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Sports – 12-31-2014

Island sports flashback: January-June

 

My how the time flies.

Another year, another year in review of the sports happenings on and around Anna Maria Island. In past years, I’ve compiled my top 10 as a review of the year, but I’ve decided this year to review the happenings, month-by-month, and then choose a sports story of the year.

This week reviews the first six months. As usual, the majority of my column is based on activities at the Anna Maria Island Community Center. Youth and adult sports results and statistics sent in by center athletic director Matt Ray and assistant athletic director Ray Gardner are the meat and potatoes in my weekly digests.

Other regular contributors include golf reports from the Key Royale Club sent in by Tom Nelson for the men and Joy Kaiser and Helen Pollock for the women, along with horseshoe news from Anna Maria City Hall regulars.

Here you have the first half of The Islander sports news flashback from 2014:

 

Looking back

January and February saw adult volleyball and flag football, as well as youth flag football starting up. There were some good games, most notably a 14-17 division game between Swordfish Grill Browns and Waterfront Restaurant Cowboys. The Browns edged the Cowboys 25-24 behind strong play from Derek Polch, who completed 10 of 15 passes, including two touchdown passes to Mikey Ellsworth.

The first big story of February saw a pair of island siblings — Madeline Valadie and brother Luke Valadie — compete in their first half marathon, Feb. 23 Publix Gasparilla Distance Classic in Tampa.

Madeline, then a sophomore at Bradenton Christian, finished with a time of 2:05, placing her 13th in her group. Luke, then an eighth-grader at King Middle, finished with a time of 1:53, placing him third in his group.

Appearing in the March 5 Islander was the crowning of the Key Royale Club’s men’s non-handicap champion and a hole-in-one. Gary Risner rolled past Ron Pritchard five and four in the men’s championship match, meaning he held a five-hole lead with four holes left to play in the Feb. 28 match.

Another achievement came Feb. 28 — a hole-in-one for Chet Hutton, who aced the 114-yard eighth hole with a hybrid 7-iron shot.

The March 12 Islander reported results of the Ron Pepka, The King Memorial Horseshoe tournament at the Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe pits. The late Pepka reported horseshoe results for many years before his death in November 2013. The team of Bob Palmer and Tim Sofran outlasted Rod Bussey and Bill Wright to win the inaugural tourney. Steve Doyle and Norm Good finished in third.

The Anna Maria horseshoe pitchers participated in the Gulf Coast Senior Games at G.T. Bray Park Feb. 20 and came away with some hardware. Jay Disbrow and Bill Wright led the way with gold medals, while Herb Puryear brought home silver. Sam Samuels, Steve Doyle, Bob Mason, Gene Bobeldyk and Bob Lee brought home bronze.

The NFL flag football season came to an end March 21 with Super Bowls for each of three age groups.

Tyler’s Ice Cream Vikings apparently caught a little bit of March Madness, as the No. 6 seed marched to the finals, and won in a blowout game, capturing the 8-10 division crown.

The Vikings dominated No. 1 seed West Coast Air Conditioning Dolphins 31-6 in the first of the Super Bowl matchups March 21. Quarterback Thomas Heckler and receiver Tuna McCracken were the driving force for the Vikings, hooking up for three touchdown passes.

The 11-13 division Super Bowl followed the seedings as No. 1 LPAC Cardinals and second-seed Sandbar Colts battled it out in a high-scoring, back-and-forth affair that saw the Cardinals hang on for a 38-34 victory..

The 14-17 division had a chance for an underdog champion, but The Feast Broncos put an emphatic end to that pipe dream with a 35-6 drubbing of No. 5 seed Integrity Sound Lions.

Island Real Estate Raiders outscored Ross Built Panthers 40-38 to win the 30 and over Super Bowl March 20 at the center.

Fourth seeded Duffy’s Tavern Eagles upset No. 1 seed Slim’s Place Bears 41-34 in the March 19 semifinals and then rolled to a 41-28 victory over No. 2 seed Beach to Bay Construction Dolphins April 2 to bring home the 18-and-over Super Bowl trophy.

 

April

April sports opened with the adult coed volleyball league playoffs at the center. The season ended April 2, with one-day playoff among the three-team league. Discount Signs & Wraps defeated Southern Greens 25-10, 23-25 and 25-10 in the semifinals before setting their sites on top seeded Duncan Real Estate, which earned a bye into the finals for taking first place in the regular season.

Florida Discount Signs won in straight sets, but they were close games, winning 25-20 and 25-16 to win the championship trophy and of course, bragging rights for the season.

Forty friends and golfers from Westbay Point and Moorings and Shell Point condominiums got together for a nine-hole scramble April 3 at Key Royale.

The team of Robert Hoffman, Joan Graham, Cheryl Schlehuber and Al Pollock combined on a 1-over par 33 to take first place and the day’s bragging rights. Second place went to the team of Bill Gallagher, Caroloe Homer, Bob McGlynn and John Lindwall, who finished one shot back.

Schlehuber won the ladies’ longest-drive competition, while Charlie Porter won the men’s longest drive. Helen Pollock and Bill Anderson won the closest-to-the-pin competitions.

When the tourney ended, the golfers were joined by significant others and friends for a get-together in the clubhouse.

Island resident Ryan Leestma took first in the eighth annual Gator Half Triathlon at Lake Manatee State Park April 13. Leestma, who lives in Bradenton Beach with his wife and kids, completed the course in 4:37:59, which was about five minutes faster than the second-place finisher. Leestma finished the 1.2-mile swim in roughly 20 minutes, the bike portion in 2:25 and finished the 13.1-mile run in 1:46.

