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Obituaries – 04-30-2014

Frederick George Earl

Frederick George Earl, 84, of Auburndale, died April 22. He was born Aug. 30, 1929, in Pontiac, Michigan, to Louise (Hehn) and William Herbert Earl.

He had a 40-year career was with Knickerbocker Oldsmobile in Mt. Morris, Michigan. He was a lifetime member of the DAV. He was also a member of the American Legion No. 64 and the Moose Lodge No. 2188 in Bradenton Beach.

He enjoyed going to the beach on Anna Maria Island, boating, watching movies and he was a Detroit Tigers season ticket holder for spring training in Lakeland.

A private service was held. Memorial donations may be made in his name to Good Shepherd Hospice (George C. Forsythe House) 105 Arneson Ave., Auburndale FL 33823.

He is survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Coral (Fortune); daughter Chari and husband Rod Will of Auburndale; grandchildren Meghann Stone, Jillian Munoz and Sean Clark of Virginia, and Benjamin George Will and Jeffrey Frederick Will of Auburndale; and two great grandchildren.


Bonnie Collins Fort Strang

Bonnie Collins Fort Strang, age 70, of Bartow and formerly of Anna Maria Island, died April 21. She was born July 19, 1943, in Bartow.

She lived on Terra Ceia Island and in Bradenton, where she owned and operated several beauty salons. She was a successful real estate agent in Sebring and owned Breton’s Restaurant in Bartow. She moved to Toronto, Canada, in the late 1980s and led the choir at St. John’s York Mills Anglican Church.

Memorial donations may be made to ALS, Bartow Firewalkers, 3242 Parkside Center Circle, Tampa FL 33619-0907. Condolences may be made online at www.whiddenmcleanfuneralhome.com.

Mrs. Strang is survived by her son, Jeffrey Fort and wife Penny of Lakeland; grandsons Billy and wife Jessica Groover of Bartow and Cody Groover of North Carolina; grandaughter Scottie Fort of Texas; four great-grandchildren, sisters Evelyn McClelland, Laura Hall Smith, Doris Tharp, Alice McCaleb, Sally Kendrick and Jane Gardner; brothers M.L. Collins and Bob Collins; and eight step-grandchildren.

Island police blotter – 04-30-2014

Anna Maria

• April 19, 100 S. Bay Blvd., City Pier, criminal mischief. An unknown person(s) broke the base of a table and burned a hole in a wooden plank on the pier. The damage was estimated at less than $200. The incident remains under investigation.

• April 16, 200 block of Oak Avenue, theft. Someone stole an unsecured bicycle from the front yard of a residence around 1 p.m. The incident remains under investigation.

• April 10, 500 block of Spring Avenue, grand theft auto. A man reported his car stolen from his home. The incident remains under investigation.

• April 3, 800 block of North Shore Drive, suspicious incident. A person reported that multiple items were stolen from the estate of a deceased person. The items were last seen more than a year ago. The incident remains under investigation.

        Anna Maria is policed by the MCSO.

Bradenton Beach

• April 19, 201 block of Gulf Drive, Oma’s Pizza, altercation. A verbal argument between two women turned physical around 4:15 p.m. when the women began striking and scratching one another. They told an officer from the Bradenton Beach Police Department that they did not want to press charges.

• April 19, 2600 block of Gulf Drive, arrest. A Nokomis man faces charges of possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana and drug paraphernalia after a Manatee County Sheriff’s deputy discovered 2 grams of marijuana and a pipe in his pocket. He was taken to Manatee County jail.

        Bradenton Beach is policed by the BBPD.


• April 16, 4500 block of 119th Street West, Swordfish Grill, trespass. A man was issued a trespass warning around 10:40 p.m. after causing a disturbance at the restaurant.

        Cortez is policed by the MCSO.

Holmes Beach

• April 21, 300 block of 63rd Street, arrest. An 18-year-old man faces a charge of possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana after a MCSO deputy approached him for skateboarding without lighting on Gulf Drive around 1:13 a.m. The man forfeited a pipe and marijuana to the officer. He was taken to Manatee County jail.

• April 10, 6400 block of Flotilla Drive, theft. A woman reported that some of her checks had been stolen and cashed fraudulently to a bank in Lake Mary. The case was not in the jurisdiction of Holmes Beach Police Department, and was passed to another law enforcement agency.

• April 10, 5800 block of Marina Drive, warrant arrest. A 23-year-old man was arrested on an outstanding warrant and taken to Manatee County jail.

