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Editorial Letters – Week ending November 30, 2018

Longboat Key News encourages Letters to the Editor on timely issues. Please email to: letters@lbknews.com or mail to PO Box 8001, Longboat Key, FL 34228. We also print letters sent to Town Hall that address Longboat Key issues. We reserve the right to edit.

Longboat Key Bicycle Association

To: Editor

In reference to the letter from Phyllis Arnovitz Kozarsky, MD about Bicyclist Safety.  I would invite her and anyone else interested in Bicycling Safety to join the Longboat Key Bicycle Association (LBKBA).  LBKBA was formed a little over 1 year ago and at present has 65 members.  The goal has been to promote safe bicycling on Gulf of Mexico Drive.  We have had success in that parking (which is illegal) is much reduced in the bike lanes.  Many people treat the bike lanes as the road shoulder.  The police have been very helpful in correcting the abuse of the bike lanes.

Dr. Kozarsky brings attention to other problems bicyclists face on roads besides Gulf of Mexico Drive.  There is no charge to join the LBKBA.  Problems raised by members will be addressed.  It is also important for bicyclists to follow the rules, including stopping at red lights, staying in the bicycle lanes and paying attention to traffic.  The wearing of bright clothing, and using lights also makes the bike more visible to drivers. To join please email me: Howard.Tessler@gmail.com.

Howard Tessler

President of the LBKBA

Longboat Key

 

Candidate qualifications – 2019 Election

To: Town Commission

At the close of the re-qualifying period (noon on November 28, 2018), two additional electors, Mr. Mike Haycock and Mr. Randy Langley, were qualified as candidates for the Town Commission District At Large seat.

As such, a preliminary election is required and is scheduled for January 29, 2019.  The names of the three qualified candidates – Mr. Jim Brown, Mr. Mike Haycock, and Mr. Randy Langley, will be placed on the preliminary ballot.  The two candidates who receive the first and second highest number of votes in the preliminary election will have their names placed on the ballot for the general election on March 12, 2019.

As previously reported, Mr. George Spoll, District 2 candidate, and Mr. Jack Daly, District 4 candidate, were unopposed and will be deemed re-elected at the Statutory Meeting in March 2019. If additional information is required, please contact me.

Trish Shinkle

Town Clerk

Town of Longboat Key

 

Candidate qualifications – 2019 Election

To: Town Clerk Trish Shinkle

Are absentee ballots available for the January 29 election?

Ken Schneier

Commissioner

Longboat Key

 

Candidate Qualifications

To: Commissioner Ken Schneier

Not at the present time.

Trish Shinkle

Town Clerk

Longboat Key 

 

Red Tide: Nov. 19 through this week

To: Town Manager Tom Harmer

Below is a summary regarding Red Tide monitoring and clearing efforts for dates 11/19 through this week:

Public Works mobilized a small beach clearing crew gulf side earlier last week. The crew also deployed to perform clearing of canals within the Country Club Shores area.  A total of  1,520 lbs. of material was collected as a result of this work.   The total amount of all material collected and hauled to the landfill through last week’s effort 184,840 lbs.

Staff continued monitoring conditions over the holiday weekend. Assessments reveal the island remains in fair condition with a few areas showing minimal to mild accumulations. Public Works deployed today to clear the Buttonwood canal.  We will continue to monitor conditions as the week progresses and will determine any additional actions.

Please let us know if you have any questions. Thank you

Isaac Brownman

Public Works Director, Longboat Key

 

Interest in the Planning & Zoning Board

To: Mayor George Spoll

I am very interested in volunteering for the Longboat Key Planning and Zoning Board, and have submitted my application to Deputy Clerk Savannah Schield. BJ Bishop appreciated with my application and suggested that I contact you in advance of the Meet & Greet next Monday. I do have some questions about the Town and the Board and look forward to speaking with you.

To help provide some background, I am attaching a link to my resume. As you’ll be able to see, I have had a life-long professional interest in local and state government, and in related community service. I hope to be an asset to the Board, and of service to the goals of the Commission. I will call you in the next couple of days to arrange a convenient time when we can talk and I can introduce myself personally.

Penny Gold

Longboat Key

 

Interest in Planning & Zoning Board

To: Commissioner Ken Schneier

Thank you so much for your call today. Sorry I way unable to speak with you when you called. As I mentioned last week, I am interested in volunteering for the Longboat Key Planning and Zoning Board. BJ Bishop suggested that I contact you in advance of the Meet & Greet next Monday. I do have some questions about the Town and the Board and look forward to speaking with you.

To help provide some background, I am attaching a link to my resume. As you’ll be able to see, I have had a life-long professional interest in local and state government, and in related community service. I hope to be an asset to the Board, and of service to the goals of the Commission. If a call isn’t convenient today, perhaps we can talk tomorrow.

Penny Gold

Longboat Key

 

Dead Fish Ranger Lane

To: Town Commission

What’s going on? Yesterday Lynn Larson told me the barge was in her canal clearing dead fish. Well there are still plenty smelly dead fish in our canal here between Halyard and Ranger Lane. Why did you clear Lynn’s canal and not ours?

Please clear it out today.

Doreen DuPont

Longboat Key

 

Dead Fish Ranger Lane

To: Doreen DuPont

The crew came down the canal. After that my husband helped a neighbor who lives at the end of the canal, clear 2 more bags of dead fish from the canal. The bags were very smelly attracting a large number of flies. A very kind town works employee came by to haul them away so we did not have them here over Thanksgiving. Thank you Public Works.

Lynn Larson

Longboat Key

 

Sea grass trapping fish

To: Town Commission

The Town of Longboat Key cleaned out the canals yesterday and a lot more dead fish promptly floated back in. My neighbor saw them coming back in.

My throat is sore, I have a headache, and my nose burns. Odorless K Brevis counts are very high here now. Dead fish raise K Brevis counts.

Doreen Dupont

Longboat Key

To: Town Commission

As per Christina, at the Fish Kill Hotline, Karenia Brevis counts are now high on Longboat Key. Again, you can’t smell Karenia Brevis and it is airborne and neurotoxic and dead fish are food for it. She said reports help determine where to sample. People need to be making prompt reports of health issues and dead fish

Doreen Dupont

Longboat Key

 

Coyotes a threat on barrier islands

To: Town Commission

As a thirty three year resident of the paradise island we all call Longboat Key, I have never witnessed the deliberate and troubling decision of not taking care of a problem that negatively affects ever resident, tourist, guest and most of all our beloved domestic pets both dog and cat. By your decision of not giving the town manager the direction to eradicate the less than a hand full of coyotes is a disservice to the entire island. This is a life-threatening problem to all that walks this island. I am asking each one of you to encourage and support our town staff to get rid of these nuisance, nonnative, life-threatening animals from our island and assist our neighboring barrier island to do the same. I want to “Thank You” in advance for your anticipated support of this unfortunate problem. The majority of the taxpayers and voters feel identical as the message above.

Michael Drake

Longboat Key

 

Street Question

To: Public Works Director Isaac Brownman

Isaac, is there some reason why there are so many dug up streets in the village. Around art center there three and down by the town doc, one. They are unsafe to walk on at night for people our age, and they have not been tended to in weeks and weeks. I wondering why they haven’t been repaved.

Gene Jaleski

Longboat Key

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