Tag Archives: 09-16-2020

Eyes on the road – 09-16-2020

The Florida Department of Transportation and Manatee County posted the following:

  • Multiple locations in Bradenton Beach: A county pipeline replacement project continues. Impacted areas include Gulf Drive, Bay Drive South, Church Avenue and Cortez Road. Expect construction in rights of way and increased truck traffic.
  • Cortez Road and 119th Street West in Cortez: Work to realign the intersection of 119th Street West at Cortez Road/State Road 684 continues. Phase 2 involves a new traffic pattern and shifting construction to the north side of Cortez Road. Thru traffic will then use the south side of Cortez Road. Also, the two outbound lanes of Harbor Landing Drive will be closed and traffic into Harbor Landings will be detoured to 127th Street West.

For the latest road watch information, go online to fl511.com and swflroads.com or dial 511.

And, a reminder, a fare-free trolley operates daily on Anna Maria Island.

— Lisa Neff

DOT establishing Cortez Bridge design committee

The Florida Department of Transportation is recruiting for a committee to help design a proposed megabridge between Cortez and Bradenton Beach.

The proposed 65-foot-clearance fixed-span bridge, recommended last October by the DOT, would replace the drawbridge on Cortez Road/State Road 684.

Spokesman Brian Rick told The Islander Sept. 8 that the DOT seeks to establish a 10-12 member committee. The design process is expected to cost $6.2 million.

“We have reached out to several people in the community,” Rick said, including Cortez businesspeople Karen Bell and Joe Rogers, Bradenton Beach businessman Mike Bazzy, Bradenton Beach Mayor John Chappie and Bradenton Beach resident Connie Morrow.

“We are still at an early stage in this process,” Rick said of the committee formation.

He said the DOT would recruit members in an email blast, calling out to local businesspeople and with announcements at transportation meetings.

The Island Transportation Planning Organization was set to meet in Bradenton Beach Sept. 14, as The Islander went to press.

The Sarasota-Manatee Metropolitan Planning Organization will meet at 9:30 a.m. Monday, Sept. 21, at the MPO office, 8100 15th St. E., Sarasota.

The Cortez drawbridge underwent major repairs in 1996, 2010 and 2015 and has outlived its lifespan, according to the DOT.

But the proposed replacement faces opposition in the village of Cortez and a legal challenge brought by former Manatee County Commissioner Joe McClash, an online news publisher, several Cortez residents.

The challenge is pending before the Florida 2nd District Court of Appeal.

The DOT also is studying options for the Longboat Pass Bridge connecting Longboat Key and Bradenton Beach and is pursuing a planned replacement — already approved and still in the design phase — for the Anna Maria Island Bridge with a 65-foot-clearance fixed-span structure.

— Lisa Neff

Bradenton Beach, CRA adopt 2020-21 spending plans

Bradenton Beach has a budget for the upcoming fiscal year.

And city property owners face a tax increase.

City commissioners voted 4-0 Sept. 10 to adopt a $8,326,959 budget and 2.3329 millage rate for the 2020-21 fiscal year, which begins Oct. 1.

Commissioner Jan Vosburgh was absent with excuse.

The new spending plan is $2,811,698 higher than the current year’s budget, largely due to $4.62 million of state-funded improvement projects, including more underground utilities added to Gulf Drive and improvements to stormwater drainage.

While the city’s spending will increase, revenues are planned to rise to the challenge.

The city projects $8,392,828 in revenue over the next fiscal year, resulting in a $65,869 surplus.

The city’s taxable property value increased from $650,221,930 in 2019 to $691,333,870 in 2020.

Millage is $1 per $1,000 of assessed property value, so the owner of a $500,000 property would pay $1,166.45 in ad valorem tax at 2.3329 mills. The proposed rate is set to earn the city $1,612,812.78.

At the rollback rate of 2.2112 mills, the rate needed to produce the same revenue as the current year, a $500,000 property cost the owner $1,105.60 and result in $1,528,677.45 total ad valorem income for the city.

The city also budgeted $45,241 for the Tingley Memorial Library for next year.

