Tag Archives: 01-11-2012

Leonard violates parole, no bond

Charles H. Leonard, the man who led law enforcement from three departments on an early morning chase last month in Cortez, was arraigned Dec. 30 on a parole violation.

        Leonard is being held in Manatee County jail without bond, according to Pamela Buha, the assistant state attorney for the case.

        He confessed to 18 burglaries and grand theft auto, in addition to prior stolen vehicles, following his arrest Dec. 19, according to Manatee County Sheriff’s Office reports.

         He was found on foot after crashing a stolen car on Cortez Road and a three-hour search that involved several law enforcement units of the sheriff’s office, Bradenton and Palmetto police, a helicopter and a K-9 unit, the reports said.

        Although a $120,000 bond was set for Leonard in the burglary and theft cases, Buha said that unless a judge modifies the “no bond” condition of his parole violation, Leonard will remain in jail awaiting two arraignments.

        At the first arraignment Jan. 13, formal charges are expected on 18 counts of burglary and one count of grand theft of motor vehicle. The second arraignment Jan. 20 is for three counts of grand theft auto, resulting from prior stolen vehicle cases.

        Sheriff’s deputies were initially dispatched to a call of an attempted stolen vehicle at 3:34 a.m. in the area of Sunny Shores Mobile Home Park. The sheriff’s office received a call reporting a man was attempting to push his neighbor’s truck out of its driveway.

        Sheriff’s reports indicate the suspect was seen leaving this area in a white Ford Escort at a “high rate of speed.” The Escort was later determined to be a stolen vehicle by the Bradenton police.

        Multiple calls then reported vehicles ransacked and numerous items missing, including clothes from a shed and a bicycle. A stolen gun also was found inside the stolen Escort, according to a report.

        A deputy found Leonard at 8:19 a.m. with freshly scratched legs, wearing clothes similar to those reported stolen and wet shoes.

        The report also said Leonard admitted to fleeing, changing his clothes and walking through water to evade capture, and “car hopping,” entering unlocked vehicles and rummaging through them with the intent to steal loose change and small items.

        The arraignments will be at 9 a.m. Jan. 13 and Jan. 20 before Judge Janette Dunnigan at the Manatee County Judicial Center, 1051 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton.

FISH makes plans for new year

Hopes are high for a productive and successful 2012, according  to members of the Florida Institute of Saltwater Heritage board at their meeting Jan. 2.

The FISH Preserve, one of the board’s top priorities, will continue to receive the work that began last year. The Preserve encompasses some 90-plus acres, including environmentally sensitive lands, east of the village of Cortez, where improvement and beautification has been a major goal.

Volunteers spent hundreds of hours in December clearing the northern portion — between 115th and 116th streets — to make way for new vegetation. Clearing will continue this year. There also is work ongoing to create public parking. In time, the entire preserve will be open to the public.

The board is currently pursuing grants to support continued work. A $58,000 Gulf of Mexico Foundation grant and a $98,000 Southwest Florida Water Management District grant “look real positive,” said board member and preserve site manager Karen Riley-Love.

• The FISH board voted to rename the former Cortez Church of God, acquired in 2010, Fishermen’s Hall.

• Board member Bob Landry said $1,000 remains in the budget for interior and exterior renovations, which includes replacing rotted beams and termite-damaged wood.

• Board president Kim McVey reported on the current mullet season, saying, “It is one of the best years ever. It will surpass the season of ’07. There are huge amounts of red- and white-roe mullet.”

• Plans for the 30th annual Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival, to be held the weekend of Feb. 18–19, are under way. Board member/artist Linda Molto said, “Everything is coming along real well.”

The next FISH meeting will be at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 6, at Fishermen’s Hall, 4515 124th St. W., Cortez.

Lesters $50,000 Challenge met, exceeded

There’s no need to extend the deadline for Charles and Jo Ann Lester’s $50,000 Challenge sponsored by The Islander newspaper to raise money for the Anna Maria Island Community Center.

Sandy Pruett of the center’s staff said last week that when all the checks were counted, the center had received $56,000.

The Lesters donation of $50,000 brings the total to $106,000 for the center in the 2011 Challenge.

