Tag Archives: 03-20-2013

Island police blotter – 03-20-2013

Anna Maria

        • No new reports.

Anna Maria is policed by the MCSO.

Bradenton Beach

        • March 8, 1890 Gulf Drive S., Coquina Beach, vehicle burglary. A complainant reported someone entered his unlocked vehicle and removed $120 and a debit card from his wallet.

        Bradenton Beach is policed by the BBPD.


• No new reports.

        Cortez is policed by the MCSO

Holmes Beach

        March 3, 4300 block of Gulf Drive, burglary. A complainant reported someone entered his carport and stole a pair of bicycles valued at $40.

• March 13, 400 block of 73rd Street, domestic battery. A 65-year-old man was arrested for misdemeanor domestic battery after a woman told police he pushed her during an argument. The man said they were arguing over health insurance and the woman kept getting in his face. He told police he asked her to stop and when she did not, he pushed her away from him.

Holmes Beach is policed by the HBPD.

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

Island real estate transactions – 03-20-2013

205 68th St., Holmes Beach, a 1,384 sfla / 1,754 sfur 2bed/2bath/1car pool home built in 1968 on a 75×100 lot was sold 02/28/13, Sabow to Suncoast Gulf Properties LLC for $535,000; list $579,000.

220 Chilson Ave., Anna Maria, a 1,719 sfla / 2,143 sfur 3bed/2bath/2car canalfront home built in 1957 on a 75×148 lot was sold 02/26/13, Hiteman to Roaldi for $525,000.

207 55th St., Unit A, AMI Pineapple Paradise, Holmes Beach, a 1,232 sfla 3bed/2bath condo with pool built in 1960 was sold 02/26/13, Will to Stadler for $525,000; list $549,000.

108 Fifth St. S., Bradenton Beach, a 764 sfla / 1,052 sfur  2bed/2bath home built in 1936 on a 42×98 lot was sold 02/26/13, Ulgenalp to Hoermann for $368,000.

26 Seaside Court, Holmes Beach, a 978 sfla / 1,730 sfur 2bed/2bath half duplex built in 1964 on a 25×87 lot was sold 02/26/13, Jorgensen to Hollingsworth for $315,000; list $325,000.

2313 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach, a 1,912 sfla / 3,033 sfur 6bed/4bath duplex built in 1997 on a 50×1000 lot was sold 03/01/13, Wallenstein to Mark Anthony Arcidiacono Realty LLC for $291,500; list $369,000.

522 Pine Ave., Unit 5D, Bayou, Anna Maria, a 822 sfla 2bed/1bath condo built in 1973 was sold 02/28/13, Irwin to Blundell for $230,000; list $260,000.

201 35th St., Unit 3, Anna Maria Beach Place, Holmes Beach, a 630 sfla 1bed/1bath condo with shared pool built in 1969 was sold 02/22/13, McCarty to Lanpher for $186,000; list $180,000.

2502 Avenue C, Bradenton Beach, a vacant 50×100 lot was sold 02/27/13, Gulf Coast Equity Group LLC to Praetor for $173,000.

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

Fishing – 03-20-2013

Spring break offers little break in windy March weather


March has arrived bringing plenty of spring breakers, eager anglers and windy days.

March on Anna Maria Island can be a great month for fishing — when the weather permits. Windy days and winter’s remaining cold fronts can sometimes put a damper on fishing plans, but don’t be discouraged. These fronts usually last only a couple of days and then the weather and fishing turn to some of the best to be found.

Sheepshead are the highlight again this week for both pier fishers and boating anglers. Reports from both piers on the north end of Anna Maria Island are promising if you’re in search of some sheepies for the dinner table. Live shrimp, fiddler crabs and sand fleas are producing a bite.

On the flats, the main focus is redfish. Try fishing high tides to locate fish along mangrove edges and in sandy potholes close to shore. Live shiners or pinfish are the primary baits, although a chunk of fresh-cut ladyfish will get the job done, too.

Finally, spotted seatrout are making a showing on the deeper grass flats of Anna Maria Sound. Try drifting and working a soft plastic combined with a lead jig head to find the fish. Once you get on the right drift, you should be able to jig up your limit in no time.

Capt. Rick Gross of Fishy Business charters is fishing nearshore reefs when the weather permits. On these reefs, Gross is catching a variety of species, but the main focus is sheepshead. Using live shrimp on a knocker rig allows his clients to reel up sheepshead up to 4 pounds — and in good numbers, too. Other catches while targeting sheepies include keeper-size flounder, porgies and Key West grunts.

Spanish mackerel are frequenting nearshore reefs and Gross is taking advantage of the action. By casting small white jigs, Gross is hooking up Spanish mackerel up to 18 inches.

