AMI inshore, nearshore fishing pre-fall warm-up
Migratory species such as Spanish mackerel, ladyfish, jack crevalle and bluefish are dominating the inshore bite as the season shifts from summer to autumn.
Whether you’re fishing the grass flats, beaches or passes, you have the opportunity to catch one of these high-activity fish.
First thing to do to encounter these species is to find the bait schools. These migratory fish are here following the bait in order to fatten up for the cooler months ahead.
Most of the time, the bait schools can easily be located by looking for diving sea birds, such as pelicans, terns and gulls. Once you’ve located the birds and the bait, you can find the fish. Using live bait is effective as long as you use a long shank hook. These fish are toothy, especially the mackerel. The long shank hook will give you a little length between the fish’s teeth and your leader. This results in fewer cut-offs.
Artificial baits such as silver spoons and jigs also work well for migratory species. Pitching a spoon on the outskirts of a bait school and retrieving quickly is a surefire way to entice a bite. You might catch more fish using lures rather than bait when the fish are in a frenzy feeding on the bait schools. You also will have fewer cut-offs using lures. This, in turn, means less time spent rigging and more time fishing.
Rocky Corby at the Anna Maria City Pier is seeing numerous Spanish mackerel being landed, especially in the early morning. Along with the Spanish mackerel are the usual suspects — jack crevalle, skip jacks and ladyfish. White crappie jigs are working best for pier fishers. Live sardines and shiners for bait are producing good numbers of fish, primarily mangrove snapper and flounder.
Bob Kilb at the Rod & Reel Pier says fishers there are catching a variety of migratory species — Spanish mackerel, ladyfish and jack crevalle — on both live and artificial baits. Small bonnethead and blacktip sharks also are making a presence. Kilb said fishers are “using Sabiki rigs to catch sardines and shiners” and they’re also using artificials, silver spoons, white jigs and Gotcha plugs to mimic the shiners.
Flounder, black drum and snapper are being caught under and around the pier. Again, sardines and shiners are the baits catching the fish. Live shrimp are producing bent rods, although with the abundance of shrimp-stealing pinfish around the pier, the shiners will work better.
Jonny Keyes at Island Discount Tackle recently fished with Capt. Mac Gregory, targeting a number of species both inshore and nearshore. While fishing the beaches, Keyes caught Spanish mackerel, many 22 inches or longer. Gregory suggested they put out a shark rod and between the pair, they managed to catch and release two hammerhead sharks, one 7 footer and the other about 4 feet long. In need of a break, Gregory decided to move out and fish for mangrove snapper. Once over some structure, they were able to bag a few nice snapper for dinner. Also, around the nearshore structure, they caught flounder up to 22 inches on live shiners and a knocker rig.
To finish out the day, the duo moved into the backcountry to target bull redfish. After much scouting, Gregory located a small school of reds in a sandy pothole. “We tried live and dead shiners, but the reds wouldn’t bite,” says Keyes. “Then we cut up a ladyfish and put a piece on the hook and threw it in. It was game on after that.” Out of the seven fish landed, only one was a keeper — the rest were too big.
Capt. Warren Girle is fishing nearshore artificial structure targeting mangrove snapper. Snapper up to 20 inches are being caught on live shiners fished in the “chum slick.” However, you’ve got to be quick getting your snapper up to the boat. “There’s a ton of ’cuda out there just waiting to eat your fish as you’re reeling it up,” says Girle.
Needless to say, He’s catching barracuda, most in the 25-pound range. Spanish mackerel have infested the nearshore structure, and Girle is taking advantage of the opportunity. Mackerel up to 3 pounds are his norm, with a few smaller ones in the mix.
Moving inshore, Girle is producing great top-water action on redfish and spotted sea trout. Early morning is the ticket to a successful top-water experience. With large schools of shiners and sardines moving into Sarasota Bay, bluefish, Spanish mackerel, ladyfish and jack crevalle are becoming prevalent on the deeper grass flats. Girle is reeling them all up while targeting trout with plastic jigs.
