Tag Archives: 09-11-2013

Beach ‘BAM’ Bistro

Celebrity TV chef Emeril LaGasse joins Sean Murphy in his legendary beachfront dining room at Beach Bistro for a bite, a glass, a conversation. LaGasse’s search of the Sunshine State for the finest cuisine, restaurants and resorts made the required visit Sept. 9 to the Beach Bistro in Holmes Beach. Emeril’s Florida — the show title — highlights the best restaurants through the eyes of Lagasse— on location — for a focus on food and cooking. Stay tuned. The show taped a segment for airing at a later — to be announced — date. The first tasting, with Emeril nodding approval, was Lobstercargots, “lush chunks of Florida spiny lobster, slow cooked in a crock with herbed spinach and seasoned garlic butter. A Bistro original, often imitated.” Islander Photo: Bonner Joy

Obituaries – 09-11-2013

Janice Virginia Freeman

Janice Virginia Freeman, 96, of Bradenton and Ogden, Ill., formerly a resident and business owner in Holmes Beach, died Sept. 1 at home in Bradenton. She was born April 30, 1917, the daughter of the late Stella Divan and Fernie Clark, and the wife of the late Carl Freeman.

She graduated from Ogden High School and from a beauty college in Chicago. For a time, she ran a beauty shop in Ogden. Janice and husband Carl owned and operated a bar and restaurant in Ogden for many years.

They came to Anna Maria Island on their honeymoon, fell in love with the island lifestyle, and opened a beach drive-in restaurant called Freeman’s Mid Island Drive-In. They operated it for years, before leasing it to other operators.

In 2002, the Freeman family organized to reopen the “drive-in” at 3901 Gulf Drive, opposite the Manatee Public Beach, and renamed it Skinny’s Place. Mrs. Freeman, known to many as “Grandma Skinny,” worked at Skinny’s Place and enjoyed many burgers and birthday cakes at the restaurant in her later years.

She lived a rich, full life, and loved to travel, especially by train. She was a fan of live theater and ice skating shows, and she loved to tell stories of her life in Ogden, and of her life’s adventures. A favorite story was how she and husband Carl discovered Anna Maria Island in 1936 on their honeymoon. She loved her burgers with juicy tomatoes and a small bottle of Classic Coke.

Graveside services were held in Homer, Ill. .

Clark Freeman remembered his grandmother in a message to The Islander, saying “The family will miss mom, grandma, Gigi, very, very much.

“She has left a legacy behind that we will remember and honor always. She was an inspiration to us, and we will love and miss her dearly.

“We know she will be there with us at Skinny’s every day, keeping us all in line and making sure the burgers and tomatoes are to her well-seasoned approval.”

Mrs. Freeman is survived by her daughter, Jan Freeman of Bradenton; son Gary Freeman of Novato, Calif.; grandchildren Estella, Clark and Maggie of Anna Maria Island and Bradenton, and Jennie and Laurel of San Francisco; and great-grandchildren Shawn Isaac, Ella and Lucine.


David A. Pomorski

David A. Pomorski, 56, of Bradenton Beach, died Sept 7. He moved in 1978.to Bradenton Beach from Erie, Pa.

He was a master shipwright, who learned his trade under the influence of his father, the late Martin Pomorski.

He went on to become a fine craftsman, inventor and artist and a good golfer. His passion was wooden boats, and he won many awards for his work through the years. He loved to sail, and his greatest joy was found in a little skiff, roaming the shallows of the bay south of Cortez.

Mr. Pomorski is survived by sisters Pam Chrzanowski of Erie, Pa., and Patricia McCarthy of Denver; brother Larry and wife Camille of Erie; Uncle Edward Jares of Erie; cousin Dan and wife Theresa; and many nieces and nephews and their children.

A celebration of his life will be held at noon Saturday, Sept 14, at high noon at his residence, 116 11th St. S., Bradenton Beach. Memorial donations may be made to the boatworks program at the Florida Institute of Saltwater Heritage, P.O. Box 606, Cortez FL 34215. Condolences may be made online at www. shannonfuneralhomes.com.


John Wesley ‘Scooter’ Tillison

John Wesley “Scooter” Tillison, 72, of Bradenton Beach, died Aug. 29. He was born in Oklahoma City.

He attended Draughons School of business in Oklahoma. He spent most of his life traveling in California, Nevada and Florida. He worked as a limo driver, entrepreneur and inventor and retired to Bradenton Beach.

