Category Archives: 07-18-2012

New issues arise during BB budget talks

As Bradenton Beach commissioners continued their budget discussions, public works director Tom Woodard brought forth some issues needing to be addressed that are not in the proposed budget. Woodard said due to previous budget cutbacks, scheduled hardening of city buildings has been neglected, and the city is required to have that work done. Woodard also […]

BB public works budget is about being prepared

Bradenton Beach Commissioner Gay Breuler said during a July 9 public works budget discussion that “our infrastructure … is looking shoddier and shoddier and I think that’s an insult” to city staff. Infrastructure became a primary topic in budget talks. Commissioners will set the tentative millage rate July 25, which determines how much the city […]

Motion on competency filed in Bradenton Beach porn case

A motion to declare a Bradenton Beach man legally incompetent to proceed to trial has been filed by his attorney. Joseph Edmund Chiquet has spent the past two years in jail awaiting trial on charges of having sex with a minor, child pornography and witness tampering. The defendant’s physicians now are questioning his fitness to […]

Connelly sentencing next week

Holly Connelly, 30, found guilty May 11 of charges she schemed to defraud more than $50,000 from the Key Royale Club, will be in court for sentencing at 1:30 p.m. Friday, July 27.     A Holmes Beach police investigation last year into embezzlement at the club, 700 Key Royale Drive, Holmes Beach, led to Connelly’s […]

DeSoto prosecutor: trial depends on public defender

Ronald Littlehale, 64, of Holmes Beach — alleged to have solicited minors and possess and transmit child porn — has been held in the DeSoto County jail since his November 2011 arrest. The prosecutor assigned said July 11 she is awaiting word from the Littlehale’s attorney, a public defender, to determine whether Littlehale will stand […]

Access never denied

Overlooked in the ongoing printed concerns voiced over the Sandpiper Resort’s 27th Street gate is the fact that no Holmes Beach resident is now, nor has ever been denied access to that section of the street leading to Gulf Drive. The sole purpose of the gate and accompanying sign is to serve as a reminder […]

Holmes Beach ‘beats’ builders on FEMA 50 percent rule

As an update to the recent crackdown in Holmes Beach on policing residential remodels that exceed the 50 percent Federal Emergency Management Agency rule, the city has succeeded in reigning in two demolitions.         According to Mayor Rich Bohnenberger July 10, the city has been combating fraud in applications to remodel ground-level homes.         The […]

Holmes Beach to hike business fees 5 percent

The Holmes Beach business tax receipt fee appears to be on its way up in price.     On first reading July 12, city commissioners approved an ordinance to increase the tax on all businesses, including merchants, financial institutions, professionals, residential rentals, hotels and motels, restaurants and others.     The measure is expected to pass a […]

Fight with girl leads to child abuse charge

A 24-year-old Holmes Beach woman was arrested on a felony child abuse charge following a physical altercation with a girl. A group of men and women, including Sara Strain, were at a motel July 9 in the 3200 block of 14th Street West in Bradenton. A Manatee County Sheriff’s Office deputy was on routine patrol […]

Looks like Kansas

Megan Donnelson Jensen of Perico Island spotted and photographed this waterspout around 5:15 p.m. July 14 in the Gulf of Mexico offshore of Bradenton Beach while on the beach with her husband. “It was pretty cool,” she said. “We’re originally from Kansas — tornado alley — so we love to watch a good storm.”