Manatee County workers were busy last week on the south side of Perico Island across from Harbour Isle constructing the Neal Preserve entrance and parking lot. Developer Pat Neal arranged a sale to the county in 2005 for less than the appraised value to allow construction of a nature preserve similar to the Robinson Preserve in northwest Bradenton. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin
An elephant trudged up Gulf Drive March 13. People noticed.
A camel followed. People noticed the animal, an attraction in the annual Beach Bistro St. Patrick’s Parade on the Island.
What the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office wants to know is whether anyone noticed a giraffe later March 13, or March 14.
The giraffe, an 8-foot-tall paper machete statue, was stolen from Slim’s Place, 9701 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. The statue, valued at about $3,000, had been stationed about a foot inside the southside door at the popular Island restaurant.
The MCSO classified the incident as a grand theft from a building, a third-degree felony punishable by up to five years in prison.
Slim’s giraffe is not the first oversized statue to be swiped in Anna Maria during a St. Patrick’s-spring break week. Four years ago, on or around St. Patrick’s Day, a larger-than-life statue of a butler was stolen from outside Sandy Rich’s coffee and real estate office on Gulf Drive.
Bentley Bunsmore the Butler was found at a Bradenton garage sale and returned to Rich 11 months after she reported what she termed a kidnapping and the MCSO classified as a theft.
Bentley was taken from outside the real estate office, and the kidnappers never identified.
Lisa Williams, a Holmes Beach resident advocating for Manatee County to adopt a no-kill policy for its animal services department, took steps to have her voice heard by the Manatee County Animal Services Advisory Board.
In addition to board members and representatives of area animal rescue groups, the meeting also was attended by Islander publisher Bonner Joy, Manatee County Commissioner Carol Whitmore and county public safety director Bill Hutchison.
Having just finished finding adoptive homes for nine pets rescued from death at Manatee County Animal Services, Williams, who works for The Islander, is interested in raising awareness and motivating commissioners to stop euthanizing homeless and abandoned pets.
Williams attended the meeting with the hope of opening a dialogue on her push for a no-kill community — a community in which all savable animals are eventually placed into permanent homes. She was allowed five minutes to speak under public comment.
The board congratulated Williams on her ability to effectively find homes for the pets she rescued and asked her to suggest ideas rescue groups could use to get more animals out of shelters and adopted.
“My first recommendation was to take killing off the table,” said Williams. “Then you work toward more adoptions, getting more foster families, more volunteers to care for shelter pets and you build more kennels.”
Williams said she faced more questions about how to realistically achieve those goals. “Raising public awareness and advertising is a good place to start,” said Williams. “You have to let people see what is happening to make them aware of the need for adoptive families and volunteers.
“And if killing is off the table, more people might be excited about volunteering.”
Williams was recently asked to rescue a pit bull and find it a new home, but she had to decline due to restrictions in her lease agreement.
However, she has stepped up to the plate to provide support in raising awareness and advertising the pets currently sheltered by animal services.
“If you want to increase adoptions,” said Williams, “then you need to showcase those pets in as many places as possible for them to have a better chance for adoption.”
According to Williams there are plenty of avenues through which to advertise adoptable pets: newspaper classified ads, Facebook, Oodle.com, bradentondog.com and Bay News 9, which features a shelter pet daily.
Williams has begun sharing the pet profiles of adoptable animals listed on the MCAS website with other online resources. She noted that Bradentondog.com is a new site where adoptable dogs are featured along with many valuable community resources for dog owners. It’s just one of the many free online resources she is utilizing.
Williams believes when the county takes better advantage of social media tools, such as Facebook, that they will see an increase in adoptions.
At the close of public comment, Williams didn’t feel as encouraged as she’d hoped.
Cindy Morton, a volunteer with the Lakewood Ranch Humane Society, followed up with a suggestion for the advisory board to read Nathan Winograd’s “No-Kill Primer,” which Williams hopes the board will do.
In the meantime, Williams plans to make a no-kill presentation to the advisory board at its April meeting.
Despite an objection by West Manatee Fire Rescue district board member Scott Ricci, other board members at the March 17 meeting approved a preliminary budget estimate of $279,846 from contractor Ross Built Construction of Holmes Beach to proceed with plans to remodel Station No. 1.
Ricci was not opposed to remodeling Station No. 1, but objected to the $70,000 cost to install a sprinkler system at the station.
“If there is any place on Anna Maria Island that’s safe from fire deaths, it’s that building,” he said.
WMFR board chair Larry Tyler pointed out that the initiative to require all new construction to have a sprinkler system installed came from the board several years ago.
Fine, noted Ricci, “but I just think that’s money that could better be spent elsewhere.”
WMFR Chief Andy Price said if the sprinklers were not installed, contractor Ross Built Inc. would be required to include fire-retardant material for the walls and ceilings to meet the fire code. That would cost about $5,000 more than the sprinklers, he said.
Ricci suggested taking the sprinkler system out of the proposal for now and examining it further, but Greg Ross of Ross Built said if the project were split into two phases, that would add to the total project cost.
In addition to the sprinkler system, the proposed budget calls for replacement of the air-conditioning system along with new ducts, insulation, ceilings and the old fire alarm system. It also includes reconfiguration of several rooms to gain storage and living space.
The preliminary budget called for $59,000 to remodel the station, $151,314 for maintenance and $69,442 for the sprinkler system.
Price said he was confident the contractor would return with a lower cost estimate.
“We figured high on this and I truly expect the guaranteed maximum price will be less.”
With the 4-1 board approval of the budget proposal, Price said Ross Built would now obtain bids from sub-contractors and come back to the board with a guaranteed maximum price.
The project was not bid by contractors, but awarded through a request for proposals by the board.
Price said this is a “design-and-build” project, based on a 2009 report by a Sarasota company that listed what repairs and renovations were needed at all WMFR facilities.
