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Islander Calendar – 02-23-2011

Wednesday, Feb. 23

5 to 7 p.m. — Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce business card exchange at the Gulf Drive Cafe and Tiki Hut, 900 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-778-1541. Fee applies.

7 to 9 p.m. — Mike Sales and the Restless Natives CD release party at the Gulf Drive Cafe and Tiki Hut, 900 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-778-1919.

Thursday, Feb. 24

1 p.m. — Dessert-card party at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-4769. Fee applies.

Friday, Feb. 25

5 to 8 p.m. — Reception for artists Richard Thomas and Jean Blackburn at the Studio at Gulf and Pine, 10101 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-1906.

Saturday, Feb. 26

8:30 a.m. — Giles Light presents “FBI vs. Motorcycle Gangs” at the Anna Maria Island Kiwanis Club meeting held at the Anna Maria Island Beach Cafe, 4000 Gulf Drive, Manatee Public Beach, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-779-2639.

9 a.m. to 3 p.m. — Food and rummage sale at the Pines Trailer Park at the end of Bridge Street in Bradenton Beach.

10 a.m. to noon — Mixed-media artist Lee Mears will demonstrate creating collage papers at Island Gallery West, 5368 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6648.

2 p.m. — Kayaking program with Diane Milesko at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.

4 to 7 p.m. — Anna Maria Island Wedding Festival vendor stroll at the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce, 5313 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-1541. Fee applies.

7 to 9 p.m. — Anna Maria Island Wedding Festival kick-off party at the Gulf Drive Cafe and Tiki Hut, 900 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-778-1541. Fee applies.

Sunday, Feb. 27

9 a.m. to 3 p.m. — Food and rummage sale at the Pines Trailer Park at the bay end of Bridge Street in Bradenton Beach.

11 a.m. to 5 p.m. — Anna Maria Island Wedding Festival vendor stroll at the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce, 5313 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-1541. Fee applies.

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.

Ongoing:

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

• 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 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., Settlers 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.

Off-Island:

Wednesday, Feb. 23

11 a.m. to 2 p.m. — Spring Arts Day at State College Florida, 5840 26th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-752-5690.

Friday, Feb. 25

3 to 4:30 p.m. — “Angelina Speaks Out!” one-woman play with Susan Jones Mannino at the Longboat Key Education Center, 5370 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. Information: 941-383-8811. Fee applies.

5 p.m. — Sunshine State Film Series presents “Freedom Never Dies” at the South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-746-4131. Fee applies.

5 to 9 p.m. — Antiques and collectables show at the Manatee Convention Center, One Haben Blvd., Palmetto. Information: 941-749-5378. Fee applies.

6 p.m. — “Sinatra Under the Stars” with Rob Satori at the Bayside Banquet Hall, 4628 119th St. W., Cortez. Information: 941-798-2035. Fee applies.

Saturday, Feb. 26

10 a.m. to noon — Bike and hike guided tour of Robinson and Riverview Pointe Preserves, 1704 99th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-742-5757, ext. 8.

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. — Model train expo at the Manatee Convention Center, One Haben Blvd., Palmetto. Information: 941-739-8724. Fee applies.

10 a.m. to 5 p.m. — Antiques and collectables show at the Manatee Convention Center, One Haben Blvd., Palmetto. Information: 941-749-5378. Fee applies.

Sunday, Feb. 27

10 a.m. to 3 p.m. — Model train expo at the Manatee Convention Center, One Haben Blvd., Palmetto. Information: 941-739-8724. Fee applies.

11 a.m. to 4 p.m. — Antiques and collectables show at the Manatee Convention Center, One Haben Blvd., Palmetto. Information: 941-749-5378. Fee applies.

3 to 4:30 p.m. — The best of the Andrew Sisters concert with Jennifer Jordan at the Longboat Key Education Center, 5370 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. Information: 941-383-8811. Fee applies.

Coming Up:

• March 4, Artist reception, Artists Guild Gallery.

• March 4, Low-vision program, Island Branch Library.

• March 4, Artist reception, Dancing Crane Gallery, Village of the Arts.

• March 4, Sunshine State Film Series: “The Creature From the Black Lagoon,” South Florida Museum.

• March 4-5, Rummage sale, St. Mary Star of the Sea Church, Longboat Key.

