Tag Archives: 02-27-2013

Wildlife rehab cares for abused vulture

A turkey vulture is expected to recover from an unusual case of apparent animal abuse, as it rehabilitates at Wildlife Education and Rehabilitation Center Inc., in Bradenton Beach.

Bradenton Beach Vice Mayor Ed Straight and his wife Gail have run the organization at their home for 26 years and Straight said, in all that time, he has never seen anything like what this vulture endured.

“We’ve dealt with gunshot wounds and we were part of the rescue of the St. Petersburg duck that had an arrow through its neck, but I’ve never seen anything like this,” said Straight.

“We started getting calls about two weeks ago about a vulture that was having a hard time flying,” he said. “It was eating out of people’s garbage to stay alive.”

Straight said volunteer rescuers tried several times to locate the vulture after a call to their organization, and finally captured it in a patch of thick bushes Feb. 18.

“Damen Hurd, one of our rescuers, who is very good at what he does, found it in some bushes near King Middle School, in Bradenton,” he said. “It couldn’t fly, but it could still run around pretty good, so it was not an easy catch.”

The bird was covered in red paint upon arrival to Wildlife Inc. Straight said the people that called suspected it had been shot with a paint gun.

“But if you saw it when it first came in, you would have seen it covered in paint from head to toe,” he said. “The paint was all the way down to the skin, so it appears to me that someone dipped this bird into paint. For what reason, I cannot imagine.”

Straight said he had no idea why someone would do such a thing, “but I hope whoever did it eventually gets caught and prosecuted.”

He said a similar incident occurred in north Florida several months ago to some seagulls, and there were no leads in that case.

“He’s doing pretty good now,” said Straight. “He’s expected to fully recover, but we got to him just in time because he was in pretty bad shape. If we hadn’t got to him when we did, he wouldn’t have made it.”

Some of the paint has come off naturally and the vulture has been attempting to cleanse itself, but Straight said a veterinarian will soon begin bathing the bird with Dawn detergent. It’s the same treatment used for birds damaged by oil spills.

“We wanted to give it a few days to avoid causing too much stress,” he said. “But everything is looking good for him to recover from this.”

Straight asks that anyone with information on who may have done this to the vulture call the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission law enforcement division at 863-648-3200.

Wildlife Inc. is a nonprofit rescue/rehabilitation organization. As many wildlife rehabilitation centers across Florida shut down due to struggling finances and stricter regulations, demands on Wildlife Inc. are growing.

Straight said his facility is receiving calls for help from all along the Gulf coastline.

To learn more, go online at www.wildlifeinc.org, visit Wildlife Inc. on Facebook or call 941-778-6324.

Boil water notice issued

Manatee County announced last week it will install a valve and shut water off the morning of Feb. 26 for customers in Holmes Beach from Gulf Drive to Avenue E and from 31st Street to 28th Street.

James Faulkner of the county utilities distribution section said customers are advised that once service is restored, all water used for drinking or cooking should be boiled as a precaution.

The precautionary notice remains in effect 24-48 hours and a rescission notice will be issued when the boil-water notice is lifted.

For more information, call 941-792-8811, ext. 5268.

WMFR receives improved insurance rating

Property owners in West Manatee Fire Rescue District should be in line for lower homeowner insurance rates.

        About once every 10 years, the International Standards Organization ranks communities from 1-10, with 1 being perfect.

WMFR challenged a recent 4 rating after undergoing an ISO evaluation in early 2012.

        “We did get confirmation that our ISO rating did improve. It was lowered to a 3,” WMFR Chief Andy Price reported at the Feb. 21 commissioners meeting.

        The rating is expected to take effect July 1.

        “The ISO should be sending this information to local jurisdictions and insurance companies — and that’s a good thing,” he added.

        The ISO evaluation included a site visit, measurements of fire department’s staff, training, water supply, hydrant locations, communication systems, building codes and inspection programs.

When the ISO results came back in the fall, the district had held onto a 4 rating. On review of the results, WMFR determined the ISO evaluator missed certain information, and the district waged an appeal.

Price said WMFR’s training wasn’t properly credited in the initial evaluation.

“What we found out was the guy who did the evaluation retired right after he finished us,” he said, adding that after someone else reviewed the evaluation, “we got a lot more credit for training.”

“Part of the problem was they were looking at the reserves,” he explained.

Price said the reservists are on a 48-hour-a-month work schedule and average only 2-3 hours of training, while career firefighters receive 20 training hours each month.

