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Fishing – 03-02-2011

Spanish mackerel invade Island-area waters

Water temps are on the rise and hungry Spanish mackerel have taken over northern Sarasota Bay as well as the Intracoastal Waterway from Longboat Pass to the Manatee Avenue bridge. Anything from live shrimp to white crappie jigs are producing. Silver spoons and Gotcha plugs are working well, too.

These fish have teeth, so you’ll want to use some kind of leader. Most fishers use 30- to 50-pound fluorocarbon tied directly to their lure. This technique works well as long as you’re willing to lose a few lures here and there. If you get sick of losing tackle, you can also attach a piece of thin-gauge copper wire about 4 inches long to your spoon or jig. You might not get as many hits, but you won’t lose so many lures.

The weather is getting better everyday, and so far the fishing seems to be following suit. Trout action on the grass flats is heating up with fish over 20 inches reported. Redfish are still sitting in their winter haunts, although with water temps climbing into the upper 60s, they’ll be moving onto the flats soon enough. There still are rumors of white bait spotted in the bays, although a predominant showing has yet to occur. The sheepshead bite on the nearshore structure has improved with fish reported up to 6 pounds.

The offshore bite is holding strong with reports of plenty of gag grouper and red snapper caught starting around water depths of 100 feet. Live pinfish, frozen sardines and threadfins are working to pull these catch-and-release heavyweights up from the depths. Mangrove snapper, hogfish and porgies have been prevalent on most nearshore structure. Live select shrimp and frozen squid are a good offering to produce a bite.

Jeff Medley at the Sunshine Skyway Bridge South Fishing Pier says Spanish mackerel have invaded the pier. White crappie jigs, silver spoons and live shrimp are producing limits of these highly active fish. The sheepshead bite is still in full force with fish running up to 4 pounds caught on shrimp, fiddlers and sand fleas.

Spotted sea trout are making an appearance around the pier. Fishers using live shrimp are having best results. “You might even catch some silver trout while targeting the spotted ones,” Medley says. Silver trout are considered to taste as good, if not better than spotted sea trout, while there’s no size or bag limit on silver trout, don’t take more than you need.

Mangrove snapper action is starting to heat up in the nighttime hours around the structure below the pier. Live shrimp or small pieces of squid are a good bet.

Capt. Warren Girle says catch-and-release gag grouper action is strong. Live pinfish and live select shrimp are working great for these bottom-dwelling tackle-busters. While fishing for grouper, Girle also is using shrimp to produce mangrove snapper up to 19 inches. Sheepshead in the 5-pound range are making a showing around nearshore structure. Around the nearshore reefs, Girle is also catching flounder up to 2 1/2 pounds.

Moving inshore, Girle is catching redfish and sheepshead in canals around docks. Live shrimp has been his bait of choice. “Target docks with deeper water to catch these fish,” Girle says.

Backwater trout fishing is beginning to pick up. Girle is reeling in fish up to 20 inches using artificial baits such as Exude darts on a 1/4-ounce jighead.

Capt. Sam Kimball of Legend Charters reports that offshore fishing is going strong. “There’s a great abundance of gag grouper and red snapper out there right now,” Kimball says.

Gag grouper up to 20 pounds have been the average on Kimball’s offshore trips, along with red snapper in the 14-pound range. Keeper-size amberjack, which provide fishers with drag-screaming action, are appearing on the offshore springs. Baits of choice for the gags, red snapper and AJs right now are live pinfish, although Kimball says frozen squid and sardines are working, too.

If you’re looking for fish to eat, Kimball says his clients are taking home mangrove snapper up to 5 pounds as well as a variety of reef dwellers, including key west grunts, lane snapper, jolt-head porgies and hogfish.

Capt. Steve Salgado of Compleat Angler Fishing Charters says targeting redfish in Sarasota Bay has resulted in good numbers from a “mixed bag.” Salgado has been catching slot-sized redfish around deep-water mangrove edges. He says he’s also having success around oyster bars on the higher tides. Salgado prefers to use live shrimp to target redfish in the winter.

Other encounters for Salgado include spotted sea trout, flounder and Spanish mackerel. For the spotted sea trout, Salgado lives to use Cottee jigs for best results. “Once you find the trout,” Salgado says, “it’s more effective to use artificial baits. You can catch fish faster.”

Salgado likes a 1/4-ounce red Cottee jighead rigged with a root beer and silver curly-tail grub. “All you have to do with these jigs is throw them out and reel them in slowly,” Salgado adds.

Jonny Keyes at Island Discount Tackle says beach fishers are being rewarded with catches of whiting and Spanish mackerel. The whiting are hitting on fresh-cut peeled shrimp on a No. 4 size hook. Beach fishers targeting Spanish mackerel are using an array of artificials, including silver spoons, crappie jigs and Gotcha plugs. “Sometimes the macks are out a little farther off the beach,” Keyes says. “A 7/8-ounce Gotcha plug will ensure a longer cast so you can reach those far-out fish.”

