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Officials celebrate Coquina Beach concession reopening

“You should have seen it before the renovation” was a common theme amongst speakers at the May 23 grand reopening ceremony of the Coquina Beach concession stand.

United Park Services Inc. took over concession operations in July 2010 and, after a short time working in the old facility, moved concession operations to a trailer while awaiting the building’s renovation.

Mark Enoch of UPS said it was worth the wait.

“It’s wonderful,” said Enoch. “It was no fun working out of a trailer for the last six to eight months, but it’s been worth the wait because the old building was pretty rough.”

The concession stand will offer beachgoers plenty of food choices, but beer and wine is off the menu, unlike Enoch’s sister operation on Manatee Public Beach, in Holmes Beach.

Earlier this year, Bradenton Beach commissioners rejected an alcohol permit for the stand, despite an official request from Manatee County Parks and Recreation director Cindy Turner and support from Manatee County Commissioner Carol Whitmore.

Enoch said he will continue to work with the county to alleviate the city’s concerns with selling beer and wine at Coquina Beach.

“We’ll work with the county and the city to address their security concerns,” he said. “We are happy with the building, but are hoping we will eventually get to sell beer and wine so we can start having entertainment here and expand the menu.”

Manatee County Commissioner John Chappie, a 38-year resident of Bradenton Beach, congratulated Turner and her department for producing a good facility.

“It was a long time coming to do this concessionaire,” said Chappie. “Manatee Public Beach was recently named as one of the state’s top 10 beaches for families and they got that designation because of the hard work of (Turner) and her department.”

Chappie said Coquina Beach is now worthy of that level of recognition.

“(Coquina Beach) is number one in my book,” he said. “Not only in Florida, but in the country. This is not the end of what we are doing here. It’s only the beginning.”

Turner confirmed that statement with a list of projects along the beach that have been completed, and more to come. Turner said the Gulf-side rest rooms are scheduled to be remodeled, paving and landscaping is planned for the bus loop and a new ship-themed playground area is two-thirds completed.

“Since 2006, we have worked hard to significantly improve our beaches,” said Turner. “But we have a particular focus on Coquina Beach.”

More than $300,000 was invested by the county for concession renovations, including a new roof, wood deck, wiring, expanded gift shop, an ice cream station and much more.

United Parks Service invested an additional $50,000 in the concession interior, which features new cooking and serving equipment.

Storm Avanegers Hurricane Guide 2012

Island police blotter – 05-30-2012

Anna Maria

• May 13, 500 block of Bayview Place, noise. A Manatee County Sheriff’s Office deputy responded to a noise complaint and arrived to hear loud music and talking from the pool area. The city’s noise ordinance was explained and a warning issued. The deputy reported the occupants to be cooperative.

• May 19, 200 block of Periwinkle Plaza, noise. While responding to a noise complaint in the afternoon, a MCSO deputy arrived to find a man working in his yard with music playing. The man responded by telling the deputy the complainant is harassing him and would seek a decibel meter. He was issued a warning.

• May 18, 500 block of Loquat Drive, noise. A MSCO deputy responded to a noise complaint and arrived to hear music and talking. The deputy reported the residents moved indoors.

• May 20, 100 S. Bay Blvd., criminal mischief. While checking on the Anna Maria Pier, a MCSO deputy was approached by the pier restaurant manager, who reported someone had kicked loose a pier bench. The bench was found floating in the water. The manager also reported a table had been damaged. The manager reported the damages were about $100.

Anna Maria is policed by the MCSO.

Bradenton Beach

• May 20, 400 Gulf Drive S., resisting arrest. Bradenton Beach police officers responded to a report of a man wandering around aimlessly and making incoherent statements. Upon seeing the patrol car, the man allegedly tried to run, but officers were able to stop him. According to the report, police asked the man why he was acting strange, but the responses were incoherent and he became increasingly aggressive toward the officers. Police went to place the man in custody, at which time he allegedly attempted to pull away and tried to kick one of the officers. He was arrested for misdemeanor resisting arrest without violence.

