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Islander Calendar – 04-04-2012

Thursday, April 5

        2-4 p.m.—Friends of the Library knit and crochet gathering, Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information, 941-586-1378.


Saturday, April 7

        9:30-11:30 a.m.—Crosspointe Fellowship’s Women’s Refined Enlightened Accepted Loved Ministry coffee, speaker Luann Collins, 8605 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: call 941-778-0719.

9 a.m.-noon—Easter Egg Hunt at the Sandbar Restaurant; Easter Egg Roll, Easter Bonnet Contest on Pine Avenue, Anna Maria. Information: call 941-778-0444.

10 a.m.-noon—Mike Sales Conga on the Beach at the Moose Lodge beach, 110 Gulf Drive, Bradenton Beach. Benefits MoonRacer No-Kill Pet Rescue. Information: XXX-XXX-XXXX.

Noon-4 p.m.— The Islander and Island Shopping Center merchants host the Anna Maria Island Privateers Car Show at the shopping center, 5400 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 214-714-3953.

10 a.m.-5 p.m.—Anna Maria Island Butterfly Park arts and craft show, Holmes Beach City Hall field, 5801 Marina Drive. Information: 352-344-0657.


Sunday, April 8

        • 10 a.m.-4 p.m.—Anna Maria Island Butterfly Park arts and craft show, Holmes Beach City Hall field, 5801 Marina Drive. Information: 352-344-0657.



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

• 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 Episcopal Church of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-3390.

• Tuesdays, 1-2 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, 6-8 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, 5-7 p.m., Thirsty Thursday hosted by Bridge Street Merchants on Bridge Street, Bradenton Beach, Information: 215-906-0668.

• 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.-3 p.m., Bridge Street Market hosted by Bridge Street Merchants, Bradenton Beach. Information: 215-906-0668.


Coming Up:

• April 11, Off-stage Ladies luncheon meeting, Gulf Drive Cafe, 900 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-799-2181.

• April 12, “Paint the Town” reception and art sale, exhibit April 12-27, ArtCenter of Manatee, 209 Ninth St., Bradenton. Information: 941-746-2862.

• April 13, Anna Maria Island Art League hosts opening reception for St. Stephen’s Episcopal School seniors art show, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach. Information: at 941-778-2099.

• April 13, Artist reception for Kathleen Masur, watercolor artist, Artists’ Guild Gallery in the Island Shopping Center, 5414 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6694.

• April 13-14, Island CityFest—a Holmes Beach Founder’s Day Celebration, Holmes Beach city hall field, 5801 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-1541.

• April 16, News Media seminar, Manatee Chamber of Commerce, 4215 Concept Court, Lakewood Ranch. Information: XXX XXX-XXXX.


Save the Date

• April 19, Friends of the Library knit and crochet gathering, Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-586-1378.

• April 21, Hibiscus Festival at Family Life Center, First Baptist Church, 1306 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-751-2924.

∙ April 21, “Mermaids Watercolor,” Island Gallery West in the S&S Shopping Plaza, 5368 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6648.

• April 21, Titanic 100th anniversary fashion show and luncheon, Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-1908.

• April 28, Anna Maria Elementary School-Parent Teacher Organization Spring Fling, Anna Maria Island Community Center. Information: 941-812-7253.

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

Bad beach

Looking south from the Anna Maria City Pier, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection says the amount of sand pumped to the shore at the pier during the recent Bimini Bay dredging project exceeds the permit limits. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin

Obituaries – 04-04-2012

Florence Elizabeth Gelderman

Florence Elizabeth Gelderman, 93, of Holmes Beach and formerly of Stamford, Ct., died March 27. She was born Nov. 2, 1918, in Bronx, N.Y.

She attended Cathedral High School and graduated from Albany State Teacher’s College (now SUNY). She worked at Mineola High School on Long Island. Mrs. Gelderman became active in the American Legion and served as president of the women’s auxiliary.

She received her master’s degree in counseling from the University of Bridgeport while teaching at Rippowam and then Westhill High School. She mentored the Future Business Leaders of America Club.

