Monthly Archives: December 2016

HB man requests trial

A Holmes Beach man accused of raiding a neighbor’s dresser for panties has a new attorney and is demanding a jury trial, which could take place in December.

Ernest Kendler, who faces a second-degree felony charge of burglary of an occupied dwelling, had been scheduled to appear in court Oct. 11 for a plea hearing.

But Kendler is now scheduled for trial the week beginning Dec. 12.

Defense attorney Connie Mederos-Jacobs filed a motion to enter a plea of not guilty on behalf of Kendler and demanded police reports and prosecutorial information in the case.

Kendler is accused of stealing underwear from two women who live near his home on Neptune Lane.

Islander serves popcorn, politics

The Islander’s Popcorn & Politics forum takes place at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 19, at the newspaper office, 5404 Marina Drive.

The event provides an opportunity for candidates and voters to converse about Island issues before the Nov. 8 election in Anna Maria and Holmes Beach.

The event, which The Islander is hosting in partnership with the League of Women Voters of Manatee County, will feature straw polls for Island offices, as well as entertainment and refreshments.

In Anna Maria, four people are vying for three two-year terms on the city commission. The candidates include incumbents John J. Quam and Dale Woodland, former Mayor SueLynn and planning board member Nancy L. Yetter.

In Holmes Beach, five people are campaigning for three two-year terms on the commission. The candidates include incumbents Pat Morton, Al Robinson and David Zaccagnino and challengers Andy Sheridan and Jean Peelen.

In Bradenton Beach, incumbent Commissioner Gay Breuler will be returned to another two-year term representing Ward 1, and former Commissioner John Shaughnessy will become mayor. After the election, a new commission will appoint someone to represent Ward 3, where no one qualified for the seat.

Holmes Beach toughens stance on rentals

Holmes Beach’s mayor has decided to get tough on owners of single-family homes that have become vacation rentals and violate city codes.

Mayor Rich Bohnenberger said he’s had numerous complaints the past six months about loud parties after 10 p.m. at some locations and trash left at the curb on non-pickup days. After so many complaints and efforts to settle the issues informally with property owners and managers, he’s now decided direct action is needed.

Bohnenberger directed code enforcement officer Dave Forbes and building official Bob Shaffer to inspect 14 properties that were the subject of complaints.

“We want to show the residents that we are listening to them, that our intent is to have these properties come into compliance with our ordinances,” Bohnenberger said.

Shaffer said he and Forbes inspected the 14 properties on Oct. 13 to determine if they met the city code for a residence or were in violation of the code for trash left out or for being a vacation rental.

Shaffer said 10 of those houses were found to be “not in compliance” with code.

Shaffer said the mayor authorized certified letters sent Oct. 14 to property owners — with a copy to rental managers — asking them to bring their property into compliance with the code or face suspension of the city rental license and/or the code enforcement board.

Bohnenberger said when a house is built, the owner attests in a signed document that the property is either a family residence or a rental. A residential house needs to provide parking for two cars and vehicles can park on the right of way. A house that is declared a vacation rental needs one dedicated parking space for each bedroom and no parking is allocated in the right of way.

And there are other regulations that a rental property must comply with, Shaffer added.

He said he and Forbes found several houses that appeared to be vacation rentals but lacked sufficient parking.

Bohnenberger said it appears some people have attested to building a family residence, when the house was to be a vacation property all along.

“Notice of violation” was sent on Oct. 14 to the 10 offending property owners with copies to property managers, the mayor said.

“A lot of the owners don’t live here,” he said. By sending a copy of the notice to the rental manager, Bohnenberger said he hopes to expedite compliance with city codes.

Trash left on the curb on days when no trash pickup is scheduled also is part of the inspections, Shaffer said. The solution is to require rear-door pickup at those locations.

Shaffer said he did not have a breakdown of which of the 10 properties were considered a vacation rental and which were found in violation of the trash collection ordinance.

“But there will be more inspections in the coming weeks,” he said.

Bohnenberger said he and Forbes originally tried working with the managers and owners to correct violations, particularly trash left out on the curb, but that didn’t work.

If the owners do not bring the properties into compliance with city code, they can be ordered to appear before the code enforcement board, which can impose a fine of up to $250 per day for each code violation.

The list of properties found in violation Oct. 13 and the last name or corporate name of the owner are:

• 214 67th St., Hohendal.

