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Date: 2013-09-13 10:23:43
Comments: Thank You Melissa!
Date: 2013-09-13 05:59:35
Comments: I am wondering how long it will be before our tax dollars are being spent defending our elected officials, from the lawsuits. As a homeowner, and rental owner, there ongoing battles are certainly affecting my ability to make a living, along with devaluing my property. Lawsuits will be coming and my(our) tax dollars will be spent defending. Wouldn't it be nice if the elected ones had to pay a portion of the legal fees to defend them
Date: 2013-09-12 21:42:53
Comments: Well, now AMI mayors are saying that the remarks they made concerning tourists and Manatee County mainland residents were taken out of context, and the facts were "misrepresented." Oh well, a lot of people are offended and the damage is done.
Name: Darlene Plug
Date: 2013-09-12 17:01:09
Comments: Thats real bad news,they don't want
any tourist anymore?They should write
an article in the Sun paper stating
they want Tourist to stay away.Or an
article that stating Tourist are welcome.There are to many mixed
messages in the Sun Comments.
Date: 2013-09-11 20:32:42
Comments: The fee to get on the island and/or parking fees seem like a deterrent to keep the "certain type" of visitors off AMI... AKA "poor people."
Date: 2013-09-11 20:21:49
Comments: Hmmm... The AMI mayors have stated that they do not want or need anymore tourists. Their comments about day trippers and tourists were discriminatory and elitist.
Name: charles roth
Date: 2013-09-11 10:34:58
Subject: Fee to get on the Island
Comments: I am not for it but take a look at Sanibel. Think the fee was the last time I checked it and it may be a Tenner now??? Different situation there though, only one way on and off.
Date: 2013-09-10 10:18:09
Subject: PARKING AT MANATEE BEACH
Comments: PLEASE DON'T CHARGE FOR PARKING AT THE MANATEE BEACH!!! We are retirees and on most weekdays go to the beach early, walk the beach and have breakfast at the Cafe or sit on the beach for a couple of hours. We stay away on weekends. If we have to pay for parking, we won't be doing this any more. Charging for parking isn't fair to seniors who are trying to make ends meet on a limited budget. I just can't believe that you would even consider charging for parking.
Name: Darlene Plug
Date: 2013-09-10 07:41:16
Comments: I not sure your comment is very clear to the people that visit the Island.
Just what were you trying to tell
tourist?Please explain !!
Date: 2013-09-09 21:12:12
Comments: It seems that Forbes should've interviewed the mayors and residents of AMI prior to publishing their glory-piece. Visitors should be aware that they might not be the "certain type" of visitor that is welcome in the friendly little beach town.
Name: Darlene Plug
Date: 2013-09-07 18:18:25
Subject: Parking Meters
Comments: Is this about parking,or just trying
new tatics to drive away visitors.
Please be good to us that enjoy a
Name: Mike Rogers
Date: 2013-09-07 08:09:03
Subject: senior overcharging
Comments: Might take a look at this story and see if the Bradenton store has taken advantage of seniors.
Name: Cindy Whitmer
Date: 2013-09-07 07:03:02
Subject: No parking fees
Comments: If you don't want the traffic or congestion then stop marketing AMI. When you have art shows, wedding fairs, parades etc. or course you are going to draw a crowd, you're inviting people to come.
I also don't appreciate being called a day tripper. I live in Florida for all it has to offer and that means the beaches. They belong to everyone not just those who live on the island. This is God's creation for all of us to enjoy.
When I come I support the local shops and restaurants, so don't say the day trippers are not bringing in revenue to island.
I do not believe you should charge for parking it will not resolve the traffic situation. Look at what happened to downtown Sarasota, they pulled the meters out because local business did not want them either.
And shame on you for being so crude to visitors and day trippers. You are very fortunate to live there and enjoy it every day, why not let us come and enjoy it to.
Name: charles roth
Date: 2013-09-06 18:18:16
Subject: Meters or paid parking at Manatee Beach
Comments: We are on the Island for six weeks in the winter, own time-share, pay taxes on it and no way will we pay to come eat at the Beach restaurant there.
Name: Betty Fischer
Date: 2013-09-06 09:17:54
Comments: Please do not start paid parking! We live in England and come to AMI for 10 weeks in September. As Seniors we have to watch our pennies and this would be an added burden. In our town in England it is full of meters and shops and businesses are suffering as are tourists. Please leave our beloved AMI as it is or at least charge a SMALL amount for large parking spaces. Betty and Ingo Fischer
Name: Darlene Plug
Date: 2013-09-05 12:39:58
Comments: Fort Knox Island
Name: Eamonn Fortune
Date: 2013-09-05 10:22:31
Comments: I take great umbrage at being specified as a 'daycationer' by the mayor am I the less viable commodity when I use the beach along with the finer restaurants on the just too good for the locals
Anna Marie Island wow, how arrogant and pompous, if the there were a better class of restaurant on the island that would be great, but most places serve mediocre food with less than great service, because they too cater to the person who visits for a week forgetting them poor no money, low life daycationers who might actually return a d spend more money if they were not being served tin soup and frozen fish nuggets.
Shame on you mayor conti.
Name: Trish Chandler
Date: 2013-09-05 05:01:35
Subject: Bradenton Herald Article
Comments: The comments made by the Mayors of Anna Maria & Holmes Beach Mayors in the Bradenton Herald on 9/3/2013 were filled with HATRED and RACIAL DISCRIMINATION undertones. These are the most awful comments I've ever heard a city official say !! The residents and merchants of Anna Maria Island as well as Manatee County should be outraged. As a REALTOR in this county if we were to ever say anything even remotely close to this we would lose our license to practice.
Name: AnnaMaria Truth
Date: 2013-09-04 18:34:44
Subject: blow up the bridge
Comments: The Mayors and Commissioners are doing a great job of letting the world (yes, the world... their comments are now going viral) that they hate tourists.
Rather than pick around the edge of what they perceive to be a problem (tourism), just implement a one-time, fix all solution: BLOW UP THE BRIDGES.
If they want to accomplish what they think will be a utopian society (i.e. an Island all to themselves), just pull the plug an eliminate once and for all the access to the Island. These elected officials have determined that not only does the Island (and its business) not want tourists, they have surely made the unilateral decision that those tourists are not needed.
Option 2: gather up all your monies, Mayors and Commissioners, and buy all the businesses and evil rental properties since you surely don't want those owners here either, and then you will have it all to yourselves. You are accomplishing this anyway by your asinine comments, statements, letters, and TV interviews communicating your disdain for tourists.
The Southern Living and USA Today reporters who you praised for "noticing" AMI several years ago are in the process of re-writing their articles to reflect this new attitude you are boisterously shouting out to the world. Also, Flip Key, TripAdvisors, and others are re-evaluating their ratings.
The sound of crickets and, of course, your own voices will soon be the only thing you will hear... just the way you want it.
Good Job elected officials.
Name: Gary McMullen
Date: 2013-09-04 07:50:11
Subject: Parking issues
Comments: I have to pay for parking if I go into downtown Bradenton. If you come on the island you should have to defray the costs of the municipalities by paying for parking. You are part of the problem no matter how long you have been coming here or how close you live.
Name: Dale Schmitdtz
Date: 2013-09-02 11:47:43
Subject: Rental ban
Comments: A rental ban is a good first step. There are three other alternatives.We should consider a gated entrance like they have in most of the neighborhoods in Lakewood Ranch. Permitted parking withe residents and homeowner's getting stickers, placards, or decals. Give the cops wreckers and set up a city impound garage. Businesses have their own parking lots. Provide some parking with meters or ticket stations. A toll bridge to cross the island. We are already inundated with day trippers that don't spend a dime. Tourist dollars pay less than ten percent of the city budget.
Name: Stacey Haynes
Date: 2013-08-28 20:20:04
Subject: Pine avenue edible gardens
Comments: Storm water drainage? I suggest you take another look. When you build a building with an enormous roof area as all the buildings are on Pine you create an enormous drainage problem which is regularly on view when it rains on Pine. The lots were never designed to accommodate buildings this large with no parking required for the commercial. Neither did the developer address the requirement to get rid of storm water within their own lot and not down city drains. Yet another little oversight it would seem. And as to the parking imagine Publix said why should we supply parking spaces everyone can find somewhere else to park because we want to double the size of our building. Thats what they allowed with all the development on Pine. No parking requirements in a commercial district. And now everyone is wondering why parking is such a problem along Pine?? Is everyone asleep in this city and unaware of what went down in the last 5 years? Meanwhile I guess the publicity stunt continues with edible plants. Personally I think the planting on Pine looks a mess. Like weeds everywhere. It may be native but its hardly attractive.
Name: captscott moore
Date: 2013-08-28 09:51:18
Comments: Good post ons nook would like to clarifie I meant 2 snook per boat not 1per fish man in the boat
Name: Gary McMullen
Date: 2013-08-22 07:11:02
Comments: In regards to the milage rate the city of Anna Maria is considering, I fail to see why it is so much higher than Holmes Beach in the first place. With all the extra revenue coming in from the cell tower, why not lower it instead of proposing a higher rate?
I am in favor of retaining the sheriff's office as we are getting twice the service for a smaller area. Don't fix what isn't broken.
Name: Gary McMullen
Date: 2013-08-22 07:01:16
Comments: I read with interest what parking rules that Chief Tokajer is recommending for Holmes Beach. I believe that Anna Maria should adopt the same rules. It would solve the residential parking problem and Pine Avenue issues as well.