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Sports – 11-23-2011

Center youth soccer season closes, more to come

Another Anna Maria Island Community Center fall recreational soccer season is in the books after a week of  awards, playoff action and championship games that culminated Nov. 19.

The week started with awards night Nov. 14 when regular-season champs were recognized along with  individual award winners. Gettel Toyota in Division III, LaPensee Plumbing in Division II and Autoway Ford in Division I were champs.

The center added defender of the year to its list of awards. Javier Rivera in Division III, Jean-Paul Russo in Division II, Sibella Glavan in Division I and Greg Moss in Premier Division were the worthy winners.

Division III’s Tuna McCracken, Jovan Vasquez in Division II, Max Driscoll in Division I and Premier Division’s Gabriel Salter were winners of the Pete Lannon goalie-of-the-year award.

The Kenny Randall sportsmanship award went to Ashton Pennell in Division III, Lindsey Smith in Division II, Adam Tontz in Division I and JT Goode in Premier Division.

Emilee Bell of Division III took home female MVP honors. She was joined by Olivia Glavan of Division II, Gillian Cassidy of Division I and Lexie Davis in the Premier Division.

The overall MVP for Division III was Daniel Fritz, while Aiden Grumley took home the honor in Division II. Michael Latimer won in Division I and Julius Gomes brought home the MVP for Premier Division.

Gettel Toyota completed an undefeated season after rolling over Island Pest Control in the championship game by a 6-0 score. MVP Daniel Fritz led the way with four goals, while Jack Groves and Ava Zink each added a goal in the victory. Other members of the Division III champs were female MVP Emilee Bell, Jack Barnes, Josh Calhoun, Allie Connelly, Tori Coover, Charlotte Pardue and Daniel Sentman.

Gettel Toyota advanced to the finals thanks to a 7-1 victory over West Coast Surf Shop Nov. 18. Calhoun and Fritz scored two goals each, while Sentman, Groves and Barnes each added single goals. Ryan Joseph scored the lone goal for the Surf Shop.

Island Pest Control advanced by defeating Island Real Estate 6-1 Nov. 16. Sean Rodriguez scored four goals to lead the way, while Julius Petereit added two goals. Tyler Brewer scored one goal for Island Real Estate in the loss.

LaPensee Plumbing brought home the Division II championship trophy thanks to a 4-3 penalty-kick shootout victory over Jen Crady Massage. Adra Dupris, Sullivan Ferreira, Corbin Gregg and Joe Rogers each scored goals for LaPensee during regulation play. Other members of the team include Emmie Gallagher, Katie Krokroskia, Sydney Leachford, Joseph Peery, Jean-Paul Russo and Rory Welch.

Cameron Pasco led Jen Crady Massage wih two goals while Aiden Grumley and Trent Shackleford added one goal apiece in the loss. Crady advanced to the finals with a 5-0 win over Eat Here Nov. 18, when Olivia Glavan scored two goals to lead. Crady also received single goals from Abby Achor, Grumley and Shackleford in the victory.

Wash Family Construction captured the Division I championship by defeating regular-season champion Autoway Ford 5-2. Neil Carper and Cortni Wash scored two goals each, while Tyler Yavalar added one goal in the victory. Michael Latimer scored two goals to lead Autoway Ford in the loss.

Autoway advanced to the championship game with a 7-3 win over Mr. Bones BBQ. Latimer scored four goals, while Lilly Banyas, Kieran Grumley and Emma Peery each added one goal. Dylan Joseph scored two goals to lead Bones in the loss, with one goal from Madison Gunn.

Wash Family Construction advanced to the championship game by defeating Spinnakers Vacation Cottages 3-2 in a penalty-kick shootout Nov. 16. Nico Calleja’s last-shot penalty kick was the game winner. Cortni Wash and Yavalar scored two goals each to lead Wash during regulation play. Other members of Wash iinclude Brianna Connelly, Gabby Gallo, Skyler Sculco, Gavin Sentman and Alexia Yavalar.

Jacob Talucci scored three goals to lead Spinnakers, which also notched one goal from Henrik Hellem-Brusso in the loss.

Adult coed soccer playoffs started Nov. 17 and will continue until the Island Cup matchups Dec. 2. Look for results in next week’s Islander.


Agnelli takes adult basketball title

The Anna Maria Island Community Center’s adult coed basketball season ended Nov. 15 with the championship and third-place games.

