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Islander Calendar – 09-19-2012

Wednesday, Sept. 19

        Noon, Anna Maria Island Democratic Club, Dennis Maley guest speaker, BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-779-0564.


Saturday, Sept. 22

        2-6 p.m., Anna Maria Island Privateers Pirate Grog Party and Tasting Competition, Drift In, 120 Bridge St., Bradenton Beach. Fee applies. Information: 941-650-8673.

7:30 p.m. or sunset, Sidewalk Astronomy, Local Group of Deep Sky Observers, Holmes Beach city field, 59th Street and Flotilla Drive. Information: 941-342-9632,




Thursday, Sept. 20

• 7:30 p.m.,Evita,” opening night, Manatee Players, Riverfront Theatre, 102 Old Main St., Bradenton. Fee applies. Information: 941-748-5875.


Friday, Sept. 21

        • 5:30-7:30 p.m., Artists reception, Ringling College of Art and Design alumni Mark Humphrey and Dustin Juengel, Longboat Key Center for the Arts, 6860 Longboat Drive S., Longboat Key. Information: 941-383-2345.


Sunday, Sept. 23

        • 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Gordon’s Touch a Truck Day with Anna Maria Island Privateers, Gordon Food Service Marketplace, 4605 14th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-650-8673.


Monday, Sept. 24

        • 11:30 a.m., 13th Annual Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce Lucky 13 Golf Outing for Scholarships, Bradenton Country Club, 4646 Ninth Ave. W., Bradenton. Fee applies. Information: 941-224-1337 or 941-284-2523



        • Tuesdays through Oct. 2, Magic of Manatee Sweet Adelines, free vocal lessons, Bradenton Christian School, 3304 43rd Street W., Bradenton. Information: 941-778-6222.

• Through Oct. 7, “Evita,” Manatee Players, Riverfront Theatre, 102 Old Main St., Bradenton. Fee applies. Information: 941-748-5875.

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

• 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 through Dec. 20, except Thanksgiving, 10:30 a.m., Make a Child Smile story and craft hour, Tingley Memorial Library, 111 2nd St. N., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-779-1208.

• Thursdays, 6-8 p.m., Thirsty Thursdays, hosted by Bridge Street Merchants, The Fish Hole, Bradenton Beach, Information: 941-778-3388.

        • Fridays, Senior Adventures, low-cost field trips from Annie Silver Community Center, 103 23rd St., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-962-8835.

• Third Fridays, 5-8 p.m., Pine Avenue Porch Party to benefit Roser Food Pantry at Anna Maria Pine Avenue stores and boutiques. Information: 941-896-3132.

• 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

        • Sept 29, Fourth annual Sarasota Bay Fishing Line Cleanup Day, Sarasota Sailing Squadron, 1717 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota. Information: 941-232-2363.

        • Oct. 6, Florida Produce Crate Label Swap Meet, Carnegie Library Basement, Palmetto Historical Park, 10th Ave. W., Palmetto. Information: 941-776-9444.

• Oct. 5-7, “A River of Art in Blue,” featuring art, music and food, Village of Arts, four blocks south of Manatee Avenue between 9th and 14th Avenues West, Bradenton. Information: 941-747-8056.

• Oct. 7, History of Bowed String Instruments, free concert and lecture, Allegro Music Academy, 241 Whitfield Ave., Sarasota. Information: 941-358-8511.

• Oct. 25, Fourth Annual Chowdown for Charity, Manatee Chapter of the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association, Riverhouse Banquets and Weddings, 955 Riverside Drive, Palmetto. Information: 941-545-3620.


Save the Date

• Nov. 3, Nautical and Landlubber Treasure Show, Anna Maria Island Sail and Power Squadron, 1200 71st St. NW, Bradenton. Information: 941-761-1860.

• Nov. 9, ArtsHop Gallery Walk, Information: 941-243-3818.

• Nov. 10, ArtsHop silent auction, The Studio at Gulf and Pine, 10101 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information: 941-243-3818.

• Nov. 10-11, Anna Maria Island Butterfly Garden Arts and Crafts Fair, Holmes Beach city field, 59th Street and Flotilla Drive.

• Nov. 11, ArtsHop drum circle, Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Manatee Ave., Holmes Beach. Information: 941-243-3818.

• Nov. 11, Anna Maria Island Concert Chorus & Orchestra performs Popular Light Classics, CrossPointe Fellowship Church, 8605 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, Classics. Fee applies. Information: 941-778-8585.

• Nov. 17, Enjoy the Bay, Sarasota Bay Water Festival, City Island, 1700 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota. Information: 941-955-8085.

