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Name: Islander
Date: 2015-12-29 15:51:05
Subject: Lower Speed Limit on Palm Dr
Comments: The highest speed limit in Anna Maria is 25 MPH and where Palm and Marina meet, it is also 25 MPH. Palm Dr. is all residential. There is no commercial activity on Palm Dr. SO WHY DOES CHIEF TOKAJER STILL ALLOW 35 MPH ON PALM DR?

This morning I heard the screeching of tires in front of my home along Palm Dr. A woman was speeding and did not see a couple crossing the street with their dog. To say that the man used colorful language to express his anger is an understatement.

Later this afternoon, a car was turning onto 75th st and the construction truck behind him slammed on his brakes to avoid hitting the car. Why...because he was speeding.


If people are in a hurry to get to and from Anna Maria, then they should simply leave earlier. Palm Drive is not a mini-highway. Families live on both sides, and it is dangerous to cross.

The support is there for all of Holmes Beach to be 25 MPH and Chief Tokajer has done a great job in reducing the speed on Marina drive and also by the elementary school, but PLEASE do not stop there. In the meantime, put up a speed radar or something please.

1. Construction / Landscaping vehicles
2. Youth
3. Island Trolleys

Name: Dale Schmitdz
Date: 2015-12-27 11:45:15
Subject: Bedroom sizes
Comments: What is next in Anna Maria ? No bunk beds will be allowed in the City of Anna Maria. Post it on a message board when "they" all come to the beaches. You already have regulations; enforce them.

Name: Dale Schmitdz
Date: 2015-12-27 11:45:14
Subject: Bedroom sizes
Comments: What is next in Anna Maria ? No bunk beds will be allowed in the City of Anna Maria. Post it on a message board when "they" all come to the beaches. You already have regulations; enforce them.

Name: Jonathan Bartholomew
Date: 2015-12-24 01:43:45
Subject: Seasons Greetings
Comments: My Family just love to Holiday on Anna Maria and although it's been a few years since we visited. I often look at the pages of the paper to keep up to date.
Just wanted to wish all the folk who live and work on the Island a Merry Christmas and a Happy New year.
She look forward to visiting you again soon.
Love from a wet and windy UK

Name: John Roelof
Date: 2015-12-17 15:25:08
Subject: Rules to keep Bradenton people away
Comments: To the people that feel these people
want to keep Bradenton people off
there beaches.Its time to stand up
to these bullies your tax dollars
go to maintain there bridges and roads.
Start a cruse day on weekends flood
all there roads with cars going 25 MPH.
If a few hundred cars just drove all
their roads for 8hr straight maybe
they would be forced to stop all there foolishness.

Name: WendyWorl
Date: 2015-12-08 18:42:11
Subject: Kenny Bowers/ soccer
Comments: Congratulations to Kenny, always the best! Much love to Cole, I love you Hello to Mark & Matt, I hope all is well for u and your most spectacular family

Name: Dale Schmitdz
Date: 2015-11-28 13:51:14
Subject: Rental Ordinance
Comments: he "new" ordinance is all good and fine along with the "new" Magistrate's System that was initiated in 2013. Where are the minutes? Where are the fines" Where are the tickets? Who is enforcing the codes? Is it code enforcement or the police department. When Chief Kenny, Lt. Damato and Sergeant Dangler were in there it got done, without all this rigaramole. Anybody bother to read chapter 509 before all this was done?

Name: Jack Brennan
Date: 2015-11-17 17:20:44
Subject: Comments section
Comments: To the Fields:

You are brave to add this section to your website. I applaud you both. Not what I read tonight, though. Freedom of the Press and Speech are important in a "free" society.

As a publisher in a past life, I leave it as you're brave. Slainte

Name: David
Date: 2015-11-11 05:44:40
Subject: Jeff, Fly-by-Night Politicians, and the Losing Battle
Comments: Hey Jeff, have you ever heard of a dictionary? As beautiful as AMI is... aesthetically, it's ugly to it's core concerning leadership and representation. There's a joke around every corner. Each "city" doing it's best on a week to week basis to outfielders the other two in ridiculous headlines and efforts. I'm so glad to be away from that lunatic asylum, but it is fun to watch these absurdities from afar. I got news for each and every one of you... In 20 years, maybe 10, most of the dissenters to the tourism will be gone. You know what will still be there then? I'm sure the vacation rental industry will be alive and well. Old Florida? That's gone people and it ain't coming back. Give it a rest. Go for the blue plate special at Morrisons. Go play Bingo. Get yourselves right with God. You've already lost and ya'll will never, ever win. Don't believe me? Pick a card! What a joke!

