Tag Archives: 04-25-2012

HB rental focus groups make recommendations

the Holmes Beach City Commission rental focus groups now reporting — except an administrative/tax related group not yet formed — the city appears to be close to a seventh-inning stretch.

        Group leaders — commissioners — shared their recommendations April 10 on the rental debate that’s been ongoing in Holmes Beach since late last year.

        “We’re probably in the fifth or sixth inning,” said Commission Chair David Zaccagnino at the work session where members spoke about how to fix city permit issues, building codes and code enforcement problems associated with short-term rental housing.

        Zaccagnino said he’s next looking to receive input from the city planner, attorney, mayor and city building officials before considering how to address the situation.

        Sandy Haas-Martens submitted her code enforcement group’s recommendations at the March meeting. She recommended a public education campaign on how the city handles complaints, including citizen seminars, newspaper articles and a city website link.

        Her group favored citations to offending renters, owners and rental agents, with substantial fines to deter repeat violators, she said. She also suggested best practices policies be part of the city’s business fee requirements, and a city resolution or ordinance to ensure best practices are followed by property owners and rental agents.

        Commissioner John Monetti reported his zoning/permitting focus group’s recommendations:

        • Posting of permits near the street for better public access.

        • No inspections performed without a properly posted inspection card — which already has been implemented by the building department.

        • Performance bonds on construction sites.

        Zaccagnino agreed this could address abandoned construction sites and prevent eyesores such as one at 28th Street and Gulf Drive.

        Monetti and a member of his group, long-time resident Mary Buonagura, said they were still researching possible solutions.

        • Outside contractors to replace staff inspectors. Monetti noted, however, city staff doesn’t believe they’re overburdened. Discussion ensued about the possible difficulties with that practice.

        • Posting of construction permits for the public. Monetti said the group suggested a list of new permits could be posted “just like home sales” are now in local newspapers.

        Commissioner Jean Peelen announced her building code group’s recommendations.

        • Keep most current building requirements, such as setbacks, height limits.

        • Add floor/area ratio (FAR) requirements for the R-1 single-family and R-2 duplex districts — R-1 FAR of .35 and R-2 FAR of .30.

        By adding FAR to the land-development code, Peelen said, floor space would be limited by lot size and help keep Holmes Beach “the way we know and love it.”

        • Create a requirement for a minimum 10-foot separation between duplex units that are joined underground.

        • Increase the minimum size for a duplex lot from 8,712 square feet to 10,100 square feet.

        Peelen said increasing the lot-size requirement would help prevent the trend of demolishing single-family homes built on duplex lots.

        • Establish a 10-foot setback for pools from adjacent property lines.

        • Discourage the demolition of ground-level houses by relaxing setbacks.

        Haas-Martens and Zaccagnino warned that some proposed changes may create non-conforming uses.

        Mayor Rich Bohnenberger said the variance process is “never easy,” and warned the commission should be careful not to do something that might “bite you in the end.”

What’s FAR?

        Limits on “floor area ratio” are being recommended as an answer to the “huge houses” being built “completely out of scale and not in harmony with the neighborhoods,” according to Peelen’s memorandum on the building code focus group.

        Peelen headed the group, and told commissioners at the April 10 meeting that the FAR concept may be “very, very useful” for Holmes Beach.

        According to the group report, “hundreds of communities across the country, including a number of Florida beach communities” facing similar problems of preserving a balance between tourism and residents have adopted FAR “as a useful tool.”

        FAR ties lot size to the structure floor space. The group recommended a .30 FAR in R-2 zoned areas.

        “Of course, the larger the lot, the more square footage would be possible.” For instance, with the .30 recommended FAR on a 10,000-square-foot lot, “one could have a 3,000-square-foot house,” according to the report.

        The focus group report also recommended FAR be applied to the R-1 district, stating “to discourage the building of enormous rental houses in R-1, yet recognize that in general houses are larger in size, the city may wish to adopt a FAR of .35 for the R-1 district.

        In practice, this would allow a 2,628-square-foot house on a 7,510-square-foot lot.

        Public works superintendent Joe Duennes, who heads the building department, said “If they’re looking for a way to control the duplex zoning, (FAR) would certainly do it.”

Builder says code enforcement needed

        “Please consider enforcement of the current code,” Steve Titsworth urged Holmes Beach city commissioners at their April 10 work session.

