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Sports – 01-01-2014

Looking back: The Islander’s best in sports for 2013


Happy new year to all and good riddance to the outgoing one. It was a tough one for me, personally, so I’m looking forward to 2014, but first I have to look back at all of the people and events who filled this page in the past year.

Before I get started, I need to thank the people that keep me informed on the island sports scene, starting with Troy Shonk and now Matt Ray at the Anna Maria Island Community Center. Youth sports and the new popularity of adult competition there makes up the majority of my weekly column.

I also would be remiss if I didn’t mention Gary Duncan, Helen Pollock and Joy Kaiser of the Key Royale Club for contributing weekly golf news.

Jay Disbrow is another person I need to thank for providing timely, weekly updates of the games and goings on at the Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe pits.

Another frequent contributor to my column is runner Mickey Hooke, a longtime Galati Yacht Sales employee and former islander. Hooke appeared in The Islander several times in 2013 — as an overall race winner four times, which is impressive, and more so considering he’s 52 years old.

Hooke won the seventh annual Spring Lake 5K in May, the St. Pete Beach Series 5K in June, the Sunsets at Pier 60 5K in July and the UA 10K Beach Running Championships in Cocoa Beach in October.

He punctuated 2013 with a win in the RRCA Florida 5K Grandmasters State Championship in September. Hooke’s time of 17:28 was 1:27 ahead of his nearest grandmasters-level competitor. He set a grandmasters record for the new course, plus it was a grandmasters record over the event’s two courses in its 10-year history.

Hooke was the 2012 grandmasters record holder at 17:33.

Hooke set his 30th record this calendar year and 19th championship since 2000. He also set a grandmasters record at the 2013 RRCA Florida 10K State Championship in April, placing second overall.

If he wasn’t winning a race, he was near the top. He won races as a master and grandmaster entry. Hooke set record after record in his age group and for his high level of success, he is — yes, again — The Islander’s top sports story for 2013.


2. Islander qualifies for world triathlon

Sandy Meneley takes second place based on her qualification for the national championship run by winning her 65-69 age group in the Aug. 10-11 Olympic Age Group Triathlon in Milwaukee.

The national title enables her to participate on Team USA representing the United States at the World Championship Triathlon next summer in Edmonton, Canada. Meneley also was a member of Team USA a few years ago, earning a fourth-place finish in Beijing.

Meneley, retired from her years as an Illinois high school track coach, began training for triathlons after retiring from teaching. A background in marathons has helped her obtain podium finishes in all triathlon distances, including her fourth-place finish in the past year at the world championship Ironman in Hawaii.


3. There’s Magic in the island waters

The recreational leagues at the Anna Maria Island Community Center provide area youth the opportunity for exposure to a multitude of sports, so it’s great when you see players who got their start here move on to play at a higher level.

For us, U14 Manatee Magic girl’s competitive soccer team has a definite “Island” flavor. Eight of the 15 players on the roster live on Anna Maria Island, while one, Brooke McIntosh, has deep roots here. Her father/coach Brett McIntosh grew up on AMI, and Aunt Beth and Uncle Scott McIntosh reside in Holmes Beach.

The other eight — Lily Meaker, Morgan Burns, Grace Bowers, Emma Monuese, Olivia Glavan, Brooke Capparelli, Danielle Capparelli and Jenna Rogers — all either formerly lived on AMI or now live near the island and got their start playing soccer at the center.

Most of them had prominent roles on a Magic team that placed second in the Largo United Halloween tournament played Oct. 5-6.

Since that tournament, the Magic girls have compiled a 4-1-3 record, which puts them in second place in their division.

For taking their game to another level, the U14 Magic girls rank as third best sports story.


4. Champs crowned for indoor soccer league

From the bleachers, one of the best sports the center offers is the summer indoor soccer league. It provides players a chance to hone their skills in a competitive league, while avoiding the stifling heat of the summer.

The list of awards won by Beach Bistro and Eat Here, thanks to restaurant owner Sean Murphy, got a little longer Aug. 16 as both teams won the championship game in their respective age divisions in the center’s summer league.

Beach Bistro upset regular-season champ LPAC 6-5 in the 8-10 division championship game behind a game-high five goals from Tyler Brewer and single goals from Jeremiah Sculco and Shane Solletti. Bistro also received strong play from Ana Gonzalez, Travis Bates, German Rivera, Javier Rivera and Tuna McCracken in the victory.

Regular-season champion Eat Here won its 11-13 division championship with an exciting 4-3 victory Aug. 16 over Island Dental Spa.

Eat Here was led by Carter Reemelin’s two goals and single goals from Dunn Reemelin and Robbie Fellowes. Fernandes was supported defensively by Conal Cassidy, Reagan Nevin and Gauge Nevin in the victory.

