Unanimous approval of the West Manatee Fire Rescue District’s annual budget apparently is no longer routine among the five district commissioners.
In a 3-2 vote, commissioners at their Sept. 15 budget hearing approved WMFR Chief Andy Price’s proposed $5.4 million budget for 2011-12, but dissenting Commissioners Jesse Davis and Scott Ricci, as well as several members of the public, expressed dismay with the salary increases in the budget.
The budget, a 2.4 percent increase over the 2010-11 WMFR budget, contains salary increases for staff that will cover the 3 percent of salary that WMFR employees must now contribute by law to their state retirement plans.
Ricci said Price and the district staff and firefighters are “the finest” anywhere and “extremely hardworking,” but he can’t support a budget that raises salaries to cover retirement funding increases ordered by the Florida Legislature.
“This budget makes up for the 3 percent,” Ricci said.
He agreed that firefighters deserve a pay raise, but not at this time. “In this economic situation, we have to tighten our belts,” Ricci said.
Salary and benefits for WMFR staff account for 85.4 percent of the budget, a figure that Holmes Beach resident Robert Heinz said was “off the charts.”
Heinz admonished commissioners for doing what he believes is whatever the fire chief wants.
“All I can see is that you are puppets for the chief. You are a board supposed to be monitoring the district. Where is it going to stop? The fee is raised every year because you can do it,” Heinz said.
Holmes Beach Commissioner Al Robinson, long a critic of the WMFR budget, said Price “gets everything he wants. He makes all the decisions and you rubber-stamp them.”
Robinson also was against the salary increase that recoups the 3 percent retirement deduction.
“It may not sound like much,” but 3 percent of the budget for benefits comes to $136,000.
Price, however, said firefighters have not had a pay raise the past two budget years.
Commissioner Randy Cooper said no one “likes the raise, but we think we can live with it.”
Board Chair Larry Tyler dismissed Heinz’s statement that commissioners are puppets for Price.
“We have sat down with the chief individually and gone over the numbers very carefully. We are not puppets,” he said.
Heinz also said the district should get moving with consolidation of all independent fire districts in Manatee County, not just talk with Cedar Hammock Fire Rescue about a merger.
Tyler said he agreed with consolidation, but some districts “don’t want to listen” to such conversations.
What’s needed, Tyler said, is an independent feasibility study on consolidation. He said he’s tried for years to find funding for the study that he estimated would cost between $150,000 and $200,000, but Manatee County officials have been lukewarm at best to the suggestion that funds come from the county budget.
“But we need someone to tell us if it will work and how to do it,” Tyler said.
Heinz agreed. He said it’s time taxpayers stop funding the 11 or 12 independent fire districts in Manatee County and come up with one body to run the fire service. Somebody needs to step up to the plate with some funding, Heinz indicated.
While not consolidation, merger talks are ongoing with Cedar Hammock, Tyler said, but it’s not an overnight process. Officials from the two districts will meet in a public workshop at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6, at the CHFR station at 6601 53rd Ave. W., Bradenton.
Tyler cautioned that this is a work session and public input might not be taken at the meeting. This is the first meeting of the two commissions and Tyler said information exchange heads the agenda list.
Among the numerous problems with the merger is that WMFR implements a fee for district residents, while CHFR has both a fee and ad valorem taxes to generate revenue.
No matter what the district boards decide, voters of both districts must validate any merger plan, Tyler advised.
WMFR fees up again
For the 12th consecutive year, the West Manatee Fire Rescue District has raised its fees for fire service to district residents.
In the WMFR 2011-12 budget, the annual base rate for single-family residences, mobile homes and condominiums was raised 3.7 percent, from $159.22 to $165.19 for the first 1,000 square feet.
The base rate for commercial buildings also jumped 3.7 percent, rising from $375.82 for the first 1,000 square feet to $389.81. The base rate for vacant lots rose from $21 to $21.79.
WMFR is at the maximum fee allowed by the Florida Legislature, but can increase the fee to correspond with inflation. An effort by the WMFR to have revenue also come from ad valorem taxes was defeated by voters three times between 2002 and 2007.
Fishers benefit from migratory species invasion
Inshore waters just off the beaches of Anna Maria Island have been invaded by schools of migratory species — Spanish mackerel, ladyfish, bonito, blue runners and jack crevalle.
If you’re an experienced fisher, you can tell from a distance what type of school you’re looking at just by the eruption on the top of the water. For instance, Spanish mackerel will torpedo clear out of the water to chase bait, while bonito roll on the top, similar to tarpon.
No matter what kind of school you pull up to in a boat, the fishing technique is basically the same. If you have a full live-well of shiners, you’ll be able to catch every species mentioned. And you can produce the same results using lures, a silver spoon or white jigs.
If you find you’re not catching even though you think you’re doing everything right, try looking at what bait the school of fish is feeding on. Typically if mackerel or bonito are feeding on glass minnows, it’s harder to get them to eat your bait. They seem to dial in on the minnows and don’t much care for anything else. If this happens, you can wait until they’re done and then present your bait, or you can scale down to a small crappie jig that mimics a glass minnow.
