Tag Archives: 03-30-2011

Facing reality

Small wonder so many officials are in disbelief. It’s unthinkable, unbelievable that Anna Maria Island has lost so many residents. The recent census results are causing a rip current of concern.

Whether you measure by homestead exemptions (homeowners mostly living year-round in their homes), voters (folks with a vested interest) or use the new U.S. census numbers (a so-so head count), the numbers are down.

Down. Down. Down.

Wow. Just when it looked like there was evidence of a renaissance in some areas — after all, business is on the up, up, up on Bridge Street and Pine Avenue, and Holmes Beach is holding its own.

And contractors and investors are developing new homes and rejuvenating the surge of elevated duplexes that resulted in the 1970s after FEMA all but eliminated ground-level homes here.

Apparently, what we are to surmise is that these homes will be purchased by investors who won’t ever live here.

Are we becoming more than what we wished for — more a tourist town and less a residential community where families raise their kids?

Like our late friend Snooks Adams, born in Cortez and having spent most of his adult life on Anna Maria Island, would say when asked what he thought of all the folks that have come here: “Hell, I didn’t want you to come here.”

But, he proceeded to comment, “Now that you’re here … we Islanders have to provide for those folks who want to come and live here. Roads, bridges, beaches, schools, lifestyle, safety, sustenance.

Remember when AMI had three grocery stores and a market? More than 400 students at the elementary school? Five competitive Little League teams? A full roster of members at the Key Royale Club?

How will we provide for the future? A future of more visitors than residents? That’s the big question.

If you’ve frequented any top tourist destinations, you’ve seen the “big picture.” And that picture comes from visioning. From people challenging one another to think ahead and consider “what if” scenarios.

Just five to six years ago Islanders were cashing in their chips, selling at top dollar and moving back North or short distances to “town,” where their dollar stretched in housing options.

Then, the bubble burst on real estate, and Islanders found themselves coming up short. Low prices are bringing investors — deal-makers who only want to make money.

And so it starts again.

The difference will be, they don’t want to live here.

They won’t homestead, vote or count in the census.

We will have a new brand for paradise.

And who could have guessed 10, 20 or 30 years ago that we were headed into a declining population?

Who knew we Islanders could become such rare birds?

Suspect in HB theft jailed in Sarasota


A suspect in the rip-off of a Holmes Beach couple was in a Sarasota County jail, as of Islander press time.

Catherine Theresa O’Malley, 48, was arrested shortly after midnight Feb. 25 near the intersection of Myrtle Avenue and U.S. 41 in Sarasota, according to a Sarasota Police Department arrest report.

In mid-March, she was convicted of three offenses dating back to a December 2010 case — fraud, presenting a false ID to a law enforcement officer and possession of narcotics/narcotics equipment.

O’Malley also is facing grand theft, a third-degree felony charge filed against her March 9 in Sarasota County. Court records identified her as homeless and a waitress.

Meanwhile, in Manatee County, the Holmes Beach Police Department has named O’Malley as a suspect in the 2010 case of a stolen car, jewelry and other possessions from the home she was hired to watch by Barbara and David Hines of Holmes Beach.

The Hines had hired O’Malley to take care of their pets and home while they were vacationing in Europe late last year.

O’Malley, in police documents, is accused of grand theft, a felony.

“The defendant knowingly obtained the property of another with the intent to temporarily or permanently deprive the owner of their right to the property,” the report stated.

The Hines had trouble with their bank accounts while traveling, and when they returned they learned of checks cashed on their accounts and that numerous items were missing from their residence, the largest being a Mazda Miata.

“The victim’s bank fraud department has images showing the defendant cashing and attempting to cash the stolen checks throughout the area,” HBPD reported. “The total amount for the items that were stolen is $23,213.”

The Miata, was found in Bradenton in February and turned over to the insurance company. Some of their possessions were found in the trunk of the recovered auto.

Soon after the theft, the HBPD issued an all-points-bulletin for the vehicle, as well as an arrest warrant for O’Malley.

Giraffe wanders back

An 8-foot-tall statue of a giraffe is back home at Slim’s Place in Anna Maria following a prank that led to a Manatee County Sheriff’s Office report of grand theft.

The statue had been reported missing March 14 and believed taken from just inside the door of the restaurant and lounge either late March 13 or early March 14, according to an incident report from the MCSO.

But Slim’s ownership later learned that the missing giraffe had been taken in jest, not as theft.

The case is now closed.

Island police blotter – 03-30-2011

Anna Maria

• March 18, 800 block of North Shore Drive, petit theft. The renter of a vacation home reported that a pair of kayak paddles stored outside were taken. The paddles were valued at $75.

• March 18, 100 block of South Bay Boulevard, missing/found child. The Manatee County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a child lost from the city pier. The girl, a vacationer from Missouri, was found within minutes.

• March 20, 400 block of Pine Avenue, domestic disturbance. Two people walking along the street — and suspected of being intoxicated — were fighting. The MCSO deputy gave both information about domestic violence. The woman called her husband for a ride.

• March 21, 100 block of Willow Avenue, theft. The MCSO took a report that a rented bike was stolen.

Bradenton Beach

• No new reports.


• March 19, 12300 block of 46th Avenue West, petit theft. The MCSO investigated a report that a woman’s wallet was stolen at Star Fish Co. The value of the wallet and its contents was $85.

• March 20, 4500 block of 102nd Street, battery. Two men in an apartment got into a fight. The MCSO responded.

• March 20, 4500 block of 119th Street West, burglary. The MCSO investigated a report that someone stole two rods and reels from a vehicle parked near Cortez Bait and Seafood.