Moving to the flats of Tampa Bay, Gross is using live shiners to target redfish. Slot-size reds were the norm last week. On a recent charter, Gross managed to put his clients on some keeper reds up to 25 inches.

Capt. Warren Girle is fishing nearshore structure when the Gulf is calm and the winds are down. By using live shrimp, his groups are reeling up good numbers of sheepshead and keeper-size flounder. Also on the reefs, Girle is seeing bonito and mackerel, which he’s hooking up on small white jigs.

Moving to the flats of Sarasota Bay, Girle is targeting schooling reds during the high tides. Using chunks of fresh-cut ladyfish, Girle is putting his clients on reds up to 30 inches. Soft plastics combined with a lead jig head also are producing bites from reds. Girle suggests either Berkley Gulp shrimp or Exude Darts.

On the deeper flats, Girle is jigging for spotted seatrout. An Exude Dart in the Golden Bream color combined with a red jig head is Girle’s choice of lure. Trout in the 16- to 20-inch range are the norm, although fish up to 27 inches are being caught.

Finally, Girle is still targeting pompano and permit in south Sarasota Bay. He’s using a pompano jig tipped with fresh-cut shrimp to get a bite. Along with pompano and permit, expect to catch plenty of ladyfish and Spanish mackerel.

Jonny Keyes at Island Discount Tackle says sheepshead are attracting fishers to the shop this past week looking for a variety of baits, including live shrimp, fiddler crabs and sand fleas. Those fishing nearshore structure are using live shrimp. Both pier fishers and boaters are reporting good numbers of sheepies around local docks and nearshore reefs.

Beach fishers are finding success when the waters are calm. Along the Gulf of Mexico shoreline, expect to find black drum and flounder, as well as a few pompano. Live shrimp are producing the bite. Berkley Gulp shrimp combined with a 1/4-ounce jighead is a good combination for those who prefer artificials. Cast into the trough that runs along the shoreline to hook up.

On the flats, fishers are catching good numbers of redfish. Using live shiners or pinfish, flats fishers are reeling up reds in the 15- to 30-inch range. To find these fish, Keyes suggests fishing during the higher tides along mangrove edges.

Jim Malfese at the Rod & Reel Pier says sheepshead are the primary catch there. With cold nights, dropping water temps and strong winds from the north, you would think that fishing the pier would be tough. You’re partly right, but conditions like this don’t affect the sheepshead bite. Live shrimp, fiddler crabs and sand fleas are the ticket to catch these tasty fish at the R&R.

As of this week, Malfese says he’s seeing the sheepies being reeled up are running a little smaller than previous weeks.

“They must have spawned out,” says Malfese. “We’re still catching keepers, but not the big females like we were last week.”

Flounder are on the fishing menu at the R&R. Keeper-fish are being caught although the bite is sporadic at best. Try dragging the bottom around the pier with a Berkley Gulp shrimp combined with a 3/8-ounce jighead to locate and catch flounder.

Dave Sork at the Anna Maria City Pier is seeing respectable numbers of sheepshead being caught on live shrimp, fiddlers and sand fleas. Determined pier fishers willing to brave strong north winds and cold temperatures are being rewarded with sheepshead in the 1- to 3-pound range. Sork suggests carrying a variety of baits. Some days the finicky sheepies are feeding on shrimp and the next day they only take a fiddler crab and then it’s sand fleas.

Other catches at the pier include small mangrove snapper, flounder and a few stray mackerel. For the snapper and flounder, live shrimp are working. For the Spanish mackerel, try using a white crappie jig to imitate the glass minnows that the mackerel are feeding on.

Send fishing reports to fish@islander.org.

Calendar – 03-20-2013

Wednesday, March 20

Spring begins.

Noon — The Anna Maria Garden Club gathers for a meeting at Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-2607.

1-3 p.m. — The Anna Maria Garden Club holds its annual Penny Flower Show at Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-2607.

1-4 p.m. — Artists Demo/Sale-abration, CrossPointe Fellowship, 8605 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6694.

1:15 p.m. — Gulf Coast Writers meeting, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, with guest speaker and author Brenda Spalding. Information: 941-778-3209.

3:30 p.m. — Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, hosts the Mana-Tweens craft program. Information: 941-778-6341.


Thursday, March 21

10:15 a.m. — Friends of the Island Library book club meets to discuss “Let the Great World Spin” by Colum McCann, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.


Friday, March 22

6-8 p.m. — Community fish fry dinner, Annie Silver Community Center, 103 23rd St. N., Bradenton Beach. Fee applies. Information: 941-778-3580.


Saturday, March 23

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. The program will feature Rich Bergman of the Center for Building Hope. Information: 941-778-1383.

10 a.m. — Island Gallery West, 5368 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, hosts a free demonstration, Nancy Faris, “Fiber Art Techniques.” Information: 941-778-6648.


