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Island police blotter – 12-18-2013

Anna Maria

        • Dec. 3, 100 S. Bay Blvd., Anna Maria City Pier, lost property. A complainant reported he set his wallet down and went for coffee. When he returned, his wallet was missing. He said he was not sure if someone stole it or if he had misplaced it.

• Nov. 28, 500 block of Blue Heron Drive, vehicle burglary. Unknown persons gained entry to a boat and stole the steering wheel and lower motor. A cooler also was taken. Missing items were valued at $4,200.

• Dec. 2, 307 Pine Ave., General Store, attempted shoplifting. A suspect walked to the beer case and concealed a 12-pack of beer in his backpack. He then walked to the counter where he purchased a pack of cigarettes. The clerk questioned the man about the beer in his backpack, at which time the suspect allegedly said, “You got me.” He returned the beer to the case and exited the store. He was not located by law enforcement.

Anna Maria is policed by the MCSO.                                   

Bradenton Beach

        • No new reports.

        Bradenton Beach is policed by the BBPD.

Cortez

• No new reports.

        Cortez is policed by the MCSO

Holmes Beach

• Dec. 8, 200 block of Harbor Drive, vehicle burglary. An unknown person gained entry into an unlocked vehicle and removed a canvas bag. The empty bag was found on the neighbor’s property, and the contents were missing.

• Dec. 11, 100 block of 68th Street, criminal mischief. Someone damaged a large light globe by throwing an object at it. Damages were estimated to be $200.

• Nov. 30, 5346 Gulf Drive, Hurricane Hank’s, hit and run. Several witnesses observed a woman back her vehicle into a bike rack and then accelerate onto Holmes Boulevard. Witnesses were able to get a description of the vehicle and a license plate number, which was provided to police. An officer stopped the vehicle the following day on Holmes Boulevard and the woman was questioned about the incident. She said she remembered hitting something, but did not think it was a vehicle. Police issued her two traffic citations and she gave $100 to Hurricane Hank’s for the damage to the bike rack.

• Dec. 2, 300 block of 56th Street, disturbance. Police were called in reference to someone shouting profanities, but were unable to locate the suspect upon arrival.

• Dec. 2, 2800 block of Avenue C, theft. A complainant reported that he returned from vacation to find his unsecured bicycle stolen from his yard. The bike was valued at $150.

• Dec. 5, 2800 block of Avenue C, burglary. A man reported that someone cut the screen to his patio and stole two 18-packs of beer from an outside refrigerator. He told police it wasn’t the first time it has happened, which is why he put locks on the patio door. The stolen items and damages to the screen were estimated at $90.

        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.

Real Estate – 12-18-2013

105 Fourth St. N., Bradenton Beach, a 2,300 sfla / 3,564 sfur home built in 2013 on a 50×88 lot was sold 11/25/13, 105 4th LLC to Gulf View Beach House LLC for $1,006,000.

107 Park Ave., Anna Maria, a 1,643 sfla / 2,323 sfur 2bed/2bath/1car home built in 1957 on a 100×106 lot was sold 11/27/13, Hendricks to Bean Point Properties LLC for $855,000; list $855,000.

211 84th St., Holmes Beach, a 1,491 sfla / 2,065 sfur 3bed/2bath/1car pool home built in 1974 on a 90×100 lot was sold 11/25/13, McMullen to Shinn for $470,000; $524,900.

1800 Gulf Drive N., Unit 107, La Costa, Bradenton Beach, a 952 sfla 1,088 sfur 2bed/1½bath condo with shared pool built in 1979 was sold 11/27/13, Federal National Mortgage Association to Schafer for $442,000.

6400 Flotilla Drive, Unit 13, Westbay Point & Moorings, Holmes Beach, a 1,114 sfla / 1,426 sfur 2bed/2bath condo with shared pool built in 1978 was sold 11/21/13, Bott to Shapiro for $232,700; list $259,000.

