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Date of Issue: August 04, 2005

Chappie 'holds' on consolidation

Bradenton Beach Mayor John Chappie put the consolidation issue on the back burner last week.

Chappie indicated at the July 20 Coalition of Barrier Island Elected Officials meeting he would introduce the draft ballot question to his city commission at its next meeting, which would have been July 21, and "see what they say."

 "Should the (city of) continue the process to explore the feasibility of the consolidation of the three Anna Maria Island cities?" reads the draft. But time is of the essence.

The draft language has to be approved by all three cities and reach the Manatee County Supervisor of Elections Office by Sept. 19 for inclusion on the November ballot. Anna Maria commissioners opted to hold public meetings on the topic, while Holmes Beach quickly approved the ballot language.

"Our concern is we only have 60 days and we really need to stay on top of this," Anna Maria Mayor SueLynn said.

But Chappie has not yet brought up the matter of consolidation and at presstime it was not on the city’s agenda for the Aug. 4 meeting.