Dylan Joseph led Island Dental Spa with two goals, while Luke Marvin added one in the loss.


5. Pirates punch up scoreboard

Though this isn’t exactly a sports story, it definitely involves sports and it appeared in my column. In April, the Pittsburgh Pirates came to the community center to dedicate a new outdoor scoreboard.

The Pirates Charities awarded a matching grant to the center and Jackson Hayes, a youth baseball player at the center, raised the most money to help match the Pirate funding. He was front and center at the dedication with the Pirates mascot and centerfielder Mel Rojas Jr.

The Pirates also gave the same grant to the Manatee Area Youth Soccer Organization earlier in the year to purchase four sets of soccer goals.

Kudos to the Pirates organization for its generosity in our community.


6. Moss family dominates adult sports

It came across as two sports stories a week apart, but it should be noted that the center flag football league champions, Agnelli Pool & Spa Giants, and center volleyball champions, Southern Greens, couldn’t have fielded teams were it not for the legion of Moss players.

The Moss family members helped third-seeded Agnelli Pool & Spa Giants roll to a 38-22 victory Aug. 22 over Waterfront Restaurant Raiders to win the NFL flag football Super Bowl at the center.

Quarterback Ryan Moss led the way for the Giants on offense and defense. He completed 16 of 23 passes for 253 yards and five touchdown passes. Three of his touchdown passes went to Brent Moss, who finished with five catches for 73 yards.

Ryan Moss made an incredible eight flag pulls to lead the defense, which also received two pulls apiece from Rio and Brent Moss in the victory.

Then a few days later, the Moss family helped Southern Greens outlast Beach Bums 25-16, 17-25, 25-16 to win the Aug. 27 adult volleyball playoffs in the center gym.


7. AMICC Pickleball Club brings home the gold

Twelve members of the Anna Maria Island Community Center Pickleball Club competed in the Florida International Senior Games and State Championships Dec. 13-15 in Estero. The group brought home 10 gold and silver medals.

Bob McClure and Bill Wilson competed in singles and both brought home gold medals, while Clayton Taylor earned a silver medal in men’s singles.

Jim Teasdale teamed up with McClure to win a gold medal in men’s doubles, while Taylor and Wilson brought home silver.

Toni Teasdale and Barb Smith teamed up in women’s doubles and captured a gold medal, while Toni Teasdale and Gib Reffit grabbed silver in mixed doubles.

Pickleball is a combination of ping-pong, tennis and badminton and has been around for more than 20 years.

The club converges at the center gym on Monday through Saturday at varying times and they welcome new players. For more information, call the center at 941-778-1908.


8. Island Pest, Feast take soccer titles

The center’s fall soccer season came to a close with two exciting championship games in November. Island Pest Control captured the 8-10 division title and The Feast took home the 11-13 division trophy, both in close, hard-fought victories over two capable opponents.

No. 1 seed Island Pest Control defeated No. 2 seed Beach Bistro 4-3 in the championship game behind two goals each from Javier Rivera and Julius Petereit.

The Feast and LPAC battled to a 5-5 tie in regulation play, but Feast connected on three of five turns in the penalty-kick shootout to take the 11-13 title.

Michael Latimer scored three goals and Joe Rogers added two goals during regulation play to lead The Feast, while Abbey Achor, Latimer and Joseph Peery scored goals for The Feast in the shootout, securing the dramatic victory.


9. Super Bowls end flag football

NFL flag football has been one of the better additions to the center’s menu of sports offerings, and just like the big league, center Super Bowl games were played March 21-22.

Two of the three Super Bowls were blowouts, also much like in the NFL. The 8-10 division championship game, however, was an exciting back-and-forth affair between Coastal Orthopedic Bears and Tyler’s Ice Cream Vikings that ended with the Bears on top 20-19.

Late in the game, with the Bears trailing 19-13, Jackson Hayes took a handoff and swept around left end. He outran Viking defenders to midfield where he reversed field and outran everyone down the right sideline to complete a 45-yard touchdown run and tie the score at 19-19 with just over two minutes left to play. Gavin Johnston calmly hit Maddie Rogers with the extra-point pass to give the Bears a 20-19 lead.

The Vikings took over on offense with 1:50 left to play.

Facing a third down and short situation, Nathan Costello tried a short pass over the middle, but Hayes jumped the route and knocked down the pass to take over on downs with 1:27 left to play. The Vikings held the Bears in check on first and second downs, but on third down and 14 yards to go, Hayes again got loose up the right side for a 15-yard gain and a first down that allowed the Bears to run out the clock on the 20-19 victory.

Holy Cow Cardinals earned an easy 36-12 victory over Lobstahs Buccaneers in the 11-13 Super Bowl behind a strong performance from quarterback Joey Stewart.

