The American flag at Holmes Beach City Hall flew at half-staff July 21, due to the sudden death of Holmes Beach police dispatcher Dan Defee. Defee, 38, who died suddenly of an apparent aneurysm, had been with the department for four years. The flag was to remain lowered until after a July 25 memorial service for Defee. See page XX for more on Defee. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin
Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring presents volunteer walker Carol Soustek with its top annual prize — the Sadie Award — during a banquet July 23 at the old fire house in Bradenton Beach. AMITW executive director Suzi Fox said Soustek “always is there when she’s needed.” The award is named for a rescued sea turtle and is presented each year to the AMITW volunteer who goes above and beyond for sea turtle conservation. Islander Photos: Lisa Neff
Architect John Bishop of Palma Sola was selected by the West Manatee Fire Rescue District Commission to complete the remainder of John Rigney’s term.
Rigney resigned in May after he moved out of the district. One of the requirements to be a WMFRD commissioner is to reside within the district.
Commissioners decided on Bishop at their July 21 meeting after reviewing the qualifications of the five applicants. Among those applying were Anna Maria public works director George McKay and former WMFR commissioner Mike Mulcyk. Holmes Beach residents Dennis McElwaine and Robert Kelly also submitted applications.
Bishop will serve until November 2012.
The job of WMFRD commissioner is unpaid, although commissioners by law could vote for compensation.
When the district was first formed in 1999, commissioners voted not to accept any payment.
612 Gladstone Lane, Holmes Beach, a 2,051 sfla / 3,128 sfur 3bed/2bath/2car canalfront pool home built in 1973 on a 87×114 lot was sold 07/07/11, DHJLR-612 Properties LLC to Richardson for $545,000; list $595,000.
2905 Avenue C, Holmes Beach, a 1,556 sfla / 2,008 sfur 2bed/2bath home built in 1978 on a 50×105 lot was sold 07/05/11, Nawatny to White for $360,000; list $399,900.
228 Willow Ave., Anna Maria, a vacant 75×139 canalfront lot was sold 07/08/11, Pethick to 228 Willow LLC for $360,000.
213 58th St., Holmes Beach, a 1,167 sfla / 1,337 sfur 2bed/2bath home built in 1960 on a 60×91 lot was sold 07/05/11, Hildebrandt to Mazier for $315,000; list $334,900.
230 17th St. N., Unit 40, Bradenton Beach Club, Bradenton Beach, a 1,268 sfla / 1,396 sfur 2bed/2bath condo with shared pools built in 2005 was sold 07/06/11, JLR and JMR Properties LLC to Elgamil for $295,000.
458 63rd St., Holmes Beach, a 1,248 sfla / 1,824 sfur 2bed/2bath half duplex built in 1962 on a 25×115 lot was sold 07/01/11, Baldwin to Turner for $275,000; list $299,900.
Jesse Brisson, broker/associate at Gulf-Bay Realty of Anna Maria, can be reached at 941-778-7244.
Indoor soccer keeps kids cool, competitive
Indoor soccer action continues at the Anna Maria Island Community Center with three games Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday nights.
Though Mr. Grout is clearly the top team in the 10-12 age division with a 5-0 record, Pink & Navy Boutique — the only all-girl team — is tough competition.
The Boutiques tied LaPensee Plumbing 3-3 July 19 in an exciting game that went down to the last second. Both teams battled hard throughout the game. First-half goals by Ryan Fellowes and Carlos Cruz matched goals by Brooke McIntosh and Sydney Morrow for a 2-2 tie after 25 minutes of action.
The second half was more of the same with good scoring opportunities for both teams. Emma Monuese was outstanding in goal, especially in the 10th minute, when she blocked a Robbie Fellowes shot, only to have to come off her line and smother the rebound that went straight to Cruz on the left side of the goal.
Ryan Fellowes gave LaPensee Plumbing a 3-2 lead 5 minutes later, when he got loose up the right side and finished with a strong right-footed shot.
With time winding down, Pink & Navy took advantage of a three-line violation by LaPensee to tie the score at 3-3. Gillian Cassidy hammered the indirect kick on goal where it deflected off a LaPensee Plumbing defender for a goal.
Both teams continued to battle to the end when with 35 seconds left to play, a three-line violation by LaPensee Plumbing occurred. The Boutiques hustled to set up the indirect kick and Morrow managed to unleash a rocket that appeared to graze LaPensee Plumbing goalie James White’s hand, but the referee ruled no contact as the final buzzer sounded on an exciting game.
