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Crash claims lives of Longboaters Charles and Margery Barancik

Crash claims lives of Longboaters Charles and Margery Barancik

A Longboat police vehicle struck the Barancik’s Tesla as the couple exited their en Provence residence and turned onto
Gulf of Mexico Drive. The couple donated millions in local philanthropy.

December 25, 2019 | Posted in Major Headlines, Obituary, Top Box | Read More »

A friend of Longboat Key and former Nova Scotia Premier Gerry Regan passes at 91

A friend of Longboat Key and former Nova Scotia Premier Gerry Regan passes at 91

Former Nova Scotia Premier Gerald Regan, a one-time sportscaster, eight-year Canadian Premier and avid tennis player on Longboat Key, died last week at the age of 91. Regan spent time with his wife, Carole, at their Longboat Key Sanctuary Condominium and was a tennis player on the island. He was part of an extended tennis […]

December 25, 2019 | Posted in Major Headlines, Obituary, Top Box | Read More »

A lover of Longboat Key, Richard Thackray passes

A lover of Longboat Key, Richard Thackray passes

Richard Mond Thackray, an avid golfer, Republican and lover of Longboat Key, passed away last Saturday evening. “Richard will be missed by all he came in contact with. He was a great guy, strong Republican, good golfer and more importantly, a good and loyal friend,” said Longboat Republican Club President Joe McElmeel.  McElmeel credits Thackray […]

November 4, 2019 | Posted in Major Headlines, Obituary, Top Box | Read More »

The man who fictionalized Longboat Key, beloved author Terry Griffin, turns final page

The man who fictionalized Longboat Key, beloved author Terry Griffin, turns final page

Longboat Key writer and resident Terry Griffin had a knack for fictionalizing the myriad of friends in his life. In fact, he was so possessed and beholden by the beauty of Longboat key that he set the majority of his work in a mythologized Longboat Key landscape. Terry Griffin created in the genre of the […]

March 9, 2019 | Posted in Major Headlines, Obituary, Top Box | Read More »

Family man, founder of Ocean Properties, Tom Walsh passes at 88

Family man, founder of  Ocean Properties, Tom Walsh passes at 88

Thomas T. Walsh, after a lifetime building a family-owned hotel and resort empire that includes numerous Longboat and Lido resorts, passed at age 88.

October 16, 2018 | Posted in Major Headlines, Obituary, Top Box | Read More »

Longboat, Sarasota say “goodbye” to Bea Friedman

Longboat, Sarasota say “goodbye” to Bea Friedman

Beatrice Friedman, one of Longboat Key’s and Sarasota’s most generous philanthropists and patron of the arts, died Thursday in Sarasota at the age of 98.

October 16, 2018 | Posted in Major Headlines, Obituary, Top Box | Read More »

Pedestrian struck in roadway had passion for writing, teaching

Pedestrian struck in roadway had passion for writing, teaching

Roberts was hit at 6 a.m., say Longboat police, by two vehicles on Gulf of Mexico Drive.

June 18, 2018 | Posted in Major Headlines, Obituary, Top Box | Read More »

Longboat friend Sharon E. Oper passes

Longboat friend Sharon E. Oper passes

A Village resident, Oper loved photography, travel, parrots and especially Longboat Key.

July 31, 2017 | Posted in Major Headlines, Obituary, Top Box | Read More »

Hershatter leaves legacy of writing, family and law

Hershatter leaves legacy of writing, family and law

Longboat Key News columnist Richard Hershatter leaves behind a 50-year career and a life full of passionate pursuits.

April 18, 2017 | Posted in Major Headlines, Obituary, Richard Hershatter, Top Box | Read More »

Losing a son and a friend of our community can be redeemed through hot dogs, donuts and lots of love

Losing a son and a friend of our community can be redeemed through hot dogs, donuts and lots of love

Scott had that ability to make whomever he was talking to feel that they were the only person that mattered — even if for a few moments. And while that sounds simple, most people with their racing thoughts, endless anxieties or salesman-like agendas are never present completely in the moment.

February 5, 2017 | Posted in Obituary, Opinion, Stephen Reid, Top Box | Read More »