Tag Archives: 09-22-2010

Robinson escorted out of WMFR meeting

Holmes Beach Commissioner Al Robinson has been a mainstay at West Manatee Fire Rescue District Commission meetings the past few months, consistently blasting WMFR for alleged wasteful spending.

On Sept. 16, a Holmes Beach Police Department officer escorted Robinson out of the meeting after WMFR Commission Chairman John Rigney told Robinson he violated his 3 minutes of speaking time.

WMFR Chief Andy Price said the reason Robinson was escorted out was because “he ignored the 3-minute rule and got louder, and kept going.”

Robinson read from a letter at the meeting, saying he was insulted that he did not receive an invitation to WMFR’s Sept. 8 stakeholder’s meeting. Robinson said because of that, and his limited opportunities to speak at WMFR meetings, he was submitting the letter as a formal complaint against the fire district for violations of his constitutional right to free speech and assembly with other citizens and taxpayers.

Price would not comment about the letter, but said the WMFR commissioners will investigate the complaint. “If anybody makes a complaint we’re not just going to pass it off,” Price said.

Price also issued a seven-page memorandum in response to a 12-page letter Robinson previously submitted that also alleged wasteful spending.

Price said Robinson’s numbers were inaccurate and that he repeatedly made false statements. Price wrote that Robinson’s statement about the firefighters’ out-of-control retirement program are “blameless and misleading. When making comments about actuarial data you should have a reasonable understanding of what the data means.”

Price also rebutted Robinson’s statement that his job requires no formal education, such as a college degree.

“My position has required a college degree since I was appointed fire chief in 1992,” Price wrote. “Chief officers have been required to have a college degree since 1997, and all officers since 2001. (Robinson) was provided the education requirements in April and has been present at board meetings when the college degree requirements have been discussed.”

Price said Robinson’s accusations have undermined the morale of firefighters.

“It has had a negative effect on our department,” Price said. “It’s one thing when you hear lies, and when firefighters read the letter Robinson wrote, even if it isn’t true, they take it personally. They feel like, ‘Why is he attacking us? We haven’t done anything.’”

Finally at the meeting, Price announced a 6 p.m., Oct. 11 workshop at Station No. 1, 6001 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.

Price said he will present a draft of a strategic plan to commissioners. Much of the plan, such as the strengths and weaknesses of the department, was collected from surveys filled out by citizens at the WMFR stakeholder’s meeting.

Sport – 9-22-2010

It must be fall, there’s soccer in the air

The Anna Maria Island Community Center’s fall recreational soccer season got kicked off with “Spirit,” Sept. 17-18 on the center’s two soccer fields. Players and parents participated in Spirit Week, a dress rehearsal for the upcoming season of competition.

While the coaches were experimenting with lineups and evaluated players, parents had the opportunity to show who off team spirit. This spilled over to the kids, most of whom couldn’t pass up on a chance to spray neon green or orange paint in their hair.

Most parents avoided spray-painting their hair, but they had no problem adorning themselves in team colors and making lots of noise to cheer on their kids and their team to victory.

Island Dental Spa captured the 4-5 age division spirit award, while Dojo Athletics won in the 6-7 age division. Fran Maxon Real Estate had the most spirit in the 8-9 division, while Sparks Steel Art Tigers demonstrated the the most team spirit for the 10-11 division. The Gathering Place in the 12-13 division and Wash Family Construction in the 14-17 division also were Spirit Week winners in enthusiasm.

This season there are 24 youth teams in six age divisions with games being played Monday through Friday after school and on Saturdays. The regular season runs until the end of November, when a tournament will be played. In addition to all of that soccer action, there’s a new adult soccer league, which will have games on Thursday evenings. It’s shaping up to be the best season of soccer in a long, long time.

Check the schedules and team standings online weekly at  HYPERLINK “http://www.islander.org” www.islander.org. And we’ll see you at the field.

Horseshoe news

Two teams emerged from pool play with 3-0 records and were left to battle it out for the championship. In a back and forth tussle, Ron Pepka and Sam Samuels outlasted Jeff Moore and Steve Grossman by a 22-17 score.

Sept. 15 horseshoe action saw two teams contend for bragging rights. John Johnson and Sam Samuels rolled past the team of Tim Sofran and Jerry Martinek 23-10 in the championship game.

Play gets under way at 9 a.m. every Wednesday and Saturday at the Anna Maria City Hall pits. Warmups begin at 8:45 a.m. followed by random team selection. There is no charge to play and everyone is welcome.

Key Royale Club news

The Key Royale Club men’s 18-hole, two-best-balls match Sept. 15 saw the team of Pieter Thomassen, Vince Mercadante, Carl Voyles and Bob Jorgensen combine to torch the course with a 14-under-par 114 total.

The women played a nine-hole, individual low-net game Sept. 14. Tootie Wagner took medalist honors in Flight A with a 4-over-par 36, one shot better than second-place finisher Penny Williamson. Flight B winner was Sally Martin, who carded a 5-under-par 27. Second place went to Chris Landkammer with a 2-under 30, while Joyce Reith was one shot back in third place.

The men played a nine-hole, best-ball-of-foursome golf match Sept. 13. The team of Carl Voyles, Pieter Thomassen, Earl Huntzinger and Jim McCartney combined to card a 7-under-par 25 to earn the day’s bragging rights.

