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AM declares emergency

By Rick Catlin, Islander Reporter

Anna Maria commissioners declared a state of emergency Aug. 26 at a special commission meeting called late Saturday, following the state and county in making declarations as Tropical Storm Isaac was approaching the Gulf of Mexico.

City treasurer Diane Percycoe sent the meeting notice, saying that declaring a state of emergency allows the city quicker access to reimbursement from the Federal Emergency Management Agency for costs of preparation and cleanup after Isaac.

Public works superintendent George McKay said the city’s entire supply of 3,000 sandbags was distributed by Sunday morning.

Anna Maria City Pier Restaurant manager Dave Sork closed the restaurant at 4 p.m. Sunday and will “play it by ear” for reopening Monday.

“A lot depends upon how much flooding there is on the island,” Sork said.

By Monday morning, it was evident there was little rain and no flooding that would  prohibit business as usual on Anna Maria Island.

Anna Maria City Hall was closed Monday due to early predictions of TS Isaac’s path near the coast.

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