Holmes Beach

• March 19, 5200 block beach access, graffiti. The Holmes Beach Police Department responded to a complaint that someone wrote an expletive on the pavement near the access. An officer found the graffiti writer and notified him he could be arrested for vandalism, and then had the man remove the graffiti.

• March 21, station report, theft. HBPD investigated the theft of a 16-foot boat valued at about $2,000 and fishing equipment valued at about $2,000 from a trailer. The boat was painted olive-green with a camouflage cover.

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

Sports – 03-30-2011

Ferrer leads Bears past Raiders in 13-16 Super Bowl

The Beach Bistro Bears jumped all over Bassett, Vita, Vining & Herman Group Raiders early and often on the way to an easy 33-16 victory in the Anna Maria Island Community Center NFL Flag Football 13-16 division Super Bowl on March 26 at the Community Center.

Leading the way for the Bears was Austin Ferrer, who had a hand in four of the five Bears touchdowns.

Ferrer and the Bears wasted no time getting on the scoreboard. After a 12-yard run on first down, Ferrer got loose down the right sideline and made a leaping catch on a pass thrown by Henry Bernet to give the Bears a 6-0 lead two minutes into the game.

The Bears held the Raiders on downs to get the ball back to their offense. After a pair of incomplete passes, Ferrer dropped back looking to pass, but found nobody open so he took off and scampered 45 yards for a touchdown. Bernet then hit Ferrer with the extra point pass and the Bears took a 13-0 lead midway through the first half.

Bernet got the ball back for the Bears when he intercepted Reese Vita at the 9-yard line. Nick Mello ran it in from the 7-yard line and Ferrer ran in the extra point to give the Bears a 21-0 lead.

The Raiders finally got on the scoreboard when Vita hit Danny Doyle on a third-down pass to midfield. Doyle eluded two defenders and ran it into the end zone to complete a 45-yard catch-and-run play. Vita then hit Michael Galati for a two-point conversion to pull to within 21-8 with 3:55 left to play in the half.

The Bears got the ball back and methodically drove the length of the field before a scrambling Ferrer connected with Michael Pears on a 14-yard touchdown pass and a Bears 27-8 halftime lead.

The Raiders held the Bears on downs to open the second half, but after a nice pass play from Vita to Galati that gave the Raiders a first down, Ferrer intercepted Vita’s next offering and took it to the house. The Bears had a 33-8 lead.

Late in the game, the Raiders drove the length of the field on short passes and scored when Vita hit Hunter Parrish on a 10-yard touchdown pass. Parrish then ran in the two-point conversion to pull to within 33-16.

Other members of the 13-16 division champions include Jordan Brown, Carolyn Cullinan, Katie Holiday and Max Miller.

Fourth-annual McSwain tourney a hit

The fourth-annual, Jimmy McSwain Mixed-Doubles Tennis Tournament was played March 21-22 at the Rex Hagen Courts at the Anna Maria Island Community Center.

Twenty-four players participated in the event, directed once again by McSwain. An awards banquet attended by more than 80 players and friends was held March 24 at the Sandbar Restaurant.

Dolce Little took first place among the women, followed by Sue Herman and Kathy Rose. First place among the men and high-point champion was Al Cirulli, while Peter Horrocks, Don Jackson and Bill Davis tied for second place.

Key Royale golf news

Golf action last week at the Key Royale Club was punctuated by the annual President’s Cup on March 17. Club president, Craig Humphreys presented first- and second-place awards to the top two teams. The team of Chet Hutton, Tom Warda, Vince Mercadante and Art McMillen took first place with a 10-under-par 118. One shot back in second place was the team of John Estok, Fred Meyer, Gary Harris and Tom Nelson.

The President’s Cup went to Tom Nelson with a net 6-under-par 26 and also individual low-gross honors with a 2-over 34.

In other club news, members played in an inaugural Key Royale Club men’s senior handicap championship for members age 70 and older. A field of 48 golfers was whittled down to the final match March 25 that saw Ernie Hauser defeat Bob Elliott 3 and 2.

The women and men teamed up March 24 for a coed, two-best-balls-of-foursome match. The team of Nel Bergstrom, Joyce Brown, Jim Finn and Earl Huntzinger combined to card a 2-under-par 126 to take first place. Second place went to the team of Bob Dickenson, Ed Havlik, Liane Klien and Terry Westby with a 131.

The women played a nine-hole, low-net game March 22 that saw Pam Alvord and Penny Williams tie for first place in Flight A with matching 4-under-par 28s.

Kris Landkammer’s 4-under-par 28 gave her a two-shot victory in Flight B over Christina Mason and Beverly Neville.

Mardene Eichhorn and Sue Little both carded 2-under-par 30 to finish in a tie for first place in Flight C. Second place also finished in a tie as Donna Soos and Barb Lindwall both came in at 1-under 31.

Erma McMullen had the low-net round of the day, carding a 7-under par 25 to take top honors in Flight D.

The team game of the day was a two-best-balls-of-foursome gross score won by the team of Cindy Miller, Marcia Helgeson, Mary Selby and Penny Williams at 79.

The men played an 18-hole, two-best-balls-of-foursome match March 22. The team of Art Hibbs, Gerald Taylor, Andrew Barber and Peter Proxy fired a 27-under par-101 to take first place.

The men played a nine-hole, individual-low-net match March 20. Dave Krueger and Bill Martin tied for first place with a 6-under-par 26.

