A living-area ratio limit is on the threshold of regulating future building in the Holmes Beach rental district.
It was set for a city commission vote Jan. 22 following a final reading at a public hearing — after press time for The Islander. The hearing will be at 7 p.m. at city hall, 5801 Marina Drive.
The commission had approved ordinance on first reading Dec. 18, and sent it to the planning commission to determine if it was consistent with the city’s comprehensive plan.
A unanimous vote of the planning commission Jan. 9 found the proposed ordinance to restrict living area to .34 of the lot size in the Residential-2 zone consistent with the comp plan.
LAR will be the city’s first building regulation directly aimed at the mass and scale of new three-story residential construction — exclusive to R-2 zoning — a problem that for the past year has been studied by commissioners, focus groups and city planner Bill Brisson.
In addition to the LAR ordinance, the planning commission recommended the city consider Brisson’s “sliding scale” of more lenient restrictions for R-2 lots on which only single-family dwellings can be built.
For lots lacking the required square footage for a duplex, Brisson proposed a sliding scale of .34 and .40 for lots between 5,000 and 7,000 square feet and a .40 recommendation for all lots smaller than 5,000 square feet.
Brisson had presented his Jan. 6 report to both commissions, a report that links increases in size and number of homes since 2009 to an emergence of a trend that is out-of-character for Holmes Beach. He concluded the LAR limits will ensure future residential development consistent with the scale and type of existing land use.
Brisson’s report also noted increases in the number of bedrooms in single-family homes and duplexes. Between 2009 and 2011, the report tallies 14 single-family homes built in R-2, seven with five or more bedrooms and two with eight bedrooms.
During the same period, of the 28 duplexes that were built, four contained five or more bedrooms.
Brisson’s report calculated .46 average LAR for single-family homes and .42 average LAR for duplexes.
Before making its recommendations Jan. 9, the planning commission held a public hearing at which two people voiced opposition to LAR.
At the first planning commission hearing, Joe Kennedy of Bradenton, an R-2 vacant lot owner, and Don Schroder of Holmes Beach spoke against the LAR ordinance.
“Brisson was hired by the city to do what they wanted him to do,” Kennedy said.
The disparity of heights can be linked to the Federal Emergency Management Agency flood restrictions, he said, adding Brisson’s report accounts for only a small increase in larger homes.
Schroder agreed with Kennedy, saying, “The number of lots are miniscule.”
“I really think you’re impinging on our personal property rights,” Schroder said, adding there should be a LAR exception “any place there are dual lots, where the second dwelling has not been built.”
Planning commission chair Sue Normand agreed with Brisson’s analysis.
“When we start to build homes not comparable with the rest of the homes, the community stands a chance of overdevelopment,” she said.
Overdevelopment impacts older homes when newer homes leave no daylight, Normand said. She recognized the FEMA restrictions and requirement “to build up,” but questioned whether “we’re building homes too large for this island to support.”
“While I’m not in favor of LAR, I don’t think there’s a way to find it noncompliance with comprehensive plan.”
Commissioner Gary Hickerson agreed, “It appears to me that the ordinance is designed for preservation.”
Commissioner Sylvia Harris said the exceptions carved out of the LAR ordinance, including garages, balconies, carports and non-air conditioned space, also are important.
Commissioner Barbara Hines said the ordinance deals with compatible usage and, as to Schroder’s view of property rights, she said zoning changes are permissible so long as they permit some use of the property.
Mayor Carmel Monti told planning commission members that their work reinforced “what we’re trying to do for the overall city.”
Holmes Beach city commissioners, a majority of whom had been leaning toward imposing a one-pool-per-lot rule in the duplex district, changed their minds Jan. 17 and decided to leave well enough alone.
They recently took aim at prohibiting two pools on one duplex lot in their list of objectives before lifting a building moratorium, which was imposed XXX. Commissioner Judy Titsworth had led the charge as way to decrease intensity, density and encourage more year-round residents.
However, she told commissioners she’d switched her position after listening to former Mayor Carol Whitmore’s statement against the rule at the Jan. 8 meeting, as well as city planner Bill Brisson’s advice that such a rule may, in fact, have the opposite effect.
“I’ve been on the fence for a while,” said Whitmore. “I’ve have been fighting for the residents for rental restrictions since 1991-92. I always voted for rental restrictions. I never had the majority… Now you see what we have today.”
While she had initially supported the one-pool rule, Whitmore said she was swayed when someone recently told her it would encourage investors.
“Who’s going to want — and take it from me — I would not want to buy a duplex and then have a pool and have to share it with some idiot who has parties next door, and then swim in the next day. No thank you.”
Before Titsworth and Commissioners Pat Morton and Marvin Grossman changed their position on the one-pool-rule, David Zaccagnino had been the only commissioner consistently opposing the measure.
