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Real Estate – 02-12-2014

212 Haverkos Court, Holmes Beach, a vacant 72×108 bayfront lot was sold 01/22/14, Davis to Eason for $450,000.

2819 Ave. B, Holmes Beach, a 2,332 sfla /3,300 sfur 3bed/2bath/2car home built in 1988 on a 49×100 lot was sold 01/23/14, Willey to Narcisi for $390,000; list $399,000.

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

Calendar – 02-12-2014

Wednesday, Feb. 12

2 p.m. — Florida Maritime Museum/Friends of the Island Library lecture, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive. Information: 941-778-6341.

6:20 p.m. — Official sunset time.

 

Thursday, Feb. 13

Noon — St. Bernard Catholic Church Women’s Guild fashion show and luncheon, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach. Fee applies. Reservations required. Information: 410-812-2468.

2 p.m. — Island landscaper and plant expert Michael Miller talks about edible gardens, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: Information: 941-778-6341.

8-11 p.m. — Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island Big Band/Sweetheart Dance, Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Fee applies. Reservations requested. Information: 941-778-1908. CANCELED

6:20 p.m. — Official sunset time.

 

Friday, Feb. 14

        Today is Valentine’s Day.

5:30-7:30 p.m. — Downtown Holmes Beach Gallery Walk, Marina and Gulf Drives, various locations. Information: 941-778-6694.

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

5:30-7:30 p.m. — Island Gallery West art reception for Mariarosa Rockefeller, 5368 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6648.

5:30-7:30 p.m. — Opening of the James Pay Exhibit, Anna Maria Island Art League, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-2099.

5:30-7:30 p.m. — SteamDesigns reception for artist Marlane Wurzbach, 5343 Gulf Drive, Suite 600 in the Holmes Beach Business Center, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-779-9108.

6:20 p.m. — Official sunset time.

 

Saturday, Feb. 15

8-11 a.m. — Pancake breakfast, Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Fee applies. Information: 941-778-0414.

10 a.m. — Here, There, Everywhere Bats at the Library children’s program, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.

10:30 a.m. — Artist Roger Rockefeller leads a demonstration in painting bromeliads, Island Gallery West, 5368 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6648.

6 p.m. — Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin Tribute dinner theater, Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Fee applies. Reservations required. Information: 941-778-1908.

6:23 p.m. — Official sunset time.

 

Sunday, Feb. 16

4 p.m. — Roser Memorial Community Church concert with the Sarasota Orchestra Brass Quintet, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-0414.

6:23 p.m. — Official sunset time.

 

Monday, Feb. 17

        Today is Presidents Day.

6:23 p.m. — Official sunset time.

 

Tuesday, Feb. 18

10 a.m. — Here, There, Everywhere Moon and Stars children’s program, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.

5:30 p.m. — Dragon boat meeting, Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 860-997-4251.

6:25 p.m. — Official sunset time.

 

Wednesday, Feb. 19

10 a.m.-5 p.m. — Coquina Beach Arts and Crafts Fest, Coquina Beach, Bradenton Beach. Also takes place Thursday, Feb. 20. Information: 352-344-0657.

Noon — Anna Maria Island Historical Society annual membership luncheon, Studio at Gulf and Pine, 10101 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Reservations required. Fee applies. Information: 407-415-2678.

2 p.m. — The Lifelong Learning Series explores the biological basis for violence, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: Information: 941-778-6341.

6:25 p.m. — Official sunset time.

 

Off-island

Wednesday, Feb. 12

Noon — Off Stage Ladies of the Island Players meeting and luncheon, Manattees Sports Grill, 7423 Manatee Ave., Bradenton. Fee applies. Reservations required. Information: 941-779-2181.

 

Saturday, Feb. 15

10 a.m.-6 p.m. — 32nd annual Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival, 119th Street West and waterfront, Cortez. Fee applies. Information: 941-722-4524.

10 a.m.-4 p.m. — Book-signing with children’s author Jan DiRuzzo, Sea Hagg, 12304 Cortez Road W., Cortez. Information: 941-795-5756.

