Tag Archives: 09-18-2013

Summer tourism, tax collections rise on AMI

Tourism increases on Anna Maria Island and in Manatee County are evident from the rise in resort tax collections. After all, it’s vacationers who fund future tourist development.

For 27 of the past 28 months, the increase in resort tax collections by the Manatee County Tax Collector have been about double the survey results for tourism increases. And collections for July continue on a rising tide.

The resort tax office reported $756,920 was collected in July, a 16.3 percent gain from the $650,734 reported in July 2012. The resort tax is the 5 percent collected by Manatee County on rentals of six months or less.

That July resort tax collections should put the island’s tourism survey for the month — although not yet available — at an 8 percent increase, a figure with which many accommodation owners and managers agree.

“We had one of our best summers ever,” said Eric Cairns, owner of Cedar Cove Resort, 2710 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.

“It definitely exceeded our expectations and we were busy from June through August. After Labor Day, things begin to die down, but we’re expecting fall visitors to start arriving in October and November,” Cairns said.

David Teitelbaum, owner of five resort properties in Bradenton Beach, had much the same perspective.

“Definitely one of our best summers ever. We were booked full most weeks and it was a delight to see so many happy visitors. We definitely did better than anticipated,” he said.

Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce vice president Deb Wing said she’s heard only positive comments about the summer season.

“Nobody was complaining they didn’t have tenants. Judging from the comments I heard, this might have been the best summer ever for visitors,” Wing said.

At Anna Maria Island Vacation Rentals, 315 Pine Ave., Anna Maria, agent Rebecca Barnett said she would put business the past summer among the “top three we’ve ever had, if not the best.”

On the retail side of tourism, many store owners said the summer season was good, at least as good as last summer.

“I had a good summer,” said Laura Shely, owner of Tide & Moon Jewelry, 315 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. “It was certainly as good as last summer, which also was very good.”

At Mister Roberts Resort Wear, 5330 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, co-owners and sisters Signa Bouziane and Linda Clayton agreed that June and August were extremely good, but rainy weather in July kept some customers from shopping.

“It was certainly a good summer. I just wish we didn’t have all that rain,” Bouziane said.

On the dining scene, Ed Chiles, owner of three restaurants, the Sandbar in Anna Maria, the BeachHouse in Bradenton Beach and the Mar Vista Dockside Pub on Longboat Key, said business at the Sandbar “set a record for the three summer months.”

He credited improvements in the dining area and bar, as well as improved promotion of the island as a summer destination.

“Plus, we’ve been getting great publicity from the marketing plans done by the convention and visitor’s bureau,” he added.

The Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, which operates under the Manatee County Tourist Development Council and provides monthly tourism surveys, told the TDC at its August meeting that overall tourism for 2013 was 6.5 percent ahead of last year.

Resort tax collections already are ahead of the past fiscal year’s record pace by $742,836 with two months of collections remaining. With $7.98 million already collected for 2012-13 and two months to go, collection officials expect the resort tax fund to surpass last year’s $8.05 million record.

The TDC budgets spending for the resort development tax with approval from county commissioners.

“It all means we’re having a great year for visitors,” said Wing.

Holmes Beach ponders smokeless beaches, more shelters

Holmes Beach commissioners took up a discussion at their Sept. 12 work session about getting rid of butts on the beach — cigarette butts that is.

Commissioners acknowledged an uphill climb in having a smokeless beach but, at the same time, they realize something should be done about smokers using the pristine sands of Anna Maria Island as an ashtray.

The Manatee County Public Beach is county-run, and any effort to eliminate smoking there would first have to be brought to the county, but enforcement is a whole other problem — even if the county agrees.

Commissioner Pat Morton said it’s difficult enough enforcing the existing rules of no alcohol and no dogs on the beach.

Commissioner David Zaccagnino said all people have to do is walk a few feet into the water, which is state-controlled.

“They’ll walk out into the water to smoke and then dispose of the butts in the water, which would be worse,” he said.

Police Chief Bill Tokajer agreed, saying it’s the same as the problem with alcohol at Beer Can Island.

