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Date: 2013-11-14 12:22:41
Comments: It is true that the Sandbar was there before 1970. But it was a neighborhood
bar and they had Dixie Land Bands on Sunday and it was all inside, nothing outside. Today, it is nothing like it used to be. Now, it is all commercial
Name: John Shaughnessy
Date: 2013-11-13 05:57:22
Comments: THANK YOU ALL
I WOULD LIKE THANK ALL THE CITIZENS OF BRADENTON BEACH FOR GETTING OUT AND VOTING IN THE LAST ELECTION. TO MY SUPPORTERS AND MY TEAM I AM DEEPLY GRATEFUL FOR ALL YOUR EFFORTS.
TO MY WIFE THANK YOU FOR YOUR UNCONDITIONAL SUPPORT AND PUTTING UP WITH ME THROUGH ALL THE TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS. JOHN SHAUGHNESSY
Date: 2013-11-07 06:49:00
Comments: While it is correct that the Sandbar was purchased by Ed Chiles in 1979 the building itself has been there since the early 1900's and has been utilized as a restaurant, bar, gathering place since the early 1940's several years before 1972 as stated in a previous comment.
Name: Alex Sokolow
Date: 2013-11-04 13:27:58
Subject: How to Prevent Another Shutdown and the Threatened Default
Comments: Dear Editor,
We must write our elected officials about a more permanent solution to the fiscal crises, (which have merely been postponed for a couple months):
We should sell, to the world’s tropical rainforest owners, the expertise to create supply of--and demand for--the harvesting of their land much more profitably and sustainably. This is discussed at www.rain-tree.com/facts.htm, which has links to various rainforest organizations who might supply the experts. If we take a quarter of the increased profits for a certain number of years, it would yield .4 trillion a year—twice the federal deficit. It might mean temporarily raising the debt limit, but only for the last time in awhile.
Then with the surplus it could shift some of the onus for Obamacare from individuals and businesses onto the government, at least for awhile. The deficit reduction, the pay-down, and the shifting of Obamacare could all be more permanent, however, if we take 20% leases and/or invest some of the surplus.
(As for the issue of subsistence farmers, there is a discussion of this at www.rainforestsaver.org. Regarding the cutting down of trees for firewood , one can contact Solar Cookers International.)
There is also an online petition to President Obama and Speaker Boehner at www.thepetitionsite.com/764/197/074/solving-the-fiscal-crises-with-rainforests.
Sincerely, Alex Sokolow
Date: 2013-11-02 01:56:40
Subject: rental house
Comments: I would like to post a comment about Rick
Catlin's article in the Islander about Mrs. Nally's house next to the Sandbar being a "RENTAL HOUSE" Mrs. Nally's house is only rented three months out of the year. Jan, Feb and March. The rest of the time it is used by the family and her. It is not like the rental/party houses that have been written about lately. She has owned her house since 1972. Seven years BEFORE the Sandbar came. It is only rented to help pay the taxes and insurance and will some day be homesteaded.
Name: Lee Grant
Date: 2013-10-26 00:32:56
Comments: It really is quite something to behold. Carol Carter, who's husband was behind the recall of Harry Stoltzfus is now campaigning for some of the very same issues Commission Stotzfus was highlighting. He was years ahead wasn't he? Saw all this coming. And now, way too late, the very people who pushed to get rid of him say we should start slowing down the tourism push. What a tragedy it was for the island losing him. So much of what we face today could have been avoided. Where was Mrs Carter then? Who was she supporting? The developers. Its a little late now Mrs Carter and no many of us have not forgotten.
Name: Stephanie Becket
Date: 2013-10-17 17:18:35
Subject: T shirts
Comments: Please tell me if it is possible to purchase the Rod and Reel tshirts by mail! I am sure there are many others who would support the cause if given the chance
Name: Janice Bergbom
Date: 2013-10-16 07:38:53
Subject: Beach Access
Comments: I am sorry that Mr. McMullen has had a bad experience or two with Island visitors. This is the exception, not the rule. Mr McMullen apparently came to the Island to enjoy the natural beauty as do our visitors. I have lived here since 1983, and now my 89 year old parents have difficulty getting to the beach unless I "unload" them at the end of an access road. This is a public beach access Island, so if a family is "unloading", and you are inconvenienced, just look west and take a deep breath.
Name: Gary McMullen
Date: 2013-10-16 06:22:13
Subject: Parking issues
Comments: It is obvious that city commissioner Aubry must not live on a beach access street. Our street has a constant flow of vehicles and people. They are intrusive and unsettling to the residents. They park in front of our houses and dare us to say anything. We actually had a sheriff's deputy directing people to park in front of our properties! We have parking violations daily but rarely see these cars ticketed. The residents of the street favor no parking on the right of way on beach access streets. Please commissioners, do something for the residents. We elected you to look out for our interests. We will remember your actions on election day.
Name: Bo Swank
Date: 2013-10-07 11:59:06
Subject: Change The Attitude "We All Have Civil Rights
Comments: Had my call returned from Al Sharpton.
I am waiting for a call back from