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The purpose of this site is to encourage comments by Sun readers on topics of the day, especially those affecting Anna Maria Island. We welcome any and all viewpoints and hope to stimulate intelligent discussions. Personal attacks and abusive or vulgar language, however, will not be tolerated. Such comments will be determined by Sun management, then pulled from the site and the posters may be blocked from further use.

Name: Dr. Annette Maddox
Date: 2014-06-30 18:15:44
Subject: Fourth of July Parade
Comments: For the second times in two weeks I am taking exception to Tom Vaught’s biased portrayal of my husband in your paper. Vaught writes in the article “Privateers to award scholarship” published June 18, 2014, “… court battle over ownership of a trailer they [the privateers] used for Santa to see kids after the Christmas parade almost put an end to the scholarships this year. Despite losing the case and paying legal expenses for their own and the person who won the lawsuit, our intrepid pirates roamed the high seas to find more booty for the scholarships, and they succeeded…” The Privateers stole the float from my husband, retired Holmes Beach Police Chief, Rick Maddox. They were convicted by a jury of their peers of Theft, Trespass, and Replevin. The Anna Maria Island Privateers caused their financial problems themselves when they were forced to abide by the laws of this land. As we are readying ourselves to celebrate Independence Day, let us remember that in order to enjoy the freedoms we have in this great country, we must obey and uphold the law.

Name: John Roelof
Date: 2014-06-30 15:00:04
Comments: Mr.resident doesn't want to adhere to
the rules you listed above.All I asked was why he felt the police were not doing
there job,and was it a tourist issue.He
became unhinged and broke every rule the
Sun Paper has set for posters.I live here
4 1/2 months a year.I truly am frustrated
by the hurtful things posted by Islanders
It's like some of you are in a panic mode
Perspective owners should do there homework before they buy.You islanders
didn't do your homework,and now everything is the tourist fault.What a
sad way to live your lives.Your problems
started 30yrs.ago and you just do not
want to face the truth. The last generation missused there stewardship.
The cat is out of the box,and it isn't
going to change.Why blame tourists when
you did it to yourselves.It seems to me
There are not many options live with it
or move on.Maybe a smart move would be
to sell your property.

Name: Jeff Blum
Date: 2014-06-30 11:45:50
Subject: ?????
Comments: "The purpose of this site is to encourage comments by Sun readers on topics of the day, especially those affecting Anna Maria Island. We welcome any and all viewpoints and hope to stimulate intelligent discussions. Personal attacks and abusive or vulgar language, however, will not be tolerated. Such comments will be determined by Sun management, then pulled from the site and the posters may be blocked from further use."

I dont see anywhere in the above preamble where is says this is for making sure that visitors feel welcome.

And what about us, the year round taxpaying residents of the city. I guess that we are unworthy of feeling welcome in our own city! Sure seems that way lately our voices grow softer and softer as more and more developers and investors buy more and more properties and turn them into these multi family rentals (mega rentals).

In the end I guess the true justice here will be when there are no more reasonably priced rentals and people like our self appointed saviour of the visitors cant afford to rent here anymore.

Name: John Roelof
Date: 2014-06-30 06:51:10
Subject: Peace And Harmony
Comments: I am not a topic,get a handle on yourself
This is to promote happiness,friendliness
And to make visitors feel welcome.We have
our indifferences but we can be civil.

Name: G Hines
Date: 2014-06-30 06:22:28
Subject: Pot calls the kettle black
Comments: To John Roelof,
I guess that you feel it is okay for you to harrass and attack us locals for years now on this 'community' forum, and when someone points a finger your way you come unhinged. If you dish it out, you must expect to recieve it back. In closing grow up!

Name: John Roelof
Date: 2014-06-30 06:15:49
Subject: Abusive !!!!!
Comments: Thanks for the input!

Name: John Roelof
Date: 2014-06-30 05:57:26
Subject: John Roelof
Comments: I figured you couldnt handle the truth. go elsewhere you are a sick man!

Name: John Roelof
Date: 2014-06-30 05:52:21
Subject: (resident) just has broken the your rules
Comments: Intelligent input (NO) Topics about the
Wonderful Island (NO)Personal attack YES)
Abusive attack (Yes) Vulgar (Yes)
(TOLERATED)I Think Not) By By resident...
Tourist don't pay any attention to
People,this is a wonderful island to
Visit,with many very nice people.

