Tag Archives: 06-22-2011

FWC shark forum slated, debate grows

The argument over whether chumming and shark fishing should be banned in Anna Maria continued last week, as the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission prepared for a public forum June 23 in Sarasota on potential changes to rules for chumming and shark fishing.

Anglers and conservationists remain divided on whether chumming attracts sharks and causes more shark attacks, and whether the FWC should ban shark fishing in Florida waters.

Don Anthony, communications director of the Fort Lauderdale-based Animal Rights Foundation of Florida, said his organization believes all chumming — and shark fishing — should be illegal, saying such laws would be better for humans and for sharks.

“Putting all that blood in the water creates a danger to swimmers, surfers, small children and anybody in the water,” he said. And chumming is a “self-fulfilling prophecy.”

People start screaming about all the sharks in the water attracted to the chum and anglers go out to the area and start to catch as many sharks as possible to eliminate the alleged “danger,” he said.

In addition to a statewide ban on chumming, Anthony said the ARFF wants to halt the “hunting and killing of all sharks.”

Shark fishing and getting a photo of the angler and the shark has become something a way for anglers to display themselves as conquering heroes, he said.

Since the movie “Jaws” was released in 1975, sharks have become “demonized,” Anthony said.

“All these photos of a fisherman standing next to the big shark he caught depict him as a hero who has killed the demon shark.”

Anthony said ARFF members would attend the FWC’s June 23 public discussion in Sarasota on possible regulation changes.

An FWC press release said the forum discussion will be on whether hammerhead and tiger sharks should be on the protected species list and Anthony said that’s a start.

“If they only start with two sharks, that’s fine, but we will advocate all shark fishing should be banned,” he said.

But recreational shark fishing has been around Florida for the past 150-odd years, said Capt. Scott Moore, a veteran charter boat captain who has fished the waters of Anna Maria Island for nearly 50 years. A ban on chum to halt shark fishing would be a waste of time and effort because chumming is not needed to catch a shark, nor is chumming what the ARFF and others think it is.

“Nobody’s out at the Rod & Reel Pier throwing big buckets of blood and fish guts into the water,” Moore said.

“That’s what people see on those TV shows, so they just assume that’s what’s done here.

“It’s not,” he said.

Tossing large buckets of fish blood and chopped fish into the water is done for television to ensure there will be plenty of sharks for the cameras or tourists on the boat, Moore noted.

A lone angler will chum by slicing a small jack or using a few pieces of cut-up cobia and throwing that into the water. There’s not a massive flow of blood and guts, he said.

Chumming with large buckets of fish and blood also is just too expensive, according to Moore.

“You have to buy that stuff. Nobody’s out there doing that.”

Moore agreed with Anthony on one issue.

The movie “Jaws” put the fear of sharks into everyone’s head and many people believe sharks are just waiting to attack people once they set foot in the Gulf of Mexico.

In almost 50 years of fishing around the Island, he’s never heard of a shark attack near the Rod & Reel Pier.

He has, however, seen the annual migration of tarpon along the Island’s coast, and the fish are sought after as a food source by hammerheads and bull sharks. The Egmont Key channel is an excellent location for sharks to chase tarpon, Moore said.

“The tarpon come in close to shore along the Gulf and the hammerheads feed on them. There are always sharks in the waters around here. If you want to educate people, don’t swim in the Gulf of Mexico at night,” he said.

Indeed. About 30 years ago, a St. Petersburg man tried to swim from Bean Point to Egmont Key late one night. He was found dead the next day on the shore of Passage Key with a shark bite to his leg. The theory then was that he bled to death after being unsuccessful at applying a tourniquet.

Remember, said Moore, once you’re in the water, you’re in shark country. They can be found up the Manatee River as far as the saltwater reaches during high tide, even as far as the Fort Hamer Bridge, Moore said.

And the idea that an angler needs to chum to catch a shark is not true, he said. “The natural chum is just your bait in the water.”

Moore does advocate shark release, and suggested anglers get educated on the proper way to release a shark.

Dave White inadvertently started the shark controversy when a photograph of him with an 800-pound bull shark he had just caught from the Rod & Reel Pier was published in the June 1 Islander. White said he was amazed that people assumed he was chumming when he caught the shark, which he released alive immediately after the photo was taken.

“I’m surprised at the recent outrage,” White said, and at “the assumption that chum was used. Fishing for sharks is not a science, nor is it difficult. You merely put a piece of dead bait in the water.” It’s not “attracting the shark to the area” because the sharks are already there.

White also knows about the annual tarpon migration and the accompanying sharks.

In a letter to The Islander, White said that last year he saw a large hammerhead bite into a tarpon around 75 yards from the beach.

“The blood and debris was as graphic as any crime novel,” yet there was no massive attack of sharks, he said.

People who don’t fish or understand chum have been “watching too much TV,” White said.

White also advocates the release of sharks, as do many long-time Island anglers, including Chuck Phillips, who has fished Island waters for 43 years.

Phillips said killing sharks commercially or for sport should be stopped as shark populations worldwide are declining. He said “catch and release” should be practiced by anyone angling for shark.

After White’s shark catch photo appeared in The Islander, North Shore Drive resident Joan Dickinson and two of her neighbors e-mailed Anna Maria Mayor Mike Selby asking him to explore limiting or banning shark chumming and/or fishing. They also questioned the city’s liability in the event of a shark attack.

Nick Atwood of ARFF then sent Selby an e-mail urging him to “consider” an ordinance banning chumming and shark fishing from city shores and piers.

Meanwhile, the FWC had already scheduled public forums on possible changes to chum and shark-fishing regulations.

