Tag Archives: 07-20-2011

Grenade found in sound

The Manatee County Sheriff’s Office destroyed a live grenade found July 11 in about 4 feet of water off the bay shore in Anna Maria.

The grenade still contained a pin, but was so corroded that it likely could not have detonated, said MCSO spokesman Dave Bristow.

The MCSO, in a police report, classified the incident as a case of “found property.”

At about 6 p.m. July 11, two tourists — while searching for sand dollars and shells along the shore of Anna Maria Sound in the 800 block of North Shore Drive — came across the grenade.

The MCSO, which polices Anna Maria, responded. Deputies assigned to the city were the first to the scene and put up crime-scene tape around the beach chair that contained the recovered grenade. Lt. Gary Sammons of the bomb squad followed deputies to the scene to remove the explosive device.

Two residences in the area were evacuated as a precaution, according to Bristow.

The MCSO on July 12 destroyed the grenade, along with two other recovered grenades that had been in the MCSO’s possession.

Bristow said the pineapple grenade probably was from the World War II era.

During that period, the north end of Anna Maria Island was used for training operations and was the site of a radar base and U.S. Coast Guard officers were stationed throughout the Island to protect the shore from possible invasion.

Military-related operations also took place on Egmont and Passage keys. During WWII, Egmont Key was the site of a harbor patrol station and an ammunition storage facility.

Additionally, said the MCSO, grenades from the WWII, Korean and Vietnam eras have been kept as memorabilia. Two years ago, the MCSO collected a dead grenade from a home in Holmes Beach. That grenade had been in the family for years, and was forgotten until a cat began using it as a toy.

Bristow said the grenade found July 11 by Georgia tourists Mitchell Lee and Jason Waldron was in the water a long time.

“We believe it’s been out there for many, many years,” Bristow said.

Waldron came across the device and called out to Lee, who thought his friend was joking. Waldron had been using his feet to find shells while Lee and others in their party were bobbing around in the bay south of the Rod & Reel Pier.

Office chair donated, taken

Susan Thomas wants the woman she observed taking a leather office chair donated to her store Giving Back in Holmes Beach to feel bad about her deed and give it back.

Thomas said she dropped by her store July 17 and immediately noticed someone had left “a nice leather office chair” at her front door — a welcome donation. She planned to price the chair at $40 and sell it, noting that she “gives back” the proceeds she makes at the store on the resale of used household items and artwork to a variety of local charities.

She said a sign noting the charities she gives is posted at the door, close to where the chair was left, and she had stepped inside to prepare a price tag for the chair when she heard someone outside.

As she looked out the door, she saw a woman pulling away from the store with the leather chair and a dog in the back seat of a white Cadillac.

Thomas notified the Holmes Beach Police Department and she said she hopes the person who took the chair feels bad enough about taking from her charities to return it.

Giving Back is located at 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach.

Anyone with information about the charity chair can call Thomas at 941-320-1786 or HBPD at 941-708-5804.

Island real estate transactions – 07-20-2011

        634 Key Royale Drive, Holmes Beach, a 3,100 sfla / 4,000 sfur 4bed/4bath/2car canalfront pool home built in 2011 on a 95×116 lot was sold 06/30/11, Murphy Property Group LLC to Tucker for $1,100,000; list $1,125,000.

883 N. Shore Drive, Anna Maria, a 2,371 sfla / 4,853 sfur 3bed/2bath bayfront home built in 1983 on a 50×150 lot was sold 06/28/11, Guilford to 883 North Shore Drive LLC for $850,000; list $899,900.

2518 Gulf Drive, Bradenton Beach, a 3,080 sfla / 4,008 sfur Gulffront 5-plex built in 1935 on a 25×155 lot was sold 06/23/11, Oceanside Oasis LLC to Buchan for $780,000.

871 N. Shore Drive, Anna Maria, a 2,546 sfla 5bed/4bath bayfront complex built in 1960 on a 75×100 lot was sold 06/24/11, Tuso to Kobel for $760,000; list $995,000.

211 Willow Ave., Anna Maria, a 2,955 sfla / 4,693 sfur 4bed/2½bath/2car canalfront home built in 2000 on a 72×148 lot was sold 06/22/11, Bank United to Weinstein for $695,000; list $615,000.

