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Fishing – 04-24-2013

Anglers see springtime fishing heat up as temps rise

 

Inshore fishing around Anna Maria Island is starting to fall into its normal springtime pattern. With water temps moving into the upper 70s, the variety of species inhabiting the flats are getting motivated to feed on whatever crosses their path.

Live shiners are the best offering — although small pinfish work well, especially if you’re in search of big trout.

For artificials, try a Rapala Skitterwalk over shallow grassflats just before sunrise for some explosive action on the trio of flatsfish, snook, redfish or spotted seatrout. Better results will occur by wading to the fish.

On nearshore structure, Spanish mackerel, jack crevalle and kingfish are attacking schooling baitfish. Don’t forget to keep your eyes open for meandering cobia, too.

Sharks are making a showing in Tampa Bay and the inland waters. Blacktip, bull, nurse and bonnethead sharks are patrolling deeper edges of grass flats in search of a tasty treat. A lot of times you can sight cast to these fish, which can really get your blood pumping. Try cut mackerel or ladyfish for larger sharks. For the bonnetheads, fresh cut shrimp or a shiner will suffice.

Capt. Mark Howard of SumOTime charters reports “action-packed days on the water.” The inshore scene has exploded with catch-and-release snook, spotted seatrout and redfish feeding heavily on the massive bait schools that have moved into Tampa Bay.

Howard says pilchards finally moved onto the flats making for some easy bait gathering. He suggests chumming for at least 10 minutes before throwing your cast net to draw the shiners to the chum and ball up behind your boat. “Look for diving pelicans to show where the bait is on the flats,” he adds.

Catch-and-release snook have been feeding heavily on shiners on Howard’s recent charters. They have been making their transition from their wintertime haunts and are moving onto the flats and into potholes and mangroves. On charters this past week, all of Howard’s clients landed at least one keeper-sized fish, although, after pictures, the big bruisers were released to fight another day.

Spotted seatrout have been exceptional, with many fish landed and plenty of gator trout coming to the dinner party. Howard is using a popping cork rigged with a 1/0 circle hook to keep the bait suspended just above the weeds. Getting the bobber to gurgle and flash can entice the predators to inhale the bait, he says. Getting enough meat for a nice family meal has been easy this past week.

Redfish have been active around the potholes and oyster bars. Chumming with shiners can fire up the bite and expose the redfish. Slot-sized fish are all over the flats and are exceptional fighters. Look for the schools of mullet traveling in the shallows to give you an idea of where to fish for these rose-colored bruisers.

Looking forward, Howard predicts the fishing will stay hot as the water temperature rises and the full moon approaches. He suggests following the tide up into the bushes. As a side note, Howard saw his first tarpon of the season near the Intracoastal Waterway, cruising in 2 feet of water.

Jim Malfese at the Rod & Reel Pier is still seeing some sheepies and flounder being caught. Most species are being caught on live shrimp. Keeper-sizes are being caught but expect to catch a lot of under-sized fish before getting a keeper.

Spanish mackerel are showing at the R&R during early morning hours. The bait has now arrived in abundance so these fish are passing by on their way into the bay. White speck rigs are catching the most macks.

Also on the same speck rigs, expect to catch a stray pompano now and again. Malfese says he’s seeing pier fishers reel up a few a day.

Johnny Mattay at Island Discount Tackle is hearing of good action occurring along the beaches of Anna Maria Island. “As long as you can find the bait,” says Mattay, “you can find the fish.

Spanish mackerel, ladyfish and jack crevalle are corralling bait schools along the sandbar. Mattay suggests Gotcha plugs, white jigs or silver spoons to get in on the action.

Shark also are making a showing along the beaches, according to Mattay. Fresh-cut mackerel or ladyfish are catching small blacktip, bonnethead and sand sharks. If you need a shark leader, Mattay can hook you up. He says to also expect to catch shark from the piers on the north end of the island.

In the backwater, Mattay is hearing of good action on catch-and-release snook, redfish and trout. Live shiners are the top producers to get hooked up, although live shrimp will suffice. For artificials, Mattay suggests working early in the morning with topwater plugs to catch all three species.

Capt. Rick Gross of Fishy Business Charters is fishing nearshore structure just off Anna Maria Island and Longboat Key. By fishing with live shiners for bait, Gross’ clients are reeling in schoolie kings up to 30 inches in length, although they may need to weed through the abundance of sharks patrolling the reefs. Blacktip sharks up to 6 feet in length are scarfing up the bait or any hooked fish they can find.

