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Future Longboat Key defined by land use rules under review

Future Longboat Key defined by land use rules under review

According to Town Planning and Zoning Director Alaina Ray, 3,350 units on Longboat Key are non-conforming.

January 8, 2017 | Posted in Major Headlines, Top Box | Read More »

Mythbusters to debut with Mote scientist

Mythbusters to debut with Mote scientist

Fanara will compete in a new series featuring next-generation science.

January 8, 2017 | Posted in Major Headlines, Top Box | Read More »

Owner offers $25k to settle Longboat code enforcement case; Town to decide

Owner offers $25k to settle Longboat code enforcement case; Town to decide

‘The Town Commission can accept, reject or make a counter-offer relative to this settlement amount.’

January 8, 2017 | Posted in Major Headlines, Top Box | Read More »

Colony future in hands of voters, Town

Colony future in hands of voters, Town

Unicorp President Chuck Whittall has been at work this year to coalese his development plan for the Colony. He’s been meeting with the Town Commission in an effort to put part of the plan before voters in March 2017 via referendum. The referendum will ask voters whether an additional 180 residential units be assigned for [...]

January 2, 2017 | Posted in Major Headlines, Top Box | Read More »

Town undertakes rewrite of land development regs

Town undertakes rewrite of land development regs

The Town of Longboat Key over the last two years has struggled rewriting some of the loosest codes in its charter.  The Town Commission in December reviewed a fundamental land use regulation that will affect the redevelopment of the Colony and other major properties on Longboat Key in December. This regulation, the Planned Unit Development [...]

January 2, 2017 | Posted in Major Headlines, Top Box | Read More »

Town fights back at traffic congestion

Town fights back at traffic congestion

This year, Town Manager Dave Bullock along with Commissioner and Metropolitan Planning Organization representative Jack Daly assisted in leading the charge for asserting the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) perform a traffic study in an effort to mitigate the traffic along the barrier islands. In terms of a long-term strategy for traffic control on and [...]

January 2, 2017 | Posted in Major Headlines, Top Box | Read More »

Mayor Duncan steps down; Spoll back on board

Mayor Duncan steps down; Spoll back on board

Longboat Key Mayor Jack Duncan resigned his District 2 Commission seat on Dec. 1 citing that he should heed his doctors and allow a full recovery after his heart surgery. Duncan said that he is recovering quickly and on the mend, but it is a lengthy process and that his personality is very driven and [...]

January 2, 2017 | Posted in Major Headlines, Top Box | Read More »

Pedestrian crosswalks added to Gulf of Mexico Drive

Pedestrian crosswalks added to Gulf of Mexico Drive

In Spring, Longboat Key saw the installation of crosswalks along Gulf of Mexico Drive. The crosswalks were a somewhat contentious installation, as residents were divided on their actual safety. At a workshop in April, all seven commissioners reached consensus to remove the crosswalks for reasons varying from their unsafe location, lack of use and primarily [...]

January 2, 2017 | Posted in Major Headlines, Top Box | Read More »

Floridays North-end hotel vote fails by 78%

Floridays North-end hotel vote fails by 78%

This year another development plan for a hotel at the north end, the Floridays’ project, was voted down by residents.In fact, more than 78 percent of voters in both Manatee and Sarasota County portions of Longboat Key were against the referendum, which sought to allow the developer, Floridays, the ability to put up to 120 [...]

January 2, 2017 | Posted in Major Headlines, Top Box | Read More »

Sand starved beaches renourished in 2016

Sand starved beaches renourished in 2016

On Thursday, Aug. 18, the town began the first of this year’s three sand renourishment projects. The first grains of sand were spread at L’Ambiance as Norfolk Dredging Company commenced its project of transporting about 200,000 cubic yards of sand to the starved beach. The work at the south end took about a month and [...]

January 2, 2017 | Posted in Major Headlines, Top Box | Read More »