        Titsworth, a local builder, 29-year resident and member of the zoning/permitting focus group, recommended the city re-examine its interpretations of the current land-development code.

        He questioned past interpretations that allow just the kind of “building we’re having issues with now.”

        Builders in Holmes Beach, according to Titsworth, have been allowed to construct two single-family homes on a duplex lot — the second home often times many months or years after the first — with the addition of an underground footer providing a contrived “structural or architectural” dependence and common foundation — in order to skirt the 20-foot setbacks for single-family homes.

        “My argument is that if it is structurally dependent, then why didn’t the other building fall down?” Titsworth said after the work session.

        The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s 50 percent rule is another city enforcement issue, he said.

        The rule governs the cost of renovations to 50 percent of a home’s appraised value. An exception to the rule allows replacement if a builder elevates the home above the base flood level. And FEMA requires the city to police permits to ensure compliance.

         Permits are issued based on appraisals and contractor’s sworn affidavits.

        Titsworth claims some contractors are submitting questionable affidavits, nearly demolishing the structure and re-building without elevating the structure.

        Titsworth asked commissioners to “take out the greed factor” and “enforce the land-development code.”

        Public works superintendent Joe Duennes said, “If you’re driving down the street and there’s a house with three walls left, you wonder how they can be rebuilding within the rule. It doesn’t make sense, does it?”

        However, Duennes said, when he looked into the practice, the city attorney has consistently advised the building department “to go with the affidavit.”

Roadwatch, April 25-May 2

Installation of new sewer lines on North Shore Drive at Cypress Avenue in Anna Maria is under way and the project is expected to last several months, according to the Manatee County Utilities Department, which is overseeing the project.

Traffic on North Shore Drive should not be affected by the work, the MCUD said.

Work crews for Hawkins Construction Co., the project contractor, are staging equipment and materials at a vacant lot near the North Shore Drive-Cypress Avenue intersection.

Repairs to the Longboat Key Bridge/State Road 789 continue both day and night, a Florida Department of Transportation press release said.

There will be some temporary nighttime lane closures that will last no more than 15 minutes, the DOT said. A flagging operation will control traffic during lane closures, and no lane closures are permitted from 10 p.m.-6 a.m. Friday evening through Monday morning.

The east sidewalk of the bridge is closed, but pedestrians can use the west sidewalk during construction. The draw will open for boaters on demand.

The DOT has closed Greer Island — often called Beer Can Island — near the bridge to pedestrians and boaters during the project.

Completion of the project is expected in late spring.

More information on the project is available online at www.mySR789.com.

A routine bridge maintenance project on the Cortez Bridge/State Road 684 is scheduled to end April 30, the DOT said.

Although no lane closures are planned, some sidewalk closures will take place until the project is completed.

City, scenic waves hash out protocol issues

Bradenton Beach Scenic Waves Partnership committee member Carl Parks previously raised concerns over the city’s joint development agreement with ELRA, the corporation that owns the BeachHouse Restaurant, to construct a dune system and create a parking area across from city hall.

At its previous scenic waves meeting, Parks said the city should have first sent the project to scenic waves for review, since it is a state-sanctioned agency responsible for addressing development issues on Gulf Drive.

Parks reiterated his concerns to commissioners at their April 15 meeting.

“There was a very important item that completely bypassed our committee,” said Parks, who noted he was speaking as a private citizen. “I would appreciate it if our committee was kept in the loop on that.”

Parks went on to express concerns over his ability to communicate with the city, saying e-mail addresses didn’t work and the city’s website was not updated as it should be.

Mayor John Shaughnessy acknowledged Scenic Waves should have been kept apprised of the proposed dune project. The mayor then shared some concerns of his own regarding the April 27 National Arbor Day celebration planned on Bridge Street.

At the April 14 Community Redevelopment Agency/city commission meeting, public works director Tom Woodward informed commissioners he had been directed by Keep Manatee Beautiful — which works in conjunction with Scenic Waves — to conduct work for the celebration.

Commissioners had a lengthy discussion at the previous day’s CRA meeting about the upcoming Arbor Day celebration.

Woodard said April 14 he was directed via e-mail by members of Scenic Waves and Keep Manatee Beautiful to remove materials from the tree-planting site, and to store the materials at public works.

“I have a problem with committees giving city employees instructions,” Shaughnessy said. “You guys take orders from us, not anybody else.”

Commissioner Gay Breuler agreed, saying it was not the right thing for KMB to do.

