A Jan. 17 signal from the Bradenton Beach dais indicated the long-standing feud with Center for Municipal Solutions’ Lawrence “Rusty” Monroe over cell tower application reviews was coming to an end.
But whatever flag of truce was expected to be raised was quickly lowered at a Feb. 7 city commission meeting when city attorney Ricinda Perry pointed out some potential contractual landmines if the city continues on pace to sign a consulting contract with Monroe.
The contract came before commissioners before the amendments to the ordinance — originally written by Monroe — were completed.
Perry said those amendments are not done because Monroe is disputing most of her suggested changes.
Commissioner Ric Gatehouse first called the ordinance into question a few months ago, saying the ordinance was ambiguous, designed to financially benefit Monroe at the expense of local business and removed too much city authority.
Perry summed up her argument against signing the contract by suggesting nothing has changed.
She said city planner Alan Garrett was “carving a special exception on shorter antennas and we discovered more changes were needed, specifically Mr. Monroe’s fees.”
Gatehouse said he has been communicating with Monroe via email and he has received mostly positive responses regarding the changes he sought. The commissioner said he believed a deal was close at hand.
“Unlike Commissioner Gatehouse, I did not receive positive responses to the contract negotiations,” said Perry. “I received one agreement to many objections I had. Legally, I feel it is one sided and does not look out for the interests of the city.”
Gatehouse said the contract rests on the legality of the ordinance.
“We need to fix the ordinance before we sign a contract,” he said. “The old ordinance will put us right back where we were three or four months ago.”
Commissioners have expressed interest in moving the cell tower process along, but “I don’t want to rush into a bad deal,” said Gatehouse.
Mayor John Shaughnessy agreed.
“I want to move this along, but by the same token, do not want to do anything that will come back and bite us,” he said.
Commissioners asked Perry to enter back into negotiations with Monroe in hopes of bringing the issue to the next commission meeting.
Perry said she would act on the commission’s direction, but did not believe she would be able to come to terms with Monroe.
“I don’t think we will come to terms with the consulting agreement,” she said. “I need to know if you need me to fight for this or let it go.”
Commissioner Jan Vosburgh said she wasn’t comfortable with continuing contract talks.
“I think Mr. Monroe has been very difficult to work with,” she said. “I thought all of this was resolved the last time he was mad at us. Then all of a sudden, it’s back in front of us. I think it’s unprofessional.”
Jim Eatrides of Alpha Omega Communications suggested the city back off redoing the ordinance, saying it will be needed if negotiations with Monroe break down.
“That’s an enormous amount of work,” he said.
Perry said the city could have a new ordinance prepared in about two months and pointed out her biggest concerns.
She said the contract gives authority for Monroe to do work without city authorization. When Perry tried to strike that from the contract, she said Monroe declined.
Commissioners balked at the notion.
“Monroe’s concept of how this thing works is very different from ours,” said Gatehouse. “We are not trying to hire a telecommunications czar. We are looking to engage a consultant to be available as required.”
Perry said if commissioners sign the contract, the city would lose authority to delegate work to Monroe, who would have the power to charge the city for unauthorized work.
Commissioner Gay Breuler said if Monroe can’t agree to the city’s concerns, “We won’t have anything to do with you.”
Perry said Monroe also refused to budge on the city paying for an applicant that pulls out of a review.
“Mr. Monroe wants payment for any service and use of the city as a catchall,” she said. “An applicant would be required to set up an escrow account that Mr. Monroe could draw from but he wants a safety net that guarantees the city would pay the balance. I did not like that and wanted it removed. He would not agree to that.”
Perry wanted to include a paragraph that Monroe is responsible for all out-of-pocket costs, “and he wishes to strike that paragraph.”
The third of Perry’s primary concerns is Monroe’s refusal to agree to language that would allow the city to terminate its contract with him if he were to be found doing anything illegal.
“I’m not sure why he objects to that,” she said. “This is a provision that if he does something illegal under the law, we can get rid of him. I put that language in here, but he will not agree to any aspect of termination.”
Perry had other disagreements with the proposed contract, and said, “I 100 percent disagree with Mr. Monroe. I hope we can work this out, but I don’t think we will. What I need to know is whether or not I take a hard line on these negotiations.”
Commissioners agreed that Perry raised sufficient concern on key points. They agreed not to concede many of her points, and directed her to continue negotiations for two more weeks to see if Monroe would change his mind.
