More than 150 people fill the Anna Maria commission chamber, hall and stand outdoors to hear the Jan. 29 meeting at city hall. Islander Photos: Bonner Joy
Two women strain to listen outdoors at a crowded Jan. 29 emergency meeting at Anna Maria City Hall.
Attorney Scott Rudacille, representing vacation homeowners in Anna Maria, suggests commissioners shouldn’t use a bomb to kill a mosquito in reference to harsh rental restrictions. More, page 4. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy
Anna Maria commissioners were quick to put their gears in reverse Jan. 29, rescinding their Jan. 24 action to enforce 30-day minimum residential rentals. The 3-1 vote at the emergency meeting called by Commission Chair John Quam allows vacation rental homes to operate as before Jan. 24.
Commissioner Nancy Yetter, who voted for the Jan. 24 motion, was unable to attend Jan. 29.
Commissioner Chuck Webb, who introduced the 13-page memo Jan. 24 recommending enforcement of selective portions of the code, voted against rescinding his motion, but later said he was glad to see the city take action to solve the problem of rowdy renters and loud parties at some rental homes.
Commissioner Dale Woodland reminded commissioners he voted against the Jan. 24 motion — opting instead to study Webb’s recommendations and consult with the city attorney — before he made a new motion to “totally rescind” the Jan. 24 vote.
Following Woodland’s motion and discussion, commissioners allowed an amendment by Commissioner Aubry providing they immediately begin work on the city’s vacation home problems. They also agreed to meet every Thursday until they get solid solutions and enforcement in place.
Aubry asked agents, owners, law enforcement or anyone interested in finding workable solutions to problems related to vacation rentals, particularly loud noise after 10 p.m. and other nuisances, to attend the Thursday meetings and provide input.
Commissioners John Quam and Aubry conceded they voted hastily Jan. 24 on Webb’s 13-page memo and did not take sufficient time to study the ramifications for the city.
After the vote to rescind, Woodland said he was “absolutely pleased with the direction the city is headed,” and “things should move quickly, I hope.”
Mayor SueLynn said Manatee County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Paul Davis would attend as many commission meetings as possible, and supports enforcement of Anna Maria’s existing codes. Davis is the new sergeant in charge at the Anna Maria MCSO substation.
“Enforcement of our codes is key,” SueLynn said.
“We don’t want the few rowdy partygoers we’ve had” the past two years, she said, even if it means calling the rental agent, manager or owner to come and evict rowdy tenants.
SueLynn said Anna Maria is not going to become a “party city,” despite the Web ads she’s seen for large home rentals in Anna Maria.