Tag Archives: 12-19-2012

State of Tourism: locally strong despite economy

“You have done exceptionally well despite the economy,” said Walter Klages of Data Research Services, who presented the State of Tourism to the Manatee County Tourist Development Council Dec. 10, at Bradenton Beach City Hall.

“The reality of the economy is not exciting,” said Klages. “At best, it’s slugging through very rough waters. Unfortunately, the recovery is slow. There is no inflation yet, but if you go into the grocery store, you probably have a different opinion and gas prices are so volatile no one can predict prices for tomorrow.”

Despite a struggling economy, Klages reported increased tourism throughout the county, especially on Anna Maria Island and Longboat Key.

Through 2012, visitation to the county was up 9.9 percent from 2011, and the total economic impact to the area was up 12.9 percent. Occupancy in area hotels was up 8 percent.

Visitor origin was up across the board, especially from Europe. Klages said European visitors to the county rose by 23.3 percent in 2012. European visitors to the area in 2011 were 53,296 compared to 65,720 this year.

Florida and Midwest visitors remain the highest percentage of visitors, accounting for more than 100,000 people from each area.

“What is most impressive of all is how well we have marketed into the off-season,” said Klages. “There’s no secret in marketing the high season. The trick is driving the other side of the shoulder.”

Klages said the sports marketing effort in the county is paying dividends.

“It’s the sports market that has been the key to driving those numbers in the off-season,” he said. “It’s been a fabulous year in spite of the economy.”

Bradenton Area Sports Commissioner Joe Pickett told the TDC board he is “very excited about where we’ve been and where we are going, as we continue to grow.”

Pickett said it’s important to understand the value of sports, youth sports in particular, “because sports isn’t going to go away.”

And in Manatee County, the effort is to attract a variety of sporting events. Pickett said the county offers a “totally balanced sports schedule.”

Baseball and soccer represent the two largest categories making up 40 percent of events recruited by the sports commission.

The remainder of the events recruited are from a variety of sports from softball to bowling.

“For the most part, we are a youth type sports area,” said Pickett. “We have 84 events secured for 2013 and we have already secured 64 events for 2014. We also are already booking events into 2017.”

Pickett said the county should understand its weaknesses, too.

“Some of our weaknesses include transportation issues, more team-suited hotels and our BASC budget,” he said. “We just lost a bid to Polk County that we worked on for 18 months because of transportation. It’s our No. 1 factor for losing bids.”

Pickett did have good news. Manatee County will host the baseball Travel Ball Select World Series in July.

“And US Soccer will see a lot more things going forward, and the same with USL Soccer,” he said. “Bowling also has had a tremendous impact to our communities.”

TDC vice chair and local businessman David Teitelbaum said he would like to see TDC be more proactive in assisting BASC with securing bids on events to make Manatee County more competitive.

The biggest sporting news came from Elliott Falcione, who announced the effort to secure the International Rowing Federation world championship took another positive step forward.

“Manatee County was well represented when we met with the federation in Switzerland,” said Falcione. “The U.S. rowing director joined us.”

Falcione said the event would draw competitors from more than 100 countries, “So this isn’t a Manatee County or Sarasota County event, this is a USA event.”

Falcione said the meeting to host the event in 2017 went well. The United States has not hosted a FISA world-rowing championship event since the 1990s, so “FISA is ready to have this in the U.S., and we are as well.”

He said two test events will take place in 2015 and another in 2016.

“This is a branding opportunity that our aquatics center can host a major world event,” he said.

Hotel space remains a concern, but Falcione said, with events such as this, “the hotels will come. This is an eight-day event so hoteliers will gain 500 rooms by 2015 or no later than 2016.”

He expects a minimum of 2,000 hotel rooms would be needed for the full eight days of the world championship.

Falcione said he would address the TDC again to discuss a budget for travel as efforts to secure the FISA world championship continues.

“Some of us will have to go to South Korea for the championships, because they will award the 2017 games there,” he said. “We would need to be there to accept that.”

Fishing – 12-19-2012

Warmer water, hot fishing action with shiners


With a slight warming trend, water temps are climbing into the upper 60s, which in turn is proving prosperous for flats fishers who are still using shiners.

Although baiting shiners during cooler weather a couple of weeks ago was hit or miss, using them now is a good bet. You may still want to carry some live shrimp just in case — especially if you plan on fishing any docks or around inshore structure.