The championship game saw Agnelli Pool & Spa take a 56-52 victory over Beach to Bay Construction behind 25 points from Aaron Duduks and 23 points from Nate Coleman. Frank Agnelli added 4 points and Tyler Krauss finished with 2 points in the victory. Other members of the team include Lelani Bright, Will Langston and Tim Shaughnessy.

Nick Diaz scored 20 points to lead Beach to Bay Construction, which also received 18 points from Scott Eason and 8 points from Tommy Tyrell. Chuck Bucky scored 4 points and George Imes finished with 2 points in the loss.

The third-place game saw Southern Greens take a 48-41 victory over Unique Mobile Detailing. Chuck McCracken scored 13 points and Kevin Austin added 12 points to lead Southern. Troy Shonk chipped in with 7 points, while Wayne Grant finished with 6 points in the victory. Justin Jones led Unique Mobile Detailing with 18, while Ryan Moss finished with 17 points in the loss.


Key Royale golf news

Rose Slomba made a memorable return to her home golf course at the Key Royale Club Nov. 15. The youthful 91-year-old returned from a six-month visit with family and friends in Minnesota and New Jersey and was anxious to get out on the links.

Rose received cheers from her fellow club members, witnesses to her chipin on holes three, six and nine. She finished with an 8-over-par 40.

Rose stays young by playing golf, bridge, cooking for her friends and volunteering at her church.

In other KRC news, the women held their annual Golden Girls Golf Gala “Doe Day” Nov. 15. There were 56 women dressed in gold and bling who teed off with a shotgun start. Play was followed by a luncheon and awards. Sue Hookem and her committe did a fabulous job putting the event together.

Slomba rode her three chipins to first place in the individual low-net category. Second place went to Liz Lang. Laura Purcell took first place with a low-gross score of 39, while Meredith Slavin took second place at 41.

The team of Marcia Helgeson, Judy Ward, Joyce Brown and Kathy Porter won team low net with a 118. The team of Christina Mason, Fran Barford, Nancy King and Shirley Cessna matched the 120 carded by Brenda Solleveld, Mary Pat Swamy, Maryanne Kaemmerlen and Beverly Neville to tie for second place.

Purcell won closest-to-the-pin on number one, while Helen Pollack won on number eight. Mason won the long drive and Maxine Mitchell won the putting contest.

The men played an 18-hole, low-net-of-partners match Nov. 16. Pieter Thomasson and Neal Hammer took first place with a 10-under-par 118. Five shots back in a tie for second place was Joe Dickenson and Gerald Taylor, who matched the 123 carded by Danny Hayes and Joe Latorre.


Horseshoe news

Three teams advanced from pool play during Nov. 19 horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe pits. Sam Samuels and Herb Puryear defeated George McKay and Bruce Copeland 23-6 to advance to the finals. They faced off against John Crawford and Tom Markley, but Puryear-Samuels were unstoppable, winning 23-6.

Two teams qualified for the playoffs during Nov. 16 horseshoe action. Karly Thomas and Sam Samuels defeated John Crawford and Jerry Disbrow 21-10 in the championship.

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.

Obituaries – 11-23-2011

Justin I. Morgan

Justin I. Morgan, 62, of Bradenton, died Nov. 2 after a lengthy illness.

Mr. Morgan was formerly a Holmes Beach police officer and owner of a private investigation firm. He was a mechanic, motorcycle enthusiast and an avid fisher.

A memorial service with Edward A. Morgan III officiating was held Nov. 19 at Kingfish Boat Ramp, Holmes Beach.

Mr. Morgan is survived by son Justin A.; grandsons Matthew and Austin; brother Edward A. III; sister Judith Hughes; and several nieces and nephews.


Virginia Mae ‘Ginny’ Stiles

Virginia Mae “Ginny” Stiles, 90, of Winnebago, Ill., died Nov. 12. She was born Oct. 22, 1921, in Rockford, Ill.

Mrs. Stiles retired after working many years at the Winnebago County Farm Bureau.

Service and burial were in Illinois. Condolences to the family may be made at

Mrs. Stiles is survived by son Steven of Rockford; daughters Sharon Ayersman of Rockton and Nancy Pedersen of Deerfield; grandchildren Steffanie of Omaha, Neb., Luann Pelczynski of Genoa City, Wis., Lindsey Pedersen of Fort Lauderdale and Ryan Pedersen of Chicago; great-grandson Nicholas Pelczynski of Genoa City, Wis.; sister Lorraine and husband Carl DeMars of Bradenton Beach; nephew Douglas DeMars of Bradenton Beach; niece Barbara DeMars of Bradenton Beach; sister-in-law Mary Milanos of Rockford; and numerous nephews and nieces.

