Tag Archives: 03-13-2019

Sunshine suit defendants offer ‘compromise’

The clock is ticking.

Two settlement offers are on the table in the Bradenton Beach versus citizens lawsuit, but it remains to be seen which — if any — will be accepted.

At a March 7 Bradenton Beach commission meeting, the mayor and commissioners unanimously voted to set a March 18 deadline for the defendants to respond to a settlement offer by the city in the lawsuit initiated by ex-Mayor Jack Clarke and joined by the city against six former city board members.

The city’s settlement offer would require the six defendants — Reed Mapes, Tjet Martin, John Metz, Patty Shay and Bill and Rose Vincent — to each pay fines of $500 and admit they violated Florida’s Government-in-the-Sunshine Law.

The offer also requires the defendants produce additional records that were requested by the city but not provided.

But the defendants responded March 8 with an “offer to compromise,” that would eliminate any admission of guilt, provides no fine and no further records.

The defendants’ offer stipulates that the parties would be responsible for their own legal fees.

The compromise also provides for a $10,000 donation from the defendants to the Annie Silver Community Center, 103 23rd St. N., Bradenton Beach, and suggests — but does not require — the city do the same.

The deadline for the city to respond to the compromise is March 15, three days prior to the city’s deadline.

City attorney Ricinda Perry said March 7 that starting with her March 20 deposition, considerable costs will be added to the suit, which has cost taxpayers $168,294 as of March 7.

“We’re probably facing close to $10,000 just for that day,” she said of her deposition.

Perry also said some records requested by the defendants were allegedly destroyed or not provided, and that the defendants filed several motions March 6 and March 7 to block the requests.

The defendants’ compromise states that further production of records would “open the possibility of an endless dispute over this issue and is counter to everyone’s primary goal to end all disputes among the parties. The defendants have provided all public records in their possession and this issue is not part of the lawsuit.”

The defense’s primary legal stance for the case disputes the claims that four of the defendants, who met as members of the Concerned Neighbors of Bradenton Beach grass-roots group and discussed citizen’s petitions to amend the charter, but the subjects were never brought before the planning and zoning board, of which Mapes, Metz, Shay and Bill Vincent were members.

Also, the defendants can ask the city and Clarke to pay their costs if they win, a claim that was made in the pleadings.

Tjet Martin said March 8 that on Jan. 9, during his deposition, Clarke, who accused Rose Vincent and Martin of ex parte communications, stated he could not distinguish Rose Vincent from Carol Harrington at the time he made his claim.

Martin said Rose Vincent was not at the meeting where she was accused of violating the Sunshine Law. Instead, Harrington, who did not belong to a board or any other city committee, was present.

Martin asks now, why didn’t Clarke tell his attorneys he erred in his accusation?

“It’s just one of my reasons for not agreeing to the city’s terms,” Martin said.

Additionally, the defendants claim there may be problems with the Sunshine Law as it pertains to the First Amendment, based on a Texas court ruling.

The Texas Supreme Court ruled Feb. 27 in State of Texas v. Craig Doyal, a similar matter involving open meetings laws. The ruling in favor of the defendant was on the basis that “more clarity is required of a criminal law when that law implicates First Amendment freedoms.”

In the cover letter with the defendants’ offer, submitted by Metz’s attorney, Thomas Shults of Sarasota, wrote, “Compromise by both sides is necessary, with everyone respecting each other’s dignity and recognizing the need to begin healing the deep wounds caused to not only the parties, but also the community, by this lawsuit.”

Obituaries – 03-13-2019

Lauren Audrey (Fletcher) Bilan
Lauren Audrey (Fletcher) Bilan, 30, died March 2.

She was a loving wife and mother of two beautiful children.

She was born Aug. 3, 1988, at Sarasota Memorial Hospital and was raised on Anna Maria Island by her mother, Shelly Fletcher, and late father, Westwood Fletcher III.

Her stubbornness, strength and drive were like no others.

She graduated from Manatee High School and continued her education at MTI as a surgical technician, quickly starting her career.

Her family will receive friends noon-1 p.m. Saturday, March 16, with a celebration of life to follow at 1 p.m. at Shannon Funeral Home Westview Chapel, 5610

Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton. Memorial donations to support her children’s college education are welcome. The Lauren Bilan Memorial Account is with Wells Fargo. Condolences may be made online at www.shannonfuneralhomes.com.

She is survived by her husband, Andrew; daughter Azaelia Brown; son Zander; mother Shelly Fletcher; sisters Heather and husband Chris Foley and Jordan “Jordy;” brother Dylan McIntosh; in-laws Andria and Pete; nieces Audrey, Veda, Caitlin and Allison; nephew Alexander; and many extended family and friends.


