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Sports – 12-21-2011

Being good sports, golf action at KRC

 

It’s hard to believe another year has passed and Christmas is upon us. Since we are celebrating the season of giving and there’s time for reflection, I wanted to point out an observation from attending so many sporting events over the years.

That is, parents, coaches and players of all ages need to show game officials more respect.

They are the authority figure in that given situation and their decisions are final. In all my years I’ve never seen an official in any sport change their call because a player, coach or parent complained.

Do referees make bad calls? Of course, they do, but to listen to fans on the sidelines of a game you’d think they never made a good call. “We lost because of the referee” or “the ref sucks” are comments I hear many times over from adults and kids alike.

Referees are human and they make mistakes just like the players make mistakes. I could see the headlines already if a referee told a kid “he sucks,” or ridiculed or derided a player because of how they performed.

But that doesn’t happen and it’s because sporting referees and officials are bound by a code of conduct.

It’s too bad everyone couldn’t abide by such a code.

Overall sportsmanship is getting watered down and from where I stand, it starts from the top. When kids hear their parents and their coach ripping a game official, it sends a message that it’s alright for them to follow suit.

So often we hear that sports mirrors life, and so, if that’s to be believed, disrespect for game officials can easily transfer to parents, teachers and other authority figures.

All I’m saying is we all need to “tone it down” and let the kids play. For the adults in the community playing sports or attending their kids’ games, let it go and play on.

With that being said, I want to thank the people who help me fulfill my reporting “game,” the regular contributors to The Islander.

I want to thank folks like Ed Havlik and Sally York of the Key Royale Club and Sam Samuels and Ron Pepka who report from the horseshoe pits in Anna maria. Week in and week out, I know they’ll be e-mailing their weekly results.

Next I have to thank Troy Shonk, Lindsey Weaver, Scott Dell and all of the participants in the Anna Maria Island Community Center’s sports programs. The Center’s sports leagues comprise the majority of my sports section and have for many years.

Other contributors, including Mickey Hooke who keeps Islanders abreast of the Florida running scene, the Pickleball champs from the community center, senior game participants and many others who currently elude my memory have my gratitude.

Merry Christmas to you all.

 

Key Royale golf news

The men and women of the Key Royale Club have had another busy week of golf. Members and guests played a coed, delete-the-worst-team-ball-on-each-hole game Dec. 16. The team of Nel Bergstrom, Terry Westby and Tom Warda carded an 80 to take first place by one stroke over the team of Eunice Warda, Dick Rouse and Sue Little.

The men played a nine-hole scramble Dec. 15 in which the team of Quentin Talbert, Tom Nelson, John Kolijeski and Tom MCDonnell combined on a 6-under-par 26. Two shots back at 4-under-par was the team of Merritt Fineout, Ron Pritchard, Bob Lange and Duane Dzibinski.

Dec. 14 saw the men play an 18-hole, two-best-balls-of-foursome match. The team of Vince Mercadante, Jim Mixon, Pete Weir and Dick Eichorn torched the course with a 26-under-par 102. Ron Richard, Carly Voyles, Jim Thorton and Bob Elliott were four shots back in second place.

The Key Royale women played a team and individual low-net match over nine holes Dec. 13. Kris Landkammer’s birdie on the eighth hole gave her first place in Flight B. Joyce Brown and Beverly Neville’s 1-under-31 put them in a four-way tie for second place in Flight B with Terry Westby and Liz Lang, but also propelled their team, includingSara Falk and Nancy King, to the team title.

Flight A winner was Maxine Mitchell with a 3-under-par 29, while Marlyn Thorton was alone in second place with an even-par 32.

Joyce Reith won Flight C with a 3-under-par 29, while Sally Keyes won Flight D with the same score. Jane Winegarden and Rose Slomba tied for second place with even-par 32.

The men played a nine-hole Stableford game Dec. 13. Jerry Dahl’s game-high plus-6 propelled his team of Jon Holcomb, Merritt Fineout and Larry Pippel to first place in the team competition. Dahl’s individual score was one shot better than Earl Ritchie, who finished in second place.

A two-best balls of foursome over nine holes was the game of the day during Dec. 12 men’s golf. Joe Dickenson, Al Kaiser, Wade Ladue and Art Hibbs combined to card a 19-under-par 45. Two shots back in second place was the team of Tom Lewis, Tom O’Brian and Harrold McKammish.

The men played an 18-hole, individual-low-net match Dec. 10. Earl Ritchie carded a 9-under-par 55 to take first place by two shots over Dick Eichorn. Tom Lewis was alone in third with a 4-under 60.

 

Horseshoe news

Ten teams participated in the Dec. 17 horseshoe games at the Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe pits. Debbie Rhodes and Jay Disbrow were the only team to earn three pool-play victories and were the day’s outright champs.

Bob Palmer and Norm Good outlasted eight other particpants and were outright champs during Dec. 14 horseshoe action.

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.

Fishing – 12-21-2011

Heat up the skillet for flats, dock fishing

 

Redfish are being found across the flats during afternoon hours. As the water warms from the sun, these fish move to shallow, calm water to bask in the sun. Gold spoons or soft plastics are the ticket to catch these lounging reds.

It’s also a good time to target redfish around docks and piers. When doing this, try using a live select shrimp for bait. Add a split shot to get your bait on the bottom. These reds usually congregate right under the dock so making an accurate cast is imperative. The key to getting the bite is get your shrimp as far back under the dock as you can without getting hung up in the pilings. If you make a short cast, you most likely won’t get hooked up, so reel in and try again.

Once you’re in the strike zone, hang on tight. When fishing docks for redfish, it is common to hook fish exceeding 30 inches in length.

With temps climbing into the low 80s on recent days, inshore fishing remains consistent for a variety of species.

Migratory species such as jack crevalle, Spanish mackerel, bonito and ladyfish are being caught around schools of migratory baitfish both in the bays and on the beaches. These fish will readily take a small white jig or silver spoon — which can produce nonstop action for anglers using artificials. Just remember, follow the bait schools to stay on the fish.

On the flats, catch-and-release spotted seatrout action is still good — especially on mornings when we experience extreme low tides. Try targeting larger trout with top-water plugs in the early morning. Deeper grass flats adjacent or an abrupt change in depth — by a sandbar to a spoil island — are a good area to begin your search.

Dave Sork at the Anna Maria City Pier is seeing spotted seatrout patrolling the pier at night in search of small ballyhoo. “It’s pretty cool watching those trout come up and inhale a ballyhoo,” exclaims Sork.

Also at night, Sork is seeing numerous sharks on the hook. Sharks ranging 2-4 feet in length are the norm. By using cut bait such as mullet or frozen squid, night fishers are reeling up bonnetheads and small black tips.

Spanish mackerel are being caught, although Sork believes the bite to be a “little sporadic.” Small white jigs and Gotcha plugs are getting the bite.

Tom Cassetty at the Rod & Reel Pier is seeing a good number of Spanish mackerel being caught by fishers using small yellow jigs. “Most of them are small,” says Cassetty. “I’d say maybe one out of three is a keeper.”

Silver spoons or live shiners are catching mackerel, although Cassetty says the yellow jigs catch the most.

Using live shrimp on a bottom rig is rewarded with a variety of species. By dropping a bait directly next to or underneath the pier, pier fishers are catching keeper-size black drum. Redfish are inhabiting the pier with catches up to 22 inches being landed. Sheepshead are being caught on shrimp, although Cassetty recommends using oyster crabs or sand fleas if you’re serious about putting these tasty striped fish in the skillet.

On a final note, Cassetty says, “We’re still catching a lot of flounder out here, but most are undersized. We have to throw them back.”

Jonny Keyes at Island Discount Tackle says he’s starting to hear about sheepshead being caught both in the canals and at the local piers. “People are using a number of baits for sheepies,” says Keyes. “So far, shrimp, fiddler crabs and sand fleas top the list.”

Most of these inshore sheepshead will range 1-2 pounds, but don’t be surprised to encounter fish exceeding 3 pounds.

Redfish and flounder are being caught on the grass flats in sandy potholes and ditches. Berkley Gulp shrimp on a jig head is producing a consistent bite as are live shrimp fished on the bottom.

Offshore, Keyes is hearing of catches of jolt head porgies, Key West grunts and juvenile red grouper. He says, “For the porgies, grunts and juvenile red grouper, try frozen sardines to get the bite.”

Capt. Mark Howard of SumoTime fishing charters says the unusually warm weather has thrown a monkey wrench into the typical patterns the fish follow for December. “The warmer weather provided some excellent opportunities to have an enjoyable day on the water,” Howard reports.

Game fish are responding to the shiners that are still in the bay. Redfish are on the flats and in the potholes mixed in with schools of mullet. Howard suggests setting up in 2 feet of water and chumming the shiners into the potholes, drawing redfish, flounder, ladyfish and speckled trout to the back of the boat for fast-paced action. And use a popping cork to keep the shiner out of the weeds, Howard adds.

The redfish, black drum and flounder have moved toward the deepwater docks along the Intracoastal Waterway and the Manatee River. The shiners have not been as productive as a lively shrimp tossed under the docks. “A tip for dock fishing is to throw the bait in a side-arm motion in order to not snag the dock and to get the bait way under the dock,” Howard says. He also suggests tightening down your drag when dock fishing to work the bigger fish away from the pilings.

As long as the weather holds, the flats still will be alive with game fish, says Howard. He reminds fishers to keep the slack out of your line to feel the fish bite your bait.”

Capt. Warren Girle is fishing close to the beach catching bonito and Spanish mackerel. By finding migratory schools of glass minnows, Girle is hooking up the bite. Girle is catching migratory species on small jigs, spoons and even a few on flies.

Moving inshore, Girle is fishing shallow grass flats using top-water plugs. Redfish up to 32 inches are being caught on top-water plugs during the early morning hours. Snook of equal size are being caught using the same method. Lastly, spotted seatrout up to 27 inches are blasting top-water plugs in the same areas as the reds and snook.

“Every fish we caught was on a top-water plug. For some reason, the fish just wouldn’t take a jig,” Girle said of one day’s action.

Fishing the top water can produce a variety of species and result in bigger fish. Girle’s choices for top-water plugs include the Rapala Skitterwalk and the Sebile Stick Shadd. You may want to add a MirrOlure Top Dog and a Zara Spook to your arsenal as well.

Have a Merry Christmas and enjoy trying out all of the new fishing gear that Santa put under your tree.

Send fishing reports to fish@islander.org.

Islander Calendar – 12-21-2011

Friday, Dec. 23

        5:30 to 8 p.m. — Holiday music performed on piano by Stephen Jacob at the Village Green Cafe at Rosedale, 503 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-896-8890.

 

Ongoing:

• Saturdays through March 18, 9:30 a.m. to noon, Anna Maria Island Concert Chorus and Orchestra rehearsals at Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-7853.

• Tuesdays, noon, Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island meetings at the BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-794-8044.

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

• Tuesdays, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., coffee and conversations for seniors at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-1908.

• First Wednesdays, 8:30 a.m., Pier Regulars meet at the Rod & Reel Pier, 875 N. Shore Drive, Anna Maria.

• Second Wednesdays, 7:30 p.m., VFW Post No. 8199 meets at the volunteer fire station, 201 Second St. N., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-778-4400.

• 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, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Thirsty Thursday hosted by Bridge Street Merchants on Bridge Street, Bradenton Beach.

• Fridays, Senior Adventures Group meets for outings to various locations. Information: 941-962-8835.

• Saturdays, 8:30 a.m., Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island meets at the Anna Maria Island Beach Cafe, Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.

• Sundays, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Bridge Street Market hosted by Bridge Street Merchants, Bradenton Beach. Information: 215-906-0668.

 

Off-Island

Tuesday, Dec. 27

9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. — Wagon tour through Robinson Preserve, 1704 99th St. N.W., Bradenton. Information: 941-748-4501 ext. 4605. Fee applies.

 

Wednesday, Dec. 28

        1 to 4 p.m. — Holiday paddle and volunteer cleanup at Robinson Preserve, 1704 99th St. N.W., Bradenton. Information: 941-748-4501 ext. 4616.

Coming Up:

        • Dec. 29, Wagon tour, Robinson Preserve.

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

Island police blotter – 12-21-2011

Anna Maria

• Dec. 13, 300 block of Tarpon Street, suspicious person. The Manatee County Sheriff’s Office responded to a complaint about a woman stumbling down the middle of Magnolia Avenue. The woman was escorted home.

        Anna Maria is policed by the MCSO.

Bradenton Beach

• Dec. 10, 1900 Gulf Drive, disturbance. The Bradenton Beach Police Department received a report of a disturbance in the area. Responding officers checked the area but did not find any disturbance.

        Bradenton Beach is policed by the BBPD.

Cortez

• Dec. 9, 10000 block of Cortez Road, battery. The MCSO arrested a 40-year-old homeless man for allegedly punching another man.

        Cortez is policed by the MCSO.

Holmes Beach

• Dec. 9, 3200 block of East Bay Drive, battery. The Holmes Beach Police Department responded to Island Mail & More, where the owner reported that a customer became argumentative over a $10 transaction and then struck her in the face.

• Dec. 10, 64th Street and Marina Drive, fireworks. The HBPD received a complaint of fireworks being set off. The MCSO, covering for HBPD, responded.

• Dec. 10, 6400 block of Flotilla Drive. The HBPD received a missing person report. The person was found several hours later.

• Dec. 12, 3700 block of Fifth Avenue, robbery. The HBPD reported a robbery. The report released Dec. 15 contained redactions because of an ongoing investigation. The report listed two witnesses and a victim, who said a male in a dark hooded-sweatshirt and dark jeans robbed him of $250 in cash.

        Holmes Beach is policed by the HBPD.

        Streetlife is based on incident reports and narratives from the Bradenton Beach Police Department, Holmes Beach Police Department and Manatee County Sheriff’s Office.

Obituaries – 12-21-2011

Robert L. Charles

Robert L. Charles, 72, of Palmetto, died Dec. 16. He was born Sept. 26, 1939, in Haslett, Mich. He moved to Manatee County in June 1987 from Eaton Rapids, Mich.

Mr. Charles served with the U.S. Navy. He was the former owner of Island Auto Body on Anna Maria Island for more than 14 years. He was a member of Island Baptist Church and attended the First Baptist Church of Ellenton. He was a member of the Studebakers Driver’s Club.

Private family services with military honors by the U.S. Navy will be held at the Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell. Condolences for the family may be made at www.shannonfuneralhomes.com. Arrangements by Shannon Funeral Home Town Chapel, Bradenton.

Mr. Charles is survived by his children, Ray and wife Heather Schroder, Cyndy and husband Kevin Lyon, all of Eaton Rapids, Mich., and Wayne Charles of Palmetto; brother Jim and wife Debra of Parma, Mich.; six grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and companion Judy Brackin of Nokomis.

2011 The Islander Wishbook

The Islander Classifieds: Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2011

ITEMS FOR SALE

COMPUTER 2.0 GHz with newly loaded Windows XP-PRO, $50. 941-756-6728

LINENS: QUEEN SET, Souleiado. Blue, white. Many extras, $100. 941-749-1643.

WATERFORD STEM VASE: 10-inch, $50, Waterford flared vase, $50. Crystal ice bucket, two champagne glasses, $50. 941-795-8359.

PERFECT CHRISTMAS GIFT: Child’s heavy-duty kitchen, extra accessories, $40. 941-778-3458.

VERTICAL BLIND SYSTEM for patio doors. Two, 9×7-foot. $49, black leather recliner, $59. 941-778-3920.

ONEILL SURF BOOTIES, size 6, $25, Pro Builder model battleship, tank, built, both, $18, Topps baseball card set, 2006, 2007, $60. 941-778-7003.

SURF FISHING ROD: Fuji F-24 9.5-feet, excellent, $20, TV, Magnavox 19-inch, remote, great picture, $20. Frank, 941-761-1415.

GE REFRIGERATOR: 21.6 cubic feet. No frost, icemaker, white, works great, $175. Call 941-928-8735.

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

ANNOUNCEMENTS

HELP FOR HAITI: The Ministry of Presence is preparing a large shipment destined in about two weeks for Port-au-Prince and needs to be filled include:  peanut butter, canned foods and meat, pasta, rice and beans, and cleaning supplies such as Pine, and bleach. Drop off to The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.

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.

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

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

MICHAEL NORTHFIELD: BROKER, Anna Maria Island Realty, 941-713-0284. www.annamariaislandrealty.com. E-mail: Michael@annamariaislandrealty.com. 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.

GARAGE SALES

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.

NEW LOCATION: STEFF’S Stuff Antiques has moved to The Centre Shops on Longboat Key. 5380 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Unit 101. 941-383-1901.s

LOST & FOUND

LOST: REALTORS KEYPAD. Somewhere on the Island. Please, call Robin, 941-713-4515.

LOST WEDDING BAND: In Publix or parking lot Friday, Dec. 16, 7310 Manatee Ave. W. (Beachway Plaza). 941-792-8139. Reward.

FOUND: SET OF KEYS on causeway, Saturday, Dec. 17. Claim at The Islander office, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.

PETS

PARENTS NEEDED for loving homes to foster puppies and kittens until they are old enough for adoption. All food and medical provided. Julie, 941-720-1411.

BOATS & BOATING

DOCK FOR RENT: MEDIUM boat. 452 63rd St., Holmes Beach. 941-778-1893.

POWER NOLES CUSTOM-fiberglass 11.5-foot cat-type hull. Very stable boat. Great for kid’s Xmas or anyone who wants to get on the water! 25-hp Mercury, trolling motor and two bass seats. Great boat! $2,150 obo. Call Toni, 941-928-8735.

HELP WANTED

HOUSEKEEPER: PART-TIME with full-time potential. Hotel Homes Florida Vacation Rentals Inc. on Anna Maria Island is seeking professional, friendly, efficient cleaning staff. Bilingual is a plus. Must be able to work weekends. Call Missy, 941-201-7499 or email resume to: Missy@excellenceisahabit.com.

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

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.

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.

HEALTH CARE

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.

