Monthly Archives: January 2017

Give me a chance says new HB top cop

Citizens expressed outrage over Mayor Carmel Monti’s March 28 announcement he was recommending the city hire Longboat Key Police Capt. Bill Tokajer over Holmes Beach Police Department’s 26-year veteran Dale Stephenson.

Tokajer, who officially started work April 10, said he understands the community’s apprehension, but called on people to give him a fair chance.

“I believe they will have the same respect and love the city of Bradenton did after 26 years,” said Tokajer. “I do understand they would have liked their internal candidate, but it’s not my decision.”

Tokajer said he’s honored to be given this opportunity “and once community members have an opportunity to sit down with me, they will be pleased with the choice our mayor made.”

Tokajer began his law enforcement career as a U.S. Army policeman, at which time he met his wife of 32 years and raised two daughters. He worked for the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office for two years before beginning his 26-year career with the Bradenton Police Department.

He retired as deputy chief. Tokajer said he loved law enforcement too much to stay out, so in 2011 he took the job as captain on Longboat key, where he remained until being selected as the Holmes Beach police chief.

“I applied for the position when I received a call saying it was open,” said Tokajer. “I’ve always prepared myself through education and training to be chief. It’s always been a goal of mine.”

Tokajer said he knows both Stephenson and former Police Chief Jay Romine.

“This department has had some good leadership,” he said. “I know I have some big shoes to fill.”

Tokajer received the Bradenton police department’s Purple Heart in 1990 when he was shot in the line of duty during a drug raid, and was awarded the Bradenton Police Department’s highest honor — the medal of valor — in 1989 for disarming a suspect while saving the life of a fellow officer.

He has spent 20 years on the Manatee Children’s Services board of directors, 19 of which he has been president.

He has several awards and believes strongly in remaining active in the community he serves.

“I would like the people to judge me for what they see of me,” said Tokajer. “What they will see is someone very community oriented. I want to partner with the community to make sure it’s the safest place in Manatee County. We have a beautiful little community.”

Tokajer acknowledged reports of his disciplinary issues, saying they were minor and the last one was more than 20 years ago.

“Don’t judge me from my past,” he said. “I’ve made mistakes, but I would ask anyone to look at the past 20 years of their lives and ask themselves if there is something they did that they would do different. I’ve done that and try to be a better man and be a better coach to young officers so they don’t make those same mistakes.”

Tokajer’s immediate concern as the city’s new top cop is to get the rumor mill under control. He said he is aware of the rumors that drastic changes are coming and possible firings are around the corner.

“Before I make any changes, I need to do a needs assessment to see what the agency does and what they need before I make a premature judgment of the agency’s structure,” he said. “Once I do that, and meet with the officers and see what they need, then I will make the changes necessary to make sure we are making the community safe.”

Tokajer said he strongly believes in transparency and accountability, but also believes that each officer should have what they need to succeed.

“We expect them to be professionals,” he said. “But to be sure they are professionals, we need to make sure they have the training and education they need. You can’t hold someone to a standard if you aren’t going to give them an opportunity to meet that standard.”

Tokajer said the community should know that he is accessible.

“I’m not someone who continuously sits behind a desk,” he said. “I lead from being out on the road and being part of everything.”

Tokajer said he believes it’s part of his job to be a presence in the community and he intends to do that.

He was already on the street making contacts and introducing himself by going door to door in the business center last week.

He told The Islander staff that rumors are untrue that he will order patrol officers to strictly enforce laws and write tickets for all infractions.

“It isn’t true,” he said. “I believe in achieving compliance,” he said.

“All I ask is for the community to give me a chance to prove myself to them,” he said. “They will not be disappointed. They will see I am here for the betterment of this community and to ensure this is the safest town in the county.”

Tokajer said people have an open invitation to visit with him or call him.

“I want to give everyone a chance to get to know me and to partner with me in this adventure,” he said.

