Construction continues at 307 66th St., Holmes Beach, amid complaints last week about loud noise at the site, where a city stop work order over pool construction was resolved. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin
Despite an impassioned plea from one commissioner and numerous residents to consider “a pause” in duplex construction in the city of Holmes Beach, three commissioners at a Feb. 28 work session weighed in against the measure.
While Anna Maria city commissioners had voted a week earlier to take steps toward a moratorium to address short-term rental problems, Holmes Beach commissioners decided instead to continue studying the issue.
Commission Chair David Zaccagnino told a gallery of about 40 people in city chambers that a moratorium is the “most extreme” action a municipality can take, because it suspends property rights and, if enacted, he feared “threats of lawsuits.”
Zaccagnino said builders informed him there were “less than 20” duplex lots remaining in the city where two new homes could be built. New construction has been blamed for the proliferation in recent years of multiple-story, multi-family short-term rental units.
“A lot of people are not here who pound the nails,” said Commissioner Pat Morton, who with Commissioners Sandy Haas-Martens and Zaccagnino pointed out some people may be intimidated by remarks from the gallery to speak out.
Commission John Monetti said he opposed a moratorium.
Commissioner Jean Peelen, who called for the moratorium along with some speakers who addressed the commission, disputed Zaccagnino’s count of buildable duplex lots.
“I’m horrified that it’s going to keep on happening,” Peelen said, as she called for a moratorium as “a pause in the issuance of permits for multi-story duplexes,” to allow the commission to finish studying the issue and make needed policy changes without a flood of more permit applications.
“My major concern is, while there are no applications in the pipeline now for multi-story duplex new construction, there could be multiple applications for such submitted at any time” before we finish “studying the issue,” she said.
Earlier this year, Zaccagnino asked each commission member to form a focus group to study various problems related to resort housing. The groups are expected to make recommendations regarding changes in the city’s regulations on building, zoning, permitting, code enforcement and rental contracts by the end of April.
“I have a lot of these on my street,” said Barbara Marcheck of 66th Street, in support of Peelen’s position. “I don’t want another one. They are changing our character. Our land development codes are just too lenient. This is a dire situation.”
Pam Leckie of Gulf Drive said she lives across from the R-2 zoned district where multi-story duplexes are allowed. She “implored” commissioners to “fish or cut bait.”
She said increased traffic alone is cause for commissioners to consider imposing a moratorium.
“You’re in a hornet’s nest,” said Tom Sabo of 68th Street. “Builders, for the most part, do a great job. Just a few of the builders ruin it for the rest of us.”
Patty Sabo said she believed the commissioners were trying to pass the buck, and she, like Peelen and several other speakers, challenged Zaccagnino’s count of remaining duplex lots.
They insisted teardowns of existing duplexes also contribute to the issue and there are many more than 20 ground-level, older properties that could be rebuilt as multi-family rental homes.
Zaccagnino appeared to focus on vacant lots.
Manatee County Commissioner Carol Whitmore, formerly mayor and commissioner for 16 years in Holmes Beach, asked the commissioners to reconsider their positions. She recommended commissioners take a “deep breath,” “step back” and listen to its residents because, “all these people are freaking out.”
In other work session matters, commissioners asked the city attorney to prepare an amended outdoor dining ordinance that will require commission review of establishments considering adding more than eight seats for outdoor dining, and to abolish the annual permit and accompanying $100 fee.
The present outdoor dining ordinance was approved in 2008, and requires the mayor or mayor’s designee to approve an initial permit after review of a site plan showing the location of the dining area to be compatible with existing surrounding properties and neighborhood.
Commissioner Morton said he is seeking a change as a result more additions to its outdoor seating by Martini Bistro-Fins Bar, 5337 Gulf Drive, “snarling traffic” and creating a hardship for nearby merchants due to the overflow of parking into their lots.
Also at the work session, the commissioners directed the mayor to move forward on a recent $8,291 fence bid to redesign the city’s Birdie Tebbetts Field at 62nd Street and Flotilla Drive, despite comments from residents that opposed spending city funding to improve a ball field that has seen little use in the past three years.
Zaccagnino proposed a dog park be created by reducing the ball field size and adding a new fence in the outfield after hearing from dog owners in January who wanted a new field policy and signage change to allow them to exercise their dogs at the field.
Zaccagnino claimed shared use of the field by ball players and dog owners and dogs created a greater liability for the city.
Bonner Joy, editor and publisher of The Islander, reminded commissioners dog owners had requested sharing the field, not simultaneous use. She said she’d rather see the $9,000 spent for lights on the field.
Another resident, Dawn Wash, said it’s a Babe Ruth field and those “kids don’t use it” because they get home in the winter-spring baseball season at 4:30 p.m. and “by the time they’re able to use the field, it’s dark.”
