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Sports – 05-02-2012

Three basketball teams chase perfection

 

Both youth basketball and baseball leagues are under way, as well as adult soccer at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria.

Three basketball teams appear to be separating themselves from the pack and have forged undefeated records in the first three weeks of the season. Dip’s Ice Cream is on top in the 14-17 division at 3-0 followed in the standings by Anna Maria Oyster Bar and Integrity Sound. Beach Bistro is 3-0 and first place in the 8-10 division with Gettel Toyota, Island Real Estate and Walter Associates following in the standings. Sandbar Restaurant has a 2-0 record in the 11-13 division, followed by Walter & Associates, Holy Cow, Ross Built and Eat Here all with 1-1 records.

The Sandbar showed why they’re in the hunt with a solid 43-27 victory over Walter & Associates in 11-13 division action April 25. Corey Jacques scored 16 points and grabbed 15 rebounds and Jean Paul Russo added 15 points and nine rebounds to lead Sandbar. Dayton Modderman finished with 10 points and 14 rebounds in the victory.

Walter & Associates was led by Seth Walter’s 15 points and five rebounds, while Jack Walter finished with 10 points and 17 rebounds in the loss.

Eat Here earned a 39-32 victory over Southern Greens in more 11-13 action April 25. Michale Latimer scored a game-high 23 points, while teammate Adam Clark added 10 points and 20 rebounds in the victory.

Leo Rose scored 14 points to lead Southern Greens, which also received 8 points and nine rebounds from George Lardas and 6 points and seven rebounds from Andrew Zink in the loss.

The day’s final 11-13 division game saw Ross Built defeat Holy Cow Ice Cream 46-39 behind a game-high 24 points from Jake Ross. Levi Lengle added 12 points while Andrew Ross scored 8 points and grabbed a team-high 10 rebounds in the victory.

Trent Boring, Rory Houston and Moriah Goode each scored 13 points to lead Holy Cow, while Goode also pulled down a game-high 19 rebounds in the loss.

Dip’s Ice Cream rolled to a 51-27 victory over Integrity Sound in 14-17 division basketball April 24. Justin Garget scored 15 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead Dip’s, which also received 14 points from Tegan Purtill. Jerry Mayer grabbed a team-high 11 rebounds, while Kate Michaelsen knocked down a pair of three-pointers on the way to 10 points in the victory.

Burke McCampbell-Hill scored 9 points and Derek Polch scored 8 points to lead Integrity Sound. Joey Carder dished out seven assists and grabbed five rebounds in the loss.

Anna Maria Oyster Bar edged Integrity Sound 36-34 in 11-13 action April 23. Ryan Gilman’s 12 points led the Oyster Bar, which also received 11 points and nine rebounds from Neahmiah Goode and 6 points and 20 rebounds from Max Miller in the victory.

Joey Carder’s 10 points, nine rebounds and five assists led Integrity Sound. Burke McCampbell-Hill added 8 points, while Chelsea Burgess and Thomas Pears both finished with 6 points in the loss.

Gettel Toyota overcame a scoreless first half to rally for an 11-9 victory over Walter & Associates in 8-10 action April 23. David Daigle’s 3 points and 11 rebounds paced Gettel Toyota. Tuna McCracken and Andrew Austin completed the Gettel scoring with two points apiece.

Katie Krokroskia scored 4 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead Walter & Associates. Joey Thiel scored 3 points and Callen Achor added 2 points to complete the scoring in the loss.

Jack Groves scored 14 points and grabbed 14 rebounds to lead Beach Bistro past Island Real Estate by a 22-18 score in 8-10 division action April 23. Luke Marvin scored 8 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, while Ava Zink finished with six rebounds in the victory.

Daniel Sentman’s 6 points, nine rebounds and four blocked shots paced Island Real Estate, which also received 4 points and seven rebounds from Conal Cassidy. Sean Rodriguez finished with 4 points, while Shelby Morrow and Thomas Heckler each scored 2 points in the loss.

 

Adult soccer continues

Island Pest Control sits atop the Anna Maria Island Community Center adult coed soccer league with a 4-0 record after a 4-1 victory April 26 over winless Wash Family Construction.

Adam Bujarski led the way with three goals and an assist. Ryan Hogan completed the scoring with a goal while Brent Laudicina finished with three saves.

Kip Lalosh scored the lone goal for Wash Family Construction, while Norman Fleet made 14 saves in goal.

Slim’s Place moved into second place and defeated Don Meilner & Son Construction 3-0, handing Meilner its first loss of the season. Emily Argeros, Meredith Argeros and Francisco Salgado-Marin each notched goals for Slim’s Place, which also received nine saves from Adam Mott in goal.

Pink & Navy defeated Best Buy 5-3 to earn its first victory on the season and knock Best Buy down to a tie for fourth in the standings. Damir Glavan scored two goals and Scott Eason added a goal and a pair of assists to lead the way. Anthony Rasulo and Jason Sato each added single goals, while Scott Rudacille finished with 11 saves.

Rico Beissert, Josh Petitt and Lyn Clark each scored a goal, while Pedro Gonzalez finished with 10 saves in the loss.

 

Mini baseball gets under way

It’s not really sanctioned Little League, but the Anna Maria Island Community Center kicked off a mini baseball season April 25 with one game in the age 8-11 pitching-machine division. Miller Electric and Beach Bums battled that game to a 4-4 tie.

They met again April 27 with Beach Bums on top 6-3.

With only two teams, there will be six more matchups during the season and an the award ceremony June 4. The center also has tee-ball teams competing toward the June 4 awards.

