HOLMES BEACH -- Mayors of Anna Maria Island cities Monday complained that the quality of life here is deteriorating, partly because the area been so successful in attracting tourists.
They also sought money from the Tourist Development Council to help deal with the onslaught of visitors, which Mayor SueLynn of the city of Anna Maria said was becoming overwhelming for residents.
She complained of parking troubles and traffic gridlock, beachgoers who defecate on peoples' lawns, noisy parties and rude partiers, and city infrastructure that is taking a beating.
"We have lost neighbors and neighborhoods, residents who have been here for years have left, and are leaving," she told the council, meeting at Holmes Beach City Hall.
"Greed is running the island," she said.
Bradenton Beach Mayor John Shaughnessy sought help from the council to rebuild the damaged pier of his city.
Holmes Beach Mayor Carmel Monti urged careful regulation and police intervention when necessary, but added the area "can’t throw the baby out with the bath water, and say we don’t need tourism."