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Fishing – 06-27-2012

Summertime fishing is hot all around Island


Summer arrived June 21, and with the warm weather, fishing the grass flats east of Anna Maria Island and throughout Sarasota Bay is resulting in good action for spotted seatrout, redfish and catch-and-release snook.

Live baits, including shiners shrimp and pinfish, are working, or try your luck using some artificial baits, such as top-water plugs and soft plastics.

Look for snook and redfish during high tides under the mangroves, waiting to ambush an unsuspecting shiner. These fish will be lurking deep in the bushes, especially during the midday sun, so you may need to chum to entice the fish to targetable water. When you do, it’s game on. Remember, handle snook carefully, they’re still recovering from the severe cold in 2010.

If you’re looking for spotted seatrout action, try finding lush grass flats with good water flow. With that in mind, you may want to target flats around the passes and at the mouth of the Manatee River. Early morning top-water action is some of the best light-tackle fishing you can experience and now is the time to do it. If you step out of the boat, into shallow wading water, even better. You’ll discover how many more fish you can catch by being stealthy.

Jim Malfese at the Rod & Reel Pier is seeing moderate numbers of Spanish mackerel being caught in the early morning hours. Small white crappie jigs are the bait of choice, although silver spoons are working, too. While using spoons and jigs, expect a side catch of small jack crevalle, ladyfish and a few lizardfish.

Pier fishers using live bait, such as shiners and shrimp, are catching mangrove snapper, black drum and even a few catch-and-release snook. For the snapper and drum, try bottom fishing with shrimp under the pier. For the snook, try free-lining a shiner in the shallows around the beginning of the pier.

Last but not least, pier fishers using cut bait, such as ladyfish and mackerel, are catching a variety of shark. Expect to encounter lemon, bonnethead and blacktip sharks. The largest shark caught at the Rod & Reel Pier this past week was a nurse shark measuring 8 feet long.

Jonny Keyes at Island Discount Tackle is hearing of good action for shore fishers. For those fishing the beaches, catch-and-release snook action is heating up. An assortment of baits are working, but you can’t beat a live shiner. Along the beaches, schools of jack crevalle are corralling bait schools on the shoreline. When you see this, you can cast just about anything in the water and get a bite. I suggest a white bucktail jig or silver spoon.

Sharks also are patrolling the beaches. Sightings of bull sharks, hammerheads, blacktips and bonnetheads are being reported. Keyes suggests using cut ladyfish or a jack crevalle to hook up with one of these predators.

From the piers, Keyes is hearing of Spanish mackerel and ladyfish being caught in both the early morning and late evening, and speck rigs, crappie jigs and small silver spoons appear to be getting the most attention.

Capt. Rick Gross of Fishy Business Charters is targeting tarpon just off the beaches of Anna Maria Island. Using live shiners or threadfin herring, Gross is leading his clients to fish in the 75- to 100-pound range. Gross is fishing the passes using the same live bait methods as on the beach.

In the backcountry, Gross is targeting redfish on high tides, which causes the reds to lay directly under the mangroves. Chumming with live shiners, Gross is able to lure the reds out from the watery roots and put them in targetable range for his clients. Average size of the reds this past week was 21 inches with the largest coming in at 24 inches.

Spotted seatrout also are in Gross’ sights. Gross anchored last week on some deeper grass flats and chummed to get the fish in the mood. Once the trout are feeding, Gross’ clients are free-lining shiners to get the bite. His biggest trout this past week was 22 inches.

Finally, Gross is managing to get his clients on a few catch-and-release snook. Again, free-lining shiners is getting the bite. His largest linesider this past week came in at 33 inches.

Capt. Warren Girle is targeting tarpon in the passes and off the beaches of Anna Maria Island and Longboat Key. With an average of six or seven hookups per trip, Girle’s clients are managing to get one or two fish to the boat for a quick photo. Average size of the catch this past week was 60-120 pounds. Live baits such as crabs, shiners and threadfin herring are Girle’s baits of choice.

Moving out to the nearshore reefs, Girle is finding good numbers of bonito. These fish don’t have any food value, but they’re fun to catch on light tackle. It’s not uncommon for a bonito to peel off 100 yards of line on its first run. And they fight to the bitter end.

Girle is finding flounder around the nearshore reefs, using live shiners on the bottom through sandy areas adjacent to the reef. Average size of the flounder is 18 inches. All you’ll need is some crab stuffing and you’re ready for dinner.

In the backcountry, Girle is targeting redfish and spotted seatrout. For the reds, Girle is fishing shallow grass flats with live shiners for bait. Girle suggests finding mangrove islands with good tidal flow to find the reds. For the spotted seatrout, Girle is fishing deeper grass flats with live shiners and Berkley Gulp shrimp on a jig head.

