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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
Date: 2014-12-10 03:29:23
Subject: BB recall of Mayor
Comments: One more thing I neglected to ask. Will Caryn Hodge, Marketing Director for the Ed Chiles Restaurant Group, be responsible for circulating the recall petition as she circulated to her freinds the petition to initiate the forfeiture proceedings and will it show up at the Beach House? Probably with a wink and a nod from Jack Clarke. The electorate in Bradenton Beach is baffling.


Name: David
Date: 2014-12-10 03:02:52
Subject: BB recall of Mayor
Comments: So by reading the biased article printed in this publication it looks like it will be at minimum 5-6 months before a recall election could take place. Let's see the regular election takes place in 11 months. Someone is sure being free with Bradenton Beach taxpayer money. Clarke must really wants the Mayorship of Bradenton Beach as an incumbent.


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: David
Date: 2014-12-03 02:33:47
Subject: BB forfeiture against Mayor Shearon
Comments: Clarke wants Mayor Shearon to recuse himself because he is the subject of the proceedings, but Clarke doesn't feel he should recuse himself? I guess he feels it is okay for him to serve as plaintiff, prosecutor, judge and juror? Has his grab for power robbed him of any shred of rational thought? Oh, and by the way, he evidently thought it would be reasonable to accept legal counsel from the attorney in the audience who is both suing the City and the Mayor - where is his head at. . . never mind, I know where it is. It is undeniable what Clarke's aspirations are. Mr. Clarke is an embarrassment to the City of Bradenton Beach and making a MOCKERY of how municipal government should work.We had current employees that have filed unsubstantiated claims of harrassment now we have an EEOC complaint by a former employee that was fired because she was jailed. Can any normal person see a pattern here and who is counseling these employees to file these types of claims?


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.


Name: David Zaccagnino
Date: 2014-11-05 05:48:47
Subject: Sally Owen, you should be ashamed
Comments: Sally Owen, I know that you illegally built beyond your permit and deceived the building department at 132 49th st, just like the builders you mention. I never worked in the building department and have nothing to do with permitting and your lucky bc I would have probably had you remove your illegal renovation. Sally the rules are for everyone, you are not exempt. Be careful when you start throwing stones. David Zaccagnino


Name: Jerry B. Shell
Date: 2014-10-31 11:30:16
Subject: Australian Pines
Comments: Please interview the arborist who submitted the report. Ask him a direct question: To your knowledge, is there a tree that: 1. Is as salt tolerant as the Australian Pine so that it will grow at the beach line where the Australian Pine grows, 2. Will grow fast enough, if planted in place of the Australian Pine using normal arborist practices, to provide the shade and relief of the harmful glare of looking at the beach of the present Australian Pines within a reasonable amount of time so that people can again sit under them as they can currently under the present Australian Pines,3. require no maintenance, and 4, provide the wonderful sighing of the wind through them as the Australian Pines do? I think we both already know the answer, but I would like to see it in print from a so-called expert, because I never have. Thank you so much! Jerry B. Shell


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