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Tourism report glows with rise of visitors, spending

Just about every Anna Maria Island resident could have told Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau director Elliott Falcione that tourism to the island was up in 2012.

“We live here and we knew this past winter season was one of the busiest ever, probably the best ever,” said Anna Maria Mayor SueLynn.

Falcione, however, made it official May 8 at the annual BACVB year-in-review luncheon at the Bradenton Area Convention Center.

In a glowing report about tourism in 2012, Falcione reported 2,975,500 visitors came to the Bradenton area that year, an increase of 4 percent from 2011.

Falcione reported direct expenditures by visitors in 2012 hit $534,977,000, a gain of 10.5 percent from 2011.

Breaking down the data, Falcione said expenditures by visitors at commercial lodging locations were $364.5 million, up 12.5 percent from 2011.

Falcione said the total economic impact of tourism to the county was $844.9 million, a climb of 10.5 percent from 2011.

The unseen economic impact, he added, is that “every dollar spent by the county (promoting tourism) generates $202.50 in direct visitor spending,” Falcione said.

Falcione and BACVB assistant director Deb Meihls attributed the growth to increased international visitors, the introduction of a new destination brand, continued growth in sports marketing and diversification of the marketplace and enhanced partner relationships.

“We’re very pleased with our numbers from 2012 and the growth we saw in tourism,” said Meihls.

“Now, we’re looking forward to what’s coming for the Bradenton, Anna Maria Island and Longboat Key area this year and next. We’ll be able to further showcase world-class sports opportunities, shining an entirely new light on our area and reaching out to an even larger audience,” Meihls said in her presentation.

And 2013 tourism is on pace to better the numbers of 2012, Falcione observed. Tourism to the area through the first three months of the year already is up 7.5 percent from the same period in 2012.

Obituaries – 05-15-2013

Charlotte P. Dann

Charlotte P. Dann, 93, of Madison, Conn., and formerly of Holmes Beach and Poultney, Vt., died May 1 in Connecticut. She was born Dec. 23, 1919, in Fallsburg, N.Y., daughter of the late Emery and Edith Holmes Patmor.

She was first in her family to attend college, graduating in 1940 from Syracuse University. She met her husband, Everett, while teaching math in Sandy Creek, N.Y. Together they moved to New City, N.Y., where they raised five children and Charlotte worked until retirement in 1979 as a vice president and branch manager for Nanuet National Bank.

Mrs. Dann enjoyed winters in Florida and summers in Vermont. She loved travel, gardening, playing piano and organ, quilting, reading and baking. She used her talents for many volunteer activities, including work at the thrift shop at Roser Memorial Community Church in Anna Maria. She sewed layettes for migrant workers.

A memorial service will be held June 7at the North Madison Congregational Church in Madison, Conn. Memorial donations may be made to Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, P.O. Box 27106, New York NY 10087-7106 or Florida Sheriff’s Youth Ranches, P.O. Box 2000, Boys Ranch FL 32064. Online condolences may be made at www.swanfuneralhomemadison.com.

Mrs. Dann is survived by her children and their spouses, Joyce and Larry Gibson, Ron and Candy, Roger and Kathy, Chris and Neal Scott; grandchildren Ben Mattson, Becky Hewitt, Christopher and Jessica, Nicole and Heidi Scott; and three great-grandchildren.


Nicholas ‘Nick’ Messina

Nicholas “Nick” Messina, 77, of Bradenton Beach, died May 10.

Mr. Messina was a 40-year member of St. Bernard Catholic Church in Holmes Beach. He was an avid pool player and fisherman.

A memorial Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Thursday. May 16, at St. Bernard, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach.

Mr. Messina is survived by his wife of 59 years, Janie;

children Mark and wife Sue, Michele and husband Dave Steger, and Chris and husband Rick Ponto; grandchildren Garrett Steger, Shauna Steger, Jordan Ponto and Kyle; great-grandchildren Bryce, Landen and Kaylie; brother Anthony and wife Lucille; and sister Adelaide Cale.

Real Estate – 05-15-2013

2700 Gulf Dr., N., Unit 105, Ocean Park Terrace, Holmes Beach, a 1,092 sfla / 1,204 sfur 2bed/2bath condo with shared pool built in 1982 was sold, 04/18/13, Weingartner to Childress for $565,000; list $599,000.

