Anna Maria City Pier stood bare the week of July 4, through work is still moving forward.
Anna Maria Mayor Dan Murphy said work on the pier is ahead of schedule and he did not think the holiday observance would cause a delay.
At this time, i+iconSOUTHEAST is working on another project, though Murphy said he expected the contractor back just after July 15 to continue work on the decking.
Also, Miller Electric is expected to wire the electrical lines in the coming weeks.
Meanwhile, Frank Agnelli, of Mason Martin LLC, has been working with i+icon to transport construction materials for the restaurant and bait shop at the pier’s T-end.
Murphy said a contract with Agnelli is being finalized.
“It’s a matter of crossing the t’s and dotting the i’s,” Murphy said July 3 in an interview with The Islander.
In a related project, public works employees built a prototype fence at City Pier Park, at the corner of Pine Avenue and North Bay Boulevard, in response to people wanting to see something done with the engraved planks from the old pier structure destroyed by Hurricane Irma in 2017.
Murphy said a proposal would be presented July 11 to the city commission. At that time, the commission may consider going forward with the fence or making changes.
City pier funding at a glance
The city has taken in about $4.1 million for the pier project. The Manatee County Tourist Development Council budgeted $1.5 million. About $11,000 was raised on
GoFundMe by the Anna Maria Island Preservation Trust. The city allocated $304,000 in its fiscal 2018-19 budget. Manatee County committed $333,000. The city also received $750,000 in state historical grants and another $945,000 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Most recently, the city received approval for an additional $285,000 from the state.
Funding to come
The TDC recommended an added $435,000 for the pier, but the county commission has not yet approved the money. The added funds are expected to go before the board in early August.
Murphy said $408,000 in city funding would be part of the 2019-20 fiscal budget if approved.
Also, Murphy said July 3 that additional funding is expected to come from the current pier leaseholder.
However, there is no dollar amount, as details of a future restaurant-bait shop lease and the leaseholders contribution to the build-out are being worked out.
Funding wrap up
With all the expected money awarded, the funding will total $4.97 million.
The current cost is $4.9 million. Demolition cost $732,000, and the construction cost is at about $4.2 million.
Construction of the restaurant and bait shop will be funded from the current and the 2019-20 fiscal budgets, provided Mason Martin starts work before Oct. 1, Murphy said.
Mason Martin bid $1,041,101 to build the restaurant and bait shop at on the T-end of the pier. This expense will bring the total cost of construction to about $5.9 million.
The license plate recognition camera in Holmes Beach strikes again.
Stopped for an expired vehicle tag, three of five occupants in a 2000 Toyota were cited for possessing marijuana in violation of a Holmes Beach ordinance.
An officer pulled over the motorist and told the occupants he smelled marijuana. They admitted they smoked the drug in the vehicle.
In a vehicle search, Holmes Beach police reported finding more than 20 grams of marijuana.
Officers also found 3.4 grams of cocaine, which one of the occupants admitted to possessing, according to an HBPD police report.
HBPD Sgt. Joel Pierce requested the state attorney review the case for a possible cocaine charge against one man.
HBPD ticketed the female driver for the expired tag.
Better safe than sorry.
The Manatee County Health Department confirmed a case of hepatitis A in a food service worker at the Ugly Grouper restaurant, 5704 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, according to a July 3 news release.
Hepatitis A is a form of hepatitis caused by an RNA virus, usually transmitted by contaminated food and water, with a shorter incubation and milder symptoms than infectious hepatitis B.
The health department advised anyone who ate at the restaurant June 8-22 to consider getting a hep A vaccination.
The release also stated that those who previously received the hep A vaccine did not need to take additional action.
A statement July 5 from Thad Treadwell, Ugly Grouper general manager, said the restaurant employee had been treated and was in recovery.
Treadwell wrote that the restaurant conducted a 12-hour deep-cleaning July 2. The release also stated “The health department confirmed our current practices meet all cleanliness and operational compliance standards,” and the entire restaurant staff was vaccinated.
“The restaurant has been great,” Thomas Iovino, communications director for the health department, said July 5. “They’ve been really receptive and willing to work with us.”
The health department set up a bus July 5 at Anna Maria Elementary School, 4700 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, offering free hep A vaccinations.
“While this has been a concern for the restaurant and the community, we believe this vaccination event, ultimately, is for the betterment of the entire island,” Iovino said.
More information regarding hep A can be found online at floridahealth.gov.
Fishing around Anna Maria Island is producing a variety of action for those willing to brave heat and thunder storms.