3705 East Bay Drive, Unit 213, Sunbow Bay, Holmes Beach, a 1,146 sfla / 1,247sfur 2bed/2bath condo with shared pool built in 1980 was sold 11/25/13, Frenay to Scherrer for $208,900.

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

Sports – 12-18-2013

Young ‘Magic’ soccer teams conjure competitive league play

 

Manatee Area Youth Soccer Organization’s competitive soccer program, the Manatee Magic, is just past the midway point in its season in the United Soccer League.

Magic boasts six teams, four of them in Division II, the exceptions being the U12 Magic girls in Division III and the U10 boys, for which there is no division or standings. All of the five competitive teams are having respectable seasons and sit in the middle of their standings or higher.

The U11 Magic boys, including islander Sam Bowers and Luke Marvin, who boasts island connections, are currently in fourth place with three wins, four losses and a tie.

The U12 Magic boys, coached by myself and former islander Ken Richards, is represented by former islanders Conal Cassidy and James Richards. The team is currently tied for third place with four wins, four losses and a pair of ties.

The U12 Magic girls, currently 5-2 and in third place in their division, is the only team without island ties.

The U13 boys are coached by former Island Football Club player Neil Fellowes and represented by some familiar island names, including Lane Bowers, Brennan Bowers, Nicholas Ananicz and Aiden Grumley. They are in fourth place with three wins, three losses and a tie.

The top team for the Magic both in standing and the most Islanders is the U14 Magic girls. They are in second place with four wins and three ties and only have surrendered six goals in seven matches thanks to a defense spearheaded by islanders Emma Moneuse, Grace Bowers, Morgan Burns and Danielle Capparelli. Other islanders on the squad are Brooke Capparelli, Lily Meaker, Jenna Rodgers and Olivia Glavan, while Brooke McIntosh and coach Brett McIntosh also have island ties.

Most, if not all of the players either from the island or with island connections got their start in soccer at the Anna Maria Island Community Center.

MAYSO encourages all players who want to compete at a higher level than the center’s recreational league to give the Manatee Magic a try.

The teams will be back in action after a two-week break for the holidays.

Key Royale golf news

It was another busy week on the Key Royale Club links with many risking a sunburn in the unseasonably warm December afternoons.

The action got started Dec. 7 with an 18-hole, individual-low-net golf match. Jim Thorton grabbed clubhouse bragging rights with a 4-under-par 60 to earn a four-shot victory over Jim Mixon, who was alone in second with an even-par 64.

Dec. 9 saw the men get out for both morning and afternoon rounds of golf. They played a nine-hole, two-best-balls-of-foursome match to start the day.

The team of Fred Meyer, Charlie Knopp, Al Gunn and Jim Auch, along with the team of Bill Schuman, Dennis Schavey, Ron Robinson and Ron Pritchard and last, but not least, the team of Pieter Thomassen, Gerry Taylor and Jim Vicar, all carded matching 52s to finish in a three-way tie for first place.

The afternoon saw the men play a nine-hole, modified Stableford-system match. Dan Richardson road an eagle on the first hole to a plus-8, which gave him individual honors with Quentin Talbert alone in second at plus-5.

The team of Fred Miller, Bob Lang, Gary Razze and Tom Lewis combined on a plus-7 to take the team title for the day.

The club women took to the course Dec. 10 for a nine-hole, individual-low-net golf match. Sue Little fired a 5-under-par 27 to earn a one-shot victory in Flight A over Joy Kaiser and Helen Pollock, who tied for second place at 3-under-par 28.

Flight B saw Meredith Slavin, Kris Landkammer and Barb Estok all card 3-under-par 29s to finish in a three-way tie for first.

Judy Ward’s 2-under-par 30 was good enough for a two-shot victory in Flight C. Rita Allan was alone in second place at even-par 32, while Markie Ksiazek was another shot back in third place.

