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Fishing – 02-26-2014

With good weather, February fish rallies continue


Fishing around Anna Maria Island remains constant as long as the weather follows suit. Calm days and clear water are prime opportunities to get out and target nearshore and inshore species.

Pompano are readily available and are being caught on a variety of live baits and artificials, or a combination. Small pompano jigs are producing good numbers of fish, especially when tipped with a piece of fresh-cut shrimp. For those using live bait, shrimp and sand fleas are the ticket. While targeting pompano, expect to catch mackerel, ladyfish and bluefish. Remember, if using jigs, carry an ample amount — the macks, ladies and blues will cut your line more than once when they start to rally.

On nearshore structure, sheepshead, snapper and Key West grunts are lining up for your menu. Sheepshead up to 6 pounds are being caught on live shrimp. As for the snapper and grunts, fish 10-14 inches are the norm.

Finally, bonnethead sharks are infesting the waters at the mouth of the Manatee River, especially around the bulkhead and Emerson Point. Although these aren’t the biggest sharks in the world, they do provide a good fight on light tackle. For bait, a fresh-cut piece of shrimp will get the job done. Don’t forget to handle these little sharks delicately and, after removing the hook, release them back to the water as quickly as possible.

Jim Malfese at the Rod & Reel Pier says sheepshead are still taking up residence around the pilings of the pier, chewing barnacles at their leisure.  Pier fishers with hopes of putting a few of these tasty striped fish on a stringer are using a variety of baits to achieve their goal. Live shrimp are readily available, and most frequently used bait.

Early in the season, like now, live shrimp are a great choice. As the season goes on, professional sheepherders will start getting strategic with their choice of bait. Whether or not the sheepies get used to the shrimp and stop eating them, I don’t know. But, switching to fiddler crabs, sand fleas or tubeworms will keep the bite going after the shrimp lose appeal.

Flounder are next on the menu for pier fishers at the R&R. These flat fish are readily responding to a live shrimp dropped on the bottom. Most catches are occurring while targeting sheepies with shrimp, since the technique is the same. Expect to catch flounder in the 12- to14-inch range.

Finally, a new addition to the list is the arrival of Spanish mackerel. Speck rigs in either white or bubble gum colors are attracting feisty macks to bite. Mackerel 12-15 inches are the norm, although, rogue fish exceeding 22 inches are not uncommon. As warmer weather approaches and bait schools being to gather, you can only expect this bite to get better and better.

Capt. Warren Girle is fishing offshore with good results on a variety of fish, including some elusive and rare species for this area.

The elusive species, hogfish, are coming to the hook on live shrimp combined with a light fluorocarbon leader, a small circle hook and a split shot. Hogs up to 7 pounds are the norm for Girle this past week.

The rare species, schoolmaster snapper, is being caught on the same rig of either shrimp or fresh-cut scaled sardines. Girle has only caught a handful of thee schoolmaster snapper in his 40 years of fishing Florida’s Gulf coast, and this bite is considered a real treat.

Other catches offshore include limits of mangrove snapper, as well as plenty of Key West grunts. Both of these species are being caught on fresh-cut scaled sardines. Mangrove snapper 12-15 inches are making up the majority of the catch, although fish up to 18 inches are attainable.

Red and gag grouper are readily taking baits. Gag grouper in the 15-pound class are being reeled up, only to be released back to the depths. As for the red grouper, fish reaching the minimum size of 20 inches are sporadic with most catches occurring in the 16- to 18-inch range.

On windy days, Girle is moving inshore to target pompano. Small jigs tipped with shrimp are enticing these high-speed fish to bite. Along with pompano, expect to catch mackerel, bluefish, ladyfish and some keeper-size spotted sea trout.

Capt. Aaron Lowman at Island Discount Tackle is getting good results on small jigs tipped with shrimp. Colors such as bubblegum or chartreuse are producing catches of pompano, mackerel, bluefish and ladyfish. All four of these species are worthy adversaries on light tackle and the pompano is delectable on the plate, too.

