Tag Archives: 12-11-2013

MADD, HBPD urge celebrants to chose designated drivers

Mothers Against Drunk Driving Florida and the Holmes Beach Police Department urge adults to plan for a non-drinking designated driver.

The push comes with the arrival of the holiday season. Between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve in 2011, 931 people were killed in drunken driving crashes nationwide, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

MADD’s Tie One On For Safety red ribbon campaign, now in its 27th year, is the organization’s signature public awareness program and is sponsored by National Presenting Sponsor Nationwide Insurance. Drivers across the country display MADD red ribbons on their vehicles as a reminder to plan and designate a non-drinking driver.

“MADD Florida encourages all adults to always designate a non-drinking driver before leaving home for holiday festivities,” said Monica Johnson of MADD Florida in a news release. “We’re honored to join with the Holmes Beach Police Department to Tie One On For Safety and help make our communities safer during the holiday season and year-round.”

The Holmes Beach Police will crack down on drunk drivers with a Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over enforcement effort.

“If you celebrate with alcohol, you do not belong behind the wheel,” HBPD Chief William Tokajer said in the release. “A sober and safe ride after your holiday gathering is the best gift you can give yourself and everyone else on the road this holiday season.”

According to the Florida Highway Safety & Motor Vehicles 2012 Annual Traffic Crash report, DUI crashes in Manatee County increased by nearly 7 percent from 2011, to 304 crashes. Additionally, in Manatee County, 20 people were killed in DUI crashes, a 33 percent increase from 2011, and another 141 people were injured.

Free Tie One On For Safety red ribbons are available at the Holmes Beach Police Department, 5801 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, or by contacting Monica Johnson at Monica.Johnson@madd.org.

For more information, visit www.madd.org.

Rod & Reel Christmas wish: reopen pier Dec. 25

Rod & Reel Pier manager Dave Cochran has a Christmas wish. It’s that the restaurant and bait shop, closed since Sept. 30 due to an electrical fire, could reopen by Dec. 25 to give staff and faithful patrons of the 66-year-old facility at 875 N. Shore Drive, Anna Maria, some holiday cheer.

But it’s a race against time to open for the holiday, Cochran acknowledged.

Cochran said construction crews have been working “as fast as possible to get the restaurant open,” but “every time we tear down an old wall, we seem to find further damage.”

He said he could not predict when the restaurant will reopen. “Christmas would be nice, but I just don’t know. We’re all working as fast as we can to reopen.”

Cochran said a more likely reopening date would probably be in early January.

“We just don’t know,” he said.

One of the problems with repairs has been that building codes in Florida have changed since the facility opened in 1947.

Cochran said all walls, electrical outlets and lines, support beams and insulation must meet the new code. The restaurant also has to provide restrooms for those with disabilities.

The floor plan is not changing, but Cochran believes that when the restaurant is finished it will “look like a new structure.”

City building official Bob Welch said he visits the site almost daily and agreed Cochran and the contractor are working quickly and according to code.

Cochran said he’s in almost daily contact with one or more of the 30 employees who have been out of work since the fire.

Some have received assistance from the All Island Denominations organization of Anna Maria Island churches, as well as the Roser Church Food Pantry.

A number of Anna Maria businesses have been helping All Island Denominations raise money for the pier staff.

Joan Carter of J&J Graphics, 9701 Gulf Drive in Anna Maria, has raised more than $11,000 for All Island Denominations through the sale of T-shirts she makes that say, “Established in 1947, got smoked in 2013.” The shirts take a fun poke at a menu of “charred” foods.

Carter said she donated the first 100 shirts. For the subsequent printings, she retained only the actual $2.25 cost for the T-shirts and her employees labor from the $20 sales price.

“The support has been incredible. Local residents and visitors seem to want a T-shirt to help the pier staff,” she said.

Cornelia Zanetti, president of All Island Denominations, said the outpouring of aid has been terrific.

“We’ve gotten donations from almost everywhere around the world, including Germany and Scotland,” she said.

Many of the pier employees are getting assistance for living expenses, such as utility bills, rent and medicine, she added.

“We’re happy to help as much as we can and the community support has been outstanding,” Zanetti said.

AID members include Roser Memorial Community Church, Gloria Dei Lutheran, St. Bernard Catholic Church, CrossPointe Fellowship, Episcopal Church of the Annunciation and Harvey Memorial Community Church.

Cochran said it would make a great Christmas present for the staff if they could be back to work Dec. 25, but acknowledged that it’s just his Christmas wish.

The Rod & Reel Pier is owned by Mario Schoenfelder of Berlin, Germany. His company also leases the Anna Maria City Pier, where it operates the City Pier Restaurant.