 

Sunday, Feb. 16

9 a.m. — Manatee County Agriculture and Extension Service plant tour, Robinson Preserve, 1704 99th St. NW, Bradenton. Information: 941-722-4524.

10 a.m.-4 p.m. — Book-signing with children’s author Jan DiRuzzo, Sea Hagg, 12304 Cortez Road W., Cortez. Information: 941-795-5756.

10 a.m.-6 p.m. — 32nd annual Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival, 119th Street West and waterfront, Cortez. Fee applies. Information: 941-722-4524.

 

Monday, Feb. 17

Noon — Anna Maria Island Democratic Club luncheon, Mannatees Sports Grill, 7423 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton. Fee applies. Information: 941-779-0564.

 

Wednesday, Feb. 19

2 p.m. — “Downton Abbey Tea,” Longboat Island Chapel, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. Information: 941-323-5866.

3 p.m. — Florida Maritime Museum lecture on privateers, 4415 119th St. W., Cortez. Information: 941-708-6120.

 

Coming up

• Feb. 21, Annie Silver Community Center spaghetti dinner, Bradenton Beach.

• Feb. 22-23, Pines Trailer Park white elephant sale, Bradenton Beach.

 

Save the date

• March 1-2, Mixon Fruit Farms Orange Blossom Festival, Bradenton.

• March 7-8, Friends of the Island Library book sale, Holmes Beach.

• March 8-9, Anna Maria Island Art League Springfest, Holmes Beach.

• March 15, Anna Maria Island Community Center Tour of Homes, islandwide.

• April 5, Bradenton Marauders’ first home game, Bradenton.

 

Calendar announcements

 

Calendar of ongoing events, activities

Through…

• Feb. 13-March 2, “Shrek: The Musical,” Manatee Players, Manatee Performing Arts Center, 502 Third Ave. W., Bradenton. Fee applies. Information: 941-748-5875.

• Through February, “Round: About” exhibit, Artspace Studio and Gallery, 101 S. Bay Blvd., Anna Maria. Information: 941-243-3835.

• Through April 15, DaVinci Machines Exhibition, the Bradenton Auditorium, 1005 First Ave. W., Bradenton. Fee applies. Information: 888-674-0107.

 

Wednesdays

• Wednesdays and Saturdays, 9 a.m., horseshoes pitched, Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information: 941-708-6130.

• Wednesdays, 1 p.m., starting Jan. 8, Anna Maria Irish Ceili dance, Mannatee Sports Grill, 7423 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-779-1416.

• Wednesdays, through March, Anna Maria Island Historical Society sells Settlers’ Bread, 402 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-779-7688.

• First Wednesdays, 1:15 p.m., Gulf Coast Writers meeting, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-3209.

• First Wednesdays, 6 p.m., Mana-Tweens book club, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-3209.

• Second Wednesdays, 7 p.m., Think+Drink science night, South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-746-4131.

• Most third Wednesdays, noon, Anna Maria Garden Club meets, Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-2607.

• Third Wednesdays, 6 p.m., Mana-Tweens club, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-3209.

• Fourth Wednesdays, 7 p.m., star talk, South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-746-4131.

 

Thursdays

• Thursdays, 5-10 p.m., Main Street Live, Old Main Street, Bradenton. Information: 941-932-9440.

• Thursdays, 7 p.m., through March 27, bingo, Annie Silver Community Center, 103 23rd St., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-778-3580.

• First and third Thursdays, 2 p.m., knitting group meeting, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive. Information: 941-778-6341.

• Third Thursdays, 10 a.m., Island Library Book Club, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-3209.

• Third Thursdays, 10 a.m., guardian ad litem, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-3209.

• Last Thursdays, Seaside Quilters, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 312-315-6212.

 

Fridays

• Most Fridays, Senior Adventures, low-cost field trips from Annie Silver Community Center, 103 23rd St. N., Bradenton Beach. Fee may apply. Information: 941-962-8835.

• Fridays, 5:30-8:30 p.m., Mike Sales’ sunset drum circle, Anna Maria Island Beach Cafe, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-0784.

• Third Fridays, 5-8 p.m., Pine Avenue Porch Party presented by local merchants, Pine Avenue, Anna Maria. Information: 941-896-3132.