Also on the reefs, Gross is catching mangrove snapper and plenty of Key West grunts. Most snapper being reeled up are in the 12- to 16-inch range, he says.

In the backcountry, Gross is targeting the usual trio. He’s using live shiners, either free-lined or under a popping cork, to get a bite. According to Gross, the redfish and catch-and-release snook are cooperating during the moving tides. For the trout, Gross is chumming with live shiners to get the fish in the feeding mood.

Capt. Warren Girle is fishing nearshore structure for migratory species, such as king and Spanish mackerel, as well as bonito, jack crevalle and shark. To catch the macks and jacks, Girle is baiting with live shiners. By chumming with shiners, he creates a feeding frenzy of fish around the boat, allowing clients to cast a bait and hook up within seconds. Kings in the 10- to 15-pound range are the norm this past week. As for the sharks, expect to see blacktip and bull sharks in the 100- to 150-pound range.

Girle is encountering cobia at the reefs, a reminder to always having a rod ready to cast when one is spotted.

Inshore, Girle is fishing Sarasota Bay for reds, using either fresh-cut ladyfish or live shiners for bait. For trout, Girle likes using artificials, including soft plastics combined with a jighead or topwater plug. As for the catch-and-release snook, he says nothing beats a live shiner cast at their nose.

Send fishing reports to fish@islander.org.

Calendar – 04-24-2013

Wednesday, April 24

8:01 p.m. — Official sunset time.

 

Thursday, April 25

8:01 p.m. — Official sunset time.

 

Friday, April 26

9:30 a.m. — National Arbor Day celebration, Keep Manatee Beautiful and the Holmes Beach Parks and Beautification Committee plant a Southern red cedar near 77th Street and Marina Drive. Information: 941-795-8272.

10 a.m. — National Arbor Day celebration, the city of Anna Maria, Manatee County Parks and Recreation Department and Keep Manatee Beautiful plant two green buttonwoods in Bayfront Park near the public restrooms. Information: 941-795-8272.

11 a.m. — National Arbor Day celebration, the Bradenton Beach Scenic WAVES, Bridge Street Merchants and Keep Manatee Beautiful meet at the Bridge Street and Gulf Drive roundabout. Information: 941-795-8272

 

Saturday, April 27

8:30 a.m. — Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island breakfast and meeting with speaker Dawn Stiles of the Anna Maria Island Community Center, Anna Maria Island Beach Cafe, Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-1383.

 

Sunday, April 28

8:03 p.m. — Official sunset time.

 

Monday, April 29

8:03 p.m. — Official sunset time.

 

Tuesday, April 30

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

 

Wednesday, May 1

Today is May Day.

 

Off-island

Friday, April 26

8 p.m. — De Soto Heritage Festival Ball, Bradenton Municipal Auditorium, 1005 Barcarrota Blvd., Bradenton. Fee applies. Information: 941-747-1998.

 

Saturday, April 27

4 p.m., 6 p.m. — Anna Maria Island Concert Chorus and Orchestra Wine and Song evening, Longboat Key Education Center in the Centre Shops,
5370 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. Fee applies. Information: 941-587-3584.

6:30 p.m. — The De Soto Heritage Festival Grande Parade, Manatee High School from Ninth Avenue to downtown Bradenton to Ninth Street West. Information: 941-747-1998.

 

Ongoing

• 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.

• 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. Food donations requested for Roser Food Pantry. Information: 941-896-3132.

• First Saturdays through April, 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.

• Weekends, April 27-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.

• Sundays, through April 28, 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, 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

• May 4, Food and Wine on Pine, Pine Avenue, Anna Maria.

• May 5, Anna Maria Island Wedding Festival, various locations.

• May 9, Island Players’ opening of “37 Postcards,” Island Players theater, Anna Maria.

• 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 1-2, 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.

 

Calendar announcements

        Send calendar announcements to calendar@islander.org. 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.

Sports – 04-24-2013

Adult sports takeover spring season at community center

 

Adult spring soccer and basketball are in a third week of games and both leagues appear to have parity — only one team is unbeaten in basketball while three teams are sitting perfect in soccer.

