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Island real estate transactions – 11-21-2012

515 Bayview Pl., Anna Maria, a 1,740 sfla / 4,461 sfur 2bed/2bath canalfront pool home built in 1989 on a 90×110 lot was sold 10/17/12, Robinson to Stephen for $575,000.

523 69th St., Holmes Beach, a 2,237 sfla / 3,274 sfur 3bed/3bath/2car canalfront home built in 1971 on a 85×122 lot was sold 10/16/12, Dawson to Tarras for $552,500; list $649,000.

5608 Gulf Dr., Unit 115, Sun Plaza West, Holmes Beach, a 1,092 sfla / 1,236 sfur 2bed/2bath Gulffront condo with shared pool built in 1981 was sold 10/25/12, Water Street Associates Inc. to Burkley for $555,000; list $598,999.

705 South Bay Blvd., Anna Maria, a vacant bayfront 60×85 lot was sold 10/22/12, McGough Properties LLC to Mason for $550,000.

752 North Shore Dr., Anna Maria, a 1,092 sfla / 1,380 sfur 2bed/1bath home built in 1950 on a 50×100 lot was sold 10/16/12, Duncan to Ledgerwood for $505,000.

414 Pine Ave., Anna Maria, a vacant canalfront 52×110 lot was sold 10/16/12, Ringdahl to Anna Maria Properties LLC for $300,000.

902 North Shore Dr., Anna Maria, a vacant 50×45 lot was sold 10/24/12, Sandpiper Inn LLC to Blue Eyed Girl 902 North Shore Dr LLC for $255,000.

516 North Bay Blvd., Anna Maria, a vacant 50×45 lot was sold 10/24/12, Sandpiper Inn LLC to Blue Eyed Girl 516 North Bay Blvd LLC for $255,000.

206 North Harbor Dr., Holmes Beach, a 1,000 sfla /1,060 sfur 2bed/1bath/1car home built in 1953 on a 99×107 lot was sold 10/26/12, Geyer to Krause for $240,000; list $289,000.

611 Gulf Dr. N., Unit 21, Imperial House, Bradenton Beach, a 858 sfla 2bed/2bath 55+ condo with shared pool built in 1969 was sold 10/12/12, Menchek to Hill for $230,000; list $267,000.

431 62nd St., Holmes Beach, a 688 sfla / 903 sfur 1bed/1bath half duplex built in 1966 was sold 10/19/12, Searle to Kendall for $162,500; list $175,000.

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

Islander Calendar – 11-21-2012

Wednesday, Nov. 21

7 p.m. — All Island Denominations ecumenical service, St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-4769.


Thursday, Nov. 22


10 a.m. — Roser Memorial Community Church Thanksgiving service, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-0414.

2 p.m. — Roser Memorial Community Church Thanksgiving dinner, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Reservations required. Information: 941-778-0414.


Friday, Nov. 23

Black Friday. Shop local. Buy local. Dine local.

Noon-5 p.m. — Anna Maria Island Community Center Dodge Ball Tournament, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Fee applies. Information: 941-778-1908, ext. 9219.


Saturday, Nov. 24

10 a.m.-3 p.m. — Centennial Craft Fair, Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-0414.


Wednesday, Nov. 28

11 a.m. — Giving Back, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach, reopens. Information: 941-778-6341.




Saturday, Nov. 24

1-5 p.m. — The American Legion Red, White & Blues concert, benefiting the veterans relief fund, Kirby Stewart Post 24, 2000 75th St. W., Bradenton. Fee applies. Information: 941-209-2212.


Monday, Nov. 26

6:30 p.m. — Manatee-Sarasota Sierra Club potluck supper and full moon beach walk, Lido Beach, Sarasota, Reservations by Nov. 25. Information: 941-752-3200.



• Through Jan. 6, “Waist Watchers: The Musical,” by Alan Jacobsen, the Professional Learning and Theatrical Organization, Ramada Sarasota, 7150 Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Fee applies. Information: 941-363-1727.

• Wednesdays and Saturdays, 9 a.m., horseshoes pitched, Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information: 941-708-6130.

• First Wednesdays, noon, Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce networking luncheon. Location varies. Fee applies. Information: 941-778-1541.

• Second Wednesdays, 8 a.m., Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce sunrise breakfast. Location varies. Fee applies. Information: 941-778-1541.

