Tag Archives: 01-13-2021

Red tide bloom in Southwest Florida

A bloom of the red tide organism, Karenia brevis, persists in Southwest Florida.

  1. brevis was observed at background to high concentrations in and offshore of Lee County and medium to high concentrations in Collier County.

Fish kills suspected to be related to red tide were reported in Lee and Collier counties.

Respiratory irritation was reported over the past week in Lee and and Collier counties.

For more information, go online to myfwc.com/research/redtide.

Island real estate transactions - 01-13-2021

522 Pine Ave., unit 4C, Anna Maria, a 822 sfla, 2 bed/1 bath condo built in 1973 sold 12/09/20 by Winney to Kelly for $400,000; list $399,999.

2704 Ave. B, Holmes Beach, a 1,456 sfla, 3 bed/2 bath home built in 1972 on a 6,508 sqft lot sold 12/10/20 by Carola to Jellison for $465,000; list $499,000.

13 Seaside Court, Holmes Beach, a 1,000 sfla, 2 bed/2 bath canalfront villa built in 1963 on a 2,396 sqft lot sold 12/07/20 by Haiss to Payne for $489,000; list $489,000.

100 73rd St., unit 203A, Holmes Beach, a 660 sfla, 1 bed/1 bath condo built in 1972 sold 12/07/20 by Capital District Realty LLC to AMI Intercoastal LLC for $515,000; list $515,000.

100 73rd St., unit 202C, a 989 sfla, 2 bed/ 2 bath condo built in 1972 sold 12/07/20 by Spurgeon to 100 73rd 202C LLC for $525,000; list $525,000.

206 52nd St., unit 3, Holmes Beach, a 2,656 sfla / 4,600sfur, 4 bed/3 bath/2-car condo built in 2006 sold 12/09/20 by Ward to McDonald for $940,000; list $989,000.

522 74th St., Holmes Beach, a 2,181 sfla / 3,400 sfur, 3 bed/3 bath canalfront pool home built in 1967 on a 12,402 sqft lot sold 12/10/20 by Masters to Teague for $1,595,000; list $1,595,000.

212 N Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach, a 2,954 sfla, 4 bed/6.5 bath/2-car pool home built in 2016 on a 6,547 sqft lot sold 12/10/20 by 212 N Harbor LLC to Lansberg for $1,775,000; list $1,795,000.

422 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria, a 2,809 sfla / 5,051 sfur, 4 bed/4.5 bath/2-car pool home built in 2018 sold 12/07/20 by Magnolia Avenue LLC to Boucher for $1,885,000; list $1,895,000.

238 Willow Ave., Anna Maria, a 2,300 sfla / 4,897 sfur, 3 bed/3.5 bath/2-car canalfront pool home built in 1977 sold 12/10/20 by Harllee to Tamatoa LLC for $2,550,000; list $2,595,000.

907 N. Shore Drive, a 2,972 sfla / 3,252 sfur, 4 bed/4 and 2 half bath/3-car bayfront pool home built in 2018 on a 7,570 sqft lot sold 12/07/20 by Rysal Enterprises LLC to JEL LLC for $4,200,000; list $4,300,000.

Johann Bertram, sales agent at Michael Saunders & Co., AMI, can be reached at 941-779-3856.



Variations in weather, cold temps result in varied catches

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Mitchell Keith of Chicago shows off a nice redfish Jan. 6 that decided to eat a pompano jig. The fish was released. Keith and her crew were fishing with Capt. David White of Anna Maria Charters.

With frequent cold fronts and variable air temperatures, fishing around Anna Maria Island is comparable to riding a roller coaster.

On cooler, windier days during the fronts, fishing is slightly challenging. With temperatures in the low to mid 50s, it’s hard to muster up the motivation to get out on the water. But have no fear, within a couple of days, temperatures are back on the rise and sometimes exceed 80 degrees.

Between the fronts are when it’s most advantageous to get out and fish. Not only are the clients more comfortable, but the fish seem to cooperate better.

On these warmer days, venturing into Tampa Bay or the Gulf of Mexico is proving to be good for sheepshead. Try the artificial reefs if you don’t already have a spot picked out. By bottom fishing shrimp you can lure a sheepie to the hook, as well as Key West grunts, mangrove snapper, porgies and some hogfish.

And, if you’re willing to go offshore in depths of 100 feet or more, you may be rewarded with amber jack, as well as some large mangrove snapper.