Integrity Sound Falcons earned a 32-13 victory over Walter & Associates Bears to win the 14-17 division Super Bowl.


10. Three champs crowned in basketball

The center’s youth basketball season came to an end in June after being delayed a day due to Tropical Storm Andrea.

Not one top seed captured the championship. Second-seed Heritage Paper Co. in the Premier Division, second-seed Walter & Associates in the 11-13 division and third-seeded Manatee Cancer Center in the 8-10 division all scored upset victories to claim their respective titles.

Heritage Paper defeated No. 1 seed Walter & Associates 50-35 behind 19 points and six rebounds from Austin Miller and 13 points and 11 rebounds from Chris Lehman.

Walter & Associates captured its division with a 45-33 victory over Ross Built behind the inside-outside combination of JP Russo and Dayton Modderman. Russo scored 23 points and pulled down 10 rebounds, while Modderman added 20 points and 20 rebounds to lead Walter.

Manatee Cancer Center, which won only two regular-season games swept into the finals and defeated top-seed Beach Bistro 22-6 in the championship game of the 8-10 division.

Stay in touch in 2014 by writing to We’ll put you on our team.

Island police blotter – 01-01-2014

Anna Maria

        • No new reports.

Anna Maria is policed by the MCSO.

Bradenton Beach

        • Dec. 23, 1900 block of Gulf Drive N., DUI. A Bradenton Beach Police Department officer and a Manatee County Sheriff’s Office deputy responded to a call about a man slumped over the steering wheel of his vehicle, parked on a sidewalk. The officer observed the man sleeping and the windshield wipers were on, scraping against dry glass. The 56-year-old Missouri man said he was having personal issues and was at the beach all day drinking. He was administered a field sobriety test and allegedly failed. Gregory Phillips was arrested on a misdemeanor DUI charge and booked into the Manatee County jail, where he later posted $500 bond and was released.

• Dec. 22, 1603 Gulf Drive N., Tradewinds Resort, burglary. Police responded to a burglary call and observed a door on one of the rooms had been pried open. Three TVs valued at $1,000 were stolen.

• Dec. 14, 116 Bridge St., Sports Lounge, disturbance. As police were arriving to a disturbance call, a large crowd began to disburse. An officer saw two men get up from the ground. The two men admitted that had fought, but that it was mutual. There were no injuries and on agreeing to leave the area for the night, no further action was taken.

• Dec. 22, 100 block of 10th Street North, burglary. An unknown person pried open a plastic storage shed and took items valued at about $1,300.

• Dec. 25, 103 Gulf Drive N., Circle K, trespass warning. A store clerk told police several customers were complaining about two men sitting outside the store asking people for money. The men were issued a trespass warning.

• Dec. 23, 103 Gulf Drive N., Circle K, battery. Police responded to the store and found a man sitting on the floor bleeding from the area of his eye. The man said a person hit him in the eye and then fled. He did not provide a reason why the suspect may have struck him.

        Bradenton Beach is policed by the BBPD.


• Dec. 17, 10110 block of Cortez Road West, domestic disturbance. An MCSO deputy responded to a couple engaged in a verbal argument. There were no signs or allegations of physical contact during the argument.

• Dec. 23, 12400 block of 45th Avenue West, domestic disturbance. Two family members were arguing over holiday plans in front of several people. Another family member became concerned that the argument was escalating and called the MCSO. By the time a deputy arrived, one of the family members had left to cool down. Nothing physical occurred, according to witnesses.

        Cortez is policed by the MCSO

Holmes Beach

• Dec. 20, 4100 block of Sixth Avenue, open house party. A 20-year-old allegedly invited his former stepfather to a party at his mother’s house. A Holmes Beach Police Department officer responded to a complaint at the house and observed several juveniles, possibly with alcohol in their hands, who then fled the scene. The officer made contact with the 41-year-old man, who told the officer he was chaperoning the party, but was unaware of any alcohol being on the premises. According to the report, the officer observed several cans and bottles of beer were in open view around the property. The man then said he had only just arrived because his stepson called to say the party was getting out of hand, but the 20-year-old said the adult had been on the premises more than an hour. The man allegedly asked, “Do you want me to shut this party down?” The officer said he would take care of shutting down the party and arrested the adult on a misdemeanor charge of open house party.

        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.

The Islander Classifieds: Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014


SOFA: CONTEMPORARY, $100, swivel rocker chair, $35, two small tables $30. 540-529-1835.

COFFEE TABLE: DROP-leaf, very nice, $100, 1-year old above-ground pool, accessories, 15-18 foot, $100. 941-778-3920.

