Tag Archives: 11-23-2011

HB officials ponder tree hut construction

Heads were shaking at Holmes Beach City Hall last week over reports of a nearly completed Robinson Crusoe-style tree house on the south part of Holmes Beach near Avenue E.

Bob Shaffer, city building inspector, explained that Richard Hazen, co-owner of Angelinos Sea Lodge, contacted him last spring, and asked whether the city had any permitting regulations for a tree house. Shaffer advised of no such regulations, but stated Nov. 17 it “was not supposed to be there to the extent he built this thing.”

“I didn’t expect this to happen,” said Lynn Hazen of the now developing controversy around the hut. “It was just built for the private use of guests and my own use.” The lodge includes four vacation rentals, and Lynn Hazen expects it to be used as a private place to read, write, relax and dine.

The idea of the tree hut came from her research into the Tahitian and Swiss Family Robinson tree-house concepts, she explained. A builder then assisted her with the project, which, she noted, is 95 percent done.

No plans or drawings were presented to the city of Holmes Beach.

Lynn Hazen recounted her research into the possible need for a permit: Her husband had contacted the city and was told “there are no written rules regarding tree houses.” She said they also spoke to Holmes Beach Commissioner David Zaccagnino, as well as other officials, trying to make sure they got whatever permit they needed.

Last week, after an anonymous call to the city of Holmes Beach, David Forbes, city code enforcement officer, contacted Steve West of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection Bureau of Beaches and Coastal Systems. The local bureau in Sarasota regulates construction on the beach.

Whether permitting will be required for the tree hut will depend on West’s recommendation, according to Forbes and Shaffer.

West said Nov. 18 he had received the city’s messages, and would likely be out this week for a look. “If it is made of wood, glass and is two stories, it probably should’ve been regulated.”

According to Forbes and Shaffer, proper zoning and building permits are required for “accessory structures,” which the tree hut may be.

The city concerns over the construction relate to the building’s stability, safety and ability to withstand the hurricane-force winds of the coastal area, and West added another — possible damage to dune vegetation.

A dream job in paradise

I began in the newspaper business in what seems like a different world before the Internet during the 1970s and ’80s — first as a journalism major at Ohio University, the school’s paper and magazine, the community newspaper in Athens, Ohio, and then at The Cleveland Press. My first full-time newspaper job was for the Free Press Newspapers in Chicago.

All that matters now, though, is I am the newest reporter on the Anna Maria Island block.

Most recently I come by way a small community about 40 miles west of Chicago. There, for the last 20 years, the hats I wore were many, including parent, attorney and public official.

My adult life was pretty much all about that community, including school, village, township and county involvement.

Attending school board meetings led to meeting parents of my children’s friends and like-minded community-oriented neighbors. We banded together when wells for 21 private residents went dry for more than a week. Then, as cornfields became subdivisions at a rate recognized by the local paper as the “fastest growing county in Illinois,” we petitioned the public for support and the township passed two referenda that ultimately preserved more than 1,300 acres of natural areas and parks.

This led to more years of volunteering on planning boards and open space projects and eight years as an elected official.

My most important job was raising my two kids. They are all good kids. In fact, I’ve recently pulled the “MOM University of Illinois” sticker from my car windshield because both have graduated from UofI and are working in their fields.

Among the life changers in my book is a second marriage to a wonderful man with family in the Tampa Bay area; layoffs in 2009 and his transition to a new business venture.

But if life is about living your dreams and coming full circle, at present I may be rounding a bend on both accounts. In my past I’ve taken many a Florida vacation, but living and writing in or near a beach community is truly a dream of mine.

All it took was answering an advertisement in the local paper: FULL-TIME JOURNALIST WANTED: Seeking new journalism grad or experienced reporter. Work in paradise for the newspaper ranked No. 1 in the state by the Florida Press Association.

While my first couple days have been a whirlwind of information and introductions, I have noticed many smiling people, read lots of stories about community volunteerism and seen examples of what Islanders do for each other and the greater good.

