The state agency that regulates coastal construction issued a warning and violation report Dec. 9 to the owner of Angelinos Sea Lodge, 103 29th St., Holmes Beach, for erecting a “roofed elevated wood frame deck seaward of the CCCL without a permit.”
The report from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Division of Water Resource Management, Bureau of Beaches and Coastal Systems, describes possible further violations as an “alteration of an existing sand dune system by creating/sculpting cleared pathways and viewing areas through the dune area for use by visitors.”
Last month after an anonymous caller alerted the city of Holmes Beach about the structure, the city contacted Steve West of the local DEP field office.
West’s department visited the site Nov. 29.
The city of Holmes Beach in a letter dated Dec. 6 advised owner Richard Hazen of engineering and survey requirements that should be satisfied before a “letter of no objection” will be considered.
The letter of no objection will be required of Hazen if he seeks permitting from the Florida DEP. The city is requesting a “sealed drawing from a professional engineering firm outlining the work completed, as well as all proposed future work which would bring the structure to completion.”
The city also has asked the owner to submit an “as built” survey, including property and erosion control lines, a description of materials used and requirements to meet hurricane-force wind regulations.
The lodge includes four vacation rentals, and the tree hut was built as a private place to read, write, relax and enjoy dining, according to Huong Lynn Tran, wife of Hazen.
Hazen contacted city officials last spring and asked whether it had any permitting regulations for a tree house. At the time Bob Schaffer, city building inspector, advised of no regulations.
However, city officials now say they did not expect the extent of the two-story, enclosed structure on the beachfront.
Island residents Erin Tribble and Drayden Map as Mary and Joseph, left to right, lead the Bethlehem Walk congregation on their journey to Roser Church Dec. 10.
Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria, will host two Christmas Eve programs in the sanctuary — a celebrational candlelight service with music and prayer at 5:30 p.m. and a traditional candlelight service at 9 p.m.
Christmas Eve is Saturday, Dec. 24.
Crosspointe Fellowship, 8605 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, will celebrate on Christmas Eve at 7 p.m.
Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 6608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, will celebrate on Christmas Eve with bells and candlelight services at 7 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.
The Episcopal Church of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, will celebrate on Christmas Eve with services at 5 p.m. and 11 p.m. and the singing of carols at 10:30 p.m.
St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach, will hold a children’s Mass at 4 p.m. on Christmas Eve and Christmas Eve Mass at 10 p.m. The choir will sing carols at 9:30 p.m.
Harvey Memorial Community Church, 300 Church Ave., Bradenton Beach, will hold a service at 7 p.m. Christmas Eve.
On Christmas, which is Sunday, Dec. 25, Roser will hold a service at 10 a.m.
Gloria Dei will hold a worship service at 9:30 a.m.
Annunciation will hold a service at 10 a.m.
St. Bernard will hold Christmas Day mass at 8 a.m. and 10 a.m.
Harvey’s Christmas Day service is at 9:30 a.m.
Crosspointe will hold a Christmas day service at 10:15 a.m.
2516 Gulf Drive, Bradenton Beach, a 171×155 vacant lot was sold 11/30/11, BBHB LLC to 9Solutions LLC for $2,640,000.
6424 Gulf Drive, Unit 7, La Plage, Holmes Beach, a 2,132 sfla / 2,442 sfur Gulfront condo with shared pool built in 2003 was sold 11/22/11, Ruckdeschel to Richardson for $1,100,000; list $1,199,999.
417 28th St., Holmes Beach, a 2,459 sfla / 2,579 sfur 3bed/2½bath/1car bayfront pool home built in 1978 on a 89×120 lot was sold 11/28/11, Rossi Family Land Trust 417 to Parsons for $700,000; list $849,500.
316 Spring Ave., Anna Maria, a 1,274 sfla / 1,694 sfur 2bed/2bath/1car home built in 1957 on a 52×145 lot was sold 11/29/11, Eaton to Pressman for $425,000; list $465,000.
244 South Harbor Drive, Unit 5, Bay Bella Vista, Holmes Beach, a 1,154 sfla / 1,687 sfur 2bed/2bath condo with shared pool built in 1983 was sold 12/01/11, Zigneigo to Cogdill for $325,000; list $349,000.
2502 Gulf Drive, Unit 208, Club Bamboo, Bradenton Beach, a 476 sfla 1bed/1bath condo with shared pool built in 1975 was sold 11/29/11, Brown to Aqua Props LLC for $245,000.
2502 Gulf Drive, Unit 102, Club Bamboo, Bradenton Beach, a 681 sfla 1bed/1bath condo with shared pool built in 1975 was sold 11/29/11, Brown to Aqua Props LLC for $185,000.