Horseshoe news

Horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe pits March 26 saw three team emerge with the required three victories in pool play. Adin Shank and Gene Bobeldyke drew the bye into the finals and watched as Bruce Munro and Art Kingstad rolled to an easy 24-5 victory over Norm Good and John Johnson. Bobeldyke-Shank edged Munro-Kingstad 21-17 in the finals.

The March 23 horseshoe games also saw three teams emerge from pool play with Norm Good and Norm Langeland drawing the bye into the finals. Bob Lee and John Crawford cruised past Herb Puryear and Dom Liedot 23-12 in the semifinal before demolishing Good-Langeland 24-3 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.

Island real estate transactions – 03-30-2011

609 Emerald Lane, Holmes Beach, a 1,641 sfla / 3,049 sfur 2bed/2bath/2car canalfront pool home built in 2069 on a 90×115 lot was sold 03/11/11,  Safety Harbor Assets LLC to Davis for $484,000.

4607 Second Ave., Holmes Beach, half of a land condo lot was sold 03 04 11, Island Restoration VII LLC to Hebden for $270,000.

2601 Gulf Drive, Unit 427, Sandpiper Resort Co Op, Bradenton Beach, a 1,066 sfla / 1,378 sfur 2bed/2bath mobile home with share built in 2003 was sold 03/08/11, Albert to Murphy for $215,000.

611 Gulf Drive N., Unit B18, Imperial House, Bradenton Beach, a 794 sfla 2bed/1½bath 55+ condo with shared pool built in 1969 was sold 03/10/11, Heath to Wilson for $150,000; list $174,900.

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

Obituaries – 03-30-2011


Ella E. Fullin

Ella E. Fullin, 92, of Anna Maria and formerly of Bridgeport, Conn., died March 18.

A service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 30 at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 6608 Marina Drive,

Holmes Beach.

Marion Rose Lacoste Ramsey McCartney

Marion Rose Lacoste Ramsey McCartney, 88, of New Carlisle, Ohio, and Anna Maria Island, died March 18.

Mrs. McCartney was an active member of the United Methodist Church of New Carlisle and the Roser Memorial Community Church in Anna Maria.

She retired as a rural carrier for the U.S. Postal Service. She held numerous positions in the public and private sector, including government service during World War II and as a paramedic on the New Carlisle Emergency Squad. She traveled and lived in locations spanning from New Orleans to Florida and

Pennsylvania to Japan. She enjoyed singing, dancing and playing bridge.

A memorial service will be announced at a later date.  Donations may be made to the American Cancer Society or hospice.

Mrs. McCartney is survived by her children, Judy and husband Masato Sato, Harry and wife Debbie, Jamie and husband Ronald Trick, William and wife Becky; grandchildren and spouses Aimee and Dan Lin, Ronald Jr. and Katy Trick, Adrienne and Michael Gorretta, Matt McCartney, Elizabeth and Nicholas Fields; and great-grandchildren Noah and Nathan Lin; step-children Gail and Dave Armstrong and Eric and Jody Ramsey and their children.

Fishing – 03-30-2011

Springtime, time to prepare for silver kings

Well, it’s almost time to start the quest for tarpon. Sightings have been reported, although targetable numbers of tarpon have not yet arrived to Tampa Bay. So dig out the tarpon rods and get ready for one of the most desired fishing seasons. Take this opportunity to go through your tackle and make sure it’s all worthy of the prospective battle with a silver king.

For spinning tackle, most tarpon fishers are using an 8-9 foot, extra-heavy (25- to 40-pound) rod paired with an oversized spinning reel such as a Penn 850 Spinfisher or something comparable. Using a bigger reel gives you the drag strength you need to turn a fish and also provides a lot of line capacity. I like to have at least 250-300 yards of 50-pound braid plus backing on my reel. You probably won’t need that much line for smaller fisher, but you never know when you’re going to hook a big one. I’ve seen a big tarpon spool a reel all the way to the knot, and having more line is better than not enough.

Leader sizes of 50-, 60- or 80-pound fluorocarbon are commonly rigged with a 5/0-sized or bigger circle hook.

In the upcoming weeks, we should be hearing reports of tarpon moving north, so make sure you’re ready when they show up.

Inshore fishing around Anna Maria Island is still getting better as spring proceeds. Rumors of pompano are coming from the beach fishers. Also on the beaches, fishers are reeling in whiting, spotted sea trout, mackerel, ladyfish and jacks. Live shrimp and sand fleas are working well for the pomps, whiting and trout, while spoons and jigs have been working for the macks, ladies and jack crevalle.

The sheepshead bite is still keeping the rods bent at the piers. You still can’t beat a tubeworm, but sheepsherders using fleas and fiddlers are producing, too.

Offshore action is getting better every day as the water temps warm up. Mangrove snapper in the 2- to 5-pound range are being caught on offshore reefs and ledges along with hogfish, porgies and Key West grunts. Gag grouper are still dominating nearshore and offshore structures. Record numbers of amberjack are being seen offshore, and rumors of kingfish in 40-50 feet of water are occurring, while these species are also being seen around the Sunshine Skyway Bridge.

Capt. Sam Kimball of Legend Charters is catching lots of snapper as well as catch-and-release grouper on his offshore trips. Using live select shrimp or squid is resulting in catches of lane snapper, vermillion snapper, yellowtail snapper up to 2 pounds, and mangrove snapper up to 6 pounds. Catch-and-release gag and red grouper are still going strong with fish in the 20-pound range coming from deeper water. To round out the offshore experience, Kimball is catching amberjack in the 10- to 20-pound range on live threadfin herring. Moving to the nearshore structure, he’s seeing Key West grunts and sheepshead in the 3- to 4-pound range.

