Tag Archives: 07-11-2012

Lakeland man arrested for aggravated battery

While visiting Holmes Beach July 1, a Lakeland couple began arguing at a home in the 200 block of 73rd Street.

According to the Holmes Beach Police Department report, the argument became heated and Joshua Walker, 24, allegedly wrapped his arm around a female relative’s neck and forced her onto the bed.

The woman’s mother broke up the fight, calling 911 due to concerns over her daughter’s pregnancy.

Because Walker was aware of the pregnancy, he was charged with felony aggravated domestic battery on a pregnant woman.

As of press time for The Islander, Walker remained in the Manatee County jail on $1,000 bond.

Woman arrested on beach for felony child abuse

Beachgoers at Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, called 911 July 1 to report an alleged child abuse.

Holmes Beach Police Department officers made contact with the witnesses, who pointed out Janet Foust, 52, of Tampa.

At least four witnesses said Foust walked up to a 3-year-old girl, grabbed her, physically dragged her to the water’s edge and then temporarily left the child.

Foust allegedly returned to the girl, dragged her back to some towels and “threw her to the ground,” according to the police report.

Witnesses reported Foust put her knees on the child and began “violently slamming the child’s head, shaking her back and forth and screaming in her ear.”

One woman attempted to intervene and said Foust told her to mind her own business.

According to the report, Foust said she was “just feeling edgy and was disciplining her child,” but admitted she may have taken things too far.

However, Foust also attempted to blame the child for her actions, telling police it was the 3-year-old’s fault for making her act that way.

HBPD contacted Florida Child Protective Services, which took custody of the girl and two siblings. Police said that Foust’s husband was in the water during the incident, but denied seeing anything. He told police that his wife “sometimes gets crazy due to menopause.”

The husband also said his wife had been drinking all day.

HBPD arrested Foust on felony child abuse charges and turned her over to the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office for transport to the Manatee County jail.

Foust posted a $5,000 bond and was scheduled for arraignment 9 a.m., Friday, July 27.

Mental capacity comes into question for bird killer

The 75-year-old Holmes Beach man arrested June 16 for shooting and then stomping to death a great egret was taken back into custody June 28 on a mandatory Baker Act.

Police allege Laurie Pardee shot the egret from his porch with a .22 caliber handgun, but the bird did not die. He proceeded to beat the bird with a net and then stomped on the bird, causing death. He then disposed of the bird by dumping it in Tampa Bay.

He was charged with felony cruelty to an animal, misdemeanor discharging a firearm within city limits, and later charged by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission for unlawful taking of a migratory bird.

Pardee bonded out of jail the same day. Holmes Beach Police Department reports document that Pardee went to the police department numerous times over the next few days in an attempt to retrieve the gun used in the shooting.

On June 20, police returned to Pardee’s home, 671 Key Royale Drive, Holmes Beach, to assist the Florida Department of Children and Families. DCF was responding to Pardee’s unusual behavior and suspected a medical condition was the cause.

Pardee told police he had several guns in his residence, but did not feel he was going to hurt himself or anyone else.

He was asked to voluntarily surrender his firearms to police for safekeeping. Pardee surrendered two pistols and a rifle.

After being cited by FWC June 26, Pardee went to the HBPD offices to accuse FWC officers of stealing his jewelry.

DCF wanted Pardee to undergo a medical exam and he did visit a doctor, a friend of Pardee who admitted to DCF he did not give Pardee a full exam, and “wanted nothing to do with it” according to the report.

Pardee is a retired physician.

On June 28, Pardee was issued a medical Baker Act to undergo a medical exam. He was taken by EMS to the hospital, but the results of that exam have not been released.

Over the course of two weeks after the shooting, Pardee has told police he does not understand what the big deal is over a bird.

During the investigation, he told FWC he was a retired Vietnam War veteran, told police he retired from the Federal Bureau of Investigation and told another officer he was a doctor for 30 years.

Reports indicate a suspicion of diminished mental capacity.

A Baker Act can be initiated by law enforcement agencies and mental health professionals if it is determined a person represents a danger to themselves or others. The person can be held up to 72 hours to undergo observation and an exam.

Also arrested June 16 was Pardee’s live-in girlfriend Joyce Parker, 76.

