Tag Archives: 04-03-2013

Island police blotter – 04-03-2013

Anna Maria

        • March 24, 700 block of Jacaranda Road, domestic disturbance. A Manatee County Sheriff’s Office deputy responded to a complaint of an argument. The deputy arrived and observed the argument had ended.

Anna Maria is policed by the MCSO.

Bradenton Beach

        • No new reports.

        Bradenton Beach is policed by the BBPD.


• No new reports.

        Cortez is policed by the MCSO

Holmes Beach

        March 9, 400 block of 62nd Street, suspicious incident. Police responded to a possible disturbance after a man called to say he and a woman were arguing, at which time she began to throw things at him. The man called after he left the residence. Police made contact with the woman, who said the man was mad and began to smash her things before he left.

• March 13, 3007 Gulf Drive, Anchor Inn, battery. Police responded to a battery and made contact with two men, both of whom had cuts and abrasions to their faces and heads. The men said they were playing pool with two other men inside the bar when an argument ensued. The men decided to leave the bar, but were followed by the suspects who engaged them in a physical altercation. Witnesses identified one of the suspects. Police arrived at the suspect’s home and overheard him and another man discussing the incident at the bar. Both men admitted to the altercation.

• March 13, 3900 E. Bay Drive, Publix, theft. An assistant manager observed two men packing meat into a shopping basket. She called police saying the two men were suspected twice before of stealing, but were never caught. Police arrived shortly after the men left on a motorcycle, but caught up to the suspects and initiated a stop. A check of the driver’s license revealed it was suspended. The motorcycle had a storage case, but the driver said he did not have a key. Police forced opened the container and discovered meat packages from Publix and other grocery stores, as well as four liquor bottles. The investigation revealed thefts had occurred at various Bradenton businesses. The men were trespassed from the Holmes Beach Publix. The Manatee County Sheriff’s Office was contacted to investigate the thefts.

• March 22, 3400 E. Bay Drive, indecent exposure. A 50-year-old Bradenton Beach man was arrested for indecent exposure after urinating in public. A complainant told police the man’s sexual organs were completely exposed during the act. During the course of the investigation, police found 3 grams of marijuana on the suspect. He was arrested for misdemeanor indecent exposure and misdemeanor possession of marijuana.

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.

Blue skies, Easter sunrise

Claudette Welsh and singer Daniel Anzaldo, accompanied by Drew Thomas, as well as the pastors from all six island churches participate in the Easter sunrise program. Kiwanis hosted 1,000s of guests at the 49th annual sunrise service at the Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. The six island churches also shared the offering, which amounted to $1,160 each — a greater donation than in years past. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy

Fishing – 04-03-2013

Successful fishing tactics to employ while awaiting warm up



Someone needs to remind Mother Nature that it’s April in Florida. We’ve had enough cold fronts and windy days to remind us why we are in the Sunshine State. It’s time for the return of those warm, calm days and fish biting like crazy. Until they do, here’s some tactics to help catch fish in sloppy weather.

Sheepshead are abundant this time of year. And, if you haven’t noticed, not only do these convict fish put up a great fight when hooked, they taste great breaded and fried. If you haven’t sat down for a sheepshead fish fry, you just don’t know what you’re missing.

Another species to target during unseasonably cold conditions is spotted seatrout. During cooler weather, these fish migrate to deep grass flats where the temp is consistent and the water is clear. Try drifting and jigging with soft plastics to get in on some great rallies on spotted seatrout.

Lastly, cooler water temps are good for targeting flounder around docks and nearshore structure. Try dragging a pinfish or shiner across the sandy bottom surrounding a reef and see what happens. The same applies for docks and piers.

Bob Kilb at the Rod & Reel Pier says sheepshead are biting on shrimp, crabs or fleas. Fish in the 1- to 2-pound range are the norm at the pier, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t bigger ones lurking there.

Pier fishers eager for Spanish mackerel are still waiting. Stray macks are being caught, but the masses of fish have not arrived. The macks that are being caught are respectable, coming in at 20-plus inches.

Flounder and black drum are being caught at the pier, although this bite also is sporadic. Most of these catches are occurring for pier fishers targeting sheepshead with live shrimp.

Jonny Keyes at Island Discount Tackle is hearing of sheepshead at the piers and canal docks coming to the hook on live shrimp, fiddler crabs and sand fleas. Keyes suggests using a small, stout hook when targeting sheepshead due to their boney mouth.

From the flats, Keyes is hearing of decent spotted seatrout action occurring on soft plastics combined with a lead jig head. Most trout fishers are finding flats with water depths of 5-7 feet and then doing a slow drift to locate fish. Slot-size trout are being reported daily.