‘Reel’ help

To help All Island Denominations assist islanders this season, including the staff at the Rod & Reel Pier, call 941-778-7771. AID offers help to people in need, often giving rent and utility bill assistance and directions for more aid, including help from the Roser Church Food Pantry.

J&J Graphics Screen Printing, 9701 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria, is donating to AID its proceeds minus costs for Rod & Reel T-shirt sales. The T-shirts — with puns intended — sell for $20.

For more information, call 941-778-6541.

Island police blotter – 12-11-2013

Anna Maria

        • Nov. 26, 500 block of Bayview Place, illegal dumping. A boat moored in Bimini Bay broke loose during gusty winds and drifted before becoming stuck. The owner was notified and told to have the vessel removed.

• Dec. 1, 100 block of Maple Avenue, illegal tree cutting. Anna Maria public works director George McKay reported a tree company was illegally cutting seagrape trees at the beach end of Maple Avenue. A Manatee County Sheriff’s Office deputy responded and made contact with a man who said he was following his employer’s direction. The work was stopped and the employer was told code enforcement would be following up with a complaint. The deputy took photos and observed that seagrape trees apparently were cut below the 47-inch minimum.

Anna Maria is policed by the MCSO.

Bradenton Beach

        • Dec. 2, 1325 Gulf Drive N., Tortuga Resort, recovery of a stolen boat. Police responded to a report of a boat at the seawall near the resort. A check on the vessel’s identification number revealed it had been reported stolen from Palma Sola Boulevard on the mainland. The owner arrived and reported damage and missing items.

• Nov. 28, 120 Bridge St., domestic battery. A woman was sitting in her vehicle when her male companion entered on the passenger’s side. An argument began, at which time the complainant reported that the male choked her, spit on her and threw an empty beer can at her. According to the report, there were no visible signs of injury to the woman. Police were unable to locate the man, who was reported to be staying on an anchored boat in Sarasota Bay in an area just south of the Historic Bridge Street Pier.

• Dec. 2, 200 Bridge St., criminal mischief. The pier concessionaire reported someone ripped a mailbox off the restaurant wall, damaged a lamp post and tore a light fixture from a wooden handrail. Damages were estimated at $170.

• Dec. 5, 201 Gulf Drive N., Oma’s Pizza, disturbance. A storeowner reported a man tallied a $31 restaurant tab and attempted to leave without paying. When the owner confronted the suspect on the patio of the restaurant, the man tossed his dog over the fence, jumped over and fled. Police caught up to the man at a nearby store trying to purchase a can of beer. Police said the man was intoxicated and was incoherent in his statements. The restaurant owner said she knew the man and told police that if he paid his tab, she would not press charges.

        Bradenton Beach is policed by the BBPD.


• Dec. 2, 10103 Cortez Road W., Kissed by a Keylime, retail theft. A store employee left merchandise on the sidewalk outside the business. An unknown person made off with some of the merchandise while it was unattended.

• Dec. 2, 4400 block of 121st Street Court West, information. A complainant reported a man who works for him came to his home, banged on the door and demanded a $300 debt be paid. The complainant did not answer the door and allowed law enforcement to hear several threatening voicemails from the suspect. While listening to them, the suspect called again. The complainant wanted the incidents documented in case there are further issues with the suspect.

• Dec. 4, 10315 Cortez Road W., Paradise Bay Estates, criminal mischief. Unknown persons damaged the bocce ball courts by using pressure from a hose to create holes in the courts. Damages are estimated to be in excess of $5,000.

        Cortez is policed by the MCSO

Holmes Beach

• Nov. 19, 600 block of Key Royale Drive, burglary. A cleaning person observed a candle knocked over on a bedroom nightstand and a decorative box had been moved. As she began to straighten up the items, she noticed the screen window was damaged. Nothing was reported missing at first, but the owner later reported an envelope containing cash was taken.

• Nov. 23, 200 block of 82nd Street, criminal mischief. A man watching a family member’s house reported a bench on the front porch was moved to gain access to a security light, which was broken.

• Nov. 25, 3304 E. Bay Drive, Island Bazaar, theft. A woman handed her iPad to a family member while she tried on some shoes. The younger female placed the iPad on a bench and went to try on bathing suits. When she returned, the iPad was missing. It was valued at $600. Store surveillance video was provided to police.

• Nov. 27, 5500 Marina Drive, hit and run. While on patrol, a police officer observed someone had driven into the median, causing damage to trees and shrubs, as well as knocking down a traffic sign. Police located a headlight and identified it as belonging to a specific type of vehicle. Police were initially unable to locate the vehicle, but an officer on the next shift found the vehicle abandoned in the 5400 block of Holmes Boulevard. The vehicle was impounded and the owner located, who admitted responsibility. She said she looked down while connecting her phone to her vehicle, at which time she drove into the median. She also said she left because she panicked. She was cited for careless driving and leaving the scene of an accident with property damage.

