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Islander Calendar – 10-31-2012

Wednesday, Oct. 31

• 3:30-7 p.m.— Halloween Trail of Treats starting at the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce, 5313 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Holmes Beach trail, 4-6 p.m., Anna Maria and Bradenton Beach trails, 5-7 p.m. Information: 941-778-1541.

• 5-6 p.m. — Crazy, Creepy, Crawly, Critter Costume Contest, The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: (941) 778-7978.

• 6 p.m. — Trunk ’n Treat, Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 6608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-1813.


Saturday, Nov. 3

• 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. —Magic of Manatee Chorus, Sweet Adelines International chapter, Spaghetti Dinner at Bradenton Christian Reformed Church, 4208 26th St. W., Bradenton. Fee applies. Information: 941-722-6287.

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

• 6:30-10:30 p.m. — “For the Love of Money,” murder-mystery dinner theater, Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Fee applies. Information: 941-778-1908.

• 11 a.m.-6:30 p.m. — 100,000 Healthy Meals, Feeding Children Everywhere, Holmes Beach City Field, 5801 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 407-688-6600.


Sunday, Nov. 4

• 10 a.m.-3 p.m. — Chili Challenge benefiting Center for Building Hope, Bridge Street, Bridge Street Market Bradenton Beach. Information: 215-906-0668.

• 1-3 p.m. — Author Diane Robertson book signing, Ginny’s & Jane E’s Bakery Cafe & Island Coastal Store, 9807 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information: 941-755-0739.



Wednesday, Oct. 31

• 6:30-8:30 p.m. — Desoween, Trail of Haunted Legends, De Soto National Memorial, 8300 De Soto Memorial Highway, Bradenton. Information: 941-792-0458.


Thursday, Nov. 1

• 5-7 p.m. — Doug Demming and the Jewel Tones, Music in the Park, Realize Bradenton, Riverfront Pavilion and Mosaic Amphitheater, 452 Third Ave. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-840-0013.

• 4-8 p.m. — Village of the Arts, showcasing local artist jewelry, fashions, paintings, mosaics quilts and folk art, Bradenton.


Saturday, Nov. 3

• 7:30 p.m. — Mr. Sugar Kane Fundraiser for Sugar Canes Varsity Dance Team, Manatee High School, Davis Theatre, MHS, 902 33rd Court W., Bradenton. Information: 941-920-0935.


Sunday, Nov. 4

• 10:45-11:30 a.m. — Book signing, the Rev. Stephen King, “New Horizons-Healing and Hope After the Pain of Divorce,” Harvey Memorial Church, 300 Church St., Bradenton Beach. Information: 727-433-2854.



• Through Nov. 12, “Twelfth Night” by William Shakespeare, Florida State University/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training, 5555 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Fee applies. Information: 941-351-9010, Ext. 2310.

• Third Mondays, noon, Anna Maria Island Democratic Club, BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Fee applies. Information: 941-779-0564.

• First Saturdays, 8 a.m.-noon, Manatee County Audubon Open House, 9:30 a.m. Audubon Walk, Felts Audubon Preserve, 4600 24th Ave. E., Palmetto, Information: 941-729-2227.

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

• Third Saturdays through May, 9-11 a.m., Jr. Audubon, Manatee Audubon Society, Felts Audubon Preserve, 4600 24th Ave. E., Palmetto. Information: 941-729-2227.

• 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.

• 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

• Nov. 7, Bonnie’s Day, Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.

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

•Nov. 10, Thieves Market and Bake Sale, Anna Maria Island Privateers, Coquina Beach in Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-722-3212.

• Nov. 10, 100th birthday of Cortez School House, Florida Maritime Museum, 4415 119th St. W., Cortez. Information: 941-708-6121.

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

• Nov. 10, Gulf Coast Writers book signing, Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information:  941-778-3209.

• Nov. 10-11, Anna Maria Island Butterfly Garden Arts and Craft 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, Popular Light Classics, CrossPointe Fellowship Church, 8605 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Fee applies. Information: 941-778-8585.


Save the date

• Nov. 13, Nautical Knots seminar, Anna Maria Island Sail and Power Squadron, 1200 71st St. NW, Bradenton. Fee applies. Information: 941-795-0482.

• Nov. 14, Off Stage Ladies Wicked Wizard of Oz Silent Auction and luncheon, BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Fee applies. Information: 941-799-2181.

• Nov. 17, Holiday Bazaar, Longboat Island Chapel, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. Information: Herman at 941-383-2370.

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

• Nov. 17, “An Evening of Opera — in the Middle of the Afternoon,” The Episcopal Church of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Fee applies. Information: call 941-778-1638.

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Obituaries – 10-31-2012

David Maley

David Maley of Holmes Beach, 72, died Oct. 22. He was born in Altus, OK.

Mr. Maley served in the U.S. Navy and lived most of his life in Texas where he attended Texas Tech University and later was the director of a children’s home.

The family will host a celebration of life for friends at noon Saturday, Nov. 3, at their home Bradenton home.

Mr. Maley is survived by daughter Michelle Ellsworth-Smith, son Rich, and five grandchildren.


