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Fishing – 02-29-2012

Winter fishing tip: Find shelter, find the bite


Fishing inshore around Anna Maria Island remains consistently good, although with recent cold fronts and windy days, patience may be needed to find the bite.

On windy days, the best fishing has been occurring in calm waters. For example, to fish the leeward side of a mangrove island would be advantageous.

Trying to find areas where the water is clear, as opposed to muddy, is another good indication for good fishing.

Most inshore species like to inhabit areas of calm, clean water, so this what you also need to find angling success.

When it’s cold and windy, think about finding a comfortable fishing spot, because there’s a good chance the fish are looking to do the same.

Capt. Warren Girle is targeting nearshore structure, finding an assortment of reef species for his clients in water depths around 40 feet. Girle’s charters are getting great catch-and-release action on keeper-size gag and red grouper. And he’s finding mangrove snapper up to 16 inches using live shrimp fished on the bottom. To finish up a day at the artificial reef, Girle’s clients are catching great numbers of both flounder and Key West grunts. “As for the grunts,” says Girle, “there are as many as you want out there.”

Moving into the grass flats of upper Sarasota Bay, Girle is targeting spotted seatrout. Using a 1/4-ounce jig head with a MirrOlure Lil John attached, Girle’s charters are jigging up good numbers of fish in water depths of 3-5 feet. You can also use a live shrimp under a popping cork to get in on the action if you’re not familiar with jigging.

Last but not least, Girle is catching keeper-size redfish on the shallower flats of Sarasota Bay. Again, Girle is using a jig to target his prey. Fish up to 28 inches are being caught, although most are in the 22-inch range.

Capt. Mark Johnston of Just Reel fishing charters is working northern Sarasota Bay and the waters around Cortez, targeting redfish with live shrimp for bait.

Johnston takes a two-pronged approach to find the wintertime reds for his clients. First, he’s targeting docks that have deep, sheltered water in canals. These areas are productive, especially on cold, windy days. When fishing docks, Johnston uses 30-pound fluorocarbon leader, a size 1 hook and a split shot to get his shrimp to the bottom.

Johnston also is targeting redfish on the shallower grass flats of Sarasota Bay. He likes to find sandy potholes surrounded by shallows to find these reds. By free-lining a live shrimp into the potholes, Johnston’s clients are catching keeper-size fish along with a lot of smaller reds.

Other species Johnston is catching this past week include sheepshead and flounder. Again, Johnston is using live shrimp to get the bite. To find these fish, Johnston is working both rocky areas in Sarasota Bay and around docks. He likes to use the same rig as if dock fishing for reds.

Race Foster at the Sunshine Skyway Bridge South Fishing Pier is seeing good numbers of Spanish mackerel crashing on schools of baitfish around the pier. He says pier fishers using Gotcha plugs or small silver spoons are catching respectable-sized macks on early morning incoming tides.

For bait fishers, flounder and sheepshead are being caught on live shrimp around the pier pilings.

Remember, when fishing from the Skyway piers, a strong tide can make bottom fishing difficult. Try to target either the beginning or end of the tide during the full and new moon phases. This will make it easier to keep bait in place without a heavy sinker.

Lastly, pier fishers using small jigs are catching pompano and silver trout. You can fish these small white jigs straight up or you can tip them with a small piece of fresh-cut shrimp if the fish are being picky.

Steve Oldham at Island Discount Tackle said fishers were reporting on sheepshead mania at the tackle shop this past week. “The sheepshead bite is where it’s at,” says Oldham. “They’re feeding good on shrimp right now but, if that changes, you want to also try sand fleas and fiddler crabs.”

Oldham also recommends using a small hook, some fluorocarbon leader, and a split shot for a sheepshead rig. “Keep it simple,” he suggests.

On the flats of Anna Maria Sound, Oldham says he’s hearing of an abundance of spotted seatrout, although most are undersized. Trout fishers using soft plastics on a jig head are getting the bite. Oldham suggests finding a grass flat, then drift and cast to the sandy potholes to find the trout.

On a final note, Oldham is hearing rumors of pompano on the beaches of Anna Maria Island. “A pompano jig rigged with a pink stinger is a great way to target them,” says Oldham. “Just walk the beach in the morning and spend some time jigging. You might get a reward.”

Capt. Rick Gross of Fishy Business charters is working nearshore structure in search of a variety of reef species. Gross is targeting rock piles and ledges in water depths ranging 30-40 feet to find concentrations of fish.

The most abundant catch on Gross’ recent charters was sheepshead. Gross likes to use a live shrimp on a jig head to get the convict fish to bite. By slowly dropping a shrimp to the bottom, Gross’ charters are reeling up sheepies in the 5-pound range.

On the same rig and bait, Gross is also getting good action on Key West grunts and triggerfish. With no size or bag limit, Gross’ charters are catching sufficient numbers of grunts for a fish fry. There also are an abundance of triggerfish in the same areas as the grunts, although, according to Gross, reaching the 14-inch limit for keeper-size fish has been challenging.

