Tag Archives: 07-03-2013

Flying in formation

Terry Martsolf of Seminole won Week 2 of The Islander’s Top Notch photo contest with this image of five brown pelicans playing follow the leader in Holmes Beach. Martsolf wins an Islander t-shirt and the entry is entered into the newspaper’s grand-prize contest, which will be decided in August. Send Top Notch entries to topnotch@islander.org.

Island police blotter – 06-03-2013

Anna Maria

• June 18, 800 block of North Shore Drive, suspicious incident. A complainant said his dog jumped the fence of his residence and approached a man walking his dog on the roadway. The complainant said the man pulled a knife and threatened to kill his dog. There were no witnesses and the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office deputy reported the complainant’s statements were inconsistent.

• June 26, 200 block of Pine Avenue, suspicious incident. A man reported that an intoxicated woman entered his residence uninvited. A deputy made contact with the woman, who is renting the adjacent unit. The woman said she was bringing food she had prepared to the complainant’s family. The woman was released into her husband’s custody after the complainant declined to press charges.

• June 9, 700 block of Jacaranda Road, petit theft. A woman reported a wooden statue valued at $200 was stolen from her yard while she was out of town. The complainant said the statue was bolted to a concrete slab.

Anna Maria is policed by the MCSO.

Bradenton Beach

• June 19, 1800 block of Gulf Drive South, burglary. A man reported he and his family left the residence, and when they returned they found the front door kicked open. The man initially reported cash, jewelry and a handgun was stolen, but later called police to say the gun and jewelry had been found.

• June 24, 100 block of 11th Street, attempted burglary. A complainant reported the metal doors to a storage area had been damaged by someone attempting to open them while they were locked. It was unclear if the suspect was able to gain entry due to the damage, but nothing was reported stolen.

Bradenton Beach is policed by the BBPD.


• No new reports.

Cortez is policed by the MCSO

Holmes Beach

• June 20, 8400 block of Marina Drive, warrant. A 38-year-old Holmes Beach man was arrested at his home on a pair of bench warrants. The warrants were initiated on a prior arrest for driving while license suspended.

• June 23, 8000 block of Marina Drive, domestic battery. A 23-year-old Englewood woman was arrested on a misdemeanor charge of domestic battery. According to the report, the suspect and victim were arguing in their bedroom. When the man went to leave, the woman allegedly used her fingernails to scratch the victim.

• June 22, 3900 E. Bay Drive, Publix, retail theft. A 38-year-old Holmes Beach man was arrested after he allegedly concealed an 18-pack of beer between his body and a skateboard, leaving the store without paying for the merchandise. The man was arrested a short time later at his residence. Police recovered 12 of the 18 beers.

• June 15, 6500 block of Gulf Drive, theft. A complainant reported some beer and his sunglasses were stolen from a cooler outside his unit. Video showed three juveniles walking up and down the hallway searching through coolers.

• June 15, 5336 Gulf Drive, Island Trader, theft. A bank bag containing $400 was stolen from a locked filing cabinet in the business’s office. According to the report, only store employees had access to the cabinet, but it also states there are times when the public has access to the area.

• June 15, 500 block of Key Royale Drive, burglary. Police responded to an alarm and observed a balcony door to be open. Further investigation revealed pry marks on the door, but nothing was missing. Video of the area showed a man approaching the home just before 10 p.m. the prior night.

• June 16, 6700 block of Gulf Drive, theft. A complainant reported someone entered his lanai and stole two skim boards valued at $500. Three days later, two juveniles voluntary went to the police station where they allegedly admitted the theft. The juveniles said they were “heavily” drinking and remembered taking the skim boards, but not much else.

• June 17, 4000 Gulf Drive, Manatee Public Beach, theft. A complainant reported her iPhone valued at $500 was stolen.

• June 19, 300 block of 42nd Street, vehicle burglary. A man reported he witnessed two males enter his vehicle. While investigating, police made contact with two juveniles, who admitted they entered the vehicle, but also said they did not steal anything.

Holmes Beach is policed by the HBPD.

