Chef Craig Chaskey provides seniors a tasty cooking lesson and lunch April 27 at the Annie Silver Community Center in Bradenton Beach. The menu featured guacamole, tacos and cinnamon flauta. Islander Photo: Edna Tiemann
Wednesday, May 1
Today nesting season for sea turtles officially begins. Lights out on the beaches.
1:15 p.m. — Gulf Coast Writers meeting, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-3209.
6 p.m. — Mana-Tweens Book Club, open to ages 8-12, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.
Thursday, May 2
11 a.m. — All Island Denominations and Anna Maria Island churches’ National Day of Prayer service, the gazebo at 59th Street and Flotilla Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-0414.
2 p.m. — Island knitting club, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.
Friday, May 3
5-10 p.m. — Great American Music Event to benefit Georgia-Rose Gibbons, Holmes Beach city field, 5801 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-527-5018.
Saturday, May 4
8:30 a.m. — Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island breakfast and meeting, Anna Maria Island Beach Cafe, Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-1383.
11 a.m.-4 p.m.— Food and Wine on Pine festival with arts, crafts, actors, live music and food and wine vendors, Pine Avenue, Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-8705.
2:30-10 p.m. — Great American Music Event to benefit Georgia-Rose Gibbons, Holmes Beach city field, 5801 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-527-5018.
Sunday, May 5
11 a.m.-5 p.m. — Sixth annual Anna Maria Island Wedding Festival, various locations on the island. Registration at the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce, 5313 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-1541.
11:30 a.m.-7 p.m. — Great American Music Event to benefit Georgia-Rose Gibbons, Holmes Beach city field, 5801 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-527-5018.
Monday, May 6
8:07 p.m. — Official sunset time.
Tuesday, May 7
Noon — Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island lunch and meeting, BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-794-8044.
Wednesday, May 8
2 p.m. — Estate planning program, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.
Saturday, May 4
9 a.m. — Sarasota Bay Estuary Program/Around the Bend planting day at Perico Preserve, 11700 Manatee Ave., Perico Island. Advance registration. Information: 941-955-8085.
5 p.m. — Ultimate Kentucky Derby Bash, The Polo Grill, 10670 Boardwalk Loop, Lakewood Ranch. Reservations required. Information: 941-782-0899.
• Through Aug. 31, Bradenton Marauders baseball, McKechnie Field, 1611 Ninth St. W., Bradenton. Fee applies. Information: 941-747-3031.
• Wednesdays and Saturdays, 9 a.m., horseshoes pitched, Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information: 941-708-6130.
• 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.
• Fridays, Senior Adventures, low-cost field trips from Annie Silver Community Center, 103 23rd St. N., Bradenton Beach. Some events on other days too. 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. Information: 941-896-3132.
• Weekends, through Oct. 20, ranger-led kayak tours, De Soto National Memorial, 8300 De Soto Memorial Highway, Bradenton. Information: 941-792-0458, ext. 105.
• 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.
• 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.
• Third Mondays, 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, 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.
• May 9, Island Players’ opening of “37 Postcards,” Island Players theater, Anna Maria.
• May 10-11, American Cancer Society Relay for Life on Anna Maria Island, Coquina Beach.
• Mother’s Day is May 12.
• May 18, An Island Affaire gala for the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria.
Save the date
• June 1, the Atlantic hurricane season begins. Be prepared.
• June 1-2, Islandwide Blood Drive, location to be announced.
• July 4, the Anna Maria Island Privateers Independence Day Parade from Coquina Beach to Bayfront Park, and Scholarships Awards Party at Manatee Public Beach.
Send calendar announcements to email@example.com. Please include the time, date and location of the event, a brief description and a contact via email and phone. The deadline for submissions is the Wednesday a week before publication. High-resolution photographs welcome.
Youth basketball, baseball seasons take off at AMICC
The Anna Maria Island Community Center youth basketball season got underway last week in the gym. Most games are being played weeknights with some games also being played on Saturdays.
Beach Bums sits atop the Division II standings with a 2-0 record after one week of action. Manatee Cancer Center is on their heels with a 2-1 record, while Beach Bistro is looking for its first win.
Ross Built is on top of the Division I standings with a 3-0 record. Walter & Associates is right behind with a 2-1 record, followed by 1-1 Sand Dollar and winless Southern Green and Duncan Real Estate.
The premier division has Walter & Associates in first place with a 3-0 record, while Heritage Paper Company is in second with a 1-1 record. Eat Here and The Feast are still in search of a first victory in the startup league.
Jack Groves scored all 18 points to lead Manatee Cancer Center past Beach Bistro 18-16 in Division II basketball action April 27. Groves also chipped in 14 rebounds for his team, which also received seven rebounds from Josh Calhoun in the victory.
Beach Bistro was led by David Daigle, who scored 10 points and grabbed nine rebounds. Thomas Heckler added 4 points and six rebounds, while Sean Rodriguez finished with 2 points and five rebounds in the loss.
Ross Built rolled to a 45-27 victory during Division I action April 27 behind 19 points and 13 rebounds from Trent Boring and 18 points and seven rebounds from Jake Ross. Andrew Ross added 6 points and 11 rebounds and Hannah McCracken finished with nine rebounds in the victory.
Joey Stewart scored 13 points and Corey Jacques added 10 points and 14 rebounds to lead Sand Dollar in the loss.
Walter & Associates rolled to a 43-25 victory over Duncan Real Estate in Division I action April 27 behind 21 points from JP Russo and 16 points and 19 rebounds from Dayton Modderman.
Duncan was led by Leo Rose, who scored 19 points, while Leo Tilelli added 8 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in the loss.
Trent Boring scored 18 points and grabbed 19 rebounds to lead Ross Built to a 42-28 victory over Walter & Associates during Division I basketball action April 26. Jake Ross added 12 points and twin brother Andrew finished with 10 points, six rebounds and two assists in the victory.
JP Russo’s 21 points and 10 rebounds and 8 points and 17 rebounds from Dayton Modderman paced Walter & Associates in the loss.
Southern Green edged Sand Dollar 36-34 in Division I basketball action April 26. Hayden Brewer led Southern Green with 13 points and seven rebounds, while Edward Cullinan finished with 10 points and 17 rebounds. Blake Battle added 6 points, while Mathrew Manger and Brandon Mills each chipped in with 4 points in the victory.
