HOLMES BEACH – It was a love fest in city hall Monday as Mayor Carmel Monti and Commissioners Marvin Grossman and Judy Titsworth were sworn into office.
A chamber full of residents applauded after each was sworn in by Manatee County Commissioner Carol Whitmore. Following the ceremony, Commissioner Jean Peelen was elected chair, after Commissioner Pat Morton declined the nomination, and Titsworth was elected vice chair of the commission.
“We are all thrilled to be up here,” Peelen told the audience. “We’re very excited about this opportunity that the voters have given us.
“You can expect us to make mistakes, We are new at it. We’ll be looking for guidance. Give us some space to make mistakes, but hold our feet to the fire.”
Monti thanked all their supporters and pointed out, “It shows that the democratic process really can work. People spoke and spoke very loudly. We will give it our best efforts to make you proud of us and follow through on commitments that we made. The door is always open.”
Bradenton Beach Mayor John ShaugHnessy congratulated the new officials and said he is looking forward to working with them. He advised them to return the three senses to their city.
“First is hearing ,” he explained. “Listening to each other’s sides and concerns rather than turning a deaf ear. Second is common sense that we should all use and apply to all problems we encounter, rather than ignoring or taking a superior or righteous attitude.”
He said last is dollars and sense and using the taxpayers money wisely.
“I believe you are the right people for this job and can bring this commission together and do what’s right for the city,” he concluded. “I also believe you are out of your minds. Thanks for stepping up to the plate and good luck.”
Manatee County Commissioner John Chappie told the officials, “It will be a fun and wild ride. There is nothing more rewarding than serving your community. I’m here to serve you. Call me whenever you need anything.”