Jeff Medley at the south bait shop on the Sunshine Skyway Bridge Fishing Piers says fishing for mangrove snapper is beginning to be prosperous. Pier fishers using live shrimp fished under the pier are catching limits of these tasty fish. Average size is 10-12 inches, although fish up to 15 inches are being caught. While targeting mangrove snapper at the pier, expect to also hook up lane snapper, flounder and possibly sheepshead.

Spanish mackerel are still ravaging bait schools around the pier on strong moving tides. Most pier fishers are using jigs or spoons, although a fresh greenback under a popping cork will get the job done, too.

Cobia have managed to stick around the pier for yet another week, and unsuspecting light-tackle fishers are finding themselves spooled by these brown bombers. To hook up, look for fish patrolling the bait schools and cast a live pinfish directly in front of them. Remember, you’ll need stout tackle and a landing net to successfully bring this sought-after fish to the deck.

Lastly, shark fishers are arriving at sunset in search of large species, including bull sharks, blacktips and hammerheads. As of this week, the largest sharks being caught are nurse sharks and blacktips, says Medley. Any cut bait will suffice, although a fresh slice of bonito or Spanish mackerel is like candy to these toothy predators.

Send fishing reports to fish@islander.org.

Islander Calendar – 06-27-2012

Friday, June 29

        • 5-10 p.m. — Save Our Ship Concert to benefit Anna Maria Island Privateers, Holmes Beach city field, 5801 Marina Drive. Information: 941-536-4257


Monday, July 2

        • Shortly after dusk — Fourth annual Boom Boom on the Bay at the Mar Vista Dockside Restaurant, 760 Broadway St., Longboat Key. Information: 941-383-2391.


Tuesday, July 3

Shortly after dusk —  19th annual Fireworks Extravaganza, BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-779-2222


Wednesday, July 4

Shortly after dusk —  26th annual Sandbar Fireworks Spectacular, Sandbar Restaurant, 100 Spring Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-8709.

        10 a.m.-noon — Anna Maria Island Privateers Fourth of July Parade, Coquina Beach, Bradenton Beach, to Bayfront Park, Anna Maria, and noon 2012 Scholarship Award Party, Anna Maria Island Beach Cafe, Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-780-1668.



Friday, June 29

        • 10 a.m. — Chamber of Commerce of Longboat Key, Lido Key, St. Armands Key Invitational Golf Tournament, Longboat Key Club Islandside, 301 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. Fee applies. Information: 941-383-2466.



• Through July 14, “Fishing for Life,” Mark Cohen photography exhibit, Florida Maritime Museum, 4415 119th St. W., Cortez. Information: 941-708-6120.

• 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, 7 a.m., weather permitting, Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring, Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 248-982-5600.

• 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, 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.

• Third Fridays, 5-8 p.m., Pine Avenue Porch Party to benefit Roser Food Pantry at Anna Maria Pine Avenue stores and boutiques. Information: 941-896-3132.

• 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:

• 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.

• July 7, Manatee Sarasota Sierra Club, Longboat Key Turtle Watch Group Walk, Longboat Key Hilton, 4711 Gulf of Mexico Drive. Meet at the pool. Information: 941-752-3200.

• July 21, Wildlife Awareness Festival, Snooty’s 64th Birthday, South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-729-9177, ext. 243.


Save the Date

• 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.

• Nov. 17, Enjoy the Bay, Sarasota Bay Water Festival, Sarasota Bay Estuary Program, Ken Thompson Park, 1700 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota. Information: 941-955-8085.

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.

Island police blotter – 06-27-2012

Anna Maria

        June 4, 700 block of North Shore Drive, DUI with property damage. Michael Frieler, 21, was involved in a minor traffic accident when he backed his vehicle into a parked car. It was determined during the investigation that he was impaired and Frieler was arrested on misdemeanor DUI charges. He was booked into the Manatee County jail on $2,000 bond. According to the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office website, Frieler posted bond June 4.

        • June 15, 200 block of Lakeview Drive, suspicious incident. While on routine patrol near the Anna Maria City Pier, a MSCO deputy observed a vehicle approach at a high rate of speed. The deputy then observed the driver throw a green bottle into a trash can and upon investigating, determined it was a beer bottle. The deputy made contact with the 19-year-old man and asked why he had a beer bottle in his vehicle. The man said it was not his. The deputy then escorted the man to his parents’ house but, upon arriving, observed what appeared to be underage young adults running out of the back of the house. The parents were not home. Since the parents lived in Holmes Beach, HBPD was contacted to assist. Two officers explained that underage adults should not be drinking at the house. The man was cited for open container, but no further action was taken.

