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Name: jack bergbom
Date: 2015-01-22 13:22:56
Subject: wish list
Comments: My wish list for Anna Maria, my city.
1.Put the sidewalks back in on Pine Avenue. Nothing spells community like S-I-D-E-W-A-L-K-S.
2.Prohibit parallel parking on Pine Avenue so bike lanes can be built. Imagine, Le Tour De Anna Maria. Plus more room for chalk. Exempt Roser worshippers on Sunday morning.
3.Take down the 'Another Day In Paradise' banners before someone writes'Lost' across the bottom of them to reflect the current reality.
4. Tax the bejesus out of landlords and renters to discourage the practice. Having new neighbors every week does not make for a sense of security.
5.Team with Roser Church to provide parking for 'day trippers'. A minimal charge with the City's take going to the Community Center.
6.Do not hire any more 'consultants'. There are enough bright people here to deal with any issues that arise.
7. Limit commercial noise [construction, lawn maintenance, truck deliveries] to 8a to 5p Monday through Friday. One thing Longboat got right.
8. Erect a band shell large enough to accommodate the Island Orchestra on the Pine/North Shore property. We need culture, not t-shirts.
9.Take the cones off the newly driven pilings marking the entrance to Lake Lavista. Pelicans need a place to rest too.
I'm done.
Jack Bergbom
Anna Maria, my city.
P.S. Where is Harry when you need him?


Name: Ann Haval
Date: 2015-01-13 23:24:11
Subject: City Attorney
Comments: Wow who would believe Dan Murphy would show his hand quite so quickly. So he fires the city attorney and immediately instates Ed Chiles attorney Ricinda Perry. So now we all know exactly who's tune he is dancing to and it isn't the residents of Anna Maria! What really baffles me however is why Anna Maria City wants to associate itself with any of the characters involved in the train wreck otherwise known as Bradenton Beach?


Name: Jerry L. Gieske Sr.dis
Date: 2015-01-02 09:10:32
Subject: previous letter to the Editor
Comments: I do not want to hog your letter to the Editor...BUT, after you ran my last letter about me having cancer and not being ble to come to the Island this season.. person from the Island sent me a very nice Christmas card that read "SINCE YOU CN'T COME TO THE ISLAND ? I AM SENDING A BIT OF ANNA MARIA TO YOU" AND THEY SENT ME A VERY NICE GIFT OF A BOOK BY pHILLIS cHANDLER gREY CALLED "ANNA MARIA ISLAND SUNRISE TO SUNSET" I want to thank the person or persons {who did not sign their name to the card or book) for being so thoughtful and sending me this book to look at and read during my Chemo treatment...If there is a way for The SUN to send them a THANK'S I would love it?? and the good lord willing and the Chemo works??? I can spend next season back alive on Anna Maria. Thank you for your understanding JERRY L. GIESKE SR.
Cheboygan Michigan


Name: Scott
Date: 2014-12-31 09:22:23
Subject: B.B. Officer Arrested??
Comments: Cover Up?? BB.Beach Officer found drunk w/open btl. of Capt. Morgan's at dinghy dock? No word or news of his confrontation/ 4 individuals at Anchor Inn, then followed them to Drift Inn. Where are the reports?? 3 day suspension?? Come On


Name: Lynda
Date: 2014-12-23 06:43:03
Subject: whats running
Comments: whats currently running on Bradenton Beach?


Name: Henry Grey
Date: 2014-12-18 14:16:26
Subject: Cell Mast Horror
Comments: Are people really votiing yes for a giant cell mast like the one at Holmes Beach and Bradenton Beach? This is not about lost cell phone calls So why is the proposal there? So our visitors can watch movies while sitting on the beach? Or AMI city to collect fat fees?And why won't the Sun accept my NO vtote? Citizens, this is your city they are about to despoil!


Name: Leah
Date: 2014-12-15 17:34:26
Subject: BB Recall
Comments: As always B Wortman Mr. C has his Putz doing his dirty.....put the charges forth or Shut Up!


Name: B. Wortman
Date: 2014-12-12 15:00:06
Subject: Mayor's recall poll
Comments: I've said before that this survey does nothing unless it is only answered by the VOTING residents of Bradenton Beach.


Name: David and Carver
Date: 2014-12-06 07:48:09
Subject: LFL
Comments: We have spent a few months at Anna Maria in the last three years and will be returning for Christmas vacation with our children and grandchildren. Looking forward to using the Little Free Library. Glad you allowed them on the island.


