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Marching to AME


Anna Maria Elementary School first-grade teacher Tina Goffred marches with her class during the Oct. 27 Fall Festival Parade.


Anna Maria Elementary School first grader Liam Benford throws a water balloon at coach Eric Bosso, who suffered more than 700 water balloon hits during the course of the Fall Festival celebration at the school, 4700 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.


Anna Maria Elementary Principal David Marshall chats with Zero the Hero, Todd Persinger before the Oct. 27 Fall Festival Parade. Islander Photos: Karen Riley-Love


Anna Maria Elementary School’s “Angry Birds” fourth-grade class marches during the Oct. 27 Fall Festival Parade, which began at the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce and ended at the school, 4700 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.


Grand Marshalls for the Anna Maria Elementary School and Parent-Teacher Organization’s Fall Festival Sam Waterman, Fiona Turner-Leathem, Will Carroll and Luke Naeher lead the parade as a reward for being the top collectors in the Box Tops for Education contest.


Jack Love, 6, plays the Angry Birds game created by Ms. Taylor’s fourth grade class during the Anna Maria Elementary School Oct. 27 Fall Festival.

Second-grader Will Carroll, son of AMEPTO president Sue Carroll, tries out the remote control spider game.



Tears, cheers, resolutions at Anna Maria meeting

It was a time for applause, cheers and a few tears at the Anna Maria City Commission’s Oct. 25 meeting.

First, Doug Copeland was named Citizen of the Year by the city’s selection committee, which brought several rounds of applause.

Then planning and zoning board chair Tom Turner was honored for his 89th birthday with a cake made by former Mayor Fran Barford. That brought more applause from the commission and audience.

And, at the end of the meeting, tears flowed from the eyes of Commissioner Jo Ann Mattick, who did not seek re-election after serving six years in office.

Also heading away from the city government is Mayor Mike Selby, who also did not seek re-election. He has at least one more meeting to attend.

Selby will serve as chair of the commission’s Nov. 15 organizational meeting and pass the gavel to the commissioner elected as chair of the commission, who will then become mayor of the city.

In other business on Oct. 25, Commissioner SueLynn updated commissioners on the progress of the database of vacation rentals owners in the city.

The city has accumulated a list of 452 owners or rental agents to call in the event of a disturbance or complaint at that location.

She said the next step is to get Manatee County Sheriff’s Office deputies assigned to the Anna Maria substation “on board” and use the database to call the owner or rental agent if a disturbance occurs. Deputies cannot evict a renter, but the rental agent can, she noted.

Selby said he and city attorney Jim Dye are meeting with Sheriff Brad Steube Oct. 31 to “work out a memo on procedures for deputies” when called to a noise complaint.

“The key is getting the deputies to work with the property managers,” Selby said.

SueLynn also asked commissioners to discuss permitted parking, limiting parking on the rights of way or limiting vacation rentals to just two parking spaces. She said the commission has done nothing to solve the problem of rowdy tourists and too many parked cars per rental home.

Commission Chair Chuck Webb, however, said House Bill 883 ties the commission’s hands.

The statute allows any Florida homeowner to rent his or her home as long as state and local requirements for licenses and taxes are met.

Webb said everyone has to be treated the same under the statute. If a vacation rental can only have two parking spaces, then a single-family residence must have the same criteria.

“We are in a box. We have to treat everyone the same,” Webb said.

He noted the Florida League of Cities and the Florida Association of Counties would be lobbying for a repeal.

SueLynn said she’s all for tourism, if it doesn’t interfere with the quality or lifestyle of the city residents.

Commissioner John Quam said the season is coming and soon thousands of people will visit the city of Anna Maria.

“They will come no matter what we do,” he said.

“But we simply cannot accommodate every person who comes here and wants a parking space,” SueLynn said.

“I have no problem with tourists. It’s when they load up houses with the maximum number of people that causes a problem,” she said.

Quam suggested the city go to the Manatee County Tourist Development Council and ask for help with the parking problem. “They advertise millions to bring visitors here and we have to take care of them when they arrive,” he said.

Commissioner Dale Woodland said it’s only a few vacation rentals that are causing problems. And he said the city parking situation is very fair to visitors.

“We don’t charge for parking and there’s reasonable parking for all visitors. I’m not seeing a problem from that,” Woodland said.

Webb, an attorney, said he would review the statute and determine if parking is considered a use by the law. If not, the city may have some leeway to regulate vacation rental property parking.