 

May

The Smile Deep 4 v 4 soccer tournament was a rousing success that brought more than 100 adults and kids to the center for a day of soccer, fun and camaraderie. The tourney raised $7,000 from registrations, raffle sales and T-shirt sales.

The event defrayed some of the expenses for the treatment of coach Paul Hayward’s battle with renal cancer. Friends known as the Smile Deep gang, along with a host of generous sponsors, presented the tournament.

There was some good soccer, as well. The adult division had nine teams, but in the end, the kids won. A group of students from the Saint Stephen’s High School — Los Frijoles Blancos — won it all in dramatic fashion. After playing Big D to a 2-2 tie in regulation time, Los Frijoles Blancos won the game in sudden-death overtime thanks to a golden goal from Colin Yates.

The youth division, which also had nine teams, including five Manatee Magic entries, was captured by the Gesh Monsters, a team made up of Braden River Rage players. They defeated the White Magic 4-1 in the finals behind four goals from Tynon Dolan. The White Magic’s lone goal came from Robbie Fellowes early in the second half.

 

June

The youth basketball league at the center ended June 6 with championship games in three age groups. The higher seeded team easily “held serve” in the 8-10 division and the 14-17 division, but the No. 2 seed, BridgeTender Inn, upset the top-seeded Eat Here in a back-and-forth battle in the 11-13 championship game.

Beach Bums won the 8-10 division playoff with a 17-4 victory over Island Real Estate.

Dips Ice Cream ended the Cinderella story of fifth-seed Heritage Paper Company with a 75-51 victory in the 14-17 division championship game.

Heritage Paper had no answer for Christian Hampton, who lit the center gym up for 37 points including six, 3-pointers. Jake Parsons added 14 points for Dips Ice Cream.

In most sports leagues, teams battle throughout the regular season to earn favorable seedings to improve their chances of advancing to the championship game.

Top seeded Jessie’s Island Store fashioned an undefeated season in the center’s adult soccer league and a first-round playoff matchup June 19 with last place Slim’s Place, which had won only two games during the regular season.

So what happened? No. 8 seed Slim’s Place scored a 4-3 upset victory over the top seed and sent them home, but they were not alone. No. 3 seed Lapensee Plumbing and No. 4 seed Ross Built lost to lower-seeded teams in the first round of the Island Cup chase.

Slim’s defeated Jessie’s 4-3 in a penalty-kick shootout after playing to a 3-3 tie in regulation. Danny Anderson, Erin Vogel and Shawn Wampole converted their penalty kicks for Slim’s, while Aron Parkin and Danny Burton converted their penalty kicks for Jessie’s.

No. 2 seed Island Pest Control avoided the upset trend with a tight 2-1 victory over Beach to Bay Construction. Eric Pullen and Andrew Turman scored for Island Pest Control, while Ray Gardner finished with 10 saves in the victory.

Agnelli Pool & Spa continued the upsets with a 4-1 victory over third-seed Lapensee Plumbing behind a pair of goals from Alisha Keene and single goals from Matt Kretzman and Chris Klotz.

Sato Real Estate’s 3-1 victory over Ross Built was the third lower-seeded team to win in the first round of the playoffs. Josh Bernet scored two goals and Matt Plummer added a goal and an assist for the winners. Allyson Titsworth added an assist, while Jason Sato made 11 saves in goal to preserve the victory.

See you next week with news from the second half of 2014. And a happy new year to all.

Island police blotter – 12-31-2014

Anna Maria

No reports.

Anna Maria is policed by the MCSO.

Bradenton Beach

No reports.

Bradenton Beach is policed by the BBPD.

Cortez

        Dec. 6, 4000 block of 129th Court W., domestic battery. A couple’s argument in a parking lot turned physical when a man hit the woman’s vehicle and then the woman. U.S. Coast Guard employees observed the altercation, including a child being taken in and out of a car seat, and intervened. The man left the area. He was arrested by the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office Dec. 16 and booked into jail. He was released on a $1,000 bond, no contact order with the victim and a given a court date for a misdemeanor arraignment.

Dec. 15, 11703 40th Ave., criminal mischief. An unknown person entered Manatee Fruit Company and broke several light bulbs.

Dec. 19, 4400 block of 119th Street West, battery. Two men fought at a homeless camp. Each told the responding deputies the other had started the fight and signed waivers of prosecution.

Cortez is policed by the MCSO.

Holmes Beach

Dec. 17, 7300 block of Palm Drive, possession of marijuana. After stopping a speeding motorist, police arrested a man for possession of 4.9 grams of marijuana found in his center console.

Holmes Beach is policed by the HBPD.

        Streetlife is based on incident reports and narratives from the Bradenton Beach Police Department, Holmes Beach Police Department and Manatee County Sheriff’s Office.

Fishing – 12-31-2014

Change up: Switch fishing locations to hook up in 2015

 

It’s almost January — the start of a new year. With it comes the cold northeast winds brought on by frequent cold fronts arriving from the north.

Those of us who just can’t stay off the water know that not every day is going to be sunny and calm with a light southernly breeze — especially in January. This being said, you also know how frustrating it can be when you can’t reach the spots you’d like to fish due to the wind and chop on the water.

But, don’t fret, there is a solution so you can go get your fishing fix — dock fishing.

