Tag Archives: 08-27-2014

BB pier tenants cite problems, seek rent relief

Hot, steamy meeting? It wasn’t just the air conditioning.

The Bradenton Beach meeting Aug. 21 dragged out for more than three long, hot hours in a room where the AC couldn’t cope. Some people found it intolerable.

Several audience members left early, while the attorney for the Bridge Tender Inn and Dockside Bar appeared unaffected during her presentation. However, she quickly whipped her long hair into a pony tail as she exited the meeting room.

Mayor Bill Shearon likened the situation to “working in a sweat shop” as the gallery of staff and onlookers fanned themselves with agenda papers and made numerous trips to the hallway water fountain.

It was not conducive to concentration and patience, and toward the end of the session at 4:45 p.m., Commissioner Jan Vosburgh excused herself mid-discussion, saying she wasn’t feeling well.

If nature hadn’t made things hot enough, two hot-button items were on the meeting agenda, including the Bridge Tender Inn restaurant owner’s request that the commission direct its building and planning department to cooperate with owner Fred Bartizal on the relocation of the sidewalk adjacent to the restaurant on Bridge Street.

Bridge Tender attorney Darenda D. Marvin provided a letter to the mayor and commissioners, an engineer’s plan, a proposed easement agreement between the city and the restaurant and a survey of the easement.

Marvin also provided photographs showing how some Bridge Street merchants use the area outside their stores, either for restaurant service or to display merchandise.

Shearon disclosed that he had met with Bartizal to review the area in question.

City planner Alan Garrett said the city attorney reviewed the easement agreement and proposed it be amended so that the area in question, directly in front of the restaurant, would not be classified as a sidewalk.

Vice Mayor Jack Clarke asked if this would mean a loss of parking spaces, to which Marvin responded it “absolutely would not.”

Clarke also asked for clarification on the Bridge Tender working with city staff and Marvin said they were directed to a meeting with the commission, and “so here we are.”

Asked to weigh in, Vosburgh said she liked the plan. Commissioner Ed Straight said he was in favor of moving the matter to staff, and Clarke had no further comment.

Commissioner Janie Robertson questioned how staff would be compensated to work with the Bridge Tender and Shearon said this was just a presentation of ideas.

Marvin later said she was happy with the results. Their next step would be to bring the drawings to staff.

Another agenda item, labeled “Abatement request and financial request for Cast and Cage, Pelican Perch and Rusty Anchor Bait Shop,” concerned the operators of the concessions at the city’s Historic Bridge Street Pier.

The previous tenant, Rotten Ralph’s Restaurant, had fallen behind on rent following damage to the pier from a June 2012 tropical storm. The city eventually negotiated a payoff to end the lease in 2013.

The Cast and Cage restaurant has been open only six months, since February, and already there are problems.

Concessionaire Roland Pena referred commissioners to remarks he made to the pier team committee at its meeting the previous day, that his problems are not related to a normal off-season lull, but that the pier repairs are putting off his customers. Pena said that as soon as the restaurant doors open, indoor diners are bombarded with noise and fumes.

As to the bait shop, he said the few customers who venture out to fish wind up requesting a refund.

But Vosburgh responded that she’s heard complaints from people that the bait shop is “never” open, that no one is there.

Pena responded that restaurant staff have access to the bait shop when the operator is absent.

The mayor suggested the commission withhold their questions until after Pena spoke, and requested the Reader’s Digest version of his presentation.

Pena obliged, saying, “We’re requesting 100 percent abatement.”

Aside from a low whistle from someone in the gallery, Pena’s statement was greeted with silence.

He continued by reading from his lease regarding a payment reduction or abatement during pier construction.

Pena said he also was requesting a 35 percent rent abatement for February-July, before construction began. He said required signage was not posted and, since December 2013, the city website was not updated to remove the previous tenant. He said it was updated June 20.

At this point, “you can’t even get on the (web) page,” he said.