I’m happy to report as I come full circle, that this new chapter in my life at The Islander is again set in a community that cares on the beautiful Gulf of Mexico shore of Anna Maria Island.

Recovered body identified

Authorities identified the deceased man found Nov. 12 floating in the water near the Sunshine Skyway Bridge. The dead man is Bang Quoc Luon, 35, of Pinellas Park.

Boaters found Luon on the Saturday afternoon. His body was transported by boat to the Kingfish Boat Ramp in Holmes Beach, where he was taken into the custody of the county medical examiner for an autopsy.

The Manatee County Sheriff’s Office said there was no indication of foul play.

Luon, who suffered from schizophrenia, had been missing since Nov. 7 and had a history of wandering off from his home.

Island road advisories, Nov. 23-30

Construction of a new sidewalk from Gulf Drive to State Road 789/East Bay Drive and from 31st Street to State Road 64/Manatee Avenue will continue this week, except for Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 24.

The Florida Department of Transportation said motorists could expect occasional lane closures on East Bay Drive and Manatee Avenue in the construction area during the project, which is expected to finish in January 2012.

Flaggers will be present to direct motorists and pedestrians should plan alternate routes during construction.

On State Road 64/Manatee Avenue, from east of the Harbour Isle entrance to Bristol Bay Drive, construction will continue on removal of old asphalt, resurfacing, drainage improvements and a new sidewalk and bike path.

The project is expected to finish by the end of 2011.

In Anna Maria, the North Shore Drive-Palm Avenue intersection remains closed and detour signs are posted as Manatee County Utilities Department installs new sewer lines. The project is expected to finish in early December.

DOT construction will be suspended from Nov. 23-27 for the Thanksgiving holiday.

Thankful Island ready for busy holiday

Thanksgiving traditionally marks the beginning of the Anna Maria Island winter tourist season.

Judging by the influx of advance reservations at a number of Island accommodations, it should be a busy and thankful week, owners and managers in the tourism industry predicted.

At the Cedar Cove Resort in Holmes Beach, owner Eric Cairns said advance reservations for the Thanksgiving week were “off the charts.”

Even better news is that quite a few visitors have already booked a reservation for Thanksgiving 2012.

“I’ve been here 12 years and I can’t believe it. That’s never happened before,” Cairns said.

“It seems like everyone is coming this week. We have quite a number of Europeans here and many people plan to cook in their unit on Thanksgiving.”

While he does have a few open nights left, Cairns predicted those would likely be gone by Thanksgiving on Nov. 24.

There are always a few walk-ins Thanksgiving week and Cairns said if the resort fills up, he’ll work to find an accommodation for any late arrivals.

“We have about six other places we work with, or we call the chamber and see what’s available,” he concluded.

Chamber members with rooms available Thanksgiving weekend usually report them to the chamber on Monday or Tuesday preceding Thanksgiving. Quite a few visitors call or visit the chamber looking for a room, said chamber administrative assistant Deb Wing.

But calls have been few this year, Wing said.

“I haven’t had anybody call to say they’ve got a lot of empty rooms,” Wing said last week. She said she’d have a better idea of available rooms by Nov. 22.

But there might not be many open rooms.

David Teitelbaum, owner of the Tradewinds, Seaside and Tortuga resorts in Bradenton Beach, said advance reservations for the week are “excellent.”

He expected to be fully booked by Thanksgiving Day. “It’s a great start for the season,” he said.

But there always will be a few people who decide to come at the last minute. Teitelbaum said he also tries to find something for the walk-in traffic, even if it’s not at one of his resorts.

“We’ll find them something,” he promised.

Likewise, said Jeff Geary of the White Sands Resort in Holmes Beach.

“We’re pretty busy this week. We have one single left for this weekend. If it’s gone when a walk-in arrives, we’ll call around to help them.”

Even vacation rental properties are having a solid Thanksgiving week of requests and reservations.

