Tag Archives: 12-12-2012

Resort tax collections top $8M, set record

Resort tax collections for fiscal year 2011-12 set a record of $8.1 million, surpassing the previous record of $7.01 million set in 2010-11.

The resort tax, often called the bed tax, is the 5 percent collected by the Manatee County Tax Collector’s office on accommodation rentals of six months or less. It’s official name is the Manatee County Tourist Development Tax. The fiscal year runs from Oct. 1 to Sept. 30.

Sue Sinquefield, head of the office that oversees collection of the resort tax, said the team never planned to set a record.

“We’re just doing our jobs,” she said.

Better collection methods, increasing tourism, a good tip line for reporting violators, and the number of people who have come forward to register and pay tax on accommodations all contributed to the increase, she said.

To rent out an accommodation, an owner or rental agent must be registered with the Florida Department of Business Regulation and then receive a license from the county tax collector, Sinquefield said.

Her office also has field agents who conduct inspections of accommodations in areas known for having high numbers of rental properties.

If agents don’t find the proper documents at rentals, the owners or agents may be liable for resort taxes that should have been paid during the time the owner/agent had no license, but was renting the property anyway, Sinquefield said.

And the 2012-13 resort tax collections already have begun to come in ahead of last year’s record pace.

Resort tax collections for the first month of the fiscal year, October 2012, were $426,289, while collections in October 2011 were $397,000, according to the MCTC website. The tax is collected one month in arrears.

Sinquefield said increases in resort tax collections appear to mesh with increased tourism reports for Manatee County.

The year-to-year resort tax increased 15.5 percent from 2010-11 to 2011-12. Area tourism in 2011 was up 6.7 percent, according to the Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, and the BACVB reports tourism is up about 6.5 percent for 2012.

Anna Maria Island and Longboat Key accommodations contribute about 62 percent of the annual resort taxes collected, according to information on the MCTC website. That equates to about $5 million generated for the 2011-12 resort tax fund by the barrier islands.

The resort tax is used to fund the BACVB, the Bradenton Convention Center, the county’s share of beach renourishment projects, the Crosley Mansion, McKechnie Field where the Pittsburgh Pirates hold spring training and several other county ventures.

Fishing – 12-12-2012

Transitional weather makes for tough times fishing


If you’re fishing the backcountry around Anna Maria Island and its vicinity, you may find the fishing is a little tough. We are in a transitional place in the backwaters. Now that water temps are consistently below 70 degrees, the fish we target are on the move to find their wintertime haunts.

Now is the time to go out and explore your winter fishing spots to see if you can find concentrations of fish. Fishing around docks and canals should begin to really turn on in the weeks to come. Also, a noticeable amount of sheepshead are showing up on the flats, which means they should be staging up under local docks and around pilings very soon.

Finally, if you’re looking for good action on migratory fish, try fishing around the Sunshine Skyway Bridge for bonito and mackerel. If nothing else, these fish are worthy of providing drag-screaming rod-bending action.

Capt. Rick Gross of Fishy Business charters is fishing spotted seatrout in upper Sarasota Bay. Gross is covering his bases during this transitional time in the backcountry by carrying both live shrimp and live shiners. Gross is also carrying artificials — soft plastics on a jighead or DOA shrimp — in case the fish aren’t responding to live bait presentations.

When live bait fishing, Gross is anchoring on grass flats that are peppered with deep sandy potholes. By casting baits to the edges of the holes, Gross is catching spotted seatrout up to 22 inches.

When using artificials, Gross is drifting over the same flats and casting to the holes. Using this method, Gross is able to cover more areas of the flat, which, in theory, gives his clients more opportunity to get their lure in front of the fish.

Jeff Medley at the Sunshine Skyway Bridge South Fishing Pier says night fishing is producing the best action. Pier fishers arriving after sunset are being rewarded with steady action on bluefish and flounder. For the blues, pier fishers are using Love’s lures pompano jigs to get the bite. With a fast rigging retrieve, these ravenous bluefish are chomping on jigs almost as soon as they enter the water. Average size of the bluefish is 2-3 pounds. For the flounder, pier fishers are dragging live shiners or shrimp along the bottom under the pier. Keeper-size flounder up to 20 inches are being caught.

