Tag Archives: 01-15-2014

Runners turn out to for dolphin dash

The Anna Maria Elementary School campus was crowded Jan. 11 at 8 a.m., but school wasn’t in session on Saturday morning.

Runners were taking their mark for the annual Dolphin Dash benefiting the elementary school.

According to event supervisor Jesse Brisson, 135 people pre-registered for the event. And more than 135 runners participated, as volunteers registered people on the day of the race.

Volunteers began registering and handing out information packets at 7 a.m., an hour before the first race.

The dash included two races, a 5K and a 1-mile fun run.

The oldest participant in the 5K was 75 and the youngest were 7 years old.

Winning the 5K was Michael Lamb, who finished in 16 minutes and 29 seconds. Lamb lives in Bradenton and works at the BeachHouse Restaurant in Bradenton Beach.

Following the race, participants were offered refreshments and snacks. Awards were presented at about 10 a.m., after both races had been completed.



Runners line up at the start line at Anna Maria Elementary during the annual Dolphin Dash Jan. 11. Runners lined up in order of their speed. Islander Photos: Jennifer Glenfield


Kali McGregor of Bradenton is the first woman to cross the finish line in the 5K Dolphin Dash, She ran the race in 21 minutes and 18 seconds.


Michael Lamb of Bradenton finishes first in the annual Dolphin Dash. He ran the 5K in 16 minutes and 29 seconds.


Children and parents near the finish line during the 1-mile Fun Run at Anna Maria Elementary School Jan. 11. The fun run was the second race of the day.


Participants in the 1-mile fun run start off strong following the whistle marking the beginning of the race.



Foul weather again disappoints, slows beach builders

Cold, windy, choppy conditions sometimes disappoint boaters and beachgoers in the winter months.

In a bit of an understatement, Manatee County Parks and Natural Resources director Charlie Hunsicker said weather was slowing the beach renourishment project.

Avoiding the strong northerly winds of Jan. 6-7, Great Lakes Dredge and Dock moved its dredge, barge and other equipment to safe harbor in Tampa Bay near Fort De Soto Park in Pinellas County.

In addition to high winds Jan. 6-7, the daytime high Jan. 7 was 52 degrees on Anna Maria Island, according to the National Weather Service in Ruskin. Weather conditions included winds out of the north at 10-20 mph, and seas were forecast to be 4-6 feet.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers spokeswoman Lauren Reichold said she was informed by GLDD engineers that when waves reach 5 feet or higher, the dredge and barge are moved to a safe port. High winds and seas can damage the equipment, she said.

Reichold had said when the renourishment began Dec. 20 that GLDD would average 1,000 feet of sand per day with good weather. The project is planned to culminate at Coquina Beach in Bradenton Beach by mid-to-late February, barring more weather delays.

The beach renourishment operation resumed Jan. 8 near 65th Street, with GLDD working southward along the shoreline.




Beachwalkers near the Martinique condominium-52nd Street beach access Jan. 9 are diverted around the Great Lakes activity on the shoreline to walkovers that allow access to the water over the pipes.


The pipeline brings sand ashore in a super-size sifter before being spread on the beach. Islander Photos: Rick Catlin


Some beach renourishment activity took place near 66th Street in Holmes Beach Jan. 7, despite high winds, rough surf and cold temperatures.


The barge, dredge and some equipment belonging to Great Lakes Dredge and Dock were moved to the lee side of Fort De Soto Park to avoid northerly winds and high seas Jan. 6-7.


A few beachwalkers on the beach Jan. 7 pass along the pipeline that brings dredged sand ashore near 66th Street in Holmes Beach.

Attorney: ‘Ship has sailed’ to halt BB cell tower

Talking is out. The cell tower is in.

Since January 2012, the city of Bradenton Beach has hosted multiple public meetings on the construction of a cell tower.

Public meetings, planning and zoning board hearings, presentations and city commission discussions have taken place. Opposition during the first year of meetings was scarce and the first few work sessions on the tower — as many of the early decisions were vetted and made — were virtually unattended by the public.

Opposition appeared later and some were hopeful that a new makeup of commissioners on the dais would be able to change what had been put into motion. However, one of the final acts of the previous commission under former Mayor John Shaughnessy was to approve a land-lease agreement with Florida Tower Partners, a cellular communications company.