Jesse Brisson of Gulf-Bay Real Estate said reservations are “normal for Thanksgiving.” That means families can still pick their dates for the week, but rentals are going fast.

“We don’t require a one-week minimum during Thanksgiving and we have a lot of guests visiting family in the area. There are always a lot of last-minute walk-ins to help,” Brisson said.

The Harrington House Bed & Breakfast in Holmes Beach expects to be full this weekend as many regular Thanksgiving vacationers are returning, said owner Mark Davis.

There are a few open days this weekend, but they traditionally go quickly in the days before Thanksgiving, Davis said.

The news from the accommodation industry for Thanksgiving appears to be nothing but good, said Wing.

“It looks like it’s going to be a great week. It should be a very good start for the season,” she said.



Chamber helps find rooms

During busy holiday periods, such as the four-day Thanksgiving weekend, the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce, 5313 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, keeps a list of members that have accommodation vacancies.

Chamber administrator Deb Wing said anyone arriving on Anna Maria Island for the weekend who can’t find an accommodation can call the chamber at 941-778-1541, or visit the chamber’s website at www.annamariaislandchamber.org.

Each accommodation member has a link on the website that provides up-to-date information on room availability.

Fishing – 11-23-2011

Gag grouper season closed but plenty of fish to target

Offshore fishing minus the gag grouper bite — west of Anna Maria Island — remains good.

With a seasonal closure that began Nov. 16, gag grouper are now off the menu for offshore fishers. Catch-and-release action of gags remains good, although most fishers are targeting other species for the dinner table.

Red grouper are still showing good numbers around nearshore structure in 40-60 feet of water. Most of the red grouper you’ll encounter in these waters will be juvenile, so you’ll want to go out to at least 80-100 feet to get keeper-size fish. Use the same baits you would for gags, only add frozen squid to the mix.

Mangrove snapper are another species to target now. For mangroves, you can start in about 60 feet of water and work your way out deeper if needed. Live shiners are probably the best bait for these feisty snapper, although they’ll also eat an assortment of frozen baits. Using a chum block is also effective when targeting snapper. Once you have fish feeding in the chum slick, drift your baits behind the boat to get on the bite.

Another option is to target amberjack. Again, water depths around 60-80 feet are a good place to start looking. Targeting wrecks and reefs to locate these migratory fish can be productive. A number of live baits will work to catch AJs. Live pinfish, threadfin herring, grunts and shiners will achieve the bite. You can use heavy spinning gear or conventional grouper tackle to whip these high-activity reef donkeys. If you’re into big fish that pull hard, amberjack will be right up your alley.

Dave Sork at the Anna Maria City Pier says the bait is beginning to thin out. With frequent cold fronts and dropping water temps, bait is hard to come by. Pier fishers still able to round up shiners are having reasonable catches of Spanish mackerel, and shiners are producing keeper-size flounder around and under the pier.

Pier fishers using artificials are catching Spanish mackerel, ladyfish, lizardfish and skip jacks. Silver spoons, Gotcha plugs and small white jigs are the three lures being used with good results.

Tom Cassetty at the Rod & Reel Pier is seeing good numbers of Spanish mackerel being caught in the early morning hours. Fishers using silver spoons or spec rigs are having good results on these high-activity fish. Live shiners on a long shank hook are also producing a bite. By using any of the baits mentioned, pier fishers are occasionally catching bonito in the 5-pound range.

Fishing around the edges and under the pier is proving prosperous for fishers targeting flounder, black drum and redfish. Most fishers are using live shrimp to catch this trio of species. By using a size-2 hook and 1/2- to 1-ounce egg sinker, you can get your shrimp in the strike zone. Use either a knocker rig or a fish-finder rig to set up your tackle.

Whiting are making a stop by the pier before they head around Bean Point. Small pieces of shrimp on a No. 4 hook weighted with a split shot will catch these small, feisty fish. If you can get enough, they make for a good fish fry, too.

