Tag Archives: 01-09-2019

Red tide not reported in Manatee

No concentrations of the red tide organism, Karenia brevis, were observed in Manatee County in the week ending Jan. 6.

K. brevis was observed at background to high concentrations inshore and offshore of Sarasota County and at background concentrations in Lee County.

No fish kills related to red tide were reported.

However, respiratory irritation was reported in Manatee County.

For more information, go online to myfwc.com/redtidestatus.

High-speed, high-priced sports car crash ends in Holmes Beach in DUI arrest

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2016 Lamborghini
Kiri Stewart, 30

A Bradenton woman fishtailed, spun and crashed into two street signs while driving a 2016 Lamborghini on Manatee Avenue in Holmes Beach.

The driver, Kiri Stewart, 30, and her passenger, island businessman Shawn Kaleta, exited the vehicle uninjured, according to a Holmes Beach police report.

Stewart, 30, was arrested at 1:29 a.m. Dec. 29, 2018, for driving under the influence with property damage by Holmes Beach police.

From a parking lot at 4000 Gulf Drive, HB police officer witnessed the Lamborghini travel south on Gulf Drive and take a wide, left turn onto Manatee Avenue at a high rate of speed.

According to his report, the motorist accelerated aggressively, swerving off and back on the road, nearly hitting another eastbound vehicle from behind. The Lamborghini braked, passed the vehicle on its right, spun 180 degrees and struck two signs.

HB police officer approached the vehicle, determined there were no injuries and observed the passenger exit the vehicle, ignoring requests to remain in the car.

Stewart removed her high heels and began performing the field-sobriety test.

Kaleta said, “You don’t have to do this,” according to the report.

Several times HB Police Officer told Kaleta to step away and not to interfere with his investigation.

Stewart performed poorly on the roadside tests and was taken to the Holmes Beach police station, where she refused to take a blood-alcohol breath test.

At the station, Stewart told the officers, “Shawn said we have a get out of jail free card. I guess we don’t.”

West Manatee Fire Rescue was called to the scene due to smoke and odor from the vehicle, and disabled the Lamborghini power system.

With only 7,000 miles and an estimated $150,000 in damages, the vehicle was towed.

The Florida Highway Patrol also responded, reported the crash was due to “inattentive,” careless operation, exceeding the posted speed, running off the road and over-correction.

Stewart was transported to the Manatee County jail, where she posted a $500 bond and was released.

Her arraignment is set for 8:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 31, at the Manatee County Judicial Center, 1051 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton.

Eyes on the road – 01-09-2019

The Florida Department of Transportation and Manatee County posted the following notices for the week of Jan. 7:

Gulf Drive in Bradenton Beach: As part of a pipeline replacement project, crews were working on Gulf Drive between Ninth Street North and Cortez Road. Paving on Gulf Drive from Cortez Road to 10th Street will take place this month, during daytime hours.

Avenue C in Bradenton Beach: As part of a pipeline replacement project, right-of-way restoration work is taking place, including paving operations on 23rd, 24th and 25th streets.

Gulf Drive in Holmes Beach: As part of a pipeline replacement project, Gulf Drive is closed to northbound traffic at 81st Street, with northbound traffic being detoured on 81st Street to access Palm Drive.

For more information about the pipeline replacement projects on the island, go online to amipipereplacement.com.

For the latest road watch information, go online to www.fl511.com or dial 511.

Commissioner hopes to boost business, Anna Maria park events

The loss of one treasure may have led to the discovery of another amenity’s value.

Pine Avenue has become host to a stream of people drawn to City Pier Park, situated at the corner of Pine Avenue and North Bay Boulevard in Anna Maria, as they take part in such city-sponsored events as weekly winter farmers markets and Movies in the Park.

When the historic Anna Maria City Pier was closed in September 2017 due to storm damage, Mayor Dan Murphy proposed a market to draw people to Pine Avenue, one of two main commercial streets in the city, and to create a sense of community.