“There’s no drinking allowed on the beach, but people just walk out into the water and drink,” he said.

Commission Chair Jean Peelen, who put the discussion on the agenda after receiving complaints from beachgoers, said perhaps the better way to address smoking on the beach is through the Coalition of Barrier Island Elected Officials.

In other matters, officials renewed discussion on a proposed plan to add three to four shelters at various beach access points in the city.

The locations are still being researched by city staff and Mayor Carmel Monti said he was not prepared to provide a report on staff’s progress.

“We are still in the process of looking at access points that don’t have a lot of natural cover,” he said.

Peelen said she has a problem with the standard in which city staff is choosing potential locations.

“I just heard you say that you are looking at locations to see if they are in need of shade,” she said. “My hope was to pick accesses that were impassable because they are so deteriorated. I would like to see us move back toward that concept.”

Monti said he may have misstated his intention, but his goal was to target the accesses that were less attractive, as well as lacking natural shade.

Building official Tom O’Brien said people’s perception of the city’s intent is “way beyond what the intention is. I first got out there looking at the safety issues of the accesses and looked at the possibilities of adding amenities to make them better. That’s all it ever was and we are only in the research phase.”

O’Brien said no proposals are on the table and asked the public to be patient.

“We are only trying to do good things,” he said.

Commissioner Judy Titsworth said that instead of a structure to provide shade, perhaps planting “a sea grape tree might work better.”

O’Brien said he is looking at “all those options and more.”

Commissioner Pat Morton suggested numbering the shelters to give visitors a better landmark of where they are and, if the situation arises, they would know a location where someone could respond to help.

“People who live here know the island,” he said. “But visitors get out on the beach and they have no idea where they are.”

Public comment on the shelter proposal has been largely cautious, if not negative.

Public speakers Sept. 12 took offense at the city’s notion that one access is less attractive than another. In fact, they said, it’s that kind of open, unspoiled beach access that makes Holmes Beach unique to other tourist destinations that are cluttered with amenities and signs.

More importantly, one speaker said, is that the city is assuming one person’s opinion of an attractive beach access is going to be the same as everyone else’s opinion.

Monti agreed and reminded the gallery that the proposal is very early in the research stage and that the majority of public opinion would rule which way the city leans when it comes time to address the yet-to-be-determined beach accesses.

Holmes Beach commissioners took up a discussion at their Sept. 12 work session about getting rid of butts on the beach — cigarette butts that is.

Commissioners acknowledged an uphill climb in having a smokeless beach but, at the same time, they realize something should be done about smokers using the pristine sands of Anna Maria Island as an ashtray.

The Manatee County Public Beach is county-run, and any effort to eliminate smoking there would first have to be brought to the county, but enforcement is a whole other problem — even if the county agrees.

Commissioner Pat Morton said it’s difficult enough enforcing the existing rules of no alcohol and no dogs on the beach.

Commissioner David Zaccagnino said all people have to do is walk a few feet into the water, which is state-controlled.

“They’ll walk out into the water to smoke and then dispose of the butts in the water, which would be worse,” he said.

Police Chief Bill Tokajer agreed, saying it’s the same as the problem with alcohol at Beer Can Island.

“There’s no drinking allowed on the beach, but people just walk out into the water and drink,” he said.

Commission Chair Jean Peelen, who put the discussion on the agenda after receiving complaints from beachgoers, said perhaps the better way to address smoking on the beach is through the Coalition of Barrier Island Elected Officials.

In other matters, officials renewed discussion on a proposed plan to add three to four shelters at various beach access points in the city.

The locations are still being researched by city staff and Mayor Carmel Monti said he was not prepared to provide a report on staff’s progress.

“We are still in the process of looking at access points that don’t have a lot of natural cover,” he said.

Peelen said she has a problem with the standard in which city staff is choosing potential locations.

“I just heard you say that you are looking at locations to see if they are in need of shade,” she said. “My hope was to pick accesses that were impassable because they are so deteriorated. I would like to see us move back toward that concept.”

Monti said he may have misstated his intention, but his goal was to target the accesses that were less attractive, as well as lacking natural shade.

