Holmes Beach snowbird Dick Stevens, also of Enfield, Conn., shows off the redfish he hooked up last week off his dock. Stevens says he’s traveled to many fishing destinations and Anna Maria Island is “one of the best.”
Winter anglers should target sheepshead, black drum
Sheepshead are beginning to make a good showing around docks, rocks and reefs in the surrounding waters of Anna Maria Island.
These fish are still pre-spawn, so expect to catch a lot of small males as well as some oversized females. From my experience in the past week, there are a lot of fish in the 2- to 3-pound range and fish up to 6 pounds are found every so often in the mix.
When fishing the reefs, live shrimp is a great way to fill the box. I like to break the tail off of the shrimp and insert a circle hook through the meat and out through the top of the shell. A properly-sized egg sinker resting just above the eye of the circle hook completes the rig. Some of you know this as a “knocker rig.”
When fishing the local piers for sheepies, you may want to try shrimp, but have some other bait ready if the shrimp doesn’t work. Live fiddler crabs and live sand fleas are popular among pier fishers looking to hook up some sheepies. First, the pinfish don’t seem to nibble these baits off the hook like they do shrimp. Second, either of these baits are hard for a sheepshead to pass up.
Finally, the best bait for sheepies, whether fishing piers or reefs, is a tubeworm, also called plumed worms. These worms live within drinking straw-sized tubes that poke out of the sand near the low-tide line.
Finding these worms can be tough, and there’s definitely a learning curve when it comes to digging them up and storing them for later use. With this said, a little determination can lead to a bountiful reward when using tubeworms for sheepshead bait.
Capt. Rick Gross of Fishy Business charters is working reefs and rocks in Tampa Bay for sheepshead. Gross is marking structure on his depth finder, then dropping a jig to mark the spot while he anchors the boat. By dropping fresh-cut live shrimp to the bottom, Gross’ clients are reeling up sheepshead to 4 pounds. As a bonus, Gross is catching keeper-size flounder in the same areas.
Moving to the grass flats, Gross is targeting redfish and catch-and-release snook. For both species, Gross is castnetting shiners for bait. With shiners running small, Gross suggests scaling down hook size and adding a popping cork. The cork keeps your bait out of the grass, and aids in casting small baits. Gross says he likes to use a Paradise popper rigged with 20-pound fluorocarbon tied to a No. 4 Owner mosquito hook.
Jamie Foster at the Sunshine Skyway Bridge South Fishing Pier is seeing a variety of action occurring just outside the doors of the bait shop.
To start, pier fishers using live shrimp are catching sheepshead and flounder around the pier structure. For the sheepies, fresh-cut live shrimp on a small stout hook is suggested. Add enough weight to the line to keep the bait next to the pilings and start fishing.
For flounder, a whole live shrimp fished on the bottom with either a hook and weight or a jighead works.
Pier fishers using silver spoons or Gotcha plugs are still catching Spanish mackerel and bonito toward the far end of the pier. You can simply stand on the pier and wait for the schools of either species to swim by feeding on bait, and quickly cast to the outskirts of the school to start plucking out your catch.
Capt. Warren Girle is working Sarasota Bay for a number of species. He’s drifting in search of pompano, using small, yellow bullet-head jigs tipped with shrimp, and his clients are reeling up keeper-size fish.
Along with pompano, expect to catch Spanish mackerel, bluefish, ladyfish, trout and, if you’re lucky, a stray permit or two.
Moving north, Girle is targeting redfish around the mangrove shorelines at Long Bar in Sarasota Bay. Girle warns that you’ll need stealth to sneak up on them. For bait, Girle is using cut-bait or shrimp. Average size of the reds this past week was 24-28 inches.
Steve Oldham at Island Discount Tackle says it’s a good time of year to walk the beach just after sunrise in search of pompano. Arm yourself with a light spinning outfit and a pompano jig, and you’re in business. Simply walk the beach, plugging the jig until you locate the bite. Expect to also find bluefish, small mackerel and ladyfish.
Sheepshead are next on the list. Whether you’re fishing the piers or fishing structure from a boat, you can bet on catching some tasty convict fish. When fishing the piers, you may want to be somewhat strategic in your approach. Live fiddler crabs or sand fleas are a great offering but, if you’re really determined, you can’t go wrong with tubeworms. As labor intensive as this bait is to harvest, it’s worth it. Tubeworms are like candy to sheepshead.
Lastly, flounder are being caught along the island shorelines. Berkley Gulp shrimp on a red jighead is the ticket to catch some flat fish. Whether along the beaches on the Gulf side or in the canals on the bayside, flounder catches up to 20 inches are being reported.