Good numbers of black drum and sheepshead are frequenting local docks and canals around Bimini Bay and Key Royale. Live shrimp is a must for targeting either of these tasty striped fish. You can also expect to catch flounder and redfish while working these docks.

In southern Sarasota Bay, good action is occurring on deep grass flats for migratory fish, including pompano, bluefish and ladyfish. The pompano are sporadic at best, although the bluefish and ladyfish will fill in the idle time between pompano bites. Either style of pompano jig will work, although anglers are favoring small cannonball head jigs.

Finally, near-shore structure is still producing rod-bending action for anglers in search of bonito and shark. Try chumming with live shiners to get the bonito to rally. Once you catch one, cut a nice chunk from it and hook it on a shark rig. Black tips in the 50-pound range are the norm right now.

Capt. Rick Gross of Fishy Business charters is targeting spotted seatrout on the flats of Sarasota Bay with decent results. On recent charters, Gross managed to put his clients on limits of spotted seatrout using live shiners on the grass flats. “With the water temps slightly rising, the fish are eating white bait,” says Gross. “Although, it’s still good to carry some select shrimp just in case.”

Also while fishing the flats, Gross is catching some keeper-size flounder. “We were having trouble with the birds trying to eat our shiners,” says Gross. “So I added a split shot to try to keep our baits a little deeper. When we did, we started catching flounder.”

To target flounder on the flats, try dragging your bait through the sandy potholes on the flat. You can also find them on channel edges or in areas that have rocky features, such as small ledges or docks.

Jeff Medley at the Sunshine Skyway Bridge South Fishing Pier says although there are large numbers of sheepshead around the pilings, the bite is a little off. “Either people aren’t fishing for them,” says Medley, “or they’re just not biting real good yet.”

Fish that are biting include pompano, bluefish, Spanish mackerel and bonito. For the pompano and bluefish, Love’s lures pompano jigs are the ticket. Pompano in the 2-pound range are hitting these small jigs with a purpose. The bluefish are a bycatch for fishers targeting pompano.

Pier fishers using live shrimp and working on the bottom around the pilings of the pier are catching good numbers of flounder, mangrove snapper and black sea bass. These three species are some of the best tasting fish you can find on our waters, so if you’re looking to fill the freezer, you may want to head to the South Pier.

On a final note, Medley warns that the bite has been sporadic but, when it happens, it’s game on. “There’s no rhyme or reason to it this week,” says Medley. “You may catch nothing but pinfish for an hour and then all of a sudden everything changes and you fill your cooler.”

Capt. Warren Girle is fishing nearshore structures for bonito. These fish provide drag-screaming action on medium-weight spinning gear. Using live shiners, Girle is chumming these fish to the boat and then casting free-lined baits into the frenzy. Average size of the bonito is 7 to 10 pounds.

Once Girle’s clients have caught enough bonito, they’re targeting black tip sharks by cutting a six-inch strip of bonito belly and placing it on a shark rig. The black tips are coming to the boat in the 50- to 80-pound range.

Finally, while structure fishing, Girle is dropping live shiners to the bottom on a knocker rig and reeling up keeper-size flounder. After all of that action on bonito and sharks, Girle’s clients are keen on reeling up fish they can take home for dinner.

On the deeper flats of Sarasota Bay, Girle is drifting and jigging with pompano jigs. Not only is he managing to put his fishers on some keeper pompano, but various other species as well. Spanish mackerel, bluefish and ladyfish are biting in between pompanos, which supplies good variety and constant action.

Steve Oldham at Island Discount Tackle is hearing of decent action on the flats of Anna Maria Sound, where spotted seatrout are being caught on deeper flats of 5 to 7 feet. While targeting trout, expect to also catch ladyfish and Spanish mackerel. You can either use artificials like DOA Cal jigs or suspending baits, such as the MirrOlure MirrOdine. If using live shrimp or shiners, try using a popping cork and drift over the flats and retrieve the cork slowly while popping it to cover more area.

Sheepshead are arriving on the flats and around local docks. Oldham suggests trying a fresh-cut piece of shrimp to start. If the sheepies won’t bite the shrimp, try fiddler crabs or sand fleas.

While fishing docks for sheepies, Oldham says to expect to encounter black drum, redfish and plenty of spot tail pinfish

Jim Malfese at the Rod & Reel Pier is seeing decent action for pier fishers using live shrimp as bait. Using a small, stout hook and a half-ounce sinker, fishers are bottom fishing around the pilings and under the pier. As of this week, keeper-size redfish are being caught, as well as flounder and black drum.