644 Key Royale Dr., Holmes Beach, a 2,130 sfla / 2,692 sfur 2bed/2bath/2car canalfront pool home built in 1969 on a 78×128 lot was sold 04/12/13, Muncy to Tides Changing Inc $475,000; list $499,900.

209 77th St., Holmes Beach, a 1,302 sfla / 1,746 sfur 2bed/1½bath/1car home built in 1951 on a 75×101 lot was sold 04/26/13, Talbert Stoufer for $450,000; list $500,000.

212 Willow Ave., Anna Maria, a 1,968 sfla / 2,894 sfur 4bed/2bath home built in 1981 on a 80×98 lot was sold 04/16/13, Hines to Byrd for $372,000.

6400 Flotilla Dr., Unit 78, Westbay Point and Moorings, Holmes Beach, a 985 sfla / 1,377 sfur 2bed/2bath condo with shared pool built in 1978 was sold 04/09/13, Zoller to Kihm for $347,250; list $354,900.

6500 Flotilla Dr., Unit 106, Westbay Point and Moorings, Holmes Beach, a 985 sfla / 1,377 sfur 2bed/2bath condo with shared pool built in 1978 was sold 04/15/13, Schluederberg to Lesko for $340,000.

304 29th St., Holmes Beach, a 1,464 sfla 4bed/4bath duplex built in 1970 on a 50×105 lot was sold 04/10/13, Crusciel to Morgan for $302,000; list $319,000.

304 57th St., Unit B, Holmes Beach, a 864 sfla 2bed/1bath half duplex built in 1968 on a 45×112 lot was sold 04/12/13, Diapaola to Kenny for $235,000; list $245,900.

3402 6th Ave., Unit 2, Fountainhead, Holmes Beach, a 900 sfla / 1,124 sfur 2bed/2bath condo with shared pool built in 1982 was sold 04/09/13, Adler to Maretsky for $235,000; list $249,000.

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

Calendar – 05-15-2013

Wednesday, May 15

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


Thursday, May 16

10:15 a.m. — Friends of the Island Library book club meets to discuss “The Irresistible Henry House” by Lisa Grunwald, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.

6 p.m., 7:30 p.m. — Sea to Shore Alliance benefit dinners, Blue Marlin, 121 Bridge St., Bradenton Beach. Fee applies. Information: 727-954-3390.


Friday, May 17

9 a.m.-noon — St. Bernard Catholic Church Council of Catholic Women rummage sale, church activity center, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-4769.

5:30-7:30 p.m. — “PhotoNutt” artist’s reception with artist Christian Ulanch, Artspace, 101 South Bay Blvd., Anna Maria. Information: 941- 243-3835.


Saturday, May 18

Today is Armed Forces Day.

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.

9 a.m.-noon — St. Bernard Catholic Church Council of Catholic Women rummage sale, church activity center, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-4769.

10 a.m.-2 p.m. — Snooks Adams Kids Day, presented by the Anna Maria Island Privateers, Bayfront Park, Anna Maria. Information: 941-748-9328.

1-7 p.m. — Benefit for Bradenton Beach Police Officer Eric Hill, Drift In, 120 Bridge St., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-778-9088.

6 p.m. — An Island Affaire gala benefiting the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-1908.


Sunday, May 19

8:15 p.m. — Official sunset time.


Monday, May 20

Noon — Anna Maria Island Democratic Club meeting, Beach House Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Fee applies. Information: 941-779-0564.

8:15 p.m. — Official sunset time.


Tuesday, May 21

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


Wednesday, May 22

8:17 p.m. — Official sunset time.



        Friday, May 17

6 p.m. — Outer space flick, “Invasion of the Body Snatchers,” South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton. Fee applies. Information: 941-746-4131.

10 a.m.-5 p.m. — Free admission, Ringling Museum of Art, 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota, part of International Museum Day. Information: 941-359-5700.



• Through May 19, the Island Players present “37 Postcards,” Tuesday-Sunday, 10009 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-5755.

• 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 networking meeting. 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.

• Most Fridays, Senior Adventures, low-cost field trips from Annie Silver Community Center, 103 23rd St. N., Bradenton Beach. 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

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

• June 1-2, Islandwide Blood Drive, St. Bernard Catholic Church, Holmes Beach.

• June 7, last day of the 2012-13 school year for Manatee County public school students.

• June 14, Flag Day.

• June 16, Father’s Day.


Save the date

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

• Sept. 2 is Labor Day.


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.

