Yearly Archives: 2016

Rod & Reel Pier remains closed, work continues

Rod & Reel Pier fans might be singing “Blue Christmas.” But sometimes Santa just can’t deliver on time.

    The 1947-built pier at 875 N. Shore Drive, Anna Maria, didn’t reopen as hoped in time for Christmas, but manager Dave Cochran said repairs to the facility are moving ahead “as fast as possible.”

    The pier and restaurant have been closed since a Sept. 30 electrical fire.

    Repairs — amounting to a rebuild — are ongoing but renovations must meet current Florida Building Code, said Anna Maria building official Bob Welch, and that requires more work.

    Cochran said he’s not giving anyone an exact date for reopening, but he’s hopeful it will be in mid-January.

    “I just can’t say when. Everyone is working as fast as possible, and Bimini Bay Construction has been great in getting things done quickly and up to code,” Cochran said.

    Welch said he inspects the renovations regularly and agreed with Cochran —  a mid-January opening is possible.

    The 30-member staff of the Rod & Reel Pier has been receiving assistance — some payments toward rent and utilities — from All Island Denominations, the coalition of island churches.

    Additionally, the food pantry at Roser Memorial Community Church has been available to R&R pier employees.

Webcam of pier receives honor

Joe Zambito enjoys a great view of Tampa Bay and the Rod & Reel Pier from his home in Anna Maria.

In fact, he’s had a webcam focused on the Rod & Reel Pier, 875 N. Shore Drive, Anna Maria, since before the landmark pier and restaurant closed for repairs following a Sept. 30 electrical fire.

Zambito’s webcam has apparently captured international attention.

He said he’s been getting a lot of praise from local television stations, and some have carried his webcam photo of the pier during discussion of current weather conditions on Anna Maria Island.

Zambito said that earlier this month he was featured on ABC’s “Good Morning America” television show and weatherman Al Roker of NBC’s “Today” included a Zambito picture in one of his best sunrise segments.

Zambito said he’s also received an email from earthcam.com, the company that hosts his webcam, to inform him that his cam has been included in the 2013 Most Interesting Webcams.

Earthcam.com reported more than 200,000 visits to Zambito’s webcam as of Nov. 30.

      Zambito said his webcam photo of a sunrise over the Rod & Reel Pier won the first-ever “Best Sunrise or Sunset” picture from earth.cam’s worldwide network.

 

West Manatee announces 2013 annual awards

The West Manatee Fire Rescue recently presented its 2013 awards to staff.

Firefighter Adam Baggett was named Rookie of the Year, while Battalion Chief Rich Losek and fire prevention/training secretary Sherry Vetter received the 25-year Career Service Award.

The 15-year length of service award went to firefighter Nate Bergbom, while firefighters Mike Bugel and Brian Gaskill received 10-year awards. Firefighter Rodney Kwiatkowski received a five-year service award.

Pension board members Stewart Moon and Roger Liesch were recognized for serving 15 and 10 years respectively on the pension board, and WMFR medical adviser Joseph Soler, M.D., was recognized for 18 years of service.

Island police blotter – 12-25-2013

Anna Maria

• Dec. 5, 300 block of Tarpon Street, burglary. An unknown person gained entry to the property by prying open a window. The suspect stole several items that were not listed or valued on the report.

• Dec. 15, 100 S. Bay Blvd., Anna Maria City Pier, torture of an animal with intent to kill. Witnesses observed four men torture and subsequently kill an egret. One of the witnesses confronted the four men, who then got into their vehicle and fled before law enforcement arrived.

• Dec. 12, 100 S. Bay Blvd., Anna Maria City Pier, vehicle burglary. A beer truck delivery driver reported a man stole a six-pack of beer off his truck. The suspect was located at Coquina Beach in Bradenton Beach, but the complainant declined to press charges and the suspect was released after returning the beer.