In other WMFR business, Price announced a “plant party” in April at the new administration building on Third Avenue in Bradenton that will begin with landscaping of the grounds and vacant adjacent land purchased by the WMFR when it bought the former medical office in 2010.
Price also advised board members of a planned burn on 13 acres of vacant property adjacent to DeSoto National Memorial park in the near future, but he did not yet have a date.
That’s because the burn can only take place when the winds are out of the south or southwest to protect two houses in the area, he said.
The next board meeting will be at 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 21, at the WMFR administration building, 6417 Third Ave. N., Bradenton.
• March 14, 500 block of Magnolia Ave., identity theft. A resident reported to the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office that someone attempted to use his identity to open a credit card account. A bank notified the complainant of the credit card application.
• March 14, 9000 block of Gulf Drive, grand theft. The owner of a bar and restaurant reported the theft of a statue from inside the establishment. The theft occurred sometime March 13-March 14.
• No new reports.
• No new reports.
• March 13, 500 block of Bayview Drive, burglary. A man reported to the Holmes Beach Police Department that sometime during the week prior entered a residence and took two television sets — one from the living room and one from the bedroom.
• March 14, 4900 block of Gulf Drive, drugs. The Holmes Beach Police Department and Manatee County Sheriff’s Office responded to a medical call. Several people at a residence requested medical attention and were taken to Blake Medical Center in Bradenton. An HBPD officer reported confiscating drugs and related paraphernalia.
• March 14, 3900 East Bay Drive, theft. HBPD responded to a call from Publix that a man accused of shoplifting had become violent toward store management. The man was taken into custody.
• March 17, 4000 block of Sixth Avenue, theft. An HBPD officer observed a man and a woman leaving the CVS at Manatee Avenue and East Bay Drive with an 18-pack of beer. The officer followed the couple to their apartment, then returned to CVS to see whether anyone had recently purchased an 18-pack of beer. A review of the store surveillance tape showed the man leaving the store with beer while the woman paid for cigarettes. The officer then returned to the apartment and arrested the man for theft.
• March 17, 5400 block of Marina Drive, noise complaints. HBPD responded to multiple complaints about noise from DCoy Ducks bar on St. Patrick’s Day, as well as assisted in the treatment of a man who cut his foot on broken glass in the bar. Later HBPD returned to outside the bar to keep order among a “large rowdy crowd.”
Streetlife is based on incident reports and narratives from the Bradenton Beach and Holmes Beach police departments and the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office.
This home at 606 Ambassador Ln., Holmes Beach sold in May of 2010 for $360,000 and in February 2011 for $400,000 an increase of $40,000 or 11% in 9 months. The cost per square foot is $290.
774 North Shore Dr., Anna Maria, a 2,316 sfla / 3,282 sfur 4bed/3½bath home built in 1988 on a 50×100 lot was sold 03/03/11, Thornhill to Cag Anna Maria LLC for $600,000; list $699,999.
116 48th St, Holmes Beach, a 1,385 sfla / 2,005 sfur 3bed/1½bath/1car home built in 1961 on a 100×100 lot was sold 02/24/11, Parkinson to KPI 48th Street Development LLC for $450,000; list $499,900.
3201 Gulf Dr., Unit 1, Palm Isle Village, Holmes Beach, a 1,048 sfla 2bed/2bath condo with shared pool built in 1953 was sold 03/03/11, Beach Daisy LLC to Krolak for $445,000; list $469,000.
105 Beach Ave., Anna Maria a vacant 50×100 lot zoned R2 sold 02/24/11, West to Kyzer for $440,000; list $449,000.
501 Gulf Dr. S., Bradenton Beach, a 2,600 sfla / 3,244 sfur 5bed/4bath duplex built in 1940 on a 50×100 lot was sold 03/01/11, Kalberer to Shomo for $429,000; list $429,000.
207 55th St., Unit A, Pineapple Paradise, Holmes Beach, a 1,150 sfla 3bed/3bath condo built in 1960 was sold 03/03/11, KPI 55th Street Development LLC to Will for $425,000; list $479,000.
3804 6th Ave., Unit 3, Village at Holmes Beach, Holmes Beach, a 1,725 sfla / 2,593 sfur 3bed/2bath/2car condo with shared pool built in 2002 was sold 03/01/11, Stellberger to Suncoast Gulf Properties LLC for $385,000; list $438,600.
202 78th St., Holmes Beach, a 1,222 sfla / 1,519 sfur 3bed/2bath/3car home built in 1991 on a 69×80 lot was sold 02/28/11, Cloutier to Pomeroy for $382,000; list $399,000.
606 Ambassador Ln., Holmes Beach, a 1,380 sfla / 1,912 sfur 3bed/2bath/1car pool home built in 1966 on a 85×105 lot was sold 02/28/11, Slivinok to GPB Real Estate LLC for $400,000; list $449,000.
125 47th St., Holmes Beach, a 1,152 sfla / 2,048 sfur 2bed/2bath pool home built in 1940 on a 100×100 lot was sold 02/24/11, Wooten to 47th Street Coastal Cottages LLC for $350,000; list $449,000.
310 Palm Ave., Anna Maria, a 1,193 sfla / 1,541 sfur 2bed/2bath/1car home built in 1981 on a 72×110 lot was sold 02/25/11, Parrish to Safety Harbor Assets LLC for $285,000; list $349,000.
3205 Gulf Dr., Unit 3, Palm Isle Village, Holmes Beach, a 670 sfla 1bed/1bath condo with shared pool built in 1957 was sold 03/01/11, Beach Daisy LLC to Island Paradise VI LLC for $280,000; list $349,000.
3204 6th Ave., Unit 8, Palm Isle Village, Holmes Beach, a 687 sfla 1bed/1bath condo with shared pool built in 1957 was sold 02/23/11, Starry Beach LLC to Bjorkman for $277,500; list $299,000.