        WMFR provides fire and rescue service from three fire stations, including one in Holmes Beach. It employs 42 career personnel and 35 reservists.

        The district has a $5.5 million budget and protects nearly 20,000 parcels in an 18-square-mile district, including Anna Maria Island.

        Insurance companies use ISO ratings to set premiums, and a lower number typically means lower property insurance rates.

For more information, call 941-761-1555.

Island police blotter – 02-27-2013

Anna Maria

        • Feb. 15, 100 block of Maple Avenue, information. An elderly couple was walking on the beach when the man stopped to use the restroom. The woman said she was returning home, but she did not. The man called the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office to report her missing, saying she has dementia and gets confused. Four MCSO deputies and a Holmes Beach Police Department officer responded to search the beach area. About 15 minutes later, MCSO was contacted regarding a lost woman. Deputies determined it was the missing woman and, after having her medically cleared, she was released to her daughter.

Anna Maria is policed by the MCSO.

Bradenton Beach

        • Feb. 17, 1407 Gulf Drive South, Coquina Moorings condo, petit theft. A man reported someone had stolen his unsecured bicycle valued at $100 from the parking lot.

• Feb. 16, 2000 Gulf Drive S., Coquina Park, property damage. A man attempted to turn his recreation vehicle around in the parking lot and struck an overhanging Australian pine branch. Police report the branch was “large” and became stuck in the RV roof rack making it impossible for the man to move the vehicle. A Manatee County public works employee was contacted to remove the branch with a chainsaw, at which time the RV was able to drive away.

• Feb. 21, 600 Gulf Drive S., discharge of a weapon. A 30-year-old woman was charged with misdemeanor discharge of a weapon. A Bradenton Beach Police Department officer was in the area issuing parking tickets when he reported hearing 10 gunshots. Holmes Beach Police Department, Longboat Key Police Department and the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call for backup. Law enforcement officers converged on the area where the gunshots were heard and discovered a group of people a beach groin. After ordering the group to the ground, the suspect admitted it was her gun and she had been shooting into the water. She told officers she had a second weapon in her vehicle. A Smith & Wesson 9 mm and a Glock .40 caliber handgun were confiscated.

        Bradenton Beach is policed by the BBPD.


• Feb. 18, 12000 Cortez Road, battery. A couple was arguing at the side of the road. The woman alleged that her companion slammed the trunk of the vehicle on her back. She stepped on his keys, at which time he allegedly applied enough pressure to her big toe to cause her to scream. She told police she slapped the back of his head to make him stop. The 66-year-old man was arrested on a misdemeanor battery charge.

        Cortez is policed by the MCSO

Holmes Beach

        Feb. 18, 300 block of 64th Street, driving without a license. A 33-year-old Bradenton man struck another vehicle with a work truck. During the course of the accident investigation, the man allegedly told police he had taken his boss’ work truck without permission to go to lunch. He said he did not have a driver’s license. A check revealed that the man had a prior arrest for the same offense. Police determined him to be at fault for the accident and arrested him on the misdemeanor charge of driving without a license.

• Feb. 10, 200 block of South Harbor Drive, burglary. A complainant reported 11 fishing poles valued at $4,425 were stolen from his unlocked storage shed.

• Feb. 13, 7200 Palm Drive, found property. A public works employee found a bullet-proof vest lying on the side of the road. The employee turned the property over to HBPD.

Holmes Beach is policed by the HBPD.

        Streetlife is based on incident reports and narratives from the Bradenton Beach and Holmes Beach police departments and Manatee County Sheriff’s Office.

All hail the chief

Retired Holmes Beach Police Chief Jay Romine is recognized with a standing ovation by more than 250 invited guests at his retirement party Feb. 22 at the Stoneybrook Golf Club. Romine was roasted, toasted and honored by family, fellow law enforcement, and officials from all over the state. He resigned his 19-year tenure as chief Jan. 31 and his law enforcement career of 33 years. Click here for more images

Island real estate transactions – 02-27-2013

417 Clark Drive, Unit B, Isla Vista, Holmes Beach, a 2,400 sfla / 3,807 sfur 3bed/2½bath/4car land condo with pool built in 2008 was sold 02/01/13, Siam Garden Resort Group LLC to Deneke Inc. for $650,000; list $679,000.

2700 Gulf Drive, Unit 204, Ocean Park Terrace, Holmes Beach, a 1,350 sfla / 1,539 sfur 3bed/2bath condo with shared pool built in 1982 was sold 02/01/13, O’Connor to Wright for $610,000; list $649,000.

