Growth and Development Controversy Ripples Through Quiet Anna Maria Island Community...
It's being reported in an article at the Bradenton Herald that the "normally laid-back island community" of Anna Maria has been stirring with turmoil and controversy over the past few weeks."
The controversy is the "old debate between those who want this one-square-mile city of 1,000 on the northern end of Anna Maria Island to remain as it was when they moved here... and those who would like to see changes, especially in the commercial district along Pine Avenue."
"It boiled over two weeks ago when a legal consultant, Michael Barfield, requested under Florida Sunshine Law all the e-mails first-term City Commissioner Harry Stoltzfus had sent from city or personal computers regarding city business."
The first batch of e-mails from Stoltzfus’ home computer generated nearly nine hundred pages of documents, and more than 1,260 pages on the second. Barfield said in reading the e-mails it appeared Stoltzfus was trying to target a particular business, the Pine Avenue Restoration Project, referred to as PAR.