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Fishing – 02-19-2014

In betweeners: ’tween fronts, ’tween fishing seasons


Fishing around Anna Maria Island is heating up, especially between cold fronts. With temps in the 80s and light winds, we have the perfect recipe for a successful day on the water.

Typically, the water is clea — so clear in fact that you can easily see the bottom on the nearshore and offshore reefs. In conditions like this, it’s nice to just look over the side of the boat and watch the fish navigate the structure. Much can be learned by taking the time to explore the reef acitivity.

The same applies on the flats — where you can memorize the terrain — a helpful exercise for future flats fishing.

Finally, now is the time to get out on the water and enjoy the sunshine — the fish seem to enjoy it, too.

On my own adventures, I’m finding good numbers of fish along the beaches. Pompano are responding to small jigs tipped with a piece of fresh-cut shrimp. The tower helps spot schools of fish, which we then circle and cast. If you can place a jig in front of the fish, they’ll probably eat. You also can expect to catch a number of bluefish and mackerel, which is entertaining between pompano bites.

Structure in Tampa Bay is proving prosperous for sheepshead, Key West grunts and mangrove snapper. The sheepshead bite is gradually improving. I’m noticing many fish staging up on sandy bottoms adjacent to structure. In a couple of weeks, all of these fish will arrive on the reefs to spawn. As of now, fish 1-3 pounds are the norm, although 5 pounders are attainable.

As for the grunts and snapper, you may need to search to find keeper-sizes. Just about every rock in the bay has snapper on it, but most are 8-10 inches.

Finally, bonnethead and blacktip sharks are infesting the shallows along the Gulf beaches. Most of these fish are 3-4 feet long and are responding to shrimp and fresh-cut chunks of ladyfish. If you’re sight-casting, try chumming to keep them in the mood.

Capt. Warren Girle is fishing offshore when the weather permits. Girle is venturing anywhere from 1-6 miles in search of reefs and ledges, where the key is finding structure that isn’t covered with schools of spottail pinfish, the “sailor’s choice.”

These schools can hold fish by the thousands, ready to nibble every bait you try to drop. Girle is avoiding the spottails and managing to find a great bite on mangrove snapper, hogfish, porgies and Key West grunts on live shrimp paired with a light fluorocarbon leader, a small split shot, and a 3/0 circle hook. A light leader of 15- or 20-pound fluorocarbon is key in targeting these species, especially hogfish.

Girle is catching keeper-size catch-and-release gag grouper as well as juvenile red grouper on fresh-cut pieces of either threadfin herring or shiners. When targeting these fish, Girle is rigging an egg sinker that slides directly to the eye of the circle hook — you might know this as a knocker rig.

On the flats, Girle is finding schools of pompano in depths of 5-7 feet of water. Small jigs tipped with shrimp are an excellent way to put a limit of these tasty fish in the cooler. Mixed in with the pomps are bluefish, ladyfish, mackerel and spotted seatrout.

Capt. Aaron Lowman at Island Discount Tackle is still finding rallies of pompano along the beaches of Anna Maria Island southward to New Pass. Small jigs tipped with shrimp are providing a bite. Along with pomps, expect the usual suspects of jacks, ladyfish, mackerel and bluefish.

If you’re looking for mangrove snapper, Lowman says just about every piece of structure from lower Tampa Bay to Sarasota Bay is holding fish, although the snapper are running small. For bait, you can’t go wrong with fresh shrimp.

Finally, sheepshead are steadily making an arrival and Lowman says docks, piers, reefs and wrecks are good places to look for the tasty convict fish.

Capt. Rick Gross of Fishy Business Charters is migrating out to nearshore structure to take advantage of the available reef species. In depths of 25-45 feet, Gross is finding plenty of fish to fill the box. Sheepshead in the 2- to 3-pound range are readily taking fresh-cut shrimp. Mixed in are porgies, triggerfish, Key West grunts and flounder. A great combination if you’re planning a fish fry.

To target them, Gross is using a 15- to 20-pound fluorocarbon leader with a small circle hook. For weight, Gross is placing a 1/2- to 1-ounce egg sinker above the swivel of the leader. Although you take the chance of breaking off occasionally with a light leader, Gross says more fish will bite.

