Tag Archives: 04-16-2014

Road work coming to SR 64

Just one day after Easter on April 21, the Florida Department of Transportation plans to begin a three-month long road repair project on State Road 64/Manatee Avenue West that will extend from the Perico Bay Club entrance to Palma Sola Boulevard on the mainland.

DOT spokesman Robin Stublen said the project calls for resurfacing 1.6 miles of roadway, drainage improvements, new curbing, gutters and sidewalk repair.

The project is scheduled to end in July, Stublen said, although weather conditions could extend the time of the project, he added.

Any lane closures will have a flagging operation in place to keep traffic flowing, Stublen said.

The cost of the work is $988,000, with Ajax Paving LLC the general contractor. Motorists are advised to use caution when driving in repair areas.

DOT project administrator Tony Chin can be reached at 941-359-7335 for more information.

Real Estate – 04-16-2014

604 Jacaranda Road, Anna Maria, a 2,122 sfla / 2,362 sfur 4bed/2bath canalfront home built in 1973 on a 85×100 lot was sold 03/26/14, Paradise Cove Rental LLC to Twait for $800,000; list $888,500.

        206 67th St., Holmes Beach, a 2,139 sfla / 2,184 sfur 4bed/3bath pool home built in 1958 on a 75×105 lot was sold 03/21/14, Boyd to McDaniel for $645,000; list $679,000.

        4107 Fifth Ave., Unit 5, Sixth Avenue Condominium, Holmes Beach, a 2,012 sfla / 2,848 sfur 3bed/3bath/2car land condo built in 2003 was sold 03/19/14, ING Bank to Jones for $479,900; list $489,900.

        315 N. Bay Blvd., Anna Maria, a vacant 57×110 lot was sold 03/26/14, FVAA I LLC to Hagedorn for $410,000.

        3801 E. Bay Drive, Unit 105, Sunbow Bay, Holmes Beach, a 1,121 sfla / 1,222 sfur 2bed/2bath condo with shared pool built in 1981 was sold 03/24/14, Ferring to Remillard for $285,000; list $299,000.

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

Fishing – 04-16-2014

Full moon kicks off best-ever action on backwater trio


Knowing April 15 was the full moon, maybe you’ve looked at your tide chart and you too are excited to see what’s in store this week. The afternoon outgoing tides should produce some of the best backwater fishing we’re going to see this spring.

Snook fishing should prove prosperous this week. Try using live shiners in your favorite snook spots and see what happens. I favor outgoing tides for snook, especially in April. Now is the time to target your all-time biggest snook.

Spotted seatrout will be turning on this week. Look for areas when the outgoing tide is dumping off shallow flats into deeper water. Trout use these areas as ambush points to prey on small baitfish and shrimp that are being flushed by the tide’s current.

Finally, utilize the start of the outgoing tides when the water is at the highest point to find redfish around mangrove shorelines and oyster bars. This high water enables anglers to get to areas that are usually difficult to reach by boat. If you’re lucky, you may find schooling reds, which can result in some sizzling light-tackle action and maybe a blackened redfish for dinner.

Jim Malfese at the Rod & Reel Pier is seeing productive morning tides for pier fishers targeting Spanish mackerel. Speck rigs in either bubble gum or chartreuse are attracting a bite. Calmer, warmer mornings are more productive, according to Malfese, so try to plan your fishing excursions with this in mind. Lingering cold fronts and strong north winds are definitely hampering the bite, so fish before or a few days after the weather. Malfese says to expect to catch macks 15-20 inches at the R&R.

Jack crevalle are being caught on calmer days. Schools of these fish are passing by the pier in search of baitfish. The average size of these jacks is 10-15 pounds and you need the gear to handle them. The tackle you use for Spanish macks will not do the job. These jacks will spool light tackle really fast. For lures, try buck tail jigs, silver spoons or even top-water plugs.

If you’re looking for something to put on the plate, flounder and sheepshead are a good bet. Most catches occurring are under slot, so you’ll have to be determined to catch dinner.

Dave Sork at the Anna Maria City Pier says mackerel are the mainstay this week. Silver spoons, crappie jigs or Gotcha plugs are a surefire way to get these high-speed fish to bite. While targeting macks, you can expect to tie into jack crevalle, ladyfish and some bluefish, too.

