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Date: 2014-12-03 02:33:47
Subject: BB forfeiture against Mayor Shearon
Comments: Clarke wants Mayor Shearon to recuse himself because he is the subject of the proceedings, but Clarke doesn't feel he should recuse himself? I guess he feels it is okay for him to serve as plaintiff, prosecutor, judge and juror? Has his grab for power robbed him of any shred of rational thought? Oh, and by the way, he evidently thought it would be reasonable to accept legal counsel from the attorney in the audience who is both suing the City and the Mayor - where is his head at. . . never mind, I know where it is. It is undeniable what Clarke's aspirations are. Mr. Clarke is an embarrassment to the City of Bradenton Beach and making a MOCKERY of how municipal government should work.We had current employees that have filed unsubstantiated claims of harrassment now we have an EEOC complaint by a former employee that was fired because she was jailed. Can any normal person see a pattern here and who is counseling these employees to file these types of claims?
Name: DALE SCHMITDZ
Date: 2014-12-01 09:25:35
Comments: Just check and see who benefits from all of these rentals. Check their names with SUNBIZ. Then see who registered as a hotel and who didn't enforce the current rules. Let the police department make arrests and issue tickets. Move on with this the cats already out of the box.
Name: Rosemarie Kontra
Date: 2014-11-30 18:43:32
Subject: 4 way stop sign
Comments: As an 11 year bike- riding resident of Holmes Beach, I have had issues with the 4 way stop sign on the corner of 56th and Holmes Blvd. but never thought to complain until now. This past Saturday night my neighbors dog was hit and killed by someone who ran that stop sign on Holmes Blvd and didn't have the decency to stop. Shame on them. My point?: maybe the city should install one of those "Stop for Pedestrian" signs in the middle of the road -- you might get someone to actually STOP!
Date: 2014-11-25 05:07:04
Comments: Yetter is a pawn for the puppeteer Van Trasher
Date: 2014-11-18 14:30:38
Subject: Mayor sues his own city
Comments: Why are these meetings being held in the morning? 10am? Really? Most folks are at work! Just another way for the Commission to continue to disrespect the voters! Why aren't you holding these meetings at 6 or 7pm Commissioners? what are you afraid of?
Name: shelley ann christopher
Date: 2014-11-13 16:08:22
Subject: amazing help from managers at white sands beach resort florida
Comments: My husband had a heart attack whilst we were on holiday from England on the 17th October 2014.
He was rushed into Blake memorial Bradenton. The amazing surgeon Mr Alesnic performed a triple heart bye pass and thank the Lord he is recovering well on this beautiful island which we have been visiting for the past 20 years.
I cannot think how we would have coped without the help and support of two amazing brothers Ken and Jeff Gerry. They had everything I would need to nurse my husband back to good health. Blood pressure monitor, thermometer, bathroom scales, raiser for toilet and chair for the bath to shower my husband in place for when we returned from Blake medical Centre
Add to this the times they have run us to hospital and doctors surgery appointments(45 min run to near i75)as I do not drive here.They are truly wonderful young men and a great credit to the resort of Anna Maria Island. Such kindness at such a stressful lonely moment leaves me speechless.
Our grateful thanks go to these two wonderful young men, and the wonderful Dr Alesnik at Blake Hospital.
Thank you Ken and Jeff Gerry, The White Sands Beach Resort. Holmes beach Florida.
May God Bless you both.
Shelley and Roy Christopher. England.
Name: randy tambourine
Date: 2014-11-11 20:51:30
Subject: Drift Inn
Comments: 11-9-2014 i was robbed, had my money on the bar , turnedto look at band, turned back and it was gone.it was between me and my wife. short grey haired lady , or long white bearded gent are only ones that could reach it. don't go there unless u can afford to loose all u'r money.i asked for a last drink and a coffe , and she ruddly replied not my problem.
Name: Sharon Bonaventura
Date: 2014-11-10 05:48:03
Subject: Bridge from Long Boat
Comments: I've been coming down here to Anna Maria for 35 years and I've ALWAYS thought Long Boat should have a bridge for evacuation. What are they thinking?! They only have one bridge and it is at the most southern end of the island. If I were people in Bradenton Beach I would be furious to have to go to Manatee bridge so Long Boat could use their bridge in case of evaculation!