• Dec. 19, 200 block of Oak Avenue, domestic battery. A 61-year-old man was charged with misdemeanor battery after getting into an argument with a woman over a cellphone he had given her. The argument turned physical when he attempted to take it from her. He allegedly tried to put the woman in a chokehold, but she managed to escape his grip.

Anna Maria is policed by the MCSO.

Bradenton Beach

• No new reports.

Bradenton Beach is policed by the BBPD.

Cortez

• Dec. 13, 11904 Cortez Road W., Beach Shop, theft. A store employee witnessed two males enter the store and steal several items. She told police she thought one man was armed. She supplied police a description of the suspect’s vehicle and surveillance video of the theft.

Cortez is policed by the MCSO.

Holmes Beach

• Dec. 16, 5300 block of Marina Drive, DUI. A 68-year-old Holmes Beach man was arrested for misdemeanor driving under the influence after being involved in a parking lot crash. A Holmes Beach Police Department officer contacted a Manatee County Sheriff’s Office deputy when he suspected the at-fault driver of being impaired. The deputy approached the driver and observed that he was exposing himself. The deputy inquired of the driver, who mumbled a response. The deputy performed a field sobriety test on Joseph Reid and he allegedly failed. According to the report, the test had to be halted due to Reid’s inability to stand without falling. Reid was arrested and booked into the Manatee County jail and held on $500 bond. He posted bond and was released.

• Dec. 7, 200 block of 56th Street, stolen vehicle. A complainant reported she heard a vehicle starting up outside the residence, but assumed it was the neighbors. The next day she observed the vehicle missing and reported it stolen. Police were told that a spare key is hidden inside the vehicle and it was left unlocked. The vehicle was located Dec. 11 in the 500 block of 71st Street and returned to its owner.

• Dec. 8, 4500 block of Second Avenue, vehicle burglary. An unknown person entered an unlocked vehicle and ransacked it. Nothing was reported missing.

• Dec. 8, 200 block of Harbor Drive South, vehicle burglary. Someone entered an unlocked vehicle and stole $5 in cash.

• Dec. 8, 3200 block of Sixth Avenue, stolen vehicle. A complainant reported that someone stole her golf cart valued at $1,500 from a parking area underneath her elevated home. On Dec. 12, a neighbor reported seeing the golf cart in the 7500 block of Marina Drive. Police investigated, but the cart did not match the complete description provided. After several attempts, police were able to locate the victim, who said the cart belonged to her. Fingerprints were secured and the cart was returned to its owner.

• Dec. 10, 4000 Gulf Drive, Manatee Public Beach, vehicle burglary. A complainant reported someone entered his vehicle and stole a backpack. It contained all of his identification, credit cards and $30 cash.

• Dec. 11, 3700 block of East Bay Drive, theft. A complainant reported a bicycle valued at $700 had been stolen from his garage. A lock was cut to gain access to the bike, which was located about a block away and had been damaged.

• Dec. 11, 500 block of 75th Street, burglary. An unknown person entered a house under construction and stole copper wire valued at $1,000.

• Dec. 12, 3800 block of East Bay Drive, theft. Someone entered the complainant’s carport and stole two bikes valued at $700. A witness observed a man taking one of the bikes, but assumed it was a guest of the victim. A description of the suspect was provided.

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.

Merchants make merry on Bridge Street

Christmas on Bridge Street Dec. 14 included a holiday bazaar, face painting and live holiday music performances. A visit from Santa also was on the schedule. The market housed Santa’s sleigh and a Christmas tree and a good crowd. The festival ran until 10 p.m., with a lighted boat parade passing by the city pier after dark. Islander Photo: Jennifer Glenfield

Fishing – 12-25-2013

 Can’t beat the weater, nothing beats the fishing

 

With unseasonably high temps occurring at the end of December, fishing remains consistent around Anna Maria Island and its surrounding waters. Dock fishing with live shrimp is a typical wintertime pattern for these parts in December, although there are still shiners on the flats to open doors that should have been closed by now.

