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Date of Issue: November 30, 2006

SueLynn accepts honors from city, Quam

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Old and new
New Anna Maria Mayor Fran Barford, right, and former Mayor SueLynn greeted each other at the tree dedication ceremony held in Anna Maria Nov. 17 in honor of the ex-mayor. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin

While former Anna Maria Mayor SueLynn declined to attend the city commission's Nov. 16 organizational meeting where she was to have been honored for her nearly five years of service to the city, she appeared to let bygones be bygones and accepted an invitation to a tree-planting ceremony Nov. 17 in her honor at the Anna Maria Island Historical Society Park.

City officials planted an oak tree at the park, dedicated a plaque in SueLynn's honor and presented her with a restaurant gift certificate. She was also given an artist's depiction of what the tree will look like in 50 years.

Commission Chairman John Quam made a brief speech noting the former mayor's many accomplishments during her tenure and thanking her for her dedicated service.