        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.

Calendar – 12-11-2013

Greetings from Florida

The South Florida Museum screens “The Birdcage” at 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13, as part of the museum’s ongoing “Greetings from Florida” film series. The museum is at 201 10th St. W., Bradenton. For more information, call 941-746-4131. Islander Courtesy Photo: MGM


Wednesday, Dec. 11

5:36 p.m. — Official sunset time.


Thursday, Dec. 12

10:30 a.m. — Episcopal Church of the Annunciation church women luncheon and Christmas party, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-1638.

5:37 p.m. — Official sunset time.


Friday, Dec. 13

5:30-8:30 p.m. — Anna Maria Holiday of Treasures open house, Pine Avenue and Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information: 941-779-0709.

5:37 p.m. — Official sunset time.


Saturday, Dec. 14

8:30 a.m. — Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island breakfast and meeting, Anna Maria Island Beach Cafe, Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-1383.

10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. — Anna Maria Island Art League Winterfest arts and crafts festival, city field, 5801 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 931-778-2099.

10:30 a.m. — Island Gallery West demonstration with oil painter Jane Delight Keeling, 5368 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6648.

11 a.m. — Senior Adventures cooking class, Annie Silver Community Center, 103 23rd St. N., Bradenton Beach. Fee applies. Information: 941-962-8835.

3-9 p.m. — Christmas on Bridge Street, Bradenton Beach. Information: 215-906-0668.

5:30 p.m. — Episcopal Church of the Annunciation Christmas potluck dinner, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-1638.

5:37 p.m. — Official sunset time.

6 p.m. — Roser Memorial Community Church Bethlehem Walk, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-0414.


Sunday, Dec. 15

10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. — Anna Maria Island Art League Winterfest arts and crafts festival, city field, 5801 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 931-778-2099.

2 p.m. — Anna Maria Island Concert Chorus and Orchestra holiday concert, CrossPointe Fellowship, 8605 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Fee applies. Information: 941-795-2370.

5:37 p.m. — Official sunset time.


Monday, Dec. 16

5:38 p.m. — Official sunset time.


Tuesday, Dec. 17

Noon — Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island meets, Bridge Street Bistro, 111 Gulf Drive S., Bradenton Beach Information: 941-794-8044.

5:38 p.m. — Official sunset time.


Wednesday, Dec. 18

Noon — The Anna Maria Garden Club Christmas program and luncheon, Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-2607.

5:38 p.m. — Official sunset time.



Wednesday, Dec. 11

10 a.m. — Bradenton Opera Guild coffee, meeting and entertainment by Sarasota Opera apprentice and studio artists, IMG Country Club, 4350 El Conquistador Parkway, Bradenton. Information: 941-358-5660.

11:30 a.m. — Off Stage Ladies meeting and cookie exchange, Mannatees Sports Grill, 7423 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton. Fee applies. Information: 941-799-2181.


Friday, Dec. 13

6 p.m. — South Florida Museum “Greetings from Florida” film screening, “The Birdcage,” 201 10th St. W., Bradenton. Fee applies. Information: 941-746-4131.


Saturday, Dec. 14

Noon-2 p.m. — Guy Harvey signs autographs to benefit Mote Marine Laboratory, Bealls, 6355 Manatee Ave., Bradenton. Information: 941-388-4441.

Noon-2 p.m. — Santa Jaws visits Mote Marine Aquarium, 1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy., City Island, Sarasota. Fee applies. Information: 941-388-4441.

Noon-4 p.m. — Florida Maritime Museum Porch Party, 4415 119th St. W., Cortez. Information: 941-708-6121.

6 p.m. — Keep Manatee Beautiful Christmas Costume Gala, Renaissance on 9th, 1816 Ninth St. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-795-8272.

6:15 p.m. — Cortez Yacht Club Holiday Lighted Boat Parade, Moore’s Stone Crab restaurant to Seafood Shack via Intracoastal Waterway. Information: 941-383-0474


Wednesday, Dec. 18

5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. — South Florida Museum Star of Bethlehem talk, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-746-4131.


Coming up

• Dec. 25 is Christmas Day.

• Dec. 31 is New Year’s Eve.

• Jan. 1 is New Year’s Day.

• Jan. 11, Anna Maria Island Community Center Cornhole Tournament, Anna Maria.

• Jan. 11,         Florida Maritime Museum Porch Party, Cortez.


Save the date

• Jan. 17, Florida Arbor Day, events communitywide.

• Jan. 18-19, Anna Maria Chalk Festival, Anna Maria.