Commissioners also voted by resolution not to use the city property on Pine Avenue at Bay Boulevard for a parking lot and decided against construction of a gazebo or pavilion.

Webb said the commission needs a formal landscaping plan and a cost estimate for the property before proceeding.

Quam said to ask the TDC for money to develop the property as a park since visitors will use it.

Commissioners also asked public works superintendent George McKay to do a cost study on proposed crosswalks on Gulf Drive and Pine Avenue and report back to the commission.

Selby thanked everyone for helping him during his two years in office.

Mattick told Selby, “You brought us together and showed that we can work with each other and I thank you.”

In return, Selby and each commissioner thanked Mattick for her six years on the commission.

The commission will next meet at 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15.

Kelly departs center, interim director named

Anna Maria Island Community Center executive board president Greg Ross said this week negotiations with a replacement for center director Pierrette Kelly are ongoing.

But Kelly’s last day as director was Friday, Oct. 26. She left with husband Paul for Ireland to tend to family matters following the death of his mother.

With her departure, Scott Dell, associate director, was named interim director by the executive board.

Another board member indicated the potential new director is in the process of giving notice to his/her present employer and it could require more than a month before arriving to the job.

“We’ll give you the news as soon as it happens,” Ross said.

Ross, during the center board meeting Oct. 22, made no mention of a new director.

Kelly has been director of the center for 22 years before announcing her retirement in late April. She gave the board 30 days to find a replacement, but later agreed to remain until a new director was selected.

The selection process has taken more than six months.

In other board news, associate director Scott Dell reported summer programs did “very well,” with the teen program generating $7,000.

Dell said the center’s golf tournament netted $22,000 after expenses.

“We usually take a big hit in the summer, but not so this year,” Dell said.

Ross observed that the center may have to concentrate on more adult activities, because Anna Maria Elementary School enrollment for 2012-13 is down by 40 students from last year. He said the center depends on younger students to support the after-school program.

Dell agreed, adding the adult leagues sports are “getting larger.”

Elections to a seat on the board of directors will be held at the board’s next meeting, which will be at 8 a.m. Monday, Nov. 26, at the center.

Anyone interested in becoming a board member should attend, Ross said.

Anna Maria election vacancy comes post-election, Nov. 15

While Holmes Beach will elect two commissioners and a mayor on Nov. 6, Anna Maria must wait until the commission’s Nov. 15 organizational meeting to decide the next mayor and then appoint an interim commission member from the electorate.

It’s all because no one qualified to run for mayor and Mayor Mike Selby decided not to seek a second term.

On Nov. 15, a commission chair must be elected from among the commissioners to become mayor, then a citizen selected by the four remaining commissioners to fill the newly vacated commission seat.

Only two commission seats are up for election Nov. 6 and only two candidates — incumbent Chuck Webb and Nancy Yetter — qualified to fill them.

According to the Manatee County Supervisor of Elections Office, the two are automatically voted into office.

The city’s 1,313 registered voters, as of Oct. 15, can still vote on candidates for county, state and federal offices — but not for mayor of Anna Maria.

With no candidate, the election of a new mayor is in the hands of the city charter, which calls for an organizational meeting to swear in new commissioners, which is scheduled for Nov. 15.

The charter states that the five commissioners then elect one of their members to be commission chair, who automatically becomes vice mayor. The charter further states that in the absence of the mayor, the commission chair — vice mayor — automatically assumes the position and duties of mayor.

A problem with that, according to Commissioner Dale Woodland, is that the mayor has no vote on the commission.

“I don’t want to give up my vote,” he said, a sentiment echoed by Commissioner John Quam.

Webb has said he is too busy with his law practice to devote the time needed to be mayor.

That leaves Commissioner SueLynn, who was mayor of Anna Maria from 2002-06, and Yetter to become mayor.

SueLynn has indicated she is not enthusiastic about the possibility of becoming mayor, but it seems as if there is “no one else” to do the job.

Yetter has said she does not believe she has the administrative experience to be mayor. In addition, she must devote a lot of time to family affairs in Tampa.


Appointment of vacant commission seat

But Anna Maria commissioners have a double quandary.

As noted, one member must be elected commission chair and thus become the mayor. That leaves a vacancy on the commission that must be filled from the electorate by the four remaining commissioners.

Commissioners have asked registered voters in the city who are both interested and qualified to become a commissioner to fill out an appointment form at Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive by 4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31.

Commissioners also have asked that the applicants attend the Nov. 15 meeting for interviews.

