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Looking Back: Islanders cast ballots, elect officers

Anna Maria Island voters went to the polls Nov. 5, 2013, and it was one of the first election days in recent years with contested local races in each of the island cities.

In Holmes Beach, five candidates ran for three seats on the city commission. Voters re-elected Pat Morton, David Zaccagnino and Jean Peelen. First-time candidates Carol Soustek and C. Melissa Williams placed fourth and fifth.

In Anna Maria, four candidates ran for three seats. Voters returned Dale Woodland and Doug Copeland to the dais and also elected Carol Carter. First-time candidate Michael Jawarski placed fourth.

Voters in Anna Maria also amended the city charter.

In Bradenton Beach, voters elected a new mayor — former commissioner Bill Shearon, who defeated incumbent John Shaughnessy.

In a Ward 3 race, voters elected Janie Robertson to the commission over incumbent Ric Gatehouse. Jack Clarke ran unchallenged for the Ward 1 seat held by Gay Breuler, who chose not to seek re-election.

The new year will bring another round of municipal elections, as well as county, state and federal elections.

Flashback 2013: The year in review

As 2013 draws to a close, The Islander looks back at a year of highs and lows, celebrations and tragedies, welcomes and farewells. This week: July through December.


27th Street dispute ends: Bradenton Beach Mayor John Shaughnessy said the documents with a judge’s signature dismissing the long-standing 27th Street dispute between Bradenton Beach and Holmes Beach were delivered July 2 to the two city attorneys. “I have been in contact with our city attorney, Ricinda Perry,” said Shaughnessy at a July 3 special meeting. “The dismissal regarding the fence dispute with Holmes Beach has been signed, so it’s over.”

14-year-old boy drowns in rip current: A 14-year-old boy from Winter Haven, visiting Anna Maria with his family, disappeared in the Gulf of Mexico. He was found drowned July 7 south of the Sandbar Restaurant.

Shore returns to FISH board: Manatee County Clerk of Circuit Court R.B. “Chips” Shore returned to the Florida Institute for Saltwater Heritage board in Cortez. Shore, who had quit earlier in the year, assumed a role on the executive board.

Aubry calls for police consolidation talks: Resurrecting an idea that has been discussed many times over the years by various officials, Anna Maria Commissioner Gene Aubry called for a discussion on consolidating law enforcement services with Holmes Beach and Bradenton Beach. Aubry made his suggestion after learning the proposed Manatee County Sheriff’s Office contract for 2013-14 would cost the city $615,000.

Manatee County expands preserve: Armed with a plan to acquire an additional 150 acres for the Robinson Preserve in northwest Bradenton, Manatee County Natural Resources director Charlie Hunsicker announced July 15 an ambitious expansion of the park. Hunsicker said funding for the expansion could come from the BP Oil spill settlement.

Resort tax collections on record pace: With $612,529 collected in May and four months remaining in the fiscal year, Manatee County was ahead of last year’s record pace for resort tax collections.

LBK trolley future in doubt: The future of the Sarasota County Area Transit trolley that connects the trolley service from Anna Maria Island at Coquina Beach with Longboat Key and downtown Sarasota seemed in jeopardy after a dispute over funding. Manatee County public works said Longboat Key agreed to pay Manatee County Area Transit $42,000 annually to support the trolley, while Longboat Key said the funding agreement was only for one year.

Protesters gather to protest Long Bar Pointe development: Dozens of protesters departed from Cortez in vessels of all sizes July 20 to form a “boat brigade” that cruised across Sarasota Bay to Long Bar Pointe, a proposed development site that will encompass more than 400 acres of housing, stores, boat slips and a hotel.

Coast Guard rescues 2: A U.S. Coast Guard boat from the Cortez Station rescued two boaters around 1:45 p.m. July 19, after their 9-foot boat capsized near the Cortez Bridge during high winds.

Mainsail-HB mediation to move forward: Holmes Beach commissioners July 23 agreed to move forward with mediating the Mainsail Lodge development project near the intersection of Gulf and Marina drives. Mainsail representatives presented the updated plans based on the June mediation where concessions to the original plans for a lodge, restaurant, marina and housing units were made.

AM mayor: visitors threaten quality of life: Anna Maria Mayor SueLynn told commissioners at their July 25 meeting that the growing influx to the city of visitors on weekends and holidays is threatening residents’ quality of life, and many have told her they will move away unless the city resolves the issue. The mayor said the frequent influx of visitors on weekends and holidays puts a strain on the city’s infrastructure.

AM commission approves revised liquor ordinance: Anna Maria city commissioners at their July 25 meeting adopted an amendment to the city’s liquor ordinance, allowing restaurants that meet certain criteria to apply for a special use permit to serve spirits, as well as beer and wine.

HB tree house declared in violation: At a July 30 Holmes Beach Code Enforcement Board hearing, the owners of Angelinos Sea Lodge, 103 29th St., were found in violation for their tree house on the Gulf of Mexico shore.


The Anna Maria Island Privateers, keeping an island tradition, lead their own July 4 parade from Bradenton Beach to Holmes Beach to Anna Maria. Islander File Photo


Protesters on boats and kayaks arrive July 20 to raft up and rally against the proposed Long Bar Pointe housing-hotel-commercial development in Sarasota Bay south of Cortez on an area of the Manatee County shoreline that includes mangrove habitat for wildlife and marinelife. Islander Courtesy Photo



Long Bar developer drops marina, gains swing vote: At a marathon hearing on map and text changes to the county’s comprehensive plan requested by the Long Bar Pointe developer, Manatee County commissioners approved the land-use map amendment with a 4-3 vote, but rejected the comprehensive plan text amendment that would have put the county’s environmental protection regulations and policies in jeopardy.

Holmes Beach traffic committee forms: Chair Richard Motzer of the newly formed committee on traffic congestion and parking summed up the committee’s dilemma at its first meeting Aug. 5 at Holmes Beach City Hall, saying, “We have a congestion problem.”

