Tag Archives: 06-26-2013


Mack-daddy John Lafferty is the first winner in the newspaper’s six-week Top Notch contest, earning front-page placement of the photo and an Islander newspaper “More-Than-A-Mullet wrapper” T-shirt. Lafferty’s entry — a fun shot of Chris Dayo and the trout he caught — is just the fun sort of snapshot moment that attracts the judge’s eye. Contest details are found on page 8. The next deadline is noon Friday, June 31.

HB-Mainsail debate continues

Holmes Beach Mayor Carmel Monti, city attorney Patricia Petruff and Commissioner Judy Titsworth face the Mainsail development team of attorney Robert Lincoln, Joe Collier, Ed Chiles and Brian Check at the June 21 mediation. The two sides are working toward a resolution through special magistrate Steven Seibert, at the head of the table. Islander Photo: Mark Young

Fishing – 06-26-2013

Beat the clock, beat the heat to get a hook up


With water temps in Tampa Bay and the surrounding waters reaching the mid-80s, it’s time to fish early and late in day.

Midday fishing in the heat is not only uncomfortable for us, but also for the fish. You likely will find your target more active during early morning hours or at night, when water temps are slightly cooler. If you are fishing midday, try getting to deeper water. The artificial reefs are a good option. At least you can bottom fish for snapper or other reef inhabitants that aren’t as affected by the warm surface temperature.

Dave Sork at the Anna Maria City Pier says Spanish mackerel are skyrocketing through schools of hatch bait at sunrise. Pier fishers using small white crappie jigs are reeling up keeper-size fish until the bait disappears. While targeting macks, expect to catch blue runners, jacks and ladyfish.

Pier fishers using live shrimp as bait are catching mangrove snapper and flounder. For either species, try adding a small split shot 12 inches above the hook to keep your bait toward the bottom. Casting underneath the pier is probably a good idea, too.

Finally, night fishers are catching blacktip and sharp nose sharks on fresh-cut mackerel or ladyfish. Remember to plan accordingly when selecting gear to tackle these fish. You never know when a big one is going to take your bait, your leader, your line and all.

Jim Malfese at the Rod & Reel Pier is seeing the arrival of mangrove snapper. He says the snapper appearing around the piers are smart, so anglers need to be stealthy in their approach. A small live bait hook with some 15-pound fluorocarbon leader should do the trick. Bait of choice for the mangos has been small live shrimp.

Spanish mackerel are cutting pier fishers’ lines during the early morning tides. Malfese suggests sunrise fishing to get in on the action. Small white jigs and Gotcha plugs will get you hooked up.

Finally, Malfese says R&R fishers are occasionally catching sharks. Small black tips, bonnetheads and sharp nose sharks are the usual suspects. While fishing at the Rod & Reel, keep in mind that all shark fishing there is all catch and release.

Steve Oldham at Island Discount Tackle is fishing the flats of Southern Tampa Bay for spotted seatrout. By free-lining live shiners behind the boat, Oldham is catching trout 15-18 inches. For jigging, Oldham is using 4-5 feet of 20-pound fluorocarbon leader connected to a No. 2 Eagle Claw live bait hook.

Once finished trout fishing, Oldham moves to some of the small wrecks and rock piles in Tampa Bay, where Spanish mackerel are being caught on free-lined shiners combined with a long shank hook and some 30-pound fluorocarbon.

Also on shallow water structure, Oldham is catching small gag grouper, as well as a couple keeper-size fish, too. Remember, on July 1 those keeper-size gags can go in the box.

On a final note from Oldham, tarpon fishing is still going strong along the beaches of Anna Maria Island and Longboat Key. Anglers need to carry an assortment of baits, such as crabs, threadies, pinfish and shiners to accommodate the finicky tastes of the silver king. Fish up to 160 pounds are being reported.

Capt. Rick Gross of Fishy Business Charters is working the grass flats from Terra Ceia Bay all the way to Sarasota Bay. By using live shiners free-lined behind the boat, Gross is finding plenty of catch-and-release snook. And some big ones, too. Gross says the slot and over-slot fish are feeding during moving tides along mangrove edges and on grass flats. To get these snook to bite, Gross likes to use about 4 feet of 20-pound fluorocarbon leader connected to a small live bait hook. Add a shiner to that combo and you’re in business.

Gross also is getting good action on spotted seatrout. Again, he is fishing grass flats, although for trout he likes to look slightly deeper. Grass flats in the 5-6 foot depth are ideal for free-lining live shiners behind the boat that bring in average-size trout of 18-22 inches.

Capt. Warren Girle is targeting tarpon off the beaches of Longboat Key and Anna Maria Island. For bait, Girle is using live blue or pass crabs. Multiple hookups are possible, he says, when the fish are happy. The less boat pressure, the better. Average size of the silver bombers in the past week for hookups was 80-150 pounds.

Moving offshore, Girle is finding permit in the 20-pound range. To find and catch these elusive fish, Girle is anchoring over structure and free-lining small, live pass crabs in the tide.

Along with permit, Girle is catching amber jack, barracuda and sharks. For the AJs, Girle is chumming with live shiners and then casting a bait unto the feeding frenzy. For the ’cuda and sharks, chunk or live mackerel will get you hooked up.

Send fishing reports to fish@islander.org.

Island police blotter – 06-26-2013

Anna Maria

• June 11, 700 block of Holly Drive. A Manatee County Sheriff’s Office deputy responded to a domestic disturbance and found a mother arguing with her juvenile son. No physical contact occurred.

Anna Maria is policed by the MCSO.

Bradenton Beach

• June 17, 100 block of Fourth Street, domestic battery. A 44-year-old man was arrested for misdemeanor domestic battery. According to the report, the man was upset that his live-in girlfriend was going to do laundry while he was away. He told her not to leave the house and returned to find her sitting on the front porch. He told her several times to go inside, at which time he allegedly put her in a headlock and dragged her into the home. During the incident, the victim fell and skinned her knee. A witness observed the incident and called police. The suspect was arrested at the scene.

Bradenton Beach is policed by the BBPD.


• No new reports.

Cortez is policed by the MCSO

Holmes Beach

• June 17, 2911 53rd Ave. E., Walmart, Bradenton, petit theft. A 22-year-old Holmes Beach woman was arrested at Walmart for petit theft. According to the report, the woman entered the women’s clothing section and placed a tank top into her purse. She then went to the sporting goods section, where she allegedly placed several fishing lures into her purse, and then attempted to leave the store. She was detained by a loss prevention officer and taken into custody by an MCSO deputy.

• June 9, 200 block of 76th Street, burglary. A complainant reported someone forced open a side door of the residence and stole a 32-inch TV valued at $350 from the living room.

• June 11, 300 block of 58th Street, vehicle theft. A woman reported a golf cart valued at $5,465 was stolen from her front yard. The following day, police responded to the 6200 block of Holmes Boulevard in reference to the theft of a grill valued at $1,000 from a resident’s backyard. While investigating the theft, the officer observed a golf cart that fit the description of the stolen vehicle from the previous day. The owner was able to verify it was her golf cart and the vehicle was returned to her.

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.

Obituaries – 06-26-2013

Dale Elizabeth Ruiz De Villa-Herbst

Dale Elizabeth Ruiz De Villa-Herbst died June 17. She was born Nov. 30, 1946, to Col. Donald and Dawn Herbst.  She was a resident of Kansas City, Mo., and Anna Maria Island.

Her love for classical music influenced all around her. The family enjoyed her crochet projects, all of which will be cherished for years to come. Her everlasting love of laughter was embraced by all.

Services will be held June 29 at St. Andrews Episcopal Church in Kansas City, Mo. Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society or the Kansas City Hospice organization.

Mrs. Herbst is survived by her siblings, Dean of Milwaukee and Diane Schwartz of Chicago; her children’s father, Jerry L. Stafford; children Lance G. Stafford, Donald C. Stafford and Douglas H. Stafford; grandchildren Logan, Luke and Landon Stafford; as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins, Jessica Holt, Michelle and Dave Collings, friends and her favorite grand-dog Ellie.


William Kenneth Smith Jr.

William Kenneth Smith Jr., 25-year resident of Anna Maria, died June 4, just minutes before his 87th birthday. He was born and raised in Ford County, Ill.

At the age of 17, he left home to become a naval submariner. After World War II, he attended and graduated from the University of Illinois. He married his wife, Betsy, in 1953 and soon after moved to Cincinnati. In 1988, they became full-time residents of Anna Maria.

He died on the one-year anniversary of his wife’s death.

He was the sole proprietor for 50 years of William K. Smith Brokerage Co.

A private service is planned. Memorial donations may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project. Condolences to the family may be made to Griffith-Cline Funeral Home at www.griffithcline.com.

Mr. Smith is survived by brother Jack of Paxton, Ill., and Estero, Fla.; son Kenneth Gaige of Bradenton; daughter Wendy Kay of Cincinnati; grandsons William Kenneth III, Sutherland Gaige Smith and Cody Xavier Faulkner; and granddaughter Helen Katholeen Smith.


Sports – 06-26-2013

Island Pest Control wins Island Cup, adult soccer title


Island Pest Control defeated Wash Family Construction 3-2 June 20 to take the championship in the Anna Maria Island Community Center’s adult soccer league and win the Island Cup.

The coed teams battled to a scoreless first half, though Island Pest Control had better scoring chances, the best one coming in the 18th minute when Danny Anderson’s left-footed goal shot from 18 yards out went just wide.

Island Pest Control amped it up in the opening minutes of the second half, but still did not find the back of the net. A perfectly executed give-and-go between Anderson and Emily Argeros gave Anderson a chance inside the box for IPC, but his volley was wide.

Four minutes later, Lindsey Weaver’s shot off of a nice drop pass from Argeros was on goal, but Dave Green was able to come up with the save to preserve the 0-0 tie.

Finally in the 12th minute, Anderson came through on a free kick from 19 yards to give Island Pest Control a 1-0 lead. One minute later, Argeros took a pass from Max Gazzo and finished with a left-footed volley to give Island Pest Control a 2-0 lead.

Island Pest Control almost extended its lead a minute later when Weaver crossed the ball from the right side to Anderson, whose header was on goal, but was saved by Wash’s Green in goal.

Anderson got loose up the left side in the 18th minute and made the Wash team pay, as he took advantage of the space by deftly threading the needle with a beautiful left-footed shot, extending the Island Pest Control lead to 3-0 with the clock winding down.

WFC finally got on the scoreboard in the 21st minute when Aaron Parkin curled a corner kick to BJ Grant, who headed it past Frank Agnelli in goal to pull to within 3-1.

With little time remaining, WFC continued to push forward and was rewarded when top dog of WFC, Darrin Wash, headed in a cross from Kris Yavalar, leaving the score 3-2 before time ran out.

Anderson led Island Pest Control with two goals and Argeros added one goal for the victors, and an assist from Gazzo, who, along with Sean Sanders and goalie Agnelli, anchored a stingy defense.

Wash and Grant scored for Wash Family Construction, while Parkin and Yavalar added assists in the loss.

WFC advanced to the finals by defeating No. 2 seed Sato Real Estate 7-4 June 14. Parkin led WFC with four goals and two assists, while Grant added two goals. Wash finished with one goal in the victory.

Paul Hayward scored two goals and had one assist to lead Sato, which also received a pair of goals from Josh Sato.

Island Pest Control advanced with a 5-3 victory over Discount Signs & Wraps in the other semifinal game. Danny Anderson scored two goals to lead IPC, which also received goals from Sean Sanders, Lindsey Weaver and Greg Ross in the victory.

Key Royale golf news

The women members of Key Royale Club played a nine-hole individual-low-net golf match June 18 that included a team low putts for the round competition.

Kris Landkammer rode a birdie on the sixth hole to a 7-under-par 25 to grab a three-shot victory in Flight A. Ginny Upshaw’s 4-under-par 28 gave her second place in the flight.

Lou Anne Collins carded a 4-under-par 28 to take first place in Flight B by three strokes over second-place finisher Fran Barford, who shot 1-under-par 31.

Barford also was part of the team that included Helen Pollack, Tootie Wagner and Terry Westby to combine for 62 putts to win the low-putts team competition.

Wagner also had a chipin on the fourth hole, while Penny Williams did the same on three.


Horseshoe news

Only one team managed a 3-0 record during June 19 horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe pits. Dan Belden, visiting from Minnesota, “walked” his way to a 3-0 record and was champ for the day.

Only one team managed a 3-0 record during June 22 action as well. The team of Hank Huyghe and George McKay were the champs for the day.

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 fee and everyone is welcome.

Calendar – 06-26-2013

Wednesday, June 26

8:30 p.m. — Official sunset time.


Thursday, June 27

10 a.m. — A talk about mosquitoes in Manatee County with Amber Marciano, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.

8:30 p.m. — Official sunset time.


Friday, June 28

8:30 p.m. — Official sunset time.


Saturday, June 29

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. The speaker will be Jim Brown from the local Junior Achievement program. Information: 941-778-1383.

8:30 p.m. — Official sunset time.


Sunday, June 30

8:30 p.m. — Official sunset time.


Monday, July 1

8:30 p.m. — Official sunset time.


Tuesday, July 2

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

8:30 p.m. — Official sunset time.


Wednesday, July 3

8:30 p.m. — Official sunset time.

Nightfall — BeachHouse Restaurant’s 20th annual fireworks extravaganza, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-779-2222.



Friday, June 28

6 p.m. — Outer space movie, “Attack the Block,” South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton. Fee applies. Information: 941-746-4131.


Saturday, June 29

6:30-10:30 p.m. — Sixth annual Fish Fry and Shrimp Boil Cajun Feast, Polo Grill, 10670 Boardwalk Loop, Lakewood Ranch. Fee applies. Information: 941-782-0899.



• Saturdays, through July, 5-9 p.m. Bridge Street Merchants night markets, Bridge Street, Bradenton Beach. Information: 215-906-0668.

• 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 and third Wednesdays, Mana-Tween Book and Culture 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.

• First and third Thursdays, 2 p.m., knitting group meets, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive. Information: 941-778-6341.

• Thursdays, except July and August, 5-10 p.m. – Main Street Live, Old Main Street, Bradenton. Information: 941-932-9440.

• 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 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.

• Second Saturdays, 10 a.m., origami club meets, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive. Information: 941-778-6341.

• Third Saturdays, 11 a.m., stress management through breathing, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive. Information: 941-778-6341.

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

• 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, September-June, 7 p.m., U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 81 meets, 5801 33rd Ave. Court Drive W., G.T. Bray Park, Bradenton. Information: 941-779-4476.

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


Coming up

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

• July 4, fireworks display on the Gulf, presented by the Sandbar Restaurant, 100 Spring Ave., Anna Maria.


Save the date

• 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.

The Islander Classifieds: Wednesday, June. 26, 2013


CLOCK COLLECTORS ATTENTION: GE Telechron model #7ha141. Collectible clock, the Airlux, post war (1945-1949), $25. 941-761-1415.

CORVETTE OWNERS: WOLF car cover, like new, $50. Holmes beach. 304-633-3635.

FOR SALE: TRAMPOLINE exerciser, $20, clown hobo lamp, colorful, $20. Cash. 941-792-0008, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.

ANTIQUES, ART, and collectibles. View at The Islander store, 5604B Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.

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


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/

ATTENTION VETERANS AND active military from Anna Maria Island. Crosspointe Fellowship wants to hear from you in order to welcome you to a Nov. 16 patriotic Thanksgiving event. Call the Rev. Ed Moss at 941-778-0719 to provide your contact information.

WANTED: WORKOUT DVDs and retired but working XBox, Wii units with games for Ministry of Presence summer camp in Haiti. Deliver to The Islander, 5604B Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.

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

WANTED: YOUR OLD cell phone for recycling. Deliver to The Islander, 5604B Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.

FISHING GEAR WANTED: The Privateers and The Islander are collecting new or used, repairable fishing poles and reels, nets, tackle, buckets, etc. to give to children. Donate your gear at The Islander newspaper office, 5604B Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.

FREE GUN LOCK courtesy of Project Childsafe, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and Holmes Beach Police Department. Pick up at The Islander office, 5604B Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Don’t be sorry, be safe.


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. Visit our #1 sale racks. 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.


LOST: WEDDING RING. Platinum setting with three emerald-cut diamonds. Reward offered. Please return, means so much. 703-608-6871.

SUNGLASSES FOUND at 29th Street in the Gulf. Maui Jims. Contact Toni to claim, 863-214-3886.


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.

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.

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


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.

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

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.


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.

CARE AT HOME: Confidential and professional. Home aid, companionship, basic nursing. Call Alexandra Keller, 941-524-9900.


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

HIDDEN DOG FENCE installation. Free estimates. 239-470-1254 or 941-456-1593.

SUN MAINTENANCE AND Service: Call Travis and Megan, 941-779-8389, for all your lawn, landscape, and pool service needs. “Even free snow removal” 10 years experience. Free estimates, trusting services.

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

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.

AMI COMPUTERS Virus removal, repairs, tutorials, data salvage. On site, at home or office. www.amicomputer.com or 941-962-6560.


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.

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

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


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

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.


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

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.

2BR WATERFRONT TOWNHOUSE with boat slip. Palma Sola Bay. Pool, patio, cable, washer and dryer. $900 mo. Call 941-538-8622.

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

SEASONAL OR ANNUAL Sarasota bayfront. 2BR/2BA, pool. $2,000 month. Gulf view, 3BR/2BA, $2,000 month. For information, 703-587-4675, bayrest@hotmail.com.

ANNUAL RENTAL: 900 sf, elevated half duplex, turnkey furnished with utilities. 1BR/1BA. Great location for beach life. (1.3 miles to Anna Maria Island) Will consider shorter term. $1,095/month. 941-761-2725.

VACATION RENTAL: 2BR/2BA condo with boat dock and pool, $550/week. Realtor, 941-756-1090.

TOWNHOUSE: 2BR, BOAT dock and pool. TV, cable. Furnished annual. $950/month. Realtor, 941-756-1090.

FURNISHED 3BR/2BA SINGLE-family home. $1,200/month, flexible lease. Updated, five miles to beach. Realtor, 941-356-1456.

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.


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.

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

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

BEST PRICE PER foot: Key Royale 3BR/3BA canal, seawall, pool. Call Sharon Hightower, Edgewater Real Estate, 941-330-5054.

PERICO BAY CLUB: Great water views, great price, 2BR/2BA, $169,900. Call Sharon Hightower, Edgewater Real Estate, 941-330-5054.

SINGLE-FAMILY HOME for sale by owner. 2BR/2BA plus den. Over 2,000 sf, community pool, fitness center, 10 minutes to Anna Maria beaches. $329,000. Call Mark, 941-447-3726.

ISLAND ALTERNATIVE: TEN minutes to beach, no-flood zone, 4BR/2BA, caged pool, single-family home. Updated roof, flooring, windows and more. $219,000. Low, low down. Owner, Realtor, 941-356-1456.