” hoola-hooping party at Robinson Preserve, 1709 99th St. N.W., Bradenton. Information: 941-748-4501.
6:30 p.m. — Red Ribbon candlelight vigil against substance abuse at the Manatee County Judicial Center, 1051 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton.
7:30 p.m. — “Nunsensations” opens at the Manatee Players, 102 Old Main St., Bradenton, through Nov. 14. Information: 941-748-5875. Fee applies.

Friday, Oct. 29
7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. — “Dark Matter” concert and animated light show at the Bishop Planetarium located at the South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-746-4131. Fee applies.
11 p.m. — “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” screening at the Manatee Players, 102 Old Main St., Bradenton. Information: 941-748-5875. Fee applies.

Saturday, Oct. 30
8 a.m. to 11 p.m. — Sarasota Chalk Festival featuring artists from Bradenton Beach’s Fyfe, music, kiddie chalk section and pumpkin carving along South Pineapple Avenue, Sarasota. Information online:
9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. — Wagon tours through Robinson Preserve, 1709 99th St. N.W., Bradenton. Information: 941-748-4501.
4:30 to 6:30 p.m. — The Bradenton Marauders “Trick or Trunk” at McKechnie Field parking lot on 17th Avenue West, Bradenton. Information: 941-747-3031.
11 p.m. — “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” screening at the Manatee Players, 102 Old Main St., Bradenton. Information: 941-748-5875. Fee applies.

Sunday, Oct. 31
8 a.m. to 11 p.m. — Sarasota Chalk Festival featuring artists from Bradenton Beach’s Fyfe, music, kiddie chalk section and more along South Pineapple Avenue, Sarasota. Information online:

Coming Up:
• Nov. 4, World Music Film Series: “Afghan Star,” South Florida Museum.
• Nov. 5, Flu shots, Anna Maria Island Community Center.
• Nov. 5, Wildlife Inc. benefit, Back Alley.
• Nov. 6, Great Visit Florida Beach Walk.
• Nov. 6, Snooty’s Gala.
• Nov. 6, Monofilament cleanup, Save Our Seabirds.
• Nov. 6, Sarasota Blues Festival, Ed Smith Stadium.
• Nov. 6, Walter C. Watkins Scavenger Hunt, Palma Sola Park.
• Nov. 7, Bridge Street Festival.
• Nov. 8, Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce installation dinner, Key Royale Club.
• Nov. 8, Turkey Bingo, Sandbar restaurant.
• Nov. 9, Coffee & Conversations for Seniors, Anna Maria Island Community Center.

Save the Date:
• Nov. 10, Islander Veteran’s Day Remembrance, Holmes Beach City Hall.
• Nov. 12-14, ArtsHop.
• Nov. 13, Holly Berry Bazaar, Episcopal Church of the Annunciation.
• Nov. 13-14, Butterfly Garden Art & Craft Festival, Holmes Beach.
• Nov. 13-14, Discover Egmont Key.
• Nov. 14, Anna Maria Island Concert Chorus and Orchestra, Crosspointe Fellowship.
• Nov. 17-20, Sandblast.
• Nov. 19-21, Save the Gulf concert, Holmes Beach.
• Nov. 20, Canine Christmas Festival, Bishop Animal Shelter.
• Dec. 11-12, Winterfest.

Send calendar announcements to Please include the time, date and location of the event, a brief description and a contact via e-mail and phone.

The Islander Classifieds: Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2010


MIRRORS: 64 x 36 inch, three for $30. Desk, country French, hutch, 45 x 26, $50. 941-795-8359.

ENTERTAINMENT CENTER, OFF-white lacquer, three pieces, 72 x 78 inch, will hold 27-inch TV, $75. 941-795-8359.

COMPUTER: 2.4 GHz with newly loaded Windows XP-PRO, $100.  941-756-6728.

SEWING MACHINE: OLD Singer in cabinet, runs good, $25. Call 941-761-1928.

FILLET KNIFE: Uncle Henry Shrade, 7-inch blade, Staghorn handle, leather sheath, $20. 941-761-1415.

FISHING REEL: PENN #85. Saltwater. $15. Call Frank, 941-761-1415.

LEATHER COAT: BLACK, ladies 1X. Never worn, $25. Call Marion, 941-761-1415.

WHITE JOHNSON BROTHERS English china. 66 pieces, $150. Excellent condition. A great Christmas gift! 941-778-3369.

