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Name: David Johnson
Date: 2014-10-22 18:44:10
Subject: Bradenton Beach Election. City Commission.
Comments: Registered voters and taxpaying citizens of Bradenton Beach, I think City Attorney Ricinda Perry should offer up her warmest holiday wishes and eternal gratitude for making the Christmas of 2014 and very happy one for her and her family by presenting her with a check for services rendered to the City in the tens of thousands for the month of September 2014 (pick a number between 18 and 20 and that includes a generous discount of thousands (pick a number between 5 and 7). Ms. Perry should express gratitude on behalf of her husband who happens to work for Blalock Walters (wink wink) for recommending the investigation by Attorney Westerman of Blalock Walters of the bogus harassment claims made by Tom Woodard and his merry band of malcontents in the Public Works Department. All three have been found to be without merit. The first installment of Attorney Westerman’s bill has cost you the taxpaying citizens of Bradenton Beach many thousands (pick a digit between 2 and 4). The next two installments are yet to come. Ms. Perry should also show her gratitude to Jack Clarke for initiating forfeiture procedures without a shred of evidence and to Jan Vosburgh (up for re-election) for being Jack Clarke’s “yes man”. Commissioner Vosburgh decries the excessive attorney fees but consistently supports actions that result in even more legal expenses to the City. Commissioner Vosburgh is more interested in keeping the high profile merchants and resort owners happy by being their “yes man” than representing the best interests of the citizens and voters of Bradenton Beach. This bears out by a simple examination of her campaign donors. It is pretty clear who she is working for.

Fortunately voters in Bradenton Beach have been given a choice this election cycle. You can elect to make a change and restore balance and fiscal responsibility to the City – VOTE FOR TJET MARTIN for Bradenton Beach City Commission.



Name: Rick Maddox
Date: 2014-10-22 15:09:51
Subject: Carol Whitmore-AMI Privateers
Comments: The article implies that Ms. Whitmore is emailing local government to solicit funds for the privateers buying a sleigh. Perhaps they should explain how they "lost" the sleigh a Manatee County Jury decided they stole, and how your own reporter was required to appear and authenticate a photo from the Islander in 1989, which disproved their statements that it was built by others and donated to them. An interesting story, which you've never written, but it is public record on the Clerk of Court website.


Name: Suzanne
Date: 2014-10-22 07:36:01
Subject: Commissioner Webb's letter
Comments: According to recent figures, there are 1,538 housing units in the City of Anna Maria. The city's vacation rental database shows 421 registered rentals. So only 27% of the city's housing is rented to vacationers. Hearing Mr. Webb rant and rave, one would think the percentage is much higher.


Name: skip speer
Date: 2014-10-17 08:11:09
Subject: FOLLOW THE MONEY
Comments: They say follow the money well here is a comparison of funds flowing into the election campaigns for 6th district at large County Commissioner.You decide what is ethical and what is not.

Whitmore vs Wonder

Whitmore loses all the way around.

282 Total Contributors: With 112 out of the 282 or 39% of the Contributors raising 81% of the Campaign Funding. 39% Contribute 000.00 Thousand Dollars. This might be a good race if the Campaign had not been bought. Without the Rather large contributions Whitmore ends up being the Loser as Wonder Generates more funding from Grass Roots people, Non-Power Brokers.
16 contributing 00.00 or more , source of funding: Agriculture, Developers, Carpetbaggers, Attorney, Real Estate-Broker/Developer, Healthcare Services, Financial Services. TOTAL OF 000.00

96 Contributing 0.00 or more, Source of Funding: Agriculture, Developer?s, Carpetbagger?s, Attorney?s , Real Estate-Broker/Developer, Healthcare Services. TOTAL OF 000.00

123 contributing 0.00 or more Source of Funding ?Same as Above?

137 contributing 0.00 or less
Total contributions 256.74

Candidate Wonder:
183 contributors:
1 contributing 00.00 or more
7 contributing 0.00 or more
19 contributing 0.00 or more
152 contributing 0.00 or less
Total contributions ,497.23

Now there are the figures so you decide by how you VOTE



Name: Timothy Potts
Date: 2014-10-15 04:25:49
Subject: Adrian Wyllie
Comments: I am very upset to see special interest and a judge have decided to quiet 1.5 million voters by keeping their candidate out of the debates. This is wrong and it undermines our ability to pick a third candidate. THIS IS WRONG!


