Tag Archives: 12-28-2011

Fishing – 12-28-2011

Shiners, shrimp, artificials get the bite going


Fishers using live bait and artificials are being rewarded with consistent hookups in Anna Maria Sound and the surrounding waters.

Redfish are staging on shallow grass flats adjacent to mangrove edges to sun themselves in the late morning and early afternoon. On charters this week, we found the reds to be on flats with depths of 2-3 feet. Live shiners or live shrimp seemed to be the ticket to catch these feisty fish, although Berkley Gulp shrimp worked, too.

Catch-and-release spotted seatrout are still abundant on deeper flats with sandy potholes. Remember, the closure for trout is over Jan. 1, so now is the time to go out and do some homework to ensure success on opening day. Arm yourself with some top-water plugs, some soft plastics and maybe a suspending jerk bait to hunt these wintertime yellow-mouthed bruisers.

It may be warm weather by day, but we officially moved from fall to winter with the winter solstice Dec. 23, the longest night and shortest day of the year.

If it’s winter migratory species, such as mackerel and bonito, you’re looking to hook up, look for diving birds at sun up around Bean Point, Egmont Key or the Sunshine Skyway Bridge. There are still shiners available, or you can use silver spoons and Gotcha plugs to catch these high-activity, toothy fish.

Dave Sork at the Anna Maria City Pier is still seeing decent numbers of spotted seatrout around the pier at night. “They’re patrolling the lights looking for ballyhoo,” says Sork.

Catching ballyhoo for trout bait requires a long-handled bait net and a quick hand. The pole can be as long as 20 feet and the fine mesh net should be about 2 feet in diameter. When a ballyhoo is spotted, simply scoop it up and put it on a hook. Free-lining a ballyhoo is a best bet to hook up trout that feed near the surface.

During the day, pier fishers are catching little tunny and Spanish mackerel on white jigs and spoons. Both of these species are great fun on light tackle and the macks are tasty.

Lastly, pier fishers using live shrimp are catching keeper-size flounder around the edges of the pier.

Tom Cassetty at the Rod & Reel Pier is seeing a variety of species caught on live shrimp. Pier fishers using a bottom rig are casting their baits under the pier to get the bite. Common catches there include black drum, redfish and sheepshead. Pier fishers are catching flounder under the pier, but most are small.

Pier fishers looking to cast their bait away from the pier are hooking up with Spanish mackerel and ladyfish. “Most of the macks are coming in between 12 and 15 inches,” says Cassetty. “And they’re a little sporadic right now.”

White jigs, silver spoons and Gotcha plugs are the baits of choice.

Steve Oldham at Island Discount Tackle says he’s heard of lots of black drum being caught at the local piers. Live shrimp or Berkley Gulp shrimp are getting the bite. Other species being caught on shrimp around the piers include redfish, sheepshead and flounder. “They’re catching a lot of fish out there on shrimp,” says Oldham, “but the black drum seem to be the most abundant.”

Moving onto the glass flats of Anna Maria Sound, Oldham is hearing reports of some great action with catch-and-release spotted seatrout. “To catch the trout, boat fishers are drifting the grass flats using Berkeley Gulp shrimp on a jig head,” says Oldham. “Most people like the new penny color, but the glow is working, too.”

Flounder catches are being reported daily. Most of these catches are occurring in canals in Bimini Bay. Fishers using live shrimp are catching keeper-size flounder from their back-yard docks. Remember, when targeting flounder, try to drag your bait along the bottom. This keeps you in the strike zone and helps locate the fish.

On the beaches, fishers are catching the usual suspects for the transition to winter fishing. Whiting are feeding on small pieces of fresh-cut peeled shrimp on a No. 2 hook. By using a whole live shrimp, beach fishers are catching flounder and, if they’re lucky, a few pompano.

Capt. Warren Girle is fishing nearshore man-made structure with good results on mangrove snapper. By using live shiners for bait, Girle’s charters are catching snapper in the 16-inch range. Along with snapper, Girle’s charters are getting a workout on catch-and-release gag grouper.

Moving into Sarasota Bay, Girle is targeting a variety of species using both shiners and shrimp for bait. While drifting deeper grass flats, Girle’s charters are catching bluefish, ladyfish and catch-and-release spotted seatrout on live shiners. On the shallower flats, Girle is using shiners to catch redfish in the 30-inch range, as well as flounder up to 17 inches.

