Tag Archives: 10-17-2012

Morris case reopened

Kelly Osborn, the mother of Sheena Morris, who died in 2009, talks to reporters Oct. 12 outside the Bradenton Beach Police Department following the release of Florida Department of Law Enforcement recommendations regarding Morris’ death.

Fishing – 10-17-2012

As area water temps drop, fishing heats up

 

Politics may be heating up, but everyone agrees fishing is great as the weather and the waters around Anna Maria Island begin to cool off.

Migratory species are on their fall southern migration, which is providing excellent fishing. King and Spanish mackerel are swarming bait schools within a mile of the beaches. Jack crevalle, blue runners and ladyfish are doing the same within casting distance of the shoreline. Also along the shoreline are flounder, whiting and pompano.

On the grass flats, expect to find good numbers of spotted seatrout around sandy potholes. Top-water plugs used in the early morning are a sure way to get some explosive action and some big trout. As the sun gets higher in the sky, switch to soft plastics on a jig head.

Redfish are schooling on flats from Terra Ceia Bay south to the Ringling Bridge. Once you locate a school, quietly approach it and fish with artificials like gold spoons, top-water plugs or soft plastics. Remember, when these fish school up, they see a lot of pressure from anglers, so go early and be the first boat to fish them.

Also, catch-and-release snook are moving from the beaches and passes onto the grass flats and into the bays. Live bait fishing with shiners is a sure-fire way to hook up these highly sought after game fish.

Jeff Medley at the Sunshine Skyway Bridge South Fishing Pier is seeing plenty of migratory species feeding on the abundance of flushing baitfish under the pier. Spanish mackerel and schooley kingfish are gorging themselves on scaled sardines and threadfin herring. Pier fishers using Gotcha plugs are cashing in on the action with limits of Spanish mackerel. As for the kings, most are running under the minimum 24 inches, although you never know when a 30-pound smoker will hook up.

Along with mackerel are jack crevalle, blue runners and ladyfish. You can catch these on the same plugs as for the macks and kings, and silver spoons and various colors of small buck-tail jigs will work, too.

Gag grouper are still being caught. Keeper-size fish of 26 inches and up are being caught on live pinfish and small blue runners. Try casting these baits out to the artificial reef on the south side of the pier to find some hungry grouper. Remember, we only have until Oct. 31 to harvest these fish, so now is the time to stock up.

Jim Malfese at the Rod & Reel Pier says redfish are taking up residence around the pier. “I saw one red that measured 40 inches,” says Malfese, “but the rest that are being caught are slot-size fish.”

Pier fishers using live shiners, pinfish or shrimp are getting in on the action. To target these fish, try using a heavy split shot to keep your bait under the pier and on the bottom.

Flounder and mangrove snapper also are coming to the pier deck. To catch these species, fish the same as you would the reds. These fish also like to hang around the structure, close to or on the bottom. Average size of the flounder is 12 inches, although fish up to 16 inches are being landed. For the snapper, fish at the minimum of 10 inches are the norm.

Now that the baitfish are back at the pier, the migratory species are back, too. Don’t go to the pier without a couple of Gotcha plugs, silver spoons or white speck rigs. For the macks, expect to catch fish up to 18 inches to the fork of the tail. As for the ladyfish and jacks, fish up to 2 pounds are the norm.

Capt. Warren Girle is taking charters to offshore structure in search of gag grouper. Trolling big-lipped plugs like the Mann’s Stretch 30 is resulting in gag grouper up to 30 inches in water depths of 40 to 45 feet.

Once his clients have limited out on grouper, Girle is switching to bait fishing. Anchoring over structure, Girle drops live shiners to the bottom to target mangrove snapper and Key West grunts. Mangrove snapper up to 16 inches are the norm. As for the Key West grunts, there is no size or bag limit.

Also around the structure offshore, are Spanish mackerel, bonito and king mackerel. For these species, Girle is free-lining live shiners behind the boat. To get the target in a feeding mood, Girle likes to simultaneously chum and cast live shiners.