• May 20, 1600 Gulf Drive S., damaged property. A man attempting to launch his brand new boat at the Coquina Beach boat ramp forgot to engage his parking brake. As he exited his vehicle, his jeep, boat and trailer rolled into the Gulf of Mexico. A tow truck was called.

• May 23, 100 block of 112th Street South, disturbance. Police responded to a disturbance call where the officer made contact with, “an emotionally distraught woman,” according to the report. The woman had a packed bag in her hand. The report states she was upset with her boyfriend, who had announced he was going to Orlando to attend motorcycle mechanic school and intended on leaving her. Good Samaritans gave the woman $60 to stay in a hotel for the night. The man claimed the woman had pushed him during the argument, but did not want to pursue charges.

Bradenton Beach is policed by the BBPD.


• April 27, 4500 block of 119th Street, petit theft. A woman reported leaving her iPhone in a public rest room. When she returned, it was gone. The phone was equipped with a tracking device and the woman’s husband located it at 10004 Cortez Road. The couple confronted a man at the location, who became confrontational. MSCO was contacted, but the man left the area before deputies arrived.

• May 23, 12000 block of 45th Avenue, theft. An 82-year-old man reported someone had entered his yard and stole a 40-inch shrimp boat propeller. A witness reported seeing the propeller in the back of a Ford truck that left the area.

Cortez is policed by the MCSO

Holmes Beach

• May 19, 5406 Marina Drive, criminal mischief. A Holmes Beach police officer responded to the Feast restaurant and observed the front window had been shattered and a table inside the restaurant was turned over. While investigating, a man arrived with cuts to his arm and head, who reported that he and another male had been in a fight and the two had gone through the window during the scuffle. The second man was located en route to the hospital for lacerations. The two men said they would pay the $800 in damages to the restaurant owner, who agreed to not pursue criminal charges.

• May 20, 4900 Second Ave., suspicious circumstances. While conducting a traffic stop, a police officer observed a woman “making no sense,” according to the report. The woman was mad because construction workers had “no place to pee or poop” and that residents were “stealing power from her.” Police made contact with the woman’s husband who said she likely needed medication. He arrived to the scene to take his wife home.

• May 21, 3400 block of Gulf Drive, theft. A woman reported someone stole her light gray beach bike, valued at $260, from the side of her residence during the night.

Holmes Beach is policed by the HBPD.

Streetlife is based on reports from the Bradenton Beach and Holmes Beach police departments and Manatee County Sheriff’s Office.

Sports – 05-30-2012

Youth basketball seeds set for playoffs

The regular season of the Anna Maria Island Community Center’s youth basketball season has come to an end, but the games are not over. Opening-round playoff contests are set in two of the center league divisions, the 8-10 and 11-13 age groups.

The championship game matchup is set in the 14-17 division with top seed, undefeated Dips Ice Cream taking on No. 2 seed Anna Maria Oyster Bar at noon, Saturday, June 9.

Oyster Bar got there on the strength of a 45-42 playoff victory over Integrity Sound May 21. Ryan Gilman led the Oyster Bar with 16 points, while Max Miller finished with 13 points and 13 rebounds. Neahmiah Goode added 14 points, including a pair of 3-pointers in the victory.

Burke McCampbell-Hill scored 19 points and Joey Carder added 11 points to lead Integrity Sound. Pierce Hogan scored 8 points and grabbed a team-high 13 rebounds in the loss.

Beach Bistro grabbed the top spot in the 8-10 division with a 7-1 record and will play fourth-seed Walter & Associates at 6 p.m. Wednesday, June 6. Second-seed Gettel Toyota will take on third seed Island Real Estate in the following game with the winners meeting for the championship game 10 a.m. Saturday, June 9.