Streetlife is based on incident reports and narratives from the Bradenton Beach and Holmes Beach police departments and Manatee County Sheriff’s Office.

Sports – 07-03-2013

Summer sports start up, golf and horseshoes continue


A plethora of sports for kids and adults is on the horizon at the Anna Maria Island Community Center. The adults can choose coed flag football — played Wednesday and Thursday evenings starting July 11 — or volleyball in the gym on Tuesday evenings starting July 9.

Both leagues play through August.

There is some apparent dissatisfaction with new rules in the adult flag football league that limit which family members can play on the same team. It seems only “married” couples will be allowed to play on the same team at the center, while the couples’ children, partners and siblings will not be allowed to play together.

There also is some resulting talk about forming a family league, but no action.

For the kids, there’s indoor soccer in the cool confines of the center’s air-conditioned gymnasium and no limitations on siblings on the same team.

Sign up has resulted in two teams in the 5-7 division, three teams in the 8-10 division and four teams in the 11-13 division. Games start July 10 and continue until Aug. 14 and playoffs.

Stay tuned to The Islander for schedules, results and standings from the center leagues.


Key Royale golf news

The Key Royale Club men played a nine-hole team scramble June 27. The team of Gary Riser, Gary Razzi and Bob Lang combined on a 6-under-par 26 to grab a one-shot victory over the team of Ken Rickett, John Purcell, Dennis Schavey and Dave Vande Vrede.

The men again took the course for two rounds June 24. The morning saw a low-net-of-partners match that was won by the team of Bob Dickinson and Hank Tremblay, who combined on a 9-under-par 55. The team of Al Pollack and Matt Behan were alone in second place at 4-under-par 60.

Later in the day, the men played a nine-hole, modified-Stableford System or quota points match. Bob Lang and Ron Vanderman both finished at plus-4 to tie for first place.

Lang helped teammates Ken Rickett and Quentin Talbert to the team title on a combined plus-3. One point back was the team of Art McMillan, Ron Vanderman and Dave Vande Vrede.

The Key Royale women got out on the course June 25 for a nine-hole, individual-low-net golf match in two flights.

Sue Hookem fired a 6-under-par 26 to win Flight A by one shot over second-place finisher Ginny Upshaw. Kris Landkammer’s 4-under-par 28 put her in third place, one shot in front of Sue Wheeler, who was alone in fourth place.

Fran Barford’s 5-under-par 27 gave her a three-shot victory in Flight B over Shirley Cessna, Luanne Collins and Liz Lang, who finished in a three-way tie for second place.

On June 22, the men played an 18-hole, individual-low-net match. Carl Voyles fired a 9-under-par 55 to grab first place by seven strokes over second-place finisher Larry Fowler, who finished at 2-under-par 62.


Horseshoe news

Only two teams emerged from June 29 pool-play during horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe pits. Sam Samuels “walked” past Steve Doyle and Hank Huyghe by a 21-5 score to earn bragging rights for the day.

Three teams advanced to the knockout stage during June 26 horseshoe action. Jerry Disbrow and Steve Doyle drew the bye into the finals and watched as Hank Huyghe and George McKay eliminated Dom Livedoti and Tim Sofran 21-13. Huyghe and McKay then easily defeated Disbrow and Doyle by a 21-8 score in the finals.

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

There is no charge to play and everyone is welcome.


AMICC indoor soccer schedule

5-7 Division

July 10    6 p.m.      Bowes Imaging vs. Miller Electric

July 12    6 p.m.      Miller Electric vs. Bowes Imaging


8-10 Division

July 10    7 p.m.      LPAC vs. Air & Energy

July 12    7 p.m.      Bistro vs. LPAC


11-13 Division

July 10    8 p.m.      Island Dental vs. LPAC


AMICC adult volleyball schedule

July 9      6:30 Island Real Estate vs. Bowes Imaging

July 9      7:30 Beach Bums vs. Salon Salon

July 9      8:30 Southern Greens vs. Beach Bums


AMICC adult flag football schedule

July 11    6 p.m.      Jessie’s vs. The Feast

July 11    7 p.m.      Waterfront vs. Agnelli Pool

July 11    8 p.m.      Discount Signs vs. Sato Real Estate

July 11    9 p.m.      Slim’s Place vs. Beach to Bay Construction


Calendar – 07-03-2013

Wednesday, July 3

6 p.m., Mana-Tweens Book Club, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Pre-registration required. Information: 941-778-6341.