Helen J. ”Honey” Gillespie Sosnowski

Helen J. ”Honey” Gillespie Sosnowski, 90, of Holmes Beach, died Oct. 26. She was born June 5, 1922, in Grand Rapids, Mich.

She graduated with the class of 1940 from Catholic Central High School, Grand Rapids. She worked for Michigan Bell Telephone Co. in Grand Rapids.

She was a homemaker, gardener, wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend to all that knew her.

A memorial Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30, at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach. Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory-43rd Street Chapel, Bradenton, is in charge of arrangements.

Memorial donations may be made to Tidewell Hospice & Palliative Care, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota FL 34238, or a charity of one’s choice. Condolences may be made online at

Mrs. Sosnowski is survived by her husband of 57 years, Edie C.; children Susan A. and husband Raymond Avado, Bernard E. and wife Vicki, Wally C. and wife Susie, Marcia J. and husband Jack Neumeyer, Mary Lou and husband Jack Avado, Edie, Tom, Sally A., Barbara J. and husband Fritz Spotleson, Robert J., Julia A., Steve M. and Julia A.; 22 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren; and many nephews and nieces,



Carol B. Thompson

Carol Betty Beard Krehbiel Thompson, 91, of Clarence Center, N.Y., Anna Maria Island and Bradenton , died Oct. 23 in Bradenton. She was born Dec. 25, 1920.

Mrs. Thompson first visited Anna Maria Island in the early 1960s and purchased a winter residence in the early 1970s. She and her second husband, Charlie Thompson, enjoyed 14 winters on Anna Maria.

Christmas Carol, as she was known, moved to the Windsor Oaks Assisted Living in Bradenton in May 2011. She was a member of Clarence Center United Methodist Church and attended Roser Memorial Community Church in Anna Maria.

A memorial service was to be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30, in the Roser Chapel at Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Memorial donations may be made to Roser Church, P.O. Box 247, Anna Maria FL 3421, or Tidewell Hospice & Palliative Care, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota FL 34238.

Mrs. Thompson is survived by her children, son Thomas K. Krehbiel and wife Elizabeth of Buffalo, N.Y., and Tucson, Ariz., daughter Karen L. Abell and husband Richard of Venice, Fla., and Travers City, Mich., and Wendy K. Holcomb and husband Jon of Holmes Beach; 11 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; sister Norma Beard of Deland, Fla.; and brother Roland K. Beard Jr. of Maryland.

Fishing – 10-31-2012

Fishers seek fish in shelter from windy conditions


Due to strong, cooler and drier winds out of the northeast, fishers are migrating to the leeside of Anna Maria Island to find the bite and escape the wind.

Beach fishers using live baits, such as shrimp and shiners, are catching a variety of species. Spanish mackerel, jack crevalle, blue runners, flounder and small shark are coming to the hook.

Pier fishing on the north end of the Island is resulting in some of the best Spanish mackerel fishing the area has to offer. Macks measuring up to a whopping 28 inches to the fork of the tail are being caught daily. Gotcha plugs and white jigs are producing the bite. Also, a popping cork combined with a Clark spoon is a surefire way to get some action.

Flats fishing around Anna Maria Island is fair as long as you can get out of the wind. On my charters, clients are catching good numbers of catch-and-release snook along mangrove edges, and live shiners are the bait of choice. Spotted seatrout also are being caught, but again, its best to find areas out of the wind to find the fish.

Within a mile of the beach, macks and bonito are being caught with little effort. Look for diving birds or mackerel skyrocketing through bait schools to cast your bait. For rigging, I’m using 4 feet of 40-pound fluorocarbon tied to a 2/0 extra long shank hook. Using this rig, you’ll still get cut off occasionally, but the bite ratio will improve greatly as opposed to using a wire leader. Remember, if you’re planning on macks for the dinner table, only keep what you plan to eat for one or two meals. Mackerel is best if eaten shortly after being caught.

Capt. Mark Howard of SumoTime charters says fishing this past week has resulted in some action-packed rallies of the three premier inshore game fish — catch-and-release snook, spotted seatrout and redfish.

Howard says the fall pattern is in full swing with huge schools of baitfish and predators staging in area waters while preparing for their winter migration.

Redfish have been gathering in tight schools on the flats, feeding on the moving tides. Catch-and-release snook are moving off the beaches and into the backcountry, providing for some exciting action. Both species share much the same habitat, and you should be able to catch both in the same areas. Howard suggests setting up near a mangrove shoreline to chum shiners and get the bite going. Spotted seatrout are feeding just about everywhere there is clear water and lush sea grass. “Use a popping cork to draw their attention to your bait offering,” Howard says.

Looking forward, with more of the windy conditions we are experiencing, Howard suggests fishing on a leeward shoreline. The coming full moon period will provide for some days with strong current flow and some amazing fish-catching opportunities.