“I’m the only one up here I think who lives in a rental district near the beach,” Zaccagnino said Jan. 8. “On our street, Avenue E, specifically I counted five multi-unit properties that share a pool, exactly what we’re proposing here.”
At the Jan. 17 meeting, he added to his description of his neighborhood’s pools. There also are four neighborhood homes, each having a pool, and just as much noise comes from one shared pool as comes from individual pools.
Commissioners also discussed possible changes in other pool-related rules, including Brisson’s recommendation that pool setbacks meet side- and back-yard setbacks, as well as noise, safety and drainage concerns. They eventually reached a consensus to maintain existing setbacks and pool rules.
The commission voted Oct. 23 to impose a 5-foot pool setback, which previously had been 18 inches.
Grossman recommended the commission look at how to handle renter noise complaints — that some rental agents were defying the efforts of code enforcement.
Peelen agreed the issue was important, and said it would be placed on a future agenda.
A 28-year-old Holmes Beach man was arrested Jan. 17 for possession of heroin.
According to the probable cause affidavit, Kristopher Smith was parked in the 7300 block of Cortez Road in Bradenton. The Manatee County Sheriff’s Office was called regarding a suspicious vehicle because Smith was allegedly parked for more than an hour.
An MCSO deputy made contact with Smith while he was still in his vehicle. According to the report, the deputy observed a syringe lying on Smith’s left leg. Smith allegedly told the deputy he had recently “shot up” muscle relaxers into his leg.
The deputy observed a baggie of brown powder in plain view on the center console. After receiving consent to search the vehicle, the powder tested positive for heroin.
The deputy allegedly found .7 grams of heroin inside a sunglasses case, as well as two more syringes.
Smith was charged with felony possession of heroin and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.
He was booked into the Manatee County jail and held on $5,120 bond.
He was scheduled to be arraigned at 9 a.m. Friday, Feb. 15 at the Manatee County Judicial Center, 1051 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton.
• Jan. 12, 800 block of North Shore Drive, petit theft. Two bicycles were left unlocked in the driveway. Sometime during the night, unknown persons stole the bicycles.
Anna Maria is policed by the MCSO.
• No new reports.
Bradenton Beach is policed by the BBPD.
• No new reports.
Cortez is policed by the MCSO
• Jan. 12, 3100 block of Gulf Drive North, DWLS. A 21-year-old female was arrested following a traffic stop that began in Holmes Beach, but ended in the 2600 block of Gulf Drive North, Bradenton Beach. A Holmes Beach Police Department officer initiated the stop and discovered the woman’s driver’s license was suspended. According to the report, the woman admitted she was aware that her license was suspended. A check on her license revealed an active warrant for the woman in another county on a similar charge. She was arrested and transported to the Manatee County jail.
• Jan. 7, 5900 Flotilla Drive, animal bite. Police responded to a call at the city dog park regarding one dog attacking another. Police made contact with a woman in possession of the offending dog and learned the dog has had previous issues at the park. According to the report, the dog was involved in a prior attack on a dog. A human was bitten during that attack trying to separate the animals. Animal control was contacted and the animal was placed in quarantine for 30 days. The woman was advised not to bring the dog back to the park.
• Jan. 8, 611 Manatee Ave., CVS Pharmacy, fraud. A man called police to report his credit card was used at the CVS Pharmacy on two occasions in the amount of $1,039. He told police he needed to report the incident to provide a case number to his credit card company.
• Jan. 8, 4000 Gulf Drive, Manatee Public Beach, alcohol. Police made contact with a group of people on the beach after receiving a complaint that they were drinking. Three men had beer in their hands. They were advised of the no-alcohol policies of all Manatee County beaches. The men poured out the beer and the group left the beach.
• Jan. 9, 5410 Marina Drive, D. Coy Ducks, trespass warning. Police responded to the tavern and made contact with a female, who was “very intoxicated,” according to the report. The bartender asked the woman to leave and she refused. Police issued a trespass warning on behalf of the bartender and the subject left voluntarily.
• Jan. 10, 500 block of Key Royale Drive, suspicious incident. A homeowner was contacted by a contractor, who was doing remodeling work on the home. The contractor said it appeared someone had attempted to burn down his home. Police arrived and entered the residence to the presence of smoke odor and burned plastic. An officer discovered the source of the odors, which was a melted pile of plastic. Burn marks were observed on an adjacent wall. The fire marshal was contacted to investigate. His determination was that the melted plastic had been a garbage can and the fire started from within the container. According to the report, the fire appeared to have been accidental, but the fire marshal is still investigating as to how it started.
• Jan. 10, 6800 block of Palm Drive, information. Police responded to a call reporting a vehicle/bicycle accident. Upon arrival, witnesses reported that a trolley had driven too close to a group of bicyclists. One of the riders was “spooked” by the close call and lost control of her bicycle. According to the report, video from the trolley shows the woman losing control of her bicycle after the trolley passed. It also states that the trolley was properly located in the roadway at the time it passed the bicycle riders.