Remember, among all of this activity in the water from all of these different migratory species, also comes the blacktip and spinner sharks.
Watch for sharks patrolling the edges of mackerel and bonito schools waiting for an easy meal because fishing these schools can be some of the best catch-and-release shark fishing you’ll experience.
These sharks are abundant, aggressive and hungry. What an ideal combination. Most of these sharks are in the 5- to 6-foot range but, bigger sharks, such as bulls and hammerheads, are not uncommon. Gear up accordingly.
Gag grouper season officially opened Sept. 16 and will run through Nov. 16. Targeting gag grouper in water depths of 100-120 feet is producing keeper fish. Moving close to shore, fishers are still catching keeper fish, although just barely. Most inshore gags are still juvenile in size. Near the last week of the gag season, we should see some bigger fish migrating into shallower water for the winter. Remember, the minimum size for gag grouper is 22 inches and you can keep two per person.
Dave Sork at the Anna Maria City Pier is seeing the early-morning Spanish mackerel bite improving by the day. Large schools of Spanish sardines have engulfed the pier, which in turn is luring in the macks. You also can expect to hook up ladyfish, jack crevalle and skip jack while on the mack attack.
Flounder also are making an appearance at the pier. Sork recommends using Spanish sardines or white bait to entice these flat fish to bite your hook. And try casting out and dragging your bait back to the pier on the bottom. Also, keep in mind that flounder like to hang around structures. You may want to try casting under the pier and dragging the bait out.
Guide Capt. Mark Johnston of Just Reel charters is catching redfish around mangrove islands on high tides. He likes to slowly and quietly sneak up to his spot, anchor and then begin chumming with live shiners to attract the redfish to the boat. Slot-size fish and bigger have been the norm.
Mangrove snapper are getting a good look at the inside of Johnston’s boat, too. Fishing by small boat wrecks and bridges, Johnston is free-lining live shiners or shrimp for mangrove snapper with good results. “Shallow-water fishing for snapper is fun,” says Johnston. “But you have to be stealthy. Those little snapper are smart and will stop biting after 10 or 15 minutes.” If this happens, Johnston likes to scale down his leader size as well as hook size. He also feels that shrimp are working better than shiners right now.
On the Gulf side of the Island, Johnston is catching Spanish mackerel, blue runners, bonito and ladyfish. Again, Johnston likes to anchor and chum with live bait to get the fish behind the boat. A long shank hook with some 30-pound fluorocarbon will suffice for a rig.
Dave Cochran at the Rod & Reel Pier says he’s seeing pier fishers hook a few black drum under the pier. Redfish are being caught there, too. Live select shrimp are the ticket to lure these two tasty species to your hook. Mangrove snapper are around the pilings of the pier. Small shiners or live shrimp are producing the bite, although most of the snapper are on the small side.
Spanish mackerel are coming by the pier in packs, ravaging light-tackle fishers as they pass by. Small, white crappie jigs and silver spoons are working to get that bite going.
Capt. Rick Gross of Fishy Business charters is targeting redfish and spotted sea trout on the grass flats of Lower Tampa Bay and upper Sarasota Bay. “Its nice when we can find the schools,” Gross says, referring to redfish. “But even when we can’t, we’re still locating fish by chumming with live shiners.” On the lower tides, Gross likes to look around large, shallow grass flats and oyster bars for schools of redfish.
Spotted sea trout in the slot-size are being caught aboard Gross’ boat although sometimes his clients have to reel up a dozen in order to get a keeper. “Most of the spotted sea trout roaming the flats are small, but there are bigger ones mixed in,” says Gross.
Mangrove snapper in the 12- to 14-inch range are hitting small shiners weighted with a split shot. Any small structure in either of the bays is holding fish. Gross suggests chumming with shiners to get the mangos chewing behind the boat.
Last, but not least, you guessed it: Gross is catching Spanish mackerel just off the beaches of Anna Maria Island using shiners for bait. He likes to call the big ones “baseball bats” because of their shape. To attain this status, the mackerel must be considerably long, as well as fattened up from gorging themselves on bait. “There are as many as you want out there,” says Gross.
Capt. Warren Girle is taking advantage of calm seas and fishing offshore for mangrove snapper. Fish to 18 inches are being caught on live shiners. While offshore, Girle is encountering schools of Spanish mackerel and blue runners. Moving in a little closer on nearshore structure, Girle is catching keeper flounder. Again, live shiners dragged on the bottom are producing this bite.
Inshore, Girle is still targeting schools of redfish with good results, drifting shallow grass flats in search of disturbed water — a disruption on the surface resulting from movement across the flat. On a calm day, these schools stick out like a sore thumb. Don’t be fooled by a school of mullet, as sometimes they look the same as redfish. As of this week, Girle is catching redfish up to 34 inches.
