Tag Archives: 06-11-2014

Congratulations, AME 2014 grads!


Heather Nyberg Class of 2014

Sophia Belsito

Lilah Bowers

Tyler Brewer

Lauren Buchanan

Ciarra Buff

Andrew Burgess

Avery Carnes

Randy Carter

Grayson Chatt

Ella Coney-Jones

David Daigle

Daniel Fritz

Ana Gonzalez

Morgan Horesh

Sam Howells

Irada Karpthip

Roman Langley

Tuna McCracken

Dylan McKee

Zachary Meek

Brianna “Lupe’” Morales-Lopes

Cecilia Petereit

Emilia Randolph

Jackson Randolph

Javier Rivera

Sean Rodriguez


Pidge Taylor Class of 2014

Nico Altizer

Brandon Annis

Blake Balais

Halle Bingham

Rain Cooper

Mary Grace Cucci

Aaron Dunnan

Jaclyn Gilman

Bryson Higgins

Nathan Hyman

Bella Love

Ethan Mata

Josue Membreno

Gabriel Moschini

Giancarlo Padilla

Nyla Parker

Julius Petereit

Emily Sackett

Gianna Sparks

Alexandra Texidor-Abel

Tristan Watson

Adrian Wilson

Maya Yarlagadda


Many Thanks

      This year I received the Rotary Service Before Self award and I am thankful to the teachers who helped me to become the person I am today.

Mrs. Taylor helped me in many ways. When I first came to her class in fourth-grade, I despised writing, but now, thanks to Mrs. Taylor, writing is one of my favorite subjects.

She let me write on topics that I was interested in. She also increased my people skills greatly. She had us work in groups and complete team challenges.

Another person I would like to thank is Mrs. McDonough, our school librarian. Most people underestimate the power of a book. A book can change your perspective or help you understand someone better.

I also would like to thank my second-grade teacher, Mrs. Granstad. Before I was in her class, I was extremely shy and didn’t talk much. She put us in groups and made us work together.

Lastly, I would like to thank my kindergarten and first-grade teacher, Ms. Goffred. When I came to her class, I did not talk. The people I was closest to usually only got a hello. Mrs. Goffred helped me find my voice.

Thank you all. — Bella Love

            Editor’s note: The award is presented by the Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island upon recommendation of the faculty and staff of Anna Maria Elementary School. The award is given to a graduating fifth-grade student who exemplifies Rotary’s motto of placing others first.


Local businesses lend helping hand to turtle watch

It takes a village to protect the sea turtles nesting on Anna Maria Island.

For Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring, help comes readily from volunteers and local businesses.

“We have remained a community-based nonprofit. We could not run this program without our community of wonderful longtime business owners on the island,” said AMITW executive director Suzi Fox.

Recent help came from Anthony Caminite, owner of Home True Value Hardware, 5324 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Caminite has owned the store for 40 years and said he is always willing to help AMITW.

He gave AMITW wooden shipping pallets, the kind most often found stacked around dumpsters or behind retailers. The pallets are providing valuable hiding places for newly hatched least terns at their beachfront nesting grounds in Bradenton Beach.

The least terns hide in the shade of the pallets and avoid detection from predators.

“We’re not great participants, we just help with what we can,” said Caminite. “She’ll call, and we just contribute the best we can, and as fast as we can.”

Caminite said he also helps with special orders for AMITW. This year he ordered pink ribbon to mark nests, and offered it to the group at cost.

He also carries turtle-friendly lights and long-wave length bulbs and shields to direct light away from beaches.

“One year I bought all the wrong paint and brushes and I couldn’t get the paint to stick on the stakes,” Fox said. “ I came to Tony and he gave me one large paint brush, and taught me how to clean it. He said ‘Here, it’s on me, I bet it’s the last paint brush you will ever buy’ and he was right. I still use Tony’s brush for all my projects.”

Fox said Caminite also donated a large shovel to remove dead fish from the beach, a big garbage pail to transport stakes and a great deal of support and advice.

Other businesses on the island have helped, too, including Mr. Bones BBQ in Holmes Beach and the City Pier Restaurant in Anna Maria. Both have donated meals for AMITW volunteers.

Fox also mentioned Anna Maria resident Carol Ann McGill, who ran out to the beach to help put up the buffer to secure a bird nesting ground.

Bradenton Beach public works also has chipped in, providing AMITW with an oil change for its ATV.

