Tag Archives: 08-21-2013

Flawed petition to retain tree house moves forward

While the Holmes Beach Code Enforcement Board July 30 found a tree house built at Angelinos Sea Lodge, 103 29th St., to be in violation for building without a permit and building seaward of the erosion control line, the issue continues due to a petition filed by the owners and the process the city must follow.

The tree house owners, Richard Hazen and Lynn Tran, initiated the petition drive that, if successful, will force commissioners to take an up or down vote on a special ordinance to grandfather the tree house.

Tran and Hazen were able to garner signatures from registered voters needed to force the vote, and, if voted down, the city would then required to hold a special election and voters would decide on the matter.

However, in a registered letter to Hazen and Tran dated Aug. 7, city clerk Stacey Johnston found the petition to be insufficient because of an omission on the petition, which requires a count of signatures on each page.

“The charter requires you to note the number of signatures on each petition,” said city attorney Patricia Petruff at an Aug. 13 city commission meeting, and it was blank.

Petruff said she received a letter from Tran saying there was some confusion and she didn’t understand that needed to be done.

“Trying to do an initiative under the charter is a very detailed process where everything counts,” said Petruff.

However, she recommended commissioners accept the amended petition filed by Tran, who resubmitted the petitions with the required information.

“I don’t think it’s worth getting into a big dispute,” she said, while noting that even if commissioners agreed not to kill the petition over a technicality, the petition would again be deemed insufficient because it is about 10 signatures short of the requirement.

If commissioners agree to accept the amended petition, Tran then would have a certain number of days to garner the remaining needed signatures.

Petruff said the city has legal standing to conclude the tree house matter and the acceptance of the amended petition would be a good faith measure on the city’s part to continue the process.

She acknowledged, however, that leaving the number of signatures blank was not the city’s problem.

“They had a lot of opportunities that if they didn’t understand the form, they could have contacted us before they turned it in with big blanks,” she said.

Commissioner Pat Morton said he could not agree to accept the amended petition.

“My whole stand on this tree house is it shouldn’t have been built,” he said. “Now we are jumping through all kinds of hoops with these people. And now they are coming to us saying ‘I didn’t know.’ It seems like a pattern to me. I disagree with giving them what they are asking for.”

Commissioner Marvin Grossman agreed with Morton, but also didn’t want to take advantage of a technicality.

“They may do it, but I think we may need to be bigger than that,” he said. “We have enough reasons to turn it down.”

Commissioner Judy Titsworth asked what would happen if commissioners voted to kill the petition.

Petruff said the city would likely be taken to court and, while the city has standing, judges typically don’t like ruling on a technicality and would probably allow Tran and Hazen to move forward with the initiative.

Commissioners agreed to accept the amended petition, with Morton opposed.


Holmes Beach to initiate court proceedings

Ultimately, city officials don’t believe an election on the matter will change the fate of the tree house.

A city cannot create an ordinance that is contradictory to state law and the violation of the tree house being built beyond the erosion control line is a state violation.

Petruff also said she discovered language in state statutes regarding a development order, which directly relates to comprehensive plan amendments.

“A building permit and special exceptions have always been deemed a development order,” she said. “We had building activity on a parcel of land.”

Petruff said she will recommend commissioners vote against the ordinance once the petition has been verified by the city and the Manatee County Supervisor of Elections Office, but also suggested that the city resolve the matter before a special election is needed.

Petruff said the language she described has yet to be litigated and could end the matter if the city asks for a declaratory judgment.

“Then it’s the city that controls the litigation,” she said. “It’s our opportunity to lay out the facts the way we see them, as opposed to reacting to someone’s complaint.”

Commission Chair Jean Peelen asked for a motion to authorize Petruff to proceed with drafting a lawsuit to ask for a declaratory judgment.

Titsworth moved to authorize Petruff to proceed and Morton seconded the motion. The motion passed 4-0 with Commissioner David Zaccagnino absent with excuse.