Zaccagnino said the commission was not spending money for the kids, but for the dog owners. He claimed sharing the field “is a lawsuit waiting to happen.”
Commissioner Haas-Martens pointed out the ball field use needed to remain as part of the city’s land development code and comprehensive plan.
“With all due respect, I’m with Bonner on this issue …,” Whitmore said. “This (dog park use) is recreation that would suffice” under both plans, Whitmore said, and “I think you should keep it simple, keep it as it is.”
She also said the city has greater liability at the skate park than from a dog park.
Sarasota police say Danny H. Nemeth, 44, of Holmes Beach, is identified in surveillance video as the man who robbed the Bank of America in Sarasota March 2. Islander Photos Courtesy SPD
44-year-old Holmes Beach man was arrested for robbing a Sarasota bank March 2, and also has admitted to a second robbery, according to the Sarasota Police Department.
Police say Danny H. Nemeth, of 112 31st St., Holmes Beach, walked into the Bank of America, 3175 Fruitville Road and approached the bank teller with a black bag in his hand after standing in line.
According to a SPD release, Nemeth said, “Fill my bag with everything you got. No dye pack or I’ll come back and hurt you.”
After receiving an undisclosed amount of money, Nemeth exited the bank. He was observed by a witness getting into a primer grey Nissan pickup truck. Police responded to the robbery at approximately 4:40 p.m., and spotted Nemeth’s vehicle a short time late near the corner of University Parkway and Lockwood Ridge Road.
Police pulled Nemeth over without incident and secured him at the scene. The teller was brought to the location where she identified Nemeth as the man who robbed the bank.
Police recovered the money from under Nemeth’s truck seat.
During the ensuing interview, police say Nemeth admitted to a Feb. 29 robbery of BB&T Bank, 3201 N. Tamiami Trail.
According to SPD Capt. Paul Sutton, his department received assistance from the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office, which deployed numerous deputies and a helicopter, as well as help from the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office.
“We are grateful for their help,” Sutton said in a prepared statement.
Florida Department of Transportation work crews are performing routine maintenance to the Anna Maria Island Bridge this week and the north pedestrian lane is closed to traffic. The DOT expects the maintenance to be completed by March 31, and no lane closures are planned. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin
The Florida Department of Transportation repair project to the Longboat Pass Bridge/State Road 789 continues, and lane closures will occur between 10 p.m.-6 a.m. Sunday through Thursday, a DOT press release said.
Contractor Quinn Construction Co. Inc. is working 24/7 to finish the project by late spring, the DOT said in the release.
Over-size vehicles are banned from using the bridge because the travel lanes have been reduced from 12 feet wide to 10 feet during the project. The DOT said the ban would likely remain in effect until work is completed late this spring.
The west sidewalk is closed, but pedestrians can use the east sidewalk during the project. The west sidewalk is expected to open in about 2-3 weeks, the DOT said.
The draw will open for boaters on demand.
The DOT also has closed the area on Greer Island — often called Beer Can Island — to pedestrians and boaters during the project. The DOT cited safety concerns and liability as factors in its decision to close that part of the beach.
Completion of the project is expected in spring 2012.
The DOT said it will perform routine maintenance work on the Cortez Bridge for the next several weeks, but no lane closures or disruption of traffic is expected. The maintenance project is expected to end in late March, the DOT said in its press release.
In the Cortez area, motorists can expect DOT intermittent westbound lane closures at night on State Road 684/Cortez Road from 127th Street West in Cortez to 51st Street West in Bradenton as workers repair and replace drainage inlets and pipes.
The work will take place 8:30 p.m.-6 a.m. weekdays, and the project should finish by April 30, the DOT said.
Motorists are advised to drive with caution in project areas.
A sighting just offshore of Anna Maria Island is an indication that sea turtle nesting season is not far away.
Eric Cairns, manager of the Cedar Cove Resort, 2710 Gulf Drive, was flying his helicopter over the resort, when he turned it out over the Gulf of Mexico waters.
What he saw next surprised the veteran pilot.
“I’ve been flying for years and I’ve never seen anything like this before,” said Cairns. “It was simply amazing.”
About 500 yards due west of the resort in open water, Cairns spotted two large dark masses in the water. He and his copilot dropped the helicopter to about 200 feet above the water to get a better look.
“I saw two massive pods of sea turtles, with about 60-100 sea turtles in each pod,” said Cairns. “They were moving very slowly. They were all the same color and they were all moving in the same direction.”
Cairns said he couldn’t resist making a few more passes over a sight few people get to see.
“When I looked down I just couldn’t get a grasp on what I was seeing,” he said. “We circled back several times and it was just the most amazing thing I ever saw in my life.”