3210 6th Ave., Unit 11, Palm Isle Village, Holmes Beach, a 645 sfla 1bed/1bath condo with shared pool built in 1957 was sold 02/23/11, Starry Beach LLC to Wiersma for $251,500; list $279,000.
2817 Gulf Dr., Holmes Beach, a vacant 50×100 lot zoned R1 was sold 03/01/11, Baker to Nguyen for $127,000; list $150,000.
312 Spring Ave., Anna Maria, a 1,232 sfla / 1,632 sfur 2bed/2bath home built in 1990 on a 52×145 lot was sold 03/02/11, Wiltshire to Pritchard for $86,000. This was not an arm’s length transaction.
Jesse Brisson, broker/associate at Gulf-Bay Realty of Anna Maria, can be reached at 941-778-7244.
Jim Helgesson, left, wins one up over Bob Lang to advance to the finals of the men’s match-play handicap tournament at the Key Royale Club. Islander Photo: Courtesy Ed Havlik
Playoffs start in flag football
The dress rehearsal also known as “regular season” has ended in the Anna Maria Island Community Center’s NFL Flag Football League. Playoff action — where it’s win or go home — is here and there’s plenty of excitement on the field.
The youngsters got started March 16 with three playoff games, none of which were close. The 10-12 division took the stage first as LaPensee Plumbing Falcons defeated Sandbar Cowboys 19-2. Levi Lengal passed for 46 yards and a touchdown pass, while also rushing for 39 yards and a touchdown. Henrik Brusso added 43 rushing yards and 25 receiving yards, including a touchdown reception. Tyler Yavalar added an extra point on offense and completed the scoring with an interception return for a touchdown.
Keegan Murphy accounted for the Cowboys score when he sacked the quarterback for a safety. Murphy finished with a game-high four flag pulls and a pair of sacks, while also leading the team with 88 all-purpose yards in the loss.
A second 10-12 division playoff game saw LPAC Cardinals roll past Southern Greens Bucs 19-0 behind a defense that produced three interceptions, including one each by Ethan Bertrand and Michael Latimer that they returned for touchdowns. Offensively, the Cardinals were led by Issac Henderson, who passed for 28 yards and a touchdown pass to Bertrand, and Tyler Pearson, who rushed for 57 yards and caught an extra-point pass.
Andrew Zink passed for 120 yards to lead the Bucs on offense, while Dylan Joseph led all players with seven flag pulls on defense. Corey Jaques added an interception and Brandon Mills sacked the quarterback once in the loss.
Beach Bistro Bears earned a first-round playoff win when they sautéed Mr. Bones BBQ Eagles 33-8 in the final game of the evening. Nick Mello had a big game for the Bears, rushing for 96 yards and a pair of touchdowns on offense, while also intercepting a pass and taking it to the house for a defensive touchdown. Austin Ferrer also accounted for a pair of touchdowns with an 8-yard touchdown pass to Henry Bernet to go along with a short touchdown run. Ferrer and Bernet also contributed interceptions on defense in the victory.
JT Goode led the Eagles with 40 passing yards and a touchdown pass, while also rushing for 65 yards. Chris Johnson added a 15-yard touchdown reception to round out the Eagle offense. Elijah Clay-Chapman led the Eagle defense with five flag pulls, while Brandon Blanford added an interception. Joey Salinas pulled off a quarterback sack in the loss.
The adult division playoffs got started March 18 with three games. Walter & Associates Steelers edged Slim’s Place Jaguars 26-25 in the first game, while Sun Falcons slipped past Rotten Ralph’s Packers 33-29 in the second game. The last game saw Hurricane Hanks Patriots get gifted into the second round of the playoffs thanks to a no-show forfeit by Beach to Bay Construction Rams.
The playoff action culminates Saturday, March 26, with Super Bowl games and Pro Bowl games all day. The action starts at 10 a.m. with the 13-16 division Super Bowl.
Key Royale golf news
The men’s match-play handicap tournament is down to the final few players after Jim Helgesson defeated Bob Lang one-up in the A flight March 19. The match was tied through 16 holes, but Helgesson won the par-3 17th hole and then the match when both players converted for par on No. 18.
Terry Schaefer moved a match closer to the finals when he defeated Dick Mills 4-and-3 in the B flight match March 19. Schaefer will now take on Bob Soos, with the winner facing off against Helgesson for the championship.
The Key Royale Club golfers hooked up March 18 for a coed modified scramble. The team of Eunice Warda, Ron Robinson, Bud Dickenson and Jim Finn modified their way to a 38-under-par 90. The team of Rose Slomba, Lance Lindeman, Dennis Schavey and Tom Warda finished in second place at 92.
The men played an 18-hole, two-best-balls-of-foursome match March 16. The team of John Sagert, Bob Landgren, Ernie Hauser and Vince Fanton combined to card a 30-under-par 98 to nip the team of Bill Gallagher, Don Latorre, Dan Hayes and Peter Proxy by one stroke.
The women of the Key Royale Club played a nine-hole, low-handicap-in-flight golf match March 15. Kathy Willis took top honors in Flight A with an impressive 7-under-par 25, four shots ahead of second-place finisher Lynn Dailey.
Kris Landkammer and Ginny Nunn both carded 1-under-par 31 to finish in a tie for first place in Flight B.
Sue Little’s 6-under-par 26 earned her a three-shot victory over second-place finisher Jan Turner in Flight C.
Mary Pat Swamy carded a 3-under-par 29 to take first place in Flight D. Markie Ksaizek, Trish Kruger and Jan Jump tied for second at 2-under-par 30.
The women also played a team-low-net game that saw Kathy Willis, Sandy Tocco, Judy Sqier and Gloria La Torre take first place with a 7-under-par 121.
The team of Ron Robinson, Dennis Schavey, Bill Shuman and Lance Lindeman combined to card an 18-under-par 46 to win the nine-hole, two-best-balls-of-foursome match March 14. Earl Ritchie, Ed Havlik, Jim Sheppard and Mike Garnhart were two shots back in second place.