USF VS. RUTGERS: 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 3. Four tickets, row K. Sold for $140, sacrifice, $100. 941-713-4048.

ANTIQUE COPPER POTS and bowls, collection $300, or $50-75 each. Wine racks, antique burl-wood rocker and more. View at The Islander store, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.

THREE GRAND MIRRORS, gorgeous frames, 4×6 feet to 5×8 feet. $200-$350. View at The Islander store, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.

ORIGINAL, LOCAL ART for sale. View at The Islander store, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.

AERIAL PHOTOS of Anna Maria Island. View and purchase online:

COMMERCIAL RESTAURANT SUPPLIES: Ice machine: install and service $2,100. You pick up, $1,600. Assorted stainless shelves: $75. Six-burner gas cooktop and charbroiler: $1,800. 941-730-2606.

FREEBIE ITEMS FOR SALE: Individuals may advertise up to three items, each priced $100 or less, 15 words or less. FREE, one week. Deliver in person to The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, e-mail HYPERLINK “”, fax toll-free 1-866-362-9821. (limited time offer)


GLORIA DEI LUTHERAN Church: All are welcome to come and worship with us! Please call 941-778-1813 or visit us at: for worship times. 6608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.

BRADENTON ROTARY CLUB meets at noon Mondays at Mattison’s Riverside, 1200 First Ave. W., Bradenton. Club members enjoy fellowship with like-minded professionals. Club projects offer opportunities to benefit the community locally and worldwide. To attend a meeting as our guest, call Trish, 941-747-1871. More information:

FESTIVAL VENDORS WANTED: Arts, crafts, food, beverage for Save Our Gulf 3-day festival in Holmes Beach, Nov. 19-21. Call Joy, 941-545-3664.

MIDAS: 6712 MANATEE Ave. W., Bradenton. Full service auto care. Now locally owned. Bring ad for a $19.99 oil change or 10 percent off other services and tires. Ask for Mike. 941-794-9080.

HAITI $$$ DONATIONS to the Ministry of Presence Inc.,, urgently needed for local representatives to aid homeless children. Info: The Islander, 941-778-7978.

CORPORATE AND GOLF entertainment. Private parties and fundraisers. Florida: October through March. 337-367-0339.

TERRY HAYES, REALTOR. Signature Sothebys International. 941-302-3100.

WANTED: YOUR OLD cell phone for recycling. Deliver to The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.

FISHING GEAR WANTED: The Privateers and The Islander are collecting new or used, repairable fishing poles and reels, nets, tackle, buckets, etc. to give to children. Donate your gear at The Islander newspaper office, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.

FREE GUN LOCK courtesy of Project Childsafe, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and Holmes Beach Police Department. Pick up at The Islander office, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Don’t be sorry, be safe.


ESTATE SALE 9:30-2 Friday, Oct. 22, 644 Spanish Dr. N., Spanish Main Yacht Club, 5700 Gulf of Mexico Dr., Longboat Key. (You MUST park at the Marina and walk to the sale) Leather sofa, loveseat and chair, coffee and end tables, Murphy bed set, two painted armoires, prints, kitchenware, linens and nice decorative accessories. Sale Conducted by Palma Sola Appraisals and Sales. Numbers given at 8:00 am


ROSER THRIFT SHOP open 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday; 9 am to noon Saturday. Donations 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Wednesdays. 511 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. 941-779 -2733.

ISLAND PLAYERS PORCH sale: 9 a.m. -1 p.m. Saturday, Oct.23. Costumes, props, wigs and more. Baked goods! Proceeds to benefit Anna Maria Elementary School. 10009 Gulf Drive and Pine Avenue, Anna Maria.

SALE: 8 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 30-31. Office equipment, desks, file cabinets, wood kitchen cabinets, antiques, tools, chairs and more. 600 Linley St., north Longboat Key, in the village.

HUGE GARAGE SALE: 7:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 22-23. Loads of great stuff. 531 and 529 69th St., Holmes Beach.

ANTIQUE AND ART fair at Whitney Beach Plaza, Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 30-31. For vendor information, call Stephanie, 941-383-1901.


LOST: PINK CASIO camera. Stayed at Tradewinds Resort. Many wedding, pre-wedding photos. 941-928-0193.

FOUND: BIRTH REGISTRATION card. Missouri. Claim at The Islander office, 5405 Marina Drive, Holmes beach.

