Tag Archives: 06-24-2020

Beach renourishment to start July 2 in Holmes Beach

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Workers mobilize equipment June 19 at the staging area at the Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, for a beach renourishment project, which will start July 2 on the beach at 78th Street North in Holmes Beach, working south to Longboat Pass. Islander Photo: ChrisAnn Allen

Holmes Beach — Sometimes the beach needs a boost.

The first of two beach renourishment projects, approved by the Manatee County Board of Commissioners in October 2019, will start July 2.

The projects are planned to restore sand lost through erosion by pumping sand in pipes from an offshore seabed to the beach.

The first phase, the Central Beach Project, will start at 78th Street North in Holmes Beach and run south to about Fifth Street South in Bradenton Beach.

The second phase, the Coquina Beach Project, will start at Fifth Street South in Bradenton Beach and continue south to Longboat Pass.

The anticipated schedule for the project, weather permitting, provided by contractor Marinex Construction of Charleston, South Carolina, will be:

  • Mobilization: Through July 1;
  • Beach fill: July 2-Oct. 31;
  • Demobilization: Oct. 31-Nov. 15.

Construction equipment will be moved down the beach around the clock, with heavy activity in front of each property expected to continue no longer than a few days. Severe weather, mechanical issues or environmental protections could cause delays, according to the county website.

For the first phase, federal funding from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will pay 59.05% of the projected $20.5 million cost and the remaining 40.95% will be split between the state and county.

Of the cost for the southern renourishment, $2.65 million will come from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and $1.1 million will be split evenly by the state and county.

The county share of beach renourishment comes from the Tourist Development Council budget from the 5% bed tax charged for all accommodations of six months or less.

For more information about beach renourishment, visit mymanatee.org and search “beach renourishment.”

WMFR applies for AED grant

Bradenton — Ten local businesses soon may be equipped with emergency medical devices.

West Manatee Fire Rescue commissioners voted 5-0 June 16 to apply for a grant from the American Heart Association’s AED Incentive Program for 10 automated external defibrillators.

The devices reestablish an effective heart rhythm by delivering electric shocks.

Commission Chair Randy Cooper said the AEDs would be distributed to local businesses and WMFR would train their staff. He said several businesses had shown interest in the program.

Cooper said the district would check the status of the AEDs during annual fire inspections.

He added that the district could acquire additional AEDs if the program goes well.

Commissioner Larry Jennis moved to approve the grant application.

Commissioner David Bishop seconded the motion.

The WMFR commission will meet next at 6 p.m. Tuesday, July 21, at the administration building, 6510 Third Ave. W., Bradenton.

HB man arrested for DUI

Holmes Beach — A Holmes Beach man was arrested for alleged drunk driving June 16 just as he arrived home.

Cayman Lazzara, 47, was arrested at 2:24 a.m. in the 4900 block of Gulf Drive by a Holmes Beach police officer.

According to the HBPD report, an officer tracked Lazzara at 14-17 mph in a 35 mph zone on Manatee Avenue and swerving across the double-yellow line, slowing down and speeding up. The officer stopped Lazzara after he pulled into his driveway.

The officer called for backup to conduct a field sobriety test, which Lazzara failed. He was arrested and transported to the Holmes Beach police station, where he was administered a breathalyzer test. His blood-alcohol level was 0.234 and 0.233 on two tests. The legal alcohol limit is 0.08.

Lazzara was arrested for DUI with a blood-alcohol content over 0.15, transported to the Manatee County jail and released that day on a $120 bond.

His arraignment was set for July 21.

Eyes on the road – 06-24-2020

Manatee County — The Florida Department of Transportation and Manatee County posted the following notices:

  • Multiple locations in Bradenton Beach: A county pipeline replacement project continues. Impacted areas include Bay Drive South, Bridge Street, Church Avenue and Cortez Road. Expect construction in rights of way and increased truck traffic.
  • Cortez Road and 119th Street West in Cortez: Work to realign the intersection of 119th Street West on Cortez Road/State Road 684 continues. Drivers can expect lane closures on Cortez Road from 123rd Street West to 86th Street West 10 p.m.-6 a.m. and on the south side of 119th Street West during the same period. Pedestrians can expect sidewalk closures.
  • State Road 64/Manatee Avenue over Perico Bayou and Palma Sola Bay: Crews are working on the bridges. Motorists can expect lane closures 7 p.m.-6 a.m. Completion will be in the fall.