Once his clients’ limits of pompano are in the cooler, Lowman is moving onto nearshore structure in search of sheepshead, snapper and grunts, all readily taking fresh-cut shrimp. Sheepshead up to 4 pounds are attainable, with most being 1-2 pounds. For the snapper and grunts, expect to reel up fish 12-14 inches.

Finally, Lowman is locating large black drum around small rock piles in Tampa Bay. Most are in the 7- to 10-pound range, although fish exceeding 30 pounds are coming to the boat. Select live shrimp are producing the bite.

Capt. Rick Gross of Fishy Business Charters is fishing deeper grass flats with good tidal flow in search of pompano. By using small jigs tipped with shrimp, Gross is locating schooling pomps, which is providing great light-tackle action for his clients. Mixed in with the pompano are ladyfish, mackerel and bluefish. Although these fish may not be considered the best tablefare, they at least provide rod-bending action.

After rallying on pompano, Gross is moving to the nearshore reefs to target sheepshead and mangrove snapper, both readily taking fresh-cut shrimp. For the sheepies, fish 2-3 pounds are a good catch. For the mangoes, expect fish in the 12- to 14-inch range. While targeting these two species, you also have the opportunity to hook into hogfish, Key West grunts and triggerfish.

            Send fishing reports to fish@islander.org.

Island police blotter – 02-26-2014

Anna Maria

    • Feb. 11, 500 block of South Drive, information. A complainant reported that her employer contacted her to inform her that someone was attempting to gain access to her tax information by using her Social Security number. The attempt was unsuccessful.

Anna Maria is policed by the MCSO.

Bradenton Beach

    • No new reports.

    Bradenton Beach is policed by the BBPD.


• Jan. 1, 4200 block of 126th Street West, fraud. A man discovered someone had opened an online account using his Social Security number. The man told law enforcement he does not know of anyone with access to his personal information.

• Feb. 15, 4500 block of 119th Street West, information. A member of an island charitable organization attending the Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival reported that a previous member of the organization was violating an injunction order by donning garb associated with the nonprofit. Law enforcement contacted the man, who was not causing a disturbance. The complainant was unable to produce the court documents to prove her claim, but wanted the incident documented.

• Feb. 17, 4500 block of 124th Street West, grand theft. A complainant reported that someone entered his residence and stole a kitchen table.

    Cortez is policed by the MCSO

Holmes Beach

• Feb. 14, 6300 block of Gulf Drive, domestic battery. A couple was arguing in their vehicle and it turned physical when the woman began to hit the man, causing his mouth to bleed. According to the report, the woman kicked the man out of the vehicle and left the area. Police stopped her in the 100 block of 66th Street. The 49-year-old Gulfport woman was arrested for misdemeanor domestic battery.

• Feb. 15, 300 block of Clark Drive, obstruction. Law enforcement received information that a 25-year-old Fort Lauderdale woman was at the listed residence and was wanted on an outstanding arrest warrant. Police knocked on the residence and were met by a 33-year-old Holmes Beach woman, who denied the wanted female was at the residence. Police officers placed the property under observation. About 30 minutes later, the younger female exited the residence. She was arrested on the warrant and the Holmes Beach woman was arrested for misdemeanor obstruction.

• Jan. 27, 3000 block of Gulf Drive, burglary. A complainant reported that someone entered his residence through an unlocked window and stole $20 in quarters.

• Jan. 30, 100 block of 30th Street, beach access, theft. An employee of a dredging company reported $800 missing from her backpack, which had been left outside of a mobile work trailer.

• Jan. 31, 3900 E. Bay Drive, Publix, trespass. Police made contact with a man, who had been trespassed from the store Jan. 4. Upon confirming the prior trespass warning, the man was arrested.

    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.

Obituaries – 02-26-2013

Delane Y. ‘Dee’ Ellerobit-eller

Delane Y. “Dee” Eller, 72, of Bradenton, died Feb. 12. She was born June 29, 1941, in Defiance, Ohio.

She retired after 37 years at the city of Bradenton as director of labor relations.

She was married 25 years to the late John W. Eller. She handcrafted stained glass artwork and enjoyed golf. She was a member of the Bradenton Country Club, the VFW and Elks clubs of Bradenton and the Moose Lodge of Anna Maria Island.