LOST GLASSES ON beach at Oak Street, Anna Maria. Vera Wang frames. Reward. 941-729-4836.


PARENTS NEEDED for loving homes to foster puppies and kittens until they are old enough for adoption. All food and medical provided. Julie, 941-720-1411.


2006 TOYOTA TACOMA Pre-runner SR5 truck. Five-speed straight shift, towing package, bed liner, bed cover, air conditioning, CD, am/fm radio. Excellent condition. 37,000 miles. $12,500, firm. 813-760-0148


DRUMMER, KEYBOARD PLAYER and bass musician wanted for reggae band. 941-779-5246.

SALES ASSOCIATE: MOTIVATED, experienced real estate licensee for busy Island office. Please call Jesse or Robin at 941-778-7244.

FULL-TIME DESK clerk for Inn: Flexible days and hours a must. Includes weekends and holidays. Duties include checking in guests, giving tours of property, cleaning of common areas, local driving with mileage reimbursement and basic computer skills. Must be friendly and neat in appearance. Fax resume: 941-201-3223 or pick up an application at 101 66th St., Holmes Beach, FL 34217.  Please, no phone calls!

INTERVIEWING NOW FOR part-time women’s sales position. Contact Linda at 941-704-3424.

HOLY COW ICE cream and Gifts has a full-time second shift position available immediately. Sales and ice cream experience beneficial. Please apply in person at 3234 E. Bay Drive, Holmes Beach, or contact Ben, 941-448-4950.

SAND DOLLAR GIFTS and Home Accents has a sales person position available immediately. Sales and display experience a plus. Please, apply in person at 5302 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, or contact Ben, 941-448-4850.

HOUSE CLEANER NEEDED: House cleaner needed Sundays 1-6 p.m. Call Mark, 941-720-5664.


LOOKING FOR A babysitter or pet sitter? For all ages, call Carolyn. Red cross certified. 941-778-2301.

KIDS FOR HIRE ads are FREE for up to three weeks for Island youths under 16 looking for work. Ads must be placed in person at The Islander office, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.


FLORIDA BUSINESSES FOR sale! Buy, sell, broker, referral. E2/EB5 Visa. Call James Adkins, 941-713-0635.

HEALTH FOOD STORE on Anna Maria Island, located in busy shopping center, large inventory, all equipment and fixtures, completely turnkey, business growing monthly, owners moving, great opportunity for mom and pop. $189,000. Call Jim, 941-580-0626.


LET US DRIVE YOU! Airports, cruise ports. Flat rates. Anna Maria Sunshine Car Service. 941-778-5476.

ISLAND COMPUTER GUY, 37 years experience. On-site PC repairs, upgrades, buying assistance and training. Call Bill, 941-778-2535.

LIGHT CARPENTRY, HOME repairs, handyman work, deck repairs, dock repairs, etc. Retired tradesman, Island resident. No job too small. Call Steve Doyle 941-778-1708.

TOTAL DOOR AND Window Service: Repairs, replacements, sales, parts, stormcatcher hurricane covers, Simonton windows, Plastpro doors, ODL inserts. 941-730-1399.

HOUSE CLEANING BY Laura. Excellent references. One house, 2BR/2BA, $50. 941-539-6891.

CONTACT CAPT. GREG Burke of A Paradise Realty for all of your real estate needs, selling, listing, buying, market analysis. 941-592-8373, or e-mail:

I DON’T CUT corners, I clean corners. Professional, friendly cleaning service since 1999. 941-778-7770. Leave message.

TRANSPORT SERVICE: LET me drive you to the airport or anywhere in Florida. Flat rates. Reasonable. Call Mike, 941-567-6634.

ISLAND PET NANNY: Loving pet care. Longtime Island resident, background check, pet CPR-certified, references. Karen Robinson, 941-779-2830 or 941-730-5693.

TOASTED COMPUTER SERVICES. Your home and business specialist. On-site service, virus/spyware, cleanup, system setup, upgrades, diagnosis and repair, internet/wireless networking, custom system design. 941-224-1069.

WILDLIFE REMOVAL and relocation: Problem solving for all animals, big and small. Call Joe, Westcoast Nuisance Wildlife Service. 941-720-4152.

ANTOINETTE’S PERSONAL SERVICE: Property management in your absence. Holmes Beach resident. Licensed, bonded. 941-778-7355 or 941-730-6548.

BUSINESS-TO-BUSINESS JD’s Window Cleaning looking for storefront jobs in Holmes Beach. 941-920-3840.

