Tag Archives: 10-12-2011

Resort tax collections reach record

Resort tax collections in Manatee County for fiscal year 2010-11 surpassed the record $6.64 million record for collections set in 2009-10, with September 2011 collections still to be reported.

Anna Maria Island and Longboat Key collectively bring in about 62 percent of the resort tax collected, according to online records of the Manatee County Tax Collector’s Office.

Through August, the resort tax division of the TCO reported $6.684 million was collected in the 11 months of the fiscal year that began last October, already surpassing last year’s 12-month collection of $6.417 million by $167,644.

Sue Sinquefield of the resort tax collections division said better collection methods by investigators largely resulted in the increase in resort tax — often called the bed tax – collections. Additionally, tourism increased by about 5 percent to the area, also contributing to the upswing, she said.

Manatee County Tax Collector Ken Burton said this summer that resort tax collections were up considerably because of the work of Sinquefield and investigators. The collections unit has been targeting property owners and rental managers who had failed to comply with the resort tax law and have been collecting amounts owed in arrears.

The resort tax is the 5 percent charged for each rental unit in Manatee County rented for a period of six months or less.

When September collections are added, the new bed tax record should be close to $7 million. Collections in September 2010 were $287,379, Sinquefield said.

Collections in August 2011 totaled $419,609, a 32.5 percent increase from the $316,626 collected in August 2010.

Of the August collections, Anna Maria Island and Longboat Key brought in $247,882, or 59.5 percent of the county total.

Holmes Beach took in $108,716, or 25.9 percent of the total to lead all municipalities, while Longboat Key collections were $62,662 or 14.9 percent. Unincorporated Manatee County reported $142,909 in resort tax collections for August 2011.

Compared with bed tax collections in August 2010, Anna Maria Island cities were up 37.5 percent compared with collections in August 2011, bringing in $187,147 compared with $135,153 for the same month last year.

Although tourism increases have not matched the monthly increase in bed tax collections the past eight months, area tourism is up about 5 percent for the first seven months of 2011, according to the Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Tourism numbers are expected to increase when the BACVB releases its August 2011 tourism report. BACVB monthly tourism reports are released about 4 to 6 weeks after the end of a reporting month.

Revenue from the resort tax is used to fund the Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau marketing budget, beach renourishment on Anna Maria Island and other tourism-related spending. The resort tax budget is controlled by the county commission, its appointed tourist development council and the BACVB, Sinquefield said.

WMFR, CHFR consider consolidation

The boards of West Manatee Fire Rescue and Cedar Hammock Fire Rescue met Oct. 6 to discuss the possibility of merging the departments. The convergence has long been talked about, and now a decision on whether or not to move forward appears imminent.

CHFR Chief Randall Stulce and WMFR Chief Andy Price opened the discussion by offering some reasons for the consolidation and how they intend to achieve it, along with various benefits and challenges.

Price explained that there are two main reasons for the consolidation: to increase the level of service provided to the community and to provide cost savings to citizens.

Stulce noted, perhaps hoping to assuage some immediate fears of downsizing and a breakdown of the departments, that if the consolidation were to occur there would be no closures among the seven existing fire stations. As far as staff size goes, there would be a decrease of only two members.

The boards have come up with two possible methods for establishing tax rates to accommodate such a scenario. The goal is to balance the differing costs and budgetary techniques of the two districts.

One method would take the existing rates of each district and blend them together, making the base rate the average of each of the existing base rates. The base rate would be applied equally to residential properties.

Upon theoretical application of the blended method, it was found to be unsuccessful. Costs were shifted, instead of creating balance and equality, Price said.

The other option is the modified method, and that seemed the more successful choice. It would approach the challenges presented by the differing taxing methods of each district, and try to minimize any difficulties created by altering them. It would accomplish this by doing what the blended method cannot, by simply balancing costs equally, or as close to equal as possible.

Due to certain differences in income and property between the two areas, some disparity is inescapable. “One group pays more and one group pays less, no matter what,” said Price.

Ultimately it was decided that the two boards should take some time to consider this action, but not too much time. Stulce and Price preferred to allow 60 days to reach a decision.

WMFR board member Jesse Davis said 60 days is “not enough time to swallow all of this,” and so it was agreed that the boards would be given 90 days to mull their choices.

In the end, if both boards opt to consolidate, it goes to the public for a vote, and if one board does not agree, the matter is dropped.

Islander Calendar – 10-12-2011

Wednesday, Oct. 12

        11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. — Einstein Circle discussion “Life is a journey, not a destination. What have we learned along the way?” at the Studio and Gulf and Pine, 10101 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information: 941-359-4296.

        7:45 to 9 a.m. — Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce sunrise breakfast at Rotten Ralph’s Restaurant on the Historic Bridge Street Pier, 200 Bridge St., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-778-1541. Fee applies.

 

Friday, Oct. 14

        11:30 a.m. — Anna Maria Island Community Center golf outing at IMG Golf and Country Club, 4350 El Conquistador Pkwy., Bradenton. Information: 941-758-1466. Fee applies.

        5 to 10 p.m. — Bayfest music festival on Pine Avenue, Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-1541.

5:30 to 7:30 p.m. — Champagne reception for artist Marlane Wurzbach at Island Gallery West, 5368 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6648.

