Tag Archives: 07-04-2012

New debate arises over dog park: Toxic plants

In the wake of reports that newly added holly plants — its berries — in the Holmes Beach dog park are toxic to dogs, at least two schools of thought have emerged.

    One leans toward the position that because plant toxicity is common, there’s only an issue if dogs are attracted to the plants.

    The second is more conservative, and cautions against deliberate placement of known poisonous plants in an area planned for pets.

    Public works superintendent Joe Duennes, who oversees the improved dog exercise area recently carved from the outfield of Birdie Tebbetts Field, said dog park advocates have previewed the dog park landscaping decisions with him.

    “I don’t know anything about toxicity,” Duennes said. “I’m unsure if dogs would eat berries.”

    The dog run was developed on the perimeter of the baseball park in April after the city commission decided to spend approximately $8,300 to add a fence, dividing the outfield and diminishing the ball field. The effort was spearheaded by Commission Chair David Zaccagnino, who said there was too much liability for dogs and their owners to share the field with ballplayers.

    Since the fence was installed in April, issues have arisen with weekly softball activity in the scaled-down ball field, because balls frequently fly over the fence into the dog park.

    And there are the questions raised about the safety for pets due to landscaping choices for the park.

    As to the possible toxicity of plants, Zaccagnino, the city’s liaison to its parks and beautification committee, said it’s beyond his scope of expertise. He said he’s not a master gardener, and “has nothing to do with it.”

    Since April, advocates for the dog park, including Barbara Parkman and Renee Ferguson and a group of 40 or so dog owners, have been raising money and making contributions to the park. A yard sale was held June 9, bringing in approximately $586, adding up to $1,150 in May.

    A double gate for the entry and landscaping have been purchased thus far. City workers and volunteers constructed a shelter and planted trees and shrubs.

    A Name-the-Park contest is under way, with about 25 names suggested last month, according to Parkman.

    Mayor Rich Bohnenberger expects the dog park advocates to bring the suggested name to the city commission for approval.

    At the June 12 city work session, Parkman and Ferguson sought the commission’s advice on dog park issues, including plaques to honor donors and the addition of a pet-friendly water fountain, and Bohnenberger instructed the dog park advocates to take their issues to Duennes.

    After the meeting when asked about whether the landscaping is native or toxic, Parkman said ficus trees are native “Florida trees” and the hollies “are fine.”

    Parkman told The Islander she selected an Eagleston holly for the park.

    Eagleston is a hybrid of the East Palatka holly of the Aquifoiaceae family. The East Palatka is a female plant that produces berries, said Patricia Porchey, horticultural education agent of the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Services.

    “I’d be leery of plants with red berries because kids and animals are attracted to them,” she said.

    Eating the berries could cause nausea and vomiting, according to Porchey.

    “Eating large amounts” of crape myrtle bark, seeds, leaves and flowers “can cause diarrhea,” according to Porchey.

     With ficus trees, “touching sap of leaves and stems can cause photodermatitus-burning, blistering and itching of the skin,” according to a brochure Porchey provided.

    The American Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals website includes an extensive list of plants poisonous to dogs, cats and horses. It lists crape myrtle as non-toxic, but lists ficus tree varieties, such as fig, weeping fig, and Indian rubber plant as toxic to dogs. It also lists American holly varieties as poisonous.

    According to Dr. Tina Wismer, medical director at the ASPCA Animal Control Center, dogs may vomit if they ingest parts of the ficus trees, hollies and Sansaveria snake plants.

    While the hollies may not be attractive or palatable to dogs, with respect to the Sansaveria, she said “due to their tall nature, these may be more likely to be chewed on.”

    The city’s parks and beautification committee makes recommendations for landscaping on city property, including Arbor Day, Kingfish Boat Ramp and recent palm tree donations. However, according to committee chair Jerry West, it has not been called into the dog park landscaping project.

    Bohnenberger said the park committee, “a group of well minded-citizens,” comes to the city with its recommendations.