Schools of baitfish such as shiners are still being seen around the pier, although Malfese feels that the better bite is occurring on live shrimp. If you choose to use shiners, try bottom fishing as if you’re using shrimp. Generally, flounder and redfish will readily take a shiner if it’s put in front of their nose.

On a final note, we wish Jim Malfese’s canine companion, Malcolm, who also works daily at the pier, a happy birthday.

Send fishing reports to fish@islander.org.

Sports – 12-19-2012

Islanders take gold at FL State Senior games


Two runners with island ties took part in the Dec. 8 2012 Florida International Senior Games State Championships in Lakeland.

Islander Erma McMullen grabbed a gold medal in the 5K Road Race in her 70-74 age group. McMullen’s time of 31:19 around the paved course that circled Lake Hollingsworth was a new personal record.

Longtime Galati Yacht Sales employee Mickey Hooke also ran the 5K Road Race around the lake. Hooke posted a 17:24 to grab first place overall by more than two minutes over the next senior competitor. His finish time was the fastest 5K in the history of the race.

As if that weren’t enough for Hooke, he spent his 52nd birthday competing in the 2012 Florida Senior Games 10K Road Race in Lakeland Nov. 17. His time of 35:40 was three minutes faster then the next finisher and set a new masters and grandmasters record for the course. For his efforts, Hooke received a gold medal and a trophy.

Hooke now has more than 100 first-place finishes in Florida races since 1998, along with 55 records set in 2012. Hooke has finished in first place overall in four of the six championship races he’s run in 2012.

Key Royale golf news

The women of Key Royale Club played a nine-hole, shotgun-start mixer Dec. 11, followed by lunch in the clubhouse.

Gloria LaDue grabbed first place in Flight A with a 2-under-par 30 to edge second-place finsher Tootie Wagner by one shot. Penny Williams and Helen Pollock tied for third place with matching 33s.

Flight B went to Barb Estok, who carded a 2-under-par 30. Beatrice Friebe was alone in second with a 1-under-par 31, while Liz Lang, Terry Westby and Joyce Brown tied for third at 1-over 33.

Shue Wheeler captured Flight C with the low round of the day. She torched the course with a 5-under-par 27, a 5-shot victory over Judy Ward in second place.

Markie Ksiazek fired a 1-under-par 31 to to grab a 2-shot victory in Flight D over Sally York. Erma McMullen and Eunice Warda tied for third place with matching 35s.

Horseshoe news

Four teams emerged from pool play during Dec. 15 horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe pits. In the first semifinal, Norm Good and Karl Thomas rolled past Tim Sofran and Dom Livedoti 23-7.

The second semifinal match saw John Crawford and Bruce Munro annihilate George McKay and Steve Grossman 21-4. Good-Thomas defeated Crawford-Munro 23-11 in the finals.

Norm Good and Rod Bussey were champs for the day after being the only team to post a 3-0 pool play record during Dec. 12 horseshoe action.

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.

Register now for Gulf Coast Senior Games

Registration has begun for the 24th annual Gulf Coast Senior Games, a series of athletic competitions held in Manatee and Sarasota counties Feb. 19-24, 2013.

Sixteen sports and competitions include golf, archery, shuffleboard, basketball, bocce, bowling, cribbage, cycling, golf, horseshoes, pickleball, racquetball, swimming, table tennis, tennis, a 5K-road race and assorted track and field events.

The registration fee is $12 and includes an event T-shirt. There is a $3 fee for each event and the top-five finishers in each event advance to the Florida State Senior Games in December 2013.

Participants can register by mail or by going online at www.mymanatee.org/parks and clicking on Register Now. Registration must be completed by Feb. 1, 2013. There is no day-of-event registration.

For more information on the 24th Annual Gulf Coast Senior Games, call Jalwan at 941-742-5932, ext. 6023.


Santa greets some of the more than 120 children from Healthy Families of Manatee County, Head Start and Children’s Academy of Southwest Florida at the 19th annual Lawton Chiles Christmas for Kids Party at the Sandbar Restaurant. Santa arrived via watercraft from the Gulf of Mexico courtesy of U.S. Coast Guard and Manatee County Marine Rescue teams. The day also included lunch, presents from Santa, a bounce house, face-painting, crafts and a treasure hunt. Islander Photo: Courtesy Lisa Castro

Island real estate transactions – 12-19-2012

642 Key Royale Drive, Holmes Beach, a 4,252 sfla / 5,079 sfur 4bed/5½bath/2car canalfront pool home built in 2009 on a 97×130 lot was sold 12/05/12, Sun Coast Property Group LLC to Lipskind for $1,100,000; list $1,189,000.