 

Key Royale golf news

It was another busy week of golf at Key Royale Club. The men played a nine-hole two-best-balls-of-foursome match April 27. The team of Matt Behan, Omar Tolard and Bob Dickenson combined on a 13-under par 51. Second place went to the team of Earl Huntzinger, Don Ledford and Terry Westby with a 3-under-par 61.

The men played a nine-hole, modified-Stableford match in the afternoon April 23. Dale Hudson took home individual honors with a plus-3, while the team of Charlie Porter, Dean Christiansen and John Cassese matched the plus-2 carded by Barry Izzard, Mike Ross and Craig Humphreys to finish in a tie for first place.

The KRC women played a nine-hole low-net-in-flight match April 24. Christina Mason’s 1-under-par 31 gave her first place in Flight A by one shot over second-place finisher Sandi Tocco.

Joyce Reith rode a birdie on the eighth hole to a 4-under-par 28 to take a two-shot victory in Flight B over Jan Turner, Sue Christenson, Fran Barford and Margarit Layh, who finished in a four-way tie for second place.

Gloria LaTorre’s 2-under-par 30 was good enough for first place in Flight C. Jan Jump was one shot back in second place with a 31.

Sandy Burrill and Penny Auch both carded 2-under-par 30 to finish in a tie for first place in Flight D, while Joanne Ozdych was alone in second place at 33.

Beverly Neville, Christina Mason, Barb Estok, Margarit Layh and Rita Trefz all had chipins on the day.

The men played a low-net-of-partners match on the morning of April 23. The team of Ernie Hauser and Bob Landgren took home first place honors with a score of 6-under-par 58. John Sagert and Tom O’Brien matched the 2-under-par 62 carded by Dennis Schavey and Bill Schuman to finish in a tie for second place.

The men played an 18-hole individual-low- net match April 21, and Tom Lewis fired a 4-under-par 60 to take first place by two shots over second-place finisher Bob Elliott. Gary Harris was alone in third place at 1-under par 63.

 

Horseshoe news

Three teams emerged from pool play during April 28 horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe pits. Bruce Munro and Sam Samuels drew the lucky bye and watched as Rod Bussey and Ron Slagh defeated Herb Puryear and Tom Skoloda 23-14. Bussey and Slagh then rolled past Munro and Samuels by a 22-8 score in the championship game.

Three teams advanced to the knockout round during April 25 horseshoe action. The team of Bruce Munro and Norm Good defeated Herb Puryear and John Crawford 21-12 in the semifinals. The win advanced them to the finals, where they ran into a buzz-saw team of Rod Bussey and Marvin Gangemi, who took an easy 23-4 victory.

Play gets under way at 9 a.m. every Wednesday and Saturday at the Anna Maria City Hall pits. Warmups begin at 8:45 a.m. followed by random team selection.

There is no charge to play and everyone is welcome.

 

AMICC basketball schedule

 

Date        Time       Opponents

 

Division II (ages 8-10)

May 7      6 p.m.      IRE  vs. Walter

May 7      7 p.m.      Gettel vs. Bistro

 

Division I (ages 11-13)

May 2      6 p.m.      Ross Built vs. Southern Greens

May 2      7 p.m.      Holy Cow vs. Sandbar

May 2      8 p.m.      Eat Here vs. Walter

 

Premier Division (ages 14-17)

May 7      8 p.m.      Dip’s vs. Integrity Sound

May 8      6 p.m.      Oyster Bar vs. Dip’s

 

AMICC baseball schedule

Tee Ball (ages 5-7)

May 4      6 p.m.      Gulf Bay vs. A&E

 

Coach Pitch (ages 8-11)

May 4      7:15 p.m. Miller Electric vs. Beach Bums

Fishing – 05-02-2012

Wait out bad weather, rewards come soon

 

With recent storms and a string of days with strong north winds, fishing around Anna Maria was, at best, sporadic.

Large amounts of rainfall combined with a drop in water temperature have caused the fish we target to change feeding patterns. This can make them harder to catch.

In situations like this, it’s best to search for clean water and a fishing spot that’s out of the wind. When and if you find the fish, be patient. They may be apprehensive on taking a bait. Sometimes they may not eat a bait at all.

Ultimately, the best bet is to wait for the wind and local waters to settle down before fishing.

Capt. Mark Johnston of Just Reel fishing charters is working the waters of north Sarasota Bay in search of spotted seatrout. Most trout being caught are between the 15- to 20-inch slot, although every once in a while Johnston is catching fish exceeding 20 inches.

For the reds, Johnston is venturing to south Tampa Bay, where fishing shallow grass flats adjacent to mangrove shorelines is producing slot-size reds. Johnston feels the best bite is occurring during the high tides.

Capt. Warren Girle is fishing the grass flats of Sarasota Bay for redfish and spotted seatrout. Girle is working the shallower flats on the east side of the bay, finding spotted seatrout up to 24 inches. In the same area, Girle is catching reds up to 31 inches. For both species, he’s putting out either live shiners or soft plastics on a 1/8-ounce jig head.

Moving onto the deeper flats, Girle says he’s catching numerous spotted seatrout, although most are in the 15-inch range. Spanish mackerel, ladyfish and jack crevalle are hooking up in these same areas.

Moving offshore, Girle is fishing nearshore structures for Spanish mackerel, bonito and schooley kingfish. With a string of days with high winds, Girle was only out on the reefs one day last week, but, he said, the bite was “on fire.”

Jonny Keyes at Island Discount Tackle is hearing of good action around the local piers for Spanish mackerel and even some schooley kings. Live bait or artificials will get this bite going. Keyes is using a tandem rig — two jigs on one leader. Most know these rigs as Love’s lures, and DOA makes a reasonable facsimile. If using live bait, shiners are the ticket.