Name: John Roelof
Date: 2014-12-03 08:31:47
Subject: Captain Tormoil
Comments: As Rev. wright once said the chicken has come home
To roost"Cock-a-doodle-doo"


Name: DALE SCHMITDZ
Date: 2014-12-01 09:25:35
Subject: RENTALS
Comments: Just check and see who benefits from all of these rentals. Check their names with SUNBIZ. Then see who registered as a hotel and who didn't enforce the current rules. Let the police department make arrests and issue tickets. Move on with this the cats already out of the box.


Name: Rosemarie Kontra
Date: 2014-11-30 18:43:32
Subject: 4 way stop sign
Comments: As an 11 year bike- riding resident of Holmes Beach, I have had issues with the 4 way stop sign on the corner of 56th and Holmes Blvd. but never thought to complain until now. This past Saturday night my neighbors dog was hit and killed by someone who ran that stop sign on Holmes Blvd and didn't have the decency to stop. Shame on them. My point?: maybe the city should install one of those "Stop for Pedestrian" signs in the middle of the road -- you might get someone to actually STOP!


Name: whoopty
Date: 2014-11-25 05:07:04
Subject: Yetter
Comments: Yetter is a pawn for the puppeteer Van Trasher


Name: Leah
Date: 2014-11-18 14:30:38
Subject: Mayor sues his own city
Comments: Why are these meetings being held in the morning? 10am? Really? Most folks are at work! Just another way for the Commission to continue to disrespect the voters! Why aren't you holding these meetings at 6 or 7pm Commissioners? what are you afraid of?


Name: shelley ann christopher
Date: 2014-11-13 16:08:22
Subject: amazing help from managers at white sands beach resort florida
Comments: My husband had a heart attack whilst we were on holiday from England on the 17th October 2014.
He was rushed into Blake memorial Bradenton. The amazing surgeon Mr Alesnic performed a triple heart bye pass and thank the Lord he is recovering well on this beautiful island which we have been visiting for the past 20 years.
I cannot think how we would have coped without the help and support of two amazing brothers Ken and Jeff Gerry. They had everything I would need to nurse my husband back to good health. Blood pressure monitor, thermometer, bathroom scales, raiser for toilet and chair for the bath to shower my husband in place for when we returned from Blake medical Centre
Add to this the times they have run us to hospital and doctors surgery appointments(45 min run to near i75)as I do not drive here.They are truly wonderful young men and a great credit to the resort of Anna Maria Island. Such kindness at such a stressful lonely moment leaves me speechless.
Our grateful thanks go to these two wonderful young men, and the wonderful Dr Alesnik at Blake Hospital.

Thank you Ken and Jeff Gerry, The White Sands Beach Resort. Holmes beach Florida.
May God Bless you both.
Shelley and Roy Christopher. England.



Name: randy tambourine
Date: 2014-11-11 20:51:30
Subject: Drift Inn
Comments: 11-9-2014 i was robbed, had my money on the bar , turnedto look at band, turned back and it was gone.it was between me and my wife. short grey haired lady , or long white bearded gent are only ones that could reach it. don't go there unless u can afford to loose all u'r money.i asked for a last drink and a coffe , and she ruddly replied not my problem.


Name: Sharon Bonaventura
Date: 2014-11-10 05:48:03
Subject: Bridge from Long Boat
Comments: I've been coming down here to Anna Maria for 35 years and I've ALWAYS thought Long Boat should have a bridge for evacuation. What are they thinking?! They only have one bridge and it is at the most southern end of the island. If I were people in Bradenton Beach I would be furious to have to go to Manatee bridge so Long Boat could use their bridge in case of evaculation!


Name: Zack Kallis
Date: 2014-11-08 10:57:56
Subject: This Weeks Survey for new Bridge
Comments: Bridge north of longboat should have been built years ago to help with traffic and evacuation. With three bridges off island it would also make it easy too maintain and repair them.


Name: Dianne Coates
Date: 2014-11-08 10:40:29
Subject: This Week's Survey
Comments: "Yes" to a bridge from north Longboat Key to the mainland. I live in Bradenton Beach, north of the Cortez bridge, but closer to it than the Manatee bridge. I think it is ridiculous that I would have to use the Manatee bridge to evacuate. Let Longboat Key have their own bridge & let all Bradenton Beach use the Cortez bridge.


Name: Bill Gikas
Date: 2014-11-06 17:45:09
Subject: build bridge @ north longboat
Comments: Need 3rd bridge for better evacuation and help for traffic on cortez bridge and in case of emergency or hurricane. But if i'am not mistaken most everybody in longboat voted for a high fixed cortez bridge. But nothing in there backyard. So they could have less traffic getting home but no consideration about safety for all. And if some disaster happened and we all could not get off island in time then they all would be screaming for 3rd bridge for evacuation.


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