1900 Gulf Drive N., Unit 7, Marbella, Bradenton Beach, a 1,320 sfla / 1,425 sfur 3bed/2bath condo built in 200 was sold Deutsche Bank National Trust Company to Leestma for $813,750.

520 Key Royale Drive, Holmes Beach, a 3,720 sfla / 5,114 sfur 5bed/2½bath/2car canalfront pool home built in 1959 on a 100×107 lot was sold 11/20/12, MEK Properties LLC to Lee for $790,000; list $859,000.

105 Tern Drive Anna Maria, a 1,705 sfla / 1,981 sfur 2bed/2bath/1car canalfront home built in 1976 was sold 11/30/12, Duncan to Duffy for $650,000.

104 23rd St. N., Holmes Beach, a 2,088 sfla / 2,112 sfur 4-Plex with pool built in 1954 on a 58×100 lot was sold 11/16/12, Davis to Kennedy for $555,000; list $597,000.

309 59th St., Unit B, Waldo’s Paradise, Holmes Beach, a 2,083 sfla / 2,349 sfur 3bed/2bath/2car land condo built in 2007 was sold 11/16/12, Simpson to Russel for $480,000; list $489,000.

211 71st St., Holmes Beach, a 1,344 sfla / 1,472 sfur 2bed/2bath pool home built in 1982 on a 54×105 lot was sold 11/16/12, Kaleta to Jones for $475,000; list $499,000.

5802 Imperiore Ave., Holmes Beach, a 1,020 sfla / 1,320 sfur 3bed/2bath pool home built in 1970 on a 47×101 lot was sold 11/21/12, Davis to Arnold for $445,000; list $449,000.

771 Jacaranda Rd., Anna Maria, a 1,447 sfla / 1,744 sfur 2bed/2bath/2car home built in 1979 on a 52×98 lot was sold 11/15/12, Gottschalk to Island Savvy Ventures LLC for $442,500; list $475,000.

205 77th St., Unit A, 205 77th Street, Holmes Beach, a 900 sfla / 1,373 sfur 2bed/2bath condo with pool built in 2012 was sold 11/26/12, Sato to Hansen for $429,000; list $439,000.

6200 Flotilla Drive, Unit 253, Westbay Point & Moorings, a 1,622 sfla / 1,793 sfur 3bed/2bath condo with shared pool built in 1979 was sold 11/21/12, Blevins to Deschutter for $420,000.

5704 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach, a 1,678 sfla / 1,962 sfur 2bed/2bath home built in 1959 on a 82×117 lot was sold 11/23/12, O’Brien to Clark for $398,600; list $419,000.

251 17th St. N., Unit 14, Bradenton Beach Club, Bradenton Beach, a 1,722 sfla / 2,156 sfur 2bed/2bath condo with shared pool built I 2003 was sold 11/21/12, Earnhardt to Studee for $373,000.

523 South Drive, Anna Maria, a 1,736 sfla / 2,861 sfur 3bed/2bath canalfront home built in 1976 on a 60×110 lot was sold 11/26/12, Christie to Trivento for $350,000.

2407 Ave. B, Bradenton Beach, a 1,650 sfla / 2,711 sfur 4bed/4bath duplex built in 1995 on a 50×100 lot was sold 11/19/12, Reemelin to Ivers for $320,000.

306 Second St. N., Bradenton Beach, a 1,674 sfla / 1,722 sfur 4bed/3bath triplex built in 1957 on a 51×120 lot was sold 11/20/12, Webster to Greer for $320,000.

205 Peacock Lane, Holmes Beach, a 1,653 sfla 4bed/3bath duplex built in 1973 on a 43×87 lot was sold 11/16/12, Almengual to Peacock Palms LLC for $305,000; list $335,000.

3607 E. Bay Drive, Unit 105, Sandy Pointe, Holmes Beach, a 976 sfla / 1,065 sfur 2bed/2bath condo with shared pool built in 1996 was sold 11/20/12, GBA Fidu Inc to White for $165,000; list $179,900.

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

Island police blotter – 12-19-2012

Anna Maria

        • No new reports.

Anna Maria is policed by the MCSO.