Moving offshore, Keyes says he’s hearing of good catch-and-release gag grouper around depths of 100 feet. Other offshore catches include Key West grunts, sheepshead, black sea bass and porgies.

Capt. Mark Howard of SumoTime Fishing Charters says to look for the fishing to make the transition to the spring pattern in the next few weeks. Howard predicts “some amazing opportunities to have some exciting fish-catching action.”

Howard reports catches of redfish under deepwater docks along the ICW. “They’re also in potholes on the flats during the negative tides,” Howard says. “Wading is a effective way of catching them, using a Gulp shrimp and jig head combo.”

Howard says sheepshead will be gathering in big schools waiting to spawn on the next full moon, and some of the biggest sheepshead of the year will be active then.

“Speckled trout are finally starting to gather in force and will only get bigger as the spring-time pattern emerges,” Howard says.

Capt. Larry McGuire of Show Me The Fish Charters is reeling in big amberjacks using large live baits and butterfly jigs. His clients also are catching a variety of snappers — mangrove, lane, vermillion and huge flag yellowtail snappers as well as porgies and triggerfish.

McGuire’s charters are releasing lots of gag and red grouper while not even targeting them. “Best action starts out at about 110 feet and only improves as we fish deeper,” he says.

Closer in, McGuire says there are lots of sheepshead on the artificial reefs, docks and bridges, while off the beach there are lots of Spanish mackerel and bonita working. “After over two weeks of perfect weather, spring may be here,” McGuire says.

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Islander Calendar – 03-02-2011

Wednesday, March 2

1:15 p.m. — Author Andy Little will speak to the Gulf Coast Writers at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-7631.

3 p.m. — After Hours Book Club discussion of Michelle Richmond’s “The Year of Fog” at the Tingley Memorial Library, 111 Second St. N., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-779-1209.

Friday, March 4

1:30 p.m. — Low-vision program at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.

5:30 to 7:30 p.m. —Reception for landscape artist Terry De Avilla Carlson at the Artists’ Guild Gallery, 5414 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6694.

5:30 to 7:30 p.m. — Reception for mixed-media artist Carole Dougherty at Island Gallery West, 5368 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6648.

5:30 to 7:30 p.m. — Reception for the student artists exhibiting at the Anna Maria Island Art League, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-2099.

Saturday, March 5

8 a.m. — Anna Maria Island Kiwanis Club meeting featuring speaker Pierrette Kelly, executive director of the Anna Maria Island Community Center, at Anna Maria Island Beach Cafe, 4000 Gulf Drive, Manatee Public Beach, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-3209.

9 a.m. to 2 p.m. — Kids’ fair at CrossPointe Fellowship, 8605 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-0719.

10 a.m. to noon — Seascape painting demonstration by Roger Rockefeller at Island Gallery West, 5368 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6648.

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. — Anna Maria Island Historical Society 20th annual Heritage Day Festival at the Anna Maria Island Historic Museum and Park, 402 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-779-9108.

Sunday, March 6

8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. — St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach, hosts a pancake breakfast and bake sale.

1 to 4 p.m. — Zentangle repetitive pattern drawing technique workshop at the Anna Maria Island Art League, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-2099. Fee applies.

Monday, March 7

8 a.m. to 4 p.m. — Spring BreakOut for elementary school aged children begins at CrossPointe Fellowship, 8605 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, runs through March 11. Information: 941-778-0719.

Noon — Carla O’Brien of Carla’s Clay will speak at the Artists’ Guild of Anna Maria Island meeting at the Bridge Street Bistro, 111 Gulf Drive S., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-778-1330.

Tuesday, March 8

Noon — Roser Memorial Women’s Guild luncheon and fashion show at the Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-6483. Fee applies.


• Tuesdays, 12:30 p.m., duplicate bridge at the Episcopal Church of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-3390. CANCELED ON MARCH 8.

• Tuesdays, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., Coffee and Conversations for Seniors at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-1908.

• Tuesdays, 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., Inquiring Minds study group at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 6608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-1813.

• Wednesdays, 6 to 8 p.m., teens meet at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-1908.

• Wednesdays, 10 a.m., Settler’s bread is available at the Anna Maria Island Historical Society museum shop, 402 Pine Ave., Anna Maria.

• 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.

• Thursdays, 6:30 p.m., smoke-free bingo at Annie Silver Community Center, 102 23 rd Ave., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-778-1915.

• Fridays, Senior Adventures Group meets for outings to various locations. Information: 941-962-8835.

• Saturdays, 8:30 a.m., Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island meets at the Anna Maria Island Beach Cafe, Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.

• Sundays, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Outdoor market on Bridge Street in Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-518-4431.


Thursday, March 3

7 p.m. — Sounds of nature with the Sarasota Orchestra in the Bishop Planetarium at the South Florida Museum, 201 10th St., Bradenton. Information: 941-746-4131. Fee applies.

