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Fishing – 11-07-2012

High winds, rough seas leave some anglers at dock


With small craft advisories in effect and high seas and wind for the majority of the week, fishing around Anna Maria Island was sporadic at best.

Most boaters stayed at the dock, avoiding the harsh conditions on the surrounding waters. Those who are die-hards were able to catch some redfish, spotted seatrout and catch-and-release snook in protected waters along mangrove edges in the backcountry. Keep in mind that fishing in these conditions is as tough for us as it is for the fish we target. Patience and persistence are a virtue when trying to find the bite.

Rumors of Spanish mackerel are coming from the Anna Maria City Pier despite the strong northern winds. Gotcha plugs and silver spoons are producing the bite. Afternoon hours seem to be the best bet for the bite.

Before the wind, Capt. Warren Girle was fishing just off the beaches of both Anna Maria Island and Longboat Key in search of Spanish mackerel and kingfish. By anchoring and chumming with live shiners, Girle was able to lure the macks to the boat for the catch. As for the kings, they had become spotty at best. Average size of the mackerel was 3 to 4 pounds.

Moving inshore, Girle was finding decent amounts of redfish and trout on the flats of Sarasota Bay. Again, Girle was anchoring and chumming to lure fish to the boat. Girle was working sandy potholes to locate the fish. Slot-size reds were the norm along with spotted seatrout up to 20 inches.

Capt. Rick Gross of Fishy Business charters was working both the beaches and the flats for a variety of species before the wind picked up. He reports Spanish mackerel and kingfish were appearing just off the beaches during the morning hours, when live baits — shiners and threadfin herring — were getting results. On the flats, redfish and spotted seatrout provided enough action to keep the rods bending most of the day.

During the early part of the week, Gross migrated to the backwaters of the Manatee River and Palma Sola Bay to escape the wind. Even in harsh conditions, Gross was able to put a few fish in the boat. Catch-and-release snook were readily feeding on live shiners, although numbers of these fish were hard to find. The same applies for the reds and trout. When Gross was able to locate fish, they took the bait.

Jim Malfese at the Rod & Reel Pier says due to strong winds, most pier fishers changed their plans to something other than fishing. Those who opted to fish managed to catch sheepshead, black drum and flounder. Using live shrimp for bait, pier fishers are having success around pilings at the bottom of the pier to find the bite.

Fishing during these conditions requires patience and a little persistence. The fish may not bite as aggressively or as often as normal. Using live shrimp is a great choice when fishing the structure of the pier. Remember to bump up your leader size to at least 30-pound fluorocarbon to prevent breaking off as the line rubs against the pilings.

Grady Smith at Island Discount Tackle is hearing reports from fishers at the Anna Maria City Pier that decent number of Spanish mackerel are being caught in the afternoon despite the strong winds and cooler weather. Pier fishers using Gotcha plugs or silver spoons are getting the bite.

In the backcountry, Smith says he’s hearing of spotted seatrout and redfish being caught, although due to the wind, most flats fishers stayed at the dock. Any who did venture on the water were fishing mangrove edges out of the wind.

Capt. Mark Howard of SumoTime Fishing Charters says, in spite of tropical storm Sandy throwing a monkey wrench in our weather patterns, this past week’s fishing was exceptional with some long rallies of ravenous schools of redfish, spotted seatrout and catch-and-release snook chewing on shiners.

Redfish schools are all over the flats, cruising in the shallow waters. Howard’s clients were able to enjoy frenzied redfish action. Upper-slot redfish were harvested to provide some fillets for the dinner table.

Howard suggests looking for the cruising mullet schools to get an idea of where to hook up some of the other species. “Find a nice pothole on the flat, anchor up current, chum and let your bait offerings sweep into the hole,” Howard suggests.

“Thumb-sized pinfish and shiners rigged under a popping cork will draw all three species to the party,” Howard adds.

Looking forward, the fall fishing pattern is yielding some incredible fish-catching opportunities. Howard predicts the flats will continue to produce and, when the Gulf waters clear up, they will turn on. “Moderate temperatures and easterly winds will calm the waters and make for some beautiful days on the water,” Howard says.

Send fishing reports to fish@islander.org.