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Obituaries – 09-19-2012

Russell Lee Cripe

Russell Lee Cripe, 63, of Holmes Beach, died Sept. 8. He was born Aug. 31, 1949, in Mansfield, Ohio.

He started a family in Pennsylvania, and eventually moved with his family to Holmes Beach. He was a long-time restaurateur, known locally for his cooking skills, especially his potato leek soup and chicken salad.

A memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 14, at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witness, 3915 26th St. W., Bradenton. Memorials may be made to the Kingdom Hall. Condolences may be made online at

Mr. Cripe is survived by his children, Marc, Matthew, Meagen Jones, Seth and Micolaus; sisters Lynda Stricker and Jennifer Little; and five grandchildren.


Former Holmes Beach Mayor Van Wagoner dies in Sarasota

Robert E. “Bob” Van Wagoner, 89, of Sarasota, former mayor of Holmes Beach, died Wednesday, Sept. 12, after a brief illness. He was born Oct. 24, 1922, in Niagara Falls, N.Y.

Mayor Rich Bohnenberger commented on Van Wagoner’s time in office, saying, “Bob served as mayor from March 1996 to March 1998. It was a time of much controversy, as the cell tower was coming. The population was divided, was it a good thing or would ruin our community? Time has passed and the tower has been accepted, not only by our residents, but also by nesting ospreys.”

Mr. Van Wagoner grew up in Niagara Falls, spending summers on Lake Ontario. He loved living near water, was an avid swimmer, and relished the sunsets over Sarasota Bay. He was an avid runner, and completed the New York marathon on his 60th birthday.

He was a 1940 honor graduate of DeVeaux Military School in Niagara Falls, and a political science honor graduate in 1944 from Princeton University. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps 1942-45.

He was a newspaper reporter in New York City for almost 30 years, representing press and public relations for numerous private and public businesses. He had a column on the joys and challenges of aging in the Sarasota Herald- Tribune, and frequently had opinion letters published in other newspapers, including the New York Times.

He managed political campaigns, ran for several offices successfully, negotiated labor contracts as a newspaper union leader, and headed a number of civic campaigns.

He moved in the early 1990s to Longboat Key and became active in community affairs. He served as mayor of Holmes Beach 1996-98 and worked diligently to protect the integrity and charm of the island.

He was instrumental in the fight to block the proposed Anna Maria high-bridge, as well as other environmental issues, including hurricane preparedness.

Bob lived 2003-06 in Morehead City, N.C., and then Yorktown, VA., to be close to his children and then returned to Sarasota.

His daughter said he will be remembered for his love of jazz, the ocean, and writing, but most importantly for the impact he had on so many lives.

The family plans to hold a private memorial ceremony on Oct. 27 to honor Mr. Van Wagoner’s 90th birthday. Memorial donations may be made to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

Mr. Van Wagoner is survived by his children, John and wife Wendy of Bluffton, S.C., Lauren and husband Frank Rotella of Bluffton, S.C., and David and wife Theresa Lally of Yorktown, Va.; grandchildren Kenny, Paul, Amy, David, Carolyn, and Jenny; and great-grandchildren Aiden, Emily, Kaitlin, and Ellie..


Sports – 09-19-2012

Runner keeps setting records


Longtime Galati Yacht Sales employee Mickey Hooke competed in the ninth annual Broward County Firefighters 5K Sept. 9 in Hollywood Beach. With only four months of training under his belt, Hooke finished first in the Grandmasters division, setting a new Grandmasters course record and winning the 2012 RRCA Florida state championship. He ran a 17:33 to finish fourth overall out of about 1,000 runners.

This 5K state championship goes along nicely with the 10K RRCA state championship Hooke captured in February in Eau Gallie. Hooke set two grandmasters records there and finished in third overall.

At age 51, Hooke is dominating the grandmasters division and making some of the younger division runners look over their shoulder for Hooke making a pass on them.

Adult soccer and basketball get started at center

The Anna Maria Island Community Center adult coed soccer and basketball leagues got started last week.

Basketball got under way with three games played Sept. 11 in the center gym. The games are played every Tuesday starting at 6:30 p.m.

Best Buy opened with a 77-65 victory over Eat Here behind 34 points and 16 rebounds from Antwann Jackson, and 23 points, four rebounds and five assists from Brandon Kern. Tyler Bekkerus added 12 points and Chuck McCracken contributed seven rebounds for Best Buy in the victory.