• 4808 Gulf Drive-A, James.

• 132 50th St., Wien.

• 103 81st St., Pakbaz.

• 207 N. Harbor Drive, Derr.

• 304 65th St., Kaleta.

• 201 73rd St., Maz.

• 4913 Gulf Drive, Salinas.

• 208 72nd St., Landis.

• 101 81st St., Island Blowfish.

Shaffer said the certified letters were mailed to the property owner’s address, not the offending property address. If a rental manager for the offending location was identified, a copy was mailed to the manager’s address as well.

Flea market application heads to commission

Holmes Beach Mayor Rich Bohnenberger has forwarded a permit application for a weekly Holmes Beach flea market at 5313 Gulf Drive to the city commission for consideration.

The application by Nancy Ambrose, who formerly managed the Bridge Street Merchants’ seasonal markets, is asking for a special event permit for each Sunday from Nov. 6 through April. The markets would be held in the parking lot in front of the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce.

Ambrose said she has about 35 merchants who would set up booths at the market and sell a variety of items, including clothes, jewelry, crafts, food and art.

Bohnenberger said he has authority to approve the application, but elected to have the commission decide the issue because the permit is not just for one or two days.

“In the past, all special event applications went to the commission, but the policy was changed to make it an administrative decision. Normally, the special event is for one day or just a few days, but this is for each Sunday for several months. I believe that’s something the commission should discuss and decide,” he said.

The commission is expected to review the application at its 7 p.m. Oct. 25 meeting, the mayor said.

Ambrose, a Holmes Beach resident who previously organized the Bridge Street markets, said that after she left that job, she was asked by a Holmes Beach merchant to organize a similar market for the city.

She said she had approval from the city public works department for the markets, which are scheduled to start Nov. 6.

“I was surprised it is going to the commission. The mayor seemed to favor the idea when I presented it to him,” Ambrose said.

Most businesses in the Holmes Beach business district at the Gulf Drive-Marina Drive intersection are closed Sunday, Ambrose said, and said she didn’t believe the open-air markets on Sunday would be competitors.

“I thought the market would attract more people to Holmes Beach, and that can only help all businesses in the city,” she said.

A few Holmes Beach business owners, including Nicole Heslop of the Island Flea, just north of Ambrose’s proposed location, said there are already enough merchants for the city.

Heslop’s Island Flea sells fresh juices, crafts, clothing, jewelry, garden and lawn furnishings and other household items. Her business and others in the city would be hurt by the proposed market, she said.

“I am opposed to anything that would come in and hurt the Holmes Beach businesses already here,” Heslop said.

Ambrose said a representative for the Holmes Beach Sunday Market would be at the Oct. 25 commission meeting to make a presentation and answer commission questions.

If Holmes Beach rejects the permit application, Ambrose said she might look for another city where her event could be held.

HBPD investigates Eat Here burglary

The Holmes Beach Police Department is investigating a break-in Oct. 9 or Oct. 10 at Eat Here, 5315 Gulf Drive.

The break-in occurred between 11 p.m. Oct. 9 and 5:50 a.m. Oct. 10, according to an incident report from the HBPD.

An employee of neighboring Island Fitness, after noticing broken glass at the door to the restaurant, reported the crime just before 6 a.m. Oct. 10.

The police report indicates that about $3,000 was stolen.

A crow bar, collected by police for evidence, apparently was used to break into a cabinet below the cash register.

The thief or thieves took cash but left other valuables, including electronic equipment and a checkbook.

Mote monitoring Sarasota County for red tide

Mote Marine Laboratory reported Oct. 14 that its underwater robot detected localized patches of the Florida red tide algae, Karenia brevis in waters offshore of Boca Grande on Gasparilla Island.

The robot was launched by Mote scientists Oct. 12 from a boat offshore of Venice to patrol for red tide. Scientists from the University of South Florida accompanied them and launched a second robot.

As of early Oct. 14, Mote’s robot was 28 miles offshore of Gasparilla and moving south. The robot was expected to patrol for the next week to the southern end of Captiva in Lee County.


Stone crab season begins, mullet on horizon

The first stone crabs of the season were brought aboard the boats Oct. 15. By most accounts from the commercial docks in Cortez, the yield was well below desirable.