    “Everybody in the city has their own opinion of what’s good for the Island,” he said.

    West said if the city asks for his committee’s help, recommendations would be given to Duennes. And West agreed with Duennes, saying, “just because a plant is poisonous,” it doesn’t mean a dog will be attracted to it.

    Asked if she’d like a committee to assist her with future plant selection, Parkman said, “Then, we’d have six different opinions. I know we need fast-growing, native ones — non-toxic to dogs.”

        The parks and beautification board “is always available” to the city as a resource, West said.

Island wedding, Privateer style


Angela Smallblock (her roller derby name) Steward and Jim Fritts of Texas are married Privateer-style at the June 29 outdoor party to benefit the Privateer Save-Our-Ship fund. Joining the Fritts are their children, Ivy, 8. Ray, 6 and Sky, 5. Privateer Roger Hoodat Murphree performed the ceremony.


The Privateers form an arch of sabers to finalize the Fritts’ nuptials.


Roger Hoodat Murphree and wife Debbie Murphree are longtime friends — more than 20 years — with the Fritts, and the reason the Fritts family came to Anna Maria Island for a pirate wedding.


The (cup) cake tasting for the Fritts’ wedding was somewhat less than traditional aboard the Skullywag, with kids, ship rats and a pirate toast.

Islander Photos: Bonner Joy

Roadwatch, July 4-11

The Manatee County Utilities Department is continuing its preparation to install new sewer pipes along North Shore Drive, Anna Maria. The project is expected to take several months to complete, a MCUD press release said.

The Florida Department of Transportation reported there were intermittent north and southbound lane closures between 8 p.m.-5 a.m. on the Longboat Pass Bridge July 2-3, but the project was expected to be completed July 3.

Island trolley maintains routine route for July 4

The fare-free Island trolley will keep to its regular schedule July 4, despite the throngs of people expected on Island roads shortly after dusk when the fireworks display at the Sandbar Restaurant, Anna Maria, takes place.

A spokesperson for MCAT said there are no plans to add extra trolleys or operate the system later than 10:30 p.m. — the trolley’s routine route end.

The Island trolley begins daily at 6 a.m. with trolleys arriving at the various trolley-stop locations every 20 minutes until 9 p.m., according to the MCAT schedule.

After 9 p.m., trolleys maintain a 30-minute headway until 10:30 p.m., when the trolley makes its last stop at both Coquina Beach, Bradenton Beach and the Manatee Public Beach, Holmes Beach.

The Beach Express, which brings passengers by bus from the mainland to the Manatee Public Beach, also will operate its normal schedule July 4, the spokesperson said.

The first express bus departs at 9 a.m. from the Wal-Mart at 6224 E. State Road 64, Bradenton, with stops at the Manatee County Court House and Beachway Plaza at the 75th Street-Manatee Avenue intersection before arriving at the public beach at the west end of Manatee Avenue at 9:45 a.m. The return trip to Wal-Mart makes the same stops.

A Beach Express bus is scheduled to leave Wal-Mart on S.R. 64 every 90 minutes until 4:30 p.m., when the last express bus of the day departs Wal-Mart, with an expected arrival time of 5:15 p.m. at Manatee Public Beach. The Beach Express then leaves the public beach at 5:15 p.m. for its final trip back of intermittent stops to Wal-Mart.

Sports – 07-04-2012

Indoor soccer sharpens skills, cools players, fans


Summer is officially here, along with high temperatures, high humidity and soccer in the cool gym at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria.

There’s no better way to battle the heat and sharpen a player’s soccer skills than indoor soccer.

It’s demanding fast, end-to-end action that requires players to sub in and out of the game on the fly in order to maintain the game’s pace. Players get a lot of ball touches on a perfectly level, fast surface, which helps them improve in all facets of the game.

The center has nine teams registered in three divisions, including two for ages 5-7, four teams in the 8-10 age group, and three in the 11-13 division. The season runs throughout the summer with games played Monday, Wednesday and Friday evenings.