600 Manatee Ave., Unit 214, Westbay Cove, Holmes Beach, a 888 sfla / 954 sfur 1bed/1bath condo with shared pool built in 1977 was sold 11/22/11, England to Wardwell for $160,000.
Jesse Brisson, broker/associate at Gulf-Bay Realty of Anna Maria, can be reached at 941-778-7244.
Being good sports, golf action at KRC
It’s hard to believe another year has passed and Christmas is upon us. Since we are celebrating the season of giving and there’s time for reflection, I wanted to point out an observation from attending so many sporting events over the years.
That is, parents, coaches and players of all ages need to show game officials more respect.
They are the authority figure in that given situation and their decisions are final. In all my years I’ve never seen an official in any sport change their call because a player, coach or parent complained.
Do referees make bad calls? Of course, they do, but to listen to fans on the sidelines of a game you’d think they never made a good call. “We lost because of the referee” or “the ref sucks” are comments I hear many times over from adults and kids alike.
Referees are human and they make mistakes just like the players make mistakes. I could see the headlines already if a referee told a kid “he sucks,” or ridiculed or derided a player because of how they performed.
But that doesn’t happen and it’s because sporting referees and officials are bound by a code of conduct.
It’s too bad everyone couldn’t abide by such a code.
Overall sportsmanship is getting watered down and from where I stand, it starts from the top. When kids hear their parents and their coach ripping a game official, it sends a message that it’s alright for them to follow suit.
So often we hear that sports mirrors life, and so, if that’s to be believed, disrespect for game officials can easily transfer to parents, teachers and other authority figures.
All I’m saying is we all need to “tone it down” and let the kids play. For the adults in the community playing sports or attending their kids’ games, let it go and play on.
With that being said, I want to thank the people who help me fulfill my reporting “game,” the regular contributors to The Islander.
I want to thank folks like Ed Havlik and Sally York of the Key Royale Club and Sam Samuels and Ron Pepka who report from the horseshoe pits in Anna maria. Week in and week out, I know they’ll be e-mailing their weekly results.
Next I have to thank Troy Shonk, Lindsey Weaver, Scott Dell and all of the participants in the Anna Maria Island Community Center’s sports programs. The Center’s sports leagues comprise the majority of my sports section and have for many years.
Other contributors, including Mickey Hooke who keeps Islanders abreast of the Florida running scene, the Pickleball champs from the community center, senior game participants and many others who currently elude my memory have my gratitude.
Merry Christmas to you all.
Key Royale golf news
The men and women of the Key Royale Club have had another busy week of golf. Members and guests played a coed, delete-the-worst-team-ball-on-each-hole game Dec. 16. The team of Nel Bergstrom, Terry Westby and Tom Warda carded an 80 to take first place by one stroke over the team of Eunice Warda, Dick Rouse and Sue Little.
The men played a nine-hole scramble Dec. 15 in which the team of Quentin Talbert, Tom Nelson, John Kolijeski and Tom MCDonnell combined on a 6-under-par 26. Two shots back at 4-under-par was the team of Merritt Fineout, Ron Pritchard, Bob Lange and Duane Dzibinski.
Dec. 14 saw the men play an 18-hole, two-best-balls-of-foursome match. The team of Vince Mercadante, Jim Mixon, Pete Weir and Dick Eichorn torched the course with a 26-under-par 102. Ron Richard, Carly Voyles, Jim Thorton and Bob Elliott were four shots back in second place.
The Key Royale women played a team and individual low-net match over nine holes Dec. 13. Kris Landkammer’s birdie on the eighth hole gave her first place in Flight B. Joyce Brown and Beverly Neville’s 1-under-31 put them in a four-way tie for second place in Flight B with Terry Westby and Liz Lang, but also propelled their team, includingSara Falk and Nancy King, to the team title.
Flight A winner was Maxine Mitchell with a 3-under-par 29, while Marlyn Thorton was alone in second place with an even-par 32.
Joyce Reith won Flight C with a 3-under-par 29, while Sally Keyes won Flight D with the same score. Jane Winegarden and Rose Slomba tied for second place with even-par 32.
The men played a nine-hole Stableford game Dec. 13. Jerry Dahl’s game-high plus-6 propelled his team of Jon Holcomb, Merritt Fineout and Larry Pippel to first place in the team competition. Dahl’s individual score was one shot better than Earl Ritchie, who finished in second place.
A two-best balls of foursome over nine holes was the game of the day during Dec. 12 men’s golf. Joe Dickenson, Al Kaiser, Wade Ladue and Art Hibbs combined to card a 19-under-par 45. Two shots back in second place was the team of Tom Lewis, Tom O’Brian and Harrold McKammish.
The men played an 18-hole, individual-low-net match Dec. 10. Earl Ritchie carded a 9-under-par 55 to take first place by two shots over Dick Eichorn. Tom Lewis was alone in third with a 4-under 60.
