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Arizona gang member arrested in Anna Maria

A reputed Phoenix gang member was arrested last week in Anna Maria by Manatee County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Matt Kiernan of the MCSO-AM substation for three warrants out of Arizona after a routine traffic stop led to discovery of the warrants.

MCSO Sgt. Dave Turner, who heads the substation, said Juan Carlos Rafael-Hernandez, 32, is wanted in Arizona for human trafficking, money laundering and possession of narcotics.

Hernandez was stopped by Kiernan around 4 p.m. April 11 in the 9200 block of Gulf Drive for driving an overloaded vehicle.

Turner said that when Kiernan ran the man’s name and fingerprint through a law enforcement computer, it returned three outstanding warrants in Phoenix (Maricopa County), along with information that Hernandez is a known gang member and an illegal immigrant from Mexico.

Kiernan then arrested Hernandez, who did not have a Florida driver’s license, and took him to the Manatee County jail, where he was booked pending notification of Arizona law enforcement officials.

Turner said Hernandez would be extradited to Arizona, and would not be granted bail while in Manatee County custody.

Kiernan said in his report that at the time of the arrest, Hernandez said he was working for a construction company on Anna Maria Island. The company was not identified in the MCSO report.

Roadwatch, April 18-25

Hawkins Construction Co. has begun installation of new sewer pipes in Anna Maria on North Shore Drive at Cypress Avenue.

A Manatee County Utilities Department press release said the work is not expected to impact traffic in the project area, which is between Cypress and Palm avenues on North Shore Drive.

The Florida Department of Transportation maintenance project on the Longboat Key/State Road 789 bridge will be operational both day and night this week, including some nighttime temporary lane closures that will last no more than 15 minutes. A flagging operation will control traffic during lane closures, a DOT press release said.

No closures will be permitted from 10 p.m.-6 a.m. Friday evening through Monday morning.

The east sidewalk of the bridge is now closed, but the west sidewalk is open. The draw will open for boaters on demand.

The DOT has closed Greer Island — often called Beer Can Island — near the bridge to pedestrians and boaters, citing safety concerns and liability during the project.

Completion of the project is expected in late spring.

More information is available online at

A routine bridge maintenance project has started on the Cortez Bridge/State Road 684.

No lane closures are expected, but some sidewalk closures will take place this week, a DOT press release said.

The project is expected to end by April 30.

Witness says ex-Holmes Beach resident killed wife

A Los Angeles County judge has ordered former Holmes Beach resident David Viens, 48, to stand trial for second degree murder after hearing testimony in a preliminary hearing April 11 in which several witnesses said Viens admitted to them he killed his wife, Dawn Viens.

Viens, 48, a former Holmes Beach resident who along with his wife owned the Beach City Market on Gulf Drive in Bradenton Beach, killed his wife in October 2009 by taping her mouth shut, Viens’ girlfriend said in the Los Angeles County courtroom last week.

The girlfriend, Kathy Galvan, told the court she became involved with Viens in 2009 after he told her Dawn had left him and was not coming back.

Viens’ daughter from a previous marriage, Jacqueline Viens, testified in court her father also told her Dawn had left him and returned to Florida. She said he made her send text messages to Dawn’s friends stating “This is Dawn. I’m OK.”

One night after both had been drinking vodka, Jacqueline Viens said her father broke down and told her he had taped Dawn’s mouth shut and tied her up one night because she wanted to talk, while he was trying to sleep.

“He said when he woke up, Dawn was dead. He was very upset.”

But Viens did not reveal what he had done with the body, Jacqueline Viens said.

David and Dawn had operated the Thyme Contemporary Cafe in Lomita, Calif., at the time of her disappearance.

Viens original story to police in 2009 was that Dawn had left him. After he was arrested in 2012, he admitted killing his wife to police, but has claimed it was an accident and he was drunk at the time.

He told police he fell asleep drunk one night after taping her mouth shut when she refused to be quiet. When he woke up, she had apparently vomited, but was unable to breath, he told investigators.

Viens was not arrested during initial interviews with police in 2009 when he said his wife had left him, but two years later, after a newspaper reported he was the prime suspect in the case.

Viens then attempted suicide by jumping off a 100-foot-high cliff following a high-speed chase by police looking to arrest him for the murder. Viens later claimed he became distraught after reading the report that identified him as a suspect, Galvan said.

He survived the fall and is now confined to a wheelchair.

While he was in the hospital recovering from the suicide attempt, prosecutors said he admitted killing his wife, but said it was an accident.