The action got started last week as Gettel Toyota took on Beach Bums in an 8-10 division match June 27. Gettel came away with a solid 4-2 victory behind the stellar play of goalie Tuna McCracken and solid defense from David Daigle, Anna Gonzalez and Rain Cooper.

Offensively, Gettel was led by Sam Bowers, who scored two goals, while Daigle and Lilah Bowers each added a goal.

Beach Bums was led by Luke Marvin, who scored both goals in the loss.

The second 8-10 division game of the week saw LaPensee Plumbing sink Beach Bistro 5-3 June 29. Tyler Brewer and Preston Plambeck scored two goals each to lead LaPensee, which also received one goal from Sean O’Reilly in the victory.

Jayse Berzowski scored two goals to lead Beach Bistro, which also received one goal from Andrew Burgess in the loss.

Eat Here won a pair of games to kick off the 11-13 division action, opening the season with an 8-1 victory over Air & Energy June 27 behind three goals from Shelby Morrow and two goals each from Dylan Joseph and Nika Ukhurgunasvilli. Brooke Capparelli completed the Eat Here scoring with one goal.

Stephen Whyte scored the lone goal for Air & Energy on a nice pass from Nicole Sewall in the loss.

Eat Here slipped past a short-handed Waterfront team 3-1 during action June 29. Dylan Joseph led the way with two goals, while Shelby Morrow added one goal.

Ryan Fellowes scored for the Waterfront.


Adult flag football starts up

Another season of NFL adult coed flag football also got started last week at the center. The league has eight teams and a schedule of games on Thursday evenings throughout the summer.

Miller Electric Chargers got the season off to a “positive” start June 28 with a 39-27 victory over Beach to Bay Construction Saints. Quarterback Charles Buky led the way by completing 16 of 23 passes for 263 yards and six touchdown passes. Jordan Pritchard was his favorite target, with eight catches for 122 yards and three touchdown receptions. Eric Gledhill added four catches for 69 yards, including a touchdown and an extra point. Chuck McCracken finished with three catches for 38 yards, including a touchdown and an extra point, while Robert Kasten finished with two catches for 24 yards and a touchdown reception.

Gledhill led the Charger defensive effort with five flag pulls, while Pritchard, McCracken and Matt Ray each added three flag pulls to the victory.

Larry Berkery led the Saints with 17 pass completions for 195 yards, three touchdown passes and a five-yard touchdown run. Jason Mickan caught seven passes for 81 yards, including a touchdown and an extra point, while Don Purvis finished with six catches for 54 yards, a touchdown and two extra points.

Tony Soletti and Purvis paced the Saint defense with three pulls each in the loss.

Tyler’s Ice Cream Vikings edged Sato Real Estate Browns 27-20 in the second game of the evening behind 244 passing yards and four touchdown passes from quarterback Ryan Moss. Brent Moss caught six passes for 126 yards, including two touchdowns and an extra point, while Jonathan Moss finished with six catches for 86 yards, a touchdown and two extra points to lead the Browns receivers. Ed Moss completed the scoring for the Browns with a 27-yard touchdown reception.

Caleb Roberts paced the defense with three flag pulls, while Ryan Moss and Brent Moss each had interceptions in the victory.

Jason Sato threw for 181 yards and three touchdown passes to lead the Browns offensive output. Nick Sato led the Browns receiving corps with six catches for 86 yards, while Scott Rudacille added three catches for 25 yards, including a touchdown and a pair of extra points. Troy Shonk finished with four catches for 67 yards and a touchdown, while Lexi Braxton completed the Browns scoring with a five-yard touchdown reception in the loss.

Rudacille’s four flag pulls and four quarterback sacks from JT Goode paced the Browns defensive effort, which also received an interception from Shonk.

