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Fishing – 01-30-2013

Beach casting proves prosperous for flounder, pompano


Beach fishing proved prosperous this past week. Beach fishers using artificials like Berkley Gulp shrimp are catching respectable numbers of flounder, especially around the passes, both to the north and south. When fishing the beaches with Gulp shrimp, try using light colors, such as white, glow or sugar spice. Add a red 1/4-once jighead and you’re ready to fish.

Beach fishers using Gotcha plugs or bucktail jigs are catching ladyfish, bluefish and an occasional mackerel. The best way to target the fish is travel light. Stay mobile and walk the beach casting into the surf. Look for diving birds, a surefire indicator of where fish are feeding.

Finally, stories of pompano catches are increasing. Try casting live shrimp or sand fleas if you like natural baits. For artificials, Doc’s Goofy jigs or the standard pompano jig with a mylar skirt will work. You can tip them with shrimp if the fish are stubborn.

Jeff Medley at the Sunshine Skyway Bridge South Fishing Pier says Spanish mackerel and bonito are the catch this past week. “I can’t believe they’re still here,” says Medley. “It looks like they’re going to hang on all winter.”

Pier fishers using artificials, such as silver spoons or Gotcha plugs, are reeling up keeper-size macks and plenty of bonito up to 10 pounds. Medley suggests fishing toward the farthest end of the pier. Once you’ve spotted a bait school, start casting lures in that area to hook up. The fish are just under the surface.

Pier fishers using live shrimp are catching decent numbers of sheepshead around the pilings. Fish in the 2-pound range are being reeled up daily. Other baits such as fiddler crabs or sand fleas, will work, too.

Finally, pier fishers targeting sheepshead with shrimp are catching good numbers of flounder. Fish up to 18 inches are the norm.

Capt. Warren Girle is working Sarasota Bay for a variety of species, and the weather has played a role in his targeting. On cold and windy days during the fronts, Girle fished deep-water canals for redfish, black drum and snook. By casting live shrimp under docks, Girle is catching keeper-sizes of the drum species.

On days with less wind, Girle drifted over deep flats in the middle of the bay in search of pompano. By drifting and jigging, Girle says he hooked up with a variety of mackerel, ladyfish, bluefish, spotted seatrout and pompano.

Finally, on warmer, sunny days and light-wind conditions, Girle was working the shallow grass flats for redfish. By quietly moving from pothole to pothole, Girle put his clients on keeper-size reds on Berkeley Gulp shrimp.

Steve Oldham at Island Discount Tackle says flounder are the highlight. Whether fishing the beaches, piers or flats, fishers are reporting good numbers of the flat fish. Fish up to 20 inches are being reported, too. Anyone who fishes for flounder around Anna Maria Island knows a 20-inch flounder is a nice catch.

To target the flat fish, Oldham suggests using a 3-inch shrimp on a jighead. Color may be a factor, too. For the beaches, Oldham likes a white or glow color. When fishing the backwater, he likes to switch to new penny.

Along the beaches, Oldham is hearing of good action on more than just flounder. Bluefish, ladyfish, black drum and an occasional pompano are being caught during daylight hours. Live shrimp is the bait of choice to target any of these species, but you can use artificials such as spoons, bucktail jigs or pompano jigs.

Finally, flats fishers are reporting catches of redfish and trout, although patience is a virtue for anglers. The reds seem to be spread over the flats, according to Oldham. The same applies for the trout. Oldham suggests doing a slow drift over the grass, using soft plastics on a jighead. This allows the angler to cover a large amount of area, which aids in finding fish.

Jim Malfese at the Rod & Reel Pier says pier fishers using live shrimp are capitalizing on the action this week. By bottom fishing under the pier and around the pilings, anglers are catching sheepshead and flounder. A small egg sinker combined with a swivel, 12 inches of 20-pound leader and a No. 2 hook will get you in on the action. The key is to keep your bait around the structure. Keeper-sizes of flounder and sheepies are being caught daily.

Pier fishers opting to cast their shrimp away from the pier are getting results, although the action is less consistent than fishing underneath the pier. Migratory species, such as bluefish and pompano, are being caught by bottom fishers during the moving tides. If you notice numbers of bluefish feeding, you may want to switch to a size-1, long shank hook to prevent being cut off by the bluefish’s mouth full of teeth.

Dave Sork at the Anna Maria City Pier says flounder are the pier’s the catch of the week. Anglers using live shrimp are catching decent numbers of these tasty flat fish. By dragging live shrimp along the bottom, pier fishers are reeling up flounder in the 15-inch range.

By casting away from the pier, fishers are finding an abundance of bonnethead sharks. Again, live shrimp is good bait, but any other cut-bait, like squid or fish, will work, too. Just remember to cut small bite-size pieces for bait, since the bonnethead have a small mouth.

Capt. Mark Howard of SumoTime Fishing Charters says fishing this past week has been challenging because of the weather. Adapting to the weather conditions will help in the pursuit of action and fillets for the table, Howard says.