On windy days, Gross is fishing rocks and docks in residential canals and sheltered areas in the back bays. On these adventures, Gross is tying into sheepshead, mangrove snapper, black drum and flounder, and keeper-size fish are going in the cooler.

Capt. Mark Howard of SumoTime charters reports good fishing — when the weather cooperates.

Fishing for redfish and black drum has been good with the targets feeding under deep-water docks where heavy barnacle growth holds more crabs and crustaceans to feed on. Rigging with a live shrimp and a split shot weight will get the bait in the strike zone and can result in redfish in the upper-slot range.

Sheepshead fishing is starting to get hot, as the bigger ones are now schooling on nearshore artificial reefs. Sheepshead to 5 pounds are coming over the gunnels on Howard’s recent charters.

Spotted seatrout fishing has been good with some nice-sized slot fish landed, including some that are gator-sized — more than 20 inches. A live shrimp rigged under a popping cork with a tiny split shot will get the bait down to the trout and keeps the bait away from the diving birds hoping to snatch it.

Howard predicts the cold fronts will continue but strength, frequency and duration will wane as the start of the spring pattern is just a few weeks away.

Jim Malfese at the Rod & Reel Pier says rallies of sheepshead and black drum are occurring. Pier fishers using live shrimp are catching keeper sizes of both species without too much hassle. A fish finder rig — an egg sinker, swivel, 18 inches of leader and a small hook, in that order — will hook up the pier sheepies. Bait up with shrimp and cast the rig under the pier on the side where the current is rushing toward you. Let the shrimp drift under the pier until it’s resting on the bottom, then close your bail, reel up the slack and wait for a bite.

Other catches occurring at the R&R include pompano, flounder, jacks, ladyfish, bonnethead sharks and even a palometa — rarely seen at the pier. All are responding to live shrimp or jigs tipped with shrimp.

Finally, it’s great to hear from Malfese again, and I look forward to seeing Bob Kilb’s smiling face. I’m sure all the locals are stoked to see the R&R back in action — on the deck and in the dining room.

Send fishing reports to fish@islander.org.

Obituaries – 02-19-2013

Therese Lillian Johnsen

Therese Lillian Johnsen, of Holmes Beach, died Feb. 7. She was born Feb. 3, 1925, in Staten Island, N.Y.

During World War II, she became engaged to Walter Sverre Johnsen, who returned from combat at Anzio in a body cast. They were married July 7, 1945.

Mrs. Johnsen supported her husband as he co-founded Armel Electronics Inc., a manufacturer of electronic connectors, standoff terminals and relay sockets for the burgeoning aerospace and military markets.

They built a home in Saddle River, N.J., where they raised four children. She worked in high-end residential real estate sales for many years, and was one of the leading brokers in the state.

On retiring, the couple moved to Ridgewood, N.J., and then to Holmes Beach. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She enjoyed animals, the beach and long walks. Her greatest pleasure was spending time with her family.

Burial will be with her husband at Sarasota National Cemetery in Sarasota. Memorial donations may be made to  Wildlife Education & Rehabilitation Center Inc., P.O. Box 1449, Anna Maria FL 34216, or on their website at www.wildlifeinc.org.

Mrs. Johnsen is survived by her children, Walter Craig and wife Wendy of New York, N.Y., Karen and husband Michael Smith of Holmes Beach, Edward of Califon, N.J., and Lynn and husband Marcus of Bradenton; grandchildren Walter D., Michael S. Smith, Kristopher Smith, Michelle Sporn, Kristina Huefner, Edward II, Daniel, and Lauren Roundtree; great-grandchildren Landon Sporn, Logan Sporn and Andrew Huefner.


Deborah Kaye Yarbrough Murphree

Deborah Kaye Yarbrough Murphree, 61, of Bradenton, died Feb. 5. She was born Aug. 12, 1952, in Dallas.

She retired after 30 of service at UPS.