Ten teams participated in the Dec. 17 horseshoe games at the Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe pits. Debbie Rhodes and Jay Disbrow were the only team to earn three pool-play victories and were the day’s outright champs.
Bob Palmer and Norm Good outlasted eight other particpants and were outright champs during Dec. 14 horseshoe action.
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.
Heat up the skillet for flats, dock fishing
Redfish are being found across the flats during afternoon hours. As the water warms from the sun, these fish move to shallow, calm water to bask in the sun. Gold spoons or soft plastics are the ticket to catch these lounging reds.
It’s also a good time to target redfish around docks and piers. When doing this, try using a live select shrimp for bait. Add a split shot to get your bait on the bottom. These reds usually congregate right under the dock so making an accurate cast is imperative. The key to getting the bite is get your shrimp as far back under the dock as you can without getting hung up in the pilings. If you make a short cast, you most likely won’t get hooked up, so reel in and try again.
Once you’re in the strike zone, hang on tight. When fishing docks for redfish, it is common to hook fish exceeding 30 inches in length.
With temps climbing into the low 80s on recent days, inshore fishing remains consistent for a variety of species.
Migratory species such as jack crevalle, Spanish mackerel, bonito and ladyfish are being caught around schools of migratory baitfish both in the bays and on the beaches. These fish will readily take a small white jig or silver spoon — which can produce nonstop action for anglers using artificials. Just remember, follow the bait schools to stay on the fish.
On the flats, catch-and-release spotted seatrout action is still good — especially on mornings when we experience extreme low tides. Try targeting larger trout with top-water plugs in the early morning. Deeper grass flats adjacent or an abrupt change in depth — by a sandbar to a spoil island — are a good area to begin your search.
Dave Sork at the Anna Maria City Pier is seeing spotted seatrout patrolling the pier at night in search of small ballyhoo. “It’s pretty cool watching those trout come up and inhale a ballyhoo,” exclaims Sork.
Also at night, Sork is seeing numerous sharks on the hook. Sharks ranging 2-4 feet in length are the norm. By using cut bait such as mullet or frozen squid, night fishers are reeling up bonnetheads and small black tips.
Spanish mackerel are being caught, although Sork believes the bite to be a “little sporadic.” Small white jigs and Gotcha plugs are getting the bite.
Tom Cassetty at the Rod & Reel Pier is seeing a good number of Spanish mackerel being caught by fishers using small yellow jigs. “Most of them are small,” says Cassetty. “I’d say maybe one out of three is a keeper.”
Silver spoons or live shiners are catching mackerel, although Cassetty says the yellow jigs catch the most.
Using live shrimp on a bottom rig is rewarded with a variety of species. By dropping a bait directly next to or underneath the pier, pier fishers are catching keeper-size black drum. Redfish are inhabiting the pier with catches up to 22 inches being landed. Sheepshead are being caught on shrimp, although Cassetty recommends using oyster crabs or sand fleas if you’re serious about putting these tasty striped fish in the skillet.
On a final note, Cassetty says, “We’re still catching a lot of flounder out here, but most are undersized. We have to throw them back.”
Jonny Keyes at Island Discount Tackle says he’s starting to hear about sheepshead being caught both in the canals and at the local piers. “People are using a number of baits for sheepies,” says Keyes. “So far, shrimp, fiddler crabs and sand fleas top the list.”
Most of these inshore sheepshead will range 1-2 pounds, but don’t be surprised to encounter fish exceeding 3 pounds.
Redfish and flounder are being caught on the grass flats in sandy potholes and ditches. Berkley Gulp shrimp on a jig head is producing a consistent bite as are live shrimp fished on the bottom.
Offshore, Keyes is hearing of catches of jolt head porgies, Key West grunts and juvenile red grouper. He says, “For the porgies, grunts and juvenile red grouper, try frozen sardines to get the bite.”
Capt. Mark Howard of SumoTime fishing charters says the unusually warm weather has thrown a monkey wrench into the typical patterns the fish follow for December. “The warmer weather provided some excellent opportunities to have an enjoyable day on the water,” Howard reports.
Game fish are responding to the shiners that are still in the bay. Redfish are on the flats and in the potholes mixed in with schools of mullet. Howard suggests setting up in 2 feet of water and chumming the shiners into the potholes, drawing redfish, flounder, ladyfish and speckled trout to the back of the boat for fast-paced action. And use a popping cork to keep the shiner out of the weeds, Howard adds.
The redfish, black drum and flounder have moved toward the deepwater docks along the Intracoastal Waterway and the Manatee River. The shiners have not been as productive as a lively shrimp tossed under the docks. “A tip for dock fishing is to throw the bait in a side-arm motion in order to not snag the dock and to get the bait way under the dock,” Howard says. He also suggests tightening down your drag when dock fishing to work the bigger fish away from the pilings.