Top seed in the 11-13 division is Walter & Associates, which gets a bye into the semifinals along with second-seed Holy Cow Ice Cream. No. 4 seed Eat Here faces fifth-seed Sandbar Restaurant at 6 p.m., Tuesday, June 5, while No. 3 seed Ross Built takes on sixth-seed Southern Greens at 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 6

Eat Here tuned up for the 11-13 division playoffs with an easy 48-17 victory over Southern Greens May 23. Jordan Cooly scored 14 points and Adam Clark added 12 points and grabbed 15 rebounds to lead the Eat Here scoring effort. Michael Latimer chipped in with 10 points, while Brooke Capparelli finished with 7 points and five rebounds in the victory.

Andrew Zink paced Southern Greens with 10 points and nine rebounds, while George Lardas added 4 points and 12 rebounds in the loss.

Walter & Associates defeated Sandbar 50-34 in the second 11-13 division game of the evening behind 18 points and 10 rebounds from SethWalter and 16 points and 12 rebounds from Jack Walter. Mark Fields added 14 points and 20 rebounds to round out the Walter victory.

Corey Jacques led Sandbar with 20 points, while Dayton Modderman finished with 8 points and 11 rebounds in the loss.

Holy Cow Ice Cream defeated Ross Built 43-26 to complete 11-13 division action for the evening. Moriah Goode and Trent Boring both scored 12 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to lead Holy Cow, which also received 8 points from Rory Houston in the victory.

Jake Ross scored 11 points and Matthew Manger added 9 points and grabbed five rebound to lead Ross Built, which also received 6 points from Andrew Ross in the loss.

Walter & Associates earned its first victory on the season when they edged Island Real Estate 8-6 during 8-10 division action May 21. Joey Theil led Walter & Associates with 4 points and five rebounds, while Anni Walter and Tori Walter both scored 2 points. Tori Walter also grabbed a team-high 10 rebounds.

Daniel Sentman, Thomas Heckler and Shelby Morrow each scored 2 points in the loss.

Beach Bistro defeated Gettel Toyota 12-7 in the second 11-13 game of the evening. Jack Groves scored 6 points and Luke Marvin finished with 4 points apiece to lead Beach Bistro, which also received 2 points from Franklin Valdez in the victory.

Anna Pears led Gettel Toyota with 3 points, while Andrew Austin and Hannah McCracken each finished with 2 points in the loss.

Island Pest holds ‘Slim’ lead in adult soccer
Island Pest Control’s 2-0 victory over Pink & Navy May 21 propelled them to the top of the standings by a point over Slim’s Place.

Island Pest sits at 6-1-2 for 20 points, while idle Slim’s Place has a 6-1-1 record and 19 points. Don Meilner & Son Construction is 5-2-2, one point ahead of Florida Discount Signs, which is alone in fourth place at 5-3-1. Best Buy, Pink & Navy, Wash Family Construction and Agnelli Pool & Spas follow in the standings.

In its 2-0 victory, Island Pest Control’s Adam Bujarski’s goal and assist, and a goal from Greg Ross led the way. Brent Laudicina made seven saves in goal.

Meilner Construction edged Best Buy 6-5 behind four goals from Matt Plummer and two goals and three assists from Tim Tedesco. Pedro Gonzalez made six saves for Don Meilner in the victory.

Wash Family Construction rolled to a 9-3 victory over Agnelli in the evening’s first game. Kris Yavalar and Norman Fleet each scored four goals, while Kip Lalosh added a goal and an assist.

Key Royale golf news
The women of the Key Royale Club played a nine-hole, low-net-in-flight golf match May 22. Nancy King carded a 4-under-par 28 to take first place in Flight A. Helen Pollock’s 1-under 31 gave her second place, one shot ahead of third-place finisher Penny Williams.

Joyce Brown’s 1-under par-31 gave her a one-shot victory in Flight B over Sue Christianson, who finished at even-par 32.

Horseshoe news
Three teams advanced to the knockout round during May 26 horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe pits. The team of Sam Samuels and Jerry Disbrow drew the bye and watched as Jay Disbrow — walker — slipped past Tom Rhodes and George McKay 23-20.

The finals saw Jerry Disbrow-Samuels roll over Jay Disbrow 23-11 to earn the day’s bragging rights.

Two teams advanced to the knockout stage during May 23 horseshoe action. The team of John Johnson and Tim Sofran slipped past George McKay and Jay Disbrow 21-20.