With the cold weather, the fish were staging in their traditional wintertime spots — deepwater docks, creeks and deep channels. Using live shrimp rigged to a 30-pound leader with a 1/0 circle hook, Howard’s clients were landing redfish, flounder, sheepshead, black drum and mangrove snapper. The key was a small split shot to help the bait get to the bottom. Chopping up small-sized shrimp and chumming will draw the desirable species and fire up the bite, Howard says.

Looking forward, Howard says the tides will be favorable for some excellent morning action. Look for fishing to steadily improve as we get more tidal movement and continuing warm weather.

Send fishing reports to

Sports – 01-30-2013

Island tortilla-maker makes run for Disney border


Perry Pittman spends his days on Anna Maria Island running a popular Holmes Beach restaurant, Tortilla Bay Southwest Grille, hoping to always meet his customer’s expectations.

But Perry has personal goals and accomplishments, too, including his first full 26.2-mile race — the 20th Annual Disney Marathon Jan. 13.

The race wound through all four Disney theme parks and the ESPN Wide World of Sports. The event was a spectacular production, as we’ve grown to expect from Disney, including the start — a big fireworks display, according to Perry. There was no typical starting gun.

Perry completed his first marathon in 4:26:41, in the top 25 percent in his men’s 45-49 age group. His time could have been faster, but he paused several times at different points along the course to have his picture taken with Disney characters. Other factors that slowed him were having to weave in and out of slower runners, actually stretching his run by his measure from 26.2 to 26.85 miles.

“When I got to the 26-mile marker at Epcot, I felt a sense of accomplishment that I had never known before,” he said. “I thoroughly enjoyed the last .2 of a mile and sprinted for the finish line with 100 yards to go. Five months of training and over 600 miles run were more than worth the effort.”

Perry, who lives in Anna Maria, says he only started running in February 2012. He then weighed 217 pounds and didn’t like the person he saw in the mirror. He made a decision to be happy, and he set goals to improve in body, shape and mind. He started walking the beach, then walking and jogging. He added biking and swimming to his routine and, by August, he had dropped 50 pounds.

Perry then decided to participate in a sprint triathlon on Siesta Key before setting his sights on a marathon.

He has lived in Anna Maria for more than six years now, and looks forward to the Publix Fort Lauderdale A1A Marathon Feb. 17, where he hopes to break the four-hour mark.

Now that’s a good run for the border.


Flag football plays on

NFL Flag Football season continues at the Anna Maria Island Community Center with youth league games played on weeknights, and teams are starting to separate in the standings as they march toward the playoffs.

LPAC Cardinals sit atop of the 8-10 division standings with a 4-0 record, while Coastal Orthopedic Bears and Tyler’s Ice Cream Vikings are on their heels with matching 3-1 records. Lobstahs Browns and Miller Electric Chargers are tied for third place at 2-2, while the 1-3 Beach Bistro Buccaneers and Manatee Cancer Center Dolphins, along with 0-4 Air & Energy Jets, follow in the standings.

Ross Built Dolphins lead the 11-13 division with a 2-0 record. They are closely followed by the 2-1 Lobstahs Buccaneers, while Walter & Associates Bears, Edgewater Realty Jaguars, Beach Bums Ravens and Holy Cow Cardinals follow with 1-1 records and Mr. Bones Colts looks for a first victory on the season.

Integrity Sound Falcons are 3-0 and lead the 14-17 division, but West Coast Surf Shop at 2-0 and Lobstahs Colts at 1-0 also are unbeaten. Eat Here Packers are 1-1, while Beach to Bay Construction Browns and Walter & Associates Bears are looking for victories.

Both games in the 14-17 division Jan. 22 were blowouts, as the undefeated Integrity Sound Falcons flew past Beach to Bay Construction Browns 37-0, and Eat Here Packers steamrolled Walter & Associates Bears 34-13. Quarterback Cody Tsai completed 17 of 21 passes for 217 yards and four touchdown passes. Pearce Hogan caught seven passes for 87 yards, including three touchdowns and two extra points, while Thomas Pears added three catches for 84 yards and a touchdown.

Brad Duffman led all players with nine flag pulls while Tsai added four pulls and a pair of interceptions in the victory.

Seth Walter passed for 147 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Bears in the loss, including seven catches for 73 yards and a touchdown from Jack Walter and three catches for 37 yards and a touchdown from Jake Rodgers.

The 8-10 division game of the week saw Miller Electric Chargers cool the Air & Energy Jets 20-14. Ava Zink led the way with 80 rushing yards and a pair of touchdowns, while Jaclyn Schlossberg added 66 rushing yards and a touchdown. Javier Rivera and Shawn Belvin completed the scoring with extra point catches.

Zink and David Daigle led the defense with two pulls each, while Daigle added an interception in the victory.

Tyler Brewer led the Jets with 98  passing yards, 53 rushing yards, two touchdowns scored and a pair of extra points in the loss. Daniel Sentman added three catches for 56 yards on offense, while contributing six flag pulls and an interception on defense.

