Tag Archives: 06-25-2014

Holmes Beach commissioner cleared of ethics violation

A libel suit and an ethics investigation has plagued a Holmes Beach commissioner for nearly two years.

Commissioner Jean Peelen announced in an email to city commissioners that the Florida Commission on Ethics has cleared her of wrongdoing after investigating a complaint made in April by John Agnelli.

“I am grateful to have it finished. Between the lawsuit and the ethics complaint, this has been an almost two-year ordeal. Such ordeals certainly make it more difficult to want to serve one’s city,” Peelen stated in the email. “Today I celebrate the end of the stress.”

Agnelli filed a suit against Peelen in October 2012, alleging the commissioner made libelous claims about him in a newsletter to her constituents.

The suit was settled in March in favor of Agnelli, who was awarded damages. The Florida League of Cities paid the $45,500 settlement on Peelen’s behalf.

Holmes Beach is a member of the Florida League of Cities, a group concerned with representing and supporting Florida municipal governments. It offers governments insurance and technical services. The FLC provided Peelen’s defense attorney.

Agnelli also filed a complaint with the Florida Ethics Commission, challenging Peelen’s ability to be represented by an attorney from the FLC.

The ethics commission found no wrongdoing in their investigation.

Agnelli said he was not interviewed after making his initial complaint in writing to the COE.

“It’s another scandal. They white-washed it and pushed it under the rug,” Agnelli said. “Something doesn’t make sense to me. I can’t believe an investigation is called without interviewing the complainant.”


Bees stolen from Holmes Beach residence

Life isn’t quite as sweet for one Holmes Beach homeowner.

According to the Holmes Beach Police Department, a resident of 81st Street in Holmes Beach had an entire colony of honeybees stolen from her property during the night of June 6.

The suspect allegedly gained access through the pool gate and stole bee-keeping equipment as well as an entire bee colony.

The property owner told the HBPD the suspect took the hive, containing worker bees and the queen, according to the police report.

A friend noticed the bees missing when she visited the home around 3 p.m. to let the victim’s dog out.

The victim told police the person responsible for the burglary would have to have knowledge of bees and possibly own a protective bee suit.

The victim said she suspects a man who used to help her care for the bees. She said he became confrontational after she fired him, and he was the only other person aware of her bee colony.

The incident remains under investigation.

Island roadwatch for week of June 25-July 1

The road project on West Manatee Avenue/State Road 64 from Perico Bay Club east to 75th Street, Bradenton, is ongoing.

Most of the work is 9 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays. A Florida Department of Transportation press release said any road resurfacing will be accompanied by a flagging operation 9 p.m.-5 a.m.

The project is scheduled for completion in mid-summer.

The Cortez Bridge maintenance project also is continuing, the DOT said. The majority of work is conducted on weeknights. Any needed lane closures will be 9 p.m.-5 a.m. during the week. Any drawbridge maintenance requiring the bridge to open will be from 2 a.m.-3 a.m. for a maximum of 15 minutes, the DOT said.

The project, which began in April, is expected to finish in early 2015.

Florida Power & Light is replacing power poles on Gulf Drive from the Cortez Road intersection to 28th Street June 25-July 2.

Motorists should expect northbound lane closures on Gulf Drive between 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. through Wednesday, July 2, the DOT said.

The Manatee County Area Transit announced the fare-free Island Trolley would operate its regular schedule for the Independence Day holiday.

Trolley operations begin at 6 a.m. at Coquina Beach and the Anna Maria City Pier and continue to 10:30 p.m.

MCAT’s beach express, which brings passengers from the shopping center on the northeast corner of the Manatee Avenue West/75th Street intersection, will operate its normal schedule July 4. For MCAT information, visit mymanatee.org.


Top Notch Week 1 Winner

Sand, surf and a smile


Xxxx Childers of Wildwood wins this week’s Top Notch judging with a photograph of a sandy surfer. Childers wins an Islander “More-Than-a Mullet-Wrapper” T-shirt and entry in the newspaper’s grand-prize Top Notch contest. For more information about the summertime contest, go to page X.

Fishing – 06-25-2014

Consistent good weather results in hot area fishing


Fishing around Anna Maria Island remains good for yet another week. The weather and the fishing are hot.

Tarpon remain the main attraction for fishers who want to test their strength.