Support for paid parking builds in Anna Maria: The idea of paid parking, at least for day visitors to the city of Anna Maria, gained traction among commissioners at an Aug. 8 meeting. Commissioners quickly agreed that some revenue should come from day visitors, as they have a great deal of impact on the city’s infrastructure.

Anna Maria sets stage for rental challenge in court: Anna Maria’s commission appeared willing to go to court for a judicial decision on whether its hotel/motel ordinance applied to vacation home rentals. Commission Chair Chuck Webb, at an Aug. 22 meeting, said city code states that if a residence in the residential zone with “three or more bedrooms” is rented, it is a hotel/motel, and the code prohibits hotel-motel rentals in any residential zone — other than the retail-office-residential zone and those operations that are grandfathered.

AM mayor says TDC success ruins island lifestyle: Members of the Manatee County Tourist Development Council heard from Anna Maria Mayor SueLynn at their Aug. 19 meeting that all is not well in paradise. SueLynn said there is “no question of the success of the Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau,” but some of that success comes at the expense of the quality of life in her city.

BB commissioner offers parking proposal: Bradenton Beach Commissioner Ric Gatehouse introduced a seven-point parking plan for the city. “I don’t think anyone can disagree that traffic and parking are among the most pressing issues we have in the city, especially during season,” Gatehouse wrote in a statement.

Forbes includes Anna Maria on ‘prettiest towns’ list: Forbes magazine, known for its lists of the richest Americans and highest-paid stars, put the city of Anna Maria on its list of “prettiest towns.”

Qualifying ends, campaigns begin on AMI: The candidate qualification period in all three island cities for the Nov. 5 election ended at noon Aug. 30 and the races — for commission and mayor in Bradenton Beach, commission in Holmes Beach and commission in Anna Maria – were set.

HB backpedals on domestic partner registry: In what was considered to be a groundbreaking step Aug. 13, city commissioners unanimously voted to move forward with the creation of a domestic partnership registry. But they took a step back at their Aug. 29 meeting, retreating from the proposal to draft a domestic partnership ordinance.


In August, Terry Martsolf of Seminole won the grand prize in The Islander’s annual Top Notch photo contest with an image of brown pelicans playing follow the leader in Holmes Beach. Martsolf received $100 from the newspaper and a bevy of gifts from Islander advertisers.


In August, Alec Sussman, 15, managed to hook and reel in this shark on the beach in Anna Maria, while Connor Gerardi and Alec’s twin, David Sussman, unhooked and released it to hunt again. Connor lives in Anna Maria, while the twins, Alec and David, were visiting from south Tampa. They reported taking an hour and 20 minutes to land the shark.



HB, Mainsail put down swords: Not every obstacle was cleared for Mainsail Lodge to break ground on a proposed hotel, restaurant and marina at the property near the intersection of Gulf and Marina drives, but a major hurdle was crossed Sept. 4 with the successful conclusion of a required mediation process with Holmes Beach.

• Daily fine imposed on tree-house owners: At its Sept. 12 meeting, the Holmes Beach Code Enforcement Board imposed a $100 per day fine on Richard Hazen and Lynn Tran until such time the couple brings into compliance what the city has deemed illegal construction — a tree house fronting the Gulf of Mexico at Angelinos Sea Lodge, 103 29th St.

Anna Maria property owners prepare to sue city: With Anna Maria commissioners poised to sue some vacation homeowners over rental terms, property owners also prepared plans for legal action. Attorney Scott Rudacille said 40 vacation rental owners in Anna Maria were poised to “intervene in the action to protect their rights and to invoke their constitutional and statutory protections.”

Contractor arrested for allegedly defrauding city: Holmes Beach police arrested a contractor Sept. 19 for allegedly bilking the city out of money paid for a road project last year. Chris Arnold, 61, of Bradenton, owner of Services by Chris Arnold, was arrested for felony scheming to defraud.

Nesting season breaks record: The 2013 sea turtle nesting season became a record year before the season had ended. Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring reported 368 loggerhead and green sea turtle nests were recorded in 2013, surpassing the 2012 record of 365. The 15-year average before the 2012 season was 168 nests, 156 false crawls and about 9,000 hatchlings.

Bradenton Beach selects new pier concessionaire: Doors to the Bradenton Beach Historic Bridge Street Pier restaurant remained closed, but lease negotiations began with Starfish on the Bay, later named Cast and Cage. City commissioners selected from two bids, the other submitted by owners of the former Fisherman Joe’s in Bradenton.

Bradenton Beach approves tax hike: Bradenton Beach commissioners unanimously passed a final reading of an ordinance to adopt the 2013-14 budget at a special meeting in September. Commissioners also passed resolutions to adopt the tentative millage rate at 2.3329 — a 2.92 percent increase over the rollback rate — the millage needed to produce the same revenue as the current year — and the $2,502,724 budget.

Holmes Beach increases taxes: Holmes Beach commissioners approved a record-high $9 million spending plan Sept. 24. Commissioners also voted to retain the 1.75 millage rate, amounting to a tax increase over the past year’s revenue and spending.

Community unites after Rod & Reel fire: In the wake of the Sept. 30 electrical fire at the Rod & Reel Pier in Anna Maria, island churches stepped up to offer aid and assistance to the 30 pier employees who were expecting to be without jobs for several months.


In the fourth month of nesting season, Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring executive director Suzi Fox looks on as volunteers Betsy Lynch and Ed Sterba, kneeling, tally the remainders of a nest at 28th Street in Holmes Beach, where 112 hatchlings left for the sea. Islander Photo: Courtesy AMITW


Richard Hazen and Lynn Tran discuss strategy with attorney David Levin during a break at a Sept. 12 code enforcement hearing regarding their tree house at Angelinos Sea Lodge, 103 29th St., Holmes Beach. Islander Photo: Mark Young



Holmes Beach officials get shady with Sunshine Law: Holmes Beach officials were facing two instances of violating the Sunshine Law. One violation is alleged to have occurred regarding a July 8 City Center Committee meeting and the other occurred at an Oct. 8 city commission meeting.