As of press deadline Monday, Oct. 29, four people had applied and a fifth member of the electorate indicated interest in the vacant seat: former Commissioner Gene Aubry, former Commissioner Tom Aposporos, committee member Carl Pearman and businesswoman Sandy Rich applied. A fifth potential candidate, Billy Malfese, a member of the city public works staff and chair of the environmental education and enhancement committee took out a form but has not yet returned it.

Commissioners have agreed that whoever is appointed to the commission vacancy must be nominated and seconded by someone, either a commissioner or from the audience. Additionally, the successful applicant must receive at least three of the four commission votes.

Following appointment of a commissioner to fill the vacant seat and the swearing-in of the new commissioner, the five-member commission must again go through the process of electing a commission chair and deputy chair.

Holmes Beach fills building department vacancy

Holmes Beach added an electrical engineer to its building department — islander David Greene.

        The mayor and public works superintendent Joe Duennes hired Greene Oct. 23 for a wage of $22.35 per hour.

        Duennes said they had four responses to an advertisement for building inspector/plans examiner, and he interviewed two candidates.

        “This guy is pretty impressive,” said Duennes, adding he was available immediately. “We were down a man.”

        Greene lives in Holmes Beach with his two children, and comes from Forney Engineering of Bradenton, where he’d worked since 2007. Wife Jocelyn is a graphic designer.

        He previously worked in the construction industry in Salt Lake City, with owners, contractors and design engineers.

        Greene grew up in Charlotte, N.C., attended the University of North Carolina and earned a bachelor’s of science degree in electrical engineering in 1991.

        Greene said he’s inspected buildings for about 20 years and is in the process of applying for his plans examiner license.

        “There’s a lot to do with over 1,000 permits,” he said. “It’s a lot of work, and I want to live up to everyone’s expectations.”

        Former building inspector Bob Shaffer was fired last month after 10 years with the city, and inspections to more than 900 permits yearly.

        Mayor Rich Bohnenberger introduced Greene to city commissioners at their Oct. 23 meeting.

        The nine-year resident of Holmes Beach said he was “very familiar with the local situation and everything that’s going on right now.”

        Later in the meeting, Commissioner Jean Peelen said while she believed Greene may be a great hire, she was startled to hear it happened without any notice.

        She’d like to have seen more transparency in the hiring process, including the criteria the department was looking for and the interviews, because the city is “not in the normal situation,” due to the Shaffer’s dismissal, Peelen said.

        Bohnenberger said he followed the charter that authorizes the mayor’s personnel decisions.

        Commissioner Sandy Haas-Martens said as long as she’d been an official, staff has been hired by the mayor.

        Commission Chair David Zaccagnino said he would’ve liked more information because Greene was “a huge hire,” but that the mayor came through with an excellent decision. It is the commission’s job to set policy, not make hiring decisions, he added.

        Commissioner John Monetti said commissioners provide “philosophical influence,” not micromanage city departments.

HB addresses noise complaints, approves LDC changes

A measure aimed at preventing a rush on building permits in Holmes Beach was pulled Oct. 23 minutes before a multi-faceted ordinance to address renter-related noise issues was voted into law by the commission.

Commissioners amended the city’s land development code to require one parking space for each bedroom; 5-foot setbacks for swimming pools; 6-foot height restrictions for slides and other pool structures; and noise baffling enclosures for pool equipment in new homes or remodel projects.

Before the vote, during public hearing on the second reading of the ordinance, code enforcement board chair Don Schroder equated the language in the ordinance, “zoning in progress,” with a moratorium, because the new ordinance would have required builders to adhere to new rules on jobs in progress.

City attorney Patricia Petruff said she recommended the language to prevent a rush of permit applications while the city was working on zoning changes similar to other municipalities as prompted by recent case law.

“Once you do it, it is a defacto moratorium on any residential building,” Schroder said, adding it would allow the commission “to drag its feet.

“While it’s not a moratorium, it is a moratorium,” he said.

Schroder also objected to the rules regarding pool enclosures and one-parking space per bedroom requirements, calling it a “ludicrous” intrusion into what he can build on his property. He claimed it could lead to zoning nondisclosures in real estate transactions.

Before the vote, Petruff and the commissioners discussed Schroder’s points.

Under the new rules, according to Petruff, if there’s a room addition, or new construction of three or more bedrooms or rooms suitable for sleeping purposes, an additional parking space to the two already required will be needed.

Petruff defended the city’s right to legislate land development restrictions.

Commissioner Jean Peelen said sellers are only required to disclose known issues.

