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Obituaries – 01-23-2013

Lisa Kaye (Smith) Gunn

Lisa K. (Smith) Gunn, 50, of Myakka City and formerly of Anna Maria Island, died Jan. 8. She was born Feb. 3, 1962, and raised in Bradenton. She lived in Myakka City since 2001.

She was a cheerleader and graduated from Southeast High School. She served four years in a U.S. Air Force combat unit.

Mrs. Gunn helped with her husband’s lawn and tree service, Gunn Enterprise. She will be missed, was loved by many and the life of the party.

Mrs. Gunn is survived by husband Jeff; son Trey Morgan; daughter Skylar Morgan; parents Robert and Kay Smith; brothers Tim and Andy Smith; stepchildren Nicole, Heather and Jeffrey Jr., and the Gunns’ five dogs.


Ruth Ann Niewyk

Ruth Ann Niewyk, 70, of Holmes Beach, died Jan. 20. She moved to Anna Maria Island from Ft. Wayne, Ind. in 2010. She was a teacher and educator.

A celebration of life will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22, at the Brown and Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory 43rd Street Chapel, 604 43rd St. W., Bradenton. Memorial donations may be made to Tidewell Hospice & Palliative Care, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota FL 34238. Condolences may be made online at

Mrs. Niewyk is survived by husband Anthony; son Robert of Oak Park, Ill.; daughter Alex of Honolulu; grandchildren Grace and Jonathan; and sisters, Kathleen Koets of Grand Rapids, Mich., and Jean Smith of Kalamazoo, Mich.


George F. Tooker

George F. Tooker, died Jan. 20. He was born Nov. 13, 1920, in Hoboken, N.J., to George and Eleanor Tooker.

After graduating from Dickenson High School in Jersey City, N.J., he became a first-class machinist. George served at Pearl Harbor as a machinist in the U.S. Naval Reserves.

After World War II, he lived in Teaneck and Bay Head, N.J., working as a machinist.

Mr. Tooker and late wife Agnes moved to Holmes Beach in 1976, where they restored houses. He was a member of Holy Name Society of St. Bernard Catholic Church, a member of the Anna Maria Island Art League and the Senior Adventures Club at Annie Silver Community Center.

A memorial Mass will take place at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach. Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory 43rd Street Chapel, Bradenton is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be made online at

The family thanks Windsor Oaks and Tidewell Hospice for Mr. Tooker’s care. Memorial donations may be made to Tidewell Hospice Inc., 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota FL 34238.

Mr. Tooker is survived by daughters Kathleen and husband Dennis Granstad and Maureen and husband Fred Loveland; grandchildren Jessica and Bryan Rich, Amanda, Greg and Ashley Granstad and Sarah Loveland; and great-grandchildren,Zachary and Sophia Rich.

Sports – 01-23-2013

AMICC NFL flag football season continues for all ages


NFL Flag Football continues at the Anna Maria Island Community Center with games being played Monday through Friday evenings and some Saturdays.

Though it’s early in the season, some teams already are jockeying for the top spot in the standings in each of the three youth age divisions.

LPAC Cardinals are on top of the 8-10 division with a 3-0 record, a game ahead of a trio of 2-1 teams that include Coastal Orthopedic Bears, Tyler’s Ice Cream Vikings and Lobstahs Browns. Beach Bistro Buccaneers, Manatee Cancer Center Dolphins and Miller Electric Chargers follow at 1-2, while Air & Energy Jets is still looking for its first win.

The 11-13 division has Ross Built Dolphins on top with a 2-0 record with the 2-1 Lobstahs Buccaneers right on their heels. Walter & Associates Bears, Edgewater Realty Jaguars and Beach Bums Ravens all sit with 1-1 records, while Mr. Bones Bolts and Holy Cow Cardinals is still looking for a victory.

West Coast Surf Shop Buccaneers, Integrity Sound Falcons and Lobstahs Colts all sport undefeated records in the 14-17 division, while Eat Here Packers, Beach to Bay Construction Browns and Walter & Associates Bears are still searching for a first win on the young season.

The regular season continues until the end of February and March brings the playoffs and the Super Bowl.