Summer twist: Lemon Aid

Jackson Cutler, 9, left, and brother Nicolas Cutler, 6, of Anna Maria spend Aug. 16 — one of their few remaining days of summer vacation — at the Anna Maria City Pier selling lemonade. The “Lemon Aid” project came about through friends with Arts for the Earth-Dogs For The Earth of Holmes Beach when the youths heard homeless pets need help. They squeezed 40 lemons and served lemonade and talked with people about donating to rescue pets that might otherwise be killed. Their slogan “Buy a cup, save a pup!” helped Dogs for the Earth raise $3,000 for MoonRacer No Kill Animal Rescue. Islander Photo: Annie Weir

Attempted burglary at city pier nets felony charge

A 23-year-old Bradenton man was arrested Aug. 11 after attempting to enter the freezer at the Anna Maria City Pier, 100 S. Bay Blvd.

According to the probable cause affidavit, John Sprameli was observed by a witness trying to enter the freezer. The freezer alarm was activated and Sprameli fled the scene with two other males.

The witness followed the men to the parking lot and watched them get into their vehicle and drive away, as a Manatee County Sheriff’s Office deputy was arriving at the scene.

The witness pointed out the suspect’s vehicle, at which time the deputy called the Holmes Beach Police Department for assistance. An HBPD patrol officer initiated a traffic stop and detained the suspect for witness identification.

Sprameli was identified and he was taken into custody and charged with felony burglary.

He was transported to the Manatee County jail and held on $1,500 bond. According to jail records, Sprameli posted bond the same day and was released from custody.

He is scheduled to be arraigned at 9 a.m. Friday, Aug. 29, at the Manatee County Judicial Center, 1051 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton.

Photogenic pets and pals

The Islander concludes its annual Top Notch contest with awards for pet photography. Pet winners can claim an Islander “More Than a Mullet Wrapper” T-shirt at newspaper, 5604 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.


Rochelle Bowers wins for her photograph, which she titled “Sailor Scooby Bowers.” She says the pup likes to go kayaking with pop Mark Bowers.

Natasha Joffer of west Bradenton wins for her well-framed snapshot of a boy, a dog and a plunge into the water.


Natasha Joffer also earns recognition for her nicely lighted photograph of Ruca and Michael Stull.


John M. Lafferty of Holmes Beach was a Top Notch weekly prize winner with this underwater shot of Aces diving for a football. He received front-page placement and an Islander T-shirt.

Sports – 08-21-2013

Champs crowned in AMICC indoor youth soccer league


The list of awards won by Beach Bistro and Eat Here sports teams for restaurant owner Sean Murphy grew longer Aug. 16 as both teams won the championship games in their respective age division in the Anna Maria Island Community Center’s summer indoor soccer league.

Beach Bistro upset regular-season champ LPAC 6-5 in the 8-10 division championship game behind a game-high five goals from Tyler Brewer and single goals from Jeremiah Sculco and Shane Solletti. The Bistro team also received strong play and hustle from Ana Gonzalez, Travis Bates, German Rivera, Javier Rivera and Tuna McCracken in the victory.

Beach Bistro defeated Air & Energy 6-3 Aug. 14 to advance to the championship game. Brewer again led the Bistro, this time notching four goals, while Javier Rivera added two goals in the victory. Sam Bowers paced Air & Energy with two goals while Gianna Sparks added one goal in the loss.

Regular-season champs Eat Here won its 11-13 championship with an exciting 4-3 victory over Island Dental Spa Aug. 16. Carter Reemelin, Dunn Reemelin and Robbie Fellowes scored first-half goals as Eat Here jumped out to an early 3-0 lead, but a goal by Luke Marvin with six minutes to play in the half pulled Island Dental Spa to 3-1.

Scoring chances were pretty even for both teams in the half, but Eat Here goalie Zach Fernandes was outstanding, making several strong saves to keep Eat Here in the lead.

The second half was more of the same with Fernandes and Island Dental Spa goalie Joe Rogers both coming up with strong saves. Carter Reemelin scored again early in the second half to give Eat Here a 4-1 lead, but midway through the second half, Dylan Joseph scored on a header that saw him, Dunn Reemelin and Fernandes all wind up in the goal.

Both teams continued to battle when with just over 3 minutes to play, Joseph picked off an attempted clearing pass by Conal Cassidy and scored to pull to within 4-3.

Eat Here whittled the remaining time down to zero to close out the 4-3 victory.

Eat Here was led by Carter Reemelin’s two goals and single goals from Dunn Reemelin and Robbie Fellowes. Fernandes was supported defensively by Cassidy, Reagan Nevin and Gauge Nevin in the victory.