Name: resident
Date: 2014-06-30 04:34:34
Subject: John Roelof
Comments: No one asked for your input here. You dont live here, you dont own here. You have said it yourself you dont have a dog in the fight. So mind your own business!!!! I remember about a year ago when you said to those of us who dont like the tourists that all we had to do is to say, once just say it "we hate tourists" and there it is again for you, that you would go away and never post here again!

So now you can HONOR your WORD and go away!!! You are a LIAR and a PHONY John Roelof. NOTHING you say holds ANY weight here you are a NOTHING.

Name: John Roelof
Date: 2014-06-29 10:48:15
Subject: Resident (no name)
Comments: Just curious to be fair to police,what was your emergency.I find it interesting that police didn't respond.Was it just a frivolous complant? I noticed you didn't
want your name in the complant.Most likely your complant was a waste of time to the police.Was this tourist related?

Name: resident
Date: 2014-06-29 04:23:01
Subject: Who to call now?
Comments: Anyone know who do we call when the police dont do their job? The mayor? city council members? who?
thanks in advance.

Name: Deb Jarvis
Date: 2014-06-28 12:29:57
Subject: Prince
Comments: Prince is not 7 years old. He is 10 and will be 11 in Nov.2014.He came to us as kitten in Dec.2003. I am his grandma sort of. He was my daughters cat till he started hanging around the shopping center and would never come home anymore. So he became The King of The Road(shopping center)Prince.

Name: Sally
Date: 2014-06-23 08:38:29
Subject: Residential Parking
Comments: I love the idea of clearing our residential streets from becoming a parking lot. Try getting around the cars or pulling out of your driveway without hitting one. Let's keep "strangers" out of our neighborhoods and reduce vandalism, break ins, and trash left in our yards. Bell air Beach and St Pete Beach has implemented similar measures. Let them come to the beach but not park in our neighborhoods!

Name: John Roelof
Date: 2014-06-23 05:30:17
Subject: ccummings
Comments: That is exactly what Islanders want to discourage visitors.They use issues like
the use of the beaches to make people upset.They could care less if boycott you
the island.Don't pay any attention to what they say about visitors.

Name: Dr. Annette Maddox
Date: 2014-06-22 18:17:06
Subject: Island Blood Drive
Comments: To the editor:

I am taking exception to the idea that was expressed in a recent story about the Island Blood Drive. Every year, several charities are the beneficiaries of an anonymous donor who matches donation. In the story printed two weeks ago, the author portrayed the Anna Maria Island Privateers as an institution that is suffering financial hardship because of a disgruntled former member who had a legal dispute with that group. The reporter is referring to the lawsuit that my husband, Rick Maddox, filed against the Anna Maria Island Privateers after they stole the float he had built with friends. In a subsequent jury trial, the Anna Maria Island Privateers were convicted of Civil Theft, Trespass, and Replevin by a jury of their peers. They were ordered to pay treble damages and my husband’s attorney’s fees. The Anna Maria Island Privateers stole from my husband and then were punished in court. I find it preposterous by a reporter from the AMI Sun to suggest that the public should donate their hard-earned money to a group of people who has to pay for its previous poor decision making.


Dr. Maddox

Name: ccummings
Date: 2014-06-22 08:15:47
Subject: AMI parking
Comments: Although my wife and I live in NY we have a vacation home in NW Bradenton. We bought the house almost entirely due to it's proximity to the island. I understand the island residents frustration however they do not own the beach. That is public property to be used by all. These water front property owners ( who have done well for themselves and worked hard to get where they are) must understand they don't own the sand from the back of they're property line to the water. I cringed when I saw all the advertisements in the NY Times and NY Post telling the world about the undiscovered island, a Wedding destination, old Florida charm etc. You asked for it. You wanted the business. One last question, how is the beach renourishment projects funded? County, State taxes? If my wife and I who own a house in Manatee County are excluded from using any of the beach, me, my family and all of my friends who visit me and whom enjoy the restaurants and shops will not spend one red cent on the island.

