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Vol. 15 No. 22- March 25, 2015

letters to the editor

Consider Waste Management

As a resident of Holmes Beach, I’ve always appreciated my Waste Management drivers’ safe, professional, and courteous service that they’ve provided the entire time I have lived in the city.

The Waste Management drivers are very courteous and attentive to my grandson. They take their time to wave and honk and our grandson loves it. It would be a loss to the city not to have these types of individuals driving our streets anymore. They do it because they care.

It is my understanding that an uncontrollable circumstance (flat tire) resulted in Waste Management’s Request for Proposal documents being delivered 15 minutes late to city hall on February 20, and therefore not given the opportunity to have their bid reviewed.

However, given the company’s outstanding service and community involvement over so many years, and the dedication of their drivers and other employees, I am requesting that the city allow Waste Management an opportunity to have their bid reviewed, with the other haulers, before any decision is made. They have earned that much of an opportunity. Thirty years of service should overcome the fatal sin of being 15 minutes late. In addition, as a resident, I believe it would be unfair to jump into a long term contract without some type of comparison. It just seems unfair to Waste Management, but more importantly, unfair to all the residents. I don’t think a difficult transition to a new company would benefit the city, without knowing if there was a better deal from Waste Management.

Mr. and Mrs. Baskett
Holmes Beach

Another successful Tour

Congratulations to the Tour of Homes Committee on the success of the 22nd Annual Anna Maria Island Tour of Homes

The Tour of Homes is a special event that opens the doors to some of the Islands’ most beautiful homes for individuals from all over Florida and welcomes them to enjoy a taste of coastal living and our unique lifestyle. It’s a community- wide effort with leadership provided by this year’s Tour of Homes organizing committee, which worked tirelessly alongside the dedicated volunteers to make the Tour of Homes so successful.

Over the past 22 years, the Tour of Homes has raised much needed revenue to support the youth programs and scholarships offered at the Island Community Center. This year’s outcome exceeded our expectations.

On behalf of the board of directors, the staff, the families and the children we serve, a heartfelt “thank you” to the awesome Tour of Homes Committee, the amazing “Eyeland Needlers” who created the Island’s treasured “Seas the Day on AMI” quilt and those volunteer bakers and crafters who donated countless hours to making the “Island Tropical Treasures Boutique” the best.

Thanks to our generous sponsors: Event sponsor - Beach to Bay Construction; Quilt sponsor - Green Real Estate; and Boutique sponsor - Duncan Real Estate. Thanks to all five gracious homeowners on the Tour: Maureen and Bill Shuman, Liz and Bob Lang, Janet Schaffer, Barbara and Asa Cole, and Brian Wien. Thanks to the Tour booklet advertisers. Thanks to the AMI Sun for its outstanding coverage. Thanks to Tour photographer, Jack Elka and local artist, Joan Voyles, for the booklet cover design and custom tiles. Thanks to all of the wonderful volunteers who were inside the homes as well as outside helping with parking. Thanks to the shuttle drivers. Thanks to Roser Church for loaning us their shuttle bus and to CrossPointe Fellowship for lending their parking lot for our shuttle buses. And thanks to Manatee Memorial Hospital for providing tour-goers with new blue booties. It was a beautiful and very successful day…we are so very grateful.

Sandee Pruett
Tour of Homes chair



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