Tag Archives: 01-15-20

Support AME, with a healthy run

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Put on your running shoes.

Together with the Bradenton Running Club, Anna Maria Elementary race organizer Kelly Gitt is looking for entries and sponsors for the Anna Maria Island Dolphin Dash and fun run.

The 5-kilometer race and 1-mile run will begin at 8 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 8.

The races kick off in at the school south parking lot, 4700 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.

The 5k runners will start at 8 a.m. and the fun run begins at 9 a.m.

Race day registration begins at 7 a.m.

Awards and refreshments will follow the race.

Proceeds support AME and the goal is to raise $25,000 for new school benches.

Sponsorship tiers are available for businesses and individuals.

Race fees cost $25 per adult and $15 per child under 18.

Also, the race organizers are selling sponsorships to businesses and individuals.

Gold sponsorships are available for $500 and silver for $250.

Both sponsorships include promotional material that will be dispersed at the race also, and gold sponsors get a booth at the race site.

Limited space is available for logo placement on T-shirts, flyers and advertising.

For more information, contact Gitt at 941-357-4488 or email kelly@gittsoldit.com

Eyes on the road 01-15-2020

The Florida Department of Transportation and Manatee County posted the following for the week of Jan. 13:

  • Cortez Road and 119th Street West in Cortez: Work to reconstruct and reconfigure the intersection of 119th Street West on Cortez Road is beginning. Drivers can expect detours.
  • Multiple locations in Bradenton Beach: A Manatee County pipeline replacement project continues in Bradenton Beach, possibly through the spring. Impacted areas include Bay Drive South to Bridge Street, Church Avenue to Cortez Road. Construction in rights of way is expected, as well as increased truck traffic and heavy equipment operations. People — motorists and pedestrians — can expect detours.
  • Longboat Pass Bridge on Gulf Drive in Bradenton Beach/Longboat Key: Work on the Longboat Pass Bridge on Gulf Drive between Bradenton Beach and Longboat Key continue. Southern Road & Bridge, the contractor, is completing final checks and delays are not expected. The new completion target is early 2020, pushed back from the end of 2019.

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

To view traffic conditions, go online to smarttrafficinfo.org.

Youth football kicks off, golfers flow back to KRC

The winter season of flag football for kids at the Center of Anna Maria Island kicked off Jan. 7 with an abundance of games in three age groups.

The league is sporting seven teams in the 8-10 division, four in the 11-13 division and five in the 14-17s. So there will be no shortage of football action in the coming weeks.

The action got started in the 8-10 division when HSH Designs rolled to a 37-18 victory over Rays Ramblings behind the all-around play of Connor Samblis. Samblis threw for two and caught a pair of touchdowns, while also adding an interception that he took to the house for a fifth touchdown. Charlie Neri added a touchdown pass and a touchdown reception for HSH Designs, which also received touchdowns from Savanna Coba and Lucas Signor in the victory.

Jack McCarthy threw two touchdown passes and Reef Marin caught two touchdowns to lead Rays Ramblings in the loss.

The second game of the night saw Moss Builders roll past Beach Bums 26-10 behind a pair of touchdown passes and a touchdown reception from Gavin Lyssy. Ewen Cloutier added three touchdown catches and Brady Thompson chipped in with a touchdown pass.

Hayden Eurice paced Beach Bums with a touchdown reception and an interception.

The third game of the evening saw Diamond Turf roll to a 31-13 victory over Cool Today behind five touchdown receptions from Maddox Culhane and three touchdown passes from Carson Clover.

Peyton Hovda paced Cool Today in the loss with a pair of touchdown receptions.

There was only one game played Jan. 7 in the 11-13 division, which saw Solid Rock Construction slip past Ugly Grouper 21-14 behind a pair of touchdown passes from Victor Albrecht. Evan Talucci added a touchdown reception and Jack Mattick had an interception.

Justin Clark threw a touchdown to Frankie Coleman and Aiden Templeton added an interception return for a touchdown to carry Ugly Grouper in the loss.