Island real estate transactions – 11-23-2011

223 North Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach, a 2,938 sfla / 3,855 sfur 4bed/3½bath/2car bayfront pool home built in 1954 on a 130×76 lot was sold 10/28/11, Morrison to Harvetta for $1,150,000; list $1,399,999.

124 50th St., Holmes Beach, a 2,192 sfla / 3,225 sfur 3bed/2½bath/2car home built in 1957 on a 100×100 lot was sold 10/31/11, Robb to Frank for $750,000; list $780,000.

100 52nd St., Unit A, Coquina Sands, Holmes Beach, a 2,196 sfla 3bed/3½bath/1car condo with shared pool built in 2007 was sold 11/01/11, Seven Cats Investments LLC to Iyer for $670,000; list $695,000.

101 66th St., Unit 9, Mainsail Beach Inn, Holmes Beach, a 939 sfla 2bed/2½bath condo with shared pool built in 2009 was sold 10/31/11, Mainsail AMI Beach Inn LLP to Duvall for $490,000.

203 67th St., Holmes Beach, a 1,620 sfla / 1,684 sfur 4bed/2bath duplex built in 1973 on a 59×105 lot was sold 11/02/11, Lyons to Angelov for $375,000.

212 81st St., Holmes Beach, a 1,888 sfla / 2,410 sfur 4bed/2bath/1car home built in 1967 on a 90×90 lot was sold 11/01/11, Bank of New York Mellon Trust Company to Kaleta for $301,501.

4200 Gulf Drive, Unit 203, Gulf Sands condo, Holmes Beach, a 1,008 sfla / 1,104 sfur 2bed/2bath condo with shared pool built in 1979 was sold 10/28/11, Eastman to Hoffman for $300,000; list $380,000.

4804 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, a vacant 50×90 lot was sold 11/01/11, Stone to Beach to Bay Investments Inc. for $130,000.

Jesse Brisson, broker/associate at Gulf-Bay Realty of Anna Maria, can be reached at 941-778-7244.

The Islander Classifieds: Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2011


GIANT STAGHORN AND/or staghorn pups free to a good home. Call 518-6668 for information.

SURF ROD FUJI F-24 9.5 feet, very good condition, $25. Call Frank, 941-761-1415.

TRADE: RASCAL MOBILITY scooter for adult trike. Scooter needs battery. AMI pick up. 914-576-6500.

CHRISTMAS DISHES: EIGHT four-piece place settings plus serving dishes and mugs, $75. 941-778-6222.

COMPUTER: 2.0 GHz with newly loaded Windows XP-PRO, $65. 941-756-6728.

TASCAM PORTASTUDIO 414MKII with manual, $100, 941-580-1212.

TWO LARGE CLAY plant pots, excellent condition. $3 each, fernery, shabby white wicker. $25, 941-565-0836.

APARTMENT-SIZED STACKABLE washer and dryer, $100. 941-778-7003.

BIKE 20-INCH boys Magna BMX excellent condition, $40. Call Frank, 941-761-1415.

GO-FIT STABILITY ball, 65 cm maximum diameter, $5. 941-795-8359.

LONDON FOG MEN’S 40 regular, $30, roller blades, helmet, pads, size 10, men’s, $60. 941-795-8359.

SOFA BED: OPENS to queen bed, $60, China closet, glass doors, tan, $60. 941-778-4793.

FLOOR LAMP: ‘Bell and Howell’, $5, 12 Woman’s Day cookbooks, $24, wheelbarrow, heavy duty, $15. 941-778-0256.

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:

LIKE NEW PINE bedroom dresser with six drawers, mirror and nightstand.  $350 or best offer.  Call 630-464-3872.


Individuals may place one free ad with 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.

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. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9 a.m.-noon Saturdays. 511 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. 941-779-2733.

SALE: 8 a.m.-noon Saturday, Nov. 26. Beach cabanas, garden pieces, Batiks, china, jewelry, cottage furnishings, nauticals. 414 80th St., Holmes Beach.