A memorial service will be held 2-4 p.m. Friday, March 7, at Aces Lounge, 4343 Palma Sola Blvd., Bradenton. Arrangements were by Brown and Sons Funeral Homes.

Mrs. Eller is survived by sister G. Ellajean Nichols of Jackson, Mich.; nephew Brandon Snyder of Sefner; step-son William Eller of Bradenton; and step-daughters Bonner Joy of Holmes Beach, and Sally Smith of Ocala.


Joanne Taylor

Joanne Taylor, 77, of Zolfo Springs and formerly of Holmes Beach, died Feb. 14. She was born in 1936 in Seville, Ohio.

Mrs. Taylor and husband Charles moved to Holmes Beach in 1965 and owned Island Rental Service for 21 years. Once retired, they traveled throughout the United States until his death in 1998.

She moved to Zolfo Springs and met Thomas Muir, and for 15 years they enjoyed traveling in the U.S., Caribbean and more than 22 countries.

Mrs. Taylor loved to read, quilt and create handiwork for her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

There will be no service. Memorial donations may be made to Tidewell Hospice & Palliative Care, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota FL 34238.

Joanne is survived by her significant other, Thomas Muir; daughters Tina Wood and Linda; grandchildren Danielle McRoberts, Christopher Wood and Charlie Gianiotes; great-grandchildren Aaden and Annabelle, all of Bradenton; and her brothers Gale Norton, and Clair Norton Jr.

Real Estate – 02-26-2014

101 78th St., Holmes Beach, a 2,384 sfla /4,366 sfur 4bed/2bath Gulffront home built in 1946 on a 80×118 lot was sold 02/03/14, Waters to Resmondo for $1,900,000.

110 Cedar Ave., Anna Maria, a 2,574 sfla / 4,045 sfur 4bed/3½bath/2car pool home built in 2009 on a 50×110 lot was sold 02/07/14, Cedar Avenue AMI LLC to Jacobs for $1,060,000; list $1,150,000.

637 Key Royale Drive, Holmes Beach, a 2,422 sfla / 3,527 sfur 4bed/3bath/2car bayfront pool home built in 1968 on a 100×151 lot was sold 01/31/14, Rowse to Kerchner for $907,930; list $974,900.

2300 Ave. B, Bradenton Beach, a 2,832 sfla / 4,756 sfur 4bed/4bath duplex with pool built in 2003 on a 50×100 was sold 02/03/14, Arling to Bartone for $617,500.

204 75th St., Holmes Beach, a 1,777 sfla / 2,472 sfur 2bed/2bath home built in 1953 on a 90×78 lot was sold 02/03/14, Chiles to Hasler for $567,500; list $599,000.

6200 Flotilla Drive, Unit 303, Westbay Point and Moorings, Holmes Beach, a 1,114 sfla / 1,426 sfur 2bed/2bath condo with shared pool built in 1979 was sold 02/06/14, Toth to Cook for $402,500; list $439,000.

252 17th St. N., Unit 26, Bradenton Beach Club, Bradenton Beach, a 1,268 sfla / 1,396 sfur 2bed/2bath condo with shared pool built in 2004 was sold 02/03/14, BBC26 LLC to Flick for $385,000.

406 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria, a 1,146 sfla / 1,321 sfur 2bed/1bath home built in 1920 on a 60×125 lot was sold 02/06/14, Daniel to Anna Maria Coastal Homes LLC for $330,000.

1801 Gulf Drive N., Unit 275, Runaway Bay, Bradenton Beach, a 1,080 sfla / 1,140 sfur 2bed/2bath condo with shared pool built in 1978 was sold 02/04/14, Reetz to Blackwell for $240,000.

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

Sports – 02-26-2014

Center flag football winds down, horseshoe tourney plans


With only a couple of weeks left in the NFL Flag Football League at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, two remaining unbeaten youth teams lost their first games.

Unbeaten 8-10 division leader Beach Bistro Bucs lost two games, a 40-7 rout to West Coast Air Conditioning & Heating Dolphins Feb. 19 and a 24-13 loss to Beach Bum Patriots Feb. 21.