Rod & Reel fire ruled accidental: Radiant heat from the deep fryers at the Rod & Reel Pier restaurant built up in wiring in the wall over a long period of time, causing the Sept. 30 fire that closed the 66-year-old structure, according to West Manatee Fire Rescue Deputy Chief Brett Pollock. He said the buildup of radiant heat caused spontaneous combustion between the walls of the kitchen.

BB cell tower gets bad reception: It was as close to standing room only as the Bradenton Beach City Hall chambers can get for an Oct. 18 public hearing on a proposed cellular communications tower. Public comment was unanimously opposed to both the construction of a cell tower and the location near the city’s public works facility, which is at 400 Church Ave.

BB mayor announces $1 million funding for pier fix: Bradenton Beach Mayor John Shaughnessy announced that the Manatee County Tourist Development Council would match up to $1 million funding for renovations to the Historic Bridge Street Pier.

Anna Maria commission rejects court action on rentals: In a 3-2 vote at their Oct. 24 meeting, commissioners reversed a September decision to pursue declaratory relief to determine if the city’s hotel/motel ordinance could be applied to single-family home vacation rentals.

Chamber says people angry over negative tourism tone: Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce executive director Mary Ann Brockman said a wave of negative talk by island officials about tourism had visitors angry. Brockman, at an Oct. 28 meeting in Holmes Beach, said visitors to the island were well aware of the negative tone public officials had taken in recent months toward them.


Mike Coleman, operating partner for Pine Avenue Restoration, approaches the PAR apiary — on private property — with respect for the newest creatures to take up residence in the city. Islander Photo: Cheryl Schmidt


WMFR firefighters are assisted by Longboat Key and Cedar Hammock fire districts in bringing the Rod & Reel Pier Sept. 30 smoldering electrical fire under control. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy


The Islander’s annual Popcorn and Politics event for candidates and voters from each island city draws a crowd Oct. 25, to the newspaper’s new offices at 5406B Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.



Judge ends statewide net ban: A circuit judge in Tallahassee agreed with commercial fishers that the enforcement of Florida’s net-ban law was an “absolute mess.” She ordered the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to stop prohibiting the use of certain nets, but an emergency stay was enacted at the appeals court level.

Islander newspaper salutes veterans: An estimated 125 people attended the eighth annual Islander Veterans Tribute Nov. 11 at Holmes Beach City Hall.

Bradenton Beach mayor drops legal challenge: Bradenton Beach Mayor Bill Shearon said one of his first thoughts after winning the Nov. 5 election was that he was, for all intents and purposes, suing himself. So, he dropped out of a lawsuit against the city over a parking and dunes project on the beach across from city hall.

Holmes Beach traffic committee drafts overflow parking proposal: Holmes Beach’s congestion committee came close to finalizing the terms of an agreement that would establish shared parking terms at some churches and businesses for beach overflow parking.

No evidence of homicide in death of Sheena Morris: The five-year quest to decide whether a 22-year-old Tampa woman took her own life in a Bradenton Beach motel room or whether she was murdered was put to rest in November. On Nov. 21, at around 4 p.m., Bradenton Beach Police Chief Sam Speciale received a phone call from the Florida State Attorney’s Office informing him that there was no evidence of homicide in the death of Sheena Morris.

Former Holmes Beach man sentenced for fraud: Jason Syrek, a 40-year-old former Holmes Beach resident, was sentenced Nov. 4 in U.S. District Court in Detroit to six years in a federal prison and ordered to pay $17.6 million in restitution for health care fraud and false tax returns.

Tourist tax skyrockets above annual record: Revenues from the tax on accommodations rocketed to more than 10 percent over the previous year’s record-setting pace in Manatee County. Manatee County Tourist Development Tax, often called the resort or bed tax, set a record of $8.993 million for the 2013 fiscal year ending Sept. 30. That amounted to an 11 percent increase over the previous record of $8.101 million set in fiscal year 2011-12.

Woman convicted of injuring Bradenton Beach officer: A 25-year-old North Carolina woman was facing up to three years in a Florida prison after being convicted Nov. 27 of grand theft auto and causing serious injury to a law enforcement officer. Amanda Varner will be sentenced in February.


Symphony on the Sand, a joint effort of the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce, the Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau and Manatee County government, features the Anna Maria Island Concert Chorus & Orchestra at Coquina Beach Nov. 8. The event began before sunset and culminated under the stars. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy


Bradenton Beach Commissioner Gay Breuler smiles at a packed gallery during the Nov. 7 city commission meeting, her final meeting as commissioner. Islander Photo: Mark Young


Commissioner Ric Gatehouse and Mayor John Shaughnessy attend their final city commission meeting Nov. 7 after being defeated in the Nov. 5 election.


Veterans and all rise for the Anna Maria Elementary School chorus’ rendition of the Star-Spangled Banner Nov. 16 at CrossPointe Fellowship’s Community Unity. In the front row is World War II veteran Jim Kissick and behind him are Kit Redeker and her veteran husband Dale Redeker. There was entertainment, a barbecue lunch, refreshments, games for kids, speeches and recognition for military veterans. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy



Bradenton Beach commission approves plan to fire administrative staff: Bradenton Beach Mayor Bill Shearon began his new policy of holding a work session prior to city meetings with a bang as the city began to overhaul its administration department. A plan put forth by Commissioner Jack Clarke and supported by the majority of the commission essentially terminated every staff position at city hall, but allowed employees to reapply.

Holmes Beach tightens Mainsail agreement: Holmes Beach commissioners, at a Dec. 11 work session, made some minor tweaks to a settlement agreement between the city and the Mainsail Lodge development team.

Anna Maria park debate results in refunds: Mayor SueLynn reported to the commission Dec. 12 that both Pine Avenue Restoration LLC and Rex Hagen want to be refunded their donations for improvements to the vacant lots at the east end of Pine Avenue. The refund requests came after the commission voted 3-2 Dec. 5 to remove 15 parking spaces from plans to develop the park drawn by then-Commissioner Gene Aubry and approved 3-1 by the commission in June.