Agnelli Pool & Spa Dolphins defeated Jessie’s Island Store Jets 40-25 in the third game of the evening. Tim Shaughnessy completed 11 passes for 141 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Frank Agnelli scored a pair of touchdowns and finished with 60 receiving yards, while Brianna Shaughnessy added four catches for 31 yards, including a touchdown and an extra point. Pat Calvary threw for 38 yards, rushed for 20 yards and added 92 receiving yards for the Dolphins.

Calvary and Tim Shaughnessy led the defense with two interceptions apiece in the victory.

Matt Piermarini completed 16 of 26 passes for 244 yards and three touchdown passes to Adam Mott, who finished with eight catches for 132 yards. Robert Mandrine completed the Jets scoring with a 12-yard touchdown reception.

Mott paced the Jets defense with five flag pulls, while Jason Garden added two pulls and an interception.

Duffy’s Tavern Raiders recorded a 47-13 blowout victory over Slim’s Place Titans in the last game of the evening behind five touchdown passes and 221 passing yards from quarterback Chris Gillum. Kevin Gregorich’s five catches for 73 yards and two touchdowns and Tyler Redmond’s four catches for 96 yards and a pair of touchdowns paced the Raider receivers. Mike Gillum added 52 receiving yards and a touchdown, and Rania Lardas finished with 20 receiving yards and a touchdown to round out the Raider scoring.

Mike Gillum added an interception that he returned for a touchdown to lead the Raider defense, which also received two interceptions from Redmond and one from Jay Hoffmeister in the win.

Tyler Bekkerus completed six passes for 82 yards and a touchdown to Mark Templeton to lead the Titan’s offense. Zach Schield added an extra point while also leading the team with six flag pulls. Ryan Hogan completed the scoring with an interception return for a touchdown.


Horseshoe news

Three teams emerged from pool play during June 30 horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe pits. Hank Huyghe and Jay Disbrow drew the bye and watched as Sam Samuels and Norm Good edged Jerry Disbrow and Tim Sofran 23-16. Samuels and Good were too “good” in the finals, rolling past Huyghe and Jay Disbrow by a 25-8 score.

The June 27 games saw George McKay and Norm Good defeat Sam Samuels and John King 22-12 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.



AMICC summer indoor soccer league schedule

All games are at the center, 407 Magnolia Ave., AM.

5-7 Division

July 9      6 p.m.      Bowes Imaging vs. Southern Greens


8-10 Division

July 9      7 p.m.      Beach Bums vs. Beach Bistro

July 11    6 p.m.      Gettel Toyota vs. Beach Bistro

July 11    7 p.m.      LaPensee Plumbing vs. Beach Bums


11-13 Division

July 9      8 p.m.      Waterfront vs. Air & Energy

July 9      8 p.m.      Air & Energy vs. Eat Here


NFL Adult Coed Flag Football Schedule

July 11    6 p.m.      Chargers vs. Dolphins

July 11    7 p.m.      Browns vs. Saints

July 11    8 p.m.      Titans vs. Jets

July 11    9 p.m.      Raiders vs. Vikings


AMICC Adult Coed Volleyball Schedule

July 10    6 p.m.      Best Buy vs. The Feast

July 10    7 p.m.      Troy’s vs. FL Discount Signs

July 10    8 p.m.      Troy’s vs. FL Discount Signs

Island police blotter – 07-04-2012

Anna Maria

        June 20, 500 block of Spring Avenue, criminal mischief. A Manatee County Sheriff’s Office deputy responded to a complaint of an intoxicated male trying to gain entry into a home known by the complainant to belong to someone else. The deputy made contact with the man, who said his grandfather was renting the house. The man had used his iPhone to bang on the door and had broken it. He also had ripped a screen door and broken a glass panel on the front door. Upon investigating, it was revealed the man was at the wrong house. He agreed to pay for the estimated $300 in damages, but the incident was documented as criminal mischief until the homeowner could be contacted.

• June 20, 500 block of Bayview Place, burglary. An unknown suspect entered the back patio of a residence and stole a TV.

