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Obituaries – 09-21-2011

Ray L. Becker

Ray L. Becker, 92, of Coldwater, a frequent visitor to Anna Maria Island, died Sept. 11 in Hillsdale. He was born Sept. 13, 1919, to Dr. Jedidiah and Dessie (Zimmerman) Becker in Angola, Ind.

Mr. Becker graduated from Angola High School and went on to Manchester College where he became a dental technician.

Mr. Becker owned and operated Tri-State Dental lab in Coldwater for 40 years. He loved his grandchildren and his church. He enjoyed wintering in Florida for many years and watching his beloved Detroit Tigers.

A service and visitation was held Sept. 13 in Coldwater. Interment will follow at Oak Grove Cemetery in Coldwater. Arrangements were by Dutcher Funeral Home in Coldwater.

Ray is survived by his son Dr. David and wife Kim of Coldwater; granddaughters Christina, Stephanie and Jennifer.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Dessalines (Haiti) Eye/Dental clinic currently being established, in care of Coldwater Free Methodist Church. For information, visit


Paul H. Ridgdill

Paul H. Ridgdill, 93, of Bradenton, died Sept. 10. He was born Sept. 29, 1917, in Mulberry, Fla., to the late Peter H. and Mildred (Alderman) Ridgdill and moved with his family to Bradenton at the age of 2.

Mr. Ridgdill served with the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II, and was the former owner of Ridgdill Plumbing in Bradenton for more than 30 years. He served on the Bradenton City Council from 1976-86, and also served as vice-mayor of the city for several of those years. He was a member of the Bradenton Kiwanis and Lions Clubs, Florida Plumbers Association and the First Presbyterian Church of Bradenton, where he served as a deacon.

He spent his retirement years with wife Mary on Anna Maria Island enjoying countless hours with his daughters and their children.

The family received friends Sept. 16 at Shannon Funeral Home Westview Chapel, 5610 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton. A celebration of life was held Sept. 17 at First Presbyterian Church, 1402 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton. Private inurnment will be at a later date at Fogartyville Cemetery in Bradenton. Memorial donations may be made to either the South Florida Museum or First Presbyterian Church. Condolences may be made online at

Mr. Ridgdill is survived by his wife of 69 years, Mary Armstrong; daughters Rosemary and Ron Carlson of Bradenton, Patty and Dave Hall of Palmetto, Sandy and David Livingston of Ellenton, and Barbara and Dave Bjorklund of Jupiter; brother Frank and wife Jill of Tampa; sister Jeanne Fenton of Bradenton; 13 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

Island police blotter – 09-21-2011

Anna Maria

• Sept. 11, Bayfront Park, public intoxication. The Manatee County Sheriff’s Office and Holmes Beach Police Department responded to calls from Bayfront Park, where two intoxicated men were causing a disturbance. The men were instructed to leave the park.

• Sept. 14, 200 block of Lakeview Drive, phone scam. A resident reported to the MCSO that she received a telephone call and someone said she had won a $6,000 grant that she could collect from Western Union if she paid a $1,200 fee.

        Anna Maria is policed by the MCSO.

Bradenton Beach

• Sept. 11, 300 block of Bay Drive South, obstruction. The Bradenton Beach Police Department arrested a man for obstructing a police officer without violence, a felony. A report stated that Matthew Edixon, no known address, was seen dragging a woman by her hair across a parking lot. A BBPD officer said the woman was unconscious when he arrived and Edixon was standing beside her. The officer alleged Edixon kept interfering while he tried to tend to the woman, so the man was arrested. The woman was taken to the hospital.

        Bradenton Beach is policed by the BBPD.


• No new reports.

        Cortez is policed by the MCSO.

Holmes Beach

• Sept. 2, 5300 block of Gulf Drive, aggravated battery. The HBPD investigated a report of an aggravated battery involving multiple intoxicated people outside Martiniville.

• Sept. 8, 100 block of White Avenue, warrant. A 43-year-old Holmes Beach woman was arrested on warrant for a probation violation.

