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Fishing – 04-02-2014

March fishing — in like a lion, out like a lamb


Springtime fishing for March remains consistent, although the weather is anything but consistent.

We’ve seen temperatures in the 80s and temperatures in the 40s in the span of a week. The same applies for the wind and rain. Short spans of calm, warm days have been interrupted by cold, rain and wind. It just goes to show that you never know what the month of March will have in store.

Snook fishing around Anna Maria and its surrounding waters is getting better as the spring advances. An abundance of keeper-size fish are being seen and caught — a welcome sight in these parts after a bad freeze a few years ago. What’s even better, I’m hearing a lot of reports of fishers still practicing catch-and-release for the most popular of local backwater species.

Another fish coming to the hook is the spotted seatrout. Good numbers of these fish are inhabiting our local waters. A lot of slot-size fish are being reported, as well as plenty of over-slot fish, which is really encouraging for those in search of a trophy fish. Fish exceeding 30 inches are being caught out there, so if you like big trout, start hunting.

Jim Malfese at the Rod and Reel Pier says sheepshead are still a mainstay for fishers using live shrimp as bait. Malfese believes these lingering fish are past spawning stage, primarily because most being caught are ranging 10-14 inches.

If you’ve fished sheepshead late in their season, this is the typical scenario. The larger females have already moved on to bigger and better things. As for the males, they still put up a good fight and are just as good on the dinner table. To catch these fish, live shrimp will do the trick, but if you find them being finicky, try fiddler crabs or sand fleas.

Flounder and black drum are being caught with some regularity at the R&R. Fishers using live shrimp while targeting sheepshead are catching both drum and flounder as a bycatch. Both species are taking up residence under the pier deck and around the pilings.

Finally, Spanish mackerel are making a showing for yet another week. Most catches are occurring on small jigs or Gotcha plugs. You can expect to encounter macks 18-20 inches.

Capt. Warren Girle is fishing offshore when the weather permits. In water depths of 30-40 feet, Girle is anchoring over small ledges and reefs, casting to a variety of fish. Live shrimp or fresh-cut shiners combined with a light leader and small circle hook are producing a bite.

To start, Girle is free-lining these baits behind the boat. As they slowly descend toward the bottom, hungry mangrove snapper are aggressively taking the bait. By using this technique, Girle is managing to put limits of these tasty fish in the cooler. Along with mangoes, Girle is reeling up keeper-size hogfish, the largest being 20 inches.

Also while free-lining shrimp or cut bait, Girle is finding king mackerel in the mix. Fish 15-20 pounds are being hooked as a bycatch to snapper. At times, the macks are so voracious that Girle is having trouble getting baits down to the target species on the bottom.

Red grouper are hooking up in the same areas as the snapper and kings. By adding a couple of ounces of lead to his rig and placing baits directly on the bottom, Girle is finding keeper-size red grouper. Typically, catching keeper-size red grouper in depths of 35-40 feet of water can be a challenge, but Girle is making it seem easy.

Moving inshore, Girle’s boat is becoming host to a number of sought-after inshore species. Trout are readily responding to soft plastics combined with a 1/4-ounce jig head. Live shrimp under a cork are another top producer for trout this past week. Expect to encounter slot-size fish — 15-20 inches — with a few larger ones mixed in.

Redfish are adding to the experience on Girle’s charters. Fresh ladyfish cut in chunks and fished in potholes is resulting in slot-size and over-slot fish.

Finally, winter’s migratory fish, such as pompano, ladyfish, jacks and bluefish, are still being caught on small shrimp-tipped jigs. Pink is the color of choice when selecting a jig.

Capt. Rick Gross of Fishy Business charters is back into a springtime pattern, targeting snook, redfish and trout on the flats of both Tampa and Sarasota bays. To targets these species, Gross is using free-lined live shiners. When free-lining baits, Gross likes to rig with a 4 foot-stretch of 20-pound fluorocarbon combined with a live bait hook.

For the snook, Gross is fishing shallow flats with sandy potholes along the edges of mangrove shorelines. These characteristics combined with a good moving tide are resulting in slot-size and over-slot snook. You can expect to catch an abundance of fish 20-22 inches. And linesiders exceeding 36 inches are not uncommon.

