The Holmes Beach Parks and Beautification Committee began its fall-spring meeting season Oct. 5, the first they’ve held since May, with the election of new chairman Jerry West.
West also was appointed as liaison to Keep Manatee Beautiful.
Once the election was complete, the committee quickly began addressing issues carried over from last season. The strip of shrubbery next to the bus shelter near Wells Fargo Bank was discussed, with worries expressed over the fact that some plants are dead. The important question before moving ahead with any replanting is whether or not the land is a public right of way.
Plantings along 63rd Street are currently on hold until drainage in that area can be addressed. The committee agrees that native plants would do well along that strip.
The beautification of the Kingfish Boat Ramp, which has been a work in progress for five years, should finally come to fruition. After an unsuccessful attempt at planting shrubs in the area, there are now 64 live oaks which are beginning to grow. “These will yield a 50-foot canopy and complete shade within 10 years,” West said.
Also carried over from last season is Grassy Point, a preservation area across East Bay Drive from Walgreens. Seven Australian pines were recently removed, and new foliage is needed. The committee discussed the mayor’s interest in possibly constructing a boardwalk and observation tower in the preserve, noting that grants will have to be pursued for these and other future projects.
In new business, the committee noted the need to replant the traffic islands at the corner of Manatee Avenue and East Bay Drive. As this area is sometimes the first viewed by people coming to Holmes Beach, it was roundly agreed that the unkempt appearance should be promptly addressed.
Two years ago, the islands were beautification award-winners, and the hope is to restore them with native plants.
Also, there is interest in pursuing new shade trees for 77th Street where three Australian pines were recently removed. They have been replaced by very young live oaks, as well as a large fishtail palm, but these trees will not provide shade similar to the pines.
The possibility of a memorial tree for that area was suggested by Commissioner David Zaccagnino, and the committee agreed to an overall five-year goal for 40 percent canopy in the area.
West noted it will be difficult to create canopies in a town which is already so developed and only becoming more so.
Mote Marine Laboratory continues to detect Karenia brevis, the organism that causes Florida red tide, in water collected in south Sarasota County. Mote reported that the Sarasota County Health Department collected water from 16 locations between Longboat Key and Englewood. The Oct. 3 samples showed very low concentrations of K. brevis at Manasota Beach and Blind Pass. Islander Photo: Courtesy Mote Marine Laboratory/Mary Page
Resort tax collections in Manatee County for fiscal year 2010-11 surpassed the record $6.64 million record for collections set in 2009-10, with September 2011 collections still to be reported.
Anna Maria Island and Longboat Key collectively bring in about 62 percent of the resort tax collected, according to online records of the Manatee County Tax Collector’s Office.
Through August, the resort tax division of the TCO reported $6.684 million was collected in the 11 months of the fiscal year that began last October, already surpassing last year’s 12-month collection of $6.417 million by $167,644.
Sue Sinquefield of the resort tax collections division said better collection methods by investigators largely resulted in the increase in resort tax — often called the bed tax – collections. Additionally, tourism increased by about 5 percent to the area, also contributing to the upswing, she said.
Manatee County Tax Collector Ken Burton said this summer that resort tax collections were up considerably because of the work of Sinquefield and investigators. The collections unit has been targeting property owners and rental managers who had failed to comply with the resort tax law and have been collecting amounts owed in arrears.
The resort tax is the 5 percent charged for each rental unit in Manatee County rented for a period of six months or less.
When September collections are added, the new bed tax record should be close to $7 million. Collections in September 2010 were $287,379, Sinquefield said.
Collections in August 2011 totaled $419,609, a 32.5 percent increase from the $316,626 collected in August 2010.
Of the August collections, Anna Maria Island and Longboat Key brought in $247,882, or 59.5 percent of the county total.
Holmes Beach took in $108,716, or 25.9 percent of the total to lead all municipalities, while Longboat Key collections were $62,662 or 14.9 percent. Unincorporated Manatee County reported $142,909 in resort tax collections for August 2011.
Compared with bed tax collections in August 2010, Anna Maria Island cities were up 37.5 percent compared with collections in August 2011, bringing in $187,147 compared with $135,153 for the same month last year.