• Fourth Wednesdays, 5 p.m., Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce business card exchange. Location varies. Fee applies. Information: 941-778-1541.

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

• Third Fridays, 5-8 p.m., Pine Avenue Porch Party presented by local merchants, Pine Avenue, Anna Maria. Bring food donations for the Roser Food Pantry. Information: 941-896-3132.

• Saturdays, 8:30 a.m., Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island meeting, Anna Maria Island Beach Cafe, Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-761-8834.

• 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.

• 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.

• Sundays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Bridge Street Market, Bridge Street, Bradenton Beach. The first Sundays include a food challenge.

• Mondays, 1 p.m., bridge games, Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-0414.

• First Mondays, 7 p.m., Florida Institute for Saltwater Heritage board meets, Fishermen’s Hall, 4515 123rd St. W., Cortez. Information: 941-254-4972.

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

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

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


Coming up

• Nov. 30, the Sea Lion Soiree benefit, Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium, 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota. Fee applies. Information: 941-388-4441, ext. 509.

• Nov. 30, the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce sunset Christmas tree lighting, 5313 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-1541.

• Dec. 1, The Magic of Manatee Chorus “Christmas Extravaganza,” Bradenton Christian High School auditorium, 3304 43rd St. W., Bradenton. Fee applies. Information: 941-722-9665.

• Dec. 2, Island Players audition for “A Little Murder Never Hurt Anybody,” Island Players theater, 10009 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-5755.

• Dec. 7, Holmes Beach Merchants’ Holiday Open House, Marina and Gulf drives, Holmes Beach. Features lighting of the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce Christmas tree at dusk and visits with Santa at The Islander. Information: 941-778-1541.

• Dec. 8, Anna Maria Island Privateers Christmas Parade, from Bayfront Park in Anna Maria to Coquina Gulfside Park/Beach, Bradenton Beach, mostly along Gulf Drive. Information: 941-752-5973.


Save the date

• Dec. 9, Brawn on the Beach, Bradenton Beach.

• Dec. 15, Christmas on Bridge Street, Bradenton Beach.

• Dec. 15, Bethlehem Walk, Anna Maria.

• Dec. 16, Anna Maria Island Concert Chorus and Orchestra holiday concert, Holmes Beach.

• Dec. 21, first day of winter.


        Send calendar announcements to Please include the time, date and location of the event, a brief description and a contact via email and phone. The deadline for submissions is the Wednesday before publication.

Island police blotter – 11-21-2012

Anna Maria

        • Nov. 14, 500 block of South Drive, vehicle burglary. A Manatee County Sheriff’s Office deputy responded to a complaint of a vehicle burglary and found that someone had pried open the complainant’s driver’s side door. Significant damage was caused to the vehicle and several unlisted items were stolen.

Anna Maria is policed by the MCSO.

Bradenton Beach

        • No new reports.

        Bradenton Beach is policed by the BBPD.


• Nov. 9, 4500 block of 121st Street West, civil dispute. A MCSO deputy responded to an argument between neighbors. According to the report the neighbors were arguing over property boundaries and the use of a roadway. The subjects were informed that their dispute was a civil matter, not a criminal issue.

        Cortez is policed by the MCSO.

Holmes Beach

        Nov. 6, 6500 block of Flotilla Drive, burglary. Complainants reported that someone broke into their home while they were out of town, stealing $300 from a cigar box.

• Nov. 6, 600 block of Dundee Lane, burglary and criminal mischief. Holmes Beach Police Department officers responded to multiple alarms. Police established a perimeter and sent a K-9 unit into the home. No one was found inside. Upon investigating, police discovered two alarm panels were ripped from the wall and damaged. Nothing was reported missing. Damages were estimated to be $1,000. Fingerprints were secured at the scene.

• Nov. 7, 4000 Gulf Drive, suspicious person. Marine Rescue contacted HBPD regarding a man parked in a van by the children’s playground. An officer observed the man with no shirt and only wearing underwear watching the children play. The man claimed he was relaxing after the presidential election, making several racial slurs in exclaiming his worries for the country. Since the man’s genitals were not exposed at the time of the contact, no crime had occurred, but the officer advised the man to leave the area.

• Nov. 8, address not reported, suicide attempt. An HBPD officer responded to an overdose call and made contact with family members, who were screaming for him to hurry. The officer found an unconscious man inside the home who was turning blue. The officer applied a portable defibulator to the victim, who then took a short breath, but remained unconscious. The officer cleared the man’s airway and he began to steadily breath. EMS arrived and assumed control. The man was taken to the hospital where police learned he had taken 40 milligrams of methadone while drinking.