• Jan. 26, Anna Maria Island Concert Chorus and Orchestra Bach and Vivaldi concert, Holmes Beach.

• Feb. 1, Friends of the Island Library Book Sale, Holmes Beach.

• Feb. 15-16, 32nd annual Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival, Cortez.


Calendar announcements

        Send calendar announcements to calendar@islander.org. Please include the time, date and location of the event, a brief description and a contact via email and phone. The deadline for submissions is the Wednesday a week before publication. High-resolution photographs welcome.

Obituaries – 12-11-2013

John F. Driscoll

John F. Driscoll, 80, of Holmes Beach, died Nov. 29. He was born in Binghamton, N.Y.

He received an engineer degree from State University of New York, Binghamton, and began work at Universal Instrument, becoming manager of customer services. He served in the U.S. Armed Forces in the Korean conflict.

He dedicated many years to Boy Scouts, helping many boys to achieve Eagle Scout, the scout’s highest honor. He was past commander of Susquenango Power Squadron; past president of Southern Tier Winnebago Club; and past president of Valley Industrial Credit Union. He served generously on many community boards, and was tireless in his efforts while serving on the board of the Sheltered Blind Work Association in Binghamton.

Mr. Driscoll was a member of Unity Church in Sarasota.

A private service was held at the Key Royale Club.

Mr. Driscoll is survived by his wife of 56 years, JoAnne; sons, John, Jimmy and Jerry and wife Angela; grandchildren Jamie, Alex, Madison, Maxwell, McKenzie and Jack; and three great-grandchildren.


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Anthony Jamar Leverett, 34, of Bradenton, died Dec. 2.

Mr. Leverett was a well known and respected fishing guide, operating Kingdom Business Charters out of Keyes Marina in Holmes Beach. He mentored and fished frequently on offshore charters ad first mate with Capt. Larry McGuire of Show Me the Fish Charters.

Visitation was held Dec. 6 at St. Stephens AME Church, Bradenton, and a service was held Dec. 7 at Redeemed Christian Center, Bradenton. Arrangements were by Westside Funeral Home, Palmetto.

Mr. Leverett is survived by his wife, Diana; children Faith, 12, Anthony, 10, Jakari, 8, Katryna, 7, and Kaydence, 4; and his mother, Mary.


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Paul Patrick Mitchell, 59, of Bradenton and formerly of Anna Maria Island, died Nov. 21. He was born in Fort Wayne, Ind., and spent most of his life in Florida.

He had a background in appraisals and real estate and for many years specialized in recruiting technical engineers.

It was his request for no service. He had a deep love for animals and, therefore, memorial donations may be made online at www.honoranimalrescue.org or givetotidewell.org in honor of Paul Mitchell.

Mr. Mitchell is survived by his devoted wife, Joani (Busching); brother Verne V. III  and wife Janice; nephews Verne “Van” Dyne IV, Jonathan and Alexander; sister Cynthia, niece Ashley; aunt Mary Koehlinger; and his West Highland terrier, Tu.

Sports – 12-11-2013

Old standbys — golf, horseshoes — fill weekly sports card


Topping another busy week of golf at the Key Royale Club in Holmes Beach is a hole-in-one by Mike Pritchett during a nine-hole scramble Dec. 5.

Pritchett aced the 145-yard par 3 third hole using his 8-iron to spark his team — Dave Richardson, Dan Richardson and Bruce Allen — to a 5-under-par 27 and a first-place finish. The team of Quentin Talbert, Lex Halakan, Bob Lang and Tony Butzek matched the 4-under-par carded by Dick Mills, Jerry Elson, Ken Rickett and Brian Bishop to finish in a tie for second place.

The Key Royale women played a nine-hole, individual-low-net match along with a two-best-balls-of-the team game Dec. 3.

Helen Pollock fired a 3-under-par 29 to grab first place in Flight A by one shot over Brenda Solleveld, alone in second with a 2-under-par 30. Heather Blane took third place with a 1-under-par 31.

Barb Estok and Meredith Slavin both carded 1-over-par 33s to tie for first place in Flight B. Beth Lindeman, Christina Mason and Kris Landkammer all finished at 2-over-par 34 to tie for second.

Judy Ward’s 1-under-par 31 put her at first place in Flight C by three shots over second-place finisher Kathy Porter, who finished with a 34.

Marcia O’Brien carded a 2-under-par 30 to take first place in Flight D. Shirley Cessna was alone in second place on even-par 32.

The team of Meredith Slavin, Brenda Solleveld, Maxine Mitchell and Heather Blane combined on a 79 to win the game of the day.