Capt. Sam Kimball of Legend Charters says he’s fishing both gag and red grouper starting at about 50 feet of water. From there, he says the bite is increasing as you work your way out to depths of 120 feet. Live shiners or pinfish are the baits of choice, although frozen squid is working “OK.” Also at these depths, a variety of snapper are being caught. Yellowtail, lane, vermillion and mangrove snapper can be found on reefs and ledges around the same areas where you’re targeting grouper. Again, live shiners or pinfish are the way to go for bait.
Kimball says bonito and Spanish mackerel are abundant in the shallower depths of 50-70 feet of water. Live shiners on a long shank hook with 50-pound fluorocarbon leader are getting the bite.
Capt. Mark Howard of SumoTime charters says he’s seen redfish staging around oyster bars, in potholes and along natural drop-offs — a good indication the fall fishing pattern has arrived. Howard suggests looking for schools of mullet to give you an idea of where the redfish will be traveling and keep an eye out for the copper schools moving along bars and edges. Large shiners and pinfish have been the bait of choice for Howard. Howard suggests chumming with shiners during a moving tide to find the redfish. Observing where the shiners get hit is your hint to find the redfish.
Howard reports speckled trout have been on the small side with a few keepers being landed. “Look for the trout to bite in water from 2 to 8 feet deep.” He recommends using a dehooker to help these fragile fish survive catch and release.
The nearshore fishing has been excellent this past week with mackerel, bonito, mangrove snapper, tarpon, and sharks all available within site of land. “The tarpon are mixed in with other fish feeding on the abundant bait that is all around. The artificial reefs just off our beaches have been loaded with bait, which triggers fish to feed heavily,” Howard says.
The week ahead should be excellent for fishing with low tides in the morning and a strong fast current leading to a high tide in the afternoon. “Now is the time to go fishing,” Howard adds, “as Mother Nature is providing us with excellent opportunities and conditions to have some excellent angling success,” Howard adds.
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Rebecca S. Wigton
Rebecca S. Wigton, 53, of Holmes Beach, died Sept. 17. She was born in Butler, Pa., and moved to Holmes Beach in 2003.
Services were to be private. Memorial donations may be made to Florida Cancer Center or Tidewell Hospice, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota FL 34238. Arrangements were by Griffith-Cline Funeral Home.
Mrs. Wigton is survived by her husband of 30 years, David; son Brett; mother Peggy Suchonic; sisters Cindy Stivason, Pam Furka and Billie Jo Weist; and grandson Connor.
Youth soccer season takes over center field
The dress rehearsals for the Anna Maria Island Community Center’s youth soccer league are over and done. Let the games begin! That’s just what happened last week as the regular season of the AMICC recreational youth soccer league got under way.
Though it’s still early, the teams that get off to a good start are often the teams that find themselves in a good position late in the season. Gettel Toyota and Island Pest Control have the early lead in Division III for ages 8-9, while LaPensee Plumbing leads the age 10-11 Division II. Autoway Ford and Wash Family Construction are undefeated and at the top of the Division I standings for players 12-13, while Ace Hardware leads the two-horse, two-team race that is the Premier Division for ages 14-17.
Two instructional divisions this year for ages 4-5 and 6-7 will focus on learning basic game skills without keeping scores or standings.
Speaking of premieres, Beach Bistro opened its season with a 7-4 victory over Ace Hardware. Julius “Nani” Gomes led the way with three goals, while Chandler Hardy scored two and Gabe Salter chipped in with one. Austin Wash led Ace Hardware with a pair of goals, while Kyle Parsons and Helio Gomez added one goal apiece in the loss.
The Division I game of the week saw Wash Family defeat Spinnakers Cottages 7-3 Sept. 23. Nico Calleja led the way with three goals for Wash, which also received two goals apiece from Tyler Yavalar and Neil Carper in the victory. Henrik Hellem-Brusso scored two goals and Jacob Talucci scored one to lead Spinnakers in the loss.