Karen Bell, of A.P. Bell Fish Co. in Cortez, said that two boats went out and, together, brought up less than 140 pounds. A third boat opted to stay at the dock due to the lack of action.

Anthony Manali, an Anna Maria-based crabber who keeps his traps in shallower waters than many of Bell’s people, had a similarly meager intake. Manali ventured to say that the Oct. 15 pull was as low as it’s been in years — certainly lighter than anything encountered in the last five.

Despite this inauspicious start, Bell and Manali agree that things are likely to improve.

“Boats will continue to go out, and as the weather shifts, crabs will move and things will change, likely for the better,” Bell said.

Manali says that as the weather and water grow colder and rougher and the moon becomes darker than it’s been these last few days, things may change quickly. “There will almost inevitably be improvement. How much, of course, is debatable,” he says. “You just have to be patient and wait for the crabs to move.”

As crabbers wait to see what the coming days and weeks have in store, there is also the coming mullet season to bolster the Cortez fishing economy.

The season for mullet doesn’t become intense locally until about mid-December, but requests are coming in for the fish. Bell says she’s been receiving calls from Egypt, Spain, Taiwan, Israel and other distant places regarding mullet roe. The callers are wondering how plentiful the fish may be during the fall run.

These early calls, she says, are in part due to last season’s poor mullet turn-out, which was the result of the oil spill, among other things.

James “Wyre” Lee, of Cortez Bait and Seafood, explained the geographical pattern that the mullet follow as they spawn, with North Carolina’s peak season falling in mid-October, Louisiana’s in mid-November and Florida’s in December. With this pattern, one can speculate on what each successive peak will yield but, as with the stone crabs, it’s always a gamble and an almost impossible call to make until the fish arrive.

The best way to predict the mullet run is to look for local signs.

As Bell says, “We’re hoping for a better year. Right now, there are lots of fish around and there’s excitement in the air.”

Viewing the bay waters from the A.P. Bell docks last week, some frenzied dolphin were observed for an extended time, splashing and feeding.

A boat mechanic working nearby remarked on how uncommon a site that is, both in it’s duration and enthusiasm, and that such behavior can only mean that there are plenty of fish down there.

And the market insight may be right on.

Fishing – 10-19-2011

Gear up for fall weather, migratory species


If you’re into catching aggressive, hard-fighting fish on light tackle, now is the time to satisfy your fervor.

With fall weather, there’s an abundance of migratory species inhabiting our coastal waters. Spanish and king mackerel are appearing in good numbers within a couple of miles of the beaches. Bonito and jack crevalle have made a true presence at the mouth of Tampa Bay and around Egmont Key. Ladyfish and bluefish are thrashing bait schools in Sarasota Bay and on the flats of Anna Maria Sound.

Whether you’re fishing from shore, a pier or in a boat, the opportunity to catch these species is at the end of your line, and multiple techniques can spell success.

If you’re using artificials, remember to use a fast retrieve. These fish are highly active. They want to chase bait.

Silver spoons, white jigs and Gotcha plugs work well.

If you’re using live bait, definitely use a long shank hook to prevent getting your leader cut. When live baiting, whitebait or threadfin herring are best, but occasionally shrimp will work.

The last thing you need to know is where to locate the fish.

If you’re in a boat, fish around nearshore structure or look for sea birds diving on bait schools. If you’re fishing from one of the area piers, look for bait schools and target the edges with lures. The same applies if you’re fishing from the beach. Look for bait schools and you’ll find the migratory species not far behind.

Dave Sork at the Anna Maria City Pier says, “There’s still a ton of bait around the pier which in turn brings the fish.” Spanish mackerel are swarming the pier in the early morning with fish up to 20 inches being landed daily. Silver spoons and Gotcha plugs are catching numbers of fish, while live shiners on a long shank hook are catching the big ones.

Ladyfish and jack crevalle also are taking advantage of the abundance of bait. You can catch these fish on yellow or white jigs, as well as live shiners. Although not as sought after as the Spanish mackerel, both of these species provide a great fight for their size.

Bonnethead sharks in the 3-4 foot range are being caught in the evening hours by bottom fishing with frozen squid or fresh-cut mackerel. Even though these sharks are small, you want to use a wire leader. If you don’t, they’ll cut your line fast.

Flounder and sheepshead are making an appearance around the pilings of the pier. Live shrimp fished under the pier are producing results. “I saw a stringer full of flounder hanging off the pier the other day,” says Sork. “So they must be biting pretty good.”