Three teams emerged from pool play during March 19 horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall pits. The team of Bob Mason and Norm Good drew the lucky bye into the finals and watched as Sam Samuels and Herb Puryear edged Gene Bobeldyk and Bob Brown 21-19 to advance to the finals. The finals saw Good-Mason open up a 12-0 lead, but Samuels-Puryear battled back to trail only 20-18 before losing 23-18.
Three teams also qualified for the playoffs during March 16 horseshoe action. Norm Good and Bruce Munro drew the bye into the finals and watched as Ron Pepka and Bob Mason rolled past Marvin Gangemi and Jay Disbrow 21-8. The finals saw Munro-Good defeat Pepka-Mason 23-13.
Play gets under way at 9 a.m. every Wednesday and Saturday at the Anna Maria City Hall pits. Warmups begin at 8:45 a.m. followed by random team selection. There is no charge to play and everyone is welcome.
Alexis Dyanna Strickland, 28, of Anna Maria, died March 3,. She was born May 8, 1982, in Prescott, Az., and came to Manatee County four years ago from Blue Springs, Mo.
Ms. Strickland worked at Home Depot as a sales associate. She was a member of the Ss. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Bradenton. She was an avid animal lover and activist.
Visitation and a funeral service were held last week at Shannon Funeral Home Town Chapel, Bradenton. Memorials may be made to the ASPCA in her memory. Condolences for the family may be made online at www.shannonfuneralhomes.com.
Ms. Strickland is survived by parents Rick W. and Denise (Ballard) Strickland of Blue Springs, Mo.; maternal grandfather Dave Ballard of Bradenton; and many extended family members.
ITEMS FOR SALE
TV: 47-INCH, $100, queen bed with mattress, $99, sweeper, $20. 941-778-7293.
TOYS: SESAME STREET characters, 30 pieces. $5. Call 941-795-8734.
THOMASVILLE ARMOIRE: $95 or best offer, take about anything must go. On Island. Susie, 941-586-3909.
TABLE AND FOUR chairs, $25. 941-778-7293.
COMPUTER: EMACHINE T1120 with newly loaded Windows XP, $50. 941-756-6728.
COMPUTER, DESKTOP COMPLETE with HP printer, copier, fax, scanner. Works well. $100. Will split. 941-794-1515.
END TABLE: INLAID, excellent condition, $40. 941-778-7948.
COUCH AND LOVESEAT: Very good condition, moving, $99. 941-778-7948.
COPIER, SCANNER, FAX, printer HP Officejet 6300. Perfect, $80. 941-794-1515.
SQUARE BOX FAN: 20-inch, $10, Breakfast-in-bed serving tray with magazine side panels, $30. 941-778-1264.
ROLLING ROCK BOMB box, large, $20. 941-778-1264.
ELVIS JACKET: UNOPENED XL, blue denim, tan cloth sleeves, $50. 941-794-1515.
DOWNSIZING: KATHY IRELAND hand painted chest of six drawers with matching bookcase, $350, queen sleeper sofa, used five times, $300, wicker tea cart, $60, large antique wicker peacock chair, $125, natural fiber armless side chair, $40, old oriental drop-leaf hand painted desk, $225, two antique shell-design French-tufted occasional armchairs, $50, 813-727-2045.
TOYS: MATCHBOX MINATURE trucks, 10 pieces, $3. Little Tykes trucks, 5 for $5. Call 941-795-8734.
MATTRESS: LATEX SPRING air. New, $1,500. $100 or best offer. 941-778-3920.
TOP OF THE line Britax Marathon car seat barely used, $100. Chicco high chair multi-adjustable height and barely used, $75. Call Shannon, 941-720-4364.
CIRCA (LIGHT WOOD) train table, activity center with storage bins, $75. Call Shannon, 941-720-4364.
COCKATIEL BIRD CAGE: Like new with floor stand, $35. 941-3556-1456.
YAMAHA VINO CLASSIC: Two scooters for sale. 2007 blue, only 1,500 miles, great condition. $1,150 or best offer. 2006 silver, only 850 miles and in great condition. $1,050 or best offer. Great gas mileage, 35 mph-plus, easy to ride, and really great fun on the Island! 941-928-8735.
GIRL’S BIKE: SPECIALIZED Hotrock, light purple, like new. $85. 941-928-8735
ANTIQUE COPPER POTS and bowls, collection $300, or $50-75 each. Wine racks, antique burl-wood rocker and more. View at The Islander store, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
ORIGINAL, LOCAL ART for sale. View at The Islander store, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
AERIAL PHOTOS of Anna Maria Island. View and purchase online: www.jackelka.com
FREEBIE ITEMS FOR SALE
Individuals may advertise up to three items, each priced $100 or less, 15 words or less. FREE, one week, must be submitted online. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, fax toll-free 1-866-362-9821. (limited time offer)
DONATIONS WANTED: Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island is collecting furnishings, kitchen wares, yard items, boats, clothing, bikes … everything! Donations needed for our big sale March 19. Watch for sale details here. Call Joe now at 941-447-1506 to donate or for free pickup. This is a great fundraising opportunity for Rotary-sponsored charities.
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.
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. Signature Sothebys International. 941-302-3100. Terry.email@example.com. Discoverannamaria.com.
BRADENTON ROTARY CLUB meets at noon Mondays at Mattison’s Riverside, 1200 First Ave. W., Bradenton. Club members enjoy fellowship with like-minded professionals. Club projects offer opportunities to benefit the community locally and worldwide. To attend a meeting as our guest, call Trish, 941-747-1871. More information: www.bradentonrotary.org.
BOAT SITTING: IMAGINE your boat always being water-ready! Over 35 years experience. Call 941-778-7556.
ARTISTS WANTED: GALLERY space available in the Village of the Arts. firstname.lastname@example.org.