5200 Gulf Drive, Unit 502, Martinique South, Holmes Beach, a 1,169 sfla 2bed/2bath condo with shared pool built in 1970 was sold 01/31/13, Gorsuch to Cochrane for $410,000; list $425,000.

6500 Flotilla Drive, Unit 225, Westbay Point & Moorings, Holmes Beach, a 1,793 sfla 3bed/2bath condo with shared pool built in 1979 was sold 02/05/13, Langlois to Petersmarck for $385,000; list $399,000.

3100 Gulf Drive, Unit 3, The Terrace, Holmes Beach, a 884 sfla / 1,080 sfur 2bed/2bath condo with shared pool built in 1982 was sold 02/06/13, Briggs to Marshall for $265,000.

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

Fishing – 02-27-2013

Weather heats up like spring, fishing pattern, too


Following the past week’s cold front, Anna Maria Island fishers were getting back on the water, targeting a number of inshore species.

As temperatures approached daytime highs of 80 degrees, conditions were favorable for fishing just off the beaches and piers, as well as the lush grass flats in Anna Maria Sound.

Beach fishers are being rewarded with catches of pompano, black drum, flounder and bluefish. Most catches are occurring on live shrimp or sand fleas although artificials are working well for the pompano and bluefish. Beach fishers in the know are combining artificials with bait to ensure the bite. To entice a bite, try a pompano jig tipped with a small piece of fresh-cut shrimp.

On the flats, fishers are finding schooling redfish in good numbers. If you find these schools tending to get a little spooked, try using a cut piece of mullet or ladyfish to convince the fish to bite.

Also on the flats, spotted seatrout action is heating up. Soft plastics combined with a 1/4-ounce jighead are producing decent numbers of trout. Position your boat upwind of the flat to fish. Turn off your motor and drift over the flat, working soft plastics through the sandy potholes to locate fish. While targeting trout, expect to catch bluefish, ladyfish and even a few Spanish mackerel in the process.

Capt. Warren Girle is drift fishing in Sarasota Bay catching a variety of species. Using small bullet-head pompano jigs tipped with a small piece of fresh-cut shrimp, Girle’s clients are hooking up with pompano and permit in respectable numbers. Both species are 1-3 pounds. Along with pompano and permit, Girle is putting his clients on Spanish mackerel, bluefish, ladyfish, spotted seatrout and blue runners.

On shallow flats during high tides, Girle is working schooling reds. He opts to use fresh chunks of cut ladyfish to get them to bite. A chunk of ladyfish or mullet is a good option when you find redfish that won’t respond to live shrimp or shiners. Simply cast out a chunk and let it lay on the bottom until an unsuspecting redfish discovers it and bites. Redfish up to 27 inches were the norm this past week for Girle.

Grady Smith at Island Discount Tackle says sheepshead are the highlight of the week. Pier fishers are buying dozens of shrimp and small strong hooks to cash in on these tasty striped fish. Most sheepies caught are 1-2 pounds, although fish up to 5 pounds are in the mix.

From fishers on the flats, Smith is hearing of decent spotted seatrout action. Most fishers targeting trout are using soft plastics combined with a lead jighead. Colors include white, chartreuse or green. You can also catch trout on live shrimp. Try using a popping cork rigged above your shrimp to keep it out of the grass.

Finally, Smith says fishers using live shrimp under docks are catching slot-size reds, although most are undersized. Casting weighted, live shrimp, fishers are reeling up reds, black drum, flounder and sheepshead.

Dave Sork at the Ann Maria City Pier says sheepshead are beginning to show, but the bite varies by day.

One day the bite is good, the next day they don’t bite. Pier fishers using live fiddler crabs or sand fleas are catching flounder along the edges and under the pier. Dragging a live shrimp along the bottom next to the pilings will result in some tasty flat fish for the cooler. Keeper-size flounder are a little scarce, although with a little determination, if the goal is to catch enough for the dinner table, it is attainable.

Although it’s a little early in the season, the occasional Spanish mackerel is being caught. Pier fishers casting Gotcha plugs or silver spoons stand a chance at catching one of these high-activity toothy fish. Along with macks, expect to catch bluefish and ladyfish.

Jim Malfese at the Rod & Reel Pier says sheepshead are happening. Most fish are caught in the morning and live shrimp are dominating the bite. Pier fishers who normally use crabs or fleas are switching to shrimp — and those who regularly fish for sheepies know this is rare. Usually, the crabs and fleas work better but, like any true angler, adapting to what is happening is important for success.