Sally York had the round of the day, an 8-under-par 24 that gave her first place in Flight D. Nell Bergstrom’s 3-under-par 29 gave her second place, while Marcia O’Brien was alone in third with a 1-under-par 31.

The men were back on the course Dec. 11 for an 18-hole, two-best-balls-of-foursome match. The team of Wade LaDue, Jim Helgeson, Carl Voyles and Jim Thorton combined on a 32-under-par 96 to earn first place. Second place went to the team of Ron Pritchard, Tom Lewis and Vince Mercadante, who carded a 26-under-par 102.

The men played a nine-hole scramble Dec. 12, playing only par-3 holes. The team of Fred Miller, Randy Clark, Rich Papini and Tony Butzek matched the 3-under-par 24 carded by the team of Ken Rickett, Jerry Elson, Dick Mills and Tom Bode to finish in a tie for first place.

Friday the 13th was lucky for the team of Mary Lou Drier, Sue Little, Bob Reid and Jim Thorton, who combined on a 15-under-par 49 to win the coed, two-best-balls-of-foursome match. The team of Marylyn Thorton, Heather Blaine, Mary Lou Kaemmerlen and Barry Martin finished in second place with an 11-under-par 51.

Horseshoe news

High quality horseshoe play stood out Dec. 11 in the action at the Anna Maria City Hall pits. Four teams emerged from pool play and battled it out in semifinal games that both ended in dramatic fashion — double ringers. Paul Sheatler and Rod Bussey defeated Herb Puryear and Sam Samuels 26-18 in the first match, while John Crawford and Tim Sofran defeated Bob Mason and Dom Livedoti 24-14 in the second semifinal match.

The finals were close until Sofran ended with a six-pack, double-ringer to give he and Crawford a 25-20 win.

Dec. 14 action had two teams qualify for the knockout stage. The team of Gene Bobeldyk and Sam Samuels earned a 23-20, come-from-behind victory over the team of John Crawford and Rod Bussey to earn the day’s bragging rights.

Play gets underway 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 – 12-18-2013

Fishing for migratory species stays hot as temps stay warm

 

With temperatures remaining mostly warm in December, fishing is following suit. Water temps are back into the low 70s, which is a welcome sight. Migratory fish such as ladyfish, Spanish mackerel, jack crevalle and bluefish are lingering in the bays and passes since the water isn’t cold enough to push them south. Other migratory fish, such as pompano, are making a showing along the beaches as well as in the local bays.

On the flats, trout are responding to live shrimp under a cork or soft plastics combined with a jighead. Either method is effective, although drifting and jigging allows you to cover a vast expanse of grass flats, whereas fishing with shrimp is more spot-specific. Basically, if you know where a concentration of fish are, you can use shrimp, if you don’t, try drifting and jigging.

Finally, fishing nearshore structure is a good bet if you’re looking for groceries. Snapper, Key West grunts, sheepshead and flounder are responding to live shrimp fished on the bottom. The snapper and grunts are fairly abundant, but the flounder and sheepy bite is sporadic. Ultimately, this method of fishing will contribute fillets to the deep fryer — and good tasting ones, too.

Capt. Warren Girle is fishing the flats of Sarasota Bay resulting in a variety of species. By using fresh-cut pieces of ladyfish, Girle’s clients are hooking into slot-size redfish. To find the reds, Girle instructs his clients to cast ladyfish chunks into sandy potholes in water depths of 2-3 feet. Some redfish respond greatly to scent. Girle is managing to put limits of fish in the box for his clients.

Next, Girle is moving to slightly deeper water and is switching over to drifting and casting shrimp-tipped pompano jigs. By using this method of fishing, Girle’s clients are reeling up Spanish mackerel, ladyfish, jack crevalle and pompano. This bite is fairly consistent, which provides good action on light tackle.

Finally, on calm days, Girle is venturing into the Gulf of Mexico. By using fresh-cut live shiners for bait, Girle’s clients are hooking up snapper 15-20-inches. Along with snapper, juvenile grouper and keeper-size flounder are responding to cut bait fished on the bottom.