THE CITY OF Holmes Beach is accepting bids for the removal of the old Public Works Building and construction of a new Streets & Roads Maintenance Building. Proposal and bid forms may be obtained in an electronic format from LTA Engineers, located at 2004 53rd Ave. East, Bradenton, FL 34203 beginning on March 21, 2011. Proposal and bid forms shall be requested by fax at 941-756-9119 or e-mail at email@example.com and will be return emailed to the requester. Please include recipients name, company name, fax number and email address in the request. Bids will be publicly opened at 2 p.m. on April 18, 2011 at the City of Holmes Beach Commission Chambers.
VILLAGE SUNDAYS: ENJOY brunch and the area’s finest galleries. Sundays 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Village of the Arts, 1102 10th Ave. West, Bradenton. 941-748-8203.
WANTED: YOUR OLD cell phone for recycling. Deliver to The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
FISHING GEAR WANTED: The Privateers and The Islander are collecting new or used, repairable fishing poles and reels, nets, tackle, buckets, etc. to give to children. Donate your gear at The Islander newspaper office, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
FREE GUN LOCK courtesy of Project Childsafe, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and Holmes Beach Police Department. Pick up at The Islander office, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Don’t be sorry, be safe.
ESTATE SALE: 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday, March 30. Everything must go including 1998 Buick LaSabre. 533 69th St., Holmes Beach.
YARD SALE AT ROSER THRIFT SHOP: 9 a.m.-noon. Saturday, March 26. 511 Pine Ave., Anna Maria.
YARD SALE: 7 a.m. Saturday, March 26. Lots of fun stuff! 598 N.Shore Drive, Anna Maria.
YARD SALE: 8 a.m-5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, March 25-26. Ginormous! Household items, exercise equipment. Rugs, plants, garden products, tools, miscellaneous. 530 Key Royale Drive, Holmes Beach.
GARAGE SALE: 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, March 26. Two Jet-Ski lifts, boat trailer, lots of other stuff. 515 67th St., Holmes Beach.
SALE: 8 a.m. Saturday, March 26. Patio furniture, household items. 712 Gladiolus St., Anna Maria.
GARAGE SALE: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, March 26. 407 72nd St., Holmes Beach.
DEALERS WANTED for collectible outdoor market April 3, across from the old IGA Anna Maria. Limited space. 941-356-4498.
LOST & FOUND
FOUND CAT: AT Umbrella Beach Resort. Striped orange tabby. 1501 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. 941-778-6667.
LOST: SPRINT LG mobile phone, orange color. 941-778-4040.
LOST PRIVATEER DAGGER: one of matching husband-wife set. Husband passed away recently, so much sentimental value attached. Please, call 941-761-4771 if found.
LOST: GOLD AND seed pearl bracelet in Holmes Beach. If found, please, call 941-545-5009 or 920-608-0701.
LOST: TEAR DROP-shaped necklace, maybe near Manatee public beach, much sentimental value. Reward if found, 941-345-6531 or 941-778-3953.
WONDERFUL SWEET ADULT cat, tiger striped, big beautiful eyes. Neutered, up to date on shots, micro chipped. Lisa, 941-345-2441 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
1993 OLDS CUTLASS convertible. 93,000 miles. Original owner. $2,400. 941-778-8102.
1998 FORD CROWN Victoria: $3,600 or best offer. 77,669 miles, looks like new. View in driveway from 10 a.m.-sunset, 519 69th St., Holmes Beach. 941-778-6517, no calls between 1-3 p.m.
2003 PIAGGIO SCOOTER: Cherry red, low mileage and in great condition. $2,000. Call Phil Cox, 941-730-3113.
BOATS & BOATING
CUSTOM CARPENTRY: BOAT and home. Quality work, fair rates. Call 941-795-1947 or 941-462-2792.
DAGGER KAYAK: 12-foot 6-inch with paddle, vest. Like new. Paid $999, sell for $600. 603-801-3508.
BIMINI BAY: 10,000-lb. lift, up to 29 feet. Direct open water, electric, water. Call Larry, 941-778-1565.
SALES ACE: MOTIVATED Real Estate licensee wanted for new progressive Island office. Great splits. Call Nicole, 941-773-3966.
PART-TIME SALES: Must be available evenings and weekends. Gift shop located on Anna Maria Island. Retirees welcome. Start as soon as possible. 727-244-5906.
RETIRED PERSON TO help with cooking, errands for single man. 941-383-2649, no machine, keep calling.
SALES ASSOCIATE: MOTIVATED, experienced real estate licensee for busy Island office. Please call Jesse or Robin at 941-778-7244.
PART-TIME RECEPTIONIST for local area motel. Flexible hours and some weekends. Phone 941-778-2780.
GRAPHIC DESIGNER WANTED part-time for ad/editorial layout. InDesign and Photoshop expertise a must. Advertising experience required. Intro-resume to email@example.com.
KIDS FOR HIRE
LOOKING FOR A babysitter or pet sitter? For all ages, call Carolyn. Red cross certified. 941-778-2301.
LOCAL ISLAND STUDENT babysitter available. CPR and first aid-certified, early childhood development major. Emily, 941-567-9276.
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.
LOOKING FOR ANGEL investor for construction project: Haley’s Motel is seeking a $1,000,000 investment to transform the motel into a wedding facility. Invest $100,000 to $1,000,000 with a great short-term ROI. Call Tom for details, 941-993-4909.
ROTTEN RALPH’S RESTAURANT/bar business opportunity, $299,000. One of the last with waterfront dining. Sharon Villars, 941-920-0669. Erlene Fitzpatrick, 941-224-6339. Remax Alliance Group.
HEALTH FOOD AND deli business. 3228 E. Bay Drive, Holmes Beach. 941-580-0626.
BEACH CONSIGNMENT SHOP: Busy shopping plaza, includes new website and hosts over 80 artists. Must sell due to illness. Make offer. 941-348-9494.