Spotted seatrout are hanging around the local piers on the north end of the Island. To target these fish, Keyes is using the same tandem rig.

Moving onto the grass, anglers are reporting good action on the flats with redfish, spotted seatrout and catch-and-release snook. Most fishers are using live shiners to get these fish to bite, although some lures are working, too. In the early mornings, try using a top-water plug for explosive action. As the sun gets up in the sky, switch to a soft plastic or a gold spoon.

Ted Pasquantonio at the Rod & Reel Pier says fishing in the mornings for mackerel and pompano is proving prosperous, but the bite is only lasting about an hour. Pier fishers are using Gotcha Plugs or white jigs to get these fish to bite.

Once the mackerel bite is over, pier fishers are switching to live shrimp or shiners to target redfish and flounder. Casting baits under the pier is producing flounder up to 22 inches. Reds are being caught under the pier but, remember, some of these reds can be large, which means you’ll need stout tackle to successfully reel them from under the pier — at least 30-pound fluorocarbon for leader and a stout 1/0 hook. And it won’t hurt to add some lead to make sure your bait stays on the bottom.

Capt. Rick Gross of Fishy Business fishing charters is covering the grass flats of Tampa Bay and Sarasota bay in search of reds, trout and catch-and-release snook. Gross is hooking up live shiners to get these flats species to bite.

Gross is having success with redfish up to 26 inches and some spotted seatrout in the same size range on live bait. For the snook, most are in the slot of 28-33-inches — the biggest 36 inches.

Gross says he counters the recent drop in water temperature by adding a split-shot. That keeps the bait where the fish are, toward the bottom. When water temps drop, fish can become hesitant to chase a bait. Adding a split-shot to your line will limit your bait’s swim area, which can make it easier for the target fish to eat it.

Capt. Mark Howard of SumoTime Fishing Charters says his trips this past week yielded spotted seatrout, redfish, catch-and-release snook, flounder and mackerel. The spotted seatrout bite has been steady with some longer than 20 inches in the mix.

“A nice lively shiner hooked through the tail has produced some steady action on gator-size trout in potholes on the local flats,” Howard says.

Redfish and snook are feeding in the potholes and up in the mangroves as the incoming tides reach the high water mark.

“Look for the fishing action on the water to hit overdrive as we march into late spring and early summer patterns,” Howard says.

Howard suggests paying attention to the tides and current to help optimize your time on the water.

Send fishing reports to fish@islander.org.

Island real estate transactions – 05-02-2012

        651 Key Royale Drive, Holmes Beach, a 1,989 sfla / 3,213 sfur 3bed/2½bath/2car canalfront home built in 1969 on a 109×159 lot was sold 03/30/12, Simmons to Tilelli for $880,000; list $995,000.

213 Elm Ave., Anna Maria, a 2,294 sfla / 3,637 sfur 3bed/3bath/2car pool home built in 2002 on a 79×110 lot was sold 03/30/12, Hatch to Macartney for $830,000; list $890,000.

607 Key Royale Drive, Holmes Beach, a 2,284 sfla / 2,873 sfur 2bed/2bath/2car canalfront pool home built in 1963 on a 96×126 lot was sold 03/30/12, Pierce to Myers for $615,000; list $669,000.

210 Pine Ave., a vacant 105×110 lot was sold 04/10/12, Adams to Pine Avenue Restoration LLC for $600,000.

730 Holly Road, Anna Maria, a 1,130 sfla / 2,267 sfur 3bed/1½bath home built in 1984 on a 50×105 lot was sold 04/02/12, Kennedy to Archibald for $410,000.

230 Oak Ave., Anna Maria, a vacant canalfront 75×148 lot was sold 04/04/12, Dale to Landkammer for $398,500.

2711 Avenue C, Bradenton Beach, a 1,702 sfla / 1,774 sfur 3bed/2bath home built in 1958 on a 62×105 lot was sold 04/04/12, Jones to Schmitt for $339,000; list $349,900.

8310 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, a 1,574 sfla / 2,050 sfur 2bed/2bath home built in 1975 on a 90×100 lot was sold 04/05/12, Mitchell to Gertz for $330,000; list $359,000.

6250 Holmes Blvd., Unit 39, North Beach Village, Holmes Beach, a 1,536 sfla / 2,005 sfur 2bed/2½bath/2car condo with shared pool built in 1991 was sold 04/09/12, Schilling to Booth for $325,000; list $350,000.

2312 Gulf Drive N., Unit 101, Sunset Terrace, Bradenton Beach, a 966 sfla / 1,080 sfur 1bed/1½bath condo with shared pool built in 1982 was sold 04/10/12, Wischnewsky to Little for $325,000; list $355,000.

1325 Gulf Drive N., Unit 162, Tortuga, Bradenton Beach, a 1,392 sfla / 1,560 sfur 2bed/2bath condo with shared pool built in 2006 was sold 04/02/12, Tortuga BJP Properties LLC to Fillman for $300,000.

215 82nd St., Holmes Beach, a 880 sfla / 1,360 sfur 2bed/1bath home built in 1954 on a 90×90 lot was sold 03/30/12, Oehler to Angiuli for $255,000.

6200 Flotilla Drive, Unit 311, Westbay Point & Moorings, Holmes Beach, a 1,114 sfla / 1,426 sfur 2bed/2bath condo with shared pool built in 1979 was sold 04/10/12, Meyer to Ellis for $215,000; list $229,000.

400 21st Place N., Bradenton Beach, a 1,100 sfla / 1,790 sfur 2bed/1bath canalfront home built in 1956 on a 75×80 lot was sold 03/30/12, Bank United to Anderson for $210,000; list $229,900.