Mullet run begins: On December mornings well before sunrise, mullet fishers were loading their cast nets and gear aboard boats and heading onto the water. The mullet run had begun, creating a frenzy for fishers seeking female mullet fat with valuable roe.

Beach renourishment begins: The long-awaited renourishment of Anna Maria Island beaches from 79th Street in Holmes Beach to Coquina Beach began Dec. 21 in Holmes Beach.

Long Bar Pointe hearing canceled: A Manatee County Commission public hearing on a map amendment planned for Jan. 23 was canceled after the applicant — Long Bar Pointe withdrew “the comprehensive plan amendment from further consideration or action at this time.”


After arriving to the Sandbar Restaurant, Santa made a surprise entrance to the Lawton Chiles Kids Christmas Party on a scooter. He zipped across the beach on two wheels, greeting children before taking his seat to hear their Christmas wishes. Islander File Photo


A couple heads for the beach near the Blue Water Beach Club, 6306 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, circumventing beach renourishment equipment. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy

Compiled from The Islander archives


Obituaries – 01-08-2014

Rosemary S. Center

Rosemary S. Center, 86, died Jan. 6. She was born in Chicago and moved to Anna Maria Island in 1979 from Los Angeles.

She was married 61 years to the late Charles E. Center.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan, 11, at Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory 43rd Street Chapel, 604 43rd St. W., Bradenton.

Condolences may be made online at www.brownandsonsfuneral.com.

Mrs. Center is survived by her children, Charles Jr. of Dover and Diane Boudro, Daniel, Tera Howard and Rosemary Balandra, all of Bradenton; 10 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.


Ramon Marra

Ramon Marra, 79, of Bradenton Beach, died Jan. 4.

He was born in Guantanamo, Cuba, and came to Florida in 1962 after being expelled by Fidel Castro’s government.

Mr. Marra served 18 months in a Cuban prison for anti-communist activities. He was proud to become an American citizen and was always grateful for America’s liberties and opportunities. At age 37, he earned a degree in accounting from Florida Atlantic University, despite barely speaking English. He worked as an auditor for the city of Tampa and served as city auditor for four years before relocating to Bradenton.

He was a proud member of the Tampa Downtown Lions Club and the Tampa Cuban Civic Club. He retired in 2002 and spent time fishing, playing softball for the Bradenton Senior Softball League and enjoying his grandchildren. He was a man who lived life to the fullest and found every person a friend.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 11, at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach. Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory 43rd Street Chapel in charge.

Memorial donations may be made to the Parkinson’s Research Foundation, 5969 Cattleridge Blvd., Suite 100, Sarasota FL 34232, or to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Condolences may be made online at www.brownandsonsfuneral.com.

Mr. Marra is survived by his wife of 54 years, Nancy; daughter, Teresa of Denver; daughter Nancy and husband Andre Perron of Bradenton; grandchildren Jeremy and Jacqueline Perron.


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Clay Wilson, a veterinarian, 57, of Bradenton, died Dec. 20.

He was born July 17, 1957 in Johannesburg, South Africa, to the late Erwin Robin and Thelma Marie (Scott) Wilson. He moved to Mexico with his family at age 2 before returning to the Republic of South Africa 11 years later.

He graduated in 1979 from the University of Florida with a degree in zoology and furthered his education with a degree in 1987 from the Onderstepoort Veterinary Hospital at the University of Pretoria in Pretoria, South Africa.

He moved to Manatee County in the early 1990s and  was owner for 17 years of Beach Veterinary Clinic in Cortez, where he was considered a specialist in orthopedics, small animal and exotics medicine.

He moved to Botswana to operate and volunteer as the primary wildlife veterinarian for the Kasane Department of Wildlife and National Parks for five Years.  He also served as veterinarian and honorary game warden for the Chobe National Park in Botswana until 2011, when he returned to the United States.

While in South Africa, he had the honor of doing a documentary of the national park with Jack Hanna of the Animal Planet. He also was well known in Botswana for providing an annual free clinic day to provide rabies vaccines to the local dog owners at no charge.

Once back in the United States, he continued saving wildlife in Kenya and established a mobile veterinary unit for Kenya Wildlife Services. He also was a worldwide wildlife consultant through his non-profit organization, International Wildlife Rescue.

Dr. Wilson recently published a book, “BushVet in South Africa” based on his experiences.

A celebration of life will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 11, at Shannon Funeral Home Westview Chapel, 5610 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton. The family requests no flowers. Condolences may be made online at www.shannonfuneralhomes.com.

Dr. Wilson is survived by two brothers; Graham Wilson, M.D., of Henderson, Nev., and Wayne Wilson of Tucson, Ariz., and many extended family members and friends.


Frank Wheeler Wiley

Frank Wheeler Wiley, 91, a 30-year resident of Anna Maria Island, died Jan. 3. He was born Oct. 21, 1922, in Bradenton to the late Ralph and Laurette Wheeler Wiley.

Mr. Wiley was proud to have been a graduate of Manatee High School. He worked for Southern Railway for 40 years.

The family will receive friends 1-2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 8, at Manasota Funeral Home followed by a 2:30 p.m. service. Interment will follow at Manasota Memorial Park. Manasota Memorial Park and Funeral Home is assisting the family. Condolences may be made online at www.manasotamemorial.com.

Mr. Wiley is survived by his son, Frank Jr.; daughters Loraine, Joan and husband Lew Humphrey and Dorie; sisters Frances Hamilton, and Dorothy Thomas; and grandchildren Graham and wife Brandy Maddox, Edward Porter, Melanie, Lisa, and Patrick Geren, Nick and Margaret Gaba; two greatgrandchildren; many nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.

Calendar – 01-08-2014

Wednesday, Jan. 8

2 p.m. — Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring lecture, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.

5:52 p.m. — Official sunset time.

6 p.m. — ManaTweens Book Club, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Registration required. Information: 941-778-6341.


