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Islander Calendar – 11-30-2011

Wednesday, Nov. 30

        6 to 9 p.m. — Fundraiser to benefit student ambassador Raven Smith’s travel to Italy at 207 Peacock Lane, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-753-6594.


Thursday, Dec. 1

8 p.m. — Opening night of “Those Crazy Ladies in House on the Corner” at the Island Players, 10009 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Runs through Dec. 11. Information: 941-778-5755. Fee applies.


Friday, Dec. 2

5 to 8 p.m. — Downtown Holmes Beach Holiday open house and tree lighting. Information: 941-778-9679.

5:30 to 7:30 p.m. — Artist reception for Richard von Ende’s exhibit “Logical Infusion” at the Anna Maria Island Art League, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-2099.

5:30 to 7:30 p.m. — Artist reception for Terry Denson’s exhibit “Tropical Light” at Island Gallery West, 5368 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6648.

5:30 to 7:30 p.m. — Reception for jewelry designer Janne Ackerman and photographer Jose Flores at the Artists’ Guild Gallery, 5414 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6694.


Saturday, Dec. 3

9 a.m. to 1 p.m. — The Episcopal Church of the Annunciation Holly Berry Bazaar, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-1638.

        10 a.m. to 2 p.m. — Lester-Islander Family Fun Day at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-1908.


Sunday, Dec. 4

        10 a.m. — “Brawn on the Beach” amateur strongman competition at the BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-779-2222.

        4 p.m. — Organ dedication concert at the Episcopal Church of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-1638.


Wednesday, Dec. 7

        1:15 p.m. — Author and Holmes Beach Commissioner Jean Peelen speaks to the Gulf Coast Writers at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-3209.

        3 to 5 p.m. — Island Christmas concert with Gulf Drive Solo at the Sandbar Restaurant, 100 Spring Ave., Anna Maria to benefit the Anna Maria Island Concert Chorus and Orchestra. Information: 941-778-8585. Fee applies.

5 to 8 p.m. — Women on Wine gathering at the Beach Street Bistro, 111 Gulf Drive S., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-779-2123.



• 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, 12:30 p.m., duplicate bridge games at the Episcopal Church of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-3390.

• 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., VFW Post No. 8199 meets at the volunteer fire station, 201 Second St. N., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-778-4400.

• Wednesdays, 6 to 8 p.m., teens gather 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.

• Thursdays, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Thirsty Thursday deals from merchants on Bridge Street, Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-799-2181.

• Every third Friday, 5:30 p.m., Porch Party on Pine Avenue in Anna Maria. Information: 941-896-3132.

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

• Fridays, sunset drum circle with Mike Sales at 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 the Anna Maria Island Beach Cafe, Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.

• Saturdays, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., children’s story and craft hour at the Tingley Memorial Library, 111 Second St. N., Bradenton Beach, through Dec. 10. Information: 941-779-1208.



Wednesday, Nov. 30

        11 a.m. to 9 p.m. — Festival of Trees begins at the Crosley Estate Mansion, 8374 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, through Dec. 7. Information: 941-722-3244. Fee applies.


Thursday, Dec. 1

6 to 8 p.m. — Healing Heroes Network benefit evening of shopping and wine tasting at Mixon’s Fruit Farms, 2525 27th St. E., Bradenton. Information: 941-748-5829. Fee applies.

8 p.m. — State College Florida Jazz Band performs at Neel Performing Arts Center, 5840 26th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-752-5252. Fee applies.


Friday, Dec. 2

6 p.m. — Winter Story Film Festival presents “Desk Set” at the South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-746-4131. Fee applies.

6:30 to 8 p.m. — Island author Alice Moerk signs “Ain’s Song” at the Joan Peters Gallery, Village of the Arts, 1210 11th Ave. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-365-9960.


Saturday, Dec. 3

4 to 8 p.m. — Holiday-themed family night at the South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-746-4131. Fee applies.

6 p.m. — Manatee High School Centennial Celebration at the school, 902 33rd St. Court W., Bradenton. Information: 941-714-7300. Fee applies.

7 p.m. — Sweet Adelines Chorus performs at Bradenton Christian High School, 3304 43rd St. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-722-9665. Fee applies.


Tuesday, Dec. 6

8 p.m. — Holiday Choral Concert at State College of Florida’s Neel Performing Arts Center, 5840 26th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-752-5252. Fee applies.


Coming Up:

        • Dec. 9, Holiday walk, Anna Maria.

• Dec. 9, Winter Story Film Fest: “Fargo,” South Florida Museum.

