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Fishing – 02-01-2012

Beach fishing, right rig, prosperous results

 

Beach fishing on Anna Maria Island is proving prosperous for anglers targeting migratory species, such as pompano, jack crevalle and blue runners. Using a pompano jig with the addition of a pink stinger rig is resulting in frequent double hookups of all of the species mentioned.

Pompano in the 1- to 2-pound range are being caught, although the real numbers of fish have not yet arrived. We should see more consistent and bigger catches in the weeks to come.

An abundance of spotted seatrout are arriving on the grass flats of Anna Maria Sound, although most are small. Flats fishers using soft plastics on a jig head are getting the best results, although live shrimp are coming in a close second.

Redfish and sheepshead are congregating around docks and canals, especially in Bimini Bay. Again, live shrimp is the bait of choice. Remember, if you’re seeing sheepshead around the docks but they won’t bite, try switching bait. Fiddler crabs, sand fleas and especially tubeworms are great choices if the sheepshead are being picky.

Capt. Rick Gross of Fishy Business charters is fishing the beaches of both Anna Maria Island and Longboat Key in search of pompano. By drifting over sandbars and troughs, Gross’ charters are reeling up pompano in the 2-pound range. Gross likes to use Doc’s goofy jigs rigged with a pink stinger to target these tasty, strong-fighting fish. “We managed to catch a few small permit mixed in there, too,” Gross said.

Moving into the backcountry, Gross is fishing redfish and sheepshead around docks in Sarasota Bay. Using live shrimp for bait, his clients are reeling up keeper-size reds and sheepies.

Jeff Medley at the Sunshine Skyway Bridge South Fishing Pier says the sheepshead bite is where it’s at. “They’re biting so good right now,” says Medley, “even people who don’t normally catch them are catching them.”

Even live shrimp for bait is resulting in catches up to 3 pounds. Most “sheep herders” like to use a stout No. 2 or No. 1 size hook, which aids in the use of small baits such as sand fleas and fiddler crabs. A small-but-stout hook is more easily removed from a sheepshead’s bony mouth. Take a look into a sheepshead’s mouth to see what I’m talking about.

Next down the list at the south pier are Spanish mackerel and bonito. Fishers are using either silver spoons or live greenbacks to get the bite. Spanish mackerel in the 20-inch range are being caught around the schools of greenbacks early in the morning. The same applies for the bonito. Since both species are feeding on the same bait, one never knows what will bite.

To finish up, pier fishers using fresh-cut greenbacks or live shrimp under the pier are catching mangrove snapper in the 12-inch range. Don’t be surprised to catch a couple of black sea bass in the same areas.

Capt. Warren Girle is working the beaches of Anna Maria Island, catching Spanish mackerel and bonito. Girle is using live shiners free-lined behind the boat to get these drag-burners to bite. By using a long shank hook rigged to 30-pound fluorocarbon, Girle’s client have a better chance of hooking up with fish and keeping them pinned until they’re in the boat.

Moving to the grass flats of Sarasota Bay, Girle’s charters are having success with pompano. Girle likes to drift over the deeper areas and work pompano jigs tipped with shrimp. While doing this, Girle’s clients not only hook up pompano, but a variety of other migratory species.

Spanish mackerel, bluefish and ladyfish will readily hit a pompano jig, which adds non-stop action and a little variety, too.

Finally, Girle is fishing shallow grass flats on the edges of Sarasota Bay, targeting redfish and spotted seatrout. Girle is using either live shrimp or Mister Twister Exude Darts to get the bite. Reds up to 24 inches and trout to 18 inches topped his charters last week.

Jonny Keyes at Island Discount Tackle says he’s hearing about pompano being caught just off the beaches. Fishers using a pompano jig rigged with a stinger fly are catching near limits of pompano in the early morning.

“Don’t forget,” reminds Keyes, “with the water being as clear as it is, scale down your fluorocarbon leader.”

Keyes likes to use 20-pound test fluorocarbon although, if the fish are leader-shy, he’ll switch to 15 pound.

Along with the pompano, beach fishers also are catching small jack crevalle, blue runners and an occasional bonnethead shark.

Moving into the backcountry, flats fishers are finding good numbers of spotted seatrout, although most are undersized. Berkeley Gulp shrimp or a MirrOlure Lil John on a 1/4-ounce jig head are working on the small fish. Try targeting deeper grass flats for trout and aim your cast for sandy potholes.

Sheepshead and redfish are inhabiting rocks and docks along canals and in the bays. Live select-size shrimp are the popular choice to get these fish to bite, especially the redfish. Remember, you may want to use a stronger leader for dock fishing. And so you don’t get cut off by barnacles while fighting a fish, 30-pound fluorocarbon is another good bet.

Ted Pasquantonio at the Rod & Reel Pier is seeing sheepshead and black drum being caught around the pilings under the pier. Pier fishers are catching a few sheepies on shrimp, although the serious sheepshead anglers are opting to catch their own fiddler and oyster crabs to use as bait. Better yet, those really in the know are catching tubeworms — the surefire bait for convict fish.

Black drum are being caught on shrimp, crabs and tubeworms. Not as picky as the sheepshead, keeper-size black drum are being reeled up daily by fishers targeting sheepshead.

Capt. Mark Johnston of Just Reel fishing charters is fishing the deeper grass flats of Sarasota Bay in search of spotted seatrout. Johnston likes to target his prey by either drifting jigs or anchoring and baiting with live shrimp. By drifting, Johnston’s charters are able to catch good numbers of trout across the flat. If the fish are schooling in an area, Johnston drops anchor and switches to live shrimp free-lined behind the boat to get the bite.

Around docks and in canals, Johnston is catching good numbers of redfish, including keeper-sized fish. Johnston likes to use live shrimp, adding a split shot a foot or so above the hook, allowing his clients to get their shrimp quickly to the bottom where the reds are feeding. While fishing docks, Johnston’s clients are catching a few keeper-size sheepshead, too.