Capt. Mark Johnston of Just Reel fishing charters is catching limits of Spanish mackerel just off the beaches of Anna Maria Island. “Look for diving birds,” says Johnston. “You’ll find the fish.” Johnston is using live white bait on a long shank hook to catch the macks.

When fishing around nearshore structure, Johnston is hooking up keeper-size flounder using white bait. He adds a little lead to get his bait to the bottom and then drags it along the sandy areas next to the structure.

In the grass flats of Sarasota Bay, Johnston is finding spotted sea trout in good numbers. Using a popping cork and a live shiner, Johnston is reeling in keeper-size trout from depths of 3-5 feet of water. Johnston suggests fishing grass flats that have good tidal flow for best results.

Capt. Sam Kimball of Legend Charters is catching keeper gag grouper starting in around 50 feet of water and out to 120 foot depths. “We’re still using big baits — live pinfish “about the size of your hand” and threadfins,” says Kimball. Depending on current, Kimball uses 3 or 4 ounces of lead with a 50-pound fluorocarbon leader and a circle hook.

Spanish mackerel and kingfish are being caught in the shallower depths of 50-80 feet of water. Live shiners and threadfin herring are producing the bite. Kimball is using a 4/0 long shank hook with 50-pound fluorocarbon leader to trick the kingfish into biting his bait. For the macks, he suggests scaling down the leader to 30-pound and using a 2/0 hook.

Tom Cassetty at the Rod & Reel Pier is seeing good numbers of black drum and redfish being caught on the afternoon incoming tides. Both live shiners and live shrimp are producing the bite. Keeper sizes of both species are being landed on the pier.

Flounder are making a showing around the pier. Cassetty suggests bottom fishing around the pilings to locate these flat fish. Again, shiners and shrimp are the bait of choice, but you can catch them on a Berkeley Gulp shrimp dragged on the bottom.

Mangrove snapper are lingering and feeding on small sardines under the pier. For these fryers, try a free-lined live or dead sardine. Wait for the bite, set the hook and reel the little snapper out fast from under the deck before it cuts you off on the pilings.

Although it’s a little early for them, sheepshead are being caught. They haven’t arrived in numbers but a few are starting to show up.

Last but not least, pier fishers are seeing success with sand sharks and lemon sharks. Chunk baits such as cut mackerel or mullet are producing the bite. Most of the sharks being caught are in the 4-foot range. Reminder: Lemon sharks are on the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s no-harvest list.

Jonny Keyes at Island Discount Tackle is beach fishing in search of migratory species, which are chasing bait schools along the shoreline. By using small buck-tail jigs and pompano jigs, Keyes is hooking up with ladyfish, whiting and numerous jack crevalle. “When the water on the beach is clear,” says Keyes. “I like to use a white jig. When it’s murky, I switch to yellow.”

Keyes says he’s hearing of some redfish and snook action on the beaches. He suggests trying around Longboat Pass and using pinfish for bait.

Approximately a mile off the beach, Keyes is catching good numbers of Spanish mackerel. “Using white bait on a long shank hook is a good way to stay hooked up,” he suggests.

While targeting Spanish mackerel, Keyes is seeing blacktip and spinner sharks feeing in the bait schools. Keyes likes to use a wire leader with a 6/0 hook stabbed through a chunk of fresh mackerel to get these predators to bite. Most of these shark are in the 3-5 foot range, but don’t be surprised to encounter bigger ones.

In Anna Maria Sound, Keyes is fishing the grass flats targeting snook, trout and redfish. Keyes says he’s seeing good numbers of small snook around the mangrove edges on the higher tides. “They may be small,” says Keyes. “But at least they’re around.” As for the trout and reds, Keyes is fishing flats of 3-5 feet of water and a lot of sandy potholes. Casting either a live shiner or a plastic jig in the holes, is producing the catch.

Capt. Mark Howard of SumoTime fishing charters says the fall fishing pattern has come on like a Cat-4 hurricane with a fast drop in water temperatures from the 80s into the 70s.

Redfish took center stage in his charters last week. He reports schools of reds all over the flats and edges of Tampa Bay from the Sunshine Skyway Bridge all the way down past Sarasota’s Long Bar. Shiners, pinfish and cut ladyfish have been the bait of choice for Howard as he targets these copper-belly bruisers.