ISLAND MERMAIDS CLEANING and Co.: 36 years of happy customers. Organizing, pet-watch, storm-check, etc. Rentals our specialty. 941-778-3046.

DESIGNER FOR HIRE! All your graphic needs covered! Web design. Call Jon at Smashcat Studios, 941-778-2824 or 941-545-0192.

BEACH SERVICE air conditioning, heat, refrigeration. Commercial and residential service, repair and/or replacement. Serving Manatee County and the Island since 1987. For dependable, honest and personalized service, call William Eller, 941-795-7411. CAC184228.

ANYONE CAN TAKE a picture. A professional creates a portrait. I want to be at your wedding! 941-778-2711.

NADIA’S EUROSAGE Relaxing, healing massage in the comfort of your home. Call today for an appointment, 941-795-0887. MA#0017550.

CHECK MY HOUSE! When you’re away, we stay close to home. We provide full house checking services to ensure your house is secure while you are away. Call 941-928-8735, or e-mail for details.

TUTORING SERVICES: Specializing in algebra, geometry, calculus, trigonometry and science. Special need students welcome. Grades 3-12. Jenifer, 941-224-1760.

UPSCALE NAIL SALON: Nails on the Island. 30 years experience. Call for an appointment. Now offering in-home services. 941-713-5244.

GUITAR TROUBLE? KOKO RAY’S ISLAND studio. Instruction in flute, saxophone, guitar, piano and voice. 315 58th St., Holmes Beach, 941-778-8323.


CONNIE’S LANDSCAPING INC. Residential and commercial. Full-service lawn maintenance, landscaping, cleanups, hauling and more! Insured. 941-778-5294.

ISLAND LAWN SPRINKLER service and repair. Your complete irrigation repair company. Call 941-778-2581.

TREES BY BREEZE Inc.: Custom landscapes, tree trimming, property maintenance. Insured. Since 1988. Chris, 941-778-2837.

JR’S LANDSCAPING AND MAINTENANCE Lawns, native plants, mulching, trimming, hauling, cleanups. Island resident 25 years. Call 941-807-1015.


STRAIGHT SHOT LANDSCAPE. For all your landscape needs. Shell $45/yard. Call Shark Mark. 941-301-6067.

KARAZ LANDSCAPE LAWN service. Mulch, clean ups, power washing, tree trimming and more. 941-448-3857 or 941-448-5207.

SHELL DELIVERED AND spread. Premium grade-A, $45/yard B-grade, $30-$40/yard. Hauling all kinds of gravel, mulch, top soil with free estimates. Call Larry at 941-795-7775, “shell phone” 941-720-0770.

NATURE’S DESIGN LANDSCAPING. Design and installation. Tropical landscape specialist. Residential and commercial. 30 years experience. 941-729-9381.


VAN-GO PAINTING residential/commercial, interior/exterior, pressure cleaning, wallpaper. Island references. Bill, 941-795-5100.

TILE -TILE -TILE. All variations of ceramic tile supplied and installed. Quality workmanship, prompt, reliable, many Island references. Call Neil, 941-726-3077.

CUSTOM REMODELING EXPERT. All phases of carpentry, repairs and painting. Insured. Meticulous, clean, sober and prompt. Paul Beauregard, 941-730-7479.

GRIFFIN’S HOME IMPROVEMENTS Inc. Handyman, fine woodwork, countertops, cabinets and shutters. Insured and licensed, 941-748-4711.

JERRY’S HOME REPAIR: Carpentry work, handyman, light plumbing, electrical, light hauling, pressure washing. Call 941-778-6170 or 941-447-2198.

SOUTHBAY HOME REPAIRS: If it’s broken, stuck, loose, leaks, needs paint, etc. I’ll fix it. Affordable quality work. 941-720-2906.

FOREMOST FENCE: Commercial, Residential. Chain link, vinyl, aluminum, wood, access control. Contractors you can depend on. Call 941-748-2700.

J.E. MURRAY: ESTABLISHED Island builder. New homes, remodeling. 30-year resident. Call 941-778-2316 or 941-730-3228.

CONCRETE/PAVER WORK: 20 years experience. New, repair, replace. Sidewalks, patios, driveways. Joel Snyder, 941-720-1599.


WEEKLY/MONTHLY/ANNUAL rentals: wide variety, changes daily. SunCoast Real Estate, 941-779-0202, or 1-800-732-6434.