Capt. Mark Howard of SumoTime Fishing Charters reports nice fish landed and brought to the cleaning table this past week.        The sheepshead are gathering in big schools preparing for the full moon spawn and feeding heavily on the moving tides. Howard likes to use fresh shrimp threaded on the small No.1 hook with enough weight to keep the bait on the bottom.

“Wait for the thump of the fish inhaling the bait or for the line to have pressure, and lift just a little bit to feel the fish on,” Howard says, “Set the hook with force and get him out of the structure.”

Don Goodwin and sons from New Hampshire fished last week with Howard and landed their share of sheepshead and speckled trout. They put 15 nice sheepshead in the box and ended up with two bags of fillets for a family fish fry.

Redfish are still around the deep-water docks and structure feeding on live shrimp. Howard says the key to catching these fish is to get the bait into the shadows of the dock. Howard reports landing mixed-size reds.

Looking forward, the winter season is at its peak and the transition to the spring pattern has begun. Howard suggests shiners may arrive in the next few weeks and the fishing opportunities will increase. “Many species will invade our waters and the fishing will only get more exciting and action packed,” Howard adds.

Send fishing reports to fish@islander.org.

Island police blotter – 02-29-2012

Anna Maria

• Feb. 18, 300 block of Poinsettia Road, disturbance. A Manatee County Sheriff’s Office deputy responded to a disturbance call and made contact with a male resident. According to the report, the man became upset when his friend left the Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival with another friend. The two men argued when they arrived home. One person left the residence to stay the night at a hotel. No action was taken.

• Feb. 21, 300 block of Magnolia, domestic, assist by Holmes Beach Police Department. A MCSO deputy contacted the HBPD to assist on a domestic disturbance call. Upon arriving at the residence, the two law enforcement officers heard arguing from within the home. They knocked on the door, at which time a male adult was contacted. The male reported he and his juvenile daughter were arguing because she was angry with him for taking away her computer. The daughter confirmed the verbal argument and no action was taken.

• Feb. 20, 100 block of Spring Lane, petit theft. A moving dolly was stolen from outside a home’s garage. The owner reported he had heard a car door slam and looked outside his window, at which time he saw his dolly in the back of a departing pickup truck. The victim jumped on his bicycle in an attempt to get a better description of the vehicle, but lost contact with the truck.

Anna Maria is policed by the MCSO.


Bradenton Beach

• Feb. 23, 100 block of Highland Avenue, domestic battery. Police responded to the Circle K where they made contact with a female complainant, who reported her boyfriend had hit and kicked her. Officers went to the residence where the alleged assault had occurred and made contact with the female’s boyfriend. The boyfriend reported nothing had happened other than his girlfriend had become angry, because he took away her alcoholic beverage. Police did not observe any physical injuries to the female, but reported her shirt had been torn. The man claimed his girlfriend often makes up stories when he denies her access to alcohol. He was arrested on misdemeanor charges of domestic violence.

Bradenton Beach is policed by the BBPD.



• Feb. 18, 127th St. W. burglary to a vehicle. A female victim reported a vehicle burglary. The rear passenger side window had been broken sometime between the hours of 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. The victim reported her purse stolen.

        Cortez is policed by the MCSO


Holmes Beach

• Feb. 21, 3100 block Ave. E, theft. Police responded to a woman reporting a stolen bicycle. The bike was described as an old, rusty men’s bike with a basket on the front and a golf ball at the end of the kickstand. The bike was valued at $20. The victim told police a young, tall, thin male, wearing a hoodie jacket, had been seen walking through the yard moments before the bike was stolen.

• Feb. 19, 6200 block of Flotilla Drive, disturbance. Police responded to a road-rage incident where a female reported a male driver of a black Ford truck had harassed her on the roadway leading onto the Island. The report indicated the male was being aggressive, tailgating and almost drove her off the road. The suspect followed the woman to her residence and confronted her, calling her stupid. Police contacted the woman’s passenger, who reported the road rage incident was mutual. Police advised the man he had handled the situation badly, and no further action was taken.

• Feb. 18, 100 block of 37th Street, burglary of vehicle. Police responded to a call from a couple who had parked near the beach access. The driver’s side window had been shattered. The female victim reported that a small pink-and-orange purse was stolen. The purse contained $100, identification and her children’s Social Security cards. Fingerprints were secured at the scene and entered into a national fingerprint database.

Holmes Beach is policed by the HBPD.

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

Sports – 02-29-2012

KRC lauds new champion, NFL heads to playoffs


Lex Halakan defeated Tim Friesen one-up in the 18-hole match-playfinal for all the marbles Feb. 22. Halakan made his mark, winning the Key Royal Club men’s championships.

The two players battled back and forth in the see-saw match that was all square after 17 holes, but Halakan won the 18th to grab first place.