Although tourism increases have not matched the monthly increase in bed tax collections the past eight months, area tourism is up about 5 percent for the first seven months of 2011, according to the Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Tourism numbers are expected to increase when the BACVB releases its August 2011 tourism report. BACVB monthly tourism reports are released about 4 to 6 weeks after the end of a reporting month.
Revenue from the resort tax is used to fund the Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau marketing budget, beach renourishment on Anna Maria Island and other tourism-related spending. The resort tax budget is controlled by the county commission, its appointed tourist development council and the BACVB, Sinquefield said.
Cedar Hammock Fire Rescue District board of directors chair Steve Litschauer discuss the initial results of meetings with West Manatee Fire Rescue on merging the two districts. Litschauer spoke at an Oct. 6 work session at the CHFR station, 66012 53rd Ave. W. WMFR Chief Andy Price sits in the background. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin
The boards of West Manatee Fire Rescue and Cedar Hammock Fire Rescue met Oct. 6 to discuss the possibility of merging the departments. The convergence has long been talked about, and now a decision on whether or not to move forward appears imminent.
CHFR Chief Randall Stulce and WMFR Chief Andy Price opened the discussion by offering some reasons for the consolidation and how they intend to achieve it, along with various benefits and challenges.
Price explained that there are two main reasons for the consolidation: to increase the level of service provided to the community and to provide cost savings to citizens.
Stulce noted, perhaps hoping to assuage some immediate fears of downsizing and a breakdown of the departments, that if the consolidation were to occur there would be no closures among the seven existing fire stations. As far as staff size goes, there would be a decrease of only two members.
The boards have come up with two possible methods for establishing tax rates to accommodate such a scenario. The goal is to balance the differing costs and budgetary techniques of the two districts.
One method would take the existing rates of each district and blend them together, making the base rate the average of each of the existing base rates. The base rate would be applied equally to residential properties.
Upon theoretical application of the blended method, it was found to be unsuccessful. Costs were shifted, instead of creating balance and equality, Price said.
The other option is the modified method, and that seemed the more successful choice. It would approach the challenges presented by the differing taxing methods of each district, and try to minimize any difficulties created by altering them. It would accomplish this by doing what the blended method cannot, by simply balancing costs equally, or as close to equal as possible.
Due to certain differences in income and property between the two areas, some disparity is inescapable. “One group pays more and one group pays less, no matter what,” said Price.
Ultimately it was decided that the two boards should take some time to consider this action, but not too much time. Stulce and Price preferred to allow 60 days to reach a decision.
WMFR board member Jesse Davis said 60 days is “not enough time to swallow all of this,” and so it was agreed that the boards would be given 90 days to mull their choices.
In the end, if both boards opt to consolidate, it goes to the public for a vote, and if one board does not agree, the matter is dropped.
Wednesday, Oct. 12
11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. — Einstein Circle discussion “Life is a journey, not a destination. What have we learned along the way?” at the Studio and Gulf and Pine, 10101 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information: 941-359-4296.
7:45 to 9 a.m. — Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce sunrise breakfast at Rotten Ralph’s Restaurant on the Historic Bridge Street Pier, 200 Bridge St., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-778-1541. Fee applies.
Friday, Oct. 14
11:30 a.m. — Anna Maria Island Community Center golf outing at IMG Golf and Country Club, 4350 El Conquistador Pkwy., Bradenton. Information: 941-758-1466. Fee applies.
5 to 10 p.m. — Bayfest music festival on Pine Avenue, Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-1541.
5:30 to 7:30 p.m. — Champagne reception for artist Marlane Wurzbach at Island Gallery West, 5368 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6648.
5:30 to 7:30 p.m. — Artists reception for the “Here and Now” exhibit at the Anna Maria Island Art League, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-2099.
Saturday, Oct. 15
8:30 a.m. — Yoga on the beach at the Pine Avenue beach access Anna Maria. Information: 941-794-6723.
10 a.m. to 10 p.m. — Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce Bayfest music festival along Pine Avenue, Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-1541.
3 p.m. — Music from the “Songs of Innocence and Experience” performed by Carole Cornman and Alyssa McKeithen at the Episcopal Church of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-1638. Fee applies.
Wednesday, Oct. 19
11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. — Einstein Circle discussion “Soothing the soul: Relaxation, meditation and guided imagery” at the Studio and Gulf and Pine, 10101 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information: 941-359-4296.