There are still flounder inhabiting the pier. Most are being caught as a bycatch while targeting sheepshead. Average size of the flounder is 10-12 inches although a few respectable-sized fish have been caught.

Finally, pier fishers using small white jigs are catching bluefish, although the bite is inconsistent. These fish may not fare well for dinner, but their sheer power provides great action on light tackle. Remember to use pliers when removing hooks from a bluefish’s mouth. You don’t want to encounter their sharp teeth and strong jaws.

Capt. Mark Howard of SumoTime Fishing Charters says the past week included some exciting action.

He says the sheepshead are turned on, as big schools mass over structure, piers and around the local reefs for the spawn, “I have been throwing back any sheepshead under 15 inches and having no problems keeping enough for a tasty fish dinner,” Howard says.

When targeting sheepies, Howard is using a live shrimp rigged on a No.1 hook with enough weight to keep the rig on the bottom. “This leads to bent rods and smiles on deck,” says Howard.

Another simple rig is a weighted jig head with a shrimp on the hook. “The key to success is to get the bait to hold to the bottom and waiting for the thump of the sheepshead inhaling the bait. Feel for the pressure of fish pulling on the rig and set the hook in a strong sweeping motion,” Howard says.

He says redfish, black drum and sheepshead are thick under the docks along the Intracoastal Waterway and the Manatee River. “Toss your bait offerings deep under the docks and shade areas to connect with some close-quarters action. Getting the fish out of the structure quickly is key to landing these bruisers,” Howard adds.

Looking forward, Howard says the transition has begun from winter to spring fishing patterns. Look for schools of shiners to invade the flats in the bays as the water temperature gradually warms. When the flats reach 70 degrees, the spring bite will explode but the winter bite will remain strong until late March.

Send fishing reports to fish@islander.org.

Calendar – 02-27-2013

Wednesday, Feb. 27

Noon — Anna Maria Island Historical Society members luncheon, the BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-778-0492.


Thursday, Feb. 28

6 p.m. — Forum on eating vegan, Sandpiper Resort Coop community center, 2601 Gulf Drive, Bradenton Beach. Fee applies. Information: 941-779-0556.


Friday, March 1

2-4 p.m. — Friends of the Island Library members-only Book Sale, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.

4-7 p.m. — The Studio at Gulf and Pine, 10101 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria, hosts a reception for Sightlines, an exhibit featuring six area artists. Information: 941-778-1906.

5-10 p.m. — Island Cityfest with music, food, arts and crafts, 5801 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-1541.


Saturday, March 2

8:30 a.m. — Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island breakfast and meeting, Anna Maria Island Beach Cafe, Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-1383.

9 a.m.-2 p.m. — Friends of the Island Library Book Sale, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.

10 a.m.-10 p.m. — Island Cityfest with music, food, arts and crafts, 5801 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-1541.

9 a.m.-3 p.m. — A spring craft show and sale, with lunch and baked goods also available, to benefit the 100th anniversary of Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-0414.

10 a.m. — The Island Gallery West, 5368 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, hosts a free demonstration, Pam McMillen, “Chainmail Jewelry.” Information: 941-778-6648.

6 p.m. — Rat Pack tribute supper and show, Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Fee applies. Information: 941-778-1908.


Sunday, March 3

8:30-11:30 a.m. — Pancake breakfast at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach. Fee applies. Information: 941-778-4769.

11:30 a.m. — Bridge Street Market gumbo challenge for home and restaurant chefs and to benefit Manatee Children’s Service, Bridge Street, Bradenton Beach. Information: 215-906-0668.


Monday, March 4

6:30 p.m. — Artists’ Guild of Anna Maria meeting and program, “Arts on the Island,” Episcopal Church of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.


Tuesday, March 5

Noon — Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island lunch and meeting, BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-794-8044.

8 p.m. — Island Players benefit performance, “Til Beth Do Us Part” for the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, 10009 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Fee applies. 941-799-2181.


Wednesday, March 6

6:35 p.m. — Official sunset.



Friday, March 1

6-9:30 p.m. — A Taste of the Village celebration of art, craft and cuisine, Village of the Arts, 12th Street West and 12th Avenue West, Bradenton. Information: 941-746-4556.


Saturday, March 2

10 a.m.-4 p.m. — Longboat Key Garden Club 37th Home and Garden Tour, various locations. Fee applies. Information: 941-383-4818.

11 a.m.-4 p.m. — A Taste of the Village celebration of art, craft and cuisine, Village of the Arts, 12th Street West and 12th Avenue West, Bradenton. Information: 941-746-4556.