        • Dec. 10, Privateer Christmas parade and party for kids at Coquina Beach.

• Dec. 10, REAL Women’s Ministry Christmas brunch, CrossPointe Fellowship.

• Dec. 11, Holiday Jazz Brunch benefit for pets, Daiquiri Deck Restaurant, St. Armands Circle.


Save the Date:

Dec. 17, Where’s Woody? Holiday Sidewalk Sale at The Islander and Island Shopping Center featuring local artists.

• Dec. 17, Bridge Street Holiday Open House, Bradenton Beach.

        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 – 11-30-2011

Use the right bait, get the bite going


Using the right bait can translate to a productive day of fishing.

And area waters are still producing a variety of species.

Offshore fishing remains consistent for red grouper and catch-and-release gag grouper. In 80-100 feet of water, red grouper are inhaling hand-sized pinfish and threadfin herring. Gag grouper are extremely abundant in these same areas, so you may have to weed through the gags to get the reds.

Mangrove snapper are inhabiting offshore ledges and nearshore manmade reefs and wrecks. Live shrimp, live shiners or frozen sardines are producing the bite. Average size on offshore mangrove snapper has been 5-6 pounds, while nearshore fish are around 2-3 pounds.

If it’s explosive top-water action you seek, head for the nearshore reefs and wrecks. Kingfish and bonito are infesting the nearshore reefs. Live shiners on a flat line with a 4/0 long shank hook are a sure fire way to get yourself in a drag-screaming battle against one of these high-activity fish. If you’re looking for the amberjacks, move out a little farther to some of the offshore wrecks. Use the same rig and bait as for the kings and bonito.

Moving inshore, flounder are abundant around Anna Maria Sound and adjacent waters. If you’re on the flats, target sandy potholes and ditches to find these feisty flat fish. A Berkley Gulp shrimp on a jig head is becoming the most popular way to catch flounder on the flats. Plus, the Gulp shrimp will catch just about any other species you might encounter there.

Dave Sork at the Anna Maria City Pier says he’s seeing lots of flounder coming to the deck. Live shrimp or live shiners fished on the bottom under the pier are getting the bite.

Pier fishers targeting shark are catching bonnetheads, blacktips and sand sharks by throwing out cut bait on a large circle hook on a wire leader. Most of the sharks are in the 3-4 foot range. Cut baits, such as mullet, Spanish macks, ladyfish and even squid, are getting the bite.

If you haven’t gotten your fill of Spanish mackerel, you can still wander out on the pier and catch a few. As long as the bait remains, there will be mackerel. White crappie jigs and Gotcha plugs are catching Spanish mackerel in the 12- to 20-inch range.

Tom Cassetty at the Rod & Reel Pier is still seeing good numbers of fish caught from beneath the pier. By using a knocker rig or a split-shot, pier fishers are sinking live shrimp and shiners under the pier to get the bite.

The main species being caught under the pier is flounder. “There are a lot of little ones down there,” says Cassetty, “but we’re getting some nice keepers, too.”

The flounder are hitting live shrimp and shiners. In fact, Cassetty says the bite was better for those using shrimp.

Other species being caught around the pier include black drum and sheepshead. For either of these species, the preferred baits are shrimp, fiddler crabs or sand fleas. You can target them with the same rig as you’re using for flounder. The thing to remember, especially when targeting sheepshead, is hook size. Sheepshead around the pier are generally 1 or 2 pounds. This being said, try using a No. 4 hook when targeting them due to their small mouth. Also, if you’re using sand fleas or fiddler crabs, you want to make sure your hook size matches the bait, hence a No. 4 hook.

On a final note, Spanish mackerel are still feeding on the schools of small threadfin herring that are seeking refuge around the outer corners of the pier. Silver spoons and white speck rigs are getting the bite. Fish up to 24 inches are being caught, so it might be wise to bump up your fluorocarbon leader to 40-pound test. For those using live threadfin herring for bait, make sure you’re using a long shank hook.

Jonny Keyes at Island Discount Tackle is still nursing a sore arm due to the hard work reeling up six amberjack while fishing with Capt. Mac Gregory. By fishing offshore wrecks with live shiners and various artificials, Gregory and Keyes caught AJs in the 20-pound range. “Once we anchored up and chummed the AJs to the boat,” says Keyes, “we would catch one every time we threw a bait in the water.”

Other offshore action includes red grouper, cobia and kingfish. For the red grouper, offshore fishers are locating hard bottom and ledges. Live shiners, pinfish and threadfin herring are getting the bite. For cobia and kingfish, try the offshore reefs and wrecks. For the kings, shiners and threadfins are working, but if you see a cobia curiously swimming to the bait, pitch a fat pinfish at him and hang on tight.