• June 14, 200 block of Gladiolus Street, battery. A boyfriend asked his girlfriend to leave because she was flirting with his friends. According to the report, the couple had recently broken up after a year of dating. The woman went outside and began to bang on the man’s truck with her hands, at which time he yelled for her to stop. According to the report, the woman came back inside and jumped on the man, biting him on his upper arm. The man was able to break free and told the woman to leave or he would call the police. She jumped on him a second time and bit him in the upper back area. Police were called and she was arrested for misdemeanor battery charges.

Anna Maria is policed by the MCSO.

Bradenton Beach

• June 18, 1100 block of Gulf Drive, bicycle theft. Fun & More Rentals of Anna Maria had delivered a beach cruiser valued at $100 to the residence under a porch, and it was stolen. The renters reported the incident, and told police that numerous people used their yard as an entrance to the beach that day.

• June 11, 1300 block of Gulf Drive North. Police requested an arrest warrant on felony child abuse charges be issued for a 36-year-old Gibsonton man after the mother of two children signed a complaint.

The charges stem from separate incidents May 25-26 at the Silver Surf Resort, 1301 Gulf Drive N. The mother and two sons were taking a weekend trip with her former boyfriend. The first incident occurred upon their arrival, when, according to the police report, the man struck one son’s leg after the child turned off a fan that he had just turned on. The report indicates the second incident occurred as they were leaving, and the man struck the other son’s left collar area while telling the child he was not moving quickly enough. Police also reported the incident to the child abuse hotline.

        Bradenton Beach is policed by the BBPD.


• June 18, 4200 block of 128th Street West, vehicle burglary. An unknown suspect is reported to have entered two unlocked vehicles, stealing a total of $85 in coins. According to the report, nothing else was taken. Fingerprints were secured at the scene.

        Cortez is policed by the MCSO

Holmes Beach

        Reports not received.

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.

Island real estate transactions – 06-27-2012


302 67th St., Holmes Beach, a 1,716 sfla / 2,300 sfur 3bed/2bath/1car pool home built in 1960 on a 100×100 lot sold 05/25/12, Kerr to 302 67th LLC for $410,000.

303 62nd St., Holmes Beach, a 1,852 sfla / 2,114 sfur 3bed/2bath duplex built in 1983 on a 74×101 lot was sold 05/23/12, Stoner to Calhoun for $405,000.

301 72nd St., Holmes Beach, a 1,800 sfla / 2,568 sfur 3bed/2bath/2car home built in 1970 on a 124×110 lot sold 05/25/12, Sears to Yonkee for $405,000; list $439,000.

306 67th St., Holmes Beach, a 1,134 sfla / 1,781 sfur 2bed/2bath/1car pool home built in 1967 on a 92×105 lot sold 05/18/12, House of Hazel LLC to 111 Peppertree LLC for $402,000; list $435,000.

753 Jacaranda Road, Anna Maria, a vacant 75×100 lot was sold 05/31/12, Purves to Broadbin for $350,000.

1461 Gulf Drive, Unit 12, Bermuda Bay Club, Bradenton Beach, a 1,524 sfla / 2,622 sfur 3bed/2½bath/2car condo with shared pool built in 1999 was sold 05/30/12, Kraus to Eggert for $330,000; list $375,000.

607 North Bay Blvd., Anna Maria, a 1,188 sfla / 1,632 sfur 2bed/2bath home built in 1976 on a 50×100 lot was sold 05/31/12, Snyder to Anna Maria Coastal Homes LLC for $327,500; list $394,000.

604 Ambassador Lane, Holmes Beach, a 1,256 sfla / 1,899 sfur 2bed/2bath/1car pool home built in 1965 on a 85×102 lot was sold 05/30/12, Holsworth to Dorenkamp for $315,000; list $334,900.

203 70th St., Holmes Beach, a 2bed/1bath half duplex with pool built in 1955 on a 45×102 lot sold 05/30/12, Weindorf to Doctora for $280,000.

2502 Gulf Drive. N., Unit 104, Club Bamboo, Bradenton Beach, a 735 sfla 1bed/1bath condo with shared pool built in 1975 was sold 05/30/12, Tolentino to Aqua Props LLC for $272,000.

6400 Flotilla Drive, Unit 23, Westbay Point & Moorings, Holmes Beach, a 1,426 sfla 2bed/2bath conso with shared pool built in 1977 was sold 06/01/12, Ladue to Mayers fro $251,300; list $275,000.