Richard A. ‘Dick’ Herman
Richard A. “Dick” Herman, 99, died March 5, in Bradenton. He was born in New York City and spent the summers of his youth in Milford, Connecticut, where he met his wife of almost 75 years, Ruth-Ann. He spent his retirement years in Holmes Beach.

He served in the U.S. Army six years during World War II and fought as a lieutenant in Gen. George Patton’s 3rd Army.

After the war, he and his wife made their home and raised their family in Milford, where he worked as an educator for the Milford Board of Education for more than 30 years as a history teacher, vice principal, principal and assistant superintendent of secondary education.

Dick was an active member of his community, involved in the American Red Cross, the United Way and the Kiwanis Club.

After retirement, he and his wife made a second home on Anna Maria Island, where they spent their winters.

Wherever he was, Mr. Herman was an avid tennis player, sailor, bridge player and New York Yankees fan. In September 2018, he was the honored veteran during the 7th-inning stretch at a Yankees home game.

He also enjoyed reading, playing the piano, watching MSNBC and having a dry martini while listening to the music of Patsy Cline.

Entertaining his many friends during cocktail hour was a favorite nightly ritual, but his best medicine was his beloved care-giver — “the cream in his coffee” — Manuela Espinosa.

A memorial party will be at 5 p.m. Friday, March 15, at the Shell Point Clubhouse in Holmes Beach. A celebration of life will be held in Connecticut in June.

Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory 43rd Street Chapel is in charge of arrangements. Memorial donations may be made to the Richard A. Herman Memorial Educational Scholarship Fund, Milford Board of Education, Attn. Student Activity Dept., 70 W. River St., Milford CT 06460. Condolences may be made online to brownandsonsfuneral.com.

Mr. Herman is survived by his daughter, Nancy A. and husband Patrick Decker; grandchildren Olivia, Magen Tracy, Jeremiah Tracy and Sean Tracy; son-in-law Gerald Tracy; and nieces, grand- and great-grand nieces and nephews.

Youth flag football winds up, adults play on

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AMI Paddlers from Paradise show their spirit March 2 in Apollo Beach, where the team competed in the Mira Bay Dragon Boat Festival. Islander Photo: Courtesy Craig Bradway

The kids’ flag football league at the Center of Anna Maria Island concluded its winter season with four championship games March 6.

The action kicked off with a semifinal game in the 11-13 age division between No. 1 seed CAB Cleaning and No. 4 Grooms Automotive. Grooms 33-14 upset victory over CABB propelled them to the finals, where they outlasted No. 3 Beach House Real Estate by a 36-32 score to win the division championship.

As expected in the 8-10 division championship, undefeated and No. 1 seed Beach Bums won in easy fashion, rolling to a 38-0 victory over No. 2 seed Progressive Cabinetry.

The championship game in the 14-17 division saw No. 1 seed Ace Hardware sew up an undefeated season by edging No. 3 seed Blue Lagoon 21-12.

With one week of season remaining in the adult flag football league, Progressive Cabinetry owns the top spot in the standings with a 6-1 record, just ahead of second-place Lancaster Design at 5-2. Gulfview Windows holds down third place with a 4-3 record, while Beach House Real Estate, Ugly Grouper and Hashmark Sports complete the standings with matching 2-5 records.

In action March 7, Gulfview Windows defeated Hashmark Sports 27-13, followed by Progressive Cabinetry’s 42-24 victory over Ugly Grouper. The final game of the evening saw Lancaster Design outscore Beach House 27-13.

The adult league playoff action kicks off March 21 with first-round games. The semifinals are March 28 and the championship game is set for April 4.

Adult volleyball standings tight
With only two weeks of the regular season to play in the adult volleyball league at the center, it’s anyone’s guess who will take the lead for the upcoming playoffs.

After action March 5, Planet Stone, Ugly Grouper and Solid Rock Construction all have 5-3 records. Freckled Fin follows with a 3-5 record, while Ace Hardware holds down the bottom with a 2-6 record.

Action March 5 got started with Ugly Grouper recording a 25-23, 29-27 straight-set victory over Ace Hardware. Ugly Grouper bounced back with a straight-set victory to defeat Freckled Fin 25-15, 25-16 in a second match. Solid Rock Construction earned a 25-20, 25-7 victory over Ace in the third match, while Planet Stone rolled to a 25-16, 25-13 victory over Fin in the fourth match of the evening. The night concluded with Solid Rock edging Planet Stone 25-19, 25-21.


Island paddlers compete in Apollo Beach
Two teams from the island, having completed two days of training led by Melinda and Craig Bradway, raced March 2 in the Mira Bay Dragon Boat Festival at Apollo Beach.