The Sun sits atop the basketball league with a 2-0 record, while Southern Green, Duncan Real Estate, Bowes Imaging Center and Island Real Estate all sport 1-1 records. Gator Man Pools is still searching for its first victory.

Bowes Imaging won its first game, defeating Southern Green 60-46 to open spring basketball action April 16. Brandon Kern’s 22 points and 18 points from Matt Ray paced Bowes in the victory.

Jordan Demers scored 25 points and Jonathan Moss added 11 points to lead Southern Green in the loss.

Sun defeated Duncan 58-42 in the second game of the evening behind 26 points from Andrew Terman and 13 points from Sean Hubbard.

Evan Wolf led Duncan with 21 points, while Philip Slack added 10 points in the loss.

The final game of the evening wound up with Island Real Estate defeating Gator Man Pools 42-31. Dylan Bower scored 15 points to lead IRE, which also received 12 points from Teagon Purtill in the victory.

Gator Man Pools was led by Aaron Duduke’s 17 points and 8 points from Joe Combs in the loss.

The adult coed soccer league has Island Pest Control on top of the early standings with a 2-0 record, but 1st USA Plumbing and Sato Real Estate are right behind IPC with 1-0-1 records. Wash Family Construction, Slim’s Place and Beach to Bay Construction all sport 1-1 records, while Discount Signs and Wraps and Pink & Navy Boutique are searching for an inaugural victory.

Sato Real Estate rolled past Slim’s Place 4-0 to open the April 18 action. Josh Petit scored two goals, while Lexi Braxton and Paul Heyward each added one goal. Jason Sato earned the shutout with eight saves in goal.

Beach to Bay Construction edged Discount Signs and Wraps 3-2 in the second game of the evening behind a goal each from Julius Gomes, Brent Moss and Blair Schlossberg. Don Purvis made 16 saves in goal to preserve the victory.

Paulo Fonseca and Kim Christianson each scored a goal to lead Discount Signs and Wraps, which received 12 saves from goalie Troy Shonk in the loss.

Rico Beissert notched three goals and Matt Kretzman added two goals to lead 1st USA Plumbing to a 5-2 victory over Pink & Navy in the third game.

Matt Plummer and Anthony Rausulo scored a goal each to lead Pink & Navy Boutique in the loss.

Island Pest Control remained on top of the standings with a 4-1 victory over Wash Family Construction in the final game of the night. Lindsey Weaver scored two goals to lead Island Pest, which also received goals from Sean Sanders and Danny Anderson in the victory.

Scott Hertrick notched the lone goal for Wash in the loss.

 

Another record run

Longtime Galati Yacht Sales employee and former islander Mickey Hooke took second place overall in the fourth annual Shark Tooth 10K at the 21st annual Venice Shark Tooth Festival April 13 in Venice. Hooke’s time of 38:19 over the 6.2 mile course earned him first place and a 2013 RRCA Florida Master 10K state championship and a new grandmasters division record for the course.

The masters win was Hooke’s 18th championship since 2000.

 

Horseshoe news

Two teams emerged from pool play in the April 20 horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe pits. Gene Bobeldyk and Steve Grossman cruised to a 22-11 victory over George McKay and Karl Thomas to earn bragging rights for the day.

Five teams advanced to the knockout round during April 17 horseshoe action. Tom Skoloda and Hank Huyghe rolled past Herb Puryear and Adin Shank by a 21-7 score in the first playoff game. John Crawford and Ron Pepka edged Rod Bussey and Josh Slagh in the second match.

The next round saw Skoloda-Huyghe eliminate Bruce Munro and Ron Slagh 24-17 to advance to the finals. In the finals, Crawford-Pepka threw an easy 21-8 victory over Skoloda-Huyghe.

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 men took over the Key Royale Club golf course April 17 for their annual Spring Stag Day tournament. Eighty-two men participated in the event, which included morning and afternoon nine-hole golf matches and a variety of contests.

Low gross winner for the day was Mark Mixon, who carded a 1-over-par 33, while low-net winner was shared by Dan Hayes and Dennis Schavey, both finishing at 5-under-par 27.

John Estok, Joe Scholz, Dennis Schavey and Greg Shorten won the team low-net competition with a 7-under par-121.

The members teamed up for a two-best-balls-of-group match April 19. The winning team of Nell Bergstrom, Bob Dickinson and Earl Huntzinger combined on a 14-under-par 50. Second place went to the team of Jim Dunne, Sue Little and Rose Slomba with a 1-over 65.

