Tag Archives: 12-25-2013

Fishing – 12-25-2013

 Can’t beat the weater, nothing beats the fishing

 

With unseasonably high temps occurring at the end of December, fishing remains consistent around Anna Maria Island and its surrounding waters. Dock fishing with live shrimp is a typical wintertime pattern for these parts in December, although there are still shiners on the flats to open doors that should have been closed by now.

To start, Spanish mackerel, bluefish and mangrove snapper are readily responding to offerings of live shiners. Nearshore structure in the Gulf of Mexico, as well as the artificial reefs in Tampa Bay, are holding fish — and in decent numbers. Just remember, this weather isn’t going to last much longer.  January and February are notorious for bringing windy cold fronts to our area and when that happens, shiners will become hard to come by.

Fish responding to shrimp this past week include sheepshead, black drum, jack crevalle and pompano. I still haven’t seen a large school of pompano, although we’re managing to board a few every charter. Keep checking the usual spots to see if you can skip some fish. If you do skip them, turn around and start working a pompano jig or a shrimp to hook up.

Finally, it’s about time to start looking for tripletail again. Try running some trap lines in Tampa Bay or out in the Gulf. You may get a surprise. Live shrimp or a shiner with the tail cut off are great baits to target these camouflaged fish. Place a popping cork about 12 inches from your hook and make a cast just past the buoy. Slowly retrieve your bait until it’s in sight of the tripletail, and then hang on tight.

Merry Christmas to all and to all a good bite.

Capt. Warren Girle is fishing nearshore structure with good results on mackerel and mangrove snapper. For the macks, Girle is using free-lined live shiners. For the snapper, Girle is using a light fluorocarbon leader with a split shot and circle hook. This week snapper up to 21 inches are being caught, as well as mackerel up to 24 inches.

In these same areas, Girle is getting the occasional shot at a passing cobia. On a recent charter, Girle managed to sight cast to a 36-inch fish, hook up and have his clients reel it to the boat. You may also hook into a stray kingfish now and again.

Shark fishing along the beaches is on an upswing. Girle is anchoring in 30 feet of water and casting out fresh-cut chunks of Spanish mackerel to attract a bite. Black tip sharks 4-5 feet are readily eating chunk baits fished on the bottom.

Finally, Girle is transitioning into Sarasota Bay to jig the flats. When finding water depths of 5-8 feet, Girle is drifting while instructing his clients to cast their jigs throughout the area. Pompano jigs tipped with fresh-cut shrimp are resulting in bluefish, Spanish mackerel, jacks and, of course, pompano.

Steve Oldham at Island Discount Tackle says it’s almost time to start catching sheepshead. The numbers of fish around docks and structure are gradually increasing, although the bite has not yet turned on.

Early in the season Oldham suggests using live shrimp to catch these first-round sheepies. Generally, great baits for sheepshead are fiddler crabs or sand fleas, but Oldham says these early arrival fish will take to a live shrimp.

Next, Oldham says schooling mullet are attracting keeper-size redfish in tow. When mullet schools travel over the grass flats, they tend to spook small shrimp and crabs out of their hiding places. Redfish have figured out that following these mullet can produce an excellent food source. To catch these opportunistic reds, Oldham suggests using a Berkley Gulp shrimp on a jighead or a gold spoon. Cast these baits to the edges of the mullet schools and slowly work them back to you to tie into a keeper fish. Gator trout or catch-and-release snook can be mixed in as well.

Finally, Oldham reminds us there is no closed season on spotted seatrout this year. So trout fishing is an option. Oldham likes to throw a MirrOlure 84 MR in the mullet color pattern to catch his trout. Other baits he carries in his arsenal are soft plastics, jigheads and a couple suspending twitch baits.

Dave Sork at the Anna Maria City Pier says fishing this week is becoming a game of chance. Arriving cold fronts, combined with windy days can make pier fishing challenging at times. And if the fish aren’t biting, Dave reminds us they always have a bowl of hot seafood gumbo waiting inside to help pass the time.

Fish that are biting at the pier include mackerel, jacks, ladyfish and bluefish. The bite for any of these species is sporadic. Plugging with silver spoons or buck tail jigs is a tried and true method to catch these migratory fish.