Jonny Keyes at Island Discount Tackle says he’s hearing about good action occurring at both piers on the north end of the Island. Spanish mackerel are providing consistent action in the early morning and evening hours. Gotcha plugs, white crappie jigs and silver spoons are the weapons of choice to get these toothy fish to bite.

Flounder are being caught at the piers and Bean Point beach. Live shrimp or shiners are a great bait choice. If you choose artificials, try a Berkley Gulp shrimp on a 1/4-ounce jig head.

Moving offshore, mangrove snapper and red grouper have become the targeted species now that gag grouper season is closed. Both live and frozen baits are working for either species. When fishing for mangroves, Keyes suggests anchoring over the structure and setting out a chum bag to bring the fish to the boat. Once the fish start to rise from the bottom, free-line frozen sardines in the chum slick to get in the action.

Capt. Mark Howard of SumoTime fishing charters says redfish, speckled trout, snook, flounder, ladyfish, grouper and mackerel have been landed on his recent charters. Clarisse Roy of Canada landed a nice cobia on shiners after the fish followed the chummers to the back of the boat. Roy and husband Martin also landed some nice flounder to get their limit from Tampa Bay.

Howard says the shiners are still hanging around the flats and piers in enough numbers to fill a live well. He suggests using tropical fish food or Capt. Vann’s fish chum to bunch the shiners up behind the boat and make netting them easier and faster.

“Unfortunately the shiner game will be coming to an end as the cold fronts come with more frequency.” Howard suggests switching to live shrimp and cut bait to keep the action hot.

Howard reports good luck targeting redfish using a fresh chunk of ladyfish or pinfish on a 2/0 hook with a split shot tossed under a deep-water dock. “Sheepshead will be in the same areas as the redfish, but will not eat the cut bait,” Howard says. He suggests using fiddler crabs or fresh shrimp to get the convict fish to chew. “Look for the sheepshead bite to get stronger as the fall fishing pattern gives way to winter,” Howard adds.

Looking forward, Howard notes the tides will be extremely low in the mornings with a nice mid-morning high. He suggests taking advantage of the visibility to find natural highways thru the flats and deep potholes, where the fish travel and stage.

Capt. Warren Girle is fishing the grass flats of eastern Sarasota Bay targeting redfish using live shiners. “There are still a good amount of reds in the bay,” says Girle, “although they’ve been scattered the past few days.”

Girle suggests fishing the lower tides to find the reds bunched up in pothole and ditches. This makes it easier to hook up because there will be a lot of fish in one area.

Moving offshore, Girle is catching mangrove snapper on the nearshore artificial reefs. Most of the snapper are in the 17-inch range with a few bigger ones coming to the boat. Also on the artificial reefs, Girle is catching Spanish mackerel, bonito and red grouper.

Capt. Mark Johnston of Just Reel charter fishing is targeting redfish around rocks and docks with good results. Johnston is using live select-shrimp and pitching them around the pilings of residential docks in upper Sarasota Bay and around Cortez. “We’re catching 20-30 reds a day,” says Johnston, “but a lot of them are under the minimum size.”

Also around the docks, Johnston is catching sheepshead and flounder using a No. 1 hook tied to a few feet of 30-pound fluorocarbon for leader. By adding a split-shot about 10 inches above the hook, Johnston’s baits are able to reach the sandy bottom under docks where fish are feeding.

To finish out the day, Johnston is catching snook on mangrove edges adjacent to grass flats. Both live shrimp and live shiners are producing the bite.

Jeff Medley at the south bait shop on the Sunshine Skyway Bridge Fishing Piers says, “There’s an awful lot of species around the pier for this time of year.”

Migratory species such as Spanish mackerel and king mackerel are dominating the bite in the early mornings. Pier fishers using silver spoons and Gotcha plugs are catching limits of macks, mostly in the 20-inch range. For the kings, pier fishers are using floating lipped plugs, such as Yo-Zuri and Bomber lures. To target kings with these lures, let your lure drift away from the bridge in the current until you reach the desired distance, then begin your retrieve, repeating until you hook up.