Redfish are being caught in areas very similar to the snook. Lush grass flats littered with sandy potholes are producing a redfish bite. The key ingredient once again is good tidal flow, with the best response coming during the peak currents of the tides.

Finally, spotted seatrout are beginning to show in numbers. Gross is finding slot-size fish on deeper flats in both Sarasota and Tampa bays. Free-lining baits through sandy potholes is resulting in fish up to 29 inches.

Jonny Keyes at Island Discount Tackle says springtime fishing is in full force around Anna Maria Island. Both inshore and offshore fishers are reporting a good bite. For baits, the array of live, dead and artificials are producing catches depending on location.

Starting offshore, Keyes is hearing of good action on grouper. Keeper-sizes of both red and gag grouper are being reported starting at water depths of around 40-50 feet. Ledges, reefs and wrecks are top spots to search for these tasty fish. Offerings of live shiners or pinfish are resulting in keeper-size fish. Dead baits, such as frozen threadfin herring or squid, also are producing a bite. Keyes reminds us that gags are still out of season, but you can put four red grouper per person in the box.

Also offshore and even nearshore, Keyes is hearing of catches of mangrove snapper, Key West grunts and hogfish. This trio is being caught on live shrimp while anchored over structure or ledges.

Moving inshore, fishers using live shiners for bait are reporting catches of snook, redfish and trout. Keeper-sizes of all three species are being caught regularly. Presenting baits either free-lined or under a popping cork is producing the bite.

            Good luck and good fishing to you.

Real Estate – 04-02-2014

311 Iris St., Anna Maria, a 2,233 sfla / 3,519 sfur 3bed/2bath/4car canalfront pool home built in 1997 on a 105×75 lot was sold 03/03/14, Schaefer to Haldeman for $1,060,000; list $1,149,999.

216 Elm Ave., Anna Maria, a 2,363 sfla / 3,277 sfur 4bed/2bath/4car home built in 2001 on a 70×100 lot was sold 03/04/14, Gutchess to McMillen for $910,000; list $969,000.

513 Loquat Drive, Anna Maria, a 2,452 sfla / 4,727 sfur 5bed/3½bath/2car canalfront pool home built in 1989 on a 95×117 lot was sold 02/28/14, Van Leeuwen to Welch Properties LLP for $779,000; list $825,000.

147 50th St., Unit B, Coastal Cottages II, Holmes Beach, a 2,400 sfla / 2,701 sfur 4bed/3½bath/2car land condo with pool built in 2008 was sold 03/03/14, Halladay to Jones for $755,000; list $795,000.

604 Foxworth Lane, Holmes Beach, 2,079 sfla / 2,870 sfur 3bed/2bath/2car canalfront home built in 1971 on a 92×116 lot was sold 03/04/14,  Byrne to DLJ Mortgage Capital Inc. for $595,000.

317 Pine Ave., Unit R, Pine Avenue, Anna Maria, a 2,000 sfla / 2,880 sfur 3bed/2bath condo was sold 03/05/14, Pine Avenue Restoration LLC to Quillin for $550,000.

2801 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, a 1,404 sfla / 3,141 sfur 3bed/2bath/2car home built in 1994 on a 50×100 lot was sold 02/28/14, $530,000; list $590,000.

4003 Fifth Ave., Unit 2, 4th Avenue,  Holmes Beach, a 2,200 sfla / 2,840 sfla 3bed/3bath/2car land condo with pool built in 2003 on a 50×100 lot was sold 02/28/14, Hood to Island Dream Vacation Homes LLC for $490,000; list  $485,000.

2208 Ave. C, Bradenton Beach, a 2,422 sfla / 2,700 sfur 4bed/2bath duplex built in 1958 on a 50×105 lot was sold 03/04/14, Frankelli to Geissler for $475,000.

401 28th St., Holmes Beach, a 1,188 sfla / 1,656 sfur 2bed/2bath canalfront home built in 1965 on a 80×120 lot was sold 02/28/14, Bradley to Stein for $420,000; list $449,000.

6820 Gulf Drive, Unit 6820, West Winds, Holmes Beach, a 1,281 sfla / 1,457 sfur 2bed/2bath condo with shared pool built in 1979 was sold 02/28/14, Tosun to Hunton for $380,000; list $390,000.

