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Date of Issue: April 12, 2007

Code enforcement policy to remain reactive

Anna Maria City Commission Chairman John Quam has reiterated that the city will continue to accept anonymous complaints of code violations.

In a letter to city resident Richard Francis, who had complained publicly about an anonymous complaint regarding his property (The Islander, April 4), Quam said that the commission has "periodically reviewed this issue, most recently in January 2007, and again has concluded that it is in the best interest of the city and its residents to continue our anonymous complaint procedure."

The current commission policy is also to have the code enforcement officer be "reactive" to complaints and not "proactive." At present, the city code enforcement officer only works two days each week.