As long as the weather holds, the flats still will be alive with game fish, says Howard. He reminds fishers to keep the slack out of your line to feel the fish bite your bait.”
Capt. Warren Girle is fishing close to the beach catching bonito and Spanish mackerel. By finding migratory schools of glass minnows, Girle is hooking up the bite. Girle is catching migratory species on small jigs, spoons and even a few on flies.
Moving inshore, Girle is fishing shallow grass flats using top-water plugs. Redfish up to 32 inches are being caught on top-water plugs during the early morning hours. Snook of equal size are being caught using the same method. Lastly, spotted seatrout up to 27 inches are blasting top-water plugs in the same areas as the reds and snook.
“Every fish we caught was on a top-water plug. For some reason, the fish just wouldn’t take a jig,” Girle said of one day’s action.
Fishing the top water can produce a variety of species and result in bigger fish. Girle’s choices for top-water plugs include the Rapala Skitterwalk and the Sebile Stick Shadd. You may want to add a MirrOlure Top Dog and a Zara Spook to your arsenal as well.
Have a Merry Christmas and enjoy trying out all of the new fishing gear that Santa put under your tree.
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Santa and the Christmas party crowd parade across the sand toward the Sandbar pavilion.
Friday, Dec. 23
5:30 to 8 p.m. — Holiday music performed on piano by Stephen Jacob at the Village Green Cafe at Rosedale, 503 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-896-8890.
• 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, 12:30 p.m., duplicate bridge games at the Episcopal Church of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-3390.
• 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.
• 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 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.
• Thursdays, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Thirsty Thursday hosted by Bridge Street Merchants on Bridge Street, Bradenton Beach.
• 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.
• Sundays, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Bridge Street Market hosted by Bridge Street Merchants, Bradenton Beach. Information: 215-906-0668.
Tuesday, Dec. 27
9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. — Wagon tour through Robinson Preserve, 1704 99th St. N.W., Bradenton. Information: 941-748-4501 ext. 4605. Fee applies.
Wednesday, Dec. 28
1 to 4 p.m. — Holiday paddle and volunteer cleanup at Robinson Preserve, 1704 99th St. N.W., Bradenton. Information: 941-748-4501 ext. 4616.
• Dec. 29, Wagon tour, Robinson Preserve.
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• Dec. 13, 300 block of Tarpon Street, suspicious person. The Manatee County Sheriff’s Office responded to a complaint about a woman stumbling down the middle of Magnolia Avenue. The woman was escorted home.
Anna Maria is policed by the MCSO.
• Dec. 10, 1900 Gulf Drive, disturbance. The Bradenton Beach Police Department received a report of a disturbance in the area. Responding officers checked the area but did not find any disturbance.
Bradenton Beach is policed by the BBPD.
• Dec. 9, 10000 block of Cortez Road, battery. The MCSO arrested a 40-year-old homeless man for allegedly punching another man.
Cortez is policed by the MCSO.
• Dec. 9, 3200 block of East Bay Drive, battery. The Holmes Beach Police Department responded to Island Mail & More, where the owner reported that a customer became argumentative over a $10 transaction and then struck her in the face.
• Dec. 10, 64th Street and Marina Drive, fireworks. The HBPD received a complaint of fireworks being set off. The MCSO, covering for HBPD, responded.
• Dec. 10, 6400 block of Flotilla Drive. The HBPD received a missing person report. The person was found several hours later.
• Dec. 12, 3700 block of Fifth Avenue, robbery. The HBPD reported a robbery. The report released Dec. 15 contained redactions because of an ongoing investigation. The report listed two witnesses and a victim, who said a male in a dark hooded-sweatshirt and dark jeans robbed him of $250 in cash.
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.
Robert L. Charles
Robert L. Charles, 72, of Palmetto, died Dec. 16. He was born Sept. 26, 1939, in Haslett, Mich. He moved to Manatee County in June 1987 from Eaton Rapids, Mich.
Mr. Charles served with the U.S. Navy. He was the former owner of Island Auto Body on Anna Maria Island for more than 14 years. He was a member of Island Baptist Church and attended the First Baptist Church of Ellenton. He was a member of the Studebakers Driver’s Club.
Private family services with military honors by the U.S. Navy will be held at the Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell. Condolences for the family may be made at www.shannonfuneralhomes.com. Arrangements by Shannon Funeral Home Town Chapel, Bradenton.
Mr. Charles is survived by his children, Ray and wife Heather Schroder, Cyndy and husband Kevin Lyon, all of Eaton Rapids, Mich., and Wayne Charles of Palmetto; brother Jim and wife Debra of Parma, Mich.; six grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and companion Judy Brackin of Nokomis.