WATERFRONT KEY WEST STYLE with dock. Furnished, walk to beach. $150/night, $950/week. Use of bikes and kayaks included. 941-794-5980.

VACATION RENTALS: 3BR/3BA pool home, 2BR/1BA cottage, 5BR/4BA split pool home, two blocks to Holmes Beach. 3BR/2BA pool home, northwest Bradenton, 3BR/3BA pool home, Palma Sola. Weekly, monthly rentals. Luxury furnishings, all amenities. Inclusive prices. Coastal Properties Realty, 941-794-1515.

ANNA MARIA BEACHFRONT, waterfront vacation rental. 5BR/4BA. $2,200/week. 559-760-1331. HYPERLINK “”

FEMALE ROOMMATE WANTED: 2BR/2BA condo. Beachfront with pool in Holmes Beach. HYPERLINK “”

CHARMING MONTHLY/SEASONAL condo. Cross street to Holmes Beach. 2BR/2BA, washer, dryer. Two screened-in decks, heated pool. $2,400/month. 813-634-3790.

SEASONAL: HOLMES BEACH. Spacious 3BR/2BA duplex, upper level. Screened lanai, completely furnished. One house from beach. Gulf view. No pets or smoking. Two-month minimum. 813-689-0925 or

SEASONAL/VACATION RENTAL: 1.5 blocks from Gulf. 2BR/1BA Furnished, washer and dryer, carport. Call Ed, 303-710-2996.

DIRECT BAYFRONT: 2,500 sf. Beautiful home, 3BR/2.5BA, boat dock, lift, pool, fully furnished. $3,600/month, annual. 941-580-0626.

SKIERS: WOULD YOU like to house trade for 1-6 months this winter? Country home 25 minutes from Steamboat, Colo. One hour and 15 minutes from Vail. Or rent this beautiful furnished 2BR/2BA home, $2,000/month.  HYPERLINK “” or 970-736-8293.

MINUTES TO BEACHES! Large 3BR/2BA garage duplex. Range, refrigerator, dishwasher, washer, dryer, disposal, huge Florida room, large screened lanai, big storage shed, fenced yard, ceiling fans, carpet, ceramic tile, wood laminate flooring, $895/month. Annual. 941-740-0793.

PRIVATE BEACHFRONT HOME: Ground level, 2BR/1BA, attached garage. Spectacular water views. Seasonal, monthly, weekly rates. 941-348-9448.

ANNUAL DUPLEX: 1BR/1BA. Holmes Beach. Walk to beach. $800/month plus utilities. First, last, security deposit. 941-376-0541.

ANNA MARIA: ANNUAL 2BR/1BA. Unfurnished, no smokers or pets. $900/month pus utilities. 941-228-0603.

HOUSE FOR RENT: Anna Maria, steps from bay, beach and pier. 3BR, private yard, spacious, clean, pets OK. $1,500/month. 941-362-9585.

ANNUAL RENTAL: LARGE canal home, 2BR/2BA, two-car garage, washer and dryer hook-up on Key Royale. No pets. $1,600/month plus utilities. First, last and security. Call 941-545-3511 for information.

SEASONAL OR WEEKLY cottage-style rentals. 1BR/1BA or 55-plus 2BR/1BA with pool. Walk to beach, shopping, restaurants. 941-778-3426. Web site


HAVING MORTGAGE TROUBLE? Want to buy distressed properties? Call James Adkins, 941-713-0635.

BAYFRONT PELICAN COVE condo: 2BR/2BA great views, close to everything. Call Capt. Greg, 941-592-8373, A Paradise Realty.

DIRECT GULFFRONT: 4BR/4.5BA, den, three-car garage, pool, spa, elevator, security. Immaculate 2005 Mediterranean villa-style architecture, breathtaking Gulf views, furnished, 5,146 sf under roof, north Anna Maria Island. 12106 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. $3,500,000. Contact owner, broker, 941-920-1699.

FOR SALE: SANDPIPER Resort mobile home. 2BR/1BA, steps from Bradenton Beach. Completely renovated. 813-458-3875.

GORGEOUS FAMILY ENTERTAINMENT compound with full Gulf views in Holmes Beach. 6,500-sf under roof, just completed in 2009. Casual elegance in this 5BR/4BA, spectacular rooftop bar/summer kitchen, resort-style pool, five-plus car garage and separate in-law unit. Boat house and two docks. Gated estate offered at $3,50,000. Tony Andrews of Andrews & Associates. 941-921-5999. Sought-after estate will be an open house 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 31. 510 58th St., Holmes Beach.