The men got out for a pair of nine-hole matches Dec. 2, including a best-ball-of-foursome match in the morning. The team of Pieter Thomassen, Jim Macvicar, Pete Weir and Jerry Taylor combined on a 10-under-par 22 to grab first place. Three teams tied at 7-under 25.

Later in the day, the men teed off in a quota-points match. Rich Papini grabbed individual honors with a plus-4, while the team of Ken Rickett, Brian Bishop, Dan Richardson and Dave Richardson won the team title with a minus-1.

The men played an 18-hole, individual-low-net match Nov. 30. Gino Di Clemente carded a 2-under-par 62 to grab a two-shot victory. Tom Lewis was alone in second place with an even-par 64.


Horseshoe news

Dave Lansaw and Dom Livedoti were the only team to manage a 3-0 pool-play record and, as such, were the outright champs Dec. 7 during action at the Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe pits.

Dec. 4 action saw three teams emerge from pool play to battle for the day’s bragging rights. Bill Wright and Bob Palmer drew the bye and watched as John Crawford and  Karl Thomas rolled past Gene Bobeldyk and Roy Vickers by a 23-2 score. Crawford and Thomas stayed hot in the finals, easily defeating the Wright-Palmer team 21-7.

Play gets underway 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.

Fishing – 12-11-2013

Mild temperatures, calm seas — great time for fishing


December has blessed us with mild temperatures and calm seas, but you still may want to try fishing some wintertime patterns.

Dock fishing with live shrimp and fishing local canals can be prosperous. I’m noticing good numbers of black drum, sheepshead, redfish and snook are moving into these areas. These fish are just arriving, so now is a good time to target them.

Along the beaches, rumors of pompano are floating around, although the good numbers of fish have not arrived. Spanish mackerel, ladyfish and jacks will provide excellent action on light tackle outfits or fly rods. For any of these fish, a lure with a little flash will attract a bite.

Spotted seatrout are responding to soft plastics combined with a jighead. Drifting is an effective way to locate fish. Once you find a concentration of fish, drop your anchor and work the area thoroughly. Live shrimp also will produce a bite. While targeting trout, expect to encounter jacks, ladyfish, mackerel and bluefish.

Jonny Keyes at Island Discount Tackle says live shrimp are producing a good bite in canals, especially around docks or other structure. Black drum, sheepshead, flounder and redfish are being reported. For rigging, Keyes suggests keeping it simple. A No. 2 hook with a split shot placed 12 inches above the hook will suffice. For leader, 20- or 30-pound fluorocarbon is a good bet.

Spotted seatrout are accommodating flats fishers using soft plastics combined with a jig head. Keyes likes to drift over grass flats and pitch jigs into the sandy potholes to find the trout bite. Keyes’ new favorite trout lure is the “Savage shrimp.” If you’re not familiar with this lure, stop by the tackle shop — they’ve got them.

Migratory fish such as macks, jacks and ladyfish are being caught throughout the area. Piers, beaches or deep flats are a great place to hunt for these high-activity fish. As for bait, any lure that has some flash to it will work.

Capt. Warren Girle is fishing off shore with good results. Fresh-cut shiners for bait are resulting in mangrove snapper. To locate these fish, Girle is anchoring over artificial reefs and hard bottom. While targeting bottom fish, Girle is free-lining live shiners behind the boat for Spanish mackerel. Most catches are in the 15- to 20-inch range, although macks up to 24 inches are not uncommon.

Moving into Sarasota Bay, Girle is targeting redfish. To find these fish, Girle is fishing shallow grass flats which contain oyster bars and scattered pot holes. Berkley Gulp shrimp are producing a bite. Slot-size reds are the norm this week.

Finally, Girle is drifting deep grass flats with pompano jigs tipped with a small piece of shrimp. Pompano, as well as jacks, ladyfish and mackerel are responding to the jigs. You can also expect to encounter spotted seatrout and bluefish.

Dave Sork at the Anna Maria City Pier says black drum are making an appearance. Pier fishers using live shrimp are catching drum 10-20 inches. To target these fish, you want to add some weight to your line to place your bait on the bottom. Flounder, sheepshead and mangrove snapper will also respond to live shrimp fished on the bottom, so be ready to catch a variety.

Spanish mackerel, jacks and ladyfish are still being caught on artificials at the pier. Silver spoons or white jigs are producing a bite. Live shrimp will also work for all three species, although they typically respond better to faster moving baits.

Capt. Rick Gross of Fishy Business charters is changing tactics. Due to the great price being paid for mullet this year, Gross is out cashing in with his mullet net.

Although Gross is mullet fishing, this does not deter him from recreational fishing. In fact, it helps. When mullet fishing, you end up covering a lot of water looking for the fish. Mullet generally congregate in the same areas we fish for redfish, trout and snook. So, with that being said, Gross is not only catching mullet, he’s finding all of the sport fish, which he can go fish for at a later date. Yes, when the phone rings for a fishing charter, Gross already knows where to take his clients.