“See if he’s willing to give and we’ll make a decision in two weeks,” said Shaughnessy.
Attorney Rich Rumrell of Rumrell Law, Rumrell, Bate & McCleod, P.A., St. Augustine, sent Anna Maria city clerk Alice Baird a public records request Feb. 5 that Baird said is “more massive than the (Commissioner Harry) Stoltzfus requests” of 2010.
Rumrell attended the Jan. 31 city meeting at which commissioners passed an administrative moratorium on new construction and agreed to move forward with a 27-foot height-restriction ordinance.
Rumrell told commissioners he was the attorney for the plaintiff in a successful lawsuit against the city of Venice after commissioners attempted to prohibit vacation rentals in areas where such rentals already existed.
Rumrell’s request includes all records, documents, emails, letters, films, recordings, etc., relating to vacation rentals, both long- and short-term, from among 22 current and former elected and appointed city officials, including the late Shirley O’Day, who was a member of the code enforcement board.
Rumrell requested all records “between, to and from private citizens and/or corporate entities and the planning and zoning board regarding vacation rentals from 2011 to the present.” The same information was requested of the code enforcement board and commission.
The records request includes all agendas and minutes from P&Z board, code enforcement and city commission pertaining to vacation rentals from 2011 to the present.
He also asked for all correspondence from the building department regarding short- and long-term rentals and any records regarding “restricting the number of bedrooms in single-family residences.”
Rumrell further asked for any agreements with city planner Alan Garrett, and agreements with “corporations who employed Alan Garrett.”
Rumrell said “time is of the essence,” but Mayor SueLynn said the request is extremely large for Anna Maria’s small administrative staff. The staff can’t “drop everything” and do nothing but compile records. She estimated it would take several weeks to comply with the request.
SueLynn said she has talked with city attorney Jim Dye about the response time, and Dye will discuss this with Rumrell. The mayor said Baird and other staff already have begun to collect the requested information.
The 22 people named by Rumrell to provide records include SueLynn and Commissioners John Quam, Nancy Yetter, Gene Aubry, Chuck Webb and Dale Woodland.
The request also asks for records from O’Day, Bill Iseman, Jeff Murray, Judith Cable, Carol Lewis, Diana Milesko, building department staff member Diane Sacca, Maureen McCormick, code enforcement officer Gerry Rathvon, former planning and zoning board chair Sandy Mattick, current P&Z chair Tom Turner, and current P&Z members Lou Ellen Wilson, Margaret Jenkins, Mike Pescitelli and Carl Pearman, as well as building official Bob Welch.
Rumrell said he is representing “clients in Anna Maria,” but declined to name them. He said they would be identified if his clients proceed with legal action against the city.
Visitors to the Historic Bridget Street Pier enjoy their day. The pier reconstruction project is back on schedule after the city approved an engineering contract Feb. 7. Islander Photo: Mark Young
The Bradenton Beach Historic Bridge Street Pier reconstruction project saw a significant step forward Feb. 7 after months of delays.
The project consists of replacing 151 pilings and the wood decking. Planning for the project began about a year ago, but passing tropical storms and failed negotiations with the engineer of record stalled the project.
The city decided to send out a request for proposal when insurance obstacles ended negotiations with Sago and Sago Engineering.
ZNS Engineering’s response to the RFP was the lone response. Commissioners accepted the RFP and approved the contract Feb. 7 at the city commission meeting.
“This is nearly identical to contracts we have with all professional services,” said city attorney Ricinda Perry.
Perry said the only difference was the cost of services, which were reduced from the original RFP, which estimated $33,000 for engineering services.
Through continued negotiations, some unnecessary services were removed. Commissioners approved an expenditure of $27,500 in retaining ZNS, although the actual costs may still prove to be lower due to some completed aspects of the engineering study.
Commissioner Gay Breuler moved to approve the ZNS contract. Commissioner Jan Vosburgh seconded the motion, which passed 5-0.
The contract approval authorizes ZNS to develop a scope of work for the pier reconstruction, which in turn will allow the city to move forward with putting the project out for bid.
Building official Steve Gilbert was not at the Feb. 7 commission meeting, but did attend a city pier team meeting earlier that day.
Gilbert said ZNS now has all the documents and is “ready to hit the ground running.”
The project could still be months away, however. Commissioners have previously expressed concern about beginning the project during tourist season, and have indicated they may wait until the winter-spring tourism season ends.
