Anna Maria Island residents should welcome tourists, not drive them away

August 24, 2013 

I read the statements of the Anna Maria folks with a chuckle. I remember only a few short years ago during the BP oil spill when all the leaders were sending out press releases, daily, to let the whole world know our beaches were free from oil and we await your arrival with open arms.

Now they have come ... and we want to put in meters and restrict parking so they will not come. Ask any business owner and the opinion we most likely hear is "Keep them coming."

We live in a tourist town that survives on tourists. Let's keep our heads and look for ways to accommodate our guests instead of driving them away.

Years ago Daytona Beach did the same thing and almost became a ghost town.

Edward St. James


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