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

And, a reminder, a fare-free trolley operates daily on Anna Maria Island.

Temperatures, fishing action transition with summer heat

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Lynne Krnacik of Eagle, Colorado, shows off a June 11 hookup with a snook. Krnacik likes to visit Anna Maria Island and fish with Capt. Danny Stasny of Southernaire Fishing Charters.
Father’s Day whale watching surprise While on a Father’s Day weekend fishing trip, Drs. Debbie and Roger Danziger and friend Jim Basiley chanced upon a 30-foot whale shark around 37 miles offshore of Anna Maria Island in the Gulf of Mexico. Debbie reported they snagged their limit of red snapper and some big groupers for the cooler.
Fishing rules The free Fish Rules App for smartphones includes Florida regs for saltwater. Fish Rules and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission also are working to create an app for freshwater. Anglers can submit fish photos to the app by email to photo@fishrulesapp.com. For more information, go online to fishrulesapp.com. Islander Courtesy Photo

Fishing around Anna Maria Island is getting downright hot — and the bite is pretty good, too.

With temperatures in the low to mid-90s, it’s in your best interest to wear the proper attire if you plan to fish all day. SPF-rated clothing is helpful in keeping the burn off your skin and a hat and polarized sunglasses also are beneficial.

Most important, drink plenty of water. Hydration is vital for a day on the water. Plan your fishing trips around the heat to win the day. It’s better for you and the bite to fish early mornings or late evenings.

As for the fishing, the inshore bite is being dominated by tarpon. Sport anglers young and old are coming out of the woodwork with hopes of hooking a silver king.

Those not impressed with the grand stake of the tarpon bite are venturing onto the flats of Tampa with a target of catch-and-release snook. Impressive numbers of linesiders are staging up on the flats to feed ahead of their upcoming mating season. In some spots, hookups of 30-40 snook in the morning are happening. When you’re bored with the snook bite, catch-and-release spotted seatrout are targetable. Try fishing deep grass flats where good tidal flow and clear, clean water exists.

With the arrival of the hatch bait — baby shiners — mangrove snapper will be on the menu again soon enough. In the next couple of weeks, it will be worth checking out your favorite inshore snapper spots to score some of these tasty fish. Since snook, redfish and trout remain closed for harvest, it’s nice to bring home some fish for the fry pan.

Moving offshore, American red snapper are the highlight. Limits of these aggressive snappers are being caught on live and frozen bait. The guides are reporting gag and red grouper also are being caught offshore in decent numbers.

On my Southernaire charters, I’m finding good action for clients on catch-and-release snook and trout. Both species are biting in good numbers, especially during outgoing tides. Many keeper-size snook are coming to the hook, which is a welcome sight. While targeting the snook, I’m seeing a few redfish in the mix. As for the trout, I’m seeing a lot of catches 18-22 inches. While targeting the trout, Spanish mackerel, ladyfish and jacks are mixed in the bite. Lastly, I’m excited to start targeting mangrove snapper for my clients. It’s time to sharpen the fillet knife.

Capt. Warren Girle is pursuing the tarpon bite along the beaches. He’s targeting schools of tarpon during morning and afternoon tides and finding they are readily taking baits. His clients are attracting the silver kings with live crabs and threadfin hearing, and the catches are averaging 80-150 pounds.

On days when the winds are pushing too hard to target tarpon, Girle is working the flats of Sarasota Bay for the catch-and-release trio — snook, redfish and spotted seatrout. For the reds and snook, live baits such as shiners are working well. For the trout, soft plastics on a jig head will do.

Capt. Aaron Lowman is venturing into the Gulf of Mexico to target a variety of species. Bottom fishing around artificial reefs and hard bottom areas is yielding mangrove snapper, Key West grunts and numerous juvenile groupers for his clients. Flounder are taking the bait in the same spots and casting free-lined baits is producing action on bonito and some Spanish mackerel.

Moving into Tampa Bay, Lowman is targeting catch-and-release trout and snook with a few redfish coming to the party.

And for the anglers with strong arms and big coolers, Lowman is leading them to some large keeper-size gag grouper around inshore wrecks and rock piles.

Capt. Jason Stock is taking clients to their limits of American red snapper on runs offshore in the Gulf of Mexico and they’re also reeling up keeper-size gag and red grouper.