He suggests chumming with shiners to locate the schools and draw them to the back of the boat. “A quiet, stealthy approach to the redfish schools is a must for fishing success,” Howard says. “Running the big motor will only scatter the schools.”

Howard reports beach and nearshore reef action has heated up with Spanish mackerel, kingfish, tarpon and sharks all feeding heavily on the passing schools of bait. Hammerhead, blacktips and spinner sharks were chewing heavily last week off the 1-mile artificial reef.

“The sharks provided for some epic battles with strong drag-pulling runs and aerial acrobatics that rival tarpon.” Howard says. “All sharks were released to bite another day.”

Looking forward, Howard says the bite will continue to stay strong as long as the bait schools stay around Tampa Bay. A high tide in the morning with a huge drop toward a low tide in the afternoon will provide for some awesome fish catching opportunities.

Capt. Warren Girle is fishing nearshore structure off the beaches of Anna Maria Island and Longboat Key. Around the structure, Girle is catching limits of Spanish mackerel. “There are so many mackerel out there,” says Girle. “You can’t leave a bait in the water for more than a few seconds before you get a bite.”

Girle is using live shiners on a long shank hook to target these toothy torpedoes.

Other encounters on the nearshore structure include bonito and blacktip sharks. “The bonito aren’t thick,” says Girle. “But we’re catching a few mixed in with the Spanish.”

As for the black tips, Girle landed a 5-footer on a piece of Spanish mackerel.

If it’s bottom fishing you fancy, Girle is seeing good numbers of mangrove snapper, up to 2 pounds, along shallow-water reefs and ledges. He’s dropping live shiners down to the reef.

Moving inshore, Girle is targeting schools of bull redfish. Top-water plugs, gold spoons and plastic jigs are producing the bite. Slot-size fish as well as fish way over slot are the norm.

On the deeper grass flats, Girle is jigging for spotted sea trout. “The bite has been really good,” says Girle. “But most of the fish are small.”

Mixed in with the trout, Girle’s finding schools of ladyfish and bluefish.

Jeff Medley at the south bait shop on the Sunshine Skyway Bridge Fishing Piers says, “Spanish mackerel are all over the place.”

Pier fishers using silver spoons and Gotcha plugs are reeling up a keeper with almost every cast, with the key being to follow the bait schools. Cast to the edges of the bait and work the spoon quickly back toward the pier. Kingfish are being caught on the same method. You can try to Sabiki up some bigger baits, such as threadfin herring or blue runners. Throw these bigger baits out along the edges of the bait schools and hang on tight. Remember to use at least a 2/0 long shank hook when bait fishing for kings. Their teeth are sharp and once you hook a big one, you don’t want to get cut off.

Other migratory species being caught at the pier include jack crevalle, bonito and several species of shark. The jack crevalle and bonito will hit the same rigs as mackerel.    Depending on how abundant the fish are, see if you can tell what kind of fish you’ve got before you see it. After you catch enough of all of these species, you should be able to tell what they are just by the way they fight.

Bottom fishers working near the pilings of the pier are being rewarded with good numbers of keeper-size flounder. “This flounder bite is one of the best I’ve seen in quite a while,” says Medley.

To target these tasty flat fish, use live shrimp or a live greenback under the pier directly on the bottom. Also, try dragging the bait on the bottom from one piling to another to cover more area.

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Islander Calendar – 10-19-2011

Wednesday, Oct. 19

        11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. — Einstein Circle discussion “Soothing the Soul: Relaxation, meditation and guided imagery” at the Studio and Gulf and Pine, 10101 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information: 941-359-4296.

        Noon — Betty Yanger of the Anna Maria Island Historical Society will speak to the Anna Maria Garden Club at Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-795-2370.

5:30 p.m. — Popcorn and politics at The Islander newspaper, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-7978.


Monday, Oct. 24

        6 to 8 p.m. — Bradenton Area Builders of Entrepreneurial Spirit women’s networking group will meet at the Waterfront Restaurant, 111 S. Bay Blvd., Anna Maria. Information: 239-404-5869.


Wednesday, Oct. 26

        11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. — Einstein Circle discussion “Is France right to ban headscarves on Muslim girls? What are the limits for social norms?” at the Studio and Gulf and Pine, 10101 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information: 941-359-4296.