The club couple’s championship started with 20 teams. The four-round event was played using the Pinehurst-handicap system, which is 60 percent of low and 40 percent of high handicap. The team of Bob Lang and wife Liz Lang captured the title with a score of 104. All four rounds were alternate shot, and the final round was a shotgun start Feb. 20. Sue Hookem and Merrit Fineout took second place with a 109, while Jerry and Kris Landkammer finished in third place at 114.

The men played an 18-hole, low-net-of-partners match Feb. 22. The team of Gino DiClemente and Vince Mercadante took first place with a 119 total. Ernie Hauser and Bob Landgren matched the 121 carded by Pete Weir and Art Hibbs to finish in a tie for second place.

The women of Key Royale Club played a nine-hole, individual-low-net golf match – Feb. 21. Maxine Mitchell grabbed first place in Flight A with a 6-under-par 26 that was three shots better than second-place finisher Lynn Dailey.

Liz Lang’s 4-under-par 28 was the top score in Flight B, one shot ahead of Joyce Brown in second place at 3-under-par 29.

Judy Ward carded a 4-under-par 28 to grab a one-shot victory in Flight C over Roxanne Koche.

Suzanne Liddle’s 8-under-par 24 was the low-net round of the day and gave her first place in Flight D. Luanne Collins was alone in second place at 7-under-par 25.

Maxine Mitchell birdied number six, while Penny Auch, Marty Clark, Terry Westby, Judy Christenson, Liz Lang, Judy Ward and Sally Martin all had chipins on the day.

The men played a nine-hole, individual-low-net match Feb. 20, and Gino DiClemente, Dennis Schavey and Bob Schuetz each carded 9-under-par 21s to tie for first place.


AMICC football looks to playoffs

The playoff seeds are just about set for the Anna Maria Island Community Center NFL Flag Football League. The Beach Bistro Vikings have all but wrapped up the top spot in the 8-9 division as it closes out regular season play with a game against last-place Pink & Navy Boutique Cowboys. There is, however, some jockeying for position between the Waterfront Restauran Raiders, Beach Bum Steelers, Southern Greens Jets and Gettel Toyota Texans.

The 10-12 division has LPAC Cardinals and Ross Built Broncos tied atop the 10-12 west division, while Mr. Bones BBQ Colts, which is firmly entrenched as the top seed, finally saw the end to a perfect season when Walter & Associates Bears battled the Colts to a 56-56 tie Feb. 22. Jacob Quinn completed 17 of 35 passes for 194 yards and four touchdown passes. Quinn also added a touchdown reception and a touchdown run for the Bears. Jean-Paul Russo passed for 47 yards and a touchdown, while also adding 58 receiving yards and three touchdowns and 46 rushing yards and a touchdown run.

Rory Houston again played a major role for the Colts, running for 125 yards and three touchdowns, while also passing for 187 yards and five touchdown passes. Malachi Goode caught two touchdown passes and finished with 62 receiving yards, while Ben Connors added 75 receiving yards, including two touchdowns and a pair of extra points.

The 13-16 division is still officially up for grabs, especially since Integrity Sound Redskins last week dropped two games. The Redskins will play Walter & Associates Bears, while Jessie’s Island Store Steelers take on Galati Yacht Sales Texans. A loss by the Redskins could result in a three-way tie for first place.

The Bears edged the Redskins 28-27 Feb. 24 to put themselves in good position to steal the No. 1 seed. Quarterback Seth Walter completed 23-of-30 passes for 253 yards and four touchdown passes. Two of his touchdown passes went to Max Miller, who caught eight passes for 115 yards and also added an extra point and a 2-point conversion. Jack Walter added 10 receptions for 91 yards and one touchdown, while Derek Polch finished with two catches for 25 yards and one touchdown. Polch led the Bears defense with five flag pulls, while Miller added three pulls.

The Redskins were led by Justin and Joey Carder. Justin Carder completed 14 of 17 passes for 202 yards and three touchdown passes, including two to brother Joey. Joey Carder completed 7 of 10 passes for 60 yards and one touchdown pass, while also adding 81 receiving yards. Joseph Andruzzi finished with nine catches for 93 yards, including a touchdown and a pair of extra points. Andrew Zink completed the Redskin scoring with one touchdown reception in the loss.

Ryan Gilman’s five flag pulls and four pulls by Alex Gilman lead the Redskins defense.

AMICC announces adult soccer tourney

Anna Maria Island Community Center announces a 4-vs- 4 adult soccer tournament that will take place at the community center on March 3 and 4.  Games will begin at 5:30 p.m. on March 3.   The tournament is open to adults ages 18 and up. Teams must be a mix of males and females. One female must be a player on the field at all times.  There is a maximum of six people per team. All players should bring a black shirt and a white shirt. We will be grilling hot dogs and selling them along with drinks. Registration is now open.  There is a limit of 24 teams. For more information, email Troy at troy@myamicc.com or call him at 778-1908 ext. 9205.


