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Date of Issue: March 22, 2007

Anna Maria city hall return deadline: June 8

Anna Maria city commissioners in a special meeting March 16 learned that the temporary city hall at Crosspointe Fellowship church will need to return to its permanent home on Gulf Drive by June 8. Mayor Fran Barford indicated the church needs its annex hall back in time for vacation bible school this summer.

Commissioners acted quickly to get repairs under way at the Gulf Drive facility, approving two measures totaling a maximum of $15,000 to begin asbestos and mold abatement and remediation on April 2, and approving a third measure for $9,600 for an expert witness in the city’s possible legal action to recover its costs in the fiasco.

The city plans to file a claim against Roof USA of Weeki Wachee, the company it claims is responsible for the interior damage that caused the mold and asbestos problems.

Barford presented a time line for the remediaton that would have the city begin the process of returning to its rightful home on May 25.

Under the plan, the city will have spent $96,786 by the time it returns home, and that figure doesn’t include legal costs, which the city hopes to recover in a lawsuit or negotiated settlement.

Attorney Mark Nelson, an expert attorney in business litigation with the Bradenton law firm of Ozark, Perron and Nelson P.A., has been retained by the city to proceed with the legal action against Roof USA and its insurance carrier.