He spent much of his time the past few years helping the Bridge Street Merchants with its outdoor markets and assisting where needed by business owners in the Bridge Street area.

“Scooter was extremely loved by everyone. He brought smiles and stories of his travel through life. He attended every event the merchants had, always providing that extra flair that made Bridge Street so special,” according to BSM market manager Melissa Enders.

Former BSM president Jo Ann Meilner wrote, “Scooter will be missed by all, he always had a smile, a laugh, a helping hand for everyone he met. His sense of humor was unmatched. He enjoyed life and touched many hearts. All who knew him were lucky to have shared in his life. Thank you, Scooter!”

Mr. Tillison was a member and officer of Moose Lodge No. 2188 and, on his death, administrator Ernie Casali recently emailed this message to members, “Scooter held the position of Prelate in our lodge. He volunteered often when he was able to do so and he was well known and liked on the island as well as in the lodge. He was always happy go lucky and joking around.

“He will be missed dearly. Our thoughts and our prayers are with him and his family.”

A celebration of his life will be held starting at noon Saturday, Sept. 21, at the Moose Lodge No. 2188, 110 Gulf Drive S., Bradenton Beach.

Daughter Alysa Higgins of Bradenton wrote, “He was loved by many and will be missed dearly.”

Mr. Tillison is survived by his daughters, Debbie Earsom of Davis, Okla., Cherita Green of Dallas, Laura Skow of Bradenton, and Higgins; and brother Jerry of Oklahoma.



Sports – 09-11-2013

Island Gourmet Rays win center’s softball World Series


Rays win! Rays win! Island Gourmet Rays that is.

In what all Tampa Bay Rays fans can hope is a precursor to the Major League Baseball 2013 World Series, Island Gourmet Rays scored an 11-10 win over Tyler’s Ice Cream Twins in the Anna Maria Island Community Center Softball League final game Sept. 6 at Birdie Tebbetts Field in Holmes Beach.

Island Gourmet Rays jumped out to an 11-4 lead after two innings, with help on homers from Max Gazzo and Greg Ross and an RBI triple from Mike Brusso in the first two innings.

Inexplicably, the Rays held at 11 runs and didn’t score again, while Tyler’s Ice Cream Twins started chipping into the lead with three runs in the fourth inning on doubles by Rob Manderine, Michelle Laade and Rob Alderson.

The Twins scored two more runs in the seventh inning on doubles by Alderson and Manderine and a single by Troy Shonk, but that was as close as they would get.

Greg Ross led the Rays offense with a 3-for-3 performance that included a home run, double and two RBIs, while Max Gazzo finished 3 for 4, including a home run, double and three RBIs. Kelsea Bachman and Paige Gillunwater each had a pair of singles, while BJ Keim added a two-run double in the victory.

Rob Manderine paced the Twins with a 4-for-4 performance that included a home run, triple, two doubles and four RBIs, while Rob Alderson went 3 for 3 with a double, triple and two RBIs. Michelle Laade was a perfect 3 for 3 at the plate, including a double and two RBIs, while Laura Alderson added a pair of singles and two runs scored. Troy Shonk singled and scored twice to round out the Twins’ offense in the loss.


Horseshoe news

Two teams emerged from pool play during Sept. 4 horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe pits. Sam Samuels walked his way to the winner’s circle by defeating Hank Huyghe and Tim Sofran 22-16 in the finals.

The action on Sept. 7 also had two teams advance to the knockout stage. Dom Livedoti and Steve Grossman defeated Sofran and Jerry Disbrow 21-16 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.


Key Royale golf news

The Key Royale Club celebrated Labor Day with a Sept. 2 coed scramble on the links and a cookout at the clubhouse.

Two teams tied for first place with a net score of 3-under-par 29. The winning team was decided by a scorecard playoff, where scores are compared starting with the most difficult hole and working through the card until a winner is determined.

The team of Bill Lowman, Al Pollack, Debbie Milder and Jim Lathrop won first place, while the team of Tom Nelson, Erma McMullen, Jon Holcomb and Dana Cessna took second place.

Nelson took the prize for closest to the pin on the third hole, while Diane Miller was closest to the pin on No. 8. Bill Lowman won the men’s longest-drive contest, while teammate Debbie Milder shot the women’s longest drive.

The women continued their Labor Day festivities on Sept. 3, playing a game called Red, White and Blue, in which they teed off from each of the colored tees three times for a nine-hole match.