“We love our community and business owners like Tony,” Fox said. “Sometimes he is my dad reminding me to take care of my tools or helping me make a project run smoother and sometimes with his sweet jazzy smile he is my favorite boyfriend cheering me on when I’m having a down day. Tony is an icon on this island and we are so grateful that he and all his staff give us kind words and a helping hand.”

Allocating use of resort development tax called ‘confusing’

Lawyers attempting to define how Florida’s resort tax can be used by local governments say it’s one of the most complex sections of the state law.

The resort tax, enacted in 1977, is the 5 percent collected by Manatee County on property rentals of six months or less. Each county can establish its own resort tax rate. It’s officially called the “tourism development tax,” but it’s more commonly known as the “bed tax” and as the “resort tax.”

Attorney Bill Clague, an expert on the statute who works in the Manatee County attorney’s office, explained the law to county commissioners at their June 4 budget work session. He said use of the resort tax is one of the most misunderstood sections of the law.

“It’s very controversial, and very tricky to know what the money can be used for,” he said. “Basically, if it’s not permitted by the statute, it’s prohibited.”

The resort tax funds are administered by the county Tourist Development Council — a board of appointed citizens and a representative from the county board of commissioners. The TDC budget — including funding for the Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau — must be approved by the county commission.

Resort tax money can be used to “promote tourism nationally and internationally, or an activity or event whose main purpose is the attraction of tourists, at least in part,” Clague said.

Clague said municipalities and counties can’t use resort tax revenue for their basic infrastructure needs, “even if that area has a large number of tourists.”

Non-uses of the resort tax include garbage pickup, law enforcement and maintaining streets, Clague added.

Anna Maria Mayor SueLynn, who did not attend the meeting, said she’s asked for funds to help improve the city pier, and was told the BACVB would split the cost with the city for an engineering study to determine the scope of work needed at the city pier.

She disputes the city paying half the study cost of $60,000, saying BACVB funds improvements and renovations at the Powel Crosley Estate and the Bradenton Area Convention Center.

However, Crosley and the convention center also have other revenues.

Also, the maintenance of the Anna Maria City Pier is presently provided by the city’s tenant, the City Pier Restaurant, according to the lease agreement.

The TDC has approved funding of up to $1 million for reconstruction of the Bradenton Beach Historic Bridge Street Pier, although work has yet to commence. The city provided engineering and a detailed scope of work to gain TDC approval.

During the county work session, BACVB executive director Elliott Falcione discussed the proposed $6.787 million BACVB budget for 2014-15 and provided an overview of county tourism.

Of the total BACVB budget, $4.85 million would be for “tourist development,” which was not detailed in the draft budget, and $1.922 million would go toward the convention center in Palmetto and the Crosley Estate, which is adjacent to the Ringling Museum near the county border with Sarasota.

Falcione said capital expenditures, such as for the Manatee Players theater in Bradenton, the convention center in Palmetto, beach renourishment, erosion control, beach facilities and piers are considered lawful uses of the tourist development tax.

Some island officials believe paid parking is needed to help defray the costs of heavy visitor traffic on weekends and holidays. In the past, they sought funding to compensate for wear and tear on roads and the increasing needs of law enforcement.

At the meeting, Falcione also addressed the push by elected officials in the three island cities for paid-parking programs.

Falcione said paid parking on the island “would cause us to lose grant dollars.”

State and federal beach renourishment funds are dependent on a certain amount of free parking for the public to visit the beaches.

County Commissioner Betsy Benac said there is “a lot of frustration among Anna Maria Island cities” that they can’t use resort tax money to make improvements.

“Maybe,” Clague responded, “but that’s the law.”

For fiscal year 2012-13, $8.99 million in resort tax was collected by the county. Of that amount, $4.405 million came from the Anna Maria Island cities, according to data from the Manatee County Tax Collector’s Office.


Area tourism plans focus on big splash for rowing event

By Rick Catlin

Islander Reporter

      Get your suntan lotion, shorts, polo shirts, beach towels and binoculars ready.

Those items will be needed when the Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau and its Sarasota counterpart host the International Rowing Federation World Championships at Nathan Benderson Park near the University Boulevard/Interstate 75 intersection.

The championships are not until 2017, but it’s best to be prepared for the big splash, Elliott Falcione, executive director of the Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau told Manatee County Tourist Development Council members June 6.

The championships are expected to bring more than 10,000 rowers, coaches and officials to the area. Better news is that an estimated 100,000 visitors from around the world are expected to attend.

