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Name: Kjoe
Date: 2015-07-08 11:00:59
Subject: Stolen conch shell
Comments: The local chainsaw artist stole my iPad, phone charger and conch shell that was given to me when my son was born in key west 27 yrs ago.he stole the shell to give to the man who blows the conch during the festivals. Everything he stole is replaceable except my conch shell that I want back. Just want everyone to know what he's really like cause he's still in your area carving and living on his boat. Thanks Charlie, real nice of you after letting you stay at my place when you were in ocala


Name: Mike Deal
Date: 2015-07-01 07:50:43
Subject: Community Center
Comments: Kudos to Jean Peelen for calling out the Center's claim they put "proven community leadership" on their board. Totally agree that "some" are not respected or leaders, in fact one has said stated his goal is to turn our island into a total resort community. Thanks Jean for stating the obvious!


Name: mary wagner
Date: 2015-07-01 05:13:37
Subject: reward for the capture of ATV drivers
Comments: I would imagine that many people would be happy to contribute to a reward for these perpetrators. Perhaps by setting up something on GO FUND ME a large sum could be raised for that purpose. I am ready to contribute....


Name: Reed MAPES
Date: 2015-06-30 08:19:26
Subject: Attracting new residents and last weeks question
Comments: Seems somewhat contradictive. We want new residences, but we want to limit them to 3 bedrooms.

I'm probably the largest developer on this island in the last 20 years. There are only 2 things that should make a difference.
1. Require a parking space per bedroom. I guarantee you that will limit most homes to 4 bedrooms, as the large majority of lots on the island will not hold more spaces than 4 with impervious surface building footprint and drainage requirements.
2. Invoke a 24 hour per day noise ordinance and enforce it.



Name: The Adult Sports Community
Date: 2015-06-26 12:59:39
Subject: Cindy Thompson
Comments: It is clear Cindy Thompson wants to eliminate Adult sports at AMICC. She made the community convince her to keep the adult flag football. She held an open forum during a week in June called "Save adult flag football". If she was not convinced to keep it, she would eliminate it. Her reasons for not having the Summer Adult Flag League was… 1. The field, which is better than ever, 2. Interfering with fall sports, how? This league has gone on for plus 7 years and never disrupted fall sports, 3. MONEY!!!! I guess she forgot they were non profit and it’s a community center not a profit center.

She finally allows us to have a league, but demands that we play 2 games a week (back to back nights) to shorten the time frame of the league. What professional athletes play back to back nights?? None they all take a break, to prevent injuries. If you look back at the increase of injuries at AMICC, it is when they play back to back nights. There are also many people who cannot play 2 nights a week. This will eliminate a large amount of people who regularly play at AMICC. It also takes away what the league does for the social aspect of the community. Nobody will be able to get together after the games at slims, because we have to play the next night too. This is not good for our community and for some reason Cindy feels it is. Why take away what made you in the first place...the community!!! Might as well be called The Center and take out community.



Name: Bud Miller
Date: 2015-06-25 06:43:09
Subject: Comm. Robertson
Comments: Oh I see its my old friend Papa Dan defending once again a shady Comm. Janie Robertson. If you remember she accused the public works dept of having city credit cards in their names with no proof to back that up. Not one shred of evidence to support that. And stated that they spent thousands and thousands of dollars. Now once again she is talking about the newly appointed City clerk without one piece of evidence to back it up again. She is the kind of person that throws crap around and sees what will stick. I would suggests to anyone to please ask for the info directly for proof of what she is claiming...YOU will be surprised what you find out. And as far as i see it ...Its the Commission that has only 1 Boso that loves to hear herself speak just to keep stirring the pot.... FYI the word around town is that she is apologizing for her statement!! I too Papa Dan cant wait to see what the next act will be as well...stay tuned for more Robertson Drama episodes!!


Name: dd chal
Date: 2015-06-24 18:21:01
Subject: treehouse
Comments: Treehouse response… I recently found out about the tree house dispute and could not believe the response. A treehouse in the Merriam-Webster is defined as “a small house that is built among the branches of a tree for children to play in.” I personally classify myself as an adult child who never had a tree house but would love one. So I would love to add “children and adults” to the Merriam- Webster definition. How can anyone take such a precious memory away from a family? Even though we have codes, enforcements and permits can it be preserved? As in a tree’s rings it brings forth its life years… In ones hands that built the house… and heart that sees past the ever lasting waters it sits upon. Please see it in your hearts how important this treehouse may be to the family that supports it. Life is toooo short and can end in a matter of moments to linger on such precious treasures in life. Sometimes changes need to happen in life based on just watching an episode of “Treehouse Masters” on television and one may look upon this dispute at a new level of love.



Name: Papa Dan
Date: 2015-06-24 10:10:14
Subject: Robertsons claims
Comments: It appears Commissioner Robertson is the only sane voice among the circus of clowns called the Bradenton Beach Commission and it's ringmaster P.T Clarke. Ringmaster Clarke's chickens are coming home to roost. I can't wait for the next act to play itself out.



Name: Tony Ricci
Date: 2015-06-24 03:06:26
Subject: Parking
Comments: Is there a telephone # to contact the Parking Enforcement Agency if their services are required to report violations?