Noon — Betty Yanger of the Anna Maria Island Historical Society will speak to the Anna Maria Garden Club at Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-795-2370.
• Through Oct. 16, “A Nice Family Gathering” at the Island Players, 10009 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-5755. Fee applies.
• Saturdays through Nov. 26, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., learn to fish excursions for kids ages 5-12 with the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-1908. Fee applies.
• Saturdays through March 18, 9:30 a.m. to noon, Anna Maria Island Concert Chorus and Orchestra rehearsals at Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-7853.
• Tuesdays, noon, Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island meetings at the BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-794-8044.
• Tuesdays, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., coffee and conversations for seniors at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-1908.
• Second Wednesdays, 7:30 p.m., Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 8199 meets at the volunteer fire station, 201 Second St. N., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-778-4400.
• Wednesdays, two hours before sunset, the city of Bradenton Beach entertainer Mike Sales at Katie Pierola Sunset Park, 2200 block of Gulf Drive North, Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-448-5798.
• Wednesdays, 6 to 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.
• Fridays, Senior Adventures Group meets for outings to various locations. Information: 941-962-8835.
• Fridays, sunset drum circle with Mike Sales at Anna Maria Island Beach Cafe, Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-526-6789.
• Saturdays, 8:30 a.m., Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island meets at Anna Maria Island Beach Cafe, Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
Wednesday, Oct. 12
9 a.m. — Volunteer workday at Neal Preserve, 12301 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-955-8085.
Thursday, Oct. 13
7 p.m. — Master gardener Michelle Atkinson will discuss worm composting at the Manatee River Garden Club meeting, 3120 First Ave. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-870-2259.
Friday, Oct. 14
5:30 to 9 p.m. — Fall festival at the YMCA, 3805 59th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-792-7484.
6 to 9 p.m. — “Incredible India” cultural celebration at the South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-746-4131. Fee applies.
Saturday, Oct. 15
8 a.m. to 4 p.m. — Plant, antique and craft sale at Palma Sola Botanical Park, 9800 17th Ave. N.W., Bradenton. Information: 941-761-2866.
9 a.m. to 2 p.m. — Geraldson Farms open house Family Fun Day, 1401 99th St. N.W., Bradenton. Information: 941-981-0111.
3 to 11 p.m. — ArtSlam interactive live art event along Main Street in downtown Bradenton. Information: 941-744-7484.
Sunday, Oct. 16
9 a.m. to 8 p.m. — Pumpkin patch opens at Trinity United Methodist Church, 3200 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-747-3704.
9 to 11 a.m. — Master gardener tour of Robinson Preserve, 1704 99th St. N.W., Bradenton. Information: 941-722-4524.
Monday, Oct. 17
9 to 10 a.m. — Easy yoga with Susan Goldfarb begins at the Longboat Key Education Center, 5370 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. Information: 941-383-8811. Fee applies.
Tuesday, Oct. 18
7:30 p.m. — “Tales at the Crosley” a haunting evening of ghost stories at the Powel Crosley Estate, 8374 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, runs through Nov. 2. Information: 941-722-3244. Fee applies.
Wednesday, Oct. 19
1 p.m. — Naturalist Bob Egolf discusses gardening for Florida wildlife at the Manatee River Garden Club, 3120 First Ave. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-870-2259.
• Oct. 19, Popcorn and Politics, The Islander newspaper.
• Oct. 21, Enviro Art Party, Village of the Arts.
• Oct. 21, Longboat Key Historical Society fish fry, Mar Vista Dockside Restaurant.
• Oct. 22, Wagon tour, Robinson Preserve.
Save the Date:
• Oct. 28, “Rocky Horror Picture Show,” Manatee Players.
• Oct. 28, Oktoberfest, Gloria Dei Lutheran Church.
• Oct. 29, Trick or Trunk, McKechnie Field.
• Oct. 30, “Shiprek” Poker Run.
• Oct. 31, Trick or Trunk, Gloria Dei Lutheran Church.
• Oct. 31, Trail of Treats, Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce.
• Oct. 31, Doggie costume contest and pet corral, The Islander newspaper.
Save the date for the following Anna Maria Elementary School happenings:
• Oct. 18, 5 to 7 p.m., Parent-Teacher Organization dinner, cafeteria.
• Oct. 18, 7 p.m., third-grade presentation, auditorium.