FLEA MARKET: 8 a.m.-? Sunday, Nov. 27. Treasures! Rader’s Reef, 5508 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.

HUGE MULTI-FAMILY         sale! 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 26. Antiques, furniture, treasures. 424 Pine Ave., Anna Maria.


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.


JAGUAR: 1995 XJS convertible. 109,000 miles, white with tan top and interior. $6,500. Call 515-986-4498.


ANYONE WITH A boat or trailer stored at the former Catcher’s Marina (now Keyes Marina) must contact Jim at 941-778-1977 immediately to avoid default and removal of property.


SKIPPER & ASSOCIATES is now hiring licensed Realtors. Rick Bond at 941-379-2333 or

SALESPERSON: PART-TIME. Home True Value Hardware is seeking an individual with hardware and paint mixing experience. Must be able to work weekends. No nights required. Friendly work environment, Apply in person or fax resume. 5324 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Fax: 941-778-6982.

BUSY AND EXPANDING Island real estate office looking for experienced agents. High splits and low fees. Call 941-778-8104.

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.


ISLAND CONSIGNMENT AND gift shop. Established 10 years. Located in very busy shopping center, completely turnkey, newly remodeled. Buy today, run today. $21,000 or best offer. 941-348-9494.


LPNS NEEDED FOR active quadriplegic using Hoyer lift. Full or part-time. Morning shifts are 4-5 hours starting at 7 a.m. Overnight shifts are 9:30 p.m.-7 a.m. Travel opportunity. 941-383-9637.


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. 941-779-6638. Leave message.

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

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

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.

ISLAND PLUMBING AND Pressure Washers: Professional, reasonable rates. Services include repairing, replacing plumbing, issues including draining, cleaning snaking pipes. Pressure washing houses, trailers, driveways, pools, white-tile roofs. Free estimate, Bill or Rip, 941 896-6788.

PHYSICIST TEACHES YOUR teenager ‘Game Design’ and publishing in iMac and iPad App stores worldwide.

ISLAND DOGS GROOMING: $10 off first groom. Salon, home groom, pickup/delivery, pet sitting. Certified groomer. Call 941-778-1202.

MOBILE DOG GROOMING: Bath/brush/hand blow dry, under 30 pounds, $30, 31-50 pounds, $40, 51-80 pounds, $50, 81-99 pounds $60. 941-224-8655.

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.

GARDEN ELVES SERVING Island since 2000. Reliable yard maintenance, tree trimming, hauling. Affordable rates. 941-704-7954.

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.

PAUL FREY PAINTING, pressure wash, custom interior and exterior painting. Insured, 20 years experience. 941-224-8786.

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

SOUTHWEST HOME IMPROVEMENT: MIchigan builder, 30 years experience. Affordable, timely, within budget. Call Mike, 1-616-204-8822.


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.

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.

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

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

1BR/1BA GROUND-FLOOR CONDO. 55-plus, pool, fishing pier. $1,500/month for three months, $1,300/month for six months and $1,000/month, annual. 813-393-6002.

3BR/3BA: NEW CANALFRONT, pool garage, beach three minutes, boat dock, extra. Starting $1,250/week. Also 2BR/2BA pool, garage, 75 yards to beach, starting $900/week. Call Jo Catolica, director, 269-760-9753, or Mike Sakellarides, 514-390-5050. Facebook: Palm Pelican.

GULFFRONT VACATION RENTAL: 2BR/1BA, sunset dining. Winter visitors call for rates. $150/night, three-day minimum. Contact Mary Ann, 863-660-3509.

LOCAL PROFESSIONAL BUSINESS owners with exceptional rental references looking for 2BR/2BA home on Anna Maria. Trying to sell your house? No problem, we’ll take excellent care of it. 941-713-8070.

VACATION RENTAL: 1 or 2 bedrooms left in 2011. January, 2012, one bedroom monthly. New kitchen, dishwasher, washer, dryer, cable, wireless Internet. 513-236-5091 or 888-841-8474.

ANNA MARIA SEASONAL rental: 2BR/1BA, washer and dryer, close to beach and fishing pier. Call 941-720-2418.

BAY WATERFRONT: SEASONAL 2-3BR/2BA, laundry room, pool, sun room, walk to beach. 941-779-9074, 703-587-4675.

DECEMBER SPECIAL: 1BR/1BA, just steps to beach. $398/week plus taxes and fees. (Mention AMI promo.) 941-778-1098.