To start, Spanish mackerel, bluefish and mangrove snapper are readily responding to offerings of live shiners. Nearshore structure in the Gulf of Mexico, as well as the artificial reefs in Tampa Bay, are holding fish — and in decent numbers. Just remember, this weather isn’t going to last much longer.  January and February are notorious for bringing windy cold fronts to our area and when that happens, shiners will become hard to come by.

Fish responding to shrimp this past week include sheepshead, black drum, jack crevalle and pompano. I still haven’t seen a large school of pompano, although we’re managing to board a few every charter. Keep checking the usual spots to see if you can skip some fish. If you do skip them, turn around and start working a pompano jig or a shrimp to hook up.

Finally, it’s about time to start looking for tripletail again. Try running some trap lines in Tampa Bay or out in the Gulf. You may get a surprise. Live shrimp or a shiner with the tail cut off are great baits to target these camouflaged fish. Place a popping cork about 12 inches from your hook and make a cast just past the buoy. Slowly retrieve your bait until it’s in sight of the tripletail, and then hang on tight.

Merry Christmas to all and to all a good bite.

Capt. Warren Girle is fishing nearshore structure with good results on mackerel and mangrove snapper. For the macks, Girle is using free-lined live shiners. For the snapper, Girle is using a light fluorocarbon leader with a split shot and circle hook. This week snapper up to 21 inches are being caught, as well as mackerel up to 24 inches.

In these same areas, Girle is getting the occasional shot at a passing cobia. On a recent charter, Girle managed to sight cast to a 36-inch fish, hook up and have his clients reel it to the boat. You may also hook into a stray kingfish now and again.

Shark fishing along the beaches is on an upswing. Girle is anchoring in 30 feet of water and casting out fresh-cut chunks of Spanish mackerel to attract a bite. Black tip sharks 4-5 feet are readily eating chunk baits fished on the bottom.

Finally, Girle is transitioning into Sarasota Bay to jig the flats. When finding water depths of 5-8 feet, Girle is drifting while instructing his clients to cast their jigs throughout the area. Pompano jigs tipped with fresh-cut shrimp are resulting in bluefish, Spanish mackerel, jacks and, of course, pompano.

Steve Oldham at Island Discount Tackle says it’s almost time to start catching sheepshead. The numbers of fish around docks and structure are gradually increasing, although the bite has not yet turned on.

Early in the season Oldham suggests using live shrimp to catch these first-round sheepies. Generally, great baits for sheepshead are fiddler crabs or sand fleas, but Oldham says these early arrival fish will take to a live shrimp.

Next, Oldham says schooling mullet are attracting keeper-size redfish in tow. When mullet schools travel over the grass flats, they tend to spook small shrimp and crabs out of their hiding places. Redfish have figured out that following these mullet can produce an excellent food source. To catch these opportunistic reds, Oldham suggests using a Berkley Gulp shrimp on a jighead or a gold spoon. Cast these baits to the edges of the mullet schools and slowly work them back to you to tie into a keeper fish. Gator trout or catch-and-release snook can be mixed in as well.

Finally, Oldham reminds us there is no closed season on spotted seatrout this year. So trout fishing is an option. Oldham likes to throw a MirrOlure 84 MR in the mullet color pattern to catch his trout. Other baits he carries in his arsenal are soft plastics, jigheads and a couple suspending twitch baits.

Dave Sork at the Anna Maria City Pier says fishing this week is becoming a game of chance. Arriving cold fronts, combined with windy days can make pier fishing challenging at times. And if the fish aren’t biting, Dave reminds us they always have a bowl of hot seafood gumbo waiting inside to help pass the time.

Fish that are biting at the pier include mackerel, jacks, ladyfish and bluefish. The bite for any of these species is sporadic. Plugging with silver spoons or buck tail jigs is a tried and true method to catch these migratory fish.

