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Longboat one vote closer to resident-only parking

Longboat one vote closer to resident-only parking

“I’m supportive of the resident-only parking as written with one exception — taxpayers pay for these. Taking 500 spots from taxpayers is not right.”

November 24, 2020 | Posted in Major Headlines, Top Box | Read More »

Deadline extended to fight fish farm permit

Deadline extended to fight fish farm permit

The reason for the extension is the email address where public comments about the permit were supposed to be received was not working.

November 24, 2020 | Posted in Major Headlines, Top Box | Read More »

Liz Alpert re-elected; Willie Shaw defeated in City Commission race

Liz Alpert re-elected; Willie Shaw defeated in City Commission race

Sarasota City Commissioner Liz Alpert narrowly held onto her District 2 Commission Seat after winning 6,045 votes against challenger Terry Turner’s 5,684 votes. A major change on the commission will be the fact that Willie Shaw, who was first elected in 2011, lost to challenger Kyle Scott Battie in District 1. Battie received 53.91 percent […]

November 24, 2020 | Posted in Major Headlines, Top Box | Read More »

City backs Bay Park’s waterfront funding plan

City backs Bay Park’s waterfront funding plan

The money generated by the assumed escalation of all property values within the TIF District is what ultimately will compose the public financing portion of The Bay.

November 24, 2020 | Posted in Major Headlines, Top Box | Read More »

A slice of history could become first building at Longboat Town Center

A slice of history could become first building at Longboat Town Center

There appears to be no bustling campus of the Ringling College of Art and Design slated for the Longboat Key Town Center anytime soon. Last year, the agreement with the Town of Longboat Key with Ringling to develop a cultural arts center on the 4.3 acres of Town land that stretches between the Publix parking lot and the Tennis Center crashed to a halt when Ringling President Larry Thompson pulled the plug.
Since then, the Town has graded, cleared and sodded the site to create a field that is referred to alternately as ‘green space’ and ‘passive recreation area.’
Now, Village resident and Longboat Key Historical Society member Michael Drake wants to bring a literal piece of history to the site.
Drake wants to relocate an original Whitney Cottage Building that the Historical Society owns and is currently located on Broadway. Drake says the cottage was built around 1937 as one of the original structures of the Whitney Beach Resort that sprawled along the Gulf of Mexico. The particular building that remains is known as the ‘Linen Building.’
The Longboat Commission will discuss the matter at its Nov. 2 Regular Meeting. According to Town Manager Tom Harmer, Drake is under pressure to move the cottages off the property as soon as possible.
The cottage is about 16 feet by 25 feet and Harmer describes it as “basically four walls with no interior dividers or rooms.”
Harmer said the building looked to be in good condition. He added that the building could be added to the Town Center site in such a way to not impede future development. Also, Harmer argues bringing the building to the Town Center could serve as another draw for the site and would be consistent with the aforementioned cultural theme that the commission has tangoed with over the years.
Last month, the commission reached consensus to keep negotiating with the Historical Society and instructed the Town Attorney to prepare a draft agreement that would outline the different responsibilities that each party – the Town and the Historical Society – would be responsible to uphold.
The Town in the proposed language would be responsible for grounds maintenance, signage and any changes to the finish or exterior of the building, including paint.
The Historical Society would be responsible for moving the building, permits, relocating the building if necessary again, maintaining the building and most importantly, stocking the building with historical artifacts and information for public perusal. If both the Town Commission and the Historical Society agree to the terms and the idea, the Town Manager could execute the agreement on behalf of the Town.

November 24, 2020 | Posted in Major Headlines, Top Box | Read More »

Longboat’s new Police Chief seeks to continue Key success

Longboat’s new Police Chief seeks to continue Key success

Smith has more than 29 years of law enforcement experience and most recently was Police Chief for Northern Arizona University.

November 24, 2020 | Posted in Major Headlines, Top Box | Read More »

Lido Beach nearly built despite fight from Siesta

Lido Beach nearly built despite fight from Siesta

Soon, two groins will be built to help hold the new sand. The fight over the project has cost millions in legal fees.

October 26, 2020 | Posted in Major Headlines, Top Box | Read More »

U.S. News & World Report says that Sarasota is best Place to Retire

U.S. News & World Report says that Sarasota is best Place to Retire

Sarasota has been honored by U.S. News & World Report research as the No. 1 best place to retire in the entire country and the 16th best place to live. Congrats to all who have made such a wise decision to be here, and the contributions you make toward an ever-improving, adapting, great community. U.S. […]

October 26, 2020 | Posted in Major Headlines, Top Box | Read More »

Pete Cumming honored for service in ceremony

Pete Cumming honored for service in ceremony

STEVE REID Editor & Publisher sreid@lbknews.com Close relationships, ceremonies filled with feeling and sentiment, and shared memories are the hallmarks of small-town life. Nowhere were the emotions of appreciation and respect more present than when the entire Longboat Key Police and Fire Department came together to say goodbye to veteran Police Chief Pete Cumming, who retired on Friday […]

October 26, 2020 | Posted in Major Headlines, Top Box | Read More »

Where in the world are Mote’s tagged sea turtles?

Where in the world are Mote’s tagged sea turtles?

Identifying migration pathways and areas frequently used by male sea turtles is important for a number of reasons, especially in the face of climate change.

October 26, 2020 | Posted in Major Headlines, Top Box | Read More »