The 14-17 division game of the week saw Lobstahs Colts edge Beach to Bay Browns 24-13 Jan. 14 behind the stellar play of Danny Doyle and Hunter Parrish. Doyle completed nine passes for 136 yards and four touchdown passes. Two went to Parrish, who finished with four catches for 104 yards, also passing for 61 yards and running for another 35 yards. George Lardas added four catches for 45 yards and a touchdown, while Burke McCampbell-Hill ran for 15 yards and caught a 1-yard touchdown pass to complete the scoring for the Colts.

Doyle and Lardas paced the defense with seven pulls each, while McCampbell-Hill added a quarterback sack.

Beach to Bay Browns were led by Keegan Murphy, who ran for 64 yards, while also catching three passes for 19 yards and a touchdown. Quarterback Alex Gilman threw two touchdown passes and finished with 62 yards passing. Ryan Gilman finished with a touchdown reception and 38 all-purpose yards, while Chris Johnson added 45 receiving yards and an extra-point reception to complete the Browns’ scoring. Johnson also paced the defense for the Browns with a pair of interceptions in the loss.

In other 14-17 division action last week, Integrity Sound Falcons flew past Walter & Associates Bears 31-14 while West Coast Surf Shop Buccaneers sailed past Beach to Bay Browns 40-19 in Jan. 15 action.

The 11-13 division game of the week Jan. 19 saw Beach Bums Ravens outlast Lobstahs Buccaneers 33-25. Matthew Manger-Denigris passed for 177 yards and four touchdowns to lead the Ravens. Steele Quinard led the receivers with four catches for 44 yards and three touchdown receptions. Leo Rose also had a big day with four catches for 49 yards, including touchdown, extra-point and two-point conversion receptions. John Smith added two catches for 75 yards. Smith also contributed on the defensive side of the ball with two interceptions, including one he took to the house.

Lobstahs Buccaneers were led by quarterback Joe Rogers. He completed 11 of 16 passes for 106 yards and three touchdown passes. Two of them went to Noah Heskin, who finished with four receptions for 33 yards, while Trevor Meek finished with four catches for 44 yards and an extra point. Jean-Paul Russo added 33 rushing yards to go along with 43 receiving yards and a touchdown reception. Russo also came through on defense, leading the Bucs with six flag pulls and two interceptions, including one he took back for a touchdown.

In other 11-13 division action Jan. 19, Ross Built Dolphins defeated Walter & Associates Bears 27-9, while Edgewater Realty Jaguars edged Mr. Bones Colts 20-12. Jan 14 action saw Ross Built Dolphins defeat Beach Bums Ravens 32-19 and Walter & Associates Bears defeated Mr. Bones Colts 21-12.

Coastal Orthopedic Bears clawed its way past Tyler’s Ice Cream Vikings 27-26 in the 8-10 division game of the week Jan. 19. Jackson Hayes had a huge game, rushing for 54 yards and catching six passes for 113 yards, including three touchdowns and an extra point. Tuna McCracken completed eight passes for 103 yards and two touchdown passes, while Gavin Johnston completed one pass for 19 yards and a touchdwon and ran for 21 yards, including a touchdown and an extra point. Evan Christenson completed the scoring with an extra-point reception to provide the winning margin.

Hayes and McCracken led the defense with three pulls each, while Johnston added an interception in the victory.

Tyler’s Ice Cream Vikings received a monster game from Nathan Costello. He ran for 133 yards and three touchdowns, catching three passes for 30 yards and a touchdown reception. Ava Alderson completed the Vikings scoring with a two-point conversion.

Defensively, Nathan Costello led the way with five flag pulls and an interception, while Noah Costello added three flag pulls in the loss.

In other 8-10 action Jan. 19, Manatee Cancer Center Dolphins slipped past Miller Electric Chargers 23-20, while  LPAC Cardinals flew past the Beach Bistro Buccaneers 27-7.

There were three 8-10 division games Jan. 18 led by LPAC Cardinals defeating Manatee Cancer Center Dolphins 25-18. Tyler’s Ice Cream Vikings followed with a 25-6 victory over Air & Energy Jets. The final game of the evening saw Lobstahs Buccaneers roll over Edgewater Realty Jaguars 40-8.