And Falcione wants to take full advantage of the potential exposure the Bradenton area can get from co-hosting the championships.

TDC members voted unanimously to support a resolution that, if passed by the county commission, would fund advertising and marketing of the Bradenton area and the many attractions and tourist opportunities found here.

“The world championships will be televised around the world and available online as well,” Falcione said. “It’s vital our brand is showcased to viewers.”

Falcione wants a three-year commitment through the rowing championships for advertising at the park. Afterward, he and the TDC will determine if another three-years of advertising is warranted.

The BACVB logo, along with tourist information, would be visible at strategic locations around the venue.

Falcione noted the area’s “brand” has continued to bring more and more visitors to the area, as well as more national and international sporting events.

He said the move toward “rebranding the area” two years ago to focus more marketing and advertising on the “urban-core development” of Manatee County is paying dividends, with continued growth in visitor numbers and increased spending.

The BACVB’s “urban core” is the Lakewood Ranch area, he said, and it’s “now in good position” for tourism growth.

“We have a good product, but we have to keep pace. Lakewood Ranch is our future if we want our product to move forward. We have to keep our brand in the marketplace,” Falcione said.

Walter Klages of Research Data Services, the company retained by the BACVB to provide monthly and quarterly tourism data, brought even better news to the meeting.

Tourism to the area grew 6.7 percent from the October 2012-April 2013 period compared to the same months in 2013-14, he said. Economic spending by visitors jumped 11.2 percent during the two periods, rising from $269 million to $299 million.

The tourism news for the first three months of 2014 is just as bright, Klages said.

Occupancy of accommodations in the BACVB area during those months jumped 4.4 percent from that same period in 2013.

Lodging occupancy was 65.6 percent in January 2014, 89.3 percent in February 2014 and 93.1 percent in March 2014. For April 2014, area occupancy was at 75.3 percent, up from 72.1 percent in April 2013.

Cell tower to rise July 16

“Can you hear me now?”

The question is common among mobile phone users in the Bradenton Beach area who complain about poor service.

But that problem will be resolved pretty soon.

Bradenton Beach Police Chief Sam Speciale announced at the June 5 city commission meeting that construction of the cell tower near the city’s public works facility, 400 Church Ave., would begin June 16.

Surveyors will be laying out the sight June 9, with the groundbreaking to take place a week later.

During the groundbreaking ceremony, Florida Tower Partners LLC, of Bradenton will present the city with its first installment payment of $320,000.

The proposed tower will resemble an antenna, standing 150 feet in height on a foundation with dimensions measuring 60 feet by 70 feet.

The structure will begin at the southeast corner of the public works building and stretch east toward the marina and south into the city parking lot, although only one parking space is expected to be eliminated.

Construction will take six-10 weeks.

Verizon and AT&T are the primary providers, but there will be room for eight more companies on the tower.

Each provider must pay the city $2,500 a month for the use of the tower.

The tower will be designed with a collapse point, a 30-foot clearance zone for a fall in case of a storm, and all equipment will be stored inside the tower, and nothing will be at risk to fly off the structure. It will be able to withstand winds in excess of 115 mph.

FTP also is planning a tower at Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, which is predicted to get underway in November or December.

Bradenton Beach will seek pier reconstruction bids — again

Reconstruction of the Historic Bridge Street Pier will have to wait.

Bradenton Beach commissioners and the mayor unanimously voted at their June 5 meeting to rescind the contract awarded to Duncan Dock Seawall and Boatlift LLC and withdraw the original request for proposal for the pier reconstruction.

Commissioners will advertise a new request for proposal June 11, which will include electrical work. The electrical component was not in the original RFP.

The decision for a second round comes after an investigation spurred by two bid protests required officials to take a closer look at the original bid documents, which were found to have inconsistencies.

The city was investigating two complaints filed by companies that competed for the contract, but lost to a higher bidder.

Pac Comm Inc. of Miami and Tampa Bay Marine Inc. of Gibsonton formally contested the commission’s decision to award the contract to Sarasota-based Duncan Seawall, the highest bidder of the three companies competing for the contract.

“It was brought to my attention during the investigation that a number of other issues adversely impacting the project were arising simultaneously with the protests,” said city attorney Ricinda Perry, who conducted the investigation.

Perry told commissioners the plan to have lighting work done as a project separate but concurrent from the pier construction “fell apart in the middle.”

