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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 »

Scott Pastor — A friend of our community

Scott Pastor — A friend of our community

A friend of Sarasota and the Longboat Key community — Scott Pastor — died at the age of 48.

February 5, 2017 | Posted in Major Headlines, Obituary, Top Box | Read More »

Longboater and Tyson’s Corner developer Charles B. Ewing passes

Longboater and Tyson’s Corner developer Charles B. Ewing passes

West*Group developed and constructed, under Mr. Ewing’s direction, over six million square feet.

September 25, 2016 | Posted in Major Headlines, Obituary, Top Box | Read More »

High Plains Journal founder Joe Berkely passes

High Plains Journal founder Joe Berkely passes

Joe Berkely of Longboat Key and Dodge City, KS died Sept. 9 in Florida. Berkely had moved to Longboat Key with his wife, Nancy, to enjoy his retirement years where they enjoyed the beautiful waters, the good boating, the yacht club and all the many things that Sarasota and Longboat Key offered. He was a […]

September 25, 2016 | Posted in Major Headlines, Obituary, Top Box | Read More »