Friday, March 4

1 to 6 p.m. — Rummage sale early bird preview at St. Mary Star of the Sea Church, 4280 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. Information: 941-383-1255. Fee applies.

5 p.m. — Sunshine State Film Series: “The Creature From the Black Lagoon,” at the South Florida Museum, 201 10th St., Bradenton. Information: 941-746-4131. Fee applies.

5 p.m. — Manatee River Pastelists “Heritage Art Show” reception at the Florida Maritime Museum, 4415 119th St. W., Cortez. Information: 941-708-6120.

6 to 9 p.m. — Artist reception for David Lieberman at the Dancing Crane Gallery, 1019 10th Ave. W., Village of the Arts, Bradenton. Information: 941-744-1333.

Saturday, March 5

8 a.m. to 3 p.m. — Rummage sale at St. Mary Star of the Sea Church, 4280 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. Information: 941-383-1255.

10 a.m. to 2 p.m. — Florida-Friendly Family Festival at the Manatee County Fairgrounds, 1303 17th St. W., Palmetto. Information: 941-722-4524.

12:30 p.m. — “From Russia with Love” exhibition lecture with Judy Kramer at the Dancing Crane Gallery, 1019 10th Ave. W., Village of the Arts, Bradenton. Information: 941-744-1333.

4 to 8 p.m. — Robin Hood puppet show and workshop at the South Florida Museum, 201 10th St., Bradenton. Information: 941-746-4131. Fee applies.

Wednesday, March 9

7 to 9 p.m. — “The Science of Brewing Beer” with local brew masters Joe and Diane Brant at the South Florida Museum, 201 10th St., Bradenton. Information: 941-746-4131.

Coming Up:

• March 10, Concert in the Grove, Mixon Fruit Farms.

• March 11, Magic by Gerard Tricarico, Island Branch Library.

• March 11, Sunshine State Film Series: “Cross Creek,” South Florida Museum.

• March 12, Anna Maria Island Privateers Thieves’ Market, Coquina Beach.

• March 12-13, Springfest Fine Arts and Crafts Festival, Holmes Beach City Hall.

• March 12-13, Orange Blossom Festival, Mixon Fruit Farms.

• March 13, St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Holmes Beach.

• March 14, Tapas n’ Fun, Anna Maria Island Community Center.

• March 15, “Rabbit Hole” benefit performance, Island Players.

• March 17, St. Patrick’s Dinner/Dance, St. Bernard Catholic Church.

Save the Date:

• March 19, Tour of Homes, Anna Maria Island.

• March 20, Myositis fundraiser events featuring Fabio.

• March 20, Second annual Run for a Cure Poker Run.

• March 27, Beach to Bay Eco Day, Bridge Street.

• April 2, An Affaire to Remember, Anna Maria Island Community Center.

• April 9, Paws in Motion Humane Society of Manatee County walkathon, downtown Bradenton riverfront.

• May 7, 10th annual Island Run for the Children’s Academy of Southwest Florida.

• May 13-14, Anna Maria City Pier Centennial Celebration, Anna Maria.

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.

AME calendar

Save the date for the following Anna Maria Elementary School happenings:

• March 1-4, Florida Comprehensive Assessment Testing — fourth-grade writing.

• March 7-11, spring break.

• March 17, picture day.

• March 18, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., third-grade field trip to South Florida Museum.

• March 24, Domino’s Pizza fundraiser.

• March 29, 7 p.m., student talent show, auditorium.

• March 31, 1:30 p.m., birthday book club, media center.

AME is at 4700 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.

For more information, call 941-708-5525.

AME calendar

Save the date for the following Anna Maria Elementary School happenings:

• March 1-4, Florida Comprehensive Assessment Testing — fourth-grade writing.

• March 7-11, spring break.

• March 17, picture day.

• March 18, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., third-grade field trip to South Florida Museum.

• March 24, Domino’s Pizza fundraiser.

• March 29, 7 p.m., student talent show, auditorium.

• March 31, 1:30 p.m., birthday book club, media center.

AME is at 4700 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.

For more information, call 941-708-5525.

The Islander Classifieds: Wednesday, March. 02, 2011


SAMSUNG BLUE-RAY player. New in unopened box, $79 or best offer. 941-779-9470.

SOFA: FLORAL PATTERN, two pillows, $99. Love seat, floral, two pillows, $99. 941-778-7948.

KOHLER LAWN TRACTOR for sale. 20-hp automatic, double-plate. Two years old. $1,000. Call 941-447-1506.

COMPUTER 2 GHz processor, refurbished with Windows XP-PRO, $90, 941-756-6728.

CHAIR WITH OTTOMAN: Beige leather, new, $100. 19-inch RCA TV with remote, like-new, $20. 941-795-8359.

DINETTE SET: 42-inch granite table, wrought-iron base, four wrought-iron chairs, $75, 941-795-8359.

LEATHER BRIEFCASE: CHOCOLATE brown, four compartments, quality top-grain leather. As new, $10. Call Marion, 941-761-1415.