5:30 to 7:30 p.m. — Artists reception for the “Here and Now” exhibit at the Anna Maria Island Art League, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-2099.

Saturday, Oct. 15

        8:30 a.m. — Yoga on the beach at the Pine Avenue beach access Anna Maria. Information: 941-794-6723.

        10 a.m. to 10 p.m. — Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce Bayfest music festival along Pine Avenue, Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-1541.

3 p.m. — Music from the “Songs of Innocence and Experience” performed by Carole Cornman and Alyssa McKeithen at the Episcopal Church of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-1638. Fee applies.

 

Wednesday, Oct. 19

        11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. — Einstein Circle discussion “Soothing the soul: Relaxation, meditation and guided imagery” at the Studio and Gulf and Pine, 10101 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information: 941-359-4296.

        Noon — Betty Yanger of the Anna Maria Island Historical Society will speak to the Anna Maria Garden Club at Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-795-2370.

 

Ongoing:

• Through Oct. 16, “A Nice Family Gathering” at the Island Players, 10009 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-5755. Fee applies.

• Saturdays through Nov. 26, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., learn to fish excursions for kids ages 5-12 with the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-1908. Fee applies.

• Saturdays through March 18, 9:30 a.m. to noon, Anna Maria Island Concert Chorus and Orchestra rehearsals at Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-7853.

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

• Tuesdays, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., coffee and conversations for seniors at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-1908.

• Second Wednesdays, 7:30 p.m., Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 8199 meets at the volunteer fire station, 201 Second St. N., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-778-4400.

• Wednesdays, two hours before sunset, the city of Bradenton Beach entertainer Mike Sales at Katie Pierola Sunset Park, 2200 block of Gulf Drive North, Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-448-5798.

• Wednesdays, 6 to 8 p.m., teens meet at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-1908.

• Wednesdays and Saturdays, 9 a.m., players pitch horseshoes in the pits at Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information: 941-708-6130.

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

• Fridays, sunset drum circle with Mike Sales at Anna Maria Island Beach Cafe, Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-526-6789.

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

 

Off-Island

Wednesday, Oct. 12

        9 a.m. — Volunteer workday at Neal Preserve, 12301 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-955-8085.

 

Thursday, Oct. 13

        7 p.m. — Master gardener Michelle Atkinson will discuss worm composting at the Manatee River Garden Club meeting, 3120 First Ave. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-870-2259.

 

Friday, Oct. 14

5:30 to 9 p.m. — Fall festival at the YMCA, 3805 59th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-792-7484.

6 to 9 p.m. — “Incredible India” cultural celebration at the South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-746-4131. Fee applies.

 

Saturday, Oct. 15

8 a.m. to 4 p.m. — Plant, antique and craft sale at Palma Sola Botanical Park, 9800 17th Ave. N.W., Bradenton. Information: 941-761-2866.

9 a.m. to 2 p.m. — Geraldson Farms open house Family Fun Day, 1401 99th St. N.W., Bradenton. Information: 941-981-0111.

3 to 11 p.m. — ArtSlam interactive live art event along Main Street in downtown Bradenton. Information: 941-744-7484.

 

Sunday, Oct. 16

9 a.m. to 8 p.m. — Pumpkin patch opens at Trinity United Methodist Church, 3200 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-747-3704.

9 to 11 a.m. — Master gardener tour of Robinson Preserve, 1704 99th St. N.W., Bradenton. Information: 941-722-4524.

 

Monday, Oct. 17

9 to 10 a.m. — Easy yoga with Susan Goldfarb begins at the Longboat Key Education Center, 5370 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. Information: 941-383-8811. Fee applies.

 

Tuesday, Oct. 18

7:30 p.m. — “Tales at the Crosley” a haunting evening of ghost stories at the Powel Crosley Estate, 8374 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, runs through Nov. 2. Information: 941-722-3244. Fee applies.

 

Wednesday, Oct. 19

1 p.m. — Naturalist Bob Egolf discusses gardening for Florida wildlife at the Manatee River Garden Club, 3120 First Ave. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-870-2259.

 

Coming Up:

        • Oct. 19, Popcorn and Politics, The Islander newspaper.

        • Oct. 21, Enviro Art Party, Village of the Arts.

• Oct. 21, Longboat Key Historical Society fish fry, Mar Vista Dockside Restaurant.

• Oct. 22, Wagon tour, Robinson Preserve.

 

Save the Date:

        • Oct. 28, “Rocky Horror Picture Show,” Manatee Players.

• Oct. 28, Oktoberfest, Gloria Dei Lutheran Church.

        • Oct. 29, Trick or Trunk, McKechnie Field.

• Oct. 30, “Shiprek” Poker Run.

• Oct. 31, Trick or Trunk, Gloria Dei Lutheran Church.

• Oct. 31, Trail of Treats, Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce.

• Oct. 31, Doggie costume contest and pet corral, The Islander newspaper.

AME calendar

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

• Oct. 18, 5 to 7 p.m., Parent-Teacher Organization dinner, cafeteria.

• Oct. 18, 7 p.m., third-grade presentation, auditorium.

• Oct. 20, picture retakes.

• Oct. 22, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., costume parade.

• Oct. 22, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., fall festival.