Capt. Mark Howard of SumoTime Fishing Charters says the past week yielded a variety of fish landed and some nice trophies released.

Redfish catches slowed around the docks due to the warm weather, he says, but there’s plenty on the flats. Howard suggests working the potholes at low tide with a live shrimp rigged on a popping cork or a Berkley Gulp or similar artificial pulled through the pothole.

He reports some trophy-sized seatrout were reeled in on his recent charters.

A big one was landed by Ian Gilchrist of England measuring 26-inches. A large, select shrimp rigged with a small split shot under a popping cork enticed the seatrout to bite Howard says.

Sheepshead have started to make their move into Tampa Bay waters, Howard says. He expects an increase in numbers as the winter season progresses. A shrimp rigged on a No. 1 hook with enough weight to get it to the bottom will get these fish to chew. “One tip to catching the sheepshead is to be ultra-sensitive to the slightest bump in your line. Feel the bump, reel down to the fish and put a bend in the pole,” Howard says.

On a final note, Howard says wintertime fishing can produce some sizzling action. “You just need to adjust your techniques to the season,” he adds.

Send fishing reports to fish@islander.org.

Island real estate transactions – 02-01-2012

703 N. Shore Drive, Anna Maria, a 962 sfla / 1,631 sfur 2bed/1½bath Gulffront home built in 1969 on a 58,984 sq ft lot was sold 01/09/12, Lockwood Holdings Inc. to Hiller Cypress LLC for $2,200,000; list $2,490,000.

60 N. Shore Drive, Anna Maria, a 4,172 sfla / 4,694 sfur 4bed/3bath canalfront home built in 1957 on a 140×225 lot was sold 01/05/12, Ellsworth to MEK Properties LLC for $650,000.

414 72nd St., Unit A, Harbour Mist, Holmes Beach, a 2,138 sfla / 3,089 sfur 3bed/2½bath/2car land condo built in 2007 was sold 01/09/12, SBC Reo LLC to Gail L Janezewski LLC for $450,000.

6250 Holmes Blvd., Unit 67, North Beach Village, Holmes Beach, a 1,536 sfla / 2,005 sfur 3bed/2½bath/2car condo with shared pool built in 1991 was sold 01/06/12, Purcell to Elwell for $335,000; list $365,000.

4001 Gulf Drive, Unit 111, Beach Townhouses, Holmes Beach, a 1,106 sfla / 1,305 sfur 2bed/2½bath condo with shared pool built in 1984 was sold 01/09/12, Lavelle to Smith for $215,000.

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

Obituaries – 02-01-2012

Rev. John Clawson Bonser

The Rev. John Clawson Bonser, 73, of Bradenton, died Jan. 29. He was born May 15, 1938.

He attended the University of Tennessee and graduated from the Pennsylvania State University in 1959.

He received both a Bachelor of Divinity degree and a Master of Sacred Theology degree from the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Gettysburg, Pa. He was ordained by the United Lutheran Church in America in 1962, and served three parishes in Pennsylvania.

After moving to Bradenton in 1977, he became a registered investment advisor with Raymond, James and Associates and was a certified financial planner.

The Rev. Bonser was an avid photographer and a co-op member of Island Gallery West for many years. He was an active member of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Holmes Beach, and was involved with All Island Denominations and Inquiring Minds.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 4, at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 6608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Inurnment will be in the Gloria Dei memorial garden. Memorial donations may be made to Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 6608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach FL 34217. Condolences may be made online at www.shannonfuneralhomes.com. Arrangements are by Shannon Funeral Home Westview Chapel, Bradenton.

The Rev. Bonser is survived by wife Susan; son Donald; daughter Amy and husband Matt Valenzisi; step-daughter Margretta Goodis; stepson William and wife Alyson Karow; brother Curtis and wife Jane; sister-in-law Catherine Raymond; grandchildren Sarah, Robert, Chase and Graham; and other extended family members and many friends.

 

John Elton Ecklund

John Elton Ecklund of Anna Maria died Jan. 20. He was born June 5, 1949, in Flint, Mich.

He graduated from Flint Northern High School in 1967 and Michigan State University School of Natural Resources in 1973. He retired from his career with the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality as a water quality specialist. He spent countless hours testing the quality of Michigan’s waters.

He grew up playing ball in his Flint neighborhood and spent many summers on Bear Lake fishing, boating, and swimming. He was known to colleagues as Moose. He coached softball and enjoyed attending at art and music festivals. John spent time on Anna Maria beaches searching for the perfect shell, or lost in a good book.

A celebration of life on Anna Maria Island will be held at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4, on the beach at Oak Avenue. A memorial service was planned Feb. 1 in Williamston, Mich. Memorial donations may be made to Tingley Memorial Library, 111 Second Street N., Bradenton Beach FL 34217. Online condolences may be made at www.greastlansing.com.

Mr. Ecklund is survived by son Karl and wife Rachel; daughter Shannon McGuire; brothers Tom and wife Diane and Jim and wife Karen; nephews and niece David, Dean, Peter, Joseph, Mitchell, Charlie, Kelly, Ian, Connor, Cary, Sean and Leah; and great niece Claire.

Island police blotter – 02-01-2012

Anna Maria

• Jan. 26, 407 Magnolia Ave., trespass. A person was issued a trespass warning for walking on the field at the Anna Maria Island Community Center during a football game.

Anna Maria is policed by the MCSO.

Bradenton Beach

• Jan. 25, 2513 Gulf Drive, theft. A complainant from the Circle K reported a man in his 20s, wearing no shoes, walked into the convenience store and grabbed two 18-packs of beer from a display near the door. One of the packs fell to the floor. The man then fled the store heading north. Police responded, searched the area, but did not locate the alleged offender. The incident was recorded by a surveillance camera.

Bradenton Beach is policed by the BBPD.