Flounder are making a strong presence under the pier. Try using live shrimp or shiners for bait. Depending on the current, you want to use a reasonable-size egg sinker to get your bait to the bottom, dragging it along the edges of the pier in the sand. There are some snags under the pier, so be prepared to re-rig occasionally.

Sheepshead are inhabiting the pier, too. “We’re seeing a few sheepshead on every piling,” says Medley. With that in mind, think of how many pilings are under the pier and the potential that represents. Pier fishers using live fiddler crabs or sand fleas are getting the bite. Average range in size for the striped-fish is 2-3 pounds.

Believe or not, Medley says they’re still seeing and catching tarpon around the pier. “We’re seeing 80-90 pounders rolling in the bait schools during the early morning hours,” says Medley.

Pier fishers targeting the silver torpedoes are free-lining live pinfish or ladyfish to get the bite. Most hookups are resulting in a few jumps and then a break-off. Trying to muscle fish of this size from the deck requires extremely heavy gear and a little bit of luck. Typically the fish will run your line into a piling and cut you off. If you do manage to land one, take extra care to release it safely.

For those who like catching silver trout, now is the time to head to the south pier. Pier fishers using small pieces of shrimp on a jig head are catching good numbers of these tasty fish. Remember, there’s no size or bag limit on silver trout, so use discretion on how many you keep. The meat on these fish is best eaten fresh or within a few days of being caught.

Last but not least, Medley reports fishers are having some difficulty landing their catch due to a vast number of goliath grouper lurking beneath the decking. These oversized grouper are opportunistic feeders. They lay in wait under the pier until they see a fish struggling in the current — the fish you’re reeling in. Once the goliath grouper has a target, it swims up and inhales, leaving you helpless against its enormous strength. Needless to say, the goliath gets your fish and you wind up with a broken lure. Remember to reel your fish up quickly, or you too might end up feeding the goliaths.

Capt. Sam Kimball of Legend charters is targeting red grouper and amberjack. “We’re catching limits of red grouper staring at about 80 feet of water,” says Kimball.

Live pinfish or live shiners are getting the bite. Also around these water depths, Kimball is catching good numbers of jolt head porgies and Key West grunts. You can catch either of these species on live or dead shiners, but frozen squid will do the job, too.

Migratory species such as king and Spanish mackerel are abundant offshore around 60-80 feet of water. Kimball likes to throw live shiners on a 4/0 long shank hook tied to 50-pound fluorocarbon leader to target these species. “Don’t be surprised to catch some bonito, too,” adds Kimball.

        Send fishing reports to fish@islander.org.

Island police blotter – 11-23-2011

Anna Maria

• Nov. 11, 100 South Bay, theft. The Manatee County Sheriff’s Office took a report from a woman who said someone stole medication from her baby bag while she was on the Anna Maria City Pier.

        Anna Maria is policed by the MCSO.

Bradenton Beach

• Nov. 12, 600 block of Gulf Drive North, driving under the influence. A Bradenton Beach Police Department officer coming off-duty saw a vehicle hit a raised median. He also saw smoke coming from the vehicle, as well as a flat tire. The motorist was stopped and ticketed for DUI.

• Nov. 15, 2400 block of Avenue B, domestic disturbance. The BBPD responded to a complaint and found a father and daughter arguing about her drinking alcohol in the presence of a minor. The daughter left.

• Nov. 15, 200 block of Bay Drive North, burglary. A man said $350 in cash that he had stashed in a shaving kit was stolen by someone who climbed through a window.

        Bradenton Beach is policed by the BBPD.


• Nov. 12, 10300 block of Cortez Road, vehicle burglary. The MCSO took a report that someone broke into a vehicle and removed a set of keys.

        Cortez is policed by the MCSO.

