Monthly Archives: January 2017

HOW puts kayaks to work in vow to help vets

Holmes Beach resident Chris LeGore is the assistant coordinator for the Bradenton/Sarasota chapter of Heroes on the Water and is one of the four founders of the area chapter.

Locally and nationally, HOW helps veterans overcome their physical or emotional problems by providing a peaceful kayak tour, along with fishing in quiet and natural bayous. The calm provides therapy that no hospital or clinic can match, LeGore said.

“Our next HOW event is Saturday, Feb. 23, at Bayshore Gardens Park in Bradenton starting at 8:30 a.m., and we’re trying to get the word out that this is open to all veterans, but particularly those who have physical or emotional problems as a result of their service experience,” LeGore said.

LeGore became interested in forming a HOW chapter while attending a meeting two years ago of the Anna Maria Island Kayak Anglers of West Florida. His father is a member of the group and LeGore joined because he shared his father’s interest in kayaking.

“The subject of HOW came up at one meeting because it involves kayaking. Four of us decided to form a local chapter to reach out to the veterans, especially those who really need emotional help,” LeGore said.

Nationally, HOW was founded in 2007 at the Brooke Army Medical Center in Texas and has 38 chapters across the country. More than 4,500 “wounded warriors,” have been helped by HOW, said LeGore.

The founding members of the Bradenton/Sarasota chapter are LeGore, Raul Casas, Morton Hellwig and Ken Treffinger.

Many veterans from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have insulated themselves from the world and are going through an emotionally difficult time, LeGore said.

“That’s why we have no set agenda, no group counselors or therapists, just kayaks and camaraderie. And everything is free. It’s very informal. We’ve found that kayaking around the peaceful waters of our area is great therapy for many of these veterans, especially those who lost a limb during their service.”

HOW provides the kayaks, the guides, the food and experienced anglers. LeGore said fishing is an option for the veterans, but some prefer just to kayak.

The Feb. 23 event is the third for the local HOW chapter.  All advertising and fundraising for HOW events has been word-of-mouth so far, LeGore said.

“We’re hoping to find a major sponsor to help us spread the word that we are here to help our wounded warriors. We have no set agenda and no forms or papers to fill out, no group counseling sessions or physical therapy. We just want to give our heroes a chance to recover and kayaking and fishing are two great ways to accomplish this. And the camaraderie formed goes a long way toward helping veterans,” he said.

LeGore recounted how one Vietnam veteran was reluctant to become involved because he feared groups and crowds. After attending two events, the man said he appreciated the fellowship and the fact that nobody was trying to change him or counsel him.

“He just enjoyed being on the water with others who could relate to being in the service and going to war,” said LeGore, who inherited his goodwill for veterans.

His father was in the U.S. Army in Germany, where he met and married LeGore’s mother. Additionally, LeGore’s grandfather was a German who refused to join the Nazi SS, Adolf Hitler’s paramilitary unit during World War II.

For his refusal, Nazi officials sent him to the Russian front as an army private. He became a prisoner of war of the Russians and spent five years working in a coal mine before his release. He eventually died of lung disease acquired from breathing coal dust.

“For me, helping veterans is special. It’s the least we can do to help our heroes. I thank all veterans for their service, and hope those interested in volunteering or joining the local HOW will come Feb. 23,” LeGore said.

The event starts at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, at Bayshore Gardens Park, 6919 26th St. W., Bradenton, and concludes whenever people get tired and are ready to eat, LeGore said.

To reserve a spot for the Feb. 23 event and for more information, call Casas at 203-482-1790, or email him at

You can also find the local HOW organization at

Island roadwatch

The Florida Department of Transportation has announced it will conduct a routine maintenance project at the Longboat Pass Bridge, spanning the Intracoastal Waterway at Bradenton Beach and Longboat Key, 9 p.m.-5 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20, and Thursday, Feb. 21. A flagging operation will be in place to facilitate possible lane closures.

Motorists are encouraged to observe reduced speed limits and drive with caution during the maintenance project.

Fifty-seven-year-old woman arrested on felony theft charge

A 57-year-old Texas woman was arrested Feb. 9 on a felony grand theft charge after allegedly stealing merchandise from Irene’s Resort Wear, 5308 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.

According to the probable cause affidavit, Danielle Blake entered the store, browsed and then placed a bracelet valued at $82 into her purse.

The store manager allegedly observed the theft and called police as soon as the woman left.