Adult NFL flag football also is ongoing at the center on Wednesday and Thursday evenings. So far, undefeated Florida Discount Signs Colts, Sun Bills and Duffy’s Tavern Raiders appear to be the teams to beat, but the regular season, which runs until the end of February is still young.

The game of the week Jan. 16was a high-scoring affair between Waterfront Restaurant Dolphins and Agnelli Pool & Spa Giants.

Ryan Moss had a huge game, passing for 277 yards and six touchdown passes, also rushing for 64 yards and a touchdown. Jonathan Moss was his favorite target, taking down 10 catches for 121 yards, including five touchdown receptions and an extra point. Ben Kirby added four catches for 102 yards, including a touchdown and a two-point conversion, while Brent Moss finished with four catches for 65 yards and an extra point.

Tim Shaughnessy paced the Giants with 213 passing yards and four touchdown passes, while also running for 93 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Pat Calvary led the Giant receivers with six catches for 136 yards, three touchdowns and an extra point. Caleb Roberts added four catches for 54 yards including a touchdown and three extra points in the loss.

In other adult action Jan. 16, Harrington House Buccaneers defeated Slim’s Place Patriots 26-14. Jan. 17 action included the Sun Bills rolling over BY Construction Bears 40-18, Duffy Tavern Raiders defeated Beach to Bay Construction Ravens 39-12, Florida Discount Signs Colts beat Southern Greens Seahawks 32-14, and Tyler’s Ice Cream Vikings defeated Duncan Real Estate Cardinals 39-12.

Key Royale golf news

The men of the Key Royale Club played a better-ball-of-partners match Jan. 16. Andy Barber teamed up with Peter Proxy and combined on a 13-under-par 51. Gary Harris and Jim Thorton were two shots back with 53, while Wade LaDue and Al Kaiser took third place with a 55.

The women had a shot-gun mixer Jan. 15 followed by a buffet luncheon.

Beatrice Friebe carded a 5-under-par 27 to grab first place in Flight A by one shot over Judy Crowe. Sue Little and Mary Lor Dreier tied for third at 1-under-par 31.

Flight B winner Heather Pritchard’s birdie on number six helped her to a 5-under-par 27, two shots better than Kris Landkammer. Sara Falk took third place with a 2-under-par 30.

Margrit Layh rode a birdie on eight to a 6-under-par 26 to grab first place in Flight C. Judy Wart was three shots back in second place, while Fran Barford and Terry Westby tied for third at 1-under-par 31.

Judy Hanson chipped in on number four to finish with a 4-under-par 28 and first-place in Flight D. Erma McMullen took second with a 2-under-par 30, while Sally Keys and Margret Schuller tied for third at 34.

The men played a modified-Stableford match on the evening of Jan. 14. Jack Connors grabbed individual bragging rights with a plus-7, while Bob Lang was two shots back at plus-5. There was a three-way tie for first place in the team competition at plus-5.

The morning of the Jan. 14 saw the men play a nine-hole, individual-low-net match. Dave Kruger lapped the field with a 7-under-par 25, four shots ahead of Bob Jorgensen and Vince Mercadante. Ron Pritchard and Dick Eichhorn finished in a tie for third place with matching 2-under-par 30s.

Horseshoe news

Three teams advanced out of pool play during Jan. 19 horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe pits. John Crawford and Dave Lansaw drew the bye into the finals and watched as Gene Bobeldyk and Tom Anderton edged Bob Mason and David Thompson 21-18. Bobeldyk-Anderton then defeated Crawford-Lansaw 21-14 in the finals.

Three teams also advanced to the knockout round during Jan. 16 horseshoe action. Norm Good and Steve Doyle drew the bye and watched as Dom Livedoti and Rod Bussey thumped Bob Mason and John Johnson 21-4. Livedoti-Bussey then held on for a tight 23-20 victory over Good-Doyle 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.


AMICC NFL Flag Football schedule

5-7 division

Jan. 25     6 p.m.      Tyler’s vs. Lobstahs


8-10 Division

Jan. 23     6 p.m.      Lobstahs vs. LPAC

Jan. 25     6 p.m.      Bistro vs. Tyler’s

Jan. 25     7 p.m.      Miller Elect. vs. A&E

Jan. 29     6 p.m.      LPAC vs. Tyler’s


11-13 Division

Jan. 25     8 p.m.      Mr. Bones vs. Holy Cow

Jan. 28     6 p.m.      Beach Bums vs. Walter & Assoc.