Holmes Beach

• Nov. 12, 5100 block of Fifth Avenue, theft of motor vehicle tag. A motorist stopped for a traffic violation said she did not have a license plate because it was stolen.

• Nov. 14, 3100 block of Gulf Drive, driving on a suspended license. The Holmes Beach Police Department arrested a man for driving on a suspended license. The man had been stopped for a seat belt violation.

• Nov. 14, 5100 block of Gulf Drive, warrant. The HBPD arrested a man wanted on a warrant from Pasco County. The man was a passenger in a vehicle stopped for a seat belt violation.

• Nov. 16, 4200 block of Gulf Drive, warrant. An HBPD officer stopped a motorist for a seat-belt violation in the vehicle and learned that a passenger was wanted on an outstanding warrant for failure to pay child support in Kentucky.

        Holmes Beach is policed by the HBPD.

        Streetlife is based on incident reports and narratives from the BBPD, HBPD and MCSO.



Islander Calendar – 11-23-2011

Wednesday, Nov. 23


Thursday, Nov. 24

        10 a.m. — Service of Thanksgiving at Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-0414.

        2 p.m. — Thanksgiving dinner at Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-0414.


Friday, Nov. 25

        11 a.m. — Dodgeball tournament at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-1908. Fee applies.


Saturday, Nov. 26

        11 a.m. — Dodgeball tournament at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-1908. Fee applies.



• Saturdays through Nov. 26, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., learn to fish excursions for kids ages 5-12 at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-1908. Fee applies.

• Saturdays through March 18, 9:30 a.m. to noon, Anna Maria Island Concert Chorus and Orchestra rehearsals at Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-7853.

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

• Tuesdays, 12:30 p.m., duplicate bridge games at the Episcopal Church of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-3390.

• Tuesdays, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., coffee and conversations for seniors at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-1908.

• Second Wednesdays, 7:30 p.m., VFW Post No. 8199 meets at the volunteer fire station, 201 Second St. N., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-778-4400.

• Wednesdays, 6 to 8 p.m., teens meet at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-1908.

• Wednesdays and Saturdays, 9 a.m., players pitch horseshoes in the pits at Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information: 941-708-6130.

• Thursdays, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Thirsty Thursday deals from merchants on Bridge Street, Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-799-2181.

• Every third Friday, 5:30 p.m., Porch Party on Pine Avenue in Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-8710.

• Fridays, Senior Adventures Group meets for outings to various locations. Information: 941-962-8835.

• Fridays, sunset drum circle with Mike Sales at Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-526-6789.

• Saturdays, 8:30 a.m., Yoga on the Beach at the Pine Avenue beach access. Information: 941-794-6723.

• 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.

• Saturdays, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., children’s story and craft hour at the Tingley Memorial Library, 111 Second St. N., Bradenton Beach, through Dec. 10. Information: 941-779-1208.



Thursday, Nov. 24

        2 p.m. — Thanksgiving dinner at Longboat Island Chapel, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. Information: 941-383-6491. Fee applies.


Wednesday, Nov. 30

        11 a.m. to 9 p.m. — Festival of Trees begins at the Crosley Estate Mansion, 8374 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, through Dec. 7. Information: 941-722-3244. Fee applies.


Coming Up:

        • Dec. 2, Downtown Holmes Beach Holiday Open House.

• Dec. 3, Sweet Adelines concert, Bradenton Christian High School.

• Dec. 3, Manatee High School Centennial Celebration.

• Dec. 3, Lester Family Fun Day, Anna Maria Island Community Center.

• Dec. 4, Brawn on the Beach contest, BeachHouse Restaurant.

• Dec. 7, Island Christmas concert with Gulf Drive Solo, Sandbar Restaurant.

• Dec. 7, Gulf Coast Writers, Island Branch Library.


Save the Date:

        • Dec. 9, Holiday walk, Anna Maria.

        • Dec. 10, Privateer Christmas parade and party for kids at Coquina Beach.