1801 Gulf Drive. N., Unit 235, Runaway Bay, Bradenton Beach, a 1,080 sfla / 1,140 sfur 2bed/2bath condo with shared pool built in 1978 sold 05/24/12, Barga to Brommer for $230,000; list $244,500.

1801 Gulf Drive. N., Unit 285, Runaway Bay, Bradenton Beach, a 1,080 sfla / 1,140 sfur 2bed/2bath condo with shared pool built in 1978 sold 05/18/12, Sprague to Phinney for $229,000; list $239,000.

3010 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, a 1,760 sfla / 1,880 sfur 3bed/1bath home built in 1952 on a 50×105 lot was sold 05/30/12, Clark to Apg Florida LLC for $199,000.

4307 Gulf Drive, Unit 103, Cayman Cay, Holmes Beach, a 1,027 sfla / 1,123 sfur 2bed/2bath condo with shared pool built in 1974 sold 06/01/12, McDonald to Detterman for $183,000; list $189,900.

2315 Avenue C, Unit 3, Queen of Hardts Lay Z Liv N, Bradenton Beach, a 488 sfla 1bed/1bath condo with shared pool built in 1979 was sold 05/18/12, Duits to Warren C McRae Home Services Inc. for $105,000; list $119,000.

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

Obituaries – 06-27-2012

William M. Church

William M. Church, 87, of Holmes Beach, died June 19.

Arrangements were by Griffith-Cline Funeral Home.

Survivors include wife Verdella; son William; daughter Verdella; sister Elizabeth; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.


Michael E. Culhane

Michael E. Culhane, 61, of Bradenton, died June 19.

He was born in Paterson, N.J., and moved in 1980 to Anna Maria from Hawthorne, N.J.

He enjoyed sailing and fishing and was a longtime member of the Anna Maria Island Privateers.

Service will be private for the family. Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory 43rd Street Chapel was in charge of arrangements. Memorial donations may be made to Tidewell Hospice & Palliative Care, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota FL 34238. Condolences may be made online at www.brownandsonsfuneral.com.

Mr. Culhane is survived by sons Christopher of Bradenton, and Jared and wife Katrina of Orlando; daughter Lorin and husband Rob Newingham of Bradenton; brothers Paul of Port Charlotte, Fla., Edward of Totowa, N.J., and Timothy of Hawthorne, N.J.; sister Kathy and husband Robert Kelley of Sarasota; seven grandchildren; and 10 nieces and nephews.


Robert B.N. Peck

Robert B.N. Peck, 94, longtime Holmes Beach resident, died June 23. He was born a U.S. citizen December 14, 1917, in London.

Mr. Peck spent his early childhood in France and England. His family relocated to the United States when he was a young boy, and he received his bachelor of arts degree in history from the University of Arizona at Tempe, and later a master’s Degree in education from Colorado College.

He served during World War II as an intelligence officer with the U.S. Air Force in North Africa and Italy. He joined the Air Force reserves and retired as a lieutenant colonel.

Mr. Peck married his wife of 62 years, Miriam N., in Evanston, Ill., where he worked in the family business, Bowman Dairy. He then enjoyed three distinct and diverse careers: first as an entrepreneur with his own hardware and nursery businesses in Colorado, then in the insurance industry, and finally as a high school history teacher in Colorado Springs, where he retired.

He retired to Florida more than 32 years ago, and lived in Holmes Beach, where he was an active member and past officer in the local Power Boat Squadron. He enjoyed a lifetime passion for travel, reading, tennis, bridge and walking. He was especially proud to be recognized as a Son of the American Revolution.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, July 2, in the chapel at Freedom Village, Bradenton, 6501 17th Ave. W., third floor, Phase 1, Liberty Wing. Memorial contributions be made to Tidewell Hospice, 5955 Rand Boulevard, Sarasota FL 34238.

Mr. Peck is survived by wife Miriam; daughters Barbara, Joanne and husband John, Nancy and husband Richard; son Ronald; and grandsons Christopher and Zachary.


Thelma Grace Savage

Thelma Grace Savage, 94, of Bradenton, died June 15.

Mrs. Savage played with the Venice Symphony, the Sarasota Pop Symphony and the Anna Maria Island Community Orchestra. She attended Harvey Memorial Church of Bradenton Beach and enjoyed going to the beach.

There will be no services. Brown & sons Funeral Homes & Crematory 26th Street Chapel, Bradenton, was in charge of arrangements. Memorial donations may be made to Tidewell Hospice & Palliative Care, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota FL 34238. Condolences may be made online at www.brownandsonsfuneral.com.

Mrs. Savage is survived by son Mark of Shelbyville, Ind.; daughter Lynne Ellen Dossey of Colleyville, Texas; four grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and nephew Don Griesbach of Bradenton.