Horseshoe news

Some Anna Maria horseshoe regulars participated in the Gulf Coast Senior games at G.T. Bray Park Feb. 23, and they came away with a bevy of medals.

Jerry Disbrow in the 50-54 age group, Bruce Munro in the 60-64s and Sam Samuels in the 70-74 bracket captured gold medals. Bringing home silver medals were Jay Disbrow and Bob Mason, while Herb Puryear, Gene Bobeldyk, John Crawford and Bob Lee all won bronze medals in their age divisions.

Regular horseshoe action at the city hall pits Feb. 22 saw four teams emerge from pool play. Hank Huyghe and Gene Bobeldyk defeated Nick Younk and Paul Soveltz 21-10 in the first semifinal, while George McKay and Keith Ericson defeated Sam Samuels and Tim Sofran 21-13 in the other semifinal. McKay-Ericson then held on for a 21-16 win over Huyghe-Bobeldyk in the finals.

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

There is no charge to play and everyone is welcome.


AMICC NFL Flag Football scores

8-9 Division

Feb. 24, Beach Bum Steelers 21, Pink & Navy Boutique Cowboys 14

Gettel Toyota Texans 25, Southern Greens Jets 14

Feb. 25

Beach Bistro Vikings 12, Waterfront Raiders 6

10-12 Division

Feb. 25, Ross Built Broncos 51, Sandbar Falcons 0

Sand Dollar Steelers 46, Cedars Tennis Resorts Seahawks 13

13-16 Division

Feb. 25, First American Bank Ravens 18, Jessie’s Island Store Steelers 16

Galati Yacht Sales Texans 32, Integrity Sound Redskins 20

Walter & Associates Bears 31, Mar Vista Raiders 13

Feb. 24, Galati Yacht Sales Texans 27, Mar Vista Raiders 19


AMICC NFL Flag Football standings

8-9 Division     W          L           Tie

Vikings             7            2

Raiders              5            4

Steelers             5            4

Jets                    4            5

Texans              4            5

Cowboys          3            6


10-12 East Division

Colts                 8            0           1

Steelers             5            4

Bears                 4            4           1

Seahawks          1            8


10-12 West Division

Cardinals          7            2

Broncos            7            2

Falcons             3            6

Chargers           0            9


13-16 Division

Redskins           6            3

Steelers             5            4

Texans              5            4

Bears                 5            4

Ravens              5            5

Raiders              2            8


Adult AFC

Ravens              5            1

Packers             3            2

Raiders              3            2

Falcons             3            3

Vikings             3            3

Chargers           1            4

Bears                 0            5


Adult NFC

49ers                 6            0

Dolphins           4            1

Bills                  3            3

Texans              3            3

Broncos            3            3

Browns             2            4

Bengals             0            5


AMICC NFL Flag Football schedule

Ages 5-7

Date           Time          Teams

March 2     6 p.m.         Cardinals vs. Colts

March 2     7 p.m.         Broncos vs. Vikings


Ages 8-9

March 2     6 p.m.         Steelers vs. Texans

March 2     7 p.m.         Cowboys vs. Vikings

March 3     3 p.m.         #5 vs. #4

March 3     4 p.m.         #6 vs. #3


Ages 10-12

Feb. 29      6 p.m.         Steelers vs. Bears

March 3     9 a.m.         Chargers vs. Colts

March 3     10 a.m.       Seahawks vs. Cardinals

March 3     11 a.m.       Falcons vs. Broncos

March 3     12 p.m.      Steelers vs. Bears


Ages 13-16

March 2     8 p.m.         Ravens vs. Raiders

March 3     1 p.m.         Ravens vs.  Bears

March 3     2 p.m.         Raiders vs. Texans

March 6     8 p.m.         #5 or #4 vs. Redskins


Adult Coed

Feb. 29      7 p.m.         Packers vs. Chargers

Feb. 29      8 p.m.         Dolphins vs. Bengals

Feb. 29      9 p.m.         Raiders vs. Bears

March 1     6 p.m.         Vikings vs. Falcons Ravens

March 1     7 p.m.         Broncos vs. Texans

March 1     8 p.m.         Chargers vs. Raiders

March 1     9 p.m.         Browns vs. Bills


AMICC Adult Coed Volleyball

Feb. 21      7 p.m.         Best Buy vs. Slim’s Place

Feb. 21      8 p.m.         Best Buy vs. Tyler’s Ice Cream

Islander Calendar – 02-29-2012

Wednesday, Feb. 29

        11 a.m. — Einstein Circle discussion on “Things We Can’t Live Without: Recent Inventions” at the Studio at Gulf and Pine, 10101 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information: 941-359-4296.


Thursday, Mar. 1

5 p.m. — Save Our Seabirds Sunset Soirée at Save Our Seabirds Center, 1708 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota. Information: 941-388-3010.


Friday, Mar. 2

        5:30 p.m. — Reception for March featured artist, Barbara Hines at Island Gallery West, 5368 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6648.

