Tag Archives: 06-13-2012

Island cities, Sandpiper mum on 27th Street lawsuit

The border dispute between Holmes Beach and Bradenton Beach over 27th Street has almost nobody talking, but nonetheless, it’s become an all-Island affair.

Holmes Beach filed suit against its neighbor May 24, asking the 12th Judicial Circuit Court to void Bradenton Beach’s 2008 quitclaim deed to Sandpiper Resort Co-op Inc. and declare the street — which runs east of Gulf Drive to Sarasota Bay on the north side of the Sandpiper — a public right of way.

Holmes Beach also is asking the court to order the Sandpiper to remove the gates and private property signs from the fence along the boundary of the resort and 27th Street, and also remove a portion of the fence to provide access from an adjoining alley to 27th Street.

The court assigned Judge Diane L. Moreland to the case.

Attorneys for the two cities agreed June 1 to extend the time allowed for Bradenton Beach to respond to the complaint. A stipulation, signed by the respective city attorneys, gives Bradenton Beach until July 6 to file its answer or other response.

Portions of the platted street have been used for Sandpiper parking as well as public utilities, but is otherwise unimproved. Some of the Sandpiper’s mobile home residences also reportedly encroach on the platted street.

Tracy Moon, office manager of Sandpiper, a community of some 120 shareholders, said, “We can’t actually comment because it’s in legal hands right now.”

However, she confirmed that Sandpiper received the lawsuit, and that the co-op has retained Chuck Webb, local attorney and Anna Maria city commissioner.

Last week, Webb qualified to run for another two-year term as commissioner. He also was Sandpiper’s attorney in 2008 when the city of Bradenton Beach quitclaimed the 27th Street property.

At presstime for The Islander, Webb had not returned a call for comment on the suit.

Bradenton Beach Mayor John Shaughnessy — a Sandpiper resident — and Sandpiper association president Doug LeFevre also have not returned calls seeking comment on the lawsuit.  Unlike attorneys and city officials, Sandpiper resident Carol Wallace did not shy from comment on the litigation last week.

She said, “Most of us think it’s a waste of time. We’ve had three attorneys advising us — it’s a very narrow issue.”

The lawsuit was filed in response to Holmes Beach Commissioner John Monetti’s concerns about his rental property adjacent to 27th Street in Holmes Beach, according to Wallace. And, she said, he has “the ear of Mayor Rich Bohnenberger.”

“It’s a waste of taxpayer’s money in Holmes Beach,” she said. She said she’s confident Sandpiper’s positions will prevail in court, and believes Sandpiper and Bradenton Beach will look to recoup their attorneys’ fees from the city of Holmes Beach.

While Monetti did not return calls for comment last week, in a recent letter to the editor, he denied any personal financial gain, and also stated, “a dispute exists between those residents of Holmes Beach who wish to continue to use 27th Street, just as they have during the past 60 years, and the Sandpiper, which appears to have taken the street as their own private property.”

The dispute first arose in December 2008 when Holmes Beach was first notified by Bradenton Beach of the impending quitclaim deed and an ordinance in support of the conveyance.

While Holmes Beach commissioners dropped the matter shortly after city attorney Patricia Petruff sent a letter of objection to Bradenton Beach, the issue arose again last summer when the Sandpiper erected a fence, installed gates and posted no trespass signs along the border.

In October, Holmes Beach instituted a state conflict resolution process required before one municipality sues one another.

During the process, Bradenton Beach representatives maintained Holmes Beach had no standing in the matter, as Shaughnessy pointed out — no part of the subject property is within the jurisdiction of Holmes Beach.

The conflict resolution meetings ended in February after the two governmental entities could not resolve their issues. The state-mandated process, however, did not compel the Sandpiper to participate, which was central to a resolution.

In March, private settlement discussions reportedly occurred between the city of Holmes Beach and Sandpiper. The city then directed the lawsuit be filed if the Sandpiper did not respond by starting the process to quitclaim a portion of 27th Street back to Bradenton Beach within two weeks.

In April, Holmes Beach Commission Chair David Zaccagnino reported to the commissioners that a settlement was unlikely.

Sandpiper representatives said a written offer from Holmes Beach was requested of Zaccagnino, but was never received.

Holmes Beach man arrested for burglary

A 24-year-old Holmes Beach man faces a felony burglary charge after attempting to steal “a bunch of game tokens” from a vehicle, according to a probable cause affidavit filed by the Holmes Beach Police Department.

Erik Hall, 510 67th St., Holmes Beach, was arrested at the location of the alleged crime at 4109 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. According to the report, a witness observed Hall get into the vehicle where police say Hall began to steal the game tokens.

The witness confronted and detained Hall until police arrived. According to the report, Hall admitted his actions.