“We were trying to time those two components together, but a number of issues have made that unlikely,” she said. “We decided it would be best if the lighting component was part of the master reconstruction plan.”

Perry also found some of the proposals included  use of a docking facility at the south end of the city as a staging area, but no contractor had permission to use the structure.

“That structure is for upkeep of an artificial reef and it’s only functional two months of the year,” she said.

Duncan was awarded the contract at the May 22 commission meeting.

City building official Steve Gilbert and pier team member Karen Wilson of ZNS Engineering recommended Duncan Seawall and Tampa Bay Marine to the commission based on a bid evaluation matrix and a series of interviews conducted prior to May 22.

Although Pac Comm submitted the lowest base bid, $1,041,043 and the lowest bid with additional options, $1,258,543, it was not recommended because of what commissioners thought was an unrealistic timeframe for completion.

The wide variance between Pac Comm’s bid — 100 days with a crew of eight workers — and the other bids, which ranged in duration from 140-175 days with a crew of 20-30, caused city pier team members to be wary of Pac Comm’s bid.

Tampa Bay was the second lowest, with a $1,237,487 base and $1,494,334 with options, however it was not considered because a representative did not attend the May 22 meeting.

“I don’t think it’s fair that I was not considered just because I didn’t come to a meeting I wasn’t invited to,” Chris Theriot, general manager of Tampa Bay Marine, said.

Duncan was the most expensive at a $1,309,452 base price and $1,707,325 with options. A staff recommendation to award the bid to Duncan Seawall noted the company has worked in Bradenton Beach in the past.

“We respect the commission’s decision to rescind the bid,” Steve Liebel, co-owner of Duncan said. “We are prepared to bid for the project the second time around.”

Four men rescued from capsized vessel

Four men were rescued May 8 after their 28-foot boat capsized 20 nautical miles west of Anna Maria Island, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.

One of the men contacted the Coast Guard station St. Petersburg with his VHF radio around 6 p.m. to report his boat was taking on water, according to a press release.

After losing communication with the man, the station issued an “urgent marine information broadcast” alerting area Coast Guard station.

Coast Guard Station Cortez responded in a 45-foot- boat while a helicopter from the Clearwater station conducted a search from the air, the release said.

The response boat from Cortez located the capsized vessel about 45 minutes after they received the call.

The four men were clinging to the overturned hull and were all wearing their life jackets.

Winds were approximately 10-15 knots causing 1-3 foot waves, according to Chrystalynn Kneen, public information officer for the Tampa Bay region of the U.S. Coast Guard.

The men were recovered from the water and transported ashore, according to the release.

There were no reported injuries.

Community pulls out stops to save center

With more than 200 people at the Anna Maria Island Community Center’s “Save our Center” meeting June 4, Scott Rudacille, chair of the center’s board of directors, was impressed.

The meeting was called by Rudacille and executive director Dawn Stiles to discuss the center’s financial crisis and to seek short- and long-term solutions. Stiles said the center has only about $60,000 in operating funds, and can’t remain open without a short-term infusion of cash.

Rudacille’s first question to the attendees was “Does the community want to keep the center operating, or not?”

“Yes” was the crowd’s reply. No one at the meeting suggested closing down or seeking outside help to run the center.

Rudacille then gave a brief history of “how we got here.”   He outlined the factors contributing to the center’s current financial position and asked the audience for input on how to keep the center operating while the board strives for a long-term plan for financial stability.

Major donors of the past are no longer contributing to the center, he said. Additionally, the center gala — Affaire to Remember — usually brings from $150,000-$200,000 into the treasury and has been the center’s major fundraising event. But this year’s projected — budgeted — revenue was down $60,000.

At the same time, the center’s policy of providing every child the opportunity to participate in a program resulted in nearly $400,000 worth of scholarships in 2013, Stiles said.

Rudacille said no child is turned away because he or she can’t afford a program. “But now, we are at a financial crisis.”

He said the nearly $4.5 million cost to build the center, which opened in 2008, is not the only drain on the center’s treasury.

But he did agree that the original target of $2.5 million for the center was off base.

Fundraising had peaked and then the recession hit, and after the contract was signed to build the center, the cost of construction sky-rocketed, Rudacille said. An extra $2 million in costs didn’t help the center’s financial position, but dwelling on past mistakes won’t solve the immediate problem.

“We are now in the hole and can’t continue to sustain these losses.”