LET US DRIVE YOU! Airports, cruise ports. Flat rates. Anna Maria Sunshine Car Service. 941-778-5476.
LIGHT CARPENTRY, HOME repairs, handyman work, deck repairs, dock repairs, etc. Retired tradesman, Island resident. No job too small. Call Steve Doyle 941-778-1708.
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.
CONTACT CAPT. GREG Burke of A Paradise Realty for all your real estate needs, selling, listing, buying. Listings needed. 941-592-8373 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
I DON’T CUT corners, I clean corners. Professional, friendly cleaning service since 1999. 941-778-7770. Leave message.
ANTOINETTE’S PERSONAL SERVICE: Caring for your home while you are away. 941-778-7355, 941-730-6548.
TRANSPORT SERVICE: LET me drive you to the airport or anywhere in Florida. Flat rates. Reasonable. Call Mike, 941-448-4100.
HOUSE CLEANING BY Laura. Excellent references. One house, 2BR/2BA, $50. 941-539-6891.
WILDLIFE REMOVAL and relocation: Problem solving for all animals, big and small. Call Joe, Westcoast Nuisance Wildlife Service. 941-720-4152.
FOUR SEASON POOL Service: Residential, commercial. Certified, licensed, insured. Five years experience. Call Dennis Clark, 941-737-5657.
KEEP TRACK OF what’s important. Be safe, smart and ready with a home inventory. We’re bonded and insured. Call Jeff Cordes at Digital Safety Net, 941-713-4507 or e-mail: jeff@DigitalSafetyNetFL.com.
PROFESSIONAL NANNY AVAILABLE mornings/early afternoons. Experienced, loving, nonsmoker, CPR, references. Also evening/weekend childcare. 772-480-8220.
CAREGIVER/COMPANION: GENTLE, loving, caring. Experienced, references. 941-705-0706.
FREE: WILL TRIM frangipani and plumeria plants free for the cuttings. Bob King, 941-778-9173.
CAREGIVER/COMPANION FOR young child or elderly. Gentle, loving, caring. EXPERIENCE AND REFERENCES. 615-210-8952.
TUTORING SERVICES: Specializing in algebra, geometry, calculus, trigonometry and science. Special needs students welcome. Grades 3-12. Jenifer, 941-224-1760.
BUSINESS-TO-BUSINESS JD’s Window Cleaning looking for storefront jobs in Holmes Beach. Free estimates, references. 941-920-3840.
ISLAND MERMAIDS CLEANING and Co.: Gift certificates! 36 years of happy customers. Organizing, 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 0want 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.
CHECK MY HOUSE! We provide full house checking services to ensure your house is secure while you are away. Call 941-928-8735, or e-mail email@example.com for details.
GUITAR TROUBLE? KOKO RAY’S ISLAND studio. Instruction in flute, saxophone, guitar, piano and voice. 315 58th St., Holmes Beach, 941-538-2284.
LAWN & GARDEN
CONNIE’S LANDSCAPING INC. Residential and commercial. Full-service lawn maintenance, landscaping, cleanups, hauling and more! Insured. 941-778-5294.
ISLAND LAWN SPRINKLER service and repair. Your complete irrigation repair company. Call 941-778-2581.
TREES BY BREEZE Inc.: Custom landscapes, tree trimming, property maintenance. Insured. Since 1988. Chris, 941-778-2837.
JR’S LANDSCAPING AND MAINTENANCE Lawns, native plants, mulching, trimming, hauling, cleanups. Island resident 25 years. Call 941-807-1015.
STRAIGHT SHOT LANDSCAPE. For all your landscape needs. Shell $45/yard. Call Shark Mark. 941-301-6067.
KARAZ LANDSCAPE LAWN service. Mulch, clean ups, power washing, tree trimming and more. 941-448-3857 or 941-448-5207.
SHELL DELIVERED AND spread. Premium grade-A, $45/yard B-grade, $30-$40/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.
CERTIFIED HORTICULTURAL PROFESSIONAL: Nursery quality garden care and maintenance. Hand weeding, trimming, cleanup, plant installation. Certified horticultural professional. Call Joan, 941-704-9025.
VAN-GO PAINTING residential/commercial, interior/exterior, pressure cleaning, wallpaper. Island references. Bill, 941-795-5100.
TILE -TILE -TILE. All variations of ceramic tile supplied and installed. Quality workmanship, prompt, reliable, many Island references. Call Neil, 941-726-3077.
CUSTOM REMODELING EXPERT. All phases of carpentry, repairs and painting. Insured. Meticulous, clean, sober and prompt. Paul Beauregard, 941-730-7479.
GRIFFIN’S HOME IMPROVEMENTS Inc. Handyman, fine woodwork, countertops, cabinets and shutters. Insured and licensed, 941-748-4711.
JERRY’S HOME REPAIR: Carpentry work, handyman, light plumbing, electrical, light hauling, pressure washing. 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.
FOREMOST FENCE: Commercial, Residential. Chain link, vinyl, aluminum, wood, access control. Contractors you can depend on. Call 941-748-2700.
J.E. MURRAY: ESTABLISHED Island builder. New homes, remodeling. 30-year resident. Call 941-778-2316 or 941-730-3228.
SOUTHWEST HOME IMPROVEMENTS: Michigan general contractor with 30 years experience. Looking for large or small projects. Budget minded and knowledgeable tradesman willing to complete your project from start to finish on time, within budget. Quality work guaranteed at affordable prices. Call Mike, 616-204-8822.
WEEKLY/MONTHLY/ANNUAL rentals: wide variety, changes daily. SunCoast Real Estate, 941-779-0202, or 1-800-732-6434. www.suncoastinc.com.
WATERFRONT KEY WEST STYLE with dock. Furnished, walk to beach. $150/night, $950/week. $1,900/month off and $2,490/month in season. Use of bikes and kayaks included. 941-794-5980. www.divefish.com.