The highlight of the week for Girle is the appearance of pompano in Sarasota Bay. Girls’ clients are getting into drag-screaming action on these golden nuggets. Using live shrimp under a cork, Girle is catching limits of pompano with the larger fish topping out at 20 inches.

Jeff Medley at the south bait shop on the Sunshine Skyway Bridge Fishing Piers says, “If you like catching bonito, now is the time to be out on the pier.”

Pier fishers using Gotcha plugs or silver spoons for bait are catching both bonito and Spanish mackerel as quickly as they get their lure in the water.

To target either species at the pier, you want to find the large schools of Spanish sardines that are migrating out of Tampa Bay. Once the schools are located, start working your lure around the edges. Remember, these fish are feeding on the bait school, so as it moves along the pier, you’ll need to follow the bait to keep the bite going.

Fishers at the pier using live shrimp are catching a variety of species fit for the dinner table. By bottom fishing with live shrimp, fishers are catching good numbers of mangrove snapper in the 12-inch range. Along with the snapper, fishers are hooking up with Key West grunts. To top things off, keeper-size flounder and sheepshead are being caught as well.

Night fishers at the pier are still being rewarded with an abundance of silver trout. Try using a speck rig tipped with a small piece of shrimp on each jig to catch two fish at once. Remember, these fish are great to eat when they’re fresh, but they don’t freeze well. Only keep what you plan to put in the pan.

        Send fishing reports to fish@islander.org.

Island real estate transactions – 12-28-2011

        2516 Gulf Drive, Bradenton Beach, a vacant Gulffront lot was sold 12/07/11, 9 Solutions LLC to Tampa Bayshore Trust LLC for $805,000.  It is unknown if this was an arms length transaction.

2516 Gulf Drive, Bradenton Beach, a vacant Gulffront lot was sold 12/07/11, 9 Solutions to AM lot 3 LLC for $648,000. It is unknown if this was an arms length transaction.

2516 Gulf Drive, Bradenton Beach, a vacant Gulffront lot was sold 12/07/11, 9 Solutions to AMI lot 4 LLC for $614,800. It is unknown if this was an arms length transaction.

208 68th St., Holmes Beach, a 1,711 sfla / 1,791 sfur 2bed/2bath pool home built in 1975 on a 74×109 lot was sold 12/05/11, Chenoweth to Werner fro $555,000.

1437 Gulf Drive N., Unit 26, Bermuda Bay Club, Bradenton Beach, a 1,524 sfla / 2,622 sfur 3bed/2½bath/2car condo with shared pool built in 1999 was sold 12/07/11, Marks to Ward for $315,000; list $325,000.

6504 Holmes Blvd., Unit B, Pirates Pleasure, Holmes Beach, a 684 sfla 1bed/1bath half duplex built in 2011 was sold 12/09/11, Pirates Pleasure LLC to Starfish 65 LLC for $300,000; list $369,000.

2502 Gulf Drive N., Unit 210, Club Bamboo, a 681 sfla 1bed/1bath condo with shared pool built in 1975 was sold 12/06/11, Harper to Aqua Props LLC for $200,000.

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

Island police blotter – 12-28-2011

Anna Maria

• Dec. 15, 800 block of North Shore Drive, information. A woman visiting her aunt and uncle told a deputy that she believed some prescription drugs, including Fentanyl and Hydrocodone patches, were missing.

• Dec. 16, 800 block of North Shore Drive, information. A man reported an alarm sounding in a residence. Deputies found a smoke detector going off and called the property manager to reset the alarm.

• Dec. 18, 500 block of Loquat Drive, civil dispute. A couple reported damage to their 2009 Toyota. According to the report, a scrape was observed on a side panel of the vehicle.

• Dec. 19, 100 block of Hammock Road, open door. While on patrol, deputies found a rear sliding-glass door unlocked. The property manager was called to service the property.

        Anna Maria is policed by the MCSO.


Bradenton Beach

• Dec. 15, 2400 block of Avenue C, felony burglary. A resident reported that sometime during the night, an unauthorized person entered an unlocked vehicle. Nothing was reported missing.

• Between Dec. 12 and Dec.18, 100 block of 13th Street South, felony theft. A man reported his boat stolen upon finding it at the Holmes Beach Kingfish Boat Ramp. Items reported stolen from the boat were a Mercury 25-hp motor with propeller valued at $3,000, a red plastic fuel tank valued at $50 and a multi-colored life jacket valued at $70.