• April 9, 2014, 4000 Gulf Drive, picnic area at Bradenton Beach, theft. A 49-year-old woman reported her backpack containing her car keys and clothing was stolen while she was swimming.

• April 9, 3900 block of East Bay Drive, burglary. A 67-year-old man reported his iPhone was stolen from the center console of his vehicle while it was parked at Publix. The man said he forgot to lock his vehicle when he went inside. The investigation is ongoing.

• April 9, 6400 block of Holmes Boulevard, burglary. A 72-year-old woman reported jewelry worth over $3,000 missing from her jewelry box. She said the burglary had occurred in April. The woman told police no one had been in the residence, and some contractors had performed work outside. Nothing else was taken from the home, but the woman said her costume jewelry was “picked over.” The investigation is ongoing.

• April 7, 500 block of 65th Street, vehicle burglary. A 60-year-old woman’s car was burglarized while parked overnight in her driveway. The woman said she left the car unlocked and found it “ransacked” the next morning. According to the report, the lid to the center console was broken and two change purses were stolen from inside the vehicle. The investigation is ongoing.

• April 6, 3100 block of Gulf Drive, arrest. A Wimauma man faces a charge of open container after he was arrested on an outstanding warrant during a traffic stop. The 25-year-old driver of the vehicle, also of Wimauma, was issued two child-restraint citations, two safety-belt citations and a criminal traffic citation for driving with a suspended license. According to the report, an HBPD officer conducted a traffic stop when he saw two adults drinking Coronas and not wearing seatbelts, as well as several children “bouncing around in the back seat.” Two other adults in the vehicle also were issued safety-belt citations.

• April 6300 block of 63rd Street, notice to appear. A Bradenton woman faces charges of possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. An HBPD officer conducted a traffic stop for illegal window tint. When the woman rolled down the window, the officer reportedly smelled marijuana. The woman surrendered a bag containing 4 grams of marijuana and a pipe to the officer. The officer also found in the vehicle a fanny pack containing cigar shavings and a roach. The woman was issued a notice to appear for the drug charges, a criminal traffic citation for driving with a suspended license and a civil citation for the window-tint violation.

• April 5, 4500 block of Gulf Drive, lewdness warning. A 74-year-old man was issued a warning for allegedly sunbathing nude in his backyard. An HBPD officer arrived at the man’s home around noon in reference to a complaint from a neighbor. The man apologized to police, saying he thought his neighbors were out of town. The officer informed him he also was visible from North Harbor Drive. The man said he would be more cautious.

• April 5, 300 block of 63rd St., notice to appear. A Bradenton woman faces charges of possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. An HBPD officer conducted a traffic stop for illegal window tint. When the woman rolled down the window, the officer reportedly smelled marijuana. The woman surrendered 6.3 grams of marijuana in a container labeled “white heat” and a pipe. She was issued a notice to appear for the drug charges and two civil citations, a window-tint violation and driving with a suspended license.

        Holmes Beach is policed by the HBPD.

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

Sports – 04-30-2014

Islander rides, runs, swims to win Gator Half Triathlon


Ryan Leestma of Bradenton Beach is a winner.

He took first place in the eighth annual Gator Half Triathlon at Lake Manatee State Park in Bradenton April 13.

Leestma completed the course in 4:37:59 — about 5 minutes faster than the second-place finisher.

He said he tried to stay relaxed and smooth to start the swim portion of the race and quickly found himself with the lead among the pack of swimmers. During the second loop, Leestma lost sight of the third buoy and couldn’t see anyone behind him, but he recovered and finished the 1.2 mile swim in roughly 20 minutes.

Leestma’s 7-year-old son Ian ran behind him to the bike transition, cheering on Dad as he got ready for the 56-mile bike race. He took a wrong turn at the beginning of the race, but recovered and passed the four riders ahead of him near the 20-mile mark.

Although he never saw anyone in front of him, he kept pushing. At the 28-mile turnaround, Leestma asked the stationed police officers, “Am I in first?”

The officer yelled back, “Yeah baby, keep going. Don’t stop now!”

With that, Leestma slowed his pace to conserve energy for the upcoming 13.1 mile run, but he still averaged about 23 mph and finished the bike leg of the race in 2:25.

The run was the hardest, due to miserable conditions. It was 88 degrees and no shade on the course, so Leestma hit the aid stations every mile. Quickly he doused himself with two cups of water, filled his hat with ice and drank four cups of water. He finished the run in 1:46 for an average mile of 8:06.