The women and the men teamed up for their monthly mixed-scramble golf tournament Sept. 10. The team of Terry Westby, Adam Ksaizek and Al Guy took first place with a 16.7 score, while Jane Winegarden, Lou Winegarden Matt Behan and Bob Landgren took second place with a 21.9 average. Pieter Thomassen won closest to the pin on number three, while Terry Westby won on number eight.

2010 AMICC Soccer Schedule

Instructional Division: (Ages 4-5)
Date        Time    Teams
Sept. 22    6 p.m.    Lapensee vs. Oyster Bar
Sept. 22    6:30 p.m.    Dental Spa vs. A&E
Sept. 23    6 p.m.    Dental Spa vs. Oyster Bar
Sept. 23    6:30 p.m.    WCAC vs. A&E
Sept. 28    6 p.m.    Dental Spa vs. Lapensee
Sept. 28    6:30 p.m.    WCAC vs. A&E

Instructional Division: (Ages 6-7)
Date        Time    Teams
Sept. 22    7 p.m.    LPAC vs. IRE
Sept. 23    7 p.m.    Sandbar vs. Beach Bums
Sept. 24    6 p.m.    Dojo vs. IRE
Sept. 24    7 p.m.    Pest vs. Sandbar
Sept. 27    6 p.m.    Dojo vs. Sandbar
Sept. 27    7 p.m.    Pest vs. IRE
Sept. 28    7 p.m.    IRE vs. Beach Bums

Division III: (Ages 8-9)
Date        Time    Teams
Sept. 22    5:30 p.m.    Maxon vs. Jessie’s
Sept. 24    6 p.m.    Connie’s vs. Jessie’s

Division II: (Ages 10-11)
Date        Time    Teams
Sept. 22    6:30 p.m.    Sparks vs. Southern
Sept. 24    7 p.m.    Wash vs. Southern
Sept. 24    8 p.m.    Mr. Bones vs. Sparks
Sept. 27    6 p.m.    Southern vs. Mr. Bones

Division I: (Ages 12-13)
Date        Time    Teams
Sept. 22    7:30 p.m.    Norman vs. Ford
Sept. 23    6 p.m.    Gathering vs. Ford
Sept. 28    6 p.m.    Gathering vs. Norman
Sept. 27    6 p.m.    Southern vs. Bones

Premier League: (Ages 14-17)
Date        Time    Teams
Sept. 23    7:30 p.m.    Bistro vs. Surf Shop
Sept. 27    7 p.m.    Bistro vs. Wash
Sept. 28    7:30 p.m.    Surf Shop vs. Wash

Island real estate transactions – 9-22-2010

311 68th St., Unit B, Anna Maria Island Beachwalk, Holmes Beach, a 1,500 sfla / 2,500 sfur 3bed/2bath/2car land condo with pool built in 2010 was sold 09/01/10, KPI Holdings LLC to Krause for $485,000; list $495,000.

205 N. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach, a 2,194 sfla / 2,554 sfur 4bed/3bath canalfront pool home built in 1956 on a 62×121 lot was sold 09/01/10, KPI Holdings LLC to Krause for $400,000.

205 N. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach, a 520 sfla 1bed/1bath canalfront home built in 1956 on a 65×100 lot was sold 08/26/10, KPI Holdings LLC to Derr for $325,000; list $379,000.

407 74th St., Unit A, Bay Breeze, Holmes Beach, a 2,098 sfla / 3,459 sfur 3bed/3bath/2car land condo built in 2007 was sold 08/26/10, Liberty Savings Bank to Goes for $375,000; list $385,000.

322 64th St., Unit B, Plum Tree Cottages, Holmes Beach, a 1,000 sfla 2bed/2bath condo built in 2009 was sold 09/13/10, Plum Tree Cottages LLC to Adsit for $350,000; list $379,000.

3207 Sixth Ave., Holmes Beach, a 1,352 sfla / 1,928 sfur 3bed/2bath/2car home built in 2000 on a 50×90 lot was sold 09/03/10, Federal National Mortgage Association to Calhoun for $260,100; list $259,900.

501 Gulf Drive N., Unit 103, Bridgeport, Bradenton Beach, a 1,000 sfla / 1,075 sfur 2bed/2bath Gulfview condo with shared pool built; in 1982 was sold 08/26/10, Overmyer to Korepta for $240,000; list $269,000.

2710 Ave. C, Holmes Beach, a 1,166 sfla / 1,362 sfur 2bed/2bath home built in 1961 on a 50×100 lot was sold 08/31/10, Melson to Perceptive Real Estate Investments LLC for $160,000; list $187,000.

2710 Ave. C, Holmes Beach, a 1,166 sfla / 1,362 sfur 2bed/2bath home built in 1961 on a 50×100 lot was sold 09/02/10, Perceptive Real Estate Investments LLC to Stephens for $175,000; list $187,000.

501 Gulf Drive N., Unit 305, Bridgeport, Bradenton Beach, a 1,128 sfla / 1,198 sfur 2bed/2bath condo with shared pool built in 1982 was sold 09/02/10, Pugh to Speers for $227,000.