She had a contagious smile, laughed often and loved to cook and entertain. She was a member of the Anna Maria Island Privateers, the nonprofit local organization that supports kids and community, with the pirate name of “Stumbles.” She will now enter the ship’s Davey Jones Honor Roll with privileged member status.

Her greatest passion was her family.

A celebration of life will be held at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb 22, at CrossPointe Fellowship Church, 8605 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.

Mrs. Murphree is survived by her husband of 39 years, Roger L.; son Eric; daughter-in-law Elizabeth; six grandchildren; sisters JoAnn, Constance, Jennifer and Rebecca; brothers Doyce III and Jon; and numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.


Paul Roat, Islander editor-photographerroat-w-camera

Paul M. Roat, 56, a longtime area newsman of Sarasota and formerly of Bradenton Beach, died Saturday, Feb. 15.

He was a lifelong resident of the area who served as a valued source of historical perspective during his tenure as frequent writer and editor for two newspapers on Anna Maria Island from the 1970s to the present day.

He earned a scholarship to the University of Florida from then-publisher of The Islander, Don Moore.

He was the son of a Bradenton Beach postmaster, his mother was familiar to islanders at the Bridge Street hardware store, and later worked at a law firm, and he grew up in Bradenton Beach in an idyllic fashion, while acquiring an early appreciation for news and photo journalism at Manatee High School.

Moore gave Mr. Roat his first job out of college.

And Mr. Roat soon figured in coverage of some of the area’s notable moments.

His work spanned coverage of news for the former Islander newspaper in the 1970s-80s, including photos taken from the top of the remaining span of the Skyway Bridge within moments of the disaster at the bridge in 1980 that sent 35 people to their deaths.

He also took pride in his photos in August 1993 from a small craft shortly after a three-ship collision that resulted in fire aboard one ship and the release of 30,000 gallons of crude oil from another ship into the Tampa shipping channel.

In 1984-87, Mr. Roat served as a legislative aide to state Rep. Jim Lombard. In 1989, he became the first staff member for the Sarasota Bay Estuary Program, contributing to the fundraising effort that enabled the program to flourish.

He contributed to numerous SBEP publications and was co-editor of the 1992 SBEP “Framework for Action,” and co-writer and editor of the 1995 SBEP management plan, “Sarasota Bay, the Voyage to Paradise Reclaimed.”

Mr. Roat’s career included work for Clubhouse magazine, later Sarasota magazine, and the Siesta Key Pelican Press. He was a writer for SiestaSand.net at the time of his death.

He also authored two volumes of “The Insider’s Guide to Sarasota & Bradenton” guide book and various other guide publications over the years.

He was editor of The Islander newspaper for 17 years, starting at its launch date in November 1992, and wrote a column titled “Sandscript,” always seeking to improve environmental conditions for Anna Maria Island and beyond.

Most recently he rallied in a column to derail a developers’ plans for Long Bar Pointe.

He oversaw several Islander projects, stories and features recognized and honored by the Florida Press Association.

He acquired an extensive collection of work by Florida-based authors and was a founding member of Mystery Florida, a nonprofit group that sponsors an annual gathering of mystery writers and aficionados in Sarasota.

“He was a great friend who eagerly shared his love for news, John D. MacDonald’s series of books featuring Travis McGee, and his upbringing in Bradenton Beach. He will be dearly missed and remembered with each night’s flash of green at sunsets on Anna Maria Island,” said Islander publisher Bonner Joy.

“He was raised on the waters of Sarasota Bay and he liked to often write from his perspective as a ‘little Roat.’ One such story recalled harvesting sand dollars and selling them to tourist shops for 3 cents each.”

Mr. Roat was molded into a savior for the environment and a great reader and thinker.

The Islander is planning a memorial for the Tingley Library in Bradenton Beach, where Mr. Roat served many years as a board member, a journalism scholarship and a mystery book sale to benefit the library.

Memorial donations may be made at The Islander, 5604B Marina Drive, Holmes Beach FL 34217.

No services are planned.

Mr. Roat is survived by his aunt Margaret Roat of Ludington, Mich., several cousins in Michigan and Colorado, and his “almost children,” Kendra Presswood of Holmes Beach, and Damon Presswood of Bradenton.