Moving inshore, Stock is hunting tarpon and large sharks. The tarpon are cooperating nicely, eating live baits — crabs and threadfin hearing. As for the sharks, large baits — jack crevalle and mullet —are attracting attention. The most common species taking the bait are bull sharks.

Capt. David White also is pursuing tarpon along the beaches and in the passes of Anna Maria Island and Egmont Key and casting live crabs or threadfin herring are resulting in hookups for his clients.

Moving offshore, White is targeting American red snapper, as well as red and gag grouper. Mangrove and yellowtail snapper also are coming to the boat — and the cooler — on his offshore trips.

Jim Malfese at the Rod & Reel Pier says there’s a variety of fish being caught during the morning and afternoon hours at the pier on the north end of AMI. Fishers using live shrimp as bait are hooking into catch-and-release snook and redfish with some regularity and some mangrove snapper are being caught on live shrimp, too.

Spanish mackerel are beginning to show up in better numbers since the bait schools returned to the pier. Casting Gotcha plugs or silver spoons is attracting these tasty fish to bite. Mixed in with the mack bite are some ladyfish, blue runners and jack crevalle.

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

Island real estate transactions – 06-24-2020

116 Palmetto Ave., Anna Maria, a 729 sfla 2bed/1bath home built in 1950 on a 5,502 sq ft lot was sold 05/28/20, Gold Cypress Investments LLC to Knee for $725,000; list $749,000.

202 73rd St., Holmes Beach, a 1,300 sfla  3bed/2bath/1car half duplex built in 1987 on a 3,833 sq ft lot was sold 05/28/20, Chames to Panetta for $665,000; list $689,000.

125 49th St., Holmes Beach, a 3,641 sfla / 3,700 sfur 4bed/3bath duplex with pool built in 1960 on a 10,000 sq ft lot was sold 05/29/20, Piccininni to Peach Ventures LLC for $653,500.

106 6th St S., Bradenton Beach, a 1,792 sfla 3bed/3bath duplex with pool built in 1950 on a 5,000 sq ft lot was sold 05/26/20, Reid to Geissler for $606,000.

512 68th St., Holmes Beach, a 1,235 sfla / 2,013 sfur 2bed/2bath/1car canalfront home built in 1970 on a 7,800 sq ft lot was sold 05/26/20, Peters to 512 68th Street LLC for $575,000.

6250 Holmes Blvd., Unit 53, North Beach Village, Holmes Beach, a 1,536 sfla / 2,561 sfur 3bed/2 1/2bath/2car condo with shared pool built in 1992 was sold 05/27/20, Childs to Geneau for $510,000; list $530,000.

117 7th St. N., Unit 12, Bayview Terrace, Bradenton Beach, a 729 sfla / 777 sfur 2bed/1bath condo with shared pool built in 1973 was sold 05/28/20, Brockschmidt to Boozer for $209,000; list $219,000.

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

Streetlife – 06-24-2020

Anna Maria

June 14, 200 block of Gladiolus Street, disturbance. The Manatee County Sheriff’s Office received a complaint about drunken partiers “raising hell.” A deputy responded to an address and “educated” the people about the city’s noise ordinance.

June 14, 10000 block of Gulf Drive, overdose. The MCSO assisted Manatee County Emergency Medical Services after a woman was found unresponsive on a bench near Pine Avenue.

June 16, 500 block of Magnolia Avenue, noise. An MCSO deputy quelled a complaint about people being rowdy and loud at a pool.

June 16, 808 N. Bay Blvd., Anna Maria Motel and Resort Apartments, noise. The MCSO dispatched a deputy to respond to a complaint about loud noise at a pool. The deputy informed the noisemakers about the city’s quiet hours. No violation was issued.

June 17, 200 block of South Bay Boulevard, noise. The MCSO responded to a complaint about renters making noise all day. No violation was issued.

Anna Maria is policed by the MCSO.

Bradenton Beach

June 11, 100 block of First Street North, larceny. A resident called the Bradenton Beach Police Department to report a rental bicycle stolen from outside his home. The complainant said the thief cut through a steel cable that secured the bike to a “big plant.” A BBPD officer obtained the bike’s serial number and registered it as stolen in crime databases.

June 11, Back Alley Treasures, 108 Bridge St., larceny. An officer responded to reports of a theft at Back Alley Treasures, where a manager alleged items went missing after a man visited the shop. The manager provided the officer with a name after the man purchased coffee with a credit card. Other shops in the area reported similar issues. The manager was issued a case number and the BBPD is investigating.