110 12th St., S., Unit 111, Gulf to Bay Moorings, Bradenton Beach, a  896 sfla / 1,046 sfur 2bed/2bath condo built in 1982 was sold 03/03/14, Ulch to Milstead for $365,000.

109 Mangrove Ave., Unit 109, Anna Maria Beach Cottages, a 880 sfla 2bed/1bath condo built in 1947 was sold 03/03/14, Artemis Holdings IV LLC to Turk for $364,000.

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


110 46th St., Unit A, 46th Street Coastal Cottages, Holmes Beach, a 1,966 sfla / 2,365 sfur 4bed/4bath/1car land condo with pool built in 2011 was sold 03/07/14, Hoshizaki to Riki Tiki LLC for $1,099,000; list $1,172,000.

508 Key Royale Drive, Holmes Beach, a 1,845 sfla 3bed/2bath canalfront pool home built in 1963 on a 96×101 lot was sold 03/06/14, Korhn to Royale Drive LLC for $600,000; list $650,000.

1007 Gulf Drive N., Unit 213, Summer Sands, Bradenton Beach, a 1,259 sfla / 1,349 sfur 2bed/2½bath condo with shared pool built in 1982 was sold 03/10/14, Germano to Zelna for $350,000.

2412 Gulf Drive N., Unit 219, Club Bamboo, Bradenton Beach, a 432 sfla / 528 sfur 1bed/1bath condo with shared pool built in 1945 was sold 03/12/14, International Beach Properties LLC to Stellas for $183,500.

2601 Gulf Drive N., Unit 200, Sandpiper Resort Co-Op, Bradenton Beach, a 656 sfla / 768 sfur 1bed/1bath mobile home with share was sold 03/10/14, Spackman to McCubbin for $90,000.

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

Obituaries – 04-02-2014

Henry ‘Jap’ Adams

Henry “Jap” Adams, 92, of Bradenton, died March 23.

Mr. Adams served in the U.S. Army with Gen. George Patton’s 3rd Army through North Africa, Italy, Sicily, Germany and France and at the Battle of the Bulge.

Following his military career, he returned to Cortez, where he was born and raised, and became a commercial fisherman.

Visitation and service were held March 28 at West Bradenton Baptist Church, Bradenton. Burial was at Fogartyville Cemetery. Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory 43rd Street Chapel was in charge of arrangements. Memorial donations may be made to Tidewell Hospice, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota FL 34238.

Mr. Adams is survived by wife Pauline; brothers Clyde of Florida and Cleve of California; sister Mable of Sarasota; son Ernie of Bradenton; granddaughters Ronda and husband Chris Bishop of Parrish and Shelby and husband David Pittman of Fort White, Fla.; grandson Derrick and wife Jacquelyn of Myakka; and great-grandchildren Amanda McCain of Ellenton, Rayna and Christopher Bishop of Parrish, and Sarah, Savannah, David and Clayton Pittman of Fort White.


James D. Lavatyobit-lavaty

James D. Lavaty, of Anna Maria, died March 14. He was born in 1943 in Port Chester, N.Y., to Barbara and Joe Lavaty.

He grew up in Port Chester, Wash., and graduated from University of Puget Sound in Washington in 1965. In April of 1966, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and was commissioned as a lieutenant. He served in Vietnam as a member of the Green Berets Special Forces 1968-69 and was awarded a Bronze Star.

He married Ceni Wheatland of Sanford, Fla., in 1970. He was in management at Jordan Marsh before taking a position as manager of a Jacobson’s specialty store in 1978 in Longwood, Fla.

Mr. Lavaty moved in 1997 to Anna Maria Island with his partner Marcia Brewer. He helped open the first Publix store on the island as a seafood specialist and spent the remainder of his semi-retirement boating and fishing. He was an avid sportsman and shared that love with his children and grandchildren. He was lovingly referred to by his grandchildren as “Papa Beach.”

He recently went for caregiving to live with daughter Heather Stelzer and her family in Sanford.

Memorial donations may be made to Tidewell Hospice or to the Wounded Warriors Foundation.