Other members of Pink & Navy Boutique include Shelby Morrow, Morgan Burns, Grace Bowers, Brooke Capparelli and Jessica Schafer.
Pink & Navy Boutique’s second game of the week saw them defeat Sandbar 4-1 July 20. Sydney Morrow led the way with a pair of goals, while McIntosh and Burns notched one goal apiece. Aiden Grumley scored the lone goal for Sandbar in the loss.
Mr. Grout showed why it’s undefeated and sitting in first place with an impressive 14-2 defeat of LaPensee Plumbing. Dylan Joseph, Michael Latimer, Jake Miller and Javiar Salgado each notched three goals while Sydney Cornell and Ethan Jenkins each scored one goal to round out the Mr. Grout scoring.
Gavin Sentman and Stephen Whyte each scored one goal for LaPensee Plumbing in the loss.
In an earlier game July 18, Mr. Grout’s rolled past Sandbar 20-3. Michael Latimer led the way with five goals, while Jake Miller, Nico Colacci, Ethan Jenkins and Dylan Joseph scored three goals apiece. Javiar Salgado added two goals, while Sydney Cornell finished with one goal in the victory.
Jean-Paul Russo led the Sandbar with two goals, while Nico Calleja added one goal.
Island Dental Spa continues to lead the 6-9 age division with a 4-0-1 record after edging Fran Maxon Realty 4-3 July 18. Luke Marvin led the way with two goals, while Ryan Joseph and Charlie Halfacre scored one goal apiece. Sam Bowers, Elizabeth Laviolette and Ozzy Lonzo scored one goal apiece in the loss.
The second game of the evening saw Southern Greens defeat Beach Bums by a 4-2 score. Julius Peteriet scored all four goals to lead the way for Southern Greens. Tyler Brewer scored both goals for Beach Bums in the loss.
Southern Greens and Fran Maxon Real Estate battled to a 5-5 tie July 19. Elizabeth Laviolette scored three goals to lead Fran Maxon Real Estate, which also received one goal each from Bowers and Lonzo. Julius Peteriet led Southern Greens with five goals in the tie.
Island Dental Spa took an 8-4 victory over the Beach Bums July 20 behind six goals from Luke Marvin. Joseph and Devin Calderon added one goal each in the victory. Brewer scored two goals to lead the Beach Bums, which also received one goal each from Samantha Burgess and Ashton Pennell in the loss.
Flag football standings heat up
Adult flag football action on the outdoor field at the Anna Maria Island Community Center continues and it appears Agnelli Pool & Spa Dolphins and MartiniVille Saints are on a collision course to the Super Bowl.
Both teams have five victories, but MartiniVille sits on top with a 5-0-1 record, while Agnelli Pool & Spa claims 5-1. Following the top two, the closest teams in the standings are Tyler’s Ice Cream Steelers and Beach to Bay Construction Bucs with matching 3-3 records. Beach to Bay defeated Sato Real Estate Browns 25-6, while Tyler’s Ice Cream blasted Slim’s Place 20-8.
Agnelli Pool destroyed Integrity Sound Redskins 49-0, while the flag football game of the week saw MartiniVille Saints stay on top thanks to a 40-34 overtime win over Sun Panthers during July 21 action.
The Saints were led by quarterback Ryan Moss, who completed 14 of 20 passes for 239 yards and five touchdown passes, while also adding 48 receiving yards and a touchdown. Jonathan Moss chipped in with a 3-for-3 passing day that included one touchdown pass, while also rushing for 31 yards in addition to catching six passes for 86 yards and four touchdowns. Ed Moss added 111 receiving yards and a pair of two-point conversions in the victory.
Ryan Moss also paced the defensive effort with four flag pulls and an interception. Rich Bell and Jonathan Moss each added two flag pulls, while David Moss contributed an interception in the victory.
Scott Dell paced the Sun offense with a 17-of-27 passing day for 227 yards and five touchdown passes. Tyler Bekkerus was his go-to target, finishing with 112 receiving yards and three touchdown receptions and an extra point. Kevin Austin finished with two touchdowns and 42 receiving yards for the Patriots, which also got 68 receiving yards and an extra point from Morgan Bekkerus in the loss.
