News Worthy week ending March 20, 2020

Longboat Key Foundation postpones golf tourney

The board of the Longboat Key Foundation decided to postpone its April 18 golf fundraiser. The Longboat Key Foundation is a 501C3 organization with a mission to support Longboat Key, the environment and the people who make the island work.

The foundation will issue refunds to all who request. The board plans to hold the tournament in the fall, and payments can be applied. If anyone wishes to donate to the foundation, visit lbkfoundation.org .

Traffic was the #1 issue this season

Town Manager Tom Harmer Report:

Traffic Congestion

There have been a number of conversations with the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) and the City of Sarasota regarding their projects that impact traffic flow on and off the island. A follow-up meeting with the Mayors, Managers, and FDOT is scheduled for mid-March.

The Town has also requested that the Gulfstream/US 41 Roundabout be paused and

reconsidered. The third left lane at Gulfstream and US 41 is scheduled to be restored early March, but westbound Fruitville Road at US 41 will be shut down as part of that transition and construction detours.

We have also discussed impacts related to the North end of the island with both FDOT and Manatee County. Please continue to check your map apps (Google maps, Waze, etc.) to gauge current traffic conditions.

Pickleball Courts expansion at Bayfront Park

The new pickleball courts are installed, the basketball court has been reconfigured into a half-court play area, and includes two youth backboards.

Beach Management Plan

Manatee County has committed to assist the Town in funding a portion of our North end nourishment project in the amount of $2.69 million dollars.


The Utilities Undergrounding Project continues full steam ahead! The Town is working in the Phase 1 Neighborhood area (Country Club Shores) installing electrical and fiber conduit.

New Development

The new owners of several platted lots just North of Broadway along GMD have met with the Town staff and are considering the installation of docks and parking on the individual lots. They are currently clearing invasive species from the property.

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