The seniors mixed team of the AMI Paddlers from Paradise finished fourth and the premiere women’s team won a bronze.

AMI Paddlers include Brenda Rose, Diane Goolsby, Evelyn Silverthorn, Mileah Hudgins, Lauri Fern, Patty Reed, Mandy Boyers, Bonnie Jo Hakala, Judy Gidus, Sandy Bouwer, Jill St. John, Joann Yacono-Brandt, Lynn Kravontka, John Stuckey, Andre Essington, Marty Hurbi, Bill Booher, Rick Jensen, Connie Doughty, Cerise Jensen, Lori Stuckey, Denise Gardner, Gail Trombley, Melinda Bradway and Rick Granite.

AMI Paddlers next plan to race at the Sarasota International Dragon Boat Festival Saturday, May 11, at Nathan Benderson Park, 5851 Nathan Benderson Circle, Sarasota.

For more information about the island paddlers, call Melinda Bradway at 941-462-2626.


Horseshoe news
Four teams emerged from pool play and battled for the day’s championship during March 6 horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe pits.

The team of Bob Mason and Norm Good earned a 23-0 shutout victory over Tim Sofran and Tom Florey in the first semifinal. The second semifinal saw Tom Skoloda and Bob Lee advance with a 23-20, come-from-behind victory over Bob Rowley and Myles Macleod. Skoloda and Lee, the “cardiac kids,” were at it again in the finals, throwing back-to-back double ringers to stun Mason and Good with a 22-20 victory.

March 9 was the sixth annual Pepka Memorial tournament held in honor of the late Ron Pepka, a long-time pitcher and group organizer. The double-elimination tourney saw the team of Bob Lee and Bob Hawks advance to the finals with a convincing 21-3 victory over Tom Skoloda and Jerry Disbrow, who settled for a third-place finish.

In the finals, Lee and Hawks handed Bob Mason and Adin Shank their first loss with a 21-17 victory to set up a winner-take-all final. Mason and Shank bounced back to edge Lee and Hawks by a 22-19 score.

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

Everyone is welcome.


Key Royale golf news
Rain closed the course at the Key Royale Club in Holmes Beach March 5, canceling the women’s golf, but the men got in two regular rounds of action, starting March 4 with a modified-Stableford system match.

Tim Donner carded a plus-5 to win individual honors by a point over Gary Avord, Warren Boin, Larry Pippel and Ron Vandeman.

Donner and Vandeman also were part of the winning team that included Gary Duncan and Hoyt Miller combined plus-9.

The men were back on the course March 7 for a nine-hole scramble. The team of Brian Comer, Marty Hicks and Sam Major combined for the win on a 5-under-par 27.


Sign up now for spring sports
Registration is underway for two youth programs at the center.

Registration is ongoing through March 25 for spring soccer for kids ages 3-17. Cost is $10 for members and $126 for nonmembers.

Player evaluations will start at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 26, for the 8-10 age division, while the 11-13 and 14-17 divisions will have evaluations at 7:30 p.m. There are no evaluations for the 3-5 or 6-7 divisions.

Games will be Tuesday nights starting April 2.

The center also is offering a T-ball league for kids 3-6 years of age. Cost is $10 for members and $96 for nonmembers and the last day to register is Saturday, April 6.
T-ball skills clinics and games will take place at 6:30 p.m. Monday nights starting April 8.

Registration for either sport can be completed online at www.centerami.org or at the center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria.

For more information, all the center at 941-778-1908.

The Islander Classifieds: Wednesday, March 13, 2019


TWO SLEEPER SOFAS: Two years old. Garage motor. $50 each. Karl, 941-704-7798. dieter.kurz@bluewin.ch.

COLEMAN INSTANT CANOPY: 10-by-10-foot, easiest setup, $50. 920-915-4961.

COMPUTER: DELL, WINDOWS 10, refurbished, $70. 941-756-6728.

WOOD LOBSTER CRATE: Excellent condition, $55. Tall Florida-style lamp, $20. Call 616-402-6093.

WHITE WICKER SET: Lamp, mirror, chair, stool, $50, portable massage table, great shape, $50. karentmackay@hotmail.com.

MOVING: BABY GRAND piano. Too large. Price negotiable. Call 941-778-2192 or 941-545-0915.

ANTIQUE PARTNER DESK: All wood, $1,000. See at The Islander office, 3218 E. Bay Drive, Holmes Beach. 941-778-7978.

FOUR OAK OFFICE chairs: Antiques, perfect for eclectic dining set. The Islander newspaper, 3218 E. Bay Drive, Holmes Beach. 941-778-7978.