Jeff Medley at the Sunshine Skyway Bridge South Fishing Pier suggests fishing for Spanish mackerel and kingfish during the early morning incoming tides. Pier fishers using Gotcha plugs or silver spoons are casting into oncoming bait schools to find the macks. The same applies for the kings, although live baits such as large greenbacks or blue runners are attracting the bigger bite. Mackerel up to 5 pounds are being caught daily. As for the kingfish, count on catching fish up to 30 inches, and don’t be surprised to find large fish mixed in.

Pompano are frequenting the shallows around the south pier feeding on small shrimp and crabs. Pier fishers using Love’s lures pompano jigs are catching fair numbers of these tasty golden nuggets, but you can use natural bait, live shrimp or sand fleas, to get in on the action.

Lastly, Medley says there are numerous sheepshead around the pilings of the pier, but he says few are being caught because, “No one is fishing for them.”

With this in mind, now is the prime time to target the convict fish before they get wise to biting a hook. Live fiddler crabs are the suggested bait.

Dave Sork at the Historic Anna Maria City Pier says Spanish mackerel are chewing the bottom out from under the pier. Pier fishers targeting these toothy fish are being rewarded with some of the largest mackerel of the season. Macks up to 28 inches to the fork of the tale are being caught daily. Both artificials and live baits are achieving hookups. While targeting macks, expect to also catch jack crevalle, blue runners and skipjacks.

Pier fishers willing to stay out after dark are catching good numbers of spotted seatrout and a few silver trout on live shiners or small white jigs. Try looking around the lights that shine into the water to spot these fish. As they feed, pitch your bait around the outskirts of the light to get the bite. Most of these fish are undersize, although a little determination can result in some slot fish to take home for the skillet.

Capt. Warren Girle is fishing just off the beaches of Anna Maria Island for macks, bonito and kingfish — all three species. Girle is anchoring and chumming with live shiners to draw the fish to the boat. For rigging, he uses 30-pound fluorocarbon tied to a long shank hook. Although fluorocarbon doesn’t stand much of a chance against the mackerel’s teeth, the long shank hook aids in keeping the fish on long enough to get them to the boat. Average size of the macks is 3 to 4 pounds. For the kings, expect fish up to 30 pounds.

Moving inshore, Girle is fishing sandy potholes for redfish and spotted seatrout. When fishing the holes, Girle likes to use a small egg sinker that can slide right to the eye of the hook — a knocker rig. By rigging this way, he can keep his shiner right on the bottom where the reds are feeding. Along with redfish and trout, Girle is catching an occasional snook in the same areas.

Capt. Rick Gross of Fishy Business charters is fishing the flats of Sarasota Bay in search of schooling redfish. Once he has spotted the fish, Gross is anchoring, chumming live shiners and putting the reds in casting range for some drag-screaming action.

While targeting reds, Gross is having success with spotted seatrout in keeper-sizes as well as catch-and-release snook.

Moving out to the Gulf of Mexico, Gross is looking for diving birds or bait schools to locate kingfish, macks and bonito. When the fish are schooled up, Gross anchors, casts free-lined shiners behind the boat and starts the hookups. If the fish are spread out or hard to find, Gross slow-trolls live shiners. Either method is effective, depending on the conditions. Spanish mackerel up to 4 pounds are the norm. For the kingfish, Gross is gaffing fish up to 30 pounds.

Steve Oldham at Island Discount Tackle says numerous fishers frequenting the tackle shop are boasting on their flounder. Whether fishing the passes or piers, beach flounder are being caught on both live and artificial baits. For live bait, shiners and small pinfish are getting the job done.

As for artificials, Berkley Gulp shrimp on a jighead are producing a bite. Whether using live bait or artificials, you want to drag your bait along the sandy bottom to find flounder. When bait fishing, Oldham suggests using a 20-pound fluorocarbon leader with a No. 2 hook tied on the end. For weight, use either a large split shot or a 1/2-ounce egg sinker.

Oldham also is hearing tales of good action for Spanish mackerel, especially at the Rod & Reel pier and the Anna Maria City Pier. Mackerel fishers using artificials, such as Gotcha plugs and white jigs, are reeling up fish, although those in the know are using a popping cork rigged with a Clark spoon to catch limits of fish. Average size of the macks is 18 inches, although fish up to 26 inches are being reported.

Finally, Oldham says good numbers of sheepshead are arriving at the piers and pilings. He suggests using fiddler crabs or sand fleas to get these fish to bite. “Since they are just arriving,” adds Oldham, “you can probably catch them on fresh shrimp, too.”

Jim Malfese at the Rod & Reel Pier says he’s seeing good numbers of Spanish mackerel being caught. Pier fishers using artificials are tying on Gotcha plugs or silver spoons. Early morning is the time to get the best action, and macks up to 24 inches are coming to the pier deck daily.

Pier fishers using live shrimp are catching good numbers of both flounder and mangrove snapper. Sizes for both species are on the small side recently, but a few keepers are being caught, too. When rigging for these fish, try using about 3 feet of 20-pound fluorocarbon tied to a No. 4 hook. Add a split shot about 12 inches above the hook and you’re ready to fish. Remember, both of these species like to hang around structure so place your bait accordingly.