        5 to 7 p.m. — Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce business card exchange at Blue Water Bridge Club, 6306 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-1541. Fee applies.

5 to 8 p.m. — Women on Wine gathering at Beach Street Bistro, 111 Gulf Drive S., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-779-2123.

5 p.m. — Deadline to register for the Women of the Moose Children’s Halloween Party at the Anna Maria Island Moose Lodge 110 Gulf Drive S., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-778-5630.



• Tuesdays through Nov. 15, 4 p.m., Inquiring Minds cross-denominational Bible study at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 6608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-4579.

• Saturdays through Nov. 26, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., learn to fish excursions for kids ages 5-12 with the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-1908. Fee applies.

• Saturdays through March 18, 9:30 a.m. to noon, Anna Maria Island Concert Chorus and Orchestra rehearsals at Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-7853.

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

• Tuesdays, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., coffee and conversations for seniors at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-1908.

• Second Wednesdays, 7:30 p.m., Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 8199 meets at the volunteer fire station, 201 Second St. N., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-778-4400.

• Wednesdays, two hours before sunset, the city of Bradenton Beach and entertainer Mike Sales host sunset picnic at Katie Pierola Sunset Park, 2200 block of Gulf Drive North, Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-448-5798.

• Wednesdays, 6 to 8 p.m., teens meet at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-1908.

• Wednesdays and Saturdays, 9 a.m., players pitch horseshoes in the pits at Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information: 941-708-6130.

• Fridays, Senior Adventures Group meets for outings to various locations. Information: 941-962-8835.

• Fridays, sunset drum circle with Mike Sales at Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-526-6789.

• Saturdays, 8:30 a.m., Yoga on the beach at the Pine Avenue beach access. Information: 941-794-6723. Donations accepted.

• Saturdays, 8:30 a.m., Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island meets at the Anna Maria Island Beach Cafe, Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.



Wednesday, Oct. 19

1 p.m. — Naturalist Bob Egolf discusses gardening for Florida wildlife at the Manatee River Garden Club, 3120 First Ave. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-870-2259.


Thursday, Oct. 20

        11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. — Empty Bowls luncheon to benefit the Food Bank of Manatee at the Renaissance on 9th, 1816 Ninth St. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-749-0100. Fee applies.


Friday, Oct. 21

        11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. — Empty Bowls luncheon to benefit the Food Bank of Manatee at Main Street, 8131 Main St., Lakewood Ranch. Information: 941-749-0100. Fee applies.

        6 p.m. — Between the States film series presents “Glory” at the South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-746-4131. Fee applies.

        6 to 9 p.m. — Enviro-Art party in the Village of the Arts on the green lawn at the corner of 11th Avenue and 12th Street West, Bradenton. Information: 941-580-8085. Fee applies.

6:30 to 9 p.m. — Night of “Fish, Fun & Fright” at Mote Marine Aquarium, 1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy., Sarasota. Information: 941-388-4441. Fee applies.


Saturday, Oct. 22

        4 and 7 p.m. — “Spirit Voices from Old Manatee” tour of the old burial grounds begins at the Manatee Village Historical Park, 1404 Manatee Ave. E., Bradenton. Information: 941-741-4075. Fee applies.


Tuesday, Oct. 25

        6:30 p.m. — Environmental summit on water-quality standards at the Palma Sola Botanical Park, 9800 17th Ave. N.W., Bradenton. Information: 941-792-8314. Bring a dish to share.


Wednesday, Oct. 26

7 to 8 p.m. — Star talk series preview with Jeff Rodgers at the South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-746-4131.


Coming Up:

        • Oct. 27, Underwater photography exhibit/lecture, South Florida Museum.

• Oct. 28, Between the States Film: “Red Badge of Courage,” South Florida Museum.

        • Oct. 28, “Rocky Horror Picture Show,” Manatee Players.

• Oct. 28, Oktoberfest, Gloria Dei Lutheran Church.

• Oct. 29, Anna Maria Island Moose Lodge children’s Halloween Party.

        • Oct. 29, Trick or Trunk, McKechnie Field.

• Oct. 29, Anna Maria Island Moose Lodge children’s Halloween Party.

• Oct. 29, Pink carpet premier of penguin island, Mote Marine Aquarium.

• Oct. 30, “Shiprek” Poker Run.