AME early voting

AME media center teacher Lynne McDonough, who coordinated the school’s mock vote with eStudiesWeekly software, congratulates fifth-grader Adam Carlson on casting his ballot Oct. 31. The national event was extended to Nov. 5 to allow voting in storm-damaged areas in northeast states, but Obama led the race at AME. Islander Photo: Kathy Prucnell

Island police blotter – 11-07-2012

Anna Maria

        • Oct. 29, 204 Palmetto Ave., burglary. Unknown suspects cut the lock on the outside cooler at Slim’s Place, making off with 10 cases of beer and two kegs.

        • Oct. 17, address unlisted, child sexual abuse investigation. A representative of the Florida Abuse Hotline contacted the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office to report a possible sexual assault of a minor in Anna Maria. According to the report, the tip contained few details. The incident is being investigated.

• Oct. 23, 300 block of Crescent Drive, theft. A male juvenile entered the bedroom of a female juvenile through her window. Sometime later, two friends of the male visitor tapped on the window and climbed through. The two friends were asked to leave moments later by the female. Before they left, the two males asked their friend if they wanted to “go into town” to do a drug deal, and he agreed. The three males exited the bedroom window and the female left her bedroom. At some point, one of the visitors apparently stole an iPad. The victim assumed it was her friend and assumed it would be returned the next day, but he denied having it. He also denied knowing if one of the other males was in possession of the iPad.

Anna Maria is policed by the MCSO.

Bradenton Beach

        • Oct. 31, 500 block of North Shore Drive, battery. A 41-year-old Anna Maria man was arrested on a misdemeanor battery charge following an argument with his girlfriend. According to the report, the couple was arguing when the man grabbed the victim’s cellphone from her hand. The argument subsided until the couple arrived at the victim’s home. They again began to argue, at which time the victim said her boyfriend hit her. She tried to lock herself into his vehicle, but he had the keys. The report states the man opened the car door, pulled her from the car and threw her to the ground. The victim was able to escape into her home, at which time she called the Bradenton Beach Police Department. Officers responded and arrested the man.

• Oct. 14, 103 Gulf Drive S., trespass warning. Video at the Circle K allegedly shows a man entering the store and buying beer. The man came back into the store empty-handed, but showed up at the counter with a bag containing more beer. He asked for a pack of cigarettes and paid for them. The clerk asked the man about the beer, at which time the suspect said it was the beer he had purchased 20 minutes earlier. The store clerk said the man needed to pay for the beer, and he did, but police were contacted and the man was issued a trespass warning.

        Bradenton Beach is policed by the BBPD.


• Oct. 29, 4400 block of 123rd Street, criminal mischief. A complainant reported that two of his vehicle tires were slashed.

• Oct. 29, 4500 block of 123rd Street, criminal mischief. A complainant reported someone cut two tires on his truck and flatbed trailer.

• Oct. 30, 4300 block of 126th Street, burglary. Unknown suspects broke a rear door using a paving brick to gain entry into the home. The resident was not home at the time a MCSO deputy responded to the call, so a list of stolen items was not provided at the time of the report.

• Oct. 31, 4500 block of 124th Street West, domestic disturbance. A MCSO deputy made contact with a couple that was arguing. The woman had recently delivered a baby and reported being depressed and under stress. She said she recently returned to work after maternity leave, and she had been arguing with her live-in boyfriend over finances due to the fact that he was unemployed. No physical contact had been made during the argument. The deputy issued domestic violence packets.

        Cortez is policed by the MCSO

Holmes Beach

        • Oct. 23, 6800 block of Gulf Drive, disturbance. A male complainant reported his wife was ill and family members all returned home with the exception of his adult daughter. The man said his daughter’s presence was an inconvenience. The father agreed to pay for a motel room for the daughter.

• Oct. 23, 5801 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach City Hall, assist. A Holmes Beach Police Department officer was asked to standby as a city employee was terminated. The subject left without incident. The officer reported he was not aware of the reasoning for the termination, but said the former employee smelled of alcohol when he spoke to him.