LaPensee Plumbing defeated Eat Here 4-0 in the Div. II game of the week on Sept. 20. Sullivan Ferreira notched a pair of goals to lead LaPensee Plumbing, who also received single goals from Adra Dupris and Corbin Gregg in the victory.
The Division III game of the week saw Island Real Estate defeat Island Dental Spa by a 6-3 margin Sept. 19. Tyler Brewer led the way with three goals, while Katherine Burgess, Tuna McCracken and Javier Rivera each notched single goals in the victory. Julius Petereit scored all three goals for Island Dental Spa in the loss.
Due to a glitch in reporting by the center, the adult game sheets were not made available by The Islander’s presstime Monday.
Only two teams managed the required three pool-play wins during Sept. 24 horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe pits. Tom Skoloda and Jerry Disbrow edged Jeff Moore and Tim Sofran 22-15 in a very competitive match.
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.
Key Royale news
The Key Royale Club women played a nine-hole, individual-low-net golf match Sept. 20. Sue Wheeler took first place with a 3-under-par 29 to edge Beverly Neville, Pam Alvord and Frankie Smith-Williams, who finished in a three-way tie for second place by one stroke. Penny Williams and Sue Hookem tied for third place at even-par 32, while Ginny Nunn was two shots back in fourth place at 34.
The men are finding their way back to the golf course as the sweltering heat of summer starts to turn toward fall temps. The men played an 18-hole, modified Stableford or quota point game Sept. 13. Bob Lang and Dave Johnston finished in a tie for top individual score at plus-four. The team of Dick Mills, Bob Lang, Tim Friesen and Craig Humphreys combined on a plus-five score to take the team title for the day.
The men also played Sept. 12 in a nine-hole, two-best-balls-of-foursome match. Jim Finn, Jerry Brown, Bob Dickinson and Omar Trolyard combined to card a 12-under-par 52 to take first place for the day. Chris Collins, Bob Jorgenssen, Earl Huntzinger and Carl Voyles finished four shots behind in second place.
AMICC Soccer League schedule
Instructional Division (ages 4-5)
Oct. 3 6 p.m. Dental Spa vs. Bowes
Oct. 3 6:30 p.m. Gulf-Bay vs. White Egret
Oct. 4 6 p.m. Dental Spa vs. White Egret
Oct. 4 6:30 p.m. Gulf-Bay vs. Bowes –
Instructional Division (ages 6-7)
Sept. 28 6 p.m. Beach Bums vs. Coastal
Sept. 28 7 p.m. A&E vs. Tyler’s
Sept. 30 6 p.m. Beach Bums vs. A&E
Sept. 30 7 p.m. Tyler’s vs. Coastal
Division III (ages 8-9)
Sept. 28 6 p.m. IRE vs. Gettle
Oct. 3 6 p.m. Pest vs. Feast
Oct. 4 6 p.m. IRE vs. Surf Shop
Division II (ages 10-11)
Sept. 28 7 p.m. Eat Here vs. LaPensee
Oct. 4 7 p.m. LaPensee vs. Crady Massage
Division I (ages 12-13)
Sept. 28 8 p.m. Wash vs. Autoway
Sept. 30 6 p.m. Wash vs. Mr. Bones
Sept. 30 7 p.m. Autoway vs. Spinnakers
Premier Division (ages 14-17)
Oct. 3 7 p.m. Ace Hardware
Sept. 29 6 p.m. Sato vs. Discount Signs
Sept. 29 7 p.m. Euphemia Haye vs. Wash
Sept. 29 8 p.m. Pest Control vs. Ross Built
Sept. 29 9 p.m. Meilner vs. WCAC
AMICC Adult Basketball League schedule
Oct. 4 6:30 Southern Greens vs. Bowes
Oct. 4 7:30 Beach to Bay vs. Agnelli Pool
Oct. 4 8:30 Sun vs. Unique Detailing
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CLOCK: VINTAGE GE Telechron with alarm, 1945. Excellent condition. $25. Marion, 941-761-1415.