5:30 p.m. — Reception for March featured artist Ginny Eitman at the Artist’s Guild of Anna Maria Island Gallery, 5414 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6694.

5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.  — Reception for Art League students and juried show at Anna Maria Island Art League, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-2099.

5:30 p.m. — Art Appreciation night at the Florida Maritime Museum at Cortez, 4415 119th St. W., Cortez. Information: 941-708-6120.


Saturday, March 3

10 a.m. — Watercolor demonstration with artist Dee Pastorius at Island Gallery West, 5368 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6648.


Sunday, Mar. 4

        8 a.m. — Courtyard party fundraiser for American Cancer Society Relay for Life at AMI Concierge office, 9908 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information: 941-328-3775.

4 p.m. — Classical duo performance at Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-792-7183.

5:30 p.m. — Concert on the Lawn with the Kruger Brothers at De Soto National Memorial, 8300 De Soto Memorial Highway, Bradenton. Information: 941-792-0458, ext. 107.


Monday, Mar. 5

2 p.m. — Artists Guild of Anna Maria meeting at the Church of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6694.


Wednesday, Mar. 7

        6 p.m. — All Island Denominations Lenten study of the Prodigal Son at Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-792-7183.



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

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

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

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

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

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

• Wednesdays, 6-8 p.m., teens meet at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-1908.

• Wednesdays and Saturdays, 9 a.m., players pitch horseshoes in the pits at Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information: 941-708-6130.

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

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

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

• Third Fridays, 5-8 p.m., Pine Avenue Porch Party

in Anna Maria. Information: 941-896-3132.

• Saturdays, 8:30 a.m., Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island meets at the Anna Maria Island Beach Cafe, Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.

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



Thursday, Feb. 23 — Sunday, March 11

Times vary — Production of AIDA at Manatee Players Theatre, 102 Old Main St., downtown Bradenton. Tickets: $25 for adults and $11 for students. For information and to reserve tickets, call 941-748-5875 or visit www.manateeplayers.com.       


Wednesday, Feb. 29

1-2 p.m. and 6:30-7:30 p.m. — “Hear the stories behind the quilts” with Quilt Storyteller, Jeanne Wright at Manatee Village Historical Park, 1404 Manatee Ave. East, Bradenton. Free admission, donations appreciated. To preregister, call 941-741-4075. Information: 941-741-4075 or email christine.brown@manateeclerk.com.


Friday, Mar. 1

1 p.m. — Royal Rummage Sale V, early bird sale, at St. Mary, Star of the Sea, 4280 Gulf Drive. Information: 941-383-1255. $5 fee.


Saturday, Mar. 3

         8 a.m. — Manatee County Audubon Open House at Felts Audobon Preserve, 4600 24th Ave. E., Palmetto. Information: 941-729-2222.

 8 a.m. — U.S. Coast Guard Flotillas 81 and 85 ABS boating course. Information: 941-758-5500 or 941-723-4344. $35 fee.

9 a.m. — Royal Rummage Sale V, regular sale, at St. Mary, Star of the Sea, 4280 Gulf Drive. Information: 941-383-1255. Free.

10 a.m. — 36th Annual Longboat Key Garden Club Home Tour. Information: 941-383-1406 or 941-383-4818. $20 fee.


Coming Up:

• March 10, Manatee County Audubon workshop on Manatee County shorebirds, Cypress Street beach access, Anna Maria.

• March 10, missions fundraising sale, Christ Church of Longboat Key.

• March 13, Island Player’s “Solid Gold Cadillac,” benefit for American Cancer Society, Players Theater.

• March 13, Roser Church Guild Thrift Shop annual style show and luncheon, Roser Memorial Community Church.

• March 14, Wine tasting to benefit the Anna Maria Island Community Center, Harry’s Continental Kitchen Gourmet Deli and Wine Shop.

• March 14, Off-Stage Ladies March luncheon, Beach House Restaurant.

Save the Date:

        • March 17, 19th annual Tour of Homes.

• March 17, St. Patrick’s Day Dinner Dance, St. Bernard’s Church.

• March 17, Palma Sola Botanical Park plants, antiques and crafts sales event.

• March 18, Beach Bistro’s 15th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

• April 13 and April 14, Island Cityfest – A

Holmes Beach Founders Day Celebration, Holmes Beach City Hall Field, 5801 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Free Admission. Information: 941-778-1541.

AME calendar

Save the date for the following Anna Maria Elementary School happenings:

• March 2, Spring picture day.

• March 2, Read Across America. AME alumnae return to read to AME students; students celebrate birthday of Dr. Suess.

• March 6, 9:15 a.m., PTO board meeting, conference room.


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

Island real estate transactions – 02-29-2012

2808 Avenue E, Holmes Beach, a 2,130 sfla / 3,197 sfur 4bed/3bath/2car Gulffront home built in 2009 on a 50×100 lot was sold 01/31/12, Haber to Rumpke for $2,100,000; list $2,649,000.