Jean R. Thobe

Jean R. Thobe released her spirit to God on Monday morning, June 18. Her life on Bradenton Beach was an example of how to live gloriously. Her mother, Helen Ramsey, moved to Bradenton Beach in 1952. In 1963, Jean and Ralph Thobe moved their family to the same property, where they built a home facing the Gulf of Mexico. The house was razed in 1982 in order to construct Summer Sands condominium, where they lived for the remainder of their lives. Jean loved crafts, which included shell work, knitting, sewing, quilting and macrame. She was accomplished at all of them and loved learning something new. She was very involved in Roser Church on Anna Maria Island, and volunteered her time to its Migrant Mission, Roser Guild and Thrift Store. Jean lived by the Golden Rule and was a cherished member of her family. Her memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, June 28, at the Roser Memorial Community Church Chapel with a reception to follow in the fellowship hall. Please, join us in celebrating her life!

In memory of Jean Thobe, donations may be made to Roser Memorial Community Church.


Donald ‘Danny’ Williams Jr.

Donald “Danny” Williams Jr. of Anna Maria died June 17. He was born in 1923 in Westfield, N.J., and spent most of his professional life in the state of New Jersey.

Mr. Williams served in the U.S. Army Signal Corps. He was a life member of the Professional Golfers Association for 64 years.

“Danny,” as he was known professionally, began his golf career in 1946 at the Knoll Golf Club, Boonton, N.J., as assistant to the head golf professional, who was his father. In 1952, he became the head pro at Rockaway River Country Club. He returned to the Knoll in 1955 to help his father for five years. He then served as head pro at Glens Falls Country Club in New York. It was there in 1963 he became Northeastern New York PGA Champion and qualified for the National PGA Championship. Mr. Williams returned to New Jersey to become head pro at Mendham Golf and Tennis Club, where he set the course record of 67 and remained for 28 years. He also set records at four other clubs.

Mr. Williams amassed 11 New Jersey professional titles. He won his first tournament as a New Jersey PGA Super Senior. He retired to Florida in 1966. He earned the title of Super Senior Open Champion in 1993 and 1995 as a member of PGA North Florida Section, Southwest Chapter. He had eight holes in one and two double eagles during his career.

Mr. Williams most recently served as the pro and golf director at the Key Royale Club, Anna Maria Island, where he also served on the golf, greens and long-range planning committees. He was “committed to keeping the members happy and enjoying golf.”

Mr. Williams was an all-around athlete and excelled in many sports, including bowling and running. He was particularly proud to have run with hundreds of others over the Sunshine Skyway Bridge before its opening. He was most renowned for his teaching abilities, and had success teaching young players. Many titles were won by his pupils.

The family plans to hold a celebration of life at a later date in New Jersey.

Mr. Williams is survived by his wife of 22 years, Penelope; children Donna and husband Steve Matlaga of Cedar Knolls, N.J.; Nancy and husband Mark Goebel of Stanhope, N.J.; Dan III of Mendham, N.J.; and John P. of Bradenton; four grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and sisters Dorothy Blews of Mt. Airy, N.C., Betty Kuhar of Los Gatos, Calif., and Nicola and husband Pat Stickle of Bradenton.

Sports – 06-27-2012

All-star games wind up youth basketball season


Due to Anna Maria Island Community Center scheduling conflicts for the gym, youth basketball league all-star games were delayed until June 18, but that didn’t diminish the enthusiasm when players were announced over the loudspeaker in NBA fashion.

The first game of the evening saw the 8-10 division Blue all-stars defeat the shorthanded White team 14-5. David Daigle scored 6 points and Daniel Sentman added 4 points to lead the Blue. Tuna McCracken and Andrew Austin both added 2 points for Blue, which boasts all-star teammates Conal Cassidy, Hannah McCracken, Alex Rodriguez and Griffin Heckler.

Luke Marvin and Tori Walter scored 2 points each and Anni Walter added 1 point to lead the White. Katie Krokroskia led all players with eight rebounds. Other members of the White all-star team are Ava Zink, Franklin Valdez and Jack Groves.

The 11-13 division Blue all-stars defeated the White 41-19 behind 13 points from Corey Jacques and 10 points and six rebounds from Dayton Modderman. Moriah Goode and Adam Clark both finished with 4 points and nine rebounds, while Jean-Paul Russo’s 4 points and 3 points each from Rory Houston and Brooke Capparelli rounded out the Blue victory. Other members of the Blue all-star team are Michael Latimer and Trent Boring.