KEY ROYALE WATERFRONT house for rent. Annual, unfurnished. Beautiful, tropical 2BR/2BA, den, 1,700 sf. Great pool area, gas-heated hot tub, on canal, two boat lifts, two-car garage. Available March 1. $1,900/month. 941-730-1086.
HOLMES BEACH BUSINESS Center. Rental units available for office/commercial spaces from 750-2,000 sf. Humidity-controlled mini-storage units and garage units, 11 x 22 feet. 5347 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. 941-778-2924.
HOLMES BEACH COTTAGE: 2BR/1BA. Northwest Bradenton 3BR/2BA pool home, Palma Sola 3BR/3BA pool home. Vacation rentals: www.coastalpropertiesrealty.com. 941-794-1515.
ISLAND ANNUALS: 2BR/2BA ground-level, pool, 55-plus community $1,000/month. 3BR/2BA private home, furnished, $1,400/month. Gulf-Bay Realty, 941-778-7244.
BRADENTON BEACH WATERFRONT: Charming 1BR cottage. $975/month, annual. 941-779-0289.
ANNA MARIA DUPLEX: 2BR/2BA, Seasonal $2,000/month. Close to beach, trolley and restaurants. Three-month minimum. 941-778-7167.
OFFICE, RETAIL, PROFESSIONAL Space: 8803/8799 Cortez Road. 1,200-sf (former salon) and 1,300-sf. Call 1-800-952-1206.
VACATION RENTALS ACROSS from beach. Openings now. 2BR/1BA, $550/week. Almost Beach Apartments. 941-778-2374.
HOLMES BEACH 2BR/2BA ground floor unit available due to cancellation. $2,500/month or $1,000/week plus tax, plus security deposit and cleaning fee. 941-778-9576.
SPRING SPECIAL: SENIOR park, 2BR/2BA doublewide. $800/month, seasonal. $695/month, annual. Sale, $35,000. 2314 14th St., Bradenton. Tropical Palms. 863-688-3524, 863-608-1833. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
ONLY STEPS FROM beach on Anna Maria Island. Seasonal 1BR/2BA, Internet access, parking. $598/week plus tax. www.gulfdriveapartments.info. 941-778-1098.
SEASONAL: 2012 JANUARY through April. Luxury bayfront, 2BR/2BA, must see. 941-209-8789.
NEAR BEACH TOWNHOUSE. 2BR/2BA, pool and boat slip, $750/week. Call right away. Realtor, 941-356-1456. Real Estate Mart.
WATERFRONT HOME: 2BR/2BA, pool, dock, walk to beach, $2,000/month, annual. 703-587-4675, 941-779-9074.
ANNUAL: STEPS FROM beach. 1BR/1BA ground floor, open kitchen living, dining room. Private patio, pool, laundry, parking on-site, electric, water included, $850/month. 201 South Bay Blvd., #2, Anna Maria. Reggie, 786-375-9633.
SEASONAL OR WEEKLY cottage-style rentals. 1BR/1BA or 55-plus 2BR/1BA with pool. Walk to beach, shopping, restaurants. 941-778-3426. Web site 2spinnakers.com.
I WILL LIST your property on 350 web sites! Laurie Fox, Coldwell Banker, www.every-listing.com, 941-730-7635.
DIRECT GULFFRONT: 146 feet on the beach. 3BR/4.5BA, office recreation room, spa, pool, outdoor kitchen and theater, elevator, turnkey furnished. $3,950,000. Suncoast Real Estate, 941-779-0202 or 941-720-0288.
DIRECT GULFFRONT: 4BR/4.5BA, den, three-car garage, pool, spa, elevator, security. Immaculate 2005 Mediterranean villa-style architecture, breathtaking Gulf views, furnished, 5,146 sf under roof, north Anna Maria Island. 12106 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. $3,500,000. Contact owner, broker, 941-920-1699.
DUPLEX FOR SALE by owner. Best deal on Anna Maria Island at $379,000. Long-term leaseback from seller includes all maintenance. Realtors welcome. Call Tom, 941-993-4909.
DIRECT BAYFRONT: 2,500 sf, pool, dock and lift. Two year rent-to-own. Five percent down and $4,500/month. $1,099,000. 417 28th St., Holmes Beach. 941-580-0626.
TRY A FRESH approach: Call Carmen Pedota and Lori Guerin of Duncan Real Estate for all your real estate needs. 941-284-2598 or 941-773-3415. www.loriguerin.listingbook.com.
FOR SALE: BRADENTON Beach. Sandpiper Resort, 1BR/1BA, enclosed bonus room, steps to beach. 813-458-3875.
FOR SALE: TRAILER. Pines Park, Bridge Street. $45,000. Updated, furnished, three blocks to beach. Park manager on-site. Boat dock possibility. Owner, 603-508-2039. Cell, 941-567-6726.
WILL TRADE: LONGBOAT KEY Gulffront 2BR/2BA condo, upgraded, for Anna Maria Island Gulffront condo. Make offer. 217-493-6216.
HOLMES BEACH LOT: 57.6 x 105 feet. Walk to beach, shops. Quiet street. 5710 Carissa St. $450,000. 727-599-5255.
UNBELIEVABLE! LIVE AT beach. $23,500. 1BR/1BA mobile home. Turnkey, 55-plus. Hurry, won’t last! 941-778-5152.
ASSISTED LIVING HOME: Includes real estate. Two houses on lake, one can be living quarters/office. Nine-bed up and running for over 15 years. $529,000. Call 941-356-1456, Realtor. Real Estate Mart.
$135,000: WATERFRONT TOWNHOUSE. 2BR/2BA, turnkey furnished, heated pool. Boat slip outside your front door. Low fees, exceptional deal. Call to see now. Exclusive with Real Estate Mart, 941-356-1456.
