Tag Archives: 08-24-2011

Bradenton man arrested for alleged molestation

Bradenton Beach police last week arrested a man for allegedly molesting a boy while swimming on Anna Maria Island in July.

John Abraham Essaf, 47, of Bradenton, was arrested Aug. 16 at the Manatee County jail, where he was in custody on a charge of child pornography.

Essaf faces three counts of lewd and lascivious molestation of a child under 12, a felony.

In an arrest report, police state Essaf was arrested July 28 after they seized child pornography while executing a search warrant in his apartment.

The report also states that Essaf, during a police interview, said he took a boy swimming in Holmes Beach for a birthday present.

Essaf allegedly confessed to sexual contact with the child while in the water.

The boy was examined on Aug. 5, and recalled for authorities the incident on the beach. The boy, according to the report, remembered that Essaf touched him, but he thought it was accidental.

“It should be noted that the juvenile victim does not appear to be educated about sex or sexual behavior,” the report read.

Essaf also allegedly admitted to sexual contact with the boy in the swimming pool at his apartment complex and to handling, tickling and massaging the child in another incident.


WMFR, Cedar Hammock in consolidation talks

Talks between West Manatee Fire Rescue and Cedar Hammock Fire Rescue districts are under way to determine if merging the two districts is a viable idea that would save taxpayer money.

WMFR Chief Andy Price cautioned that the talks are just preliminary.

“We’ve only had one meeting and there’s a lot more to be done,” Price said.

Speaking at the WMFR district commission meeting Aug. 18, Price said officials of both districts are collecting information on organization and funding of each district to exchange as the first step. Several more meetings would then take place to determine if consolidation is feasible.

If both commissions agree consolidation appears “favorable,” Price said an unbiased feasibility study would be needed from a professional company to determine if consolidation would work, and a report on the process to implement consolidation and how the new district would be organized.

Price was involved in the May 2000 consolidation of the Anna Maria and West Side fire districts — a nearly three-year process — and knows from experience it’s not just “a few meetings and then a vote,” he said.

He estimated it would take a minimum of two years of meetings and study, then a referendum by voters of both districts and an act of the Florida Legislature before consolidation would occur.

“It’s not going to happen overnight,” Price said.

One main issue is funding. Cedar Hammock obtains revenue through an ad valorem tax on properties within its boundaries, while WMFR uses an assessment for revenue.

“Consolidation always sounds good, but we need to make sure it is good,” he said.

Price has long advocated consolidating the county’s 12 independent fire districts into a single entity, but the obstacle has always been who would pay for the feasibility study. Price and other fire district chiefs want Manatee County to fund the study, while the county commission has declined to fund it.

In other business, WMFR commissioners passed the first reading of the $5.287.5 million 2011-12 budget.

But not before Holmes Beach City Commissioner Al Robinson spoke against the budget, noting that 85 percent of the budget revenue is for salaries and benefits. That figure is much too high, Robinson said, and any pay increase is unjustified in these difficult economic times.

Price also updated the board on remodeling and refurbishing of Station No. 1 in Holmes Beach.

“We anticipate completion in late October or early November,” the chief said.

The project includes expansion of living facilities for firefighters, more room for equipment storage, a new air-conditioning system and improved building insulation.

Commissioners also voted Jesse Davis as the secretary-treasurer to replace former Commissioner John Rigney’s function on the board. Rigney had to give up his commission seat when he moved out of the district in May.

The final public hearing for the budget is scheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 15, at the WMFR administration building, 6477 Third Ave. W., Bradenton.

Island real estate transactions – 08-24-2011

        5622 Gulf Drive, Unit 4, Vista Grande, Holmes Beach, a 1,817 sfla / 2,550 sfur 3bed/3bath/1car Gulffront condo with shared pool built in 2007 was sold 08/01/11, Wade to Wammes for $2,075,000; list $2,100,000.

111 Sycamore Ave., Anna Maria, a 1,204 sfla / 2,580 sfur 3bed/bath/2car Gulf-view home built in 1981 on a 110×100 lot was sold 08/01/11, Dar II LLC to Gonzalez for $1,575,000; list $1,799,000.