Yeah, you’re right. It may not be the most glamorous sort of fishing. Might not be the most scenic either, but when it comes to ordering a pizza for dinner because you didn’t catch any fish that day, it’s not so bad.

Dock fishing offers an opportunity to find calm waters and fish. On the windiest days, you can usually find a residential canal that’s out of the wind. And a lot of times, the fish have migrated to these areas. The calmer conditions make it easier for the fish to locate food, such as shrimp and small baitfish, which in turn attracts predatory species.

During the winter months, you should be able to find a variety of species that will inhabit these sheltered docks. Redfish, flounder, sheepshead and black drum are probably the most apparent, although don’t be surprised to find snook and spotted seatrout, too.

To fish these docks, you need live baits — shrimp or crabs. You can use artificials, such as Berkley Gulp shrimp or DOA shrimp. Whether fishing live or artificials baits, the key is being able to cast under the dock. It’s usually imperative, so keep practicing until you can get it there every time.

Lastly, keep in mind that a lot of the docks you want to fish are in someone’s backyard. Use proper etiquette and behave as if you are a guest.

Capt. Aaron Lowman at Island Discount Tackle in Holmes Beach is targeting pompano along the beaches and on the flats of Anna Maria Sound. To attract a bite, Lowman is using small pompano jigs tipped with a piece of fresh-cut shrimp. By drifting and jigging, Lowman’s clients are reeling up pompano up to 4 pounds. While targeting pomps, you also can expect to find ladyfish, jack crevalle and Spanish mackerel.

Black drum, redfish and sheepshead are being caught while aboard Lowman’s Carolina Skiff. To target these species, he’s fishing residential docks and canals. This provides excellent action, especially during windy days, when getting around the local waters can be a challenge. The calmer waters around these docks and canals act as a sanctuary for these wintering fish. Live shrimp on a knocker rig is producing a bite.

Jim Malfese at the Rod & Reel Pier says once again the bite is being dominated by black drum and sheepshead. Pier fishers using live shrimp are catching keeper-sizes of both species.

Pier fishers are using a bottom rig, which consists of an egg sinker, swivel, a few feet of 30-pound leader and a small hook to catch the fish. Using a leader as strong as 30 pounds may seem like overkill, but there’s a reason for it. Large snook and redfish like to take up residence under the pier and you never know when one will decide to eat your bait. In this instance, the 30-pound leader can make the difference between a picture-worthy catch or getting cut off by a mystery fish.

The most talked about catch this week at the R&R occurred during the night. Brock Ewing, while shark fishing managed to hook into something considerably large. By using a whole mullet for bait, Ewing got a strike and set the hook. After battling with what he assumed was a large shark, Ewing was amazed when the fish surfaced. A goliath grouper estimated between 80-100 pounds had eaten Ewing’ s mullet and was doing everything it could to get off the hook. Moments later the fish tired out, and was brought to the shallow where it was safely released.

Capt. Rick Gross of Fishy Business Charters is finding success in Sarasota Bay by working docks with live shrimp. Black drum, sheepshead, redfish and flounder are responding to baits placed under docks and around pilings, especially those with deep water.

On the flats, Gross is finding rod-bending action by jig fishing. By drifting and jigging, ladyfish, bluefish, jack crevalle and even a few spotted seatrout are being caught. Although this method isn’t producing a lot for the dinner table, it definitely provides nonstop action on days when the bite is a challenge.

Capt. Warren Girle is finding refuge from the strong winds in the Gulf of Mexico by fishing the backwaters in Sarasota Bay.

By drifting and jigging, Girle is leading his clients to a variety of species, including pompano. Pompano in the 2-pound range are being caught on small jigs tipped with shrimp with an average of 8 to 10 being caught on a four-hour charter. In between pompano bites, ladyfish, bluefish, trout and jacks are in abundance. On one four-hour charter, Girle had four fishers who managed to reel up 215 fish. Granted, most were ladyfish and bluefish but, for the sheer number of fish, that’s a lot of hookups.

On calmer days, Girle is fishing the nearshore reefs in the Gulf of Mexico. Mangrove snapper are still providing consistent action on live shrimp or fresh-cut shiners. Gag grouper, although out of season, are inhabiting nearshore structure. Most are being seen or hooked by anglers reeling up small snapper.

Here’s wishing you a happy new year and wet lines.

Submit your fishing report to fish@islander.org.

 

The Islander Newspaper E-Edition: Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014

The Islander Classifieds: Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014

ITEMS FOR SALE

FOLD UP PLAYPEN: Excellent condition. Measures 2.5×3.5-feet. $25. 941-704-5543.

MEN’S PING GOLF clubs with TaylorMade driver, bag and pull cart, $60. 941-778-5216.

CLUB CAR GOLF cart: H8 volt system, almost new batteries, many extras. Excellent condition, $1,800 or make offer. 941-778-5216.

WROUGHT-IRON CEILING pot rack, $20, plate rack, hanging, holds three plates, $18, 616-634-6633.

SIX OAK OFFICE chairs: Antiques, perfect for eclectic dining set. The Islander newspaper, 5604B Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.

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

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.

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.

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 and Thursday, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday. Annex open mornings same days. Donations accepted 9-11 a.m. Wednesdays. 511 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. 941-779-2733.

STEFF’S STUFF ANTIQUES and Consignment. steffsstufflbk.com. Open daily. 941-383-1901.

LOST & FOUND

WANTED: IPHONE 5 that was stolen from Resort Sixty-Six on Dec. 24 in room 108. Phone has a pink otter box. No questions asked, just return. 931-538-9061 (may text for anonymity).

