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A groundbreaking takes place June 12 for the long-awaited Bradenton Beach cell tower near the city’s public works facility, 400 Church Ave. Those who attended are, from left, Jim Eatrides of Alpha-Omega Communications, Commissioner Jan Vosburgh, Mayor Bill Shearon, Shearon’s dog Reese, Kevin Barile of Florida Tower Partners, Commissioner Ed Straight, Brett Buggeln of Florida Tower Partners and Commissioner Jack Clarke. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy

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Bradenton Beach Police Chief Sam Speciale, left, and Commissioner Ed Straight, right, take a closer look at the check received by Mayor Bill Shearon for $320,000 during the cell tower groundbreaking June 12 at the city public works facility. Construction of the tower was to begin June 16 and wrap up in August. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy

Anna Maria receives 7 notices on Bert Harris claims

Florida’s Bert Harris Jr. Property Rights Act of 1995 may soon become familiar to islanders.

First on the mark with a letter of intent regarding a Bert Harris Jr. property rights action June 6 were Mark McClean and wife Kathy Hayes.

On June 11, the city received a notice that Erik Abrahamson will file a Bert Harris Jr. claim for four properties he owns in the city. Attorney Scott Rudacille of Blalock Walters, P.A., of Bradenton, represents Abrahamson.

That same day, the city received a letter from attorney Sean Kelly, an associate at Najmy Thomson, P.L., of Bradenton, representing the owner of 101 Willow Ave. and 881 N. Shore Drive, that his clients will file a Bert Harris Jr. action.

Percycoe said the letters are not lawsuits, but they do put the city on notice. The city can settle the owners’ complaints without legal action, she said.

Mayor SueLynn said the deadline to file a claim against the city with regard to the June 2013 passage of Ordinance 13-754 was June 8. “The letters were just to meet the deadline,” she added.

The subject ordinance changed the living space allowance of a single-family home and established living-area ratios for each level of living space.

Although no plans to add or change the living space at 101 Willow Ave. or 881 N. Shore Drive have been filed with the building department, Kelly claims the ordinance prevents his client from future earnings on the investment in the home.

“The ordinance decreased market value, income stream, and net present value of the property, and my client is entitled to damages for the loss of its reasonable investment backed expectations in the amount of $342,000,” he wrote.

The Willow Avenue property is owned by Shawn and Jennifer Kaleta and KPI 48th Street Development LLC. The North Shore Drive property is owned by Gulf View Retreat LLC, which is registered to Louis Najmy.

Rudacille said his client wanted to work with the city “in the spirit of cooperation” to achieve “the purpose of the ordinance as envisioned by the city.”

Abrahamson’s properties are at 104 Magnolia Ave., 607 N. Bay Blvd., 857 N. Shore Drive and 508 Spring Ave.

Kelly said his clients intend to file a lawsuit “in 180 days and collect damages, if necessary, unless the city makes my client a reasonable offer to settle this claim.”

SueLynn said she referred the notices to city attorney Jim Dye and had no comment.

The notice from McClean/Hayes asks the city to review a variance for an elevator at the couple’s home at 114 Tern St.

Commissioners at their June 12 work session agreed to give the owners of the properties that gave notice until June 26 to file for a variance to the LAR.

Balloon test planned for AM cell tower height

Florida Tower Partners plans to conduct a balloon test for the planned height of its cell tower 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, June 21, at Anna Maria City Hall.

If weather prohibits the June 21 test date, another attempt will be made 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesday, June 24.

FTP and Anna Maria have signed an agreement for the company to build a cell tower at city hall, 10005 Gulf Drive.

The city is to receive a fee of $350,000 from the company when construction of the tower is finished, and a percentage of the monthly revenue FTP receives from the tower’s cell carrier leases.

The tower could be ready for use by late 2014, company spokesperson Ken Burile told commissioners in April, when the agreement to construct the tower was signed.

Carriers such as Verizon and AT&T will be FTP clients on the tower, Burile has said.

Bradenton Beach commission to evaluate clerk, treasurer

Two new members of the Bradenton Beach city staff are up for evaluation. The commission voted June 5 to evaluate Shelia Dalton, city treasurer, and Jamie Anderson, city clerk. A positive evaluation could result in full-time employee status, including benefits and tenure.

However, some decisions made by city clerk Jamie Anderson have come under fire, including alleged unauthorized software purchases and possible public records violations.