He said the traffic roundabout at the entrance to the pier parking lot was overgrown and unsightly and needed attention. He said he was told it’s the responsibility of the Bridge Street merchants group and merchants say it’s up to the city to maintain the roundabout.

Pena asked commissioners to take his issues into consideration.

Straight said he was prepared to approve abatement for the bait shop and Robertson agreed. But Vosburgh held onto her concerns that the bait shop is seldom open.

Tammy Pena, who stood with her husband during his presentation, responded that there is a (bait) shortage.

Shearon asked if it was the Penas’ intention to close the bait shop, and Roland Pena said they have to temporarily close the doors.

Shearon asked for the motion, but Clarke said the lease is for all three places. An abatement couldn’t be separated for the three operations.

But Shearon said somewhere along the line the entities had been split.

Straight motioned that the bait shop rent be abated, but it failed for lack of a second.

Shearon called for a break so that staff could check availability on the calendar for a work session.

On reconvening, Shearon suggested a work session on the pier lease at 1 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 28.

Vosburgh said, “They knew when they took over the businesses that the pier was going down.”

Clarke noted he lacks the final pier lease, saying commissioners need that to go by at the workshop.

Straight suggested they would need city attorney Ricinda Perry’s help at the workshop, but Perry said she was unavailable.

Alternate dates were suggested but Perry again was not available. She offered to provide a worksheet.

A motion by Clarke to meet Aug. 28 or soon thereafter was unanimously approved.


Anna Maria mayor: Budget cuts would hurt city services

Anna Maria commissioners appear caught between a rock and another rock.

Commissioners at previous budget work sessions had considered using the property tax rollback rate of 1.8685 for the 2014-15 budget instead of the 2.05 rate used for the 2013-14 budget.

But commissioners got some news at their Aug. 20 work session that changed the conversation.

City clerk Diane Percycoe and city treasurer Maggie Martinez presented a budget using the 1.8685 rate that showed a decline in funding for many city services.

At the rollback rate, city revenues would drop by $126,000, and some services would have to be cut, Mayor SueLynn said.

Percycoe also noted that a projected 10.77 percent increase in property values from the Manatee County Property Appraiser’s Office was the estimate, and the actual increase is 9 percent.

Using an ad valorem rate of 2.05, the city would receive $1.428 million in revenues; the rollback rate of 1.8685 would produce $1.302 million, a 9.7 percent drop in revenue.

A problem for the city using the rollback rate is that the cost of goods and services continues to increase, SueLynn said.

“I’m running for re-election in November, and would love to tell the electorate they got a tax break this year. But is it worth the loss of services to our residents?” she asked.

Percycoe said dropping the ad valorem rate to 2.0 would result in a revenue decline of $30,000.

She said the city needs to update its computer systems but, at the rollback rate, computers would not be updated in the new fiscal year. Also, some road repairs would be put off, and planned replacement of some equipment would not be possible.

Additionally, the city may be facing six Bert Harris Act legal actions, although at a 1.8685 ad valorem rate, funding for city attorney services would need to be cut almost $20,000.

“We just don’t know what those will cost us,” SueLynn said.

After reviewing the rollback rate budget, Commissioner Doug Copeland said, “It’s foolish to think we can operate on less money than last year.”

Commissioner Carol Carter agreed: “I can’t see a 1.8685 rate when costs are going up.”

However, Commission Chair Chuck Webb said non-homesteaded properties, which includes vacation rentals and second homes, would bear the brunt of a 2.05 millage rate because the value on those properties is not limited to a 3 percent increase, as are homesteaded properties.

Commissioner Dale Woodland said he saw “effective and efficient spending of our taxpayers money” in the budget discussions.

Commissioners agreed to study the budget at a 2.05 millage and discuss the spending plan further at their Aug. 27 budget work session, which begins at 6 p.m.

TDC matching funds

In other business, Webb, who is a lawyer, said he’s studied county ordinances and the state statute on how resort tax dollars can be spent, but has yet to find a legal basis for the Manatee County Tourist Development Council’s “dollar-for-dollar” offering.