Austin had a big day on defense, finishing with three sacks, three flag pulls and a safety. Dell also added three flag pulls, while Tyler Bekkerus finished with two flag pulls and an interception.
Key Royale golf news
In golf news, Sue Wheeler rode chipins on holes seven and nine to a 2-under-par 30 to finish in a tie for first place with Markie Ksiazek and Diane Miller during an individual-low-net golf match at the Key Royale Club July 19. Jane Winegarden, Terry Westby, Erma McMullen, Kris Landkammer and Barb Harrold each carded 1-under 31s to finish in a five-way tie for second place.
Sam Samuels rolled past the team of Jay and Jerry Disbrow by a 23-1 score to take home first-place honors during July 23 horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe pits.
Steve Grossman and Sam Samuels earned first-place honors during July 20 horseshoe action, defeating Jerry Disbrow 22-12 in the championship game.
Play gets under way at 9 a.m. every Wednesday and Saturday at the Anna Maria City Hall pits.
Warmups begin at 8:45 a.m. followed by random team selection. There is no charge to play and everyone is welcome.
AMICC Indoor Soccer standings
Island Dental Spa 4 0 1
Fran Maxon Real Estate 2 1 2
Southern Greens 2 2 1
Beach Bums 0 5 0
Mr. Grout 5 0 0
Pink & Navy Boutique 2 2 1
LaPensee Plumbing 2 2 1
Sandbar 0 5 0
Adult Flag Football Standings
MartiniVille Saints 5 0 1
Agnelli Pool & Spa Dolphins 5 1 0
Tyler’s Ice Cream Steelers 3 3 0
Beach to Bay Steelers 3 3 0
Integrity Sound Redskins 2 3 1
Sato Real Estate Browns 2 4 0
Sun Panthers 2 4 0
Slim’s Place Patriots 1 5 0
Island police blotter
• July 12, 200 block of Willow Avenue, assist. The Manatee County Sheriff’s Office assisted an IRS agent in the seizure of four motorcycles from a residence.
• July 15, 200 block of Bay Boulevard, found bone. The MCSO responded to the beach, where a woman reported finding a small bone in her son’s collection of seashells. The bone was collected by MCSO.
• July 15, 200 block of Oak Avenue, criminal mischief. The MCSO responded to a complaint that someone had damaged the front door to a residence.
• July 16, 800 block of North Shore Drive, boater complaint. A Florida Fish and Wildlife, with assistance from the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office, responded to a complaint about an alleged intoxicated boater. The boater was not ticketed, but was warned about staying away from protected marine animals.
• July 17, 700 block of South Bay Boulevard, suspicious person. The Manatee County Sheriff’s Office responded to a complaint about a suspicious person, who turned out to be impaired.
• July 17, 9200 Gulf Drive, seized tag. The MCSO stopped a motorist for allegedly speeding. A records check revealed that the vehicle tag was altered. The tag was seized and the vehicle towed.
• July 18, 10000 block of Gulf Drive, theft. The MCSO responded to the White Egret, which reported that someone removed a purse from the store.
• July 18, 100 block of Beach Avenue, found property. A wallet, hat, medication vial, lighter and sunglasses were found at a construction site.
Anna Maria is policed by the MCSO.
• July 20, 200 block of Bay Drive North, domestic disturbance. The Bradenton Beach Police Department responded to a call about a domestic disturbance. A man and woman had been fighting. The woman told officers she wanted to leave, and she did.
• July 20, 900 block of Gulf Drive, vehicle burglary. The BBPD responded to a report of a vehicle burglary at Cortez Beach. Someone stole a purse, wallet, identification, credit and gift cards and $20 in cash.
• July 20, Coquina Beach, Segway complaint. Two adults complained to BBPD about four Segway riders on the multi-use path at the beach. Two of the riders were young, and one was going too fast, lost control and fell. The complainants said they could have been seriously injured.
Bradenton Beach is policed by the BBPD.
• No new reports.
Cortez is policed by the MCSO.
• July 11, 2800 block of Avenue E, burglary to vehicle. The Holmes Beach Police Department responded to a report that someone smashed the window on a vehicle and removed a GPS device.
• July 12, 200 block of Haverkos Court, domestic dispute. The Holmes Beach Police Department and the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office responded to a residence in reference to a domestic matter. No further information was available.
• July 13, 300 block of 62nd Street, theft. The HBPD responded to a report that someone took a refrigerator, air-conditioner air handler and copper from a construction site.