Inshore fishing in Tampa Bay is host to all sorts of species, depending of your preference.
Fishing wrecks, rock piles and reefs is producing mangrove snapper and Spanish mackerel, as well as a few gag grouper. Moving to shallow water is good, especially for catch-and-release snook and spotted seatrout.
Moving offshore to around 120 feet of water, the American red snapper bite is in full swing. Also while offshore, deep-water anglers are catching gag and red grouper, as well as yellowtail and mangrove snapper.
Fishing along the beaches for tarpon is producing a few hookups, although your best bet is fishing the evening outgoing tides in the passes at Bean Point and Egmont Key.
Now, in reference to the heat, I cannot stress enough the importance of being prepared for a day of fishing. With some days having a heat index exceeding 110 degrees, you need to make darn sure you’re ready for the high temps and the sun’s rays.
Using an ample amount of sunscreen is a wise choice. I use 100 SPF to block the sun’s harmful rays and reapply often. I also wear a hat, polarized glasses and a long-sleeve shirt to shield me from the sun. Next, you want to make sure you have an ample supply of water and stay hydrated. There’s nothing worse than getting dehydrated while out in the sun all day. And staying hydrated is not the easiest thing to do, since most other beverages don’t do the job.
Lastly, try to plan your day accordingly. If you plan on being out all day, factor in a break so you can get out of the sun and cool down. You’ll be amazed at what an hour in the shade with a cool glass of water will do to keep your motor in tune.
Ultimately, the key is to stay hydrated and enjoy fishing without heat stroke or severe sunburn.
On my Southernaire charters, I’m choosing to beat the heat by taking on morning charters. We’ve been leaving the dock at 7 a.m. and returning at 11 a.m., which is just enough of a dose of heat. Targeting catch-and-release snook and trout is producing consistent results and I’m starting to see a few keeper mangrove snapper in the mix while targeting the sport fish.
Moving out to the wrecks and reefs in Tampa Bay, I’m finding mackerel and mangrove snapper, as well as some blacktip sharks and a few gag grouper.
Capt. Warren Girle is stirring up a handful of tarpon for his clients along the beaches and passes of Anna Maria Island and Egmont Key. Casting live crabs to schooling fish is getting the action. Fishing early morning, before sun up, and late evening on the outgoing tides is getting results.
Girle is routinely putting clients on macks and mangrove snapper. Using hatch bait or small shiners is working best for both.
Lastly, targeting catch-and-release snook on the flats is productive for anglers in tune with conservation.
Jim Malfese at the Rod & Reel Pier is seeing some hefty catch-and-release snook reeled up to the deck — and released. Pier fishers are finding success on the linesiders using live baits and artificials.
Live baits, such as pinfish, ladyfish or mojarras, work well, while artificials, such as the DOA Cal jig or the Yo-Zuri crystal minnow, will attract a bite. With the arrival of hatch bait, pier fishers are enjoying action on migratory predators — Spanish mackerel, jack crevalle and ladyfish. Other species, mangrove snapper and flounder, also are coming to the hook at the northernmost pier on AMI.
Capt. Aaron Lowman is finding luck with keeper-size gag grouper in Tampa Bay. Using live bait — pinfish or large shiners — around wrecks, rocks and channel edges is yielding action. Trolling large-lipped plugs is working in the same areas. When live bait fishing, Lowman’s clients are encountering macks, snapper and cobia.
On the flats, catch-and-release snook and trout are cooperating despite warm water temps. Fishing close to the mangroves is producing the snook, while casting bait to deeper grass flats in 5-6 feet of water is good for the trout.
Capt. Jason Stock is finding a good red snapper bite for his anglers. Fishing ledges and hard bottom offshore is resulting in limits of these abundant fish, and while targeting the snapper, he’s hooking up clients with red and gag grouper.
In slightly shallower water, Stock is targeting yellowtail and mangrove snapper on light tackle. Placing small shiners on a jig head and drifting them behind the boat is a good technique. Stock warns that you have to make haste when reeling up the fish, as many goliath grouper, sharks and barracuda are present, ready to take your catch.
Lastly, Stock is putting clients on tarpon on the evening tides.
Capt. David White, of Anna Maria Charters, is spending his days offshore patrolling for American red snapper. By using an assortment of baits — live pinfish, shiners, frozen sardines and fresh-cut pieces of mullet — White is putting his clients on fish for the cooler. Other species being caught offshore include red grouper, yellowtail, mangrove and lane snapper.