• Jan. 11, 699 Manatee Ave., Bank of America, fraud. A bank manager called police after a female attempted to cash what he suspected was a fraudulent check at the drive-thru. According to the report, the woman’s signature on her driver’s license did not match the signature on the check. She was asked to park her vehicle and come inside the bank, at which time she fled the scene. Police learned that the check was stolen Jan. 9 in a Hillsborough County vehicle burglary.
• Jan. 11, 3230 E. Bay Drive, Island Mail And More, customer problem. Police responded to a complaint of a customer refusing to pay for services rendered. A man had several documents notarized and did not want to pay for the services once completed. The man told police he had come into the business in December to have the same type of documents notarized, and was told by his attorney that they were done incorrectly. He said he should not have to pay for the service twice. Police disagreed and advised the man to pay, which he did.
• Jan. 13, 4000 Gulf Drive, Manatee Public Beach, trespass warning. Lifeguards contacted police regarding a group of people who were drinking on the beach and refused to stop after being warned. The group left the beach before police arrived, but one female returned a short time later and was identified by the lifeguard. The woman was not drinking at time of contact, but she was issued a trespass warning and told not to return.
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.
103 Palmetto Ave., Anna Maria, a 1,930 sfla / 3,206 sfur 2bed/1½bath/2car Gulffront pool home built in 1950 on a 115×100 lot was sold 12/28/02, Moschini to Anna Maria Ventures LLC for $1,750,000; list $1,995,000.
509 68th St., Holmes Beach, a 2,676 sfla / 3,319 sfur 3bed/3bath/2car canalfront pool home built in 2005 on a 80×102 lot was sold 01/04/13, Kaleta to Varner for $975,000.
204 Oak Ave., Anna Maria, a 3,318 sfla / 5,803 sfur 4bed/3½bath/2car pool home built in 2009 on a 104×77 lot was sold 12/27/12, Laroche to Gallagher for $940,000; list $1,299,000.
212 Oak Ave., Anna Maria, a 3,780 sfla / 3,980 sfur 5bed/5bath/2car canalfront pool home built in 1979 on a 72×148 lot was sold 12/31/12, Barlow to Hapke for $900,000; list $899,000.
303 68th St., Holmes Beach, a 2,000 sfla 4bed/3bath pool home built in 2012 on a 82×100 lot was sold 12/31/12, 303 68th LLC to Stringer for $800,000; list $1,000,000.
103 Fourth St., Bradenton Beach, a 2,055 sfla / 2,109 sfur 6bed/3bath triplex built in 1926 on a 50×99 lot was sold 12/26/12, CFI USA Inc. to University South Florida Foundation Inc. for $600,000.
512 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria, a 1,742 sfla / 1,759 sfur 3bed/2bath/2car home built in 2002 on a 51×145 lot was sold 12/28/12, Peters to Foster for $540,000, $575,000.
3705 Gulf Drive, Unit B, Gulf Homes on 37th, Holmes Beach, a 1,227 sfla 3bed/2bath condo with pool built in 1965 was sold 12/31/12, Carter to Carmon for $525,000; list $549,000.
520 74th St., Holmes Beach, a 3,232 sfla / 4,285 sfur 3bed/3½bath/2car canalfront pool home built in 1967 on a 100×122 lot was sold 12/31/12, Meyer to MEK Properties LLC for $507,100; $632,500.
204 52nd St., Unit 2, Villas of Holmes Beach, Holmes Beach, a 2,656 sfla / 3,898 sfur 4bed/3bath/2car condo with shared pool built in 2006 was sold 12/28/12, Gibson to Schlemmer for $500,000; list $600,000.
205 77th St., Unit A, 205 77th Street, Holmes Beach, a 1,360 sfla / 1,373 sfur 2bed/2bath condo with pool built in 1977 was sold 12/26/12, Sato to Grife for $430,000.
503 71st St., Holmes Beach, a 1,884 sfla / 2,406 sfur 3bed/2bath pool home built in 1962 on a 95×97 lot was sold 12/28/12, Reick to Campbell for $363,800; list $399,900.
104 Fourth St. S., Bradenton Beach, a 958 sfla / 1,458 sfur 2bed/1bath home built in 1940 on a 75×91 lot was transferred 01/03/13, Griffin to Structured Asset Securities for $335,085.
5903 Flotilla Drive, Holmes Beach, a 1,226 sfla / 2,231 sfur 3bed/2½bath home built in 1984 on a 69×119 lot was sold 12/26/12, Fraser to Quigley for $325,000; list $379,000.
