Your Comments

  • bonnerj: You missed a newer report ......
  • Malinda Martin: Excellent article....
  • Laurie: Who did she punch? It says the homeowner wasn't there....
  • Stevie Coppin: Our beaches are not only for the turtles. They are for the residents and tourists too. They are for people who pay the taxes on Anna Maria and who enjoy walking on their beach. The benches are not on...
  • Lolo: Thank you Suzy for this wonderful job. you are a very precious person for animals and all of us ;-)...
  • Gayle: They were supposed to go to court aug 21. What happened? Why isn’t there an update...
  • Karl Haus: Don't you know that the government Is spraying the whole country with heavy metals, which is causing all this to happen… do you people have eyeballs… Just look up and watch the sky, As it fills up w...
  • Felicia: Just what our shores need. Fireworks. 🙄 poor turtles. Between the red tide and the fireworks the wild life doesn’t really stand a chance....
  • bonnerj: FWC report states continued "high concentration" of red tide toxin in waters off Anna Maria Island. What makes the difference? Storms, wind and current moving northwest ... away from shore. -- Bonner ...
  • bonnerj: The FWC report is high concentrations.... read The Islander red tide report (boxed)....
  • Sandy Hanning: Our family absolutely LOVES AMI! We've been visiting for more than 30 years. We've also been there several times during red tide. To all of those that are working and volunteering to help clean up,...
  • Atlanticgrl: I just saw an update that says Anna Maria Island levels are HIGHER. How could FL Fish & Wildlife be wrong?????...
  • Anthony: As a visitor to Longboat Key from the UK for the last 25 years I have always enjoyed observing the islands interesting and varied wildlife. However I was surprised on the evening of the 12th August to...
  • Dianem: MoteMarine reports dead dolphin and sea turtle removed today from Anna Maria beach. It’s not anywhere near over....
  • Doc Marine: It is time for some honesty about red tide, and particularly from Mote Marine Lab. The fact of the matter is that Mote has been trying to convince politicians, donors, and the general public that it ...
  • Marine Scientist: It is time for some honesty about red tide, and particularly from Mote Marine Lab. The fact of the matter is that Mote has been trying to convince politicians, donors, and the general public that i...
  • P clarke: Clean and welcoming? Are you serious?...
  • bonnerj: The shore birds move according to their food source -- to be expected. All will return to normal soon. And any business that wasn't prepared to be slow after school started, should adapt its expectati...
  • Felicia: We have noticed significantly fewer shore birds. They appear to be moving elsewhere. The economic effect is sure to be significant. Especially since in recent years the "season" has been expanding on ...
  • Gary Doudna: I do enjoy The Islander during our winter months in AMI. Excellent job of reporting the news of AMI and beyond!...

112 thoughts on “Your Comments

  1. David Zaccagnino

    Sally Owen, I know that you illegally built beyond your permit and deceived the building department at 132 49th st, just like the builders you mention. I never worked in the building department and have nothing to do with permitting and your lucky bc I would have probably had you remove your illegal renovation. Sally the rules are for everyone, you are not exempt. Be careful when you start throwing stones.
    David Zaccagnino

  2. Concerned Resident

    While driving on Marina Drive I noticed a “Zaccagnino for Mayor” sign in front of a developer’s office, but didn’t pay any special attention. Then I began to notice more Zaccagnino’s signs in front of those mega-party rental houses. The one’s with 6 or more bedrooms and a parking lot in their front yard. Now, since no one actually lives in those homes(more that a week at a time) the signs must have been placed there by the developers or investor owners. It became pretty obvious who they supported.

    It hit me—-Zaccaagnino has been a City Commissioner during the entire period when developers were allowed to find loopholes around the building code rules. These mega-rentals have done significant damage to the character of our beautiful island. It’s time to retire “public servants” like him.

    Sally Owen
    Resident of Holmes Beach

    1. bonnerj

      Loophole, according to Merriam Webster — “an error in the way a law, rule, or contract is written that makes it possible for some people to legally avoid obeying it." I don't think you can make a case that Zaccagnino, or anyone other than the developers who used the loophole, knew the loophole existed until the problems it caused became apparent. -- Bonner Joy


    They say follow the Money. Well here is where the money came from in the campaign for County Commissioner 6th district. You decide what is Ethical and Moral with these Contributions. Some are quite large, but at what cost? YOUR VOTE decides the Cost.

