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Town approves franchise fees to soften undergrounding impact

Town approves franchise fees to soften undergrounding impact

Commission decides to use up to $5 million non-ad valorem fees and revenue to help defray the cost for some residents.

September 25, 2016 | Posted in Major Headlines, Top Box | Read More »

Commission to retackle, rethink neighborhood underground plan

Commission to retackle, rethink neighborhood underground plan

Town to consider options including pledging franchise and utility fees to help pay down the $23 million cost of the project. Cost could drop by almost $4,000 for some property owners.

September 25, 2016 | Posted in Major Headlines, Top Box | Read More »

Amid protests, Commission postpones undergrounding utilities

Amid protests, Commission postpones undergrounding utilities

“The intention of the Commission was noble and good, but somewhere along the line we lost track of what was going to happen.”

July 9, 2016 | Posted in Major Headlines, Top Box | Read More »

Trump and Sanders visit Longboat to help solve utility undergrounding fight

Trump and Sanders visit Longboat to help solve utility undergrounding fight

Donald Trump pulled into my driveway in a long black limo that sported a bumper sticker reading, “Big Hands Rule.” He finished listening to Flight of the Valkyries before he swaggered inside. Bernie Sanders later that night arrived in a 1971 Volkswagen bus. The bus had a bumper sticker that read, “Please inhale before voting.”

March 7, 2016 | Posted in Opinion, Stephen Reid | Read More »

Undergrounding: A critical but common sense choice

Undergrounding: A critical but common sense choice

This is a huge opportunity to make a critical but common sense choice for the good of all on Longboat Key now and in the future. Let us not “snatch defeat out of the jaws of victory”.

March 7, 2016 | Posted in Opinion | Read More »

Undergrounding: We need a more community friendly way

Undergrounding: We need a more community friendly way

The way the town commission has gone about funding their underground power line project has been a more divisive process than any other endeavor in the history of our island.

March 7, 2016 | Posted in Opinion | Read More »

Mayor talks undergrounding

Mayor talks undergrounding

“It will be a tremendous benefit to Longboat Key for a number of reasons.”

February 27, 2016 | Posted in Major Headlines, Top Box | Read More »

Dealing with the high cost of resident Gene Jaleski and his power line burial fight

Dealing with the high cost of resident Gene Jaleski and his power line burial fight

It is far more malicious to use taxpayer’s dollars to pay attorneys and outside counsel to create the arguments to go after Jaleski in the first place — that is malicious and bullying.

February 15, 2016 | Posted in Opinion, Stephen Reid | Read More »

The complaint with undergrounding…

The complaint with undergrounding…

“One organization on the North-end told me, ‘They (the Commission) hate us.’ Think of this: if George Spoll, Ed Zunz, Armando Linde and such a wide range of people think the undergrounding plan is unfair, their must be something to it.”

January 31, 2016 | Posted in Major Headlines, Top Box | Read More »

Plan to bury neighborhood power lines up for debate

Plan to bury neighborhood power lines up for debate

Proposal has all property owners paying a share to underground the remainder of Longboat Key. The total cost so far is $20.5 million.

December 5, 2015 | Posted in Major Headlines, Top Box | Read More »