247 Willow Ave., Anna Maria, a 1,405 sfla / 2,403 sfur 3bed/2bath canalfront pool home built in 1973 on a 21,780 sf ft lot was sold 01/30/12, Mack to Short for $590,000; list $649,900.

111 Peppertree Lane, Anna Maria, a 1,680 sfla 3bed/2½/1car home built in 1925 on a 83×106 lot was sold 01/30/12, Hobson to 111 Peppertree LLC for $538,000; list $549,900.

5300 Gulf Drive, Unit 310, Martinique North, Holmes Beach, a 1,057 sfla / 1,169 sfur 2bed/2bath Gulffront condo with shared pool built in 1971 was sold 02/07/12, Fox to Bruner for $505,000; list $585,000.

223 Willow Ave., Anna Maria, a 1,553 sfla / 2,453 sfur 3bed/1bath/1car canalfront home built in 1955 on a 100×148 lot was sold 02/03/12, Fullin to Hug for $455,000.

120 50th St., Holmes Beach, a vacant 62×100 land condo lot sold 02/02/12, KPI 50th Street Development LLC to 120 50th Street AMI for $450,000; list $449,000.

7000 Gulf Drive, Unit 205, Tiffany Place, Holmes Beach, a 1,259 sfla / 1,395 sfur 2bed/2bath condo with shared pool built in 1978 was sold 02/02/12, Darsey to Malenfant for $410,000; list $450,000.

2312 Gulf Drive N., Unit 207, Sunset Terrace, Bradenton Beach, a 1,180 sfla / 1,372 sfur 2bed/2bath Gulffront condo with shared pool built in 1982 was sold 02/03/12, Brear to Mikedev Investments for $376,000; list $375,000.

6250 Holmes Blvd., Unit 63, North Beach Village, Holmes Beach, a 1,224 sfla / 1,452 sfur 2bed/2½bath/1car condo with shared pool built in 1990 was sold 02/02/12, Bryant to Bell for $255,000; list $260,000.

2502 Gulf Drive N., Unit 109, Club Bamboo, Bradenton Beach, a 681 sfla 1bed/1bath condo with shared pool built in 1975 was sold 02/02/12, Tucker to Perez fro $205,000.

2501 Gulf Drive N., Unit 101, Beach Plaza, Bradenton Beach, a 416 sfla 1bed/1bath condo built in1981 was sold 02/02/12, Kaleta to Hoshizaki for $115,000.

107 Eighth St. S., Unit 5, Island Getaway, Bradenton Beach, a 440 sfla / 524 sfur 1bed/1bath condo built in 1981 was sold 02/02/12, Bonstedt to Mark Anthony Arcidiacono Realty LLC for $102,000.

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

The Islander Classifieds: Wednesday, Feb. 29, 2012



QUEEN-SIZE BEDDING ensemble, palm tree print, like new, $40 each. 941-778-4036.

TWO BLINDS: IN faux wood. Call for sizes, $15/each. 941-778-7449.

ELEGANT BEACH WEDDING centerpiece handcrafted and sea-inspired, $60. Fabulous silver and aqua candle centerpiece, $99. 727-290-6755.

PINE DINING TABLE, six chairs, $300, armoire, antique replica,  $150, Kitchen Aid Superba refrigerator,  Trek youth road bike, quality dumb bells, universal bench, attachments, $100, miscellaneous patio furniture. 941-713-5467.

TWO VAN WEZEL TICKETS: “104 Years of Broadway.” Fantastic seats, asking $60 each. March 17. Call 941-383-5465.

JEWELRY BOX: BRIGHTON, heart-shaped with three trays, new.  Originally, $36, now $15. Marion, 941-761-1415.

VERTICAL BLIND SYSTEM: for slider, 7×9-foot, $25, titanium golf clubs, carbon shaft, bag and shoes, $100. 941-778-3920

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

ANTIQUE COPPER POTS and bowls, collection $350. Burl-wood rocker, oak office chairs, collectibles.  View at The Islander store, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.

ORIGINAL, LOCAL ART for sale. View at The Islander store, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.

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


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


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

GLORIA DEI LUTHERAN Church: All are welcome to come and worship with us! Please call 941-778-1813 or visit us at: www.gloriadeilutheran.com for worship times. 6608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.

HAITI $$$ DONATIONS to the Ministry of Presence Inc., www.ministryofpresence.org, urgently needed for local representatives to aid homeless children. Info: The Islander, 941-778-7978.

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

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

WANTED: YOUR OLD cell phone for recycling. Deliver to The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.

FISHING GEAR WANTED: The Privateers and The Islander are collecting new or used, repairable fishing poles and reels, nets, tackle, buckets, etc. to give to children. Donate your gear at The Islander newspaper office, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.

FREE GUN LOCK courtesy of Project Childsafe, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and Holmes Beach Police Department. Pick up at The Islander office, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Don’t be sorry, be safe.