Name: Zack Kallis
Date: 2014-11-08 10:57:56
Subject: This Weeks Survey for new Bridge
Comments: Bridge north of longboat should have been built years ago to help with traffic and evacuation. With three bridges off island it would also make it easy too maintain and repair them.
Name: Dianne Coates
Date: 2014-11-08 10:40:29
Subject: This Week's Survey
Comments: "Yes" to a bridge from north Longboat Key to the mainland. I live in Bradenton Beach, north of the Cortez bridge, but closer to it than the Manatee bridge. I think it is ridiculous that I would have to use the Manatee bridge to evacuate. Let Longboat Key have their own bridge & let all Bradenton Beach use the Cortez bridge.
Name: Bill Gikas
Date: 2014-11-06 17:45:09
Subject: build bridge @ north longboat
Comments: Need 3rd bridge for better evacuation and help for traffic on cortez bridge and in case of emergency or hurricane. But if i'am not mistaken most everybody in longboat voted for a high fixed cortez bridge. But nothing in there backyard. So they could have less traffic getting home but no consideration about safety for all. And if some disaster happened and we all could not get off island in time then they all would be screaming for 3rd bridge for evacuation.
Name: David Zaccagnino
Date: 2014-11-05 05:48:47
Subject: Sally Owen, you should be ashamed
Comments: Sally Owen, I know that you illegally built beyond your permit and deceived the building department at 132 49th st, just like the builders you mention. I never worked in the building department and have nothing to do with permitting and your lucky bc I would have probably had you remove your illegal renovation. Sally the rules are for everyone, you are not exempt. Be careful when you start throwing stones. David Zaccagnino
Name: Jerry B. Shell
Date: 2014-10-31 11:30:16
Subject: Australian Pines
Comments: Please interview the arborist who submitted the report. Ask him a direct question: To your knowledge, is there a tree that: 1. Is as salt tolerant as the Australian Pine so that it will grow at the beach line where the Australian Pine grows, 2. Will grow fast enough, if planted in place of the Australian Pine using normal arborist practices, to provide the shade and relief of the harmful glare of looking at the beach of the present Australian Pines within a reasonable amount of time so that people can again sit under them as they can currently under the present Australian Pines,3. require no maintenance, and 4, provide the wonderful sighing of the wind through them as the Australian Pines do? I think we both already know the answer, but I would like to see it in print from a so-called expert, because I never have. Thank you so much! Jerry B. Shell
Date: 2014-10-31 06:43:06
Subject: HB Residents Be Aware!
Comments: While driving on Marina Drive I noticed a "Zaccagnino for Mayor" sign in front of a developer's office, but didn't pay any special attention. Then I began to notice more Zaccagnino's signs in front of those mega-party rental houses. The one's with 6 or more bedrooms and a parking lot in their front yard. Now, since no one actually lives in those homes(more that a week at a time) the signs must have been placed there by the developers or investor owners. It became pretty obvious who they supported.
It hit me----Zaccagnino has been a City Commissioner during the entire period when developers were allowed to find loopholes around the building code rules. These mega-rentals have done significant damage to the character of our beautiful island. It's time to retire "public servants" like him.
Resident of Holmes Beach
Name: DALE SCHMITDZ
Date: 2014-10-31 05:24:53
Comments: Bouchard is right. When Jules and Lt. Damato were out here they wrote tickets and Chief Kenney could distinguish between the outsiders and residents.
Name: David Johnson
Date: 2014-10-29 01:34:58
Subject: Part or forfeiture resolution BB
Comments: 7) Evidentiary Investigation. The City Commission may appoint an individual2 to
conduct an evidentiary investigation on the allegations set forth in the Charge of
Forfeiture and any other relevant information related thereto (hereinafter referred to
as “Evidentiary Officer”). The City Commission shall also determine the timeframe
and allowable costs for conducting the Evidentiary Investigation, which may be
modified by a majority of the City Commission. The Evidentiary Officer shall be
a. Conduct interviews;
b. Receive and review written statements and evidence;
c. Communicate with City staff, contractors, vendors, committee members,
board members, and all elected officials, including the Official who is subject
to the Forfeiture Proceedings; and
d. Take any other action necessary to provide a complete investigation.