“My suggestion is that someone contact KMB and explain that she can’t just tell anybody to do something,” said Breuler.

Shaughnessy said it amounted to an attempt to spend taxpayer dollars without permission from a governing body. Shaughnessy then addressed Parks on his concerns.

“Just to reverse some of the things you said about bypassing scenic waves, I think the city has been bypassed on this (Arbor Day) project,” he said. “I don’t know how scenic waves has the authority to direct city staff to do anything.”

Shaughnessy said the commission doesn’t have a plan from Scenic Waves or KMB in place to approve the Arbor Day event.

Parks said he was not involved in directing city staff to do the work.

“I believe it was our chair and Keep Manatee Beautiful,” he said.

Commissioners will not meet again before the April 27 Arbor Day event.

Shaughnessy said he would consult with city attorney Ricinda Perry to determine if he can instruct city staff to perform the requested Arbor Day work without commission authority. If so, he said, then he would ensure the celebration moves forward as planned, but he first wants a documented plan from scenic waves.

Perry said no authority could be given without a plan. Parks said he would ensure the committee had the plan to the city in time.

In the meantime, Breuler motioned to approve the request for the planned Arbor Day celebration in Bradenton Beach, “with stipulations” that administrative approval is obtained. It passed unanimously.

Obituaries – 04-25-2012

Cheryll Marie Arnold

Cheryll Marie Arnold, 47, of Bradenton, died March 26.

Miss Arnold attended Charles Leroy Lowman Special Education Center in North Hollywood, Calif., and on moving to Tecumseh, Ok., graduated in 1984 from Bethel High School.

She took classes at St. Gregory’s University, Oklahoma, and participated in a power wheelchair in several Special Olympics hike/bike-athons. She also attended Oklahoma University and participated there in the ROTC program.

When the family moved to Bradenton Beach, she later moved to Bradenton and volunteered at Casa Mora Rehabilitation and Extended-Care Facility. She also returned to participate in summer camp at St. Gregory’s and to volunteer for the Rev. Paul Zahler at the Oklahoma Benedictine Institute in Shawnee, Ok.

A memorial Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 28, at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach. Her cremains will be buried at a later date at St. Gregory’s Abbey. Memorial donations may be made to Tidewell Hospice & Palliative Care, 2504 34th Ave. W., Bradenton FL 34205.

Miss Arnold is survived by her parents, William “Bill” and Claudette “Rickie” Arnold; brother Wayne; sister Sharon and husband Jamey Schwegmann; nieces Laurie Umphries, Nicole Hennessey-Galloday and Heather Mook; grand-nephew Sean Hennessey; and many friends and extended family members.

 

Cheryl L. (Rankin) Dwinnells

Cheryl L. (Rankin) Dwinnells, 45, of Bradenton died April 10. She moved to Holmes Beach with her family at age 4 from Toledo, Ohio.

She attended Anna Maria Elementary School and graduated from Bayshore High School in 1984. She studied at Manatee Community College. She was a bartender for 12 years at Fan-Atics in Bradenton.

A memorial service with the Rev. Dr. Bob Sichta officiating was held April 20, at Congregational Church of Christ, 3700 26th St. W., Bradenton. Memorial donations may be made to Moffitt Cancer Center or in care of Cheryl Dwinnells Scholarship Fund, Ashley Foundation, 800 S. Osprey Ave., Sarasota FL 34236. Arrangements are by by Covell Funeral Home.

Mrs. Dwinnells is survived by husband Rob; son Phillip; daughter BreAnna; parents Russell and Shirley Rankin; brother Steven; nieces Amber, Kayla and Marisa; great nephew Evan; and best friend Angie.

 

Paul R. Foor

Paul R. Foor, 94, died April 17. He was born in Tower Hill, Ill., and spent much of his life in Mattoon, Ill., where he owned numerous businesses.

Mr. Foor moved to Holmes Beach in l969, and then to Bradenton, where he owned and operated Foor’s Brake & Wheel & Alignment until retirement. He was a combat veteran of World War II with the Fifth Armored Division. He was lifetime member of the Elks Club, American Legion, VFW and the Moose Lodge.

A service was held April 24 at Emmanuel United Methodist Church, 5115 Cortez Road W. Internment was to be at Sarasota National Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to Emmanuel United Methodist Church.

