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Name: Chris
Date: 2014-07-27 11:04:13
Subject: Longboat Key privacy invasion
Comments: I did not know that every time I drive on Longboat key that my car is being photographed without my knowledge or consent, according to your July 23 edition. What are they doing with this information, how long is it held, and when is it deleted? Owners of the vehicles should be informed. The idea that 0,000 of tax payers funds for each community should be spent to fund this invasion of privacy is outrageous.


Name: Gary McMullen
Date: 2014-07-24 04:06:09
Subject: Tom O'Brien and the tree house
Comments: It appears that the city of Holmes Beach has known for some time that Tom O'Brien has not been capable of performing his duties at an adequate level. A PIP is for employees that are not meeting their expected levels of service. So the man that got the city involved in the tree house debacle isn't capable in his other job duties either. The city should quit bleeding money and finally decide that it was O'Briens lack of abilities got them into this mess and quietly back away from their needless persecution and prosecution. Their own police already determined that the tree house is on their property. Stop throwing good money after bad.


Name: joe kane
Date: 2014-07-18 06:57:40
Subject: whitmore's latest rescue
Comments: Is Carol baby's crusade to save pelicans, or is to save her pol;itical career? The Boss of Anna Maria Island & Island Sun, Ed Chiles can smell trouble and has given a wake up call to Whitmore, after her disastrous animal shelter scandal.


Name: Barbara Angelucci
Date: 2014-07-17 14:48:47
Subject: Whitmore works to save pelicans?
Comments: She is saving pelicans? What about all the animals that die when she votes to
allow Mosaic to mine...every time. Mosaic clears the land with blow torches and kills trees, bushes, animals, etc.
And it seems she knew about happenings at Napier and I didn't see that she
sounded an alarm. This pelican effort is a good thing, but will never make up for all the other animals that suffered and died at her hands.



Name: Lisa
Date: 2014-07-17 13:15:47
Subject: AMICCO Concerts move off Island
Comments: AMICCO concerts are in the weekend day. Why not move them to the evening-either weekend or weekday depending on performers' schedules? I bet you'd get greater turnout-traffic problem would be far less. Many more people on vacation will be happy to attend an evening performance vs. one during a beautiful day.


Name: Tom Nally
Date: 2014-07-17 07:14:01
Subject: Mike Field's Birthday Is Nigh
Comments: Pssst: Tomorrow (July 18th) is the birthday of Publisher/President Mike Field. Pass it on.


Name: John Roelof
Date: 2014-07-17 05:48:23
Subject: Local -cowardly attack
Comments: You make unfounded claims and sign it
Local.Why not post your name for your
cowardly accusations,retribution maybe?


Name: Local
Date: 2014-07-16 18:04:26
Subject: Whitmore works to save Pelicans?
Comments: Is this the same Carol Whitmore who let horses starve on Napier Farm?


Name: Phil and Candy Shields
Date: 2014-07-10 12:41:03
Subject: Eric Bergan
Comments: We started a friendship with Eric when we built our home in Anna Maria in 1980. He was one of those friends you could always count on...he will truly be missed!


Name: Local
Date: 2014-07-09 18:36:45
Subject: Parade
Comments: My issue with the parade is this: If you are a business using it for free advertising only, at least have your work trucks decorated and your drivers participating. Some companies had 3-4 vehicles in the parade, no decorations, a lone person inside, not waving, smiling, throwing candy, nothing. I think each business should be limited to 1 vehicle. Would make the parade less commercial, more fun, like it used to be.


Name: Stacy Barden
Date: 2014-07-09 11:19:34
Subject: Eric Bergan
Comments: We are very sad to hear of Eric's passing. He was a wonderful mentor and will be a missed friend.
Tim and Stacy Barden


Name: Jerry L. Gieske Sr. and David Paduanti
Date: 2014-07-08 14:12:21
Subject: Eric Bergan
Comments: To all Eric's friends at DUCK'S We are both sorry that we could not make it for the service on the 13th.
Signed Jerry and David


Name: John Roelof
Date: 2014-07-05 12:34:41
Subject: Happy 4th.
Comments: We live in the greatest country in
the world.