This is Leestma’s 11th half ironman competition and his first victory. He knew he was in first place as he ran, but was nervous that someone somehow would catch him. He said he was “absolutely elated to cross the finish line.”

Not bad for someone who never before in his life competed at anything athletic. His wife started working out after their third baby, so he decided to join her.

Five years later, Ryan Leestma is a champion.

Leestma does the majority of his training on the island. He swims from the 1900 block of Gulf Drive North near his condo to the first beach groin in Bradenton Beach. He bikes from his condo to St. Armands Circle and back, and runs from home to the Anna Maria City Pier and back.

“Anna Maria Island is the best place to train,” Leestma said. “Wide bike lanes, great sidewalks, realistic swimming conditions and the people are friendly and accommodating.”

Congratulations to Ryan Leestma from The Islander.

Key Royale golf news

The women got out for a nine-hole, individual-low-net golf match in four flights on April 22 that also included a low-putts-per-team competition.

Heather Bane grabbed first place in Flight A with a 2-under-par 30 to earn a two-shot victory. Joy Kaiser, Mary Lou Dreier, Pam Lowry and Tootie Wagner all tied for second place at even-par 32.

A chipin by on the fifth hole helped Liz Lang fire a 5-under-par 27 and grab a four-shot victory in Flight B. Margrit Layh was alone in second place at 1-under-par 31, while Gloria LaDue, Kris Landkammer, Joyce Brown and Penny Williams tied one shot back for third place.

A 5-under-par 27 by Carol Patterson that included a chipin on the sixth hole gave her first place in Flight C. Beth Lindeman and MaryAnn Kammerlen both carded 3-under-par 29s to tie for second place, while Terry Westby and Jena Sammels finished in a tie for third at 2-under-par.

Trish Kruger carded a 6-under-par 26 for the low-net round of the day and first place in Flight D. Markie Ksiazek came in second at 4-under-par 28.

The foursome of Terry Westby, Sara Falk, Joanne Ozdych and Sue Little combined for 65 putts to win the putting contest.

Horseshoe news

Four teams emerged from pool play April 23 to battle for the horseshoe championship at the Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe pits. In the first match, Jerry Disbrow and Norm Good edged Hank Huyghe and Dave Lansaw 21-19, while the other match saw Gary Null and Adin Shank squeak past Art Kingstad and Rod Bussey by a 21-20 score on a game-ending six pack by Shank. In the championship match, Disbrow and Good were “too good,” earning a 23-13 victory over Null and Shank.

Three teams advanced to the knockout round in the April 26 horseshoe action. Rod Bussey and Adin Shank drew the bye into the finals and watched as Bruce Munro and Gary Null rolled past Dom Livedoti and Sam Samuels 21-3. The tables were turned in the final as Munro and Null endured a 21-3 thrashing from Bussey and Shank.

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.

Fishing – 04-30-2014

Snook make a comeback after 3-year closure


Snook season will come to an end May 1 and with it goes the prospects of a snook dinner — at least until September, when season reopens for this highly desired species.

Snook make great adversaries and table fare.

But, don’t let that discourage you. The snook bite is the best it’s been since the freeze of 2010. You can still go and enjoy catching the popular game fish, you just have to let them go. And, to tell you the truth, after the three-year closed season we had on snook, I’m seeing more and more backwater fishers practice catch-and-release all year long. I guess they just got used to letting ’em go.

It’s clearly the best snook bite since the freeze. We had numerous days this season with catches of at least 30 snook. Slot- and over-slot fish were in the mix, but the sheer numbers of smaller snook were a welcome sight for eager flats fishers looking to get their fix.

A good example of this was a morning I spent chartering Cal Broek of Michigan. We arrived at “the spot,” a small mangrove island adjacent to a deep edge, just after sunup. The tide was swiftly moving in so I quickly anchored and started chumming. Immediately we heard pops and splashes under the mangroves as hungry snook inhaled the shiners.

After hooking up plenty of fish, the tide was coming to an end with the bite, so we seized the opportunity to hunt another spot and pulled anchor.

The tide had begun to change and was flushing out on the targeted shallow grass flat. As the outgoing tide flowed over the flat, it dumped into a deep pothole, which created a perfect ambush point for hungry snook.

Again, we rallied on fish for more than an hour. My clients even managed to get a slot-sized snook to enjoy for dinner and an over-slot fish for a quick photo and release.