June 12, Coquina Beach, 2650 Gulf Drive S., found child. An officer responded to reports of an endangered toddler, found by a good Samaritan as he or she was about to walk into traffic on Gulf Drive South. The good Samaritan brought the child to a lifeguard tower, where the mother appeared. BBPD contacted the Florida Department of Children and Families for an investigation.

June 14, Gulf Drive Cafe, 900 Gulf Drive N., Marchman Act. BBPD officers responded to a call regarding an intoxicated man wearing only boxers causing a disturbance The man said he was drunk and had no place to stay or people to call. Officers transported him to Blake Medical Center in Bradenton.

June 16, 100 block of Gulf Drive South, disturbance. Officers responded to reports of a disturbance on the beach fronting the Moose Lodge to find two women involved in an altercation. The son of one woman had splashed water into the other’s drink, which sparked a verbal — then physical — confrontation. The pair began striking each other before being separated by family members. No charges were filed.

BBPD polices Bradenton Beach.


No new reports.

MCSO polices Cortez.

Holmes Beach

June 11, 300 block of 67th Street, theft. A woman reported two unlocked bikes stolen from her front yard.

June 12, 6400 block of Marina Drive, traffic. An officer was alerted by the license plate reader system to a motorist with a suspended license. Upon stopping a male driver, the officer determined his license was suspended for a year. He was arrested and transported to the Manatee County jail and his vehicle was towed.

June 12, 5900 block of Flotilla Drive, reckless driving. An officer responded to a report of a motorist swerving and blocking lanes. The female driver was charged with reckless driving and issued a notice to appear. Her vehicle was towed.

June 13, 5300 block of Gulf Drive, disturbance. An officer responded to a noise disturbance. Several people were arguing. The issue was resolved without incident.

HBPD polices Holmes Beach.

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

Summer cheer for adult soccer startup — ‘it’s a kick in the grass’

Adult soccer players kicked off a summer season of matches June 18 at the Center of Anna Maria Island with nine coed teams committed to play.

They’ll play on the outdoor pitch, where, as the old Rowdies cheer for soccer goes, “It’s a kick in the grass.”

The action got off to a shaky start with Vintage Beach finding itself without reserves. But, no problem. The game is full of good sports and Neil Fellowes from Beach Bums and Bill Romberger from Gulfview Windows and Doors stepped up to provide some depth for Vintage Beach.

Vintage Beach utilized the reinforcements to perfection as Joey Hutchinson scored four goals and Fellowes added a goal and an assist to lead the team to a 5-4 victory over Beach Bums. Goalie Clancy Vaughn helped preserve the victory with 10 saves.

Kevin Roman scored a pair of goals to lead Beach Bums, which also received a goal each from Robert Fellowes and Amy Ivin. Connor Haughey chipped in with an assist and Jason Sato made six saves in the loss.

The second match of the night saw Sato Real Estate slip past Blalock Walters 5-3 behind two goals each from Murat Akay and Connor Bystrom. Josh Sato added a goal to the victory, while Hakan Toka contributed an assist and Steve Oelfke made eight saves.

Matt Staggs had two goals and an assist to lead Blalock Walters, which also received a goal from Austin Nutting, an assist from Matt Plummer and nine saves from Trey Austin in the loss.

The third match of the evening saw Moss Builders hang on for a 5-4 victory over Gulfview Windows and Doors behind two goals from Brent Moss and a goal and three assists from Aaron Parkin. Ed Moss and Ashley Friszman each added a goal, while Ryan Moss came through with 10 saves to help preserve the victory.

Raul Loera and Daniel Adan each came through with a goal and an assist to lead Gulfview, which also received goals from Nate Talucci and Jesse Kunc. Brandin Holcomb came through with six saves in the loss.

The last match of the evening saw Solid Rock Construction, lacking enough players to field a team, take a forfeit.

Adult soccer action at the Center of Anna Maria Island continues at 6 p.m. June 25 and then Thursdays until Aug. 13, when playoffs will begin.


Horseshoe news

Two teams advanced from pool play and battled for the day’s championship during June 17 horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe pits.

Tim Sofran walked his way to the title, taking out Jerry Disbrow and Neil Hennessey by a 24-8 score.

The June 20 games saw Sofran team up with Bob Heiger to fashion the lone 3-0 pool play record to earn bragging rights for the day and give Sofran bragging rights for the week.

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.