• March 5, Heritage Day Festival, Anna Maria Island Historical Museum.

• March 5, Kids Fair, CrossPointe Fellowship.

• March 6, Zentgangle workshop, Anna Maria Island Art League.

• March 7, Artists’ Guild of Anna Maria meeting, Bridge Street Bistro.

• March 7-11, Spring BreakOut, CrossPointe Fellowship.

Save the Date:

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

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

• March 20, Myositis fundraiser events featuring Fabio.

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

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

Add Fabio event…. Save the date.

AME calendar

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

• Feb. 24, lock-down drill.

• Feb. 24, progress reports distributed.

• Feb. 24, Domino’s Pizza Parent-Teacher Organization fundraiser, Holmes Beach.

• March 1, 5 to 7 p.m., Parent-Teacher Organization dinner.

• March 7-11, spring break.

AME is at 4700 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.

For more information, call 941-708-5525.

The Islander Classifieds: Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2011

ITEMS FOR SALE

BIRD CAGES WITH stands, Quaker, cockatiel size or smaller, $35 each. 941-356-1456.

CHINA SERVICE FOR eight, “Spring Bouquet”, with serving pieces, $25. 941-795-8359.

PANASONIC DVD HOME theater system, $75. RCA TV, with remote, $25. 941-795-8359.

CANNON PIXMA IP1500 computer printer, $50. New, never opened! Please, call 617-777-1888.

BAMBOO CEILING LIGHT: Brown, 21 inches long, 16 inches wide with three bamboo and fabric lampshades. Excellent condition. $60. 614-946-5070.

YAMAHA PSR-220 KEYBOARD PSR-220: Full size keys, 61, stand, adapter, printed copy of instruction manual. $100. 941-932-7383.

PAIR: TECHNICS SB-A31 three-way stereo speakers, 200 watt, 8 ohm, large powerful, $50. 941-778-2184.

PC PAGE-LAYOUT Software, Quark Express 4.0. Full install, can be used to upgrade, $25. 941-778-2184.

MAC GRAPHICS SOFTWARE: Adobe CS3 web development suite upgrade (Photoshop, Dreamweaver, etc.), $50. 941-778-2184.

PAPER DOLL CUT-out books, boy and girl, beautiful, nostalgic, 16 pages, sets of two, $2. 941-792-8685.

ALMOST NEW SAFE-T-1st high chair, $50, almost new Graco play yard $30, assorted toys, $10, stroller, $10, plastic booster seat, $5.  Call 941-778-4121 or 941-792-8685.

FRENCH’S ROSE TAPESTRY garment bag. Mint condition, $99. 941-779-0881.

COMPUTER with newly loaded Windows XP, $60. 941-756-6728.

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: www.jackelka.com.

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 classifieds@islander.org, fax toll-free 1-866-362-9821. (limited time offer)

ANNOUNCEMENTS

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

WEST MANATEE FIRE Auxiliary Fire Hall yard sale coming in March. Please consider donating. We can pick up or drop off at 201 Second St. N., Bradenton Beach Fire Hall. Tax deductible letters available. 941-720-0426.

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

TERRY HAYES, REALTOR. Signature Sothebys International. 941-302-3100. Terry.hayes@sothebysrealty.com. Discoverannamaria.com.

DENNIS CLARK IS Four Seasons Pool Service. Fully licensed certified pool operator, 941-737-5657.

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: www.bradentonrotary.org.

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.

GARAGE SALES

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

ANNUAL FLEA MARKET: 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 26. Large and small appliances, furniture, clothing, sporting equipment, jewelry, bikes, plants, shells, lots of cabinets, a Broadway organ. Lunch available. 9400 Cortez Road W., Palma Sola Harbour condos, Bradenton, Information, 941-79/2-3475.

GARAGE SALE: 8 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 26. Multi-family sale. 617 Gladstone Lane, Holmes Beach.

GARAGE SALE: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 26. Bo-flex, large leather recliner, dining table, six chairs, four bar stools, much more. 102 Pelican Drive, Anna Maria.

SALE: 7:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 26. Lots of antiques, collectibles, furniture, artwork. Combining two households! 424 Pine Ave., Anna Maria.

