The Anna Maria Island Sun Newspaper

Vol. 11 No. 41 - July 27, 2011


Get a bite at Sharky's

Anna Maria Island Sun News Story

Anton and Marie Lulgjuri welcome
you to Sharky's Seagrill.

There's a shark in Bradenton Beach but don't be afraid, this one's on dry land and he's very friendly. So friendly, in fact, that he's asking you to join him for dinner, and he's on the menu.

Sharky's Seagrill has been a fixture in Bradenton Beach since 1998 when Anton and Marie Lulgjuri purchased the restaurant and renamed it Sharky's. The Lulgjuri's, originally from Croatia, brought to Bradenton Beach Chief Anton's European training and over 30 years of experience to establish a fine dining restaurant in a casual atmosphere.

If you haven't been to Sharky's recently, it's time for a visit. The Lulgjuri's have redecorated the cozy restaurant and added fine dining menu items while still keeping the casual essence that Sharky's has always been known for. Their long bar is a popular spot for daily happy hour get togethers starting at 4 p.m., and their menu has some new and exciting choices as well as summer specials.

Always known for their fresh fish and hand cut choice beef, Sharky's now offers a grilled seafood combo with lobster, scallops and more. Daily specials could include rack of lamb, bouillabaisse or sea scallops and some regular menu items are Key West grouper, fried shrimp, chicken Marsala, pork chops and several pasta dishes.

For more casual dining, you can choose from burgers or a chicken or grouper sandwich. Appetizers including ahi sashimi tuna, coconut shrimp and calamari fritti as well as a seafood chowder and some dinner salads.

The Lulgjuris have created a well priced summer menu designed for families visiting the beach and have also included a prime rib special during happy hour priced at $13.95 and happy hour appetizers priced at $5.

Don't overlook the full bar and extensive wine list at Sharky's. They have beer on tap including Guinness, Bass, Foster, Sam Adams and Yuengling, and be prepared to hold on to your hat if your order the Rum Runner Shark house special mixed by Marie Lulgjuri. In 2003 the Weekly Planet voted Sharky's The Best Of The Sun Coast Margaritas, and if you and your friends want to make a night of it, dine at Sharky's on either a Friday or Saturday night and enjoy the live entertainment.

They offer take out service and can host private parties of 30 or more. Also, Sharky's is only one of two restaurants on Anna Maria that belongs to the Open Table restaurant search engine, where you can read reviews and make reservations.

Sharky's Seagrill is a family run business, Marie and Anton Lulgjuri are at the restaurant every day, preparing meals and making sure their customers are happy. Their long time staff is always on hand to make new visitors, and returning customers feel welcomed.

If you're hankering for the taste of shark, Sharky's Seagrill is probably the only place on the Island you'll find it on the menu both both an appetizer and a main course. Even if biting into a shark isn't for you, you'll find plenty at Sharky's to satisfy the most adventurous gourmet, and it's all guaranteed not to bite back.

Sharky's Seagrill
2519 Gulf Drive N.
Bradenton Beach

Open daily 4 p.m. to 12 a.m.
Happy hour 4 to 6 p.m.

Annual vacation September

All major credit cards accepted


Anna Maria Island Sun News Story

Ignore television coverage of markets

Investment Corner

It almost never fails. In the middle of a weekday golf game, someone will ask if the market is up or down that day. Or, perhaps during my morning walk with the dog, someone will ask me what I think the stock market will do that day.

Since the market experiences more up days than down over time, as evidenced by the long-term upward trend for stock prices, I suppose the best guess to make would be to predict an up day, but it would be just that – a guess. To the golf buddies I generally ask why they care – they should be concentrating on improving their golf swing, and not distracted by the daily coming and goings of up and down days for the financial markets.

Since the 1990's inception of continuous financial markets' coverage on television and the easy access the Internet offers to view our investments in real time, there has been a trend toward distraction with the daily noise of the markets. This has manifested itself in the shortening of holding periods and a mentality of trading more than investing. It seems like investors feel they always need to be doing something to succeed. Gone are the days of sticking to a long-term plan, with short-term thinking inserted in its place. The problem is that most of us do not have the temperament to succeed as traders, and we play into the hands of the real pros when trying to enter their game.

An investor who has a time horizon of a few years or longer, tends to put the odds of success on his/her side.

Having to make fewer decisions means the likelihood of making fewer mistakes and a calmer approach should lead to clearer thinking when the markets hit their inevitable air pockets. This doesn't mean you have to buy life-long investments with every decision. It means that you're not concerned about the next three days or three weeks, instead expecting to profit in the next three to 30 years.

The harried demeanor of the talking heads on CNBC predicting the current correction turning into the next Armageddon, followed by the next one predicting Dow 30,000 is just around the corner does not foster a healthy environment for personal investment decisions. But it does draw viewers and sell commercial time. The most respected money managers and strategists I know say that if you are reacting to today's news in your investment portfolio, you are woefully behind the professionals who are likely taking the opposite side of the trade.

Have you noticed there is always a clock on the CNBC screen counting down to something? Perhaps it's the opening of the market or the closing or the next economic report being released. I believe this creates a sense that investors should always be doing something in their portfolio, but the best investors are generally those who are the least active.

My personal time watching financial markets' coverage on television probably totals only one hour a year. I suggest catching up on your portfolio a couple times a week, preferably in a quiet environment like one of the easily available financial websites like and or in the local paper's business section.

Remember, what's being talked about on financial television is what sells the most commercial time, not the best thing for your portfolio.

Tom Breiter is president of Breiter Capital Management, Inc., an Anna Maria based investment advisor. He can be reached at 778-1900. Some of the investment concepts highlighted in this column may carry the risk of loss of principal, and investors should determine appropriateness for their personal situation before investing. Visit


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