Building official Tom O’Brien said people’s perception of the city’s intent is “way beyond what the intention is. I first got out there looking at the safety issues of the accesses and looked at the possibilities of adding amenities to make them better. That’s all it ever was and we are only in the research phase.”

O’Brien said no proposals are on the table and asked the public to be patient.

“We are only trying to do good things,” he said.

Commissioner Judy Titsworth said that instead of a structure to provide shade, perhaps planting “a sea grape tree might work better.”

O’Brien said he is looking at “all those options and more.”

Commissioner Pat Morton suggested numbering the shelters to give visitors a better landmark of where they are and, if the situation arises, they would know a location where someone could respond to help.

“People who live here know the island,” he said. “But visitors get out on the beach and they have no idea where they are.”

Public comment on the shelter proposal has been largely cautious, if not negative.

Public speakers Sept. 12 took offense at the city’s notion that one access is less attractive than another. In fact, they said, it’s that kind of open, unspoiled beach access that makes Holmes Beach unique to other tourist destinations that are cluttered with amenities and signs.

More importantly, one speaker said, is that the city is assuming one person’s opinion of an attractive beach access is going to be the same as everyone else’s opinion.

Monti agreed and reminded the gallery that the proposal is very early in the research stage and that the majority of public opinion would rule which way the city leans when it comes time to address the yet-to-be-determined beach accesses.

Real Estate – 09-18-2013

519 74th St., Holmes Beach, a 1,879 sfla / 2,710 sfur 3bed/3bath/2car canalfront pool home built in 1967 on a 100×110 lot was sold 08/27/13, Stewart to Barton for $724,000; list $779,000.

212 77th St., Holmes Beach, a 2,800 sfla / 4,200 sfur 5bed/4bath/2car land condo with pool built in 2013 was sold 08/28/13, 212 77th LLC to Yeater for $720,000; list $720,000.

207 73rd St., Holmes Beach, a 1,426 sfla / 1,917 sfur 3bed/2bath pool home built in 1967 on a 76×105 lot was sold 08/27/13, Carroll to Willis for $615,000.

4505 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, a 1,500 sfla / 1,800 sfur 4bed/2bath duplex built in 1980 on a 50×100 lot was sold 08/26/13, Deutshce Bank National Trust Company to Fitzgerald for $302,000.

1101 Gulf Drive S., Bradenton Beach, a 720 sfla / 912 sfur 1bed/1bath home built in 1940 on a 50×50 lot was sold 08/29/13, Colwell to Kennedy for $223,250.

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

Fishing – 09-18-2013

September fishing, true to form for island-area anglers

 

Fishing around Anna Maria Island remains true to form for the third week of September. Redfish are carousing the flats from Miguel Bay to the south end of Sarasota Bay. Look for schooling fish during low tides in potholes and on the outside edges of the grass flat.

Spotted seatrout are feeding on deeper flats during incoming tides. Expect to catch bigger fish mixed in and a lot of fish ranging 12-15-inches. You may catch silver trout in the mix.

Snook are beginning to move back into the bay waters after spawning along the beaches. The numbers aren’t strong yet, but hopefully will be in a few weeks. Expect to catch fish 20-30 inches, with bigger fish being a real trophy.

Finally, mangrove snapper are inhabiting nearshore structure. If the water is clear, remember to use the lightest possible fluorocarbon leader. Snapper have a tendency to get wise after you pound on them for a while. Stealth is key if you want to keep the bite going.

Capt. Warren Girle is fishing offshore with good results on both migratory and reef species. To start, Girle is locating structure in water depths of 30-50 feet. Once the anchor is set, Girle chums with live shiners to draw predatory fish to the surface. He says kingfish and Spanish mackerel are responding to chum within 15 minutes.

Once these fish begin to feed, Girle’s clients cast free-lined baits to the fish. Although a little sporadic, the kings are ranging 20-30 inches. The same range applies for the Spanish macks, although they are more abundant than the kings.