Holmes Beach Police Department dispatched an officer, who made contact with Blake. Upon searching the woman’s purse, the officer allegedly discovered the bracelet, as well as a second bracelet valued at $48.

He also discovered a jacket from the store valued at $164 in her possession, according to the report.

Blake was booked into the Manatee County jail on $1,500 bond. According to jail records, she posted bond the same day and was released.

Blake is scheduled to be arraigned at 9 a.m. Friday, March 8, at the Manatee County Judicial Center, 1051 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton.

Island police blotter – 02-20-2013

Anna Maria

        • Feb. 9 400 block of Magnolia Avenue, domestic disturbance. While driving in Anna Maria, a woman driver and a younger male in the back seat began to argue. The woman drove from Anna Maria to the Holmes Beach Police Department with the intention of having the younger man evaluated under the Baker Act. Since the incident began in Anna Maria, HBPD contacted the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office. A deputy determined no crime was committed and the male did not appear to pose a threat to himself. Domestic packets were issued.

• Feb. 8, 2911 53rd Ave. E., Bradenton, Wal-Mart, shoplifting. A 23-year-old Anna Maria woman was arrested after attempting to leave the store with three fishing reels valued at $249. According to the probable cause affidavit, the woman pulled a Wal-Mart bag from her purse, placed the reels into the bag and attempted to leave through the garden department. Loss prevention stopped the woman and an MCSO deputy arrived to take her into custody.

Anna Maria is policed by the MCSO.

Bradenton Beach

        • Feb. 10, 100 block of Ninth Street South, vehicle burglary. A complainant went to the Bradenton Beach Police Department to report a vehicle burglary. Unknown persons gained entry into an unlocked tool box and took a manifold gauge set valued at $1,000.

• Feb. 10, 2500 block of Gulf Drive North, trespassing. A BBPD officer made contact with a man, who was using a port-a-potty on a construction site. The man was told he was not allowed to be on the property, at which time he became confrontational. According to the report, the man told the officer that his Sarasota attorney told him what he could and couldn’t do, and that he knew is rights. The man was trespassed from the property.

• Feb. 11, 100 block of 13th Street South, theft. A complainant reported that two bicycles valued at $250 were taken from his yard.

• Feb. 8, 200 S. Bay Drive S., theft. A man reported his homemade boat had been taken from the dinghy dock. The man provided police with a name of a suspect who allegedly had taken the boat previously without permission. He told police he had witnesses that saw the suspect take and then sink the boat.

• Feb. 9, 111 Second St. N., Tingley Memorial Library, trespass warning. A BBPD officer made contact with a man sleeping on the deck of the library near the entrance. According to the report, the same man had been trespassed from city hall for sleeping on the benches. The man gave a similar story to the prior incident by stating he had fallen asleep while waiting on the bus. Police trespassed the man from all city properties. The man said he understood that if he was caught sleeping on city property again he would be arrested.

        Bradenton Beach is policed by the BBPD.


• Feb. 2, 4500 block of 124th Street West, theft. A man, who was just released from jail, reported he gave sets of house keys to three neighbors while he was in custody to take his dogs out. The complainant reported that while in jail, someone had stolen several items from his house. An MCSO deputy reported the complainant to be intoxicated and the report to be “suspicious and inconsistent” in nature. The neighbors with keys could not be identified, and there were no witnesses to the alleged theft.

        Cortez is policed by the MCSO.

Holmes Beach

        Feb. 7, 2900 block of Avenue E, fraud. A complainant told HBPD that she rented a house and paid a $1,280 deposit to Coastline Accommodations in December. She made a few more inquiries after the deposit check was cashed and spoke to a man who claimed he never received the money. The complainant made several attempts to have her deposit refunded, but the suspect never returned phone calls or email inquiries. She arrived in February to report the incident to police. Police discovered the man moved his business, but did not leave a forwarding address. After checking with the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce, police learned that several complaints had been filed against the company for double booking and renting properties not under the control of Coastline Accommodations. The victim said she would prosecute when the suspect was located.

• Feb. 7, 600 block Key Royale Drive, theft. A man set out a bag of safety gear for friends, who were using his boat. The bag was left at the dock for them. When his friends returned, they informed him that they never saw the bag. The items inside were valued at $250.