Individuals may place one free ad with up to three items, each priced $100 or less, 15 words or less. FREE, one week, must be submitted online. Email classifieds@islander.org, fax toll-free 1-866-362-9821. (limited time offer)


HIT AND RUN: On Monday, Feb. 18 (President’s Day) my son was hit by a Mercedes SUV at the corner of Gulf Drive. and Pine Avenue in Anna Maria at about 1:30 p.m. Thankfully, he escaped serious injury. If anyone witnessed or knows anything about this incident, I would be grateful if they contacted the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office and refer to case #2019004679. Thank you, Charles Cowin.

DO YOU KNOW Cindy? Lives on AMI from Philadelphia. 40-ish shorthaired brunette loves to play pool. Met her and gave her my number incorrectly. Please pass this along if you know her. Many thanks. Robert, 941-275-7251.

WANTED: WORKOUT DVDs and retired but working XBox, Wii units with games for Ministry of Presence for kids and teens in Haiti. Deliver to The Islander, 3218 E. Bay Drive, Holmes Beach.

WANTED: YOUR OLD cellphone for recycling. Deliver to The Islander, 3218 E. Bay Drive, Holmes Beach.

AERIAL PHOTOS of Anna Maria Island. View and purchase onli ne: www.jackelka.com.

FREE GUN LOCK courtesy of Project Childsafe, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and Holmes Beach Police Department. Pick up at The Islander office, 3218 E. Bay Drive, Holmes Beach. Don’t be sorry, be safe.


ROSER THRIFT SHOP and annex open 9:30 a.m.- 2 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday. Donations preferred 9 a.m.-11 a.m., Wednesdays. 511 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Call 941-779-2733.

CRAFT AND YARD Sale: 8 a.m. until? Baked foods, lunch available. Sandpiper Resort, 2601 Gulf Drive N. Bradenton Beach.

Garage sale: 8 a.m.-11 a.m. Saturday, March 16. No early birds. Sofa, living room chair, dining furniture, DVD player, fishing equipment, lots of great stuff. Don’t miss this one! 524 71st St., Holmes Beach.

YARD SALE: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, March 16. Household items. 505 72nd St., Holmes Beach.

Y-ART SALE: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, March 16-17. ORIGINAL paintings and custom jewelry by local artist, Stephanie Flis. 526 Key Royale Drive, Holmes Beach. 941-356-9474.


FOUND ON GULF Drive: Biker’s tire repair kit. 941-778-8626.


WANTED! FOSTERS, VOLUNTEERS to help Moonracer No Kill Animal Rescue. Please email: moonraceranimalrescue@gmail.com.


2001 OLDSMOBILE ALERO: 51,000 miles, two original owners. Good condition, cold air conditioning, maintained locally. $2,500. 804-305-0744.


BIMINI BAY SAILING: Small sailboat rentals and instruction. Day. Week. Month. Sunfish, Laser, Windrider 17 and Precision 15. Call Brian at 941-685-1400.

PONTOON BOAT RENTAL Create life long memories. Call 941-778-2121 or see boatflorida.net.

GRADY WHITE 228 Yamaha 200, four-stroke. $28,900. 941-761-8761.

WANTED: 10,000-lb. boat lift needed for a short-term rental. Bimini Bay. 941-737-4253.


HOUSEKEEPER: PART-TIME at Haley’s Motel. Must have own transportation and speak English. Prior experience required. Haley’s is a non-smoking property. 941-778-5405.

OFFICE MANAGER: LOOKING for a new challenge in the vacation rental business? Florida Dreams Realty is looking for an office manager with experience in the industry, who knows how to handle the daily operations, is a kind of all-rounder, loves to work with people and is of high professional and ethical standard. Interested? Please, send your resume to info@florida-dreams.com or call 941-779-5700.

REPORTER WANTED: Full- to part-time. Print media, newspaper experience required. Apply via email with letter of interest to news@islander.org.


KIDS FOR HIRE ads are FREE for up to three weeks for Island youths under 16 looking for work. Ads must be placed in person at The Islander office, 3218 E. Bay Drive, Holmes Beach.


CARING, COMPASSIONATE REGISTERED CNA, 10 years experience. Guisela, 941-685-2329.


ISLAND COMPUTER GUY, 37 years experience. On-site PC repairs, upgrades, buying assistance and training. Call Bill, 941-778-2535.

CLEANING: RESIDENTIAL, COMMERCIAL, vacation, construction, rentals and power washing. 941-744-7983.

U FLY I drive your car anywhere in the USA. Airport runs, anywhere. Office, 941-447-6389. 941-545-6688.

I DON’T CUT corners, I clean corners. Professional, friendly cleaning service since 1999. 941-779-6638. Leave message.

NEED A RIDE to airports? Tampa $65, St. Pete, $55, Sarasota, $30. Gary, 863-409-5875. gvoness80@gmail.com.