• Oct. 24, 3015 Gulf Drive, theft. While on patrol, a HBPD officer observed a man running from the CITGO gas station with a 12-pack of beer. The officer watched the man jump into some nearby bushes. He was placed in handcuffs and returned to the store, where the clerk confirmed the suspect stole the beer. The manager did not wish to press charges, but the suspect was issued a trespass warning.

• Oct. 25, 400 block of 28th Street, suspicious incident. Police received a call from a male complainant reporting someone was outside his door saying “What are you doing?” and “I see you.” When the officer arrived to the home, he observed a motion-activated Halloween decoration as the source of the voices, which someone had placed in front of the complainant’s front door.

• Oct. 25, 5386 Gulf Drive, information. A bookkeeper for the Beach Bistro reported that someone had cashed three fraudulent checks at a bank in Orlando using the restaurant’s bank account number. The signatures were forged from a check that was previously written to an Orlando seafood company.

• Oct. 26, 6300 block of Holmes Boulevard, disturbance. Police responded to a possible domestic disturbance and made contact with a couple, who told the HBPD officer they had been drinking with friends. The man wanted to go to bed, which apparently sparked the argument. The woman said she would sleep at a friend’s house for the night.

• Oct. 26, 500 block of 83rd Street, criminal mischief. A complainant reported someone had poured an unknown liquid substance on his vehicle. The liquid ate the paint from the metal surface, causing an estimated $3,000 in damages.

• Oct. 27, 2800 block of Avenue E, theft of services. A woman received a $90 water bill while in Tampa, and returned home to check for a possible leak. She told police her normal bill is around $20. A neighbor reported that workers from a local construction company had tapped into her outside faucet to use her water. Police are investigating.

Holmes Beach is policed by the HBPD.

        Streetlife is based on incident reports and narratives from the Bradenton Beach and Holmes Beach police departments and Manatee County Sheriff’s Office.

Islander Calendar – 11-07-2012

Wednesday, Nov. 7

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


Friday, Nov. 9

• 8:30 a.m., The Islander Veterans Day Salute outdoors at Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Coffee, breakfast rolls, American Legion Kirby Stewart Post 24 presentation of colors, speeches, rifle salute, taps. Information: 941-778-7978.

• 2-8 p.m., artsHOP Gallery Walk, Information: 941-243-3818.

• 2-5 p.m., Deanna Atkinson and Rolando Rodriguez Art Demonstrations, Anna Maria Island Art League, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach.

• 5-8 p.m., Howie Banfield and Scot Blum live music, Anna Maria Island Art League, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach.

• 5-8 p.m., artist reception for Jim Ross, “Through the Looking Glass,” Anna Maria Art League, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach.

• 8 p.m., “The Mousetrap,” Island Players theater, 10009 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Fee applies. Information: 941-778-5755.


Saturday, Nov. 10

• 8 a.m.-3 p.m., Anna Maria Island Privateers Thieves Market, including bake sale, barbecue, flea market, Coquina Beach in Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-722-3212.

• 10 a.m.-4 p.m., 100th birthday of Cortez School House, Florida Maritime Museum, 4415 119th St. W., Cortez. Information: 941-708-6121.

• 8 p.m., “The Mousetrap,” Island Players Theater, 10009 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Fee applies. Information: 941-778-5755.

• 5:30-7:30 p.m., artsHOP Silent Auction, The Studio at Gulf and Pine, 10101 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information: 941-243-3818.

• 2-4 p.m., Gulf Coast Writers book signing, Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information:  941-778-3209.

• 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Anna Maria Island Butterfly Garden Arts and Craft Fair, Holmes Beach city field, 59th Street at Flotilla Drive.

• 8 p.m., “The Mousetrap,” Island Players Theater, 10009 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Fee applies. Information: 941-778-5755.


Sunday, Nov. 11

• 10 a.m.- 4 p.m., Anna Maria Island Butterfly Garden Arts and Craft Fair, Holmes Beach city field, 59th Street at Flotilla Drive.

• 11:30 a.m., Veterans Day celebration at Bridge Street Market, Bridge Street, Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-778-8104.

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

• 7 p.m., artsHOP Drum Circle, Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Manatee Ave., Holmes Beach. Information: 941-243-3818.