• Oct. 20, picture retakes.
• Oct. 22, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., costume parade.
• Oct. 22, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., fall festival.
AME is at 4700 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. For more information, call 941-708-5525.
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Island fishing fires up with cooler water
Inshore fishing is getting better with the slight drop in water temperatures.
It’s encouraging to see snook — gathering on the flats and around mangrove islands — gorging on schools of shiners and sardines. Areas with good flow and close access to deeper water are good spots to start looking.
Most of the snook reported this week were on the small side — 20 inches or less. They may be small, but it’s encouraging to see good numbers of young fish making a showing. Remember, since the freeze we had in 2009 decimated our snook population, it’s catch and release only — and release with care. These young fish are the beginning of a great snook fishery, so we want to inflict the least amount of stress possible on them.
Redfish are schooling on the flats preparing to spawn. You may even see large schools offshore in the upcoming weeks. I have seen schools of bull reds as far out as 7 miles. These fish are big and easy to target. If you’re looking for your chance to catch a trophy red, now is the time.
Moving offshore, the gag grouper bite is going strong. Reports of keeper fish are coming in daily. Large baits seem to be the ticket this week, so stock up on big pinfish and threadfin herring. Kingfish and Spanish mackerel are producing a bite offshore. For the kings, use those big threadies you brought out to fish for gags. For the macks, white bait or silver spoons trolled behind the boat will work fine.
Remember, we’re moving into the fall run, so fishing should be extremely productive. Whether you’re offshore or inshore, you should see the bite steadily improve over the next few weeks. The dog days of summer are done, so go out and enjoy the cooler weather and the catch.
Capt. Mark Johnston of Just Reel fishing charters is working in northern Sarasota Bay, catching numerous spotted sea trout, while ladyfish and bluefish are being hooked up in the same areas.
After fishing the grass flats for trout, Johnston is moving toward Longboat Pass to target flounder and mangrove snapper. Fishing small rock structures around the pass, Johnston is catching respectable-sized flounder — the biggest at 22 inches.
Spanish mackerel are cruising the beaches and chasing schools of bait. Johnston is following them, catching limits of macks on live whitebait. Johnston suggests using a long-shank hook when bait fishing for mackerel so you don’t get cut off as much.
Capt. Sam Kimball of Legend charters is happy to see gag grouper open back up. I was lucky enough to join Kimball on a recent charter where four clients limited out on gags. Most of them were in the 26-inch range, but we had one that was 32 inches. When targeting gag grouper, Kimball likes to use hand-sized pinfish or large threadfin herring to trigger the bite.
Also on the menu were red grouper, Key West grunts and mangrove snapper. The red grouper were hitting large baits similar to the gag grouper. For the Key West grunts and snapper, Kimball used frozen squid.
Jonny Keyes at Island Discount Tackle says fishing the beaches for Spanish mackerel is still the most consistent bite with most fish averaging 20 inches or more to the fork. Keyes is fishing the artificial reefs with live shiners and a long-shank hook. Chumming with live bait behind the boat is a great way to raise these mackerel from the reef. Once they’re on the top, hitting the chummers, cast your bait out and hang on tight.
With a great abundance of mackerel along the beach, Keyes suggests having a shark rod ready. Sightings of hammerhead and bull sharks around the mackerel schools are frequent, and it creates a prime opportunity to hook into one. When targeting sharks, Keyes likes to catch a mackerel, cut it in chunks and cast a piece out into the mack school. For leader, Keyes uses either a hard-wire or black-coated leader cable. A 7/0 circle hook and a nice chunk of mackerel and you’re ready for the big hookup.
Moving into the back country, Keyes is catching redfish, snook and trout using live shiners for bait. “Most of the reds are over slot,” says Keyes. “It makes it hard to catch something for dinner, but at least you have a bent rod.”
Capt. Warren Girle says due to strong winds and high seas, the offshore bite has been tough to reach. He managed to get there on just one charter last week. “The action is really good,” says Girle. “But you want to be able to fish comfortably.”
Girle is catching king mackerel in the 15- to 20-pound range around structure. Live shiners on a long-shank hook are producing the bite for this migratory species. “Don’t be surprised to hook a few bonito, too,” adds Girle.