Moving inshore, Girle is targeting Sarasota Bay redfish with good results. Using top-water plugs or soft plastics on a jig head, his clients are bringing in bull reds in the 29-inch range. In the same areas on the same lures, he is catching spotted seatrout up to 23 inches.

Capt. Rick Gross of Fishy Business charters is working southern Tampa Bay and Anna Maria Sound for some great flats fishing action. Using live shiners for bait, Gross is leading his clients to a variety of backwater species.

To start, Gross is locating redfish on lower tides around mangrove edges adjacent to deep sandy potholes. Chumming with live shiners, Gross is getting reds on the hook in the 18- to 22-inch range, although fish up to 27 inches are being caught.

In these same areas, Gross is finding a good catch-and-release snook bite. Most snook are in the 20- to 24-inch range.

Finally, Gross is fishing deeper grass flats for spotted seatrout. Gross likes to find large flats that are peppered with sandy potholes when targeting trout. By moving from hole to hole, he is able to produce limits of keeper-size fish for his anglers.

Johnny Keyes at Island Discount Tackle is hearing of good action around the fishing piers on the north end of Anna Maria Island and around Bean Point. Fishers using artificials, such as Gotcha plugs, spoons and jigs, are catching a variety of migratory species — Spanish mackerel, blue runners, jack crevalle and ladyfish. From the beach casters, Keyes is hearing of similar catches, including pompano and flounder.

From the grass flats, Keyes is hearing of schooling redfish. Breeder schools of these fish are appearing anywhere from Terra Ceia Bay to the north all the way to southern Sarasota Bay. You can either live-bait fish these schools or use artificials, such as gold spoons, top water plugs or soft plastics.

Fishers at nearshore structure are catching good numbers of macks, shark and barracuda, Keyes reports. Best bet to work the reefs is a live well full of shiners. Once you’ve caught some macks, try using them for bait for the sharks and ’cuda and hang on for some drag-screaming action.

Capt. Mark Howard of SumoTime fishing charters reports an exciting week of fishing, thanks largely to the cooler water temps.

“On a recent trip we hooked mackerel, kingfish, cobia and big spinner sharks and blacktips,” Howard says.

“The spinner sharks, are some of the most exciting fighters in our waters with leaps 10 feet out of the water. It is a sight to behold,” he said.

Howard suggests upsizing your tackle for any chance of landing these toothy predators.

Inshore fishing has been good with trout, redfish and catch-and-release snook chewing on the moving tides. Shiners are Howard’s bait of choice for the trio.

Flounder have been feeding, with some nice-sized doormats mixed in the bunch.

“This weeks ‘High Hook’ went to Cindi Heinz with a 37-inch snook landed from a nearshore reef on a mackerel rig,” said Howard.

Looking forward, the coming high tides will provide excellent opportunities. Howard recommends following the tides up onto the flats and into the bushes as you work the fish,       “Remember to keep the slack out of your line to be able to feel the thump of the fish as it inhales your bait offerings.”

Send fishing reports to fish@islander.org.

 

Obituaries – 10-17-2012

Carol P. Jambe

Carol P. Jambe, 77, long-time resident of Huntington, W.Va., and Holmes Beach, died Oct. 7 in Olmsted Falls, Ohio. She was born born Oct. 5, 1935.

Mrs. Jambe was a long-time member of Trinity Episcopal Church, supported the arts, and was a member of the Key Royale Club in Holmes Beach. She enjoyed playing tennis, long walks, being a grandmother and her many grand dogs and cats.

A private service was to be held. Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, www.alz.org or P.O. Box 96011, Washington DC 20090-6011.

Mrs. Jambe is survived by her husband of 55 years, Chuck, children Suzanne, Karen Moore and Chuck and wife Karen; grandchildren Michael Moore, Catherine Andrea, Mae Carol, Isabelle Mary and Emilie Suzanne; sister-in-law Suzanne Mundt; nieces and nephews Jay Canterbury, Chuck Canterbury, Anne Canterbury Craigmyle, Andrea Canterbury Calhoon, Frank Peters III and Ernie Peters.

 

Richard Carl Kowal

Richard Carl Kowal, 86, of Bradenton and formerly of Holmes Beach, died Oct. 12. He was born Jan. 31, 1926 in Cicero, Ill.