• Nov. 10, 500 block of 70th Street, theft. While taking her son to see the doctor, a woman’s home was entered by unknown suspects. The woman reported several pieces of jewelry valued at $8,200 were missing.

• Nov. 14, 4700 block of Gulf Drive, burglary. A resident returned home from out of town to find her glass door had been pried open. Nothing was reported missing, but damages to the door were estimated at $150.

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.

Sports – 11-21-2012

AMICC adult league soccer champion Sato crowned


Anna Maria Island Community Center adult coed soccer and basketball leagues closed out their seasons last week with champions crowned in both sports.

Adult soccer culminated Nov. 15 with Sato Real Estate taking on Wash Family Construction for the top prize, the Island Sippy Cup, while the basketball championship between Best Buy and Gatorman Pools was played on Nov. 13.

The Sippy Cup battle was competitive up until the 10th minute when Diego Felipe took a throw in from deep in the Wash end that Lexi Braxton volleyed past Wash goalie Don Purvis for a 1-0 lead.

Armed with a 1-0 lead, Sato then bunkered down on defense with Josh Sato hanging back and cleaning up any offensive chances by Wash.

Sato added to its lead in the 23rd minute when Ryan Hogan’s throw in was headed past Purvis for a 2-0 lead as the half came to a close.

Early in the second half, Wash had a great scoring chance when Greg Ross received a long pass to the corner. Ross held the ball and passed back to Scott Eason, who fired a shot to the left of Sato goalie Mike Brusso. Brusso stumbled to his left and got a finger on the ball, which then deflected off the post and laid in front of the goal. Zoran Kolega closed in on the loose ball, but Brusso swept it across the end line, giving Wash a corner kick, but preserving the shutout.

Wash should have scored in the 36th minute when Kris Yavalar found Ross inside the goalie box, but Ross blasted it over the goal to the tennis courts.

Two minutes later, Braxton scored her second goal when she volleyed a throw in from Josh Sato into goal for a 3-0 lead. Sato put the game away in the 40th minute when Felipe found Christianson at the top of the box. He took two touches forward before drilling a rocket to the left of Purvis for a 4-0 lead.

Wash ended the shutout for Brusso when Kolega received a goal kick at the 35-yard line. He dribbled forward before unleashing a rocket that deflected off Felipe and went into the goal to end the game Sato 4, Wash 1.

Braxton and Christianson finished with two goals each, while Josh Sato, Hogan and Felipe each had assists on the evening. Brusso finished with four saves in goal for the Sato defense that received a strong game from Josh Sato.

Kolega scored the lone goal for Wash, which received a strong game and 19 saves from goalie Purvis.


Gatorman pulls upset in finals

Best Buy went through the regular basketball season undefeated and pretty much unchallenged as no one had an answer for Antwaun Jackson.

He scored 37 points in the championship game, but 30 points from Craig Boery, including eight three-pointers and double-figure scoring efforts from three other players offset Jackson’s big game, allowing Gatorman Pools a 79-75 victory in the championship game.

Sean Hubbard added 15 points, 12 rebounds and five assists, while Richard Atkins added 14 points and nine rebounds. Alban Gesa chipped in with 12 points and six rebounds, while Evan Wolfe scored 8 points and four assists to complete the Gatorman Pools scoring.

Other members of the champions include Alan Gilman and Lisa Worthy.

Best Buy, which was led by Jackson’s 37 points, seven rebounds and six assists, also received 27 points from Brandon Kern and 9 points from Tyler Bekkerus. Johnny Smith completed the scoring for Best Buy with 2 points. Chuck McCracken and Troy Shonk rounded out the Best Buy roster.

Horseshoe news

Four teams emerged from pool play with 3-0 records and battled for the day’s bragging rights during Nov. 17 horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe pits. In the first semifinal Tom Skoloda and John Crawford edged Steve Doyle and Tom Markley 21-20. George McKay and Rod Bussey defeated Hank Huyghe and Norm Good by a 21-16 score. McKay and Bussey then defeated Skoloda and Crawford 22-16 to earn the day’s bragging rights.

Two teams advanced to the knockout round during the Nov. 14 games. Bussey and Jerry Disbrow thumped Gene Bobeldyk and Bruce Munro 21-5 in the finals.