Sunday, March 24

2 p.m. — Anna Maria Island Concert Chorus and Orchestra concert, An Afternoon of Opera, CrossPointe Fellowship, 8605 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-8585.


Monday, March 25

Passover begins at sundown.


Tuesday, March 26

Noon — Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island lunch and meeting, BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-794-8044.

6-8 p.m. — Reception for artist Jean Blackburn, the Studio at Gulf and Pine, 10101 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria, Information: 941-778-1906.

Wednesday, March 27

7:46 p.m. — Official sunset time.



Tuesday, March 26

8 p.m. — The State College of Florida Manatee-Sarasota jazz ensemble and combo concert, Neel Performing Arts Center, 5840 26th St. W., Bradenton. Fee applies. Information: 941-752-5252.



• Through March 24, the Island Players, 10009 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria, presents “’Til Beth Do Us Part.” Information: 941-778-5755.

• Through March 30, Florida Suncoast Watercolor Society juried exhibit, Art Center Manatee, 209 Ninth St. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-746-2862.

• 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.

• Wednesdays through Easter, Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 6608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, hosts soup suppers at 6 p.m. Information: 941-778-1813.

• Wednesdays through spring, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., the Anna Maria Island Historical Society, 402 Pine Ave., Anna Maria, sells settlers bread. Information: 941-778-0492.

• Wednesdays through March, 1-3 p.m., Anna Maria Irish Ceili dancers, Mannatee Sports Grill, 7423 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton. Information: 779-1416.

• First Wednesdays, noon, Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce networking luncheon. Location varies. Fee applies. Information: 941-778-1541.

• First Wednesdays, 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.

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

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

• Wednesdays through spring, bingo games, Annie Silver Community Center, 103 23rd St. N., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-778-3580.

• 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.

• 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.

• Fourth Fridays, through March, community dinners, Annie Silver Community Center, 103 23rd St. N., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-778-3580.

• 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.

• Third Sundays, through May, 9-11 a.m., Junior Audubon, Manatee Audubon Society, Felts Audubon Preserve, 4600 24th Ave. E., Palmetto. Information: 941-729-2227.

• Sundays, through April 10, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., the Bridge Street Market, Bridge Street, Bradenton Beach. The first Sundays include a food challenge for charity. Information: 215-906-0668.

• 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.

• First Mondays, through May, 6:30 p.m., the Artists’ Guild of Anna Maria Island meets, the Episcopal Church of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6694.

• 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, 4 p.m., Inquiring Minds religious study group meets, Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 6608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-4579.

• 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

• March 30, Anna Maria Island Historical Society Island Heritage Day, with tours, music, arts and crafts and food on the museum grounds, 402 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-0492.

• March 31, Easter.

• April 13, Anna Maria Island Privateers Thieves Market, Coquina Beach, Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-722-3212.


Save the date

• April 20, International Coastal Cleanup, various locations in Manatee County.

• April 20, Cortez Village Historical Society community potluck, Few-Miller Dock, Cortez.

• May 4, Food and Wine on Pine, Pine Avenue, Anna Maria.

• May 4, An Island Affaire gala for the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria.

• May 9, the Island Players’ opening of “37 Postcards,” Island Players theater, Anna Maria.

• May 18, Anna Maria Island Privateers’ Snooks Adams Kids Day, location to be announced.

• June 1, Islandwide Blood Drive, location to be announced.


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. High-resolution photographs welcome.

Obituaries – 03-20-2013

Jean Foster

Jean Foster, 85, of Cortez, died March 11. she was born in Peoria, Ill.

She graduated from Roosevelt High School in Chicago and went on to earn her bachelor’s degree with a focus in geriatric social work from the University of Minnesota. She married Gramer Foster in 1947.

She worked as a geriatric social worker at the Masonic Home in Bloomington, Minn., where she was dedicated to helping the elderly.

She was known for her love of animals, took part in animal rescue organizations and welcomed many adopted pets into her home.

A memorial service will be held at noon Tuesday, March 19, at St. Peter and Paul the Apostles Catholic Church, 2850 75th St. W., Bradenton. Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory 43rd Street Chapel is in charge of arrangements. Donations may be made to Share-A-Pet/Wildlife Club Program, Associated Humane Societies, PO Box 43, Forked River NJ 08731-0043. Condolences may be made at brownandsonsfuneral.com.

Mrs. Foster is survived by husband Gramer; daughter Carol; grandchildren Jesse, Dannielle and Garrett; and great-granddaughter Kali.


Vera Mae Workman

Vera Mae Workman, 75, of Bradenton Beach, died March 10. She was born July 23, 1937, in Cincinnati.