Upon concluding the Evidentiary Investigation, the Evidentiary Officer shall provide
all direct and rebuttal testimony/evidence to the City Commission and to the Official
subject to the Forfeiture Proceedings. Unless, the Officer determines that oral or
photographic presentation of such evidence on any particular factual issue will
materially assist in the presentation of evidence, all findings and evidence, which
shall be filed in written form with a copy provided to the Official who is subject to
the Forfeiture Proceeding. The Official may be present to review any oral or
photographic presentations made by the Evidentiary Officer.
!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 2 Not including any Hearing Officer or Special Master utilized by the City of Bradenton Beach,
any individual appointed pursuant to this Section shall not be employed, volunteer, or under
contract with the City of Bradenton Beach as of the date of the Initiation of Forfeiture of Office
I am not an attorney nor do I profess to be one but what kind of crap is this and who wrote it? An evidentiary officer? Where is the definition of this? What are the credentials of this officer? What are the guidelines for appointing this officer? Who will they elect? Ed Chiles? David Teitlbaum? Robert Lincoln? I say this in jest because as this is written any of those three could be appointed. How could that be legally fair or stand up in any court other than this kangaroo court that has assembled itself on the Bradenton Beach City Commission?
Name: David Johnson
Date: 2014-10-28 20:04:23
Subject: Forms of Government. For those in BB.
Comments: Republic vs. Democracy
Rule by Law vs. Rule by Majority
Just after the completion and signing of the Constitution, in reply to a woman's inquiry as to the type of government the Founders had created, Benjamin Franklin said, "A Republic, if you can keep it."
Not only have we failed to keep it, most don't even know what it is.
A Republic is representative government ruled by law (the Constitution). A democracy is direct government ruled by the majority (mob rule). A Republic recognizes the inalienable rights of individuals while democracies are only concerned with group wants or needs (the public good).
Lawmaking is a slow, deliberate process in our Constitutional Republic requiring approval from the House, Senate, Executive (President or Governor), The Supreme Court, and individual jurors (jury-nullification). Lawmaking in our unlawful democracy occurs rapidly requiring approval from the whim of the majority as determined by polls and/or voter referendums. Voter referendums allow legislators to blame bad law on the people. A good example of democracy in action is a lynch mob.
Democracies always self-destruct when the non-productive majority realizes that it can vote itself handouts from the productive minority by electing the candidate promising the most benefits from the public treasury. To maintain their power, these candidates must adopt an ever-increasing tax and spend policy to satisfy the ever-increasing desires of the majority. As taxes increase, incentive to produce decreases, causing many of the once productive to drop out and join the non-productive. When there are no longer enough producers to fund the legitimate functions of government and the socialist programs, the democracy will collapse, always to be followed by a Dictatorship.
Even though nearly every politician, teacher, journalist and citizen believes that our Founders created a democracy, it is absolutely not true. The Founders knew full well the differences between a Republic and a Democracy. They repeatedly and emphatically said that they had founded a Republic.
Article IV Section 4, of the Constitution "guarantees to every state in this union a Republican form of government".... Conversely, the word Democracy is not mentioned even once in the Constitution. Madison warned us of the dangers of democracies with these words,
"Democracies have ever been spectacles of turbulence and contention; have ever been found incompatible with personal security or the rights of property; and have in general been as short in their lives as they have been violent in their deaths...",
"We may define a republic to be ... a government which derives all its powers directly or indirectly from the great body of the people, and is administered by persons holding their offices during pleasure for a limited period, or during good behavior. It is essential to such a government that it be derived from the great body of the society, not from an inconsiderable proportion or a favored class of it; otherwise a handful of tyrannical nobles, exercising their oppressions by a delegation of their powers, might aspire to the rank of republicans and claim for their government the honorable title of republic." James Madison, Federalist No. 10, (1787)
"A wise man will not leave the right to the mercy of chance, nor wish it to prevail through the power of the majority. There is but little virtue in the action of masses of men." Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)
Our military training manuals used to contain the correct definitions of Democracy and Republic. The following comes from Training Manual No. 2000-25 published by the War Department, November 30, 1928.