Corey Jacques led all scorers with 21 points and grabbed 20 rebounds to lead Sand Dollar, which also received 6 points from Joey Stewart in the loss.
Walter & Associates cruised to a 41-27 victory over The Feast in premier division action April 26. Phil Rottes led Walter & Associates with 14 points and 18 rebounds, while Seth Walter added 12 points. Neil Carper chipped in with 5 points, while Jack Walter and Eric Crawford finished with 4 points each in the victory.
Alex Gilman scored 14 points and Lee Bergeron added 10 points and 10 rebounds to lead The Feast in the loss.
Paradise Bagels gets walk-off victory
Paradise Bagels Cafe opened the 2013 baseball season for youths April 26 at the Anna Maria Island Community Center with a walk-off win over Beach to Bay Construction 5-4.
While trailing 4-3 with Tony Rappold on base with a single, the cafe’s Tyler Brewer came up and delivered a two-run, inside-the-park home run to end the game in dramatic fashion.
MAYSO announces youth soccer tryouts
The Manatee Area Youth Soccer Organization has announced tryout dates and times for Manatee Magic, its competitive soccer program.
Cost per player for the Magic season, which runs September-March, is $400 and includes home and away uniforms and a backpack.
All MAYSO Magic coaches are licensed and possess many years of coaching and playing experience.
Tryouts will be held at G.T. Bray Park in Bradenton 6-7:30 p.m. May 28-June 5 for age groups as follow:
• U9-10 Boys: May 28, June 3.
• U9-10 Girls: May 28, June 3.
• U11-12 Boys: May 29, June 4.
• U11-12 Girls: May 29, June 4.
• U13-16 Boys: May 30, June 5.
• U13-16 Girls: May 30, June 5.
For more information, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 941-807-1105.
Two teams advanced to the knockout round during April 27 horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe pits. Rod Bussey ended the championship match with a six-pack — double ringer — to lead both he and Carl Samuelson to a 26-11 victory over Herb Puryear and Marvin Gangemi.
The April 24 games had four teams advance from pool play with matching 2-1 records. The first playoff match saw Jerry Disbrow and Ron Pepka take out Bruce Munro and Gene Bobeldyk 22-11, while Art Kingstad defeated Rod Bussey and Hank Huyghe 21-4 in the second playoff. Kingstad walked over Disbrow and Pepka in the finals, defeating them 21-4.
Play gets under way at 9 a.m. every Wednesday and Saturday at the Anna Maria City Hall pits. Warmups begin at 8:45 a.m. followed by random team selection. There is no charge to play and everyone is welcome.
Key Royale golf news
The members of Key Royale Club got together for a coed best-ball-of-foursome match April 26. The team of Rose Slomba, Terry Westby, Jim Dunne and Bob Dickinson combined on a 7-under-par 25 for first place.
The team of Bob Soos, Dale Hudson, Joe Muscatello and Larry Pippel matched the 4-under-par 28 carded by Jack Conners, Dave Johnson and Art McMillan to tie for first place in a nine-hole team scramble April 25.
The Key Royale men played an 18-hole, two-best-balls-of-foursome match April 24. The team of Al Kaiser, Wade Ladue, Jim Helgeson and Carl Voyles combined on a 32-under-par 96 to earn an eight-shot victory over the second-place team of Earl Ritchie, Larry Fowler, D. Johnavey and Tom Lewis.
Jerry Elson scored a plus-6 to take first place during the April 22, modified-Stableford match at the club. Dale Hudson, Earl Ritchie, Gary Silke and Larry Pippel tied for second place at plus-4.
The foursome of John Cassese, Joe Cassese, Bill Melvin and Rod Bluhm won the team competition with a combined score of plus-5.
The club women played a nine-hole, individual-low-net-in-flight match April 23.
Joy Kaiser and Judy Crowe both carded 4-under-par 28s to tie for first in Flight A. Pam Alvord was one shot back in second, while Jean Holmes finished third with a 1-under-par 31.
Joyce Brown’s 7-under-par 25 gave her a three-shot victory in Flight B over Margrit Layh and Sue Christenson, who tied for second place. Meredith Slavin was another shot back in third place.
Sue Wheeler carded a 6-under-par 26 to earn a 7-shot victory over Maryanne Kaemmerlen and Jan Jump in Flight C. Barb Lindwall and Roxanne Koche tied for third at 3-over-par 35.
Markie Ksiazek’s 8-under-par 24 was the low-net round of the day and gave her first place in Flight D. Shirley Cessna took second place with 4-under-par 28, while Sharon Conlon, Joanne Ozdych and Rose Slomba tied for third with matching 30s.
Bob Landgren and John Sagert combined on an 8-under-par 56 to take first place in the nine-hole, low-net-of-partners match April 22. Andrew Barber and Dave Kruger finished one shot back in second place.
For AMICC youth sports schedules, go online at www.islander.org
AMICC Youth Basketball League schedule
Date Time Opponents
Division II (ages 8-10)
May 2 6 p.m. Beach Bums vs. Manatee Cancer Center
May 2 7 p.m. Bistro vs. Beach Bums
May 4 11 a.m. Manatee Cancer Center vs. Bistro
Division I (ages 11-13)
May 3 6 p.m. Southern Green vs. Duncan Real Estate
May 3 7 p.m. Sand Dollar vs. Walter & Assoc.
May 4 Noon Duncan Real Estate vs. Ross Built
May 4 1 p.m. Walter & Assoc. vs. Southern Green
May 6 6 p.m. Ross Built vs. Walter & Assoc.