Those who are using live shrimp as bait are catching juvenile mangrove snapper, grouper and grunts. There’s always a chance of hooking into a flounder or two while shrimp fishing. Just position your baits under the pier or around the piling for the best chance of getting a bite.

Send fishing reports to fish@islander.org.

 

 

Obituaries – 12-25-2013

obit-flemingSteven Glen Fleming

Steven Glen Fleming, 60, of Holmes Beach, died Dec. 14. He was born Dec. 22, 1952, in Davenport, Iowa, to Dorothy and the late Jack Fleming.

After years of travel throughout the Southwest, Mr. Fleming settled in Florida in 1992, and moved to Holmes Beach in 1993.

Mr. Fleming will be missed by family and friends, as well as his dogs, Sky and Dylan. Memorial contributions may be made to the Humane Society of Manatee County, 2515 14th St. W., Bradenton FL 34205, and Tidewell Hospice & Palliative Care, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota FL 34238.

Mr. Fleming is survived by wife Karen; mother Dorothy; sisters Anne, Shauna, Jami and Robyn; brother Robert; nieces Lisa, Wendy and Laci; nephew Jordan; half-siblings Jeff, Matt and Sherry in Iowa and Illinois; stepson Taylor and wife Leihla Collins of Sarasota; and grandchildren Zander and Theron Collins.

 

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Phyllis Elfenbein, 84, a theater director and teacher, of Anna Maria, died Dec. 3.

Her life in the theater was long and varied, with training at the American Theater Wing. She began directing at Plays-in-the-Park in New Jersey in 1964 and retired as producing director in 1993.

She was director, set designer and performer for many years at the Island Players, where she was to direct her next play in December.

A celebration of her life was held Dec. 7 in Anna Maria; and a memorial service was held Dec. 22 in New Jersey. Donations may be made to Island Players, P.O. Box 2059, Anna Maria FL 34216.

Mrs. Elfenbein is survived by her children, Lee, Jay, and Debi; daughter-in-law Andrée; grandchildren Maddy and Gus; brother Fred; sister-in-law Margery; dear friends Gabe and Dot Simches, Claire Schmais, Fran Sorock and too many others to name.

 

Peter E. Voorhees

Peter E. Voorhees, 67, of Longboat Key, died Nov. 22.

Mr. Voorhees loved boating, entertaining, photography and practical jokes. He had an appreciation for antique cars, fine art, music and golf.

A private celebration of life was planned. Memorial donations may be made to Albany Academies, Ernie Steck Scholarship Fund, 135 Academy Road, Albany NY 12208.

Mr. Voorhees is surved by wife Pam, sisters Martha and husband Bob Blackman of Delmar, N.Y., and Carol of Niskayuna, N.Y.; mother Ruth E. of Slingerlands, N.Y.; mother-in-law Jeanette Haire of Humble, Texas; sister-in-law Karen Hull of Humble, Texas; brother-in-law Philip Haire of Lithia Springs, Ga.; and many nieces, nephews and grand-nieces and grand-nephews.

Real Estate – 12-25-2013

796 N. Shore Drive, Anna Maria, a 2,520 sfla / 4,106 sfur 3bed/3½bath/4car home built in 1999 on a 50×100 lot was sold 12/03/13, Bank of the Ozarks to Badr for $845,000; list $899,000.

110 Willow Ave., Anna Maria, a 1,430 sfla / 2,557 sfur 3bed/2bath/4car home built in 1983 on a 50×100 lot was sold 11/22/13, Higinbotham to LTL Investments 110 Willow LLC for $730,000; list $799,900.

604 Gladstone Lane, Holmes Beach, a 1,990 sfla / 2,469 sfur 3bed/2bath/2car canalfront pool home built in 1971 on a 87×114 lot was sold 12/03/13, Lefner to Halle for $655,000; list $679,000.

5200 Gulf Drive, Unit 603, Martinique South, Holmes Beach, a 1,057 sfla / 1,169 sfur 3bed/2bath condo with shared pool built in 1970 was sold 12/02/13, Hersam to Comeford for $510,000.

3005 Ave. E, Holmes Beach, a 960 sfla / 1,008 sfur 3bed/1bath pool home built in 1971 on a 50×105 lot was sold 11/22/13, Federal National Mortgage Association to Totino for $400,000; list $349,900.