On a final and sad note, we lost a great captain and fisherman. Capt. Anthony Leverett of Kingdom charters died Dec. 2. His final fishing report: “The fishing we all have and share, here off the beautiful Holmes Beach has been and continues to be nothing short of amazing. Grouper fishing is currently at a record high. There continues to be lots of nice red grouper fairly close to shore, making for short travel times. Our four-hour trips continue to produce double digit catches of red Grouper and gag groupers.

“We also have begun to see a few pelagic species of fish ranging from cobia to Kingfish. To top it all off we also are catching numerous species of shark, including nurse, black tip, and Atlantic Sharp Nose.”

The services for Capt. Anthony Leverett, who died Dec. 2, are past, but you can help his family and show your appreciation for Leverett’s love of fishing.

Call The Islander at 941-778-7978 or CrossPointe Fellowship at 941-778-0719 regarding donations. A fund for donations was being organized at press time.

Send fishing reports to fish@islander.org.

Real Estate – 12-11-2013

812 N. Shore Drive, Anna Maria, a 2,802 sfla / 4,310 sfur 5bed/3½bath/2car home built in 2007 on a 65×100 lot was sold 11/15/13, Selby to Rysal Enterprises LLC for $1,600,000; list $1,777,700.

103 30th St., Holmes Beach, a 1,809 sfla / 2,380 sfur 3bed/2½bath Gulfront home built in 1972 on a 50×100 lot was sold 11/15/13, Lucas to Toehold on Sandcastle LLC for $1,350,000.

6906 Holmes Blvd., Unit A, 6906 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach, a land condo with pool built in 2013 was sold 11/18/13, AMI Breeze LLC to DSB RE Holdings LLC for $800,000.

6906 Holmes Blvd., Unit A, 6906 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach, a land condo with pool built in 2013 was sold 11/18/13, Stine Keel Holdings LLC to AMI Breeze LLC for $685,433.

617 Ivanhoe Lane, Holmes Beach, a 2,319 sfla / 3,257 sfur 4bed/3bath/2car canalfront pool home built in 1978 on a 100×105 lot was sold 11/18/13, Richardson to Sirigotis for $649,000.

519 71st St., Holmes Beach, a 1,998 sfla / 2,746 sfur 3bed/3bath/1car canalfront home built in 1961 on a 100×129 lot was sold 11/15/13, Allen to Kane for $540,000; list $565,000.

811 Jacaranda Road, Anna Maria, a 1,144 sfla / 1,731 sfur 3bed/2bath/2car home built in 1979 on a 50×100 lot was sold 11/20/13, Campbell to Belden for $510,000; list $549,900.

3808 Sixth Ave., Unit 3, Village at Holmes Beach, Holmes Beach, a 1,725 sfla / 2,593 sfur 3bed/2bath condo with shared pool built in 2002 was sold 11/21/13, Sun Island Properties LLC to Bailey for $465,000.

603 Emerald Lane, Holmes Beach, a 2,150 sfla / 2,696 sfur 3bed/2bath/2car canalfront pool home built in 1969 on a 116×115 lot was sold 11/21/13, Deutsche Bank Trust Company Americas to Ohara for $411,099; list $335,000.

2919 Ave. C, Holmes Beach, a 1,040 sfla / 1,050 sfur 2bed/2bath home built in 1979 on a 50×105 lot was sold 11/19/13, Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation to Safer for $300,000.

1603 Gulf Drive N., Unit 14, Tradewinds, Bradenton Beach, a 540 sfla 1bed/1bath condo with shared pool built in 1971 Watson to Cole for $183,750; list $189,000.

1801 Gulf Drive N., Unit 202, Runaway Bay, Bradenton Beach, a 712 sfla / 792 sfur 1bed/1bath condo with shared pool built in 1978 was sold 11/20/13, Neihardt to Petlowany for $165,000.

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

The Islander Classifieds: Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013


BEDROOM SET, KING, pink, seven pieces, $400, glass dining table, four chairs, tropical, $200. 941-778-6158.

DEWALT MODEL 745 10-inch contractor table, lightly used, complete, $225. 941-778-2346.

OAK COMPUTER CART: $35, tan sofa bed, $70. 941-778-6364.

CHRISTMAS VINTAGE ORNAMENTS, Noel angels from the 1950s, 50 items total, $35. 941-326-6253.

WHITE OVERRANGE MICROWAVE. Upgrading to stainless, $50. Recently cushioned wrought iron sofa, $95. 941-779-9470.