Jim Malfese at the Rod & Reel Pier says the sheepshead bite is happening. “We had a few days this week when they bit really well,” says Malfese.
Pier fishers using live shrimp are taking home dinner, while those willing to gather fiddlers or sand fleas are cashing in with sheepshead up to 2 pounds.
While targeting sheepshead, pier fishers are reeling up another black-and-white striped fish, the black drum. Black drum feed on the same baits as sheepies and commonly inhabit the same areas. Drum up to 5 pounds are being caught daily.
Finally, pier fishers using Berkley Gulp shrimp on a jighead at the R&R are reeling up respectable-sized flounder. Fish up to 18 inches are being caught by slowly dragging a jig along the sandy bottom next to the pier.
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4804 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, a 2,175 sfla / 2,990 sfur 6bed/4½bath/2car pool home built in 2012 on a 50×90 lot was sold 01/18/13, 4804 Gulf LLC to Golino for $700,000; list $749,000.
208 67th St., Holmes Beach, a 1,443 sfla / 1,503 sfur 3bed/2bath pool home built in 1959 on a 75×105 lot was sold 01/23/13, Scholl to Lanpher for $550,000; list $598,000.
8316 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, a 1,440 sfla / 2,024 sfur 2bed/2bath pool home built 1959 on a 80×114 lot was sold 01/24/13, Upshaw to Hearst for $405,000; list $439,000.
2810 Avenue C, Holmes Beach, a vacant 50×100 lot was sold 01/23/13, Cote to Engel for $142,000.
Jesse Brisson, broker/associate at Gulf-Bay Realty of Anna Maria, can be reached at 941-778-7244.
Wednesday, Feb. 13
Today is Ash Wednesday.
11:30 a.m. — Off Stage Ladies of the Island Players meeting, BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Fee applies. Information: 941-799-2181.
2 p.m. — Friends of the Island Library lecture and travel series presents mystery novelist H. Terrell Griffin, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-34217.
Thursday, Feb. 14
Today is Valentine’s Day.
5 p.m. — The Islander Promise Day sunset commitment celebration and dinner, Manatee Public Beach/Anna Maria Island Beach Cafe, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Fee applies. Information: 941-778-7978.
8-11 p.m. — Big Band/Sweetheart Dance presented by the Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island to benefit the Anna Maria Island Community Center at the center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Fee applies. Information: 941-778-1908.
Friday, Feb. 15
6:22 p.m. — Official sunset time.
Saturday, Feb. 16
8:30 a.m. — Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island breakfast and meeting with Ana Guillermo of H2U, Anna Maria Island Beach Cafe, Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-1383.
10 a.m. — The Island Gallery West, 5368 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, hosts a free demonstration, Shirley Dean, “Acrylic Painting Techniques.” Information: 941-778-6648.
Sunday, Feb. 17
4 p.m. — Concert at Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria, featuring pianist Bob Milne, with a reception after the concert. Information: 941-778-0414.
7 p.m. — CrossPointe Fellowship, 8605 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, hosts the Redeemed gospel quartet. Information: 941-778-0719.
Monday, Feb. 18
Today is President’s Day.
Tuesday, Feb. 19
Noon — Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island lunch and meeting, BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-794-8044.
2 p.m. — New York Times bestselling author Echo Heron of Cortez lectures at the Island Library, 5701 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.
6:30 p.m. — Vitamin Seas Health Food Store, 3228 E. Bay Drive, Holmes Beach, hosts health and wellness coach Alec Grae talking about spicing up life with food. Information: 941-778-5015.
Wednesday, Feb. 20
10 a.m.-5 p.m. — Arts and crafts show to benefit the Anna Maria Island Butterfly Park, Coquina Beach, Bradenton Beach. Information: 352-344-0657.
Noon – Anna Maria Garden Club meeting, Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-2607.
6 p.m. — Arts and crafts for tweens at the Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.
Thursday, Feb. 14
9:30 a.m. — Longboat Island Chapel, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive, hosts a heart and health seminar. Information: 941-383-6491.
5:30 p.m. — “A Valentine’s Broadway Romance,” Golden Apple Celebrity Theatre, 25 N. Pineapple Ave., Sarasota. Fee applies. Information: 941-366-5604.
6 p.m. — Longboat Key Kiwanis Foundation Valentine’s Ball, Longboat Key Club’s Harbourside Ballroom on Longboat Key. Fee applies. Information: 941-706-1983.