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ANTIQUE COPPER POTS and bowls, collection $350. Burl-wood rocker, oak office chairs, collectibles. View at The Islander store, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
ORIGINAL, LOCAL ART for sale. View at The Islander store, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
AERIAL PHOTOS of Anna Maria Island. View and purchase online: www.jackelka.com
FREEBIE ITEMS FOR SALE
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TERRY HAYES, REALTOR. Signature Sothebys International. 941-302-3100. Terry.email@example.com. Discoverannamaria.com.
NOW COLLECTING ITEMS for St. Bernard Church rummage sale, Oct. 21-22. Please leave donated items in rear of activity center building. Call Geri Cannon, 941-779-0591.
BRADENTON ROTARY CLUB meets at noon Mondays at Mattison’s Riverside, 1200 First Ave. W., Bradenton. Club members enjoy fellowship with like-minded professionals. Club projects offer opportunities to benefit the community locally and worldwide. To attend a meeting as our guest, call Trish, 941-747-1871. More information: www.bradentonrotary.org.
WANTED: YOUR OLD cell phone for recycling. Deliver to The Islander, 5404 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, 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. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9 a.m.-noon Saturdays. 511 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. 941-779-2733.
YARD SALE: 9 a.m.- 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct.1. Downsizing. Lots of miscellaneous items. 240 Chilson Ave., Anna Maria.
HUGE MULTI-FAMILY yard sale: 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1. Household, tools, TVs, furniture, books, fax, printer, scanner, lumber, small kitchen appliances, 1999 Taurus, low miles. 8309 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
LOST & FOUND
LOST: 14-CARAT emerald and diamond ring near Hurricane Hanks Thursday, Sept. 1. Call Roxanne, 941-374-3108.
FOUND: HOLE SAW kit on corner of Gulf Drive and 57th Street, Holmes Beach. Claim at The Islander office, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
FOUND CAT: BLACK, small. Near 84th Street, Holmes Beach. Has been wandering area for a few weeks. 941-345-2441.
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.
PERSONAL ASSISTANT: PART-time office and computer experience with Microsoft and Excel. Call 941-704-2714.
FULL-TIME JOURNALIST WANTED: Seeking new journalism grad or experienced reporter. Work in paradise for the newspaper ranked No. 1 in the state by the Florida Press Association. E-mail letter of interest/resume: firstname.lastname@example.org.
SALES ASSOCIATE: MOTIVATED, experienced real estate licensee for busy Island office. Please call Jesse or Robin at 941-778-7244.
KIDS FOR HIRE
LOCAL ISLAND STUDENT babysitter available. CPR and first aid-certified, early childhood development major. Emily, 941-567-9276.
BABIES, PETS AND PLANTS: Responsible, trustworthy, fun and reliable 16-year old. Own transportation. 941-447-9658.
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.
LET US DRIVE YOU! Airports, cruise ports. Flat rates. Anna Maria Sunshine Car Service. 941-778-5476.
PROFESSIONAL I.T. SERVICES: Complete computer solutions for business and home. Installation, repair, upgrade, networking, Web services, wireless services. Richard Ardabell, network engineer, 941-778-5708, or cell 216-509-1945.
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. 941-778-7770. Leave message.
HOUSE CLEANING BY Laura. Excellent references. One house, 2BR/2BA, $50. 941-539-6891.
WILDLIFE REMOVAL and relocation: Problem solving for all animals, big and small. Call Joe, Westcoast Nuisance Wildlife Service. 941-720-4152.
CAREGIVER OR SITTER: Sister and brother team, 30 years experience, will do baths, doctor appointments, light housekeeping, shopping, etc. Call Diana, 941-545-7114.
ISLAND PLUMBING AND Pressure Washers: Professional, reasonable rates. Services include repairing, replacing plumbing, issues including draining, cleaning snaking pipes. Pressure washing houses, trailers, driveways, pools, white-tile roofs. Free estimate, Bill or Rip, 941 896-6788.