The victory by the Dolphins puts the team in first place with four games left to play in the regular season. Beach Bistro Bucs are second, followed by Tyler’s Ice Cream Vikings and Beach Bum Patriots. Manatee Diagnostic Ravens, Dojo Martial Arts Cowboys and LPAC Cardinals round out the 8-10 division standings.

LPAC Cardinals were edged by 11-13 division rival Sandbar Colts 20-13 in a close game Feb. 22. The victory by the Colts puts them a half game ahead of the Cardinals. Beach to Bay Buccaneers are alone in third with a 4-2 record, while Bark & Company Realty Ravens, Eat Here Redskins and Will C. Photos Falcons follow.

The 14-17 division standings remain pretty tight with Mr. Bones Bengals on top with a 7-1 record, closely followed by the 6-2 Galati Yacht Sales Buccaneers. The Feast Falcons and West Coast Surf Shop Jaguars are tied for third at 5-3. Integrity Sound Lions, Swordfish Grill Browns, The Sun Bears and Waterfront Restaurant Cowboys round out the 14-17 division standings.

The 8-10 division game of the week Feb. 22 saw Manatee Diagnostic Ravens take an 18-0 lead into the half, only to watch as Dojo Martial Arts Cowboys stormed back into the game with 13 second-half points.

The Cowboys Will Batey completed a 14-yard pass to Anthony Monetti to give them the ball near midfield with about a minute to play, but the Ravens’ Jacob Klusacek knocked down a pass and an offensive pass interference penalty gave the ball back to the Ravens, who ran out the clock for the victory.

Ben Brashear, Klusacek and Josh Calhoun scored touchdowns for the Ravens, while Charlie Faul led the defense with six flag pulls.

Anthony Nguyen and Monetti scored touchdowns with Monetti netting an extra point to lead the Cowboys, while Brandon Yost paced the defense with four flag pulls and an interception in the loss.

The 11-13 division game of the week Feb. 22 saw Bark & Company Realty Ravens roll to a 31-12 victory over the Beach to Bay Construction Buccaneers.

The Ravens jumped on the Bucs early, scoring on a 45-yard touchdown pass from Bathie Thiam to John Smith that was set up by a double reverse. The Ravens piled on from there, extending their lead to 25-0 at halftime.

Leo Tilelli had a big game for the Ravens, catching five passes including three for touchdowns while Thiam added three catches with two going for touchdowns while also throwing for two touchdowns. Smith added three touchdown passes to go along with his touchdown reception while Alex Rodriguez chipped in with a touchdown pass and an extra-point reception in the victory.

Tilelli added a pair of interceptions and three flag pulls to pace the Ravens defense.

Morgan Horesh and Roman Langley scored the touchdowns for the Buccaneers on offense and Horesh had four flag pulls to lead the Buccaneers defense.


Adult flag football action

The action continued at the Anna Maria Island Community Center for the NFL flag football division for players 18 and over Feb. 19 and for the 30 and over players Feb. 20.

The 18-plus league standings are tight at the top with Slim’s Place Bears and Beach to Bay Construction Dolphins tied for first place at 5-1 and Agnelli Pool & Spa Giants close behind at 4-2. Duffy’s Tavern Eagles are alone in third at 3-3, while Beach Bistro Buccaneers and Waterfront Restaurant Panthers occupy fifth and sixth place.

The game of the week saw Slim’s Place Bears edge Beach Bistro Buccaneers 19-12 behind a strong game from receiver Eric Gledhill. He caught five passes for 82 yards and a pair of touchdowns, while fellow receiver Ray Gardner added five catches for 48 yards and one touchdown. Quarterback Chuck Buky completed eight passes for 148 yards and three touchdown passes to round out the Bears offense.

The Buccaneers were led by Zach Schield, who completed 17 of 23 passes for 134 yards and one touchdown, while also rushing for 50 yards and a touchdown. Caleb Roberts had four catches for 42 yards and one touchdown, while Joe Ciasullo added four catches for 50 yards in the loss. Matt Kretzman had 42 receiving yards and paced the defense with four flag pulls and an interception.