Although snook season will be closed until September, they’re still biting. By practicing catch-and-release during the closed season, anglers will easily transition into the re-opening of snook season in September.

Capt. Warren Girle is fishing offshore this past week. By fishing ledges and reefs with live shiners and shrimp, Girle is guiding his clients to keeper-size mangrove snapper. Limits of these tasty fish are hooking up with the biggest coming in at 18 inches.

In the same areas, Girle is finding king and Spanish mackerel. The feisty migratory kings are ravaging free-lined shiners right behind the transom of the boat. Expect to catch kings of 15-20 pounds.

Moving inshore, Girle is finding redfish on grass flats adjacent to mangrove edges. The fish are responding to live and dead baits. Live shiners are a good bet, although fresh-cut chunks of ladyfish will get the bite.

Finally, spotted seatrout are still on the rampage in Sarasota Bay. Girle is catching fish well over the 20-inch maximum. Again, live shiners are the bait of choice.

Jim Malfese at the Rod & Reel Pier says fishing this week may require patience and determination. Pier fishers are trying a number of tactics to get a bite.

Live shrimp fished under the pier are producing sheepshead, black drum, flounder and a few early-arrival snapper. A small split-shot placed 12-inches above the hook will complete your rig. Simply hook a shrimp and cast it as far under the pier deck as possible.

The use of artificials, such as speck rigs and silver spoons, is resulting in Spanish mackerel, jack crevalle and the occasional blue runner. Remember, these fish love to chase a bait — so a fast retrieve is in your interest.

Capt. Rick Gross of Fishy Business Charters is hooking up respectable numbers of flounder from the flats of Tampa Bay. By using free-lined live shiners for bait, Gross is finding flat fish in lengths up to 22 inches.

Snook and redfish are being caught over the grass flats. Snook seem to be abundant during strong outgoing tides, especially in the afternoon. As for the reds, Gross is finding concentrations of fish on shallow flats where oyster bars and mangroves are present. Both species are being caught in the slot.

Finally, spotted seatrout are finishing out the day. On deeper grass beds, Gross is working sandy potholes. Live shiners free-lined through the potholes are producing slot- and over-slot trout for his clients.

Capt. Aaron Lowman out of Island Discount Tackle is fishing inshore this with good results. A variety of backwater species are inhabiting our local flats and Lowman is capitalizing on the opportunity for his clients.

Snook are being caught along mangrove edges and shallow grass flats. Live shiners free-lined along the edges of the bushes are producing the bite. Fish up to 30 inches are the average catch.

To find a redfish bite, Lowman is dock fishing in residential canals and along the Intracoastal Waterway. Reds are being caught along with flounder and jack crevalle. Again, live shiners are the bait of choice.

Lowman also is catching limits of spotted seatrout throughout Sarasota Bay, mostly over sandy potholes. Free-lined shiners or shiners under a popping cork are proving successful.

Capt. Mike Greig has been tearing up the fishing with clients hooking up large cobia — several catches of 60-plus pounds. He also found success on permit using pass crabs for bait. And his bait business has gone viral. Don’t forget to make a reservation for your bait well black out.

        Send fishing reports to fish@islander.org.

Calendar – 04-30-2014

Save the date: On June 14, the 2014 Florida State League All Star Game will be played at McKechnie Field, 1611 Ninth St. W., Bradenton. Islander File Photo


Wednesday, April 30

8:04 p.m. — Official sunset time.


Thursday, May 1

8:05 p.m. — Official sunset time.


Friday, May 2

8:06 p.m. — Official sunset time.


Saturday, May 3

11 a.m.-6 p.m. — Food and Wine on Pine celebration of local cuisine and culture, Pine Avenue, Anna Maria. Fee applies. Information: 941-778-8705.

8:06 p.m. — Official sunset time.


Sunday, May 4

11 a.m.-5 p.m. — Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce Island Wedding Festival, islandwide. With a post festival sunset celebration. Fee applies. Information: 941-778-1541.

8:07 p.m. — Official sunset time.


Monday, May 5

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

8:07 p.m. — Official sunset time.


Tuesday, May 6

Noon — The 24-hour Giving Partner Challenge begins and continues until noon May 7. A number of local groups are raising money through the challenge. Information: www.givingpartnerchallenge.org.

8:08 p.m. — Official sunset time.


Wednesday, May 7

8:09 p.m. — Official sunset time.