The team of Al Dicostanza, Jon Holcomb, Hoyt Miller and Ken Rickett combined on a 4-under-par 28 in a nine-hole scramble April 18.

The Key Royale women took over the links for a nine-hole, low-net-in-flight match April 16. Marlyn Thorton needed only 12 putts to card a 4-under-par 28 and take first place in Flight A by one shot over Pam Alvord. Beatrice Friebe took third place with a 2-under-par 30.

Penny Williams torched the course with a 6-under-par 26 to take first place in Flight B. Joyce Brown and Ginny Upshaw both carded 4-under-par 28s to finish in a tie for second place.

Barb Lindewall’s 7-under-par 24 was the low round of the day and gave her first place in Flight C. Kathy Porter was five shots back in second place, while Jan Jump was alone in third place with a 1-under-par 31.

Marcia O’Brien fired a 7-under-par 25 to take first place in Flight D by three shots over second-place finisher Erma McMullin. Shirley Cessna finished with a 2-under-par 30 in third-place.

Neil Hammer and Chet Hutton both carded 5-under-par 27s to finish in a tie for first place during a nine-hole, individual-low-net golf match April 15. One shot back and tied for second were Arch Fowler and Dennis Schavey.

Later the same day, the men played a nine-hole, modified Stableford or quota points match. Dan Hazewski, Dale Hudson, Rich Papini and Charlie Porter each finished with plus-4 to tie for first place. Hudson also helped the team of Al Dicostanza, Merritt Fineout and Larry Solberg to a score of plus-6 and first place in the team category.AMICC Youth Basketball League schedule

Date        Time       Opponents

Division II       (ages 8-10)

April 24   6 p.m.      Beach Bums vs. Manatee Cancer Center

April 25   6 p.m.      Manatee Cancer Center vs. Bistro

April 25   7 p.m.      Bistro vs. Beach Bums

April 27   11 a.m.    Manatee Cancer Center vs. Bistro

 

Division I (ages 11-13)

April 26   6 p.m.      Ross Built vs. Walter & Assoc.

April 26   7 p.m.      Southern Green vs. Sand Dollar

April 27   noon        Sand Dollar vs. Ross Built

April 27   1 p.m.      Walter & Assoc. vs. Duncan Real Estate

April 29   6 p.m.      Sand Dollar vs. Duncan Real Estate

April 29   7 p.m.      Ross Built vs. Southern Green

 

Premier Division (ages 14-17)

April 25   8 p.m.      Heritage Paper vs. The Feast

April 26   8 p.m.      The Feast vs. Walter & Assoc.

April 29   8 p.m.      The Feast vs. Eat Here

April 30   8 p.m.      Eat Here vs. Heritage Paper

 

AMICC youth baseball schedule

T-Ball (ages 5-7)

April 26   6 p.m.      Miller Electric vs. Air & Energy

 

Coach Pitch (ages 8-11)

April 26   7:15 p.m. Beach to Bay vs. Paradise Bagels

The Islander Classifieds: Wednesday, April. 24, 2013

ITEMS FOR SALE

APPLIANCES FOR SALE: Refrigerator, range, washer, dryer. Cash and removal 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesday, May 1. 620 Foxworth Lane, Holmes Beach.

WINDOWS: ALUMINUM SASH, nearly new. Four 37 x 36 inch, seven 49.5 x 36 inches, $100, wood coffee table, $90. 941-778-3920.

QUEEN MATTRESS: ONE year old, like new in plastic, no box spring, $150, paid $750. 941-778-7003.

ANTIQUE COPPER POTS and bowls, collection $350. Burl-wood Top of Form

Bottom of Form

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 classifieds@islander.org, fax toll-free 1-866-362-9821. (limited time offer)

ANNOUNCEMENTS

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/

BIG DON’S GOLF Carts is under new ownership. We offer service, repairs, maintenance and customization for reasonable prices. We will pick up and deliver your cart and some repairs can even be done at your residence. We sell accessories and also have used carts for sale. Please call or stop by Big Don’s Golf Carts at 222 41st Ave. E., Bradenton, FL, 34208. 941-748-3667.

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.hayes@sothebysrealty.com. 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.