Those who are using live shrimp as bait are catching juvenile mangrove snapper, grouper and grunts. There’s always a chance of hooking into a flounder or two while shrimp fishing. Just position your baits under the pier or around the piling for the best chance of getting a bite.

Send fishing reports to fish@islander.org.

 

 

Obituaries – 12-25-2013

obit-flemingSteven Glen Fleming

Steven Glen Fleming, 60, of Holmes Beach, died Dec. 14. He was born Dec. 22, 1952, in Davenport, Iowa, to Dorothy and the late Jack Fleming.

After years of travel throughout the Southwest, Mr. Fleming settled in Florida in 1992, and moved to Holmes Beach in 1993.

Mr. Fleming will be missed by family and friends, as well as his dogs, Sky and Dylan. Memorial contributions may be made to the Humane Society of Manatee County, 2515 14th St. W., Bradenton FL 34205, and Tidewell Hospice & Palliative Care, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota FL 34238.

Mr. Fleming is survived by wife Karen; mother Dorothy; sisters Anne, Shauna, Jami and Robyn; brother Robert; nieces Lisa, Wendy and Laci; nephew Jordan; half-siblings Jeff, Matt and Sherry in Iowa and Illinois; stepson Taylor and wife Leihla Collins of Sarasota; and grandchildren Zander and Theron Collins.

 

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Phyllis Elfenbein, 84, a theater director and teacher, of Anna Maria, died Dec. 3.

Her life in the theater was long and varied, with training at the American Theater Wing. She began directing at Plays-in-the-Park in New Jersey in 1964 and retired as producing director in 1993.

She was director, set designer and performer for many years at the Island Players, where she was to direct her next play in December.

A celebration of her life was held Dec. 7 in Anna Maria; and a memorial service was held Dec. 22 in New Jersey. Donations may be made to Island Players, P.O. Box 2059, Anna Maria FL 34216.

Mrs. Elfenbein is survived by her children, Lee, Jay, and Debi; daughter-in-law Andrée; grandchildren Maddy and Gus; brother Fred; sister-in-law Margery; dear friends Gabe and Dot Simches, Claire Schmais, Fran Sorock and too many others to name.

 

Peter E. Voorhees

Peter E. Voorhees, 67, of Longboat Key, died Nov. 22.

Mr. Voorhees loved boating, entertaining, photography and practical jokes. He had an appreciation for antique cars, fine art, music and golf.

A private celebration of life was planned. Memorial donations may be made to Albany Academies, Ernie Steck Scholarship Fund, 135 Academy Road, Albany NY 12208.

Mr. Voorhees is surved by wife Pam, sisters Martha and husband Bob Blackman of Delmar, N.Y., and Carol of Niskayuna, N.Y.; mother Ruth E. of Slingerlands, N.Y.; mother-in-law Jeanette Haire of Humble, Texas; sister-in-law Karen Hull of Humble, Texas; brother-in-law Philip Haire of Lithia Springs, Ga.; and many nieces, nephews and grand-nieces and grand-nephews.

Real Estate – 12-25-2013

796 N. Shore Drive, Anna Maria, a 2,520 sfla / 4,106 sfur 3bed/3½bath/4car home built in 1999 on a 50×100 lot was sold 12/03/13, Bank of the Ozarks to Badr for $845,000; list $899,000.

110 Willow Ave., Anna Maria, a 1,430 sfla / 2,557 sfur 3bed/2bath/4car home built in 1983 on a 50×100 lot was sold 11/22/13, Higinbotham to LTL Investments 110 Willow LLC for $730,000; list $799,900.

604 Gladstone Lane, Holmes Beach, a 1,990 sfla / 2,469 sfur 3bed/2bath/2car canalfront pool home built in 1971 on a 87×114 lot was sold 12/03/13, Lefner to Halle for $655,000; list $679,000.

5200 Gulf Drive, Unit 603, Martinique South, Holmes Beach, a 1,057 sfla / 1,169 sfur 3bed/2bath condo with shared pool built in 1970 was sold 12/02/13, Hersam to Comeford for $510,000.