Fishing – 05-15-2013

All fishing, all the time — plus tarpon show in Tampa Bay


Fishing around our little island is really getting serious. Trying to figure out what to target can be the hardest part of your day on the water? Take your pick.

With water temps falling into a normal pattern of mid- to upper-70s and calm winds, fishing conditions are about as good as they get. There’s even been a light, cool breeze lately. Enjoy that while it lasts.

On the flats of Anna Maria Sound and the surrounding waters, expect to find redfish, spotted seatrout and catch-and-release snook staging up to blast that shiner you just cast into a pothole.

For the reds, check around oyster bars or rising tides. As the tide gets higher, these fish will be on the bar looking for crabs and small bait fish.

For good action on catch-and-release snook, try fishing in and around the passes. Live shiners will get you hooked up with a linesider.

And for spotted seatrout, shallow grass flats at sun up offer a great opportunity to catch a gator trout on a topwater plug.

On nearshore structure, migratory species like Spanish and king mackerel are patrolling bait schools. Along with kings and macks, expect to hook into bonito, blue runners and big jack crevalle. Multiple species of shark are cruising nearshore structure, offering some exciting action. Bull, blacktip, spinner and lemon sharks are following the mackerel schools in search of a bite to eat. You may even have sharks eating the fish on your hook while you’re reeling them.

Finally, expect to see tarpon numbers rise in the weeks to come. Small numbers of fish are being sighted, although the masses have not yet arrived. Now is a good time to get out your tarpon gear and make sure its in working order.

Kudos to Capt. Warren Girle for producing the first-of-the-season tarpon photo this week.

Capt. Warren Girle is working both near and offshore, finding sizzling action on kingfish, Spanish mackerel, jack crevalle, bonito and shark. For everything but the sharks, Girle is using live shiners or threadfin herring free-lined behind the boat. Sharks are hitting the shiners and threadies, but to catch a big fish, Girle casts out a fresh-cut chunk of mackerel or bonito. Expect to encounter blacktip, spinner, lemon and bull sharks.

Also on nearshore structure, Girle is sighting and hooking into the occasional cobia. For these brown bombers, Girle likes to pitch either a live shiner or pinfish right in front of the fish’s nose. After that, it’s usually game on. Or fish on. Fish up to 38 inches are being caught.

In the backcountry of Sarasota Bay, Girle is finding redfish, trout and catch-and-release snook very accommodating. Girle is sight-casting with good results. The rest are in sandy potholes on the flats. When fishing the holes, Girle is anchoring and chumming to get the fish in that happy place. Then he casts live shiners into the mix for a hookup.

Dave Sork at the Anna Maria City Pier says he’s seeing good action on migratory fish, such as Spanish mackerel, ladyfish, blue runners and jack crevalle. Pier fishers using live shiners or threadfin herring are catching decent numbers in the early morning, when silver spoons, white jigs or Gotcha plugs can produce a fairly consistent bite.

Sork also notes that numerous sharks are being caught during the evenings and overnight at the pier. Pier fishers using cut-bait, such as Spanish mackerel, jack crevalle or mullet, are catching sharks in the 3- to 7-foot range. Expect to encounter bonnethead, blacktip, lemon and sand sharks.

Bob Kilb at the Rod & Reel Pier is seeing a variety of species caught daily. Bait fish are just beginning to show up, the migratory species such as Spanish mackerel, blue runners, jack crevalle, ladyfish and shark, are cashing in. All of these fish have sharp teeth, so plan accordingly for your rigging.

For all but the sharks, a 30-pound fluorocarbon leader will suffice. The alternative is a small wire leader, although these fish can see the leader and tend not to bite. The best scenario is to stock up on small white jigs or silver spoons and expect to lose a few when these predators are really biting.

If you’re rigging for shark, a 3-foot section of 120-pound hardwire tied to about 5 feet of 60- or 80-pound mono will do the trick. Combine that with a 6/0 quality circle hook and you’re in business.

Pompano also are making a showing at the R&R. Pompano jigs such as cannonball heads and Doc’s Goofy jigs are being gobbled up by pomps up to 20 inches in length. Live sand fleas on the hook are a good option to catch a tasty dinner.

Johnny Mattay at Island Discount Tackle agrees, there’s good action occurring at both fishing piers on the north end. He’s working the pier and finding good numbers of catch-and-release snook on live shiners or pinfish. Slot-size snook and bigger are hooking up in the evening hours during outgoing tides.

