Tag Archives: 12-05-2012

Quam compromises, breaks deadlock on 5th AM commissioner

Saying it was irresponsible for the Anna Maria City Commission to wait four months or longer to elect a commissioner, Chair John Quam announced he would change his vote at the Nov. 29 commission meeting for former Commissioner Gene Aubry to take the seat on the dais vacated when the commission voted  SueLynn to be mayor.

The vote was unanimous among the four commissioners.

The deadlock over a replacement commissioner began at the city’s Nov. 15 organizational meeting when SueLynn, then a commissioner, was elected chair. Since no one ran for mayor in the Nov. 6 election, the charter requires the commission chair to act as mayor.

That left just four commissioners to nominate and elect her replacement. The mayor has no vote on the commission.

Aubry, a former commissioner, and Carl Pearman, a member of the city’s planning and zoning board, were both nominated and seconded Nov. 15. Each vote ended 2-2, with Quam and Commissioner Dale Woodland favoring Pearman, and Commissioners Chuck Webb and Nancy Yetter voting for Aubry.

None of the four commissioners said they would change their vote. Webb then asked city clerk Alice Baird to check into the cost of a special election for a commissioner.

But city attorney Jim Dye reported Nov. 29 that the earliest special election date was March 26 and it would likely cost the city a maximum of $5,000.

Quam said he was not prepared to wait four months to elect a commissioner or spend the money.

“This can’t go on. Someone has to compromise tonight,” Quam said, adding that for $5,000, the city might just as well wait until November 2013 for the regular election.

After asking both candidates if they wanted a special election and further discussion, Quam said he was going to “break the tie” and vote for Aubry.

Aubry was a commissioner from September 2010 to November 2011, but did not seek re-election.

Aubry was immediately sworn into office and the full board of five commissioners took up city business on the meeting agenda.

Building official Bob Welch proposed new hours for construction work in the city.

The proposed hours are until 6 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and no construction allowed Sunday.

Welch noted these are the same hours used by the other two island cities for construction work.

“But the ordinance still needs some work,” he said.

Quam said it must be clear to Manatee County Sheriff’s Office deputies at the Anna Maria substation about what is unacceptable noise and what is a nuisance.

Welch said all the deputies are trained and all officers, including code enforcement officers, have discretionary powers to issue a citation or warning.

If a property has two or more violations in one year, the city can get an injunction that would halt future rentals, Welch said.

If the property owner was making all the noise, he or she could be issued a citation and be required to appear before the city’s special magistrate.

Welch said a code enforcement officer could issue a citation to the tenant, rental agent and owner of a property. He proposed a $100 fine for a first noise or nuisance violation.

SueLynn said MCSO deputies have a cellphone to call rental agents or property owners when they go on a nuisance or noise complaint.

“Getting a phone call to the appropriate agent, owner or manager is really important on these complaints,” she said.

Commissioners agreed and Welch will have the ordinance ready for the Dec. 13 commission meeting.

The commission also dealt with a code violation against Mary Lease of the 100 block of Palmetto that dates back to 2004.

Commissioners agreed to reduce the $8,200 fine she received from the code enforcement board to $4,100, but were not willing to waive the full amount.

The code board had found Lease guilty of not hiring Waste Management Inc. for weekly garbage and trash collection, which is required by city ordinance.

At that time, Lease did not have Waste Management Inc. service. The code enforcement board voted for her to become current with WMI or face a $100 per day fine.

Code enforcement officer Gerry Rathvon said she didn’t think Lease understood the severity of the penalty at that time.

When commissioners turned to amending the parking ordinance to place “no parking” signs on some streets, they agreed to remove Tarpon Avenue and Jacaranda Street from the “no parking” list.

Webb said commissioners should first observe those two streets and, if they see a problem, they could amend the “no parking” ordinance.

SueLynn said some people on those streets live close to Pine Avenue and when there’s a crowded event, people park their cars in their driveways and on their lawns.