Dave Sork at the Anna Maria City Pier says pier fishers using live shrimp for bait are finding a variety of species. Flounder, black drum and juvenile grouper are readily taking baits fished under the pier. Keeper-size drum and flounder can be expected, although the grouper being caught are barely 12 inches in length.

Migratory fish, such as Spanish mackerel, jacks and ladyfish, are finding the pier. Timing is everything when targeting these fish. Typically, these fish are caught as they pass the pier on their way in or out of Tampa Bay. Silver spoons, Gotcha plugs or small white crappie jigs are a good choice when targeting these fish. Combine these with a fast retrieve and you may see results.

At Island Discount Tackle, the guys are busy preparing for the Christmas rush, but they’re still managing to fit in a little fishing.

On the beaches, pompano are responding to pompano jigs tipped with a pink teaser fly. By jigging through the trough that runs parallel to the shoreline, beach fishers are managing to pull pompano out during early morning hours. Although the pompano bite is sporadic, Spanish mackerel, bluefish, ladyfish and jack crevalle are filling the void.

On the flats of Anna Maria Sound, drifting and jigging with soft plastics is proving prosperous for spotted seatrout. The Key Royale flats, as well as the flats around the bulkhead and the mouth of Manatee River, are holding decent numbers of fish. Persistence is key because most trout being caught are undersized.

Finally, nearshore structure is still producing a snapper bite. Fresh-cut shiners and threadfin herring are a good bet to tie into these tasty fish. Live shrimp are a good bet to use for bait, too. Expect to find snapper anywhere in the range of 8-18 inches. By-catch on nearshore structure is resulting in flounder, Key West grunts and even a few sheepshead.

Send fishing reports to fish@islander.org.

Obituaries – 12-18-2013

Margery A. Rothfuss

Margery A. Rothfuss, 72, of Bradenton, died Dec. 8. She was born July 30, 1941, in Minneapolis.

Mrs. Rothfuss moved to Anna Maria Island in 1961 and prior to her retirement she was a 22-year employee of Manatee County.

Visitation and a celebration of life service were held Dec. 14 at Griffith-Cline Funeral Home, 720 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton. Memorial donations may be made to Tidewell Hospice & Palliative Care, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota FL 34238. Condolences may be made online at www.griffithcline.com.

Mrs. Rothfuss is survived by husband David F.; daughter Debbie Little Holman and husband Randy of Riverview; son John R. Little of Bradenton; step-son David Mathes and wife Sarah of Chicago; grandchildren Krystal, Emily and Nicholas Holman; siblings Thomas Karkhoff of Naperville, Ill.; James Karkhoff of Owatonna, Minn.; Susan Lindberg of Brooklyn Park, Minn.; and Judy Karkhoff of Bradenton.

 

Kevin T. Shean

Kevin T. Shean, of Bradenton and formerly of Holmes Beach, died Nov. 26 after a long battle with cancer. He was born March 7, 1949, in Boston.

Mr. Shean moved to Bradenton in 2004 and joined Bruce’s Taxi after driving a cab in Boston for 30 years. He was a member of the Moose Lodge 2188 in Bradenton Beach. He will be greatly missed.

A memorial service will be announced at a later date. The family would like to thank Tidewell Hospice of Bradenton and especially nurse Kara Schiavare for their care and compassion.

Mr. Shean is survived by his longtime companion, Kathy Call, and his BFF’s (pets), Killer, Monster and Daisy; two sisters; a brother; and several children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

The Islander Classifieds: Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013

ITEMS FOR SALE

DEWALT MODEL 745 10-inch contractor table saw, lightly used, complete, $225. 941-778-2346.

LARGE NEWSPAPER BASKET for a bicycle. $10, pet crate for small/medium animal, $25.  813-503-9364.