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

WATERFRONT APARTMENT: 1BR/1BA, dock, Jacuzzi, tile throughout, gorgeous views, Bradenton Beach, $900/month. 941-720-4475.

HOLMES BEACH ANNUAL: 3BR/2BA, great room, washer, dryer, duplex, no stairs, storage. All new last year. Great location, $1,600/month. 603-969-6840.

RETAIL/OFFICE SPACE available, up to 1,000 sf. High visibility location along Marina Drive In Holmes Beach. Call 941-799-9096 for more information.

SEASONAL RENTAL: ANNA Maria city. Upstairs unit, 2BR/1BA. Available December-January. $1,500/month plus tax. 941-778-4499

ANNUAL RENTAL: $750/month or seasonal 1BR/1BA, 55-and-older community. All new inside. Bradenton Beach. 941-224-1652.

VACATION RENTALS ONLY: Private pool homes, 3BR/2BA and 3BR/3BA. Condo, 1BR/1BA overlooking golf course. Call 941-794-1515 or

NEED 2BR/2BA CONDO or house for March rental for two energetic senior citizens. Flexible location but prefer Holmes Beach. E-mail: or 860-245-0182.

ANNUAL 2BR/2BA: Washer-dryer hookup, shared pool. First, last and security deposit. $1,100/month plus utilities. Seasonal 2BR/2BA washer and dryer, shared pool, ground floor, $2,700/month. 941-778-9576.

ANNUAL: 2BR/2BA on canal, washer and dryer hookup, space for boat. No pets. Holmes Beach. 941-778-7039.

ANNA MARIA ANNUAL: Beautiful, quaint efficiency apartment. Wood floors, granite counter-tops. One block to Gulf of Mexico, backyard dock, canal access to Tampa Bay. One person. $645/month plus security. 941-778-9158.

HOLMES BEACH: 1.5 blocks to Gulf, 2BR, new bath, new carpet, 900 sf garage, no pets, no smoking. Good credit only. $875/month, $875 security. 941-778-7293.

HOLMES BEACH HOME, quality built and priced for quick sell.

Centrally located, three short blocks to sandy beaches.

No reasonable offer refused. Questions, 309-642-7370.

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SEEKING ANNUAL KEY Royale rental: Minimum 3BR/2BA. Excellent credit. 407-566-1180.

VACATION RENTALS: 2BR/2BA, washer and dryer, $2,700/month. Annual rental, 2BR/2BA, washer and dryer hookup, $1,100/month, first, last, security deposit. Shared pool, ground floor. No smoking, no pets. 941-778-9576.

WESTBAY COVE, HOLMES Beach, Second-floor 2BR/2BA on bay and one block to Gulf! Lovely views, pools, tennis. December-January, $2,300/month. Visit Aposporos & Son, 941-387-3474.

DIRECT INTRACOASTAL WATERFRONT: 1BR/1BA, tile floors, Jacuzzi bath, dock, air conditioning, fridge, $900/month. Shelley, 941-720-4475.

ANNUAL RENTALS: VILLAGE Green villa, two-car garage, updated 2BR/2Ba on lake, 55-plus, $1,400/month. Also West Glen home near IMG. 3BR/2BA, two-car garage on lake, small pet OK, $1,300/month. Realtor, 941-756-1090.

VACATION RENTALS: 2BR/2BA. pool, boat slip, $700/week, $2,600/month. Realtor, 941-756-1090.

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.

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Islander honors veterans on 11-11-11

More than 100 veterans, family members and guests attended The Islander’s sixth annual veterans tribute Nov. 11 — Veterans Day — at the Anna Maria Island Veterans Memorial at Holmes Beach City Hall.

Despite the cool morning, it was a warm tribute to the veterans, said Holmes Beach Mayor Rich Bohnenberger, who spoke briefly at the tribute.

The annual event honors veterans of the U.S. armed services, particularly those whose stories appeared in the newspaper’s Greatest Generation columns about World War II veterans and the Forgotten Generation columns for Korean War veterans.

Veterans who served during World War II, the Korean War, Vietnam, the Gulf War and the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts attended.

Islander publisher Bonner Joy hosted the ceremony, which included a tribute to the late Ralph Bassett by his granddaughter Vicky Gipson-Grogan. Bassett was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran, a Kiwanis Club member and a regular speaker at The Islander Veterans Day ceremony. He died Oct. 28.