According to the police report, Parker gave several false statements during the shooting investigation. She was charged with obstruction.

Both Pardee and Parker are scheduled for arraignment 9 a.m. Friday, July 13.

Boat-boathouse fire investigation closed

West Manatee Fire Rescue and a state fire marshal have closed the investigation into a June 11 fire at a Holmes Beach boathouse.

        The cause of the fire at 5601 Flotilla Drive that destroyed a 24-foot Grady-White boat remains undetermined, said Kurt Lathrop, WMFR fire marshal. Lathrop said the WMFR investigation ruled out “any suspicious issues.”

        The boat was taken to Bradenton Beach Marina the day after the fire and an investigation by the state fire marshal — brought in because of the potential for a high dollar amount of damage — was closed shortly thereafter.

        The insurance companies resolved the matter, Lathrop said.

        The damages were estimated at $200,000.

        Owners Liz and Bob Lang did not return recent calls for comment.

        According to earlier reports, the boat, boathouse and Liz Lang’s art studio were destroyed. No significant damage was reported to the home, which is about 30 feet from the boathouse at the rear of the property.

Sports – 07-11-2012

MLB’s Perez makes second straight all-star game


Former Holmes Beach resident Chris Perez’ 2012 season as the closer for the Major League Baseball Cleveland Indians got off to a rocky start.

First he strained his oblique muscle during spring training. He followed that by blowing an opening-day save opportunity and wasting a 4-1 lead and a beautiful two-hitter from Indians’ starter Justin Masterson.

Since then, Perez has converted 24 straight save opportunities and was recently selected to his second straight MLB All-Star team by his peers. In addition, he has helped his Cleveland Indians team to a 44-40 record, which puts them in second place and only three games back in the American League Central Division at the midway point of the MLB season.

Perez is now firmly entrenched as a premier closer. With 24 saves, Perez is on pace to challenge Jose Mesa’s team record 46 saves set in 1995. He has compiled an impressive 2.59 earned run average — amassing 32 strikeouts in 31.1 innings of work — and Indian opponents are batting a paltry .210 against him.

There are many instances of players making it into one all-star game, but when you’re selected by your peers twice, it’s quite an honor. Perez also is quickly moving up in the Indians’ record book. In only two and a half seasons as the Indians’ closer, Perez has closed out 85 games, putting Bob Wickman’s career mark of 139 saves in reach. Not bad for someone who didn’t really start pitching until his sophomore year of high school.

He was a good catcher up to that point, but guys who possess a 95-mph fastball don’t grow on trees.

Perez and wife Melanie have a 21-month old son Maxwell and are expecting a daughter in September. He made his first all-star team last season and took his wife and son, along with mother Julie and father Tim to partake in all of the festivities that accompany Major League Baseball’s midseason classic.

Congratulations to Perez, and here’s hoping this all-star thing becomes a regular “working” vacation for Perez and family.


AMICC to host sports camps

The Anna Maria Island Community Center will host a baseball camp 9:30-11:30 a.m. July 30-Aug. 2. Baseball camp will cost $80 per player.

The camp will be directed by Jesse Brisson, who professes that baseball — not the real estate business he works at daily — was his first love. Brisson’s goals for the camp are to bring children together as a team, promote sportsmanship, instill a love of the game and have fun.

British Soccer Camps will be held at the center 9-11 a.m. July 23-26 for players ages 3-5 and 9 a.m.-noon for players ages 6-16. Cost for the younger players is $85, while the older age group is $110.

British Soccer Camps provide players of all ages and abilities with an opportunity to receive high-level soccer coaching from a team of international experts. Each day’s camp includes individual foot skills, technical drills, tactical practices, small-sided games, coached scrimmages and a daily tournament.

Registration forms are available at the center, but players are encouraged to register at www.challengersports.com. Applications received for the British camp less than 10 days prior to camp will be charged an additional $10.

Next up at the center is an ultimate Frisbee camp 9:30-11:30 a.m. Aug. 6-8.

Ultimate is a non-stop competition between two teams that involves running, throwing and catching a Frisbee. Also known as Frisbee football, it is among the fastest growing sports in the country.

This camp will teach participants the fundamentals of the game under the direction of David Greene, a local resident with more than 20 years competitive experience. He won one out nine national championship tournaments appearances.