Jan. 28     7 p.m.      Edgewater Realty vs. Holy Cow


14-17 Division

Jan. 28     8 p.m.      Eat Here vs. Lobstahs

Jan. 29     7 p.m.      Beach to Bay vs. Eat Here

Jan. 29     8 p.m.      Surf Shop vs. Integrity Sound


Adult Division

Jan. 23     7 p.m.      Waterfront vs. Sato RE

Jan. 23     8 p.m.      Southern Green vs. BY Construction

Jan. 23     9 p.m.      Tyler’s vs. Lobstahs

Jan. 24     6 p.m.      Agnelli Pool vs. Beach to Bay

Jan. 24     7 p.m.      Slim’s Place vs. Sun

Jan. 24     8 p.m.      Harrington House vs. Duffy’s

Jan. 24     9 p.m.      FL Discount Signs vs. Duncan RE


Adult Volleyball

Jan. 29     6:30 p.m. Lobstahs vs. IRE

Jan. 29     7:30 p.m. Duncan RE vs. Tyler’s

Jan. 29     8:30 p.m. Lobstahs vs. Tyler’s

The Islander Classifieds: Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013


ENTERTAINMENT ARMOIRE: ISLAND-style, $250, Kitchenaide dishwasher, black, $50, dining table and four chairs, glass top, island-style, $150, sofa, loveseat, chair, cocktail and end tables, $300. 941-778-8292.

BIKES FOR SALE: His and hers cruisers, $80 each. Call 941-840-3946.

COMPUTER: 2GHz with keyboard, mouse and monitor, fresh load of Windows XP, $50. 941-756-6728.

RUSTY BUT TRUSTY: Four 26-inch bikes, $20/bike. 941-778-5202.

CUISINART WINE CELLAR: Holds six bottles, instruction booklet included, $35. Call Marion, 941-761-1415.

CRUISER BIKES: HIS and hers, $55 each. 941-704-4261.

COLLECTOR HALL’S TEAPOTS: $100/each or best offer, bike rack for car trunk, $10. 941-737-9173.

TWO WHITE TOILETS: 1.5 flush, Kohler, nearly new, $50 for both. 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)


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

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

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

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.-3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26. 660 Fox, Longboat Key.


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.


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: KEYS, BUDGET rental, red Kia Forte. Lost Jan. 16 at TimeSaver, Holmes Beach. Reward. 941-778-6240.


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.

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.

KAYAK: 14-FOOT Hobie Mirage tandem. Two seats, two-foot pedals, two oars. Great condition, $1,500. Also, dock boards, 44 2×4-foot dock boards, each 5 feet wide, $25 for all. Steve, 941-224-0505.

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.


IMMEDIATE OPENING FOR part-time administrative assistant in busy Island office. Word and Excel a must. Please, call 941-773-3966 for appointment.

JOIN THE TEAM: Great location on Bridge Street. Experienced realtors needed to handle walk-ins and Internet leads. Call Lynn, Edgewater Real Estate, 941-778-8104.

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


LOCAL ISLAND STUDENT babysitter available. CPR and first aid-certified, early childhood development major. Emily, 941-567-9276.

RED CROSS-CERTIFIED babysitter and dog sitter. Reasonable rates for both. Call 941-527-5051.

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.

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.


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.

VACATION RENTAL: ANNA Maria, on the water. 2BR/2BA condo seasonal or monthly rental. $2,500/month. 815-455-9338.

COQUINA BEACH CLUB: Beachfront studio, heated pool. Feb. 2-March 2, $3,400/month includes tax and clean. Extras: washer and dryer, WiFi, furnished sundeck, 42-inch HDTV. Call 401-529-3954.

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

ON-ISLAND CLIMATE-controlled self-storage units available. For details, call Anna Maria Storage, 941-779-0820.

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

PRIVATE ROOM FOR one! North Longboat Key, washer and dryer, utilities included, $130/weekly. 941-383-4856.