The opening prayer was led by the Rev. Ron Joseph, followed by posting of the colors and a rifle volley by an honor guard from American Legion Kirby Stewart Post 24 of Palma Sola.

Island entertainer Mike Sales led attendees in singing the national anthem. Brief remarks followed from Islander reporter Rick Catlin, who writes the Greatest Generation and Forgotten Generation columns. The columns began in 2002 and the first Islander ceremony honoring veterans was in 2006.

Bohnenberger, a U.S. Air Force veteran, read a proclamation and observed that the day was significantly 11-11-11.

Veterans Day was originally called Armistice Day to observe the signing of the World War I armistice to end the fighting at the 11th minute of the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918. In 1954, Congress changed the Nov. 11 holiday to Veterans Day. Nov. 11 is still known as Armistice Day or Remembrance Day in most of Europe and English-speaking countries around the world.

Major Leckie, a U.S. Navy veteran and Kiwanis Club member, delivered a tribute to Bassett and all the veterans, regardless of their branch of service.

Perhaps the most moving speech came from Gipson-Grogan, who read a poem about what it meant for her grandfather to be a Marine, a member of the U.S. Armed Forces, and the pride each veteran holds for their uniform, flag and country.

When Gipson-Grogan ended her remarks, there were many wiping tears from their eyes.

Sales led the gathering in singing “God Bless America,” and the honor guard concluded the ceremony with the traditional playing of taps.

The Islander and the AMI Beach Cafe provided coffee and pastries for veterans and other guests.

The city of Holmes Beach provided the outdoor set-up, including podium, microphone and chairs.

Always faithful


While taps is played, the crowd for the Veterans Day Salute presented by The Islander and hosted by the city of Holmes Beach, observes a moment of silence — and veterans offer salutes.


The color guard from the American Legion Kirby Stewart Post 24 presents the colors during The Islander veterans tribute Nov. 11. The event took place at Island Veterans Memorial outside Holmes Beach City Hall. Islander Photos: Lisa Neff

Harold Sears, recipient of France’s Legion of Honor Medal, accepts appreciation.

Bugler Tom Miller from the American Legion Kirby Stewart Post 24 plays taps at the close of The Islander Veterans Day Salute held Nov. 11 at Holmes Beach City Hall.

The Rev. Ronald Joseph of the Ministry of Presence offers a prayer during the Veterans Day ceremony Nov. 11 at a memorial outside Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive.


Islander reporter Rick Catlin, who writes the newspaper’s veterans profiles and a Vietnam veteran, addresses the crowd.

Holmes Beach Mayor Rich Bohnenberger welcomes people to Holmes Beach City Hall and the Veterans Day ceremony held Nov. 11. The mayor, a veteran, read a proclamation.


Major Leckie of the Anna Maria Island Kiwanis Club shares a moment with Vicki Gipson-Grogan, granddaughter of the late Ralph Bassett. Both honored Bassett, a Marine who served in World War II and Korea, who died this fall.


William Field and George Staudt of the American Legion Kirby Stewart Post 24 Honor Guard fire a salute.

Veterans Gene Ciliberti, left, and Bob Zohlmann listen to Mayor Rich Bohnenberger during the Veterans Day tribute Nov. 11 in Holmes Beach.


Holmes Beach Commissioner Pat Morton and members of the HBPD join in the Veterans Day tribute Nov. 11 at city hall.

A crowd of largely red, white and blue.


Vicki and Kerry Dunn of Anna Maria attend the Veterans Day ceremony in Holmes Beach.

Major Leckie and Mayor Rich Bohnenberger join in a prayer.

Island musician Mike Sales sings the national anthem.

The singing of “God Bless America.”

Incumbents, ex-mayor elected in Anna Maria

Incumbent Anna Maria City Commissioners Dale Woodland and John Quam were elected for another term in the Nov. 8 voting for commissioner, while former Mayor SueLynn also claimed a seat at the dais.

Commissioner Gene Aubry chose not to seek re-election.

Woodland led all candidates with 463 votes, while Quam received 415 votes. SueLynn garnered 359 votes, while political newcomer Nancy Yetter had 291 votes.

Voter turnout was described as “light but steady” by a polling station volunteer.

Voters could vote for any three of the four candidates and the unofficial voter turnout from among the city’s 1,317 registered voters was about 35 percent, including absentee ballots.