As clerk, Anderson is responsible for public records, according to the city charter.

The city commission authorized hiring both Anderson and Dalton and they started work Jan. 16.

Commissioners unanimously approved an evaluation form that they will complete and submit anonymously to city attorney Ricinda Perry.

The evaluations will examine quality and quantity of work, judgment, knowledge and skill, leadership qualities and overall effectiveness.

The findings and Mayor Bill Shearon’s formal recommendation will be presented at the June 19 commission meeting.

 

Email woes create criticism

Anderson’s decision to purchase Microsoft Office 365 with funds from a $25,000 allowance the commission approved in February for computer upgrades has been criticized.

Anderson was accused of purchasing the new Microsoft software without approval from the commission, although Shearon approved the expenditure.

On June 2, Shearon called an emergency meeting regarding the city email accounts, which were shut down for two weeks.

Commissioners voted 4-1 — with Shearon opposed — for the purchase of $4,000 worth of additional software needed to make staff’s new computers and email system operational.

During the meeting, Anderson said the software purchase was necessary because only two city computers had Microsoft Office licenses that had not expired.

The Microsoft 365 installation would have extended that deadline for 10 months, but commissioners opted to keep the city’s current email system and purchase 10 new Microsoft Office licenses that will be active for three years.

The Microsoft Office licenses that existed for the present system were not part of the Microsoft 365 package, and Anderson apologized.

The commission approved a total expenditure of $6,000 in unbudgeted funds to update the existing system’s licenses, including attorney’s fees and additional monitors.

The city won’t likely be able to return the $4,500 Microsoft 365 system because it was activated two months prior to the installation of the new computers.

The Microsoft 365 system has a cloud email feature that would allow commissioners to access their city accounts from mobile devices and facilitate access for the clerk.

Longtime email administrator Ric Gatehouse, a former commissioner, opposed the use of Microsoft 365, saying it was an underhanded way to reduce the city’s contractual responsibilities with him.

Gatehouse issued a statement at the June 2 meeting accusing Shearon and Anderson of conducting a “witch hunt against him.”

Commissioner Jan Vosburgh called the purchase of the 365 program a question of bad judgment on the part of Anderson, saying, “I think a lot of bad decisions were made.”

 

Attorney alleges public records violations

ELRA attorney Robert Lincoln, who is representing Ed Chiles, owner and operator of the BeacHhouse Restaurant in a lawsuit against the mayor, wrote an email June 4 to city attorney Ricinda Perry expressing concern over the performances of Anderson and deputy city clerk Tammy Johnson.

Lincoln accused Johnson of deleting emails, which are considered public record, and he accused Anderson of denying the files were deleted.

Lincoln also alleged that Anderson delayed or refused to respond to public records requests he made April 30.

“Ms. Anderson has improperly and illegally withheld or delayed the release of other public records by making unwarranted claims of attorney-client privilege or the criminal investigation exception,” Lincoln wrote.

“Anderson made such claims without checking on their validity, again leaving the city vulnerable to a lawsuit.”

In his 25-page email, Lincoln also blamed Anderson for making the city computer system and email accounts unavailable.

“Ms. Anderson authorized and undertook an unplanned, ill-advised and poorly managed upgrade that has left the city unable to respond to communicate using its official email accounts and required city commissioners to conduct official city business using their personal email accounts, in violation of city policy,” he wrote.

Anderson has maintained that any delays in fulfilling public records requests were part of the computer issues the city was facing.

“There are a lot of things (Lincoln) has said that have no validity,” she said. “I just do my job and try not to worry about them.”

‘A new day’ begins at community center

“Out with the old and in with the new” is often repeated on New Year’s Day.

For the financially troubled Anna Maria Island Community Center, that phrase has been altered to be: “It’s a New Day” at the center.

Executive director Dawn Stiles said she and board of directors chairman Scott Rudacille have agreed on a new approach to inform the public of center activities and for fundraising.

“Things had to change,” said Stiles, who has been executive director 14 months. She was hired to succeed Pierrette Kelly, who was the center’s director for more than 22 years.

That’s why she, board chairman Scott Rudacille and board member David Teitelbaum met recently and agreed to the new slogan.

“It’s a new day” fits with what the center’s plans, Stiles said.

And it’s more than just a slogan, she added. “It’s to involve the entire community in the center.”

The first issue to address is getting former sponsors of the center to return. Stiles has said many major contributors to the center have stopped making donations, and there are a number of reasons.