That timeline might be in line with the work still remaining before final bids are released and a contractor hired, which is an altogether separate process.
In other city matters, commissioners unanimously approved the appointment of an attorney from Blalock Walters, P.A., to replace special master Harold Youmans, who resigned his position with the city Dec. 11.
William Robinson Jr. will be the city’s primary special master to hear future variance requests.
Perry said the city advertised the position on two separate occasions.
“We put a lot of effort in getting submissions and only received two,” said Perry. “One of which is not a licensed attorney and it was a requirement that any applicant be a licensed attorney, so we really only had one applicant.”
Breuler moved to accept Robinson as the city’s special master. Vosburgh seconded and the motion passed 5-0.
An estimated 25,000 people are expected to converge on the historic village of Cortez the weekend of Feb. 16-17 for the annual Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival.
According to Florida Institute for Saltwater Heritage festival chair Linda Molto, details are finalized, festival signs are going up and everything is in place to begin welcoming festivalgoers.
“Everything is fine as far as the festival is concerned,” Molto said at a Feb. 3 FISH meeting. “We could always use more volunteers, though.”
FISH treasurer Jane von Hahmann said most of the Saturday, Feb. 16, volunteer positions have been filled, but openings still exist for Sunday, Feb. 17.
Von Hahmann said as many as 40 volunteers are needed to service the beer truck.
“The company manned part of it for us last year, but they are not doing it at all this year, and we still have openings we are trying to fill for the ticket booths,” she said.
Otherwise, she said, “I’m pleasantly surprised at the number of volunteers we have right now. We created a spreadsheet of volunteers this year, so hopefully next year it will be a lot easier to coordinate our volunteers.”
This is the 31st consecutive year for the fishing festival, which will feature a variety of food, music, arts and crafts, and plenty of entertainment.
Passerine will open at the main stage at the festival at 10 a.m. and the harmonizing Shanty Singers take the stage at 11:30 a.m., followed by awards and introductions.
The music picks back up at 12:30 p.m. with Cortez’ country musician Eric von Hahmann, followed by SoulRCoaster at 2:30 p.m., and rock group Razing Cane will sound out Saturday’s music finale on the main stage at 4:30 p.m.
On Sunday, Soupy Davis and his band open the main stage at 10:30 a.m., followed by von Hahmann at noon. Shotgun Justice takes the stage at 2 p.m. and Scott’s Garage closes out the main stage entertainment at 4 p.m.
Seafood is offered in all its forms and recipes straight from the waters of Sarasota Bay and, Molto said, Cortez residents always look forward to showing off a real working fishing village — complete with its own self-admitted “quirkiness, from scenery to seafood; from history to hijinks and from knowledge to novelty.”
The festival prides itself on having something to offer everyone, she said.
Entrance to the festival is off Cortez Road at 119th Street West. Free parking is available east of the village. Shuttle buses also will run festivalgoers from Coquina Beach in Bradenton Beach and from G.T. Bray Park, 3001 59th St. W., Bradenton.
Cost for the shuttle is $2.50 each way and exact change is required. Admission to the festival is $3 and children ages 12 and under are admitted free.
“Bring the grandparents, bring the kids and be prepared to spend the day with us, doing what we do best — having way too much fun,” said festival committee member John Stevely.
The festival hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. both days.
Volunteers can call the FISH office at 941-254-4927 and leave a message with contact information or email Molto at email@example.com.
Christina Guerrero, 24, of State College of Florida in Bradenton, is the winner of the Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival design award.
Guerrero’s award will be featured as the festival logo to accompany the theme “Better Fish to Fry.”
“I came up with the design with the thought I wanted to give the illusion that the fish was so fresh that it was pulled right out of the water, directly into the frying pan,” Guerrero said in a prepared statement.
She said she got into graphic design in a roundabout way, but feels the industry is her future. She graduates in June with an AAS in graphic design.
Guerrero is a Sarasota native, with a 2-year-old son, Davin, and is expecting her second child a month after her graduation.
She claims a $250 prize donated by award-winning artist Susanna Spann, who previously taught illustration at the Ringling School of Art & Design.
Guerrero’s artwork will be displayed on the festival T-shirt, which can be purchased at multiple locations during the Feb. 16-17 festivities in Cortez.