Around $406,190 remained in the library bequeath as of Sept. 8, according to city treasurer Shayne Thompson.


CRA budget

A budget also was set for the community redevelopment agency.

CRA members voted 5-0 Sept. 10 to adopt a $2,535,197 budget headlined by a $2,223,500 slate of capital projects.

CRA members Ed Chiles and Vosburgh were absent with excuse.

The agency’s spending plan, which is $130,822 less than this year, includes $675,000 for seagrass mitigation and dredging in Sarasota Bay, $400,000 to bury utilities along district roadways and $300,000 for finger docks to expand capacity at the Historic Bridge Street Pier’s floating dock.

Other budgeted capital projects include $205,000 for new Bridge Street streetlights, $53,000 to install a boat lift at the pier and $83,500 to fund a pilot program for a tram service to transport people between Coquina Beach and Bridge Street.

The rest of the budget is rounded out by $294,197 for general expenses, administration, law enforcement, planning and roadways.

With $1,255,959 in projected revenue and $1,400,000 in funds set to carry over from this year, the CRA projects unbudgeted funds of $120,762.

The CRA plans call for $1,255,959 in revenue, including $417,970 from the incremental tax collected by Manatee County, $500,000 in state appropriations for seagrass mitigation and $228,000 granted from the West Coast Inland Navigation District. With around $1,400,000 set to carry over, the CRA budget tops out at $2,655,959 in 2020-21.


Bradenton Beach by the numbers

2020-21 city budget: $8,326,959.

2019-20 city budget: $5,515,261.

2020-21 CRA budget: $2,535,197.

2019-20 CRA budget: $2,666,019.

2019 assessed property value: $650,221,930.

2020 assessed property value: $691,333,870.


About the CRA

The Bradenton Beach Community Redevelopment Agency funds capital improvement projects to promote restoration, growth and tourism for the district, which is bordered by Cortez Road, Sarasota Bay, Fifth Street South and the Gulf of Mexico.

The CRA funds the projects with incremental tax revenue collected by Manatee County since 1992, when the area was declared blighted.

The agency includes the mayor, city commissioners and two appointed members, restaurateur Ed Chiles and resident David Bell.

Anna Maria lowers spending but hikes taxes

Anna Maria is a meeting and a vote away from cementing a budget for the 2020-21 fiscal year.

The second hearing and final reading for the budget and millage ordinances will be at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 24, at city hall, 10005 Gulf Drive N.

And while the total budget amount is lower for the coming year, it still packs a tax hike for property owners.

City commissioners Sept. 10 held a first reading and public hearing for an ordinance establishing a proposed $9,070,607 budget and 2.0500 millage rate, ultimately voting 4-0 on a pair of motions to tentatively approve the figures.

The seat of Commissioner Amy Tripp, who resigned in August to move to North Carolina, remained empty.

The proposed budget would be $1,716,069 less than the current budget, which is inflated with funding for the new Anna Maria City Pier.

With the pier built, the city’s proposed budget for capital outlay projects plummeted from $1,879,989 in the 2019-20 budget to $295,000 for 2020-21.

Salaries and administrative costs take up the largest slice of the city’s projected costs at $1,767,508.

The second- and third-most expensive categories in the proposed budget are public works at $1,288,072 and stormwater improvements with $1,280,847.

The proposed budget for stormwater improvements would mark a $393,477 increase over the budget adopted for the same expenses this year. The increase is largely due to plans to install vertical infiltration trenches in rights of way along Pine Avenue, South Bay Boulevard, Crescent Drive, Magnolia Avenue and Gladiolus Street.

Overall, the proposed budget includes $6,855,788 in expenses and $2,214,819 for reserves.

The largest source of revenue is ad valorem taxes which, at the proposed 2.0500 millage rate, are projected to earn the city $2,607,740.

The proposed millage rate would amount to a tax increase for property owners since the city’s taxable property went from $1,200,147,787 in 2019 to $1,272,068,427 in 2020.

Millage is $1 per $1,000 of assessed property value, so the owner of a $500,000 property would pay $1,025 in ad valorem tax at the proposed 2.0500 millage rate.