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

There is no charge to play and everyone is welcome.

Fishing – 11-21-2012

A cornucopia awaits local fishers


With calm and clear waters, fishing around Anna Maria Island is improving. Now that the fish and fishers can move along the waters with ease, rumors of a variety of species are being reported.

From the beaches expect to catch Spanish mackerel, blue runners, ladyfish and jack crevalle on top-water and subsurface lures. The high tides are the best time to fish these species. During the high water, these fish move close to the shoreline to corral bait schools. This makes it easy to cast to feeding fish. Small bonnethead and blacktip sharks also are cruising close to shore on the high tides. Try a chunk of mackerel or ladyfish to get these sharks to bite. Sharks up to 30 pounds are the norm —although you never know when a 6-footer may hit your line, so be ready.

Reports from the piers are similar to those from the beaches but you can add redfish, black drum, flounder and sheepshead. For these species, live shrimp or shiners are getting the bite. The method to catch these species is to keep your bait on or toward the bottom.

From the flats, fishers are returning to the dock with respectable catches of redfish and spotted seatrout. For these species, you can use either live baits or artificials. For live bait, you can’t beat a lite shiner although live shrimp will work. For the artificials, try top-water plugs in low light conditions and once the sun rises up high switch to soft plastics or suspending lures.

Jim Malfese at the Rod & Reel Pier says the focus this past week was black drum, redfish and sheepshead. Pier fishers using live shrimp fished on the bottom under and around the pilings of the pier are catching keeper-sizes of all three species mentioned. For rigging, try some 20-pound fluorocarbon for leader. Slide a 1/2-ounce egg sinker on your main line and tie on a small swivel. At the other end of the swivel, tie a 12-inch piece of 30-pound fluorocarbon. At the end of the fluorocarbon tie on either a No. 2 or No. 4 hook and you’re ready to fish. Using this rig you’ll have a direct line to the hook to feel the bite. Stab on a live shrimp on your hook and lower it down under the pier to the bottom. Wait for the bite and set the hook.

Spanish mackerel also are being caught from the pier, although Malfese feels the bite is starting to slow down. “The calm days we had right after the last front were great,” says Malfese, “but now we’re seeing fewer mackerel being caught.” Those that are being caught are hitting Gotcha plugs or small white speck rigs.

Jeff Medley at the Sunshine Skyway Bridge South Fishing Pier says King and Spanish mackerel are still dominating the bite. Pier fishers using silver spoons or Gotcha plugs are reeling up limits of Spanish mackerel daily. Average size of the macks is 1-3 pounds. For the kings, live greenbacks or blue runners are producing fish up to 20 pounds.

For pier fishers opting to use live shrimp for bait, Medley suggests bottom fishing under the pier and around the small reefs that surround the pier. Black sea bass are making a showing in abundance. These tasty little fish are being caught daily. Remember, the size limit for black sea bass is 10 inches overall and, according to Medley, there are plenty being caught in the 10-12-inch range. For the flounder, Medley suggests either live shrimp or small pinfish. Flounder up to 24 inches are being caught daily.

Capt. Mark Howard of SumoTime Fishing Charters says this past week has been action-packed and very productive with his clients taking some nice fillets for the dinner table. Howard’s clients battled schools of redfish, catch-and-release snook and spotted seatrout.

Redfish are on the flats feeding on the huge schools of bait flooding our area waters. Howard suggests looking for the diving birds to get a location of the bait schools. “Throw a shiner rigged under a popping cork into the area. Pop the cork to make it gurgle and draw the fish to your bait offering,” says Howard.

Catch-and-release snook and spotted seatrout have been on the flats and are feeding heavily as winter approaches. Chum with shiners to get the snook and trout into the feeding mode. Howard predicts that the spotted seatrout fishing will improve as we move into the colder weather.

Catch-and-release snook are feeding in the potholes. Try using a large shiner to get them to chew.

Looking forward, the fall season is at its apex and wintertime fishing is just around the corner. Shiners are still plentiful around the bridges, piers and flats. Load up your live well with these lively baits to get the party started. They will soon leave our area and shrimp fishing will take center stage.