111 81st St., Holmes Beach, a 3,000 sfla / 5,000 sfur 5bed/3½bath/4car pool home built in 2011 on a 64×80 lot was sold 08/04/11, Beach to Bay Investments Inc. to Wien for $850,000.

305 63rd St., Unit A, Paradise Villas, Holmes Beach, a 2,386 sfla / 2,928 sfur 3bed/3½bath/2car land condo with pool built in 2005 was sold 08/01/11, Lef Enterprises LLC to Townley for $490,000; list $549,000.

890 North Shore Drive, Anna Maria, a 1,214 sfla / 1,412 sfur 2bed/2bath home built in 1947 on a 50×55 lot was sold 08/04/11, Bello to Quest Acquisitions Inc. for $399,000; list $399,000.

6300 Flotilla Drive, Unit 73, Shell Point, Holmes Beach, a 1,151 sfla 2bed/2bath condo with shared pool built in 1972 was sold 07/28/11, Morris to Martsolf for $239,000; list $269,000.

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

Sports – 08-24-2011

Dolphins win Super Bowl, hand Saints first loss


Agnelli Pool & Spa Dolphins defeated MartiniVille Saints 25-19 in the Anna Maria Island Community Center’s coed NFL flag football summer league Super Bowl played Aug. 18.

Both teams traded offensive possessions without finding the end zone early in the game. The turning point came when Zach Schield intercepted a Ryan Moss pass deep in Saints’ territory to give the Dolphins first down at the 5-yard line. They wasted no time as quarterback Mike Shaughnessy hit Pat Calvary on a fade route in the left corner of the end zone to give Agnelli Pool & Spa a 6-0 lead with 12:30 left in the first half.

After trading offensive possessions, the Saints finally put together a scoring drive. A 20-yard completion from Ryan Moss to Nate Talucci gave MartiniVille a first down at the 8-yard line. On the next play, Ryan Moss hit Jonathan Moss for an 8-yard touchdown pass to tie the score at 6-6 with 1:35 to play in the half.

The Dolphins responded right away, quickly working their way down the field. Tim Shaughnessy hit Frank Agnelli for 15 yards and followed that with a third-down  pass for 11 yards to Schield to give them a first down with under 30 seconds left to play in the first half. Tim Shaugnessy then hit paydirt on a 24-yard pass to Agnelli in the right corner of the end zone to give Agnelli Pool & Spa a 12-6 halftime lead.

The Dolphins wasted no time scoring in the second half, taking an 18-6 lead on an 11-yard touchdown pass from Tim Shaugnessy to Schield. Calvary came up with a brilliant 20-yard catch from Tim Shaugnessy for a first down that kept the drive alive.

Undaunted, the Saints replied with a length-of-the-field scoring drive, culminating with a 7-yard touchdown pass from Ryan Moss to Jonathan Moss. Ed Moss hauled in the extra-point pass to make it 18-13 with just under 13 minutes left to play. Nate Talucci had receptions of 16 yards and 11 yards on the drive for the Saints.

The Dolphins came right back with a four-play touchdown drive. Tim Shaughnessy started it off with an 8-yard completion to Agnelli, followed by another circus catch by Calvary for 23 yards. Mike Shaughnessy then hit Tim Shaughnessy on a 17-yard touchdown pass that was followed by Agnelli’s extra-point grab to give the Fins a 25-13 lead with under eight minutes left in the game.

Again the Saints showed resolve and drove the length of the field and scored when Ryan Moss hit Jonathan Moss with a 4-yard touchdown pass with 3:01 left to play. Nate Talucci’s 12-yard reception for a first down kept the drive alive, while Ryan Moss avoided a sack and hit wife Emily Moss to put the Saints into scoring position.

The Dolphins went three and out giving the Saints the ball and some hope. Ryan Moss hit Jonathan Moss for 13 yards on first down. Ryan Moss’ second-down pass fell incomplete and, on third down, Frank Agnelli broke up the pass play to give the Dolphins the ball back with 57 seconds remaining, effectively ending the game with the Dolphins on top 25-19.