“It’s an interesting point,” said Commissioner John Monetti, pointing to previous commission discussions on rules, such as floor area ratios. “At what point does it become a zoning in progress.”

Commissioners also talked about two versions of pool enclosure in the ordinance language.

Monetti said, from his research, “this is a product that isn’t commercially viable.”

Alex Richardson of 85th Street attested that, according to his personal research, pool baffling equipment exists for about $200.

Commissioner Pat Morton said the calling for “commercially manufactured with specifications to baffle” in the ordinance was “too cumbersome.”

On motion by Monetti to remove the zoning in progress language and return to a more general pool equipment baffling requirement, Monetti, Morton and Commissioner Sandy Haas-Martens voted in favor, with Zaccagnino and Peelen voting against the LDC changes.

Peelen said she’d favor the zoning in progress language be further researched, but included in the ordinance, in accordance with Petruff’s recommendation.

After a second reading of an ordinance to allow an alternate member to the planning commission, the commission voted unanimously in favor. The change allows the alternate to attend meetings without voting.

The commission had approved Barbara Hines, a recent candidate for the planning commission vacancy, Oct. 9 to fill the alternate spot, contingent on the legal review.

In other matters, Mayor Rich Bohnenberger recognized the Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island’s 60th anniversary celebration. He also proclaimed Nov. 13-17 Farm-City Week to recognize agricultural producers and urban cooperation.

Manatee County Commissioner Carol Whitmore, county liaison on the BP oil settlement, reported she expected $4-19 million as the county’s allotment from the fund.

She told commissioners she wanted to determine whether the community supported a fund allocation of what could be several million dollars for a new pier at Manatee Public Beach.

City commissioners agreed at recent meetings a new pier was its No. 1 priority from any allocation it might be able to direct.

Commissioner John Monetti said, “We want a pier.”

“Is this really what the island wants?” Whitmore asked, pointing out it can take years to accomplish such projects and she wanted to gauge current public support, looking back to the some 40 people in the gallery.

“I’ve got to make sure before we spend all this money and time,” she said.

While she said there are two other possible sources for pier funds, she wasn’t ready to discuss them.

A show of hands indicated a majority of the audience supported a new pier to replace the 312-foot pier removed by the county in 2009.

Sandpiper attorney files counterclaim

In an Oct. 26 counterclaim filed in the Circuit Court of the 12th Judicial Circuit by Charles Webb, attorney for the Sandpiper Resort in Bradenton Beach, Webb said the Holmes Beach lawsuit to declare a portion of 27th Street as public property is unlawful.

Holmes Beach filed the lawsuit in May seeking to void a 2008 quitclaim deed by Bradenton Beach to the mobile home park, and is asking the court to order Sandpiper to remove gates and private property signs, as well as a portion of a fence to allow public beach access.

In Webb’s counterclaim, he cites Article 7 of the state constitution, which prevents the use of public funds for private purposes.

Webb claims the hiring of an attorney by the city to litigate the lawsuit is an illegal expenditure of public funds.

“This is an extension of Holmes Beach’s credit, and an expenditure of public funds,” Webb writes.

The attorney with Webb, Wells & Williams of Holmes Beach, said 27th Street has been an unimproved vacant lot in excess of 60 years.

Holmes Beach maintains that county utilities in the area indicate the street is improved, and therefore public.

“Prior to the quitclaim deed, no public entity used or improved 27th Street, including Holmes Beach and Bradenton Beach. Prior to the granting of a utility easement from Sandpiper to the county, it has never been improved by the county,” Webb wrote.

Webb also said the numbers of Holmes Beach citizens who “allegedly” use the street “are so few as to not give rise to public usage of 27th Street.”

Holmes Beach Commissioner John Monetti has been at the center of the controversy, as a rental property owner on the Holmes Beach side of the street, which marks the boundary between Holmes Beach and Bradenton Beach.

Webb said Monetti has objected to the quitclaim since Bradenton Beach began the process with public hearings, stating in those hearings that his property would be adversely affected by the quitclaim.

Webb said Monetti used his position as a Holmes Beach commissioner in an attempt to involve the city of Holmes Beach in Bradenton Beach proceedings. Other commissioners initially refused to get involved until recently.

“This lawsuit by Holmes Beach is an attempt to enforce alleged rights of private individuals, including Monetti, and constitutes the unlawful use of public funds and credit for private purposes,” Webb writes.