The 30-plus league boasts the only unbeaten team in flag football in Island Gourmet Bills. The Bills are 7-0, two games ahead of the 5-2 Agnelli Pool & Spa Giants and three games in front of Ross Built Panthers, which sits at 4-3. Jessie’s Island Store Buccaneers and Island Real Estate Raiders are tied at 2-5, while Tyler’s Ice Cream Vikings are bringing up the rear at 1-6.

The 30 and over game of the week saw Island Gourmet Bills run its record to 7-0 with a 43-25 victory over Jessie’s Island Store Buccaneers behind 289 passing yards from quarterback Chuck Buky. Buky, who threw six touchdown passes, connected with Jim Ptak five times for 98 yards and three touchdowns. But his favorite target was AJ Brown, who finished with nine catches for 103 yards. Andrew Brown caught six passes for 46 yards and  two touchdowns. Will Schenerlein completed the scoring fest with one touchdown reception.

Wayne Wyckoff completed six passes for 186 yards and three touchdown passes to lead the Buccaneers, which also received four catches for 131 yards and two touchdown receptions from Shawn Kaleta. Kaleta also ran for 58 yards and a touchdown, while Mike Brusso added two catches for 55 yards and one touchdown in the loss.


Horseshoe news

Two teams emerged from pool play during Feb. 22 horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe pits and were left to battle for the day’s bragging rights.

Leo Hutton and Kim Kleiner rolled to a 24-13 victory over Bill Wright and Don Buckholtz in the finals.

Four teams advanced to the playoffs during Feb. 19 horseshoe action. Gene Bobeldyk and Keith Erickson steamrolled Bob Mason and John Johnston by a 24-10 score in the first semifinal game, while Leo Hutton and Adin Shank defeated Jay Disbrow and Dom Livedoti 23-14 in the other semi.

Huttona-Shank earned a trip to the winner’s circle with a 21-14 victory over Bobeldyk-Erickson in the final.

In other horseshoe news, the Anna Maria horseshoe group is hosting its inaugural Ron Pepka “The King” Memorial Horseshoe Tournament at 9 a.m., Saturday, March 8 at the Anna Maria horseshoe pits.

Everyone is welcome to play. Registration and pairing will take place at 8:30 a.m.

For more information, contact Sam Samuels at hsam61@aol.com.

Regular play gets underway at 9 a.m. every Wednesday and Saturday in Anna Maria. Warmups begin at 8:45 a.m. followed by random team selection.

There is no charge to play and everyone is welcome.


Key Royale golf news

The men took the links Feb. 17 for a nine-hole, modified-Stableford System or quota-points match. Earl Ritchie carded a plus 5 to win the individual score of the day, while also helping teammates Larry Solberg, Ken Rickett and Tom Brumberg to the team title.

Gary Silke and Charlie Porter tied for second with matching plus-4 scores.

The women played a nine-hole, individual-low-net golf match Feb. 18. Heather Blane took first place in Flight A with a 3-under-par 29, one shot ahead of Pam Lowry and Mary Lou Dreier, who finished in a tie for second place.

Sally Martin had the low-net round of the day with a 6-under-par 26 that gave her first place in Flight B. Kris Landkammer was one shot back in second place, while Barb Estok took third with a 2-under par 30.

Barb Harrold took first place in Flight C with a 3-under-par 29, while Maryanne Kaemmerlen was alone in second place at 32.

Donna Karycki carded a 34 to grab first place in Flight D, two shots ahead of second-place finisher Ann Hitchen.

The men played a nine-hole team scramble Feb. 20. The team of Larry Pippel, Harry Bohannon, Hoyt Miller and Ron Buck matched the 1-under-par 32 carded by the team of Tim Friesen, Rich Papini, Terry Schaefer and Tom McDonnell to finish in a tie for first place.