3005 Ave. E, Holmes Beach, a 960 sfla / 1,008 sfur 3bed/1bath pool home built in 1971 on a 50×105 lot was sold 11/22/13, Federal National Mortgage Association to Totino for $400,000; list $349,900.

4255 Gulf Drive, Unit 106, Island Village, Holmes Beach, a 1,865 sfla / 2,301 sfur 3bed/4bath/2car condo with shared pool built in 1981 was sold 11/26/13, Anderson to Wright for $399,900; list $399,900.

3801 E. Bay Drive, Unit 204, Sunbow Bay, Holmes Beach, a 1,146 sfla / 1,247 sfur 2bed/2bath condo with shared pool built in 1981 was sold 12/03/13, Fumo to Clough for $290,000; list $299,000.

106 Fourth St. S., Bradenton Beach, a vacant 73×90 lot was sold 12/02/13, Biros to Bradenton Beach Views LLC for $250,000.

2601 Gulf Drive N., Unit 509, Sandpiper Co Op, Bradenton Beach, a 792 sfla 2bed/2bath mobile home with share built in 2006 sold 12/02/13, McNally to Owen for $168,000.

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

Sports – 12-25-2013

Pickleball standouts, standbys fill weekly sports card

 

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 a total of 10 gold and silver medals.

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

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

Among those who competed and finished out of the medals were Helen and Zoli Hartai, Simonne and Richard McGowan and Julie Taylor.

The center’s pickleball club currently has 112 members, but they’re always looking for more.

Pickleball is played Monday through Saturday at varying times. For more information, call the center at 941-778-1908.

Key Royale golf news

The Key Royale Club women played a nine-hole, individual-low-net golf match in three flights Dec. 17.

Sue Little’s 2-under-par 30 gave her first place in Flight A over Joy Kaiser, who was one shot back at 1-under-par 31. Helen Pollock was alone in third with a 35.

Rita Allan fired a 4-under-par 28 to grab first place in Flight B. Sue Wheeler was one shot back in second place while Fran Barford took third with a 2-under par 30.

Markie Ksiazek and Sally Keyes both carded 2-over-par 34s to finish in a tie for first place in Flight C. Marcia O’Brien took second place with a 35.

Horseshoe news

Two teams emerged from pool play and were left to battle for the championship during horseshoe action on Dec. 21 at the Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe pits. Gene Bobeldyk teamed up with Bill Wright to dismantle Steve Doyle and Bob Palmer by a 23-7 score to earn the day’s bragging rights.

Bobeldyk and John Crawford were the only team to earn a 3-0 pool-play record during Dec. 18 action and were the day’s outright champions.

Play gets underway 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, everyone is welcome.

 

Calendar – 12-25-2013

Social and service

The Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island meets most Saturdays at 8 a.m. at the Anna Maria Island Beach Cafe, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, for breakfast and a meeting. Information: 941-778-1383. Islander File Photo

 

Wednesday, Dec. 25

Today is Christmas.

5:42 p.m. — Official sunset time.

 

Thursday, Dec. 26

Kwanzaa begins.

5:43 p.m. — Official sunset time.

 

Friday, Dec. 27

5:44 p.m. — Official sunset time.

 

Saturday, Dec. 28

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.

5:44 p.m. — Official sunset time.

 

Sunday, Dec. 29

5:45 p.m. — Official sunset time.

 

Monday, Dec. 30

5:46 p.m. — Official sunset time.

 

Tuesday, Dec. 31

Today is New Year’s Eve.

Noon — Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island meets, Bridge Street Bistro, 111 Gulf Drive S., Bradenton Beach Information: 941-794-8044.

5:46 p.m. — Official sunset time.

 

Wednesday, Jan. 1

Today is New Year’s Day.