Dominic Orloff paced Eat Here with 17 points and 11 rebounds, while Emmanuel Abraham hit five 3-pointers. RJ Mizel added 14 points and 11 rebounds for Eat Here in the loss.

Agnelli Pool & Spa edged Island Real Estate 67-65 behind 26 points and eight rebounds from Chad Woods. Jonathan Moss chipped in 17 points and six boards for Agnelli, which also received 12 points and seven rebounds from Jordan Demers in the victory.

Matt Ray’s 24 points and 12 rebounds paced Island Real Estate, which also received 11 points from Ian Fetters and 9 points each from Eric Gledhill, Matt Dwyer and Teagan Purtill in the loss.

Gatorman Pools slipped past The Feast 48-42 in the last game of the evening behind 22 points and six rebounds from Evan Wolfe, and 13 points and 13 rebounds from Sean Hubbard.

Michael Haynes led The Feast with 12 points and seven rebounds, while Nate Coleman added 11 points in the loss.

Adult soccer got started Sept. 13 with four games played on the center field. Adult soccer matches start at 6 p.m. Thursdays. Wash Family Construction got its season off to a good start with a 4-2 victory over Sato Real Estate behind a hat trick from Zoran Kolega and one goal from Greg Ross. Kris Yavalar and Damir Glavan each added an assist, while Don Purvis made 10 saves in goal.

Lexi Braxton and Jeff Christianson scored a goal each and Kim Christianson added an assist to lead Sato in the loss.

Florida Discount Signs earned a 5-3 victory over Moss & Bernard Construction in the second game of the evening. Chrissy Rice led the way with a pair of goals, while Tim Tedesco and Rich Bell each added goals in the victory. Troy Shonk made five saves for Discount Signs.

Omar Polar paced Moss & Bernard with two goals and an assist. Brent Moss added one goal, while Jonathan Moss made 17 saves in the loss.

Island Pest Control outlasted Pink & Navy Boutique 7-6 in the third game of the evening. Austin Wash had three goals and an assist and Monica Simpson added a pair of goals to lead Island Pest Control. Rico Beissert and Richie Subbiondo each added a goal and an assist, while Pedro Gonzalez finished with seven saves.

Lindsey Weaver scored three goals and Aaron Parkin scored twice to lead Pink & Navy. Josh Petit added a goal and an assist, while Scott Rudacille finished with 14 saves in the loss.

Slim’s Place earned a 3-0 win over Jessie’s Island Store to close out the night’s action. Sean Sanders, Tyler Krauss and Nate Coleman each scored a goal, while Danny Anderson and Gina Anderson had assists. Josh Peurifoy finished with six saves in the victory. Nate Talucci made 20 saves to lead Jessie’s Island Store in the loss.

Horseshoe news

Before horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe pits got under way Sept. 12, the horseshoe players donated $250 to the Food Bank of Manatee County.

Once the games began, Hank Huyghe and Sam Samuels weren’t giving anything away, earning the day’s only 3-0 record.

Sept. 15 horseshoe action saw Bob Heiger defeat Steve Doyle and Jerry Disbrow 21-18 in the last pool play game, ending their chance for a 3-0 record on the day and forcing a four-team playoff.

Hank Huyghe and Tom Skoloda defeated Jay Disbrow and Dom Livedoti 21-15 in the first semifinal while Jerry Disbrow and Steve Doyle also advanced to the finals with a 21-15 victory. Disbrow-Doyle then rolled past Huyghe-Skoloda by a 21-12 score to earn the day’s bragging rights.

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

There is no charge to play and everyone is welcome.


Key Royale golf news

The women of Key Royale Club played a nine-hole, individual-low-net golf match Sept. 13.

Helen Pollack took first place with a 2-under-par 30, while Fran Barford and Liz Lang tied for second with matching 1-over-par 33s. Sue Wheeler and Meredith Slavin both carded 2-over-par 34 to finish in a tie for third place.



AMICC Youth Soccer League schedule

4-5 Division

Sept. 22       10 a.m.            Bistro vs. A&E

Sept. 22       10:30 a.m.       Firkins vs. Bowes

Sept. 24       6 p.m.              Bowes vs. Bistro

Sept. 24       6:30 p.m.         A&E vs. Firkins


6-7 Division

Sept. 22       11 a.m.            Bowes vs. Surfer Bus

Sept. 22       12 p.m.            Beach Bums vs. Tyler’s

Sept. 25       6 p.m.              Bowes vs. Beach Bums

Sept. 25       7 p.m.              Surfer Bus. Vs. Tyler’s


8-10 Division

Sept. 22       9 a.m.              American Marine vs. Best Buy

Sept. 22       10 a.m.            Tyler’s vs. Miller Elect.

