MAY 22, 2019
New manager at Waterline
There’s a new face roaming the halls at the Waterline Marina Resort and Beach Club in Holmes Beach. In a May 16 press release, it was announced that a new general manager had taken over the day-to-day operations of the full-service resort with the appointment of Lacey Lloyd-Jones. Lloyd-Jones joined the Waterline team in 2018 as a front office manager. She was first appointed to the general manager position on an interim basis while also serving as front office manager before being appointed as the new general manager in May. “We’re very happy and proud to promote Lacey to general manager of Waterline,” Mainsail Lodging and Development President Joe Collier said. “She has truly made Waterline and Anna Maria Island her home. Her warm and sincere approach with guests and associates make her a natural fit for Island life and a perfect host for the resort.”
Waterline is at 5325 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
Dock pilings ordered The composite resin pilings for the Bradenton Beach Community Redevelopment’s (CRA) floating dock project have been ordered. According to City Clerk Terri Sanclemente, the pilings are expected to be shipped on or around June 24. According to the May 15 project update email provided by City Attorney Ricinda Perry, 25 pilings were ordered from Creative Pultrusions at a cost of $45,704 and the CRA issued a check to Creative Pultrusions for $22,852. Perry’s update noted that on May 8 Hecker Operations Manager Eric Shaffer indicated the pilings should be installed in six to eight weeks.
Spring Lake contract approved During a May 14 commission meeting, Holmes Beach City Attorney Patricia Petruff said the contract between the city and Vertex Water Features has received legal approval for the installation of an aeration system at Spring Lake. Now, she said the contract is awaiting Mayor
Judy Titsworth’s signature, expected when the mayor returned from a hurricane conference, to be executed. Once the contract is signed, Petruff said the city is required to have Florida Power and Light run electricity to the equipment installation locations. Eron Wasserman of LTA Engineers said complete installation of the system is expected to take three weeks.
Election qualifying changes on tap A draft ordinance is coming before Holmes Beach city commissioners at an upcoming regular meeting to change who qualifies candidates for future elections. Previously, City Clerk Stacey Johnston also has served as the city’s election administrator. If this ordinance passes, that responsibility will go to the Manatee County Supervisor of Elections Office. Rather than candidates coming to city hall to qualify to run for office, they would have to go to the Supervisor of Elections office in Bradenton to file paperwork. The ordinance is a companion piece to a ballot question being posed on the November ballot to voters to alter the
city’s charter to remove election responsibilities from the city clerk position in the charter. Holmes Beach is currently the only city in Manatee County that administers its own elections.
Wedding restrictions considered To stop the business of commercial weddings in residential areas, Holmes Beach commissioners are beginning a discussion on how to limit or control the impact of weddings on the surrounding residents. Commissioner Carol Soustek said that the issue isn’t necessarily residential weddings but nuisance activities in residential areas. City Attorney Patricia Petruff suggested targeting the advertisement of rental properties as party or wedding venues as a potential way to regulate the large parties held at residential rental homes. Commissioner Jim Kihm said he would ask Police Chief Bill Tokajer to do some research to see how the matter is handled by other similar communities. The conversation was continued to a future, unspecified work session.
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