Thursday, Jan. 9

2 p.m. — Friends lecture, former Playboy editor Gretchen Edgren, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.

5-9 p.m. — Artists’ Guild of Anna Maria Island reception for “Reflections,” the Studio at Gulf and Pine, 10101 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information: 941-753-5004.

5-7 p.m. — Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce Save the Trolley/Giving Back event, Tortuga Inn pergola, 1325 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Fee applies. Information: 941-778-1541.

5:53 p.m. — Official sunset time.


Friday, Jan. 10

2 p.m. — Alzheimer’s Association caregiver group, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.

5:30-7:30 p.m. — Artists’ Guild of Anna Maria Island ArtWalk reception with Joan McArthur, Guild Gallery, 5414 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6694.

5:30-7:30 p.m. — Island Gallery West ArtWalk reception with photographer Joe Fletcher, 5368 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6648.

5:30-7:30 p.m. — ArtWalk openings and receptions at 10 businesses and galleries in downtown Holmes Beach. Information: Melissa Williams at SteamDesigns, 941-778-9108.

5:54 p.m. — Official sunset time.


Saturday, Jan. 11

8 a.m. — Anna Maria Elementary School Dolphin Dash 5K and Fun Run, 4700 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Fee applies. Information: 941-713-4755.

8 a.m.-3 p.m. — Anna Maria Island Privateers Thieves Market, Holmes Beach city field, 5801 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-812-8318.

10 a.m.-4 p.m. — Longboat Key Winter Festival, 5380 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. Information: 941-383-1901.

10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. — Coquina Beach Winterfest, Coquina Beach, Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-379-0951.


10:30 a.m. — Gyotaku demonstration, Island Gallery West, 5368 Gulf Drive Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6648.

2 p.m. — Origami club, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.

5:54 p.m. — Official sunset time.


Sunday, Jan. 12

10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. — Coquina Beach Winterfest, Coquina Beach, Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-379-0951.

5:52 p.m. — Official sunset time.


Monday, Jan. 13

5:55 p.m. — Official sunset time.


Tuesday, Jan. 14

3 p.m. — Changes in health care workshop, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.

5:56 p.m. — Official sunset time.


Wednesday, Jan. 15

9:30-11 a.m. — Red Cross Bloodmobile brakes for a blood drive, Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-1908.

Noon — Anna Maria Garden Club talk with Pat Bonerck, president of the Ikebana Association, Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-2607.

2 p.m. — Friends lecture, Euphemia Haye chef Raymond Arpke, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.

6 p.m. — ManaTweens Culture Club, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.


Wednesday, Jan. 8

11:30 a.m. — Offstage Ladies of the Island Players luncheon and program, Mannatees Sports Grill, 7423 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton. Fee applies. Information: 941-799-2181.


Saturday, Jan. 11

9-11 a.m. — Manatee County Extension Service Master Gardener stroll, Riverview Pointe Preserve and De Soto National Memorial, 8250 DeSoto Memorial Highway, Bradenton, Information: 941-722-4524.

10 a.m.-4 p.m. — Longboat Key Winter Festival, 5380 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. Information: 941-383-1901.

Noon-4 p.m. — Florida Maritime Museum Porch Party, 4415 119th St. W., Cortez. Information: 941-708-6121.


Monday, Jan. 13

2 p.m. — Aging in Paradise Resource Center program on quality of life for seniors, Longboat Island Chapel, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. Information: 941-383-6493.


Coming up

• Jan. 18-19, Anna Maria Chalk Festival, Anna Maria.

• Jan. 26, Anna Maria Island Concert Chorus and Orchestra Bach and Vivaldi concert, Holmes Beach.


Save the date

• Feb. 1, Island Library Book Sale, Holmes Beach.

• Feb. 15-16, Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival, Cortez.


Calendar announcements

Send calendar announcements to calendar@islander.org. Please include the time, date and location of the event, a brief description and a contact via email and phone. The deadline for submissions is the Wednesday a week before publication. Early submissions are included in upcoming and save-the-date categories. High-resolution photographs welcome.

Island police blotter – 01-08-2014

Anna Maria

      • Dec. 27, 100 S. Bay Blvd., Anna Maria City Pier trolley stop, information. A trolley driver contacted the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office about a passenger who made threatening statements toward her before exiting the trolley near the pier. The passenger walked away in an unknown direction, but she was later located and evaluated with the assistance of the Holmes Beach Police Department and Bradenton Beach Police Department.

Anna Maria is policed by the MCSO.        

Bradenton Beach

      • Dec. 19, 200 block of Cortez Road West, DUI. A Manatee County Sheriff’s Office deputy made contact with a man sleeping at the wheel of his vehicle. The car was in the roadway, motor running and was in gear. The deputy arrested Delbert Griffin, 38, of Sarasota, for driving under the influence.

• Dec. 29, 200 block of Second Street, domestic battery. Police responded to a disturbance call and made contact with a woman, who said her girlfriend had been threatening her all day. At one point, the suspect allegedly dug her nails into the complainant’s arm. Police made contact with the suspect at the Drift In Tavern on Bridge Street. The suspect said she left the residence because the complainant attacked her. However, there were no marks on the suspect and, based on the marks left on the complainant, the 34-year-old suspect was arrested for misdemeanor domestic battery.

• Dec. 29, 2501 Gulf Drive N., Island Plaza condominium, disorderly intoxication. Police responded to a call about an intoxicated man yelling at people. Witnesses told police the man had been drinking all day. He was asked to leave, but the man said he couldn’t because he had fallen and broke his hip. EMS was called and could find no injuries. The police then asked the man to leave and he refused, at which time the 63-year-old Bradenton man was arrested for disorderly intoxication.

      Bradenton Beach is policed by the BBPD.


• Dec. 28, 303 301 Blvd. W., Sears, theft. A 33-year-old Cortez man was arrested and a child abuse investigation was initiated after an alleged theft from Sears. According to the probable cause affidavit, the man entered the store and was seen on video surveillance using a razor blade in an attempt to remove a security band from a $99 DVD player. The attempt was unsuccessful, at which time the man allegedly placed the item in his shopping cart and attempted to leave the store without paying. He was detained by a loss prevention officer. According to the report, the man had two children with him and left one in the store when he attempted to leave.