• Oct. 31, Trick or Trunk, Gloria Dei Lutheran Church.

• Oct. 31, Trail of Treats, Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce.

• Oct. 31, Doggie costume contest and pet corral, The Islander newspaper.


AME calendar

Save the date for the following Anna Maria Elementary School happenings:

• Oct. 20, picture retakes.

• Oct. 22, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., costume parade.

• Oct. 22, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Parent-Teacher Organization Fall Festival.

AME is at 4700 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. For more information, call 941-708-5525.

Send calendar announcements to Please include the time, date and location of the event, a brief description and a contact via e-mail and phone.

Sports – 10-19-2011

Youth soccer perfectionists whittled to one


Only one team — Division III Gettel Toyota — retains a perfect record in the Anna Maria Island Community Center’s recreational soccer league following last week’s action.

The winless Spinnakers Vacation Cottages battled Division I leader Autoway Ford to a 2-2 tie Oct. 12, dropping their record to 4-0-1, a point ahead of second-place Wash Family Construction. Gettel didn’t play last week and remained atop of the division standings by a comfortable 6-point margin.

LaPensee Plumbing moved to the top of the Division II standings after Jen Crady Massage tied winless Eat Here Oct. 12 thanks to outstanding defensive play from Willow Cooper, Leo Tilelli and Brennan Bowers in front of goalie Jovan Vasquez.

Jen Crady looked to get on the scoreboard in the 11th minute when Olivia Glavan ran onto a nice throughball from Aiden Grumley. Glavan carried the ball toward the goal, bringing Vasquez off his line to challenge. Glavan then fired a shot that Vasquez got a hand on, but the ball continued to roll towards the empty goal. Bowers flew in and cleared the ball off the goal line before the bevy of awaiting Jen Crady players could get a foot on it. Bowers then passed the ball forward to Clayton Wilkinson at midfield, and Wilkinson passed the ball inside to Joey Theil who did the rest. Theil took the ball up the left side and scored to give Eat Here a 1-0 lead.

Jen Crady Massage had another stellar scoring chance in the 14th minute when Cameron Pasco got loose up the right side. He fired a bad-angle shot that hit off of Trent Shackleford’s back which wrong-footed Vazquez, but he somehow got a hand on the ball and the shot tipped off the crossbar to preserve Eat Here’s 1-0 lead.

The second half brought more Jen Crady pressure and more stellar defense from Eat Here, though Eat Here came very close to extending its lead in the 35th minute, when a corner kick produced quality shots from both Cooper and Bowers. Both shots were blocked by the Crady goalie before Grumley finally cleared the ball out of his end.

Jen Crady came within a hand of scoring the tying goal in the 38th minute when Glavan one-timed a rocket shot from 27 yards, but Vazquez got his hand up to make the save.

Jen Crady Massage finally broke through to score the tying goal in the 50th minute when Glavan carried the ball up the left side, cut back and hit a right-footed shot past a screened Vazquez to make the score 1-1.

The 52nd minute saw an inadvertent hand ball in the box by an Eat Here defender, but Grumley was wide left on the penalty kick as the whistle blew on 1-1 tie.

In other Division II action last week, LaPensee Plumbing rolled past Eat Here 6-1 Oct. 11. Sullivan Ferriera led the way with two goals, while Adra Dupris, Corbin Gregg and Joe Rogers each notched one goal in the victory. Brenden Murphy scored the lone goal for Eat Here in the loss.

Wash Family Construction moved to within a point of first place in Division I thanks to a 4-3 victory over Mr. Bones Oct. 12. Nico Calleja and Tyler Yavalar scored two goals each in the win. Ben Connors scored two goals to lead Mr. Bones BBQ, which also received one goal from Dylan Joseph in the loss.

Spinnakers Cottages earned a 2-2 against the formerly perfect Autoway Ford. Henrik Helleum-Brusso and Jacob Talucci scored one goal each for Spinnakers, while Gillian Cassidy man-marked the dangerous Michael Latimer and held him to two goals in the tie.

West Coast Surf Shop earned its first win of the season Oct. 10, defeating The Feast 6-5. Luke Marvin scored five goals to lead the way with David Daigle adding one goal in the victory. Gerrardo Serrano scored all five goals for The Feast in the loss.