“They want to know where their money is going,” she said. Stiles proposed to rekindle their interest and commitment by showing them exactly how a donation would be used.

She would also use personal meetings with the donors to discuss issues and what programs the major sponsors want offered.

Rudacille said the board would work with potential donors as well. He agreed the board should involve itself heavily in fundraising, but the board also needs a few more members.

Special district

Island property owners pay taxes to Manatee County that are used, in part, to fund the parks and recreation department, which operates Manatee Public Beach, Coquina Beach and Leffis Key. However, no county taxes go toward the community center, which is a nonprofit providing recreational, sports and wellness programs.

At the same time, direct contributions from the island cities have declined in recent years.

Rudacille agrees with the concept of creating a special tax district where an assessment is placed on each property to raise money for the community center. Cortez, Perico Island and Flamingo Cay could be included in the district.

Other ideas discussed include going to the island city commissions and asking for more funding. “Each island government should be helping the center,” Rudacille said.

The center fills some of the requirements for public recreation and activities in each city’s comprehensive plan, he noted.

 

Island ‘Affaire’

Stiles added that the Island Affaire, the center’s major annual fundraiser, was supposed to bring $150,000-$200,000 to the treasury, but came up short, raising only about $90,000.

Teitelbaum added that the event also fell short of its goal in the previous year, before Stiles arrived.

She said the “new plan” is to form a committee dedicated to creating a successful Island Affaire and reaching the goal of $200,000 a year.

 

Communication

Another idea is to issue a weekly email to center members and donors to inform people of the activities and financial condition of the center.

The center’s website should be updated on a daily basis, Stiles said, but old news and information is lingering and new input is needed. In the past, volunteers seemed to lose interest in updating the activities.

The center also will be more proactive in issuing press releases and news about upcoming events.

 

Volunteers

Stiles said the center needs volunteers for its many programs and challenges. Her observation is that a lot of people seem to have volunteered, but somehow they never get a volunteer position.

That’s going to change, she promised.

At the monthly meetings and in the center lobby, Stiles will maintain a poster display of volunteer openings. Those who want to volunteer will be able to sign up under the committee or activity of their choice.

“All of this is about us becoming more transparent, more involved with the community, more open,” Rudacille said.

He reminded people who believe the center should be run like a business that it’s not a business. “The center is about the kids. We are not a business.”

But the center does have a new day starting, he said.

On June 4, Stiles held a public meeting at the center with about 200 people in attendance and said the center had only about $60,000 in its operating account, barely enough to keep its doors open for another month.

That brought an outpouring of donations, including a $10,000 gift from a private donor through Holmes Beach Commissioner David Zaccagnino.

But for all the goodwill toward the center generated at the June 4 meeting, Stiles and the board of directors still must face some harsh realities.

“We are tackling those issues head-on and the board is totally supportive of the new day approach,” she said.

 

A new day

Fundraising, volunteering, transparency, finances, activities, scholarships and costs will be addressed more often and more openly to the public than in the past, Rudacille promised.

Stiles said she and Rudacille would plan another public meeting to update the community.

She said the dark financial picture painted at the June 4 meeting is now less grim, but the center has a long way to go, both in finances, programs and image.

“But we’ll get there with help from the community,” she said. “It’s a whole new day at the center.”

 

 

21-year Anna Maria Island Community Center employee, Scott Dell, resigns.

Center assistant director resigns

Dawn Stiles, executive director of the Anna Maria Island Community Center, announced the June 10 resignation of longtime center employee Scott Dell.

Dell had risen in 20-plus years at the center from the sports director to assistant executive director/chief operating officer.

In making the announcement, Stiles said, “Scott and his family have deep ties to the island and the community center.

“Scott will be missed by our staff and members, no matter what the situation Scott always had an upbeat, positive attitude.

“Scott welcomed me and proved to be a steadfast partner in running the center. I have tremendous respect for Scott and wish him the very best.”

Dell wrote in an email to The Islander June 20, “It has been an honor and a privilege to serve this community and its residents for the past 21 years. I look forward to the next chapter in my life and the possibilities for the future.”

He remarked on the wonderful people he met at the center, and his great memories: “I have really appreciated the outpouring of support from individuals and families who have been sharing their stories with me.

“I wish the community center all the best. This is an amazing community and it never ceases to amaze me its ability to pull together and rise to the occasion. I am grateful for the 21 years I was able to serve the residents of this great island.”