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

 

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

Fishing – 10-12-2011

Island fishing fires up with cooler water

 

Inshore fishing is getting better with the slight drop in water temperatures.

It’s encouraging to see snook — gathering on the flats and around mangrove islands — gorging on schools of shiners and sardines. Areas with good flow and close access to deeper water are good spots to start looking.

Most of the snook reported this week were on the small side — 20 inches or less. They may be small, but it’s encouraging to see good numbers of young fish making a showing. Remember, since the freeze we had in 2009 decimated our snook population, it’s catch and release only — and release with care. These young fish are the beginning of a great snook fishery, so we want to inflict the least amount of stress possible on them.

Redfish are schooling on the flats preparing to spawn. You may even see large schools offshore in the upcoming weeks. I have seen schools of bull reds as far out as 7 miles. These fish are big and easy to target. If you’re looking for your chance to catch a trophy red, now is the time.

Moving offshore, the gag grouper bite is going strong. Reports of keeper fish are coming in daily. Large baits seem to be the ticket this week, so stock up on big pinfish and threadfin herring. Kingfish and Spanish mackerel are producing a bite offshore. For the kings, use those big threadies you brought out to fish for gags. For the macks, white bait or silver spoons trolled behind the boat will work fine.

Remember, we’re moving into the fall run, so fishing should be extremely productive. Whether you’re offshore or inshore, you should see the bite steadily improve over the next few weeks. The dog days of summer are done, so go out and enjoy the cooler weather and the catch.

Capt. Mark Johnston of Just Reel fishing charters is working in northern Sarasota Bay, catching numerous spotted sea trout, while ladyfish and bluefish are being hooked up in the same areas.

After fishing the grass flats for trout, Johnston is moving toward Longboat Pass to target flounder and mangrove snapper. Fishing small rock structures around the pass, Johnston is catching respectable-sized flounder — the biggest at 22 inches.

Spanish mackerel are cruising the beaches and chasing schools of bait. Johnston is following them, catching limits of macks on live whitebait. Johnston suggests using a long-shank hook when bait fishing for mackerel so you don’t get cut off as much.

Capt. Sam Kimball of Legend charters is happy to see gag grouper open back up. I was lucky enough to join Kimball on a recent charter where four clients limited out on gags. Most of them were in the 26-inch range, but we had one that was 32 inches. When targeting gag grouper, Kimball likes to use hand-sized pinfish or large threadfin herring to trigger the bite.

Also on the menu were red grouper, Key West grunts and mangrove snapper. The red grouper were hitting large baits similar to the gag grouper. For the Key West grunts and snapper, Kimball used frozen squid.

Jonny Keyes at Island Discount Tackle says fishing the beaches for Spanish mackerel is still the most consistent bite with most fish averaging 20 inches or more to the fork. Keyes is fishing the artificial reefs with live shiners and a long-shank hook. Chumming with live bait behind the boat is a great way to raise these mackerel from the reef. Once they’re on the top, hitting the chummers, cast your bait out and hang on tight.

With a great abundance of mackerel along the beach, Keyes suggests having a shark rod ready. Sightings of hammerhead and bull sharks around the mackerel schools are frequent, and it creates a prime opportunity to hook into one. When targeting sharks, Keyes likes to catch a mackerel, cut it in chunks and cast a piece out into the mack school. For leader, Keyes uses either a hard-wire or black-coated leader cable. A 7/0 circle hook and a nice chunk of mackerel and you’re ready for the big hookup.

Moving into the back country, Keyes is catching redfish, snook and trout using live shiners for bait. “Most of the reds are over slot,” says Keyes. “It makes it hard to catch something for dinner, but at least you have a bent rod.”

Capt. Warren Girle says due to strong winds and high seas, the offshore bite has been tough to reach. He managed to get there on just one charter last week. “The action is really good,” says Girle. “But you want to be able to fish comfortably.”

Girle is catching king mackerel in the 15- to 20-pound range around structure. Live shiners on a long-shank hook are producing the bite for this migratory species. “Don’t be surprised to hook a few bonito, too,” adds Girle.

Mangrove snapper still are inhabiting the nearshore reefs and Girle says fishing live shiners on the bottom is the ticket to catching them. Girle is boating mangrove snapper up to 18 inches in 40 feet of water around the reefs and ledges.

Inshore, Girle is catching small snook along the mangrove shorelines of Sarasota Bay. He likes to chum with live shiners to get the snook in a feeding mood. Once they are blasting baits on the top, Girle has his clients cast a live shiner in the mix, which usually results in a hookup.

Girle is still targeting schools of redfish in the bay, using top-water plugs in the early morning. Most of the fish he’s catching are ranging 18-25 inches with a few over-slot fish in the mix.

Jeff Medley at the south bait shop on the Sunshine Skyway Bridge Fishing Piers says Spanish mackerel are still swarming schools of baitfish around the pier. Pier fishers targeting macks are having success with silver spoons and Gotcha plugs. Fishers opting to use fresh bait are having their best results on a fresh-cut greenback fished under a popping cork. This calls for casting your bait out and letting it drift away from the pier until you get a strike.