The Challenge deadline was Dec. 31, although Charles Lester said two weeks ago he would extend the deadline to Jan. 18 if necessary to reach the $50,000 mark. The center had not provided the total funds collected by Dec. 31.

Since the Lester Challenge began in 1997, more than $800,000 has been donated to the center, while the Lesters have contributed more than $400,000 for the center endowment, capital building fund and general fund.

Crosswalk fatality prompts advice: Pay attention

Pay attention while driving. Pay attention walking near traffic.

What seem like safety rules almost too obvious to mention are necessary reminders for a commonplace problem on Anna Maria Island where only last month a Sarasota woman was struck and killed by an SUV while attempting to cross Gulf Drive at a marked crosswalk.

According to police reports, driver Kathleen Benison of Cortez and her passenger were northbound on Gulf Drive in Bradenton Beach, admiring the view of the Gulf of Mexico at 10:30 a.m. Dec. 8, when Benison’s GMC Yukon struck Antoinette Pruss of Sarasota in front of the Gulf Drive Cafe.

Bradenton Beach Police Department Sgt. James Gill, in charge of the city’s first traffic fatality in more than 19 years, cautioned everyone to “pay attention.”

The crash is under investigation, he said, pending blood results from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, accident reconstruction results from the Bradenton Police Department and a medical examiner’s report.

A full crash report is expected to be released by the end of January.

Gill said the blood results would determine any driver impairment. However, he said, the driver “was not obviously impaired,” and the crash was not due to “recklessness.”

Nonetheless, accidents happen when people are not alert to their surroundings, law enforcement warns.

Patrol officer Sgt. Thomas Ferrara said he sees many vacationers walking along city streets as if they have “an invisible force field around them.

“When the group walks, people don’t look.” Ferrara said.

Asked whether speeding is prevalent, Gill said not usually, and that speeds generally slow during high traffic times. As far as the use of cell phones or other electronic devices distracting drivers more these days, he said, “There’s not supposed to be anything in front of drivers.”

“It comes down to everybody, both driving and walking, watching where they’re going. You see so many people walk out in front of cars on a regular basis,” Gill said. “People are looking this way, and walking that way,” he said, while pointing in opposite directions.

Gill warned pedestrians not to rely on state law for self-preservation. While it is Florida law that pedestrians have the right of way in crosswalks, he said, “when it comes down to a vehicle against a pedestrian, the pedestrian always loses.”

Sgt. Ferrara also said pedestrians get a false sense of security in crosswalks. Motorists are not always paying attention.

Islander Calendar – 01-11-2012

Wednesday, Jan. 11

7:45 to 9 a.m. — Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce sunrise breakfast at The Feast restaurant, 5406 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-1541.

11:30 a.m. — Off Stage Ladies of the Island Players meet at the BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-779-2181. Fee applies.


Thursday, Jan. 12

        2 p.m. — “A Circus Life” with Chuck Sidlow at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.

4:30 to 5:30 p.m. — Youth karate class at Island Fitness, 5317 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-5200.


Friday, Jan. 13

        5:30 to 7:30 p.m. — Reception for acrylic artist Kathy Sparks at the Artists’ Guild Gallery, 5414 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6694.

5:30 to 7:30 p.m. — Reception for fiber artist Nancy Faris at Island Gallery West, 5368 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6648.


Saturday, Jan. 14

        8 a.m. — Dolphin Dash 5K run departs from Anna Maria Elementary School, 4700 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-320-1382. Fee applies.

8 a.m. to 3 p.m. — Anna Maria Island Privateers Thieves Market at Holmes Beach city field, 5801 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-722-3212.

9:30 a.m. — AMIgami, an Island origami club, will meet at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.

10 a.m. to noon — Shirley Dean demonstrates acrylic painting at Island Gallery West, 5368 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6649.

5 to 7 p.m. — Opening reception for “Paradise on Parade” all-media art show at the Studio at Gulf and Pine, 10101 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-6694.


Sunday, Jan. 15

        10 a.m. to 2 p.m. — Book signing with authors Jean Peelen and Joyce Kramer at the Back Alley, 121 Bridge St., Bradenton Beach.


