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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: Jerry L. Gieske Sr. and David Paduanti
Date: 2014-07-08 14:12:21
Subject: Eric Bergan
Comments: To all Eric's friends at DUCK'S We are both sorry that we could not make it for the service on the 13th.
Signed Jerry and David

Name: John Roelof
Date: 2014-07-05 12:34:41
Subject: Happy 4th.
Comments: We live in the greatest country in
the world.

Name: John Roelof
Date: 2014-07-01 08:40:20
Subject: Speachless
Comments: Just plain pathetic

Name: speechless
Date: 2014-07-01 08:30:55
Subject: ?????????
Comments: now I see your problem you helped to fix detriot!!! it is all clear now!!!

Name: John Roelof
Date: 2014-07-01 07:46:26
Subject: Mr.resident
Comments: First of all you take life way to serious.You seem to be controlled
by anger and that's not healthy.I
thought very seriously about buying
a home on the island and went thru
many.What changed my mind was Hurricanes
ripping my house apart,and flood insurance.I bought a nice summer home
on lake Michigan very near Saugatuck.
It is a very small city,with many small
Art and clothing shops,Seven months a
year we are a very busy town.On weekends
Getting 8 to 10 thousand tourist,in a three square mile area.Yes we have our
traffic and parking problems but everyone
seems to take in stride.I knew this going
into the purchase of my cottage,but being
right on the water offset any of my
Inconveniences that I put up with.I guess
when I come to Anna Maria Island I do not
notice the tourist as much as islanders
do.It is, what it, is and the only thing
islanders can do is get over it before
it destroys your health.

Name: John Roelof
Date: 2014-07-01 05:08:47
Subject: J Blum But Out
Comments: If you have lived there for 30yrs your
part of the problem.If your government
couldn't see this problem coming they were very short sighted.At first you
enjoyed tourist money coming into city
coffers, to make the island a better place to live.No one gave it a thought
that they were creating a monster that would eat the island apart.If the city fathers would have kept the island R-2
we wouldn't be having this disagreement.
When I first vacationed on the island
there was no Publix,and just a few motels
and a couple resorts.(SO WHAT HAPPEN)
The people let it fall off the cliff for
tourist money.Now there is to many tourist and you want to blame them for
your short comings.This is not an issue of arrogantace its just the plain truth.
Also Jeff I don't need you to tell me
that I can't post on the comments in the
paper.Of course, unless you own the paper

but than realized the

Name: resident
Date: 2014-07-01 04:32:12
Subject: You move
Comments: So lets put that same question to you Roelof. If you love it here so much, then why dont you sell your home and move here?
Why do we have to sell our homes? Your suggestions always are aimed at us being required to bend to the will of the Roelof. You are self serving and self absorbed.

Name: J Blum
Date: 2014-07-01 04:02:15
Subject: Arrogance
Comments: The arrogance you display daily here on the forum John Roelof is mind numbing. Suggesting that WE the residents took it upon ourselves to totally mess up our community is the most arrogant statement you have posted recently. We have lived here for that past 30+ year period you speak of. You dont live here so how could you ever know what it going on in the daily lives we try to live and have a decent way of life? You cant!! We have legitimate complaints when the PARTY house next door is loud and out of control and we call the police to silence it and they do NOTHING about it! When it it illegal to park in the streets of Anna Maria and you call the police and they do NOTHING about it. There are NO statements here about tourists so you dont need to reply just mind your own business for once, butt out!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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.

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