Tag Archives: 03-28-2012

Stingray victim thanks Samaritan

Registered nurse Glenna Miller figures she was just in the right place in Bradenton Beach at the right time around 5 p.m. Thursday, March 15.

She and husband Phillip were walking on the beach near the Gulf Drive Cafe when she heard some screaming, “I’ve been bitten.”

She turned to see a young man running out of the water with blood pouring from his ankle. The man stumbled and fell, and Miller’s medical training took over.

Realizing the man was losing a lot of blood, she quickly applied a tourniquet with a handkerchief, told her husband to call 911, and asked someone in the crowd for a larger piece of clothing to use as a tourniquet. A large T-shirt was provided.

“There was a lot of blood. I had to get a larger tourniquet on him for more pressure. I wasn’t sure what had happened, but he had been wading in shallow water, and the medics later said it appeared he got the barb of a stingray right in a vein or artery,” Miller said.

Emergency medical staff arrived within five minutes, Miller said, and treated and transported the injured man to Blake Medical Center.

While that was certainly Miller’s good Samaritan act for the day, it was not the end of the story for her and the young man she helped.

The next day, she and her husband were walking in the same area about the same time when they heard people from a nearby condominium calling for them to come over.

“We went to the condo, and we knew Bob Coswell, who was there. He said the college student had come by and said if he ever saw the nurse who saved his life, he was to give her this,” Miller said.

The young man had provided a thank you card and a pot of flowers for Miller, even though he had no name or address.

His card reads, in part, “To the unknown nurse who saved me the other day,” and was signed “Kyle.”

Miller learned “Kyle” received several stitches in his ankle and was released by the hospital.

What struck Miller was the thoughtfulness of a young man on spring break who would take the time to buy something and try to thank her.

“Of all the negative things we hear about young people, it did my heart good to get this thank-you card and the flowers,” said Miller, who has six children of her own.

“I don’t really think I saved his life, but I’m glad I was there and knew what to do.

“And I really appreciate his thoughtfulness,” she said.

Ironically, Miller learned the injured man also was vacationing on Anna Maria Island from her home state of Michigan and is a college student at Oakland Community College near Pontiac, about 70 miles from her hometown of Lansing.

“That’s all I know about him, but God bless him,” she said.

The Millers own a condominium at La Costa in Bradenton Beach where they spend winter vacations.

And the winner is …

Guests at a March 23 art event — a paint out by artist Bob Brown before his opening for Appreciating Abstract at the Studio and Gulf and Pine in Anna Maria —were participants in a drawing to win the work Brown created before them. The winner with Brown, left, is Lois “Mama Lo” Finley of Anna Maria. The exhibit continues through April 12 at the Studio, 10101 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy

Fishing – 03-28-2012

Kings of the beach arrive with spring

 

If you haven’t yet heard, the spring kingfish run is in full swing.

Numerous kingfish are being caught as close as a half mile off the beach all the way out to 7 miles. Most fish are in the 10- to 15-pound range although fish in the 30-pound range are not uncommon.

To hook into the kingfish action, you need to be ready to handle these toothy monsters. The first item to consider is bait. On my charters, we’re using live shiners, live threadfin herring and small blue runners to get the bite. I like to catch a slew of shiners and threadfins to have an ample amount to chum as well as for bait.

Use a powder chum to get the bait to congregate behind the boat, then when you have schooled bait feeding in the chum, throw your cast net out. Once you have enough bait, you’re almost ready to head out and fish.

Next is rigging. When targeting kings, you’ll want to use about 12 inches of hardwire at the end of a fluorocarbon leader before tying on your hook. I use about 3 to 4 feet of 40-pound fluorocarbon leader and then tie on 12 inches of 29-pound hardwire. To the hardwire, I attach a 2/0 long shank hook with a haywire twist.

Once you’re at the spot to target kings, try chumming some live bait behind the boat. Typically the kings will skyrocket out of the water while eating the chummers. Once you see this, it’s time to cast your bait. Generally, in this scenario, your bait shouldn’t be in the water for more than a few minutes. If a king doesn’t bite right away, you may want to reel up and check the bait. The kingfish bite is quick and, if it’s not, you’ve either gotten cut off, or your bait has been slashed in half and is no longer useful. Make sure you always have a lively bait in the water.

Now that you know how to target kingfish, it’s time to get out and catch some. Remember, king mackerel have to be 24 inches to the fork of the tail and you can keep two per person per day.

Good luck and happy hunting.

Jeff Medley at the south bait shop on the Sunshine Skyway Bridge Fishing Piers is seeing good numbers of Spanish mackerel being caught on a variety of baits. Pier fishers using live baits, such as threadfin herring or shiners are steadily hooking up macks in the 20-inch range. “They’re even catching them on live shrimp,” says Medley. For artificials, try using silver spoons, Gotcha plugs or small white jigs.

Along with Spanish mackerel, pier fishers are catching a few schoolie kingfish in the mix. Most are being caught on live bait.

Pompano are being caught in the early morning by fishers using Love’s lures pompano jigs. Try dropping your jig directly under the pier until it hits bottom. Then, jig up and down until you get a bite. You can also try using sand fleas or shrimp if you’re not into jigs.