After getting their fill of migratory fish, Girle’s clients are dropping baits to the bottom to see what they reel up. Baits, such as live shiners or pinfish are resulting in keeper-size red grouper and flounder. Girle warns that you may have to catch a fair amount of red grouper before catching a keeper, but determination can bring rewards.

Moving inshore, Girle is fishing redfish, trout and snook on the flats of Sarasota Bay and in the Intracoastal Waterway. For all three species, Girle is primarily free-lining live shiners to the fish. On some occasions, artificials are working better. Redfish are responding to Berkley Gulp shrimp and even topwater baits in the right scenarios. The same applies for the spotted seatrout. As for the snook, he says, you can’t beat a lively shiner.

Jim Malfese at the Rod & Reel Pier is watching anglers reel up mangrove snapper on the morning outgoing tides. “The guys that know what they’re doing are limiting out in no time,” says Malfese. For baits, small hatch bait-sized shiners or small live shrimp are working. Expect to catch snapper 10-14 inches.

Spanish mackerel are making a strong presence this week at the pier. Most are only 12 inches to the fork, but the sheer numbers of fish are providing good action for even a novice angler. Speck rigs in either all white or pink are a good option, although you can’t go wrong with a No. 00 dark spoon.

Finally, snook fishing is heating up around the pier. Good numbers of keeper-size fish are being spotted, but most fish on the hook are undersized. For baits, shiners, pinfish or select shrimp are working. If you’re looking for trophy-sized fish, try increasing the size of the bait. Ladyfish, alive or cut in chunks can result in a prize for dinner.

Dave Sork at the Anna Maria City Pier says Spanish mackerel are the mainstay. Early morning pier fishers are having no trouble catching their limit of 15 fish. Clark spoons, speck rigs and Gotcha plugs are good choices for artificials. If you plan on live baiting, tie on a long shank hook and bait up with a live shiners. Average size of the macks is 12-14 inches to the fork.

Mangrove snapper are hanging put at the pier, where fishers in the know are limiting out on the tasty fish, and with no trouble at all. Small live shiners or shrimp are working great. If the bite slows down, try using a small pinfish of mojarra to get the snapper back in the mood.

Capt. Rick Gross of Fishy Business Charters is taking advantage of the off season to do a little fishing on his own. During the slow times you would think of staying out of the office, but not Gross. Then again, his office is Fishy Business. I don’t blame him for heading out on the water.

This week Gross suggests fishing outside edges of the flats and around sandy potholes. Gross is either slow-drifting or anchoring in these areas, depending on the concentration of fish. By using a Cotee jig head with a root beer and gold fleck grub tail, Gross is catching a variety of species, including flounder, redfish and spotted seatrout. He also suggests using topwater plugs, which are one of his favorite lures, but only when fishing low light conditions.

While baiting live shiners, Gross is getting good results on mangrove snapper. Again, Gross is fishing outside edges and, in some instances, artificial reefs and small rock piles. Limits of mangrove snapper are attainable with most fish ranging 12-14 inches.

Johnny Mattay at Island Discount Tackle is hearing of good numbers of mackerel coming from the local piers on the north end. Pier fishers targeting macks are stocking up on white jigs, Clark spoons and Gotcha plugs. The mack catch being this past week was in the 12- to 20-inch range.

Flats fishers are reporting good numbers of redfish beginning to show from Miguel Bay all the way to Siesta Key. Most fishers are using natural baits, such as live shiners or pinfish. Those using artificials are hooking up on Berkley Gulp shrimp or the old standby — the gold spoon.

Finally, shark fishing from the local beaches is proving prosperous. Beach fishers using fresh-cut mackerel or mullet are connecting with numerous sharks, mostly blacktips in the 4-5 feet. Expect to also catch bonnethead and sharp nose sharks on small baits.

Capt. Mark Howard of SumoTime fishing charters in encountering exciting fishing action in our area waters. He’s finding huge schools of bait invading our inshore waters, supercharging the inshore bite with the redfish, spotted trout, mangrove snapper and snook taking center stage.

Howard says the redfish are feeding heavily on shiners and pinfish. “We start fishing on the outside bars at low tide and follow the water current and predators up into the bushes. This can provide for some extended rallies and plenty of fillets for the dinner table,” says Howard.