PETS

FOSTER HOMES NEEDED! Rescued pets are looking for great new homes! Please, call Moonracer Rescue for information, 941-896-6701.

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.

HELP WANTED

EXPERIENCED REAL ESTATE sales associates wanted. Generous commission split. Call Julie Royal or Mary Ann Schmidt at SunCoast Real Estate. 941-779-0202.

IMMEDIATE OPENINGS: PART-time sales. Evenings and weekends a must. Retirees welcome. Inquiries, 727-244-5906.

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. 941-685-5213.

REPORTER WANTED: Full-to-part-time. Print media, newspaper experience or journalism degree required. Apply via email with letter of interest to news@islander.org.

POSITIONS AVAILABLE: Area’s foremost culinary team hiring chefs, sous chefs and kitchen personnel. Top wages paid. Contact Beach Bistro at 941-778-6444.

KIDS FOR HIRE

RED CROSS-CERTIFIED babysitter and high school 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.

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.

PRESSURE WASHING AND windows: Commercial, residential and resorts. Roofs, buildings, houses driveways etc. 941-251-5948.

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

WILDLIFE REMOVAL AND relocation: Problem solving for all animals, big and small. Call Joe, Westcoast Nuisance Wildlife Service. 941-720-4152.

CARPET CLEANING: QUALITY Counts Carpet cleaning. Upholstery cleaning. Tile and grout cleaning. Pet/wine stain removal. Manatee Chamber member. Great price, free estimates. Local owner. Call 941-756-1082.

JUST THAT CLEAN: We’ll clean your home like our own! Free estimate. Jenise, 941-730-6773, Brad, 941-704-5609.

D.L. HAYES CLEANING: Bonded and insured. Rachael Bidwell/ Sheila Darcy, 941-932-5347 or 941-224-1486. For all your cleaning needs.

PROOF, POST, PUBLISH: Local editor-writer available for consulting, draft editing, final proofing and copywriting, as well as social media management for your group or business. Email Lisa Neff at lmneff@me.com.

BUSINESS-TO-BUSINESS JD’s Window Cleaning looking for storefront jobs in Holmes Beach. I make dirty windows sparkling clean. 941-920-3840.

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.

TREE-LAWN WORK: Serving Manatee and the islands 25 years. All phases of tree work, hedges and palm trees. Call Phil or Jeff, Brewer and Gunn Enterprises 941-809-7930.

TREES BY BREEZE: Tree trimming, landscapes, maintenance, insured. “What’s said is good as done.” 941-778-2837.

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

LANDSCAPING

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.

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

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, handcrafted work, interior/exterior. The Flying Dutchman, 941-447-6747.

ISLE TILE: QUALITY installation floors, counters, backsplashes, showers. Licensed, insured. Call Chris at 941-302-8759.

PAINTING: DONALD PERKINS Painting LLC. Interior, exterior. 40 years experience. Fully insured with references. 941-705-7096.

EXPERT PROPERTY REPAIRS: 25 years, 24/7, locally owned, free estimates. Call Joe Naples, 941-487-0073.

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

SOUTHWEST HOME IMPROVEMENT: Michigan builder, quality work guaranteed. Affordable, timely, within budget. Call Mike, 1-616-204-8822.

ANNA MARIA HOME Accents: 20 years experience in building and remodeling. Local, licensed and insured. 786-318-8585.

EXPERT PROPERTY REPAIRS: 25 years, 24/7, locally owned, free estimates. Call Joe Naples, 941-487-0073.

DESIGN AND BUILD: 30 years experience, free estimates and plans. No job too small or too large. Carl V. Johnson Jr. 941-795-1947 or 941-462-2792. Bradenton license # RR0066450. Florida.

RENTALS

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

BRADENTON BEACH: SEASONAL rental 2BR/1BA. One house from beach. $1,000/week. www.gulfbeachrental.net or 941-778-4731.

ANNA MARIA: REMODELED 2BR/1BA. Weeks and months available:  December through April 2015. 114 Oak Ave., Anna Maria. 941-778-7933.

HOLMES BEACH: NEWER seasonal rental. Beautifully furnished 2BR/2BA, great location, no pets. 847-530-8833.

HOLMES BEACH VACATION rental: Fully furnished 2BR/2BA with utility room and enclosed lanai. Conveniently located. $3,000/month. Call 941-761-3308.

PALMA SOLA: 3BR/2BA, possible 4BR, large home. Two-car garage, carport, $1,450/month. Call 941-809-6434.

REAL ESTATE

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.

REAL ESTATE: BUY, sell, invest. Enjoy. Billi Gartman, Realtor, Duncan Real Estate. 941-545-8877. www.AnnaMariaLife.com.

FREE! WHAT EVERY real estate buyer or seller needs to know! Go to: www.yourmarketupdate.com. 941-400-8735.

SANDPIPER CO-OP, 3BR/2BA for $229,000. 2601 Gulf Drive N., unit S-21, Bradenton Beach. Brock Real Estate Inc., 941-896-8822.

CANALFRONT: RECENTLY RENOVATED 2BR/2BA villa with dock. Near Intracoastal with no bridges. Great soon-to-be gated community. Pet friendly. Bradenton. Yes, you can have it all. $260,000. Katharine Pepper, RoseBay International, 941-751-0582 or 802-363-9973.