Captain Mark Johnston, also of Legend Charters, is having success in the Intracoastal Waterway and northern Sarasota Bay with Spanish mackerel, sheepshead and spotted sea trout using live shrimp.

Capt. Rick Gross of Fishy Business Charter says backwater fishing is improving as the water temps rise. While flats fishing in the bay area, Gross is catching good numbers of snook using live shiners. “We caught a dozen in 20 minutes in one spot,” Gross said. Gross also is targeting redfish around oyster bars.

Using live shrimp, Gross is reeling in reds up to 25 inches. In the same areas, he’s switching over to white bait and catching snook and spotted sea trout in the 22-inch range. He also says sheepshead remain abundant around docks and in the passes. Gross likes to use half a shrimp on a jig head for best results.

Finally, Gross is catching Spanish mackerel on the deeper grass flats and channels using both live shiners and shrimp.

Jonny Keyes at Island Discount Tackle says beach fishers are reporting in with a mixed catch depending on their bait. Sand fleas fished in the trough right by the shoreline are resulting in whiting and an occasional sheepshead, and there are still some flounder on the beaches. “Try using a Berkeley Gulp shrimp to catch those flounder,” Keyes suggests. Live shrimp have been producing some keeper spotted sea trout, as well as a few pompano. “There’s some pompano out there,” Keyes says, “but the bite has been sporadic.”

Last but not least, some bonnethead and black tip sharks are cruising the beaches along the shoreline. A piece of cut-bait such as squid or threadfin herring is a good way to hook up the feisty jaws.

Moving into the bays and Anna Maria Sound, fishers are targeting spotted sea trout on the deeper flats, where DOA Cal jigs and a 1/4-ounce jig head are producing trout within slot size. Redfish are starting to show on the flats around the mullet schools. And, Keyes says, you may encounter some good catch-and-release snook action around the mullet schools as well. To target both of these species, try using live shrimp or shiners. “The MirrOlure “Lil John” is working well, too,” he says.

Local docks and piers are still holding good numbers of sheepshead. Keyes suggests carrying an assortment of baits, including fiddlers, sand fleas and live shrimp. “Sometimes the sheepies will get finicky,” Keyes says, “So you want to be prepared.”

Inshore and offshore fishing is picking up by the day. Key West grunts, porgies, sheepshead, hogfish and mangrove snapper are all being caught on live select shrimp. Cobia are cruising the structure. The amberjack bite is on fire around 15 miles out. Keyes suggests you try some live threadfin herring or pinfish to catch these reef donkeys.

Capt. Warren Girle is fishing waters up to 50 feet deep and reeling in catch-and-release gag grouper up to 29 inches. “There’s still a ton of grouper out there,” Girle says. In these same areas, Girle is catching limits of mangrove snapper in the 2-pound range on live shrimp. Spanish mackerel, Key West grunts and lots of sheepies are being boated.

Moving into the bay, Girle is hooking up redfish around docks and canals using live shrimp. He says artificials are the ticket for spotted sea trout on the deeper grass flats.

Jeff Medley at the Sunshine Skyway Bridge South Fishing Pier says the sheepshead bite is still going strong with pier fishers landing convict fish up to 5 pounds. “The sheepies are biting like they were back in February,” Medley says, “They’re even biting on small pieces of peeled shrimp.”

Spanish mackerel have moved in with a purpose, eating schools of glass minnow, small threadfins and white bait. Fishers using spoons or shiners are bringing fish in up to 25 inches. The Spanish mackerel’s larger cousin, the king mackerel, also have moved inshore. Fish up to 30 inches are being reported,

while bigger ones have been spotted, too. A live threadfin on a flat line has been working well for a hookup.

Fishers using Doc’s jigs or reasonable facsimiles are catching pompano. “Try tipping the jig with a small piece of shrimp,” Medley suggests.

Fishing cut bait on the bottom has resulted in some nice-size shark and stingrays at the Skyway. A nice chunk of Spanish mackerel is a good way to entice smaller black tip sharks, according to Medley. And don’t forget to gear up, these fish fight long and hard.

Bob Kilb at the Rod & Reel Pier says sheepshead is remaining the mainstay for pier fishers. Tubeworms, fiddlers and sand fleas are working great, with catches in the 2-pound range the norm. Spanish mackerel are starting to show and Kilb says Gotcha plugs and white crappie jigs are highly effective on these fast-paced fish. While fishing for mackerel, pier fishers also are encountering jack crevalle in the 5-pound range. White bait is starting to load up around the pier, so don’t forget to bring a Sabiki rig if you want shiners for bait.

Capt. Mark Howard of SumoTime Fishing Charters says nonstop action on a variety of species is the springtime norm. The sheepshead bite peaked last week with the full moon and produced some huge sheepies of up to 7 pounds.

Snook have been burning the drags on Howard’s reels, feeding heavy since the warmup and making for some excellent catch-and-release fishing.

Speckled trout also are feeding in a variety of water depths from 1 1/2 to 8 feet. Some exceptional fish have been landed using shiners. Howard says to look for the speckled trout bite to improve as we move deeper into springtime patterns.

Redfish have started moving out of their winter spots and onto the flats. He’s seeing mixed sizes sitting in potholes and readily taking shiners.

Howard is looking forward to some of the best fishing action of the year on a variety of species that patrol the beautiful waters of Manatee County. Fishing action “will heat up as the shiners flood the bay and the water warms up,” Howard says.