Eat Here advanced to the finals by rolling past Bark & Co. Realty 9-1 in the semifinal played Aug. 14.  Carter Reemelin led the way with three goals, while Fernandes and Dunn Reemelin added two goals apiece. Cassidy and Robbie Fellowes completed the scoring with one goal each in the victory. James Whyte scored the lone goal for Bark in the loss.

Joseph scored two goals and Luke Marvin added one goal to lead Island Dental Spa, which received strong play from Brooke Capparelli, Shelby Morrow and Luke Greaves in the loss.

Island Dental Spa advanced to the finals with an exciting, come-from-behind victory over LPAC in the second semifinal game Aug. 14. LPAC jumped out to a 3-0 lead on single goals from Gavin Walker, Nate Bettger and Preston Walker.

Island Dental Spa came back to win the game behind a pair of goals from Brooke Capparelli and single goals from Joseph and Shelby Morrow.

Flag football playoffs under way

And then there were four — teams that is. Four teams are still in pursuit of a Super Bowl championship in the NFL Flag Football League at the center.

The opening round of playoffs took place Aug. 15 and three out of four games were blowout victories for the higher seeded team. Top-seed Discount Signs & Wraps Seahawks easily dispatched Beach to Bay Construction Dolphins 32-13, while No. 2 Slim’s Place Broncos handled Jessie’s Island Store Jaguars 35-19. Third seed Agnelli Pool & Spa Giants crushed The Feast Falcons 54-18.

The only game that had a lower-seed come out victorious and was a close game was the Waterfront Restaurant Raiders’ 34-33 victory over Sato Real Estate Browns.

Raiders’ quarterback Chris Gillum completed 19 of 28 passes for 268 yards and four touchdown passes. Brother Mike Gillum was his favorite target with 10 receptions for 132 yards, including a touchdown and 3 extra points. Jason Hoffmeister caught six balls for 92 yards and four touchdowns, while Lindsey Weaver finished with five receptions for 39 yards and an extra point.

Hoffmeister and Chris Gillum led the Raiders with three flag pulls each, while Billy Malfese added two pulls and an interception in the victory.

Sato Real Estate Browns was led by quarterback Jason Sato’s big game. He completed 17 of 23 passes for 247 yards, including three touchdown passes and a pair of rushing touchdowns. Eric Gledhill was his favorite target, finishing with seven catches for 98 yards, including a touchdown and an extra point. Caleb Roberts added three catches for 56 yards and two touchdown receptions.

Gledhill paced the Browns’ defense with a pair of interceptions and three flag pulls, while Jason Sato led all players with six flag pulls in the loss.


Horseshoe news

Only two teams managed a 3-0 pool-play record during Aug. 14 horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe pits and were left to battle for the championship. The team of Ron Pepka and Sam Samuel outlasted Tim Sofran and Hank Huyghe 21-17 to earn the day’s bragging rights.

Huyghe and George McKay were the only team to earn a 3-0 record in pool play during Aug. 17 action and were outright champs.

Play gets underway at 9 a.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays 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.

Sign up now for bowling challenge

The annual O’Connor Bowling Challenge is set for 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, at AMF Lanes, 4208 Cortez Road, Bradenton.

Cost is $25, including bowling shoes and three games.

Participants can register at Duffy’s Tavern, 5858 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.

Prizes will be awarded for low game, high game, low series and high series at a post-party at the Anna Maria Oyster Bar, 6696 Cortez Road, Bradenton.

Proceeds of this event benefit the center.


Signups ongoing at AMICC

Registration for adult and youth sports is ongoing at the Anna Maria Island Community Center. The center is offering soccer, basketball and dodgeball leagues for adults, while the youth will be playing soccer.

To register or to get more information, call Troy Shonk of the center at 941-778-1908 or email troy@myamicc.com.


AMICC adult flag football

Aug. 21   7 p.m.      Waterfront vs. Discount Signs

Aug. 21   8 p.m.      Slim’s Place vs. Agnelli Pool

Aug. 22   7 p.m.      Pro Bowl TBA

Aug. 22   8 p.m.      Super Bowl: TBD vs. TBD

Island police blotter – 08-21-2013

Anna Maria

        • Aug. 3, 500 block of Alamanda Road, suspicious incident. A Manatee County Sheriff’s Office deputy observed a vehicle driving slowing through the neighborhood and stopping in front of rental units. The deputy made contact with the driver, who said he was looking for a friend’s house on Longboat Key. After being informed, he was in Anna Maria and unable to provide an address for his friend, the man said he was going to drive back to the interstate. The deputy ran his name for warrants and, finding none, allowed the man to leave.