Monday, Jan. 16

        Noon — Linda Gaines talks on “Homeless in America” at the Anna Maria Island Democratic Club meeting at the BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-779-0564. Fee applies.


Wednesday, Jan. 18

        11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. — “Let’s go to Prague: The city of art and music” presented by Jan Skalny at the Studio at Gulf and Pine, 10101 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information: 941-359-4296.

        Noon — Floral arranging program by members of the Anna Maria Garden Club at Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria.

        2 p.m. — Lecture by H. Terrell Griffin on Florida-based mystery novels at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.


Islander Calendar


• 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.



Friday, Jan. 13

        8 to 10 a.m. — Silent nature stroll through coastal mangroves at Robinson Preserve, 1704 99th St. N.W., Bradenton. Information: 941-748-4501.

        6 p.m. — And the Winner Is Film Series presents “Casablanca” at the South Florida Museum, 201 10th Street W., Bradenton. Information: 941- 746-4131. Fee applies.


Wednesday, Jan. 18

4:30 to 6:30 p.m. — Wine tasting benefit for Save Our Seabirds at Harry’s Continental Kitchens, 525 St. Judes Drive, Longboat Key. Information: 941-383-0777. Fee applies.


Coming Up:

• Jan. 19, Friends of the Island Branch Library book club meeting.

• Jan. 19, Reception for Clyde Butcher’s exhibit, Longboat Key Center for the Arts.

• Jan. 19, “Art of Murder” opens, Islander Players playhouse.

• Jan. 20, And the Winner Is Film Series: “An American in Paris,” South Florida Museum.

• Jan. 21, AMICCO young soloist competition, Palma Sola Presbyterian Church.

• Jan. 21, watercolor on Yupo demonstration, Island Gallery West.


Save the Date:

        Send calendar announcements to diana@islander.org. Please include the time, date and location of the event, a brief description and a contact via e-mail and phone.

Fishing – 01-11-2012

Cold weather, cold fishers, cold fish


With air temperatures dropping to just below the 40s in the morning last week, Anna Maria Island fishers were waiting to go fishing later in the day — and finding success after the water was slightly warmed from the sun.

And, by targeting canals, stalkers can find concentrations of fish trying to warm themselves along seawalls and docks. Everyone, fish included, want to keep warm.

If using live bait, shrimp is the bait of choice. Most of the white bait has moved either offshore or around the Sunshine Skyway Bridge, making it harder to locate. Plus, with the colder water temps, fish become lethargic and don’t want to exert the extra energy required to chase a shiner. That being said, shrimp is the best bait.

If you’re fishing artificials such as soft plastics on a jig head, remember to slow down your retrieve. Also don’t be aggressive with jigging. Usually, in colder water, a light twitch will suffice to get the bite. Scented baits, such as a Berkley Gulp or MirrOlure Lil John, will give you an added advantage when the fish are stubborn due to cold weather.

Jim Malfese at the Rod & Reel Pier says although they’re experiencing some cold weather, pier fishers are still catching a variety of bottom-dwelling species.

Flounder are the most abundant catch, although most are barely the minimum size of 12 inches. Live shrimp are getting the bite.

Black drum are on the menu for fishers at the Rod & Reel Pier. Again, live shrimp is the ticket. Try casting the bait under the pier to find the fish. Fish in the 16-inch range are being caught daily.

Lastly, sheepshead are beginning to gather around the pier, although only a few are being reeled up. Since the sheepies are being finicky, you may want to bring a variety of baits to see what works best. Try some fiddler crabs or sand fleas, and if you’re really determined, bring some tubeworms.

Jonny Keyes at Island Discount Tackle is hearing there’s decent action along the beaches of Anna Maria Island. Fishers using live shrimp are catching an assortment of wintertime species.

Bonnethead sharks are still feeding along the sandbars just off the beach. You can use live shrimp or frozen squid to catch these small sharks. Also, working light tackle can add excitement, since these sharks usually range 2-4 feet in length.

Pompano and whiting are being caught sporadically along the beaches. Fishers using frozen or live sand fleas are getting the bite. You can also target pompano with jigs. When using a jig, try adding a little scent by putting a piece of fresh-cut shrimp on the hook. The extra effort can make a difference.