Traffic lines up Feb. 9 from the east on Manatee Avenue at East Bay Drive in Holmes Beach. A safety presentation to address traffic concerns on Anna Maria Island will be given Interim Police Chief Dale Stephenson at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27, in the Holmes Beach City Hall chambers, 5801 Marina Drive. Islander Photo: Kathy Prucnell
A traffic safety meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27, in the Holmes Beach City Hall chambers, 5801 Marina Drive.
Holmes Beach Interim Police Chief Dale Stephenson will talk about traffic laws and ways to promote safe city streets.
The meeting will include frequently asked questions, he said, such as the reason for the small blue lights under stop lights.
The answer, according to Mayor Carmel Monti, is the blue light is synced to the red light so an officer can be at any place near the intersection and see when the light changes.
“He does not have to be looking at the red light itself to see if someone has run a red light,” wrote Monti in a public service announcement.
Recent concerns have been voiced about the closeness of the bike lane to the traffic as more tourists visit the island during the season.
Stephenson gave two examples of recent accidents involving bicyclists.
Less than a month ago, a bicyclist was going against the flow of traffic at 43rd Street and Gulf Drive, and another incident occurred more than a month ago at Clark and Palm drives when a woman on a bicycle drifted onto the soft shoulder after being startled by a trolley.
While Stephenson knew of no injuries associated with the accidents, he said the meeting will promote safety and, hopefulle, prevent future injuries.
For more information, call the HBPD at 941-708-5804.
The investigation into the New Year’s Day 2009 death of Sheena Morris, 22, in Bradenton Beach is moving forward following the cooperation of Kelly Osborn, the mother of Morris.
Osborn’s public campaign to have law enforcement look further into her daughter’s death at the BridgeWalk Resort in Bradenton Beach was successful, but it was interrupted when she refused to release evidence requested by the Bradenton Beach Police Department on behalf of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, which is assisting in the investigation.
Morris was found dead hanging by a dog leash in her motel room shower. The case was initially ruled a suicide, but the cause of death was changed to undetermined in 2011 by District 12 medical examiner Russell Vega.
Vega made the change based on opinions from a forensic pathologist — Dr. Michael Berkland, hired by Osborn — that the crime scene may have been staged.
Berkland’s reputation has since been tarnished by news that he was twice fired from medical examiner duties and later arrested for storing human organs in household containers within a Pensacola storage unit in his name.
FDLE reviewed the initial BBPD investigation in September, and while finding no wrongdoing, recommended further steps be taken to address some concerns.
Police Chief Sam Speciale reopened the case administratively to pursue those FDLE recommendations.
The investigation was moving forward until Osborn refused a November request from BBPD to release Morris’ computer, phone and medical and psychological records.
Osborn’s refusal prompted a Dec. 3 letter from FDLE special agent in charge John Burke outlining the importance of her cooperation and being more careful about what she says in public so as not to harm the investigation process.
A Dec. 12 story in The Islander about the letter spurred Osborn to accuse the newspaper of inappropriately publishing segments of a confidential letter.
However, FDLE and BBPD confirmed that the letter to Osborn was not marked confidential.
Osborn has now cooperated with the FDLE request after more than a month of delay.
“Kelly has been cooperating and, yes, she has cooperated with all of the requests,” said BBPD Detective Lenard Diaz, the lead investigator in both the initial investigation and the ongoing review.
Speciale said Osborn’s delay in handing over the materials may have extended the timetable of bringing the investigation to a close.
“It didn’t slow down the investigation, because they were doing interviews while they were waiting, but I would have to say that the delay in receiving them extended the case a little.”
The Sarasota Herald-Tribune has reported the investigation would be concluded in four to six weeks, and that FDLE will be recommending a full investigation.
However, according to Speciale, that information is incorrect. “FDLE has not requested any formal investigation,” he said. “This is the investigation.”
Diaz said it would be a mistake to put a timetable on an investigation such as this.
“There is no timetable,” he said. “You can’t put a timeline on it. I think the technical aspect of the items requested will take awhile to decipher. It’s something they want to be thorough with.”
Diaz said the investigation is going smoothly and Speciale maintains a high level of confidence that his detective handled the original case correctly.
Patrick Lee Mullins, 52, left a note for his wife Jan. 27 that he was taking his boat out to test the engine.
His untethered boat was found near Egmont Key the next day and a search by the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office marine and aviation units, U.S. Coast Guard and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission for Mullins was launched and later discontinued with no success.
The family and many friends helped continue an independent search.
