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HB officeholders take oaths

By Lisa Neff, Islander Reporter

Holmes Beach Mayor Rich Bohnenberger, center, with Commissioners Sandy Haas-Martens and John Monetti. The three officeholders took their oaths Nov. 15. They were re-elected to two-year terms Nov. 2. Islander Photos: Lisa Neff

Newly elected but incumbent city officers Rich Bohnenberger, Sandy Haas-Martens and John Monetti took their oaths of office Nov. 15.

The early morning session at Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive, was followed by a brief organizational meeting.

Bohnenberger was re-elected mayor without opposition Nov. 2.

Haas-Martens and Monetti were re-elected to two-year terms on the city commission. They faced challenger Jean Peelen on Election Day.

Twelfth Judicial Circuit Court Judge Janette Dunnigan, who lives on the Island, officiated during the swearing-in program. Bohnenberger took his oath first, followed by Monetti and then Haas-Martens, who brought a nearly 60-year-old family Bible for the occasion.

During the organizational meeting, Commissioner David Zaccagnino nominated Haas-Martens as chair, a post she has held numerous times.

With a second from Monetti, the vote was unanimous.

“I enjoy doing it and I enjoy working with the staff,” Haas-Martens said.

The commission then unanimously elected Monetti vice chair, a position he previously has held.

Bohnenberger, at the conclusion of the meeting, said he looked “forward to another productive year.”

The commission’s next regular meeting will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 23, at city hall.

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