DISCOVER THE OTHER Island: Tidy Island in Sarasota Bay. Tastefully renovated lakefront condo, 3BR/2BA, two-car with storage. This condo has so much to offer! Pet friendly. $344,900. Katharine Pepper, RoseBay International, 941-751-0582 or 802-363-9973.

GORGEOUS LOT: 14,160 sf, 80-by-177-feet. Located at 1107 Palma Sola Blvd., Bradenton. Stunning views of Palma Sola Bay with great potential for new construction. For more details, contact Gregg Bayer at AMI Beaches Real Estate, 941-799-9096.

FOR SALE: NORTHWEST Bradenton 3BR/2.5BA townhouse. Tiled, needs bedroom carpeting. Two-car garage, $157,900. 847-530-8833.

BEAUTIFULLY REMODELED 3BR/2BA two-car garage 1,968 sf home in Anna Maria. 1,745 sf lot with room for pool. Must sell, $699,900. 941-778-3626.

ESCAPE THE ISLAND/Key traffic, high taxes and flood insurance costs. Move just across the Cortez Bridge to the upscale community of Coral Shores and our upscale home at 4502 Nassau Road, 34210. Waterfront quick access Intracoastal Waterway/Gulf of Mexico. $549,000. www.4502Nassau.com. 941-795-5225.

VILLAGE GREEN 2BR/2BA, two-car garage. FSBO. 1,803 sf living area. $162,000. villagegreencondo4sale@gmail.com. 213-999-6463.

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).

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.

REAL ESTATE: BUY, sell, invest. Enjoy. Billi Gartman, Realtor, Duncan Real Estate. 941-545-8877. www.AnnaMariaLife.com.

FREE! WHAT EVERY real estate buyer or seller needs to know! Go to: www.yourmarketupdate.com. 941-400-8735.

SANDPIPER CO-OP, 3BR/2BA for $229,000. 2601 Gulf Drive N., unit S-21, Bradenton Beach. Brock Real Estate Inc., 941-896-8822.

CANALFRONT: RECENTLY RENOVATED 2BR/2BA villa with dock. Near Intracoastal with no bridges. Great soon-to-be gated community. Pet friendly. Bradenton. Yes, you can have it all. $260,000. Katharine Pepper, RoseBay International, 941-751-0582 or 802-363-9973.

DISCOVER THE OTHER Island: Tidy Island in Sarasota Bay. Tastefully renovated lakefront condo, 3BR/2BA, two-car with storage. This condo has so much to offer! Pet friendly. $344,900. Katharine Pepper, RoseBay International, 941-751-0582 or 802-363-9973.

GORGEOUS LOT: 14,160 sf, 80-by-177-feet. Located at 1107 Palma Sola Blvd., Bradenton. Stunning views of Palma Sola Bay with great potential for new construction. For more details, contact Gregg Bayer at AMI Beaches Real Estate, 941-799-9096.

FOR SALE: NORTHWEST Bradenton 3BR/2.5BA townhouse. Tiled, needs bedroom carpeting. Two-car garage, $157,900. 847-530-8833.

BEAUTIFULLY REMODELED 3BR/2BA two-car garage 1,968 sf home in Anna Maria. 1,745 sf lot with room for pool. Must sell, $699,900. 941-778-3626.

ESCAPE THE ISLAND/Key traffic, high taxes and flood insurance costs. Move just across the Cortez Bridge to the upscale community of Coral Shores and our upscale home at 4502 Nassau Road, 34210. Waterfront quick access Intracoastal Waterway/Gulf of Mexico. $549,000. www.4502Nassau.com. 941-795-5225.

VILLAGE GREEN 2BR/2BA, two-car garage. FSBO. 1,803 sf living area. $162,000. villagegreencondo4sale@gmail.com. 213-999-6463.

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).

 

The Islander Classifieds: Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2014

ITEMS FOR SALE

AMI LOCKETS, $35. They make great Christmas gifts! 941-778-6288.

WET SUIT: 3/8-inch heavy duty, hood, booties, gloves, fits 125-145 lbs., $35. 941-778-0250.

FOR SALE: HOLIDAY-etched crystal coffee mugs, set of 8, $10. Holiday cocktail and wine glasses, $1.50 each. Call 941-737-9173.

TWO QUEEN MATTRESSES, $99, rotary lawn mower, $18, all-in-one printer, $59. Judy, 616-634-6633.

HEDGE CLIPPER, $18, microwave, $20, men’s size 8 roller blades and accessories, $45. 616-634-6633.

SIX OAK OFFICE chairs: Antiques, perfect for eclectic dining set. The Islander newspaper, 5604B Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.

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

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.

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.

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 and Thursday, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday. Annex open mornings same days. Donations accepted 9-11 a.m. Wednesdays. 511 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. 941-779-2733.

STEFF’S STUFF ANTIQUES and Consignment. steffsstufflbk.com. Open daily. 941-383-1901.

PETS

FOSTER HOMES NEEDED! Rescued pets are looking for great new homes! Please, call Moonracer Rescue for information, 941-896-6701.

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.

HELP WANTED

EXPERIENCED REAL ESTATE sales associates wanted. Generous commission split. Call Julie Royal or Mary Ann Schmidt at SunCoast Real Estate. 941-779-0202.

IMMEDIATE OPENINGS: PART-time sales. Evenings and weekends a must. Retirees welcome. Inquiries, 727-244-5906.

REPORTER WANTED: Full-to-part-time. Print media, newspaper experience or journalism degree required. Apply via email with letter of interest to news@islander.org.

KIDS FOR HIRE

RED CROSS-CERTIFIED babysitter and high school 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.