      Cortez is policed by the MCSO

Holmes Beach

• No reports posted.

      Holmes Beach is policed by the HBPD.

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

Sports – 01-08-2014

New year brings new sports season to island center


Out with the old, in with the new — sports season that is. The beginning of a new year brings more than resolutions, it brings the start of another round of youth and adult sports at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria.

The adult volleyball league got started Jan. 7 and continues through March 18 with playoffs and a championship match.

The NFL flag football league gets started Jan. 8 with the 18 and over division boasting six teams. All of their games take place on Wednesday evenings and the season runs through the March 20 Pro Bowl.

The 30 and over division, which also has six teams, gets started Jan. 9 and plays Thursday evenings. Its season concludes March 20 with Super Bowl and Pro Bowl games. The Pro Bowl will pit all stars from the 18 and over division against all stars from the 30-plus division.

And that brings us to the youth flag football league. The center boasts 24 teams in four age groups, topped by the 14-17 division with eight teams on the schedule.

The youth league gets started Jan. 11 with Tailgate Spirit Day. Coaches, fans, players and parents are encouraged to dress in team colors, and the team that shows the most spirit and creativity will win the spirit prize.

Starting at 11:30 a.m. and continuing until 4 p.m., teams will play half games in a jamboree format. There will be a concession stand with food and refreshments and snow cones, activities, including a bounce house, and fans are encouraged to set up camp gear and spend the day tailgating to celebrate the upcoming season.

The youth leagues games will be played Monday through Friday evenings, some Saturday mornings and afternoons, leading up to the Super Bowl matchups March 21.

For more information, contact the center at 941-778-1908.

Horseshoe news

Outright champions opened a new year of horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe pits Jan. 1. Hank Huyghe and Bob Mason earned the only 3-0 pool-play record and were the day’s champs.

Two teams emerged from pool play during Jan. 4 horseshoe action and were left to battle it out for the day’s bragging rights. Bob Mason and Tim Sofran took out Bill Wright and Bob Palmer 23-14 in the finals. Mason remained perfect on the year with his second championship of the week.

Play gets underway at 9 a.m. every Wednesday and Saturday at the Anna Maria City Hall pits. Warmups begin at 8:45 a.m. followed by random team selection.

There is no charge to play and everyone is welcome.


NFL Flag Football League schedule

5-7 Division

Jan. 11    11:30 a.m.   Beaches Real Estate vs. Air & Energy

Jan. 11    11:45 a.m.   Air & Energy vs. Miller Electric

Jan. 11    Noon           Miller Electric vs. Beaches Real Estate

Jan. 13    6 p.m.          Beaches Real Estate vs. Air & Energy


8-10 Division

Jan. 11    11:30 a.m.   Dolphins vs. LPAC

Jan. 11    Noon           Beach Bum vs. Manatee Diagnostic

Jan. 11    12:30 p.m.   Beach Bistro vs. Beach Bums

Jan. 11    1 p.m.          Cowboys vs. Tyler’s Ice Cream

Jan. 13    6 p.m.          LPAC vs. Beach Bistro


11-13 Division

Jan. 11    1:30 p.m.     Beach to Bay Const. vs. Will C. Photos

Jan. 11    2 p.m.          Sandbar vs. Ravens

Jan. 11    2:30 p.m.     LPAC  vs. Eat Here

Jan. 13    7 p.m.          Ravens vs. LPAC

Jan. 13    8 p.m.          Sandbar vs. Eat Here


14-17 Division

Jan. 11    3 p.m.          Integrity Sound vs. Swordfish Grill

Jan. 11    3:30 p.m.     Jaguars vs. The Feast

Jan. 11    4 p.m.          The Sun vs. Waterfront Restaurant

Jan. 11    4:30 p.m.     Galati Yacht Sales vs. Bengals

Jan. 14    6 p.m.          Jaguars vs. vs. Galati Yacht Sales

Jan. 14    7 p.m.          Swordfish Grill vs. Integrity Sound

Jan. 14    8 p.m.          The Feast vs. Bengals


18 and Over Division

Jan. 8      7 p.m.          Slim’s Place vs. Beach Bistro

Jan. 8      8 p.m.          Agnelli Pool vs. Duffy’s

Jan. 8      9 p.m.          Waterfront vs. Beach to Bay Const.


30 and Over Division

Jan. 9      7 p.m.          Jessie’s vs. Ross Built

Jan. 9      8 p.m.          Tyler’s vs. Agnelli Pool

Jan. 9      9 p.m.          IRE vs. Island Gourmet


Adult Volleyball

Jan. 14    6:30 p.m.     Duncan Real Estate vs. Southern Greens

Jan. 14    7:30 p.m.     Southern Greens vs. FL Discount Signs

Jan. 14 8:30 p.m.         FL Discount Signs vs. Duncan Real Estate

Real Estate – 01-08-2014

3716 Gulf Drive, Unit A, Le Marais, Holmes Beach, a 3,247 sfla / 4,461 sfur 3bed/3bath/2 half baths/1car Gulffront condo with shared pool built in 2003 was sold 12/17/13, McConnell to Macmillan for $2,622,000; list $2,999,900.

3501 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, a 2,530 sfla / 3,474 sfur 8bed/5bath four-plex built in 1983 on a 100×100 lot was sold 12/18/13, Rodgers to IDK Inc. for $1,100,000.

691 Key Royale Drive, Holmes Beach, a 2,055 sfla / 3,268 sfur 3bed/3bath/2car bayfront pool home built in 1977 on a 100×150 lot was sold 12/16/13, Stokes to Robinson for $1,075,000; list $1,199,000.

516 58th St., Holmes Beach, a 1,226 sfla / 2,082 sfur 2bed/2bath canalfront pool home built in 1954 on a 88×108 lot was sold 12/16/13, Bourgoing to Newhart for $630,000.