Lastly, pier fishers bottom fishing with cut greenbacks under the pier are catching mangrove snapper. Most are in the 12- to 13-inch range, although Medley says he’s seeing some fish up to 16 inches. He says to use 20-pound fluorocarbon leader with a small live bait hook to get the snapper to bite. Only use enough weight to get your bait to the bottom. Snapper have excellent eyesight, so you want to be stealthy.

Bob Kilb at the Rod & Reel Pier says ladyfish are dominating the bite for fishers using artificials such as jigs, spoons or Gotcha plugs. “Every time you cast a plug or jig, you catch a ladyfish,” says Kilb. “They’re everywhere out here.”

For fishers using lures, Spanish mackerel are being caught sporadically. You just have to weed through the ladyfish to get a bite. You can use live shiners to catch the macks, although with the amount of ladyfish grazing, you may want to stick with artificials.

Sheepshead are still being caught at the pier, although Kilb says the bite is winding down. Now that the fish are thinning out, it’s critical to have the best baits to get the bite. Make sure you have some sand fleas, fiddler crabs, oyster crabs or tubeworms. When the bite slows, you want to have the best bait to increase your chances of getting a hit.

Black drum are frequenting the Rod & Reel Pier, feeding on live shrimp fished around the pilings. Some of these fish are topping 10 pounds, so make sure to have heavy gear. If you don’t control them, they’ll wrap the line around a piling and cut it off.

Jonny Keyes at Island Discount Tackle says fishing this past week was exceptional. Whether you’re working the backcountry, the beaches or the Gulf — fishing is as good as it gets.

Starting in the Gulf, fishers targeting king mackerel are catching as many fish as they want. Anywhere from the artificial reefs, 7 miles out, to just off the beaches, king mackerel are ravaging bait schools. Keyes likes to use hardwire for leader with a No. 4 treble hook for his bait. He then slow trolls around bait schools to get the bite. Keyes is having success with live threadfin for herring, live shiners and even blue runners for bait. Fish in the 10-pound range are the norm, although fish up to 30 pounds are not uncommon.

Fishers targeting pompano are flocking to the beaches of Anna Maria Island. Keyes is hearing daily reports of pompano being caught on sand fleas or pompano jigs. Most fish being caught are just above the minimum size of 11 inches to the fork of the tail.

While targeting pompano with jigs, beach fishers are catching plenty of ladyfish, blue runners and even a few Spanish mackerel as a by-catch. Don’t forget to carry numerous pompano jigs if you plan on spending the morning on the beach. When the macks and ladyfish show up, you’re sure to get cut off and lose a few jigs.

Finally, fishers in the backcountry are having good results on redfish, spotted sea trout and catch-and-release snook. Using live shiners for bait, you can chum the fish you’re targeting to the boat. Once you see a fish boil on a chummer, cast your bait to that area and hang on.

Capt. Sam Kimball of Legend Charters is fishing nearshore structures and targeting kingfish with threadfin herring or live shiners. Kimball likes to use about 12 inches of hardwire connected to a 4/0 long shank hook to target these toothy fish.

After Kimball’s charters have caught numerous kingfish, they’re moving out to depths of 40 feet of water to target porgies and Key West grunts. By putting cut squid on the bottom, Kimball is catching plenty of these tasty fish to bring home for the deep fryer.

Capt. Warren Girle fished offshore this past week for king mackerel, Spanish mackerel and cobia. In depths of 30-40 feet of water, Girle is getting good action on all of these migratory species. For the macks, Girle is using live shiners or threadfin herring to get the bite. As for the cobia, live shrimp fished on the bottom is producing results.

Moving inshore to Sarasota Bay, Girle is targeting redfish. Using his trolling motor to run the shallow flats, Girle is fishing sandy potholes, where free-lined shiners are producing redfish up to 29 inches.

For the spotted seatrout, Girle is fishing slightly deeper grass flats with soft plastics on a jig head. Girle’s preference is the MirrOlure Lil John in golden bream color. Most of the trout are in the 18-20-inch range, although Girle’s clients are reeling in fish up to 25 inches.

Finally, Girle is excited to see some snook on the end of his line. Girle says while targeting reds and trout, he’s hooking up and releasing an occasional snook — the biggest was 26 inches.

Capt. Rick Gross of Fishy Business Charters is fishing southern Tampa Bay catching a variety of inshore species. Gross’ charters are using live shiners to catch migratory species, such as ladyfish and Spanish mackerel, as well as inshore species like snook, redfish and spotted seatrout.

For the macks, Gross is fishing outside Terra Ceia Bay in depths of 5-7 feet of water. Chumming with live shiners is bringing the macks within a targetable distance. Once a hooked shiner hits the water, it’s game time. He says the average size on the macks is 20 inches to the fork.

        Send fishing reports to fish@islander.org.

Islander Calendar – 03-28-2012

Tuesday, March 27

6 a.m.—“36-Hour Challenge,” Anna Maria Island Community Center 36-Hour Challenge call drive for donations. Computers and refreshments available through 2 a.m. Wednesday, March 28, at 408 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-1908, ext. 9203.