• Feb. 9, 5000 block of Marina Drive, DWLS-habitual. A 43-year-old Bradenton man was arrested for driving while license suspended-habitual. According to the probable cause affidavit, an HBPD officer stopped the man for expired registration. A check of his license revealed it was suspended in 2010 for multiple unpaid traffic citations.

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.

Fishing – 02-20-2013

Fishing between weather fronts proves prosperous


Following the typical pattern for winter, island fishers are getting out between the cold fronts. Between fronts, the weather has been stellar. Eighty degrees and light winds make for some good Florida fishing in February.

On the other hand, during the fronts, temperatures are plummeting into the 50s and lower 60s. Add 20-knot winds out of the northeast and the fish can be on the borderline of lockjaw. All considered, it’s safe to say that consistency of the catch can be somewhat lacking.

Reports of sheepshead are good, especially from the Rod & Reel Pier. This bite had been hit or miss the past few weeks, but it’s time for things to start happening. Numbers of fish around the piers pilings should visibly increase. Hopefully, catches also will go up in numbers. The artificial reefs are holding some sheepies, and in mixed sizes, too. To fish the reefs, live shrimp is a great offering. If you decide to fish the piers, shrimp is working the best, but plan on baiting fiddlers and fleas as the fish settle in.

Rumors of pompano being caught along the beaches of Anna Maria Island are floating around. Try fishing at sun up with a yellow or pink pompano jig to get a bent rod. If you find the pompano are being reluctant, you can entice them with a fat live sand flea. That’ll usually do the trick.

Finally, redfish are gathering along the mangrove shorelines in between the fronts. These fish are being caught a number of ways so be prepared to be creative. Live shiners are working late in the day, if you can find them. Shrimp are working, but only if you’re dock fishing for reds. You’ll also hear about chunks of ladyfish working as bait for these reds. Some anglers say this method of fishing can be boring, but that only lasts until they have a big red on the end of their line.

Capt. Rick Gross of Fishy Business charters is targeting redfish and catch-and-release snook on the flats of southern Tampa Bay and Sarasota Bay. Gross is using live shiners, although hard to come by, for bait. During afternoon high tides, Gross is locating schooling redfish close to mangrove shorelines. By free lining the shiners, Gross is catching fish in the upper-slot range.

Afternoon high tides are the key. Average size of the snook is 22-24 inches, although in recent trips Gross was finding lots of slot-size fish.

Spotted seatrout are in the mix. For these fish, Gross is drifting and jigging with soft plastics. The MirrOlure Lil John on a 1/4-ounce jighead will do the trick, according to Gross. Most of the fish being caught are in the slot, although some small fish are in the mix.

Capt. Warren Girle is adding a new bait to his repertoire for reds — fresh-cut ladyfish. By cutting small bite-size pieces of ladyfish and casting them into schooling reds, Girle is catching slot-size and over-slot size fish. He’s working grass flats adjacent to mangrove shorelines during the high tides to locate schooling reds. Fishing with cut ladyfish is a great alternative when other baits are hard to come by or aren’t working.

The highlight recently was a 38-inch snook that was caught on a chunk of ladyfish.

Spotted sea trout are being caught on Berkley Gulp shrimp jigged over grass flats of 3-5 feet in depth. Most trout being caught are in the 15- to 20-inch range although fish up to 24 inches are available.

Girle is still targeting pompano in Sarasota Bay with success. By tipping small pompano jigs with fresh-cut shrimp, his clients are reeling up 6-10 pompano per trip with a by-catch of mackerel, bluefish and ladyfish.

From the beaches, Girle is working the small artificial reefs to catch bonito, Spanish mackerel and bluefish. To catch these species, Girle is using a small silver rattletrap with a quick retrieve. To prevent losing lures to sharp teeth, Girle attaches 4 inches of light wire leader.

Jonny Keyes at Island Discount Tackle says pompano are making a showing along Anna Maria Island beaches. Keyes likes to use a pompano jig with a small stinger rig to attract the bite. By using these jigs, Keyes says you can catch a number of species. Bluefish, mackerel, jacks, ladyfish and whiting will anxiously snack on these jigs if presented to them.

Keyes is hearing of sheepshead action at the local piers. Best baits to be armed with are live shrimp or sand fleas. To catch live sand fleas, you need a sand flea rake — a handle with an enforced wire mesh basket/strainer attached. You simply drag this basket through the sand in the shore break and sift out until what’s left is sand fleas. If this sounds like too much work, you can find frozen sand fleas at your local bait shop.

