Tag Archives: 11-07-2012

Cortez burglar sentenced to jail, probation

A 20-year-old Bradenton man, convicted of stealing cars, burglarizing homes and vehicles and leading law enforcement on an early morning chase in Cortez last year, was sentenced to five years in state prison with five years probation.

Charles H. Leonard was sentenced to the Florida Department of Corrections and credited for 491 days served on Sept. 5 by 12th Judicial Circuit Court Judge Janette Dunnigan. He currently is at the Central Florida Reception Center East in Orange County, with a release date to be determined, according to the DOC website.

Leonard faced one felony armed burglary charge, with a maximum life prison sentence, and numerous lesser felonies, as a result of his Dec. 19 arrest by the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office. At the time of his arrest, he had been on probation for a 2010 motor vehicle theft.

As part of his sentence, according to the circuit court website, Leonard was ordered to pay $250 in state and public defender attorney fees. His driver’s license also was suspended for five years.

As part of his probation, according to court records, he will report on release to an in-house residential drug treatment program.

The early morning chase leading to Leonard’s arrest included MCSO patrol deputies, a helicopter and K-9 units, as well as Bradenton and Palmetto police departments.

According to MCSO reports, a handgun was found inside the vehicle Leonard was seen driving and, after his arrest, he admitted to stealing the car, other vehicles and to numerous burglaries.

Anna Maria city election to come after Election Day

Anna Maria voters on Nov. 6 had no city election on the ballot.

The two candidates who qualified for the two seats up for election on the commission — incumbent Commissioner Chuck Webb and newcomer Nancy Yetter — were unopposed and automatically elected.

Mayor Mike Selby declined to seek a second term and no one sought to fill his seat — which has resulted in an Anna Maria election Nov. 15 at the commission’s organizational meeting.

While there remains two seats to be determined — mayor and commissioner — the city commissioners will vote on  behalf of the electorate.

According to the city charter, once the new commissioners are sworn, they will elect a commission chair, who becomes the vice mayor and serves in the absence of the mayor. Without a duly elected mayor, the chairperson automatically becomes the mayor, which, in turn, creates a vacancy on the commission.

With the commission now down to four members, the charter calls for the appointment by the commission of a qualified candidate from the electorate to serve the remainder of the term vacated by the newly elected commission chair-mayor.

The commission asked for candidates from the electorate to apply by noon Oct. 31 at city hall, and Tom Aposporos, Gene Aubry and Carl Pearman stepped forward.

Sandy Rich had applied, but as of deadline, she had sent an email withdrawing.

Of the three, one will be nominated and seconded by a commissioner, and then voted on by the commission.

Tom Aposporos

Aposporos was chair of the charter review committee in 2002 and 2007, and was appointed commissioner in early 2003. His term ended in November 2003.

He is president of the Longboat Key/Lido Key/St. Armands Circle chamber of commerce, but plans to resign by December.

He is a licensed real estate agent, operates his own real estate company and serves as adviser to the Anna Maria Charter Review Committee.

Aposporos and his family moved to Anna Maria in 1997 and he is a full-time resident of the city.

He also is a former mayor of Poughkeepsie, New York.

Aposporos wants to maintain the quality of the city’s business and residential district and ensure harmony is maintained.

“My life experience has taught me we can accomplish most anything if we listen to each other and engage in non-personal and constructive debate on all issues. I will have succeeded as a commissioner in a significant way if I encourage others to become part of our government by my example.”

Gene Aubry

Gene Aubry is a former commissioner who won his seat in a September 2010 recall election against then-Commissioner Harry Stoltzfus. He served the what would have remained of Stoltzfus’ term, 14 months.

Aubry is an architect who graduated from the University of Houston in 1959 and has received numerous awards for his designs.

He often volunteers his time to draw renditions of landscaping and parking plans for the city.

Aubry moved to Anna Maria from Galveston, Texas, in the early 2000s.

“If I’m appointed as a commissioner, I’ll conduct myself the same way I did before. The commission is there to serve the pubic and visitors.

“I want everyone who lives here to have a wonderful city, I’m open to ideas, and always willing to devote my skills to helping the staff and commission,” he said.

He believes in the old Florida atmosphere of Anna Maria and wants that flavor retained.


Carl Pearman

Carl Pearman is a retired medical doctor from Missouri who specialized in obstetrics and gynecology. He still does volunteer medical work at the Senior Friendship Center in Sarasota.

He and wife Irene moved to Anna Maria in 1999.

