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Name: WendyWorl
Date: 2015-12-08 18:42:11
Subject: Kenny Bowers/ soccer
Comments: Congratulations to Kenny, always the best! Much love to Cole, I love you Hello to Mark & Matt, I hope all is well for u and your most spectacular family

Name: Dale Schmitdz
Date: 2015-11-28 13:51:14
Subject: Rental Ordinance
Comments: he "new" ordinance is all good and fine along with the "new" Magistrate's System that was initiated in 2013. Where are the minutes? Where are the fines" Where are the tickets? Who is enforcing the codes? Is it code enforcement or the police department. When Chief Kenny, Lt. Damato and Sergeant Dangler were in there it got done, without all this rigaramole. Anybody bother to read chapter 509 before all this was done?

Name: Jack Brennan
Date: 2015-11-17 17:20:44
Subject: Comments section
Comments: To the Fields:

You are brave to add this section to your website. I applaud you both. Not what I read tonight, though. Freedom of the Press and Speech are important in a "free" society.

As a publisher in a past life, I leave it as you're brave. Slainte

Name: David
Date: 2015-11-11 05:44:40
Subject: Jeff, Fly-by-Night Politicians, and the Losing Battle
Comments: Hey Jeff, have you ever heard of a dictionary? As beautiful as AMI is... aesthetically, it's ugly to it's core concerning leadership and representation. There's a joke around every corner. Each "city" doing it's best on a week to week basis to outfielders the other two in ridiculous headlines and efforts. I'm so glad to be away from that lunatic asylum, but it is fun to watch these absurdities from afar. I got news for each and every one of you... In 20 years, maybe 10, most of the dissenters to the tourism will be gone. You know what will still be there then? I'm sure the vacation rental industry will be alive and well. Old Florida? That's gone people and it ain't coming back. Give it a rest. Go for the blue plate special at Morrisons. Go play Bingo. Get yourselves right with God. You've already lost and ya'll will never, ever win. Don't believe me? Pick a card! What a joke!

Name: Jeff
Date: 2015-11-11 03:49:30
Subject: Hotel/Lodge - Mainsail

Name: Darlene & Larry Wiley
Date: 2015-11-09 15:38:26
Subject: treehouse/Holmes Beach
Comments: The treehouse is beautiful. Why would anyone make it go away. Let it stay!!!

Name: Bud Miller
Date: 2015-11-09 08:12:40
Subject: Bradenton Beach
Comments: "Eva Of the Avenues".... First off you spell the Elect Mayors name Shearon. Second Shearon didn't win anything. You have to beat your opponent with Votes...which he did not. All in all if you did not beat with votes then Clarke should have remained in Office. But that's not how this played out. But you are half right, if there were a joker to be drawn, it should have gone to the Recalled Mayor. I am sure there will be a lot of butt kissing and playing nice for a while by Shearon. Then he will be crying about.."no one will let me pass anything" "I cant run this city the way I want to" WELL DUH>>> I am sure NO one is going to be bullied this time around. I don't know what to think of a person who would run again after being recalled. Clearly a lot of the Voters had voted for Clarke last time but We all know The Moratorium Killed those votes and those Votes went to Shearon. Bad timing for Clarke on the Moritorium. Shearons Campaign was pushed through on the PROMISE that he would put the Moritorium through... The voters clearly didn't think, because it has to go in front of Commission for Approval. SO Why would you vote for someone who Makes that kind of statement!! I am sadden and disappointed to hear some of the confusion by mail in voters. They will be watching closely and if need be will support another recall. If I did my homework correctly he can be recalled in 6 months. I really wish more people would get involved and go to meetings and pay close attention AND VOTE!!! I can say one thing... I was shocked at who I had seen at Shearons Election Party. I can only imagine how the employees are handling this Disaster. From what I have read .... They are closer now more than ever. Stand strong my friends... the sun will shine again. Everything happens for a reason, sometimes we don't know why, but we shall soon find out!

Name: Ron Goff
Date: 2015-11-08 20:32:38
Subject: Treehouse
Comments: Keep the treehouse, have spent many years at Angelino's and love the treehouse, so many people stop and take pics and get so much pleasure fro m it. It would be a shame to remove such a treasure that so many people enjoy

Name: Anne Clayton
Date: 2015-11-08 14:51:01
Subject: Keep the Tree House
Comments: Why not do something kind; have a little grace; show the rest of us you have a heart? Don't you remember being a kid? Why remove a tree house that only brings joy to most guests that visit Anna Maria Island/Holmes Beach? Let it stay. Please.