Following his arrest, police discovered a small amount of marijuana inside a prescription pill bottle on Hall’s person and he also was charged for misdemeanor possession of marijuana.

Hall was booked into the Manatee County jail on the felony burglary charge and held on $5,000 bond.

He was scheduled for a July 6 arraignment.

Roadwatch, June 13-20

The east and west-bound lanes of the Cortez Bridge — State Road 684/Cortez Road — will be intermittently closed 9 p.m.-5 a.m. Wednesday, June 13-14, while the Florida Department of Transportation conducts routine bridge maintenance, a DOT press release said.

A flagging operation will be in place midnight-5 a.m.Thursday, June 14, on the Longboat Pass Bridge — State Road 789/Gulf Drive — while the DOT conducts routine maintenance, the release also said.

The Manatee County Utilities Department is continuing installation of sewer lines on North Shore Drive, Anna Maria, and the project is expected to last several months, according to MCUD.

Drainage improvements along Marina Drive in Holmes Beach are continuing this week in the 60th Street-Marina Drive area.

Explosion, fire rock neighborhood

A boat explosion followed by a fire in the boathouse & a plume of black smoke June 11 behind the home of Liz & Bob Lang, 5601 Flotilla Dr, Holmes Beach, destroyed the boat, boathouse & Liz Lang’s art studio. The fire sent good Samaritans — boaters Steve & Dawn Garvuso, a police officer & nurse of Ohio, who heard the explosion as they were pulling into Keyes Marina — to the aid of the Langs & scurrying to evacuate neighboring homes. The home was not significantly damaged, although some smoke may have entered the living area. Islander Photo: Courtesy John M. Lafferty, M.D.

Fishing – 06-13-2012

Full moon enhances fishing opportunities


Settling into their summertime patterns, Anna Maria fishers have a variety of species to target with success. Whether offshore, nearshore or inshore, last week’s full moon tides proved prosperous in all venues.

With the red snapper fishery opening June 1, anglers are making the 20-mile trip offshore to target these sought-after fish, where the bite starts around depths of 120 feet of water. Live bait, including pinfish, shiners and threadfin herring are the preferred choice. If you’re limited to frozen bait, try sardines, squid or threadfin herring.

At these same depths, catch-and-release gag grouper action also remains strong. Red grouper are in the mix as well, so leave some room in the cooler after you limit out on red snapper.

Moving to the nearshore reefs, mangrove snapper are beginning to show. Live shiners and select shrimp will get you hooked up. And don’t be surprised to hook into a few nice flounder while you’re out there. Sandy areas around the structure are producing the best results.

Cobia are patrolling nearshore structure, too. Look for these big fish just under the surface of the water. When you spot one, pitch a live bait — pinfish or shiner — in front of their nose and hang on tight.

Inshore fishing for redfish, spotted seatrout and catch-and-release snook is proving prosperous. Live bait is producing the bite. You can’t beat a live shiner free-lined over the grass flats to bring on a bite right now. Other bait producing a bite includes live select shrimp and pinfish.

And tarpon fishing around Anna Maria Island is going strong. Both live and dead bait techniques are hooking up fish. Try fishing the beaches in the morning and move to the passes in the afternoon for the strong outgoing tides.

Jim Malfese at the Rod & Reel Pier is seeing Spanish mackerel caught on strong moving tides. Pier fishers using small white jigs, such as speck rigs or crappie jigs, are catching Spanish mackerel in the 18-20 inch range. “Early in the morning has been good,” says Malfese. “But it seems the best time is during the strong tides when the bait is schooled up around the pier.”

Pier fishers using live shrimp are hooking up keeper-size black drum and a few flounder by putting bait on the bottom under the pier.

Mangrove snapper are being caught using the same method as for black drum, although most are barely legal in size. Small shiners are producing the snapper bite, but Malfese feels we have a few weeks to wait before the larger snapper arrive.

Jeff Medley at the south bait shop on the Sunshine Skyway Bridge Fishing Piers says for good action, target Spanish mackerel. Pier fishers using silver spoons, Gotcha plugs or small white jigs are catching macks up to 22 inches in length. The same applies for fishers using live greenbacks under a popping cork.

Pompano still are being caught towards the beginning of the pier in shallower water. Using Love’s lures pompano jigs, pier anglers are catching good numbers of pompano with most being at least 11 inches to the fork of the tail.

Cobia were making a showing at the pier this past week. Usually in pairs, you can spot these brown bombers patrolling schools of baitfish around the edges of the pier. Medley suggests having a few hand-sized live pinfish available in case you have an opportunity to cast at these strong-fighting fish. If you see one, simply free-line a pinfish right in front of the cobia and hang on tight. These fish generally eat a bait if they see it. Cobia up to 30 pounds are being landed daily.

