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Date: 2014-10-25 19:54:23
Subject: THANK YOU
Comments: THANK YOU FOR AL THE EFFORT AND JOY YOU BRING TO THE ANNUAL CANINE HALLOWEEN. OUR HORSE ENTRY WAS OUR FOSTER GREAT DANE AND HE HAD SO MUCH FUN. YOUR HARD WORK PUT A SMILE ON MANY PEOPLE
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.
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
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
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?
Name: Kathy Miller
Date: 2014-10-13 11:42:48
Subject: Gulf front park
Comments: Please leave the Gulf Front Park as is! The natural beauty of the Australian pines and sea grapes offer much needed shade for humans and gopher turtles. The natural aspect of this park makes our beach front different and more peaceful than any other beach. The only ones to benefit from the destruction are the homes along the park. The park was originally set up for all Anna Maria residents not just a few. I do not want gulf front park to end up like what happened tp Park ave.
Name: michael micelli
Date: 2014-10-11 15:07:44
Subject: adrian wyllie
Comments: I can't believe you and your associates are keeping Adrian Wyllie out of the debates. I will no longer support your company.
Name: Gary McMullen
Date: 2014-10-08 06:12:24
Subject: Gulf Front Park
Comments: For once an Anna Maria city commissioner has gotten it right. The commission did waste the taxpayers money by hiring Coastal Management to give an opinion on what should be done with Gulf Front Park. Wasteful expenditures such as these are the rationale the commission needed to justify raising our taxes. There is no one living in Anna Maria that has not grown up with the Australian pines or sea grapes. They provide one of the most beautiful beach scenes on the island at the north end of the park. Leave perfection alone. The money could have been better spent improving the beach accesses in the park.
Name: David Johnson
Date: 2014-10-08 03:00:02
Subject: Mayor Bradenton Beach
Comments: I wonder how Ms.Perry intends to "interpret" the forfeiture of office guidlines specifically outlined in the City Charter. Are they going to make those interpretations up as they go like they are making up this procedure as they go. As long as no one challenges Ms . Perry's "interpretations" this Commission will surely go unchecked. As long as Ms. Perry can continue to rack up billable hours she will gladly "interpret" how she wants to for this Commission. This whole thing is setting up a very bad precedent for elected officials. If we don't like you and have enough votes then we will just create a way to get rid of you despite being elected by the people. This is going to cost the taxpayers of Bradenton Beach alot of tax dollars just due to one arrogant man's mayoral ambition. I did find it interesting that Vosburgh found the meeting an appropriate time to campaign for her position or at least one of her supporters found it appropriate. If you want to begin to clean up the cancer that is pervading this Commission vote for TJET MARTIN in November to help restore fiscal responsibility and accountability of Department Heads in Bradenton Beach.
Name: skip speer
Date: 2014-10-06 19:52:49
Subject: Tainted Contribution?
Comments: Contributions from individual under criminal investigations
Comments: Randall Benderson, developer, is under investigation for tax fraud. He has, under the Family name, contributed at least 2500 dollars to Whitmore's campaign fund. Since those funds could be of a tainted nature should Whitmore keep those funds or have them returned? Not really an ethical dilemma for anyone of moral character.
Name: Patricia Parker
Date: 2014-10-05 21:07:11
Subject: reply to Mr. Roelof:
Comments: With all due respect, we have NOT visited and rented from realtors of the MANY prolific multi-family dwellings that appear to be changing what we perceived to be the original appeal charm of AMI.
Rather, we have vacationed over the years in one of your smaller single story Inn's. Very Quaint,not terribly fancy, but we relished the simple natural beauty that AMI offered.
Granted, as an "outsider" I can only attest to what I've observed. The not so subtle change to your beautiful island in the the last few years is alarming and cause for concern. My fear is the dynamic and original appeal will change if your advertising and building continue in the direction it has taken. I read with disdain the plans to advertise for Brazillion shoppers. I can only hope the long term effects of such advertising were carefully considered before making such a decision. I hope your Chamber of Commerce has given serious consideration to such ramificatios. How many visitors to the island are you adequately able to accomodate without becoming the very place people try to get away from. I would hate to see AMI loose the original appeal. While I don't pretend to have the answers, I do know that one needs to be very careful what they wish for. We've lived that ourselves here on Long Island. I don't want to see it happen to AMI. I wish Anna Maria residents the best of luck and God's guidence to all those in authority to do what's best it's for residents, and visitors a like.
Name: John Roelof
Date: 2014-10-05 12:43:55
Subject: Patricia Parker
Comments: "Wait a minute" scense 2005 you have
been renting from the same people
you now condemn.You will fit in just
fine on crazy island.This problem started
30yrs.ago, and the fault lays completely
on the shoulders of the islanders.If I
were you I would look elsewhere,Anna Maria Island has slid down the slippery
slope, past the point of no return.
Name: Patricia Parker
Date: 2014-10-03 10:51:04
Subject: Advertising aimed at Brazillion shoppers! - Seriously..?
Comments: Seriously?..My family and I have been
AMI visitors since 2005. We actually "had" plans to relocate to the area within the next 5 years. Last couple of visits (we visit twice a year)have given us pause, and reason to reconsider. It is disheartening to see the changes brought about with multi family dwellings and development. Reading in The SUN about new marketing aimed at Brazillion Shoppers for the Septemeber..?! Talk about icing on the cake. Be CAREFUL folks what you wish for. Has anyone in AMI ever lived the Brazillion tour groups that visit Disney World? You only get caught up in that once. Then again, the many new multi family dwellings
we've seen would easily accomodate the changes such advertising will likely generate.
What was once a former tropical paradise, with a low keyed, laid back appeal is quickling disappearing.
Marketing aimed at Brazillion shoppers, just tells me that the island is headed in a direction that we no longer would enjoy. AMI was once FL's best kept secret. In past couple of years it appears there hasn't been a balance
between sharing the secret and increasing revenues for
real estate moguls intent on sucking every last penny out of your beautiful community.
Quality of life, which we found to be the original lure of AMI, is quickly
dwindling. I don't care to visit a congested vacation spot with nice beaches. I can stay in NY on Long Island for that. Sadly, AMI is becoming exactly what we wanted to get away from.
I hope you folks can get an handle on what's going on there in regards to your advertising and real estate issues before you too become exactly what it is people try to get away from.
Name: eric davison
Date: 2014-10-01 14:18:24
Subject: building moratorium
Comments: Don't we have an ordinance that says there should be one parking place per bedroom? It is hard to imagine an 8 bedrrom house with 8 off street parking spaces
Additionally since you ran a recent poll that showed a great many people no longer think that this is a good place to live, even the most jaded hotel builder should think about killing the goose that layed the proverbial golden egg.