Public records request vexes Bradenton Beach

No one claims to know why a public records request was submitted to the city of Bradenton Beach to garner city-related emails from four former planning and zoning board members, and the expert legal consultant specializing in email public record requests isn’t saying.

“As you know, the public records act does not require a citizen to reveal the purpose of making a public records request,” stated Michael Barfield, of Sarasota, who submitted the request.

Barfield was asked what his intentions were by making the request, but declined to answer.

“To do so would not advance transparency laws because the next time a reporter or citizen makes a request, they might think they are required to reveal a purpose,” he stated.

The request includes city-related emails pertaining to former P&Z members Jo Ann Meilner, Rick Bisio, Joyce Kramer and Bill Shearon from Jan. 1 through their final day as members of P&Z.

Barfield has a history on the island after submitting public records requests before the 2010 successful recall effort of former Anna Maria Commissioner Harry Stoltzfus.

Emails obtained by Barfield determined that Stoltzfus secretly agreed to seek funds for a lawsuit against the city and to see Pine Avenue Restoration buildings bulldozed.

One of the people Barfield was assisting in the Anna Maria case was Ed Chiles, owner of the Sandbar Restaurant in Anna Maria and the BeachHouse Restaurant in Bradenton Beach.

The BeachHouse Restaurant is at the center of a lawsuit filed against the city, though Chiles is not a defendant in the case.

A joint development agreement between ELRA Inc., the restaurant corporation spearheaded by Chiles, was entered into by Bradenton Beach commissioners in May, but not before the P&Z recommended the agreement be rejected.

Meilner, Shearon, Bisio and Kramer resigned in the days and weeks following a contentious May commission meeting. City attorney Ricinda Perry said the P&Z members were not qualified to make such a recommendation and Commissioner Ric Gatehouse accused the members of presenting a “tainted and biased” recommendation.

Bisio resigned immediately after the meeting. Shearon resigned the following day. Kramer resigned later that week and Meilner asked for an apology — but did not receive one — from commissioners at the next commission meeting. She submitted her resignation the following day.

P&Z recommended denial due to a parking lot expansion for the BeachHouse Restaurant being included in a dune construction project. The agreement calls for ELRA to pay for the lion’s share of the project and, in exchange, about a dozen extra parking spaces would be created for the restaurant.

P&Z said in their recommendation a parking lot on the beach violates the city charter and land development codes.

While Barfield and Chiles have a history together, Barfield told The Islander he is not representing Chiles in his request to seek emails from Meilner, Shearon, Bisio and Kramer.

“I was not retained by Ed Chiles or anyone connected with him to make the request,” said Barfield.

Perry said she was as surprised as anyone to see the requests and said the city had nothing to do with it.

Barfield confirmed that statement.

“I am not involved with making the request on behalf of the city or connected in any way with making the request on behalf of the city,” he said.

The city is currently in discussion about an option brought forth in October by Meilner to settle the lawsuit via binding mediation. Perry said arbitration is not an option, but did not rule out mediation, saying there was a difference between the two.

In November, commissioners held a shade meeting to discuss the offer, but did not release any new information as to their intentions.

As of press time, only Meilner had responded to the public records request.

Thus far, the only email submitted for review is Meilner’s email to Kramer announcing her intention to resign from the P&Z board.

“I can’t justify the frustration and heartache anymore,” she wrote in that June email.

Bradenton Beach man’s trial postponed

Whether a Bradenton Beach man is fit to stand trial will be determined by the 12th Judicial Circuit Court following a psychologist’s evaluation — a doctor hired by the state.

Joseph Edmund Chiquet is in his third year in Manatee County jail awaiting trial on charges of having sex with a minor, child pornography and witness tampering.

Chiquet’s doctors questioned his fitness to stand trial in a report filed June 27 with the court. According to defense attorney Mark Lipinski they found Chiquet incompetent.

A Nov. 21 hearing was set for the judge to determine the issue, but a snafu in paperwork caused a postponement for about 30 days, according to assistant state attorney Anthony DaFonseca.

“(Chiquet’s) attorney didn’t file the appropriate motion,” he said. “He needed to have an order signed by the judge. There was nothing in the file allowing the state to evaluate him.”