501 S. Bay Blvd., Anna Maria, a vacant 74×100 lot was sold 01/03/13, Harrold Developments Inc. to Kellar for $279,000.
3000 Gulf Drive, Unit 4, Palm Cay, Holmes Beach, a 756 sfla 1bed/1bath condo with shared pool built in 1980 was sold 12/28/12, Brinker to Washburn for $193,000; list $210,000.
Jesse Brisson, broker/associate at Gulf-Bay Realty of Anna Maria, can be reached at 941-778-7244.
Seymour Weiss, visiting from New York, caught redfish and pompano while on a charter with Capt. Warren Girle.
Catches vary day by day for AMI anglers
If you were lucky enough to fish before the mild cold front we had at the end of the past week, you may have caught a variety of species around Anna Maria Island. With temperatures in the 80s and light winds, fishing around the island was not only enjoyable, but prosperous.
While fishing along the beaches with live shrimp, I’m seeing good numbers of sheepshead, black drum, ladyfish bluefish and small sharks.
Pompano are cruising the beaches now, although finding numbers of fish can take some searching. To target all of these species, try using a knocker rig — a No. 1 circle hook and a 1/4- or 1/2-ounce egg sinker that rests right on the eye of the hook.
If you’re strictly in search of pompano, try a pompano jig. Walk the beach casting into the shoreline trough with your jig. You may pick up a fish here and there, or you could find a school and start catching fish on every cast. While jigging, expect to catch ladyfish, mackerel and bluefish as a bycatch.
Capt. Rick Gross of Fishy Business charters is targeting spotted seatrout on the grass flats of Sarasota Bay. By using either live shrimp under a cork or soft plastics on a jighead, Gross is catching good numbers — most fish being in the 15-inch range, although larger fish are in the mix.
By fishing canals and docks, Gross is finding decent numbers of redfish and sheepshead. For these fish, he’s using live shrimp fished on the bottom under and around the docks. Keeper-sizes of both species are being caught, he says.
Finally, Gross is working the beaches in search of pompano. Using either live shrimp, pompano jigs or a combination of the two, Gross is hooking up with these elusive fish. Again, keeper-size fish are coming to the boat, although most are 12-15-inches.
Jeff Medley at the Sunshine Skyway Bridge South Fishing Pier says Spanish mackerel and bonito are a consistent catch for his anglers. Pier fishers using either live bait or artificials are getting the catch. For live bait, he says to try using shiners. For artificials, silver spoons, Gotcha plugs or white jigs are working well.
For those opting to use bait, Medley suggests live shrimp to hook up sheepshead. “The sheepies are here,” says Medley, “and they are biting, too.” Live shrimp and fiddler crabs are working to catch these striped fish. He says, while using shrimp, anglers can expect to catch a stray flounder now and again.
Capt. Warren Girle is catching a variety of species in Sarasota Bay. To do this, Girle is using techniques based on the species and location he’s working.
During the morning low tides, Girle is fishing shallow flats using artificials like Berkley Gulp shrimp or topwater plugs.
During these tides, Girle finds schools of mullet and casts into the school to find mixed-in redfish and spotted seatrout. As mullet school over the shallow flats, they spook small shrimp and crabs out of their hiding places.
When this occurs, hungry redfish and trout are waiting to strike anything that moves among the mullet. He’s finding keeper trout and redfish, although he warns the fish are spread out. You have to be patient, he says.
Moving to deeper grass flats, Girle is rigging with small pompano jigs tipped with fresh shrimp. By doing a drift and casting in all directions, his clients are catching Spanish mackerel, trout, ladyfish, bluefish and pompano.
Steve Oldham at Island Discount Tackle is hearing reports of a variety of species being caught along the beaches of Anna Maria Island, working around Bean Point with good results. Oldham suggests using a yellow pompano jig rigged to some 20-pound fluorocarbon leader to get in on the action. Oldham also suggests tipping your jig with some fresh-cut shrimp to add some attraction if the fish are being finicky.
Flounder are being caught from the beach, especially in areas where there is rock or bottom structure.
Oldham suggests a 3-inch Berkley Gulp shrimp in white with a red jighead to get these tasty, flat fish to bite.
Finally, sheepshead are showing in numbers and beginning to bite. Live shrimp or sand fleas are easily accessible and are great bait for the convict fish. Oldham likes to use a stout No. 2 hook with a small split-shot to get his bait to the bottom where the fish are waiting.
Jim Malfese at the Rod & Reel Pier says bonito and Spanish mackerel are making a showing. Schools of glass minnows are gathering around the pier, which in turn is attracting the bonito and macks. Pier fishers are casting white speck rigs to get these migratory fish to bite. These jigs are effective because they are about the same size as a glass minnow.
What’s the old saying? Match the hatch? Well, in this case it’s true.
You can probably catch these fish on spoons or Gotcha plugs, too, but use only small ones.
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Wednesday, Jan. 23
6:05 p.m. — The official sunset time.