• Aug. 3, 100 block of Magnolia Avenue, suspicious incident. An MCSO deputy was on foot patrol when he saw a large sailboat on the beach. He ran the VIN number for ownership, which came back to a man in Neptune Beach, but the craft had not been registered in two years. The deputy reported that if the proper owner could not be located, he would have the boat towed.

• Aug. 5, 5800 block of Marina Drive, suspicious incident. An MCSO deputy observed a suspicious vehicle towing a trailer and continued to follow. When the trailer began swaying in and out of the lane, the deputy initiated a traffic stop. The driver was working on the island. He was cited for failure to maintain equipment due to low tread on the trailer tires.

• Aug. 7, 300 block of North Bay Boulevard, assist. While on routine patrol, an MCSO deputy was flagged down by a woman who advised that her grandson was stung by a stingray. EMS was contacted and treated the child.

Anna Maria is policed by the MCSO.

Bradenton Beach

        • No new reports.

        Bradenton Beach is policed by the BBPD.


        • Aug. 9, 4300 block of 127th Street West, petit theft. A woman reported she let a friend borrow her bicycle to ride to a local store. When her friend exited the store, the bicycle was gone. The pair drove around and spotted a man on what appeared to be her bike, but he claimed he purchased the bike at a Bradenton pawnshop and refused to relinquish it. A description of the suspect and photos of the bike were turned over.

        Cortez is policed by the MCSO

Holmes Beach

        Aug. 7, 3200 block of East Bay Boulevard, leaving the scene of an accident with damage. A 23-year-old Bradenton man was arrested after running into a parked vehicle in the 7700 block of Palm Drive causing more than $500 in damages. The suspect fled the scene and was arrested at the listed address, at which time he was also charged with driving without a valid driver’s license.

• July 29, 7500 block of Gulf Drive, burglary. Unknown persons broke into a construction trailer and stole tools valued at $975.

• July 29, 8300 block of Marina Drive, criminal mischief. Unknown persons broke into a construction trailer, but nothing was reported missing.

• July 29, 2900 block of Avenue E, burglary. While moving from one house to another, a complainant reported someone entered her unlocked residence and stole three satellite TV systems valued at $300.

• July 30, 4000 Gulf Drive, Manatee Public Beach, theft. A complainant reported that someone stole her wallet out of her bag while at the beach. She told police she did not notice it was missing until she got home. The wallet contained $60.

• July 31, 3700 block of Gulf Drive, criminal mischief. A complainant reported that someone vandalized a rented scooter. The seat was lifted up and wires were torn out. Damages were estimated at $50.

• Aug. 1, 100 block of 49th Street, vehicle burglary. Someone entered the complainant’s unlocked vehicle and stole a GPS unit valued at $200 and the vehicle’s keys.

• Aug. 1, 100 block of 51st Street, vehicle burglary. Someone entered an unlocked vehicle and stole a purse containing various gift cards.

• Aug. 3, 3200 E. Bay Drive, Walgreen’s, theft. A customer witnessed someone stealing several boxes of liquor and followed two suspects in their vehicle off the island. The witness provided the wrong tag numbers several times and eventually broke off contact before the suspects crossed the Skyway Bridge. An ensuing investigation revealed that one dark-skinned male distracted the store clerk with conversation while a second dark-skinned male made off with the liquor. According to the report, it may not be the first time the duo targeted the store. Police do have suspects in the case and are continuing the investigation.

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.

Fishing – 08-21-2013

Anglers: Get a little structure in your life


Inshore fishing around Anna Maria Island is shaping up for the month, especially around structures. Just about any structure you can find is holding mangrove snapper. Whether you’re fishing bridges, piers, artificial reefs or wrecks, now is the time to catch your limit of this tasty, hard-fighting fish.

Small live shiners or shrimp are working well, although small pinfish are good when you feel it’s time to switch baits. Sometimes the snapper will get wary of the same bait being presented to them. So keep a few tricks up your sleeves.