Sports – 02-19-2014

2 AMI flag football teams chase perfect seasons


NFL Flag Football continues to be the sport to follow at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, with games played nightly on the center field in age groups ranging from the youngest in the instructional division to adults in the over-age-30 division.

Two teams in the center’s youth leagues are halfway to  perfect regular season records. Beach Bistro Buccaneers  leads the 8-10 division with a 5-0 record, one win ahead of second-place West Coast Air & Heating Dolphins, which is 4-1. Tyler’s Ice Cream Vikings sits at 3-2, a half game ahead of fourth place Beach Bum Patriots with Manatee Diagnostic Ravens, Dojo Martial Arts Cowboys and LPAC Cardinals following in the standings.

LPAC Cardinals are the other team still in the hunt for a perfect season. They are 6-0, a half game ahead of Sandbar Colts, which is alone in second place with a 6-1 record. Beach to Bay Construction Buccaneers are 3-1, the only other team in the division with a winning record. Bark & Company Realty Ravens occupy fourth place with a 2-5 record, while Eat Here Redskins at 1-5 and 0-5 Will C. Photos Falcons complete the standings.

The standings are tight in the 14-17 division with the 6-1 Mr. Bones Bengals on top, closely followed by Galati Yacht Sales Buccaneers, boasting a 5-2 record. The Feast Broncos, West Coast Surf Shop Jaguars and Integrity Sound Lions are tied for third place with matching 4-3 records. Swordfish Grill Browns at 3-4, Sun Bears at 2-5 and the winless Waterfront Restaurant Cowboys complete the 14-17 standings.

The overall game of the week has to be the unbeaten LPAC Cardinals’ 35-27 victory Feb. 10 over fourth place Bark & Company Realty Ravens.

Quarterback Joey Stewart was cooly efficient in the victory for the Cardinals, completing 13 of 20 passes, including three that went for touchdowns. Tyler Pearson also had a big day, catching one touchdown pass and running for two more, and adding an extra point for good measure. Joey Altashaw added three catches, including one for a touchdown and a pair of extra points, while Zach Fernandez had a pair of catches, a touchdown and an extra point in the victory.

Hagen Powers paced the Cardinal defense with five flag pulls, while Andrew Proctor added an interception and Fernandez chipped in with a safety.

Bathie Thiam played well for Bark & Company Ravens, completing 18 of 22 passes, including four that went for touchdowns. Leo Tilelli was his favorite target with five catches and two touchdowns, while John Smith added four catches, two for touchdowns. Dalton Guthrie, Alex Rodriguez and Thiam each added extra points on offense for the Ravens.

In other 11-13 division action Feb. 10, Sandbar Colts thrashed Eat Here Redskins 48-22.

In 8-10 division action last week, West Coast Air & Heat Dolphins swam past Dojo Cowboys by a 24-6 score, while Manatee Diagnostic Ravens dropped a 6-0 heartbreaker to Beach Bum Patriots during Feb. 15 flag football action.

LPAC Cardinals completed the 8-10 division games Feb. 10 with an 18-13 victory over Manatee Diagnostic Ravens.

West Coast Surf Shop Jaguars got the 14-17 division games started Feb. 15 with a 37-20 victory over Swordfish Grill Browns, while Mr. Bones Bengals closed the 14-17 division games last week with a 27-7 victory over Sun Bears.


Horseshoe news

Four teams emerged from pool play and were left to battle for the day’s championship during Feb. 15 action at the Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe pits.

Bruce Copeland and Bob Palmer edged Dom Livedoti and Bruce Munro 23-19 in the first semifinal match, while Bob Mason and Leo Hutton easily dispatched Sam Samuels and Hank Huyghe by a 22-8 score in the second semifinal game.

It was all Mason-Hutton in the final, as they destroyed Copeland-Palmer 21-5 to earn the day’s bragging rights.

Three teams advanced to the knockout round during Feb. 12 horseshoe action. Gene Bobeldyk and John Crawford drew the bye into the finals and watched as Paul Sheatler and Bruce Munro advanced with an easy 21-5 victory over Rod Bussey and Norm Good. Sheatler-Munro stayed hot, defeating Bobeldyk and Crawford 24-11 in the championship match.