Flounder are next on the list for pier fishers. By dropping weighted live shrimp under the pier deck, you can expect to catch flounder as well as numerous other species of fish. Keeper-size flounder are attainable, although you may have to release a few small ones before getting a worthy fish. Also, patience is a virtue, due to the vast amount of bait-stealers. Pinfish, grunts and small mangrove snapper will do everything they can to eat your bait before it reaches a hungry flounder.

Capt. Aaron Lowman at Island Discount Tackle is finding a great redfish bite during the flood tides, especially in the afternoon. By anchoring and chumming with live shiners, Lowman’s clients are getting action on copper-colored bombers. Although most fish are over-slot, there are no complaints. Expect to catch reds exceeding the slot of 18-27 inches, with most fish being over 30 inches.

On the flats of Sarasota Bay, Lowman is targeting spotted seatrout. To find these tasty yellow-mouthed fish, he’s targeting sandy potholes on the flats, casting live free-lined shiners to the edges and into the potholes, resulting in slot-size trout as well as trout up to 25 inches.

While targeting trout, Lowman is finding by-catch — hungry jack crevalle. They have just invaded our local waters and are eating anything that crosses their path. You also can expect to catch ladyfish, bluefish and mackerel. These fish may not make it into the cooler for dinner, but they are great adversaries on light spinning tackle.

Capt. Warren Girle is having yet another great week on the water. Both offshore and inshore charters are proving prosperous, especially on calm, sunny days with good tidal flow.

Fishing offshore is resulting in limits of mangrove snapper. By using fresh-cut shiners or whole live shrimp, Girle’s clients are hooking up snapper 15-20 inches. Also expect to catch Key West grunts, catch-and-release gag grouper and, if you’re lucky, a few hogfish. Red grouper are in the mix, although keeper-size fish are sporadic.

Migratory species, macks and bonito are attracting Girle’s attention while offshore. To catch these high-speed fish, Girle is free-lining live shiners behind the boat. For the kings, fish up to 20 pounds are the average. For the macks, expect fish in the 20-inch range.

Moving inshore, Girle is hammering the Sarasota Bay redfish population. On a recent charter, Girle said he lost count after boating 30 redfish. Not a bad day according to anyone’s standards. Live shiners are the bait of choice.

Snook also are responding to shiners, which is resulting in fish up to 35 inches. The same applies for spotted seatrout, with over-slot catches reaching 27 inches.

Capt. Rick Gross of Fishy Business Charters is doing well with snook this week. Even during the windiest days, Gross is leading his clients to slot- and over slot-size fish. By free-lining shiners or placing them under a Bimini Bay popping cork, Gross is getting these “bass on steroids” to bite. Most fish are being found around mangrove shorelines, although Gross reminds us not to neglect fishing around docks.

Moving to the flats is resulting in an exceptional trout bite. Again, Gross is either free-lining or cork fishing with shiners to get the bite. Slot-size trout are the norm, but don’t be surprised to catch plenty of over-slot fish, too.

While hunting trout on the flats, Gross also is hooking up jack crevalle, ladyfish, bluefish and macks — all invading the flats in search of baitfish. Once they spot your shiner, it’s game on.

Redfish are coming aboard the Fishy Business, although Gross says he’s not yet seeing rallies, although he may be too busy nailing big snook and trout.

Send fishing reports to fish@islander.org.

Calendar – 04-16-2014

Wednesday, April 16

7:56 p.m. — Official sunset time.


Thursday, April 17

7:57 p.m. — Official sunset time.


Friday, April 18

Today is Good Friday.

7:58 p.m. — Official sunset time.


Saturday, April 19

9 a.m. — Easter egg hunt, Sandbar Restaurant, 100 Spring Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-8710.

9 a.m. — Easter celebration on Pine, Pine Avenue, Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-8710.

7:58 p.m. — Official sunset time.


Sunday, April 20

Today is Easter.

6:30 a.m. — The Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island’s 50th annual Easter Sunrise Service, Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-748-8122.

6:58 a.m. — Official sunrise time.

7:59 p.m. — Official sunset time.


Monday, April 21

8 p.m. — Official sunset time.


Tuesday, April 22

Today is Earth Day.

8 p.m. — Official sunset time.


Wednesday, April 23

8 p.m. — Official sunset time.



Thursday, April 17

5 p.m. — Main Street Live with Off Shore Riot reggae and rock band, Riverwalk, downtown Bradenton. Information: 941-350-8563.


Friday, April 18

10 a.m. — De Soto Heritage Festival Children’s Parade and Party in the Park, Lamb and Sutton Parks, Sixth Street West, Palmetto.