4255 Gulf Drive, Unit 106, Island Village, Holmes Beach, a 1,865 sfla / 2,301 sfur 3bed/4bath/2car condo with shared pool built in 1981 was sold 11/26/13, Anderson to Wright for $399,900; list $399,900.

3801 E. Bay Drive, Unit 204, Sunbow Bay, Holmes Beach, a 1,146 sfla / 1,247 sfur 2bed/2bath condo with shared pool built in 1981 was sold 12/03/13, Fumo to Clough for $290,000; list $299,000.

106 Fourth St. S., Bradenton Beach, a vacant 73×90 lot was sold 12/02/13, Biros to Bradenton Beach Views LLC for $250,000.

2601 Gulf Drive N., Unit 509, Sandpiper Co Op, Bradenton Beach, a 792 sfla 2bed/2bath mobile home with share built in 2006 sold 12/02/13, McNally to Owen for $168,000.

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

Sports – 12-25-2013

Pickleball standouts, standbys fill weekly sports card

 

Twelve members of the Anna Maria Island Community Center Pickleball Club competed in the Florida International Senior Games and State Championships Dec. 13-15 in Estero. The group brought home a total of 10 gold and silver medals.

Pickleball is a combination of ping-pong, tennis and badminton and has been around for more than 20 years.        Bob McClure and Bill Wilson competed in singles and both brought home gold medals, while Clayton Taylor earned a silver medal in men’s singles.

Jim Teasdale teamed up with McClure to win a gold medal in men’s doubles, while Taylor and Wilson brought home a silver medal.

Toni Teasdale and Barb Smith teamed up for women’s doubles and captured a gold medal, while Toni Teasdale and Gib Reffit teamed up to grab a silver medal in mixed doubles.

Among those who competed and finished out of the medals were Helen and Zoli Hartai, Simonne and Richard McGowan and Julie Taylor.

The center’s pickleball club currently has 112 members, but they’re always looking for more.

Pickleball is played Monday through Saturday at varying times. For more information, call the center at 941-778-1908.

Key Royale golf news

The Key Royale Club women played a nine-hole, individual-low-net golf match in three flights Dec. 17.

Sue Little’s 2-under-par 30 gave her first place in Flight A over Joy Kaiser, who was one shot back at 1-under-par 31. Helen Pollock was alone in third with a 35.

Rita Allan fired a 4-under-par 28 to grab first place in Flight B. Sue Wheeler was one shot back in second place while Fran Barford took third with a 2-under par 30.

Markie Ksiazek and Sally Keyes both carded 2-over-par 34s to finish in a tie for first place in Flight C. Marcia O’Brien took second place with a 35.

Horseshoe news

Two teams emerged from pool play and were left to battle for the championship during horseshoe action on Dec. 21 at the Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe pits. Gene Bobeldyk teamed up with Bill Wright to dismantle Steve Doyle and Bob Palmer by a 23-7 score to earn the day’s bragging rights.

Bobeldyk and John Crawford were the only team to earn a 3-0 pool-play record during Dec. 18 action and were the day’s outright champions.

Play gets underway at 9 a.m. every Wednesday and Saturday at the Anna Maria City Hall pits. Warmups begin at 8:45 a.m. followed by random team selection.

There is no charge to play, everyone is welcome.

 

Calendar – 12-25-2013

Social and service

The Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island meets most Saturdays at 8 a.m. at the Anna Maria Island Beach Cafe, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, for breakfast and a meeting. Information: 941-778-1383. Islander File Photo

 

Wednesday, Dec. 25

Today is Christmas.

5:42 p.m. — Official sunset time.

 

Thursday, Dec. 26

Kwanzaa begins.

5:43 p.m. — Official sunset time.

 

Friday, Dec. 27

5:44 p.m. — Official sunset time.

 

Saturday, Dec. 28

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

5:44 p.m. — Official sunset time.

 

Sunday, Dec. 29

5:45 p.m. — Official sunset time.

 

Monday, Dec. 30

5:46 p.m. — Official sunset time.

 

Tuesday, Dec. 31

Today is New Year’s Eve.

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

5:46 p.m. — Official sunset time.

 

Wednesday, Jan. 1

Today is New Year’s Day.