Moving inshore, White is hooking anglers up with catch-and-release snook along the mangroves. In Tampa Bay, sharks, Spanish mackerel and mangrove snapper are adding to the catch.
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Week two of the summer indoor soccer season for kids at the Center of Anna Maria Island is in the books and the action is fast, furious and most importantly — cool.
Played in the air-conditioned comfort of the center gym, the indoor game is a fast-paced and high-scoring alternative to the outdoor sport.
The intermediate league for players age 5-9 has five teams, with Ugly Grouper leading the pack on a 2-0 record, closely followed by Moss Builders at 1-0. Island Vacation Properties holds down third place with a 1-1 record, while Solid Rock Construction sits in fourth place at 0-1, followed by Cloud Pest Control at 0-2.
Ugly Grouper flexed its fins in the opening match July 2, rolling to a 7-3 victory over Cloud Pest Control behind two goals each from Brady Thompson and Jackson Rosas. Jack and Jesse Zaccagnino each added a goal for Ugly Grouper in the victory.
Cyrus Ryan scored two goals and Cala Ryan added one to lead Cloud Pest Control in the loss.
The second intermediate match of the evening saw Island Vacation Properties cruise to a 5-1 victory over Solid Rock Construction behind a hat trick from Camden Rudacille and two goals from Clancy Cusack.
Isabella Roadman notched the lone goal for Solid Rock in the loss.
The division for players 10-14 has some tight standings in the early going of the season. Ugly Grouper and AMI Locals are both 1-1-1, just ahead of G&G Yardscaping, which sits at 1-1.
In the first 10-14 match July 2, Ugly Grouper and AMI Locals battled to a 6-6 tie. Will Wright scored a pair of goals to lead Ugly Grouper, which also received single goals in the tie from Angelina Albrecht, Nixon Conner, Jackson Long and Jayden Sparks.
Carsyn Deligans scored a hat trick to lead AMI Locals, which also received two goals in the tie from Fox Dalton and a goal from Savannah Coba.
The second match saw AMI Locals escape with a 6-5 victory over G&G Yardscaping behind another hat trick from Deligans. Dalton, Mary Harrison and Coba each notched a goal to complete the scoring in the match.
Ryan Joseph scored all five goals to lead G&G in the loss.
The indoor action continues July 9 with the kickoff set for 5:45 p.m.
Key Royale golf news
The annual Fourth of July scramble highlighted the past week at Key Royale Golf Club in Holmes Beach.
Thirty-two women and men participated in the event, which was played using a team handicap.
The team of Laurie Hicks, Marty Hicks, Debi Wohlers and Lori Waggoner combined on a 23.6 to grab clubhouse bragging rights for the day.
One stroke behind in second place was the team of John Kolojeski, Jerry Martinek, Mike Clements and Anne Klein with a combined score of 24.6.
Closest to the pin on the eighth hole was won by Barbara Krueger, whose shot settled on the green 24 feet from the cup.
Herb Clauhs stuck one to within 4 feet, 9 inches of the cup to win the men’s closest to the pin contest.
Regular golf action teed off with the men’s modified-Stableford match July 1. Hoyt Miller carded a plus-5 to capture first place by one point over second-place finisher Jon Holcomb, who finished at plus-4.
The women were on the course July 2 for a nine-hole, individual-low-net match in two flights.
Ellen Boin fired an even-par 32 to take first place in Flight A with Jana Samuels taking second on a 2-over-par 34.
Janet Razze fired a 1-under-par 31 for the low round of the day and first place in Flight B. Penny Williams and Terry Westby tied for second at 2-over-par 24, while Sue Wheeler and Merry Turner tied for third with matching 3-over-par 35s.
Two players walked their way to the knockout stage and battled for the day’s bragging rights during July 3 horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe pits.
Tim Sofran prevailed in the “mano-a-mano” matchup with Gary Howcroft by a 23-17 score to earn a walk to the winner’s circle.
Howcroft found himself flying solo during the July 6 games and redeemed himself by posting the lone 3-0 pool-play record for the day’s outright title.
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.
There is no charge to play and everyone is welcome.
June 22, Island Charms, 501 Pine Ave., shoplifting. A merchant reported a theft, providing a store video showing a woman stealing an item valued between $100 and $300 to the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office.
June 23, Anna Maria Beach Cottages, 112 Oak Ave., theft. The rental company reported power tools and bicycles valued between $300 and $5,000 stolen from a storage shed.
June 27, 100 block of Palm Drive, battery. Police arrested a woman after her husband reported she bit him as he slept.
