Category Archives: 02-20-2013

AM commission may reconsider ban on building projects

Facing complaints from a number of Anna Maria property owners and local builders that a hold on building permits is causing financial harm and confusion among homebuyers, city commissioners on Feb. 14 agreed to revisit the freeze put in place Feb. 7. Commissioners first passed an administrative moratorium in January, while city attorney Jim Dye […]

Attorney adds to record public records request

Attorney Rich Rumrell of Rumrell Law, Rumrell, Bate & McCleod, P.A., St. Augustine, who represents unidentified Anna Maria property owners, has made another public records request of the city. Mayor SueLynn said the records request of Feb. 1 would take staff several weeks to compile, and Rumrell submitted a second request Feb. 8, adding to […]

BB hangs up on cell tower planner

The strained relationship between Bradenton Beach and the Center for Municipal Solutions came to an end Feb. 8 with notification the city will repeal its cellular communications tower ordinance. CMS’s Lawrence “Rusty” Monroe and the city have been feuding for months over language in the ordinance drafted by Monroe and adopted May 5, 2011, under […]

Peelen may appeal lawsuit ruling

Holmes Beach Commissioner Jean Peelen may appeal a recent ruling by the12th Judicial Circuit Court that keeps alive a libel suit filed against her by business owner John F. Agnelli Jr. Judge Diana Moreland denied Peelen’s motion to dismiss Agnelli’s amended complaint Feb. 7 and gave her 10 days to answer the suit. The suit […]

Shore resignation accepted, FISH elections April 1

In one of the quickest actions of the Feb. 3 Florida Institute for Saltwater Heritage meeting in Cortez, the resignation of Manatee County Clerk of Circuit Court R.B. “Chips” Shore from the FISH board of directors was unanimously approved. Shore sent a letter Jan. 3 announcing his resignation from the board, but pledged to remain […]

Holmes Beach proclaims Pam Leckie Day

Holmes Beach Mayor Carmel Monti presents a community service award to resident and Islander of the Year Pam Leckie for her tireless work at the Island Library and at the Roser Food Pantry during a Feb. 12 commission meeting. The city commission also designated Feb. 13, 2013, as Pam Leckie Day. Islander Photo: Kathy Prucnell

Holmes Beach interim police chief serves up 1-year plan

What could a new Holmes Beach police chief accomplish in a year?     That’s what Mayor Carmel Monti has asked some candidates for the city’s top law enforcement spot.     In December, the newly elected mayor announced he would conduct a search to replace former Police Chief Jay Romine, and named the department’s 19-year lieutenant, […]

Treehouse owner seeks DEP permit, city waiver

There’s a new wrinkle in the ongoing saga of the Angelinos Sea Lodge unpermitted, two-story beachfront treehouse.     Built in 2011 in the beachfront backyard of the lodge that includes a home and four vacation rental units at 103 29th St. in Holmes Beach, the treehouse was once under a removal/modification order from the Florida […]

HOW puts kayaks to work in vow to help vets

Holmes Beach resident Chris LeGore is the assistant coordinator for the Bradenton/Sarasota chapter of Heroes on the Water and is one of the four founders of the area chapter. Locally and nationally, HOW helps veterans overcome their physical or emotional problems by providing a peaceful kayak tour, along with fishing in quiet and natural bayous. […]

Island roadwatch

The Florida Department of Transportation has announced it will conduct a routine maintenance project at the Longboat Pass Bridge, spanning the Intracoastal Waterway at Bradenton Beach and Longboat Key, 9 p.m.-5 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20, and Thursday, Feb. 21. A flagging operation will be in place to facilitate possible lane closures. Motorists are encouraged to […]