May 6 7 p.m. Southern Green vs. Sand Dollar
Premier division (ages 14-17)
May 2 8 p.m. Heritage Paper vs. The Feast
May 3 8 p.m. Walter & Assoc. vs. Eat Here
May 6 8 p.m. Heritage Paper vs. Eat Here
May 7 6 p.m. The Feast vs. Eat Here
AMICC Youth Baseball League schedule
T-Ball (ages 5-7)
May 3 6 p.m. Miller Electric vs. Air & Energy
May 6 6 p.m. Miller Electric vs. Air & Energy
Coach Pitch (ages 8-11)
May 3 7:15 p.m. Beach to Bay vs. Paradise Bagels
May 6 7:15 p.m. Beach to Bay vs. Paradise Bagels
• April 19, 200 block of Magnolia Avenue, possession of marijuana. While on patrol, a Manatee County sheriff’s deputy observed two juveniles riding their bikes at 2:30 a.m. The deputy was suspicious due to the time and stopped the two juveniles, who appeared visibly nervous, according to the report. The deputy asked if they had anything illegal on their persons, and they said they did not. After agreeing to a search, the deputy found 13.2 grams of marijuana in one of the juvenile’s pocket. The drugs were confiscated and the juveniles were turned over to an adult.
• April 20, 500 block of South Bay Drive, trespass warning. A man called the sheriff’s office to report a woman known to him was ringing his doorbell. A deputy made contact with the woman inside her vehicle, which was parked at the residence. At that time, the woman was issued a trespass warning and left the area.
• April 18, 300 block of North Bay Boulevard, trespass. A woman came home to find a man sleeping on her couch. A deputy made contact with the man, who said he drank too much the night before and was looking for a place to sleep. Nothing appeared missing or broken, but the suspect was arrested for illegally occupying a structure and trespassing.
Anna Maria is policed by the MCSO.
• April 24, 2300 block of Avenue B, domestic disturbance. A man, who admitted he was drinking, could not find his house keys and hit the front door causing a window to break. His male roommate was upset and said he would ask the man to leave, but the landlord advised he would begin the process of evicting the two males.
Bradenton Beach is policed by the BBPD.
• April 20, 4528 119th St. W., Cortez Kitchen, criminal mischief. A man reported someone had damaged his bicycle while he was inside the restaurant. A witness told a deputy that she saw a man stab the victim’s bicycle tire and that the suspect often causes problems at the restaurant. The damage to the bike was estimated at $90.
Cortez is policed by the MCSO
• April 17, 4500 block of Gulf Drive, driving while license suspended. A 24-year-old Holmes Beach man was arrested for driving while license suspended. A police officer initiated a traffic stop on the man and discovered his license had been revoked, and that this was the man’s second incident over a three-month period.
• April 17, 5300 block of Gulf Drive, domestic battery. A woman and her girlfriend were arguing when one of the women grabbed the other and threw her to the ground. A witness broke up the fight and called police. The 24-year-old aggressor was arrested on a misdemeanor battery charge after police observed red marks on the victim’s neck and arms.
• April 6, 8200 block of Gulf Drive, DUI. A 43-year-old Longboat Key man was arrested for driving under the influence. Police observed Todd Lasota tailgating another vehicle and then attemptING to pass the vehicle using the bike lane. Police initiated a traffic stop, but Lasota continued for several blocks before stopping. Police observed an odor of alcohol, several empty beer cans and one open beer can in Lasota’s center console. A field-sobriety test was conducted, which Lasota failed. He was arrested for misdemeanor DUI.
• April 6, 8300 block of Marina Drive, vehicle burglary. A complainant reported someone entered his unlocked vehicle stealing a camera, lenses and other items valued at $2,065.
• April 8, 500 block of Bayview Drive, suspicious circumstance. A complainant reported someone keeps throwing plastic push pins onto his driveway near his vehicle. The victim told police he has collected about 40 of the pins over the last three months and he now has a slow leak in one of his tires. He suspects one of his neighbors.
• April 8, 300 block of 56th Street, disturbance. A woman called police in regards to her ex-boyfriend making harassing calls. She told police his phone calls are always mean and nasty in nature. She said she just wanted to document the incident and would consider filing a restraining order against him.
• April 9, 3800 block of East Bay Drive, theft. A complainant reported two bicycles valued at $500 were stolen from a condominium bike rack. He told police the bikes were locked at the time of the theft.
• April 10, 5904 Marina Drive, Havana Cabana, theft. Someone stole the restaurant’s menu sign valued at $250.
• April 10, 3800 block of Sixth Avenue, disturbance. Police responded to a domestic disturbance and made contact with a female complainant. The woman said she was arguing with her husband over the way he was making the dog’s bed. The couple was advised to separate for the night.
• April 11, 5100 block of Gulf Drive, Marchman Act. Police observed a man staggering on the roadway and struggling to keep himself steady. The man said he had been at a local bar and admitted he was drinking heavily. The man said he was staying at an island resort, but could not remember where it was. He was transported to Manatee Glens Hospital.
• April 12, 5424 Marina Drive, Jessie’s Island Store BP, disturbance. The night clerk called police in regards to a man outside the store causing a disturbance. Police stopped the man’s vehicle and informed him that the store clerk requested he never returns.
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.
Dr. John H. Deam, 87, of Bradenton and formerly of Anna Maria Island, died April 21. He was born Oct. 4, 1925, in Reading, Pa.
He attended Birdsboro High School, Albright College and Thomas Jefferson University-Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia. He served two years in the U.S. Navy as a pharmacist’s mate 2nd class and received the Victory Medal.
Dr. Deam established his medical practice on Anna Maria Island in 1960. He was chief of staff for Manatee Hospital in 1975. He was a member of Roser Memorial Community Church, Anna Maria Island Historical Society, Key Royale Club, Sons of the American Revolution and the Manatee Medical Society. He was an avid golfer and fisherman.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 1, at Roser Chapel, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria.
Dr. Deam is survived by his sister, Dorothy Thompson, of Palm City, Fla.; children David, M.D., and his wife Gail of Spring Hill, Fla., Donna and husband James Hitchings of Woking, England, Douglas, D.D.S., and wife Ann of Miami, and Debra and husband Bill Sanders of Bradenton; six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Frances M. Lundy
Frances M. Sambula Lundy, 83, of Charleroi, Pa., died April 17. She was born Jan. 5, 1930, in Yugoslavia to the late George and Anna Pakultis Sambula.
Mrs. Lundy was a member of Mary, Mother of the Church Parish, Charleroi, Pa.
A Mass of Christian burial was celebrated at Mary, Mother of the Church, Charleroi. Condolences may be made online at www.schrock-hogan.com.