FOR SALE: TEN crystal holiday coffee mugs with etched winter scene. Very pretty. $15. Call 941-737-9173.

SHARP FLAT SCREEN TV, 16-inch, $50, Metal Mulisha jacket, medium, $35, Quiksilver mens belt, $20. 941-778-7003.

CHRISTMAS TREE: ARTIFICIAL pine, 7.5 feet, 3,265 tips, $10 cash. 941-792-0008, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.

COMPUTER: DUAL 1.8GHz HT DELL, refurbished $60. 941-756-6728.

NEW SPYDER PAINTBALL value pack, $75. 941-778-7003.

COFFEE TABLE: DROP-leaf, very nice, $100, 1-year old above-ground pool, accessories, 15-18 foot, $100. 941-778-3920.

FREEBIE ITEMS FOR SALE

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 classifieds@islander.org, fax toll-free 1-866-362-9821. (limited time offer)

ANNOUNCEMENTS

SANTA’S HELPER AVAILABLE to assemble toys and bikes! Hurry, call Rick, 941-545-9683.

WANTED: WORKOUT DVDs and retired but working XBox, Wii units with games for Ministry of Presence for kids and teens in Haiti. Deliver to The Islander, 5604B Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.

TERRY HAYES, REALTOR. Premier Sothebys. 941-302-3100. Terry.hayes@sothebysrealty.com. Discoverannamaria.com.

WANTED: YOUR OLD cell phone for recycling. Deliver to The Islander, 5604B Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.

ANTIQUES, ART, and collectibles. View at The Islander store, 5604B Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.

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

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, 5604B 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, 5604B Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Don’t be sorry, be safe.

GARAGE SALES

ROSER THRIFT SHOP:  Open 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesday ,Thursday, 10 a.m-1 p.m. Saturday. 9-11 a.m. donations, Wednesdays. 511 Pine Ave. Anna Maria. 941-779-2733.

STEFF’S STUFF ANTIQUES: Consignment sale 20-50% off, open daily. The Centre Shops on Longboat Key. 5380 Gulf of Mexico Drive. 941-383-1901.

PETS

WELL-MANNERED RESCUED dogs (and kittens!) are looking for great new homes or fosters. Please, call for information, 941-896-6701.

DOGGY DAY CARE: Coastal Canine Cottage. Leave your pets with us for fun and pampering while you’re out! Lisa, 941-243-3990. 8819 Cortez Rd. W., Bradenton.

BOATS & BOATING

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

PONTOON BOAT RENTAL Create life long memories. Call 941-518-3868 or see boatflorida.weebly.com.

ANNA MARIA ISLAND boaters: Selling or buying, call Captain Dave! World Class Yacht Sales, 877-901-BOAT. captaindave@wcyachtsales.com

WAGNER CUSTOM-MADE 15-foot boat on lift, four-stroke, 40-hp, Yamaha motor plus deluxe electric remote motor, trailer. $6,500, will consider street legal cart in trade. 941-778-9184.

50-FOOT DOCK for rent, wide deep-water canal, many amenities. BJ, 941-778-3013.

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!
 Includes a trolling motor with battery. Must see! $500 obo. Call Toni, 941-928-8735. 

HELP WANTED

SINGERS WANTED: BASS and tenor section leaders. Paid positions, Roser Church. Call 941-778-0414, leave message for Jim Johnston.

LIMOUSINE DRIVER NEEDED as soon as possible. Professional appearance. Previous experience a plus. Contact 941-870-7010.

LPNS NEEDED FOR active quadriplegic using Hoyer lift. Morning shifts, 4-5 hours starting at 7 a.m. Overnight shifts, 9:30 p.m.-7 a.m. Travel opportunity. 941-685-5213.

KIDS FOR HIRE

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

RESPONSIBLE RED CROSS certified babysitter. Honor student. Call or text Isabel, 941-545-7995.

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, 5604-B Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.

SERVICES

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.