Mr. Lavaty is  survived by his son Jeff and wife Hayley; daughters Holly and husband Rich Garemore, Heather and husband Tom Stelzer; grandchildren Lucas, Mason, Max, Elise, Garrett, and Jack; sister Barbara and husband Gregg Olson; and longtime partner Marcia Brewer.


Elizabeth ‘Betty’ Ann Moore

Elizabeth “Betty” Ann Moore, nee Brandlen, 84, of Collinsville, Ill., and Holmes Beach, died March 20. She was born March 2, 1930, in Collinsville.

Mrs. Moore was a partner with her husband for 30 years in Joe Moore & Associates, appraisers of heavy road building equipment. She was active in volunteer service, including for the East St. Louis Junior Women’s Club, the Brinkerhoff Home, St. Joseph The Worker Welcome Ministry and, recently with the St. Bernard Women’s Guild.

She was devoted to her family.

A memorial Mass will be celebrated on April 12 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Fairview Heights, Ill. Memorial donations may be made to St. Joseph The Worker, 700 E. Spruce St., Chatham IL 62629 or St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach FL 34217.

Mrs. Moore is survived by her children, Guy Brandlen of Lewistown, Ill., and Julie Brandlen of Boston, Mass.; granddaughter Shelley and great-granddaughter Katie, both of Springfield, Ill.; three nieces; three nephews; and several great-nieces and great-nephews.

Calendar – 04-02-2014

Wednesday, April 2

7:49 p.m. — Official sunset time.


Thursday, April 3

7:49 p.m. — Official sunset time.


Friday, April 4

9:30 a.m. — Roser Women’s Guild hosts Church Women United for coffee and discussion, Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 734-395-7708.

7:50 p.m. — Official sunset time.


Saturday, April 5

10 a.m.-5 p.m. — Arts and crafts festival to benefit the Anna Maria Island Butterfly Park, city field, 5801 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-518-4431.

4 p.m. — Family Fun Walk benefiting homeless children and their families in Manatee County, Coquina Beach, Bradenton Beach. Fee applies. Information: 941-747-1509.

6-9 p.m. — Auction for the Walk To End Lupus Now, old firehouse, 201 Second St. N., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-730-6612.

7:51 p.m. — Official sunset time.


Sunday, April 6

10 a.m.-4 p.m. — Arts and crafts festival to benefit the Anna Maria Island Butterfly Park, city field, 5801 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-518-4431.

7:51 p.m. — Official sunset time.


Monday, April 7

7 p.m. — Artists’ Guild of Anna Maria Island meeting featuring Ralph Garafalo talking about color theory, the Episcopal Church of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6694.

7:52 p.m. — Official sunset time.


Tuesday, April 8

7:52 p.m. — Official sunset time.


Wednesday, April 9

Noon — Off Stage Ladies of the Island Players lunch and meeting, Mannatees Sports Grill, 7423 Manatee Ave., Bradenton. Fee applies. Information and reservations: 941-779-2181.

7:53 p.m. — Official sunset time.



Friday, April 4

5:30 p.m. — Longboat Key Center for the Arts reception for the Florida Suncoast Watercolor Society, 6860 Longboat Drive S., Longboat Key. Reservations required. Information: 941-383-2345.

5-10 p.m. — De Soto Seafood Festival, downtown Palmetto. Fee applies. Information: 941-747-1998.

6-9:30 p.m. — Village of the Arts ArtWalk, 12th Street West and 12th Avenue West, Bradenton. Information: chromazoe@gmail.com.


Saturday, April 5

6:30 a.m. — Mote Marine Run for the Turtles 5K race and fun walk, 948 Beach Road, Siesta Key. Fee applies. Information: 941-388-4441.

11 a.m.-10 p.m. — De Soto Seafood Festival, downtown Palmetto. Fee applies. Information: 941-747-1998.

11 a.m.-4 p.m. — Village of the Arts ArtWalk and the seventh annual Village Garden Tours, 12th Street West and 12th Avenue West, Bradenton. Information: chromazoe@gmail.com.

6:30 p.m. — Bradenton Marauders first home game of 2014, McKechnie Field, 1611 Ninth St. W., Bradenton. Fee applies. Information: 941-747-3031.