• Sept. 8, 3200 block of Sixth Avenue, vehicle burglary. The Holmes Beach Police Department took a report from a man who said his vehicle was burglarized and that someone removed prescription pain medicine and a credit card.

• Sept. 9, 6200 block of Marina Drive, residential burglary. The HBPD investigated a report of the theft of a new queen-size comforter from a garage.

• Sept. 9, 700 block of Manatee Avenue, larceny. The HBPD investigated the theft of a tailgate from a parked truck at the Kingfish Boat Ramp. The property was valued at $500.

• Sept. 11, 3700 block of East Bay Drive, driving without a license. The HBPD responded to an accident involving two motorists, one allegedly rear-ended another. The report stated that one motorist was arrested for driving without a license, a misdemeanor.

• Sept. 11, 4000 block of Gulf Drive, injured animal. The HBPD responded to a call about two injured squirrels, which were rescued by Wildlife Inc.

• Sept. 12, 3600 Gulf Drive, gas leak. The West Manatee Fire Rescue and HBPD responded to a gas leak, which required an evacuation of the building.

        Holmes Beach is policed by the HBPD.

        Streetlife is based on incident reports and narratives from the BBPD, HBPD and MCSO.

Sports – 09-21-2011

Soccer jamboree day kicks off fall soccer season


The Anna Maria Island Community Center’s adult soccer league kicked off Sept. 15 with four games, while the youth soccer program held off until Sept. 17 for a full day of mini games for kids in divisions for ages 4-17.

The recreational youth league gets going for real on Sept. 21 and continues until the end of November, when champions will be crowned in four age divisions.

The adult league got a competitive start when Jessie’s Island Store battled Don Meilner & Son Construction to a 3-3 tie in the season opener. Aaron Duduks, Robert McClughlin and Sean Sanders scored goals for Jessie’s, while Mike Brusso, Zach Gilliland and Amy Talucci notched goals for Meilner.

The second game of the evening saw Euphemia Haye take a 3-0 win over Florida Discount Sign behind two goals from Paul Heyward and one goal from Ryan Hogan.

Sato Real Estate grabbed a 5-2 victory over Island Pest Control in the third game of the evening behind a pair of goals from Matt Plummer and a goal apiece from Josh Sato, Rich Bell and Stephen Perry. Enrico Bissert scored both goals for Pest Control in the loss.

The final game of the night saw Ross Built roll past Wash Family Construction by a 7-3 score. Former Manatee High soccer player Emily Argeros and Greg Ross scored two goals apiece, while Eric Howe and Toby Wickland scored one goal each in the victory. Brett Laudicinia, Scott Macy and  Jessica Macy scored a goal each for Wash in the loss.


Adult basketball starts up, too

The Anna Maria Island Community Center’s adult basketball league got started with three games Sept. 13. The first game saw Agnelli Pool & Spa roll past Southern Greens by a 55-34 score. Aaron Duduks led the way for Agnelli with 35 points, while Nate Coleman added 14 points. Will Langston’s 4 points and 2 points from Tyler Krauss completed the Agnelli scoring in the victory. Kevin Austin and Robby Bennett scored 15 points apiece to lead Southern Greens, which also received 2 points apiece from Chuck McCracken and Wayne Grant in the loss.

Bowes Imaging edged the Sun 42-40 in the second game of the night behind 16 points from Tyler Bekkerus and 11 points from Mikeal Kasten. Nick Schweitzer’s 6 points, 5 points from Mark Templeton and 4 points from Steven Ayers rounded out the Bowes scoring in the win. Jarell Queensberry nailed six 3-pointers on the way to a game-high 22 points to lead the Sun in the loss. Larry Berkery added 11 points, while Chris Smith and Erica Smith chipped in with 2 points apiece in the loss.

The last game of the night saw Unique Mobile Detailing defeat Beach to Bay Construction 55-44. Jonathan Moss led the way with 21 points, while Justin Jones and Brent Moss added 9 points apiece. Ryan Moss chipped in with 7 points for 7 Mobile Detailing, which also received 4 and 3 points from Jason and Josh Sato respectively, while Lindsey Weaver completed the scoring with 2 points. Nick Diaz paced Beach to Bay with 19 points, while Scott Eason and Tommy Tyrell added 9 points apiece. Chuck Bucky, George Imes and Shawn Kaleta completed the scoring with 2 poins each in the loss.