Seth Walter scored 6 points and grabbed six rebounds and Andrew Zink added 4 points and six rebounds to lead the White team in the loss. Andrew Ross finished with 4 points and brother Jake added 3 points. Other members of the White all-stars are Levi Lengel, Jack Walter, George Lardas, Leo Rose and Matthew Manger.

The 14-17 division all-star game was short on participants for the game, but they should be recognized for their season efforts this season. Members of the White all-stars are Tegan Purtill, Jerry Mayer, Kate Michaelson, Joey Carder, Connor Fields, Thomas Pears, Carolyn Cullinan, Justin Gargett, Derek Polch and Brennan Gallagher.

Members of the Blue team are Ryan Gilman, Burke McCampbell-Hill, Neahmiah Goode, Max Miller, Alex Gilman, Madison Driscoll, Pearce Hogan, Julius Gomes, Kieren Grumley, Chelsea Burgess and Johnny Matay.


Key Royale golf news

Members of the club on hand this week mourned the death June 17 of club pro and golf director Donald “Danny” Williams Jr. Williams was committed to keeping members happy and also served on the golf, greens and long-range planning committees at the club. He will be missed.

The women of Key Royale Club played a nine-hole, individual-low-net golf match June 19. Meredith Slavin and Tootie Wagner both carded 3-under-par 29 to finish in a tie for first place in Flight A. Two shots back in a two-way tie for second place were Joyce Brown and Judy Christiansen. Christina Mason and Laura Purcell finished in a tie for third place with even-par 32s.

Terry Westby fired a 4-under-par 28 to earn first place in Flight B. Sue Wheeler was alone in second place at 2-under-par 30, while Liz Lang was another shot back in third place. Diane Miller managed a birdie on hole two.


Horseshoe news

Three teams emerged from pool play to advance to the knockout round during June 23 horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe pits. George McKay and John King drew the bye into the finals and watched as Hank Huyghe and John Johnson edged Dan Belden and Tim Sofran 22-17. Huyghe-Johnson then steamrolled McKay-King 22-7 in the championship game.

Horseshoe action June 20 saw John Johnson and Steve Grossman earn the day’s outright bragging rights with the only 3-0 record in pool play.

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.


Center offers week-long basketball camp

The Anna Maria Island Community Center is offering a youth basketball camp 9:30-11:30 a.m. July 9-12 under the guidance of assistant athletic director Matt Ray.

Ray played collegiate ball at Indiana University East, where he was a starter and team captain. He has experience assisting with past basketball camps at Purdue, Michigan and Dayton Universities.

The center’s basketball camp will focus on helping players improve their fundamentals and understanding of the game.

Cost for the four-day camp is $80. For more information or to register, call the center at 941-778-1908.


Brits bring skills to AMICC

British Soccer Camp will be offered at the center 9-11 a.m. July 23-26 for players ages 3-5 and 9 a.m.-noon for players 6-16.

Cost for the youngsters is $85, while the older age group fee is $110. Applications received less than 10 days prior to camp will be charged an additional $10 fee.

British Soccer Camp provides players of all ages and abilities with the rare opportunity to receive high-level soccer coaching from a team of international experts.

Each day of camp includes individual foot skills, technical drills, tactical practices, small-sided games, coached scrimmages and a tournament.

Registration forms are available at the center, but players are encouraged to register at www.challengersports.com.




AMICC Summer indoor soccer league schedule

5-7 Division

June 27    6 p.m.      Bowes Imaging vs. Southern Greens


8-10 Division

June 27    7 p.m.      Gettel Toyota vs. Beach Bums

June 29    6 p.m.      Beach Bistro vs. LaPensee Plumbing


11-13 Division

June 27    7 p.m.      Air & Energy vs. Eat Here

June 29    7 p.m.      Eat Here vs. Waterfront

TS Debby drenches Island; threatens sea turtles

Tropical Storm Debby meandered northeast through the Gulf of Mexico the night of June 23 and parked itself approximately 190 miles southeast of the mouth of the Mississippi River.

The storm’s most severe weather was to its southwest and, from where the storm stalled June 24, sent bands of heavy rains and tropical storm force winds across the Island.

As of 11 a.m. June 25, the storm was moving north, northeast at 3 mph toward the Big Bend area of Florida.

In Bradenton Beach, an estimated 1-3-foot storm surge June 24 sent Gulf waters within a few feet of the Moose Lodge, 135 Gulf Drive S. On the bay, choppy waters rocked boats loose from moorings, sending some slamming into the Historic Bridge Street Pier.

Bradenton Beach police reported damage to the pier, but had yet to assess the damage as of presstime for The Islander.