HBPD collecting prescription drugs for disposal

The Holmes Beach Police Department continues to partner with the federal Drug Enforcement Administration in the National Prescription Drug Take-Back program.

The campaign has multiple goals — to curb the theft or abuse of drugs and keep dangerous drugs out of the environment.

People with expired and unneeded prescription drugs can drop off bottles at HBPD during regular business hours, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays.

The DEA will be collecting prescription drugs from the HBPD on April 27.

Three previous national Take-Back efforts resulted in the DEA collecting about a million pounds of drugs that might have been dumped into sewer systems or landfills, or possibly misused, according to a news release from the DEA.

BB man arrested on a sexual battery charge

A 40-year-old Bradenton Beach man was arrested on felony sexual battery with a weapon and aggravated battery April 12 in the 400 block of Second Street North.

On Sept. 11, 2013, the state attorney for the 12th Judicial Circuit in Manatee County declined to file the charges without prejudice.

According to the probable cause affidavit, Terry Moroz and the victim argued the previous night. Moroz awoke in the early morning hours of April 12 wanting to engage the alleged victim in sexual activities.

The victim complied, but Moroz allegedly placed a 9 mm handgun to the victim’s head.

According to the report, Moroz told the victim he really wanted to kill her.

The couple continued their sexual activity, but the victim said she did so at that point out of fear for her life.

She called the Bradenton Beach Police Department at the first opportunity and police arrived to confront Moroz.

According to the report, Moroz admitted he put a gun to the victim’s head. He was then arrested on the felony charges.

He was booked into the Manatee County jail and scheduled to be arraigned at 9 a.m. Friday, May 3, at the Manatee Judicial Center, 1051 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton.

Moroz’s bond information was not available as of Islander press time.


Sexual battery case closed

A Bradenton Beach man arrested in April for alleged sexual battery with a weapon against a victim 12 or older and aggravated assault will not be prosecuted.

Records at the Manatee County Judicial Center show that formal charges will not be filed against Terry Richard Moroz.

Moroz had entered a not guilty plea in April.

The notice from the prosecutor that the case would not go forward was filed in mid-September.

The probable cause affidavit filed by the Bradenton Beach Police Department alleged that Moroz put a 9 mm gun to a woman’s head to force her to have sexual relations with him.


Manatee County resort tax collections reach record high

February bed tax collections by the Manatee County Tax Collector’s resort tax division were $1.11 million, a record for February said Sue Sinquefield, director of the resort tax office.

The resort tax, often called the bed tax, is the 5 percent charged by Manatee County on accommodation rentals of six months or less. Resort tax collections have risen in 23 of the past 24 months according to the office’s online information.

February collections rose 6.2 percent from the $1.04 million collected in February 2012.

Anna Maria Island and Longboat Key accounted for 51 percent, or $561,000 of the $1.11 million total. For the past 24 months of collections, the island and Longboat Key provided around 62 percent of resort taxes collected.

The shift in collections is the result of a boost in accommodation rentals in unincorporated areas of east Manatee County, said Deb Meihls, marketing director for the Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau.

For the past several years, the BACVB has conducted promotions to attract visitors, particularly during the winter season, to accommodations in east Manatee County and other unincorporated areas of the county. Looking at the $400,304 in resort tax collections in February for unincorporated Manatee County, Meihls said the strategy appears to be working.

The February collections for those unincorporated areas from $362,000 in 2012 to the $400,304 this February is a 10.5 percent hike.

Meihls said the BACVB is aware of the stress on Anna Maria Island during the winter season and has actively marketed rentals in other areas.

“We’re trying to market all our attractions in the county,” Meihls said. “The beaches will always be there, but there is so much else to see and do here.”

Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce president Mary Ann Brockman said she was pleased by the BACVB efforts to relieve island stress during the season, but noted that “sooner or later, they all end up on the island.”

Resort taxes are collected one month in arrears. Figures for March will be available around the first week of May, Sinquefield said.