Saturday, April 19

10 a.m. and 1 p.m. — Annual De Soto Landing, De Soto National Memorial, 8300 De Soto Memorial Highway, Bradenton. Information: 941-792-0458.


Sunday, April 20

6:30 a.m. — Easter Sunrise Service, Riverwalk, downtown Bradenton. Information: 941-350-8563.


Monday, April 21

11:45 a.m.  — Anna Maria Island Democratic Club lunch meeting with talk by intelligence expert Sasha Taurke, Mannatees Sports Grill, 7423 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton. Information: Bill McGrath at 941-761-4017.


Tuesday, April 22

2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. — De Soto Heritage Festival Musical and Fashion Show, Bradenton Area Convention Center, 1 Haben Blvd., Palmetto.


Coming up

• April 25, National Arbor Day.

• April 28, Holocaust Remembrance Day.

• May 3, Food and Wine on Pine, Anna Maria.

• May 4, Island Wedding Festival, islandwide.


Save the date

• May 17-18, Relay for life of Anna Maria Island, Coquina Beach.

• June 7, Island Blood Drive, TBA.

• June 14, 2014 Florida State League All Star Game, Bradenton.


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.

Sports – 04-16-2014

Key Royale hosts golf action for condo players, members


Forty friends and golfers from Westbay Point and Moorings and Shell Point condominiums on Flotilla Drive in Holmes Beach got together for their annual nine-hole scramble April 3 at the Key Royale Club.

The team of Robert Hoffman, Joan Graham, Cheryl Schlehuber and Al Pollock combined on a 1-over-par 33 to take first place and the day’s bragging rights. Second place went to Bill Gallagher, Carole Homer, Bob McGlynn and John Lindwall, one shot back.

Schlehuber won the women’s longest drive competition, while Charlie Porter teed off for the men’s longest drive. Helen Pollock and Bill Anderson won the closest-to-the-pin competitions.

When the golf action came to a close, the players were joined by mates and friends for a get together in the clubhouse.


Club rounds

The men of Key Royale Club got out for a few rounds of golf during the past week. The action got started on the morning of April 7 with a nine-hole, better-ball-of-foursome match.

The team of Pieter Thomassen, Gerry Taylor, Neil Hammer and Chet Hutton matched the 10-under-par 22 carded by Jim Auch, Charlie Knopp, Dave Kruger and Jon Lindwall to finish in a tie for first place.

Later in the day, the men got back out for a nine-hole, modified-Stableford system or quota-points game. Wayne Patterson carded a plus-5 to take first place in the individual competition with Jim Watt in second at plus-4.

Patterson’s score helped his teammates — Dick Grimme, Gerry Dahl and Merritt Fineout — take the team competition with a combined score of plus-2.

The men then played a nine-hole scramble April 10. The team of Jerry Elson, Dick Mills, Jim Auch and Don Schmitzerle combined on a 3-under-par 29 to grab first place, one shot ahead of Gary Silke, Merritt Fineout, Bob Lang and Craig Humphreys.

Horseshoe news

Three teams emerged from pool play during April 12 horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe pits. The team of Steve Doyle and Karl Thomas drew the bye into the finals and watched as Gene Bobeldyk and Herb Puryear edged John Crawford and Tim Sofran 23-18 to advance to the championship.

Bobeldyk and Puryear continued their strong play, easily defeating Doyle and Thomas 21-10 to earn the day’s bragging rights.

April 9 horseshoe action saw four teams advance from pool play with 3-0 records. Dom Livedoti and Jerry Disbrow routed Jay Disbrow 21-7 in the first semifinal match, while Tom Skoloda and Rod Bussey slipped past Bruce Munro and George Smith 22-16 in the other semifinal.

Skoloda and Bussey were an unstoppable force in the finals, taking down Livedoti and Disbrow by a 22-2 score.

In the April 9 edition of The Islander, we reported that John Lothschutz and Rod Bussey lost in the finals by a 23-19 score in April 2 games. But it was visitor Jim (not John) Lothschutz, who had been invited by one of the horseshoe regulars.

Play gets underway 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 police blotter – 04-16-2014

Anna Maria

• No new reports.

    Anna Maria is policed by the MCSO.

Bradenton Beach

• April 5, 500 block of Gulf Drive North, disorderly intoxication. A Bradenton man was arrested around 10:45 a.m. He was yelling obscenities and confrontational. He was taken to Manatee County jail. Bond information was not available.