COMPANION/CARETAKER: LOVING, compassionate, reliable. Great references. 941-705-0706.
ISLAND DOGS GROOMING: $10 off first groom. Salon, home groom, pickup/delivery, pet sitting. Certified groomer. Call 941-778-1202.
TUTORING SERVICES: Specializing in algebra, geometry, calculus, trigonometry and science. Special needs students welcome. Grades 3-12. Rick, 941-224-4977.
BUSINESS-TO-BUSINESS JD’s Window Cleaning looking for storefront jobs in Holmes Beach. Free estimates, references. 941-920-3840.
ISLAND MERMAIDS CLEANING and Co.: Gift certificates! 36 years of happy customers. Organizing, pet-watch, storm-check, etc. 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.
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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.
GUITAR TROUBLE? KOKO RAY’S ISLAND studio. Instruction in flute, saxophone, guitar, piano and voice. 315 58th St., Holmes Beach, 941-538-8724.
LAWN & GARDEN
CONNIE’S LANDSCAPING INC. Residential and commercial. Full-service lawn maintenance, landscaping, cleanups, hauling and more! Insured. 941-778-5294.
ISLAND LAWN SPRINKLER service and repair. Your complete irrigation repair company. Call 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. Shell installed $45/yard at true specifications. Free appliance pick up. Call Shark Mark. 941-301-6067.
KARAZ LANDSCAPE LAWN service. Mulch, clean ups, power washing, tree trimming and more. 941-448-3857 or 941-448-5207.
SHELL DELIVERED AND spread. Premium grade-A, $45/yard B-grade, $30-$40/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.
NURSERY QUALITY GARDEN Care and maintenance. Hand weeding, trimming, cleanup, plant installation. Certified horticultural professional. Call Joan, 941-704-9025.
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.
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 shutters. 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.
FOREMOST FENCE: Commercial, Residential. Chain link, vinyl, aluminum, wood, access control. Contractors you can depend on. Call 941-748-2700.
J.E. MURRAY: ESTABLISHED Island builder. New homes, remodeling. 30-year resident. Call 941-778-2316 or 941-730-3228.
JUS ROMEO: INSURED, affordable, experienced. House painting, pressure washing, handy work. Free estimate. Call Justin, 941-224-0344.
HOUSE PAINTING BY Fred Loveland. Reasonable rates, professional work, experienced, trustworthy. Call 941-713-1206.
WEEKLY/MONTHLY/ANNUAL rentals: wide variety, changes daily. SunCoast Real Estate, 941-779-0202, or 1-800-732-6434. www.suncoastinc.com.
HOLMES BEACH BUSINESS Center. Rental units available for office/commercial spaces from 750-2,000 sf. Humidity-controlled mini-storage units and garage units, 11 x 22 feet. 5347 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. 941-778-2924.
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VACATION RENTAL WATERFRONT 2BR/2BA, DOCK, pool, sunroom, laundry, annual-seasonal. 941-779-9074.
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LARGE REMODELED 2BR/1BA, garage and deck. Walk to beach. $1,400/month includes all utilities. First, last and security. 941-779-2131.
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ANNUAL RENTAL WANTED: 2-3BR in city of Anna Maria while our beach house is being built. Unfurnished preferred. 813-690-1522.
ANNUAL RENTAL: LONGBOAT Key, Twin Shores mobile home, 55-plus, private beach, 2BR/1BA. Call Karen, 813-377-6864.
1BR/1BA GROUND-FLOOR CONDO. 55-plus, pool, fishing pier. $1,600/month for three months, $1,300/month for six months and $1,100/month, annual. 813-681-7229.
2BR/2BA CONDO: 1,250 sf, new tile throughout, office/den, pool access, carport and storage. $1,100/month. Small pet OK. First, last, security. Gulf-Bay Realty, 941-778-7244.
1BR/1BA HALF BLOCK from Perico Bay, one mile from Bradenton Beach off Cortez Road. Efficiency and 1BR starting at $600/month. 941-920-6637.