Resort tax collections for 2011-12 rose 14.8 percent, while the surveyed number of visitors to the Bradenton area was up 7.5 percent, according to information from Research Data Services Inc., the company that gathers tourism information for the BACVB.

Resort tax collections have set records for each of the past four years and 2012-13 is on pace to beat last years’ record amount of $8.1 million.

For the first five months of 2012-13, $3.55 million has been collected by the resort tax office, a 12.1 percent hike over the $3.17 million collected in the first five months of fiscal year 2011-12. And that was the record-setting year for resort tax collections.

The $8.1 million eclipsed the former record of $7.01 million set in fiscal year 2010-11.

Fishing – 04-17-2013

Getting into the swing of AMI spring fishing


The springtime bite is finally settling in around Anna Maria Island. Water temps are on the rise, which is triggering baitfish to move onto the flats. Hungry snook, redfish and spotted seatrout are staging up on shallow flats during strong tides.

Now’s a good time to try fishing sandy potholes close to mangrove shorelines with good tidal flow to locate fish. For bait, live shiners are producing the most bites.

If using artificials, try topwater plugs at sunrise and in early morning hours. After the sun gets higher in the sky, switch to soft plastics or suspending plugs.

Spanish mackerel are making a showing around passes and in Tampa Bay. In the passes, shore fishers are casting Gotcha plugs into schooling fish to hook up. Those fishing from boats are using live shiners stabbed on a long shank hook, which helps prevent being cut off by the mackerel’s sharp teeth.

Of course, with macks come sharks. Try fishing nearshore structure or anywhere schooling mackerel are located to find the predators. Expect to encounter blacktip, spinner and sand sharks. Some of these sharks are big, so plan accordingly when selecting what tackle to use. Fresh-cut chunks of mackerel, ladyfish or jack crevalle will get you connected.

Capt. Warren Girle is taking clients to the grass flats of Sarasota Bay in search of backwater species, such as redfish, spotted seatrout and catch-and-release snook. By using a variety of techniques, Girle’s anglers are finding success with all three species.

During the early morning, Girle and his clients are getting out of the boat and wading the shallow flats adjacent to mangrove islands and mangrove shorelines. By using artificials, such as the Exude Dart, or topwater plugs, like the Rapala Skitterwalk, Girle is hooking up the backwater trio in depths of 2-3 feet.

As the sun gets higher, Girle is moving back to the boat to fish deeper flats for trout. Again, Girle is using soft plastics to get a bite. By drifting and jigging, Girle’s clients are catching limits of fish.

Finally, Girle is targeting redfish that hide in sandy potholes during high tides. By casting chunks of fresh-cut ladyfish into the holes, he’s finding limits of slot-size fish.

Dave Sork at the Anna Maria City Pier says Spanish mackerel are making a late appearance. Pier fishers using white jigs, Gotcha plugs or silver spoons are catching macks in the 20-inch range.

Remember, if you’re planning on keeping mackerel for dinner, it is crucial to immediately ice the fish. Keeping these fish on ice will result in a tastier outcome on the dinner plate.

Sharks are frequenting the pier. Small blacktip, bonnethead and sand sharks are following mackerel schools in search of a meal. Small chunks of fresh-cut mackerel cast out from the pier should attract these little bruisers to bite. Remember, even though sharks are only a few feet in length, they bite. Handle with care and don’t put your hands near their mouths.

Bob Kilb at the Rod & Reel says Spanish mackerel are making a decent showing this week. Pier fishers arriving at sunrise are getting the bite. Kilb suggests using white speck rigs to get these high-activity fish to bite. You also can use Gotcha plugs or silver spoons, although Kilb says to try the speck rigs first.

Sheepshead are still biting at the R&R, although catching legal-size fish is tough. Most of the larger females have spawned and are moving to other structure, such as nearshore reefs, to recoup. Now is the time when bait selection becomes crucial. As the sheepies get more finicky, you’ll need to have an assortment of bait — live shrimp, fiddler crabs, sand fleas and tubeworms are a good start.

