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Date of Issue: March 30, 2005

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The Island Real Estate Company has a sign in front of the property at 104 49th St. owned by Linda C. Gallen, wife of retired Judge Thomas Gallen Sr. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin
Mediator's wife has property managed by Davis company

The wife of the retired judge assigned to mediate an agreement in the lawsuit filed in August 2003 by Holmes Beach residents Barbara Coloney and Ruthanne McLean against Frank Davis owns property managed by a Davis-owned company.

Retired Judge Thomas Gallen Sr. was assigned by the Manatee County Circuit Court to mediate the lawsuit by McLean-Coloney against Davis and the city, alleging that the public notice for the city commission to discuss Davis' site plan at 5022 Marina Drive was not properly noticed.

According to the online database of the Manatee County Property Appraiser's Office, Linda C. Gallen, wife of Thomas Gallen Sr., owns a duplex at 104 49th St. in Holmes Beach.

The rental property is managed by Island Real Estate Company, according to a sign posted in front of the duplex. One of the principal owners of Island Real Estate is Frank Davis.

Attorney Peter Mackey, who represents Davis, said he was unaware that Linda Gallen owned any property managed by Island Real Estate.

He said he could not comment on the specifics of any mediation agreement.

John Shubin, the Miami-based attorney who represents Coloney and McLean, did not return phone messages or e-mail left for him by The Islander.

Efforts to reach Judge Gallen for comment were also unsuccessful.