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Name: Papa Dan
Date: 2015-06-24 10:10:14
Subject: Robertsons claims
Comments: It appears Commissioner Robertson is the only sane voice among the circus of clowns called the Bradenton Beach Commission and it's ringmaster P.T Clarke. Ringmaster Clarke's chickens are coming home to roost. I can't wait for the next act to play itself out.



Name: Tony Ricci
Date: 2015-06-24 03:06:26
Subject: Parking
Comments: Is there a telephone # to contact the Parking Enforcement Agency if their services are required to report violations?


Name: John Roelof
Date: 2015-06-17 06:46:06
Subject: Obama's new segregation policy
Comments: What do Anna Maria Islanders think about
Obama plans to segregate wealthy neighborhoods. They are going to be
able to buy any where in upper class
neighborhood through a special program.
The Island of rules will soon deal
With a less fortunate group of people.
Soon you will be forced to get some of
Flordia's poorest for neighbors.


Name: Resident
Date: 2015-06-16 09:51:18
Subject: parking NON enforcement
Comments: this is all a waste of time, just like calling the sherriffs for parking issues. they dont enforce it! I just saw 2 so call parking enforcers on my street looking at 3 illegally parked vechicles with their tires on the blacktop just talk for a moment and turned around and did NOTHING! more of our tax dollars that the city is throwing out the window!!!! this is just a totaly waste of time and energy if they dont want to enforce things take them off the books.


Name: Dale Schmitdz
Date: 2015-06-15 08:04:19
Subject: Anna Maria Parking
Comments: Kudos to Mayor Murphy. Its about time that they started taking parking problems seriously. Get some tow trucks and parking boots on the ones that don't pay. Give the cops wreckers. What else do they have to do? Lets get pay stations down at Bay Front Park and swear in another eleven or so.


Name: Jerry L. Gieske
Date: 2015-06-12 12:01:19
Subject: Dog poop
Comments: I agree with Gary F. No one likes to step or lay down on the beach on some ones Dog Poop..It would be nice if all dog owners would pick up after..same at the Holmes Beach Ball park.


Name: John Roelof
Date: 2015-06-08 16:54:01
Subject: Gary Fenstemaker
Comments: I agree with you, a dog owner should
get a ticket for not cleaning up dog
Poop.Dog owners keep your dog on a
leash unless you are at least 100 yards
from other beach goer's.(AND CLEAN UP
AFTER YOUR DOG) Oakloosa Island will
fine the pants off you if they even
catch you on there white sand beaches.
They do have a dog beach in Ft.Walton.
Anna Maria should have a small area
on the north area of the island.Not
many people go there and you would
have to walk there because there is
no place to park.Most dogs will be
empty from the long walk.



Name: John Roelof
Date: 2015-06-08 16:54:00
Subject: Gary Fenstemaker
Comments: I agree with you, a dog owner should
get a ticket for not cleaning up dog
Poop.Dog owners keep your dog on a
leash unless you are at least 100 yards
from other beach goer's.(AND CLEAN UP
AFTER YOUR DOG) Oakloosa Island will
fine the pants off you if they even
catch you on there white sand beaches.
They do have a dog beach in Ft.Walton.
Anna Maria should have a small area
on the north area of the island.Not
many people go there and you would
have to walk there because there is
no place to park.Most dogs will be
empty from the long walk.



Name: Gary Fenstemaker
Date: 2015-06-08 16:05:11
Subject: Roelof comment
Comments: The subject which was totally ignored was a child have uncovered dog poop on the beach while playing in the sand. The survey in the sun was should dogs be permitted on the beach You are correct in that I do not own the beach. We all use the beach! thank you


Name: Dale Schmitdz
Date: 2015-06-08 10:57:17
Subject: Dogs on the beach
Comments: Let them have dogs in designated BEACH area in each city. A dog needs exercise. At the end of White Avenue and at the south end of Bradenton Beach on the Beach and Bay side of Cortez Beach and the Coquina Beach.AMPD can police the area near White Avenue and they already have a station on the east side of Coquina Beach,


Name: mary clark
Date: 2015-06-08 07:32:03
Subject: canine beach privileges
Comments: Your survey has sparked much interest and debate, evidencing a desire by dog owners to have a place on the beach to take their pets as part of a walk and for a swim, which doesn't require a drive by car and fear of death by passing speeding motorists.

To punish all dog owners because of the actions of a few is tantamount to forbidding parents of young children access to the beach because of dirty diapers left behind and careless behavior chasing birds.

A healthy, happy dog is one who gets regular exercise. The same holds true for a dog owner. There are places at either end of Bayfront Park which would be perfect for a spot where dogs might enjoy a swim during these brutal summer months, and would legalize behavior which is already a common occurrence among the weekend set. The nettles and needles from the Australian pines are not conducive to most human sun bathing anyway.

The wording of the survey was most likely not representative of the interest of those 40% of the population who own dogs. Most wouldn't want blanket privileges, but would want a spot in paradise to let their pets frolic in the surf.