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.


Thursday, July 4

Today is Independence Day.

10 a.m. — Anna Maria Island Privateers annual Independence Day Parade, Coquina Beach in Bradenton Beach to Bayfront Park in Anna Maria, mostly along Gulf Drive.

Noon — Anna Maria Island Privateers annual scholarships award and July 4 party, Anna Maria Island Beach Cafe, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.

8:30 p.m. — Official sunset time.

Nightfall — 27th annual Sandbar Fireworks Spectacular, 100 Spring Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-0444.


Friday, July 5

7 a.m. — Volunteer beach cleanup with NEMO, meeting at Ginny’s and Jane E’s at the Old IGA, 9807 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-3316.

8:30 p.m. — Official sunset time.


Saturday, July 6

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

8:30 p.m. — Official sunset time.


Sunday, July 7

8:30 p.m. — Official sunset time.


Monday, July 8

Feast of Ramadan begins at sundown.

8:30 p.m. — Official sunset time.


Tuesday, July 9

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 10

5:30 p.m. — Teen crafts, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.

8:30 p.m. — Official sunset time.



Thursday, July 4

5-9:30 p.m. — Palmetto July 4 Festival, with the Guess Who and the Village People, 1050 Sixth St. W., Palmetto. Information: 941-723-4988.

Nightfall — Bradenton fireworks display, on the riverfront, Bradenton.


Friday, July 5

7 p.m. — The Suncoast Super Grand Prix Festival Boat Parade, featuring Nik Wallenda as the honorary grand marshal, Main Street in downtown Sarasota. Information: suncoastoffshore.org.


Sunday, July 7

11 a.m.-3 p.m. — Suncoast Super Grand Prix Race, Ben Franklin Drive, Sarasota. Information: suncoastoffshore.org.



• 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, 12:45 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 18, Pirates and seafaring tales at the Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.

• July 20, Snooty the Manatee’s 65th birthday, South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton.


Save the date

• Aug. 19, Manatee public school starts.

• Sept. 2 is Labor Day.


Calendar announcements

        Send calendar announcements to calendar@islander.org. Please include the time, date and location of the event, a brief description and a contact via email and phone. The deadline for submissions is the Wednesday a week before publication. High-resolution photographs welcome.

Fishing – 07-03-2013

The wait for anglers is over: gag grouper season opens

By Capt. Danny Stasny

Islander Reporter

Gag grouper season officially opened July 1. Now is the time to stock up on your bottom accessories — lead, hooks, heavy leader, swivels etc. — to target these bottom dwellers.

Not only are gag grouper among the best fish to eat, but they put up one hulluva fight. Although the value of catching and releasing these fish gets mixed reviews, I’ve seen more than one angler get muscled over by a big gag.

Popular baits include live pinfish, shiners, threadfins and grunts, as well as an assortment of frozen baits such as sardines, threadfins and squid. Remember, gags have to have a 22-inch total length before they go in the box and you can keep only two per person. Good luck and happy hunting, or should I say eating.

Capt. Rick Gross of Fishy Business Charters is fishing the lush grass flats of southern Tampa Bay and the surrounding smaller bays in search of catch-and-release snook and spotted seatrout. To target these species, Gross first puts out his castnet for the desired bait — live shiners. By anchoring and chumming, Gross waits until the little shiners are schooled behind the boat before he strikes. Once baited, Gross and his clients are ready to fish.

During morning incoming tides, Gross is leading his anglers to excellent catch-and-release snook action. Free-lining shiners behind the boat is resulting in snook up to 38 inches. Most catches are 24-28 inches, but you never know when that big female is going to inhale your hook.