B-SAFE-RIDES: Peggy, R.N I live on Anna Maria Island. Airport, 1-6 seats and personal rides, errands, etc. Don’t risk it! Call now, 727-902-7784.

BOB THE PAINTER: Relocated with 35 years painting, faux, wallpapering, drywall. Reliable. Free estimates. 419-265-3950.

BUSINESS-TO-BUSINESS JD’s Window Cleaning looking for storefront jobs in Holmes Beach. I make dirty windows sparkling clean. 941-920-3840.

BEACH SERVICE air conditioning, heat, refrigeration. Commercial and residential service, repair and/or replacement. Serving Manatee County and the Island since 1987. For dependable, honest and personalized service, call Bill Eller, 941-795-7411. CAC184228.

ANYONE CAN TAKE a picture. A professional creates a portrait. I want to be at your wedding! www.jackelka.com. 941-778-2711.

RELAXING MASSAGE IN the convenience of your home or hotel. Massage by Nadia, more than 20 years on Anna Maria Island. Call today for an appointment, 941-518-8301. MA#0017550.MA#0017550.


CONNIE’S LANDSCAPING INC. Residential and commercial. Full-service lawn maintenance, landscaping, cleanups, hauling and more! Insured. 941-778-5294.

ISLAND LAWN SPRINKLER Service: Repairs, installs. Your local sprinkler company since 1997. Call Jeff, 941-778-2581.

SHELL DELIVERED AND spread. $55/yard. Hauling all kinds of gravel, mulch, top soil with free estimates. Call Larry at 941-795-7775, “shell phone” 941-720-0770.

NATURE’S DESIGN LANDSCAPING. Design and installation. Tropical landscape specialist. Residential and commercial. 35 years experience. 941-448-6336.

STRAIGHT SHOT LANDSCAPE: Shell, lime rock, palms, river rock, construction demolition, fencing, pressure washing, hauling debris and transport. Shark Mark, 941-301-6067.


VAN-GO PAINTING residential/commercial, interior/exterior, pressure cleaning, wallpaper. Island references. Bill, 941-795-5100. www.vangopainting.net.

CUSTOM REMODELING EXPERT. All phases of carpentry, repairs and painting. Insured. Meticulous, clean, sober and prompt. Paul Beauregard, 941-730-7479.

TILE -TILE -TILE. All variations of ceramic tile supplied and installed. Quality workmanship, prompt, reliable, many Island references. Call Neil, 941-726-3077.

GRIFFIN’S HOME IMPROVEMENTS Inc. Handyman, fine woodwork, countertops, cabinets and wood flooring. Insured and licensed. 941-722-8792.

JERRY’S HOME REPAIR: Carpentry, handyman, light hauling, pressure washing. Jack of all trades. Call 941-447-2198.

ARTISAN DESIGN TILE and Marble. Building our reputation on excellent service and focused craftsmanship, one job at a time. www.ArtisanDesignTileAndMarble.com. Call Don, 941-993-6567.

SOUTHWEST HOME IMPROVEMENT: Michigan builder, quality work guaranteed. Affordable, timely, within budget. Call Mike, 1-616-204-8822.

R. A. GONZALEZ CONSTRUCTION: Re-roof and leak specialist. Residential/hotels/commercial. Repairs, shingles, tile, metal, flat. Quick response. Quality work at reasonable rates. References. Insured/licensed. #CCC1330056. Call Bryan at 727-277-9502.


JUST OFF THE Island: Two retail storefronts for lease on Cortez Road. High visibility, high traffic. Water included. 7818 Cortez Road, approx 800 sf, 7834 Cortez Road, approximately 1,600 sf. 941-746-8666.

VACATION RENTAL: BEAUTIFUL one-bedroom condo. Pool, one block to beach, cable, Wi-Fi. Available January-March, $3,000/month. 941-778-1915.

SEEKING FEBRUARY OR partial month. Mangrove Avenue to Cypress Avenue, Anna Maria, $4,000-5,000. 419-957-6794.

HOLMES BEACH: ANNUAL elevated, unfurnished 2BR/2BA, garage, lanai, no smoking/pets. $1,500/month. 970-331-1042.

ANNUAL RENTAL ON AMI: WE make Island living carefree! Weekly cleaning service, pool and yard maintenance included. 2BR/2BA remodeled duplex with motel amenities. Private pool with Jacuzzi. Fully furnished. Available May 5. $4,000/month. Tom, 941-993-4909.

SMALL OFFICE SPACE for rent; approx. 150 sf. $600/month, $500 deposit. 5386 Gulf Drive, Suite 101. 941-746-8666.