 

Saturdays

• Saturdays, 8:30 a.m., Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island meeting, Anna Maria Island Beach Cafe, Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-1383.

• Saturdays, through May, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Downtown Bradenton Farmers’ Market, Old Main Street. Information: 941-932-9440.

• Saturdays, 4 p.m., family night, South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-746-4131.

• Second Saturdays, 10 a.m., origami club, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-3209.

• Second Saturdays, 2 p.m., Music on the Porch, Florida Maritime Museum, 4415 119th St. W., Cortez. Information: 941-708-6120.

• Third Saturdays, 11 a.m., stress management through breathing, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive. Information: 941-778-6341.

• Third Saturdays, through May, 9 a.m., Manatee County Junior Audubon meeting, Felts Audubon Preserve, 4600 24th Ave. E., Palmetto. Information: 941-376-0110.

 

Sundays

• Sundays, through April 27, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Bridge Street Market, 107 Bridge St., Bradenton Beach. Information: 215-906-0668.

 

Mondays

• Mondays, 12:45 p.m., bridge games, Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Doors open at 12:15 p.m. Information: 941-778-0414.

• Mondays, except Feb. 17, 6:30 p.m., Family Game Night, Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-1908.

• First Mondays, 7 p.m., Florida Institute for Saltwater Heritage board meeting, Fishermen’s Hall, 4515 123rd St. W., Cortez. Information: 941-254-4972.

• Third Mondays, noon, Anna Maria Island Democrats meeting, Mannatees Sports Grill, 7423 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-779-0564.

• Third Mondays, 7 p.m., U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 81 meeting, 5801 33rd Ave. Court Drive W., G.T. Bray Park, Bradenton. Information: 941-779-4476.

 

Tuesdays

• Tuesdays, 10 a.m., children’s storytime, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.

• Tuesdays, noon, Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island meeting, Bridge Street Bistro, 111 Gulf Drive S., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-794-8044.

• Tuesdays, 12:30 p.m., Anna Maria Duplicate Bridge, the Episcopal Church of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-3390.

• Tuesdays, 1 p.m., bingo, Longboat Island Chapel, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. Information: 941-387-0202.

        Editor’s note: Events are subject to change when there is a holiday.

        Send announcements of ongoing activities, as well as updates to schedules, to calendar@islander.org.

        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. Please send announcements for the next issue by Feb. 12. High-resolution photographs welcome.

Sports – 02-12-2014

Bucs run by Bears in AMI NFL flag football action

 

Galati Yacht Sales Buccaneers rolled to a 44-18 victory Feb. 4 over the Sun Bears during 14-17 division NFL flag football action at the Anna Maria Island Community Center.

Chris Galati got the action started with a pair of scintillating 45-yard touchdown runs on the Buc’s first two offensive possessions.

Meanwhile, the Bears offense was going nowhere with three consecutive three and outs. The Bears defense stepped up with an interception by Kyle Meggison with 1:40 left in the first half. Alex Rodriguez took advantage of the field position on a 20-yard pass to Meggison for a touchdown. Rodriguez then found George Lardas for the extra point to pull to within 12-7 with just under a minute to play in the half.

Undaunted, the Bucs connected on two short passing plays before Lee Bergeron hit Jake Ross on a fly pattern down the right sideline to complete a 24-yard touchdown pass and take an 18-7 lead.

The second half was all Buccaneers, tacking on touchdown receptions by Chris Gary, Mike Dittoli and Ross, who also added a touchdown run to complete the 44-18 victory.

Meggison and Lardas scored second-half touchdowns to complete the scoring for the Bears in the loss.

The victory puts the Bucs in a tie for second place with The Feast Broncos, one game behind the 5-1 Mr. Bones Bengals. Integrity Sound Lions, Swordfish Grill Browns and West Coast Surf Shop Jaguars are all 3-3 with the 2-4 Bears and 0-6 Waterfront Restaurant Cowboys following in the standings.