At the rollback rate of 1.9599 mills, the rate needed to produce the same revenue as the current year, a $500,000 property would cost its owner $979.95 in ad valorem tax. The rollback rate would produce $2,573,394 in ad valorem revenue — $34,346 less than the proposed rate.

The second-highest source of projected revenue is $1,280,847 for stormwater fees, grants and permits. The figure is bolstered by a $750,000 grant from the Southwest Florida Water Management District for drainage improvements.

Other notable revenue sources for 2020-21 include $1,182,500 from city licensing, permits and fees, as well as $665,568 in intergovernmental revenues like gas taxes.

There was no public comment.


Anna Maria by the numbers

2020-21 expenses: $9,070,607.

2019-20 adopted expenses: $7,859,405.

2020-21 millage rate: 2.0500 mills.

Rollback rate: 1.9599 mills.

2019 assessed property value: $1,200,147,787.

2020 assessed property value: $1,272,068,427.

Final hearing for the budget: 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 24.

Streetlife - 09-16-2020

Anna Maria

Sept. 4, 100 block of Tern Drive, noise. The Manatee County Sheriff’s Office dispatched a deputy to a report of a loud party. The deputy did not hear any loud noise, but still informed a renter of the noise ordinance.

Sept. 6, 700 block of Holly Road, noise. The MCSO dispatched a deputy after receiving a 2:30 a.m. complaint about noise. From the driveway, the deputy heard people conversing by the pool and minimal noise. Still, the deputy said, the renters were apologetic and went indoors.

Sept. 6, 101 Bay Blvd., Anna Maria City Pier, missing person. The MCSO received a report at about 3:25 p.m. that a 50-year-old man was missing and possibly had jumped in the water. The man was found at about 5 p.m. sitting near the base of the pier.

      The MCSO polices Anna Maria.

Bradenton Beach

Sept. 9, Coquina Beach, 1800 Gulf Drive S., larceny. A man called the Bradenton Beach Police Department to report his wallet and shorts were stolen while he was at the beach. A BBPD officer issued a case number.

BBPD polices Bradenton Beach.


No new reports.

MCSO polices Cortez.

Holmes Beach

Sept. 3, Ace Hardware, 3352 E. Bay Drive, trespass. A person appeared unconscious in a chair outside the store. A Holmes Beach police officer roused the person, who appeared intoxicated, and notified emergency medical services. The officer issued a trespass warning and EMS took custody of the individual.

Sept. 3, Island Trader, 5336 Gulf Drive, information. The bank notified the store of a modified $5 bill in the store deposit. Apparently, a person paid for a purchase with a $5 bill changed to look like a $50 bill.

Sept. 5, Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, marijuana. An officer observed a motorist pull into a handicapped parking space with children not wearing seat belts. Upon checking if the vehicle had a handicap placard, the officer noticed the smell of burning marijuana. The driver claimed to have borrowed the placard and handed over a bag containing marijuana. The officer cited the motorist for parking in a handicap spot and possession of marijuana.

Sept. 6, 200 block of 65th Street, noise. An officer was called to a vacation rental on a noise complaint. A decibel reading determined excess noise. Also, the officer determined 15 people were staying at the house. HBPD cited the renter for noise and occupancy violations and the property manager evicted the occupants.

Sept. 6, 2800 block of Avenue E, firing weapon. A person complained that someone fired a weapon outside a residence. HBPD officers, assisted by the MCSO, determined a person shot five rounds from a rifle out of the rear of a vacation rental property. The individual was arrested and taken to the Manatee County jail.

HBPD polices Holmes Beach.

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


Wait out rainstorms to be rewarded with hookups, dinner

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Mike Halkyard shows off one of many hard-fighting bonita caught Sept. 1 a few miles out in the Gulf on a family fishing trip with Capt. Aaron Lowman. Halkyard caught this one on a lure, but plenty of fish took a live shiner. Lowman said he also guided the Halkyard family “to a bunch of catch-and-release snook and seatrout” and some Spanish mackerel and mangrove snapper that went in the cooler for dinner.