The inshore bite is still producing redfish, snook and spotted seatrout. Live shrimp under a popping cork or free-lined live shiners are the baits of choice.

Capt. Warren Girle is fishing offshore man-made reefs with good results on kingfish, bonito and Spanish mackerel. While anchored over the reef, Girle likes to chum with live shiners to bring these migratory species to the boat. Once the targeted fish are feeding within casting range, Girle is live-lining a shiner on a 4/0 long shank hook to get the bite.

While fishing the reefs, Girle is spotting cobia. Once the cobia is within range, Girle casts a live pinfish to entice a bite. Cobia in the 36-inch range have been the average hookup.

Inshore, Girle is seeing large schools of ladyfish, bluefish and Spanish mackerel. “Look for the birds,” says Girle. “They’re diving for a reason.” Try looking around the deeper grass flats in northern Sarasota Bay.

Girle also is catching scattered redfish and “gator” trout on the shallow flats of eastern Sarasota Bay. Live shiners are the preferred bait, although artificials, such as top-water plugs and plastic jigs, are working just as well.

Capt. Sam Kimball of Legend charters is fishing offshore hard bottom and ledges targeting red grouper. Starting around water depths of 80 feet, Kimball drops live pinfish or shiners to the bottom to entice these hungry red grouper to bite. “On a full day charter,” says Kimball, “we’re returning to the dock with our limit of red grouper. The bite is pretty good out there right now.”

Around the ledges, Kimball is catching mangrove snapper up to 6 pounds along with jolt head porgies and Key West grunts. Primarily Kimball likes to use shiners for these species, especially the mangrove snapper. Frozen squid works well for porgies and grunts, but when it comes to mangrove snapper, a shiner is usually the first choice to be stabbed on a hook.

Kimball is catching greater amberjack around offshore wrecks with good success. Flat lines baited with live threadfin herring are brining the AJs to the surface, resulting in an explosive strike. Fish in the 25-pound range are the average with bigger ones mixed in.

Capt. Mark Johnston of Just Reel charters is catching exceptional numbers of flounder in the backwater of Anna Maria Sound. By using a “new penny” Berkley Gulp shrimp on a jig head, one of Johnston’s charters caught a whopping 34 flounder on a 4-hour trip. “We hooked even more than,” says Johnston, “but we landed 34.”

Flounder do have a tendency to strike bait and hold onto it without actually being hooked. Once you reel them up to the side of the boat, they get spooked and release the bait. That’s when you need to have the landing net ready.

Johnston’s charters also are enjoying good redfish action on live shrimp. Johnston is dock fishing these reds using a medium-sized split shot and a 1/0 hook. By casting a shrimp under the dock, Johnston’s charters are catching reds up to 24 inches.

Moving onto the grass flats of Sarasota Bay, Johnston is catching good numbers of catch-and-release trout. Live shiners of live shrimp are producing the bite.

Send fishing reports to fish@islander.org.

Island real estate transactions – 11-30-2011

5501 Marina Dr., Holmes Beach, a 2,184 sfla commercial shop with docks built in 1965 was sold 11/10/11, Catchers LC to Keyes Marina LLC for $2,850,000.

8319 Marina Ct., Holmes Beach, a 3,383 sfla / 4,209 sfur 4bed/3½bath/3car canalfront pool home built in 1961 on a 94×100 lot was sold 11/04/11, Mills to Rice for $990,000; list $1,150,000.

851 N Shore Dr., Anna Maria, a 1,487 sfla / 1,559 sfur 3bed/2½bath/2car bayfront home built in 1987 on a 42×100 lot was sold 11/02/11, Brown to Pierce for $950,000; list $999,000.

217 Chilson Ave., Anna Maria, a 1,898 sfla / 2,488 sfur 3bed/2bath/2car canalfront home built in 1956 on a 75×148 lot was sold 11/04/11, Whalen to AMI Assets LLC for $450,000; list $549,000.

1800 Gulf Dr. N., Unit 207, La Costa, Bradenton Beach, a 952 sfla / 1,088 sfur 2bed/2bath condo with shared pool built in 1979 was sold 11/04/11, Superior Bank to Micha LLC for $361,000; list $399,000.

1800 Gulf Dr. N., Unit 116, La Costa, Bradenton Beach, a 960 sfla / 1,096 sfur 2bed/2bath condo with shared pool built in 1979 was sold 11/07/11, Overway to Semans for $315,000.

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


Obituaries – 11-30-2011

Frank Mesa Almeda

Frank Mesa Almeda, 89, died Nov. 26.

Almeda was a U.S. Army veteran and a longtime resident of Anna Maria Island, where he was a leader of the informal Pier Regulars group.

He is survived by his children, Larry, Dennis, Brenda and Frank Jr.; brother, Lawrence; sister-in-law Marie; grandchildren Lisa, Jessica, Dennis Jr., Michele, Steven and Crystal; 10 great-grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews and an extended loving family and friends.

A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, with visitation from noon to 2 p.m., at Hillsboro Memorial Funeral Home, 2323 W. Brandon, Blvd., Brandon.

Entombment will immediately follow at Hillsboro Memorial Gardens.

A full obituary will appear in the Dec. 7 issue of The Islander.


John D. Graham

John D. Graham, 85, of Bradenton, formerly of Indianapolis, died Nov. 25. He was born in Franklin, Ind., March 4, 1926 to Joseph J. and Grace T. (McNair) Graham.

Mr. Walker served in the U.S. Navy and served in the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign until the end of World War II. He retired in 1982 from Stout Field, Indianapolis, where he served as a full time Army National Guard technician for 32 years. He retired in 1986, having served a total of 37 years in the military service.

He retired with his wife to Florida’s Longboat Key/Bradenton area. He liked working with his hands – tiling, painting, woodworking and making things for the children. He loved NASCAR and NFL football.

A visitation for Florida friends was to be held at Shannon Funeral Home, Westview Chapel, 5610 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 29. Services will be later in Indianapolis. Memorial donations may be made to Tidewell Hospice and Palliative Care, 3355 26th St. W., Bradenton FL 34205. Condolences for the family may be made online at www.shannonfuneralhomes.com.

Mr. Walker is survived by wife Shirley; daughters Sandra L. Faulkner of Bradenton and Teresa L. and husband James Svenstrup of Colleyville, Texas; son Daniel J. of Bradenton; six grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; sister Alice Jean Pearson of Las Vegas; brother Byron E. and wife Doris of Franklin, Ind.; and many beloved nieces, nephews and cousins.


Leslie Hayden Guthrie

Leslie Hayden Guthrie, 97, of Sarasota, died Nov. 19. He was born in Cortez and was a lifelong area resident.

Mr. Guthrie descended from grandparents Capt. James Edward and Charlotte (Foreman) Guthrie, one of five families to first settle in Cortez. The family traces its ancestry to Forfarshire, Scotland, where the imposing Guthrie Castle stands today. The first four brothers arrived in the Unites States in the late 1700s.

Mr. Guthrie was a commercial fisherman. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.

Visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, at Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory 26th Street Chapel, 5624 26th St. W., Bradenton. A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, at Palma Sola Cemetery, Bradenton.

Memorial contributions may be made to TideWell Hospice, Inc., 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota FL 34238. Online condolences may be made at www.brownandsonsfuneral.com.

Mr. Guthrie is survived by daughter Diane L. McAnally of Sarasota and grandsons Geffrey and Jason Leach.


William Arthur ‘Bill’ Riley

William Arthur “Bill” Riley, 86, of Bradenton, died Nov. 19. He was born Oct. 16, 1925, in Parkersburg, W.Va.

Mr. Riley was a painting contractor, a life member of the Painters and Paper Hangers Union and former 570 Union president for Corning Glass Works of Parkersburg. He was an assistant Wood County tax assessor.

He was a lifetime member of the National Horseshoe Pitchers Association, 1973 Florida horseshoe champion, and once held the No. 5 five in the world. He won numerous city, county and district titles.

Mr. Riley served in the U.S. Army during World War II in the European Theater of Operations from 1943-46. He was a lifetime member of the Parkersburg DAV Chapter 6, VFW Post 8199 of Anna Maria Island, American Legion Post 24 of Bradenton, and the Moose Lodge of Bradenton Beach. He was a member and former trustee of the Ellenton United Methodist Church.

Service and burial were in West Virginia. Memorial donations can be made to the Tidewell Hospice & Palliative Care, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota FL 34238.

Mr. Riley is survived by devoted partner of 26 years, Phyllis Williams, of Parrish; children Janet Kerley, Bruce, James, Brenda Sue Riester, Margaret Riester and Karen Roman; 14 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; sister Gloria Purcell of Englewood, Fla.; nephew Danny Purcell; and niece Robbie Proctor.


Donald V. Shea

Donald V. Shea, 84, died Nov. 14. He was born March 22, 1927, in New York City.