Spotted sea trout are still abundant on deeper flats. In the early morning, Girle is using top-water baits, such as the Sebile Stick shad and the Rapala Skitterwalk. As the sun gets higher in the sky, Girle switches to plastic baits on a jig head. He’s getting good results using the Exude Dart by Mister Twister.
Jeff Medley at the south bait shop on the Sunshine Skyway Bridge Fishing Piers says, “Everyone is happy to see that Spanish mackerel are back.”
Schools of hungry macks have begun a full assault of the bait pods lingering at the pier. Threadfin herring and scaled sardines are literally jumping out of the water to escape the razor-sharp teeth of the ravenous mackerel. All methods of mackerel-style fishing are working. Silver spoons, Gotcha plugs, white crappie jigs and, of course, live bait are producing a bite.
“If you throw 10 times,” says Medley, “eight out of 10 times will result in a mackerel.”
Along with the catch of mackerel are jack crevalle and ladyfish.
And pier fishers are enjoying a great mangrove snapper bite. Fish up to 18 inches are being caught under the pier using cut bait or live shrimp. Fishers using shrimp are coming up with an occasional sheepshead or flounder.
Capt. Sam Kimball of Legend Charters is offshore fishing in water depths of 100-120 feet. With calm seas, greater distances offshore are attainable, resulting in a wider variety of species.
To start, Kimball is catching three different varieties of snapper. Mangrove, yellowtail and lane snapper are proving to be abundant on deeper ledges and structure. Mangrove snapper up to 5 pounds are being reeled up, as well as respectable sizes of yellowtails and lanes.
Gag grouper action is on fire on the deeper ledges. Limits of gag grouper are being caught on both live shiners and live pinfish.
Catch-and-release red snapper fishing is still going strong, too. Fish in the 7-pound range are the average, and live shiners and pinfish are the ticket to a hook up.
Moving up in the water column, banded rudderfish are patrolling offshore structures. A lot of times, you’ll get bit on the drop to the bottom for grouper, says Kimball, ’cause halfway down it’s hit by a banded rudderfish. “These little guys fight hard and aren’t bad for dinner, either,” says Kimball.
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Wednesday, Sept. 21
7 p.m. — International Peace Day celebration at Anna Maria Elementary School, 4700 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-708-5525.
Saturday, Sept. 24
Noon to 4 p.m. — Corn Hole Tournament at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-1908. Fee applies.
Monday, Sept. 26
11:30 a.m. — Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce golf outing at the Bradenton Country Club, 4646 Ninth Ave. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-778-1541. Fee applies.
Tuesday, Sept. 27
4 to 5:30 p.m. — Inquiring Minds cross-denominational Bible study group meets at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 6608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-4579.
• Tuesdays, noon, Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island meetings at the BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-794-8044.
• Tuesdays, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., coffee and conversations for seniors at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-1908.
• Second Wednesdays, 7:30 p.m., Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 8199 meets at the volunteer fire station, 201 Second St. N., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-778-4400.
• Wednesdays, two hours before sunset, the city of Bradenton Beach hosts a sunset party with entertainer Mike Sales at Katie Pierola Sunset Park, 2200 block of Gulf Drive North, Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-448-5798.
• Wednesdays, 6 to 8 p.m., teens meet at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-1908.
• Wednesdays and Saturdays, 9 a.m., players pitch horseshoes in the pits at Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information: 941-708-6130.
• Fridays, Senior Adventures Group meets for outings to various locations. Information: 941-962-8835.
• Fridays, sunset, drum circle with Mike Sales at Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-526-6789.
• Saturdays, 8:30 a.m., Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island meets at the Anna Maria Island Beach Cafe, Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
Wednesday, Sept. 21
10 a.m. — Bradenton Opera Guild meeting with guest performance by Christina Pier at IMG Academies Country Club at El Conquistador, 4350 El Conquistador Pkwy., Bradenton. Information: 941-755-7426.
Thursday, Sept. 22
7:30 p.m. — “The Sound of Music” opens at Manatee Players, 102 Old Main St., Bradenton, through Oct. 9. Information: 941-748-5875. Fee applies.
Friday, Sept. 23
5 p.m. — Contender Film Series: “Murderball” at the South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-746-4131. Fee applies.
7 to 9:30 p.m. — Starry night paddle through Robinson Preserve, 1704 99th St. NW, Bradenton. Information: 941-742-5757 ext. 7. Bring your own kayak/canoe.
Saturday, Sept. 24
7:30 a.m. — Manatee Glens ninth annual Walk for Life begins at Sutton Park, 1025 Sixth St. W., Palmetto. Information: 941-782-4299. Fee applies.
1 to 4 p.m. — Music on the porch at the Florida Maritime Museum, 4415 119th St. W., Cortez. Information: 941-708-6120.
9 a.m. to 2 p.m. — National Estuaries Day celebration at 1700 Ken Thompson Pkwy., Sarasota. Information: 941-955-8085.
• Sept. 30, Contender Film Series: “The Heart of the Game,” South Florida Museum.