Play gets under way at 9 a.m. every Wednesday and Saturday at the Anna Maria City Hall pits. Warmups begin at 8:45 a.m. followed by random team selection.

There is no charge to play and everyone is welcome.

AMICC Basketball League schedule
Date        Time    Opponents
Division II, ages 8-10
June 4    6:30 p.m.    Awards
June 6    6 p.m.    Walter vs. Bistro
June 6    7 p.m.    IRE vs. Gettel

Division I, ages 11-13
May 23    6 p.m.    Southern Greens vs. Eat Here
May 23    7 p.m.    Sandbar vs. Walter
May 23    8 p.m.    Holy Cow vs. Ross Built
June 4    6:30 p.m.    Awards

Premier Division, ages 14-17
June 4    6:30 p.m.    Awards
June 9    1 p.m.    Oyster Bar vs. Dips

Anna Maria Community Center baseball schedule
Tee Ball, ages 5-7
May 23    6 p.m.    Gulf-Bay vs. A&E
May 25    6 p.m.    Gulf-Bay vs. A&E
June 4    6 p.m.    Awards

Coach Pitch, ages 8-11
May 23    7:15 p.m.    Miller Electric vs. Beach Bums
May 25    7:15 a.m.    Miller Electric vs. Beach Bums
June 4    6:30 p.m.    Awards

Island real estate transactions – 05-30-2012

118 Maple Ave., Anna Maria, a 1,990 sfla / 2,420 sfur 3bed/3bath/1car duplex built in 1946 on a 79×100 lot was sold 04/26/12, Kerr to Hasler for $605,000; list $678,000.

521 Loquat Drive, Anna Maria, a 3,246 sfla / 4,260 sfur 3bed/3½bath/2car canalfront pool home built in 1981 on a 75×102 lot was sold 05/07/12, Bon Apart Real Estate Inc. to Clausen fro $550,000; list $599,000.

405 Pine Ave., Anna Maria, a 1,930 sfla 3bed/2bath home built in 1983 on a 52×145 lot was sold 05/09/12, Travetto to Lyerly for $550,000; list $597,500.

524 69th St., Holmes Beach, a 1,803 sfla / 2,570 sfur 3bed/2bath/1car canalfront pool home built in 1969 on a 80×113 lot was sold 05/08/12, Durlach to Cayo for $540,000; list $565,000.

1007 Gulf Drive N., Unit 103, Summer Sands, Bradenton Beach, a 1,536 sfur / 2,045 sfur 2bed/2bath condo with shared pool built in 1982 was sold 05/04/12, Calabrese to Martie for $440,000; list $495,000.

614 Rose St., Anna Maria, a 1,552 sfla / 2,416 sfur 3bed/2bath/2car home built in 1995 on a 50×100 lot was sold 05/09/12, Moser to Sandt for $435,000; list $479,000.

314 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria, a 2,120 sfla / 3,522 sfur 4bed/3bath pool home built in 1981 on a 52×145 lot was sold 05/07/12, Townsend to Miller for $375,000.

6500 Flotilla Drive, Unit 185, Westbay Point & Moorings, Holmes Beach, a 1,185 sfla / 1,377 sfur 2bed/2bath condo with shared pool built in 1979 was sold 05/09/12, Ris to McPhail for $325,000; list $349,900.

1603 Gulf Drive N., Unit 35, Tradewinds, Bradenton Beach, a 742 sfla 1bed/1bath condo with shared pool built in 1971 was sold 04/27/12, Anna Maria LLC to MPT Properties LLC for $265,000.

249 Gladiolus St., Anna Maria, a 1,107 sfla / 1,511 sfur 2bed/1bath/1car canalfront home built in 1963 on a 77×100 lot was sold 05/07/12, Mcfail to Patel for $245,000. This is believed to not be an arm’s length transaction.

2306 Avenue C, Bradenton Beach, a 1,674 sfla / 2,841 sfur 2bed/2bath duplex built in 1982 on a 50×100 lot was sold 04/27/12, Gallagher to Baxter Credit Union for $216,200.