Catch-and-release snook are plentiful along the flats of Anna Maria Sound all the way throughout Sarasota Bay.

Spotted seatrout remain a mainstay for backwater fishers who want to bring home a few fillets for the frying pan. The same applies for redfish, although, unless you know where the reds are schooling, catching them can be a challenge.

Finally, mangrove snapper are showing in good numbers on artificial reefs in Tampa Bay and the Gulf of Mexico.

Capt. Warren Girle is still targeting tarpon along the beaches of Anna Maria Island with success. Threadfin herring, shiners and crabs are producing a bite. Typically, early morning is a sure thing, although, with a little persistence, Girle is producing hookups for his afternoon clients. He says fish 80-150 pounds are the norm.

Moving offshore, Girle is working over structure with good results. Permit in the 20-pound range are readily taking free-lined crabs. Also, on offshore structure, Girle is finding catch-and-release gag grouper and goliath grouper along with keeper-size mangrove snapper and a few throw-back barracudas.

Jim Malfese at the Rod & Reel Pier says Spanish mackerel are being caught, especially from sunrise until about 9 a.m.

Due to the large amount of “fry bait,” or juvenile baitfish, the macks are feeding heavily, which increases the chances of hooking up. Speck rigs in white, chartreuse and pink are resulting in fish up to 18 inches.

Mangrove snapper are being caught more frequently thanks to the “fry bait.” Pier fishers using live shrimp or small shiners are catching multiple snapper, although only a few are keeper-size.

Finally, snook are beginning to arrive at the pier before they make their way to the beaches to spawn. Live baits, such as shiners, pinfish or ladyfish, can produce an exciting hookup.

Capt. Aaron Lowman at Island Discount Tackle says the tarpon bite is going strong. When targeting these fish, Lowman is fishing the passes at the north and south ends of Anna Maria Island as well as the beaches in-between. Shiners and threadfins are Lowman’s baits of choice.

When not targeting tarpon, Lowman is fishing the flats of Anna Maria Sound for snook, redfish and trout. Although snook are out of season, Lowman is managing to catch and release fish up to 42 inches. As for the redfish, Lowman says they’re being elusive, but he’s put a few keeper-size fish in the cooler.

For the trout, Lowman is using live shiners for bait, which is resulting in limits of these popular backwater fish for his clients.

Capt. Rick Gross of Fishy Business Charters is catching tarpon from Longboat Key to Egmont Key. By using live shiners or threadfin herring, Gross is managing to produce a few hookups per trip and one to two to the boat. Silver kings of 100 pounds and more are the norm.

In the backcountry, Gross is targeting catch-and-release snook, redfish and trout. For all three species, Gross is free-lining live shiners to get the bite. Keeper-sizes in all three species are being caught, although the snook, of course, are released.

Gross is also fishing nearshore structure for mangrove snapper. Fish up to 18 inches are feeding on fresh-cut live shiner pieces drifted behind the boat. Gross warns that due to high water clarity, you’ll want to use no more than 20-pound fluorocarbon for leader. The snapper seem to shy away from anything heavier.

        Send high-resolution photos and fishing reports to fish@islander.org.

Real Estate – 06-25-2014

506 S. Bay Blvd., Anna Maria a 1,295 sfla / 1,691 sfur 3bed/3bath bayfront home built in 1964 on a 62×85 lot was sold 05/30/14, Tradewinds of Anna Maria LLC to Johnson for $810,000; list $879,000.

305 Poinsettia Road, Anna Maria, a 1,296 sfla / 1,756 sfur 3bed/2bath/2car pool home built in 1980 on a 52×112 lot was sold 06/02/14, Carlson to Cote for $680,000; list $759,000.

302 60th St., Unit A, Holmes Beach, a 1,500 sfla 4bed/3bath condo with pool built in 2014 was sold 06/03/14, Carter to Dienemann for $632,500; list $698,000.

302 60th St., Unit B, Holmes Beach, a 1,200 sfla 3bed/2bath condo with pool built in 2014 was sold 06/03/14, Carter to Dienemann for $632,500; list $649,000.

317 N. Bay Blvd., Anna Maria, a 1,777 sfla / 2,209 sfur 2bed/2bath home built in 1974 on a 6270 sq ft lot was sold 06/06/14, Schaefer to Hagedorn for $629,000.