Noon — Clancy’s Shamrock Shiver Charity Plunge to benefit Caring for Children Charities, 12th Street South and the Gulf of Mexico, Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-952-1109.

5:47 p.m. — Official sunset time.

 

Off-island

Wednesday, Jan. 1

1 p.m. — Clancy’s Irish Pub Shamrock Shiver after-party, 6218 Cortez Road, Bradenton. Information: 941-952-1109.

 

Coming up

• Jan. 11, Anna Maria Island Community Center Cornhole Tournament, Anna Maria.

• Jan. 11,         Florida Maritime Museum Porch Party, Cortez.

 

Save the date

• Jan. 17, Florida Arbor Day, events communitywide.

• Jan. 18-19, Anna Maria Chalk Festival, Anna Maria.

• Jan. 26, Anna Maria Island Concert Chorus and Orchestra Bach and Vivaldi concert, Holmes Beach.

• Feb. 1, Friends of the Island Library Book Sale, Holmes Beach.

• Feb. 15-16, 32nd annual Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival, Cortez.

 

Pitching in

On most Wednesdays and Saturdays at 9 a.m., horseshoes are pitched at Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. For more information, call 941-708-6130. Islander File Photo

 

Calendar of ongoing events, activities

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

• Wednesdays, through March, Anna Maria Island Historical Society sells Settlers’ Bread, 402 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-779-7688.

• First Wednesdays, 1:15 p.m., Gulf Coast Writers meeting, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-3209.

• First Wednesdays, 6 p.m., Mana-Tweens book club, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-3209.

• Second Wednesdays, 7 p.m., Think+Drink science night, South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-746-4131.

• Most third Wednesdays, noon, Anna Maria Garden Club meets, Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-2607.

• Third Wednesdays, 6 p.m., Mana-Tween club, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-3209.

• Fourth Wednesdays, 7 p.m., star talk, South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-746-4131.

• Thursdays, 5-10 p.m., Main Street Live, Old Main Street, Bradenton. Information: 941-932-9440.

• Thursdays, 7 p.m., Jan. 16-March 27, bingo, Annie Silver Community Center, 103 23rd St., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-778-3580.

• First and third Thursdays, 2 p.m., knitting group meeting, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive. Information: 941-778-6341.

• Third Thursdays, 10 a.m., Island Library Book Club, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-3209.

• Third Thursdays, 10 a.m., guardian ad litem, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-3209.

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

• Fridays, 5:30-8:30 p.m., Mike Sales’ sunset drum circle, Anna Maria Island Beach Cafe, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-0784.

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

• Saturdays, 8:30 a.m., Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island meeting, Anna Maria Island Beach Cafe, Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-1383.

• Saturdays, through May, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Downtown Bradenton Farmers’ Market, Old Main Street. Information: 941-932-9440.

• Saturdays, 4 p.m., family night, South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-746-4131.

• Second Saturdays, 10 a.m., origami club, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-3209.

• Third Saturdays, 11 a.m., stress management through breathing, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive. Information: 941-778-6341.

• Third Saturdays, through May, 9 a.m., Manatee County Junior Audubon meeting, Felts Audubon Preserve, 4600 24th Ave. E., Palmetto. Information: 941-376-0110.

• Sundays, through April 27, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Bridge Street Market, 107 Bridge St., Bradenton Beach. Information: 215-906-0668.

• Mondays, 12:45 p.m., bridge games, Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Doors open at 12:15 p.m. Information: 941-778-0414.

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

• Third Mondays, noon, Anna Maria Island Democrats meeting, Mannatees Sports Grill, 7423 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-779-0564.

• Third Mondays, 7 p.m., U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 81 meeting, 5801 33rd Ave. Court Drive W., G.T. Bray Park, Bradenton. Information: 941-779-4476.

• Tuesdays, 10 a.m., children’s storytime, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.

• Tuesdays, noon, Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island meeting, Bridge Street Bistro, 111 Gulf Drive S., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-794-8044.

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

 

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.