Mangrove snapper are abundant and chewing heavily around the Anna Maria area. From the docks of the Intracoastal Waterway to the artificial reefs inside Tampa Bay, Howard suggests finding structure to find these fine-tasting fillets. Live shrimp, shiners, and pinfish rigged on a No. 2 hook with 20-pound fluorocarbon leader will trick these sharp-eyed predators to come to the party.

Looking forward, with the full moon on Sept 19, the tides and current will pick up and the fishing action will shift to overdrive. Howard says the big swing in tides and fast moving current flow will factor in a golden opportunity to have some of the best fishing of the year.

Send fishing reports to fish@islander.org.

Richard Hazen and Lynn Tran discuss strategy with attorney David Levin during a break at a Sept. 12 code enforcement hearing regarding their tree house at Angelinos Sea Lodge, 103 29th St., Holmes Beach. Islander Photo: Mark Young

Island police blotter – 09-18-2013

Anna Maria

• No available reports.

Anna Maria is policed by the MCSO.

Bradenton Beach

• Sept. 11, 100 Bridge St., domestic battery. Police responded to a couple arguing. The woman said her boyfriend slapped her in the face during the argument, but recanted her story when police went to arrest the 25-year-old Georgia man. She told police she was lying “to teach him a lesson,” according to the report. He was arrested for misdemeanor domestic battery. The couple was due to be married later that day.

• Sept. 12, 2400 block of Avenue C, domestic battery. Police responded to a man and woman arguing and were told the woman slapped the man on the face just before they arrived. The woman denied slapping the man, but told police he was verbally abusing her and “physically kicked him out of bed,” according to the report. The 42-year-old woman was arrested for misdemeanor domestic battery.

Bradenton Beach is policed by the BBPD.

Cortez

• Aug. 18, 10100 block of Cortez Road West, battery. A woman went to her boyfriend’s apartment and found another woman inside. The two women began to argue and the argument turned physical. According to the report, all parties were too intoxicated to determine the aggressor and no one wanted to press charges.

• Sept. 12, 10300 block of Cortez Road West, vehicle burglary. Unknown persons entered the complainant’s boat and stole one of two batteries.

Cortez is policed by the MCSO

Holmes Beach

• Aug. 22, 5700 block of Gulf Drive, domestic disturbance. A man and woman were drinking, at which time the male began to get upset. He began to get into the woman’s car, but she stopped him because he had been drinking. He became angry and started to walk away. She followed him on foot and was able to get the keys. Police responded to the disturbance and both parties agreed to check into a motel for the night and pick up the vehicle in the morning.

• Sept. 10, 3900 E. Bay Drive, Publix, trespass after warning. Employees observed a 56-year-old homeless man who had been trespassed from the property May 21. The police were called and officers made contact with the man at a nearby bus stop. Upon confirming that the suspect had been trespassed previously, he was arrested for trespass after warning.

• Aug. 31, 3900 E. Bay Drive, Publix, theft. Store employees observed a man placing a bottle of wine into his clothing and leaving the store. Employees were able to get a license plate number and police were able to pull up a suspect, who was positively identified by employees as the suspect. Further investigation revealed that four bottles of wine valued at $210 were stolen.

• Sept. 3, 3900 E. Bay Drive, Publix, trespass warning. Police made contact with a man soliciting money from customers near the store’s entrance. The store manager said the man had been previously warned and wanted him trespassed from the property.

• Sept. 3, address not reported, harassment. A woman called police about a former acquaintance left threatening messages on her phone. Included in the threats was a statement that the man was in Florida and he knew where her daughter went to school. The school was notified of the incident.

• Sept. 4, 4000 Manatee Ave. W., Manatee Public Beach. A woman entered the restroom and noticed movement above her head. She glanced up and saw a camera sticking out from the air vent. She quickly exited the restroom and observed a man running from the scene. Police were unable to locate the suspect.

• Sept. 4, 600 Manatee Ave. W., theft. A woman reported two bicycles valued at $50 were stolen.