If you’re planning a backcountry fishing trip in the waters surrounding Anna Maria Island this month, you’ll want to bring a raincoat.

A pair of slickers might come in handy, too.

With frequent pop-up thunderstorms, you never know when you’re going to get wet. And it seems the storms pop up right when the bite is getting good. Most showers are brief, with some lasting 10-15 minutes. As long as there’s no lightning and your bilge pumps are functioning, you should be good to wait out the storm on the water.

Those willing to wait are being rewarded with a respectable number of catch-and-release snook, redfish and spotted seatrout. Early morning tides seem to work best, especially when fishing the shallow waters around mangroves and oyster bars. Free-lining live shiners and pinfish work well.

For those who like more of a challenge, top-water plugs and soft plastics will attract the fish’s attention. If you’re carrying top-water plugs in your tackle box, don’t hesitate to take a few casts over the deeper grass flats for spotted seatrout. Trout love to blast baits on the surface and, if you’re skilled at “walking the dog,” you might trick one into a taste. There’s other species on the deeper grass flats, too, including ladyfish and jack crevalle — both likely to crash a top-water lure.

Live bait fishing over the deep grass likely will result in a more consistent hook-up-to-cast ratio and, if you’re lucky, you might catch your limit of mangrove snapper between trout bites.

Fishing structure is usually the best plan when searching for snapper, but when they are on the deep grass, they tend to take baits fairly frequently as they are there to feed.

Also, speaking of structure, the snapper are available for the taking in these areas. Mixed in are Spanish mackerel and many jack crevalle. Artificial reefs, wrecks and rock piles should hold the fish until the new moon.

On my Southernaire charters, I’m seeing numerous catch-and-release spotted seatrout coming to the hook. Mornings of 30-40 trout hookups are occurring — keeping my anglers busy. Mixed in are ladyfish, jack crevalle, bluefish and Spanish mackerel.

Catch-and-release snook fishing also is quite good. Fishing swift moving tides is key to getting a good bite from a linesider, and I’m also seeing a few redfish mixed in while targeting the snook.

Capt. Warren Girle is finding action for his anglers around the artificial reefs in the Gulf of Mexico. In depths of 30 feet, Girle is chumming with dead shiners, inspiring the mangrove snapper to feed. Free-lining a shiner in the chum results in limits of snappers. Most catches are 15 inches, but snapper up to 20 inches are taking the hook.

Other catches while fishing structure in the Gulf include Spanish mackerel and bonito.

Moving inshore to the shallow grass flats, Girle is putting clients on some catch-and-release action on snook and redfish. Both are responding to free-lined live shiners cast over shallow grass flats — anywhere mangroves and oyster bars exist.

Jim Malfese at the Rod & Reel Pier says catch-and-release snook are being hooked daily by anglers visiting the pier. Pier fishers using live shrimp or other live bait — pinfish and shiners — are hooking into snook 20-30 inches.

Catch-and-release redfish are being caught similarly, although less frequently than the linesiders.

For anglers looking to bring home dinner, mangrove snapper and flounder are on the menu. Limits of keeper snapper — five fish of minimum 10-inches per angler — are attainable.

As for flounder, the pier fishers don’t scoff at fish 18-22 inches. On days when the bait schools are present, casting artificials such as jigs and spoons is attracting an occasional jack crevalle or ladyfish. Lucky anglers are hooking into some Spanish mackerel — nice to add to a snapper limit.

Capt. David White is working offshore with his clients on the red grouper catch. According to White, red grouper are feeding heavily and taking every bait presented to them.

Along with the red grouper, White is finding yellowtail snapper accommodating. Again, every bait is being eaten.

Moving inshore, White is targeting catch-and-release species — snook, redfish and juvenile tarpon. While inshore, White’s clients are hooking into plenty of Spanish mackerel and mangrove snapper for their coolers.

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

Youth soccer kicks off, adults benched by storm, power outage

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HSH Designs’ Brady Thompson clears the ball on defense during Sept. 8 youth soccer action at the Center of Anna Maria Island. Islander Photos: Kevin P. Cassidy
Beach Bums’ Jazzy Sparks and HSH Designs Ila Tyler battle for the ball as Jackson Rosas and Bosan Duytschaver wait for a chance at the ball during Sept. 8 youth soccer action.