During the daylight hours, Medley days there are still a few mackerel around, but they are on the small side. Bonito are frequenting the pier, too. Look for fish breaking the surface under diving birds and cast to the edges of the school with Gotcha Plugs or small white jigs.

Last, but not least, Medley is seeing good numbers of sheepshead around the pilings of the pier. “There are some 6-plus pound sheepies down there,” says Medley, “but you have to be persistent. The sheepies are finicky right now.”

For bait, try live fiddlers or shrimp.

Capt. Warren Girle is fishing just off the beaches of both Anna Maria Island and Longboat Key for migratory species like bonito and shark. These species may not offer much, if any, food value, but the sheer power they have once they hit your bait makes catching them extremely fun and exciting. For the bonito, Girle is using live shiners for bait. For the sharks, he’s using the bonito he just caught, cut into bite-size strips and free-lined behind the boat. The bonito are ranging in the 8- to 12-pound class. As for the sharks, Girle feels that these are some of the biggest black tips he’s seen all season — with the largest coming in at 120 pounds.

In the backcountry, Girle is fishing through the transitional phase by targeting docks for redfish and flounder. By using live shrimp for bait on a knocker rig, Girle is casting under docks in Sarasota Bay to locate fish. “We’re in a transition,” says Girle, “but as long as you’re patient, you’ll eventually find docks holding fish.”

Slot-size and under is the average size of the reds this past week.

Steve Oldham at Island Discount Tackle says he’s hearing of good action on flounder and sheepshead around the piers although the bite is sporadic at best. Live shrimp is the bait of choice for the flounder. As for the sheepshead, Oldham feels that since the fish are finicky, live oyster crabs or tubeworms might entice them. “If they won’t hit those baits,” says Oldham, “they won’t hit anything.”

From those fishers working the flats, Oldham says he’s seeing a few redfish being filleted back at the marina, but again it seems the bite is sporadic. Spotted seatrout also are being caught, but no rallies are occurring. For either species, Oldham suggests using live shrimp under a popping cork.

Finally, Oldham is still getting reports of small shark being caught from the beaches. Bonnet head and Atlantic sharp nose sharks up to 40 inches are being caught on pieces of cut fish or squid fished on the bottom in the surf.

Jim Malfese at the Rod & Reel Pier says there are some sheepshead hanging around the pilings at the pier, and fishers using live fiddler crabs or tubeworms are having success at reeling up some of these tasty striped fish. Most fishers targeting sheepshead are using small sturdy hooks in a size 2 or 4 tied to some 20-pound fluorocarbon for leader. Depending on the speed of the tide, a half-ounce egg sinker is usually effective to keep your bait where you want it. Sheepshead in the 1- to 2-pound range are the average for this time of year.

Send fishing reports to fish@islander.org.

Sports – 12-12-2012

Young islander helps team to world hockey title


Zach Fernandes of Holmes Beach and his teammates on Tampa Bay Lightning 2001s captured first place in the Bauer World Hockey Invititational Nov. 2-4 in Chicago.

The Bauer Invite is billed as the world’s largest youth hockey tournament. This year’s event featured 424 teams, 7,632 players and a total of 946 games played across eight age divisions, including teams from all across the United States, Canada, Russia, Latvia and the Czech Republic.

Zach plays for the Tampa Bay Lightning, an independent, Tier 1-AAA hockey team. Tier 1-AAA is the highest level of competition for youth hockey in North America and the Lightning is made up of 14 of the top 2001 birth-year players in Florida from as far south as Miami and north from Jacksonville. The team is based at the Ellenton Ice Arena.

Ellenton’s Lightning won the 2001-AAA division championship with a perfect 7-0 record, eventually defeating the Soo Greyhounds from Sault Saint Marie, Ontario, 3-2 in the finals. The Soo Greyhounds have produced some top NHL players, including Wayne Gretzky, Joe Thorton and John Vanbiesbrouck among others.

Though this is Zach’s first season with the Ellenton team, he is a key contributor to the team’s success, according to coach James Carey, a former NHL Washington Capitals goalie. Zach brings a high energy, hardworking style of play that has been a great compliment to the team, Carey says.

The Lighting opened the tourney by cruising past the USA Eagles 4-1 and followed that up with a 6-4 victory over the Vernon Hills Ice Dogs.

Day two of the tournament saw the Lightning ease past the Dallas Penguins 4-1 before playing what was one of the more pivotal games in the competition.

