Thank you for visiting The Islander Newspaper Online.

We are currently updating our website to provide you better service and function.
If you would like to access the new site, please, click here: The Islander Newspaper

Sorry for any inconvenience. Our new site and service will resume shortly.

Web Master

The Award Winning & Best News on Anna Maria Island, FL Since 1992

"The Award Winning & Best News on Anna Maria Island, FL Since 1992"

Sunday, Sep, 21, 2014
Florida Press Assn. Award-Winning Web Site
Home Latest News Weather Sports Real Estate Classifieds Island Guide Islander Store

 SECTIONS

 • 

Main News

 • 

Classifieds

 • 

Opinions

 • 

Streetlife

 • 

Calendar

 • 

Fishing

 • 

Sports

 • 

Real Estate

 • 

Obituaries

 • 

Weather

 Features

 • 

Cortez Cook Off: The Results

 • 

Anna Maria Island Bridge FDOT replacement bridge

 • 

National Hurricane Center (Atlantic)

 • 

Advanced Search

 • 

I love AMI

 • 

Mystery Story

 • 

Fishing Laws

 Classifieds

 • 

Classifieds Page

 • 

Place An AD

 • 

Items for Sale

 • 

Garage Sale

 • 

Estate Sale

 • 

Announcments

 • 

Lost & Found

 • 

Pets

 • 

Transportation

 • 

Boats & Boating

 • 

Fishing

 • 

Kids 4 Hire

 • 

Help Wanted

 • 

Health Care

 • 

Services

 • 

Lawn & Garden

 • 

Landscaping

 • 

Home Improvement

 • 

Business Opportunities

 • 

Rentals

 • 

Real Estate

 Weather

 • 

Today's Forecast

 • 

10 Day Forecast

 • 

Today's Tides

 • 

Emergency e-mail

 • 

Storm Watch

 Archive

 • 

News Archive

 • 

2009 Top Notch Gallery

 • 

2008 Top Notch Gallery

 • 

2007 Top Notch Gallery

 • 

2006 Top Notch Gallery

 • 

2005 Top Notch Gallery

 • 

2004 Top Notch Gallery

 Useful Links

 • 

Island Links

 • 

i.wed

 • 

Islander Store

 • 

About this Site

 Contact Us

 • 

Islander Store

 • 

Subscribe

 • 

About Us

 • 

e-mail us

Story Tools

Date of Issue: March 02, 2006

Two Island cities progressing on consolidation

Bradenton Beach Mayor John Chappie and Holmes Beach Mayor Carol Whitmore are moving ahead with gathering information on consolidation of the two cities.

Following the lead from the results of a non-binding referendum on consolidation in both Holmes Beach and Bradenton Beach in the November elections, Chappie and Whitmore held a conference call last week with Harry Hayes of the University of Georgia's Carl Vinson Institute of Government.

"It's still early in the process," said Whitmore, "but we had a long talk with Hayes and his staff. They've done a number of consolidations in Georgia, Kentucky and throughout the south. He took some information from us and said he'd send us back a proposal along with costs on ‘information gathering' for consolidation. So, we're progressing."

The Islander newspaper asked Hayes for advice on consolidation of the three Island cities in 2005, and reported the results in September. Hayes was asked then by The Islander to review the budgets of all three Island cities for areas of potential savings through consolidation.

Based on that preliminary study of the budgets, Hayes concluded that Bradenton Beach gets the most revenue per capita from its residents and also spends the most, despite having the lowest population.

Hayes told The Islander, "The materials we reviewed gave us a sufficient picture to conclude that the issue of tri-city consolidation may be worth further exploration."

Whitmore said Hayes could not give a date when his proposal will be submitted to the two cities, but once that's received, Whitmore said she and Chappie will go to their respective commissions to discuss the proposal and associated costs.

According to Whitmore, Hayes' proposal is to determine how the two cities could consolidate and how much money taxpayers would save living in one city.

Anna Maria Mayor SueLynn has been attending the Whitmore/Chappie consolidation meetings strictly as an observer because that city commission declined to even put the non-binding referendum on the November ballot.

 

Mayors' meeting Sunshine Law violation?

At the Barrier Island Elected Officials meeting Feb. 15, Holmes Beach City Commission Rich Bohnenberger questioned the legality of the three mayors meeting in closed session, saying he thought the meetings should be in the "sunshine" in accordance with Florida's Government-in-the-Sunshine Law.

Whitmore responded that anyone, including Bohnenberger, could attend the meetings, but the meetings did not violate the Sunshine Law as the respective mayors do not sit on the same elected board.

That was also the opinion of Holmes Beach City Attorney Patricia Petruff, according to Whitmore.

"She said I could meet with anyone since I don't have a vote on the commission," said Whitmore. "Rich is certainly welcome to attend any of our meetings on consolidation."

Bohnenberger has long been an opponent of consolidation and voted against placing the non-binding referendum on the November 2005 ballot.

Have your say:

No comments for this page. Feel free to be the first

Username:

Contact:

(email or url)

Subject:

Your View:

Please enter the security code below:

security  

Get breaking news

Follow the Islander on TwitterBecome a fan of The Islander on Facebook

Sign up to receive breaking news alerts via e-mail. We'll send you a notice when the news and classifieds appear online every week, before the print edition hits the streets.

Click here for Gulf oil spill updates related to Anna Maria Island.

Historic Anna Maria City Pier Plank Walk

Put your name, your message, your memorial on the Historic Anna Maria City Pier prior to the Pier Centennial Celebration! And join the fun!

CLICK HERE for Stoltzfus e-mails and related court documents.


FREE Island
Vacation Guide:
get it here

Cortez Cookoff

Click here for 2010 Cortez Cookoff Winner and recipes

To advertise here, please
visit our rates page
or contact us at:
sales@islander.org
Phone: (941) 778-7978
Fax: (941) 778-9392

Back to top of Page

Home | Weather | Real Estate | Classifieds | Archives | Contact | Island Links
Islander Store | Subscribe About this site | Classifieds Page | Place an Ad
For Sale | Garage Sales | Announcements | Lost & Found | Pets | Transportation
Boats & Boating | Fishing | Kids for Hire | Help Wanted | Health Care | Services
Lawn & Garden | Landscaping | Home Improvement | Business Opportunities | Rentals | Real Estate

Our Privacy and Copyright Statements © 1992 - 2009, The Islander