Category Archives: 10-10-2012

Cortez crabbers prepare, move traps to water

It won’t be long before fresh stone crab claws are back on restaurant menus as Oct. 5 signaled the first day for fishers to sink their crab traps. And it was a busy day. “It gets more competitive every year,” said Trek Hackney, a six-year veteran of stone crab season. “It’s very competitive out there.” […]

Veterans Day plans, 2 markets, pirate fest top BB agenda

Bridge Street Merchants vice president Adam Jenkins told Bradenton Beach commissioners Oct. 4 that he would like to see the city do more to honor veterans. Jenkins, of Edgewater Real Estate, 104 Bridge St., said BSM is working on a Nov. 11 celebration for Veterans Day that includes a military flyover. “We are asking the […]

Plaintiffs offer arbitration in parking lot suit

Resident Jo Ann Meilner offered Bradenton Beach commissioners an unexpected deal at an Oct. 4 meeting at Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N. Meilner is one of three plaintiffs involved in a lawsuit filed against the city in June that demands an end to the city’s joint development agreement with ELRA Inc., the […]

Busy bees

Holmes Beach Police Department officers barricaded a section in the 2900 block of Avenue E Sept. 29, after a large number of bees were discovered swarming in a nearby tree. According to a HBPD report, a beekeeper was contacted to remove the bees. Islander Photo: Courtesy Kevin Fitzgerald

Former Timesaver clerk not guilty of lottery theft

A former cashier at the Timesaver store in Holmes Beach was found not guilty of theft or embezzlement following a bench trial Oct. 1 in the 12th Judicial Circuit Court. Jeanna Mehrhoff, 29, of 7504 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, was arrested Feb. 1 on charges of grand theft after allegedly confessing to stealing lottery tickets […]

FISH moves closer to $250,000 grant, preserve plan

Florida Institute for Saltwater Heritage acting preserve chair Karen Bell presented Oct. 1 to the board her 95-acre preserve management plan, a requirement of the board’s goal to secure a $250,000 Southwest Florida Water Management District grant. FISH has been working to develop the natural state of the 95 acres into a legitimate preserve for […]

Holmes Beach city attorney responds to citizen inquiries

Holmes Beach City attorney Patricia Petruff has responded to a lengthy email inquiry, mostly concerning building regulations, from Judy Holmes Titsworth with a lengthy memorandum of her own.     In her memo dated Sept. 25 and at that evening’s commission meeting, Petruff recommended several building changes to city commissioners, including stormwater retention and as-built survey […]

HB building department issues policies, manages workload

    While working to keep up with a burgeoning load of inspections — short a building inspector — public works director Joe Duennes issued two memos last week to commissioners and the mayor.     One signaled an Oct. 1 elevator shaft setback policy and the other defended what the building department considers a front setback. […]

Holmes Beach planner to determine building study cost

Holmes Beach commissioners directed city planner Bill Brisson to select from a prepared list and examine three recent construction projects to estimate the cost of a more extensive building-practices study.     At their Sept. 25 meeting, commissioners grappled on Residential-2 building issues, including alleged land-development code violations and questionable building practices identified by commission candidate […]

12 years waiting — HB to open nature preserve

Grassy Point Preserve, an area of natural uplands, wetlands and mangrove hammocks fronting Sarasota Bay near the Anna Maria Island Bridge, will have a long-awaited opening at a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 9 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 18, Holmes Beach Mayor Rich Bohnenberger announced last week.         The 34-acre nature preserve between East Bay Drive opposite Walgreens […]