Steve Oldham at Island Discount Tackle is seeing redfish and spotted seatrout upon arrival of the local charter boats at the docks. Most flats fishers are using live shiners for bait, although soft plastics and gold spoons are producing, too. Oldham suggests using Berkley Gulp shrimp. It has a distinct smell that appeals to redfish.

With Spanish mackerel showing in the passes and around the piers on the north end of the Island, Oldham recommends a white or pink speck rig as a first choice. If the macks are finicky, he says to try a Gotcha plug or silver spoon. Mackerel in the 20-inch range are being reported.

From nearshore structure just off the beaches, Oldham is hearing reports of a variety of shark species. Fresh-cut Spanish mackerel or bonito is a great choice for bait. When targeting bonnetheads and other small sharks, use small chunks. If targeting bigger fish, try using at least half of mackerel.

Capt. Mark Howard of SumoTime fishing charters is grateful to see the springtime pattern blossom. The top indicator of spring is the arrival of shiners on the flats. Chumming with Purina tropical fish food will entice the pilchards to swarm behind your boat, he claims, making easy pickings for your cast net.

Howard’s recent charter clients are having exciting rallies on catch-and-release snook and redfish. The Brown family had a Wednesday afternoon charter that produced four nice slot-sized redfish for their dinner table. They also battled many catch-and-release snook. The key, Howard says, is having enough shiners to chum and fire up the bite.

Tortilla Bay owner Perry Pittman and some friends also had an exciting day on the water. The group landed redfish, spotted seatrout and mackerel. Fishing moving water was the key to success, and their fillets wound up later as fish tacos.

On the nearshore scene, Howard is seeing the fish move in with ferocious appetites. Kingfish, Spanish mackerel, big sharks and cobia are being caught at the 1-mile reef. Howard suggests having a rig ready for the drag-screaming action available on the many 6-foot sharks swimming with the bait schools.

Gag grouper were being caught in waters as shallow as 15 feet and 100 yards off the beach and, after photos, Howard’s grouper were released.

He’s is looking forward to the opening of gag grouper season while they’re still in the bay and inshore waters — easy pickings if and when the powers to be open the season. Until then, we’re left depend upon the commercial fishing fleet to provide us with fillets, he noted.

Looking forward, Howard says the springtime fishing pattern will only get better as more bait floods the area waters. Work edges and drops at low tide and move into the bushes as the tide rises, he suggests.

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Island police blotter – 04-17-2013

Anna Maria

        • April 2, 200 block of Periwinkle Plaza, domestic disturbance. A Manatee County Sheriff’s Office deputy responded to a father and adult son arguing. The son said his father was upset and insulted him because he could not find work. While on scene, the deputy confiscated marijuana stems in plain view after both men denied any knowledge of the stems.

Anna Maria is policed by the MCSO.

Bradenton Beach

        • April 6, 1900 Gulf Drive S., Coquina Beach, stolen property. A woman stored her driver’s license in a side pocket of a small cooler and went for a walk on the beach. When she returned, her driver’s license was missing.

• April 7, 118 Bridge St., Sports Lounge, trespass warning. Police responded to a man causing problems at the bar and discovered the suspect was trying to play pool for money. According to the report, the man refused to stop asking other patrons to gamble and then refused to leave when asked. A trespass warning was issued.

        Bradenton Beach is policed by the BBPD.


• No new reports.

        Cortez is policed by the MCSO

Holmes Beach

        March 23, 3900 E. Bay Drive, Publix, trespass. Police responded to a complaint of a man in the parking lot attempting to sell customers his pocket knife. The man admitted he was trying to sell the knife to raise money for bus fare. Police searched the suspect and located the knife and $7. He was advised it was illegal to solicit in Holmes Beach and was trespassed from the property at the store manager’s request.