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

ISLAND COMPUTER GUY, 37 years experience. On-site PC repairs, upgrades, buying assistance and training. Call Bill, 941-778-2535.

TRANSPORT SERVICE: LET me drive you to the airport or anywhere in Florida. Flat rates. Reasonable. Call Mike, 941-567-6634.

CLEANING RESIDENTIAL, COMMERCIAL and resort. Love what we do, love to work. 941-756-4570.

JUST THAT CLEANING service: We will clean your home like our own. We offer organic cleaning products. Free estimate. Call Jenise, 941-730-6773.

U FLY I drive your car anywhere in the USA. Airport runs, anywhere. 941-746-5651, 941-545-6688.

PART-TIME BOOKKEEPING services available, experienced and reliable. Call Michael at 941-713-0284.

JOHN “THE FIREMAN” Island Cycle & Scooter Repair. 25 years experience. Affordable prices. 918-639-5002 or 941-276-1414.

DIRTY LAUNDRY? WORLD-class laundry drop-off service. $1 per pound, most items. Sun Clean Coin Laundry. 2905 Manatee Ave., W., Bradenton. 941-746-0849.

COMPUTER SERVICES: I can fix it. Virus cleanup, system upgrade. Hardware, software and network repair. FBI virus cleaned and removed. 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.: 38-year Islanders. 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! www.jackelka.com. 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.

LAWN & GARDEN

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.

LANDSCAPING

STRAIGHT SHOT LANDSCAPE. Specializing in old Florida seashell driveways and scapes. Free estimates. Call Shark Mark, 941-301-6067.

SHELL DELIVERED AND spread. $50/yard. Hauling all kinds of gravel, mulch, top soil with free estimates. Call Larry at 941-795-7775, “shell phone” 941-720-0770.

TOP NOTCH LAWN Care: Residential and commercial. For all your landscaping needs. 941-932-6600.

NATURE’S DESIGN LANDSCAPING. Design and installation. Tropical landscape specialist. Residential and commercial. 30 years experience. 941-729-9381, 941-448-6336.

HOME IMPROVEMENT

VAN-GO PAINTING residential/commercial, interior/exterior, pressure cleaning, wallpaper. Island references. Bill, 941-795-5100. www.vangopainting.net.

CUSTOM REMODELING EXPERT. All phases of carpentry, repairs and painting. Insured. Meticulous, clean, sober and prompt. Paul Beauregard, 941-730-7479.

TILE -TILE -TILE. All variations of ceramic tile supplied and installed. Quality workmanship, prompt, reliable, many Island references. Call Neil, 941-726-3077.

GRIFFIN’S HOME IMPROVEMENTS Inc. Handyman, fine woodwork, countertops, cabinets and wood flooring. Insured and licensed. 941-722-8792.

JERRY’S HOME REPAIR: Carpentry, handyman, light hauling, pressure washing. Jack of all trades. Call 941-778-6170 or 941-447-2198.

HANDYMAN SERVICE: 25-year Island resident. We do all repair, interior and exterior, insured. The Flying Dutchman, 941-447-6747.

SOUTHBAY HOME REPAIRS: If it’s broken, stuck, loose, leaks, needs paint, etc. I’ll fix it. Affordable quality work. 941-720-2906.

PRESSURE WASHING: RESIDENTIAL, commercial, roofs, driveways, house, lanai, pool area. The Flying Dutchman, 941-447-6747.

PRESSURE WASHING: RESIDENTIAL, commercial, resorts, roof, lanai, etc. Also windows, lawn services, also. 941-756-4570.

PROFESSIONAL TILE ROOF restoration. Call Peter for free estimate, references, insured. The Flying Dutchman, 941-447-6747.

RENTALS

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

VACATION RENTALS: GREAT location near boat ramp and everything on Anna Maria Island. Free WiFi, cable. 941-779-6638.