Tuesday, March 5

8 p.m. — State College of Florida Manatee-Sarasota Chamber and Concert choirs concert, Neel Performing Arts Center, SCF Bradenton, 5840 26th St. W., Bradenton. Fee applies. Information: 941-752-5252.



• March 2-30, Suncoast Watercolor Society juried exhibit, Art Center Manatee, 209 Ninth St. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-746-2862.

• Through April 28, Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium, 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota, hosts Sea Lions: On the Water’s Edge. Fee applies. Information: 941-388-4441.

• Wednesdays and Saturdays, 9 a.m., horseshoes pitched, Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information: 941-708-6130.

• Wednesdays through Easter, Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 6608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, hosts soup suppers at 6 p.m. Information: 941-778-1813.

• Wednesdays through spring, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., the Anna Maria Island Historical Society, 402 Pine Ave., Anna Maria, sells settlers bread. Information: 941-778-0492.

• Wednesdays through March, 1-3 p.m., Anna Maria Irish Ceili dancers, Mannatee Sports Grill, 7423 Manatee Ave., Bradenton. Information: 779-1416.

• First Wednesdays, noon, Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce networking luncheon. Location varies. Fee applies. Information: 941-778-1541.

• First Wednesdays, Mana-Tween Book Club, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information:  941-748-5555, ext. 6318.

• Second Wednesdays, 8 a.m., Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce sunrise breakfast. Location varies. Fee applies. Information: 941-778-1541.

• Fourth Wednesdays, 5 p.m., Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce business card exchange. Location varies. Fee applies. Information: 941-778-1541.

• Thursdays, Thirsty Thursdays specials and activities, 5-7 p.m., Bridge Street, Bradenton Beach.

• Through spring, bingo games, Annie Silver Community Center, 103 23rd St., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-778-3580.

• Fridays, Senior Adventures, low-cost field trips from Annie Silver Community Center, 103 23rd St., Bradenton Beach. Fee may apply. Information: 941-962-8835.

• Third Fridays, 5-8 p.m., Pine Avenue Porch Party presented by local merchants, Pine Avenue, Anna Maria. Food donations requested for Roser Food Pantry. Information: 941-896-3132.

• Fourth Fridays, through March, community dinners, Annie Silver Community Center, 103 23rd St., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-778-3580.

• First Saturdays, 8 a.m.-noon, Manatee County Audubon open house, 9:30 a.m. Audubon Walk, Felts Audubon Preserve, 4600 24th Ave. E., Palmetto, Information: 941-729-2227.

• Third Sundays, through May, 9-11 a.m., Junior Audubon, Manatee Audubon Society, Felts Audubon Preserve, 4600 24th Ave. E., Palmetto. Information: 941-729-2227.

• Sundays, through April 10, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., the Bridge Street Market, Bridge Street, Bradenton Beach. The first Sundays include a food challenge for charity. Information: 215-906-0668.

• Mondays, 1 p.m., bridge games, Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-0414.

• First Mondays, 7 p.m., Florida Institute for Saltwater Heritage board meets, Fisherman’s Hall, 4515 123rd St. W., Cortez. Information: 941-254-4972.

• First Mondays, through May, 6:30 p.m., the Artists’ Guild of Anna Maria Island meets, the Episcopal Church of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6694.

• Third Mondays, September through May, noon, Anna Maria Island Democratic Club lunch meeting, BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Fee applies. Information: 941-779-0564.

Tuesdays, 4 p.m., Inquiring Minds religious study group meets, Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 6608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-4579.

• Tuesdays, 12:30 p.m., Anna Maria duplicate bridge, Episcopal Church of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-3390.

• Tuesdays, noon, Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island meets, BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-794-8044.


Coming up

• March 7, the Island Players’ opening of “’Til Beth Do Us Part,” Island Players theater, 10009 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria.

• March 8, Artwalk, downtown Holmes Beach galleries, shops, around Marina and Gulf drives.

• March 9, Anna Maria Island Privateers Thieves Market, Coquina Beach, Bradenton Beach.

• March 9-10, Anna Maria Island Art League Springfest arts and crafts show, Holmes Beach city field, 5801 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.

• March 10, Daylight saving time begins.

• March 11, Spring break begins for Manatee County public school students.


Save the date

• March 16, Anna Maria Island Community Center Tour of Homes, various island locations.

• March 17, St. Patrick’s Day. Information to come on the parade.

• March 17, Roser Memorial Community Church celebrates its 100th anniversary with a tree planting and time capsule burial.

