The city’s citizen recognition committee named Tom Turner of North Shore Drive Anna Maria Citizen of the Year last week. Turner formerly chaired the planning and zoning board and currently serves as a P&Z member. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin
Tom Turner of North Shore Drive is Anna Maria’s Citizen of the Year.
The citizen’s recognition committee honored Turner Sept. 28 for his outstanding volunteer service to the city, including assisting the city planner on various planning proposals, his input at commission meetings, his service as a planning and zoning board chair and member and on the city’s code committee and his work as a former chair of the Anna Maria Historical Park Committee.
“He has always been active in anything pertaining to our city and has devoted a lot of time and energy for us,” said committee member Karen Di Costanzo.
The award caught Turner off guard.
“I was shocked when they all showed up here and told me,” he said from his home.
“It’s quite an honor and one I never expected. I really appreciate the award.”
The recognition committee will formally present Turner with his award at the city commission’s Oct. 28 meeting.
Other nominees for the award were Ed Chiles and Gene Aubry.
Turner, who bought property in Anna Maria in the late 1960s and has lived there permanently since 1984, is retired from the U.S. Air Force.
He served on the planning and zoning board for more than a decade in the 1990s and is a former P&Z chair. Turner also has served on the code enforcement board and once chaired a committee to select two city officials.
Earlier this year, Mayor Fran Barford again appointed him to the board as a member.