The city commission approved a seasonal Tuesday market and later approved Movies in the Park, a weekly event in which the city screens a family-friendly film and provides beverages to viewers.

The events have been a hit, according to the mayor.

“I look at the Movies in the Park last Wednesday, for example,” he said in an interview Jan. 2. “There were over 80 people there. I’ve only gotten positive feedback for the events, and people seem to be happy that we are successful in building a sense of community in the city.”

Commission Chair Brian Seymour said in an interview Jan. 2, “I really do feel that so far the events have been a huge success. The farmers market on Tuesdays is very well attended and the amount of vendors that keep coming back weekly show it’s worth their time.”

Karsen Lonzo, manager of Island Cabana, 403 Pine Ave., said events have helped minimize economic losses due to the loss of traffic to the old pier and the effects of red tide.

“Having the pier being closed hasn’t really affected us a lot, but I think that might be because they do the events at the park,” she said in an interview Jan. 3. “On Tuesdays, when there is the farmers market, we see tons of people coming in with bags and produce.”

In addition to the Lilly Pulitzer women’s clothing sign at the front of the shop, Lonzo said the Island Cabana doubles down on its most recognizable brand to capitalize on Tuesdays’ increased traffic by providing Pulitzer-branded bags to carry away purchases.

Seymour, citing the success of ongoing events, wants to see more events in the park, which in addition to the markets and screenings has hosted some holiday events.

“I would definitely like to see events continue after the pier is finished,” said Seymour, who has a business on Pine Avenue, the Anna Maria General Store. “They help us build community spirit.”

“Some ideas we need to discuss, but I have heard or been asked about looking into musical events in the park, community yard-sale type of events, etc.,” he said. “We are trying to add fiscally responsible events, as setup and cleanup is handled by our city staff, which could get out of control cost-wise if we try and do a lot of events.”

Murphy encouraged people to bring community-minded events to the space, like when the Anna Maria Island Privateers hosted Snooks Adams Kids Day at the park in 2018.

“I don’t think City Pier Park should ever turn into a commercial venue,” the mayor said. “But I think it is a great venue for nonprofits to have events.

Groups or individuals interested in hosting an event in the park must obtain a special event permit from the city, which requires commission approval, payment of a $200 nonrefundable fee and submission of a site plan or drawing for the event, as well as proof of insurance with a minimum of $1,000,000 in general liability coverage.

“It’s a great venue for community-type events, not just city-sponsored events,” Murphy said.

However, he cautioned, “I think you can reach a tipping point, and I don’t want to reach a tipping point, but it’s good to see people back on Pine Avenue now and on Gulf Drive. It’s good to see people back in our city.”

City delays depositions in Bradenton Beach sunshine suit

It looks like the tables have turned.

A lawsuit filed in August 2017 by the city of Bradenton Beach alleging six former board members violated Florida’s Government-in-the-Sunshine Law is being met with frustration from the defendants, the same former volunteers previously accused by city officials of delaying depositions, failing to provide documents and prolonging the suit.

The city now has claimed scheduling delays as the defendants attempt to set depositions for city planner Alan Garrett, city clerk Terri Sanclemente, city attorney Ricinda Perry and ex-mayor Jack Clarke.

Clarke initiated the suit that was joined by the city.

At past city commission meetings, Mayor John Chappie and Perry accused the defendants of deliberately dragging the matter out but recent scheduling snafus look like a turnabout.

The defendants are Reed Mapes, Tjet Martin, John Metz, Patty Shay and Bill and Rose Vincent.

The suit alleges violations of the Sunshine Law with regard to unnoticed meetings and emails of a grass-roots organization, Concerned Neighbors of Bradenton Beach, between the members, some of whom served on city boards.

A deposition scheduled for Jan. 4 for Garrett was canceled the day prior due to scheduling mix-ups by Michael Barfield, the paralegal for attorney Robert Watrous, who is representing Clarke and the city, according to Barfield Jan. 4 during an interview with The Islander.

