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The Islander Classifieds: Wednesday, March. 30, 2011


COLLECTIBLE COCA COLA cookie jar, $5. Burger King, McDonalds toys, 20 pieces $2. 941-795-8734.

REAL CHIQUITA BANANA plants: 3-5 feet high. Four plants for $25. 941-778-0192.

PLANTS: SIX LARGE ‘cardinals guard’ $30. 941-778-0256.

COMPUTER: DELL, REFURBISHED with newly loaded Windows XP-PRO, $35, 941-756-6728.

DOLPHIN: CARVED WOODEN, 30 x 19 inches, $90. 941-778-0256.

CARPET PAD: 11 x 8 feet, $15. 941-778-0256.

SQUARE BOX FAN: 20-inch, $10, Breakfast-in-bed serving tray with magazine side panels, $30. 941-778-1264.

ROLLING ROCK BOMB box, large, $20. 941-778-1264.

MATTRESS: LATEX SPRING air. New, $1,500. $100 or best offer. 941-778-3920.

COCKATIEL BIRD CAGE: Like new with floor stand, $35. 941-356-1456.

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.

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:


Individuals may advertise up to three items, each priced $100 or less, 15 words or less. FREE, one week, must be submitted online. E-mail, fax toll-free 1-866-362-9821. (limited time offer)


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

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 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, April 2. 4212 126th St. W., Bldg. 4, Apt. 407. Smuggler’s Cove, Cortez. Florida-style queen and twin bed sets, leather sofa, wicker settee, chairs, table bed set, game table and chairs, dining table and chairs, bar stools, lamps, tables, books, TVs, cabinet, luggage, tools, linens and kitchen. Sale by Julie McClure. Pictures: WWW.APPRAISALS4U.BIZ.

ESTATE SALE: 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday, March 30. Everything must go including 1998 Buick LaSabre. 533 69th St., Holmes Beach.


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.

MOVING SALE: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, April 2.  Everything must go. 717 Jacaranda Road, Anna Maria.

ANTIQUE AND ART fair: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, April 2-3. 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.

YARD SALE: 8:30 a.m.-?  Saturday, April 2. Household items, electronics, furniture. 520 56th St., Holmes Beach.

SALE: SATURDAY AND Sunday, April 2-3. Vintage and designer clothing, 20-50 percent off all clothing, hats, purses, shoes. April 2-3 Steff’s Stuff Antiques, 6828 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. 941-383-1901.


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

LOST: SPRINT LG mobile phone, orange color. 941-778-4040.

LOST PRIVATEER DAGGER: one of matching husband-wife set. Husband passed away recently, so much sentimental value attached. Please, call 941-761-4771 if found.

LOST: GOLD AND seed pearl bracelet in Holmes Beach. If found, please, call 941-545-5009 or 920-608-0701.

LOST: TEAR DROP-shaped necklace, maybe near Manatee public beach, much sentimental value. Reward if found, 941-345-6531 or 941-778-3953.

DIGITAL CAMERA (FOUND on Island), digital camera (found at Robinson Preserve), men’s wedding band, silver makeup bag. For further information please, call the Holmes Beach Police Department at 941-708-5804.


WONDERFUL SWEET ADULT cat, tiger striped, big beautiful eyes. Neutered, up to date on shots, micro chipped. Lisa, 941-345-2441 or e-mail:

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.


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

DAGGER KAYAK: 12-foot 6-inch with paddle, vest. Like new. Paid $999, sell for $600. 603-801-3508.

BIMINI BAY: 10,000-lb. lift, up to 29 feet. Direct open water, electric, water. Call Larry, 941-778-1565.

FOR RENT: BOAT slip, north end Anna Maria. Easy access to Gulf, up to 30 feet, $150/month. 941-794-8877.


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

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.

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

PART-TIME RECEPTIONIST for local area motel. Flexible hours and some weekends. Phone 941-778-2780.

SECURITY GUARD: CONDO security guard needed noon to 4 p.m.  Saturday and Sundays. $12/hour 941-778-1390.

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.

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, 941-448-4100.

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.

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:

PROFESSIONAL NANNY AVAILABLE mornings/early afternoons. Experienced, loving, nonsmoker, CPR, references. Also evening/weekend childcare. 772-480-8220.