The Toilet Bowl was played prior to the above-mentioned game between the Sun Panthers and Tyler’s Ice Cream Steelers. The Panthers prevailed 33-26 to avoid last place in the league. Tyler Bekkerus completed 14 of 26 passes for 155 yards and five touchdown passes. Kevin Austin caught seven passes for 52 yards and three touchdowns, while Hell’s Kitchen participant Jamie Gregorich had two receptions for 20 yards, including a touchdown and an extra point. Brother Kevin Gregorich added a 10-yard touchdown reception for the Panthers.

Jason Garden and Chuck McCracken scored two touchdowns apiece to lead the Steelers in the loss.


Horseshoe news

George McKay and Ron Pepka were the only team to record three pool-play victories and were the day’s outright champs during Aug. 20 horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City hall horseshoe pits. The team of Tom Skoloda and Sam Samuels soundly defeated Jay Disbrow and Jeff Moore in the second-place game.

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.


Key Royale news

The women of the Key Royale Club played a nine-hole, individual-low-net golf game Aug. 16. Sue Wheeler, Laura Purcell and Meredith Slavin all carded 4-under-par 28s to finish in a three-way tie for first place. Kris Landkammer and Fran Barford tied for second place at 1-under-par 31. Barford chipped in on hole number four, while Mary Selby did the same on hole number five.


Soccer registration under way

The deadline for registering for the Anna Maria Island Community Center’s 2011 youth soccer league is quickly approaching.

Cost for a three-day Aug. 24-26 soccer camp from is $30. Cost for playing in the recreational league is $75 for members, while non-members cost is $105. Failure to register prior to Aug. 27 results in an additional fee of $15.

Players each receive a jersey and socks, and they are responsible for their own black shorts and shin guards.

Games will be played in the evening at 6 p.m. Monday through Friday with an occasional Saturday game.

Tryouts begin Aug. 29 and teams will be picked immediately following tryout times.

The center also is offering an adult coed soccer league which will be played on Thursday evenings. Tryouts will be held Sept. 1.

For more information, contact center athletic director Troy Shonk at 941-778-1908, ext. 9205.

Island police blotter – 08-24-2011

Anna Maria

• Aug. 13, 100 block of Crescent Drive, information. A Manatee County Sheriff’s Office deputy stopped to check on a home that was not occupied but a garage door was open. He called for assistance in the event there had been a burglary, but nothing was reported missing or disturbed.

        Anna Maria is policed by the MCSO.

Bradenton Beach

• No new reports.

        Bradenton Beach is policed by the BBPD.


• Aug. 15, 10200 block of Cortez Road, stolen tag. The MCSO took a report that someone removed a license plate from a parked auto.

• Aug. 15, 10200 block of Cortez Road, criminal mischief. The MCSO filed a report on a complaint that someone poured sugar into a gasoline tank. About $1,000 in damages was done.

• Aug. 16, 3700 block of 116th Court West, grand theft. The MCSO responded to a complaint from a man who said his roommate made unauthorized purchases with his bank card. He alleged that more than $5,000 was spent.

        Cortez is policed by the MCSO.

Holmes Beach

• Aug. 8, 5300 block of Gulf Drive, petit theft. The Holmes Beach Police Department invested a report of a theft at Island Fitness. An envelope containing petty cash was found on the floor, along with $2 and a key. About $174 was taken.

• Aug. 10, 6600 block of Holmes Boulevard, theft. The HBPD took a report that someone stole a black beach-style bike valued at about $150.

• Aug. 10, 300 block of 64th Street, burglary to a vehicle. HBPD received a report that someone stole a wallet containing $200 in cash and credit and debit cards, and a CD box from an unlocked vehicle.

• Aug. 10, 100 block of 68th Street, burglary to a vehicle. Someone took an iPod Touch, a skimboard, a backpack containing clothing and credit cards, $25 in cash from a parked pickup truck.