Cortez

• No reports.

Cortez is policed by the MCSO

Holmes Beach

• Jan. 20, 500 block of 67th Street, grand theft. A mother and son reported a $2,500 antique watch stolen from the son’s bedroom. They said a Lord Elgin watch was discovered missing from his dresser when the son woke up. The son told police a friend had stayed over the previous night, and that another person was in his room in the morning. Police are investigating.

• Jan. 21, 600 block of Key Royale, suspicious circumstances. A patrol officer was dispatched to the scene regarding a possible theft on a construction site at approximately 9:11 p.m. They were met by a man installing security cameras. Police informed the man that city ordinances prohibit work at construction sites after 7 p.m. on Saturday, and no construction is allowed on Sunday. The man advised police he understood the ordinances and stopped work.

• Jan. 22, 100 block of 51st Street, burglary to vehicle. A man reported his vehicle had been broken into, and an oxygen bottle and loose change were missing. Police obtained fingerprint evidence.

• Jan. 23, 4500 block of Gulf Drive, burglary to residence and vehicle. A woman returned home to find her residence and vehicle had been entered without her permission. Nothing had been taken from her vehicle, which had been left unlocked, but she told police it had been rummaged and her belongings were scattered. She also advised her house had been burglarized, and a wristlet and $200 were missing. Police determined entry was gained through a broken door by an unknown person or persons. Fingerprint evidence was gathered.

• Jan. 23, 4500 block of Second Avenue, burglary and theft. Police were dispatched to a residence being prepared for demolition, where the complainant said his 12-foot landscaping trailer valued at $1,500 had been stolen. The trailer contained scrap aluminum and copper valued at $1,000. In addition, he advised police two ranges and two refrigerators valued at $800 were stolen from the residence.

Jan. 24, theft, 6700 block of Gulf Drive, theft. While on beach patrol, an officer was approached by a female complainant who advised her red bicycle had been stolen sometime after Jan. 15 from a bike rack at her condo building. The officer advised her to visit the HBPD to check its storage unit to determine if the bicycle had been recovered.

Holmes Beach is policed by the HBPD.

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

Sports – 02-01-2012

NFL Flag Football plays on, KRC looks for champ

 

NFL flag football action continues Monday-Saturday at the Anna Maria Island Community Center. At this point in the season, it appears the 8-9 division is a dogfight between Beach Bistro Vikings and Waterfront Restaurant Raiders, though the Vikings did recently blank the Raiders.

The 10-12 division looks like it’s going be a three-way fight for supremacy between Mr. Bones Colts, LPAC Cardinals and Ross Built Broncos.

Galati Yacht Sales Texans and Jessie’s Island Store Steelers are tied atop the 13-16 division, although the Texans rolled over the Steelers by a 42-28 margin Jan. 28 to earn a tiebreaker if needed.

The 8-9 division game of the week saw Southern Greens Jets get themselves back into the race by edging Gettel Toyota Texans 14-12 Jan. 27 to even its record at 2-2. This puts the Jets a game behind Beach Bistro Vikings and Waterfront Raiders, which are currently tied with 3-1 records.

Devin Calderon had a big game for the Jets, scoring a pair of touchdowns — on the ground and through the air. Calderon finished with 50 rushing yards and caught four passes for 28 yards. Quarterback Luke Marvin completed seven passes for 105 yards and one touchdown pass. Dalton Guffrie added three catches for 43 yards to round out the offense.

Calderon also had a big game on defense for the Jets, leading them with four flag pulls and an interception while Guffrie added two pulls and an interception of his own. The Jets winning margin came on a fumbled snap in the end zone resulting in a safety for the Jets.

The Texans were led by Julius Peteriet, who ran for 123 yards and two touchdowns on eight carries. Ava Zink added 15 rushing yards while also adding a flag pull on defense. David Daigle’s four flag pulls led the Texans in the loss.

In a battle of first-place teams, Mr. Bones Colts edged LPAC Cardinals 34-32 Jan. 24. The Colts, the league’s lone undefeated team and lead in the eastern conference, received a huge game from Rory Houston. He passed for 83 yards and one touchdown while running for 104 yards and scoring three touchdowns. Malachi Goode caught three passes for 37 yards, including a touchdown and an extra point, while Ben Connors ran for 25 yards and scored a two-point conversion and an extra point.

Houston also was a force on defense, intercepting three passes, including one he took to the house. He lead the team with four flag pulls. Malachi Goode added three pulls, while Connors and Zachariah Goode both added interceptions.

The 13-16 game of the week also was an offensive battle with First American Bank Ravens slipping past Mar Vista Raiders 33-26 behind 124 passing  yards and four touchdown passes from quarterback Jack Shinn. Shinn also added 60 rushing yards and a touchdown, while Chris Johnson chipped in with 45 rushing yards and 33 receiving yards, including a touchdown and an extra point. Pierce Hogan finished with 55 receiving yards, including a touchdown and two extra points, while Burke Hill and Austin Morrow both scored touchdowns to round out the Raven offense.

Shinn paced the Raven defensive effort with five flag pulls and a sack, while Hill and Hogan each finished with three flag pulls.

Danny Doyle paced the Raiders with 84 passing yards and a pair of touchdown passes, while Tony Sperdoto added five-yard touchdown pass to go along with four catches for 37 yards and an extra point. Nico Calleja added 43 rushing yards and scored a pair of touchdowns. Joseph Cucci finished with 22 receiving yards and a touchdown, while George Lardas added an extra point to round out the Raider offense in the loss.

Doyle and Sperdoto paced the Raider defense with six and four flag pulls respectively.

 

Key Royale golf news

The men’s 18-hole club championship continues at Key Royale Club this week with the field whittled to eight hopefuls. Among those staying alive are Tim Friesen, who will take on Dick Mills, Ron Pritchard taking on Mark Mixon, Larry Pippel will play Art McMillan and Quentin Talbert takes on the winner of the yet-played Lex Halakan/Merritt Fineout match.