On Feb. 5, a fisher found a body in about 3 feet of water near Emerson Point in the Manatee River. Identification on the body indicated it was the missing boater and Mullins was positively identified Feb. 6.
Manatee County Sheriff Brad Steube issued a statement saying it was difficult to determine from the body if foul play was involved.
The sheriff said an official cause of death is pending further forensic and toxicology testing.
Mullins was a beloved media specialist at Palmetto High School and teacher. He grew up with his family on Anna Maria Island.
His family released a statement following the positive identification.
“The family of Patrick Mullins is in mourning,” the statement reads. “We request your understanding and compassion in giving us our privacy at this time. We wish to thank, from the bottom of our hearts, all the many loving and concerned individuals and organizations that have contributed their efforts and resources to resolving his disappearance.”
The MCSO is investigating the death and awaiting toxicology results.
Anyone with information is asked to call MCSO at 747-3011, ext. 2535, or Crime Stoppers at 866-634-TIPS.
See obituary Feb. 13, 2013.
ITEMS FOR SALE
TWO GARAGE DOOR openers: Complete, nearly new, $79/each or best offer. 941-778-3920.
FILE CABINET: FOUR-drawer, $25. 941-778-4793.
ROLLER BLADES: SIZE 7.5, $50, treadmill, $50. 941-795-8986 after 6 p.m.
COMPUTER: DELL DUAL 1.5 GHz, refurbished, $75. 941-756-6728.
COLLECTOR “HALLS” TEAPOTS: $80 each or best offer, Barracuda 63 pool worm cleaner, $80. 941-737-9173.
ANTIQUE OG CLOCK: Made by Clake Gilbert, circa 1800s. Needs work, asking $75. Bradenton. 941-201-4825.
WHITE COFFEE TABLE: 36 x 26 inch, $60, round sink for vanity, $25, Graco folding crib, $35. 941-778-1264.
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
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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: www.jackelka.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, fax toll-free 1-866-362-9821. (limited time offer)
GLORIA DEI LUTHERAN Church: All are welcome to come and worship with us! Please call 941-778-1813 or visit us at: www.gloriadeilutheran.com for worship times. 6608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
THE HIVE: GIFTS and arts. Locally handmade and imported silver jewelry, Buddha art, artifacts, artistic T-shirts, cards, hot sauces, South African handmade arts, specialty candies, more. 119 B Bridge St., Bradenton Beach. http://thehivegiftsandarts.com/
BUYING ANTIQUE DOLLS, Steiff teddy bears, holiday items pre-1950. Call Jan, 330-554-1634.
COME AS YOU are to “Faith Alive” 6-7 p.m. Saturdays. Join in a spirit-filled worship time (singing, prayer, short meditation, communion). Faith UMC, 7215 First Ave. W., Bradenton. 941-794-8067.
HAITI $$$ DONATIONS to the Ministry of Presence Inc., www.ministryofpresence.org, urgently needed for local representatives to aid homeless children. Info: The Islander, 941-778-7978.
TERRY HAYES, REALTOR. Premier Sothebys. 941-302-3100. Terry.email@example.com. Discoverannamaria.com.
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.
MOVING SALE: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15. 245 Bird Key Drive, Sarasota. Retired interior designer. Parachute silk sofa, pair of leather chairs, Lucite and glass cocktail table, three-part solid rosewood German wall system, waterfall cocktail tables, four-part Chinese screen, Founders dining table and eight chairs, 19th century Pischwa Indian temple wall hanging, jewelry, set of sterling, Steuben glass koala, vase and elephant, African masks, Thai figures, Will Grant Lucite sculptures, Val St. Lambert, international collectors classic books, pair of twin beds, Henredon end table, pair of Charlton swivel chairs, books, paintings, stereo system, Brown Jordan chaises and bar stools, grill, plants, yard tools, patio umbrella and more. Sale by Julie McClure. Pix: www.appraisals4U.biz or www.estatesales.net.
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.
WISTERIA PARK COMMUNITY sale: 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16. 88th Court NW, Bradenton.
TRASH AND TREASURE: 8 a.m.-noon Saturday, Feb. 16. 3710 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key.
LONGBOAT KEY’S BIGGEST and best! Royal Rummage Sale VI. Friday, March 1, Noon-4 p.m., $5 admission, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Saturday, March 2, free admission. St. Mary, Star of the Sea, 4280 Gulf of Mexico Drive.