ESTATE SALES

WATERFRONT ESTATE SALE: 9 a.m.-2 p.m.  Friday, April 26. 280 North Shore Road, north end of Longboat Key. Tommy Bahama dining set, sofa, love seat, Pamela Gladding full set of china, rattan chairs, tropical decorative accessories, male and female good bikes, Robb and Stuckey patio set, second patio set, nice area rugs, HP computer, dinette, love seat, sofa bed, media center, standing and table lamps, bench, mirrors, Weber gas grill, Adirondack chairs,  pictures, lamps, lines, and kitchenware. Sale by Julie McClure. Pictures: estatesales.net and appraisals4u.biz.

GARAGE SALES

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.

GARAGE SALE: 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, April 27. Bunk beds, king, full, twin beds, dressers, sofas, dining. 901 N. Shore Drive. Anna Maria.

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 CAT: MALE, white, beige, some striping. Declawed. Reward! 700 block of Jacaranda, Anna Maria. Ted, 941-704-4853.

LOST PRESCRIPTION SUNGLASSES at Hurricane Hank’s April 18. Please, call 508-308-8547.          

PETS

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.

TRANSPORTATION

MERCURY CAPRI: 1991 two-door convertible. Runs great. $4,500 or best offer. 269-720-7124.

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.

HELP WANTED

PART OR FULL-time customer service rep for real estate office. Experience with Microsoft Word, Internet, marketing, social media. Call AMI Beaches Real Estate, 941-779-9096.

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.

HEALTH CARE                                                            

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.

SERVICES

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.

HEADING NORTH? HOME watch services while you are away! Local, trust-worthy professional. Joyce, 317-627-5891.

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.

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.

LANDSCAPING

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.

HOME IMPROVEMENT

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.

RENTALS

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. dvanworm@earthlink.net.

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: mememersh@aol.com.

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.

SANDPIPER: 55-PLUS: Steps to beaches, 2BR/1BA furnished, carport, patio, no smoking. $675/month and security. 941-545-8923.

WINTER 2013-14: 2BR/2BA ground level with carport and patio. 1.5 blocks to Gulf. Luxurious, updated, must see! Anna Maria. 941-565-2373.

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.

SEASON 2013-14 2BR/2BA. Westbay Point condo. Best water views on point. 847-530-8833.

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. First, last, security. Gulf-Bay Realty, 941-778-7244.

ANNA MARIA ANNUAL rental: 2BR1BA ground level, quiet, short walk to beaches and shops. Modern. $1,000/month plus utilities. Call 410-984-1413.

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.

REAL ESTATE

DIRECT GULFFRONT: 146 feet on the beach. 3BR/4.5BA, office recreation room, spa, pool, outdoor kitchen and theater, elevator, turnkey furnished. $3,750,000. Suncoast Real Estate, 941-779-0202 or 941-720-0288.

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.

 

 

Public comment sought for AM park proposal

Anna Maria commissioners asked for more public input on a proposed park, consisting of live oak trees, a grass lawn and 15 parking spaces at the corner of Pine Avenue and Bay Boulevard North.

Commissioner Gene Aubry presented his plan, noting that resident Rex Hagen, who previously had asked to remain anonymous, will pay for all the live oak trees, installation and a watering, while Pine Avenue Restoration will pay for grass and other expenses.

The proposal also calls for two bathrooms and park benches.

Commissioners Chuck Webb and Nancy Yetter opposed the project.

Webb noted that the commission had said when the six vacant lots across from the Anna Maria City Pier were purchased there would be no parking on them.

Yetter agreed, and further stated opposition to public restrooms. “Who would clean them?” she asked.

Commission Chair John Quam said the idea made sense to relieve the congestion that occurs near the post office, city pier and shops at the east end of Pine Avenue, but he also opposed the bathrooms.

Aubry said the city needs to be more tourist-friendly and public restrooms are needed there.

Commissioner Dale Woodland sided with Aubry. He said it makes sense and is a good use of the property.

“And it’s the best compromise we’ve had” for the property, he added.

The 25 live oak trees would be planted around the property and several would separate the parking area from the park grounds. The live oak trees already there would be saved, Aubry said.

Webb said he might give approval for a portion of the plan, but he wanted public input before a final decision.

Aubry said he would bring a rendering of the restrooms — a design similar to those found in European cities, which need little maintenance — to the April 25 meeting.

Quam agreed to add the presentation and discussion as the lead item for the commission’s April 25 meeting.

