HB commissioners hear new rental complaints

Commissioner Jean Peelen read into the record April 24 at the Holmes Beach commission work session an e-mail advertisement for a “monster house” on 66th Street.

    The ad states: “South Seas is a brand new luxury island tropical home with six bedrooms, four and a half bathrooms and is only a short three-minute stroll to the Gulf beach…. Maybe the most outstanding feature of South Seas might just be the resort-style water slide that starts off the balcony and slings shots right down into the pool. You won’t find a faster slide on the island.”

    Mayor Rich Bohnenberger directed Peelen to send the matter to code enforcement.

    But related issues surfaced at the work session as commissioners addressed rental issues.

    “My question is do we have anything in the pool section of recommendations about water parks?” asked Gretchen Edgren of 65th Street.

    She said she’s been listening to screams of children playing in the “South Seas” pools.

    Bob Supply of 66th Street addressed commissioners, saying he shared Edgren’s concern. He also said more than four unrelated persons appear to be staying at the duplex home, as beds are also being set up under a deck.

    “It’s a perfect example of how we need to enforce our code,” said Commissioner John Monetti.

    In other business at the work session, Commission Chair David Zaccagnino provided a focus group summary of recommendations to the commission, saying there would be further review with the city attorney at upcoming meetings.

    During the commission meeting prior to the work session, commissioners unanimously approved two new laws — one banning gaming establishments and a second making revisions to its outdoor dining ordinance.

    The city’s ban on gaming at Internet cafes is modeled on a Seminole County ordinance currently being tested by the courts. It prohibits businesses from engaging in Internet gambling.

    The outdoor dining ordinance was amended to require city commission approval of new permits and provide for “periodic review” of existing permits. It also eliminates a $100 renewal fee. Restaurant owners with city-permitted outdoor dining are grandfathered, and will be unaffected until a change in ownership occurs or they increase their seating.

    Commissioners also agreed to discuss at a future meeting a proposed change in the oath required of persons speaking before the city commission.

    Commissioners Monetti and Sandy Haas-Martens said no change was needed in the current practice of requiring the oath, while Commissioners Zaccagnino, Peelen and Pat Morton approved considering a change.

        Peelen said April 27, after the city meeting, she had done as directed by the mayor regarding the 66th Street rental, and code enforcement officer David Forbes advised her that nothing in the code allows the city to dictate language in advertisements. advertisements.

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