Category Archives: 09-19-2012

Lomita chef David Viens who confessed to cooking wife’s body will not testify at trial

A Lomita chef who confessed to killing his wife and boiling her body for four days to dispose of her remains announced Wednesday that he will not take the witness stand to testify at his murder trial. Asked by Judge Rand Rubin if he did not plan to testify, David Viens, 49, spoke quietly with […]

HB attorney to answer candidate, FEMA questions

Holmes Beach commission candidate Judy Holmes Titsworth should be getting answers soon from city attorney Patricia Petruff on her questions about past building department practices. Commission Chair David Zaccagnino directed Petruff to respond to Titsworth following a request to do so by Commissioner Jean Peelen at the Sept. 11 commission meeting. Titsworth submitted her questions […]

Lomita chef Viens confessed on tape to cooking his wife’s body

A Lomita chef accused of killing his wife whose body has never been found told detectives that he slowly cooked his her for four days in a 55-gallon drum, boiling her body in water and discarding her remains in his restaurant’s grease pit, according to a taped confession played in court. David Viens, 49, said […]

Former HB resident’s LA murder trial begins

The murder trial began Sept. 12 for former Holmes Beach resident David Viens, 48, in Los Angeles. Viens is facing second degree murder after testimony in a preliminary hearing in April in which several witnesses said Viens admitted to them he killed his wife, Dawn Viens. He attended the trial in a wheelchair. Viens, a […]

Anna Maria proposes tax increase, 2.05 millage

Anna Maria city commissioners agreed at their Sept. 11 budget hearing to a 2.05 ad valorem millage rate for the 2012-13 fiscal year budget, an increase of 1.41 percent from the rollback rate of 2.0214 mills. The rollback rate is the millage rate needed to produce the same amount of income to the city as […]

Anna Maria City Pier tenant claims parking lot rights

The city of Anna Maria appears headed into a disagreement with its city pier tenant Mario Schoenfelder over parking at the pier — and a proposed parking lot fence. In a Sept. 5 letter to Mayor Mike Selby, Schoenfelder claims that after reading the minutes of the Aug. 15 commission meeting, he feels he must […]

Final plan approved for BB day dock

Bradenton Beach commissioners approved a final plan Sept. 12 to go to the Federal Emergency Management Agency for repairs to the day dock next to the Historic Bridge Street Pier. The dock has remained closed for months due to maintenance issues caused by wave action and blamed on a manufacturer’s design flaw in the hinges […]

Cortez Bridge replacement- rehab talks on DOT horizon

Several Cortez residents reported receiving phone calls from excited developers and contractors wanting to be a part of community discussions regarding the possibility of replacing the Cortez Bridge. Florida Institute for Saltwater Heritage board member Linda Molto said Sept. 10 at the nonprofit’s monthly meeting, that she received a letter from the Florida Department of […]

FISH board moves back on track, returns civility

After a few hours with a facilitator Aug. 10, Florida Institute for Saltwater Heritage board members, at their next meeting, put aside personal differences and returned to business. “Dedicated to the promotion, education and preservation of Cortez and Florida’s commercial fishing and other traditional maritime cultures, including the environment upon which these communities depend,” the […]

Property rights coalition forms to address rental problems

Property rights are on the front burner for Diana McManaway and Anna Maria Coalition LLC — a recently formed organization picking up where an earlier consortium of rental agents left off earlier this year.     McManaway of 66th Street gained the consensus of about 30 builders, rental agents and others who met Sept. 10 at […]