    Whitmore loses all the way around.

    282 Total Contributors: With 112 out of the 282 or 39% of the Contributors raising 81% of the Campaign Funding. 39% Contribute $64000.00 Thousand Dollars. This might be a good race if the Campaign had not been bought. Without the Rather large contributions Whitmore ends up being the Loser as Wonder Generates more funding from Grass Roots people, Non-Power Brokers.
    16 contributing $1000.00 or more , source of funding: Agriculture, Developers, Carpetbaggers, Attorney, Real Estate-Broker/Developer, Healthcare Services, Financial Services. TOTAL OF $16000.00

    96 Contributing $500.00 or more, Source of Funding: Agriculture, Developer?s, Carpetbagger?s, Attorney?s , Real Estate-Broker/Developer, Healthcare Services. TOTAL OF $48000.00

    123 contributing $250.00 or more Source of Funding ?Same as Above?

    137 contributing $100.00 or less
    Total contributions $79256.74

    Candidate Wonder:
    183 contributors:
    1 contributing $1000.00 or more
    7 contributing $500.00 or more
    19 contributing $250.00 or more
    152 contributing $100.00 or less
    Total contributions $19,497.23

  4. skip speer

    Whitmore accepts campaign funds from someone under criminal investigation for tax fraud, shame on you. Yes that is correct at least 2500.00 dollars of possibly tainted funds from someone being investigated for tax fraud and a carpetbagger on top of that. Would the citizens of Manatee County call that ethical, moral, or is that what the citizens of Manatee County want as a representative for the office of County Commissioner for the at large 6th district. The campaign of Ms. Whitmore has accepted at least 2500.00 dollars from a Buffalo NY carpetbagger xxxxxxx, who is being investigated for Tax Fraud. That puts Ms.Whitmore in an Ethical and Moral dilemma wanting or choosing to ignore the investigation or hoping no one would notice or bring it to the public’s attention. Claiming ignorance is unacceptable as the newspapers are full of stories about the suspect dealings of xxxxx. Shame on you, Shame on you.

  5. Gary McMullen

    Why is it that the city of Holmes Beach has a millage rate of 1.75 for the last three years and the city of Anna Maria cannot exist on a rollback rate of 1.8685? How is Anna Maria mismanaged? Why must we have an increase of 9% in property taxes and a much larger city is able to function at a lower rate?
    One of the reasons is that Anna Maria wasted thousands on a survey of Gulffront Park. That piece of land has existed and not been washed out for decades and decades. Why pay someone to tell them to remove the pines to prevent erosion? The sea oats that were planted along the gulf have created a three foot dune system in just a couple of years. The pines didn’t seem to threaten them at all. The pines have been on the island longer than any living resident. They are as much a part of life here as the sea oats. Concentrate on reducing the tax burden on the residents instead of trying to destroy the ambiance of the park.

  6. Gary McMullen

    I only discovered the Tide and Moon store during one of our festivals when Pine was open to foot traffic. So the city commissioners in their infinite wisdom deny a business that was allowed an a-frame sign before their ordinance changed while permitting ones at the green village and two for rental properties? How is this fair? Web,Yetter, and Carter have caught the “we know best” mentality of small city government. Charging someone $200.00 for an application is also ridiculous. What happened to a city providing basic functions without citizens having to reimburse them for their time? No wonder no one wanted to run for mayor last term.

  7. Gary McMullen

    The Holmes Beach Congestion Committtee has the right idea about the parking problems on the island. I don’t believe any one thinks that we need more parking spaces. We are suffering from the congestion daily. The residents on beach access streets suffer the most from that congestion. There are cars parked in front of their houses blocking driveways and beach accesses, cars crusing up and down the street looking for places to park and litter. Lots of litter. The day trippers should use the public beaches or park and walk. Use the trolley and walk. No one wants to deny families access to our wonderful beach but we pick up litter daily from uncaring beachgoers who litter without care because they don’t live here. Give some relief to the residents.