2412 Gulf Drive, Unit 125, Club Bamboo South, Bradenton Beach, a 432 sfla / 528 sfur 1bed/1bath condo with shared pool built in 1945 was sold 08/26/10, Fricke to Sweetlove LLC for $160,000.

2412 Gulf Drive, Unit 225, Club Bamboo South, Bradenton Beach, a 432 sfla / 528 sfur 1bed/1bath condo with shared pool built in 1945 was sold 08/31/10, Landmark Bank of Florida to Burkley for $155,000; list $184,000.

1603 Gulf Drive N., Unit 18, Tradewinds, Bradenton Beach, a 540 sfla 1bed/1bath condo with shared pool built in 1971 was sold 08/26/10, Rainbow Investors LLC to McConnell for $150,000; list $150,000.

1603 Gulf Drive N., Unit 19, Tradewinds, Bradenton Beach, a 540 sfla 1bed/1bath condo with shared pool built in 1971 was sold 08/26/10, Rainbow Investors LLC to McConnell for $150,000; list $150,000.

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

Island police blotter – 9-22-2010

Anna Maria

Sept. 13, 400 block of Hibiscus Road, alarm. A Manatee County Sheriff’s Office deputy responded to a burglary alarm. When the deputy arrived, he found a broken window, but nothing else had been disturbed. The deputy reported the alarm, the deputy’s response and dogs possibly scared the culprits away.

Bradenton Beach

Sept. 11, 1400 Gulf Drive S., theft. The complainant said she left her wallet, cell phone and charger at Coquina Beach and returned to find the items missing.

Sept. 12, 100 Gulf Drive N., theft. A man reported a past theft of a donation container from a Circle K. The suspect made a purchase and exited the store. Video showed the man returned a few minutes later to commit the theft of about $20. No arrest has been made.

Sept. 12, 100 Gulf Drive N., trespass warning. A man was issued a trespass warning for trespassing at a Circle K.

Holmes Beach

Sept. 13, 100 block of 51st Street, burglary. The complainant said she received a call from her pool service company saying one of the properties she is responsible for had smashed out windows. The officers arrived at the property and the complainant noticed a flat-screen television and iPod dock were missing.

Sept. 13, 100 block of 51st Street, burglary. After investigating a burglary to an adjoining property, an officer noticed someone smashed a window at a residence. Nothing was missing, and the only damage was done to the window.

Sept.14, 200 block of 75th Street, burglary. An officer met with complainants who said when they returned to their home they noticed items out of place and drawers ajar. A man said he was missing an iPod, a gold chain, numerous silver dollar coins, $150 and various pills.

Sept. 15, Bayview Drive, burglary. A man reported someone stole items from his garage, including six rods and reels, a bucket of fishing tools and supplies, a 5-gallon bucket and other fishing supplies. The man said he left his garage door open.

Sept. 16, 500 block of 68th Street, burglary. An officer spoke with a complainant who said someone broke into her house and stole jewelry.

Obituaries – 9-22-2010

Matthew Jerome Kinney

Matthew Jerome Kinney, 52, died Sept. 14.

Mr. Kinney was a native of Danville, Ill., and came from there to Anna Maria Island with his family in 1987.

He relocated to Bradenton in the late 1990s. He was a carpenter, roofer and handyman.

A memorial service was held Sept. 18 at Roser Memorial Community Church in Anna Maria.

Mr. Kinney is survived by his wife Cindy; daughters, Jodi and Misty; son Matthew; brother Mark; and sisters Joyce, Jan, Jill and Julie.

Sonja Myette

Sonja Myette, 80, died Sept. 12. She was born in Floral Park, Long Island, N.Y., and moved to Bradenton Beach in 1992 from Wantagh, Long Island.

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

A memorial Mass was held Sept. 18 at St. Bernard Catholic Church. Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory, 26th Street Chapel, Bradenton, was in charge of arrangements. Memorial donations may be made to Suncoast Hospice Woodside, 6770 102nd Ave. N., Pinellas Park FL 33782. Online condolences may be made to HYPERLINK “http://www.brownandsonsfuneral.com/”www.brownandsonsfuneral.com.

Mrs. Myette is survived by sons Thomas and wife Jere of South Pasadena, Fla., and Robert and wife Suzanne of Nokomis, Fla.; daughters Laura and husband Paul Jakob of Lake Mary, Fla., and Nancy Burke of Islip Terrace, Long Island, N.Y.; 10 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Alexis M. Ruiz de Villa

Alexis M. Ruiz de Villa, 68, of Bradenton Beach, died Sept. 11.

Memorial donations may be made to Cinthia Melissa Gonzales Estrada, in care of Christian Foundation for Children & Aging, P.O. Box 805105, Kansas City MO 64180-5105, or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis TN  38105. Arrangements were by Griffith-Cline Funeral Home.

Mr. Ruiz de Villa is survived by wife Dale; mother Asuncion Ruiz de Villa; daughters Isabel and husband Roger Braggs and Liliana and husband James Marshall; sister Amada; cousin Rubi; and five grandchildren.

JoAnn Wesner

JoAnn Wesner, formerly of Bradenton Beach, died Sept. 9 in Fort Wayne, Ind. She was born Aug. 28, 1928, in Lanesville, Ind. memorials may be made to New Haven/Adams Township Park Dept., 1125 Hartzell St., New Haven IN 46774.