Anna Maria Island Sea Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring executive director Suzi Fox said she isn’t surprised that the turtles are already in the area.
“We feel the unusually warm waters is going to lead to early nesting,” said Fox who noted the sighting was a clear indication of mating.
“Sea turtles are normally not very social animals,” she said. “However, when the girls start waving at the sailors and winking, you know what that means. It’s mating time.”
While it is rare for the average person to see the mating habits of sea turtles, maritime regulars and sea turtle experts have seen these patterns before.
“I remember, about 15 years ago they had so many matings in the entrance of the St. Johns River, right in the middle of the shipping canal,” said Fox, “the freighters were not sure how to get around them. The Coast Guard was called in, and hung off their bows with poles so they could move the turtles softly aside, trying not to disturb them.”
Nesting season officially begins May 1. Typically, only loggerhead turtles nest on AMI beaches. They come ashore after dark and look for sandy conditions to nest on the beach. The sparkle of moon and stars on the water then guide them back to their habitat.
Fox said that May is typically a slower month than June, but action on the beaches this May could get busier than usual with ideal conditions already in place for mating turtles.
315 52nd St., Unit A, 62nd Street Coastal Cottages, Holmes Beach, a 1,600 sfla / 1,800 sfur 3bed/3bath/1car land condo with pool built in 2011 was sold 02/10/12, AMI Assets LLC to Litchfield for $542,000; list $539,000.
307 63rd St., Unit B, 63rd Street Coastal Cottages, Holmes Beach, a 1,650 sfla / 1,850 sfur 3bed/3bath/1car land condo with pool built in 2011 was sold 02/09/12, 63rd Street Coastal Cottages LLC to Heller for $520,000; list $549,000.
1900 Gulf Drive N., Unit 6, Marbella, Bradenton Beach, a 1,320 sfla / 1,425 sfur 3bed/2bath condo built in 2000 was sold 02/10/12, Epstein to O’Neill for $444,300.
7805 Gulf Drive, Unit B, Anchor A Way, Holmes Beach, a 875 sfla 2bed/2bath condo with pool built in 2011 was sold 02/06/12, Powers to Lueck for $395,000; list $425,000.
Jesse Brisson, broker/associate at Gulf-Bay Realty of Anna Maria, can be reached at 941-778-7244.
Pat DeCastro and son-in-law Gary Lisbon, visiting from Colorado, caught these 26- and 27-inch redfish on a recent fishing trip with Capt. Warren Girle in Sarasota Bay.
Warm water brings bait choices to nearby waters
With water temperatures rising, shiners are arriving on the flats around Anna Maria Island. Now you have the choice to use shiners or shrimp. Personally, I like to have both handy — just in case.
Sheepshead are swarming the local piers as well as any structure in Tampa Bay, Sarasota Bay and off the beaches. This is where having some live shrimp helps.
Anglers planning to dock fish for redfish also should have live shrimp on hand. Shiners will work, too, although sometimes there’s better luck to be had with shrimp.
If you’re fishing the flats, trout and snook are readily taking a shiner as soon as it hits the water.
Other species being caught on shiners include Spanish mackerel, bonito and kingfish. For these three species, try fishing the artificial reefs in the Gulf of Mexico and around the Sunshine Skyway Bridge.
Jeff Medley at the Sunshine Skyway Bridge South Fishing Pier is seeing good amounts of baitfish swarming the waters around the pier, which brings on the Spanish mackerel bite.
Pier fishers using small white jigs, silver spoons or Gotcha plugs are reeling up good numbers of macks. Most fish being caught are in the 18-inch range, although fish up to 24 inches are not uncommon. Pier fishers using live greenbacks also are having good results. Don’t forget to use a long shank hook while live-bait fishing for macks. You’ll find your hook-to-catch ratio will be better.
Pier fishers opting to use live shrimp or fiddler crabs are catching near limits of sheepshead. Most fish are ranging 15-18 inches, although larger fish are being landed daily. Remember to fish during slower tides when targeting sheepshead at the Skyway piers. On strong tides it can be difficult to get your bait to stay down by the structure where the sheepshead are feeding.
Pompano are still carousing the shallow areas near the beginning of the south pier. Love’s lures pompano jigs tipped with a small piece of fresh-cut shrimp are getting the bite. Remember the size limit for pompano is 11 inches to the fork of the tail and you can keep six per person per day.
Finally, if you’re a night owl, try venturing to the pier after sunset to target silver trout. You need No. 4 hooks, split shots and a bucket full of live shrimp. Drift your bait out with the current, away from the pier, and hang on. It helps to set up around one of the lights on the bridge that shine in the water. The lights attract baitfish, which in turn attract those delicious silver trout.
