Tag Archives: 11-18-2020

Bradenton man arrested for DUI, drugs in Holmes Beach

A Bradenton man was arrested Nov. 5 for driving under the influence of alcohol and drug possession in Holmes Beach.

Cale Tucholski, 43, was arrested at 11:40 p.m. in the 700 block of Manatee Avenue by a Holmes Beach police officer.

According to the HBPD report, the officer observed Tucholski turn right onto Manatee Avenue from East Bay Drive at a rapid rate of speed, accelerating to 65 mph in a 35-mph zone.

The officer stopped the motorist and reported Tucholski’s eyes were glassy and his speech was slurred.

Upon searching the vehicle, the officer found a bag containing 0.3 grams of cocaine and another bag of 23.7 grams of marijuana. The officer also found a pipe with marijuana residue.

Tucholski failed the field test and blew 0.254 and 0.245 on two Breathalyzer tests. The legal limit is 0.08.

Tucholski was issued a traffic citation for speeding and was arrested for DUI, two counts of possession of a controlled substance, a third-degree felony, and paraphernalia, a first-degree misdemeanor.

He was transported to the Manatee County jail and released the next day.

Tucholski’s arraignment was set for Dec 11.

— ChrisAnn Allen

Thanksgiving holiday rolls up on calendar, COVID-19 holds tight grip

A pandemic knows no timeline.

Concerns over an uptick in positive cases of the novel coronavirus in Manatee County now require careful planning for Thanksgiving, Nov. 26.

As of Nov. 12, 90 cases were reported on Anna Maria Island since March 1, with 45 in Holmes Beach, 34 in Bradenton Beach and 11 in Anna Maria.

At a teleconferenced Manatee County Commission meeting Nov. 10, Jake Saur, county public safety director, said positive cases of COVID-19 have increased, but are not as high as the numbers reported late July, when the virus spiked in Manatee.

The rate of positive cases of all those tested the week of Nov. 8 was 6%, compared with 9% the week of July 26.

“Since September, a steady rise in the number of new cases has taken place,” Saur said, adding that in early September, the county averaged a rate of about 25 new positive cases each day, which has since nearly quadrupled.

From Nov. 7-11, 479 new cases were documented in the county, according to the Florida Department of Health.

“While we are not as high as the daily totals we saw during the peak of the outbreak, it is something to pay attention to,” Saur said.

Holmes Beach Mayor Judy Titsworth said Nov. 12 that instead of having a large gathering with her entire family, people are having smaller family dinners.

“Looks like the turkeys will all be a little smaller this year,” she said.

While many people are opting to restrict the size of gatherings this Thanksgiving, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has offered guidelines, including:

  • Have a small outdoor meal with close family and friends, staying 6 feet apart from people you don’t live with when possible;
  • Have a conversation with guests in advance to set expectations;
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and items between use;
  • If celebrating indoors, open windows;
  • Have guests bring their own food and drinks;
  • If sharing food, use single-serve options, such as disposable plates and utensils;
  • Wear a mask and store it while eating and drinking.

Additionally, the CDC provided suggestions for alternative Thanksgiving activities, such as:

  • Host a virtual Thanksgiving meal with distant friends and family;
  • Safely prepare dishes and deliver them to family and friends.

For more tips and guidelines for the holidays, people can visit www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/holidays/thanksgiving.html.

Sarasota man arrested for exposure in Holmes Beach

A 50-year-old Sarasota man was arrested Nov. 6 by Holmes Beach police for two counts of exposing his sexual organ, a first-degree misdemeanor.

HBPD officers were dispatched to a call at 4:20 p.m. on the beach in the 100 block of White Avenue of a male exposing his genitalia and fondling himself.

Upon arrival, officers spoke with two juveniles who said they saw the man near the dunes, adjusting his pants and rubbing himself.

        Officers spotted the suspect near the Peppertree Lane beach access, petting a gopher tortoise, with his penis exposed. The officers explained to him that he was being detained for showing his penis to underage children.

The juveniles completed affidavits and notified their parents of the incident.

When HBPD officers transported the man to meet Manatee County sheriff’s deputies, he claimed he had been exposed to the novel coronavirus and was taken to Blake Medical Center in Bradenton for a rapid test, which was negative.

The man was arrested, taken to the Manatee County jail and posted $5,000 bail Nov. 8.

His arraignment was set for Dec. 9.