From the flats, Keyes is hearing of decent spotted seatrout action on artificials. Most flats fishers are jigging with soft plastics to get a bite. Popular colors this past week were white and chartreuse. Keyes suggests DOA Cal jigs when the trout are biting. If the bite slows down, or it’s slow to begin with, Keyes suggests a 3-inch Berkley Gulp shrimp. He feels the added scent gives him an advantage when fish are finicky.

Jim Malfese at the Rod & Reel Pier says the sheepies are cooperating and they’re eating shrimp. Pier fishers using either whole or fresh-cut live shrimp are going home with respectable bags of sheepshead fillets after a morning of fishing at the R&R. Average size of the sheepies is 1-2 pounds, although sightings of larger fish are being reported. As a rule of thumb, fiddler crabs and sand fleas will out-fish shrimp when targeting sheepies, but this week shrimp has been the bait of choice.

Similar to weeks in the past, black drum and flounder are rounding out the bite at the pier. Keeper-sizes of both species are being caught on live shrimp. If you’re specifically targeting flounder, try using a Berkley Gulp shrimp on a 1/4-ounce jig head. Cast along the edges of the pier and slowly drag your jig along the bottom adjacent to the structure.

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Calendar – 02-20-2013

Wednesday, Feb. 20

10 a.m.-5 p.m. — Arts and crafts show to benefit the Anna Maria Island Butterfly Park, Coquina Beach, Bradenton Beach. Information: 352-344-0657.

Noon – Anna Maria Garden Club meeting, Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-2607.

6 p.m. — Arts and crafts for tweens at the Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.


Thursday, Feb. 21

10 a.m.-4 p.m. — Arts and crafts show to benefit the Anna Maria Island Butterfly Park, Coquina Beach, Bradenton Beach. Information: 352-344-0657.

10:15 a.m. — Friends of the Island Library book club meets to discuss T.R. Reid’s “The Healing of America,” 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.

2 p.m. — Knitting club meeting, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.

3 p.m. — AMICCO Jazz Fest at the Sandbar, 100 Spring Ave., Anna Maria. Fee applies. Information: 941-778-8585.


Friday, Feb. 22

5-7 p.m. — Community dinner — spaghetti supper —Annie Silver Community Center, 103 23rd St., Bradenton Beach. Fee applies. Information: 941-778-3580.


Saturday, Feb. 23

9 a.m.-2 p.m. — Pines Trailer Park street sale and bake sale, adjacent to the Historic Bridge Street Pier in Bradenton Beach. Information: 810-955-2287.

8:30 a.m. — Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island breakfast and meeting with Bob Wolf talking about his book, “The Awakening of the Silent Majority? I Pray It Is Not Too Late,” Anna Maria Island Beach Cafe, Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 9941-778-1383.

10 a.m. — The Island Gallery West, 5368 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, hosts a free demonstration, Carole Dougherty, “Creating Mixed-Media Art.” Information: 941-778-6648.

11 a.m. — The Senior Adventures group hosts chef Craig Chasky, a nutritional counselor, in a cooking demonstration at the Annie Silver Community Center, 103 23rd St., Bradenton. Fee applies. Information: 941-962-8835.

        2 p.m. — Friends of the Island Library lecture and travel series presents Asolo Repertory Theater Guild Play Readers performing a Play Reader program, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-34217.

6 p.m. — Anna Maria Elementary School PTO Winter Wonder Island gala, Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941- 708-5525.


Sunday, Feb. 24

9 a.m.-2 p.m. — Pines Trailer Park street sale and bake sale, adjacent to the Historic Bridge Street Pier in Bradenton Beach. Information: 810-955-2287.


Monday, Feb. 25

6:30 p.m. — Official sunset time.


Tuesday, Feb. 26

Noon — Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island lunch and meeting, BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-794-8044.


Wednesday, Feb. 27

Noon — Anna Maria Island Historical Society members luncheon, BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-778-0492.



Thursday, Feb. 21

7 p.m. — Longboat Key Historical Society lecture with John Ginaven talking about eagle-watching, 6400 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. Information: 941-383-1598.


Sunday, Feb. 24

11 a.m. — Florida Maritime Museum’s Titanic Fashion Luncheon, 4415 119th St. W., Cortez. Fee applies. Information: 941-708-6121.

        1:05 p.m. — Pirates spring training begins, McKechnie Field, 1611 Ninth St. W., Bradenton. Fee applies. Information:  941-747-3031.

