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Date of Issue: January 21, 2009

Anna Maria, Fiskes reach agreement

Anna Maria’s code enforcement board agreed at its Jan. 12 meeting to approve a settlement between Jack and Evelyn Fiske and the city that finally brought to a close the nine-month code violation case against the Fiskes.

The Fiskes were given 180 days to comply with the agreement.

The board’s action made official what the city and the Fiskes agreed to in a Dec. 11 settlement.

While the agreement of Jan. 12 has some minor changes from the Dec. 11 form, the essential elements remain as established.    

The agreement limits the number of onshore storage boats and trailers to five, and no more than five vehicles, other than those belonging to the Fiskes, are allowed on the property at any one time.

The two businesses that currently operate at the Fiskes residential zoned property — a charter boat and a kayak rental — will transport people from an off-site destination to the Fiskes.

No new commercial enterprises are allowed under the agreement.

The Fiskes retain their 12 wet slips and may rent dock space to personal watercraft, but major maintenance of a boat, such as Fiberglas repairs or repainting, is not permitted.

“As long as the property stays within the boundary of the agreement, it will be deemed to be in compliance by the city,” city attorney Jim Dye said.

The city’s code violation case against the Fiskes began in April 2008.

Adjacent neighbors had complained to the city that the marina uses at the Fiskes residence had increased during while Galati Marine underwent renovations.

The Fiskes countered that the property has been utilized as a marina since the 1930s and a number of city commission’s had expressed approval of that operation.