Under the program, a municipality provides half the funding for a tourist-related project, such as renovating the Historic Bridge Street Pier in Bradenton Beach, and the TDC provides the other half.

Webb said he can’t find the matching funds provision in any statute or ordinance.

“I’m just not sure it’s legal to provide resort tax funds to tourist projects with a matching grant,” he said. All he could find is that resort tax dollars must be used for tourist-related projects.

Webb studied the use of resort tax funds after SueLynn said Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau executive director Elliott Falcione told her the BACVB, which operates under the TDC, could provide half the cost of repairing the Anna Maria City Pier if the city covered the other half.

The resort tax is the 5 percent collected by Manatee County on rentals of six months or less.

Webb said he would contact the county attorney about matching city funds with resort tax dollars.

Last-minute invite sparks city-PAR kerfuffle

A few feathers were ruffled last week by a last-minute invitation to a private gathering in Anna Maria.

Pine Avenue Restoration’s Mike Coleman emailed Anna Maria Mayor SueLynn late Aug. 15, asking her to join representatives of PAR, which was hosting University of South Florida students and some dignitaries Aug. 16 for a tour of what Coleman says is becoming known as “The Greenest Little Main Street in America.”

Students from the Patel College of Global Sustainability at the University of South Florida, Tampa, were joined by Joe Dorsey, adjunct professor at PCGS; Judy Siguaw, a candidate for USF Sarasota-Manatee regional chancellor, Kristian Blessington of the Sarasota County Health Department and Richard Jordan.

Jordan serves the International Council for Caring Communities, a nonprofit that has special consultative status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations.

Among other accolades, Jordan has served within the UN non-governmental world for the past 30 years. He was one of the five co-founding editors of the Earth Negotiations Bulletin, the journal of record at environment and development negotiations worldwide.

The tour was conducted by Coleman, Mike Miller, native plant and habitat expert, and Ed Chiles, owner of the Sandbar, BeacHhouse and Mar Vista restaurants and a partner in the PAR project, among others.

One notably absent face — Mayor SueLynn, who was not informed of the event until just before midnight on the eve of the tour.

She returned that day from the Florida League of Cities Conference in Hollywood, Florida.

Coleman, who is a member of the Anna Maria Planning and Zoning Board, was prompted to send the mayor an email about the tour after learning earlier that evening that a former UN representative would attend.

He told The Islander that the mayor has been unreceptive in the past to “events surrounding the sustainability project.”

SueLynn responded with an email of her own, expressing resentment.

“I am quite upset that you thought only at the last minute to inform me of this event,” she wrote. “I cannot believe that you and whoever else planned this would do so without at least informing the city about what you were doing. How could you do this and not have the city represented? Someone here from the United Nations … and it just occurs to you that, maybe, the city ought to be represented?”

That email — copied to the city commissioners — was followed by one from Commissioner Carol Carter, who called for Coleman’s removal from the planning and zoning board.

Carter wrote, “I am horrified that Mike Coleman would inform the mayor of this event at almost midnight just hours before the 9 a.m. event. Perhaps Micheal (sic) has deluded himself and believes that he is the mayor of AM. I think this action should justify Mr. Coleman’s removal from the P&Z. I trust the mayor has the ability to remove him since she appointed him.”

Coleman responded to the mayor and commissioners and the PAR event organizers with another email in which he emphasized the last-minute nature of Jordan’s attendance and noted, “Frankly, since a number of these events, some smaller and some larger, have gone unattended by our city leaderships over the years, I had not much hope for interest this time.

“We give tours all the time to interested parties who would like to know more about the ‘sustainable’ Pine Avenue project and the many things that have flowed from it. As it happens, the level of parties who have taken note now includes the past chair of the UN Sustainability Conference. My role was not as a representative of the city, but as the operating partner of what has, fortunately, become a model that others would like to know about.”