Mangrove snapper still are inhabiting the nearshore reefs and Girle says fishing live shiners on the bottom is the ticket to catching them. Girle is boating mangrove snapper up to 18 inches in 40 feet of water around the reefs and ledges.
Inshore, Girle is catching small snook along the mangrove shorelines of Sarasota Bay. He likes to chum with live shiners to get the snook in a feeding mood. Once they are blasting baits on the top, Girle has his clients cast a live shiner in the mix, which usually results in a hookup.
Girle is still targeting schools of redfish in the bay, using top-water plugs in the early morning. Most of the fish he’s catching are ranging 18-25 inches with a few over-slot fish in the mix.
Jeff Medley at the south bait shop on the Sunshine Skyway Bridge Fishing Piers says Spanish mackerel are still swarming schools of baitfish around the pier. Pier fishers targeting macks are having success with silver spoons and Gotcha plugs. Fishers opting to use fresh bait are having their best results on a fresh-cut greenback fished under a popping cork. This calls for casting your bait out and letting it drift away from the pier until you get a strike.
Little tunny, jack crevalle and ladyfish are taking advantage of the vast amounts of baitfish attracted to the pier. You can target these species using the same techniques as for Spanish mackerel. There are some king mackerel patrolling the pier bait schools, so keep your eyes peeled for sky-rocketing fish.
For bottom fishers, flounder are making a good showing with the biggest coming in at 28 inches. Bottom fishers are targeting gag grouper with good results. Large threadfin herring or a hand-sized pinfish are producing the bite. Gag grouper up to 34-inches are being reported.
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Car dealers chase undefeated soccer season
Autoway Ford in Division I and Division III Gettel Toyota are both sporting perfect 4-0 records at the halfway point of the Anna Maria Island Community Center soccer league season. While Gettel Toyota holds a comfortable 7-point lead in Division III, Autoway Ford has Wash Family Construction on its heels.
Division II has Jen Crady Massage and LaPensee Plumbing tied for first with matching 3-1 records, but LaPensee defeated Jen Crady 4-2 Oct. 4 which could be a harbinger of things to come.
Gettel showed why it’s the team to beat in Division III Oct. 5 when it rolled past Island Pest Control by a 5-1 score. Gettel wasted no time, scoring its first goal in the fourth minute when Daniel Sentman picked off a clearing pass at the top of the box and finished top shelf for a 1-0 Gettel lead.
Sentman got into the scoring act again in the ninth minute when he took a pass from Ava Zink on the right wing. Sentman carried the ball into the box and ripped a rocket that Devin Calderon managed to block. But Sentman was there to knock in his own rebound to take a 2-0 lead.
The Pests had a bit of bad luck in the 11th minute when a defender inadvertently handed the ball in the box. Daniel Fritz converted the resulting penalty kick for a 3-0 Gettel lead.
IPC’s best scoring threat in the first half came in the 16th minute when Julius Petereit found some space up the right side. Defenders Charlotte Pardue and Emilee Bell forced him outside where his angle shot was easily covered by Gettel goalie Jack Barnes.
Gettel notched another goal before the whistle, when Jack Groves picked off the goal kick and finished far post for a 4-0 halftime lead.
IPC scored its lone goal in the 35th minute to make it 4-1. Gettel gained one more goal from Groves to complete the 5-1 victory.
In other Division III action, Island Real Estate and West Coast Surf Shop battled to a 3-3 tie Oct. 4, while IRE battled The Feast to a 7-7 tie Oct. 1. The Feast notched a 3-1 victory over Island Pest Control Oct. 3 to complete the Division III game results.
Jen Crady Massage won a pair of games last week, defeating Eat Here 5-2 Oct. 5 and 6-1 Oct. 1. In between on Oct. 4, they dropped a 4-2 decision to LaPensee. Sullivan Ferreira led LaPensee Plumbing with three goals while Jean-Paul Russo added one goal in the victory. Aiden Grumley and Trent Shackelford scored one goal each in the loss.
The game of the week in Division I saw Wash Family Construction defeat Spinnakers Vacation Cottages 3-2 Oct. 7. Neil Carper led Wash with a pair of goals, while Nico Calleja added one goal. Henrik Hellem-Brusso led Spinnakers with two goals in the loss.
Other Division I action saw Autoway Ford remain undefeated on an 8-2 victory over Mr. Bones Oct. 7. And Mr. Bones earned a 5-2 victory over Spinnakers Oct. 5 to round out Division I action.
