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Cell tower policy change debated

Cell tower policy change debated

“I do not agree we are in violation of state or federal law. …It is like a chef started whisking and frothing up a cell tower policy language on the fly.”

February 24, 2013 | Posted in Major Headlines | Read More »

The P&Z Board, the Longboat Commission and the Real World

The P&Z Board, the Longboat Commission and the Real World

The current varsity got you to the toilet bowl, Longboat Key should be in the Super Bowl.

December 5, 2012 | Posted in Al Green, Opinion | Read More »

Town talks lawsuit fallout

Town talks lawsuit fallout

‘At times if you put layers upon layers upon layers, there comes a time when the code isn’t what you want the town to be.’

November 25, 2012 | Posted in Major Headlines, Top Box | Read More »

Tigers — developers

Tigers — developers

Late on another hot and humid August morning I headed over the bridges to the big city, Sarasota, for the monthly meeting of the movers and shakers of the county, the Tiger Bay Club. This is a test of endurance. Inside the pleasantly cool restaurant, Michaels on East, I heard what I took as a great remark, “You really have to like chicken to put on a jacket on a day like today.” Good line, eh?

August 26, 2011 | Posted in Opinion | Read More »

Politics unwrapped

Politics unwrapped

I started this mini-series a few weeks ago with a short exposé of our town manager’s potentially reduced security level. That was meant as a fun piece, believe it or not. It actually was pro-town manager in the new reality around here

May 20, 2011 | Posted in Opinion | Read More »

Tigers all

Tigers all

I attended the monthly Tiger Bay luncheon meeting in Sarasota in early March. As I’m almost tired of saying: the crowd was good, the food only fair. The agenda for that Thursday was the appearance of Sarasota County Sheriff Tom Knight and City of Sarasota Chief of Police Mikel Hollaway. These two police professionals cover the city and larger county. They answered questions from the day’s moderator and from the floor

March 25, 2011 | Posted in Opinion | Read More »

Town fights sign pollution

Town fights sign pollution

Sign pollution and overzealous bicyclists were two hot topics at Thursday’s Town Commission Workshop.

September 25, 2010 | Posted in Major Headlines, Top Box | Read More »

A credo

A credo

Occasionally I will get an e-mail from a reader that tells me that I am not always communicating my point of view as accurately as I think. With your indulgence, let me try to clarify my guiding principles during my Longboat Key life and beyond.

July 30, 2010 | Posted in Al Green, Opinion | Read More »

Let’s all get along; let’s all be trite

Let’s all get along; let’s all be trite

The Town attorney will likely remind Webb and others that freedom of speech is held on a higher constitutional plane than the freedom to stamp out dissent.

July 24, 2010 | Posted in Opinion, Stephen Reid | Read More »

Call for Saivetz resignation

Call for Saivetz resignation

After a July 16 editorial in Longboat Key News, Planning and Zoning Board member Brad Saivetz came under fire from fellow board member and chairwoman BJ Webb who called for an examination of his actions. Former Mayor Ron Johnson also wrote a letter calling for Saivetz to resign from the Planning and Zoning Board.

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