Save the Date:
• Oct. 14, Anna Maria Island Community Center Golf Outing, IMG Academies Golf and Country Club.
• Oct. 14-15, Bayfest, Pine Avenue.
Save the date for the following Anna Maria Elementary School happenings:
• Sept. 21, 6 p.m., PTO budget adoption meeting.
• Sept. 21, 7 p.m., 10th annual Peace Day event.
• Sept. 22, progress reports are sent home.
• Sept. 23, 8:30 a.m. to noon, blood drive.
• Sept. 28, 10:30 a.m., birthday book club in the media center.
AME is at 4700 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. For more information, call 941-708-5525.
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113 Gull Drive, Anna Maria, a 2,447 sfla / 3,165 sfur 3bed/2bath/1car canalfront home built in 1969 on a 91×100 lot was sold 08/30/11, Fitz to Mason for $610,000; list $675,000.
4501 Second Ave., Holmes Beach, a 1,500 sfla / 2,116 sfur 3bed/3bath/1car duplex built in 1974 on a 50×100 lot was sold 09/02/11, DHJLR Properties LLC to Serdy Properties LLC for $525,000.
2312 Gulf Drive, N., Unit 109, Sunset Terrace, Bradenton Beach, a 1,180 sfla / 1,340 sfur 2bed/2bath Gulffront condo built in 1982 was sold 08/31/11, Brothers Beach Property LLC to Jackson Florida Properties LLC for $362,500; list $389,500.
209 Periwinkle Plaza, Anna Maria, a 1,194 sfla / 1,712 sfur 2bed/1bath home built in 1957 on a 85×125 lot was sold 08/31/11, Hatch to Norris for $337,500; list $359,000.
111 36th St., Unit A, 36th Street Coastal Cottages, Holmes Beach, a 1,938 sfla / 2,090 sfur 4bed/2bath condo with pool built in 1937 was sold 08/29/11, Mek Properties LLC to Broyles for $327,000; list $325,000.
243 17th St. N., Unit 10, Bradenton Beach Club, Bradenton Beach, a 1,688 sfla / 2,122 sfur 2bed/2bath condo with shared pools built in 2003 was sold 08/29/11, Bank of the Ozarks to BBC Condo LLC for $325,000.
303 Pine Ave., Anna Maria, a vacant 104×72 lot was sold 08/31/11, Pineapple Corner LLC to AJN Golden Shores of Florida LLC for $320,000.
5608 Gulf Drive, Unit 105, Sun Plaza West, Holmes Beach, a 1,092 sfla / 1,236 sfur 2bed/2bath condo with shared pool and tennis court built in 1981 was sold 08/30/11, Fam LLC to Thompson for $290,000; list $299,900.
Jesse Brisson, broker/associate at Gulf-Bay Realty of Anna Maria, can be reached at 941-778-7244.
Ray L. Becker
Ray L. Becker, 92, of Coldwater, a frequent visitor to Anna Maria Island, died Sept. 11 in Hillsdale. He was born Sept. 13, 1919, to Dr. Jedidiah and Dessie (Zimmerman) Becker in Angola, Ind.
Mr. Becker graduated from Angola High School and went on to Manchester College where he became a dental technician.
Mr. Becker owned and operated Tri-State Dental lab in Coldwater for 40 years. He loved his grandchildren and his church. He enjoyed wintering in Florida for many years and watching his beloved Detroit Tigers.
A service and visitation was held Sept. 13 in Coldwater. Interment will follow at Oak Grove Cemetery in Coldwater. Arrangements were by Dutcher Funeral Home in Coldwater.
Ray is survived by his son Dr. David and wife Kim of Coldwater; granddaughters Christina, Stephanie and Jennifer.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Dessalines (Haiti) Eye/Dental clinic currently being established, in care of Coldwater Free Methodist Church. For information, visit www.dutcherfh.com.
Paul H. Ridgdill, 93, of Bradenton, died Sept. 10. He was born Sept. 29, 1917, in Mulberry, Fla., to the late Peter H. and Mildred (Alderman) Ridgdill and moved with his family to Bradenton at the age of 2.
Mr. Ridgdill served with the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II, and was the former owner of Ridgdill Plumbing in Bradenton for more than 30 years. He served on the Bradenton City Council from 1976-86, and also served as vice-mayor of the city for several of those years. He was a member of the Bradenton Kiwanis and Lions Clubs, Florida Plumbers Association and the First Presbyterian Church of Bradenton, where he served as a deacon.
He spent his retirement years with wife Mary on Anna Maria Island enjoying countless hours with his daughters and their children.
The family received friends Sept. 16 at Shannon Funeral Home Westview Chapel, 5610 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton. A celebration of life was held Sept. 17 at First Presbyterian Church, 1402 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton. Private inurnment will be at a later date at Fogartyville Cemetery in Bradenton. Memorial donations may be made to either the South Florida Museum or First Presbyterian Church. Condolences may be made online at www.shannonfuneralhomes.com.