Little tunny, jack crevalle and ladyfish are taking advantage of the vast amounts of baitfish attracted to the pier. You can target these species using the same techniques as for Spanish mackerel. There are some king mackerel patrolling the pier bait schools, so keep your eyes peeled for sky-rocketing fish.

For bottom fishers, flounder are making a good showing with the biggest coming in at 28 inches. Bottom fishers are targeting gag grouper with good results. Large threadfin herring or a hand-sized pinfish are producing the bite. Gag grouper up to 34-inches are being reported.

Send fishing reports to fish@islander.org.

Sports – 10-12-2011

Car dealers chase undefeated soccer season

 

Autoway Ford in Division I and Division III Gettel Toyota are both sporting perfect 4-0 records at the halfway point of the Anna Maria Island Community Center soccer league season. While Gettel Toyota holds a comfortable 7-point lead in Division III, Autoway Ford has Wash Family Construction on its heels.

Division II has Jen Crady Massage and LaPensee Plumbing tied for first with matching 3-1 records, but LaPensee defeated Jen Crady 4-2 Oct. 4 which could be a harbinger of things to come.

Gettel showed why it’s the team to beat in Division III Oct. 5 when it rolled past Island Pest Control by a 5-1 score. Gettel wasted no time, scoring its first goal in the fourth minute when Daniel Sentman picked off a clearing pass at the top of the box and finished top shelf for a 1-0 Gettel lead.

Sentman got into the scoring act again in the ninth minute when he took a pass from Ava Zink on the right wing. Sentman carried the ball into the box and ripped a rocket that Devin Calderon managed to block. But Sentman was there to knock in his own rebound to take a 2-0 lead.

The Pests had a bit of bad luck in the 11th minute when a defender inadvertently handed the ball in the box. Daniel Fritz converted the resulting penalty kick for a 3-0 Gettel lead.

IPC’s best scoring threat in the first half came in the 16th minute when Julius Petereit found some space up the right side. Defenders Charlotte Pardue and Emilee Bell forced him outside where his angle shot was easily covered by Gettel goalie Jack Barnes.

Gettel notched another goal before the whistle, when Jack Groves picked off the goal kick and finished far post for a 4-0 halftime lead.

IPC scored its lone goal in the 35th minute to make it 4-1. Gettel gained one more goal from Groves to complete the 5-1 victory.

In other Division III action, Island Real Estate and West Coast Surf Shop battled to a 3-3 tie Oct. 4, while IRE battled The Feast to a 7-7 tie Oct. 1. The Feast notched a 3-1 victory over Island Pest Control Oct. 3 to complete the Division III game results.

Jen Crady Massage won a pair of games last week, defeating Eat Here 5-2 Oct. 5 and 6-1 Oct. 1. In between on Oct. 4, they dropped a 4-2 decision to LaPensee. Sullivan Ferreira led LaPensee Plumbing with three goals while Jean-Paul Russo added one goal in the victory. Aiden Grumley and Trent Shackelford scored one goal each in the loss.

The game of the week in Division I saw Wash Family Construction defeat Spinnakers Vacation Cottages 3-2 Oct. 7. Neil Carper led Wash with a pair of goals, while Nico Calleja added one goal. Henrik Hellem-Brusso led Spinnakers with two goals in the loss.

Other Division I action saw Autoway Ford remain undefeated on an 8-2 victory over Mr. Bones Oct. 7. And Mr. Bones earned a 5-2 victory over Spinnakers Oct. 5 to round out Division I action.

Ace Hardware again defeated Beach Bistro, this time by a 6-3 score. Jeremiah Goode scored five goals to lead Ace Hardware, which also received one goal from Chandler Hardy in the win. Tyler Marvin scored two goals to lead Bistro in the loss.

 

Locals win gold medal Senior Games

Longboat Key resident Toni Teasdale and Barbara Smith of Bradenton captured a team pickleball gold medal in the 60-64 age group at the 2011 Tampa Bay Senior Games Oct. 5 in Sun City.

Teasdale and Smith both play pickleball at the center and are fixtures in women’s doubles pickleball matches in seniors games up and down the west coast of Florida.

 

Adult soccer heats up

Sato Real Estate, by virtue of a bye week, is the only remaining undefeated team in the center’s adult coed soccer division.

Ross Built is tied for first place with Sato, but Ross is now 3-1, having dropped a 3-2 decision to Jessie’s Island Store Oct. 6. Jessie’s received single goals from Aaron Duduks, Anthony Rasulo and Sean Sanders in the victory. Eric Howe notched both goals for Ross Built in the loss.

In other action, Island Pest Control improved to 2-2 with an 8-1 victory over Wash Family Construction. Don Meilner & Son Construction stayed within two points of first place with a 6-4 win over Euphemia Haye, and Florida Discount Sign earned its first win on the season with a 3-1 victory over West Coast Air Conditioning.

 

Roundball playoffs approach

Unique Mobile Detailing is undefeated at 4-0 and is a victory or two away from locking up top seed for the center’s adult basketball playoffs, which start Nov. 1.

UMD rolled to a 52-32 victory over the winless Sun during action Oct. 4. Ryan Moss led a balanced scoring attack with 12 points, while Justin Jones finished with 10 points. Brent Moss, Jonathan Moss and Lindsey Weaver each finished with eight points in the victory. The Sun was led by Larry Berkery’s 13 points, while Chris Smith scored 9 points and Billy Malfese finished with 6 points in the loss.

In other roundball action, Beach to Bay Construction evened its 2-2 record with a 65-58 victory over Agnelli Pool & Spas. Bowes Imaging also got back to the .500 mark with a close 61-60 win over Southern Greens.

 

Horseshoe news

Two teams emerged from pool play during Oct. 8 horseshoe games at the Anna Maria City Hall pits. Jeff Moore and Sam Samuels defeated Larry Livrago and Jerry Disbrow by a 22-16 score in the finals.

Jerry Disbrow and Sam Samuels defeated Norm Good and Bob Heigher 21-15 to earn bragging rights for the Oct. 5 games.

Meantime, Ron Pepka, the long-time horseshoe pitcher and organizer is scheduled for open-heart surgery. His horseshoe playing buddies and the staff at The Islander wish him well.

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.

 

AMICC Soccer League standings

Division III (Ages 8-9)

Teams                       W          L        T         Pts.

Gettel Toyota            4            0        0         12

Island Real Est.         1            1        2         5

The Feast                                1        1         1 4

Isl. Pest Control        1            3        0         3

WC Surf Shop           0            2        1         1

 

Division II (Ages 10-11)

Crady Massage         3            1        0         9

LaPensee                   3            1        0         9

Eat Here                    0            4        0         0

 

Division I (Ages 12-14)

Autoway Ford           4            0        0         12

Wash FC                   3            1        0         9

Mr. Bones                 1            3        0         3

Spinnakers                0            3        0         0

 

Adult Division (Old Folks)

Sato Real Estate       3            0        0         9

Ross Built                 3            1        0         9

Meilner & Son          2            1        1         7

Island Pest                 2            2        0         6

Jessie’s                      1            1        1         4

WC Air Cond.           1            2        0         3

Wash FC                   1            2        0         3

Euphemia                  1            3        0         3

FL Dis. Sign              1            3        0         3

 

Soccer League schedule

Instructional League (ages 4-5)

Oct. 17    6 p.m.      Egret vs. Dental

Oct. 17    6:30 p.m. Bowes vs. Gulf Bay

Oct. 18    6 p.m.      Dental vs. Gulf Bay

Oct. 18    6:30 p.m. Egret vs. Bowes

 

Instructional League (ages 6-7)

Oct. 12    6 p.m.      Coastal vs. A&E

Oct. 12    7 p.m.      Tyler’s vs. Beach Bums

 

Division III (ages 8-9)

Oct. 17    6 p.m.      Surf Shop vs. Gettel

Oct. 18    6 p.m.      The Feast vs. Isl. Real Est.

 

Division II (ages 10-11)

Oct. 12    6 p.m.      Eat Here vs. Crady

Oct. 18    7 p.m.      Crady vs. LaPensee

 

Division I (ages 12-13)

Oct. 12    7 p.m.      Mr. Bones vs. Wash FC

Oct. 12    8 p.m.      Spinnakers vs. Autoway

 

Premier League (ages 14-17)

Oct. 17    7 p.m.      Ace vs. Bistro

 

Adult Coed Division

Oct. 13    6 p.m.      Discount Sign vs. IPC

Oct. 13    7 p.m.      Jessie’s vs. WCAC

Oct. 13    8 p.m.      Meilner vs. Wash

Oct. 13    9 p.m.      Sato vs. Ross Built

 

Adult Basketball League

Oct. 18    6:30 p.m. Beach to Bay vs. Unique Detailing

Oct. 18    7:30 p.m. Sun vs. Bowes Imaging

Oct. 18    8:30 p.m. Southern Greens vs. Agnelli Pool

 

Adult basketball standings

Unique Mobile Detailing     4          0        0

Agnelli Pool & Spa              2          2        0

Southern Greens                   2          2        0

Bowes Imaging                     2          2        0

Beach to Bay Const.             2          2        0

Island Sun                             0          4        0

Island-style innovation

Isabella Grace, 6, of Harbor Drive in Holmes Beach and a first-grader at Anna Maria Elementary School, catches the breeze in her Hanna Montana pillowcase to propel her skateboard. The kids on Harbor Drive caught onto the fun and enjoyed the high winds that blew across Anna Maria Island Oct. 8. Islander Photo: Jo Ann Grace

Island real estate transactions – 10-12-2011

        101-109 N. Bay Blvd., Anna Maria, six vacant 50×110 lots were sold LBK Realty LLC to Blackhawk Bank and Trust for $3,200,000 and sold again by BB&T to city of Anna Maria for $2,800,000.

634 Emerald Lane, Holmes Beach, a 2,688 sfla / 3,624 sfur 3bed/2½bath/2car canalfront pool home built in 1969 on a 140×140 lot was sold 09/20/11, Keane to Rappold for $765,000; list $899,000.

206 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach, a 2,160 sfla / 2,964 sfur 2bed/3bath/2car canalfront home built in 1980 on a 70×106 lot was sold 09/22/11, Mantovani to Koepcke for $530,000; list $585,000.

206 73rd St., Unit A, West Wind Shores, Holmes Beach, a 1,193 sfla / 1,289 sfur 3bed/2bath condo built in 1969 was sold 09/22/11, Rivera to Kramer for $450,000.

2202 Avenue B, Bradenton Beach, a 3,066 sfla / 4,410 sfur 4bed/3bath duplex built in 1968 on a 150×100 lot was sold 09/21/11, Sapienza to Young for $420,000. This is believed to not be an arm’s length transaction.

5008 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, a 1,625 sfla / 2,443 sfur 3bed/2bath/2car duplex built in 1946 on a 100×90 lot was sold 09/22/11, Bettina to Guildner for $400,000.

5802 De Palmas Ave., Holmes Beach, a 984 sfla / 1,284 sfur 2bed/1bath home built in 1969 on a 50×101 lot was sold 09/20/11, Hallenbeck to Davis for $329,000; list $329,000.

901 Gulf Drive S., Unit 4, Pelican Cove Resort, Bradenton Beach, a 962 sfla / 1,190 sfur 2bed/2bath condo with shared pool built in 1983 was sold 09/20/11, US Bank National Association to Lewis Action Combined LLC for $256,556; list $218,000.

3705 E. Bay Drive, Unit 109, Sunbow Bay, Holmes Beach, a 1,121 sfla / 1,222 sfur 2bed/2bath condo with shared pool built in 1980 was sold 09/16/11, Stevens to Tunks for $232,500; list $259,265.

1801 Gulf Drive N., Unit 165, Runaway Bay, Holmes Beach, a 691 sfla / 771sfur 1bed/1bath condo with shared pool built in 1978 was sold 09/20/11, Garland to Desmarais for $180,000; list $209,000.

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

Obituaries – 10-12-2011

Dorothy ‘Dottie’ Quinn McChesney

Former Anna Maria Mayor Dorothy “Dottie” Quinn McChesney died Sept. 1.

A celebration of life is being hosted by her husband, Roy, at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12, in the fellowship hall of Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria.

She resided the past 15 years in Parrish, but had lived in Anna Maria from 1986 to 1996. She had been a frequent visitor to the Island since 1957. Her mother at one time owned Mademoiselle Salon in Bradenton Beach.

She was a graduate in speech and drama of Ohio Wesleyan University and taught acting at the Living Arts Center in Dayton, Ohio, and at the Kettering (Ohio) Adult School.

Theater became her passion, and she saw success as an actor and director at the Cleveland Play House, and later in professional and community theaters in Manatee and Sarasota counties.

Mrs. McChesney served for several years on the board of directors of the Island Players, chaired its play selection committee and directed and performed in numerous productions. She helped found and was chairperson for the Chapel Players at Roser Memorial Community Church and spearheaded the group’s summer drama youth workshops. Among many productions, the group received rave reviews for its memorable performance of “Cheaper by the Dozen,” featuring first-time stage appearances for many youths.

She was a member of the Anna Maria Island Historical Society, the Artist’s Guild of Anna Maria Island, Island Players, Roser Memorial Community Church and Save Anna Maria Inc.

Mrs. McChesney served as an officer with the Island Democratic Club and entered the political arena in February 1993, winning a commission seat in Anna Maria. In 1995, she ran a successful campaign against the political establishment in the city, defeating interim-Mayor Max Znika for the remaining one-year term of former Mayor Ray Simches.

Mrs. McChesney said she would preserve and enhance the unique small-town ambiance of the Island community.

As mayor, she championed a state law that was signed in March 1996 by then-Florida Gov. Lawton Chiles banning anyone from taking more than two live shellfish — starfish and sand dollars — from the waters of Manatee County.

She had open-heart surgery and a five-way bypass and a heart valve replacement in 2004.

Mrs. McChesney is survived by her husband of 35 years, Roy; sons Richard and wife Christina Quinn, Douglas and wife Myra Quinn and Martin and wife Wendy Quinn; stepson Philip; sisters Patricia and Constance; grandchildren; great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.

 

Horst Henry Engel

Horst Henry Engel, 77, of Bradenton, died Sept. 29,. He was born in Marburg, Germany, Aug. 5, 1934, and came to the United States at age 18.

Mr. Engel served four years in the U.S. Air Force before marrying his wife of 52 years in Kenosha, Wis. They moved to Milwaukee where they raised their three children. He worked nights and weekends to earn his master’s in degree in engineering from Marquette University. As a manager with Siemens Power, Horst and his wife relocated in 1984 to Bradenton, where they remained in retirement.

A memorial Mass was celebrated Oct. 7 at Ss Peter & Paul the Apostles Catholic Church, Bradenton, followed by visitation and a reception.. Memorial donations may be made to Alzheimer’s Association or TideWell Hospice. Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory-43rd Street Chapel, Bradenton was in charge of arrangements. Condolences for the family may be made at www.brownandsonsfuneral.com.

Mr. Horst is survived by wife Amelia; sons Larry and wife Darren of Milwaukee, Wis., Robert and wife Karma of Holmes Beach; daughter Julie and husband Roger Engel-Brummel of Lake Zurich, Ill.; and grandchildren Miranda, Savanna, and Maximilian.

 

Joseph Stephen Schon

Joseph Stephen Schon, 69, of Holmes Beach, died Sept. 18. He was born in Prague, Czechoslovakia, and moved to Holmes Beach in 2006 from Nanuet, N.Y.