MATTRESS: AS NEW. Latex foam air. Cost $1,500, sell, $100. 941-778-3920.

YAMAHA VINO CLASSIC: Two scooters for sale. 2007 blue, only 1,500 miles, great condition. $1,150 or best offer. 2006 silver, only 850 miles and in great condition. $1,050 or best offer. Great gas mileage, 35 mph-plus, easy to ride, and really great fun on the Island! 941-928-8735.

GIRL’S BIKE: SPECIALIZED Hotrock, light purple, like new. $85. 941-928-8735

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.

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, fax toll-free 1-866-362-9821. (limited time offer)


BOAT SITTING: IMAGINE your boat always being water-ready! Over 35 years experience. Call 941-778-7556.

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.

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

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

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:

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 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday, March 4. 626 Foxworth Lane, Key Royale, Holmes Beach. Laz-Y-Boy recliner, wicker sofa, loveseat, chairs, etagere, sofa table, coffee and end tables, wall unit, mahogany tea cart. French-style armchairs, day trundle and brass queen beds. Table and six Windsor chairs, china cabinet and buffet. Rattan glass-top dinette, occasional tables, pair of lamps, Waterford, Shelley, Limoges, Hummels, sterling silver, Royal Doulton, set of Bavaria china, prints and paintings, bookcases, costume jewelry, fishing poles, linens, desks including computer, sewing machine, collectibles and garage items. Also 20-foot 1988 Stratos boat with 150-hp Evinrude with low hours. Sale conducted by Palma Sola Sales. Numbers given out at 8 a.m.


ROSER THRIFT SHOP open 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. Dollar sales racks. 511 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. 941-779 -2733.

ROYAL RUMMAGE SALE IV: 1 p.m.-6 p.m. Friday, March 4, $5 admission. Free admission 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, March 5. Biggest, best ever! St. Mary Star of the Sea, 4280 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key.

GARAGE SALE: 8 a.m. to noon only. Saturday, March 5. Five homes, single block of Holmes Boulevard and 69th Street, Holmes Beach. Don’t miss this one!

ANTIQUE AND ART fair: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, March 5-6. Take the trolley! Quality artists and antique dealers, organic produce and exotic orchids.  Benefits LBK Turtle Watch. For information, call Steff’s Stuff, 941-383-1901. 6828 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Whitney Plaza, Longboat Key.

MOVING SALE: 5-7 p.m Friday, March 4, and 9 a.m.-noon, Saturday, March 5. Baby items, beach toys, fishing pole, pressure washer, hooks, many decorative items, clothing. 11008 Perico Way, Perico Island. Turn left and park in designated areas.

ANNUAL FLEA MARKET: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, March 5. Baked goods, clothing, jewelry, linens, tools, books, white elephants, furniture. Mt. Vernon clubhouse. 4701 Independence Drive, south off Cortez Road, Bradenton.

MULTI-FAMILY SALE: 8 a.m.- 1 p.m. Friday, March 4. Household linens, collectibles, jewelry, luggage, art. 120 Peppertree Ave., Anna Maria.


LOST: SPRINT CELL PHONE, Vera Bradley case. 941-778-0883.

FOUND: PARIS PICTURES in photo album. Pictures dated 11/8/99 and 12/8/99. Contact Pat, 215-378-7871.

FOUND CAT: AT Umbrella Beach Resort. Striped orange tabby. 1501 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. 941-778-6667.

LOST CAMERA: Panasonic Lumix, small black camera in pink neoprene-style pouch. Call 941-778-7978 if found.


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.

LOST CAT: LAST seen Feb. 8 on Key Royale Drive, Holmes Beach. 8 years old, male, white with black-and-brown patches. Long hair, 941-778-0033.


CUSTOM CARPENTRY: BOAT and home. Quality work, fair rates. Call 941-795-1947 or 941-462-2792.

TWO ZODIACS: $350 and $400. Winslow offshore life raft, $500. Longboat Key. 941-685-5828.


PART-TIME SALES: Must be available evenings and weekends. Gift shop located on Anna Maria Island. Retirees welcome. Start as soon as possible. 727-244-5906.

SMALL ANNA MARIA resort seeking grounds person three days per week. Call 941-778-1503 for more information or to apply.

SALES ACE: MOTIVATED Real Estate licensee wanted for new progressive Island office. Great splits. Call Nicole, 941-773-3966.

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

GRAPHIC DESIGNER WANTED part-time for ad/editorial layout. InDesign and Photoshop expertise a must. Advertising experience required. Intro-resume to


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

LOCAL ISLAND STUDENT babysitter available. CPR and first aid-certified, early childhood development major. Emily, 941-567-9276.

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.


LOOKING FOR ANGEL investor for construction project: Haley’s Motel is seeking a $1,000,000 investment to transform the motel into a wedding facility. Invest $100,000 to $1,000,000 with a great short-term ROI. Call Tom for details, 941-993-4909.