Action in the 14-17 division kicked off with Hashmark Sports obliterating Ugly Grouper 54-0 behind three touchdown passes from Ian Godfrey. Chance Hayward had a pair of touchdown receptions for Hashmark, which also got TDs from Shawn Balvin and Nate Costello. Hashmark also pulled in four interceptions that were returned for touchdowns, including two from Costello and one each from Balvin and Alex McCauley.

The last game of the evening saw MuniPlan cruise past Killer Bait by a 20-7 score behind a pair of touchdown passes from Tuna McCracken and a touchdown pass from Fisher Dalhman. David Daigle had a pair of touchdown receptions and Tyler Brewer added a touchdown for the victory.

Ben Barreda threw a touchdown pass to Jackson Hayes for Killer Bait.


Horseshoe news

There was an outright champ named for the Jan. 8 action at the Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe pits. The team of Tom Skoloda and Adin Shank forged the lone 3-0 record in pool play to win the day.

Meanwhile, five teams advanced to the knockout stage of the Jan. 11 games. The team of Gene Bobeldyk and Bob Palmer drew the bye for the first round and watched as Steve Doyle and Tom Farrington eliminated John Crawford with a 22-4 beat down. The other first-round match saw Bob Mason and Tim Sofran advance with a 21-12 victory over Bob Lee and Bob Hawks.

Doyle and Farrington drew the bye for the second round and watched as Mason and Sofran advanced to the finals with a 22-16 victory over Bobeldyk and Palmer. The championship game saw Doyle and Farrington edge Mason and Sofran by a 24-16 score punctuated by a game-ending double-ringer by Doyle.

Play gets underway at 9 a.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays at the Anna Maria pits. Warmups begin at 8:45 a.m. followed by random team selection.

There is no charge to play and everyone is welcome.


Key Royale news

The golf action is heating up the links at the Key Royale Club in Holmes Beach as the winter members flow back to the island.

The action got started Jan. 6 with the men playing a weekly modified-Stableford system match over nine holes. Mike Cusato had a big day, posting a plus-8 to earn clubhouse bragging rights for the day. Quentin Talbert and Joe Tynan tied for second at plus-6.

Tynan teamed up with Dean Christensen, Larry Davis and Jerry Martinek to take the team title on a combined score of plus-4.

The women got out on the course Jan. 7 for a nine-hole, individual-low-net match in four flights.

Flight A saw Pam Lowry, Judy Christensen and Joy Kaiser all card 1-over-par 33s in a tie for first place.

Roxanne Koche fired a 2-under-par 30 to grab first place in Flight B, a stroke over Ellen Boin. Carol Patterson claimed third place with an even-par 32.

Marty Clark’s even-par 32 gave her first place in Flight C by a stroke over second-place finisher Billie Joe Pinson.

Amy Tripp’s even-par 32 put her in first place in Flight D by a stroke over the quintet of Eileen Witzgall, Laney Davis, Susan Van Orsdel and Peggi Clauhs.

The men were back on the course Jan. 9 for a nine-hole scramble that saw the team of Tim Friessen, Blake Ress, Greg Shorten and Quentin Talbert combine on a 2-under-par 30 to earn clubhouse bragging rights for the day.

Bill Anderson, Briam Comer, Neil Hammer and Ron Vandeman were in second place at even-par 32, while Tom Donner, Bill Koche and John Purcell were another stroke back in third.

Weather, fishing patterns change daily — plan accordingly

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Luke and Alisa Conzet, visiting the area from Maple Grove, Minnesota, show off a 30-inch redfish caught in the Manatee River on a fishing charter with Capt. Rick Gross of Fishy Business.
Aaron West Minnesota, shows off a 3-pound sheepshead. The Conzets and West caught their fish on live shrimp pinned on a jighead while working the waters in the Manatee River with Capt. Gross.
John Wong, visiting Anna Maria Island from Campbell River, British Columbia, shows off one of a handful of nice sheepshead he caught Jan. 6 while on a guided fishing trip with Capt. Aaron Lowman. Lowman said Wong used live shrimp on light tackle to “fool the convicts in Tampa Bay into taking his hook.”

