Tag Archives: 12-26-2012

Historical society drops plan to move Spahn house

The Anna Maria Island Historical Society has decided not to proceed with raising funds to preserve Spruce Street house in Anna Maria built as a winter home in the 1950s by baseball Hall-of-Famer Warren Spahn.

AMIHS board president Maureen McCormick notified the city along with donors and supporters of the decision in a letter.

The historical society had hoped to raise enough money to have the house moved to the historic park at 402 Pine Ave., Anna Maria to become a baseball museum.

McCormick said a primary reason for the decision is that recent changes in state building codes “pushed labor and construction costs to more than $75,000, more than double the initial project estimate.”

She thanked the Spahn family, the city of Anna Maria and those involved in the preservation effort. She said she regretted that increasing costs forced the board to cancel the project.

McCormick said the board also was concerned that rising costs associated with moving the Spahn home might jeopardize the obligation of the board to preserve the museum and the Belle Haven Cottage located in the park.

McCormick said she informed Commissioner John Quam, the commission liaison to the historical society, of the decision.

“The museum and Belle Haven are an important part of the island – we understand the decision,” said Quam on behalf of the commission.

McCormick said the historical society will continue to support and preserve the history of baseball on the island with featured exhibits in the museum.

Spahn built a number of small homes in the city that he sold or rented to teammates on the Milwaukee Braves when the team trained in Bradenton.




An Oct. 16 story in The Islander identified an alleged burglar as an Holmes Beach man residing in Bradenton Beach. While the incident occurred in Holmes Beach, the suspect, identified as Roger Cliburn, 47, resides on 17th Avenue in Bradenton and not in the 2700 block of Avenue C, as reported.

Cortez woman arrested for drug paraphernalia at rehab

A 31-year-old Cortez woman was charged with misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia Dec. 13 while at a Bradenton rehabilitation center, and more charges could be pending.

Stephanie Lund, of the 4200 block of 126th Street West in Cortez, was attending the rehab facility when she went across the street to a convenience store, according to the probable cause affidavit.

The facility manager observed Lund exiting from a “strange vehicle,” go into the store and then return to the facility where the manager confronted her.

According to the report, the manager could tell Lund was high and told her that kind of behavior was unacceptable. Lund allegedly began crying and apologized for what she had done.

The manager called the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office and a deputy made contact with Lund at the facility. According to the report, Lund turned over a syringe, telling the deputy it had been filled with heroin.

The report states Lund had entered a vehicle at the store’s parking lot, where she was handed a “loaded” syringe by an unidentified male. She stated she was not strong enough to resist the temptation, and entered the store bathroom where she “shot up” the drugs.

Lund was arrested for misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia and held at the Manatee County jail on $120 bond. She is scheduled to be arraigned at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15, at the Manatee County Judicial Center, 1017 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton.

However, according to court records, Lund has been on felony probation for a trafficking in stolen property conviction in Palm Beach County. Court records also indicate multiple prior arrests, including drug possession, prostitution, contempt of court and forgery dating back to 2007.

Lund posted bond the day after her Dec. 13 arrest.

Newly elected fire district commissioners switch chairs

The gavel soon will pass from West Manatee Fire Rescue Commissioner Randy Cooper to fellow Commissioner David Bishop.

    By unanimous voice vote, the commission selected Bishop to chair the commission that provides oversight for the 18-square-mile district with 44,828 residents, including Anna Maria Island.

    An architect and life-long district resident who’s served on the WMFR commission since July 2011, Bishop was first appointed to replace former Commissioner John Rigney, who moved out of the district. Bishop ran unopposed in the Nov. 6 election to fill the remainder of Rigney’s term.

    Cooper and seven-year resident Larry Jennis, who is new to the commission, also ran unopposed in November.

    All three were sworn into office Dec. 20.

    It is Jennis’ first public office, and he replaces 20-year veteran Jesse Davis, who stepped down last month. Davis decided not to run for another term following heart surgery last spring.

    Jennis was unanimously voted in as the commission’s secretary/treasurer, replacing Commissioner Scott Ricci.

    Ricci moved to vice chair of the commission, also by unanimous approval of commissioners.

    In other business, upon the recommendation of Chief Andy Price, the commission unanimously approved participation in a $20,000 Commission on Fire Accreditation International study.

    Price told commissioners it will make WMFR a better fire district as it will assess such criteria as how quickly firefighters can leave the station, arrive on a scene and what level of support is sent to what types of scenes.

    It also will aid in succession planning for the expected retirement of himself and Deputy Chief Brett Pollock, he said.

    Price also updated the commission on the remodel of Station 2, 10350 Cortez Road, Bradenton, which is budgeted for $900,000-$1.25 million.