Thursday, Jan. 24
7:21 a.m. — The official sunrise time.
Friday, Jan. 25
5-7 p.m. — Community dinner — pork and sauerkraut —Annie Silver Community Center, 103 23rd St., Bradenton Beach. Fee applies. Information: 941-778-3580.
5-7 p.m. — Forks and Corks wine-tasting and celebration, Harry’s Continental Kitchens, 525 St. Judes Drive, Longboat Key. Fee applies. Information: 941-383-0777.
Saturday, Jan. 26
8:30 a.m. — Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island breakfast and meeting with Vicki Bartz on “How to talk to your doctor,” Anna Maria Island Beach Cafe, Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-761-8834.
10 a.m. — The Island Gallery West, 5368 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, hosts a free demonstration, with Betsy Kennedy hand-stamping for silver jewelry. Information: 941-778-6648.
2 p.m. — Friends of the Island Library lecture and travel series presents Paul Stonebridge, a librarian, talking about “Travels on Six Continents,” Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-34217.
6 p.m. —Forks and Corks wine dinner and celebration, the Sandbar Restaurant, 100 Spring Ave., Anna Maria. Fee applies. Information: 941-778-8705.
Sunday, Jan. 27
7 p.m. — All Island Denominations annual ecumenical service, Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-0414.
Monday, Jan. 28
7:19 a.m. — The official sunrise time.
6 p.m. — Spaghetti dinner, St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach. Fee applies. Information: 941-778-2508.
Tuesday, Jan. 29
10 a.m. — Artist Anne Abgott teaches a workshop on “Spoonbills,” the Studio at Gulf and Pine, 10101 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-1906.
Noon — Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island lunch and meeting, BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-794-8044.
Wednesday, Jan. 30
2 p.m. — Basics of Alzheimer’s disease, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.
Thursday, Jan. 24
5:30 p.m. — 65th anniversary exhibition reception, South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton. Fee applies for non-members. Information: 941-746-4131, ext. 13.
Saturday, Jan. 26
7:45 a.m. — Manatee County Audubon Society field trip, Urfer Park, carpool from Lowe’s, State Road 70 and Interstate 75. Fee applies for non-members. Information: 941-792-9235.
11:30 a.m. — Saints Peter and Paul The Apostles Catholic Church and CWA’s “Gone with the Wind” Ladies Historical Fashion Presentation and Luncheon, Moretti Center, 2850 75th St. W., Bradenton. Fee applies. No tickets sold at the door. Information: 941-761-9568.
Sunday, Jan. 27
2 p.m. – Stars of Tomorrow 25th anniversary concert presented by the Sarasota Opera and sponsored by the Bradenton Opera Guild, Bayshore High School, 5401 34th St. W., Bradenton. Fee applies. Information: 941-358-5660.
• Through Feb. 3, Island Players present “A Little Murder Never Hurt Anybody,” 10009 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. The theater is dark Mondays. Fee applies. Information: 941-778-5755.
• Through Feb. 3, Manatee Players present Cole Porter’s “Anything Goes,” 102 Old Main St., Bradenton. Fee applies. Information: 941-748-5875.
• Through Jan. 27, Manatee County Fair: Manatee Goes Hollywood, fairgrounds, 1402 14th Ave. W., Palmetto. Fee applies. Information: 941-722-8951.
• Through Jan. 25, Artists’ Guild of Anna Maria Island juried art show, the Studio at Gulf and Pine, 10101 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information: 941-753-5004.
• 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.
• Wednesdays through the spring, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., the Anna Maria Island Historical Society, 402 Pine Ave., Anna Maria, sells settlers bread. Information: 941-778-0492.
• Wednesdays through March, 1-3 p.m., Anna Maria Irish Ceili dancers, Mannatee Sports Grill, 7423 Manatee Ave., Bradenton. Information: 779-1416.
• 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.
• Thursdays, Thirsty Thursdays specials and activities, 5-7 p.m., Bridge Street, Bradenton Beach.
• Thursdays, through the spring, bingo games, Annie Silver Community Center, 103 23rd St., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-778-3580.
• Fridays, Senior Adventures, low-cost field trips from Annie Silver Community Center, 103 23rd St., Bradenton Beach. 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.
• Fourth Fridays, through March, community dinners, Annie Silver Community Center, 103 23rd St., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-778-3580.
• 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.
• 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 10, 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.
• Feb. 9, Anna Maria Island Privateers Thieves Market, Coquina Beach, Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-722-3212.
• Feb. 9, Sinatra Sings buffet supper and show, Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-1908.
• Feb. 9-10, Arts and crafts show to benefit the Anna Maria Island Butterfly Park, Holmes Beach city field, 5801 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 352-344-0657.
• Feb. 10, Anna Maria Island Concert Chorus and Orchestra all-Beethoven 20th anniversary concert, Crosspointe Fellowship, 8605 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-8585.