A trip to the Holmes Beach dog park provides proof that dog owners are responsible people who pick up after their pets.

We should provide a place where our pets might find go for a swim and get some relief.


Name: Linda latzke
Date: 2015-06-08 07:12:37
Subject: Dogs on beach
Comments: NO.....it is not restful, peaceful to have dogs about, barking , kicking up sand etc..People have started to think of their pets as " their children" they are too cute , can do no wrong etc. sorry but that is not true. Owners can not be depended upon to mind their animals and also clean up after them. Whether on a lease or not, they are allowed to run up to people walking or sitting, and whether or not on a lease they still still poop and pee in the water and sand.


Name: John Roelof
Date: 2015-06-07 09:18:38
Subject: The Fenstemaker
Comments: Let me get this straight you own the
"Beach".This is one of the most
outrageous statements in at least
the last 5yrs.Do you pays for your
plush sandy beaches that's a big " NO".
tourism does,so get off your high
pedestal and get a grip on your arrogance.Mr Fenstemaker you,only own
a little sliver of this island.Its
comical when you make such a fool
of yourself.But I am sure you can't
realize that.




Name: COMMISSIONER JOHN SHAUGHNESSY
Date: 2015-06-05 20:41:55
Subject: TOM VAUGHTt EDITORIAL
Comments: THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR CARING AND UNDERSTANDING WITH ONE OF THE MOST DIFFICULT DECISIONS I HAD TO MAKE AS MAYOR OF BRADENTON BEACH I WILL NOT FORGET YOUR TRUST




Name: Holly Fenstemaker
Date: 2015-06-04 18:18:25
Subject: No dogs on the beach
Comments: This island is no longer a neighborhood of locals who care. It is now a haven for weekly renters...and daily renters (thanks to some irresponsible rental agencies.) Let's be realistic...most folks who are only here for a week or a a few days won't pick up after their dogs if they were allowed on the beach.


Name: Gary Fenstemaker
Date: 2015-06-04 17:54:56
Subject: Dogs on beach
Comments: Last year our granddaughter was digging on the beach and guess what she dug up? It wasn't treasure! It was dog poop! Not on my beach!
This subject shouldn't even be a discussion


Name: Pat Walter
Date: 2015-06-04 09:37:34
Subject: leashed dogs on beach AMI
Comments: I feel that leashed dogs should be allowed on the beach. Of course, they should be responsible pet owners and take care to pick up after their dog. As a property owner here, I would really love to walk on the beach with my dog.


Name: Casey Russell
Date: 2015-06-03 19:34:34
Subject: anna maria city pier study
Comments: So the pier needs a study and all us undesirable county "daytrippers" have to now help split the bill. Nice. Our money sure isn't kept off the island.


Name: Carol Whitmore
Date: 2015-05-31 08:44:04
Subject: Thank you Wastemanagement for over 30 years of service
Comments: I wanted to publically thank Wastemanagement for over 30 years of good service to the CItizens of Holmes Beach. As a former Commissoner and Mayor for 16 years, I could have counted on two hands the minor complaints I received regarding service. I saw the guys picking up containers yesterday and said goodbye hoping they have found other jobs. I am sure Wastepro will do a great job but felt someone needed to express Wastemanagements services to our City.


Name: Angela Cruz
Date: 2015-05-27 17:30:41
Subject: Obituary Revision for Timothy Reidy
Comments: I know Timothy's daughters are under distress since his passing and did not mean to completely disregard the fact that Tim also left behind a 5 year son, Joseph, who dearly misses his Papa. Would love to know what I could do to help right this. Thank you.


Name: Gary McMullen
Date: 2015-05-27 06:09:41
Subject: Builder Violations
Comments: I have to comment on the article about Shawn Kaleta. Without defending or agreeing with actions taken I must say that the house in question has been the same for over 50 years. It is not "disguised " as a garage. Kaleta hasn't changed the structure. There has always been an inside stairway to the ground floor. Unless you call having an aquarium as constituting a living area, the use has not changed. I am glad that the apartment has not been torn down and replaced with a high rise house. The old deck was in disrepair. The DEP doesn't need to be involved. An owner replacing a rotten deck should not be their concern.


Name: bud miller
Date: 2015-05-21 14:35:18
Subject: recall
Comments: I know ...Papa Dan. I respect your opinion. That's why I wrote what I did..to give you my reason why.


Name: Papa Dan
Date: 2015-05-21 14:05:16
Subject: BB
Comments: To be honest with you Mr. Miller. I was referring to your comments.


Name: bud miller
Date: 2015-05-21 13:31:29
Subject: recall
Comments: Agreed Papa Dan.... I have read enough over the last 8 months someone had to speak out. I tried on the Islander but it seamed every time I defended the city employees .... they didn't post it.... Funny how that works.


Name: Papa Dan
Date: 2015-05-21 12:25:29
Subject: BB
Comments: There are some vile people on the internet.


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