621 Gladstone Lane, Holmes Beach, a 2,952 sfla / 4,149 sfur 4bed/3bath/2car canalfront pool home built in 1974 on a 108×127 lot was sold 06/20/11, Towell to Zahner for $650,000; list $699,000.

531 Key Royale Drive, Holmes Beach, a 2,016 sfla / 3,496 sfur 3bed/2.5bath canalfront pool home built in 1959 on a 100×178 lot was sold 07/01/11, White to Warren for $575,000.

310 68th St., Unit B, Anna Maria Island Beachwalk, Holmes Beach, a 1,667 sfla / 2,800 sfur 3bed/2.5bath/2car land condo with pool built in 2011 was sold 06/17/11, Beach to Bay Investments Inc. to Collins for $540,000; list $549,000.

238 Willow Ave., Anna Maria, a 1,246 sfla / 1,506 sfur 2bed/2bath canalfront pool home built in 1977 on a 75×139 lot was sold 06/30/11, Hinds to Harllee for $548,000; list $599,000.

113 10th St N., Unit 113, South Beach Village, Bradenton Beach, a 2,020 sfla / 2,619 sfur  3bed/2½bath condo with shared pool built in 2006 was sold 06/24/11, Frontier Capital Group Ltd to McDonough for $499,000; list $499,000.

2518 Gulf Drive, Bradenton Beach, a 3,080 sfla / 4,008 sfur Gulffront 5-plex built in 1935 on a 25×155 lot was sold 06/16/11, Edge Sharff Properties Inc. to Oceanside Oasis LLC for $475,000.

308 58th St., Unit A, Calypso Cottages, Holmes Beach, a 1,200 sfla 2bed/2bath condo built in 1960 was sold 07/01/11, Vayias to Ulzheimer for $373,500; list $399,000.

2113 Avenue C, Bradenton Beach, a 1,280 sfla / 1,482 sfur 2bed/1bath home built in 1920 on a 50×100 lot was sold 07/01/11, Bowers to Gaw for $350,000.

7100 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach, a 1,333 sfla / 1,830 sfur 2bed/2bath/2car home built in 1972 on a 65×105 lot was sold 06/29/11, Moore to Yonkee for $340,000; list $379,000.

6250 Holmes Blvd., Unit 55, North Beach Village, Holmes Beach, a 1,536 sfla / 2,105 sfur 3bed/2½bath/2car condo with shared pool built in 1992 was sold 06/17/11, Carpenter to Marcoux for $315,000; list $315,000.

252 17th St. N., Unit 26, Bradenton Beach Club, Bradenton Beach, a 1,268 sfla / 1,396 sfur 2bed/2bath condo with shared pools built in 2004 was sold 06/22/11, BBC 26 LLC to Walker for $250,000.

305 Palm Ave., Anna Maria, a 910 sfla / 1,080 sfur 2bed/1bath half duplex built in 1957 on a 54×78 lot was sold 06/29/11, Gyson to Lyerly for $220,000; list $249,900.

3601 E. Bay Drive, Unit 109, Sandy Pointe, Holmes Beach, a 1,004 sfla / 1,074 sfur 2bed/2bath condo with shared pool built in 1994 was sold 06/24/11, Dickerson to Liebe for $207,750; list $219,000.

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

Second named storm in Atlantic

Tropical Storm Bret, the second named storm of the 2011, was swirling in the Atlantic July 18. The storm was off the Bahamas and forecast to steer away from the U.S. East Coast.

A tropical storm warning was issued early July 18 for the Bahamas.

The storm was expected to strengthen as it churned in the ocean and moved north to northeast early this week.

Sports – 07-20-2011

Former Islander named a MLB All-Star


Former Island resident Chris Perez recently represented his Cleveland Indians baseball team at the Major League baseball 2011 All-Star game in Phoenix July 4-6. Chris, whose dad Tim Perez lives in Holmes Beach, is in his fourth year in the majors and third year with the Indians.

Last year he took over as the Indians’ closer midway through the season, after Kerry Wood went on the disabled list. Perez then posted 23 saves and a sparkling 1.63 earned run average while striking out 61 batters in 63 innings.