Mrs. Wesner is survived by a brother; four daughters, including Jan and husband Mark Childs of Fort Riley, Kansas; eight grandchildren; and nine great grandchildren.

Fishing – 9-22-2010

Redfish to begin spawn; beach action heating up

With this week’s full moon, redfish, which have already invaded the local bays in large numbers, will begin to spawn. Many will head to the Gulf and passes.

Already some large schools of redfish have swarmed local bays, making them the primary target of many inshore anglers.

Capt. Scott Moore said his anglers have been catching lots of oversize redfish, trout, Spanish mackerel and a few snook. But don’t forget about flounder. “They’re scattered, and the best place is probably in the passes,” Moore said. “And don’t forget about docks. There’s always flounder lying around docks.”

Moore said anglers should be careful when catching redfish because porpoises have been gobbling up hooked reds. “Not much you can do about that but move,” he said.

Moore said there is Spanish mackerel in the Gulf reefs, and anywhere there are bait pods in the shipping channel and the passes. There are still some tarpon around, and one reportedly was caught around the Rod & Reel Pier. “All we need is a little cooler air,” he said. “Another week or two, hopefully it will cool down.”

Capt. Larry McGuire of Show Me the Fish Charters out of Cortez Fishing Center said his offshore anglers are catching gag and red grouper, and nice mangrove snapper, but anglers will have to head to at least 130 of water depth. He added there also have been some cobia, amberjack, sharks and barracudas in those areas. He said there are more cobia showing up, which is typical in the fall because they tend to migrate to the Panhandle to cool off when it’s extremely hot, then migrate south in the fall before spending the winter where it is warmer. “Kind of like kingfish,” McGuire said.

Capt. Warren Girle said offshore there are a lot of mangrove snapper and Spanish mackerel. Girle also reported a 31-pound barracuda. Inshore, he reported a 32-inch snook, a few large schools of redfish in north Sarasota Bay and lots of trout that are especially hot in the morning on top-water plugs.

Capt. T.J. Stewart of Cast Away Charters said there had been some tarpon around the Sunshine Skyway Bridge. He said in addition to a phenomenal redfish bite, there had been a lot of trout around 18 inches. He said there are a lot of sharks and Spanish mackerel as well. The full moon will move a lot of fish around, which he said will make locating some species tricky. “Even though it’s catch-and-release, snook fishing at night might turn on,” Stewart said. “That’s a good time to catch redfish on the flats sometimes on the full moon. I’ve had some pretty wild night out there redfishing … and on trout, too.”

Jonny Keyes from Island Discount Tackle at Catchers Marina said inshore anglers have been fishing off the beaches for a lot of ladyfish, jack crevalle, Spanish mackerel. He said if he’s using artificial, he sticks with top-water MirrOlures, Yo-Zuris, and Rapalas. “I’ve been getting a real good bite in the morning off the high tide,” he said. “That’s better than in the afternoon because the water’s cooler.”

In the bays, he reported the morning high tide also is ideal with top-water lures. He said anglers are getting some big redfish and trout. “Really you can target the reds going into Sarasota Bay and target them with that top-water stuff,” he said. “There’s a lot of ladyfish hanging out with the reds. They seem to be the bycatch.”

Offshore, Keyes received reports that around 1- and 3-mile reefs there have been some nice mangrove snapper, flounder, Spanish mackerel and keeper gag grouper. He also had luck farther offshore, 20-80 miles, and said any changes in the bottom can be holding mangrove, red, hog and lane snapper, triggerfish, amberjack, blackfin tuna, decent Mahi-Mahi and a variety of grouper.

Capt. Mark Howard of SumoTime Fishing Charters said the summer-to-fall transition has begun. He said the water temperature is averaging 83 degrees, a drop from 89 degrees a few weeks ago. “Look for the water temperature to trend downward, which is fantastic for fishing,” Howard said. “The bait schools are thick in Tampa Bay and off the beaches. These actions are causing the fishing in the Anna Maria area to really turn on.”

Howard said on Sept. 16, fishing with Dustin Thomas and Cindy McClure, his anglers fished off the beaches for blacktip sharks, lemon sharks, big Spanish mackerel, bluefish and an 80-pound tarpon. He said the fishing off the beaches of Anna Maria is starting to heat up.

“The pompano are schooling in our area and readily taking shrimp, fiddler crabs, sand fleas and artificial jigs,” Howard said. “The trough just off the surf line has been holding these tasty silver fish. I also have been seeing them skip in my boat wake as I traverse the deeper grass areas. Go to your local tackle shop to get help in choosing the special style of jigs used to catch pompano.”

He said speckled trout and redfish are feeding heavily on all the shiner schools. “I have been catching beautiful speckled trout and nice mixed-sized redfish from Miguel Bay down to Longbar in Sarasota,” he said. “Set up in 2-8 feet of water and chum with shiners to get the action going.”

Capt. Steven Salgado said there has been a load of mangrove snapper in the bay, but he suggests fishing in the early morning for trout.

He said within 10 miles of the beaches, there have been hogfish that have been caught on shrimp. “We really caught quite a few,” he said. “Not real big, but 5-6 pounds.”