• Dec. 18, 2200 block of Avenue A, criminal mischief. Several residents reported hearing what they thought were cats outside, but upon inspection found broken eggs on the outside walls, windows and concrete walkway. Ketchup and mustard also were discovered on the walls, windows and a nearby wooden fence.

        Bradenton Beach is policed by the BBPD.


No reports.

        Cortez is policed by the MCSO.

Holmes Beach

No reports.

        Holmes Beach is policed by the HBPD.


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

Islander Calendar – 12-28-2011


• Saturdays through March 18, 9:30 a.m. to noon, Anna Maria Island Concert Chorus and Orchestra rehearsals at Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-7853.

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

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

• Tuesdays, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., coffee and conversations for seniors at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-1908.

• First Wednesdays, 8:30 a.m., Pier Regulars meet at the Rod & Reel Pier, 875 N. Shore Drive, Anna Maria.

• Second Wednesdays, 7:30 p.m., VFW Post No. 8199 meets at the volunteer fire station, 201 Second St. N., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-778-4400.

• Wednesdays, 6 to 8 p.m., teens meet at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-1908.

• Wednesdays and Saturdays, 9 a.m., players pitch horseshoes in the pits at Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information: 941-708-6130.

• Thursdays, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Thirsty Thursday hosted by Bridge Street Merchants on Bridge Street, Bradenton Beach.

• Fridays, Senior Adventures Group meets for outings to various locations. Information: 941-962-8835.

• Saturdays, 8:30 a.m., Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island meets at the Anna Maria Island Beach Cafe, Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.

• Sundays, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Bridge Street Market hosted by Bridge Street Merchants, Bradenton Beach. Information: 215-906-0668.



Wednesday, Dec. 28

        1 to 4 p.m. — Robinson Preserve holiday paddle and volunteer cleanup, 1704 99th St. N.W., Bradenton. Information: 941-748-4501 ext. 4616.

Thursday, Dec. 29

9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. — Robinson Preserve wagon tour, 1704 99th St. N.W., Bradenton. Information: 941-748-4501 ext. 4605. Fee applies.


Coming Up:

        Jan. 5, Blessing of chalk, Gloria Dei Lutheran Church.

• Jan. 6, And the Winner Is Film Series: “It Happened One Night,” South Florida Museum.

• Jan. 7, Paper-making demonstration, Island Gallery West.

• Jan. 7, Crochet coral reef exhibit, Robinson Preserve.

• Jan. 9, Artists’ Guild Gallery of Anna Maria Island meeting, Episcopal Church of the Annunciation.


Save the Date:

        • Jan. 13, Manatee County Fair.

        • Jan. 14, Dolphin Dash, Anna Maria Elementary School.

        Send calendar announcements to diana@islander.org. Please include the time, date and location of the event, a brief description and a contact via e-mail and phone.

Sports – 12-28-2011

Looks a lot like golf week on AMI


There was a lot of golf during the week leading up to Christmas at the Key Royale Club. The action got started Dec. 18 with the men playing an 18-hole individual-low-net match. Earl Richie carded a 7-under-par 57 to take first place, while Bob Elliott took second place at 5-under-par 59.

Dec. 19 saw the men played a nine-hole, best-ball-of-partners match. The team of Earl Huntzinger and Dick Eichorn torched the course with a 13-under-par 19. Dave Kruger and John Kollieski took second place with a 6-under-par 26.

The men played a nine-hole, modified Stableford match Dec. 20. Jim Helgeson took individual honors with a plus-4, while the team of Dick Eichorn, John Estok, Bill Melvin and Merrit Fineout won the team title.

On Dec. 20, the women took the course for a nine-hole individual-low-net and low-gross-in-flight match. Cindy Miller and Marlyn Thorton both carded 2-under-par 30 to tie for first place, while Judy Squier was one shot back.

Heather Pritchard’s 7-under-par 25 gave her first place in Flight B. Meredith Slavin was two shots back in second place.

Joyce Reith carded a 3-under-par 29 to take first place in Flight C. Mardene Eichhorn was two shots back in second place.

Trish Kruger and Sally York both carded 3-under-par 29 to tie for first place in Flight D. Nell Bergstrom was two shots back in second, while Eunice Warda took third place with a 2-over-par 34.

Cindy Miller’s 8-over-par 40 was the low-gross score of the day and gave her first place in Flight A. Meredith Slavin and Heather Pritchard were both a shot back at 41, which topped the low score for Flight B. Joyce Reith’s 46 gave her first place in Flight C, while Trish Kruger’s 49 topped Flight D.