Sept. 22       11 a.m.            Lobstah’s vs. LaPensee

Sept. 24       6 p.m.              Best Buy vs. LaPensee

Sept. 24       7 p.m.              Miller Elect. vs. Lobstah’s

Sept. 25       6 p.m.              Tyler’s vs. Lobstah’s

Sept. 25       7 p.m.              Miller Elect. vs. American Marine


11-13 Division

Sept. 22       noon                Steam Design vs. LPAC

Sept. 22       1 p.m.              Wash FC vs. Crady Massage

Sept. 26       8 p.m.              Steam Design vs. Wash FC


14-17 Division

Sept. 22       2 p.m.              West Coast AC vs. Edgewater

Sept. 24       8 p.m.              West Coast AC vs. Edgewater


AMICC Adult Soccer League schedule

Sept. 20       6 p.m.              Moss & Barnard vs. Island Pest

Sept. 20       7 p.m.              Sato Real Estate vs. Jessie’s

Sept. 20       8 p.m.              Wash FC vs. Discount Signs

Sept. 20       9 p.m.              Pink & Navy vs. Slim’s Place


AMICC Adult Basketball League schedule

Sept. 25       6:30 p.m.         Agnelli Pool vs. Gator Man

Sept. 25       7:30 p.m.         Best Buy vs. Island Real Estate

Sept. 25       8:30 p.m.         Eat Here vs. The Feast

Island police blotter – 09-19-2012

Anna Maria

        No new reports.

Anna Maria is policed by the MCSO.

Bradenton Beach

        • Sept. 7, 1600 Gulf Drive S., suspected vehicle burglary. While on routine patrol a Bradenton Beach Police Department officer spotted a vehicle at Coquina Beach suspected to be involved in several vehicle burglaries in the area. The officer began to follow the vehicle, but the suspect vehicle crossed the Longboat Key Bridge. Longboat Key Police Department was notified and the BBPD officer returned to Coquina Beach. He was flagged down by a woman there, who reported someone had tried to break into her vehicle. BBPD again contacted LKPD and requested the vehicle be stopped and found a 29-year-old man and 39-year-old woman. Police also found several tools, including a pair of slim jims in the vehicle. Police found a purse containing a handgun, as well. No items tagged in recent burglaries were discovered in the vehicle and the couple was released.

        Bradenton Beach is policed by the BBPD.


• No new reports.

        Cortez is policed by the MCSO

Holmes Beach

        Aug. 28, 600 block of Emerald Lane, credit card fraud. A woman contacted the Holmes Beach Police Department on receiving an unsolicited Sears credit card. The woman called Sears and learned $900 worth of merchandise was ordered in her name and delivered to an address in New Hampshire.

• Aug. 30, 2800 block of Avenue E, burglary. Unknown suspects gained entry to a vacant rental home by breaking out a rear-door window. A flat-screen TV and DVD player valued at $450 were reported missing.

• Aug. 29, 3300 block of Gulf Drive, burglary. Three flat-screen TVs valued at $1,848 were reported stolen from a house. Police say the suspect gained entry by breaking out a small window on the front door. Fingerprints were secured at the scene.

• Aug. 30, 200 block of 82nd Street, disturbance. Police responded to a disturbance call and made contact with a man who said his intoxicated girlfriend was trying to leave in her vehicle. He told police he was trying to keep her safe by not allowing her to leave. The woman was advised not to drive in her condition. She agreed and went to bed.

Holmes Beach is policed by the HBPD.

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

Fishing – 09-19-2012

Flats, structure, reefs — great fishing action to be found


Flats fishers this past week are reporting good action on the grass in southern Tampa Bay and Sarasota Bay. Using live shiners for bait, fishers caught good numbers of redfish as well as spotted seatrout and catch-and-release snook.

If you’re looking for fast action, try fishing around the Sunshine Skyway Bridge for Spanish mackerel, bonito, jack crevalle and blue runners. These species provide good action on light tackle and will readily hit live bait or artificials. Look for diving birds to locate the fish.

Mangrove snapper are beginning to feed on nearshore structure. To get in on the frenzy, once anchored, try dropping a chum block over the gunwale to get the fish in the mood. Small live shiners fished toward the bottom should get you into the action.

Dave Sork at the Anna Maria City Pier is seeing decent numbers of Spanish mackerel, blue runners and jack crevalle being caught during the early morning hours or before sunset. Pier fishers using white jigs or silver spoons are getting the bite. When this trio is feeding, it’s a toss up as to what you will catch. No species will dominate, as they all feed together. This at least provides some variety as well as drag-screaming action on ultra-light tackle.

Jim Malfese at the Rod & Reel Pier is seeing most fishing action occurring in the early mornings. Pier fishers targeting bottom species such as redfish, flounder and black drum are getting action on live baits such as shiners and shrimp. For the black drum, live shrimp fished far up underneath the pier are getting the bite. If you want to catch redfish or flounder, try using the same techniques, only switch from baiting shrimp to a live shiner.

Spanish mackerel are still being caught around the pier, although the bite is sporadic at best. Small white jigs, especially those on a speck rig, are getting results when the macks are present.

Capt. Rick Gross of Fishy Business Charters is fishing for redfish in southern Tampa Bay with good results. Using live shiners for bait, Gross is catching reds in the 20- to 25-inch range. On the lower tides, Gross is having good luck fishing outer edges of bars and grass flats.

In these same areas, Gross is finding good numbers of spotted seatrout, as well as a few catch-and-release snook. As the tide rises, Gross moves onto the flat toward the mangroves. Knowing that these fish will move for cover on high water, Gross is able to follow them to the mangrove edges and keep the bite going.

Moving to deeper water in Tampa Bay, Gross is finding small structure to target mangrove snapper. Again he’s using live shiners for bait. Once anchored, Gross is dropping either whole live shiners or fresh-cut shiners to the bottom to catch the tasty little snappers. Along with mangoes, Gross is catching a few keeper-size flounder.

Capt. Warren Girle is fishing nearshore with good results on mangrove snapper. Using live shiners for bait, Girle is pulling up limits of mangrove snapper that average 16 inches. Girle suggests fishing structure in depths of 30-50 feet.

In these same areas, Girle is catching good numbers of undersized red and gag grouper. Expect to catch a few keeper fish in the mix, although the majority are small. Again, live shiners are producing the bite, but a large pinfish may entice a bigger grouper to bite.

In the upper water column, Girle is finding Spanish mackerel, bonito and small sharks. For the macks and bonito, Girle is free-lining live shiners on a long shank hook behind the boat. The same applies for the sharks.

Moving inshore, Girle is catching keeper-size redfish and spotted seatrout. When fishing the flats in Sarasota Bay, Girle likes to locate sandy potholes to find the fish. Casting live shiners into these holes allows his clients some great flats action.

Jeff Medley at the south bait shop on the Sunshine Skyway Bridge Fishing Piers says Spanish mackerel and bonito are corralling bait schools during the early morning tides. Look for diving birds or skyrocketing macks and bonito, crashing the water through schools of frightened baitfish. Gotcha plugs are the lure of choice, although white jigs and silver spoons also are producing. Expect to catch jack crevalle and blue runners on the same lures.

Mangrove snapper are producing good action for Skyway fishers using live greenbacks for bait. Try using enough weight to keep the bait close to the structures around the pier. According to Medley, the outgoing tides are resulting in the most numbers of fish caught. Average size of the mangoes this past week was 16 inches.

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Island real estate transactions – 09-19-2012

8401 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, a 3,376 sfla/5,407 sfur 4bed/3½bath/2car canalfront pool home built in 2006 on a 94×100 lot was sold 08/21/12, Fairchild to RJH Family Holdings LLC for $1,365,000; list $1,499,000.

865 N. Shore Drive, Anna Maria, a 900 sfla/1,248 sfur 2bed/1bath bayfront home built in 1950 on a 54×125 lot was sold 08/22/12, Dickinson to Erbella for $650,000.

212 Palmetto Ave., Anna Maria, a 1,819 sfla/2,983 sfur 3bed/2½bath/2car home built in 2002 on a 52×110 lot was sold 08/27/12, Predd to Minnebo for $600,000; list $649,000.

311 Tarpon St., Anna Maria, a 1,022 sfla/1,698 sfur 2bed/2bath/1car canalfront pool home built in 1970 on a 75×100 lot was sold 08/15/12, Brinson to Arini for $565,000; list $589,000.

207 77th St., Holmes Beach, a 1,070 sfla/1,746 sfur 2bed/2bath/1car home built in 1951 on a 75×100 lot was sold 08/22/12, 207 77th Cottage LLC to Martinez for $528,500.

504 58th St., Holmes Beach, a 1,540 sfla/1,951 sfur 3bed/2bath/2car canalfront home built in 1962 on a 85×100 lot was sold 08/22/12, Blackston to Smith for $460,000; list $489,000.