    Bradenton Beach is policed by the BBPD.


• April 4, 11900 block of Cortez Road, battery and drug arrest. A Bradenton man faces charges of battery and possession of not more than 20 grams of marijuana. He allegedly hit a family member. When he was searched by a deputy, a Skoal can containing marijuana was found in his back pocket. He was taken to Manatee County jail, where he was held on a $2,500 bond.

    Cortez is policed by the MCSO.

Holmes Beach

• April 6, 2800 block of Gulf Drive, warrant arrest. A 20-year-old Wimauma man was arrested on an outstanding warrant during a traffic stop. HBPD conducted the stop after an officer reported he saw a passenger in the vehicle drinking a beer. The passenger also was issued a citation for underage drinking and open container.

• April 6, 100 block of Willow Ave., found property. Several items were turned over to the HBPD, including a credit card.

April 4, 5410 Marina Drive,D.Coy Ducks, violation of probation arrest. A 67-year-old Holmes Beach man was arrested for allegedly violating his probation. He was originally charged with DUI in 2013. He was taken to the Manatee County jail and held on a $2,500 bond.

• March 22, 3700 block of East Bay Drive, theft. A red Trek 3700 bicycle was stolen from the parking garage of a residence around 8 p.m.. The victim said his bicycle lock had been cut. The HBPD officer noted that the suspect had tried to cut the lock of another bicycle on the same bicycle rack but was unsuccessful.

• March 28, 2700 block of Gulf Drive, theft. An unknown suspect used a stolen credit card to rent a room Feb. 4-5. The total amount charged was $187.97.

• March 27, 5300 block of Gulf Drive, petty theft. A Schwinn bicycle was stolen from a bicycle rack sometime between 9 a.m. and noon. The victim told HBPD that it was not locked.

• March 24, 100 block of 52nd Street, theft. A beach cruiser was stolen from the backyard of a home around 7 p.m. The victim had rented the bicycle while on vacation. The bike was later located by the rental company.

• March 24, 4100 block of Sixth Avenue, battery. A 16-year-old boy was arrested around 11 p.m. after he allegedly hit a relative in the back of the head during an argument.

• March 23, 3200 block of East Bay Drive, intoxication. HBPD officers responded around midnight to a report that an intoxicated man was asking people for money in the Walgreens parking lot. The man told the officer he was homeless and needed a ride to Bradenton. The officer took him to the Salvation Army.

• March 22, 6400 block of Gulf Drive, warrant. A man was arrested on an outstanding warrant during a traffic stop around 11 a.m. He was sitting in the passenger side of the car and attempted to flee, but was located a couple blocks away and taken into custody.

    Holmes Beach is policed by the HBPD.

        Streetlife is based on incident reports and narratives from the BBPD, HBPD and MCSO.

Obituaries – 04-16-2014

Else Sotire Youngobit-young

Else Sotire Young, 93, of Holmes Beach, died March 20.

She was born and educated in Denmark. She studied book research, which included the buying, selling, evaluation and care of books. She pursued this passion all her life.

She owned the Book and Specialty Shop in Cashiers, N.C., for more than 25 years before retiring to Anna Maria Island.

She was frequently seen riding a red mobility scooter in Holmes Beach, maintaining her independence and joy of life. She is missed and cherished by many friends, and our gratitude goes to her compassionate caregiver, Jane Rodgers.


Gertrude ‘Trudy’ Price Horiganobit-horigan

Gertrude “Trudy” Price Horigan, 78, died April 7. She was born July 26, 1935.

She met John Horigan in high school 63 years ago and they married in 1957. They moved from Winter Haven to Anna Maria Island in 1998 and became active in the community. She was a creative person and was able to express her love of the arts through the Monday Painters. She bought and sold sewing goods and textiles from various parts of the world at different venues on the island. She enjoyed antiquing and world travels to visit kids and grandkids.

Mrs. Horigan was committed to service, assisting, learning and contributing in the art community, All Island Denominations, both Roser Memorial Community Church and its thrift store, Cultural Connections, Our Daily Bread and Boa Sisterhood of Chapter 114.

She took time everyday to visit the beach and take in the sun and the sand. She sent all her family updates and cards proclaiming her joy of living on Anna Maria Island.

A celebration of life and memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 16, at Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Memorial donations may be made to Roser Church, P.O. Box 247, Anna Maria FL 34216.