Mrs. Lundy is survived by her sons, Chris of Anna Maria and Billy of Charleroi; brothers Jerome Sambula of Charleroi and George and wife Carol Sambula of Cleveland; many nieces and nephews; and several great-nieces and great-nephews.
Thomas M. McGannon
Thomas M. McGannon, 85, of Holmes Beach and Ocean Beach, N.Y., died April 25. He moved with his wife to Holmes Beach in 1986.
Mr. McGannon served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He graduated from the University of Bridgeport, where he later served on the board for many years and was given the status of life trustee. Following college, he joined Clopay Corporation, rising to the position of vice president of sales and marketing. He later assumed the same position with the General Hardware Manufacturing Co. Inc. in New York.
He was a lifelong boater and fisherman and a founding member and former commodore of the Minuteman Yacht Club in Westport, Conn., and the Ocean Beach Yacht Club in New York.
Mr. McGannon is survived by his wife of 43 years, Valerie; sister Clare Costello of Easton, Pa.; daughter Susan Emery of Murfreesboro, Tenn.; son Thomas Houghton and wife Janet Caldwell Noakes; and granddaughters Maggie and Molly, all of Wilmington, N.C.
Donald W. Meals, 90, of Holmes Beach, died April 22. He was born June 5, 1922, in Carlisle, Pa.
Mr. Meals graduated from Carlisle High School and received a bachelor’s degree from Dickinson College. He served from 1943 to 1945 with the U.S. Army 94th Infantry division and landed in Normandy and fought through Brittany and into Germany. He was awarded a Bronze Star for valor and received a Purple Heart for injuries received during the Battle of the Bulge.
He married his high school sweetheart, Kathleen Briner, in 1946 in Carlisle, Pa.
Further education in psychology and management led to a doctorate degree in 1950 from the University of Pennsylvania. He worked for the Operations Research Office of Johns Hopkins University in the 1950s, providing support for the U.S. Army. He became director of the Combat Operations Research Group and led war gaming and field experimentation involving early computer simulations. He later joined TechOps Inc. in Hampton, Va., as vice president for system sciences where he managed similar work for the U.S. Air Force. At that time, he and his family moved to Lexington, Mass.
He later joined the Raytheon Corporation, where he worked to apply emerging technologies to the fields of education and training. In 1966, he joined Arthur D. Little of Cambridge, Mass., as a senior consultant.
He taught management subjects in an MBA program of the Arthur D. Little Management Education Institute, and assisted in founding the Merrimack Education Center, where he remained on the board of directors for many years.
He worked extensively in the United States and overseas, developing management and training systems for public and private organizations until his retirement in the 1990s. Work took him to more than 17 countries in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Southeast Asia. He was an intrepid traveler, who immersed himself in local culture and explored his surroundings with insatiable curiosity.
He divided his time between homes in Bedford, Mass., and Holmes Beach on retirement, and he continued to volunteer as a consultant at MEC. He was a member of the board of directors of the Literacy Council of Manatee County.
His son described him as an intelligent, intensely curious man who exemplified responsibility, leadership and service. Throughout his life, he was gregarious, cheerful, kind and overly fond of puns. He was a true member of the Greatest Generation.
A private memorial service is planned. Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, P.O. Box 96011, Washington DC
He enjoyed hobbies and was an avid beekeeper, woodworker and gardener with a passion for orchids and hybridizing daylilies. He was a member of the Key Royale Club. He enjoyed Dixieland jazz, Gilbert & Sullivan and classic opera.
Mr. Meals is survived by his son, Donald W. Jr. and wife Mary Sullivan of Burlington, Vt.; daughter Jennifer and husband Jeffrey Kalajian of Kinnelon, N.J.; grandchildren Kaela Sullivan and Tom and Lisa Kalajian; and his partner of 13 years, Marian Kennedy, of Florida, and her family, Charles and Michele Nash and Drs. Marilyn and Andrew Wilking.
Betty Lee Myers, 95, of Bradenton and formerly of Anna Maria, died April 14. She was born Jan. 15, 1918, in Centerville, Ohio. She was one of three daughters born to Floyd and Faye Rose Davison. She was raised in Toledo, Ohio, where she later met her late husband, Mead T. Myers.
The couple started visiting Anna Maria when Mead’s father, John C. “Bops” Myers, built a home on North Shore Drive in the early 1950s. They became fulltime residents in the 1970s.
They enjoyed the island’s beautiful beaches, laid-back lifestyle, awesome sunsets and friendly people.
During the 1960s and ’70s, Mead and Betty and their five children vacationed on the island. Sunburns and sandcastles were ever present.
Mrs. Myers will be missed and the island has lost an ambassador, in her words, for “an island paradise,” according to a friend.
A celebration of life is being planned for late May on the beach in Anna Maria. The family asks those interested in attending to email John D. Myers at email@example.com.
Mrs. Myers is survived by her children, Mead Jr., John, David, James and Sally; five grand-children and four great-grand-children.
Peter F. Patall
Peter F. Patall, 67, of Holmes Beach, died April 20. He was born March 20, 1946, Rochester, N.Y.
Mr. Patall moved to Anna Maria Island on retiring as a professor of psychology at Monroe Community College in Rochester, N.Y., where he taught four decades of students. He was a Renaissance man, having been an accomplished academic, real estate investor and musician.
There will be a celebration of life for family and friends at his home at 6 p.m. Sunday, May 5. Memorial donations may be made to Tidewell Hospice & Palliative Care, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota FL 34238, or the American Cancer Society Lung Cancer Alliance.
Mr. Patall is survived by wife Maggie; daughter Erika and husband Asa Hursh; son Peter A.; granddaughter Corrine Hursh; sister Emily and husband Dan David; brother-in-law Thomas and wife Michele Worden; and numerous cousins, nieces, nephews and dear friends.
Springtime fishing resulting in great catches
Fishing around Anna Maria Island is getting better and better as we settle into a springtime pattern. With warm, calm days, accessibility to just about every type of fishing is attainable. Whether you’re fishing from the shore, off a pier or beach or running 30 miles offshore, now is the time for some exciting action on the water.
Catch-and-release snook, redfish and trout are staging up on the inshore grass flats, waiting to ambush small baitfish and shrimp that cross their path. Free-lining your bait is a good bet, but if you’re in an area with a lot of grass, try using a popping cork set at the appropriate depth.