The 11-13 division has the 5-0 LPAC Cardinals on top, a half game ahead of the 5-1 Sandbar Colts. Beach to Bay Construction Buccaneers are in third with a 3-1 record in the division, while Bark & Company Realty Ravens, Eat Here Redskins and Will C. Photos Falcons follow in the standings.

Beach Bistro Buccaneers are undefeated at the top of the 8-10 division, while West Coast Air Conditioning Dolphins at 3-1 and the 3-2 Tylers Ice Cream Vikings occupy second and third place. Manatee Diagnostic Ravens, Beach Bum Patriots, Dojo Martial Arts Cowboys and LPAC Cardinals complete the standings.

 

Standings tighten in adult football division

The action continues in the Anna Maria Island Community Center’s adult NFL flag football league.

The 18-and-over division standings are tight, with Slim’s Place Bears, Agnelli Pool & Spa Giants and Beach to Bay Construction Dolphins all tied for first with 4-1 records. Duffy’s Tavern Eagles, Beach Bistro Raiders and Waterfront Restaurant Panthers follow in the standings.

The 30-and-over division has Island Gourmet Bills on top with a 5-0 record with the 3-2 Agnelli Pool & Spa Giants and Ross Built Panthers their closest pursuers. Jessie’s Island Store Buccaneers, Island Real Estate Raiders and Tylers Ice Cream Vikings make up the rest of the standings.

Island Gourmet Bills showed why they’re unbeaten and on top of the 30-plus standings with a 35-21 victory Feb. 6over Agnelli Pool & Spa Giants.

Bills quarterback Chuck Bucky completed 10 passes for 213 yards and four touchdown passes. Scott Dell was his favorite target, finishing with four catches for 129 yards and three touchdowns. AJ Brown added three catches for 69 yards, including a touchdown and a 2-point conversion, while Andrew Brown, Will Schenerlein and Katie Berzowski added extra-point catches.

Brown paced the Bills defense with two interceptions, including one he returned for a touchdown, while Berzowski added two quarterback sacks.

The Giants were led by Andy Szabo’s 243 passing yards and three touchdown passes. Mike Warren led Giant receivers with five catches for 141 yards and all three touchdowns. Frank Agnelli added 51 receiving yards including an extra point, while Ed Moss completed the scoring with a pair of extra-point catches in the loss.

The 18-plus game of the week Feb. 5 saw first place Beach to Bay Construction Dolphins ease past winless Waterfront Restaurant Panthers 32-25. Jonathan Moss completed 15 of 22 passes for 183 yards and four touchdown passes. Jeff Walker had a big game, finishing with four catches for 66 yards and a pair of touchdowns, while Amy Moss finished with six catches for 52 yards, including a touchdown and an extra-point reception. Andy Christman finished with 43 receiving yards, a touchdown and an extra point, and Josh Rio had 34 receiving yards and a touchdown to complete the Dolphin scoring in the victory.

Spencer Robinson threw for 272 yards and four touchdowns to lead the Panthers offense. Kevin Mingoia was his top target, finishing with 11 catches for 104 yards and two touchdowns. Ian Fetters added five catches for 67 yards and two touchdowns to complete the Panther scoring in the loss.

 

Horseshoe news

Two teams emerged from pool play and were left to battle for the Feb. 8 bragging rights during horseshoe action at the Anna Maria horseshoe pits.

Leo Hutton and Tim Sofran defeated Sam Samuels and Bruce Munro 22-15 in the championship game.

Five teams advanced to the knockout round during Feb. 5 horseshoe action. Gene Bobeldyk and Leo Hutton eased past Norm Good and Bob Palmer 24-16, while Dom Livedoti and Fred Huyghe destroyed Art Kingstad and Hank Huyghe in the opening-round matches.

Livedoti and Fred Huyghe then drew the bye into the finals and watched as Sam Samuels and Rod Bussey eliminated Bobeldyk and Hutton by a 21-10 score to advance to the finals. Samuels-Bussey won out over Livedoti- Huyghe 22-15.

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.

There is no charge to play and everyone is welcome.

