Category Archives: 09-12-2012

City of Holmes Beach Year End Report

The fiscal year ends September 30, 2012. I am pleased to report that our City is closing out the year under budget and without debt and for the first time in our City history we have five consecutive years without a tax increase. We have a healthy reserve fund and over the last six years […]

Holmes Beach woman murdered in Tampa

A 31-year-old Holmes Beach woman was found dead Aug. 27 in Tampa of an apparent murder-suicide, Tampa police are reporting. Jamie Kimble, of 72nd Street in Holmes Beach, was dating Orlando resident Luis Roberson Rodriguez, 39, off and on for several years, police say. She was returning to Tampa from a visit to London, where […]

AM code, MCSO teaming against illegal rentals

Anna Maria code enforcement officers and Manatee County Sheriff’s Office deputy Steve Ogline, who is assigned to the MCSO-Anna Maria substation, have begun targeting vacation rental owners for failure to have proper licenses or violating city codes. One of the first properties targeted by Ogline is 211 Willow Ave., where the city has sent owners […]

BB commissioner fires back over cell tower accusations

Bradenton Beach Commissioner Ric Gatehouse told his fellow commissioners Sept. 6 at the city meeting he plans to introduce a new cell tower ordinance to repeal the current ordinance and ask the city to sever ties with the co-author of the draft ordinance — Lawrence “Rusty” Monroe of Municipal Solutions Inc. The ordinance was adopted […]

Request to vacate Bradenton Beach property raises concern

The very mention of vacating city property raised eyebrows and concern levels Sept. 6 at the Bradenton Beach City Commission meeting. Suzette Buchan requested the city vacate a 4-foot-wide, 65-foot-long section of city property at 26th Street North because a 1930s city land survey incorrectly identified her home’s location at 2518 Gulf Drive N. as […]

BB roundabout beautification projects get tentative approval

The Bridge Street Merchants has been working to get approval to beautify the two roundabouts in Bradenton Beach for several months. BSM first wanted to approach the city to split costs for the project, but a budget battle left no funding for beautification projects as commissioners focused extra spending on infrastructure needs. BSM shifted its […]

HB candidates raise funds, fuel election campaigns

A trio of newcomers to politics running in the Nov. 6 city election races for two Holmes Beach commission seats and for mayor have been organizing with meetings, door-to-door visits and phone calls. Some candidates have been speaking out at city hall.     And their campaign coffers are growing.     And the trio of incumbents […]

Bradenton Beach gains sex offender

A 65-year-old man convicted of two counts of sexual battery recently moved to the 1600 block of Gulf Drive in Bradenton Beach. The man was convicted in Polk County in 1995 of sexual battery of a child under the age of 12 and sexual battery of a minor. The man has since been released from […]

HB candidate seeks answers to overdevelopment

Commission candidate Judy Holmes Titsworth is looking for solutions to residential overdevelopment in her push to improve building practices in Holmes Beach.         Titsworth met with Mayor Rich Bohnenberger and public works superintendent Joe Duennes in late August after researching nine residential properties undergoing construction.         A lengthy email on Sept. 4 summarized an Aug. […]

Ex-Holmes Beach man gets 29 months

A former Holmes Beach man was found guilty in the 12th Judicial Circuit Court of obtaining money from a pawnshop by fraud after he entered a plea of no contest. Douglas Mullaney, 40, was sentenced to 29 months in prison. He received credit from Judge Janette Dunnigan for time served while awaiting trial. Mullaney also […]