7001 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach, a 1,324 sfla/1,704 sfur 2bed/2bath/1car lakefront home built in 1954 on a 88×112 lot was sold 08/22/12, Schlesinger to Preston for $427,900; list $427,900.

517 75th St., Holmes Beach, a 2,859 sfla/4,542 sfur 3bed/2bath/2car canalfront home built in 1982 on a 90×121 lot was sold 08/24/12, Potter to Closing Bell LLC for $400,000; list $498,750.

306 72nd St., Holmes Beach, a 2,616 sfla/3,240 sfur 6bed/4bath/2car duplex built in 1977 on a 90×85 lot was sold 08/28/12, Aston to Kaleta for $386,000.

231 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach, a 1,441 sfla/2,373 sfur 2bed/2bath/1car pool home built in 1954 on a 79×90 lot was sold 08/24/12, Huston to So for $382,000; list $389,000.

3803 East Bay Drive, Unit 9A, Sunbow Bay, Holmes Beach, a 1,949 sfla 3bed/3bath condo with shared pool built in 1977 was sold 08/17/12, Walker to Frenchak for $329,000; list $349,900.

7201 Palm Drive, Holmes Beach, a 1,134 sfla/1,766 sfur 2bed/2bath home built in 1960 on a 103×85 lot was sold 08/23/12, Wright to Fronk for $290,000; list $317,000.

2711 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, a 1,350 sfla/2,090 sfur 2bed/2bath home built in 1987 on a 50×100 lot was sold 08/17/12, Fannie Mae to Stepan for $269,900; list $269,900.

741 Manatee Ave., Unit 31, Westbay Cove South, Holmes Beach, a 1,179 sfla/1,567 sfur 2bed/2bath condo with shared pool built in 1977 was sold 08/20/12, Tennison to Irwin for $265,000; list $279,000.

1801 Gulf Drive N., Unit 206, Runaway Bay, Bradenton Beach, a 691 sfla/771 sfur 1bed/1bath condo with shared pool built in 1978 was sold 08/22/12, Schmitt to Gocher for $158,000.

1603 Gulf Drive N., Unit 28, Tradewinds, Bradenton Beach, a 380 sfla 1bed/1bath condo with shared pool built in 1971 was sold 08/22/12, Blue Water Condo’s LLC to St Jean for $125,000; list $125,000.

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

The Islander Classifieds: Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012

NEW ELECTRIC HOSPITAL bed with extras for sale, $400. 941-792-3980.
BURGUNDY LEATHER MATCH recliner, $50, La-Z-Boy twin sleeper sofa, $50. 941-778-4588.
SCOTTS DROP FERTILIZER spreader, $5. Fish tank with artificial sea life on sewing machine base, $50. 941-778-6766.
DEWALT SAWZ-ALL Skilsaw circular saw, almost new, $100 for both. Janet, 770-286-5644.
TWIN BEDS: FRAME, mattress, box springs, excellent condition. 941-795-6286.
FLOOR LAMP WITH reading light, $5, Cuisinart wine cooler, holds six bottles, $40. 941-761-1415.
TWIN BED, MATTRESSES and box spring, nearly new, $100. 941-778-3920.
DELL COMPUTER SYSTEM: Two years old, flat screen monitor, new speakers, head phones, camera, loads of programs, completely overhauled, new condition, $195. 941-952-7952.
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. Email, fax toll-free 1-866-362-9821. (limited time offer)

WE’RE LOW, LISTINGS needed. Are you curious as to how much your home could be worth? Call us for a free professional consultation. Call Lynn at Edgewater Real Estate, 941-778-8104.
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. Premier Sothebys. 941-302-3100.
WANTED: YOUR OLD cell phone for recycling. Deliver to The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
MANATEE SAFETY SIGNS exclusively for boaters. Available at the Islander, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. 941-778-7978.
FISHING GEAR WANTED: The Privateers and The Islander are collecting new or used, repairable fishing poles and reels, nets, tackle, buckets, etc. to give to children. Donate your gear at The Islander newspaper office, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
FREE GUN LOCK courtesy of Project Childsafe, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and Holmes Beach Police Department. Pick up at The Islander office, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Don’t be sorry, be safe.

ROSER THRIFT SHOP: Open 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays and 9 a.m.-noon Saturdays. Donation drop-off 9 a.m.-11 a.m. Wednesdays. 511 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. 941-779-2733.
MOVING SALE: 9-3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22. Furniture, kitchen and household items. 2210 Ave. A., Bradenton 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: BORDER COLLIE, black and white, Lyllie. Lost Saturday, Sept. 15 on Fern Street, Anna Maria. 941-524-9605 or 941-778-5448.