 

Key Royale golf news

It was a busy week of golf at Key Royale Club. The women joined up with the men on Feb. 7 for a nine-hole, best-ball-of-foursome match. The team of Hank Trembly, Charlie Knopp, Matt Behan and Bob Reid matched the 3-over-par 35 carded by the team of Mary Lou Dreier, Earl Huntzinger and Bob Dickinson to finish in a tie for first place.

The team of  Ken Rickettt, Mike Gille, Merritt Fineout and Gary Risner matched the 2-under-par 30 carded by the team of Tom McDonnell, Bob Tehar, Dan Richardson and Gary Alford to finish in a tie for first place during a nine-hole scramble Feb. 6

The men played an 18-hole, individual-low-net golf match Feb. 5. Tom Lewis, Dave Kruger and Barry Anderson each shot a 1-under-par 63 to finish in a three-way tie for first place.

The women took to the links Feb. 4 for a nine-hole, individual-low-net match that also included a low putts contest.

Joy Kaiser carded a 3-under-par 29 to take first place in Flight A by two strokes over Pam Lowry, Kaiser’s 13 putts emerged as the low total for the day.

Barb Estok’s 3-under-par 29 gave her first place in Flight B -with only 14 putts in the round. Sue Wheeler was alone in second with a 2-under-par 31, while Kris Landkammer took third with an even-par 32.

Judy Ward, Joyce Lathrop, Barb Harold and Carol Duncan all carded even-par 32s to finish in a four-way tie for first place in Flight C. Ward’s 14 putts were the lowest of the flight.

Suzanne Liddle’s 1-under-par 31 gave her a one-shot victory in Flight D over Sally Keyes. Sally York had the low putts in the flight with 15.

Tom McDonnell and Barry Anderson finished in a tie for first place during a nine-hole, modified-Stableford match Feb. 3. McDonnell also was part of the card that included Charlie Porter, Dave Johnston and Mike Gille in the team competition.

 

AMICC NFL Flag Football schedule

5-7 Division

Feb. 17    6 p.m.   Air & Energy  vs. Miller Electric

Feb. 21    6 p.m.   Air & Energy vs. Beaches RE

Feb. 24    6 p.m.   Miller Electric vs. Air & Energy

 

8-10 Division

Feb. 12    6 p.m.   Dolphins vs. Beach Bums

Feb. 15    9 a.m.   Dolphins vs. Cowboys

Feb. 15    10 a.m.  LPAC vs. Bistro

Feb. 15    11 a.m.  Manatee Diagnostic vs. Bums

Feb. 17    6 p.m.   Beach Bums vs. LPAC

 

11-13 Division

Feb. 15    12 p.m. Beach to Bay vs. Eat Here

Feb. 17    7 p.m.   LPAC vs. Beach to Bay

Feb. 17    8 p.m.   Ravens  vs. Eat Here

 

14-17 Division

Feb. 13    6 p.m.   Jaguars vs. Swordfish Grill

Feb. 15    1 p.m..  Integrity Sound vs. The Feast

Feb. 15    2 p.m.   Sun vs. Bengals

Feb. 15    3 p.m.   Waterfront vs. Galati

Feb. 18    6 p.m.   Jaguars vs. Sun

Feb. 18    7 p.m.   Swordfish Grill vs. Galati

Feb. 18    8 p.m.   The Feast vs. Waterfront

 

18-Over Division

Feb. 12    7 p.m.   Beach Bistro vs. Slim’s Place

Feb. 12    8 p.m.   Duffy’s vs. Agnelli Pool

Feb. 12    9 p.m.   Beach to Bay vs. Waterfront

 

30- Over Division

Feb. 13    7 p.m.   Ross Built vs. Jessie’s

Feb. 13    8 p.m.   Agnelli Pool vs. Tyler’s

Feb. 13    9 p.m.   Island Gourmet vs. IRE

 

AMICC Adult Volleyball schedule

March 4   6:30 p.m.       Duncan vs. Southern Greens

March 4   7:30 p.m.       Duncan vs. Discount Signs

March 4            8:30 p.m.          Southern Greens vs. Discount Signs

Fishing – 02-12-2014

No shadows, AMI groundhog finds fog, fabulous fishing

 

If the groundhog was looking for his shadow, he likely couldn’t find it for the morning fog that limited visibility around Anna Maria Island.

