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2011 Year in Review: St. Denis resigns, Bullock hired as manager

2011 Year in Review: St. Denis resigns, Bullock hired as manager

Former Town Manager Bruce St. Denis and former Planning, Building and Zoning Director Monica Simpson both left the town this year. First, St. Denis resigned Sept. 16, following the news that a majority of the seven-member Town Commission wanted him out of office. St. Denis had served 14 years as town manager of Longboat Key. […]

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

Management changes will define Longboat’s future

Management changes will define Longboat’s future

It is usually a simple ritual — our Year in Review edition. We scan the stories, make some judgments based on impact of the events and weave together pictures and narratives. But 2011 was an intense and beguiling year. It is as if all the sands have shifted metaphorically speaking, and yet we have not had a hurricane. Take the encouraged resignation of Longboat Key Town Manager Bruce St. Denis after it came to light that five of seven commissioners wanted him replaced.

December 30, 2011 | Posted in Opinion, Stephen Reid | 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 »

St. Denis returns $10,000 to Town

St. Denis returns $10,000 to Town

Outrage by Longboat Key Commissioner Lynn Larson and threats of a formal investigation led to former Town Manager Bruce St. Denis returning more than $10,000 he received in a 401(k) payout when he left the town last month

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

Former town manager receives $10K from town in 401k match

Former town manager receives $10K from town in 401k match

At the close of Thursday’s special workshop meeting, Commissioner Lynn Larson said she was deeply troubled that former Town Manager Bruce St. Denis received an additional $10,000 payment above and beyond a negotiated severance package. “I saw this went out; I really have a problem with that,” said Larson. Larson asked why St. Denis was […]

November 18, 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 »

St. Denis finalist for Sarasota County administrator

St. Denis finalist for Sarasota County administrator

Former Longboat Key Town Manager Bruce St. Denis is now one of the eight finalists for the Sarasota County administrator position. Atlanta-based Mercer Group conducted the search and has been evaluating the candidates. There were 45 initial applicants. The county will next hold two public meetings to introduce the candidates Sunday, Nov. 13 and Monday, Nov. […]

November 5, 2011 | Posted in News Shorts | Read More »

Things are seldom what they seem

Things are seldom what they seem

Marshall McLuhan said that the medium is the message. If that is the case, than the media on Longboat Key are pushing out what may be a very wrong message

November 5, 2011 | Posted in Al Green, Opinion | 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 »

As the world turns, Longboat Key spins

As the world turns, Longboat Key spins

The recent actions by the Town Commission have shown an utter contempt for the voters on Longboat Key as well as the very form of government that is supposed to operate in the sunshine. This commission is also pushing us head-long into liability and possible lawsuits in its handling and circling the wagons around Monica Simpson

October 28, 2011 | Posted in Opinion, Stephen Reid | Read More »