Mr. Kowal served with the U.S. Army during World War II. He retired as a bank officer with Harris Trust and Savings in Chicago with almost 40 years of service. He moved to Holmes Beach in 1985, coming from LaGrange Park and St. Charles, Ill., and was a member of the Westbay Cove Condominium Association for 20 years. Hew as a member of the American Legion Kirby Stewart Post No. 24 of Bradenton, and was an active member of St. Bernard Catholic Church, Holmes Beach, and most recently St. Joseph Catholic Church, Bradenton, having moved to Bradenton in November 2011.

He was an avid golfer and fisherman and taught each of his grandchildren to fish.

Services will be held at a later date in the Chicago area with inurnment at the Queen of Heaven Cemetery in Hillside, Ill. Memorial donationss may be made to the charity of one’s choice. Condolences may be made online at www.shannonfuneralhomes.com.

Mr. Kowal Richard is survived by his wife of 62 years Marjorie (Mauck); children William and wife Laura of Arlington Heights, Ill., Peggy and husband Doug Fisher of Westmont, Ill., Mary Kay and husband Mick Callaghan of Chicago, Carol and husband Dale Costantino of Naperville, Ill., Nancy Mikeworth of Woodridge, Ill.; 14 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Islander Calendar – 10-17-2012

Wednesday, Oct. 17

• 3:30 p.m. — Island Branch Library Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.

• 4-7 p.m. — Island Branch Library Grand Reopening Open House, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.

 

Thursday, Oct. 18

• 9 a.m. — Grassy Point Preserve Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony, Avenue C, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-708-5800.

 

Friday, Oct. 19

• 5:30 p.m. — Popcorn & Politics political rally, The Islander and League of Women Voters, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-7978.

5-8 p.m., Pink on Pine Avenue Porch Party to benefit breast cancer awareness at Anna Maria Pine Avenue stores and boutiques. Information: 941-896-3132.

• 5:30-7:30 p.m. — Artist reception for Nancy Law, Island Gallery West, 5368 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6648.

• 5-10 p.m. — Bayfest, Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce festival, Bay Boulevard at Pine Avenue. Information: 941-778-1541.

 

Saturday, Oct. 20

• 10 a.m.-10 p.m. — Bayfest, Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce festival, Bay Boulevard at Pine Avenue and along Pine Avenue. Information: 941-778-1541.

• 10 a.m.-3 p.m. — Parking lot art sale, Island Gallery West, 5368 Gulf Drive, S&S Shopping Plaza, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6648.

 

Off-Island

Thursday, Oct. 18

• 11 a.m.-1 p.m. — Empty Bowls Food Bank of Manatee Fundraiser, Renaissance on 9th, 1816 Ninth St. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-749-0100.

 

Saturday, Oct. 20

• 11:15 a.m. — Manatee Players Ladies Day Out Lunch and Fashions, Courtyard by Marriott Bradenton Riverfront, 100 Riverfront Drive W., Bradenton. Fee applies. Reservations required. Information: 941-748-5875

 

Ongoing

• Third Mondays, noon, Anna Maria Island Democratic Club, BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Fee applies. Information: 941-779-0564.

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

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

• Thursdays through Dec. 20, except Thanksgiving, 10:30 a.m., Make a Child Smile story and craft hour, Tingley Memorial Library, 111 2nd St. N., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-779-1208.

• Fridays, Senior Adventures, low-cost field trips from Annie Silver Community Center, 103 23rd St., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-962-8835.

• Saturdays, 8:30 a.m., Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island meets at the Anna Maria Island Beach Cafe, Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-761-8834.

 

Coming up

• Oct. 25, Flu Shot clinic, The Aging in Paradise Resource Center of Longboat Key, Longboat Island Chapel, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. Fee applies. Information: 941-383-6941.

• Oct. 25, Fourth Annual Chowdown for Charity, Manatee Chapter of the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association, Riverhouse Banquets and Weddings, 955 Riverside Drive, Palmetto. Information: 941-545-3620.