3400 Sixth Ave., Unit 7, Fountainhead, Holmes Beach, a 900 sfla / 1,139 sfur 2bed/2bath condo with shared pool built in 1982 was sold 03/30/12, Taylor to Greene for $210,000; list $225,000.

3601 E. Bay Drive, Unit 208, Sandy Point, Holmes Beach, a 1,004 sfla / 1,074 sfur 2bed/2bath condo with shared pool built in 1994 was sold 04/02/12, Mark Anthony Arcidiacono Realty LLC to Lewis fro $203,500; list $209,765.

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

Obituaries – 05-02-2012

Shirley Brown Van Winkle

Shirley Brown Van Winkle, 69, of Stratham, N.H., Anna Maria Island and Antigny, France, died in Bradenton April 24, following a brief illness. She was born in Bryan, Texas.

She graduated from Texas Christian University and received a master’s degree in English from Louisiana State University. She was an accomplished writer and enjoyed a real estate career in Austin.

No services are planned.

Mrs. Van Winkle is survived by husband Edward S.; daughter Ana Marie Cox of St. Paul, Minn.; stepchildren Pieter K. of Vashon, Wash., and Hannah K. of Brooklyn; brother Charles E. Brown III of Round Rock, Texas, and many cousins of the Caldwell family.

Islander Calendar – 05-02-2012

Wednesday, May 2

        5-7 p.m. — Family Science Night and Book Fair, Anna Maria Elementary School, 4700 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-708-5525, ext. 2040.

 

Thursday, May 3

11 a.m. — 61st National Day of Prayer, All Island Denominations, Holmes Beach gazebo, 59th Street and Flotilla Drive.

2-4 p.m. — Friends of the Library knit-and-crochet group, Island Gourmet, 5910 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, Information: 941-586-1378.

6 p.m. — Georgia Gibbons benefit, Sandbar Restaurant pavilion, 100 Spring Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-3232.

 

Friday, May 4

5:30-7:30 p.m. — Creative Color, an all-media art show and reception, Anna Maria Island Art League, 5312 Holmes Blvd. Information: 941-778-2099.

 

Saturday, May 5

8 a.m. — Island 5K Run and 1-Mile Family Fun Run, Bayfront Park, 316 N. Bay Blvd., Anna Maria. Information: 941-747-8726.

11 a.m.-7 p.m. — Food and Wine on Pine, including free tours at Anna Maria Historical Society museum, 402 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Fees apply. Information: 941-778-8705.

6:30 p.m. — Manatee-Sarasota Sierra Club Island Potluck and Evening Stroll at Bayfront Park, 310 N. Bay Blvd., Anna Maria. Fee applies. Information: 941-752-3200.

 

Off-Island:

 

Saturday May 19 – Sunday, May 20

        • Longboat Key Challenge, a Regatta-Island Style, Bayfront Park and Recreation Center, 4052 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. Fee applies. Information: 941-383-2466.

 

Ongoing

        • Through May 24, “Artists and Animals of Myakka” exhibit, Durante Gallery and Cultural Media Room, Longboat Key Center for the Arts, Ringling College of Art and Design, 6860 Longboat Drive S., Longboat Key. Information: 941-383-2345.

• Third Mondays, noon, through May, Anna Maria Island Democratic Club, BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Fee applies. Information: 941-779-0564.

• Tuesdays, noon, Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island meetings at the BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-794-8044.

• Tuesdays, 12:30 p.m., duplicate bridge games at Episcopal Church of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-3390.

• Tuesdays, 1-2 p.m., coffee and conversation for seniors at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-1908.

• First Wednesdays, 8:30 a.m., Pier Regulars meet at the Rod & Reel Pier, 875 N. Shore Drive, Anna Maria.

• Second Wednesdays, 7:30 p.m., VFW Post No. 8199 meets at the volunteer fire station, 201 Second St. N., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-778-4400.

• Wednesdays, 6-8 p.m., teens meet at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-1908.

• Wednesdays and Saturdays, 9 a.m., players pitch horseshoes in the pits at Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information: 941-708-6130.

• Thursdays, 5-7 p.m., Thirsty Thursday hosted by Bridge Street Merchants on Bridge Street, Bradenton Beach, Information: 215-906-0668.

• Saturdays, 8:30 a.m., Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island meets at the Anna Maria Island Beach Cafe, Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-761-8834.

 

Coming Up:

• May 9, Hearing Health seminar, Senior Adventures, Annie Silver Community Center, 102 23rd St., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-962-8835.

• May 9, Kentucky Derby luncheon, Off Stage Ladies of Island Players, Gulf Drive Cafe & Tiki, 900 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Fee applies. Information: 941-799-2181.

• May 10-20, “Fools,” Island Players, 10009 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Fee applies. Information: 941-778-5755.

• May 12, Manatee Children’s Services Band Slam, Sarasota Bradenton International Convention Center, 8005 15th St. E., Sarasota. Fee applies. Information: 941-504-5208.

• May 12, Sister Keys Cleanup, Mar Vista Dockside Restaurant & Pub, Longboat Key, shuttle by Kathleen D. Information: 941-953-5333.

 

Save the Date:

• May 26, Bradenton/Sarasota Deep Sky Observers, Sidewalk Astronomy, city field, 5801 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-342-9632

        Send calendar announcements to news@islander.org. Please include the time, date and location of the event, a brief description and a contact via e-mail and phone.

Island police blotter – 05-02-2012

Anna Maria

• April 22, 200 block of Archer Way, burglary to a vehicle. Unknown persons entered an unlocked vehicle with several items being reported stolen.