Longboat Key Club hosts golf tourney

Longboat Key Club & Resort announced this week an inaugural First Reponders golf tournament to benefit the emergency response teams of Longboat Key and Sarasota and Manatee counties in remembrance of the events of 9/11.

“We all share in the pain and devastation of the events of Sept. 11, 2001. As we remember the victims and survivors of this national tragedy, I feel it is important we also honor and support the men and women who are the first responders in our own communities.” said Michael Well, general manager of Longboat Key Club & Resort.

The First Responders Tournament will be at Harbourside Golf Course at Longboat Key Club & Resort, Saturday, Oct. 1. There will be an 8 a.m. shotgun start with a maximum of 120 players. Entry fee is $100 per person and players may sign up individually or as a foursome.

To sign up or for more information, contact director of golf Terry O’Hara at 941-387-1631 or e-mail


Horseshoe news

Two teams emerged from pool play during Sept. 17 horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall pits. Sam Samuels and Ron Pepka jumped out to a 13-2 lead before hanging on for an exciting 23-19 victory over Jeff Moore and George McKay.

Two teams qualified for the knockout round during Sept. 14 horseshoe action. Larry Livrago and John Johnson rolled past Jerry Disbrow and Ron Pepka by a 21-12 score.

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.


Key Royale golf news

The women of the Key Royale Club played a nine-hole, individual-low-net golf match Sept. 13. Terry Westby and Joyce Brown both carded 4-under-par 28s to tie for first place. Three shots back in second were Liz Lang, Frankie Smith-Williams and Penny Williams at 1-under-par 31.  Sue Wheeler and Kathy Willis both carded 33s to finish in a tie for third place.


Anna Maria Island Community Center Soccer League schedule

Instructional Division (Ages 4-5)

Sept. 26   6 p.m.      Bowes Imaging vs. Gulf Bay

Sept. 26   6:30 p.m. White Egret vs. Isl. Dental

Sept. 27   6 p.m.      Bowes Imaging vs. White Egret

Sept. 27   6:30 p.m. Gulf Bay vs. Isl. Dental


Instructional Division (Ages 6-7)

Sept. 21   6 p.m.      A&E vs. Beach Bums

Sept. 21   7 p.m.      Coastal vs. Tyler’s

Sept. 23   6 p.m.      A&E vs. Coastal

Sept. 23   7 p.m.      Beach Bums vs. Tyler’s


Division III (Ages 8-9)

Sept. 21   6 p.m.      IRE. vs. Isl. Pest Ctrl.

Sept. 26   6 p.m.      Isl. Pest Ctrl. vs. W.C. Surf Shop

Sept. 27   6 p.m.      Gettel vs. The Feast


Division II (Ages 10-11)

Sept. 21   7 p.m.      Eat Here vs. LaPensee

Sept. 27   7 p.m.      Eat Here vs. Crady Massage


Division I (Ages 12-13)

Sept. 21   8 p.m.      Mr. Bones vs. Spinnakers

Sept. 23   6 p.m.      Autoway vs. Mr. Bones

Sept. 23   7 p.m.      Wash FC vs. Spinnakers


Premier Division (Ages 14-17)

Sept. 26   7 p.m.      Ace Hardware vs. Beach Bistro

The Islander Classifieds: Wednesday, Sep. 21, 2011


MOEN LAVATORY POP-up, complete new in box, $10. Frank, 941-761-1415.

FLY ROD: HEDDON 8.5 foot, Golden Mark 50 with reel and line, $95. Frank, 941-761-1415.

DINING TABLE: Drop-leaf with three chairs, $50. 941-962-4600.

18-FOOT HOBIE cat with wings, beach wheels, trailer, $1,500. 863-698-4417.

COMPUTER: 2.0 GHz with newly loaded Windows XP-PRO, $75, 941-756-6728.

BLACK LEATHER DESK chair on wheels, $15, futon, 78-inches long, white frame, $80, two antique barstools, white shabby-chic, both, $30. 863-944-4879.