LOST & FOUND

LOST: PRESCRIPTION SUNGLASSES. In black hard case. Lost in Anna Maria. Please call Jerry, 941-778-2313.

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

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

PETS

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.

BOATS & BOATING

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

HELP WANTED

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 info@islander.org.

KIDS FOR HIRE

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.

BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY

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.

SERVICES

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: gregburkesr@hotmail.com.

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.

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.

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! www.jackelka.com. 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 check.my.house@verizon.net 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.

LAWN & GARDEN

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.

LANDSCAPING

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.

HOME IMPROVEMENT

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.

RENTALS

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

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. www.divefish.com.

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: www.coastalpropertiesrealty.com. 941-794-1515.

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

ANNUALS: 2BR/2BA ground-level, pool, 55-plus community, $1,000/month. 3BR/2BA ground-level, pool, tennis, Perico Bay Club, $1,200/month. 3BR/2BA private home, $1,500/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.

SIX-MONTH SEASONAL rental: 2BR/1.5BA cottage on Gulf side. Ground-level. $1,800/month. 941-741-6729.

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.

BAYFRONT: ANNA MARIA Island. One bedroom for non-smoker. $1,075/month, annual. 941-779-0289.

ANNUAL RENTAL: AVAILABLE March 1. 2BR/2BA located in Holmes Beach. References required and security deposit. No pets and no smoking. Mature couples preferred. $950/month. Call 941-527-7661.

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. Dharveyel@aol.com.

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.

1BR/1BA DIRECT INTRACOASTAL. Fishing dock, tile floors throughout, central air conditioning, Jacuzzi tub, $850/month. 941-720-4475.

ANNA MARIA ANNUAL rental. Beautiful, quaint efficiency apartment. Laminate wood floors, granite countertops. Just 200 steps to Gulf beaches. Backyard dock on canal to Tampa Bay. $645/month plus security deposit. Call 941-778-9158.

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 2spinnakers.com.

REAL ESTATE

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, www.every-listing.com, 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. $499,000. 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.

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.

UNBELIEVABLE! LIVE AT beach. $23,500. 1BR/1BA mobile home. Turnkey, 55-plus. Hurry, won’t last! 941-778-5152.

County cancels water off, boil notice

Manatee County Utilities Department announced late Feb. 15 that it will not shut off water early Thursday, Feb. 17, in Bradenton Beach from 13th Street South to the Longboat Bridge.

The county earlier in the day had issued a shut-off notice and boil water advisory.

Customers with questions about the notice should call the department at 941-792-8811, ext. 5268.

The Islander Classifieds: Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2011

ITEMS FOR SALE

METAL DETECTOR: FIND gold treasures on beach or on land. $60. 941-778-7948.

BIRD CAGES WITH stands, Quaker, cockatiel size or smaller, $35 each. 941-356-1456.

GOLF CLUBS, STAINLESS-steel, with bag $40. Phone, 941-794-2392.

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

CHINA SERVICE FOR eight, “Spring Bouquet”, with serving pieces, $30. 941-795-8359.

PANASONIC DVD HOME theater system, $100. Sharp TV, works great, $10. 941-795-8359.

QUEEN FRAME, NEW, $20, Portable microwave, white, $25, Beach screen painting, large, $25. 941-778-1264, 570-704-8485.

WHITE BED-SERVING tray, $20. 941-778-1264, 570-704-8485.

SMALL WHITE WICKER computer desk, $20, entertainment center, holds 27-inch TV plus components, $25. 941-778-5686.

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: www.jackelka.com.

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 classifieds@islander.org, fax toll-free 1-866-362-9821. (limited time offer)

ANNOUNCEMENTS

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

THE ANNA MARIA Garden Club will hold their monthly meeting at noon Wednesday, Feb. 16 at Roser Church. Silvia of Silvia’s Flower Corner will be demonstrating the art of flower arranging. Public is welcome to attend.

WEST MANATEE FIRE Auxiliary Fire Hall yard sale coming in March. Please consider donating. We can pick up or drop off at 201 Second St. N., Bradenton Beach Fire Hall. Tax deductible letters available. 941-720-0426.

DENNIS CLARK IS Four Seasons Pool Service. Fully licensed certified pool operator, 941-737-5657.