• March 23, 5424 Marina Drive, Jessie’s Island Store BP, trespass. An employee reported a juvenile had broken some items in the store’s bathroom, which led to a heated exchange between a store employee and the juvenile’s mother. The mother said the employee was rude to the family when they asked to use the bathroom.

• March 23, 3400 E. Bay Drive, Ace Hardware, exposure. A 49-year-old Bradenton Beach man was arrested for misdemeanor exposure and possession of marijuana after a complainant reported the man had urinated in an open area behind the business. She told police the man exposed himself. Police made contact with the man and a search of his person turned up 3 grams of marijuana.

• March 25, 100 block of 71st Street, trespass. A complainant called police to report her house had been broken into while she was on a trip, but nothing had been stolen. She discovered three empty beer cans inside the residence and suspected it may have been family members, but wanted the incident documented. Entry into the home was through a window, which was damaged. The damages were estimated at $100.

• March 25, 3800 block of East Bay Drive, theft. A bicycle valued at $100 was stolen from a bike rack.

• March 26, 200 block of South Harbor Drive, burglary. While on routine patrol, an officer was flagged down by a man who reported someone had stolen a tile saw valued at $1,500 from his porch. A neighbor provided police with a description of two young men and a woman who had come to the home and left with a large object in their vehicle. The complainant called later that day to say the saw had been returned.

• March 26, 500 block of 67th Street, vehicle burglary. A complainant reported he left his wallet inside an unlocked vehicle. When he returned, the wallet had been gone through and $100 was missing.

• March 27, 7800 block of Palm Drive, disturbance. Police responded to a call from a man who said his son was yelling and refusing to go to school. The man said his son was bullied at school. The school had told him they had taken care of the problem, but the son said the bullying was continuing. The officer told the juvenile it was wrong to yell at his parents and that he had to go to school. The officer said he would contact the school to make sure the bullying was addressed.

• March 27, 400 block of 72nd Street, missing person. A woman called to report her husband was missing for more than a month. She said they were having general marital issues and that he had disappeared for a few days before, but not for this long. She told police he had not picked up his medications, left his cell phone behind and no other family member has heard from him.

• March 28, 600 block of Dundee Lane, criminal mischief. A complainant reported he has been having trouble with his neighbor since having work done to his pool. He said he was having the pool resurfaced and needed to run a pump at night to keep water from getting into the pool. He told police his neighbor’s wife came over and kicked the pump into the pool. The neighbor said the pump was keeping his wife up at night, but denied his wife’s involvement in the incident. The damage to the pump was estimated at $400.

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.


Sports – 04-17-2013

KRC finale, spring-summer sport leagues under way


The Anna Maria Island Community Center has myriad sporting opportunities available for adults looking to have some fun and stay active. Basketball on Tuesdays, kickball on Wednesdays and soccer on Thursday evenings are three offerings that got started this past week.

Soccer topped the adult sporting action April 11. The first game of the season saw 1st USA Plumbing tie Sato Real Estate 4-4. Paul Heyward scored two goals to lead Sato while Lexi Davis and Josh Petit each added one goal. Mike Brusso made 10 saves in goal to preserve the tie.

Matt Kretzman’s two goals and a goal and an assist from Rico Beissert paced 1st USA Plumbing on offense. Goalie Pedro Gonzalez made seven saves in the loss.

Island Pest Control doubled up on Florida Discount Signs with a 4-2 victory behind a pair of goals from Lindsey Weaver in the second game of the evening. Danny Anderson added a goal and an assist while Frank Agnelli scored one goal and made four saves in goal.

Paulo Fonseca scored two goals to lead the Florida Discount Sign offense, while Troy Shonk made 18 saves in the loss.

Wash Family Construction demolished Pink & Navy Boutique by a 5-0 score in the third game. Darren Wash and Scott Hertrick scored two goals each, while Aaron Parkin scored one goal, two assists and five saves in goal.

Scott Rudacille made 11 saves to lead the Pink & Navy effort.