Dr. Pearman has served on the capital improvements advisory committee, the code enforcement board and the planning and zoning board.

He says he believes in carefully controlled growth and change, and is conservative in his view of Anna Maria. As commissioner, he would maintain the quiet, residential community of Anna Maria.


Electrical issue causes Magnolia Avenue fire

West Manatee Fire Rescue was contacted at 8:17 a.m., Oct. 29, regarding a structure fire at 206 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria.

The first of four WMFR fire trucks, as well as one from Longboat Key Fire Rescue, began arriving on the scene four minutes later.

According to WMFR Fire Marshal Jim Davis, the blaze started at the base of a refrigerator “and appears to be electrical in nature.”

Damages to the two-story duplex are estimated to be about $100,000.

Davis said firefighters on the lead engine reported seeing smoke en route to the fire and requested additional units. Upon arrival, firefighters reported heavy smoke pouring from the upstairs rooftop eves.

Firefighters stacked a ladder on the west side of the house and began pouring water into the blaze while electrical crews shut off power to the home. Additional firefighting crews from Engine 111 then made entry on the east side of the structure.

Firefighters immediately located fire near the first floor stairway, with flames climbing into the second floor. With water already being poured into the second floor window, firefighters established a two-prong attack on the blaze.

Davis said crews extinguished the first-floor fire, put out the fire on the stairs and then advanced up the stairs to help battle the second-floor fire, which also was quickly put out.

Firefighters commenced mop-up operations, extinguishing smoldering embers throughout the structure. No injuries were reported.

Schoolhouse celebrates 100th year Nov. 10

Family fun is what the Nov. 10 Cortez Rural Graded Schoolhouse centennial celebration is all about, according to Florida Maritime Museum director Karen Riley-Love.

“It is a one-day event, free to the public and to celebrate 100 years of the building and its impact on the community,” said Riley-Love. “We will be having an old-fashioned, family-fun event complete with music, food and craft vendors, and reading, writing, ’rithmatic and recess stations.”

The building has undergone a few transitions over the past century, but spent 49 years as a community schoolhouse. It now houses the museum, a fitting tribute to a building that has educated generations of Cortez residents, as well as sheltered them during an early 20th century hurricane.

With more than half of its life being dedicated to education, Riley-Love said much of the celebration’s emphasis will focus on that part of its history, with former students providing written and oral histories of their experience at the school.

John McDonald started attending the Cortez Rural Graded Schoolhouse in 1939, but was already playing on school grounds the year before, much to the dismay of his future principal.

“I was living directly across the road from the schoolhouse, so before any of us started school, my friends and I used to go over and play on the swings and teeter-totters when no one was around,” said McDonald, who noted he also would meet up with his friends during their recess periods.

He recalls his principal at the time, J. Hartley Blackburn, as being someone who could “strike fear the hearts of many little kids … he’d come out and chase me off the school lawn.”

McDonald said one day he “armed” himself with a garden rake and chased Blackburn around.

“Needless to say, I started school the next year on pretty shaky ground,” he said.

McDonald’s story is one of many to enjoy during the celebration. Riley-Love said the “recess station” will include hula-hoops and games, and Tyler’s Ice Cream will hold an ice cream-eating contest.

Food vendors include Village Idiot Pizza, Tyler’s Ice Cream and Cortez smoked mullet. The media sponsor for the celebration is The Islander.

Riley-Love said former students will be awarded a commemorative pin and a one-day commemorative postal cancellation stamp has been prepared for the event. She said kids can write a letter at a writing station and use the special stamp.

The Florida Maritime Museum grounds, 4415 119th St. W., Cortez is the host of the celebration, which runs 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10.


Then and now… the 1912 Cortez Rural Graded Schoolhouse and the Florida Maritime Museum.

Bradenton Beach woman arrested for aggravated battery

A 32-year-old Bradenton Beach woman faces a felony aggravated battery charge after allegedly breaking a glass of beer on another woman’s face.

According to the probable cause affidavit, Kindell Carnett, 201 Bay Drive N., became engaged in a verbal argument Oct. 31 with another woman at the Sports Bar, 118 Bridge St., Bradenton Beach.

A Bradenton Beach Police Department officer responded to a call of a fight at the bar, but arrived after Carnett left the scene. The victim was treated at the scene by EMS for a large cut on her face.

Witnesses identified Carnett as the person responsible and she was arrested at her residence.

At least one witness pointed to Carnett as the aggressor. According to the report, the two women were arguing, which elevated into a pushing match. Carnett then allegedly smashed a glass of beer into the victim’s face, causing a “deep flesh” wound.