 

Wednesday, March 28

    • 1-3 p.m.—Mike Grecian hands-on art workshop at Crosspointe Church, 8605 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Fee applies. Information: 941-779-2039.

 

Thursday, March 29

1-4 p.m.—George Slater book signing and sale, “Along Comes God,” at Ginny’s and Jane E’s, 9807 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information: 941-383-6331.

5-8 p.m.—George Slater book signing and sale, “Along Comes God,” at the Back Alley, 121 Bridge St., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-383-6331.

 

Friday, March 30

·8 a.m.—Community Coffee Club with host Edward Jones financial advisor Danny Wood, Olive Oil Outpost, 401 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-779-2499.

 

Saturday, March 31

    10 a.m.-noon—Patricia Sorg demonstrates “Oil Painting Techniques” at the Island Gallery West, 5368 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6648.

10:30 a.m.-1 p.m.—Longboat Key Fire Rescue Open House, Longboat Key Fire Station, 5490 Gulf of Mexico Drive. Information: 941-316-1944.

• 5 p.m.—Pre-Affaire VIP “Surprise Party” and champagne reception, followed by Affaire to Remember fundraiser for the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Fee applies. Information: 941-778-1908, ext. 9203.

 

Ongoing:

    Through April 1Island Players perform “The Solid Gold Cadillac,” 10009 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Fee applies. Information: 941-778-5755.

• Third Mondays, noon, September through May, Anna Maria Island Democratic Club, BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive North, Bradenton Beach. Fee applies. Information: 941-779-0564 for further information.

• Tuesdays, noon, Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island meets 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 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, Information: 215-906-0668.

• Thursdays through March 29, Bingo at Annie Silver Community Center, 103 23rd St., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-778-1915.

• 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.

 

Coming Up:

    • April 7, Easter Egg Hunt at the Sandbar Restaurant; Easter Egg Roll, Easter Bonnet Contest on Pine Avenue, Anna Maria. Information: call 941-778-0444.

• April 12, “Paint the Town” reception and art sale, ArtCenter of Manatee, 209 Ninth St., Bradenton. Information: 941-746-2862.

• April 7, Second annual Mike Sales Conga on the Beach at the Moose Lodge, 110 Gulf Drive, Bradenton Beach. Benefits MoonRacer No-Kill Pet Rescue, sponsored by The Islander.

• April 7, Anna Maria Island Privateers Car Show at the Island Shopping Center, 5400 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Hosted by The Islander. Information: 214-714-3953.

 

Save the Date:

• April 13,  Artist reception, Kathleen Masur, watercolors and silk art,  Artists’ Guild Gallery in the Island Shopping Center, 5414 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6694.

• April 13-14, Island CityFest—a Holmes Beach Founders Day Celebration, Holmes Beach city hall field, 5801 Marina Drive.

• April 21, Hibiscus Festival, Family Life Center, First Baptist Church, 1306 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton.

• April 28, Anna Maria Elementary School-Parent Teacher Organization Spring Fling, Anna Maria Island Community Center.

        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 – 03-28-2012

804 North Shore Dr., Anna Maria, a 5,462 sfla / 7,645 sfur 5bed/4bath/2car home built in 1994 on a 100×100 lot was sold 03/02/12, Edwards to Kaleta for $1,100,000; list $1,299,000.

304 62nd St., Holmes Beach, a 2,015 sfla / 2,055 sfur 3bed/2bath/1car pool home built in 1969 on a 75×100 lot was sold 03/01/12, Welch to Baeker for $649,000; list $649,000.

601 Ambassador Ln., Holmes Beach, a 2,046 sfla / 2,558 sfur 3bed/2bath/2car canalfront pool home built in 1962 on a 97×120 lot was sold 03/01/12, Crawford to Hosterman for $520,000; list $554,900.

804 North Bay Blvd., Anna Maria, a 2,204 sfla / 3,266 sfur 4bed/3bath home built in 1981 on a 50×100 lot was sold 03/06/12, Cooper to Linden for $515,000; list $575,000.

616 Dundee Ln., Holmes Beach, a 1,932 sfla / 2,498 sfur 2bed/2bath/2car canalfront pool home built in 1968 on a 90×115 lot was sold 03/05/12, Stephens to Jozefowicz for $485,000; list $500,000.

302 17th St. N., Unit 15, Bradenton Beach Club, Bradenton Beach, a 1,722 sfla / 2,156 sfur 2bed/2bath condo with shared pools built in 2002 was sold 02/28/12, Bear Two LLC to Benitez for $430,000; list $499,000.

5200 Gulf Dr., Unit 506, Martinique Condominium Apartments South, Holmes Beach, a 1,169 sfla 2bed/2bath condo with shared pool built in 1970 was sold 03/02/12, Aldrich to Diclemente for $410,000; list $439,000.

1800 Gulf Dr. N., Unit 105, La Costa, Bradenton Beach, a 952 sfla / 1,088 sfur 2bed/1½bath condo with shared pool built in 1979 was sold 03/06/12, Superior Bank Siefker for $347,800.