Perry’s deposition, originally planned for Dec. 17, 2018, has been postponed for medical reasons until mid-February.

Unless another cancellation occurs, Clarke was to be deposed Jan. 7, as The Islander went to press, and Sanclemente was to be deposed Jan. 9.

All but two of the pretrial interrogatories of the defendants have been conducted by Watrous and thousands of pages of documents have been submitted by the former city board members.

Defendant Mapes was deposed May 30, 2018, Martin June 1 and Shay June 5. CNOBB founder Bill Vincent was deposed Dec. 12.

Metz and Rose Vincent are yet to be deposed.

Commissioner Randy White — not a defendant, but a supporter of CNOBB — was deposed Nov. 14 allegedly for communication with defendants before and after his election in November 2017.

In an August 2018 email from Watrous to the Vincents, who had a vacation planned months in advance of the deposition scheduled by Watrous, the lawyer wrote, “You do not have the automatic right to declare lengthy vacations on a last-minute basis. Indeed this appears to be a delay tactic on your part.”

In an interview Jan. 3, Martin said the city has the burden of proof as the plaintiff, but the defendants also have the right to conduct their own discovery.

Martin said Chappie and Perry have publicly stated the defendants should admit guilt and settle.

“Has it ever occurred to them that we have done nothing wrong?” Martin said. “I can’t live my life under this suit that the city has brought against us with no evidence.”

Except for Metz, represented by attorney Thomas Shults, the defendants are not represented by attorneys, citing increasing legal expenses as the case crawls along.

When the investigation for the lawsuit was approved by the city in 2017, the commission voted to execute a contract with Watrous and Barfield, not to exceed $5,000.

Since that vote, the lawsuit has cost the city more than $110,000.

At a case management conference Dec. 3, Judge Lon Arend of the Manatee County 12th Judicial Circuit Court ordered a nonjury trial the week of March 18.

Judge Edward Nicholas is assigned to the case going forward in 2019.

Additionally, a hearing for a motion of partial summary judgment for legal fees is planned for Jan. 31 at the Manatee County Judicial Center, 1051 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton.

Holmes Beach sets wheels in motion for new skate park

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Looking back five years to January 2013: Skaters Christian Daniels, left, Nico Calleja, Jack Coleman and Steven Espy take a break at the Holmes Beach skate park. Islander Courtesy Photo
Tito Porrata, left, discusses his plan for an updated skate park Dec. 11, 2018, with skaters Jack Coleman, Matt Bauer, Michael Sabato and Justin McKenzie following a Holmes Beach meeting at city hall, 5801 Marina Drive. Islander Photo: ChrisAnn Silver Esformes

A new skate park is taking priority in Holmes Beach.

While people might assume surfing is the top outdoor sport on a coastal island, skateboarding holds a special place in island culture.

But boarders need a place to hone their skills.

“Going to the skate park was one place where I could just be myself,” Jack Coleman, 20, an Anna Maria Island lifelong resident and skateboarder, said Dec. 31, 2018.

Coleman, along with several other members of the island skateboarding community, has been working with Pivot Custom Skate Parks lead designer Tito Porrata and city engineer Lynn Burnett on an updated skate park along Marina Drive in the 5900 block.

The proposed park will be alongside the city’s public works compound between city field and Marina Drive.

“Just to see Poratta’s design over the last month is very heartwarming, because I love it,” Coleman said.

The original skate park, which was built in 2003 and closed in 2017 for repairs, will reopen in 2019.

The budget for the redo, approved by the commission in 2018, will be $150,000.

The commission also agreed Dec. 11, 2018, to an option to add a bowl — used for tricks and similar to an empty in-ground pool — if the community can raise $100,000 by the summer.

Porrata, a professional skater since 1984, helped design the skate park at Riverwalk, a park in downtown Bradenton.