The agreement virtually sealed the process, moving it from a proposal to action taken.

Attempts to protest against the tower now pop up every time something related to the cell tower appears on an agenda. To give the public one last chance to be heard, Mayor Bill Shearon scheduled another presentation Jan. 9.

But Mary Solik of Doty Solik Law in Orlando, attorney for Florida Tower Partners, said the city was wasting its time.

“I’m actually a little concerned about the characterization that this is still being called a proposal,” she said. The agreement with the city, she added, is “legally binding. It’s not a proposal. Most of these issues were fully vetted by the commission, P&Z, your cell tower consultant and within an ordinance. These issues have all been set. That ship has sailed.”

Citizens, however, spoke against the tower and asked questions that some claim have never been officially answered from the dais.

Jo Ann Meilner asked again about the city charter provision that states an ordinance is required to lease or change the use of city property and John Reed questioned the tower’s listed height as being well beyond what the charter allows.

Solik said those issues also were settled.

“The height issue raised is something I can put to bed right now,” she said. “We always submit a request to the Federal Aviation Administration for a little higher than we intend to construct for potential air safety. Sometimes a crane extends beyond the height of the tower during construction. It’s for clearance, not height.”

She said the other matter pertaining to the height in the charter only applies if a structure is habitable, which a tower is not.

Solik also said any notion that the city is violating its charter is untrue. She agreed that the charter states an ordinance is needed to change the use of city property, but she added, “You did that. You approved an ordinance approving the lease.”

Solik suggested the city move forward with its obligation of leading the community and being good stewards of public money.

“Any decision to back away will lead to litigation,” she said. “The only people that will benefit are me and Ricinda Perry.”

Vice Mayor Janie Robertson, who opposed the tower’s location before she was elected in November, said Solik was mixing words.

“The intent of the charter is clear,” said Robertson. “In May, we had a telecommunications ordinance that did not violate the charter. A separate commission decided they didn’t like it and wanted to change it. In changing the cell tower ordinance, they put in language that violates the charter.”

Robertson said Solik’s attempt to interpret the charter is “parsing words. We are talking height restrictions — period. No one here has the authority to re-interpret the charter.”

Solik said a valid, duly elected governing body was in office for the past two years.

“Appeals for those decisions made have long passed and now you are in an enforceable contract with Florida Towers,” said Solik. “I hear a lot about there are different commissioners now. You take action as a city, not as these four commissioners or those two commissioners. The majority rules and that is the action moving forward.”

Not all public comment was against the tower. Miriam and David Rayl spoke in favor of the tower, saying they have poor cellphone reception. David is a double-lung transplant recipient and misses important test result calls, while Miriam fears being unable to reach 911 in an emergency.

David said he can’t imagine anyone in 2014 who doesn’t want to see progress.

“Why would someone want to eliminate what someone else can use and benefit from?” he asked. “Just from the police, fire and medical standpoint it is appropriate to do this. Why wouldn’t you want that help? There’s no logic to that.”

Commissioner Jan Vosburgh said she stands behind her vote to approve the cell tower.

“We are in dire need of a cell tower in Bradenton Beach,” she said. “I was pleased to vote for it and would vote for it again. It’s done and we should move forward.”

Commissioner Jack Clarke agreed, saying it was time to put the matter to rest.

Shearon said the issue has seen due process whether he agrees with the tower or not. He suggested that the city must move on, but citizens have one final option in organizing a citizen petition referendum.

In the meantime, Shearon asked for a consensus to close discussion on the cell tower.

“To keep going over it doesn’t do any good for anybody,” said Shearon. “As far as I’m concerned, I’m looking for a consensus that this issue is closed unless a petition comes before us that binds us into pursuing it.”

Commissioners were unanimously in agreement.

Developers submit fractured Long Bar Pointe site plan

Sometimes in a football game, things may not be going so well on downs and the offense is forced to punt — a maneuver to get out of a sticky situation.

Long Bar Pointe developers, who lost their attempt in August to enhance development rights for a large parcel of land fronting Sarasota Bay south of Cortez, are proceeding with plans for a 61-acre portion of the total 523 acres before the Manatee County Planning Commission at 9 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 16.

Some players on both sides of the development scheme — for and against — might call it a punt. It fractures the project into phases, and the 61-acre plan appears to fall within the zoning requirements.