The prosecutor said after the state-retained psychologist submits the evaluation, the attorneys could stipulate to the admissibility of the doctors’ reports or an evidentiary hearing with their testimony could be required.

“That’s the only thing stopping it. I’ve been ready to go to trial,” DaFonseca said.

Chiquet, now 37, was arrested in 2009 after police were alerted to his alleged sexual relationship with a teenager, and that he took sexual photographs of her in his Bradenton Beach apartment. Search warrants allegedly yielded additional child pornography from Chiquet’s computers.

While out on bond in 2010, Chiquet was charged with offering $10,000 to a former girlfriend to tell police she was depicted in the photographs and not, as prosecutors allege, the 15-year-old girl.

After adding the bribery charge, the court revoked Chiquet’s bond.

Further prolonging the case has been two appeals, one by the defense and one by the prosecution, regarding the discovery of evidence.

Phone records of an assistant state attorney previously handling the case were sought as part of a defense that points to possible illegally taped discussions with the defendant, according to Lipinski. Some records were found admissible.

At a November court date, the case originally scheduled for a July trial was postponed to Jan. 28, 2013. A Jan. 16, 2013, docket sounding also is scheduled.

The hearings will be held before Judge Thomas Krug at the Manatee County Judicial Center, 1051 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton.

Holmes Beach mayor announces interim building official

Holmes Beach Mayor Carmel Monti announced Nov. 29 his selection of Tom O’Brien as an interim supervisor in the city’s building department.

        At the commission work session, Monti recommended O’Brien be hired on a four-month contract to allow him and the commission time to evaluate the building department situation before the permanent position is filled.

        With Commission Chair Jean Peelen absent, Vice Chair Judy Titsworth polled the commissioners for their opinions, and commissioners Marvin Grossman and Pat Morton agreed.

        “I think it’s a very smart idea,” Morton said of O’Brien’s hiring on an interim basis.

        “I think it’s a good direction,” Commissioner David Zaccagnino said. “I think we do need an interim building inspector and building official to head that department.”

        Zaccagnino, however, questioned whether O’Brien was properly certified as a building official and able to sign off on permits. He said by checking the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation website, he was not able to find O’Brien as a building official or as having taken the required exam.

        O’Brien is an architect in Florida and California, according to his resume. He also lists Florida building official and structural inspector credentials.

        O’Brien said he took the test in 1986, and is exempt under state law from any new examination.

        The building official test was one of the requirements for his past employment as a Manatee County deputy building official, he added.

         According to his resume, O’Brien worked for the county 1986-1990, and has operated O’Brien Architects, P.A., 1990 to present.

        “He’s actually more qualified as an architect, and also an engineer,” Titsworth said.

        Zaccagnino also said he was concerned with a possible ethics issue, saying he’d heard Titsworth retained O’Brien as a consultant in her election campaign.

        Titsworth said she hired O’Brien as a fact finder, and asked if she needed to recuse herself from voting on the matter.

        Attending the meeting for city attorney Patricia Petruff, Stephen Dye, also of the Dye, Deitrich Petruff and St. Paul, P.L., recommended his law firm research O’Brien’s exemption from the building official exam as well as the campaign issue.

        He said the interim position being considered is “basically just engaging services — just providing the services of building official” but, “to cover all bases” he recommended the mayor make the decision subject to the commission’s vote at a regular meeting.

        The commission tabled the matter for its Dec. 11 meeting.

        Further discussion on the building official arose out of commissioner’s reports and public comment.

        Resident John Hutcherson of Gulf Drive voiced support for the O’Brien recommendation. He favored the city moving forward on the hiring, saying the city’s building official John Fernandez could sign permits until Zaccagnino’s questions were resolved.

        Greg Ross of Ross Built Construction Co. said he objected to a fourth person being added to the building department, and he saw no reason to add to the department since the city has caught up with the summer backlog.