“Most of the municipal parks in Florida, I’ve designed and managed the construction,” Porrata said. “I call myself a translator between our skate culture and life.”

He said a new skate park would draw people from around the state, as well as locals.

Porrata said the life span of the park would be about 15 years, but could extend beyond that time if it is well maintained.

He said the city plans to use shrubbery to create a safety barrier between Marina Drive and the skate park, as the city continues a redesign of city field, the park and recreational complex bordered by Marina and Flotilla drives and 59th Street.

Burnett said an arborist working on the redesign of city field will meet with her and Porrata to ensure the skate park fits the plans for the field.

“We want to make sure we do the right kind of plants and the right kind of trees and have it dense enough that it can catch any skateboards that might be flying the wrong way,” Burnett said. “That will be incorporated as part of our overall landscape and the architectural design elements of the park.”

“I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of the design, Commission Chair Jim Kihm said upon seeing the rendering of plans for the park at the Dec. 11 commission meeting. “I think you’ve given us something that very well integrates with the rest of the area.”

Mayor Judy Titsworth agreed.

“To me, the skate park is recognizing our local youth,” Titsworth said in an interview Dec. 31.

“It is a given that our visitors will enjoy it as well, it is just really important to me that we remember our youth when designing our park amenities. This is still, in my opinion, one of the best places in the country to raise a family and a skate park complements our beach community perfectly.”

Obituaries – 01-09-2019

Garnet R. Atkinson
Garnet R. Atkinson, 71, of Bradenton, died Dec. 27, 2018. He was born April 10, 1947, in Windsor in Ontario, Canada, to M. Harold and Irene (Beard).

Mr. Atkinson owned and operated his own truck, transporting all types of goods across the United States.

After retiring in 2003, he worked for the Manatee County Golf Course.

A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, at Northwest Baptist Church, 7913 Ninth Ave. NW, Bradenton. Brown & Sons Funeral Homes 43rd Street Chapel is in charge of arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758516, Topeka KS 66675-8516. Condolences may be made to brownandsonsfuneral.com.

Mr. Atkinson is survived by his wife of 38 years, Dolores (Benoit), and son Scot of Holmes Beach.


Gregory T. Burke
Gregory T. Burke, of Bradenton, died Jan. 2.

He was born in Buffalo, New York, and had a long and distinguished career as an executive with Quebecor World, formerly Arcata Graphics.

He served the nation proudly, earning multiple commendations as a master chief in the U.S. Navy.

Following retirement, he moved to Anna Maria Island, where he discovered his paradise, enjoyed the beautiful sunsets and continued his love of the water and boating.

“Captain Greg” shared his love of the area through his work helping others find their dream homes. He had been an associate at Duncan Real Estate for several years.

A celebration of life will be held at noon Saturday, Feb. 9, at the Key Royale Club, 700 Key Royale Drive, Holmes Beach. Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory 43rd Street Chapel is in charge of arrangements. Memorial donations may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project at woundedwarriorproject.org. Condolences may be made to www.brownandsonsfuneral.com.

He is survived by his wife, Cindy Jones-Burke; sons Greg Jr. and wife Jeanine Charlton, Kevin and wife Joanne; step-children Martha and Evan Jones; sister Colleen; and grandchildren Aaron, Kevin T., Michael and Kieran.


Albert ‘Al’ John DiCostanzo
Albert “Al” John DiCostanzo, 89, of Bradenton, died Dec. 21, 2018. He was born April 27, 1929, in Valatie, New York, in the town of Kinderhook, to John and Mary (Palazzo).

He graduated from Martin H. Glynn High School in 1946, proudly served in the U.S. Marine Corps until 1948, and remained in the Army reserve.

He attended Syracuse University, was an athlete on both the boxing and football teams, and graduated in 1954. He was proud to have joined Beta Theta Pi and considered himself a brother for life.