The Lightning took on the Michigan Nationals in the round of 16. The teams battled to a 3-3 tie through regulation play and the game was decided by Zach, who scored the game-winning goal with six seconds remaining in the second overtime.

The exciting victory propelled the Lightning into the quarterfinals and eventually the championship game.

In the finals, the Lightning struggled early, falling behind by a 2-0 score, but came back in the third period behind goals from Berg Alexander, Gatto Connor and Simpson Burke to give the Lightning a 3-2 victory.

Though the Bauer World Championship is the team’s highlight of the season, their success goes beyond one tournament. The Lightning are ranked in the top 20 of 2001 Tier 1-AAA teams in the entire country, boastomg a 20-3-1 record against Tier 1-AAA opponents and are riding a 19-game win streak, including the Bauer tournament.

Congratulations to Zach and the rest of his Lightning teammates.


FL Discount Signs wins 4-v-4 soccer tourney

FL Discount Signs captured the inaugural 4-v-4 adult coed soccer tournament Dec. 8 at the Anna Maria Island Community Center. The tournament consisted of two, three-team pools with byes given to the teams that finished first in their pool.

FL Discount Signs captured its pool by defeating Island Cup 5-1 in its first game and Center of Attention 4-3 in its second game. Dream Crushers won the other pool by beating Island Pest Control 4-0 in its first game before slipping past Wash Family Construction 3-2 in its second game.

The tournament then moved to the knockout stage. Island Pest Control edged Center of Attention 4-3 and Wash Family Construction did the same to Island Cup to advance to the semifinals.

The Dream Crushers advanced to the finals by slipping past Island Pest Control, while FL Discount Signs destroyed Wash Family Construction 8-1 to advance to the finals.

The championship game was a spirited contest, but FL Discount Signs prevailed, earning a 4-3 overtime victory and the title.


Key Royale golf news

The women of Key Royale Club played a nine-hole, individual-low-net-in-flight golf match Dec. 4. Sue Little fired a 1-under-par 31 to earn a one-shot victory in Flight A over Helen Pollack and Laura Purcell.

Fran Barford, Barb Linderman and Christina Mason each carded 1-under-par 31s to finish in a three-way tie for first place in Flight B. Not to be outdone, Liz Lang, Joyce Brown, Heather Pritchard and Barb Estok each shot even-par-32 to finish in a four-way tie for second.

Judy Ward’s even-par-32 earned her the top spot in Flight C by two shots over Sue Wheeler and Barb Lindwall.

Joanne Ozdych’s 2-under-par 30 was the round of the day and gave her first place in Flight D by two shots over Shirley Cessna. Eunice Warda was another shot back in third place.

Nell Bergstrom, Bev Nevell and Warda won the team low-putts competition with a combined total of 59 putts.

Horseshoe news

Three teams emerged from pool play during Dec. 8 horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe pits. Hank Huyghe and John Crawford drew the bye into the finals and watched as Sam Samuels and Dom Livedoti defeated Rod Bussey and Gene Bobeldyk 22-16. Samuels ended the close match with a “six pack,” double ringer. The finals saw Samuels-Livedoti ease past Huyghe- Crawford by a 21-19 score.

The Dec. 5 games had two teams advance to the knockout stage. Jerry Disbrow walked past Tim Sofran and Paul Sheatler 21-11 to earn champ-for-the-day honors.

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.

Islander Calendar – 12-12-2012

Wednesday, Dec. 12

7:45 a.m. — Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce sunrise breakfast, Sign of the Mermaid, 9707 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Fee applies. Information: 941-778-1541.

6:30 p.m. — Vitamin Seas Health Food Store wellness seminar on strong immune systems, 3228 E. Bay Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-5015.


Thursday, Dec. 13

2-4 p.m. — Artists’ reception, Signature Show watercolor exhibit by the Florida Suncoast Watercolor Society, Studio at Gulf and Pine, 10101 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information: 941-966-1397.


Friday, Dec. 14

5:30-8:30 p.m. — The Anna Maria businesses Holiday of Treasures walk, featuring a visit with Santa and merchant open houses, Pine Avenue, Gulf Drive and Bay Boulevard. Information: 941-778-0785.