7 p.m. — The Academy Awards on ABC.



• Through April 28, Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium, 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota, hosts Sea Lions: On the Water’s Edge. Fee applies. Information: 941-388-4441.

• Wednesdays and Saturdays, 9 a.m., horseshoes pitched, Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information: 941-708-6130.

• Wednesdays through Easter, Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 6608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, Holmes Beach, hosts soup suppers at 6 p.m. Information: 941-778-1813.

• Wednesdays through spring, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., the Anna Maria Island Historical Society, 402 Pine Ave., Anna Maria, sells settlers bread. Information: 941-778-0492.

• Wednesdays through March, 1-3 p.m., Anna Maria Irish Ceili dancers, Mannatee Sports Grill, 7423 Manatee Ave., Bradenton. Information: 779-1416.

• First Wednesdays, noon, Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce networking luncheon. Location varies. Fee applies. Information: 941-778-1541.

• First Wednesdays, Mana-Tween Book Club, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information:  941-748-5555, ext. 6318.

• Second Wednesdays, 8 a.m., Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce sunrise breakfast. Location varies. Fee applies. Information: 941-778-1541.

• Fourth Wednesdays, 5 p.m., Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce business-card exchange. Location varies. Fee applies. Information: 941-778-1541.

• Thursdays, Thirsty Thursdays specials and activities, 5-7 p.m., Bridge Street, Bradenton Beach.

• Through spring, bingo games, Annie Silver Community Center, 103 23rd St., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-778-3580.

        • Fridays, Senior Adventures, low-cost field trips from Annie Silver Community Center, 103 23rd St., Bradenton Beach. Fee may apply. Information: 941-962-8835.

• Third Fridays, 5-8 p.m., Pine Avenue Porch Party presented by local merchants, Pine Avenue, Anna Maria. Food donations requested for Roser Food Pantry. Information: 941-896-3132.

• Fourth Fridays, through March, community dinners, Annie Silver Community Center, 103 23rd St., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-778-3580.

        • First Saturdays, 8 a.m.-noon, Manatee County Audubon open house, 9:30 a.m. Audubon Walk, Felts Audubon Preserve, 4600 24th Ave. E., Palmetto, Information: 941-729-2227.

• Third Sundays, through May, 9-11 a.m., Junior Audubon, Manatee Audubon Society, Felts Audubon Preserve, 4600 24th Ave. E., Palmetto. Information: 941-729-2227.

• Sundays, through April 10, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., the Bridge Street Market, Bridge Street, Bradenton Beach. The first Sundays include a food challenge for charity. Information: 215-906-0668.

• Mondays, 1 p.m., bridge games, Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-0414.

• First Mondays, 7 p.m., Florida Institute for Saltwater Heritage board meets, Fisherman’s Hall, 4515 123rd St. W., Cortez. Information: 941-254-4972.

• First Mondays, through May, 6:30 p.m., the Artists’ Guild of Anna Maria Island meets, the Episcopal Church of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6694.

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

• Tuesdays, 4 p.m., Inquiring Minds religious study group meets, Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 6608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-4579.

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

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


Coming up

• March 1-2, Island Cityfest: A Holmes Beach Founders Day Celebration, 5801 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.

• March 2, Friends of the Island Library Book Sale, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.

• March 9-10, Anna Maria Island Art League Springfest juried art show, Holmes Beach city field, 5801 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.

• March 10, Roser Memorial Community Church chapel rededication, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria.


Save the date

• March 16, Anna Maria Island Community Center Tour of Homes, various island locations.

• March 20, Anna Maria Garden Club Penny Flower Show, Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria.

• March 24, Anna Maria Island Concert Chorus and Orchestra concert, CrossPointe Fellowship, 8605 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.

• March 30, Anna Maria Island Historical Society Heritage Festival, 402 Pine Ave., Anna Maria.

• March 31, Easter.

• April 22, Earth Day.

• May 4, Food and Wine on Pine, Pine Avenue, Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-8705.


Calendar announcements

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Island real estate transactions – 02-20-2013

520 Bayview Drive, Holmes Beach, a 1,970 sfla / 3,242 sfur 3bed/3bath/1car canalfront home built in 1965 on a 87×118 lot was sold 01/25/13, Vande Vrede to Beard for $580,000; list $645,000.

