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Skyway disaster remembered

May 9, 1980, dawned but barely on Tampa Bay. A heavy fog dropped visibility to only a few yards, and a fast-moving squall was heading toward the mouth of the bay when harbor pilot Capt. John Lerro and Bruce Atkins, co-pilot trainee, boarded the Summit Venture in the Gulf of Mexico to guide the ship to the Port of Tampa.

The freighter was en route to Tampa to on-load 28,000 tons of phosphate, then on to Asia. It was empty as it passed Egmont Key, its 608-foot-long hull riding high in the water.

Lerro and Atkins boarded the ship at 6:25 a.m. The ship’s master, Capt. Hsuing Chu Lui, relinquished control of the Summit Venture to Lerro, who let Atkins take the helm.

As the twin spans of the Sunshine Skyway Bridge drew near, the squall hit. Visibility dropped, and a trio of lookouts went to the bow to watch for the markers that guide ships through the 800-foot-wide opening of the bridge. Lerro took over from Atkins.

But as the Summit Venture neared a tricky turn in the channel, the storm hit with a vengeance. The empty ship skittered across the water under the force of the wind, estimated at 50 mph. A break in the rain provided one of the most horrible sights a ship captain could imagine — a bridge abutment loomed out of the darkness dead ahead, fully 800 feet from where it was expected to have been.

Lerro ordered the anchor dropped and the engines full astern. It was too little too late, and the 19,734-ton ship hit the southbound span’s bridge piling, crumpling the metal roadbed into the water, at 7:38 a.m.

Car after car after truck after bus drove off the edge of the bridge until one car, creeping through the storm, screeched to a halt only 14 inches from the yawning gap. Its four occupants scrambled for safety and began stopping other vehicles.

Of the eight passenger vehicles and one Greyhound bus that went over the edge, only one person survived the plunge and was pulled to safety aboard the Summit Venture. On board the ship, the lone lookout remained at the bow and survived the bridge span’s collapse by ducking between two huge stanchions. He crawled out from beneath the 90 feet of roadbed that came to rest only inches above his head.

Recovery of the 35 bodies claimed by the ship’s crash took almost a week. The twisted debris required explosives to break, and cranes were needed to lift the vehicles to the surface. The force of the crash ripped open the top of the bus along its length.

Divers recovered many bodies that day and transported them to Mullet Key’s Fort Desoto Park. Others washed ashore days later. Clearing the channel of debris so other ships could pass through the bridge channel took weeks.

The Florida Department of Transportation was taken to task for not providing adequate protection around the bridge pilings that could have halted a ship before it struck the bridge itself. Also, the bridge opening was too narrow for modern ships to safely navigate, critics charged.

Even the channel leading to the Sunshine Skyway Bridge took some heat, as its odd dogleg eastbound was less than a mile from the span. The marker where the turn takes place is only seven boat lengths from the bridge, leaving scant time to make any last-minute course corrections.

The $240 million Sunshine Skyway Bridge of today was finished in 1987. It does have a sturdy fender system around its pilings, a wider opening for ships to pass through, and with the new construction, the channel is aligned to be more ship-friendly.

Much of the old Skyway — the long approaches to the twin spans — was retained as fishing piers, and the central span’s debris used as artificial reefs.

Yet there are few who remember that Mayday and now drive under the bright yellow girders supporting the graceful new Skyway who don’t peer anxiously left and right to see if another squall or a freighter is bearing down on the bridge, and reflect on that early morning years ago.

It’s hard not to remember the past — and the early morning cries on the radio “Skyway disaster, Skyway disaster. Mayday. Mayday at the Skyway Bridge” — when now we traverse the long, rising, majestic span across Tampa Bay.

This story by former Islander editor Paul Roat was published in 2007. Roat, a reporter/photographer at the former Islander newspaper in 1980, was on the Sunshine Skyway Bridge shortly after the Summit Venture crashed into the bridge to record the aftermath of the Skyway disaster.

For more photos and the original Mayday recording, go online at www.islander.org.


Skyway Bridge disaster: A date to forget

Thirty-two years ago today, in what many old-time area residents consider the worst accident ever in the Tampa Bay area, the southbound center span of the Sunshine Skyway Bridge collapsed into history after the cargo ship Summit Venture struck a support piling during a storm, knocking a section of the bridge into Tampa Bay.

The crash killed 35 people.

The chilling mayday call to the U.S. Coast Guard Station in St. Petersburg came at 7:38 a.m. from Summit Venture pilot John Lerro, who said “The Skyway Bridge is down. This is a mayday. Emergency situation. Stop the traffic on the Skyway Bridge.”

For whatever reason — and there are as many theories and reasons as there are conspiracy theories about who shot John F. Kennedy — the ship was not in the middle of the channel at 7:38 a.m. where it should have been on a heading to the Port of Tampa. It was on the north edge of the channel doing 8 mph when it struck the support.

At the helm was John Lerro, a four-year veteran channel pilot who had taken ships of all sizes through the channel, which is considered one of the longest in the world. At his side was pilot-in-training Bruce Atkins.

What happened in the next 60 seconds has been debated 32 years.

The ship’s radar went out and, although it was raining, Lerro continued despite poor visibility. Could he have stopped in time? Should he have stopped? Should he have slowed down? These questions likely can never be answered.

A fierce wind suddenly came out of the southwest, bringing a tropical-force squall and driving rain across the ship’s bow, which could not be seen by Lerro from the pilot house.

Vision was down to zero, but Lerro continued his course. He did not slow down. By this time, even if he had seen the bridge support, he likely could not have reversed the ship’s engines or changed course in time to avoid the crash.

Suddenly, Lerro could see part of the bridge directly ahead. It was not the overhead span that would indicate he was on course, but the support. And the Summit Venture was headed directly for the bridge. There were no concrete fenders guarding the support to ward off an 87,000-ton, 608-foot-long freighter.

When the ship hit the bridge, more than 1,000 feet of roadway fell into Tampa Bay, including eight passenger vehicles and a bus with 29 people inside.

One man survived when his pickup, still on the roadbed, landed on the deck of the Summit Venture, then bounced into the water. The driver was able to escape.