Wednesday, Nov. 14

6:30-8 p.m., Healthy Green Smoothie Demonstration, Vitamin Seas Health Food Store, 3228 E. Bay Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-779-5015. Free.



Thursday, Nov. 8

• 5-7 p.m., Jake Castro Band, Music in the Park, Realize Bradenton, Riverfront Pavilion and Mosaic Amphitheater, 452 Third Ave. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-840-0013.


Saturday, Nov. 10

• Noon-10 p.m., Art Slam Festival, Riverwalk Park, 808 Third Ave., Bradenton. Information: 941-601-0708.

• 9 a.m.-4 p.m. — Discover the Island, Egmont Key Alliance, two-day event showcasing Egmont Key. Tickets and ferry from Fort DeSoto Park, Pinellas County. Food, refreshments, kids activities, tours, presentations, souvenir sales, silent auction. Fee. Information: www.egmontkey.info.


Sunday, Nov. 11

• 9 a.m.-4 p.m. —Discover the Island, Egmont Key Alliance, showcasing Egmont Key. Tickets and ferry from Fort DeSoto Park, Pinellas County. Food, refreshments, kids activities, tours, presentations, souvenir sales, silent auction. Fee applies. Information: www.egmontkey.info.


Tuesday, Nov. 13

• 6:30-8:30 p.m., Nautical Knots seminar, Anna Maria Island Sail and Power Squadron, 1200 71st St. NW, Bradenton. Fee applies. Information: 941-795-0482.



• Nov. 15-Jan. 6 — “Waist Watchers: The Musical,” by Alan Jacobsen, the Professional Learning and Theatrical Organization, Ramada Sarasota, 7150 Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Fee applies. Information: 941-363-1727.

• Through Nov. 12, “Twelfth Night” by William Shakespeare, Florida State University/Asolo Conservatory, 5555 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Fee applies. Information: 941-351-9010, Ext. 2310.

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

• First Saturdays, 8 a.m.-noon, Manatee County Audubon Open House, 9:30 a.m. Audubon Walk, Felts Audubon Preserve, 4600 24th Ave. E., Palmetto, Information: 941-729-2227.

• Tuesdays, 12:30 p.m. Anna Maria duplicate bridge group, The Episcopal Church of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-3390.

• Third Saturdays through May, 9-11 a.m., Jr. Audubon, Manatee Audubon Society, Felts Audubon Preserve, 4600 24th Ave. E., Palmetto. Information: 941-729-2227.

• 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.

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

• Third Fridays, 5-8 p.m., Pine Avenue Porch Party to benefit Roser Food Pantry at Anna Maria Pine Avenue stores and boutiques. Information: 941-896-3132.

• 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

• Nov. 14, Wine tasting to benefit Sarasota Bay Watch, Harry’s Continental Kitchens, 525 St. Judes Drive, Longboat Key. Fee applies. Information: 941-383-0777.

• Nov. 14, Anna Maria Garden Club Plant Sale, Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-567-5530.

• Nov. 14, Off Stage Ladies Wicked Wizard of Oz Silent Auction and luncheon, BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Fee applies. Information: 941-799-2181.

• Nov. 14, Bradenton Opera Guild, Sarasota Opera Apprentice and Studio Artists meeting, IMG Academies Country Club at El Conquistador, 4350 El Conquistador Parkway, Bradenton. Information: 941-722-4438.

• Nov. 16, Bob Brown Art Gallery grand opening, 507 Pine Avenue, Anna Maria. Information: 941-993-3356.

• Nov. 16-17, “Murder! Mystery! Mayhem! Dinner!” Manatee Players, Courtyard Marriott, 100 Riverfront Drive, Bradenton. Fee applies. Information: 941-748-5875.

• Nov. 17, Longboat Key Gourmet Lawn Party, Longboat Key Kiwanis Club, Longboat Key Club and Resort, 301 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. Fee applies. Information: 941-366-3468.

• Nov. 17, Holiday Bazaar, Longboat Island Chapel, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. Information: 941-383-2370.

• 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.

• Nov. 17, “An Evening of Opera — in the Middle of the Afternoon,” The Episcopal Church of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Fee applies. Information: 941-778-1638.


