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Date: 2015-03-26 13:48:46
Subject: Water Taxi
Comments: So our roads are already gridlocked, now the Mayor is suggesting we ferry even more tourists in to a pier in Lake La Vista. (I hope this won't encroach on the residential district as you unload the masses to go shopping on Pine Avenue). Why not go all in Mayor and turn the six lots at the end of Pine into a landing strip and you can fly them in that way too!
Name: DALE SCHMITDZ
Date: 2015-03-25 04:55:54
Subject: RENTAL REGS
Comments: This issue was already addressed by the Magistrate's Court system, the police department running resorts to see if they are registered and pay resort taxes and the police issuing code tickets. They also do inspections under 509.When Chief Kinney, Lt Damato, and Sgt Dangler were there they wrote tickets. Get over it and move on.
Name: Dale Schmitdz
Date: 2015-03-23 15:07:28
Subject: Community Center
Comments: GT Bray is in Bradenton and competes with the YMCA, LA Fitness, One Hour Fitness, CITY FITNESS, Planet Fitness, two Pilates Studios and four other facilities. If you have good programs the center will float. The center was orginally given to the city by the county. Under other "managers" it was handled by a TEA Party privatization darling from Maine and under anther administration there were improprieties to say the least by coaches. It has been a gathering for AMI back patters, pickle ballers and smoozers for the past 25 years. They should have taken the free pool when it was available. If they can not run it maybe the county can. Bravo for the center using the market. Its not run by government.Get over it.
Name: Virginia Freeman
Date: 2015-03-20 13:31:05
Subject: Community Center Spa
Comments: I find it interesting that a nonprofit organization that has a history of poor financial and personel management is considering a 0,000. investment. Who has done a complete financial study regarding income and expenses for such an undertaking? What has happened to the "family" and "youth" focus? I'm sure you won't want young chldren or teens in your fitness center.
Name: Richard March
Date: 2015-03-20 12:38:59
Subject: Community Center Fitness Faclity
Comments: It is entirely inappropriate for a public entity supported by tax funds to go into competition with established businesses. This is just another example of big government clobbering the little guy. If they need to make the community center more self-sustaining then they should find sources of income that are not in competition with private businesses.