Capt. Warren Girle is fishing just off the beaches of Anna Maria Island targeting migratory species such as bonito, Spanish mackerel and small sharks. For the bonito and mackerel, Girle is looking for diving birds to find the fish. Once he’s located a school, he is casting live free-lined shiners into the feeding frenzy. The shark are being caught in the same areas as the feeding macks and bonito. Girle suggests putting a small strip of bonito on a circle hook with a wire leader to get some drag-screaming action on these small sharks. Black tips and Atlantic sharpnose sharks are the norm, with fish up to 25 pounds being caught.

In the backcountry, Girle is fishing artificials for redfish and spotted seatrout. In the early morning when the sun is barely up, Girle is fishing top-water plugs such as the Rapala Skitter walk to target spotted seatrout. Using top-water plugs, Girle is catching trout up to 24 inches.

Once the sun is up higher in the sky, Girle is switching to soft plastics on a jighead to target redfish and trout. Girle likes to use the MirrOlure Lil John with a 1/8-ounce jighead to get these fish to bite. Redfish up to 26 inches was the norm this past week.

Jonny Keyes at Island Discount Tackle says beach action remains consistent for migratory fish such as Spanish mackerel, ladyfish, jack crevalle and blue runners. Beach fishers using Gotcha plugs are getting in on the action. Keyes suggests walking the beach in search of diving birds to locate the fish.

On the grass flats, Keyes is hearing of spotted seatrout and redfish. For both species, flats fishers are using live shiners. For rigging, you can either free line a shiner or attach a popping cork to your line to keep the bait toward the surface. Artificials are also producing catches of reds and trout. Keyes suggests Berkeley Gulp shrimp on a jighead or a small MirrOdine from MirrOlure to get these fish to bite.

Finally, pier fishers are still reporting decent catches of Spanish mackerel. Artificials are the ticket to get these high-activity fish to bite.

Expect to catch jack crevalle, blue runners and plenty of ladyfish while targeting Spanish mackerel.

Also at the piers, Keyes is hearing of an abundance of flounder. He suggests bottom fishing with live baits such as shrimp or shiners.

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Obituaries – 11-21-2012

Gaetano ‘Guy’ Gebbia

Gaetano “Guy” Gebbia, 90, of Perico Bay Club, Bradenton, died Sept. 27, three weeks before his 91st birthday.

Mr. Gebbia was born in Bronx, N.Y., married his wife Marie and moved his family to Valley Cottage, Rockland City, N.Y., in 1957. They moved to Bradenton in 1984.

As a young man in the Bronx, he was a Golden Gloves boxing finalist in his class.

He served his country in the U.S. Army Air Corps in World War II as a gunner and acquired a love for flying. He worked for the NYC Manhattan and Brown Surface Transit Operating Authority for more than 20 years. He acquired his pilot’s license at age 55, purchased a Cessna 150, and pursued his passion of flying.

After retirement in Florida, he spent much of his time flying to various locations and flying with the Young Eagles. His greatest flying accomplishment was flying 8,878 perimeter miles of the United States solo, landing in each state.

He played golf and baseball, having met Joe DiMaggio. He also was known for rebuilding cars and drag racing in the 1960s.

A Mass of Christian burial and interment was held in Nyack, N.Y.

There will be a memorial lunch and gathering of family and friends noon-2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 24, at St. Bernard Catholic Parrish Center, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach.

Mr. Gebbia is survived by daughter Cheryl; son Guy and wife Karen; daughter Kathryn and husband John Magee, son Gary and wife Colleen; numerous grandchildren; great-grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren.


James Jerome Jenkins

      James Jerome Jenkins, 89, of Anna Maria, died Nov. 17.

Memorial Services will be at a later date. Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory 43rd Street Chapel is in charge. Condolences may be made online at


The Islander Classifieds: Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012


16 PIERRER-JOUET hand painted champagne glasses, $100, all, Persian Pakistan rug. Maroon with designs, 38×60-inches, $95, wall art, copper-embossed boat, 18×24-inch frame, $50. 863-206-5644.

NEW CROQUET SET perfect for beach, $25. Pull golf cart $10. Callaway driver $15. 941-778-3228.

DELL COMPUTER, Dual 1.5 GHz processors, $100.  941-756-6728.

NICE SOFA: HIDE-a-bed, comfortable to sit, sleep, Florida colors, flower pattern, $75. 941-778-5947.

HOLIDAY DISHES: EIGHT-place settings, three-pieces each. Pfaltzgraaf “Winterberry” design, $40, eight-piece holiday mugs, $10. Call 941-737-9173.