HOLMES BEACH: FURNISHED 3BR/3BA canalfront home. Pool, garage, laundry. Rent seasonal, annual. 941-896-5488.
WESTBAY COVE: HOLMES Beach. Second floor 2BR/2BA on bay, one block to Gulf. Lovely views, pools, tennis. November-January, $2,400/month. Visit aposporos.com. Aposporos & Son, 941-387-3474.
SIX MONTHS OR annual. Free-standing 3BR/2BA, two-car garage pool home. Maintenance-free in Palm Court. $1,300/month. Realtor, 941-756-1090. Real Estate Mart.
SEASONAL OR WEEKLY cottage-style rentals. 1BR/1BA or 55-plus 2BR/1BA with pool. Walk to beach, shopping, restaurants. 941-778-3426. Web site 2spinnakers.com.
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.
NEW UPGRADED CONDOS: Minutes to beach, annual, seasonal, $140,000-plus. Special financing available. 941-773-0212. Taylor Morrison at Palma Sola Trace.
PRIME BAYFRONT LOT with a sandy beach! $699,000. Owner will finance. Call Sato Real Estate, 941-778-7200.
BRING ME AN offer! 2BR/2BA Runaway Bay Resort. New washer and dryer. $215,000. Owner, 1-317-437-4461.
VILLAGE GREEN CUSTOM villa 3BR/2BA, two-car garage. 2,200 sf air-conditioned space, heated community pool. $120,000. Realtor, 941-356-1456. Real Estate Mart.
CUSTOM HOME WITH 400-sf free-standing workshop/office building with backyard. Plus 3BR/2BA, two-car garage, caged heated pool home. West side, one-of-a-kind. $160,000. Realtor, 941-356-1456. Real Estate Mart.
ABANDONED LAKESIDE FARM! Four acres, lake access, $16,900, 10 acres, huge view, $29,900, eight acres, lakefront, $69,900. Foreclosure priced land in upstate New York’s south tier! Survey, clear title! 877-352-2844. www.newyorklandandlakes.com.
The Manatee County Sheriff’s office reports that at approximately 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, C.J. Wickersham, 21, of Longboat Key, suffered a shark bite to his left thigh while spearfishing in the Gulf of Mexico.
He was with a group of five friends offshore of Anna Maria Island, including Connor Bystrom, 22, of Holmes Beach when the incident occurred. The group was aboard the Bystrom family’s boat.
According to Connor’s mother, Jeannie Bystrom, who went to the Rod & Reel Pier as the boat and the ambulance that had been called to meet them arrived, three men were spearfishing while three female friends were relaxing in float chairs.
Jeannie Bystrom said Wickersham was bit on his thigh by an 11-foot bull shark and the group immediately got Wickersham and everyone else aboard, called 911 and headed to the pier.
Wickersham was transferred to a Bayflite helicopter ambulance and transported to Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg.
Jeannie Bystrom said he was alert after the incident, and that he was heading into surgery at 5:30 p.m. The bite is approximately 12 by 12 inches.
Look for more on this incident in the Sept. 28 edition of The Islander.
Team Moveable Feast — Feast Restaurant sponsored — shows purple spirit for the judges of Spirit Week fan competition at the Anna Maria Island Community Center Soccer League kickoff Jamboree Day Sept. 17. Youth soccer teams played mini games and enjoyed refreshments and food at the center to start off the fall soccer season. Islander Photo: Karen Riley-Love
The Holmes Beach Police Department Sept. 19 was investigating the apparent suicide of one person and the attempted homicide of another.
The incident took place at about 8:30 p.m. Sept. 18 in the 200 block of 83rd Street, according to HBPD Lt. Dale Stephenson.
“We had an attempted homicide and a suicide,” Stephenson said. He added that a married couple was involved.
A news release from HBPD Chief Jay Romine stated that his officers had responded to the report of a double shooting.
When they arrived, they found Maya Schon, 66, outside the residence. She had suffered a gunshot wound to the back of the head.