As long as no major cold fronts sweep through our area, the fishing should steadily improve.

Boating conditions are superb, except on those foggy days — and even on those days, the seas have been calm. You just need some navigational skills and familiarity with the area to safely get to your favorite fishing spots.

Sheepshead are gravitating toward nearshore structure, as well as residential docks and piers. Numbers should increase as the weeks of February pass. Offerings of live shrimp are producing a good bite on the reefs. While fishing piers and docks, try fiddler crabs and sand fleas for bait, or even tube worms, if you’re determined enough to dig them up.

Pompano are still lingering around the beaches of Longboat Key and in Sarasota Bay. Limits are attainable with fish ranging 1- to 2-pounds. Small jigs tipped with shrimp are the ticket, especially if the fish are being finicky. Try drifting and jigging to locate a bite.

Capt. Warren Girle is fishing offshore with good results. In depths of 20-40 feet, Girle is locating a variety of reef species. Catch-and-release gag grouper are readily taking both cut shiners and live shrimp. Along with gags, red grouper are in the mix, although keeper-size fish are sporadic. Other catches include mangrove snapper, Key West grunts and porgies. All three species are great table fare, which is always welcomed.

Moving inshore, Girle is fishing pompano in Sarasota Bay. By drifting and jigging, Girle’s clients are catching near-limits of 1-2 pound pompano. Along with pompano, expect to catch mackerel, ladyfish, bluefish and jack crevalle. Spotted seatrout are also in the mix, which adds a little to the cooler for dinner.

Steve Oldham at Island Discount Tackle says sheepshead action is steadily increasing as we approach the middle of February. Nearshore reefs in the Gulf of Mexico are providing catches in the 3-pound range with numerous fish in the 1- to 2-pound range. Fresh-cut pieces of shrimp are working just fine. The usual alternate baits, fiddler crabs, sand fleas and tubeworms,  also will arouse a bite.

Reports of Spanish mackerel are buzzing around the island and at the tackle shop, where Oldham says be prepared for the mack bite if fishing the nearshore reefs. An ample number of Gotcha plugs, silver spoons and crappie jigs will ensure some nice-sized fish

Finally, due to the recent fog, Oldham suggests check the sound devices on your boats, as well as the compass and GPS. Don’t get caught on the water, unable to find the way home.

Capt. Rick Gross of Fishy Business Charters is fishing offshore with good results on a number of fish. In depths of 40 feet of water, Gross is anchoring over structure and dropping live shrimp to the bottom on a fish finder rig —an egg sinker, a swivel, a couple of feet of leader, and a hook, all in that order. The length of the leader can vary, depending on its purpose.

For example, when Gross is targeting hogfish, he chooses a leader of 3 feet or more as to not spook the fish. Hogfish, at times, can be leader-shy, so a longer leader keeps the bait that much farther from the sinker and swivel, hence not spooking the fish.

Along with keeper-size hogs, Gross is catching respectable-sized sheepshead and triggerfish. There’s nothing wrong with returning to the dock with a cooler of these three species. They’re three of the best for a fish fry.

Gag and red grouper are getting in on the action. Attracted by the commotion of catching hogfish and sheepies, keeper-sized gags are making the mistake of eating Gross’ bait. Luckily for them, they are out of season and they’re returned to the Gulf. As for the red grouper, keeper-size fish are still a little hard to come by in shallow water.

            Send fishing reports to fish@islander.org.

The Islander Classifieds: Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014

ITEMS FOR SALE

CHANDELIERS, VINTAGE, METAL flowers, $35, crystal brass, $65, art deco aqua ottoman seat, $10. 941-779-9781.

RATTAN-STYLE SOFA, $150, easy chair, $75, chandelier, $25, dining room table, $75. 941-387-1415.

FREEZER: LARGE, KENMORE, frostless with lock, $100, hospital bed, good condition, $100, kitchen stove, white, $50. 941-778-2901.

BOAT PORT-A-POTTY, $15, saltwater fishing poles, different prices, all less than $100, booster car seat, $25. 941-778-1264.