ANNUAL: 2BR/1BA, steps to beach, second story. $1,000/month, $700 deposit. 941-746-8666.

HOLMES BEACH: 2BR/2BA condo. Gorgeous bay views. See: FloridaRentalbyOwners.com. #1106. 207-944-6097.

AVAILABLE RENTAL: APRIL 2019 and October-April 2020. 2BR/2BA ground-level with carport and patio. Charming, plantation shutters. 1.5 blocks to Gulf beaches. Updated, granite countertops, recessed lighting, flat-screen TVs in each room. Must see! Anna Maria. 941-565-2373.

ANNUAL RENTAL: 2BR/2BA, Bradenton Beach. Covered parking and storage, two blocks to the beach. Available March 5. Call 925-596-0785.

LOOKING FOR: ANNA Maria Island house to rent, prefer 2BR, consider other. Nov. 10-Dec. 1. Must have room in driveway for a 20-foot Bass boat. Jeannene, 608-206-6250.

HOLMES BEACH: 2BR/2BA condo. Gorgeous bay views. See: FloridaRentalbyOwners.com. #1106. 207-944-6097.

OFF-SEASON STARTING May 15. Perico Bay 2BR/2BA, one-car garage. Updated villa. Book now. $1,500/month. Flexible. Real Estate Mart, 941-356-1456.

ANNUAL: 4BR/2BA WITH exercise room, pool, garage, walk to beach, good location. $2,500/month. 703-587-4675.

ANNUAL: GULF VIEW, few steps to beach. 2BR/2BA with den, sunroom, deck, garage. Good location. $2,500/month. 793-587-4675.

ANNUAL RENTAL: GROUND-floor duplex apartment. 2BR/2BA, washer-dryer hookup. $1,800/month plus deposit. 941-778-9378.

HOLMES BEACH DUPLEX: 2BR/2BA beautifully furnished, garage included. No pets, no smoking. Six-eight months. $1,750/month. 941-778-2824.

HOLMES BEACH: Westbay Point and Moorings. 2BR/2BA condo. Furnished, best bay views. May 6-eight months. No smoking. $2,150/month. 941-778-2824.


STARTING FROM THE low $300,000s. Only minutes from the beach, this new active adult community is perfectly located just south of Manatee Avenue off Village Green Parkway. Perfectly designed, open 2BR or 3BR/2BA plus den and two-car garage floor plans. Luxurious amenities, pool, spa, gym, pickleball and fenced-in dog park. HOA only $209/month. Models open daily. Contact us, 941-254-3330. www.MirabellaFlorida.com.

MOBILE HOME FOR SALE, Cortez, FL. All new inside and out, vinyl siding, lifetime roof, central AC, new granite counters with island and desk area, paver patio, 2BR/1BA. $129,500. Call 508-397-3953.

NORTH BEACH VILLAGE: Gorgeous turnkey furnished totally updated 3BR/2.5BA, two blocks from the beach, hardwood floors, new kitchen, great rental history. Only $539,000. Call Kathleen White at 941-773-0165. Island Real Estate.

MOBILE HOME FOR sale (55-plus Sandpiper Resort Co-op). 50 steps from the beach. 1BR/1BA, fully furnished, new floors. $75,000. Call Erik, 813-679-3561.

PERICO BAY CLUB ground-level updated 2BR/2BA villa with water views. $279,000. Call Kathleen White at 941-773-0165. Island Real Estate. KWhite35@tampabay.rr.com.

PERICO BAY CLUB; Beautiful water views. 2BR/2BA. available furnished, below comps. $219,900. View anytime. 941-545-5806.

ANNA MARIA ISLAND: Sweet spot. Waterfront 3BR/2BA home. Caged, heated pool and spa. Boat lift and dock. Vaulted ceiling. New, low price, $699,900. Exclusive, Real Estate Mart, 941-356-1456.

AFFORDABLE DOUBLEWIDE: HANDYMAN. $29,000 or best offer. Nine miles to beach. Ask for JB, Real Estate Mart, 941-356-1456.

OPEN HOUSE: 1-3 p.m. Sunday, March 17. Sunny Shores Park,3905 115th St. Court West, Bradenton, Florida.

Island real estate transactions – 03-13-2019

315 Spring Ave., Anna Maria, a 1,428 sfla / 3,456 sfur 3bed/2bath/2car pool home built in 1986 on a 7,569 sq ft lot was sold 02/27/19, Pritchard to SPE 105 LLC for $869,000; list $889,000.

210 Fir Ave., Anna Maria, a vacant 7,900 sq ft lot was sold 02/27/19, Miller to Freeman for $975,000.

125 47th St., Unit A, Coastal Cottages, Holmes Beach, a 1,470 sfla 3bed/3bath/1car condo with pool built in 2011 was sold 02/22/19, Tomar Products Corporation to Mission Estates LLC for $890,000; list $975,000.