 

Moratorium enacted

Commissioners unanimously approved a moratorium ordinance on all residential construction above 27 feet, while they continue to revise the city’s bulk-, lot- and yard-size regulations.

No expiration for the moratorium was included in the ordinance, but the commission has been working on a living-area-to-lot-size ratio for residential structures to replace the 37-foot height-limit ordinance.

Commissioners also learned that SueLynn has had discussions with Anna Maria City Pier Restaurant leaseholder Mario Schoenfelder to assume responsibility for pier maintenance in exchange for an increase in lease payments.

The pier needs at least $80,000 in repairs immediately, the mayor said.

Commissioners said this was an issue for the mayor, but asked to be kept informed of the negotiations. The commission would have the final approval on any new lease agreement.

Schoenfelder presently pays $9,600 per month to lease the pier, restaurant and bait shop.

Schoenfelder also favored Aubry’s plan for a park and more parking spaces.

“I am not asking for parking. This plan just simplifies everything there and relieves the congestion,” he said.

He said that although he has dedicated parking spaces in the lease, he has never enforced that provision. He has some signs in the pier parking lot noting the parking space is for restaurant customers only, but enforcement is difficult.

SueLynn said if Schoenfelder did start enforcing his lease and towing vehicles, it would be a nightmare for the city and bad publicity for tourism.

The mayor said if the commission agrees to transfer responsibility, she’ll go to the Manatee County Tourist Development Council for funding because the pier is an integral part of area tourism. She’ll also start looking for any grants or public funding available for beautification and repair of a historical structure.

Also, commissioners agreed they no longer need to meet every week, which they have been doing the past two months.

Additionally, commissioners unanimously gave the approval to sign a cooperative funding agreement with the Southwest Florida Water Management District, adopted the Manatee County animal control ordinance for the city and passed a public nuisance ordinance.

The next commission meeting will be at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 25, Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive.

Hope remains to keep Rotten Ralph’s at BB pier

Despite a 4-1 vote April 4 by Bradenton Beach commissioners to terminate the lease of Rotten Ralph’s, hope remains to keep the doors open to keep the doors open at the restaurant.

The restaurant is located on the Historic Bridge Street Pier and, it’s owner says, has suffered financially since June 2012, when Tropical Storm Debby temporarily shut down the pier and ensured the long-term closure of the adjacent floating dock.

Concessionaire Dave Russell said the debt issue became worse when he learned the city policy does not allow for partial payments, and a $100-per-day penalty clause within the lease caused the debt to further spiral out of control.

Russell began working with the city to find a way to catch up on the payments and suggested the city take ownership of his restaurant equipment with an option for him to purchase the equipment back from the city.

At the March 21 meeting, the commissioners discussed the liens on the equipment, and gave Russell two weeks to finalize and clear those liens before commissioners addressed the deal at the April 4 city meeting.

Russell appeared before the commissioners saying the liens had been cleared, but was ousted from his lease anyway with only Commissioner Ric Gatehouse opposed to terminating the agreement.

City attorney Ricinda Perry said the lease language is contradictory to the proposed equipment agreement and that commissioners would have to amend the lease first, before accepting such an offer.

Commissioner Jan Vosburgh expressed disappointment in having to close a business that has been operating in Bradenton Beach for five years, and suggested Russell seek a loan to pay off the $50,000 debt.

Russell said he could do it, but it would take time. Commissioners then voted to send Russell a notice of default and to terminate the lease. Russell was served those papers the following day.

Further discussion on the Rotten Ralph’s Restaurant issue appears on the city commission agenda at 1 p.m. Thursday, April 18, at Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.

Russell said the city has agreed to hold off on closing the restaurant’s doors until after the meeting and that he has secured the funding to pay off the debt.

He was initially told he would have to close his doors, but the city has agreed to hold off on the closure.

“We have no intention of closing our doors,” said Russell. “We want to stay here. I love this community and I love the people.”

Apparently, Rotten Ralph’s customers love Russell, too.

“The support we are receiving from our patrons is overwhelming,” he said. “They have been flooding us with support and saying they want to write letters to the city to help keep us open.”

Russell said it’s been an emotional experience.

“I broke down and cried,” he said.

Russell said he has secured a loan to pay the city the $50,000, but that the loan was contingent on him remaining at the location.

He won’t be able to walk into the April 18 meeting with a check, but he said he can walk in with a promise to pay the debt, if commissioners reconsider their April 4 vote to terminate the lease.