This season, Chris has 22 saves and an impressive 2.36 ERA as well as his first All-Star berth that saw him pitch a scoreless sixth inning, striking out reigning National League MVP Joey Votto.

Dad Tim is obviously a proud papa. “His achievements so far are beyond any expectations I had. To make it at all is something to be proud of, but to make an All-Star team and do what he’s doing is unbelievable.”

Tim Perez went on to say that Chris was very excited and proud to make the All-Star team, especially since he was voted in by his MLB peers.

Tim Perez and the rest of Chris’ family, including his mother, Julie, wife Melanie and 10-month-old son Maxwell joined him in Phoenix to take in all the sights and sounds of All-Star weekend, including the Futures Game, the Red Carpet Parade, Home Run Derby and, of course, the All-Star game.

They stayed at the Biltmore along with the players, coaches and media and met ESPN baseball analyst Peter Gammons and former stars Reggie Jackson and Ernie Banks among others.

During the Home Run Derby, Tim and the rest of the Perez family watched from 15 rows behind the dugout while Chris took his son Maxwell down to the field. Tim Perez said that it was a once-in-a-lifetime experience, but one that he hopes to experience again.

And dad came back from his whirlwind trip to Phoenix with a little extra gift from son Chris. Chris gave him his All-Star ring as a Father’s Day gift, telling his dad that he wouldn’t be a baseball player if it weren’t for his efforts.

Congratulations to Tim and the rest of the proud Perez family from The Islander.


Youth soccer continues

Indoor soccer action continues in the gym at the Anna Maria Island Community Center with three games every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evening. Three games into the season in the age 6-9 division has Fran Maxon Real Estate and Island Dental Spa on top of the standings with matching 2-0-1 records. Southern Greens is in third followed by Beach Bums.

The age 10-12 division has Mr. Grout on top with a 3-0 record that will be hard to blemish as they’ve won those games by an average score of 16-2. LaPensee Plumbing is at 2-1 with Pink & Navy Boutique.

Island Dental Spa is tied for the 6-9 lead thanks to a pair of victories. They defeated Beach Bums 4-2 July 11 behind three goals from Luke Marvin and one goal from Charlie Halfacre. Ashton Pennell and Tyler Brewer each scored one goal for Beach Bums.

Fran Maxon Real Estate won its only game last week, taking Beach Bums 4-2 behind two goals from Ozzy Lonzo and a goal apiece from Sam Bowers and Taro de Haan. Tyler Brewer and Tuna McCracken each scored one goal to lead the Beach Bums in the loss.

July 13 saw Island Dental Spa roll past Southern Greens 7-1 behind three goals from Ava Zink, two from Luke Marvin and one goal from Ryan Joseph. Lilah Naeher scored the lone goal for Southern Greens in the loss.

Mr. Grout smoothed out Pink & Navy Boutique 13-3 in 10-12 division action July 11. Dylan Joseph led the way with three goals, while Michael Latimer, Nico Colacci and Mychael Depanto scored two goals apiece. Javiar Salgado, Jake Miller, Ethan Jenkins and Sydney Cornell each added single goals in the victory. Sydney Morrow scored three goals to lead Pink & Navy Boutique in the loss.

LaPensee Plumbing took out Sandbar 15-2 in 10-12 division action July 12. Robbie Fellowes scored five goals and brother Ryan added four goals to lead the LaPensee attack that also saw two goals apiece from Carlos Cruz and James Whyte. Stephen Whyte completed the scoring with one goal. Aiden Grumley scored both goals for Sandbar in the loss.

Mr. Grout won the battle of unbeatens in emphatic fashion, defeating LaPensee Plumbing 13-1 behind three goals from Sydney Cornell and two goals apiece from Ethan Jenkins, Mychael Depanto, Javiar Salgado and Michael Latimer. Nico Colacci and Dylan Joseph completed the Mr. Grout scoring with one goal each. Carlos Cruz notched the lone goal for LaPensee Plumbing in the loss.

Pink & Navy earned its first victory of the short season with a 6-2 win over Sandbar July 13. Shelby Morrow and Grace Bowers led the way for Pink & Navy with two goals apiece, including a beautiful full-volley goal by Bowers off of a nice feed from Brooke Capparelli late in the game. Jessica Schafer and Sydney Morrow each added one goal in the victory. Joe Rogers and Nico Calleja scored one goal apiece for Sandbar in the loss.