Capt. Mark Johnston of Just Reel fishing charters is targeting big catch-and-release snook in Sarasota Bay. “We’re catching decent numbers of snook,” says Johnston. “And most of the ones we’re catching are over 30 inches.”

He’s using live shiners around mangrove islands with good tidal flow to catch trophy-sized snook.

In these same areas, Johnston is targeting redfish and, although schools of reds are a little hard to come by, he’s still managing to catch a few for dinner. “The reds are a little scattered,” says Johnston, “but we’re picking up a few here and there.”

Last but not least, Johnston is having good results live-bait fishing for spotted seatrout. Using live shiners free-lined over the grass flats, Johnston’s clients are catching keeper-sized trout. There’s a lot of small trout, so he says be persistent to catch the keeper-size fish for the dinner table.

Capt. Warren Girle is targeting tarpon when winds and weather allow. Fish are ranging 80-120 pounds. For bait, Girle is using live shiners, threadfin herring or crabs. Girle is targeting schooling fish on the beaches and in the passes to get the bite.

Cobia are making an appearance just off the beaches this past week and Girle is capitalizing on this opportunity. “We managed to catch two cobia in the 25-pound range while tarpon fishing,” says Girle. “They just swam right up to the boat.”

In Sarasota Bay, Girle is targeting spotted seatrout on deep grass flats. For bait, Girle is using either live shiners or Berkley Gulp shrimp on a jig head. The average size of the trout this week was 16-18 inches with the biggest coming in at 22 inches.

While targeting seatrout, Girle is hooking up with ladyfish and jack crevalle. These fish don’t have any food value, but they fight hard, which is good to fill the gap between trout catches.

Jonny Keyes at Island Discount Tackle is hearing about good action occurring around the nearshore reefs just west of Anna Maria Island. Bottom species, including flounder, mangrove snapper and hogfish are being caught on both live shrimp and shiners. Cobia are being sighted in these same areas, so be ready to pitch a bait at the occasional bomber.

Moving offshore, Keyes reports good numbers of red snapper being caught in water depths of 120 feet. He suggests live shiners or pinfish and, if you’re using frozen, try squid, sardines or threadfin herring.

Catch-and-release gag grouper action remains strong from depths of 40-plus feet. Red grouper are being caught in these same areas. Live pinfish and shiners are the baits of choice.

Moving inshore, beach fishers are catching a mixed bag. Look for schools of jack crevalle cruising the trough in the early morning. Meanwhile catch-and-release snook, spotted seatrout and some flounder are being caught around beach structure.

Finally, the silver king action remains consistent. Keyes suggests fishing the outgoing afternoon tides to find the bite. For bait, live crabs, shiners, threadfins and pinfish are producing.

        Send fishing reports to fish@islander.org.

Island police blotter – 06-13-2012

Anna Maria

    • June 6, Manatee Avenue/Village Green Parkway, DUI. A 36-year-old Anna Maria man was arrested for driving while intoxicated. According to a Manatee County Sheriff’s Office report, a deputy stopped David Williams, 306A N. Shore Drive, at approximately 1 a.m. when the deputy spotted Williams driving a vehicle without headlights. The report states that Williams repeatedly admitted he was “buzzed,” but not drunk. Williams allegedly failed enough of the field sobriety tests to warrant a probable cause for arrest. According to the report, Williams also refused to submit to a Breathalyzer test. Williams was booked into the Manatee County jail and scheduled for a July 9 arraignment.

    • May 28, 100 Spring Ave., found property. Two boats broke loose from their anchors and eventually washed onshore at the listed address. The boat owner was contacted and arrived to claim his property.

• May 26, 508 Spring Ave., disturbing the peace. A MCSO deputy responded to a noise complaint at Siam Garden Resort. Upon arriving, the deputy heard a large group talking at the pool. A man from the group told the deputy the city’s noise ordinance had not been related to them by the resort manager. The deputy explained the ordinance and the group moved inside.

• May 29, Gladiolus and North Shore Drive, petit theft. A woman reported someone stole her wallet while she was at the beach. Her grandson called the sheriff’s office because she did not speak English.

• May 20, 200 block of Lakeview Drive, burglary. A man reported someone stole a blue-and-white bicycle from his garage. According to the report, a second bike was laying in the driveway as though the suspect had attempted to steal it, as well. The second bike was secured for fingerprint processing.

• May 27, 100 Oak Ave., found person. Holmes Beach Police Department sent out a request to a MCSO deputy in regard to a missing 6-year-old boy. While beginning his search, the deputy received a call from a woman who had found a lost boy. The deputy reported the boy was thirsty, but otherwise in good health. HBPD arrived to return the boy to his parents.

• June 4, 200 block of Gladiolus Street, burglary. A MCSO deputy responded to a burglary call to find a side door to a garage had been pried open. The suspect apparently entered the resident’s vehicle and stole the garage door opener. Nothing else was reported missing.