9 CUBIC FOOT chest freezer for sale, Holmes Beach, $65.



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, fax toll-free 1-866-362-9821. (limited time offer)


45TH ANNUAL SUNCOAST Antique Bottle and Collectible Show: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 11. Admission, $4. Pottery, antique bottles, fossils, advertising, stoneware, artifacts, jewelry and more. Bradenton Area Convention Center, U.S. 41 at Haben Boulevard, Palmetto. or 941-722-7233.

WANTED: WORKOUT DVDs and retired but working XBox, Wii units with games for Ministry of Presence for kids and teens in Haiti. Deliver to The Islander, 5604B Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.

TERRY HAYES, REALTOR. Premier Sothebys. 941-302-3100.

WANTED: YOUR OLD cell phone for recycling. Deliver to The Islander, 5604B Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.

ANTIQUES, ART, and collectibles. View at The Islander store, 5604B Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.

AERIAL PHOTOS of Anna Maria Island. View and purchase online:

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, 5604B 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, 5604B Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Don’t be sorry, be safe.


ROSER THRIFT SHOP:  Open 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesday ,Thursday, 10 a.m-1 p.m. Saturday. 9-11 a.m. donations, Wednesdays. 511 Pine Ave. Anna Maria. 941-779-2733.

STEFF’S STUFF ANTIQUES: Consignment sale 20-50% off, open daily. The Centre Shops on Longboat Key. 5380 Gulf of Mexico Drive. 941-383-1901.


WELL-MANNERED RESCUED dogs (and kittens!) are looking for great new homes or fosters. Please, call for information, 941-896-6701.

DOGGY DAY CARE: Coastal Canine Cottage. Leave your pets with us for fun and pampering while you’re out! Lisa, 941-243-3990. 8819 Cortez Rd. W., Bradenton.


BIMINI BAY SAILING: Small sailboat rentals and instruction. Day. Week. Month. Sunfish, Laser, Windrider 17 and Precision 15. Call Brian at 941-685-1400.

PONTOON BOAT RENTAL Create life long memories. Call 941-518-3868 or see

50-FOOT DOCK for rent, wide deep-water canal, many amenities. BJ, 941-778-3013.

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!
 Includes a trolling motor with battery. Must see! $500 obo. Call Toni, 941-928-8735. 


DELIVERY DRIVER/WAREHOUSE man. Work on Island. Part or full-time. 941-524-9228. Resumes only, send to:

ANSWER PHONES, GOOD with computers and office tasks, part or full-time. Work from Island. 941-524-9228. Email resume only, send to:


LOCAL ISLAND STUDENT babysitter available. CPR and first aid-certified, early childhood development major. Emily, 941-567-9276.

RESPONSIBLE RED CROSS certified babysitter. Honor student. Call or text Isabel, 941-545-7995.

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, 5604-B Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.


LPNS NEEDED FOR active quadriplegic using Hoyer lift. Morning shifts, 4-5 hours starting at 7 a.m. Overnight shifts, 9:30 p.m.-7 a.m. Travel opportunity. 941-685-5213.


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.

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.

CLEANING RESIDENTIAL, COMMERCIAL and resort. Love what we do, love to work. 941-756-4570.

JUST THAT CLEANING service: We will clean your home like our own. We offer organic cleaning products. Free estimate. Please, call Jenise, 941-730-6773 or call Brad at 941-704-5609.

U FLY I drive your car anywhere in the USA. Airport runs, anywhere. 941-746-5651, 941-545-6688.

PART-TIME BOOKKEEPING services available, experienced and reliable. Call Michael at 941-713-0284.

JOHN “THE FIREMAN” Island Cycle & Scooter Repair. 25 years experience. Affordable prices. 918-639-5002 or 941-276-1414.

DIRTY LAUNDRY? WORLD-class laundry drop-off service. $1 per pound, most items. Sun Clean Coin Laundry. 2905 Manatee Ave., W., Bradenton. 941-746-0849.

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! 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.


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.

TOP NOTCH LAWN Care: Residential and commercial. For all your landscaping needs. 941-932-6600.

NATURE’S DESIGN LANDSCAPING. Design and installation. Tropical landscape specialist. Residential and commercial. 30 years experience. 941-729-9381, 941-448-6336.


VAN-GO PAINTING residential/commercial, interior/exterior, pressure cleaning, wallpaper. Island references. Bill, 941-795-5100.

CUSTOM REMODELING EXPERT. All phases of carpentry, repairs and painting. Insured. Meticulous, clean, sober and prompt. Paul Beauregard, 941-730-7479.

TILE -TILE -TILE. All variations of ceramic tile supplied and installed. Quality workmanship, prompt, reliable, many Island references. Call Neil, 941-726-3077.

GRIFFIN’S HOME IMPROVEMENTS Inc. Handyman, fine woodwork, countertops, cabinets and wood flooring. Insured and licensed. 941-722-8792.

JERRY’S HOME REPAIR: Carpentry, handyman, light hauling, pressure washing. Jack of all trades. Call 941-778-6170 or 941-447-2198.

HANDYMAN SERVICE: 25-year Island resident. We do all repair, interior and exterior, insured. The Flying Dutchman, 941-447-6747.

SOUTHBAY HOME REPAIRS: If it’s broken, stuck, loose, leaks, needs paint, etc. I’ll fix it. Affordable quality work. 941-720-2906.

PRESSURE WASHING: RESIDENTIAL, commercial, roofs, driveways, house, lanai, pool area. The Flying Dutchman, 941-447-6747.

PRESSURE WASHING: RESIDENTIAL, commercial, resorts, roof, lanai, etc. Also windows, lawn services, also. 941-756-4570.

PROFESSIONAL TILE ROOF restoration. Call Peter for free estimate, references, insured. The Flying Dutchman, 941-447-6747.


WEEKLY/MONTHLY/ANNUAL rentals: wide variety, changes daily. SunCoast Real Estate, 941-779-0202, or 1-800-732-6434.

VACATION RENTALS: GREAT location near boat ramp and everything on Anna Maria Island. Free WiFi, cable. 941-779-6638.

VACATION RENTALS: BRADENTON houses or condos. Weekly or monthly. Call 941-962-0971 or 941-794-1515. Suzanne Wilson, broker.

ANNUAL HOME WANTED January 2014: Long-time Island couple seeks single-family home with pool in quiet Holmes Beach or Anna Maria. No pets, no smoking. Minimum 2BR/2BA. Will consider waterfront condo. Tom, 941-993-4909.

1BR AND 2BR units off Cortez Road, two miles from the beach. 3611 117th St. W., one block from the bay. $650-$800/month. 941-518-8478.

JANUARY AND FEBRUARY AVAILABILITY: 1 and 2BR at Westbay Cove condo. Walk to beach, shopping, restaurants, on free trolley line. Tennis, two heated pools. Old Florida Realty Co., 941-713-9096.

3BR/1.5BA with screen porch, garage. Washer, dryer and big back yard. $2,000 month. Mike Norman Realty, 941-778-6696.

FLORIDA KEYS VACATION rental house. 2BR/2BA with dock, oceanside. Available Dec. 21-Jan. 8. 941-778-3106.

OLD FLORIDA GROUND-floor vacation apartments, $650/week, spring dates available. 941-778-2374.

ANNUAL RENTAL: 2BR/2BA home, large lanai, deck, hot tub. RV parking, $1,500/month, First, last, security. 10303 Spoonbill Road. W., Flamingo Cay. 941-704-0065.

ANNUAL RENTAL N.W. Bradenton: 3BR/2A private home with  heated pool and fenced backyard. Tile and carpet, granite counter tops, two-car garage, covered patio, partial lake views, washer/dryer hookups. Lawn care and pool care provided. Small dog considered. Close to Robinson Preserve. $1,600/month. First, last, security. Gulf-Bay Realty, 941-778-7244.

RETIRED TEACHER SEEKS furnished bedroom with private bath in private home. Anna Maria Island or Bradenton. 941-779-6314.

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:


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.

LAKEFRONT CONDO: 2BR/2BA. $230,500. Over-55 community, no pets, renovated home, quiet area, double carport, ground floor, boat docks, kayak/canoe facilities, heated pool, exercise room, tennis, shuffleboard, and waterfront park on beautiful Sarasota Bay. Only two miles to Bradenton Beach. For sale by owner. Call Fred 941-794-5011.

FOR SALE BY owner: Palm Court off of El Conquistador Parkway. 4816 61st. Ave. Drive W., Bradenton. Move-in ready, 941-524-6977.

LOCAL HOMEOWNER SEEKS a second mortgage on canal home. Value of equity, $415,000. Will pay interest only for two years at 8 percent. Seeking to borrow $135,000, monthly payments of $900. Contact owner Dave at or call 407-927-1304.

GREAT LITTLE HOUSE, great big view: Open water view of AMI Bridge, 1950s cottage, block construction, pine accents. New appliances, etc. An island treasure. $849,500. FSBO. 941-730-2606 (leave message).


Beach renourishment begins with hiccup

The long-awaited renourishment of Anna Maria Island beaches from 79th Street in Holmes Beach to Coquina Beach began Monday, Dec. 16, but there was an immediate, if temporary, problem.

Great Lakes Dredge & Dock of Chicago, the contractor charged with renourishing the beach, placed some equipment on the beach in front of Blue Water Beach Club, 6306 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. That forced Blue Water’s beachgoers to detour around the equipment and over a berm with growing sea oats, said Sebastian Mueller of Blue Water.

