The Florida 2nd District Court of Appeal Nov. 19 denied a motion by ex-Anna Maria Commissioner Harry Stoltzfus requesting more time to file a brief in his appeal to the DCA.
The brief would be a response to the DCA’s Sept. 16 order lifting certification of the results of Stoltzfus’ recall vote and asking the ex-commissioner to show why his appeal of the recall should not be moot.
Stoltzfus filed his request for an extension Nov. 2. A posting on the court’s website indicated the request was denied.
No date for oral arguments on the merits of the appeal has been scheduled.
Stoltzfus’ recall began in March following a public records request that resulted in the release of more than 1,200 of Stoltzfus’ personal e-mails pertaining to government business.
The contents of those e-mails, some of them inflammatory, prompted Anna Maria resident Bob Carter to form a Recall Commissioner Stoltzfus Committee and proceed through the various legal steps to remove Stoltzfus from office.
On Sept. 7, the city electorate voted 363-332 to recall Stoltzfus.