A government of the masses.
Authority derived through mass meeting or any other form of "direct" expression.
Results in mobocracy.
Attitude toward property is communistic--negating property rights.
Attitude toward law is that the will of the majority shall regulate, whether is be based upon deliberation or governed by passion, prejudice, and impulse, without restraint or regard to consequences.
Results in demogogism, license, agitation, discontent, anarchy.
Authority is derived through the election by the people of public officials best fitted to represent them.
Attitude toward law is the administration of justice in accord with fixed principles and established evidence, with a strict regard to consequences.
A greater number of citizens and extent of territory may be brought within its compass.
Avoids the dangerous extreme of either tyranny or mobocracy.
Results in statesmanship, liberty, reason, justice, contentment, and progress.
Is the "standard form" of government throughout the world.
The manuals containing these definitions were ordered destroyed without explanation about the same time that President Franklin D. Roosevelt made private ownership of our lawful money (US Minted Gold Coins) illegal. Shortly after the people turned in their gold coins, the price was increased from per ounce to per ounce. Almost overnight F.D.R., the most popular president this century (elected 4 times) looted almost half of this nation's wealth, while convincing the people that it was for their own good. Many of F.D.R.'s policies were suggested by his right hand man, Harry Hopkins, who said,
"Tax and Tax, Spend and Spend, Elect and Elect, because the people are too damn dumb to know the difference".
Name: David Johnson
Date: 2014-10-28 16:41:57
Subject: Story is straight....
Comments: Mr. Miller. I hope you are having great day. It does not sound like it by your post but I have had a wonderful day.
My story IS straight. I welcome any opportunity to debate it. You failed to identify even a single “erroneous” comment. I am in no way an “angry husband.” I supported my wife’s decision to resign from an environment where she was being targeted and harassed by the same factions that are seeking to unseat a duly elected Mayor without cause. It is true I am not a citizen of Bradenton Beach, however I have a long history of posting and commenting regarding various political issues within the County, State and Nation. About a year ago I began paying close attention to what was going on in Bradenton Beach. I read, I talk to people, I research. I support the precepts of our Representative Republic. I support adhering to the will of the electorate. I abhor efforts to disenfranchise voters. Attempts to un-seat the Mayor by methods other than the City Charter sanctioned recall procedures is objectionable.
I challenge you to debate these assertations:
· Ricinda Perry’s invoice for September was over ,000
· Blalock Walters investigated unsubstantiated harassment claims by the Public Works Department
· Ricinda Perry’s husband works for Blalock Walters
· The initial invoice from Blalock Walters was over ,000 (with more to follow)
· Vice Mayor Clarke initiated forfeiture procedures lacking substantiated findings
· Commissioner Vosburgh routinely declines making comments on the dais until Vice Mayor Clarke comments, and then concurs
· Commissioner Vosburgh’s campaign contributors are not Bradenton Beach voters/residents with the exception of Vice Mayor Clarke’s wife.
· Commissioner Vosburgh’s campaign contributors are exclusively business interests except Vice Mayor Clarke’s wife and the wife of a malcontent Bradenton Beach Public Works employee.
· Voters have a choice???
Please, tell me what is inaccurate?
Name: Bud Miller
Date: 2014-10-28 12:08:07
Subject: Get story straight
Comments: Mr. Johnson, You seem to have a lot of time on your hands to write your erroneous comments. Truth is you are the angry husband of Tammy Johnson, who was told to resign or be fired for illegally erasing emails for Mayor Shearon and his minions. You need not worry about the city of Bradenton Beach as you are not a citizen of Bradenton Beach nor have you ever been.
Name: DR SHARON OTIS
Date: 2014-10-25 19:54:23
Subject: THANK YOU
Comments: THANK YOU FOR AL THE EFFORT AND JOY YOU BRING TO THE ANNUAL CANINE HALLOWEEN. OUR HORSE ENTRY WAS OUR FOSTER GREAT DANE AND HE HAD SO MUCH FUN. YOUR HARD WORK PUT A SMILE ON MANY PEOPLE
Name: David Johnson
Date: 2014-10-22 18:44:10
Subject: Bradenton Beach Election. City Commission.