        O’Brien will be joining recently hired full-time electrical engineer David Greene part-time building official Fernandez, who works on a contract, not as an employee. Retired public works superintendent Joe Duennes is no longer working but remains on the city’s payroll until February.

        Monti pointed to several reasons for the O’Brien decision: Fernandez is not interested in the supervisor’s job, and Greene is at least three months away from certification. He said the city needs to be responsive to residents who want a building official who can properly interpret building laws.

        In the past year, residents have complained, focus groups have studied and reports have been written about the department being lax on building inspections and interpreting the codes in favor of builders who develop investment properties — those that create excessive trash, noise and parking problems.

        “I would like to get this done as soon as possible,” Grossman said of the O’Brien hiring. “There’s a lot of building out there. Who’s minding the store?”

        After the meeting, Monti said there will be further consideration on whether the building supervisor also will take on the code enforcement and public works departments or whether the current department heads will report to the mayor’s office.

        Duennes headed the city’s building, public works and code enforcement for more than 15 years.

        A resident, architect and member of the building code focus group, Terry Parker, told commissioners “it’s like the fox watching the hen house” to have a public works supervisor oversee a building department.

        After the meeting, Monti said that he and Petruff will be drafting the interim contract for O’Brien, and he will start work as the building supervisor as soon as possible.

        In the meantime, the commission will be looking at the possibility of a moratorium.

        On that possibility, Titsworth said the city is trying to avoid it, but the commission “needs to do something” to deter projects that displace whole blocks of residents with rentals such as one proposed on 77th Street that includes the re-development of seven duplexes.

        A commission work session to discuss the moratorium is set for 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, at city hall, 5801 Marina Drive.

Former HB building inspector files discrimination claim

Three weeks after former Holmes Beach building inspector Bob Shaffer leveled a charge against the city claiming he was fired due to his age, it has been dismissed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

    Shaffer was fired Sept. 18 following disciplinary action in April for mismanagement and leniency to contractors.

    “Based on its investigation, the EEOC is unable to conclude that the information obtained establishes violations of the statutes,” according to the EEOC’s Nov. 21 dismissal and notice of rights.

    Shaffer, 72, filed the discrimination charge Nov. 7 with the EEOC and Florida Commission on Human Relations.

    Shaffer alleged the city forced him out of his job due to “unfounded complaints” and replaced him with a person in his late 30s in violation of the federal Age Discrimination in Employment Act.

    The EEOC closed its investigation with the Nov. 21 notice from the Tampa field office and advised Shaffer of his right to sue within 90 days in federal or state court.

    Shaffer’s charge stems from his termination by recently retired public works superintendent Joe Duennes and then-Mayor Rich Bohnenberger.

    Last week Shaffer, now a self-employed building consultant in Bradenton Beach, said he would be talking to an attorney.

    “I want to keep all options open,” he said.

    Mayor Carmel Monti said he didn’t know the details of the matter and had no comment.

    According to Shaffer, in January the city began receiving what he called an unusual amount of citizen complaints — about two or three per month — about the land development code not being enforced.

    “These complaints were investigated and most of them were found to be unfounded and a few were ambiguous,” he said.

    Shaffer was put on probation in April following a two-day suspension and written reprimand from Duennes, according to Shaffer’s personnel file at city hall.

    An April 20 memorandum from Duennes in Shaffer’s file, also signed by Bohnenberger, indicates to Shaffer he was disciplined for “exaggerated leniency to marginal and over-the-line practices by some contractors.”

    Duennes’ memo also documents “contractor mismanagement issues,” including ongoing forgiveness of late or improperly ordered inspections, failure to require proper construction site permit cards and failure to issue stop work orders for improper construction at two residences.

    The memo stated Shaffer would be given a written opinion each month on his job performance and warned, depending on his progress, the process could lead to termination.

    No subsequent written opinions were in Shaffer’s personnel file before his termination.

    A Sept. 19 letter from Duennes and Bohnenberger states Shaffer was terminated in accordance with the city’s policy designed to correct improper behavior, improve services and maximize productivity.

    In October, the city hired an electrical engineer, David Greene, to perform building inspections.