Name: John Roelof
Date: 2014-07-01 08:40:20
Subject: Speachless
Comments: Just plain pathetic


Name: speechless
Date: 2014-07-01 08:30:55
Subject: ?????????
Comments: now I see your problem you helped to fix detriot!!! it is all clear now!!!


Name: John Roelof
Date: 2014-07-01 07:46:26
Subject: Mr.resident
Comments: First of all you take life way to serious.You seem to be controlled
by anger and that's not healthy.I
thought very seriously about buying
a home on the island and went thru
many.What changed my mind was Hurricanes
ripping my house apart,and flood insurance.I bought a nice summer home
on lake Michigan very near Saugatuck.
It is a very small city,with many small
Art and clothing shops,Seven months a
year we are a very busy town.On weekends
Getting 8 to 10 thousand tourist,in a three square mile area.Yes we have our
traffic and parking problems but everyone
seems to take in stride.I knew this going
into the purchase of my cottage,but being
right on the water offset any of my
Inconveniences that I put up with.I guess
when I come to Anna Maria Island I do not
notice the tourist as much as islanders
do.It is, what it, is and the only thing
islanders can do is get over it before
it destroys your health.




Name: John Roelof
Date: 2014-07-01 05:08:47
Subject: J Blum But Out
Comments: If you have lived there for 30yrs your
part of the problem.If your government
couldn't see this problem coming they were very short sighted.At first you
enjoyed tourist money coming into city
coffers, to make the island a better place to live.No one gave it a thought
that they were creating a monster that would eat the island apart.If the city fathers would have kept the island R-2
we wouldn't be having this disagreement.
When I first vacationed on the island
there was no Publix,and just a few motels
and a couple resorts.(SO WHAT HAPPEN)
The people let it fall off the cliff for
tourist money.Now there is to many tourist and you want to blame them for
your short comings.This is not an issue of arrogantace its just the plain truth.
Also Jeff I don't need you to tell me
that I can't post on the comments in the
paper.Of course, unless you own the paper



but than realized the
quickly



Name: resident
Date: 2014-07-01 04:32:12
Subject: You move
Comments: So lets put that same question to you Roelof. If you love it here so much, then why dont you sell your home and move here?
Why do we have to sell our homes? Your suggestions always are aimed at us being required to bend to the will of the Roelof. You are self serving and self absorbed.


Name: J Blum
Date: 2014-07-01 04:02:15
Subject: Arrogance
Comments: The arrogance you display daily here on the forum John Roelof is mind numbing. Suggesting that WE the residents took it upon ourselves to totally mess up our community is the most arrogant statement you have posted recently. We have lived here for that past 30+ year period you speak of. You dont live here so how could you ever know what it going on in the daily lives we try to live and have a decent way of life? You cant!! We have legitimate complaints when the PARTY house next door is loud and out of control and we call the police to silence it and they do NOTHING about it! When it it illegal to park in the streets of Anna Maria and you call the police and they do NOTHING about it. There are NO statements here about tourists so you dont need to reply just mind your own business for once, butt out!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Name: Dr. Annette Maddox
Date: 2014-06-30 18:15:44
Subject: Fourth of July Parade
Comments: For the second times in two weeks I am taking exception to Tom Vaught’s biased portrayal of my husband in your paper. Vaught writes in the article “Privateers to award scholarship” published June 18, 2014, “… court battle over ownership of a trailer they [the privateers] used for Santa to see kids after the Christmas parade almost put an end to the scholarships this year. Despite losing the case and paying legal expenses for their own and the person who won the lawsuit, our intrepid pirates roamed the high seas to find more booty for the scholarships, and they succeeded…” The Privateers stole the float from my husband, retired Holmes Beach Police Chief, Rick Maddox. They were convicted by a jury of their peers of Theft, Trespass, and Replevin. The Anna Maria Island Privateers caused their financial problems themselves when they were forced to abide by the laws of this land. As we are readying ourselves to celebrate Independence Day, let us remember that in order to enjoy the freedoms we have in this great country, we must obey and uphold the law.


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