That’s average in an odd-year election with no state or national candidates or issues on the ballot, election officials have said previously.

Most of the candidates turned out early on Pine Avenue, arriving before the polling station opened in the community room at Roser Memorial Community Church.

A few people voted when the poll opened at 7 a.m., but most voters began arriving later in the morning in ones and twos. That pace held up through most of the day, the worker said.

Woodland said he was pleased to be re-elected to his fifth term and pledged to continue working in the best interests of the city.

“I want to thank all my supporters for their trust. I think the election shows the voters have confidence in me, and I have confidence in the voters. I won’t let them down,” Woodland said.

SueLynn, who served two terms as Anna Maria mayor from 2002 to 2006, said she was glad that voters expressed confidence in her ability and experience.

“I’m pleased to be back in a position where I can have an impact on our city, and I want to thank all my supporters.”

Yetter, a member of the city’s planning and zoning board, was upbeat, despite losing her first-ever run for public office.

“I would like to congratulate SueLynn on her election. She will definitely make much-needed contributions in solving issues and in eliminating the ‘paralysis analysis,’” that sometimes occurs on the commission, Yetter said.

She also thanked her supporters and pledged to remain active on the P&Z board and in community affairs.

Quam, who was re-elected to his sixth term, said he was pleased with the support and confidence voters have shown in him and his work.

The swearing-in ceremony and organizational meeting for the newly elected commissioners will be at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17, at Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive.

A commission work session is scheduled for 6 p.m. following the organizational meeting.

Zaccagnino, Morton, Peelen win in Holmes Beach

Incumbents David Zaccagnino and Pat Morton easily won re-election to the Holmes Beach City Commission in the Nov. 8 election, but incumbent Al “Lower Taxes” Robinson, seeking his second term in office, was defeated.

Jean Peelen won her bid for a first-term.

Candidate Andy Sheridan finished fourth in the race of five, ahead of Robinson.

Voters were allowed a choice of three votes among the five on the ballot.

Zaccagnino led all voters with 696 votes, while Morton had 651. Peelen’s 575 votes were enough to gain the third commission seat. Sheridan had 401 votes and Robinson had 326.

Voter turnout was steady, but not particularly heavy said one poll worker at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church. In odd-numbered election years, the city uses only one polling location.

Based upon the number of votes cast, Holmes Beach unofficially had about 30 percent of its 3,247 registered voters cast a ballot. About 300 votes were absentee ballots, according to the unofficial results from the Manatee County Supervisor of Elections office.

Four people were waiting at 7 a.m. for the polling station to open, including Robert Holway, the first in line, who said he was on his way to work, and Mayor Rich Bohnenberger.

The candidates arrived early, too, with Morton and Peelen arriving first.

The candidates presented their message to arriving voters with signs, T-shirts and conversation, but kept themselves the required 100 feet from the polling station.

Zaccagnino later said the voter turnout was “slow but steady” most of the day, and there was no waiting to vote.

After the results were posted, Zaccagnino thanked his supporters and said there were a number of good candidates.

“I’m thankful for election to my fourth term and grateful for the confidence the voters have in me,” he said.

Morton praised his campaign workers, and those who voted for him to serve a fifth term.

“I won’t let them down,” he said.

Peelen said she owed her victory to listening to quite a few people as she walked around the city during her campaign.

“I’m excited and grateful to be elected. I want to thank everyone who came out and voted, and everyone who voted for me. I’m ready to get to work.”

Sheridan said there were a number of good candidates from which voters could choose. He said he will continue to attend city meetings, provide public input and work on behalf of the city.

Robinson was seeking his second term in office.

A campaign flier that Robinson mailed two weeks ago to voters angered other candidates for implying that commissioners did not know how to make sound economic decisions and for criticizing the police department budget.

His campaign promise to “lower taxes” apparently rang untrue among voters.

Holmes Beach will hold a swearing-in ceremony and organizational meeting of the commission at 8 a.m. Monday, Nov. 21, with the first meeting of the new commission at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 22.

Shaughnessy, Breuler to take oath

John Shaughnessy was set to take the oath of office to become Bradenton Beach’s next mayor at 1 p.m. Nov. 14.

The short program was to take place after The Islander went to press this week.

Commissioner Gay Breuler, Ward 1, also was to take the oath of the office at city hall, 107 Gulf Drive N. She is beginning her second term.

