Tag Archives: 04-23-2014

Island road watch April 21-28

The Florida Department of Transportation was scheduled to begin work April 21 on a three-month project on State Road 64/Manatee Avenue West from the Perico Bay Club to Palma Sola Boulevard.

Crews will be resurfacing the roadway, making sidewalk and drainage improvements and installing new signage and pavement markings.

Motorists can expect overnight lane closures and a flagging operation 6 p.m.-8 a.m. on the Palma Sola Causeway-Manatee Avenue. The project is expected to finish in late July.

The Florida Department of Transportation was to hold a public information meeting after press time for The Islander on the upcoming Cortez Bridge repair project 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, April 22, at Kirkwood Presbyterian Church, 6101 Cortez Road W., Bradenton.

A DOT press release said the $4 million maintenance and repair project will begin April 28.

The workshop is to provide area residents with information on how long the repair project will last and any related closings of the bridge to vehicular traffic. Lane closures will be conducted 9 p.m.-5 a.m. weekdays, and any bascule repairs will be 2-3 a.m. weekdays, the DOT said.

The DOT said the Cortez Bridge repairs should be completed by early 2015.

For more information on the meeting, contact Brian Bollas at 727-946-1869 or Robin Stublen at 800-292-3368.

Shipwreck to become underwater preserve

Just off the northern end of Egmont Key on the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico sits an 82-foot Civil War-era screw steamer, an underwater graveyard for the sailors aboard since it sank 146 years ago.

The USS Narcissus, named after the mythological Greek character captivated by his own reflection, may soon have many admirers.

“I’ve been watching the progress of it,” said Jim Humes owner of Sea Kat Divers, 105 Seventh St. N., Bradenton Beach. “They’re waiting on one more permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.”

The South Eastern Archeological Services and the Florida Aquarium in St. Petersburg applied to the Florida Bureau of Archeological Research to have the shipwreck added to the list of underwater preserves in December 2011.

Humes — who offers dive classes and tours to the Regina, an underwater archeological preserve in Bradenton Beach — has eagerly been waiting for the shipwreck’s designation.

The designation of the USS Narcissus as a preserve with the Florida bureau of archeological research would make it the 12th shipwreck park in Florida, and the second on the state’s west coast.

Humes said the USS Narcissus would be a 5-mile trip from his shop. He plans to offer dive tours once the shipwreck is dedicated.

The site is a refuge for marine life, including coral, cobia and goliath grouper, while divers can also expect to see features of the vessel, including the steam engine, drive shaft, propeller and a portion of the wooden hull.

Every shipwreck must undergo a proposal process that includes submitting a nomination, hosting a visit by a state archeologist, completing mapping and measurements, meeting prescribed preserve criteria, gathering local interest and verifying its historical significance, but the USS Narcissus has extra obstacles.

The vessel is owned by the U.S. Navy and involves cooperation among federal, state and local agencies, as well as local organizations and individuals. The Navy has signed off on the designation.

The proposal states the USS Narcissus will be unique among Florida’s underwater archaeological preserves because it is government property. The Navy will continue to own the ship under the Sunken Military Craft Act of 2005.

The Florida Aquarium began investigating the wreckage during the 3-year Tampa Bay Historic Shipwreck Survey in 2006 under the direction of South Eastern Archaeological Services Inc., according to the proposal.

The USS Narcissus sank twice in its military career. It first sank after striking a mine during a storm in December 1864 in Mobile Bay. The massive ship went down within 15 minutes, although all the crew aboard survived and all the ammunition and weapons were recovered.

Then, during a violent winter storm in January 1866 off the coast of Florida, on its way to be decommissioned, the ship and crew were not so lucky. All 27 crewmembers went down with the ship, and the vessel has been virtually undisturbed since.

The ship was built in 1863 in East Albany, N.Y., and commissioned as the USS Narcissus at the Brooklyn Navy Yard in February 1864, according to the preservation proposal.

It served during the Union victory in August 1864 at the Battle of Mobile Bay. Shortly after the battle, the ship sank and was taken to the Pensacola Naval Yard for repairs, where it remained for the rest of the Civil War.

The shipwreck has major features exposed, including the steam engine, drive shaft, propeller and a portion of the hull and has become a refuge for marine life.

