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Date of Issue: November 30, 2006

Lutz ends commission work after four terms

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During the Holmes Beach City Commission meeting Nov. 14, there were goodbyes and thanks said. Commissioner Sandy Haas-Martens, left, presented outgoing Commissioner Roger Lutz with a plaque. There were also goodbyes for Carol Whitmore, the new at-large Manatee County commissioner. "Itís been a pleasure working for all of you," the outgoing mayor said. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff

Roger Lutz was convinced of something eight years ago.

"I knew that you’re supposed to do something," Lutz said, referring to serving the community.

He’s still convinced about serving the community.

But Lutz, who left the Holmes Beach City Commission after four terms, isn’t certain how he’ll serve in the future.

"I’m going to do something else," he said during a recent interview at Holmes Beach City Hall. "I just don’t know what."

Lutz is an attorney with his own law firm and partners in Sarasota — Lutz, Bobo and Telfair.

Lutz served eight years on a medical board, eight years on an a theater board and now recently completed eight years on the city commission.

"I thought this would be a worthwhile thing to do," he said, referring to the commission work.

On Nov. 14, at his last regular commission meeting, Lutz praised his colleagues and city employees, saying he was impressed by the quality and commitment of the people he worked with at city hall.

"I think the town is lucky to have you all," Lutz said.

Lutz also received some praise, as well as a plaque that Commissioner Sandy Haas-Martens presented.

"I tried to make Roger stay," incoming Mayor Rich Bohnenberger said.

Outgoing Mayor Carol Whitmore thanked Lutz for his "good common sense" and knowledge of the law.

Looking back over his tenure, Lutz said he’s "enjoyed seeing ideas come to fruition, getting an idea and making it happen, not just talking about it."

Holmes Beach, Lutz said, is a "cleaner, nicer looking place" than eight years ago and the city government "is a lot more sophisticated."

"I think," he said, "the city ordinances and codes are cleaner and fairer and have less loopholes. But that’s a work in progress."