Send fishing reports to fish@islander.org.

Islander Calendar – 03-30-2011

Wednesday, March 30

11 a.m. — Einstein Circle discussion on “What is Left of the American Dream?” at the Studio at Gulf and Pine, 10101 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information: 941-359-4296.

Thursday, March 31

10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. — Reporter James McCartney presents a talk on “Current U.S. Foreign Policy and Political Situations” at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.

Saturday, April 2

8:30 a.m. — Diana Dill, executive director of Take Stock in Children, will speak to the Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island at the Anna Maria Island Beach Cafe, 4000 Gulf Drive, Manatee Public Beach, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-7888.

5 p.m. — Pre-Affaire party hosted by Lee Greenwood at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-1908. Fee applies.

6 p.m. — An Affaire to Remember fundraising dinner and dance at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-1908. Fee applies.

Tuesday, April 5
Noon to 1 p.m. — Nancy Ambrose of the American Cancer Society Action Network speaks to the Rotary Club of Anna Maria at the BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Information: 942-518-1965.

3 to 5 p.m. — Oldies Beach Dance to benefit the Anna Maria Island Concert Chorus & Orchestra at the Sandbar Restaurant, 100 Spring Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-8585. Fee applies.

Wednesday, April 6

11 a.m. — Einstein Circle discussion on “What Constitutes A ‘Good’ Person?” at the Studio at Gulf and Pine, 10101 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information: 941-359-4296.

11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. — The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce presents “Recover Your American Dream” and lunch with Michael Marciniak at the Bridge Street Bistro, 111 Gulf Drive S., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-778-1541. Fee applies.

3 p.m. — After Hours Book Club will discuss Robert Goolick’s “A Reliable Wife” at the Tingley Memorial Library, 111 Second St. N., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-779-1208.

Ongoing: • Through April 3, “Rabbit Hole” at the Island Players, 10009 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-5755. Fee applies.• Tuesdays, 12:30 p.m., duplicate bridge at the Episcopal Church of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-3390.

• Tuesdays, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., Coffee and Conversations for Seniors at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-1908.

• Tuesdays, 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., Inquiring Minds study group at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 6608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-1813.

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

• Wednesdays, 10 a.m., Settler’s bread sale at the Anna Maria Island Historical Society museum shop, 402 Pine Ave., Anna Maria.     • Alternating Wednesdays, 11 a.m., memory loss support group at the Longboat Island Chapel Aging in Paradise Resource Center, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key.

Information: 941-383-6491.     • 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, 6:30 p.m., smoke-free bingo at Annie Silver Community Center, 102 23rd Ave., Bradenton Beach.

Information: 941-778-1915.

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

• 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. to 3 p.m., Outdoor market on Bridge Street in Bradenton Beach, through April. Information: 941-518-4431.


Friday, April 1

9 a.m. to noon — Anti-aging seminar with Denise Medved at the Longboat Island Chapel, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. Information: 941-552-8330. Fee applies.

6 to 9 p.m. — Artist reception for Raul Casas and Lagana at the Dancing Crane Gallery, Village of the Arts, 1019 10th Ave. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-744-1333.

Saturday, April 2
10:30 p.m. — “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” at Manatee Players, 102 Old Main St., Bradenton. Information: 941-748-5875. Fee applies.

Sunday, April 3
7 p.m. — Unplugged Festival presents “The Steadfast” at the Asolo Repertory rehearsal hall, 5555 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Information: 941-351-8000. Fee applies.

Monday, April 4
7 to 8:30 p.m. — “Flash Back, Flash Forward” panel discussion led by Anthony Rice about significant elements of the 1960s through the lens of art and culture at Manatee Players Riverfront Theatre, 102 Old Main St., Bradenton. Information: 941-744-7484.

Tuesday, April 5

9:30 a.m. to noon — Manasota Genealogical Society meets at the Central Library, 1301 Barcarrota Blvd. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-722-5156.

10 to 11 a.m. — Tai chi at the Aging in Paradise Resource Center, Longboat Island Chapel, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. Information: 941-383-6491. Fee applies.

8 p.m. — Unplugged Festival presents “Mr. Green 2” at the Asolo Repertory rehearsal hall, 555 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Information: 941-351-8000. Fee applies.

Coming Up:

• April 8, Artist reception for Jane Keeling, Island Gallery West.

• April 8-10, “Seven in ’11” play festival, West Coast Black Theater, Sarasota.

• April 8, Reception for photographer Phil Jensen, Artists’ Guild Gallery.

• April 9, Anna Maria Island Privateers Thieves Market, Coquina Beach.

• April 9, Paws in Motion Humane Society of Manatee County Walkathon, downtown Bradenton riverfront.

• April 9, Sidewalk astronomy, South Florida Museum.

• April 9-10, Butterfly Park Art and Craft Festival, Holmes Beach field.

• April 13, “U.S. Foreign Aid: Are We Getting Our Bang for the Buck?” discussion, Studio at Gulf and Pine.

Save the Date:

• April 15-16, Holmes Beach Founder’s Day Festival.

• April 23, Cortez Native’s Picnic, Florida Maritime Museum.

• May 7, 10th annual Island Run for the Children’s Academy of Southwest Florida.

• May 13-14, Anna Maria City Pier Centennial Celebration, Anna Maria.
Send calendar announcements to diana@islander.org. Please include the time, date and location of the event, a brief description and a contact via e-mail and phone.

AME calendar

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

• March 31, 1:30 p.m., birthday book club, media center.

• April 11-14, Florida Comprehensive Assessment Testing.