Christina Mason grabbed first place with a 1-under par 31, two shots ahead of Meredith Slavin and Sue Wheeler, who finished in a tie for second place. Fran Barford, Tootie Wagner and Liz Lang were another shot back in a three-way tie for third place.

Judy Hanson had a chip-in on the seventh hole to round out the golf action for the day.

Island police blotter – 09-11-2013

Anna Maria

        • Aug. 24, 700 block of North Shore Drive, vehicle burglary. A complainant reported someone entered his unlocked vehicle and rummaged through the glove box and center console. Nothing was reported missing.

Anna Maria is policed by the MCSO.

Bradenton Beach

        • No new reports.

        Bradenton Beach is policed by the BBPD.


        • Aug. 31, 41100 block of Cortez Road West, information. An MCSO deputy responded to a disturbance call and made contact with a group of people who reported a fraudulent charge to one of their credit cards. The group said they rented a watercraft and one of their companions had become stuck. They notified the owner, who gave them an extra 15 minutes. A member of the group said they returned on time, but the owner said they were more than 40 minutes late, so they were charged for the extra time. The deputy told the complainant that it was a civil matter.

• Sept. 1, 4200 block of 127th Street West, vehicle burglary. A complainant reported someone entered his boat and rummaged through his belongings, but nothing was reported missing.

• Sept. 4, 10300 block of Cortez Road West, petit theft. A woman called to report a stolen credit card. She said she allowed a relative to use the card, but had taken it back and told the relative she was no longer allowed to use it. When she went to retrieve the card, it was gone and she suspected it was in the possession of the relative.

        Cortez is policed by the MCSO

Holmes Beach

        Sept. 3, 9200 Gulf Drive, DWLS. A 27-year-old Palmetto man was stopped for speeding. When asked for his identification, the man presented a suspended driver’s license. According to the report, the man was listed as a habitual traffic offender June 6. He was arrested on a felony habitual offender charge.

• Aug. 24, 500 block of 67th Street, vehicle burglary. A complainant reported someone entered his unlocked vehicle and stole a pocketknife and cash valued at $150.

• Aug. 25, 5300 Gulf Drive, vehicle burglary. A complainant reported someone gained entry into a secured garaged and entered his unlocked vehicle stealing $600 worth of computer equipment.

• Aug. 25, 400 block of 63rd Street, vehicle burglary. Someone entered an unlocked vehicle and stole three watches valued at $1,200.

• Aug. 25, 26 Seaside Court, vehicle burglary. An unknown person severed a boat’s gas line and stole the gas tank. During the investigation, a police officer remembered seeing a gas tank at another burglary location. The tank was positively identified by the victim, but it was damaged.

• Aug. 26, 5300 Gulf Drive, vehicle theft. HBPD was contacted by MCSO regarding a suspicious vehicle. A deputy reported the vehicle was damaged by someone forcibly gaining access to the wiring in the steering column. HBPD notified the vehicle owner, who confirmed it was stolen Aug. 24.

• Aug. 26, 16 Seaside Court, vehicle burglary. A complainant reported someone entered her unlocked vehicle and forced open the center console. About $5 in change was stolen and the damage to the console was estimated at $50.

• Aug. 26, 8200 block of Gulf Drive, petit theft. Someone stole a pool vacuum valued at $299.

• Aug. 29, 100 block of 75th Street, burglary. A complainant reported two houses were burglarized and were missing TVs and television stands valued at $1,255.

• Aug. 29, 100 block of 31st Street, battery. Police responded to a complainant, who wanted to report his landlord was trying to make him pay for a broken window. The man was advised it was not a police matter, but he said the landlord had pushed him and wanted to press charges.

• Aug. 29, 4000 Gulf Drive, Manatee Public Beach, abuse. Witnesses called police on a woman, saying she had excessively spanked a young child. Police interviewed the woman who said she spanked her 2-year-old child twice for screaming and throwing toys. There were no marks on the child and police determined the allegation was unfounded.

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.

Calendar – 09-11-2013

Wednesday, Sept. 11

Today is Patriot Day.

8:30 a.m. — St. Bernard Catholic Church service in remembrance of the victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-4769.

7:40 p.m. — Official sunset time.


Thursday, Sept. 12

7:38 p.m. — Official sunset time.


Friday, Sept. 13

Yom Kippur begins at sundown.

10 a.m. — Forty Carrots group for babies and children, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.