MartiniVille hangs onto unbeaten record — barely

With another week of adult flag football action at the Anna Maria Island Community Center is in the books and two things stand out. Agnelli Pool & Spa Dolphins is now clicking. And the MartiniVille Saints won’t easily surrender their No. 1 spot in the standings.

Agnelli Pool & Spa Dolphins absolutely destroyed Sato Real Estate Browns 46-20 in the second game July 14. That gives the Dolphins a 4-1 record and puts them right on the heels of the Saints. Which brings us to point two and the Saints and the Integrity Sound Redskins battle to a 26-26 tie that went to overtime without a winner.

Beach to Bay Bucs rolled past Slim’s Place Patriots 41-21 in the night’s opening game, while the Sun Panthers edged Tyler’s Ice Cream Steelers 21-20 in the final game of the evening.

The week ends with MartiniVille sporting a 4-0-1 record, which puts them alone in first place and Agnelli Pool & Spa Dolphins in second. The tie moves Integrity Sounds into third with a 2-2-1 record, while Tyler’s Ice Cream Steelers, Sato Real Estate Browns, Sun Panthers and Beach to Bay Bucs have matching 2-3 records. Slim’s Place Patriots occupy the “Charmin” position with a 1-4 record.

Horseshoe news

Two teams emerged from pool play during July 16 horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe pits. Jeff Moore and Jerry Disbrow defeated the team of Steve Doyle and Jay Disbrow 22-14 in the finals.

Only the team of Steve Doyle and Sam Samuels managed three pool-play wins and were outright champs July 13. Jay Disbrow and Norm Good earned two wins to come in second place.

Play gets under way at 9 a.m. every Wednesday and Saturday at the Anna Maria City Hall pits.

Warmups begin at 8:45 a.m. followed by random team selection. There is no charge to play and everyone is welcome.

Island police blotter – 07-20-2011

Anna Maria

• July 9, Willow Avenue beach access, found property. The MCSO responded to a resident’s discovery of property in a woodsy area along the beach. The MCSO confirmed that the items belonged to missing Haley’s Motel co-owner Sabine Musil-Buehler.

• July 11, 800 block of North Shore Drive, found property. The MCSO responded to a report of a live grenade found in the water on Anna Maria’s bayfront. The grenade was removed and later destroyed.

        Anna Maria is policed by the MCSO.

Bradenton Beach

• July 9, 100 block of Gulf Drive South, medical emergency. Authorities rushed to the aid of a 55-year-old woman who was found floating, face down, in the Gulf of Mexico. She was taken to the hospital.

• July 13, 100 block of Seventh Street South, domestic battery. The Bradenton Beach Police Department arrested a Bradenton man for domestic battery.

        Bradenton Beach is policed by the BBPD.


• No new reports.

        Cortez is policed by the MCSO.

Holmes Beach

• July 11, Manatee County jail, warrant. A Holmes Beach man previously arrested on a domestic violence charge by the Holmes Beach Police Department was arrested for battery on an outstanding warrant from another county.

• July 13, Manatee County jail, warrant. A 51-year-old Holmes Beach man being held in the Manatee County jail was arrested on a warrant for violating the terms of his probation and battery on a law enforcement officer.

        Holmes Beach is policed by the HBPD.

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

Obituaries – 07-20-2011

Aaron Alan Boyd

Aaron Alan Boyd, 33, died July 8. He was born March 1, 1978.

Mr. Boyd grew up on Anna Maria Island, attending Anna Maria Elementary, King Middle and Manatee High schools and Manatee Community College.

While a student at Anna Maria Elementary, he was awarded for an essay he wrote on Sutter Mills by the Daughters of the American Revolution. He also wrote a story about toys coming to life — pre-“Toy Story” the movie — and sold his essay to the elementary school for $10.

At age 16, he received the key to the city of Anna Maria from then-Mayor Dorothy McChesney for saving the life of a child at the Rod & Reel Pier.