The meeting was called to get ideas, not to point fingers. “We want to hear ideas for the future,” he said.

A long-term strategy for fundraising is needed, and major donors who have stopped giving need to see the center is worthy of continued donations. Rudacille also said the board has only seven members, but has room for 15.

He called on anyone with “dedication” to the center and its objectives to get on board with him.

In fact, one person stepped up after the meeting to offer $50,000 in matching donations through June.

In response to criticism from one audience member, Stiles said that coming from Maine to Florida, she did not bring a list of potential donors, and didn’t know who the major donors to the center were when she started last April.

Rudacille added that it is not Stiles’ job to fundraise, it is the board’s responsibility.

Now donations are needed to operate the center for at least another three months, to meet obligations to summer camp for kids.

And so Stiles can finalize an operating plan and implement new guidelines as the board embarks on major fundraising campaigns and a long-range plan for generating operating revenue.

Rudacille, however, said the community has options, including closing the center or turning it over to Manatee County, the Boys and Girls Clubs, the YMCA, or another organization.

The audience consensus was to keep the center operating by the community for the community.

But Rudacille advised that to do that is going to take a massive effort by the community. Along with donations, “volunteers with experience” are needed, he said.

“We need board members, people willing to volunteer their time and be dedicated to the center,” he said.

Holmes Beach Commissioner David Zaccagnino reminded the audience that being a board member is a volunteer job, and people do it because they believe the community center should be for the community.

Zaccagnino also presented a check for $10,000 to Stiles for the center from an anonymous donor. He said he’s been in contact with potential donors and he’s hopeful they and others will provide the funding to give the center its needed breathing space.

Stiles also asked anyone with “skills and talent to come help us.”

Audience members suggested looking at the volume of scholarships more closely, saying some families and adults obtain scholarships that may not be warranted, but Stiles said that matter has already been addressed.

Other suggestions included improving the website, better marketing of the center, and improving communications between the center and the community.

Caryn Hodge, marketing director for Ed Chiles’ trio of restaurants, said she is helping on a newly formed marketing committee.

During public comment, several people shouted questions from the audience. One man pointed the finger at Stiles, saying she was hired to raise money for the center and she’s not doing it. He also suggested that “maybe the staff does nothing.”

A number of people leapt to their feet to defend Stiles, saying she’s only been on the job 13 months, and was not hired as a fundraising expert, but to bring new programs and activities to the center, and to devise a new operating plan suited to today’s community.

Another person said the center needs to be run like a business, but Rudacille said the center is not a business. The community center is a nonprofit community service, providing recreational facilities, health and wellness activities and sports programs.

He did agree the center’s operating plan the past five years has “not been working.”

Rudacille ended the meeting, saying “I didn’t hear anyone say ‘No more Center,’ so let’s get going. Dawn didn’t create this mess, but we can all help solve it.”

With that, checkbooks came out and the community began the task of pulling together with donations to “Save our Center.”

Center board plans followup to ‘Save our Center’ meeting

Following the “Save our Center” meeting June 4, when about 200 people met at the Anna Maria Island Community Center to discuss the center’s financial crisis and supported keeping the operation, the center board of directors and executive director Dawn Stiles met at 8 a.m. June 5 to discuss some of the suggestions gleaned from the meeting.

Additionally, Stiles said an anonymous donor agreed to match all donations up to $50,000.

“This is an opportunity to double your contribution to the center at a time of desperate need,” Stiles said.

At the June 5 center board meeting, an immediate action plan was created and approved.

Stiles will cut annual operating costs $50,000-$100,000 in the 2014-15 budget that begins July 1.

The board will allocate any available funds from the endowment trust held by the Manatee Community Foundation. At the same time, principal and interest payments on the building mortgage will be stopped while refinancing options are explored.

At the June 4 “Save our Center” meeting, Anna Maria resident Darcie Duncan called on the community to get back its “passion” for the center. A number of people, in addition to those who offered to volunteer during that meeting, have apparently heeded those words.

Stiles said several individuals came forward and expressed an interest in “making a commitment to the organization through board membership.” She said any applicants will be processed “expeditiously” as composition of the board is a “key component to the success of any organization.”

The board also is seeking volunteers to help with programs and office administration. A sign-up sheet is now at the front desk at the center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria.

Quite a few “great ideas were presented” at the June 4 meeting or dropped off at the center, Stiles said.