ROSER THRIFT SHOP: Open 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays and Fridays, 9 a.m.-noon Saturdays. 511 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. 941-779-2733.

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

FLEA MARKET: 8 a.m. Sunday, March 4. 9806 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria, across from Ginny’s & Jane E’s at the Old IGA. Furniture, antiques, collectibles, jewelry, art, nauticals, linens and more great treasures. Rain date the following Sunday, March 11.

Royal Rummage Sale V. 1-5 p.m., Friday, March 2, $5 admission. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday, March 3, free admission. St. Mary, Star of the Sea, 4280 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key.

SALE: 8 a.m.-noon Saturday, March 3.Women’s clothes, size medium, books, bikes, glassware. 116 White Ave., Holmes Beach.

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

GARAGE SALE: 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, March 3. Household, electronic, bar items. 2709 Ave. C, Holmes Beach.

NORTHWEST BRADENTON sale: 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, March 1-2. More boxes unpacked, all must go! Costume jewelry, ladies clothing, kitchen dinette set, small upholstered chairs, leather recliner, rattan bar stools, lamps, desk, bookcases, small upholstered recliner. 2003 81st St. N.W., Bradenton.

ESTATE SALE: 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, March 3-4. Furniture, decor, fishing, exercise equipment, clothing and more! 222 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach.


FOUND: WOMENS’ PRESCRIPTION glasses on Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. annamariachiropractic@gmail.com.

LOST CAR KEYS at the beach near Gulf Cafe on Feb. 21. Please, call 941-795-4095.

LOST: LOCK AND two keys for bike carrier on Gulf Drive about Feb. 10. Reward. 217-415-6771.


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

PARENTS NEEDED for loving homes to foster puppies and kittens until they are old enough for adoption. All food and medical provided. Julie, 941-720-1411.

ISLAND DOGS GROOMING Salon: Julie Keyes, certified groomer. Hydro bath, hand dry, (no cage drying). Personal service for you and your loved ones. Call anytime for appointments, 941-778-1202. 5360 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach.

ADORABLE PUPPY FOR adoption! Pit mixes, gorgeous, sweet! Male, fixed, chipped, shots. 941-896-6701.

FANTASTIC DOG! Champ is 2 years old, laid back, sweet as can be. He’s up-to-date on shots, fixed, and chipped. Rescued, he needs a happy, loving home. Please call Moonracer Rescue, 941-896-6701.


WANTED: INSIDE STORAGE for classic auto yearly. Also need work room around auto. Call 941-779-0152.


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

DOCKSIDE SERVICE: Pontoon boat rental. Professional boat-sitting ‘Always be water-ready.’ Call Dan, with over 40 years in the boat business. 941-518-3868.

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


PART-TIME HANDYMAN wanted for local area motel. Phone, 941-778-2780.

EXPERIENCED HOUSEKEEPER WANTED for Island, parttime position. Call 941-592-5881.

BARRISTA AND CAFE staff needed at the Village Cafe on Pine Avenue. Call Kat or leave your details with Alex at 941-778-1793. alex@pineapplefish.com.

NAIL TECH NEEDED at new Island spa and boutique on Bridge Street. Turning appointments down daily. Call Amanda, 941-779-6836.

SALES ASSOCIATE: MOTIVATED, experienced real estate licensee for busy Island office. Please call Jesse or Robin at 941-778-7244.


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

KIDS FOR HIRE ads are FREE for up to three weeks for Island youths under 16 looking for work. Ads must be placed in person at The Islander office, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

WALY PRECISION PAINTING: Interior, exterior, stucco, drywall repairs, pressure wash. Match price, plus 10 percent off. Free estimates. 941-448-1928.

ALL ISLAND HANDYMAN: All aspects home maintenance. Island local. Call a neighbor, call Mark, 941-720-0067.

ISLAND PET NANNY: Loving pet care. Longtime Island resident, background check, pet CPR-certified, references. Karen Robinson, 941-730-5693.

“YOUR EYES HERE –          While You’re Away” Protection Property Watch. www.Lookwhatcanhappen.com. JonKent, 941-920-0832.

ANTOINETTE’S PERSONAL SERVICE: Providing personal care for your home while you are away References upon request. 941-778-7355 or 941-730-6548.

‘SENIOR ASSISTANT’ COMFORTABLE, personalized service. Providing assistance with errands, cleaning, household need, more. Melissa, 941-350-2892 or melis200@yahoo.com.

TUTORING SERVICES: Specializing in algebra, geometry, calculus, trigonometry and science. Special needs students welcome. Grades 3-12. Rick, 941-224-4977.

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

ISLAND MERMAIDS CLEANING and Co.: Gift certificates! 36 years of happy customers. Organizing, pet-watch, storm-check, etc. Rentals our specialty. 941-778-3046.

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

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

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

GUITAR TROUBLE? KOKO RAY’S ISLAND studio. Instruction in flute, saxophone, guitar, piano and voice. 315 58th St., Holmes Beach, 941-538-8724.