205 Peacock Lane, Unit B, Bird of Paradise, Holmes Beach, a 1,096 sfla 3bed/2bath land condo with pool built in 1973 was sold 12/16/13, Peacock Palms LLC to Rushmore for $444,000.

205 54th St., Holmes Beach, a 2,185 sfla / 4,952 sfur 4bed/2bath home built in 1961 on a 60×141 lot was sold 12/16/13, O’Halloran to Swanson for $400,000.

2910 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, a 1,517 sfla / 1,552 sfur 3bed/2bath duplex built in 1948 on a 50×100 lot was sold 12/17/13, Collier to Wilson for $395,000.

1801 Gulf Drive N., Unit 256, a 691 sfla/ 771 sfur 2bed/2bath condo with shared pool built in 1978 was sold 12/18/13, Folkerts to Schmukler for $177,000.

2601 Gulf Drive N., Unit 607, Sandpiper Resort Co-Op, Bradenton Beach, a 761 sfla / 793 sfur 1bed/1bath mobile home with share was sold 12/16/13, Johnson to Anderson for $159,000.

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

Fishing – 01-08-2014

Goodbye warm weather, hello cold-weather gear


Get out your cold-weather gear if you want to go fishing. You need it.

January has seen fit to blast us with the first prolonged cold weather of the winter.

The new year now must start off with a search for warmer water.

Canals and sheltered areas of water that have black, muddy bottoms are a good place to start. Typically, snook, reds and trout will search out these areas for refuge from the cold. To catch these fish while they’re lethargic, you can try a select shrimp, either free-lined or combined with a split shot to slow it down. Artificials, such as Berkley Gulp shrimp, may work, too.

On the beaches, migratory fish are providing sizzling action on small buck-tail jigs or pompano jigs tipped with shrimp. Expect to encounter ladyfish, bluefish, blue runners, jack crevalle and Spanish mackerel along the shoreline. If you’re lucky, you may stumble across a school of pompano — which always is a welcome sight.

Finally, sheepshead are starting to make a showing around the pilings in canals at docks and piers. Live shrimp, fiddler crabs and sand fleas are a great offering to get these tasty, striped fish to bite.

Steve Oldham at Island Discount Tackle says that as long as there are cooler temperatures, sheepshead are a good species to target. These fish are arriving in good numbers around residential docks and piers, as well as small rock piles in Tampa Bay.

For rigging, Oldham likes to use a 20-pound fluorocarbon leader combined with a Mustad live-bait hook and a split shot. Using a stout hook enables the sheepshead angler to remove the hook without it bending. Sheepshead have bony mouths and are notorious for damaging hooks.

For bait, Oldham suggests using live shrimp cut in half. Frozen shrimp may work, too, but pieces of live shrimp stay better on the hook.

Beach fishing is a good bet for anglers looking for good catch-and-release action from migratory fish. Jack crevalle, bluefish, mackerel, blue runners and ladyfish are readily taking small jigs and even live shrimp. And, if you’re lucky, you may run across a few pompano — a catch worth taking home for dinner.

Capt. Warren Girle had been working on deep grass flats in Sarasota Bay ahead of the cold front in search of a variety of species. While drifting and jigging, Girle primarily targets pompano. In between pomps, Girle’s clients are hooking into bluefish, mackerel, jacks and ladyfish. Although we don’t generally bring these fish home for dinner, they do provide excellent light-tackle action. On average, Girle is returning to the dock with a dozen or so pompano — plenty for a gourmet meal.

Girle also is fishing canals and sandy potholes in spite of the chill for black drum. By using live shrimp, Girle hooks  up drum 15-30 inches. These fish readily take live or fresh-cut pieces of shrimp, which provides good action on those cold days when there isn’t much else to do. Plus, these fish taste great when combined with beer batter and hot oil.

Dave Sork at the Anna Maria City Pier says windy conditions are leaving pier anglers with a sporadic bite at best. Strong north winds and cold temperatures can make fishing at the pier challenging, to say the least.

The week’s catches at the pier include sheepshead, flounder and the occasional bluefish or ladyfish. To target the sheepies and flounder, a live shrimp is a great offering, but make sure your bait is on the bottom. For the blues and ladies, try fishing a small buck-tail jig tipped with shrimp.

Send fishing reports to fish@islander.org.



The Islander Classifieds: Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014


HUMAN TOUCH POWER leather recliner, anti-gravity lounger, beige, new, $1,299. 941-792-5877.

FOR SALE: 8-piece coastal dining set. Table, 66 x 44-inch plus 24-inch leaf, six padded captains chairs, as new! $900. 989-506-0707.

MENS BIKE, $45, ladies rollerblades, size 8, $25, two rattan chairs, $45 each. Jackie, 941-778 2084.

KIMBALL “ENTERTAINER” ORGAN, $75, full brass headboard and brass chandelier, $20 each. 303-947-5684.

EXECUTIVE DESK CHAIR, leather. Two months old, excellent condition. $85. 941-545-6191.

MICROWAVE: OVER THE stove, white, $50, ladies bike, $30. 941-778-5202 or 612-597-1646.

PAINT BALL GUN and value pack, new $130, sell $75. Sharp 16-inch flat-screen TV, $40. 941-778-7003.

WHITE PATIO TABLES, $30, white chaise lounge, $20, white patio chair, $10. 949-525-2580.

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


Individuals may place one free ad with up to three items, each priced $100 or less, 15 words or less. FREE, one week, must be submitted online. Email classifieds@islander.org, fax toll-free 1-866-362-9821. (limited time offer)


45TH ANNUAL SUNCOAST Antique Bottle and Collectible Show: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 11. Admission, $4. Pottery, antique bottles, fossils, advertising, stoneware, artifacts, jewelry and more. Bradenton Area Convention Center, U.S. 41 at Haben Boulevard, Palmetto. OriginalSABCA@aol.com or 941-722-7233.