Anna Maria is policed by the MCSO.

Bradenton Beach

    • May 24, 1700 Gulf Drive S., cruelty to animals. Bradenton Beach police are seeking the whereabouts of an 18-year-old Lakeland man for questioning in a felony cruelty to an animal case at Coquina Beach. Police say Christopher Fulbright was identified in a photo lineup by a lifeguard, who witnessed Fulbright catch, shake and then throw a seagull. Fulbright left the area before police arrived, but was identified by other beachgoers.

• June 1, 15th Street East and 51st Avenue, Bradenton, habitual traffic offender. A 30-year-old Bradenton Beach woman was arrested on a felony habitual traffic offender charge following a traffic accident in Bradenton. Erin Wright, 401 Gulf Drive, Bradenton Beach, was detained on $2,000 bond and, as of press time, remained in the Manatee County jail. A Florida Highway Patrol trooper responded to the accident where the other driver was cited for being at fault. However, when the trooper ran Wright’s name through the system, he discovered Wright was a habitual traffic offender, driving on a suspended license.

• May 23, 400 Gulf Drive S., resisting arrest. While on patrol, a Bradenton Beach police officer observed a male “wandering aimlessly,” according to the report. The officer made contact with the man, who refused to identify himself while becoming increasingly aggressive. The report states the man attempted to pull away from the officer. After placing the man in the patrol car, he began yelling and kicking at the door, and shouting insults at the officers. At that point, officers informed the man he was under arrest.

• June 3, 1100 Gulf Drive S., burglary to a vehicle. A family arrived to Cortez Beach and placed their wallets and cell phones in the trunk of their vehicle. Upon their return, the items were missing. Police investigated the incident and found no forced entry point.

• June 2, 1600 Gulf Drive, disturbance. A man and woman were attempting to get their boat on a trailer at the Coquina Beach boat ramp, while another male waited to use the ramp. The couple was having a difficult time and the man waiting became impatient, threatening to hit the other man in the head with a crowbar. The reporting couple stated the man did pull something black from his vehicle, and at one point approached them, but then left the area.

    Bradenton Beach is policed by the BBPD.


• May 29, 12044 Cortez Road W., motor vehicle theft. The complainant at Wood, Dock & Seawall reported someone stole a pontoon boat being stored on the property. The complainant told a MCSO deputy he had bought the boat years ago from a neighbor, but had never registered it because he had no intention of taking it on the water.

• June 5, 4400 block of 123rd Street, simple battery. A woman reported her husband had pushed her into a barbecue grill during an argument. The woman went inside the home with the intention of taking the couple’s young child and leaving. The report states the man physically picked her up, carried her out the door and put her down outside. She did not want to press charges, however police contacted the husband and arrested him on misdemeanor battery charges.

    Cortez is policed by the MCSO

Holmes Beach

    • June 3, 2900 block of Gulf Drive, domestic battery. A 24-year-old Bradenton Beach woman was arrested on misdemeanor domestic battery charges following an argument with her ex-boyfriend. According to the report, the man and woman were at the same party when an argument erupted over the man’s current girlfriend. The former girlfriend left the party. The man arrived home later to find a picture on the wall had been cut, a laptop and stereo had been tossed to the ground, a handmade sculpture had been broken, and a rifle hanging on the wall had been thrown to the ground. The man walked outside and saw his ex-girlfriend walking up the driveway, at which time she allegedly assaulted him by punching him, which resulted in a cut lip and a cut over his left eye. According to police, the woman admitted causing an estimated $1,900 in damages to the man’s property, who did not want to press charges for the burglary and criminal mischief. However, she was arrested on the misdemeanor domestic battery charge. Police say the man was intoxicated at the time of the attack.

• May 31, 600 block of Emerald Lane, theft. A man reported $1,200 stolen from his wallet while it was stored on his boat. The man told police his daughter had invited friends onto the boat for an excursion, and at some point the money went missing.

• June 1, 500 block of 42nd Street, missing adult. Vacationers reported an intoxicated friend had wandered away from where they were staying, and were concerned he would not be able to find his way back. According to the report, the man had been missing for four hours. An officer, as well as a MCSO deputy searched the area, but did not locate the missing man. The complainant was advised to call police if the man did not return by morning. The man’s friend said he was confident the missing man would show up, “when he was sober.”

• June 1, 200 block of Harbor Lane, suspicious person. Police received a call in regards to a man, who was seen peering into residences as he made his way toward the direction of Anna Maria Elementary School. Police searched the area and notified the school, which initiated a lockdown. After a search of the school grounds, no one was located and the lockdown was lifted.