ROTTEN RALPH’S RESTAURANT/bar business opportunity, $299,000. One of the last with waterfront dining. Sharon Villars, 941-920-0669. Erlene Fitzpatrick, 941-224-6339. Remax Alliance Group.

HEALTH FOOD AND deli business. 3228 E. Bay Drive, Holmes Beach. 941-580-0626.

BEACH CONSIGNMENT SHOP: Busy shopping plaza, includes new website and hosts over 80 artists. Must sell due to illness. Make offer. 941-348-9494.


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

PROFESSIONAL I.T. SERVICES: Complete computer solutions for business and home. Installation, repair, upgrade, networking, Web services, wireless services. Richard Ardabell, network engineer, 941-778-5708, or cell 216-509-1945.

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.

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.

CONTACT CAPT. GREG Burke of A Paradise Realty for all your real estate needs, selling, listing, buying. Listings needed. 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.

ANTOINETTE’S PERSONAL SERVICE: Caring for your home while you are away. 941-778-7355, 941-730-6548.

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

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

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

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

PIANO LESSONS, Beginner to adult, degreed instructor. Lessons on grand piano, learn at your own pace with computer and theory games available. Pick up from King Middle School possible Tuesday or Thursday. 941-761-2440.

INCOME TAX SERVICE: Individual and small businesses. We also do all states. Call Pat at Kenney Tax Service, 941-761-8156.

ANTOINETTE’S PERSONAL SERVICE: Caring for your home while you are away. 941-778-7355, 941-730-6548.

DIRTY DRIVEWAY? MAKE it look new again. 3,000 PSI pressure wash your two-car driveway for only $40. Call Bill, 941 896-6788.

FOUR SEASON POOL Service: Residential, commercial. Certified, licensed, insured. Five years experience. Call Dennis Clark, 941-737-5657.

GROCERY HOME DELIVERY: Phone in your list tonight, have groceries delivered tomorrow. Shopping weekly specials, Albertsons or Publix. Serving Anna Maria Island, Perico, Village Green. Order: 7 p.m.-10 p.m. 941-447-0737.

KEEP TRACK OF what’s important.  Be safe, smart and ready with a home inventory. We’re bonded and insured. Call Jeff Cordes at Digital Safety Net, 941-713-4507 or e-mail:

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

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

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

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 0want to be at your wedding! 941-778-2711.

RELAXING MASSAGE IN the convenience of your home or hotel. Massage by Nadia, more than 19 years on Anna Maria Island. Call today for an appointment, 941-518-8301. MA#0017550.MA#0017550.

CHECK MY HOUSE! 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.

GUITAR TROUBLE? KOKO RAY’S ISLAND studio. Instruction in flute, saxophone, guitar, piano and voice. 315 58th St., Holmes Beach, 941-538-2284.


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, 941-448-6336.

NURSERY QUALITY GARDEN Care and maintenance. Hand weeding, trimming, cleanup, plant installation. Certified horticultural professional. Call Joan, 941-704-9025.


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.

SOUTHWEST HOME IMPROVEMENTS: Michigan general contractor with 30 years experience. Looking for large or small projects. Budget minded and knowledgeable tradesman willing to complete your project from start to finish on time, within budget. Quality work guaranteed at affordable prices. Call Mike, 616-204-8822.


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. $1,900/month off and $2,490/month in season. Use of bikes and kayaks included. 941-794-5980.

KEY ROYALE WATERFRONT house for rent. Annual, unfurnished. Beautiful, tropical 2BR/2BA, den, 1,700 sf. Great pool area, gas-heated hot tub, on canal, two boat lifts, two-car garage. Available March 1. $1,900/month. 941-730-1086.

HOLMES BEACH BUSINESS Center. Rental units available for office/commercial spaces from 750-2,000 sf. Humidity-controlled mini-storage units and garage units, 11 x 22 feet. 5347 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. 941-778-2924.

LOCAL PROFESSIONAL BUSINESS owners with exceptional rental references looking for 2BR/2BA home on Anna Maria. Trying to sell your house? No problem, we’ll take excellent care of it. Showings not a problem. Prefer two-year lease. Have two mature polite dogs, guarantee no problems. 941-713-8070.

HOLMES BEACH COTTAGE: 2BR/1BA. Northwest Bradenton 3BR/2BA pool home, Palma Sola 3BR/3BA pool home. Vacation rentals: 941-794-1515.

PERICO ISLAND: 3BR/3BA beautifully furnished house. Private pool, seasonal/monthly rent. $3,000/month. Call 941-795-3778.

ISLAND ANNUALS: 2BR/2BA ground-level, pool, 55-plus community $1,000/month. 2BR/1.5BA furnished duplex, $950/month and 3BR/1.5BA furnished duplex, $1,300/month. 3BR/2BA private home $1,400/month. Gulf-Bay Realty, 941-778-7244.