• June 17, 100 S. Bay Blvd., missing person. An employee at the Anna Maria City Pier Restaurant reported to work, but left at 1 p.m. At 2:30 p.m., her mother received a text, prompting her to call MCSO over concerns of her daughter’s safety. No further information was provided.

• June 21, 200 block of Gladiolus, criminal mischief. A man reported someone had keyed his vehicle while it was parked in his driveway. According to the report, a 5-inch long scratch “down to the primer” was found on the hood.

Anna Maria is policed by the MCSO.

Bradenton Beach

        • No new reports.

        Bradenton Beach is policed by the BBPD.


• June 14, 4400 block of 124th Street, information. Four juvenile sisters at home alone called MCSO in regards to a male juvenile knocking on the door and peering into the windows. MCSO contacted the male and told him to stay away from the girls’ residence or be trespassed. According to the report, “Both neighbors seem to have a dislike for each other for different reasons.”

        Cortez is policed by the MCSO

Holmes Beach

        June 23, 200 block of 62nd Street West, Bradenton, battery. A 31-year-old Holmes Beach man was arrested on misdemeanor battery charges during a child visitation between his girlfriend and the girlfriend’s father. According to the report, an argument began, at which time the father tried to leave. The suspect became angry and stood in front of the door blocking the father’s attempts to leave, and “bumped his chest” into the father’s chest repeatedly. The father managed to exit the house, at which time the suspect ran to the father’s car and removed his keys. He also was charged with petit theft.

• June 22, 400 block of Clark Lane, disturbance. A female complainant called police after an argument occurred between herself and her boyfriend. She explained she was attempting to pack up her belongings and leave with the couple’s child to return to Kentucky. Upon HBPD’s arrival to the scene, both parties agreed it was best for her to leave.

• June 23, 8100 Gulf Drive, criminal traffic. A HBPD officer responded to a crash. Upon investigating the incident, a female driver was asked for her driver’s license, to which she responded she never got one. The officer conducted a records search and discovered that the woman has a prior charge of having no driver’s license. She was issued a summons to appear in court on the charge.

• June 25, 8300 block of Marina Drive, vehicle burglary. A man reported a loaded handgun was stolen from his vehicle. The man told police he thought he had locked his vehicle, but no signs of forced entry were discovered. The black, Ruger .380 caliber handgun was located in the driver’s side door panel at the time it was stolen from the vehicle. Fingerprints were secured at the scene.

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.

Islander Calendar – 07-04-2012

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. July 4, Anna Maria Island Privateers Fourth of July Parade from Coquina Beach, Bradenton Beach, to Bayfront Park, Anna Maria. Information: 941-780-1668.

10 a.m. July 4, Anna Maria Island Privateers Fourth of July and 2012 Scholarship Award Party, Anna Maria Island Beach Cafe, Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-780-1668.


Thursday, July 5

         7 a.m. — 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.


Friday, July 6

• 7-10 p.m — Musician Ted Stevens’ “Dead End Dragstrip” CD release party, Island Time Bar & Grill, 111 Gulf Drive, Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-782-1122.



Saturday, July 7

        • 6:30 a.m. — 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.



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

• Tuesdays, July 17 through July 31, 2-5 p.m., Haircuts to benefit Anna Maria Island Art League, Head Quarters Salon, 5376 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-2586.

• 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 14,“Art in the Courtyard,” Local artists sale to benefit Anna Maria Island Art League, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-2099.

• 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.

Welcome to the AMI Fourth of July holiday!

The Anna Maria Island Privateers kick off July 4 with a parade and party.The parade leaves Coquina Beach at 10 a.m. runs the length of the Island to Anna Maria Bayfront Park. A party takes place and scholarships will be awarded starting at noon at Anna Maria Island Beach Cafe at the Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Fireworks light up the shore July 4 at the Sandbar, Anna Maria, as well as July 2 at the Mar Vista on Longboat Key, and July 3 at the BeachHouse Restaurant, Bradenton Beach.