Saturday, Feb. 16
10 a.m.-6 p.m. — Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival with food, arts and crafts, adventure activities, lectures and music. Entrance off Cortez Road at 119th Street West. Offsite parking with shuttles available from G.T. Bray Park, 5502 33rd Ave. Drive W., Bradenton, and Coquina Beach, Bradenton Beach. Fee applies. Information: 941-722-4524.
Sunday, Feb. 17
10 a.m.-6 p.m. — Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival with food, arts and crafts, adventure activities, lectures and music. Entrance off Cortez Road at 119th Street West. Offsite parking with shuttles available from G.T. Bray Park, 5502 33rd Ave. Drive W., Bradenton, and Coquina Beach, Bradenton Beach. Fee applies. Information: 941-722-4524.
3 p.m. — Eleonora Lvov performs a concert at the Longboat Key Education Center, 5370 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. Information: 941-383-8811.
• 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, Feb. 20 through Easter, Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 6608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, Holmes Beach, hosts soup suppers at 6 p.m. Information: 941-778-1813.
• Wednesdays through 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.
• Through 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. 22, Community dinner — spaghetti supper —Annie Silver Community Center, 103 23rd St., Bradenton Beach. Fee applies. Information: 941-778-3580.
• Feb. 23-24, Pines Trailer Park street sale and bake sale, near the Historic Bridge Street Pier in Bradenton Beach. Information: 810-955-2287
• Feb. 24, Florida Maritime Museum’s Titanic Fashion Luncheon, 4415 119th St. W., Cortez. Fee applies. Information: 941-708-6121.
• Feb. 24, Pirates spring training games begin, McKechnie Field, 1611 Ninth St. W., Bradenton. Fee applies. Information: 941-747-3031.
Save the date
• March 1-2, Island Cityfest: A Holmes Beach Founders Day Celebration, 5801 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
• March 2, Friends of the Island Library Book Sale, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
• March 9-10, Anna Maria Island Art League Springfest juried art show, Holmes Beach city field, 5801 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
• March 10, Roser Memorial Community Church chapel rededication, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria.
• March 16, Anna Maria Island Community Center Tour of Homes, various island locations.
• March 20, Anna Maria Garden Club Penny Flower Show, Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria.
• March 24, Anna Maria Island Concert Chorus and Orchestra concert, CrossPointe Fellowship, 8605 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
• March 30, Anna Maria Island Historical Society Heritage Festival, 402 Pine Ave., Anna Maria.
Monday, Feb. 18, Presidents Day — no school.
Wednesday, Feb. 20, third-quarter progress reports.
Friday, Feb. 22, lockdown drill, 1:15 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 23, PTO Winter Wonder Island event at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 6 p.m.
Tuesday, Feb. 26, “America Sings,” second-grade play, auditorium, 7 p.m., preceded by PTO dinner provided by the Feast, 5 p.m.
Friday, March 1, Read Across America.
Monday, March 4, School Advisory Council meeting, media center, 3:15 p.m.
Monday-Friday, March 11-15, spring break — no school.
Tuesday, March 19, spring picture day.
Tuesday, March 19, PTO board meeting, conference room, 8:45 a.m.
Tuesday, March 26, Birthday Book Club, media center, 1 p.m.
Tuesday, March 26, talent show and dinner.
Friday, March 29, Good Friday — no school.
Anna Maria Elementary School, 4700 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, 941-708-5525, www.manatee.k12.fl.us/sites/elementary/annamaria.
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Eli Heskin comes out of the crowd with an interception during Anna Maria Island Community Center NFL Flag Football action at the center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Islander Photo: Kevin Cassidy
Island NFL league plays on, KRC championship pared to 2
It was another great week for Anna Maria Island Community Center NFL Flag Football. LPAC Cardinals continues to lead the 8-10 division after rolling past previously undefeated Coastal Orthopedic Bears by a 47-12 score. Coastal remains in second place with a 5-2 record, but Lobstahs Browns, Miller Electric Chargers and Tyler’s Ice Cream Vikings all have four victories, so anything can happen.
Daniel Fritz set the tone for the Cardinals early in the game when he took a handoff from quarterback Sean Rodriguez and took off on a 45-yard touchdown run. It was all Cardinals from there as they rolled to an easy victory.
Rodriguez was 10 for 13 passing, including five touchdown passes to key the victory. Cole Pearson was his favorite target, catching five passes — three for touchdowns — while adding a rushing touchdown. Eli Heskin added two touchdown receptions and three flag pulls and an interception on defense. Pearson added two pulls and an interception, while William Batey finished with one flag pull in the victory.