Staying inshore in the bays and Intracoastal Waterway has advantages. Drifting and jigging over deep grass flats is yielding pompano, as well as bluefish, ladyfish and catch-and-release spotted seatrout. If jigging isn’t your thing, try canal fishing for sheepshead, black drum or catch-and-release redfish. A live shrimp on a weighted rig will put you on the fish.

Lastly, casting shrimp along the beaches is producing some whiting, black drum and pompano.

On my Southernaire charters, I’m finding catch-and-release redfish around docks and seawalls, with some black drum and sheepshead mixed in for folks who want to bring a fish or two home for dinner.

Fishing along the beaches with jigs tipped with shrimp is providing some pompano action, as well as some whiting and small sheepshead.

Lastly, bottom fishing for sheepies around the wrecks and reefs in the Gulf seems to be getting better as the winter progresses.

Capt. Jason Stock is hooking into large amberjack offshore in fishing the waters west of Anna Maria Island. Fishing over wrecks and springs is producing amberjack up to 85 pounds.

Fishing ledges and hard bottom offshore is yielding plenty of porgies, with some hogfish in the mix. For these fish, a bottom rig combined with shrimp is working well.

Stock also is hooking up some tripletail after close inspection of floating debris.

Capt. David White is fishing the inshore waters of Tampa Bay on days when the wind makes it difficult to go offshore. On these windy days, White is finding black drum and catch-and-release redfish around residential canals and docks. Sheepshead are involved in this bite. All three species are readily taking live shrimp offerings.

Along the beaches and passes, White is casting small jigs tipped with shrimp, which is resulting in some pompano, as well as ladyfish and whiting.

Lastly, on the flats, bonnethead sharks are keeping younger kids entertained while the adults are targeting catch-and-release snook.

Capt. Aaron Lowman is patrolling the beaches for a variety of species. Anchoring away from the beach and casting toward shore is resulting in black drum and sheepshead, as well as a few pompano. Live shrimp on a weighted rig or small shrimp-tipped jigs are working well in this scenario.

Around residential docks and canals, Lowman is finding some catch-and-release redfish, as well as sheepshead. Again, shrimp is the bait of choice.

Finally, venturing offshore to ledges and hard bottom is proving to be good for hogfish, porgies, Key West grunts and snappers. Tripletail are present in areas wherever there is floating debris.

Jim Malfese at the Rod & Reel says black drum are the most frequent catch. Casting live shrimp on a bottom rig under the pier is yielding the best results. Most of the black drum are 15-20 inches. While fishing in this manner, anglers are hooking into sheepshead and an occasional catch-and-release redfish. Surprisingly, Malfese says there are snook hanging around the pier, although none were gullible enough to take a bait.

Send high-resolution photos and fishing reports to fish@islander.org.

Streetlife - 01-13-2021

Anna Maria

Jan. 3, 200 block of Elm Avenue, noise. The Manatee County Sheriff’s Office received a complaint about loud music. The deputy who investigated did not hear loud music but noted hearing casual conversation that did not merit a citation.

Jan. 3, 400 block of Pine Avenue, animal issue. The MCSO responded to a report that a dog was locked in a parked vehicle. A locksmith was called to open the vehicle door.

Jan. 5, 100 block of South Bay Boulevard, animal issue. The MCSO responded to a complaint of a woman walking a dog on the beach. She was notified of the ordinance against animals on the beach.

The MCSO polices Anna Maria.

Bradenton Beach

Dec. 31, 600 block of Gulf Drive North, stolen vehicle. A person called the Bradenton Beach Police Department to report a truck stolen, along with a wallet and keys in the center console. A BBPD officer found broken glass at the scene and spoke to a witness who saw a man leaving with the truck. The officer entered the vehicle number into databases as stolen.

BBPD polices Bradenton Beach.


Dec. 30, 12000 block of Cortez Road West, larceny. A person went to the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office to report three bicycles were stolen from outside their RV. They were visiting from out of state.

MCSO polices Cortez.

Holmes Beach

Dec. 30, 2020, The Doctor’s Office, 5312B Holmes Blvd., trespass. A patron became verbally aggressive with staff and a manager called the Holmes Beach Police Department to have the individual trespassed.

Dec. 31, 2020, 3000 block of Gulf Drive, information. A person observed a broken window at a neighboring apartment and notified the HBPD to check the property.

Dec. 31, 2020, 6000 block of Gulf Drive, theft. A person reported an unlocked bicycle stolen from a condominium parking garage.

Dec. 31, 2020, 100 block of 30th Street, intoxicated person. An officer responded to a call about an intoxicated person. Upon arrival, the officer determined the person was incapable of using the phone and called a friend to provide a ride home.

Dec. 31, 2020, 5800 block of Gulf Drive, theft. While on patrol, an officer was contacted by a person who said items were stolen from an unlocked vehicle, including a wallet, passports and $1,000 in gift cards. The HBPD was investigating.

Dec. 31, 2020, D.Coy Ducks Bar and Grille, 5410 Marina Drive, fight. An officer was dispatched to a call about a fight. The officer determined half of those involved had left on a party bus. Officers located the party bus and interviewed witnesses who said several people crashed through a window at a business near the bar, but all refused medical treatment. The owner of the building stated the cost to repair the window would be about $12,000 and an investigation was ongoing.

Jan. 2, 100 block of 46th Street, camping. While patrolling a beach access, an officer observed two people sleeping on the beach with a half-empty bottle of alcohol. Both were trespassed from the area and cited for camping.

Jan. 3, 3700 block of Gulf Drive, larceny. Someone complained that a person was camping in a lawn chair in the backyard. Then the chair went missing and was reported stolen.

Jan. 4, 7300 Gulf Drive, vehicle on beach. A person was cited for driving a golf cart on the shoreline of the Gulf of Mexico.

Jan. 4, 500 block of 69th Street, information. A person reported what appeared to be pry marks on a sliding-glass door. No further action was taken.

Jan. 5, Kingfish Boat Ramp, 752 Manatee Ave., warrant. A patrol officer observed two people sleeping in a vehicle. One of the occupants of the vehicle had a warrant out of Jacksonville and was arrested and transported to the Manatee County jail.

      HBPD polices Holmes Beach.

            Streetlife is based on incident reports and narratives from the BBPD, HBPD and MCSO.

Obituaries – 01-13-2021

Anne B. Stapor Francis

Anne B. Stapor Francis, 96, died Jan. 6.

She lived on Anna Maria Island from 1947 until February 2019, when she moved to a retirement home in Fort Myers to be closer to family.

She will be interred at Massachusetts National Cemetery next to her husband of 50 years, John J. Francis Jr.,  who died in 1997.

She is survived by two sons, a daughter, seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.


Mary Jane ‘Janie’ Messina

Mary Jane “Janie” Messina, 85, longtime resident of Bradenton Beach, died Jan. 2.

She and her husband Nick married in 1954. They resided in Meadville, Pennsylvania, and New Castle, Pennsylvania, for 16 years and raised their three children, Mark, Michele and Christine.

They moved to Bradenton Beach in 1970, where they resided for 50 years.

She was a believer in Jesus Christ and lived her life accordingly.

She had a wonderful sense of humor and was happiest when surrounded by her husband, her family and friends.

She is survived by Mark and wife Susan of Bradenton, Michele Steger of Myakka City and Christine Ponto and husband Rick of Bradenton, and (daughter of her heart) Eleanor Arpaia-Gibbs of Fishers, Indiana; grandchildren Garrett Steger, Shauna Steger, Kyle, Jordan McDaniel and husband Chad; great-grandchildren Bryce Steger, Kaylie Hoffman and Landen Hoffman.

Sports for the new year

Four teams advanced to the knockout stage and battled for the day’s championship during Jan. 6 horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe pits.

The first semifinal saw the team of Bob Heiger and Steve Hooper destroy Norm Good and Bob Lee 21-4, while Neil Hennessey and Tom Farrington eased past Bob Palmer and Gary Howcroft by a 26-9 score.

The Hennessey-Farrington team stayed hot and rolled to a 23-8 victory over Heiger-Hooper in the finals.

Three teams emerged from pool play during Jan. 9 action. Hooper drew the bye into the finals and watched as Tom Skoloda and Palmer defeated Lee and Jerry Disbrow 23-17. Skoloda and Palmer were not to be denied, cruising to a 22-13 victory over Hooper.

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 compete and everyone is welcome.

Over on the links at the Key Royale Club in Holmes Beach, beautiful weather lent itself to a full week of golf, starting Jan. 4 with the men’s nine-hole modified-Stableford system match.

The team of Jon Holcomb, Jack Lowry, Art McMillan and Fred Miller combined on a plus-3 to win the team event.

Ken Butler won individual honors with a plus-5, while Ken Nagengast and Peter Lund came in a point back in second place.

The women played a nine-hole individual low-net match in three flights Jan. 5.

Roxanne Koche fired a 4-under-par 28 to cruise to a first-place victory in Flight A. Marcia Frieson took second with a 2-over-par 34, while Margrit Layh was two shots back in third.

Sue Christenson grabbed first place in Flight B with a 3-under-par 29, two strokes ahead of both Susan VanOrsdel and Meredith Slavin in second place. Connie Lavino was alone in third place with an even-par 32.

Markie Ksiazek and Terry Westby both carded 1-over-par 33s to tie for first place in Flight C. Janet Razze was alone in second with a 2-over-par 34, while Sally York and Judy Menchek were a stroke back in third place.

The team of Ken Butler, Mike Brakefield, Kurt Snouffer and Bob Blazer combined on a 4-under-par 28 to win the Jan. 7nine-hole scramble.

The Islander Classifieds: Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021


GE FRIDGE: 28 by 28 by 64 inches, good condition, $100. 941-778-3920.

CAR ROOF RACK: Easy install, black, $70, Christmas wreath with bow, $5, stainless-steel pressure cooker, $30. 941-920-2494.

NON-STICK PANS: Green, 8-10-12-inch, $45, concrete pavers all sizes, shapes, 50-75 cents. 941-920-2494.

SHIP’S WHEEL TABLE: Capt. J. Lindroth original masterpiece of inlaid wood and brass. 19-inches tall, 45-inch diameter. $1,500. Also, related pieces. marinateal@gmail.com.

ANTIQUE PARTNER DESK: All wood, $1,000. See at The Islander office, 3218 E. Bay Drive, Holmes Beach. 941-778-7978.

ANTIQUE OFFICE chairs: Perfect for eclectic dining set. Circa 1950 from Anna Maria City Hall. The Islander newspaper, 3218 E. Bay Drive, Holmes Beach. 941-778-7978.


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)


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, 3218 E. Bay Drive, Holmes Beach.

WANTED: YOUR OLD cellphone for recycling. Deliver to The Islander, 3218 E. Bay 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, 3218 E. Bay Drive, Holmes Beach. Don't be sorry, be safe.


HELP RESCUED PETS! Volunteer, foster, computer help needed! Moonracer Animal Rescue. Email: moonraceranimalrescue@gmail.com.


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

JAMES@CORTEZ DIVING company. Local dockside service, 941-792-7595.

O”DAY MARINER SAILBOAT: 1976 Great Bay/Gulf boat. 19-foot, centerboard up draws 10 inches. Furling retractable jib. Yamaha 4-hp motor. Cushions. Aluminum trailer. Extras. Very good condition. 941-383-9063, cell, 201-962-5599.


AMI CAR WASH/detailer. Looking for experienced detailer willing to be available seven days as needed. 941-527-6266. Holmes Beach.

REPORTER WANTED: Full- to part-time. Print media, newspaper experience required. Apply via email with letter of interest to news@islander.org.


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, 3218 E. Bay Drive, Holmes Beach.


NEED A RIDE to airports? Tampa $65, St. Pete, $55, Sarasota, $30. Gary, 863-409-5875. gvoness80@gmail.com.

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

HOUSECLEANER: VERY HONEST and reliable. Guaranteed quality work. Plenty of cleaning references to give upon interview. Palmetto area. If interested and have questions, call 660-362-2333.

RESIDENTIAL-BUSINESS CLEANING by Jessie. 10-plus years experience. Top-brand cleaning products. Honest, mature, trustworthy. References from long-term clients. I work alone so no “crew” in your home. I have bimonthly openings. Text or leave a message at 941-526-9900.

PAYTON TECHNOLOGY: FRIENDLY, patient, local. At-home computer, data and network services. Mention our ad for a free quote! 941-780-3567 or email us at PaytonTechnology@gmail.com.

CLEANING IN PARADISE! Let me help you keep your little slice of paradise clean and safe! Local girl, lots of experience! Residential, vacation, business. Give me a call, 941-773-0461.

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

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 Bill Eller, 941-795-7411. CAC184228.


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

LARRY’S BACK! SHELL delivered and spread. $55/yard. Hauling all kinds of gravel, mulch, topsoil with free estimates. Call Larry at 941-795-7775, "shell phone" 941-720-0770.

SEARAY SPRINKLER SERVICES. Repairs, additions, drip, sprinkler head/timer adjustments. Office, 941-518-6326. Cell, 720-299-1661.


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.

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

BLINDS, SHUTTERS, SHADES: Motorization. 30 years on AMI. Call Keith Barnett, Barnett Blinds, 941-730-0516.

ISLAND HANDYMAN: I live here, work here, value your referral. Refinish, paint. Just ask. JayPros. Licensed/insured. References. Call Jay, 941-962-2874.

HANDYMAN AND PAINTING. No job too small. Most jobs just right. Call Richard Kloss. 941-204-1162.

PRESTIGE SERVICES OF Sarasota: Custom interior and exterior painting, polyaspartic epoxy floor applications for garage, pool and more. Polished and decorative concrete, paver sealing and IPE hardwood refinishing. Reliable, quality work, reasonable prices. ‘A’ rating on Angie's List. Call Jeff, 941-356-0444.

SOUTHWEST HOME IMPROVEMENT: Michigan builder, quality work guaranteed. Affordable, timely, within budget. Call Mike, 1-616-204-8822.

R.A. GONZALEZ CONSTRUCTION: Re-roof and leak specialist. Residential/hotels/commercial. Repairs, shingles, tile, metal, flat. Quick response. Quality work at reasonable rates. References. Insured/license #CCC1330056. Call Bryan, 727-277-9502.


SEASONAL RENTAL: 2BR/2BA, Ground floor, three-month minimum, large, heated pool, laundry facilities. No pets. 941-363-1227.

FIRST FLOOR, SPACIOUS 3BR/2BA. Classy, 2020 total renovation. Beautiful, quiet Westbay Point & Moorings. Monthly, FloridaRentalbyOwners.com. #1590. Also, #1106, 2BR/2BA, gorgeous bay views. Monthly. Kayaks and bikes included. Call Sue, 207-944-6097.

COZY COTTAGE: SANDPIPER Resort. 55-plus. 1.5-minute walk to beach or bay, near pool. 1BR/1BA, washer/dryer. For sale or rent. Call 941-251-4767, leave message.

VACATION RENTALS AVAILABLE: Call Real Estate Mart, 941-356-1456.

ANNA MARIA: BOOKING 2021-22 winter seasons. Beautiful 2BR/2BA ground level home with carport. 1.5 blocks to Gulf. Updated granite counter tops, patio with outdoor furniture, plantation shutters, flat-screen TVs in every room and more. Call 941-565-2373.

MARCH/APRIL AVAILABLE 2BR. Waterfront townhouse across from Robinson Preserve, heated pool, Internet, no pets. $3,250/month. Call 941-798-3842.

SEASONAL: 2BR ISLAND condo, Gulf view, beach, pool, fishing, laundry, Three-month minimum, No pets. $3,000/month. 941-720-7519. 941-798-3842.

ANNA MARIA GULF beachfront vacation rentals. One- two- and three-bedroom units, all beachfront. www.amiparadise.com. 941-778-3143.

WINTER SEASON RENTAL vacancies. $2,800-$3,500/month.
Call Anna Maria Realty for details, 941-778-2259.

GULF AND BAY views with minute walk to beach. 2BR/1.5BA, minimum three-month lease. No smoking, no pets. $3,000 per month. Photos available. Cooper.michelle@gmail.com. 941-225-1446, 941-960-8848.

COTTAGE ON SARASOTA Bay: 1BR/1BA. Seasonal three-month minimum, age restricted. $1,600 month. Contact 863-370-0839.

2BR/2BA VERY NICE condo. Monthly. Gorgeous bay views, quiet area. FloridaRentalbyOwners.com#1106. 207-944-6097.

ANNA MARIA 3BR/1BA historic cottage half block to Gulf beach and one block to Pine Avenue shopping and restaurants. Quiet neighborhood and large backyard. February, $2,800. terryaposporos@gmail.com. 941-778-8456.


OPEN HOUSE: SUNDAYS 1-4 p.m. First floor, just beautifully renovated, three-bedroom condo in lush Westbay Point & Moorings. Turnkey, tastefully furnished and decorated. $520,000. 6500 Flotilla Drive #171, Holmes Beach. Zillow.

BAYSHORE: COZY 2BR/2BA, fireplace, amenities include Sarasota Bay marina, pool, clubhouse. $229,000. Real Estate Mart, 941-356-1456.

ACROSS THE STREET from the beautiful Gulf of Mexico. Totally updated 2BR/1BA condo. Bradenton Beach, Florida. Pictures available. $275K. Call seller at 401-480-8364.

FOR SALE BY owner: 4BR/3.5BA, pool, Holmes Beach, west of Gulf Drive. 1.5 blocks from beach. $1,398,000. 724-263-6390.