• April 21, Gulf Drive/Palmetto Avenue, habitual traffic offender. A Manatee County Sheriff’s Office deputy observed and stopped a man for unlawfully passing another vehicle. According to the report, the man drove off the road to make the pass. Further investigation revealed the man was driving with license suspended and was a habitual traffic offender.

• April 6, 800 block of South Bay Boulevard, burglary to a conveyance. A complainant reported that someone stole the anchor system, valued at $200, off his boat.

Anna Maria is policed by the MCSO.

Bradenton Beach

• No new reports.

        Bradenton Beach is policed by the BBPD.

Cortez

• April 6, 12107 45th Ave. W., fraud. A complainant reported that someone had filed federal income taxes in his name.

• April 25, 127th St. W., trespass warning. During construction on the Cortez Bridge, a man living on a boat at the marina near the bridge became upset at the work crew over noise and debris falling near his boat. According to the report, the man entered the work zone, yelled at the workers, and began to approach the workers. The man was asked to leave and refused, causing the crew to stop work for 20 minutes. He eventually left and was contacted by a deputy, who gave the him a trespass warning to keep away from the work area.

        Cortez is policed by the MCSO

Holmes Beach

• April 25, 4000 Gulf Drive, felony petit theft. Jared Caruso, 25, was arrested on a felony charge after allegedly stealing a can of beer from the CVS/Pharmacy. The manager of the store reported he witnessed Caruso take the beer and put it inside a black bag in his possession. The manager confronted Caruso, who kept walking. Police made contact with Caruso and, after an investigation, learned he has multiple petit theft convictions. Caruso was placed in custody on $1,000 bond and was scheduled for a May 25 arraignment.

• April 22, 4101 Gulf Drive, burglary. Police investigated a burglary complaint and learned the suspect is under investigation in at least one other burglary. The suspect’s niece reported the burglary of an apartment complex, listing paintings, tools and TVs stolen, all valued at $17,000.

• April 21, 6300 Flotilla Drive, larceny/theft. A complainant came to the Holmes Beach Police Department to report a kayak, valued at $900, had been stolen.

• April 21, 100 block of 43rd Street, beverage law. Upon receiving a complaint from a citizen, police made contact with a group of juveniles on the beach. When the officer approached, according to the report, he observed the male juveniles attempting to hide containers of beer. There were five female juveniles, three male juveniles and two 18-year-olds in the group. After passing a Breathalyzer test, a female was allowed to drive the remaining females home. The male driver of the group failed a Breathalyzer and his father was contacted to pick him up. The remaining juveniles’ parents also were contacted to pick up the youths.

Holmes Beach is policed by the HBPD.

        Streetlife is based on incident reports and narratives from the Bradenton Beach and Holmes Beach police departments and Manatee County Sheriff’s Office.

The Islander Classifieds: Wednesday, May 02, 2012

ITEMS FOR SALE

TWO FOLDING BOOKCASES: One vertical, four shelves, one horizontal, three shelves. Both same style, solid wood. $35/each. 941-778-0364.

SALE: LIVING ROOM set, $200, dining set, $100, entertainment center, $40, dressers, tables, lamp, dishes, much more. Call to see. 941-778-5412. Everything goes, make offers.

FLOOR LAMP WITH adjustable arm and magnifying glass for handy craft/sewing $9. 941-778-6766.

GUITAR: KIDS, $6, animal figures, 10/$1.50, baseball cards, 1989 Topps, three. Call 941-795-8734.

FINE ANTIQUE BOOKCASE, $50. 941-778-4451.

FINE FURNITURE: SOFA, $100, recliner, $75, chair and ottoman, $75, maple nesting tables, $50. 941-567-6699.

18-INCH ROLLING tool tote. Telescopic handle, internal and external pockets, main compartment. $10. Frank, 941-761-1415.

BOAT SPRING-LINE system, as new. Cost $180, sell, $60. Door opener, Legacy heavy duty, brackets, $69. 941-778-3920.

HIGH CHAIR, $8, stroller, $6, six outdoor black cloth chairs, all $18. 941-778-5439.

FOR SALE:  A Statton cherry triple dresser with mirror and matching dressing table with stool. Phone, 941-778-1219.

MARY KAY COSMETICS: Full line at discounted prices. Jenifer, 941-224-1760, 941-739-0792.

ANTIQUE COPPER POTS and bowls, collection $350. Burl-wood rocker, oak office chairs, collectibles.  View at The Islander store, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.

ORIGINAL, LOCAL ART for sale. View at The Islander store, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.

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

FREEBIE ITEMS FOR SALE

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. E-mail classifieds@islander.org, fax toll-free 1-866-362-9821. (limited time offer)

ANNOUNCEMENTS

PROFESSIONAL WOMAN WHO works on the Island seeks house-sitting position, June 15-July 14. 941-962-7785.

GLORIA DEI LUTHERAN Church: All are welcome to come and worship with us! Please call 941-778-1813 or visit us at: www.gloriadeilutheran.com for worship times. 6608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.

HAITI $$$ DONATIONS to the Ministry of Presence Inc., www.ministryofpresence.org, urgently needed for local representatives to aid homeless children. Info: The Islander, 941-778-7978.

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

MICHAEL NORTHFIELD: BROKER, Anna Maria Island Realty, 941-713-0284. www.annamariaislandrealty.com. E-mail: Michael@annamariaislandrealty.com. Your personal broker.