COMPUTER: DUAL 1.8GHz HT DELL, refurbished $60. 941-756-6728.

CRYSTAL CHANDELIER: LIKE new, $35, eggshell rocking chair, $35, radiator, $25, sweaters from $2. 941-779-9781.

COFFEE TABLE: DROP-leaf, very nice, $100, 1-year old above-ground pool, accessories, 15-18 foot, $100. 941-778-3920.


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)


WANTED: WORKOUT DVDs and retired but working XBox, Wii units with games for Ministry of Presence for kids and teens in Haiti. Deliver to The Islander, 5604B Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.

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, 5604B Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.

ANTIQUES, ART, and collectibles. View at The Islander store, 5604B Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.

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

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, 5604B 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, 5604B Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Don’t be sorry, be safe.


ROSER THRIFT SHOP:  Open 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday, 10 a.m-1 p.m. Saturday. Open 9-11 a.m. Wednesdays for donations. Don’t forget to check our $1 sales racks!  511 Pine Ave. Anna Maria. 941-779-2733.

STEFF’S STUFF ANTIQUES: Consignment sale 20-50% off, open daily. The Centre Shops on Longboat Key. 5380 Gulf of Mexico Drive. 941-383-1901.


LOST: LADY’S PRESCRIPTION Silhouette eyeglasses. Call 941-778-2497.


WELL-MANNERED RESCUED dogs (and kittens!) are looking for great new homes or fosters. Please, call for information, 941-896-6701.

DOGGY DAY CARE: Coastal Canine Cottage. Leave your pets with us for fun and pampering while you’re out! Lisa, 941-243-3990. 8819 Cortez Rd. W., Bradenton.


FOR SALE: 2013 Gem Car e4. Loaded, garage-kept on Anna Maria Island. Call/text, 404-668-9397.


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 RENTAL Create life long memories. Call 941-518-3868 or see boatflorida.weebly.com.

ANNA MARIA ISLAND boaters: Selling or buying, call Captain Dave! World Class Yacht Sales, 877-901-BOAT. captaindave@wcyachtsales.com

WAGNER CUSTOM-MADE 15-foot boat on lift, four-stroke, 40-hp, Yamaha motor plus deluxe electric remote motor, trailer. $6,500, will consider street legal cart in trade. 941-778-9184.

50-FOOT DOCK for rent, wide deep-water canal, many amenities. BJ, 941-778-3013.

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!
 Includes a trolling motor with battery. Must see! $500 obo. Call Toni, 941-928-8735. 


SINGERS WANTED: BASS and tenor section leaders. Paid positions, Roser Church. Call 941-778-0414, leave message for Jim Johnston.

ISLAND BUSINESS SEEKS full-charge bookkeeper (QuickBooks) for part-time work. Great opportunity for the right person. Send resume and cover letter to: jobs_ami@yahoo.com. 941-795-7558.

LPNS NEEDED FOR active quadriplegic using Hoyer lift. Morning shifts, 4-5 hours starting at 7 a.m. Overnight shifts, 9:30 p.m.-7 a.m. Travel opportunity. 941-685-5213.


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

RESPONSIBLE RED CROSS certified babysitter. Honor student. Call or text Isabel, 941-545-7995.

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, 5604-B Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.


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.

ALL AROUND PAINTING: Quality work. Free estimates. Licensed, insured. Call native islander Jim Weaver, 813-727-1959.

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

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

CLEANING RESIDENTIAL, COMMERCIAL and resort. Love what we do, love to work. 941-756-4570.

JUST THAT CLEANING service: We will clean your home like our own. We offer organic cleaning products. Free estimate. Call Jenise, 941-730-6773.

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

PART-TIME BOOKKEEPING services available, experienced and reliable. Call Michael at 941-713-0284.

JOHN “THE FIREMAN” Island Cycle & Scooter Repair. 25 years experience. Affordable prices. 918-639-5002 or 941-276-1414.

DIRTY LAUNDRY? WORLD-class laundry drop-off service. $1 per pound, most items. Sun Clean Coin Laundry. 2905 Manatee Ave., W., Bradenton. 941-746-0849.

FOR REAL: REAL estate photography services. $15 off any package. 941-524-4656. http://www.for-real.bz/

COMPUTER SERVICES: I can fix it. Virus cleanup, system upgrade. Hardware, software and network repair. FBI virus cleaned and removed. Cell phone repair, support. Replace broken camera, screen, etc. Give islander Socko a call: 941-799-1169.

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.: 38-year Islanders. 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.

ISLAND LAWN SPRINKLERS repairs and installations, watering the island for 15 years. Jeff, 941-778-2581.

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


STRAIGHT SHOT LANDSCAPE. Specializing in old Florida seashell driveways and scapes. Free estimates. Call Shark Mark, 941-301-6067.