Mrs. Horigan is survived by her devoted husband of 56 years, John; children Aileen, Kerry, James, Garret and Margaret; and 14 grandchildren.


Edith ‘Marion’ Kennedyobit-Kennedy

Edith “Marion” Kennedy, 97, of Bradenton and formerly of Holmes Beach, died March, 25. She was a longtime resident of Holmes Beach, having moved there in 1973 from White Plains, N.Y., and had moved to Freedom Village two years ago.

She was a graduate of Packer Collegiate Institute and New York University with a degree in psychology and biology. When World War II developed, she sought an active role and joined the Women Airforce Service Pilots, a former U.S. Army Air Corp unit. She trained in Sweetwater, Texas, flying military aircraft to relieve male pilots for active combat roles. After the war, she continued her service as a member of the Civil Air Patrol in New York, providing instruction in meteorology and navigation. Her service in the military and her love of flying were some of the happiest times of her life.

She was employed as an executive and research assistant in a variety of industries after the war. She married Henry B. Nash in 1948 and they raised two children in White Plains, N.Y.

During those years, she was a homemaker and public relations assistant at General Foods.  Following the death of Mr. Nash in 1972, she married a John A. “Jack” Kennedy, and they moved to Holmes Beach.

She began volunteering at New College Library, South Florida Museum and Manatee County Literacy Council.

She enjoyed sailing, swimming in the Gulf and golf at the Key Royale Club.

Mr. Kennedy died in 1997 and she moved to Westbay Point and Moorings where she met Donald Meals, her beloved companion until his death in 2013.

While in their 80s, they flew in a hot air balloon and glider in New England.

They shared volunteering at the Literacy Council of Manatee County and a love of travel, adventure, opera and symphony.

A memorial service will be planned at a later time.

Mrs. Kennedy is survived by son Charles Nash and wife Michele of Voluntown, Conn.; daughter Marilyn and husband Andrew Wilking of Houston and Walpole, N.H.; and granddaughters Emma, Juliana,and Betsy Wilking of Houston and Dallas. She also is missed by Mr. Meal’s children: son Don Jr. of Burlington, Vt.; and daughter Jennifer Kalajian of Kinnelon, N.J.


Dennis Russell Robarts

Dennis Russell Robarts, 62, of Wauchula, died April 5. He was born Oct. 27, 1951, to Wilfrid T. Robarts, namesake of the Robarts Sports Arena in Sarasota, and Bonnie Bessie Ellis Robarts of Sarasota. He moved to Wauchula in 1997.

Mr. Robarts was the owner of Robarts Family Funeral Home until 2012, retiring for health reasons. He was a member at First Baptist Church of Wauchula.

He served in the Bradenton Beach Police Department 1983-88 and was the police chief in 1985-86.

Mr. Robarts was remembered this week by Bradenton Beach Police Chief Sam Speciale, who said, “He was the best. He was a mentor to me, and he got me started on my career.”

Mr. Robarts also was a former deputy with Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office and former member of Hardee County Sheriff’s Office Citizens Advisory Board. He held memberships with the International Association of Chiefs of Police, Florida Police Chiefs Association, and Sons of Confederacy. He was a graduate of Admiral Farragut Academy.

Visitation was April 10 at Robarts Garden Chapel, 529 W. Main St., Wauchula. Service was April 11 at First Baptist Church of Wauchula, with interment in Wauchula Cemetery.

Mr. Robarts is survived by son, Dennis R. II and wife Summer of Wauchula; grandchildren Alexandra and Russell; brothers Donald and wife Denise of Bradenton, Thomas and wife Barb of Sarasota, Henry of North Carolina and Jerry of Defuniak Springs; sisters Patricia of Sarasota, Arlene Thompson and husband Jack of Naples, and Anne Marie Hollan and husband John of Jacksonville.


Joshua Robert Matice

Joshua Robert Matice, 42, died April 7. He was born April 8, 1972, in St. Johns, Mich.

He first came to Anna Maria Island in time to start second-grade at Anna Maria Elementary School. He participated in youth center activities, including soccer, baseball and basketball. He attended Roser Memorial Community Church and participated in the youth group.

He was a cub scout. While attending King Middle School, he united islanders and towners. He also was co-emcee for the KMS Hands Across America Music Jamboree. While attending Manatee High School, he found his passion for cooking while working for the original Mr. Bones restaurant in Holmes Beach.