In 1962, Mr. DiCostanzo began his career in the corrugated box industry, employed by Inland container. In 1969, he moved his family to Racine, Wisconsin, where he worked as general manager of Racine Packaging, a division of Great Northern Corporation. Eventually he became president and part owner of the company.

He married Karen Frances Buzzell in 1982.

He retired in 1994 and moved to Anna Maria Island in 1998.

He was an avid golfer, eternally pursuing that elusive perfect game. He also enjoyed watching his beloved Green Bay Packers, traveling, reading — especially the subject of history, grilling and spending time with his family, including Beau, their dog.

A celebration of life will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, at Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Memorial donations may be made to Tidewell Hospice of Bradenton at tidewellhospice.org/home/giving/ or Roser Memorial Community Church at roserchurch.com/give/.

He is survived by his wife, Karen; son Steven J. and wife Diane of Bridgeport, Connecticut; daughters Lucy A. of New York City and Laura Tracht and husband Bob of Orlando; grandchildren Lily and Oliver, and Benjamin, Madeline and Daniel Tracht; sister, Gloria DiCostanzo-Regan of Windsor, Connecticut; and many nieces and nephews.


Barbara Lee Puryear
Barbara Lee Puryear, 84, of Karlin, Michigan, and Anna Maria Island, died Sept. 16, 2018.

She was born April 28, 1934, in Detroit to Everett and Evelyn Barrick.

She filled her life with adventure, as she and her husband hiked the Grand Canyon, snorkeled in Hawaii, canoed Quetico Boundary waters and drove their RV to Alaska.

She had fun entertaining kids as Bobby Gooseberry, a professional clown.

And she enjoyed bonfires on the beach at home in Michigan, as well as playing card games with friends and family.

Until recently, she spent winters on Anna Maria Island, where favorite pastimes included visits to the Rod & Reel Pier and bicycling around her neighborhood.

With friends, she spent delightful evenings at the Island Players theater, as well as dancing and singing karaoke at the Moose Lodge. The relaxed atmosphere of island life was a perfect way to spend her retirement.

A celebration of life will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19 at Tropical Isles in Palmetto.

She is survived by her husband of 66 years, Herbert Ladd; daughters Rochelle Day and Stacey; grandchildren Jesse and Justin Zirwes; brother Don Barrick; and sister Karen Murray.


Beverly Ann Schauss
Beverly Ann (Hexum) Schauss died Dec. 20, 2018.

She was born Jan. 20, 1931, in Rochester, Minnesota.

She was a 39-year resident of Holmes Beach and served on the Seaside Gardens board.

She attended Cottey College in Nevada, Missouri, from 1949-51. She had a long career in nursing, earning her degree in May 1982. She worked at Blake Memorial Center and Pinnacle Health, as well as other locations.

A celebration of life will be held 2-5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 20, at 464 63rd St., Holmes Beach, the residence of friend and neighbor Sandy Haas-Martens. Memorials donations may be made to Bishop Animal Shelter, 5718 21st Ave. W., Bradenton FL 34209.

She is survived by her sons, Chuck and wife Kim of Otsego, Minnesota, and Scott and wife Lynda of Red Wing, Minnesota; grandchildren Eric and Owen of Red Wing, Tony and wife Jaimie Samuelson of

Shakopee, Minnesota, Cassie and husband Mat Zwiebel of Richfield, Minnesota; great-grandson Noah Zwiebel of Richfield; brother Les and wife Barb Hexum of Deephaven, Minnesota; sister Linda and husband Nick Vangelof of St. Francis, Minnesota; brother Steve Schoolmeisters of Bradenton; step-sister Joan and husband Marty Luhman of Rochester; and step–brothers John and wife Sue Schoolmeisters of Otsego, and Jim and wife Marylin Schoolmeisters of Harris, Minnesota.