MOVING SALE: 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Feb 16. 225 85th St., Holmes Beach.
GARAGE/MOVING SALE: 8 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 16. Tools, fishing gear, furniture, household items. 511 Spring Ave., Anna Maria.
CORTEZ PARK ANNUAL yard sale: 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Feb. 22-23. (next to Cortez Bridge).
LOST & FOUND
LOST: PRESCRIPTION EYEGLASSES Jan. 20, Bridge Street festival. Brown frames in brown cloth sack. Call 765-491-9530, if found.
FOUND: BRACELET IN the community center area, near Magnolia, Anna Maria. 616-304-4187.
FOUND: BRACELET, SILVER, charm, near Gloria Dei Church. Claim at The Islander office, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
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.
2002 CHRYSLER TOWN & Country. $4,499. Always garaged, excellent condition, fully loaded. No accidents, Perfect first car. Brand new brakes, rotors and calipers (cost $2,000). Anna Maria Island. Call 603-778-2526.
2007 PONTIAC G-6 coupe: Immaculate Florida car, senior owned, 59,000. Great Island car or drive it north and sell for profit. $10,700. 941-224-4914.
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: 20-foot, 50-hp, hard top, recent upholstery and carpet. Extra lines and preservers, $2,200. 941-778-4793.
WAVES BOAT CLUB membership, paid in full through February, 2015. Great opportunity to enjoy boating without the hassle of ownership and without an initiation fee. www.wavesboatclub.com. Call 321-427-4646.
PONTOON BOAT RENTAL: See Anna Maria Island by water! Phone, 941-518-3868. boatflorida.weebly.com.
SEA EAGLE INFLATABLE kayak: 1-2 person, seats, paddles, like new, $179. 616-450-4880.
2005 23-FOOT Beachcat, Yamaha F115. Fiberglass pontoon-style hull. Designed for saltwater, coastal use. Bimini with full enclosures. Great for family, fishing, cruising. Stepdown storage in console. $13,500. 941-527-8012.
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.
TORTILLA BAY IS hiring motivated team players for all kitchen positions and cashiers. Experience required. 5318 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Please come in for an application.
DELI CLERK WANTED: Part-time, 20-25 hours a week. Must be flexible and have good interpersonal skills. Apply at Jessie’s Island Store, 5424 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
BARISTA: PART-TIME. Looking for a motivated individual to work in Holmes Beach’s newest coffee shop. This individual will need to maintain a calm demeanor during busy periods and make every effort to quickly master the skills required to make all beverages on the menu. Most importantly,m this individual will need to maintain consistent punctual attendance. Please, apply in person, Island Coffee Haus, 5350 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
MANAGER/LABOR FOR lawn service. Experienced preferred, temporary to start. 941-704-2714.
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.
KIDS FOR HIRE
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.
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.
ALL AROUND PAINTING: Quality work. Free estimates. Licensed, insured. Call native islander Jim Weaver, 813-727-1959.
TRUEBLUE33 COMPUTER Repair Service, LLC: Fast and reliable on-site computer repair service with reasonable rates. CompTIA A+ and Network+ certified. Call today! Anthony Mitchell at 941-592-7714.
ISLAND COMPUTER GUY, 37 years experience. On-site PC repairs, upgrades, buying assistance and training. Call Bill, 941-778-2535.
AMI COMPUTER: COMPUTER problems solved at your home or office. Wireless networking, virus removal. 941-301-4726.
INTRODUCTORY OFFER! BUY one, get one free music lesson. manateemusic.net or 941-741-8832.
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.: 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! 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.
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. www.vangopainting.net.
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.
CORTEZ CONCRETE AND Masonry: No job too small. Patios, driveways, stucco, etc. Sills repaired. 716-361-0010.
WEEKLY/MONTHLY/ANNUAL rentals: wide variety, changes daily. SunCoast Real Estate, 941-779-0202, or 1-800-732-6434. www.suncoastinc.com.
1BR/1BA GROUND FLOOR, Gulf to bay condo, heated pool, fishing pier. Over 55. $1,600/month, $1,100/month annual. 813-393-6002.
CUTE VACATION EFFICIENCY: Screened porch, near boat ramp, many other area amenities, cable, WiFi. 941-779-6638.
