Tell our Local Officials to Do The Right Thing!

PROTECT AND PRESERVE
ANNA MARIA ISLAND!​

WHY IT’S NOW OR NEVER

What Price Do We Pay?

  • Increase property taxes to pay for the new infrastructure.
  • Increase costs short-term and long-term flooding.
  • Reimbursement to present homeowners who will sue and win compensation under the Bert Harris law.
  • Irreparable damage to gopher turtles, sea turtles, and our dunes.
  • More cars, golf carts, and residential traffic.

My name is Wendy Jordan, Robert Jordan and I are the homeowner at 107 Elm Avenue since April 1, 2021. We created PreserveAMI.com to alert the people who love this island.  At the time of purchase we joined a hidden administrative court lawsuit with 3 beachfront neighbors because we saw a threat of new FDEP rules to allow coastal construction onto our beaches, FDEP was challenged and we lost, this opened the door to building on unbuildable platted beachfront lots north of Pine Avenue.

Anna Maria could lose what makes it unique if we aren’t speaking out.  Please join like-minded island landowners and head off any threat, please band together and let the city know we treasure and want to protect our rare and beautiful gem and we care about what’s going on.

 

News Update:

February 1, 2022

Fedora Campbell – Lot owner at 105 Elm Avenue applied for a building Permit on her unbuildable lot.

 

February 8, 2022, City workers were on the dunes at the beach access bridge at 105  Elm Avenue marking with orange paint, outlining the area for extension of Elm on Avenue into the sea forward lot, into the dunes.  Later in the day, Mayor Dan Murphy came to the marked location to do what the workers called “examining the potential for the extension of Elm Avenue”.

 

Our 2012 home is shaped like a wedge, limited in size and shape by the FDEP rules of 12 years ago, the strict erosion guidelines.  The permit request on 105 Elm is asking for a full-size, lot-covering rectangular home, it has no access.

 

In summary, FDEP loosened their rules for building in erosion zones and we must ask why this is happening, it sets a dangerous precedent for everyone on Anna Maria. The call for action is now and we must speak up before it’s too late.

 

Photo shows ELM avenue, Lavender lines show proposed area for extending the street to 105 Elm.

Important Updates

On August 12, 2021 Florida’s 1st District Court of Appeal confirmed receipt of our filing of 3 notices of appeal contesting the FDEP’s Final Order granting the owner at 105 Elm Ave, we also filed with the Clerk of the FDEP as required.

Three separate notices (1 for each litigant, our friends & neighbors and supporters) each were filed separately in the event a dismissal of their appeal was decided. It is likely and desirable that these THREE appeals will be consolidated by the court, next we filed Motions to Stay pending review in order to buy opportunity to completely argue our case against their ruling.

UPDATE:

We were told this process would take at least 300 days, then will go for the City of Anna Maria to decide and so the long process begins again at the city level.

 

September 10, 2021: WE MADE a decision to drop the appeal, we were given a 20% chance we might win, we feel we did all we could against the State department but lost 3 rounds because they did NOT do the right thing for Anna Maria Island. Why continue and further the losses on the State level? Our motion to Stay longer in appeal process went straight to the veteran FDEP attorney (now judge) who went backward on their own rules of protection.

 

They (FDEP) opened the door for lawsuits from all dune lot owners, IF to build forward of the established and previous protected conservation lines, they allow 105 elm, they must allow all the others, they essentially destroyed the LINE in the actual sand of sea forward lots along North Shore to Bean’s point, Anna Maria Beaches, more densely populated and more residential? Our lawyer made a statement that didn’t even make sense, he said allowing 105 Elm to build “wouldn’t change the density of the island” . I call this “gaslighting”, This would absolutely mean the change in density Mr. LEVIN and the “DOMINO effect” and the ruin of the Anna Maria we all know and love, it will mean more cars, more rentals, more, more and more is not good for an island, we have a limit.

 

October 1, 2021: There is no road access to the 105 Elm lot, there is no infrastructure (electrical and water) and as it stands the lot owner would be responsible for the cost. Ultimately this decision is and has been in the hands of the City all along, anyone can ask for a letter of no objection (LONO) from the city, they gave this lot owner a LONO in Feb 2020 in short order. This is what began this case, we are sounding the alarm to the public and especially our residents. The entire case would be hidden if not for what we are telling you and we need your help, follow the city commissioners’ meetings, ask the City of Anna Maria’s Local officials to “Do the Right Thing”! Do not permit extension of any of our sea forward streets into the dunes, do not grant a building permit at 105 Elm Ave.

