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The power of community in marketing

The power of community in marketing

Being a beach community that offers little to no access to the beach is perhaps the greatest obstacle to attracting people to our island.

August 18, 2012 | Posted in Opinion | Read More »

The final solution at the north end

The final solution at the north end

The time has come for the town to work with the taxpayers to create a solution that will allow the surrounding 500 residences to coalesce as a neighborhood, free of the specter of an abandoned Whitney Beach Plaza, gas station and bank building.

May 13, 2012 | Posted in Opinion | Read More »

Some people can’t win for losing

Some people can’t win for losing

The election season is over, springtime is here and the poppycock is in full bloom. The sore losers are working hard to press their vernal harvest of sour grapes into bitter whine.

April 15, 2012 | Posted in Opinion | Read More »

The Bolshevists (the majority)

The Bolshevists (the majority)

The recent Longboat Key election, where a polarized community narrowly elected a candidate, has illuminated a basic problem confronting our community. Is it possible to perceive a clear mandate when there is no clear majority? The current commission claims to be the Bolshevists (the majority) and to have the overwhelming support of the community.

April 6, 2012 | Posted in Opinion | Read More »

Making sense of Town Commission myths

Making sense of Town Commission myths

Myth 1: that the commission can substantially change the major trends of the global real estate market.

March 17, 2012 | Posted in Opinion | Read More »

A one-issue election

A one-issue election

What the commissioners want to do to my neighborhood upsets me, and it is personal. I don’t appreciate the commissioners deciding what is best for me, any more than I appreciate having the federal government telling me what to do, where I can go and which Wall Street gambling losses I must pay for.

March 12, 2012 | Posted in Opinion | Read More »

Brenner vs. Rajewski — round one

Brenner vs. Rajewski — round one

There is going to be a very rare event on Longboat Key Tuesday, March 20: an election for the Town Commission. It is a contest for the third district, and it features current Vice Mayor David Brenner and challenger Ray Rajewski.

February 24, 2012 | Posted in Al Green, Opinion | Read More »

A new look

A new look

The IPOC/Loeb Realty Partners decision gives the town the opportunity to retake control of their own destiny. The proposal by Loeb for a $400 million extravaganza of condos, hotels and a conference center was too much for a group of untrained community volunteers to assimilate so they just said ‘yes’ without considering the full extent of their folly.

January 12, 2012 | Posted in Al Green, Opinion | Read More »

Effort by Duncan, Brenner to be applauded

Effort by Duncan, Brenner to be applauded

Commissioners Jack Duncan and Dave Brenner should be applauded along with the many other residents, board members and staffers who fashioned a Vision Plan and mission statement for Longboat Key

November 5, 2011 | Posted in Opinion, Stephen Reid | Read More »

Let them eat cake

Let them eat cake

What will life be like on Longboat Key when Publix demolishes all the existing buildings at Avenue of the Flowers and replaces them with a new shopping center? A process that may take the better part of a year

July 22, 2011 | Posted in Opinion | Read More »