Island Pest Control moved into second place in Division III thanks to a 5-2 win over Island Real Estate Oct. 11. Sean Rodriguez led the way with four goals, while Morgan Horesh added one goal. Tyler Brewer scored twice to lead IRE in the loss.

Beach Bistro scored its first victory Oct. 10 in Premier Division action. Helio Gomez led the Bistro scoring with five goals, followed by three goals from Austin Wash and one goal from Kyle Parsons in the victory. Chandler Hardy scored five goals to lead Ace Hardware. Julius Gomes scored twice and Gabe Salter added one goal in the loss.

Ross Built moved into first place in the adult soccer division thanks to a 3-2 victory over previously undefeated Sato Real Estate during adult soccer action Oct. 13. Lakewood Ranch girls soccer coach Guy Virgilio scored all three goals for Ross Built. Sato Real Estate received a goal each from Rich Bell and Matt Plummer in the loss.


Horseshoe news

Three teams emerged from pool play during Oct. 15 horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City hall horseshoe pits. Deb Rhodes and Sam Samuels defeated Tom Rhodes and Norm Good 21-14 to advance to the championship game. They defeated walker Jeff Moore 23-13 in the championship match.

The team of Jerry Disbrow and Bob Dizon were the only team to earn three pool-play victories and were the day’s outright champs during Oct. 12 horseshoe action.

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.


AMICC Soccer League standings

Division III (ages 8-9)

Teams                             W    L      T      Pts.

Gettel Toyota                  4      0      0      12

Isl. Pest Control              2      3      0      6

Island Real Est.               1      2      2      5

The Feast                        1      2      1      4

WC Surf Shop                 1      2      1      1


Division II (ages 10-11)

LaPensee                         4      1      0      12

Crady Massage               3      1      1      10

Eat Here                          0      5      1      1


Division I (ages 12-14)

Autoway Ford                 4      0      1      13

Wash FC                         4      1      0      12

Mr. Bones                       1      4      0      3

Spinnakers                      0      4      1      1


Adult Division

Ross Built                       4      1      0      12

Meilner & Son                3      1      1      10

Sato Real Estate             3      0      0      9

Island Pest                       2      2      1      7

Jessie’s                            2      1      1      7

FL Dis. Sign                    1      3      1      4

WC Air Cond.                 1      3      0      3

Wash FC                         1      2      0      3

Euphemia                        1      3      0      3


AMICC Soccer League schedule

Instructional Division (ages 4-5)

Oct. 25    6 p.m.      Bowes Imaging vs. Isl. Dental

Oct. 25    6:30 p.m. White Egret vs. Gulf Bay


Instructional Division (ages 6-7)

Oct. 19    6 p.m.      Beach Bums vs. Coastal

Oct. 19    7 p.m.      Tyler’s vs. A&E

Oct. 21    6 p.m.      A&E vs. Beach Bums

Oct. 21    7 p.m.      Coastal vs. Tyler’s

Oct. 25    7 p.m.      A&E vs. Coastal


Division III (ages 8-9)

Oct. 19    6 p.m.      W.C. Surf Shop vs. Isl. Pest Control


Division II (ages 10-11)

Oct. 19    7 p.m.      LaPensee vs. Eat Here

Oct. 25    6 p.m.      Crady Massage vs. Eat Here


Division I (ages 12-13)

Oct. 21    6 p.m.      Mr. Bones vs. Autoway

Oct. 21    7 p.m.      Spinnakers vs. Wash FC


Premier Division (ages 14-17)

Oct. 25    7 p.m.      Ace Hardware vs. Beach Bistro


Adult Coed Division

Oct. 20    6 p.m.      Discount Sign vs. Wash

Oct. 20    7 p.m.      Meilner vs. Sato

Oct. 20    8 p.m.      Jessie’s vs. Euphemia Haye

Oct. 20    9 p.m.      WCAC vs. Ross Built


AMICC Adult Basketball

Oct. 25    6:30 p.m. Bowes vs. Unique Detailing

Oct. 25    7:30 p.m. Agnelli Pool vs. Sun

Oct. 25    8:30 p.m. Beach to Bay vs. Southern Greens


AMICC Adult Basketball standings

Unique Mobile Detailing 5    0      0

Bowes Imaging                 3    2      0

Beach to Bay Const.         3    2      0

Agnelli Pool & Spa          2    3      0

Southern Greens               2    3      0

Island Sun                         0    5      0