• Oct. 26, Concert in the Park for Camelot Community Center of Clearwater, Holmes Beach city field, 59th Street and Flotilla Drive. Information: 941-748-2162.

• Oct. 30, Leffis Key field trip, Manatee County Audubon Society, meet at Leffis Key entrance, Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-353-5133.

• Oct. 30-Nov. 12, Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare, Florida State University/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training, 5555 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Fee applies. Information: 941-351-9010, Ext. 2310.

 

Save the Date

• Nov. 3, Spaghetti Dinner, Magic of Manatee Chorus, Sweet Adelines International chapter, Bradenton Christian Reformed Church, 4208 26th St. W., Bradenton. Fee applies. Information: 941-722-6287.

• Nov. 3, Nautical and Landlubber Treasure Show, Anna Maria Island Sail and Power Squadron, 1200 71st St. NW, Bradenton. Information: 941-761-1860.

• Nov. 3, “For the Love of Money,” murder-mystery dinner, Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Fee applies. Information: 941-778-1908.

• Nov. 3, 100,000 Healthy Meals-Feeding Children Everywhere, Holmes Beach City Field, 5801 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 407-688-6600.

• Nov. 4, Author Diane Robertson book signing, Ginny’s & Jane E’s at the Old IGA, 9807 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information: 941-755-0739.

• Nov. 7, Bonnie’s Day, Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.

• Nov. 9, ArtsHop Gallery Walk, Information: 941-243-3818.

• Nov. 10, 100th Birthday of Cortez Schoolhouse, Florida Maritime Museum, 4415 119th St. W., Cortez. Information: 941-708-6121.

• Nov. 10, ArtsHop silent art auction, The Studio at Gulf and Pine, 10101 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information: 941-243-3818.

• Nov. 10-11, ArtsHop Anna Maria Butterfly Garden Arts and Craft Fair, Holmes Beach city field, 59th Street at Flotilla Drive.

• Nov. 11, ArtsHop Drum Circle, Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Manatee Ave., Holmes Beach. Information: 941-243-3818.

• Nov. 11, Anna Maria Island Concert Chorus & Orchestra, Popular Light Classics, CrossPointe Fellowship Church, 8605 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Fee applies. Information: 941-778-8585.

• Nov. 17, Enjoy the Bay, Sarasota Bay Water Festival, Sarasota Bay Estuary Program, Ken Thompson Park, 1700 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota. Information: 941-955-8085.

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

Gridlock

Eastbound vehicles on the Cortez Bridge try to do U-turns after a vehicle ran into the gate at the drawbridge. The accident occurred around 2 p.m. Oct. 12 and traffic was flowing again by 2:15 p.m. Islander Photo: Mark Young

 

Musil-Buehler’s boyfriend arrested for her murder

Manatee County Sheriff Brad Steube announced Oct. 15 that William Cumber was charged in Manatee County with murder in the second degree in connection with the presumed death of Sabine Musil-Buehler, who disappeared from Anna Maria Island in November 2008.

The MCSO’s only identified suspect has been Cumber, Musil-Buehler’s boyfriend, who was moved from the Charlotte Correctional Institute in Punta Gorda to the Manatee County jail Oct. 15. He has been serving a 13.5-year sentence on an unrelated charge.

Cumber was the last person known to see Musil-Buehler alive the night of Nov. 4, 2008. She was the co-owner of Haley’s Motel in Holmes Beach with her estranged husband, Thomas Buehler, but had moved in with Cumber.

Cumber claimed in 2008 they had argued in their Magnolia Avenue apartment in Anna Maria, she left in her car and that was the last time he saw her.

Cumber has always been the lead suspect in the case, according to MCSO Detective Ricardo Alvarado.

Tom Buehler reported his wife missing Nov. 6 and MCSO detectives soon began to suspect it was homicide, not a missing person’s report.

A man found driving her car was later sentenced to four years in prison for grand-theft auto, but was not charged with Musil-Buehler’s disappearance, despite frequent questioning by Alvarado.

The investigation took another twist when an arson fire broke out at Haley’s Motel Nov. 16, 2008.

No one has yet been arrested for the fire.

