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Koutsourais ends tenure in Dunedin

Laden with gifts and good wishes, an emotional Manuel Koutsourais on Thursday closed a 20-year career as an elected official in this city. Koutsourais, who did not seek a third term as mayor, was succeeded by Tom Anderson, who was sworn in as mayor.

New Commissioner Tom Osborne was sworn in to complete the term left vacant after Anderson's decision to run for mayor. Commissioners Mary Bonner and John Doglione, who were re-elected last month, also were sworn in.

"Now I'm going to Disney World," Koutsourais said, after noting that he had been asked many times about his plans since announcing his retirement as mayor. Before his two terms as mayor, he served 14 years on the City Commission.

Koutsourais, an avid sports fan, was presented with several gifts, including a certificate for a set of golf clubs, a Toronto Blue Jays jacket and a Tampa Bay Buccaneers jersey.

Before stepping down, Koutsourais expressed appreciation to elected officials with whom he served, city employees and Dunedin residents for their help during his terms in public office.

Koutsourais said that when he took office, the city was in good shape. However, he added, "I think I can honestly look anybody squarely in the eye and say we have a better city today than we did six years ago."

The commission also unanimously named Bonner to a one-year term as vice mayor.