Finally, pier fishers lucky enough to be at the right place at the right time are seeing schools of breeder-size redfish passing by the pier. Some schools — averaging 200-300 fish — are within casting distance, with the average size fish exceeding 40 inches. Remember, if you catch one of these beautiful fish, land it carefully, snap a quick photo and release it quickly. These are the fish that breed to produce more reds for the future.

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Sports – 10-31-2012

Playoffs loom in AMICC youth soccer league


The last week of the Anna Maria Island Community Center’s fall recreational soccer season is upon us and, barring monumental collapses and upsets, the seedings and playoff matchups are set.

The league’s 8-10 division leading Lobstahs is still unbeaten with a 7-0-1 record, but the team has two games remaining on the schedule. They’ve locked up the first seed and will play the winner of the LaPensee Plumbing vs. undetermined third seed, which is still up in the air.

Tyler’s Ice Cream, which has two games remaining to play, is currently the third seed, but if they win both games, they move up from the third to second seed.

As it stands now, American Marine will take on the winner of the Miller Electric vs. Best Buy match, while Lobstahs takes on either Tyler’s Ice Cream or LaPensee. The championship game will kick off at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 10.

Seedings also are not quite settled in the league’s 11-13 division, although the playoff matchups are set. Steam Designs is still chasing a perfect season and has the top seed nailed down. They will play Wash Family Construction at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 6, for a spot in the championship game, which will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 10.

LPAC and Jen Crady Massage currently hold down the second and third seeds, which could flip flop if Crady wins its remaining two games and LPAC loses its last game, but they will still meet at 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 6, in the playoff game.

The league’s two-team 14-17 division championship game is obviously set and will be played at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10.

LaPensee— winless on the season — showed that they’re not giving up. The plumbers battled to a 4-4 tie against Tyler’s Ice Cream in 8-10 division action Oct. 26. Sam Bowers scored three goals to lead LaPensee, which also received one goal from Ben Brashear in the tie. Daniel Sentman led Tyler’s with three goals, while Ava Alderson added one goal.

Tyler’s survived an own goal to defeat Best Buy 2-1 during 8-10 division soccer action Oct. 23. Daniel Sentman and Giana Sparks scored one goal apiece for Tyler’s in the victory.

Lobstahs edged American Marine 2-1 Oct. 23 in a matchup of the division’s top two teams. Jack Groves and Allie Connelly scored a goal each in the victory, while David Daigle scored the lone goal for American Marine.

Steam Designs showed why they’re the top team in the 11-13 division with an 8-1 victory over Wash Oct. 24. Nico Calleja scored five goals, while Olivia Glavan, Sentman and Willow Cooper each added goals to the victory.

Ben Connors scored the lone goal for Wash Family Construction in the loss.

LPAC cooled off Jen Crady with a 5-2 victory in the second 11-13 division game of the evening. Zach Fernandez led the way with three goals, while Tyler Pearson added two goals in the victory.

George Lardas and Cameron Pasco led Crady with a goal each in the loss.

LPAC demolished Wash 11-2 in 11-13 division soccer action Oct. 23. Tyler Pearson scored seven goals to lead LPAC, which also received two goals from Sullivan Ferreira and a goal each from Benjamin Calhoun and Fernandez in the victory.

Cortni Wash scored two goals to lead Wash Family Construction in the loss.

West Coast Air Conditioning showed Edgewater Realty that the Nov. 10 championship game may not be a formality as they defeated the first-place team 4-1 during two-team 14-17 division soccer action Oct. 24. Thomas Powers scored two goals, while Carolyn Culinan and Johah Caster each scored one goal in the victory.

Madison Driscoll scored the lone goal for Edgewater in the loss.


Basketball continues

The adult coed basketball league has one more week of regular-season action before the teams enter playoffs. The only certainty is that Best Buy is the top seed and The Feast brings up the bottom in the sixth place. Seeds two through five could change depending on what transpires during the Oct. 30 games. Agnelli Pool & Spas currently holds down second seed with a 4-3 record, but Eat Here, Gator Man Pools and Island Real Estate all have 3-4 records — anything can happen.

The playoffs will begin Nov. 6 when the sixth seed plays the third seed and the fifth seed takes on the fourth seed, while the winners of those matchups take on the first and second seeded teams Nov. 9. The all-star game and championship game will be played at 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13.

In basketball action Oct. 23, Island Real Estate edged Gator Man Pools 70-68 behind 37 points and 12 rebounds from Matt Ray. Teagan Purtill added 10 points and Matt Dwyer chipped in with nine points in the victory.

Evan Wolfe scored 29 points and grabbed five rebounds and Sean Hubbard added 21 points, eight rebounds and three assists to lead Gator in the loss.

Agnelli rolled past Eat Here 55-33 in the second game of the evening. Brent Moss paced Agnelli with 19 points and 15 rebounds, while Chad Woods added 13 points. Jordan Demers had a strong all-around game with 12 points, 13 rebounds and four assists.

T.J. Green’s 13 points along with 10 points and seven rebounds from R.J. Mizell paced Eat Here in the loss.