In regular men’s matches, John Kolljeski, Joe Dickenson, Andy Barber and Gerry Taylor won the Jan. 25 best-ball-of-foursome match with a 20-under-par 44. One stroke back in second place was the team of Dick Eichhorn, Tom Lewis, John Sagert and Bob Landgren.

The Jan. 24 modified-Stableford match saw Tim Friessen and Barry Anderson finish in a tie for first place with matching plus 4s. That helped Anderson’s teammates, Craig Humphreys, Ron Vandamen and Dick Eichorn, to the team title.

The men played an 18-hole individual-low-net match – Jan. 21. Col. Bob Elliott took first place with an 8-under-par 56, four shots better than second-place finisher Mark Mixon. Elliott’s score helped teammates Carl Voyles, Jim Thorton and Gary Harris to the team title with a score of 258.

Donna Soos won the Key Royale Club’s President’s Cup, a two-day low-net tournament. Second place went to Christina Mason, who finished in a tie with Judy Crowe, which was broken by a scorecard playoff.

The women of the Key Royale Club played a nine-hole low-handicap-in-flight match in addition to a team two best-balls-low-gross game Jan. 24.

Diane Miller’s 4-under-par 28 gave her the top spot in Flight A by one shot over Crowe. Sue Little was alone in third place with a 31.

Soos carded a 6-under-par 26 to take first place in Flight B. Christina Mason’s 3-under-par 29 gave her second place, while Sue Hookem took third place with a 1-under par 31.

Mardene Eichhorn, Sue Christenson and Barb Lindwall each carded even-par 32s to finish in a three-way tie for first place in Flight C.

Nell Bergstrom’s 7-under-par 25 gave her the low net round of the day and first place in Flight D. Penny Auch was three shots back in second place while Frankie Smith-Williams took third at 3-under-par 29. Marcia O’Brien, Jan Jump, Shirley Cessna and Sally York finished in a four-way tie for fourth place at 2-under par 30.

The team game of the day had Laura Purcell, Crowe, Margrit Layh and Jean Holmes combine on an 80 to take first place.

 

Horseshoe news

Four teams advanced to the knockout stage during Jan. 28 horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe pits. In the first semifinal Bob Palmer and Nick Younk defeated John Crawford and Tom Skoloda 22-10. The second semifinal saw Jay Disbrow and Herb Puryear edge Aiden Shank and Gene Bobeldyk 21-19. Disbrow-Puryear rolled past Palmer-Younk 21-7 in the finals.

Three teams qualified for the playoffs in the Jan. 25 horseshoe games. Bruce Munro and Norm Good drew the bye into the finals and watched as Bob Lee and Art Kingstad defeated Tennessee Bob and Sam Samuels 22-16. Munro-Good slid past Lee-Kingstad by a 22-20 score in the finals.

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.

 

AMICC NFL Flag Football scoring

8-9 Division

Jan. 27

Pink & Navy Boutique Cowboys 12, Beach Bums Steelers 6

Jan. 28

Beach Bistro Vikings 12, Waterfront Restaurant Raiders 0

10-12 Division

Jan. 24

Cedars Tennis Resort Seahawks 28, Air & Energy Chargers 8

Ross Built Broncos 34, Sandbar Falcons 8

Jan. 25

Sand Dollar Steelers 27, Eat Here Bears 13

13-16 Division

Jan. 27

Mar Vista Raiders 18, First American Bank Ravens 13

Jan. 28

Galati Yacht Sales Texans 42, Jessie’s Island Store Steelers 28

AMICC Flag Football standings

8-9 Division  W      L

Raiders    3      1

Vikings   3      1

Jets          2      2

Cowboys 2      2

Texans    1      3

Steelers   1      3

 

10-12 Division East

Colts                4      0

Bears       2      2

Steelers   1      3

Seahawks        1      3

 

10-12 Division West

Cardinals 3      1

Broncos   3      1

Falcons    2      2

Chargers  0      4

 

13-16 Division

Steelers   3      1

Texans    3      1

Redskins 2      1

Ravens    2      3

Bears       1      2

Raiders    1      4

 

Adult

AFC

Ravens    3      1

Falcons    3      1

Packers    2      1

Vikings   2      2

Chargers  1      2

Raiders    1      2

Bears       0      3

 

NFC

49ers               4      0

Dolphins 3      0

Bills        2      2

Texans    2      2

Broncos   1      3

Browns    1      3

Bengals   0      3

 

AMICC Flag Football schedule

Date        Time               Teams

Ages 5-7

Feb. 3      6 p.m.      Cardinals vs. Colts

Feb. 3      7 p.m.      Broncos vs. Vikings

 

Ages 8-9

Feb. 3      6 p.m.      Jets vs. Raiders

Feb. 3      7 p.m.      Steelers vs. Texans

Feb. 6      6 p.m.      Cowboys vs. Vikings

 

Ages 10-12

Feb. 7      6 p.m.      Seahawks vs. Broncos

Feb. 7      7 p.m.      Chargers vs. Colts

Feb. 7      8 p.m.      Steelers vs. Falcons

Feb. 8      6 p.m.      Bears vs. Cardinals

 

Ages 13-16

Feb. 3      8 p.m.      Bears vs. Raiders

Feb. 6      7 p.m.      Redskins vs. Raiders

Feb. 6      8 p.m.      Texans vs. Ravens

 

Adult Coed

Feb. 1      7 p.m.      49ers vs. Vikings

Jan. 25     8 p.m.      Raiders vs. Broncos

Jan. 25     9 p.m.      Ravens vs. Bills

Jan. 26     6 p.m.      Bears vs. Browns

Jan. 26     7 p.m.      Packers vs. Dolphins

Jan. 26     8 p.m.      Texans vs. Chargers

Jan. 26     9 p.m.      Falcons vs. Bengals

 

AMICC Adult Coed Volleyball schedule

Jan. 31     7 p.m.      Best Buy vs. Slim’s Place

Jan. 31     8 p.m.      Best Buy vs. Tyler’s Ice Cream

Islander Calendar – 02-01-2012

Wednesday, Feb. 1

9 a.m. — Plein air painters group of the Artists’ Guild of Anna Maria Island meet at the Cafe on the Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6694.

