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Lido Pavilion Plan and the Sarasota Commission reek worse than red tide

Lido Pavilion Plan and the Sarasota Commission reek worse than red tide

We love Sarasota a lot more than we love politicians. The three will be known as the trio who forever screwed up the Lido Beach Pavilion. They will be the three who devalued the gorgeous strand of calm beach and handed it off on the cheap. The only good that we will be able to salvage from the mess is after the very next election we will be able to call the trio “former” Commissioners.

September 11, 2018 | Posted in Opinion, Stephen Reid | Read More »

Shimmering Sarasota

Shimmering Sarasota

September 11, 2018 | Posted in Stephen Reid, Top Box | Read More »

Spirit of Reflection

Spirit of Reflection

June 18, 2018 | Posted in Key Life, Stephen Reid, Top Box | Read More »

Can Andy Adams be shamed into selling his Colony units or will the courts decide?

Can Andy Adams be shamed into selling his Colony units or will the courts decide?

From the mid-rise Klauber ran the operation like a benevolent dictator with his Sperry Topsiders, snug white shorts and shirts that even a Fauvist on LSD could not envision.

April 1, 2018 | Posted in Opinion, Stephen Reid | Read More »

Longboat Key and the Colony are the greatest shows on Earth

Longboat Key and the Colony are the greatest shows on Earth

We are right now the land of two divine spectacles: The Town Commission election and the approval of the St. Regis Hotel and Residences. This past week was especially exciting since at long last a new vision was approved to replace the morbid and moribund Colony Beach & Tennis Resort.

March 17, 2018 | Posted in Opinion, Stephen Reid | Read More »

Vote for Pastor, Schneier, Langley and against the 2018 Charter

Vote for Pastor, Schneier, Langley and against the 2018 Charter

We never seem to replace the little Commission nametags in Town Hall — we just store them in a closet, dust them off and bring them out every couple years.

March 11, 2018 | Posted in Opinion, Stephen Reid | Read More »

Longboaters should vote ‘No’ on replacing our Town Charter

Longboaters should vote ‘No’ on replacing our Town Charter

Why should residents today want to approve a Charter change that effectively votes the voter out of future decisions, especially when those decisions will lead to indebtedness?

March 4, 2018 | Posted in Opinion, Stephen Reid | Read More »

Town, Unicorp give life to St. Regis plan

Town, Unicorp give life to St. Regis plan

Without an epidural and with numerous suitors claiming ownership rights to the offspring, Unicorp President Chuck Whittall, his attorneys and the members of the Longboat Key Planning and Zoning Board came together this past week and consummated the first signs of new life at the decrepit 17.6-acre site.

February 28, 2018 | Posted in Opinion, Stephen Reid | Read More »

Can Longboat Key really offer a fair hearing to the Colony redeveloper?

Can Longboat Key really offer a fair hearing to the Colony redeveloper?

Politicians are a lot like babies: they must be changed often and for the same reason.

February 18, 2018 | Posted in Opinion, Stephen Reid | Read More »

The Colony: How did paradise on the beach devolve into lawsuits, bizarre plans and inaction?

The Colony: How did paradise on the beach devolve into lawsuits, bizarre plans and inaction?

I find it hard to get on bandwagons. I do not wave flags for developers, but at the same time I see the rallying cry of Preserve Longboat Key as short sighted. Both are right and wrong.

January 21, 2018 | Posted in Opinion, Stephen Reid | Read More »