6-8 p.m. — Book-signing for author Danny Stooksbury and local photographers, Island Gourmet, 5910 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-479-0557.

7:37 p.m. — Official sunset time.


Saturday, Sept. 14

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.

9:15 a.m. — CrossPointe Fellowship, 8605 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, hosts a simulcast of “Living Proof Live” featuring evangelist Beth Moore. Fee applies. For women only. Information: 941-778-0719.

10 a.m. — Island Origami Club, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.

Noon-5 p.m. — Sept. 11 fundraiser and remembrance, Island Time Bar and Grill and Bridge Street Bistro, 111 Gulf Drive S., Bradenton Beach. Fee applies. Information: 941-782-1122.

7:36 p.m. — Official sunset time.

Sunset-10 p.m. — Local Group of Deep Sky Observers, stargazing, City Field, 5801 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-342-9632


Sunday, Sept. 15

7:35 p.m. — Official sunset time.


Monday, Sept. 16


7:34 p.m. — Official sunset time.


Tuesday, Sept. 17

10 a.m. — Children’s storytime, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.

Noon — Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island meets, Bridge Street Bistro, 111 Gulf Drive S., Bradenton Beach Information: 941-794-8044.

7:32 p.m. — Official sunset time.


Wednesday, Sept. 18

2 p.m. — “The ABCs of Alzheimer’s Disease,” Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.

6 p.m. — Mana-Tweens Culture Club, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.

7:31 p.m. — Official sunset time.



Thursday, Sept. 12

5:30 p.m. — Manatee County Democratic Party movie night, Mannatees Sports Grill, 7423 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton. 941-758-4610.

7 p.m. — Manatee Sarasota Sierra Group meeting, featuring a speaker from Center for Education and Rehabilitation Wildlife Inc., Sarasota Garden Club, 1131 Boulevard of the Arts, Sarasota. Information: 941-474-4712.

8 p.m. — Opening night of “Grease” performed by Manatee Players, Manatee Performing Arts Center, 502 Third Ave. W., Bradenton. Fee applies. Information: 941-748-5875.


Monday, Sept. 16

Noon — Anna Maria Island Democratic Club lunch and meeting, Mannatees Sports Grill, 7423 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-779-0564.


Wednesday, Sept. 18

6:30 p.m. — Manatee-Sarasota Sierra Club Potluck picnic and moonrise beachwalk, South Lido Park, 2201 Benjamin Franklin Drive, Sarasota. Fee requested. Information: 941-752-3200.



• Wednesdays and Saturdays, 9 a.m., horseshoes pitched, Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information: 941-708-6130.

• 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, 7 p.m., Think+Drink science night, South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-746-4131.

• 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 except in September, 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, 5:30-8:30 p.m., sunset drum circle, Anna Maria Island Beach Cafe, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-0784.

• 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.

• 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. Doors open at 12:15 p.m. Information: 941-778-0414.

• First Mondays, 7 p.m., Florida Institute for Saltwater Heritage board meets, Fishermen’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, Bridge Street Bistro, 111 Gulf Drive S., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-794-8044.


Coming up

• Sept. 22, the first day of autumn.

• Sept. 23, Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament.


Save the date

• Oct. 18-19, Bayfest.

• Nov. 8-10, ArtsHop.

• Nov. 1-3, Anna Maria Island Privateers Pirate Invasion.


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.


AME Calendar

• 9:15 a.m. Monday, Sept. 16, schoolwide lockdown drill.

• 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17, PTO budget adoption meeting, AME auditorium.

• 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17, Family Fun Night.

• Tuesday, Sept. 24, Peace Day.

• 1:15 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 26, Fire drill.

AME is at 4700 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. For more

information, call 941-708-5525.

Fishing – 09-11-2013

September brings morning bite, evening showers


With the heat beating down and reflecting on our local waters, it will be best to adjust your fishing times. Try fishing early mornings until about 10 a.m. to find the most active fish. As the heat increases, so does the water temp, which around noon or 1 p.m. can be 90 degrees or more on the flats. While plenty of fish like warm water, this can be extreme, even for our area.

Anglers will likely find lethargic fish during the heat of the day. You may not even find fish because they will move under the mangrove roots or into deeper water to escape broiling.

You also need to keep in mind that any fish you catch and release will need more care on the release end. With water temps in the high 80s to low 90s, the fish’s survival increases with a quick release. And make sure they are fully revived — hold them alongside the boat in the water a moment or two — before releasing them. This will aid in the survival rate.