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.
WELL-MANNERED RESCUED dogs are looking for great new homes or fosters. Larger dogs. Please, call for information, 941-896-6701.
2008 EZ GO golf cart, new batteries only one-year-old. $2,150. Call Toni, 941-928-8735.

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

JOIN THE TEAM: Great location on Bridge Street. Experienced realtors needed to handle walk-ins and Internet leads. Call Lynn, Edgewater Real Estate, 941-778-8104.
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.
RED CROSS-CERTIFIED babysitter and dog sitter. Reasonable rates for both. Call 941-527-5051.
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.

SITTER FOR ELDERLY: Will sit with and provide care, four hours minimum. References, 28 years experience. Diana or Gary, 941-545-7114.
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.

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.
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.
ISLAND COMPUTER GUY, 37 years experience. On-site PC repairs, upgrades, buying assistance and training. Call Bill, 941-778-2535.
WILDLIFE REMOVAL and relocation: Problem solving for all animals, big and small. Call Joe, Westcoast Nuisance Wildlife Service. 941-720-4152.
CLEANING BY LAURA offers everything on your list from kitchen and bath cleaning to dusting and emptying wastebaskets. 941-539-6891.
TRANSPORT SERVICE: LET me drive you to the airport or anywhere in Florida. Flat rates. Reasonable. Call Mike, 941-567-6634.
AFFORDABLE HURRICANE PROTECTION: Doors and windows, impact rated screen installs easily on inside, see-through, leave-up.  Free estimate. Registered and insured. Island discount. 941-730-1399.
U FLY I drive your car anywhere in the USA. Airport runs, anywhere. 941-746-5651, 941-545-6688.
THOMAS CLEANING SERVICES: For all your cleaning needs! Reasonable rates, senior discounts available. Residential and commercial. 551-795-1174.
HAPPY HOME, PET visits: Home sitting, secure your home. Loving and reliable, 732-995-4670.
KEY CLEANERS & Linen on Longboat Key is now offering residential cleaning as a new service. Call 941-383-1222 for more information.
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.

CONNIE’S LANDSCAPING INC. Residential and commercial. Full-service lawn maintenance, landscaping, cleanups, hauling and more! Insured. 941-778-5294.
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.
THE FLYING DUTCHMAN LLC: Professional tile roof restoration. Call Peter for free estimate. 23-year Island resident, references, insured. 941-447-6747.

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.
VACATION RENTALS ONLY: Private pool homes, 3BR/2BA and 3BR/3BA. Condo, 1BR/1BA overlooking golf course. Call 941-794-1515 or
2BR/2BA HOLMES BEACH waterfront condo. Fully furnished with views, pools, Jacuzzi, tennis. Boat dock available. $1,795/month, yearly, $3,400/month seasonal. Call 818-620-3543.
ANNA MARIA RENTAL: 2BR/1BA, washer and dryer, close to beach and fishing pier. Call 941-720-2418.
EARLY SEASON SPECIAL: 2BR canalfront with boat slip, turnkey furnished with utilities, $499/week. 941-720-7519.
CUTE OFFICE FOR rent: 315 58th St., Holmes Beach. 941-794-8202.
BEACHFRONT SEASONAL RENTAL: Adorable 2BR/1BA, three-day minimum, 100 feet from Gulf. Email: for details.
3BR/2BA FURNISHED ON canal. Holmes Beach. $700/week, $2,500/month. Sleeps eight, available September through June. Contact Dave, 407-927-1304.
CORTEZ/SUNNY SHORES: 1BR, washer and dryer, new carpet, no pets, central air. $615/month. Call 941-545-9025.
HOLMES BEACH, GORGEOUS 2BR/2BA, huge carport, large covered deck, walk to beaches, completely remodeled, new wood and tile floors, newly painted, new ceiling fans, new bathrooms, $1,095/month. Annual 941-713-6743.
CORTEZ/SUNNY SHORES 1BR, washer, dryer, central air conditioning, new carpet, no pets, $615/month. Call 941-545-9025.
WANTED: 2BR/2BA UNFURNISHED on Anna Maria Island. Professional non-smoking couple seeks annual rental. 941-348-7688.
LOOKING TO RENT beachfront home or side-by-side condos. Dec. 22-Jan. 5. Must have at least six bedrooms and heated pool. Some flexibility on dates. 330-231-1271.
WANT TO RENT: 1-2BR February. Gulf or bay view. 515-231-9742.
BRADENTON BEACH 2BR/2BA: Walk to the beach, clean and comfortable. First, last plus deposit. Background and security check $1,100/month. 813-672-1481 or 813-270-8956.
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:
HOUSE FOR RENT: Anna Maria, near City Pier, 3BR, spacious, terrazzo floors, large yard, steps to bay beach, walk to Pine Avenue shops, pets OK. $1,600/month. 941-538-9328.