The men played an 18-hole individual-low-net match Dec. 21. Dick Eichorn and Pete Weir tied for first place with matching 6-under-par 58s, while Carl Voyles and Dave Kruger finished in a tie for second at 5-under-par 59.

The men played a nine-hole team scramble Dec. 22. The team of Rich Papinni, Mike Pritchett, John Purcell and Tom Nelson matched the 4-under-par 28 carded by the team of Dick Mills, Gerry Ellison, Lance Ellison and Bill Melvin to finish in a tie.

Dec. 23 saw a coed nine-hole best-ball-of-foursome match won by Nel Bergstrom, Jane Winegarden, Sue Little and Tom Warda with a 5-under-par 27.


Horseshoe news

Eight teams participated in Christmas Eve horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe pits, where three teams advanced to the knockout round. In the first semifinal match, Art Kingstad and Jay Disbrow rolled past Hank Huyghe by a 21-5 score. The finals saw Sam Samuels and Jerry Disbrow destroy Kingstad and Jay Disbrow by a 21-1 score.

Four teams advanced to the knockout stage during Dec. 21 horseshoe action. Jay Disbrow and Sam Samuels defeated Jerry Disbrow and Alan Ward 21-11 in the first semifinal match. The second match saw Tim Sofran and Bruce Munro edge Bob Palmer and George McKay 21-18 to advance. In the final match, Sofran and Munro rolled to a 21-6 victory over Jay Disbrow and Samuels.

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.

The Islander Classifieds: Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2011


COMPUTER 2.0 GHz with newly loaded Windows XP-PRO, $50. 941-756-6728

GULBRANSEN UPRIGHT PIANO: Good condition, all keys work.  Call 941-779-2131.

HEALTHRIDER ROWING-TYPE exerciser. Like new, original cost $500, sell for $100. 914-778-5216.

EGG SINKERS: 8 ounce, $1.30, 6 ounce, $1. Minimum order 25. 941-778-5327.

JVC 36-INCH TV: Remote, glass door cabinet, works perfectly, $60.

Old shabby, wicker fernery, $10. 941-565-0836.

LARGE RECLINER, $50, white modern coffee table, $45. 941-778-1264.

GE REFRIGERATOR: 21.6 cubic feet. No frost, icemaker, white, works great, $175. Call 941-928-8735.

MARY KAY COSMETICS: Full line at discounted prices. Jenifer, 941-224-1760, 941-739-0792.

ANTIQUE COPPER POTS and bowls, collection $350. Burl-wood rocker, oak office chairs, collectibles.  View at The Islander store, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.

ORIGINAL, LOCAL ART for sale. View at The Islander store, 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. E-mail classifieds@islander.org, fax toll-free 1-866-362-9821. (limited time offer)


HELP FOR HAITI: The Ministry of Presence is preparing a large shipment destined in about two weeks for Port-au-Prince and needs to be filled include:  peanut butter, canned foods and meat, pasta, rice and beans, and cleaning supplies such as Pine, and bleach. Drop off to The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.

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. Signature Sothebys International. 941-302-3100. Terry.hayes@sothebysrealty.com. Discoverannamaria.com.

MICHAEL NORTHFIELD: BROKER, Anna Maria Island Realty, 941-713-0284. www.annamariaislandrealty.com. E-mail: Michael@annamariaislandrealty.com. Your personal broker.

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

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. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9 a.m.-noon Saturdays. 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.s

FLEA MARKET: 8 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 1. 9806 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria, across from Ginny’s & Jane E’s at the Old IGA. Furniture, antiques, collectibles, jewelry, art, nauticals, linens and more great treasures. Rain date the following Sunday, Jan. 8.


LOST: REALTORS KEYPAD. Somewhere on the Island. Please, call Robin, 941-713-4515.

LOST WEDDING BAND: In Publix or parking lot Friday, Dec. 16, 7310 Manatee Ave. W. (Beachway Plaza). 941-792-8139. Reward.

FOUND: SET OF Peugeot keys on causeway, Saturday, Dec. 17. Claim at The Islander office, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.


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.


2005 TOYOTA SOLARA convertible: 78,500 miles, garage kept. $11,500 or best offer. Great condition. 941-778-5125.


DOCK FOR RENT: MEDIUM boat. 452 63rd St., Holmes Beach. 941-778-1893.

POWER NOLES CUSTOM-fiberglass 11.5-foot cat-type hull. Very stable boat. Great for kid’s Xmas or anyone who wants to get on the water! 25-hp Mercury, trolling motor and two bass seats. Great boat! $2,150 obo. Call Toni, 941-928-8735.