Coleman defended his intentions, stating, “Unfortunately, the proactive, creative, optimistic impulses which brought this group together are anything but representative of the city of Anna Maria at this time. More sadly, the tone of the letters from the mayor and of Commissioner Carter is actually ‘representative’ of the dark spirit I referred to in a recent letter.”

Coleman said he stands ready to make a presentation to the commission “about what, how, why and who has taken it upon themselves to present the city of Anna Maria to the world as a sustainable community.”

For her part, SueLynn told The Islander she would welcome Coleman to make such a presentation.

“It would be nice if there was some communication and exchange of information,” she said. “I would like to be kept informed.”

As for Carter’s suggestion regarding Coleman’s dismissal, the mayor plans no action. “It’s in the past,” she said.

SueLynn added that she was dismayed that the matter was being reported and abruptly ended the phone call.

New turtle-friendly lights

New lights lining coastal roadways could make all the difference for sea turtle disorientations.

A combined effort between Florida Power and Light, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and Florida Department of Transportation could make that happen.

The three entities came together Aug. 24 and Aug. 25 to test new lights and fixtures in Bradenton Beach in the 500-1200 blocks of Gulf Drive South.

“If this light shows with all these entities to be turtle friendly, it could be the saving grace with everything we’re having so much trouble with,” said Suzi Fox, executive director of the Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring.

Bradenton Beach Mayor Bill Shearon said he worked with Fox and Longboat Key Vice Mayor Jack Duncan to pursue the test. Shearon offered to be the “test site” three months ago, he said.

Fox said a similar test would be held on Turtle Beach in Sarasota. The locations were chosen because they both have streetlights on coastal roads that are managed by the DOT and nothing obstructs the lights’ path to the beach.

For each test, a high-pressure sodium bulb was swapped for an LED bulb, and the fixtures were switched to shielded fixtures.

Fox, last week, said a crew from the three entities would wait overnight by soon-to-hatch nests. For each test run, 30 hatchlings would be used to measure the light’s effect on their speed and direction.

Eleven streetlights along Gulf Drive, perpendicular to the test site, were shut off to avoid interference with the new fixtures. Of the eight blocks in the test, four were fitted with new lights, and four were left dark to maintain the control site.

“If we don’t have a nest hatch out, we won’t have a test,” Fox said before the test run.

Fox said LED lights emit red wavelengths, which are not perceptible to sea turtles. Turtle-friendly lights are often amber, which is 90 percent invisible to sea turtles, but LED lights can’t be seen at all, said Fox.

A similar test was run 10 years ago, and did not produce desirable effects. However, Fox remained hopeful this collaboration would produce a new turtle friendly light for streetlights.

“It’s just a test. The first step is getting one that’s certified,” said Fox.

In order to install any new streetlights, they must be certified as turtle friendly by the FWC and approved by the DOT and FPL.

While most beachside buildings are in compliance with the island cities’ light ordinances during sea turtle nesting season — May through October — Fox said there is a continuous problem with streetlights and sky glow.

The problem has been particularly pronounced this season, with more than double the number of hatchling disorientations. Fox said following beach renourishment, which completed in March, a higher number of disorientations should be expected, but this season’s numbers are troubling.

Sea turtles use the reflection of the moon and the stars on the water to guide them to the Gulf. Visible lights coming from the opposite direction can misguide the hatchlings, which have limited energy, numerous predators and can easily die from dehydration if distracted.

“This is a very important test and this has to be just right. There are no (turtle friendly) approved streetlights in the state of Florida,” said Shearon before the test. “Shields alone are by no means an answer.”

Test results — if any — were not available by Islander press time.

State prosecutor determined to get sex crimes case to trial

Joseph Edmund Chiquet, who was arrested in July 2009 while residing in Bradenton Beach and charged with multiple counts of sex crimes involving a 15-year-old girl, has once again been declared competent to stand trial.

A jury trial is slated for mid-October, following an Aug. 13 hearing where the defendant was found competent to proceed by 12th Circuit Judge Charles Roberts.