5 p.m. — CrossPointe Fellowship, 8605 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, celebrates the winter holiday season with hayrides, music and children’s games. Information: 941-778-0719.

8 p.m. — Island Players performance, Agatha Christie’s “The Mousetrap,” 10009 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Fee applies. Information: 941-778-5755.


Saturday, Dec. 15

10 a.m. — Bridge Street holiday sales and open houses — a prelude to Christmas on Bridge Street, Bridge Street, Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-778-8705.

Noon — The Women of the Moose No. 1601’s annual Children’s Christmas Party, Anna Maria Island Moose Lodge 2188, 110 Gulf Drive S., Bradenton Beach. Pre-registration required. Information: 941-778-4410.

1-8 p.m. — Anna Maria Island Privateers’ Rescue the Sleigh benefit, Drift-In, 120 Bridge St., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-798-9266.

3-7 p.m. — Christmas on Bridge Street celebration with Santa and merchant open houses, Bridge Street and Gulf Drive, Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-778-8705.

6:30 p.m. — Bethlehem Walk, Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-0414.

7 p.m. — Cortez Yacht Club Lighted Boat Parade, Intracoastal Waterway from Mar Vista on Longboat Key to Seafood Shack Marina in Cortez.

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


Sunday, Dec. 16

2 p.m. — Anna Maria Island Concert Chorus and Orchestra concert, Island Holidays, CrossPointe Fellowship, 8605 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Fee applies. Information: 941-778-8585.


Monday, Dec. 17

Noon — Anna Maria Island Democratic Club meeting and lunch, the BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Fee applies. Information: 941-779-0564.  


Wednesday, Dec. 19

Noon – Anna Maria Garden Club meeting and holiday celebration, Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-2607.



Wednesday, Dec. 12

2 p.m. — Christmas with the Ditchfield Family Singers concert, Manatee Players, 102 12th St. W., Bradenton. Fee applies. Information: 941-748-5875.


Thursday, Dec. 13

11:30 a.m. — The Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce holiday luncheon, Holiday Inn Lido Beach, 233 Ben Franklin Drive, Sarasota. Fee applies. Information: 941-383-2466.


Saturday, Dec. 15

10 a.m.-3 p.m. — Florida Cracker Christmas celebration, Manatee Village Historical Park, 1404 Manatee Ave. E., Bradenton. Fee applies. Information: 941-741-4075.

6:30-8:30 p.m. — De Soto National Memorial, fourth annual Winter Luminary Walk, with music, food, activities, 8300 De Soto Memorial Highway, Bradenton. Information: 941-792-0458.



• Through 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 Jan. 4, Signature Show exhibition, Florida Suncoast Watercolor Society, the Studio at Gulf and Pine, 10101 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information: 941-966-1397.

• Through April 28, Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium, 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota, hosts Sea Lions: On the Water’s Edge. Fee applies. Information: 941-388-4441.

• Wednesdays and Saturdays, 9 a.m., horseshoes pitched, Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information: 941-708-6130.

• First Wednesdays, noon, Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce networking luncheon. Location varies. Fee applies. Information: 941-778-1541.

First Wednesdays, beginning in January, Mana-Tween Book Club, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information:  941-748-5555, ext. 6318.

• Second Wednesdays, 8 a.m., Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce sunrise breakfast. Location varies. Fee applies. Information: 941-778-1541.

• Fourth Wednesdays, 5 p.m., Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce business-card exchange. Location varies. Fee applies. Information: 941-778-1541.

• Thursdays, Thirsty Thursdays, 5-7 p.m., Bridge Street, Bradenton Beach.

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

• Third Fridays, 5-8 p.m., Pine Avenue Porch Party presented by local merchants, Pine Avenue, Anna Maria. Food donations requested for Roser Food Pantry. Information: 941-896-3132.

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

        • 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.

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

• Through April 10, Sundays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., the Bridge Street Market, Bridge Street, Bradenton Beach. The first Sundays include a food challenge.

• Mondays, 1 p.m., bridge games, Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-0414.

• First Mondays, 7 p.m., Florida Institute for Saltwater Heritage board meets, Fisherman’s Hall, 4515 123rd St. W., Cortez. Information: 941-254-4972.

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

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

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


Coming up

• Dec. 20, 10 a.m., Book club, Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.

• Dec. 21, first day of winter.

