Saturday, August 24, 2013

AMI conflicted by blessings of tourism

Too many tourists! Too much traffic! Too little parking!
Oh, my!
It seems life has become burdensome on Anna Maria Island for many of the good folks who reside along that seven-mile stretch of paradise, especially on its northernmost point.
Like Anna Maria Mayor SueLynn, who spoke out during a recent meeting of the Manatee County Tourist Development Council at Holmes Beach City Hall.
“Greed is running the island,” she said.
You don’t say.
So what else is new?
That’s the way business is done in a lot of towns around Florida.
They just don’t have our beautiful beaches.
Beaches that make Anna Maria Island an immensely popular destination.
For snowbirds.
For Europeans.
For other Floridians beyond Manatee County.
Even for day-trippers.
Guess that would include people like me.

Read more Sunday in Mannix About Manatee on Bradenton.com.


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