ANNA MARIA DUPLEX: 2BR/2BA, Seasonal $2,000/month. Close to beach, trolley and restaurants. Three-month minimum. 941-778-7167.

ANNUAL 1BR/1BA Ground-level duplex, Anna Maria near beach, $850/month includes water and trash. 941-778-7003.

OFFICE, RETAIL, PROFESSIONAL Space: 8803/8799 Cortez Road. 1,200-sf (former salon) and 1,300-sf. Call 1-800-952-1206.

ON THE BEACH condos available April through summer. Two week minimum. 2BR/2BA or 3BR/2BA, heated pool, Jacuzzi, tennis. 941-794-8877.

BRADENTON BEACH WATERFRONT: Charming 1BR cottage. $975/month, annual. 941-779-0289.

VACATION RENTALS ACROSS from beach. Openings now. 2BR/1BA, $550/week. Almost Beach Apartments. 941-778-2374.

SEASONAL: ANNA MARIA. Completely remodeled 3BR/2BA and three-2BR/1BAs. 200 feet from beach. Low rates for November, 2011 through January, 2012. 941-778-7933.

ANNUAL RENTAL: 1BR/1BA with spacious living room and separate laundry room. Meticulously remodeled apartment Energy Star appliances, front-load washer and dryer, super quiet air conditioning.  Granite counter tops. North end of Anna Maria, 200 steps to Gulf of Mexico beach. Back yard dock on Lake LaVista Bayou. Must see to appreciate. Available March 1. $995/month plus security. Call 941-778-9158.

PALMA SOLA BAY: Waterfront home. 3BR with beautiful lush landscape and incredible views. Huge fenced-in backyard with large screened patio, heated pool and Jacuzzi. Boat dock and guest house also available, $1,975/month. Long-term lease, references required. 941-792-3535.

ANNA MARIA ISLAND Club: January, February, March 2012. Beachfront 2BR/2BA. Call 813-781-7562.

FOR RENT: HOLMES Beach Resort Sixty-Six available Feb. 26 through March 5. Condo unit, first floor, 1BR, sleeps four, full kitchen, housekeeping, pool, hot tub, Steps to Gulf sand. Call 315-926-3486, leave message.

HOLMES BEACH: 128 51st St., 2BR/1BA, spacious, washer, dryer, close to beach, $900/month. 406 71st St., 2BR/2BA with sunroom, nice size, $1,150/month. 209 Bay Drive, 1BR/1BA Bradenton Beach, beautiful bay views, $850/month. 4508 124th St., Cortez Village, 1BR/1BA, single-family home, garage. Mike Norman Realty, 941-78-6696.

WINTER SPECIAL: SENIOR park, 2BR/2BA doublewide. $850/month, seasonal. $695/month, annual. Will sell for $39,000. 2314 14th St., Bradenton. Tropical Palms. 863-688-3524, 863-608-1833. E-mail:

ANNA MARIA ANNUAL rental. Beautiful, quaint efficiency apartment.  beaches. Backyard dock on canal to Tampa Bay. $645/month plus security deposit. Call 941-778-9158.

ANNA MARIA DUPLEX: 1BR/1BA fully furnished, cable. One block from beach, ground level. Available April. 231-425-6571.

PRIVATE ROOM: NORTH Longboat Key. $135/weekly, year-round. Utilities included, washer and dryer access. 941-383-4856.

APARTMENTS WITH GULF VIEWS available due to last-minute cancellations. Gated, private, great rates. 941-753-8866, 941-518-5026.

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


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

I WILL LIST your property on 350 web sites! Laurie Fox, Coldwell Banker,, 941-730-7635.

DIRECT GULFFRONT: 146 feet on the beach. 3BR/4.5BA, office recreation room, spa, pool, outdoor kitchen and theater, elevator, turnkey furnished. $3,950,000. Suncoast Real Estate, 941-779-0202 or 941-720-0288.

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 BY owner: One of the prettiest houses on Island. 3BR/2BA canalfront. Four houses to bay. In-law suite. Move-in ready. Don’t miss this one! Open Saturday and Sunday, 1-3 p.m. $450,000. 440-537-0208. 518 56th St., Holmes Beach.

DUPLEX FOR SALE by owner. Best deal on Anna Maria Island at $379,000. Long-term leaseback from seller includes all maintenance. Realtors welcome. Call Tom, 941-993-4909.

HOLMES BEACH LOT: 57.6 x 105 feet. Walk to beach, shops. Quiet street. 5710 Carissa St. $450,000. 727-599-5255.

VILLAGE GREEN VILLA: Very nice 2BR/2BA, two-car garage condo. New paint, new carpet, newer tile roof, gated entry, walk to stores and restaurants. $129,000. Denise Langlois, Coldwell Banker, 941-725-4425.

DIRECT BAYFRONT: 2,500 sf, pool, dock and lift. Two year rent-to-own. Five percent down and $4,500/month. $1,099,000. 417 28th St., Holmes Beach. 941-580-0626.