Mr. Ridgdill is survived by his wife of 69 years, Mary Armstrong; daughters Rosemary and Ron Carlson of Bradenton, Patty and Dave Hall of Palmetto, Sandy and David Livingston of Ellenton, and Barbara and Dave Bjorklund of Jupiter; brother Frank and wife Jill of Tampa; sister Jeanne Fenton of Bradenton; 13 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.
• Sept. 11, Bayfront Park, public intoxication. The Manatee County Sheriff’s Office and Holmes Beach Police Department responded to calls from Bayfront Park, where two intoxicated men were causing a disturbance. The men were instructed to leave the park.
• Sept. 14, 200 block of Lakeview Drive, phone scam. A resident reported to the MCSO that she received a telephone call and someone said she had won a $6,000 grant that she could collect from Western Union if she paid a $1,200 fee.
Anna Maria is policed by the MCSO.
• Sept. 11, 300 block of Bay Drive South, obstruction. The Bradenton Beach Police Department arrested a man for obstructing a police officer without violence, a felony. A report stated that Matthew Edixon, no known address, was seen dragging a woman by her hair across a parking lot. A BBPD officer said the woman was unconscious when he arrived and Edixon was standing beside her. The officer alleged Edixon kept interfering while he tried to tend to the woman, so the man was arrested. The woman was taken to the hospital.
Bradenton Beach is policed by the BBPD.
• No new reports.
Cortez is policed by the MCSO.
• Sept. 2, 5300 block of Gulf Drive, aggravated battery. The HBPD investigated a report of an aggravated battery involving multiple intoxicated people outside Martiniville.
• Sept. 8, 100 block of White Avenue, warrant. A 43-year-old Holmes Beach woman was arrested on warrant for a probation violation.
• Sept. 8, 3200 block of Sixth Avenue, vehicle burglary. The Holmes Beach Police Department took a report from a man who said his vehicle was burglarized and that someone removed prescription pain medicine and a credit card.
• Sept. 9, 6200 block of Marina Drive, residential burglary. The HBPD investigated a report of the theft of a new queen-size comforter from a garage.
• Sept. 9, 700 block of Manatee Avenue, larceny. The HBPD investigated the theft of a tailgate from a parked truck at the Kingfish Boat Ramp. The property was valued at $500.
• Sept. 11, 3700 block of East Bay Drive, driving without a license. The HBPD responded to an accident involving two motorists, one allegedly rear-ended another. The report stated that one motorist was arrested for driving without a license, a misdemeanor.
• Sept. 11, 4000 block of Gulf Drive, injured animal. The HBPD responded to a call about two injured squirrels, which were rescued by Wildlife Inc.
• Sept. 12, 3600 Gulf Drive, gas leak. The West Manatee Fire Rescue and HBPD responded to a gas leak, which required an evacuation of the building.
Holmes Beach is policed by the HBPD.
Streetlife is based on incident reports and narratives from the BBPD, HBPD and MCSO.
Soccer jamboree day kicks off fall soccer season
The Anna Maria Island Community Center’s adult soccer league kicked off Sept. 15 with four games, while the youth soccer program held off until Sept. 17 for a full day of mini games for kids in divisions for ages 4-17.
The recreational youth league gets going for real on Sept. 21 and continues until the end of November, when champions will be crowned in four age divisions.
The adult league got a competitive start when Jessie’s Island Store battled Don Meilner & Son Construction to a 3-3 tie in the season opener. Aaron Duduks, Robert McClughlin and Sean Sanders scored goals for Jessie’s, while Mike Brusso, Zach Gilliland and Amy Talucci notched goals for Meilner.
The second game of the evening saw Euphemia Haye take a 3-0 win over Florida Discount Sign behind two goals from Paul Heyward and one goal from Ryan Hogan.
Sato Real Estate grabbed a 5-2 victory over Island Pest Control in the third game of the evening behind a pair of goals from Matt Plummer and a goal apiece from Josh Sato, Rich Bell and Stephen Perry. Enrico Bissert scored both goals for Pest Control in the loss.
The final game of the night saw Ross Built roll past Wash Family Construction by a 7-3 score. Former Manatee High soccer player Emily Argeros and Greg Ross scored two goals apiece, while Eric Howe and Toby Wickland scored one goal each in the victory. Brett Laudicinia, Scott Macy and Jessica Macy scored a goal each for Wash in the loss.
Adult basketball starts up, too
The Anna Maria Island Community Center’s adult basketball league got started with three games Sept. 13. The first game saw Agnelli Pool & Spa roll past Southern Greens by a 55-34 score. Aaron Duduks led the way for Agnelli with 35 points, while Nate Coleman added 14 points. Will Langston’s 4 points and 2 points from Tyler Krauss completed the Agnelli scoring in the victory. Kevin Austin and Robby Bennett scored 15 points apiece to lead Southern Greens, which also received 2 points apiece from Chuck McCracken and Wayne Grant in the loss.