Capt. Mark Howard of SumoTime Fishing Charters says “fishing around Anna Maria has been on fire with the spring pattern coming on like gangbusters.”
He says shiners are starting to make a showing on the flats. Howard suggests using Purina Tropical Fish food to draw the shiners to the boat. Howard likes to chum for about 10 minutes before throwing the net.
“Let the net sink to the bottom and then quickly pull it in. Filling the live wells in your boat until they are ‘blacked out’ will provide enough bait for an enjoyable day on the water,” Howard said.
Redfish and speckled trout are in their springtime spots. Chumming with the shiners near mangroves and potholes will get the fish to chew and give you an idea of where to cast to draw a strike. Howard says a recent group experienced two hours of biting from redfish, snook, and spotted seatrout. Howard reports mixed-sized redfish with plenty of slot fish filleted and some big over-slot fish released.
The sheepshead bite is at its peak. As the water warms, the sheepshead will taper off but, for now, Howard says, the artificial reefs and docks are holding some big ones.
Also as the weather warms, look for the snook to make their way out of their wintertime spots and onto the flats. The inshore bite will heat up and Howard predicts the beaches will soon see the influx of kingfish, cobia, Spanish mackerel and sharks.
Capt. Warren Girle is fishing offshore structure with good results. Using either live shiners or shrimp, Girle’s clients are catching a variety of species.
To start, catch-and-release gag grouper action is still going strong. Girle says he’s seeing consistent action with keeper-size fish every time he visits the artificial reefs. He’s using live shiners to get the bite.
Key West grunt and porgies are inhabiting the artificial reefs in and around 40 feet of water, where Girle is using live shrimp to catch both.
Flounder are on the list for Girle’s charters. Using live shiners fished on the sandy bottom around the reefs, Girle’s clients are catching flatties up to 18 inches.
Lastly, Girle’s charters are catching black tip sharks on chunk baits. Black tips up to 60 pounds are the norm for this time of year
Moving inshore, Girle is fishing the shallow grass flats of Sarasota Bay for redfish. By targeting sandy potholes throughout the flat, Girle is catching reds up to 32 inches on shiners or top water plugs.
Spotted seatrout are hanging out on the deeper flats of Sarasota Bay. Girle is catching them using a 1/8-ounce jig head with a soft plastic in addition to a few mackerel and ladyfish.
Steve Oldham at Island Discount Tackle is hearing from fishers about a variety of species being caught around Anna Maria Island. Whether you’re trout fishing on the flats, catching pompano on the beach or sheepshead at the local piers, one thing is sure, the bite is on.
He said anglers targeting spotted seatrout on the grass flats of Anna Maria Sound are producing rod-bending action with a MirrOlure Mirrodine in the greenback color pattern. These suspending twitch baits hover a couple of feet above the bottom, which puts them right in the strike zone for a hungry trout. Fish up to 20 inches are being reported.
“If you don’t have a Mirrodine,” adds Oldham, “try a live shrimp under a popping cork.”
Beach fishers are frequenting the tackle shop in search of tools to catch pompano. Some are in search of pompano jigs rigged with a stinger jig, while those who prefer live bait are purchasing a sand flea rake to dig their own fleas. Either method is effective. The best bet is to be prepared to fish both ways. Beach pompano are averaging 1 to 2 pounds.
Saving the best bite for last, sheepshead are swarming the local piers, artificial reefs and wrecks in Tampa Bay. Most fish are readily taking live shrimp except at the piers, where tubeworms and oyster crabs are dominating the bite. Fish up to 4 pounds are being caught around the piers, while fish topping 8 pounds are being caught on wrecks and reefs.
Jim Malfese at the Rod & Reel Pier says this week “the sheepshead bite is on.” Pier fishers using oyster crabs are having the most consistent bite, although live shrimp are catching fish, too. Fish up to 4 pounds are being caught although most are around 2 pounds. For the next couple of weeks, don’t be surprised to see stringers of convict fish hanging from the pier.
Flounder are still being caught around the pier with some regularity. Live shrimp is the bait of choice. Most flounder reeled up are undersized, although, if you’re lucky, you might get a keeper.
Finally a few Spanish mackerel are being caught at sun up on the pier. Few is the key word here. Once the bait arrives, the mackerel bite should improve.
Dave Sork at the Anna Maria City Pier is seeing black and white — sheepshead that is. A cloud of sheepshead have taken up residence below the city pier to feed on the abundance of barnacles growing on the pilings.
Anglers using live shrimp are catching fish, but the serious sheepshead fishers using tubeworms and oyster crabs are hooking up every time they lower a bait. Fish up to 2 pounds are the norm.