• Feb. 14, Big Band Dance Sweetheart presented by the Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island to benefit the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-1908.
Save the date
• March 2, Friends of the Island Library Book Sale, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
• March 2, the Anna Maria Island Historical Society Heritage Festival, 402 Pine Ave., Anna Maria.
• March 9-10, Anna Maria Island Art League Springfest juried arts and crafts show, Holmes Beach city field, 5801 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
• March 11, spring break begins for Manatee County public school students.
• March 20, Anna Maria Garden Club annual Penny Flower Show, Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria.
• March 22, community dinner — fish fry by A.P. Bell Fish Co. —Annie Silver Community Center, 103 23rd St., Bradenton Beach.
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Lisa Kaye (Smith) Gunn
Lisa K. (Smith) Gunn, 50, of Myakka City and formerly of Anna Maria Island, died Jan. 8. She was born Feb. 3, 1962, and raised in Bradenton. She lived in Myakka City since 2001.
She was a cheerleader and graduated from Southeast High School. She served four years in a U.S. Air Force combat unit.
Mrs. Gunn helped with her husband’s lawn and tree service, Gunn Enterprise. She will be missed, was loved by many and the life of the party.
Mrs. Gunn is survived by husband Jeff; son Trey Morgan; daughter Skylar Morgan; parents Robert and Kay Smith; brothers Tim and Andy Smith; stepchildren Nicole, Heather and Jeffrey Jr., and the Gunns’ five dogs.
Ruth Ann Niewyk
Ruth Ann Niewyk, 70, of Holmes Beach, died Jan. 20. She moved to Anna Maria Island from Ft. Wayne, Ind. in 2010. She was a teacher and educator.
A celebration of life will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22, at the Brown and Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory 43rd Street Chapel, 604 43rd St. W., Bradenton. Memorial donations may be made to Tidewell Hospice & Palliative Care, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota FL 34238. Condolences may be made online at www.brownandsonsfuneral.com.
Mrs. Niewyk is survived by husband Anthony; son Robert of Oak Park, Ill.; daughter Alex of Honolulu; grandchildren Grace and Jonathan; and sisters, Kathleen Koets of Grand Rapids, Mich., and Jean Smith of Kalamazoo, Mich.
George F. Tooker, died Jan. 20. He was born Nov. 13, 1920, in Hoboken, N.J., to George and Eleanor Tooker.
After graduating from Dickenson High School in Jersey City, N.J., he became a first-class machinist. George served at Pearl Harbor as a machinist in the U.S. Naval Reserves.
After World War II, he lived in Teaneck and Bay Head, N.J., working as a machinist.
Mr. Tooker and late wife Agnes moved to Holmes Beach in 1976, where they restored houses. He was a member of Holy Name Society of St. Bernard Catholic Church, a member of the Anna Maria Island Art League and the Senior Adventures Club at Annie Silver Community Center.
A memorial Mass will take place at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach. Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory 43rd Street Chapel, Bradenton is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be made online at www.brownandsonsfuneral.com.
The family thanks Windsor Oaks and Tidewell Hospice for Mr. Tooker’s care. Memorial donations may be made to Tidewell Hospice Inc., 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota FL 34238.
Mr. Tooker is survived by daughters Kathleen and husband Dennis Granstad and Maureen and husband Fred Loveland; grandchildren Jessica and Bryan Rich, Amanda, Greg and Ashley Granstad and Sarah Loveland; and great-grandchildren,Zachary and Sophia Rich.
AMICC NFL flag football season continues for all ages
NFL Flag Football continues at the Anna Maria Island Community Center with games being played Monday through Friday evenings and some Saturdays.
Though it’s early in the season, some teams already are jockeying for the top spot in the standings in each of the three youth age divisions.
LPAC Cardinals are on top of the 8-10 division with a 3-0 record, a game ahead of a trio of 2-1 teams that include Coastal Orthopedic Bears, Tyler’s Ice Cream Vikings and Lobstahs Browns. Beach Bistro Buccaneers, Manatee Cancer Center Dolphins and Miller Electric Chargers follow at 1-2, while Air & Energy Jets is still looking for its first win.
The 11-13 division has Ross Built Dolphins on top with a 2-0 record with the 2-1 Lobstahs Buccaneers right on their heels. Walter & Associates Bears, Edgewater Realty Jaguars and Beach Bums Ravens all sit with 1-1 records, while Mr. Bones Bolts and Holy Cow Cardinals is still looking for a victory.
West Coast Surf Shop Buccaneers, Integrity Sound Falcons and Lobstahs Colts all sport undefeated records in the 14-17 division, while Eat Here Packers, Beach to Bay Construction Browns and Walter & Associates Bears are still searching for a first win on the young season.
The regular season continues until the end of February and March brings the playoffs and the Super Bowl.