Mattay also is having good results on Spanish mackerel, bluefish and big barracuda. For the macks and blues, he’s using whitebait or small white jigs. For the ’cuda, he’s using macks and blues. Last, but not least, Mattay is fishing pompano jigs from the piers with success on both pompano and permit.

On the beaches, Mattay suggests fishing for shark, while blacktip, lemon and bonnethead and bull sharks are prowling the shallows in search of a tasty morsel. For bait, Mattay likes fresh-cut bonito, mackerel or mullet.

Capt. Rick Gross of Fishy Business Charters is fishing the backcountry of southern Tampa Bay with good results. The main trio of redfish, spotted seatrout and catch-and-release snook are responding to free-lined white bait with a purpose. Explosive strikes and drag-screaming action are occurring in water depths of 2-3 feet.         Gross is fishing sandy potholes or grass flats next to mangrove edges to find his prey. Top size for the catch-and-release snook this past week was 34 inches with a lot of slot-size fish hooked up, too. For the reds, 33 inches is the “bull” of the week.

On deeper grass beds, Gross is fishing action on Spanish mackerel, big bluefish and flounder. White bait is the bait of choice here. Gross likes to chum up the macks first and then cast a free-lined bait into the mix. Expect to catch mackerel in the 24-inch range.

        Send fishing reports to fish@islander.org.

Island police blotter – 05-15-2013

Anna Maria

• April 27, 100 block of Palm Avenue, petit theft. A Manatee County sheriff’s deputy was on routine beach patrol when he was flagged down by a woman. The complainant reported a beach chair was stolen. She said the chair had little value.

• May 7, 500 block of Spring Avenue, domestic disturbance. Neighbors reported hearing a man and woman engaged in a verbal argument. Upon arrival, law enforcement determined no physical violence occurred and issued domestic packets.

Anna Maria is policed by the MCSO.

Bradenton Beach

• May 6, 2300 block of Avenue B, breach of peace. A 30-year-old Longboat Key man and a 25-year-old Bradenton man were arrested on a misdemeanor breach of peace charge. A complainant awoke to the sounds of people yelling and breaking glass. Police arrived to find one of the men sitting in a vehicle. He denied any knowledge of a disturbance, but the second man inside the residence admitted they were arguing. Police warned the men a second incident would lead to an arrest. The officer parked down the street and within 10 minutes, he heard arguing and slamming doors. The officer returned and arrested both men.

• May 6, 2500 block of Gulf Drive North, domestic battery. Two cousins attended a wedding together, at which time one of the females became intoxicated and began arguing with her cousin and other family members. At one point, the suspect pushed and hit some of the family members, who did not want to press charges.

Bradenton Beach is policed by the BBPD.


• April 16, 4539 124th St. W., A.P. Bell Fish House, trespass warning. A man was notified by the business owner that he was not to return to the property in front of an MCSO deputy, who then issued a trespass warning.

Cortez is policed by the MCSO

Holmes Beach

• April 20, 4600 block of Gulf Drive, DUI. A 52-year-old Holmes Beach woman was arrested for driving under the influence after police found her vehicle stopped on Gulf Drive, still running and her slumped over the wheel. Police made contact with the driver, Cathy Benjamin. A police officer observed a strong smell of alcohol and attempted to administer a field sobriety test. According to the report, Benjamin refused, saying she would fail it anyway.

She was taken to the Holmes Beach Police Department and after 20 minutes of observation, a Breathalyzer test was administered, which she failed. According to the report, Benjamin continuously asked the officer what she could do to “make this go away,” at one point saying she could “take care of you and keep it between us.”

She was arrested and booked into the Manatee County jail and held on $500 bond. According to jail records, she posted bond May 4 and was released. Arraignment information was not available as of press time.

• May 4, 400 block of 62nd Street, trespass after warning. A woman called to say a man was on her property who had been issued a trespass warning April 2. Police arrived to find the man inside the residence and took him into custody without incident.

• April 20, 8000 block of Marina Drive, disturbance. Police responded to a call from a mother, who wanted her adult son removed from the home. She told police her son could not find work and refused to help around the house. She was told she would need to begin an eviction process, but advised the two separate for the night. The son agreed to leave for the night.