• April 14, 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., kindergarten roundup.

AME is at 4700 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.

For more information, call 941-708-5525.

The Islander Classifieds: Wednesday, March. 30, 2011


COLLECTIBLE COCA COLA cookie jar, $5. Burger King, McDonalds toys, 20 pieces $2. 941-795-8734.

REAL CHIQUITA BANANA plants: 3-5 feet high. Four plants for $25. 941-778-0192.

PLANTS: SIX LARGE ‘cardinals guard’ $30. 941-778-0256.

COMPUTER: DELL, REFURBISHED with newly loaded Windows XP-PRO, $35, 941-756-6728.

DOLPHIN: CARVED WOODEN, 30 x 19 inches, $90. 941-778-0256.

CARPET PAD: 11 x 8 feet, $15. 941-778-0256.

SQUARE BOX FAN: 20-inch, $10, Breakfast-in-bed serving tray with magazine side panels, $30. 941-778-1264.

ROLLING ROCK BOMB box, large, $20. 941-778-1264.

MATTRESS: LATEX SPRING air. New, $1,500. $100 or best offer. 941-778-3920.

COCKATIEL BIRD CAGE: Like new with floor stand, $35. 941-356-1456.

YAMAHA VINO CLASSIC: Two scooters for sale. 2007 blue, only 1,500 miles, great condition. $1,150 or best offer. 2006 silver, only 850 miles and in great condition. $1,050 or best offer. Great gas mileage, 35 mph-plus, easy to ride, and really great fun on the Island! 941-928-8735.

GIRL’S BIKE: SPECIALIZED Hotrock, light purple, like new. $85. 941-928-8735

ANTIQUE COPPER POTS and bowls, collection $300, or $50-75 each. Wine racks, antique burl-wood rocker and more. 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 advertise 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)


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.

BRADENTON ROTARY CLUB meets at noon Mondays at Mattison’s Riverside, 1200 First Ave. W., Bradenton. Club members enjoy fellowship with like-minded professionals. Club projects offer opportunities to benefit the community locally and worldwide. To attend a meeting as our guest, call Trish, 941-747-1871. More information: www.bradentonrotary.org.

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.


ESTATE SALE: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, April 2. 4212 126th St. W., Bldg. 4, Apt. 407. Smuggler’s Cove, Cortez. Florida-style queen and twin bed sets, leather sofa, wicker settee, chairs, table bed set, game table and chairs, dining table and chairs, bar stools, lamps, tables, books, TVs, cabinet, luggage, tools, linens and kitchen. Sale by Julie McClure. Pictures: WWW.APPRAISALS4U.BIZ.

ESTATE SALE: 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday, March 30. Everything must go including 1998 Buick LaSabre. 533 69th St., Holmes Beach.


ROSER THRIFT SHOP open 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. Dollar sales racks. 511 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. 941-779 -2733.

MOVING SALE: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, April 2.  Everything must go. 717 Jacaranda Road, Anna Maria.

ANTIQUE AND ART fair: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, April 2-3. Take the trolley! Quality artists and antique dealers, organic produce and exotic orchids.  Benefits LBK Turtle Watch. For information, call Steff’s Stuff, 941-383-1901. 6828 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Whitney Plaza, Longboat Key.

YARD SALE: 8:30 a.m.-?  Saturday, April 2. Household items, electronics, furniture. 520 56th St., Holmes Beach.

SALE: SATURDAY AND Sunday, April 2-3. Vintage and designer clothing, 20-50 percent off all clothing, hats, purses, shoes. April 2-3 Steff’s Stuff Antiques, 6828 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. 941-383-1901.


FOUND CAT: AT Umbrella Beach Resort. Striped orange tabby. 1501 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. 941-778-6667.

LOST: SPRINT LG mobile phone, orange color. 941-778-4040.

LOST PRIVATEER DAGGER: one of matching husband-wife set. Husband passed away recently, so much sentimental value attached. Please, call 941-761-4771 if found.

LOST: GOLD AND seed pearl bracelet in Holmes Beach. If found, please, call 941-545-5009 or 920-608-0701.

LOST: TEAR DROP-shaped necklace, maybe near Manatee public beach, much sentimental value. Reward if found, 941-345-6531 or 941-778-3953.

DIGITAL CAMERA (FOUND on Island), digital camera (found at Robinson Preserve), men’s wedding band, silver makeup bag. For further information please, call the Holmes Beach Police Department at 941-708-5804.


WONDERFUL SWEET ADULT cat, tiger striped, big beautiful eyes. Neutered, up to date on shots, micro chipped. Lisa, 941-345-2441 or e-mail: islandlisa44@aol.com.

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.


CUSTOM CARPENTRY: BOAT and home. Quality work, fair rates. Call 941-795-1947 or 941-462-2792.

DAGGER KAYAK: 12-foot 6-inch with paddle, vest. Like new. Paid $999, sell for $600. 603-801-3508.

BIMINI BAY: 10,000-lb. lift, up to 29 feet. Direct open water, electric, water. Call Larry, 941-778-1565.

FOR RENT: BOAT slip, north end Anna Maria. Easy access to Gulf, up to 30 feet, $150/month. 941-794-8877.


SALES ACE: MOTIVATED Real Estate licensee wanted for new progressive Island office. Great splits. Call Nicole, 941-773-3966.

PART-TIME SALES: Must be available evenings and weekends. Gift shop located on Anna Maria Island. Retirees welcome. Start as soon as possible. 727-244-5906.