ANNUAL RENTAL: 3BR/2BA home on canal with pool, $2,200/month. Call Sato Real Estate Inc., 941-778-7200 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
PANORAMIC GULFFRONT: 3BR/2BA, huge deck, every room overlooks Gulf. Available January 2014. North Shore Drive, Anna Maria. 813-920-5595.
ANNUAL RENTAL: 2 BR/2BA duplex. One block from beach. Background and credit check. No pets. $1,000/month. First, last and security. Available now. 813-672-1481.
2BR/2BA CONDO: 1,250 sf, new tile throughout, office/den, pool access, exercise room, carport, and small storage. $1,100/month. Small pet OK. First, last, security. Water and cable included. Gulf-Bay Realty, 941-778-7244.
WATERFRONT SEASONAL RENTAL for winter, 2013-14. 3BR/2.5BA home at the end of a canal. Amazing view of Bimini Bay and Key Royale Bridge. Beautiful home with enclosed pool, large covered porch, two-car garage. Fully furnished. $4,750/month. Available November-May. 863-660-8366.
ANNUAL RENTAL: CANAL home, 3BR/3BA, caged pool, kitchen appliances, one-car garage, unfurnished. Available Feb. 1. $2,195/month. 863-660-8366.
HOMES BEACH ANNUAL rental: 3BR/2BA, totally renovated, 2010. Fully applianced, storage facility, great location, pet-friendly, $1,500/month. 603-969-6840.
LAKEFRONT CONDO: 2BR/2BA. Three-month minimum. $2,700 plus resort tax per month. 941-794-5011.
ANNUAL RENTAL OR will sell with owner finance. Waterfront Bayou condo, 2BR/1BA completely remodeled, furnished, granite kitchen and bath professionally decorated, No pets. $1,100 per month. 522 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. 941-778-1410.
ANNUAL WANTED: 1 or 2 bedroom on Island. Moving from Massachusetts in mid-March. Male (32), Female (25) with five-pound Chihuahua. Excellent credit, references. Call, text 978-804-0190 or email email@example.com.
WOULD LIKE TO rent small garage to store classic car. Please, call 941-799-9096.
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.
WEEKLY VACATION RENTAL: 2BR/2BA townhouse, pool and boat slip, $800/week. Realtor, 941-356-1456. Real Estate Mart.
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.
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. www.flipkey.com/124227. $289,000. By owner, 941-962-8220.
WE’RE LOW, LISTINGS needed. Are you curious as to how much your home could be worth? Call us for a free professional consultation. Call Lynn at Edgewater Real Estate, 941-778-8104.
LOT: 135-FOOT frontage, partial view Palma Sola Bay. Last one, desirable area, underground services. 941-792-8826.
2BR/2BA 2005 JACOBSEN home with share. Patio and deck, possible boat slip. Furnished. Active 55-plus community, beach and bay access. Call 267-266-1101.
FOR SALE BY owner. 2BR/2BA 1,600 sf Anna Maria canal home. 15,000-lb. boat lift. Terrific north end location, walk to beach, boat in your back yard. Call Steve at 813-245-0428.
WATERFRONT LOT: ONE acre, direct access to Manatee River, rare find, boating, fishing, Gulf beaches, $319,000. WebPro Realty. Call Robert, 863-6026414. firstname.lastname@example.org.
HOUSE FOR SALE: 3BR/3BA canalfront, granite counters, new air conditioning, 2,000 sf. $629,000. By appointment only. 941-778-1620.
PARADISE: 2BR/2BA IN 55-plus community, turnkey, Ellenton. Rent space includes 20-plus amenities. Pet friendly, five heated pools, marina. Two miles to I-75, 15 miles to Gulf! $23,500. Bob, 941-721-4890.
BAYSHORE GARDENS HOUSE: Updated 4BR/2BA, community pool and marina. $89,900. Realtor, 941-356-1456. Real Estate Mart.
TRAILER FOR SALE: Move-in condition, 1BR, Bridge Street. Reduced, $39,000. Boat dock, $60/year on Intracoastal, furnished, land lease, $410/month. 941-896-5528.
FOR SALE! HOLIDAY Cove RV Resort Big Rig, 1,517 sf. Deeded waterfront site #32 with slip 6B. One of the best-priced waterfront RV sites available! Asking $159,900 or best offer! 352-428-9215.
GULF-TO-BAY condo: 3BR/2BA, dock, pool, spectacular waterfront. Asking $440,000. 1407 Gulf Drive S. #201, Bradenton Beach. By owner, 941-650-3069.