Along the beaches, piers and passes, expect to find Spanish mackerel, blue runners, jack crevalle and ladyfish feeding on schools of glass minnows or white bait. Artificials like silver spoons, white jigs or Gotcha plugs will get your rod bent. There also are a few pompano cruising the beaches. So be prepared with sand fleas to bait up these feisty fish.
Moving out to the nearshore reefs, expect to encounter king mackerel, Spanish mackerel and shark. Kings up to 40 pounds are being reported. As for the sharks, blacktip and spinner sharks are feeding on chunks of cut mackerel. Expect to catch shark in the range of 50-150 pounds.
Capt. Warren Girle is fishing nearshore structure with good results on a variety of species. By using live shiners for bait, Girle’s clients are getting consistent action during half-day trips.
To start, Girle is arriving at the structure, anchoring and chumming with live bait. Once the chum hits the water, hungry kingfish and Spanish mackerel are making quick work of the disoriented shiners. While the fish are voraciously feeding, Girle casts out a free-lined shiner to get a bite. Kingfish up to 40 pounds are being caught along with plenty of Spanish mackerel in the 20-inch range.
Once all have had their fill of macks, Girle is switching to bottom fishing. Again, Girle is using live shiners for bait. By dropping baits directly to the bottom, Girle’s clients are reeling up mangrove snapper and keeper-size catch-and-release gag grouper. Mangrove snapper in the 18-inch range are being reeled up, although Goliath grouper are swarming hooked fish, making it hard to land them before they’re eaten.
On the flats, Girle is stalking redfish, trout and snook. Fishing flats with good tidal flow and plenty of sandy potholes is key to catching these fish. Girle is using live shiners free-lined behind the boat or rigged on a popping cork. Snook and reds are being caught in the 30-inch range. Slot-sized trout can be expected, too.
Jim Malfese at the Rod & Reel Pier says action is beginning to pick up as we settle into spring. Schools of threadfin herring are gathering around the pier during strong moving tides, which in turn attracts snook, mackerel and redfish.
Pompano are making a showing for pier fishers using either live shrimp, sand fleas or pompano jigs. Although the bite is sporadic, patience and determination should result in a couple of gold nuggets for dinner.
Finally, mangrove snapper are being caught around the structure under the pier. Malfese suggests casting live shrimp weighted with a light split-shot under the pier to get a bite.
Johnny Mattay at Island Discount Tackle says beach action is heating up for a variety of species. With baitfish showing up along the shoreline, Mattay is catching Spanish mackerel, ladyfish, jacks, pompano and some nice catch-and-release snook.
For the migratory fish — jacks, macks and pompano — Mattay suggests using artificials like silver spoons, Gotcha plugs or pompano jigs. If you’re on a snook mission, you’ll have to find some live shiners.
Also, along the beaches, you can expect to catch small bonnethead and blacktip sharks. Mattay suggests fresh-cut mackerel, bonito or jack crevalle to get a bite. Frozen squid or shrimp will work for the smaller sharks, too.
On the flats, Mattay is hearing of good action on spotted seatrout, redfish and snook. Live shiners are the bait of choice, when available, although live shrimp will work in areas where the pinfish are not abundant. For artificials, Mattay likes to use soft plastics on jig heads or the MirrOlure MirrOdine.
Capt. Rick Gross of Fishy Business Charters is fishing the flats of Tampa Bay in search of the usual trio, redfish, trout and catch-and-release snook. Using live shiners for bait, Gross is catching respectable numbers and sizes of all three species. For the snook and reds, Gross is finding shallow flats with good water flow. Once he locates the fish, he anchors and chums to get the fish in a feeding mood. As this occurs, Gross directs his clients to cast free-lined shiners directly to the fish.
For the spotted seatrout, Gross is fishing slightly deeper grass flats. Again, anchoring and chumming is the key to getting slot-size fish in the cooler. Artificials like soft plastics combined with a jighead are producing trout, too.
Finally, Gross is anchoring over small rock piles in Tampa Bay to catch a variety of fish. Spanish mackerel, ladyfish, small snapper and even gag grouper are being caught in these areas. Some of the gags being caught are exceeding 24 inches, but they have to be released due to the season being closed.
Send fishing reports to firstname.lastname@example.org.
ITEMS FOR SALE
WINDOWS: ALUMINUM SASH, nearly new. Four 37 x 36 inch, seven 49.5 x 36 inches, $100, wood coffee table, $90. 941-778-3920.
GENERATORS: TROYBILT AND Coleman 5,000 watts, $299 each or $500 both, 941-778-7264.
WROUGHT IRON ICE cream parlor table and four chairs, $75. 941-778-6288.
WHIRLPOOL DRYER: VERY good condition, barely used, $100. Call 609-287-6977.
GOLD-PLATED HEART pin from Maximal Art, embossed “Mother.” $100. Perfect gift for Mother’s Day. 941-778-3228.
BOARD GAMES: $5 each, 24-inch Magnavox TV, $15. Call 941-737-9173.
DRYER: KENMORE, WHITE. Good condition, $75, 30 wood pallets, $1 each. 941-779-9781.
HUMIDIFIER/DEHUMIDIFIER: FRIGIDAIRE, 50 pints, as good as new, $100. 612-296-0345.
COFFEE TABLE: HARDWOOD, beautiful, $90. 941-778-3920.
ANTIQUE COPPER POTS and bowls, collection $350. Burl-wood Top of Form
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rocker, oak office chairs, collectibles. View at The Islander store, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
FOR SALE: One legal two-drawer file. Various office supplies. Also selling antique wood office chairs, Haitian art, collectible art, some framed. Many local artists. Home decor. 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
AERIAL PHOTOS of Anna Maria Island. View and purchase online: www.jackelka.com
FREEBIE ITEMS FOR SALE
Individuals may place one free ad with up to three items, each priced $100 or less, 15 words or less. FREE, one week, must be submitted online. Email email@example.com, fax toll-free 1-866-362-9821. (limited time offer)
GLORIA DEI LUTHERAN Church: All are welcome to come and worship with us! Please call 941-778-1813 or visit us at: www.gloriadeilutheran.com for worship times. 6608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
THE HIVE: GIFTS and arts. Locally handmade and imported silver jewelry, Buddha art, artifacts, artistic T-shirts, cards, hot sauces, South African handmade arts, specialty candies, more. 119 B Bridge St., Bradenton Beach. http://thehivegiftsandarts.com/
WANTED: WORKOUT DVDs and retired but working XBox, Wii units with games for Ministry of Presence summer camp in Haiti. Deliver to The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
TERRY HAYES, REALTOR. Premier Sothebys. 941-302-3100. Terry.firstname.lastname@example.org. Discoverannamaria.com.