After retirement, she moved to Holmes Beach, where she was active in the Council of Catholic Women at St. Bernard Catholic Church, Holmes Beach and the Women’s Club of Anna Maria Island.

A memorial service was held April 2 at St. Bernard Catholic Church.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Council of Catholic Women of St. Bernard Catholic Church, P.O. Box 1036, Holmes Beach FL 34218-1036, or to Friends of the Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach FL 34217.

Mrs. Gelderman is survived by son Douglas and wife Joan of Anna Maria; daughters Irene and husband Wolfgang Steinmann of Stamford, Ct., and Diane and husband Robert Conologue of Darien, Ct.; grandchildren Christine Steinmann Connor, Mark Steinmann, Laura Steinmann Hackett, Lisa Conologue Cruikshank, Alison Conologue and Brian Conologue; and great-grandchildren Ryan, Andrew, Aidan, Matthew and Ian Connor, Jessica Steinmann-Hermsen, Morgen and Mackenzie Hackett and Alexander Cruikshank.

Island real estate transactions – 04-04-2012

626 Dundee Lane, Holmes Beach, a 2,565 sfla / 3,059 sfur 4bed/2½bath/2car canalfront home built in 1966 on a 95×115 lot was sold 03/12/12, Calderon to Mathews for $619,000; list $649,000.

508 75th St., Holmes Beach, a 1,702 sfla / 2,475 sfur 2bed/2½bath/1car canalfront pool home built in 1957 on a 90×133 lot was sold 03/14/12, Van Zandt to Cacioppo for $560,000; list $599,000.

7805 Gulf Drive, Unit A, Anchors Away,  Holmes Beach, a 875 sfla 2bed/2bath condo with pool built in 1956 was sold 03/09/12, Powers to Nance for $400,000; list $425,000.

9206 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria, a 1,492 sfla / 1,996 sfur 3bed/2bath/1car home built in 1947 on a 50×110 lot was sold 03/12/12, Strickland to Little Acorns Properties LLC for $306,100.

723 Manatee Ave., Unit 22, Westbay Cove South, Holmes Beach, a 1,187 sfla / 1,595 sfur 2bed/2bath condo with shared pool built in 1977 was sold 03/09/12, Chevrier to Glezen for $200,000; list $235,000.

1800 Gulf Drive N., Unit 220, La Costa, Bradenton Beach, a 1,000 sfla / 1,130 sfur 2bed/1½bath condo with pool built in 1979 was sold 03/15/12, Yates to Knowles for $125,000. This is not believed to be an arm’s length transaction.

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

Fishing – 04-04-2012

Get the smoker ready, it’s kingfish time


Kingfish action remains consistent for a second straight week. Fishers looking for rod-bending action around nearshore structure are being rewarded with numerous hookups on fish in the 8- to 10-pound range. Bigger catches are mixed in, so be patient.

On my recent charter, Serzj Karrip of Fremont, Mich., managed to reel up a whopper king — 29 pounds and 50 inches in length.

When rigging for kings, it’s good to experiment with leaders. When the big macks started showing a couple of weeks ago, we were using 29-pound hardwire connected to a 2/0 extra long shank hook with a haywire twist. Now, the kings appear leader-shy, which means they can see the wire leader, and they’re apprehensive to bite a bait. By switching to 4 feet of 40-pound fluorocarbon tied to a 4/0 extra long shank hook, they should bite again. This may cause lost hooks, but the hookup ratio will greatly improve.

Moving to grass flats near Anna Maria Island, action is heating up for a variety of species. Afternoon outgoing tides are proving prosperous for both live bait fishers and for those opting for artificials, such as top-water plugs and soft plastics.

Spotted seatrout are staging up in deep potholes with good water flow, waiting to ambush small baitfish. On shallow flats, depths of 3 feet or less, try working a top-water plug for some explosive visual strikes. In deeper waters, try using a DOA Cal jig around sandy potholes to get results. On both shallow and deeper flats, trout are being caught in the 20-inch range with some fish up to 24 inches.