Send fishing news and photos to fish@islander.org.

The Islander Classifieds: Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2010


SOFA BED: EXCELLENT condition, 69 inches long $100. Lazy Boy recliner, $50. 941-538-4100.

PADDLE BOARD FOR sale: 11-feet 6-inch Waterman C4, with carbon-fiber paddle. 941-778-3206.

QUEEN PILLOW TOP: ONE year old. Was in guest room, moved, no guest room. $125. 813-239-6186.

2005 KUBOTA B2710 Tractor: Price, $2,960. Diesel, 4WD, mower, loader. E-mail for pictures: HYPERLINK “mailto:nsrt44m@msn.com”nsrt44m@msn.com. 561-634-2127.

ROOF PAINT: 30 gallons Sherwin Williams for tile roof, Red Cent (Terra Cotta Color), $100 or best offer, 941-840-2650.

CLASSIC-STYLE WOOD desk, nine drawers, solid wood, $100. Shannon, 941-720-4364.

QUEEN SLEEPER SOFA: Beige, leather, in good condition. $100. Shannon, 941-720-4364.

DELL COMPUTER: 3.06 GHz processor, Windows XP-PRO, $100. 941-756-6728.

AERIAL PHOTOS of Anna Maria Island. View and purchase online: www.jackelka.com.

COMMERCIAL RESTAURANT SUPPLIES: Ice machine: install and service $2,100. You pick up, $1,600. Assorted stainless shelves: $75. Six-burner gas cooktop and charbroiler: $1,800. 941-730-2606.

FREEBIE ITEMS FOR SALE: Individuals may advertise up to three items, each priced $100 or less, 15 words or less. FREE, one week. Deliver in person to The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, e-mail classifieds@islander.org, fax toll-free 1-866-362-9821. (limited time offer)


GLORIA DEI LUTHERAN Church: All are welcome to come and worship with us! Please call 941-778-1813 or visit us at: www.gloriadeilutheran.com for worship times. 6608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.

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

HAITI $$$ DONATIONS to the Ministry of Presence Inc., www.ministryofpresence.org, urgently needed for local representatives to aid homeless children. Info: The Islander, 941-778-7978.

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

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

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

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


ESTATE SALE: 10 a.m.-3 pm. Friday, 10 a.m -1 p.m. and Saturday, Sept. 24-25. 449 E. Royal Flamingo Drive, Bird Key, Sarasota, turn left at Bird Key Country Club. Beautifully furnished and in immaculate condition. Beautiful dining set, bedroom sets, two queen and one king, four Lladros, set of Lenox Rutledge pattern china, two very nice sofas, two swivel microfiber sofas, other chairs, mirrors, quilt racks, ivory figures, wine table, eight pairs of lamps, leather and two other hassocks, two sets of bar chairs, mahogany and granite bar, bar cabinet, media cabinet, framed pictures, area rugs, curio, silk plants and trees, set of Solaris pattern pottery, TV, vacuum, floor cleaner, ladders, gas blower, Reebok RB 310 exercise bike, weight bench with weights and stands, dumbbell set, lots of nice linens and kitchenware. Pictures: www.appraisals4u.biz or www.flickr.com/photos/appraisals4u. Sale by Julie McClure.

ESTATE SALE: 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 24. Martinique condominiums, 5300 Gulf Drive, unit 407, Holmes Beach. Numbers and access to condo will be handled by Dave. Sofa, French provincial dining room set, glass-top coffee table, Lenox, sofabed, twin-bed set, prints, TVs, bookcases, new home shopping items, desk, figurines, recliner, kitchenware, vacuum, stuffed animals, collectibles, etc. Sale conducted by Palma Sola Sales. Numbers given out at 8 a.m.


ROSER THRIFT SHOP open 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday; 9 am to noon Saturday. Donations 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Wednesdays. 511 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. 941-779 -2733.

GARAGE SALE: 9 a.m.-noon, Saturday, Sept. 25. Nice, dark brown leather couch, $300. Other furniture and miscellaneous kitchen stuff. 224 84th St., Holmes Beach.

SALE: 8 a.m.- 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 25. Tools, carpet cleaner, vacuum cleaner, pictures, bar stools, lots of what-nots. Stair-stepper exerciser, futon, too much to list. Priced to sell, come early for best deals. Something for everyone. 503 77th St., Holmes Beach.

SALE: 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 18. Appliances, fine china and many miscellaneous goodies! 7631 Westmoreland Drive, Sarasota.


YELLOW MAINE COON cat lost from 6600 block of Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Reward offered. 941-725-4488.

FOUND: LEATHER TEVA sandals on beach near 53rd Street, Holmes Beach. Call 941-779-0210.


PARENTS NEEDED for loving homes to foster puppies and kittens until they are old enough for adoption. All food and medical provided. Julie, 941-720-1411.


1999 SATURN S-SERIES coupe. 55,000 miles. Literally driven on island by little old lady. Barely driven last three years. Garage stored. Must sell while we are in area, Sept. 21-30. $2,000. Excellent value. 613-256-6522.

2007 HARLEY DAVIDSON Fatboy Asking $2,930. No trades. Nice looking bike, details and pictures: frer482do@msn.com. 727-475-5405.