206 69th St., Holmes Beach, a 2,146 sfla / 2,496 sfur 3bed/2bath/2car home built in 1956 on a 90×107 lot was sold 06/03/14, Musto to 206 69th LLC for $570,000.

509 58th St., Holmes Beach, a 2,668 sfla / 3,335 sfur 4bed/2bath/1car canalfront home built in 1963 on a 85×110 lot was sold 05/30/14, Moore to Calhoun for $435,000; list $483,900.

6500 Flotilla Drive, Unit 125, Westbay Point & Moorings, Holmes Beach, a 985 sfla / 1,377 sfur 2bed/2bath condo with shared pool built in 1978 was sold 05/30/14, Toth to 1823969 Ontario Inc. for $365,000; list $379,000.

600 Manatee Ave., Unit 144, Westbay Cove, Holmes Beach, a 1,187 sfla / 1,595 sfur 2bed/2bath condo with shared pool built in 1977 was sold 06/02/14, Corbin to Crouch for $310,000.

611 Gulf Drive N., Unit 28, Imperial House, Bradenton Beach, a 858 sfla 2bed/2bath 55+ condo with shared pool built in 1969 was sold 06/02/14, Kosko to Buck for $195,000.

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

Obituaries – 06-25-2014

Janet Elizabeth Richobit-rich

Janet Elizabeth Rich, 87, of Bradenton, died June 15. She was born March 30, 1927, in Adrian, Michigan, to the late Elwood J. & Fleta Bertine (Sayers) Rinehart. She moved with her husband, Keith, and daughter Deborah to Bradenton in 1951 from Indianapolis.

The coupled owned the Rinehart and Rich Pharmacy on 14th Street West in Bradenton for more than 25 years, originally a joint venture with her parents. She and her husband were owners of Rich’s Beach Drugs in Holmes Beach for more than 30 years.

She was a member of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority, First Church of the Nazarene and past member of Entre Nous in Bradenton.

She was a loving, devoted wife and mother and will be deeply missed by all.

The family received friends June 20 at Shannon Funeral Home Westview Chapel, Bradenton. A celebration of life was held June 21, at First Church of Nazarene, Bradenton. Interment was to be at Manasota Memorial Park, Bradenton. Condolences for the family may be made online at www.shannonfuneralhomes.com.

Mrs. Rich is survived by her loving husband of 65 years, Keith; daughters Deborah Rich Bovinett of Bradenton and Jennifer Rich Rehl of Tampa; grandchildren Laura D’Angiolillo of Bradenton, and Sarah Rehl and Blake Rehl, both of Tampa; and great-grandson Jayce D’Angiolillo.

Island police blotter – 06-25-2014

Anna Maria

• No new reports.

        Anna Maria is policed by the MCSO.

Bradenton Beach

• June 15, 300 block of Bay Drive North, battery. A 49-year-old man   was arrested around 1:30 a.m. after he allegedly struck his live-in girlfriend during an argument over another woman. The man allegedly hit the woman two nights earlier and dragged her by her hair. The woman stated she endured “four hours of hell” during that time, but did not report it until the second incident on June 15. She refused any medical attention. The man was taken to Manatee County jail.

        Bradenton Beach is policed by the BBPD.


• June 18, 4600 block of 124th Street West, grand theft. A 42-year-old Cortez man was arrested on an outstanding warrant.

• June 15, 119th St. W., battery. Two homeless men were allegedly sharing a bottle of whiskey in a wooded area when one of them passed out and awoke to find the bottle empty and allegedly started hitting and kicking the other man, who called police from a nearby laundromat.

        Cortez is policed by the MCSO.

Holmes Beach

• June 14, 3800 block of East Bay Drive, drug possession. A 31-year-old Bradenton woman was arrested during a traffic stop after MSCO deputies found three doses in her purse. She was taken to Manatee County jail. The driver of the vehicle, a 37-year-old Bradenton man, also was arrested. He was charged with driving with a suspended license.

• June 12, 5300 block of Gulf Drive. Battery. An 18-year-old woman said she was walking along the beach when a man allegedly made sexual remarks to her. The woman told police he grabbed her right arm from behind and turned her around to talk to him. The woman said she walked away, but 10 minutes later he grabbed her around the waist. She said she ran away. The suspect is described as 40 years old and hairy with grey sideburns. He was last seen wearing blue swim trunks.

