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Court denies Stoltzfus delay

By Rick Catlin, Islander Reporter

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.

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