Save the Date

• Dec. 4-Jan. 4, Signature Show, Juried Aqueous Exhibition, Florida Suncoast Watercolor Society, Studio at Gulf and Pine, 10101 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information: 941-966-1397.

• Dec. 13, Artists Reception, Juried Aqueous exhibition, Florida Suncoast Watercolor Society, Studio at Gulf and Pine, 10101 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information: 941-966-1397.

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.

Sports – 11-07-2012

Islander ironman fourth in world championship


Holmes Beach resident, Sandy Menely placed fourth in the world in the 65-69 age group Oct. 19 at the Ironman Championship in Kona, Hawaii.

Menely was happy with her finish, especially competing in conditions that can’t be replicated in her event training on Anna Maria Island. The first leg of the race is a 2.4 mile swim. At the 1-mile mark, she was swimming in 90 feet of clear-blue water.

The second leg, a 112-mile bike ride was made more difficult by heavy winds and rain that made for a slower than hoped for bike time. If that weren’t bad enough, the course also took her through lava fields with temperatures reaching 110 degrees and several difficult climbs, one being a 7-mile climb to the town of Hawi for the turn around. Obviously, she said, coming down the hill was much easier as she reached speeds of 41 mph without pedaling. Because of the speed, she could not let go of her handlebars for that stretch — not even for water.

The last leg of the race is a marathon. Menely struggled with cramps in her calves through the 26.2-mile run. She mentally willed herself mile to mile, and drink station to drink station. Making the situation even more difficult was the onset of darkness, but Menely persevered to finish in 14 hours, 41 minutes and fourth-place.


Hooke adds to running achievements

Former islander and long-time Galati Yacht Sales employee Mickey Hooke competed in the Oct. 21 Beach Running World Championships in Cocoa Beach. A perfect 69-degree day and low tide greeted the more than 350 competitors.

Hooke, 51, broke four records on his way to placing first overall in the 10K (6.2 mile) run.

He said he moved into the lead at the 2-mile mark and ran increasingly faster mile splits on the way to a first-place overall finish with a time of 36:36.7. Hooke’s time was good for a new masters event, a masters course record, a new grandmasters event and course record, and it was the second fastest time in course history.

Hooke broke his own record by 1 minute 15 seconds and quickly turned his focus to running the 2013 Beach Running World Championships in Corpus Christi, Texas.


Soccer playoffs

After grueling regular seasons, the playoffs are finally here in the Anna Maria Island Community Center adult soccer, adult basketball and youth soccer leagues.

Adult coed basketball’s second season starts at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 6, when Agnelli Pool & Spa takes on The Feast, followed by Island Real Estate vs. Eat Here. The second round is scheduled for 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9, while the all-star and championship games will start at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13.

The playoffs for the adult coed soccer league get started at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7, with four playoff games, starting with Sato Real Estate vs. Jessie’s Island Store. The next match has Pink & Navy Boutique taking on Moss & Barnard Construction at 7 p.m. The 8 p.m. game has top-seed Slim’s Place taking on Island Pest Control, while Wash Family Construction closes out the playoff action at 9 p.m. against Florida Discount Signs.

The action continues with two games Thursday, Nov. 8, followed by the all-star and championship games at 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15.

The youth soccer playoffs got started in the 8-10 division Nov. 2 with a pair of opening-round games. The first was a mild upset, as No. 5-seed Miller Electric edged fourth-seed Best Buy 3-2 behind a pair of goals from Ava Zink and one goal from Dalton Guthrie. Jaclyn Schlossberg led Best Buy with two goals in the loss.

Tyler’s Ice Cream overcame the loss of injured leading scorer Daniel Sentman to record a 4-0 victory over LaPensee Plumbing in the second playoff game of the evening. Giana Sparks and Javier Rivera scored two goals apiece to lead Tyler’s Ice Cream to victory.

Playoff action in the 8-10 division continues Nov. 9 as Miller Electric takes on top-seed Lobstahs at 6 p.m., while Tyler’s Ice Cream battles second-seed American Marine at 7 p.m. The 8-10 championship game is set for 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, while the all-star game will kick off at 1 p.m.