• March 20, Anna Maria Garden Club annual Penny Flower Show, Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria.

• March 24, Anna Maria Island Concert Chorus and Orchestra concert, An Afternoon of Opera, CrossPointe Fellowship, 8605 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.

• March 31, Easter.

• May 4, Food and Wine on Pine, Pine Avenue, Anna Maria.

• May 4, An Island Affaire gala for the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria.


Calendar announcements

        Send calendar announcements to calendar@islander.org. Please include the time, date and location of the event, a brief description and a contact via email and phone. The deadline for submissions is the Wednesday before publication. High-resolution photographs welcome.

Obituaries – 02-27-2013

Dan Toler

Southern rock guitar legend ‘Dangerous’ Dan Toler, 65, former member of the Allman Brothers and Dickey Betts & Great Southern and the Toler Brothers bands, once a resident of Holmes Beach, died Feb. 25 near his hometown of Sarasota, Fla.

Toler was diagnosed in 2011 with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or ALS, commonly known as “Lou Gehrig’s disease.”

Since then, several star-studded benefits were held to help pay his medical bills and to raise awareness of the disease.

Best known as “Dangerous Dan” Toler and brother David “Frankie” Toler were living in Holmes Beach when they both got a start with Dickey Betts & Great Southern, playing then for an overflow crowd at the Oar House bar in Holmes Beach before recording the 1977 band-titled debut album and “Atlanta’s Burning Down” a year later.

When the Allman Brothers Band reformed in 1979 —Gregg Allman also lived then in Holmes Beach — the Tolers followed Betts into the band and stayed until 1982.

They went on the road with the Gregg Allman Band, recording the hit “I’m No Angel” and the album of the same name, as well as “Just Before the Bullets Fly.”

From there, Dan Toler went on to play in several southern rock and jazz-fusion projects. His last album was with the Toler/Townsend Band, which included John Townsend of the Sanford-Townsend Band.

Frankie Toler died June 4, 2011, at the age of 59 from complications following a liver transplant.

Services and arrangements were not yet announced.


Carl L. Pfaller

Carl L. Pfaller, 93, formerly of Anna Maria, Punta Gorda and South Bend, Ind., died Oct. 28, 2012. He was born Oct. 1, 1919, in South Bend.

Mr. Pfaller and wife Amy built a cottage in 1950 on the north end of Anna Maria and spent winter vacations there until 1987, when they retired and moved to Punta Gorda.

Following Hurricane Charley in 2003, they moved to the cottage in Anna Maria and spent summers in South Bend. Some family members and friends honeymooned at the cottage and continue to vacation there.

Mr. Pfaller is survived by daughter Shirley and husband Larry Wyant and son Richard and wife Renee, all of South Bend; eight grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.


Joseph M. Rothberg

Joseph M. Rothberg, Ph.D., 76, of Anna Maria since 1998, formerly of Silver Springs, Md., died Jan. 3.

A memorial service will be held at the Roser Memorial Community Church chapel at 11 a.m. Friday, March 1. Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory 43rd Street Chapel was in charge of arrangements.

Dr. Rothberg is survived by wife Jeanette; sons Michael William and Benjamin David; daughter-in-law, Atsuko; and grandchildren Aimee, Logan and Kaleb.


Lawrence ‘Bud’ Taylor

Lawrence “Bud” Taylor, 83, of Holmes Beach and Michigan, died Oct. 3. He was born Nov. 7, 1929 in Pontiac, Mich. He first came to Anna Maria Island some 20 years ago as a winter visitor and settled in Holmes Beach.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Jean, and sister Bonnie Pettigrew of Heber Springs, Ark.

Mrs. Taylor plans to hold a remembrance service at her home at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 9, and requests friends wanting to attend contact her for more information at 941-778-4683.



Sports – 02-27-2013

Adult flag football closes in on season


The co-ed flag football season at the Anna Maria Island Community Center is in its final week with some important games ahead to decide the all-important seeding for playoffs.

In the AFC, Island Sun Bills, Florida Discount Sign Colts and Southern Green Seahawks all have 5-2 records and a loss could make their path to the Super Bowl much more difficult.

It’s the same in the NFC, where Sato Real Estate Browns, Waterfront Restaurant Dolphins and Duffy’s Tavern Raiders also have 5-2 records.

There were some exciting games played last week, including the opening game Feb. 21 that saw BY Construction Bears edge Duncan Real Estate Cardinals 34-27. Other scores from the evening include Waterfront Restaurant Dolphins defeating Lobstahs Lions 33-18, Tyler’s Ice Cream Vikings over Florida Discount Signs Colts 31-12, and Duffy’s Tavern Raiders over the Sun Bills 42-29.