Chiquet previously was deemed incompetent to stand trial and placed in a mental institution following arrest on eight felony charges, including multiple counts of lewd and lascivious sexual battery on a child 12-15 years; possessing child pornography; promoting sexual performance by a child; and promoting the sexual performance by a child in a movie or photograph.

Manatee County court records contain page after page of documents referring to continuances, motions for competency hearings, sealed competency results, testimony of doctors, court dates set for trial and court dates canceled for trial.

In addition, Chiquet’s bond was revoked on his original arrest after he allegedly attempted to coerce a former girlfriend and the mother of his son to say she appeared in the photos. Officials say he offered the woman $10,000, but she told prosecutors she refused the request.

Chiquet was again arrested in September 2010, charged with witness tampering and facing additional charges of contempt of court relating to the original arrest.

Assistant State Attorney Anthony Dafonseca stated in April that he was committed to bringing the case to trial in 2014 and that the complainant remained steadfast as well.

Dafonseca was not reached for comment about the most recent court date.

A call placed to Chiquet’s attorney by The Islander was not returned.

Cortez Bridge meeting set Aug. 28 in Holmes Beach

The Florida Department of Transportation will host an open house 4:30-7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 28, at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach, to display information and take public comments on the future of the Cortez Bridge.

A press release said the public meeting is part of the DOT’s project, development and environment study of Cortez Bridge.

Comment will be solicited on options for continued repair, rehabilitation or replacement of the two-lane bridge. A video will be shown explaining the various alternatives.

Attendees will be able to talk one-on-one with DOT officials and express their views.

For more information, call project manager Tony Sherrard at 863-519-2304, or email antone.sherrard@dot.state.fl.us.

Meanwhile, area road work for Aug. 27-Sept. 3 includes the continuing repair project of the Cortez Bridge by the DOT. The south sidewalk is closed and the eastbound lane of the bridge will close occasionally at night for repairs. A flagging operation for traffic will take place as needed. Night repairs are 9 p.m.-6 a.m. Sunday through Thursday.

The project is expected to finish in January.

Florida Power and Light continues to replace power poles on Gulf Drive/State Road 789 from the Cortez Road intersection to 28th Street in Holmes Beach, and on Cortez Road.

A flagging operation will be in place 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday for vehicle movement on Gulf Drive when one lane is closed for pole replacement.

A DOT press release said additional pole replacements will occur this week at various locations on Cortez Road West from 103rd Street West to 119th Street West.

WMFR approaching $6 million budget

West Manatee Fire Rescue District commissioners held the first reading of the proposed 2014-15 budget Aug. 21.

WMFR Chief Andy Price, who prepared the spending plan, proposed an operating budget of $5.9 million, with $4.96 million (84 percent) for wages and benefits. Salaries are up 2.3 percent from the current year, Price said, and are keeping pace with the cost of living.

Price said the cost of health insurance, workers’ compensation and services needed by WMFR continue to rise.

The proposed budget is an increase of 2.6 percent from the $5.75 million budget of 2013-14.

“This is the last budget we’ll get from Andy,” Commission Chair Scott Ricci said.

Price is retiring in May 2015.

He thanked Price for his work, adding that commissioners need to be more active.

“Next year, we’ll get a budget from someone doing it for the first time, so we need to get more involved in the budget process. It’s been too easy to rely on Andy,” he said.

The proposed budget includes a capital reserve fund of $4.35 million for debt service. The current WMFR debt is $1.65 million.

Price said some minor adjustments would be made before September, when the budget is presented for the final time to the commission.

The final public hearing on the budget will be at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 18, at the WMFR administration building, 6417 Third Ave. W., Bradenton.

Fishing – 08-27-2014

Back to school: Anglers fishing for reds


We are on the verge of finding schooling reds for yet another late summer season. Schools are containing 100-300 fish.