• July 16, 4000 block of Second Avenue, battery, resisting arrest. The HBPD responded to a residence, where officers arrested a man for allegedly striking, pushing and spitting on another person. The man also attempted to flee police, according to the report.
• July 17, 5300 block of Holmes Boulevard, theft. The HBPD responded to a report that someone removed a chair valued at $40 from outside a shop.
• July 17, 500 block of 69th Street, theft. The HBPD took a report of a bicycle theft from outside a home.
Claude L. ‘Red’ Barron
Claude L. “Red” Barron, 87, of Warren, Ohio, and a frequent visitor to Anna Maria Island, died July 7. He was born Oct. 16, 1923, in Andover, Ohio.
Mr. Barron was a graduate and football player at Niles McKinley High School. He worked at Copperweld Steel as a crane operator. He served in the U.S. Army in the Pacific Theater in World War II. He was member and past officer of the several fraternal organizations, including the Eagles, Sons of Italy and Army/Navy.
A celebration of life is being planned for a later date on Anna Maria Island.
Mr. Barron is survived by daughter Claudia of Holmes Beach and several nieces and nephews.
Daniel Defee, 38, of Palmetto, died July 20.
Mr. Defee was employed as a dispatcher for four years at the Holmes Beach Police Department.
“It’s just tragic to lose someone that young who was not only a good employee, but a husband, son, brother and father,” said HBPD Chief Jay Romine.
The HBPD attended the service in full dress, and an honor guard and HBPD vehicles led the procession from the funeral service to the cemetery.
Visitation was held July 24 at Mansion Memorial Park and Funeral Home, Ellenton. The funeral Mass was held July 25 at St. Frances Xavier Cabrini Catholic Church, Parrish. Burial was at Manson Memorial Cemetery.
A memorial fund for Mr. Defee’s children was established at Bank of America and donations may be made at any branch of the bank with the account number 229040731343 noted on the check, or mailed to the Defee family, 2815 94th St., Palmetto FL 34221.
Mr. Defee is survived by wife Janet and children Matthew and Abigail, as well as other family members.
Ann Kip Newell
Ann Kip Newell, 78, of Bradenton, died July 19. She was born in Ware, Mass., and moved to Bradenton in 1995 from Bow, N.H.
She was a lifetime director of Manatee Children’s Services and a member of the Key Royale Club.
A memorial service was held July 22 at Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory 43rd Street Chapel. Memorial donations may be made to Manatee Children’s Services, 453 Cortez Road W., Bradenton FL 34207. Condolences may be made at www.brownandsonsfuneral.com.
Mrs. Newell is survived by her husband of 59 years, Isaac L. Jr.; daughters Elizabeth and husband Jon Thompson of Shutesbury, Mass.; and Jennifer and husband Steve Bouchard of Alexandria, Va.; brothers Paul and wife Judy Kip of Plant City, Fla., and Peter and wife Sally Kip of St. Pete Beach, Fla.; and six grandchildren.
Jay Allen Pritchett
Jay Allen Pritchett, 82, of Wilmington, Del., died July 9.
Mr. Pritchett served in the U.S. military from 1950 to 1953 during the Korean War.
He returned to work in the Wilmington area and later became owner of several gas stations. He was owner of rental properties in Bethany Beach on the Atlantic Ocean, and also in the Bahamas.
Mr. Pritchett moved to Anna Maria Island at approximately age 40, and enjoyed gardening and swimming in the Gulf of Mexico.
Mr. Pritchett is survived by his godson, Glen Purves, of Holmes Beach, and many friends in Florida and Delaware.
ITEMS FOR SALE
POOL STEPS, $65, Glidemaster elevated rower, $40, 941-778-2901.
COPPER SHIP LANTERN lamps, two, $40, 941-778-2901.
PAC-N-PLAY “Eddie Bauer” complete, like new, $65. 941-795-8359.
VCR: MAGNAVOX, $10. Eureka, “The Boss” 16.0, bagless, $20. 941-795-8359.
CLOCK: GE TELECHRON, CIRCA 1945-1949 with alarm, perfect condition, model # 7H141, $25. 941-761-1415.
CRIB/TODDLER MATTRESS, $25, BabyBjorn potty-chair, $15. Call Ray, 941-538-8724.
MCLANE GAS EDGER, $75. 941-313-0528.