Tuna McCracken got the Bears on the scoreboard when he hit Gavin Johnston for a 40-yard touchdown pass. Jackson Hayes added a touchdown run to complete the Bears’ scoring, while also contributing eight flag pulls and an interception on defense.
The 11-13 division continues to be led by Ross Built Dolphins at 6-0. But Lobstahs Buccaneers and Holy Cow Ice Cream aren’t going away as both are 4-1 and within striking distance.
Ross Built took on winless Mr. Bones Colts Feb. 9 and came away with a 32-19 victory. Jake Ross had a huge game, accounting for all of the Dolphins scoring, tallying five touchdowns on offense while also grabbing an interception and “taking it to the house” for another TD. Other defensive standouts were Brendan Murphy, leading the team with five flag pulls and Hannah McCracken, finishing with four flag pulls, including a quarterback sack.
Leo Tilelli paced Mr. Bones Colts with a touchdown on offense and a interception return for a touchdown on defense. Michael Latimer had a big game defensively, tallying eight flag pulls and grabbing two interceptions. Latimer also added a touchdown on offense for the Colts.
The 14-17 division is heating up with West Coast Surf Shop Buccaneers dropping from the ranks of the unbeaten and falling out of first place. Integrity Sound now sits atop the standings with a 6-1 record, but the Buccaneers are right on their heels at 5-1. Lobstahs Colts and Walter & Associates Bears follow in the standings with three wins each.
Walter & Associates Bears knocked off previously undefeated West Coast Surf Shop Buccaneers 20-19 in the 14-17 division game of the week. Quarterback Seth Walter threw two touchdown passes and Jack Walter added a touchdown pass, touchdown reception and an extra point to lead the Bears in the victory. Joey Harris had two touchdown receptions on offense, while also leading the defense with six flag pulls and an interception on defense.
Other defensive standouts were Seth Walter, who finished with four pulls and an interception, and Jake Rodgers and Jack Walter, who finished with four flag pulls each.
The Buccaneers were led by Zach Stewart, who finished with 14 completions and three touchdown passes in the loss. Austin Morrow had four catches, including two for touchdowns, while Tony Sperduto led the team with six catches, including a touchdown and an extra-point reception.
Sperduto and Stewart also paced the Buccaneer defense with four flag pulls each, while Roberto Rodriguez added a quarterback sack.
MAYSO gears up for spring soccer
The Manatee Area Youth Soccer Organization is holding two registrations for its 2013 spring soccer season. Players registration will be held 9 a.m.-noon Feb. 16 and Feb. 23 at the MAYSO clubhouse, across from the Walton Tennis Center at G.T. Bray Park, Bradenton.
Cost for the 10-game season, which runs March 23-May 11, is $110 for Under 6 and Under 8 division players and $130 for players 8 years old and up. New players to MAYSO will need to provide a copy of their birth certificate with registration.
Players will be required to participate in evaluations, which take place 6:30-7 p.m. at G. T. Bray:
• Feb. 16, Under 6 Division.
• Feb. 17, Under 8.
• Feb. 18, Under 10.
• Feb. 19, Under 12 and up.
For more information, contact Islander sportswriter Kevin Cassidy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Key Royale golf news
Another full week of golf at Key Royale Club was highlighted by Ron Pritchard and Jon Holcomb both taking out former club champions in the semifinal round of the club championship playoffs. Pritchard defeated John Estok 2-and-1, while Holcomb edged Tim Friesen by the same margin, pitting Pritchard against Holcomb for the 2013 championship game, which will take place on the morning of Feb. 14.
In regular golf action, the women joined up with the men for a nine-hole, best-ball-of-threesome match Feb. 8. The team of Nel Bergstrom, Terry Westby and Bob Dickenson combined on a 4-under-par 28 to take first place. One shot back in second place was the team of Joyce Brown, Jerry Brown, and Ron Robinson.
Fifty-seven Key Royale Club women played a nine-hole, individual-low-net match Feb. 7 in four flights. Tootie Wagner carded a 3-under-par 29 to earn a one-shot victory in Flight A over Judy Crowe and Joy Kaiser, who finished in a tie for second place. Helen Pollack was alone in third place at even-par 32.
Kris Landkammer fired a 3-under-par 29 to edge Christina Mason and Sara Falk by one stroke for first place in Flight B. Beverly Neville and Joyce Brown tied for third place with matching 31s.