On the grass flats of Anna Maria Sound, fishers are trying to take advantage of the opening of spotted seatrout season, which took place Jan 1. Berkley Gulp on a jig head or live shrimp under a popping cork are both working to catch fish, although most of the trout being reported are undersized.

Redfish and flounder are being caught in the canals of Bimini Bay and Sarasota Bay. Again, live shrimp fished on the bottom is proving to get the bite.

Due to dropping water temperatures and strong north winds, Capt. Warren Girle is fishing canals with black muddy bottoms and deep water where they gather to keep warm. With live shrimp for bait, Girle’s charters are catching keeper-size fish.

The species Girle is encountering in the canals of north Sarasota Bay include snook, redfish, spotted seatrout and black drum. “We’re catching all kinds of fish in the canals,” states Girle. “Of all of them, I think the black drum are the most abundant.”

On warmer days with less wind, Girle is drifting the deeper grass flats of Sarasota Bay in search of pompano. He’s averaging 5-6 fish on a half-day charter. He’s also seeing a variety of other species, including bluefish, ladyfish and spotted seatrout.

Jeff Medley at the south bait shop on the Sunshine Skyway Bridge Fishing Piers is still seeing schools of bonito at the pier. “There are so many bonito around,” says Medley, “that people are even catching them on small pieces of squid.”

We generally use artificials, such as Gotcha plugs and spoons to catch bonito, and catching them on squid is not the norm. When the bonito get in a feeding frenzy, however you never know what can happen.

Flounder are still being caught in decent numbers on live shrimp. By casting out and dragging the bottom with the bait, pier fishers are catching flounder in the 15-inch range. You can target these fish around pilings under the pier or you can cast out to the manmade reefs just off the pier. Just keep your bait on the bottom to be successful.

Fishers at the Skyway using live shrimp also are having good results on mangrove snapper and black sea bass. By bottom fishing with a live shrimp under the pier, both keeper-size mangroves and black sea bass are coming to the deck.

Last but not least, sheepshead are becoming more abundant at the pier as the water temps drop. A few fish are being caught on shrimp, although most are caught on fiddler crabs and sand fleas. Fish in the 18-inch range are being caught, but don’t be surprised to catch a bigger fish.

        Send fishing reports to fish@islander.org.

Island police blotter – 01-11-2012

Anna Maria

• Dec. 28, 100 S. Bay Blvd., Anna Maria City Pier, theft. A bicycle left unsecured for approximately one hour at the pier was reported stolen.

• Dec. 31, 101 S. Bay Blvd., Two Sides of Nature, theft. The clerk reported an item valued at less than $4 belonging to her had been stolen.

• Jan. 1, 100 block of Palm Avenue, found property. A beachgoer turned in a pair of prescription glasses found in the sand.

• Jan. 3, 400 Magnolia Ave., assist other agency. Deputies responded to a home where a woman was reported to be having seizures. They awaited emergency medical services, which provided transportation to Blake Medical Center.

• Jan. 4, 100 block of Cedar Avenue, domestic battery. A man and his wife got into a verbal argument that reportedly became physical when he grabbed and pushed her out of bed, causing her leg to bleed. Police arrested the man following his admissions.

• Jan. 5, 301 N. Bay Blvd., Bayfront Park, information. While on patrol a deputy noticed a sign had been painted over with a blue symbol. Public works employees responded to remove the paint.

• Jan. 5, 10010 Gulf Drive, The Egret’s Nest, information. Deputies were called to assist a man who came into the business appearing disoriented and having difficulty communicating.

        Anna Maria is policed by the MCSO.


Bradenton Beach

• Dec. 29, 402 Church Ave., Bradenton Beach Marina, battery and disorderly conduct. A business owner reported a man defecating in the hallway of the marina. Police stopped the suspect on the 12000 block of Cortez after a witness’s positive identification, and determined he was wanted on a Manatee County warrant for petit theft. Police arrested the man, who reported he was homeless, and took him to the Manatee County jail. A $1,090 bond was set.

• Dec 31, 1800-1900 block of Gulf Drive, no vehicle registration. A van with a license plate not matching state registration records was stopped by a patrol officer in the Coquina Park area. The driver told police that his son had put the license plate from another vehicle onto the van he was driving. Police had the vehicle towed, arrested the driver and took him to the Manatee County jail. A $120 bond was set.

