A resolution to guide the acceptance of city gifts and an ordinance for special events permitting were on the March 9 Anna Maria Commission agenda.
The commission approved a policy for gifts to the city valued less than $2,500, which can be accepted by the mayor without consulting the commission. Offers of gifts to the city worth more than $2,500 must go before commissioners for approval.
Also, the resolution says the review of offers to donate property will include a title search, environmental investigation and inspection of the land.
The commission unanimously voted to approve the resolution.
An ordinance specifying that applicants for a special event permit can limit participation also was unanimously approved by the commission.
According to the ordinance, an applicant can limit participation in an event but not based on race, religion, sexual orientation, nationality, gender, disability, veteran status or any other protected class.
The resolution was prompted partly by a December 2016 disagreement in which the Anna Maria Island Privateers were asked to allow a former member to participate in the nonprofit’s parade. The protester asked the city to deny the parade permit.
However, city attorney Becky Vose advised commissioners they could not deny the Privateer permit because the complainant was not a protected class.
Also during the March 9 meeting, Mayor Dan Murphy presented a proposal to assign the responsibilities of finance director to city clerk LeAnne Addy.
He proposed a salary increase of $15,000, amounting to $87,000 per year, and the elimination of the finance director position. Murphy said the change would save the city nearly $32,000 a year.
The commission unanimously approved the change.
The next city commission meeting will be 6 p.m. Thursday, March 23. at city hall, 10005 Gulf Drive.