After snook fishing, Gross is moving to deeper grass flats in search of trout. Again, Gross is free-lining shiners behind the boat and, in some instances, he’s adding a popping cork to aid with casting the bait and to cause a slight disturbance on the water’s surface. By using these methods, Gross is putting his anglers on spotted seatrout up to 26 inches.

Capt. Warren Girle is fishing offshore with good results. By bottom fishing with live shiners or pinfish for bait, Girle is reeling up keeper red grouper. He says reds up to 24 inches are common, although bigger fish are mixed in.

While targeting red grouper, Girle is catching mangrove snapper in the 15-inch range. He’s scaling down his leader size to 20-30 pound fluorocarbon, depending on how well the fish are biting. Again, live shiners or pinfish are the bait of choice.

Finally, Girle is targeting tarpon along the beaches and passes of Anna Maria Island and Longboat Key. Girle says 99 percent of the bite is on crabs, although he’s also catching fish on threadfin herring. He says to expect to encounter 100-pound silver kings.

Dave Sork at the Anna Maria City Pier is seeing Spanish mackerel being caught during the early morning and late evening tides. Pier fishers using white crappie jigs are getting the bite. While targeting macks, expect to catch ladyfish, jack crevalle and lizardfish.

Mangrove snapper are making a showing at the pier. Most are small, but keeper-size fish are down there, too. You just have to be persistent. For bait, Sork says to try small live shrimp or shiners.

Jim Malfese at the Rod & Reel Pier also is seeing the arrival of mangrove snapper. The tasty little fish are taking up residence under the deck and around the pier pilings, just waiting for you to drop a small live shrimp in front of them. Expect to catch snapper 8-12 inches, if you rig right. Stealth is key, so use the lightest fluorocarbon leader you think you can get away with. A small live bait hook will help, too.

While targeting snapper with live shrimp, there’s a good chance you may hook up with some black drum, flounder or sheepshead. All three of these species are ranging 10-18 inches in length.

Catch-and-release shark fishing at the R&R is topping the chart for pier fishers. Chunk baits like fresh-cut mackerel, bonito or jack crevalle are producing the bite. Expect to encounter lemon sharks, black tips and bonnetheads.

Johnny Mattay at Island Discount Tackle says catch-and-release snook action is heating up along the beaches of Anna Maria Island. If you’re into sight casting to big snook, now is the time to do it. Mattay is using live shiners or whiting as bait when casting to cruising snook. “Some of these fish are in the 40-inch range, too,” says Mattay. He suggests using 30-pound fluorocarbon leader due to the water clarity. “I prefer to use something stronger,” says Mattay, “but when the water is real clear, you have to scale down your leader size or you just won’t get a bite.”

Also along the beaches, Mattay is encountering Spanish mackerel, jack crevalle and even some keeper-size flounder. For the migratory fish, Mattay is using spoons, jigs or Gotcha plugs. For the flounder, a live shrimp or shiner will do the trick.

Moving offshore, Mattay is fishing with his grandpa, Bill Grayson, around hard bottom and ledges for red grouper, mangrove snapper and kingfish. Bottom fishing with live pinfish or shiners is resulting in red grouper up to 27 inches, as well as mangrove snapper in the 18-inch range. Free-lining shiners behind the boat is resulting in kingfish and, for a pleasant surprise, chicken dolphin. Kings in the 20-pound range are the norm and, as for the dolphin, Mattay is catching fish in the 28-inch range. Mattay suggests keeping a lookout for blackfin tuna and bonito, too.

Finally, Mattay is shark fishing just off the beaches of Anna Maria Island and Longboat Key, where the bite is occurring at night. For bait, Mattay is using fresh-cut bonito, mackerel or barracuda. By paddling his hooked bait out past the sandbar in a kayak, Mattay is targeting the area where the bigger sharks are hunting. Expect to encounter blacktip, bull and hammerhead sharks in the range of 4-8 feet.

        Send fishing reports to fish@islander.org.

The Islander Classifieds: Wednesday, July. 03, 2013


USED SOLAR PANELS for pool and household furniture, make offer, 302-275-6785.