NEW SEA MIST green carpet, $75 or best. 941-792-8685.

BABY STROLLER, GRACO with car seat, manual. Paid $275, now $40. 941-795-8359.

TV: ORION, COLOR, 19-inch, $15, TV, nine-inch with swivel base, $10, 941-795-8359.

CREDENZA: SOLID OAK, like-new, $100 firm. 941-778-3920.

LEATHER COUCH: BLACK, excellent condition, $100 firm. China cabinet, solid walnut, $100 firm, 941-778-3920.

MARY KAY COSMETICS: Full line at discounted prices. Jenifer, 941-224-1760, 941-739-0792.

KENMORE LIKE NEW black frig/freezer/icemaker. Top freezer. New 2008. Cost $600, now $195. 941-778-1102.

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:


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.

MICHAEL NORTHFIELD: BROKER, Anna Maria Island Realty, 941-713-0284. E-mail: Your personal broker.

NOW COLLECTING ITEMS for St. Bernard Church rummage sale, Oct. 21-22. Please leave donated items in rear of activity center building. Call Geri Cannon, 941-779-0591.

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

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

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

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


ESTATE SALE: 9:30 a.m.- 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23. 303 Bay Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Turn east on Second Street north across from The BeachHouse restaurant. (Get parking directions at the house). Sofa, love seat, chest, rattan glass-top dinette, three trundle beds, patio set, wicker queen bed set, dry sink, Ridgeway grandfather clock, cherry hutch, pottery bench, dining room set, chrome etagere, TV, Temperpedic queen bed set, rattan sofa, chair and coffee table, microwave, refrigerator, kitchenware, linins and more. Sale conducted by Palma Sola Sales, numbers given out at 8 a.m.


ROSER THRIFT SHOP: Open 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9 a.m.-noon Saturdays. 511 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. 941-779-2733.

MOVING SALE: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Sept 24. Housewares, unique furniture, tables, dressers, lamps, chairs, recliner, buffet, couch, loveseat, shelf units. 102 77th St., Holmes Beach.


FOUND: NIKON COOLPIX camera. Claim at: Holmes Beach Police Department, 941-708-5804.

LOST: 14-CARAT emerald and diamond ring near Hurricane Hanks Thursday, Sept. 1. Call Roxanne, 941-374-3108.


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.


FULL-TIME JOURNALIST WANTED: Seeking new journalism grad or experienced reporter. Work in paradise for the newspaper ranked No. 1 in the state by the Florida Press Association. E-mail letter of interest/resume:

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


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

BABIES, PETS AND PLANTS: Responsible, trustworthy, fun and reliable 16-year old. Own transportation. 941-447-9658.

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.


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.

CAREGIVER OR SITTER: Sister and brother team, 30 years experience, will do baths, doctor appointments, light housekeeping, shopping, etc. Call Diana, 941-545-7114.

ISLAND DOGS GROOMING: $10 off first groom. Salon, home groom, pickup/delivery, pet sitting. Certified groomer. 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! 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, 941-538-8724.


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.

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

TOP NOTCH LAWN Care: Residential and commercial. For all your landscaping needs. 941-932-6600.


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, handyman, light hauling, pressure washing. Jack of all trades. 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.

JUS ROMEO: INSURED, affordable, experienced. House painting, pressure washing, handy work. Free estimate. Call Justin, 941-224-0344.

METRO DOOR AND Supply: Entry doors, French, sliders, interior doors, glass inserts. Professional installation. 941-730-1399.


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

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.

PERICO ANNUAL: 2BR/2BA condo with pool access, carport, and storage. $1,100/month. Will consider small pet, 30 pounds or less. First, last, security required. Gulf-Bay Realty, 941-778-7244.

HOLIDAY/VACATION RENTALS: 3BR/2BA private pool home in northwest Bradenton, 3BR/3BA private pool home in Palma Sola, west Bradenton. No annuals. Call 941-794-1515.

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

GREAT LOCATION: ANNUAL rental north end, corner North Shore Drive and Magnolia Avenue. 2BR/1BA duplex, includes washer, dryer room, backyard, clean, new tile floor, fridge and roof. $850/month. 305 Magnolia Ave, Anna Maria. Call 941-812-3745.