Stiles said the center would not fill the vacancy created by the resignation.

She announced that former athletic director Troy Shonk will return to work part-time to assist his replacement, Matt Ray, to allow a smooth transition. Ray is learning to budget the sports programs and Stiles will assist to improve athletic program oversight.

Meanwhile, as the center continues to struggle to revive donations, the recent Island Blood Drive brought in a record $6,808.

An anonymous donor to the Save Our Center fund is matching the June donations, which, as of June 20, were $35,303. The donor is matching up to $50,000 through the end of the month.

 

All three island cities have election races heating up

By Jennifer Glenfield

Islander Reporter

      In many small cities, politics takes the back stage. Not so in Holmes Beach, where players are stepping up to seek seats on the dais and in the mayor’s office.

The two-year terms held by Commissioners Judy Titsworth and Marvin Grossman are up in November. Both are seeking a second term.

And earlier this month, Holmes Beach resident Renee Ferguson announced her intention to seek a seat on the commission.

Another candidate for the commission is Andy Sheridan. He’s no political newcomer, having run twice for a commission seat in 2009 and 2011 and lost.

Sheridan said he plans on filing his qualifying papers this week. He said the first time around, he promised some citizens he would keep going to city meetings and speak out on issues and, he said, he’s done that.

He said he’s been attending city meetings regularly since 2007 or 2008, and he keeps current on the issues challenging the city.

He also said some residents have encouraged him to get back in the race for a commission seat.

Meanwhile, Bob Johnson, who this year has chaired the city charter commission, has announced he plans to run for mayor, a post currently held by Carmel Monti, who is not seeking re-election.

Johnson has been married to wife Denise for 31 years. He’s a graduate of West Point and was a career military officer. Before retiring in 2008, Johnson also worked in technology, including at Lockheed.

In Holmes Beach, he’s served on the island congestion committee, as well as chairing the charter review commission.

Johnson, who moved to Holmes Beach 20 years ago, said, “I believe I can make a tangible difference for our citizens.

“I am running to build on the accomplishments of the past two years and provide the steady, results-oriented, experienced and open-minded leadership necessary to insure that these accomplishments are fully consolidated into our city.

“Our businesses and citizens need results from a civic-minded leader, not expeditious political actions.”

Johnson’s candidacy means there will be a race for mayor. Commissioner David Zaccagnino jumped into the mayor’s race early on and has announced he will vacate his commission seat after the Nov. 4 election.

Zaccagnino submitted a resignation letter that will allow a new commission — postelection — to appoint a commissioner for the one-year remainder of his term, which ends in November 2015.

Titsworth previously hedged on seeking re-election, saying that if Zaccagnino had no opponent, she would resign the commission to run for mayor.

But Titsworth announced that won’t be necessary, with Johnson in the running.

She said of Johnson, “We are extremely lucky to have a man of his caliber to look out for the local businesses, the residents and the city that we all call home.”

Of her own candidacy, Titsworth said, “There are still many important issues facing the commission in our efforts to save the residential character and quality of life in the city and my vote on the commission is crucial.

“I am a third-generation member of the Holmes family, for which this city is named. I was born and raised here. I raised my family here, and my husband owns a business here in the city. I feel it would be a challenge to find anyone that has more respect and love for this city. I will continue to bring not only years of history and business experience, but also leadership, stewardship, pride and compassion.”

Qualifying for office in Holmes Beach closes at noon, Friday, June 20.

So the races are not yet set.

Candidate packets are available at city hall or at the Manatee County Supervisor of Elections Office, 600 301 Blvd. W., Suite 108, Bradenton.

Prospective candidates must fill out a statement of candidacy, declare the position for which they are running, collect signatures from at least 15 registered voters in the city and open a campaign account with an assigned treasurer.

Prospective candidates also must complete a candidate’s oath of office and verify residency. Holmes Beach candidates must have resided in the city for at least two years.

Candidates must also pay a qualifying fee, which is equal to 10 percent of the income of the office sought. Running for mayor comes with a $120 qualifying fee, and commissioners $64.

The city presently has 3,187 registered voters.

            Staff contributed to this story.

 

Anna Maria will have race
for mayor, commission

By Rick Catlin

Islander Reporter

      Two years after no one sought the mayor’s post in Anna Maria, there are at least two candidates seeking the office in November, along with three candidates for two commission seats.