    Since Duennes’ last day in November, Greene has been working under the department’s consultant, former Longboat Key building official John Fernandez, who previously held Duennes’ position in Holmes Beach. Fernandez is providing limited services to the city — only about 20 hours a week — according to a contractual agreement. He is licensed and can approve building permits.

        Greene is expected to receive his state plans examiner/inspector license this week.

MCSO finds 5 firearms in Anna Maria felon’s home

Acting on a CrimeStoppers tip, Manatee County Sheriff’s Office deputies at the Anna Maria substation discovered five firearms and a large quantity of ammunition in an apartment in the 100 block of Pine Avenue in Anna Maria.

One occupant was arrested.

The MCSO report said deputies suspected Roberta Lea Conley, 54, who lives in the apartment, of possessing an assault rifle that belonged to her son, Robert Conley, 18, of the same address.

Deputies also learned Roberta Conley had been convicted of a felony DUI and was on probation for the offense.

The MCSO contacted probation officer Aaron Lages, who went to Conley’s residence for an inspection.

Inside the apartment, he said he saw a tactical 12-gauge shotgun and an AR-15 assault rifle in plain view and called MCSO Deputy Steve Ogline of the Anna Maria substation.

Ogline and other deputies arrived a short time later to search the apartment.

Deputies also found rifle cases containing another AR-15 assault rifle, an AK-47 and a 30/30 rifle.

According to the report, Robert Conley said he owned all the firearms. The younger Conley also provided deputies with more than 10 magazines for ammunition, a rifle converter that allows the AR-15s to shoot a .22 LR round and 321 rounds of various ammunition for the weapons found except the AK-47.

Deputies confiscated all the firearms and charged Roberta Conley with possession of firearms by a felon, in addition to violating terms of her probation.

Robert Conley, who has no criminal history, was cooperative, the report said. He was not found to have violated any criminal statutes.

HBPD seek suspects in armed home invasion

Holmes Beach Police Department investigators are seeking three suspects in a Nov. 21 armed home invasion in the 3600 block of Sixth Avenue.

According to the police report, an HBPD officer was on routine patrol when he was flagged down by a woman who was visibly upset. The woman said she and her roommates were just robbed at gunpoint while in their residence.

The victim said she was in the front room looking at her new cellphone while two females and a male were either sleeping in other rooms or watching television.

She heard a knock and opened the door.

Three masked men forced their way into the home and pushed her to the ground. According to the report, one man was armed with a shotgun and at least one other man had a handgun.

The men, she said, demanded the whereabouts of money and drugs they apparently suspected were in the home.

Two men entered the back bedrooms and forced all the residents into the bathroom. The male victim tried to resist and was hit in the head with the butt of the shotgun by one of the suspects, causing a small laceration and the temporary loss of consciousness.

The suspects rummaged through the house while the victims remained in the bathroom and left a short time later on foot, according to the victims, who reported they did not hear a vehicle start up when the suspects fled.

Bradenton Beach Police Department officers, as well as Manatee County Sheriff’s Office deputies, responded to the scene to establish a perimeter. An MCSO helicopter also circled the area, but no one suspicious was located.

The victims told police they would not be able to identify the men because the suspects all wore masks.

The suspects made off with two purses, a wallet and two cell phones, all valued at $1,011.

Anyone with information regarding the incident should call HBPD at 941-708-5804.

Holmes Beach man arrested on felony battery

A 69-year-old Holmes Beach man faces a felony domestic battery by strangulation charge after being arrested Nov. 27 at his residence in the 6800 block of Marina Drive.

According to court records, Ronald Scharff has a history of domestic violence arrests dating back to 2010.

According to the probable cause affidavit, Scharff and the victim dated for a couple of years, and recently were wed. Police responded to a 911 call made by the victim while she hid under the bed, alleging he attacked her.

The victim told police that Scharff punched her in the face, choked her, dropped her to the ground and kicked her.

She alleges that she briefly passed out from Scharff choking her, but regained consciousness when he punched her in the back. It was at that point, she was able to crawl under the bed and call 911.

