Monthly Archives: December 2016

The Islander Classifieds: Wednesday, May 02, 2012


TWO FOLDING BOOKCASES: One vertical, four shelves, one horizontal, three shelves. Both same style, solid wood. $35/each. 941-778-0364.

SALE: LIVING ROOM set, $200, dining set, $100, entertainment center, $40, dressers, tables, lamp, dishes, much more. Call to see. 941-778-5412. Everything goes, make offers.

FLOOR LAMP WITH adjustable arm and magnifying glass for handy craft/sewing $9. 941-778-6766.

GUITAR: KIDS, $6, animal figures, 10/$1.50, baseball cards, 1989 Topps, three. Call 941-795-8734.

FINE ANTIQUE BOOKCASE, $50. 941-778-4451.

FINE FURNITURE: SOFA, $100, recliner, $75, chair and ottoman, $75, maple nesting tables, $50. 941-567-6699.

18-INCH ROLLING tool tote. Telescopic handle, internal and external pockets, main compartment. $10. Frank, 941-761-1415.

BOAT SPRING-LINE system, as new. Cost $180, sell, $60. Door opener, Legacy heavy duty, brackets, $69. 941-778-3920.

HIGH CHAIR, $8, stroller, $6, six outdoor black cloth chairs, all $18. 941-778-5439.

FOR SALE:  A Statton cherry triple dresser with mirror and matching dressing table with stool. Phone, 941-778-1219.

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:


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)


PROFESSIONAL WOMAN WHO works on the Island seeks house-sitting position, June 15-July 14. 941-962-7785.

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.


MOVING SALE: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, May 5. 301 72nd St., Holmes Beach, between Palm Avenue and Holmes Boulevard. La-Z-Boy recliner sofa and two matching recliners, twin bedroom set, queen bedroom set, four rattan bar chairs, pair of twin beds, light wood dining set, coffee and end table set, 44-inch Sylvania flat-panel TV, area rugs, fireplace tools, beach chairs, computer table, lamps, stemware, Compound miter saw, hand tools, circular saw, router table, table saw, yard tools, gas grill, patio set, linens, full kitchen and lots of small appliances. Sale by Julie McClure. Pix: or


ROSER THRIFT SHOP: Open 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9 a.m.-noon Saturdays. Donation drop-off, 9 a.m.-11 a.m. Wednesdays. 511 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. 941-779-2733.

FOUR-FAMILY GARAGE sale: 8 a.m. Friday and Saturday, May 4-5. Collectibles, fishing poles, furniture, miscellaneous. 2105 Ave. B, Bradenton Beach.

YARD/MOVING SALE: 8 a.m.-noon Friday and Saturday, May 4-5. Furniture, art, dishes, linens. 105 77th St., Holmes Beach.

GARAGE/MOVING SALE: Saturday and Sunday, May 4-5. Furniture, art, housewares, books, interesting collection of great stuff! 709 S. Bay Blvd., Anna Maria.

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.


FOUND AT LAUNDROMAT: Set of nine brass keys labeled construction locks. Call HBPD, 941-708-5804 or 941-778-6772, for more information.

FOUND I-PHONE. FURTHER information can be obtained at HBPD 941-708-5804.

FOUND: SET OF Toyota keys in road on Gulf Drive, near Circle K. 941-330-4646.

LOST ORANGE CAT: Small, friendly, yellow eyes. Green and white collar, Last seen Friday, April 27, Holmes Beach. 941-779-6638.


ISLAND DOGS GROOMING Salon: Julie Keyes, certified groomer. Hydro bath, hand dry, (no cage drying). Personal service for you and your loved ones. Free pick up and delivery. Call anytime for appointments, 941-778-1202. Holmes Beach.

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.


BIMINI BAY SAILING: Small sailboat rentals and instruction. Day. Week. Month. Sunfish, Laser, Windrider 17 and Precision 15. Call Brian at 941-685-1400.

WANT TO RENT boat lift. 19-foot SeaPro. Bill, 941-545-0462.

POWER NOLES CUSTOM 11.5-foot fiberglass tunnel hull with bass seats. Very stable! Great for fishing-stand on the side without tipping, go in really shallow waters. Very fun boat for anyone who wants to get on the water!
 2001 25-hp Mercury 2-stroke, plus a trolling motor with battery. Must see! $2,150 obo. Call Toni, 941-928-8735.


PROPERTY MAINTENANCE PERSON: Nine-building condo complex in Cortez. Full-time property/pool upkeep and maintenance. General mechanical, carpentry, painting, electrical, plumbing skills. Own vehicle and cell phone. Some personal tools helpful. Hourly wage, mileage, paid holidays, vacation, sick leave. Available May 14. 941-448-7881 or 941-798-3887.

ANNA MARIA ISLAND Community Center seeks Executive Director to lead the organization and ensure the Center continues to provide excellent youth development and adult programs. Looking for outstanding relationship-builder, to develop and sustain relationships with youth, volunteers, community members, board members and funders, as well as strong staff. Need organizational manager who can build and develop systems and programs to support organization’s mission and ensure its long-term sustainability. The Executive Director plays critical role in organization from ground up: developing programming, leading fundraising, maintaining and building relationships with donors and partners, overseeing staffing, financial and operational management, monitoring participants to ensure they achieve best possible outcomes and board development. For more information and qualifications, view entire job posting: E-mail resume and cover letter, outline skills and experience that meet qualifications of position and tell how you heard about us in Word format. E-mail: The center is a drug-free workplace and an equal opportunity employer.

NAIL TECH NEEDED at new Island spa and boutique on Bridge Street. Turning appointments down daily. Call Amanda, 941-779-6836.

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.

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.


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.

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.

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

ISLANDER HANDYMAN SERVICE: 23-year Island resident, references. The Flying Dutchman LLC. We do all repair, interior and exterior, carpentry and more. Peter, 941-447-6747.

WALY PRECISION PAINTING: Interior, exterior, stucco, drywall repairs, pressure wash. Match price, plus 10 percent off. Free estimates. 941-448-1928.

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

CLEANING BY LAURA offers everything on your list from kitchen and bath cleaning to dusting and emptying wastebaskets. 941-539-6891.

ISLAND PRESSURE WASHERS: Professional, reasonable and reliable. Call Bill or Clint for free estimate, 941-896-6788.

PROFESSIONAL RESIDENTIAL CLEANING: Fully Insured with 100 percent satisfaction! Island Real Estate Cleaning Services, 941-345-1286.

GENTLEMAN’S GENTLEMAN: GENERAL housekeeping, yard work, shopping, errands, doctor appointments. 25-year Island resident. Walter, 941-518-4506.

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.: 36 years of happy customers. Organizing, laundry, ironing, 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.

SHELL DELIVERED AND spread. $45/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.

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.

THE FLYING DUTCHMAN LLC: Professional tile roof restoration. Call Peter for free estimate. 23-year Island resident, references, insured. 941-447-6747.

CUSTOM KITCHENS AND baths, additions, windows and door replacement. Call Matt at Pinnacle Group, 941-685-6132. Lic#CGC1506518.

MCNAMARA TILE AND Stone: Quality work, experience. Licensed and insured. Leo McNamara, 970-729-1306.


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

WANTED: RETAIL STOREFRONT in Bradenton Beach, 500 sf and up. Bridge street area. 941-447-1506.

WATERFRONT: ONE-BEDROOM cottage, charming, clean and quiet. $1,245/month. Annual lease. 941-779-0289.

PERICO ISLAND: MONTHLY rental. 3BR/3BA, private pool, beautifully furnished. Call 941-795-3778.

ANNUAL: 2BR/1.5BA duplex with shared laundry, fenced yard,  partially furnished.  $1,000/month. Small pet considered. First, last, security. Gulf-Bay Realty, 941-778-7244.

WATERFRONT TWO BEDROOM townhouse with boat slip on Palma Sola Bay. Heated pool, patio, cable, washer and dryer. Lease six months plus. $925/month plus utilities. No pets. Call 941-538-8622.

BRADENTON BEACH: SEASONAL 2BR/1BA. Steps to beach. No pets. $700/week. 941-778-4731.

CORTEZ: SMALL QUAINT 1BR cottage. Washer and dryer, lanai, central air conditioning, no pets. $600/month. 941-545-9025.

2BR/2BA GULFSIDE, ONE house before the beach. Washer, dryer and dishwasher. No pets. $1,045/month includes water and garbage. Call Jessica, 941-778-7500. Dolores M. Baker Real Estate.

SHARE: UPSTAIRS DUPLEX, 1,200 sf. 2BR/2BA, $550/month, half utilities, cable. Walter, 941-518-4506.

ANNUAL: 2BR/1BA, bonus room. Unfurnished at $1,100/month, furnished, $1,200/month. No pets, no smoking. Call 941-779-9320.

2BR/2BA HOLMES BEACH furnished , block to beach. Dishwasher, microwave, washer and dryer, central air conditioning, lanai, pool. $1,000/month plus utilities. June 1 through January. Call 847-769-6175, cell.

SEASONAL OR WEEKLY cottage-style rentals. 1BR/1BA or 1BR/1BA with loft with pool. Walk to beach, shops or dining! 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.

FOR SALE BY owner: 1BR/1BA mobile completely remodeled with share, beach and bay access. Call 941-224-1652 for more information.

FOR SALE BY owner: Mobile home, 1BR/1BA, extra bonus room. Across the street from Bradenton Beach private fishing pier. Beach and bay access, adjacent parking. Call 813-458-3875.

OPEN HOUSE: 1-3 p.m. Satuday. 644 Key Royale Drive, Holmes Beach. Gorgeous waterfront 2BR/2BA, pool. James Adkins, 713-0635.

COMMERCIAL LOT WITH dock. Sale or lease, 4,000 sf.  407 Pine Ave Anna Maria. Will build to Suit. 2,000 sf commercial, $ 4,000/month and/or 2,000 sf 3BR/2BA apartment, $1,900/month. $399,000. 813-340-4420.

EXCEPTIONAL CONDO LOT: Two houses to beach. 114 48th St., Holmes Beach. $359,000. 618-334-1619.


HILTON HEAD, SOUTH Carolina home: 3BR/2.5BA, Palmetto Dunes. Trade for home on Anna Maria Island. 330-763-1137.

Saturday is Cinco de Mayo

Just when Island residents thought the winter-spring tourist season was over and Island traffic would return to some sense of normalcy, Cinco de Mayo — May 5 — is expected to bring about 25,000 people to Anna Maria Island to celebrate Mexican Independence Day.

Law enforcement officials in all three Island cities said they would be ready for Saturday with crowd and traffic control measures, particularly at Coquina Beach and Bayfront Park in Anna Maria.

While Manatee County Sheriff’s Sgt. Dave Turner of the MCSO-Anna Maria substation said he hopes everyone has a good time and behaves, he’s taking no chances.

All deputies will be on duty, along with at least one deputy on beach patrol, extra vehicles will be used, a tactical squad will be available and the gang identification unit also will patrol Island streets and beaches, Turner said.

If necessary, MCSO deputies will have a horse-mounted patrol.

“The three key areas for us are Bayfront Park, Gulf Park and Bean Point,” Turner said.

He also noted Cinco de Mayo visitors like to get to Bayfront Park early to get a good parking location.

“They’ll start arriving at 6 a.m. and the park is usually full by 9 a.m.,” Turner said.

Vehicles are often double- and triple-parked at the park and many people park illegally on side streets.

Turner advised motorists that vehicles could be towed that day if illegally parked. Additionally, deputies will be writing citations, primarily for open consumption of alcohol.

He said there are three things the public should know if coming to the Island for Cinco de Mayo:

“No dogs are allowed on the beach, no public consumption of alcohol is allowed and open fires are not permitted,” he said.

Turner said the same rules apply in all three Island cities and at Coquina Beach, where most people will gather that day.

Bradenton Beach Police Lt. John Cosby echoed Turner’s comments about having a good time, but warned against violating city and county ordinances.

Cosby emphasized that no dogs or pets are allowed at Coquina Beach, no open fires or fireworks are permitted and public consumption of alcohol is not allowed. Officers will be paying particular attention for those violations, he said.

Cinco de Mayo brings about 25,000 people to the Island and many come as early as 6-7 a.m., Cosby said.

Traffic to the Island will be heaviest 9-11 a.m., and reverse itself around 2-4 p.m., he added.

That means traffic slowdowns and backups will be the norm morning and afternoon.

Cosby said all regular and reserve officers will be on duty that day.

Holmes Beach Police Chief Jay Romine said he also would have extra officers on duty May 5, although most of the celebrants typically go to Coquina Beach or Bayfront Park because of the public pavilions and grills.

While police are not anticipating difficulties other than heavier-than-usual traffic, they’re taking no chances with so many people expected for the day.

In April 2007, there was a shooting on Coquina Beach between members of two rival gangs that resulted in several injuries.

Since then, the county and MCSO have redirected vehicles through the Coquina Beach parking lot to minimize cruising, beefed up its patrols everywhere on the Island on Cinco de Mayo, and had its gang identification teams and tactical units more visible that day.

Cosby said the past few Cinco de Mayo holidays have been largely uneventful except for people arrested for consumption of alcohol. But, he noted, Cinco de Mayo has not been on a weekend for several years as it will be this year.

Turner’s advice to Islanders is to avoid the rush hours of traffic expected coming on the Island in the morning and leaving the Island in the afternoon.

AMI celebrates National Arbor Day

It all started 140 years ago in Nebraska when it was suggested to put aside one day of the year to plant new trees.

Since then, Arbor Day has expanded across the country and the world as a celebration and understanding of how important natural resources are in enhancing people’s lives, both economically and aesthetically.

The three cities of Anna Maria Island joined the national celebration April 27 with Bradenton Beach holding the day’s first ceremony at the U.S. Post Office branch, 116 Bridge St.

Keep Manatee Beautiful executive director Ingrid McClellan hosted the ceremony, which included the planting of native Florida vegetation to enhance the post office’s landscaping.

“It’s an honor to be here and recognize Bradenton Beach’s first year as a Tree City USA,” said McClellan.

Mayor John Shaughnessy thanked everyone for their cooperation in making the April 27 ceremony possible.

“I’ve noticed a tremendous spirit of cooperation between everyone,” he said. “It’s very wonderful and makes my job easier.”

Florida Forest Service spokesman Ed Flowers said it took that spirit of cooperation for Bradenton Beach to become a Tree City USA, and will take continued cooperation to keep it that way.

“It’s not easy to become a Tree City USA,” said Flowers. “It doesn’t happen overnight. (McClellan) did a lot of work with the city council to make this happen. It’s not something you just get to keep. I’m confident Bradenton Beach will continue to be a Tree City USA.”

The ceremony included a Tree City USA flag-raising at the post office.

“The Bradenton Beach post office is very happy to be a part of this,” said Postmaster Kevin Buckley. “The post office is very appreciative of letting us be a part of this. The landscaping is beautiful and it’s a very good thing what you all are doing.”

New plantings at the post office included sea grape and varnish leaf plants.

Coquina Cafe opens, celebration planned this month

Without much fanfare, the Coquina Cafe at Coquina Beach in Bradenton Beach opened April 7, but a grand reopening celebration is planned sometime this month.

According to Manatee County Parks and Recreation programs and policies coordinator Mike Whelan, the Bradenton Beach concession is operational, but the public announcement of the opening was delayed for a reason.

“An official reopening is in the preliminary planning stages for some time in late May,” said Whelan. “There are a few cosmetic things we still want to get done first and the staff needs time to develop working procedures.”

The Coquina Cafe was expected to open in January in time to accommodate the busy tourist season, but was first delayed to a March opening, and then again to April.

The 40-year-old structure underwent a major renovation with the county investing $350,000. United Park Services, the cafe concessionaire, did the interior work, adding $110,000 to the project cost.

Manatee County Parks and Recreation director Cindy Turner previously called the renovation project a “significant effort.”

Turner said the roof and floor were raised 18 inches. Other improvements include a new metal roof, storm-resistant windows, stainless-steel countertops, air conditioning and new electrical wiring.

Turner said the inside of the building was gutted, making room for all new cooking and serving equipment.

To enhance the beach dining experience, a wooden deck dining area was added, including new tables, chairs and umbrellas.

The initial delay was for a certificate of occupancy. The CO was issued, allowing the cafe to start service April 7, but the county agreed to wait at least 30 days after receiving the CO to allow UPS to work out any issues with the new facility.

The staff now is training and serving Coquina Beach visitors in anticipation of the summer beach season.

Whelan said an official opening ceremony would be announced in the coming weeks.

Take back rakes in drugs

Holmes Beach Police Officer Vern McGowan holds one of four boxes collected by noon Saturday, April 28, in the 10 a.m.-2 p.m. drug Take Back Day. The department already had collected three large and one smaller box of unwanted or expired drugs for proper disposal as its part in National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy

HB commissioners hear new rental complaints

Commissioner Jean Peelen read into the record April 24 at the Holmes Beach commission work session an e-mail advertisement for a “monster house” on 66th Street.

    The ad states: “South Seas is a brand new luxury island tropical home with six bedrooms, four and a half bathrooms and is only a short three-minute stroll to the Gulf beach…. Maybe the most outstanding feature of South Seas might just be the resort-style water slide that starts off the balcony and slings shots right down into the pool. You won’t find a faster slide on the island.”

    Mayor Rich Bohnenberger directed Peelen to send the matter to code enforcement.

    But related issues surfaced at the work session as commissioners addressed rental issues.

    “My question is do we have anything in the pool section of recommendations about water parks?” asked Gretchen Edgren of 65th Street.

    She said she’s been listening to screams of children playing in the “South Seas” pools.

    Bob Supply of 66th Street addressed commissioners, saying he shared Edgren’s concern. He also said more than four unrelated persons appear to be staying at the duplex home, as beds are also being set up under a deck.

    “It’s a perfect example of how we need to enforce our code,” said Commissioner John Monetti.

    In other business at the work session, Commission Chair David Zaccagnino provided a focus group summary of recommendations to the commission, saying there would be further review with the city attorney at upcoming meetings.

    During the commission meeting prior to the work session, commissioners unanimously approved two new laws — one banning gaming establishments and a second making revisions to its outdoor dining ordinance.

    The city’s ban on gaming at Internet cafes is modeled on a Seminole County ordinance currently being tested by the courts. It prohibits businesses from engaging in Internet gambling.

    The outdoor dining ordinance was amended to require city commission approval of new permits and provide for “periodic review” of existing permits. It also eliminates a $100 renewal fee. Restaurant owners with city-permitted outdoor dining are grandfathered, and will be unaffected until a change in ownership occurs or they increase their seating.

    Commissioners also agreed to discuss at a future meeting a proposed change in the oath required of persons speaking before the city commission.

    Commissioners Monetti and Sandy Haas-Martens said no change was needed in the current practice of requiring the oath, while Commissioners Zaccagnino, Peelen and Pat Morton approved considering a change.

        Peelen said April 27, after the city meeting, she had done as directed by the mayor regarding the 66th Street rental, and code enforcement officer David Forbes advised her that nothing in the code allows the city to dictate language in advertisements. advertisements.

Search ongoing for missing paddleboarder

According to the city of Tampa website April 30, at press time for The Islander, the search in the Gulf of Mexico for a missing paddleboarder was ongoing.

According to information released by the Tampa Police Department, Jeffrey Comer, 50, was last seen loading his paddleboard onto his vehicle by a friend at approximately 2 p.m. April 29 at his Harbor Island residence.

The board was found adrift by a boater near Holmes Beach at approximately 11:30 p.m. on the same day.

The recovery of the paddleboard was not reported until the morning of April 30.