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

YOUR BACKYARD IS a 94-foot long private deep-water dock. 3BR/2BA unfurnished 2,000sf house only steps from your boat. All fresh and new inside. Near the Seafood Shack in Cortez. Annual rental, $1,800/month. Call Perla, 941-795-2182.

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.

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:

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.

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Dolphin Dash winners


The Anna Maria Elementary School Parent Teacher Organization Dolphin Dash 5k run gets its start Jan. 12 at the school, 4700 Gulf Drive.

AME first-grader Juliet Greene finishes strong in the Dolphin Dash 1-mile walk/run. Two races on the streets of Holmes Beach started and finished Jan. 12 at Anna Maria Elementary School.

Runner 52, Anna Urban, runs with determination in the Jan. 12 Dolphin Dash.


Young runner, Jack Love, is cheered on as he finishes the 5k run in Anna Maria Elementary School Parent Teach Organization Dolphin Dash. According to race organizer Jesse Brisson, Love had a great 5k run for his age.


Andrew Burgess, AME fourth-grader, sprints to the finish of the 5k Dolphin Dash.


Nicholas Yatros, AME first-grader, runs on air in a sprint to the finish of the 1-mile Dolphin Dash walk/run Jan. 12 on the streets of Holmes Beach.

Islander Photos: Karen Riley-Love


AME PTO Dolphin Dash results:

Dolphin Dash female winners

1st Overall: Dominique Kohlenberger 22.49

Masters Winner: Sandy Meneley 24.21

Grand Masters Winner: Carol Berker 24.46

Senior Grand Masters: Arlene Jarzab 26.57

Vt Grand Masters: Erma McMulle 31.20 31.12

9 & under: Katie Lyssy 31.12

10-12: Gianna Sparks 27.16

13-15: Sarah Quattromani 25.29

16-19: Chelsea Burges 48.45

20-24: Emily Berkes 28.55

25-29: Erica Thomas 39.36

30-34: Heather Empsall 25.39

35-39: Nicole Restauri 26.01

40-44: Mary McCabe 26.04

45-49: Becky Demo 25.08

50-54: Emily Rowe 25.56

55-59: Wendy Biggerstaff 29.01

60-64: Sheri Bedford 27.58

70-74: Esther Van Duzee 32.22


Dolphin Dash male winners

1st Overall: Geremy DeWitt 16.22

Masters Winner: John Skey 21.36

Grand Masters Winner: John Maraia 19.23

Vt Grand Masters: Jim Hicks 24.40

9 & under: Zach Jones 22.19

10-12: Zac Smith 22.40

13-15: Nick Berkes 21.48

16-19: Gerarado Miron 20.24

20-24: Michael Lamb 16.38

25-29: Jonathon Huffy 17.46

30-34: Troy Shonk 19.58

35-39: Brian Jordin 21.43

40-44: Ted Watson 21.47

45-49: Matt McCabe 22.00

50-54: Kent Groves 22.57

55-59: Mark Johnson 27.39

60-64: David Strauss 23.56

65-69: Fred Stewart 23.43

70-74: Tom Conlin Tom Conlin

75-79: Chuck Van Duzee 32.23

80+: Ergwn Baharogly 29.43

Congratulations to all the winners, participants and volunteers for taking part in on a great fundraiser for AME.


Anna Maria stop work order halts ‘improvement’ project

Remodeling of an L-shaped duplex at 300 N. Shore Drive, Anna Maria, by Beach to Bay Construction was halted Jan. 8 by building official Bob Welch after he found several issues with the construction project.

Mayor SueLynn said the site plan also was reviewed by Rik Bass of Bass & Associates professional appraisers. She said Bass found “significant questions” about the cost estimates to warrant a stop work order.

Welch wrote on the stop work order “substantial improvement,” as the reason for halting the project. He said he had not yet discussed the issues with Jim Moss, the project superintendent for the contractor, Beach to Bay Construction.

The administrative issues involve the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Welch said, but he declined to elaborate. He said he did “not feel comfortable” discussing the issues before talking with the contractor.

Welch added, “These are issues that have to be ironed out before construction can continue.”