WHITE WICKER BEDROOM set: Double bed, five pieces, $100. Call to inquire, 941-730-0444.

FUTON: LIGHT COLORED, hardwood, excellent condition, $100. 941-778-3920.

BICYCLES. Two 20-inch, BMX-style, silver, pegs, good tires. $25/40. 941-545-7645.

TWO YELLOW HUMMER kid bikes, $60/each or two for $100. 941-778-7978.

MARY KAY COSMETICS: Full line at discounted prices. Jenifer, 941-224-1760, 941-739-0792.

ANTIQUE COPPER POTS and bowls, collection $350. Burl-wood Top of Form

Bottom of Form

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:


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.

ANNUAL THANKGIVING ECUMENICAL service: 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 21. St. Bernard Church hosting. The six churches and combined choir will participate. 248 South Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach.

SEWING AND ALTERATIONS for clothing, bridal wear, home decor. Tuesdays at Timeless Treasures 401 Pine Ave., Anna Maria.

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.


ESTATE SALE: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 24. 601 Yardarm Lane,

Country Club Shores, Longboat Key. Eight shell-back chairs, onyx dining room table, formal sectional sofa, matching chairs, Japanese crane picture, queen bed set, queen bed, pair of twin beds, Florida china cabinet, large oval mirror, rattan swivel chair, swivel recliner, dinette with four swivel chairs on casters, sofa bed, office chairs, HP copy machine, computer table and printer, dinette table and two chairs, media center, lamps, pair of swivel chairs, Ficus tree, fabulous shell flowers, large prints, books, tripod, linens, kitchenware. Sale by Julie McClure. Pix:


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.


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.

FOUND: BIBLE ON Cortez Bridge. Call 941-782-8338 and identify.


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.


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

CORTEZ DIVING COMPANY: Underwater boat maintenance, power or sail. Barnacles removed, monthly contracts, local. 941-792-7595.

LANDAU 12-FOOT JON BOAT: Yamaha 6-hp 4-stroke 2001, $795. 863-255-0300.

SURFBOARD: SIX-FOOT, two-inch. Lost Round Nose Fish, great condition, $225. 863-255-0300.

T-TOP: HEAVY-duty construction, fits most center consoles, $550. 863-255-0300.

DOCK LADDER: FIVE steps, brand new, $150. 863-255-0300.

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.


ISLAND COMPANY: ANSWER phones, good with computers and office tasks, 15-25 hours per week to start. Work from island. Email resume only:

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.

LIMOUSINE DRIVER: BRADENTON area. Contract position. Call for details. 941-870-7010.

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.


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.

ISLAND LIVING CATERING/personal chef for your wedding, home and special events. 941-345-4727.

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.

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.

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, 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.

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.

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. Brokers protected. 941-302-8254.

2BR/2BA HOLMES BEACH waterfront condo: Fully furnished with views, pools, Jacuzzi, tennis, boat dock. Available December-February, 2013. Call 818-620-3543.

LOOKING FOR ANNUAL on Anna Maria Island: $800/month range. Cottage, efficiency, duplex, mother-in-law. I am a single, professional, female.  Responsible and neat. Need to get back to the beach. 941-879-2970.

VACATION RENTALS: PERICO Bay Club. 2BR/2BA, garage, kayak-friendly, $1,800-$2,800/month. Realtor, 941-356-1456. Real Estate Mart.

VACATION RENTALS: PERICO Bay Club. 2BR/2BA, garage, kayak-friendly, $1,800-$2,800/month. Realtor, 941-356-1456. Real Estate Mart.

2BR/1BA: 210 Haverkos, Holmes Beach, $1,175/month includes utilities, 210 Haverkos, Holmes Beach, 1BR/1BA, $900/month includes utilities, 3BR/2BA 3227 First Ave., Bradenton single family home, $1,100/month. Mike Norman Realty, 941-778-6696 or 800-367-1617.

SEASONAL RENTAL: NORTH Holmes Beach. Quiet location, close to beach, January-March. Ground levels, 1BR/1BA, $1,690 plus tax and security, 2BR/2BA, $1,950 plus tax and security. Private patio, cable TV, washer, dryer, utilities included. 941-778-5338, 516-526-5628.

ROOM FOR RENT: Cable TV, furnished. Holmes Beach. 941-565-0686.