• Aug. 11, 3200 block of East Bay Drive, theft. Someone stole a steel cart from the Subway.

• Aug. 11, 5600 block of Guava Street, criminal mischief. The HBPD took a report from a man who said someone vandalized his Porsche, spray-painting the hood and convertible top.

• Aug. 13, 100 block of 69th Street, burglary to a vehicle. The HBPD received a report that someone took a purse, mobile phone, ID card, car keys and about $60 in cash from a vehicle.

• Aug. 14, 8300 block of Marina Court, theft. A resident reported to HBPD that someone took power tools from his garage.

• Aug. 18, 100 block of 47th Street, theft. Someone stole a grill and propane tank from a rental property.

        Holmes Beach is policed by the HBPD.

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

Obituaries – 08-24-2011

Richard C. ‘Dick’ Hennessey

Richard C. “Dick” Hennessey, 80, of Bradenton, and formerly of Piqua, Ohio, died Aug. 12. He was born Oct. 7,1920, in Piqua, Ohio.

Mr. Hennessey graduated from Piqua Catholic High School and served the U.S. Army Air Corps, attaining the rank of sergeant. In World War II, he served as a medic and once flew into battle in France in a glider to attend to troops’ wounds, for which he was decorated several times, including a medal and commendation from the French government.

Mr. Hennessey was a banker in Ohio, and was a member of the Troy Community Theater and Optimist Club of Troy, Ohio, for 10 years, honorary member of Boys’ Town of Nebraska, and was affiliated with the Piqua Players Club for 26 years. On retiring to Anna Maria Island, he participated in theater with the Island Players and volunteered for the Anna Maria Island Community Center and the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce and served with the Interim Medical Services. Most recently, he volunteered at H2U Blake Medical Center.

Mr. Hennessey was an avid reader who authored three books. His work as a writer was featured in The Islander and he also was featured in the newspaper’s Greatest Generation column.

Memorial donations may be made to Tidewell Hospice Palliative Care, 3355 26th St. W., Bradenton FL 34205. A memorial service will be held in Bradenton at a later date.

Mr. Hennessey is survived by brother William “Bill” Hennessey and sister Eileen Webster, both of Bradenton, and sixteen nieces and nephews.


Isabell Marl Redding

Isabell Marl Redding, 84, died in Reno, Nev., Aug. 10. She was born May 22, 1927, in Rochester, Pa.

Mrs. Redding lived across the country in such places as Thompson Ridge, N.Y., Anna Maria Island and, since 2002, in Winnemucca, Nev.

An informal service will be announced at a later date.

Condolences may be posted at www.nevadaobit.com, and memorial donations may be made to the Humboldt Volunteer Hospice or a local hospice.

Mrs. Redding is survived by her children, Fred Marl and wife Deborah of Arlington, Va., Rick of Reno, Nev., Marlene and husband Tom Brissenden of Winnemucca, Nev.; and grandchild Jay Brissenden of Reno, Nev.

Fishing – 08-24-2011

Wading key to fishing flats in warm waters


Inshore fishing is following similar patterns of the weeks past. Summer heat dictates the best times to fish: early morning, late evening and at night.

Hopefully you took advantage of the overcast days we had recently to venture out to the flats. The slightly lower temperatures were a welcome break for both fish and fishers. Using top-water plugs in the morning for trout and redfish has been the highlight in the backcountry.

Wading has been the most effective approach to stalk these shallow-water dwellers. The reds are schooling on the flats, so keep your eyes peeled for a sudden eruption of water as these fish migrate over shallow grass.

Remember when fishing shallow water with high water temperatures, if you plan to release your fish you need to spend a little extra time reviving them. A lot of the reds we encounter this time of year are large spawning redfish. It’s a lot harder for these bigger fish to regain composure after a 15-minute fight in 90-degree water, so take extra care.

Dave Sork at the Anna Maria City Pier is seeing plenty of pier fishers reeling up Spanish mackerel on the early morning incoming tides. Silver spoons, Gotcha plugs and crappie jigs are a necessity if you’re planning to use artificials for these high-speed fish. Live shiners are always a good bet.

