Category Archives: 09-18-2013

Daily $100 fine imposed on tree house owners

Tree house owners found little mercy last week from members of the Holmes Beach Code Enforcement Board. At its Sept. 12 meeting, the board imposed a $100 per day fine on Richard Hazen and Lynn Tran until such time the couple brings into compliance what the city has deemed illegal construction — a tree house […]

Anna Maria budget easily passes 1st go-around

Anna Maria is heading to a record budget amount for the next fiscal year and city homeowners will face yet another tax increase. Anna Maria commissioners unanimously approved the proposed $3.03 million 2013-14 spending plan at their first public hearing on the budget Sept. 11. The $3.03 million budget is based on a millage rate […]

HB passes first reading of 2013-14 tax increase, spending plan

Holmes Beach commissioners Sept. 12 passed first readings of ordinances setting a tentative millage rate of 1.7500 and approving the 2013-14 $9 million budget. While city officials are keeping the millage rate the same as the 2012-13 fiscal year, the city gained revenue in property taxes due to higher property valuations. According to state statutes, […]

AM ballot to include charter amendment

The 2012 Anna Maria election resulted in a scramble to decide how and who should be appointed mayor in the absence of a candidate. Anna Maria voters Nov. 5 will be asked to decide on a charter amendment that clarifies procedures and amends definitions of the duties for a mayor pro tem. The amendment also […]

False start

More than 45 signs promoting Bradenton Beach Commissioner Ric Gatehouse in his campaign for the Nov. 5 election in Bradenton Beach were observed along Gulf Drive Sept. 14, as well as some signs advising the BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., is open during construction. But the campaign signs apparently violate city code that only […]

Holmes Beach crafts election canvassing board solution

Holmes Beach city officials don’t recall ever having the problem they now face in the Nov. 5 election. There is a city election every year, but every other year, when there is no federal election requiring the Manatee County Supervisor of Elections Office to staff people to count the countywide votes, the Holmes Beach charter […]

Some Anna Maria vacation rental owners poised to sue city

While Anna Maria is poised to sue some vacation homeowners over rental terms, it seems the property owners also are hovering on plans for action. If the Anna Maria City Commission proceeds with its plan to obtain a declaratory judgment on whether its hotel/motel ordinance applies to vacation home rentals, attorney Scott Rudacille said 40 […]

Anna Maria postpones discussion on controversial issues

Members of the public attending the Sept. 12 Anna Maria commission meeting who came expecting a discussion on a paid-parking proposal and a possible lawsuit against some vacation rentals left the meeting room early and disappointed. Commission Chair Chuck Webb said those issues would be discussed in future, single-topic work sessions. Mayor SueLynn said her […]

Anna Maria mayor strikes back at critics

Anna Maria Mayor SueLynn indicated displeasure last week over recent emails sent her and press coverage resulting from suggestions of tolls and paid parking to limit visitors to the northernmost city. A conversation about tolls to the island began after the Memorial Day weekend, during the June 17 Island Transportation and Planning Organization meeting, where […]

AME calls for peace on International Peace Day

Anna Maria Elementary School students and staff will celebrate the United Nations International Peace Day Tuesday, Sept. 24, with the unveiling of a new AME peace pole to replace the one erected on the campus soon after the 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States. AME guidance counselor Cindi Harrison recalls the autumn day in […]