Fishing around Anna Maria Island is about as predictable as the weather.

When the seas are calm, anglers are venturing into the Gulf of Mexico to target snappers, groupers and hogfish.

When the cold fronts come, the wind blows and the Gulf is too rough, it is time to move inshore to target sheepshead, black drum and redfish around inshore reefs, bridges, docks and canals.

On my Southernaire excursions, I am watching wind patterns and choosing my fishing spots accordingly.

When the wind blows, I’m working residential docks and canals, where clients are hooking up black drum and catch-and-release redfish. This type of fishing is always good to do on cold, windy mornings when getting around in open water can be less than comfortable.

When the winds are calm, I’m working the beaches and my clients are jigging for pompano. Also, around the beaches are bonnethead sharks, which are fun fighters, as they are feisty on light spinning tackle.

Capt. Aaron Lowman is taking clients to work the nearshore deep grass flats. Trout, ladyfish, bluefish and pompano are readily taking the hook for Lowman’s clients.

After fishing the flats, Lowman is moving to structure, including docks and seawalls, to focus on sheepshead, black drum, redfish and mangrove snapper.

Lowman reports the nearshore bite slowed down this past week due to inconsistent weather patterns, but he’s finding plenty of grunts, hogfish and snapper to keep his clients busy and the coolers topped off.

On calm days, when he’s able to venture into the Gulf of Mexico, Lowman reports catches of tripletail are topping the chart.

Capt. David White of Anna Maria Charters is sticking inshore due to the recent windy days. He is finding success with sheepshead, as they are on the move, thanks to the cold. Also, White is having luck when targeting black drum and pompano.

As a bonus, White is putting his fly fishing clients on tripletail.

Capt. Jason Stock reports excellent catches so far in 2020 on a variety of species. The show-stealers are giant amberjack, which are coming in at weights reaching 125 pounds. Big gag grouper — which became catch-and-release Dec. 31 — blackfin tuna, bonito mangrove snapper and hogfish are accommodating to his clients. Red grouper are taking the hook, but they are closed past depths of 120 feet.

Hamilton Brown at the Rod & Reel Pier reports anglers dropping live shrimp under the pier deck are hooking into a variety of species, including sheepshead, flounder, whiting and catch-and-release redfish.

Brown reports mackerel are being caught on speck rigs, Gotcha plugs and silver spoons when cast away from the pier and retrieved quickly.

Capt. Warren Girle is working the deeper grass flats for catch-and-release trout. While on the trout bite, Girle’s clients are hooking into ladyfish, bluefish jacks and, an added bonus, pompano. Live shrimp under a popping cork or goofy jigs tipped with fresh-cut shrimp are working for all species mentioned.

Dock fishing with live shrimp is attracting black drum, sheepshead and catch-and-release redfish according to Girle.

Capt. Danny Stasny had a medical emergency in the past week and wife Rebekka took over and compiled his report from the information provided by the local guides.

Thanks to Rebekka!

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

Island real estate transactions – 01-15-2020

110 48th St., Holmes Beach, a 3,300 sfla 4bed/4½bath/2car pool home built in 2019 on a 10,000 sq ft lot was sold 12/23/19, Bean Point Properties LLC to Klein for $2,850,000; list $2,995,000.

217 N. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach, a 2,890 sfla / 3,803 sfur 4bed/3½bath/2car canalfront pool hoe built in 2016 on a 7,187 sq ft lot was sold 12/26/19, Ledgerwood to Ach for $1,999,166; list $2,195,000.

306 Gulf Blvd., Anna Maria, a 2,136 sfla 3bed/2bath pool home built in 1912 on a 6,325 sq ft lot was sold 12/20/19, Steel City Sunsets LLC to Levine for $1,895,000; list $1,990,000.