Mangrove snapper are beginning to show around the pier, feeding on small hatch bait. A No. 4-size hook with some 20-pound fluorocarbon leader is a great way to attempt to catch these little bruisers. Again, the early morning bite has been producing better numbers of fish.

Bob Kilb at the Rod & Reel Pier is seeing and catching mangrove snapper under the pier and around the pilings in the morning hours. “I caught seven this morning,” says Kilb, “but not one was a keeper.” He’s using live shrimp or small live shiners to hook the snapper. He is seeing Spanish mackerel, ladyfish and lizardfish being caught on small jigs. “The mackerel are here in the morning,” says Kilb. “And ladyfish and snakefish are biting all day.”

Flounder are making a decent showing around the pier with keeper-size fish being caught on live shiners or live mojaras. Kilb says to try using a No. 2 long-shank hook when catching flounder. The long shank makes it easier to avoid those teeth when you’re dehooking the flat fish.

On a final note, Kilb say he’s seeing an occasional redfish or black drum caught on live shrimp.

Grady Smith at Island Discount Tackle says he’s hearing reports of whiting, stingrays and small sharks being caught off the beaches. “Most of the people are buying frozen shrimp and squid,” says Smith. “Those are the two popular baits for fishing the beach.”

From the charter captains at Catchers Marina, Smith says he’s seeing nice-sized spotted sea trout and redfish on the cleaning tables. “I’m also seeing some decent-sized mangrove snapper, too.”

Flounder are being caught in Longboat Pass with live shrimp or live shiners fished on the bottom around rock structure and bridge pilings. Smith suggests if you’re going to fish the pass, target slower moving tides. “Once that tide starts moving fast,” explains Smith, “it’s too hard to keep a bait down on the bottom. Then you’re out of the strike zone and will probably get snagged.”

Capt. Warren Girle is having good luck fishing both offshore and the backcountry. Girle is encountering large numbers of red and gag grouper fishing in 45 feet of water around small reefs and ledges. “We had four gag grouper that were way over the minimum size limit,” says Girle. “It was too bad that we had to release them.” In between catching gag and red grouper, Girle’s clients are reeling up numerous Key West grunts.

Moving to the backwater, Girle is fishing early mornings with top-water plugs, targeting redfish and “gator” trout. Girle is wading shallow grass flats, working top-water plugs along the edges of pothole and oyster bars. “We had an overcast, rainy day where we were able to keep fishing top-water until 10:30 in the morning,” says Girle. “We caught nine redfish and six keeper trout on one flat adjacent to a spoil island. One of the redfish wanted the bait so bad that he smacked the lure out of the water and then came back and ate it when it landed.”

Girle is using a floating Sebile stick shad to target these shallow-water fish. “I usually use a Rapala skitter walk with rattlers in it, but it seems these fish want a bait that is quiet. The Sebile stick shad is just that, and it’s working great.”

Jeff Medley at the south bait shop on the Sunshine Skyway Bridge Fishing Piers says, “It’s a shame you can’t keep gag grouper right now.” Medley is seeing keeper-size gag grouper reeled up daily. He says a live pinfish fished under the pier or on the rock piles just away from the pier is producing tackle-busting action with hungry gags.

Mangrove snapper are making a prominent showing in these areas. Scale down your bait to either a live greenback or even a fresh-cut piece of greenback to target some tasty mangrove snapper.

Fishing the sandy bottom around the structure of the pier is resulting in flounder up to 20 inches. Dragging a live greenback along the bottom is a sure-fire way to hook up.

Tarpon and cobia are patrolling the ends of the pier. Again, a live pinfish is hard for either species to turn down. “The tarpon we’re seeing are in the 60-80 pound range,” says Medley. “And there’s a lot of them down there.”

Last but not least, Spanish mackerel and bonito are being caught on live greenbacks, although the bite has been sporadic.

Capt. Sam Kimball of Legend Charters is fishing both nearshore and offshore with good results.