The counterclaim follows an Oct. 23 judge’s ruling to deny a Holmes Beach motion for judgment. Holmes Beach claimed Sandpiper did not meet their legal obligation to respond to the lawsuit in time, but the judge disagreed.

A second motion also is being considered by Bradenton Beach’s defense attorney Chuck Johnson, who has asked for a dismissal because Holmes Beach lacks standing.

The judge is expected to render a decision on Johnson’s motion sometime this week.

Webb’s motion had not yet come in front of the judge, as of press time for The Islander.

Speciale responds to Dr. Phil Show

At the end of the Oct. 26 airing of the “Dr. Phil” episode titled New Year’s Mystery, featuring the case of Sheena Morris, 22, who died in a Bradenton Beach motel room on New Year’s Day 2009, the host announced that the Bradenton Beach Police Department had issued a statement.

The statement can be read from BBPD Chief Sam Speciale at www.drphil.com, where the two episodes also are available for viewing.

“On Sept. 19, 2012, we met with Florida Department of Law Enforcement Specialized Multi Agency Review Team in reference to reviewing the Sheena Morris suicide case.

“This team consisted of various experts in the field of law enforcement, for example, medical examiners, crime scene tech, homicide investigators and analysts adding up to over 300 years of experience.

“The team reviewed all of the facts and evidence from the crime scene that was found on the night of the tragedy,” he wrote.

Speciale said he again met with the FDLE Smart Team Oct. 12, where he was presented with investigative suggestions for the case.

“We are in the process of prioritizing these suggestions and, with the assistance of FDLE, are evaluating each suggestion. We have felt comfortable prior to and after the Smart Team was convened regarding our original findings and plan on acting on all suggestions submitted,” he said.

Speciale reiterated that once the suggestions have been followed up, the case would return to the Florida State Attorney’s Office for review.

Morris boyfriend’s polygraph indicates deception

Kelly Osborn’s long journey to find out what happened to her daughter on New Year’s Day 2009 in a Bradenton Beach motel room took a turn toward more questions than answers after an appearance last week on “Dr. Phil.”

Sheena Morris, 22, was found hanging by a dog leash in the shower the day after Bradenton Beach Police responded to a disturbance call from another guest that there were loud voices coming from the room of Morris and fiance Joe Genoese.

Osborn has long suspected Genoese as having something to do with her daughter’s death, but he has never been a suspect. He has at least one witness placing him in Clearwater the night Morris died.

Morris took her journey to “Dr. Phil,” which aired Oct. 25-26. Genoese also agreed to appear on the television show and to take a polygraph in order to clear his name, but the results of the test created more concern than clarity.

He was asked two relevant questions four times during the test, administered by former Federal Bureau of Investigation agent Jack Tramarco.

Did he kill Morris or did he have any involvement in her death? Genoese answered “No” to the questions.

“The answer to both those questions is that it was deceptive,” Dr. Phil McGraw announced. “You were not telling the truth when you said that.”

Osborn broke into tears as Genoese explained that he was nervous about taking the test as a possible reason for the results, and said he would take another polygraph, “Because I would never do anything like that.”

Since the show aired, Genoese has hired an attorney.

Osborn isn’t convinced with the boyfriend’s reasoning. In a news conference following the two-day segment, she said, “This really confirms the direction that is most likely.”

She expressed confidence that the revelations on “Dr. Phil” would bolster her daughter’s death investigation, first ruled a suicide, but later changed in 2011 to undetermined.

“It feels good to finally have some help,” said Osborn. “We couldn’t get that from law enforcement and having Dr. Phil’s help is certainly turning this around.”

BBPD Chief Sam Speciale reopened the case earlier in October following a Florida Department of Law Enforcement Smart Panel review of the investigation.

The Smart Panel provided 15 recommendations for BBPD to follow up on regarding Morris’ death, and an FDLE agent was assigned to assist.

Osborn announced following the Dr. Phil show that FDLE has increased the number of agents assisting on her daughter’s case to three.

“It’s been our fight to please give the case over to FDLE entirely,” said Osborn. “The police department should not be reworking a case they have already messed up on.”

Speciale said earlier that BBPD would remain the lead investigative department and said the case reopening remains an administrative opening in order to follow FDLE’s recommendation.

“A television show isn’t going to change the course of this investigation as it stands now,” Speciale told The Islander. “A polygraph is a tool that can help an investigation, but there’s a reason why it is inadmissible in a court of law. There are a lot of determining factors that can cause a polygraph to not be accurate.”