Mr. Schon was a retired executive engineer, a retired vice president of Mona Industries and a member of NREP.

Services were to be private. Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory 43rd Street Chapel was in charge of arrangements. Online condolences for the family may be made at www.brownandsonsfuneral.com.

Mr. Schon is survived by his wife of 46 years, Maya; daughter Suzette of Holmes Beach; and mother Vera of Valley Cottage, N.Y.

Island police blotter – 10-12-2011

Anna Maria

• Oct. 2, 800 block of North Shore Drive, medical assist. The MCSO assisted paramedics in dealing with what the MCSO classified in a report as a “possible shark bite.” An injured man from Kenneth City was taken to Blake Medical Center in Bradenton, where he was treated for a laceration on his thigh and released.

• Oct. 2, 800 block of North Shore Drive, vandalism. The MCSO responded to the Rod & Reel Pier, where someone scratched a vehicle. Damage was estimated at $250.

• Oct. 4, 600 block of Rose Street, theft. Someone stole lawn tools valued at about $300 from a yard.

        Anna Maria is policed by the MCSO.

Bradenton Beach

• Sept. 30, 2600 block of Gulf Drive, petit theft. A Bradenton man reported that someone stole his wallet while he was at Coquina Beach.

• Oct. 2, 2500 block of Gulf Drive N., theft. The BBPD arrested a juvenile for allegedly stealing two 18-pack cases of Bud Light beer from the Circle K store display. The report indicates that the juvenile was seen removing the beer and running from the store. Police later found him in a vehicle traveling on Cortez Road in Bradenton.

        Bradenton Beach is policed by the BBPD.

Cortez

• Oct, 4, 4400 block of 123rd Street Court West, domestic battery. The MCSO arrested a man, who was intoxicated, for repeatedly hitting a relative in the face.

        Cortez is policed by the MCSO.

Holmes Beach

• Oct. 2, 600 block of Manatee Avenue, shoplifting. The HBPD arrested a 46-year-old Bradenton Beach man for allegedly stealing six cans of Foster’s Lager from the CVS Pharmacy. The man had received trespassing warnings on prior visits to the property.

        Holmes Beach is policed by the HBPD.

The Islander Classifieds: Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2011

ITEMS FOR SALE

GLASS-TOP DINING table with four chairs on rollers, also an entrance hall table. All for $175. Call Sue, 941-778-5185.

YO-YO COLLECTION: 12/$25, toy trucks, 3/$5, army toy vehicles, seven-piece set, $10. Call 941-795-8734,

COMPUTER: 2.0 GHz with newly loaded Windows XP-PRO, $65. 941-756-6728.

VIZIO STEREO SOUND bar, new with sub woofer and remote,

$200. 941-705-2757.

KENMORE ELITE REFRIGERATOR: Water/ice in door, $350, Kitchenaid dishwasher, $50, entertainment center, $75. 901-488-6183.

CERAMIC TILE MEDALLION: 26.5 x 26.5 inch, $150. Wood table, seats 4-8, four chairs, excellent, $100. 941-778-9576.

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

ANTIQUE COPPER POTS and bowls, collection $350. Burl-wood rocker, oak office chairs, collectibles.  View at The Islander store, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.

ORIGINAL, LOCAL ART for sale. View at The Islander store, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.

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

FREEBIE ITEMS FOR SALE

Individuals may advertise up to three items, each priced $100 or less, 15 words or less. FREE, one week, must be submitted online. E-mail classifieds@islander.org, fax toll-free 1-866-362-9821. (limited time offer)

ANNOUNCEMENTS

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

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

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

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

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.

GARAGE SALES

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

YARD SALE: 9 a.m.-1p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15. 507 75th St., Holmes Beach.

YARD SALE: 8 a.m. Saturday Oct.        15. Everything and then some. 502 N. Shore Drive, Anna Maria.

LOST & FOUND

FOUND: HOLE SAW kit on corner of Gulf Drive and 57th Street, Holmes Beach. Claim at The Islander office, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.

FOUND CAT: BLACK, small. Near 84th Street, Holmes Beach. Has been wandering area for a few weeks. 941-345-2441.

FOUND: KEYS WITH Tallahassee YMCA card. North of Sandbar Restaurant on beach. Claim at The Islander office, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.

LOST: WEDDING RING, Holmes Beach near 29th Street access, Oct. 3. Reward. 317-506-3627.

PETS

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.

TRANSPORTATION

BUICK LeSABRE LTD: 2002 sedan, bronze, leather, 50,500 miles, new battery, brakes, tires. $6,900. 941-383-1757.

BOATS & BOATING

18-FOOT HOBIE cat with wings, beach wheels, trailer, $1,500. 863-698-4417.

CATAMARAN SAILBOAT: GREAT for cruising Florida and Bahamas. Two staterooms, full galley, comfortable head with large shower, two diesels, spacious cockpit, $98,000. 941-383-1178.

HELP WANTED

HELP WANTED: PART-time, 10-12 hours per week, mornings. Assist with light housekeeping, errands and appointments. Call 941-778-6746.

