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Commission to soul seach cultural center future with walk of the site

STEVE REID
Editor & Publisher
sreid@lbknews.com

While it may not compare with Rome when it comes to cultural relics of the past, nonetheless the Longboat Key Town Commission will soon tour the site of the demolished Amore Restaurant, which is the land that may someday become a Town Center, or, at very least, a park of possibilities.

To set the stage, Longboat Key Town Manager Tom Harmer will be leading what he calls an ‘outdoor venue site visit’ on Monday, June 3 at 10 a.m. at the land the town owns which includes the former Amore Restaurant as well as the area that continues to the ditch that runs behind SunTrust Bank.

The walk through is particularly important because the town finds itself at an inadvertent crossroads.

Last month, the Ringling College of Art & Design informed the town that it no longer wished to partner in fundraising nor operating a future Arts, Cultural & Education Center (ACE Center) that was destined for the site.

The Ringling said that comments made by the commission and in the community damaged the viability of the project. The commission, and earlier commissions, had spent years working toward the plan with Ringling and spent about $4 million acquiring the four acres that were supposed to be the home for the center.

Now the commission will hear from Town Manager Tom Harmer of the short-term plan to get the acreage ready as an outdoor venue. While the town commission discusses if it wants to find another partner, rekindle its relationship with Ringling, or go it alone with a community center project, the park venue could be used for outdoor movie events, concerts and festivals.

For residents interested in the future ACE Center, they are welcome to join the walk through of the site starting at 10 a.m. at Town Hall.

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1 Response for “Commission to soul seach cultural center future with walk of the site”

  1. Sunny Gravy says:

    The voters of Longboat Key should be polled as to what to do with this site. Should the Commissioner’s fail to poll the voter’s and go forward with spending millions of tax payer money they should be voted out of office post haste.

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