ENOUGH IS ENOUGH ON OUR
LITTLE ISLAND OF PARADISE!

We have something rare and precious here, TOGETHER (over 1500 strong) we need to HOLD THE LINE!

UPDATE:

On August 12, 2021 Florida’s 1st District Court of Appeal confirmed receipt of our filing of 3 notices of appeal contesting the FDEP’s Final Order granting the owner at 105 Elm Ave, we also filed with the Clerk of the FDEP as required.

Three separate notices (1 for each litigant, our friends & neighbors and supporters) each were filed separately in the event a dismissal of their appeal was decided. It is likely and desirable that these THREE appeals will be consolidated by the court, next we filed Motions to Stay pending review in order to buy opportunity to completely argue our case against their ruling.

JULY 20, 2021 UPDATE:

FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION DID NOT DO THE RIGHT THING!

July 20, 2021: The Secretary of Florida Department Of Environmental Protection (DEP) granted the permit to build on the currently designated unbuildable lot at 105 Elm Ave. This rogue ruling could now start a destructive domino effect that could destroy our beloved AMI beaches, dunes, history, wildlife and tradition forever.

CITY OF ANNA MARIA LEADERS TO THE RESCUE?

Now the solution to save our City Of Anna Maria dunes and existing healthy ecosystem by stopping this New Florida DEP precedent is in Mayor Dan’s Hands and all of our other local City Of Anna Maria elected officials. Let’s see if they feel the same as we do about pushing NEW boundaries of construction into our dunes that the FDEP has – until now, protected. Thousands of us would love to see the City Of Anna Maria now step up to Protect & Preserve AMI for all of us, forever.

ALL ANNA MARIA ISLAND LEADERS TO THE RESCUE?

Importantly, this is not just a local 105 Elm Avenue issue. This is an Anna Maria Island issue. City Of Bradenton Beach Mayor John Chappie and City Of Holmes Beach Mayor Judy Titsworth, please unite with Dan to help Protect & Preserve all of Anna Maria Island. 3 is better than 1!

DON’T LET ANNA MARIA ISLAND GET WASHED AWAY!

Change should be for the good of our environment and mother nature. AMI should not have to rely on expensive beach & dune renourishment projects to keep our island from getting washed away. We need to know that our elected officials are not influenced by aggressive “over developers” and related business commerce salivating over the recent boom in AMI real estate numbers.

ENOUGH IS ENOUGH

The Florida DEP let us down. Now it’s up to all of our local leaders to save AMI, NOT over develop it. All of our current local leaders will be put to the test…will they do what’s right and take action to PRESERVE AMI? Or will they promote over development?? To quote a long time local AMI resident, “Enough Is Enough!”

OVER DEVELOPERS ALERT

To those that recently complained that a number of passionate AMI homeowners and lot owners placed now legal, within code, 24” x 18” temporary yard signs on their property to show support of Preserve AMI…SHAME ON YOU. You claim that these small temporary signs to promote PROTECTING THE DUNES are destroying the dunes. Would you prefer the Dunes to be SCRAPED AWAY BY YOUR BULLDOZERS so our turtles can no longer lay their eggs there and your private big money businesses can over develop them?! Thanks to these signs, the public is now aware and taking action to Preserve AMI.

THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE FOR PRESERVE AMI ARE WATCHING!

Thanks to everyone that have joined in and registered their voice to Protect & Preserve AMI. Our numbers are GROWING. Nearly 1,000 local AMI people have now signed our Preserve AMI Petition and the word is just getting out! We will continue to use real quotes from real Preserve AMI people to help Protect and Preserve Anna Maria Island; its beaches, dunes, history, wildlife and tradition.

LET’S PRESERVE AMI. NOT OVER DEVELOP IT.

Please continue to share PreserveAMI.com with your friends, family and all of our local elected AMI leaders. We voted them in…If they do what’s right for AMI, they stand a great chance of being re-elected, right? Now, let’s all watch our local elected leaders and developers closely.

Please share our petition, please watch for updates, please keep up with city official meetings www.cityofannamaria.com and please, please help us all preserve AMI for everyone to visit!

Thank You All!
Wendy & Robert Jordan

OUR CITY LEADERS CAN STOP THIS!
PEOPLE For PRESERVE AMI ARE TALKING

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