Bridge bumper

A rear-end collision that resulted in an SUV jumping the curb onto the sidewalk at about 5:45 p.m. Sunday on the Anna Maria Island Bridge caused traffic to back up in all directions for more than 2 1/2 hours. There were no injuries. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy.

Cortez fish

A sea of folks focused on seafood, sunshine, music and crafts at the weekend Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival, all wrapped this year around the FISH Preserve, Florida Maritime Museum and the Banyas’ commercial property. Islander Photos: Bonner Joy

A handpainted sign welcomes Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival attendees to the main gate, where admission of $2 provides a day of endless entertainment, seafood, refreshments, arts and crafts.

Return visitors from Massachusetts are greeted at the festival booth sponsored by Mike Rappaport, owner of Cabana Banana in Bradenton Beach. The restaurant has bragging rights from a previous year’s cooking contest to “best crab cakes.”

Bull-rider Cameron Belanger, 5, of Bradenton, holds on for the entire “slowed up” for Cortez kids version of the popular ride.

Workers serve up helpings of stone crab claws and “put the rum in the coconut” for adult festivalgoers.

City plans to replace pier in 2 years

When engineers examined the Historic Bridge Street Pier several years ago, they informed city officials that the structure east of the restaurant must be replaced within five years.

The clock has tick-tocked through three years already, Bradenton Beach city commissioners and Mayor Bob Bartelt emphasized last week.

The commissioners and mayor, sitting as the city community redevelopment agency Feb. 16, discussed the pending replacement of the pier, specifically the railings, planks and pilings east of Rotten Ralph’s restaurant.

The CRA has focused in recent months on two projects — improving the beach access and dunes walkover at Bridge Street and Third Street South and expanding public parking between Church and Highland avenues near the public works and police departments.

Construction work will begin March 1 on the Bridge Street dunes walkover and the city lot recently was cleared for the parking expansion.

So last week, the CRA turned its focus to the major task of replacing the pier.

The wooden pier was constructed in the footprint of the first bridge to the Island, a bascule bridge built in 1922, said Sissy Quinn of the Anna Maria Island Preservation Trust.

The wooden bridge was used until the 1950s, when the existing Cortez Bridge was built, added Quinn, who did the research on the pier and secured its Florida Master Site status.

Several years ago, the city completed the renovation of the landside section of the pier, which had been damaged in a storm. The rebuilt portion consists of the restaurant, rest rooms and a bait shop.

Once that project is paid off — in December 2012 in loan payments of about $500,000 a year from CRA funds — the city is likely to invest CRA money to replace the extension used by fishers.

“What’s past the dining room needs to go,” said Mayor Bob Bartelt.

Estimates put the replacement cost at $500,000 to $750,000, depending on the materials used, said public works director Tom Woodard. The highest cost would involve using a more durable composite material rather than wood for the planks.

In the meantime, commissioners agreed, the city should begin saving CRA funds for the project, as well as investigate additional revenue sources.

“We need to have the money,” said Commissioner Janie Robertson. “We need to find it, plan for it, allocate it.”

City clerk Nora Idso said in drafting the fiscal 2011-12 budget, the commission could consider setting aside funding for the pier. “Definitely this year at budget time we can put some toward that,” she said.

Rent paid for the pier concession, about $8,000 a month, goes mainly toward routine pier maintenance and is not viable revenue for the pier replacement, Idso noted.

One additional potential revenue source could be a campaign to sell engraved planks for a new pier, Bartelt said, noting that he had spoken with Islander publisher Bonner Joy about a partnership campaign.

The Islander is working with the City Pier Restaurant to sell engraved, replacement planks on the Anna Maria structure and raise money for a fireworks display during the pier centennial in May.

“I really like the idea,” said Commissioner Gay Breuler. “It does a bunch of things. …Besides bringing in money, it’s advertising.”

Commissioners suggested that Bartelt meet with Joy to further discuss the concept, and find out whether composite planks can be engraved.

Commissioners also agreed to keep the pier project at the top of their priority list.

Committee readies for pier celebration

Planning for the May 13-14 Anna Maria City Pier Centennial Celebration is on schedule, with the pier committee now meeting twice monthly until the event.

After hearing reports of the planned activities at the committee’s Feb. 14 meeting, committee chair Sissy Quinn said the work required “can be mind-boggling at times, but we are going to have a great event.”

The activities begin at 6 p.m. May 13 with an Anna Maria Island Privateers parade from CrossePointe Fellowship up Gulf Drive, then along Pine Avenue to the pier at Bay Boulevard.

Caryn Hodge, who is organizing the inaugural Anna Maria Food and Cultural Festival on Pine Avenue May 14 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., said 25 food vendors have signed up, and there could be more within the next few weeks. The maximum for the food festival is 30, she noted.

Ed Chiles, owner of the Sandbar, BeachHouse and Mar Vista restaurants, is underwriting the cost of the food festival, which he said he hopes will become an annual event.

