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Anna Maria commission election could be crowded

By Rick Catlin, Islander Reporter

By the end of the qualifying period Aug. 26, there might be a crowded list of candidates for Anna Maria’s November election.

Three planning and zoning board members have picked up qualifying packets. Former Mayor SueLynn said she would run for a commission seat and has a packet. Lois Finley picked up two packets for friends. And incumbents Dale Woodland and John Quam are seeking re-election.

The P&Z members taking out qualifying papers are Carl Pearman, Mike Pescitelli and Nancy Yetter, according to city clerk Alice Baird.

Anyone can pick up a packet for someone else, Baird explained. What matters is who qualifies by the deadline on noon Friday, Aug. 26, she said.

When contacted, Finley, who formerly owned and operated Mama Lo’s ice cream shop in the Bayview Plaza in Anna Maria, laughed when asked if she would seek a commission seat. She said she was picking the packets up as a favor for some people and, if they qualify, their names would be released by city hall this week.

SueLynn confirmed she was running for a seat on the commission. She was mayor from 2002 to 2006, but did not seek re-election after her second term.

John Quam has said he would likely seek re-election, while Commissioner Gene Aubry will not seek a second term.

Aubry was elected in September 2010 to complete the remainder of recalled Commissioner Harry Stoltzfus’ two-year term that ends in November.

Commissioners in Anna Maria are elected for two-year terms and receive $400 a month in compensation.

Packets for prospective candidates are available from Baird at city hall, 10005 Gulf Drive.

 

SIDEBAR

Anna Maria seeks committee members

Anna Maria Mayor Mike Selby is calling on interested residents to volunteer for one of several vacancies on city committees.

One vacancy is on the capital improvements advisory committee and, at present, Terry Schaefer has submitted an application for that post.

Selby said a vacancy exists for a member of the code enforcement board and for one alternate board member.

There also is a vacancy on the environmental education and enhancement committee, the mayor said.

Anyone interested in applying for a committee can pick up an application at Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive.

The mayor appoints members of the various boards subject to commission approval.

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