Richard Eason of Bradenton, who owns 300 N. Shore Drive, was at the property Jan. 8. He said he was shocked when he saw the posted stop work order.

“I thought everything was proper. Yes, there is going to be living space on the ground floor,” Eason said. However, he added, he was told the work does not violate any ordinance or regulation.

When contacted, Beach to Bay Investment principal Shawn Kaleta referred questions to Moss, but efforts to reach Moss were unsuccessful.

Beach to Bay Construction is owned by Scott Eason, but it was Kaleta who came under fire from officials in Holmes Beach for building and marketing large rental properties in that city’s duplex zone. Kaleta maintains he broke no building codes or ordinances.

He said his companies built or remodeled some 60 properties in the city, more than any other builder or investor, and he felt he came under scrutiny for that reason.

BB Scenic Waves stalled

The Bradenton Beach Scenic Waves Partnership Committee is scheduled to hold its annual election of officers in March, but nominations at a Jan. 7 meeting at city hall stalled due to a lack of commitment to serve.

The committee, the first line of authority for any improvements along Gulf Drive, has struggled to hold an official meeting due to poor attendance and a quorum to take action. It is seeking new members to boost the board, which has seen its legitimacy of late questioned by its chair.

For the last few meetings of 2012, acting chair Carl Parks listed an agenda item to discuss the board’s future and legitimacy. The answer from the few board members who attended was to increase membership.

Details on a membership drive are being planned, but anyone with an interest in serving on the Scenic Waves Partnership Committee can contact the city for information.

Nominations for the 2013 board officers stalled Jan. 7 due to the current members’ reluctance to take on additional responsibilities. Many of the existing board members serve on multiple community boards and have busy work schedules.

There were only two nominations for a new chair, currently occupied by Parks after Pat Whitesel resigned earlier in 2012. Parks has served as chair in the past.

Parks received one nomination to remain as chair, as did board member Jake Spooner, who declined, stating obligations to his business take up much of his time.

Spooner did say he would be willing to serve as vice chair, if needed. Secretary Ingrid McClellan, executive director of Keep Manatee Beautiful, indicated she would remain in her board position.

Parks remained silent on his nomination as chair and no vote was taken. Parks, instead, left nominations open until the March election.

In other matters, the board received updates on two projects initially generated through Scenic Waves.

McClellan told the board a Jan. 18 Arbor Day event is proceeding as planned. It will consist of a landscaping redesign of the Bridge Street-Bay Drive roundabout. Officials will hold a ribbon-cutting at noon.

The project is being funded by the Bridge Street Merchants.

City Commissioner Gay Breuler, the commission’s liaison to Scenic Waves, said the $2,600 secured to landscape the city’s gateway on Gulf Drive and Cortez Road also is proceeding as planned.

Breuler is working in coordination with three condominium boards to incorporate the areas of the condo properties in the beautification project. She said only native plants will be used and there are no plans to remove existing vegetation.

“And the city is offering to do the watering until the plants are established,” she said. “I’m hoping to get final approval from the condos so we can get it on the Jan. 17 commission agenda for approval.”

The Manatee/Sarasota Metropolitan Planning Organization liaison to Scenic Waves, Jim Van Pelt, reported that the Manatee County Health Department secured a $40,000 grant for its Complete Streets Program.

Van Pelt said Marissa Sheldon “did a great job” in putting it together and Manatee County was only one of a dozen counties in the country to receive the grant.

“It’s to promote awareness of the county’s walkable and bike-friendly streets,” he said. “It’s primarily targeted for children to help fight childhood obesity.”

Van Pelt said Scenic Waves should be aware of the grant to potentially garner some of the funding.

Committee member David Teitelbaum, also a member of the Manatee County Tourist Development Council and the Anna Maria Chamber of Commerce board of directors, said everything is looking good for tourism and upcoming events.

He did express interest in seeing Bradenton Beach commissioners more involved with the TDC efforts.

Restaurateur and Scenic Waves committee member Ed Chiles confirmed that tourism is doing well, “especially the European numbers, which are very impressive,” he said. “They really love the environment we have here.”

The Scenic Waves Partnership Committee meets the first Monday of every month at 3 p.m., at Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive. Meetings are open to the public.