VACATION RENTALS: BRADENTON houses or condos. Weekly or monthly. Call 941-962-0971 or 941-794-1515. www.coastalpropertiesrealty.com. Suzanne Wilson, broker.

ANNUAL HOME WANTED January 2014: Long-time Island couple seeks single-family home with pool in quiet Holmes Beach or Anna Maria. No pets, no smoking. Minimum 2BR/2BA. Will consider waterfront condo. Tom, 941-993-4909.

1BR AND 2BR units off Cortez Road, two miles from the beach. 3611 117th St. W., one block from the bay. $650-$800/month. 941-518-8478.

JANUARY AND FEBRUARY AVAILABILITY: 1 and 2BR at Westbay Cove condo. Walk to beach, shopping, restaurants, on free trolley line. Tennis, two heated pools. Old Florida Realty Co., 941-713-9096.

SEASONAL RENTAL AVAILABLE January through April. Second floor 2BR/2BA newly remodeled unit with screened lanai and pool. One block from public beach and town. Email ssmithyoga@gmail.com for serious inquiries.

3BR/1.5BA with screen porch, garage. Washer, dryer and big back yard. $2,000 month. Mike Norman Realty, 941-778-6696.

FLORIDA KEYS VACATION rental house. 2BR/2BA with dock, oceanside. Available Dec. 21-Jan. 8. 941-778-3106.

HOLMES BEACH ANNUAL: 2BR/1BA, garage, Florida room, Gulfside, $1,150/month plus utilities, security. 336-509-9636. www.RTBeach.com/beach.

2BR/1BA ANNUAL ELEVATED duplex. One block to beach and shopping. $1,000/month. 941-778-2227 or 991-778-7980.

ONE EXECUTIVE OFFICE for rent, utilities included, great location on Gulf Drive, perfect for real estate office, lawyer, computer tech. Move in with first month rent only, $500. 5386 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. 941-746-8666.

HOLMES BEACH ANNUAL rental. 3BR/2BA, newly remodeled, granite kitchen and baths, washer and dryer, storage on site, convenient location, pet friendly, no smoking, available Jan. 1. $1,600/month. Call 603-969-6840.

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: www.spinnakerscottages.com.

REAL ESTATE

PLEASE CALL ME if you are interested in selling. I am looking to purchase a home close to the beach or on the beach. 941-779-6158. No Realtors.

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.

LAKEFRONT CONDO: 2BR/2BA. $230,500. Over-55 community, no pets, renovated home, quiet area, double carport, ground floor, boat docks, kayak/canoe facilities, heated pool, exercise room, tennis, shuffleboard, and waterfront park on beautiful Sarasota Bay. Only two miles to Bradenton Beach. For sale by owner. Call Fred 941-794-5011.

GREAT LITTLE HOUSE, great big view: Open water view of AMI Bridge, 1950s cottage, block construction, pine accents. New appliances, etc. An island treasure. $849,500. FSBO. 941-730-2606 (leave message).

FOR SALE BY owner: Palm Court off of El Conquistador Parkway. 4816 61st. Ave. Drive W., Bradenton. Move-in ready, 941-524-6977.

SUNBOW BAY TOWNHOUSE: 4BR/3.5BA water view, handicap accessible, garage, pool. By owner, easy show, $359,000. 941-795-3778.

OPEN HOUSE: Noon-4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 22. Best buy, home on a canal per square foot. 3BR/3BA, pool, $649,900. 618 Foxworth Lane, Holmes Beach. Key Royale. Sharon Hightower, Edgewater Real Estate. 941-330-5054.

Welcome to Christmas, Islander-Style!

The Anna Maria Island Privateers, along with their Christmas sleigh, Santa Claus and their float/boat Skullway, join the fun hosted Dec. 6 by The Islander and The Feast Restaurant at the Island Shopping Center in Holmes Beach. Nearly all the shops, including the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce, where a tree-lighting took place at dusk, held open house events. Islander Photos: Bonner Joy.  Click here for more images