Viens has declined to tell police what he did with the body. His attorney, Fred McCurry, had argued for a charge of manslaughter, but the request was denied by Judge Maria Villa de la Longoria.

The couple owned a home in Holmes Beach and operated the Beach City Market in Bradenton Beach from 2002-2005.

In January 2005, police raided the Viens home and arrested David Viens on suspicion of possession of more than 1,000 pounds of marijuana within 1,000 feet of (Anna Maria Elementary) school, possession of opium, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and possession of a firearm.

His wife was not charged in that case, saying at the time her husband was just the “middle man” in a nationwide drug smuggling operation.

On April 25, 2005, the Florida state’s attorney dropped all charges against Viens in exchange for his cooperation in giving evidence against others involved in the smuggling and sales operation.

No trial date was set after de la Longoria issued her ruling.

Islander Calendar – 04-18-2012

Wednesday, April 18

   6-8:30 p.m. — Second Annual Art Island Style, Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Fee applies. Information: 941-778-1908.


Thursday, April 19

   • 2-4 p.m. — Friends of the Library knit and crochet gathering, Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-792-4652.

6 p.m. — Dining for Women potluck supper and giving circle, Sandpiper Resort clubhouse, 2601 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-896-5827.

5-7 p.m. — Open house reception for local muralist and painter John Allinson’s Jazz series, Artful Eyeland, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach. Information: 941-567-0157.


Saturday, April 21

   9 a.m.-9 p.m. — Seventh annual Great Florida Small Craft Festival, Florida Gulf Coast Chapter of the Traditional Small Coast Association, various locations in Cortez, including Taylor Boatworks, 119th Street, Florida Maritime Museum, 4415 119th St. W., and Florida Institute for Saltwater Heritage Boatworks, 4404 116th St. W. Information: 941-704-2074.

   • 9 a.m. — Team Euphemia Haye Walk to Cure juvenile diabetes, Joan Durante Park, 5550 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. Information: 941-383-3633.

10 a.m.-4 p.m. — Music on the Porch, Florida Maritime Museum, 4415 119th St. W., Cortez. Information: 941-708-6120.

10 a.m.-noon — Barbara Hines demonstration, “Mermaids Watercolor,” Island Gallery West in the S&S Shopping Plaza, 5368 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6648.

11:30 a.m. — Titanic 100th anniversary historical fashion show and luncheon, Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Fee applies. Information: 941-778-1908.

9 a.m.-noon — 2012 Great American Cleanup: three check-in centers, Anna Maria City Hall, 1005 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria, Kingfish Boat Ramp, Holmes Beach and Florida Institute for Saltwater Heritage, Cortez. Information: 941-795-8272.


Sunday, April 22

   • 9 a.m.-9 p.m. — Seventh annual Great Florida Small Craft Festival, Florida Gulf Coast Chapter of the Traditional Small Coast Association, various locations in Cortez, including Taylor Boatworks, 119th Street, Florida Maritime Museum, 4415 119th St. W., and Florida Institute for Saltwater Heritage Boatworks, 4404 116th St. W. Information: 941-704-2074.

   5 p.m. — Italian night, Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 6608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Fee applies. Information: 941-778-1813.

5:30 p.m. — Annual spaghetti dinner, Longboat Island Chapel, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. Fee applies. Information: 941-383-6491.

11 a.m.-2 p.m. — Bridge Street Market Salsa Challenge, at Bridge Street and Gulf Drive. Information: 215-906-0668.

• Noon-4 p.m. — Earth Day Family Festival, Dogs For The Earth, 308 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-243-3818.




Friday, April 20

   10 a.m.-7 p.m. — 30th Annual Suncoast Boat Show at Marina Jack, 2 Marina Plaza, Sarasota. Fee applies. Information: 954-764-7642.


Saturday, April 21

1-4 p.m. — Hibiscus Festival at Family Life Center, First Baptist Church, 1306 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-751-2924.

10 a.m.-7 p.m. — 30th Annual Suncoast Boat Show at Marina Jack, 2 Marina Plaza, Sarasota. Fee applies. Information: 954-764-7642.


Sunday, April 22

   10 a.m.-5 p.m. — 30th Annual Suncoast Boat Show at Marina Jack, 2 Marina Plaza, Sarasota. Fee applies. Information: 954-764-7642.


   • Through April 27, “Paint the Town” exhibit, ArtCenter of Manatee, 209 Ninth St., Bradenton. Information: 941-746-2862.