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

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

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

ESTATE SALES

MOVING SALE: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, May 5. 301 72nd St., Holmes Beach, between Palm Avenue and Holmes Boulevard. La-Z-Boy recliner sofa and two matching recliners, twin bedroom set, queen bedroom set, four rattan bar chairs, pair of twin beds, light wood dining set, coffee and end table set, 44-inch Sylvania flat-panel TV, area rugs, fireplace tools, beach chairs, computer table, lamps, stemware, Compound miter saw, hand tools, circular saw, router table, table saw, yard tools, gas grill, patio set, linens, full kitchen and lots of small appliances. Sale by Julie McClure. Pix: www.appraisals4u.biz or www.estatesales.net.

GARAGE SALES

ROSER THRIFT SHOP: Open 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9 a.m.-noon Saturdays. Donation drop-off, 9 a.m.-11 a.m. Wednesdays. 511 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. 941-779-2733.

FOUR-FAMILY GARAGE sale: 8 a.m. Friday and Saturday, May 4-5. Collectibles, fishing poles, furniture, miscellaneous. 2105 Ave. B, Bradenton Beach.

YARD/MOVING SALE: 8 a.m.-noon Friday and Saturday, May 4-5. Furniture, art, dishes, linens. 105 77th St., Holmes Beach.

GARAGE/MOVING SALE: Saturday and Sunday, May 4-5. Furniture, art, housewares, books, interesting collection of great stuff! 709 S. Bay Blvd., Anna Maria.

NEW LOCATION: STEFF’S Stuff Antiques has moved to The Centre Shops on Longboat Key. 5380 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Unit 101. 941-383-1901.

LOST & FOUND

FOUND AT LAUNDROMAT: Set of nine brass keys labeled construction locks. Call HBPD, 941-708-5804 or 941-778-6772, for more information.

FOUND I-PHONE. FURTHER information can be obtained at HBPD 941-708-5804.

FOUND: SET OF Toyota keys in road on Gulf Drive, near Circle K. 941-330-4646.

LOST ORANGE CAT: Small, friendly, yellow eyes. Green and white collar, Last seen Friday, April 27, Holmes Beach. 941-779-6638.

PETS

ISLAND DOGS GROOMING Salon: Julie Keyes, certified groomer. Hydro bath, hand dry, (no cage drying). Personal service for you and your loved ones. Free pick up and delivery. Call anytime for appointments, 941-778-1202. Holmes Beach.

PARENTS NEEDED for loving homes to foster puppies and kittens until they are old enough for adoption. All food and medical provided. Julie, 941-720-1411.

BOATS & BOATING

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

WANT TO RENT boat lift. 19-foot SeaPro. Bill, 941-545-0462.

POWER NOLES CUSTOM 11.5-foot fiberglass tunnel hull with bass seats. Very stable! Great for fishing-stand on the side without tipping, go in really shallow waters. Very fun boat for anyone who wants to get on the water!
 2001 25-hp Mercury 2-stroke, plus a trolling motor with battery. Must see! $2,150 obo. Call Toni, 941-928-8735.

HELP WANTED

PROPERTY MAINTENANCE PERSON: Nine-building condo complex in Cortez. Full-time property/pool upkeep and maintenance. General mechanical, carpentry, painting, electrical, plumbing skills. Own vehicle and cell phone. Some personal tools helpful. Hourly wage, mileage, paid holidays, vacation, sick leave. Available May 14. 941-448-7881 or 941-798-3887.

ANNA MARIA ISLAND Community Center seeks Executive Director to lead the organization and ensure the Center continues to provide excellent youth development and adult programs. Looking for outstanding relationship-builder, to develop and sustain relationships with youth, volunteers, community members, board members and funders, as well as strong staff. Need organizational manager who can build and develop systems and programs to support organization’s mission and ensure its long-term sustainability. The Executive Director plays critical role in organization from ground up: developing programming, leading fundraising, maintaining and building relationships with donors and partners, overseeing staffing, financial and operational management, monitoring participants to ensure they achieve best possible outcomes and board development. For more information and qualifications, view entire job posting: http://www.islandcommunitycenter.com/CorporateInfo/EmploymentOpportunities.aspx. E-mail resume and cover letter, outline skills and experience that meet qualifications of position and tell how you heard about us in Word format. E-mail: sandee@myamicc.com. The center is a drug-free workplace and an equal opportunity employer.

NAIL TECH NEEDED at new Island spa and boutique on Bridge Street. Turning appointments down daily. Call Amanda, 941-779-6836.

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

KIDS FOR HIRE

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

KIDS FOR HIRE ads are FREE for up to three weeks for Island youths under 16 looking for work. Ads must be placed in person at The Islander office, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.

HEALTH CARE

LPNS NEEDED FOR active quadriplegic using Hoyer lift. Full or part-time. Morning shifts are 4-5 hours starting at 7 a.m. Overnight shifts are 9:30 p.m.-7 a.m. Travel opportunity. 941-383-9637.

SERVICES

LET US DRIVE YOU! Airports, cruise ports. Flat rates. Anna Maria Sunshine Car Service. 941-778-5476.

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.

WILDLIFE REMOVAL and relocation: Problem solving for all animals, big and small. Call Joe, Westcoast Nuisance Wildlife Service. 941-720-4152.

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

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

ISLANDER HANDYMAN SERVICE: 23-year Island resident, references. The Flying Dutchman LLC. We do all repair, interior and exterior, carpentry and more. Peter, 941-447-6747.

WALY PRECISION PAINTING: Interior, exterior, stucco, drywall repairs, pressure wash. Match price, plus 10 percent off. Free estimates. 941-448-1928.

ISLAND PET NANNY: Loving pet care. Longtime Island resident, background check, pet CPR-certified, references. Karen Robinson, 941-730-5693.