HOUSEKEEPER: PART-TIME with full-time potential. Hotel Homes Florida Vacation Rentals Inc. on Anna Maria Island is seeking professional, friendly, efficient cleaning staff. Bilingual is a plus. Must be able to work weekends. Call Missy, 941-201-7499 or email resume to: Missy@excellenceisahabit.com.

BUSY AND EXPANDING Island real estate office looking for experienced agents. High splits and low fees. Call 941-778-8104.

SALES ASSOCIATE: MOTIVATED, experienced real estate licensee for busy Island office. Please call Jesse or Robin at 941-778-7244.


GET THE SCOOP, Big Olaf Ice Cream shop in Bradenton Beach.  Easy to operate, great location, great customers. Make money while enjoying the Island lifestyle. John 941-524-2246 or manager@bigolaficecream.com.


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

BABIES, PETS AND PLANTS: Responsible, trustworthy, fun and reliable 16-year old. Own transportation. 941-447-9658.

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.


LET US DRIVE YOU! Airports, cruise ports. Flat rates. Anna Maria Sunshine Car Service. 941-778-5476.

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.

WILDLIFE REMOVAL and relocation: Problem solving for all animals, big and small. Call Joe, Westcoast Nuisance Wildlife Service. 941-720-4152.

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

DOG-WASTE REMOVAL service: As low as $10 per week! 941-592-5170.

MARIA’S SERVICES INC: 15 years in business offering top quality maid service, carpet and tile cleaning. Call 941-756-5735.

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

LIGHT CARPENTRY, HOME repairs, handyman work, deck repairs, dock repairs, etc. Retired tradesman, Island resident. No job too small. Call Steve Doyle, 941-778-1708.

GIVE THE GIFT of organization:  Home, office and small business. Professional organizer, Shauna Steglich. 208-284-5727.

COMPANY BIOGRAPHIES: WILL write about what made you or your company successful. info@joanphelps.com.

NOT DRIVING? Let me drive you to your appointments. Affordable rates. Seniors. Call Joyce, 941-773-1379.

HANDI HOME MAINTENANCE: Your way. Prompt, affordable, guaranteed. I do it all. Island local. Free estimates. 941-720-0067

ISLAND DOGS GROOMING: $10 off first groom. Salon, home groom, pickup/delivery, pet sitting. Certified groomer. Call 941-778-1202.

TUTORING SERVICES: Specializing in algebra, geometry, calculus, trigonometry and science. Special needs students welcome. Grades 3-12. Rick, 941-224-4977.

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.: Gift certificates! 36 years of happy customers. Organizing, 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.

GUITAR TROUBLE? KOKO RAY’S ISLAND studio. Instruction in flute, saxophone, guitar, piano and voice. 315 58th St., Holmes Beach, 941-538-8724.


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

ISLAND LAWN SPRINKLER service and repair. Your complete irrigation repair company. Call 941-778-2581.

GARDEN ELVES SERVING Island since 2000. Reliable yard maintenance, tree trimming, hauling. Affordable rates. 941-704-7954.

GOT STUMPS? CALL an experienced, reliable expert. Brad Frederick’s LLC Tree Stump Grinding and surface roots removal. 941-730-0001.

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.

KARAZ LANDSCAPE LAWN service. Mulch, clean ups, power washing, tree trimming and more. 941-448-3857 or 941-448-5207.

SHELL DELIVERED AND spread. Premium grade-A, $45/yard B-grade, $30-$40/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.

NURSERY QUALITY GARDEN Care and maintenance. Hand weeding, trimming, cleanup, plant installation. Certified horticultural professional. Call Joan, 941-704-9025.

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.

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.

FOREMOST FENCE: Commercial, Residential. Chain link, vinyl, aluminum, wood, access control. Contractors you can depend on. Call 941-748-2700.

PAUL FREY PAINTING, pressure wash, custom interior and exterior painting. Insured, 20 years experience. 941-224-8786.

SOUTHWEST HOME IMPROVEMENT: MIchigan builder, 30 years experience. Affordable, timely, within budget. Call Mike, 1-616-204-8822.


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

HOLMES BEACH BUSINESS Center. Rental units available for office/commercial spaces from 750-2,000 sf. Humidity-controlled mini-storage units and garage units, 11 x 22 feet. 5347 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. 941-778-2924.