Other species landed at the pier include flounder, spotted seatrout and a few bonnethead sharks. For the flounder and trout, try using live shrimp. If you want some light-tackle action with the bonnethead sharks, try using a strip of squid.
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• Feb. 18, 700 block of North Shore Drive, criminal mischief. While on beach patrol, a Manatee County Sheriff’s Office deputy was flagged down by a renter at the listed address. The complainant reported a broken exterior window pane on the second-floor balcony. The deputy reported the window appeared hit by a sledgehammer, although the inner pane was still intact. The deputy reported an unknown person “had to climb the balcony, get up on the deck wall, jump over to the balcony and then jump over the rear deck to flee.” The property manager informed law enforcement that the damage had occurred sometime earlier, and had not been reported to law enforcement. The property manager stated he was waiting on a replacement window pane. No action was taken due to the length of time since the incident occurred.
• Feb. 23, 500 block of Spring Avenue, burglary of unoccupied dwelling/grand theft. Unknown suspects entered the carport of a two-story residence. Fishing equipment was reported stolen.
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
• Feb. 22, 200 block of 76th Street, burglary. Police responded to a burglary call where they were told by the victim that the break-in of the residence had occurred two weeks earlier. According to the report, unknown suspects forced entry through the back door. The victim said nothing of value was stolen, but wanted to file a report with law enforcement.
• Feb. 22, 300 block of 58th Street, theft. Police responded to a call of a stolen gold ring. The female complainant told police the ring belonged to her mother and said weekend guests may have taken the ring. The victim reported she allowed a couple to stay with her overnight. The following day, she said, she discovered the ring was missing from her bathroom. The names of the guests were provided to the police for follow up.
• Feb. 23, 2800 block of Avenue B, theft. Police responded to a report of a stolen bike. The victim said when she left home in the morning, her bike was located at the front of her garage, but she returned that night to find the bike missing. The stolen bike is described as red with white lettering with a bent metal basket.
• Feb. 23, 5300 block of Marina Drive, suspicious incident. A worker at a local business reported to police her car was missing from where she normally parks. Her car was located in the “overflow parking” area at the listed address. Upon investigating, police learned the complainant’s driver’s license was suspended. She was advised not to drive her vehicle.
• Feb. 24, 200 block of South Harbor, burglary of a vehicle. Police responded to two vehicle burglaries. Both victims said the burglaries occurred the prior night. Both victims reported their vehicles were locked, and the only item taken was a pair of prescription sunglasses. Police observed a possible entry point to one of the vehicles as a cracked seal in one of the windows. Police were able to obtain fingerprints at the scene.
• Feb. 26, 200 block of 35th Street, burglary of a structure. While on patrol, police observed a suspect from an earlier burglary involving a stolen yellow bicycle. Police stopped the suspect for questioning. During questioning, the suspect changed his story several times as to how he had come into possession of the bicycle. The suspect first said he found it, then purchased it at a garage sale, and finally admitted he had stolen the bike. He was arrested and the bicycle was returned to its owner.
• Feb. 27, 4000 Gulf Drive, missing person. Police responded to a possible missing woman. The husband told police he and his wife were on a walk, but the wife had become tired. She stopped to rest while the husband continued his walk. Upon his return, he could not locate his wife. The wife was then found seated in a lawn chair on the nearby beach.
Holmes Beach is policed by the HBPD.
Streetlife is based on incident reports and narratives from the Bradenton Beach Police Department, Holmes Beach Police Department and Manatee County Sheriff’s Office.
Helen Harvey, 104, of Holmes Beach, formerly of St. Petersburg, died Feb. 27.
Mass was celebrated March 3 at St. Bernard Catholic Church, Holmes Beach. Burial was to be at St. Stephen’s Cemetery, Lehman, Pa. Griffith-Cline Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include niece Zita Gavin.
Bonnie M. Jones
Bonnie M. Jones, 66, of Kingsport, Tenn., died Feb. 22.
She was a native of Knoxville, Tenn., graduating from Mt. Olive High School, earning her credentials from East Tennessee State University and later becoming a registered nurse at Johnson City Medical Center in the intensive care unit.
She later worked as a travelling nurse providing home health and hospice services.
Mrs. Jones retired to Anna Maria Island, Florida in 1991, where she joined Roser Community Church.
She painted watercolor masterpieces, inspired by the Island’s treasures.
A service was held in the chapel of Roser Memorial Community Church Feb. 23. Memorial donations may be made to Kendricks Creek United Methodist Church, 1000 Kendrick Creek Drive, Kingsport TN 37663, or Roser Memorial Community Church, P.O. Box 247, Anna Maria FL 34216, or the American Heart Association, 7272 Greenville Ave., Dallas TX 75231.