• April 20, 3900 E. Bay Drive, Publix, vehicle burglary. A woman reported that while inside the grocery store, someone entered her vehicle and went through her purse. The purse was left in the backseat. She said her wallet and other items were taken. She was unsure if the doors were locked, but reported two females were sitting in a van next to her vehicle when she went inside.

• April 21, 200 block of 82nd Street, domestic. Police responded to a disturbance. When an officer knocked on the door, he heard a juvenile male say, “Great, the cops are here.” He knocked again and several minutes later a juvenile female opened the door. The officer observed red marks on her neck and separated the two for interviews. The female said her boyfriend was arguing with her because she won’t stand up to her sister. She said the marks were self-inflicted because she was rubbing her neck during the argument. The male became agitated, according to the report. The parents of the two juveniles were contacted. The male’s father arrived to pick up his son, at which time the juvenile reportedly shouted obscenities at his father as they were leaving. The girl’s mother arrived to take custody of her daughter.

• April 22, 6200 block of Flotilla Drive, burglary. A man reported he left his boat on a lift at his dock. When he returned, he noticed a deep-cycle battery and a center console bench had been stolen. The items were valued at $880.

• April 24, 600 Manatee Ave., Westbay Point Moorings, theft. A complainant reported seeing his bicycle under the stairs of his unit when he arrived home the previous evening. When he left the next morning, the bike was missing. It was valued at $50.

• April 25, 500 block of Bayview Drive, burglary. A complainant reported two pieces of jewelry valued at $6,000 were missing from his home. He told police that he recently had house guests, and that he often leaves the residence unlocked so his guests can come and go.

• April 26, 800 Manatee Ave. W., Kingfish Boat Ramp, public intoxication. Police responded to a call of two intoxicated men trying to get their boat out of the water. Upon making contact, the officer could smell alcohol. The men were advised to find rides home and they complied.

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.

Sports – 05-15-2013

Youth basketball takes shape, soccer tryouts announced


Youngsters are playing basketball in age divisions at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, and  the teams to beat are rising to the top in the standings. Though there are no unbeaten teams, favorites are becoming apparent.

The 8-10 Division has pretty good parity, but Beach Bums appears favored to go all the way. It currently sits at 4-2, a game ahead of 3-3 Beach Bistro and two games in front of 2-4 Manatee Cancer Center.

The Premier Division appears to be a two-horse race between Walter & Associates at 6-1 record, one game better than Heritage Paper Company at 5-2. The Feast at 2-5 and 1-6 Eat Here follow in the standings.

The 11-13 Division has Walter & Associates and Ross Built tied with 6-1 records. Ross Built defeated Walter &  Associates 42-28 on April 26, while Walter & Associates returned the favor on May 6, earning a 46-34 victory.

Walter & Associates was in action May 11 against third-ranked Sand Dollar, which came into the game with a 3-3 record. Both teams got off to slow starts offensively with Walter & Associates grabbing an early 8-6 lead, but Joey Stewart got hot in the second quarter, scoring 10 points to give Sand Dollar a 22-20 lead at the half.

Walter & Associates, which outrebounded Sand Dollar 49-23 for the game, started capitalizing on its size advantage to take a 37-34 lead after three quarters. JP Russo scored 10 points in the quarter, while Dayton Modderman added 5 points to the 17-12 run.

Walter & Associates closed the game out with a 14-5 fourth quarter to win the game by a comfortable 51-39 margin.

Russo led all scorers with 26 points, including 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Modderman added 15 points and 22 rebounds, while Jack Heckler finished with 6 points and 16 rebounds in the victory.

Joey Stewart led Sand Dollar with 21 points and 5 rebounds, while Corey Jacques added 10 points and 11 rebounds in the loss.

The 8-10 division game of the week saw Beach Bistro edge Beach Bums on May 11. David Daigle paced Beach Bistro with 8 points, 6 rebounds and 1 assist. Abby Clark and Sean Rodriguez each added 6 points in the victory.

Daniel Sentman scored 8 points and grabbed 6 rebounds to lead Beach Bums, which also received 6 points from Ava Zink in the loss.

Walter & Associates edged The Feast 40-39 in the Premier League game of the week May 11. W&A rode a balanced attack that saw six-out-of-seven players score, and was led by 9 points from Seth Walter and 8 points each from Neil Carper and Phil Rottes. Eric Crawford added 7 points and eight rebounds, while Jack Walter added 6 points and 12 rebounds in the victory.

Ryan Gilman’s 14 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists paced The Feast, which also received 12 points from Alex Gilman and 10 points and 11 rebounds from Chris Johnson in the loss.