• June 11, 3700 block of East Bay Drive, battery. A 60-year-old man was hit with a plastic bag containing a Subway pizza and ice while walking along the side of the road. The man said he saw a white truck coming toward him and stepped in the grass off the roadway as it passed. He said someone in the truck threw the bag and almost knocked him to the ground. The incident is under investigation.

• June 11, 3300 block of Gulf Drive, vehicle burglary.  A man said his vehicle was burglarized and the window was broken while he and a friend were scuba diving. The suspects were later arrested in Pinellas County and charged with the burglary.

• June 10, 100 block of While Avenue, petty theft. A bicycle was stolen from a juvenile while he was at the beach.

        Holmes Beach is policed by the HBPD.

        Streetlife is based on incident reports and narratives from the BBPD, HBPD and MCSO.

Calendar – 06-25-2014

Wednesday, June 25

6:34 a.m. — Official sunrise.

6 p.m. — Crafts for teens, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.

8:31 p.m. — Official sunset.


Thursday, June 26

6:34 a.m. — Official sunrise.

10 a.m. — “Mad Science” summer program for children, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.

8:31 p.m. — Official sunset.


Friday, June 27

6:34 a.m. — Official sunrise.

8:31 p.m. — Official sunset.


Saturday, June 28

6:34 a.m. — Official sunrise.

8:30 a.m. — The Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island holds a breakfast meeting, with Jim Brown of Junior Achievement as the speaker, Anna Maria Island Beach Cafe at Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-748-8122.

8:31 p.m. — Official sunset.


Sunday, June 29

6:34 a.m. — Official sunrise.

8:31 p.m. — Official sunset.


Monday, June 30

6:33 a.m. — Official sunrise.

8:31 p.m. — Official sunset.


Tuesday, July 1

6:33 a.m. — Official sunrise.

8:31 p.m. — Official sunset.


Wednesday, July 2

6:33 a.m. — Official sunrise.

8:31 p.m. — Official sunset.


Coming up

• July 3, Independence Eve fireworks, Bradenton Beach.

• July 4, Fourth of July parade, Anna Maria Island.

• July 4, Independence Day fireworks, Anna Maria.


Save the date

• Sept. 1 is Labor Day.


Calendar of ongoing events, activities


• Through July 7, DaVinci Machines Exhibition, the Bradenton Auditorium, 1005 First Ave. W., Bradenton. Fee applies. Information: 888-674-0107.

• Through October, sea-turtle nesting season in Florida. Lights out along the beaches.

• Through November, Atlantic hurricane season. Be prepared.



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

• First Wednesdays, 6 p.m., Mana-Tweens book club, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-3209.

• Second Wednesdays, 7 p.m., Think+Drink science night, South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-746-4131.

• Third Wednesdays, 6 p.m., Mana-Tweens club, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-3209.

• Fourth Wednesdays, 7 p.m., Star Talk, South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-746-4131.



• First and third Thursdays, 2 p.m., knitting group meeting, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive. Information: 941-778-6341.

• Third Thursdays, 10 a.m., guardian ad litem, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-3209.

• Last Thursdays, Seaside Quilters, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 312-315-6212.



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

• Fridays, 5:30-8:30 p.m., Mike Sales’ sunset drum circle, Anna Maria Island Beach Cafe, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-0784.



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

• Saturdays, 4 p.m., family night, South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-746-4131.

• Second Saturdays, 10 a.m., origami club, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-3209.

• Second Saturdays, 2 p.m., porch party, Florida Maritime Museum, 4415 119th St. W., Cortez. Information: 941-708-6120.

• Third Saturdays, 11 a.m., stress management through breathing, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive. Information: 941-778-6341.



• Mondays, 12:30 p.m., bridge games, Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Doors open at 12:15 p.m. Information: 941-778-0414.

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

• Third Mondays, 7 p.m., U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 81 meeting, 5801 33rd Ave. Court Drive W., G.T. Bray Park, Bradenton. Information: 941-779-4476.



• Tuesdays, 10 a.m., children’s storytime, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.

• Tuesdays, noon, Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island meeting, Bridge Street Bistro, 111 Gulf Drive S., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-794-8044.

        Send announcements of ongoing activities, as well as updates to schedules, to calendar@islander.org. Also, if you coordinate events for your group, please let The Islander know of any changes to details.



Posting in the calendar

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