Playoff action in the 11-13 division started with semifinals Nov. 6 with No. 2 seed LPAC vs. Jen Crady Massage at 6 p.m., while top-seed Steam Designs takes on Wash Family Construction at 7 p.m. The 11-13 division championship game will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, with the all-star game to follow at noon.

The championship game for the two-team 14-17 division was set for Nov. 6.

Center to host holiday tournament

The Anna Maria Island Community Center is a hosting a dodgeball tournament post-Thanksgiving on Nov. 23 for players ages 14 and above. Cost is $60 per team with up to eight people on a team. Each team will play at a minimum of five games.

For more information on the tournament, contact Ryan Hogan at 778-1908, ext. 9219.


Key Royale golf news

The women of Key Royale Club opened their fall-winter season of golf Oct. 30 in cold, windy conditions. Thirty-nine women participated in the nine-hole, individual low-net golf tourney.

Penny Williams had a chip in and fired a 2-under par-30 to grab first place in Flight A, one shot better than Laura Purcell, who had a birdie on her round. Joy Kaiser, Helen Pollack and Brenda Solleveld finished in a three-way tie for third place.

First place in Flight B went to Kris Landkammer, who carded a 5-under-par 27, five shots better than Christina Mason, Beth Lindeman and Sue Christianson in a three-way tie for second place.

Sue Wheeler’s 6-under-par 26 gave her a first-place finish in Flight C, while Jan Turner took second place with a 1-under-par 31.

Flight D went to Chris Livanos, who torched the course with a 7-under-par 25.


Horseshoe news

More northern friends returned to the Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe pits Nov. 3 making the games the biggest crowd since spring. Three teams emerged from pool play with 3-0 records. Tom Skoloda and Tim Sofran drew the bye into the finals and watched as Jerry Disbrow and Hank Huyghe beat Bob Heiger and Bob Nonamedown 24-5 to advance to the finals. The finals saw Skoloda-Sofran cool off Disbrow- Huyghe 21-16 to earn the day’s bragging rights.

Two teams made it to the finals during horseshoe action on Halloween. Jerry Disbrow and Dom Livedoti defeated Tim Sofran and George McKay 21-9 to win the day’s championship.

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.


Sign up under way for winter sports leagues

The Anna Maria Island Community Center is accepting registrations for its winter sports leagues until Nov. 30, with a late registration fee of $15.

The center is offering adult coed volleyball on Tuesday evenings. Cost is $75 for members and $110 for non-members. Mandatory tryouts will be held at 7 p.m. Dec. 4 in the center gym.

Adult coed flag football also is offered for the same fee. Mandatory tryouts will be held at 7 p.m. Dec. 6.

Members who sign up for volleyball and flag football receive a $25 discount making the cost $125 to play in both leagues.

Youth flag football is also accepting registrations through Nov. 30. Mandatory tryouts for each age division will be held ad follows:

• Ages 5-7       6 p.m., Dec. 3

• Ages 8-10     6 p.m., Dec. 5

• Ages 11-13   7 p.m., Dec. 3

• Ages 14-17   7 p.m., Dec. 5

Coaches and sponsors also are needed.

Players can register online at www.islandcommunitycenter.com or in person at the center.

For more information, contact Troy Shonk at 778-1908, ext. 9205, or email Troy@myamicc.com.

The Islander Classifieds: Wednesday, Nov. 07, 2012


APPROXIMATELY 28 TREES and plants for sale. Three 25-gallon containers, $395 for all. Chris, 941-704-2714.

FILE CABINETS: FOUR-drawer, HON, tan, hanging files included, $20/each. 941-778-4793.

COMPACT GAS GRILL, $65, perfect for small spaces. Tan-colored large, leather jacket, $65. 941-778-3228.

COMPUTER DELL, Dual 1.5 GHz, XP-PRO, $100. 941-756-6728.

CLOCK: GE TELECHRON, #7HA141, $35, Vivitar digital camera, Vivicam 3765, complete, $25, assorted bike parts, $25. 941-761-1415.

BUD LIGHT DIRECTOR chairs, $40, queen cotton/wool blanket, western decor, $30. 941-737-9173.

FOR SALE: Old steamer trunk with shelf, $75, old writer’s desk, $100. Call 740-607-8956.