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

ISLAND LAWN SPRINKLER service and repair. Your complete irrigation repair company. Call 941-778-2581.

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


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

SHELL DELIVERED AND spread. Premium grade-A, $45/yard B-grade, $30-$40/yard. Hauling all kinds of gravel, mulch, top soil with free estimates. Call Larry at 941-795-7775, “shell phone” 941-720-0770.

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

NURSERY QUALITY GARDEN Care and maintenance. Hand weeding, trimming, cleanup, plant installation. Certified horticultural professional. Call Joan, 941-704-9025.

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


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

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

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

GRIFFIN’S HOME IMPROVEMENTS Inc. Handyman, fine woodwork, countertops, cabinets and shutters. Insured and licensed, 941-748-4711.

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

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

FOREMOST FENCE: Commercial, Residential. Chain link, vinyl, aluminum, wood, access control. Contractors you can depend on. Call 941-748-2700.

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

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

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

JUS ROMEO: INSURED, affordable, experienced. House painting, interior, exterior, pressure washing, handy work. Free estimate. Call Justin, 941-224-7507.


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

HOLMES BEACH BUSINESS Center. Rental units available for office/commercial spaces from 750-2,000 sf. Humidity-controlled mini-storage units and garage units, 11 x 22 feet. 5347 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. 941-778-2924.

HOLIDAY/VACATION RENTALS: 3BR/2BA private pool home in northwest Bradenton, 3BR/3BA private pool home in Palma Sola, west Bradenton. No annuals. Call 941-794-1515.

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

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

BRADENTON BEACH: SEASONAL 2BR/1BA. Steps to beach. No pets. $700/week. 941-778-4731.

PERICO ISLAND: 3BR/3BA beautifully furnished house. Private pool, seasonal/monthly rent. $3,000/month. Call 941-795-3778.

PANORAMIC GULFFRONT 3BR/2BA house. Huge deck, every room overlooks Gulf. Available January and February 2013. 813-920-5595.

FOR RENT: DOUBLEWIDE 2BR/1.5BA senior park, $695/month, annual lease. Huge pool, recreation hall, hot tub, shuffle board courts, close to restaurants, shopping. Fifteen minutes to beach. 863-688-3524 or 863-608-1833. Email: chickenplucker@webtv.net.

NICE FAMILY OF four seeking a two or three bedroom, pet-friendly long-term rental on Anna Maria Island, starting in March or April. Contact: 262-290-7330.

VACATION RENTALS NOW for 2012: Palma Sola townhouse, 2BR/2BA, pool and boat dock, $2,600/month, March and April available. Also 3BR/2BA home after March 15 for $899/week. Longboat Key mobile home, $1,500/month, immediate. Realtor, 941-756-1090.

SEASONAL OR WEEKLY cottage-style rentals. 1BR/1BA or 55-plus 2BR/1BA with pool. Walk to beach, shopping, restaurants. 941-778-3426. Web site 2spinnakers.com.


DIRECT GULFFRONT: 146 feet on the beach. 3BR/4.5BA, office recreation room, spa, pool, outdoor kitchen and theater, elevator, turnkey furnished. $3,750,000. Suncoast Real Estate, 941-779-0202 or 941-720-0288.

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

LOWEST-PRICED 3BR/2BA residence with heated pool on Anna Maria Island. New construction. Not a condo. $479,000. Call Barry, 941-448-5500. Island Vacation Properties.

ANNA MARIA CANAL home. Walk to beach and have your boat in the back. 2BR/2BA renovated home with boat lift and dock. For sale by owner. Call 813-245-0428.

GREAT NORTHWEST LOCATION: Mint condition, close to beach, 2BR/2BA end unit, screened lanai, elevator, heated pool, lighted tennis, clubhouse. Move in now! $109,500. Call 941-792-0645.

ISLAND LOTS: TWO side-by-side lots zoned R-2 with short walk to beach. Quiet location between Manatee and Cortez bridges. $178,500 each. Call Dave Moynihan, Wagner Realty, 941-720-0089.

WATERFRONT 55-plus trailer park, historic Cortez. Remodeled 1BR with two additions. Pets! $3,500. www.BarefootOrSandals.com. 231-668-9786.

FOR SALE BY owner: Mobile home, 1BR/1BA, extra bonus room. Across the street from Bradenton Beach private fishing pier. Beach and bay access, adjacent parking. Call 813-458-3875.

VILLAGE GREEN VILLA: 2BR/2BA two-car garage with gated entry. Large “D” model. Updated kitchen, bathroom, appliances and floors. Close to beaches, Robinson Preserve. $120,000. Call John Rehmann, Realtor, 941-720-7519.

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

PERICO BAY CLUB: $179,900. Pet friendly, kayak storage and launch, gated community, minutes to beach, turnkey furnished, 2BR/2BA, garage. Call for appointment to see Realtor, 941-356-1456. Real Estate Mart.

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