    He said the district is waiting on a lease to be signed and a drainage agreement to be struck with neighbor Manatee Fruit Company, and a status on the county approval of plans for a portable building for firefighters’ living quarters during the remodel.

    The district chose Ross Built Construction Co. of Holmes Beach and Manuel Synalovski Associates of Fort Lauderdale in May for the remodel.

    Price said while building plans have not changed, site issues remain before construction can commence.

    Price also updated the commission on the district’s International Standards Organization rating. At the November meeting, Price reported the district’s ISO rating remained at 4, following participation in the review process earlier this year.

    After further review of the rating, Price said they have decided to challenge it due to the score received in a training category. He suspected a misunderstanding or a mistake by the ISO evaluator. About 15 years ago, Price said the district challenged a rating issue and won.

    ISO rates communities from 1-10, with 1 being perfect, based on quality of fire department, water supply, hydrant locations, communication systems, building codes and inspection programs. Insurance companies use the ratings to set premiums.

    “We’re still working on it. We’re not satisfied with it. And we’re hoping we change that 4 score down to a 3.”

        The next meeting will be at 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17, at the WMFR Administrative office, 6417 Third Ave. W., Bradenton.

The Islander Classifieds: Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012


CANTON HOME THEATER speaker system. Four cubed surround sound speakers, one center channel speaker and subwoofer, $1,850, new, now, $475. 941-799-1169.

BICYCLES: HIS AND hers, Sears “Free Spirit” 1970s, very good condition, $150/pair. 813-240-6529.

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 3 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 Jan. 2 edition is 5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 27. The Islander office will be closed Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 30-Jan.1.

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.


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 (and kittens!) are looking for great new homes or fosters. 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.

PONTOON BOAT: 20-foot, 50-hp, hard top, recent upholstery and carpet. Extra lines and preservers, $2,500. 941-778-4793.

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.


JOIN THE TEAM: Great location on Bridge Street. Experienced realtors needed to handle walk-ins and Internet leads. Call Lynn, Edgewater Real Estate, 941-778-8104.

CLEANING SERVICES NORFOLK Southern, a multi-billion dollar transportation company, currently has the following opportunity at our private oceanfront facility located in Holmes Beach, FL. Buildings and grounds assistant. The successful candidate is responsible for maintaining safe and orderly buildings and grounds at the Lay-by. In particular, the incumbent provides cleaning and housekeeping services for guest quarters and restocking of consumable supplies in the living areas. The Assistant may also provide grounds-keeping services for outside areas. For immediate consideration, please, visit www.nscorp.com/careers and complete an online application for the buildings and grounds assistant position.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

HOME SHARE WANTED: Female snowbird, non-drinker, non-smoker, considerate, looking for a bedroom/bath Feb.1-April 15. Currently on Island, for more information, 941-201-5237 or 246hi246@gmail.com.

EARLY CLASSIFIED DEADLINE! The deadline for classified ads for the Jan.2 edition is 5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 27. The Islander office will be closed Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 30-Jan.1.


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.

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.

EARLY CLASSIFIED DEADLINE! The deadline for classified ads for the Jan.2 edition is 5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 27. The Islander office will be closed Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 30-Jan.1.

Islander Calendar – 12-26-2012

3, 2, 1 … Happy new year!

The BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., celebrates the arrival of 2013 with a public fireworks display and a restaurant party. The light show takes place at midnight on New Year’s Eve on the Gulf of Mexico shore in the 200 block of Gulf Drive North. Islander File Photo


Wednesday, Dec. 26

Kwanzaa begins.


Thursday, Dec. 27


Friday, Dec. 28


Saturday, Dec. 29


Sunday, Dec. 30


Monday, Dec. 31

New Year’s Eve.

Midnight — Fireworks at the BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-779-2222.


Tuesday, Jan. 1

New Year’s Day.

Noon — Clancy’s Irish Sports Pub annual Shamrock Shiver plunge benefiting Caring for Children Charities, Gulf Drive and 12th Street South, Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-794-2489.


Wednesday, Jan. 2

        1 p.m. — Gulf Coast Writers meet with local author Diane Robertson, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-928-5302.



Saturday, Dec. 29

        8 p.m. — Manatee Players presents “Two on Tap,” 502 Third Ave. W., Bradenton. Fee applies. Information: 941-748-5875.


Sunday, Dec. 30

        2 p.m. — Manatee Players presents “Two on Tap,” 502 Third Ave. W., Bradenton. Fee applies. Information: 941-748-5875.



• 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 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 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, Thirsty Thursdays specials and activities, 5-7 p.m., 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, September through May, 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

• Jan. 5, The Island Gallery West, 5368 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, hosts a free demonstration, “Cards Created with Watercolor Pencil.” Information: 941-778-6648.