The FWC’s local forum on those issues will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, June 23, on the 10th floor of the Terrace Building, 101 S. Washington Blvd., Sarasota.

Fishing – 06-22-2011

Shark fishing highlights season

What is all of the hype about shark fishing on the north end of Anna Maria Island?

Bean Point and the vicinity around the Rod & Reel Pier has always been a hot spot for anglers to hook up with sharks of all species and sizes. Long before any of the fishing piers were built, Bean Point was known for being “sharky,” and I’m sure if the piers were gone tomorrow, it would be an area where sharks gather. It’s the southern-most entrance to Tampa Bay, which is known as one of the largest shark breeding areas in the world. Also, every species of fish (shark food) that enters or leaves Tampa Bay must pass by either Bean Point or Egmont Key to the north.

This naturally results in the area being a mecca for sharks and the anglers that hunt them.

When sharks are feeding, they follow the fish, not people. Not that I would dive into a school of mackerel being chased by sharks, but you catch my drift. We’re not included in their diet. They eat fish.

As for this business of trying to ban shark fishing from the beaches on Bean Point, I think we need to take a careful, logical view of what’s happening. We know the sharks are there. That’s their home.

Chumming for them may attract them to the bait, but it won’t get them whipped into a frenzy to the point where they seek out people to bite. Save that nonsense for the movies.

Even Dr. Bob Hueter, director of the Mote Marine Center for Shark Research, says, “There is no evidence that chumming leads to shark attacks on people. It just attracts them to a particular area, which in Florida waters sharks are everywhere already.”

So what solutions are there to the perceived problem with shark fishing around Bean Point? Maybe we should have a town meeting and hire Quint from “Jaws” to come and kill all the sharks. Yeah, right.

How about if they banned swimming around Bean Point? That seems logical, but not fair. We live on Anna Maria Island to enjoy the lifestyle: swimming, surfing, fishing and more.

Bringing up the shark issue is just bringing attention to something that we all knew about anyway. We live in Florida, as do sharks. And as for Anna Maria’s shark problem, maybe it’s just a people problem.

If you want to educate yourself about sharks and shark fishing regulations, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is hosting a public meeting to discuss those topics from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, June 23, at the Terrace Building, 101 S. Washington Blvd., Sarasota.

Jonny Keyes at Island Discount Tackle says shark fishing has been the highlight again this week at the shop. Reports of black tip, lemon, bonnethead, hammerhead and bull sharks are coming in daily. Everyone’s talking about it and plenty of fishers are gearing up.

“Ever since the tarpon arrived, there have been a lot of sharks along the beaches and in the passes,” Keyes says. You can target tarpon or shark from a boat or you can surf-cast right off the beaches. Most beach fishers looking for shark are using at least 120-pound cable or hard-wire attached to a 7/0 or larger circle hook. There are a variety of baits that will work for shark fishing. Cut bait such as mackerel, bonito, ladyfish and jack crevalle are great and they’re readily available. As far as the size of the bait is concerned, Keyes says, “Bigger bait, bigger fish.”

“If you’re going to go shark fishing, you may want to carry a de-hooking tool so you don’t have to get your fingers so close to those teeth,” Keyes suggests.

If shark fishing isn’t your cup of tea, there are reports of snook and spotted sea trout along the beaches in the trough. Shiners are the best live bait, while in the artificial category, the MirrOlure in the greenback pattern is working. While fishing the beaches, look past the sandbar to find Spanish mackerel, bluefish, jack crevalle and ladyfish. White buck-tail jigs and silver spoons are working great.

Offshore fishing is proving prosperous for those willing to make a 20-mile run out to the bite. Mangrove snapper, red snapper, yellowtail snapper and hogfish are being caught in good sizes and numbers. Live shiners and cut bait are working well. Catch-and-release gag grouper are still going strong. Live pinfish and shiners are the baits of choice for the gags.

Jordan Gardner at the south bait shop on the Sunshine Skyway Bridge Fishing Piers says he’s seeing Spanish mackerel and ladyfish being caught on both live bait and silver spoons. Tarpon are still being hooked up around the pier in good numbers using threadfin herring for bait. Fishers targeting the shallower parts of the pier are still seeing success with pompano by using jigs tipped with shrimp. Bottom fishers using live and dead baits are catching small bonnethead and black tip sharks.

Capt. Rick Gross of Fishy Business Charters says tarpon fishing was good in the early part of last week, but due to the strong west winds, his charters were fishing the backwaters of Sarasota Bay. The main focus has been redfish and spotted sea trout, but Gross is also catching bluefish, mackerel, ladyfish and catch-and-release snook.

For the tarpon, Gross is using live blue crabs, shiners and threadfin herring. When the winds are favorable for beach fishing, Gross is anchoring and chumming up the tarpon with both live and dead shiners. When fishing the passes, he’s using live crabs. “When they’re biting good,” Gross says, “we’re getting multiple hookups, which makes for a lot of excitement.”

In the backwaters, Gross is fishing deeper grass flats for spotted sea trout using live shiners as bait. While targeting trout, Gross is catching bluefish, ladyfish and Spanish mackerel in the same areas. For the redfish, Gross is using live pinfish under a popping cork with good results. Keeper fish are coming to the docks daily.

Dave Sork at the Anna Maria City Pier says sightings of tarpon are the norm. “We’re seeing them every day,” Sork says. “And there have even been a couple of hookups.”

Remember, if you even want to attempt to hook a tarpon from the pier, stout gear is recommended. Make sure you have a reel with plenty of line capacity and a rod strong enough to whip a tarpon in a short period of time.