Designated underwater archaeological preserves are marked and site maps and information are made available in local dive shops and on the Museums in the Sea website, museumsinthesea.com. The sites are protected by Florida law and, in the case of the Narcissus, also by federal law.

Calendar – 04-23-2014

Wednesday, April 23

Noon — Anna Maria Garden Club meeting, Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-2607.

8 p.m. — Official sunset time.


Thursday, April 24

8:01 p.m. — Official sunset time.


Friday, April 25

Today is National Arbor Day.

9 a.m.-Noon — St. Bernard Catholic Church rummage sale, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-7771.

9:30 a.m. — Holmes Beach Arbor Day tree planting, near Marina Drive and 59th Street. Information: 941-795-8272.

10 a.m. — Anna Maria Arbor Day tree planting, Bayfront Park, Bay Boulevard South. Information: 941-795-8272.

11 a.m. — Bradenton Beach Arbor Day tree planting, Bridge Street/Gulf Drive roundabout. Information: 941-795-8272.

8:02 p.m. — Official sunset time.


Saturday, April 26

9 a.m.-Noon — St. Bernard Catholic Church rummage sale, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-7771.

8:02 p.m. — Official sunset time.


Sunday, April 27

8:03 p.m. — Official sunset time.


Monday, April 28

Today is Holocaust Remembrance Day.

8:03 p.m. — Official sunset time.


Tuesday, April 29

8:04 p.m. — Official sunset time.


Wednesday, April 30

8:04 p.m. — Official sunset time.



Saturday, April 26

6:30 p.m. — De Soto Heritage Festival Grand Finale Parade with 150 or more entries, mostly along Manatee Avenue West in Bradenton.


Sunday, April 27

2 p.m. — Anna Maria Island Concert Chorus and Orchestra “New Faces of Classical Music” concert, First United Methodist Church, 603 11th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-587-3584.


Coming up

• 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.


AME Calendar

• Through April 30, Florida Comprehensive Assessment Testing.

• 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday, April 25, fifth-grade grandparents’ end of the year picnic, Anna Maria Island Beach Café.

• 8:45 a.m. Tuesday, April 29, speech contest.

• 5-6 p.m. Tuesday, April 29, PTO dinner, AME cafeteria.

• 6-7 p.m. Tuesday April 29, first-grade play, AME auditorium.

• Thursday, May 1, end of first quarter, progress reports.

• 12:30 p.m. Friday, May 2, early release.

• May 5-7, K-2 FCAT and SAT 10.

• 7:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 7, bike ride with West Manatee Fire Rescue District firefighters to school, starting at Station 1, 6001 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.

• 1:15 p.m. Wednesday, May 7, early release.

• Saturday, May 10, Manatee County speech contest.

• 1:15 p.m. Wednesday, May 14, author Michael Stern speaks to students, AME auditorium.

• 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, May 14, book fair and literacy night and art show.

• 9:15 a.m. Tuesday, May 20, fire drill.

• 6:30-8 p.m. Tuesday, May 20, mother and son ice cream social.

• Friday, May 23, fifth-grade fieldtrip to Busch Gardens.

• Monday, May 26, Memorial Day, no school.

• 12:30 p.m. Friday, May 30, early release.

• Monday, June 9, last day of school.

        AME is at 4700 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. For more information, call 941-708-5525.

Island police blotter – 04-23-2014

Anna Maria

• April 14, 100 block of South Bay Boulevard, battery. A 56-year-old man was arrested after he allegedly slapped a woman in a wheelchair during an argument over love bugs. A Manatee County Sheriff’s Deputy observed the couple sitting together at the Anna Maria City Pier. They began to argue when the man became bothered by love bugs and lost his shoe in the water, according to the report. The deputy witnessed the man allegedly curse at the woman, push her wheelchair to the north edge of the pier and slap her on the shoulder. He was taken to Manatee County jail.

        Anna Maria is policed by the MCSO.

Bradenton Beach

• April 15, 2013, 103 Gulf Drive S., disorderly intoxication. A 43-year-old Sarasota man faces a charge of disorderly intoxication after an MCSO deputy saw him urinating in public within view of the roadway and passersby. He was taken to Manatee County jail.