Key Royale golf news

There was a ton of golf action at Key Royale Club this past week, but the biggest news was a hole in one by Mike Gilley. He aced the 146-yard par 3 hole three using a four iron during a four-person scramble Jan. 24.

The team of Hoyt Miller, Jon Holcomb, Robbie Nelsona and Rich Smith took first place for the day, but Gilley was buying at the clubhouse.

The men played an 18-hole, individual-low-net match Jan. 23. Don La Torre carded a 9-under-par 55 to grab first place by two strokes over Neil Hammer and Jim Sheppard came in third with a 2-under-par 62.

The club women played a nine-hole, individual-low-net match in flight Jan. 22, and Judy Crowe’s 5-under-par 27 gave her the top spot in Flight A by four shots over Laura Purcell. Helen Pollock, Tootie Wagner and Mary Lou Dreier tied for third at even-par 32.

Liz Lang’s 5-under-par 27 earned first place in Flight B and matched Crowe for low round of the day. Joyce Brown was one shot back in second, while Mary Selby took third with 2 under par.

Jan Jumps carded a 29 to grab first place in Flight C. Terry Westby and Kay Anderson finished in second place.

Penny Auch won Flight D with a 2-under par 30, two shots ahead of second-place finisher Sandy Burrill.

The men played a nine-hole, individual-low-net match Jan. 21. Vince Mercadante took the day’s scoring honors with a 7-under-par 25. Jim McVicar was a stroke back in second, while Bill Gallagher and Dennis Schavey finished in a tie for third at 4-under-par 28.

Horseshoe news

Three teams advanced to the knockout stage during Jan. 26 horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe pits. Bob Lee and Mike Martell drew the bye into the finals and watched as Hank Huyghe and John Crawford defeated Gene Bobeldyk and Steve Doyle 21-14. Huyghe-Crawford followed up by defeating Lee-Martell 21-12 in the finals.

Four teams emerged from pool play during Jan. 23 action. Bob Lee walked past Bob Mason and John Johnson 21-10 in the first semifinal match, while Rod Bussey and Bill Wright took out Dennis Vanegas and Paul Sheatler 23-10. Lee walked all over Bussey and Wright by a 23-12 score in the final.

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 NFL Flag Football schedule

5-7 division

Feb. 1          6 p.m.  Tyler’s vs. Lobstahs


8-10 Division

Jan. 30         6 p.m.  Lobstahs vs. Cancer Center

Feb. 1          6 p.m.  Miller Elect. vs. Bistro

Feb. 1          7 p.m.  A&E vs. Coastal Orthopedic

Feb. 5          6 p.m.  Coastal Orthopedic  vs. LPAC


11-13 Division

Feb. 1          8 p.m.  Lobstahs vs. Walter & Assoc.

Feb. 2          9 a.m.  Ross Built vs. Beach Bums

Feb. 2          10 a.m.        Mr. Bones vs. Holy Cow

Feb. 2          11 a.m.        Edgewater Realty vs. Lobstahs

Feb. 4          7 p.m.  Ross Built vs. Edgewater Realty

Feb. 4          7 p.m.  Holy Cow vs. Beach Bums


14-17 Division

Feb. 2          noon    Walter & Assoc. vs. Eat Here

Feb. 2          1 p.m.  Integrity Sound  vs. Beach to Bay

Feb. 2          2 p.m.  Lobstahs  vs. Surf Shop

Feb. 4          8 p.m.  Beach to Bay vs. Lobstahs

Feb. 5          7 p.m.  Eat Here vs. Integrity Sound

Feb. 5          8 p.m.  Surf Shop vs. Walter & Assoc.


Adult Division

Jan. 30         7 p.m.  FL Discount Signs vs. BY Construction

Jan. 30         8 p.m.  Southern Green vs. Agnelli Pool

Jan. 30         9 p.m.  Harrington House vs. Lobstahs

Jan. 31         6 p.m.  Slim’s Place vs. Tyler’s

Jan. 31         7 p.m.  Waterfront vs. Beach to Bay

Jan. 31         8 p.m.  Duncan Real Estate vs. Sun

Jan. 31         9 p.m.  Sato Real Estate vs. Duffy’s


Adult Volleyball

Feb. 5          6:30 p.m.     Duncan Real Estate vs.Lobstahs

Feb. 5          7:30 p.m.     IRE vs. Tyler’s

Feb. 5      8:30 p.m. Duncan Real Estate vs. IRE

The Islander Classifieds: Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013


ELIPTICAL EXERCISER IMAGE 8.0: Good condition, $100. Holmes Beach. 941-778-3624.

TENNIS RACKETS: ONE Prince, one Spalding, like new, $30 each, queen bedspread, beach print, $20. 941-737-9173.

TWO GARAGE DOOR openers: Complete, nearly new, $80/each. 941-778-3920.

YELLOW HUMMER KID bike, $60. 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: 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)


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.

SENIORS GOLF: PLAY golf every Wednesday, different top course weekly. Friendly, relaxed, not highly competitive. 941-373-9378.