It includes 220 single-family home lots without the proposal that stirred controversy — a hotel, boardwalk, boat basin and canal that involved removing acres of mangroves and dredging Sarasota Bay.

Former Commissioner Jane von Hahmann, who voted for the original plan when she served on the county board, said of the new, smaller plan, “I don’t see much we can complain about.”

Von Hahmann spoke against the concept described by co-developer Carlos Beruff as his “dream plan” in August at a marathon session before the largest-ever gallery at a county meeting.

She said in an email last week that, based on her review of the new site plan, the lots are small — 45 by 125 feet on average.

“We can’t say we aren’t getting what we asked for,” she said, as the site plan calls for fewer units than the zoning — Residential 9 — allows, “at least for this phase of construction.”

The plan is limited to the southeast end of the Long Bar Pointe parcel, the property closest to the El Conquistador and Legend’s Bay gated communities.

Opponents of the project, including von Hahmann, say they will be on hand at the planning meeting in the event the developer proposes adjustments.

Developers Larry Lieberman and Beruff have been squaring off with environmentalists for about a year since the pair made a move for a text amendment change to the county’s comprehensive plan that would have allowed them to build a boat basin and a much larger project than was originally approved.

The project went from more than 4,000 residential homes and low-rise condominiums to a concept for almost 3,000 homes, an 84,000-square-foot convention center, a 250-room hotel, additional retail and commercial space and 300 boat slips.

In August, commissioners narrowly agreed to send a zoning change to the state for review, but only after Beruff agreed to drop the boat basin from the application.

Commissioners were expected to hear the map amendment for a final reading at a Jan. 23 meeting, but it was called off by the developer.

In a letter to Manatee County Building and Development director John Barnott dated Dec. 19, Ed Vogler, attorney for Lieberman and Beruff, wrote about the decision to drop out of the application process.

“The applicant looks forward to working with you, your staff and all interested parties as plans for development of the property are presented and considered from time to time in the future,” he wrote.

Lieberman later said investment interest in the hotel has waned and it makes sense to go back to the original residential plan, first conceived over a decade ago, when he began purchasing the property.

Since the original residential project was approved in the early 2000s, no site plan has ever been submitted.

Environmentalists eager to protect the health of Sarasota Bay and the Cortez fishery have been somewhat split during the past several months in how they would like to see the saga conclude.

Von Hahmann, a Cortez resident, led a summer rally at the county offices to drop off petitions signed by voters opposed to the expanded project.

She said during the rally that going back to the original project was the right thing to do.

Other environmentalists are battling to stop any development from occurring at Long Bar Pointe, however, stopping the project from going forward may be an uphill climb considering it has prior approval.

With site plans to be submitted and project reviews in the future, the battle is not likely over.

Weather interferes with Rod & Reel repairs

High winds and cold temperatures recently delayed not just beach renourishment efforts, but repairs to the Rod & Reel Pier, 875 N. Shore Drive, Anna Maria, said manager Dave Cochran.

The Rod & Reel has been closed since a Sept. 30 electrical fire and repairs have had to follow new building code requirements, Cochran said. Meeting the new code has meant more repairs that slow down other work, as has the cold weather, he said.

“It’s hard to work when the wind chill is like it’s been lately. It’s like it’s freezing,” he said.

“We still don’t have a date when we’ll reopen. We’re just working every day possible. I can’t even predict when we might open,” he said.

Repairs to the restaurant are being done by Bimini Bay Construction Co.

The privately-owned landmark pier was opened in 1947, and was purchased in 1999 by Mario Schoenfelder, who also operates the Anna Maria City Pier and Restaurant, about 500 yards south of the Rod & Reel on the shore of Tampa Bay on a lease agreement with the city.

Fishing – 01-15-2014

Pick your days, dodge cold fronts for prosperous fishing


As we settle into January, you’ll see that fishing between the cold fronts can be prosperous. With an average water temp in the mid 60s for January, our water has the potential to really chill down during and shortly after extreme cold fronts.

To see water temps in the low to mid 50s is not uncommon here during a cold front, especially if it lingers and there’s little to no sunshine. These are the days you want to plan something else to do. It may be doing chores around the house, straightening out your fishing tackle or, if you’re on vacation, it might just be lunch and shopping, or a lazy day of watching TV and relaxing.