Best Buy remained undefeated and atop the standings with a 78-62 victory over The Feast behind another huge game from Antwan Jackson. Jackson poured in a game-high 37 points and 14 rebounds. Tyler Bekkerus added 18 points, while Brandon Kern finished with 14 points, four rebounds and four assists in the victory.

Michael Haynes scored 21 points and grabbed five rebounds to lead The Feast, which also received 19 points from Nate Coleman in the loss.

Horseshoe news

Two teams emerged from pool play with 3-0 records and to battle for the day’s bragging rights in Oct. 27 horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe pits. George McKay walked his way past Jerry Disbrow and Tom Skoloda 23-11 to win the day.

Oct. 24 action saw Jerry Disbrow and Norm Langeland edge Steve Doyle and Hank Huyghe 21-18 in the championship match.

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 Youth Soccer League schedule

8-10 Division playoff schedule

Nov. 2     6 p.m.      Miller Electric vs. Best Buy

Nov. 2     7 p.m.      LaPensee vs. Tyler’s

Nov. 9     6 p.m.      Miller Electric or Best Buy vs. Lobstahs

Nov. 9     7 p.m.      LaPensee or Tyler’s vs. American Marine

Nov. 10   11 a.m.    Championship game


11-13 Division playoff schedule

Nov. 6     6 p.m.      Crady Massage vs. LPAC

Nov. 6     7 p.m.      Wash FC vs. Steam Design

Nov. 10   10 a.m.    Championship game


14-17 Division

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

Oct. 29    8 p.m.      West Coast AC vs. Edgewater


AMICC Adult Soccer League schedule

Nov. 1     6 p.m.      Moss & Barnard vs. FL Discount Signs

Nov. 1     7 p.m.      Sato Real Estate vs. Wash FC

Nov. 1     8 p.m.      Slim’s Place vs. Jessie’s

Nov. 1     9 p.m.      Pink & Navy vs. Isl. Pest Control

Island police blotter – 10-31-2012

Anna Maria

    • Oct. 22, 800 block of North Shore Drive, Baker Act. Manatee County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a man in the parking lot of the Rod & Reel Pier, who was threatening to cut his arms, jump into the Gulf of Mexico and feed himself to the sharks. The man told deputies he was upset that his out-of-state girlfriend had become engaged to another man. He said he had come to Florida for work and to better himself, and that his girlfriend was supposed to give him a year to do so. The man told deputies he had 14 beers to help him carry out his plan. Deputies took him into custody, after determining he was a threat to himself or others.

Anna Maria is policed by the MCSO.

Bradenton Beach

   • Oct. 15, 2400 block of Avenue C, criminal mischief. A Bradenton Beach Police officer responded to a complaint at a local motel. The manager reported that someone had removed a piece of vinyl fence to gain access to the motel pool. She told police she suspected juveniles and that it was the second such occurrence.

• Oct. 23, 2000 Gulf Drive S., warrant. While patrolling the Coquina Beach Park, a BBPD officer observed two men in the park after midnight. After running a check, 47-year-old William Garringer, of Bradenton, was arrested on multiple out-of-county warrants. The second man did not have any warrants, and he was told to leave. Court records indicate Garringer did not appear for a court date on a felony grand theft charge in another county.

    Bradenton Beach is policed by the BBPD.


• Oct. 20, 4400 block of 125th Street West, battery. A 44-year-old woman was arrested for misdemeanor battery after an argument with another woman. According to the report, the victim was upset about some comments that where made about her and confronted the suspect. After doing so, the suspect allegedly pushed her and grabbed her hair. A MCSO deputy observed a small, bleeding scratch on the complainant’s face and arrested the suspect. The victim did not wish to press charges.

    Cortez is policed by the MCSO

Holmes Beach

    • Oct. 18, 3800 block of Gulf Drive, theft. A complainant reported someone stole a decorative metal fish from the outside wall of the apartment building. The fish, valued at $50, was recently painted and attached to the wall with metal wires, which appeared to have been cut.

• Oct. 19, 4000 Gulf Drive, disturbance. A complainant reported a group of teens had been fighting at Manatee Public Beach, but had left the area before a Holmes Beach Police officer arrived to the scene.

• Oct. 20, 5400 Marina Drive, information. A complainant came to HBPD to report that his friend had kicked him on the leg twice and left a threatening message on his phone the previous evening while the two were at D.Coy Ducks Tavern. The complainant told police that he spoke to his friend before coming in to report the incident and that his friend said he did not remember doing those things. The man was asked if he had come to press charges, but he declined to do so.

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.

Island real estate transactions – 10-31-2012

826 S. Bay Blvd., Anna Maria, a 2,690 sfla / 4,590 sfur 4bed/2½bath/2car bayfront pool home built in 1964 on a 120×214 lot was sold 09/28/12, W K Real Properties Inc to Houlas for $3,000,000; $2,900,000.

617 N. Point Drive, Holmes Beach, a 3,970 sfla / 5,079 sfur 3bed/2½bath/2car bayfront pool home built in 1987 on a 85×110 lot was sold 09/28/12, Tocco to Kirkwood for $1,100,000; list $1,300,000.