VACATION RENTAL WATERFRONT 2BR/2BA, DOCK, pool, sunroom, laundry, annual-seasonal. 941-779-9074.

ANNUAL RENTAL: 2BR/2BA IN Bradenton Beach with ocean views. Near trolley stop and beach. Call Liz, 941-778-2176.

WINTER SPECIAL: SENIOR park, 2BR/2BA  furnished doublewide.  Recreation room, pool, gated. $1,000/month. Sale, $35,000. 2314 14th St., Bradenton. Tropical Palms. 863-688-3524, 863-608-1833. E-mail:

SMALL PRIVATE ROOM: North Longboat Key. Washer and dryer, utilities included. $130/week. 941-383-4856.

HOLMES BEACH 3BR/1.5BA duplex, private lanai, fenced backyard, shared laundry room. Furnished/unfurnished. $1,450/month, small pet OK. First, last, security required. Gulf-Bay Realty, 941-778-7244.

LARGE REMODELED 2BR/1BA, garage and deck. Walk to beach. $1,400/month includes all utilities. First, last and security.  941-779-2131.

WATERFRONT 2BR/2BA, DOCK, pool, sunroom, laundry, annual-seasonal. 941-779-9074 or 703-587-4675.

ANNUAL RENTAL WANTED while our beach house is being built. 2-3BR. Anna Maria preferred. 813-690-1522.    

ANNUAL RENTAL: LONGBOAT Key, Twin Shores mobile home, 55-plus, private beach, 2BR/1BA. Call Karen, 813-377-6864.

OFFICE FOR RENT: $350/month. 315 58th St., Holmes Beach. 941-794-8202.

SUPER CUTE 1BR/1BA, one block to beach and bay, walk to pier, restaurants. $750/month. Bradenton Beach. 941-447-4843.

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


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.

NEW UPGRADED CONDOS: Minutes to beach, annual, seasonal, $140,000-plus. Special financing available. 941-773-0212. Taylor Morrison at Palma Sola Trace.

OPEN HOUSE: 1:30 p.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25. 3BR/3BA new construction, 2,800-feet under air. 2.5-car garage, den, office, pantry, utility room. Galvanized roof. 5411 8th Ave. Drive W., Bradenton. 34209. 941-209-9038.

BEST BUY ON ANNA MARIA ISLAND: 1BR/1BA Sandpiper Resort turnkey unit for only $5,000 with corporation share purchase of $83,375. Rents for $1,400/month seasonally. Great investment in paradise. Call 585-721-4415.

DOUBLEWIDE MOBILE HOME: Palma Sola area adult park. Close to beach, 2BR/2BA, 1,200 sf, partly furnished, full use of park facilities. $50,000. Owner, 941-795-6793.


BANK FORECLOSED, LAND liquidation, from $9,900, Blue Ridge mountains, paved roads, utilities, county water, panoramic views, excellent financing. Sale Sept. 24. Call now! 888-757-6867, ext. 214.

ABANDONED LAKESIDE FARM! Four acres, lake access, $16,900. 10 acres, huge view, $29,900. Eight acres, lakefront, $69,900. Foreclosure priced land in Upstate New York’s south tier! Survey, clear title! 877-352-2844.

Plan proposed to remove Australian pines in park

Anna Maria public works director George McKay told the city commission he needs direction on a controversial issue and commissioners at their Sept. 8 meeting met the issue head on.

They requested a study.

An unnamed individual apparently wants to renourish Gulf Park on the Gulf of Mexico with native plants and, at the same time, remove some Australian pines, and is willing to fund the work.

The Manatee County Sheriff’s Office earlier this summer dug several large holes in the park in an effort to find the body of a missing Holmes Beach woman, McKay said. The plan involves filling those holes with dirt and native plants.

However, if the donor provides the funds and the project proceeds, it would mean removing six or seven invasive Australian pines, McKay noted.

He asked commissioners if he should continue working with the donor, or just let the landscape try to recover on its own.