Dolores Jenkins Socia
Dolores Jenkins Socia of Holmes Beach died Jan. 3. She was born in Mineral Wells, Texas, Sept. 18, 1930, to George W. and Willie Lea Jenkins.

She was married to Edwin S. Crenshaw until his death in 1974.

The family is grateful for the many wonderful nurses and caregivers who attended to her needs over the years. They cared for her like family and made sure she was able to make daily excursions and visit loved ones.

A private family service was held Jan. 5 in Bradenton. Memorial donations may be made to Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring, 2213 Ave. B, Bradenton Beach FL 34217. Condolences may be made online at www.griffithcline.com.

She is survived by her husband of more than 40 years, Clarence J. of Holmes Beach; children Linda L. Joseph and husband Mike of Las Vegas, William E. Crenshaw and wife Denise of Lakeland, Sammye D. Simpler and husband Ken of Pensacola and George L. Crenshaw and wife Marti of Holmes Beach; nine grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.


Patricia Annette Whitfield
Patricia Annette (Millican) Whitfield died Jan. 3. She was born May 27, 1941, in Skene, Mississippi. She was the fourth child born to Andrew and Sarah Millican.

She was married 53 years to Billy Whitfield.

She was an elementary educator in Manatee County for more than 30 years and she spent 27 wonderful years teaching at Anna Maria Elementary School.

She retired from the Manatee County School District in 2004.

A graveside service will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 11, at Fogartyville Cemetery, 4200 Third Avenue NW, Bradenton. Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory 43rd Street Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Condolences may be made to www.brownandsonsfuneral.com.

She is survived by her children, Ellen Darrice and husband Vic Hoffman, William “Bill” James and wife Kapi, and Jerald “Jerry” Andrew and wife Stacey; grandchildren Wyatt and Dayle Hoffman and Chasten, Caden, Sidney and Isabelle; siblings Cille McCool, Jean Millen and Peggy Sullivan; and many nieces and nephews.

Spring-like weather early in 2019 displaces winter fishing

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Zolly Fried, left, and brother-in-law Peter Brandon, both from Canada, along with Jason and Henry Havflik of Minnesota show off their rich reward of mangrove snapper tripletail and sheepshead, caught Dec. 29 with shrimp for bait. The men were guided offshore by Capt. Warren Girle.
Jeff Tomaloff, left, and his brother, visiting Anna Maria Island from Wisconsin, show off a giant amberjack — pushing 80 pounds — that exploded on a Halco popper Jan. 2. The pair also had many others up to 50 pounds. They spent two days fishing, Jan. 1-2, with Capt. Jason Stock, who put the anglers on a big school of amberjack were blasting the surface. Stock said 2019 launched with “beautiful weather and great fishing!”
Capt. Jason Stock led a charter fishing trip Jan. 3 to a hot mangrove snapper bite. Ray Feeney of Illinois shows off just one of the 35 snappers that the anglers kept while on a holiday break on Anna Maria Island with family.

Fishing is exceptional thanks to the spring-like conditions on Anna Maria Island in January.

Whether inshore, nearshore or offshore, there are fish to be caught and there is beautiful weather to enjoy.

And there was no hint of red tide.

The inshore bite for spotted seatrout is quite good when using artificials like soft plastics combined with a jig head. When targeting trout, you will encounter ladyfish and possibly a few pompano.

Fishing structure — inshore and offshore — is yielding a variety of species, with the most prominent being sheepshead. Live shrimp is working well for these convict-striped fish, as well as mangrove snapper, porgies, Key West grunts and hogfish.

Fishing along the beaches, especially for whiting and black drum, is proving to be good when baiting with live shrimp.

Moving offshore, fishing wrecks, reefs and ledges is producing a variety of fish, including amberjack, bonito, hogfish, snappers and goliath grouper.

So no matter what type of fisher you are, Anna Maria Island is hosting some great fishing experiences in January.