No one survived the 250-foot fall to the water.

What is known is that work crews and divers spent weeks looking for bodies in the 200-foot depths of Tampa Bay.

The bridge stayed closed for several days until officials reopened the two-lane northbound span for traffic in both directions. It would stay that way until April 20, 1987, when the present Sunshine Skyway Bridge was opened.

At the time it opened, the Sunshine Skyway was the world’s longest single-support span bridge. It was built for $245 million.

The new bridge has concrete fenders — called dolphins — surrounding each of the six support pilings for the center span.

Eventually, the old spans were torn down and both north and south approaches on the old Skyway Bridge were converted to fishing piers.

In November 2005, the Florida Legislature officially named the bridge linking Manatee and Pinellas counties the Bob Graham Sunshine Skyway Bridge after the governor of Florida and U.S. senator who presided over its design and construction.

Earlier this year, the remaining concrete pilings from the original disaster were removed and hauled to locations in Tampa Bay and sunk to create several artificial reefs. Two reefs are located in Manatee County waters.

On May 9, 2000, Lerro told the St. Petersburg Times in an interview marking the 20th anniversary of the accident that not a day went by when he didn’t think about what happened, the people who died, and what he should have done, or not done.

A few months after the tragedy, Lerro was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. He was 29 years old. He died in August 2002.

Listen to the recorded mayday call here,

Calendar – 05-08-2013

Wednesday, May 8

2 p.m. — Estate planning program, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.


Thursday, May 9

8 p.m. — The Island Players’ opening of “37 Postcards” which continues through May 19, Island Players theater, 10009 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-5755.


Friday, May 10

2 p.m. — Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Group meeting, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.

6 p.m. through the night — American Cancer Society Relay for Life on Anna Maria Island, Coquina Beach, 2200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Continues until noon May 11. Information: 941-328-3775.


Saturday, May 11

8:30 a.m. — Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island breakfast and meeting, Anna Maria Island Beach Cafe, Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-1383.

10 a.m. — Island origami gathering, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.


Sunday, May 12

Today is Mother’s Day.


Monday, May 13

8:12 p.m. — Official sunrise time.


Tuesday, May 14

Noon — Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island lunch and meeting, BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-794-8044.

6:30 p.m. — Health and wellness program with coach Alec Grae, Vitamin Seas Health Food, 3228 E. Bay Drive, Holmes Beach. Reservations required. Information: 941-778-5015.


Wednesday, May 15

6 p.m. — A Mana-Tweens meeting, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.



Saturday, May 11

8 a.m. — Manatee Miles walk, Robinson Preserve, 1704 99th St. NW, Bradenton. Fee applies. Information: 941-748-4501.

8 a.m. — Manatee Fish & Game Association’s Jerry Hill Kids Free Fishing Tournament, Green Bridge fishing pier, Palmetto. Information: 941-794-2806.



• Through Aug. 31, Bradenton Marauders baseball, McKechnie Field, 1611 Ninth St. W., Bradenton. Fee applies. Information: 941-747-3031.

• Wednesdays and Saturdays, 9 a.m., horseshoes pitched, Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information: 941-708-6130.

• First Wednesdays, noon, Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce networking luncheon. Location varies. Fee applies. Information: 941-778-1541.

• First Wednesdays, Mana-Tween Book Club, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information:  941-748-5555, ext. 6318.

• Second Wednesdays, 8 a.m., Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce sunrise breakfast. Location varies. Fee applies. Information: 941-778-1541.

• Second Wednesdays, 7 p.m., Think+Drink science night, South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-746-4131.

• Fourth Wednesdays, 5 p.m., Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce business card exchange. Location varies. Fee applies. Information: 941-778-1541.

• Fourth Wednesdays, 7 p.m., star talk, South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-746-4131.

• Fridays, Senior Adventures, low-cost field trips from Annie Silver Community Center, 103 23rd St. N., Bradenton Beach. Some events on other days too. Fee may apply. Information: 941-962-8835.

• Fridays through June 28, 6 p.m., They Came From Outer Space spring film series, South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton. Fee applies. Information: 941-746-4131.

• Third Fridays, 5-8 p.m., Pine Avenue Porch Party presented by local merchants, Pine Avenue, Anna Maria. Information: 941-896-3132.

• Saturdays, 4 p.m., family night, South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-746-4131.

• Weekends, through Oct. 20, ranger-led kayak tours, De Soto National Memorial, 8300 De Soto Memorial Highway, Bradenton. Information: 941-792-0458, ext. 105.

• Third Sundays, through May, 9-11 a.m., Junior Audubon, Manatee Audubon Society, Felts Audubon Preserve, 4600 24th Ave. E., Palmetto. Information: 941-729-2227.

• Mondays, 1 p.m., bridge games, Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-0414.

• First Mondays, 7 p.m., Florida Institute for Saltwater Heritage board meets, Fisherman’s Hall, 4515 123rd St. W., Cortez. Information: 941-254-4972.

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

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

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


Coming up

• May 18, An Island Affaire gala for the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria.


Save the date

• June 1, the Atlantic hurricane season begins. Be prepared.

• June 1-2, Islandwide Blood Drive, location to be announced.

• July 4, the Anna Maria Island Privateers Independence Day Parade from Coquina Beach to Bayfront Park, and Scholarships Awards Party at Manatee Public Beach.


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.

Island police blotter – 05-08-2013

Anna Maria

        • No new reports.

Anna Maria is policed by the MCSO.

Bradenton Beach

        • May 3, 700 block Gulf Drive South, domestic disturbance. A man woke up to find his prescription pills missing and began arguing with his father about the missing pills. The argument lasted for some time and carried outside, at which time neighbors called the police. Upon making contact with the men, the son wanted to file a theft report so he could contact his doctor for more pills, but the officer said there was no evidence of theft. The father said his son has a pill problem.

• April 28, 100 Bridge St., criminal mischief. A complainant called police regarding a loud bang that sounded like a crash. Upon investigating, police discovered the Historic Bridge Street wooden sign had been run into by a vehicle and knocked to the ground.