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: 2 HON 2-drawer black and 4 attractive 2-drawer wood files. One legal and one letter-size regular 2 drawer files. 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


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)


EARLY CLASSIFIED DEADLINE! 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9. In observance of Veteran’s Day, The Islander office will be closed Monday, Nov. 12.

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.

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.


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.

ANNA MARIA GARDEN Club plant sale: 9 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14. Roser Church, 511 Pine Ave., Anna Maria.

SALE: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 9-10. Nearly new furniture, plants, yard tools, household items. 505-506 69th St., Holmes Beach.

TAG SALE: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday only, Nov. 9. Great stuff! Some new, like new. King bed frame, various area rugs, some furniture. No early birds! 103 Park Ave., Anna Maria.


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.

LOST LAUNDRY: HELP! My laundry fell off my bike, and I can’t afford new clothes and I miss my Bob Marley T-shirts. Lost blue mesh bag between Holmes Beach laundry and 75th Street along Holmes Boulevard. Call JD, 941-920-3840.

FOUND: BIBLE ON Cortez Bridge. Call 941-782-8338 and identify.


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.


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

PONTOON BOAT: 20-foot, 50-hp Johnson outboard, hardtop cover, recent new deck, carpet, upholstery. $3,000. 941-778-4793.

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.


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.

ISLAND COMPANY: ANSWER phones, good with computers and office tasks, 15-25 hours per week to start. Work from sland. Email resume only: annamariaisland@hotmail.com.

LIMOUSINE DRIVER: BRADENTON area. Contract position. Call for details. 941-870-7010.

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


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.


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

PERSONAL CARE-IN home assistance needed for elderly couple in Holmes Beach, part-time. Medical background either nursing assistant or nursing required. Please email your contact information with summary of background to: reid3444@sbcglobal.net.


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.

PERSONAL TRAINER AND health coach available to help you set and achieve your health and fitness goals in the comfort of your own home. Call Caitlynn at 941-567-9026.

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.

ISLAND PET NANNY: Loving pet care. Longtime Island resident, background check, references. Karen Robinson, 941-730-5693.

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

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.

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.

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

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 RENTAL: NORTH Holmes Beach. 2BR/2BA modern kitchen, living room. Private outdoor patio, outside shower. Available January, February, March. $2,250/month plus security deposit. Immaculate and well-maintained. 941-778-5338.

NEWLY REMODELED 2BR/1BA: 200 feet to the beach, Anna Maria. Available November and December. $1,800/month. 941-778-7933.

LOVELY CONDO FOR rent: 2BR/2BA, nicely furnished, ground floor. No pets. Close to beach. Seasonal $2,000/month, annual $1,200/month plus utilities and taxes. 330-562-8945.

2BR/2BA HOLMES BEACH waterfront condo: Fully furnished with views, pools, Jacuzzi, tennis, boat dock. Available December-February, 2013. Call 818-620-3543.

SEASONAL RENTAL: 2BR/2BA nicely furnished, three-month minimum at IMG Country Club overlooking clay tennis courts. Seasonal, $1,700/month. 941-778-3926.

STUNNING WATERFRONT HOME for rent, incredible view of Sunshine Skyway Bridge, 3BR/2.5 BA, boat dock, boat lift and pool. February-October 2013. $3,500/month. 941-704-7437.

EARLY CLASSIFIED DEADLINE! 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9. In observance of Veteran’s Day, The Islander office will be closed Monday, Nov. 12.

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.


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.

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 217-493-6216.

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

INTERESTED IN PURCHASING duplex home on Anna Maria Island. A fixer-upper would be ideal. Cash, down payment available, qualified buyer. 574-309-3911.

ANNA MARIA ISLAND canal home for sale by owner. 1,818 sf, 3BR/2BA home with garage, terrazzo floors, enclosed porch, well on property. Very large lot (10,000-plus sf). New sea wall and cap. 519 72nd St., Holmes Beach. $525,000. 863-660-8366.

RUNAWAY BAY: ONE-bedroom condo, ground floor, updated, attractively furnished, washer and dryer, screened lanai, patio, near pool and exercise room. $239,900. 1801 Gulf Drive, #117, Bradenton Beach. 941-778-9378.