Those ideas are being reviewed and evaluated by Stiles and the board as to whether they are mission related and revenue generating; what staff, volunteers and facilities may be required; and whether they are targeted to the community.

In the meantime, Stiles said she’s working on providing more information — transparency and financial backup — to what has already been provided.

Stiles said people after the meeting questioned how there could be no plan. They asked for documentation. Records. Graphs and numbers. She added, “of course, I have a plan.” But funding is critical to everything.

She said she is working to finalize her plan to carry the center forward in the future.

In the meantime, fundraising keeps pushing to the forefront.

At the June 7 U.S. Air Force concert in the center gym, Stiles noted the terms of the band’s performance  — free to the audience — limited the center from asking for donations. Donation jars were evident at the refreshment stations during intermission, but nothing could be solicited from the audience to help the center.

She also hopes to provide a list of volunteer needs — opportunities for people to sign up and work, providing much needed functions that will free staff to problem-solve and perform critical jobs.

Information will be added to The Islander website — www.islander.org — as it becomes available, while work continues to improve the center website at www.islandcommunitycenter.com.

Anyone interested can call the center at 941-778-1908.

Concept to save center gains traction in Holmes Beach

A saving grace is needed for the Anna Maria Island Community Center — and soon.

Ideas filled the gym at a meeting held June 4 at the center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. One concept, creating a special tax district, could work its way to the Holmes Beach City Commission and a referendum question for voters.

Holmes Beach Commissioner David Zaccagnino said he plans to present the idea to the city commission because it’s important for the city to support the center for the services it offers residents, as well as the recreational requirements the center fulfills in the city’s comprehensive plan.

“The comp plan requires more than a regular old green-space park,” Zaccagnino said.

He said the city already supports the center, funding $22,500 annually since 2009, but a special tax district with an assessment on property tax bills could benefit the city and the center.

The tax could provide the center more money, while rolling $22,500 back into the city budget.

“It would level the playing field because Holmes Beach has a lot of rentals. It would be a way for rentals to give back to the residents,” he said.

Zaccagnino estimated Holmes beach has 4,000 properties and, he said, a $25 tax per parcel, could add $100,000 annually to the center’s ailing budget.

An added fee on the property tax bill would be similar to a line-item fee property owners in Holmes Beach and Bradenton Beach pay now for stormwater assessment, and residents of the West Manatee Fire District pay for fire service.

“If Holmes Beach is in the lead on it, maybe Bradenton Beach and Anna Maria will follow,” he said.

Zaccagnino said he is “doing homework and talking to some people” regarding the proposition. However, he is waiting to bring the issue up to the city commission before taking any next steps.

“It’s a really good idea and I will bring it up. If the commission thinks it’s a good idea and there’s a consensus, there will probably be a referendum on the ballot, and the voters can decide,” said Zaccagnino.

The tax district and assessment fee to fund the center was brought up to the center and the island’s city officials at June 4 the “Save our Center” meeting by Islander publisher Bonner Joy.

In the meantime, center staff members and the board of directors have their fingers crossed the community will provide enough support to keep the facility open until a more permanent solution is found.

“There’s no doubt in my mind they’ll pull a plan together. There’s a lot of smart people on the board. Right now they need all the support they can get from the community to make it through the summer,” Zaccagnino said.

Motorcyclist dies in crash

A Bradenton man arrested in February after leading law enforcement officers on a two-county chase that ended in Anna Maria Island died in a motorcycle crash May 31.

Brian Casey, 31, was pronounced dead at the scene after colliding with an SUV at 75th Street West and 29th Avenue West in Bradenton, according to the Florida Highway Patrol report.

Casey was traveling at a high rate of speed on his Suzuki GSX R750 motorcycle around 5:30 p.m. when he ran the red light at the intersection, causing him to be hit by a Toyota Rav 4, the report said.

The 70-year-old woman driving the SUV was not injured, the report said.

Casey was involved in another crash Feb. 20 that ended a high-speed pursuit from south Manatee County to Anna Maria Island.

Casey allegedly fled an MSCO deputy going south into Sarasota County and then headed west to Longboat Key.

Casey’s speed was recorded at 120 mph on the long straightaway of Gulf of Mexico Drive on the key.

The report said Casey crashed his motorcycle near Coconut Avenue and Los Cedros Drive in Anna Maria and was chased by a Bradenton Beach police officer. During the chase, Casey jumped into a canal but he was eventually arrested and booked in Manatee County jail.