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Name: Jj
Date: 2015-04-19 11:56:30
Subject: @ami resident
Comments: My kind of person. You shoot from the hip. No lies. Congrats. Oh yes I would see thrashers car parked in getters driveway constantly. Promising the world I'm sure. Money grubbing slobs. And if karma exists which I know it does. TRASHER will loose it all and vacate OUR island for good. City of Anna maria

Name: Ami Resident
Date: 2015-04-18 15:10:08
Subject: Van Trasher
Comments: JJ - so true. But what is laughable about this BS that continues is that two of Ms Trasher's biggest cronies were Nancy Yetter and Gene Aubrey. The latter, who now professes his shock at the demise of the City was one of the biggest participants in the downfall and his greed exploited the ROR district. And M Coleman, the worst culprit of all, acting as henchman for Ed Chiles who bought in Fran Barford, who in turn bought in a new building inspector and planner. They rewrote ordinances and even the comprehensive plan to allow these crooks to build out the island. Ever wondered how M Coleman was allowed to build a commercial district with no parking (yes the same man now on his feet at every meeting bemoaning lack of parking!)? Note how Coleman and Chiles hold is so strong that the ROR doesn't have to abide by the same rules as everyone else when it comes to pools and noise even though the ROR backs straight into the residential district. Well look no further that your city planner and commissioners who allowed it to happen. And yes Gene Aubrey was on P & Z and a commissioner while all this went down. Someone should have flung him out of the meeting last week while he continues to speak out of both sides of his mouth. He and his ex wife were feted and wined and dined by Trasher in order that she could get what she wanted. Maybe there is a karma when it comes to Mrs Trasher however. I hear she is back to being Ms Vann while Mr Trasher has moved on to pastures new and the fortune is being divided and sold. Sadly too late to save the island.

Name: Barbara Pasuit
Date: 2015-04-18 09:52:14
Subject: For Rent Signs
Comments: The topic of this letter, as far as I know, has never been discussed and yet it affects all of us to some degree that have homes on this island. Since the realty companies are big advertisers in our local papers, I can understand why it's a touchy subject, rental signs. My parents rented in the early sixties and then built a home in 1968 and lived here until they died. They found there seasonal rentals back then listed in the paper or through a real estate agent. In today’s age of cyberspace, homes are listed with information, pictures, and virtual tours online. Most renters have all that at their fingertips. My question is why then do we need large for rent signs placed in the front yard of every rental and remain year after year? Like highway billboards, they are trashing our island and only serve as advertisements for the realty company. When friends visit us, they think the whole island is for sale until I point out that they’re rental not for sale signs. In the one block I look down toward the gulf, all the homes and duplexes were homeowners or annual renters. Now, due to reasons such as death, health, or profit, only two remain out of nine without a large wooden rental sign. As a final note, these signs will become flying missiles if we are hit by a hurricane or strong no-name storm. We have a beautiful island so why don’t we start cleaning it up. Anyone agree?

Name: I'mALocal
Date: 2015-04-17 17:29:15
Subject: LBK traffic issues
Comments: Why don't the fine folks of LBK have a bridge on to their island, and releave some of the traffic nightmares felt by both of us? 8 out of 10 cars coming over the Cortez Bridge are turning left; going to either Coquina or LBK. If the folks on LBK didn't have to travel through our island and over our bridge, they wouldn't be stuck in as much traffic. Just one of many options for decreasing the congestion we all suffer during season.

Name: Dale Schmitdz
Date: 2015-04-16 15:52:25
Subject: Rental Regulations
Comments: Another code that will be unenforced and make no difference. Going to get a code officer to handle twenty or thirty drunks. Good luck with that.AM already has a noise ordinance with no tickets and a magistrate system that has never been used. Enforce the existing codes like Chief Kenney, Lt Damato and Sgt Dangler.


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