314 Hammock Circle, Anna Maria, a 3,281 sfla / 4,387 sfur 3bed/3½bath/3car canalfront home built in 2000 on a 114×70 lot was sold 10/10/12, Schindler to Coneys for $1,005,000; list $1,149,000.

113 36th St., Holmes Beach, a 2,000 sfla 5bed/3½bath pool home built in 1937 on a 45×100 lot was sold 10/10/12, Ledgerwood to Deneke Inc for $700,000; list $750,000.

501 N. Shore Drive, Anna Maria, a 1,248 sfla 3bed/2bath pool home built in 1961 on a 52×100 lot was sold 10/01/12, Newnham to Na3 LLC for $675,000; list $695,000.

210 68th St., Holmes Beach, a 1,623 sfla / 2,195 sfur 3bed/2½bath/1car pool home built in 1968 on a 74×110 lot was sold 10/05/12, Sabow to Suncoast Gulf Properties LLC for $660,000; list $699,900.

604 Jacaranda Road, Anna Maria, a 2,122 sfla / 2,362 sfur 3bed/2bath canalfront home built in 1973 on a 85×100 lot was sold 09/28/12, Chapman to Paradise Cove Rental LLC for $650,000; list $699,000.

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 09/28/12, Kaleta to DNA Rentals LLC for $500,000; list $599,000.

6805 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, a 1,608 sfla / 2,010 sfur 2bed/2bath home built in 1968 on a 72×100 lot was sold 10/02/12, Lasalaga LLC to Schlenker for $465,000.

4500 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, a vacant 90×100 lot was sold 09/24/12, 4500 Gulf LLC to Toehold on 45th Street LLC for $460,000; list $460,000.

205 69th St., Holmes Beach, a 1,896 sfla 4bed/3bath duplex built in 1974 on a 70×110 lot was sold 09/28/12, Copeland to Toehold Capital LLC for $450,000; list $450,000.

203 65th St., Holmes Beach, a vacant 59×100 lot was sold 09/28/12, Beach to Bay Investments Inc to Rushmore for $410,000.

205 S. Bay Blvd., Anna Maria, a vacant 50×200 lot was sold 09/28/12, Brown to Beach to Bay Investments Inc for $410,000.

7107 Gulf Drive, Unit 2B, Villas on Anna Maria Island, Holmes Beach, a 580 sfla / 758 sfur 1bed/1bath condo built in 1980 was sold 10/04/12, Anna Maria Acquisition and Development LLC to Astore for $400,000.

3013 Avenue F, Holmes Beach, a 984 sfla / 1,228 sfur 2bed/1½ bath condo with shared pool built in 1974 was sold 09/27/12, Moon to Palmer for $400,000; list $429,000.

7103 Gulf Drive, Unit 1B, Villas on Anna Maria Island, Holmes Beach, a 782 sfla / 1007 sfur 2bed/1bath condo built in 1980 was sold 10/04/12, Anna Maria Acquisition and Development LLC to Stella for $300,000.

104 Eighth St. S., Bradenton Beach, a 1,904 sfla 3bed/2bath home built in 1965 on a 50×100 lot was sold 10/02/12, Tyner to Perico Isle Investments LLC for $280,000.

1001 Gulf Drive S., Unit 3, Sunset Villas, Bradenton Beach, a 896 sfla / 1,008 sfur 2bed/2bath condo with shared pool built in 1982 was sold 10/02/12, Allen to Cox for $265,000.

3801 E. Bay Drive, Unit 102, Sunbow Bay, Holmes Beach, a 1,121 sfla / 1,222 sfur 2bed/2bath condo with shared pool built in 1981 was sold 09/28/12, Livesay to Dlugos for $259,000; list $269,000.

2210 Avenue A, Bradenton Beach, a 1,371 sfla / 1,681 sfur 3bed/2bath duplex built in 1951 on a 50×100 lot was sold 10/01/12, Reiber to Wheeler for $255,000; list $269,000.

304 58th St., Holmes Beach, a 866 sfla / 1,122 sfur 2bed/2bath duplex built in 1985 on a 5184 sq ft lot was sold 10/04/12, Mahoney to MEK Properties LLC for $250,000.

104 29th St., Unit 2, Gulf Path, Holmes Beach, a 510 sfla 1bed/1bath condo built in 1971 was sold 10/02/12, Kemmner to Hamann for $220,000.

4004 Sixth Avenue, Holmes Beach, a 1,168 sfla / 1,664 sfur 2bed/2bath half duplex built in 1981 on a 39×100 lot was sold 09/28/12, US Bank National Association to Rossano for $145,000.

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

The Islander Classifieds: Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012


DINING TABLE: ALL glass, 72×40 inches, beautiful condition, $150. 941-896-5166.

APPROXIMATELY 28 TREES and plants for sale. Three R-5 gallon containers, $395 for all. Chris, 941-704-2714.

SOLAR PANELS, POOL, excellent, $39, hardwood futon, excellent condition, $100, 941-778-3920.