HEALTH CARE

CAREGIVER TO HELP the elderly: 30 years experience in Manatee and Sarasota, looking for part-time work 4 hours, 3-4 days a week. Call Diana, 941-761-1419 or 941-545-7114.

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.

PRESSURE WASHING AND windows: Commercial, residential and resorts. Roofs, buildings, houses driveways etc. 941-251-5948.

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

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

WILDLIFE REMOVAL AND relocation: Problem solving for all animals, big and small. Call Joe, Westcoast Nuisance Wildlife Service. 941-720-4152.

CARPET CLEANING: QUALITY Counts Carpet cleaning. Upholstery cleaning. Tile and grout cleaning. Pet/wine stain removal. Manatee Chamber member. Great price, free estimates. Local owner. Call 941-756-1082.

JUST THAT CLEAN: We’ll clean your home like our own! Free estimate. Jenise, 941-730-6773, Brad, 941-704-5609.

STRUGGLING WITH MATH homework? Fully certified grades 5-12, and 10 years experience, math teacher, looking to help you and your student to become more successful. Call Stacey Brebaugh, 941-524-4177.

D.L. HAYES CLEANING: Bonded and insured. Rachael Bidwell/ Sheila Darcy, 941-932-5347 or 941-224-1486. For all your cleaning needs.

WANT TO USE your rusty French? Call Geraldine for group (3 or 4) walks, coffee, visits all in French for an hour. 941-795-3034.

FRENCH TUTORING: Experienced, French. Can help students at any level. Call Geraldine, 941-795-3034.

NICK PATSIOS PEST Control and Lawn Care: 22 years experience on AMI. Roaches, ants, white fly. License # JF8348. Call Nick, 941-713-2071.

PROOF, POST, PUBLISH: Local editor-writer available for consulting, draft editing, final proofing and copywriting, as well as social media management for your group or business. Email Lisa Neff at lmneff@me.com.

BUSINESS-TO-BUSINESS JD’s Window Cleaning looking for storefront jobs in Holmes Beach. I make dirty windows sparkling clean. 941-920-3840.

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.

TREE-LAWN WORK: Serving Manatee and the islands 25 years. All phases of tree work, hedges and palm trees. Call Phil or Jeff, Brewer and Gunn Enterprises 941-809-7930.

TREES BY BREEZE: Tree trimming, landscapes, maintenance, insured. “What’s said is as good as done.” 941-778-2837.

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

LANDSCAPING

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.

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

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, handcrafted work, interior/exterior. The Flying Dutchman, 941-447-6747.

ISLE TILE: QUALITY installation floors, counters, backsplashes, showers. Licensed, insured. Call Chris at 941-302-8759.

PAINTING: DONALD PERKINS Painting LLC. Interior, exterior. 40 years experience. Fully insured with references. 941-705-7096.

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

SOUTHWEST HOME IMPROVEMENT: Michigan builder, quality work guaranteed. Affordable, timely, within budget. Call Mike, 1-616-204-8822.

ANNA MARIA HOME Accents: 20 years experience in building and remodeling. Local, licensed and insured. 786-318-8585.

RENTALS

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

BRADENTON BEACH: SEASONAL rental 2BR/1BA. One house from beach. $1,000/week. www.gulfbeachrental.net or 941-778-4731.

WEST BRADENTON BEAUTIFUL home: Three miles from beach, won’t last!  2BR/2BA all amenities included. Seasonal, $2,000/month. Call Joani for details, 941-448-7119.

ANNA MARIA: REMODEL 2BR/1BA. Weeks and months available:  December through April 2015. 114 Oak Ave., Anna Maria. 941-778-7933.

BRAND NEW! HARBOUR Isle, annual rental. 2BR/2BA, two-car garage, den, lanai. Granite, lake views, one mile to Anna Maria Island. 1,621 sf, unfurnished. $2,200/month. John, 917-318-7754.

HOLMES BEACH: NEWER seasonal rental. Beautifully furnished 2BR/2BA, great location, no pets. 847-530-8833.

ANNUAL VILLAGE GREEN villa: 2BR/2BA, two-car garage. Spectacular lake view and heated community pool steps away. $1,550/month. Realtor, 941-356-1456. Real Estate Mart.

ANNUAL LAKEVIEW VILLAGE townhouse: Gated community, approximately 8 miles to beach, 2BR/2.25 bath, community heated pool steps away. $1,250/month. Realtor, 941-356-1456. Real Estate Mart.

WANT TO RENT: 7-plus bedroom house on Island. Dates: Dec. 25-Jan. 1 2015. 605-651-1887 or 941-896-6144.

HOLMES BEACH VACATION rental: Fully furnished 2BR/2BA with utility room and enclosed lanai. Conveniently located. $3,000/month. Call 941-761-3308.

REAL ESTATE

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.

REAL ESTATE: BUY, sell, invest. Enjoy. Billi Gartman, Realtor, Duncan Real Estate. 941-545-8877. www.AnnaMariaLife.com.

FREE! WHAT EVERY real estate buyer or seller needs to know! Go to: www.yourmarketupdate.com. 941-400-8735.

SANDPIPER CO-OP, 3BR/2BA for $229,000. 2601 Gulf Drive N., unit S-21, Bradenton Beach. Brock Real Estate Inc., 941-896-8822.