Name: Julie Langsenkamp
Date: 2015-11-08 11:49:01
Subject: Save the treehouse
Comments: Save the treehouse.

Name: P salzmann
Date: 2015-11-08 08:20:56
Subject: Tree house
Comments: Let the tree house stay.

Name: Larry Wiley
Date: 2015-11-08 08:12:12
Subject: treehouse
Comments: With so much ugly in the world, why would they want to destroy beauty. #THE TREEHOUSE SHOULD STAY!!!!!!!!

Name: Carol cook
Date: 2015-11-08 07:43:54
Subject: Beautiful treehouse
Comments: We are presently staying at the property with the treehouse. I am appalled that the city woukd even consider taking this beautifully done tree house down. Seriously who in the world would find it offensive in any way? It adds character to the beach and people love it. While sitting in a chair by the treehouse the amount of tourists who show up to take pictures and comment on how wonderful it is is astounding. Why rake simple pleasures away from the people? Why pick on local businesses who pride themselves on having such a work of art on their property. I don't cars if it was done illegally, it is safe and beautiful and insane to think about taking it down just because. Please rethink this. It's crazy and brings joy to so many.

Name: Nicholas DiOrazio
Date: 2015-11-08 05:03:21
Subject: tree house
Comments: I fully support the continuation of the tree house. I believ3e it was the right decision for Richard and Lynn to make. There are many habitable properties on this island that are legal and nonconforming. This is a nonhabitable structure that was built safely and is used only by Lynn and Richard for their personal use. Why can't the city make one allowance for this structure

Name: Darlene Wiley
Date: 2015-11-07 16:08:36
Subject: Treehouse
Comments: Save the treehouse. #It's beautiful. Do I need to say more............

Name: Alice M. Stoddard
Date: 2015-10-31 05:29:12
Subject: Note of Appreciation
Comments: My family and I would like to express our deepest appreciation and gratitude to an “Island Angel” who came to our rescue while we were visiting Anna Maria Island.

We found ourselves stuck on the side of the road when our rental car, with no spare tire, developed a flat tire.

Suddenly, out of nowhere, Jeff Petitt appeared, found a screw in our tire, removed it, repaired the hole and re-inflated the tire with his air compressor.

Out of the kindness and goodness of his heart, he spent an hour of his time and got us back on the road so that we could enjoy our day.

Please reward him by using his family businesses: Manatee Real Estate Services and Salon Salon.

Name: Don Anthony
Date: 2015-10-28 09:53:31
Subject: Outbreak? Again?
Comments: For a second consecutive week the Anna Maria Island News has used the word "outbreak" to describe the Holmes Beach dog park and possible giardia cases. Once again, I believe this to be an exaggeration of conditions at the dog park. It's bordering on fear-mongering at this point. Non-symptomatic giardia is common in dogs. To my knowledge, there have been less than a handful of Giardia diagnoses in dogs that attend the Holmes Beach dog park. I do not believe that any of the Giardia diagnoses have been attributed solely to the dog park. The Giardia protozoa is found in water. The leap to assume the Giardia came from dog bowls and/or dog feces within the park is a large one, considering the amount of stagnant water pools found along sidewalks throughout the island. This is not to suggest there is Giardia in pools of water along sidewalks, but it is at least as possible that the Giardia would be present there as it would be in dog bowls at the dog park. The Sun is reporting facts not in evidence, and is inflaming those. Please report accurately.

Name: Jj
Date: 2015-10-27 08:58:18
Subject: Intruder on island
Comments: Once again there is word that a woman of Filipino descent is on island attempting to gain employment as a caregiver or housekeeper. She goes by aliases of Aileen nalion , Sarah nalion and Sarah Moore. This woman is not a caregiver and has been known to take advantage of the elderly. If you come in contact such as applicant for job DO NOT allow her in your home.

Name: Don Anthony
Date: 2015-10-25 18:41:24
Subject: Perception of conditions at Holmes Beach Dog Park
Comments: Many who frequently use the Holmes Beach Dog Park are concerned about the recent reaction to giardia in dogs who visit the park. We feel your “In Brief” article of Oct. 21 sensationalized and presented a skewed perspective of the “outbreak of giardia”.

We have two major concerns.