2502 Gulf Dr. N., Unit 206, Club Bamboo, Bradenton Beach, a 735 sfla 1bed/2bath condo with shared pool built in 1975 was sold 03/05/12, Cleo and Bill Cheesman LLC to Perez for $315,000; list $350,000.

3004 Avenue C, Bradenton Beach, a vacant 150×100 lot was sold 03/07/12, Potter to Bode Enterprises LLC for $245,000.

3601 East Bay Dr., Unit 204, Sandy Pointe, Holmes Beach, a 1,035 sfla / 1,215 sfur 2bed/2bath condo with shared pool built n 1986 was sold 03/05/12, Obryon to Walsh for $145,000; list $195,000.

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

Island police blotter – 03-28-2012

Anna Maria

• March 15, 400 block of Alamanda Road, disturbance. A Manatee County Sheriff’s Office deputy responded to a 911 call in regards to two groups of people arguing over a traffic incident. The deputy made contact with people yelling and cursing at one another, “and accusing each other of reckless driving,” the report stated. The deputy documented the verbal argument and no further action was taken.

• March 17, 300 block of Tarpon Avenue, noise. A MSCO deputy responded to a noise complaint and made contact with the home’s occupants, who were on the back porch listening to music and talking loudly. The deputy informed the men of the city’s noise ordinance and issued a final warning. The occupant said he was not aware of the ordinance, but would comply.

• March 17, 100 S. Bay Blvd., theft. While fishing on the Anna Maria City Pier, a man reported he fell asleep. Upon waking, the angler discovered his three fishing poles and tackle had been stolen. The missing items were valued at $820.

    Anna Maria is policed by the MCSO.

Bradenton Beach

• March 13, 2600 Gulf Drive N., vehicle burglary. A complainant reported someone had entered his unlocked vehicle and ransacked his glove box. Papers from the glove box were scattered and $5 was missing.

• March 17, intersection of Gulf Drive and Cortez Road, domestic battery. A female complainant reported she and her boyfriend had argued over him leaving her in a vehicle “for several hours,” according to the report. As the vehicle arrived at the intersection, the complainant said her boyfriend exited, came around to the passenger’s side, opened the door, grabbed her by the arm and forced her to the ground. He then drove away, leaving her by the roadside. Police contacted the boyfriend, who said he was defending himself because she had been hitting him. Both parties asked to press charges.

• March 16, 403 Highland Ave., fraud. A female complainant arrived at the Bradenton Beach Police Department to report a credit card fraud. The woman said she was in possession of her card, but that it had been used to make a $2,000 shoe purchase. Police advised the woman to immediately cancel the card and they are investigating.

• March 14, 403 Highland Ave., theft. A male complainant arrived at BBPD to report a stolen bicycle. The Sun Beach Cruiser with black handle bars is valued at $80. The complainant said he saw other bicycle thefts reported in the local newspapers and wanted to report the theft in case anyone should see his bicycle.

• March 13, 2600 Gulf Drive N., vehicle burglary. A male complainant reported his vehicle was broken into, but he thought all that had been stolen was a pair of prescription glasses. He later received a call from his bank that a man had attempted to cash one of his checks for $700. When he was denied, the man fled, but left behind the ID. A similar description of the man was provided to police as someone who was walking through the beach parking lot, peering into vehicles. Police later made contact with the suspect, but witnesses were not immediately able to positively ID the man. The investigation continues.

Bradenton Beach is policed by the BBPD.

Cortez

• No new reports.

    Cortez is policed by the MCSO

Holmes Beach

• March 13, 700 block Manatee Avenue, battery. Holmes Beach police responded to a road-rage incident where officers were advised by a complainant and two witnesses that they had been cut off in traffic by a driver in a white Sierra pickup. A verbal confrontation ensued, at which time the female suspect allegedly slapped the complainant before driving away. The witnesses had recorded the vehicle tag number and another officer located the suspect on the beach. The suspect denied the incident, but was charged with misdemeanor battery.

• March 13, 500 block of 65th Street, theft. Police made contact with a complainant who reported she sold a boat to a man she had advertised on craigslist.com. The suspect met the complainant at her home, but the engine did not start. She then put a battery charger on it. They completed the transaction for the boat, but the buyer left with the battery charger.

• March 17, 200 block of 66th Street, domestic battery. Police responded to a man and his girlfriend who had questions about the woman’s son, and what they could do about his drug abuse. The mother overheard her son on the phone saying he was earning a lot of money by doing something illegal. After overhearing the conversation, the woman asked her boyfriend to take her out for a drink. The boyfriend stated she had three to four glasses of wine and, while driving home, she shifted the vehicle into park three times while it was moving. While attempting to stop her a fourth time, the boyfriend said she bit him on his right and left forearm. Police observed the bite marks and interviewed the girlfriend, who reported the boyfriend threw her to the ground upon arriving home. Police observed she was intoxicated, and had a large bump on her head. Police interviewed the boyfriend again. He said she had attempted to bite him again and he had pushed her away when she lost her balance and fell. Thus far, the female has been charged with misdemeanor domestic battery.