Mr. Shea attended Fordham Prep high school and then joined the U.S. Navy Oct. 3, 1944. He was a gunner’s mate, third class, in the Pacific Theater where he earned the Victory Medal, American Theater Medal and Asiatic-Pacific Medal.

He loved skipping stones into the Atlantic Ocean, carving animals out of toast for his grandchildren, tennis, checkers, sailing and the beach.

A service was held Nov. 25 at Guardian Angels Catholic Church in Kansas City, Mo. Memorial donations may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project at www.woundedwarriorproject.org.

Mr. Shea is survived by brother Ed of Hilton Head, N.C.; children Patricia Shea and husband Wood Dickinson of Kansas City and Don Shea of Holmes Beach; grandchildren Matt and wife Miranda, Elizabeth, Claire and husband Kyle Perkins, Kathleen, Mary, Andrew, Meghan and Margaret; and great-grandchildren Jordan, Jalyn, Georgia, Piper, Lucy, Ben and Charlotte.

Caution: Young artists at work

Students from Manatee School for the Arts SMAC! Program gather Nov. 26 at the Manatee Public Beach with other school art classes to paint exterior wall panels with student-designs. Lizzy Launderville and teacher April Gladden mix paint for their mural, while Tyler Veatch and another student are painting. Veatch’s design was chosen from those submitted for the MSA mural. Islander Photo:

Sports – 11-30-2011

Adult soccer playoffs, then Island Sippy Cup


The Anna Maria Island Community Center’s adult coed soccer league playoffs started Nov. 17 with four quarterfinal matches in the chase for the Island Sippy Cup championship. Though not quite as prestigious as the FIFA World Cup, the players give it their all.

Top-seed Ross Built rolled into the semifinals with a 7-3 victory over West Coast Air Conditioning. Former Manatee High School teammates Emily Argeros and Chrissy Rice led the way. Argeros scored three goals, while Rice added two in the easy victory. Greg Ross and Kris Yavalar each added single goals to complete the scoring. Damir Glavan notched all three goals for WCAC in the loss.

No. 2 seed Sato Real Estate also rolled to an easy victory, defeating Euphemia Haye 6-3. Jesse Brisson led Sato with three goals, while Matt Plummer, Josh Sato and Korey Rodgers each added goals in the victory. Paul Hayward, Ryan Hogan and Tim Tedesco notched a goal each for Euphemia in the loss.

Third-seed Jessie’s Island Store edged Florida Discount Sign 2-1 in the third quarterfinal match of the evening. Robbert McClaughlin and Anthony Rasulo each scored one goal in the Jessie’s victory, while Cody Sullivan scored the lone goal for Discount Sign in the loss.

The last game of the evening saw Island Pest Control score a minor upset over No. 4 seed Don Meilner & Son Construction to advance to the semifinals. Enrico Bissert and Scott Eason each notched a goal for Island Pest Control, while Zach Gilliland notched a goal for Meilner.

Semifinal action gets started at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1, when Ross Built takes on Island Pest Control followed by Sato vs. Jessie’s at 8 p.m.

The two winners play for the Island Sippy Cup at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, following the third-place game at 6 p.m. between the losers of the Dec. 1 matchups.

Center sets up football, volleyball seasons

The Anna Maria Island Community Center is accepting registration for adult and youth flag football leagues, as well as an inaugural adult coed volleyball league.

Cost is $75 per player.

Volleyball registration is open to the first 80 players and tryouts will be held at 7 p.m. Dec. 6. Team selection will conclude the tryout.

Adult flag football registration is open to the first 72 paid players and tryouts will be held at 7 p.m. Dec. Team selection will conclude the tryout.

Youth flag football tryouts will be held at 6 p.m. Dec. 5 for the 13-16 age group and at 7 p.m. for the 10-12 age group. Dec. 6 tryouts for the 5-7 age group are at 6 p.m., while the 8-9 age group tryout is at 7 p.m.

Captains, coaches and sponsors also are needed.

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

Key Royale golf news

The women of Key Royale Club played a nine-hole, individual-low-net-in-flight match and a two-best-balls-of-foursome team game Nov. 22.

Flight A saw a tie between Christina Mason and Maxine Mitchell, both carding even-par 32.

Sue Wheeler, Kris Landkammer and Tootie Wagner carded 4-under-par 28 to finish in a tie for first place in Flight B.

Roxanne Koche fired a 2-under-par 30 to take first place in Flight C.

Pat Rice, Mary Pat Swamy and Nell Bergstrom each shot 4-over-par 36 to finish in a tie for first place in Flight D.