Bowes Imaging edged the Sun 42-40 in the second game of the night behind 16 points from Tyler Bekkerus and 11 points from Mikeal Kasten. Nick Schweitzer’s 6 points, 5 points from Mark Templeton and 4 points from Steven Ayers rounded out the Bowes scoring in the win. Jarell Queensberry nailed six 3-pointers on the way to a game-high 22 points to lead the Sun in the loss. Larry Berkery added 11 points, while Chris Smith and Erica Smith chipped in with 2 points apiece in the loss.
The last game of the night saw Unique Mobile Detailing defeat Beach to Bay Construction 55-44. Jonathan Moss led the way with 21 points, while Justin Jones and Brent Moss added 9 points apiece. Ryan Moss chipped in with 7 points for 7 Mobile Detailing, which also received 4 and 3 points from Jason and Josh Sato respectively, while Lindsey Weaver completed the scoring with 2 points. Nick Diaz paced Beach to Bay with 19 points, while Scott Eason and Tommy Tyrell added 9 points apiece. Chuck Bucky, George Imes and Shawn Kaleta completed the scoring with 2 poins each in the loss.
Longboat Key Club hosts golf tourney
Longboat Key Club & Resort announced this week an inaugural First Reponders golf tournament to benefit the emergency response teams of Longboat Key and Sarasota and Manatee counties in remembrance of the events of 9/11.
“We all share in the pain and devastation of the events of Sept. 11, 2001. As we remember the victims and survivors of this national tragedy, I feel it is important we also honor and support the men and women who are the first responders in our own communities.” said Michael Well, general manager of Longboat Key Club & Resort.
The First Responders Tournament will be at Harbourside Golf Course at Longboat Key Club & Resort, Saturday, Oct. 1. There will be an 8 a.m. shotgun start with a maximum of 120 players. Entry fee is $100 per person and players may sign up individually or as a foursome.
To sign up or for more information, contact director of golf Terry O’Hara at 941-387-1631 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Two teams emerged from pool play during Sept. 17 horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall pits. Sam Samuels and Ron Pepka jumped out to a 13-2 lead before hanging on for an exciting 23-19 victory over Jeff Moore and George McKay.
Two teams qualified for the knockout round during Sept. 14 horseshoe action. Larry Livrago and John Johnson rolled past Jerry Disbrow and Ron Pepka by a 21-12 score.
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.
Key Royale golf news
The women of the Key Royale Club played a nine-hole, individual-low-net golf match Sept. 13. Terry Westby and Joyce Brown both carded 4-under-par 28s to tie for first place. Three shots back in second were Liz Lang, Frankie Smith-Williams and Penny Williams at 1-under-par 31. Sue Wheeler and Kathy Willis both carded 33s to finish in a tie for third place.
Anna Maria Island Community Center Soccer League schedule
Instructional Division (Ages 4-5)
Sept. 26 6 p.m. Bowes Imaging vs. Gulf Bay
Sept. 26 6:30 p.m. White Egret vs. Isl. Dental
Sept. 27 6 p.m. Bowes Imaging vs. White Egret
Sept. 27 6:30 p.m. Gulf Bay vs. Isl. Dental
Instructional Division (Ages 6-7)
Sept. 21 6 p.m. A&E vs. Beach Bums
Sept. 21 7 p.m. Coastal vs. Tyler’s
Sept. 23 6 p.m. A&E vs. Coastal
Sept. 23 7 p.m. Beach Bums vs. Tyler’s
Division III (Ages 8-9)
Sept. 21 6 p.m. IRE. vs. Isl. Pest Ctrl.
Sept. 26 6 p.m. Isl. Pest Ctrl. vs. W.C. Surf Shop
Sept. 27 6 p.m. Gettel vs. The Feast
Division II (Ages 10-11)
Sept. 21 7 p.m. Eat Here vs. LaPensee
Sept. 27 7 p.m. Eat Here vs. Crady Massage
Division I (Ages 12-13)
Sept. 21 8 p.m. Mr. Bones vs. Spinnakers
Sept. 23 6 p.m. Autoway vs. Mr. Bones
Sept. 23 7 p.m. Wash FC vs. Spinnakers
Premier Division (Ages 14-17)
Sept. 26 7 p.m. Ace Hardware vs. Beach Bistro
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18-FOOT HOBIE cat with wings, beach wheels, trailer, $1,500. 863-698-4417.
COMPUTER: 2.0 GHz with newly loaded Windows XP-PRO, $75, 941-756-6728.
BLACK LEATHER DESK chair on wheels, $15, futon, 78-inches long, white frame, $80, two antique barstools, white shabby-chic, both, $30. 863-944-4879.
NEW SEA MIST green carpet, $75 or best. 941-792-8685.
BABY STROLLER, GRACO with car seat, manual. Paid $275, now $40. 941-795-8359.
TV: ORION, COLOR, 19-inch, $15, TV, nine-inch with swivel base, $10, 941-795-8359.
CREDENZA: SOLID OAK, like-new, $100 firm. 941-778-3920.