Terry Westby’s 4-under-par 28 gave her the top spot in Flight C by four shots over second-place finisher Jan Jump. Roxanne Roche and Judy Ward tied for third place at 1-over par 33.
Markie Ksiazek carded a 9-under-par 23 for the low-net round of the day and first place in Flight D. Trish Kruger had a chipin birdie on the ninth hole for a 6-under-par 26 to take second place, while Judy Hanson was another shot back in third place.
The game of the day was lowest number of putts, won by Tootie Wagner and Rita Allen with 12 putts each. Other highlights include chipins by Sandy Burrill, Pat Rice, Fran Barford, Kris Landkammer, Allen and Joanne Ozdych.
The men played an 18-hole, best-ball-of-partners match Feb. 6. Tony Niewyk and Tom Lewis combined on a 14-under-par 50 to earn first place by two shots over the team of Joe Dickinson and Gerry Taylor. Third place was shared by partners Jim Mixon and Vince Mercadante, Art Hibbs and Andy Barber, Peter Thomasson and Neil Hammer and Dan Hayes and Bob Dickinson, who all finished at 10-under-par 54.
The men played a nine-hole, best-ball-of-foursome match Feb. 3. The team of Hugh Holmes Sr., Hugh Holmes Jr., Dick Eichorn and Peter Proxy combined to card a 10-under-par 22, earning a one-shot victory.
Later in the day, the men played a nine-hole, modified Stableford-system match. The team of Fred Miller, Jerry Dahl, Jim Helgeson and Mike Gille combined on a plus-5 to take first place. Terry Schaefer and Charlie Potte shared individual medalist honors with a plus-4.
AMICC NFL Flag Football schedule
Feb. 15 6 p.m. Tyler’s vs. Lobstahs
Feb. 13 6 p.m. Coastal Orthopedic vs. Tyler’s
Feb. 15 6 p.m. Bistro vs. Lobstahs
Feb. 15 7 p.m. Miller vs. Cancer Center
Feb. 16 11 a.m. LPAC vs. Bistro
Feb. 16 noon A&E vs. LPAC
Feb. 19 6 p.m. Cancer Center vs. A&E
Feb. 15 8 p.m. Lobstahs vs. Mr. Bones
Feb. 16 9 a.m. Beach Bums vs. Lobstahs
Feb. 16 1 p.m. Walter & Assoc. vs. Mr. Bones
Feb. 16 2 p.m. Edgewater Realty vs. Ross Built
Feb. 16 10 a.m. Lobstahs vs. Walter & Assoc.
Feb. 19 7 p.m. Walter & Assoc. vs. Beach to Bay
Feb. 19 8 p.m. Eat Here vs. Surf Shop
Feb. 13 7 p.m. Southern Green vs. Sun
Feb. 13 8 p.m. Sato RE vs. Harrington House
Feb. 13 9 p.m. BY Construction vs. Tyler’s
AMICC Adult Volleyball schedule
Feb. 19 6:30 p.m. Lobstahs vs. IRE
Feb. 19 7:30 p.m. Duncan vs. Tyler’s
Feb. 19 8:30 p.m. Lobstahs vs. Tyler’s
Fleta (Beisner) Boyd
Fleta (Beisner) Boyd, formerly of Holmes Beach and Bradenton, died Jan. 18 in Rhode Island. She was born Oct. 16, 1928, in Willisville, Ill.
She graduated from the University of Illinois with a degree in music education and taught piano for many years on Anna Maria Island. Later she received her master’s degree at the University of South Florida. She was a reading specialist in Manatee and Pinellas counties for many years prior to retirement. She was the sole surviving charter member of the Manatee Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Bradenton, which was founded in 1958 with her husband, the late Herbert F. Boyd. The Boyds were residents of Presbyterian Manor in the final years of Mr. Boyd’s life.
Mrs. Boyd also was a longstanding member of the Manatee County League of Women’s Voters and spent many years registering voters and assisting at the polls during elections.
A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday, March 2, at the Manatee Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 322 15th St. W., Bradenton. Memorial donations to the Fellowship, 322 15th St. W., Bradenton FL 34205.
Mrs. Boyd is survived by sons, Jeffry and wife Pamela of Santa Rosa, Calif., Christopher and wife Barbara of Cocoa, Fla.; daughter Kathleen and husband Daniel Even of Warren, R.I.; grandchildren: Jennifer Snider and husband, Timothy of Fresno, Calif., Allyson Even of Warren, R.I., and Dennis of Cocoa.