COMPUTER: 3GHz HT DELL refurbished, $90. 941-756-6728.

GOOD STUFF: OLD, rare. Wicker couch, $150, maple highboy, $175, small maple desk, $50; maple twin bed, $35 each. 941-356-1456.

COFFEE TABLE: DROP-leaf, beautiful, color. $99. 941-778-3920.

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.


ESTATE SALE: 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, July 6. 4255 Gulf Drive, Island Village #1222, Holmes Beach. Dining room table and six chairs, leather sofa and love seat, barstools, coffee and end tables, chair and ottoman, Murphy bed/wall unit, daybed with drawers, contemporary twin bed on king headboard set, bench, bookcase, wicker armoire, decorative accessories, kitchenware, linens, china, glass and bric-a-brac. Sale conducted by Palma Sola Sales. Numbers given out at 8 a.m.


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: Consignment sale 20-50% off, open daily. The Centre Shops on Longboat Key. 5380 Gulf of Mexico Drive. 941-383-1901.

BIG GARAGE SALE: 9 a.m.-noon, Friday and Saturday, July 5-6. Furniture, wicker, patio, kids stuff. 796 North Shore Drive, Anna Maria.


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.


2011 GEM E-2 electric car: Sapphire blue metallic and white, 5-hp motor, hard doors with glass includes pickup stake bed. Hard doors provide security, makes an all-weather car. Less than 100 miles. 863-698-4562.


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.


TWO SCOOPS: ANNA Maria Island’s favorite ice cream “shoppe” and coffee cafe is now hiring part-time associates. Varied shifts available, must be able to work nights and weekends. A great place to work and have a little fun, looking for a few friendly people. Food prep experience a plus. Great pay too! Apply today: Two Scoops, 101 S. Bay Blvd. Unit A-2, Anna Maria.


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.


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.

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.

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

TRUEBLUE33 COMPUTER REPAIR Service, LLC. On-site computer service, reasonable rates. Contact Anthony at 941-592-7714 or at 941-727-6780.

GREEN CLEANING MANAGEMENT offers residential, seasonal services (e.g. 1BR/1BA) $50. Please, call S&H Cleaning Management Services, 941-778-1098.

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.

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.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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.

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.

55-PLUS ANNUAL rental: Sandpiper Resort. Adorable single trailer, extra room, breezy outdoor seating, fully furnished, remodeled kitchen, bay view, 350 steps to Gulf, fully turnkey. $850/month. Call Gay, 941-727-5210.

HOLMES BEACH ANNUAL: Nice 2BR/2BA duplex with garage. No smoking. Must have excellent references. $1,150/month. 941-776-1789.

SINGLE-FAMILY HOME: 3BR/2BA near Palma Sola. Furnished, $1,200/month. Realtor, 941-356-1456.

FURNISHED 2BR TOWNHOUSE: Annual, $950/month; vacation, $550/week. Pool and boat dock. 941-356-1456.

GULFFRONT AMI Resort 66: 30 percent off two units available July 13-20. Choice of ground-level, directly on the sand or overlooking Gulf and pool. Enjoy beautiful sunsets! 309-642-7370.

ANNUAL RENTAL ON north end available July 1. 2BR/1BA, $950/month not including utilities. Small pets. Call 941-779-9320.

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.

BEST BUY: DIRECT Gulffront condo: Bradenton Beach 2BR/1BA Beautifully updated, fabulous views. By owner, $395,000. 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.

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.

FOR SALE: ADORABLE, colorful single trailer with extra room, 55-plus. Sandpiper Resort, beautiful bay view, 350 steps to Gulf, breezy outdoor seating, sun deck, completely furnished, turnkey, lovely garden. Got married, must sell. Asking $55,000. Gay, 941-727-5210.

SINGLE-FAMILY HOME: 4BR/2BA, caged pool, upgrades. $219,000. Realtor, 941-356-1456.

LONGBOAT KEY: CHARMING New England-style country 2BR/2BA plus office or studio. Steps to marina and pool. Private Gulf beach access. Immediate occupancy. $279,500. Owner, 941-383-0285.