Police arrived to hear Scharff yelling at the victim. Officers observed marks on the victim that included scrapes, bruising and what appeared to be a hand print on the victim’s arm.

Scharff was placed into custody and booked into the Manatee County jail on the felony strangulation charge. As of press time, no bond had been set and Scharff remained in custody.

According to a state’s attorney questionnaire, the victim reports Scharff held a gun to her head two years ago and has repeatedly threatened her by “putting her in the drink,” while pointing to the Gulf of Mexico.

Prior to the alleged attack, the victim states that Scharff told her throughout the day he was sharpening his knives.

Scharff was scheduled to be arraigned at 9 a.m. Friday, Dec. 28, at the Manatee County Judicial Center, 1051 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton.

Island real estate transactions – 12-05-2012

108 Willow Ave., Anna Maria, a 1,504 sfla / 1,831 sfur 3bed/2bath/1car pool home built in 1947 on a 50×110 lot was sold 11/09/12, Horvat to Levine for $700,000; list $749,000.

705 North Shore Dr., Anna Maria, a 2,421 sfla / 4,221 sfur 3bed/3½bath/1car pool home built in 2001 on a 60×85 lot was sold 11/13/12, Hiller to AMI Cottages LLC for $603,577.

539 67th St., Holmes Beach, a 2,201 sfla / 3,077 sfur 3bed/3bath/2car canalfront pool home built in 1971 on a 100×115 lot was sold 11/16/12, Coleman to Coleman for $550,000.  This is not believed to be an arms-length transaction.

212 Coconut Ave., Anna Maria, a 1,653 sfla / 2,910 sfur 3bed/3bath home built in 1978 on a 53×100 lot was sold 11/14/12, Burns to Kollock for $540,000; list $575,000.

7205 Gulf Dr., Unit A, Beach Villas of Anna Maria, a 1,032 sfla 3bed/2bath condo with pool built in 1970 was sold  11/09/12, Rossi to Boron for $445,000; list $499,000.

5805 De Palmas Ave., Holmes Beach, a 1,150 sfla / 1,300 sfur 2bed/2bath pool home built in 1970 on a 50×101 lot was sold 11/07/12, Hansen to Woznicki for $443,000; list $449,000.

516 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria, a 1,401 sfla / 1,942 sfur 3bed/2bath home built in 1990 on a 52×145 lot was sold 11/14/12, Harrison to Sandpiper Inn LLC for $429,000; list $429,000.

624 Foxworth Ln., Holmes Beach, a 1,823 sfla / 2,769 sfur 3bed/2½bath/2car canalfront home built in 1971 on a 100×115 lot was sold 11/13/12, Bank of America to Mission Property Partners LLC for $408,450.

303 22nd St. N., Bradenton Beach, a 1,852 sfla / 2,213 sfur 3bed/2bath duplex built in 1950 on a 50×100 lot was sold 11/14/12, Put & Take LLC to Shell for $395,000.

202 64th St., Holmes Beach, a 1,481 sfla / 1,777 sfur 2bed/2bath duplex built in 1959 on a 67×100 lot was sold 11/14/12, Stothfang to Poseidon Adventures LLC for $375,000.

117 Willow Ave., Anna Maria, a vacant 55×100 lot was sold 11/16/12, Hill to 117 Willow LLC for $330,000.

302 60th St., Holmes Beach, a vacant 100×108 lot was sold 11/14/12, Billingsley to Carter for $320,000.

Jesse Brisson, broker/associate at Gulf-Bay Realty of Anna Maria, can be reached at 941-778-7244.

Island police blotter – 12-05-2012

Anna Maria

• Nov. 23, 500 block of Spring Avenue, Baker Act. A house cleaner found a man unresponsive and called 911. EMS and law enforcement responded. According to the report, the man had taken an unknown number of anti-depressants and prescription sleeping pills. He was transported to the hospital, where the investigating officer initiated a Baker Act.