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

ISLAND PRESSURE WASHERS: Professional, reasonable and reliable. Call Bill or Clint for free estimate, 941-896-6788.

PROFESSIONAL RESIDENTIAL CLEANING: Fully Insured with 100 percent satisfaction! Island Real Estate Cleaning Services, 941-345-1286.

GENTLEMAN’S GENTLEMAN: GENERAL housekeeping, yard work, shopping, errands, doctor appointments. 25-year Island resident. Walter, 941-518-4506.

TUTORING SERVICES: Specializing in algebra, geometry, calculus, trigonometry and science. Special needs students welcome. Grades 3-12. Rick, 941-224-4977.

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.: 36 years of happy customers. Organizing, laundry, ironing, pet-watch, storm-check, etc. 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.

GUITAR TROUBLE? KOKO RAY’S ISLAND studio. Instruction in flute, saxophone, guitar, piano and voice. 315 58th St., Holmes Beach, 941-538-8724.

LAWN & GARDEN

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

ISLAND LAWN SPRINKLER service and repair. Your complete irrigation repair company. Call 941-778-2581.

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

LANDSCAPING

STRAIGHT SHOT LANDSCAPE. Shell installed $45/yard at true specifications. Free appliance pick up. Call Shark Mark. 941-301-6067.

SHELL DELIVERED AND spread. $45/yard. Hauling all kinds of gravel, mulch, top soil with free estimates. Call Larry at 941-795-7775, “shell phone” 941-720-0770.

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

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

HOME IMPROVEMENT

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

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

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

GRIFFIN’S HOME IMPROVEMENTS Inc. Handyman, fine woodwork, countertops, cabinets and shutters. Insured and licensed, 941-748-4711.

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

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

FOREMOST FENCE: Commercial, Residential. Chain link, vinyl, aluminum, wood, access control. Contractors you can depend on. Call 941-748-2700.

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

CUSTOM KITCHENS AND baths, additions, windows and door replacement. Call Matt at Pinnacle Group, 941-685-6132. Lic#CGC1506518.

MCNAMARA TILE AND Stone: Quality work, experience. Licensed and insured. Leo McNamara, 970-729-1306. mctilestone@hotmail.com.

RENTALS

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

HOLMES BEACH BUSINESS Center. Rental units available for office/commercial spaces from 750-2,000 sf. Humidity-controlled mini-storage units and garage units, 11 x 22 feet. 5347 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. 941-778-2924.

HOLIDAY/VACATION RENTALS: 3BR/2BA private pool home in northwest Bradenton, 3BR/3BA private pool home in Palma Sola, west Bradenton. No annuals. Call 941-794-1515.

VACATION RENTALS ONLY: Private pool homes, 3BR/2BA and 3BR/3BA. Condo, 1BR/1BA overlooking golf course. Call 941-794-1515 or www.coastalpropertiesrealty.com.

WANTED: RETAIL STOREFRONT in Bradenton Beach, 500 sf and up. Bridge street area. 941-447-1506.

WATERFRONT: ONE-BEDROOM cottage, charming, clean and quiet. $1,245/month. Annual lease. 941-779-0289.

PERICO ISLAND: MONTHLY rental. 3BR/3BA, private pool, beautifully furnished. Call 941-795-3778. www.pericoholidayvilla.co.uk.

ANNUAL: 2BR/1.5BA duplex with shared laundry, fenced yard,  partially furnished.  $1,000/month. Small pet considered. First, last, security. Gulf-Bay Realty, 941-778-7244.

WATERFRONT TWO BEDROOM townhouse with boat slip on Palma Sola Bay. Heated pool, patio, cable, washer and dryer. Lease six months plus. $925/month plus utilities. No pets. Call 941-538-8622.

BRADENTON BEACH: SEASONAL 2BR/1BA. Steps to beach. No pets. $700/week. 941-778-4731.

CORTEZ: SMALL QUAINT 1BR cottage. Washer and dryer, lanai, central air conditioning, no pets. $600/month. 941-545-9025.

2BR/2BA GULFSIDE, ONE house before the beach. Washer, dryer and dishwasher. No pets. $1,045/month includes water and garbage. Call Jessica, 941-778-7500. Dolores M. Baker Real Estate.

SHARE: UPSTAIRS DUPLEX, 1,200 sf. 2BR/2BA, $550/month, half utilities, cable. Walter, 941-518-4506.

ANNUAL: 2BR/1BA, bonus room. Unfurnished at $1,100/month, furnished, $1,200/month. No pets, no smoking. Call 941-779-9320.

2BR/2BA HOLMES BEACH furnished , block to beach. Dishwasher, microwave, washer and dryer, central air conditioning, lanai, pool. $1,000/month plus utilities. June 1 through January. Call 847-769-6175, cell.

SEASONAL OR WEEKLY cottage-style rentals. 1BR/1BA or 1BR/1BA with loft with pool. Walk to beach, shops or dining! 941-778-3426. Web site: www.spinnakerscottages.com.

REAL ESTATE

DIRECT GULFFRONT: 146 feet on the beach. 3BR/4.5BA, office recreation room, spa, pool, outdoor kitchen and theater, elevator, turnkey furnished. $3,750,000. Suncoast Real Estate, 941-779-0202 or 941-720-0288.

FOR SALE BY owner: 1BR/1BA mobile completely remodeled with share, beach and bay access. Call 941-224-1652 for more information.

FOR SALE BY owner: Mobile home, 1BR/1BA, extra bonus room. Across the street from Bradenton Beach private fishing pier. Beach and bay access, adjacent parking. Call 813-458-3875.

OPEN HOUSE: 1-3 p.m. Satuday. 644 Key Royale Drive, Holmes Beach. Gorgeous waterfront 2BR/2BA, pool. James Adkins, 713-0635.