• March 14, 300 block of 60th Street, theft. A complainant came to HBPD to report an unlocked bicycle stolen from the beach access. The complainant valued the bicycle at $100 and provided a detailed description.

• March 17, 4000 Gulf Drive, Manatee Public Beach, larceny/theft. Police received multiple complaints of stolen property, including cell phones. A third complaint provided a description of two males seen stealing the complainant’s bag. The victims gave chase, but lost the suspects near 38th Street. With a description of the suspects and stolen property, police located the suspects and detained them for identification. The stolen property was recovered and it was determined that the two suspects were juveniles. They admitted to the crimes and were placed under arrest for larceny/theft.

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.

 

Sports – 03-28-2012

NFL Super Bowl, more golf champs crowned

 

Super Bowl winners in the Anna Maria Island Community Center NFL Flag Football League were crowned March 24 in three exciting games, each decided by sixpoints or less.

Walter & Associates Bears came from behind to defeat Integrity Sound Redskins 31-28 to win the 13-16 division title. The Redskins had taken a 28-25 lead with 2:30 left to play on a spectacular catch by Joseph Andruzzi on a Joey Carder pass.

Undaunted, the Bears got the ball back and drove the length of the field. With 24 seconds to play, the Bears had first and goal. Seth Walter dropped back to pass and found brother Jack Walter to give the Bears a 31-28 victory.

Seth Walter finished with five touchdown passes, including one to Derek Polch and two each to Max Miller and Jack Walter. Other members of the Super Bowl champion Bears are Madison Driscoll, Keegan Murphy and Jacob Talucci.

Carder paced the Redskins with a pick six, two touchdown passes and a 45-yard touchdown run. Justin and Andruzzi each finished with one touchdown in the loss.

Ross Built Broncos outlasted Mr. Bones Colts 26-20 to win the 10-12 division Super Bowl. The Broncos jumped out to a 14-0 lead on a 45-yard touchdown run by Jake Ross and an 11-yard run by Javan Vasquez.

Mistakes and penalties were killing the Colts, although they escaped a situation when Jake Ross intercepted Rory Houston, giving the Broncos the ball on the Colt 8-yard line.

The Colts finally got on the scoreboard when Houston got loose on a 45-yard touchdown run with just under six minutes left in the half. Houston then connected with Ben Connors for a two-point conversion to cut the Bronco lead to 14-8.

Gavin Sentman intercepted another Houston pass, sparking a scoring drive that ended with a touchdown pass from Andrew Ross to twin Jake Ross and a 20-8 Bronco lead.

The Colts refused to go away and scored to pull to within 20-14 on a 30-yard touchdown pass from Houston to Malachi Goode as time expired.

Slow starts by both teams whittled away the second half. The Broncos finally got going when Andrew Ross connected with Jake Ross for a touchdown pass and a 26-14 lead. Back came the Colts, as Houston scored from 30 yards out to pull to within 26-20 with five minutes remaining.

The Colts got the ball back and managed first and goal with 27 seconds left when Jake intercepted a Houston pass to close out the victory.

Other members of the Super Bowl champion Broncos are Corbin Gregg, Hannah McCracken and Griffin Heckler.

Beach Bistro Vikings slipped past Beach Bum Steelers 13-12 in the 8-9 Division Super Bowl. Sean Rodriguez got things started for the Vikings with a 44-yard run to the 1-yard line, as Tuna McCracken made a touchdown-saving flag pull for the Steelers. However, Nate Hyman completed the scoring play, finding Rodriguez on a 1-yard touchdown pass. Morgan Horesh caught the ensuing extra point for a 7-0 Viking lead.

Andrew Austin got the Steelers on the scoreboard with a 30-yard catch-and-run play to pull to within 7-6, which is how the half ended.

Hyman gave the Vikings a 13-6 second-half lead when he connected with Horesh for a touchdown pass. The Steelers came right back and pulled to within a point on McCracken’s 15-yard touchdown run.

The Steelers had one last chance when Tyler Brenner intercepted Hyman with just under five minutes to play, but the Viking defense held on for the victory.

Other members of the Vikings are Tony Rappold, Adam Oulddaba and Roman Langley.

Unlike the youth Super Bowls, the adult flag football Super Bowl March 22 was a yawner in which Florida Discount Signs 49ers rolled over Coastal Orthopedic Raiders 35-14.

Matt Kretzman led the way by completing on 24 of 26 passes for 211 yards and four touchdowns. Hampton Harrison was his go-to guy, finishing with 11 catches for 111 yards, two touchdowns and a pair of extra points. Tim Tedesco finished with three catches for 12 yards, including a touchdown and an extra point. Sean Sanders added three catches for 31 yards, including a touchdown, two extra points and an interception return for a touchdown on defense. Other members of the Super Bowl champion 49ers are Amy Talucci, Aris Thompson, Nate Talucci and Rich Bell.

Kevin Austin led the Raiders with 110 passing yards and a pair of touchdown passes to Chuck McCracken, who finished with four catches for 37 yards.

