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City hall overflows as AM commission reverses rental limits

By Rick Catlin, Islander Reporter

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.

2 Responses to City hall overflows as AM commission reverses rental limits

  1. MIke says:

    I’m confused. I have owned rental/income properties for over 20 years both in Canada and AM. In Canada when a tenant is breaking any noise by-laws the local police are empowered to lay a charge of disturbing the peace directly with the tenant/renter. As a weekly rental landlord in AM we are very selective about who we rent to for a few reasons 1) to protect our investment and 2) to be a good neighbor. We have even asked our neighbors to contact us directly should they have any issues or concerns with any of our renters.
    Do police in AM not have the same power to lay charges or issue citations to individuals breaking noise ordinance? If they do…what’s the issue here?

  2. George says:

    As someone who has vacationed on Anna Maria for nearly 10 years sometimes twice a year i would be extremely sad if i could not have my frequent 14 day stays on the Island. If there is a problem with roudy people then deal with them not make the rest of us good citizens suffer for the sins of the few.

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