• April 29, 2300 block of Avenue B, Baker Act. Police responded to a man yelling. Upon making contact with the man, he said he was going to “snap” because his boyfriend was going to have sex with another man. Police determined the man was a threat to himself and transported him to Manatee Memorial Hospital for observation. While at the hospital, the man threatened the officer with violence if the officer did not give him a cigarette.

        Bradenton Beach is policed by the BBPD.


• No new reports.

        Cortez is policed by the MCSO

Holmes Beach

        April 27, 300 block of 64th Street, domestic battery. A 41-year-old Holmes Beach man was arrested on a misdemeanor domestic battery charge. According to the report, the incident began when the man pushed a woman from his boat and left her in the water. The woman contacted police, but refused to identify the man. Police drove the woman home and when they were alone, the man allegedly grabbed the woman by the throat and forced her face onto the floor causing her nose to bleed and swell. The victim was able to bite the man’s thumb to break his grip and contacted police again. This time she went forward with pressing charges and the man was arrested and taken to the Manatee County jail.

• April 27, 3200 block of Gulf Drive, Longboat Key, domestic battery. A 35-year-old Holmes Beach woman was arrested by a Longboat Key Police Department officer after responding to a call about a woman walking along the road. The officer made contact with the woman, who said she had been arguing with her boyfriend when she was put out of the vehicle. Police made contact with the man and observed several bite marks to his forearms. With no visible injuries to the woman, police determined her to be the aggressor and arrested her on the misdemeanor charge of domestic battery.

• April 28, 24301 SR 64 E, Bradenton, violation of a protection order. A 40-year-old Holmes Beach man was arrested for violating a protection order when he parked his camper on his ex-wife’s property while visiting his child. The woman called police to report the incident. Police arrived to find the man sleeping in the camper. After verifying a protection order was issued in December 2012, the man was arrested on the misdemeanor offense.

• April 30, 5410 Marina Drive, D. Coy Ducks Tavern, warrant. While on routine patrol a police officer observed a man known to be probation enter the bar. The officer made contact with the man and his friend and escorted them outside. It was learned that the man’s friend was wanted on a probation violation in Hillsborough County. He was arrested on the warrant. A report of the incident was forwarded to the other man’s probation officer.

• April 13, 3800 block of East Bay Drive, theft. A man reported that his unsecured bicycle was stolen from the front of his residence. He said it was not the first time the bike had been stolen.

• April 13, 400 block of 62nd Street, suspicious incident. A woman reported that her ex-boyfriend was bothering her and has done so several times since the couple broke up six months prior. She told police that he knocked on her twice and then left, but had been trespassed from her property in early April. The woman was advised to get a restraining order against the man. The officer said the suspect has a history of domestic abuse.

• April 17, 5300 block of Gulf Drive, domestic battery. Police responded to two females arguing. During the argument, it turned physical when one of the women pushed the other to the ground. The victim refused to cooperate, but the office observed red marks on her neck and arms and arrested the aggressor for misdemeanor domestic battery. The couple is in a romantic relationship and the victim was issued a domestic violence packet.

• April 18, 4000 Gulf Drive, Manatee Public Beach, suspicious incident. A lifeguard contacted police in regards to a suspicious package that had been left for several hours. Police began to open the package, but stopped when they observed a white wire protruding from it. Police called the bomb squad to investigate it and began evacuating the building. While police were evacuating people from the area, a man came running up to claim ownership. The package was given to the man, who left the area before police were able to identify him.

• April 19, 8000 Gulf Drive, DUI. Police received a call in regards to a man driving a golf cart while apparently intoxicated. An officer observed John Evans, 66, of Holmes Beach stop at a stop sign. He was swaying back and forth in the vehicle and appeared confused. The officer exited his vehicle to make contact with Evans, who then began to pull away. The officer then initiated a traffic stop, but it took Evans several blocks before he stopped. Evans exited the cart and fell to the ground. The cart began to roll away. The officer stopped the cart and then made contact with Evans, noticing a strong odor of alcohol. The officer attempted to conduct a field sobriety test, but Evans was unable to complete the tasks. EMS arrived to treat Evans, but he refused against their advice. Evans was arrested for misdemeanor driving under the influence.

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.

Fishing – 05-08-2013

Fishing action for migratory species, sharks heat up


Look for migratory fish around nearshore structure and close to the beaches this week.

If you can find the bait schools, expect to encounter kings and Spanish mackerel, as well as bonito, jack crevalle and numerous species of shark.

For the macks and jacks, live shiners are the best live bait. For artificials, a quick retrieve of a Clark spoon or a small white jig will get you connected. For the sharks, fresh-cut mackerel or bonito will get you into the battle of a lifetime. Expect to see shark weighing 50-150 pounds. Bull, blacktip, spinner and sand sharks are the norm.

For the backcountry, catch-and-release snook, reds and trout are staged up on grassflats with good water flow. As it gets warmer, try fishing early in the morning or late in the evening to beat the heat. You also may notice the bite is better. Live shiners are the bait of choice for bait chuckers. Anglers who prefer artificials, should try a topwater plug just before sunrise for some explosive flats action.

Dave Sork at the Anna Maria City Pier says Spanish mackerel are being reeled up daily to the deck. Catches of fish up to 20 inches to the fork are occurring during the morning and evening tides. He says small white crappie jigs are producing the best bite.

Sharks are on the move for pier anglers. Small pieces of frozen squid or cut mullet are resulting in bonnethead and blacktip sharks in the 3-foot range. For larger sharks, try cutting a fresh caught mack in thirds and cast a chunk to the bottom. Blacktip and catch-and-release lemon sharks up to 75 pounds are being reported.

Bob Kilb at the Rod & Reel says Spanish mackerel are making a showing. Pier fishers using white speck rigs or Gotcha plugs are catching fish up to 20 inches to the fork. Mixed in with the macks are small jack crevalle, blue runners and ladyfish. Kilb warns that while targeting mackerel, you may have to wait for the fish to pass by the pier. The schools of baitfish have not arrived, so you have to catch the mackerel in passing.

Pier fishers using live shrimp or sand fleas are catching the occasional pompano. Although these fish haven’t arrived in strong numbers, catches are becoming more frequent. You can also use a pompano jig to stalk these tasty little fish.