Dorothy T. Zokas DeGennaro, 77, of Holmes Beach, and formerly of Southbury, Conn., died Jan. 29. She was born June 6, 1935, in Bridgeport, Conn., to the late Robert and Mary Ramon Lopalos.
She was a devout communicant of St. Bernard Catholic Church, Holmes Beach. She was a member of the Senior Adventurers group in Bradenton Beach and was a literacy advocate. She volunteered at Anna Maria Elementary School in Holmes Beach. She received her associate’s degree in 1974 from Mattatuck Community College in Waterbury, Conn. She was an avid homemaker and was proud of her Lithuanian heritage.
Mass was celebrated in Southbury. Memorial donations may be made to Lithuanian Catholic Religious Inc., 6425 Perry Ave., Maspeth NY 11378 or Sisters of St. Casimir, 2601 W. Marquette Road, Chicago IL 60629. To light a virtual candle or for condolences, go online at www.millerwardfuneralhome.com.
Mrs. DeGennaro is survived by son Daniel and wife Karen Zokas of Southbury; daughters Lisa and husband Mark of Zokas-Kindy of South Carolina and Wallace and husband Charles Hamel of Barkhamstead, Conn.; grandchildren Jordan, Michael, Meghan, Arianne, Rasa and Chaz; and three nephews.
Patrick Lee Mullins, 52, of Bradenton, died Feb. 5. He was born in Tallahassee and lived in Manatee County since 1963.
Mr. Mullins grew up on Anna Maria Island and graduated from Manatee High School and the University of Florida. He earned a master’s degree at the University of South Florida. He was an employee of the Manatee County School District, teaching at Jessie P. Miller and William H. Bashaw elementary schools and, since 2004, was the media specialist at Palmetto High School. He touched the lives of countless students and fellow teachers and administrators.
He was a sergeant in the National Guard when, in 1992, he helped survivors in Dade County in the aftermath of Hurricane Andrew. He played the trumpet and enjoyed jazz. He was a gardener, fisherman, boater, mechanic and automobile restorer. He was a member of the Manatee Association for Media in Education, the Manatee Education Association, the Phi Kappa Phi honor society and the Florida chapter of the Antique Outboard Motor Club.
A memorial service was held Feb. 11 at Braden River United Methodist Church, 5858 44th Ave. E., Bradenton.
Mr. Mullins is survived by his wife, Leslie Jill; sons Mason McCaffery and Miles Patrick; fathers Patrick G. and Albert J. E. Wilson; grandmother Ramona Hooton Cannon; brothers and sisters Linda Long, Bert, Gray and Nancy Graham; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Jeff Fabb, of Animal Planet shows participants at the Python Challenge the power of a 15-foot Burmese python and why hunters should use caution during the first-ever Everglades python hunt. Islander Photo: Michael Jaworski
• Jan. 28, 700 block of Jacaranda Road, disturbance. Two neighbors were reportedly arguing. A Manatee County Sheriff’s Office deputy advised the men that the nature of their argument was a civil matter and should be taken up with their landlord.
• Feb. 3, 100 S. Bay Blvd., Anna Maria City Pier, information. A MCSO deputy responded to the city pier on a possible drowning call. He arrived and made contact with a woman lying on the pier bleeding from her hands and legs. According to the report, the woman said she lost her footing and fell off the pier. She attempted to cling to the pier and cut herself on the barnacles. Others in the area helped the woman back onto the pier. She was transported to the hospital for treatment.
Anna Maria is policed by the MCSO.
• Feb. 3, 100 block of Sixth Street North, no valid driver’s license. A 34-year-old Holmes Beach man was arrested on a misdemeanor charge of not having a valid driver’s license. A Bradenton Beach Police Department officer on routine patrol observed a vehicle with no working taillights and initiated a traffic stop. The driver produced a Florida ID card and the officer asked for a driver’s license. The driver said the last time he had a license was in Tennessee. He said it was suspended, but that it had also expired seven years ago. The driver said he was the only one sober enough in his group to drive, but admitted he made a bad decision. He was arrested and transported to the Manatee County jail.
• Feb. 6, 101 Bridge Street, domestic battery. Police responded to a disturbance call and made contact with a mother and daughter. The daughter admitted she punched her mother while they were arguing. She told police she had been drinking, and she had aggression toward her mom. When police informed the 32-year-old Bradenton woman she was being arrested, the woman became aggressive toward the officers. She then climbed into a vehicle and refused to exit. Officers were able to remove her from the vehicle, at which time she became more combative and had to be taken to the ground and secured. She was charged with misdemeanor domestic battery and resisting arrest.