Alvarado was joined in the investigation by Detective John Kenney, who previously headed the MCSO-Anna Maria substation from 2002-07.

After investigators searched the former Musil-Buehler apartment, they were positive the case was a homicide, but no arrest was made. The details of any evidence found have not been made public.

MCSO teams, including a K-9 unit, did a thorough search of the beach area near the Magnolia apartment.

In July 2011, they returned to the beach area in front of Willow Drive, Holmes Beach, after a homeowner found some personal items of Musil-Buehler in under brush.

A week-long search of the area found nothing further connected with the case.

In the intervening four years, Cumber was returned to prison for violating the terms of his probation, ironically on an arson charge unrelated to the Haley’s Motel fire.

Following the July 2011 discovery of the personal belongings, MCSO detectives drove several times to question Cumber in jail.

Steube said Monday that any further information would come from the state’s attorney or the court, adding “Cumber will not be tried in the media.”

The Islander Classifieds: Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012

ITEMS FOR SALE

RATTAN DINING TABLE and six chairs (two arm), cream with glass top. $400, firm, on second floor. 941-720-2971.

BARSTOOLS: TWO, NEW, contemporary, chrome with white seats, $100 each. 941-792-7605.

SOLAR PANELS, POOL, excellent, $39. 941-778-3920.

RECLINER: DARK BLUE corduroy, very good condition, $100 firm. 941-795-3837.

APPLIANCES: ALL WHITE, Whirlpool refrigerator, 25.2, side-by-side, ice maker, $250, Whirlpool range and microwave, $150 each, Maytag dishwasher, $150. 941-795-8626.

ELECTRIC DINING FIXTURE: $25. 941-795-8626.

HUGE COLLECTION OF vinyl LPs, 1940s through 1970s,

various artists, $60 takes it. 941-778-6766.

TWO PARTIAL PAILS of good drywall compound, free. 941-779-0651.

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

ANTIQUE COPPER POTS and bowls, collection $350. Burl-wood Top of Form

Bottom of Form

rocker, oak office chairs, collectibles. View at The Islander store, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.

FOR SALE: LATERAL file cabinets: 3 HON 2-drawer black and 4 attractive 2-drawer wood files. One legal and one letter-size regular 2 drawer files. One 4-drawer fireproof letter-size locking file. Various office supplies. Also selling antique wood office chairs, Haitian art, collectible art, some framed. Many local artists. Home decor. 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.

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

FREEBIE ITEMS FOR SALE

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

ANNOUNCEMENTS

THE HIVE: 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. Monday to Sunday. 119 Bridge St., Bradenton Beach. Locally hand-made jewelry, imported jewelry, Buddha-related stuff, illustrated cards, artistic T-shirts, South African gifts and much more.

WATERCOLOR PAINTING CLASSES with Cheryl Jorgensen at Crosspointe Fellowship. Classes start Oct. 31, 10 a.m.-noon, Wednesdays through April. Call Cheryl, 941-580-3385.

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. Premier Sothebys. 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.

MANATEE SAFETY SIGNS exclusively for boaters. Available at the Islander, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. 941-778-7978.

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. Tuesdays and Thursdays and 9 a.m.-noon Saturdays. Donation drop-off 9 a.m.-11 a.m. Wednesdays. 511 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. 941-779-2733.

NEW LOCATION: STEFF’S Stuff Antiques has moved to The Centre Shops on Longboat Key. 5380 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Unit 101. 941-383-1901.

YARD SALE: 7:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 19-20. Lots of really great stuff! 529 and 531 69th St., Holmes Beach.

LOST & FOUND

REWARD: FAVORITE BIKE sold by mistake at garage sale Saturday, Oct. 13, Sixth Avenue, Holmes Beach. Old grey/blue paint, men’s racer type, rusted, Christmas lights on handle bars. 941-448-3284.

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.

WELL-MANNERED RESCUED dogs are looking for great new homes or fosters. Larger dogs. Please, call for information, 941-896-6701.