Sunday, April 6

Noon-6 p.m. — De Soto Seafood Festival, downtown Palmetto. Fee applies. Information: 941-747-1998.


Wednesday, April 9

9:30 a.m. — Aging in Paradise Resource Center seminar on estate planning and wills, Longboat Island Chapel, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. Information: 941-383-6493.


Coming up

• April 11-12, Island CityFest, Holmes Beach.

• April 12, Anna Maria Island Privateers Thieves Market, Bradenton Beach.

• April 12, An Island Affaire gala for the Anna Maria Island Community Center, Anna Maria.


Save the date

• April 14, Passover.

• April 18, Good Friday.

• April 19, Sandbar Restaurant Easter egg hunt, Anna Maria.

• April 20, Easter.

• April 22, Earth Day.

• April 28, Holocaust Remembrance Day.


Calendar announcements

        Send calendar announcements to calendar@islander.org. Please include the time, date and location of the event, a brief description and a contact via email and phone. The deadline for submissions is the Wednesday a week before publication. High-resolution photographs welcome.

Island police blotter – 04-02-2014

Anna Maria

        • March 21, 2014 100 S. Bay Blvd., found property. A wallet was found in the city pier parking lot. The owner received the wallet after contacting the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office.


Bradenton Beach

        • March 24, 120 Bridge St., Drift Inn, arrest. Bradenton Beach Police arrested a 25-year-old man at 2 a.m. after he allegedly became intoxicated and tried to start a fight. He was removed by bar personnel and the door to the bar was locked to keep him from coming back inside.

• March 23, 1800 Coquina Park, vehicle burglary. BBPD responded to a report that a Samsung Galaxy phone, money and jewelry had been stolen form a 2004 Ford pickup while the owners were at the beach. According to the report, the burglar took the phone, there were no signs of forced entry, and the victim said they may have left the doors unlocked.


        • March 19, 4519 125th St. W., warrant arrest.

• March 21, 12112 Cortez Road W., incident investigation. An intoxicated woman accused a man of stealing her bicycle and hitting her in the arm.


Holmes Beach

        • March 13, 5905 Marina Drive, Havana Cabana, theft. Two magnetic advertising decals were stolen from the sides of a van parked in front of the restaurant. The signs were valued at $300.

• March 12, 4100 Gulf Drive, arrest. An Anna Maria man was arrested during a traffic stop by Holmes Beach Police on an outstanding Pinellas County warrant. He was initially pulled over for not wearing his seat belt. He also was was given a traffic citation.

• March 9, 6303 Holmes Blvd. battery investigation. HBPD responded to a report of a fight between two men. According to the police report, the men, who were both in their 30s, had been drinking and got into a verbal argument that became physical around 2 a.m. The officer was unable to determine the primary aggressor. They refused EMS treatment and neither pressed charges.

• March 9, 4000 Gulf Drive, arrest. A 53-year-old Palmetto man was arrested and charged with fraud during a traffic stop after officers found he had an active Manatee Coutny warrant. He was initially stopped for making an illegal left turn. He also was issued a traffic citation.

• March 9, 100 White Ave. illegal beverage. Two 19-year-olds were issued a notice to appear in court after an HBPD officer observed them drinking alcohol, then burying their cans in the sand. The officer required the men to clean up about 12 empty cans and dispose their trash in a receptacle.

The Islander Classifieds: Wednesday, April 2, 2014


TWO WHITE WASHED rattan 26-inch-tall swivel, counter-height bar stools. $40 each. 719-459-6442.

COMPUTER: DELL Vista Dual core, refurbished, $100. 941-756-6728.

WHITE VANITY SINK, round, $12, exercise step, $10, entertainment center, glass bottom doors, $85. 941-778-1264.


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


ESTATE & DEMOLITION SALE: 8:45 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday, April 4, 8:45 a.m.-noon Saturday, April 5. 629 Dundee Lane, Key Royale, Holmes Beach, Anna Maria Island. Nice Florida-style contents. Sofa bed and love seat, king, queen and trundle bed sets (no bedding), dinette and dining sets, leather sofa, china cabinet, pool furniture, coffee and end tables, pairs of lamps, pictures, white Kenmore stove, side-by-side refrigerator, washer, dryer, microwave oven, water heater, blinds, curtains, fans, bath fixtures and cabinets, kitchen and garage cabinets, interior doors, china and glass, linens, kitchenware. Exterior items, like windows, garage door, exterior doors can only be removed at time of demolition. Sale by Julie McClure. Pix: estatesales.net.