Wagner and Mason both had birdies on the day, while Sara Falk, Joanne Ozdych and Marcia Helgeson had chipins.

Hoyt Miller’s plus-4 gave him first place in the individual category during modified-Stableford golf action Nov. 15. Miller also was teamed up with Laura Purcell, Brenda Solleveld and Terry Schaefer for a combined plus-4, which was good enough for first place in the team competition.


Horseshoe news

Four teams emerged from pool play with the requisite three victories and battled it out for top honors in the Nov. 23 horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall pits.

Karl Thomas and Norm Good rolled past Sam Samuels and Art Kingstad 21-12 in the first semifinal match. The second match saw John Crawford and Jerry Disbrow easily dispatch Dave Lansaw and Bruce Munro 22-12. Crawford and Disbrow then earned the day’s bragging rights with a solid 21-14 victory.

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.

Island police blotter – 11-30-2011

Anna Maria

• No new reports.

        Anna Maria is policed by the MCSO.

Bradenton Beach

• Nov. 17, 100 block of 12th Street North, bb, warrant. The MCSO arrested a Bradenton Beach man on a warrant for alleged violation of probation on petit theft conviction.

        Bradenton Beach is policed by the BBPD.


• No new reports.

        Cortez is policed by the MCSO.

Holmes Beach

• Nov. 11, 3500 block of 2900 block of Avenue E, strong armed robbery. The Holmes Beach Police Department searched for a male who knocked someone down and then stole his skateboard. The board was recovered along with a purse stolen from a vehicle in the 3500 block of Sixth Avenue.

• Nov. 11, 3400 block of Gulf Drive, theft. The HBPD took a report from parents who said a daughter was given cash to reserve a room but she took the money instead.

• Nov. 12, 4000 block of Gulf Drive, lewd and lascivious. The Holmes Beach Police Department investigated a report of a 16-year-old minor having consensual sex with an 19-year-old adult.

• Nov. 12, 5300 block of Gulf Drive. The HBPD responded to a noise complaint and requested that the management of Martin Bistro close the door.

• Nov. 13, 6800 block of Marina Drive, code complaint. The HBPD responded to a complaint of commercial construction work taking place on a Sunday. The workers were sent home.

• Nov. 18, 5600 block of Guava Drive, sexual battery. The HBPD reported that a woman reported a sexual battery that occurred June 10-11, but she did not want to complete a police affidavit.

• Nov. 20, 200 block of 69th Street, domestic disturbance. The HBPD responded to a call about a husband and wife who were intoxicated and arguing. The caller was the son, who also was involved in the dispute. A police officer distributed domestic violence packets.

        Holmes Beach is policed by the HBPD.

        Streetlife is based on incident reports and narratives from the BBPD, HBPD and MCSO.

Islander receives 10 FPA ad awards

The Islander newspaper recently received honors from the Florida Press Association, winning 10 awards for display advertising excellence in its circulation category and in open circulation.

The Islander won first place in the group ad promotion category, open circulation division, for its Back to School advertising. The newspaper also won Best Real Estate ad, open circulation, for an Edgewater Real Estate ad.

Five second place awards were presented to The Islander, including a home builders ad for Coastal Cottages; special section: Storm Avengers; automotive for Holmes Beach Automotive; special section for Tour of Homes, and for furniture advertising in open circulation for Island Girl Interiors.

The Islander also garnered third place honors in the furniture advertising category for Pamaro Shop; the entertainment/dining category for the Tiki Bar, and best use of clip art for the Flea Market.

In July, The Islander was named No. 1 newspaper in the state as one of the three Best of Show at the annual FPA awards banquet held at the Vinoy Park in St. Petersburg. The award is based on the accumulation of points by every newspaper for first, second and third-place finishes in various news categories.

The Best of Show honor meant the newspaper was judged by the FPA as the best newspaper of the year in its circulation category.

The Islander Classifieds: Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2011


CHRISTMAS DISHES: 12 dinner, 12 salad, poinsettia, gold trim, $20. 941-795-8359.

GO-FIT STABILITY ball, 65 cm maximum diameter, $5. 941-795-8359.

MEN’S COAT: LONDON Fog limited edition, 40 regular, $20, 941-795-8359.

QUEEN-SIZE BEDROOM set with new pillow-top mattress included. $450 or best offer. Call 941-545-0298.

AQUARIUM: 50-GALLON, hood, lights, gravel, filters and stand, $100 or best offer. Call 941-737-6887.