TRANSPORTATION

2008 EZ GO golf cart, new batteries only one-year-old. $2,150. Call Toni, 941-928-8735.

BOATS & BOATING

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

POWER NOLES CUSTOM 11.5-foot fiberglass tunnel hull with bass seats. Very stable! Great for fishing-stand on the side without tipping, go in really shallow waters. Very fun boat for anyone who wants to get on the water!
 2001 25-hp Mercury 2-stroke, plus a trolling motor with battery. Must see! $2,150 obo. Call Toni, 941-928-8735.

HELP WANTED

JOIN THE TEAM: Great location on Bridge Street. Experienced realtors needed to handle walk-ins and Internet leads. Call Lynn, Edgewater Real Estate, 941-778-8104.

TORTILLA BAY IS hiring motivated team players for all kitchen positions and cashiers. Experience required. 5318 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Please come in for an application.

DELI CLERK WANTED: Part-time, 20-25 hours a week. Must be flexible and have good interpersonal skills. Apply at Jessie’s Island Store, 5424 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.

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.

RED CROSS-CERTIFIED babysitter and dog sitter. Reasonable rates for both. Call 941-527-5051.

BABIES, PETS AND plants: Responsible, trustworthy, reliable, fun 17-year-old college student. Own transportation. 941-447-9658.

NICOLE AND HALLIE’S babysitting, pet sitting and pet walking. Red Cross certified, good with animals. Hallie, 941-773-6317, Nicole, 941-370-7981.

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 CARE

SITTER FOR ELDERLY: Will sit with and provide care, four hours minimum. References, 28 years experience. Diana or Gary, 941-545-7114.

SERVICES

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

I DON’T CUT corners, I clean corners. Professional, friendly cleaning  service since 1999. 941-779-6638. Leave message.

ISLANDER HANDYMAN SERVICE: 23-year Island resident, references. The Flying Dutchman LLC. We do all repair, interior and exterior, carpentry and more. Peter, 941-447-6747.

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

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

CLEANING BY LAURA offers everything on your list from kitchen and bath cleaning to dusting and emptying wastebaskets. 941-539-6891.

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

AFFORDABLE HURRICANE PROTECTION: Doors and windows, impact rated screen installs easily on inside, see-through, leave-up.  Free estimate. Registered and insured. Island discount. TDWSINC@msn.com. 941-730-1399.

U FLY I drive your car anywhere in the USA. Airport runs, anywhere. 941-746-5651, 941-545-6688.

HOME CLEANING: WE take scrubbing seriously. For a clean home, call 941-778-1014. References if needed.

PIANO LESSONS: EXPERIENCED degreed teacher, beginning to advanced, ages 5-75. Lessons tailored to your needs. Beginning voice lessons also available. 941-761-2440.

I CAN FIX IT. Virus cleanup, system upgrade. Hardware, software and network repair. Cell phone repair, support. Replace broken camera, screen, etc. Give islander Socko a call: 941-799-1169.

KEY CLEANERS & LINEN has expanded our services. We now offer residential cleaning. Family owned for 24 years on Longboat Key. Quality and service, now in your home. 941-383-1222.

AMI COMPUTER: SOLUTIONS for computer problems solved at your home or office. Wireless networking, virus/spyware prevention and removal, repairs, software upgrades, advise and training. 941-301-4726.

STAY-AT-HOME mom willing to babysit all ages. 7 a.m.-7 p.m. and more. Fenced-in back yard, lots of toys and learning experience. 941-448-0134.

THE PERFECT SOLUTION: Professional cleaner and organizer, extremely detailed. Kathy, 941-920-2020.

BUSINESS-TO-BUSINESS JD’s Window Cleaning looking for storefront jobs in Holmes Beach. I make dirty windows sparkling clean. 941-920-3840.

ISLAND MERMAIDS CLEANING and Co.: 36 years of happy customers. Organizing, laundry, ironing, 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.

LAWN & GARDEN

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

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.

SHELL DELIVERED AND spread. $45/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.

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. www.vangopainting.net.

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

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

GRIFFIN’S HOME IMPROVEMENTS Inc. Handyman, fine woodwork, countertops, cabinets and 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.

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

RANDY’S PAINT, DRYWALL repairs and other household needs. Call 941-465-2062.

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.