• June 1, 200 block of Peacock, disturbance. A woman complainant called police following an argument with her husband. According to the report, the man became angry when his wife didn’t help him carry in luggage from a trip from which the couple just returned. The woman told police she was feeding the couple’s 1-month-old baby at the time. The man reportedly “swatted her on the buttocks.” At that point, she called police. She told police he gets angry all the time “for no good reason.” The husband had left the area before police arrived. She did not want to pursue charges, she said “he should be fine by the time he gets home.”

• June 2, 6005 Gulf Drive, alcohol. Police responded to a group drinking on the beach and throwing glass bottles into the water. Police made contact with a group of people, who were drinking, but denied throwing the bottles. They were advised the city does not allow alcohol on the beach, and the remainder of their alcohol was removed.

• June 3, 5424 Marina Drive, trespass warning. Three men attempted to buy alcohol at Jessie’s Island Store BP, but when they could not provide identification, the manager refused to sell the alcohol. The three men “stormed out” and used explicit language toward the manager and began “flipping her off” outside the store. Police were contacted and the three men were issued a trespass warning.

• June 3, 100 block of 68th Street, disturbance. A security guard at a nearby condominium called police to report an argument between a male and group of juveniles. The man was standing in a parking space, and the juveniles attempted to pull into the space. An argument ensued and, according to police, the man reported his family had just parked there, but had forgot ice. One family member left to get ice while he was saving the parking space. A 16-year-old juvenile told police the man said he was going to “put him a trash can.” The man reported it was the juveniles who were yelling at him. Two nearby property owners reported the man had stood on their property to get out of the sun and wanted police to issue a trespass warning.

• June 5, 4900 block of Gulf Drive, larceny. A woman reported she had arrived home from work in the morning and, when she awakened, her purse was missing. The complainant told police her daughter had a male overnight guest, who has a known drug problem. She reported $500 in cash and a Blackberry phone were in the purse when it was stolen.

• June 4, 7700 block of the beach, suspicious circumstances. Police responded to a call of a fire on the beach. Upon arrival, officers observed four suspects flee from the area. Officers remained on scene to extinguish the fire. A MCSO deputy contacted the officers to report a fire in the middle of the road on 73rd Street. Officers observed a pile of mulch on fire that had been soaked in lighter fluid. HBPD requested a MSCO K-9 unit, but law enforcement was unable to locate the suspects.

• June 3, 600 block of Key Royale Drive, theft. A woman reported leaving two fishing cast nets in a bucket at the end of her dock. In the morning they were gone. She valued the nets at $270.

• June 4, 200 block of 64th Street, burglary to a vehicle. A man reported $2,480 in cash had been stolen from his truck, which had been parked outside his rental house. The complainant told police he could not swear that he locked his vehicle, and there were no signs of forced entry. Police observed nothing out of the ordinary and nothing else was removed from the vehicle, including a loaded handgun. The man told police he had gone to pay rent on his unit the previous day, but the rental office was closed. He decided to leave the money in the center console, believing his vehicle to be safe.

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.

Sports – 06-13-2012

Undefeated, Dips also claims ‘double triple’ play


The Anna Maria Island Community Center’s youth basketball league came to a close June 9 with “championship Saturday” and three teams were crowned champions.

Dips Ice Cream completed an undefeated season in the Premier Division with a 66-55 victory over Anna Maria Oyster Bar that wasn’t as close as the final score might indicate. Dips rolled behind a huge performance from point guard Tegan Purtil, who came through with a “triple double” — double-figure scoring, rebounding and assists. Purtil finished with 21 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists, while teammate Jerry Mayer added 18 points and nine rebounds. Justin Garget finished with 17 points for Dips, which also received 4 points from both Johnny Mattay and Connor Field in the victory. Other members of Dips Ice Cream are Katie Michaelson and Brennan Galeger.

Ryan Gilman’s 19 points and 14 fourth-quarter points from Neahmiah Goode paced the Anna Maria Oyster Bar scoring effort. Max Miller finished with 13 points and 14 rebounds, while Alex Gilman added 6 points in the loss.

Walter & Associates lived up to their No. 1 seed with a solid 35-26 victory over Holy Cow Ice Cream. Jack Walter scored 16 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to lead Walter & Associates, which also received 13 points and 19 rebounds from Mark Miller. Seth Walter’s 6 points completed the Walter scoring in the victory.

Other members of the team are Trent Shackleford, Morgan Horesh and Cooper Hardy.

Eight points and 10 rebounds from Trent Boring and 6 points and seven rebounds from Moriah Goode paced Holy Cow Ice Cream. Joey Stewart finished with 6 points and Rory Houston added 4 points for Holy Cow in the loss.

David Daigle exploded for 12 points and grabbed five rebounds to lead Gettel Toyota to a 26-20 upset victory over Beach Bistro in the 8-10 division championship game. Hannah McCracken and Andew Austin each added 6 points to round out the Gettel scoring. Other members of Gettel Toyota are Mike Parrish, Anthony Monetti, Tony Rappold, Anna Pears and Tuna McCracken.