    1. HB Resident

      I very much agree with the previous post. Residents of the Island appreciate visitors and we want everyone to be able to access and enjoy the beach. Access to the beach should not be through our neighborhoods though. All we are asking for is that the safety of our roads and streets be returned to us. Most other island communities around Florida and the coastline have eliminated street parking in residential areas already. We are behind again! Instead of being reactive, our island communities need to be more proactive. There is a workable plan on the table now let’s implement it.

  8. jj

    amazing to me that Kaleta is above the law. Breaking and entering, stealing electricity. Why, tell me why does this man once again walk away scott free when anyone else would be in jail? Someone must have better attorneys than him.

  9. Greg Batson

    I ask that you please erect flagpoles and fly the American flag at several places on the island, especially two or three at the Holmes public beach.

  10. Aspen Parx

    Well put Mr. McMullen: Why don’t you run for City Commissioner and put a stop to all this nonsense. At least then we would have someone who does care about the City of Anna Maria!

  11. Gary McMullen

    I hope that the City of Anna Maria pays for it’s arrogance for denying the variance for an elevator. The city has been trying to strip homeownership rights on rentals and now it extends to medically necessary equipment. Shame on Webb, Carter , and Yetter. I believe that Yetter had conversations about the variance and Dye did his typical rubber stamp.

  12. Gary McMullen

    Let me see if I have this straight, you want to pay for the maintenance of the streets but will not charge for where most of the tourists park? Bayfront Park and Pine are where the majority of the vehicular traffic are heading. And, of course, you cannot charge for parking in private lots! Do something positive for your residents. Make right of way parking illegal without a permit. Make Pine safe. At your glacial speed, nothing will be in place before the next winter crush. The sheriff’s office issues the tickets. Put in kiosks and no additional personnel are needed, Problem solved!

  13. Larry Zimmer, M.D.

    At it again. I guess that Mayor Shearon is finding out once you go against (corporation) they stoop to any means to destroy you. I guess they can’t spell ethical.

  14. Jean Van de Camp

    I echo your sentiments completely Mr McMullen. However, in case we have forgotten, the
    Anna Maria City Commissioners have not run the City for years. The ‘business’ interests on Pine and the money behind them have been in charge for many years now. It’s really quite pitiful to watch the Commissioners spend months, if not years, discussing something and then doing absolutely nothing. And people wonder why Anna Maria has changed almost beyond recognition!

  15. Gary McMullen

    Why exempt paid parking from some of the very areas that it is needed? Gulf, Pine and North Bay are the most congested areas in Anna Maria. Be courageous, as you were with the park, and have no exemptions on the righst of way Businesses don’t vote, residents do.

  16. Gary McMullen

    City Pier Park is a fine name for the six lots on Pine. The trees are thriving. Too bad that Hagen and Chiles can’t just move on. I give credit to the commissioners that voted against the donations with conditions. The folly is that they still believe that the residents of Anna Maria support them and their pro-business stance to the detriment of our laid back life due to the traffic and congestion. Grow up. Give back the money in the spirit you would like to have us believe that it was given. Make it something that the city can be proud of!

  17. Gary McMullen

    I, for one, would love to see Rex Hagen and Chiles eat their much-deserved crow pie. I again commend the city for not bowing to the almighty bribe they attempted. I think Aubrey should also sit at the table. And this is not an April Fools joke!

  18. Gary McMullen

    I believe that I am not alone when I say to the North Beach Property Owners Coalition of Longboat Key to have a bridge from Longboat Key to the mainland built or turn around and go the other way! Your traffic is causing the problem. We don’t need to be inconvenienced for your benefit.

  19. Gary McMullen

    So Sgt. Pilato measured the tree house property and determined that, basically, the tree house is not infringing on the erosion control line. That agrees with the dredging company since they are not renourishing the beach under the tree house. What are the demigogs in Holmes Beach going to fall back on now? Stop wasting the city’s money and stop the litigation. Let the owners apply for a building permit and be done with it.

    1. bonnerj

      SPECIFICALLY: The state alleges the tree house violates the 50-foot setback that extends landward from the erosion control line. And as a precedent, the state and the city of Holmes Beach have denied permits for swimming pools in the setback. The setback cannot be used to calculate the home’s density built landward of the setback, or any other use.


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