• Dec. 11, Holiday Jazz Brunch benefit for pets, Daiquiri Deck Restaurant, St. Armands Circle.
        • Dec. 17, Where’s Woody? Holiday Sidewalk Sale at The Islander and Island Shopping Center for local artists.

        Send calendar announcements to diana@islander.org. Please include the time, date and location of the event, a brief description and a contact via e-mail and phone.

Sports – 11-23-2011

Center youth soccer season closes, more to come

Another Anna Maria Island Community Center fall recreational soccer season is in the books after a week of  awards, playoff action and championship games that culminated Nov. 19.

The week started with awards night Nov. 14 when regular-season champs were recognized along with  individual award winners. Gettel Toyota in Division III, LaPensee Plumbing in Division II and Autoway Ford in Division I were champs.

The center added defender of the year to its list of awards. Javier Rivera in Division III, Jean-Paul Russo in Division II, Sibella Glavan in Division I and Greg Moss in Premier Division were the worthy winners.

Division III’s Tuna McCracken, Jovan Vasquez in Division II, Max Driscoll in Division I and Premier Division’s Gabriel Salter were winners of the Pete Lannon goalie-of-the-year award.

The Kenny Randall sportsmanship award went to Ashton Pennell in Division III, Lindsey Smith in Division II, Adam Tontz in Division I and JT Goode in Premier Division.

Emilee Bell of Division III took home female MVP honors. She was joined by Olivia Glavan of Division II, Gillian Cassidy of Division I and Lexie Davis in the Premier Division.

The overall MVP for Division III was Daniel Fritz, while Aiden Grumley took home the honor in Division II. Michael Latimer won in Division I and Julius Gomes brought home the MVP for Premier Division.

Gettel Toyota completed an undefeated season after rolling over Island Pest Control in the championship game by a 6-0 score. MVP Daniel Fritz led the way with four goals, while Jack Groves and Ava Zink each added a goal in the victory. Other members of the Division III champs were female MVP Emilee Bell, Jack Barnes, Josh Calhoun, Allie Connelly, Tori Coover, Charlotte Pardue and Daniel Sentman.

Gettel Toyota advanced to the finals thanks to a 7-1 victory over West Coast Surf Shop Nov. 18. Calhoun and Fritz scored two goals each, while Sentman, Groves and Barnes each added single goals. Ryan Joseph scored the lone goal for the Surf Shop.

Island Pest Control advanced by defeating Island Real Estate 6-1 Nov. 16. Sean Rodriguez scored four goals to lead the way, while Julius Petereit added two goals. Tyler Brewer scored one goal for Island Real Estate in the loss.

LaPensee Plumbing brought home the Division II championship trophy thanks to a 4-3 penalty-kick shootout victory over Jen Crady Massage. Adra Dupris, Sullivan Ferreira, Corbin Gregg and Joe Rogers each scored goals for LaPensee during regulation play. Other members of the team include Emmie Gallagher, Katie Krokroskia, Sydney Leachford, Joseph Peery, Jean-Paul Russo and Rory Welch.

Cameron Pasco led Jen Crady Massage wih two goals while Aiden Grumley and Trent Shackleford added one goal apiece in the loss. Crady advanced to the finals with a 5-0 win over Eat Here Nov. 18, when Olivia Glavan scored two goals to lead. Crady also received single goals from Abby Achor, Grumley and Shackleford in the victory.

Wash Family Construction captured the Division I championship by defeating regular-season champion Autoway Ford 5-2. Neil Carper and Cortni Wash scored two goals each, while Tyler Yavalar added one goal in the victory. Michael Latimer scored two goals to lead Autoway Ford in the loss.

Autoway advanced to the championship game with a 7-3 win over Mr. Bones BBQ. Latimer scored four goals, while Lilly Banyas, Kieran Grumley and Emma Peery each added one goal. Dylan Joseph scored two goals to lead Bones in the loss, with one goal from Madison Gunn.