The problem was solved for a time following a telephone call to The Islander from Mueller, a phone call to Manatee County Parks Natural Resources director Charlie Hunsicker, who called the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, who called Great Lakes.

Mueller said Great Lakes came Wednesday, Dec. 18, and moved its equipment away from the beach access.

“Thanks to everyone for solving this and making our guests happy,” Mueller said then.

But the enjoyment and the beach access, was short-lived. On Dec. 20, Great Lakes moved its barge and equipment back in front of Blue Water to begin the renourishment.

Workers for Great Lakes said the equipment would be moved again as soon as that section of beach is renourished. And sand was pouring onto the beach there by Dec. 22.

Hunsicker also said the company would work as fast as possible to renourish that area, then move south along the beach.

“This was mobilization,” he said. Pumping of sand from the borrow area, which is about 2,000 feet off the north end of the island, had not yet begun.

Hunsicker said Great Lakes has incentives in its contract to finish renourishment, which will progress down to Coquina Beach by early February, when tourism traditionally begins in earnest on the island.

The company will work from 79th Street in Holmes Beach south to Coquina Beach, but the sand will be pumped ashore in the 6300 block of Gulf Drive in Holmes Beach.

After renourishing Cortez Beach, Great Lakes will renourish from Coquina Beach to Longboat Pass, Hunsicker said.

Anna Maria beaches are not included in this renourishment project because marine engineers have found them to be “in good shape,” Hunsicker said.

Manatee County’s portion of the $16 million renourishment project comes from the tourist development tax. That’s the 5 percent on rentals of six months or less collected by the county.

Often called the bed tax, the money collected provides for beach renourishment, in addition to the Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Bradenton Area Convention Center and other public tourist attractions in the county.

Long Bar opposition rallies, developer cancels hearing

Opposition to the development of Long Bar Pointe on Sarasota Bay saw success in reduced environmental impact, but there is a difference between winning a battle and winning a war.

The first battle was won in August, when the Manatee County Board of Commissioners narrowly voted to deny a text amendment change to the county comprehensive plan submitted by developers Carlos Beruff and Joe Lieberman.

The request would have opened a door to allow the development of a boat basin and dredging a channel in Sarasota Bay that environmentalists said would have devastated the bay’s delicate ecosystem.

The developers were tentatively successful in gaining a map amendment change to rezone the property from Residential-9 to mixed use, essentially allowing for a project that consists of 2,700 homes, an 84,000-square-foot convention center, a 250-room hotel and additional commercial space.

Commissioners approved the land-use change, which then requires it be reviewed by the state before the board takes a second and final vote, which opponents are now gearing up to confront.

Opposition to the Long Bar Pointe project garnered another victory on Nov. 7 when the county board voted to uphold a county planning commission decision that proposed to remove 3,000 coastal acres — including most of Long Bar Pointe — from the Urban Service Area.

The USA zoning was created with the intent to allow development exemptions from extensive regulatory review to spur economic growth. The decision essentially means the development could cost Beruff and Lieberman hundreds of thousands of dollars for additional project scrutiny.

Save Our Bay representative Joe Kane said people should not assume “total victory” has been reached and that his group, as well as others, has pledged to continue to monitor what the developers come up with for Long Bar Pointe.

The opponents put out a rally cry in recent weeks for concerned citizens to attend a second public hearing on the map amendment planned for Jan. 23 but the county canceled the meeting Dec. 23.

The attorney for the applicant — Long Bar Pointe — Ed Vogler of Vogler & Ashton, PLLC, Bradenton, wrote the county building and development services department Dec. 19, stating, “We wish to withdraw the comprehensive plan amendment from further consideration or action at this time.”

Vogler goes on to thank the participants in the process, including the board of county commissioners.

He also said the applicant looks forward to working with “all interested parties as plans for development are presented and considered from time to time in the future.”

Kane said he realizes this may be just a delay of the inevitable, but speculated that the developer may want out. “It may be they’ve had enough and they’re throwing in the towel. We don’t know that.”

Opponents like Kane say Beruff is not trustworthy. He claims too much is at stake for the property that the Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council has called “a regionally significant natural resource.”

He also said he spoke to one of the county commissioners, who claimed to have negotiated the withdrawal of the map amendment.

The hearing was set to again be held at the convention center, and a large audience of opponents was expected.

More than 1,000 people attended the August meeting with the majority in attendance opposed to the project.

Bradenton Beach fast tracks hiring new city clerk

Bradenton Beach Mayor Bill Shearon got a nod from Manatee County for assistance on an internal audit of the city’s policies and procedures.

In a letter to county officials dated Dec. 16, Shearon said an internal audit would help the city make recommendations “to address time-sensitive issues, in addition to provide assistance to the new city clerk and treasurer we having coming on board.”