“I don’t want to assume anything, but we’ve had a very good working relationship with the city for the past five years,” he said. “So, I’m hopeful they will see that I have done everything I can to come up with the money, and we can remain open.”

DOT calls for Cortez Bridge meeting

The Florida Department of Transportation will host the first in a series of public meetings about the Cortez Bridge 4-7 p.m. Tuesday, April 30, at Kirkwood Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall, 6101 Cortez Road W., Bradenton.

The meeting is part of the project development and environmental study required before any bridge project can begin, a DOT press release said.

The meeting will be an open-house format where people will be able to ask questions of representatives and provide comments in a one-on-one setting.

Options available to the DOT for the .9 mile section of S.R. 684/Cortez Road that links Cortez to Bradenton Beach include a short-term maintenance project, a long-term overhaul that might require the bridge to be closed for several months, or replacing the existing two-lane bridge with a new, two-lane bridge with emergency lanes.

Several public meetings on the bridge will be held before the DOT delivers its recommendations to the public.

For more information, call 863-519-2304.

HB commissioner calls out mayor’s proposals

It was a two-round battle April 9 between Holmes Beach Commissioner David Zaccagnino and Commission Chair Jean Peelen.

Round two came at the end of the meeting when Peelen admonished Zaccagnino for his March 28 criticism of Mayor Carmel Monti’s choice for a new police of chief.

Zaccagnino criticized other commissioners for not doing their due diligence in researching the new chief’s background before voting to accept the mayor’s recommendation.

Peelen, reading from a prepared statement, demanded Zaccagnino apologize for questioning the mayor’s choice, accusing the eight-year commissioner of “publicly trashing” the candidate. Zaccagnino did not apologize.

Round one opened the April 9 city meeting when Zaccagnino raised concerns over emails from Monti to Peelen, suggesting he would like the commission to consider three future revenue proposals.

One proposal would be to have the city build a toll gate and charge motorists entering the city on Manatee Avenue at the Anna Maria Island Bridge. Residents would be admitted free in the mayor’s proposal, while tourists would pay to enter.

A second proposal was to sell discounted tokens for trolley rides to businesses, who in turn resell tokens at a profit to trolley riders, and a third money-making scheme was to lease Scentral Park dog park to dog owners, who then would pay a fee to use the park.

“I find these very concerning and would not like to see them on a future agenda,” said Zaccagnino.

Peelen called a point of order and interrupted Zaccagnino, saying she has asked the mayor and commissioners to submit a wish list of proposals no matter how impossible or improbable.

Even though the emails are public record, Peelen criticized Zaccagnino for bringing them up at a public meeting.

“This is not the place to bring them up,” she said.

 

Moratorium lifted

In the night’s quickest action, commissioners unanimously approved the final reading of an ordinance lifting the self-imposed building moratorium in the city’s R-2, or duplex, district.

The city enacted the moratorium Jan. 8, expecting it to last six months. The moratorium was designed to slow down the construction of duplexes until the city could address solutions pertaining to rental units causing congestion, parking, noise and trash problems.

In a related matter, the city passed the final reading of an ordinance defining a duplex and set new construction standards. New language in the land development code defines a duplex as having a common footer and at least 33 percent of a common wall.

Zaccagnino previously said he would oppose the ordinance because it will create box-like structures and limit green space, which is contrary to the city’s vision plan.

He said the city is setting itself up to create perpetual rental units as opposed to giving an opportunity to new permanent residents seeking to own duplex units that appear to be single-family homes.

Zaccagnino did question setback requirements in the ordinance, but city planner Bill Brisson addressed his concerns, saying the setback requirements aren’t changing.

Commissioners voted 5-0 to approve the ordinance.

The ordinance will apply toward any new permits filed on or after April 9. Any pending permits caught in the moratorium timeline and existing structures are grandfathered.

In other matters, commissioners provided a consensus for Monti to write a letter supporting Manatee County administrator Ed Hunzecker’s 26/13 Plan, a proposal to provide for an added half-cent sales tax and a reduction in tax rates in all island cities by 26 percent.

The property tax savings would be achieved by removing the cost of Manatee County Sheriff’s Office patrols from property taxes for owners in cities that provide law enforcement for its citizens.

The plan calls for a half-cent sales tax to begin paying for indigent health care costs, which has been funded by a portion of property taxes. The sales tax rate in Manatee County is 6.5 percent.