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

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

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

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

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

FISHING GEAR WANTED: The Privateers and The Islander are collecting new or used, repairable fishing poles and reels, nets, tackle, buckets, etc. to give to children. Donate your gear at The Islander newspaper office, 5604B Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.

FREE GUN LOCK courtesy of Project Childsafe, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and Holmes Beach Police Department. Pick up at The Islander office, 5604B Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Don’t be sorry, be safe.


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

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


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

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


2011 GEM E-2 electric car: Sapphire blue metallic and white, 5-hp motor, hard doors with glass includes pickup stake bed. Hard doors provide security, makes an all-weather car. Less than 100 miles. $8,199. 863-698-4562.


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

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

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

POWER NOLES CUSTOM 11.5-foot fiberglass tunnel hull with bass seats. Very stable! Great for fishing-stand on the side without tipping, go in really shallow waters. Very fun boat for anyone who wants to get on the water!
 Includes a trolling motor with battery. Must see! $500 obo. Call Toni, 941-928-8735. 


DELIVERY DRIVER/WAREHOUSE man. Work on Island. Part or full-time. 941-524-9228. Resumes only, send to: annamariaisland@hotmail.com.

ANSWER PHONES, GOOD with computers and office tasks, part or full-time. Work from Island. 941-524-9228. Email resume only, send to: annamariaisland@hotmail.com.

RELISH CAFE IS hiring a cook and coffee associates available on weekends. Apply in person: 503 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. 941-896-8890.


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

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

KIDS FOR HIRE ads are FREE for up to three weeks for Island youths under 16 looking for work. Ads must be placed in person at The Islander office, 5604-B Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.


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

CERTIFIED NURSING ASSISTANT licensed, bonded. Providing compassionate care. Wide range of services. Call Sandra, 941-799-9229.


TOASTED COMPUTER SERVICES. Your home and business specialist. On-site service, virus/spyware, cleanup, system setup, upgrades, diagnosis and repair, internet/wireless networking, custom system design. 941-224-1069.

I DON’T CUT corners, I clean corners. Professional, friendly cleaning  service since 1999. 941-779-6638. Leave message.

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

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

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

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

JUST THAT CLEANING service: We will clean your home like our own. We offer organic cleaning products. Free estimate. Please, call Jenise, 941-730-6773 or call Brad at 941-704-5609.

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

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

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

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

COMPUTER SERVICES: I can fix it. Virus cleanup, system upgrade. Hardware, software and network repair. FBI virus cleaned and removed. Cell phone repair, support. Replace broken camera, screen, etc. Give islander Socko a call: 941-799-1169.

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

ISLAND MERMAIDS CLEANING and Co.: 38-year Islanders. Rentals our specialty. 941-778-3046.

BEACH SERVICE air conditioning, heat, refrigeration. Commercial and residential service, repair and/or replacement. Serving Manatee County and the Island since 1987. For dependable, honest and personalized service, call William Eller, 941-795-7411. CAC184228.

ANYONE CAN TAKE a picture. A professional creates a portrait. I want to be at your wedding! www.jackelka.com. 941-778-2711.

RELAXING MASSAGE IN the convenience of your home or hotel. Massage by Nadia, more than 19 years on Anna Maria Island. Call today for an appointment, 941-518-8301. MA#0017550.MA#0017550.


CONNIE’S LANDSCAPING INC. Residential and commercial. Full-service lawn maintenance, landscaping, cleanups, hauling and more! Insured. 941-778-5294.

ISLAND LAWN SPRINKLERS repairs and installations, watering the island for 15 years. Jeff, 941-778-2581.

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

OLD FLORIDA GROUND-floor vacation apartments, $650/week, spring dates available. 941-778-2374.

ANNUAL RENTAL N.W. Bradenton: 3BR/2A private home with  heated pool and fenced backyard. Tile and carpet, granite counter tops, two-car garage, covered patio, partial lake views, washer/dryer hookups. Lawn care and pool care provided. Small dog considered. Close to Robinson Preserve. $1,600/month. First, last, security. Gulf-Bay Realty, 941-778-7244.

RETIRED TEACHER SEEKS furnished bedroom with private bath in private home. Anna Maria Island or Bradenton. 941-779-6314.

WE HELP HOMEOWNERS rent their home. Zero percent commission. We offer guest services! www.coastalhomeaway.com. 941-584-4050.

ANNUAL RENTALS: 3BR/2BA fenced yard, $1,200 month, 2BR/2BA condo with pool, $1,050 month. Pets OK. Call Big Fish Real Estate Inc., 941-779-2289.

HOLMES BEACH ANNUAL: 2BR/1BA, garage, Florida room, Gulfside, $1,150/month plus utilities, security. www.RTBeach.com/beach. 941-778-1006.

NEEDED: LODGING FOR March 2014. References available. Jim Chitwood, 608-238-6066. jimmickey54@gmail.com.

SEASONAL OR WEEKLY cottage-style rentals. 1BR/1BA or 1BR/1BA with loft with pool. Walk to beach, shops or dining! 941-778-3426. Web site: www.spinnakerscottages.com.


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

WE’RE LOW, LISTINGS needed. Are you curious as to how much your home could be worth? Call us for a free professional consultation. Call Lynn at Edgewater Real Estate, 941-778-8104.

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

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

LOCAL HOMEOWNER SEEKS a second mortgage on canal home. Value of equity, $415,000. Will pay interest only for two years at 8 percent. Seeking to borrow $135,000, monthly payments of $900. Contact owner Dave at dvanworm@earthlink.net or call 407-927-1304.

FOR SALE BY owner: 3BR/1BA, Key West-style cottage in West Bradenton. 10 minutes to Bradenton Beach. Turnkey, RV carport, covered veranda, fenced, walk to shops, schools. Serious inquiries only, no owner financing. $115,000. Great rental or family home, 949-525-2580.

A-PLUS VILLA  in Perico Bay Club. 2BR/2BA, furnished, many updates, $239,900. 941-792-5405 or 315-427-6349.

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