515 42nd St., Unit A, 42nd Street Coastal Cottages, Holmes Beach, a 1,590 sfla / 1,883 sfur 3bed/3bath/2car condo with pool built in 2000 was sold 01/30/13, AMI Assets LLC to Caiola for $536,750; list $559,000.

1906 Gulf Drive N., Unit 106, Coquina Beach Club, Bradenton Beach, a 1,072 sfla 2bed/2bath condo with shared pool built in 1985 was sold 01/30/13, Braden Homes LLC to Rocker Fruit Company for $311,000.

2501 Gulf Drive N., Unit 203, Beach Plaza, Bradenton Beach, a 736 sfla / 781 sfur 2bed/1bath condo built in 1981 was sold 02/01/13, Ernst to Gardner for $180,000.

1801 Gulf Drive N., Unit 183, Runaway Bay, Bradenton Beach, a 691 sfla / 771 sfur 1bed/1bath condo with shared pool built in 1978 was sold 02/01/13, Longacre to Venn for $180,000.

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

Obituaries – 02-20-2013

Ella Calagna

Ella Calagna of Bradenton and formerly of Bradenton Beach died Feb. 5. She was born in Bronx, N.Y.

She married John Calagna and moved to Bradenton Beach in 1973. The couple recently celebrated 53 years of marriage.

Mrs. Calagna was a homemaker. Her passion was her family, friends, cooking and shopping. She prepared many meals for family events and holidays. She enjoyed spending her time with family and friends.

A celebration of life will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, at Christ Church, 6400 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. Memorial donations may be made to Tidewell Hospice, 3355 26th St. W., Bradenton FL 34205. Covell Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Calagna is survived by husband John; son Christopher; daughter Ella; son-in law Mark; sisters Dorothy and Joan; and brothers Bobby and Paul.


Joan Marie Cashin

Joan Marie Cashin of Holmes Beach and Mashpee, Mass., died Feb. 7. She was born on July 15, 1937, in Brooklyn, N.Y., to Alfred and Joan Palmer.

She grew up in Pleasant Valley, N.Y., and attended Arlington High School in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., and Mount Saint Mary’s in Newburgh, N.Y. She graduated from Mount St. Aloysius College in Pennsylvania and was a licensed practical nurse and a sign language interpreter.

Her passion was working with deaf children, assisting them through elementary school, high school and college. Her hobbies were making Nantucket baskets and collecting antiques. Mrs. Cashin and husband Frank had an antique business, Corner Cupboard, for many years in Rhinebeck, N.Y.

Visitation and a service were held Feb. 15 at Chapman Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, Falmouth, Mass., followed by a funeral Mass Feb. 16 at St. Anthony’s Church, Falmouth. Memorial donations may be made to Hope Hospice, 765 Attucks Lane, Hyannis MA 02601. Online condolences may be made at

Mrs. Cashin is survived by her husband, Frank S.; children Dr. Christopher and wife Teresa Simek of Lakeland, Laurie and husband Mark Wegryn of Shrewsbury Mass., Robert Simek and wife Donna of Dover, Mass., John Simek and wife Susan of Kingston N.Y.; stepson Mark and wife Marylyn Cashin of Cary, N.C.; and 10 grandchildren.


Debra L. Delvecchio

Debra L. Delvecchio, 49, of Sarasota and formerly of Anna Maria Island, died Feb. 5.

She attended Bradenton Christian and Manatee High School and was a lifetime member of Christ Episcopal Church.

Arrangements were by Griffith-Cline Funeral Home, Bradenton.

Mrs. Delvecchio is survived by her husband, Ronald W. Sr.; mother Rita Bear Andrews; step-mother Mrs. E.J. “Sandy” Andrews; and half-brother Jake Andrews.

Sports – 02-20-2013

KRC champ crowned, playoffs loom in center football


Facing a three-shot deficit with four holes to play, John Holcomb won the last four holes of his Feb. 12 match against Ron Pritchard to earn a 1-up win in the 2013 Key Royale Club Men’s Championship.

In regular golf action, the men played an 18-hole, individual-low-net match Feb. 12. Bill Gallagher’s personal-best gross score of 38 gave him a 9-under-par 56 net score and a four-shot lead over a trio of players.

Jim Mixon, Al Kaiser and Jim Helgeson tied for second place at 4-under-par 60, while Jim Thorton was alone in third with a 61.

The club women took over the course for an individual-low-net-in-flight match Feb. 12.