Slim’s Place received four goals and an assist from Nick “Canadian Freight Train” LeDuc, during its 7-3 victory over Beach to Bay Construction. Omar Polar added two goals and two assists for Slim’s, which also received a goal and an assist from Austin Wash and 12 saves from Ryan Moss.

Julius Gomes scored two goals and Brent Moss added one goal to lead Beach To Bay Construction, which also received 10 saves from Don Purvis in goal.

Basketball season also got going with three games played April 9. The first game of the evening was a doozy, as Duncan Real Estate edged Bowes Imaging 71-68 behind 23 points and six rebounds from Todd Keiser, and 15 points, five assists and three rebounds from Evan Wolfe. Mike Haynes added 11 points, while Chris Smith and Justin Junes each finished with 8 points in the victory.

Brandon Kern sank six three-pointers on the way to a game-high 29 points. Jason Mickan added 16 points, while Alban Gega finished with 6 points in the loss.

The second game of the evening was another close affair as the Sun rode a balanced scoring attack to edge  Gatorman Pools 45-42. Sean Hubbard scored 14 points and grabbed 12 rebounds, while Andrew Terman scored 13 points and Chad Woods finished with10 points. Eric Gledhill scored only 2 points, but hauled in 15 rebounds in the victory.

Aaron Dudukes scored 18 points and grabbed five rebounds to lead Gatorman Pools, which also received 13 points from Joe Combs in the loss.

Southern Green defeated Island Real Estate 51-42 behind 17 points and 10 rebounds from Jonathan Moss and 14 points and nine rebounds from Jordan Demers in the final game of the night. Scott Easton and Ryan Moss scored 7 points each in the win.

Dylan Bower’s 19 points and 10 rebounds, and 11 points from Jim Lynch paced Island Real Estate in the loss.


Horseshoe news

Three teams advanced to the knockout round in April 13 horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall pits. John Crawford and Marvin Gangemi drew the bye into the finals and watched as Adin Shank and Gene Bobeldyk slipped past Herb Puryear and Bruce Munro 21-16. Crawford and Gangemi then defeated Shank and Bobeldyk by the same 21-16 score to earn bragging rights for the day.

The April 10 games saw two teams advance to the final round. The team of Gene Bobeldyk and Dave Lansaw won the day’s proceedings in a route, defeating John Crawford 21-3 in the finals.

Play gets under way at 9 a.m. every Wednesday and Saturday at the Anna Maria City Hall pits. Warmups begin at 8:45 a.m. followed by random team selection.

There is no charge to play and everyone is welcome.


Key Royale golf news

It was another busy week at the Key Royale Club, where members put down their clubs to attend the 45th annual farewell and award’s dinner the evening of April 13. All of the various club champions and runners up were recognized, as well as the players who got a hole-in-one during the year.

The women took the course for the club’s annual “Doe Day” on the morning of April 9 with Judy Christenson and Jan Jump chairing the event that includes different games on each hole followed by wine on the patio and lunch.

Erma McMullen and Brenda Sollevid won the day with Fran Barford and Sue Wheeler taking second place. Marianne Siegler and Sally Keyes finished alone in third place.

On April 12 the members played a nine-hole, best-ball-of-playing-group match. The team of Rose Slomba, Sue Little, Dave Kruger and Earl Huntzinger combined on a 10-under-par 22 to grab first place for the day. One shot back in second place was the team of Terry Westby, Jim Dunne and Sue Liddle.

The team of Barry Izzard, Larry Pippel, Charlie Porter and Blake Ress combined on a 5-under-par 27 to win the nine-hole, team scramble on April 11. Second place went to the team of Tom Nelson, Greg Shorten, Jim Menzies and Terry Schaefer, who combined on a 3-under-par 29.

The men played an 18-hole, two-best-balls-of-foursome match April 10. The team of Gary Harris, Jim Thorton, Carl Voyles and Bob Elliott won the day with 24-under-par 104. One shot back in second place were Al Kaiser, Wade Ladue, Jim Helgeson and Art Hibbs, who finished in a tie for second with Pete Weir, Dick Eichhorn, Bob Landgren and Tom Lewis.