• Dec. 22, sunset, stargazing, Holmes Beach City Hall field, 5801 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.

• Dec. 25, Christmas.

• Dec. 29, 8 p.m., Manatee Players presents “Two on Tap,” 502 Third Ave. W., Bradenton.

• Dec. 31, New Year’s Eve.


Save the date 

• Jan. 10, Friends of the Island Library lecture and travel series presents Chuck Sidlow.

• Jan. 12, Friends of the Island Library host a 30th anniversary celebration, Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.

• Jan. 17, The Island Players’ opening of “A Little Murder Never Hurt Anybody,” which continues through Feb. 3, Island Players theater, 10009 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria.

• Feb. 9, Anna Maria Island Privateers Thieves Market, Coquina Beach, Bradenton Beach.


        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 before publication.

Obituaries – 12-12-2012

Daniel Patrick Connelly

Daniel Patrick Connelly, 55, formerly of Holmes Beach, died Dec. 6 in England. He was born Sept. 25, 1957.

Mr. Connelly moved to Florida from Leeds, England, with his three children and wife Wendy Connelly.

He was a frequent visitor to the Rod & Reel and Anna Maria City piers, and operated several online sales businesses. He had recently returned to England, with hopes to return to Anna Maria Island.

He will be greatly missed by his children and wife and many locals on Anna Maria Island.

Mr. Connelly is survived by sons Philip and Daniel, daughter Louise and wife Wendy; and grandchildren Brianna, Allie, Zachary, Jada Lark and Jacob



Jeanne Larson Finn

Jeanne Larson Finn, 87, of Bradenton and a resident of Holmes Beach since 1987, died Dec. 2. She was born Jan. 4, 1925, in Jamestown, N.Y.

She graduated from Corry High School and before being wed was society editor for the Corry Journal, both in Corry, Pa. She married James N. Finn July 8, 1950.

The couple lived in Erie, Pa., and maintained a summer cottage for more than 60 years in Findley Lake, N.Y. They took up residence in Holmes Beach upon retirement and had recently moved to Bradenton. Mrs. Finn enjoyed golf, reading, sewing, knitting and card playing. She was an active member of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, especially enjoyed the Tuesday quilt group, and was proud of their accomplishments. She was a past member of The Order of the Eastern Star.

A service was held Dec. 8, at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 6608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. The Rev. Rosemary Backer officiated. Memorial donations may be made to Gloria Dei Lutheran Church or the charity of one’s choice.

Arrangements were by Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory 43rd Street Chapel, Bradenton. Condolences my be made online at www.brownandsonsfuneral.com.

Mrs. Finn is survived by her husband of 62 years, Jim; daughter Barbara and husband Don Proctor of Erie, Pa.; granddaughter Susan and husband Nick Martino; grandson Michael and wife Gretchen Proctor of Falls Church, Va.; great-granddaughters Julia and Giana Martino; and several cousins.


James Jerome Jenkins

James Jerome Jenkins, 89, of Anna Maria, distinguished Research Professor Emeritus, University of South Florida, died Nov. 17. He was born July 29, 1923, in St. Louis, the third son of Joe E. and Frances Reynolds Jenkins. “Jim” and wife “Win” were residents of Florida since 1982 resided in Anna Maria since 1990.

After serving in World War II as an Army Air Corp meteorologist 1942-47, Jim earned his doctorate in experimental psychology from the University of Minnesota and continued to teach and do research there until 1982, when he moved to the University of South Florida to become chair of the psychology department.

Dr. Jenkins played a significant role in the development of cognitive psychology and psycholinguistics in the 1960s. He conducted research on learning, language and memory for more than 50 years, later specializing in the perception of speech in collaboration with his wife, Dr. Winifred Strange. He mentored more than 80 PhD students at the Universities of Minnesota and South Florida before retiring in 2000.

He joined the faculty of the City University of New York-Graduate Center, as visiting research professor and continued to collaborate with Dr. Strange and her graduate students.

Dr. Jenkins took up watercolors and summers were spent at the couple’s lakeside cabin in Fifty Lakes, Minn.

Dr. Jenkins is survived by wife Winifred; son Christopher; daughter Lynn; seven grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren; two daughters-in-law; and three granddaughters-in-law.


Joseph P. Smith

Joseph P. Smith, 81, of Anna Maria, died Nov. 15. He was born Sept. 9, 1931, in Newark, N.J.