Over the years, he worked as a server and bartender at Fast Eddie’s Place, the Buccaneer restaurant, BeachHouse Restaurant, Sandbar Restaurant, Anna Maria Oyster Bar and the Rod & Reel Pier. He also worked as a carpenter, painter and remodeler. He was a certified First Responder.

Mr. Boyd was forced to quit work as the result of a back injury he suffered in 2006.

He loved the beach at midnight and enjoyed viewing the stars.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, July 23, at Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria.

Mr. Boyd is survived by his parents, Bob and Alwana L. Boyd; grandmother Antoinette “Toy” Shelton; aunt Dorothy “Dee” Baker, aunt Helen and uncle Don Sells, aunt Mona Harmon and uncle Sonny Harmon; cousins Renee, Patrick and Brandon Kirkley, Danica Dean, Robert “Bob” McGlynn, Francis McGlynn, Darrin Baker and several cousins in Inverness, Ohio and Pennsylvania. He also leaves his loyal dog Maggie.


Neal T. Curtis

Neal T. Curtis, 53, of Bradenton, died July 10. He was born in Plainfield, N.J., and moved to Bradenton in 1977 from Colonia, N.J.

Mr. Curtis was a veteran of the U.S. Army. He was a Protestant. He was a member of B.P.O.E. #1511, American Legion Kirby Stewart Post 24 and the VFW.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 23, at the Elk’s Lodge, 2511 75th St. W., Bradenton. Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory-26th Street Chapel is in charge of arrangements. Donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 4955 S.R. 64 E., Bradenton FL 34208.

Mr. Curtis is survived by wife Debra; daughter Kristen of Bradenton; mother Ruth of Holmes Beach; brother Edward J. III of Deltona, Fla.; and sister Cheryl of Batesburg, S.C.


Joan E. Lutz

Joan E. Lutz, 90, of Bradenton, died July 12.

She was the daughter of Capt. Henry Roger and Jane Lewis of Great Britain, who moved to the United States in the 1920s.

While growing up, she crossed the Atlantic Ocean 28 times in ships captained by her father. She moved to Bradenton in 1975.

Covell Funeral Home is serving the Lutz family.

Mrs. Lutz is survived by sons Roger and wife Linda of Holmes Beach and Eric and Janet of Charleston, W.Va., four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

The Islander Classifieds: Wednesday, July. 20, 2011


MARY KAY COSMETICS: Full line at discounted prices. Jenifer, 941-224-1760, 941-739-0792.

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


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)


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.

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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


ESTATE SALE: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday, July 22. 628 Key Royale Drive, Holmes Beach. Dining room set, sofa, love seat, coffee and end tables, lamps, desk, sofa bed, twin bed set, large TV, two Dish Network receivers, VCR, dishes, glassware, linens and kitchen. Sale by Julie McClure. Photos: www.estatesales.net.


ROSER THRIFT SHOP: Open 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9 a.m.-noon Saturdays. Clearance sales. Closed August. 511 Pine Ave, Anna Maria. 941-779-2733.

PALMA SOLA TRACE garage sale: 8 a.m.-noon Saturday, July 23, on Summerwind Circle near Cortez and 75th Street, Bradenton. Look for the signs, two homes selling good stuff.


FOUND: WEDDING RING. Holmes Beach. Names on outside, dates, inside. 941-730-9667.


FREE TO A good home. Gray-and-white tabby kittens. Precious! Litter trained. 941-812-0027.

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.


1999 SILVER MERCEDES SLK230/kompressor, hard top convertible, 85000 miles, $7,200. 941-778-5902.

GEM GOLF CART: Play golf or cruise the Island. Set up for turf or road. 2003 two-seater blue/white model. New batteries and tires. $2,900. Call 941-778-6746.


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


BUSY OFFICE ON Holmes Beach looking for a mature part-time accounting clerk. Please fax your resume to: 941-778-3003.

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


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

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


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


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.


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

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

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

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

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

ISLAND PRESSURE WASHING: Houses, trailers, soffets, driveways, pools, wood decks and docks. “Satisfaction guaranteed or job is free.” Best prices and reliable service. For estimates please, call Bill at 941-896-6788.

RETIRED RN IN Bradenton Beach for hire as daytime companion, caregiver. Have reference letters. 501-350-6728 or 941-549-2215.