In any scenario, wait for the warming trend. In a day or two when the water temps rise to normal, the fish will bite again. Not to mention, it’s more enjoyable fishing when it’s warm and the sun is shining on you. Sometimes I think the fish feel the same way.

Capt. Warren Girle is fishing nearshore structure with some interesting results. By using both live shrimp and cut shiners, Girle’s clients are reeling up limits of mangrove snapper, as well as throw-back gag and red grouper. What makes this bite interesting is that between snapper and grouper bites, clients are hooking into over-slot redfish and an occasional snook. Yeah, that’s right — 30 feet of water and he’s catching reds and snook.

While both of these species are known to frequent reefs on occasion, it’s just a case of being there on the right days at the right time. Is the catch targetable? Not really, but it sure is fun to luck into a bite like that.

Moving inshore, Girle is hunting migratory fish in Sarasota Bay. Pompano, the primary target, as well as jacks, ladyfish, bluefish and mackerel, are being caught on shrimp-tipped jigs. Drifting is Girle’s method of locating the bite.

Dave Sork at the Anna Maria City Pier says between cold fronts, action remains consistent on Spanish mackerel, jacks and blue runners, although trying to fish during or just after the cold fronts is challenging. Pick your days and you’ll find success, he says. For baits, try small white crappie jigs or white buck-tail jigs. Macks and jacks go crazy for them.

Mangrove snapper, flounder and sheepshead are also worthy adversaries when pier fishing. Again, warmer weather conditions are in your best interest, although sometimes the sheepies like it better when it’s cold and the water is all stirred up. Try dropping live shrimp around the pilings under the pier to target these structure-oriented fish.

Steve Oldham at Island Discount Tackle says sheepshead and black drum are busting on the scene, thanks to the cold fronts of this past week. As water temps drop, these fish are seeking refuge in residential canals, especially around rocks and docks. The slightly warmer water in the canals creates a safe haven for these fish, as well as an abundance of foraging on small crustaceans. Canal fishers using live shrimp for bait are finding decent numbers of both sheepies and drum. Along with those, canal fishing with live shrimp can produce snook, redfish, flounder and trout.

Along the beaches, pompano action remains steady. Goofy jigs or traditional jigs tipped with fresh shrimp or a sand flea will get your rod bent. While targeting pompano, expect to hook into jacks, blue runners, macks, ladyfish and bluefish, but carry some pliers. They come in handy when removing jigs from the blues and macks.

Capt. Rick Gross of Fishy Business Charters is fishing redfish during the incoming tides around small mangrove islands. Using live shrimp or Berkley Gulp shrimp, Gross is producing a steady bite for his clients. Redfish in the slot are common, but expect to catch some shorties, too.

Next, Gross is dock fishing with live shrimp for bait. In these areas, Gross is catching sheepshead and flounder. Keeper-sizes of both species are being reeled up, although you have to weed through the smaller ones. Along with sheepies and flounder, expect to catch black drum and more redfish.

Finally, Gross is moving out to deeper grass flats in search of spotted seatrout. For these fish, Gross is drifting over the flat, instructing his clients to jig the potholes. By casting Berkley Gulp shrimp on a jighead into the sandy potholes, Gross’ clients are cooling down decent numbers of trout.

        Send fishing reports to fish@islander.org.

Real Estate – 01-15-2014

95 52nd St., Holmes Beach, a 2,988 sfla / 4,721 sfur 3bed/3½bath/2car Gulffront home built in 2003 on a 90×140 lot was sold 12/19/13, Kreps to Swanson for $3,100,000; list $3,250,000.

4410 Second Ave., Holmes Beach, a 1,942 sfla / 2,416 sfur 3bed/2½bath/1car Gulffront home built in 1936 on a 72×200 lot was sold 12/19/13, Schultz to Bird for $1,500,000; list $1,975,000.

111 Sycamore Ave., Anna Maria, a 1,864 sfla / 3,757 sfur 3bed/3bath home built in 1981 on a 110×89 lot was sold 12/20/13, Gonzalez to DAR II LLC for $1,450,000.

308 Palm Ave., Anna Maria, a 1,952 sfla / 2,752 sfur 4bed/4bath pool home built in 1976 on a 72×116 lot was sold 12/19/13, Anna Maria Costal Homes LLC to Leiweke for $945,000; list $999,000.