She married Terrell Nichols in 1955 and moved to Fort Bragg, N.C., where Terrell served in the U.S. Army Special Forces known as Green Berets. After his discharge, the family returned to Ohio where she was employed at the Cincinnati Veterans Hospital. She transferred to the Cleveland Veterans Administration in 1968 as executive secretary. In 1975, the family moved to Arizona to start a business, Nichols Hydraulics Inc. Ms. Workman served as secretary/treasurer as well as office manager.

Mr. Nichols was originally from Terra Ceia, and the couple commuted from Arizona to Bradenton Beach for many years until retirement in 1988.

Ms. Workman served on the Bradenton Beach Planning and Zoning Board was a volunteer at Mote Marine Laboratory and other charities. Her pet project was caring for feral cats.

A service was held March 16 at Palma Sola Community Church, Bradenton.

Ms. Workman is survived by husband Terrell; son Terry and wife Linda; granddaughters Kelly and Kathy; grandsons Kris and Erik; five great-grandchildren; brother Howard and his wife Jayne Workman; nieces Leah, Sara, Libby and Barbara; nephew Gene; and her beloved house cats, Blue and Missy.


M.A. ‘Bo’ Warner Jr.

M.A. “Bo” Warner Jr., 93, of Bloomington, Minn. and Anna Maria Island, died March 8. He was born Dec. 24, 1919, in Minneapolis.

He attended Dartmouth College and the University of Michigan. He served the U.S. Army as an officer in New Guinea and the Philippines during World War II. He worked in the insurance business for 38 years, 23 at his own agency. He retired in 1978 and moved to Bozeman, Mont.

He was an avid sportsman, accomplished athlete and a dedicated Twins fan.

A service was held March 15 in Bloomington, Minn. Memorials may be made to Mayo Clinic’s Alzheimer’s research, or to St. Michael’s Lutheran Church.

Mr. Warner is survived by wife Marlene; brother Henry “Tuck;” sons Greg and Mark; daughters Mary Withers, Nancy Myers and Pam Hamel; grandchildren, Anne Nastor Scott and Jack Warner, Ben Stout, Aaron and Laura Myers and Katie and Andy Hamel; great-granddaughter Brenna Nastor; and many cousins, nieces, and nephews.


William ‘Bill’ Arnold

Former Bradenton Beach Vice Mayor William “Bill” Arnold, 83, of Bradenton, died March 1. The Arnolds moved to Anna Maria Island in 1990.

Mr. Arnold was first elected to serve Ward 1 on the Bradenton Beach City Commission in 1998. He was vice mayor 2000-03, when he was unsuccessful in a bid to take the mayor’s seat from John Chappie, who was elected to another term. Arnold also served the city on its charter review board.

Mr. Arnold worked for TRW in California on construction of the first unmanned space shuttle; owned a Duffy’s 500 Restaurant in San Bernadino; and retired from the GM plant in Oklahoma City in 1989.

He was a former member of St. Bernard Catholic Church, Holmes Beach, and member of St. Joseph Parish, Bradenton.

Grandaughter Heather Mook wrote this epitaph, “Death leaves a heartache that no one can heal; but love leaves a memory that no one can steal. Goodbye, my Pepere!”

A private memorial service was held at St. Joseph’s chapel March 6.

Mr. Arnold is survived by his wife of 61 years, Claudette “Rickie”; son Wayne; daughter Sharon and husband Jamey Schwegmann; grandchildren Laurie Umphries, Nicole Hennessey and Heather Mook; great-grandchild Sean Hennessey; and many friends and extended family members.



Sports – 03-20-2013

Center culminates 8-week cornhole season with tourney


The Anna Maria Island Community Center hosted a first-ever season-ending cornhole tournament March 7 to culminate its eight-week schedule. Though only six teams participated, league organizer Jim Harrison said everyone had a good time and the players are looking forward to next season.

Team Harrison, Jim and wife Dee, won the tournament, defeating Team Wohlers-Waggoner 19-21, 21-11, 21-14 in the finals. Debbie Wohlers and Laurie Waggoner advanced to the finals by defeating Team Estabrooks-Bonini in the first round and then upset No. 1 seed Team Smith in the semifinals.

Team Harrison was No. 2 seed and received a bye into the semifinals, where they defeated Team Tarras to advance to the finals.

The center is considering a summer cornhole league if players show interest. Troy Shonk at the center wants to hear from potential teams and players at 941-778-1908 or troy@myamicc.com.


Youth Super Bowl match-ups set

One final victory to come. Each of the teams that are still alive in the NFL Flag Football Youth League at the center have that much in common. They all hope to win their respective Super Bowl March 22.

For the most part, earning a high seed matters but not so much in this year’s playoff brackets.

The 8-10 division Super Bowl will see No. 3 seed Coastal Orthopedic Bears square off against fourth-seed Tyler’s Ice Cream Vikings. The Vikings upset top-seeded LPAC Cardinals 25-13 to advance to the finals. The Bears also defeated a higher ranked team when they rolled over Lobstahs Browns by a 36-13 score.