Franklin Valdez scored 11 points and grabbed nine rebounds to lead Beach Bistro, which also received 5 points from Jack Groves and 4 points from Luke Marvin in the loss.

Congratulations to all of the players, parents and coaches for another great season of youth basketball at the center.


Island Cup to be decided

The June 8 Island Cup championship game had to be postponed due to rain and a soaked soccer field, so we have until June 14, following the adult all-star game for the match to decide who hoists the cup between Florida Discount Signs and Don Meilner & Son Construction.

Fourth-seeded Discount Signs upset No. 1 seed Slim’s Place June 7 in a penalty-kick shootout to advance to the cup finals. Daniel Anderson scored a pair of goals and Matt Kretzman added one to help Discount Signs earn a 3-3 tie in regulation. Aaron Parkin scored two goals and Aaron Duduks notched one to lead Slim’s Place.

Don Meilner & Son had no problem with Pink & Navy in the second semifinal match of the evening. Lindsey Weaver and Tim Tidesco scored two goals each, while Matthew Plummer scored two goals and added one assist in the victory. Nate Talucci finished with six saves in goal for Meilner.

Larry Waterman had two goals and an assist and Scott Eason added one goal to lead Pink & Navy. Goalie Scott Rudacille finished with eight saves in the loss.


Key Royale golf news

It was a fairly busy week of golf at Key Royale Club despite heavy rains. The men played an 18-hole, individual-low-net golf match June 6. Carl Voyles carded a 7-under par-57 to take first place by three strokes over Bob Elliott, who finished with a 3-under 61. Larry Fowler was alone in third at 1-under-par 63.

A chipin helped Tootie Wagner to a 1-under-par 31 for first place in Flight A in women’s low-net golf action June 5. Sue Hookem, Kris Landkammer, Joyce Lathrop and Helen Pollock each matched par to finish in a four-way tie for second place.

Sue Wheeler’s even-par 32 gave her a one-shot victory in Flight B over Sally Keyes. Liz Lang was a shot back in third place.

The men played a nine-hole, best-ball-of-foursome match June 4. The team of Hugh Holmes Jr.,  Dick Rowse and Dave Schavey combined on a 10-under-par 22 to take first place. The team of Dan Hayes, Matt Behan and Al Pollock was four shots back in second place.


Horseshoe news

Norm Good and George McKay were the only team to earn three victories during June 9 horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall pits and were the outright champs for the day.

Two teams earned their way June 6 into the knockout round during horseshoe action. Sam Samuels and Norm Good defeated Tim Sofran and Steve Grossman 23-10 to earn the day’s bragging rights.

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.

Islander Calendar – 06-13-2012

Saturday, June 16

5-9 p.m. — Bridge Street Night Market, Bridge Street, Bradenton Beach. Information: 215-906-0668.


Off Island

Sunday, June 17

        1:40 p.m. — To Inform Families First, Tampa Bay Rays Father’s Day game fundraiser, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. Fee applies. Information: 941-795-1869.



• Through XXXX June, “Fishing for Life,” Mark Cohen photography exhibit, Florida Maritime Museum, 4415 119th St. W., Cortez. Information: 941-708-6120.

• Through June 25, Cecy Richardson print exhibit, Solo Gallery of the Manatee County Cultural Alliance, 926 12th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-746-2223.

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

• 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.

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

• 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.


Coming Up:

• June 21, Suncoast Surfrider Foundation, Summer Solstice culinary fundraiser, Harry’s Continental Kitchens, Harry’s Gourmet Deli and Take-Out, 5600 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. Fee applies. Information: 941-383-0777.

• June 29, Chamber of Commerce of Longboat Key, Lido Key, St. Armand’s Key, Longboat Key Invitational, Longboat Key Club Islandside Golf Tournament, 301 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. Fee applies. Information: 941-383-2466.


Save the Date:

        • July 4, Anna Maria Island Privateers, Fourth of July Parade, Coquina Beach, Bradenton Beach, to Bayfront Park, Anna Maria, and 2012 Scholarship Award Ceremony, Anna Maria Island Beach Cafe, Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-780-1668.

• July 5, North End Merchants Organization third annual post-July Fourth cleanup, Pine Avenue General Store, 307 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-3316 or 248-568-2160.

• Sept. 24, 13th annual Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce Lucky 13 Golf Outing for Scholarships, Bradenton Country Club, 4646 Ninth Ave. W., Bradenton. Fee applies. Information: 941-224-1337 or 941-284-2523.

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.

Obituaries – 06-13-2012

Clara Franks

Clara Franks, 92, of Bradenton, died June 2. She was born in Bethlehem, Pa., and raised in Elizabeth, N.J. She moved to Longboat Key in 1952.