Feb. 20 action saw Sato Real Estate Browns stay atop the NFC thanks to a 33-20 victory over Beach to Bay Construction Ravens, but the game of the week was Agnelli Pool & Spa Giants vs. Harrington House Buccaneers 55-41 with three defensive touchdowns. Caleb Roberts led the way with three interceptions including two that he “took to the house,” while Pat Calvery added one interception return for a touchdown to his team-high five flag pulls.

The Giants also scored some points on offense behind a good all-around game from quarterback Tim Shaughnessy. He completed 12 of 16 passes for 179 yards and four touchdown passes, while also rushing for 71 yards. Frank Agnelli was his favorite receiver, finishing with six catches for 96 yards, including two touchdowns, two extra points and a two-point conversion. Calvary also scored two touchdowns and finished with 58 receiving yards and 40 rushing yards. Brianna Shaughnessy completed the scoring for the Giants with a touchdown and extra-point receptions.

Richard Fosmore threw for 262 yards and five touchdown passes to lead a potent Buccaneer offense, but also got picked off four times in the game. Three touchdown passes went to Brandon Kern, who finished with four catches for 104 yards. Max Garza added four catches for 66 yards and two, two-point conversions, while Todd Keiser finished with 30 receiving yards and one touchdown in the loss.

Kern and Matt Dwyer each had an interception on defense, while Garza led the Bucs with three flag pulls.

The youth football league at the center is heading into its final week with some seeds to be determined.

The 14-17 division’s top seed seems certain with Integrity Sound Falcons on top with a 7-1 record. West Coast Surf Shop Buccaneers at 6-3 and Lobstahs Colts at 5-3 are unlikely to overtake them.

The 8-10 division is still very close with Lobstahs Browns on top with a 7-2 record, closely followed by LPAC Cardinals and Coastal Orthopedic Bears, both of whom lost games last week. The only team certain of its seeding position is Beach Bistro Buccaneers, which has eighth seed locked up.

The 11-13 division’s top seed is pretty much guaranteed barring an upset loss by Holy Cow Cardinals against the 1-6 Walter & Associates Bears.

Holy Cow defeated Ross Built Dolphins 27-20 on Feb. 20 to lock up the top seed, possibly providing a preview to the March 22 Super Bowl.

Joey Stewart completed 17 of 26 passes, including four touchdown passes to lead the Cardinals. Tyler Pearson caught eight passes, producing two touchdowns and three extra points. Bathie Thiam and Devon Jones both had touchdown receptions to complete the Cardinal scoring.

Stewart, Trent Boring and Thiam each had four flag pulls to lead the Cardinal defense.

Ross Built was led by Jake Ross, who ran for a touchdown while also adding a touchdown reception and a two-point conversion.

Andrew Ross paced the Dolphin defense with five flag pulls, while Jake Ross added an interception to go along with four flag pulls in the loss.

Eat Here Packers showed teams in the 14-17 division that they can’t be overlooked by defeating second-place West Coast Surf Shop Buccaneers 46-36 Feb. 19.

Cody Tsai completed 21 of 34 passes, including six for touchdowns to lead the fifth-seeded Packers. Brad Duffman was his favorite target, hauling in 11 passes — three for touchdowns. Pearce Hogan added two touchdown receptions, while Thomas Powers had seven catches, one for a touchdown and three extra points.

Duffman led the Packer defense with nine flag pulls and an interception return for a touchdown, while Tsai added six pulls and an interception.

Tony Sperduto led the Buccaneers with six catches, including four for touchdowns, while Mikey Ellsworth added five catches and one touchdown. Zach Stewart threw three touchdown passes among his 14 pass completions, while Jack Shinn completed four of five passes, including one for a touchdown in the loss.

Sperduto had two interceptions and Stewart added one to lead the Buccaneer defense, which also received four flag pulls from Shinn.

Lobstahs Browns made a statement heading into the playoffs that perhaps they’re the team to beat in the 8-10 division after rolling past the 7-3 Coastal Orthopedic Bears 36-20 Feb. 20.

Quarterback Nathan Hyman ran for one touchdown, while completing 12 passes for four touchdowns. Jack Barnes was his favorite target, finishing with six catches, including two touchdowns, an extra point and a 2-point conversion. Morgan Horesh added a touchdown and an extra point, while Roman Langley completed the scoring with a touchdown reception.

