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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.


Name: Kathy Baskett
Date: 2015-03-20 11:56:02
Subject: Waste Services in Holmes Beach
Comments: As a resident of Holmes Beach, I’ve always appreciated my Waste Management drivers’ safe, professional, & courteous service they’ve provided the entire time I have lived in the City.

The Waste Management drivers are very courteous and attentive to my Grandson. They take their time to wave and honk and our Grandson loves it. It would be a loss to the City not to have these type individuals driving our streets anymore. They do it because they care.

It is my understanding that an uncontrollable circumstance (flat tire) resulted in Waste Management’s Request for Proposal documents being delivered 15 minutes late to City Hall on February 20th, and therefore not given the opportunity to have their bid reviewed.

However, given the company’s outstanding service and community involvement over so many years, and the dedication of their drivers and other employees, I am requesting that the City allow Waste Management an opportunity to have their bid reviewed, with the other haulers before any decision is made. They have earned that much of an opportunity. 30 years of service should overcome the fatal sin of being 15 minutes late. In addition, as a resident I believe it would be unfair to jump into a long term contract without some type of comparison. It just seems unfair to Waste Management, but more importantly unfair to all the residents. I don’t think a difficult transition to a new company would benefit the City, without knowing if there was a better deal from Waste Management.

Sincerely,

Mr. and Mrs. Baskett
613 Emerald Lane
Holmes Beach, FL 34217
502-802-5000




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