11a.m.-12:30 p.m. — Einstein Circle discussion on “Income Disparity in the U.S.” at the Studio at Gulf and Pine, 10101 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information: 941-359-4296.

 

Friday, Feb. 3

3-5 p.m. — Book sale at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.

5-8:30 p.m. — “Australia Day” courtyard party at AMI Concierge Services and AMI Sarong Co., 9908 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information: 941-527-1254. Please donate a non-perishable food item — pet food included.

 

Saturday, Feb. 4

10 a.m.-noon — Roger Rockefeller demonstrates colored pencil drawing at Island Gallery West, 5368 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6648.

 

Monday, Feb. 6

1-3 p.m. — Nancy Ambrose, president of the Off Stage Ladies of the Island Players, will speak to the Artists’ Guild of Anna Maria Island at the Church of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6694.

 

Tuesday, Feb. 7

7:30-9:30 p.m. — Diane Linscott and Company jazz performance at the Village Cafe at Rosedale, 503 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-896-8890. Fee applies.

 

Wednesday, Feb 8

10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. — Annual Wisconsin Day potluck at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-746-2018. Fee applies.

11a.m.-12:30 p.m. — Einstein Circle discussion on “Television: How Can it be Improved?” at the Studio at Gulf and Pine, 10101 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information: 941-359-4296.

 

Ongoing:

• Saturdays through March 17, 9:30 a.m.-noon, Anna Maria Island Concert Chorus and Orchestra rehearsals at Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-7853.

• Tuesdays, noon, Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island meetings at the BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-794-8044.

• Tuesdays, 12:30 p.m., duplicate bridge games at Episcopal Church of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-3390.

• Tuesdays, 1-2 p.m., coffee and conversations for seniors at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-1908.

• First Wednesdays, 8:30 a.m., Pier Regulars meet at the Rod & Reel Pier, 875 N. Shore Drive, Anna Maria.

• Second Wednesdays, 7:30 p.m., VFW Post No. 8199 meets at the volunteer fire station, 201 Second St. N., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-778-4400.

• Wednesdays, 6-8 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.

• Thursdays, 5-7 p.m., Thirsty Thursday hosted by Bridge Street Merchants on Bridge Street, Bradenton Beach.

• Thursdays through March, Bingo at Annie Silver Community Center, 103 23 St., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-778-1915.

• Fridays, Senior Adventures Group meets for outings to various locations. Information: 941-962-8835.

• 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.

• Sundays, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Bridge Street Market hosted by Bridge Street Merchants, Bradenton Beach. Information: 215-906-0668.

 

Off-Island

Saturday, Feb. 4

8 a.m.-noon — Open house and bird walk at Felts Audubon Preserve, 4600 24th Ave. E., Palmetto. Info: 941-729-2222.

9 a.m. — Wagon tour through Robinson Preserve, 1709 99th St. N.W., Bradenton. Information: 941-742-5757. Fee applies.

7-9 p.m. — Photography symposium with Gene Page IV at the Palmetto Art Center, 907 Fifth St. W., Palmetto. Information: 941-518-2109.

 

Sunday, Feb. 5

8 a.m. — Manatee County Audubon-led trip through Robinson Preserve meets at 1709 99th St. N.W., Bradenton. Information: 941-758-9796. Fee applies.

 

Tuesday, Feb. 7

9:30 a.m.-noon — Manatee Genealogical Society meeting with guest speaker Sharon Tate Moody at Manatee County Central Library, 1301 Barcarrota Blvd. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-722-5156.

7:30 p.m. — “Hot Jazz for Cool Nights” at the Longboat Key Center for the Arts Durante Gallery, 6860 Longboat Drive S., Longboat Key. Information: 941-383-2345. Fee applies.

 

Coming Up:

• Feb. 9, Anna Maria Island Kiwanis Club Big Band Dance, Anna Maria Island Community Center.

• Feb. 9, Jazz Fest, Sandbar Pavilion.

• Feb. 10, Silent stroll, Robinson Preserve.

• Feb. 11, Sneak peek tour, Neal Preserve.

 

Save the Date:

• Feb. 14, Islander Promise Day, Beach Cafe, Manatee Public Beach.

Send calendar announcements to news@islander.org.

 

 

 

 

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Islander Calendar

Wednesday, Feb. 1

9 a.m. — Plein air painters group of the Artists’ Guild of Anna Maria Island meet at the Cafe on the Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6694.

11a.m.-12:30 p.m. — Einstein Circle discussion on “Income Disparity in the U.S.” at the Studio at Gulf and Pine, 10101 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information: 941-359-4296.

1:15 p.m. — Gulf Coast Writers meet at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-3209.

 

Friday, Feb. 3

3-5 p.m. — Book sale at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.

5-8:30 p.m. — “Australia Day” courtyard party at AMI Concierge Services and AMI Sarong Co., 9908 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information: 941-527-1254. Please donate a non-perishable food item — pet food included.

 

Saturday, Feb. 4

10 a.m-noon — Roger Rockefeller demonstrates colored pencil drawing at Island Gallery West, 5368 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6648.

 

Monday, Feb. 6

1-3 p.m. — Nancy Ambrose, president of the Off Stage Ladies of the Island Players, will speak to the Artists’ Guild of Anna Maria Island at the Church of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6694.

 

Tuesday, Feb. 7

7:30-9:30 p.m. — Diane Linscott and Company jazz performance at the Village Cafe at Rosedale, 503 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-896-8890. Fee applies.