WANTED: YOUR OLD cell phone for recycling. Deliver to The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
MANATEE SAFETY SIGNS exclusively for boaters. Available at the Islander, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. 941-778-7978.
FISHING GEAR WANTED: The Privateers and The Islander are collecting new or used, repairable fishing poles and reels, nets, tackle, buckets, etc. to give to children. Donate your gear at The Islander newspaper office, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
FREE GUN LOCK courtesy of Project Childsafe, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and Holmes Beach Police Department. Pick up at The Islander office, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Don’t be sorry, be safe.
ROSER THRIFT SHOP: Open 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 9 a.m.-noon Saturday. Donations accepted on Wednesdays only, 9 a.m.-11 a.m. 511 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. 941-779-2733.
STEFF’S STUFF ANTIQUES: Spring Festival! 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, April 14. Music, artists, wine tasting, food, free parking/admission. The Centre Shops on Longboat Key. 5380 Gulf of Mexico Drive. 941-383-1901.
LOST & FOUND
LOST: WOMAN’S GOLD bracelet: Hurricane Hanks or on northbound trolley, Pine Ave and Hammock Road, Anna Maria. 416-509-7827.
FOUND RING: MARCH 30 at the county beach. To claim: Holmes Beach Police Department, 941-708-5800, ext. 240.
LOST: SWEATSHIRT NAVY blue zippered, Penn State logo. Holmes Beach. Reward. 941-730-6349.
LOST PRESCRIPTION SUNGLASSES at Hurricane Hank’s April 18. Please, call 508-308-8547.
FOUND: PRESCRIPTION SUNGLASSES. Found around 66th Street, Holmes Beach. Claim at The Islander newspaper, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
CAR KEY FOUND on Pine Avenue, Anna Maria, with automatic door opener button. 941-779-9320.
PARENTS NEEDED for loving homes to foster puppies and kittens until they are old enough for adoption. All food and medical provided. Julie, 941-720-1411.
WELL-MANNERED RESCUED dogs (and kittens!) are looking for great new homes or fosters. Please, call for information, 941-896-6701.
BOATS & BOATING
BIMINI BAY SAILING: Small sailboat rentals and instruction. Day. Week. Month. Sunfish, Laser, Windrider 17 and Precision 15. Call Brian at 941-685-1400.
POWER NOLES CUSTOM 11.5-foot fiberglass tunnel hull with bass seats. Very stable! Great for fishing-stand on the side without tipping, go in really shallow waters. Very fun boat for anyone who wants to get on the water! 2001 25-hp Mercury 2-stroke, plus a trolling motor with battery. Must see! $2,150 obo. Call Toni, 941-928-8735.
PART OR FULL-time customer service rep for real estate office. Experience with Microsoft Word, Internet, marketing, social media. Call AMI Beaches Real Estate, 941-799-9096.
PART-TIME PERSONAL assistant with Microsoft Word skills for Island company. Call 941-704-2714.
SALES ASSOCIATE: MOTIVATED, experienced real estate licensee for busy Island office. Please call Jesse or Robin at 941-778-7244.
KIDS FOR HIRE
LOCAL ISLAND STUDENT babysitter available. CPR and first aid-certified, early childhood development major. Emily, 941-567-9276.
RED CROSS-CERTIFIED babysitter and dog sitter. Reasonable rates for both. Call 941-527-5051.
BABIES AND PETS: Responsible, trustworthy, reliable, fun 17-year-old college student. Own transportation. 941-447-9658.
NICOLE AND HALLIE’S babysitting, pet sitting and pet walking. Red Cross certified, good with animals. Hallie, 941-773-6317, Nicole, 941-370-7981.
AREA TEEN AVAILABLE for babysitting. Evenings, weekends. Have car, CPR-certified, currently enrolled in child development courses, honor student volunteering at Blake Hospital. AMI or N.W. Bradenton. Brittany, 941-465-6748.
KIDS FOR HIRE ads are FREE for up to three weeks for Island youths under 16 looking for work. Ads must be placed in person at The Islander office, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
ELDERLY CAREGIVER: LIGHT duties around home, appointments, hygiene care, experience in all phases. References. Call between 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. 941-545-7114.
TOASTED COMPUTER SERVICES. Your home and business specialist. On-site service, virus/spyware, cleanup, system setup, upgrades, diagnosis and repair, internet/wireless networking, custom system design. 941-224-1069.
I DON’T CUT corners, I clean corners. Professional, friendly cleaning service since 1999. 941-779-6638. Leave message.
ISLANDER HANDYMAN SERVICE: 23-year Island resident, references. The Flying Dutchman LLC. We do all repair, interior and exterior, carpentry and more. Peter, 941-447-6747.
CLEANING BY LAURA offers everything on your list from kitchen and bath cleaning to dusting and emptying wastebaskets. 941-539-6891.
U FLY I drive your car anywhere in the USA. Airport runs, anywhere. 941-746-5651, 941-545-6688.
ALL AROUND PAINTING: Quality work. Free estimates. Licensed, insured. Call native islander Jim Weaver, 813-727-1959.
ISLAND COMPUTER GUY, 37 years experience. On-site PC repairs, upgrades, buying assistance and training. Call Bill, 941-778-2535.
TRANSPORT SERVICE: LET me drive you to the airport or anywhere in Florida. Flat rates. Reasonable. Call Mike, 941-567-6634.
PRESSURE WASHING: RESIDENTIAL, commercial, resorts, roof, lanai, etc. Also windows, lawn services, also. 941-565-3935.
CLEANING RESIDENTAL, COMMERCIAL and resort. Love what we do, love to work. 941-756-4570.