PRICE REDUCED: DUPLEX on two deeded lots, both units 2BR/1.5BA, elevated, park under building. $450,000. Call owner: 00941-730-2606.

Bayfest celebrates 10 years

The big bass boom from Bayfest beckoned Gail and Paul Junger from the beach Oct. 16.

“We were over at the beach, on the Gulf, and we could hear the music,” Paul Junger of Lakewood Ranch said. “We packed up and came over and found this big party.”

The party turned out to be the second day of Bayfest, the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce celebration, now in its 10th year, on Pine Avenue in Anna Maria. The party featured a classic car show, live music, a children’s entertainment zone, a Taste of Island food court, a fishing contest and dozens of retail and arts and crafts vendors.

The event also drew a number of politicians, including those seeking votes in the Nov. 2 election.

At-large Manatee County Commissioner Carol Whitmore, who is seeking re-election to a four-year term, turned out, along with Democratic challenger Sundae Lynn Knight. County commission candidate Roger Galle, seeking to represent District 4, also trekked up and down Pine Avenue.

As for Island candidates, Anna Maria mayoral candidates Sandy Mattick and Mike Selby staffed booths. So did Michael Harrington, who is running for commissioner in Bradenton Beach, and Jean Peelen, who is running for commissioner in Holmes Beach.

The local Democratic Party organization also had a presence, a booth where festival-goers could learn about candidates, pick up signs and sign a petition against oil drilling and exploration in the Gulf of Mexico.

“This is a nice way to pick up on politics,” said Bradenton resident Shelby Whitacre, whose purse was stuffed with papers collected from Bayfest booths and whose hand held a hot dog dripping with mustard and ketchup.

“I never miss a Bayfest,” said Whitacre.

Neither has 6-year-old Meghan Whitacre.

“I like the ice cream and the music,” she said. Her hand held the string to a helium-filled blue balloon. “But everything’s fun.”

Webb: Anna Maria LDR rewrite ‘painful’ process

Make no mistake, Anna Maria Commissioner Chuck Webb told commissioners at their Oct. 14 work session, “Rewriting land-development regulations is absolutely a huge, painful process.”

Webb should know from experience. He worked for Charlotte County as an attorney during the LDR rewrite process there.

“I have done this before and it’s a lot of work,” Webb said.

Webb said when people start arguing about interpretation of the LDRs, it’s a sure sign there are “glitches” in the regulations.

But it’s a process that should have started long ago in Anna Maria, Commissioner Dale Woodland said.

Too many LDRs are unclear, too many are open to different interpretations, and there have been some problems with a number of ordinances since the revised comp plan was adopted in 2007, he noted.

Commissioner Gene Aubry agreed.

“We keep chewing on the paper and don’t get to the problem.”

Commissioners, however, were unsure where to start the process.

Commission Chair John Quam proposed a joint commission-planning and zoning board meeting to list all critical areas of the LDRs.

Former P&Z chair Tom Turner said when the LDRs were written in 1994, an ad hoc committee prepared a list of major areas of concern and presented that to the commission.

Webb said that’s how it was done in Charlotte County, but noted Anna Maria is a small city and it could be difficult to get enough volunteers for the committee.

“In Charlotte County, we had a lot of experts volunteer their time.”

Aubry agreed with an ad hoc committee creating a priority list, but Woodland said commissioners “know where the hot areas are,” such as the parking ordinance and density, and suggested they tackle those now.

Webb agreed. “Take out the hot topics. I think we can do it more efficiently than an ad hoc committee.”

Commissioners eventually agreed to have city planner Alan Garrett and staff prepare a priority list of all LDRs needing revision, in conflict with the comp plan or needing definition, while a joint commission-P&Z board meeting can address the “hot areas” that need immediate attention.

Quam scheduled a joint work session with the P&Z board for 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 4.

Stoltzfus asks court to dismiss intervention

Ex-Anna Maria Commissioner Harry Stoltzfus filed a motion with the Florida 2nd District Court of Appeal Oct. 15, requesting that it dismiss an Oct. 12 filing from Citizens for Sunshine Inc. pertaining to his appeal of his recall.