6700 Gulf Drive, Unit 4, Gulf Place, Holmes Beach, a 1,513 sfla / 1,702 sfur 3bed/2½bath Gulffront condo with shared pool built in 1976 was sold 12/20/13, Wadsworth to White Shell Majesty LLC for $910,000; list $949,000.

111 78th St., Holmes Beach, a 1,596 sfla / 2,156 sfur 3bed/2bath home built in 1961 on a 64×80 lot was sold 12/26/13, Hudson to Golino for $645,000.

311 65th St., Holmes Beach, a 2,690 sfla / 3,968 sfur 3bed/2bath/3car home built in 1966 on a 120×94 lot was sold 12/20/13, Daniels to Broyles for $571,500; list $739,000.

526 68th St., Holmes Beach, a 1,582 sfla / 1,854 sfur 3bed/2bath/1car canalfront pool home built in 1970 on a 80×110 lot was sold 12/23/13, Raaker to Baker for $515,000; list $550,000.

1325 Gulf Drive N., Unit 171, Tortuga, Bradenton Beach, a 1,392 sfla / 1,560 sfur 2bed/2bath condo with shared pool built in 2006 was sold 12/18/13, Tortuga CGP Properties LLC to Skorupa for $366,000; list $369,000.

3004 Ave. C, Holmes Beach, three vacant 50×100 lots were sold 12/20/13, Bode Enterprises LLC to Wazner for $315,000.

510 N. Bay Blvd., Anna Maria, a vacant 50×62 lot was sold 12/27/13, Porter to 510 North Bay LLC for $290,000.

1801 Gulf Drive N., Unit 108, Runaway Bay, Holmes Beach, a 691 sfla / 771 sfur 1bed/1bath condo with shared pool built in 1978 was sold 12/20/13, Neihardt to Palmen for $189,000.

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

Obituaries – 01-15-2014

Rosemary S. Centerobit-Center,-Rosemary

Rosemary S. Center, 86, died Jan. 6. She was born in Chicago and moved to Anna Maria Island in 1979 from Los Angeles.

She was married 61 years to the late Charles E. Center.

A memorial service was held Jan, 11 at Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory 43rd Street Chapel, Bradenton. Condolences may be made online at www.brownandsonsfuneral.com.

Mrs. Center is survived by her children, Charles Jr. of Dover and Diane Boudro, Daniel, Tera Howard and Rosemary Balandra, all of Bradenton; 10 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.


Jack Gloverobit-glover

Jack Glover, 91, of Bradenton Beach and Hart, Mich., died Jan. 6. He was born June 19, 1922, in Hart to the late Phil and Nellie (Ervin) Glover. He was a 60-year resident of the Sandpiper Resort mobile home park in Bradenton Beach.

Mr. Glover spent his lifetime farming the Glover Bros. Centennial Fruit Farm in Hart until retirement in 2001. He was a longtime Elks Lodge member. He loved to hunt and fish and was a railroad enthusiast. He collected vintage cars, many of which were Studebakers. He proudly displayed a steam engine and caboose outdoors at his Michigan home.

A memorial service will be held at a later date in Michigan.

Mr. Glover is survived by his wife of 41 years, Marianne (Seitz/Manz); step-daughters Helga Matos and Rosemarie Mundorff of Bradenton; a step-granddaughter, three step-great-grandchildren and nine step-great-great-grandchildren, all of Port Charlotte; nephews Tom McGuire of Mears, Mich., Garth Larson of Hart, Rodney Larson of Salt Lake City, Martin, David and John Jonassen of Michigan and Andrew Jonassen of Wisconsin; and nieces Nancy Hook of Toledo, Bonnie McCoy, Susan Bettys and Irene Jonassen, all of Michigan.


Walter John Gruen

Walter John Gruen of Holmes Beach died Jan. 6. He came to Anna Maria Island in 1995 from Land O’ Lakes.

Mr. Gruen was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II. He served as an RM2C aboard the USS Pelican and was stationed three years in Panama.

He enjoyed being a ham radio operator, and he met people from all over the world and made many friends through the radio.

He retired from Tampa Electric Co., where he was a dispatcher.

No service is planned.

