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Town ready to debate cell tower policy

Town ready to debate cell tower policy

The rules that will be replaced if the ordinance is adopted have been in place for years and allow towers only in Institutionally-zoned properties with a collapse zone of 200 feet.

November 10, 2013 | Posted in Major Headlines, Top Box | Read More »

Conflicting codes cause confusion

Conflicting codes cause confusion

Any time a developer adds dwelling units to a site, a compensating amount of money must be placed into a fund for the town to acquire open and recreational park space.

March 20, 2013 | Posted in Major Headlines, Top Box | Read More »

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 »

Comprehensive Plan amendment approved by State

Comprehensive Plan amendment approved by State

The Comprehensive Plan amendment which was adopted June 21 was reviewed by the State Land Planning Agency and found no changes were needed. The amendment will allow for an overlay district for properties in the Whitney Beach area, allowing for more than one type of use in the area. If the amendment is not challenged […]

September 1, 2012 | Posted in In the news, News Shorts | Read More »

No nudes is good nudes

No nudes is good nudes

Longboat Key’s residents can rest assured that the town fathers (and mothers) will continue to juggle the serious problems facing the town, without the distraction of a naked, or semi-silhouetted, breast adorning the place where they do their thing.

July 1, 2012 | Posted in Opinion, Richard Hershatter, Top Box | Read More »

A bit more learning curve

A bit more learning curve

The seminal work of this commission has now been completed. I must commend them all and the staff, which pulled this off for them, for their determination and singleness of purpose. These are formidable adversaries to be taken seriously by all.

July 1, 2012 | Posted in Opinion | Read More »

Q.E.D. (Quod erat demonstrandum)

Q.E.D. (Quod erat demonstrandum)

As the run up to this meeting passed, I learned of a new “dustup” as a Village group sought unsuccessfully to gain access to the agenda to present an alternate plan for the Whitney Beach Plaza area.

June 11, 2012 | Posted in Opinion | Read More »

It’s time to think big

It’s time to think big

Recent sewer line breaks beneath Gulf of Mexico Drive give, or should give, our town pause. Sewers and the pipes that carry sewage were installed in the early ’70s, approaching their 40th year in service.

March 31, 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 »

Commission enters first step in code rewriting program

Commission enters first step in code rewriting program

The cliché that the hardest part of a journey is the first step proved true for Longboat commissioners as they struggled Thursday to define how to go about revamping the town’s land-use regulations.

February 18, 2012 | Posted in Major Headlines | Read More »