BOX OF ASSORTED toys: 25 for $2.50, toy trucks, like new, 3 for $5. Call 941-795-8734.
MARY KAY COSMETICS: Full line at discounted prices. Jenifer, 941-224-1760, 941-739-0792.
ANTIQUE COPPER POTS and bowls, collection $350. Burl-wood rocker, oak office chairs, collectibles. 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
FREEBIE ITEMS FOR SALE
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 email@example.com, 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: www.gloriadeilutheran.com for worship times. 6608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
ART STUDIO SUBLET: Through October, 2011, all or part. Anna Maria Island Art League building, Holmes Beach. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or 917-843-1615.
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.email@example.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.
ROSER THRIFT SHOP: Open 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9 a.m.-noon Saturdays. Clearance sales. Closed August. 511 Pine Ave, Anna Maria. 941-779-2733.
GARAGE SALE: 8 a.m. Saturday, July 30. 2511 Ave. C, Bradenton Beach.
LOST & FOUND
FOUND: WEDDING RING. Holmes Beach. Names on outside, dates, inside. 941-730-9667.
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.
2003 TOYOTA CAMRY: Beige, 101,500 miles, air conditioning, CD/stereo, tilt steering. Great condition, well-maintained. $7,720. 941-778-4086.
BOATS & BOATING
BOAT SLIP FOR rent in Holmes Beach up to 23-foot. $140/month, three-month minimum. 941-962-6238.
LICENSED PRACTICAL NURSE looking for part-time job on the Island. Call 813-802-2756.
SALES ASSOCIATE: MOTIVATED, experienced real estate licensee for busy Island office. Please call Jesse or Robin at 941-778-7244.
KIDS FOR HIRE
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.
HEALTH FOOD AND deli business. 3228 E. Bay Drive, Holmes Beach. 941-580-0626.
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.
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.
I DON’T CUT corners, I clean corners. Professional, friendly cleaning service since 1999. 941-778-7770. Leave message.
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, 941-730-5693.
WILDLIFE REMOVAL and relocation: Problem solving for all animals, big and small. Call Joe, Westcoast Nuisance Wildlife Service. 941-720-4152.
ISLAND PRESSURE WASHING: Houses, trailers, soffets, driveways, pools, wood decks and docks. “Satisfaction guaranteed or job is free.” Best prices and reliable service. For estimates please, call Bill at 941-896-6788.
RETIRED RN IN Bradenton Beach for hire as daytime companion, caregiver. Have reference letters. 501-350-6728 or 941-549-2215.
HOUSEKEEPING: 18 YEARS on the Island and West Bradenton. We take scrubbing seriously. Let us make your home shine! Call 941-778-1014.
ISLAND DOGS GROOMING: $10 off first groom. Salon, home groom, pickup/delivery, pet sitting. 27 years experience. Call 941-778-1202.
TUTORING SERVICES: Specializing in algebra, geometry, calculus, trigonometry and science. Special needs students welcome. Grades 3-12. Rick, 941-224-4977.
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 want 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.
GUITAR TROUBLE? KOKO RAY’S ISLAND studio. Instruction in flute, saxophone, guitar, piano and voice. 315 58th St., Holmes Beach, 941-358-8724.
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.
JR’S LANDSCAPING AND MAINTENANCE Lawns, native plants, mulching, trimming, hauling, cleanups. Island resident 25 years. Call 941-807-1015.
STRAIGHT SHOT LANDSCAPE. Shell installed $45/yard at true specifications. Free appliance pick up. 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.
FREE SNOW REMOVAL is back hauling and installing crushed, washed shell, dirt, mulch and anything else. Please, call David at 941-504-7045.
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.
CONCRETE ETCHED SIDEWALK, driveways. Looks like tile. Improve your entryway. 941-383-2269.
WEEKLY/MONTHLY/ANNUAL rentals: wide variety, changes daily. SunCoast Real Estate, 941-779-0202, or 1-800-732-6434. www.suncoastinc.com.
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: www.coastalpropertiesrealty.com. 941-794-1515.
VACATION RENTALS: 3BR/3BA pool home, 2BR/1BA cottage, 5BR/4BA split pool home, two blocks to Holmes Beach. 3BR/2BA pool home NW Bradenton, 3BR/3BA pool home Palma Sola. Weekly, monthly rentals. Luxury furnishings, all amenities. Inclusive prices. Coastal Properties Realty, 941-794-1515.