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.
CAPTAIN GREG BURKE: Duncan Real Estate. Need listings, all inventory sold or pending. Call 941-592-8373, email:
DIRECT GULFFRONT CONDO: Bradenton Beach. Excellent investment income. $259,000. By owner, 941-962-8220.
FOR SALE BY owner: 2BR/2BA, beautiful canal condo in Runaway Bay provides the peace, quiet and serenity desired for “Island time.” Tastefully furnished, totally updated. Pool, tennis court, fishing pier, steps to beach, $289,000. 847-308-2366.
CASH BUYER: DOCTOR and family from Germany are looking for a 3-4 BR house on Anna Maria. Call Helmer, Realtor, 941-592-8853.

City of Holmes Beach Year End Report

The fiscal year ends September 30, 2012. I am pleased to report that our City is closing out the year under budget and without debt and for the first time in our City history we have five consecutive years without a tax increase. We have a healthy reserve fund and over the last six years our City has received $3,934,327.69 in public and private grants. During the 2011-2012 budget year even with the economic down turn our City did not reduce services and with prudent fiscal management at all levels we were able to build a new Public Works Roadway Maintenance Building and construct the Veterans Memorial Pavilion on the City field.

With grant money and funding from our City Storm water Utility we were able to implement major storm water improvements, to alleviate some street flooding during normal rain fall and comply with the Federal Clean Water Act.

Recently our Building Department underwent two independent audits. The first was the Community Rating Service audit which rates our City for compliance with floodplain management. Our City rating was upgraded and our residents are now eligible for an increased flood insurance discount. The second audit rated the department on staffing, plans review and inspections, we were rated at three on a scale of 1-10 with 10 being the lowest, with a three rating we scored above most in the State of Florida.

Our roadway maintenance schedule allowed for resurfacing of 10% of our streets and Miami curb replacement on Key Royale funded by the gas tax we all pay at the pump.

The City of Holmes Beach has been recognized by Tree City USA as a Tree City due to our park expansion using unopened right of ways and donated land. The tree plantings consist of donated and grant funded trees in the parks and other locations about the City. Citizens that desire to plant a memorial tree should contact our Public Works Department.

The City Commission authorized the City Dog Park and donations from citizens covered some of costs of enhancements.

Recently there has been much criticism of our Building Department for allowing larger homes to be built. The City Codes have limited the size of homes to 30% of lot coverage since the 1950’s. What is now being built still is limited to the 30% rule. Keep in mind that the founding fathers established the zoning we have today and the R-2 district was always intended to be no less that 50% rentals. The City Commission in recent years limited the R-2 short term rentals to no less than one week. However the State Legislature last year imposed severe restrictions on our ability to address some of the current issues.

In General Government we upgraded our meeting digital recording equipment and software systems. The audio in the Commission Chambers was upgraded and additional speakers installed and our server was replaced and we are in the process of implementing a new email system.

This past year our Police Department filed over one hundred felony charges and received several honors. Officer Copeman was a co- recipient of Manatee County Crime stoppers award named in honor of our Police Chief. Members of the Department received 26 written commendations from the public. Chief Romine received the Past Presidents award from the Florida Police Chiefs Association and was also appointed by the Governor to a third term on the Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission

Looking forward to the 2012-2013 fiscal year, I will be asking the Commission to support placing newly hired police into the State Pension plan. This action will in the long term save our tax payers a significant amount of money and protect the current plan for those on pension.

In Code enforcement with the increased issues regarding noise, trash and parking, our maintenance workers carry referral forms to report observations or complaints to the Code Officer. The police on patrol carry Citation books to be used if they cannot resolve things amicably. This policy expanded Code compliance at no additional cost.

Other projects will include Storm water improvements in the 30 th and 31st street area and opening the Grassy Point Preserve to the public as soon as the pathways are shelled. The proposed Boardwalk is currently number three on the FDOT Enhancement Grant list. I expect this project will advance quickly since recent FDOT projects have been coming in with costs below estimates. Lastly, Cross training of existing employees assure continued delivery of services during vacations, illness or unexpected loss of Key employees.

Is this a City in Crises?