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.

Obituaries – 09-18-2013

Fay Erickson

Fay Erickson, 98, of Westfield, N.Y., and Anna Maria Island, died Sept. 2 in New York.

Mrs. Erickson was an avid bridge player and she loved Anna Maria.

Internment was at Evergreen Rural Cemetery, Portland, N.Y.

Mrs. Erickson is survived by daughter, Mary Lou and husband Gordon Bell of Scottsville, N.Y.; son Jay and wife Terry of Holmes Beach; and grandchildren David, Dawn, Deborah, Gregg and Jay II; 10 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

 

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.

A celebration of his life was held Sept 14, at his home in 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.

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.

 

Dolores Jeanne ‘Geri’ Tyler

Dolores Jeanne “Geri” Tyler, 84, Bradenton, died Sept. 10. She was born Feb. 15, 1929, in St. Croix Falls, Wis., to the late John and Jeanne (Bonneprise) Fitzgerald.

She worked as a computer operator for Freeman Shoe Company in Beloit, Wis., and moved to Bradenton in 1984. She was co-founder and owner of Tyler’s Ice Cream with her husband Larry Tyler. She was a member and news editor of the Manatee PC Users Group, and tutored many in computer sciences. She also did computer-based arts and crafts.

Mrs. Tyler was a member of St. Bernard Catholic Church in Holmes Beach.

A memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 20, with a reception to follow in the activity center at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach. Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, P.O. Box 96011, Washington DC 20090-6011. Condolences may be made online at www.shannonfuneralhomes.com.

Mrs. Tyler is survived by her husband of 39 years, West Manatee Fire District Commissioner Larry C. Jr.; sons Mark and wife Sue Barton of Eau Claire, Wis., Lonnie J. and wife Karla Barton of Waunakee, Wis., Paul and wife Kimberly Aumann of Two Rivers, Wis., and Michael and wife Jenny of Roscoe, Ill.; daughter Shannon Rasmussen of Winter Haven, Fla.; brother, Patrick and wife Shirley Hedrington of La Porte City, Iowa; sister Anita Riphahn of Fox Lake, Wis.; 12 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and many extended family members and friends.

 

Calendar – 09-18-2013

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. 19

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

2 p.m. — Island Knitting Club, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.

7:30 p.m. — Official sunset time.

 

Friday, Sept. 20

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

7:29 p.m. — Official sunset time.

 

Saturday, Sept. 21

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.

5-10 p.m. — Bridge Street Blues Festival with food, activities and entertainment, 107 Bridge St., Bradenton Beach. Information: 215-906-0668.

7:28 p.m. — Official sunset time.

 

Sunday, Sept. 22

Autumn begins.

7:27 p.m. — Official sunset time.

 

Monday, Sept. 23

        11:30 a.m. — Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament, Bradenton Country Club, 4646 Ninth Ave. W., Bradenton. Fee applies. Information: 941-778-1541.

7:25 p.m. — Official sunset time.

 

Tuesday, Sept. 24

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.

7:24 p.m. — Official sunset time.

 

Wednesday, Sept. 25

7:23 p.m. — Official sunset time.

 

Off-island

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.

 

Friday, Sept. 20,

6 p.m. — Film Fridays, screening of “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea,” South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton. Fee applies. Information: 941-746-4131.

 

Ongoing

• Sept. 19-Oct. 6, “Always Patsy Cline,” Manatee Players, Manatee Performing Arts Center, 502 Third Ave. W., Bradenton. Fee applies. Information: 941-748-5875.

• 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., Mike Sales’ 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. Except Nov. 2.

• 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

• Oct. 5, Bridge Street Merchants Florida Cracker Festival, Bridge Street, Bradenton Beach.

• Oct. 14, Columbus Day.

• Oct. 18-19, Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce Bayfest, Pine Avenue, Anna Maria.

• Oct. 26, Bridge Street Merchants Rock Octoberfest, Bridge Street, Bradenton Beach.

• Oct. 26-27, Cortez Stone Crab Festival, 119th Street West end, Cortez.