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

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

KIDS FOR HIRE

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

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

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

SERVICES

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

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

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

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

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

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

ISLAND PLUMBING AND Pressure Washers: Professional, reasonable rates. Services include repairing, replacing plumbing, issues including draining, cleaning snaking pipes. Pressure washing houses, trailers, driveways, pools, white-tile roofs. Free estimate, Bill or Rip, 941 896-6788.

AIR CONDITIONING REPAIR: Full-service company, dependable and fair! Call 941-812-2710, 941-773-6153.

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

LEARN COMPUTER SKILLS and functions: e-mail, Facebook, surfing the web. Hourly rate. Call 941-592-4249.

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

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

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

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

BEACH SERVICE air conditioning, heat, refrigeration. Commercial and residential service, repair and/or replacement. Serving Manatee County and the Island since 1987. For dependable, honest and personalized service, call William Eller, 941-795-7411. CAC184228.

ANYONE CAN TAKE a picture. A professional creates a portrait. I want to be at your wedding! www.jackelka.com. 941-778-2711.

RELAXING MASSAGE IN the convenience of your home or hotel. Massage by Nadia, more than 19 years on Anna Maria Island. Call today for an appointment, 941-518-8301. MA#0017550.MA#0017550.

GUITAR TROUBLE? KOKO RAY’S ISLAND studio. Instruction in flute, saxophone, guitar, piano and voice. 315 58th St., Holmes Beach, 941-538-8724.

LAWN & GARDEN

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

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

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

LANDSCAPING

STRAIGHT SHOT LANDSCAPE. Shell installed $45/yard at true specifications. Free appliance pick up. Call Shark Mark. 941-301-6067.

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

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

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

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

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

HOME IMPROVEMENT

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, 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.

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.

PAUL FREY PAINTING, pressure wash, custom interior and exterior painting. Insured, 20 years experience. 941-224-8786.

RENTALS

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

HOLMES BEACH BUSINESS Center. Rental units available for office/commercial spaces from 750-2,000 sf. Humidity-controlled mini-storage units and garage units, 11 x 22 feet. 5347 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. 941-778-2924.

HOLIDAY/VACATION RENTALS: 3BR/2BA private pool home in northwest Bradenton, 3BR/3BA private pool home in Palma Sola, west Bradenton. No annuals. Call 941-794-1515.

VACATION RENTAL WATERFRONT 2BR/2BA, DOCK, pool, sunroom, laundry, annual-seasonal. 941-779-9074.

ANNUAL RENTAL: LONGBOAT Key, Twin Shores mobile home, 55-plus, private beach, 2BR/1BA. Call Karen, 813-377-6864.

WINTER SPECIAL: SENIOR park, 2BR/2BA furnished doublewide.  Fifteen minutes to beach! Recreation room, pool, gated. $1,000/month. Sale, $35,000. 2314 14th St., Bradenton. Tropical Palms. 863-688-3524, 863-608-1833. E-mail: chickenplucker@webtv.net.

1BR/1BA GROUND-FLOOR CONDO. 55-plus, pool, fishing pier. $1,600/month for three months, $1,300/month for six months and $1,100/month, annual. 813-681-7229.

1BR/1BA HALF BLOCK from Perico Bay, one mile from Bradenton Beach off Cortez Road at 3611 117th St. W., Bradenton. Efficiency and 1BR starting at $600/month. 941-920-6637.

HOLMES BEACH: FURNISHED 3BR/3BA canalfront home. Pool, garage. Rent annual, $2,500/month, seasonal, $4,500/month. 941-896-5488.

ANNUAL 1BR/1BA DUPLEX: Near beach, Anna Maria. $850/month includes water/trash. 941-778-7003.

FOR LEASE: 1,300 sf. commercial building landscaped with parking, $1,500 month. 12316 Cortez Road, Bradenton. Call 941-896-5483.

PERICO ISLAND ANNUAL: 2BR/2BA condo 1,250 sf, new tile throughout, office/den, pool access, exercise room, sauna, tennis, carport, and storage. $1,000/month. First, last and security. Gulf-Bay Realty, 941-778-7244.

ANNUAL DUPLEX: 2BR/1BA north end of Anna Maria, four houses to secluded beach. Storage, ample parking, washer-and-dryer hookups, high ceilings, fenced yard. Pet considered. $1,025/month plus security. 941-778-4837.

ANNUAL 2BR/2BA: GROUND floor, no pets/smoking. First, last, security deposit required, $1,100/month. 941-778-9576.

VACATION MONTHLY RENTAL: 2BR/2BA ground floor, all amenities included. No pets/smoking. $2,700/month. 941-778-9576.

SEASONAL RENTAL: 2BR/1BA, washer and dryer. Available now. 941-720-2418.

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.

REAL ESTATE

DIRECT GULFFRONT: 146 feet on the beach. 3BR/4.5BA, office recreation room, spa, pool, outdoor kitchen and theater, elevator, turnkey furnished. $3,750,000. Suncoast Real Estate, 941-779-0202 or 941-720-0288.

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

PRIME BAYFRONT LOT with a sandy beach! $699,000. Owner will finance. Call Sato Real Estate, 941-778-7200.

LOWEST PRICE IN Bradenton Beach: 2BR/2BA Runaway Bay Resort. Turnkey. $215,000. Owner, 941-778-3709.