At the end of each year, Longboat Key News reviews the events and issues that shape the town and its future. Many events are ongoing and have been debated over several years and multiple commissions such as structural solutions to North End beach erosion, whether there should be a cell tower, as well as the [...]
2013 Year in Review: Stories that shaped Longboat Key — The Colony, Cell Towers, Pension reform, Hilton, Planning with the ULI, Elections & more…
The Town of Longboat Key through Manager Dave Bullock made a complete shift from last week’s fire pension negotiation wherein both sides had agreed to a defined contribution model or a straight wage increase. Instead, on Tuesday of this week, the Town Manager returned to the negotiating table and offered the firefighters a pared-down version of a defined benefit plan that would put all employees in the Florida Retirement System and cap the cost and liability to Longboat taxpayers at 13% of payroll.
The Longboat Key firefighters are less than happy to have agreed to a defined contribution pension plan after months of negotiation with Town Manager Dave Bullock. On Friday afternoon, the Manager’s bargaining team and the fire department union agreed to a three-year contract that the Manager will present to the Town Commission for consideration.