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The Breakfast Club

The Breakfast Club

The Breakfast Club meets three times a week at the Coffee Carousel on Main Street in Sarasota.

August 10, 2013 | Posted in Dan Dowd, Opinion, Top Box | Read More »

Key Club vs. IPOC — round two

Key Club vs. IPOC — round two

Snowbirds returning to our island paradise undoubtedly know that things remain unsettled in the Middle East and that in Iraq the Shias and Sunnis are still killing each other because of a disagreement over the proper way to worship Allah.

January 12, 2012 | Posted in Opinion, Richard Hershatter | Read More »

Access denied

Access denied

For now, the town of Longboat Key will not be able to enter resident James Armstrong’s home. Longboat Key property owner James Armstrong wrote an email Nov. 22 to Mayor Jim Brown, explaining that the town of Longboat Key lost its effort in court to enter his home over alleged code violations.

November 26, 2011 | Posted in Major Headlines | Read More »

Does the end justify the means?

Does the end justify the means?

Certain town politicians are now espousing the rationale that we must retain the Planning, Zoning and Building Department director because she is too professional to lose. They are employing this rationale as their justification to excuse the director’s behavior that had been allowed to go on under the former town manager. I am sorry that this story is not pretty

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

Bullock named to town manager post

Bullock named to town manager post

Longboat Key Commissioners decided by a vote of 6-1 to name Deputy Sarasota County Administrator Dave Bullock the next town manager. After a week of debate over how fast the town should proceed and whether Bullock would in fact be an interim manager rather than a permanent manager, Bullock was the clear choice

October 7, 2011 | Posted in Major Headlines | Read More »

Longboat should grab Bullock by horns

Longboat should grab Bullock by horns

Too fast, too slow, just right. It is a Goldilocks dilemma of timing for the Longboat Key Town Commission when it comes to selecting a new town manager. And as in all uncertainties — it causes fear, vacillation, criticism, self-doubt and worry about doing what is right

October 3, 2011 | Posted in Opinion, Stephen Reid | Read More »

Cell towers under review

Cell towers under review

Planning and Zoning Board to consider amending rules… The Longboat Key Town Commission gave permission to the Planning and Zoning Board to hold public hearings and attempt to amend the telecommunication ordinance, also known as the cell phone tower regulations.

September 23, 2011 | Posted in Major Headlines | Read More »

Legal fees examined after skirmish

Legal fees examined after skirmish

With the town’s budget balancing act looming, commissioners and residents have called the town attorney’s fees into question. At the July budget workshop, the commission agreed to cut $37,500 in outside attorney fees (not the town attorney costs) from the 2011-2012 budget

July 22, 2011 | Posted in Major Headlines | Read More »

Town attorney reports on pending lawsuits

Town attorney reports on pending lawsuits

Town Attorney David Persson provided a list July 15 to town commissioners of the current lawsuits or pending lawsuits for the town of Longboat Key. In recent weeks, various commissioners and residents have questioned the cost of paying town attorney fees and have considered if this cost could be made leaner within the town’s budget.

July 22, 2011 | Posted in Major Headlines | Read More »

Seems like old times

Seems like old times

After more than a generation of watching the operation, I have come to the conclusion that running Longboat Key, at least from the point of sitting on the dais as a town commissioner, is a very easy job

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