— ChrisAnn Allen

Eyes on the road 11-18-20

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

  • Gulf Drive in Bradenton Beach: A county pipeline replacement project continues, involving resurfacing the roadway, reinstallation of paver driveways, removal of construction materials Monday-Saturday. Expected completion is this fall.
  • Cortez Road and 119th Street West in Cortez: Work to realign the intersection of 119th Street West at Cortez Road/State Road 684 continues. Phase 2 involves a new traffic pattern and shifting construction to the north side of Cortez Road. Thru traffic will use the south side of Cortez Road. Also, outbound lanes of Harbor Landing Drive will be closed and traffic into Harbor Landings will be detoured to the west on 127th Street.

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.

— Lisa Neff

Storm delays Anna Maria vote on parking elimination

Tropical Storm Eta prompted Anna Maria to postpone consideration of some of its plans for street parking.

City clerk Leanne Addy wrote in a Nov. 11 email to The Islander that a Nov. 12 city commission meeting — including a second hearing and final reading for a parking ordinance — had been “canceled to a date and time to be determined” due to the storm.

Earlier this year, Holmes Beach closed much of its street parking in an attempt to discourage people from visiting its beaches while a state safer-at-home order was in effect to prevent the spread of the virus.

The limits for parking in Holmes Beach resulted in a wave of beachgoers heading to Anna Maria to park. So the city responded with temporary changes, such as prohibiting parking on many of its roads.

Anna Maria implemented new prohibited parking areas for Pine Avenue, North Bay Boulevard, Poinsettia Road, Alamanda Road, Gulf Drive, North Shore Drive, South Bay Boulevard, Spring Avenue, Palm Avenue, Willow Avenue, Mangrove Avenue, Oak Avenue, Park Avenue and Seagrape Lane.

The ordinance would codify the prohibitions, which can be found in more detail at the city’s website, www.cityofannamaria.com.

A second hearing and final reading for the ordinance had yet to be rescheduled as of Nov. 12.

— Ryan Paice

Mote announces 16 red tide projects

Sarasota-based Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium named 16 projects for the second round of the Florida Red Tide Mitigation and Technology Development Initiative.

Mote leads the initiative — established in 2019 and supported with state appropriations — in partnership with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. The goal is to conduct research to reduce the impacts of Florida red tides, blooms of the toxin-producing algae species Karenia brevis.

A first round of projects was announced in early 2020.

“The projects selected for this round are made up of extremely diverse and innovative technologies, something that is really exciting for us at Mote and impactful for the Initiative,” Mote president and CEO Michael P. Crosby said in a news release Nov. 10.

He continued, “We know that there will be no one single silver bullet for mitigating red tide and its effects, so we are supporting developing technologies and methodologies that range from physical to chemical controls, early prevention to bloom treatment, projects led by universities, independent nonprofits like Mote, and for-profit businesses. We know that when we bring in the best and brightest from a variety of sectors we’re more likely to find solutions, and that’s what makes the Initiative such an exciting endeavor.”

Funded research involves efforts to improve monitoring and reporting technologies, mitigate impacts and create an algicide.

About 60 proposals were submitted for funding.

A panel of scientists from eight agencies and institutions reviewed the submitted proposals and decided which would receive about $2.1 million in total grant funding.

For more about the initiative, go online to redtidemtdi.org.

Obituaries – 11-18-2020

Mark Coleman Mixon

Mark Coleman Mixon, 65, of Bradenton and formerly of Bradenton Beach, died Nov. 11.

He was born Oct. 13, 1955, in Youngstown, Ohio.

Mr. Mixon, along with his parents Jim and Patricia, owned and operated Mixon Insurance in Holmes Beach for 50 years.

He had been an active member of the Rotary club, where he served as president and was a Paul Harris Fellow. He was a former member of Lyons Club, where he served in many offices.

He was an ardent golfer and a member of the Key Royale Club in Holmes Beach, where he won the club championship many times.

He was a tireless worker and kept busy remodeling his rental properties after retirement. He and his mother sold Jim Mixon Insurance two years ago.

He was much loved by his family and many friends.

Plans for a possible service were still being discussed at press time for The Islander. Condolences may be made online at info@brownandfuneral.com. Memorial donations may be made to Southeastern Guide Dogs at 4210 77th St. E., Palmetto, FL 34221.

He is survived by his life companion and partner, Cynthia Dagher of Bradenton; daughter Melissa Chambers and husband Jason of Parrish; mother, Trish Mixon O’Reilly and husband John of Holmes Beach; sister Kim Eresten and husband Alex of Bradenton and Munith, Michigan; brother Robert Ostroski of Bradenton; and granddaughters Landry and Harper Chambers of Parrish.

Island real estate transactions – 11-18-2020

1801 Gulf Drive N., #122, Bradenton Beach, a 691 sfla, 1bed/1bath condo built in 1978 sold 10/05/20 by Benson Estate Properties LLC for $285,000; list $285,000.