2009 HARLEY SUPERGLIDE custom. Sundowner touring seat, sissy bar, luggage rack, windshield, RhineHart pipes, lots of chrome. Red hot SunGlo. garage kept, Showroom condition. $12,800. Details and pictures, 813-833-0238.


BOAT PROBLEMS? DON’T delay, have our boat repair specialists fix it today. We offer free towing from dock to marina. Call N.E. Taylor Boatworks bottom pant specialists at 941-794-2802 or e-mail: info@taylorboatworks.com for details.

FOR RENT: DEEP-water boat slip: North end of Anna Maria, easy access to Gulf. Up to 30 feet, $150/month. 941-794-8877.


DRUMMER AND BASS musician wanted for reggae band. 941-779-5246.

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


LOOKING FOR A babysitter or pet sitter? For all ages, call Carolyn. Red cross certified. 941-778-2301.

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


HEALTH FOOD STORE on Anna Maria Island, located in busy shopping center, large inventory, all equipment and fixtures, completely turnkey, business growing monthly, owners moving, great opportunity for mom and pop. $189,000. Call Jim, 941-580-0626.

GIFT SHOP FOR sale. Call owner, 941-779-2624.


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

PROFESSIONAL I.T. SERVICES: Complete computer solutions for business and home. Installation, repair, upgrade, networking, Web services, wireless services. Richard Ardabell, network engineer, 941-778-5708, or cell 216-509-1945.

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

LIGHT CARPENTRY, HOME repairs, handyman work, deck repairs, dock repairs, etc. Retired tradesman, Island resident. No job too small. Call Steve Doyle 941-778-1708.

TOTAL DOOR AND Window Service: Repairs, replacements, sales, parts, stormcatcher hurricane covers, Simonton windows, Plastpro doors, ODL inserts. 941-730-1399.

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

CONTACT CAPT. GREG Burke of A Paradise Realty for all of your real estate needs, selling, listing, buying, market analysis. 941-592-8373, or e-mail: gregburkesr@hotmail.com.

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

ISLAND HOUSEKEEPING: LOCAL girl, great references. Openings for home and vacation rental accounts. Deborah, 941-524-0486

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

ALTERATIONS AND CUSTOM home decor, Pillows, cushions. Experienced, dependable. Call Diane 941-778-6373, cell 941-724-6831.

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.

BUSINESS-TO-BUSINESS JD’s Window Cleaning looking for storefront jobs in Holmes Beach. 941-920-3840.

ISLAND MERMAIDS CLEANING and Co.: 36 years of happy customers. Organizing, pet-watch, storm-check, etc. Rentals our specialty. 941-778-3046.

DESIGNER FOR HIRE! All your graphic needs covered! Web design. Call Jon at Smashcat Studios, 941-778-2824 or 941-545-0192.

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.

NADIA’S EUROSAGE Relaxing, healing massage in the comfort of your home. Call today for an appointment, 941-795-0887. MA#0017550.

CHECK MY HOUSE! When you’re away, we stay close to home. We provide full house checking services to ensure your house is secure while you are away. Call 941-928-8735, or e-mail check.my.house@verizon.net for details.

TUTORING SERVICES: Specializing in algebra, geometry, calculus, trigonometry and science. Special need students welcome. Grades 3-12. Jenifer, 941-224-1760.

UPSCALE NAIL SALON: Nails on the Island. 30 years experience. Call for an appointment. Now offering in-home services. 941-713-5244.

KOKO RAY’S ISLAND studio: Back to school specials through September. Instruction in flute, saxophone, guitar, piano and voice. 315 58th St., Holmes Beach, 941-778-8323.


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

ISLAND LAWN SPRINKLER service and repair. Your complete irrigation repair company. Call 941-778-2581.

TREES BY BREEZE Inc.: Custom landscapes, tree trimming, property maintenance. Insured. Since 1988. Chris, 941-778-2837.

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


STRAIGHT SHOT LANDSCAPE. For all your landscape needs. Shell $45/yard. Call Shark Mark. 941-301-6067.

KARAZ LANDSCAPE LAWN service. Mulch, clean ups, power washing, tree trimming and more. 941-448-3857 or 941-448-5207.

SHELL DELIVERED AND spread. Premium grade-A, $45/yard B-grade, $30-$40/yard. Hauling all kinds of gravel, mulch, top soil with free estimates. Call Larry at 941-795-7775, “shell phone” 941-720-0770.

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


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

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

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

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

JERRY’S HOME REPAIR: Carpentry work, handyman, light plumbing, electrical, light hauling, pressure washing. Call 941-778-6170 or 941-447-2198.

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

FOREMOST FENCE: Commercial, Residential. Chain link, vinyl, aluminum, wood, access control. Contractors you can depend on. Call 941-748-2700.

J.E. MURRAY: ESTABLISHED Island builder. New homes, remodeling. 30-year resident. Call 941-778-2316 or 941-730-3228.

HANDYMAN FOR HIRE: $15 per hour. No job too small. One call does it all. Call Arthur, 941-301-0624. Quality satisfaction guaranteed.


GULFVIEW 1BR APARTMENT: Annual, unfurnished $825/month. 941-592-6645.