Carnett was arrested and booked into the Manatee County jail on $1,500 bond. According to court records, she posted bond the same day and was released.

Cortez man charged with felony theft

A 55-year-old Cortez man was arrested Nov. 1 at 5640 14th St. W., Bradenton.

Robert Lippert, 4412 123rd St. W., was charged with petit theft, but he has multiple prior offenses making the charge a felony.

He was booked into the Manatee County jail on $1,000 bond, but he was placed on a hold due to several contempt of court charges on a long list of prior offenses.

According to court records, Lippert’s trouble with the law dates back to 1990 with several arrests for burglary, DUI, drug possession, grand theft auto and resisting arrest with and without violence.

He was scheduled for arraignment at 9 a.m. Friday, Nov. 30, at the Manatee Judicial Center, 1051 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton.

Islander-Holmes Beach veteran ceremony Nov. 9

Local military veterans are invited to The Islander’s seventh annual Veterans Day Salute starting at 8:30 a.m. Friday, Nov. 9, outdoors at the Veterans Memorial marker at  Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive.

Coffee service at 8:30 a.m. is sponsored by the Anna Maria Island Beach Cafe of Holmes Beach.

At 9 a.m., the event gets under way with Islander publisher Bonner Joy as host and a welcome from Holmes Beach Mayor Rich Bohnenberger. The event will include speakers and ceremonies honoring veterans of the United States and its allies in World War II, the Korean War, Vietnam and the Middle East wars, and, in particular, those veterans whose stories appeared in The Islander’s veterans column by Islander reporter Rick Catlin.

Catlin, who has written the Greatest Generation and Forgotten Generation stories since the column began in 2002, will speak. Guests also will hear from Karen Abel, whose grandfather flew in the Royal Canadian Air Force in the Aleutian Islands during WWII. She is on a personal mission to travel to the tiny island where he served.

A special guest is Vicki Gipson Grogan, who spoke last year shortly after the death of her grandfather, Ralph Bassett, a frequent speaker at the event who was a U.S. Marine and fought in WWII and Korea. This year, Grogan will introduce her cousin, Nick Gipson, a U.S. Army specialist who just returned from duty in Afghanistan.

Kirby Stewart American Legion Post No. 24 in Palma Sola will present the colors, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance.

Entertainer Mike Sales will lead the national anthem. The event will conclude with a rifle salute and the playing of taps.

Veterans Day is officially Sunday, Nov. 11.

The city of Holmes Beach and The Islander will be closed Nov. 12, the official holiday.

        Editor’s Note: By an act of the U.S. Congress, honorably discharged veterans of the armed services are allowed to wear their uniforms at military ceremonies and to salute the colors, whether in uniform or not.

Bridge Street Merchants celebrates Veterans Day

The Bridge Street Merchants invite veterans, active duty service members and the public to a Veterans Day celebration 11:30 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 11, at Bridge Street Market on Bridge Street in Bradenton Beach.

        Bradenton Beach Mayor John Shaughnessy will deliver a remembrance speech and honor veterans with a plaque.

        The Palma Sola VFW Post 10141 Flag and Color Guard will attend.

        Restaurants will be participating in the event, and providing free meals to veterans at their various locations.

        An noon aerial flyover to show the support by MacDill Air Force Base also is planned.

        For more information, call Adam Jenkins at 941-778-8104.

Island real estate transactions – 11-07-2012

202 72nd St., Holmes Beach, a 3,813 sfla / 4,982 sfur 8bed/5½bath/2car pool home built in 2009 on a 59×106 lot was sold 10/12/12, Poseidon Adverntures LLC to Silber for $1,250,000; list $1,390,000.

2114 Ave. A, Bradenton Beach, a 2,591 sfla / 3,307 sfur 3bed/2bath/2car home built in 2008 on a 50×100 lot was sold 10/16/12, Kaleta to Zaner for $759,000.

111 Tern Drive, Anna Maria, a 1,714 sfla / 3,468 sfur 3bed/2bath/1car canalfront pool home built in 1997 on a 90×100 lot was sold 10/16/12, Jones to Tobias for $670,000; list $699,000.

799 Jacaranda Road, Anna Maria, a 1,244 sfla 2bed/2bath home built in 1981 on a 50×107 lot was sold 10/15/12, Houlas to Van Loveren for $625,000; list $699,000.