ISLAND DOGS GROOMING: $10 off first groom. Salon, home groom, pickup/delivery, pet sitting. 27 years experience.Call 941-778-1202.

TUTORING SERVICES: Specializing in algebra, geometry, calculus, trigonometry and science. Special needs students welcome. Grades 3-12. Rick, 941-224-4977.

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, 941-358-8724.


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.

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


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.


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.


ANNUAL 2BR/1BA DUPLEX 54th Street. $875/month including garbage/yard service, large backyard,http://goff-club.com/206A . 941-795-0504.

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

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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.

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

ANNUAL RENTAL:  HOLMES Beach. 3BR/2BA canal home. Dock, large two-car garage, tile throughout, very nice kitchen, screened back porch. Utilities not included. $1,695/month. 863-660-8366.

DESPERATELY NEED RENTAL property. Have tons of inquiries. Call Nicole Skaggs, Big Fish Real Estate, Inc. 941-779-2289.

ANNUAL RENTAL HOLMES Beach: 2BR/2BA House with one-car garage, washer and dryer, screened lanai, big yard. Three blocks from beach! $1,250/month plus utilities. Available Sept 1. Call 813-500-2553.

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Fishing – 07-20-2011

Inshore, offshore fishing results rise despite high temps


Inshore fishing around the grass flats and beaches of Anna Maria Island is still producing good numbers of spotted sea trout despite rising water temps.

Early mornings and shallower water are the best to target trout. As the day goes on, move on to deeper flats where these fish tend to take refuge from warmer water. On the higher tides, you can target redfish and snook close to the mangrove edges. Chumming with live shiners is a surefire way to lure these fish to within casting distance. Once you get them chummed up, aim at the boils indicating a fish just ate a chummer.

Offshore fishers are heading out to depths of 150 feet of water, targeting multiple species of snapper — red, mangrove, vermillion, lane and yellowtail all appear on the list. Red grouper as well as gag grouper are still abundant offshore. Both are being caught in good numbers. Other reef fish reported include Key West grunts, trigger fish, hogfish, and jolt head porgies.

Capt. Rick Gross of Fishy Business charters is fishing both nearshore structure as well as the flats of Southern Tampa Bay in search of a variety of species.

Nearshore, Gross is catching mangrove snapper and Spanish mackerel using small shiners as bait. For the snapper, Gross likes to use a No. 2 live-bait hook due to the small size of the bait he’s using. For Spanish mackerel, he switches to a 1/0 Aberdeen hook, which has a long shank to prevent the macks from biting through his leader.

On the grass flats, Gross is catching a mixed bag. Typically, Gross is starting on the rising tides fishing for spotted sea trout in depths of 4-6 feet of water. While targeting trout at these depths, Gross is hooking into flounder as well as blacktip sharks in the 3-foot range. As the tide rises, Gross is moving closer towards the mangrove-lined shore, and he’s finding catch-and-release snook with good results.

Capt. Sam Kimball of Legend Charters is fishing both offshore and nearshore, resulting in numerous species coming to the boat. Starting offshore, Kimball is catching red grouper in the 12-14 pound range using live shiners. Also offshore, mangrove and lane snapper are becoming more abundant. Limits of mangrove snapper up to 5 pounds have been an average catch. Hogfish in the 5-pound range are being caught in the same areas. Kimball suggests switching your bait over to live shrimp to target them.

Moving to nearshore structure, Kimball is targeting Key West grunts, porgies and triggerfish. Small pieces of frozen squid or cut shrimp work great for these reef dwelling delicacies. Spanish mackerel are being caught on live shiners fished on a flat line behind the boat.

Dave Cochran at the Rod & Reel Pier is seeing the best fishing action occurring in the early morning and evening hours. Spanish mackerel are exploding through bait schools passing by the pier on both the incoming and outgoing tides. On days when the bait congregates around and under the pier, mangrove snapper are being caught in decent numbers. Flounder are being caught using small white bait fished on the bottom around the pier pilings.