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

WATERFRONT KEY WEST STYLE with dock. Furnished, walk to beach. $150/night, $950/week. Use of bikes and kayaks included. 941-794-5980. www.divefish.com.

VACATION RENTALS: 3BR/3BA pool home, 2BR/1BA cottage, 5BR/4BA split pool home, two blocks to Holmes Beach. 3BR/2BA pool home, northwest Bradenton, 3BR/3BA pool home, Palma Sola. Weekly, monthly rentals. Luxury furnishings, all amenities. Inclusive prices. Coastal Properties Realty, 941-794-1515.

ANNA MARIA BEACHFRONT, waterfront vacation rental. 5BR/4BA. $2,200/week. 559-760-1331. tampabaybeachhouse.com.

WATERFRONT, CANAL, BOAT slip: Annual duplex in Holmes Beach. 2BR/2BA. Living room, kitchen, storage, washer and dryer hook ups. No pets. Holmes Beach. 941-778-7039.

WATERFRONT CONDO at Mariners Cove. Annual rental with boat slip, 2BR/2BA. 2,000 square feet with enclosed lanai. Two pools, tennis court, washer/dryer. $1,900/month, water and standard cable included. Call 941-920-3358.

MODEST 1BR TRAILER: 55-plus Paradise Bay, rent $525/month or buy, $15,000 or best offer. 941-727-5210 or 941-735-1647.

WINTER MONTHS: UPGGRADED mobile home. 1BR. Carport, Paradise Bay. $975/month. Satellite TV, utilities. Call 941-761-3341.

FEMALE ROOMMATE WANTED: 2BR/2BA, wireless Internet, non-smoker, no pets. beachcondo25@yahoo.com.

CHARMING MONTHLY/SEASONAL condo. Cross street to Holmes Beach. 2BR/2BA, washer, dryer. Two screened-in decks, heated pool. $2,400/month. 813-634-3790.

SEASONAL: HOLMES BEACH. Spacious 3BR/2BA duplex, upper level. Screened lanai, completely furnished. One house from beach. Gulf view. No pets or smoking. Two-month minimum. 813-689-0925 or HLMSBCHRNTL@aol.com.

SPACIOUS LOWER 2BR/2BA plus garage near pool. 55-plus community. 10 minutes to beaches. Annual, $950/month plus utilities and deposit. Seasonal, January- April, $1,850/month. May-December, $1,650/month. Call 941-761-4847.

ANNUAL: 2BR/1BA, NORTH Anna Maria duplex. $800/month plus utilities. 941-778-6088.

ANNUAL RENTAL: ANNA Maria, 200 feet to Rod & Reel Pier. 2BR/1BA ground level, washer, dryer, refrigerator, unfurnished, newly remodeled, no pets or smokers. $925/month plus utilities, available now, 941-387-8610.

FOR RENT: 2BR duplex near beach. No pets. $800/month plus deposit, utilities. 941-538-8200.

ANNUAL DUPLEX: 1BR/1BA. Holmes Beach. Walk to beach. $800/month plus utilities. First, last, security deposit. 941-376-0541.

SEASONAL OR WEEKLY cottage-style rentals. 1BR/1BA or 55-plus 2BR/1BA with pool. Walk to beach, shopping, restaurants. 941-778-3426. Web site 2spinnakers.com.


FLORIDA BUSINESSES FOR sale! Buy, sell, broker, referral. E2/EB5 Visa. Call James Adkins, 941-713-0635. www.AdkinsFloridaGroup.com.

HAVING MORTGAGE TROUBLE? Want to buy distressed properties? Call James Adkins, 941-713-0635. www.MyDistressedHome.com.

BAYFRONT PELICAN COVE condo: 2BR/2BA great views, close to everything. Call Capt. Greg, 941-592-8373, A Paradise Realty.

SANDPIPER DOUBLEWIDE: 2BR/1.5BA across from beach. Spacious, remodeled. 2601 Gulf Drive, Bradenton Beach. Call Lynne, 941-744-7904.

2BR/1.5BA TROPICAL PALM Mobile Home Park, 55-plus. Canalfront, 15 minutes to beach. Hot tub, pool, remodeled, doublewide. $49,000, one third down, includes lot. Finance. Rent, $695/month. 863-608-1833. chickenplucker@webtv.net.

AN AMAZING PIECE of property located right in the heart of paradise. Located by I-275 north-south and I-75 north and south corridor. This lot offers 570 feet of saltwater canalfront that totals 1.09 acres and is a very rare find. 2215 Miguel Bay Drive, Terra Ceia, FL, 34250. Call Ed DeLosh at Edgewater Real Estate, 941-730-9122.

THIS LOT IS in the perfect location to get away from the big city. From Tampa/St.Pete head south over the Skyway Bridge. From the south US 19 or I-75 is an easy off, easy on. Nestled in the middle of Tillits Bayou, Miguel Bay, Terra Ceia Bay and Tampa Bay. 2420 57th St. Ct., Terra Ceia, FL, 34250. Call Ed DeLosh at Edgewater Real Estate, 941-730-9122.

PRICE REDUCED: DUPLEX on two deeded lots, both units 2BR/1.5BA, elevated, park under building. $450,000. Call owner: 941-730-2606.