The 11-13 division’s top seed, Holy Cow Cardinals, held serve with a convincing 48-15 victory over Mr. Bone’s Colts to advance to the final test.

Lobstahs Buccaneers advanced to the finals with a 32-20 victory over second seed Ross Built Dolphins.

The 14-17 division also has a one-versus-three seed after Walter & Associates Bears earned a 26-19 victory over second seed West Coast Surf Shop Buccaneers.

As the playoffs have shown, anything can happen. Stay tuned.


Adult football marches toward Super Bowl

The playoffs got under way this past week in the adult coed NFL Flag Football season at the Anna Maria Island Community Center. The third-sixth seeds in each conference squared off March 6 hoping to stay alive. The winners earn a game against a No. 1 or No. 2 seed.

Tyler’s Ice Cream Vikings easily advanced with a 41-18 victory over BY Construction Bears to open playoff action March 6.

The Sun Bills also advanced with no problem, defeating Duncan Real Estate Cardinals 38-25 in the second game of the evening.

Agnelli Pool & Spa Giants also stayed alive, edging Lobstahs Lions 34-27 in an exciting game, while the final game of the night saw Duffy’s Tavern Raiders roll over Beach to Bay Construction Ravens 30-12 to advance to second-round action.

Duffy’s Tavern Raiders took on the NFC No. 2 seed, Waterfront Restaurant Dolphins, to open second-round playoff action March 7. The Dolphins prevailed 34-24 behind 224 passing yards and three touchdown passes from Ryan Moss. Jonathan Moss was on the receiving end of six passes for 109 yards and two touchdowns. Josh Rio, Ben Kirby and Ryan Moss added touchdowns to complete the scoring.

The Raiders were led by 279 yards passing and three touchdown passes from quarterback Chris Gillum. Brother Mike Gillum caught nine passes, including two for touchdown while finishing with 114 receiving yards. Tyler Redmond and Jay Hoffmeister also added touchdown receptions in the loss.

Sato Real Estate Browns rolled to a 40-13 victory over Agnelli Pool & Spa Giants behind 215 passing yards and five touchdown passes from Jason Sato. Brother Josh Sato caught eight passes and scored two touchdowns and two extra points to lead the Browns, which also received two touchdowns from Ed Moss and a touchdown each from Lexi Braxton and Matt Morgan.

Robert Mandrine threw for 230 yards and six touchdown passes as Tyler’s Ice Cream Vikings upset AFC top seed FL Discount Signs Colts 39-25. Chad Woods and Billy Malfese each had two touchdown receptions with Malfese also adding an extra point and a two-point conversion in the victory.

The Colts were led by Dustin Swain, who ran for a touchdown and threw a 45-yard touchdown pass to Brandon Hartwig, who also threw a pair of touchdown passes in the loss.

The final game of the evening saw the Sun Bills roll to a 45-20 victory over the Southern Greens Seahawks. Quarterback Chuck Bucky passed for 234 yards and five touchdown passes to lead the Colts, which received touchdown receptions from five different players. Will Weaver, Jesse Brisson, Scott Dell, Galen Brown and Lindsey Weaver each scored touchdowns with Brown adding three extra points.

The Seahawks were led by Tyler Bekkerus, who threw three touchdown passes, two of those to Mark Templeton. Andrew Terman added a touchdown and an extra point to round out the scoring in the loss.

Playoff action continues March 20with the toilet bowl, a battle of last place teams and semifinal action that pits Sato Real Estate Browns against Waterfront Restaurant Dolphins at 7 p.m. The second game pits the Sun Bills against Tyler’s Ice Cream Vikings at 8 p.m.

The Super Bowl will be played at 7 p.m. March 21.

KRC golf news

It was another busy week for golfers at the Key Royale Club in Holmes Beach. The men’s handicap championship is now down to Mike Selby and Dale Hudson. Look for results from that match in next week’s Islander.

The members teamed up for a nine-hole, two-best-balls-of-foursome match Feb. 14. The team of Sue Collins, Joyce Brown, Nel Bergstrom and Jerry Brown combined on a 15-under-par 49 to take first place by two shots over the team of Rose Slomba, Peny Auch and Carl Weiner.

The men played a nine-hole team scramble March 13. The team of Dave Vande Vrede, Jim Stewart, Bob Lang and Arnie Brames combined on a 3-under-par 29 to grab clubhouse bragging rights for the day. The team of Quentin Talbert, Mike Pritchett, Merritt Fineout and Earl Ritchie took second place with a 1-under-par 31.

