Community activist appointed to Anna Maria commission seat

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Amy Tripp is sworn in Feb. 22 as Anna Maria city commissioner by city clerk LeAnne Addy. Islander Photos: Bianca Benedí
Newly appointed Commissioner Amy Tripp sits behind the dais Feb. 22 in Anna Maria City Hall.

Amy Tripp will serve the remainder of Nancy Yetter’s commission term in Anna Maria.

The commission unanimously selected Tripp Feb. 22 from three applicants for the term, which ends in November.

Yetter announced in January she was moving to Tampa and would not finish her term. Her final meeting was Feb. 8.

Three applicants — Tripp, David Bouchard and Jonathan Crane — applied for the seat.

They were given opportunities to address the commission ahead of the vote Feb. 22.

Bouchard said he applied because he saw an opportunity and wanted to serve the city.

Crane told commissioners he was “the best candidate” due to his years serving as chair of the planning and zoning board and his “lifelong commitment to public service.” Crane also cited his legal career and volunteer experience.

Tripp said her family has had a presence in Anna Maria for 65 years, adding that her in-laws were involved in local government. She said her public service, including advocating for bike path development and home-rule protection, demonstrated her efficacy.

After the applicants spoke, the seated commissioners ranked them.

The names on the votes were not shown, but the scores were. Tripp was the first choice of all four commissioners.

Three commissioners selected Crane as their second choice, while one selected Bouchard.

Tripp was sworn in following the vote, and joined the commission for the remainder of the meeting.

She will serve into November, when the seat will come up for election.

Commissioners are paid a $400 monthly stipend.

The commission agreed to discuss assignments and responsibilities at the meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 8, at city hall, 10005 Gulf Drive.

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