Ace Hardware again defeated Beach Bistro, this time by a 6-3 score. Jeremiah Goode scored five goals to lead Ace Hardware, which also received one goal from Chandler Hardy in the win. Tyler Marvin scored two goals to lead Bistro in the loss.
Locals win gold medal Senior Games
Longboat Key resident Toni Teasdale and Barbara Smith of Bradenton captured a team pickleball gold medal in the 60-64 age group at the 2011 Tampa Bay Senior Games Oct. 5 in Sun City.
Teasdale and Smith both play pickleball at the center and are fixtures in women’s doubles pickleball matches in seniors games up and down the west coast of Florida.
Adult soccer heats up
Sato Real Estate, by virtue of a bye week, is the only remaining undefeated team in the center’s adult coed soccer division.
Ross Built is tied for first place with Sato, but Ross is now 3-1, having dropped a 3-2 decision to Jessie’s Island Store Oct. 6. Jessie’s received single goals from Aaron Duduks, Anthony Rasulo and Sean Sanders in the victory. Eric Howe notched both goals for Ross Built in the loss.
In other action, Island Pest Control improved to 2-2 with an 8-1 victory over Wash Family Construction. Don Meilner & Son Construction stayed within two points of first place with a 6-4 win over Euphemia Haye, and Florida Discount Sign earned its first win on the season with a 3-1 victory over West Coast Air Conditioning.
Roundball playoffs approach
Unique Mobile Detailing is undefeated at 4-0 and is a victory or two away from locking up top seed for the center’s adult basketball playoffs, which start Nov. 1.
UMD rolled to a 52-32 victory over the winless Sun during action Oct. 4. Ryan Moss led a balanced scoring attack with 12 points, while Justin Jones finished with 10 points. Brent Moss, Jonathan Moss and Lindsey Weaver each finished with eight points in the victory. The Sun was led by Larry Berkery’s 13 points, while Chris Smith scored 9 points and Billy Malfese finished with 6 points in the loss.
In other roundball action, Beach to Bay Construction evened its 2-2 record with a 65-58 victory over Agnelli Pool & Spas. Bowes Imaging also got back to the .500 mark with a close 61-60 win over Southern Greens.
Two teams emerged from pool play during Oct. 8 horseshoe games at the Anna Maria City Hall pits. Jeff Moore and Sam Samuels defeated Larry Livrago and Jerry Disbrow by a 22-16 score in the finals.
Jerry Disbrow and Sam Samuels defeated Norm Good and Bob Heigher 21-15 to earn bragging rights for the Oct. 5 games.
Meantime, Ron Pepka, the long-time horseshoe pitcher and organizer is scheduled for open-heart surgery. His horseshoe playing buddies and the staff at The Islander wish him well.
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 Soccer League standings
Division III (Ages 8-9)
Teams W L T Pts.
Gettel Toyota 4 0 0 12
Island Real Est. 1 1 2 5
The Feast 1 1 1 4
Isl. Pest Control 1 3 0 3
WC Surf Shop 0 2 1 1
Division II (Ages 10-11)
Crady Massage 3 1 0 9
LaPensee 3 1 0 9
Eat Here 0 4 0 0
Division I (Ages 12-14)
Autoway Ford 4 0 0 12
Wash FC 3 1 0 9
Mr. Bones 1 3 0 3
Spinnakers 0 3 0 0
Adult Division (Old Folks)
Sato Real Estate 3 0 0 9
Ross Built 3 1 0 9
Meilner & Son 2 1 1 7
Island Pest 2 2 0 6
Jessie’s 1 1 1 4
WC Air Cond. 1 2 0 3
Wash FC 1 2 0 3
Euphemia 1 3 0 3
FL Dis. Sign 1 3 0 3
Soccer League schedule
Instructional League (ages 4-5)
Oct. 17 6 p.m. Egret vs. Dental
Oct. 17 6:30 p.m. Bowes vs. Gulf Bay
Oct. 18 6 p.m. Dental vs. Gulf Bay
Oct. 18 6:30 p.m. Egret vs. Bowes
Instructional League (ages 6-7)
Oct. 12 6 p.m. Coastal vs. A&E
Oct. 12 7 p.m. Tyler’s vs. Beach Bums
Division III (ages 8-9)
Oct. 17 6 p.m. Surf Shop vs. Gettel
Oct. 18 6 p.m. The Feast vs. Isl. Real Est.