 

Key Royale golf news

The golf action is peaking at the Key Royale Club, where the women’s handicap championship is being played through the end of March. Brenda Soloveld will take on Kris Landkammer and Sue Hookem will face Mary Selby in round three matches

Mike Gillie defeated Dennis Schavey 1-up March 20 to win the 2012 men’s handicap tournament.

The March 22 President’s Cup included 48 players teeing it up in a 9 a.m. shotgun start. Ken Rickett carded a 7-under-par 25 to take first place and now will have his name engraved on the cup. Larry Pippel was low-gross winner with a 3-over-par 35.

The men played a best-ball-of-foursome match March 21. The team of Pieter Thomassen, Dave Kruger, Jim McVicar and Bob Dickenson set a season record with a 30-under-par 98. The team of Dick Eichorn, Tom Lewis, Danny Hayes and Gino DiClemente were alone in second with 27-under par.

The men’s nine-hole, modified-Stableford match March 19 produced a four-way tie for first place at plus-4 between Barry Izzard, Al DiCostansa, Tom Nelson and Bob Soos. The team of Blake Ress, Gary Silke, Dick Mills and John Purcell won the team title at plus-5.

The day’s morning match was a nine-hole, individual-low-net match that saw Vince Mercadante, Fred Meyer, Al Pollack, Bob Schultz and Mike Conlon finish at 4-under-par 28in a five-way tie for first.

The women played an individual-low net-in-flight match March 20. Sandi Tocco grabbed first place in Flight A with a 3-under-par 29, one shot under Helen Pollack.

Joyce Brown carded a 3-under-par 29 to take first place in Flight B. Christina Mason and Heather Pritchard tied for second at 1-under-par 31.

Sally Keyes and Judy Ward both carded 2-unde-par 30 to finish in a tie for first place in Flight C. Joyce Reith took second place with an even-par 32.

Sandy Burrell’s 4-under-par 28 was the low-net round of the day and gave her first place in Flight D. Marty Clark and Barbara Renk finished in a tie for second place with matching 30s.

The team of Marcia Helgeson, Cindy Miller and Mary Selby won the two-best-balls-in-play team game with an 80 and Sue Christianson had a chip-in birdie on number six.

 

McSwain tennis tourney scores love-all

The fifth annual Jimmie McSwain Mixed Doubles Tennis Tournament was played on the Rex Hagen Courts at the Anna Maria Island Community Center March 19 and March 20. The competition was keen and Ms. McSwain directed another outstanding tournament.

Vance Dixon took first place in the men’s division, while Paul Phillips took second place. Peter Horrocks and Bill Walls finished in a tie for third place.

Mary Hunter grabbed first place in the women’s division with Rosie Sizemore taking second place. Kathy Rose, Mary Merkle, Shirly Wisniewski and Beth Wolf tied for third place.

Special thanks from all of the attendees go to Mark and Jean Swift for arranging the awards banquet at the Sandbar Restaurant pavilion.

 

Horseshoe news

Two teams emerged from pool play during March 24 horseshoe action at the Anna Maria city hall horseshoe pits. Octogenerians Fritz Erdich and Marvin Gagemi taught youngsters Dom Livedoti and Adin Shank a lesson with a 21-14 victory in the championship game.

Three teams advanced to the knockout round during March 21 horseshoe action. John Crawford and Dom Livedoti knocked off Bob Mason and Bob Lee 21-4 in the final round.

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

There is no charge to play and everyone is welcome.

Obituaries – 03-28-2012

Harriet Ronan Carlson

Harriet Ronan Carlson, 88, of Bradenton and formerly of Anna Maria and Highland Park, Ill., died March 17. She was born Aug. 3, 1923.

Mrs. Carlson worked 28 years for Highland Park Hospital. In 1985, she retired with husband Don to Anna Maria, where she became an active member of Roser Memorial Community Church. On moving to Bradenton in 1997, she continued her work with the church.

A services was held last week at Roser Church. Memorial donations may be made to Roser Memorial Community Church, P.O. Box 247, Anna Maria FL 34216, or Tidewell Hospice & Palliative Care, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota FL 34238.

Mrs. Carlson is survived by brother David Gourley of Nags Head, N.C.; son John “Andy” and wife Mary Ronan of Lake Villa, Ill.; daughter Ann Owens of Jackson, Ga.; and two grandchildren.

 

Raymond R. Garant

Raymond R. “Frenchie” Garant died March 1. He was born April 2, 1927, in Windsor, Ontario, Canada.

Mr. Garant retired after 30 years at Pontiac Motors in chassis design and was instrumental in the initial CAD system program. He was an avid golfer, who also enjoyed dancing, fishing, cars and spending time with family and friends near the water.

A memorial Mass will be held at 5 p.m. Sunday, March 25, at St. Bernard”s Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach. A Michigan memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday June 30. Memorial donations may be made to Tidewell Hospice & Palliative Care, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota FL 34238.

Mr. Garant is survived by wife Evelyn; daughters Lynn and husband Ron, Laura and husband Doug, Luanne and Lana; grandchildren Julie, Andrew, Bradley, Raymond, Samantha and Brittany; brother Roger and wife Jacky; and sisters-in-law Barbara, Yvette and Genvieve.

