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Date of Issue: December 10, 2008

Code board to hear Fiske case

The Anna Maria code enforcement board on Thursday, Dec. 11, is expected to hear a complaint first brought by the city earlier this year against Jack and Evelyn Fiske of South Bay Boulevard for allegedly expanding a commercial marina use on their residential property.

The case first came before the board in May, when Chuck Webb was the Fiskes’ attorney and not a city commissioner.

Following several continuances of the hearing, Webb was elected to the city commission Nov. 4 and, on the suggestion of the Florida Ethics Commission, handed over his legal duties to attorney Michelle Hall at the board’s Nov. 18 hearing on the case.

Hall promptly requested another continuance to allow her to become familiar with the complaint and background.

A crowd of about 30 people, including boat owners and representatives from the Fiskes’ neighbor, Galati Marine, attended the Nov. 18 hearing in anticipation of hearing the allegations.

But the board unanimously agreed with Hall to continue the case to Dec. 11.

The city has alleged that the Fiskes violated city ordinances by expanding the use of their property as a marina. The Fiskes maintain that the marina use is grandfathered.

The marina use of the property dates back several decades, Webb has previously indicated, and he claims a number of prior city administrations have acquiesced to the use.