On my Southernaire charters, I’m working inshore and nearshore for a variety of species. Sheepshead by far are the most abundant. I’m finding them around structure in Tampa Bay and along the beaches. Casting live shrimp on a knocker rig is luring these nibblers to the hook. Most are 14 inches, although fish up to 18 inches are common.

Fishing around wrecks and reefs is yielding mangrove snapper and Key West grunts. Again, live shrimp on a knocker rig is working well, as my clients are reeling up snapper — in the 18-inch range — and an abundance of grunts.

Black drum for the cooler and catch-and-release redfish are being caught along beaches and grassy areas. Most of the black drum are in the slot of 14-24 inches. As for the catch-and-release redfish, most are 20-26 inches.

So if the weather holds, don’t miss the opportunity to get out and do some January fishing. Whether for sport or for dinner, you’re sure to find it rewarding.

Jim Malfese at the Rod & Reel Pier is ringing in the new year with good catches of sheepshead and mangrove snapper. Both are being caught by pier anglers on live shrimp as bait. Other species, such as black drum and catch-and-release redfish also are taking live shrimp offerings. Malfese also says that casting shrimp-tipped jigs is producing some action on pompano, although the bite is sporadic.

Capt. Aaron Lowman is working nearshore structure with good results. Fishing around ledges and hard bottom is resulting in mangrove snapper, porgies and Key West grunts for his clients. All three species are taking live shrimp on a knocker rig.

Moving inshore, Lowman is finding action around residential docks on sheepshead and catch-and-release redfish. Again, live shrimp works well as bait.

Lastly, casting soft plastics over grass flats in Tampa Bay is luring spotted seatrout to the hook — and the fry pan.

Capt. Rick Gross of Fishy Business Charters is running nearshore along the Gulf beaches for a variety of species. Finding ledges or other structure is yielding mangrove snapper, sheepshead, porgies and white grunts. This bite is occurring in depths of 30-50 feet of water. Live shrimp are Gross’ bait of choice.

Moving into depths of 10-20 feet of water is producing action on spotted seatrout and black drum.

Capt. Warren Girle is taking charters in the Gulf of Mexico for a variety of species, including tripletail, which are being found around floating debris and are taking live shrimp offerings.

While at anchor in depths of 40-50 feet of water, Girle is finding numerous snapper, grunts, sheepshead and groupers. Again, live shrimp is the bait of choice.

While fishing inshore, Girle is putting anglers on black drum and sheepshead, as well as catch-and-release redfish around structure in Tampa Bay.

Capt. David White of Anna Maria Charters is targeting sheepshead around structure in Tampa Bay. Using live shrimp as bait around bridges, docks and rock piles is yielding good numbers of the tasty fish. While targeting sheepies, White is picking up black drum and catch-and-release redfish.

Casting jigs around the passes is yielding pompano for White’s anglers. These fish are being caught on deeper grass flats.

Fly fishing with White is going well, especially at night for catch-and-release snook. Casting flies around green underwater dock lights is resulting in good action on the linesiders.

Capt. Jason Stock is fishing offshore with great results. With any string of calm days, Stock is venturing out to wrecks and other structure offshore for a variety of species. Mangrove snapper, yellowtail snapper and hogfish are being caught frequently by Stock’s clients. For fish that pull hard, Stock is putting anglers on amberjack, bonito and goliath grouper.

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

Streetlife – 01-09-2019

Anna Maria

No reports.

Anna Maria is policed by the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office.

Bradenton Beach

Jan. 1, 135 Bridge St., disorderly conduct. Bradenton Beach police were flagged to a disturbance at the dinghy dock. People at the clock tower near the Historic Bridge Street Pier reported watching the man scream, yell obscenities and drink alcohol. One onlooker signed a complaint and police arrested the man and transported him to the Manatee County jail.

Dec. 29, 900 block of Gulf Drive North, criminal mischief. Windows were broken in two parked vehicles. Photography equipment valued at $3,000 was reported stolen from one vehicle. Nothing was reported missing from the second vehicle.