Friday, May 2

6-9:30 p.m. — Village of the Arts ArtWalk and the Cinco de Mayo Salsa-Tasting Contest, 12th Street West and 12th Avenue West, Bradenton. Information: 941-747-8056.

6:30 p.m. — Anna Maria Island Night with the Anna Maria Island Community Center at McKechnie Field, 1611 Ninth St. W., Bradenton. Fee applies. Information: 941-747-3031.


Saturday, May 3

11 a.m.-4 p.m. — Village of the Arts ArtWalk and the Cinco de Mayo Salsa-Tasting Contest, 12th Street West and 12th Avenue West, Bradenton. Information: 941-747-8056.


Coming up

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


Save the date

• June 7-8, 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.

Real Estate – 04-30-2014

230 Willow Ave., Anna Maria, a 3,237 sfla / 4,377 sfur 4bed/4bath/2car canalfront pool home built in 1960 on a 75×139 lot was sold 03/31/14, Van Epp to Sindall for $1,950,000; list $2,290,000.

211 Fir Ave., Anna Maria, a 2,767 sfla / 4,865 sfur 3bed/3bath/2car home built in 2001 on a 75×100 lot was sold 04/04/14, Miller to Anderson for $1,600,000; list $1,899,000.

112 46th St., Unit B, 46th Street Coastal Cottages, Holmes Beach, a 2,526 sfla / 3,812 sfur 4bed/3½bath/2car land condo with pool built in 2012 was sold 04/10/14, Preston to Doescher for $1,300,000; list $1,485,000.

408 S. Bay Blvd., Anna Maria, a 1,676 sfla / 2,965 sfur 3bed/2½bath/2car home built in 1981 on a 60×85 lot was sold 04/10/14, Nelson to Gerace for $1,275,000; list $1,399,000.

105 Tuna St., Anna Maria, a 1,008 sfla / 1,200 sfur 2bed/2bath home built in 1948 on a 50×117 lot was sold 04/07/14, Robinson Anna Maria LLC to 105 Tuna LLC for $1,275,000; list $1,499,000.

635 Key Royale Drive, Holmes Beach, a vacant bayfront 100×150 lot was sold 04/01/14, Murphy Property Group LLC to LK&T Properties LLC for $880,000; list $899,000.

400 Bay Drive S., Bradenton Beach, a 1,716 sfla / 3,160 sfur 4bed/3bath bayfront home built in 1940 on a 50×102 lot was sold 04/08/14, Watkins to Rush Inn Inc. for $800,000.

113 Park Ave., Anna Maria, a 1,324 sfla 2bed/2bath home built in 1940 on a 100×106 lot was sold 03/31/14, Romeo to Pakbaz for $800,000.

760 Jacaranda Road, Anna Maria, a 2,133 sfla 5bed/3bath pool home built in 1972 on a 50×105 lot was sold 04/10/14, Mason Martin LLC to Mazza for $785,000; list $849,000.

116 81st St., Holmes Beach, a 1,346 sfla 3bed/2bath/1car pool home built in 1945 on a 68×80 lot was sold 03/31/14, Blue Eyed Girl 116 81st Street LLC to Trixie and The Wood LLC for $750,000; list $785,000.

2600 Gulf Drive, Unit 33, Anna Maria Island Club, Bradenton Beach, a 1,179 sfla / 1,339 sfur 2bed/2bath Gulfront condo with shared pool built in 1984 sold 04/11/14, Venditti to Bailey for $615,000.

104 11th St. S., Bradenton Beach, a 1,048 sfla / 2,052 sfur 2bed/1½bath home built in 1912 on a 50×116 lot was sold 04/01/14, Smith to Bridges for $555,000.

621 Emerald Lane, Holmes Beach, a 2,180 sfla / 2,400 sfur 3bed/3bath/2car canalfront pool home built in 1969 on a 100×115 lot was sold 03/31/14, Moore to Skidmore for $550,000; list $599,000.

8806 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, a 936 sfla / 1,359 sfur 2bed/2bath/2car home built in 1976 on a 50×100 lot was sold 04/11/14, Toehold on 45th Street LLC to Goble for $525,000; list $549,000.

619 Dundee Lane., Holmes Beach, a 1,364 sfla / 2,125 sfur 2bed/2bath/2car canalfront pool home built in 1968 on a 90×114 lot was sold 04/08/14, Jones to Nulty for $515,000.

