Tag Archives: 09-05-2012

Most beach lost to Debby revived by Isaac

Tropical Storm Isaac appears to have done a good deed for Anna Maria Island.

Sand on Anna Maria Island beaches is now “about 99 percent of what is was before Tropical Storm Debby,” said Charlie Hunsicker, Manatee County Natural Resources Department director.

TS Debby made a glancing blow on Anna Maria Island in late June.

He said he reviewed the island beaches following the passage of Isaac and found improvements.

“The canals of water created by Debby along the beaches have been filled in and much sand has been added. It’s also smooth sand,” he said.

Problems with erosion, however, remain at several Coquina Beach groins and at the BeachHouse Restaurant in Bradenton Beach he said.

“But those are always tough locations to keep sand,” Hunsicker said.

He said it might be possible to get money for immediate beach nourishment at Coquina Beach under a Federal Emergency Management Agency funding plan.

Additionally, Hunsicker has hopes that some of the funds Manatee County eventually obtains from the BP oil spill settlement might be used for emergency beach renourishment, but that’s a long way down the road, he added.

“It is an option, but something we’ll need to get public input for,” he said.

The BP funds can be used for certain projects and the Florida Counties Association is recommending each of the 23 Florida counties receiving BP money form a disbursement committee to prioritize those projects.

See more on Isaac, pages 2-3.

Cortez loses member of ‘Forgotten Generation’

Calvin Edison Bell, 82, died Aug. 31. He was born Nov. 14, 1929, in Cortez Village to Aaron Parx Bell and Jessie Blanche Fulford Bell.

Mr. Bell was part owner of A.P. Bell Fish Company and a proud commercial fisherman. He also was an avid collector of all things nautical. Most of his years were spent on the surrounding waters or working on his many boats in the village.

Mr. Bell served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. Upon completion of his duty, he returned to the village and way of life he loved.

He often devoted his energy and vigilance toward educating Manatee County Code Enforcement officials about the differences between salvaged marine equipment and what the officers often considered old junk.

He also had a deep appreciation for God’s many creatures, raising greyhounds in his younger years and, in more recent times, he fed and cared for wild birds and feral cats.

Known to be strong and healthy, he was as hard worker and could typically be found dragging pilings around his yard, moving nets from one corner to the other or scraping and cleaning boat bottoms. He spent most of his days keeping up a fleet of historic wooden fishing boats.

When diagnosed with bone cancer two years ago, he continued to ride his bike daily to the shoreline to keep up with what was going on among his friends the village.

As his health deteriorated in the past month, one family member said his dear friend Junior Guthrie told him everything was going to be all right.

In good humor and like a true Cortezian, he replied, “How ya reckon?”

A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7, at Manasota Mermorial Park in Oneco.

Calvin Bell is survived by brothers Walter, Chester and Doug and a host of family members throughout Cortez and beyond.

Partying to blame for DUI bridesmaid arrest

A 27-year-old Bradenton woman allegedly blamed being a bridesmaid for the reason she had been drinking alcohol, which subsequently led to her arrest for driving under the influence.

A Holmes Beach Police Department officer Aug. 24 observed Lesley Falcone driving 65 mph in a 45-mph zone while crossing the Anna Maria Island Bridge on Manatee Avenue.

The officer initiated a traffic stop but, according to the report, Falcone continued driving for several blocks before she stopped in the 700 block of Manatee Avenue.

The officer observed Falcone placing several candies into her mouth as he approached the vehicle and observed Falcone “fumbling” through papers when she was asked for her vehicle registration.

The officer, at one point, had to let Falcone know that she had the registration in her hand as she continued to search for it.

According to the report, the officer determined Falcone’s “ability to concentrate was clearly impaired.”

A Manatee County Sheriff’s Office deputy also had observed the vehicle speeding and stopped to assist the HBPD officer. Because there was a suspicion of driving under the influence, the deputy took over the investigation.

According to the sheriff’s office report, Falcone had trouble standing once she exited her vehicle to begin a sobriety test. She

2 arrested after purse-snatching attempt

Two men were booked into the Manatee County jail on felony grand theft charges after a failed purse snatching in Holmes Beach.

Mathew Foster, 24, of Parrish, and Ian Beck, 22, of Bradenton, were arrested Aug. 25 near the 100 block of 45th Street.