Hodge also presented a draft plan for setting up Pine Avenue for the festival.

The plan shows where food vendors, artists, entertainers, ticket booths, first-aid stations, information stalls and a beer garden would be located. A VIP tent will be adjacent to the beer garden, which is planned for the northwest corner of the Pine Avenue-Bay Boulevard intersection.

Hodge said about 15 wine distributors will be paired with food vendors.

“It’s only a draft,” Hodge said, “but it gives us something to work with.”

Local artists also will be along Pine Avenue, displaying and selling their works. Actors in period costume will perform skits at different Pine Avenue intersections.

A space for children’s activities under the direction of the Anna Maria Island Community Center is planned and artwork from students at Anna Maria Elementary School will be displayed.

Hodge and Sandy Mattick head up the advertising and marketing campaign, and will soon have flyers at many Island locations announcing the centennial celebration.

Mattick also has a website planned — — that will be linked to the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce and Islander newspaper website. She plans to contact other outlets to propose a link to the centennial on their websites.

Hodge said advertising for the food event will be regional. Ads will be placed in Florida magazines, newspapers and on websites.

“We are advertising for the food event, but including everything taking place” for the celebration, Hodge said.

She reassured Quinn that Chiles cover those advertising costs.

Hodge also requested more volunteers to help with ticket sales and comfort stations, and that owners of golf carts volunteer their services for the centennial.

Proceeds from the food festival will be donated to Island charities after expenses are met.

Islander publisher Bonner Joy reported that the first round of engraved planks sold by the newspaper in partnership with the pier were installed at the pier and the second 100 are with the engraver.

A VIP party and $10,000 fireworks show sponsored by The Islander and the City Pier Restaurant is scheduled after sunset May 14 to end the celebration is to be funded by the plank sales.

After hearing all the reports, Quinn said the next few months are going to be busy for the committee and volunteers.

“Now, it’s time to put the pedal to the medal and meet every two weeks,” she said.

Members and volunteers agreed.

The next committee meeting is scheduled for 3 p.m. Feb. 28 at Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive.

Beach renourishment to begin

A countdown is under way for Coquina Beach, where a county-directed project to add sand to the shoreline will begin March 1.

Manatee County natural resources director Charlie Hunsicker briefed Bradenton Beach commissioners Feb. 17 on the renourishment project.

He also reviewed other short-term and long-term plans to deal with the “net loss of sand each and every year” from Anna Maria Island beaches.

On March 1, Hunsicker said Great Lakes Dock and Dredge of Chicago will begin pumping sand from Tampa Bay to a small section of beach in Anna Maria and longer stretches of Coquina Beach in Bradenton Beach.

The work, estimated to cost $6.9 million, should be completed by May 1, the official start date for the turtle-nesting season, when beaches, by law, must be clear of hazards and obstacles.

Hunsicker, who earlier this year briefed Anna Maria commissioners on renourishment plans, said this year’s project will not require pipes to run long lengths on the beaches.

“We’ll place a pipeline on the sea floor” to get the sand from the north end of the Island to the south end, he said.

Hunsicker also touted the quality of the sand — good consistency, without lots of shells, from southern Tampa Bay off the northern tip of the Island.

Renourishment in Anna Maria will replace sand lost during the 2004 storm season and is deemed a Federal Emergency Management Agency project.

The county is “piggybacking” on the federal project to add sand to two long, severely eroded sections of Coquina Beach.

A map of Coquina shows a gap in the renourishment project because of the existence of a sensitive, nearshore reef. The beach at that spot will be built up landward of the water line, but no sand will be added to cover the rocky reef.

Because the Coquina project does involve some rock coverage elsewhere near the shore, the county will build an offshore 8-acre artificial reef to the north of Cortez Beach.

Another plan for shoreline protection at Coquina, as well as tool to improve conditions at Longboat Pass, involves the reconstruction of the jetty on the south end of the beach at the pass.

“It’s showing its age,” Hunsicker said of the structure, built circa 1963. “I suspect we’ve been blessed not having a real aggressive storm. It’s holding its own by its own weight.… But sand flows through. That shouldn’t be happening.”

Reconstruction could cost as much as $3 million, Hunsicker said, and is a long-term goal. Before plans are drawn for a new jetty, a test will be performed on the old jetty. Geotubes — think of super-sized socks filled with sand — will be installed to keep sand from washing down from Coquina Beach into the pass.

“We’ll lay those on the north side of the jetty,” Hunsicker said. “The tubes last four to five years.”

The test will determine the type of jetty needed at the location.

As Hunsicker concluded his report, the mayor and commissioners inquired about the fate of an Islandwide renourishment project planned for 2014-15.

Hunsicker said there are questions about federal and state funding. However, he emphasized, the AMI project is ranked fourth out of about 60 on a state priority list and is at No. 6 on a federal list for Florida.

“We can never predicate how much money will be available, “Hunsicker said. “But we are positioned in the best possible way should money become available.”