SHELL DELIVERED AND spread. $50/yard. Hauling all kinds of gravel, mulch, top soil with free estimates. Call Larry at 941-795-7775, “shell phone” 941-720-0770.

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

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


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

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

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

GRIFFIN’S HOME IMPROVEMENTS Inc. Handyman, fine woodwork, countertops, cabinets and wood flooring. Insured and licensed. 941-722-8792.

JERRY’S HOME REPAIR: Carpentry, handyman, light hauling, pressure washing. Jack of all trades. Call 941-778-6170 or 941-447-2198.

HANDYMAN SERVICE: 25-year Island resident. We do all repair, interior and exterior, insured. The Flying Dutchman, 941-447-6747.

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

PRESSURE WASHING: RESIDENTIAL, commercial, roofs, driveways, house, lanai, pool area. The Flying Dutchman, 941-447-6747.

PRESSURE WASHING: RESIDENTIAL, commercial, resorts, roof, lanai, etc. Also windows, lawn services, also. 941-756-4570.

PROFESSIONAL TILE ROOF restoration. Call Peter for free estimate, references, insured. The Flying Dutchman, 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.

VACATION RENTALS: GREAT location near boat ramp and everything on Anna Maria Island. Free WiFi, cable. 941-779-6638.

VACATION RENTALS: BRADENTON houses or condos. Weekly or monthly. Call 941-962-0971 or 941-794-1515. www.coastalpropertiesrealty.com. Suzanne Wilson, broker.

ANNUAL HOME WANTED January 2014: Long-time Island couple seeks single-family home with pool in quiet Holmes Beach or Anna Maria. No pets, no smoking. Minimum 2BR/2BA. Will consider waterfront condo. Tom, 941-993-4909.

1BR AND 2BR units off Cortez Road, two miles from the beach. 3611 117th St. W., one block from the bay. $650-$800/month. 941-518-8478.

SEASONAL APARTMENTS AVAILABLE: 1 and 2BR at Westbay Cove condo. Walk to beach, shopping, restaurants, on free trolley line. Tennis, two heated pools. Old Florida Realty Co., 941-713-9096.

SEASONAL RENTAL AVAILABLE January through April. Second floor 2BR/2BA newly remodeled unit with screened lanai and pool. One block from public beach and town. Email ssmithyoga@gmail.com for serious inquiries.

3BR/1.5BA with screen porch, garage. Washer, dryer and big back yard. $2,000 month. Mike Norman Realty, 941-778-6696.

FLORIDA KEYS VACATION rental house. 2BR/2BA with dock, oceanside. Available Dec. 21-Jan. 8. 941-778-3106.

HOLMES BEACH ANNUAL: 2BR/1BA, garage, Florida room, Gulfside, $1,150/month plus utilities, security. 336-509-9636. www.RTBeach.com/beach.

2BR/1BA ANNUAL ELEVATED duplex. One block to beach and shopping. $1,000/month. 941-778-2227 or 991-778-7980.

SENIOR COUPLE REQUESTS four-month lease for 2-3BR/2BA with heated pool. Kindly email offer to: weelie509@gmail.com. 478-960-8810.

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.


PLEASE CALL ME if you are interested in selling. I am looking to purchase a home close to the beach or on the beach. 941-779-6158. No Realtors.

WE’RE LOW, LISTINGS needed. Are you curious as to how much your home could be worth? Call us for a free professional consultation. Call Lynn at Edgewater Real Estate, 941-778-8104.

LAKEFRONT CONDO: 2BR/2BA. $230,500. Over-55 community, no pets, renovated home, quiet area, double carport, ground floor, boat docks, kayak/canoe facilities, heated pool, exercise room, tennis, shuffleboard, and waterfront park on beautiful Sarasota Bay. Only two miles to Bradenton Beach. For sale by owner. Call Fred 941-794-5011.

GREAT LITTLE HOUSE, great big view: Open water view of AMI Bridge, 1950s cottage, block construction, pine accents. New appliances, etc. An island treasure. $849,500. FSBO. 941-730-2606 (leave message).

FOR SALE BY owner: Palm Court off of El Conquistador Parkway. 4816 61st. Ave. Drive W., Bradenton. Move-in ready, 941-524-6977.

SUNBOW BAY TOWNHOUSE: 4BR/3.5BA water view, handicap accessible, garage, pool. By owner, easy show, $359,000. 941-795-3778.

OPEN HOUSE: Noon-4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15. Best buy, home on a canal per square foot. 3BR/3BA, pool, $649,900. 618 Foxworth Lane, Holmes Beach. Key Royale. Sharon Hightower, Edgewater Real Estate. 941-330-5054.