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HB mayor passes weekly market consideration to commission

By Rick Catlin, Islander Reporter

Holmes Beach Mayor Rich Bohnenberger said he’s had about 10 e-mails from residents stating their opposition to a proposed Sunday market at the Tidemark Shoppes on Gulf Drive. The complaints were forwarded to commissioners to consider at their Oct. 25 meeting.

Bohnenberger had authority to grant a special-event permit for the markets, but because they were planned for Sundays from November through April, he decided to send the issue to the commission.

Most event permits are for one or two days, he said, but commissioners should decide an application for a special event every week for six months.

The commission was expected to decide on the application Oct. 25, during a 7 p.m. meeting at city hall, 5801 Marina Drive.

Nancy Ambrose, former manager of the Bridge Street Market, submitted the special-event permit application.

Ambrose said she had about 35 vendors lined up for the Holmes Beach market, and was surprised when the mayor delayed the application approval.

She said Bohnenberger appeared to favor the idea originally.

The  market would be held in the parking lot at 5313 Gulf Drive, adjacent to Wells Fargo and fronting the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce and other storefronts.

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