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Obituaries – 08-07-2013

Jack A. Bishop Jr.

Jack A. Bishop Jr. of Bradenton died Aug. 1. He was born in California Jan. 18, 1929.

Mr. Bishop was a vetran of the Korean War. He graduated from college with a degree in mining and engineering. He worked for many years for Midland Glass Co. in Clifford, N.J., as an auditor for the engineering department. He retired to Barnega Light, N.J., and Anna Maria Island.

He volunteered for the Island Players of Anna Maria and at Freedom Village of Bradenton.

A family service is planned for a later date at South Amboy, N.J. Memorial donations may be made to Southeastern Guide Dogs, 4210 77th St. E., Palmetto FL 34221.

Mr. Bishop is survived by his son, Bruce; former wife Joan; and cousins Charlotte Horn, Joan Moore and Shirley Jonson, all of California.


DeAnn Davis

DeAnn Davis, 72, of Bradenton, died July 28. She was born in Pontiac, Mich., and moved to Bradenton in 1975 from Tampa.

Mrs. Davis was an Anna Maria Elementary School teacher, having retired from AME in 2010 after 34 years of teaching. She was active in the Manatee Education Association. She was a member of Faith United Methodist Church in Bradenton.

A celebration of life will be held at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 7, at Faith United Methodist Church, 603 11th St. W., Bradenton. Memorial donations may be made to Anna Maria Elementary-Parent Teacher Organization, 4700 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach FL 34217.

Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory, Bradenton, is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be made online at www.brownandsonsfuneral.com.

Mrs. Davis is survived by her son, James R. Jr. and wife Beth of Bradenton; daughter Helen E. and husband Eric King of Bradenton; one brother; three sisters; and four grandchildren, Caitlin, Jamie, Kiley and Dalton.


Alfred Herman Hoblitzell

Alfred Herman Hoblitzell, 94, of Holmes Beach, formerly of Charleston, W.Va., died July 26. He was born Sept. 2, 1918, in Wheeling, W.Va., to the late Alfred and Alma Bauman Hoblitzell.

Mr. Hoblitzell, nicknamed “Bun,” grew up in Wheeling and graduated in 1936 from Linsly Military Institute. He attended Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va., and received a bachelor of science degree in architectural engineering in 1940.

He married Phyllis Holz of Charleston June 14, 1941.

Mr. Hoblitzell was a veteran of World War II, serving as an officer in the Army Corps of Engineers in the European Theater, participating in the invasion of southern France and with Patton’s 3rd Army in the invasion of Sicily.

In 1947 he joined the firm of Greife and Daley Architects in Charleston, that later became Hoblitzell and Associates. He retired in 1985 and moved with his wife to Anna Maria Island.

He was a member of the American Institute of Architects and served as a past president of the West Virginia chapter of AIA. Additionally, he was a member of the Charleston Rotary Club, the Edgewood Country Club, St. John’s Episcopal Church, Key Royale Club, Bradenton Country Club and served on the Holmes Beach Code Enforcement Board.

Services were Aug. 1 at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Charleston, W.Va. Arrangements were by Barlow Bonsall Funeral Home. Burial was at Sunset Memorial Park, South Charleston, W.Va.

Memorial donations may be made to Tidewell Hospice, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota FL 34238 or online at www.tidewell.org.

Mr. Hoblitzell is survived by his wife of 72 years, Phyllis; daughters Patricia and husband John) Dixon of Albany, Ga., Sally and husband Brian Spears of Royal Palm Beach, Fla.; daughter-in-law Linda of Glen Ellyn, Ill.; grandchildren Scott Dixon of Albany, Ga., Allison and husband Matt Davis of Newnan, Ga., Chris of Lisle, Ill., Melissa of Naperville, Ill., and Alex Spears of Royal Palm Beach, Fla.; great-grandchildren Miles Davis and Lily Davis of Newnan, Ga.; and many nieces and nephews.


Calendar – 08-07-2013

Making plans…

Getting ready for the 2013-14 season?

The Islander encourages publicists for local groups to send 2013-14 calendars to calendar@islander.org.


Wednesday, Aug. 7

6 p.m. — Mana-Tweens Book Club meeting for youth ages 8-12, with registration required. Information: 941-778-6341.

8:16 p.m. — Official sunset time.


Thursday, Aug. 8

8:15 p.m. — Official sunset time.


Friday, Aug. 9

2 p.m. — Alzheimer’s Association caregiver group meeting, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341

8:14 p.m. — Official sunset time.