Neither Breuler nor Shaughnessy, who succeeds Bob Bartelt, faced opposition in their election bids this month.

In the coming weeks, the city commission must appoint a Ward 3 commissioner to succeed Janie Robertson, who could not run again because of a city term-limit rule. No one sought the office in Ward 3, one of the largest geographic wards in the city with a high number of part-time residents and rental properties.

Coquina cell tower question resurfaces

Longboat Key officials plan to review with Bradenton Beach and Manatee County representatives the possibility of building a telecommunications tower at Coquina Beach Bayside.

The specific site is the county marine rescue headquarters, which opened earlier this year.

Longboat Key officials are dealing with coverage issues and a telecommunications installation has been proposed at Longboat Island Chapel, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive. But the project has opposition.

Last week, the Longboat Key Zoning Board of Adjustment heard a challenge of an administrative official’s finding that development plan, special exception and site plan applications to the village were complete.

And earlier in October, during a work session involving Longboat Key and Manatee County officials, the prospect of a telecommunications installation at the marine rescue building came up.

Longboat Key Mayor Jim Brown asked whether the county still had an interest in a tower at the location — which is county-managed property in Bradenton Beach’s jurisdiction.

County assistant administrator Karen Windon answered that a telecommunications tower has been explored at the staff level, but would not be pursued “if the economics don’t work out.”

County Commissioners Carol Whitmore and John Chappie, both Island residents, suggested then that Longboat Key officials talk with officials in Bradenton Beach, where the commission adopted a new telecommunications ordinance in May.

Last week, Longboat Key town manager Dave Bullock said his to-do list includes discussions with Bradenton Beach officials and further discussions with county officials. But meetings have yet to be arranged.

Bradenton Beach commissioners adopted a new ordinance after determining that prior regulations were outdated and receiving several invitations from companies interested in expanding wireless telecommunications on the south end of the Island.

The ordinance allows for a cell tower on government property, and that could only happen after an applicant met a long list of criteria.

The 29-page document, which took about a year to draft, amends the land-development code and establishes a “uniform and comprehensive set of standards for the development and installation of telecommunications towers, antennas and related facilities.”

The measure:

• Requires a company to obtain a conditional-use permit from the city before the construction of a telecommunications facility.

• Encourages a company to share or co-locate telecommunications facilities.

• Requires stealth technology to “minimize adverse aesthetic and visual impacts” of a telecommunications facility.

• Requires from a company a detailed narrative explaining the need for a proposed facility.

• Restricts the construction of a telecommunications tower to government-owned property.

• Sets the maximum height for a tower at 120 feet.

• Prohibits lighting on a tower, except what might be required by the FAA.

• Requires that before a public hearing on any tower, the applicant must fly a 10-foot long balloon the maximum height of a proposed tower.

• Requires a “zone of visibility map” and simulated photographs of a tower be provided before a public hearing on a permit.

About two years ago, when officials discussed a tower at Coquina Bayside, representatives from several telecommunications companies expressed doubt that there would be enough customers in the coverage area to make a structure financially feasible.

Chamber installs officers, Sales, Galati, Islander honored

The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce presented its Business of the Year awards for 2011-12 in a ceremony Nov. 7 at the chamber’s annual officer installation dinner at the Key Royale Club, Holmes Beach.

Galati Marine of Anna Maria won the Large Business of the Year honor, The Islander newspaper received the Medium Business of the Year award, and entertainer Mike Sales took the Small Business of the Year award.

Chamber president Mary Ann Brockman said there were seven or eight nominations in each of the three categories. The nominations were short-listed in each division by a five-member committee that awarded points in a variety of categories. The top three point earners for each division then underwent in-depth interviews by the committee.

After each interview, the committee members independently allocated points in various categories. The businesses with the highest point total from the interview process won awards.

Brockman tallied the points, had the trophies made and announced the winners at the dinner.

The AMI Rotary Club and the chamber jointly presented its Business Person of the Year award to Darcie Duncan of Duncan Real Estate, 310 Pine Ave., Anna Maria.

In addition to the awards presentations, two new members of the chamber board of directors — Lori Gyson of Walter & Associates accountants and Scott Rudacille, an attorney with Kirk Pinkerton P.A. — were installed.

Karen LaPensee of LaPensee Plumbing moved from board vice chair to chair, while Larry Chatt of Island Real Estate assumed the vice chair position.