•Dec. 31, 1325 Gulf Drive N., burglary to vehicle. A guest at the Tortuga Inn reported his vehicle was entered and rummaged through during the night. He did not notice anything taken. He told police he may have left his vehicle unlocked. Surveillance cameras were checked and a description of the alleged offender was provided to police.

Jan. 2, 200 Bridge St., trespass warning. The owner of Rotten Ralph’s reported an ex-employee started a verbal argument about his paycheck. A trespass warning was issued.

Bradenton Beach is policed by the BBPD.


• No reports.

                Cortez is policed by the MCSO

Holmes Beach

• Dec. 27, 600 block of Foxworth Lane, burglary to vehicle. A man reported his golf bag missing from the trunk of his rental car. He reported the golf set was worth approximately $1,500.

• Dec. 27, 600 block of Key Royale Drive, burglary to vehicle. A man told police his car was burglarized, and his wife’s wallet taken from the vehicle. Identification cards, bank debit and credit cards and $70 were reported missing.

• Dec. 27, 600 block of Ambassador Lane, burglary to vehicle. Police were initially called to the 600 block of Crestwood Lane because of a woman’s purse was reported lying in the roadway. Identification in the purse linked it to a residence on Ambassador Lane. When police contacted the resident, he said his vehicle had been burglarized during the night. Missing from his truck were his mother’s purse, a black laptop bag and Toshiba computer with a German keyboard and international wire transfer box.

• Dec. 30, 5308 of Marina Drive, Irene’s Resortwear, theft. A theft at the store was reported after a surveillance camera showed an alleged offender reaching around the counter to open a drawer. $80 was reported stolen.

• Dec. 30, 700 block of Manatee Avenue, burglary to vehicle. Police were dispatched to Kingfish Boat Ramp in reference to a possible burglary. Upon arriving at the scene, police found a blue car with a broken window. Police questioned two men who advised they were waiting for a friend to pick them up and did not know anything about the broken window.

• Dec. 31, 3700 block of Gulf Drive, felony aggravated battery. Thomas Duckworth, 24, was arrested after throwing a butter knife at a woman and pushing a playpen, causing a 9-month-old child to roll across the playpen. Police reported the incident to child protective services. Bond was set at $1,000. Duckworth posted bond and was released, pending a court date of Jan. 27.

        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.

Sports – 01-11-2012

NFL Flag Football returns to center, golfer Eliot feted at KRC


NFL Flag Football is back on the schedule at the Anna Maria Island Community Center. The season culminates in early March with playoffs and ultimately, a Super Bowl.

Waterfront Restaurant Raiders took on Gettel Toyota Texans Jan. 7 in an 8-9 age division matchup. The teams traded offensive possessions early in the game, keeping it scoreless until there were just over two minutes left in the first half. The Texans’ David Daigle dropped back looking to pass, but handed the ball off to Ava Zink on a reverse, pass-run option. Zink looked for a receiver, but seeing noone open, she reversed her field and ran around the right end. She somehow eluded several Raider flag pull attempts near midfield and then outran everyone down the sideline to complete a 32 yard touchdown run. The extra point attempt failed and the Texans took a 6-0 lead into the half.

The Raiders wasted little time getting back into the game in the second half. Eli Heskin hauled in a short pass from quarterback Jack Barnes and took it to the house to complete a 31-yard catch-and-run play and tie the score 6-6. The Raiders then went for a 2-point conversion with Barnes handing the ball off to Callen Achor, who started sweeping to the left, but he reversed field and scored. The Raiders took an 8-6 lead.

Barnes then intercepted Daigle at the Texans’ 16-yard line. Jackson Hayes took the handoff from Barnes and swept around the right end for a touchdown and a 14-6 lead. Barnes’ extra-point pass attempt was broken up by Zink to keep the score at 14-6. Another Raider interception by Heskin thwarted any chance of the Texans tying the score.

Heskin finished with 55 rushing and receiving yards, including one touchdown, while Hayes added 22 yards and one touchdown. Achor finished with seven passing yards, 12 rushing yards and a 2-point conversion, while Barnes had 30 passing yards in the game. Achor led the Raiders defensively with three flag pulls, while Barnes and Heskin added interceptions in the victory.