Saturday, Aug. 10

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

10 a.m. — Origami club meeting, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341

8:13 p.m. — Official sunset time.


Sunday, Aug. 11

8:12 p.m. — Official sunset time.


Monday, Aug. 12

8:11 p.m. — Official sunset time.


Tuesday, Aug. 13

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

8:10 p.m. — Official sunset time.


Wednesday, Aug. 14

8:10 p.m. — Official sunset time.



• Through Aug. 31, Bradenton Marauders regular season baseball, McKechnie Field, 1611 Ninth St. W., Bradenton. Fee applies. Information: 941-747-3031.

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

• First Wednesdays and third Wednesdays, Mana-Tween Book and Culture Club, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information:  941-748-5555, ext. 6318.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

• Weekends, through Oct. 20, ranger-led kayak tours, De Soto National Memorial, 8300 De Soto Memorial Highway, Bradenton. Information: 941-792-0458, ext. 105.

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

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

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


Coming up

• Aug. 19, Manatee public school starts.

• Aug. 20, Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce Small Business Development Expo.


Save the date

• Sept. 2 is Labor Day.

• Sept. 23, Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament.

• Oct. 18-19, Bayfest.


Calendar announcements

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

Fishing – 08-07-2013

Summer flounder, summer not — they’re snapper


Now is the time to target flounder and mangrove snapper in the nearshore waters. That’s right, the summer bite for both fish is in full swing.

On a recent charter, my clients were lucky enough to land 14 flounder with six being 20 inches or bigger. Live shiners or pinfish on a knocker rig is working to hook up, although you can also place your sinker above a swivel and tie a leader to your hook. Both rigs work.

To target these tasty flat fish, look for structure in both Tampa Bay and in the Gulf of Mexico. The artificial reefs, just west of Anna Maria Island are a great place to begin your hunt.

After catching flounder, you can target mangrove snapper. It may seem a little redundant since you’re going to use the same rig as for flounder, same bait and fish in the same locations, but mangoes are infiltrating all nearshore and offshore structure. Remember, light leaders and small hooks will be your friend, especially when targeting the snapper.

That about sums up what’s been filling my cooler for a week or so. Spanish mackerel also can be found throughout the bay, just look for diving birds and go fish.

Rumors of schooling redfish in Sarasota Bay have been mentioned, although I’ve yet to see any concrete evidence. Redfish catches are occurring but the fish are spread out. That isn’t a bad thing, it just requires a little more determination on the angler’s part.

Spotted seatrout are being found over deeper grass flats of 5-7 feet. Most are in the 12- to 14-inch range, although bigger fish are not uncommon.

Finally, catch-and-release snook are being caught along the Gulf beaches as well as on the flats. Live shiners are the bait of choice and will remain so. If you’re in search of big snook, try big baits like ladyfish or pinfish at night in the passes or around the bridges.

Until next week, enjoy feasting on summer flounder and mangrove snapper. Beer-battered and dipped in chipotle-spiked tartar sauce is a tasty bet — along with a cold beer.

Capt. Warren Girle is beginning his fishing at depths of 50 feet and working his way out in the Gulf of Mexico from there. Keeper-size gag and red grouper are being reeled up by fishers baiting live shiners or pinfish. You can also expect to catch mangrove snapper on the same baits. Sizes on the mangoes are averaging 16 inches, although fish exceeding 18 inches are not uncommon.

Moving inshore, Girle is fishing sandy potholes spread out through the grass flats of Sarasota Bay. Using a knocker rig baited with a fresh-cut half of a pinfish, Girle is reeling in slot-size redfish. The occasional snook also is interested in cut-bait, which is resulting in fish up to 30 inches.

Girle is finding spotted seatrout inhabiting the deeper flats of Sarasota Bay. To target these fish, he’s free-lining small live shiners over the flats. Expect to weed through a lot of undersized fish before catching keepers, but persistence pays off.

Capt. Mark Howard of SumoTime fishing charters says fishing this past week produced a mixed bag for the dinner table, as well as some exciting, tackle-busting action.

With the heat of the summer upon us, Howard has changed his game plan. He says the water temperatures on the flats have forced the fish out of the skinny water and into deeper water haunts. Spotted seatrout are feeding in 3-8 feet of water and will chew a variety of baits. Howard likes to fish the deep grass areas of Tampa Bay and the Intracoastal Waterway.

Howard suggests locating the schools of slot fish and you should have no trouble hitting your limit.

