Stories this week on Anna Maria Island: Wednesday, Sept. 01, 2010
High and not dry
A high tide and heavy rainfall left some of Anna Maria Island’s beaches under water Aug. 24. Water reached the beach access at the end of Sycamore Avenue in Anna Maria, and, in parts of Bradenton Beach, water flooded beach-access points. Islander Photos: Lisa Neff
Voters had their say Sept. 7 in the special election to recall Anna Maria Commissioner Harry Stoltzfus, but the results were only announced Monday, Sept. 13. Anna Maria voters chose 362 to 331 votes to remove Stoltzfus from office.
On the choice of who should serve his remaining term, Gene Aubry won the balloting with 363 votes to 333 votes for Stoltzfus.
By 10 a.m. Monday, all involved parties in the special election had filed either motions or responses demanding the immediate release of the voting results from the Sept. 7 election on the recall of Anna Maria Commissioner Harry Stoltzfus.
At 1:52 p.m., the notice came from the Second District Court of Appeal that “all ballots, including absentee ballots, cast in the recall election of Sept. 7, shall be unsealed and open for public inspection.”
Bradenton Beach commissioners voted last week to move forward with a $2.66 million spending plan for 2010-11 and likely will adopt the budget this week.
The commission, meeting Sept. 7 at city hall, 107 Gulf Drive N., also unanimously adopted a resolution setting the proposed millage rate — the rate used to collect property taxes for the city — at 2.1539 mills.
Penny Frick of Bradenton won the grand prize in The Islander’s annual Top Notch contest for this photo of a white pelican landing in Cortez. Frick won $100 from the newspaper, plus a bevy of gifts from Islander advertisers and placement in professional photographer Jack Elka’s 2011 calendar. Look for The Islander’s honorable mentions in the Top Notch contest.
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