3601 E. Bay Drive, #113, Holmes Beach, a 931 sfla / 1,019 sfur, 2bed/2bath/2 car condo built in 1994 sold 11/03/20 by McFadden for $295,000; list $300,000.

501 Gulf Drive N., unit #102, Bradenton Beach, a 1,000 sfla / 1,075 sfur, 2bed/2bath condo built in 1982 sold 10/30/20 by Warner for $425,000; list $449,900.

104 29th St., #1, Holmes Beach, a 1,616 sfla, 3bed/2bath condo built in 1971 sold on 11/02/20 by Cook for $500,000; list $515,000.

2403 Ave. C, Bradenton Beach, a 888 sfla, 2bed/1bath condo built in 1958 on a 5,001 sqft lot sold 10/29/20 by Lochrie to 2403 Avenue C LLC for $517,500; list $510,000.

514 56th St., Holmes Beach, a 1,966 sfla, 3bed/2bath canal-front pool home built in 1952 on a 8,242 sqft lot sold 11/05/20 by GCM Management LLC for $715,000; list $749,000.

314 Bay Drive S., unit #5, Bradenton Beach, a 1,813 sfla / 2,567 sfur, 2bed/3bath condo built in 2004 sold 11/02/20 by Harbor Manor LLC for $859,950; list $869,900.

809 N. Bay Blvd., Anna Maria, a 1,216 sfla, 3bed/2bath home built in 1984 on a 5,541 sqft lot sold 10/30/20 by Martin for $900,000; list $900,000.

419 Clark Drive, Holmes Beach, a 2,880 sfla / 3,189 sfur, 3bed/2bath/1 car pool home built in 1967 on a 11,000 sqft lot sold 10/30/20 by Siam Garden Resort Group LLC for $980,000; list $980,000.

305 74th St., Holmes Beach, a 1,738 sfla / 2,231 sfur, 3bed/3 and 1 half bath/2 car pool villa built in 2016 on a 9,322 sqft lot sold 11/04/20 by Wells Financial LLC for $1,050,000; list $1,099,900.

214 52nd St, Holmes Beach, a 3,122 sfla / 4,600 sfur, 4bed/3bath/2car condo built in 2006 sold 11/02/20 by Ibragimova for $1,150,000; list $1,150,000.

312 60th St., Holmes Beach, a 2,356 sfla / 4,186 sfur, 4bed/3bath/2 car pool home built in 2007 on a 4,500 sqft lot sold 10/29/20 by Thiel for $1,225,000; list $1,289,000.

605 Baronet Lane, Holmes Beach, a 2,475 sfla / 5,318 sfur, 3bed/3bath/3 car canal-front pool home built in 2014 on a 11,456 sqft lot sold 10/29/20 by Boyd for $1,610,000; list $1,689,000.

855 N. Shore Drive, Anna Maria, a 1,577 sfla, 3bed/2bath bay-front home built in 1949 on a 6,295 sqft lot sold 10/29/20 by Rodencal to Clark for $1,700,000; list $1,795,000.

Johann Bertram, real estate agent, can be contacted at (941) 779-3856.

Streetlife – 11-18-2020

Anna Maria

Nov. 6, 200 block of Willow Avenue, noise. The Manatee County Sheriff’s Office received a complaint about “renters being loud.” A deputy responded and issued a citation for an ordinance violation.

Nov. 11, 800 block of North Shore Drive, downed cable. The MCSO assisted in response to a report of a downed wire — a cable wire — during Eta.

Nov. 11, 400 block of North Shore Drive, sparking wires. The MCSO assisted in response to a report of “sparking wires” during Eta.

Nov. 11, 700 block of Jacaranda Road, fraud. The MCSO took a complaint that a vacation rental was falsely advertised on Craigslist.

      The Manatee County Sheriff’s Office polices Anna Maria.

Bradenton Beach

Nov. 6, Sports Lounge, 119 Bridge St., disorderly conduct. A Bradenton Beach police officer was dispatched in response to a bar fight. The bar manager told the officer a man had been harassing a wedding party and started the fight. The officer trespassed the man and transported him to the Manatee County jail on a misdemeanor charge for disorderly conduct.

BBPD polices Bradenton Beach.


No new reports.

MCSO polices Cortez.

Holmes Beach

Nov. 2, 100 block of 38th Street, hit-and-run. The Holmes Beach Police Department was contacted by someone whose parked car was hit by another vehicle and the motorist left the scene. The HBPD located the suspect vehicle and an investigation was pending.

Nov. 3, 5800 block of Gulf Drive, theft. A person reported a locked and covered bike stolen from a condominium bike rack.