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

Obituaries – 05-30-2012

Willem Bartelsman
Willem Bartelsman, founder of the Anna Maria Island Concert Chorus and Orchestra, died May 25 in Amsterdam.

He was born in Den Haag, Denmark, April 1, 1924, the son of conductor and composer Jan Christopher Bartelsman, and within a talented musical family.

Bartelsman first came to the United States in 1958 and was in marketing most of his life, but his passion was classical music. An oboe player, Bartelsman was frequently welcomed into orchestras all over the world during his travels for both work and pleasure.

After his retirement in the Netherlands, Barteslman spent two years in Spain before coming to Anna Maria Island in 1987, and commuted often to play in the Venice, Fla., orchestra.

That is where Bartelsman met Alfred Gershfeld, who became the first conductor of the AMICCO. Gershfeld had recently arrived from Russia and was living in Bradenton.

The two men became friends and began the difficult process of organizing a local orchestra, which was realized in 1992.

His wife of more than 60 years, Mathilda, often tried to slow her husband down in his retirement years, encouraging the AMICCO venture, but gently prodding her husband to take it easy. Bartelsman’s response was to sign his wife up as a chorus singer.

He often would skip family events if a call from the orchestra was expected.

AMICCO’s first performance was in 1993 with 41 chorus members and 24 orchestra members. Selections included Bach’s Cantata No. 84, Handel’s Organ Concerto, Opus IV No. 4 and Mass in G Major, No. 2, D 167 by Schubert.

AMICCO has been entertaining Islanders ever since.

Bartelsman is survived by his wife Mathilda and four children.

A celebration of life will be held at noon, Saturday, June 2, at Dienstencetrum Maarten Luther, Oeverpad 300, Amsterdam.

Fishing – 05-30-2012

Silver king, tarpon, sabalo – name game

No matter the name, silver king, tarpon or sabalo, it’s the name of the game every year as we head into hurricane season.

As we settle what is shaping up to be a successful tarpon season for Anna Maria Island and Tampa Bay waters, it’s a good time to learn more about these fascinating fish.

There are two varieties of tarpon. Megalops atlanticus, the species caught here, and Megalops cyprinoides, an Indo-Pacific species. Megalops atlanticus is known to inhabit waters on the western Atlantic coast, ranging from Virginia to Brazil, throughout the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean. On the eastern side of the Atlantic, these fish also are caught around the middle to the southern tip of Africa.

The other variety, Megalops cyprinoides is found along the eastern African coast, throughout southeast Asia, Japan and Australia.

Both species will inhabit fresh and saltwater especially around the mouths of rivers and marshes. What enables tarpon to do this is their use of a swim bladder. The swim bladder allows tarpon to rise to the surface and take gulps of air, making it possible for them to survive in water with relatively low oxygen content.

When tarpon are in the larval stage, they inhabit salt marshes, tidal pools, creeks and rivers. In these areas, the water quality is not tolerable for most other fish, which in turn aids in the survival of juvenile tarpon. As these fish grow toward adulthood, they move to the Gulf of Mexico or the ocean to spawn.

Tarpon can grow to a length of 5-8 feet. Most have a greenish to bluish back with bright silver sides. Often, when these fish breech the surface to take air, you see a bright silver flash as they reflect the sun. The average weight of a full-grown tarpon is 100-120 pounds, although fish up to 280 pounds have been reported.

There are a variety of names attributed to the Megalops atlanticus. Mostly they are referred to as tarpon, although another common name is the silver king. If you are in the Miami area, you might hear them referred to as sabalo, their Spanish name. No matter what you choose to call them, the tarpon remain one of the most sought-after game fish in the world.

Are we not lucky to live in an area with such an abundance of this grand fighting fish?

Capt. Warren Girle is fishing tarpon morning, noon and night around the beaches of Longboat Key and Anna Maria Island. He is averaging up to eight hookups per trip on fish of 100 pounds and bigger. Girle is using live shiners or live crabs to get the silver kings to bite. When rigging for tarpon, Girle uses a 5/0 hook tied to 50- or 60-pound fluorocarbon leader with a main line of 50-pound Power Pro braided line.