Remember, those big gator trout you’re targeting are females loaded with eggs, so make sure you limit what you take to the cleaning table. And the smaller ones are better table fare.

If it’s reds you’re after, try fishing afternoon outgoing tides. The shallower grass flats with water depths of 2-3 feet are producing respectable action and slot-size fish. Try baiting live shiners for some rod-bending action. On these shallow grass flats, a rig with a popping cork will aid in keeping the bait from getting tangled in the seagrass. Slot-size fish are being caught as well as fish up to 32 inches.

Finally, catch-and-release snook action is getting better and better. By fishing free-lined live shiners, my charters are averaging a dozen catch-and-release snook per day and fish up to 30 inches in length. To target these backwater bruisers, make sure you have good tidal flow and an ample amount of live shiners for chum.

Bob Kilb at the Rod & Reel Pier says anglers there are seeing Spanish mackerel in the early morning. Pier fishers using silver spoons, Gotcha plugs or small pink jigs are getting the bite. Macks in the 15-inch range are being caught around sun up and then the bite is over.

Pompano still are being caught sporadically around the pier. By using a pink pompano jig or small pink crappie jigs, pier anglers are getting drag-screaming action from these dinner plate-sized migratory fish.

And sheepshead are still around the pier, although the majority are small males. Still targetable, they are being caught on small pieces of fresh-cut shrimp or oyster crabs. With it being so late in the season, a light rig is suggested. A small No. 4 hook with some 20-pound fluorocarbon and a split-shot will suffice for the wary convict fish.

Last but not least, black drum are being caught on live shrimp fished on the bottom under the pier. Try using some good-sized select shrimp to target the bigger ones. Fish in the 15- to 20-pound range are the norm, although, Kilb says, there are bigger fish down there.

Jeff Medley at the Sunshine Skyway Bridge South Fishing Pier says if anglers want pompano, come to the South Pier armed with Love’s lures pompano jigs. By jigging vertically under the pier next to the pilings, pier fishers are reeling up fish in the 15- to 18-inch range. Some pier fishers are catching pomps on live shrimp under a popping cork and on Sabiki rigs.

Kingfish and Spanish mackerel are making a good showing at the South Pier. Most pier fishers are using fresh-cut greenbacks weighted with a split-shot to target these species. By drifting baits away from the pier in the tide, fishers are reeling up Spanish macks in the 20-inch range and kings up to 32 inches. You can also try Gotcha plugs or silver spoons to get into this action. Don’t be surprised to catch a few bonito, too.

Jonny Keyes at Island Discount Tackle is still hearing of good pompano action occurring on the beaches of Anna Maria Island, and yellow or pink pompano jigs are producing these high-speed golden nuggets.

Remember 15- or 20-pound fluorocarbon leader is a must to target these stealthy fish.

Along with pompano, beach fishers are catching ladyfish, blue runners, jack crevalle, whiting and numerous species of small sharks. For the jacks, blue runners and ladyfish, try small jigs or Gotcha plugs. For the whiting, a live sand flea or piece of fresh-cut shrimp will get you the bite. As for the sharks, try a cut-piece of ladyfish or blue runner, hold on and wait.

Moving to the grass flats of Anna Maria Sound, flats fishers are getting good action on spotted seatrout, redfish and catch-and-release snook. For the trout, try using a DOA Cal jig around deep potholes. If you’re in shallow water, try a top-water plug, such as a Rapala Skitter Walk or a MirrOlure Top Dog Jr. For the reds and snook, flats fishers are getting results on live shiners free-lined on shallow flats adjacent to mangrove shorelines.

For real drag-screaming action, Keyes recommends heading out to the reefs for Spanish and king mackerel and cobia. Live bait fishing with shiners, threadfin herring or pinfish, is rewarding reef anglers with keeper-size fish of all three migratory species.

Capt. Mark Johnston of Just Reel fishing charters is having success targeting redfish and catch-and-release snook on shallow flats adjacent to mangrove islands. By using live shiners free-lined behind the boat, Johnston’s clients are getting good action on high tides. Most fish are falling within the slot of 18 to 27 inches, with some bigger fish, too. For the snook, Johnston’s charters are using the same method as for the redfish. The snook are typically in the 22- to 24-inch range with the biggest coming in at 33 inches. Johnston says he’s averaging 15 snook per trip.

