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Developing LBK’s future

Developing LBK’s future

The town’s land-use regulations and Comprehensive Plan place strict limitations on the redevelopment of many multi-family and tourism properties. In short, you can only build to the size and scale of what you own. That may soon change.

January 22, 2015 | Posted in Major Headlines, Top Box | Read More »

Art glass sells strong at Longboat auction

Art glass sells strong at Longboat auction

There are more than 30 major glass collectors in Sarasota and on Longboat and the pieces sold for between $1,000 and $45,000 each.

January 22, 2015 | Posted in Major Headlines, Top Box | Read More »

Holocaust survivor, renowned architect and Longboat planning icon Bob Diamant passes at age 92

Holocaust survivor, renowned architect and Longboat planning icon Bob Diamant passes at age 92

His impact helped form many of the regulations that encouraged stringent building design and the characteristics that formed the beauty and tranquility of Longboat Key.

January 22, 2015 | Posted in Major Headlines, Top Box | Read More »

As Colony saga drones on, principal parties speak out

As Colony saga drones on, principal parties speak out

Court battles, appeals and eventually consolidation mark the future of the waterfront property that has lay dormant for five years.

January 12, 2015 | Posted in Business, Major Headlines, Top Box | Read More »

Manager Bullock on Fire

Manager Bullock on Fire

The first question I ask is has anyone lost their sense of mission? In this case I believe the mission is in order. Then I look for leadership qualities; is the leadership escalating or de-escalating the situation? I think Dezzi made efforts to de-escalate.

January 12, 2015 | Posted in Major Headlines, Top Box | Read More »

Baby surprises swim into Mote for New Year

Baby surprises swim into Mote for New Year

The end of 2014 brought some eight-tentacled surprises to Mote Aquarium in Sarasota. On Dec. 26, Mote’s Caribbean pygmy octopuses — whose baby pictures made the national news earlier in 2014 — had babies of their own. More than 20 new babies from one mated pair are now hiding behind the scenes, currently too delicate [...]

January 12, 2015 | Posted in Major Headlines, Top Box | Read More »

Longboat Deputy Fire Chief quits amid turmoil, demands investigation

Longboat Deputy Fire Chief quits amid turmoil, demands investigation

Longboat Key Fire Department Deputy Chief Matt Altman resigns, accusing boss of “favoritism” and “intimidation” and requests an investigation.

January 6, 2015 | Posted in Major Headlines, Top Box | Read More »

Longboat jewel thief sentenced

Longboat jewel thief sentenced

Twelfth Judicial Circuit Judge John F. Lakin sentenced a former maintenance man.

January 6, 2015 | Posted in Major Headlines, Top Box | Read More »

Property sales still closing in on county record

Property sales still closing in on county record

According to the Sarasota Association of Realtors, despite a slower November sales month, the hot sales pace for the first 11 months of the year keeps Sarasota County on near-record pace for 2014, with the 10,621 closed sales coming in 364 sales ahead of the 2013 total at this time. With December 2014 sales already [...]

January 6, 2015 | Posted in Major Headlines, Real Estate, Top Box | Read More »

Year in Review 2014: Colony Lender, Unicorp control 2.3 acres and key assets; $23 million ruling hangs in balance

Year in Review 2014: Colony Lender, Unicorp control 2.3 acres and key assets; $23 million ruling hangs in balance

Although 2014 saw no resolution to the myriad of complex legal battles that would allow the Colony Beach and Tennis Resort to redevelop, there was progress on several fronts. On July 14, 2014, several critical assets, namely 2.3 acres that comprise the tennis courts and recreational amenities, were acquired by Colony Lender in agreement with [...]

January 6, 2015 | Posted in Major Headlines, Top Box | Read More »