To say there is an outbreak is an exaggeration. Some dogs recently had giardia confirmed, but to our knowledge, only two were at any risk. Guardia is in many dogs, who never show symptoms. Diarrhea is listed in most literature as the prime symptom for dogs who present with giardia. Holmes Beach Human Resource Advisor Mary Buonagura was quoted as saying “dogs can die from non-treatment”. Non-treatment of any illness can be fatal. I haven’t met anyone at anytime at the park who wouldn’t immediately seek treatment for any injury or sickness to their pet. Diarrhea from giardia is said to be caused primarily by unsafe water and neglected feces. I walk the length of the park each time I visit and collect and discard of unnoticed feces. There are many others who do the same. Very seldom do I see diarrhea. We feel the Holmes Beach dog park is a wonderful place to relax and let our dogs socialize. We also feel it is a safe place, much more so than other options in the area. Your brief mention of the park last week presented a view of the park as unsafe and dangerous. “Outbreak” and “highly infectious” are words that grab attention. We don’t consider this an outbreak of any sort. Bringing your dog to the Holmes Beach dog park is a choice and a personal responsibility. We feel it is by far the best choice for off-leash fun nearby.

Many are also concerned about the complete lack of notice and explanation for closing the park from Oct. 15-21. It makes for a vacuum of information that leads to exaggerations. “Closed for maintenance” was our only signage or notice. Did Ms. Buonagura make this decision herself? On what basis? Was she advised by a veterinarian? No one at the park as far as I know had any knowledge or input. Frankly, I personally feel it is disappointing no due diligence was done by talking with the people who know the park. It makes many, including myself, feel neglected.
Don Anthony (Sere and Abby)
Holmes Beach

Name: Jeff
Date: 2015-10-24 14:47:37
Subject: lodge/hotel
Comments: I have asked this question several times and apparently no one knows the answer.
How is a "lodge" different than a "hotel"?
If hotels are not allowed at the beach then why is a lodge allowed. It is no different than a hotel.

Date: 2015-10-20 17:40:06
Subject: Bradenton Beach
Comments: I am not sure but Tom Sam seems a lot like a dig for the Public Works Director and Police Chief or maybe just a cheap creative acronym. Not too creative. But non the less.... This is just typical of you people to sling mud...Stacy Norton, if not mistaken the same Stacy Norton that owns a business in Holmes Beach. Sometimes people do help others in a rough time and that is all of the qualifications they need. A City that can rely on each other and work well together should be recognized...NOT criticized. Apparently this is not a group I would want to rely on for sure. That is what is called team work. This is a concept that many successful cities have, to keep daily operations afloat. Unfortunately some people cant grasp that concept which this is why we have these narrow minded comments. I don't think people have so much noticed what the Sun has written but, I as well as others I have talked to, have noticed how thin the I-slander is compared to the Sun. People are taking their advertisements out of the I-slander and put it with a more respectable paper. The writing of the Sun paper is pretty level, not so much in the I-slander. The juicer the story the more twisted it gets with them. I bet you that if you did a little information gathering you would find out why the former employees aren't there ....but that would require an open mind, which there seems to be a shortage of by reading these "delusional"comments. If you have one good egg there are bound to be a few bad ones. The City Clerk has cleaned up the dirty "Toilets" and it smells lemony fresh again. I don't know why you use the phrase "power hungry Mayor".. That was the previous Mayor. This city has spoken with the recall and it seems they aren't going go down in the Titanic but they are going to rise above and surf the wave of life. But the small minded group of trouble makers that keep anchoring down, you are more than welcome to board the ship and kiss your a** goodbye. We don't need any depressive little pirates around here.

Name: bud miller
Date: 2015-10-09 07:43:51
Subject: Stacy
Comments: I have a question for you Stacy? Have you even been to a meeting? You read the Islander?? You are believing that news? If you have been to a meeting and then read the Islander you would think you had been to a different meeting. Sorry you think that way. The Islander is the SPIN expert. Any way to twist and turn they will find it. Isn't it funny though its always those 2 against everyone else!!! Shearon and Robertson are always together... I call them the terrible two's. But I choose to find out the facts myself. If you think about it, all of the Commission, Mayor and Residents, all cant be wrong. There always has to be some trouble....and where there is trouble there are those 2 names popping up. Just think about that....

Name: Jj
Date: 2015-10-06 13:31:27
Subject: No worm on our board of commissioners
Comments: So during commission candidates forum did he EVER admit he was asked to leave manatee police force for reasons... And did not retire? Very curious. We who are in the know , know. Can't hide from us.

Name: Jeff
Date: 2015-10-05 12:29:49
Subject: lodge/hotel
Comments: Could someone explain the difference in
a hotel and a lodge for Holmes Beach
or any place else on the island?

Name: Jj
Date: 2015-09-29 09:52:34
Subject: Another Damato on Anna maria police
Comments: omg this island is in trouble if this is any relation to the old cop who was asked to leave the force. Or goodness forbid that the fired one is back.....

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