As of June 24, at least three small craft had sunk, with one small sailboat meeting its fate on the pier’s rocks. Reports of other boats sinking, including a houseboat in Cortez and one docked on a Holmes Beach canal came in Monday morning.

The Rod & Reel Pier and Anna Maria City Pier both closed June 24. While the city pier expected to reopen at 4 p.m. June 25, the Rod & Reel had some repairs to make.

As of Islander press time, coastal flooding remained a concern for the National Weather Service, as minor to moderate flooding was predicted through Tuesday.

Six- to 10-foot waves were expected to maintain the crashing effect on Island beaches, causing significant shore erosion.

Manatee County officials were still assessing damage as of press time. According to Laurie Feagans, Manatee County chief of emergency management, emergency operations center personnel planned a June 25 meeting to discuss Debby’s present and potential impact.

Holmes Beach Police Chief Jay Romine advised people planning a trip to the Island to delay those plans June 24, while heavy rains and flooding temporarily closed Marina Drive.

As of Monday morning, Marina Drive was reopened with traffic slowing considerably in front of the Island Branch Library and Holmes Beach City Hall, where roadway waters measuring some 6 to 8 inches deep in areas.

Rain totals from Sunday through Monday morning varied across the Gulf Coast, with some areas receiving up to 10 inches of rain.

While TS Debby still in the Gulf, an estimated 3-5 inches of additional rain was forecast for June 25-26 in some areas. Storm forecasters reported Debby’s path was difficult to predict with no real driving force in the atmosphere to push the storm one way or the other.

The Sunshine Skyway Bridge linking Manatee and Pinellas counties was closed during the afternoon of June 24 and remained closed June 25 by presstime for The Islander.


Turtle trouble

Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch & Shorebird Monitoring executive director Suzi Fox reported a possibility of “significant nest loss” due to storm surge beginning Sunday.

“Thanks to a lot of people volunteering, we were relocating nests most of Sunday morning,” said Fox. “But by 1 p.m., it was getting too bad on the beaches and I had to pull volunteers from the beach.”

Fox said one of those nests was from a green turtle, which came ashore to lay her eggs Saturday. Green turtle nesting is significantly less common on Anna Maria Island compared to the loggerhead turtles.

Fox said the green turtle nest, as well as several loggerhead nests were relocated to Coquina Beach “where the sand is still high and dry.”

Fox was still assessing the potential loss of nests, as of press time Monday.



Gulf of Mexico waters Sunday churn just feet away from Moose Lodge 2188, 110 Gulf Drive S., Bradenton Beach, as Tropical Storm Debby churned offshore. The storm didn’t stop beachgoers though as these seashell hunters look for shells deposited on shore by the storm. Islander Photos: Mark Young


 Bay waters spilled over into the roadway just south of the Bridgetender Restaurant, 135 Bridge St., Bradenton Beach. The road was under 6 inches of water Sunday.

Vacationers didn’t let Tropical Storm Debby let them get in the way of returning home with a souvenir Sunday at Coquina Beach. With the fury of Tropical Storm Debby in the background, photo opportunities were aplenty.


A boat slams up against the floating dock Sunday next to the Bradenton Beach Historic Bridge Street Pier, as Tropical Storm Debby lashed the Island with heavy rain and high winds. Islander Photo: Courtesy Kimberly Kuizon.


Black skimmer chicks were in need of rescue from Longboat Key Sunday during Tropical Storm Debby. The baby birds were rescued by Wildlife Inc. of Bradenton Beach. Dozens were rescued from the storm. Islander Photo: Courtesy Gail Straight


Island resident Kimberly Kuizon, left, is on the job June 24, reporting and shooting video of the high surf and vactioners at the Gulf Boulevard beach in Anna Maria for ABC-TV Action News. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy

Street flooding closed Marina Drive in Holmes Beach down overnight Sunday. The road reopened Monday morning, but was still under as much as 8 inches of water by morning work commute. Islander Photo: Courtesy Kimberly Kuizon


Mosquito-control helicopter sprays Island for pests

For the first time in possibly 15 years, the Manatee Mosquito Control District performed a fly-over of Anna Maria Island in an effort to eradicate, or at least control, the annoying insects.

The mosquito population of the Island has increased dramatically in recent weeks, said Chris Lesser of the MMCD, because the insects have bred in the many locations of standing water from recent heavy rains.

“We hadn’t aerial sprayed Anna Maria Island for around 15 years, maybe 10,” Lesser said. “Normally, there’s not a problem on the Island,” he added, and spraying with trucks has been effective in the past for AMI mosquito control.