The team of Bill Gallagher, Don LaTorre, Dave Kruger and Pieter Thomassen combined to card a 19-under-par 45 to win the March 13, best-ball-of-foursome match. Two shots back in second place was the team of Wade Ladue, Jim Helgeson, Peter Proxy and Paul Proxy.

Dean Christensen and Gary Silke both carded plus-5s to share the individual title in modified-Stableford action March 12.

They also helped their respective teams to a team competition tie for first place. Christensen teamed with Dick Grimme, Al DiConstanzo and Dave Johnston for a plus-4 to match the score carded by Dan Hazeewski, Dick Mills and Silke.

Morning action March 12 saw the men play a nine-hole, two-best-balls-of-foursome match. The team of Bill Shuman, Dennis Schavey, Ron Robinson and Ron Pritchard combined on a 20-under-par 44 to match the score of Matt Behan, Austin Rice, Bob Schuetz and Dan Hayes. Second place went to the team of Andy Barber, Lance Lindeman and John Kolotesc with a score of 46. Chet Hutton, Jim Auch and Charlie Knopp were another shot back in third place.

Horseshoe news    

Action at the Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe pits March 16 saw three teams earn 3-0 pool-play records to advance to the knockout round. Leo Hutton and Bill Wright drew the bye into the finals and watched as  Norm Langland and Herb Puryear easily dispatched Dave Lansaw and Bruce Copeland 21-7. Langland-Puryear then prevailed over Hutton-Wright by a 21-18 score to win in the finals.

Three teams also advanced to the knockout round during March 13 horseshoe action. Tim Sofran and Dave Lansaw slid past Nick Younk and George McKay by a 22-16 score. Unfortunately, they ran into a buzz saw in Sam Samuels and John Crawford, who cruised to a 21-1 victory in the finals.

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, March. 20, 2013


BIG MAN RECLINER: 52-inches wide, burgundy plush fabric, $100 firm. Call 941-782-8338.

VERTISSERIE PLUS UPRIGHT: Franklin Chef, used once, $38.  941-932-5595.

 refurbished, XP, $100. 941-756-6728

TOW BAR FOR motor home, Blue Ox Aventa 2, 10,000 pounds,

$395. 941-932-5595.

LA-Z-BOY: Like new, tan color, suede-like material, $99, ottoman, $25. 941-779-9781.

ZLINE SKYLINE COLLECTION: Office furniture, Chrome base frosted glass top, $150. Main desk, 5 x 2.5 x 2.5 feet, corner connector and computer desk with keyboard tray, 4 x 2.5 x 2 1.5 feet.


SUV TRAILER HITCHES: MKX Lincoln or Ford Edge, $100, Lexus RX330/350, $100. 941-778-0253.

WINDOWS: ALUMINUM SASH, nearly new. Four 37 x 36 inch, seven 49.5 x 36 inches, $100. 941-778-3920.

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: One legal two-drawer file. 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)


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.

THE HIVE: GIFTS and arts. Locally handmade and imported silver jewelry, Buddha art, artifacts, artistic T-shirts, cards, hot sauces, South African handmade arts, specialty candies, more. 119 B Bridge St., Bradenton Beach. http://thehivegiftsandarts.com/

SEEKING HOUSESITTING/CARETAKING position. Will relocate to anywhere on the Florida Gulf coast. References available. 210-633-6206. themichaelearney@yahoo.com.

GUITAR OR PIANO lessons! Buy one, get one free! 941-741-8832 or manateemusic.net. 941-741-8832.

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. Saturday Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 9 a.m.-noon Saturday. Donation drop-offs on Wednesdays only, 9 a.m.-11 a.m. 511 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. 941-779-2733.

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

YARD SALE: 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday and Saturday, March 22-23. Collectibles, glassware, clothing, hunting and fishing items, tools and more! 529 67th St., Holmes Beach.

MULTI-FAMILY YARD sale: 8 a.m.- 2 p.m. Saturday, March 23. Ping pong table, one year old Maytag washer, small refrigerator, single bed with new mattress, much more. 8309 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.

MOVING: 9:30 a.m.- 4 p. m. Friday and Saturday, March 22-23. Tools, 24-foot ladder, sewing supplies, household items, complete shop. 113 Third St. South, Bradenton Beach.

YARD SALE: 9.a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, March 23. Car seat, high chair, baby clothes, new chandelier, bicycle, vacuums, books, linens, life jackets, movies, housewares, suitcases, patio set, nursing uniforms, shoes, clothes, kitchen items, scarves, small grill. Too many items to list! From inside home to outside home, loaded, come see! 667 Key Royale Drive, Holmes Beach.

GARAGE SALE: 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, March 23. Love seats, recliners, lamps, glassware, Electrolux vacuum, beach pictures, paintings, all like new. Garmin 276C Land and Navigation system and much more. 620 Dundee Lane, Holmes Beach, Key Royale.