ROSER THRIFT SHOP: Open 9:30 a.m.-2p.m. Tuesday and Thursday, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday. Donations during shop hours, but preferred 9 a.m.-11 a.m. Wednesday. 511 Pine Ave. Anna Maria. 941-779-2733.

STEFF’S STUFF ANTIQUES and Consignment. steffsstufflbk.com. Open daily. 941-383-1901.

GARAGE SALE: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, April 4-5. Clothes, household items, miscellaneous. 806 Gladiolus St., Anna Maria.

GARAGE SALE: 8 a.m.-noon Saturday, April 5. Outdoor furniture, dishes, household miscellaneous. 116 White Ave., Holmes Beach.


FOUND: MERCEDES KEY at beach, 67th Street. Claim at the Holmes Beach Police Department, 5801 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.


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

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


HARLEY DAVIDSON 35th Anniversary Dyna Superglide. New, only 1,080 miles. Garage-kept. Call for more information, Debi Visel, 941-545-3342. Located on Island! $9,900, firm.


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

PONTOON BOAT RENTAL Create life long memories. Call 941-518-3868 or see boatflorida.weebly.com.

1999 REGAL COMMODORE 242: Great condition, low hours on Island. Call for details, Jennifer, 404-218-3179.

GLASTRON 17-FOOT, IO 1999 Volvo Penta. 4.3 gl blue, white interior type, open. $6,000 or best offer. Call 941-779-2039.


PART-TIME SALES position: Gift shop located on Anna Maria. Must be available weekends and evenings. Retirees welcome. 941-840-4235.

LINE COOK WANTED: Apply in person at the City Pier Restaurant. End of Anna Maria City Pier. 941-779-1667.


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

RESPONSIBLE RED CROSS certified babysitter. Honor student. Call or text Isabel, 941-545-7995.

KIDS FOR HIRE ads are FREE for up to three weeks for Island youths under 16 looking for work. Ads must be placed in person at The Islander office, 5604-B Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.


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

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

ALL AROUND PAINTING: Quality work. Free estimates. Licensed, insured. Call native islander Jim Weaver, 813-727-1959.

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

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

CLEANING RESIDENTIAL, COMMERCIAL and resort. Love what we do, love to work. 941-756-4570.

U FLY I drive your car anywhere in the USA. Airport runs, anywhere. 941-746-5651, 941-545-6688.

PRESSURE WASHING AND windows: Commercial, residential and resorts. Roofs, buildings, houses driveways etc. 941-251-5948.

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

JOHN “THE FIREMAN” Island Cycle & Scooter Repair. 25 years experience. Affordable prices. 918-639-5002 or 941-276-1414.

TVS MOUNTED INSTALLED, set-up networking, wired, wireless, audio, video surveillance cameras. Palmfish Communication, 941-896-0798.

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

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

ISLAND COASTAL CLEANING: Residential, business, rental properties. For “divine” results, call John and Nan, 248-802-7802.

PROOF, POST, PUBLISH: Local editor-writer available for consulting, draft editing, final proofing and copywriting, as well as social media management for your group or business. Email Lisa Neff at lmneff@me.com.

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

ISLAND MERMAIDS CLEANING and Co.: 38-year Islanders. Rentals our specialty. 941-778-3046.

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

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

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


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

ISLAND LAWN SPRINKLERS repairs and installations, watering the island for 15 years. Jeff, 941-778-2581.

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

PROFESSIONAL TILE ROOF restoration. Call Peter for free estimate, references, insured. The Flying Dutchman, 941-447-6747.

SOUTHWEST HOME IMPROVEMENT: Michigan builder, quality work guaranteed. Affordable, timely, within budget. Call Mike, 1-616-204-8822.


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

VACATION RENTALS: BRADENTON houses or condos. Weekly or monthly. Call 941-962-0971 or 941-794-1515. www.coastalpropertiesrealty.com. Suzanne Wilson, broker.

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

VACATION RENTAL: LATE season availability. 3BR/1BA near boat ramp, parks, many area amenities. 941-779-6638.

DUPLEX TO SHARE: $500/month includes power, water, your own bathroom. 75th Street at Cortez Road, Bradenton. 941-538-2700.

ISLAND CONDO AVAILABLE Now through 2015, weekly, monthly. One block to beach, big pool. 941-778-1915.

ANNUAL RENTAL: BRADENTON Beach, 2BR/2BA available April 15. Call/text, 941-840-0190. http://sarasota.craigslist.org/apa/4375449066.html.

VACATION RENTALS NOW: 2BR/2BA, April 1, $750/weekly, 2BR/2BA, April 13, $750/weekly. Call to look, Realtor, 941-356-1456. Real Estate Mart.

APRIL-MAY SPECIAL, 200 feet to Rod & Reel Pier in Anna Maria. Ground floor 2BR/1BA with all amenities, super clean, bikes, WIFI available immediately, $1,800/month plus tax. 941-387-8610.

HOUSE RENTAL BY private owner. Nice 3BR/2BA. Holmes Beach. Monthly. $3,500. 941-744-7889.

PROFESSIONAL SEEKING ANNUAL rental: Bradenton Beach, Holmes Beach, Longboat Key. Quiet person, excellent references. 941-730-5363.


FOR SALE BY owner: Palm Court off of El Conquistador Parkway. 4816 61st. Ave. Drive W., Bradenton. Move-in ready, 941-524-6977.

REAL ESTATE: BUY, sell, invest. Enjoy. Billi Gartman, Realtor, Duncan Real Estate. 941-545-8877. www.AnnaMariaLife.com.

WE’RE LOW, LISTINGS needed. Are you curious as to how much your home could be worth? Call us for a free professional consultation. Call Lynn at Edgewater Real Estate, 941-778-8104.

OPEN HOUSE: 1-3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 9. Holmes Beach house for sale. Beautiful elevated 3BR/2BA, heated pool, bonus room, direct beach-access street. Newer construction. Great investment. 309A 65th St. www.HolmesBeach.blogspot.com. Patrick Morris, 941-348-0331.

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

DEEP WATER CANALFRONT home. 3BR/2BA on corner lot. Between Manatee Avenue and Cortez Road. One block to Intracoastal, one block to beach. $475,000. Owner may finance. 941-778-7980 or 941-778-7565.

NEW LISTING: 7420 20th Ave., NW Bradenton. 3BR/2BA pool home, tile floor, new kitchen, mint condition, private backyard. $349,900. Sharon Hightower, Edgewater Real Estate, 941-330-5054.

IMPERIAL HOUSE: BRADENTON Beach. 55-plus condo for sale. 2BR/1BA exquisite granite, stainless-steel kitchen. Gorgeous bath. Ground floor, enjoy owning bay and Gulf property with pool, clubhouse, turnkey. $186,000. 941-779-0248.

FREE! WHAT EVERY Real estate buyer or seller needs to know! Go to: www.yourmarketupdate.com. 941-400-8735.

TRAILER FOR SALE: 1BR/1BA, parking, boat slips available, carport. Pines Park, 55-plus. $49,500. 248-930-1118.

PLACIDA near BOCA GRANDE: Want old Florida with less traffic? Gulf access, waterfront, vacant building lot. Utilities onsite, dock, seawall! Nearby Publix, marinas, beaches. $209,000. Owner finance considered. seacruz247@gmail.com. 863-206-5644.

VILLAGE GREEN VILLA: 2BR/2BA, two-car garage. 2,154 sf. $205,000. 309-222-3622 to view. 6908 Eighth Ave. W., Bradenton.

NEW LISTING: CANALFRONT. Home on extra large lot, 100×117- foot. $574,900. 526 72nd St., Holmes Beach. Sharon Hightower, Edgewater Real Estate, 941-330-5054.

BUYING OR SELLING? NEED HELP? Call Fred Flis, Realtor, for fast, professional service. 30-years experience. 941-356-1456.

GREAT LITTLE HOUSE, great big view: Open water view of AMI Bridge, 1950s cottage, block construction, pine accents. New appliances, etc. An island treasure. $849,500. FSBO. 941-730-2606 (leave message).