Romine said the woman was alert and communicated briefly with officers before being airlifted to Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg.
She remained in the hospital Sept. 19.
Inside the residence, HBPD officers found Joseph Schon, 69, in the bedroom. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Romine’s statement said the man died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.
A plan by Anna Maria landscape consultant Mike Miller with the concurrence of public works director George McKay to remove six or seven Australian pines from city-owned Gulf Park between Willow and Cedar avenues has drawn fire from some tree supporters.
David Rogerson of Gulf Drive in Anna Maria wrote in a letter to the editor and Mayor Mike Selby that he rejects a claim by Commission Chair Chuck Webb that Australian pines keep native plants from growing underneath its branches.
“They have not killed any of these vegetation as Commissioner Webb has alluded,” Rogerson wrote.
When Anna Maria announced a plan to cut down some Australian pines in the city right of way in October 2004, members of the Stop Taking Our Pines protested long and loud to then-Mayor SueLynn about removing the trees. The city, however, had an order from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection to remove invasive trees and plants from city property wherever possible and proceeded with the removal.
Rogerson claimed in his letter that the recent cleanup of the city park was a “botched procedure” that resulted in some buttonwood trees that were 10-feet tall or higher cut down to ground level. He wrote that chainsaws killed many buttonwoods just to provide a view for a homeowner.
“How does an individual’s desire trump the interest of citizens?” Rogerson wrote. He claimed a real estate developer is behind the effort to clean out the pine trees.
“Those trees belong to the citizens of Anna Maria, not one individual,” he said.
That cleanup effort by Willow Avenue resident Ed Moss began in July, before the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office renewed its search for the body of Holmes Beach motel-owner Sabine Musil-Buehler, who was last seen in 2008. While Moss was clearing the park, he discovered some of Musil-Buehler’s personal belongings.
The MCSO began another search for her body and excavated a portion of the park and beach area, but without success.
Rogerson wrote that the MCSO should restore the area of the park and beach it tore up in the search.
Anna Maria should be preserving the Australian pines, not replacing them with other species, Rogerson wrote, and urged Selby to tell Webb to “STOP-stop taking our pines.”
He said he planned to organize a group of like-minded people to attend the next commission meeting and protest any removal of Australian pines.
The MCSO has said it plans to restore the dunes and sea oats that it excavated during the search.
And, according to Miller, the MCSO had DEP permission to dig.
Miller assisted the MCSO team with the beach dig. He said he also helped with the MCSO’s plans to restore the dunes and replant the sea oats.
The outcry about the pines was not unexpected, said McKay.
When he informed commissioners at their Sept. 8 meeting of the plan to remove the Australian pines, McKay said there would be “controversy” on both sides.
Miller said some of the funding for the removal is coming from a person who wants to remain anonymous. He said the donor wants the focus to be on the park, and Miller is seeking other donations to help pay for the removal of invasive species from the park. He said he has no plans to approach the commission for funds.
Commissioners agreed with the concept, but asked to see a landscaping study. The commission suggested McKay plan on removing the Australian pines and replacing them with native species.
The removal of exotic plants from other public properties has been ongoing by Miller for some time. Additionally, the removal of Australian pines from city property is approved and encouraged by the DEP.
Rogerson said the city should ignore the DEP.
“As far as I’m concerned, they are a terrorist organization, just like the EPA. We don’t have to do what they say,” he said.
Miller said Australian pines may look nice, but they are a non-native species that stifle the growth of native plants. One of the few plants that will grow under an Australian pine is mother-in-law tongue, also an invasive species.
Australian pines also are a danger in a hurricane, he said, because they do not have deep root structures and can easily topple in hurricane-strength winds.
Rogerson dismissed Miller’s opinion of Australian pines and suggested he talk to all the people who go to the beach at the park and use the pines for shade from the sun.
Miller countered that the pines scheduled for removal under his plan are not at the north end of the park, but at the southern end between Willow and Cedar avenues.