The morning of April 8 saw the men in a nine-hole, two-best-balls-of-foursome match. The team of Pieter Thomassen, Neil Hammer and Gerry Taylor combined on a 15-under-par 49 to grab a one-shot victory over Tom Lewis, Tom O’Brien and Jim Helgeson.

The afternoon match was a nine-hole, modified Stableford or quota-points game. Tim Friessen rode an eagle on the second hole to a plus-6 score and first place in the individual game. Two points back and tied for second were Gary Duncan and Mike Gillie at plus-4.

Friessen’s plus-6 also helped his team of John Holcomb, Al DiConstanza and Mike Ross to the team title with a plus-2.

Island real estate transactions – 04-17-2013

116 Pelican Drive, Anna Maria, a 1,474 sfla / 2,007 sfur 3bed/2bath/1car canalfront home built in 1970 on a 91×100 lot was sold 03/22/13, Anderson to Pagano for $575,000; list $589,000.

4104 Sixth Ave., Unit 4, 6th Avenue Condos, Holmes Beach, a 2,576 sfla / 2,626 sfur 3bed/3bath/2car condo with private pool built in 2002 on a 50×100 lot was sold 03/18/13, Windy Estates LLC to Tillman for $540,000; list $579,000.

411 28th St., Holmes Beach, a 1,896 sfla / 2,502 sfur 3bed/3bath/1car canalfront home built in 1971 on a 80×120 lot was sold 03/20/13, Bankunited Trust to Mathieu for $500,046; list $450,000.

202 77th St., Holmes Beach, a 1,221 sfla / 1,521 sfur 3be/2bath home built in 2002 on a 96×70 lot was sold 03/21/13, Chasey to Massey for $462,500; list $465,000.

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

Calendar – 04-17-2013


Wednesday, April 17

Noon – Anna Maria Garden Club “high tea” meeting and induction of club officers, Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-2607.


Thursday, April 18

10:15 a.m. — Friends of the Island Library book club meets to discuss “The Art of Racing in the Rain” by Garth Stein, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.


Friday, April 19

7:58 p.m. — Official sunset time.


Saturday, April 20

9 a.m. — The Great American Cleanup with Keep Manatee Beautiful, various volunteer registration locations, including Anna Maria City Hall and Kingfish Boat Ramp. Information: 941-795-8272,

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.

4 p.m. — Walk a Mile in their Shoes family fun walk to benefit Turning Points, Coquina Beach. Information: 941-747-1509.


Sunday, April 21

7:59 p.m. — Official sunset time.


Monday, April 22

Today is Earth Day.


Tuesday, April 23

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

2 p.m. — The Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, hosts Dona Lee and an “Intro to Publishing” program. Information: 941-778-6341.


Wednesday, April 24

8:01 p.m. — Official sunset time.



Saturday, April 20

10 a.m.-3 p.m. — De Soto National Memorial re-enactment, 8300 De Soto Memorial Highway, Bradenton. Information: 941-792-0458.

11 a.m.-4 p.m. — Cortez Village Historical Society community potluck, Few-Miller Dock, Cortez. Bring a dish to share. Information: 941-795-7121.

7:30 p.m. — De Soto Heritage Festival Musical and Fashion Show, Bradenton Municipal Auditorium, 1005 Barcarrota Blvd., Bradenton. Fee applies. Information: 941-747-1998.


Sunday, April 21

1-4 p.m. — Anna Maria Island Privateers car, truck and motorcycle show, Mexicali Border Cafe, 5502 Cortez Road W., Bradenton. Information: 214-714-3953.

5:30 p.m. — Anna Maria Island Privateers scholarship fundraiser, Ace’s Lounge, 4343 Palma Sola Blvd., Bradenton. Fee applies. Information: 941-795-3886.



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

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

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

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

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


Coming up

• 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

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