Noon — Clancy’s Shamrock Shiver Charity Plunge to benefit Caring for Children Charities, 12th Street South and the Gulf of Mexico, Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-952-1109.

5:47 p.m. — Official sunset time.

 

Off-island

Wednesday, Jan. 1

1 p.m. — Clancy’s Irish Pub Shamrock Shiver after-party, 6218 Cortez Road, Bradenton. Information: 941-952-1109.

 

Coming up

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

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

 

Save the date

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

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

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

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

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

 

Pitching in

On most Wednesdays and Saturdays at 9 a.m., horseshoes are pitched at Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. For more information, call 941-708-6130. Islander File Photo

 

Calendar of ongoing events, activities

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

• Wednesdays, through March, Anna Maria Island Historical Society sells Settlers’ Bread, 402 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-779-7688.

• First Wednesdays, 1:15 p.m., Gulf Coast Writers meeting, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-3209.

• First Wednesdays, 6 p.m., Mana-Tweens book club, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-3209.

• Second Wednesdays, 7 p.m., Think+Drink science night, South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-746-4131.

• Most third Wednesdays, noon, Anna Maria Garden Club meets, Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-2607.

• Third Wednesdays, 6 p.m., Mana-Tween club, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-3209.

• Fourth Wednesdays, 7 p.m., star talk, South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-746-4131.

• Thursdays, 5-10 p.m., Main Street Live, Old Main Street, Bradenton. Information: 941-932-9440.

• Thursdays, 7 p.m., Jan. 16-March 27, bingo, Annie Silver Community Center, 103 23rd St., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-778-3580.

• First and third Thursdays, 2 p.m., knitting group meeting, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive. Information: 941-778-6341.

• Third Thursdays, 10 a.m., Island Library Book Club, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-3209.

• Third Thursdays, 10 a.m., guardian ad litem, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-3209.

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

• Fridays, 5:30-8:30 p.m., Mike Sales’ sunset drum circle, Anna Maria Island Beach Cafe, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-0784.

• Third Fridays, 5-8 p.m., Pine Avenue Porch Party presented by local merchants, Pine Avenue, Anna Maria. 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: 941-778-1383.

• Saturdays, through May, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Downtown Bradenton Farmers’ Market, Old Main Street. Information: 941-932-9440.

• Saturdays, 4 p.m., family night, South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-746-4131.

• Second Saturdays, 10 a.m., origami club, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-3209.

• Third Saturdays, 11 a.m., stress management through breathing, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive. Information: 941-778-6341.

• Third Saturdays, through May, 9 a.m., Manatee County Junior Audubon meeting, Felts Audubon Preserve, 4600 24th Ave. E., Palmetto. Information: 941-376-0110.

• Sundays, through April 27, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Bridge Street Market, 107 Bridge St., Bradenton Beach. Information: 215-906-0668.

• Mondays, 12:45 p.m., bridge games, Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Doors open at 12:15 p.m. Information: 941-778-0414.

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

• Third Mondays, noon, Anna Maria Island Democrats meeting, Mannatees Sports Grill, 7423 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-779-0564.

• Third Mondays, 7 p.m., U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 81 meeting, 5801 33rd Ave. Court Drive W., G.T. Bray Park, Bradenton. Information: 941-779-4476.

• Tuesdays, 10 a.m., children’s storytime, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.

• Tuesdays, noon, Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island meeting, Bridge Street Bistro, 111 Gulf Drive S., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-794-8044.

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

 

Calendar announcements

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

The Islander Classifieds: Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2013

ITEMS FOR SALE

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

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

SECTIONAL SOFA: ATTRACTIVE like new, camel-color material, $500. Available Dec. 28. Cortez. Call 613-864-3398.

SOFA: CONTEMPORARY, $100, swivel rocker chair, $35, two small tables $30. 540-520-1835.

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

FREEBIE ITEMS FOR SALE

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)

ANNOUNCEMENTS

SANTA’S HELPER AVAILABLE to assemble toys and bikes! Hurry, call Rick, 941-545-9683.

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

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

WANTED: YOUR OLD cell phone for recycling. Deliver to The Islander, 5604B Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.