LEATHER COUCH: BLACK, excellent condition, $100 firm. China cabinet, solid walnut, $100 firm, 941-778-3920.
MARY KAY COSMETICS: Full line at discounted prices. Jenifer, 941-224-1760, 941-739-0792.
KENMORE LIKE NEW black frig/freezer/icemaker. Top freezer. New 2008. Cost $600, now $195. 941-778-1102.
ANTIQUE COPPER POTS and bowls, collection $350. Burl-wood rocker, oak office chairs, collectibles. 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 email@example.com, 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.
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.firstname.lastname@example.org. Discoverannamaria.com.
NOW COLLECTING ITEMS for St. Bernard Church rummage sale, Oct. 21-22. Please leave donated items in rear of activity center building. Call Geri Cannon, 941-779-0591.
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.
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: 9:30 a.m.- 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23. 303 Bay Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Turn east on Second Street north across from The BeachHouse restaurant. (Get parking directions at the house). Sofa, love seat, chest, rattan glass-top dinette, three trundle beds, patio set, wicker queen bed set, dry sink, Ridgeway grandfather clock, cherry hutch, pottery bench, dining room set, chrome etagere, TV, Temperpedic queen bed set, rattan sofa, chair and coffee table, microwave, refrigerator, kitchenware, linins and more. Sale conducted by Palma Sola Sales, numbers given out at 8 a.m.
ROSER THRIFT SHOP: Open 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9 a.m.-noon Saturdays. 511 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. 941-779-2733.
MOVING SALE: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Sept 24. Housewares, unique furniture, tables, dressers, lamps, chairs, recliner, buffet, couch, loveseat, shelf units. 102 77th St., Holmes Beach.
LOST & FOUND
FOUND: NIKON COOLPIX camera. Claim at: Holmes Beach Police Department, 941-708-5804.
LOST: 14-CARAT emerald and diamond ring near Hurricane Hanks Thursday, Sept. 1. Call Roxanne, 941-374-3108.
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.
FULL-TIME JOURNALIST WANTED: Seeking new journalism grad or experienced reporter. Work in paradise for the newspaper ranked No. 1 in the state by the Florida Press Association. E-mail letter of interest/resume: email@example.com.
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.
BABIES, PETS AND PLANTS: Responsible, trustworthy, fun and reliable 16-year old. Own transportation. 941-447-9658.
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.
LET US DRIVE YOU! Airports, cruise ports. Flat rates. Anna Maria Sunshine Car Service. 941-778-5476.
PROFESSIONAL I.T. SERVICES: Complete computer solutions for business and home. Installation, repair, upgrade, networking, Web services, wireless services. Richard Ardabell, network engineer, 941-778-5708, or cell 216-509-1945.
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. 941-778-7770. Leave message.
HOUSE CLEANING BY Laura. Excellent references. One house, 2BR/2BA, $50. 941-539-6891.
ISLAND PET NANNY: Loving pet care. Longtime Island resident, background check, pet CPR-certified, references. Karen Robinson, 941-730-5693.
WILDLIFE REMOVAL and relocation: Problem solving for all animals, big and small. Call Joe, Westcoast Nuisance Wildlife Service. 941-720-4152.
CAREGIVER OR SITTER: Sister and brother team, 30 years experience, will do baths, doctor appointments, light housekeeping, shopping, etc. Call Diana, 941-545-7114.
ISLAND DOGS GROOMING: $10 off first groom. Salon, home groom, pickup/delivery, pet sitting. Certified groomer. Call 941-778-1202.
TUTORING SERVICES: Specializing in algebra, geometry, calculus, trigonometry and science. Special needs students welcome. Grades 3-12. Rick, 941-224-4977.
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 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.
GUITAR TROUBLE? KOKO RAY’S ISLAND studio. Instruction in flute, saxophone, guitar, piano and voice. 315 58th St., Holmes Beach, 941-538-8724.
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.
JR’S LANDSCAPING AND MAINTENANCE Lawns, native plants, mulching, trimming, hauling, cleanups. Island resident 25 years. Call 941-807-1015.
STRAIGHT SHOT LANDSCAPE. Shell installed $45/yard at true specifications. Free appliance pick up. 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.
NURSERY QUALITY GARDEN Care and maintenance. Hand weeding, trimming, cleanup, plant installation. Certified horticultural professional. Call Joan, 941-704-9025.
TOP NOTCH LAWN Care: Residential and commercial. For all your landscaping needs. 941-932-6600.
VAN-GO PAINTING residential/commercial, interior/exterior, pressure cleaning, wallpaper. Island references. Bill, 941-795-5100.
TILE -TILE -TILE. All variations of ceramic tile supplied and installed. Quality workmanship, prompt, reliable, many Island references. Call Neil, 941-726-3077.
CUSTOM REMODELING EXPERT. All phases of carpentry, repairs and painting. Insured. Meticulous, clean, sober and prompt. Paul Beauregard, 941-730-7479.
GRIFFIN’S HOME IMPROVEMENTS Inc. Handyman, fine woodwork, countertops, cabinets and shutters. Insured and licensed, 941-748-4711.