LIGHT BROWN MICROSUEDE sofa and love seat, $100, coffee table, $70, oak dining table with leaf and four chairs, $50, mirror dresser with nightstand, $25. All nice condition, offers considered. 217-242-2046, 217-242-1330.

BEACH WHEELCHAIR: ALL-terrain. Brand new, paid $1,300, now $1,000. 772-708-2587.

FREEBIE ITEMS FOR SALE

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

ANNOUNCEMENTS

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.

GARAGE SALES

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

STEFF’S STUFF ANTIQUES and Consignment. steffsstufflbk.com. Open daily. 941-383-1901.

SALE: 8 a.m.-? Saturday and Sunday, February 15-16. Tools, TVs, kitchen items, linens, clothing, toys, miscellaneous. 1609 Roslyn Ave., Bradenton.

GARAGE SALE: 7 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 14-16. Furniture, tools, clothing, miscellaneous. Household items. 513 Loquat Drive, Anna Maria.

YARD SALE: 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15. Antiques, collectibles, lots more, something for everyone! 424 Pine Ave., Anna Maria.

PETS

PET-SITTER SERVICES LLC offers pet visits, dog walking, kitty cleanup, and more. 941-462-0405. petsitterservicesllc@gmail.com. www.petsitterbradenton.com.

ISLAND PET NANNY: Loving pet care. Karen Robinson, 941-730-5693.

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

TRANSPORTATION

LEXUS 330 SUV: 60,000 miles, gold package, two owners, pre-certified by Wilde Lexus. Beautiful inside and out. Call 949-525-2580.

2005 FORD TAURUS SE: 78,000 miles. Automatic, air conditioning, power windows, doors. Cruise control, CD, three-month engine warranty. Excellent condition, priced low, $3,900. Rick, 941-224-4977.

BOATS & BOATING

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

PONTOON BOAT 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. 

HELP WANTED

PART-TIME SALES position: Gift shop located on Anna Maria. Must be available weekends and evenings. Retirees welcome. 941-840-4235.

PERSON NEEDED TO run children and youth Christian education programs at a non-denominational church. Self-starter, organized, works independently and with others, minimum two year’s experience required. Sundays required, some Saturdays. Send resumes to: Roser Church, Attention: BRED P.O. Box 247, Anna Maria FL 34216.

AMI BRING IT: Hiring delivery drivers. Must be 21, clean driving record, own vehicle and insurance. Please email resume or contact information: AMIbringit@gmail.com. 941-209-1353.

DELIVERY DRIVER/WAREHOUSE. Work on Island. Part or full time. Send resume only to: annamariaisland@hotmail.com. 941-524-9228.

OFFICE/RECEPTIONIST WORK. Answer phones, good with computers. Part or full time. Work on Island. Email resume only: annamariaisland@hotmail.com. 941-524-9228.

TUTOR WANTED FOR college accounting class. Monday and Wednesday mornings, from 10-11 a.m. Please, call Patrick, 941-713-4656.

BEACH RESORT LOOKING for front desk clerk. Hours are Saturday/Sunday 8am-4pm and Monday/Tuesday from noon-8 p.m. for total of 32 hours. Front desk experience a plus. Apply in person at Blue Water Beach Club, 6306 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach FL 34217. 941-778-6688.

TWO SCOOPS, ANNA Maria’s favorite ice cream is now hiring part-time associates. Varied shifts available. Must be able to work nights and weekends. A great place to work and have a little fun, looking for a few friendly people. Food preparation experience a plus. Great pay, too! Apply today, Two Scoops, 101 S. Bay Blvd., Anna Maria. 941-745-9535.

KIDS FOR HIRE

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.

HEALTH CARE

REGISTERED NURSE: 40 years experience, hospitals, clinic, home health. Loving, kind, gentle care. Safe driver, dependable, nonsmoker, teetotaler. Ginger Wade, 941-592-5222.

SERVICES

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.

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

PRESSURE WASHING AND windows: Commercial, residential and resorts. Roofs, buildings, houses driveways etc. 941-251-5948.

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.

