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Date of Issue: September 14, 2006

No secret: code board may be gone

The Holmes Beach City Commission at its Sept. 12 meeting was expected to approve the first of two readings of an ordinance that would eliminate the city’s code enforcement board; replacing that body with a special magistrate who would settle code violations and disputes in the city.

The ordinance would allow a specific period of time for the board to finish with all its cases before the special magistrate system is enacted.

Currently, the all-volunteer board consists of Chuck Stealey, Don Schroder, Don Maloney, Barbara Hines, Ted Geeraerts, Jeff Kenrick, Michael Klotz, Joe Jackson and John Wize.

No city staff would be eliminated or added if the ordinance passes the second reading, expected on Sept. 26. The city would then retain the services of one of the Bradenton area’s special magistrates at an as-yet undetermined rate.

Prior to final passage of the ordinance, the commission will set an effective date when the special magistrate begins to take over code enforcement cases.