Finally, Kilb says he’s seeing some mangrove snapper under the pier. Live shrimp or small live shiners will get you connected with these tasty reef fish. Try being as stealthy as you can when rigging for mangrove snapper at the pier. Some 20-pound fluorocarbon for a leader, a split-shot and a No. 4 hook should do the trick.

Johnny Mattay at Island Discount Tackle says beach action is beginning to heat up. He suggests looking for schools of bait to find predatory fish. Spanish mackerel, ladyfish, blue runners and jack crevalle are cruising the Gulf shoreline in search of small baitfish. To get hooked up, Mattay suggests silver spoons, white jigs or Gotcha plugs.

Shark also are being caught along the area beaches. Anglers using frozen squid or shrimp are catching small blacktip and bonnethead sharks off the shore break. Those opting to use bigger baits are being rewarded with blacktip and spinner sharks up to 100 pounds. For the big fish, try fresh-cut mackerel on bonito for bait.

Finally, pompano have arrived on the beaches during the early morning. Mattay likes using a yellow pompano jig to catch these golden nuggets. If you don’t have any jigs, try scooping up some sand fleas for bait.

Capt. Mark Howard of SumoTime fishing charters reports fantastic fishing this past week. The inshore trinity of catch-and-release snook, spotted seatrout and redfish has been active on the moving water, providing some drag-screaming action and some nice bags of fillets for the dinner table.

Howard found spotted seatrout schooled up during the full moon were very cooperative, feeding on shiners. “We have had no trouble getting enough slot-fish to chew and provide for some steady action and tasty fillets,” Howard says.

Spotted seatrout in all sizes, from schoolies to gator, are all over the bay in a variety of water depths. With the one-over-20-inch rule for your creel, and a gentle release by using a dehooking tool on the big ones, ensures many more spotted seatrout for the future.

Redfish have been cooperating with some big over-slot fish landed on Howard’s charters. Mike Osborn of Essex, England, hooked a 32-inch redfish after it inhaled a large shiner rigged on a 1/0 Owner circle hook under a popping cork while fishing in 3 feet of water. After taking a few photos, Osborn’s biggest ever fish was released to fight another day. Finding areas where redfish have not been over worked by other anglers has been the key to hooking the big ones.

Snook are on a tear, Howard says, feeding heavily as they slowly move out of the backwaters and toward the passes to begin their spawn. The long closure on harvesting snook has resulted in a lot more big ones on the flats. Hopefully, we can look for the FWC to open the season this fall, Howard adds.

Looking forward as the new moon approaches, Howard says the saltwater fishing scene will stay active as we experience bigger tides and fast-moving water. Look for the tarpon to invade our waters in big schools and give us an opportunity to battle the silver king.

Capt. Warren Girle is going beachside in search of migratory species. He’s finding Spanish and king mackerel are patrolling nearshore structure joined by bonito, cobia and plenty of shark. Girle is anchoring and chumming to get these fish in the mood.

Once the feeding frenzy begins behind the boat, Girle’s clients are casting live shiners into the mix.

With almost immediate action, Girle’s clients are reeling up kings up to 30 pounds and plenty of Spanish macks and bonito. Once the sharks show up, Girle is casting out chunks of cut mackerel to get the bite from blacktip, spinner and bull sharks weighing 50-100 pounds.

In the backwater, Girle is targeting redfish, spotted seatrout and catch-and-release snook. For each species, Girle is using free-lined live shiners. Redfish up to 31 inches and trout up to 20 inches were topping the scale for Girle this past week.

Send fishing reports to fish@islander.org.

Sports – 05-08-2013

Serrano returns walk-off favor to Paradise Bagels


Of two youth divisions playing baseball at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, the 8-10 age group’s season opened April 26 and ended with an inside-the-park home run for Tyler Brewer with Tony Rappold on base, giving Paradise Bagels a walk-off victory.

Fast forward to May 3 and Gerardo Serrano’s two-out, two-strike base hit to right centerfield with the score a 9-9 tie, giving Beach to Bay Construction the 10-9 victory.

Paradise Bagels jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the top in the first inning on hits by Gianna Sparks, German Rivera, Tyler Brewer and Travis Bates, with Sparks, Rivera and Brewer coming in to score.

Beach to Bay Construction kept it close with two runs in the bottom half of the inning. Joel Peters and Serrarno singled and scored on a single by Riley Peters and an RBI double by Julius Peteriet.

Paradise Bagel extended its lead to 5-2 in the third inning on hits by Rivera, Bates, Callen Achor, Sean Rodriguez and Roman Langley.

Beach to Bay Construction went down quietly in the third and fourth innings, but came to life in the fifth.

Will Batey singled and scored on a single by Sam Howells. Watson then came up and cleared the bases with an inside-the-park home run for a 5-5 score. Riley Quillin and Joel Peters later came around to score, giving Beach to Bay a 7-5 lead after five innings.

Paradise Bagels came right back with four runs in the top of the sixth inning, three on Tuna McCracken’s inside-the-park home run, which also plated Rivera and Callen Achor.

Beach to Bay Construction’s rally started with singles by Bryce Higgins and Cecilia Peteriet. Batey singled in Higgins, and a ground out by Quillin scored Peteriet, tying the score at 9-9 and setting the stage for Serrano’s heroics.

The Anna Maria Island Community Center’s baseball league plays Monday and Fridays, starting at 6 p.m. for T-ballers, age 5-7, and 7:15 p.m. for the pitching machine-age 8-11 division.


Ross Built undefeated in basketball

With the AMICC youth basketball season at the halfway mark, only Division I Ross Built remains with a 5-0 perfect record. However, it only gives them a half-game lead over second place Walter & Associates, which sits at 4-1. Sand Dollar is alone in third place with a 2-2 record followed by 1-4 Southern Green and winless Duncan Real Estate.

The Division II standings are tight: Beach Bums is on top with a 3-1 record followed by 2-3 Manatee Cancer Center and Beach Bistro, all tied for second, or last, depending on your perspective.