SEASONAL RENTAL, ANNA Maria, 200 feet to Rod & Reel Pier, 2BR/1BA, newly refurbished ground floor duplex with all amenities. Available Dec.1. For photos, rates, availability, please see us at: 941-387-8610.

SEASONAL 2BR/2BA WATERFRONT condo. Westbay Point and Moorings. Available now. Call Sharon at Old Florida Realty, 941-713-9096.

ANNUAL: 1BR IN Holmes Beach. $675/month plus utilities and deposit. Weekdays, 941-778-6541, evenings, 941-504-3844.

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 rental income. $259,000. By owner, 941-962-8220.

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

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.

RUNAWAY BAY: ONE-bedroom condo, ground floor, updated, attractively furnished, washer and dryer, screened lanai, patio, near pool and exercise room. $239,900. 1801 Gulf Drive, #117, Bradenton Beach. 941-778-9378.

LARGE LOT AVAILABLE west of Gulf Drive in Anna Maria. Steps to the beach. Call for more information, 941-962-2001.

WANTED: RENT-TO-own or owner financed, 2-3 bedroom, Anna Maria, Holmes Beach, Bradenton. 941-567-6724.



Islander ceremony honors veterans

An estimated 125 people gathered in the parking lot alongside the Island Veterans Memorial plaque outside Holmes Beach City Hall Nov. 9 for The Islander’s seventh annual Veterans Salute.

The event, with help from the city for setup and cleanup, honors veterans of Allied countries, in particular those profiled in the newspaper’s Greatest Generation and Forgotten Generation columns about World War II and Korea respectively.

Islander publisher Bonner Joy served as master of ceremonies, while the Rev. Ron Joseph gave the invocation. The AMI Beach Cafe brought coffee for guests, while The Islander provided pastries and doughnuts.

It was an emotional day for many at the ceremony, including Vicki Gipson Grogan, the granddaughter of the late WWII veteran Ralph Bassett, a speaker at past ceremonies.

Last year, Grogan gave a tribute to her grandfather at the ceremony only days after he died.

This year, her tribute had a happier note.

She brought her cousin, U.S. Army Spc. Nick Grogan, to make a few remarks. Grogan had just returned home to Michigan from a deployment to Afghanistan.

He told the assembly it was his duty to go and he never regretted the decision.

He thanked all for their support and, in exchange, received a standing ovation.

Holmes Beach Mayor Rich Bohnenberger gave a short talk on how he was too young for WWII service but that his family pitched in and did something for the war effort. The mayor later served in the U.S. Air Force.

This reporter also made a few remarks, thanking the WWII and Korean War veterans for sharing their stories with him and The Islander’s readers.

He noted that when the columns began in 2002, the paper published one each week. After a few years, the columns became biweekly, then monthly. The columns diminished as members of the fraternity of WWII and Korean War veterans became fewer.

One day, the column will eventually come when the stories turn to America’s Unknown Generation — Vietnam.

But there are yet a few WWII and Korean War stories to be told.

Karen Abel, granddaughter of Royal Canadian Air Force pilot Robert Lynch, talked at the ceremony about the 7,000-mile journey she plans this summer to the Aleutian Islands with her mother and daughter Alexandra, who accompanied her at the ceremony. They plan to visit the air bases where Canadian and American airmen flew together to bomb the Japanese on Kiska and Attu islands. They’ll also visit the gravesites of some of the fallen airmen.

She calls it her tribute to the men who were willing to give their lives to protect freedom and stop the Japanese from advancing further in the Aleutian chain.

Singer Mike Sales led in singing “The Star-Spangled Banner” and “God Bless America,” while Bohnenberger gave the Pledge of Allegiance.

The American Legion Kirby Stewart Post 24 Honor Guard made the presentation of the colors and fired their rifles in a 21-gun salute to fallen veterans.

The playing of the bugle call of taps ended the ceremony, with very few dry eyes left in the audience.


Holmes Beach Mayor Rich Bohnenberger, a veteran, gives a speech at the Nov. 9 Veterans Day ceremony at Holmes Beach City Hall. It was The Islander’s seventh annual Veterans Day ceremony.


Vicki Gipson Grogan of Bradenton and her cousin, U.S. Army Spc. Nick Grogan of Michigan, attend The Islander Veterans Day ceremony at Holmes Beach City Hall. Grogan recently returned from a tour in Afghanistan. Islander Photos: Mark Young


Karen Abel and her daughter Alexandra tell the story of Karen’s grandfather, who fought in the Aleutian Islands WWII campaign, at the Nov. 9 Veterans Day ceremony at Holmes Beach City Hall.