Capt. Josh Peurifoy of Capt. Josh Charters is fishing around the nearshore reefs, catching limits of mangrove snapper. Small shiners are the ticket to lure these tasty little snapper into biting your hook. Also on nearshore structures, Peurifoy is catching Spanish mackerel in the 20-inch range. With the abundance of goliath grouper on the nearshore reefs, Peurifoy is rigging keeper-size Spanish mackerel on a 14/0 hook and consistently catching and releasing goliaths in the 100-pound range.

Inside Tampa Bay, Peurifoy is targeting tarpon using live pinfish and threadfin herring for bait. When asked how the bite has been in the bay, he says, “It’s still pretty darn good out there.” Tarpon in the 80- to 120-pound class have been the norm with an average of four to five fish being hooked per trip.

Also in the bay, Peurifoy is catching spotted sea trout on the deeper grass flats. He’s chumming trout with live shiners. “Sometimes you need to get those fish fired up a little,” claims Peurifoy. “Plus it gives you a target to throw your bait to.”

Capt. Warren Girle is finding schools of redfish in Sarasota Bay cruising the shallower flats around the schools of mullet. “There are new fish that have moved into the bay,” says Girle.

These schools of reds contain slot fish with some larger ones mixed in. Girle plucked a 26-inch redfish from one of the schools, as well as some smaller-sized fish, all using white bait. Moving to the deeper flats, Girle is catching limits of spotted sea trout with the biggest coming in at 24 inches. Also apparent on the deeper flats are bluefish and ladyfish.

In deeper water, Girle is catching all the red grouper he can handle. The nearshore structures are loaded with juvenile fish. Along with the red grouper, Girle is catching mangrove snapper up to 20 inches. Key West grunts are in the mix in these same areas, as well as some Spanish mackerel.

Capt. Mark Howard of SumoTime Charters says the summer time pattern is in full swing and the action has been good on his recent charters. High temperatures and humid weather have made fishing early in the morning and late in the afternoon the more comfortable and productive option for the inshore waters when targeting catch-and-release snook, redfish and speckled trout. Howard suggests looking for the redfish and snook in the shade of the mangroves on a high tide and in the deep potholes during low tide.

Howard says speckled trout have been scattered with catches coming in 4-6 feet of water, with some big-sized gators landed on last week’s trips.

Howard says shark fishing continues to be an excellent option as a lot of sharks have moved into the bay and off the beaches. “Pound for pound, sharks are some of the hardest fighting adversaries on the water,” Howard says. “Caution and care must be used to release these apex predators unharmed after a battle.”

“Looking forward, the moderate tides next week will play an important part of your fish-catching success. Plan on being in your spot when the tidal flow is moving to increase your chances of success,” Howard says.

Send fishing reports to fish@islander.org.

Islander Calendar – 07-20-2011

Wednesday, July 20

        5:30 p.m. — “Your Dolphin Neighbors” teen presentation by Mote Marine Laboratory at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.


Thursday, July 21

        10:15 a.m. — Friends of the Island Branch Library book club meets at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.

        10:30 a.m. — Japanese Taiko Drums children’s program at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-1908.

        5 p.m. — Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce joint ribbon cutting for Village Cafe at Rosedale and Relish at 503 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-1541.


Saturday, July 23

        2 p.m. — “Anime Basics” for teens with artist Hihoshi at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.

        3:30 p.m. — Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring banquet at the old Bradenton Beach Fire Hall, Second Street North and Highland Avenue, Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-778-5638.


Wednesday, July 27

        5 to 7 p.m. — Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce business card exchange at Sunrise Garden Resort, 512 Spring Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-1541. Fee applies.



• 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., view landscape painter David Dunlop’s video series “Landscapes Through Time,” 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.



Friday, July 22

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

        6 p.m. — Family-friendly program about owls presented by the Anna Maria Island Wildlife Inc. at Robinson Preserve, 1704 99th St. N.W., Bradenton. Information: 941-748-4501.


Saturday, July 23

         2 to 5 p.m. — Fish Fry to benefit Save Our Seabirds at 1708 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota. Information: 941-388-3010. Fee applies.


Coming Up:

• July 29, Splash Film Series: “Morning Light,” South Florida Museum.

• Aug. 1-5, Young at Art camp, Anna Maria Island Art League.


Save the Date:

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

• Aug. 27, O’Connor Bowling Challenge, AMF Lanes, Bradenton.

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.