Musil Buehler’s accused murderer set for first hearing

The trial of William J. Cumber is expected to be scheduled by the 12th Judicial Circuit Court at a Jan. 16 case management hearing. Cumber is accused of the second-degree murder of Holmes Beach resident Sabine Musil-Buehler.

Musil-Buehler had lived with Cumber in the 200 block of Magnolia Avenue in Anna Maria when she was discovered missing Nov. 6, 2008. She and her estranged husband, Tom Buehler, owned Haley’s Motel in Holmes Beach.

Manatee County Sheriff Brad Steube announced Cumber’s arrest on the murder charge in October 2012.

At the upcoming hearing, assistant state attorney Art Brown said he expects the defense to discuss with the judge how long it will take to prepare for trial, including time needed to gather information from depositions, interviews and reports.

Cumber was adjudged indigent, and the court appointed a public defender Oct. 16.

On Dec. 3, the state filed a one-page list of people “who may have information relevant to either the charge or potential defense of the charge — not necessarily all will be witnesses,” Brown said.

In response to a request for discovery of favorable material filed by Cumber’s assigned public defender, Carolyn Schlemmer, the state is required to disclose any witnesses, statements and information under its control, and “they will reciprocate,” Brown said.

“I’m working on a second discovery response right now — with both witnesses and other information,” Brown said Jan. 9.

The murder charge includes allegations that between Nov. 4, 2008, and Nov. 6, 2008, without premeditation, and with a depraved mind, Cumber unlawfully killed Musil-Buehler.

Brown acknowledged that one of the elements the state must prove is the death of Musil-Buehler, whose body has not been found.

“If you do not have a body, you can still establish a homicide,” Brown said, “and there’s case law that says, if a person hasn’t been seen by the people she’d usually see, hasn’t been at places she’d usually gone to or if she’s been absent for a long period.”

An investigation by the MCSO led to Cumber’s arrest.

In a probable cause affidavit dated March 8, 2012, a detective testified to “a strong smell of bleach” in the Magnolia Avenue apartment during a Nov. 6, 2008, interview with Cumber. It also states that Cumber lied about his whereabouts on the day Sabine went missing, and “made several incriminating statements that only the person responsible in Sabine’s death would have knowledge of.”

The court issued a warrant Oct. 12, 2012, on the murder charge and ordered Cumber, who had been incarcerated at the Charlotte Correctional Institution in Punta Gorda, transported to Manatee County.

Cumber was in the state prison on an unrelated arson conviction and probation violation.

Cumber is being held in the Manatee County jail without bond. Brown said bond was not an option because Cumber continues to serve time on the arson sentence.

Cumber faces a maximum sentence of life in prison if convicted on the murder charge.

The case management is set for 9 a.m. before Judge Thomas Krug in 6A at the Manatee County Judicial Center, 1051 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton.

Holmes Beach, KMB to observe Arbor Day

    Holmes Beach will observe Florida Arbor Day at 9 a.m. Friday, Jan. 18, at the trolley stop at 77th Street and Marina Drive.

    At the ceremony, community leaders will dedicate a green buttonwood tree, which is expected to grow to 35 feet tall. The species was recommended Jan. 2 by the parks and beautification committee.

    Two oak trees died after being planted there two years ago, according to parks and beautification committee member Marilyn Shirley. Committee member Dennis Groh said the oaks could not withstand saltwater in that location.

    The committee recommended a green buttonwood be planted, and that a tree replacement —a southern red cedar — be planted in April on National Arbor Day.

    Groh favored the diversity, saying to put in two different species of trees “you’re assuring the success of your plant.”

    Keep Manatee Beautiful, state and city officials are expected at the ceremony.

    KMB executive director Ingrid McClellan, to commemorate the Florida Arbor Day, recently provided the committee and Holmes Beach a $500 U.S. Forest Service grant to develop educational materials.

    In honor of the day, traditionally set aside to recognize the planting and caring for trees, McClellan said KMB contributes to parks and beautification programs countywide, seeking to match city needs with the terms of the grant.

        “We’re not just about planting trees,” said Mcclellan. “There’s also an educational component. We’re about planting, establishing and maintaining them, also.”