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Name: chris bowen
Date: 2014-02-14 07:44:21
Subject: feeding the needy
Comments: lets all take a moment and go through our closets and pantries to donate any and all food that hasnt expired along with clothes and shoes,light bulbs,personal hygene,dvd's and cleaning supplies to the salvation army.with recent cuts in government programs that help the poor,now more thatn ever we must take charge of the neglected class of americnas.


Name: neil culbertson
Date: 2014-02-13 15:55:25
Subject: pipes are calling
Comments: Hi, I'm the 77th street bagpiper mentioned in the ami sun February 12. Since I wouldn't want to spoil someone's sunset, I think a good compromise is that I play immediately after the sun goes down and for fifteen minutes only. All would have a peaceful and quiet sunset, while allowing me to play for myself and my friends. Agreeable??
This is where and when I'll be for those who want to hear the pipes.. Amazing Grace, Over the Sea to Skye, Scarlet Ribbons, Highland Cathedral, Faith of our Fathers, Scotland the Brave and more !


Name: Ben Mabetti
Date: 2014-02-12 07:16:17
Subject: The pipes are calling
Comments: If I may offer the writer a word of advice: RELAX.
The piper has been there for several years, and I gather is a popular sunset sight, and sound. Yes, you may have the code on your side, but 150 yards is a fair distance. Perhaps you could hone your diplomatic skills by asking him to move further toward the water to assuage your sensitivities.


Name: Jerry Cappello
Date: 2014-02-10 08:17:56
Subject: "excessive noise" on the beach
Comments: I frequent the 77th st access in Holmes beach to view the sunset. Recently a bagpiper has chosen this spot to play his bagpipes as the sun sets. Actually that isn't totally accurate. He starts playing the bagpipes 20 minutes before the sun sets and stops only when the sun has set. I'm here for 3 months and the sun sets to me are a special time. One where an individual can reflect, or if one chooses to talk with friends or other sun set viewers. I live 150 yards from the beach, and I can hear the pipes from my house. To me that is "excessive noise" which is clearly prohibited and clearly stated on a sign as you enter the beach access. I really don't know what to do ? Call the police, walk a half a mile down the beach, talk to the individual and ask for a compromise. "How about you play ONLY from when the sun hits the water until it sets". I'm not really a good diplomat so I don't know if while talking to him I could avoid a critique of his bagpipe expertise. I would appreciate hearing from others as to what they think. Please Remember I'm here 3 months this isn't a "one night stand" with a sun set.


Name: albert calvert
Date: 2014-02-05 16:31:20
Subject: Trolley as Public Transporation
Comments: Clearly, a delayed trolley causes problems for the workers of Anna Maria Island. There is no solution to traffic delays, but a simple change of route can save it.
In both directions, the trolley should use Gulf Drive..the turn at Palm at Haley's Motel, offers a chance for ''Yield to Trolley '' Signs..big ones, to give the driver a chance (it's a 25 MPH Zone) to make the turn safely...AND the trolley should turn around at Bradenton Beach and come back to the AMI Pier...and not continue on to Coquina..let the other route continue to Coquina as a round trip. AND....there's a lot more which could be done..with more thought. I love the trolley, and I think the drivers need some support...let's get this done!!


Name: Gary McMullen
Date: 2014-02-05 06:43:24
Subject: Traffic Woes
Comments: It appears that SueLynn is more concerned with the tourist woes than the residents. What about owing it to our residents the ability to move from place to place? What about suggesting that the tourists coordinate their trips? This is the main problem with our governments on the island. They are all too concerned with the tourist dollar to the neglect of the residents. Park and ride won't work. The remote parking spots, with the exception.

of the Regions Bank, will not be utilized. Tourists will continue to pack the sidestreets


Name: Betty
Date: 2014-01-31 08:32:12
Subject: Treehouse
Comments: We are back in England and would love to know how the Tree House saga is going. It is lovely and hope they are able to keep it. We are back on our beloved AMI in September. Yippee!