Bradenton Beach

        • Dec. 6, Cortez Road at Gulf Drive, vehicle burglary. A complainant reported from Bradenton to the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office that while his vehicle was at the listed Bradenton Beach location, someone had entered the vehicle and stole his wallet.

• Dec. 10, 118 Bridge St., grand theft. A couple rode their bicycles to the Sports Lounge and placed them at a nearby bike rack. When they decided to leave, they discovered their bikes, valued at $700, were missing. According to the report, the bikes were not locked.

        Bradenton Beach is policed by the BBPD.


• Dec. 7, 12300 block of Cortez Road West, domestic disturbance. A Manatee County Sheriff’s Office deputy responded to a call of a domestic disturbance and made contact with a man and woman arguing. The deputy determined no criminal act had occurred, and issued the couple domestic violence packets.

• Nov. 24, 4400 block of 123rd Street West, burglary. Unknown persons gained entry into a locked utility closet and stole an estimated $300 worth of items.

        Cortez is policed by the MCSO

Holmes Beach

        Dec. 3, 6300 block of Gulf Drive, disturbance. A Holmes Beach Police officer made contact with a man and woman arguing in front of their residence. The man said he recently discovered his fiancé had been unfaithful and wanted to leave, but the woman refused to give him the keys to their only vehicle. A friend was called to pick up the man, who was advised to call HBPD before returning to collect his belongings. He returned two days later without first calling HBPD, and the woman who said she did not want him there called police. Officers stood by while the man collected his belongings.

• Dec. 3, 5337 Gulf Drive, theft. An employee at Lobstah’s Restaurant reported someone had stolen prescription medications from her purse while it was locked inside the manager’s office, but video surveillance had no clear view of the alleged theft.

• Dec. 4, 200 block of North Harbor, trespass warning. Police responded to a possible disturbance and made contact with a man sitting in the backyard of a residence. A female complainant told police the man was her ex-boyfriend and he was not supposed to be there. The man was issued a trespass warning.

• Dec. 8, 5900 Flotilla Drive, theft. A vendor at Winterfest reported to police that he had dropped off his tent with numerous supplies the previous night. When he arrived the day of the festival his materials, valued at $1,900, were missing. Police walked the grounds and found several supplies were undisturbed.

• Dec. 8, 3000 Gulf Drive, traffic. An HBPD officer working traffic control at the Christmas parade observed a vehicle attempting to gain access to the parade route. The officer stopped the driver and told him to back up, at which time the vehicle almost hit the officer. The officer observed the same vehicle attempting to do the same thing a block from his location. The officer entered his patrol vehicle and attempted to the stop the driver a few blocks away. The driver stopped, but then continued for several more blocks. The officer made contact with the driver, who appeared to be confused. The driver did not remember his name or address. A neighbor was eventually contacted, who confirmed that the man has been confused. The officer issued a mandatory driver’s license examination. The neighbor drove the man home.

• Dec. 8, 600 block of Key Royale Drive, disturbance. Police arrived to find a man and his adult daughter arguing. The man has recently undergone some mental evaluations and the daughter had legal control over his actions. She wanted her father’s live-in girlfriend to leave the home. She did so after police arrived.

• Dec. 9, 500 block of 71st Street, vehicle burglary. Police responded to a complainant who reported someone had stolen fishing poles from his boat. Police searched the surrounding area and discovered the poles had been thrown into the water.

• Dec. 9, 3900 East Bay Drive, suspicious incident. Customers at Publix called police to report a woman in her 20s was panhandling in front of the store. When people did not give her money, she screamed obscenities at them. The suspect left the area before police arriving.

• Dec. 9, 2900 block of Avenue B, assist WMFD. Police assisted West Manatee Fire District firefighters after a palm tree caught fire. Investigators on the scene determined Florida Power & Light power lines caused the tree to catch fire. FP&L was contacted.

Holmes Beach is policed by the HBPD.

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

Islander Calendar – 12-19-2012

At sunset Dec. 22, the Local Group of Deep Sky Observers will set up telescopes for stargazers at Holmes Beach city field, 5801 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Islander Photo: Courtesy LGDSO


Wednesday, Dec. 19

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


Thursday, Dec. 20

        10 a.m. — Island book club, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.


Friday, Dec. 21

First day of winter.


Saturday, Dec. 22

1 p.m. — Teen winter crafts, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.

9 a.m.-2 p.m. — Where’s Woody art and yard sale, The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-7978.

Sunset — Stargazing, Local Group of Deep Sky Observers, Holmes Beach city field, 5801 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-342-9632.