Mr. Gruen is survived by wife Olivia; son Karl F.; step-son Bob Willis Jr. and wife Barbara; step-daughter Olivia Willis; step-grandchildren Lauren Olivia Dipolita and Emma Terry; and step-great-granddaughter Leni Olivia Busiere.


Ramon Marraobit-marra

Ramon Marra, 79, of Bradenton Beach, died Jan. 4. He was born in Guantanamo, Cuba, and came to Florida in 1962 after being expelled by Fidel Castro’s government.

Mr. Marra served 18 months in a Cuban prison for anti-communist activities. He was proud to become an American citizen and was always grateful for America’s liberties and opportunities. At age 37, he earned a degree in accounting from Florida Atlantic University, despite barely speaking English. He worked as an auditor for the city of Tampa and served as city auditor for four years before relocating to Bradenton.

He was a proud member of the Tampa Downtown Lions Club and the Tampa Cuban Civic Club. He retired in 2002 and spent time fishing, playing softball for the Bradenton Senior Softball League and enjoying his grandchildren. He was a man who lived life to the fullest and found every person a friend.

A funeral Mass was celebrated Jan. 11 at St. Bernard Catholic Church, Holmes Beach. Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory 43rd Street Chapel was in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be made online at www.brownandsonsfuneral.com.

Memorial donations may be made to the Parkinson’s Research Foundation, 5969 Cattleridge Blvd., Suite 100, Sarasota FL 34232, or to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Mr. Marra is survived by his wife of 54 years, Nancy; daughter, Teresa of Denver; daughter Nancy and husband Andre Perron of Bradenton; grandchildren Jeremy and Jacqueline Perron.


Joe Romeo

Joe Romeo, 86, died Jan. 9. He was born in Tampa and later retired to Anna Maria Island.

One of his favorite pastimes was fishing the beautiful flats in Tampa Bay and the Gulf of Mexico waters.

A service was held Jan. 11 at Church of the Cross, Bradenton. Covell Funeral Home of Bradenton was in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Romeo is survived by two sons, Mark and Chris.


Frank Wheeler Wiley

Frank Wheeler Wiley, 91, a 30-year resident of Anna Maria Island, died Jan. 3. He was born Oct. 21, 1922, in Bradenton to the late Ralph and Laurette Wheeler Wiley.

Mr. Wiley was proud to have been a graduate of Manatee High School. He worked for Southern Railway for 40 years.

The service and interment were at Manasota Memorial Park. Manasota Memorial Park and Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be made online at www.manasotamemorial.com.

Mr. Wiley is survived by his son, Frank Jr.; daughters Loraine, Joan and husband Lew Humphrey and

Dorie; sisters Frances Hamilton, and Dorothy Thomas; and grandchildren Graham and wife Brandy Maddox, Edward Porter, Melanie, Lisa, and Patrick Geren, Nick and Margaret Gaba; two greatgrandchildren; many nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.

Sports – 01-15-2014

Winter sports take over fields, gym at AM center


It was a busy week of winter sports for kids and adult players at the Anna Maria Island Community Center.

The outdoor fields came alive for the kick off of the NFL flag football youth league Jan. 11 with Spirit Day — a day-long series of half games and a contest among fans and teams to show who has the most team spirit.

No official scores were kept, and a good time was had by all.

The adult volleyball league started up in the gym Jan. 9 with three matches. Duncan Real Estate shot past Southern Greens 25-13, 25-8, in the first matchup. Next up, Florida Discount Signs & Wraps defeated Southern Greens 25-16, 25-13.

Duncan Real Estate then slipped by Florida Discount Signs & Wraps, scoring 25-21, 25-22, in the day’s third match.


Adult flag football kicks off, too

The NFL flag football adult league got going Jan. 9 at the center — minus the Spirit Day hoopla — with three full games in its 18-and-over division.

Slim’s Place Bears trampled the Beach Bistro Raiders 31-14 in the first game, while the final game of the evening saw Beach to Bay Construction Dolphins overwhelm The Waterfront Restaurant Panthers by a 55-6 score.

In between, there was one close game — The Islander’s game of the week. Agnelli Pool & Spa Giants edged Duffy’s Tavern Seahawks 32-25 behind a big game from quarterback Rob Manderine. Manderine completed 13 of 24 passes for 167 yards and three touchdown passes, while also rushing for 32 yards and a touchdown.