Name: Deborah Klein
Date: 2014-01-29 12:09:22
Subject: Trolley
Comments: We were down for several weeks at Thanks giving, Christmas and New Years. We had never tried before, but this trip we had occasion to try and ride the trolley to get around. We live on Key Royale and walked down to the stop on Marina Drive to pick it up. We waited over 45 minutes with kids for it to come. Is this typical of the wait for the trolley? If so, how is this a viable transit option, especially with the parking issues in town? It my be fun as a tourist attraction; people can ride round and look at things, but how is this any solution to transit issues?


Name: Gary McMullen
Date: 2014-01-27 10:15:41
Subject: Barefoot Tiki
Comments: It again appears that building official Tom O'Brien is flexing his bureaucratic muscle in an attempt to harass and intimidate well intentioned residents and property owners. O'Brien went after the tree house owners for a structure most believe is a beautiful addition to the island. Now his vindictive sights are set on the owners of the Barefoot Tiki. The tree house owners believed they were within the law as did the Barefoot Tiki owners. Both attempted to comply. Now there is a ridiculous laundry list of requirements he insists are necessary for compliance. You kids better keep your lemonade stands in the garage for fear of arbitrary persecution! The Barefoot Tiki is a wonderful and unique addition to our island. It should be treasured not retroactively prosecuted. Without these independent businesses we can expect to have more Chiles type rubber stamp restaurants. Help the business. That is what good stewardship is and should be.


Name: Terry Stewart
Date: 2014-01-23 17:18:46
Subject: Keep the Music at the Tiki Bar
Comments: Yes, please keep the music!! We are full time Holmes Beach residents and enjoy having a outdoor venue that supports live music and local business. How many people are actually disturbed by this - a handful?? What about rest of us that don't want to be inside in front of a tv? Turn up your tv volume until 10:00 pm and get over it!!!


Name: Mark Labriola
Date: 2014-01-23 09:48:21
Subject: Should amplified music be allowed
Comments: YES YES YES


Name: Capt. Richard Anthony Correa
Date: 2014-01-17 11:14:39
Subject: boatbuilding @Corte
Comments: Good turnout last night at Charlie Canniffs boat building program, you should come. Some local builders as well as future sailors. next week at fishermens hall. Capt Rick, Lydia and Marina the cat. Somewherte in Corte


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Name: Gary McMullen
Date: 2014-01-08 07:58:23
Subject: Cooperation Required
Comments: Once again the city of Holmes Beach ambushes unsuspecting property owners. I have been a customer of the Tiki Bar since it's inception as a garden center. You would be hard pressed to find a more friendly helpful business on the island . This business has a great following and has improved an otherwise blah blah commercial area with it's landscaping and island feel. The city should be doing all it can to keep it here instead of putting in roadblocks to its success.


Name: Ami ex resident
Date: 2014-01-07 22:59:11
Subject: Bonner joy recommending Aubrey as islander of the year
Comments: Seriously she has to have 'lost it '. This would be a traversity of the highest order. Mr Aubry has been bought and paid for by the developers namely PAR and Thrasher for years. Among a host of other things He is responsible for demolishing the old cracker cottages on Pine and replacing them with faux cloned buildings. Also the awful parking plan was his idea and has proved woefully inadequate. He recently resigned when he didn't get his way with the parking spaces on the city owned lots at North Bay Blvd even though residents were promised none of this land would be given over to parking when the city purchased the lots. One could go on and on but he has not served the residents well. If it was April 1st I would think Ms Joy was kidding. The tragedy is that she is deadly serious and cannot even see the damage done.


Name: alan janssens
Date: 2013-12-26 17:10:09
Subject: no fireworks at beachhouse
Comments: According to the ''Moose Lodge''..there are no fireworks at the Beach House this year..double check.


Name: Gary McMullen
Date: 2013-12-18 06:27:03
Subject: Parking
Comments: The City of Anna Maria still has the plans for the park on Pine. If Rex Hagen thinks that it will become a wasteland, give back his donation without conditions. Parking wasn't part of the reasons the city purchased the property and the city should not put up with donations that are given with strings attached. I think a park is prettier than a parking lot. Doesn't Hagen? His letter indicates so. Hagen and Chiles look more like pouting children not the city.
I also would say no to paid parking at the pier. The city is the lessor. Act like it and stop paid parking and make the lease make the repairs that he is required to make for the upkeep.
Keep your integrity. There are many others that would love to lease.