101 11th St. S., Bradenton Beach, a 1,362 sfla 3bed/1½bath home built in 2016 on a 2,213 sq ft lot was sold 02/20/19, Kennedy to Heller for $1,000,000; list $1,000,000.

620 Key Royale Drive, Holmes Beach, a 3,215 sfla / 4,589 sfur 4bed/5bath/2car canalfront pool home built in 2017 on a 9,496 sq ft lot was sold 02/25/19, Rhine LLC to 620 Key Royale LLC for $1,750,000; list $1,899,000.

6200 Flotilla Drive, Unit 304, Westbay Point & Moorings, Holmes Beach, a 985 sfla / 1,377 sfur 2bed/2bath condo with shared pool built in 1979 was sold 02/25/19, Hardvall to Hallett for $364,500.

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

Streetlife – 03-13-2019

Anna Maria

Feb. 27, Sandbar Restaurant, 100 Spring Ave., battery. A Manatee County sheriff’s deputy was dispatched to a fight between two employees in the restaurant kitchen. The victim declined to press charges. No injuries were reported.

March 4, 100 block of Hammock Road, domestic disturbance. Family members argued. An MCSO deputy responded, and no physical violence was reported or observed.

Anna Maria is policed by the MCSO.

Bradenton Beach

March 2, 200 block of Bay Drive, domestic battery. While arguing about who drank the last beer, a 48-year-old man grabbed his girlfriend’s arm, bruising it between the elbow and shoulder. The man was arrested, taken to BBPD station and booked at the Manatee County jail.

March 3, 2200 block of Avenue B, suspicious circumstances. A woman reported several boxes that were packed for a move were opened by an unknown person and a stereo valued at $500 went missing. BBPD advised the woman to recheck her belongings and provide serial numbers for any missing items.

March 4, 100 block of First Street North, battery. Dispatched to a disturbance, a Bradenton Beach police officer found a man lying in the road and another man standing next to him. The man standing was arrested for battery after telling police he punched the man following an argument over a ride home. The victim was unable to fill out a statement due to his impairment. He was transported to Blake Medical Center in Bradenton for treatment.

Bradenton Beach is policed by BBPD.


Feb. 27, 10000 block of Cortez Road, break-in. A 38-year-old man reported an unknown person attempted to enter his apartment.

March 3, Swordfish Grill & Tiki Bar, trespass warning. A man was warned for trespassing after he was observed sleeping in a car in the parking lot.

Cortez is policed by the MCSO.

Holmes Beach

March 1, 200 block of 84th Street, theft. Dispatched for a theft, Holmes Beach police spoke to a man who noticed 15 $20 bills and a $100 bill were missing after he placed his wallet on a dresser.

March 1, 600 block of North Point Drive, theft. A commercial fisher reported 60, 35 and 25 gallons of fuel siphoned from his gas tanks on his center-console fishing boat Feb. 22-28. HBPD took photographs of evidence on the boat.

March 2, Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Marchman Act. A Holmes Beach police officer responded to a report of a man passed out near the restrooms. HBPD contacted emergency medical services and he was transported for treatment to Blake Medical Center in Bradenton.

March 4, Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, theft. A $400 black bicycle was reported stolen from a bike stand. The owner told police he locked the bike but could have left the key in the lock before walking to the beach.

March 4, Alvin’s Island, 3602 E. Bay Drive, theft/marijuana. After watching a customer remove price tags and place merchandise into his pockets for three hours, a store manager called police to report a theft. When police arrived, an officer reported the man was biting off a price tag from an item. The store reported $235.19 in attempted stolen items. Nine grams of marijuana was found in the man’s shirt pocket and in a vial that he dropped on the floor.

Holmes Beach is policed by HBPD.

Streetlife is based on incident reports and narra- tives from the BBpd, HBpd and mcSo.

Reporter Sandy ambrogi contributed to this report.

Know weather conditions, best bait for available catch

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Colby Starrett, visiting from Ohio, shows off his catch — a bonito — caught offshore using white bait on a March 8 charter. Colby was guided to the fish by Capt. Warren Girle.

People fishing around Anna Maria Island will find all kinds weather in March.

Some days we experience hot, humid weather, with no breeze. Other days are springlike with warm sun and cool breezes. And other days are cold, dreary and windy.

So anglers need to adapt to be successful on the water.

Bait is equally important to put fish on the table or to grab a trophy photo.

On warm, clear days, it’s wise to use live shiners as bait. Spotted seatrout, catch-and-release redfish and snook — all on the feed with these conditions— will readily eat a shiner.