Moving offshore, Girle is fishing just inside 30 miles in search of mangrove snapper. Using live shiners for bait, Girle’s charters are reeling in mangoes up to 22 inches. Also in these same areas, Girle is encountering “chicken” dolphin up to 6 pounds and amberjack up to 30 pounds.

Finally, Girle is fishing offshore wrecks with small pass crabs to hook up with some elusive permit. Although permit have been scarce this year, Girle managed to boat one that weighed 28 pounds.

Capt. Mark Johnston of Just Reel fishing charters is targeting gator trout in north Sarasota Bay. By fishing the shallow grass flats in the early morning, Johnston is leading his clients to spotted seatrout up to 25 inches. For bait, Johnston is using live shiners free-lined behind the boat.

In the same areas as the trout, Johnston is reeling up keeper-size flounder. Most fish are in the 12- to 15-inch range, although larger fish are being caught, too, he said.

Finally, Johnston is encouraging his clients to target tarpon in the early morning and then catch some trout and flounder on the flats afterwards to bring something home for dinner. “It’s always fun to spend a couple of hours trying to hook a tarpon,” says Johnston, and “afterwards we fish the flats for something to eat.”

Capt. Mark Howard of SumoTime fishing charters says his recent charters have been all about tarpon. Tarpon are thick all over the beach, passes, bridges, and even the flats, Howard says. His success with tarpon is attributed to an ample supply of chum — dead shiners — thrown out at the back of the boat. Howard’s clients have been able to observe the tarpon chewing his chummers, as well as feeding on their baits.

Howard reports, due to the weak tides, an OK inshore bite. One of his recent charters landed some nice spotted seatrout and took home a nice bag of fish for the dinner table.

Howard suggests fishing close to the passes and mouths of bays for some action on snook and redfish. Shiners and small pinfish will work for bait.

Capt. Rick Gross of Fishy Business charters is targeting tarpon around Bean Point as well as off the beaches of Anna Maria Island and Longboat Key. The bite is varying from day to day, but Gross is managing to consistently hook fish every charter. For bait, Gross is carrying a variety of options, including pinfish, crabs, shiners and threadfin herring. Most hookups are in the 80- to 100-pound class, although bigger fish are mixed in.

In the backcountry, Gross is seeing action on catch-and-release snook. Chumming with live shiners gets the snook in a feeding mood, he says, which clients follow with a cast into the feeding-frenzy to hook up. Most fish being caught are in the 20- to 24-inch range, although Gross is managing to catch some whoppers of 36 inches.

For the cooler, Gross’ clients are boating limits of spotted seatrout and a few redfish.

For the trout, Gross is free-lining live shiners on deeper grass flats just outside of Terra Ceia Bay. Most fish are in the 16- to 18-inch range — perfect for the fry pan.

For the reds, Gross is fishing shallower water around mangroves. Again, he’s free-lining baits behind the boat, but for the reds, he’s working up against the mangrove edges. This past week, the reds were averaging 18 to 22 inches with a few larger “bull” reds in the mix.

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Islander Calendar – 05-30-2012

Saturday, June 2
• 9 a.m.-4 p.m. — Island Blood Drive to benefit Anna Maria Island Privateers, Wildlife Inc. and Anna Maria Island Community Center, St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-753-1577.

Sunday, June 3
• 9 a.m.-4 p.m. — Island Blood Drive to benefit Anna Maria Island Privateers, Wildlife Inc. and Anna Maria Island Community Center, St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-753-1577.

• 11 a.m.-2 p.m. — World Ocean Day family festival, “Oceans of Inspiration,” Mote Aquarium, 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota. Fee applies. Information: 941-388-4441.