Nov. 4, 3900 block of Sixth Avenue, marijuana. An officer observed a driver run a flashing red light. Upon stopping the motorist, the officer smelled burning marijuana. The driver provided the officer with a burnt marijuana cigar and a bag of substance. The officer cited the driver for possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana and running a red light.

Nov. 4, 200 block of 79th Street, noise. An officer was dispatched to a rental for a noise complaint. The officer took a decibel reading from a neighboring property line, which registered excessive noise. The tenant at the house where the noise originated was cited.

Nov. 7, 600 block of Manatee Avenue West, marijuana. An officer observed a motorist fail to stop at a flashing red light. Upon stopping the driver, the officer saw a burnt marijuana cigarette on the console and marijuana crumbs in the juvenile passenger’s lap. The driver handed over an additional gram of marijuana and was cited for less than 20 grams. The juvenile’s mother was called and both were released.

Nov. 8, 5800 block of Marina Drive, marijuana, traffic. An HBPD officer spotted a vehicle with dark tinted windows and stopped the vehicle. The officer smelled marijuana and asked the driver if he had drugs in the car. The passenger provided a bag with 3.6 grams of substance, saying it belonged to the driver. The officer also determined the motorist had a suspended license. The motorist was issued a notice to appear for a suspended license and was cited for less than 20 grams of marijuana. The vehicle was parked for later removal.

Nov. 8, 600 block of Manatee Avenue West, warrant. An officer saw a man rifling in a backpack behind a store. Upon making contact with the person, the officer determined there was a warrant for his arrest and transported the individual to the Manatee County jail.

HBPD polices Holmes Beach.

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

TS Eta dampens fishing a few days, then the bite takes off

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Donald Lewis of Parrish shows off a 26-inch yellowtail snapper he caught Nov. 15 using a pilchard for bait in 110 feet of water in the Gulf of Mexico on a charter trip with Capt. David White of Anna Maria Charters.
August Mrozowski, vacationing on Anna Maria Island from Springfield, Illinois, shows off a bonita caught and released Nov. 6 a couple of miles from the AMI shore on a charter fishing trip with Capt. David White.

Before we start fishing, I hope everyone fared well during the tropical development we experienced Nov. 11-12.

Now that all the chores of cleaning up in the yard are finished, it’s time to get back on the water — there is plenty to do and much to catch!

Whether you fish inshore on the flats or offshore in the Gulf of Mexico, the bite is good.

Catch-and-release action on the inshore trio — snook, redfish and trout — is going to fire off as we experience a new cold front. These fish are already feeding heavily trying to pack on the pounds for winter. This means the next cold spell should finalize the deal — triggering them to gorge themselves one last time before the winter chill drops the water temps.

Migratory fish — kingfish, mackerel and bonito — are feeding heavily along the Gulf beaches. With vast amounts of bait present, these fish will remain in the area. As the bait leaves, you’ll notice these fish will, too, as they follow the bait south and offshore.

Fishing offshore is yielding similar results — there are plenty of migratory species present. You can add cobia to the list, as well as bottom fishing offshore for mangrove snapper and gag grouper.

Capt. Aaron Lowman is working the Gulf beaches within a couple of miles of shore with good results. Anchoring and chumming in depths or 20-30 feet is yielding excellent action on migratory fish — kingfish, bonito, Spanish mackerel and sharks. Moving inshore to the flats of Tampa Bay, Lowman is finding great catch-and-release action for his sport fishers. Snook, redfish and spotted seatrout are reacting to live bait offerings quite nicely, according to Lowman.

Targeting the reds around mullet schools on shallow flats in the bays also is proving to be especially good. Casting live baits or fresh-cut chunks of ladyfish is attracting these fish to the hook.

Capt. Jason Stock is targeting migratory species along the beaches, as well as offshore in the Gulf of Mexico. Kingfish are the most apparent and are ranging 30-40 inches with some larger fish in the mix. Big macks and plenty of bonito are being caught in the same waters as the kings.

Bottom fishing while offshore is yielding good results for Stock, especially on keeper-size gag grouper. Examining floating debris in the Gulf is worthwhile, too, as Stock is putting clients on numerous tripletail in this fashion.

Lastly, congratulations to Stock for recently taking 11th place in the King of the Beach tournament Nov. 7 in Madeira Beach.

Capt. David White is patrolling the beaches with his clients in search of migratory fish. Spanish mackerel, kingfish and bonito are obliging and keeping his anglers happy. All three species are great action on medium spinning tackle as they are capable of making long, drag-screaming runs numerous times prior to being brought boat-side.

Moving inshore, White’s anglers are catching and releasing many snook, redfish and spotted seatrout.

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