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2012 YEAR IN REVIEW — Loss of a leader and friend, Police Chief Al Hogle dies in crash

2012 YEAR IN REVIEW — Loss of a leader and friend, Police Chief Al Hogle dies in crash

This year one of the saddest events was the passing of beloved Police Chief Al Hogle, who died in a motorcycle accident on May 14. Many of the flags at residences and businesses along Gulf of Mexico Drive flew at half-staff that week, in memory of Hogle who was 63 when he unexpectedly died in […]

January 2, 2013 | Posted in Major Headlines | Read More »

2012 YEAR IN REVIEW — Longboat Key Police Chief, Planning and Zoning Director hired

2012 YEAR IN REVIEW — Longboat Key Police Chief, Planning and Zoning Director hired

Longboat Key Town Manager Dave Bullock has made his first major hire in April of 2012, after the former Planning and Zoning Director Monica Simpson resigned. On Monday, April 16 Robin Meyer was named the new Planning, Zoning & Building Director for Longboat Key. “I chose Robin Meyer from a field of very strong candidates, […]

January 2, 2013 | Posted in Major Headlines | Read More »

Taking charge during a tough time

Taking charge during a tough time

‘I have never felt so appreciated as I do on Longboat Key. People show their respect for what you do in the community and people treat you with kindness.’

June 2, 2012 | Posted in Major Headlines, Top Box | Read More »

Longboat Chief Al Hogle laid to rest

Longboat Chief Al Hogle laid to rest

Longboat Key and the entire Sarasota and Bradenton communities said goodbye to a long-time public servant Thursday, as hundreds gathered to pay final respects to Longboat Key Police Chief Al Hogle.

May 26, 2012 | Posted in Major Headlines, Top Box | Read More »

Goodbye, Chief Hogle…

Goodbye, Chief Hogle…

The impact of Longboat Key Police Chief Al Hogle’s fatal crash while motorcycling in the mountains of North Carolina has left not only friends and family mourning, but a community grieving and giving voice to that which made Hogle a friend, mentor and leader.

May 21, 2012 | Posted in Major Headlines, Top Box | Read More »

UPDATE: Memorial service for Al Hogle set for Thursday, May 24

UPDATE: Memorial service for Al Hogle set for Thursday, May 24

It is confirmed that a memorial service for Police Chief Al Hogle will be conducted next Thursday, May 24, at 1 p.m. at Robarts Arena and Sarasota National Cemetery (9810 State Road 72) at 3 pm. Carpooling is advisable; there will be limited parking.

May 16, 2012 | Posted in Major Headlines | Read More »

2011 Year in Review: P&Z director resigns following investigation

2011 Year in Review: P&Z director resigns following investigation

Another top management position saw a major change as Planning, Building and Zoning Director Monica Simpson was placed on administrative leave and subsequently let go. According to Police Chief Al Hogle who was serving as the interim town manager at the time, the Simpson issue came to a light when a Planning, Zoning and Building […]

December 31, 2011 | Posted in Major Headlines, Top Box | Read More »

Bells will be ringing

Bells will be ringing

 

December 15, 2011 | Posted in In the news | Read More »

Simpson saga ends in resignation

Simpson saga ends in resignation

Following an independent investigation into allegations of a hostile work environment, Monica Simpson’s reign as Longboat Key’s Planning, Zoning and Building director came to an end Friday after an agreement was reached for the town to pay her three months of severance.

December 2, 2011 | Posted in Major Headlines | Read More »

A New Englander’s blog?

A New Englander’s blog?

I’m here in my previous Tiny Towne on a beautiful autumn afternoon. In spite of early and heavy snows just a bit north and west of our location on the coast, it is tranquil here close to the spot where America all began. The ocean is blue, as is the sky. Leaves are turning vibrant reds and yellows thanks to some frosty mornings.

November 11, 2011 | Posted in Opinion | Read More »