#Civil Rights
Reps. Boyd and Robinson
United States of America

Once upon a time, there was a sleepy, undiscovered island. In the early 20th Century, development began. Folks started taking a ferry across the bay to visit this rustic slice of paradise. Builders started putting up quaint cottages. The first bridge was built. Soon there were three cities, each with its own character. Plans were carefully laid out, designed to accommodate residents and visitors alike, ensuring the charm of The Island was not lost in the process.

The Island became a beloved slice of Paradise. The Community grew. City Government and resources grew alongside.

People of all types started making the Island a full or part time home. Movies were filmed here. Baseball players loved the proximity to Spring Training. People loved the fact the Island had a true community who were welcoming all who passed through or chose to call The Island home.

Then the sleepy slice of Paradise "got discovered." Tourists began to fill our rooms 12 months a year. The Community and the Cities learned to adapt to this New Normal, ensuring we neither lost the visitor-resident balance nor the charm that made the Island a destination that was hard to be beat.

The City of Holmes Beach was incorporated in 1950. The City of Bradenton Beach was incorporated in 1952. The City of Anna Maria was incorporated in 1923. Now, our Elected Representatives want to take away ALL vestiges of Home Rule. Our Legislators are asking the State to decide if the Cities should retain the privilege of incorporation. Now they want The State to decide if the three Cities should be incorporated into one or completely dissolved and put completely under County Control. And they want to do it with NO INPUT from the People of Anna Maria Island.

In other words, the County wants to ask the State to decide what Cities are allowed to exist, and whether Counties have the right to a hostile takeover of long established Cities. They want to take the voice from t he actual people and put it in the hands of County and State legislators.

And to start the takeover process, they have announced they are going to build a multi-level parking garage, in violation of local ordinances, and to make it even worse, they are going to build it HIGHER than Island Height Limits allow. This is a small, 7 mile Island, with one main North-South route, and a very finite amount of space. Over 40k cars enter and exit AMI on an average day, and more on a busy one. Yet their solution is to encourage MORE cars.

The ecological impact of this will be devastating. AMI prides itself on being a top eco-tourism destination. A garage will have severe negative impact, as will the addition of more cars. We want mass transit solutions that are not as much of a hit on our precious ecosystem. They want to pave paradise.

We cannot allow this usurpation of Home Rule, and a plan that will destroy the unique characteristics that make AMI so special. We must allow Cities to make their own ordinances, ones that are best for the Island, and demand The State not force unwanted changes on to this precious small Island. Sign today to tell our State Reps that you do NOT want Anna Maria befouled with illegal, over height parking structures.

Rep. Will Robinson has proposed building a multi-level Parking Garage that exceeds AMI Height Limitations at Manatee Public Beach, and is contrary to local ordinances that prohibit Parking Structures. We cherish the Old-Florida, laid back feel of Anna Maria Island, and do NOT want to see it ruined by ugly structures. We decry the environmental impact the garage would cause. We, the undersigned, oppose any building that is not respectful of City Ordinances or AMI Height Limitations.

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The NO Parking Structures on AMI petition to Reps. Boyd and Robinson was written by Laurel Nevans and is in the category Civil Rights at GoPetition.