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Sand loss demands noisy solution

Sand loss demands noisy solution

‘A couple thousand trucks will be noticed for weeks and weeks and weeks. It will be a conga-line of trucks coming in and out and going on the beach and dumping sand all day.’

June 11, 2014 | Posted in Major Headlines, Top Box | Read More »

North end warned of rapid erosion

North end warned of rapid erosion

Town Manager David Bullock gave notice on Friday, April 27 to 360 North condominium owners that there is potential for the Gulf to breech their buildings in the event of a storm. “Their level of protection is diminishing with every storm,” said Bullock.

April 29, 2012 | Posted in Major Headlines, Top Box | Read More »

Longboat Beach plan going to bid

Longboat Beach plan going to bid

The end of an era. In a decision that marks a radical change from 14 years of consistently using Coastal Planning and Engineering (CP&E), the Town Commission is putting the beach management plan out to bid for 2012

November 5, 2011 | Posted in Major Headlines, Top Box | Read More »

2010 year in review: Beach renourishment method, cost debated

2010 year in review: Beach renourishment method, cost debated

Commissioners decided in 2010 to move forward with the third major beach renourishment, as well as a structural solution to the North End erosion problem. The renourishment issue was debated in December and was nearly scrapped as a viable means to maintain the beach, with some commissioners arguing the economy precluded spending upward of $43 million on a beach renourishment project. Commissioner David Brenner in particular wanted to explore alternatives.

December 31, 2010 | Posted in Major Headlines, Top Box | Read More »

Longboat beach referendum looms; details are key

Longboat beach referendum looms; details are key

March is right around the corner, and residents will be asked to make one of the most important decisions for Longboat Key, whether to approve a bond that would spend approximately $43 million on the town’s beaches.

December 24, 2010 | Posted in Major Headlines, Top Box | Read More »

Beach plan adrift in options

Beach plan adrift in options

Former Commissioner and Longboat Key Village resident Gene Jaleski is busy urging commissioners to start talking and implementing alternatives to end what he says will soon be a temporary and unaffordable way we currently fix our beaches. Jaleski is talking about the $40 to $50 million the town wants to spend to restore the adopted beach profile that is deigned ideal by Coastal Planning and Engineering, Longboat Key’s beach consultants.

November 27, 2010 | Posted in Major Headlines, Top Box | Read More »

Town to tackle beach as unified plan

Town to tackle beach as unified plan

The Longboat Key Town Commission decided last Thursday that the best way to approach rebuilding Longboat’s beaches as well as residents for the necessary funding is in a unified manner asking for one bond issue.

November 19, 2010 | Posted in Major Headlines, Top Box | Read More »

Brenner questions beach fix

Brenner questions beach fix

Town Commissioner David Brenner is having second thoughts. Specifically, he is not convinced that spending several million dollars on renourishing the beach at the north end of Longboat Key is a good idea until there is a permanent structure in place to prevent the newly placed sand from eroding.

October 29, 2010 | Posted in Major Headlines | Read More »

Our SCATalogical fascination with public transportation

Our SCATalogical fascination with public transportation

We are not rural India—we have no sows undulating across Gulf of Mexico Drive as rickshaws weave on the bike path. Here it is worse—we face the ever-present rear end of a SCAT bus pulled over like some demented OJ Simpson parking job, so a sole rider can hobble up and pay a fee wherein the clinking change falls deep into a black hole and it is found on the side of an embarrassing balance sheet once a year.

October 29, 2010 | Posted in Opinion, Stephen Reid | Read More »

North end beach renourishment project moving forward

North end beach renourishment project moving forward

The town will soon begin its interim beach renourishment of the highly erosive north end of Longboat Key. The public beach access at North Shore Road is closed due to the lack of beach and the dangerous conditions there. The Longbeach Condominiums and 360 North Condominiums, which are both at the north end, have lost their beaches and several of their buildings have been placed in jeopardy due to the erosion.

August 27, 2010 | Posted in Major Headlines, Top Box | Read More »