307 59th St., Unit 1, 59th Street Beach Club, Holmes Beach, a 1,484 sfla / 1,862 sfur 3bed/2½bath/1car condo with pool built in 2005 was sold 03/31/14, Schreiner to Mitchell for $525,000; list $549,900.

8010 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, a 1,469 sfla / 1,868 sfur 3bed/3bath/1car duplex built in 1956 on a 100×100 lot was sold 04/02/14, Demert to Hale for $490,000; list $498,000.

125 52nd St., Holmes Beach, a 2,130 sfla 5bed/4bath duplex built in 1979 on a 100×100 lot was sold 03/31/14, Collins to Dills for $480,000; list $459,900.

109 Sixth St. S., Bradenton Beach, a 1,926 sfla 3bed/2bath bayfront cottages built in 1926 on a 100×100 lot were sold 04/04/14, England to Mulvey for $460,000; list $575,000.

1906 Gulf Drive N., Unit 106, Coquina Beach Club, Bradenton Beach, a 1,072 sfla 2bed/2bath condo built in 1985 was sold 04/08/14, B and J Bradenton LLC to Wentworth Property Group Inc. for $330,000.

108 Sixth St. S., Bradenton Beach, a 672 sfla 2bed/1bath home built in 1950 on a 50×100 lot was sold 03/28/14, Carpenter to J Bellotti Investments Ltd for $315,000; list $369,000.

205 Haverkos Court, Holmes Beach, a 1,599 sfla / 2,013 sfur 3bed/2bath duplex built in 1975 on a 62×98 lot was sold 03/28/14, Degennaro to Curd for $295,000; list $305,000.

3607 E. Bay Drive, Unit 202, Sandy Pointe, Holmes Beach, a 1,020 sfla / 1,040 sfur 2bed/2bath condo with shared pool built in 1996 was sold 03/31/14, Hovda to Jones for $225,000; list $239,000.

2601 Gulf Drive N., Unit S3, Sandpiper Resort Co-Op, Bradenton Beach, a 600 sfla / 824 sfur 1bed/1bath mobile home with share built in 1967 was sold 04/11/14, McCormack to Goggin for $130,600.

2501 Gulf Drive N., Unit 101, Beach Plaza, Bradenton Beach, a 416 sfla 1bed/1bath condo was sold 04/01/14, Hoshizaki to Humphrey for $115,000.

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

The Islander Classifieds: Wednesday, April 30, 2014


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

ELEGANT BISTRO SET: Four honey-colored wood and rattan stools with glass tabletop. Table 36-inch high, 42-inch diameter. $400. 941-778-4593.

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

BIKES FOR SALE: Raleigh aluminum 10-speed racer, $100, kid’s BMX-type, $50, 941-356-1456.

NATUZZI BLACK PREMIUM leather 90-inch sofa with matching ottoman, $600 or best offer, Drexel solid white washed oak five-drawer chests, three at $150 each. 941-779-2240.


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)


HALF OFF EVERYTHING in store next two weeks at Giving Back. Open 11 a.m. Tuesday-Saturday. 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach.

ART CLASSES: DRAWING or watercolor, adults only, in your home. Call 941-755-1798 for more information. Marnie Starbuck, artist/instructor.

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.


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

ROSER THRIFT SHOP spring sale: 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, May 3.  All items 50 percent off. 511 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. 941-779-2733.

MOVING SALE:  8 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday-Sunday, May 2-4. Furniture, kitchen cabinets and more. 206 69th St., Holmes Beach.

GARAGE SALE: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday, May 5. Vintage wedding decorations, table settings, runners, more. 4707 Second Ave., Holmes Beach.

YARD SALE: 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, May 3. Benefits homeless pets of Moonracer Rescue, donations welcome! 223 Periwinkle Plaza, Anna Maria. 941-896-6701.


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.

LOST CAT: GRAY with white spot, Sissy, 13 years. Near Sixth Avenue and Gulf Drive, Bradenton Beach. 941-567-6535.


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.

GOLF CART FOR sale: New batteries, four-seater, nice looking. $3,500 or best offer. On Island. 941-730-3649.

2004 INFINITI G35 sedan: 153,000 miles, in great condition and runs great. $5,700. 941-448-5207.

CHRYSLER SEBRING CONVERTIBLE: 2000, ONLY 46,000 MILES, LIKE NEW, $7,500. 941-3566-1456.


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.

BOAT SLIP WITH davit, up to 25 feet for rent. Holmes Beach. 941-778-7039.