Although only a couple of schools have been sighted, more will be showing in the weeks to come. Most will be found on shallow grass flats containing sandy potholes and/or oyster bars.

When you find these schools, angling success is determined by your approach. If you come up on the fish with your motor running, you’re likely to spook them. Take your time and study their movements so you can predict where they’re headed. Then you can quietly and successfully approach the school to present a bait.

Once you’re on the fish, try casting a variety of natural and artificial baits to see what’s working. Live shiners generally work to hook up the copper-colored fish. If you’re using artificials, DOA Cal jigs work great. So do gold spoons.

Capt. Warren Girle is fishing nearshore structure and finding a variety of species. He’s finding mangrove snapper to be abundant and his clients are having great action on medium tackle. By using live or fresh-cut shiners, Girle’s clients are catching their limits of snapper without much effort. Cobia are patrolling the nearshore reefs with fish up to 60 pounds being caught. Live pinfish or shiners are attracting the bite. Finally, juvenile gag and red grouper are being reeled up in between snapper bites.

Spanish mackerel are congregating around structure in the Gulf. Free-lined shiners don’t last long when the Spanish macks are around. Fish up to 22-inches to the fork are the norm.

Moving inshore, Girle is targeting schooling reds on the vast grass flats of Sarasota Bay. By fishing the higher parts of the tide, Girle is scouting out these schools and leading his clients to them. Most reds are falling in the upper-slot or over-slot range.

Jim Malfese at the Rod & Reel Pier says mangrove snapper are the most consistent bite at the R&R. With water clarity nearing perfect, you can see the schools of snapper under the pier. This being said, they can probably see you too, so use a light fluorocarbon leader. Fifteen-pound test is great, but I wouldn’t go more than 20. Live shrimp or shiners combined with an extra small hook will get you connected.

Spanish mackerel are being caught at the pier. Gotcha plugs or speck rigs are proving prosperous. Expect to catch macks 15-20 inches.

Additionally, with the reopening of snook season just around the corner — Sept. 1 — it’s time to start watching for snook at the R&R. With the clear water we’re experiencing, you can see these giant snook lying under the pier. For the slot-size fish, shiners and pinfish will work. If you’re going for the over-slot catch-and-release snook, try using a ladyfish for bait.

Capt. Aaron Lowman at Island Discount Tackle is finding good action along the beaches. Spotted seatrout, catch-and-release snook and even a few redfish are being caught by casting a few shiners into the shore break. Most fish caught are being sight-casted — you can see the fish you’re trying to catch. Not only is it exciting to see the fish you want eating your bait, but there’s also a challenge in being accurate because your bait placement is crucial when sight-casting.

Moving out to nearshore structure, Lowman is catching his share of mangrove snapper. These fish fight well, and provide excellent table fare. Expect to catch snapper 12-15 inches, with the possibility of bigger ones in the mix.

Also, Lowman is finding good action on Spanish mackerel and ladyfish — both on the beach and in the bay. Live shiners free-lined behind the boat are a surefire way to tie into these migratory fish.

Capt. Rick Gross of Fishy Business Charters is targeting redfish. As we approach the time for these big spawner reds to school up, Gross is on the lookout. As of this past week, Gross is finding these schools and catching reds when the opportunity presents itself. Live shiners free-lined or fished under a popping cork are producing bites. Upper-slot and over-slot reds are being reeled to the boat.

Snapper are finding a way into Gross’ cooler. By fishing nearshore structure in the Gulf of Mexico and in Tampa Bay, Gross is catching snapper in the 15-inch range.

Fresh-cut shiners on a rig consisting of 20-pound fluorocarbon, a split shot and small circle hook is getting the bite.

Capt. Mark Howard of SumoTime fishing charters has been putting his clients on spotted seatrout, redfish, catch-and-release snook and mangrove snapper.

Howard has been locating spotted seatrout in 2-8 feet of water. These yellow-mouthed bruisers are being caught on shiners on the moving tide. Using a popping cork rigged with a tiny split shot near the hook will get the baits deeper in the water column and keep them away from the hoards of needle fish, Howard says.