On shallower flats, depths of 2-3 feet, redfish and catch-and-release snook are responding to live shiners fished under a popping cork. Keyes suggests hunting mangrove shorelines with good tidal flow to find the fish.

Capt. Rick Gross of Fishy Business charters is targeting a variety of species depending on how the weather plays out.

On warmer days, Gross is hooking up clients with catch-and-release snook and redfish on shallow flats during the high tides. Gross is using live shiners to target both species. Slot-size reds are the norm with a few over-slot fish mixed in. The size range on catch-and-release snook is 20-31 inches this past week.

On cooler days, Gross is fishing deep grass for spotted sea trout, using a MirrOlure Lil John combined with a 1/4-ounce jighead to locate the fish. By doing a slow drift over the flats, Gross is producing trout up to 20 inches. Expect to catch Spanish mackerel and ladyfish there, too.

Finally, on windy, cold days, Gross is fishing structure for sheepshead and flounder, using live shrimp to target both species. Sheepies in the 1- to 2-pound range are biting consistently. While targeting sheepies, flounder in the 15-inch range also are being brought to the boat.

Capt. Warren Girle is targeting redfish around mangrove islands and shorelines lined with oyster bars. Using fresh-cut chunks of ladyfish for bait, he entices the reds to bite. Fish in the 23- to 27-inch range were the norm this past week.

Moving out to deeper grass flats, Girle is targeting spotted seatrout with soft plastics. By drifting and jigging, he’s putting clients on big trout, exceeding the slot. Along with trout, he’s reeling up ladyfish, mackerel and bluefish.

Lastly, Girle is fishing docks on windy, cold days for flounder and mangrove snapper. Live shrimp is the bait of choice for Girle when targeting these fish during cold weather. He reports catching flounder up to 18 inches.

        Send fishing reports to fish@islander.org.

Sports – 04-03-2013

Spring comes to AMI with golf, horseshoe championships


The annual Anna Maria Island horseshoe pitching tournament was held March 18 at the Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe pits.

Class A horseshoe pitching winners were Rod Bussey, Sam Samuels and Leo Hutton. Bussey slid past Samuels 21-19 to grab the top spot. Bussey threw 61 ringers on the day, finishing with a 31.8 percent ringer percentage.

Bob Palmer took first in the Class B with a 21-16 victory over second-place finisher Adin Shank, while Tim Sofran finished in third place. Palmer threw 38 ringers on the day and finished with 20 percent ringers.

In regular horseshoe action March 27, two teams advanced from pool play with 3-0 records and battled it out for bragging rights. The team of John Johnson and Dom Livedotti rolled past Hank Huyghe and John Crawford 22-13 to grab first place.

The March 30 horseshoe games saw three teams advance to the knockout round. John Crawford and Bruce Copeland drew the bye into the finals and watched as Dom Livedotti “walked” past Bob Lee and Norm Langeland 23-10 to advance to the finals. Livedotti cruised to victory over Crawford and Copeland by a 23-16 score.

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 and everyone is welcome.


Pirates help center score

The Pittsburgh Pirates came March 11 to the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria, to dedicate a new scoreboard on the baseball-soccer fields.

The Pirates Charities awarded a matching grant to the center to replace the old scoreboard. Jackson Hayes, a young player in the center’s spring baseball league, raised the most money to match the center’s sign grant.

The Pirates also gave a grant to the Manatee Area Youth Soccer Organization earlier in the year, which was used to purchase four sets of soccer goals.

Kudos to the Pirates organization for its generosity to our community.


Key Royale golf news

Diane Miller edged Laura Purcell 1-up to win the 2013 Key Royale Club women’s championship title March 18. The women were all square after 16 holes, but Miller won the 17th hole and then halved on the 18th to close out the round.

Mike Selby earned a hard-fought 1-up victory March 20 over Dale Hudson to capture the year’s KRC men’s handicap championship.

The members teamed up for a two-best-balls-of-threesome match March 28. The team of Sue Little, Sandy Burill and Jim Dunne combined on an 11-under-par 53 to grab a one-shot victory over the team of Penny Auch, Nel Bergstrom and Carl Voyles.

The men played a nine-hole team scramble March 27. The team of Greg Shorten, Rich Pappini, Quenten Talbert and Gerry Dahl combined on a 4-under-par 28 to take first place over three teams that finished at 3-under 29.