Flounder are being reeled in, although most are a bycatch of targeted reds and snook. Average size of these flatfish was 12 to 16 inches in length this past week.

        Send fishing reports to fish@islander.org.

Sports – 04-04-2012

Landkammer wins KRC match-play championship


Kris Landkammer defeated Sue Hookem 3 and 2 March 30 to win the Key Royale Club women’s handicap match-play championship. Landkammer advanced to the finals courtesy of a 1-up victory over Brenda Soleveld, while Hookem edged Mary Selby 2 and 1 in semifinal action.

On March 28, 70 plus residents of Westbay Point and Moorings convened on the links at the Key Royale Club where 50 Westbayers played a best-ball scramble golf while the remainder socialized.

The team of Bill Gallagher, Gloria LaDue, Robert Docherty and Jim Hitchen took first place, while the team of Bill Anderson, Joy Nelles, Al Pollack and Vince Fanton finished in second. Bill Anderson won the closest-to-the-pin for the men, while Kathy Porter won that title for the women. Charlie Porter captured the long-drive contest for the men, while Elizabeth Mills won the women’s drive contest.

In other club action March 30, the team of Mary Ann Kammerlin, Dick Rowse, Don Ledford and Tom Warda combined on an even-par 32 to win the day’s coed scramble. One shot back in second place was the team of Sally Martin, Carl Wenker and Paul Kammerlin.

The KRC men played a low-net-of-partners match March 28. The team of Don LaTorre and Danny Hayes combined on a 7-under-par 121 to take first place by two strokes over Joe Dickenson and Gerry Taylor.

The women of KRC played a nine-hole, individual-low-net-in-flight match March 27. Lynn Dailey carded a 4-under-par 28 to win the top spot in Flight A by two strokes over Sue Little. Helen Pollack and Pam Alvord tied for third place at 31.

Kris Landkammer matched Dailey’s 4-under 28 for low-net-round-of-the-day and first place in Flight B. Beverly Neville and Ginny Nunn finished in a tie for second place at 1-under-par 31. Joyce Brown, Terry Westby, Meredith Slavin, Liz Lang and Jan Turner all matched par to tie for third place.

Denise Burkhardt and Mary Anne Kaemerlen both carded 2-under-par 30s to finish in a tie for first place in Flight C, one shot ahead of Gloria LaTorre in second place with a 31. Vickie Simmons, Jan Jump and Barbara Lindwall each matched par to finish in a three-way tie for third.

Nell Bergstrom matched Shirley Cessna’s 3-under-par 29 to finish in a tie for first place in Flight D. Sandy Burrell was one shot back in second, while Connie Livanos and Margaret Schuller finished in a tie for third place at 1-under-par 31.

Dailey and Alvord both had birdies on the day, while the team of Jan Jump, Cindy Miller and Mary Selby matched the 46 scored by Laura Purcell, Jean Holmes and Diane Miller to finish in a tie for first in the team game of low team putts and low-net-in-flight score.

The men played a nine-hole, low-net-of-partners morning match March 26. The team of Dennis Schavey and Ron Pritchard carded a 10-under par  -54 to earn a four-shot victory over Bob Landgren and John Sagert who matched Larry Fowler and Austin Rice to finish in a tie for second place.

The afternoon of March 26 saw the men play a nine-hole, modified-Stableford match. Merrit Fineout won the individual title with a plus-4, one shot ahead of R.J. Lewis. The team of Ron Vandeman, Barry Anderson, Al Carr and Jim Sheppard combined on a plus-5 to take the team title.


Register now for 11th annual 5K Island Run

The Children’s Academy of Southwest Florida is hosting its 11th annual 5K Island Run and 1-mile family fun walk/run in Anna Maria Saturday, May 5.

The race takes off from North Bay Boulevard adjacent to Bayfront Park, and is sanctioned and co-directed by the Bradenton Runner’s Club and Road Runner’s Club of America.