Zink paced the Texans with 30 rushing yards and a touchdown, while Javier Rivera finished with 25 rushing yards. Daigle added 20 yards on the ground. Zink led the Texans’ defensive effort with three flag pulls and a pass break up.

In other 8-9 division action Jan. 7, Southern Greens Jets edged Pink & Navy Boutique Cowboys 6-0. Daniel Fritz provided much of the offense, gaining 46 rushing yards and 35 receiving yards, but the five yards gained by Charlie Halfacre resulted in the winning touchdown. Luke Marvin threw for 50 yards, while Jackie Schlossberg added 15 receiving yards in the victory. Dalton Guffrie led the defense with three flag pulls and an interception, while Fritz finished with three flag pulls.

The Cowboys were led in the loss by Brandon Early’s 37 passing yards and Zachary Quinn’s 30 rushing yards. Daniel Sentman and Quinn also had interceptions for the Cowboys.

Nathan Hyman completed nine passes for 100 yards and a touchdown to lead Beach Bistro Vikings to a 20-0 win over Beach Bum Steelers in 8-9 division action Jan. 7. Morgan Horesh also had a big game, rushing for 42 yards and catching four passes for 42 yards, while scoring two touchdowns. Sean Rodriguez added two catches for 30 yards and a touchdown to complete the scoring.

Hyman also had a huge day on defense, picking off four passes while Adam Oulddaba finished with three flag pulls.

Other scores last week include:

Jan. 7, 10-12 division

LPAC Cardinals 42, Ross Built Broncos 22

Eat Here Bears 39, Air & Energy Chargers 31

Sandbar Falcons 19, Cedars Tennis Resort Seahawks 18

Mr. Bones Colts 19, Sand Dollar Steelers 14

Jan. 6, 13-16 division

Integrity Sound Redskins 28, Mar Vista Raiders 0

First American Bank Ravens 23, Galati Yacht Sales Texans 12

Jessie’s Island Store Steelers 24, Walter & Associates Bears 14

Jan. 5, Adult Coed Division

Beach to Bay Construction Texans 40, Sato Real Estate Browns 20

Tyler’s Ice Cream Vikings 42, The Feast Falcons 40

Duffy’s Tavern Ravens 32, Edgewater Realty Broncos 25

FL Discount Sign 49ers 19, Waterfront Bills 0


Key Royale golf news

It was a cold week for golf at the Key Royale Club, but some brave souls managed to get their swings in. On Jan. 6, the men and women teamed up for a nine-hole scramble followed by a luncheon.

The team of Joyce Brown, Jay Nellis, Earl Huntzinger and Mark Clark carded a 13-under-par 19 to take first place. Three shots back in second place was the team of Sue Little, Bob Elliott, Paul Kamerlin and Harold McKammish.

Jan. 5 saw the men participate in a team scramble over nine holes. The team of Rich Papini, Greg Shorten and Tim Friesen matched the 5-under-par 27 carded by Randy Clark, Merritt Fineout, John Holcomb and Ken Rickett to tie for first place.

On Wednesdays, the men typically play an 18-hole tournament of some kind, but with the temperature sitting at 38 degrees, Jack Frost was declared the winner. Earl Ritchie and Harold McKammish played and said the round was refreshing.

The men played a nine-hole modified-Stableford match Jan. 3. Bob Lange won the individual title with a plus 2, while John Estok, Buddy Foy, Mike Gillie and Jim Auch won the team title at minus 3.

The turnout for the Jan. 3 women’s golf was light due to cold weather. Jan Turner won Flight B with a 3-over-par 35. Flight D saw Penny Auch and Jan Jump finish in a tie for first place at even-par 32.

Hookem won the game of the day with 16 putts on her round.

Jan. 2 was a big day at the club and for Col. Bob Elliott, who turned 97. The Rev. Jim Meena and the club were ready with warm mince pie and ice cream to celebrate with Elliott.

