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Date of Issue: June 03, 2009

City to update animal regs

Holmes Beach commissioners will consider updating the city’s animal regulations by adopting a Manatee County animal control ordinance with some city revisions.

City attorney Patricia Petruff presented the commission with a draft ordinance May 28, adding that the city would continue to prohibit pets at eating establishments and would maintain its aggressive animals provisions.

The proposal before the commission states, “No animal shall be permitted to accompany its owner at either an indoor or outdoor dining facility. No provision of the Manatee County Animal Ordinance, as it is applied in the city of Holmes Beach, shall be interpreted to permit any animal to accompany its owner at indoor or outdoor dining facilities. This section shall not apply to service animals.”

The county ordinance was written to be adopted uniformly in incorporated and unincorporated areas of the county.

Mayor Rich Bohnenberger asked Petruff, as she finalizes the ordinance for the commission’s consideration, to make certain the city was not giving up authority to prosecute a dangerous dog case.

In other business last week, commissioners:

  • Reappointed John Wize to the code enforcement board.
  • Discussed a request from the town of Longboat Key to object in writing to the federal government regarding the route of a proposed liquefied natural gas pipeline in Tampa Bay.

Longboat Key officials maintain that the pipeline would threaten sand sources for beach renourishment projects.

  • Discussed a variety of parking issues, including off-street parking of commercial vehicles in residential districts and the parking of boats and trailers in residential districts.
  • Discussed with the mayor the naming of parks.

The mayor recommended a park to be developed in the 6800 block of Holmes Boulevard be named Spring Lake Community Park. The city acquired the property after the Federal Emergency Management Agency designated it as a severe repetitive loss property due to flooding.

The mayor also suggested naming the greenspace behind Regions Bank, which was established by the bank, Regions Park.

A pocket park located at 85th Street/84th Street should be named Nunn’s Way in memory of the late Holmes Beach public works foreman Skip Nunn, suggested Bohnenberger, who said he would present resolutions to the commission.

The commission’s next meeting will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 9, at city hall, 5801 Marina Drive.