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Date of Issue: August 04, 2010

Developer alleges commissioner made threat

Anna Maria developer and resident Mike Coleman has filed an affidavit with the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office alleging that Commissioner Harry Stoltzfus verbally threatened him.

A report from the MCSO was not available as of July 30, according to a deputy at the Anna Maria substation. Coleman could not provide a copy of the report.

Coleman said the incident occurred at Slim’s Place, 9701 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria, July 21.

He told The Islander that when he entered the restaurant, he heard Stoltzfus tell his companions, “Feel free to shoot him anytime you want. I’ll pay for the bullet.”

Stoltzfus’ attorney, Richard Harrison, said, “Based on the information I have received, there was no incident and, in fact, there was not even any interaction, verbal or otherwise, between Coleman and Harry.”

Harrison asked whether Coleman called 911 to request law enforcement.

“If not,” he said, “I think you know what this is all about.”

Coleman and Stoltzfus have reputations as adversaries. Stoltzfus has opposed Pine Avenue development projects in which Coleman is involved.