Since we’re talking about inshore structure, we should bring up flounder. The voracious flat fish are taking up residence in the same sort of spots — under structure. Fish up to 24 inches are not uncommon, although you should expect to catch more of the 14-18 inch fish. Either way, when the flounder are biting, it’s hard to pass them up.

Another species inhabiting inshore structure is Spanish mackerel. Most structures will have macks on patrol. Pull up in a boat and throw a few chummers, and you’ll see what I mean. It’s not uncommon. Remember, if you’re fishing live bait, use a long shank hook. These hooks will save you from having to tie a new rig every other bite or so.

Capt. Warren Girle is fishing structure just off the beaches of Anna Maria Island with water depths ranging from 25-45 feet. By free-lining live shiners behind the boat, Girle’s clients are hooking up with limitless Spanish mackerel and jack crevalle. Of course, when this bite is occurring, it is sure to alert any sharks in the vicinity. Blacktip and spinner sharks up to 60 pounds are being caught on fresh-cut chunks of either Spanish mackerel or jack crevalle.

Once the mackerel bite winds down, Girle is switching tactics and bottom fishing. Again, live shiners are the bait of choice, although small pinfish are working. Mangrove snapper in the 16-inch range are being caught along with flounder up to 18 inches.

Moving inshore, Girle is fishing shallow grass flats with an abundance of potholes in search of redfish. By casting live or fresh-cut pinfish into the holes, Girle’s clients are reeling in slot-size fish.

On deeper grass flats, Girle is catching numerous spotted seatrout on live shiners. He is either free-lining the baits or using a popping cork. Trout measuring 12-18 inches are the norm.

Capt. Rick Gross of Fishy Business Charters is fishing the flats of southern Tampa Bay with good results on catch-and-release snook. He’s warming up his techniques for season opening on Sept. 1.

Gross is finding fish ranging 20-26 inches are the norm, although snook exceeding 30 inches are attainable. To catch these preseason linesiders, Gross is fishing one of two rigs. When fishing deeper flats, Gross is free-lining live shiners with a stretch of 20-pound fluorocarbon connected to a No. 2 mosquito hook. When targeting snook on shallow flats, Gross is using the same rig, but adding a small cork a couple of feet above the hook. Using a cork in shallow water aids in keeping the shiner out of the grass.

On the same flats, Gross also is finding redfish and spotted seatrout. Keeper-sizes of both species are being caught in between snook bites. Obviously, the same to rigs are being used with live shiners for bait.

Mangrove snapper and flounder are on the menu for Gross’ clients. He’s leading his anglers to limits with live shiners on a knocker rig.

Dave Sork at the Anna Maria City Pier says Spanish mackerel and jack crevalle are dominating the bite. Pier fishers using artificials, such as white crappie jigs or silver spoons, are reeling in fish as fast as they can cast their bait. Those using natural baits are rigging live shiners on a No. 2 shank hook to get in on the action. Keeper-size macks are being caught, although, he says, the big mackerel have yet to show in good numbers.

Mangrove snapper can be caught at the pier by bottom fishing around the pilings with live shrimp, shiners and pinfish. Most fish being caught are in the 8- to 12-inch range. Along with snapper, expect to hook up an occasional flounder or juvenile grouper.

Steve Leonardy at the Rod & Reel Pier says you need to arrive early to cash in on the Spanish mackerel bite. The peak of the bite is 7-9 a.m. After that, the macks are moving to other areas. Gotcha plugs or white speck rigs will get you connected. Mixed in with the morning macks are jack crevalle and ladyfish.

Fishers in search of tablefare are dropping live shiners under the pier for mangrove snapper and flounder. Keeper-sizes of both species are common, but plan on catching many shorties. Keep your ruler handy, and don’t get caught with undersized fish.

Finally, small blacktip and bonnethead sharks are being caught from the pier. Chunks of squid or shrimp are getting the bite. On light tackle, these fish are exciting to catch. Just rig with a small piece of wire leader and either a long shank or circle hook.

Johnny Mattay at Island Discount Tackle is finding good action on catch-and-release snook by fishing the beaches. During the past week, he caught snook more than 30 inches, as well as plenty measuring 20-24 inches on live shiners, pinfish, mullet and whiting.

Mangrove snapper are next on the list for Mattay. Most catches are 10-14 inches on inshore structure, while fish up to 18 inches are attainable.