Mr. Smith was a veteran of the U.S. Navy. He worked in sales, and moved to Pinellas County in 1969, where he owned a restaurant. He moved to Anna Maria from Citrus County in 2002.

A private memorial gathering is planned at a later date.

Mr. Smith is survived by his children, Kathy and husband Skip Long of Anna Maria, Sheila and husband Randy Johnson of Houston, Sharon Davis of Blanchard, Ok., and Donna and David Smith of Clearwater; four grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and his good friends, Joe, Bob, Josh and Neville.


John Robert ‘Bob’ Ware

John Robert “Bob” Ware, 59, of Jacksonville and formerly of Holmes Beach, died Dec. 1 at his Barlow Hunting Club home near Meredosia. Ill. He was born Oct. 28, 1953, in Joliet, Ill., the son of Richard and Maysel Jones Ware. He was married Dec. 28, 1974, to Cheryl Watson.

Mr. Ware was a 1971 graduate of Jacksonville High School, where he excelled in athletics and holds several track and field records. He was inducted into the JHS Hall of Fame in 1988. He attended Illinois Wesleyan University where he took part in track and was a member of Tau Kappa Epsilon.

He joined his family’s business, Ware Oil Company (Wareco) in 1974, and remained there as vice-president of operations until 2001.

Mr. Ware spent winters in Florida with his family and served as vice-president of the Westbay Cove South condominium association, Holmes Beach. He loved golf and fishing, and was instrumental in the development of the Barlow Hunting Club. He was a fan of the New York Yankees and Green Bay Packers.

A celebration of life was held in Jacksonville. Memorials are suggested to the Jacksonville Public Schools Foundation or Ducks Unlimited. Airsman-Hires Williamson Funeral Homes in Jacksonville was in charge of arrangements. Condolences to the family may be made online at www.airsman-hires.com.

Mr. Ware is survived by wife Cheryl; daughters Abby and husband David Nagel of St. Louis and Kelly and husband, John Armour of Nashville, Tenn.; grandchildren, John Robert “Jack” Armour and Ruth Sophia Armour, both of Nashville, Tenn.; father Richard and wife, Anne Ware, sister Vickie and husband Danny Brooks, brother Jim and wife, Leslie, all of Jacksonville; several nieces, nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews.

Island police blotter – 12-12-2012

Anna Maria

        • Nov. 15, address unlisted, lewd behavior. A complaint was filed with the abuse registry regarding two juveniles who apparently pretended to have sex. The two did engage in other intimate activities that were not necessarily sexual in nature. According to the report, two other juveniles were present and may have participated, but no criminal acts were committed and the abuse was determined to be unfounded.

        • Dec. 1, 300 block of South Bay Boulevard, trespass. A Lakeland man and woman were arrested on misdemeanor trespass charges after being found in a home belonging to a couple who live out of the country. The probable cause affidavit did not state if the Lakeland couple were known to the homeowners, but did state they did not have permission to be in the home.

• Nov. 30, 8700 Gulf Drive, Marchman Act. A Holmes Beach man was taken to the hospital for treatment after being found “very intoxicated” by a Manatee County Sheriff’s Office deputy at a trolley stop. The man said he had no one to act as a guardian on his behalf, so the officer initiated the Marchman Act for treatment.

• Dec. 4, 500 block of South Drive, information. Deputies responded to a complainant at the Anna Maria City Pier and observed a man who appeared to be intoxicated. The man said his residence was burglarized by a female neighbor and that she had admitted as much to him. Deputies drove the complainant to his residence so he could show them where the suspect had gained entry, but he changed his story, saying everything was locked, nothing was missing, but the sliding-glass door was open. Deputies made contact with the neighbor who said she had known her neighbor for years, and that sometimes he acted friendly and other times acted like he did not know her at all. She said she noticed his dog at the door and knew he was not home. She assumed the dog needed to go to the bathroom so she let him outside, but never entered the residence. She assured the deputies she would not help her neighbor again.

Anna Maria is policed by the MCSO.