June 28, Bayfront Park, 316 N. Bay Blvd., trespass. An MCSO deputy observed people sitting on a comforter while on a foot patrol of the park. They were issued trespassing warnings and told not to return.
The MCSO polices Anna Maria.
June 28, Bradenton Beach police station, 403 Highland Ave., Baker Act. A 32-year-old man went to the station naked and told police that he wanted to harm himself. An officer transported the man to a medical facility.
June 28, 300 block of Gulf Drive South, Marchman Act. Bradenton Beach police responded to a call about a 32-year-old woman passed out on the beach. The woman showed signs of substance abuse so an officer took her into custody under the act and transported her to a medical facility.
The BBPD polices Bradenton Beach.
June 29, 4400 block of 124th Street Court West, domestic. An argument broke out when a woman threatened to leave a live-in boyfriend. The man told the woman he didn’t want her to take his truck. No injuries were reported.
The MCSO polices Cortez.
The HBPD polices Holmes Beach.
Streetlife is based on incident reports and narratives from the BBPD, HBPD and MCSO.
Jesse Brisson is on vacation. No transactions are reported for the July 10 edition.
Jake Allen ‘Cake’ Corby
Jake Allen “Cake” Corby, 29, of Bradenton, died unexpectedly June 29.
To say he lived life to the fullest is an understatement. He was born on Aug. 25, 1989, on Anna Maria Island, and it was a roller-coaster ride from there.
His passion was to become a pilot. He loved all sports and was a great competitor in hockey, tennis, golf, you name it.
He never met a stranger, whether old or young. His smile drew you in, and you knew you had a friend for life. There are not enough words to express the love he felt for everyone, nor how loved he is.
He will be remembered by so many.
A celebration of life will be at the Lost Kangaroo Pub, 406 12th St. W., Bradenton, at 1 p.m. Sunday, July 14. Memorial donations may be made to www.gofundme.com/f/we-still-have-kat-the-kids-and-a-cupcake.
Mr. Corby is survived by the love of his life, Kat; his first child, “Cupcake,” who will bring his family great joy when he/she arrives in December; Cupcake’s sisters Nolyn and Lumyn; parents Rockey and Tammy; grandma Sheryl; and many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
Nicholas Vincent Easterling
Nicholas Vincent Easterling, 65, died July 1.
A native Floridian, he was born in Tampa to Thomas and Carmen, grew up and became a legend in Lakeland and then, as a young adult, found his true home on Anna Maria Island.
He thrived on hunting and fishing and was a gifted pilot who flew often.
Mr. Easterling, in a word, was “authentic.”
Whether he was fly fishing for tarpon, hunting in Montana or putting together a business deal, “Nick was Nick.”
He touched and impacted the lives of many from all walks of life.
He was a gifted conversationalist and loyal friend who took fashion advice from no one and never missed an opportunity for a good meal or taking the back roads to anywhere.
Most of all, he was a loving father who taught his children about gratitude, the great outdoors and the importance of family.
All those who were blessed enough to know him will remember him as one of the greats.
In Holmes Beach, he came to the forefront in 2002 with plans to develop Tidemark Lodge, a full-service hotel and restaurant at the site of what for many years had been Pete Reynard’s Restaurant. Mr. Easterling’s vision eventually was developed by Mainsail and now operates as Waterline Marina and Beach Resort.
Mr. Easterling is survived by his children, Madison, Burns, Wyatt, Cooper and Lulu; the mother of his children, Michele Marcin; sister Moya Runyan; and brother, Tux.
Larry James Kinder
Larry James Kinder, of Bradenton, died June 26. He was born May 11, 1957, to the late Larry J. and Rita (Goudreau).
He was loved by his family and will be missed by many as a loyal friend. His passion was the water, sailing and boating and he loved sharing this passion with others.
A celebration of life and open house will be 2-5 p.m. July 20 at Stoneybrook Golf Club and Grill, 8000 Stone Harbour Loop, Bradenton. Memorial donations may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project at www.woundedwarriorproject.org. Condolences may be made online at www.manasotamemorial.com
Mr. Kinder is survived by his beloved wife, Terri, president of the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce; brother Jim and wife Bev; nieces Alexa and Ashley; sisters Pam and MaryLou Caldwell; brother from another mother Bob Pomfret and his family Vicki, Brittany and Robert; four stepchildren, Amber Tipton and Roland Tipton, Krystal Goudy, Glenn Goudy; as well as many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.