Through May 24, “Artists and Animals of Myakka” exhibit, Durante Gallery and Cultural Media Room, Longboat Key Center for the Arts, Ringling College of Art and Design, 6860 Longboat Drive S., Longboat Key. Information: 941-383-2345.

• Third Mondays, noon, through May, Anna Maria Island Democratic Club, BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Fee applies. Information: 941-779-0564.

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

• Tuesdays, 12:30 p.m., duplicate bridge games at Episcopal Church of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-3390.

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

• First Wednesdays, 8:30 a.m., Pier Regulars meet at the Rod & Reel Pier, 875 N. Shore Drive, Anna Maria.

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

• Wednesdays, 6-8 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.

• Thursdays, 5-7 p.m., Thirsty Thursday hosted by Bridge Street Merchants on Bridge Street, Bradenton Beach, Information: 215-906-0668.

• 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. Information: 941-761-8834.

• Sundays, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Bridge Street Market hosted by Bridge Street Merchants, Bradenton Beach. Information: 215-906-0668.


Coming Up:

• April 28, Anna Maria Elementary School-Parent Teacher Organization Spring Fling at the Anna Maria Island Community Center. Information: 941-812-7253.


Save the Date:

   • May 5, Island 5K Run and 1-Mile Family Fun Run, Bayfront Park, 316 N. Bay Blvd., Anna Maria. Information: 941-747-8726.

• May 3, Georgia Gibbons Benefit, Sandbar Restaurant pavilion, 100 Spring Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-3232.


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Fishing – 04-18-2012

Springtime fishing inshore, on beaches red hot


Inshore fishing — and the weather — remains consistently good for the waters surrounding Anna Maria Island. Numerous spotted seatrout are being reported by flats fishers using either live bait or artificials. Fishing lush grass flats with good water flow is producing trout up to 26 inches.

For success fishing trout with live bait, try select shrimp or shiners. For artificials, you can’t go wrong with a top-water plug right at sun up. Later in the morning, switch to a DOA Cal jig on a 1/4-ounce jig head.

Redfish have been abundant this past week. Look for these fish along mangrove edges on the high tides. If you are searching for a bite while the sun is straight up in the sky, try casting the bait as close to the mangrove edges as you can. These reds, at midday, will congregate in the shade of the mangroves to escape the hot sun. A tasty whitebait can lure them to bite. Don’t be surprised to also hook catch-and-release snook in these same areas. They love to sit under the mangrove edges and ambush unsuspecting bait.

On a final note, it’s time to start patrolling the beaches in search of migratory species like Spanish mackerel, kingfish and cobia and the nearshore artificial reefs are a good place to start. For macks, live shiners are a surefire way to get the action started. If you happen to spot a cobia, live shiners or a feisty pinfish can get you hooked up.

Capt. Mark Johnston of Just Reel fishing charters is fishing nearshore structure targeting macks and catch-and-release gag grouper. For the mackerel, Johnston is freelining live shiners behind the boat on a 2/0 long shank hook. Most mackerel being caught are in the 20-inch range, except for one on a recent charter that was eaten by a 40-pound barracuda.

Johnston managed to land the ’cuda and release it to chow another day.

For the gag grouper, Johnston is bottom-fishing small rock piles and ledges just off the beaches of Anna Maria Island and Longboat Key. Again, he’s working live shiners to get the bite. Although we aren’t keeping gags yet, they provide knuckle-busting catch-and-release action. These fish are averaging 18 inches with the biggest coming in at 24 inches.

Moving inshore to the grass flats of lower Tampa Bay, Johnston is targeting redfish and spotted seatrout on live shiners. For both species, he chums live bait behind the boat before casting. Once the fish are feeding behind the boat, Johnston says it’s game on.

Jeff Medley at the Sunshine Skyway Bridge South Fishing Pier says migratory species are abundant there. Bonito tops the pier list with an exceptional early-morning bite. Pier fishers are using both live and artificial baits to get these drag-screaming fish to bite. For live bait, shiners and threadfin herring are working. You can either free-line or use a popping cork to drift the bait out with the tide. For artificials, silver spoons, Gotcha plugs or white jigs are working fine.

Spanish and king mackerel are frequenting the pier. Most of the macks are small, yet they provide good action on light tackle. Keeper-size kings also are being hooked, although not many are being landed. You can fish for either species the same as you would bonito.

Finally, in the afternoons, schools of jack crevalle are corralling bait schools around the pier. These fish are averaging 8-10 pounds, so make sure you’re using heavier gear to target them. Again, you can use the same methods to catch these migratory fish as for bonito and mackerel.