• April 11, 200 block of Bridge Street, criminal mischief. A 54-year-old man was arrested after he allegedly chest-bumped a woman he thought was trying to steal his dog. The woman told police she had found the dog wandering around a parking lot of with no tags. She said she placed the dog in her car with food and water. When the suspect saw the dog in her car, he allegedly picked up a rock and scraped the side of her car.

        Bradenton Beach is policed by the BBPD.

Holmes Beach

• April 4, 2900 block of Avenue E, possession. A Holmes Beach woman faces a charge of possession of marijuana after she crashed her bicycle outside a residential house. An HBPD officer responded to a report of a suspicious person. The woman was “visibly intoxicated,” according to the police report. The officer offered to take the woman home, but as she opened her purse to retrieve her driver’s license, the officer allegedly observed a bag of marijuana inside an empty cigarette package. She was issued a notice to appear and transported to her residence.

• April 4, 5400 block of Marina Drive, warrant arrest. A 67-year-old man was arrested on an outstanding warrant.

• April 3, 5200 block of Gulf Drive, hit and run. The victim reported an unknown woman drove a red convertible car into a white fence, causing around $500 in damage. The woman reportedly backed up and continued driving. The investigation remains open.

• April 1, 755 Manatee Ave. W., Kingfish Boat Ramp, burglary. A woman reported her purse was stolen from her rental vehicle while she was taking pictures with her husband and daughter. HBPD officers reported that the front passenger window had been smashed. The investigation remains open.

• March 31, 3400 block of Sixth Avenue, battery. A 28-year-old pregnant woman told HBPD officers a man punched her in the shoulder several times during an argument. The man was not located.

• March 30, 5300 block of Marina Drive, theft. A blue glass-bottom kayak and a yellow kayak were stolen from a storage area of the marina. No arrests were made.

• March 29, 3900 E. Bay Drive, Publix, trespass. HBPD officers issued a homeless man a trespass warning for allegedly loitering behind the grocery store.


• April 14, 6000 Marina Drive, possession. Gregory Surface, 52, of Bradenton, faces charges of possession of sativa resin (hash) and driving with an expired tag for less than six months. A Manatee County Sheriff’s Office deputy conducted a traffic stop and found a bag of hash inside the seat compartment of his motor scooter, according to the police report.

• April 12, 500 block of 75th Street, domestic battery. A 24-year-old woman was arrested after she allegedly argued with her mother and threw a chair at her, causing a knee injury.

• April 10, 2800 block of Gulf Drive, DUI. Daniel Nolasco-Vasquez, 35, of Sarasota, faces charges of DUI, driving with an expired license for more than six months and no vehicle registration after he was pulled over for traveling at a high rate of speed and swerving between lanes. After failing a series of sobriety tests, he was taken to Manatee County jail.

        Holmes Beach is policed by the HBPD.


• No new reports.

        Cortez is policed by the MCSO.

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

Obituaries – 04-23-2014

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 and sunset service was held April 18 at Bayfront Park, Anna Maria.

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.


Robert A. Taylorobit-Robert-Taylor

Robert A. Taylor, 71, of Bradenton and formerly of Anna Maria, died April 18. He was born in Montgomery, Ala., and moved to Bradenton in 1996 from Atlanta.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Army during Vietnam. He was a Christian and an avid golfer.

Visitation was April 21, and a service was to be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 22, at Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory 43rd Street Chapel, 604 43rd St. W., Bradenton. Military honors will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 22, at Sarasota National Cemetery, 9810 S.R. 72, Sarasota. Memorial donations may be made to the National Kidney Foundation 1040 Woodstock Road, Suite 119, Orlando FL 32803. Condolences may be made online at www.brownandsonsfuneral.com.

Mr. Taylor is survived by wife Vicki; sons Todd Seidel of Fort Wayne, Ind., David and wife Jennifer Heyn of Ft. Wayne, Ind., and Andrew and wife Theany Heyn of Atlanta; daughters Kerri and husband Randall Forsha of Nashville, Tenn., and Andrea and husband David Francis of Nashville, Tenn.; sister Jerry Ann Pennington of Sheffield, Ala.; and 13 grandchildren.