The 14-17 division game of the week saw Lobstahs Colts edge Beach to Bay Browns 24-13 Jan. 14 behind the stellar play of Danny Doyle and Hunter Parrish. Doyle completed nine passes for 136 yards and four touchdown passes. Two went to Parrish, who finished with four catches for 104 yards, also passing for 61 yards and running for another 35 yards. George Lardas added four catches for 45 yards and a touchdown, while Burke McCampbell-Hill ran for 15 yards and caught a 1-yard touchdown pass to complete the scoring for the Colts.
Doyle and Lardas paced the defense with seven pulls each, while McCampbell-Hill added a quarterback sack.
Beach to Bay Browns were led by Keegan Murphy, who ran for 64 yards, while also catching three passes for 19 yards and a touchdown. Quarterback Alex Gilman threw two touchdown passes and finished with 62 yards passing. Ryan Gilman finished with a touchdown reception and 38 all-purpose yards, while Chris Johnson added 45 receiving yards and an extra-point reception to complete the Browns’ scoring. Johnson also paced the defense for the Browns with a pair of interceptions in the loss.
In other 14-17 division action last week, Integrity Sound Falcons flew past Walter & Associates Bears 31-14 while West Coast Surf Shop Buccaneers sailed past Beach to Bay Browns 40-19 in Jan. 15 action.
The 11-13 division game of the week Jan. 19 saw Beach Bums Ravens outlast Lobstahs Buccaneers 33-25. Matthew Manger-Denigris passed for 177 yards and four touchdowns to lead the Ravens. Steele Quinard led the receivers with four catches for 44 yards and three touchdown receptions. Leo Rose also had a big day with four catches for 49 yards, including touchdown, extra-point and two-point conversion receptions. John Smith added two catches for 75 yards. Smith also contributed on the defensive side of the ball with two interceptions, including one he took to the house.
Lobstahs Buccaneers were led by quarterback Joe Rogers. He completed 11 of 16 passes for 106 yards and three touchdown passes. Two of them went to Noah Heskin, who finished with four receptions for 33 yards, while Trevor Meek finished with four catches for 44 yards and an extra point. Jean-Paul Russo added 33 rushing yards to go along with 43 receiving yards and a touchdown reception. Russo also came through on defense, leading the Bucs with six flag pulls and two interceptions, including one he took back for a touchdown.
In other 11-13 division action Jan. 19, Ross Built Dolphins defeated Walter & Associates Bears 27-9, while Edgewater Realty Jaguars edged Mr. Bones Colts 20-12. Jan 14 action saw Ross Built Dolphins defeat Beach Bums Ravens 32-19 and Walter & Associates Bears defeated Mr. Bones Colts 21-12.
Coastal Orthopedic Bears clawed its way past Tyler’s Ice Cream Vikings 27-26 in the 8-10 division game of the week Jan. 19. Jackson Hayes had a huge game, rushing for 54 yards and catching six passes for 113 yards, including three touchdowns and an extra point. Tuna McCracken completed eight passes for 103 yards and two touchdown passes, while Gavin Johnston completed one pass for 19 yards and a touchdwon and ran for 21 yards, including a touchdown and an extra point. Evan Christenson completed the scoring with an extra-point reception to provide the winning margin.
Hayes and McCracken led the defense with three pulls each, while Johnston added an interception in the victory.
Tyler’s Ice Cream Vikings received a monster game from Nathan Costello. He ran for 133 yards and three touchdowns, catching three passes for 30 yards and a touchdown reception. Ava Alderson completed the Vikings scoring with a two-point conversion.
Defensively, Nathan Costello led the way with five flag pulls and an interception, while Noah Costello added three flag pulls in the loss.
In other 8-10 action Jan. 19, Manatee Cancer Center Dolphins slipped past Miller Electric Chargers 23-20, while LPAC Cardinals flew past the Beach Bistro Buccaneers 27-7.
There were three 8-10 division games Jan. 18 led by LPAC Cardinals defeating Manatee Cancer Center Dolphins 25-18. Tyler’s Ice Cream Vikings followed with a 25-6 victory over Air & Energy Jets. The final game of the evening saw Lobstahs Buccaneers roll over Edgewater Realty Jaguars 40-8.
Adult NFL flag football also is ongoing at the center on Wednesday and Thursday evenings. So far, undefeated Florida Discount Signs Colts, Sun Bills and Duffy’s Tavern Raiders appear to be the teams to beat, but the regular season, which runs until the end of February is still young.
The game of the week Jan. 16was a high-scoring affair between Waterfront Restaurant Dolphins and Agnelli Pool & Spa Giants.