SERVICES

LET US DRIVE YOU! Airports, cruise ports. Flat rates. Anna Maria Sunshine Car Service. 941-778-5476.

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.

DOG-WASTE REMOVAL service: As low as $10 per week! 941-592-5170.

MARIA’S SERVICES INC: 15 years in business offering top quality maid service, carpet and tile cleaning. Call 941-756-5735.

ISLAND COMPUTER GUY, 37 years experience. On-site PC repairs, upgrades, buying assistance and training. Call Bill, 941-778-2535.

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.

AMI COMPUTER: IMMEDIATE local solutions with all computer problems. PC or MAC. Onsite service in home or office. Wireless networking,    virus prevention and removal. Travis, 941-301-4726.

GIVE THE GIFT of organization:  Home, office and small business. Professional organizer, Shauna Steglich. 208-284-5727.

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. I make dirty windows sparkling clean. 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, 941-538-8724.

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.

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

GOT STUMPS? CALL an experienced, reliable expert. Brad Frederick’s LLC Tree Stump Grinding and surface roots removal. 941-730-0001.

JR’S LANDSCAPING AND MAINTENANCE Lawns, native plants, mulching, trimming, hauling, cleanups. Island resident 25 years. Call 941-807-1015.

LANDSCAPING

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.

HOME IMPROVEMENT

VAN-GO PAINTING residential/commercial, interior/exterior, pressure cleaning, wallpaper. Island references. Bill, 941-795-5100.

TILE -TILE -TILE. All variations of ceramic tile supplied and installed. Quality workmanship, prompt, reliable, many Island references. Call Neil, 941-726-3077.

CUSTOM REMODELING EXPERT. All phases of carpentry, repairs and painting. Insured. Meticulous, clean, sober and prompt. Paul Beauregard, 941-730-7479.

GRIFFIN’S HOME IMPROVEMENTS Inc. Handyman, fine woodwork, countertops, cabinets and shutters. Insured and licensed, 941-748-4711.

JERRY’S HOME REPAIR: Carpentry, 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.

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.

RENTALS

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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 28-foot boat. No pets. Holmes Beach. 941-778-7039.

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. View virtual tour at www.srqvt.com/309b59thst.html.

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

SEASONAL RENTAL AVAILABLE December and January. 2BR/1BA, west of Gulf Drive, Anna Maria.  $1,550 monthly, $500 weekly plus tax. 941-778-4499.

2BR/1BA FULL-SIZE apartment. Steps to Gulf in historic village on trolley stop. Seasonal. $2,150/month plus tax. 941-518-5026. www.atkoione.com.

OFFICE: RETAIL PROFESSIONAL space. 8811 Cortez Road, near Dive Adventures. 1,300 sf. Call 1-800-952-1206.

WESTBAY COVE, HOLMES Beach, Second-floor 2BR/2BA on bay and one block to Gulf! Lovely views, pools, tennis. December-January, $2,125/month. Visit aposporos.com. Aposporos & Son, 941-387-3474.

SEASONAL OR WEEKLY cottage-style rentals. 1BR/1BA or 55-plus 2BR/1BA with pool. Walk to beach, shopping, restaurants. 941-778-3426. Web site 2spinnakers.com.

REAL ESTATE

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.

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. View virtual tour: www.srqvt.com/309b59thst.html.

AFFORDABLE LIVING: HISTORIC Sandpiper Resort, Bradenton Beach. On the Intracoastal Waterway across the street from Gulf beaches. Your little piece of heaven in Florida! Claudia’s Real Estate 941-746-8161 or 941-914-1546. www.ClaudiasMHP.com.

ISLAND HOME SELLERS: Find out what homes down the street sold for. Free list with pictures of recent home sales. www.AMIHomeValues.com.

AUCTIONS! JANUARY 14 and 21. Key Royale waterfront, estimated opening bid, $275,000. Palma Sola Park four-car garage home, estimated opening bid, $150,000. Call James Adkins, Adkins Florida Group, Keller Williams Realty. 941-713-0635. Happy bidding!

 

Ahoy, ho ho ho!

Santa talks with Gavin Strickland, 6, of Bradenton, and his sister Annah, 4, about their holiday wishes during the Anna Maria Island Privateers Christmas party at Coquina Beach.

The Anna Maria Island Privateers steer the Skullywag toward Coquina Beach during thei group’s annual Christmas parade.

A turtle takes a ride on the Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch entry in the Christmas parade.

A line forms for a visit with Santa Claus, who handed out presents to each child he visited at the Privateers’ Christmas party.

Privateers serve hot dogs, chips and soda pop to hungry kids at the party after the Christmas parade.