The plan also will lower property taxes in the unincorporated areas of the county by 13 percent.

County commissioners April 9 voted to pass the plan’s approval to voters in a June 18 referendum.

Zaccagnino said this is a once in a 25-year opportunity for taxpayers to see a drastic reduction in property taxes.

“We are a big contributor to the county tax base,” he said. “Finally, we are getting some help.”

Peelen said the plan also fits the city’s goal of retaining its population while promoting new residency.

2 Holmes Beach commissioners square off over police chief

What was supposed to be an informal celebratory swearing in ceremony for new Holmes Beach Police Chief Bill Tokajer turned hostile at an April 9 city commission meeting.

Tokajer was hired March 28, during a hastily organized special meeting where commissioners voted 4-1 to accept Mayor Carmel Monti’s recommendation to hire him over longtime HBPD veteran Dale Stephenson, who resigned after the meeting.

The lone dissenter was Commissioner David Zaccagnino, who presented past disciplinary issues in Tokajer’s personnel file that included covering for an officer who pointed a gun at his wife’s head, numerous at-fault traffic accidents and hindering a police brutality investigation.

Most of the incidents are more than 20 years old and Tokajer climbed the ranks within the Bradenton Police Department to become second in command before taking a position as captain with the Longboat Key Police Department in 2011.

He is a 26-year veteran of law enforcement dating back to 1979, when he served as a military policeman in the U.S. Army.

City clerk Stacey Johnston swore Tokajer into office April 9. The new chief thanked the commission and mayor for the opportunity and said he is looking forward to working with the community.

Tokajer and his family left, and the meeting went downhill from there.

During commissioner comments at the end of the meeting, Commission Chair Jean Peelen admonished Zaccagnino for what she said was a public bashing of Tokajer at the March 28 meeting called to confirm Tokajer’s appointment.

“I was distressed, very distressed that a candidate was publicly trashed by a commissioner,” she said. “I was disturbed that applying for a job gets you publicly condemned.”

Peelen referred to Zaccagnino pointing out Tokajer’s past disciplinary issues. While she said Tokajer did have two “notable” incidents, she made reference to lesser incidents in which Tokajer forgot to apply his vehicle’s emergency brake and another when he opened his patrol car door and struck a pedestrian.

Peelen demanded that Zaccagnino publicly apologize to Tokajer. That apology would not come.

“Of all the people here, it’s your responsibility to uncover the facts,” Zaccagnino told Peelen. “Do not kill the messenger. He failed a lie detector test and he failed to report an officer holding a gun against his wife’s head. These are the facts. It’s your responsibility to vet the facts.”

Zaccagnino said it was his job as an elected official to present all of the facts to the public and criticized Peelen for not doing her job and serving the public in an open manner.

Commissioner Pat Morton sided with Peelen and commissioners then began to speak over one another before Peelen said, “Let’s stop this back and forth.”

Zaccagnino told Peelen she was the one who brought it up. “You started it,” he said.

Commissioner Judy Titsworth called for reason.

“It wasn’t our decision to keep Stephenson on,” she said. “He was already not selected to be the next chief. Emotions should have been put aside and we need to look at Tokajer for who he is. It was a very hard decision, but I think every commissioner here vetted Tokajer.”

Not everyone agreed.

During public comment, resident Andy Sheridan criticized the city for hastily organizing a special meeting on an important decision, calling it an “affront to the citizens.”

Sheridan wanted to know if the commissioners read Tokajer’s file before or after they voted. Both Peelen and Morton had already said they read Tokajer’s file after the March 28 confirmation, but Peelen interrupted Sheridan saying commissioners would not answer his question.

Sheridan raised his voice, saying he had the right to ask the question and Peelen continued to interrupt him.

Monti then threatened to have Sheridan escorted from the chambers.

The mayor said Sheridan was reaching the point of becoming disruptive and uncivil, and Peelen then asked him to conclude his comments.

Monti then criticized Zaccagnino for comments published in The Islander regarding the mayor changing the locks on his office and on Stephenson’s office.

Monti said he had the right to protect his own privacy in changing his locks, and said Stephenson was aware that he had changed the locks “to protect his files.”

Zaccagnino said he failed to understand the mayor’s complaint.

“Are both of those (statements) not true? I was asked a question and I answered it,” he said, of the comments published in The Islander.