She and husband Walter Franks built their first home and started a business on the key, Frank’s Electric Center. Mrs. Franks was the office manager and bookkeeper. It was one of the early air conditioning and heating companies in the area. Their company did work for many of the hotels on Longboat Key, and also St. Bernard Catholic Church when it was built. They also built one of the first motels on the key, later known as Holiday Beach.

She was a member of St. Bernard Catholic Church, serving several years as president of the Women’s Guild. She helped start the church rummage sale program, and was the coordinator for more than 50 years.

She was a religion teacher and in 1956 started teaching classes to children, first in the pastor’s home and in the first parish church.

A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 6, at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach. A guild luncheon will follow. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Bernard Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach FL 34217. Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory 43rd Street Chapel is in charge. Online condolences may be made at www.brownandsonsfuneral.com.

Mrs. Frank is survived by daughters Carol Bruorton and Barbara Scharold, grandchildren Laurie Burch and Kim Bruns, and three great-grandchildren.


Christopher Madden

Christopher Madden, 52, of Holmes Beach, died June 9. He was born Nov.12, 1959, in Sarasota. Mr. Madden graduated Southeast High School, Bradenton, and earned his barber’s license in Sarasota.

According to his sister, Kelly Warne, “Christopher was a man of infinite style, from his hats to his cooking.

He celebrated every day occasions with flair. He loved the outdoors, to camp, fish, surf, skateboard, bike, run, swim, and take part in triathlons. He was quick to smile and talk to whomever he would meet, including cats. Chris loved to take things apart and sometimes put them back together.

He looked at the world in wonder, amazed to learn new things every day and find treasures to share. He loved his family and friends. They carried him through in his happiest and hardest times.

Family and friends will gather at 7 p.m. Monday, June 18, to remember Mr. Madden at Bayfront Park, 316 N. Bay Blvd., Anna Maria. Those attending are asked bring a story or a photo, and a dish of food to share. Memorial donations may be made to Manatee Glens, 379 Sixth Ave. W., Bradenton FL.

Mr. Madden is survived by his father Don, of Holmes Beach; mother Joy Madden Raynor of Bonaire, Ga.; brother Patrick Madden of Bradenton; and sister Kelly Madden Warne of Sarasota.


Donald J. McSparran

Donald J. McSparran, 80, of Bradenton, died June 9. He was born in Jersey City, N.J. and moved to Bradenton in 1991 from Madison, Conn.

Mr. McSparran was a veteran of the U.S. Navy during the Korean War and was a member of St. Bernard Catholic Church. He graduated from St. Peters College in Jersey City, N.J., he was a member of the Holy Name Society at St. Bernard Catholic Church, Anna Maria Moose Lodge, and American Legion Kirby Stewart Post 24.

Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. with wake at 7 p.m. Friday, June 15, at Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory, 604 43rd St. W., Bradenton. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 16, at St. Bernard Catholic Church, Holmes Beach. Memorial donations may be made to St. Bernard Catholic Church Pew Renovation Fund, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach FL 34217, or a charity of one’s choice. Condolences may be made online at www.brownandsonsfuneral.com.

Mr. McSparran is survived by his wife of 57 years, Mary Jane; sons Daniel of New London, Conn., and Peter of Buckeye, Ariz.; daughters Maureen Ruby of Madison, Conn., Mary Ellen Krom of Bristol, Conn., Jacqueline Cirillo of Overland Park, Kan.; and Kathleen Mendonca, and Theresa McSparran, both of Madison, Conn.; 22 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.


Gilbert E. ‘Baby’ Mora Jr.

Gilbert E. ‘Baby’ Mora Jr., 70, of Cortez, died June 9. He was born Dec. 2, 1941, in Cortez.

Mr. Mora grew up in Cortez and Bradenton Beach, providing for his family as a bait shrimper in the bay and area waters. Known by all as ‘Happy Pappy, ’he was always of good humor with a ready smile for everyone. He was always surrounded by his grandchildren and truly lived life to the fullest.

As a patriot of the Cortez fishing village, Gilbert spent his days fishing and hanging out on the local docks with his longtime friends. He knew the waters like the back of his hand and would have been out there every day if he could. He could take you to any spot on the water and it would be a gold mine of fish.

Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. Thursday and service 10 a.m. Friday, June 14-15, at Brown & Sons 43rd Street Chapel, 604 43rd St. W., Bradenton. Arrangements by Brown & Sons Funeral Home.

Mr. Mora is survived by his wife of 50 years, Muriel “Gigi;” sisters Laura Ann Roak and Bonnie Scalzo; sons Patrick, Blake and Nicholas; daughters Keverly Sugden and Ansley; and nine grandchildren.


Michael A. Pieloch

Michael A. Pieloch, 90, of Bradenton, died May 26. He was born May 11, 1922, in New York City.