• Oct. 31, Halloween.

 

Save the date

• Nov. 2, Anna Maria Island Community Center Murder Mystery Night, Anna Maria.

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

• Nov. 8-10, Cultural Connections ArtsHop, islandwide.

• Nov. 9, Florida Maritime Museum Boatyard Bash, Cortez.

• Nov. 11, Veterans Day.

• Nov. 16, CrossPointe Fellowship Community Thanksgiving, Holmes Beach.

• Nov. 28, Thanksgiving.

 

Calendar announcements

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Sports – 09-18-2013

September sports survive heat, runner blazes 30th record

 

Weather can’t keep a good runner down.

Whether it’s the slow season on Anna Maria Island, scorching hot weather or a slow start to the youth sports programs, September remains a slow month for sports.

But longtime Galati Yacht Sales employee and former Islander Mickey Hooke, 52 of Bradenton, is still blazing trails. He traveled Sept. 8 across the state to Hollywood Beach to compete in the 10th annual Firefighters 5K.

The race also crowns the 2013 Road Runners Club of America Florida 5K state champions and is a fundraiser for the IAFF Firefighter’s Fund and Muscular Dystrophy.

The 7 a.m. race start had about 730 competitors for what organizers call a flat-and-fast high-level competition at the Hollywood Beach Broadwalk.

Due in part to not getting the best night’s sleep and the race starting 10 minutes late, Hooke said his first mile was flat and sluggish. He was able to hold the 5:38 pace exactly through the final 2.1 miles to finish in 17:28 — good for sixth overall. Holding his pace enabled Hooke to move up three places in the final mile. And Hooke still managed to finish five seconds faster than his 2012 firefighter race performance.

Hooke was awarded the 2013 RRCA Florida 5K Grandmasters State Championship. His time of 17:28 was 1:27 ahead of his nearest grandmaster competitor, and he set a new grandmasters record for the course, and a record for the two courses in the 10-year history of the event.

Hooke was the grandmasters record holder in 2012 at 17:33.

The event marked Hooke’s 30th record this calendar year and his 19th championship title since 2000.

Horseshoe news

Horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe pits Sept. 11 saw Steve Doyle and Steve Grossman post the only undefeated pool-play record to earn the outright championship.

Sept. 14 horseshoe action saw two teams advance to the knockout round. Dom Livedoti and Sam Samuels rolled past Steve Doyle and Bob Heiger by a 23-11 score in the finals.

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

There is no charge to play and everyone is welcome.

 

Key Royale golf news

The drier air that moved over the area last week made for a full week of golf at Key Royale Club, starting with a morning nine-hole, best-ball match Sept. 9. The team of Bill Shuman, Dennis Schavey and Ron Robinson combined on a net 49 to earn a three-shot victory over the team of Matt Behan, Omar Trollard and Dana Cessna.

The evening saw the men play a nine-hole, modified Stableford or quota points match that ended in a tie between Art McMillan and Jon Holcomb.

The Key Royale Club women took the course Sept. 10 for a nine-hole, low-net and low-gross golf match.

Helen Pollock carded a 9-over-par 41 to take first place in the gross score category, one shot ahead of Fran Barford.

Barford’s net score of 3-under-par 29 earned her a first-place finish — one shot over Pollock, who also had a chip-in on the second hole. Joyce Brown’s 1-under-par 31 put her in third place.

The men next played a nine-hole team scramble Sept. 12. The team of Quentin Talbert, Dave Johnston, Jon Holcomb and Barry Izzard combined to card a 6-under-par 26 to take first place.

 

Junior golf offered by AMICC

The Anna Maria Island Community Center is in its second year of the Bud Stokes Junior Golf Program. The classes will start the first week of October and run through December, with a second session being planned for spring.

The junior golf program is for children ages 8-14 and is broken into elementary (grades 8-10) and middle school (grades 11-14) groups.

Classes will be held 3:30-5:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at Key Royale Club, 700 Key Royale Drive, Holmes Beach, and at the county-owned Manatee Golf Course driving range, 6415 53rd Ave. W., Bradenton, with provided transportation leaving from Anna Maria Elementary School.