511 Loquat Drive, Anna Maria, a 2,752 sfla / 4,508 sfur 4bed/4½bath/2car canalfront pool home built in 1985 on a 9,945 sq ft lot was sold 12/16/19, Dragonfly Harbor LLC to Sicuranza for $1,700,000; list $1,750,000.

4702 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, a 1,913 sfla / 2,882 sfur 3bed/2½bath/2car pool home built in 1963 on a 9,000 sq ft lot was sold 12/13/19, Oliff to Hobson for $785,000; list $799,000.

3801 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, a 3,066 sfla /3,252 sfur 4bed/3bath duplex built in 1940 on a 5,000 sq ft lot was sold 12/16/19, Oliff to Sire USA Corp for $695,000.

211 85th St., Holmes Beach, a 1,400 sfla / 1,759 sfur 2bed/2bath pool home built in 1959 on a 6,300 sq ft lot was sold 12/17/19, Thorn to Booth for $530,000; list $549,000.

2200 Ave. B, Bradenton Beach, a 1,552 sfla 3bed/2bath home built in 1950 o a 5,000 sq ft lot was sold 12/20/19, Bank of New York to 2200 Avenue B LLC for $456,000; List $450,000.

501 Gulf Drive N., Unit 213, Bridgeport Condo, Bradenton Beach, a 1,128 sfla / 1,198 sfur 2bed/2bath condo with shared pool built in 1982 was sold 12/11/19, Earls to Murphy for $340,000; list $347,000.

Jesse Brisson, broker/associate at Keller Williams on the Water, can be reached at 941-713-4755.

Streetlife – 01-15-2020

Anna Maria

Jan. 2, 900 block of North Shore Drive, lost property. A person reported losing a wallet containing credit cards near the shoreline in Anna Maria Dec. 31. None of the credit card contents had been compromised.

Manatee County Sheriff’s Office polices Anna Maria.

Bradenton Beach

Jan. 4, 2600 block of Gulf Drive North, vehicle burglary. A resident reported to Bradenton Beach Police that items were taken from her vehicle. The passenger door of a Kia Sportage was found open and the seat was moved. Reported missing: a phone charger, coins, a camera and a CD case.

Jan. 7, Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N., trespassing. A 33-year-old homeless man was removed from Bradenton Beach City Hall property after officers found him rolled up in a bedsheet. Police said the man had been warned numerous times about sleeping outside city hall. He was arrested for trespassing.

Jan. 7, Moose Lodge, 110 Gulf Drive S., trespass warning. A Michigan man was given a trespass warning after he was asked to leave because of his dog. The man refused to leave and said his dog was a service animal. While being escorted from the lodge, his elbow struck an employee. According to the Bradenton Beach Police Department report, the lodge employee did not want to press charges and the man was formally trespassed from the lodge for a year.

      BBPD polices Bradenton Beach.


No new reports.

MCSO polices Cortez.

Holmes Beach

Dec. 27, Anna Maria Island Beach Cafe, 4000 Gulf Drive, trespass warning. Holmes Beach police officers were dispatched for a disturbance between two men in the parking lot. Officers spoke to one man, who appeared intoxicated and distraught. He was issued a trespass warning and left. The second man left before HBPD arrived.

Dec. 29, 300 block of 63rd Street, prohibited construction activity. Officers were dispatched to a residence on a report of construction activity in violation of a Holmes Beach city code. Officers heard a saw being used and contacted a man who apologized and said he would quit working.

Dec. 29, 700 block of Manatee Avenue, no driver’s license. An officer observed a vehicle about 11 p.m. being driven recklessly — crossing over the yellow line and passing another vehicle in a no-passing zone. The 25-year-old driver said he did not have a license. He was arrested for driving without a license.

Jan. 1, 3200 block of East Bay Drive, suspicious circumstance. At around 12:30 a.m., an officer came upon a man who appeared intoxicated. He was wet and covered in mud, walking behind the Walgreens store. The man said he crashed a golf cart in a ditch. The golf cart was located and the owner was contacted. The owner said he did not want to press charges.

HBPD polices Holmes Beach.

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