TROPICAL PARADISE: 3BR/2BA canalfront home on Key Royale. Annual unfurnished. New carpet and new paint. Updated interior. Davits. $2,300/month. 941-704-2827.
ANNUAL RENTAL HOLMES Beach: 2BR/2BA House with one-car garage, washer and dryer, screened lanai, big yard. Three blocks from beach! $1,250/month plus utilities. Available Sept 1. Call 813-500-2553.
ANNUAL 2BR/1BA DUPLEX: $875/month including garbage/yard service, large backyard. http://goff-club.com/206A. 54th Street, Holmes Beach. 941-795-0504.
ANNUAL RENTAL AT Westbay Cove. 2BR/2BA second floor unfurnished, waterfront. Old Florida Realty, 941-713-9096.
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.
DIRECT GULFFRONT: 146 feet on the beach. 3BR/4.5BA, office recreation room, spa, pool, outdoor kitchen and theater, elevator, turnkey furnished. $3,750,000. Suncoast Real Estate, 941-779-0202 or 941-720-0288.
FOR SALE: BRADENTON Beach. Sandpiper Resort, 1BR/1BA, enclosed bonus room, steps to beach. 813-458-3875. NEW UPGRADED CONDOS: Minutes to beach, annual, seasonal, $140,000-plus. Special financing available. 941-773-0212. Taylor Morrison at Palma Sola Trace.
WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA mountain condo in exclusive Lake Toxaway. Superb long-range views. $68,500. 941-773-4150.
NORTH CAROLINA MOUNTAIN lakefront lots. New gated waterfront community. Dockable lots with up to 300 feet of shoreline, low insurance, low property tax. Call now, 800-709-5253.
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AMI fishing: As good as it gets in summer
Inshore and nearshore fishing still are producing good numbers of fish — provided you try to fish during the cooler parts of the day. Fishing pre-dawn until shortly after sunrise is providing great spotted sea trout action on top-water lures. Try wading the shallower flats to find gator trout lurking in potholes and on edges of troughs and ditches.
Redfish and snook are lingering around mangrove edges and grass flats on higher tides. You can find snook on the beaches, too, especially close to the passes on the north and south ends of the Island. For best results with these catch-and-release snook, you want to use live shiners or pinfish. If you’re going to use artificials, try a Yozuri Pins Minnow in a greenback-silverside pattern.
Offshore fishers are preparing their boats to travel long distances into the Gulf of Mexico, where reports of black fin tuna, bonito and dolphin are coming in from water depths of 150-180 feet.
To get in on this action, look for schools of bonito crashing the surface, and put a bait right in the school. If you can get a bait past the bonito, you have a chance at hooking a tuna. In these same depths, bottom fishers are catching limits of mangrove snapper as well as red grouper. Catch-and-release gag grouper is still as good as grouper fishing gets.
Jonny Keyes at Island Discount Tackle says inshore fishing has been challenging due to the hot water temps. Fishers willing to fish at dawn are catching upper slot-size spotted sea trout on top water plugs. Wading is the best approach to sneak up on these summertime trout. Redfish are hanging around oyster bars and along mangrove edges. Gold spoons and Berkley Gulp shrimp are two good options to try on the shallow water reds. Keyes is hearing about good catch-and release snook action on the beaches around Longboat Pass and at Bean Point.
Offshore fishers are having good results targeting mangrove snapper on both the nearshore and offshore structure. The same is true of the red grouper. Frozen sardines and or frozen squid are working well in water deeper than 100 feet. Heading out to depths of 180 feet-plus, fishers are catching dolphin, bonito and black fin tuna.
Tom Cassetty at the Rod & Reel Pier is seeing Spanish mackerel and mangrove snapper being caught on live shiners. “The bite has been early in the morning,” says Cassetty. “Sunrise has been the best.” For pier fishers using shrimp, flounder and black drum are the primary catch. “There are still a lot of bait stealers around the pier,” says Cassetty. “They make it tough to get your shrimp to the bottom where the drum are, so bring an ample amount of bait.”
Redfish also are being caught under the pier on live shrimp or cut pieces of blue crab.
Capt. Mark Johnston of Just Reel fishing charters is targeting “bull reds” in Sarasota Bay using “slab white bait.” Most fish are upper slot fish with the biggest in the 30-inch range. Eight-year-old Kai Hunkeler of Bradenton caught a 30-inch bull red on 4-pound test line while fishing with Johnston. “It took a little while for Kai to reel him in,” says Johnston, “but he stuck with it and landed the fish.”