• Feb. 6, Coquina Beach, trespass. Police responded to a call of a man and woman engaging in sexual relations on the beach. Both were fully clothed when the officer arrived. According to the report, the couple was embarrassed and apologetic. They were told to leave the area and complied.
Bradenton Beach is policed by the BBPD.
• Jan. 29, 12918 Yacht Club Place, information. A man reported that a friend had used his vehicle and had not returned. An MCSO deputy entered the vehicle identification into the system in an attempt to locate the vehicle.
Cortez is policed by the MCSO
• Jan. 31, 500 block of 67th Street, domestic battery. Holmes Beach Police Department officers arrested a 22-year-old man for domestic battery after punching his father. According to the report, the man wanted prescription pills that were in his sister’s purse. When she refused, he threw her purse to the ground, at which time the father began arguing with the suspect, who then struck the father, causing several lacerations to his face.
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.
Island resident Michael Jaworski chats with dean of culinary education at Lincoln Culinary Institute David Pantone, who showed participants of the Python Challenge how to cook snake and other invasive species.
It is estimated that there are 30,000-150,000 Burmese pythons adapting and living very well in the Florida Everglades.
The largest capture of a python to date was a 17-foot female carrying 80 eggs.
A few weeks ago, I attended the kickoff to the 2013 Python Challenge in the Everglades. For years, these supersized reptiles have been ravaging the Everglades, eating nearly everything in sight, including deer, raccoons, opossums and up to 6-foot-long alligators.
The snakes have been turned loose by irresponsible pet owners and tropical storms, which upturned legitimate reptile houses and breeding centers. The snakes have infiltrated the delicate Everglades ecosystem and are running rampant.
The news that the National Park Service opened a python-hunting season was a first.
So myself, and my wife of 41 years left for Miami to quell my thirst for knowledge, leaving my comfort zone to seek my demons.
That’s right, the serpent, the devil in disguise. The Bible described it as such and Michelangelo painted it on the Sistine Chapel ceiling — Adam and Eve’s expulsion from paradise.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission declared war on the python Jan. 12 through Feb. 10.
The challenge kicked off at the University of Florida — Fort Lauderdale Research and Education Center in Davie, just north of Miami.
Who really cares about 17-foot predators from Myanmar and North Africa? Apparently plenty of folks, because when I arrived there were already about 30 news crews set up from as far away as the western U.S., Indonesia, Canada and France.
Local and national media outlets were well represented, including CBS This Morning correspondent Anna Warner.
In the mix were about 300 hunters, adventures and game wardens.
FWC executive director Nick Wiley explained to everyone that the challenge was important to increase awareness, not only about the Burmese python, but the 137 other invasive reptiles and amphibians, as well as 1,000 plants and insects impacting native Florida species.
UF’s Dr. John Hayes said Florida is the No. 1 most invaded place on the planet and costs Florida taxpayers $500 million a year.
The event was designed to share what we know about Burmese pythons in Florida, encourage responsible harvesting of pythons, discuss responsible pet ownership and prevent the release into the wild of invasive species.
There were plenty of dignitaries on hand, including dean of culinary education David Pantone at the Lincoln Culinary Institute, who cooked up some mouthwatering gourmet chow from some invasive species.
We were treated to snakehead fish tacos, Caiman medallions with mushroom sauce, Caiman white bean chili and green iguana stew. The dishes were delicious and Pantone said it was his way to personally contribute to eradicating these invasive species — one at a time.
Jeff Fabb, from Animal Planet TV and a volunteer for the Nature Conservancy and Python Patrol in Miami, demonstrated the power of a 13-foot, 85-pound python that he caught a year ago in Miami.
Fabb boasted that humans remain at the top of the food chain, but cautioned that the hunt would be no cakewalk. He said when pythons are confronted, their first reaction is to flee, but when cornered, a 17-foot, 150-pound snake is nothing to be messed around.
There are plenty of other dangers associated with trekking through the Everglades. Besides the threat of dehydration and getting lost, Florida is home to many native venomous snakes.
Cold weather and the cool temperatures work best for a snake hunt, helping to get the snakes out of the cold water and onto berms, roads and islands to sunbathe for warmth. However, very few cold fronts have made it far enough south into the hunting areas.
As of this writing, less than 40 snakes had been harvested.