Mrs. Jones is survived by daughter Amy J. MacKenzie of Anchorage, Alaska; son Daniel and wife Angela of Land O’ Lakes; grandchildren Nathan and Sarah; sister Carol and husband Irv Clements of Anna Maria; brother-in-law Samuel and wife Linda of Kingsport, Tenn.
8 Islander Calendar
Wednesday, March 7
6 p.m. — Lenten Soup Supper and Study of the Prodigal Son, Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., 941-778-0414.
Saturday, March 10
8 a.m.-3 p.m. — Anna Maria Island Privateers Thieves Market and Bake Sale, Coquina Beach, Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-722-3212.
8 a.m. — Manatee County Audubon Society workshop on shorebirds at Cypress Street beach access, Anna Maria. Fee applies. Information: 941-729-2222.
10 a.m.-noon — Island Gallery West mixed-media demonstration. Information: 941-778-6648.
Tuesday, March 13
Noon — Roser Church Guild Thrift Shop annual style show and luncheon at Roser Church Fellowship Hall, 512 Pine Ave. Reservations required. Fee applies. Information: 941-778-4570.
8 p.m. — Island Players present “The Solid Gold Cadillac,” benefit for American Cancer Society, 10009 Gulf Drive. Fee applies. Information: 941-799-2181.
• Tuesdays, noon, Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island meetings at the BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-794-8044.
• Tuesdays, 12:30 p.m., duplicate bridge games at Episcopal Church of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-3390.
• Tuesdays, 1-2 p.m., coffee and conversations for seniors at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-1908.
• First Wednesdays, 8:30 a.m., Pier Regulars meet at the Rod & Reel Pier, 875 N. Shore Drive, Anna Maria.
• Second Wednesdays, 7:30 p.m., VFW Post No. 8199 meets at the volunteer fire station, 201 Second St. N., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-778-4400.
• Wednesdays, 6-8 p.m., teens meet at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-1908.
• Wednesdays and Saturdays, 9 a.m., players pitch horseshoes in the pits at Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information: 941-708-6130.
• Thursdays, 5-7 p.m., Thirsty Thursday hosted by Bridge Street Merchants on Bridge Street, Bradenton Beach, Information: 215-906-0668.
• Thursdays through March, bingo at Annie Silver Community Center, 103 23rd St., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-778-1915.
• Fridays, Senior Adventures Group meets for outings to various locations. Information: 941-962-8835.
• Saturdays, 8:30 a.m., Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island meets at the Anna Maria Island Beach Cafe, Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
• Saturdays through March 18, 9:30 a.m.-noon, Anna Maria Island Concert Chorus and Orchestra rehearsals at Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-7853.
• Sundays, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Bridge Street Market hosted by Bridge Street Merchants, Bradenton Beach. Information: 215-906-0668.
Thursday, March 8-Sunday, March 11
Times vary —AIDA at Manatee Players, 102 Old Main St., downtown Bradenton. Fee applies. Information: 941-748-5875.
Friday, March 9-Saturday, March 10
10 a.m. – 4p.m. — The Fine Art Society of Sarasota Creators and Collectors Suncoast Art Show, self-guided studio tours, gallery exhibition at the Ringling College of Art and Design, 2700 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Fee applies. Information: 941-330-0680.
• March 14, Wine tasting to benefit the Anna Maria Island Community Center, Harry’s Continental Kitchens Gourmet Deli and Wine Shop, Longboat Key.
• March 14, Off-Stage Ladies March luncheon, Beach House Restaurant, Bradenton Beach.
• March 15-April 1, Island Players, “The Solid Gold Cadillac,” 10009 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-5755.
• March 17, 19th annual Tour of Homes.
• March 17, St. Patrick’s Day Dinner Dance, St. Bernard Catholic Church.
• March 17, Palma Sola Botanical Park plants, antiques and crafts sales event.
• March 18, Beach Bistro’s 15th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade.
• March 18, Roser Memorial Community Church Cantata.
Save the Date:
• March 31, Affaire to Remember, Anna Maria Island Community Center.
• April 13-14, Island Cityfest — a Holmes Beach Founders Day Celebration, Holmes Beach.
• April 28, AME Spring Fling, Anna Maria Island Community Center.
• Spring break March 12-16.
• March 20-21, tryouts for AME Talent Show.
• 5 p.m. PTO dinner and 7 p.m. March 27 AME Talent Show.
• April 28 Spring Fling at the Anna Maria Island Community Center.
AME is at 4700 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. For more information, call 941-708-5525.
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Football playoffs start, KRC women’s champ named
The Anna Maria Island Community Center NFL Flag Football League started its second season, aka the playoffs, March 3. Earning the higher seed during the regular season should be an advantage, but that didn’t hold true in several matchups.
Playoffs continue to the March 24 Super Bowl, so stay tuned.