Stoltzfus’ attorney, Richard Harrison, said the reply from Citizens, written by attorney Andrea Flynn Mogensen, should be dismissed as “the intervenor’s reply is not authorized by the Florida rules of Appellate Procedure” and Citizens was “neither ordered nor invited to make any filing in response to the order to show cause.”

A DCA ruling of Sept. 15 that lifted the stay of the recall election gave Stoltzfus 20 days to file a response why Stoltzfus’ appeal should not be moot. Stoltzfus filed his response Oct. 6.

Mogensen filed the brief for Citizens, a Sarasota organization that works for transparency in government, outlining case law that refuted Stoltzfus’ response to the DCA.

Since the “intervenor” had no authority to file a rebuttal, Harrison asked the DCA to “strike the intervenor’s reply.”

The Recall Commissioner Stoltzfus Committee, which successfully carried out the Stoltzfus recall in a Sept. 7 election, already has filed its response to the court.

As of The Islander’s press deadline Oct. 18, the DCA had not issued a ruling in the matter.

September tourism climbs 16 percent

Although September is supposed to be Anna Maria Island’s slowest month for visitors, the occupancy figures reported by the Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau for last month show a 16.5 percent gain from September 2009.

The increase put occupancy of Island accommodations at 45.9 percent, up 16.5 percent from the 39.4 percent reported for September last year. The 45.9 percent is just 3.8 percent below the August 2010 occupancy level of 49.7 percent.

Longboat Key also gained visitors, with occupancy climbing from 30.8 percent in September 2009 to 33.7 percent for this September, a 9.4 percent increase.

Overall occupancy of all accommodations in the BACVB area for September 2010 was 42.5 percent, up 6 percent from the 40.1 percent reported for the same month last year.

While occupancy of Island accommodations soared compared to last September, mainland occupancy fell in the comparison from 46.7 percent to 43.7 percent, a 6.4 percent drop.

At the same time occupancy was increasing on the Island, the average daily rate was down, according to the BACVB figures.

The ADR on the Island for September 2010 was $131.15, a decline of 5.9 percent from the ADR of $139.38 recorded for September 2009.

For the entire BACVB area, the ADR dropped $4.32.

Last September, the ADR for the Bradenton area was $119.15, while this September, the ADR was $114.83, the BACVB reported.

The marked increase in Island tourism for September shows the BACVB marketing campaign of targeting Florida residents during the slower months of August, September and October is working, said BACVB marketing director Deb Meihls.

Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce president Mary Ann Brockman said many members were “thrilled” to have business during a month that is traditionally the slowest of the year for Island tourism.

“I think many of us have been pleasantly surprised,” she said.

“I know it’s been a boon for a number of accommodations and retail shops.”

City answers citizen complaint

A 7-year-old development dispute is reaching a judicial review at the Manatee County courthouse, where Bradenton Beach resident and property owner Ken Lohn has lodged a complaint against the city.

Lohn has been challenging a development neighboring his bayfront property in Bradenton Beach for years. Last summer, he took the city to court over the matter, which involves his allegation that the city wrongfully issued a certificate of occupancy.

But not until this fall did the court invite the city to respond to Lohn’s complaint.

The city’s response, filed about two weeks ago at the Manatee County Judicial Center in Bradenton, consists of 15 pages, plus an appendix, and it maintains that Lohn’s case has no merit.

Lohn lives on Bay Drive South and owns a nearby duplex. He has long challenged a project adjacent to his property, including the city building official’s issuance of a certificate of occupancy for a duplex at 109 Fifth St. S.

In April 2009, the Bradenton Beach Board of Adjustment recommended that the city commission deny Lohn’s complaint regarding the now privately owned Fifth Street property.

In June 2009, the city commission voted against Lohn’s complaint, which essentially is that a driveway built on an easement alongside his home is too close to his property line and too narrow.

So Lohn went to court in July 2009 to seek a judicial review of the commission’s decision.

“This complaint challenges the city of Bradenton Beach issuance of a certificate of occupancy for the multi-family condominium … despite the fact the location is in violation of express provisions of the Bradenton Beach Land Development Code,” the complaint states.

City attorney Ricinda Perry prepared the city’s response, which stated, “The city determined, based on competent and substantial evidence, that the issuance of the CO was proper and consistent with the applicable zoning and land-use regulations. Absent an abuse of discretion or a clearly erroneous decision by the city commission, the decision of the city must be upheld.”

Perry, in the response, asked the court to issue an order upholding the city decision and did not ask for oral arguments, which she said were unnecessary.