• Through June 25, Cecy Richardson exhibit, Solo Gallery of the Manatee County Cultural Alliance, 926 12th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-746-2223.
• Third Mondays, noon, through May, Anna Maria Island Democratic Club, BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Fee applies. Information: 941-779-0564.
• 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 Episcopal Church of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-3390.
• Tuesdays, 1-2 p.m., coffee and conversation 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, 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, 6-8 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, 5-7 p.m., Thirsty Thursday hosted by Bridge Street Merchants on Bridge Street, Bradenton Beach, Information: 215-906-0668.
• 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. Information: 941-761-8834.

Coming Up:    
• June 7, Mote Marine Science Cafe, dolphin and human nutrition discussion, Half Shell Oyster House, 1991 Main St., Sarasota. Information:  HYPERLINK “tel:941-388-4441%2C%20ext.%20172” \t “_blank” 941-388-4441, ext. 172.

• June 9, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast, Cooking for Kids/Summer Nights, Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Fee applies. Information:  HYPERLINK “tel:941-488-4009” \t “_blank” 941-488-4009.

• June 9, Scallopalooza, Sarasota Yacht Club, 1100 John Ringling Blvd., Sarasota. Fee applies. Information: 941-953-5333.

• June 17, To Inform Families First, Tampa Bay Rays Father’s Day Game fundraiser. Fee applies. Information: 941-795-1869.

• June 21, Suncoast Surfrider Foundation, Summer Soltice culinary fundraiser, Harry’s Continental Kitchens, Harry’s Gourmet Deli and Take-Out, 5600 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. Fee applies. Information: 941-383-0777.

Save the Date:
• July 4, Anna Maria Island Privateers, Fourth of July Parade from Coquina Beach, Bradenton Beach, to Bayfront Park, Anna Maria, and 2012 Scholarship Award Ceremony, Anna Maria Island Beach Cafe, Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-780-1668.

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

The Islander Classifieds: Wednesday, May 30, 2012


MOTION SENSOR SECURITY lights. Battery powered. No wiring. Bright LEDs. $12-$50. Power failure three-unit kit, $75. New, weatherproof. Call for demo. Jeff’s Security Lights, 941-794-1469.

LIKE NEW IKEA white contemporary armoire, glass and chrome entertainment table, $100 each. Home, 941-778-1989, cell, 941-773-9829.

RECLINING CHAIR: TAN color, like new, $93, wet surf suit, $65, tan ottoman, $35. 941-779-9781.

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)


GLORIA DEI LUTHERAN Church: All are welcome to come and worship with us! Please call 941-778-1813 or visit us at:  HYPERLINK “” for worship times. 6608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.

OUR DAILY BREAD: Volunteer servers needed. 9 a.m.-noon. Call 941-745-2992, ask for Penny.

NEW ADVANCED TEACHING series starting Thursday, May 10. Continuing series Thursday evenings at Palmetto retreat center, 4310 61st St. E., Palmetto. E-mail: Call 941-323-3372.

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. Premier Sothebys. 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.


ESTATE SALE: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, June 2. 533 68th St., Holmes Beach. Curio, recliner, dinette and china cabinet, dinette with chairs on casters, patio set and lounges, neutral sofa bed, desk, walnut drop leaf table, sewing machine, lamps, linens, ladies clothes and accessories, ladders, old tools, 2000 white Cadillac Deville, 111,469 miles. Sale by Julie McClure. Pictures: and


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.

GARAGE SALE: 8 a.m.-noon Saturday, June 2. Women’s clothing, purses, shoes, men’s suits, books, DVDs, glassware, cameras, holiday decorations and much more at 538 68th St., Holmes Beach.

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.


LOST NECKLACE AT beach or Fern Street, Anna Maria. Gift from my kids. Call Karen 941-778-4321.

LOST CAT: DARK grey tabby, lost in area of Holmes Beach Business Center. Has a chip, responds to whistling. Call 941-778-3360.


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.

TERRIFIC DOG FOR adoption! 1.5 year old lab/pit mix. Gorgeous brindle, sweet disposition, excellent companion. Neutered, up to date on shots, chipped. 941-896-6701.

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.