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

There is no charge to play and everyone is welcome.


Key Royale golf news

Mike Lovell, Marvin Gagmini and Bob Lang all posted Stableford plus-4 scores Feb. 10 to finish in a three-way tie for first during a nine-hole, modified Stableford golf match. The team of Bill Koche, Jerry Landkammer, Lovell and Jack Isherwood finished with a combined score of plus 5 to take first place in the team competition.

The men played a nine-hole scramble Feb. 13 and the team of Tim Friesen, John Estok and Jon Holcomb combined on a 6-under-par 26 to grab clubhouse bragging rights for the day.


AMICC NFL Flag Football schedule

5-7 division

Feb. 28   6 p.m.    Beaches RE vs. Miller Electric

March 3  6 p.m.    A&E vs. Beaches RE


8-10 Division

Feb. 19   6 p.m.    Bistro  vs. Dolphins

Feb. 21   6 p.m.    Cowboys vs. Tyler’s Ice Cream

Feb. 21   7 p.m.    Bistro vs. Beach Bums

Feb. 22   9 a.m.     LPAC vs. Tyler’s Ice Cream

Feb. 22   10 a.m.   Manatee Diagnostic vs. Cowboys

Feb. 24   6 p.m.    Bistro vs. Manatee Diagnostic


11-13 Division

Feb. 21   8 p.m.    Beach to Bay vs. Will C. Photos

Feb. 22   11 a.m.   Beach to Bay vs. Ravens

Feb. 22   12 p.m.  Sandbar vs. LPAC

Feb. 22   1 p.m.    Will C. Photos vs. Eat Here

Feb. 24   7 p.m.    Sandbar  vs. Will C. Photos

Feb. 24   8 p.m.    Eat Here vs. LPAC


14-17 Division

Feb. 20   6 p.m.    Bengals vs. Integrity Sound


18 & Over Division

Feb. 19   7 p.m.    Waterfront vs. Slim’s Place

Feb. 19   8 p.m.    Beach to Bay vs. Agnelli Pool

Feb. 19   9 p.m.    Duffy’s vs. Beach Bistro


30 & Over Division

Feb. 20   7 p.m.    Island Gourmet vs. Jessie’s

Feb. 20   8 p.m.    Ross Built vs. Agnelli Pool

Feb. 20   9 p.m.    IRE vs. Tyler’s


Adult Volleyball

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

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

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

Island police blotter – 02-19-2014

Anna Maria

        • Feb. 6, 300 block of Iris Street, information. A complainant said a caretaker was hired for client’s residence. The client terminated the caretaker and the employer was attempting to get back $1,492 already paid for services that are no longer needed. Phone calls and emails were unsuccessful in getting a response from the employee.

• Feb. 3, 800 block North Shore Drive, fraudulent use of a debit card. A complainant reported that someone obtained his debit card information and used it on multiple occasions to withdraw $2,260.

Anna Maria is policed by the MCSO.

Bradenton Beach

        • No new reports.

        Bradenton Beach is policed by the BBPD.


• Feb. 7, 10300 block of Cortez Road West, burglary. A complainant observed a section of fence was cut at a boatyard. Investigating further, a boat motor was missing on a vessel close to where the fence had been cut.

• Feb. 8, 4500 block of 124th Street West, burglary. An unknown person gained entry into a home and stole several unlisted items.

        Cortez is policed by the MCSO

Holmes Beach

• Reports not posted.

        Holmes Beach is policed by the HBPD.

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

The Islander Classifieds: Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014


WESTINGHOUSE 17-INCH LCD, flat TV, remote, $60, TV, 22-inch flat, remote, $100, 2-5-inch speakers, $70. cas575too@gmail.com, text, 314-520-2252.

PRINTER: BRAND NEW in box, Canon PIxma iP 3600 all-in-one, $69. Lee, 941-383-5372.

COMPUTER: 3.2GHz HT DELL, refurbished, $75. 941-756-6728.

PET CARRIER. IDEAL for cat or small dog, $25 Little Giant ladder, $100. Call 813 240-6529.