The instructional staff includes golf professionals and apprentices — all accomplished players and teachers of the game — eager for the opportunity to help junior golfers learn the game, according to the center’s press release.

To sign up or for more information, contact Ryan Hogan at 941-778-1908, ext. 9219, or email ryan@myamicc.com.

The Islander Classifieds: Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013

ITEMS FOR SALE

COFFEE TABLE: DROP-leaf, very nice, $100. 941-778-3920.

QUEEN REVERSIBLE COMFORTER set, neutrals, excellent, $15, surge protector, $5, espresso/cappuccino maker, $10. 941-896-7902.

TREADMILL NORDIC TRACK Walk Fit, cost $600, steal it for $100. good condition. 941-776-0876.

WINDSURFING BOARD: Three sails, three booms, three masts $100. Bradenton Beach. 941-718-3150.

LARGE ENTERTAINMENT CENTER: Off-white lighted, two curved glass doors, storage. 36w x 31h, TV opening. $75. 231-878-9789.

WHITE BAR STOOLS. Two, solid wood with pads. Sturdy. $25 for both. Call 231-878-5013.

12 PEARL NECKLACES: New, $10 for all. 941-778-4451.

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

FREEBIE ITEMS FOR SALE

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)

ANNOUNCEMENTS

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.

PET ADOPTION EVENT: 9 a.m.-noon Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 21-22. Great dogs! Coastal Canine Cottage, 8819 Cortez Road W., Bradenton.

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.

GARAGE SALES

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.

YARD SALE: 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Sept. 20-21. 407 Clark Lane, Holmes Beach.

LOST & FOUND

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

PETS

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

BOATS & BOATING

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

BOAT LIFT: WANT to rent lift for 22-foot boat, yearly. Will use six weeks a year. Call 248-773-5000.

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. 

KIDS FOR HIRE

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.

SERVICES

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.

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.

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.

TRUEBLUE33 MOBILE Computer Service LLC. On-site computer repair at reasonable rates. Contact Anthony at 941-592-7714.

NEW REAL ESTATE photography services for the Bradenton and Sarasota area. Professional photography and video at affordable rates. Call For Real: 941-524-4656.

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.

LAWN & GARDEN

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.

LANDSCAPING

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.

HOME IMPROVEMENT

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.

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

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.

RENTALS

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.

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.

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.

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.

PERICO ISLAND: MONTHLY/seasonal 3BR/3BA, private pool, community pool gym, tennis. 941-795-3778. www.pericoholidayvilla.co.uk.

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

ANNUAL 3BR/2BA CONDO: Second floor in Shell Point. Storage closet and community pool, Furnished or unfurnished. No smoking, no pets, $1,500/month. www.barkrealty.com. 941-778-5900.

BRADENTON BEACH ANNUAL rental: 1BR, granite and stainless-steel 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 RENTAL: 2BR/1BA adorable house, $925/month. 62nd Street West, Bradenton. Carmen Pedota, Big Fish Real Estate, 941-284-2598.

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.

SEASONAL: HOLMES BEACH 2BR/1BA Ground-level, completely furnished. One house from the Gulf. No pets or smoking. Available January-April.  813-390-0782 or email: HLMSBCHRNTL@aol.com.

REAL ESTATE

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.

LAKEFRONT CONDO: 2BR/2BA, 55-plus community. Light, bright home, in quiet area. Double carport. Ground-floor condo with beautiful lake view. Association has heated pool, exercise room, tennis and shuffleboard courts and  waterfront park on beautiful Sarasota Bay. Only six minutes to the beach. For sale by owner, $230,500. Call Fred, 941-794-5011.

CONDO FOR SALE: 2BR/2BA. 55-plus community, ground floor, bright villa, with carport in quiet area. Association is beautifully manicured with green grass and many ponds with beautiful birds. Additionally, heated pool, exercise room, tennis and shuffleboard courts, waterfront park on beautiful Sarasota Bay. Only six minutes to the beach. For sale by owner, very reasonable $145,000. Fred, 941-794-5011.