The 8-9 division winner and runnerup teams each earned a first-round bye and watched as the lower seed defeated the higher seed in both games.
The first 8-9 game had the fifth-seeded Gettel Toyota Texans defeat fourth-seeded Waterfront Restaurant Raiders 14-6. Julius Petereit led the Texans with 82 rushing yards, including a touchdown run and two extra points. Teammate Ava Zink ran for 42 yards and added a touchdown reception while also completing three passes for 16 yards in the victory. Peteriet also led the defense with seven flag pulls, while David Daigle added two.
The Raiders were led by Jackson Hayes, who passed for 45 yards and one touchdown pass while also adding 23 rushing yards. Gianna Sparks chipped in with 30 rushing yards, while Callen Achor provided the lone score with a 6-yard touchdown reception in the loss. Eli Heskin had a strong defensive game with seven flag pulls, while Sparks finished with four in the loss.
The second 8-9 division playoff saw sixth-seeded P&N Boutique Cowboys roll past third-seed Southern Greens Jets by a 36-6 score. Zachary Quinn led the way with 90 rushing yards and two touchdowns, 50 receiving yards and two touchdowns and, for good measure, 45 passing yards. Daniel Sentman added a 25-yard touchdown reception while Brandon Early caught a 20-yard touchdown pass in the victory.
Daniel Fritz paced the Jets with 68 rushing yards and a touchdown in the loss.
The higher seeds in the 10-12 division held serve except for Eat Here Bears, who rolled past fourth-seed Sand Dollar Steelers by a 33-14 score. Jean-Paul Russo paced the Bears with three touchdowns. Russo ran for 98 yards and added 62 receiving yards for the Bears, which also received 121 passing yards and five touchdown passes from Jacob Quinn.Tyler Yavalar and Abby Achor each added touchdowns in the victory, while Ryan Doyle added a two-point conversion and an extra point. Russo added seven flag pulls and an interception to pace the Bears defense that also received six flag pulls from Dylan Doyle.
Joey Stewart passed for 143 yards and two touchdowns while also running for 59 yards in the loss. Andy Proctor and Andrew Early each caught touchdown passes for the Steelers, while Trent Boring added a two-point conversion in the loss.
Mr. Bones BBQ Colts defeated Air & Energy Chargers 40-20 behind 198 passing yards and five touchdown passes from Rory Houston, who also added 52 rushing yards and a touchdown. Ben Connors and Masen Blandford each added two touchdown receptions, while Joey Thiel finished with a touchdown and an extra point in the victory.
Jaysen Berzowski paced the Chargers with 68 receiving yards including a pair of touchdown receptions and a two-point conversion. John Smith threw for 77 yards and two touchdown passes and an interception return for a touchdown on defense.
Ross Built Broncos also easily held serve, defeating Cedars Tennis Resorts Seahawks 23-0 behind two touchdowns and a two-point conversion from Jake Ross. He finished with 65 rushing yards and 60 receiving yards, while brother Andrew passed for 66 yards and two touchdowns. Javan Vasquez added one touchdown reception in the victory.
LPAC Cardinals slipped past Sandbar Falcons 34-33 behind three touchdown receptions from Tyler Pearson, who finished with 62 receiving yards. Quarterback Jared Richardson passed for 101 yards and three touchdown passes while also rushing for 90 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
Mathew Manger passed for 187 yards and two touchdown passes in the loss. Corey Vasquez finished with 110 receiving yards, a touchdown and a two-point conversion. Cameron Pasco added a 14-yard touchdown reception for the Falcons in the loss.
Jessie’s Island Store Steelers defeated fourth-seed First American Bank Ravens 26-15 in the only upset in the 13-16 division. Brad Duffman threw for 192 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Steelers, which received touchdown receptions from Michael Duffman, Nehemiah Goode and one that Brad Duffman caught from brother Michael.
Jack Shinn led the Ravens with 184 passing yards and two touchdown passes to Pierce Hogan, who finished with 82 receiving yards. Burke Hill added 74 receiving yards and Chris Johnson added an extra point for the Ravens in the loss.
Integrity Sound Redskins edged Mar Vista Raiders 20-19 in the second 13-16 playoff game. Joey Carder paced the Redskins with 167 passing yards and three touchdown passes, two to Ryan Gillman. Skyler Sculco added 90 receiving yards, including a touchdown and an extra point in the victory.
Danny Doyle passed for 165 yards and three touchdown passes to lead the Raiders in the loss. Joseph Cucci, Mikey Ellsworth and George Lardas each caught touchdown passes for the Raiders.
Hooke places third
Galati Yacht Sales staffer Mickey Hooke competed in the 24th annual Eye of the Dragon 10K in Eau Galle, Fla., Feb. 25. Hooke ran a 38:30 to finish third overall, while also establishing new Masters and Grand Masters records.
