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Date of Issue: March 31, 2010

E-mail investigation requested

Anna Maria resident Gene Aubry addresses the Anna Maria city commission March 25 asking for an investigation of Commissioner Harry Stoltzus' alleged violations of public records laws. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy

Anna Maria resident Gene Aubry called on the city to have the Florida Attorney General investigate all e-mails about city business sent and received by Commissioner Harry Stoltzfus.

During public comment at the March 25 commission meeting, Aubry said he wanted to speak about elected and appointed officials “engaging in alleged violations of our Sunshine Laws.”

Stoltzfus immediately called point of order, noting Aubry’s topic was not on the agenda.

Commission Chairman John Quam, however, allowed Aubry three minutes, as long as he did not make a personal attack on anyone.

Aubry read a brief statement in which he said he was “appalled” by what he read in newspapers and subsequently in e-mails.

He requested that “the mayor, working with the commission, if they so choose, our legal arm Jim Dye, and the attorney general of the state of Florida to review all of the e-mail data that was turned in by those from whom it was requested.”

Aubry further said that “if it be determined by those people, if laws have in fact been violated, the results be given to the Anna Maria city government with any penalties to be given out according to state law.”

But other than Aubry, the public at the meeting remained quiet about the Stoltzfus e-mails.

Mayor Fran Barford said the city is in the process of collecting e-mails to comply with a public records request submitted by Michael Barfield.