He predicts redfish will start forming into big schools and feed aggressively on the moving current. “I have been finding reds on the fastest part of the moving tide. Using pinfish for bait has produced some nice slot-sized fish,” Howard says.

He’s also finding sharks are thick in the bay right now. They’re varying in sizes from 3-5 foot blacktips to 8-10 foot bull sharks. Howard says to fish around Egmont Key or the Sunshine Skyway Bridge with a big chunk of oily fish, put out a chum block and the bulls should be feeding in no time.

“Upsize your tackle as some have been in the 300-pound range and have made short work of my tarpon poles,” he says. “Breaking out the broom sticks and the 275-pound cable will do the trick.”

Looking forward, the bait hatch we had in June is finally starting to show some size. Look for the shiner situation to only improve as summer progresses.

Dave Sork at the Anna Maria City Pier says Spanish mackerel are showing, along with large schools of baitfish at the pier. Along with mackerel, expect to see schools of jack crevalle, ladyfish and blue runners. Small white crappie jigs or Clark spoons will be sufficient for those using artificials. For the live bait anglers, hatch bait, is the ticket.

Once you tire of the mack bite, you can always try targeting flounder and mangrove snapper. Again, the small hatch bait is perfect for either species. Most snapper and flounder, as of yet, are barely legal-sized, although patience and a little luck may get you the big one.

Johnny Mattay at Island Discount Tackle is targeting catch-and-release snook along the beaches of Anna Maria Island. For bait, Mattay is working on variety, including live shiners, pinfish, whiting and even small ladyfish. If you choose to target beach snook, Mattay suggests fishing either early morning or late evening. If you notice, both of these times are best because the beaches are less crowded. “It’s kinda hard to target snook when you have swimmers among the fish,” says Mattay.

Moving offshore, Mattay is hearing numerous reports of gag grouper and mangrove snapper action. With water temps heating up, Mattay suggests fishing deeper water as opposed to nearshore structure. To target these species, hook up shiners, pinfish or big shrimp. For frozen bait, squid, threadies or sardines will get the job done.

Jim Malfese at the Rod & Reel Pier says Spanish mackerel fishing may be on the upward swing. Large schools of hatch bait are frequenting the pier, which in turn draws in predators, such as Spanish mackerel.

Early morning is the best bite right now. Malfese says to try using speck rigs in white or hot pink or Gotcha plugs to plug for these high-activity, toothy fish. For live bait, you can’t beat that hatch bait that the macks are feeding on at the pier.

Mangrove snapper come in at a close second this past week at the pier. Pier fishers using live shrimp are pulling up good numbers from the shade under the pier, although most are barely keeper-size.

Black drum and flounder are being caught, although the numbers are sporadic at best. For either of these species, a live shrimp or small live pinfish should get you connected.

Capt. Rick Gross of Fishy Business Charters is reeling up fish-fry potential this past week. By fishing shallow-water rock piles, reefs and hard bottom in Tampa Bay, Gross is providing his clients with rod-bending action on mangrove snapper and flounder.

For both species, Gross is bottom fishing with either live shiners or small pinfish. Size ranges on the snapper are anywhere from 12-15 inches with a few bigger fish in the mix, As for the flounder, expect to catch fish in the 15- to 20-inch range.

After putting some meat in the box, Gross is moving to shallow flats in search of spotted seatrout, redfish and catch-and-release snook. With water temps in the upper 80s, fishing the flats can be challenging. Even so, Gross is still managing to get a rally. For the reds, expect to catch slot-size fish under a small cork baited with a live shiner. As for the snook, most are in the 20- to 24-inch range. Free-lined baits or baits under a cork are producing. Spotted seatrout are responding to baits under a cork, although the bite is a little sporadic.

Send fishing reports to fish@islander.org.

Island police blotter – 08-07-2013

Anna Maria

        • July 29, 800 block of North Shore Drive, lost property. A complainant reported his boat missing. He told law enforcement he anchored the vessel shortly after midnight and about four hours later discovered it missing. He was uncertain if it had been stolen or if it had drifted away with the tide. The vessel was located later that morning on a nearby beach.

• July 26, 800 block of North Shore Drive, burglary. A front door of a house was damaged when someone attempted to gain entry. Further investigation revealed the suspect then went to the rear of the home and gained entry by breaking a window. Four TVs with a total value of $2,500 were reported stolen.

Anna Maria is policed by the MCSO.

Bradenton Beach

        • No new reports.

        Bradenton Beach is policed by the BBPD.