TVS MOUNTED INSTALLED, set-up networking, wired, wireless, audio, video surveillance cameras. Palmfish Communication, 941-896-0798.

HELP WITH ERRANDS and transportation, pet sitting, etc! Living in paradise should be easy! 941-400-8847.

DO YOU WANT to vacation and not worry if your pet is lonely? I will overnight in your home so your pet can stay in its own environment and enjoy home setting. Great references. Mary, 941-405-2496.

TRUEBLUE33 MOBILE COMPUTER Service LLC. #L13000016769. Fast, reliable and quality computer repair service. Call 941-592-7714.

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.

LAWN & GARDEN

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

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

SAVE YOUR CITRUS trees: Urban Garden Pest Control specializes in citrus tree restoration. Professional pruning and affordable spray program will restore your citrus trees to their full fruitfulness. 941-962-0986.

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

LANDSCAPING

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.

HOME IMPROVEMENT

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.

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

SOUTHWEST HOME IMPROVEMENT: Michigan builder, quality work guaranteed. Affordable, timely, within budget. Call Mike, 1-616-204-8822.

RENTALS

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

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

SEASONAL: MARCH AVAILABILITY: 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.

AVAILABLE MARCH 2014: 2BR/2BA ground level with carport and patio. 1.5 blocks to Gulf. Luxurious, updated, must see! Anna Maria. 941-565-2373.

ANNA MARIA CITY rental: Completely renovated 3BR/3BA with large heated pool. A short block to the beach. For rent, winter 2014-15. Call 514-757-7410.

ANNUAL RENTAL: BAYSHORE Gardens, Bradenton. 55-plus community, 20 minutes to Anna Maria Island, 2BR/2BA plus office, furnished, third floor, elevator, enclosed lanai, heated pool, clubhouse. $650/month plus utilities. Security deposit. 941-727-1083.

VACATION RENTAL: BRADENTON Beach. 1BR, turnkey, furnished apartment. Available February, March, April.941-778-0116.

TWO-MONTH MINIMUM, $3,000/month. Stunning bay views, 2BR/2BA, furnished. Screened lanai, clubhouse, fitness center, tennis, heated pools, spas. Two miles from beaches of Anna Maria Island, across from Robinson Preserve. 1157 Edgewater Circle, Perico Bay Club. 941-779-9320.

ROOM EFFICIENCY: PRIVATE entrance, full bath, large deck. North end Anna Maria Island. 941-794-8877.

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.

REAL ESTATE

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

REAL ESTATE: BUY, sell, invest. Enjoy. Billi Gartman, Realtor. 941-545-8877. www.AnnaMariaLife.com.

FIXER-UPPER ON deep-water canal, $475,000. Owner financing possible. Holmes Beach. 941-778-7980 or 941-778-7565.

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.

CONDO FOR SALE: 2BR/2BA unit in Bradenton Beach. Steps to beach with parking underneath, townhome-style condo. Building has hurricane windows, doors, Hardie siding and new roof. No hassles. $205,000. Call 813-245-0428.

OPEN HOUSE: 1-3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 9. Holmes Beach house for sale. Beautiful elevated 3BR/2BA, heated pool, bonus room, direct beach-access street. Newer construction. Great investment. 309A 65th St. www.HolmesBeach.blogspot.com. Patrick Morris, 941-348-0331.

DISCOVER TERRA CEIA Golf and Country Club! Gorgeous updated 2BR/2BA maintenance-free villa in a gated, waterfront community. Hardwood floors, plantation shutters, granite and more. Two-car garage. $169,900. Sarah Whisnant, 941-238-8624, Leslie Wells Realty.

REAL ESTATE FOR sale: Two very nice mobile homes next to each other on beautiful lake. Furnished. Ocean, 12 miles. Pool. 55-plus community. $225,000 for both. 864-353-8822.

OPEN HOUSE: 1-3 p.m. Sunday. Feb. 15. Stunning water views of Palma Sola Bay from this 3BR unit in Perico Bay. 1183 Edgewater Circle, Bradenton. Carol Spiegel, 941-323-6365, or Frauke Engstrom, 941-447-0738. Wagner Realty.

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).