HUGE YARD/GARAGE sale: 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday and Saturday, March 22-23. Kitchen and motor home items, tools, trash and treasures! 517 71st. St., Holmes Beach.

GARAGE SALE: 8 a.m. Saturday, March 23. Selling house, furniture, tools, sporting goods and much more. 11 Palm Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach.

VILLAGE-WIDE YARD SALE! 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, March 23. Over ten sales within a few blocks. Come to the Village on the north end of Longboat Key, turn onto Broadway, get your treasure map from the peacock and have a great day!


LOST CAMERA: BROADWAY Beach, Longboat Key. Nikon CoolPix. 217-343-1137.

LOST: WOMAN’S GOLD bracelet: Hurricane Hanks or on northbound trolley, Pine Ave and Hammock Road, Anna Maria. 416-509-7827.

LOST: MAUI JIM prescription sunglasses. Glasses are brown frames with brownish lenses. Reward! Please, call 406.570.2855.

LOST: SILVER BRACELET with hearts. Lost during St. Patrick’s Day parade. Special to me. 941-737-9173.

FOUND: CAMERA LEFT at Star Fish Co., Cortez about a week ago. If someone lost one they can call 941-704-7643 to identify.


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.

WAVES BOAT CLUB membership, paid in full through February, 2015. Great opportunity to enjoy boating without the hassle of ownership and without an initiation fee. www.wavesboatclub.com. Call 321-427-4646.

2005 23-FOOT Beachcat, Yamaha F115. Fiberglass pontoon-style hull. Designed for saltwater, coastal use. Bimini with full enclosures. Great for family, fishing, cruising. Stepdown storage in console. $13,500. 941-527-8012.

DOCK FOR LEASE: 7,000-lb. lift. $250/month. 85th Street, Holmes Beach. Don, 941-778-1367.

AMI PONTOON BOAT rental: See: boatflorida.weebly.com or call 941-518-3868.

TWO SEATER FISHING kayak: 13-foot Perception with paddles and anchor. $350, firm. 941-387-0457.

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.


DELI CLERK WANTED: Part-time, 20-25 hours a week. Must be flexible and have good interpersonal skills. Apply at Jessie’s Island Store, 5424 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.

KITCHEN AND BUS help wanted: Apply in person, Anna Maria City Pier. 100 South Bay Blvd., Anna Maria. No phone calls, please.

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 AND PETS: 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.

AREA TEEN AVAILABLE for babysitting. Evenings, weekends. Have car, CPR-certified, currently enrolled in child development courses, honor student volunteering at Blake Hospital. AMI or N.W. Bradenton. Brittany, 941-465-6748.

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.

HEALTH CARE                                                            

ELDERLY CAREGIVER: LIGHT duties around home, appointments, hygiene care, experience in all phases. References. 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.

CLEANING BY LAURA offers everything on your list from kitchen and bath cleaning to dusting and emptying wastebaskets. 941-539-6891.

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

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.

TRUEBLUE33 COMPUTER Repair Service, LLC: Fast and reliable on-site computer repair service with reasonable rates. CompTIA A+ and Network+ certified. Call today! Anthony Mitchell at 941-592-7714.

PRESSURE WASHING: RESIDENTIAL, commercial, resorts, roof, lanai, etc. Also windows, lawn services, also. 941-565-3935.

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

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.


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.


STRAIGHT SHOT LANDSCAPE. Specializing in old Florida seashell driveways and scapes. Free estimates. 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 wood flooring. 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.

METRO DOOR & SUPPLY, INC.: Home, condo, office. Primary doors and glass inserts, custom prep/cut downs, sliding doors, windows, doors for commercial properties, fiberglass, aluminum, steel, vinyl. Installation available. Free estimates. 941-726-2280 or 941-722-7507.

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

CUSTOM STONE, BRICK and Block: We do remodeling, home additions, landscaping, paver brick and home improvements, fire places, fire pits, grills. Please, call Dave, 941-792-5206 or 941-465-6125.

CORTEZ CONCRETE AND Masonry: No job too small. Patios, driveways, stucco, etc. Sills repaired. 716-361-0010.

CARL V. JOHNSON Jr., Building contractor. Free estimates and plans. New houses, porches, decks and renovations. Fair prices. Call 941-795-1947 or cell, 941-462-2792.


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

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

CUTE VACATION EFFICIENCY: Screened porch, near boat ramp, many other area amenities, cable, WiFi. 941-779-6638.

PANORAMIC GULFFRONT: 3BR/2BA, huge deck, every room overlooks Gulf. Available January 2014. North Shore Drive, Anna Maria. 813-920-5595.

3BR/2BA: CANAL FURNISHED. Internet, May-June. 407-927-1304. dvanworm@earthlink.net.

