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Flower power He’s more than just a ‘lawn mowing’ guy AROUND TOWN 12
It’s cool in the pool
Set change Georgia Shakespeare rethinks business model OUT & ABOUT 14-15
Country strong Rustic Buckhead store serves up gas, gossip and burgers COMMUNITY 18-19
Rock of ages Davis Academy notes anniversary with CD EDUCATION 22-23
Olivia Langell, left, and Caroline Seelke, members of the “Gators,” The Branches Club swim team, ready themselves for action against the Chastain Park Athletic Club’s “Tidal Waves” on June 4, at The Branches Club pool in Dunwoody. More photos on page 30.
‘Discourteous’ email charged to Bonser
Planning commission backs hotel, again
BY MELISSA WEINMAN AND JOE EARLE
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BY JOE EARLE
The ethics battles continue among Dunwoody city officials. The Dunwoody Board of Ethics on June 12 found City Councilwoman Adrian Bonser had violated the city’s ethics code by sending “discourteous” messages during an email exchange with a constituent. The board voted to recommend that Dunwoody City Council publicly reprimand Bonser. “I think there was a technical breach of the ethics code as to courtesy,” Ethics Board Chairman Steven Blaske said. “We are trying to hold our public servants to the highest possible standard, and courtesy was in the code.”
A planned hotel development on Ashford Dunwoody Road has won approval from the Dunwoody Planning Commission. Again. The commissioners on June 11 voted 3-0, with Chairman Bill Grossman abstaining and three commissioners absent, to approve the Sterling Point development, which proposes a hotel, a restaurant, and shops on 11.53 acres at the corner of Ashford Dunwoody and Perimeter Center North. The commission first approved the development on April 23, but Dunwoody City Council last month sent the proposal back to
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