Category Archives: 05-30-2012

Holmes Beach takes neighbors to court

Two neighboring cities on Anna Maria Island and the mobile home park that separates them are now on a path to the courthouse over rights to 27th Street. The city of Holmes Beach filed an action for declaratory relief May 24 against the city of Bradenton Beach and Sandpiper Resort Co-op Inc., 2601 Gulf Drive […]

AM election toss up: Mattick mom no, daughter maybe

The announcement last week by Anna Maria Commissioner Jo Ann Mattick that she would not seek a fourth term in office, coupled with Mayor Mike Selby’s earlier statement he would not run for another term, has left the race wide open for one of the two commission seats and the mayor’s office in the November […]

HB code enforcement board remains a force

Holmes Beach code violators will continue to go before local residents serving on a code enforcement board rather than a special magistrate if the commission stays on course. Holmes Beach commissioners May 22 went against a prior consensus to move forward with an ordinance to implement a special magistrate system of hearings for code violations. […]

County names new TDC members

The Manatee County Board of Commissioners voted to appoint Holmes Beach Commissioner Jean Peelen May 22 to the Tourist Development Council. Peelen will take the seat June 1 from 12-year TDC member/Holmes Beach Commissioner Sandy Haas-Martens. The TDC is a county advisory board that makes recommendations on how to spend the 5 percent tourist development […]

Art league closure temporary, donations sought

Anna Maria Island Art League president Laura McGeary told artist Rob Reiber May 26 at the gallery, that “nothing is canceled.” She quickly corrected herself to say the children’s summer art camp has been canceled, but even that may be resurrected if she can find volunteers to put it on. The gallery and art league […]

1 of 2 BB commissioners ready for re-election bid

With time starting June 4 for candidates in Bradenton Beach to collect signatures and file papers with the Manatee County Supervisor of Elections Office to qualify for the Nov. 6 election, only incumbent Ward 4 Commissioner Jan Vosburgh has filed. Vosburgh and Ward 2 Commissioner/Vice Mayor Ed Straight are up for re-election in November, and […]

HB commissioners air FAR concerns

While more discussion is expected on focus group recommendations, the concept of floor-area ratio to stem the proliferation of mega-homes and duplexes in Holmes Beach appears to be coming under the most scrutiny by city commissioners. Commission Chair David Zaccagnino tasked the commissioners at the end of a work session May 22 to “think about […]

HB commissioners flip-flop on pool rule

Prompted by threatening calls about its decision to impose a one-pool-per-platted-lot limit —  including one from a pool contractor who said he’d be bringing in 30 permit applications before the proposed June 1 start date — the Holmes Beach city commission reversed its one-pool rule at the city work session May 22. Commission Chair David […]

A young Pettigrew roots for the home team

A young fan, 22-month-old Evelyn Pettigrew, daughter of Brett and Meaghan Pettigrew of St. Petersburg, happily cheers after Tampa Bay Rays Matt Joyce grand slam home run May 19 while attending her first home game. The Rays went on to beat the Braves 5-2. Her proud grandmother, Holmes Beach resident Joan Pettigrew, reports Evelyn’s still […]