 

Wednesday, Feb 8

10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. — Annual Wisconsin Day potluck at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-746-2018. Fee applies.

11a.m.-12:30 p.m. — Einstein Circle discussion on “Television: How Can it be Improved?” at the Studio at Gulf and Pine, 10101 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information: 941-359-4296.

 

Ongoing:

• Saturdays through March 18, 9:30 a.m.-noon, Anna Maria Island Concert Chorus and Orchestra rehearsals at Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-7853.

• Tuesdays, noon, Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island meetings at the BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-794-8044.

• Tuesdays, 12:30 p.m., duplicate bridge games at Episcopal Church of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-3390.

• Tuesdays, 1-2 p.m., coffee and conversations for seniors at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-1908.

• First Wednesdays, 8:30 a.m., Pier Regulars meet at the Rod & Reel Pier, 875 N. Shore Drive, Anna Maria.

• Second Wednesdays, 7:30 p.m., VFW Post No. 8199 meets at the volunteer fire station, 201 Second St. N., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-778-4400.

• Wednesdays, 6-8 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.

• Thursdays, 5-7 p.m., Thirsty Thursday hosted by Bridge Street Merchants on Bridge Street, Bradenton Beach.

• Thursdays through March, Bingo at Annie Silver Community Center, 103 23 St., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-778-1915.

• Fridays, Senior Adventures Group meets for outings to various locations. Information: 941-962-8835.

• 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.

• Sundays, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Bridge Street Market hosted by Bridge Street Merchants, Bradenton Beach. Information: 215-906-0668.

 

Off-Island

Saturday, Feb. 4

8 a.m.-noon — Open house and bird walk at Felts Audubon Preserve, 4600 24th Ave. E., Palmetto. Information: 941-729-2222.

9 a.m. — Wagon tour through Robinson Preserve, 1709 99th St. N.W., Bradenton. Information: 941-742-5757. Fee applies.

7-9 p.m. — Photography symposium with Gene Page, IV at the Palmetto Art Center, 907 Fifth St. W., Palmetto. Information: 941-518-2109.

 

Sunday, Feb. 5

8 a.m. — Manatee County Audubon-led trip through Robinson Preserve meets at 1709 99th St. N.W., Bradenton. Information: 941-758-9796. Fee applies.

 

Tuesday, Feb. 7

9:30 a.m.-noon — Manatee Genealogical Society meeting with guest speaker Sharon Tate Moody presenting “In the Law Library: Legal Research for Genealogists,” at Manatee County Central Library, 1301 Barcarrota Blvd. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-722-5156.

7:30 p.m. — “Hot Jazz for Cool Nights” at the Longboat Key Center for the Arts Durante Gallery, 6860 Longboat Drive S., Longboat Key. Information: 941-383-2345. Fee applies.

 

Coming Up:

• Feb. 9, Anna Maria Island Kiwanis Club Big Band Dance, Anna Maria Island Community Center.

• Feb. 9, Jazz Fest, Sandbar Pavilion.

• Feb. 10, Silent stroll, Robinson Preserve.

• Feb. 11, Sneak peek tour, Neal Preserve.

 

Save the Date:

• Feb. 14, Islander Promise Day, Beach Cafe, Manatee Public Beach.

Send calendar announcements to news@islander.org. Please include the time, date and location of the event, a brief description and a contact via e-mail and phone.

The Islander Classifieds: Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2012

ITEMS FOR SALE

SUNBEAM COFFEE MAKER, $5, Craftsman electric blower/vacuum, $20, roller blades, men’s 10, accessories, $60. 941-795-8359.

LEATHER LOVE SEAT recliner. Dark green, great condition. $50. 941-792-9523.

HOOVER FLOORMATE SPINSCRUB hard floor cleaner. Vacuums, scrubs, dries. Manual. Excellent condition. $75. Christina, 941-896-5303.

FILE CABINET: LATERAL file, two-drawer, wood. 30×30, $50. 715-529-8965.

LUGGAGE: VERDI, NEVER used. Black on rollers, 21×13, expandable to 23×13, $25, originally $79.95. 941-761-1415.

ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL AMERICAN Signature coffee table 18x28x52. White-washed with maple top, $100. 810-931-6390.

THREE-PIECE DINING room set: Complete, you haul. Four-drawer chest, king-size bed, nightstand, good condition, $65. 941-778-7601.

ROLLING BOOM BOX, $20, square coffee table, $50, recliner, $50, two new floral pillows, $12. 941-778-1264.

MARY KAY COSMETICS: Full line at discounted prices. Jenifer, 941-224-1760, 941-739-0792.

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 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. E-mail classifieds@islander.org, fax toll-free 1-866-362-9821. (limited time offer)

ANNOUNCEMENTS

FLORIDIANA FESTIVAL 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Jan. 29: Palladium Theater, St. Petersburg. Vintage Florida souvenirs, Highwaymen Artists. www.hulahula.biz, hulahula@tampabay.rr.com.

COMING FEB 14: The Islander Promise Day, Valentine’s Day vow renewals, champagne toast, wedding cake on the beach at 5 p.m. Anna Maria Island Beach Cafe, Manatee Public Beach. $10 includes ceremony and certificate. Pre-register: Promise@islander.org.

HELP FOR HAITI: The Ministry of Presence is preparing a large shipment destined in about two weeks for Port-au-Prince and needs to be filled include:  peanut butter, canned foods and meat, pasta, rice and beans, and cleaning supplies such as Pine, and bleach. Drop off to The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.

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.hayes@sothebysrealty.com. Discoverannamaria.com.

MICHAEL NORTHFIELD: BROKER, Anna Maria Island Realty, 941-713-0284. www.annamariaislandrealty.com. E-mail: Michael@annamariaislandrealty.com. Your personal broker.

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.