Walter & Associates is on top of the Premier Division standings with a 4-1 record, while 3-2 Heritage Paper Company is a game back. Eat Here and The Feast are tied at 1-3.

Heritage Paper improved to 3-2 with a 42-26 thumping of previously unbeaten Walter & Associates May 4 in the Premier Division game of the week. Burke Hill led Heritage Paper with 12 points, while Tony Sperduto added 10 points and Chris Lehman finished with 8 points in the victory.

Phil Rottes’ 7 points and 6 points from Neil Carper paced Walter & Associates, which also received 5 points from Seth Walter in the loss.

Sand Dollar improved to 2-2 on the season on a win over Duncan Real Estate 37-32 behind 18 points and 19 rebounds from Corey Jacques in the Division I game of the week April 29. Joey Stewart added 15 points for Sand Dollar in the victory.

Leo Rose scored 17 points and Leo Tilelli added 7 points, 16 rebounds and four assists to lead Duncan Real Estate.

Beach Bums stayed on top of the Division II standings, thanks to an 18-16 victory over Manatee Cancer Center May 2. Daniel Sentman led the way with 14 points and 11 rebounds, while Ava Zink finished with 4 points in the victory.

David Daigle’s 12 points and 6 points from Sean Rodriguez led the Manatee Cancer Center scoring effort in the loss.


Key Royale golf news

Another busy week of golf at Key Royale Club closed out with a coed scramble May 3. The team of Maryanne Kaemmerlen, Ron Robinson, Jim Dunne and Bob Dickenson managed a 12-under-par 20 to lap the field.

The men played a team scramble May 2. The team of Terry Schaefer, Ken Rickett, Tommy McDonnell and Randy Clark matched the 4-under-par 28 carded by the team of Jerry Dahl, Jim Kirk and David VandeVrede to tie for first place.

The game of the day May 1 was a best-ball-of-foursome match. The team of Art Hibbs, Al Kaiser, Wade Ladue and Paul Proxy combined to card a 16-under-par 48 to earn a one-shot victory. The team of Jim Thorton, Bob Elliott, Carl Voyles and Gary Harris took second place with a 49.

The women took over the links for an individual-low-net-in-flight match April 30. Tootie Wagner and Pam Alvord both carded 2-under-par 30s to finish in a tie for first place in Flight A. One shot back and tied for second were Marlyn Thorton and Sue Hookem.

Joyce Brown negotiated the Key Royale track at 3-under-par for a two-shot margin over fellow Flight B competitors Penny Williams, Fran Barford, Kris Landkammer and Maxine Mitchell.

Kathy Porter’s 2-under-par 30 was good enough for first place in Flight C. Two shots back and alone in second place was Barb Renk.

Connie Livanos carded a 3-under-par 29 to grab first place in Flight D by one shot over second-place finisher Shirley Cessna. Markie Ksiazak was another shot back in third place.

April 29 saw the men take the course for two rounds. The morning was a nine-hole, best-ball-of-partners match. Bill Martin and George Barford combined on an 8-under-par 24 to earn a one-shot victory over Ernie Hauser and Vince Fanton.

The afternoon match was a modified-Stableford game. Craig Humphrey’s plus-5 gave him first place in the individual competition by one shot over Tom Nelson and Terry Schaefer, who both finished at plus-4.

The team of Dick Mills, Schaefer, Dick Grimme and Mike gillie matched the plus-7 carded by Merritt Fineout, Mike Selby, Hoyt Miller and Paul Proxy to finish in a tie for first place.


AMICC Youth Basketball League schedule

Date Time       Opponents

Division II (ages 8-10)

May 8      6 p.m.      Beach Bums vs. Manatee Cancer Center

May 11    1 p.m.      Bistro vs. Beach Bums


Division I (ages 11-13)

May 10    6 p.m.      Sand Dollar Green vs. Ross Built

May 11    2 p.m.      Southern Green vs. Duncan Real Estate

May 11    3 p.m.      Sand Dollar vs. Walter  & Assoc.

May 13    6 p.m.      Walter  & Assoc. vs. Duncan Real Estate

May 13    7 p.m.      Ross Built vs. Southern Green


Premier (ages 14-17)

May 10    7 p.m.      The Feast vs. Walter  & Assoc.

May 10    8 p.m.      Walter  & Assoc. vs. Heritage Paper

May 11    11 a.m.    The Feast vs. Walter  & Assoc.

May 11    12 p.m.    Eat Here vs. Heritage Paper

May 13    8 p.m.      Heritage Paper vs. The Feast

May 14    6 p.m.      Walter  & Assoc. vs. Eat Here


AMICC Youth Baseball League schedule

T-Ball (ages 5-7)

May 10    6 p.m.      Miller Electric vs. Air & Energy

May 13    6 p.m.      Miller Electric vs. Air & Energy


Coach Pitch (ages 8-11)

May 10    7:15 p.m. Beach to Bay vs. Paradise Bagels

May 13    7:15 p.m. Beach to Bay vs. Paradise Bagels

Obituaries – 05-08-2013

Capt. Julian Manuel Fernandez

Capt. Julian Manuel Fernandez, of Anna Maria and formerly of Miami and Tampa, died April 26. He was born Oct. 31, 1922, in Arvada, Colo., and grew up in Tampa, the son of the late Jose and Nicolasa Fernandez.

Capt. Fernandez loved Anna Maria, where he had been visiting since an infant with his family. He reminisced about crossing to the island by ferry. The family initially came with a tent before vacation homes were built. When he married, he brought his bride to honeymoon in Anna Maria.

He retired from a 50-year career as a merchant seaman in 1992 to fulfill his dream of returning to the island as a fulltime resident.

He graduated in 1940 from Hillsborough High School in Tampa and then went to U.S. Maritime Service Officer Candidate School in New London, Conn.

During WWII, he saw duty in both the Atlantic and Pacific theaters. He served in all deck capacities in the U.S. Merchant Marine and survived having two of his ships torpedoed.

He graduated as ensign with a third mate unlimited ocean license in 1944. He attended various schools to prepare for U.S. Coast Guard examinations to upgrade his license to second mate, chief mate and master, all oceans unlimited. In 1945, at age 22, he became the youngest captain for Waterman Steamship Corp. of Mobile, Ala.