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

PART-TIME RECEPTIONIST for local area motel. Flexible hours and some weekends. Phone 941-778-2780.

SECURITY GUARD: CONDO security guard needed noon to 4 p.m.  Saturday and Sundays. $12/hour 941-778-1390.

GRAPHIC DESIGNER WANTED part-time for ad/editorial layout. InDesign and Photoshop expertise a must. Advertising experience required. Intro-resume to info@islander.org.


LOOKING FOR A babysitter or pet sitter? For all ages, call Carolyn. Red cross certified. 941-778-2301.

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.


LOOKING FOR ANGEL investor for construction project: Haley’s Motel is seeking a $1,000,000 investment to transform the motel into a wedding facility. Invest $100,000 to $1,000,000 with a great short-term ROI. Call Tom for details, 941-993-4909.

ROTTEN RALPH’S RESTAURANT/bar business opportunity, $299,000. One of the last with waterfront dining. Sharon Villars, 941-920-0669. Erlene Fitzpatrick, 941-224-6339. Remax Alliance Group.

HEALTH FOOD AND deli business. 3228 E. Bay Drive, Holmes Beach. 941-580-0626.

BEACH CONSIGNMENT SHOP: Busy shopping plaza, includes new website and hosts over 80 artists. Must sell due to illness. Make offer. 941-348-9494.


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

LIGHT CARPENTRY, HOME repairs, handyman work, deck repairs, dock repairs, etc. Retired tradesman, Island resident. No job too small. Call Steve Doyle 941-778-1708.

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.

CONTACT CAPT. GREG Burke of A Paradise Realty for all your real estate needs, selling, listing, buying. Listings needed. 941-592-8373 or e-mail: gregburkesr@hotmail.com.

I DON’T CUT corners, I clean corners. Professional, friendly cleaning service since 1999. 941-778-7770. Leave message.

ANTOINETTE’S PERSONAL SERVICE: Caring for your home while you are away. 941-778-7355, 941-730-6548.

TRANSPORT SERVICE: LET me drive you to the airport or anywhere in Florida. Flat rates. Reasonable. Call Mike, 941-448-4100.

HOUSE CLEANING BY Laura. Excellent references. One house, 2BR/2BA, $50. 941-539-6891.

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

KEEP TRACK OF what’s important.  Be safe, smart and ready with a home inventory. We’re bonded and insured. Call Jeff Cordes at Digital Safety Net, 941-713-4507 or e-mail: jeff@DigitalSafetyNetFL.com.

PROFESSIONAL NANNY AVAILABLE mornings/early afternoons. Experienced, loving, nonsmoker, CPR, references. Also evening/weekend childcare. 772-480-8220.

ISLAND PET NANNY: Loving pet care. Longtime Island resident, background check, pet CPR-certified, references. Karen Robinson, 941-779-2830 or 941-730-5693.

PRESSURE WASHING SPECIAL: Driveways, swimming pool decks, docks and trailers, $45/each. All other services $18/hour plus chemicals. Cortez resident. Call Bill, 941-896-6788.

PURE IMAGE CLEANING: Residential, commercial and move-in, move-outs! Call Michelle, 941-465-2957.

TUTORING SERVICES: Specializing in algebra, geometry, calculus, trigonometry and science. Special needs students welcome. Grades 3-12. Jenifer, 941-224-1760.

BUSINESS-TO-BUSINESS JD’s Window Cleaning looking for storefront jobs in Holmes Beach. Free estimates, references. 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 0want 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.

CHECK MY HOUSE! We provide full house checking services to ensure your house is secure while you are away. Call 941-928-8735, or e-mail check.my.house@verizon.net for details.

GUITAR TROUBLE? KOKO RAY’S ISLAND studio. Instruction in flute, saxophone, guitar, piano and voice. 315 58th St., Holmes Beach, 941-538-2284.


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.

TREES BY BREEZE Inc.: Custom landscapes, tree trimming, property maintenance. Insured. Since 1988. Chris, 941-778-2837.

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


STRAIGHT SHOT LANDSCAPE. For all your landscape needs. Shell $45/yard. Call Shark Mark. 941-301-6067.

KARAZ LANDSCAPE LAWN service. Mulch, clean ups, power washing, tree trimming and more. 941-448-3857 or 941-448-5207.

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.

CERTIFIED HORTICULTURAL PROFESSIONAL: Nursery quality garden care and maintenance. Hand weeding, trimming, cleanup, plant installation. Certified horticultural professional. Call Joan, 941-704-9025.


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 work, handyman, light plumbing, electrical, light hauling, pressure washing. 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.

J.E. MURRAY: ESTABLISHED Island builder. New homes, remodeling. 30-year resident. Call 941-778-2316 or 941-730-3228.

SOUTHWEST HOME IMPROVEMENTS: Michigan general contractor with 30 years experience. Looking for large or small projects. Budget minded and knowledgeable tradesman willing to complete your project from start to finish on time, within budget. Quality work guaranteed at affordable prices. Call Mike, 616-204-8822.


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

WATERFRONT KEY WEST STYLE with dock. Furnished, walk to beach. $150/night, $950/week. $1,900/month off and $2,490/month in season. Use of bikes and kayaks included. 941-794-5980. www.divefish.com.

KEY ROYALE WATERFRONT house for rent. Annual, unfurnished. Beautiful, tropical 2BR/2BA, den, 1,700 sf. Great pool area, gas-heated hot tub, on canal, two boat lifts, two-car garage. Available March 1. $1,900/month. 941-730-1086.

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.