If the project does proceed, McKay said commissioners should expect controversy as people are divided on the issue, even though experts have said Australian pines are an invasive species that threatens native plants and trees.

The commission consensus was to go forward, but first have the individual provide a landscaping study.

“If they want to contribute, they pay for the expert,” said Commission Chair Chuck Webb.

McKay warned again that some people or groups might get offended by the removal of Australian pines, and commissioners and Mayor Mike Selby could expect telephone calls.

Commissioner Dale Woodland suggested McKay notify property owners on Cedar and Willow avenues of the possibility of removing some pines from the park and get their reaction. Gulf Park borders the beach access ends of Cedar and Willow avenues.

McKay agreed, but said he would get both sides of the issue in the survey.

Webb said nothing grows under an Australian pine anyway because it sheds its small limbs and twigs. These pile up on the ground, killing the nutrients in the ground that allow other plants to grow. The pines also block sunlight and topple easily in a hurricane because of their shallow root structure, he said.

A number of native Florida trees are better for the city than Australian pines, Webb observed.

Webb suggested that McKay also contact the Florida Department of Environmental Protection to see if any permits are needed to remove those pines seaward of the coastal construction control line.

“We just might need permits,” Webb said.

Regardless of permits, the commission was unanimous.

“Take them out,” Webb said, with commissioners Woodland, Jo Ann Mattick, John Quam and Gene Aubry in agreement.


Pine controversy

In 2004, the DEP issued a notice to Florida municipalities and county governments to remove Australian pines and other invasive species on public property “where possible.”

When then-Mayor SueLynn in October 2004 ordered the removal of an Australian pine that was encroaching a North Shore Drive right of way, members of the Stop Taking Our Pines organization presented her with a petition and more than 100 signatures opposing the removal. STOP said then that the issue of removing Australian pines should be decided in a voter referendum, not by the mayor or DEP.

Despite the petition, the pine was removed. Local landscape specialist Mike Miller said then that Australian pines were an invasive, non-native species that kill native vegetation and should be removed whenever possible.

Miller frequently advises Selby, McKay and the environmental education and enhancement committee on public issues related to trees, plants and landscaping in Anna Maria.

Gulf Drive lane closure Sept. 14

The Florida Department of Transportation said the northbound lane of State Road 789 (Gulf Drive) between Ninth and Tenth streets north in Bradenton Beach would be closed from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 14, while Verizon work crews repair cable in the area.

A flagging operation will be in place and motorists are advised to use caution when driving in the area.

The DOT also is advising motorists in Anna Maria driving near the boardwalk under construction along the Anna Maria City Pier shoreline to exercise caution when in the area.

A DOT press release said the 850-foot boardwalk is open for use, as are the two shelters at the pier entrance, but some construction is still occurring on the south portion of the project and heavy equipment is in use.

The project is expected to finish by mid-October, the DOT said.

Census details changes in BB

Go “knock, knock” at doors in Bradenton Beach’s Ward 3 this time of year and the “Who’s there?” replies can be scarce.

September and August are sleepy months in the city’s largest geographic ward, which is generally bordered by the Gulf of Mexico on the west, the bay on the east, the center of Second Street North on the south and about 1800 Gulf Drive North on the northern end.

Earlier this month, the qualifying period for the Nov. 8 municipal election in Bradenton Beach passed with no one filing to run for Ward 3 city commissioner.

Current Commissioner Janie Robertson, who can not run again because of a term limit, repeatedly has raised concerns about a lack of civic involvement from Ward 3, and she’s urged consideration of a change in commission structure.

Robertson has suggested either going to an at-large election of commissioners, which is how Anna Maria and Holmes Beach officials are elected, or creating three small wards and one at-large ward. Either change would require a city charter amendment.

Robertson and other commissioners also have raised concerns about the number of residents — and eligible voters — in Ward 3.

A general survey of the area finds a scarcity of occupied housing in September and August.

Much of the ward consists of condominium and resort communities — lots of winter-spring residents and vacationers who likely are registered to vote elsewhere.