Locals fair well in Island Run

The 11th annual Island Run, which benefits the Children’s Academy of Southwest Florida, attracted 194 runners to the May 4 starting line. The 5K course that wound through the Anna Maria City streets, tested runners with higher than expected temperatures and the incline of the Crescent Drive bridge at the 2.5 mile mark.

Michael Lamb, 23, of Bradenton, was the overall winner with a time of 16:40, while Anna Neal took first overall among females with a time of 21:30.

Longtime Galati Yacht Sales employee Mickey Hooke set another state masters record with a time of 17:47. Other notable finishers include Islanders Sandy Meneley, who won the grandmasters division with a time of 23:20, and Erma McMullen, who took the Veteran Grandmasters division with a time of 32:54.

Other winners include Jane Asha Gauge, masters 22:45; Rich Mann, grandmasters 20:11; John Batts, senior grandmasters 21:23, Lollette Knox 29:18; and Jim Hicks, veteran grandmasters 25:42.

Adult basketball continues

The adult-coed basketball league at the Anna Maria Island Community Center is about midway through its season, but the race for the top seed remains fairly tight. The Sun is on top at 4-1, closely followed by 3-2 Bowes Imaging Center and Island Real Estate. Duncan Real Estate and Southern Greens follow at 2-3, while Gator Man Pools is languishing at the bottom of the standings at 1-4.

Gator Man Pools earned its first victory of the season, defeating Southern Greens 55-53 May 7. Aaron Dudukes led Gator Man with 23 points, 10 rebounds and three assists, while Matt Dwyer added 18 points, 5 rebounds and two assists. Joe Combs and Richard Fosmore rounded out the Gator Man scoring with 6 points each in the victory.

Jordan Demers scored 16 points and grabbed 9 rebounds to lead Southern Greens, which also received 11 points and four assists from Jonathan Moss and Scott Eason. Ryan Moss added 10 points and six rebounds in the loss.

In other action May 7, Bowes Imaging Cener got rolled 75-35 by the Sun and Island Real Estate edged Duncan Real Estate 54-48.


MAYSO announces soccer tryouts

The Manatee Area Youth Soccer Organization has announced tryouts for Manatee Magic, its competitive soccer program.

The cost to play the Magic season, September-March, is $400 and includes home and away uniforms and a backpack.

Tryouts will be held at G.T. Bray Park in Bradenton 6-7:30 p.m. May 28-June 5 for age groups as follow:

• U9-10 Boys: May 28, June 3.

• U9-10 Girls: May 28, June 3.

• U11-12 Boys: May 29, June 4.

• U11-12 Girls: May 29, June 4.

• U13-16 Boys: May 30, June 5.

• U13-16 Girls: May 30, June 5.

For more information, email competition@mayso.org or call 941-807-1105.


Key Royale golf news

Key Royale Club’s week of golf ended May 10 with a best-ball-of-threesomes match. The team of Jim Dunne, Bob Dickinson and Earl Huntzinger took first place with a 5-under-par 27.

The men played an 18-hole, combined team score game May 8. The team of Tom Lewis, Tony Hiewyk, Vince Mercadante and Earl Ritchie matched the 22-under-par 106 carded by Jim Thorton, Gary Harris, Carl Voyles and Bob Elliott to finish in a tie for first place.

Thirty-six women took over the course May 7 for a shotgun start to the summer golf season.

Helen Pollock got her summer off to a good start, carding a 3-under-par 29 to take first place in Flight A. Joy Kaiser and Pam Alvord tied for second place at even-par 32.

Maxine Mitchell’s 4-under-par 28 gave her a two-shot victory in Flight B over Terry Westby and Joyce Brown who tied for second at 2-under-par 30.

Kathy Porter fired a 4-under-par 28 to earn a two-shot victory over Barb Renk in Flight C. Joyce Lathrop finished in third place at even-par 32.

Marcia O’Brien’s 6-under-par 26 was the low round of the day and gave her first place in Flight D. Sally Keyes took second place with a 4-under-par 28, while Judy Hanson, Markie Ksiazek, Erma McMullen, Luanne Collins and Joanne Ozdych tied for third at 1-under 31.

The men played a modified-Stableford or quota points match May 6. Bob Soos and Barry Anderson tied for individual honors at plus-3. The team of Craig Humphreys, Gary Duncan and Charles Kutrumbos tied the team of Bill MacMillan, Blake Rees, Lex Halakan and Rich Papini at plus-3.