Shearon wrote that he is “fast tracking the hiring of a new city clerk and treasurer,” with resumes due to the city by Jan. 3.

At a Dec. 5 work session, Bradenton Beach commissioners decided to take notice of recommendations from the city auditor and Florida League of Cities to separate the duties of city clerk and treasurer.

Former city clerk Nora Idso, who held the position for 15 years until November when she accepted a resignation agreement, fulfilled both duties, as well as being head of the building department.

Idso continues to be paid her salary through April per the resignation agreement, and additionally the city will pay her insurance through July.

Her resignation agreement indicates her departure was due to medical reasons. The current administration is using the changeover as an opportunity to overhaul the administration department.

Shearon placed an emphasis on hiring two department heads, separating the clerk and treasurer positions, and then plans to fill the building position at a later date.

While the city does not have a new position budgeted for the 2013-14 fiscal year, Shearon said Dec. 5 that the city would “have to bite the bullet” and hire a treasurer.

The city has drafted separate job duties for the two positions in advertising for candidates. The city clerk will act as an assistant to the mayor and commission while serving as the city’s primary spokesperson.

And serving as the position includes acting as supervisor of office staff, custodian of all city records, election official, as well as other duties.

The treasurer will focus on the financial side of the city, including maintaining all financial records, collecting all monies due to the city, preparing the annual budget, filing quarterly and annual reports, overseeing payroll and more.

While the city clerk and treasurer positions are separate department heads, job descriptions include the ability to back up one another in their duties.

The hiring of a new city clerk and the creation of a treasurer position are two steps in a bigger overhaul for city hall.

Commissioner Jack Clarke introduced and received support from the commission to require all administrative employees to reapply for their jobs.

A timeline for much of the overhaul plan has not been discussed and, while Shearon has set a deadline for Jan. 3 to receive city clerk and treasurer resumes, none were received as of Islander press time.


City clerk job posting at

“The city of Bradenton Beach is seeking a highly motivated and energetic city clerk. All applicants should have exceptional organizational and personnel skills. The city clerk will be hired by, serves at the pleasure of, and reports directly to, the mayor. The city clerk supervises the daily activities of assigned employees including deputy clerks and assistants. The ideal candidate should have a two-year degree, experience in Florida local government with general understanding of statutes, ordinances, and record keeping requirements. The ideal candidate should also be a Florida notary and a certified municipal clerk, or be in the process of obtaining certification.

“Any combination of education, training and experience which provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the essential functions of the job may be acceptable in lieu of education or certification. The candidate may be subject to a thorough background check, including a credit check.

“The pay range for this position is $45,000 to $65,000 annually. Starting salary will be market competitive, and will be based on the experience and qualifications of the individual chosen for this position. The city of Bradenton Beach offers a full benefits package.”

The job description, salary and benefits also are listed on the city website for the treasurer’s job.

Ho! Ho! Ho!


Holmes Beach Police Chief Bill Tokajer took some time out this holiday season to ring the Salvation Army bell at Publix, 3900 E. Bay Drive, Holmes Beach. Tokajer spent a couple of hours mixing charity work and sharing holiday greetings with shoppers Dec. 12. Islander Courtesy Photo

HB ponders complexity of noise ordinance

From nightlife to city-sponsored events to a neighbor’s air conditioner and pool pump, Holmes Beach city officials acknowledge the long road ahead for a noise ordinance that can satisfy the majority of citizens.

The terminology of “being a good neighbor” surfaces often in such discussions, but it is sometimes a challenge to believe that everyone will embrace goodwill in an ordinance.

According to 83rd Street resident Bob Kelly, who addressed the city commission at a Dec. 12 work session, not everyone is a good neighbor.

“I wanted to retire here,” said Kelly. “Things were going along pretty good until we got one of the big homes built next to us.”

Kelly said he had no issue with the structure. In fact, he said, he thought the design was beautiful until he noticed in the drawing that air conditioners would be a couple of dozen feet away from his master bedroom.

Kelly said he spoke to developer Shawn Kaleta about his concerns and received encouragement that the air conditioners would be placed on the other side of the home.

“I walked away happy until the house started going up and I saw the air conditioner contractor start to put up two of those big units right by my master bedroom,” said Kelly. “I asked how he was going to fit two of those units there, and he said it’s not two units, it’s three units.”

Kelly said he will never have another quiet moment in his retirement home because the city allows mechanical equipment in the side setbacks of residential properties.

Commission Chair Judy Titsworth said she had a similar issue with a generator placed next door to her home, “but we are all bound to the ordinances we have on the books right now,” noting it’s this kind of issue the commission is addressing.

Building official Tom O’Brien said it’s just one of many concerns in moving forward with a noise ordinance.