U.S. Army Spc. Nick Grogan recently returned home from Afghanistan to Michigan and a new wife, having been married just a month before his third deployment to the Middle East.


Capt. Drew Thomas of the Bradenton American Legion Kirby Stewart Post 24 Honor Guard speaks at the Nov. 9 Veterans Day ceremony at Holmes Beach City Hall. Thomas described to guests what the Honor Guard and the flag represent at military funerals.

The American Legion Kirby Stewart Post 24 Honor Guard at the Nov. 9 Veterans Day ceremony at Holmes Beach City Hall.

Tom Miller of the American Legion Kirby Stewart Post 24 Honor Guard plays taps to close the Nov. 9 Veterans Day ceremony at Holmes Beach City Hall.


Drew Thomas and Warren Weil fold the American flag as part of the closing ceremony of the Nov. 9 Veterans Day activities at Holmes Beach City Hall.


The Palma Sola VFW Post 10141 Color Guard opens the inaugural Bradenton Beach Veterans Day ceremony Nov. 11 at the Bridge Street Market. The annual event is sponsored by the Bridge Street Merchants. Islander Photo: Mark Young


Bradenton Beach Mayor John Shaughnessy, right, gives a stirring and emotional Veterans Day speech at the city’s inaugural celebration. Bridge Street Merchants member Adam Jenkins, left, organized the event, and presented Shaughnessy and the Palma Sola VFW Post 10141 commemorative plaques for their participation in the annual event. Islander Photo: Mark Young

Soldier welcomed from Afghanistan tour

Today I am hear to speak about my cousin SPC Nicholas Gipson.

Last year I asked everyone to pray for the safe return of Nick from Afghanistan. I wanted to speak about Nick today because he has a inspiring story one of courage and commitment. Going back to the beginning, Nick was born to be a soldier. The family joke is that Nick never learned how to walk as a toddler but he learned to march.

As early as 4 years old Nick would march around in army outfits. So of course our family wasn’t surprised when Nick graduated from high school and joined the Army. Nick’s father, David Gipson, who raised Nick as a single dad was so proud of him, we all were. One year after graduating high school Nick was deployed to Iraq. He spent one year there and when he returned his Dad was worried. Nick was spelling well and seemed different.

War does that, he left a boy and came back a man. His innocence gone. But not soon after his return form Iraq we were relieved as Nick met the love of his life Amanda. Amanda boosted Nick’s spirits and he enrolled in college. In May of last year, Nick married Amanda in all dressed in his military uniformed.

Nick’s Dad was delighted. But all that celebration was about to come to an end. One month after Nick married Amanda he would be faced with the fact that he would have to leave his wife of one month as he received orders to deploy to Afghanistan. The same time he received those orders to deploy to Afghanistan he received the worse news of his life. His Dad at age 49 died unexpectedly of a heart attack. Nick was devastated. I was worried so much about Nick. He had to leave his wife of one month, settle his dad’s estate, lay his dad to rest and deploy to Afghanistan. So as a protective cousin I started making calls and pulling favors to postpone Nick’s deployment.

The phone calls paid off and a commander said for me to talk to Nick and he was not ready that would postpone his deployment. The commander stated, “we can’t have that kid out their in a battle zone without a clear head, we can’t afford to loose another good soldier”. I called Nick and told him had a choice to postpone his deployment but his response was “Thank you Vicki, I appreciate it but I have decided I should go for my wife, my family and my country. It is my duty”. So Nick was off to Afghanistan. It was a rough year for our family sending care packages and basically holding our breath for his safe return. I had the chance to talk to Nick via Skype once in Afghanistan. I asked him if he needed anything if he was okay. You know there is something so amazing about a soldier.

No matter what their situation, how horrible it is, how lonely they are and being without things of luxury they never complain, never ask for anything and always make it sound that everything is just fine. They just don’t want to worry anyone. Well after a year of worry I finally got the news I had been waiting for. On September 6th, Nick had departed Afghanistan, I was so relieved and the most amazing part, Nick left Afghanistan on his Dad’s 50th birthday. I truly believe his Dad was watching out for him the whole time. Welcome home SPC Nicholas Gipson, we love you and we thank you.

Vicki Gipson-Grogan