Mr. Foor is survived by wife Barbara; children Gerald and wife Gaye of Fenton Mich., Suzanne and husband Gary Reynolds of Greenup, Ill., Glenn and wife Mary McGinnis of Lutz; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

 

Claud E. McComb

Claud E. McComb, 89, of Holmes Beach and formerly of Ontario, Canada, and Costa Mesa, Calif., died April 19. He was born Dec. 28, 1922.

Mr. McComb was a longtime member of Bradenton Masonic Lodge No. 31.

Services will be private. Toale Brothers Funeral Homes is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. McComb is survived by his wife of 64 years, Dolores; daughter Julie Claudel Stewart of Palmetto; and sister Eileen Glaskin-Clay of Ontario.

Island police blotter – 04-25-2012

Anna Maria

• April 3, 402 Pine Ave., theft. A Crime Stoppers tip was provided to the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office regarding some items stolen from the Anna Maria Historical Society. A deputy made contact with the museum director and provided her with a list of items to check. After a search for the items, the director confirmed they were missing. The investigation continues.

• April 9, 200 block of Chilson Avenue, ordinance violation. A complainant contacted MSCO about construction noise after 10 p.m. Upon arrival, the deputy made contact with the foreman of a crew working on a seawall and informed him that city ordinance prohibits construction work after 7 p.m. The foreman said Anna Maria public works director George McKay approved the nighttime work due to it having to be done during low tide. The deputy contacted McKay, who confirmed the approval. The deputy gave the complainant an option to file a complaint, but it was declined.

• April 3, intersection of Gulf Drive and Magnolia Avenue, contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Two adults allegedly supplied a 13-year-old female under their supervision with alcohol. The MSCO deputy made contact with the two adult males, who denied the allegations. Two witnesses to the incident swore out affidavits. The girl’s mother was contacted and gave verbal permission for a family member to take the juvenile home. Emergency responders were called to the scene and the girl was medically cleared and allowed to leave with the family member.

Anna Maria is policed by the MCSO.

Bradenton Beach

• April 14, 1800 Gulf Drive S., found bone. During the Anna Maria Island Privateers Thieves Market event, a vendor discovered what appeared to be a partial jaw bone with three molars intact. The vendor left the area with the bone and contacted MSCO April 18. The bone was secured by deputies and turned over to a crime scene technician for analysis.

• April 18, 100 Highland Ave., DUI. A Bradenton Beach man was charged with driving while license suspended and driving under the influence, according to a MSCO report. James Gallery, 26, was arrested and booked into the Manatee County jail and held on a total of $6,000 in bond.

• April 13, 2500 block of Avenue B, domestic disturbance. Police responded to a domestic disturbance call to find a couple engaged in a verbal dispute. The male was asked to leave the house for the night.

• April 15, 2500 block of Gulf Drive North, vehicle burglary. Several items were reported stolen from an unlocked vehicle.

• April 17, 120 Bridge St., Drift In, trespass warning. A female customer at the bar was issued a trespass warning for creating a disturbance.

• April 14, 400 Gulf Drive S., theft. A group of juveniles went to Cortez Beach and upon arriving home, one of the youths discovered his iPod missing from his vehicle. The complainant reported it stolen and told police that his friends had been in possession of his car keys.

Bradenton Beach is policed by the BBPD.

Cortez

• March 7, 4000 block of Marina Court, theft. A female complainant reported her jewelry stolen. According to the MSCO report, the complainant suspected the cleaning crew.

Cortez is policed by the MCSO

Holmes Beach

• April 12, 100 block of 31st Street, drugs. A Lake Placid woman was arrested on felony possession of a controlled substance. According to the arrest report, Whitney Bush, 20, was found with one Adderol pill inside another bottle of pills. She also was found to have three small bags of marijuana in her possession. Bush was charged with misdemeanor possession for the marijuana and felony for the Adderol possession. She was scheduled for arraignment May 11.

• April 11, 4000 Gulf Drive S., assist Manatee County Marine Rescue. A Holmes Beach police officer reported he responded to a 9-1-1 hang-up call at Manatee Public Beach in reference to a man in distress in the water. Upon arriving, the officer made contact with lifeguards on the scene. The man was brought safely to shore.

• April 11, 4100 block of Sixth Avenue, suspicious incident. A female reported to police that a suspicious package had arrived to her home. The package, addressed to her son, was from Hong Kong. The mother opened the package in front of the officer and discovered a sealed foil package inside. In the foil were two small, pink, pentagon-shaped pills “with a strange design on them,” according to the report. The pills were secured for identification.