Capt. Warren Girle is back from vacation, which is not good news for the redfish of Sarasota Bay. Now that Girle is back on the water, reds in the slot and bigger are being hooked consistently during early morning hours. Girle is using cut-baits, such as ladyfish and pinfish, and for artificials, he says you can’t go wrong with a Berkeley Gulp shrimp.

If you noticed, Girle is using a variety of baits to target his prey for his clients. The reasoning behind this is different schools contain different fish with different temperaments. Some schools of reds are spooky, which requires the stealth of a small, live shiner or a chunk bait, while other fish are motivated to eat. The hungry, motivated fish will readily hit a Gulp shrimp when presented to them.

Moving offshore, Girle is hooking up his clients with respectable-sized mangrove snapper. Using live shiners or pinfish for bait is resulting in snapper up to 20 inches on Girle’s charters. Along with snapper, Girle is putting clients on keeper red grouper, Spanish mackerel and even some cobia.

Capt. Rick Gross of Fishy Business Charters is getting good results on live bait on the flats and around artificial reefs in Tampa Bay. First thing in the morning, Gross is anchoring over the reefs to target snapper. By using a small circle hook with a 1/4-ounce lead added, Gross drops live shiners to the bottom to entice the feisty snapper. Limits of snapper are attainable. Most catches range 10-14 inches.

After his anglers put a few snapper in the box, Gross is moving to shallow grass flats adjacent to mangrove edges. Areas with good water flow are key in finding fish. Once anchored at the spot, Gross is chumming with live shiners, which is resulting in redfish, snook and trout catches. To target these species, Gross is free-lining live shiners or pinfish and using 20-pound fluorocarbon leader and a small, live bait hook. Slot-sizes of reds and trout can be expected, although a little luck may be required to catch a keeper snook. Out-of-slot snook catches, ranging 22-26 inches, are common, although fish up to 33 inches are coming to the boat for Gross’ clients.

Jim Malfese at the Rod & Reel Pier says the mangrove snapper have arrived and are biting. Pier fishers using live shrimp or shiners are catching keeper-size fish, and near limits, too. Remember, during high tides the water at the pier can be extremely clear, so plan accordingly on rigging — stealth is key. Some 15-pound fluorocarbon connected to a No. 2 or 4 live bait hook should do the trick to fool the pier snapper. You may even be able to add a small split shot to your rig when the current is moving quickly.

If you’re looking for some really good light tackle action, try getting to the pier really early to plug for Spanish mackerel. Macks are showing in good numbers at the north end of the island during early morning tides. Small white jigs or silver spoons will get you connected with these bait slashers.

Finally, pier fishers targeting snook are managing to catch a few. Live pinfish are the bait of choice, although smart fishers targeting big snook are free-lining live ladyfish under the pier. Slot-size linesiders are being reported, as well as some ranging 22-26 inches.

Dave Sork at the Anna Maria City Pier is seeing good numbers of mangrove snapper at the pier. Morning and evening tides are producing a good bite resulting in catches of 10-14 inches. Make the rig as light as you can get away with, as those snapper at the pier can get wise fast. Live shiners or shrimp will get the bite.

Spanish mackerel, ladyfish and jack crevalle are swarming bait schools at the pier during early morning tides. Gotcha plugs, silver spoons or crappie jigs will entice the trio of species mentioned. A quick retrieve is necessary, especially when these fish are chasing a bait. Expect to catch macks in the 12- to 18-inch range.

Johnny Mattay at Island Discount Tackle is hooking up with some good numbers of shark right off the beaches of Anna Maria Island. Mattay likes to “set up shop” somewhere near Bean Point to target these large predators. Using stout gear and a little skill, Mattay is reeling in blacktips and bull sharks on a regular basis. For bait, Mattay likes to use fresh-cut Spanish mackerel, bonito and mullet. Average size of the shark catch this past week was 4-8 feet.

Mangrove snapper are plentiful in our local waters and Mattay suggests fishing areas such as piers and passes to locate a tasty dinner. “Basically anywhere you can find structure,” says Mattay, “you’re going to find snapper.”

Live shrimp, shiners and mojarras are Mattay’s baits of choice.

Finally, Spanish mackerel are showing both off the beaches and in the bays. Mattay suggests small white jigs, Gotcha plugs or silver spoons to get in on the action.