On the lighter side, pier fishers are catching fair numbers of Spanish mackerel. White crappie jigs, silver spoons and Gotcha plugs are bringing in the macks. As a mack by-catch, pier fishers are reeling up jack crevalle and ladyfish.

Capt. Warren Girle is fishing both offshore and inshore with good results. Offshore catches include red snapper up to 9 pounds as well as mangrove snapper in the 5-pound range. Girle is catching cobia in the 40-pound range along with good numbers of amberjack. A highlight of the offshore trips has been permit up to 25 pounds.

Along the beaches, Girle is in hot pursuit of the tarpon bite with an average of 7-8 hookups per day. “We’ll see how long they hold out after this full moon,” he says. Girle is working the beaches using live crabs, shiners, and threadfin herring as bait.

Inshore, Girle is catching redfish and trout mixed in the mullet schools in Sarasota Bay. Three to 5 feet of water has been the ideal depth. Along with the trout and reds, Girle is finding plenty of bluefish and ladyfish.

Bob Kilb at the Rod & Reel Pier says pier fishes are catching decent numbers of Spanish mackerel on white crappie jigs. The hatch bait is beginning to show around the pier, which should result in good mangrove snapper fishing soon. Black drum are also being caught on live shrimp or crabs fished underneath the pier.

Capt. Sam Kimball of Legend Charters is fishing offshore and catching limits of red snapper using live shiners or pinfish. Fish in the 8-10 pound range have been the norm, although larger fish are being caught. Also from the bottom, Kimball’s charters are bringing up keeper mangrove snapper and red grouper to the boat, as well as plenty of catch-and-release gag grouper. Again, live shiners and pinfish are working great and if you don’t have them, some frozen squid or frozen threadfin herring will work almost as well.

Moving up in the water column, Kimball is catching king mackerel in the 40-inch range, as well as bonito and black fin tuna. Yeah, that’s right, tuna. Black fins up to 20 pounds are being caught offshore on live or dead shiners right behind the transom of the boat.

Other migratory species being caught include Spanish mackerel, amberjack, bull sharks and black tip sharks. “At one point, we must have had 15 sharks around the boat,” Kimball says. “Then we had to move to a new spot.”

Send fishing reports to fish@islander.org.

Island real estate transactions – 06-22-2011

111 Oak Ave., Anna Maria, a 1,215 sfla 2bed/2bath home built in 1926 on a 50×100 lot was sold 05/31/11, Futral to Hasler for $660,000; list $699,000.

315 17th St. N., Unit 22, Bradenton Beach Club, Bradenton Beach, a 1,722 sfla / 2,156 sfur 3bed/2½bath/2car condo with shared pools built in 2002 was sold 05/26/11, Rubens to Nolan for $400,000; list $450,000.

308 67th St., Unit A, 308 Condominium, Holmes Beach, a 1,498 sfla 3bed/2bath condo with pool built in 1980 was sold 05/31/11, Brown to Pfeil for $385,000; list $399,000.

309 58th St., Unit B, Island Oasis, Holmes Beach, a 1,128 sfla 2bed/2bath condo with pool built in 1957 was sold 05/20/11, Beach to Bay Investments Inc to Mulac for $375,000; list $399,000.

1457 Gulf Drive N., Unit 8, Bermuda Bay Club, Bradenton Beach, a 3bed/2½bath/2car condo with shared pool built in 2000 was sold 06/02/11, Lyons to Gallant for $340,000; list $385,000.

5808 Gulf Drive, Unit 103N, Waters Edge, Holmes Beach, a 1,064 sfla / 1,136 sfur 2bed/2bath condo with shared pool built in 1975 was sold 06/01/11, Barnard to Bennett for $322,500; list $349,000.

110 46th St., Unit B, 46th Street Coastal Cottages, Holmes Beach, a vacant 45×100 land condo lot was sold 05/24/11, 46th Street Coastal Cottages LLC to Preston for $300,000.

112 Fourth St. S., Unit 2, Old Bridge Village, Bradenton Beach, a 1,902 sfla 2bed/2½bath/1car condo built in 2004 was sold 05/27/11, Branch Banking & Trust Company to Wilkinson Family Limited Partnership for $285,000; list $339,000.

6504 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach, a 1,200 sfla / 1,440 sfur 2bed/2bath duplex built in 1979 on a 53×105 lot was sold 05/27/11, Pirates Pleasure 2 LLC to Pirates Pleasure LLC for $285,000; list $299,900.

304 29th St., Holmes Beach, a 1,464 sfla 4bed/4bath duplex built in 1970 on a 50×105 lot was sold 05/26/11, Foehrkolb to Crusciel for $260,000.

8308 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, a vacant 90×100 lot was sold 06/01/11, Buswell to Pelham for $252,000.

252 17th St N., Unit 26, Bradenton Beach Club, Bradenton Beach, a 1,268 sfla / 1,396 sfur 2bed/2bath condo with shared pools built in 2004 was sold 05/18/11, Walker to BBC26 LLC for $250,000; list $299,000.

308 67th St., Unit B, 308 Condominium, Holmes Beach, a 812 sfla / 962 sfur 2bed/1bath condo with pool built in 1980 was sold 05/31/11, Brown to Pfeil for $245,000.

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

Island police blotter – 06-22-2011

Anna Maria

• June 13, 300 block of North Bay Boulevard, seized tag and license. The Manatee County Sheriff’s Office stopped a motorist for allegedly failing to brake at a stop sign. During the traffic stop, the MCSO deputy determined that the motorist’s license was suspended. The deputy took the motorist’s license and vehicle tag and issued multiple citations.