The nearshore bite is producing Key West grunts, mangrove snapper, hogfish and Spanish mackerel. “The bite has been a little tough when we’re fishing shallow,” says Kimball, “but we’re managing to come up with some really nice catches.”       Kimball is seeing a great abundance of under-size red grouper on the nearshore reefs and ledges. “They’re thicker than thieves down there,” he said with a laugh.

Moving out to deeper water — 100 feet plus, Kimball is catching limits of red grouper as well as numerous catch-and-release gags.

Also at these depths, Kimball’s clients are reeling up large quantities of catch-and-release red snapper in the 7-10 pound range.

For smaller table fare, there are plenty of banded rudderfish and almaco jacks keeping fishers busy on light tackle. These little jacks fish hard and they “eat” good, too.

Mangrove snapper finish out Kimball’s report with fish being caught in the 3-5 pound range.

        Send fishing reports to fish@islander.org.

Islander Calendar – 08-24-2011

Wednesday, Aug. 24

        5 to 7 p.m. — Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce business-card exchange at Whitney Bank, 5324 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-1541. Fee applies.

        5 to 8 p.m. — “Women on Wine” gathering at the Bridge Street Bistro, 111 Gulf Drive S., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-779-2123.


FRIDAY ….chamber ribbon cutting?


Sunday, Aug. 28

        Noon to 3 p.m. — Manatee Young Professionals Beach Bash at the BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-748-4842 ext 133. Fee applies.


Tuesday, Aug. 30

        6 p.m. — Volunteer reception and information session for Anna Maria Elementary School at the Sandbar Restaurant, 100 Spring Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-708-5525.



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

• Wednesdays, two hours before sunset, the city of Bradenton Beach hosts a sunset party 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, through Sept. 15. Information: 941-778-1906.

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

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

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



Friday, Aug. 26

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


Saturday, Aug. 27

        11 a.m. to 3 p.m. — Children’s Summit at Manatee Civic Center, One Haben Blvd., Palmetto. Information: 941-749-3030.

        5 to 9 p.m. — O’Connor Bowling Tournament at AMF Bradenton Lanes, 6696 Cortez Road, Bradenton. Information: 941-778-1908. Fee applies.


Coming Up:

• Sept. 2, Contender Film Series: “Deep Water,” South Florida Museum.

• Sept. 7, Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce business lunch, The Feast Restaurant.

AME calendar

Save the date for the following Anna Maria Elementary School happenings:

• Aug. 30, 6 p.m., Parent-Teacher Organization volunteer reception, Sandbar Restaurant.

• Sept. 14, picture day.

• Sept. 15, 8:45 a.m., PTO Fall Festival planning kick-off meeting, cafeteria.

• Sept. 21, PTO budget adoption meeting.

• Sept. 21, 10th annual Peace Day event.

AME is at 4700 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. For more information, call 941-708-5525.


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, Aug. 24, 2011


HAND PAINTED TABLES by local artist, $100. Antique vanity, $100, tons of other stuff, call to look, 941-586-3909.

COMPUTER: 1.7 GHz processor, Windows XP-PRO, $55. 941-756-6728.

GOLF BAG PULL cart, $25. Cart closes in half for compact storage. 941-778-3228.

WALL MOUNT 19-inch TV, will hold DVD, too, $15. 941-795-8359.

BABY STROLLER: “GRACO” with car seat, manual. Paid $275, sell, $60. TV, 19-inch color Orion, $20, 941-795-8389.

DRAWING / DRAFTING TABLE: 41×29.5-inches. Pedestal base, hydraulic lift adjusts height and angle, $50. 941-792-3526

BEDROOM GROUP: TRIPLE dresser with mirror, armoire, night table. Walnut, good condition. $100. 941-792-3526.

DIVE GEAR: WOMEN’S zippered boots, new, size 9ML, plus swim fins. $30. 941-792-3526.

VACUUM: DIRT DEVIL Lite, $20, dehumidifier, works great, $20, 941-730-0444.

BOOKSHELF: 2×4, brown, $10. After 5 p.m., 941-730-0445.