In 1954 he was appointed pilot for the Port of Miami, then known as the Miami Bar Pilots. Under his leadership, it became the Biscayne Bay Pilots. He served as chairman from 1960 until retirement in 1980, at which time, he held 10 master’s licenses with first class pilot endorsement from Miami.

In 1955, he was appointed by Gov. Leroy Collins to the local Florida Board of Pilot Commissioners and served until the state board was created by the Legislature. He was appointed by Gov. Reuben Askew as as president and served until 1980.

He then served as chief of cruise operations for the Port of Miami and International Marine Consultant, assisting in port creation in the Caribbean, West Indies and the Middle East. He chaired numerous conventions and seminars all over the world on piloting and port related matters. He consulted with Disney Corp. in the creation of its cruise line. He also opened the South American market for an international company that built gantry cranes, which brought new industry and and economic boosts to smaller ports.

He also was a member of the Society of Naval Architects and Engineers; The Propeller Club, Port of Miami; president of OpSail Miami; director of the Dade Marine Institute; vice president, Marine Council; member American Pilots Association; president and chairman of the Florida Maritime Museum, Council of American Master Mariners; and served on the board of directors of Seaman’s International Park, Miami.

He was a member of the Rotary Club of Miami and, as a Mason, a 69-year member of the Universal Lodge #178, F.& A.M, Tampa. He was 32 Degree, Scottish Rite, Miami, and Mahi Shrine Temple (Ambassador Corps), Miami.

While he was a man of great accomplishments, his greatest legacy is his unfailing graciousness, generosity and loyalty. He was a patron of the arts, a raconteur and a true Renaissance man, wrote his sister, Maria Fernandez.

Services were May 3 in Tampa. Officers of the Universal Lodge #178, F&AM, Tampa, conducted the traditional farewell service.

His remains will be placed at the Neptune Society of Miami Memorial Reef off the coast of Florida.

Memorial donations may be made to the Shriners Hospital for Children, 12502 USF Pine Drive, Tampa FL 33612, or the charity of one’s choice.

Capt. Fernandez is survived by his wife of 53 years, Carolyn Davis; nieces and nephews Carroll, Julia and Jennifer Sloan; and his beloved pets, Bubba, Olivia and Sammy. He also leaves many friends and his caregivers, who became dear friends and companions.


Charles Robert “Bob” Graeber

Charles Robert “Bob” Graeber, 87, chief warrant officer, U.S. Army, retired, died April 24. He is a former resident of Anna Maria, having lived aboard his boat at Galati Marine for some 10 years.

He served honorably in the U.S. Army for 30 years, including during World War II and two tours in Vietnam. He was awarded the Bronze Star Medal, Air Medal and Meritorious Service Medal.

Visitation and services were May 1 in San Antonio, Texas. Interment was held with honors at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery. Condolences may be made online at www.sunsetfuneralhomesa.com

Mr. Graeber is survived by his son, Robert Douglas; daughter Charlene and husband Larry Green of Bradenton; granddaughter Dorothy Christine Rowan and her partner C.J. Dambria; grandson Robert David and wife Amber; great-grandchildren, Kaiya Rei, Jayce, Aaron Austin and Holly Alfrey.


Marion ‘Sam’ Bell

Marion “Sam” Bell, 75, died May 2 after a long battle with cancer. He was a native of Cortez, born Sept. 11, 1939, the youngest son of the late Manly and Floy Bell.

He was a descendant of some of the early settlers, the Taylor and Bell families, of Cortez,.

He was a 1957 graduate of Manatee County High School, and was a graduate from the charter class of both Manatee Junior College and the University of South Florida-Tampa. He was a Freemason, a 32nd Degree Scottish Rite Mason and a Shriner.

His passions were his family and the village of Cortez. His interests included classical music, reading, travel, volunteering at the Florida Maritime Museum and for other causes, and his many friends. He will be remembered by his sense of humor, his willingness to help others and his wit.

His career consisted of work at Honeywell Aerospace, where he was production coordinator for the inertial guidance platform for the Gemini two-man space program. He then began a career marketing consumer products, from paper to toiletries, for several companies. During the 14 years prior to his retirement, he helped introduce self-testing of blood glucose to the American market.

Services were private. Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory 26th Street Chapel was in charge of arrangements. Memorial donations may be made to Tidewell Hospice or Cortez Village Historical Society. Condolences may be made online at www.brownandsonsfuneral.com.

Mr. Bell is survived by his wife of almost 50 years, Kathleen Glidden; sons Kevin Bell of New Port Richey and Nathaniel J. of Tampa; grandsons Nathaniel G., Sebastian and Keaton C.; and brother Ronald T. and wife Rosa Lee of Greensboro, N.C.


Harvey F. Schwallie

Harvey F. Schwallie, of Wellsfleet, Mass., and Holmes Beach, died in March 2013. He was born Nov. 23, 1935, in Cincinnati.

Mr. Schwallie graduated from Marietta College in 1958. He started a career in sales at National Blank Book Company in Holyoke. From there, his sales career took him to the Grumbacher Company. The height of his career was spent with Mont Blanc Writing Instruments, where he served as North American sales manager. He retired in 1996 to his home on Cape Cod.

Services were in Massachusetts. Arrangements were by Ryder Funeral Home of South Hadley, Mass. Memorial donations may be made in care of Dr. Robert Mayer, GI Cancer Research Fund, Dana Farber Contribution Services, 10 Brookline Place West, Sixth Floor, Brookline MA 02445, or a charity of choice .

Mr. Schwallie is survived by his wife of 54 years, Barbara; children Mark, John, Tia Schabot and Cho-Ae; and grandchildren Dylan, Madelynne, Lucas, Emilia, Theodora, Elizabeth Schabot, Nicole Schabot, Christopher Riel and Lexie Spellman.


Thomas Lee Snell

Thomas Lee Snell, 77, of Seffner and formerly a 40-year resident of the city of Anna Maria, died April 19.

Mr. Snell was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corp. He was an accomplished horticulturist.

Arrangements were by Stowers Funeral Home, www.stowersfh.com.

