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Date of Issue: May 17, 2007

Olesens ask city to lift order

Attorney Ryan Owen, representing the Olesen family of 504 S. Bay Blvd. in Anna Maria, has asked the city commission to lift a stop work order against his clients in order for them to complete renovations at their property.

Owen said in a May 2 letter to the commission that the Olesens are "willing to pay for the renovations and complete the residence at their peril."

The Olesens filed suit against the city last year after a stop work order was issued by the city regarding ownership of a 5-foot-wide right of way on the north side of their property. The case has not yet gone to trial.

The commission heard Owen's request at a "shade" meeting May 11, but any decision will have to be made in public, said Commission Chairman John Quam.