Category Archives: 10-24-2012

ICE investigation leads to job site raids, arrest

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and a state agency that polices insurance — worker compensation — fraud raided several construction sites in Holmes Beach Oct. 16, leading to the arrest of at least one worker. A sweep by federal and state agents before noon that day ended with a Manatee County Sheriff’s Office report that […]

Cumber arrest ‘bitter-sweet’ for former AM sergeant

Detective John Kenney has been involved in the Sabine Musil-Buehler murder case from the beginning. He was the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office sergeant in charge of the Anna Maria substation when Musil-Buehler, 49, was reported missing by her husband, Tom Buehler, Nov. 6, 2008. Kenney, now a detective, sat at the table with Detective Rick […]

AMITW winds down, celebrates record sea turtle season

With only three un-hatched nests remaining on Anna Maria Island, volunteers with Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch & Shorebird Monitoring can rest easy after a record-breaking year that saw both triumph and tragedy. Beach walkers and section coordinators made 691 reports of activity, including nests and false crawls, according to AMITW executive director Suzi Fox […]

Bradenton Beach not likely to agree to ‘arbitration’

Bradenton Beach city attorney Ricinda Perry said she would not likely recommend that city accept an offer to arbitrate a lawsuit filed to end a joint development agreement with the BeachHouse Restaurant for a dune/parking lot project. Perry updated commissioners at an Oct. 18 city meeting, following an Oct. 4 announcement from one of the […]

Bradenton Beach homeowner wins variance to elevate home

A Bradenton Beach homeowner, with no objection from the city, was awarded variance relief during an Oct. 17 special master hearing at city hall, 107 Gulf Drive N. Chris Miller, 1201 B Gulf Drive S., Bradenton Beach, sought to elevate his home by 8 feet and to move the home 3 feet to the west. […]

Chappie says ‘shovel ready’ a possibility for BP money

Manatee County Commissioner John Chappie told Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce board members that any money the county receives from the BP oil spill of April 2010 may first have to go to “shovel-ready jobs.” Chappie was responding at the chamber’s Oct. 17 meeting to a question from Holmes Beach Commissioner Jean Peelen. She […]

Morris death to be featured on Dr. Phil show

Dr. Phil McGraw will devote two episodes of the Dr. Phil show to the ongoing debate of how Sheena Morris, 22, died that fateful 2009 New Year’s Day, in Bradenton Beach. According to, the two episodes will air Oct. 25-26. Kelly Osborn, Sheena’s mother, is a featured guest on the show. Osborn has publicly […]

Political rally brings out voter interest, candidate speeches

A crowd of about a 100 people gathered in the parking lot as the sun set Oct. 18 for The Islander newspaper’s old-style political rally, Popcorn & Politics.         Those in contested races — including for the 71st District state representative spot, a school board race and for two seats on the Holmes Beach city […]

HB building department verifies remodel values for FEMA

Holmes Beach public works superintendent Joe Duennes responded Oct. 18 to concerns about building department decisions on four recently remodeled ground-floor homes with a one-page letter.     In an Oct. 8 letter, Steven Martin, program manager of the Florida Division of Emergency Management State Floodplain Management Office, sought backup information and reminded the city to […]

HB removes unauthorized political sign

A political sign attacking Judy Holmes Titsworth, a candidate vying for a seat on the Holmes Beach City Commission in the Nov. 6 election, was removed Oct. 14 by police from a median at Gulf and Marina drives.         Commissioner Pat Morton reported an anonymous person improperly placed the sign on public property at 5400 […]