The men played an 18-hole, individual-low-net match March 26. Dick Eichorn carded a 7-under-par 57 to grab a one-shot victory. Al Kaiser was one shot back at 6-under-par 58, while Andy Barber finished in third place at 59.

Cold weather March 26 was not enough to keep 32 KRC women from the links. They played a nine-hole, individual-low-net-match in four flights.

Jean Holmes rode a birdie on the sixth hole to a 4-under-par 28 to take first place in Flight A by two shots. Helen Pollock was alone in second place with 2-under-par 30.

Liz Lang’s 3-under-par 29 gave her a one-shot victory in Flight B over Joyce Brown, Sue Little and Kris Landkammer, all of whom finished at 1-under-par 31.

Maryanne Kaemmerlen shot a 1-under-par 31 in Flight C to grab a one-shot win over Sue Wheeler at even-par 32.

Donna Karycki fired a 3-under-par 29 to take first place in Flight D. Sally Keyes and Joanne Ozdych both carded 1-under-par 31s to finish in a tie for second.

Sue Hookem had the lowest amount of putts of the day with 13.

The men played a low-net-of-partners match the morning of March 25, and were led by the team of Dave Krueger and Dave Lindewall with 5-under-par 59. Fred Meyer and Chet Hutton were two shots back in second place, while Ron Robinson and Ron Pritchard took third place with a 2-under-par 62.

The men got together again in the evening to play a nine-hole, modified Stableford-system match. Hoyt Miller took first place in the individual competition with a plus-3 to edge Ed Havlik and Art McMillan who tied for second place at plus-2.

Obituaries – 04-03-2013

Elizabeth Tristam ‘Tristy’ Barford

Elizabeth Tristam “Tristy” Barford, 41, of Temple Terrace, died in a car crash March 24 in Tampa. She was born in St. Petersburg and raised in Temple Terrace.

Ms. Barford was a 1989 graduate of Tampa Bay Vo-Tech High School and attended Lamar College in Colorado. She was a sales professional who had a love of animals, especially horses. She was an excellent marksman with dreams of doing mission work in Cuba.

She was happiest outdoors, hiking, riding her bike and enjoying the beach.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 13, at Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Memorial donations may be made to the Humane Society of Manatee County, 2515 14th St. W., Bradenton FL 34205 or online at www.humanemanatee.org. Condolences may be made online at www.blountcurryterraceoaks.com.

Ms. Barford is survived by her brothers, Andy and wife Jeanne, Adam and wife Andrea; and parents Fran and George Barford of Anna Maria.


Elizabeth ‘Betty’ Guenther Finelli

Elizabeth “Betty” Guenther Finelli, 1919-2013, passed away on March 27, 2013, in Haworth, N.J. She was the beloved wife of the late Michael R. Finelli and mother to Brian, Glenn, Neal, Beth and Lori. Beloved wife for 54 years to the late Michael (1997), Betty was born in Harrison, N.J., and along with her husband owned the Haworth Pharmacy for 36 years. A seasonal resident of Runaway Bay in Bradenton Beach, Mike and Betty were very involved as parishioners of St. Bernard Catholic Church along with being boosters of the Pittsburgh Pirates when they were here for spring training and also making a game trip to Pittsburgh once a year. They loved life, each other, their family and many friends both here and in New Jersey.


Linda Wyrick Glezen

Linda Wyrick Glezen, 72, of Holmes Beach and formerly of Texarkana, Texas, died March 27. She was born in San Angelo, Texas, and grew up in the West Texas town of Post.

She graduated from Southern Methodist University with a degree in fashion design.

She was well known for her artistic abilities in quilting, needlepoint and cross stitch, winning many awards for her work. She was involved in the local art scene.

A private funeral service is planned in Holmes Beach. Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory 43rd Street Chapel was in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be made online at www.brownandsonsfuneral.com.

Mrs. Glezen is survived by her husband, John; sons Scott and wife Lenore Wyrick of Texarkana, and Bart and wife Victoria Wyrick of Kansas City; grandchildren Jennifer and Ashley of Texarkana and Jacob and Abigail of Kansas City.


Sally Stauffacher

Sally Stauffacher, 55, of Palmetto, died March 24. She was born in Cincinnati and moved to Palmetto in 1990 from the U.S. Virgin Islands.

There will be no service. Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory 43rd Street Chapel was in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be made online at www.brownandsonsfuneral.com.

Mrs. Stauffacher is survived by husband, Fritz; sons Fritz and Max, all of Palmetto; mother Jo Ann Mattick of Anna Maria; brother John Mattick of Bradenton; sisters Laura Mattick and husband Michael Poirier of Bear, Del., Janet and husband Dave Brinton of Hamptons, N.Y., Sandy Mattick, Esther Mattick, and Becky and husband Dave Bouchard, all of Anna Maria; and many nieces and nephews.