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

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

FISHING GEAR WANTED: The Privateers and The Islander are collecting new or used, repairable fishing poles and reels, nets, tackle, buckets, etc. to give to children. Donate your gear at The Islander newspaper office, 5604B Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.

FREE GUN LOCK courtesy of Project Childsafe, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and Holmes Beach Police Department. Pick up at The Islander office, 5604B Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Don’t be sorry, be safe.

GARAGE SALES

ROSER THRIFT SHOP:  Open 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesday ,Thursday, 10 a.m-1 p.m. Saturday. 9-11 a.m. donations, Wednesdays. 511 Pine Ave. Anna Maria. 941-779-2733.

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

PETS

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

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

BOATS & BOATING

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

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

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

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

POWER NOLES CUSTOM 11.5-foot fiberglass tunnel hull with bass seats. Very stable! Great for fishing-stand on the side without tipping, go in really shallow waters. Very fun boat for anyone who wants to get on the water!
 Includes a trolling motor with battery. Must see! $500 obo. Call Toni, 941-928-8735. 

HELP WANTED

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

LIMOUSINE DRIVER NEEDED as soon as possible. Professional appearance. Previous experience a plus. Contact 941-870-7010.

KIDS FOR HIRE

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

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

KIDS FOR HIRE ads are FREE for up to three weeks for Island youths under 16 looking for work. Ads must be placed in person at The Islander office, 5604-B Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.

HEALTH CARE

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

SERVICES

TOASTED COMPUTER SERVICES. Your home and business specialist. On-site service, virus/spyware, cleanup, system setup, upgrades, diagnosis and repair, internet/wireless networking, custom system design. 941-224-1069.

I DON’T CUT corners, I clean corners. Professional, friendly cleaning  service since 1999. 941-779-6638. Leave message.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

BUSINESS-TO-BUSINESS JD’s Window Cleaning looking for storefront jobs in Holmes Beach. I make dirty windows sparkling clean. 941-920-3840.

ISLAND MERMAIDS CLEANING and Co.: 38-year Islanders. Rentals our specialty. 941-778-3046.

BEACH SERVICE air conditioning, heat, refrigeration. Commercial and residential service, repair and/or replacement. Serving Manatee County and the Island since 1987. For dependable, honest and personalized service, call William Eller, 941-795-7411. CAC184228.

ANYONE CAN TAKE a picture. A professional creates a portrait. I want to be at your wedding! www.jackelka.com. 941-778-2711.

RELAXING MASSAGE IN the convenience of your home or hotel. Massage by Nadia, more than 19 years on Anna Maria Island. Call today for an appointment, 941-518-8301. MA#0017550.MA#0017550.

LAWN & GARDEN

CONNIE’S LANDSCAPING INC. Residential and commercial. Full-service lawn maintenance, landscaping, cleanups, hauling and more! Insured. 941-778-5294.

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

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

LANDSCAPING

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

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

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

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

HOME IMPROVEMENT

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

PROFESSIONAL TILE ROOF restoration. Call Peter for free estimate, references, insured. The Flying Dutchman, 941-447-6747.

RENTALS

WEEKLY/MONTHLY/ANNUAL rentals: wide variety, changes daily. SunCoast Real Estate, 941-779-0202, or 1-800-732-6434. www.suncoastinc.com.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ONE EXECUTIVE OFFICE for rent, utilities included, great location on Gulf Drive, perfect for real estate office, lawyer, computer tech. Move in with first month rent only, $500. 5386 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. 941-746-8666.

OLD FLORIDA GROUND-floor vacation apartments, $650/week, spring dates available. 941-778-2374.

ANNUAL RENTAL: 2BR/2BA home, large lanai, deck, hot tub. RV parking, $1,500/month, First, last, security. 10303 Spoonbill Road. W., Flamingo Cay. 941-704-0065.

SEEKING 2BR FOR 5-6 months winter of 2014-15. Holmes Beach or Anna Maria. Single, quiet professional, non-smoker. Need internet and phone access. Please, call 603-436-3337.

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.

REAL ESTATE

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

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

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

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

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

LOCAL HOMEOWNER SEEKS a second mortgage on canal home. Value of equity, $415,000. Will pay interest only for two years at 8 percent. Seeking to borrow $135,000, monthly payments of $900. Contact owner Dave at dvanworm@earthlink.net or call 407-927-1304.

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