Laura Purcell rode a birdie on the sixth hole to a 2-under-par 30 to take first place in Flight A by two shots over second-place finisher Judy Crowe, who also birdied on six. Lynn Dailey and Joy Kaiser tied for third place with matching 33s.

Penny Williams carded the low round of the day with a 6-under-par 26 and first place in Flight B. One shot back in second place was Heather Pritchard, while Sue Little was alone in third place with a 3-under-par 29.

Marty Clark, Judy Ward, Terry Westby and Sue Wheeler each carded 1-under-par 31 to finish in a four-way tie for first place in Flight C.

Barb Renk and Marcia O’Brien tied for first place in Flight D with matching 3-under-par 29s. Nell Bergstrom was one shot back in second place, while Sally Keys finished third with a 31.

Judy Crowe, Margret Layh and Laura Purcell combined for a gross score of 83 to win the two-best-balls team game.

Jan Jump, Judy Ward and Rita Allen all had chipins on their round.

The men played a two-best-balls-of-foursome match Feb. 11. The team of Jim Auch, Bill Martin, Paul Kaemmerlen and Rich Beunbelle combined on a 15-under-par 49. Tom Lewis, Tom O’Brien, Harold McKammish and Tony Niewyk were two shots back in second, while Dave Kruger, Al Pollock, Bill Anderson and Tom Minse were alone in third with a 52.

The men played a nine-hole, modified-Stableford or quota points game the afternoon of Feb. 11. Art McMillan and Dave VandeVrede tied for first place in the individual category with plus-4.

The team of Merritt Fineout, Mike Gille, Barry Anderson and John Cassese combined to card a plus-3 to tie Buddy Fox, Fred Miller, Bill Koche and Earl Ritchie.

Bob Elliott fired a 1-under-par — 33 shots lower than his age — to take first place in the men’s 18-hole, individual-low-net match played Feb. 9. Elliott continues to ask, “Who says 96 is too old to play golf?”

Gary Harris, Tom Lewis and Carl Voyles were two shots back in a three-way tie for second place.


NFL leagues log look to playoffs

Teams in the Anna Maria Island Community Center NFL flag football leagues moved closer to their second season — playoffs — last week.

With only a few weeks to go before the “win or go home” playoffs, teams are jockeying for seeding position and hoping for favorable matchups.

Integrity Sound continues to lead the 14-17 division with a 7-1 record, but the 6-2 West Coast Surf Shop Buccaneers are on their heels, closely followed by the 5-3 Lobstahs Colts and the 4-4 Walter & Associates Bears. Eat Here Packers and Beach to Bay Construction Browns follow in the 14-17 standings.

Ross Built Dolphins are 8-0 and threatening to run away with the top seed in the 11-13 division. Holy Cow Cardinals follow in second place with a 5-1 record, while Lobstahs Buccaneers are in third place with a 4-4 record. The high-scoring Beach Bums Ravens, Mr. Bones Colts, Walter & Associates Bears and Edgewater Realty Jaguars follow in the standings.

The 8-10 division continues to be a log jam with three teams battling for top seed. Coastal Orthopedic Bears lead at 7-2, but LPAC Cardinals and Lobstahs Browns aren’t far behind at 6-2. Miller Electric Chargers and Tyler’s Ice Cream Vikings are 4-4 with Manatee Cancer Center Dolphins, Air & Energy Jets and Beach Bistro Buccaneers bringing up the back end of the 8-10 standings.

Air & Energy Jets pulled off a big upset Feb. 16, defeating the second-place LPAC Cardinals 19-12. Tyler Brewer caught one touchdown pass while throwing two touchdown passes in the victory. Josh Calhoun had two touchdown receptions and hooked up with Brewer for a touchdown pass. Daniel Sentman completed the scoring with an extra-point reception.

Jack Groves and Brewer both had four flag pulls and an interception to pace the defense along with Calhoun, who also received an interception.

Eli Heskin and Daniel Fritz led LPAC with a touchdown run each in the loss. William Batey, Thomas Heckler and Fritz each had two flag pulls, while Cole Pearson had an interception to lead the defense.

Lobstahs Buccaneers edged Beach Bums Ravens 41-40 in the 11-13 game of the week. Quarterback Joe Rogers threw three touchdown passes, two to Jean Paul Russo, who added three touchdown runs, two extra points and a two-point conversion in the victory. Trevor Meek added a touchdown reception and an extra point to round out the scoring.