Jackson Hayes provided all of the offense for the Bears, running for two touchdowns and hauling in a pass from Tuna McCracken for a touchdown.


Key Royale golf news

It was a busy week of golf at Key Royale Club with the men’s handicap club championship matches starting play, in addition to daily golf matches. Stay tuned for results of the handicap club championship.

The women joined the men for a best-ball-of-foursome match Feb. 22. The team of Joyce Brown, Jerry Brown and Sue Little posted a 9-under-par 23 to take first place by two shots over the team of Frankie Smith-Williams, Earl Huntzinger, Penny Auch and Sandy Burrel.

The men played an 18-hole, individual-low-net-match Feb. 20. Jim Shepard carded a 4-under-par 60 to earn a three-shot victory. Dale Hudson took second place with a 1-under-par 63.

The men played a nine-hole, individual-low-net match the morning of Feb. 18. Chet Hutton and Don LaTorre both carded 3-under-par 29s to finish in a tie for first place. Vince Meracadante, Dick Eichhorn, Bill Shuman and Jim Auch tied for second at 1-under 31.

The men played a modified-Stableford match in the afternoon. Jack Isherwood, Jim Shepard and Barry Anderson were all plus-4 and tied for first in the individual competition. Anderson teamed up with Dean Christensen, Al Carr and Buddy Foy to take the team title with a combined plus-6.

The men played an 18-hole, individual-low-net match Feb. 16. Bob Elliott carded a 1-over par 65 to take first place by one shot over Jim Mixon.

The women hosted a benefit tournament Feb. 19 to raise funds for the Mote Marine Laboratory animal hospital. While the total take is being tallied, a good guess puts the funds over $10,000. That’s a winner for Mote.

The winners of the round of golf were Penny Auch, Marcie O’Brien, Donna Karyck and Sandy Burrill.


Horseshoe news

Four teams emerged from pool play during Feb. 23 horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe pits. The first semifinal match saw Bruce Munro and Hank Huyghe roll past Bill Wright and Sam Samuels by a 21-7 score. Bob Palmer and Mike Martell eased past Leo Hutton and Fred Huyghe 21-16 in the other semifinal. Munro-Huyghe steamrolled Palmer-Martell 21-1 in the finals.

The Feb. 20 games had five teams advance to the knockout round with 3-0 records. Bill Fox and Dave Lansaw defeated Leo Hutton and Art Kingstad 21-7, while Bob Mason and George McKay defeated Sam Samuels and Tom Skoloda 23-9 in first-round matches. Rod Bussey and Hank Huyghe obliterated Mason and McKay 21-1 in the second round. Bussey and Huyghe then rolled past Fox and Lansaw 21-10 in the finals.



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

5-7 division

March 1   6 p.m.      Tyler’s vs. Lobstahs


8-10 Division

Feb. 27    6 p.m.      Lobstahs  vs. Tyler’s

March 1   6 p.m.      Miller Elect vs. A&E

March 1   7 p.m.      LPAC  vs. Cancer Center


March 2   11 a.m.    Bistro vs. 1 seed

March 2   Noon       7 seed vs. 2 seed

March 2   1 p.m.      6 seed vs. 3 seed

March 2   2 p.m.      5 seed vs. 4 seed


11-13 Division

March 1   8 p.m.      Holy Cow vs. Walter & Assoc.


March 2   3 p.m.      7 seed vs. 2 seed

March 2   4 p.m.      6 seed vs. 3 seed

March 2   5 p.m.      5 seed vs. 4 seed


14-17 Division

March 2   9 a.m.      5 seed vs. 4 seed

March 2   10 a.m.    6 seed vs. 3 seed


Adult Division

Feb. 27    7 p.m.      Tyler’s vs. Agnelli Pool & Spa

Feb. 27    8 p.m.      Harrington House vs. BY Construction

Feb. 27    9 p.m.      Duncan Real Estate vs. Duffy’s

Feb. 28    6 p.m.      FL Discount Signs vs. Beach to Bay

Feb. 28    7 p.m.      Lobstahs vs. Southern Greens

Feb. 28    8 p.m.      Waterfront vs. Slim’s

Feb. 28    9 p.m.      Sun vs. Sato Real Estate


AMICC Adult Volleyball League

Feb. 26    6:30 p.m. Lobstahs vs. IRE

Feb. 26    7:30 p.m. Duncan Real Estate vs. Tyler’s

Feb. 26    8:30 p.m. 6:30 Winner vs. 7:30 Winner