GARAGE SALES

NEW LOCATION: STEFF’S Stuff Antiques has moved to The Centre Shops on Longboat Key. 5380 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Unit 101. 941-383-1901.

YARD SALE: 8 a.m.-noon Saturday, Jan. 28, at Roser Thrift Shop.  511 Pine Ave. Anna Maria.

NORTHWEST BRADENTON: 8:30 a.m.-4:30 a.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Jan. 26-28. Hardcover novels and books. Fiction and non-fiction, biography, gardening, pets. Sheldon, Patterson, Cross, Roberts, Grisham and many more. Over several hundred volumes, most nearly new. Some paperbacks and children’s series. Browse indoors. 2003 81st St., N.W., Bradenton.

NORTHWEST BRADENTON: 8:30 a.m.-4:30 a.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Jan. 26-28. Ladies clothing and shoes, M-L-XL and sizes 10-16. Slacks, jackets, tops, T-shirts, denim. Shoes sizes 8-10. Some onyx. Many items slightly used or never worn. Browse indoors.  2003 81st St., N.W., Bradenton.

TREASURES ON TARAWITT Drive: 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Jan. 27-28. Four-home sale, bargains galore! Near 5600 area Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key.

YARD SALE: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 28. Clothes, furniture, books and more. 308 57th St., Holmes Beach.

CORAL SHORES EAST community garage sale. 8 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 28. New, used furniture from Island Girl Interiors, clothing, designer purses, tools, vintage heirlooms, shoes, lots more. Mangrove Pt. Road, Bradenton.

MOVING SALE: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28. 18 Seaside Court, 63rd and Seaside Gardens, Holmes Beach.

LOST & FOUND

LOST: REALTORS KEYPAD. Somewhere on the Island. Please, call Robin, 941-713-4515.

LOST: UNUSUAL ‘FREESTYLE’ wedding ring. Lost on Island. 813-892-5983.

KAYAK PADDLE fished out of canal. You identify, it’s yours, free. 941-778-6766.

PETS

BEAUTIFUL CAT FOR adoption! Long-hair, microchip, two years, friendly. Nice carry-crate included. 941-778-0330 or 812-219-2184.

LOST COCKATIEL: ‘TWEETY’ lost Jan. 1, Bradenton Beach. 941-896-5256.

LOOKING FOR RETIRED person to adopt extremely affectionate female miniature oodle/Shi tzu mix. Seven years old, white, 12-13 pounds. Owner has new job, cannot spend enough time with her. 941-405-4217 for interview.

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.

ADORABLE PUPPIES FOR adoption! Three pit mixes, gorgeous, sweet! Two male, one female. Fixed, chipped, shots. 941-896-6701.

BOATS & BOATING

DOCK FOR RENT: MEDIUM boat. 452 63rd St., Holmes Beach. 941-778-1893.

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

21-FOOT BOAT: Rigged to fish, 50-hp, downrigger, trolling motor, rod cab, two live wells, ice box, top on lift, Good condition. $6,800. 941-778-6530.

ATTENTION CHARTER CAPTAINS! Dock and lift. Will work trade. Air conditioning, electric, water, cleaning table. Bimini Bayou canal. $300/month. 941-778-6530.

POWER NOLES CUSTOM-fiberglass 11.5-foot cat-type hull. Very stable boat. Great for kid’s Xmas or anyone who wants to get on the water! 25-hp Mercury, trolling motor and two bass seats. Great boat! $2,150 obo. Call Toni, 941-928-8735.

HELP WANTED

PART-TIME RECEPTIONIST and part-time housekeeper for local area motel. 941-778-2780.

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.

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.

SERVICES

LET US DRIVE YOU! Airports, cruise ports. Flat rates. Anna Maria Sunshine Car Service. 941-778-5476.

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.

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

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

DOG-WASTE REMOVAL service: As low as $10 per week! 941-592-5170.

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

LIGHT CARPENTRY, HOME repairs, handyman work, deck repairs, dock repairs, etc. Retired tradesman, Island resident. No job too small. Call Steve Doyle, 941-778-1708.

GIVE THE GIFT of organization:  Home, office and small business. Professional organizer, Shauna Steglich. 208-284-5727.

HANDI HOME MAINTENANCE: Your way. Prompt, affordable, guaranteed. I do it all. Island local. Free estimates. 941-720-0067.

GET ORGANIZED: LET me help you de-clutter your home or office. Eight years experience as a professional organizer and NAPO member. Call Lorraine Berry at 941-795-7617.

ISLANDER HANDYMAN SERVICE: 23-year Island resident, references. The Flying Dutchman LLC. We do all repair, interior and exterior, carpentry and more. Peter, 941-447-6747.

MARIA’S SERVICES INC: 15 years in business offering top quality maid service, carpet and tile cleaning. Call 941-756-5735.

WE BUY GOLD jewelry, watches, class rings, sterling silverware, tea sets, etc., and pay a fair price. My wife and I come to you and pay cash. Call Bill, 610-308-6493.

OCEANSIDE HOME SERVICES: Providing home watch, handyman, lawn, yard and pool maintenance. Call us for any of your household needs. Licensed and Insured. Ron 941-773-7937 or ron.oceanside@gmail.com.

AMI COMPUTER SOLUTIONS for computer problems solved at your home or office. Wireless networking, virus/spyware prevention and removal, repairs, software upgrades, advice and training. Travis, 941-301-4726.

INCOME TAX SERVICE:  We do individuals, small businesses and all states. We have been in business over thirty years. Call Pat at Kenney Tax Service, 941-761-8156.

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. I make dirty windows sparkling clean. 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.

LANDSCAPING

STRAIGHT SHOT LANDSCAPE. Shell installed $45/yard at true specifications. Free appliance pick up. Call Shark Mark. 941-301-6067.

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.

HOME IMPROVEMENT

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.