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.

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.

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.

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

ROOFING LEAK SPECIALIST: Residential/commercial, repairs, reroof, shingles, tile, flat. Quick response. Quality work at reasonable rates. References. Insured/licensed. #CCC1330056. Call Bryan at 727-277-9502.


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.

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

CONDO: ANNA MARIA CITY, on Pine Avenue, near pier and shops. 2BR/1BA furnished, available May 1 until Nov. 1. $1,000/month. 941-538-9328.


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.

BY OWNER: 2BR/2BA condo at Runaway Bay.  Lovely pond view, new kitchen and many updates. Lovely condo and turnkey furnished! Great rental or second home! $319,999. George, 312-321-9400.

BUILDING LOTS: WEST Bradenton lakefront, no deed restrictions, 70×120, $49,000, also one acre with old, small house and out building, Ellenton, $99,000. Realtor, 941-356-1456. Real Estate Mart.

CANALFRONT 2BR/2BA BIG corner lot, totally renovated, outside kitchen, nice dock, lift, $679,000. 941-545-8258.

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).


Key Royale drivers tee up protest: Beep

It seems there was one beep too many by motorists on Key Royale Drive.

While there’s no dispute over a speeding problem on the access to the Holmes Beach golfing enclave, a seemingly harmless horn-honking protest in response to speed bumps was met with complaints and strong enforcement of “excessive” noise.

The disgruntled drivers were complaining about the installation of speed-calming cushions on the road adjacent to Holmes Beach Mayor Carmel Monti’s home.

Monti previously offered to have the speed cushion installed in front of his home in the 500 block of Key Royale Drive, saying he would report its effectiveness to Holmes Beach Police Chief Bill Tokajer.

It prompted some motorists to protest to the mayor by intentionally blowing horns as they crossed the speed cushions.

In response to complaints from the mayor and some of his neighbors, Tokajer stood on patrol with his officers for two hours April 22 at the speed cushions.

Tokajer said he witnessed 41 speeding violations in the two hours. HBPD issued warnings, as well as tickets. One motorist was clocked at 49 mph on the road where the posted speed limit is 25 mph.

Motorists also were warned against “excessive” horn honking while driving past and one was ticketed.

Former Key Royale resident Hank Tremblay — who said friends now call him “Horatio” — was furious over receiving a $75 “excessive horn” ticket April 22.

He said he first refused to sign the citation over the “signature of violator,” saying he planned to protest the ticket, but faced with a threat of jail and impoundment of his vehicle, he signed. He vowed to fight the claim that he had honked his car horn excessively.

By April 25, he had spoken to the chief again and his temper had calmed somewhat. He planned to meet with the chief April 30 to further discuss his citation.

Holmes Beach resident Piroska Planck, told commissioners at their April 22 city commission meeting, the speed cushions are not working. She suggested routine speed enforcement and police patrols would be more welcome.

Her husband, Sam Planck, had sent an earlier email to city hall voicing his concerns on the positioning of the speed cushion and possible damage to vehicles.

At the meeting, Commission Chair Judy Titsworth said, “I think it would have been wise to send out a Key Royale mailer to deal with the problem.”

“I volunteered to have it placed in front of my house because I knew I would be taking the brunt of it,” said Monti.

Tokajer said the mayor planned to provide daily feedback — there were concerns the cushions might be noisy.

“I would rather bother the mayor than bother a citizen,” the chief said.

But the chief and mayor apparently didn’t count on the impact to neighbors.

Tokajer reviewed the speed cushions again with public works on April 24 and said, as a result, the speed cushion likely will be moved west on Key Royale Drive.

Tokajer said most of the violations involved motorists turning off Marina Drive onto Key Royale Drive. He believes moving the cushion west will prompt drivers to slow down sooner.

Key Royale resident Andy Sheridan commended Tokajer and asked the commission to increase the police budget to support the chief’s safety measures.

Sheridan, who is vice president of the Key Royale Residents Owners Association, said he has spoken on the issue of speeding at annual meetings and included the topic in community newsletters.

“I cannot believe that we have resident homeowners who have not received the message,” Sheridan said.

Anna Maria man dies in boating mishap

Henry W. Hicks, 59, of Anna Maria and Tampa, apparently drowned April 27, in a boating accident near Egmont Key, 3 miles west of Anna Maria Island.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officers are investigating the incident, which occurred around 4 p.m.