Division II (ages 10-11)
Oct. 12 6 p.m. Eat Here vs. Crady
Oct. 18 7 p.m. Crady vs. LaPensee
Division I (ages 12-13)
Oct. 12 7 p.m. Mr. Bones vs. Wash FC
Oct. 12 8 p.m. Spinnakers vs. Autoway
Premier League (ages 14-17)
Oct. 17 7 p.m. Ace vs. Bistro
Adult Coed Division
Oct. 13 6 p.m. Discount Sign vs. IPC
Oct. 13 7 p.m. Jessie’s vs. WCAC
Oct. 13 8 p.m. Meilner vs. Wash
Oct. 13 9 p.m. Sato vs. Ross Built
Adult Basketball League
Oct. 18 6:30 p.m. Beach to Bay vs. Unique Detailing
Oct. 18 7:30 p.m. Sun vs. Bowes Imaging
Oct. 18 8:30 p.m. Southern Greens vs. Agnelli Pool
Adult basketball standings
Unique Mobile Detailing 4 0 0
Agnelli Pool & Spa 2 2 0
Southern Greens 2 2 0
Bowes Imaging 2 2 0
Beach to Bay Const. 2 2 0
Island Sun 0 4 0
Isabella Grace, 6, of Harbor Drive in Holmes Beach and a first-grader at Anna Maria Elementary School, catches the breeze in her Hanna Montana pillowcase to propel her skateboard. The kids on Harbor Drive caught onto the fun and enjoyed the high winds that blew across Anna Maria Island Oct. 8. Islander Photo: Jo Ann Grace
101-109 N. Bay Blvd., Anna Maria, six vacant 50×110 lots were sold LBK Realty LLC to Blackhawk Bank and Trust for $3,200,000 and sold again by BB&T to city of Anna Maria for $2,800,000.
634 Emerald Lane, Holmes Beach, a 2,688 sfla / 3,624 sfur 3bed/2½bath/2car canalfront pool home built in 1969 on a 140×140 lot was sold 09/20/11, Keane to Rappold for $765,000; list $899,000.
206 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach, a 2,160 sfla / 2,964 sfur 2bed/3bath/2car canalfront home built in 1980 on a 70×106 lot was sold 09/22/11, Mantovani to Koepcke for $530,000; list $585,000.
206 73rd St., Unit A, West Wind Shores, Holmes Beach, a 1,193 sfla / 1,289 sfur 3bed/2bath condo built in 1969 was sold 09/22/11, Rivera to Kramer for $450,000.
2202 Avenue B, Bradenton Beach, a 3,066 sfla / 4,410 sfur 4bed/3bath duplex built in 1968 on a 150×100 lot was sold 09/21/11, Sapienza to Young for $420,000. This is believed to not be an arm’s length transaction.
5008 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, a 1,625 sfla / 2,443 sfur 3bed/2bath/2car duplex built in 1946 on a 100×90 lot was sold 09/22/11, Bettina to Guildner for $400,000.
5802 De Palmas Ave., Holmes Beach, a 984 sfla / 1,284 sfur 2bed/1bath home built in 1969 on a 50×101 lot was sold 09/20/11, Hallenbeck to Davis for $329,000; list $329,000.
901 Gulf Drive S., Unit 4, Pelican Cove Resort, Bradenton Beach, a 962 sfla / 1,190 sfur 2bed/2bath condo with shared pool built in 1983 was sold 09/20/11, US Bank National Association to Lewis Action Combined LLC for $256,556; list $218,000.
3705 E. Bay Drive, Unit 109, Sunbow Bay, Holmes Beach, a 1,121 sfla / 1,222 sfur 2bed/2bath condo with shared pool built in 1980 was sold 09/16/11, Stevens to Tunks for $232,500; list $259,265.
1801 Gulf Drive N., Unit 165, Runaway Bay, Holmes Beach, a 691 sfla / 771sfur 1bed/1bath condo with shared pool built in 1978 was sold 09/20/11, Garland to Desmarais for $180,000; list $209,000.
Jesse Brisson, broker/associate at Gulf-Bay Realty of Anna Maria, can be reached at 941-778-7244.