BUY NORTH CAROINA MOUNTAIN land now! Lowest prices ever. Bryson City, 2.5 acres, spectacular views, paved road. High altitude. Easily accessible, secluded. $45,000. Owner financing. 800-810-1590. www.wildcatknob.com

Islander Calendar – 9-22-2010

Wednesday, Sept. 22

First day of autumn.

11 a.m. – Einstein Circle Discussion Group meets at the Studio at Gulf and Pine, 10101 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information: 941-359-4296.

Thursday, Sept. 23

5 to 7 p.m. – Holmes Beach author Patrick McConnell launches the sale of his book “Government of Deceit” at Time Saver convenience store, 5353 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-7845.

Saturday, Sept. 25

9:30 a.m. – REAL Women of Crosspointe Fellowship gathers for Carolyn Overway’s presentation on missionary work in Kenya at 8605 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-0719.

Sunday, Sept. 26

10 a.m. – Anna Maria Island Privateers’ registration begins for the third annual Shiprek Poker Run at Peggy’s Corral, 4511 U.S. Highway 41 N., Palmetto. Stops include Island locations. Information: 941-720-0426. Fee applies.

Monday, Sept. 27

11:30 a.m. – Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce golf outing at the Bradenton Country Club, 4646 Ninth Ave. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-778-1541. Fee applies.

Tuesday, Sept. 28

4:30 p.m. – Inquiring Minds, a cross-denominational study group, meets at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 6608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-4579.


  • The first and third Mondays of each month, the American Legion Post 24, 2005 75th St. W., Bradenton, hosts dinners for the public. Fee applies. Information: 941-794-3390.
  • Wednesdays, 6 to 8 p.m., teens meet at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-1908.
  • Alternating Wednesdays, 11 a.m., memory loss support group at the Longboat Island Chapel Aging in Paradise Resource Center, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. Information: 941-383-6491.
  • Wednesdays and Saturdays, 9 a.m., players pitch horseshoes in the pits at Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information: 941-708-6130.
  • Fridays, 11 a.m., Over 39ers group meets at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 6608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-1813.
  • Fridays, Senior Adventures Group meets for outings to various locations throughout the summer. Information: 941-962-8835.
  • Saturdays, 8:30 a.m., Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island meets at Cafe on the Beach, Manatee Public Beach, Holmes Beach.


Wednesday, Sept. 22

10:30 a.m. – Bradenton Opera Guild meeting with guest Reyna Carguill, soprano artist from Sarasota Opera, at the IMG Country Club at El Conquistador, 4350 El Conquistador Pkwy., Bradenton. Information: 941-776-2850.

Thursday, Sept. 23

7:30 p.m. – Opening night of “Sunday in the Park with George” at Manatee Players, 102 Old Main St., Bradenton, through Oct. 10. Information: 941-748-5875. Fee applies.

Friday, Sept. 24

5 to 9 p.m. – Friday Fest on the Bay featuring Big Night Out on the Van Wezel lawn, 777 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota.

Saturday, Sept. 25

8 a.m. – Birding tour of Robinson Preserve with the Manatee County Audubon Society, 1704 99th St. N.W., Bradenton. Information: 941-729-2222. Fee applies.

9 to 11 a.m. – Sneak peek of Neal Preserve departs by bicycle from Robinson Preserve, 1704 99th St. N.W., Bradenton. Information: 941-748-4501 ext. 4605. Reservations required.

9 a.m. to 2 p.m. – Children’s Summit at the Manatee Convention Center, One Haben Blvd., Palmetto. Information: 941-749-3030.

Sunday, Sept. 26

5:30 to 7 p.m. – “Art After Dark” featuring cocktails and live art by S. Rush Dean, Jamie Friedli, Julie Hanson, Cecy Richardson and Carolyn Ritter followed by “Sunday in the Park with George” at Manatee Players, 102 Old Main St., Bradenton. Information: 941-748-5875. Fee applies.

Coming Up:

  • Oct. 2, Kids Fair, Crosspointe Fellowship.
  • Oct. 2, GreenHome Wamalama Green Business Expo, Sarasota County Fairgrounds.
  • Oct. 4, The History of Cortez lecture, Studio at Gulf and Pine.
  • Oct. 4, Artists Guild of Anna Maria Island meeting, Episcopal Church of the Annunciation.
  • Oct. 6, Einstein Circle discussion group, Studio at Gulf and Pine.
  • Oct. 6, Gulf Coast Writers meet, Island Branch Library.
  • Oct. 7, “Ladies of the Camellias” opens, Island Players.
  • Oct. 7, “Roguetoberfest,” Waterfront Restaurant.
  • Oct. 7, “Antigone Now” performance, South Florida Museum.

Save the Date:

  • Oct. 8, Anna Maria Island Community Center Golf Outing, IMG Golf and Country Club.
  • Oct. 8-24, Festival sARTee.
  • Oct. 15, World Party, South Florida Museum.
  • Oct. 15-16, Bayfest.
  • Oct. 16, ArtSlam, downtown Bradenton.
  • Nov. 6, Snooty’s Gala.
  • Nov. 12-14, ArtsHop.
  • Nov. 13-14, Discover Egmont Key.

Send calendar announcements to diana@islander.org. Please include the time, date and location of the event, a brief description and a contact via e-mail and phone.