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)


MAH JONGG PLAYERS needed on Anna Maria Island. Call 443-783-6171.

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.


MULTI-FAMILY ESTATE sale: 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Feb. 21-22. Resided overseas 1966-1976, Afghanistan, Pakistan copper casseroles, punch bowl, Greek and Morroccan embroidered dress lengths, purses, India silk, west African items, ethnic jewelry, Avante Garde magazines No. 1-13, pictures, books, clothing, plants, upholstered rocker, household. 403 72nd St., Holmes Beach.

ESTATE SALE: 8:45 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22. 308 Gulf Drive S., Bradenton Beach. Beachfront four-cottages, lots of public parking. Eight sets of beds, four sofas, four dinette sets, teak tables, chairs and buffets, lamps, chairs, coffee and end tables, rugs, mirrors, pictures, lots of linens, four sets of kitchen items, TVs and beach decorative accessories. Sale by Julie McClure. Pix: www.estatesales.net.


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.

ANNUAL FLEA MARKET: 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22. Appliances, large and small, furniture, clothing, sporting equipment, jewelry, linens, books, bikes, plants, shells, an organ, pressure washer. Larger than last year. Lunch available. Information, 941-792-3475. Palma Sola Harbour condos, 9400 Cortez Road W., Bradenton.

ANNUAL STREET SALE: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 22-23. Household, furniture, tools, elephant tables. Food available in clubhouse. Pines Trailer Park located at the end of Bridge Street in Bradenton Beach.

CORTEZ PARK ANNUAL Yard Sale: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Feb. 21 and 22. 12507 Cortez Road W., next to Cortez Bridge, Bradenton. Open house from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

MOVING SALE:  9 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday and Saturday Feb. 21-22. Great household items, furniture, clothing, kitchen items, cool stuff! 224 Chilson Ave., Anna Maria.


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.

LOST DOG: FEMALE Yorkie. Limited vision and hearing. Heartbroken. Reward. Please, call 941 920-4934 or 941-778-2907.

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


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.

TWO 2012 YAMAHA VX Cruiser Jet skis. Low hours. $7,400 each. Also, extra large floating dock, accommodates two Jet skis. Located on Palma Sola Bay. 732-742-8182.


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.

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.


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.


CNA SERVICES: DRIVE to appointments, meals prepared, everyday chores. Part or full time. Excellent references, experienced. 941-807-9475, 941-718-5980.


RETIRED LONGBOAT KEY police officer, drive your car north and south. 941-713-1596.

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.


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.


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.


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.

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.

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.

PEBBLE SPRINGS 3BR/2BA first floor condo, Manatee Avenue and 59th Street, Bradenton. Annual rental, unfurnished, updated, neutral colors. Covered parking, pool outside back porch, tennis courts, clubhouse, 10 minutes to beach. $1,200/month plus $500 deposit, application required. Available April 1. Pictures: www.macalusoproperty.com. 813-368-7383.

ANNA MARIA ANNUAL rental wanted. 203-361-8088.

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.

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.


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.

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.

BRADENTON BEACH MOBILE home: 2BR/1BA fully furnished, turnkey. Large rooms, central heat and air conditioning, washer and dryer, laminate flooring, attached carport, boat dock available. Near Bridge Street. 55-plus. $105,000. Call 317-289-6529.

PRE-LISTING HOME sale. Two weeks until MLS, save $10,000. Coveted west Bradenton neighborhood near the beaches. No deed restrictions, 3BR/2BA two-car garage, well loved and updated. Qualified previewers only. Email for pictures. $240,000. Suzanneshomes@yahoo.com. Appointments only. Coastal Properties Realty, 941-794-1515. Suzanne Wilson, Broker.

PRIME LOCATION WEST of Gulf Drive, quiet street, steps to beach, 64×80-foot lot at 112 79th Street, Holmes Beach, Build your dream home, existing house being demolished, $659,000. 941-778-6364.

HOLMES BEACH 2BR/2BA condo: Two balconies overlooking pool and Gulf. Rentals booked. Owner, 941-778-9378.

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).