Sunday, Dec. 23

Shop local. Buy local. Dine local.

Monday, Dec. 24

Christmas Eve.


Tuesday, Dec. 25



Wednesday, Dec. 26

Kwanzaa begins.





• 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.

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

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

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

• Dec. 31, midnight, New Year’s Eve fireworks at the BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive, N., Bradenton Beach.

• Jan. 1, New Year’s Day.

• Jan. 10, 2 p.m. — Friends of the Island Library lecture and travel series presents Chuck Sidlow, a performer with Circus Sarasota, Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.

• Jan. 12, 2-4 p.m. — Friends of the Island Library host a 30th anniversary celebration, Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.

• Jan. 17, 8 p.m. — The Island Players’ opening of “A Little Murder Never Hurt Anybody,” which continues through Feb. 3, Island Players theater, 10009 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria.


Save the date

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

• Feb. 10, Anna Maria Island Concert Chorus and Orchestra concert, CrossPointe Fellowship, 8605 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.

• Feb. 14, Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island Sweethearts big band dance benefiting Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria.


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 before publication.

The Islander Classifieds: Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012


SET OF EIGHT crystal holiday gourmet coffee mugs, $15, Barracuda 63-inch pool worm/cleaner, $100. 941-737-9173.

CANTON HOME THEATER speaker system. Four cubed surround sound speakers, one center channel speaker and subwoofer, $1,850, new, now, $475.

FUTON: LIGHT COLORED, hardwood, excellent, $75, wood coffee table, $90, screen doors, complete, $25. 941-778-3920.

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)


EARLY CLASSIFIED DEADLINE! The deadline for classified ads for the Dec. 26 edition is 5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 20. The Islander office will be closed Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 24-25.

I WANT TO return to paradise: Looking for a business opportunity where I contribute solid real estate and property management experience, a strong work ethic, and success-focused approach as my investment. References provided. 205-531-0820

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

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

HAITI $$$ DONATIONS to the Ministry of Presence Inc., www.ministryofpresence.org, urgently needed for local representatives to aid homeless children. Info: The Islander, 941-778-7978.

TERRY HAYES, REALTOR. Premier Sothebys. 941-302-3100. Terry.hayes@sothebysrealty.com. Discoverannamaria.com.

WANTED: YOUR OLD cell phone for recycling. Deliver to The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.

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

FISHING GEAR WANTED: The Privateers and The Islander are collecting new or used, repairable fishing poles and reels, nets, tackle, buckets, etc. to give to children. Donate your gear at The Islander newspaper office, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.

FREE GUN LOCK courtesy of Project Childsafe, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and Holmes Beach Police Department. Pick up at The Islander office, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Don’t be sorry, be safe.


ROSER THRIFT SHOP: Open 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. 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.

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

YARD SALE: 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 22. Some Christmas items, antiques chest, this and that. 512 69th St., Homes Beach.

WHERE’S WOODY ART & Yard Sale at The Islander, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 22. Local artists offer bargains. If we’re lucky, namesake Woody Candish will appear! The Islander will host its annual yard sale. Island Shopping Center, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes 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.

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.


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.

APPLIANCE REPAIR: ALL makes and models. 25 years experience. Call Jay, 720-217-2565. Reasonable rates.

ALL THE DETAILS make a difference. Getting into the grooves of cleaning. Call 941-224-7506.

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.

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, booking now for 2013-14. $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.

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

2BR/2BA:  1,441 sf. Unfurnished on canal, $1,800/month includes garbage. Pets welcome under 25 lbs. 1-car garage. 941-779-9320.

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

RENT: $2,700/MONTH. Bradenton/Anna Maria Island area. 3BR/2BA home located on deep-water canal. This home has lovely, unique features, open space, in-ground pool, boat dock/lift, patio room, two-car garage and so many other amenities, why wait? Call us today for the special on the monthly rent. Close to many restaurants, shops and the beaches … you don’t want to miss out on this! 614-486-9833.

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.

EARLY CLASSIFIED DEADLINE! The deadline for classified ads for the Dec. 26 edition is 5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 20. The Islander office will be closed Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 24-25.


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. $269,000. 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.

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.

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.

WATERFRONT BAYOU CONDO: 2BR/1BA, $259,000. Owner financing or rent short/long term. Furnished completely remodeled, new appliances, washer, dryer, professionally decorated. 941-778-1410.

LOT: 135-FOOT frontage, partial view Palma Sola Bay. Last one, desirable area, underground services. 941-792-8826.