Pinellas County authorities located Comer’s vehicle parked at Mullet Key where investigators report no indications of foul play was found, according to the website. Investigators later searched Comer’s residence, which turned up nothing out of the ordinary.

Comer is a competition paddleboarder and has no known medical issues.

According to information on the city’s website, several agencies are now involved in the search for Comer, but there was no new information to report.

Comer is described as 5 feet 8 inches tall, and bald with blue eyes.

If you have any information on the missing paddleboarder, you are asked to call the TPD at 813-354-6600 or call 9-1-1.

Roadwatch, May 2-9

Installation of new sewer lines on North Shore Drive at Cypress Avenue in Anna Maria has begun and the project is expected to last several months, according to the Manatee County Utilities Department.

Traffic on North Shore Drive should not be affected by the work, a MCUD press release said, but motorists should exercise caution in the area because of the equipment and ongoing construction.

Repairs to the Longboat Key Bridge/State Road 789 continue both day and night, a Florida Department of Transportation press release said.

Some temporary nighttime lane closures will occur that will last no more than 15 minutes, a DOT press release said. A flagging operation will control traffic during lane closures, and no lane closures are permitted from 10 p.m.-6 a.m. Friday through Monday.

The east sidewalk of the bridge and Greer Island — often called Beer Can Island — near the bridge are closed. The draw will open for boaters on demand.

Completion of the project is expected in late spring.

More information on the project is available online at

WMFR plans Station 2 remodel

West Manatee Fire Rescue Station 2 was built in 1987 as an all-volunteer station in the days when neighbors helped neighbors, and the firefighters who gave freely of their time lived in the district.

         The times, of course, have changed. WMFR has transitioned to a full-time force of 33 officers and firefighters, as well as 30 reservists, who work, train and sleep alternately alongside firefighters, according to WMFR Chief Andy Price. The district’s three stations also house Emergency Management Service personnel. And WMFR has an administrative staff of 10.

        Addressing some of the changing needs — which began several years ago with a districtwide facilities report recommending renovations on the district’s four buildings, including its administrative offices  — WMFR is preparing now to remodel Station 2, 10350 Cortez Road, Cortez.

        Plans for Station 2, which is equipped with make-shift living quarters for six, include updates and repairs.

        At the end of March, Price said five “design-build” teams submitted to the district proposals, including the team’s credentials, capabilities, subcontractors and lists of current and past projects.

        The interested teams are:

        • Manasota Commercial Construction Co. Inc. and World Design Inc., both of Bradenton.

        ∙ Steve Solomon of Bradenton and Ritter, Migga & Associates, P.A., of Sarasota.

        ∙ Zirkelbach Construction Inc. of Palmetto and Klar and Klar Architects Inc. of Clearwater.

        ∙ The A.D. Morgan Corp. of Bradenton and BMK Architects Inc. of Sarasota.

        ∙ Ross Built Construction Co. of Holmes Beach and Manuel Synalovski Associates of Fort Lauderdale.

        WMFR commissioners will select the team for the project following recommendations from a citizen’s committee, Price said.

        The committee comprises former Anna Maria Mayor Fran Barford; the Rev. Rosemary Backer of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church; Kerry Ward of Wells Fargo Bank and a member of the Bradenton Downtown Development Authority; and WMFR Commissioner Scott Ricci. They are expected to meet next week to commence interviewing the teams.

         The survey — known as the Totems Architectural Feasibility Study —recommended $900,000 in improvements to Station 2, according to Price. Anticipating the project, the WMFR budgeted $887,542 for facilities this year.

        The chosen design-build team will be asked to propose structural changes to the firefighters’ living quarters. Still undecided is whether to build a second story or expand the ground-level structure. Price also expects the team to receive input from the station’s firefighters.

        Implemented already from the Totem’s study have been $500,000 in renovation work at the administrative offices, 5217 Third Ave. W., Bradenton, completed in 2011, and a remodel at Station 1, 6001 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, recently completed. The Holmes Beach station cost $307,000.

        Repairs and renovation work for Station 2 is expected to be more extensive than Station 1, Price said.