Bradenton Beach

        • Dec. 2, First Street North and Church Avenue, domestic battery. Police responded to a domestic battery. The woman said she and her husband had been drinking that night and became engaged in a verbal dispute upon arriving home. The argument escalated and the man allegedly pushed her to the ground. When she attempted to use her cell phone to call 911, he reportedly knocked it out of her hand and then fled the home. A Holmes Beach Police officer, who had assisted on the initial call, spotted the man a short time later back at the residence and took him into custody. The woman did not wish to press charges. According to the report, she said, “This happens often back in Ohio.” Domestic violence packets were issued to the couple.

• Dec. 2, 100 block of 10th Street, stolen vehicle. A woman reported she woke up to go to the store to get a newspaper and discovered her van was missing. According to the report, she had $250 in Christmas presents inside the van when it was stolen. She told police she left the keys overnight in the center console.

        Bradenton Beach is policed by the BBPD.


• No new reports.

        Cortez is policed by the MCSO

Holmes Beach

        • Nov. 26, 400 block of 39th Street, trespass/theft. Police made contact with a male complainant, who reported a homeless man had stolen a pool lounge chair valued at $250. The complainant said the man went into some nearby woods. Police entered the woods and found the man sleeping on the chair. According to the report, the man admitted the theft. He was taken into custody on a misdemeanor theft charge. The chair was returned.

• Nov. 26, 400 block of 62nd Street, suspicious circumstance. Police responded to a report of a possible theft and made contact with a female complainant. The woman said someone had been trying to make her crazy for the past 12 years. She said someone had stolen her property, but did not know what was taken. The woman said she was being tormented because someone entered her home every time she left. She said she always returns home to find her phone unplugged, photos turned upside down and seat cushions burned. Police found no evidence of forced entry.

• Nov. 28, 400 block of 74th Street, disturbance. Police responded to a male and female arguing. According to the report, the two were drinking all day and the male had hid the woman’s computer cord, which sparked the argument. Police advised that one of them should leave for the night, and the female did.

• Nov. 29, 4000 Gulf Drive, disturbance. Police responded to the trolley pickup/drop off area at Manatee Public Beach where a female reported that her ex-boyfriend had refused to let her leave the area. Police made contact with the male at a different trolley stop. He said the two had been arguing because he just found out she had been arrested for prostitution. He said it was only an argument and that he left her to do whatever she wanted.

• Nov. 30, theft, 600 block of Emerald Lane, theft. A complainant told police that over the last few weeks several items had disappeared from his property. The items included a wrought iron table, ladder, potted plants and more valued at $600. Police returned on Dec. 1 when the man reported a mower valued at $250 had been stolen from his property.

• Dec. 1, 600 block of Foxworth, suspicious persons. Police made contact with three juveniles wearing backpacks. The officer reported the three males tried to quickly walk away when they spotted his patrol vehicle. With several burglaries being reported in the area, the officer stopped the juveniles and asked them why they were in the area. According to the report, the juveniles were unable to give a concise answer. The officer contacted the parents of each juvenile, who all said their children had lied about where they were supposed to be. A marijuana pipe was found in one of the juvenile’s backpack. All three were released into the custody of their parents.

• Dec. 2, 725 Manatee Avenue, vehicle burglary. A fisher at the Kingfish boat ramp told police he had been fishing all day. When he returned to the boat ramp, he saw his passenger side window had been broken. He then observed about $300 in car stereo equipment had been stolen.

• Dec. 2, 5337 Gulf Drive, theft. An employee at Lobstah’s Restaurant reported another employee had stolen cash and several items from her purse while it was in the manager’s office. The complainant said the suspect was seen entering the office and locking the doors, which she described as very unusual. After the employee unlocked the doors and left, the complainant discovered the items missing from her purse. The office was under video surveillance and police were able to observe a recording of the incident. The suspect had left the building, and she was being sought as of press time.

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.

The Islander Classifieds: Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012


SPOOLS OF RIBBON free to good home. Red, green, blue. Call 941-779-0204.

WOOL-POLY LARGE blanket, horse design, warm, new, $30, six-piece crystal salad bowl set, $25, 941-737-9173.

LIVING ROOM SET: Two large dark brown chairs. Top quality, great condition, $40 each. 941-565-0836.

PINE DINING TABLE, $100, four parsons chairs with slipcovers, $75, painted table, two chairs, wicker chair, $40. 321-356-9579.

OFFICE CHAIR: HERMAN Miller, black mesh, adjustable swivel chair with arms, $60. 941-779-0564.