For more information, call the center at 941-778-1908 or go online at www.islandcommunitycenter.com.


AMICC indoor soccer league schedule

5-7 Division

July 16    6 p.m.      Bowes Imaging vs. Southern Greens


8-10 Division

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

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

July 16    7 p.m.      LaPensee Plumbing vs. Gettel Toyota


11-13 Division

July 11    8 p.m.      Air & Energy vs. Eat Here

July 16    8 p.m.      Eat Here vs. Waterfront


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 17    6 p.m.      Best Buy vs. FL Discount Signs

July 17    7 p.m.      Troy’s vs. The Feast

July 17    8 p.m.      Troy’s vs. The Feast

Island real estate transactions – 07-11-2012

102 Sixth St. S., Bradenton Beach, a 3,500 sfla / 4,200 sfur 6 bed/4bath/2car duplex built in 2009 on a 50×100 lot was sold 05/30/12, 6th St South Investments LLC to 102 S 6th Street LLC for $845,000; list $897,500.

310 Palm Ave., Anna Maria, a 1,500 sfla / 1,541 sfur 3bed/3bath/1car pool home built in 1981 on a 72×110 lot was sold 06/18/12, Safety Harbor Assets LLC to Take me Home LLC for $775,000; list $849,000.

126 Hammock Road, Anna Maria, a 3,000 sfla 3bed/3bath/4car canalfront home built in 1991 on a 75×118 lot was sold 06/01/12, Gustashaw to Cunningham for $730,000; list $749,000.

9802 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria, a 736 sfla 1bed/1bath home built in 1938 on  a 110×100 lot was sold 06/15/12, McCormick to 9802 Gulf Drive LLC for $575,000.

206 56th St., Unit A, Two Herons, Holmes Beach, a 2,456 sfla / 3,471 sfur 4bed/3bath/2car land condo built in 2007 was sold 05/31/12, GRJC LLC to Bluewater Investments Inc for $549,000; list $549,000.

311 68th St., Unit B, Anna Maria Island Beachwalk, Holmes Beach, a 1,500 sfla / 2,733 sfur 2bed/2bath/2car land condo pool built in 2010 was sold 06/08/12, Krause to Chevalier for $525,000; list $594,000.

2312 Canasta Drive, Bradenton Beach, a 748 sfla 1bed/1bath bayfront home built in 1948 on a 50×193 lot was sold 06/11/12, Bartizal to Grady for $520,000; list $575,000.

533 68th St., Holmes Beach, a 1,456 sfla / 2,338 sfur 2bed/2bath/2car canalfront home built in 1969 on a 94×108 lot was sold 06/08/12, Mills to Ford for $490,000.

6400 Flotilla Drive, Unit 63, Westbay Point & Moorings, Holmes Beach, a 1,114 sfla / 1,426 sfur 2bed/2bath condo with shared pool built in 1977 was sold 06/04/12, Walker to Brumbaugh Capital LLC for $425,000.

408 Poinsettia Road, Anna Maria, a 2,288 sfla / 3,354 sfur 3bed/1½bath home built in 1984 on a 67×104 lot was sold 06/08/12, Ropar to Golden Daze LLC for $400,000.

504 65th St., Holmes Beach, a vacant 90×100 canalfront lot was sold 06/08/12, Henderson to Finley for $384,000.

505 Spring Ave., Anna Maria, a 1,488 sfla / 2,109 sfur 2bed/2bath pool home built in 1979 on a 52×145 lot was sold 06/15/12, Hladkyj to Stone for $350,000.

216 84th St., Holmes Beach, a 1,268 sfla / 1,368 sfur 2bed/2bath pool home built in 1960 on a 90×100 lot was sold 06/14/12, Snyder to Bunting for $350,000; list $359,000.

206 81st St., Holmes Beach, a 2,050 sfla / 2,204 sfur 3bed/1½bath duplex built in 1972 on a 95×90 lot was sold 06/05/12, Willette to Rushmore for $337,500.

1421 Gulf Drive N., Unit 11, Bermuda Bay Club, Bradenton Beach, a 1,524 sfla / 2,622 sfur a 3bed/2½bath/2car condo with shared pool built in 1999 was sold 06/07/12, Marshall to Page for $299,000; list $299,000.