The men then played a better ball of foursome match that saw the team of Dave Kruger, Omar Trolard, Jon Lindwall and Al Policki take first place with a 9-under-par 23. One stroke back in second place was the team of Dana Cessna, Tom Warda, Loren Hansen and Allan Hansen.


Horseshoe news

Two teams emerged Jan. 7 from pool play at the Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe pits. Jerry Disbrow and Sam Samuels defeated walker Bob Lee 23-13.

Despite cold weather Jan. 4, 15 players showed up, but only two managed the three pool-play victories needed to advance to the knockout round. Bob Lee defeated Norm Good and Dominic Lovedoti 21-13 in the championship game.

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

Date           Time          Teams

Ages 5-7

Jan. 13       6 p.m.         Cardinals vs. Colts

Jan. 13       7 p.m.         Broncos vs. Vikings

Ages 8-9

Jan. 13       6 p.m.         Texans vs. Cowboys

Jan. 13       7 p.m.         Vikings vs. Jets

Ages 10-12

Jan. 11       6 p.m.         Bears vs. Seahawks

Jan. 17       6 p.m.         Cardinals vs. Steelers

Jan. 17       7 p.m.         Falcons vs. Chargers

Jan. 17       8 p.m.         Seahawks vs. Colts

Jan. 18       6 p.m.         Broncos vs. Bears

Ages 13-16

Jan. 13       8 p.m.         Raiders vs. Steelers

Adult Coed

Jan. 11       7 p.m.         49ers vs. Texans

Jan. 11       8 p.m.         Bills vs. Broncos

Jan. 11       9 p.m.         Ravens vs. Raiders

Jan. 12       6 p.m.         Bengals vs. Packers

Jan. 12       7 p.m.         Vikings vs. Chargers

Jan. 12       8 p.m.         Bears vs. Falcons

Jan. 12       9 p.m.         Dolphins vs. Browns


AMICC Adult Coed Volleyball schedule

Jan. 10       7 p.m.         Best Buy vs. Slim’s Place

Jan. 10       8 p.m.         Best Buy vs. Tyler’s Ice Cream

Island real estate transactions – 01-11-2012

759 North Shore Drive, Anna Maria, a 1,310 sfla / 1,609 sfur 2bed/2bath/1car Gulffront home built in 1952 on a 50×125 lot was sold 12/16/11, Chiles to Hurbi for $1,280,000; list $1,420,000.

2200 Gulf Drive, Bradenton Beach, a 1,363 sfla Gulffront resort built in 1976 on .3444 acres was sold 12/06/11, CB Florida RE Holdings LLC to Seaside Resort Holdings LLC for $1,135,300. It is unknown if this was an arm’s length transaction.

419 Pine Ave., Anna Maria, a 798 sfla 2bed/1bath home/office built in 1935 on a 52×145 lot was sold 12/14/11, Hills to GAC II Ventures LLC for $760,000.

208 66th St., Unit B, 66th Street Coastal Cottages, Holmes Beach, a 2,350 sfla / 3,500 sfur 5bed/3bath/1car land condo with pool built in 2011was sold 12/14/11, AMI Assets LLC to Baeker for $725,000; list $769,000.

208 72nd St., Unit B, West Wind Shores, Holmes Beach, a 2,178 sfla / 3,062 sfur 4bed/2½bath/2car land condo with pool built in 2006 was sold 12/20/11, Elson to Weinhold for $570,000; list $595,000.

618 Gladiolus St., Anna Maria, a 1,512 sfla / 1,896 sfur 4bed/2bath duplex with shared pool built in 1970 on a 75×100 lot was sold 12/16/11, Casale to Six Sand Dollars LLC for $495,000; list $550,000.

53 North Shore Drive, Anna Maria, a 1,104 sfla / 1,692 sfur 2bed/2bath/1car home built in 1978 on a 70×95 lot was sold 12/06/11, Wells to Griffin for $377,500; list $409,000.

7100 Gulf Drive, Unit 104, Nautilus, Holmes Beach, a 1,081 sfla / 1,185 sfur 2bed/2bath condo with shared pool built in 1973 was sold 12/15/11, Gardner to Lemitco LLC for $320,000; list $360,000.

