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St. Armands parking garage built, meters to start charging in 2019

St. Armands parking garage built, meters to start charging in 2019

While finding precious parking on St. Armands Circle is nearly always a difficult task, parking a few minutes away will soon get a major boost as a new, four-story parking garage became a reality this year. Residents saw it under construction through the second half of 2018. The City of Sarasota’s 500 space parking plan […]

January 13, 2019 | Posted in Major Headlines, Top Box | Read More »

Coyotes prowl Longboat, Sarasota

Coyotes prowl Longboat, Sarasota

Longboat’s and Sarasota’s newest residents, coyotes, continue wandering neighborhoods.

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Longboat plans to bolster north-end beach

Longboat plans to bolster north-end beach

Town of Longboat Key Commissioners in 2018 directed town staff and Olsen Associates, the town’s beach engineering firm, to progress forward with the permitting of five groins at the north end of the island. The commission decided, temporarily at least, to only build four. The reason for the contingency plan on the fifth groin is […]

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Sarasota Bayfront redevelopment plan underway

Sarasota Bayfront redevelopment plan underway

City favors plan to redevelop 53 acres along waterfront in Downtown.

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Three contested seats made for heated 2018 election on LBK

Three contested seats made for heated 2018 election on LBK

Incumbent Ed Zunz narrowly held on to his District 5 seat in 2018 against challenger Randy Langley with a vote of 1,409 to 1,297 in the March Commission election. Zunz did not win in Manatee County, but made up the difference in Sarasota County. In Manatee County, Zunz earned a total of 451 to Lagley’s […]

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LBK power lines heading underground

LBK power lines heading underground

Longboat Key’s undergrounding of the island’s utilities began staging this month, and will begin no later than the first quarter of 2019. Also in December 2018, the commission voted to approve $49 million in bonds via a resolution. The bonds were first voted on and approved by Longboat Key residents to pay to underground all […]

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Langley, Haycock vie for Longboat Commission seat

Langley, Haycock vie for Longboat Commission seat

Longboat Key residents Randy Langley and Mike Haycock will soon be appealing to voters to replace incumbent Commissioner Jim Brown.

January 1, 2019 | Posted in Major Headlines, Top Box | Read More »

Get ready to pay for privilege to park on St. Armands Circle

Get ready to pay for privilege to park on St. Armands Circle

The meters are an integral part of the City Commission’s funding plan to pay for the parking garage, which is costing $12 million. Downtown meters are next.

January 1, 2019 | Posted in Major Headlines, Top Box | Read More »

Tourism taxes decline for third straight month in Sarasota

Tourism taxes decline for third straight month in Sarasota

The numbers are the empirical indication of the direct fiscal toll red tide has had on the tourism industry and area economy in general.

January 1, 2019 | Posted in Major Headlines, Top Box | Read More »

Town says ‘No’ to sales office at Colony site with 4-3 vote

Town says ‘No’ to sales office  at Colony site with 4-3 vote

“If you deny this, I will not be able to start until Spring of next year. If you delay this, and your code is unlike hundreds of other cities in the state of Florida, it will delay us by one year,” said Whittall.

January 1, 2019 | Posted in Major Headlines, Top Box | Read More »