City hears potential centennial costs

Anna Maria Mayor Mike Selby recently presented city commissioners a laundry list of potential city costs associated with the May 13-14 Anna Maria City Pier Centennial Celebration.

The pier centennial committee is selling memorabilia to cover its costs, but the committee is a city-organized body and the city is ultimately responsible for payment of the expenses, he noted.

Selby on March 10 told commissioners the city might be responsible for payment of renting barricades to block off streets. He estimated the rental fee would be about $750.

Additional Manatee County Sheriff’s Office deputies will be needed both days, and Selby said he and MCSO Sgt. Dave Turner, head of the Anna Maria substation, determined the extra deputies will cost about $400.

One cost the city no longer has to consider is the $630 rental fee for Bayfront Park. The Anna Maria Island Privateers have been invited to move their family picnic from Bayfront Park to the north parking lot at the Anna Maria City Pier.

Selby said Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, would be open from about 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. May 14 to provide public rest rooms, space for a ticket booth and a VIP welcome area.

Selby said he wanted to be prepared for what he called the “worst-case scenario.”

In that event, Anna Maria would have to cover some costs. The expenses could run from $2,000 to $2,500 for the celebration.

If he has to ask the commission for money, the mayor said, the good news is that “I won’t have to ask you again for money for another 100 years.”

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