PROFESSIONAL CLEANER FOR hire: Reliable, trustworthy and honest with reasonable non-hourly rate. 813-295-5000 please leave message.
PROFESSIONAL CLEANER FOR hire: Reliable, trustworthy and honest with reasonable non-hourly rate. 813-295-5000 please, leave message.
JUST THAT CLEANING service: We will clean your home like our own. We offer organic cleaning products. Free estimate. Call Jenise, 941-730-6773.
LEWIS MOBILE CAR wash: Detail inside, outside, vacuuming, shampoo, polish. I go to you. 941-465-6963.
PC REPAIR: WIRELESS/wired network set up, data transfer, hardware/software installation. Henry Lewis, 941-704-2658.
SUN MAINTENANCE & Service: Lawn service, landscaping, pool care, irrigation, cleanup, mulching, trimming, free snow removal and more. Two free months of pool care or fertilizing with monthly lawn services. 941-779-8389.
JUNIOR’S FUN FEST face painting and balloon twisting. 941-545-2832. On Facebook: www.facebook.com/juniorsmakeupandfacepaint
COMPUTER SERVICES: I can fix it. Virus cleanup, system upgrade. Hardware, software and network repair. FBI virus cleaned and removed. Cell phone repair, support. Replace broken camera, screen, etc. Give islander Socko a call: 941-799-1169.
BUSINESS-TO-BUSINESS JD’s Window Cleaning looking for storefront jobs in Holmes Beach. I make dirty windows sparkling clean. 941-920-3840.
ISLAND MERMAIDS CLEANING and Co.: 38-year Islanders. Rentals our specialty. 941-778-3046.
BEACH SERVICE air conditioning, heat, refrigeration. Commercial and residential service, repair and/or replacement. Serving Manatee County and the Island since 1987. For dependable, honest and personalized service, call William Eller, 941-795-7411. CAC184228.
ANYONE CAN TAKE a picture. A professional creates a portrait. I want to be at your wedding! www.jackelka.com. 941-778-2711.
RELAXING MASSAGE IN the convenience of your home or hotel. Massage by Nadia, more than 19 years on Anna Maria Island. Call today for an appointment, 941-518-8301. MA#0017550.MA#0017550.
LAWN & GARDEN
CONNIE’S LANDSCAPING INC. Residential and commercial. Full-service lawn maintenance, landscaping, cleanups, hauling and more! Insured. 941-778-5294.
ISLAND LAWN SPRINKLERS repairs and installations, watering the island for 15 years. Jeff, 941-778-2581.
JR’S LANDSCAPING AND MAINTENANCE Lawns, native plants, mulching, trimming, hauling, cleanups. Island resident 25 years. Call 941-807-1015.
STRAIGHT SHOT LANDSCAPE. Specializing in old Florida seashell driveways and scapes. Free estimates. Call Shark Mark, 941-301-6067.
SHELL DELIVERED AND spread. $50/yard. Hauling all kinds of gravel, mulch, top soil with free estimates. Call Larry at 941-795-7775, “shell phone” 941-720-0770.
NATURE’S DESIGN LANDSCAPING. Design and installation. Tropical landscape specialist. Residential and commercial. 30 years experience. 941-729-9381, 941-448-6336.
TOP NOTCH LAWN Care: Residential and commercial. For all your landscaping needs. 941-932-6600.
VAN-GO PAINTING residential/commercial, interior/exterior, pressure cleaning, wallpaper. Island references. Bill, 941-795-5100. www.vangopainting.net.
TILE -TILE -TILE. All variations of ceramic tile supplied and installed. Quality workmanship, prompt, reliable, many Island references. Call Neil, 941-726-3077.
CUSTOM REMODELING EXPERT. All phases of carpentry, repairs and painting. Insured. Meticulous, clean, sober and prompt. Paul Beauregard, 941-730-7479.
GRIFFIN’S HOME IMPROVEMENTS Inc. Handyman, fine woodwork, countertops, cabinets and wood flooring. Insured and licensed, 941-748-4711.
JERRY’S HOME REPAIR: Carpentry, handyman, light hauling, pressure washing. Jack of all trades. Call 941-778-6170 or 941-447-2198.
SOUTHBAY HOME REPAIRS: If it’s broken, stuck, loose, leaks, needs paint, etc. I’ll fix it. Affordable quality work. 941-720-2906.
THE FLYING DUTCHMAN LLC: Professional tile roof restoration. Call Peter for free estimate. 23-year Island resident, references, insured. 941-447-6747.
METRO DOOR & SUPPLY, INC.: Home, condo, office. Primary doors and glass inserts, custom prep/cut downs, sliding doors, windows, doors for commercial properties, fiberglass, aluminum, steel, vinyl. Installation available. Free estimates. 941-726-2280 or 941-722-7507.
SOUTHWEST HOME IMPROVEMENT: Michigan builder, quality work guaranteed. Affordable, timely, within budget. Call Mike, 1-616-204-8822.
CARL V. JOHNSON Jr., Building contractor. Free estimates and plans. New houses, porches, decks and renovations. Fair prices. Call 941-795-1947 or cell, 941-462-2792.
WEEKLY/MONTHLY/ANNUAL rentals: wide variety, changes daily. SunCoast Real Estate, 941-779-0202, or 1-800-732-6434. www.suncoastinc.com.
1BR/1BA GROUND FLOOR, Gulf to bay condo, heated pool, fishing pier. Over 55. $1,600/month, $1,100/month annual. 813-393-6002.
CUTE VACATION EFFICIENCY: Screened porch, near boat ramp, many other area amenities, cable, WiFi. 941-779-6638.
3BR/2BA: CANAL FURNISHED. Internet, May-June. 407-927-1304. email@example.com.
ADORABLE GULFFRONT COTTAGE: 100 feet from Gulf. 2BR/1 large bath. Seasonal rental, three-day minimum. Call for further information, 863-660-3509 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
OFFICE: RETAIL PROFESSIONAL space. 8811 Cortez Road, near Dive Adventures. 500 sf. next to Jose’s Real Cuban Food, 8799 Cortez Road, Bradenton. Call 1-800-952-1206.
PRIVATE ROOM FOR one! North Longboat Key, washer and dryer, utilities included, $130/weekly. 941-383-4856.