FILE CABINET: TWO-drawer with key, $8. 941-778-0183.

BIKE: 26-INCH FUJI hybrid, like new,  $90. 941-792-7442.

COMPUTER: DELL, Dual 1.5 GHz processors, refurbished desktop, $75. 941-756-6728.

BICYCLES: HIS and hers, Sears “Free Spirit” 1970s, 26-inch, 10-speed, very good condition, $175/pair. 813-503-9364.

COUCH/LOVE-SEAT: Over-sized, brown. No smoking, pets or kids. $900 or best offer. Contact Dan, 231-838-9930.

TWO YELLOW HUMMER kid bikes, $60/each or two for $100. 941-778-7978.

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)


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.

ANY LOCAL ARTIST/band looking for beginner singer for a few months for Anna Maria gigs? I live on Island mid-December-February. 917-363-4084.

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. Tuesday and Thursday, 9 a.m.-noon Saturday. Donation drop-off Wednesday. 9 a.m.-11 a.m. Half-price clothing sale in December. 511 Pine Ave. Anna Maria, 941-779-2733.

CENTRE SHOPS HOLIDAY Festival: Antiques, art, wine tastings, live music, food, sales and more. 5380 Gulf Of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. Benefits the LBK Historical Society. For information, call Steff’s Stuff Antiques, 941-383-1901.

GARAGE SALE: 8 a.m.-1 pm. Friday and Saturday, Dec. 14-15. Lots of great stuff! 2110 Ave. A, Bradenton Beach.


LOST: BOX OF very large canvas prints, corner of Marina Drive and Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Lost Monday morning, Nov. 19. Jay, 941-243-4303.


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.

CORTEZ DIVING COMPANY: Underwater boat maintenance, power or sail. Barnacles removed, monthly contracts, local. 941-792-7595.

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.


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.


CAREGIVER FOR ELDERLY: Full care, references, 30 years experience. Call between 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. 941-545-7114.


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.

ISLAND LIVING CATERING/personal chef for your wedding, home and special events. 941-345-4727.

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.

SEWING AND ALTERATIONS for clothing, bridal wear, home decor. Tuesdays at Timeless Treasures 401 Pine Ave., Anna Maria.

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.

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.

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.

3BR/2BA FURNISHED ON canal. Holmes Beach. $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.

RENTAL WANTED: EFFICIENCY for single male retiree. Non-smoker, Jan.15-March 15. 941-778-4389.

CUTE VACATION EFFICIENCY: Screened porch, near boat ramp, many other area amenities, cable, WiFi. 941-779-6638.

SEASONAL: LAKE-VIEW single-family house, 2BR/2BA, sunroom, laundry, garage, deck. Like new. Five minutes to beach. 941-587-4675.

RESPONSIBLE COUPLE SEEKS annual rental on Anna Maria Island starting May/June. 2-3BR/2BA furnished, ground level, desirable. Consider six months. Local references. 207-669-5353.

SEASONAL RENTAL, ANNA Maria, 200 feet to Rod & Reel Pier, 2BR/1BA, newly refurbished ground-floor duplex with all amenities, January and April still available, $1,800/month plus tax, 941-387-8610.

OVERLOOKING TENNIS COURTS at IMG, 2BR/2BA furnished condo, garage, seasonal three-month or annual. Call 941-778-3926.

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

2BR/2BA:  1,441 sf. Unfurnished on canal with boat lift $2,200/month includes garbage. Pets welcome under 25 lbs. 1-car garage. 941-779-9320.

VACATION RENTALS: PERICO Bay Club. 2BR/2BA, garage, kayak-friendly, $1,800-$2,800/month. Realtor, 941-356-1456. Real Estate Mart.

1BR/1BA GROUND FLOOR, Gulf to bay condo, heated pool, fishing pier. Over 55. $1,600/month, $1,100/month annual. 813-393-6002.

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.

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

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.

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.

WANTED: RENT-TO-own or owner financed, 2-3 bedroom, Anna Maria, Holmes Beach, Bradenton. 941-567-6724.

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.

WATERFRONT: M.D. FROM Norway with wife and teenage daughter are looking for a cash deal on a 3-4BR house on Anna Maria Island, in Bradenton or Lakewood Ranch. Call Helmer, Licensed Realtor, 941-592-8853.