• April 15, 400 block of 75th Street, criminal mischief. A complainant reported a damaged mailbox valued at $100. According to the report, the mailbox appeared to have been pushed over by a vehicle.

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.

Islander Calendar – 04-25-2012

Friday, April 27

    • 9 a.m. — Community Coffee Club hosted by Edward Jones Financial advisor Danny Wood, Olive Oil Outpost, 401 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-779-2499.

 

Saturday, April 28

    10 a.m.-2 p.m. — National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, Holmes Beach Police Department, 5801 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-708-5804.

    · 2-4 p.m. — Courtyard Concert at AMI Concierge and the Sarong Company, 9908 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria, sponsored by Divine Caffe, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-896-9705.

6- 11 p.m. — Anna Maria Elementary School-Parent Teacher Organization Spring Fling, Anna Maria Island Community Center. Information: 941-812-7253

 

Off-Island:

April 25-29

    Performance Times Vary — Cirque Aquatic Under the Big Top, Desoto Mall, Route 301. Fee applies. Information: 941-704-8572.

 

Saturday, April 28

5:30 p.m. — DeSoto Heritage Festival 5K Run and Grand Parade, Manatee High School to Manatee school district headquarters, including city of Bradenton street closures.

 

Ongoing

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

• Through May 24, “Artists and Animals of Myakka” exhibit, Durante Gallery and Cultural Media Room, Longboat Key Center for the Arts, Ringling College of Art and Design, 6860 Longboat Drive S., Longboat Key. Information: 941-383-2345.

• Third Mondays, noon, 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 conversation 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. Information: 941-761-8834.

• Sundays, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Bridge Street Market hosted by Bridge Street Merchants, Bradenton Beach. Information: 215-906-0668.

 

Coming Up:

• May 2, Family Science Night and Book Fair, Anna Maria Elementary School, 4700 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: Karen Newhall at 941-708-5525, ext. 2040.

• May 3, Georgia Gibbons Benefit, Sandbar Restaurant pavilion, 100 Spring Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-3232.

• May 5, Island 5K Run and 1-Mile Family Fun Run, Bayfront Park, 316 N. Bay Blvd., Anna Maria. Information: 941-747-8726.

• May 9, Off Stage Ladies of Island Players Kentucky Derby luncheon, Gulf Drive Cafe & Tiki, 900 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach, Fee applies. Information: 941-799-2181.

• May 12, Manatee Children’s Services Band Slam, Sarasota Bradenton International Convention Center, 8005 15th St. E., Sarasota. Fee applies. Information: 941-504-5208.

• May 12, Sisters Key Island Cleanup, Mar Vista Dockside Restaurant & Pub, Longboat Key, shuttle by Kathleen D. Information: 941-953-5333.

 

Save the Date:

• May 26, Bradenton/Sarasota Deep Sky Observers, Sidewalk Astronomy, city field, 5801 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-342-9632

        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.

Sports – 04-25-2012

Islander qualifies for national surf contest, golf winners

 

Lifelong Islander Christian Daniels surfed in four separate divisions in the four-day Nike National Scholastic Surfing Association (NSSA) East Coast Regional Championships held in New Smyrna Beach Inlet April 12-15.

Daniels, 10 and a fifth-grader at Anna Maria Elementary, advanced to the quarterfinals of the Explorer Menehune division (12 & under) and advanced to the semifinals of the open Mini-grom division (10 & under) before being edged out.

His best performance came in the Explorer super-grom (10 & under), where he advanced to the finals and led midway through the heats before settling for third place.

Daniels may not have come in first, but his performance qualified him for the June 26-July 3NSSA Nationals in Huntington Beach, Calif.

He’s looking for sponsors and donations to compete in California, and anyone interested can call dad, Tommy Daniels, at 941-726-1713.

Christian also is competing in the Eastern Surfing Association Southeast Regionals in New Smyrna Beach April 20-22 for a chance to compete in September at Cape Hatteras, N.C.

Congratulations to Christian and his family from The Islander.

 

Center basketball continues

The Anna Maria Island Community Center Basketball League continues play in the gym at the center on Monday and Tuesday evenings.