The Islander Classifieds: Wednesday, April. 03, 2013


DOOR: FRENCH ENTRY, fiberglass, pre-hung, 60×80 inches, stained glass, excellent condition. New, $2,200. $450. 941-720-7519.

DINING ROOM SET: Queen Anne-style, four chairs cherry, oval. Extends to 72 inches, great condition, $150. 941-720-7519.

MENS PANTS: 40 x 29 inches. Five pairs for $28. 941-932-5595.

ELECTRIC STAPLE GUN, excellent condition, $18, rivet gun, $7. Call 941-795-1947.

TABLE: TYPEWRITER OR computer, walnut Formica finish, wheels, 17×27/36×27 inches. Call Chris, 941-778-4793.

NATIVE AMERICAN REPLICAS: Statues, bowls, etc. 20 pieces, $38. 941-932-5595.

CRYSTAL SALAD BOWL set, $10, Barracuda 63 pool worm, $50 or best offer. Call 941-737-9173.

FRIGIDAIRE WASHER: WHITE, excellent condition, $100. 908-914-1182.

TAN COLOR SUEDE-like material LA-Z BOY chair, like new, $95, 15-foot trampoline, $40. 941-779-9781.

WINDOWS: ALUMINUM SASH, nearly new. Four 37 x 36 inch, seven 49.5 x 36 inches, $100, wood coffee table, $90. 941-778-3920.

ANTIQUE COPPER POTS and bowls, collection $350. Burl-wood Top of Form

Bottom of Form

rocker, oak office chairs, collectibles. View at The Islander store, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.

FOR SALE: One legal two-drawer file. Various office supplies. Also selling antique wood office chairs, Haitian art, collectible art, some framed. Many local artists. Home decor. 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.

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


Individuals may place one free ad with up to three items, each priced $100 or less, 15 words or less. FREE, one week, must be submitted online. Email 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.

THE HIVE: GIFTS and arts. Locally handmade and imported silver jewelry, Buddha art, artifacts, artistic T-shirts, cards, hot sauces, South African handmade arts, specialty candies, more. 119 B Bridge St., Bradenton Beach. http://thehivegiftsandarts.com/

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. Premier Sothebys. 941-302-3100. Terry.hayes@sothebysrealty.com. Discoverannamaria.com.

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

MANATEE SAFETY SIGNS exclusively for boaters. Available at the Islander, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. 941-778-7978.

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

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


ROSER THRIFT SHOP: Open 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 9 a.m.-noon Saturday. Donations accepted on Wednesdays only, 9 a.m.-11 a.m. 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.

RELAY FOR LIFE garage sale! 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday and Saturday, April 5-6. Good stuff, good prices, great cause! 508 65th St., Holmes Beach. Donate your stuff! 248-982-5600.

GARAGE SALE: 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, April 6. Furniture, kitchen equipment, building goods. 425 Pine Avenue, Anna Maria.

RENOVATION SALE: LA-Z-BOY double recliner (loveseat), black, $595, black entertainment cabinet, 48x24x27, $350, oriental screen, 64×72 inch, $400, bistro set, two chairs, $75, miscellaneous rugs, lamps. Call for appointment, 941-761-7717.

GARAGE SALE: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, April 6. Power, antique, hand, table tools, electronics, boat hardware, books, pictures, housewares. 524 Key Royale Drive, Holmes Beach.


LOST: WOMAN’S GOLD bracelet: Hurricane Hanks or on northbound trolley, Pine Ave and Hammock Road, Anna Maria. 416-509-7827.

LOST: MAUI JIM prescription sunglasses. Glasses are brown frames with brownish lenses. Reward! Please, call 406.570.2855.

LOST: SILVER BRACELET with hearts. Lost during St. Patrick’s Day parade. Special to me. 941-737-9173.

FOUND: NECKLACE, 67th Street, Holmes Beach. Call to identify, 941-730-7674.

FOUND: TWO WALLETS, Two Scoops area, Anna Maria. 920-915-4961.

LOST: BLACK LONG-haired cat with green eyes. Name is Hope. Please call 941-896-5098 or 920-915-4903.


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.

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


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

AMI PONTOON BOAT rental: See: boatflorida.weebly.com or call 941-518-3868.

NOT USING YOUR boat lift? I’d like to rent it! Please, call David, 941-592-3235.

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.


PART-TIME PERSONAL assistant with Microsoft Word skills for Island company. Call 941-704-2714.

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


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

RED CROSS-CERTIFIED babysitter and dog sitter. Reasonable rates for both. Call 941-527-5051.

BABIES AND PETS: Responsible, trustworthy, reliable, fun 17-year-old college student. Own transportation. 941-447-9658.

NICOLE AND HALLIE’S babysitting, pet sitting and pet walking. Red Cross certified, good with animals. Hallie, 941-773-6317, Nicole, 941-370-7981.

AREA TEEN AVAILABLE for babysitting. Evenings, weekends. Have car, CPR-certified, currently enrolled in child development courses, honor student volunteering at Blake Hospital. AMI or N.W. Bradenton. Brittany, 941-465-6748.

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                                                            

ELDERLY CAREGIVER: LIGHT duties around home, appointments, hygiene care, experience in all phases. References. Call between 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. 941-545-7114.


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.

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.

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

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

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.

PRESSURE WASHING: RESIDENTIAL, commercial, resorts, roof, lanai, etc. Also windows, lawn services, also. 941-565-3935.

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

COMPUTER SERVICES: I can fix it. Virus cleanup, system upgrade. Hardware, software and network repair. FBI virus cleaned and removed. Cell phone repair, support. Replace broken camera, screen, etc. Give islander Socko a call: 941-799-1169.

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. $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.


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 wood flooring. 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.

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

METRO DOOR & SUPPLY, INC.: Home, condo, office. Primary doors and glass inserts, custom prep/cut downs, sliding doors, windows, doors for commercial properties, fiberglass, aluminum, steel, vinyl. Installation available. Free estimates. 941-726-2280 or 941-722-7507.

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

CARL V. JOHNSON Jr., Building contractor. Free estimates and plans. New houses, porches, decks and renovations. Fair prices. Call 941-795-1947 or cell, 941-462-2792.


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

1BR/1BA GROUND FLOOR, Gulf to bay condo, heated pool, fishing pier. Over 55. $1,600/month, $1,100/month annual. 813-393-6002.

CUTE VACATION EFFICIENCY: Screened porch, near boat ramp, many other area amenities, cable, WiFi. 941-779-6638.

3BR/2BA: CANAL FURNISHED. Internet, May-June. 407-927-1304. dvanworm@earthlink.net.

BRADENTON BEACH: SEASONAL 2BR/1BA. Steps to beach. No pets. $750/week. 941-778-4731.

ADORABLE GULFFRONT COTTAGE: 100 feet from Gulf. 2BR/1 large bath. Seasonal rental, three-day minimum. Call for further information, 863-660-3509 or email: mememersh@aol.com.

ON-ISLAND SELF storage: Climate-controlled and non-climate units available starting at $65/month. Call Anna Maria Storage at 941-779-0820.

WEST BRADENTON FURNISHED home: 2BR/2BA. ‘Beautiful.’ Four miles to beach, all amenities included, Fios, Netflix. Short or long-term, $1,400-$2,000/month. Call Paul for details, 941-737-3424.

2209 GULF DRIVE, Bradenton Beach. 2BR/1BA, $900/month. Beach views. Mike Norman Realty, 941-778-6696, 800-367-1617.

SANDPIPER: 55-PLUS: Steps to beaches, 2BR/1BA furnished, carport, patio, no smoking. $675/month and security. 941-545-8923.

APRIL/MAY SPECIAL: 2BR/1BA fully furnished ground floor with all amenities, half block to Rod & Reel Pier, $1,500/month plus tax and damage, available now, 941-387-8610.

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.


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.

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.

TRAILER FOR SALE: Move-in condition, 1BR, Bridge Street. Reduced, $39,000. Boat dock, $60/year on Intracoastal, furnished, land lease, $410/month. 941-896-5528.

PLEASE CALL ME if you are interested in selling. I am looking to purchase a home close to the beach or on the beach. 941-779-6158. No Realtors.

PARADISE: 2BR/2BA IN 55-plus community, turnkey, Ellenton. Rent space includes 20-plus amenities. Pet friendly, five heated pools, marina. Two miles to I-75, 15 miles to Gulf! $23,500. Bob, 941-721-4890.

DIRECT GULFFRONT CONDO: Bradenton Beach 2BR/1BA Beautifully updated, fabulous views. $395,000, by owner. 941-962-8220.

GULF-TO-BAY condo: 3BR/2BA, dock, pool, spectacular waterfront. Asking $425,000. 1407 Gulf Drive S. #201, Bradenton Beach. By owner, 941-650-3069.