Fishing – 04-23-2014

Pick your days to avoid the boating traffic craze


If you haven’t noticed, the surrounding waters of Anna Maria Island are becoming more popular for boaters as the season rolls on.

Drive by any of the local boat ramps on a weekend and you’ll see what I mean. Granted, not all boats are out fishing, but you can bet many of them have a rod and reel aboard. This being said, you may want to plan accordingly when setting up your fishing trip.

An early start is probably in your best interest. Getting bait and arriving at your honey hole before someone else does may mean the difference between catching fish and searching for fish. Also, although the weekends may be your only time to get on the water, you may want to pick a weekday if you want some solitude. Also, fishing “off hours” may contribute to your success. The boat traffic seems to thin out during late afternoon and evening hours.

Finally, patience is the most important part of a successful day on crowded waters. Although getting out on the water is viewed as an escape from the hustle-bustle of everyday life, you need to keep in mind that, especially on the weekends, you may experience swarms of boat traffic.

Try to be accommodating to other boaters and most of all be safe — remember, boats don’t have brakes to slow down for boat traffic.

Capt. Warren Girle is fishing nearshore structure, which is producing some exciting catches. To start, Girle is free-lining live shrimp and shiners for mangrove snapper. Limits of these tasty fish include some fish exceeding 18 inches.

After fishing for snapper, the real excitement begins. By casting out fresh-cut chunks of Spanish mackerel, Girle is hooking up spinner sharks and bull sharks. Not only do these fish provide great sport-fishing action, they also can be fairly large. The average size of the spinners is 50-70 pounds, while recent catches of bull sharks have been in the 300-pound range.

After wearing his clients out on shark, Girle is moving to the backcountry of Sarasota Bay to target snook, redfish and trout. This trio is responding to free-lined shiners, and you can expect to catch slot-size fish in every species, although boating a slot-size snook is becoming a challenge.

Jim Malfese at the Rod & Reel says Spanish mackerel are being caught on speck rigs, although the bite is sporadic at best. By using pink or chartreuse jigs, pier fishers are catching macks in the early morning at sunrise, but attempts after this small window appear futile.

Once the mack bite has diminished, fishers are changing tactics by rigging for bait fishing. By casting live shrimp around the pilings and under the pier deck, fishers are catching black drum, flounder and sheepshead.

Finally, frozen squid and fresh-cut chunks of mullet are producing catches of bonnethead sharks and stingrays. Simply cast these baits out, let them sit on the bottom and wait until you get a bite.

Capt. Aaron Lowman at Island Discount Tackle is seeing good numbers of spotted seatrout and snook. Both species are being caught by anchoring and free-lining shiners. By casting their shiners into sandy potholes, Lowman’s clients are reeling up slot and over-slot trout. As for the snook, Lowman is fishing mangrove shorelines and islands to produce a bite for his clients who cast free-lined shiners into a sandy pothole or under the mangroves.

Redfish are in Lowman’s sights. For the reds, Lowman is dock fishing with live shiners. By casting weighted live shiners under docks. Lowman’s clients are hooking into slot and over-slot fish. Mixed in with the reds are jack crevalle and an occasional snook.

Capt. Rick Gross of Fishy Business Charters is targeting snook on the flats of southern Tampa Bay with great success. On good days, Gross’ clients are reeling in up to 50 snook. The most snook to date this season on a charter is 73, he says. Most catches are released, although a few keepers are mixed in. To catch these kinds of numbers, Gross is baiting live shiners. For rigging, he’s either free-lining or placing the shiners under a Bimini Bay popping cork.

Redfish are on the menu for Gross. Although not as abundant as the snook, Gross is still coming to the fillet table with slot-size fish for his clients. Again, live shiners are the top producers, although pinfish and even shrimp are working.

Finally, spotted seatrout are responding to live shiners. Especially when rigging under a popping cork. Once his clients cast out their baits, Gross instructs them to twitch the cork now and again. By doing this, the cork creates a small disturbance which, in turn, attracts the trout’s attention. If the trout spots the bait, it’s fish on. Slot and over-slot trout are the norm this week.

            Send fishing reports to fish@islander.org.