        On both prior projects, he added, WMFR contracted with Ross Built.

        “We’ve been pleasantly surprised with how the projects have come in consistently under budget,” Price said. “But we’ve learned some things along the way.”

        Contractors had to work around firefighters at Station 1 during the remodeling, causing staff and scheduling challenges, he said.

        For the upcoming Station 2 project, Price said, “we’ll definitely move the guys —possibly to a portable building on site.”

        The last of the station’s renovations will be a $2-2.5 million new building at Station 4, 407 67th St., Bradenton. That project is expected to begin sometime in late 2013.

Cortez Bridge is “structurally deficient,” DOT says

A Florida Department of Transportation engineer’s report on the Cortez Bridge on State Road 684 sounds bleak.

The DOT report by Jim Jacobsen presented to Manatee County Commissioners last year says the bridge is “structurally deficient,” with a sufficiency rating of 21.7.

But the bridge rating would have to fall to four or below to be “structurally unsafe” and closed to vehicular traffic, according to a DOT spokesperson.

The DOT is looking now to the future of the Cortez Bridge, while it is still serviceable.

The DOT has budgeted a $1.5 million planning, development and environmental study of the Cortez Bridge beginning December 2012 to determine the extent of any deterioration, the cost of repairs and long-term solutions, DOT District 1 spokesperson Lauren Hatchell of the Bartow office said.

Jacobsen’s report found extensive corrosion of some concrete beams, sub-pilings, the drawspan (bascule) steel, along with cracked concrete and cuts, a corroding seawall, corrosion of the expansion joints and a deteriorating bridgetender shack, among other needed repairs.

While the PD&E report is expected to take 24-36 months, Jacobsen said the DOT has budgeted a $4.4 million repair project in 2013-14 as a “stop-gap” measure to keep the bridge operational until the PD&E study is released and the public votes on its favored solution.

Hatchell said the DOT would hold several public work sessions on Anna Maria Island for input on the $4.4 million rehab project before any work begins.

The PD&E study will be presented at a public hearing when finished.

At that public meeting, all options for the future of the bridge will be discussed.

Hatchell said it’s possible the repair project won’t begin until the PD&E study has been presented.

Repair or replacement of the bridge has a high priority as it falls within the jurisdiction of the U.S. Coast Guard and spans the Intracoastal Waterway.

The present Cortez Bridge was built in 1956 and a Federal Highway System 1989 report recommended a four-lane, fixed span, high-rise bridge be built as a replacement.

Jacobsen said that suggestion is no longer considered feasible for a number of reasons, including the cost of property acquisition.

County Commissioner John Chappie, whose district includes Anna Maria Island and Cortez, said he’s aware of the need for the PD&E study and is tracking it through the DOT scheduling process. The DOT has said the study has a “high priority” because of the deficiencies noted by Jacobsen and the U.S. Coast Guard demands that all bridges on the Intracoastal Waterway meet its safety standards.

In 1998, the DOT undertook a rehabilitation project on the Cortez Bridge that resulted in lengthy periods of lane closures and an eventual closure to all vehicular traffic for more than a month.

Hatchell said it’s too early to discuss such measures for the Cortez Bridge until the PD&E report is completed, presented to the public and a long-range plan approved.

The DOT inspects all bridges in Florida and assigns a safety rating to the bridge. None of the three bridges leading to the Island have a rating anywhere near five, Hatchell said.

The Anna Maria Island Bridge/State Road 64 was renovated by the DOT in 2008 for about $12 million, and caused the bridge to be closed for 30 days. The resulting loss of business prompted some small businesses, including the 150-plus seat Shells Restaurant, where Walgreens is now located, to close.

Islanders eventually agreed with the DOT that a new, two-lane bridge and bascule with emergency lanes and lights could be built alongside the current AMI bridge. Traffic would not be interrupted in this solution.

That project is in the long-range transportation plans for the DOT and the Sarasota-Manatee Metropolitan Planning Organization, but no budget year has yet been established for when it would be funded.

The DOT estimated in 2009 that such a bridge would cost about $132 million.