THE HIVE: GIFTS and arts. Locally handmade and imported silver jewelry, Buddha art, artifacts, artistic T-shirts, cards, hot sauces, South African handmade arts, specialty candies, more. 119 B Bridge St., Bradenton 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. Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. 9 a.m.-noon Saturday. Donation drop-off  9 a.m.-11 a.m. Wednesday. 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.

WHITE ELEPHANT AND clothing sale: Special pre-sale 4-6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8 (complimentary sundae) and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9. Bake sale, pickles, soup and sandwich bar. Episcopal Church of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.

MOVING SALE: 8 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 2. No early birds. 2504 Ave. B, Bradenton Beach.


LOST: FILIGREE GOLD hoop earring. Lost at Publix, Sunday, Dec. 30. If found, please call 941-778-0385.

LOST RAY BAN sunglasses on Jan. 14 at the beach. 860-930-2181.

BMW CAR KEYS: Lost on North Shore Drive, Anna Maria. Call 901-496-4883, 901-486-0108.

LOST: PRESCRIPTION EYEGLASSES Jan. 20, Bridge Street festival. Brown frames in brown cloth sack. Call 765-491-9530, if found.


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 (and kittens!) are looking for great new homes or fosters. 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.

BOAT SLIP FOR sale: 8300 block, Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. $25,000. 941-792-7965.

PONTOON BOAT: 20-foot, 50-hp, hard top, recent upholstery and carpet. Extra lines and preservers, $2,500. 941-778-4793.

WAVES BOAT CLUB membership, paid in full through February, 2015. Great opportunity to enjoy boating without the hassle of ownership and without an initiation fee. Call 321-427-4646.

FOR RENT: DEEP-water boat slip, north end of Anna Maria. 941-794-8877.

PONTOON BOAT RENTAL: See Anna Maria Island by water! Phone, 941-518-3868.

MINN KOTA TRANSOM mount trolling motor, 27-pound thrust, 36-inch shaft, $150. 941-779-1268.

TRAILER: 2004 EZ Loader. Galvanized, 3,100 lb., 20-foot capacity. Roll-on style, two-speed winch, single axle, fiberglass step-on fenders, surge brakes. 215/75R14 tires, good shape. $700. 941-896-9464.

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.


PART-TIME FRONT desk associate: Must have excellent customer service skills and the ability to work weekends and holidays. Please stop in to fill out an application at Mainsail Beach Inn, 101 66th St., Holmes Beach or fax resume to: 941-201-3223. No phone calls please.

PERSONAL ASSISTANT NEEDED for purchasing coordinator and production planner with the necessary clerical duties to ensure timely and efficient paper work processing. Send your resume or interesting letter to: or call 786-519-3572.

SALES ASSOCIATE: MOTIVATED, experienced real estate licensee for busy Island office. Please call Jesse or Robin at 941-778-7244.

NEWSPAPER DELIVERY PERSON wanted by the Island’s “best news.” Must be thoughtful, precise and able to work overnight one night a week for good pay. Email your interest to


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.


CAREGIVER FOR ELDERLY: Full care, references, 30 years experience. Call between 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. 941-545-7114.


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.

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

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.

HOUSE, PETS, SECURITY: 17 years experience. Mature, reliable, responsible, trustworthy, honest. Available to watch and care for your home/pets 6-8 months beginning sometime January. References. Devorah, 877-811-0304 or email:

ALL AROUND PAINTING: Quality work. Free estimates. Licensed, insured. Call native islander Jim Weaver, 813-727-1959.

TRUEBLUE33 COMPUTER Repair Service: Fast and reliable on-site computer repair service with reasonable rates. CompTIA A+ and Network+ certified. Call today! Anthony Mitchell at 941-592-7714.

BOOKKEEPING AND SMALL business consulting services offered. Call Ian, 941-730-1745 or visit me at my shop, The Hive, 199 Bridge St., Bradenton Beach. Author “Small Business Survival Handbook.”

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.

ISLAND LAWN SPRINKLERS repairs and installations, watering the island for 15 years. Jeff, 941-778-2581.

JR’S LANDSCAPING AND MAINTENANCE Lawns, native plants, mulching, trimming, hauling, cleanups. Island resident 25 years. Call 941-807-1015.


STRAIGHT SHOT LANDSCAPE. Specializing in old Florida seashell driveways and scapes. Free estimates. 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.

SOUTHWEST HOME IMPROVEMENT: Michigan builder, 30 years experience. Affordable, timely, within budget. Call Mike, 1-616-204-8822.

METRO DOOR & SUPPLY, INC.: Home, condo, office. Primary doors and glass inserts, custom prep/cut downs, sliding doors, windows, doors for commercial properties, fiberglass, aluminum, steel, vinyl. Installation available. Free estimates. 941-726-2280 or 941-722-7507.

CUSTOM STONE, BRICK and Block: We do remodeling, home additions, landscaping, paver brick and home improvements, fire places, fire pits, grills. Please, call Dave, 941-792-5206 or 941-465-6125.

CORTEZ CONCRETE AND Masonry: No job too small. Patios, driveways, stucco, etc. Sills repaired. 716-361-0010.


WEEKLY/MONTHLY/ANNUAL rentals: wide variety, changes daily. SunCoast Real Estate, 941-779-0202, or 1-800-732-6434.

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

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

1BR/1BA GROUND FLOOR, Gulf to bay condo, heated pool, fishing pier. Over 55. $1,600/month, $1,100/month annual. 813-393-6002.

CUTE VACATION EFFICIENCY: Screened porch, near boat ramp, many other area amenities, cable, WiFi. 941-779-6638.

ANNUAL RENTAL: 3BR/2BA home on canal with pool, $2,200/month. Call Sato Real Estate Inc., 941-778-7200 or email:

VACATION HOME RENTAL: 3BR/2BA, minutes to beach, $900/month, $2,500/month. Realtor, 941-356-1456. Real Estate Mart.

PANORAMIC GULFFRONT: 3BR/2BA, huge deck, every room overlooks Gulf. Available January 2014. North Shore Drive, Anna Maria. 813-920-5595.

VACATION RENTAL: SUDDEN February vacancy. 3BR/2BA private pool home, NW Bradenton, weekly/monthly. Coastal Properties Realty. Suzanne, broker, call 941-794-1515.

TURNKEY FURNISHED RENTAL: 1BR/1BA 1.3 miles to Island via Cortez Bridge. Elevated duplex, spacious. $1,100/month. Desire annual rental, will consider short term. 941-761-2725.

ANNUAL RENTAL: 2 BR/2BA duplex. One block from beach. Background and credit check. No pets. $1,000/month. First, last and security. Available now. 813-672-1481.

CONDO FOR RENT: 2BR/2BA, nicely furnished, ground floor. No pets. Close to beach. Seasonal or annual. 330-562-8945.

ANNUAL RENTAL: 2BR/2BA, storage, laundry room, Holmes Beach. Small-pet friendly, close to the beach. $1,000/month. First and last. Call 941-704-4591.

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.

DIRECT GULFFRONT CONDO: Bradenton Beach. Excellent investment rental income. $269,000. By owner, 941-962-8220.

CAPTAIN GREG BURKE: Duncan Real Estate. Need listings, all inventory sold or pending. Call 941-592-8373, email:

WE’RE LOW, LISTINGS needed. Are you curious as to how much your home could be worth? Call us for a free professional consultation. Call Lynn at Edgewater Real Estate, 941-778-8104.

LOT: 135-FOOT frontage, partial view Palma Sola Bay. Last one, desirable area, underground services. 941-792-8826.

2BR/2BA 2005 JACOBSEN home with share. Patio and deck, possible boat slip. Furnished. Active 55-plus community, beach and bay access. Call 267-266-1101.

FOR SALE BY owner. 2BR/2BA 1,600 sf Anna Maria canal home. 15,000-lb. boat lift. Terrific north end location, walk to beach, boat in your back yard. Call Steve at 813-245-0428.

WATERFRONT LOT: ONE acre, direct access to Manatee River, rare find, boating, fishing, Gulf beaches, $319,000. WebPro Realty. Call Robert, 863-6026414.

HOUSE FOR SALE: 3BR/3BA canalfront, granite counters, new air conditioning, 2,000 sf. $599,000. By appointment only. 941-778-1620.

BRADENTON BEACH: OPEN 1-5 p.m. Sunday. 2BR/2BA plus loft condo, dock, boat slip. Top floor. Direct waterfront, amazing bay, Gulf views. Reduced to $399,000 prior to listing.117 10th St. N. 941-780-1482.

OPEN HOUSE: 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 2. 3BR/2BA, pool, dock. Gulf-to-bay waterfront condo. 1407 Gulf Drive S. #201, Bradenton Beach. Asking $440,000. By owner, 941-650-3069.


AM mayor calls times ‘critical’ for city

Anna Maria Mayor SueLynn is urging residents and property owners to attend the commission meeting Jan. 24, when commissioners will discuss ordinances that will tie delegated parking spaces at family residences with the number of bedrooms, and also examine living-area limits for residences.

“It’s a critical meeting for our future,” the mayor said. “If we want to maintain our quality of life, we need to take control before we are flooded with multiple bedroom houses that can be rented to two or three families, or 10-20 people, at the same time.”

The city can’t regulate the number of bedrooms at a residence, she said, but it can regulate parking to ensure the city isn’t overrun by “multi-bedroom vacation rentals” that accommodate 15-20 people or several families at the same time, SueLynn said.

She made it clear she has nothing against tourism to the city. In fact, she welcomes visitors who come for the right reasons.

“We are always going to have tourists and they are the backbone of our economy. Tourism is great for our city and the city pier is the county’s number one attraction,” she said. “I love the visitors who come here to enjoy our lifestyle, obey our laws, and respect the residents and the peace and quiet we enjoy.”

But problems have surfaced in the past two years in the vacation rental industry on Anna Maria Island, problems the city never foresaw.

Developers began turning vacation homes into multiple bedroom rentals, advertising online that several families, or large groups of people, could rent the house at the same time because it had four, five or six bedrooms, the mayor said.

“That’s when we started getting noise complaints. These were not real tourists, but people from Tampa or elsewhere that just wanted a party place. Anna Maria is not a party town and we’re not going to become one,” she said.

“It’s happened in Holmes Beach and it’s already happening here,” she said.

“This is not about good tourism. I have no problem with people and families who come here, enjoy our city and respect our laws,” she said. “This is about greed.”

She said she’s heard that Bon Eau Enterprises LLC, owners of the Villa Rosa property on South Bay Boulevard, may be interested in developing the 11 lots in the subdivision. Each lot is about 7,500 square feet.

“Without proper ordinances, each Villa Rosa house could become a six- or eight-bedroom home,” the mayor said.

Villa Rosa at one time was owned by the now bankrupt GSR Development LLC, the same company that planned to develop the Rosa del Mar condominiums in Bradenton Beach, SueLynn noted.

The mayor said she worries that “a lot of residents think this problem isn’t here. I’m sorry to tell you, but the developers are already in Anna Maria, and looking to maximize investments in a vacation rental with multiple-bedroom properties, including bedrooms on the ground floor. We have to do something quick or future generations will have lost the quality and ambiance of life in Anna Maria.”

Commissioner Chuck Webb agreed some multiple bedroom homes are just motels. He said he observed 15 cars in front of a house where a party was taking place. “They’re running a motel there,” he suggested.

SueLynn said residents who want to see an example of what developers plan for the cities, they should review the Internet website

“After you read this website, you can decide if some developers don’t care one whit about the quality of life for our residents, or the three- and six-month residents and families who come here to enjoy peace and quiet during the season. In my opinion, all they care about is making more money,” she said.

SueLynn said advertises for investors in Anna Maria Island properties that will be developed with multiple bedrooms.

The website says that with a large island tourism increase in recent years, “solutions began to purchase old duplexes and replace them with larger townhouses with a view to accommodating more and more visitors.”

The website states families can vacation together at a lower cost compared to renting several small accommodations.

The website also says the company is “finalizing negotiations to purchase a unique site and construct 16 new, direct Gulffront, luxury condos on Anna Maria.”

SueLynn said she’s unaware of any condo project in Anna Maria, and does not think there is vacant land for such a project in the city.

Steve Hanson, the corporate manager of 9Solutions LLC, purchased the Rosa del Mar property two years ago, but has not submitted any site plans for development.

According to, Florida’s website for information on corporations, 9Solutions maintains an office at 444 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key.

Hanson was interviewed about his plans when he bought Rosa del Mar in Bradenton Beach, but nothing has materialized at that site.

SueLynn said she felt “terrible” for Anna Maria after reading the website and similar promotions.

“This is happening now in our city. Drastic action is needed by the commission. Some people aren’t going to like it, but we must stop this now or we’ve lost the village we love. This is the price of greed,” she added. “We’ve got to bite the bullet.”

Commissioner Gene Aubry agreed. He said he didn’t need to read the website to know what’s happening.

“We’re not going to take this lying down,” he said. “These vacation rentals are not residences. They are subject to a different set of regulations, and we need to enforce those.” He said would propose several measures to “take control” of the situation.

Efforts to reach Hanson for comment were unsuccessful..

AMI fish kill spawns debate: red tide or not

Red tide is being blamed for a Jan. 16 fish kill on parts of the Anna Maria shoreline, but there is no official confirmation of the cause.

According to Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission spokesman Kevin Baxter, FWC believes the kill is red tide-related.

“Basically we have a lot of new reports of fish kills associated with red tide and we believe the one on Anna Maria Island also is related to the other kills,” said Baxter. “We’ve had fish kills throughout this bloom, which started around the end of September.”

Baxter said the heaviest concentration of red tide is in Sarasota County and moderate levels of the bacteria that causes the appearance of red tide have been reported in Manatee County.

While the Anna Maria fish kill did contain a variety of species, the majority of the dead fish found north of the Manatee Public Beach in Holmes Beach were mullet. The kill coincides with the annual mullet run and boats swarmed the waters near shore of where the dead fish were found the following morning.

Some locals believe the fish kill is related to the mullet run — a concerted effort by commercial fishers to catch roe-filled mullet — saying the consistency in size of the dead mullet may relate to the net size. There also is some suspicion a fisher may have used an illegal gill net to catch large quantities of mullet.

Karen Bell of A.P. Bell Fish House, Cortez, said Mote Marine Laboratory is telling her there is no red tide in the area where the dead fish were found, but she is siding with FWC in its findings.

“I rode down the beach with my windows down and started coughing and I don’t have a cold,” she said. “Also, fishers who are pulling up mullet are reporting the fish are gasping for air as they come up, which is indicative of what happens during red tide.”

The prize of the mullet run is females. The female’s roe is more valuable than the fish itself, so male mullet are often discarded.

Bell said that’s another reason why the fish kill on Anna Maria is likely caused by red tide.

“The county called me and asked if fishers were throwing fish overboard, and I told them absolutely not,” she said. “I saw those fish and there were both male and female involved in the kill. There is no way fishers would throw females away.”

Baxter said it’s not the first report of a mullet kill.

“We’ve had calls on mullet,” he said. “It appears that the mullet are spawning in areas that have been impacted by the red tide. Fish kills are being reported all along the Southwest coast.”

When asked if FWC would test the fish to confirm the cause of the kill, Baxter said it can be difficult to assign blame to a single cause.

“A lot of the fish have been dead for a while before they wash ashore, so they are already decomposing,” he said. “We have had reports of multiple species in the Anna Maria kill, but it is difficult to determine the exact number of species for that same reason.”


FWC confirms red tide in Manatee County

According to the Jan. 16 FWC red tide update, a bloom of the organism Karenia brevis, which makes up the red tide algae, ranges from low to high along the shore of Manatee County.

Baxter said testing is ongoing as scientists try to keep up with the outbreak.

“It’s really hard to predict the length of an outbreak or even where it’s going,” said Baxter. “We can do pretty good estimating within a three-day period with our satellite imagery, but long-term forecasting is difficult.”

Concentrations of red tide exist in Manatee County southward through Lee County, and low concentrations have been found offshore in Collier County.

The algae bloom, which has been growing in mass, extends from southern Manatee County through Lee County, with patches now present off the Florida Keys.

Baxter said fish kills have increased throughout the red tide areas in recent weeks and respiratory issues in humans are increasing.

To report a fish kill, call 800-636-0511.

Mote reports ‘slight’ red tide

Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota issued a red tide report Jan. 18 and said it found only “slight respiratory irritation” among beachgoers tested at Coquina Beach.

The report notes only mild irritation from red tide for people on Jan. 19, and no dead fish at Coquina.

However, Coquina Beach may be the farthest north of Mote’s test sites. Beachgoers reported irritation and dead fish on the Gulf of Mexico shore in Holmes Beach and Anna Maria, and on Tampa Bay at the Anna Maria City Pier. Mote’s report indicated increasing numbers of beachgoers at several southwest Florida beaches have recently experienced respiratory irritation caused by red tide’s airborne toxins.

The Jan. 18 testing resulted in “a marked increase in red tide algae (Karenia brevis) over tests results from last week.”

The beaches with the largest increase in red tide levels were in Sarasota or Lee counties.

Anna Maria checking ground-floor uses

Anna Maria Mayor SueLynn said the city’s three certified code enforcement officers will be looking closely at ground- floor garages at three-story homes the next few weeks.

She said the city has received several complaints that some property owners may have enclosed the ground-floor parking area without a permit, and may have added living space.

“We don’t know what’s true, but we are going to be checking downstairs walled garages over living space,” the mayor said.

The city follows the Federal Emergency Management Agency regulation that calls for all residential structures, or remodel work at a cost of more than 50 percent of the appraised value, to have elevated living space. The ground level can contain only storage, parking and entry, and may not be used as a livable area in Anna Maria.

“If you’re caught using your ground floor as living space when it should only be for parking and storage, you may be issued a citation and may have to appear in the special magistrate’s court,” the SueLynn said.

Some ground-floor living space might have been grandfathered for use since the city adopted the FEMA requirement in 1974, building official Bob Welch said.

The mayor emphasized that enclosing the garage floor to gain additional living space in violation of the regulation is “not going to work in Anna Maria. Sooner or later you will be caught.”

Bradenton Beach’s Church Avenue becomes official

No one seems to remember when a Church Avenue sign at the intersection of Second Street North in Bradenton Beach was changed to Church Street.

Church Avenue has three intersections, but the Second Street North intersection is the only one that reads Church Street. It’s been that way as long as anyone can remember, which is why on Dec. 6 city commissioners opted not to take a vote to change it to Church Avenue.

It’s listed as Church Avenue by the Manatee County emergency system, U.S. Postal Service and even Google maps. Residents of Church Avenue, named after Harvey Memorial Church, have been complaining to the city since late last year to change it from Church Street to Church Avenue.

Church Avenue resident Michael Harrington sent a formal request to the city to have the sign changed and spoke at the Jan. 17 commission meeting.

“It is incorrect,” said Harrington. “I have spoken to many residents and they agree it needs to be changed back.”

Commissioner Ric Gatehouse brought the subject up at the Dec. 6 meeting and commissioners initially provided a consensus to have it changed to Church Avenue.

But during the course of discussion, commissioners changed their mind, saying everyone knows it as Church Street.

Gatehouse submitted an agenda item request to bring the matter up for an official vote for the Jan. 17 meeting.

“As you know, a couple of meetings ago, I brought up the issue of the sign on Church Avenue and Second Street North. The sign is in error, as per every agency I had public works director Tom Woodard check with,” he said.

Gatehouse said the commission’s reversal on the Dec. 6 consensus was based on an opinion provided by a person who has not worked for the city in years that there may be public opposition to changing the sign.

“Not only does every agency we’ve talked to have it as Church Avenue, so does Bradenton Beach,” he said.