After graduating from MHS, he attended New England Institute in West Palm, Fla., in the culinary arts school and interned with a renowned Paris chef at the country club in Boynton Beach.

Upon returning to the island, he worked at a number of eateries, as well as in Bradenton and Sarasota. He then went to upstate New York where he opened the Corn House Restaurant as manager and chef. Upon returning again to the island, he helped re-open the City Pier Restaurant, and then began a career as a rep for Orlando Seafood Co., helping expand its business to the west coast. He spent some time consulting and then returned to his first passion, cooking. He will be missed by all whose lives he touched.

A celebration of life will be held at 3 p.m. Friday, April 18, at Bayfront Park, Anna Maria. There will be a short service at sunset.

Mr. Matice is survived by his sons, Canaan and Quentin; daughter Cheyanne; fiance Lindsey Saritzer; brother Zach and Jennie and Noah of White Lake, Mich.; step-sister Betsy McMullin and Ken and Jenna of Cortland, N.Y.; step-brother Rob Oliver and Aly, Jaye and Elle of  Ann Arbor, Mich.; and mother Valerie of Anna Maria.

The Islander Classifieds: Wednesday, April 16, 2014


COMPUTER: DELL VISTA dual core, refurbished, $100. 941-756-6728.

OAK DINING ROOM table, six chairs with upholstered seats. Good condition, $200. 941-254-4238.

WEEDEATER, GAS, $25, pole saw, electric, $25, two new floodlights, $50. Call 941-792-0008, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.

TWO PATIO CHAISES: Green canvas material, white metal frames, paid $60/each, asking $20 each. 941-778-7226.

WHITE COFFEE MAKER, new, $25, beige bird cage, new, $35, unique mirror, 30-inches tall. $45. 219-588-3322.


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.


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.

MOVING SALE! 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday and Saturday, April 18-19. House full of furniture, excellent condition. Everything must go! Cash and carry. 616 Gladstone Lane, Holmes Beach.


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

FOUND: CAMERA, SANDBAR restaurant area, Anna Maria. 812-350-7575.

IPOD FOUND ON White Avenue, Anna Maria, April 10, near shower. Claim at Holmes Beach Police Department. 941-708-5804.

LOST: GOLD PINKY RING with amethyst stone. Vicinity Cortez Kitchen and Swordfish Grill. 941-778-8359.


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

GREAT RESCUED dogs (and cats!) 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.

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


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

OFFICE/RECEPTIONIST WORK: Answer phones, good with computers. Part or full-time. Work on Island. Email resume only: annamariaisland@hotmail.com. 941-524-9228.


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.


LPNS NEEDED FOR active quadriplegic using Hoyer lift. Morning shifts, 4-5 hours starting at 7 a.m. Overnight shifts, 9:30 p.m.-7 a.m. 941-685-5213.


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

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.

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.

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

D.L. HAYES CLEANING: Bonded and insured. Rachael Bidwell/ Sheila Darcy, 941-932-5347 or 941-224-1486. For all your cleaning needs.

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.

SUN MAINTENANCE & SERVICE: Full-service lawn care, pool care, maintenance work, landscape and design, tree trimming, pressure washing, mulch, shell. Marine waxing, detailing. Free snow removal. Call Travis, 941-779-8389.

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.

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

$700 PER WEEK: 200 feet to Rod & Reel Pier in Anna Maria. Ground floor 2BR/1BA with all amenities, super clean, bikes, WIFI available immediately, $700/week plus tax. 941-387-8610.

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

ANNUAL RENTAL: 3BR/2BA, City of Anna Maria near the pier and shops. Spacious, pet friendly, ground level, steps to beach. Available for six months from May 1-Dec. 1. $1,200/month 941-538-9328.

WATERFRONT 2BR/2BA TOWNHOUSE on Palma Sola Bay. Pool, patio, cable, washer and dryer, fishing pier with boat slip. Lease, minimum six months. $950/month furnished or not. No pets. Call 941-798-3842 or 941-720-7519.


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.

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.

NEW LISTING: CANALFRONT. Home on extra large lot, 100×117- foot. $574,500. 526 72nd St., Holmes Beach. Sharon Hightower, Edgewater Real Estate, 941-330-5054.

KNOCK OUT CONDO! Revel in paradise of beautiful bay to Gulf 55- plus property. 2BR/1BA, stunning granite, stainless-steel kitchen and magnificent bath. First floor, handicap features. Fabulous and convenient location. Pool, turnkey. $189,000. 412-498-4127.

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).