COMMERCIAL LOT WITH dock. Sale or lease, 4,000 sf.  407 Pine Ave Anna Maria. Will build to Suit. 2,000 sf commercial, $ 4,000/month and/or 2,000 sf 3BR/2BA apartment, $1,900/month. $399,000. 813-340-4420.

EXCEPTIONAL CONDO LOT: Two houses to beach. 114 48th St., Holmes Beach. $359,000. 618-334-1619.

FLORIDA, OUT-OF-STATE

HILTON HEAD, SOUTH Carolina home: 3BR/2.5BA, Palmetto Dunes. Trade for home on Anna Maria Island. 330-763-1137.

Saturday is Cinco de Mayo

Just when Island residents thought the winter-spring tourist season was over and Island traffic would return to some sense of normalcy, Cinco de Mayo — May 5 — is expected to bring about 25,000 people to Anna Maria Island to celebrate Mexican Independence Day.

Law enforcement officials in all three Island cities said they would be ready for Saturday with crowd and traffic control measures, particularly at Coquina Beach and Bayfront Park in Anna Maria.

While Manatee County Sheriff’s Sgt. Dave Turner of the MCSO-Anna Maria substation said he hopes everyone has a good time and behaves, he’s taking no chances.

All deputies will be on duty, along with at least one deputy on beach patrol, extra vehicles will be used, a tactical squad will be available and the gang identification unit also will patrol Island streets and beaches, Turner said.

If necessary, MCSO deputies will have a horse-mounted patrol.

“The three key areas for us are Bayfront Park, Gulf Park and Bean Point,” Turner said.

He also noted Cinco de Mayo visitors like to get to Bayfront Park early to get a good parking location.

“They’ll start arriving at 6 a.m. and the park is usually full by 9 a.m.,” Turner said.

Vehicles are often double- and triple-parked at the park and many people park illegally on side streets.

Turner advised motorists that vehicles could be towed that day if illegally parked. Additionally, deputies will be writing citations, primarily for open consumption of alcohol.

He said there are three things the public should know if coming to the Island for Cinco de Mayo:

“No dogs are allowed on the beach, no public consumption of alcohol is allowed and open fires are not permitted,” he said.

Turner said the same rules apply in all three Island cities and at Coquina Beach, where most people will gather that day.

Bradenton Beach Police Lt. John Cosby echoed Turner’s comments about having a good time, but warned against violating city and county ordinances.

Cosby emphasized that no dogs or pets are allowed at Coquina Beach, no open fires or fireworks are permitted and public consumption of alcohol is not allowed. Officers will be paying particular attention for those violations, he said.

Cinco de Mayo brings about 25,000 people to the Island and many come as early as 6-7 a.m., Cosby said.

Traffic to the Island will be heaviest 9-11 a.m., and reverse itself around 2-4 p.m., he added.

That means traffic slowdowns and backups will be the norm morning and afternoon.

Cosby said all regular and reserve officers will be on duty that day.

Holmes Beach Police Chief Jay Romine said he also would have extra officers on duty May 5, although most of the celebrants typically go to Coquina Beach or Bayfront Park because of the public pavilions and grills.

While police are not anticipating difficulties other than heavier-than-usual traffic, they’re taking no chances with so many people expected for the day.

In April 2007, there was a shooting on Coquina Beach between members of two rival gangs that resulted in several injuries.

Since then, the county and MCSO have redirected vehicles through the Coquina Beach parking lot to minimize cruising, beefed up its patrols everywhere on the Island on Cinco de Mayo, and had its gang identification teams and tactical units more visible that day.

Cosby said the past few Cinco de Mayo holidays have been largely uneventful except for people arrested for consumption of alcohol. But, he noted, Cinco de Mayo has not been on a weekend for several years as it will be this year.

Turner’s advice to Islanders is to avoid the rush hours of traffic expected coming on the Island in the morning and leaving the Island in the afternoon.

AMI celebrates National Arbor Day

It all started 140 years ago in Nebraska when it was suggested to put aside one day of the year to plant new trees.

Since then, Arbor Day has expanded across the country and the world as a celebration and understanding of how important natural resources are in enhancing people’s lives, both economically and aesthetically.

The three cities of Anna Maria Island joined the national celebration April 27 with Bradenton Beach holding the day’s first ceremony at the U.S. Post Office branch, 116 Bridge St.

Keep Manatee Beautiful executive director Ingrid McClellan hosted the ceremony, which included the planting of native Florida vegetation to enhance the post office’s landscaping.

“It’s an honor to be here and recognize Bradenton Beach’s first year as a Tree City USA,” said McClellan.

Mayor John Shaughnessy thanked everyone for their cooperation in making the April 27 ceremony possible.

“I’ve noticed a tremendous spirit of cooperation between everyone,” he said. “It’s very wonderful and makes my job easier.”

Florida Forest Service spokesman Ed Flowers said it took that spirit of cooperation for Bradenton Beach to become a Tree City USA, and will take continued cooperation to keep it that way.

“It’s not easy to become a Tree City USA,” said Flowers. “It doesn’t happen overnight. (McClellan) did a lot of work with the city council to make this happen. It’s not something you just get to keep. I’m confident Bradenton Beach will continue to be a Tree City USA.”

The ceremony included a Tree City USA flag-raising at the post office.

“The Bradenton Beach post office is very happy to be a part of this,” said Postmaster Kevin Buckley. “The post office is very appreciative of letting us be a part of this. The landscaping is beautiful and it’s a very good thing what you all are doing.”

New plantings at the post office included sea grape and varnish leaf plants.