HomeCommunity NewsAnna MariaAnna Maria bids fond...

Anna Maria bids fond farewell to Debbie Haynes

ANNA MARIA – Deputy Clerk and Code Enforcement Manager Debbie Haynes was honored with a retirement luncheon on Friday, Dec. 3.

Haynes was joined at the luncheon by several members of city staff including City Clerk/Treasurer LeAnne Addy and Public Works Manager Dean Jones, as well as Mayor Dan Murphy, city commissioners Jon Crane, Robert Kingan, Deanie Sebring, Mark Short, former commissioner Doug Copeland and Haynes’ husband, Bob.

Those in attendance enjoyed tacos from the Wicked Cantina restaurant in Bradenton Beach and the mayor presented Haynes with a ceremonial key to the city.

“Debbie has played an integral role in almost every facet of the city of Anna Maria with code enforcement, the clerk’s office and all of our special events. I’m going to miss her tremendously. She’s done a superior job, she’s a natural in the positions she’s held and she’ll still be doing some consulting for the city going forward,” Murphy said.

Assistant Code Enforcement Manager Sandy Olson will now serve as the code enforcement manager. Haynes’ other wide-ranging duties will be allocated among other staff members.

When expressing her appreciation for Haynes, Addy said, “When I began my career with the city of Anna Maria, I couldn’t have been more fortunate to have had a co-worker like Debbie, who was hard-working and honest. She worked with me through all the changes that were made and helped do so much to make the office run more efficiently. As more job duties were placed on us, Debbie worked so hard to become successful. The city is losing an amazing employee who put her heart into her work. She will definitely be missed by myself and many others. I wish her an amazing, relaxing and rewarding retirement!”

When discussing her time with the city, Haynes said, “I started as a part-time administrative assistant and became a permanent employee in December 2015. I became code enforcement manager in July of 2018. I can’t believe it’s been that long. It’s literally flown by.”

During the past six years, Haynes played a key role in organizing city-hosted parades, holiday events, movies in the park and the seasonal farmers market that takes place at City Pier Park each Tuesday through mid-May.

“We started small with a couple little events in the park with hot dogs on Memorial Day and July Fourth. Then we did Veterans Day and the mayor said he wanted a parade. This year’s parade was our biggest yet and the farmers market is up to 13 vendors. During the first year, vendors didn’t want to come out here because they didn’t think they’d have any business. We’ve still got the original vendors and it’s taken off from there,” Haynes said.

Anna Maria bids fond farewell to Debbie Haynes
Debbie Haynes’ duties included organizing and managing the city’s seasonal farmers market. – Joe Hendricks | Sun

Regarding her retirement, Haynes said, “My husband is already retired and we want to start traveling. We have a camper and we’re looking to expand on our experiences. We’ve done a lot of Florida camping and now we want to start visiting the national parks. I think our first trip is going to be to Yosemite next year. We’ll have fun, enjoy life and spend more time with the kids, grandkids and the family in general. I’ll still be doing some consulting, working mostly from home, but this was my last official day in the office.”

As for what she’ll miss most, Haynes said, “The people.”

“I got my wife back again. I’m happy,” Bob Haynes said. “I retired about two years ago and we’re looking forward to traveling, seeing the grandkids and fishing.”

Outpouring of appreciation

Jones was named Public Works Manager around the same time Haynes began working for the city.

“I’m truly going to miss her. I’m so happy for her, but I’m also heartbroken because she’s such an integral part of our team. We really are a family here. I get to come to work and have a work family and then go home to my family. A lot of people don’t get that at their jobs. Debbie and I worked together putting the parades and the special events together and we always joked about starting our own events planning business. I wish her all the luck in the world. I know we’ll still see her, but I’m really going to miss her,” Jones said.

Commissioner Crane said, “She’s done everything anyone’s asked her to do and she’s done it really well. I’m very impressed with everything she’s touched.”

Commissioner Sebring said, “Debbie was an incredible resource and talent. She would spearhead any project Mayor Murphy threw her way. She’s incredibly knowledgeable and has a real can-do attitude. She will be royally missed!”

Commissioner Short said, “We’re certainly going to miss Debbie and everything she’s done for the city. I wish her good luck and success in whatever she decides is next in her life.”

When asked how Haynes helped him as a city commissioner, Short said, “She helped me early on by explaining the rules of engagement, navigating the different aspects of the city and who does what. She helped me get acclimated very quickly.”