Jeff Fabb, of Animal Planet shows participants at the Python Challenge the power of a 15-foot Burmese python and why hunters should use caution during the first python hunt of its kind. Islander Photo: Michael Jaworski
After learning at their Feb. 6 meeting from building official Bob Welch that there are 15 building projects “in the pipeline,” which would qualify under an order for an administrative moratorium for building permits, Anna Maria commissioners voted 3-2 to halt the issuance of all building permits until a moratorium ordinance is enacted.
Commissioner Chuck Webb said this would stop builders from rushing to Welch to claim they are “in the pipeline” with their plans, whether or not plans had previously been submitted.
Welch said of the 15 projects, many are for five-bedroom single-family homes.
The commission, at its Jan. 31 meeting, voted for an administrative moratorium while city attorney Jim Dye crafted a moratorium ordinance. At that time, the commissioners allowed Welch to decide if a project was “in the pipeline” and warranted a building permit in spite of the pending moratorium.
Webb’s newest motion halts Welch from issuing any permits. Only contractors and owners with permitted projects will be allowed to build as the city “takes a time out,” Webb said.
Commissioner Nancy Yetter seconded Webb’s motion, noting she has previously had building projects that were “shut down” by an administrative building moratorium. She said the administrative moratorium is not the final word on the issue, and there will be several opportunities for commissioners to adapt the ordinance language. Adoption of a moratorium ordinance requires planning and zoning board review and public hearings before commission approval.
Yetter also observed every moratorium has an end date.
Commission Chair John Quam also supported the motion.
Commissioners Dale Woodland and Gene Aubry voted against the motion. Woodland said it would “not be fair” to people who have spent eight or nine months preparing a site plan to be halted at the last minute and told to put their plans on hold.
Mayor SueLynn noted that adoption of Webb’s motion removes Welch from the decision-making as to what is and isn’t in the pipeline.
Commissioners also discussed a draft ordinance lowering the height limit of new construction from 37 feet above the crown of the road to 27 feet.
Welch said the city currently requires the first floor of any living space to be 13 feet above the crown of the road, but the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s requirement is 9 feet above base flood elevation — sea level.
Webb agreed the commission could change the 13-foot rule and said there is a lot more discussion to come on the proposed height ordinance, including two public hearings.
City planner Alan Garrett noted Bradenton Beach measures from 9 feet above the base flood elevation. Welch said each property in Anna Maria would probably have a different base flood elevation.
If the city adopts a 27-foot maximum-height elevation, “You may not be able to have two habitable floors,” although the city could allow more building coverage if the 27-foot limit is adopted, Garrett said.
Resident Marie Franklin said the city should adopt the FEMA 9-foot rule and go from there, using base flood elevation for each new structure.
Woodland suggested allowing 45 percent for building coverage, but adopt the 27-foot limit. “That should give everyone enough flexibility,” he said.
Welch said lowering the start of a structure to 9 feet above base flood elevation requires adding 2 feet of crawl space, meaning the construction of livable space would start at 11 feet.
Webb asked if Aubry and Garrett could put together a Styrofoam scale model of a single-family home that had a 45 percent building coverage on a 5,000-square-foot lot and a maximum height of 27 feet. He said it was hard for him to visualize the 27-foot concept, but he could understand more from a model.
Aubry and Garrett agreed to bring a scale model to the Feb. 21 commission meeting.
Commissioners heard both sides of the height issue from the public.
Attorney Scott Rudacille of Blalock Walters, P.A., of Bradenton said he represents several clients with Anna Maria properties. He said his clients do not want a more restrictive height limit and suggested that the commission look at the concept of floor-area ratio and living-area ratio as a means to “get where you want.”
While former Anna Maria Mayor Gary Deffenbaugh said what’s happened to Anna Maria is “a shame.” He advocated a 27-foot height limit to retain what is left of Anna Maria’s ambiance.
“The word has gotten out that Anna Maria is a great place to spend a weekend,” and that’s ruining the city, he said. “Put the height limit at 27 feet,” Deffenbaugh said.
Mike Coleman said the real issue for the commission is how to regulate short-term vacation rentals.
Webb agreed and asked Dye to look at all city options to have vacation rental units register as a business with the city.
“I want to have this discussion,” Webb said. “I think we can require registration of all vacation rentals.”
Aubry agreed. In his opinion, a vacation rental is a business and all businesses should be required to obtain a city license. He added that whatever the city does with a building moratorium or change in height limit is likely to draw litigation from someone.
Webb asked Dye to “think about what we can do to register vacation rentals.”
Quam said discussion of licensing would be on the agenda at the commission’s Feb. 21 commission work session. The commission’s Feb. 14 meeting is a regular meeting, not a work session, Quam said.