SALE OR TRADE: Chula, Ga. 3,170-sf 3BR/3.5BA. Five acres lakefront, one mile to I-75. Gmugg@aol.com. Greg Mugg,
FOR SALE: TIME-share. Orange Lake Resorts, Kissimmee, FL. 2BR/2BA, sleeps seven. Week-7 on the schedule. Close to popular attractions. $3,000. Call 941-713-4505.
Rich Hunter, Jeff North and Bob Krough, all of New Jersey, show off the hogfish caught on a recent charter trip with Capt. Warren Girle.
Spring break brings no break for top island fishing action
What did you catch over spring break? Hopefully, you reeled up lots of fish. Fishers around Anna Maria Island are being treated with a variety of species, as the water temperature continues to climb. Inshore species are coming out of their winter haunts in search of food — baitfish. Spotted sea trout are making a good showing on the deeper flats of Sarasota Bay.
Small twitch baits such as a Yo-Zuri pins minnow, are producing nice-sized trout, but try removing the front treble hook on your lure to make dehooking easier on you and the fish.
Plastic baits on a jig head are working equally well. The MirrOlure “Lil John” has been a good choice. Try the watermelon red-glitter color for good results.
While fishing the deeper flats for trout, don’t be surprised to also catch some Spanish mackerel, bluefish, ladyfish, and, if you’re lucky, a pompano. You can still catch rat reds around the docks and canals of Sarasota Bay, as well as Anna Maria Sound. Live shrimp is still the best bait, but you can catch them on a Berkeley Gulp shrimp, too.
Sheepshead are still congregating around docks and piers. Don’t miss this winter-cycle action.
Moving out in the Gulf of Mexico to where you no longer see land, fishers are catching a variety of species. Amberjack in the 30- to 40-pound range are being caught on white bait and pinfish. Bottom dwellers such as red and gag grouper are still being caught and released in good numbers. Mangrove snapper, yellowtail snapper and hogfish have joined the list of offshore species, along with Key West grunts, porgies and triggerfish.
James Followell at the Sunshine Skyway Bridge South Fishing Pier says sheepshead still are a regular catch. Fiddler crabs and frozen sand fleas are catching the most fish, although shrimp are working, too. Pier fishers opting to use shrimp also are catching silver trout.
There’s no size or bag limit on silver trout, so it’s best for the fishery to only take what you need. Spanish mackerel are still carousing the man-made reefs around the pier and chasing glass minnows, so don’t forget to have some Gotcha plugs handy.
If its catch-and-release gag grouper action you’re looking for, try dropping a live pinfish under the pier and hang on tight. Daily catches of gags are happening using these little “rainbow porgies.” Last but not least, Followell says pompano are making a showing. He suggests trying a Doc’s goofy jig or a reasonable facsimile.
Jonny Keyes at Island Discount Tackle says reports are coming into the shop that beach action is picking up. These fishers are encountering ladyfish, mackerel and shark from the shoreline of Anna Maria Island. Keyes suggests using a “shiny lure,” such as Gotcha plugs and spoons, for the ladies and the macks. “The shark are hitting frozen threadies or squid,” Keyes says.
In the backwaters, redfish are still being caught on live shrimp around docks. “Shrimp has been working well for trout, too,” Keyes says. “Try fishing a live shrimp using a Cajun thunder cork.”
Moving offshore, fishers willing to go 20-30 miles out are rewarded with amberjack and red and gag grouper. “Pinfish is the bait for the AJs and grouper,” Keyes says. Switching over to a select shrimp results in yellowtail and mangrove snapper, as well as hogfish.
Dave Sork at the Historic Anna Maria City Pier says Spanish mackerel are making a good showing. He’s seeing sizeable macks of lengths up to 25 inches. “Now that the bait is starting to show up,” Sork says, “so are the mackerel.” Sork added he’s seeing gator trout blasting ballyhoo at night around the lights on the pier.
Capt. Rick Gross of Fishy Business Charters says he is targeting a variety of species while fishing the nearshore structure and backwaters of Anna Maria Island.
While fishing the reefs, Gross is catching Key West grunts, also known as imperial snapper, using live shrimp. He’s also catching sheepshead, hogfish and black sea bass on shrimp.
Moving into the backwater, Gross is boating spotted sea trout up to 22 inches using Cotee cracker shrimp in the measles color. While targeting trout, Gross, also is catching Spanish mackerel in the 24-inch range. “A lot of times you’ll get hit before your jig can even reach the bottom,” Gross says, “resulting in a Spanish mackerel.”
Capt. Steve Salgado of Compleat Angler Fishing Charters says offshore action is going strong. Salgado is targeting amberjack in 100 feet of water or more. “We fished a school the size of two football fields out there the other day,” Salgado said. “They were jumping out of the water like tuna.”
Salgado is also catching mangrove snapper up to 5 pounds and catch-and-release gag grouper in the 30-inch range. “We left the grouper biting again,” Salgado added.
Inshore, Salgado is using artificial baits for spotted sea trout. Slot-sized fish have been the norm, although some have been up to 22 inches.
Capt. Warren Girle is fishing nearshore structure with good results. While fishing ledges, Girle is seeing catch-and-release gag grouper in the 8- to 10-pound range. Also in the mix are mangrove snapper up to 16 inches. “It’s been on fire out there,” Girle says. Other catches aboard Girle’s boat include hogfish, Key West grunts and flounder up to 2 1/2 pounds.
Girle also is having success in the backwater in Sarasota Bay with spotted sea trout, redfish and sheepshead. Golden bream Exude Darts are working well for the trout. A tasty live shrimp has been Girle’s choice for the sheepies and redfish.
Capt. Mark Johnston of Legend Charters is reeling up Spanish mackerel in the Intracoastal Waterway using live shrimp. Fish ranging from 18-20 inches has been the norm, although some as big as 26 inches have been caught.
Johnston is catching limits of sheepshead — up to 2 1/2 pounds at inshore structure. “There’s a ton of sheepies out there right now,” Johnston says.
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