Mr. Snell is survived by son Gary Grant and wife Debbie; daughters Lorelda and husband Mark McKinney, Sondra and husband Cameron Dakin and Cheryl Maddox; grandchildren Jason, Garrett, Grant, Ethan Dakin and Corynne McKinney; and great-grandson Owen Dakin.


Elizabeth ‘Liz’ Troutman

Elizabeth “Liz” Troutman, 84, longtime resident of Bradenton, died April 23 in San Ramon, Calif. She was born Dec. 5, 1928, in Maryland.

Mrs. Troutman graduated from the University of Maryland and taught high school English for 10 years before retiring to Florida.

Mrs. Troutman, or Liz as she was known, was active in community affairs in Sarasota and Bradenton for many years. She was a patron of the arts with a special love of opera, having served on the board of the Bradenton Opera Guild more than a decade. She was in charge of the guild’s Star Program, as well as editor of its Bel Canto newsletter.

She was made a lifetime honorary member of the Yale Club of Sarasota, serving many years as editor of its news journal, bluELInes. She was a longtime member of the Harvey Memorial Community Church in Bradenton Beach and was instrumental in the creation and installation of its stained-glass windows.

The family requests that memorial donations be made to Yale University or to the Sarasota Opera.

Mrs. Troutman is survived by sons David Jefferson of San Ramon, Calif., and Thomas Denson of Harpswell, Maine; and daughters Elizabeth Holmes of Marysville, Wash., and Karen Richards of Bradenton.

Real Estate – 05-08-2013

519 72nd St., Holmes Beach, a 1,818 sfla / 2,162 sfur 3bed/2bath/1car canalfront home built in 1971 on a 93×117 lot was sold 04/12/13, Jenkins to McCain for $515,000; list $549,000.

218 Gladiolus St., Anna Maria, a 1,096 sfla / 1,672 sfur 2bed/2bath pool home built in 1967 on a 75×100 lot was sold 04/12/13, Johnson to Jenne for $475,000; list $499,000.

726 Holly Rd., Anna Maria, a 1,140 sfla / 1,428 sfur 2bed/2bath home built in 1972 on a 50×105 lot was sold 04/05/13, Banman to Barker for $450,000.

612 Rose St., Anna Maria, a 1,100 sfla / 1,538 sfur 2bed/2bath home built n 1971 on a 50×100 lot was sold 04/08/13, Drew to Muller for $425,000.

7 Palm Harbor Dr., Holmes Beach, a 1,744 sfla / 1,865 sfur 3bed/2bath/2car  pool home built in 1993 on a 79×115 lot was sold 04/08/13, Harden to Seeley for $400,000; list $422,000.

115 Willow Ave., Anna Maria, a 2,140 sfla / 3,667 sfur 3bed/3bath pool home built in 1993 on a 55×100 lot was sold 04/10/13, Daley to Helbig for $399,900.

6250 Holmes Blvd., Unit 63, North Beach Village, Holmes Beach, a 1,224 sfla / 1,452 sfur 3bed/2½bath/1car condo with shared pool built in 1990 was sold 04/04/13, Bell to Luky Dux LLC for $300,000; list $300,000.

427 62nd St., Holmes Beach, a 688 sfla / 888 sfur 1bed/1bath half duplex built in 1966 on a 27×97 lot was sold 04/01/13, Collins to Pearse for $159,000; list $174,900.

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

Books R Fun

Sophia Belsito, grade 4, previews a book for sale at the Anna Maria Elementary School book fair held in the school media center, where new books were displayed for purchase. The May 1 event also featured science night in the auditorium, games for kids and art displays in the school hallways. Islander Photos: Bella Love

The Islander Classifieds: Wednesday, May. 8, 2013


COFFEE TABLE: HARDWOOD, beautiful, $90. 941-778-3920.

HOME AND OFFICE furniture, fine art prints and canvasses, rare tabletop wood sculptures, electric and fat-tire bicycles, Expandacraft pontoon kayak/paddleboard, Teardrop Microlite travel trailer, whirlygigs. 941-243-3765.

CASIO KEYBOARD CTK-551, 100 songbook, $100 with stand.  Needs new adapter. 941-518-4730.

BARRACUDA 63 POOL worm, $40, tennis rackets, Spalding and Prince, $20 each. Call 941-737-9173.

VANITY SINK: WHITE, round, 19-inch, great condition, sell $15, paid $70. 941-778-1264.

EXERCISE TRAMPOLINE: INDOOR, 39×7-inches, like new, $30. 941-792-0008, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.

TWO COLEMAN TWIN air mattresses, zip together, makes king. $20 each, car-top carrier, $50. 941-730-0444.

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

Bottom of Form

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

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

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


Individuals may place one free ad with up to three items, each priced $100 or less, 15 words or less. FREE, one week, must be submitted online. Email classifieds@islander.org, fax toll-free 1-866-362-9821. (limited time offer)


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

WANTED: WORKOUT DVDs and retired but working XBox, Wii units with games for Ministry of Presence summer camp in Haiti. Deliver to The Islander, 5404 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, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.

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

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

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


ROSER THRIFT SHOP: Open 9:30 a.m.- 2 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday, 9 a.m.-noon Saturday. Donations, 9-11 a.m. Wednesdays. 511 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. 941-779-2733.

STEFF’S STUFF ANTIQUES: Mother’s Day Festival! 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, May 12. Complimentary mimosas for all mothers and their guests! Music, artists, wine tasting, food, free parking/admission. The Centre Shops on Longboat Key. 5380 Gulf of Mexico Drive. 941-383-1901.

MOVING SALE: 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, May 11. Entertainment center, leather sofa, desk and more. 11 Palm Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach.

YARD/PLANT SALE: 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, May 11. Everything priced to sell, benefits Annie Silver Community Center. 2414 Ave. A, Bradenton Beach.


LOST PRESCRIPTION SUNGLASSES at Hurricane Hank’s April 18. Please, call 508-308-8547. 

FOUND: PRESCRIPTION SUNGLASSES. Found around 66th Street, Holmes Beach. Claim at The Islander newspaper, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.