CANALFRONT: RECENTLY RENOVATED 2BR/2BA villa with dock. Near Intracoastal with no bridges. Great soon-to-be gated community. Pet friendly. Bradenton. Yes, you can have it all. $260,000. Katharine Pepper, RoseBay International, 941-751-0582 or 802-363-9973.

DISCOVER THE OTHER Island: Tidy Island in Sarasota Bay. Tastefully renovated lakefront condo, 3BR/2BA, two-car with storage. This condo has so much to offer! Pet friendly. $344,900. Katharine Pepper, RoseBay International, 941-751-0582 or 802-363-9973.

LOCATION, LOCATION: BRADENTON Beach Triplex. Three houses from the beach and three houses from the bay. Call for details, Patti Evans, 941-773-0877, Keller Williams on the Water.

GORGEOUS LOT: 14,160 sf, 80-by-177-feet. Located at 1107 Palma Sola Blvd., Bradenton. Stunning views of Palma Sola Bay with great potential for new construction. For more details, contact Gregg Bayer at AMI Beaches Real Estate, 941-799-9096.

FOR SALE: NORTHWEST Bradenton 3BR/2.5BA townhouse. Tiled, needs bedroom carpeting. Two-car garage, $157,900. 847-530-8833.

ANNA MARIA ISLAND: 5BR/4BA modern home. Open water view, heated pool, boat dock and turnkey furnished. $1,300,000. Great rental return. Realtor, 941-713-9835 or 941-756-1090. Real Estate Mart.

2BR/2BA VILLAGE GREEN condo for sale by owner. $162,000.   VillageGreenCondo4Sale@gmail.com.

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).

Shipwreck: Repairs stalled on Skullywag

The Skullywag, the Anna Maria Island Privateers’ float-ship, may be looking at Davey Jones’ locker, but it is not there yet.

The 60-foot parade float is parked at an auto body shop in Bradenton following a Dec. 6 wreck. The Skullywag was struck on the port side by a pickup truck following a Christmas parade in Sarasota.

The damage from the collision left the ship inoperable. AMIP president Bob “Stitch” Dominas, who was driving the ship at the time, suffered injuries that will require therapy, he said.

“The guy was really intoxicated, driving at 10 o’clock at night with no headlights. The ship was lit up like a Christmas tree,” Dominas said.

According to a Florida Highway Patrol crash report, the driver of the pickup was assumed to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol, but refused a sobriety test on the scene.

Dominas said the fate of the ship is uncertain as members wait to hear from the insurance companies.

“We’re just waiting on them. Our policy is looted. We don’t have enough money in our policy to cover the damages. We don’t know what we’re going to do right now. We’re hoping they even have coverage,” he said.

Dominas said that in addition to the gapping hole on the side of the ship, the rear axle was “pretty much sheared off,” and the recently installed sound system and floors of the ship were destroyed.

“We don’t know if it’s fixable yet or how much it is going to cost us. It was a custom-made ship, so there’s no one that could give us a price,” Dominas said.

He said the group recently researched costs for a smaller float that would have to be towed and prices ranged from $50,000-100,000.

However, the Privateers haven’t held any fundraisers for repairs to the ship because of the uncertainties. Dominas said the nonprofit does not want to seek donations if insurance money will cover the damages.

“The Privateers are going to continue with or without a ship at this time,” Dominas said. “Our first priority is to make sure we continue with our mission, kids and community. I’ve always said the life’s blood is our members and our mission. The Skullywag is just how we get there.”

 

The inception of the Skullywag

      In July 2007, the Skullywag was christened in the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce parking lot with the firing of a ceremonial pistol.

John “Redbeard” Swager and Patti Lamoreux pulled the trigger to christen the float-boat in honor of the late Jim “Skully” Hungerford.

Hungerford was a longtime Privateer and a fiberglass builder. His skills made him an instrumental part in building the group’s new ship in 1999.

Hungerford, born in Akron, Ohio, moved to Manatee County in 1971. He died Nov. 22, 2006.

The ship was named through a contest won by two Manatee County students from Electa A. Lee Magnet Middle School. Contest entries only had one requirement — they had to include “Skully” in a tribute to Hungerford.

The Privateers also read a dedication at the 2007 ceremony: “For thousands of years, we have gone to sea. We have crafted vessels to carry us and we have called them by name. These ships will nurture and care for us through perilous seas, and so we affectionately call them ‘she.’ To them we toast and ask to celebrate the Skullywag. To the Privateers of old. To the Skullywag.”

“Today we come to name this lady the Skullywag and send her to sea to be cared for, and to care for the Anna Maria Island Privateers. We ask the Privateers of old and the mood of god that is the sea to accept the Skullywag as her name, to help her through her passages and allow her to return with her crew safely. To the sea. To the Privateers before us. To the Skullywag.”

Anna Maria pushes rental licenses

Yes, there is agreement.

While Anna Maria commissioners continue to consider what should be in an ordinance regulating vacation rentals, the content is undecided. But commissioners agree the ordinance must include a licensing program for vacation rentals.

Of primary importance to the commission is whether the city’s residential zoning ordinance adopted in 1996 prohibits vacation rentals in the city.

That too remains open for debate among commissioners and attorneys, but a license program has unanimous consensus.

Shawn Kaleta, owner of Beach-to-Bay Construction of Holmes Beach and a resident of Anna Maria, said he has no problem with licensing procedures. He noted that Holmes Beach already has such a program.

Kaleta is building five homes on Magnolia Avenue in Anna Maria, but he’s not retaining any of them for his company.