According to the arrest report, Foster tried to steal a purse belonging to a woman on the beach, but was spotted by the victim, who yelled “thief” and then gave chase.

Foster dropped the purse and attempted to jump into a nearby truck being driven by Beck, but failed to gain entry. Beck drove away from the scene, while Foster fled in the same direction on foot.

Holmes Beach Police Department officers responded and observed Foster running, as well as Beck’s vehicle, which had been identified by the victim.

One officer pursued Foster and quickly subdued him in the 4600 block of Second Avenue. A second officer initiated a traffic stop on Beck. According to the report, Beck quickly implicated Foster, by saying, “My friend took the purse.”

According to the report, Beck later admitted he brought Foster and another man to the beach to steal purses.

Foster allegedly admitted to stealing the purse.

Upon further investigation, police learned Beck’s driver’s license was suspended.

Both men were arrested on felony grand theft charges and Beck’s vehicle was towed.

The vehicle allegedly contained bolt cutters and numerous cut locks in the vehicle. Police also found a jewelry box containing a pearl necklace, bank cards, a glass pipe, hammers, two syringes and a metal spoon.

Both men were booked into jail on $1,000 bond and were scheduled to be arraigned at 9 a.m. Sept. 21, at the Manatee County Judicial Center, 1051 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton.

Beck was rearrested Sept. 1 for a charge of burglary to an unoccupied structure and bond was revoked. He remains in custody.

Quick thinking halts domestic violence

William K. Young, 21, of Bradenton, was booked into the Manatee County jail Aug. 26 on a charge of felony domestic battery with strangulation.

It was quick thinking by Young’s victim that possibly staved off a more severe situation.

According to a Manatee County Sheriff’s Office probable cause affidavit, Young and his girlfriend were at a party on Anna Maria Island. The victim reported she did not like Young’s friends and wanted to leave.

The couple left, but Young allegedly became upset that the victim did not like his friends. They were arguing when they stopped at an island gas station, at which time Young allegedly choked the victim.

The report states the victim remained quiet after the initial assault, but became upset over her boyfriend’s actions as the couple was leaving the island via the Anna Maria Island Bridge on Manatee Avenue.

Young allegedly reached over and put the victim in a chokehold. The victim said Young cut off her ability to breathe and she began to scratch and hit at his face to try and get free, but could not.

According to the report, the victim was able to reach the gearshift and put the vehicle into park, which forced it to lock up and stop.

A passerby witnessed the car screech to a halt and stopped to see what was wrong, at which time Young asked the good Samaritan to call 911.

Manatee County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded, and Young was arrested on the felony charge and booked into jail on $5,000 bond. He posted bail and was released the following day.

Young was scheduled to be arraigned Sept. 21 at the Manatee County Judicial Center, 1051 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton.

County to settle $3M – 19M

Beachgoers were out in force at the Manatee Public Beach, Holmes Beach, on Sunday, Sept. 2, as Mother Nature produced a gorgeous Labor Day weekend. Manatee County could get as much as a $19 million settlement as a result of the BP oil rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico on April 20, 2010, to benefit tourism. The funding could finally replace the long-promised Manatee Public Beach pier. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin

Islander Calendar – 09-05-2012

Thursday, Sept. 6 

• 6 p.m., Captain’s meeting, Galati Yacht Sales Labor Day Billfish Tournament, Galati Yachts, 900 S. Bay Blvd., Anna Maria. Fee applies. Information: 941-778-0755.

 

Friday, Sept. 7

        6 a.m., fishing begins, Galati Yacht Sales Labor Day Billfish Tournament, Galati Yachts, 900 S. Bay Blvd., Anna Maria. Fee applies. Information: 941-778-0755.

 

Saturday, Sept. 8

        1-3 p.m., Galati Yacht Sales Labor Day Billfish Tournament fishing ends 8:30 a.m. Weigh-in for dolphin, tuna and wahoo begins at 1 p.m. The public is welcome. Galati Yachts, 900 S. Bay Blvd., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-0755.

 

Ongoing

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

• 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, Sept. 6 through Dec. 20, except Thanksgiving, 10:30 a.m., Make a Child Smile story and craft hour, Tingley Memorial Library, 111 2nd St. N., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-779-1208.

        • 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

        • Sept. 13, St. Bernard Catholic Church Council of Catholic Women season welcome meeting, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-4769.

• 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.