HOLIDAY/VACATION RENTALS: 3BR/2BA private pool home in northwest Bradenton, 3BR/3BA private pool home in Palma Sola, west Bradenton. No annuals. Call 941-794-1515.

ANNUAL RENTAL: LONGBOAT Key, Twin Shores mobile home, 55-plus, private beach, 2BR/1BA. Call Karen, 813-377-6864.

3BR/3BA: NEW CANALFRONT, pool garage, beach three minutes, boat dock, extra. Starting $1,250/week. Also 2BR/2BA pool, garage, 75 yards to beach, starting $900/week. Call Jo Catolica, director, 269-760-9753, or Mike Sakellarides, 514-390-5050. Facebook: Palm Pelican.

GULFFRONT VACATION RENTAL: 2BR/1BA, sunset dining. Winter visitors call for rates. $150/night, three-day minimum. Contact Mary Ann, 863-660-3509.

VACATION RENTALS ONLY: Private pool homes, 3BR/2BA and 3BR/3BA. Condo, 1BR/1BA overlooking golf course. Call 941-794-1515 or www.coastalpropertiesrealty.com.

ANNUAL 2BR/2BA: Washer-dryer hookup, shared pool. First, last and security deposit. $1,100/month plus utilities. Seasonal 2BR/2BA washer and dryer, shared pool, ground floor, $2,700/month. 941-778-9576.

ANNUAL: 2BR/2BA on canal, washer and dryer hookup, space for 28-foot boat. No pets. Holmes Beach. 941-778-7039.

HOLMES BEACH HOME, quality built and priced for quick sell. Centrally located, three short blocks to sandy beaches. No reasonable offer refused. Questions, 309-642-7370. View virtual tour at www.srqvt.com/309b59thst.html.

SEASONAL RENTAL AVAILABLE December and January. 2BR/1BA, west of Gulf Drive, Anna Maria.  $1,550 monthly, $500 weekly plus tax. 941-778-4499.

OFFICE: RETAIL PROFESSIONAL space. 8811 Cortez Road, near Dive Adventures. 1,300 sf. Call 1-800-952-1206.

WESTBAY COVE, HOLMES Beach, Second-floor 2BR/2BA on bay and one block to Gulf! Lovely views, pools, tennis. December-January, $2,125/month. Visit aposporos.com. Aposporos & Son, 941-387-3474.

JANUARY SPECIAL: ADORABLE 2BR/2BA beach cottage newly updated, heated pool, carport, two blocks from beach. Available month of January at $3,500, over 20 percent off! 941-348-3292. www.amibeachrentals.com.

SEASONAL: MARCH-APRIL. 2BR/1BA duplex, clean, washer and dryer. 410 71st St., Holmes Beach. 941-778-0275.

EFFICIENCY: ONE BEDROOM, unfurnished, close to beach. No pets. All utilities included. $800/month. 941-779-2131.

SEASONAL OR WEEKLY cottage-style rentals. 1BR/1BA or 55-plus 2BR/1BA with pool. Walk to beach, shopping, restaurants. 941-778-3426. Web site 2spinnakers.com.


DIRECT GULFFRONT: 146 feet on the beach. 3BR/4.5BA, office recreation room, spa, pool, outdoor kitchen and theater, elevator, turnkey furnished. $3,750,000. Suncoast Real Estate, 941-779-0202 or 941-720-0288.

NEW UPGRADED CONDOS: Minutes to beach, annual, seasonal, $140,000-plus. Special financing available. 941-773-0212. Taylor Morrison at Palma Sola Trace.

HOLMES BEACH HOME: Quality built and priced for quick sell. Centrally located, three short blocks to sandy beaches. No reasonable offer refused. Questions, 309-642-7370. View virtual tour: www.srqvt.com/309b59thst.html.

AFFORDABLE LIVING: HISTORIC Sandpiper Resort, Bradenton Beach. On the Intracoastal Waterway across the street from Gulf beaches. Your little piece of heaven in Florida! Claudia’s Real Estate 941-746-8161 or 941-914-1546. www.ClaudiasMHP.com.

AUCTIONS! JANUARY 14 and 21. Key Royale waterfront, estimated opening bid, $275,000. Palma Sola Park four-car garage home, estimated opening bid, $150,000. Call James Adkins, Adkins Florida Group, Keller Williams Realty. 941-713-0635. Happy bidding!

LIKE NEW SPANISH-style pool home. 3BR/3BA, two-car garage. Close to beach and shopping. Zoned for weekly rentals. $385,000. Call 941-778-8660.