• June 13, 60 block of North Shore Drive, open doors. An MCSO deputy on patrol found the rear doors of a home were open. The MCSO had previously investigated a burglary at the home.

Anna Maria is policed by the MCSO.

Bradenton Beach

• June 11, 1600 block of Gulf Drive South, no driver’s license, disorderly intoxication, littering. A Bradenton Beach Police Department officer stopped a motorist for failure to wear a seatbelt. During the stop, the officer determined the motorist lacked a valid driver’s license. A passenger was taken into custody for alleged disorderly intoxication and littering. During the stop, he threw a beer bottle out of the window and then refused to pick up the bottle.

• June 14, 200 block of Bay Drive South/mooring field, domestic battery. BBPD responded to a complaint from a woman who said a verbal argument with a man escalated to a physical assault when the man grabbed her, held her and slapped her.

• June 15, 1800 block of Gulf Drive South/Coquina Beach, warrant arrest. BBPD took a man into custody who was wanted on an outstanding warrant for violation of probation. Authorities sought extradition of the 50-year-old man who was on probation for a conviction for false imprisonment. He had been seen in Holmes Beach getting on a southbound trolley.

Bradenton Beach is policed by the BBPD.

Cortez

• June 10, 12700 block of Cortez Road West, burglary. The MCSO investigated a complaint of a vehicle break-in. A purse was stolen. Total value of theft was estimated at $185.

Cortez is policed by the MCSO.

Holmes Beach

• June 12, 3900 block of East Bay Drive, found gun. A Holmes Beach Police Department officer was stopped by a man who said his son found a semi-automatic handgun while swimming in the Gulf of Mexico near Runaway Bay.

• June 14, 3400 block of East Bay Drive, petit theft. An HBPD officer arrested a man for allegedly stealing a skimboard, a dozen roses and a case of beer from the Publix Super Market. The value of the items was about $51.

• June 15, 3400 block of East Bay Drive, theft. HBPD responded to the Publix Super Market an incident in which a 24-year-old man was arrested for petit theft and for resisting a retail merchant. Store personnel had detained the man in a security room when he allegedly charged at a clerk and knocked over about $200 worth of merchandise.

Holmes Beach is policed by the HBPD.

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

Sports – 06-22-2011

Adult coed flag football season takes off at center

Break out the ankle and knee braces, Ibuprofen and Icy Hot. Coed adult flag football is back for a summer season of games at the Anna Maria Island Community Center

On Thursday nights, four exciting, action-packed games will be played starting at 6 p.m. and continuing until the end of July. The playoffs get started Aug. 4 and the season culminates Aug. 18 with both Super Bowl and Toilet Bowl games.

The season got started June 16 with Tyler’s Ice Cream Steelers beating the Sato Browns 25-18. Quarterback Paul Kurtz completed 10 of 19 passes for 173 yards and four touchdowns. Alan Conley, who finished with 97 receiving yards was on the receiving end of two TD passes, while Chuck McCracken also caught two touchdown passes and finished with 16 receiving yards. Jason Garden had a big day, too, finishing with 79 receiving yards on offense while contributing three flag pulls and an interception on defense. Conley led the Steelers with four flag pulls, while McCracken finished with three pulls and Hampton Harrison added two pulls in the victory.

Jason Sato led the Browns offense with three touchdown passes and 179 passing yards. Former Manatee High girl’s soccer standout Lexi Braxton caught two touchdown passes, while Tommy Tyrell again showed a nose for the end zone, catching one touchdown pass and finishing with 29 receiving yards. Josh Sato led the team with 63 receiving yards on offense and led defense with three flag pulls.

Beach to Bay Construction Bucs defeated Integrity Sound Redskins 33-20 behind an efficient passing attack led by quarterback Larry Berkery. Berkery completed 16 of 22 passes for 162 yards and four touchdown passes. Shawn Kaleta caught two touchdown passes and finished with a team-high 91 receiving yards. Don Purvis added 38 receiving yards and a pair of touchdown receptions on offense, while also adding an interception return for a touchdown and four flag pulls on defense. Berkery, Scott Eason and Kaleta each finished with two flag pulls to round out the defensive effort.

Integrity Sound Redskins got game from Scott Rudacille, who led all receivers with 119 receiving yards and a pair of touchdowns. Danny Murphy completed 13 of 25 passes for 201 yards and three touchdown passes, while Brad Lowry added a five-yard touchdown reception. Dina DeJesus rounded out the Redskin offense with 20 receiving yards and an extra point.

Murphy and Rudacille led the Redskins with four flag pulls each, while Joe Carder and Ryan Hogan each finished with two pulls apiece in the loss.

Martiniville Saints defeated Agnelli Pool & Spa Dolphins 31-19 behind a strong all-around game from Ryan Moss, who completed nine passes for 110 yards and three touchdown passes, while also rushing for 49 yards. Throw in another 66 receiving yards, a touchdown reception and a two-point conversion from Moss, and you get the picture. Jonathan Moss added 78 passing yards and a touchdown pass, while also chipping in 31 receiving yards. Nate Talucci finished with 61 receiving yards and a touchdown, while David Moss added 30 receiving yards, a touchdown and a two-point conversion.

Defensively, Jonathan Moss led the way with four flag pulls, while Ed Moss finished with one pull in the victory.

Agnelli was led by Mike Shaughnessy’s 128 passing yards and two touchdown passes to Tim Shaughnessy, who finished with 13 receiving yards and 28 rushing yards. Frank Agnelli finished with 97 receiving yards and a touchdown reception.

Pat Calvery and Tim Shaughnessy led the Dolphin defense with two flag pulls apiece in the loss.

Slim’s Place Patriots rolled past Island Sun Panthers 34-20 behind a workmanlike passing performance from quarterback David Johnston. Johnston completed 10 of 20 passes for 277 yards and five touchdown passes. Three of his touchdown passes went to Dustin Swain, who finished with 130 receiving yards. Tommy Hutchinson added a touchdown reception, an extra point and finished with 50 receiving yards, while Heidi Johnston added 45 receiving yards and a touchdown reception.

Swain led the Patriot defensive effort with four flag pulls, while Darrin Wash added three. Ben Conlon and Hutchinson both finished with two pulls apiece in the victory.

Scott Dell paced the Sun offensive output with 225 passing yards and three touchdown passes to Tyler Bekkerus, who finished with 97 receiving yards. Kevin Austin added 51 receiving yards and Kevin Gregorich added 39 receiving yards, including a two-point conversion. Emily King, Jamie Gregorich, Dell and Austin each finished with one flag pull with Austin adding an interception in the loss.

Key Royale golf news

The Key Royale Club women played a nine-hole, individual-low-net golf match June 14. Erma McMullen fired a 9-under-par 23 to take first-place — by two shots over Kris Landkammer, whose 7-under-par 25 put her alone in second place. Joyce Reith carded a 3-under par 29 to take third place.

Christina Mason birdied on number two, while Shirley Cessna had a chipin on number seven.

Horseshoe news

Three teams qualified for the knockout round during June 18 horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe pits. Jerry Disbrow and Dan Belden drew the bye into the finals and watched as Sam Samuels and Hank Huyghe rolled past Tom Skoloda and John Johnson 22-6. Samuels and Huyghe then opened up an 11-0 lead over Disbrow and Belden only to wilt in the summer heat and eventually lose 21-19.

Sam Samuels and John Johnson were the only team to earn three pool-play victories June 15 and were declared the day’s outright champs.

Play gets under way at 9 a.m. every Wednesday and Saturday at the Anna Maria City Hall pits. Warmups begin at 8:45 a.m. followed by random team selection. There is no charge to play and everyone is welcome.

AMI Chamber golf tourney on tap

The 12th annual Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce golf outing for scholarship funds is set for Monday, Sept. 26, at the Bradenton Country Club.

Cost for a single golfer is $125, which includes green fees and cart and the awards dinner. Attendance for non-golfers at the awards dinner is $35.

Businesses are invited to participate as sponsors at four levels. The gold sponsor for $1,000 gets your business a foursome in the tourney while also giving you a banner at the event as well as recognition in media advertising and on flyers.

A silver sponsor receives a foursome in the tourney and a sign on a tee box. You can also sponsor a tee box for $100 or a green for $50.

For more information, contact Linda Dickson or Mike Vejins at golf@amichamber.com or call 941-778-1541.

Obituaries – 06-22-2011

Clarence Franklin Felger

Clarence Franklin Felger, 93, of Bradenton, died June 16. He was born in Youngstown, Ohio, and he moved to Bradenton in 1958 from Garwood, N.J.

Mr. Felger was a veteran of the U.S. Army during World War II. He a member of Christ United Methodist Church, the Anna Maria Island Moose Lodge No. 2188, the Elks Lodge No. 1511 and American Legion Kirby Stewart Post 24.

Memorial service was held June 20. Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory, 26th Street Chapel was in charge of arrangements. Memorial donations may be made to Manatee County Meals on Wheels. Condolences maybe be made at www.brownandsonsfuneral.com.

Mr. Felger is survived by his wife, Marion J., and several nieces and nephews.

William ‘Bill’ Pierce

William “Bill” Pierce, 93, of Holmes Beach, and formerly of Scranton, Pa., died May 25.

Mr. Pierce and his late wife Betty resided in Bardonia, N.Y., most of their married life, and moved to their “Shangri-La” on Anna Maria Island 15 years ago.

A service for family and friends will be announced at a later date. The family is being served by Covell Funeral Home of Bradenton.

Mr. Pierce is survived by daughter Lisa and husband Andrew Sheridan of Holmes Beach; son Donald and wife Charlene of Mine Hill, N.J.; sister-in-law Emily Batluck-Auld of Saddle River, N.J.; and nieces and nephews in several states.

Douglas L. Thieleke

Douglas L. “Doug” Thieleke, 69, of Holmes Beach and Grimes, Iowa, died June 15. He was born Oct. 28, 1941, in Manning, Iowa.

He graduated from Urbandale High School in 1960 and served in the U.S. Navy 1960-1964. He opened and operated his own brokerage firm, Forest Securities, for 32 years.

Memorial donations may be made to the Mote Marine Laboratory of Sarasota or to the charitable organization of one’s choice. There will be a private family service later.

Mr. Thieleke is survived by wife Kathryn; brother David and wife Pauline; sister Mary Kaye Orr; children Melissa and husband Greg Robinson, Bryan, Tana and husband Rusty Clark, and Tara and husband Les Mosley; 10 grandchildren, two nieces and four nephews.

Islander Calendar – 06-22-2011

Wednesday, June 22

10:30 to 11:30 a.m. — Ellen Jones will sign copies of her book “Eat Vegan on $4 a Day” at the Village Cafe at Rosedale, 503 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-896-8890.

5:30 p.m. — “Worst-Case Scenario” trivia contest for teens at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.

Thursday, June 23

11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. — Painting workshop with Rhea Chiles at the Studio at Gulf and Pine, 10101 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-1906.

1 p.m. to 3 p.m. — Chip Gilbertson will sign copies of his book “Fly Danny, Fly” at Ginny’s and Jane E’s at the Old IGA, 9807 Gulf Drive Anna Maria.

6 to 8 p.m. — Lisa Brakefield of Advance Insurance Brokerage presents a hurricane preparedness workshop at the Village Cafe at Rosedale, 503 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-896-8890.

Saturday, June 25

11:45 a.m. — Hands Across the Sand event on the beach at 52nd Street in Holmes Beach and on the beach near Cedar Avenue in Anna Maria.

1 p.m. to 3 p.m. — Author Chip Gilbertson signs copies of “Fly Danny, Fly” at Restless Natives, 5314 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.

Wednesday, June 29

5:30 p.m. — “T-shirt surgery” craft workshop for teens at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.

Ongoing:

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

• Wednesdays, 7 a.m., Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring will lead a turtle tour for those who gather at the Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, through July. Information: 941-778-5638.

• Wednesdays, two hours before sunset, the city of Bradenton Beach hosts a sunset picnic with entertainer Mike Sales at Katie Pierola Sunset Park, 2200 block of Gulf Drive North, Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-448-5798.

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

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

• Fridays, Senior Adventures Group meets for outings to various locations. Information: 941-962-8835.

• Fridays, 7 to 10 p.m., drum circle with Mike Sales and Scott Blum at Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-526-6789.

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

Off-Island:

Thursday, June 23

7 p.m. — American Red Cross will present an emergency preparedness workshop for Cortez villagers at the former Church of God, between 119th Court West and 120th Street West, Cortez. Information: 941-795-7121.

Friday, June 24

Noon — Cortez Yacht Club and Edison Academics host Hook ’Em and Cook ’Em Fishing Tournament kicks off at the Seafood Shack, 4110 127th St. W., Cortez. Information: 941-794-6601.

6 p.m. — Creature Feature Film Series: “The Host” at the South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-746-4131. Fee applies.

Saturday, June 25

9 a.m. to 1 p.m. — Kids’ learn to fish boating trip with Island Discount Tackle and the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-1908. Fee applies.

10 to 11 a.m. — Relay for Life rally at Bridgewalk Resort, 1301 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-745-1214 ext. 5805.

Noon — Cortez Yacht Club and Edison Academics host Hook ’Em and Cook ’Em Fishing Tournament at the Seafood Shack, 4110 127th St. W., Cortez. Information: 941-794-6601.

Sunday, June 26

Noon to 7 p.m. — Island folk singer Tom Kubik hosts the Phyllis Marotta Benefit at Firkin & Fox restaurant, 2505 Manatee Ave. E., Bradenton. Proceeds help with Marotta’s cancer treatments.

4 to 9 p.m. — Cortez Yacht Club and Edison Academics host Hook ’Em and Cook ’Em Fish Fry featuring music, games, live auction, crab races and more at the Seafood Shack, 4110 127th St. W., Cortez. Information: 941-794-6601. Fee applies.

Coming Up:

• July 2, Hoola Monsters Hoola Troupe performance, Island Branch Library.

• July 2, American Tales and hot dogs family night, South Florida Museum.

• July 2, Fireworks, Mar Vista Dockside Restaurant, Longboat Key.

• July 2, Kids’ learn to fish outing to Sarasota Bay, Anna Maria Island Community Center.

• July 3, Fireworks, BeachHouse Restaurant.

• July 4, Anna Maria Island Privateers Fourth of July Parade.

• July 4, Eddie Money free concert, Lamb and Sutton Park, Palmetto.

• July 4, Fireworks, Sandbar Restaurant.

Save the Date:

• July 11-15, PandaMania Vacation Bible School, Gloria Dei Lutheran Church.

• July 16, Snooty’s 63rd Birthday Bash and Wildlife Festival, South Florida Museum.

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

The Islander Classifieds: Wednesday, June. 22, 2011

ITEMS FOR SALE

THREE-WHEEL JOYRIDER: Six months old. Paid $640, asking $425 or best offer. 941-506-4809 or e-mail: WT43@comcast.net.

CORAL-COLOR upholstered swivel/rocker chair. $25. Good condition. 941-778-3228.

WEB TV: $20, Box of assorted toys, 25 pieces, $2.50, animal figures, 20 for $4. Call 941-795-8734.

FOR SALE: EDDIE Bauer overnight bag, lots of convenient pockets. Excellent condition. Call 941-778-2184.

FOR SALE: TRACE Elliot TA40CR dual input amplifier.  Excellent condition. $100. Call 941-778-2184.

WEEDEATER: 20-INCH mower. Briggs Stratton engine. Used once, as new. $99 or best offer. 941-737- 6887.

ALARM CLOCK: GE Telechron. Solid block Plexiglas, circa 1945-1949, $35.  Call Marion, 941-761-1415.

ALL CONDO CONTENTS must go! Includes all furniture, appliances, and miscellaneous too numerous to list, can be viewed at: http://amigreatest.blogspot.com/ or contact 815-342-0923.

HUTCH FOR DESK: gray Formica, 30-inch with cabinet, $10, Keyboard, wireless with mouse, $10. 941-795-8359.

BLOWER: REDMAX, WORKS great! $40. 941-795-8359.

MATTRESS: SERTA CABANA full size, frame. Great shape, $60. Floral full-size, all bedding, $30. 941-778-7003.

MOLDING: HARDWOOD, NEW. Several hundred feet, 25 cents per foot. 941-778-5542 or 941-778-3920.

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

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

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

FREEBIE ITEMS FOR SALE

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

ANNOUNCEMENTS

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

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

ART STUDIO SUBLET: Through October, 2011, all or part. Anna Maria Island Art League building, Holmes Beach. Contact: blbachner@earthlink.net or 917-843-1615.

STOP STUTTERING! TO participate in testing a new non-invasive, inconspicuous electronic device that improves your fluency, and get one free, send contact information to: stutterstopper@earthlink.net or Stutter Stopper, Box 1532, Bradenton FL 34280.

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

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

BRADENTON ROTARY CLUB meets at noon Mondays at Mattison’s Riverside, 1200 First Ave. W., Bradenton. Club members enjoy fellowship with like-minded professionals. Club projects offer opportunities to benefit the community locally and worldwide. To attend a meeting as our guest, call Trish, 941-747-1871. More information: www.bradentonrotary.org.

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

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

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

ESTATE SALES

ESTATE SALE: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, June 22-23. 600 Cedar St., Longboat Key. Antique and contemporary furniture, wrought-iron, Arlie Gray oil, watercolors, pool furniture, nauticals, grills, jewelry, oil lamps, glassware, Bali goddess head, vintage purses, fishing poles and reels, linens, potted plants, Staghorn fern, Skutt ceramic kiln, decorative items, kitchenware, much miscellaneous. Sale by: Steff’s Stuff, Antiques of Longboat Key, 941-383-1901.

ESTATE SALE: 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday, June 24. 410 Bay Palms, (located off Marina Drive) Holmes Beach. Sofa bed, wicker: tables and chairs, settee, coffee and end table, swivel rockers. Dining room table and chairs, china cabinet, server, costume jewelry, double bed set, desk, curio, lampas, linens, kitchenware, garage items and more. Sale conducted by Palma Sola Sales. Numbers given out at 8 a.m.

GARAGE SALES

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

FURNITURE SALE:  8 a.m. Saturday, June 25. Queen bed, entertainment center, futon, coffee table, miscellaneous pieces. 2203 Ave. C, Bradenton Beach.

LOST & FOUND

FOUND: AUDI CAR key. Contact Holmes Beach Police Department, 941-708-5804.

FOUND:  BLACK KODAK camera on seawall, 769 N. Shore Blvd., Anna Maria. Claim at The Islander office, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.

LOST: WEDDING BAND and prescription glasses on public beach, Saturday, June 11. Reward. 941-794-3015.

FOUND: KITTEN, BLACK and white, near 83rd Street, Holmes Beach, Saturday, June 11. Red collar. Call 941-778-0821 or 941-932-0559.

LOST: FOUR-FOOT PENGUIN. Lost around 52nd street and Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Sentimental. 941-795-4273. globalauto@msn.com.

PETS

ADORABLE ADOPTABLE PUP: Fonzi is about 2 years old. He’s a super-lovey male Jack Russell looking forward to “happy days” with a forever family. He’s great at home, mindful, playful and cuddly. Neutered/microchipped/shots. Low adoption fee. Call The Islander, 941-778-7978 or Julie @ Royal Pet Rescue, 941-720-1411 or royalrescue@comcast.net.

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

BOATS & BOATING

BOAT SLIP FOR rent in Holmes Beach up to 23-foot. $140/month, three-month minimum. 941-962-6238.

SAILBOAT: 1983, 27-FOOT, 15-hp diesel, three sails, 9-foot dinghy, two-burner stove, ice chest, full cabin. About $10,000. Call Pat, 941-794-0411.

DOCK RENTAL WANTED: Avid, responsible angler/diver looking for affordable slip to keep 24.5-foot boat. 941-807-1221.

HELP WANTED

ITALIAN RESTAURANT: LAKE George, N.Y. needs experienced saute cook for busy season. Must be hard working, able to help create nightly specials! Good pay for right person! Season ends Oct.15. Information, 518-796-0902.

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

KIDS FOR HIRE

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

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

BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY

HEALTH FOOD AND deli business. 3228 E. Bay Drive, Holmes Beach. 941-580-0626.

HEALTH CARE

LPNS NEEDED FOR active quadriplegic using Hoyer lift. Morning shifts are 4-5 hours starting at 7 a.m. Overnight shifts are 9:30 p.m.-7 a.m. Travel opportunity. 941-383-6953.

SERVICES

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

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

I DON’T CUT corners, I clean corners. Professional, friendly cleaning service since 1999. 941-778-7770. Leave message.

HOUSE CLEANING BY Laura. Excellent references. One house, 2BR/2BA, $50. 941-539-6891.

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

PRESSURE WASHING: $18/hour, $45/minimum. Call for a free quote. Reasonable and professional. Bill, 941-896-6788.

DIRTY SOFFITS? CALL for a free quote. Reasonable and professional. Bill, 941-896-6788.

TAXI TAXI: CALL us anytime. Travel to any destination. Car or van service. Taxi Taxi, 941-799-1555.

CONSIDER IT DONE: Errands, personal assistance for individuals and businesses. Many services. Call 941-896-4089. consitdon@aol.com.

ELDER HOME HEALTH aide and/or companion care: Driving to doctor appointments, errands, meals, light housekeeping. Experience, references. Call Heidi, 941-345-5007 after 7 p.m.

TUTORING SERVICES: Specializing in algebra, geometry, calculus, trigonometry and science. Special needs students welcome. Grades 3-12. Jenifer, 941-224-1760.

BUSINESS-TO-BUSINESS JD’s Window Cleaning looking for storefront jobs in Holmes Beach. Free estimates, references. 941-920-3840.

ISLAND MERMAIDS CLEANING and Co.: Gift certificates! 36 years of happy customers. Organizing, pet-watch, storm-check, etc. Rentals our specialty. 941-778-3046.

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

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

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

GUITAR TROUBLE? KOKO RAY’S ISLAND studio. Instruction in flute, saxophone, guitar, piano and voice. 315 58th St., Holmes Beach, 941-524-7426.

LAWN & GARDEN

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

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

TREES BY BREEZE Inc.: Custom landscapes, tree trimming, property maintenance. Insured. Since 1988. Chris, 941-778-2837.

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

LANDSCAPING

STRAIGHT SHOT LANDSCAPE. For all your landscape needs. Shell $45/yard. Call Shark Mark. 941-301-6067.

KARAZ LANDSCAPE LAWN service. Mulch, clean ups, power washing, tree trimming and more. 941-448-3857 or 941-448-5207.

SHELL DELIVERED AND spread. Premium grade-A, $45/yard B-grade, $30-$40/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.

FREE SNOW REMOVAL is back hauling and installing crushed, washed shell, dirt, mulch and anything else. Please, call David at 941-504-7045.

NURSERY QUALITY GARDEN Care and maintenance. Hand weeding, trimming, cleanup, plant installation. Certified horticultural professional. Call Joan, 941-704-9025.

HOME IMPROVEMENT

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

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

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

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

JERRY’S HOME REPAIR: Carpentry work, handyman, light plumbing, electrical, light hauling, pressure washing. Call 941-778-6170 or 941-447-2198.

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

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

J.E. MURRAY: ESTABLISHED Island builder. New homes, remodeling. 30-year resident. Call 941-778-2316 or 941-730-3228.

RENTALS

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

WATERFRONT KEY WEST STYLE with dock. Furnished, walk to beach. $150/night, $950/week. $1,900/month off and $2,490/month in season. Use of bikes and kayaks included. 941-794-5980. www.divefish.com.

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

HOLMES BEACH COTTAGE: 2BR/1BA. Northwest Bradenton 3BR/2BA pool home, Palma Sola 3BR/3BA pool home. Vacation rentals: www.coastalpropertiesrealty.com. 941-794-1515.

HOLMES BEACH ANNUAL: Clean 2BR/2BA with garage. Boat dock. Nice quiet area, references required, no smoking/pets. $950/month. 941-776-1789.

WATERFRONT 2BR/2BA TOWNHOUSE with boat slip on Palma Sola Bay. Heated pool, patio, cable, washer and dryer. Annual lease or six months plus, $950/month unfurnished, $1,000/month furnished. No dogs. Call 941-798-3842 or 941-720-7519.

VACATION RENTALS: 3BR/3BA pool home, 2BR/1BA cottage, 5BR/4BA split pool home, two blocks to Holmes Beach. 3BR/2BA pool home NW Bradenton, 3BR/3BA pool home Palma Sola. Weekly, monthly rentals. Luxury furnishings, all amenities. Inclusive prices. Coastal Properties Realty, 941-794-1515.

ANNUAL DUPLEX: CLOSE to beach, 2BR/2BA, $850/month. 269-968-8533.

PERICO ISLAND: 3BR/3BA beautifully furnished house. Private pool, seasonal/monthly rent. $3,000/month. Call 941-795-3778.

VACATION RENTALS ACROSS from beach. Openings now. 2BR/1BA, $550/week. Almost Beach Apartments. 941-778-2374.

TROPICAL PARADISE: 3BR/2BA canalfront home on Key Royale. Annual unfurnished. New carpet and new paint. Updated interior. Davits. $2,300/month. 941-704-2827.

CHARMING 2BR/2BA ELEVATED duplex. High ceilings, new carpet, clean, no pets. Bradenton Beach. $850/month. 941-725-2549.

SEASONAL OR WEEKLY cottage-style rentals. 1BR/1BA or 55-plus 2BR/1BA with pool. Walk to beach, shopping, restaurants. 941-778-3426. Web site 2spinnakers.com.

REAL ESTATE

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

DIRECT GULFFRONT: 4BR/4.5BA, den, three-car garage, pool, spa, elevator, security. Immaculate 2005 Mediterranean villa-style architecture, breathtaking Gulf views, furnished, 5,146 sf under roof, north Anna Maria Island. 12106 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. $3,400,000. Contact owner, broker, 941-920-1699.

FOR SALE: BRADENTON Beach. Sandpiper Resort, 1BR/1BA, enclosed bonus room, steps to beach. 813-458-3875.

NEW UPGRADED CONDOS: Three miles to beach, seasonal, $140,000-plus. 941-773-0212. Taylor Morrison.

WANT TO MOVE to Longboat Key? I want to relocate to Anna Maria Island and trade my 2BR/2BA condo that is directly on the Gulf with a beach and Gulf view from every room, for a comparable condo on Anna Maria Island. If interested, call Jim, 941-587-8572.

RUNAWAY BAY RESORT: 2BR/2BA close to pool and beach. Owner. $219,000. 1-317-437-4461.

FOR SALE: AFFORDABLE, adorable 1BR trailer in pretty park, bay access, one mile from Anna Maria Island beaches, boat stake possible. 941-727-5210.

RARE SHELL POINT condo for sale by owner. Ground floor/end unit, 2BR/2BA, laundry room, pool, tennis, bayfront complex, completely updated. $279,000. 931-636-2620. www.amibeachrentals.com.

FLORIDA, OUT-OF-STATE

DEVELOPER FORCED LIQUIDATION: Smoky Mountain, Tenn.. Lake condos and lots priced at foreclosure/short sale! Up to 100 percent financing, five percent interest. Two-acre lake lot with dock, $19,900. 866-434-8969, ext.100.

ACCESS REVERSE MORTGAGE! Florida-based, application and closing in your home. Experience, almost 1,000 reverse mortgages funded. Award-winning customer service. BBBA rating. NMLS #4566. 1-800-806-7126.