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

PRESSURE WASHING SPECIAL: Driveways, swimming pool decks, docks and trailers, $45/each. All other services $18/hour plus chemicals. Cortez resident. Call Bill, 941-896-6788.

PURE IMAGE CLEANING: Residential, commercial and move-in, move-outs! Call Michelle, 941-465-2957.

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.

CERTIFIED HORTICULTURAL PROFESSIONAL: 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.

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

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

BRADENTON BEACH SMALL one room efficiency. $695/month, annual lease, no pets. 941-779-0289.

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

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

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

HOLMES BEACH 2BR/2BA ground floor duplex. Pool. $2,500/month plus taxes and security deposit and cleaning fee. 2-3 month minimum. 941-778-9576.

ONLY STEPS FROM beach on Anna Maria Island. Seasonal 1BR/2BA, Internet access, parking. $598/week plus tax. 941-778-1098.

SEASONAL: 2012 JANUARY through April. Luxury bayfront, 2BR/2BA, must see. 941-209-8789.

NEAR BEACH TOWNHOUSE. 2BR/2BA, pool and boat slip, $750/week. Call right away. Realtor, 941-356-1456. Real Estate Mart.

WATERFRONT HOME: 2BR/2BA, pool, dock, walk to beach, $2,000/month, annual. 703-587-4675, 941-779-9074.

ANNUAL: STEPS FROM beach. 1BR/1BA ground floor, open kitchen living, dining room. Private patio, pool, laundry, parking on-site, electric, water included, $850/month. 201 South Bay Blvd., #2, Anna Maria. Reggie, 786-375-9633.

SEASONAL 2012: 2BR/2BA, waterfront, three-month minimum, Property number 270319. 941-209-8789.

LARGE 2BR/1BA, HOLMES Beach. Dishwasher, washer and dryer. References and credit. $950/month plus utilities. 941-518-4688.

BEAUTIFUL 2BR/2BA CONDO for rent, seasonal or annual. Ground floor, five minutes from beach. $2,400/month. 941-795-6688.

HOLMES BEACH: SEASONAL 2BR/1BA. 200 feet to Gulf. Available April 1. $695/weekly. 585-317-7344.

HOLMES BEACH: 2BR/2BA on the beach. Pool, tennis court, elevators. 941-778-6288.

SANDPIPER RESORT: 2BR/1BA, steps to beach, bay view, dock, seasonal, annual. 941-778-3051.

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


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.

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.

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.

TRY A FRESH approach: Call Carmen Pedota and Lori Guerin of Duncan Real Estate for all your real estate needs. 941-284-2598 or 941-773-3415.

FOR SALE: BRADENTON Beach. Sandpiper Resort, 1BR/1BA, enclosed bonus room, steps to beach. 813-458-3875.

FOR SALE: TRAILER. Pines Park, Bridge Street. $45,000. Updated, furnished, three blocks to beach. Park manager on-site. Boat dock possibility. Owner, 603-508-2039. Cell, 941-567-6726.

WILL TRADE: LONGBOAT KEY Gulffront 2BR/2BA condo, upgraded, for Anna Maria Island Gulffront condo. Make offer. 217-493-6216.

ASSISTED LIVING HOME: Includes real estate. Two houses on lake, one can be living quarters/office. Nine-bed up and running for over 15 years. $529,000. Call 941-356-1456, Realtor. Real Estate Mart.

$135,000: WATERFRONT TOWNHOUSE. 2BR/2BA, turnkey furnished, heated pool. Boat slip outside your front door. Low fees, exceptional deal. Call to see now. Exclusive with Real Estate Mart, 941-356-1456.

ACROSS THE STREET from beach, 20,000 sf, two 100×100-foot lots. Centrally located, ready to build up to four luxury homes. $685,000. 941-778-9304.

CORNER LOT: 100×100 feet with 4BR/2.5BA home with lanai, one block from beach, $550,000. Call 941-779-9059.