Trophies and medals will be awarded and refreshments for participants will be provided before and after the race. The first 150 registrants will receive dry wick T-shirts, so the time to register is now. All participants will receive a drawstring backpack, water bottle and other goodies, and there will be door prizes for 100 lucky participants.

The pre-registration fee is $20 per adult and $13 for children. Day of the race registration is $25.

Registration can be made online at www.IslandRun.com. Checkin begins at 6:45 a.m. the day of the event and the race begins at 8 a.m.

For more information, call Island Run chairperson Pam Graetzer at 941-350-2378.


Horseshoe news

Three teams emerged from pool play during March 31 horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe pits. Jerry Disbrow and Bruce Munro drew the bye and watched as Art Kingstad and Gene Bobeldyk edged Rod Bussey and Keith Erickson 22-17. Kingstad-Bobeldyke rolled past Disbrow-Munro 21-4 in the finals.

Three teams advanced to the knockout stage during March 28 horseshoe action. Hank Huyghe and Bruce Munro slid past Gene Bobeldyk and Adin Shank 21-17 to advance to the finals, where they took on Dave Long and Dom Livedoti. Long-Livedoti rolled past Huyghe-Munro by a 22-10 score.

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.

Island police blotter – 04-04-2012

Anna Maria

• March 21, 200 block of Gladiolus Street, petit theft. A female complainant discovered a check had been stolen from the middle of her checkbook when a second complainant informed her it also had happened to her. Both checks were cashed for $475. The Manatee County Sheriff’s Office reports a suspect was identified. The case has been turned over to the MSCO fraud unit.

• March 22, 600 block of North Bay Boulevard, noise. A deputy met with a female complainant regarding loud music coming from a house behind hers. The deputy made contact with the occupant, who said he had just arrived home from work and turned on his stereo. He told the deputy he didn’t realize it was loud. He was given a warning and reminded of the city’s noise ordinance.

• March 24, 800 block of North Shore Drive, criminal mischief. A woman complained she was having problems with people crossing her backyard and walking on her seawall. She installed a small gate with plastic chains at each end of the seawall. The complainant reported someone pulled the posts out of the ground and broke the chains.

• March 25, 400 block of Spring Avenue, petit larceny. A woman complainant contacted the sheriff’s office about a stolen garbage can. The woman said she wanted to file the report because the city required it before issuing her a new garbage can.

• March 26, 800 block South Bay Boulevard, disturbance. A male complainant reported to MSCO that a man was driving his vehicle up and down the street with a noisy muffler. The man told the deputy he went out into the street and yelled for the driver to stop making noise. He then reported that the man yelled back at him to get out of the way. The deputy made contact with the vehicle owner, who said he had just purchased it and was working on the muffler. The deputy advised both parties to call the sheriff’s office if there were further issues.

Anna Maria is policed by the MCSO.

Bradenton Beach

• March 21, 100 block of Seventh Street, grand theft. A female complainant reported her laptop stolen while she was at work. The woman told police she had placed her laptop under her mattress after being told an air conditioner service person would be entering her apartment. The woman named her roommate as a possible suspect, telling police he is a new roommate and is on probation for burglary. As she was signing the complaint, the roommate came home and told police he saw a female in her late 30s mingling with workers. The landlord also was contacted about the incident, and reported he has had problems with the complainant and her friends in the past, telling police, “Maybe she should get better friends to hang around with.” The investigation continues.

• March 25, 107 Seventh St. N., simple battery. An employee at the Gathering Place was told to clock out and leave the restaurant immediately by her employer. The defendant alleged to have placed her hands on the complainant’s shoulders and physically turn her toward the exit. The complainant told police this physical contact was unwanted and wanted to press charges. There were no witnesses to the incident, but a video captured what appeared to be the defendant placing her hands on the complainant, however, police noted that part of the video was blocked by a cash register.

        Bradenton Beach is policed by the BBPD.


• No new reports.

        Cortez is policed by the MCSO

Holmes Beach


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.