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

TERRY HAYES, REALTOR. Signature Sothebys International. 941-302-3100. Terry.hayes@sothebysrealty.com. Discoverannamaria.com.

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: www.bradentonrotary.org.

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.

GARAGE SALES

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

PALMA SOLA PRESBYTARIAN church garage sale: 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 19. Furniture, housewares, books, linens, appliances, toys, more! church mission projects. 6510 Third Ave. W., Bradenton.

ROSER THRIFT SHOP YARD SALE: 9a.m.-noon Saturday, Feb. 19. 511 Pine Ave., Anna Maria.

FLEA MARKET/BAKE sale:  8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 19. Something for everyone! Sandpiper Resort, 2601 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach.

GARAGE SALE: 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Feb. 18-19. Household, decorative, twin beds, leather recliner, golf clubs, grill many quality items. 403 Alamanda Drive, Anna Maria.

MULTI-FAMILY SALE: 8 a.m.-1p.m. Saturday, Feb. 19. Microwave, TV, vacuum, luggage, camping, household. 403 72nd St., Holmes Beach.

HUGE GARAGE SALE: 7:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Feb, 19. Antiques, collectibles, silver, furniture, and much more. 612 and 614 Ambassador Lane. Holmes Beach.

LOST & FOUND

LOST: PRESCRIPTION SUNGLASSES. In black hard case. Lost in Anna Maria. Please call Jerry, 941-778-2313.

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

PETS

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.

BOATS & BOATING

TIP TOP CANVAS Shop: Book now to be completed before summer! Premium canvas shop, featuring Makrolon semi-ridged windows for fly-bridge enclosures, aft-deck enclosures and dodgers for sail and center-console boats. Completed on time, on budget and exceeding every expectation of discriminating boat owners. Dockside service. 941-932-8872. Email: TipTopCanvasShop@gmail.com. TipTopCanvasShop.com.

CUSTOM CARPENTRY: BOAT and home. Quality work, fair rates. Call 941-795-1947 or 941-792-4739.

HELP WANTED

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 info@islander.org.

KIDS FOR HIRE

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.

EMPLOYMENT WANTED

BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY

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 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.

HEALTH CARE

SERVICES

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: gregburkesr@hotmail.com.

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, 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.

A-Z HANDYMAN: No job to small. Tile. Drywall, carpentry, painting, bathrooms and kitchens, etc. Anna Maria Island resident. Call Rich, 941-538-1360 or Kyle, 941-896-1656.

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! www.jackelka.com. 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 check.my.house@verizon.net 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.

LAWN & GARDEN

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.

LANDSCAPING

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.

HOME IMPROVEMENT

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.

BRUSH OF CLASS: A higher quality of painting. Specializing in interior and exterior painting, remodels, and carpentry. CT Handyman services. Ted Watson, owner, 941-896-4410. Licensed.

RENTALS

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

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. www.divefish.com.

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

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 Feb. 1, 2011. Credit check required. $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: www.coastalpropertiesrealty.com. 941-794-1515.

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

ANNUAL RENTAL: 2BR/1BA. $900\/month, water included. 8102 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Mike Norman Realty 941-778-6696.

ANNUALS: 2BR/2BA ground-level, pool, 55-plus community, $1,000/month. 3BR/2BA ground-level, pool, tennis, Perico Bay Club, $1,200/month. 3BR/2BA private home, $1,500/month. Gulf-Bay Realty, 941-778-7244.

3012 AVENUE C, Holmes Beach. 2BR/2BA, washer, dryer, $850/month. 128 51st St., Holmes Beach, 2BR/1BA, spacious, washer, dryer, close to beach, $900/month. 2100 Ave. A, Bradenton Beach, canalfront, newly remodeled, $1,150/month. Mike Norman Realty. 941-778-6696.

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

SIX-MONTH SEASONAL rental: 2BR/1.5BA cottage on Gulf side. Ground-level. $1,800/month. 941-741-6729.

SEASONAL 1BR/1BA DUPLEX: Ground floor, furnished, no pets. Two people. February through March, $2,000. 203 Peacock Lane, Holmes Beach, 810-614-6962.

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.

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: chickenplucker@webtv.net.

WATERFRONT: COZY AND charming one bedroom cottage with dock. Perfect for retiree without much stuff. $1,150/month, annual. 941-779-0289.