Capt. Warren Girle is fishing nearshore structure targeting a variety of species, ranging from migratory to bottom fish. Using live shiners as bait, Girle’s clients are getting consistent action while reef fishing.

To start, Girle is chumming the waters behind the boat to get the migratory species feeding. Once the Spanish mackerel, kingfish or bonito show up in the chum, Girle instructs his clients to cast into the feeding frenzy to hook up.

Another species drawn to the chum is shark. A number of lemon sharks are being caught while targeting the macks and bonito. Most are in the 30-pound range, although Girle has seen a couple in the 60-pound range.

After working macks, bonito and shark, Girle is switching to bottom fishing. Starting at depths of 45 feet, catch-and-release gag grouper action is going strong, although many at this depth are undersized. Red grouper are making a showing, although most are under 20 inches. Finally, Girle’s clients are reeling up good numbers of Key West grunts, which are perfect for the deep fryer.

Moving inshore, Girle’s clients are having success on redfish, spotted seatrout and catch-and-release snook on the grass flats of Sarasota Bay. Girle is pitching shiners into sandy potholes on shallow grass flats to get the bite. As the tide rises, Girle is moving closer to mangrove edges. Once the tide peaks, he skips bait under the trees, where the predators are waiting to ambush a bait.

Bob Kilb at the Rod & Reel Pier is seeing a variety of species caught in the morning hours at the pier.

Pier fishers using live shrimp are catching keeper-size black drum and a few sheepshead, although Kilb feels the sheepshead are on their way out. To target either species, try a No. 2 hook tied to 30-pound fluorocarbon leader. Add a swivel and a 1/2-ounce egg sinker to keep the bait on the bottom and you are rigged to catch fish. Kilb says to cast bait where the black drum and sheepies are lurking under the pier. Let the bait rest on the bottom until you feel a bite, then set the hook.

Pier fishers using silver spoons or pink jigs are catching macks and a few pompano. For the macks, cast out and then retrieve the lure quickly. Try to keep the lure in the top couple of feet of the water column. Mackerel often swim up to strike a bait at the top, so keep the bait near the surface to mimic the action.

If you’re targeting pompano, try keeping the jig closer to the bottom, bouncing the jig on the bottom. Pompano will generally feed near the bottom on sand fleas and other crustaceans, so you want to make sure your jig is in the same area where they feed.

Capt. Rick Gross of Fishy Business is flats fishing with his clients for spotted seatrout, redfish and catch-and-release snook.

For the spotted seatrout, Gross is working grass flats with water depths of 3-7 feet. He’s reporting good results on flats from Terra Ceia Bay to Sarasota Bay.

When using live shiners for bait, Gross says he likes to first chum, then have his clients cast a bait. It’s a good way to see if there are any fish around and it also gets his prey in a feeding mood. Most trout last week were in the slot with the biggest coming in at 23 inches.

Next, Gross is moving to shallow grass flats, adjacent to mangrove edges to target redfish. On the higher tides, Gross is casting baits under the mangroves to get the bite. As the tide reaches extremely high levels, fish will swim under the mangrove roots to take shelter from the hot sun. When this occurs, Gross likes to chum to move the reds out from under the trees. Once they come out to feed, Gross’ clients can sight-cast baits to them. While targeting reds, Gross is getting some good action on catch-and-release snook. Average size of the redfish is 24 inches with the biggest coming in at 31 inches.

Dave Sork at the Anna Maria City Pier is seeing good numbers of threadfin herring and shiners around the pier. Most of the bait gathering there is big, too — 5 to 6 inches in length — so anglers can expect big fish to be close behind.

At night, after the foot traffic on the pier quiets down, large snook are feeding on these baits under the pier and around the lights. Gator trout also are joining in on late-night snacks.

During the day, pier fishers are catching the occasional Spanish mackerel, ladyfish and blue runner. To hook up, Sork suggests using silver spoons or small white jigs.

Another species around the pier is barracuda. It seems a large barracuda has taken up residence under the pier and is feeding on macks. If you are fishing at the pier and reel up half a mack, you’ll know what happened.

Capt. Mark Howard of SumoTime Fishing Charters says the spotted seatrout bite has been red hot, and his clients have been limiting out on them.

Howard says redfish have been feeding aggressively on moving tides, especially the incoming tides around the full moon. The reds are chewing on big shiners tossed into potholes and along the mangroves. To keep the birds from attacking his chummers, Howard says he gives his chum a squeeze and releases it next to the boat.