Send fishing reports to fish@islander.org.

Real Estate – 09-11-2013

238 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach, a bayfront home built 2013 on a 41 x115 lot was sold 08/20/13, Bean Point Properties LLC to Kaleta for $1,467,300.

3103 Ave. F, Holmes Beach, a 2,580 sfla / 2,905 sfur 5bed/3bath home built in 1925 on a 100×100 lot was sold 08/23/13, Kaczowka to KPI Holdings LLC for $1,100,000; list $1,249,000.

108 Pine Ave., Anna Maria, a 1,944 sfla / 2,554 sfur 3bed/2bath home built in 1976 on a 50×110 lot was sold 08/22/13, Schrutt to Bradley for $900,000.

213 Spring Ave., Anna Maria, a 2,256 sfla / 3,064 sfur 3bed/2bath/2car pool home built in 1935 on a 78×145 lot was sold 08/15/13, Buttocovla to Christensen for $641,500; list $699,000.

230 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach, a vacant 48×116 canalfront lot was sold 08/23/13, Kennedy to Krause for $485,000.

112 Fourth St. S., Unit 2, Old Bridge Village, Bradenton Beach, a 1,902 sfla 2bed/2½bath condo built in 2004 was sold 08/19/13, Wilkinson Family LP to Killingsworth for $385,000.

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

The Islander Classifieds: Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013


GE FREEZER: WHITE, small, upright, $75. Call 941-779-9026.

SLEEPER SOFA: GOOD condition, $75. 941-778-1856, after 6 p.m.

COFFEE TABLE: DROP-leaf, very nice, $100. 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 & Arts at Bridge Street, Bradenton Beach. Local hand-made unique jewelry including our very popular Mermaids Range, Tibetan jewelry and goods, plus Pandora-style charms and various gift items from around the world. 941-730-1745.

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

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

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

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

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

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


ROSER THRIFT SHOP: Open 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday and new Saturday hours, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Check out 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.


LOST: GOLD BRACELET, four thin chains, engraved: ETM. Aug. 29, Manatee theater. Sentimental. Reward. 941-387-9036.


WELL-MANNERED RESCUED dogs (and kittens!) are looking for great new homes or fosters. Please, call for information, 941-896-6701.

PET ADOPTION EVENT: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 15. Great dogs! Coastal Canine Cottage, 8819 Cortez Road W., Bradenton.


1997 HONDA ACCORD LX. 187,500 miles. Asking $2,000. Reliable, 4-door, green. 4-2.2L-FI. 941-243-3191.


BIMINI BAY SAILING: Small sailboat rentals and instruction. Day. Week. Month. Sunfish, Laser, Windrider 17 and Precision 15. Call Brian at 941-685-1400.

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

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! $500 obo. Call Toni, 941-928-8735. 


LPNS NEEDED FOR active quadriplegic using Hoyer lift. Morning shifts, 4-5 hours starting at 7 a.m. Overnight shifts, 9:30 p.m.-7 a.m. 941-383-9637.


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.

RESPONSIBLE ISLAND STUDENT available for babysitting and pet sitting. Red Cross-certified babysitter. Isabel, 941-545-7995 or 941-405-4194.

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.


MALE CNA WITH 10 years experience. In-home care and facility. Able to transfer and help with daily routines. References available. Please, call 941-518-8408.

CERTIFIED HOME HEALTH caregiver now available to help you in your home.  Fun-loving, gentle, honest, and experienced.  Cooking, cleaning, errands, no problem!  Call 941-301-1579, leave message.  


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.

ALL AROUND PAINTING: Quality work. Free estimates. Licensed, insured. Call native islander Jim Weaver, 813-727-1959.

ISLAND COMPUTER GUY, 37 years experience. On-site PC repairs, upgrades, buying assistance and training. Call Bill, 941-778-2535.

TRANSPORT SERVICE: LET me drive you to the airport or anywhere in Florida. Flat rates. Reasonable. Call Mike, 941-567-6634.

PRESSURE WASHING: RESIDENTIAL, commercial, resorts, roof, lanai, etc. Also windows, lawn services, also. 941-756-4570.

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

INTRODUCTORY OFFER!  BUY one, get one free music lesson. manateemusic.net or 941-741-8832.

HIDDEN DOG FENCE installation. Free estimates. Islander owner/installer. 239-470-1254 or 941-456-1593.