The season is young, but Beach Bistro is looking strong in the 8-10 division with a 2-0 record. Gettel Toyota and Island Real Estate are both 1-1 while Walter & Associates is 0-2. Another Walter & Associates team in the 11-13 division, Holy Cow Ice Cream and Sandbar are at 1-0, while Ross Built, Southern Greens and Eat Here are sitting at 0-1. Dips Ice Cream is on top of the 14-17 division with Anna Maria Oyster Bar and Integrity Sound following in the standings.

Dips ascended the top of its division thanks to a 47-37 victory over Anna Maria Oyster Bar April 17. Tegan Purtill scored 17 points and grabbed 13 rebounds and Justin Gargett added 14 points and 15 rebounds to lead Dips to the victory.

Anna Maria Oyster Bar was led by Max Miller’s 14 points and 20 rebounds, while Neahmiah Goode added 12 points and eight rebounds in the loss.

Conal Cassidy’s third-quarter basket turned out to be the winner as Island Real Estate earned its first victory of the season, edging Walter & Associates 7-6 in 8-10 division action April 16. Alex Rodriguez led IRE with five points, while Griffin Heckler added eight rebounds in the victory.

Joey Thiel led Walter & Associates with six points and 10 rebounds, while Katie Krokroskia and Tori Walter finished with eight rebounds apiece in the loss.

The second 8-10 division game of the evening saw Bistro remain undefeated, edging Gettel Toyota 15-14. Luke Marvin paced Bistro with five points, while Ava Zink and Franklin Valdez each scored four points and pulled down six rebounds. Jack Groves completed the Bistro scoring with two points.

Gettel Toyota was led by Hannah McCracken’s game-high 12 points and 11 rebounds. Andrew Austin completed the Gettel scoring with two points.

Dips Ice Cream rode a balanced scoring attack to a 49-32 victory over Integrity Sound in 14-17 division action April 16. Jerry Mayer scored 13 points to lead four players in double-digit scoring. Tegan Purtill scored 12, while Connor Field and Justin Gargett both finished with 10 points and six rebounds.

Integrity Sound’s Burke McCampbell-Hill led all scorers with 19 points, while Joey Carder added nine points. Thomas Pears finished with a game-high 10 rebounds in the loss.

Center adult basketball

Adult basketball completed its second week at the center gym with Sun atop the standings with a 2-0 record. Gator Man Pools, while also undefeated has played one less game and sits alone in second. The Feast, Bowes Imaging Center and Beach to Bay Construction are tied with 1-1 records, while BeachHouse and B.Y. Construction have yet to win a game.

The Sun received 19 points and 14 rebounds from Matt Plummer and 15 points and eight rebounds from Jonathan Schneider during its 52-38 victory over Bowes Imaging Center during court action April 17.

Jason Mickan scored a game-high 20 points and grabbed 14 rebounds to lead Bowes Imaging, which also received 12 points from Tyler Bekkerus in the loss.

Gator Man Pools earned a 55-52 victory over Feast in the second game of the evening. Sean Hubbard’s 20 points and 16 rebounds led Gator Man, which also received 14 points from Aaron Duduks in the victory.

Jonathan Moss led Feast with 20 points and five rebounds, while Brent Moss added 13 points and five rebounds in the loss.

Beach to Bay utilized a balanced scoring attack to roll past B.Y. Construction 56-33 in the second game of the evening. Frank Agnelli scored 14 points, Richard Atkins scored13 points and grabbed 13 rebounds and Scott Eason added 12 points in the victory.

Matt Ray led B.Y. Construction with 16 points and 12 rebounds and Eric Gledhill added 12 points and nine boards in the loss.

 

Key Royale golf news

It was an extraordinarily busy week of golf at Key Royale Club with regular golf action to go along with Stag Day April 18 and the annual awards banquet April 21.

The awards banquet reviews all of the outstanding events during the 2011-12 golf season, starting with recognitionf for all of the golfers who made a hole in one during the year, including Bob Dickenson, Mike Wagner, Jon Holcomb, Ken Rickett, Art McMillan, Dale Hudson, John Cassese and, the most recent entry, Matt Behan, whose hole in one April 19 on number three brought the total for the club to eight for the year.

Also recognized were the women’s and men’s President’s Cup winners, Donna Soos and Ken Rickett. Bob and Liz Lang were recognized for winning the mixed couples championship, while Dr. Carl Voyles was awarded for his senior men’s handicap championship. Kris Landkammer was recognized for winning the women’s nine-hole handicap championship, while Mike Gille was recognized as the men’s 18-hole handicap championship.

