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.


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.

Sports – 06-25-2014

AMI soccer playoffs start up with upset victories


In most sports leagues, teams battle throughout the regular season to earn favorable seedings and improve their chances of advancing in the championships.

Top-seeded Jessie’s Island Store fashioned an undefeated season in the Anna Maria Island Community Center’s adult soccer league and a first-round playoff matchup June 19 with last-place Slim’s Place, which won only two games during the regular season.

So what happened? No. 8 Slim’s Place scored a 4-3 upset victory over the top seed and sent them home, but Jessie’s didn’t go home alone. No. 3 seed LaPensee Plumbing and No. 4 Ross Built also lost to lower-seeded teams in their first rounds in the chase for the Island Cup.

Slim’s defeated Jessie’s 4-3 in a penalty-kick shootout after playing to a 3-3 tie in regulation. Danny Anderson, Erin Vogel and Shawn Wampole converted their penalty kicks for Slim’s, while Aron Parkin and Danny Burton converted their penalty kicks for Jessie’s.

Anderson, PJ Smargisso and Zach Gilliland scored goals during regulation play for Slim’s Place. Goalie Will Case was strong between the pipes with 13 saves, while Kelsea Bachman added an assist for Slim’s Place in the victory.

Jessie’s Island Store was led in the loss by Burton’s hat trick and nine saves from goalie Pedro Gonzalez.

No. 2 seed Island Pest Control avoided the upset trend with a tight 2-1 victory over Beach to Bay Construction. Eric Pullen and Andrew Turman scored for Island Pest Control, while Ray Gardner finished with 10 saves in the victory.

Damir Glavan notched the lone goal for Beach to Bay, which also received 17 saves from goalie Rico Beisert in the loss.

Agnelli Pool & Spa continued the upsets with a 4-1 victory over third-seed LaPensee behind a pair of goals from Alisha Keene and a goal each from Matt Kretzman and Chris Klotz.

Tyler Krauss scored the lone goal for LaPensee, which received 12 saves in the loss from goalie Aaron Dudukes.

Sato’s 3-1 victory over Ross Built was the third lower-seeded team to win in the first round of the playoffs. Josh Bernet scored two goals and Matt Plummer added a goal and an assist for the winners. Allyson Titsworth added an assist, while Jason Sato made 11 saves in goal to preserve the victory.

Adam Bujarski notched the lone goal for Ross Built in the loss, while Scott Rudacille made 10 saves in goal.

The chase for the Island Cup continues with semifinal games June 25 and the Island Cup final set for 8 p.m. Thursday, June 26.


Basketball season winds down

With only one regular-season game remaining, the seedings are all but set in the center’s adult basketball league. Duncan Real Estate has a one-game lead on Bug Guys, with Gator Man Pools another game back in third place. Island Sun is alone in fourth place at 3-4, followed by 2-5 The Feast and 1-6 Island Gourmet.

The playoffs get started July 1 with the championship game set for July 15. Stay tuned.

In June 17 action, Duncan edged Gator Man 64-61 behind 25 points, five rebounds and five assists from Ray Gardner and 21 points and seven rebounds from Jordan Demers to remain atop the adult basketball standings with only one regular-season game to play.

Aaron Dudukes paced Gator Man Pools with 22 points and 11 rebounds to drop another game into third place. Brandon Osmond added 22 points in the loss, while Deo Brown finished with 10 points and eight rebounds.

The second game of the evening saw the Sun burn Island Gourmet 95-72 behind huge games from Matt Ray and Teagan Purtill. Ray finished with 36 points, 17 rebounds and five assists, while Purtill added 32 points, 10 rebounds and six assists. Jason Mican added 20 points, 12 rebounds and six assists, and the Sun also received 12 points and five rebounds from Karri Shepherd in the victory.

Scott Elisio led Island Gourmet with 40 points and 13 rebounds in the loss, while Craig Boers finished with 21 points and eight rebounds.

The Feast moved out of last place with a 65-50 victory over the Bug Guys in the final game of the evening behind 33 points and 13 rebounds from Antwan Jackson. Cameron Kawcak added 13 points and eight rebounds and Jonathan Ely chipped in with 12 points to round out the scoring for The Feast.

The Bug Guys, which dropped out of a tie for first place with the loss, was led by Matt Dwyer’s 15 points and nine rebounds and 14 points and seven rebounds from Brandon Kerns.

Key Royale golf news

The Key Royale Club women played a nine-hole, individual-low-net golf match June 17 with a slight twist — no drivers allowed.

Debi Wholers, Ginny Upshaw and Kris Landkammer had no problem working the course without their drivers, as they all fired 1-under-par 31 to finish in a tie for first place in Flight A.

Sue Wheeler also carded a 1-under-par 31 to take first place in Flight B, while Janet Razze and Terry Westby both finished at even-par 32 to tie for second place.


Horseshoe news

Two teams emerged from pool play and were left to battle for the day’s bragging rights during June 18 horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe pits.

It a tight, back-and-forth battle, Hank Huyghe and Jay Disbrow slipped past Steve Doyle by a 22-18 score to earn a trip to the winner’s circle.

Steve Doyle was a walker again June 21 and strolled to a 21-7 victory over Tim Sofran and Jerry Disbrow to earn bragging rights for the day.

Play gets underway 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.