Name: David Johnson
Date: 2014-10-15 03:45:26
Subject: Racinda Perry BB
Comments: Per Perry:

Perry addressed those who questioned the commission’s right to initiate forfeiture proceedings.

“I know a lot of people don’t like this process, and I’ve heard disenfranchisement being thrown out. I empathize with your concern and your frustration, but you (the citizens) voted on this charter,” she said.

She pointed out that some who voiced opposition participated in the charter review process that produced the current charter.

“You did not object to this proceeding and you voted on this as being allowed. It is now their right (the commission’s), like it or not. It is enforceable by law and has never been challenged,” she declared.

Of course Ms. Perry would not counsel the Commission that the forfeiture process in the Charter has guidelines that can NOT be met. Of course she will comply with Commission request to draft a resolution. This keeps the clock on her billable hours ticking and this is all on your dime Bradenton Beach citizens. Here is an idea AMI SUN and Joe Hendricks, why don't you print the forfeiture process as it is written in the City of Bradenton Beach's Charter. Let the citizens decide if the guidelines specifically set forth in in this process have a snowballs chance in hell of being met instead of a group of people who have said from the outset they would never work for Mayor Shaeron. Looks like maybe they have changed their mind and decided not only work for him but work against him at the same time.


Name: Beverly Battle
Date: 2014-10-14 17:41:47
Subject: Gulf Front Park
Comments: I have tried multiple times to vote in the Sun survey, but the Bravenet site failed to take the vote. I urge the commissioners to leave the park as it has naturally evolved. The dunes of Austrialian Pines and Sea Grapes are lovely. There are many non native species on Anna Maria. Please don't take away our tallest and loveliest trees! In that process we will lose much of our shade and much valuable habitat.

Thank you, Bev Battle


Name: I Live Here
Date: 2014-10-14 16:07:20
Subject: Agree with AMI Resident
Comments: I could not agree more with the comment by AMI Resident. These overgrown, party houses are going to be the "death" of AMI. The island is too crowded already and as more and more visitors come, the traffic will get worse, the crime and garbage will increase, the charm will be gone. This will begin an onslaught of bad publicity and folks will stop coming. Then, we will have large, empty rentals, businesses will suffer, locals will lose jobs, property values will fall fast. We need more cottage style houses and NO MORE large mega-rentals!


Name: Ami resident
Date: 2014-10-14 15:09:12
Subject: Rentals
Comments: It is exasperating to listen to city officials go around in circles over the years as they quite simply fail to grasp anything. So now we are looking at a total over reaction and apparently the proposal of zero short term rentals in any property of any size in Anna Maria City. Doug Copeland just doesn't get it if he thinks property size has no bearing. I suggest someone does some research on where the complaints come from and I am sure it will then be very clear that in fact the big party style houses are where the main problem lies. I live next door to a two bedroom rental that is continually rented out and have never ever been disturbed by the renters. In fact most times I wouldn't even know the property was rented if it wasn't for a car parked on the driveway. Look out how the island has evolved over the last 5 years. The commercial developers have 'over' promoted the island in an attempt to bring customers to their stores and sell real estate to investors. Many of these developers are constructing very large properties and advertising them with huge income potential if they can be rented out to large groups. We never had this problem a few years back when people came for the charm and ambiance of a laid back island full of cracker cottages. Now the loud money is in town filling the lots with oversized property that screams my pillars are bigger than yours! I see no sign despite hundreds of commission meetings over the years that they have done anything to curb the overdevelopment, the large and tasteless houses and I do not believe stamping out all rentals in all properties makes any sense at all! I would love to see all our commissioners resign and a new, more informed and intelligent group replace them and address the problem with fresh eyes and ideas. Respectfully these guys and gals have all been around way too long and I think rather proved that they really don't have a clue what they are doing.


Name: Nancy Yetter
Date: 2014-10-14 14:10:55
Subject: Islander's Comments on AM Candidates
Comments: After having been classified as a "follower" by the editor of The Islander, I only have this short comment: "it is often better to be a quiet, thoughtful representative of the people in order to hear them, learn and fulfill their wishes. Those who listen only to themselves are unenlightened, uninformed,and judgmental. By spreading misinformation, they abuse their power and shirk their responsibility to hold themselves to the highest standard. Between the two, I ask you, who is more credible?


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