• Nov. 27, 700 block of Fern Street, burglary. A Manatee County Sheriff’s Office deputy responded to a complaint of a burglary. According to the report, an entry point was discovered at the bathroom window where the screen had been cut and the window pried open. There were no items reported missing.

Anna Maria is policed by the MCSO.

Bradenton Beach

• Nov. 28, 2407 Gulf Drive N., theft. Unknown persons gained access to the storage shed of Vera Roma and stole lawn tools valued at $600. Police believe the suspect may possess a key to the shed because once removed, the locks were taken.

• Nov. 19, 200 Gulf Drive N., theft. An employee at the BeachHouse Restaurant placed her purse in a “cubby” where other employees place personal property during their shifts. Upon the conclusion of the complainant’s shift, she discovered $75 worth of items missing.

Bradenton Beach is policed by the BBPD.

Cortez

• No new reports.

Cortez is policed by the MCSO.

Holmes Beach

• Nov. 26, 400 block of 39th Street, petit theft. A 52-year-old homeless man was arrested after stealing a pool lounge chair valued at $300. According to the report, the man was trespassed from the property Nov. 6, so he was also charged with trespass after warning. Police say the man took the chair to use as a bed in a nearby wooded area where he was sleeping.

• Nov. 19, 200 block of 83rd Street, information. A complainant reported he was having problems with a neighbor next door to his vacant lot. He told police the woman keeps coming onto his property to trim palm trees. He said he wouldn’t mind, but she leaves the palm fronds on the ground, making it difficult for him to mow the property because he has to first clean up her trimmings. The officer attempted to make contact with the woman, with no success. He advised the owner to post “No Trespassing” signs on his property.

• Nov. 19, 500 block of 67th Street, theft. A woman reported the theft of earrings valued at $1,000. She told police she typically locks them away, but had accidently left them out on a day when her son had a few friends over.

• Nov. 19, 600 block of Dundee Lane, burglary. The property owner reported someone had used a shower while the owners were gone. The couple told police they had an Internet camera set up to check on their house from time to time, but that it had been stolen.

• Nov. 20, 3000 block of Gulf Drive, theft. A complainant reported someone stole a pair of bicycles valued at $40. Police later located one of the bikes and returned it to the owner.

• Nov. 23, 5410 Marina Drive, theft. A woman complainant reported someone stole her purse from the back of a bar chair while at D. Coy Ducks. Total value of the missing items is $451.

• Nov. 23, 611 Manatee Ave. W., disturbance. Police responded to a male complainant, who reported a woman in a golf cart was circling the parking lot at CVS Pharmacy. He rolled down his window to ask the woman to make up her mind where she was going so he could park. He alleges the woman then began yelling and cursing at him. Police interviewed the woman who told a similar story, but claimed the man had yelled and cursed at her. Both parties were advised to go their separate ways.

• Nov. 24, 6200 block of Holmes Boulevard, theft. A variety of chairs were left out overnight from the previous day’s wedding. At some point during the night, the chairs, valued at $688 were stolen.

• Nov. 25, 2700 block of Gulf Drive, suspicious incident. A complainant called to report he had received two phone calls that the motel’s office power had gone down. The caller needed the guest’s financial information to resubmit into the computer, and offered a 25 percent discount for the inconvenience. The man refused to give his information over the phone. An investigation revealed that several of the motel’s guests had received similar calls, which did not come from motel staff.

• Nov. 25, 6200 Flotilla Drive, criminal mischief. Five flower pots at the dog park were damaged and thrown over the fence.

• Nov. 25, 2800 block of Avenue E, burglary. A woman said she left her purse on the kitchen counter while she and her friends “went about their business” for the day. When she returned, she went to her purse to retrieve some money and found $250 was missing. She told police the sliding glass door of her rental unit does not lock. One of the friends did report she heard a loud noise at about 3 a.m., but didn’t hear anything else, so she went back to sleep.

Holmes Beach is policed by the HBPD.

Streetlife is based on incident reports and narratives from the Bradenton Beach and Holmes Beach police departments and Manatee County Sheriff’s Office.