WANTED: 2BR/2BA CONDO: Holmes Beach, February/March 2014. Annual/semi-retired visitors. Monthly rate, $4,200-$4,800. Rich, 616-334-3389.

ANNUAL RENTAL FLAMINGO Cay:  3 bedroom, 2 bath private canalfront home furnished/unfurnished, garage, pool, hot tub, dock, boat lift. Stainless-steel appliances, quiet neighborhood. Pet considered. Asking $2,000/mo plus utilities. Gulf-Bay Realty 941-778-7244.

2BR/2BA CONDO: TURNKEY, remodeled, furnished on canal. New dock. Annual/monthly. 850-228-6820.

ANNUAL RENTAL: 2BR/1BA ground-floor condo, $1,100/month. Sato Real Estate Inc. Email rentals@satorealestate.com or 941-778-7200.

HOUSEMATE WANTED TO share Bradenton Beach home. Private bedroom/bath. Quiet, neat, love of gardening a plus. Deposit, references required. Call for details, 941-896-6063.

BRADENTON BEACH: SEASONAL 2BR/1BA. Steps to beach. No pets. $875/week. 941-778-4731.

ADORABLE GULFFRONT COTTAGE: 100 feet from Gulf. 2BR/1 large bath. Seasonal rental, three-day minimum. Call for further information, 863-660-3509 or email: mememersh@aol.com.

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.

SANDPIPER 55-PLUS resort: AMI/Bradenton Beach. 2BR/1BA, furnished, carport, bay view. No smoking! $695/month, first, last and security deposit. Annual minimum, six months plus day. Available March 31. 941-545-8923.

ANNUAL RENTAL: 2BR/2BA duplex. One block from beach. Background and credit check. No pets. $1,000/month. First, last and security. Available now. 813-672-1481.


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. $289,000. By owner, 941-962-8220.

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.

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

TRAILER FOR SALE: Move-in condition, 1BR, Bridge Street. Reduced, $39,000. Boat dock, $60/year on Intracoastal, furnished, land lease, $410/month. 941-896-5528.

2BR/1BA ISLAND HOME! Owner financing. 503 Bayview Drive, Holmes Beach. $275,000. Call 941-778-7980.

BRADENTON BEACH 2BR/2BA condo: FSBO. Townhouse-style unit with two floors above parking. Part of four-unit complex. Steps to the beach and Intracoastal. Steve, 813-245-0428.

AFFORDABLE LONGBOAT KEY mobile homes: 2BR/2BA, $85,000 and up. Furnished. Sharon Hightower, Edgewater Real Estate, 941-330-5054.

PARADISE: 2BR/2BA IN 55-plus community, turnkey, Ellenton. Rent space includes 20-plus amenities. Pet friendly, five heated pools, marina. Two miles to I-75, 15 miles to Gulf! $23,500. Bob, 941-721-4890.

KEY ROYALE CANAL 3BR/3BA pool home, remodeled to perfection! $649,000. Call Lori Guerin, Realtor. 941-773-3415.

DISCOVER HARBOUR LANDINGS in Cortez 2-4 p.m. Sunday, March 24. Fantastic villa for sale in a quiet, unique community. Cross the bridge from the white, sandy Gulf beaches and down the street from first-class marina to 119th Street and Cortez Road. Turn in and follow the signs. Great location, five minutes from everything, beaches, movies, restaurants and shopping. Newer construction and lower prices. Carolyn Spencer, Engel & Voelkers Anna Maria Island Realty.

WATERFRONT TOWNHOUSE: 2BR, heated pool and boat slip. $153,900. Exclusive realtor, 941-720-7519 or 941-756-1090.




Islanders love a parade — especially a St. Pat Parade!

Parade enthusiasts, including Pam McFortenberry, far right, goes wild with anticipation as the Beach Bistro St. Patrick’s Day Parade steps off from Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive — right on time at 4 p.m.

A bagpiper with the City of Sarasota Pipe Band.

Shriners entertain the St. Patrick’s Day parade enthusiasts.

Dawn McWash of Wash Family Construction, awash in green beads and accessories.

A crowd favorite, Judy the elephant — sporting newly painted toes — follows the lead of Fred O’Sullivan of the Beach Bistro bar and her trainer, trailed by two camels and loads of floats and music in the processional on Marina Drive from city hall to 78th Street, all with a splash of green.

Cop with privateer ship and crowd Holmes Beach Interim Police Chief Dale (Irish for the day) O’Stephenson enjoys his duty at the parade start, keeping pedestrians safe and calming rowdy Privateers — Anna Maria Island Privateers — eager to get in the parade. Alas, they’re always last, canons blasting.

The horn section of Southeast High School’s marching band.

The young Irish — known as the “Wee Ones,” roll in comfort in the parade wagons.

Islander Photos: Bonner Joy