ANNUAL RENTAL PERICO Island: 2BR/2BA condo 1,250 sf, new tile throughout, office/den, pool access, exercise room, carport, and small storage. $1,100/month, small pet OK. First, last. security. Water and cable included. Gulf-Bay Realty, 941-778-7244.
2BR WATERFRONT TOWNHOUSE with boat slip. Palma Sola Bay. Pool, patio, cable, washer and dryer. No pets. Six months plus. $950/month, furnished, $1,050/month, unfurnished. Call 941-720-7519.
ISLAND COUPLE SEEKING 3BR/2BR or 2BR/2BA with garage or storage. 941-718-3150.
ANNUAL RENTAL: NORTHWEST Bradenton: 3BR/2BA private home with a heated pool and fenced backyard. Tile and carpet, granite counter tops, two-car garage, covered patio, lake views, washer/dryer hookups. Lawn care and pool care provided. Small dog considered. Close to Robinson Preserve. $1,700/month. First, last, security. Gulf-Bay Realty, 941-778-7244.
PERICO ISLAND MONTHLY vacation rental: 3BR/3BA private pool, community facilities. 941-795-3778. www.pericoholidayvilla.co.uk
2BR/2BA HOLMES BEACH waterfront condo: Fully furnished with views, pools, Jacuzzi, tennis, boat dock. Call 818-620-3543.
VACATION RENTAL: 2BR/2BA townhouse, pool and boat slip, $550/week. 941-356-1456.
NORTHWEST BRADENTON HOME: Furnished 3BR/2BA, two blocks off Palma Sola Bay. $1,200/month. One-six months, flexible, small pet considered. Owner/realtor, 941-356-1456. Real Estate Mart.
SEASONAL OR WEEKLY cottage-style rentals. 1BR/1BA or 1BR/1BA with loft with pool. Walk to beach, shops or dining! 941-778-3426. Web site: www.spinnakerscottages.com.
DIRECT GULFFRONT CONDO: Bradenton Beach 2BR/1BA Beautifully updated, fabulous views. $395,000, by owner. 941-779-0101.
PLEASE CALL ME if you are interested in selling. I am looking to purchase a home close to the beach or on the beach. 941-779-6158. No Realtors.
WE’RE LOW, LISTINGS needed. Are you curious as to how much your home could be worth? Call us for a free professional consultation. Call Lynn at Edgewater Real Estate, 941-778-8104.
BEACH HOUSE: HOLMES Beach. Block home, 2BR/2BA, one-car garage with wood-burning fireplace. Zoned for weekly rentals. $465,000. Smith & Associates Real Estate, contact Realtor Bonnie Martinez, 727-512-6355, to schedule your appointment.
GULF-TO-BAY condo: Open house 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, May 11. 3BR/2BA, dock, pool, spectacular waterfront. 1407 Gulf Drive South, #201, Bradenton Beach. $425,000 By owner, 941-650-3069. Www.floridagulf-to-baycondo.blogspot.com.
FLAMINGO CAY IN Waterbird Way. On canal with boat and lift. One level, 2BR/2BA, pool access, remodeled, furnished. $210,000. 573-216-0572.
CASH BUYER: COUPLE from Germany is looking for 3-4BR house with pool on the canal. Please call our agent, Helmer at 941-592-8853.
BRADEN WOODS POOL home: 3BR/2BA, two-car garage, family room large, spacious home. Low price, $269,900. Real Estate Mart, 941-756-1090.
The weekend search for a young boy that went missing April 20 after wandering away from a family gathering and taking a jump into the dangerous waters of Longboat Pass at Coquina Beach has ended.
Lomontea Taylor, 5, was found dead April 22.
Taylor is believed to have been caught in a rip current after jumping from a wood jetty into the water, according to Sgt. James Gill of the Bradenton Beach Police Department, the lead agency on the case.
Taylor went missing at 6:30 p.m.
Two U.S. Coast Guard vessels from Station Cortez and a Coast Guard Jayhawk helicopter from Air Station Clearwater took part in the April 20 search until shortly after 9 p.m. Also involved in the search, were the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office, West Manatee Fire Rescue, Longboat Key Police, Manatee County EMS and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
The search in the Gulf of Mexico and the Intracoastal Waterway resumed April 21 in an area from Coquina Beach in Bradenton Beach to Whitney Beach on north Longboat Key.
At daybreak April 21, according to Coast Guard spokesperson Petty Officer Michael De Nyse, the Coast Guard was “working closely with the sheriff’s office, which was performing shore patrols.”
De Nyse said in a statement, “We are doing everything in our power to reunite this child with his family.”
The search lasted until after dark April 21 with one witness estimating as many as 80 boats and personal watercraft and many people walking the coastline were on the lookout for Taylor.
The search-and-rescue operation turned into a recovery effort by late Sunday, as authorities presumed the 5-year-old was dead.
As of The Islander press time April 22, Bradenton Beach Police reported the boy’s body had been found, but no further information was available.
Swimming in the waters of Longboat Pass is discouraged due to strong rip currents and warning signs are posted in the area.
The planned $15 million beach renourishment of Anna Maria Island between 78th Street in Holmes Beach and Fifth Avenue South in Bradenton Beach should begin by late August, said Manatee County Natural Resources director Charlie Hunsicker.
Hunsicker said the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which supervises all beach renourishment, recently received funds for beach repairs caused by Tropical Storm Debby in 2012. Anna Maria Island is included among the affected beaches. The corps said it would commit $9 million to the project.
Manatee County and the state of Florida have combined to allocate $6 million to the project.
After the 78th Street-Fifth Avenue South beaches are renourished, work crews will relocate the dredge pipes farther south to pump sand to the Coquina Beach shoreline. This project also calls for rebuilding three groins at Cortez Beach.
That is a separate project, Hunsicker said, but after the first project is finished and while the equipment is in place, the corps agreed to fund renourishment at Coquina Beach and to replace the three groins at Cortez Beach.
Combining efforts on the two projects will save about $1.1 million in setup costs, he said.
Hunsicker expects the corps to announce the bid winner for the projects in July.
Renourishment of sand to the beaches in the Bean Point area of Anna Maria is not scheduled to take place until 2014-15.
For more on the beach renourishment project, see related story, page 4.