Frank Agnelli was his favorite target, catching five passes for 47 yards and a pair of touchdown receptions, while Andrew Turman added four catches for 75 yards and one touchdown.

Caleb Earhard led the Giant defense with five flag pulls and an interception, while Turman also chipped in with an interception.

Duffy’s Tavern Seahawks were led by Jason Vancleve, who accounted for two touchdowns in the game. He threw for a touchdown, while chipping in with 32 receiving yards and a touchdown. Dylan Kraut added a 5-yard touchdown reception and an interception return for a touchdown on defense. Craig Doehr completed the scoring for the Seahawks with one TD reception.

The 30-and-over division got going Jan. 10 with three games. Ross Built Panthers opened the season with an 18-0 victory over Jessie’s Island Store Buccaneers. The second game saw Agnelli Pool & Spa Giants edge Tyler’s Ice Cream Vikings 20-14, but the game of the week was a 39-36 shootout victory by Island Gourmet Bills over Island Real Estate Raiders.

The Bills were led by quarterback Chuck Buky, who completed 13 of 23 passes for 302 yards and six touchdown passes. His favorite target was Jim Ptak, who caught seven balls for 150 yards and three touchdowns, while AJ Brown added three catches for 70 yards and a pair of touchdown receptions. Katie Berzowski completed the scoring with two catches for 45 yards and one touchdown.

Defensively, the Bills were paced by Brown’s four flag pulls and an interception by Ptak.

The Raiders were led by quarterback Chris Gillum, who completed 16 of 22 passes for 175 yards and five touchdown passes. Jason Vancleve was the top target on six throws for 102 yards and three touchdown receptions. Mike Gillum, with four catches for 42 yards and one touchdown and Erin Heckler, who had three catches for 28 yards and one touchdown, completed the scoring for the Raiders in the loss.

Vancleve led the Raiders defense with five flag pulls.


Horseshoe news

Three teams emerged from pool play during Jan. 11 horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe pits and were left to battle for the day’s title.

Bob Palmer and Sam Samuels drew the bye into the finals and watched as Adin Shank and Rod Bussey rolled past Tom Skoloda and Bob Mason on a 24-13 score. The championship match was a tight one, ending when Bussey threw a match-clinching “six pack” to earn a 23-20 come-from-behind victory.

Bob Palmer and Sam Samuels were the only team that earned a 3-0 pool play record during Jan. 8 horseshoe action and were the day’s outright champs.

Play gets under way at 9 a.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays 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

5-7 Division

Jan. 17   6 p.m.   Air & Energy vs. Miller Electric

Jan. 20   6 p.m.   Miller Electric vs. Beaches Real Estate


8-10 Division

Jan. 15   6 p.m.   Dolphins vs. Cowboys

Jan. 17   6 p.m.   Manatee Diagnostic vs. Beach Bums

Jan. 17   7 p.m.   Cowboys vs. Tyler’s Ice Cream


11-13 Division

Jan. 17   8 p.m.   Beach to Bay Const. vs. Will C. Photos

Jan. 20   7 p.m.   Will C. Photos vs. LPAC

Jan. 20   8 p.m.   Sandbar vs. Ravens


14-17 Division

Jan. 16   6 p.m.   The Sun vs. Waterfront Restaurant

Jan. 21   6 p.m.   Swordfish Grill vs. The Sun

Jan. 21   7 p.m.   The Feast vs. Jaguars

Jan. 21   8 p.m.   Bengals vs. Waterfront Restaurant


18-and-Over Division

Jan. 15   7 p.m.   Slim’s Place vs. Waterfront

Jan. 15   8 p.m.   Agnelli Pool vs. Beach to Bay Const.

Jan. 15   9 p.m.   Beach Bistro vs. Duffy’s


30-and-Over Division

Jan. 16   7 p.m.   Jessie’s vs. Island Gourmet

Jan. 16   8 p.m.   Agnelli Pool vs. Ross Built

Jan. 16   9 p.m.   Tyler’s vs. IRE


Adult Volleyball

Feb. 4    6:30 p.m. Duncan Real Estate vs. Southern Greens

Feb. 4    7:30 p.m. FL Discount Signs vs. Duncan Real Estate

Feb. 4  8:30 p.m.         Southern Greens vs. FL Discount Signs