Category Archives: 12-12-2012

Green turtles hatch, end record year

If a Hollywood screenwriter was tasked to script the 2012 sea turtle nesting season on Anna Maria Island, the storyline wouldn’t have turned out more appropriate than what occurred Dec. 7 to signal an end to a remarkable nesting season. About 20 endangered green sea turtles broke free from the last known sea turtle nest […]

Federal agents seize HB resident’s boat, cars

    Federal Bureau of Investigation agents seized two high-end sports cars and a luxury boat from 5311 Sunrise Lane, Unit B, Holmes Beach, just before sunset Nov. 30. The boat was taken to the city’s Kingfish Boat Ramp, where FBI agents removed it to a trailer.     The seizure stems from an FBI investigation and […]

HB chief resigns

Leading law enforcement in Holmes Beach for more than 19 years, Police Chief Jay Romine has announced he will leave the job.     He announced his decision by letter to Mayor Carmel Monti Dec. 7. His last day will be Dec. 20.     “It’s tough to walk away from my employees,” Romine said. “I’ve got […]

Anna Maria Sunshine meeting

Anna Maria city attorney Jim Dye will host a “Government-in-the-Sunshine” training session at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 19, for elected officials in Anna Maria and other island cities. Members of city committees also are invited to attend. An email from city clerk Alice Baird said the meeting would be “informal” and questions would be “encouraged” […]

Anna Maria vacation rentals climb, population falls

Anna Maria Mayor SueLynn’s concern that the city could be losing its old Florida character with increasing vacation rentals appears to have merit. The city population fell from 1,814 residents in 2000 to 1,503 in the 2010 census, a 17.1 percent decline, according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s online figures. Yet the number of vacation […]

Historic Bridge Street Pier project could be delayed

The old adage, “If it’s not one thing, it’s another,” could be applied to the effort to begin rebuilding the Historic Bridge Street Pier in Bradenton Beach. The hope was to have the project completed before the upcoming tourist season, but that hope appears to be dashed after an estimated timetable to begin the project […]

Parks committee to look into dog park plan

There’s a new decision-making process for one of the most popular and controversial places in Holmes Beach — HB Scentral, the city dog park on the perimeter of the Birdie Tebbetts Field at Flotilla Drive and 62nd Street.         Acting upon Mayor Carmel Monti’s recommendation at the Dec. 5 parks and beautification committee meeting, Chair […]

HB commission reviews R-2 moratorium

Ten months after the Holmes Beach commission rejected imposing a building moratorium, the panel, including two new commissioners, readied for a Dec. 11 vote on the measure.         The stage was set Dec. 6 by new commissioners Judy Holmes Titsworth and Marvin Grossman, together with Commission Chair Jean Peelen — previously the lone voice on […]

FDLE pushes for release of evidence in Morris Case

Since her daughter’s death in a Bradenton Beach motel room on New Year’s Day 2009 was ruled a suicide, Kelly Osborn has been on a journey to find out what happened to Sheena Morris, 22. She has never believed her daughter committed suicide and she launched a public campaign to have Morris’ case reinvestigated. She […]

Another worker nabbed with fake IDs

Investigators from the Florida Department of Financial Services Insurance Fraud Division arrested another Mexican national Dec. 4. Alejandra Burgos-Mendoza, 31, was arrested at her Palmetto residence after DFS was contacted by the Social Security Administration that Burgos-Mendoza had presented a Social Security number belonging to someone else to gain employment at Beach to Bay Construction […]