HOLMES BEACH COTTAGE: 2BR/1BA. Northwest Bradenton 3BR/2BA pool home, Palma Sola 3BR/3BA pool home. Vacation rentals: www.coastalpropertiesrealty.com. 941-794-1515.

ISLAND ANNUALS: 2BR/2BA ground-level, pool, 55-plus community $1,000/month.  3BR/2BA private home, furnished, $1,400/month. Gulf-Bay Realty, 941-778-7244.

BRADENTON BEACH SMALL one room efficiency. $695/month, annual lease, no pets. 941-779-0289.

ANNA MARIA DUPLEX: 2BR/2BA, Seasonal $2,000/month. Close to beach, trolley and restaurants. Three-month minimum. 941-778-7167.

OFFICE, RETAIL, PROFESSIONAL Space: 8803/8799 Cortez Road. 1,200-sf and 1,300-sf. Call 1-800-952-1206.

VACATION RENTALS ACROSS from beach. Openings now. 2BR/1BA, $550/week. Almost Beach Apartments. 941-778-2374.

HOLMES BEACH 2BR/2BA ground floor duplex. Pool. $2,500/month plus taxes and security deposit and cleaning fee. 2-3 month minimum. 941-778-9576.

ONLY STEPS FROM beach on Anna Maria Island. Seasonal 1BR/2BA, Internet access, parking. $598/week plus tax. www.gulfdriveapartments.info. 941-778-1098.

SEASONAL: 2012 JANUARY through April. Luxury bayfront, 2BR/2BA, must see. 941-209-8789.

NEAR BEACH TOWNHOUSE. 2BR/2BA, pool and boat slip, $750/week. Call right away. Realtor, 941-356-1456. Real Estate Mart.

WATERFRONT HOME: 2BR/2BA, pool, dock, walk to beach, $2,000/month, annual. 703-587-4675, 941-779-9074.

ANNUAL: STEPS FROM beach. 1BR/1BA ground floor, open kitchen living, dining room. Private patio, pool, laundry, parking on-site, electric, water included, $850/month. 201 South Bay Blvd., #2, Anna Maria. Reggie, 786-375-9633.

SEASONAL 2012: 2BR/2BA, waterfront, three-month minimum, Homeaway.com. Property number 270319. 941-209-8789.

LARGE 2BR/1BA, HOLMES Beach. Dishwasher, washer and dryer. References and credit. $950/month plus utilities. 941-518-4688.

BEAUTIFUL 2BR/2BA CONDO for rent, seasonal or annual. Ground floor, five minutes from beach. $2,400/month. 941-795-6688.

HOLMES BEACH: SEASONAL 2BR/1BA. 200 feet to Gulf. Available April 1. $695/weekly. 585-317-7344.

HOLMES BEACH: 2BR/2BA on the beach. Pool, tennis court, elevators. 941-778-6288.

SANDPIPER RESORT: 2BR/1BA, steps to beach, bay view, dock, seasonal, annual. 941-778-3051.

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.


I WILL LIST your property on 350 web sites! Laurie Fox, Coldwell Banker, www.every-listing.com, 941-730-7635.

DIRECT GULFFRONT: 146 feet on the beach. 3BR/4.5BA, office recreation room, spa, pool, outdoor kitchen and theater, elevator, turnkey furnished. $3,950,000. Suncoast Real Estate, 941-779-0202 or 941-720-0288.

DIRECT GULFFRONT: 4BR/4.5BA, den, three-car garage, pool, spa, elevator, security. Immaculate 2005 Mediterranean villa-style architecture, breathtaking Gulf views, furnished, 5,146 sf under roof, north Anna Maria Island. 12106 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. $3,500,000. Contact owner, broker, 941-920-1699.

DUPLEX FOR SALE by owner. Best deal on Anna Maria Island at $379,000. Long-term leaseback from seller includes all maintenance. Realtors welcome. Call Tom, 941-993-4909.

DIRECT BAYFRONT: 2,500 sf, pool, dock and lift. Two year rent-to-own. Five percent down and $4,500/month. $1,099,000. 417 28th St., Holmes Beach. 941-580-0626.

TRY A FRESH approach: Call Carmen Pedota and Lori Guerin of Duncan Real Estate for all your real estate needs. 941-284-2598 or 941-773-3415. www.loriguerin.listingbook.com.

FOR SALE: BRADENTON Beach. Sandpiper Resort, 1BR/1BA, enclosed bonus room, steps to beach. 813-458-3875.

FOR SALE: TRAILER. Pines Park, Bridge Street. $45,000. Updated, furnished, three blocks to beach. Park manager on-site. Boat dock possibility. Owner, 603-508-2039. Cell, 941-567-6726.

WILL TRADE: LONGBOAT KEY Gulffront 2BR/2BA condo, upgraded, for Anna Maria Island Gulffront condo. Make offer. 217-493-6216.

ASSISTED LIVING HOME: Includes real estate. Two houses on lake, one can be living quarters/office. Nine-bed up and running for over 15 years. $529,000. Call 941-356-1456, Realtor. Real Estate Mart.

$135,000: WATERFRONT TOWNHOUSE. 2BR/2BA, turnkey furnished, heated pool. Boat slip outside your front door. Low fees, exceptional deal. Call to see now. Exclusive with Real Estate Mart, 941-356-1456.

ACROSS THE STREET from beach, 20,000 sf, two 100×100-foot lots. Centrally located, ready to build up to four luxury homes. $685,000. 941-778-9304.

CORNER LOT: 100×100 feet with 4BR/2.5BA home with lanai, one block from beach, $550,000. Call 941-779-9059.