Ryan Moss had a huge game, passing for 277 yards and six touchdown passes, also rushing for 64 yards and a touchdown. Jonathan Moss was his favorite target, taking down 10 catches for 121 yards, including five touchdown receptions and an extra point. Ben Kirby added four catches for 102 yards, including a touchdown and a two-point conversion, while Brent Moss finished with four catches for 65 yards and an extra point.
Tim Shaughnessy paced the Giants with 213 passing yards and four touchdown passes, while also running for 93 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Pat Calvary led the Giant receivers with six catches for 136 yards, three touchdowns and an extra point. Caleb Roberts added four catches for 54 yards including a touchdown and three extra points in the loss.
In other adult action Jan. 16, Harrington House Buccaneers defeated Slim’s Place Patriots 26-14. Jan. 17 action included the Sun Bills rolling over BY Construction Bears 40-18, Duffy Tavern Raiders defeated Beach to Bay Construction Ravens 39-12, Florida Discount Signs Colts beat Southern Greens Seahawks 32-14, and Tyler’s Ice Cream Vikings defeated Duncan Real Estate Cardinals 39-12.
Key Royale golf news
The men of the Key Royale Club played a better-ball-of-partners match Jan. 16. Andy Barber teamed up with Peter Proxy and combined on a 13-under-par 51. Gary Harris and Jim Thorton were two shots back with 53, while Wade LaDue and Al Kaiser took third place with a 55.
The women had a shot-gun mixer Jan. 15 followed by a buffet luncheon.
Beatrice Friebe carded a 5-under-par 27 to grab first place in Flight A by one shot over Judy Crowe. Sue Little and Mary Lor Dreier tied for third at 1-under-par 31.
Flight B winner Heather Pritchard’s birdie on number six helped her to a 5-under-par 27, two shots better than Kris Landkammer. Sara Falk took third place with a 2-under-par 30.
Margrit Layh rode a birdie on eight to a 6-under-par 26 to grab first place in Flight C. Judy Wart was three shots back in second place, while Fran Barford and Terry Westby tied for third at 1-under-par 31.
Judy Hanson chipped in on number four to finish with a 4-under-par 28 and first-place in Flight D. Erma McMullen took second with a 2-under-par 30, while Sally Keys and Margret Schuller tied for third at 34.
The men played a modified-Stableford match on the evening of Jan. 14. Jack Connors grabbed individual bragging rights with a plus-7, while Bob Lang was two shots back at plus-5. There was a three-way tie for first place in the team competition at plus-5.
The morning of the Jan. 14 saw the men play a nine-hole, individual-low-net match. Dave Kruger lapped the field with a 7-under-par 25, four shots ahead of Bob Jorgensen and Vince Mercadante. Ron Pritchard and Dick Eichhorn finished in a tie for third place with matching 2-under-par 30s.
Three teams advanced out of pool play during Jan. 19 horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe pits. John Crawford and Dave Lansaw drew the bye into the finals and watched as Gene Bobeldyk and Tom Anderton edged Bob Mason and David Thompson 21-18. Bobeldyk-Anderton then defeated Crawford-Lansaw 21-14 in the finals.
Three teams also advanced to the knockout round during Jan. 16 horseshoe action. Norm Good and Steve Doyle drew the bye and watched as Dom Livedoti and Rod Bussey thumped Bob Mason and John Johnson 21-4. Livedoti-Bussey then held on for a tight 23-20 victory over Good-Doyle 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.
AMICC NFL Flag Football schedule
Jan. 25 6 p.m. Tyler’s vs. Lobstahs
Jan. 23 6 p.m. Lobstahs vs. LPAC
Jan. 25 6 p.m. Bistro vs. Tyler’s
Jan. 25 7 p.m. Miller Elect. vs. A&E
Jan. 29 6 p.m. LPAC vs. Tyler’s
Jan. 25 8 p.m. Mr. Bones vs. Holy Cow
Jan. 28 6 p.m. Beach Bums vs. Walter & Assoc.
Jan. 28 7 p.m. Edgewater Realty vs. Holy Cow
Jan. 28 8 p.m. Eat Here vs. Lobstahs
Jan. 29 7 p.m. Beach to Bay vs. Eat Here
Jan. 29 8 p.m. Surf Shop vs. Integrity Sound
Jan. 23 7 p.m. Waterfront vs. Sato RE
Jan. 23 8 p.m. Southern Green vs. BY Construction
Jan. 23 9 p.m. Tyler’s vs. Lobstahs
Jan. 24 6 p.m. Agnelli Pool vs. Beach to Bay
Jan. 24 7 p.m. Slim’s Place vs. Sun
Jan. 24 8 p.m. Harrington House vs. Duffy’s
Jan. 24 9 p.m. FL Discount Signs vs. Duncan RE
Jan. 29 6:30 p.m. Lobstahs vs. IRE
Jan. 29 7:30 p.m. Duncan RE vs. Tyler’s
Jan. 29 8:30 p.m. Lobstahs vs. Tyler’s