3803 East Bay Drive, Unit 7A, Sunbow Bay, Holmes Beach, a 2,350 sfla 4bed/3bath/1car condo with shared pool built in 1977 was sold 05/31/12, McLoone to Lueck for $273,000; list $299,000.

2701 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, a 968 sfla / 1,888 sfur 2bed/2bath home built in 1980 on a 50×100 lot was sold 06/04/12, Merritt to Garvin for $255,000; list $259,800.

1801 Gulf Drive N., Unit 287, Runaway Bay, Bradenton Beach, a 1,080 sfla / 1,140 sfur 2bed/2bath condo with shared pool built in 1978 was sold 05/25/12, Oswanski to Stiles for $250,000; list $264,900.

108 Fourth St. N., Bradenton Beach, a 786 sfla / 1,016 sfur 2bed/1bath home built in 1935 on a 64×62 lot was sold 06/01/12, Wilson to Pena for $155,000; list $194,900.

1003 Gulf Drive S., Unit 4, Coquina Beach Resort, Bradenton Beach, a 667 sfla 2bed/1bath condo built in 1981 was sold 06/04/12, Zito to Bolus for $120,000.

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

Islander Calendar – 07-11-2012

Friday, July 13

• 11 a.m., Storyteller Hank Mattson, the “Cracker Cowboy Poet,” performs at the Annie Silver Community Center, 103 23rd St. N., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-962-8835. Fee applies.

• 4-8 p.m., Annie Silver benefit book sale at the Annie Silver Community Center, 103 23rd St. N., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-962-8835.


Saturday, July 14

        • 3:30-8 p.m., Art in the Courtyard, local artists’ indoor-outdoor sale to benefit the Anna Maria Island Art League, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-2099.

• 5-9 p.m., Bridge Street Night Market, Bradenton Beach, including BSM-sponsored booth for MoonRacer No Kill Animal Rescue. Information: 215-906-0668.




Saturday, July 14

        9 a.m.-noon, Girls Golf for Free, Terra Ceia Bay Golf Club, 2802 Terra Ceia Bay Blvd., Palmetto. Information: 941-720-9080.



• 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 21, 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.

Fishing – 07-11-2012

Fishing heats up as summer progresses


With calm waters and light winds, Anna Maria Island offshore fishers are venturing out to water depths of 80-120 feet in search of gag grouper, red grouper and mangrove snapper.

A variety of live or frozen baits are working to get the bite. For the grouper, try live pinfish or shiners. If you opt for frozen bait, you can’t beat sardines. For the mangrove snapper, a medium-size live shiner is the way to go.

While fishing offshore, expect to see cobia, Spanish mackerel, kingfish and plenty of bonito. For all of these species, a live shiner or threadfin herring free-lined behind the boat is the ticket to success. It also helps to chum with live baits to get the target going. Just remember, if you chum too much, the potential increases for sharks to find your boat.

Inshore fishing is getting better as the waters in the bays and Intracoastal Waterway are settling down and clearing up. The water is still slightly stained with runoff from recent heavy rains, although with the full moon tides this week, conditions should improve.

While inshore fishing, expect to hook up with some spotted seatrout, redfish and catch-and-release snook.

Most fishers are using live shiners or shrimp while fishing the flats. Those using artificials are getting results in the early morning on Berkley Gulp shrimp or on top-water plugs.

Bob Kilb at the Rod & Reel Pier is seeing decent numbers of mangrove snapper being caught. Most are small, although keeper fish are being caught, and live shiners are the bait of choice. Try using 20-pound fluorocarbon leader tied to a live bait hook and weighted with a No. 3 split shot for rigging. Cast this rig — baited with a live shiner — under the pier deck and hang on tight.

Not only are mangrove snapper being caught under the pier, but also gag grouper and flounder are lurking below, waiting to ambush unsuspecting baitfish. Flounder up to 24 inches are being caught on live shiners fished under the pier.

The same applies for gag grouper, with fish up to 26 inches being landed. When asked what else is working to catch grouper, Kilb replied, “They’ll eat anything that won’t eat them.” This being said, I suggest live pinfish, threadfin herring or a tasty grunt.