CYNDI MARIE’S CLEANING business, residential, offices, organizing. Special rates for referrals. 941-799-0086.

HOUSESITTING: CHRISTIAN COUPLE, early 60s, no smoking or alcohol. Annual preferred. 918-407-8824 or 918-406-7302.

JEWELRY APPRAISALS: I buy gold, silver coins and estate jewelry. I live locally and have a great reputation in the business community. I am happy to give you a free no-obligation appraisal. If you choose to sell I will pay you a minimum of 70 percent for your gold and maybe more. Mike, the Island Guy, 941-730-8803.

PIANO/KEYBOARD FOR your life: Highly qualified and experienced instructor will come to you and work with your goals for musical enjoyment. Daytime slots available. 941-761-2440

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.


CONNIE’S LANDSCAPING INC. Residential and commercial. Full-service lawn maintenance, landscaping, cleanups, hauling and more! Insured. 941-778-5294.

ISLAND LAWN SPRINKLERS repairs and installations, watering the island for 15 years. Jeff, 941-778-2581.

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


STRAIGHT SHOT LANDSCAPE. Specializing in old Florida seashell driveways and scapes. Free estimates. Call Shark Mark, 941-301-6067.

SHELL DELIVERED AND spread. $50/yard. Hauling all kinds of gravel, mulch, top soil with free estimates. Call Larry at 941-795-7775, “shell phone” 941-720-0770.

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CARL V. JOHNSON Jr., Building contractor. Free estimates and plans. New houses, porches, decks and renovations. Fair prices. Hire a Florida licensed contractor. Call 941-795-1947 or cell, 941-462-2792.


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

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

VACATION RENTALS: GREAT location near boat ramp and everything on Anna Maria Island. Free WiFi, cable. 941-779-6638.

BRADENTON BEACH: SEASONAL rental 2BR/1BA. $750/week.  www.gulfbeachrental.net or 941-778-4731.

ANNUAL RENTAL: CITY of Anna Maria, 3BR/2BA with large private yard near City Pier on Crescent Avenue, steps to the bay beach and Pine Avenue shops. Pets OK. $1,800/month. 941-321-5454.

ADORABLE GULFFRONT COTTAGE: 100 feet from Gulf. 2BR one large bath. Seasonal rental, three-day minimum. Call for further information, 863-660-3509 or email: mememersh@aol.com.

VACATION RENTALS: BRADENTON houses or condos. Weekly or monthly. Call 941-962-0971 or 941-794-1515. www.coastalpropertiesrealty.com. Suzanne Wilson, broker.

BRADENTON BEACH ANNUAL rental: 1BR, granite and stainless kitchen, gulf in front, bay behind, pool, great location, walk or trolley to all, no pets, no smoking, $1,000/month, available Oct. 1 or sooner. Call 603-969-6840.

ANNUAL: 3BR/1.5BA ground-level duplex in Holmes Beach. Shared laundry. Fenced backyard. Small pet considered. $1,600/month. Gulf-Bay Realty, 941-778-7244.

ANNUAL RENTAL: 2BR/BA Bradenton Beach apartment, one block from beach and trolley stop. Available immediately. Call Egan or Liz, 941-778-2176 or 941-962-9608.

ANNUAL RENTAL: BRADENTON Beach, 2BR/2BA elevated duplex. Quiet neighborhood, two blocks to Gulf, one block to bay! Carport, room for two vehicles. Updated unit, new floors, fresh paint. Available Oct. 1. $1,200/month. 925-596-0785.

HOLMES BEACH ANNUAL rental: 3BR/2BA, granite kitchen, washer and dryer, storage, renovated in 2010, upper floor of duplex, great location, available Oct. 1. $1,500/month plus utilities. 603-969-6840.

ANNUAL: SPACIOUS VILLAGE Green 2BR/2BA, two-car garage on lake. $1,550/month. 941-356-1456.

2BR FULLY FURNISHED waterfront townhouse with boat slip, pool, patio, cable, washer and dryer, no pets! $900/month. Available until Jan. 15. Call 941-538-8622.

ANNUAL RENTAL: CENTRALLY located in Northwest Bradenton. 2BR/1BA, landscaping included, $1,100/month. Call Carmen Pedota, 941-284-2598, Big Fish Real Estate.

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.

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.

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.

DISTRESS SALES/BANK foreclosures and fixer-uppers. Go to: www.ManateeAreaForeclosures.com for a free list of properties available now. 941-315-1501.