Besides redfish, Johnston also is catching spotted sea trout up to 25 inches on the flats of Sarasota Bay. Again he says bigger white bait is catching the bigger trout. He also is catching flounder in the passes using smaller baits fished on the bottom.
Capt. Warren Girle is targeting spotted sea trout along the eastern shoreline or Sarasota Bay. “The shallower flats are producing good fish early in the morning,” says Girle. Wading is the most effective way to fish these areas. Girle also is finding schooling reds while wading these shorelines. He suggests looking close to the shoreline for schools on the higher tides. Artificials like the Rapala Skitterwalk, a top-water plug, are working well just after dawn. Plastic baits on a 1/8-ounce jig head also are producing, but be careful not to make a big splash close to schooling reds.
Capt. Rick Gross of Fishy Business charters is having great luck with redfish around flats adjacent to mangrove edges on the higher tides. On a recent charter, Gross boated 22 redfish while working a shoreline. “Most of the fish have been upper slot,” says Gross, “ but we’ve been catching fish up to 32 inches.”
Gross also is catching trout in these same areas, although he says they’re not as abundant as redfish. Moving on the deeper flats, Gross is catching decent numbers of Spanish mackerel with a few blacktip sharks in the mix. On the outgoing tides, Gross is targeting catch-and-release snook using small shiners for bait. “The hookup ratio has been better using the smaller shiners,” says Gross. The snook have been averaging 22-25 inches with fish up to 29 inches being caught.
Capt. Mark Howard of SumoTime Charters says he saw steady action and a variety of fish on recent charters. Speckled trout, redfish, mangrove snapper, bluefish and mackerel are some of the varieties landed.
He notes that the abundant small shiners in area waters are the bait of choice. He recommends using a 1/4-inch net to get these smaller baits and down size hooks and leaders to pait the tackle to the bait.
Speckled trout and mangrove snapper are feeding heavily on the smaller shiners in 4-6 feet of water with abundance and vigor. Just throw a handful of shiners behind your boat to fire up the bite. In this shallow of water, Howard says, “The mangrove snapper are perfect eating size when cooked Bahamian style — scaled, gutted, seasoned and heads off on the grill.” Better yet, he says, take advantage of summer’s bounty and add some mango salsa to the grilled fish.
Howard says redfish schools are still scattered in the mangroves at high tide and in the potholes on low tides. He says to use a cork to float bait tight to the bushes, and also “try a variety of baits as redfish can be choosy. Shiners, shrimp and pinfish, live or dead, will usually do the trick,” he says.
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Wednesday, July 27
5 to 7 p.m. — Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce business card exchange at Sunrise Garden Resort, 512 Spring Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-1541. Fee applies.
Monday, Aug. 1
2 to 4 p.m. — Young at Art youth camp begins at the Anna Maria Island Art League, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-2099. Fee applies.
Wednesday, Aug. 3
1:15 p.m. — Gulf Coast Writers will meet at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-496-4462.
• Tuesdays, noon, Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island meetings at the BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-794-8044.
• Wednesdays, two hours before sunset, the city of Bradenton Beach hosts a sunset party with entertainer Mike Sales at Katie Pierola Sunset Park, 2200 block of Gulf Drive North, Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-448-5798.
• 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 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, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., view landscape painter David Dunlop’s video series “Landscapes Through Time,” at the Studio at Gulf and Pine, 10101 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-1906.
• Fridays, Senior Adventures Group meets for outings to various locations. Information: 941-962-8835.
• Fridays, 7 to 10 p.m., drum circle with Mike Sales and Scott Blum at Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-526-6789.
• Saturdays through Aug. 13, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., fishing excursions for kids departing from the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-1908. Fee applies.
• 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.
Friday, July 29
5 p.m. — Splash Film Series: “Morning Light,” at the South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-746-4131. Fee applies.
• Aug. 4, Anna Maria Island Privateers “Walk the Plank” party, Cortez Clam Factory.
• Aug. 5, Splash Film Series: “Passage,” South Florida Museum.
• Aug. 6, Family night at the museum, South Florida Museum.
Save the Date:
• Aug. 27, O’Connor Bowling Challenge, AMF Lanes, Bradenton.
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