Hooke said it was the best tactical run in his racing career and, due to a miscalculation of the course, Hooke and the other participants ran a 6.56 mile race, not the usual 6.2 miles that make up a 10K race.
Key Royale golf news
Key Royale Club golf chairman Art McMillan aced the 128-yard eighth hole Feb. 29 using a nine-iron. Witnesses were Larry Pippel and Rich Papini.
The Key Royale Club women’s championship was decided on the 19th hole, giving Diane Miller the title with a 1-up victory over Laura Purcell. The match saw six lead changes and seven tied holes.
The men’s handicap championship and the men’s 75-plus handicap championship started Feb. 23. Ernie Hauser, last year’s senior champion, stayed alive in both events.
Flight one of the men’s event saw Dennis Schavey and Gary Silke win, and they now face off against each other in the next round. Jim Helgeson will face the winner of the Larry Pippel-Ernie Hauser match. In Flight Two, John Cassese will face the winner of the Hoyt Miller-Dale Hudson match and winners Mike Gille and Ken Rickett will square off.
The men played an 18-hole, individual-low-net match Feb. 26. Dale Hudson took first place with a 4-under-par 60 to edge Vince Mercadante by one shot. Danny Hayes was alone in third place with a 2-under-par 62.
The men played their regular Wednesday match Feb. 29 as well as a best-ball-of-foursome match. The team of Joe Dickenson, Gerry Taylor, Art Hibbs and Dick Eichhorn won first place with a 21-under-par 43. Second place went to the team of Ed Havlik, Jim Sheppard and Jim Helgeson with a 49.
The Key Royale Club women played an individual-low-net-in-flight match Feb. 28. In addition, they played an individual-low-putts game.
Pam Alvord won Flight A with a 4-under-par 28 by one stroke over second-place finisher Lyn Dailey. Sandi Tocco was alone in third place with a 2-under-par 30.
Joyce Brown ran away with Flight B, shooting a 6-under-par 26 to earn a three-shot victory over Sara Falk in second place. Fran Barford took third place with a 30.
Joyce Reith’s 5-under-par 27 gave her first place in Flight C by one shot over Roxanne Koche, while Kathy Porter was another shot back in third place.
Shirley Cessna carded a 4-under-par 28 to take first place in Flight D. Barb Renk was one shot back in second place, while Penny Auch took third place with a 1-under-par 31.
Nancy King needed only 13 putts during her round to win the low putt contest, while Helen Pollack birdied on hole two and Sue Liddle chipped in on number five.
The men played a morning, low-net-of-partners match Feb. 27. Chet Hutton and Bill Martin took first with a 9-under-par 55 to take first place by one shot over Bob Elliott and Gino DiClemente.
The men played a nine-hole, modified-Stableford match Feb. 27. Bob Soos and Gary Duncan tied for first in the individual category at plus-3, while Duncan was part of the Dale Hudson, Dave Vandaverde and Dick Mills team that finished at plus-4.
Only two teams qualified for the playoffs during March 3 horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe pits. Gene Bobeldyk and Steve Doyle defeated Tom Skoloda and Bob Palmer 21-19 to earn the day’s bragging rights.
Four teams advanced to the playoffs in Feb. 29 horseshoe action. Bruce Copeland and Rod Bussey rolled the team of Nick Younk and Tom Skoloda 21-3. The second semifinal match saw Fritz Erdich and Bob Lee defeat Norm Good and Bob Brown 21-18. Copeland-Bussey continued their hot play in the finals, soundly defeating Eridch-Good 21-2.
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
March 9 6 p.m. Vikings vs. Texans
March 9 7 p.m. Cowboys vs. Steelers
March 24 1 p.m. Superbowl: TBD
March 6 6 p.m. Bears vs. Colts
March 6 7 p.m. Broncos vs. Cardinals
March 24 11 a.m. Superbowl: TBD
March 6 8 p.m. Bears vs. Steelers
March 9 8 p.m. Texans vs. Redskins
March 24 10 a.m. Superbowl: TBD
March 7 6 p.m. Bills vs. 49ers
March 7 7 p.m. Dolphins vs. Texans
March 7 8 p.m. Ravens vs. Falcons
March 7 9 p.m. Packers vs. Raiders
March 8 6 p.m. Bears vs. Bengals
March 8 7 p.m. NFC Championship Game TBD
March 8 8 p.m. AFC Championship Game TBD
March 22 7 p.m. Superbowl: TBD
AMICC Adult Coed Volleyball
March 6 7 p.m. Best Buy vs. Tyler’s Ice Cream
March 6 8 p.m. 7 p.m. winner vs. Slim’s Place