Tramarco told Dr. Phil he was 90 percent confident the polygraph was accurate, and went so far as to label Genoese a “suspect in my mind.”

Speciale said his department remains in charge of the case, but he will follow any and all recommendations from FDLE.

“If FDLE determines that there is something more to do with the results of this polygraph or something they saw on the show then we will do it,” he said. “But as of right now, we are continuing to follow the recommendations of the Smart Panel. Nothing has changed.”

Speciale said as of Oct. 26, the majority of the FDLE recommendations have been addressed, “and nothing significant has been discovered. We continue to have daily contact with FDLE and, again, we will follow up on anything they decide is important to this case.”

Dr. Phil congratulated Osborn for her tenacity, but said for her own good, “The best thing you can do is step back and let the professionals do their job.”

Osborn sent two letters to Speciale dated Oct. 23 and Oct. 24, after the taping of the show but before it was on TV, asking that Speciale recant all statements that her daughter’s death was a suicide and once again asked BBPD to turn the case over to another law enforcement agency, “due to a lack of objectivity.”


Sheena’s last night

According to a 911 call, a couple next door to Morris and Genoese at the BridgeWalk Resort in Bradenton Beach, a couple was heard “screaming and yelling at one another” over what sounded to the caller to be about money.

Genoese told Dr. Phil that he didn’t recall an argument about money, but that Morris had tried to take his money off the room’s nightstand and leave. He admits he grabbed Morris’ shirt to stop her.

Genoese said he left shortly after that, telling Morris the relationship was over.

Two BBPD officers arrived to the hotel room and saw Genoese calmly leaving the scene. According to the incident report, Morris was asked if she had been physically assaulted and she told the officers no, but that she was stranded without a way home.

One of the officers asked if she had family to come and get her, at which time Morris said her father lived out of state and she didn’t want to speak to her mother. The officers continued to converse with Morris and they eventually cleared the scene, listing the incident as a disturbance, and not a domestic violence call based on Morris’ statement.

Morris later took cellphone photos of a mark that was left on her neck, and a small laceration on her ring finger and sent them to Genoese. She also sent him a text, which stated, “You are evil and scary.”

About 12 minutes after sending the text, Morris called 911 and said she feared Genoese was going to enter her apartment and told the Tampa dispatcher that she had been assaulted by Genoese.

Morris continued to send texts to Genoese into the early morning hours.

She was due to check out of the BridgeWalk motel in the morning. When she did not, and no one answered the door, hotel employees called police to have her removed.

Police responded and found her hanged in the shower stall — dead.

ICE investigation continues, nets two arrests

The Oct. 16 raid in Holmes Beach by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Florida Department of Financial Services, Division of Insurance Fraud, has netted a second arrest.

    ICE spokesperson Carissa Cutrell said the investigation is ongoing.

    Jamie Basilio-Chavez, 28, of Bradenton, was arrested Oct. 18 in Tampa on two counts of using false identification to gain employment at Beach to Bay Construction in January 2012.

    On Oct. 16, the sweep in Holmes Beach included the arrest of Emanuel Centeno-Hernandez, 33, of Bradenton, for worker compensation fraud.

    DFS press secretary Anna Alexopoulos confirmed the two arrests, but had no information last week on any other arrests.

    The DFS/DIF arrest reports filed with the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office identify Beach to Bay Construction as the employer.

    However, Beach to Bay president Scott Eason denied that his company, with an office at 5702 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, was the current employer of any of 18 individuals targeted by the raids and the investigations.

    “They may, however, be employees for subcontractors of Beach to Bay Construction,” Eason wrote in an email. He named S. Torres Construction as the possible employer.

    Eason said Beach to Bay has known about the investigation since the end of August when they began cooperating with ICE, according to Eason.

    Centeno-Hernandez was arrested at 119 Neptune Lane, Holmes Beach, which according to an email from Eason, is one of 15 ongoing Beach to Bay projects.

    Another work site that was visited by enforcement officials Oct. 16 was 213 84th St.

    Basilio-Chavez also presented false alien and permanent resident cards, according to the report.

    Both workers were arrested on felony charges under the same state law that makes it unlawful to present any false, fraudulent or misleading information as evidence of a person’s identity to obtain employment.

    Both are being held in the Manatee County jail, Basilio-Chavez on a $1,500 bond and Centeno-Hernandez on a $500 bond.

        Their arraignments are set for 9 a.m. Nov. 16 before Circuit Court Judge Thomas Krug in Courtroom 2-A, 1051 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton.