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Name: roy speer
Date: 2014-09-03 06:14:26
Comments: Does Carlos Beruff control EVERYTHING in Manatee County?

Name: roy speer
Date: 2014-09-03 06:06:00
Comments: I recently attended the (FDOT) project development and environmental study of State Road 684 Cortez Rd. from SR 798 (Gulf Dr) to 123rd Street West, Manatee County. I was impressed by the amount of effort that went into the project analysis and study. A horde of officials were on hand to help those that attended the meeting with analysis and a briefing on the displays. I was told this was the only option being considered by the Manatee County Commissioners. Clearly absents was a fourth option which would provide for the Safety of those living on the islands, an additional evacuation route in the event of a hurricane for the people living on Longboat Key and South Anna Marie Island, which would expedite evacuation and provide for an alternate egress option route especially for those living on Longboat Island. This additional option would provide sources of income for the county, and the city of Bradenton and in the cities of Bradenton Beach, Holmes Beach and Anna Marie. Of course everyone is quite aware that the county commissioners of Manatee County do not have this option on the table but it is one that should be considered as one of safety for the people living on the islands, low environmental impact, and a source of income. The proposal that should come under consideration is that the roundabout at 75th street and 53rd Ave West be enlarged and a four lane toll road and bridge, 3.4 miles long be built along the right-of-way as an extension of 53rd Ave West across the north side of Tidy Island with a terminus at coquina beach. It should be foreseen as a toll road and bridge fly over that would help defray the construction cost of the bridge and when the construction cost have been paid off a fund could be established to fund any necessary repairs to the other Bridges. A non-drawbridge would be the best option for the Inter Coastal Waterway. Probably 80% to 85% of the traffic across Cortez Bridge turns left at the light on Bradenton Beach onto Gulf Road South. There is enough area in the Coquina Beach area for ample parking and a system of shuttles could be maintained to and from the business areas in Bradenton Beach and northward, since parking has become such an issue. Limited space is the biggest issue for all the cities on the island, but especially the parking issue. If parking becomes an issue then additional parking could be provided in the existing parking area of Coquina Beach by constructing a multi-level parking lot for automobiles. This is one answer as to how you put 1000lbs of potatoes into a 5lb sack. You provide more sacks.

Name: Dan Eli
Date: 2014-09-02 05:23:37
Subject: Snook Haven
Comments: We all had a fun time dancing at Snook Haven again this year at there annual country fest,,,Glad to see the "Sun" there.....I heard there will be country dance lessons at the Palmetto Moose on 301 coming soon in Oct... with Dave and Roxy, Dan and Sandy, Deb and the line dance crew

Name: Gary McMullen
Date: 2014-08-27 06:18:12
Subject: Parking and Congestion
Comments: The Holmes Beach Congestion Committee has it correct. We have to eliminate right of way parking on residential streets. Residents can have a sticker allowing parking when guests visit. The residents on beach access streets need relief. As far as the Little League goes, we do not need more congestion coming onto the island.

Name: graham hancock
Date: 2014-08-26 03:28:04
Subject: car parking charges
Comments: We have been to the island so many times from the uk and are very surprised that parking charges haven't been brought into force, for as long as i can remember paying for parking in the uk along the sea front or in a car park has always been a way of life, the usual cost is about -6 for a days parking, the local council collects this money and sometimes, not always, use the cash collected to keep the upkeep of the facilities, you have such a charming and lovely place and this feels the obvious way forward,
You will always get small minority of people complaining or trying to dodge the charges but it seems that the island needs to manage this problem and make money for the upkeep of your lovely island.


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