 

George M. McDonald

George M. McDonald, 97, formerly of Anna Maria Island, died March 20. He was born in upstate New York near the Canadian border and moved to Florida in the 1950s.

He was a glider pilot stationed in France while serving in the U.S. Army Air Corps in World War II.

After the war, Mr. McDonald had a varied career path, starting out as an electrician then moving on to become an entrepreneur, building and operating diners and motels in both New York and Florida. Upon moving to Anna Maria Island in the early ’60s, he didn’t find a place to open a diner, and he and wife Vera instead opened what became one of the first arts and craft stores in Florida and, eventually, the biggest in the United States.

Mr. McDonald had countless close friends that spanned his life, including Earl Mowry of Holmes Beach, his good friend of more than 50 years.

A service was held March 23 at Serenity Gardens Cemetery, Largo.

Mr. McDonald is survived by son John and wife Dixie of Gulfport, Jerry’s wife Holley McDonald in Issaquah Washington, grandchildren Kent and wife Leah of Trussville, Ala., and Kerry and husband Tom of Renton, Wash.; and great-grandchildren Miles, Madaline, Sam and Molly.

The Islander Classifieds: Wednesday, March 28, 2012

ITEMS FOR SALE

HAYWORD RS75OCA POOL pump, new, never used, with owner’s manual, $250 or best offer. 941-812-6324.

COMPUTER: 2.8GHz Dell Dimension 2400 with newly loaded Windows XP, $100. 941-756-6728.

LAWN MOWER: CRAFTSMAN 21-inch 6.5-hp gas mower, $70. 941-405-4123.

NORITAKE “LINROSE” CHINA: 1940-50 era. $95, cat tunnel play tube, $6. Old crocheted tablecloth, $45. 941-565-0836.

LA-Z-BOY RATTAN RECLINER: Rocks, clean, $50, white entertainment center, holds 50-inch TV, two glass enclosures, $100. 941-778-1264.

MARINE BATTERY: 625 amps, top posts. Used once, paid $97, yours for $55. 941-778-9482.

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

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

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

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

FREEBIE ITEMS FOR SALE

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

ANNOUNCEMENTS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

GARAGE SALES

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.

ESTATE SALE: 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday and Saturday, March 30 and 31. Woodworking shop tools, handcrafted tables, marble-top table, assorted woods and miscellaneous computer hardware. Items too numerous to list here. 224 Oak Ave., Anna Maria.

GARAGE SALE: Saturday and Sunday, March 31-April 1. Dishes, scrubs, books, Avon, clothing and more. 10323 Kingfisher Road W., Bradenton.

FLEA MARKET: 8 a.m. Sunday, April 1. 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, April 8.

SALE: 9 a.m. Friday and Saturday, March 30-31. Jewelry, art, vintage hats, frames, lamps, household, men’s and ladies’ clothing, miscellaneous.  692 Linley St., North Longboat Key.

VILLAGE-WIDE YARD sale! 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, March 31. Ten sales within a few blocks. Come to the village on the north end of Longboat Key; pick up your treasure map from the peacock at the corner of Gulf of Mexico Drive and Broadway. Have fun!

SALE: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, March 31. Miscellaneous household items, books. 409 74th St., Holmes Beach.

COMPLETE CONTENTS OF two-bedroom condo. 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, March 31-April 1. Everything must go! Westbay Cove condo, 600 Manatee Ave., #130, Holmes Beach.

FURNITURE SALE: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday, March 30-April 1. Rattan dining table with six chairs, sofas, sofa beds, chairs, microwave, refrigerator, beds, dressers, antique iron, kitchen items, miscellaneous. Priced to sell! 303 68th St., Holmes Beach.

MULTI-FAMILY SALE: 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday and Saturday, March 30-31. Lots of fun stuff, large plants. 505 69th St., Holmes Beach.

LOST & FOUND

LOST: GOLD CHAIN and cross with red stones- was my mothers-sentimental value. Reward. Holmes Beach. Jim, 309-781-6182.

LOST: GLASSES IN blue case. Anna Maria beach near Gulf Drive on March 22. Please, return to Paradise Rentals, 5201 Gulf Drive. 941-778-1591.

LOST CAMERA: MANATEE County public beach rest room, Friday, March 23. Sentimental, please return at least memory card. 262-909-0908 or 262-909-0911.

PETS

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.

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.

NEW HOME NEEDED! Beautiful cat for adoption! Long-hair, microchip, two years, friendly. Nice carry-crate included. 941-778-0330 or 812-219-2184.

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.

TRANSPORTATION

TOYOTA SIENNA 2000 mini van: 151,000 miles, seven passenger, front-wheel drive, air conditioning front and rear, privacy glass. Interior like new, no smoke. $4,200. 941-896-5224.

BOATS & BOATING

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

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

COME TAKE A leisurely cruise of the Terra Ceia, Fla., Aquatic Preserve with SeaView Ecotours. For more Information go to: www.seaviewtours.org or call Capt. Charlie, 941-729-1690.