CAR KEY FOUND on Pine Avenue, Anna Maria, with automatic door opener button. 941-779-9320.


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

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


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

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

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


PART OR FULL-time customer service rep for real estate office. Experience with Microsoft Word, Internet, marketing, social media. Call AMI Beaches Real Estate, 941-799-9096.

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

HEALTH CARE                                                            

CAREGIVER FOR ELDERLY: Light duties around home, appointments, hygiene care, experience in all phases. References, 30 years experience. Call between 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. 941-545-7114.

NURSE SPECIALIZING IN diabetes and dementia available for private care. Sixth generation from this area. 941-504-4000.


TOASTED COMPUTER SERVICES. Your home and business specialist. On-site service, virus/spyware, cleanup, system setup, upgrades, diagnosis and repair, internet/wireless networking, custom system design. 941-224-1069.

I DON’T CUT corners, I clean corners. Professional, friendly cleaning  service since 1999. 941-779-6638. Leave message.

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

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

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

ALL AROUND PAINTING: Quality work. Free estimates. Licensed, insured. Call native islander Jim Weaver, 813-727-1959.

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

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

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

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

PROFESSIONAL CLEANER FOR hire: Reliable, trustworthy and honest with reasonable non-hourly rate. 813-295-5000 please, leave message.

JUST THAT CLEANING service: We will clean your home like our own. We offer organic cleaning products. Free estimate. Call Jenise, 941-730-6773.

LEWIS MOBILE CAR wash: Detail inside, outside, vacuuming, shampoo, polish. I go to you. 941-465-6963.

PC REPAIR: WIRELESS/wired network set up, data transfer, hardware/software installation. Henry Lewis, 941-704-2658.

SUN MAINTENANCE & Service: Lawn service, landscaping, pool care, irrigation, cleanup, mulching, trimming, free snow removal and more. Two free months of pool care or fertilizing with monthly lawn services. 941-779-8389.

JUNIOR’S FUN FAST face painting and balloon twisting. 941-545-2832. On Facebook: www.facebook.com/juniorsmakeupandfacepaint

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

BUSINESS-TO-BUSINESS JD’s Window Cleaning looking for storefront jobs in Holmes Beach. I make dirty windows sparkling clean. 941-920-3840.

ISLAND MERMAIDS CLEANING and Co.: 38-year Islanders. Rentals our specialty. 941-778-3046.

BEACH SERVICE air conditioning, heat, refrigeration. Commercial and residential service, repair and/or replacement. Serving Manatee County and the Island since 1987. For dependable, honest and personalized service, call William Eller, 941-795-7411. CAC184228.

ANYONE CAN TAKE a picture. A professional creates a portrait. I want to be at your wedding! www.jackelka.com. 941-778-2711.

RELAXING MASSAGE IN the convenience of your home or hotel. Massage by Nadia, more than 19 years on Anna Maria Island. Call today for an appointment, 941-518-8301. MA#0017550.MA#0017550.


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

ISLAND LAWN SPRINKLERS repairs and installations, watering the island for 15 years. Jeff, 941-778-2581.

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


STRAIGHT SHOT LANDSCAPE. Specializing in old Florida seashell driveways and scapes. Free estimates. Call Shark Mark, 941-301-6067.

SHELL DELIVERED AND spread. $50/yard. Hauling all kinds of gravel, mulch, top soil with free estimates. Call Larry at 941-795-7775, “shell phone” 941-720-0770.

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

OFFICE: RETAIL PROFESSIONAL space. 8811 Cortez Road, near Dive Adventures. 500 sf. next to Jose’s Real Cuban Food, 8799 Cortez Road, Bradenton. Call 1-800-952-1206.

ANNUAL RENTAL PERICO Island:  2BR/2BA condo 1,250 sf, new tile throughout, office/den, pool access, exercise room, carport, and small storage. $1,100/month, small pet OK. First, last. security. Water and cable included. Gulf-Bay Realty, 941-778-7244.

2BR WATERFRONT TOWNHOUSE with boat slip. Palma Sola Bay. Pool, patio, cable, washer and dryer. No pets. Six months plus. $950/month, furnished, $1,050/month, unfurnished. Call 941-720-7519.

ANNUAL RENTAL: NORTHWEST Bradenton: 3BR/2BA private home with a heated pool and fenced backyard. Tile and carpet, granite counter tops, two-car garage, covered patio, lake views, washer/dryer hookups. Lawn care and pool care provided. Small dog considered. Close to Robinson Preserve. $1,700/month. First, last, security. Gulf-Bay Realty, 941-778-7244.

PERICO ISLAND MONTHLY vacation rental: 3BR/3BA private pool, community facilities. 941-795-3778. www.pericoholidayvilla.co.uk

2BR/2BA HOLMES BEACH waterfront condo: Fully furnished with views, pools, Jacuzzi, tennis, boat dock. Seasonal, November. Call 818-620-0901.

CLIMATE-CONTROLLED AND non-climate units available starting at $65/month. For additional information, call Anna Maria Storage, 941-779-0820.

ANNUAL RENTAL: 2BR/1BA, two blocks to beach, half block to bay. Cathedral ceilings and tile throughout. Cable, water, trash included. $975/month. 941-730-6349.

SPEND SUMMER ON Anna Maria Island: 2BR/2BA, furnished, pool. June 1 through Labor Day. Cell: 847-769-6175.

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


DIRECT GULFFRONT CONDO: Bradenton Beach 2BR/1BA Beautifully updated, fabulous views. $395,000, by owner. 941-779-0101.

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

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.

BEACH HOUSE: HOLMES Beach. Block home, 2BR/2BA, one-car garage with wood-burning fireplace. Zoned for weekly rentals. $465,000. Smith & Associates Real Estate, contact Realtor Bonnie Martinez, 727-512-6355, to schedule your appointment.

FLAMINGO CAY IN Waterbird Way. On canal with boat and lift. One level, 2BR/2BA, pool access, remodeled, furnished. $210,000. 573-216-0572.

CASH BUYER: COUPLE from Germany is looking for 3-4BR house with pool on the canal. Please call our agent, Helmer at 941-592-8853.