An FWC press release said Hicks was with other people aboard a 27-foot Black Watch named Bad Habit. He reportedly fell into the water while attempting to raise the anchor. His body was recovered by people on the boat.

The FWC said the incident is being investigated as a “possible drowning.” An autopsy will be performed to determine the exact cause of death.

Hicks was a Tampa attorney who purchased a home on Lakeview Drive in Anna Maria in 2010, Manatee County property records show.

According to the website for his practice, he was admitted to the Florida Bar in 1979 and entered private practice in 1981, forming the Law Office of Henry W. Hicks, P.A. He enjoyed a varied legal career involving business law, corporations, commercial real estate, liens, probate and trusts and more.

He was a member of the Florida Bar Association, Real Estate Trust and Probate Section, Hillsborough County Bar Association and Bay Area Real Estate Council.

AMICC feels financial pinch

The Anna Maria Island Community Center board of directors came to face falling numbers.

Executive director Dawn Stiles wasted no time at the board’s April 25 meeting getting to the center’s financial issue.

“I’m concerned with cash flow and our revenue estimates have been under projection,” Stiles said, with the exception of a mystery theater-dinner event. The murder-mystery is a fundraising event with volunteer actors and paid attendance.

Although final tabulations for the Island Affaire held April 12 are incomplete, Stiles said it appears the gala grossed $50,000 less than the 2013 gala — less than expected.

But board chair Scott Rudacille was optimistic.

“Revenue for the affaire is about on par, and we could beat last year’s revenue,” he said, if there are any outstanding pledges.

Stiles, however, said to look at the overall financial picture.

“We have some more events planned, but it takes a while to grow them to where they generate revenue. Right now, there is a strong reliance on donations, not earned revenue, and donations are down,” she said.

Stiles said the demographics of donations are changing. Many long-term donors have either left the island or died, and it’s up to the board to reach out for new residents who can afford to donate.

“But they need to be involved with the center,” she said.

Board member Blair Schlossberg agreed.

“We need some heavy hitters to get in touch with. They could be top donors on the island. Maybe we need new blood to drive this up. Certainly, Dawn needs some help,” Schlossberg said.

Board member Jason Sato pulled no punches: “The biggest thing is generating revenue from this new building, and it’s not generating the money we thought, and the people are getting tired of being hit for money all the time.”

The building was conceived in 2002 at a projected cost of $2.5 million, but the total cost had climbed to $4.5 million by the time it opened.

“We can’t constantly hit up the same people,” Sato said. “They want to see what’s happening with this building, and nothing is happening. We’ve got all these empty rooms that are doing nothing.”

Assistant executive director Scott Dell said the rooms are used during the winter season. He also said a lot of center money goes to scholarships for some less fortunate families to participate.

“We don’t turn anyone away because they can’t pay. In 2012-13, we gave out $320,000 in scholarships. We have a lot of seniors on fixed income who can’t afford a program without a scholarship,” he said.

“Programs and activities have never generated surplus revenue, it’s always been people and businesses that raise money, and we’re always going to need donations and fundraising,” Dell added.

Schlossberg said there is a lot of new money coming to the island and the center needs to get those people involved, not just ask them for money.

Holmes Beach Commissioner David Zaccagnino said the “timing is right for us to go get the big money moving here. Jason is right. Retired Baby Boomers from Fortune 500 companies are coming and let’s go get them on board.”

Stiles said she’s been in touch with former donors to the center, but has not yet been able to develop relationships similar to her predecessor, Pierrette Kelly. Kelly was executive director for 22 years; Stiles has held the position slightly more than one year.

Rudacille said the board should not rely on Stiles to raise funds and obtain grants. “Dawn’s job is developing programs, not developing fundraising and grants. Fundraising is up to the board,” he said.

Members agreed that new blood is needed and possibly more board members. Rudacille said at one time there were 16 board members.

Rudacille said the board needs to plan a strategy to attract “heavy hitters” and get them involved in the center.

“How do we make that happen?” he asked.

Schlossberg suggested a special work session devoted to financing and board members agreed. The meeting was scheduled for 8 a.m. Friday, May 30.

“And everyone should bring the name of one potential new member and donor,” Schlossberg added.

In other business, the board got a clean bill of health from its auditors for the 2012-13 fiscal year.

Schlossberg also suggested the board consider refinancing its mortgage while interest rates are low. A large balloon payment is due in 2016, he said, and refinancing would put the center in a better, long-range financial position, and it would avoid the pending balloon payment.