AMICC NFL Flag Football schedule

5-7 Division

Feb. 28                  6 p.m.        Beaches Real Estate vs. Miller Electric

March 3                 6 p.m.        Air & Energy  vs. Beaches Real Estate


8-10 Division

Feb. 28                  6 p.m.        Dojo Martial Arts vs. LPAC

Feb. 28                  7 p.m.        Manatee Diagnostic vs. WCAC

March 1                 9 a.m.        Beach Bums vs. Tyler’s Ice Cream

March 3                 6 p.m.        Tyler’s Ice Cream  vs. West Coast Air

March 3                 7 p.m.        LPAC vs. Beach Bistro


11-13 Division

Feb. 28                  8 p.m.        Sandbar vs. Beach to Bay

March 1                 10 a.m.      Will C. Photos vs. Bark & Company

March 3                 8 p.m.        LPAC vs. Beach to Bay


14-17 Division

Feb. 27                  6 p.m.        Galati Yacht vs. Integrity Sound

March 1                 11 a.m.      Waterfront vs. Mr. Bones

March 1                 Noon.        Sun vs. Swordfish Grill

March 1                 1 p.m.        West Coast Surf vs. The Feast


18 & Over Division

Feb. 26                  7 p.m.        Waterfront vs. Slim’s Place

Feb. 26                  8 p.m.        Beach to Bay Const. vs. Agnelli Pool

Feb. 26                  9 p.m.        Duffy’s vs. Beach Bistro


30 & Over Division

Feb. 27                  7 p.m.        Island Gourmet vs. Ross Built

Feb. 27                  8 p.m.        Tyler’s vs. Jessie’s

Feb. 27                  9 p.m.        IRE vs. Agnelli Pool


Adult Volleyball

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

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

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

The Islander Classifieds: Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014


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

RAW DRIFTWOOD FOR sale. Great decoration or landscape. Various arrangements, lamps, centerpieces, sailboats, etc. 207-745-5116.


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.

I WOULD LIKE to take this opportunity to thank the doctors and nurses at Island Animal Clinic. I was a very sick little girl, now, am back to normal. Thanks for the treats in the office, too! From Zoe, brown-and-white Jack Russell Terrier.

FASHION SHOW AND luncheon: 11 a.m. Saturday, March 15. Come and join the fun. Tickets, $15.  American Legion Kirby Stewart Post 24, 2000 75th St., Bradenton.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


ROSER THRIFT SHOP:  Open 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesday ,Thursday, 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.

MOVING SALE: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, March 1-2. Two flat screen TVs, king size bed, etc. 214 66th St., Holmes Beach. 941-357-0222.

WHITE ELEPHANT FAMILY clothing sale: Pre-sale 4-6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28, $5 donation, complimentary sundaes. 9 a.m.-1 p.m.  Saturday, March 1. Featuring home baked goods, the church’s famous pickles, linens and bedding, jewelry, sporting equipment, plants, something for everyone. Enjoy homemade soups and croissants for lunch at the Episcopal Church of the Annunciation. 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.

ANNUAL FLEA MARKET: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, March 1. Baked goods, clothing, jewelry, linens, tools, books, white elephants, furniture. Mt. Vernon clubhouse, 4701 Independence Drive, south off Cortez Road, Bradenton.


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

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.

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.

TORTILLA BAY IS hiring motivated team players for all kitchen positions and cashiers. Experience required. 5318 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Please, come in for an application. 941-778-3663.


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. 941-807-9975, 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.

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.

PHOTOGRAPHER FOR WEDDINGS, beach, modeling, etc. 941-730-1745 or visit The Hive, 119 Bridge St., Bradenton Beach.  

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.

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.

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.

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

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 LONG-term rental wanted by senior. Call 203-361-8088.

WANT TO RENT for January, February, March 2015: Quiet, tidy older couple need updated first-floor 2BR/2BA with lanai or outdoor area. Perico Bay Club, Holmes Beach or Anna Maria. 610-442-9390.

ANNA MARIA ISLAND condo: 2BR/1BA available April 19. Completely furnished, reasonable, weekly or monthly. 352-430-3739.

ANNA MARIA LONG-term rental wanted by senior. Call 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.


IMMACULATE FURNISHED COACH home: Gated and maintenance-free, golf, resort-style living seasonal or  year-round. Close to beaches and exceptional shopping experiences. Rachel House, 941-705-8686, SRT International Realty.

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.

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.

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.

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).