A Holmes Beach resident wants to quiet his neighbors and be heard on the matter.
In an Aug. 9 letter, Richard Motzer asks the mayor and commissioners several questions:
“Is it quiet around your house? Are you able to go out and sit on your deck, patio or balcony and enjoy a cup of coffee, beverage, read a book or just relax?”
After more similarly themed queries, Motzer states: “If you can answer yes to any of the above, I would like to know why my wife and I cannot do the same in Holmes Beach.”
Motzer wrote that despite the commissioners’ March 30 direction to the Holmes Beach chief of police that a letter be drafted to tenants, rental units and the rental management company, he’s received no news on the letter and no relief.
“June and July have been two of the worst months on record for us,” he stated.
The latest political maelstrom comes after a July 2 incident in which the Holmes Beach Police Department identified Motzer as a suspect in an assault case.
According to the HBPD, Motzer, a resident in the 300 block of 56th Street, called the HBPD at 2:14 p.m. about kids playing in a nearby pool and a possible noise violation.
On a recorded line, Motzer threatened to sue the city, the police chief and officers, the reports state.
Motzer complained about the police department’s lack of response to his calls.
“The noise is over the top, tell them to do something,” Motzer allegedly told the dispatcher.
A report by Sgt. Mike Pilato states Motzer said, “You are going to need to bring over body bags because I am fed up with it.”
Pilato reported Motzer “made a viable threat to cause death to the families and the children.”
When officers responded, they found the renters standing in their driveway, heading toward the beach.
Officer Jason Higgins reported no disruptive noises and Pilato’s report stated he heard no screaming, yelling or noise violation.
The renters told police their neighbor, apparently referring to Motzer, “hid behind the screened upper porch and began yelling on a bull horn at the children playing in the pool” and “the kids were terrified” because he “began cursing at the kids,” according to Pilato’s report.
“The family insisted they were being harassed by the neighbor,” according to Higgins’ report.
Pilato asked the renters to fill out affidavits.
Motzer, whose year-round residence is adjacent to the vacation home, first complained to the city about the home when it was under construction in 2014-15.
He’s been active at city hall, attending meetings and offering comment on rental issues, questioning the multiplex development, according to The Islander archives.
While an HBPD report labels Motzer a suspect and the alleged offense as an assault, it contains no indication charges were or would be filed.
HBPD Chief Bill Tokajer said Aug. 10 the July 2 reports were forwarded to the state attorney to determine if criminal charges are warranted.
In Motzer’s most recent letter, he criticizes the HBPD, the chief and code enforcement for failing to enforce the city’s ordinance and for not using a decibel reader.
Tokajer responded, “We respond to every noise complaint and review it on a case by case basis in accordance with guidance from the mayor and commissioners.”
The chief also said he’s put together a handout which, after it is approved by the mayor, will be handed out by his officers.