As is the norm, Col. Bob Elliott fired the starting pistol to signal the start of the 84th semi-annual Stag Day at the club. 76 members participated in the event, which featured a morning and afternoon group and lunch between the two rounds.

Low gross honors for the day went to Dale Hudson with a 3-over-par 35, while Gary Harris, Al Carr and Dean Christiansen shared low-net honors with a score of 4-under-par 28. The team of Nub Turner, Bob Lang, Al Carr and Mark Mixon combined to card a 130 for first-place honors.

The women played a nine-hole low-net-in-flight match April 17. Jean Holmes grabbed first place in Flight A with a 3-under-par 29, three strokes over Diane Miller and Sue Hookem, who tied for second place.

Margarit Layh and Heather Pritchard both carded 4-under-par 28 to finish in a tie for first place in Flight B with Joyce Reith one shot back in second place.

Flight C saw Roxanne Koche take first place with a 2-under-par 30. Three shots back in a tie for second place were Barb Lindwall and Kathy Porter at 1-over-par 33.

Joanne Ozdych fired a 2-under-par 30 to take first place in Flight D. Sharon Conlon and Luanne Collins both finished at even-par 32 to tie for second.

The low-net team game of the day was won by Jean Holmes, Diane Miller, Laura Purcell and Margarit Layh with a 121 team total.

The men played a nine-hole modified-Stableford match on the afternoon of April 16. Fred Miller fired a plus-6 to win the individual title, while also helping teammates Bob Lang, Bob Soos and Dean Christiansen to the team title with a plus-4.

The men played an 18-hole individual-low-net match April 14. Jim Thorton carded a 5-under-par 59 to take first place by two shots over Vince Mercadante and Bob Elliott, who both finished at 3-under-par 61.

 

Horseshoe news

Ten teams participated in horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe pits April 21. The team of Norm Good and Sam Samuels were the only team to earn the required three pool-play victories and were outright champs.

There were 11 teams during April 18 horseshoe action but, again, only one team managed to win three pool-play games. Gene Bobeldyk and Dom Livedoti were the day’s champs.

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 Basketball Schedule

Date        Time       Opponents

 

Division II       (ages 8-10)

April 30   6 p.m.      IRE  vs. Gettel

April 30   7 p.m.      Walter  vs. Bistro

 

Division I (ages 11-13)

April 25   6 p.m.      Southern Greens vs. Eat Here

April 25   7 p.m.      Sandbar vs. Walter

April 25   8 p.m.      Holy Cow vs. Ross Built

 

Premier Division (ages 14-17)

April 30   8 p.m.      Oyster Bar vs. Dip’s

May 1      6 p.m.      Integrity Sound vs. Oyster Bar

Fishing – 04-25-2012

Fish live bait, artificials for mixed bag results

 

Inshore fishing around our small Island remains consistent for redfish, trout and catch-and-release snook.

Live bait tactics are proving to be effective for a mixed bag of inshore species on the grass flats. Chumming with live shiners attracts fish to the boat. Next cast a shiner on a hook and hang on.

If it’s trout you’re looking for, try working deeper grass flats in Anna Maria Sound. For the reds and catch-and-release snook, try the grass flats around mangrove islands or mangrove shorelines.

For fishers using artificials, there are plenty of migratory species roaming just off the beaches and in the passes in search of bait schools. Fish you might encounter include Spanish mackerel, bonito, blue runners and ladyfish. If you’re lucky, you might even get into some pompano. For the mackerel, jacks and ladyfish, anything with some flash to it will get a bite. Try Gotcha plugs or silver spoons. For the pompano try using pompano jigs tripped with a pink stinger.

Jeff Medley at the Sunshine Skyway Bridge South Fishing Pier is reporting good action for fishers targeting migratory species. These high-activity fish provide drag-screaming runs and a fight to the end, which makes them popular among shore fishers. Some also make good tablefare, including Spanish and king mackerel.

To target them, pier fishers are using live shiners or threadfin herring as bait on 30-pound fluorocarbon leader tied to a 2/0 extra-long shank hook. If you encounter kingfish, you may want to add 12 inches of hard wire above your long shank hook to prevent them from cutting your line.

If you decide to use artificials, try silver spoons, white jigs or a Gotcha plug. Again, tie no less than 30-pound fluorocarbon leader to the lure. You can try a small piece of wire if you start losing a lot of lures, but it will result in fewer strikes.