DOCKSIDE PONTOON RENTAL: Professional boat-sitting. ‘Always be water-ready.’ Call Dan, over 40 years in the boat business. 941-518-3868.

SEADUCED WATERCRAFT ADVENTURES: Pontoon and deck boat rentals from $99, sunset sailing, $39/person. Tours, nature, Passage Key, Egmont Key. Yacht tours, Egmont Key and offshore. Yacht rentals, 28-foot Carver available for overnights. 941-779-5889.

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.


SUBSTITUTE CUSTODIAN FOR Roser Church. 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Hours: 8 a.m-12: 30 p.m. Sunday mornings. May drive church van, open/lock doors to buildings, check for cleanliness of rest rooms/buildings, hours may vary Monday-Friday to work with custodian on projects, substitute for custodian when on vacation/leave. Will train. $15/hour. Mail resumes to: Substitute custodian, Roser Church, P.O. Box 247, Anna Maria FL 34216 or e-mail resume to:

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.


BABIES, PETS, PLANTS: Responsible, trustworthy, fun and reliable 17-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.


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.

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.

RETIRED CHICAGO POLICE officer drive your car north or south. 941-746-5651.

HOUSE BEAUTIFUL: RESIDENTIAL cleaning. Insured. References. Hourly rates. Call Gayle, 941-301-5851.

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.

TIM’S TOTAL LAWN Care and handyman. Light hauling, most lawns, $25. Also pressure washing. Call 941-807-2537.

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.


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.

2BR/2BA ANNUAL RENTALS starting at $850/month. Call Mike Norman Realty, 941-778-6696 or 800-367-1617.

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.

ANNUAL RENTAL NEEDED: Small apartment, efficiency or room with private bath, entrance, north end Anna Maria. Single, quiet, no smoking, drinking or pets. 941-685-0797.

1BR/1BA FURNISHED TOP-floor unit. 180-degree Gulffront view, large 10×24-foot deck. Excellent credit only, no pets. $1,500/month plus security deposit. 717-324-6695.

TWO 1BR/1BA ANNUAL rentals in Holmes Beach. Available now. No pets. Call Jessica, 941-778-7500. Dolores M. Baker Real Estate.

HOLMES BEACH SEASONAL rental. Adorable efficiency available monthly, January-April 2013. $1,200/month. 908-850-6086. Photos available.

WATERFRONT 1BR/1BA: OWNER pays Internet, cable, utilities. $1,200/month. Call 941-779-9074 or 703-587-4675. E-mail:

HOLMES BEACH DUPLEX: Annual 2BR/1.5BA, unfurnished. Available June 21. $925/month. 941-778-4498.

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

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. Saturday. 644 Key Royale Drive, Holmes Beach. Gorgeous waterfront 2BR/2BA, pool. James Adkins, 713-0635.

2008 HOLIDAY RAMBLER Imperial 44-foot motor home. Loaded, with only 5,000 miles. Would consider trade towards home on Anna Maria Island. 410-937-2106.

WARM, INVITING NORTHWEST Bradenton home. 3BR/2BA split-plan. Spacious, cathedral ceilings, tile throughout. Updated kitchen, new stainless-steel appliances. Master suite has large bath with garden tub, shower, dual sinks. Air-conditioned lanai includes built-in spa. Large open patio overlooks waterway. Greatly reduced for quick sale. $250,000. Call 941-761-3614.


SOUTHEAST TENNESSEE MOUNTAIN home: Beautiful views, 3BR/2BA, furnished. Priced to sell, by owner, $149,500. 941-782-8231.

Tarpon Recapture Program

Watch and learn how to participate in the Tarpon Genetic Recapture Study. You’ll get a step-by-step look at how to take a tarpon DNA sample and submit it to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC). Researchers from the FWC and Mote Marine Laboratory use these samples to identify and track individual tarpon and learn about where they live, how far they travel, and how often they are recaptured. Participating anglers are kept up to date on results through annual newsletters and recapture letter notifications. To find out more about the study, including how to get involved, visit, click on “Saltwater,” and select “Tarpon Genetics” under “Tarpon.”