City officials are narrowing down a possible decibel level and current codes call for less than 50 decibels from the source of the noise measured to a complainant’s door or window.

Kelly said one air conditioner would likely exceed 50 decibels; so three units would “destroy our quality of life.”

Commissioner David Zaccagnino said the city needs to be careful what it determines the decibel level to be in a new ordinance that will go from subjective enforcement to performance-based enforcement with a decibel meter.

“I have a retired neighbor that has an old, squeaky air conditioner that I know is over 50 decibels,” said Zaccagnino. “But it doesn’t bother me.”

Zaccagnino said the city shouldn’t place a hardship on anyone once a new ordinance is enforced.

Commissioner Jean Peelen asked if the city could impose limits on decibel levels based on manufacturer standards and simply limit the installation of new units that produce less than a set amount of decibels.

Zaccagnino said the city tried it with pool pumps in 2011, “but the commission decided it wasn’t a good idea. I think it is a good idea.”

Titsworth said the city should take it another step.

“My opinion is that anything that makes noise shouldn’t be in a setback,” she said. “No pumps, no generators, no air conditioner units. We tell the developer that ‘if you do, you better spend the money to buffer it.’”

Titsworth said research is in order to see what other cities do, and Commissioner Marvin Grossman agreed.

He said someone like Kelly is “essentially being committed to a life sentence. I do think this is a serious issue.”

Commissioner Pat Morton said it’s situations like the one Kelly is facing that are causing the city to lose permanent residents.

“When we get into this ordinance, we have to help people out like him, because that’s who we are losing. We really need to step back and look at this from a development point, because it’s a runaway train,” Morton said.

Titsworth suggested that the builder be notified immediately that if air conditioners violate the current ordinance by producing more than 50 decibels at Kelly’s window, “we are going to have an issue with it.”

And Peelen didn’t mix words: “It’s just so damn depressing that something new comes every day from the monster houses. We addressed making pools go back further, to have pool equipment baffled, try to control cars and excess parking. It’s just so depressing that some developers are doing this for profit.”

Mayor Carmel Monti asked Kelly to be patient.

“We’ve inherited a lot of things that were in place for a long time here,” he said. “We can do it with ordinances, but as you saw, some people will find a way to take advantage of it. We also have to keep tightening the ordinances and use code enforcement.”

Christmas dream for Anna Maria Island

A few nights ago, I fell asleep dreaming about what to get everyone for Christmas.

I didn’t dream of sugar plum fairies or candy canes while nestled in bed, I dreamed about what I should give the three island cities.

For Anna Maria, I dreamed of giving the city one large parking lot. I would build it on the south side of the city, on pilings, so it would be above all the homes.

The lot would be about 1,000 feet by 1,000 feet and motorists entering the city for the first time would take an up ramp by the city limit to get to their rooftop parking.

There would be about 500 parking spaces and signs would direct people to where they wanted to go. Elevators would deposit visitors on Pine Avenue and at the city pier, or near the beaches, restaurants and other shops on Gulf Drive.

Of course, half of the city would be in darkness, covered by this huge parking lot, but it would forever solve parking problems in the city at the north end of AMI.

Then, I dreamed of Holmes Beach. I dreamed of a giant duplex with 200 bedrooms, 100 on each side. The two sides would be connected by a covered walkway to ensure the structure was a duplex.

This giant duplex would be built on the city field and could be raised high enough to allow soccer players and dogs to continue their activities.

High-speed elevators would deposit guests on the appropriate floor. Some guests might enjoy a bedroom at the top, which would probably be about 300 feet into the sky. Guests might also enjoy small retail shops and a grocer in the parking garage.


This would solve the problem of too many large duplexes in Holmes Beach. Now, there would only be one giant duplex.

For Bradenton Beach, I dreamed of a restaurant on the Historic Bridge Street Pier — one built high enough to be raised to allow boats to pass underneath.

Boaters would tie up to the dock and dine, while some guests could fish for their dinner.

The restaurant would be two stories high, and be taller than the Cortez Bridge.

This would allow diners to gaze down at the boats traversing the bridge. The diners could even throw bits of food to hungry boaters.

Food would be terribly expensive, but diners would be paying for ambiance, not cuisine.

Then, I dreamed of island consolidation: One city for Anna Maria Island. One police force. One building department. One city commission. One set of codes.

There we go. All problems on Anna Maria Island solved.

A giant parking lot, duplex, restaurant and consolidation on the island are the answers.

Suddenly, I heard a loud explosion.


The bridges to Anna Maria Island exploded and were destroyed, requiring visitors to arrive by boat.

That woke me up.

Hey, it was only a dream.

Merry Christmas, happy holidays and feliz navidad to everyone.