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Name: Linda latzke
Date: 2015-06-08 07:12:37
Subject: Dogs on beach
Comments: 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.

Date: 2015-06-05 20:41:55

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 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.

Name: bud miller
Date: 2015-05-21 10:59:59
Subject: recall
Comments: Please... Tammy Johnson you are not filling out a resume to make yourself look good. You WERE given an option quit or be fired with charges for deleting city email.... these things are not taken lightly. If this is the "Best" decision you have ever made (pathetic)... then MOVE on and STAY OUT of MY cities politics. EVERY city has issues keep to your own city!! I have sat back all this time and watched you and your husband talk bad about MY city and its employees in the comment section of the Islander and the Sun. This city will be best served when a certain commissioner is held accountable for her lies and sneaky under handed mischief ways. We would all be better served with Commission that serves the people NOT used for Personal Games. Get involved with your own Mayor and Commission. Apparently you aren't the kind to "LET IT GO!"

Name: Tammy Johnson
Date: 2015-05-21 09:52:57
Subject: Bradenton Beach recall
Comments: Mr Bud Miller - I was never asked to resign or threatened with termination by the City. I resigned to escape the never ending political maneuverings and drama going on in the City, and it was the best decision I ever made.

Name: bud miller
Date: 2015-05-21 07:04:18
Subject: recall
Comments: I find it hard to believe that a former disgruntled employee Tammy Johnson AKA (Bitter pill) who has been drunk on the job, deleted emails and schemed with fellow co worker, has such an opinion and speaks with such disgrace about the city and its other employees. This is a city who gave her a choice you quit or be fired. The problem I have the most is the word "Malcontent" being thrown around at Public Works... which are people who were just standing up for themselves since no one else did. I have never had a problem with Public Works dept. They keep this city looking better than it ever has. And they are on top of any issues brought forward by citizens of (THIS) city. They have handled themselves gracefully through out this poisonous plague that has burden this fine city we all love. The only Malcontents of the city I have seen were the former Mayor, Tjet Martin and City Commissioner Janie Robertson...go figure. This city will never be rid of this cancer until they clean house completely.

Name: Robert Lynne
Date: 2015-05-20 16:22:02
Subject: November events
Comments: What's going in November2015

Name: Tammy Johnson
Date: 2015-05-20 14:21:56
Subject: Bradenton Beach recall
Comments: I also question how Clarke is now Mayor before being sworn in on June 1st? Florida statutes clearly state he had to resign his position as Vice Mayor PRIOR TO the election. Now he is claiming that as Vice Mayor he immediately assumes the Mayor's position following the recall vote. As of yesterday, he was no longer Vice Mayor - so how does he become Mayor today? I guess he never resigned?Sounds like a violation of state statutes to me. Maybe we should start a citizen initiated recall?

Name: Tammy Johnson
Date: 2015-05-20 13:39:38
Subject: Bradenton Beach recall
Comments: Of course Bradenton Beach pubic works employees are excited about the recall results. They want nothing more than a return to the old days when they routinely ran personal errands on City time and in City vehicles, left early (or never even reported to work), took extended lunch breaks without ever accounting for their time. They weren't afraid of retaliation, they resented accountability. The deceit and misuse of City resources will carry on. . . at least until November.

Name: John Little
Date: 2015-05-14 09:16:48
Subject: March Tourism Sets records EXCEPT Holmes Beach
Comments: Isn't it interesting that each city on AMI had an increase in resort tax collections except for Holmes Beach. Holmes Beach does everything they can to run off the very people that pay to support their city. Many, many articles in the paper each week are in reference to the never ending regulations that Holmes Beach is trying to implement against the homeowners who rent their properties. Countywide, there was an increase in resort tax collections over last March, year of year. I don't find it surprising that Holmes Beach was down 6 percent from last year. Meanwhile, Anna Maria was up 8 percent and Bradenton Beach was up 12 percent. If you keep trying to run off your tourists then it will continue to decrease. By the way, those tourists are the same ones that paid for that nice new beach that you are enjoying today! Come to Bradenton Beach! As a property owner on the island I welcome visitors to our city.

Name: Lisa Marie Allen
Date: 2015-05-14 05:33:04
Subject: Bradenton Beach
Comments: Well, well, well...ain't karma a bitch? Bill Shearon and Tjet Martin are getting less than they deserve for their poisonous influence in Bradenton Beach politics, SOME of which is coming to light. Their actions are, and for the most part always have been, putrid. Their influence is toxic. Their favorite tool is fear of litigation, and they have tainted my fair city with their poison. Life is handing them what they deserve: shame and public humiliation. They are liars.

Name: Dale Schmitdz
Date: 2015-05-13 14:06:33
Subject: Noise Pollution
Comments: During the season and the weekend you have all sorts of noise especially on Spring & Magnolia. There are large trucks and boom boxes. The trucks can get tickets for even traveling those streets, but I never see them stopped. Sarasota and Venice police don't tolerate it. Bradenton PD will put them in jail. All the loud patrons at the hotels and resorts will do is not answer the door. A resort manager won't bother to answer when the Code Enforcement Officer knocks and the poor homeowner will hear the noise all night long. It is time to go back to the time when Chief Kenney, Lt Damato and Sergant Danler were on AMPD.

Name: Dale Schmitdz
Date: 2015-05-13 14:06:27
Subject: Noise Pollution
Comments: During the season and the weekend you have all sorts of noise especially on Spring & Magnolia. There are large trucks and boom boxes. The trucks can get tickets for even traveling those streets, but I never see them stopped. Sarasota and Venice police don't tolerate it. Bradenton PD will put them in jail. All the loud patrons at the hotels and resorts will do is not answer the door. A resort manager won't bother to answer when the Code Enforcement Officer knocks and the poor homeowner will hear the noise all night long. It is time to go back to the time when Chief Kenney, Lt Damato and Sergant Danler were on AMPD.

Date: 2015-05-13 04:19:02
Subject: Rental Regulations
Comments: I do have a home (just one) in Anna Maria that I rent to cover costs (not to make a profit) until my husband and I can retire. So I am less concerned about rental ordinances than a 'For Profit' rental owner/developer.

I am pleased the City is taking action regarding rental properties. I have read the ordinances and contacted the Mayor regarding items I felt might be issues. He responded immediately to my queries.

It is interesting. Some individuals against the regulations are the same ones who benefit from the height-of-property regulations put in place on the Island of Anna Maria which prevented high rises being built!

In the City of Anna Maria, I am concerned that the building of properties to accommodate large numbers of guests could overburden the City during an evacuation. If issues do arise, I am sure we can count on FEMA to come up with a strict set of regulations for all citizens to follow. It would be better to come together to self-regulate the City of Anna Maria rather than leave it the the Federal Government!

Leave the large-accommodation houses to Holmes Beach and Bradenton Beach where evacuations would be less of an issue.

If a family wants a large reunion they can rent multiple houses. A cap on guests per home does not stop them from having their family reunion. Sometimes it is cheaper to rent two homes than one.

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