Finally, he’s finding macks at the piers, passes and beaches, working white jigs and silver spoons.

Capt. Mark Howard of SumoTime fishing charters says fishing for his clients this past week has been hot and action-packed, just like the weather. Redfish, spotted seatrout, mackerel, flounder, mangrove snapper and catch-and-release snook have been feeding with reckless abandon on live shiners, according to Howard. “The key to productive fishing is to find moving water,” he says.

Redfish have been scattered and are chewing shiners and pinfish rigged under a popping cork. Toss your bait offering tight to the mangroves on a high tide and let the current sweep your bait along the edge.

Howard predicts the redfish will start schooling and feeding heavily under the Aug. 21 full moon.

Catch-and release snook are still on the beach and near the passes, and will continue to spawn until the Sept. 1 season arrives. They also finding snook staging on the outside bars of Tampa Bay waiting for the full moon. For the bigger-sized linesiders, fish away from the well-known holes and spots as they receive a lot of pressure and the bigger fish will avoid these areas.

Looking forward, the fishing will remain strong for the full moon and the corresponding tides will provide some major currents. He says to be on your fishing spot when the current is strongest to increase your chances of landing dinner.

Send fishing reports to fish@islander.org.

Calendar – 08-21-2013

Making plans…

Getting ready for the 2013-14 season? The Islander encourages publicists for local groups and events to send 2013-14 calendars to calendar@islander.org.


Wednesday, Aug. 21

6 p.m. — Mana-Tweens craft session, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.

8:03 p.m. — Official sunset time.


Thursday, Aug. 22

8:02 p.m. — Official sunset time.


Friday, Aug. 23

2 p.m. — Alzheimer’s ABC Course, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.

8:01 p.m. — Official sunset time.


Saturday, Aug. 24

3:30 p.m. — A meet-and-greet with Florida author Tim Dorsey, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.

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

8 p.m. — Official sunset time.


Sunday, Aug. 25

        10 a.m. — Music concert with Sunday sermon at Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-0414.

7:30 p.m. — Island Players auditions, “An Act of the Imagination,” 10009 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-6878.

7:59 p.m. — Official sunset time.

Monday, Aug. 26

7:58 p.m. — Official sunset time.


Tuesday, Aug. 27

Noon — Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island meets, BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-794-8044.

7:56 p.m. — Official sunset time.


Wednesday, Aug. 28

7:55 p.m. — Official sunset time.



Saturday, Aug. 24

5 p.m. — O’Connor Bowling Challenge to benefit the Anna Maria Island Community Center, AMF Lanes, 4208 Cortez Road, Bradenton. Fee applies. Information: 941-778-1908, ext. 9200.



• Through Aug. 31, Bradenton Marauders regular season baseball, McKechnie Field, 1611 Ninth St. W., Bradenton. Fee applies. Information: 941-747-3031.

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

• First Wednesdays and third Wednesdays, Mana-Tween Book and Culture Club, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information:  941-748-5555, ext. 6318.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

• Weekends, through Oct. 20, ranger-led kayak tours, De Soto National Memorial, 8300 De Soto Memorial Highway, Bradenton. Information: 941-792-0458, ext. 105.

• Mondays, 12:45 p.m., bridge games, Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Doors open at 12:15 p.m. Information: 941-778-0414.

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

• Tuesdays, noon, Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island meets, BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-794-8044.


Coming up

• Aug. 31-Sept. 1, Sarasota Sailing Squadron 67th Annual Labor Day Regatta.

• Aug. 31-Sept. 2, 28th annual NKE Rich Salick Pro/AM Surf Festival to benefit the National Kidney Foundation of Florida, Cocoa Beach.

• Sept. 2 is Labor Day.

• Sept. 23, Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament.


Save the date

• Oct. 18-19, Bayfest.

• Nov. 2, Feeding Children Everywhere.

• Nov. 8-10, ArtsHop.

• Dec. 6, Holmes Beach Downtown Holiday Open House.

• Dec. 7, Anna Maria Island Privateers Christmas Parade.

• Dec. 14-15, Winterfest Arts & Crafts Festival.


Calendar announcements

        Send calendar announcements to calendar@islander.org. Please include the time, date and location of the event, a brief description and a contact via email and phone. The deadline for submissions is the Wednesday a week before publication. High-resolution photographs welcome.