4412 Second Ave., Holmes Beach, a 1,296 sfla / 1,878 sfur 2bed/1½bath pool home built in 1979 on a 75×100 lot was sold 10/15/12, Yavalar to Jump for $600,000.

4506 Second Ave., Holmes Beach, a 1,708 sfla / 2,234 sfur 3bed/3bath/home built in 1962on a 90×100 lot was sold 10/05/12, Record to Jump for $500,000.

2716 Gulf Drive, Unit 204, Gulf Cabins, Holmes Beach, a 1,155 sfla / 1,400 sfur 2bed/2bath Gulffront condo with shared pool built in 1981 was sold 10/10/12, McCall to Danis for $495,000; list $519,000.

303 17th St. N., Unit 16, Bradenton Beach Club, Bradenton Beach, a 1,688 sfla / 2,130 sfur 2bed/2½bath/2car bayview condo with shared pools built in 2002 was sold 10/03/12, Scheck to Iriarte for $440,000; list $449,900.

632 Emerald Lane, Holmes Beach, a 2,208 sfla / 2,854 sfur 3bed/2bath/2car canalfront pool home built in 1968 on a 100×115 lot was sold 10/12/12, Lakeuka LLC to Kelley for $404,041.

202 73rd St., Holmes Beach, a 1,300 sfla / 1,691 sfur 2bed/2bath half duplex built in 1987 on a 38×100 lot was sold 10/09/12, Rullman to Chames for $280,000; list $350,000.

204 73rd St., Holmes Beach, a 1,300 sfla / 1,691 sfur 2bed/2bath half duplex built in 1987 on a 38×100 lot was sold 10/09/12, Rullman to Chames for $280,000; list $350,000.

514 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria, a vacant 52×145 lot was sold 10/05/12, Williams to Adams for $275,000.

2212 Ave. B, Bradenton Beach, a 860 sfla / 1.173 sfur 2bed/1bath/1car home built in 1957 on a 50×100 lot was sold 10/05/12, Gilbert to Bear for $265,000; list $289,000.

501 Gulf Drive N., Unit 215, Bridgeport, Bradenton Beach, a 1,128 sfla / 1,198 sfur 2bed/2bath condo with shared pool built in 1982 was sold 10/09/12, Kallis to Pippenger for $225,000.

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

Obituaries – 11-07-2012

James G. ‘Jim’ Davis

James J. “Jim” Davis, 90, of Holmes Beach and a native of Atlanta, died Nov. 3.

He attended Boys High School and Georgia Tech before entering the U.S. Army Air Corps as an aviation cadet in 1942, graduating as a pilot the following year.

He served as a pilot in the China-Burma theater where we was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, two Air Force medals, presidential citations, China War Memorial Medal and others.

He went on to have a successful career with the Federal Aviation Administration. In 1975, he was awarded the Secretary’s Award for Valor for successfully executing an emergency airlift of FAA and embassy families from Beirut Lebanon when a state of civil war existed, and the city was under fire.

In 1980, he was recruited as an aviation expert for the International Civil Aviation Organization.

He retired at the age of 65 with more than 16,000 flight hours.

Mr. Davis moved to Holmes Beach several years ago and was a member of Roser Memorial Community Church.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7, at Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria.

Memorial donations can be made to Roser Church, P.O. Box 247, Anna Maria FL 34216.

Mr. Davis is survived by daughter Mrs. Robert Holman, of Marietta, Ga.; son James G. of Hiawassee, Ga.; three granddaughters and five great-grandchildren..


Jesus Rosario

Jesus Rosario, 51, died Oct. 31. He was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico. He later lived and worked in Massachusetts before coming to Florida.

Mr. Rosario found his home, however, when he came to Anna Maria Island and specifically to the Anna Maria City Pier, according to pier manager David Sork.

“Jesus will be sadly missed by family and friends,” he said, adding, “His friends were many and cut across economic, social and international barriers. He was a fixture at the pier as a fisherman and then as dockmaster. He would talk to everyone, but he especially loved to teach first-timers to fish. He loved to see the looks on their face when they caught their first fish and, most especially, loved to see kids ‘hooked’ on fishing.

“He was a friend to all and always could be heard laughing on the pier. His laugh was infectious, his manner loud and raucous, and he never missed an opportunity to meet newcomers, especially the ladies.

“He loved his bling, his job, and his grandchildren. His presence is missed, but his spirit will be felt on the Anna Maria City Pier for many years to come,” said Sork.

Visitation was held Nov. 4 at Covell Funeral Home, 4232 26th St. W., Bradenton.