“We usually rent the month of September right on Gulf Drive,” New Jersey vacationer Sally Ebbetts said last week. Her car, on a recent weekday, was one of just three in the parking lot of one condominium development in Ward 3. “And it’s our favorite time because we feel like we have the place to ourselves. I don’t think I know anyone who lives here.”

Block-by-block or ward population maps for Bradenton Beach were not available last week. But the 2010 Census suggests a change in population citywide — more snowbirds and vacationers than in 2000.

The city’s population in 2010 was 1,171 people, with 37 percent of the residents over the age of 65 and the median age at 58.8. The census count showed 643 households.

The 2000 census count put Bradenton Beach’s population at 1,482 people.

In its 2010 housing count, the census bureau reported 1,859 housing units in Bradenton Beach, with just 35 percent of them occupied full-time. Of the 1,216 “vacant” housing units in the city, more than 700 — 38 percent — are for seasonal or occasional use.

In 2000, the U.S. Census Bureau counted 1,762 housing units in Bradenton Beach. At that time, 45.6 percent were occupied by residents.

Citywide, the number of registered voters has declined in recent years — from 947 in 2005 to 913 this August.

If it appears that Bradenton Beach’s population decline was not evenly distributed among the city’s four wards — if Ward 3 lost a higher number than another ward — the city likely will have to redraw the districts.

That process would be initiated by the city commission and could be handled with the adoption of an ordinance, said city attorney Ricinda Perry.

Bradenton Beach election law states that the wards shall be established by ordinance, that each shall contain approximately the same number of residents, and that the mayor and the two commissioners from the odd-numbered wards are elected in odd-numbered years and the two commissioners from the even-numbered wards are elected in even-numbered years.

This year, in addition to a lack of a candidate in Ward 3, there is no opposition to Gay Breuler, the incumbent commissioner in Ward 1, and John Shaughnessy, the mayor-elect and a former commissioner.

For Ward 3, the commission will nominate candidates after Nov. 8.

Currently, Perry said, it appears the lack of a candidate in Ward 3 is the result of a lack of interest in running for office, not an unequal distribution of residents.

“Should the commission wish to look at redistricting — no indication to date — the city of Bradenton Beach would provide the supervisor of elections our boundaries and ask for them to provide options that would help keep the wards equal as to the number of residents.”

The county supervisor of elections office already is at work on the redistricting process for Manatee County government. The county’s District 5 is the largest in land mass and the smallest in population. In 2005, when boundaries were last redrawn, District 5 was expected to grow, but with the economic slow-down it has 13,000 fewer residents than District 1, according to the census.

County redistricting maps should be available later this year.

Federal and state districts also are being redrawn.

Sex offender moves to Bradenton Beach

A man convicted in Lakeland in 1995 of two sexual offenses involving a minor recently moved from Tampa to Bradenton Beach.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement reported the 65-year-old man moved from Tampa to the 1600 block of Gulf Drive North in late August. The address is listed as temporary by the FDLE.

The man was convicted in 1995 of one count of sexual battery/solicitation of a child as a principal in the attempt, and in the same case convicted of one count of sexual battery/solicitation by an adult of a child under the age of 12.

He has since been released from custody and probation, but is still required to report any address change to local and state authorities.

With the recent departure of two convicted sex offenders from Bradenton Beach, the subject is the only known convicted sex offender living in the city.

Two convicted sex offenders live in Holmes Beach, one in the 6400 block of Flotilla Drive and the other in the 600 block of Dundee Lane.

No convicted sex offenders are listed in Anna Maria, according to the FDLE website.

Two convicted sex offenders live in the Cortez area, including a 72-year-old man residing in the 4400 block of 125th Street West. The man was convicted in Manatee County in May 2010 for possession of child pornography. The FDLE reported the man is under house confinement for his conviction and moved to the Cortez address in August.

The other convicted sex offender in the Cortez area lives in the 4200 block of 129th Street West according to the FDLE.

Bradenton Beach Police Chief Sam Speciale said his department is aware of the recent arrival of a sex offender to Bradenton Beach and officers already have been to the address to speak to the man and verify his identity.

Information on sex offenders listed with the FDLE can be found at A link is provided at The Islander website,, under community links.