Incumbent Mayor SueLynn, who became mayor in 2012 by appointment, is seeking a second consecutive term. She also served as mayor 2002-06.

SueLynn presented her initial qualifying papers to the SOE June 10.

She’ll face Dan Murphy, who submitted qualifying papers to the Manatee County Supervisor of Elections Office earlier this month. Murphy is seeking his first-ever election to a political office.

Murphy said in a statement to The Islander that he’s running in the face of “eight major challenges which threaten to permanently alter the lifestyle we all have enjoyed as residents. I want to resolve these issues.

“I have the leadership, communication, technical and management skills to do so without adding undue upset, burden or further restricting our residents;  while at the same time, maximizing/optimizing the ordinances and resources we already have in place.”

There’s also a race for the two commission seats on the Nov. 4 ballot, with three candidates qualified or preparing to submit the necessary paperwork.

Political newcomer David Bouchard, a 12-year resident, will join incumbent Commissioners Nancy Yetter and Chuck Webb in the race.

Bouchard is the son-in-law of former Commissioner Jo Ann Mattick.

“I thought about running before,” Bouchard said. “But this time I decided to do it. I just want to bring a fresh approach to the commission as the city and island are changing.”

Webb will be seeking his fifth consecutive term as commissioner. Yetter is looking for a second term.

Election packets are available at city hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, or at the county election office, 600 301 Blvd., No. 108, Bradenton.

      For Anna Maria candidates, election fees and qualifying papers must be submitted to the SOE office, not city hall, city clerk Diane Percycoe said.

The deadline is noon June 20.

The qualifying fee to run for mayor is $96, while to seek a commission seat the fee is $48. Forms to waive the qualifying fee as a financial hardship also are available at the SOE office.

Anna Maria commissioners are paid $4,800 annually, while the mayor receives $9,600 in annual compensation.

As of May 31, the SOE reported 1,246 registered voters in Anna Maria.

 

Race is on for Bradenton Beach Ward 4 seat

By Merab-Michal Favorite

Islander Reporter

      The race is on for the Ward 4 commission seat in Bradenton Beach.

Tjet Martin, longtime partner of Bradenton Beach Mayor Bill Shearon, announced June 11 that she officially registered as a candidate with the Manatee County Supervisor of Elections Office in the Nov. 4 city election.

Commissioners in Bradenton Beach must reside in their ward, but are elected by a citywide vote.

Martin will run on the ballot with incumbent Commissioners Jan Vosburgh, of Ward 4, and Ed Straight of Ward 2.

The trio of candidates have appointed campaign treasurers and registered bank accounts for the election with the supervisor’s office.

Straight, thus far, is unopposed for the Ward 2 seat.

Both Vosburgh and Straight were unopposed in the 2012 election.

Residents have until noon Friday, June 20, to register for the municipal election.

Candidate packets are available at the city clerk’s office at city hall, 107 Gulf Drive N., or at the Manatee County Supervisor of Elections Office, 600 301 Blvd. W., Bradenton.

Applicants are required to have established residency within the city for 90 days and be registered to vote in the ward for which they qualify.

The candidate must pay a qualifying fee equal to 1 percent of the annual salary for the office sought — $96 for mayor, $48 for commission seat — and obtain 10 petition signatures of voters residing in the city.

There are 767 registered voters in Bradenton Beach, although 176 of those voters are listed as “inactive,” meaning they have not participated in a recent election, according to the SEO website.

Real estate agent to stand trial for operating without a license

A former Anna Maria Island real estate agent, accused of operating without a real estate license, was scheduled for a jury trial June 16.

Michael Carleton, 61, was arrested Nov. 12, 2013, following an investigation by the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation, Division of Real Estate.

If Carleton is convicted, he could face up to five years in prison for operating without a real estate license, which is a third-degree felony.

In March 2013, the state suspended Carleton’s license after he allegedly deposited $10,000 for rental property at 106 55th St., Holmes Beach, into the escrow account for his rental agency at Coast Line Accommodations, instead of Coast Line Realtors, his registered employer.

The investigation of Carleton was the result of complaints that he deliberately double-booked island vacation homes and failed to return deposits.

Complainants allege Carleton could not be contacted regarding deposits paid or, at times, would return partial refunds, which frustrated renters who were hoping to recoup their deposits.