Beach Bums Ravens were led by Matthew Manger-Denigris who threw five touchdown passes, including two each to Dylan Doyle and John Smith. Steele Quinard added another touchdown reception, while Smith and Ryan Doyle each added two-point conversions to complete the Ravens scoring.

Dylan Doyle, Ryan Doyle and Smith each had interceptions. Smith led all players with eight flag pulls.

Lobstahs Colts gained on West Coast Surf Shop Buccaneers with a 12-7 win in 14-17 division action Feb. 11.

Quarterback Danny Doyle threw two touchdown passes to Hunter Parrish to account for the Colts scoring. Defensively, Doyle, Parrish and Burke McCampbell-Hill led the way with four flag pulls each, while Brennan Collier added an interception.

The Buccaneers were led by Zach Stewart, who completed 14 passes, including a touchdown pass to Tony Sperduto and an extra point. Jack Shinn led the Bucs with four flag pulls.

The adult coed NFL Flag Football League heads into the final weeks of its regular season with several teams still in the hunt for top seed.

The AFC is led by the Sun Bills and Florida Discount Signs Colts at 5-1. Southern Greens Seahawks are right behind at 4-2 for a shot at the top spot. Tyler’s Ice Cream Vikings and BY Construction Bears follow at 2-4, while Duncan Real Estate Cardinals and the winless Slim’s Place Patriots bring up the rear.

The NFC currently has four teams sitting at 4-2 and tied for first place. Waterfront Restaurant Dolphins, Duffy’s Tavern Raiders, Lobstahs Lions and Sato Real Estate Browns all hold a one-game lead over Beach to Bay Construction Ravens and Agnelli Pool & Spa Giants with Harrington House Buccaneers holding down the bottom of the standings.


Horseshoe news

Four teams emerged from pool play with 3-0 records, ready to battle for the title in Feb. 16 horseshoe action at the horseshoe pits at Anna Maria City Hall.

Gene Bobeldyk and Bruce Munro rolled past John Johnson and Steve Doyle 21-10 in the first semifinal, while Bob Mason and Adin Shank edged Tom Skoloda and Don Buchholz 21-18 in the second match. The finals were all Bobeldyk and Munro in a 24-3 victory.

Four teams advanced to the knockout stage during Feb. 13 horseshoe action. John Johnson and Bob Palmer slid past Sam Samuels and Bill Wright 21-20 in the first match, while Bill Fox and Paul Sheatler rolled over John Crawford and Larry Delarber 22-7 in the second pairing. Johnson and Palmer edged Fox and Sheatler 21-20 in the finals.

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 NFL Flag Football schedule

5-7 division

Feb. 22    6 p.m.      Tyler’s vs. Lobstahs


8-10 Division

Feb. 20    6 p.m.      Lobstahs  vs. Coastal Orthopedic

Feb. 22    6 p.m.      Tyler’s vs. Bistro

Feb. 22    7 p.m.      LPAC  vs. Miller Elect


11-13 Division

Feb. 22    8 p.m.      Holy Cow vs. Ross Built

Feb. 25    6 p.m.      Edgewater Realty vs. Walter & Assoc.

Feb. 25    7 p.m.      Beach Bums vs. Mr. Bones


14-17 Division

Feb. 25    8 p.m.      Lobstahs vs. Integrity Sound

Feb. 26    6 p.m.      Integrity Sound vs. Surf Shop

Feb. 26    7 p.m.      Beach to Bay vs. Eat Here

Feb. 26    8 p.m.      Lobstahs vs. Walter & Assoc.


Adult Division

Feb. 20    7 p.m.      Beach to Bay vs. Sato RE

Feb. 20    8 p.m.      Southern Green vs. Slim’s

Feb. 20    9 p.m.      Agnelli Pool vs. Harrington House

Feb. 21    6 p.m.      BY Construction vs. Duncan RE

Feb. 21    7 p.m.      Lobstahs vs. Waterfront

Feb. 21    8 p.m.      Tyler’s vs. FL Discount Signs

Feb. 21    9 p.m.      Sun vs. Duffy’s Tavern


AMICC Adult Volleyball League schedule

Feb. 19    6:30 p.m. Lobstahs vs. IRE

Feb. 19    7:30 p.m. Duncan Real Estate vs. Tyler’s

Feb. 19    8:30 p.m. Lobstahs vs. Tyler’s