‘Fab’ appearance by model on the beach

Fabio Lanzoni, international model and actor, much recognized for a series of romance novel cover photos, visited Anna Maria Island over the past weekend. He attended a fundraiser party at the Gulf Drive Cafe Tiki Hut and dined with five women, top bidders in a Myositis Association at the Beach Bistro March 19. The Islander newspaper partnered with the Gulf Drive Cafe on a party at the Tiki Hut where Fabio greeted guests and posed for photographs. Beach Bistro owner Sean Murphy provided dinner — where the top bid for a seat there went for $500. Jack Elka provided photography, which included posting photos for sale on his website and donating the purchase funds. Jim Sebastiano of Island Limosine provided airport service and carried Fabio to and from an array of events, including a poker run in Sarasota. And Eric Cairns of Cedar Cove Resort provided accommodations. More at Islander Photo: Bonner Joy

‘Fab’ appearance by model on the beach

‘Fab’ appearance by model on the beach

‘Fab’ appearance by model on the beach

‘Fab’ appearance by model on the beach

Village to house Angler’s Lodge

Anna Maria developers Mike and Lizzie Vann Thrasher recently revised their plans at the Anna Maria Historic Green Village on Pine Avenue to include a place for the Angler’s Lodge, village manager Katie Wight said.

The lodge, now at 115 N. Bay Blvd., was built around 1914-15, according to Sissy Quinn, president of the Anna Maria Island Preservation Trust. The lodge owner, Agie Hebebrand, recently donated the building to the trust to be preserved and maintained as a historic structure.

Lizzie Vann Thrasher said moving the Angler’s Lodge to the village would be “a major task, but we think it’s worth every effort to ensure that it remains part of Anna Maria’s future history.”

The village already is host to the Rosedale cottage, built at the site in 1915, and a Sears catalog kit home, built around 1935 and relocated from another site on Pine Avenue.

The Sears home was moved to the historic village at 503 Pine Ave. last year.

Lizzie Vann Thrasher said she did not yet have a plan for the Angler’s Lodge move.

The Angler’s Lodge is a “beautiful building that we felt deserved a place in our historic green village,” she said.

Quinn thanked the Thrashers for their interest in Anna Maria history and for accepting the Angler’s Lodge at their development.

The Anna Maria Historic Green Village is scheduled to open its first building in April, Wight said.

Trolley funding safe — for now

The Anna Maria Chamber of Commerce board of directors learned March 16 that the Longboat Key Trolley operated by the Manatee County Area Transit and the Sarasota County Area Transit is in jeopardy of being dropped for lack of use. The fare-free Island Trolley funding, meanwhile, is safe this year and the next two fiscal years that begin Oct. 1.

“Everything is good for the (Island) trolley as long as grants keep coming from the state,” Manatee County administrator Ed Hunzeker told board members.

The grants, along with county funds and contributions from the Island, are enough to keep the trolley operating as a free service for the next three years, MCAT manager Ralf Heseler said in early March.

David Teitelbaum, who was recently reappointed to the board, organized the chamber’s advertising program for the Island trolleys. He said the five new trolleys coming are longer than the previous trolleys and have an improved antique-look inside.

That means there’s more space for advertising, he said.

Teitelbaum is preparing a new advertising contract for businesses. In the interim, the current ads on the trolleys remain at no charge.

He’s also developing a new marketing plan and has several new advertisers ready to roll out on the new trolleys.

Revenue from ad sales on the trolleys is used to partially fund the service, which first began operation on AMI in March 2002.

BB recycling contract approved

Bradenton Beach commissioners recently signed off on a five-year contract for Waste Pro to collect recyclables.

The commission unanimously approved the contract during its regular meeting March 17, allowing the Waste Pro service to begin April 7.

Later this month, the commission will discuss contracting with a company for solid waste collection.

Currently, the city’s public works department collects recyclables, yard waste and garbage. Commissioners and Mayor Bob Bartelt began exploring the dissolution of the city sanitation service last year, with the goal of cutting maintenance and equipment costs.

The recycling contract gives Waste Pro exclusive rights to haul recyclables from residences to a processing center in Sarasota. Florida law prohibits cities from extending exclusive rights for commercial collection, although Waste Pro officials said they hoped to secure a number of commercial customers in the city.