The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce said it fielded numerous complaints about Carleton’s alleged illegal rental practices.

While Carleton was under criminal investigation by the Holmes Beach Police Department, his island office closed down.

HBPD turned the investigation over to the U.S. Department of Justice and U.S. Postal Service in May 2013, however, he is not facing federal charges at this time, according to William Daniels, public affairs specialist for the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Middle District of Florida..

Review of Mainsail site plan, HB charter ordinance planned

The Holmes Beach city commission will review the site plan for Mainsail Lodge and Marina Tuesday, June 24.

The commission is holding its regular meeting at 6 p.m., where votes and decisions can take place, followed by a work session.

The commission will review a temporary parking plan to be used during construction of Mainsail during the regular meeting, followed by a review of the development’s full site plan and discussion during the work session.

Public comment will be allowed.

The Holmes Beach Charter Review Committee members will make a presentation to commissioners, concluding their months of review.

The commission cannot make changes to the committee’s ballot proposals. It must, however, act on an ordinance that would place the questions to voters for approval on the November municipal election ballot.

The commission has doubled the time allotted for the meeting.

The meeting will be at city hall, 5801 Marina Drive..

Island vacationer, daughter arrested

A woman was arrested June 4 in Holmes Beach after she allegedly joined her 16-year-old son and 20-year-old daughter in a smoke of marijuana.

The 38-year-old mom faces a charge of child abuse after her son was rushed to the hospital due to breathing problems associated with smoking marijuana.

Around 12 a.m., the woman pulled up in the 200 block of 83rd Street in Holmes Beach, where two Manatee County Sheriff’s Office patrol vehicles were on a call with emergency lights flashing. The deputies were engaged in a law enforcement matter unrelated to the woman.

She asked the deputies for help, saying her son was having trouble breathing and his heart was racing, according to the police report.

She then told the MSCO deputies she caught her son smoking marijuana with her 20-year-old daughter at the beach rental they were sharing. The family group is visiting from Cincinnati.

She said she decided to be a “cool mom” and smoke marijuana with her children.

A Holmes Beach Police Department officer responded to the scene and placed the woman in the back of a patrol vehicle while he called an ambulance for the son.

The HBPD officer then went to the family’s accommodation, where the daughter answered the door and denied access to the officer.

But the mother allowed HBPD inside, saying “she was more worried about her son and did not care what happened to her,” the report said.

Officers found 3.7 grams of marijuana in a plastic bag in the daughter’s suitcase, the report said.

HBPD officers arrested Kayla Meyer on possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana.

The officer also confiscated the marijuana and requested it be tested for any other drugs.

Mother and daughter were taken to Manatee County jail. Meyer was released the same day on a $500 bond. The mother was released June 5 on a $1,500 bond. The son was cleared of any medical condition at Blake Medical Center in Bradenton and placed into the custody of a cousin.

Meyer and the mother’s arraignment are scheduled for 9 a.m., Friday, June 20, at the Manatee County Judicial Center, 1051 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton.

BB restaurant owner faces marijuana charge

A Bradenton Beach restaurant owner received a notice to appear in court May 27 after a Holmes Beach Police Department officer found marijuana and more than 200 pills in his possession.

George Frangoulis of Bradenton received a notice to appear for possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana and a civil citation for not wearing a seatbelt.

The 35-year-old owner of Maria’s Family Restaurant, 101 Seventh St. S., Bradenton Beach, was initially pulled over at 4100 Gulf Drive around 8:44 a.m. for not wearing a seat belt.

According to the report, when the HBPD officer asked Frangoulis for his driver’s license, the officer smelled marijuana.

Frangoulis allegedly told the officer he had recently smoked a joint and threw it out the window.

Frangoulis surrendered a cigarette pack containing a small plastic bag holding 2 grams of marijuana, according to the police report.

He also gave the officer a package containing 222 pills, which he claimed belonged to his mother.

He told the officer his grandmother had mailed them to the restaurant from Greece, the report said. Inside the package were three types of pills.

The officer searched Frangoulis’ black Nissan and found no other contraband.

HBPD Chief Bill Tokajer said Frangoulis was not charged with possession of the pills because they are not considered narcotics.

Tokajer said Frangoulis’ mother picked up the pills at the station.

Frangoulis’ arraignment will be held 9 a.m. Tuesday, July 1, at the Manatee County Judicial Center, 1051 Manatee Ave., W., Bradenton.