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Selby scales back plan to appease residents, City Hall

Selby scales back plan to appease residents, City Hall

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens is back in City Hall and in the community with a scaled-back redevelopment plan.

January 19, 2020 | Posted in Major Headlines, Top Box | Read More »

Man who donated $200K to Longboat and shot up a condo, avoids jail time

Man who donated $200K to Longboat and shot up a condo, avoids jail time

STEVE REID Editor & Publisher sreid@lbknews.com Ryan Flanzer was arrested in Sarasota after he fired three rounds from his semi-automatic pistol into a condominium unit at 1350 Main in Downtown Sarasota on May 5, 2018. But his story reads like a twisted tale of police impersonation, vendetta and bad judgement. The events ware even penned […]

January 13, 2020 | Posted in Major Headlines, Top Box | Read More »

Year in Review – Renourishing Lido Beach

Year in Review – Renourishing Lido Beach

The plan to renourish the highly eroded Lido Key shoreline with sand dredged from Big Pass has faced years of court challenges primarily from opponents on Siesta Key. Now that the plan is slated to finally move forward, Sarasota County is considering a request to use Ted Sperling on South Lido Key as a staging […]

January 13, 2020 | Posted in Major Headlines, Top Box | Read More »

Year in Review – City of Sarasota places roundabouts

Year in Review – City of Sarasota places roundabouts

Longboat Key leaders have long voiced concerns that the roundabout planned at US 41 and Gulfstream Avenue will slow traffic, create back-ups along the bridge and possibly impede evacuation attempts. The champions of roundabouts include the City of Sarasota and the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), which maintains the state-controlled roadway. Longboat officials, including Commissioner […]

January 13, 2020 | Posted in Major Headlines, Top Box | Read More »

Year in Review – Selby Gardens development plan moves back to City

Year in Review – Selby Gardens development plan moves back to City

The Marie Selby Botanical Gardens began its request to amend the City Comprehensive Plan and Code to allow the redevelopment of its Bayfront property. The City has heard hours of debate and community input over the plan by Selby, which includes a five-story parking garage, rooftop restaurant and expansion of its Botanical Gardens. It is […]

January 13, 2020 | Posted in Major Headlines, Top Box | Read More »

Year in Review – Paid parking begins for Downtown Sarasota and St. Armands visitors

Year in Review – Paid parking begins for Downtown Sarasota and St. Armands visitors

The Sarasota City Parking Division began paid parking this year. The City voted 3-2 in favor of spending $352,000 to implement the paid parking downtown. Commissioners Hagen Brody and Shelli Freeland Eddie were against the proposal. The paid parking effort downtown was an expansion of the overall program that brought paid parking and a new […]

January 13, 2020 | Posted in Major Headlines, Top Box | Read More »

Year in Review – Lido Pavilion restaurant plan cancelled

Year in Review – Lido Pavilion restaurant plan cancelled

This year, the plan by the owners of the Daiquiri Deck to develop the Lido Pool and Pavilion into a 250-seat restaurant, tiki bar and private cabanas came to an end on Feb. 19. Back in January, following months of ever-increasing opposition from residents and the business community, the Daiquiri Deck owners told the City […]

January 13, 2020 | Posted in Major Headlines, Top Box | Read More »

Year in Review – Sarasota Orchestra still looking for site to build anew

Year in Review – Sarasota Orchestra still looking for site to build anew

  One community battle in 2019 was far more operatic than orchestral. Within a span of six months, the Sarasota Orchestra announced it planned to move from its Bayfront home, expressed a desire to develop seven acres at Payne Park, was fought by an ardent community and opposition and then as a final act was […]

January 12, 2020 | Posted in Major Headlines, Top Box | Read More »

Tragic car accident, clear-cutting and a new beach bring light and dark to our holidays in Sarasota and Longboat Key

Tragic car accident, clear-cutting and a new beach bring light and dark to our holidays in Sarasota and Longboat Key

The City Manager made some critical errors this past year, but he did do one thing right. He would do well in baseball — hitting the ball successfully one out of three times ain’t all bad!

December 25, 2019 | Posted in Opinion, Stephen Reid, Top Box | Read More »

County cooperates with City in Lido Beach building plan

County cooperates with City in Lido Beach building plan

Amid dissent, the Sarasota County Commission votes 4-1 to allow beach building equipment to be staged at Ted Sperling Park on South Lido Key. The decision saves taxpayers $1 million.

December 25, 2019 | Posted in Major Headlines, Top Box | Read More »