Other catches this week at the pier include Spanish mackerel, bonnethead sharks and skipjacks.

Jonny Keyes at Island Discount Tackle says the fishing is starting to pick up again after Tropical Storm Debby. Beach fishers are getting results with chunk baits, such as frozen shad or squid. Blacktip, bonnethead and bull sharks are being caught just off the beaches of Anna Maria. Along with shark, fishers using chunk baits are catching stingrays in excess of 50 pounds.

Moving offshore, fishers are using frozen sardines or squid to target gag grouper, red grouper and mangrove snapper. Live baits such as shiners and pinfish are working, too. Around nearshore structure, fishers are encountering bonito and Spanish mackerel.

On the flats of Anna Maria Sound, fishers are reporting moderate numbers of spotted seatrout. Keyes suggests drifting over the Key Royale flat and using artificial baits, such as a Berkeley Gulp shrimp or DOA Cal jig on a 1/4-ounce red jig head. Keyes also hints that while the water is still stained with runoff, try using a darker color bait, such as root beer or new penny.

Capt. Rick Gross of Fishy Business Charters is fishing the backwaters in search of redfish, trout and catch-and-release snook. On the high tides, Gross is fishing close to the mangroves to find the reds and snook. He anchors on the outgoing tide and chums to lure the fish out from under the bushes within a targetable casting range. As the tide drops, and the water becomes too shallow, the fish move out to find deeper water. As this occurs, Gross follows them to the edges of the flat to keep the bite going. Snook up to 33 inches are being caught and released. He says the slot-size reds are going into the cooler.

For the spotted seatrout, Gross is fishing deeper grass flats during incoming tides. He feels these fish are staging up on deeper flats due to the summer’s increasing temperatures. Once Gross locates a good concentration of trout, he anchors and chums. Live shiners free-lined behind the boat are getting the bite. Spotted seatrout up to 26 inches are being caught with the average size coming in around 18 inches.

Capt. Warren Girle is fishing offshore in search of gag grouper and other reef dwellers. Bottom fishing with live baits such as pinfish and shiners, Girle is catching gag grouper up to 26 inches. Red grouper are being caught on the bottom with fish up to 22 inches being landed daily.

While bottom fishing the offshore reefs, Girle always likes to have a flat-line rigged with a live bait to cast behind the boat. This past week, readiness resulted in a cobia that weighed in at 40 pounds. Also on the flat-line, Girle is catching king mackerel up to 15 pounds.

Moving into the back-country waters, Girle is fishing the low tides in the evening to find redfish, spotted seatrout and catch-and-release snook. By getting out of the boat and wading, Girle and his clients are able to sneak up on these fish, which increases the bite ratio. Girle is using 3-inch Gulp shrimp to get the bite.

Jeff Medley at the south bait shop on the Sunshine Skyway Bridge Fishing Piers says mangrove snapper are dominating the bite this past week and the bite is getting better day by day. To catch these tasty little snapper, Medley suggests using either live shrimp or fresh-cut greenbacks.

Another reef dweller showing at the pier this past week was gag grouper. Fish up to 24 inches are being landed daily by fishers on live pinfish and greenbacks. Medley expects to see more fish and bigger fish being caught in the upcoming weeks. He suggests using heavy gear to land these strong fighting fish, especially around the pier structure.

Other species being caught around the pier include flounder and sheepshead. For both species, try working under the pier with live shrimp. Surprisingly, sheepshead up to 7 pounds are being caught.

Finally, Spanish mackerel are being caught on the strong moving tide around the bait schools. Try using Gotcha plugs or small white jigs to cash in on this high-activity fish. Live or fresh-cut greenbacks under a popping cork are working, too.

On a final note, NOAA fisheries has extended the federal and state recreational season on red snapper until July 16 due to bad weather in June that resulted in a decrease of fishing opportunities.

Get out while the weather is good and enjoy the extra opportunity to catch red snapper.

        Send fishing reports to fish@islander.org.

Do not enter

A “Do Not Enter” sign greets anyone looking to gain access to the Bradenton Beach Historic Bridge Street Pier, now shut down following damage by Tropical Storm Debby. City officials say the pier may remain closed longer than anticipated, although Rotten Ralph’s restaurant remains open.