Sports – 04-23-2014

Key Royale golf news


The men got out on the links at the Key Royale Club in Holmes Beach April 14 for a pair of golf matches. The morning saw a nine-hole, two-best-balls-of-foursome match. The team of Charlie Knopp, Chet Hutton and Jim Auch torched the course to the tune of a 16-under-par 48 to finish in first place for the morning. The team of Dave Kruger, Jon Lindwall, Al Pollock and Jim Lathrop finished in second place.

Later in the day, the men played a nine-hole, modified-Stableford System or quota points game with individual winners and a team competition. Bill Koche fired a plus-5, finishing five points higher than his average point total to win first place. Second place went to Dennis Schavey who finished at plus-4.

Koche and Schavey also were part of the first place team that included Dale Hudson and Art McMillan on a score of plus-4.

The men got out again April 17 for a nine-hole, four-person scramble. The team of Barry Izzard, Larry Pippel, John Cassese and Earl Ritchie combined on a 5-under-par 27 to earn a one-stroke victory, followed by the team of Jon Holcomb, Dave Kruger, Gary Silke and Dennis Schavey with a 28.

Horseshoe news

Two teams emerged from pool play during April 16 horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe pits. In a tight matchup, the team of Norm Good and Dom Livedoti edged the team of Jerry Disbrow and Adin Shank 21-19 to earn bragging rights for the day.

Two teams also advanced to the knockout round during the April 19 horseshoe games. The team of Bruce Munrol and Rod Bussey rolled past John Crawford and Hank Huyghe 21-10 to earn the day’s title.

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.

The Islander Classifieds: Wednesday, April 23, 2014


DINING TABLE: ROUND, bronze and iron, glass-top, four matching padded chairs. Cash, you pick up, like new, $550. 941-756-0888.

DECK/PATIO FURNITURE: Glass-top table, four chairs with cushions. Steel construction, 2014 model, never used. 941-778-4060.

TABLES: END AND SOFA/CONSOLE: Contemporary, glass tops, bronze metal bases, $100 each. 407-310-4446.

DOLLS, PORCELAIN, VARIETY of sizes in collection, hand painted. $10 each doll. Anna Maria Island. 813-833-4926.

CREAM RECLINER, COFFEE tables, club chairs, yellow on rollers, $25 each, bar stools, $7 each. 302-275-6785.

TWO CAR RAMPS, $25, gas weedeater, $25, adult-size sleeping bags, $10 each. 941-792-0008. 9 a.m.-9 p.m.

SOFA: SIX FOOT, sturdy fabric, excellent condition, $100, brass lamp, 30-inch, $30, 30×40-inch framed picture of Italy, $65, 941-792-4387.


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.

GARAGE SALE: MOVING! Great stuff. 7-11 a.m. Saturday, April 26. 422 Poinsettia Road, Anna Maria.


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.

LOST CAT: GRAY tiger, white paws, no tail. 66th Street, Holmes Beach. Roe, 941-524-0465.


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.


STREET-LEGAL FOUR-passenger golf cart: 36 Volt EZ Go with Florida title, new 14-inch low profile tires and wheels, carbon fiber dash, MP3 hookup, amp, speakers, 12-volt power supply, rear flip seat with grab bar and padded arm rests, custom seats, custom paint, lightweight solid-state charger. $5,500. Contact The Caddy Shack Golf Carts, at 222 41st Ave. E., Bradenton. 941-748-3667.


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.

DEEDED BOAT SLIP for sale: Holmes Beach. 941-962-6238.


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.

TRUEBLUE33 COMPUTER REPAIR Service, LLC. On-site computer service, reasonable rates. Contact Anthony at 941-592-7714.

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

CAREGIVER/COMPANION: COMPASSIONATE, dependable, honest. Excellent references. 941-705-0706.

ISLAND PET NANNY: Loving pet care. Karen Robinson, 941-730-5693.

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.

PAINTING BY GEORGE: Interior, exterior house maintenance. Pressure wash. Free estimate, senior discount, 20 years experience, insured. 941-524-5514.


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.

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

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.

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.

2BR/1BA MOBILE HOME, 12×48-foot 1960s solid home. New central air conditioning, new fridge, outdoor patio, carport. 55-plus quiet park. $6,000. Call Joe for appointment, 941-548-8722.

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).