He reports seeing some snook but not in the numbers of years past. His charters have been catching bigger snook and releasing them after a quick picture.

Fishing off the beach and the nearshore reefs has been exciting and action-packed when the wind cooperates and blows from the east, he says. Oversized Spanish mackerel and kingfish have been burning up reels with non-stop action. Howard suggests filling the live well with lots of shiners and chumming to get the party started.

Cobia have made a nice showing around the artificial reefs, too, according to Howard. “Have a heavy rod ready to toss a nice lively bait and hold on, as a battle with a brown bomber will ensue,” Howard says.

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Island police blotter – 04-18-2012

Anna Maria

• April 7, 300 block of Palm Avenue, burglary/vandalism. According to a Manatee County Sheriff’s Office incident report, an unknown person entered a duplex under construction. The suspect defecated and stuffed a hand towel in the toilet, causing it to overflow. Water damage occurred to several walls.

• April 7, 100 block of Palm Avenue, possible cyber bullying. A MSCO deputy responded to an Anna Maria residence regarding a threatening phone call. The deputy learned the call originated from Holmes Beach and HBPD was contacted. However, further investigation revealed the complainant’s daughter was having a hard time with some classmates. The deputy learned the threatening phone call was made by one of the juveniles. One of the classmates is alleged to have posted a degrading comment on Facebook. The post was removed when the mother complained. The deputy documented the investigation and sent the information to the school resource officer where the girls attend school.

Anna Maria is policed by the MCSO.

Bradenton Beach

• March 31, 304 Church Avenue, burglary. At some point in the afternoon, an unknown person entered the complainant’s boat and stole a pair of rods and reels. Police reviewed a security camera, but could not determine a suspect due to the camera pointing in the opposite direction. The investigation continues.

        Bradenton Beach is policed by the BBPD.


• No new reports.

        Cortez is policed by the MCSO

Holmes Beach

• April 7, 3400 E. Bay Drive, petit theft/resisting arrest. A man entered the Island Publix and left without paying for a bag of rolls, according to a MSCO arrest report. The manager of the store followed the man outside to the parking lot, where the suspect began eating the rolls. The manager escorted the man back inside and asked the suspect to pay. The man refused and became argumentative. When the suspect attempted to leave, the manager tried to stop him and was pushed aside. The suspect was arrested for petit theft and resisting arrest of detention.

• March 15, 200 block of 64th Street, theft. Police contacted a male complainant who reported his 15-year-old daughter’s surfboard had been stolen from the front yard. The white and blue board was valued at $400.

• March 28, 5600 block of Carissa Lane, theft. Police responded to a report of a theft. A male complainant reported his utility trailer, carrying a lawnmower, had been stolen. According to the police report, the trailer hitch was not locked. The stolen items were valued at $4,000.

• March 28, 4000 Gulf Drive, theft. A female complainant reported a stolen Coach wallet from her towel while at Manatee Public Beach. She reported that all of her identification and $17 in cash were taken.

• April 1, 4000 Gulf Drive, theft. A male complainant filed a theft report at the police department regarding a bag that was stolen at Manatee Public Beach. The complainant reported he had left the bag unattended and his wallet was inside the bag. According to the report, there was no money in the man’s wallet, but his identification and food stamp card were taken.

• April 3, 5608 Marina Drive, burglary. A male complainant at Island Auto Repair reported to police that his tools and multiple office scanners had been stolen overnight. Police could find no points of forced entry. The complainant then reported that spare keys to the building are hidden outside. The stolen items were valued at $8,000-$10,000.

• April 4, 4000 Gulf Drive, vehicle burglary. A female complainant reported she left her vehicle unlocked while at Manatee Public Beach. Upon her return, she discovered her wedding ring set and earrings had been stolen. The items were valued at $5,200.

• April 6, 3200 block of Sixth Avenue, theft. A female complainant reported the theft of a girl’s purple bike from the front of her rental home. The bike belongs to Island Scooter.

• April 8, 8300 block of Marina Drive, larceny/theft. A male complainant reported his yellow kayak had been stolen from the dock. The man told police he had tied up the kayak with yellow and black rope. The rope was missing as well. The kayak was valued at $800.

Holmes Beach is policed by the HBPD.

        Streetlife is based on incident reports and narratives from the Bradenton Beach and Holmes Beach police departments and Manatee County Sheriff’s Office.