However, he said his office recently has received a number of complaints about the size and number of mosquitoes on Anna Maria Island. An investigation revealed the spray trucks would not be able to eliminate the problem and it was time for the helicopter to spray.

The district’s trucks can only go 20 mph, while the helicopter travels much faster, and can spray the entire Island in one evening, Lesser said.

The helicopter applied the control treatment over the Island June 21.

A chemical that is non-toxic to humans and pets was used by the helicopter when it sprayed the Island, Lesser added. The days of using a spray harmful to humans and animals are long gone, he noted.

Lesser said good weather was needed for the flight, although the helicopter doesn’t wait for perfect conditions.

He cautioned Island residents not to be alarmed by a low-flying, slow-moving helicopter over the Island in the future. It will be the district’s helicopter either making a test flight or spraying.

“It’s only us,” Lesser said.

Information on the district and its spray schedule can be found online at www.manateemosquito.com. Residents also may submit service requests for mosquito control on the website.


Why do we kill mosquitoes?

Mosquito control manages the population of mosquitoes to reduce their damage to human health, tourism and enjoyment. Mosquito control is a vital public-health practice throughout the world and especially in the tropics, where mosquitoes spread many diseases, such as malaria.

MMCD recommends reviewing outdoor areas to eliminate mosquito breeding opportunities and taking actions, including:

• Potted plants with pans underneath that hold water.

• Drainage ditches with vegetation in them.

• Standing water in low grassy areas, tire tracks and swales.

• Unused or poorly maintained pools.

• Bromeliads and other plants that hold water, including water-filled tree holes.

• Trash or stored spare parts, tires.

• Flat roofs that get lots of leaf litter.

• Natural or man-made ponds.

• Boats left unused for extended periods.

• Bird baths, barbecue grills, ash trays, and other small containers.

• Clear roof gutters plugged with leaves.

• Replace water in pet dishes.

• Cover rain barrels with house screening.

Island tourism continues uptick, caution sounded

Tourism to the Bradenton area increased 11.6 percent in May 2012 compared with the same month last year, reported Walter Klages, head of Research Data Services, the firm hired by the Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau to follow tourism and prepare its monthly and quarterly reports.

Speaking at the June 18 Manatee County Tourism Development Council, Klages said the “state of tourism” for the BACVB area is quite good.

“Up to here, we have done very well,” he said.

But Klages cautioned TDC and BACVB members and everyone in the industry to “look at where the world is going.”

Worldwide, income is not keeping up with output, he said. The BACVB must be careful to position itself “in the wave of the future economy.”

He also said it’s more important to look at economic spending and residual expenditures than the number of visitors to the BACVB area.

For May 2012, the total economic impact of visitor spending was $35.1 million, up 15.4 percent from the May 2011 figure of $30.4 million.

Through the first five months of 2012, the total economic impact of visitors to the BACVB area is $341 million, a 13.2 percent jump from the $301 million recorded for the same period in 2011.

“This has been a very good time for us,” Klages said.

He also said pricing in the area is a key issue. The average daily rate for an accommodation in the BACVB area is up just 2.1 percent for 2012 when compared with the same five-month period in 2011.

“So there is a lot of wiggle room with the average daily rate,” which is still lower than other Florida destinations, he said.

And there is room and opportunity to grow, Klages observed.

A recent survey by RDS determined a new hotel in Lakewood Ranch, across the county line in Sarasota, would be feasible, he said. Additionally, a major international airline is considering flights to Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport.

The bottom line, Klages said, is the tourism industry can’t sit still and rest on its laurels.

“Tourism has structural changes over time and the community is growing.” The BACVB and TDC must keep up with those changes.

For the year to date, Klages reported visitors to the area are up 10.3 percent when compared with the first five months of 2011.

Klages reported 251,400 visitors January-May 2012, compared with 228,000 in the same period in 2011.


Key statistics

The Internet and social networks have become huge mediums for information on Anna Maria Island and Longboat Key, and for making vacation reservations, Klages said.

Of those who made reservations to the area in 2012, 57.2 percent used the Internet, while 89.1 percent used the Internet to obtain information about the area.

For AMI and LBK, the average base budget per visitor was $607.37, with an average of $1,579 budgeted for a group vacation.

Attributes that visitors ascribe to the Island and Longboat Key are, in order of preference, beautiful beaches; good food and restaurants; clear, blue water; complete relaxation; safe destination; and reasonably priced lodging.

The satisfaction level of a vacation to the area was 97 percent for May 2012, while 94.4 percent said they planned a return visit. Ninety-two percent said they would recommend the Island and Longboat Key to friends as a vacation destination.

Of the 36,600 visitors in May this year, more than 66 percent had previously visited the Island or Longboat Key.