Contract terms include a city franchise fee of 12 percent of gross revenue and a 50/50 split on the sale of recyclables, minus the cost of removing and disposing of residual garbage — unrecyclable material that gets mixed in with the collection, such as plastic shopping bags and certain paper products.

Collection rates are $3.07 per month per residence and $15 per month for businesses that use a 96-gallon cart.

Waste Pro officials plan to provide the city with a monthly report on their collections, which commissioners said could help them track any increases or decreases in recycling.

The Energy, Climate Change and Economic Security Act of 2008 signed into law by former Gov. Charlie Crist created established a new statewide recycling goal of 75 percent to be achieved by the year 2020. So the state Department of Environmental Protection is encouraging municipalities to implement programs to promote recycling.

For now, the city clerk’s office will bill recycling customers.

In other business last week, the commission:

• Approved payment of a $5,375 invoice from M.T. Causley for building department services in February; a $6,500 invoice from LTA Engineering for work on four new trolley shelters.

• Held the first reading of an ordinance adjusting the city’s candidate qualifying period to coincide with the county period. A second and final reading was scheduled for April 7.

• Tentatively authorized the removal of a tree on the southwest corner of Avenue C and 23rd Street North, which will cost $990.

The tree, a Cuban laurel, is hollow and rotted, according to C.S. Lawn Inc. consultant Casey Shoots, who recommended removing the tree and stump and grounding out the roots.

The commission authorized the removal pending a review for any nests and wildlife inhabitants. Later in the week, Commissioner Ed Straight, who lives in the area and runs a wildlife rehab center, reported that the tree is inhabited.

• Discussed a possible dunes construction project in the 100 block of Gulf Drive North and across the street from city hall. The issue will be presented at a community redevelopment agency meeting, probably in April.

Engineer and city consultant Lynn Townsend said the city owns some of the beach property and the BeachHouse Restaurant owns a large stretch of property.

Townsend said the city’s cost would involve dunes construction and work on its parcel, which is about 50 feet wide, but the BeachHouse ownership would handle the other costs.

• Discussed a lien on an undeveloped property in the 2500 block of Gulf Drive North. The city lien is the result of an ongoing code-enforcement fine at the site, which has been tangled up in a bankruptcy proceeding and is now owned by the FDIC.

• Heard from an Island businesswoman about a plan to set a world record for the longest conga line. The hope is to hold an event in April in Bradenton Beach, Susanne Arbanas told commissioners during the public comment period.

Despite life-saving effort, woman found in Gulf dies

A 74-year-old woman died March 15 after going into full cardiac arrest in the Gulf of Mexico just off the shore in Holmes Beach.

Before Manatee County and West Manatee Fire Rescue personnel arrived, other beachgoers tended to the woman, who had been found in the Gulf in the 3400 block of Gulf Drive in Holmes Beach.

“It is believed she was in the water and went into cardiac arrest,” said Manatee County public safety spokesman Capt. Larry Leinhauser.

One volunteer rescuer, a vacationing doctor from Canada, performed CPR until emergency medical service paramedics arrived. The public safety department could not provide the name of the doctor or the deceased woman.

“He was very active in the rescue efforts, performing CPR until we arrived along with marine rescue and the fire department,” Leinhauser said of the doctor. “The doctor did a terrific job trying to save this lady. Our crew was very appreciative of his efforts.”

Beachgoers also responded last summer in an incident on the beach in Anna Maria in which two people died after becoming caught in rip currents.

These types of incidents are the reason the Friends of the Island Library and WMFR are partnering to present life-saving classes at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive.

The classes are free to attend, but pre-enrollment at the library is required.

One class took place March 19. Upcoming classes are scheduled for 10 a.m. March 25 and 10 a.m. March 29.   Students will learn to use an automatic external defibrillator and how to respond when someone is choking, cannot breathe or has suffered cardiac arrest.

Friends president Beverly Neville said the classes are important because procedures have changed in recent years.

New guidelines recommend rescuers start CPR with hard and fast chest pumps rather than the old “ABC” method, which involved two breaths of air into the mouth followed by 30 chest pumps.

The old method took time and delayed the chest compressions that get blood circulating, according to the AHA.

