Category Archives: 09-05-2012

Manatee-BP settlement amount could max out to $19M

Manatee County officials last week learned the county may receive $3.1 million in BP settlement funds. But the Florida Association of Counties has revised its estimate of Manatee County’s minimum share of the proposed BP oil spill settlement from $3.1 million to $4.8 million. Manatee County natural resources director Charlie Hunsicker attended a meeting with […]

Revised Galati billfish tourney schedule

A Labor Day weekend fishing tournament has been delayed due to poor offshore conditions, but with the former Tropical Storm/Hurricane Isaac pushing north this week, the fourth annual Galati Yacht Sales Labor Day Billfish bound to happen Sept. 6-9. The schedule was not made available for print or the website until Sept. 4. The […]

MCSO now investigating AM rental property owners

Manatee County Sheriff’s Office deputies stationed in Anna Maria have been begun investigating rental properties in the city in search of unlicensed or unregistered vacation rentals. An Aug. 28 memo from Sgt. Dave Turner, head of the MCSO substation, gave approval to Deputy Steve Ogline to investigate suspected violators as a criminal — felony — […]

No interviews, no replacement yet for Kelly at center

The search for a replacement for retiring Anna Maria Island Community Center executive director Pierrette Kelly continues more than four months after she submitted her resignation. Greg Ross, president of the center board of directors, said the executive board was scheduled to interview five finalists from the second round of applicants on Aug. 25, but […]

Bizarre discovery relates to Morris investigation

Past firings and a gruesome discovery of preserved human organs found in a Pensacola storage unit last week have raised concerns regarding Dr. Michael Berkland’s involvement in the investigation of the 2009 death of 22-year-old Sheena Morris at a Bradenton Beach motel. The storage unit previously belonged to Berkland, but the unit at Uncle Bob’s […]

Burglaries rise in Anna Maria

A rash of burglaries has struck Anna Maria in recent weeks, and they’re mostly occurring when one deputy is on duty and answering another call, said Sgt. Dave Turner, who heads the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office-Anna Maria substation. “It’s all local people, younger people. We know who they are. They ride around on their bicycles […]

Holmes Beach resident summarizes records research

Holmes Beach resident Mary Buonagura has compiled her findings from six months of study of building department files in a one-page memo to the city.         Buonagura was a member of the zoning-permitting focus group headed by Commissioner John Monetti, one of several city groups headed by commissioners that were formed in January to address […]

Trial set in lottery theft, charges added

October court dates have been set for the former clerk of a Holmes Beach convenience store who allegedly stole $2,223 in Florida lottery tickets. Jeanna Mehrhoff, 29, of 7504 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, was arrested Feb. 1 by the Holmes Beach Police Department. The arrest stemmed from allegations that she printed and failed to pay […]

Holmes Beach planner reports on residential living areas

When Holmes Beach planner Bill Brisson came forward to speak on an Aug. 28 city commission agenda item about short-term rentals, he steered commissioners to take a different focus on anticipated changes — and spoke mostly about possible living-area to lot-size ratio limits on new construction.         “Let’s not talk about short-term rentals,” he said. […]

Holmes Beach plans ‘slide rule’ ordinance

        Holmes Beach City attorney Patricia Petruff drafted a new ordinance for review by the planning commission that may include one of the most restrictive swimming pool slide rules in the country.         Some newer vacation homes have pool slides that allow the users to enter the pool from the second-floor balcony and neighbors have […]