The species being caught at the South Pier include mangrove snapper, flounder and black sea bass. For all three species, fishers are bottom fishing live threadfin herring or shrimp.

Capt. Warren Girle is fishing nearshore structure with good action on king mackerel, bonito and Spanish mackerel. Girle’s charters are free-lining live shiners behind the boat to get the bite. For the kings, 24 inches has been the norm, although Girle’s clients are catching some up to 36 inches.

Girle also is finding catch-and-release gag grouper and a few short red grouper. To round out the reef bite, Girle’s clients are reeling up numerous Key West grunts.

Moving inshore, Girle is wading the shallow flats of Sarasota Bay, stalking redfish and spotted seatrout. Using top-water plugs like the Rapala Skitterwalk or Sebile stick shad, Girle is hooking redfish up to 31 inches. Spotted seatrout are reacting to top-water lures, although Girle reports better results this week with soft plastics on a jig head. Average size of the trout is 18 inches.

Capt. Mark Johnston of Just Reel fishing charters is fishing in and around Longboat Pass catching numerous Spanish mackerel. Johnston likes to anchor and then chum with live shiners to get the macks feeding behind his boat. Once they do, his clients cast a bait and it’s time to get busy. When mackerel are feeding, they tend to hit the bait soon after it enters the water.

On the grass flats, Johnston is targeting spotted seatrout. Again, he anchors and chums to get the bite going. On a recent charter, Johnston’s clients caught more than 20 trout with the biggest coming in at 21 inches.

While fishing grass flats around mangrove islands, Johnston is catching good numbers of redfish with a few snook in the mix. For the reds, Johnston is using live shiners for bait. Redfish up to 26 inches were caught this past week and catch-and-release snook up to 34 inches.

Dave Sork at the Anna Maria City Pier says pier fishers using white crappie jigs or Gotcha plugs are catching Spanish macks. Most of the action is occurring in the early morning at sunrise.

Night fishers are catching spotted seatrout under the lights on white Cotee jigs or live ballyhoo. Most trout are small, but expect to catch a few keepers, too, he said.

Last but not least, Sork says he saw the first-of-the-year tarpon hookup last week. “It looked to be a 60- to 80-pounder,” says Sork. “The angler got four jumps out of it before it broke the line.”

Bob Kilb at the Rod & Reel Pier is seeing pier fishers reeling up Spanish mackerel in the early mornings. Most pier fishers are using artificials such as white crappie jigs, pink speck rigs or Gotcha plugs. Most of the macks are in the 15-inch range.

Pier fishers using live shrimp are decking black drum, flounder and an occasional sheepshead. Remember, when targeting these species to keep the bait close to the bottom and under the pier.

Capt. Mark Howard of SumoTime Fishing Charters reports exceptional catches of redfish and spotted seatrout “taking the main stage.” He said there also are some nice snook, flounder and mackerel coming to the party.

Howard has been starting the mornings before sunrise gathering bait on the flats and near the Skyway Bridge. He likes to first black the live wells with shiners and other baitfish for a day’s fishing.

On the morning low tide, Howard is targeting spotted seatrout in 3-6 feet of water. Howard suggests using a small split shot to get the bait in the lower parts of the water column. “The trout spawned out on the recent full moon and are hungry and chewing,” Howard says.

The redfish are on fire with the gradual increase in tides and current flow. Howard reports multiple hookups on shiners and no problem harvesting upper-slot fish for the dinner table. Howard says he uses circle hooks to reduce the amount of gut-hooked fish and aid in a healthy release.

Howard also reports snook making a nice showing and coming out of their wintertime spots. Howards clients aren’t catching the quantities of a few years ago, however, he is “still able to get some nice rallies going.” He compares catching the Corvette-like snook speedsters to truck-pulling redfish.”

Looking forward, Howard predicts big high tides in the afternoons with a hard falling tide in the evenings will produce “two distinct time periods and tide movements to catch some tasty fillets for the dinner table.

“The weather is marching forward to pre-summer-like patterns and fishing will remain red hot until the heat of the summer kicks in,” Howard adds.

Send fishing reports to fish@islander.org.

Bridging scrutiny

The Cortez Bridge State Road 684 linking Bradenton Beach to the mainland is under scrutiny by the Florida Department of Transportation following an engineer’s report in advance of a 2013-14 budgeted $4.4 million repair project to keep the bridge operational. Islander File Photo