600 Manatee Ave., Unit 206, Westbay Cove, Holmes Beach, a 1,179 sfla / 1,447 sfur 2bed/2bath condo with shared pool built in 1977 was sold 12/23/11, Kowal to Andrews for $305,000; list $339,000.

116 52nd St., Unit 116, Holmes Beach, a 1,000 sfla / 1,076 sfur 2bed/1½bath half duplex built in 1973 on a 2,701 sq ft lot was sold 12/12/11, Gutierrez to Koretos for $297,000; list $315,000.

2502 Gulf Drive, Unit 105, Club Bamboo, Bradenton Beach, a 693 sfla 1bed/1bath condo with shared pool built in 1975 was sold 12/16/11, HTMM LLC to Aqua Props LLC for $295,000.

2502 Gulf Drive, Unit 204, Club Bamboo, Bradenton Beach, a 735 sfla 1bed/1bath condo with shared pool built in 1975 was sold 12/14/11, Blackwood to Aqua Props LLC for $285,000.

Jesse Brisson, broker/associate at Gulf-Bay Realty of Anna Maria, can be reached at 941-778-7244.

Obituaries – 01-11-2012

Loretta Lease

Longtime Island resident Loretta Lease died Jan. 2. She was born May 12, 1924, in Philadelphia, and grew up in Chicago where she attended Sullivan High School.

She moved to Florida at age 20 to join her future husband Jim Lease, who was on a four-day leave while serving in the U.S. Marines during World War II. They were wed in 1944 and honeymooned at the John Ringling Hotel in Sarasota using WWII ration coupons for payment.

Loretta and Jim raised 11 children throughout Florida, and moved to Anna Maria Island in 1962, first settling in Bradenton Beach, then to the “Lease Hut,” as their home came to be known, on 75th Street in Holmes Beach.

Mrs. Lease was a longtime volunteer and advocate for Island children. She was one of the founders of the Manatee Area Youth Soccer Organization, for which she volunteered as a coach. She answered phones, taxied kids and volunteered at nearly every event held for many years at the Anna Maria Youth Center, later renamed the Anna Maria Island Community Center.

She was part of the group in the 1980s that included leaders, such as Louise Richards, Rick DiGiorgio, Brendan Green, Rose Quinn, Ken Trent and Billy Rice, that created and made the slogan, “A new center for me in 83,” a reality.

Whatever she was doing, it was for kids. In addition to her 11 children, Mrs. Lease was “mom” to many other Island youths. She always had a big pot of food warming on her stove for any of the local kids who invariably showed up for dinner many nights.

A celebration of life will be held from noon-4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 22, at the Palma Sola Botanical Gardens, 9800 17th Ave. N.W. in Bradenton. Memorial donations may be  made to Tidewell Hospice & Palliative Care, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota FL 34238, or Disabled American Veterans, P.O. Box 14301, Cincinnati OH 45250-0301

Mrs. Lease is survived by children Kathy Harris, Ken, Tom, Steve, Dan, Jimbo, Terry Williams, Ric, Matt and Jeff; and grandchildren Paige, Kyle, Chad, Jimmy, Tyson, Caroline, Clayton, and Dan and Samantha Williams.


Urban W. Marine

Urban W. Marine, 96, of Leesburg, died Jan. 2. He was born Jan. 3, 1915.

Mr. Marine is survived by his wife of 63 years, Lois; daughters Connie Weaver of Leesburg and Charlotte Ames of DeWitt, Mich.; son Stewart of Holmes Beach; four grandchildren; and six great grandchildren.


Bette B. Williams

Bette B. Williams of Holmes Beach died Jan. 7.

She was born in Tampa abd moved to Bradenton  in 1943, graduated Manatee High School in 1948, and married her high school sweetheart.

Mrs. Williams was an avid tennis player, and enjoyed cooking and fishing.

There will be visitation 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 12, at Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory 43rd Street Chapel, 604 43rd St. W., Bradenton. Memorial donations may be made to TideWell Hospice Inc., 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota FL 34238. Online condolences may be made at www.brownandsonsfuneral.com.

Mrs. Williams is survived by her husband of 63 years, Harold “Lefty;”sons Alan and wife Kathie of Tampa and Myles of Columbia, S.C.; and granddaughter Brianna of Hoboken, N.J.