The homes are being purchased as residences, and if the owners want to convert their homes to vacation rentals, it would be up to them to follow any city licensing procedures, if they are enacted.

Whatever is in the city’s vacation rental ordinance, however, is likely a long way off, Kaleta said.

“There are a number of issues to consider and I like how the commission is taking input from the vacation rental industry,” he said.

Anna Maria resident Maureen McCormick, Larry Chatt of Island Real Estate, other vacation rental property owners and managers, and a few lawyers donating their time were to present a draft vacation rental ordinance at the commission’s Dec. 18 meeting.

 

Anna Maria rejects city attorney’s advice on rentals

By Rick Catlin

Islander Reporter

Anna Maria lacks legal representation for the biggest crisis in recent memory, Mayor Dan Murphy said.

The legal crisis arose as commissioners voted 3-2 to remove Dye from providing advice on vacation rentals. The majority on the commission said Dye has a conflict of interest.

Dye, before the vote, said that’s not the case. He owns one of the small homes built in the late 1950s by baseball Hall-of-Famer Warren Spahn. Dye said the house is primarily rented long-term.

He noted commissioners agreed at a previous work session that homes constructed before the 1996 enactment of a residential zoning ordinance would be grandfathered for use as a vacation rental, and a future vacation rental ordinance would address rentals of four or more bedrooms. His two-bedroom property would be a permitted use under those guidelines.

Dye said he called the Florida Ethics Commission office of for the Florida Bar Association for an opinion before the commission meeting.

“They told me they saw no conflict of interest,” he said.

Webb said, “I think you do have a conflict.”

Dye responded, “My feeling is you don’t want my advice. If I have a conflict, I would recuse myself.” He added he had no problem with the city getting a second legal opinion and that he disagrees with some of attorney David Levin’s findings that the 1996 zoning ordinance prohibits vacation rentals.

A motion by Commissioner Doug Copeland to allow Dye to provide advice on the vacation rental ordinance was defeated 3-2. Commissioner Dale Woodland voted with Copeland, while Commissioners Nancy Yetter, Carol Carter and Webb voted no.

That leaves the city without a city attorney, Murphy said.

“Yet, this is the most critical issue of our time.”

Commissioners then voted unanimously to retain the services of Sue Trevarthen, a legal adviser to the Florida League of Cities, to research the 1996 zoning ordinance and provide an opinion on whether it can be used to prohibit or limit vacation rentals.

Levin has given the city an opinion that the 1996 zoning ordinance prohibits commercial activities in the residential zone and, Levin said, vacation rentals amount to a commercial activity.

Copeland said he wanted a second opinion.

When discussion turned to a draft vacation rental ordinance, Dye left the meeting.

The draft ordinance was briefly discussed at a previous meeting. It was presented by resident Maureen McCormick, who worked with vacation rental property managers and owners, all hoping for cooperation on the issue.

Commissioners agreed to study the draft ordinance and be prepared for discussion at the Jan. 8 meeting.

Webb said he was pleased to see cooperation among vacation rental agents and residents. About 90 percent of vacation rental agents in the city have adopted “best practices” rules for tenants, he noted.

“It’s the other 10 percent who don’t follow best practices that cause the trouble,” Webb said.

In other business, commissioners adopted the moratorium ordinance on issuance or acceptance of building permits for dwellings with four or more bedrooms with a one-year end date of Dec. 18, 2015.

A deed restriction was included that allows a property owner to receive a building permit if he or she restricts the home from rentals of less than 30 days for a five-year period unless unusual circumstances prevail.

Building official Bob Welch said property owners with building applications on hold who want to sign the covenant could do so now.

Copeland and Woodland said they hoped the vacation rental ordinance would be adopted before the moratorium expired.

“One thing’s for sure, this vacation ordinance isn’t going to be ready for quite some time,” Woodland said.

Murphy said he would contact Trevarthen for a cost estimate to review the 1996 ordinance and provide the city an opinion on whether it prohibits vacation rentals.

Murphy had no comment on the commission’s decision to remove Dye from providing legal advice on a vacation rental ordinance.

Dye told The Islander Dec. 19 he had no comment on the commission’s action due to client confidentiality rules.

Booked: a merry island Christmas

Many Anna Maria Island accommodation owners and managers say their properties are at or near capacity for the Christmas-New Year’s holiday. Anyone looking for an island vacation that week should act quickly.

“It’s a normal Christmas,” said Sue Brinson of Anna Maria Island Accommodations, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria.

“We always expect to be full and this year is no different. We have a few openings here and there, but they are being taken quickly,” she said.

Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce president Mary Ann Brockman said she’s having a difficult time finding reservations for those who call the chamber office.

“We have a list of our members who have an available unit for the week, but it’s dwindling fast,” she said.

Brockman found a unit for someone at the White Sands Resort, 6504 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, only because the unit was being remodeled and owner Jeff Geary didn’t want to rent it until he was sure it would be finished in time for the holidays.

David Teitelbaum, who owns four resort motels in Bradenton Beach, agreed this is a typical Christmas season.

“We expect to be full. We’ve got a few rooms left and it depends upon the dates the person wants. For those walk-ins who show up the day before Christmas, we’ll try to accommodate them, either at our resorts or through the chamber,” Teitelbaum said.

He added that fair weather is predicted for the island Dec. 25-Jan. 1, 2015, and that’s always a plus for the tourism industry.

Brockman said many visitors coming for the Christmas week asked her about dining out on Christmas Day. She’s making a list of member restaurants that will open on Christmas.

And she’s checking it twice.