 

Save the Date

• Nov. 3, Nautical and Landlubber Treasure Show, Anna Maria Island Sail and Power Squadron, 1200 71st St. NW, Bradenton. Information: 941-761-1860.

• Nov. 11, Popular Light Classics, CrossPointe Fellowship Church, 8605 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, Classics. Fee applies. Information: 941-778-8585.

• 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.

 

AME calendar

Thursday, Sept. 6

        • 8:45 a.m., PTO Fall Festival kick-off meeting, auditorium.

Monday, Sept. 10

• 3:15 p.m., SAC meeting, media room.

Tuesday, Sept. 11

• 8:45 a.m., PTO board meeting, conference room.

Tuesday, Sept. 18

• 5-8 p.m., Family Fun Night.

Friday, Sept. 21

• 9 a.m., Peace Day celebration.

Anna Maria Elementary School, 4700 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, 941-708-5525, www.manatee.k12.fl.us/sites/elementary/annamaria.

Obituaries – 09-05-2012

Alice S. Deam

Alice S. Deam, 86, of Bradenton, died Sept. 2. She was born Dec. 12, 1925. She came to Anna Maria Island in 1960 with her husband, John H. Deam, M.D., who started his practice that year in October and retired in the late 1980s. The Deam family lived on Anna Maria Island for many years.

She graduated from West Chester University in Philadelphia in 1946 and taught elementary school in both Pennsylvania and Florida. She was married in 1951 in Philadelphia and relocated in 1960 to Anna Maria Island. She was a member of Roser Memorial Community Church, Anna Maria Island Historical Society, Key Royale Club and Manatee County Medical Alliance. She loved to travel, enjoyed playing bridge and socializing with friends.

A memorial service will be held at 10:30a.m., Saturday, Sept. 8, at the Roser Chapel, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Memoria donations may be made to the National Kidney Foundation.

Mrs. Deam is survived by her husband of 61 years, John; children David, M.D. and wife Gail, of Brooksville, Fla., Donna and husband James Hitchings, of London, England, Douglas, D.M.D., and wife Ann, of Miami; and Debra and wife Bill Sanders of Bradenton; six grandchildren; two great- grandchildren; and brother Alfred B and wife Nina Strickler Jr., of Columbus, Ohio.

 

Calvin Edison Bell

Calvin Edison Bell, 82, died Aug. 31. He was born Nov. 14, 1929, in Cortez Village to Aaron Parx Bell and Jessie Blanche Fulford Bell.

Mr. Bell was part owner of A.P. Bell Fish Company and a proud commercial fisherman. He also was an avid collector of all things nautical. Most of his years were spent on the surrounding waters or working on his many boats in the village.

Mr. Bell served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. Upon completion of his duty, he returned to the village and way of life he loved.

He often devoted his energy and vigilance toward educating Manatee County Code Enforcement officials about the differences between salvaged marine equipment and what the officers often considered old junk.

He also had a deep appreciation for God’s many creatures, raising greyhounds in his younger years and, in more recent times, he fed and cared for wild birds and feral cats.

Known to be strong and healthy, he was as hard worker and could typically be found dragging pilings around his yard, moving nets from one corner to the other or scraping and cleaning boat bottoms. He spent most of his days keeping up a fleet of historic wooden fishing boats.

When diagnosed with bone cancer two years ago, he continued to ride his bike daily to the shoreline to keep up with what was going on among his friends the village.

As his health deteriorated in the past month, one family member said his dear friend Junior Guthrie told him everything was going to be all right.

In good humor and like a true Cortezian, he replied, “How ya reckon?”

A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7, at Manasota Mermorial Park in Oneco.

Calvin Bell is survived by brothers Walter, Chester and Doug and a host of family members throughout Cortez and beyond.

 

Margaret Elaine Cox

Margaret Elaine Cox, 77, died Aug. 29. She was born July 19, 1935, in Dallas.

She was a proud fifth generation Texan and member of the Mayflower Society.

She graduated Southern Methodist University in 1956, married Floyd DeVine Cox and moved to his hometown of Bradenton, where she began her 35-year career as a teacher. She taught at Anna Maria Elementary School, Walker Junior High and finally, her last 20 plus years teaching was at Manatee High School.

She was an active member of Christ Episcopal Church, a Steven’s Minister, past president of St Anne’s, past officer of the Manatee County Republican Women’s Club, past officer of the Manatee County Historical Society, and a sustaining member of the Junior League.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Sept. 15 at Westminster Towers, Bradenton.