Howard is finding catch-and-release snook near the beaches and on the outside points of Tampa Bay. He says to look for these fish as they move away from the passes when the new moon arrives. Chum with shiners and smaller pinfish to get the snook to chew.

Redfish are starting to gather into medium-sized schools and rallies are starting to occur during Howard’s recent charters. He’s using live and dead shiners to chum and get the bite fired up. Follow the schools of reds from the outside edges on low tide and then up into the bushes as the tide increases.

Send high-resolution photos and fishing reports to fish@islander.org.

Real Estate – 08-27-2014

627 Key Royale Drive, Holmes Beach, a 1,939 sfla / 2,675 3bed/2½bath/2car canalfront home built in 1967 on a 98×151 lot was sold 07/31/14, Heil to Tucker for $1,025,000; list $1,150,000.

514 Bayview Drive, Holmes Beach, a 1,841 sfla / 2,780 sfur 3bed/2bath/2car canalfront pool home built in 1980 on a 75×120 lot was sold 08/01/14, Moynihan to Davis for $837,500; list $873,500.

4804 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, a 2,175 sfla / 3,525 sfur 6bed/4½bath/2car pool home built in 2012 on a 45×100 lot was sold 08/08/14, Golino to Florida Gulf Coast Vacation Homes LLC for $800,000.

214 82nd St., Holmes Beach, a 1,536 sfla / 2,592 sfur 3bed/2bath/2car pool home built in 1995 on a 90×90 lot was sold 08/01/14, Schaffer to Parisi for $705,000; list $749,000.

6201 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach, a 1,822 sfla 5bed/3bath pool home built in 1968 on a 101×78 lot was sold 08/05/14, Bell to Pouget for $675,000; list $699,000.

113 3rd St. S., Bradenton Beach, a 1,995 sfla / 3,338 sfur 3bed/3bath home built in 2001 on a 4,250 sq ft lot was sold 08/05/14, Michael to Sniadach for $529,000.

302 55th St., Holmes Beach, a 1,198 sfla / 1,597 sfur 2bed/1bath home built in 1961 on a 15,725 sq ft lot was sold 07/31/14, Giles to 302 55th LLC for $520,000; list $549,000.

306 65th St., Holmes Beach, a 1,300 sfla / 1,822 sfur 3bed/2bath duplex built in 1968 on a 9,408 sq ft lot was sold 08/05/14, Young to Beachtyme LLC for $493,000; list $529,000.

3004 Avenue C, Holmes Beach, a vacant 15,002 sq ft lot was sold 08/05/14, Wanzer to G A C Ventures III LLC for $395,000.

70 North Shore Drive, Anna Maria, a 680 sfla / 840 sfur 2bed/1bath half duplex built in 1957 on a 54×78 lot was sold 08/08/14, Cusato to Kennedy for $350,000.

5608 Gulf Drive, Unit 215, Sun Plaza West, Holmes Beach, a 1,092 sfla / 1/236 sfur 2bed/2bath condo with shared pool built in 1981 was sold 08/06/14, Chrisman to Full Throttle Properties LLC for $325,100.

4307 Gulf Drive, Unit 206, Cayman Cay, Holmes Beach, a 1,027 sfla / 1,123 sfur 2bed/2bath condo with shared pool built in 1974 was sold 08/04/14, Reeves to Retus for $215,000; list $232,000.

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



Calendar – 08-27-2014

Save the date: The Anna Maria Island Privateers are making plans for the annual Invasion Festival, which will take place Nov. 1-2 in Bradenton Beach. The nonprofit group hosted the inaugural festival last fall, which featured a marketplace, a ball, musical performances and raids throughout the island. Islander File Photo


Wednesday, Aug. 27

7:05 a.m. — Official sunrise.

7:57 p.m. — Official sunset.


Thursday, Aug. 28

7:05 a.m. — Official sunrise.