• Jan. 9, Off Stage Ladies meeting and luncheon, Moore’s Stone Crab Restaurant, 800 Broadway St., Longboat Key. Information: 941-799-2181.

• Jan. 10, 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. Information:  941-778-34217.

• Jan. 12, Friends of the Island Library host a 30th anniversary celebration, Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-34217.

• Jan. 16, Anna Maria Garden Club meeting with speaker Jim Boyer, president of the Tampa Bay African Violet Society, Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-2607.

• 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. Information: 941-778-5755.


Save the date

• Jan. 21, Longboat Key Democratic Club Inauguration Brunch, Longboat Key Club and Resort. Information: 941-362-0520.

• Feb. 9, Anna Maria Island Privateers Thieves Market, Coquina Beach, Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-722-3212.

• Feb. 10, Anna Maria Island Concert Chorus and Orchestra concert, 20th anniversary celebration, CrossPointe Fellowship, 8605 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-8585.

• Feb. 14, Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island Sweethearts big band dance benefiting Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-1908.


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.

Home for holidays

Former Anna Maria resident and artist Mark Alonso, left, and wife Miren, second from left, now residing in Michigan, visit the Where’s Woody art show at The Islander newspaper Dec. 22. They visited for the holidays — Thanksgiving to Christmas — along with lots of family, kids and grandkids. They are pictured with daughter Ginny Alonso and artist Linda Molto, right. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy

Fishing – 12-26-2012

Warmer days bring heat to fishing


Since we’ve had warm temperatures and light winds offshore, fishers are working as much as possible before winter weather sets in. The first official day of winter was Dec. 21.

Reports of keeper-size red grouper are coming in from as close as 10 miles off shore. For bait, live pinfish or shiners are the best choice, although frozen baits such as squid, threadfin herring and sardines are working, too.

Moving out 20 miles or more is resulting in catches of large red grouper, plenty of catch-and-release gag grouper and just-legal amberjack. Also, expect to encounter mangrove and red snapper. But remember, the red snapper season is still closed, so they are catch-and-release.

Moving inshore, flats fishers are using artificials to target spotted seatrout. Since water temps are still about 70 degrees, you can use topwater plugs either in the morning or evening to get action on big gator trout that are lurking on shallow flats. For sheer numbers of trout, try drifting deeper grass flats with soft plastics or suspending plugs.

Redfish and catch-and-release snook are gathering around docks and canals. Try using live select shrimp to get these fish to bite. For the reds, add a split shot to get your shrimp on the bottom. For the catch-and-release snook, simply free-line a big shrimp around a dock piling and hang on tight.

Capt. Warren Girle is fishing offshore structure with good results on a variety of species. Girle is anchoring over structure and then chumming with live shiners to attract a bite. Bonito and small Spanish mackerel are the first to react to Girle’s chum, skyrocketing and slashing at live shiners thrown around the boat. Once this is occurring, Girle is casting free-lined baits to the fish surface-feeding. Usually within seconds of the bait entering the water, the fight is on with either bonito or mackerel.

With all of this action going in, sharks are naturally attracted. Black tips of 50-75 pounds are feeding on chunks of mackerel or bonito free-lined on a shark leader behind the boat. Not only do these sharks peel a considerable amount of drag, but their acrobatic jumps are visually impressive for the angler.

Lastly, Girle is bottom fishing in sandy areas between structures to find flounder. By nose-hooking a shiner with a jighead on a knocker rig, Girle is catching flounder in the 20-inch range. He suggests carrying extra hardware due to all of the snags.

Jeff Medley at the Sunshine Skyway Bridge South Fishing Pier is seeing pier fishers using silver spoons and white jigs for mackerel, bonito and ladyfish. Keep in mind that the Spanish mackerel being caught are small, up to 15 inches. As for the bonito, expect fish about 8-10 pounds.

Pier fishers using live fiddler crabs are catching good numbers of sheepshead. Most fish are 1-2 pounds, although bigger ones are mixed in. You can also use live shrimp, but the best bite is occurring on fiddlers.

Anglers opting to use shrimp fished on the bottom are catching legal-size mangrove snapper and flounder. Both species are biting well although most are barely above keeper-size. While using shrimp, expect to catch Key West grunts, too.

Dave Sork at the Anna Maria City Pier is seeing a few mackerel being caught, although the better bite is definitely for flounder. Pier fishers using small white jigs at sunrise are getting moderate action on Spanish mackerel, but the bite isn’t lasting. Once it ends, pier fishers are switching to bottom rigs and dragging live shrimp around the perimeter of the pier to catch flounder. Flounder up to 15 inches are keeping pier fishers busy — and well fed.