She is survived by her husband since 2008, Robert “Bob” Leonard; children Susan and husband Mark Scheffer, M.D., of Concord, N.H., and Scott and wife Elizabeth of Schertz, Texas; stepchildren John Leonard and wife Debbie of Palmetto, Bob Leonard and wife Mary of Palmetto, Laurie Kline of Anna Maria and Ron Leonard of Bisbee, Ariz.; and grandchildren William Matheson Scheffer, Benjamin Cox Scheffer, and Victoria Margaret Scheffer.

 

Mary Virginia (Armstrong) Ridgdill

Mary Virginia (Armstrong) Ridgdill, 91, of Bradenton and Anna Maria, died Sept. 3. She was born in Bradenton to the late George David and Margaret (Notestein) Armstrong.

Mrs. Ridgdill attended Bradenton High School and Tennessee Wesleyan College. She was a life-long member of the First Presbyterian Church where she was active in the Homebuilders Class and Women’s Circles. She was one of the organizers of the Original Thirteen, a high school service club for young women now known as Reinaunce.

She was married almost 70 years to the late Paul Ridgdill.

After raising her family, she helped manage the family business, Ridgdill Plumbing, which had been founded by her father. She assumed the management of the business for many years after her husband’s retirement and retired herself in the early 1990s.

Mrs. Ridgdill’s contributions to her community and family were remarkable. Visitation will be held 1-2:30 p.m. Saturday, Mary Virginia (Armstrong) Ridgdill Sept. 8, at Shannon Funeral Home Westview Chapel, 5610 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton.

A private service is being held at a later time. Memorial donations may be made to the First Presbyterian Church, 410 15th St. W., Bradenton FL 34205. Condolences for the family may be made online at www.shannonfuneralhomes.com.

Mrs. Ridgdill is survived by four daughters and their husbands, Sandra and David Livingston, Patty and Dave Hall, Rosemary and Ron Carlson, and Barbara and David Bjorklund; 13 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren; and caregiver Bernadette Lauck.

Island real estate transactions – 09-05-2012

3302 Gulf Drive, Unit 201, Sunset Cove, Holmes Beach, a 2,108 sfla / 2,547 sfur 3bed/2bath Gulffront condo with shared pool built in 2000 was sold 08/13/12, JP Sales Company to Jackson Florida Properties LLC for $1,460,000; list $1,625,000.

238 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach, a 1,959 sfla / 2,873 sfur 2bed/2bath/2car bayfront home built in 1957 on a 82×115 lot was sold 08/13/12, Wagner to Bean Point Properties LLC for $885,000; list $899,000.

200 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach, a 2,722 sfla / 3,228  sfur 5bed/4½bath 4-plex built in 1959 on a 94×106 lot was sold 08/16/12, Tremblay to 200 South Harbor Drive Ami LLC for $515,000.

5200 Gulf Drive, Unit 501, Martinique South, Holmes Beach, a 1,057 sfla / 1,169 sfur 2bed/2bath Gulfront condo with shared pool built in 1970 was sold 08/17/12, Reilly to Stroburg for $410,000; list $425,000.

7000 Gulf Drive, Unit 206, Tiffany Place, Holmes Beach, a 1,259 sfla / 1,395 sfur a 2bed/2bath condo with shared pool built in 1978 was sold 07/13/12, McKendry to Reed for $392,500; list $435,000.

317 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria, a 864 sfla / 1,039 sfur 2bed/2bath home built in 1983 on a 52×120 lot was sold 08/10/12, Swift Enterprises Inc to Pfouts for $380,000; list $400,000.

812 Jacaranda Road, Anna Maria, a vacant 60×107 lot was sold 08/06/12, Kalo to Wagner for $300,000; list $317,000.

2306 Avenue C, Bradenton Beach, a 1,674 sfla / 2,841 sfur 4bed/4bath duplex built in 1982 on a 50×100 lot was sold 08/10/12, Baxter Credit Union to Chin for $240,000; list $215,000.

1603 Gulf Drive N., Unit 25, Tradewinds, Bradenton Beach, a 380 sfla 1bed/1bath condo with shared pool built in 1971 was sold 08/10/12, Trucap Reo Corp to Wojtalewicz for $115,000; list $115,000.

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