Obituaries – 04-18-2012

Cheryl L. (Rankin) Dwinnells

Cheryl L. (Rankin) Dwinnells, 45, of Bradenton died April 10. She moved to Holmes Beach with her family at age 4 from Toledo, Ohio.

She attended Anna Maria Elementary School and graduated from Bayshore High School in 1984. She studied at Manatee Community College. She was a bartender for 12 years at Fan-Atics in Bradenton.

A memorial service will be held at 2p.m. Friday, April 20, at Congregational Church of Christ, 3700 26th St. W., Bradenton, with the Rev. Dr. Bob Sichta officiating. Memorial donations may be made to Moffitt Cancer Center or in care of Cheryl Dwinnells Scholarship Fund, Ashley Foundation, 800 S. Osprey Ave., Sarasota FL 34236. Arrangements are by by Covell Funeral Home.

Mrs. Dwinnells is survived by husband Rob; son Phillip; daughter BreAnna; parents Russell and Shirley Rankin; brother Steven; nieces Amber, Kayla and Marisa; great nephew Evan; and best friend Angie.


Elizabeth M. Ercker Elizabeth M. Erckert, 93, of Bradenton, died April 14.

A memorial Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Thursday, April 19, at St. Bernard Catholic Church 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach. Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory 43rd Street Chapel, Bradenton, is in charge of arrangements. Condolences for the family may be made at

Mrs. Erckert is survived by son Richard of Huntington, N.Y.; daughter Denise Dawson of Bradenton; two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.


Shoshana ‘Rosalie’ Ladd

Shoshana “Rosalie” Ladd, 84, of Holmes Beach and formerly of West Islip, N.Y., died April 15. She and husband Saul moved to Holmes Beach in 1974.

Mrs. Ladd Rosalie was a graduate of Hunter College and received her master’s degree from Hofstra College. She earned certification to teach science with an emphasis on marine biology. She chaired the long-range planning committee in Holmes Beach for nine years, and helped develop the manual that limited building heights for the city.

She was a member of the Bradenton Yacht Club and the Key Royale Club.

A memorial service will be held at noon Thursday, April 19, at Shannon Funeral Home Westview Chapel, 5610 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton. Memorial donations may be made to Underdog Rescue, TideWell Hospice or an organization of one’s choice. Condolences for the family may be made online at

Mrs. Ladd is survived by her husband of 67 years, Saul; son Jeffrey and wife Andrea of Wethersfield, Conn., daughters Sandra and husband Jon Peters) of Brattleboro, Vt., and Nancy and husband Robert) Butz of Clifton Park, N.Y.; grandchildren Bryan, Becky, Jeremy and Kelsey; sister Elaine Gline of West Orange, N.J.; several nieces and nephews; and a devoted dog, Izzy.

Island real estate transactions – 04-18-2012

107 Elm Ave., Anna Maria, a vacant Gulffront 50×110 lot was sold 03/30/12, Hanson to Hanson for $2.4 million.

307 66th St., Unit A, 66th Street Coastal Cottages, Holmes Beach, a 3,000 sfla / 4,500 sfur 6bed/4½bath/2car land condo built in 2012 was sold 03/19/12, 66th Street Coastal Cottages LLC to Florida Gulf Coast Vacation Homes LLC for $775,000; list $725,000.

200 52nd St., Unit 1, Villas of Holmes Beach, Holmes Beach, a 2,656 sfla / 3,898 sfur 4bed/3bath/2car condo with shared pool built in 2006 was sold 03/23/12, Rosemurgy to Greene for $500,000; list $550,000.

216 85th St., Holmes Beach, a 1,571 sfla / 2,157 sfur 2bed/2bath/1car pool home built in 1969 on a 90×100 was sold 03/26/12, HSBC Bank USA, to Flynn for $389,900; list $389,900.

6300 Flotilla Drive, Unit 80, Shell Point, Holmes Beach, a 1,023 sfla / 1,151 sfur 2bed/2bath condo with shared pool built in 1973 was sold 03/28/12, Russell to Ellstrom for $181,000; list $189,000.

Jesse Brisson, broker/associate at Gulf-Bay Realty of Anna Maria, can be reached at 941-778-7244.

All in the family!

Luke Bowes, a kindergartener in Melanie Moran’s class at Anna Maria Elementary School welcomes brother Mikey Bowes to school, 4700 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, April 12, for Kindergarten Roundup. Mikey registered to enter kindergarten in the fall. Dad Nathan Bowes, on hand at the roundup, also attended AME as a youngster.