ANNUAL RENTAL: AVAILABLE March 1. 2BR/2BA located in Holmes Beach. References required and security deposit. No pets and no smoking. Mature couples preferred. $950/month. Call 941-527-7661.

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.

ANNA MARIA ISLAND Club: beachfront. Two weeks, Feb. 19-March 4. 2BR/2BA, remodeled condo. Owner, 941-778-7399.

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. Dharveyel@aol.com.

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.

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

SEASONAL RENTAL AVAILABLE April, week or month. 1BR/1BA apartment, $1,100/month plus tax. Anna Maria City, east of Gulf Drive. 941-778-4499.

VACATION RENTALS: FEBRUARY and March openings now. 2BR townhouse, $750/week. 3BR/2BA house, pet-friendly. 941-356-1456. Realtor, 941-356-1456. Real Estate Mart.

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 2spinnakers.com.

REAL ESTATE

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, www.every-listing.com, 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. $499,000. 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.

GET IN ON pre-construction savings on quality 3BR/2BA homes. One block to beach, Holmes Beach. Private pool, two-car garage on quiet dead-end street. Starting at $450,000. Call Barry Gould, 941-448-5500. Island Vacation Properties.

PRICE SIGNIFICANTLY REDUCED! Lovely updated canal home at 514 71st St., Holmes Beach. Pristine, move-in ready! $479,000. MLS# R4594631. 941-779-1013, 941-704-5288.

MUST SEE BEACH condo: Skip out front door onto beach, no tunnel vision. Views of beach and Gulf every room. 5400 Gulf Drive #36, Holmes Beach. $550,000. MLS#R 4594634. 941-779-1013, 941-704-5288.

PRICED TO SELL: $459,000. Charming canal home with great potential. 509 59th St.. Holmes Beach.  MLS# R4594732. 941-779-1013, 941-704-5288.

AFFORDABLE CONDOS: ESTATE to settle. 2BR villa, carport, heated community pool, $45,000. Forty-Three West 2BR/2BA, one-car garage villa. Upgrades, pet-friendly, $120,000. Spacious 3BR/2BA, two-car garage, Village Green. Make offer, 941-356-1456. Realtor, 941-356-1456. Real Estate Mart.

FLORIDA, OUT-OF-STATE

OWN 20 ACRES Only $129/month. $13,900 near growing El Paso, Texas (safest city in America!). Low down, no credit checks, owner financing. Free map/pictures. www.sunsetranches.com. 866-485-4364.

Cross returns to steeple

Last week’s Islander showed photos of a failed attempt to return the cross atop Anna Maria’s Roser Memorial Community Church chapel after installation of a new roof. The cross was damaged in the process and sent for repairs, but reappeard on the steeple Friday. Islander Photo: Courtesy Joan Voyles

Beach renourishment 2014 in jeopardy

Manatee County natural resources director Charlie Hunsicker attended a beach renourishment conference in Jacksonville recently and learned there is little state and federal money available for the planned 2014 “central beach renourishment project” on Anna Maria Island.

“It’s looking pretty grim for funds,” Hunsicker said from the conference, which included local, state and federal officials from southeastern states concerned with beach renourishment projects.

The 2014 central beach renourishment project is scheduled to include 4.6 miles of various beaches in all three Island cities for an estimated $28 million.

For the 2002 Island wide beach renourishment project, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers provided about 60 percent of the funds through federal sources, while 30 percent came from the state and 10 percent from Manatee County.

Hunsicker said that following his return from the conference, he would discuss options with county and Island officials and begin a search for alternative funding sources.

The county’s bed tax, which provides a majority of the tax collected to Island beach renourishment projects, would pay for about 10 percent of the 2014 project cost. Port Dolphin LLC, builders of a natural gas pipeline from the Gulf of Mexico to Port Manatee, have pledged $5.5 million for beach renourishment.

Hunsicker said the news does not affect the renourishment project scheduled to begin March 1 on the Island. That $6.9 million project includes renourishment of Coquina Beach, a .6 mile portion of Anna Maria beach, and a few locations at the northern end of the Island.

The contract for the March 1 project was awarded to Great Lakes Dock and Dredge, Hunsicker said. The same company performed the 2002 beach renourishment project.

Completion of the project should be in early April, before the start of the turtle-nesting season, he said.

Renourishment of Island beaches is critically important to the area because Island beaches are the “driving economic force” in Manatee County, Hunsicker said at a recent Anna Maria commission meeting.

“What’s Anna Maria Island without its beaches?” he told commissioners.

County Commissioner Carol Whitmore, a former Holmes Beach mayor and current Island resident, was stunned by the news.

“It’s not a new project, it’s a maintenance project,” she said.

“I could understand the lack of funds if it were a newly proposed effort, but this has been around since 1992.”

Once she gets all the information from Hunsicker, Whitmore said she’s positive she and other county commissioners can find the necessary funds.

“We’ve got to do it. I don’t know how right now, but we’ll figure a way. The beaches are too important to this economy and the Island to ignore,” she said.

Manatee Public Beach work to begin

Manatee County was to begin work to remove the foundation of a demolished pier at the Manatee Public Beach Feb. 14, as The Islander went to press.

Much of the pier was demolished last winter, with removal going down 2 feet below the surface.

The foundation was left, and now must be removed because strong waves are breaking away concrete, causing debris to wash ashore.

“It’s a health and safety issue,” said Tom Yarger, county construction services division manager.

The work will continue until April 1.

Fest celebrates Cortez roots

Cortezians are fond of talking about “the early days” — days of settlement, of fishing, of life on the waterfront.

Now, as the villagers prepare for the 2011 Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival, they are talking about “the early days” of one of the area’s top outdoor extravaganzas.

The festival is going back to its roots — and taking place on the east end of the village, where the event began, say organizers.

The two-day event will take place Feb. 19-20, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday, along 119th Street south of Cortez Road to the waterfront. Admission will cost $2 for those over 12.

The festival menu features what organizers say is the freshest seafood to be savored in the area.

Tickets can be purchased and then redeemed for smoked mullet, fried green tomatoes, crab cakes, conch fritters, coconut shrimp, Italian ice, strawberry shortcake, funnel cakes, jambalaya, turkey legs, corn dogs, sloppy joes, ice cream, chowder, boiled peanuts and grouper.

Festivalgoers also will have easy access to several Cortez businesses that specialize in selling and serving seafood.

The entertainment lineup includes rock, pop, bluegrass, country and blues performers on two stages — one near the waterfront and the other on the grounds of the Florida Maritime Museum.

The Feb. 19 schedule includes soul R coaster, Gumbo Boogie Band, Eric von Hahmann, Razing Cane, Billy Rice Band, Andrew Eddy, Brian Smalley, Main Hatch Motley and St. Pete Sea Shanty Singers.

The Feb. 20 schedule includes the Manatee River Bluegrass Band, Soupy Davis and his band, Dr. Dave Band, Loretta James Band, Mike Jurgensen, Terry Blauvelt, the sea shanty singers, Eddy and von Hahmann.

Organizers also anticipate more than 50 arts and crafts vendors, as well as participants offering boat rides and sponsoring marine life and fishing exhibitions.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the Florida Institute for Saltwater Heritage, which maintains the FISH Preserve just east of the festival location.

“It is important that local residents know that the Cortez Fishing Festival proceeds are a major source of donations for the FISH Preserve,” said John M. Stevely, a FISH advocate and agent with the Florida Sea Grant Extension Service.

Consisting of 95 acres of mangrove wetlands, the preserve is one of the few undeveloped shorelines of Sarasota Bay.

Famed environmentalist Jean-Michael Cousteau of the Oceans Future Society once said, “Your FISH Preserve is very impressive. Its economic value cannot be judged in terms of dollars alone. I have seen from many places around the world, communities like the fishing village of Cortez, suffering from the demise of the natural resources base on which they depend. Your project is an important reminder of the vital connections between nature and humanity.”

Looking ahead, FISH is raising money to expand the preserve, restore wetlands and restore the old schoolhouse that houses the maritime museum, said festival organizing committee chair Linda Molto.

“The accomplishments of the Cortez community in preserving these wetlands is indeed astonishing and a testimony to private citizen involvement,” said Molto, a Cortez artist.

Stevely added, “Much has been accomplished, but there is still a lot to do.”