On colder, windier days, you might put the cast net away and buy some live shrimp to use as bait. On these days, you might find yourself staying out of the wind and seeking warmer water in canals and around docks. Using shrimp in these areas will attract sheepshead, black drum and catch-and-release redfish. I wouldn’t be surprised if you hook a couple of catch-and-release snook, as well.

On my Southernaire charters, I’m keeping my options open. With a string of beautiful days, I am working the flats for catch-and-release snook. Live shiners free-lined around mangrove shorelines, shallow flats and other staging points are producing some exceptional action on linesiders for sport fishers.

On days when it’s calm and sunny and water temps are in the mid-70s, we are experiencing some of the best catch-and-release snook fishing of the year. Spotted seatrout are receptive in these conditions. Over deep grass areas, I’m finding quite a few slot-size fish, as well as gator trout in the mix.

On the not so favorable weather days, I’m switching tactics and using live shrimp as bait. I’m also changing locations. On days around the cold fronts, water temperatures drop dramatically, having a negative affect on the catch-and-release snook. In layman’s terms, “when it’s too cold, they ain’t gonna bite.” On these days, I’m moving to calmer waters, such as canals and other areas that provide shelter from the wind. These areas are host to sheepshead, black drum and catch-and-release redfish. All three of these species love to eat shrimp and that’s what I’m offering.

No matter what the conditions, there are always fish to be caught. You first need to put a line in the water and find out what’s biting.

On a final note, snook and redfish are still closed in our region. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission will hold a meeting in May to reassess the closure but, for now, both species are catch-and-release. Also, keeper spotted seatrout are limited to the slot of 15-20 inches — no oversize fish.

Capt. Warren Girle is taking anglers to nearshore structure with good results. Using live shrimp as bait is yielding a variety of species, but especially sheepshead. Mixed in with the convict fish are the usual suspects — mangrove snapper, Key West grunts, flounder and juvenile grouper. Another species being found on nearshore structure are black drum, which are typically caught in shallower areas. The inshore bite also is producing action for Girle’s clients around residential docks and canals, where redfish, black drum and an occasional catch-and-release snook are taking their bait.

Jim Malfese at the Rod & Reel Pier says the sheepshead bite is in full swing. Pier fishers using live shrimp as bait are reeling up numerous sheepies in a morning of fishing. While targeting sheepshead, they’re also hooking into flounder and black drum. Pompano are being caught by pier fishers casting out jigs tipped with fresh-cut pieces of shrimp.

Capt. Aaron Lowman is guiding his charters to snook along the mangrove shorelines. With the recent arrival of white bait on the flats, his sport anglers are finding the snook active and feeding. Best results are occurring on the warmer days of the week. On cooler days, Lowman is using live shrimp as bait. Anglers casting shrimp around rocks and docks are producing action on sheepshead, flounder, black drum and catch-and-release redfish. Moving into the Gulf of Mexico, where mangrove snapper, porgies and Key west grunts are in abundance, live shrimp is working well. Tripletail also are taking the bait.

Capt. David White of Anna Maria Charters is taking advantage of the calm days when the wind is light by fishing offshore structure and hard bottom in the Gulf of Mexico, where there’s action on African pompano, mangrove snapper, red grouper and amberjack. For bait, White carries a smorgasbord — live pinfish and shiners, as well as frozen baits, such as sardines and squid. Moving inshore, White is using live shiners to target catch-and-release snook for trophy photos.

Capt. Jason Stock is working wrecks offshore when the seas are calm, producing some exceptional mangrove snapper. Live shiners on a bottom rig are attracting snapper 6-9 pounds. And, in case you didn’t know about mangrove snapper, these are big ones. Also, while on patrol around the wrecks, Stock is putting his anglers to work on large amberjack, as well as a few kingfish. Permit also are making a strong showing on some wrecks.

On windy days, he is working inshore for catch-and-release snook and redfish.

And he’s testing out his new offshore boat. Stay tuned.

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


FWC changes shark fishing rules

Shark hunters beware.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has changed shark fishing regulations, including the shore-based shark fishery.

In recent years, local authorities, in Anna Maria in particular, have dealt with clashes between beachgoers, crabbers and shore-based shark fishers.

Rule changes include:
• Creation of a mandatory, no-cost, annual shore-based shark fishing permit.
• Those under 16 must meet an educational requirement unless they fish with an adult with a permit.
• No chumming when fishing from the beach for any species.
• Shore fishers must immediately release any prohibited shark species.
• Prohibited shark species must remain in the water when fishing from either shore or vessel.
• Requires use of a device capable of quickly cutting the leader or hook when targeting sharks.
• Observe new definitions for beach, chumming and shore-based shark fisher.