SOUTHWEST HOME IMPROVEMENT: MIchigan builder, 30 years experience. Affordable, timely, within budget. Call Mike, 1-616-204-8822.

PROFESSIONAL SERVICES: 30 years experience. Handyman home repairs. Services, kitchen and bathroom design, 24-hour emergency call-outs. Ronnie, 941-807-6664.

THE FLYING DUTCHMAN LLC: Professional tile roof restoration. Call Peter for free estimate. 23-year Island resident, references, insured. 941-447-6747.

CUSTOM KITCHENS AND baths, additions, windows and door replacement. Call Matt at Pinnacle Group, 941-685-6132. Lic#CGC1506518.

STEVE’S HOME REMODELING and repairs. 941-524-8860.

RENTALS

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.

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.

ANNUAL RENTAL: LONGBOAT Key, Twin Shores mobile home, 55-plus, private beach, 2BR/1BA. Call Karen, 813-377-6864.

VACATION RENTALS ONLY: Private pool homes, 3BR/2BA and 3BR/3BA. Condo, 1BR/1BA overlooking golf course. Call 941-794-1515 or www.coastalpropertiesrealty.com.

WATERFRONT ON CANAL, boat slip up to 26-feet. 2BR/2BA, washer and dryer hookup, utility room. Holmes Beach. 941-778-7039.

SEASONAL FIVE-MONTH rental: November 2012-March 2013. Open house all of January. 2BR/1BA, upstairs apartment west of Gulf Drive. $1,350/month plus tax. 941-778-4499.

EFFICIENCY, ONE AND two bedroom apartments. Unfurnished, $550 to $750 monthly with annual lease and turnkey 1BR/1BA at 3611 117th St. W. Call Pat, 941-920-6637 with Florida Real Estate Team.

WANTED: RETAIL STOREFRONT in Bradenton Beach, 500 sf and up. Bridge street area. 941-447-1506.

ANNA MARIA SEASONAL rental: 2BR/1BA, washer and dryer, close to beach and fishing pier. Call 941-720-2418.

ANNUALS: LARGE 3BR/2BA Perico Bay Club condo, gated community, $1,350/month. Perico Island: 2BR/2BA condo 1,250 sf, new tile throughout, office/den, exercise room, sauna, carport, and storage,  $1,000/month. Pool, tennis, water, cable, trash included. First, last, security. Gulf-Bay Realty, 941-778-7244.

VACATION RENTALS NOW: Longboat Key 1BR/1BA, beach, $1,500/month. Anna Maria 2BR/2BA, pool/beach, $2,600/month. Northwest home, pet friendly, 3BR/2BA, two-car garage, $2,300/month. Townhouse, 2BR/2BA, boat slip, pool, $2,600/month. Realtor, 941-756-1090. Real Estate Mart.

VILLAGE GREEN VILLA: Annual rental, 55-plus, 2,200 sf, 2BR/2BA, two-car garage, panoramic lake view, community pool, updated. Minutes to beach. $1,550/month, cable, water included. Realtor, 941-756-1090. Real Estate Mart.

WINTER SPECIAL: SENIOR park, 2BR/2BA doublewide. $1,000/month, sell, $35,000. 2314 14th St., Bradenton. Tropical Palms. 863-688-3524, 863-608-1833. chickenplucker@webtv.net.

PRIME RETAIL SPACE available: Holmes Beach location. 5508 Marine Drive. 941-809-2824.

SEASONAL RENTAL: 2BR/1BA and 3BR/2BA, close to beach, remodeled. 941-778-7933.114 and 116 Oak Ave, Anna Maria.

FEBRUARY CANCELLATION: WESTBAY Cove condo. 2BR/2BA, pool, tennis, walk to beach, trolley, all services and Catholic church.   Call Sharon, 941-713-9096, Old Florida Real Estate.

ANNUAL 2BR/1BA DUPLEX: Carport, deck, laundry, wood floors. Non-smoking, small pet OK. $850/month plus. 941-779-9470.

ANNUAL DUPLEX: 2BR/1BA, ground level, Anna Maria, $900/month with trash. Available Feb. 15. 941-778-7003.

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.

REAL ESTATE

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.

HOLMES BEACH HOME, quality built and priced for quick sell. Centrally located, three short blocks to sandy beaches. Price reduced to $499,000! Questions, 309-642-7370. View virtual tour www.srqmediaworks2.com/30959thstreet/.

AUCTIONS! JANUARY 14 and 21. Key Royale waterfront, estimated opening bid, $275,000. Palma Sola Park four-car garage home, estimated opening bid, $150,000. Call James Adkins, Adkins Florida Group, Keller Williams Realty. 941-713-0635. Happy bidding!

SANDPIPER RESORT: BEAUTIFUL waterfront property, great price. 1,200 sf, 3BR/2BA, 273 sf covered deck, full view of Anna Maria Island Sound, water views from living, dining and one bedroom. Covered parking, ceramic tile both baths, kitchen and utility room. Pergo floors living, dining and bedrooms. Fully furnished, generates $14,000 in rental income yearly, includes membership certificate (co-op share) with voting rights. $239,900. 704-965-4986.

FOR SALE BY owner: 1BR/1BA mobile completely remodeled with share, beach and bay access. Call 941-224-1652 for more information.

ATTENTION! WANTED: We have a qualified buyer looking to purchase Gulffront condo. Please call Carol Spiegel at 941-323-6365, or Frauke Engstrom, 941-447-0738, Wagner Realty.

PERICO BAY CLUB villa: Pet-friendly, kayak storage and launch in your backyard. Turnkey furnished, 2BR/2BA, garage, heated community pool and spa, minutes to beach. $799,900. Realtor, Fred Flis, 941-356-1456.

IRONWOOD CONDO: $62,000. 1BR/1.5BA. Many upgrades. 55-plus community. Overlooks golf course. Clubhouse, exercise room, heated pool. Six miles to Anna Maria Island. 941-524-8969.