POWER NOLES CUSTOM 11.5-foot fiberglass tunnel hull with bass seats. Very stable! Great for fishing-stand on the side without tipping, go in really shallow waters. Very fun boat for anyone who wants to get on the water!
 2001 25-hp Mercury 2-stroke, plus a trolling motor with battery. Must see! $2,150 obo. Call Toni, 941-928-8735.

HELP WANTED

TWO SCOOPS: ANNA Maria’s favorite ice cream shoppe and coffee cafe is now hiring part-time associates. Varied shifts available, must be able to work nights and weekends. A great place to work and have a little fun. Looking for a few friendly people. Food preparation experience a must. Apply today: Two Scoops, located in Bayview Plaza, 101 S. Bay Blvd unit A-2, Anna Maria.

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.

KIDS FOR HIRE

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

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

HEALTH CARE

LPNS NEEDED FOR active quadriplegic using Hoyer lift. Full or part-time. Morning shifts are 4-5 hours starting at 7 a.m. Overnight shifts are 9:30 p.m.-7 a.m. Travel opportunity. 941-383-9637.

SERVICES

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

CLEANING BY LAURA offers everything on your list from kitchen and bath cleaning to dusting and emptying wastebaskets. 941-539-6891.

CAREGIVER FOR ELDERLY: 28 years experience, all duties, top reference, four hours or more, 941-545-7114.

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.: 36 years of happy customers. Organizing, laundry, ironing, pet-watch, storm-check, etc. Rentals our specialty. 941-778-3046.

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

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

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

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

LAWN & GARDEN

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

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

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

LANDSCAPING

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

SHELL DELIVERED AND spread. $45/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.

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

HOME IMPROVEMENT

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

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.

RENTALS

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

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

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

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.

ANNUAL RENTAL. 1BR/1BA, nicely furnished, 900 sf elevated duplex, wraparound deck. 1.3 miles to Anna Marie Island via Cortez Bridge. $1,100/month. 941-761-2725.

SEASONAL WATERFRONT GROUND-floor home: 2BR/2BA, dock. 941-779-9094 or 703-587-4675. 109 13th St. S., Bradenton Beach. www.annamariaislandnow.com. E-mail: bayrest@hotmail.com.

WANT TO GET the home office out of the house? Office suite available, approximately 250 sf, electric and water included, only $500/month, no deposit. 5386 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. 941-746-8666.

AVAILABLE EASTER WEEK! 1BR/1BA apartment directly across from Gulf in Holmes Beach. Newly appointed, fresh and clean! $800/week plus tax. Call 864-630-0450.

ANNA MARIA ISLAND waterfront: Adorable one-bedroom cottage on the bay with dock. $1,495/month. Annual lease. Parking for one car only. 941-779-0289.

WATERFRONT BRADENTON BEACH: Cozy one-room cottage, cathedral ceiling, washer and dryer, perfect for one person without much stuff, $850/month. Annual lease. 941-779-0289.

BEACH RENTAL: GULFFRONT complex: due to cancellation. 2BR/2BA, pool, tennis, available April. 941-794-8877.

DIRECT GULFFRONT: RARELY available 2BR/2.5BA updated one-family residence in north Holmes Beach. Dec.1-May 1, 2013. Call Dave, 9414-720-0089, Realtor.

SEASONAL OR WEEKLY cottage-style rentals. 1BR/1BA or 1BR/1BA with loft with pool. Walk to beach, shops or dining! 941-778-3426. Web site: www.spinnakerscottages.com.

REAL ESTATE

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.

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.

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/.

DISTRESS SALES/BANK foreclosures and fixer-uppers. Go to: www.ManateeAreaForeclosures.com for a free list of properties available now. 941-315-1501.

HIGHLY MOTIVATED SELLER of the lowest-priced 3BR/2BA property on Anna Maria Island with private heated pool, garage and new construction said, “Barry, I want to sell this now … drop the price $30,000.” Not a condo. 300 block in Holmes Beach. Zoned R2. Now only $449,000. Call Barry Gould, 941-448-5500. Island Vacation Properties.

EXQUISITE 1BR/1BA TRAILER near Bridge Street. Large deck overlooking Intracoastal Waterway, Bradenton Beach. By appointment, 941-778-2720.

INTRACOASTAL WATERWAY CONDO: Imperial House, B-16. 1BR/1BA, 664 sf, deeded, beach access, heated pool, clubhouse, 55-plus community. $129,900. Call 941-896-8042 or 321-299-4344. 611 Gulf Drive, Bradenton Beach.

OPEN HOUSE CORTEZ Park: 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday, March 30-31. 12507 Cortez Road W. Act now. Tour of homes/lots located on the north end of Sarasota Bay within walking distance of the beach. This 55-plus pet-friendly co-op community in historic Cortez Village offers fishing, boating, marina, restaurants to come and some of the prettiest sunsets. Pricing starts at $75,000. Lots available for new units or just add to the charm of an existing unit. Contact Jeff or Sue, 941-794-1221. Ww.cortezparkfl.com.

IRONWOOD CONDO: $59,999. 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.