PET DOORS: TWO, for sliding glass doors, $25 each. 941-730-0444.

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.

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.

NOW COLLECTING ITEMS for St. Bernard Church rummage sale, Oct. 21-22. Please leave donated items in rear of activity center building. Call Geri Cannon, 941-779-0591.

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.


MOVING SALE: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27. Dining room table and nine chairs, three complete bed sets including mattresses and bedsprings. Sofas, lamps, coffee and end tables, large TV, VCR, teak screen, patio furniture, linens, silverware and pictures. 113 Gull Drive, Anna Maria.


LOST CAT: LUNA, friendly, gray and white. Clipped ear. Last seen Marina Isles neighborhood, Holmes Beach, July 28. Dawn, 608-770-7351.


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.


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


FULL-TIME JOURNALIST WANTED: Seeking new journalism grad or experienced reporter. Work in paradise for the newspaper ranked No. 1 in the state by the Florida Press Association. E-mail letter of interest/resume: news@islander.org.

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.

BABIES, PETS AND PLANTS: Responsible, trustworthy, fun and reliable 16-year old. Own transportation. 941-447-9658.

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.

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.

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.

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.

COMPANION/CARETAKER: LOVING, compassionate, reliable. References. 941-705-0607.

IMPECCABLE CLEANING: CARLOS and Valeria. Servicing Anna Maria Island since 2002. Affordable, dependable, free estimates. Call 941-932-7314.

JUS ROMEO: INSURED, affordable, experienced. House painting, pressure washing, handy work. Free estimate. Call Justin, 941-224-0344.

SENIOR COMPANION: offering companionship to your loved one, to put your mind at ease. 941-779-6638.

ISLAND DOGS GROOMING: $10 off first groom. Salon, home groom, pickup/delivery, pet sitting. Certified groomer. 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, 941-538-8724.


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.

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

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


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.

JUS ROMEO: INSURED, affordable, experienced. House painting, pressure washing, handy work. Free estimate. Call Justin, 941-224-0344.


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.

VACATION ONLY PROPERTIES for rent, private pool homes: 3BR/3B, 3BR/2BA,1BR/1BA. Call 941-794-1515.


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.

BEAUTIFUL CONDO FOR rent: 2BR, two full bath, furnished, ground floor. Five minutes from beach. Seasonal, $2,000/month, annual, $1,100/month. 330-562-8945.

FEMALE ROOMMATE WANTED to share 2BR/2BA condo in Holmes Beach. $650/month plus electric. beachcondo25@yahoo.com.

WATERFRONT DUPLEX: 2BR/1BA, furnished, elevated. $1,300/monthly, September, November, December. 941-773-5730.

ANNUAL RENTAL: HOLMES Beach canal home. 3BR/2BA. Terrazzo floors throughout, big yard, one-car garage. $1,695/month. 863-660-8366.

CHARMING ONE ROOM cottage, perfect for one person without much stuff! $850/month, annual lease. 941-779-0289.

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.


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.

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

NEW UPGRADED CONDOS: Minutes to beach, annual, seasonal, $140,000-plus. Special financing available. 941-773-0212. Taylor Morrison at Palma Sola Trace.

WATERFRONT WANTED: RETIRED TV producer from Germany looking for 3-4BR house or condo. Call Helmer, 941-592-8853, Michael Saunders & Co., licensed Real Estate Broker. www.helmerhagman.michaelsaunders.com.

Longboat Key Cedars E Short sale 2BR/2.5BA furnished. List price $199,000. RE/MAX Alliance Group. For information, call Erlene Fitzpatrick 941-224-6339 or Sharon Villars 941-920-0669.

PERICO BAY CLUB villa: 2BR/2BA, garage, turnkey furnished. Price reduced, $189,500. Fred at 941-356-1456. Realtor.


AUCTION: 24 BEAUTIFUL home sites in Mountain Blue. 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 27. Jackson County, N.C. 10 percent BP NCL #1787. 800-241-7591 or 800-289-7512.  www.jltodd.com or www.wcproperties.com.