Gatehouse motioned to have the sign changed, but during discussion, Vice Mayor Ed Straight disagreed with Gatehouse’s assessment that Bradenton Beach considers it Church Avenue.

“It’s Church Street on my map,” he said. “I don’t know if it was ever changed. My argument is that named streets can be called anything you want. As far as I’m concerned, just leave it that way.”

Gatehouse said he was suggesting a name correction, not a name change.

“People can still call it Church Street if they want,” he said. “They can call it Interstate Church if they like. Right now, it looks silly because two of the streets are named Church Avenue. The whole thing makes us look silly.”

Commissioner Gay Breuler seconded Gatehouse’s motion, which passed 4-1 to authorize Woodard to change the sign to Church Avenue. Straight was the dissenting vote.

The Jan. 17 meeting started with Mayor John Shaughnessy thanking commissioners and city staff for the hard work they do and going “above and beyond” by working within the community whether it be for the city or charity.

In other matters, citizens continue to complain about noise coming from Bridge Street businesses at night.

The city is in progress of reviewing its noise ordinance and Shaughnessy reminded citizens that “we are working on it.”

He said citizens need to do more than just call police to complain about the noise.

“When you do have a complaint, file it with the police department so we have a paper trail,” he said. “We are working the noise ordinance, but it’s a very touchy thing. We want it, but we want to do it right.”

Shaughnessy said he is working with Police Chief Sam Speciale and city planner Alan Garrett. Commissioners also plan to hold work sessions in the coming weeks.

In attorney business, Ricinda Perry announced that a contract with ZNS Engineering, the firm hired for the Historic Bridge Street Pier reconstruction project, should be presented at the Feb. 4 meeting.

Perry also announced that she is finalizing details of a contract that would secure the services of Rusty “Lawrence” Monroe, of Municipal Solutions, to review cell tower applications.

The announcement is a change in direction from previous meetings where Gatehouse wished to put distance between the city and Monroe, and emails from Monroe, who wrote he no longer wished to do business with Bradenton Beach.

Tensions rose when Gatehouse questioned the city’s cell tower ordinance that financially benefitted Monroe. Gatehouse said he would attempt to have the ordinance repealed or, at least amended, but that effort never came to fruition.

Gatehouse had cited where Monroe’s ordinance was challenged in the courts in other states, but Monroe insisted in that example that the city had gone against his advice.


Comments attributed to Florida Maritime Museum director Karen Riley-Love in a story regarding the resignation of Manatee County Clerk of Circuit Court R.B. “Chips” Shore from the Florida Institute for Saltwater Heritage board of directors should have been attributed to FISH board member Karen Bell.

Court to appoint third doctor on competency in sex case

Yet another doctor will be asked for an opinion on whether a Bradenton Beach man alleged to have sex with a 15-year-old is fit to stand trial.

Joseph Edmund Chiquet is in his third year in Manatee County jail awaiting trial on felony charges of having sex with a minor, child pornography and witness tampering.

By a Dec. 3 order, 12th Judicial Circuit Judge Thomas Krug appointed psychologists Eddy Regnier and Mary Elizabeth Kasper of Sarasota to evaluate Chiquet’s mental capacity.

“Two doctors were appointed,” said assistant State Attorney Anthony DaFonseca after a Jan. 16 docket sounding. “One came back competent. One came back incompetent. So we’re going to have a third doctor appointed.”

The psychologists were asked to evaluate the defendant’s understanding of the charges against him; his capacity to disclose pertinent facts; his ability to exhibit appropriate courtroom behavior; and capacity to testify relevantly and cope with the stress of incarceration prior to trial.

The doctors’ reports were sealed Jan. 8 by the court.

Chiquet’s attorney Mark Lipinski raised the competency issue June 27, and filed a prior report by Regnier, which he said found his client incompetent. Regnier’s report described Chiquet as severely depressed, homicidal and suicidal. It also concluded, “He should be hospitalized in a state hospital where he can be medicated involuntarily.”

Chiquet was arrested in 2009 after he allegedly had sex with a teenager and took sexual photographs of her in his Bradenton Beach apartment. Search warrants yielded additional child pornography from his computers, according to police records.

While out on bond in 2010, Chiquet was charged with offering $10,000 to a former girlfriend to tell police she was depicted in the photographs and not, as prosecutors allege, the 15-year-old girl. After adding the bribery charge, the court revoked Chiquet’s bond and he was returned to jail.

Two appeals have further prolonged the case — one by the defense and one by the prosecution — regarding the discovery of evidence.

The case was originally scheduled for a July 2012 trial, and postponed to Jan. 28. At the Jan. 16 docket sounding, the trial date was set for April 1.

The competency issue must be determined before a trial. DaFonseca said he’ll be meeting with Chiquet’s attorney Mark Lipinski to recommend another doctor to evaluate Chiquet’s competency.

A 10 a.m. March 20 docket sounding will be the next hearing.

All hearings are held in Courtroom 6A at the Manatee County Judicial Center, 1051 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton.