Tag Archives: 06-29-2011

Hand to hand

Anti-drilling demonstrators — about 40 — gather June 25 on the beach near 52nd Street in Holmes Beach for Hands Across the Sand, a global event to promote clean energy alternatives to oil exploration, extraction and consumption. Islander Photos: Lisa Neff

Holmes Beach resident Pete Gross, right, who coordinated Hands Across the Sand at 52nd Street June 25, talks with Bradenton resident Mary Shepard about an initiative to amend the state constitution to ban oil exploration and drilling in state waters.

Manuela Hebert of Anna Maria Island and Tanya Toner of Tampa hold hands during a demonstration June 25 for clean energy alternatives to oil — and drilling for oil. A Hands Across the Sand event also took place in Anna Maria near Cedar Avenue.

At noon, anti-drilling demonstrators hold hands to form a chain on the beach in Holmes Beach. Events took place throughout the world. The first global Hands Across the Sand took place last summer, largely in response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the northern Gulf of Mexico.

A sign at the beach access near 52nd Street in Holmes Beach advertises Hands Across the Sand June 25.

Hands Across the Sand attracts children and adults to the shore in Holmes Beach.

Harry Davis, Wally the Alligator and Janice Johnson, all of Riverview, join in Hands Across the Sand.

Council seeks to ban horses on causeway

Bradenton City Council’s move to ban horseback riding along the Palma Sola Causeway has some galloping mad and others perplexed.

Only a few causeway regulars surveyed last week endorsed the recent 4-1 council vote for city attorney Bill Lisch to draft an ordinance prohibiting horses on the causeway, a main route from Bradenton to Anna Maria Island.

Councilman Gene Gallo proposed the ban during a meeting June 22. He said horses on the causeway create a health and safety issue and that he had received complaints about horse waste on Palma Sola’s beach and in the bay.

One councilman, Bemis Smith, opposed the move with the explanation that he’s a “small government conservative.” He predicted public response would be against the ban.

The day after the vote, the proposed prohibition triggered a buzz in online forums, at city hall and especially on the causeway — an unofficial survey of beachgoers on the thin strip of shore found about nine in 10 opposed a ban.

“I think the horses on the beach give it character,” said Amelia Turner of Anna Maria. “It creates a beautiful scene. I come here about every day with my dog. I spend more time here than on the beach in Anna Maria.”

Vacationer Henry Ryman of Belleville, Ill., said, “But I was thinking it would be a fun thing for the family to try. What’s the problem? I sure don’t see logic in banning horses and allowing dogs.”

Another vacationer, Elaine Abrams of Paterson, N.J., wondered about domestic animals on the beach and in the water. “We stopped for lunch,” she said. “But I don’t think I’d go swimming in there.”

During the council meeting, public works director Claude Tankersley said that horses contribute to the fecal coliform in the Palma Sola water and that feces and urine contribute to algae growth.

The irony of that concern about animal waste didn’t escape some causeway regulars, as well as Timothy A. Mattox, CEO of Great World Adventures, which operates BeachHorses.com to provide opportunities for horseback riding on the causeway.

For about 13 hours June 14-15, an estimated 3.5 million gallons of sewage spilled into the Manatee River from a broken pipe at Bradenton’s wastewater treatment facility. Mattox said it was “almost laughable” that a city official could maintain that dumping raw sewage has “zero impact but a little horse poop in Palma Sola Bay is a health and safety issue.”

He added that his company endorsed the city’s ordinance requiring people to pick up after their animals, that the BeachHorses.com crew always cleans up after the horses. Also, he said, horses are herbivores, so their waste might be nitrogen-rich but it “dissolves quickly.”

Mattox said he was blindsided by the council vote, which he claimed was based on misinformation and incorrect assumptions.

The proposed ban would bring the BeachHorses.com business to a halt, as well as stop individual horse-owners from riding along the causeway.

“It’s the only public beach south of Jacksonville that permits horseback riding,” Mattox said. “This is not only an issue for business. The causeway is an important venue for all horse-owners throughout southern and central Florida. That little strip of sand is the only one around. There are horse-lovers throughout the state who are up in arms.”

Patrons of BeachHorses.com, from travel writers to vacationers, have posted raves about the Palma Sola experience, and local tourism officials encourage visitors to take rides. Horse-surfing on Palma Sola is the No. 1 tourist activity in Bradenton, according to TripAdvisor.com.

“It’s not just an attraction for tourists who are here,” Mattox said. “It attracts tourists who are visiting other parts of the state — Daytona, Miami, Orlando. Someone goes to maybe South Beach or Disney, but drives four hours to here to go to Palma Sola. We are putting heads in beds.… And with the horse-surfing, made this a unique destination.”

Court renders Stoltzfus moot

The Florida 2nd District Court of Appeal on June 22 dismissed the case filed by former Anna Maria Commissioner Harry Stoltzfus to appeal his recall from office.

The recall was brought by the Recall Stoltzfus Committee formed by Robert Carter in May 2010.

In a brief order, the court said the appeal was “dismissed as moot,” with all appeal judges assigned to the case concurring.

Efforts to reach Stoltzfus to learn if the ruling would be appealed were unsuccessful, as were efforts to reach Stoltzfus attorney Richard Harrison of Tampa.

Stoltzfus was recalled 362-331 in a special election Sept. 7, 2010, after the 12th Circuit Court upheld the legality of the recall committee’s effort that obtained the required number of signatures to hold the vote.

After the committee submitted its first set of signatures to the supervisor of elections office in May 2010, Stoltzfus sued the committee and Carter, claiming the committee was not legally sufficient and the court should declare the recall invalid.

The court held several hearings on the lawsuit, but eventually ruled the committee was legal and the recall election should take place.

Stoltzfus appealed the decision to the Florida 2nd DCA on the grounds he was not given due process, but the appeal court allowed the election to proceed on Sept. 7, 2010, as scheduled. The results were not announced immediately under a court-ordered stay, but were released Sept. 13.

In the same recall election, Gene Aubry was elected 363-333 to serve the remainder of Stoltzfus’ term.

It was the first-ever recall election in Manatee County, according to the supervisor of elections office.

In an ironic twist, Florida law allowed Stoltzfus to seek election to the seat he held in the same election that voters were deciding whether he should be recalled. The possibility existed that Stoltzfus could have been recalled from office, but elected to complete the remainder of his own term.

The Recall Stoltzfus Committee was formed in April 2010 after Stoltzfus’ personal e-mails that pertained to city business were made public following a public records request by legal consultant Michael Barfield of Sarasota.

Those e-mails contained several statements by Stoltzfus that were derogatory to then-Mayor Fran Barford, including one in which he called Barford a “donkey.”

In another of the more than 800 e-mails released, Stoltzfus discussed how a group of residents should sue the city without his name mentioned. Stoltzfus also mentioned he had some sources to fund the litigation against the city.

Stoltzfus consistently has denied any wrongdoing.

Island police blotter – 06-29-2011

Anna Maria

• June 23, north beach, vandalism. Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch reported to the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office a series of incidents causing disturbances in a shorebird nesting ground.

Anna Maria is policed by the MCSO.

Bradenton Beach

• June 22, Coquina Beach, medical emergency. Manatee County Marine Rescue and Emergency Medical Services responded to the beach, where a swimmer was found unresponsive in the water.

Bradenton Beach is policed by the BBPD.

Cortez

• No new reports.

Cortez is policed by the MCSO.

Holmes Beach

• June 15, 300 block of 58th Street, burglary. The Holmes Beach Police Department received a report that someone removed items from a rental property and possibly was squatting in the property.

• June 18, 3600 block of East Bay Drive, theft. HBPD arrested a 27-year-old man for allegedly stealing a T-shirt and four pairs of shorts from a store. The man was apprehended in the 4000 block of Sixth Avenue after allegedly fleeing the store. He faces a misdemeanor charge.

• June 18, 300 block of 62nd St., theft. HBPD received a report of a bicycle theft from an open garage. The bike was a blue women’s Huffy beach cruiser.

• June 18, 100 block of 50th Street, burglary. The HBPD received a report of a vehicle break-in. Someone used a large rock to break a passenger window and remove a wallet and mobile phone from the vehicle.

• June 18, 300 block of 62nd Street, theft. The HBPD received a report of a bicycle theft from outside a home. The bike was a purple girl’s bike with a basket.

• June 21, 6500 block of Gulf Drive, theft. The HBPD received a report that someone removed several items left overnight on the beach, including six chairs, a canopy and an umbrella. HBPD informed the complainant that the city’s turtle protection ordinance prohibits leaving furniture and toys on the beach overnight.

• June 21, 7700 block of Gulf Drive, theft. The HBPD received a report of a bicycle theft. The bike was described as green, old and rusty, with three wheels.

Holmes Beach is policed by the HBPD.

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

Obituaries – 06-29-2011

Richard Wayne Baker

Richard Wayne Baker, 73, of Bradenton, died June 22. He was born in Atwood, Ill., and moved to Bradenton in 1976 from Tuscola, Ill.

Mr. Baker was a sergeant in the Illinois National Guard and an accountant for A. Paradise Realty in Holmes Beach.

Services will be private. Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory 43rd Street Chapel, Bradenton, was in charge. Memorial donations may be made to R.H. Prine Elementary School Library, 3801 Southern Parkway W., Bradenton FL 34205. Online condolences may be made at www.brownandsonsfuneral.com.

Mr. Baker is survived by his wife of 50 years, Nancy; sons Robert and wife Evelyn of Bradenton; Douglas of Altamonte Springs; sisters Nancy Knapp of Elkhart, Ind., and Sue Sadler of St. Joseph, Ill.; grandchildren Zach, Rachel, Christopher, Aubrey, Abi, Mia, Jeremiah, and Henry.

Elizabeth Pierce Moss

Elizabeth Pierce Moss, 93, of Anna Maria, died June 25. She was born Aug. 23, 1917, in Bartow. She first came to Anna Maria with family on vacation when she was 4 years old. Her family purchased the home where she resided on the beach end of Willow Avenue in 1943.

She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Florida State College for Women (later Florida State University).

She moved to Anna Maria in the 1950s where she met and married her late husband Eugene. They taught at Anna Maria Elementary School. The couple was named Anna Maria Citizens of the Year in 2003.

Mrs. Moss was a charter member of the Anna Maria Historical Society and, according to long-time friend Carolyne Norwood, “gave the best tours of the museum of anyone they ever had.” She was assistant city clerk in Anna Maria during the years when Ernie Cagnina was mayor. She was a member of Roser Memorial Community Church for more than 50 years, a member of the Daughter’s of the American Revolution and the League of Women Voters. She was co-grand marshal with Carolyne Norwood of the Anna Maria City Pier Centennial Parade.

A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Friday, July 1, at Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave.

Anna Maria. Memorial donations may be made to Meals on Wheels or Manasota Buds (www.manasotabuds.org).

Mrs. Moss is survived by her children, Jim, Ed and Beth Waters; grandchildren Ryan, David, Brent, Amy, Jonathan, Matthew, Greg, Melanie and Alyssa; and great-grandchild Mason.

Bette C. Riordan

Bette C. Riordan, 89, of Bradenton, formerly of Anna Maria, died April 24.

Mrs. Riordan was a longtime member of Key Royale Club and 70-year member of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

Memorial donations may be made to the Madame Brett Homestead, in care of Daughters of the American Revolution, Melzingah Chapter, 50 VanNydeck Ave., Beacon NY 12508, for the continued preservation of the historic landmark.

Mrs. Riordan is survived by daughter Elizabeth Davitt and husband Robert L. McDermott of Maidens, Va.; grandsons Peter D. McDermott of Bradenton and Kevin M. McDermott of Maidens, Va.; and great grand-daughter Kaitlyn E. McDermott of Maidens, Va.

Island real estate transactions – 06-29-2011

407 74th St., Unit B, Bay Breeze, Holmes Beach, a 2,098 sfla / 3,459 sfur 3bed/2½bath/2car land condo with pool built in 2005 was sold 06/03/11, Rudek to Aktiebolag for $504,000; list $590,000.

712 Key Royale Drive, Holmes Beach, a 1,562 sfla / 2,572 sfur 3bed/2bath/2car canalfront home built in 1983 on a 70×116 lot was sold 05/27/11, Nowak to Estabrooks for $370,000; list $449,900.

205 65th St., Holmes Beach, a 816 sfla / 1,086 sfur 2bed/1bath home built in 1950 on a 118×100 lot was sold 06/10/11, Norman to Carter & Beach to Bay Investments Inc. for $500,000.

102 68th St., Unit 101, Seaside Beach House, Holmes Beach, a 1,275 sfla 2bed/1½bath condo with shared pool built in 1977 was sold 06/03/11, Perger to Crager for $338,000; list $399,000.

241 17th St., Unit 9, Bradenton Beach Club, Bradenton Beach, a 1,676 sfla / 2,118 sfur 2bed/2bath/2car condo with shared pools built in 2003 was sold 06/03/11, Mercier to Overgard Properties LLC for $335,000; list $339,000.

312 64th St., Unit 308, Sixty Fourth Street, Holmes Beach, a 2,040 sfla / 2,184 sfur 4bed/2bath condo with pool built in 1993 was sold 05/27/11, Federal National Mortgage Association to Bresnahan for $274,900; list $274,900.

611 Gulf Drive N., Unit B12, Imperial House, Bradenton Beach, a 794 sfla 2bed/1bath 55+ condo with shared pool built in 1969 was sold 06/06/11, Staten to Ohlman for $158,000.

2312 Avenue C, Unit 11, King of Hardts Lay Z Liv N, Bradenton Beach, a 651 sfla 1bed/1bath condo with shared pool built in 1979 was sold 06/06/11, Perry to Hogan for $135,000.

611 Gulf Drive N., Unit C16, Imperial House, Bradenton Beach, a 664 sfla 1bed/1bath 55+ condo with shared pool built in 1969 was sold 06/08/11, Reubold to Mackay for $87,000; list $122,495.

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

Fishing – 06-29-2011

Summertime fishing in full swing

If you haven’t noticed, summer is here. With temperatures reaching the upper 90s you may want to plan your fishing adventures a little differently. This is especially important if you pan to fish from shore or on the shallow grass flats from your boat. Remember, the Florida heat not only affects us, it also affects the fish. Most fish we target on the flats prefer water less than 85 degrees. Therefore fishing at high noon on a hot summer day probably isn’t the best time to target shallow-water species. The solution to this problem is to start fishing earlier. Water temperatures are cooler in the morning. If you’re going to catch live bait, plan on being in your bait spot ready to throw the net, the second there is enough light to see. If you’re fishing artificials, the same concept applies. Be at your spot and start fishing at first light. A few degrees in water temperature can make a world of difference.

Another option is to just start fishing at night. Fishing at night can have other benefits other than escaping the heat. For one, there’s less pressure on the fish at night since there are fewer anglers targeting them. Second, if you’re targeting snook, they generally feed better at night anyway. The same applies foe spotted sea trout. At night, small baitfish and shrimp are attracted to lights that shine into the water. For this reason snook ad trout will lurk on the outskirts of the light darting in occasionally for a midnight snack. Not only can you see the fish feeding under the lights, but they’re generally more apt to eat your bait if you present it right.

Bob Kilb at the Rod & Reel Pier says with the hatch bait beginning to appear so are the Spanish mackerel. “We’re not catching great numbers yet,” says Kilb.” But they should be here soon.”

Also around the pier, fishers are catching some over-slot redfish. Try catching small blue crabs and cutting them into pieces to use for bait to catch these reds. If they’re there, they’ll usually eat a piece of crab.

Capt. Mark Johnston of Just Reel Fishing Charters is fishing Sarasota Bay targeting redfish and trout using live shiners for bait. “When I’m using shiners for redfish,” Johnston says, “I like to crush them a little. The reds seem to hit them better that way.” Johnston is catching slot redfish under docks and on shallower flats in the bay. Spotted sea trout are being caught on deeper flats using free lined shiners and also shiners under a popping cork. Again, slot fish have been the norm with a few fish in the 24-inch range. While targeting spotted sea trout, Johnston is catching Spanish mackerel and ladyfish as a by-catch. Lastly, Johnston is targeting tarpon just off the beaches of Anna Maria Island with good results. Fish in the 60-100 pound class have been the norm.

Ken Davis at Rotten Ralph’s on the Historic Bridge Street Pier says

Jonny Keyes at Island Discount Tackle says beach action is picking up with reports of spotted sea trout and snook being caught in the morning and evening. “Look for them running the beach,” Keyes says.

Best bait for either species is a live shiner, although a small ladyfish put in front of a big snook is a sure-fire way to get yourself into the fight of a lifetime.

In the backcountry, fishing the deeper flats is resulting in spotted sea trout, Spanish mackerel and ladyfish. Both live shiners and artificials are producing good numbers. Redfish seem to be a little scattered, although slot fish are being reported.

Moving offshore, the snapper bite is beginning to pick up. All varieties of snapper are being brought to the docks. Red snapper are being caught in water depths of 120 feet and deeper. Mangrove snapper are being caught in as little as 50 feet of water. Live shiners and frozen sardines are working well. Also take some live pinfish for the bigger red snapper.

Capt. Mark Howard of SumoTime fishing charters says he’s been working overtime this last month chasing the schools of tarpon that have invaded the beaches and passes of Anna Maria and Tampa Bay. Howard’s preferred method of fishing for silver kings is to anchor up-tide of the rolling fish and chum with shiners to draw them to the back of the boat. On a recent charter Howard had the tarpon swimming behind and below the stern gulping down chummers resulting in 16 hookups.

Howard has been targeting speckled sea trout and they’ve been “coming over the rails” in good numbers and size. Howard reports landing fish over 20-inches on most of his inshore charters. Howard suggests using a de-hooking device to increase the chance of survival for the smaller trout.

Shiners have gotten small recently so it is imperative to down size your hooks and leader. Howard has gone from using 2/0 Owner live-bait hooks to 1/0 or size 1 Owner live-bait hooks. “If necessary put two shiners on a hook,” Howard suggests.

“Looking forward, the tides for next week should provide for some excellent fishing with big high tides early and very low tides in the afternoon. These tides will concentrate the fish in the potholes and in the passes,” Howard says.

Capt. Warren Girle is fishing a variety of species ganging from grouper offshore, to trout and reds inshore. On a full day offshore, Girle says they caught and released tons of red and gag grouper. “Most of the fish are under slot,” Girle says,” But its non-stop action out there.” Girle is catching mangrove snapper to 16 inches as well as plenty of Key West grunts.

Moving inshore, Girle is wading the flats of Sarasota Bay for redfish and trout. “Target the schools of mullet to find the reds,” Girle says. “The redfish are scattered but the ones we’re catching are ranging from 15-26 inches.

Girle is still fishing tarpon along the beaches of Anna Maria Island and Longboat Key. Live shiners, threadfins and crabs are working well. Fish are averaging in the 100-pound class.

Capt. Logan Bystrom is targeting tarpon along the beached and in the passes both north and south. While fishing the beaches, Bystrom is using live threadfin herring as an offering to entice wary tarpon to bite. The water on the beachside of Anna Maria has been gin-clear in recent days. To aide in stealth, Bystrom likes to use 50-pound fluorocarbon ties to a 6/0 Gamakatsu 4X Strong hook. Also while bait fishing the beaches, Bystrom opts to use a 9-foot casting rod paired with a Shimano conventional reel for better leverage while fighting big tarpon. “You get optimum performance for casting when you use a weighted cork,” Bystrom says. “It’s perfect for the type of fishing we’re doing right now.”

Fish on the beach are averaging 80-120 pounds with bigger fish being caught occasionally. “The fish are a little scattered right now,” Bystrom says. “On the backside of the full moon, the fish tend to head south.” On an up-note, Bystrom predicts the tarpon will school up again around the new moon.

Jeff Medley at the south bait shop on the Sunshine Skyway Bridge Fishing Piers says Spanish mackerel are showing in good number and they’re big too. “all of the hatch bait is starting to appear,” Medley says. “Which in-turn brings in the Spanish Mackerel.”

Small spoons, crappie jigs and Gotcha plugs in the 5/8-ounce size are producing good numbers of fish in the 18-25 inch range. Of course, with good numbers of Spanish mackerel come good numbers of shark. Lemon, bull and bonnethead sharks are being caught on small chunk of Spanish mackerel fished on the bottom. Make sure you have stout tackle. These sharks are ranging from 3 to 6 feet in length. Pompano are still biting in the shallower waters around the beginning of the pier. Love’s lures pompano jigs tipped with a piece of peeled shrimp are working great.

Cobia are still hanging around the end of the pier, although the numbers of fish being seen are dwindling. Get out there while they’re still there and throw a pinfish or threadfin herring in front of one and see what happens. Night fishing around the Skyway piers is producing mangrove snapper. For best results, drift small shiners under the pier and hang on.

On a final note, I want to wish Gabrielle Medley, Jeff’s daughter a happy 8th birthday. Keep catching those Spanish mackerel off the pier Gabrielle!

Send fishing reports to fish@islander.org.

Islander Calendar – 06-29-2011

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.

Friday, July 1

7:30 a.m. to noon — Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch garage sale at 214 69th St., Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-5638.

4:30 to 7 p.m. — The Anna Maria Island Privateers will capture the city of Bradenton Beach at City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach.

Saturday, July 2

7:30 a.m. to noon — Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch garage sale at 214 69th St., Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-5638.

10 a.m. to 2 p.m. — Turtle Watch Kids Club on the beach by Coconuts Beach Resort, 100 73rd St., Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-5638.

Sunday, July 3

After dark — Annual fireworks extravaganza over the Gulf of Mexico at the BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-779-2222.

Monday, July 4

9 a.m. — Flag-raising, music and 21-gun salute at the Key Royale Club, 700 Key Royale Club, Key Royale. Information: 941-920-3147.

10 a.m. — Anna Maria Island Privateers Fourth of July parade departs from Coquina Beach, Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-780-1668.

Noon to 4 p.m. — Anna Maria Island Privateers annual scholarship award ceremony and holiday picnic at the Anna Maria Island Beach Cafe, Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-780-1668.

After dark — Fourth of July fireworks over the Sandbar Restaurant, 100 Spring Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-8709.

Wednesday, July 6

1:15 p.m. — Gulf Coast Writers meet at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-496-4462.

5:30 p.m. — Origami 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 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.

• Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., practice landscape painting techniques with Rhea Chiles at the Studio at Gulf and Pine, 10101 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-1906.

• 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 through Aug. 13, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., fishing excursions for kids departing from the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-1908. Fee applies.

• 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:

Friday, July 1

5 p.m. — Splash Film Series: “Oceans” at the South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-746-4131. Fee applies.

Saturday, July 2

4 to 8 p.m. — “American Tales and Hotdogs” family night at the South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-746-4131. Fee applies.

After dark — “Boom Boom on the Bay” fireworks display over Sarasota Bay at Mar Vista Dockside Restaurant, 760 Broadway St., Longboat Key. Information: 941-383-2391.

Monday, July 4

5 p.m. — Independence Day concert featuring Henry Lawrence, Scholar’s Word and headliner Eddie Money at Lamb and Sutton Park, 700 10th Ave. W., Palmetto, followed by fireworks over the Manatee riverfront. Information: 941-723-4988.

Coming Up:

• July 8, Splash Film Series: “180 Degrees South,” South Florida Museum.

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

• July 12, Democratic Women’s Club social, Manatee Public Beach.

• July 13, college entrance preparation workshop, Island Branch Library.

Save the Date:

• July 14, Anna Maria Island Privateers rum tasting, Gulf Drive Cafe Tiki Hut.

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

• Aug. 4, Anna Maria Island Privateers “Walk the Plank” party, Cortez Clam Factory.

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. 29, 2011

ITEMS FOR SALE

MAN’S BICYCLE: 19-inch 7-speed black/silver Raleigh. Hardly used. $175. 941-778-3228.

BLACK & DECKER EDGER: “Edgehog” electric edger, adjustable blade, good condition. $50. 941-778-3469.

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

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 15321, 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.

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.

YARD SALE: 8 a.m. until we get rid of all our stuff. Friday and Saturday, July 1-2. All proceeds go to education fund of AMI Turtle Watch & Shorebirds. Cool items, computer desk, office goodies, old stuff, funky stuff, lamps, linens, books, kitchen stuff plus you get to hang out and hear the latest nesting beach stories and eat home made cookies! Please bring coffee! 214 69th St., Holmes Beach.

GARAGE SALE: 8 a.m.- ? Saturday, July 2. 2511 Ave. C, Bradenton Beach.

LOST & FOUND

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.

FOUND: BLACK CHANGE purse and contents at Publix, June 5. Holmes Beach Police Department, 941-708-5804.

PETS

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.

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

HELP WANTED

HOUSEKEEPER: MONDAY THROUGH Thursday. Cleaning, cooking. Must like dogs and cats. Non-smoker. Good pay. Background check. 941-704-7336.

EDUCATOR LOOKING FOR part-time personal assistant for variety of duties. Good references. Phone number, 941-761-7472.

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.

PROFESSIONAL I.T. SERVICES: Complete computer solutions for business and home. Installation, repair, upgrade, networking, Web services, wireless services. Richard Ardabell, network engineer, 941-778-5708, or cell 216-509-1945.

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.

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

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.

ATTENTION INDIVIDUALS AND businesses: Need help? Consider It Done. Call for services, 941-896-4089 or consitdon@aol.com.

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

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. Shell installed $45/yard at true specifications. Free appliance pick up. 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.

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.

LAST MINUTE CANCELLATION! Monthly rental, Key Royale 2BR/2BA canal home. Lets talk! Call Kathy, 941-932-5939.

ANNUAL: ANNA MARIA. 2BR/1.5BA, sailboat access. Dock, lift, washer and dryer. Non-smoking, no pets, credit check. A-1 tenant? A-1 landlord. $1,400/month. 941-779-0556.

ANNUAL: 3BR, FENCED yard, $950/month. Annual 1BR, furnished, $750/month. Big Fish Real Estate, 941-779-2289.

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.

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.

BEST BUY ON Anna Maria Island: Sandpiper Resort. Purchase the corporation share and get unit #507 turnkey, 1BR/1BA for $5,000. Steps to Gulf and bay. 585-731-4415.  www.sandpiperresortcoop.com.

FLORIDA, OUT-OF-STATE

NORTH CAROLINA MOUNTAIN lakefront lots. New, gated waterfront community. Dockable lots with up to 300 feet of shoreline. Low insurance, low property tax. Call now, 800-709-5253.