OLD GRISWOLD STOVETOP waffle iron, complete, excellent condition, $65. Four oak tavern chairs, heavy, $10 each. 941-565-0836.

FOR SALE: ANTIQUE two-runner wooden sled. $30. 941-565-0836.

SURF ROD: FUJI  F-24 9.5-feet, excellent, $20, TV, Magnavox 19-inch, remote, great picture, $20. Frank, 941-761-1415.

BEDROOM SET: WHITE, hardwood, inlaid, triple dresser $99 or best offer. 941-778-3920.

KITCHEN TABLE AND two chairs, white hardwood, $65. 941-778-3920.

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


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. E-mail classifieds@islander.org, fax toll-free 1-866-362-9821. (limited time offer)


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

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.


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.

FLEA MARKET: 8 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 4. 9806 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria, across from Ginny’s & Jane E’s at the old IGA. Furniture, antiques, collectibles, jewelry, art, nauticals, linens and more great treasures. Rain date the following Sunday, Dec. 11.

GARAGE SALE: 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3. Household miscellaneous, dishes, pictures, fishing. 894 N. Shore Drive, Anna Maria.

GARAGE SALE: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3. 524 56th St., Holmes Beach.

DOWNSIZING! LOTS OF great stuff, but no room! 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3. One day only, don’t miss out! Artwork, furniture, decorative items, much more. 529 68th St., Holmes Beach.

SALE: THREE FAMILIES. 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Dec. 2-3. Great Christmas buys, household items, plants. 505 69th St., Holmes Beach.

HUGE SALE: 8 a.m.-noon Friday and Saturday, Dec. 2-3. Furniture, bedroom, lounge, dining, occasional tables, pictures, beds. 532 70th St., Holmes Beach.

MOVING SALE; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 3-4. Furniture, bedding, miscellaneous. 600 Manatee Ave., #206, Westbay Cove condo.


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.


GOLF CART: EZGO, mint condition, new batteries, charger, orange/white. $2,500. Call 941-357-0658.

AVALANCHE: 2003 LTZ, Z71. 4WD, Bose stereo, sunroof, loaded, dealer maintained. $12,900 or best offer. 941-713-6466.


ANYONE WITH A boat or trailer stored at the former Catcher’s Marina (now Keyes Marina) must contact Jim at 941-778-1977 immediately to avoid default and removal of property.

POWER NOLES CUSTOM-fiberglass 11.5-foot cat-type hull. Very stable boat. Great for kid’s Xmas or anyone who wants to get on the water! 25-hp Mercury, trolling motor and two bass seats. Great boat! $2,150 obo. Call Toni, 941-928-8735.

WANTED: DOCKAGE FOR 26-foot boat in Anna Maria for December through February. Call Mark, 416-574-9500.


BUSY AND EXPANDING Island real estate office looking for experienced agents. High splits and low fees. Call 941-778-8104.

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.

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.


LPNS NEEDED FOR active quadriplegic using Hoyer lift. Full or part-time. Morning shifts are 4-5 hours starting at 7 a.m. Overnight shifts are 9:30 p.m.-7 a.m. Travel opportunity. 941-383-9637.


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. 941-779-6638. Leave message.

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

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

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

PHYSICIST TEACHES YOUR teenager ‘Game Design’ and publishing in iMac and iPad App stores worldwide. RolfBertram@me.com.

DOG-WASTE REMOVAL service: As low as $10 per week! 941-592-5170.

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

MOBILE DOG GROOMING: Bath/brush/hand blow dry, under 30 pounds, $30, 31-50 pounds, $40, 51-80 pounds, $50, 81-99 pounds $60. www.furrytails4grooming.com. 941-224-8655.

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.


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.

GARDEN ELVES SERVING Island since 2000. Reliable yard maintenance, tree trimming, hauling. Affordable rates. 941-704-7954.

GOT STUMPS? CALL an experienced, reliable expert. Brad Frederick’s LLC Tree Stump Grinding and surface roots removal. 941-730-0001.

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.

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.


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.

JUS ROMEO: INSURED, affordable, experienced. House painting, pressure washing, handy work. Free estimate. Call Justin, 941-224-0344.

SOUTHWEST HOME IMPROVEMENT: MIchigan builder, 30 years experience. Affordable, timely, within budget. Call Mike, 1-616-204-8822.


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.

1BR/1BA GROUND-FLOOR CONDO. 55-plus, pool, fishing pier. $1,500/month for three months, $1,300/month for six months and $1,000/month, annual. 813-393-6002.

3BR/3BA: NEW CANALFRONT, pool garage, beach three minutes, boat dock, extra. Starting $1,250/week. Also 2BR/2BA pool, garage, 75 yards to beach, starting $900/week. Call Jo Catolica, director, 269-760-9753, or Mike Sakellarides, 514-390-5050. Facebook: Palm Pelican.

GULFFRONT VACATION RENTAL: 2BR/1BA, sunset dining. Winter visitors call for rates. $150/night, three-day minimum. Contact Mary Ann, 863-660-3509.

LOCAL PROFESSIONAL BUSINESS owners with exceptional rental references looking for 2BR/2BA home on Anna Maria. Trying to sell your house? No problem, we’ll take excellent care of it. 941-713-8070.

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

BAY WATERFRONT: SEASONAL 2-3BR/2BA, laundry room, pool, sun room, walk to beach. 941-779-9074, 703-587-4675.

HOLMES BEACH ANNUAL: 3BR/2BA, great room, washer, dryer, duplex, no stairs, storage. All new last year. Great location, $1,600/month. 603-969-6840.

RETAIL/OFFICE SPACE available, up to 1,000 sf. High visibility location along Marina Drive In Holmes Beach. Call 941-799-9096 for more information.

SEASONAL RENTAL: ANNA Maria city. Upstairs unit, 2BR/1BA. Available December-January. $1,500/month plus tax. 941-778-4499

ANNUAL RENTAL: $750/month or seasonal 1BR/1BA, 55-and-older community. All new inside. Bradenton Beach. 941-224-1652.

VACATION RENTALS ONLY: Private pool homes, 3BR/2BA and 3BR/3BA. Condo, 1BR/1BA overlooking golf course. Call 941-794-1515 or www.coastalpropertiesrealty.com.

NEED 2BR/2BA CONDO or house for March rental for two energetic senior citizens. Flexible location but prefer Holmes Beach. E-mail: biddlebetsy@sbcglobal.net or 860-245-0182.

ANNUAL 2BR/2BA: Washer-dryer hookup, shared pool. First, last and security deposit. $1,100/month plus utilities. Seasonal 2BR/2BA washer and dryer, shared pool, ground floor, $2,700/month. 941-778-9576.

ANNUAL: 2BR/2BA on canal, washer and dryer hookup, space for 28-foot boat. No pets. Holmes Beach. 941-778-7039.

ANNA MARIA ANNUAL: Beautiful, quaint efficiency apartment. Wood floors, granite counter-tops. One block to Gulf of Mexico, backyard dock, canal access to Tampa Bay. One person. $645/month plus security. 941-778-9158.

HOLMES BEACH HOME, quality built and priced for quick sell.

Centrally located, three short blocks to sandy beaches.

No reasonable offer refused. Questions, 309-642-7370.

View virtual tour at www.srqvt.com/309b59thst.html.

SEEKING ANNUAL KEY Royale rental: Minimum 3BR/2BA. Excellent credit. 407-566-1180.

WESTBAY COVE, HOLMES Beach, Second-floor 2BR/2BA on bay and one block to Gulf! Lovely views, pools, tennis. December-January, $2,125/month. Visit aposporos.com. Aposporos & Son, 941-387-3474.

DIRECT INTRACOASTAL WATERFRONT: 1BR/1BA, tile floors, Jacuzzi bath, dock, air conditioning, fridge, $900/month. Shelley, 941-720-4475.

HOLMES BEACH ANNUAL: 2BR/1.5BA, carport, lanai, shed, washer-dryer hookup, $950/month. 941-779-2265.

VACATION RENTAL: HOLMES Beach. 2BR/1BA, boat slip, trolley stop on corner, fully furnished, washer and dryer, outdoor shower, enclosed patio, covered parking. Desirable location. $800-$1,000/week plus tax. No pets, no smoking. 941-713-6466.

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.


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.

BEACHFRONT HOME FOR sale. 2BR/1BA, large lot for expansion! By owner, $799,000. 941-778-8356.

DEEP WATER BOAT dock on Bimini Bay, no bridges. Pam Watts, Coldwell Banker, 941-228-8753.

HOLMES BEACH HOME: Quality built and priced for quick sell. Centrally located, three short blocks to sandy beaches. No reasonable offer refused. Questions, 309-642-7370. View virtual tour: www.srqvt.com/309b59thst.html.

KAYAK OUTSIDE YOUR backdoor with storage. Perico Bay Club villa. Turnkey furnished 2BR/2BA, garage, must sell, poor health. $182,500 or best offer. Vacant, easy to see. Realtor, Fred Flis, 941-356-1456.