Shawn and wife Jennifer Kaleta are buying the Moss home — the property that fronts the beach where the park and the subject pine trees are located.
Shawn Kaleta told The Islander his plans are to restore and raise his family in the Moss “cottage” and, he added, stories circulating that he will develop multiple homes there are not true.
He said he plans to either fully trim back or remove the pines on his property that threaten damage to the home in a storm event, and he would encourage a plan to maintain — trim existing pine trees in the park — and develop a long-term replacement plan that would include adding native species.
Bradenton Beach commissioners, citing no pressing public safety issue, unanimously rejected a proposal to trim 19 Australian pines at Herb Dolan Park, the bayfront park on the city’s north end.
The trees are near the intersection of 25th Street and Avenue A, where the city this year completed a new kayak launch and made a series of improvements to the stormwater system.
Public works director Tom Woodard brought the tree-trimming proposal to the commission Sept. 15, along with an estimate from Casey’s Tree Service in Bradenton. The company’s preliminary numbers said the tree trimming would cost $125 per tree for a total $2,375.
Woodard said the Australian pines had not been trimmed in at least seven years, but that he was not an expert on whether they should or should not be cut.
“The last time I brought this forward, it was voted down,” Woodard said, adding that one resident in the neighborhood had requested the city trim — not remove — the trees.
“It really is just a visibility issue,” Woodard said.
A coalition of agencies in the state — from university labs to the county natural resources departments and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection — consider the Australian pine an invasive plant and recommend removal when possible.
The tree is non-native, introduced to the state about 100 years ago and originally from Australia. The DEP classifies the Australian pine as a Class 1 prohibited aquatic plant, and possession, collection, transportation, cultivation and importation of the tree is illegal without a permit.
Numerous studies have shown that the Australian pine’s prolific growth forms monocultures, threatening native habitats in Florida, especially in southern parts of the state.
The trees also can topple in storm events, a concern expressed last week by Bradenton Beach Commissioner Jan Vosburgh.
However, Vosburgh’s focus was not on the shade trees nestled in Herb Dolan Park but with the Australian pines along Gulf Drive, including one near Cortez Road that she said could threaten utility lines or block an evacuation route.
“We should take a look around the city,” Vosburgh suggested. Referring to recent storm events on the Atlantic Coast, she added, “The trees did more damage than anything.… We should be cutting trees where all the wires are.”
But at Herb Dolan park, Vosburgh and the other commissioners did not see the Australian pines posing an immediate threat and rejected the unbudgeted expense.
“If there were power lines there, I’d be in favor of it,” said Commissioner Ed Straight, who represents the area. “But to trim it back so it can grow back again, well, no. And there are a lot of wild animals that nest in those trees.”
Straight added, “I think the money would be better spent in evacuation areas.”
After a few more minutes of discussion, Mayor Bob Bartelt asked for a motion.
“There’s no danger,” the mayor said. “Just somebody wants a better view.”
The commission unanimously voted not to trim the trees.
In other business, the commission:
• Approved paying a $4,451 invoice from city attorney Ricinda Perry for July services.
• Approved an application for the Drift In, 120 Bridge St., to host an Anna Maria Island Privateers fundraiser from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. Nov. 5. The menu will include corn-on-the-cob, hamburgers, hot dogs, smoked mullet and grog.
• Approved paying a $29,873 invoice from Gator Grading for stormwater work on Avenue A and Avenue B.
• Approved paying a $2,065 invoice from Kern Construction for a message board at the Historic Bridge Street Pier and nearby dinghy dock. The message board was installed last year.
• Approved a proclamation of Peace Day at Anna Maria Elementary School. AME was set to celebrate on Sept. 21, after The Islander went to press this week.
• Approved paying a $3,542 radio maintenance fee to Manatee County.
The commission’s next regular meeting will be at 7 p.m. Oct. 6 at city hall.
The commission also will meet Sept. 21 for meetings on the 2011-12 budget, capital improvements and community redevelopment issues.