ANTIQUE WOODEN SLED, $25, hand-crocheted tablecloth, 72×93 inches, $30, Noritake China, 12-place, full-course settings, 100 pieces, $100. 941-565-0836.

ROCKING CHAIR, MAPLE, $80, recliner, dark blue corduroy, $100, sewing machine table, maple, $50. 941-795-3837.

TWO JAPANESE STATUES: $30 each, two white vinyl six-foot fences, posts. $20, two barstools, $150/both. 941-792-7605.

PERICO ISLAND: 50 percent off designer furniture, only eight months old. Two matching couches, dining set, coffee and end tables, lamps, wine cabinet, smalls. Pictures and prices: or 941-896-8738.

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.

FOR SALE: LATERAL file cabinets: 2 HON 2-drawer black and 4 attractive 2-drawer wood files. One legal and one letter-size regular 2 drawer files. Various office supplies. Also selling antique wood office chairs, Haitian art, collectible art, some framed. Many local artists. Home decor. 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.

AERIAL PHOTOS of Anna Maria Island. View and purchase online:

SEWING MACHINE: Brother electric with case, all attachments; like new $30. 513-505-6449.


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)


THE HIVE: 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. Monday to Sunday. 119 Bridge St., Bradenton Beach. Locally hand-made jewelry, imported jewelry, Buddha-related stuff, illustrated cards, artistic T-shirts, South African gifts and much more.

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.

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.

HUGE SALE: 9 a.m.-? Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, Nov. 2-4. 423 62nd St., Holmes Beach.


REWARD: FAVORITE BIKE sold by mistake at garage sale Saturday, Oct. 13, Sixth Avenue, Holmes Beach. Old grey/blue paint, men’s racer type, rusted, Christmas lights on handle bars. 941-448-3284.

LOST LAUNDRY: HELP! My laundry fell off my bike, and I can’t afford new clothes and I miss my Bob Marley T-shirts. Lost blue mesh bag between Holmes Beach laundry and 75th Street along Holmes Boulevard. Call JD, 941-920-3840.

HUGE SALE: 9 a.m.-? Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, Nov. 2-4. 423 62nd St., 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.

WELL-MANNERED RESCUED dogs are looking for great new homes or fosters. Larger dogs. Please, call for information, 941-896-6701.


2005 CHRYSLER CONVERTIBLE: 84,000 miles, $5,900. 6005 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. 616-403-5974.


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.


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.

BABIES, PETS AND plants: Responsible, trustworthy, reliable, fun 17-year-old college student. Own transportation. 941-447-9658.

NICOLE AND HALLIE’S babysitting, pet sitting and pet walking. Red Cross certified, good with animals. Hallie, 941-773-6317, Nicole, 941-370-7981.

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.

PERSONAL CARE-IN home assistance needed for elderly couple in Holmes Beach, part-time. Medical background either nursing assistant or nursing required. Please email your contact information with summary of background to:


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.

I CAN FIX IT. Virus cleanup, system upgrade. Hardware, software and network repair. Cell phone repair, support. Replace broken camera, screen, etc. Give islander Socko a call: 941-799-1169.

KEY CLEANERS & LINEN has expanded our services. We now offer residential cleaning. Family owned for 24 years on Longboat Key. Quality and service, now in your home. 941-383-1222.

AMI COMPUTER: SOLUTIONS for computer problems solved at your home or office. Wireless networking, virus/spyware prevention and removal, repairs, software upgrades, advise and training. 941-301-4726.

STAY-AT-HOME mom willing to babysit all ages. 7 a.m.-7 p.m. and more. Fenced-in back yard, lots of toys and learning experience. 941-448-0134.

THE PERFECT SOLUTION: Professional cleaner and organizer, extremely detailed. Kathy, 941-920-2020.

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

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.

PAINTING/PRESSURE WASHING: Is your rental ready for season? Anna Maria Island references. Tony Davis, 941-301-6855.


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, and condo, 1BR/1BA overlooking golf course. Call 941-794-1515 or

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.

3BR/2BA FURNISHED ON canal. Holmes Beach. $700/week, $2,500/month. Sleeps eight, available September through June. Contact Dave, 407-927-1304.

ANNUAL RENTAL: 2BR/1BA cottage. Gulffront location. $1,500/month plus utilities. Call for details. Anna Maria Realty Inc. 941-778-2259.

SEASONAL: MONTHLY, NOVEMBER-May. 2BR/1BA duplex, washer and dryer, bikes, beach chairs, WIFI. Holmes Beach. 941-778-0275.

PERICO ISLAND: 3BR/3BA private pool, communal pool, gym and tennis. Available December and January. 941-795-3778.

3BR/2BA CONDO: 1,213 sf near Manatee Avenue and 59th Street, Bradenton. Ten minutes to beaches. Ground floor, pool, tennis, near IMG. Totally remodeled! Washer and dryer, unfurnished, annual, small pet OK, $1,100/month. 941-302-8254.