Name: Jeff
Date: 2015-11-11 03:49:30
Subject: Hotel/Lodge - Mainsail

Name: Darlene & Larry Wiley
Date: 2015-11-09 15:38:26
Subject: treehouse/Holmes Beach
Comments: The treehouse is beautiful. Why would anyone make it go away. Let it stay!!!

Name: Bud Miller
Date: 2015-11-09 08:12:40
Subject: Bradenton Beach
Comments: "Eva Of the Avenues".... First off you spell the Elect Mayors name Shearon. Second Shearon didn't win anything. You have to beat your opponent with Votes...which he did not. All in all if you did not beat with votes then Clarke should have remained in Office. But that's not how this played out. But you are half right, if there were a joker to be drawn, it should have gone to the Recalled Mayor. I am sure there will be a lot of butt kissing and playing nice for a while by Shearon. Then he will be crying about.."no one will let me pass anything" "I cant run this city the way I want to" WELL DUH>>> I am sure NO one is going to be bullied this time around. I don't know what to think of a person who would run again after being recalled. Clearly a lot of the Voters had voted for Clarke last time but We all know The Moratorium Killed those votes and those Votes went to Shearon. Bad timing for Clarke on the Moritorium. Shearons Campaign was pushed through on the PROMISE that he would put the Moritorium through... The voters clearly didn't think, because it has to go in front of Commission for Approval. SO Why would you vote for someone who Makes that kind of statement!! I am sadden and disappointed to hear some of the confusion by mail in voters. They will be watching closely and if need be will support another recall. If I did my homework correctly he can be recalled in 6 months. I really wish more people would get involved and go to meetings and pay close attention AND VOTE!!! I can say one thing... I was shocked at who I had seen at Shearons Election Party. I can only imagine how the employees are handling this Disaster. From what I have read .... They are closer now more than ever. Stand strong my friends... the sun will shine again. Everything happens for a reason, sometimes we don't know why, but we shall soon find out!

Name: Ron Goff
Date: 2015-11-08 20:32:38
Subject: Treehouse
Comments: Keep the treehouse, have spent many years at Angelino's and love the treehouse, so many people stop and take pics and get so much pleasure fro m it. It would be a shame to remove such a treasure that so many people enjoy

Name: Anne Clayton
Date: 2015-11-08 14:51:01
Subject: Keep the Tree House
Comments: Why not do something kind; have a little grace; show the rest of us you have a heart? Don't you remember being a kid? Why remove a tree house that only brings joy to most guests that visit Anna Maria Island/Holmes Beach? Let it stay. Please.

Name: Julie Langsenkamp
Date: 2015-11-08 11:49:01
Subject: Save the treehouse
Comments: Save the treehouse.

Name: P salzmann
Date: 2015-11-08 08:20:56
Subject: Tree house
Comments: Let the tree house stay.

Name: Larry Wiley
Date: 2015-11-08 08:12:12
Subject: treehouse
Comments: With so much ugly in the world, why would they want to destroy beauty. #THE TREEHOUSE SHOULD STAY!!!!!!!!

Name: Carol cook
Date: 2015-11-08 07:43:54
Subject: Beautiful treehouse
Comments: We are presently staying at the property with the treehouse. I am appalled that the city woukd even consider taking this beautifully done tree house down. Seriously who in the world would find it offensive in any way? It adds character to the beach and people love it. While sitting in a chair by the treehouse the amount of tourists who show up to take pictures and comment on how wonderful it is is astounding. Why rake simple pleasures away from the people? Why pick on local businesses who pride themselves on having such a work of art on their property. I don't cars if it was done illegally, it is safe and beautiful and insane to think about taking it down just because. Please rethink this. It's crazy and brings joy to so many.

Name: Nicholas DiOrazio
Date: 2015-11-08 05:03:21
Subject: tree house
Comments: I fully support the continuation of the tree house. I believ3e it was the right decision for Richard and Lynn to make. There are many habitable properties on this island that are legal and nonconforming. This is a nonhabitable structure that was built safely and is used only by Lynn and Richard for their personal use. Why can't the city make one allowance for this structure

Name: Darlene Wiley
Date: 2015-11-07 16:08:36
Subject: Treehouse
Comments: Save the treehouse. #It's beautiful. Do I need to say more............

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