JERRY’S HOME REPAIR: Carpentry, handyman, light hauling, pressure washing. Jack of all trades. Call 941-778-6170 or 941-447-2198.
SOUTHBAY HOME REPAIRS: If it’s broken, stuck, loose, leaks, needs paint, etc. I’ll fix it. Affordable quality work. 941-720-2906.
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.
JUS ROMEO: INSURED, affordable, experienced. House painting, pressure washing, handy work. Free estimate. Call Justin, 941-224-0344.
METRO DOOR AND Supply: Entry doors, French, sliders, interior doors, glass inserts. Professional installation. 941-730-1399. 34221doors.com.
WEEKLY/MONTHLY/ANNUAL rentals: wide variety, changes daily. SunCoast Real Estate, 941-779-0202, or 1-800-732-6434. www.suncoastinc.com.
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.
PERICO ANNUAL: 2BR/2BA condo with pool access, carport, and storage. $1,100/month. Will consider small pet, 30 pounds or less. First, last, security required. Gulf-Bay Realty, 941-778-7244.
HOLIDAY/VACATION RENTALS: 3BR/2BA private pool home in northwest Bradenton, 3BR/3BA private pool home in Palma Sola, west Bradenton. No annuals. Call 941-794-1515.
PERICO ISLAND: 3BR/3BA beautifully furnished house. Private pool, seasonal/monthly rent. $3,000/month. Call 941-795-3778.
GREAT LOCATION: ANNUAL rental north end, corner North Shore Drive and Magnolia Avenue. 2BR/1BA duplex, includes washer, dryer room, backyard, clean, new tile floor, fridge and roof. $850/month. 305 Magnolia Ave, Anna Maria. Call 941-812-3745.
VACATION RENTAL WATERFRONT 2BR/2BA, DOCK, pool, sunroom, laundry, annual-seasonal. 941-779-9074.
ANNUAL RENTAL: 2BR/2BA IN Bradenton Beach with ocean views. Near trolley stop and beach. Call Liz, 941-778-2176.
WINTER SPECIAL: SENIOR park, 2BR/2BA furnished doublewide. Recreation room, pool, gated. $1,000/month. Sale, $35,000. 2314 14th St., Bradenton. Tropical Palms. 863-688-3524, 863-608-1833. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
SMALL PRIVATE ROOM: North Longboat Key. Washer and dryer, utilities included. $130/week. 941-383-4856.
HOLMES BEACH 3BR/1.5BA duplex, private lanai, fenced backyard, shared laundry room. Furnished/unfurnished. $1,450/month, small pet OK. First, last, security required. Gulf-Bay Realty, 941-778-7244.
LARGE REMODELED 2BR/1BA, garage and deck. Walk to beach. $1,400/month includes all utilities. First, last and security. 941-779-2131.
WATERFRONT 2BR/2BA, DOCK, pool, sunroom, laundry, annual-seasonal. 941-779-9074 or 703-587-4675.
ANNUAL RENTAL WANTED while our beach house is being built. 2-3BR. Anna Maria preferred. 813-690-1522.
ANNUAL RENTAL: LONGBOAT Key, Twin Shores mobile home, 55-plus, private beach, 2BR/1BA. Call Karen, 813-377-6864.
OFFICE FOR RENT: $350/month. 315 58th St., Holmes Beach. 941-794-8202.
SUPER CUTE 1BR/1BA, one block to beach and bay, walk to pier, restaurants. $750/month. Bradenton Beach. 941-447-4843.
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.
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.
NEW UPGRADED CONDOS: Minutes to beach, annual, seasonal, $140,000-plus. Special financing available. 941-773-0212. Taylor Morrison at Palma Sola Trace.
OPEN HOUSE: 1:30 p.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25. 3BR/3BA new construction, 2,800-feet under air. 2.5-car garage, den, office, pantry, utility room. Galvanized roof. 5411 8th Ave. Drive W., Bradenton. 34209. 941-209-9038.
BEST BUY ON ANNA MARIA ISLAND: 1BR/1BA Sandpiper Resort turnkey unit for only $5,000 with corporation share purchase of $83,375. Rents for $1,400/month seasonally. Great investment in paradise. Call 585-721-4415.
DOUBLEWIDE MOBILE HOME: Palma Sola area adult park. Close to beach, 2BR/2BA, 1,200 sf, partly furnished, full use of park facilities. $50,000. Owner, 941-795-6793.
BANK FORECLOSED, LAND liquidation, from $9,900, Blue Ridge mountains, paved roads, utilities, county water, panoramic views, excellent financing. Sale Sept. 24. Call now! 888-757-6867, ext. 214.
ABANDONED LAKESIDE FARM! Four acres, lake access, $16,900. 10 acres, huge view, $29,900. Eight acres, lakefront, $69,900. Foreclosure priced land in Upstate New York’s south tier! Survey, clear title! 877-352-2844. www.newyorklandandlakes.com.