SEASONAL RENTAL: NORTH Holmes Beach. 2BR/2BA modern kitchen, living room. Private outdoor patio, outside shower. Available January, February, March. $2,250/month plus security deposit. Immaculate and well-maintained. 941-778-5338.

NEWLY REMODELED 2BR/1BA: 200 feet to the beach, Anna Maria. Available November and December. $1,800/month. 941-778-7933.

SEASONAL RENTALS: RUNAWAY Bay 2BR/2BA, November, December, $1,800/month; Palma Sola townhouse, 2BR/2BA, boat slip, November and December, $1,800/month, January-March, $2,800/month; Perico Bay Club, 2BR/2BA villa, November, December, $1,800/month, January, February, March, $2,800/month; 3BR/2BA private home, northwest Bradenton, February and March, $2,400/month. Realtor, 941-756-1090. Real Estate Mart.

ANNUAL 3BR/2BA EXECUTIVE home: GT Bray area, fenced yard, garage, pet OK, $1,200/month. Call Nicole Skaggs, Broker, 941-773-3966.

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.

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.

WE HAVE A home on the Manatee River, Snead Island. We would like to sell or trade for same on Anna Maria Island. Details, call 217-493-6216.

FOR SALE BY owner: Corner lot on canal. 644 Key Royale Drive, Holmes Beach. 941-778-7445.

INTERESTED IN PURCHASING duplex home on Anna Maria Island. A fixer-upper would be ideal. Cash, down payment available, qualified buyer. 574-309-3911.

PRE-FORECLOSURE: LAKEWOOD Ranch, nice 3BR/2BA, two-car garage villa on lake, $175,000. Realtor, 941-756-1090. Real Estate Mart.

ANNA MARIA ISLAND canal home for sale by owner. 1,818 sf, 3BR/2BA home with garage, terrazzo floors, enclosed porch, well on property. Very large lot (10,000-plus sf). New sea wall and cap. 519 72nd St., Holmes Beach. $525,000. 863-660-8366.


ICE investigation leads to job site raids, arrest

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and a state agency that polices insurance — worker compensation — fraud raided several construction sites in Holmes Beach Oct. 16, leading to the arrest of at least one worker.

A sweep by federal and state agents before noon that day ended with a Manatee County Sheriff’s Office report that states Emanuel Centeno-Hernandez, 33, of Bradenton, was arrested for worker compensation fraud.

The report lists Beach to Bay Construction as Centeno-Hernandez’s employer, but company president Scott Eason wrote in an Oct. 17 email to The Islander and the Bradenton Herald, that Centeno-Hernandez is “not an employee of Beach to Bay Construction and we were unaware of him providing false identification to gain employment.”

Centeno-Hernandez was arrested at 119 Neptune Lane, Holmes Beach, which according to an email from Eason, is one of 15 ongoing Beach to Bay projects. Beach to Bay Construction Inc. is located at 5702 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.

According to Eason, Centeno-Hernandez works for a Beach to Bay subcontractor and “obtained the required documentation for that subcontractor prior to them working on our job site.”

Eason also wrote he was aware of the investigation before the arrest and has been cooperating with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security/Immigration and Custom Enforcement and the Florida Department of Financial Services/Division of Insurance Fraud.

Construction workers were taken from five locations, three of which were Beach to Bay Construction job sites, according to Eason. Another work site visited in the raid Oct. 16 was 213 84th St., Holmes Beach.

At press time, the Centeno-Hernandez arrest was the only action reported by authorities from the raids. No other arrests were reported.

The felony charge against Centeno-Hernandez is based on a state law that makes it unlawful to present any false, fraudulent or misleading information as evidence of a person’s identity to obtain employment.

Centeno-Hernandez was taken to the Manatee County jail and, at press time, was being held for $500 bond.

An arraignment on the felony charge was set for 9 a.m. Nov. 16 before Circuit Court Judge Thomas Krug in Courtroom 2-A, 1051 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton.

ICE spokesperson Carissa Cutrell declined to comment on the ongoing investigation, adding that further information will be available upon indictments, if any.

A court document filed Oct. 17 indicates Manatee County will not consider Centeno-Hernandez for its supervised release program due to an ICE hold.

“The only thing we have to do with it is the jail,” said MSCO spokesman David Bristow. “Everyone who gets arrested here gets booked through our jail.”

He said Oct. 18, “I’m assuming nobody else got arrested, but I don’t know.”

According to an Oct. 16 report filed by the DFS/DIF arresting officer with the sheriff’s office, Centeno-Hernandez unlawfully used a Social Security number not assigned to him April 8 to procure and maintain employment with Beach to Bay Construction.

The report also stated that the DFS/DIF received information July 17 from Homeland Security that at least 18 workers showed false identification for the purpose of procuring employment.

On Aug. 28, according to the report, the arresting officer learned from the Social Security Administration that the number was not assigned to Centeno-Hernandez. Also according to the report, Eason confirmed Centeno-Hernandez used the number to procure employment.

As of presstime, DFS/DIF spokespersons did not return calls for comment.

Holmes Beach Police Department Lt. Dale Stephenson said there will be no report from the HBPD because it was not the arresting agency.