Tom Lewis carded a 4-under-par 60 to take first place in the men’s 18-hole, individual-low-net match May 4. Larry Fowler was two shots back in second place with a 2-under-par 62.


Horseshoe news

Only one team emerged from pool play during May 7 horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe pits. Tom Skoloda and Rod Bussey were the day’s outright champions.

Bruce Munro and Skoloda edged Karl Thomas and Bussey 21-14 to earn bragging rights during May 4 horseshoe action.

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

There is no charge to play and everyone is welcome.


Anna Maria Island Community Center Youth Basketball Schedules


Date        Time               Opponents


Division II       (ages 8-10)

May 22    6 p.m.              Bistro vs. Beach Bums

May 23    6 p.m.              Manatee Cancer Center vs. Bistro

May 23    7 p.m.              Beach Bums vs. Manatee Cancer Center



Division I (ages 11-13)

May 22    6 p.m.              Sand Dollar vs. Duncan Real Estate


Premier (ages 14-17)

May 21    6 p.m.              Heritage Paper vs. Walter  & Assoc.



Anna Maria Island Community youth baseball schedules


T-Ball (ages 5-7)

May 17    6 p.m.              Miller Electric vs. Air & Energy

May 20    6 p.m.              Miller Electric vs. Air & Energy


Coach Pitch (ages 8-11)

May 17    7:15 p.m. Beach to Bay vs. Paradise Bagels

May 20    7:15 p.m. Beach to Bay vs. Paradise Bagels


The Islander Classifieds: Wednesday, May. 15, 2013


TWO-DRAWER LATERAL wood file credenza, computer stand, printer stand, swivel office chair, whirlygigs, bicycles, Expandacraft 12-foot boat. 941-243-3765.

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

DRYER: KENMORE, WHITE. Good condition, $75, 30 wood pallets, $1 each. 941-779-9781.

GAS PUSH MOWER, Briggs & Stratton, used one season, $75. 941-387-8485.

PAIR COMFY OVERSTUFFED chairs, beach print. $99 each. 941-779-0881.

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: The Centre Shops on Longboat Key. 5380 Gulf of Mexico Drive. 941-383-1901.

GARAGE SALE: 8 a.m.-noon Friday, May 17. Furniture, household items. 209 Archer Way, Anna Maria.

HUGE SALE!! 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, May 17-18. Furniture, antiques, unique items, artwork, office furniture. The Islander office, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes 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.

LOST: MARINE-LIFE tracking device. 7-inch long, black torpedo-shaped device with antenna, pinging from 84th Street area of Holmes Beach. If found, call Dr. Hueter at Mote, director of shark research. Office 941-388-1827.

LOST PHONE ON trolley. Please, call 941-704-4452, if found.


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.

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

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

CARING SERVICES BY Joanne: Ride anywhere! Also organize and de-clutter, detailed cleaning projects, one room at a time. Refrigerators, closets, cupboards, drawers, etc. 941-721-7725.

ALEXIS COX JAZZ: Music to blend an ear. Private parties, clubs, local nursing homes/assisted living, for all occasions. Highly recommended. 727-282-4834.

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.

RANDY’S PAINT AND Drywall: Carpentry, screens and all your household maintenance. 941-465-2062.


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.

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 and pool care provided. Small dog considered. Close to Robinson Preserve. $1,600/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.

PRIVATE ROOM FOR one! North Longboat Key, washer and dryer, utilities included, $130/weekly. 941-383-4856.

WATERFRONT CONDO: FLAMINGO by the Bay, near beaches and shopping, 2BR/2BA, Jacuzzi, marble floors throughout, $900/month. 941-720-4475.

SEASONAL RENTAL: NORTH Holmes Beach, December-March. 2BR/2BA, modern kitchen, private patio, walk to Gulf beach, washer and dryer, utilities included. $1,950/month plus resort tax. 941-778-5338 or 516-526-5628.

ANNUAL RENTAL: HISTORIC 4BR/3BA house, west of Gulf Drive. $2,400/month. 107 Beach Ave., Anna Maria. 941-794-8202.

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.

WINTER 2013-14: 2BR/2BA ground level with carport and patio. 1.5 blocks to Gulf. Luxurious, updated, must see! Anna Maria. 941-565-2373.


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.

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.