Dec. 26, Coquina Beach, 1700 Gulf Drive S., drug violation. Bradenton Beach police observed a man and woman in the front seat of a vehicle in the parking lot after-hours. When they approached the vehicle, the officers saw several needles, lighters and other drug paraphernalia among piles of belongings in the vehicle. The man was issued a citation for possessing paraphernalia.

Bradenton Beach is policed by BBPD.


No reports.

Cortez is policed by the MCSO.

Holmes Beach

No reports.

Holmes Beach is policed by the Holmes Beach Police Department.

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

Island real estate transactions – 01-09-2019

50 N. Shore Drive, Anna Maria, a 3,208 sfla / 4,486 sfur 3bed/3½bath/1car canalfront home built in 1956 on a 21,000 sq ft lot was sold 12/10/18, Marquis to 50 North Shore Drive 1 LLC for $1,150,000; list $1,238,000.

307 74th St., Unit 307, Coconut Cottages, Holmes Beach, a 1,738 sfla / 2,282 sfur 3bed/3½bath/1car condo with pool built in 2016 was sold 11/30/18, Walsh to Westfall for $965,000; list $999,999.

510 75th St., Holmes Beach, a 1,550 sfla 3bed/2bath/2car canalfront pool home built in 1979 on a 10,800 sq ft lot was sold 12/04/18, Mears to Brun for $900,000; list $949,000.

404 80th St., Holmes Beach, a 2,744 sfla 4bed/5bath/2car pool home built in 1994 on a 10,530 sq ft lot was sold 12/03/18, Tinkler to Law for $900,000; list $995,000.

3302 Gulf Drive, Unit 102, Sunset Cove at Holmes Beach, a 1,427 sfla 2bed/2bath condo with shared pool built in 2000 was sold 12/10/18, Sunset Cove at Holmes Beach LLC to Sunsets & Sand LLC for $850,000.

605 S. Bay Blvd., Anna Maria, a 2,510 sfla / 5,446 sfur 4bed/3bath/3car home built in 1994 on a 6,000 sq ft lot was sold 12/03/18, Dirk to 605 S Bay Blvd LLC for $850,000; list $998,500.

401 Pine Ave., Unit C, Pine Avenue, Anna Maria, a 2,480 sfba 2,880 sfur retail condo built in 2010 was sold 12/04/18, Pine Avenue Restoration LLC to Fins Up AMI LLC for $600,000.

315 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria, a 1,080 sfla / 2,352 sfur 2bed/2bath home built in 1983 on a 6,264 sq ft lot was sold 11/30/18, Rickard to Jarmon for $565,000; list $569,900.

100 73rd St., Unit 102, Coconuts, Holmes Beach, a 660 sfla / 780 sfur 1bed/1bath Gulffront condo with shared pool built in 1972 was sold 12/12/18, Metz to 100 73rd Street LLC for $499,500; list $477,500.

1325 Gulf Drive N., Unit 121, Tortuga, Bradenton Beach, a 675 sfla 2bed/1bath condo with shared pool built in 1976 was sold 11/30/18, Priore to Tyler for $315,000; list $339,000.

3607 E. Bay Drive, Unit 106, Sandy Pointe, Holmes Beach, a 980 sfla / 1,040 sfur 2bed/2bath condo with shared pool built in 1996 was sold 12/07/18, Roberts to Philpott for $250,000; list $259,000.

1603 Gulf Drive N., Unit 11, Tradewinds, Bradenton Beach, a 540 sfla 1bed/1bath condo with shared pool built in 1971 was sold 12/03/18, Kohl to Hamer for $236,000; list $248,900.

2601 Gulf Drive N., Unit 424, Sandpiper Resort Co-Op, Bradenton Beach, a 384 sfla / 600 sfur 1bed/1bath mobile home with share built in 1968 was sold 12/13/18, Clifford to Kramper for $205,000.

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