The Fall youth soccer season at the Center of Anna Maria Island kicked off Sept. 8.

The action included four games in two age divisions. The 8-10 division boasts five teams, while the 11-14 division has four teams. The 8-10 division will play a five-game regular season followed by playoffs starting Oct. 20, while the 11-14 division will play six games in the buildup to the Oct. 20 playoff matches.

The pitch saw action from 8-10 division teams HSH Designs and Beach Bums. The Bums prevailed by a 2-0 margin behind a goal each from Tomas Bartos and Oliver Tirpak. Goalie Cyrus Ryan helped preserve the victory with five saves.

Savannah Coba and Brady Thompson were strong for HSH Designs, which received three saves from Estella Long in the loss.

The second 8-10 division match saw Moss Builders cruise to a 4-0 victory over Miz & Hiz Biz behind a hat trick from Dylan Sato and a goal from Mason Moss. Silas Dewitt added an assist and Xane Flores contributed four saves.

Bam Gartman and Liam Nunez combined on five saves to lead Miz & Hiz Biz in the loss.

The 11-14 division kicked off next with Tidy MD edging Slim’s Place 3-2 behind two goals from Victor Albrecht and a goal from Jayden Sparks. Frankie Coleman added a pair of assists and Emma Raulerson made three saves in the victory.

Elek Brisson scored a pair of goals to lead Slim’s Place, which also received a combined five saves from goalies Asa Brisson and Mya Ferrari in the loss.

Youth soccer action continues Sept. 15 with four matches, and kicking off at 6 p.m.


Adult soccer league on delay

A power outage and heavy rains put a damper on the adult championship game at the Center of Anna Maria Island.

The outage on championship night, Sept. 10, finally put hopes for the championship match between No. 2 seed Sato Real Estate and top seed Beach Bums out of reach.

Sato Real Estate advanced to the championship with a 5-2 victory over Moss Builders behind a hat trick from Connor Bystrom and a goal each from Josh Sato and Hakan Toka. Murap Akay added an assist and Steve Oelfke made seven saves in the victory.

Daniel Anderson and Ryan Moss each scored a goal to lead Moss Builders, which also received an assist from Brent Moss and 10 saves from Zach Long.

Beach Bums cruised into the finals with a 10-5 victory over Vintage Beach behind a hat trick from Amy Ivin and two goals each from Connor Haughey, Yuri Pereira and Kevin Roman. Robert Fellowes, Neil Fellowes and Haughey added assists to the victory, while Andrew Sullivan and Haughey combined on 10 saves.

Joey Hutchinson scored three goals and Sean Flynn added two goals to lead Vintage Beach, which received 12 saves from Josh Bernet and Winston Romberger in the loss.

The match was not on the center’s online calendar as of press time Sept. 14.


Key Royale golf news

Forty-eight golfers celebrated Labor Day by teeing it up for a step-aside-scramble at the Key Royale Club in Holmes Beach.

First-place honors went to the team of Ann and John Hackinson, Lori Waggoner and Debi Wohlers with a handicapped score of 22.75. Second place went to the team of Mike Clements, Steve Donnella and Deb and Dave Richardson with a score of 24.87.

The longest-drive competition for the women went to Karen Mitchell, while Steve Vasbinder grabbed the men’s title. Debi Wohlers took closest-to-the-pin for the ladies and Steve Donnella delivered for the men.

After the golf, 60 or so members and guests celebrated the day with awards, lunch and libations.

The women were on the course Sept. 8 for a nine-hole individual-low-net match that saw Ann Hackinson fire a 5-under-par 27 to grab first place by one stroke over Terry Westby.

The men played a nine-hole scramble Sept. 10 with a twist — only three clubs could be used. The team of Mike Clements, Bill MacMillan and Jerry Martinek finished in a tie for first place with the team of Mike Cusato, Fred Miller and Ken Nagengast on matching 3-under-par 29s.


