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Commission approves new Village parking ordinance

Commission approves new Village parking ordinance

MELISSA REID Associate Publisher mreid@lbknews.com On Monday, Longboat Key Commissioners approved the new Village parking ordinance. The ordinance includes a speed limit reduction on Broadway of 20 mph, a 15-foot parking setback requirement adjacent to driveways, limited parking times on streets, and parking on Broadway limited to one side of the street. Planning and Zoning […]

January 13, 2020 | Posted in Major Headlines, Top Box | Read More »

Longboat to gauge satisfaction level of residents via a survey

Longboat to gauge satisfaction level of residents via a survey

MELISSA REID Associate Publisher mreid@lbknews.com Resident satisfaction is something the Town of Longboat Key will be evaluating in the upcoming months. On Jan. 13, residents will be mailed a postcard that gives them the link to the survey website where they can answer the questions online. Town staff assured commissioners that the survey would be […]

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Longboat ranked among the best places to live in Florida

Longboat ranked among  the best places to live in Florida

With perfect weather and gorgeous beachfront living, Florida is definitely one of the best states to live in the U.S. Florida also has diverse attractions for nature enthusiasts and city dwellers, and is close to other travel destinations like the Bahamas. The website HomeSnacks has published its list of the 10 best places to live […]

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Longboater’s daughter raises funds, awareness for trip to Africa

Longboater’s daughter raises funds, awareness for trip to Africa

The daughter of Longboat Key residents has raised both community support and excitement about her planned mission trip to Zambia. So far, an online yard sale and a separate fundraiser brought another $1,117 towards the goal of $20,000. Waterford, South Carolina Plantation residents JJ and Jennie Iagulli are raising money to take a mission trip […]

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Man who donated $200K to Longboat and shot up a condo, avoids jail time

Man who donated $200K to Longboat and shot up a condo, avoids jail time

STEVE REID Editor & Publisher sreid@lbknews.com Ryan Flanzer was arrested in Sarasota after he fired three rounds from his semi-automatic pistol into a condominium unit at 1350 Main in Downtown Sarasota on May 5, 2018. But his story reads like a twisted tale of police impersonation, vendetta and bad judgement. The events ware even penned […]

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Year in Review – Renourishing Lido Beach

Year in Review – Renourishing Lido Beach

The plan to renourish the highly eroded Lido Key shoreline with sand dredged from Big Pass has faced years of court challenges primarily from opponents on Siesta Key. Now that the plan is slated to finally move forward, Sarasota County is considering a request to use Ted Sperling on South Lido Key as a staging […]

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Year in Review – City of Sarasota places roundabouts

Year in Review – City of Sarasota places roundabouts

Longboat Key leaders have long voiced concerns that the roundabout planned at US 41 and Gulfstream Avenue will slow traffic, create back-ups along the bridge and possibly impede evacuation attempts. The champions of roundabouts include the City of Sarasota and the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), which maintains the state-controlled roadway. Longboat officials, including Commissioner […]

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Year in Review – Selby Gardens development plan moves back to City

Year in Review – Selby Gardens development plan moves back to City

The Marie Selby Botanical Gardens began its request to amend the City Comprehensive Plan and Code to allow the redevelopment of its Bayfront property. The City has heard hours of debate and community input over the plan by Selby, which includes a five-story parking garage, rooftop restaurant and expansion of its Botanical Gardens. It is […]

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Year in Review – Undergrounding Longboat’s utilities

Year in Review – Undergrounding Longboat’s utilities

In July of 2019, the Town of Longboat Key began its $49.1 million underground utilities project along Gulf of Mexico Drive. The project consists of undergrounding the town’s electrical conduit and fiber optics all up and down Gulf of Mexico Drive and into residential neighborhoods. The project is estimated to take three and a half […]

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Year in Review – Longboat Village parking and traffic controls

Year in Review – Longboat Village parking and traffic controls

  The Longboat Key Town Commission this year heard Village residents tell tales of parking woes associated with the Mar Vista Restaurant and The Shore Restaurant. In addition, residents complained that not only were cars cluttering the side streets, but that visitors were speeding down Broadway causing a safety hazard. Commissioners listened to possible solutions […]

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