Wash Family Construction advanced to the championship game by defeating Spinnakers Vacation Cottages 3-2 in a penalty-kick shootout Nov. 16. Nico Calleja’s last-shot penalty kick was the game winner. Cortni Wash and Yavalar scored two goals each to lead Wash during regulation play. Other members of Wash iinclude Brianna Connelly, Gabby Gallo, Skyler Sculco, Gavin Sentman and Alexia Yavalar.

Jacob Talucci scored three goals to lead Spinnakers, which also notched one goal from Henrik Hellem-Brusso in the loss.

Adult coed soccer playoffs started Nov. 17 and will continue until the Island Cup matchups Dec. 2. Look for results in next week’s Islander.


Agnelli takes adult basketball title

The Anna Maria Island Community Center’s adult coed basketball season ended Nov. 15 with the championship and third-place games.

The championship game saw Agnelli Pool & Spa take a 56-52 victory over Beach to Bay Construction behind 25 points from Aaron Duduks and 23 points from Nate Coleman. Frank Agnelli added 4 points and Tyler Krauss finished with 2 points in the victory. Other members of the team include Lelani Bright, Will Langston and Tim Shaughnessy.

Nick Diaz scored 20 points to lead Beach to Bay Construction, which also received 18 points from Scott Eason and 8 points from Tommy Tyrell. Chuck Bucky scored 4 points and George Imes finished with 2 points in the loss.

The third-place game saw Southern Greens take a 48-41 victory over Unique Mobile Detailing. Chuck McCracken scored 13 points and Kevin Austin added 12 points to lead Southern. Troy Shonk chipped in with 7 points, while Wayne Grant finished with 6 points in the victory. Justin Jones led Unique Mobile Detailing with 18, while Ryan Moss finished with 17 points in the loss.


Key Royale golf news

Rose Slomba made a memorable return to her home golf course at the Key Royale Club Nov. 15. The youthful 91-year-old returned from a six-month visit with family and friends in Minnesota and New Jersey and was anxious to get out on the links.

Rose received cheers from her fellow club members, witnesses to her chipin on holes three, six and nine. She finished with an 8-over-par 40.

Rose stays young by playing golf, bridge, cooking for her friends and volunteering at her church.

In other KRC news, the women held their annual Golden Girls Golf Gala “Doe Day” Nov. 15. There were 56 women dressed in gold and bling who teed off with a shotgun start. Play was followed by a luncheon and awards. Sue Hookem and her committe did a fabulous job putting the event together.

Slomba rode her three chipins to first place in the individual low-net category. Second place went to Liz Lang. Laura Purcell took first place with a low-gross score of 39, while Meredith Slavin took second place at 41.

The team of Marcia Helgeson, Judy Ward, Joyce Brown and Kathy Porter won team low net with a 118. The team of Christina Mason, Fran Barford, Nancy King and Shirley Cessna matched the 120 carded by Brenda Solleveld, Mary Pat Swamy, Maryanne Kaemmerlen and Beverly Neville to tie for second place.

Purcell won closest-to-the-pin on number one, while Helen Pollack won on number eight. Mason won the long drive and Maxine Mitchell won the putting contest.

The men played an 18-hole, low-net-of-partners match Nov. 16. Pieter Thomasson and Neal Hammer took first place with a 10-under-par 118. Five shots back in a tie for second place was Joe Dickenson and Gerald Taylor, who matched the 123 carded by Danny Hayes and Joe Latorre.


Horseshoe news

Three teams advanced from pool play during Nov. 19 horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe pits. Sam Samuels and Herb Puryear defeated George McKay and Bruce Copeland 23-6 to advance to the finals. They faced off against John Crawford and Tom Markley, but Puryear-Samuels were unstoppable, winning 23-6.

Two teams qualified for the playoffs during Nov. 16 horseshoe action. Karly Thomas and Sam Samuels defeated John Crawford and Jerry Disbrow 21-10 in the championship.

Play gets under way at 9 a.m. every Wednesday and Saturday 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.