Mr. Pieloch wintered on the Islands in Manatee County for 10 years and for the past nine years was a resident of Bradenton, coming from East Northport, N.Y.

Mr. Pieloch served with the U.S. Navy where he was involved in the invasion of the Philippines and was stationed at Pearl Harbor along with several other duty stations during World War II. Following his military service, he worked as a machinist with Republic Aviation in Farmingdale, N.Y., from which he retired.

He was a member of St. Mary, Star of the Sea, Catholic Church on Longboat Key and the Kirby Stewart American Legion Post No. 24 of Bradenton, and served as a volunteer at the De Soto National Memorial, Bradenton.

Visitation was May 31 at Shannon Funeral Home Westview Chapel, Bradenton. A Mass of Christian burial was celebrated at 11 a.m. Friday, June 1, at St. Mary, Star of the Sea Catholic Church, 4280 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key, with committal services to follow at Sarasota National Cemetery and military honors by the U.S. Navy.

Memorial donations may be made to either St. Mary, Star of the Sea, Catholic Church or De Soto National Memorial. Condolences for the family may be made online at www.shannonfuneralhomes.com.

Mr. Pieloch is survived by his wife of 65 years, Constance of Bradenton; son Mark and wife Joyce of Bentonville, Va.; daughters Virginia Novak of Babylon, N.Y., and Victoria and husband Randal Platts of Cornelius, N.C.; sister Virginia and husband James Pathe of Rocklin, Calif.; grandchildren Michael, Kimberley and Tracy; and four great-grandchildren.


Betsy N. Smith 

    Betsy N. Smith, 82, of Anna Maria, died June 5. She was born July 24, 1929, in Chicago.

to Victor and Kay Nardi.

She graduated in 1951 with a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Illinois. She married William K. Smith Aug. 23, 1953, and they moved to Mariemont, Ohio, in 1956.

Mrs. Smith was a 25-year Girl Scout troop leader, as well as a Cub Scouts den leader and coordinator at MariElders.

The couple moved to Anna Maria in 1988 after visiting AMI since the 1960s. She was active with the Anna Maria Art League, Island Players, Eyeland Needlers , Anna Maria Island Historical Society and as a volunteer at Desoto National Memorial.

A celebration of life was to be held 2-4 p.m. Tuesday, June 12, at Griffith Cline Funeral Home, 720 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton.

Mrs. Smith is survived by husband Bill; brother Victor Nardi; son Ken and wife Pam; daughter Wendy; grandchildren William, Sutherland and Helen Smith and Cody Faulkner.

Island real estate transactions – 06-13-2012

505 68th St., Holmes Beach, a 3,600 sfla / 4,114 sfur 4bed/4½bath/1car canalfront pool home built in 2011 on a 80×101 lot was sold 05/11/12, Warren to Snow for $1,149,000; list $1,149,000.

217 64th St., Unit B, Casa Del Mare, Holmes Beach, a 2,600 sfla / 3,541 sfur 5bed/3½bath/2car land condo with pool built in 2008 was sold 05/21/12, Buchan to Weikert for $831,000; list $899,000.

5808 Gulf Drive, Unit 209, Waters Edge, Holmes Beach, a 1,356 sfla / 1,596 sfur 2bed/2bath Gulffront condo with shared pool built in 1980 was sold 05/15/12, Wilson to Edwards for $620,000; list $645,000.

428 Pine Ave., Anna Maria, a 1258 sfla 2bed/1½bath canalfront home built in 1920 on a 52×110 lot was sold 05/15/12, Larzelere to Wiese for $495,000; list $593,900.

314 Spring Ave., Anna Maria, a 1,620 sfla / 2,544 sfur 4bed/2bath home built in 1991 on a 52×145 lot was sold 05/11/12, Moon to Brennan for $450,000; list $499,900.

510 Key Royale Drive, Holmes Beach, a 1,441 sfla / 1,969 sfur 3bed/2bath/1car canalfront home built in 1960 on a 96×101 lot was sold 05/15/12, Fetters to McDrury for $425,000; list $449,000.

3806 Sixth Ave., Unit 3806, Villages at Holmes Beach, Holmes Beach, a 1,725 sfla / 2,593 sfur 3bed/2bath/2car condo with shared pool built in 2002 was sold 05/16/12, Gowin to Perkins for $411,000; list $429,000.

115 N. Bay Blvd., Anna Maria, a vacant 56×105 lot was sold 05/18/12, Hebebrand to Nainar for $335,000.

2601 Gulf Drive N., Unit 102, Sandpiper Resort Co-Op, Bradenton Beach, a 1,000 sfla 2bed/2bath mobile home with share built in 2010 was sold 05/17/12, Parsons to Koch for $225,000; list $249,000.

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