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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
Date: 2014-01-14 23:17:45
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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
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.
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.
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
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
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.
Date: 2013-11-14 12:22:41
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
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
Date: 2013-11-07 06:49:00
Comments: While it is correct that the Sandbar was purchased by Ed Chiles in 1979 the building itself has been there since the early 1900's and has been utilized as a restaurant, bar, gathering place since the early 1940's several years before 1972 as stated in a previous comment.
Name: Alex Sokolow
Date: 2013-11-04 13:27:58
Subject: How to Prevent Another Shutdown and the Threatened Default
Comments: Dear Editor,
We must write our elected officials about a more permanent solution to the fiscal crises, (which have merely been postponed for a couple months):
We should sell, to the world’s tropical rainforest owners, the expertise to create supply of--and demand for--the harvesting of their land much more profitably and sustainably. This is discussed at www.rain-tree.com/facts.htm, which has links to various rainforest organizations who might supply the experts. If we take a quarter of the increased profits for a certain number of years, it would yield .4 trillion a year—twice the federal deficit. It might mean temporarily raising the debt limit, but only for the last time in awhile.
Then with the surplus it could shift some of the onus for Obamacare from individuals and businesses onto the government, at least for awhile. The deficit reduction, the pay-down, and the shifting of Obamacare could all be more permanent, however, if we take 20% leases and/or invest some of the surplus.
(As for the issue of subsistence farmers, there is a discussion of this at www.rainforestsaver.org. Regarding the cutting down of trees for firewood , one can contact Solar Cookers International.)
There is also an online petition to President Obama and Speaker Boehner at www.thepetitionsite.com/764/197/074/solving-the-fiscal-crises-with-rainforests.
Sincerely, Alex Sokolow
Date: 2013-11-02 01:56:40
Subject: rental house
Comments: I would like to post a comment about Rick
Catlin's article in the Islander about Mrs. Nally's house next to the Sandbar being a "RENTAL HOUSE" Mrs. Nally's house is only rented three months out of the year. Jan, Feb and March. The rest of the time it is used by the family and her. It is not like the rental/party houses that have been written about lately. She has owned her house since 1972. Seven years BEFORE the Sandbar came. It is only rented to help pay the taxes and insurance and will some day be homesteaded.
Name: Lee Grant
Date: 2013-10-26 00:32:56
Comments: It really is quite something to behold. Carol Carter, who's husband was behind the recall of Harry Stoltzfus is now campaigning for some of the very same issues Commission Stotzfus was highlighting. He was years ahead wasn't he? Saw all this coming. And now, way too late, the very people who pushed to get rid of him say we should start slowing down the tourism push. What a tragedy it was for the island losing him. So much of what we face today could have been avoided. Where was Mrs Carter then? Who was she supporting? The developers. Its a little late now Mrs Carter and no many of us have not forgotten.
Name: Stephanie Becket
Date: 2013-10-17 17:18:35
Subject: T shirts
Comments: Please tell me if it is possible to purchase the Rod and Reel tshirts by mail! I am sure there are many others who would support the cause if given the chance
Name: Janice Bergbom
Date: 2013-10-16 07:38:53
Subject: Beach Access
Comments: I am sorry that Mr. McMullen has had a bad experience or two with Island visitors. This is the exception, not the rule. Mr McMullen apparently came to the Island to enjoy the natural beauty as do our visitors. I have lived here since 1983, and now my 89 year old parents have difficulty getting to the beach unless I "unload" them at the end of an access road. This is a public beach access Island, so if a family is "unloading", and you are inconvenienced, just look west and take a deep breath.
Name: Gary McMullen
Date: 2013-10-16 06:22:13
Subject: Parking issues
Comments: It is obvious that city commissioner Aubry must not live on a beach access street. Our street has a constant flow of vehicles and people. They are intrusive and unsettling to the residents. They park in front of our houses and dare us to say anything. We actually had a sheriff's deputy directing people to park in front of our properties! We have parking violations daily but rarely see these cars ticketed. The residents of the street favor no parking on the right of way on beach access streets. Please commissioners, do something for the residents. We elected you to look out for our interests. We will remember your actions on election day.
Name: Bo Swank
Date: 2013-10-07 11:59:06
Subject: Change The Attitude "We All Have Civil Rights
Comments: Had my call returned from Al Sharpton.
I am waiting for a call back from
Name: Roland Pena
Date: 2013-09-26 08:24:37
Subject: statement made by tom woodward
Comments: the comments made by Public Works Director Tom Woodard were incorrect, as my wife and i were just looking at the deck to see what the condition of the outer side of the restaurant looked like two city employees approached us and started talking to us about what they were going to repair, we did not instruct them on what to change or do. please call if you need further comments