Horseshoe news

Three teams emerged from pool play with 2-1 records and settled things in the playoffs at the Sept. 9 games at the Anna Maria City hall horseshoe pits.

Tim Sofran and Bob Heiger drew the lucky bye into the final and watched as Jerry Disbrow and Neil Hennessey defeated Gary Howcroft 21-13 to advance to the finals. Sofran and Heiger cruised to the winner’s circle with a 21-9 victory over Disbrow and Hennessey.

Sofran and Heiger teamed up again for the Sept. 12 games and forged the lone 3-0 record during pool play to earn the day’s outright championship.

Play gets underway at 9 a.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays 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, Sept. 16, 2020


CAR ROOF RACK: Easy to install, $100, oil paintings, framed, $25. 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.


YARD/ESTATE SALE: 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 24. Tools, household items, fishing gear, furniture and lots more! 127 50th St, Holmes Beach.


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


FOR SALE: 2009 CLUB car precedent electric two-seater. New battery with charger, tires and brakes. 941-778-2821. $4,900 or best offer.


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

LOOKING TO PURCHASE a boat dock, 25 to 36 feet in Anna Maria. Please call or text with any opportunities. 267-664-4544.

2004 PROLINE 22-foot walk-around Cuddy. 2009 Suzuki 250-hp. 813-240-2697.


WANTED: GENERAL MANAGER. Will train. Inquire in person at Vinny’s Italian Kitchen, 5337 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.

GUARDIAN SECURITY AGENCY: Full-and part-time positions. Competitive pay and benefits. Reliable transportation and smartphone. 727-873-7400. gsa-fla.com/apply.

HAIRSTYLIST, BARBER AND nail tech wanted at friendly, clean salon on Longboat Key. COVID safe. Contact Tina at Tina's Beauty Salon at 941-383-5877.

BEACH RESORT SEEKING part-time groundskeeper for small AMI property. Primary handyman skills would be a "PLUS" for job position. Email your contact information along with personal description of experience with landscaping duties and/or related exterior maintenance work to beckyjhardy1@msn.com for consideration in this drug-free workplace.

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.


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PRESSURE WASHING, PAVER sealing, driveway, roof, fence, pool area. Also, window cleaning. Licensed and insured. 941-565-3931.

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

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KLEAN MOVES: BEST movers in AMI. Small moves, long distance and local deliveries. No job too big or too small. Senior discounts. 941-877-6580. Ask for Reggie. KleanMoves.com.

PREMIUM CLEANING SERVICES for premium clientele. 941-216-8238. A clean space is a healthy space!

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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.

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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.

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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.

OUTDOOR KITCHENS, STAMPED concrete, acid stained concrete! Let us create your outdoor space! RTM Solutions LLC. GC#1526400. Jason Searcy. 615-934-1793.

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SEASONAL RENTAL: 2BR/2BA, Ground floor, three-month minimum, large, heated pool, laundry facilities. 941-363-1227.

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WESTBAY COVE, 2BR/2BA waterfront unit for rent. November, $4,200. January, $ 5000. April $5,000. 973-208-0020.

ANNUAL RENTAL AT Village Green: Oversized villa with two-car garage, 2BR/2BA, full appliances, unfurnished, very clean. Recent updates include plantation shutters, air conditioning, newer paint and large heated pool. Over 55, no pets/smokers, First, last plus security, $1,795 monthly. Available Nov. 1. Please, call Jim, 781-603-2861.

ANNUAL WANTED ON Anna Maria or Holmes Beach. Updated preferred and pet friendly. 214-854-6496.

ANNUAL RENTAL: 2BR/1BA. $1,400/month includes utilities. One block from Palma Sola Bay. 941-795-0306.

BEAUTIFUL WESTBAY POINT & Moorings fall offering. 2BR/2BA condo, spectacular Tampa Bay views. Restrictions apply. $2,100/month. 941-778-2824.


BRADENTON BEACH BUNGALOW one block to beach, two blocks to bay and Herb Dolan Park. 5,000 sf lot, fenced back yard. $495,000. For sale by owner. Contact Michelle, 941-778-5737.