Category Archives: 06-20-2012

Holmes Beach man arrested for shooting, beating bird to death

A 75-year-old Holmes Beach man faces felony cruelty to an animal charge after what police say was a deadly attack on a great heron. Laurie Pardee, 671 Key Royale Drive, Holmes Beach, was arrested June 16 after allegedly shooting the heron with a .22 caliber handgun from his porch. According to police, Pardee shot the […]

Anna Maria seeks harmony for residents, vacationers

The Anna Maria City Commission, spearheaded by Commissioner SueLynn, is trying to establish guidelines for vacation renters and rental agents to maintain peace and quiet for residents and vacationers. But there are always a few renters and rental agents who provide difficulties, SueLynn pointed out at the commission’s June 14 meeting. The 2 percent of […]

BB commissioners prepare for fall budget process

Whispers about raising taxes for Bradenton Beach homeowners — and staff pay raises — abounded as Bradenton Beach commissioners spent the first preliminary budget meeting June 11 discussing how little of the tax pie city residents see from their tax dollars. Bradenton Beach Police Chief Sam Speciale presented a breakdown of city tax dollars compared […]

Anna Maria election: No ballot, unclear path

Voters in Anna Maria won’t cast ballots for city commissioners or mayor in November, and yet the city faces a number of choices — all to be decided at the dais. Anna Maria Mayor Mike Selby has issued a letter to all staff and commissioners in an attempt to clarify the procedures to elect a […]

HB mayoral challenger attends first HB meeting

Carmel Monti may be new to politics — challenging Holmes Beach Mayor Rich Bohnenberger in the Nov. 6 city election — but he’s not new to ‘kaizen,’ a Japanese word meaning “the relentless pursuit of perfection.”         “I have a clean slate,” Monti said June 12 of his political experience before attending his first Holmes […]

No injuries in Holmes Beach boat, boathouse fire

Liz and Bob Lang of 5801 Flotilla Drive, Holmes Beach, escaped injury June 11, when a fire on their 24-foot boat docked at their seawall caused two explosions and an estimated $200,000 in damage to the vessel and boathouse. The flames were extinguished before the house was on fire, Liz Lang said, but the blaze […]

Trouble spills over into Holmes Beach dog park

Softballs were flying over the outfield fence at Birdie Tebbetts Field June 13, hitting the tin roof of the newly erected shelter and startling dogs and their owners in the dog park.     “If the shelter had not been there, someone could’ve been hurt,” said Commissioner Jean Peelen who, along with several others and their […]

Holmes Beach commissioners vote for FAR limits

    Holmes Beach city commissioners June 12 took a step closer to implementing floor-area ratio requirements in Holmes Beach.     Three of five commissioners agreed that FARs should become part of the city’s land development code.     On a motion by Commissioner Jean Peelen, seconded by Commission Chair David Zaccagnino, the vote moved the city […]

Moose plans major renovation

While many civic organizations across the country struggle with membership goals, Moose Lodge No. 2188, 110 Gulf Drive S., Bradenton Beach, does not have the same problem. According to Moose governor Ron Luckerman, membership for the Island’s lodge is 6,000 strong, “and is the largest Moose membership not only in Florida, but the country,” said […]

HB man arrested for child abuse

When a female juvenile was asked to put on her bathing suit, and didn’t, David Johnston, 44, is alleged to have attacked her using a plastic bucket. According to the police report, Johnston hit the girl in the face with the bucket and slapped her on her upper legs and buttocks to the point of […]