Name: John Roelof
Date: 2015-06-17 06:46:06
Subject: Obama's new segregation policy
Comments: What do Anna Maria Islanders think about
Obama plans to segregate wealthy neighborhoods. They are going to be
able to buy any where in upper class
neighborhood through a special program.
The Island of rules will soon deal
With a less fortunate group of people.
Soon you will be forced to get some of
Flordia's poorest for neighbors.


Name: Resident
Date: 2015-06-16 09:51:18
Subject: parking NON enforcement
Comments: this is all a waste of time, just like calling the sherriffs for parking issues. they dont enforce it! I just saw 2 so call parking enforcers on my street looking at 3 illegally parked vechicles with their tires on the blacktop just talk for a moment and turned around and did NOTHING! more of our tax dollars that the city is throwing out the window!!!! this is just a totaly waste of time and energy if they dont want to enforce things take them off the books.


Name: Dale Schmitdz
Date: 2015-06-15 08:04:19
Subject: Anna Maria Parking
Comments: Kudos to Mayor Murphy. Its about time that they started taking parking problems seriously. Get some tow trucks and parking boots on the ones that don't pay. Give the cops wreckers. What else do they have to do? Lets get pay stations down at Bay Front Park and swear in another eleven or so.


Name: Jerry L. Gieske
Date: 2015-06-12 12:01:19
Subject: Dog poop
Comments: I agree with Gary F. No one likes to step or lay down on the beach on some ones Dog Poop..It would be nice if all dog owners would pick up after..same at the Holmes Beach Ball park.


Name: John Roelof
Date: 2015-06-08 16:54:01
Subject: Gary Fenstemaker
Comments: I agree with you, a dog owner should
get a ticket for not cleaning up dog
Poop.Dog owners keep your dog on a
leash unless you are at least 100 yards
from other beach goer's.(AND CLEAN UP
AFTER YOUR DOG) Oakloosa Island will
fine the pants off you if they even
catch you on there white sand beaches.
They do have a dog beach in Ft.Walton.
Anna Maria should have a small area
on the north area of the island.Not
many people go there and you would
have to walk there because there is
no place to park.Most dogs will be
empty from the long walk.



Name: John Roelof
Date: 2015-06-08 16:54:00
Subject: Gary Fenstemaker
Comments: I agree with you, a dog owner should
get a ticket for not cleaning up dog
Poop.Dog owners keep your dog on a
leash unless you are at least 100 yards
from other beach goer's.(AND CLEAN UP
AFTER YOUR DOG) Oakloosa Island will
fine the pants off you if they even
catch you on there white sand beaches.
They do have a dog beach in Ft.Walton.
Anna Maria should have a small area
on the north area of the island.Not
many people go there and you would
have to walk there because there is
no place to park.Most dogs will be
empty from the long walk.



Name: Gary Fenstemaker
Date: 2015-06-08 16:05:11
Subject: Roelof comment
Comments: The subject which was totally ignored was a child have uncovered dog poop on the beach while playing in the sand. The survey in the sun was should dogs be permitted on the beach You are correct in that I do not own the beach. We all use the beach! thank you


Name: Dale Schmitdz
Date: 2015-06-08 10:57:17
Subject: Dogs on the beach
Comments: Let them have dogs in designated BEACH area in each city. A dog needs exercise. At the end of White Avenue and at the south end of Bradenton Beach on the Beach and Bay side of Cortez Beach and the Coquina Beach.AMPD can police the area near White Avenue and they already have a station on the east side of Coquina Beach,


Name: mary clark
Date: 2015-06-08 07:32:03
Subject: canine beach privileges
Comments: Your survey has sparked much interest and debate, evidencing a desire by dog owners to have a place on the beach to take their pets as part of a walk and for a swim, which doesn't require a drive by car and fear of death by passing speeding motorists.

To punish all dog owners because of the actions of a few is tantamount to forbidding parents of young children access to the beach because of dirty diapers left behind and careless behavior chasing birds.

A healthy, happy dog is one who gets regular exercise. The same holds true for a dog owner. There are places at either end of Bayfront Park which would be perfect for a spot where dogs might enjoy a swim during these brutal summer months, and would legalize behavior which is already a common occurrence among the weekend set. The nettles and needles from the Australian pines are not conducive to most human sun bathing anyway.

The wording of the survey was most likely not representative of the interest of those 40% of the population who own dogs. Most wouldn't want blanket privileges, but would want a spot in paradise to let their pets frolic in the surf.

A trip to the Holmes Beach dog park provides proof that dog owners are responsible people who pick up after their pets.

We should provide a place where our pets might find go for a swim and get some relief.


Name: Linda latzke
Date: 2015-06-08 07:12:37
Subject: Dogs on beach
Comments: NO.....it is not restful, peaceful to have dogs about, barking , kicking up sand etc..People have started to think of their pets as " their children" they are too cute , can do no wrong etc. sorry but that is not true. Owners can not be depended upon to mind their animals and also clean up after them. Whether on a lease or not, they are allowed to run up to people walking or sitting, and whether or not on a lease they still still poop and pee in the water and sand.


Name: John Roelof
Date: 2015-06-07 09:18:38
Subject: The Fenstemaker
Comments: Let me get this straight you own the
"Beach".This is one of the most
outrageous statements in at least
the last 5yrs.Do you pays for your
plush sandy beaches that's a big " NO".
tourism does,so get off your high
pedestal and get a grip on your arrogance.Mr Fenstemaker you,only own
a little sliver of this island.Its
comical when you make such a fool
of yourself.But I am sure you can't
realize that.




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