Steve Oldham at Island Discount Tackler says fishers drifting the flats are catching decent numbers of spotted seatrout on DOA Cal jigs or DOA shrimp under a Cajun Thunder cork. For the bait, white is the color. If you’re using DOA shrimp, also try the glow color, which gets the same action as a white.

Bait fishers using live shrimp are targeting docks and piers for sheepshead. With increasing numbers of sheepies appearing daily, the bite should only get better.

Lastly, reports of fish moving into the canals of Bimini Bay and the surrounding area are increasing. Redfish, spotted seatrout and snook are migrating into these areas in advance of cooler weather.

Again, live shrimp is a great bait to target any of these species. Try targeting the entrances of canals for the trout. Add a split shot to your shrimp and let it swim toward the bottom. For the reds and snook, try working deep-water docks.

Jim Malfese at the Rod & Reel Pier says there are plenty of shiners schooling up around the pier, but the mackerel are not appearing. Pier fishers targeting mackerel are catching a stray bonito here and there and plenty of ladyfish.

With a shortage of mackerel, pier fishers can change tactics and bait fish with shrimp or fiddler crabs to get a bite. Casting these baits under the pier, fishers are hooking up sheepshead, black drum, redfish and flounder. Keeper-sizes of all of these species are being reeled up daily.

Send fishing reports to fish@islander.org.



Obituaries – 12-26-2012

Alice Christie

Alice Christie of Anna Maria died Dec. 6. She was born in Pierce, Fla.

On graduating in 1946 from Mulberry High School, she settled in Lakeland, and became a loving and cherished wife and mother, and a tireless and compassionate caregiver. She retired to Anna Maria in the late 1980s.

Mrs. Christie was a Christian, a lifelong Democrat, and, as described by her daughter, a wicked-faithful Boston Red Sox fan and the epitome of the Irish Claddagh’s meaning of love, loyalty and friendship.

Arrangements were by Kicliter Funeral Home of Palmetto.

Mrs. Christie is survived by daughter Debera Elaine Thompson of Anna Maria.


Jack Newton Lewis

Jack Newton Lewis, 65, of Bradenton, died Dec. 18. He was born Oct. 22, 1947, in Houston to Louise and Henry LaFayette Lewis.

He received a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Houston and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Maryland. He was a proud member of the Sigma Chi fraternity.

Following his education, he served his country in the U.S. Army and the U.S. Army Reserves as a finance officer. Jack worked more than 30 years for Chevy Chase Federal Bank in Maryland, retiring as a vice president in 2005. He served his church, most recently as treasurer and Eucharistic minister at the Episcopal Church of the Annunciation, Holmes Beach.

Mr. Lewis was known for his keen intelligence, wit and charm, and was a loyal and steadfast friend.

A funeral service was held Dec. 22, at the Episcopal Church of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, followed by a celebration of life and reception. Memorial donations may be made to the Church of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, FL 34217-1829.


Frank Paul Ransom

Frank Paul Ransom, 54, of Holmes Beach, died Dec. 17. He was born in Columbus, Ohio.

A celebration of life will be planned at a later date. Arrangements were by Griffith-Cline Funeral Home, Bradenton.

Survivors include his mother, Ireta Wood; and 12-year companion Kim Morgan.


John Sandberg

John Sandberg, 83, of Viera, Fla., and formerly of Bradenton Beach, died Oct. 24. He was born Aug. 9, 1929, in McCleary, Wash., to Einar A. and Jane (Little) Sandberg.

Mr. Sandberg went to Washington State College where he received a doctorate in education in 1956. During his undergraduate years at Washington State College, he worked in the summer for the National Forest Service at Lake Quinault, where he served on fire crews and worked on the construction of roads and trails.

He married Mollie Rehm Aug. 29, 1953. He then joined the U.S. Navy, serving active duty in the Korean War and two years as the executive officer of the USS Surfbird. He continued another 24 years as a Naval Reserve officer, retiring with the rank of captain.

In 1976, he was recognized by the University of Guam, which he had helped to establish, for educational and sociological work he had done for the people of the Central Pacific. He retired in 1986 from his educational career as dean of the School of Education at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo.

Following retirement, the Sandbergs relocated to Bradenton Beach, where he became active in the community. He spearheaded the construction and operation of the Tingley Memorial Library, 111 Second St., Bradenton Beach.

He also chaired the committee that developed the rehabilitation plans of the historic downtown area using a $500,000 grant awarded to the city.

In 2005, he and Mollie moved from Bradenton Beach to the Indian River Colony Club in Viera.

He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Mollie; children Mike, Jill, and Julie; grandchildren John Jacob, Samantha, Sydney and Vicki Fenton.