Name: Bunny
Date: 2013-12-13 05:59:49
Subject: Walking on Pine Ave
Comments: If there were 15 parking spaces in the new Anna Maria park, they would realistically NOT be used by any customers of the Pine Ave "commercial interests" because very few folks will park and actually walk all the way from the corner of Bay Blvd. down to the shops. Instead, the parking spots would most likely be used by tourists going to the pier and the beach. So please don't blame the merchants for trying to grab more parking. Honestly, almost nobody wants to walk that distance. Pine Avenue is a half-mile long. Most shoppers typically don't park & walk a mile round-trip.


Name: J.Gurn
Date: 2013-12-11 22:13:43
Subject: 'The Commission moved to continue the subject until the mayor can find out what Hagen and PAR want.' really??
Comments: Very well said Mr McMullen. The city found the million to purchase the lots. I suggest the commissioners hand PAR (0k over 4 years?) and Mr Hagen back their donations with strings attached and raise the money to to do what is right for the site and benefits the residents of AM who vastly outnumber the commercial interests.
I would be absolutely delighted if Mr Aubrey means what he says and no longer does any work for the city. After all it was his parking plan, adopted by the City, that took away parking requirements for the commercial premises on Pine Avenue and look what a mess that has left us with.
I seriously hope the Mayor and commissioners find their backbone (although isn't it too late to undo all the damage done over the last five years?) and do not ask PAR and Hagen what they want.


Name: Gary McMullen
Date: 2013-12-11 07:01:54
Subject: Lots on Pine
Comments: I have a word for donations with conditions. It is called BRIBERY. We were promised that the lots would not be used for parking when they were purchased. Now the special interests (Chiles, Hagen) are trying to circumvent the residents will again. Kudos to the commissioners that voted to stop that. Shame on the others. Keep your integrity. Once you compromise it, it is gone.


Name: David J. Skjonsby
Date: 2013-12-07 14:28:14
Subject: Flora and Fauna
Comments: Would like to see more pieces on turtles, dolphins and whales by Cindy Lane. And what's up with the Pilot whales beaching themselves in FL?
The welfare of these creatures is a
good indication of the state of health of this planet.



Name: Sandra degan
Date: 2013-12-07 04:56:29
Subject: Lights
Comments: Our condo is across the street from the Gulf I. Holmes
Beach. We have just installed 2 new lanterns on the front gate. I am wondering if the lights are too bright for the Turtle Watch??


Name: Larry Zimmer, M.D.
Date: 2013-12-05 06:20:15
Subject: park
Comments: When the city purchased the vacant lot across from the pier for 2.5 million or so we were promised it would not be used for parking. So much for that. I do agree that public restrooms are needed in that area partly to take some load off the pier. But how long will it take the city to recoup the 2.5 million from the added business brought to the area by the parking ? Several life times I suspect. Since most of us that own property can't vote you can see why we might be upset by how things go here. Idiocy never left here.


Name: jeff
Date: 2013-11-14 12:22:41
Subject: sandbar
Comments: It is true that the Sandbar was there before 1970. But it was a neighborhood
bar and they had Dixie Land Bands on Sunday and it was all inside, nothing outside. Today, it is nothing like it used to be. Now, it is all commercial


Name: John Shaughnessy
Date: 2013-11-13 05:57:22
Subject: Election
Comments: THANK YOU ALL
I WOULD LIKE THANK ALL THE CITIZENS OF BRADENTON BEACH FOR GETTING OUT AND VOTING IN THE LAST ELECTION. TO MY SUPPORTERS AND MY TEAM I AM DEEPLY GRATEFUL FOR ALL YOUR EFFORTS.
TO MY WIFE THANK YOU FOR YOUR UNCONDITIONAL SUPPORT AND PUTTING UP WITH ME THROUGH ALL THE TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS. JOHN SHAUGHNESSY


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