VACATION RENTALS ONLY: Private pool homes, and condo, 1BR/1BA overlooking golf course. Call 941-794-1515 or www.coastalpropertiesrealty.com.

ANNA MARIA RENTAL: 2BR/1BA, washer and dryer, close to beach and fishing pier. Call 941-720-2418.

EARLY SEASON SPECIAL: 2BR canalfront with boat slip, turnkey furnished with utilities, $499/week. 941-720-7519.

BEACHFRONT SEASONAL RENTAL: Adorable 2BR/1BA, three-day minimum, 100 feet from Gulf. Email: Mememersh@aol.com for details.

WANTED. EFFICIENCY, STUDIO, 1br or singlewide, pet friendly for Feb.1-28, 2013. Diane, 724-863-1763.

3BR/2BA FURNISHED ON canal. Holmes Beach. $700/week, $2,500/month. Sleeps eight, available September through June. Contact Dave, 407-927-1304. dvanworm@earthlink.net.

WANTED: 2BR/2BA UNFURNISHED on Anna Maria Island. Professional non-smoking couple seeks annual rental. 941-348-7688.

LOOKING TO RENT beachfront home or side-by-side condos. Dec. 22-Jan. 5. Must have at least six bedrooms and heated pool. Some flexibility on dates. 330-231-1271.

ANNUAL RENTAL: 2BR/1BA cottage. Gulffront location. $1,500/month plus utilities. Call for details. Anna Maria Realty Inc. 941-778-2259. amrealty@verizon.net.

THREE EXECUTIVE OFFICES for rent, utilities included, great location right on Gulf Drive, perfect for real estate agent, lawyer, small retail store. Move in with first month rent only. 5386 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. 941-746-8666.

RETAIL STOREFRONTS FOR rent on Cortez Road only two miles from beach. Approximately 900 sf. Great traffic, visibility, free Internet advertising. Only $900/month and move in with first month rent only. 7800 Cortez Road, Bradenton. 941-746-8666.

SEASONAL 2BR/1BA duplex: Clean, fully furnished, washer and dryer. 410 71st St., Holmes Beach. 941-778-0275.

PERICO ISLAND: 3BR/3BA private pool, communal pool, gym and tennis. Available December and January. 941-795-3778. www.pericoholidayvilla.co.uk.

ANNUAL 1BR CORTEZ: Sunny Shores. $615/month. Washer and dryer, new carpet, no pets, lanai. 941-545-9025.

NORTH BEACH VILLAGE: Updated townhouse sleeps six. Close to community pool. Fully furnished and equipped. Weekly or monthly. 941-737-8737. bellvaldi2@gmail.com.

3BR/2BA CONDO: 1,213 sf near Manatee Avenue and 59th Street, Bradenton. Ten minutes to beaches. Ground floor, pool, tennis, near IMG. Totally remodeled! Washer and dryer, unfurnished, annual, small pet OK, $1,100/month. 941-302-8254.

SEASONAL OR WEEKLY cottage-style rentals. 1BR/1BA or 1BR/1BA with loft with pool. Walk to beach, shops or dining! 941-778-3426. Web site: www.spinnakerscottages.com.

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.

FOR SALE BY owner: 1BR/1BA mobile completely remodeled with share, beach and bay access. Call 941-224-1652 for more information.

CAPTAIN GREG BURKE: Duncan Real Estate. Need listings, all inventory sold or pending. Call 941-592-8373, email: gregburkesr@hotmail.com.

DIRECT GULFFRONT CONDO: Bradenton Beach. Excellent investment income. $259,000. By owner, 941-962-8220. www.flipkey.com/124227.

FOR SALE BY owner: 2BR/2BA, beautiful canal condo in Runaway Bay provides the peace, quiet and serenity desired for “Island time.” Tastefully furnished, totally updated. Pool, tennis court, fishing pier, steps to beach, $289,000. 847-308-2366.

FOR SALE BY owner: Corner lot on canal. 644 Key Royale Drive, Holmes Beach. 941-778-7445.

WE HAVE A home on the Manatee River, Snead Island. We would like to sell or trade for same on Anna Maria Island. Details, call 217-493-6316.