Name: Harry and Bonni Kamberis
Date: 2014-06-20 07:05:37
Subject: Holmes Beach Parking
Comments: We strongly oppose the ban on parking in our housing zone. We live in the 500 block on 77th Street and we often have friends over who park on the street. The thought of having to call the police each time we entertain is simply absurd. The likelihood of any beachgoer parking on our street in our block is virtually non-existent. And, to add insult to injury, the idea of giving Key Royale a pass on this is insulting. There are many other areas of Holmes Beach that are not affected by beach goers. The fact is that "you reap what you sow". Island governments and businesses have worked hard and expended taxpayer monies to have our Island overrun by tourists without any thought of infrastructure overload. Now they are panicking and coming up with ideas that will cause great inconvenience and harm to us, the permanent residents and voters. We will remember this at election time.

Name: Gary McMullen
Date: 2014-06-19 05:23:09
Subject: Parking
Comments: Holmes Beach congestion committee got it right! No parking on residential streets. Maybe Anna Maria will follow suit and finally help their residential congestion.

Name: Kathy Johnston
Date: 2014-06-17 21:27:31
Subject: Lanterns
Comments: Kudos for banning the lanterns!

Name: AMI resident
Date: 2014-06-12 18:55:20
Subject: Community Center
Comments: When we first moved to the island our daughter spent most of her free time at the center, participating in all the sporting leagues for many years. I am sure the powers to be considered that improvements to the center were necessary, although as someone who sat on the bleachers several times a week it was hard to see how you could improve on the community spirit. First rule of thumb is if it ain't broke then don't fix it. Second rule is don't agree to a massive increase in construction costs at the absolute top of a housing bubble. I actually spoke to someone on the committee before they started construction and advised them to hold off as costs would come down substantially if they just waited and that they were building at the wrong time. He advised me that prices would never go down on Ami and it would cost even more if they waited! Third rule is don't put amateurs in charge of something they know nothing about. Clearly nobody did the math.
Once construction was complete it became necessary to dramatically increase the cost of the programs and my daughter lamented that it had become more like a country club than a community center. She and her friends were no longer interested in going there. Finally I would add that a community center needs a community! It should be pretty obvious that the increase in tourism and the decrease in permanent residents is not about to be reversed any time soon. We have a community that is rushing for the exits! How long before it becomes just another site for development I wonder. Sadly the Community Center is just another symbol of all that has gone wrong with the Island.

Name: John Roelof
Date: 2014-06-11 14:23:50
Subject: Community Center
Comments: Find a lot on the island and raffle it off world wide at a 0.00 dollars per
ticket,and cannot be used as a rental.
You could get over a million dollars
In raffle sales.

Name: Gary McMullen
Date: 2014-06-11 06:26:03
Subject: Headlines
Comments: I agree with Beth Skidmore, the Community Center cannot continue with the giveaway programs. If you live on the island, you can afford to pay for the programs that you use. The mortgage payment is not causing the financial crisis although I favor renegotiating the rate. Commissioner Titsworth is also correct when she observes that our residential base is decreasing. Our residents cannot afford the cost of maintaining the scholarship program.
On to Bradenton Beach and the pier. The pier woes have been going on for too long! The level of mismanagement and arrogance must stop. You don't pick the lowest bid as required by law. It also had the soonest completion date. What are you thinking? Surely there are clauses and penalties for not living up to the contract. So in your arrogance the citizens will pay an additional 00.00. Great work looking out for your constituants.

Name: John Roelof
Date: 2014-06-08 17:23:00
Subject: Parking charges
Comments: I agree and I wish you success.I don't
have a dog in this fight.I love your
wonderful island and it is truly none
Of my business.lts just gets me upset
when every problem becomes the fault
Of tourist.

Name: John Roelof
Date: 2014-06-08 13:40:24
Subject: Parking
Comments: I think you better consultant with your attorney,your not a private island.
If you get money from the county you can't charge visitors, and property
owners park for free..

Name: Randy Houlas
Date: 2014-06-07 20:10:08
Subject: Correction to Paid Parking - an Idea
Comments: The cut and paste function did not carry my $ figures onto the web.
Daily sticker - about
Weekly - at least 0
Annual to the County 0-300K.
Sorry for the missing info in the comment below.

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