Comments: Registered voters and taxpaying citizens of Bradenton Beach, I think City Attorney Ricinda Perry should offer up her warmest holiday wishes and eternal gratitude for making the Christmas of 2014 and very happy one for her and her family by presenting her with a check for services rendered to the City in the tens of thousands for the month of September 2014 (pick a number between 18 and 20 and that includes a generous discount of thousands (pick a number between 5 and 7). Ms. Perry should express gratitude on behalf of her husband who happens to work for Blalock Walters (wink wink) for recommending the investigation by Attorney Westerman of Blalock Walters of the bogus harassment claims made by Tom Woodard and his merry band of malcontents in the Public Works Department. All three have been found to be without merit. The first installment of Attorney Westerman’s bill has cost you the taxpaying citizens of Bradenton Beach many thousands (pick a digit between 2 and 4). The next two installments are yet to come. Ms. Perry should also show her gratitude to Jack Clarke for initiating forfeiture procedures without a shred of evidence and to Jan Vosburgh (up for re-election) for being Jack Clarke’s “yes man”. Commissioner Vosburgh decries the excessive attorney fees but consistently supports actions that result in even more legal expenses to the City. Commissioner Vosburgh is more interested in keeping the high profile merchants and resort owners happy by being their “yes man” than representing the best interests of the citizens and voters of Bradenton Beach. This bears out by a simple examination of her campaign donors. It is pretty clear who she is working for.
Fortunately voters in Bradenton Beach have been given a choice this election cycle. You can elect to make a change and restore balance and fiscal responsibility to the City – VOTE FOR TJET MARTIN for Bradenton Beach City Commission.
Name: Rick Maddox
Date: 2014-10-22 15:09:51
Subject: Carol Whitmore-AMI Privateers
Comments: The article implies that Ms. Whitmore is emailing local government to solicit funds for the privateers buying a sleigh. Perhaps they should explain how they "lost" the sleigh a Manatee County Jury decided they stole, and how your own reporter was required to appear and authenticate a photo from the Islander in 1989, which disproved their statements that it was built by others and donated to them. An interesting story, which you've never written, but it is public record on the Clerk of Court website.
Date: 2014-10-22 07:36:01
Subject: Commissioner Webb's letter
Comments: According to recent figures, there are 1,538 housing units in the City of Anna Maria. The city's vacation rental database shows 421 registered rentals. So only 27% of the city's housing is rented to vacationers. Hearing Mr. Webb rant and rave, one would think the percentage is much higher.
Name: skip speer
Date: 2014-10-17 08:11:09
Subject: FOLLOW THE MONEY
Comments: They say follow the money well here is a comparison of funds flowing into the election campaigns for 6th district at large County Commissioner.You decide what is ethical and what is not.
Whitmore vs Wonder
Whitmore loses all the way around.
282 Total Contributors: With 112 out of the 282 or 39% of the Contributors raising 81% of the Campaign Funding. 39% Contribute 000.00 Thousand Dollars. This might be a good race if the Campaign had not been bought. Without the Rather large contributions Whitmore ends up being the Loser as Wonder Generates more funding from Grass Roots people, Non-Power Brokers.
16 contributing 00.00 or more , source of funding: Agriculture, Developers, Carpetbaggers, Attorney, Real Estate-Broker/Developer, Healthcare Services, Financial Services. TOTAL OF 000.00
96 Contributing 0.00 or more, Source of Funding: Agriculture, Developer?s, Carpetbagger?s, Attorney?s , Real Estate-Broker/Developer, Healthcare Services. TOTAL OF 000.00
123 contributing 0.00 or more Source of Funding ?Same as Above?
137 contributing 0.00 or less
Total contributions 256.74
1 contributing 00.00 or more
7 contributing 0.00 or more
19 contributing 0.00 or more
152 contributing 0.00 or less
Total contributions ,497.23
Now there are the figures so you decide by how you VOTE
Name: Timothy Potts
Date: 2014-10-15 04:25:49
Subject: Adrian Wyllie
Comments: I am very upset to see special interest and a judge have decided to quiet 1.5 million voters by keeping their candidate out of the debates. This is wrong and it undermines our ability to pick a third candidate. THIS IS WRONG!