        • July 21, 4400 block of 125th Street, trespass warning. A complainant reported a friend of her son’s opened the door to her home and yelled for her son. She became upset and told him to leave. The suspect backed out of the house and said he was told to come in and yell for his friend if no one answered the door. The son was not home to verify the suspect’s story at the time of the report.

        Cortez is policed by the MCSO

Holmes Beach

        • Reports not posted.

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.

The Islander Classifieds: Wednesday, Aug. 07, 2013


NEW HONDA OUTBOARD key switch with two keys, $100. 239-204-1473.

COMPUTER: DELL DUAL processors, refurbished, $70. 941-756-6728.

PRINTER: HP DESKJET D4620 plus three ink cartridges, perfect condition, $25 for all. 941-761-1415.

THREE SLEEPING BAGS, two folding twin cots, all like new, $10 each. 941-792-0008, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.

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

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


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)


THE HIVE: GIFTS & Arts at Bridge Street, Bradenton Beach. Local hand-made unique jewelry including our very popular Mermaids Range, Tibetan jewelry and goods, plus Pandora-style charms and various gift items from around the world. 941-730-1745.

ATTENTION VETERANS AND active military from Anna Maria Island. Crosspointe Fellowship wants to hear from you in order to welcome you to a Nov. 16 patriotic Thanksgiving event. Call the Rev. Ed Moss at 941-778-0719 to provide your contact information.

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

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

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

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

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


ESTATE SALE: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 10. 807 N. Shore Drive, Anna Maria. Fully furnished rental home, everything must go before demolition. All furniture, appliances, electronics, housewares, cabinets, doors, windows, fixtures, everything! Proceeds benefit the Anna Maria Island Community Center. The money raised will match the Pittsburgh Pirates Fields for Kids grant to renovate the center’s athletic field.


ROSER THRIFT SHOP: Closed for the month of August, but still accepting donations on Wednesdays, 9 -11 a.m.  We will reopen Sept. 3. 511 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. 941-779-2733.

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

GARAGE SALE: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 10. Furniture, household items. 400 74th St., Holmes Beach.


LOST: WEDDING RING. Platinum setting with three emerald-cut diamonds. Reward offered. Please return, means so much. 703-608-6871.

LOST: CARRERA PRESCRIPTION sunglasses. Gulf Drive and Eighth Street, Sunset Landings, Bradenton Beach. $25 reward. Mike or Stacey, 941-201-4052.


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.

DEEP-WATER DOUBLE boat slip, 85th Street, Holmes Beach. $64,900. Call AMI Beaches Real Estate, 941-567-5234.

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. 


LPNS NEEDED FOR active quadriplegic using Hoyer lift. Morning shifts, 4-5 hours starting at 7 a.m. Overnight shifts, 9:30 p.m.-7 a.m. 941-383-9637.


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.

NICOLE AND HALLIE’S babysitting, pet sitting and pet walking. Red Cross certified, good with animals. Hallie, 941-773-6317, Nicole, 941-370-7981.

RESPONSIBLE ISLAND STUDENT available for babysitting and pet sitting. Red Cross-certified babysitter. Isabel, 941-545-7995 or 941-405-4194.

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.


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.

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.

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

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

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

TRUEBLUE33 COMPUTER REPAIR Service, LLC. On-site computer service, reasonable rates. Contact Anthony at 941-592-7714 or at 941-727-6780.

INTRODUCTORY OFFER!  BUY one, get one free music lesson. manateemusic.net or 941-741-8832.

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

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

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

SUN MAINTENANCE AND Service: Call Travis and Megan, 941-779-8389, for all your lawn, landscape, and pool service needs. “Even free snow removal.” 10 years experience. Free estimates, trusting services.


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.

SOUTHWEST HOME IMPROVEMENT: Michigan builder, quality work guaranteed. 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.

2BR/2BA HOLMES BEACH waterfront condo: Fully furnished with views, pools, Jacuzzi, tennis, boat dock. Seasonal, November. Call 818-620-0901.

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

BRADENTON BEACH: SEASONAL rental 2BR/1BA. $875/week.  www.gulfbeachrental.net or 941-778-4731.

ANNUAL WATERFRONT 1BR1BA, $1,100/month. Email bayrest@hotmail.com or call 941-567-5255, 703-587-4675.

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

ANNUAL RENTAL: CITY of Anna Maria, 3BR/2BA with large private yard near City Pier on Crescent Avenue, steps to the bay beach and Pine Avenue shops. Pets OK. $1,800/month. 941-321-5454.

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

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.


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

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