2 p.m. — Quilting group meets, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.

7:56 p.m. — Official sunset.


Friday, Aug. 29

7:06 a.m. — Official sunrise.

7:55 p.m. — Official sunset.


Saturday, Aug. 30

7:06 a.m. — Official sunrise.

11 a.m.-4 p.m. — Anna Maria Island Art League sale, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-2099.

8 p.m.: Local Group of Deep Sky Observers sidewalk astronomy night, Holmes Beach city field, 5801 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-342-9632.

7:53 p.m. — Official sunset.


Sunday, Aug. 31

7:07 a.m. — Official sunrise.

7:52 p.m. — Official sunset.


Monday, Sept. 1

7:09 a.m. — Official sunrise.

Today is Labor Day.

7:51 p.m. — Official sunset.


Tuesday, Sept. 2

7:10 a.m. — Official sunrise.

7:50 p.m. — Official sunset.


Wednesday, Sept. 3

7:10 a.m. — Official sunrise.

7:49 p.m. — Official sunset.


Off Island

Wednesday, Aug. 27

1:28 p.m. — Strengthening memory workshop, Aging in Paradise Center, Longboat Island Chapel, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. Information: 941-383-6483.


Friday, Aug. 29

6 p.m. — South Florida Museum’s “Music and Movies” night features screening of “Neil Young: Heart of Gold,” 201 10th St. W. Bradenton. Fee applies. Reservations requested. Information: 941-746-4131.


Coming up

• Sept. 22, Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament, Bradenton.

• Oct. 17-18, Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce Bayfest, Anna Maria.


Save the date

• Nov. 3, Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce awards banquet, Holmes Beach.

• Nov. 1-2, Anna Maria Island Privateers Pirate Invasion Festival, Bradenton Beach.

• Nov. 4, general election.

• Nov. 15, CrossPointe Community Thanksgiving, Holmes Beach.


Calendar of ongoing events, activities


• Through October, sea-turtle nesting season in Florida. Lights out along the beaches.

• Through November, Atlantic hurricane season. Be prepared.



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

• First Wednesdays, 6 p.m., Mana-Tweens book club, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-3209.

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

• Third Wednesdays, 6 p.m., Mana-Tweens club, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-3209.

• Fourth Wednesdays, 7 p.m., Star Talk, South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-746-4131. Fee applies.



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

• Third Thursdays, 10 a.m., guardian ad litem, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-3209.

• Last Thursdays, Seaside Quilters, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 312-315-6212.



• 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., Mike Sales’ sunset drum circle, Anna Maria Island Beach Cafe, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-0784.

• First Fridays, 6-9:30 p.m., art walk, Village of the Arts, 12th Street West-12th Avenue West, Bradenton. Information: 941-747-8065.



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

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

• First Saturdays, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.,  art walk, Village of the Arts, 12th Street West-12th Avenue West, Bradenton. Information: 941-747-8065.

• Second Saturdays, 10 a.m., origami club, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-3209.

• Second Saturdays, 2 p.m., porch party, Florida Maritime Museum, 4415 119th St. W., Cortez. Information: 941-708-6120.

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



• Mondays, 12:30 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 meeting, Fishermen’s Hall, 4515 123rd St. W., Cortez. Information: 941-254-4972.

• Third Mondays, 7 p.m., U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 81 meeting, 5801 33rd Ave. Court Drive W., G.T. Bray Park, Bradenton. Information: 941-779-4476.



• Tuesdays, 10 a.m., children’s storytime, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.

• Tuesdays, noon, Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island meeting, Bridge Street Bistro, 111 Gulf Drive S., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-794-8044.

• Fourth Tuesdays, 11:45 a.m., Successful Women Aligning Together, Paradise Bagel and Cafe, 3210 E. Bay Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-224-4144.


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        Send announcements of ongoing activities and updates to schedules to calendar@islander.org. Also, if you coordinate events for your group, please let The Islander know of any changes to details.


Posting in the calendar

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