When contacted while traveling, Commission Chair Carol Carter said, “Debbie has been my ‘go-to’ person in city hall. She was always ready to help find a solution to any issue. I am so grateful for Debbie’s assistance over the years and will certainly miss her ‘can-do’ attitude. I wish her good times with her husband and much happiness in her retirement.”

Recently hired Senior Administrative Assistant Amy Moriarty will assume some of the duties previously performed by Haynes.

“She’s a great mentor,” Moriarty said.

Most Popular

More from Author

Form 6 lawsuits filed

FLORIDA – The Weiss Serota law firm has filed two lawsuits...

Craft fair prompts CBD sales discussion

ANNA MARIA – Because she sells CBD products, Edibles N More...

Vacation rental bill lagging in House of Representatives

TALLAHASSEE – As part of the Florida Legislature’s efforts to preempt...

Horseshoe pitching has long history in Anna Maria

ANNA MARIA – Every Wednesday and Saturday, a few dozen men...

Mayor responds to OPPAGA study changes

HOLMES BEACH – Mayor Judy Titsworth is reacting to the state’s decision to include a fourth option in the ongoing Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability study – eliminating the three Anna Maria Island cities and folding the Island into unincorporated Manatee County. “It’s concerning that...

Cortez founded on mullet

CORTEZ – A visit by Dr. Angela Collins to the Cortez Cultural Center furthered the organization’s mission to “preserve the past and protect the future.” The University of Florida Sea Grant marine extension agent told visitors last Thursday all about mullet, the reason Cortez was founded in the...

Commissioners discuss expanding city boundaries in ICW

BRADENTON BEACH – Commissioners reached no conclusions on Feb. 15 while discussing expanding the city’s boundaries in the Intracoastal Waterway to increase jurisdiction over the city’s mooring field. The discussion arose from Bradenton Beach Marina’s offer to partner with the city to act as harbormaster, provide pump-out service...

Police investigate gunshots in Holmes Beach

HOLMES BEACH - Shots were fired, but who fired them and exactly where they were fired remains a mystery after all of the Island’s three police departments participated in the search for the shooter. The incident began on Feb. 10 at 10:03 p.m. when Holmes Beach Police Department...

School zone speed cameras could be coming to AME

HOLMES BEACH - Excessive speed in school zones is a serious safety issue that can be addressed by cameras, according to a recent Manatee County Commission vote. Cameras will be installed at some Manatee County schools, possibly including Anna Maria Elementary School (AME). The vote was unanimous to move...

Commission considers paid parking in residential zones

BRADENTON BEACH – Following commission approval of temporary use parking lots in the footprint of the planned Bridge Street resort hotel/restaurant/retail complex, commissioners discussed applications for paid parking lots in residential zones. Building Official Darin Cushing said the city received four applications for temporary parking lots in areas...

Thousands stream to Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival

CORTEZ - There was something “fishy” going on in Cortez on Saturday as thousands of people streamed to the 42nd Annual Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival. Although heavy rain forced the cancellation of Sunday festivities, Saturday was cool and rain-free, and the party was in full swing. “It was...

Form 6 lawsuits filed

FLORIDA – The Weiss Serota law firm has filed two lawsuits challenging the Form 6 financial disclosure requirements now placed on all Florida mayors, city commissioners and city/town/village council members. Both lawsuits were filed on Feb. 15. In January, Fort Lauderdale-based Weiss Serota attorney Jamie Cole reached out to...

Craft fair prompts CBD sales discussion

ANNA MARIA – Because she sells CBD products, Edibles N More owner Mel Wendel wasn’t allowed to partici­pate in the Feed the Island art and craft show at Roser Church on Feb. 9-10. Danielle Lynch owns and operates Blue Ribbon Events, a company that organizes arts and craft...

Vacation rental bill lagging in House of Representatives

TALLAHASSEE – As part of the Florida Legislature’s efforts to preempt local vacation rental regulation to the state, House Bill 1537 has not yet passed through the House of Representative’s Commerce Committee. On Feb. 1, the Florida Senate approved Senate Bill 280 by a 27-13 vote. For proposed...

Horseshoe pitching has long history in Anna Maria

ANNA MARIA – Every Wednesday and Saturday, a few dozen men gather to pitch horseshoes in a small park located on the Anna Maria City Hall property. According to longtime horseshoe pitcher and former Anna Maria City Commis­sioner Tom Skoloda, this local sporting tradition has taken place in...

Letter to the Editor: Parking lot raises question

Reading about the idea of having 90 parking spaces (for 12 months at least) instead of building a hotel might sound weird - but if you can charge $15 per hour for each space - it multiplies! It raises the question: why not start building? The landowner is...