County to pursue preserve property

Manatee County commissioners authorized the county administrator to enter negotiations that could lead to creation of another northwest Bradenton preserve — a Robinson II.

The county commission, which addressed the possible land-acquisition during a meeting March 15, also has an opportunity to acquire environmentally significant properties along the Braden River.

The potential property acquisitions were discussed first during a work meeting March 1, when natural resources director Charlie Hunsicker introduced several opportunities created by a downturn in the real estate market.

During last week’s meeting, Hunsicker proposed the commission authorize county administrator Ed Hunzeker and his staff to initiate negotiations with the Southwest Florida Water Management District to purchase 149.9 acres to the southeast of Robinson Preserve, as well as two Braden River properties in East Manatee, including the Linger Lodge and restaurant.

The board approved Hunsicker’s proposal.

The county and Swiftmud will explore the possibility of the district acquiring the properties and the county assuming management responsibilities. Swiftmud’s interest, Hunsicker said, would be in the ways that preserving the environmentally sensitive land could protect water quality and improve stormwater quality.

The west Bradenton property would come from Robinson Farms, which has proposed selling 150 acres of its 200 acres adjacent to Robinson Preserve. The developer would retain some property for home construction.

A meeting between county and Swiftmud staff to discuss the property acquisitions was set for March 21, as The Islander went to press.

Swiftmud administers two programs related to acquisition and restoration — the Florida Forever conservation land acquisition program and the Surface Water and Improvement Management program. Both programs are dependent on state funding sources that “have been significantly reduced or suspended indefinitely,” according to Eric Sutton, Swiftmud land resources director.

However, the Robinson property is listed in the Florida Forever work plan, Sutton noted. Additionally, he said the SWIM program was instrumental in the creation of Robinson, Neal and Perico preserves.

County officials said they hoped to complete negotiations by July.

Commission lobbying for renourishment funds

Manatee County commissioners are lobbying state officials to continue Florida’s commitment for renourishment projects.

The county board drafted a letter to the legislative delegation urging support for beach renourishment at the state level.

Gov. Rick Scott, in his proposed fiscal 2011-12 budget, omitted renourishment funding.

Such an omission would not impact this spring’s renourishment of a small section of beach in Anna Maria and large sections of Coquina Beach in Bradenton Beach.

And a second renourishment project, set to take place on the north end of the Island next year, would be supported by Port Dolphin Energy, which is building a deepwater port and gas pipeline in the region. An agreement between the company and the state was struck to alleviate concerns about the project’s impact on renourishment sand in Tampa Bay.

However, the county has long planned for a massive Islandwide renourishment for 2014-15 and needs state support.

So later this month, County Commission Chair Carol Whitmore plans to go to Tallahassee to meet with Scott.

Additionally, county commissioners plan to lobby legislators as they wade into the politics of the 2011 legislative session.

A draft of a letter to lawmakers on renourishment was approved at the commission’s March 15 meeting.

“Healthy beaches are one of Florida’s most valuable assets: They are a linchpin to the tourism revenues of coastal communities across Florida and, in particular, Manatee County,” stated the letter. “As such, the protection of beach renourishment funding is a top priority of the Manatee Board of County Commissioners and the Manasota League of Cities.”

Eliminating state funding jeopardizes federal funding, because the U.S. government program requires matching funds, the letter said.

The current resolution keeping the federal government operating while Congress negotiates an overdue fiscal budget includes more than $1 million for the Anna Maria Island Shore Protection Project. But to carry out the project, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection has requested $909,000 in funding assistance.

“It is imperative that the project move forward and we hope that the governor will reconsider and support funding for this project and others on the state priority list, especially those with matching federal funding,” the letter stated.

The correspondence stressed the connection between sand and cents. “Florida’s beaches are clearly an economic engine that drives the state’s coastal cities and counties,” stated the letter. “Beaches remain our No. 1 tourist attraction — 80.9 million visitors traveled to Florida in 2009, adding $60.9 billion sales dollars to our economy.”

The county commissioners maintain that out-of-state tourists visiting Florida beaches in 2007 spent $20 billion, beach tourism increased state tax revenues by $1 billion that year and spending by vacationing beachgoers created 400,000 jobs in 2007.