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Mar Vista hearing canceled for attorney input

Mar Vista hearing canceled for attorney input

Mar Vista Dockside Restaurant owner Ed Chiles this week rescinded his application to restore the historic Rufus P. Jordan House, but will proceed with building a tree house and adding 11 seats to the restaurant. This revised application was originally on the Longboat Key Planning and Zoning Board’s 9 a.m. Tuesday, June 18 agenda. However, […]

June 17, 2013 | Posted in Major Headlines, Top Box | Read More »

Good grief

Good grief

Yet another wake up call that we need to work on the basics of our Zoning Laws and the due process that they are supposed to provide to Applicants and to Citizens.

June 12, 2013 | Posted in Opinion, Top Box | Read More »

Town Attorney urges Commission to rescind Mar Vista approval

Town Attorney urges Commission to rescind Mar Vista approval

The Longboat Key Town Commission will consider Monday, May 6 at 7 p.m. a recommendation from Town Attorney Maggie Mooney-Portale to rescind the site plan that the board granted on May 6 for a Mar Vista restaurant expansion. Mooney wrote: “Due to procedural Abnormalities and based upon the request from the applicant to refile a […]

June 3, 2013 | Posted in Major Headlines, Top Box | Read More »

The Mar Vista Controversy

The Mar Vista Controversy

I give no credence to the Commissioners’ claim that what they did was all within the Town’s codes and Comprehensive Plan.

June 3, 2013 | Posted in Business, Opinion, Top Box | Read More »

Errors force Mar Vista do-over

Errors force Mar Vista do-over

Public noticing requirements failed to meet legal muster and due process of affected Village residents has been violated. Staff fixing 30-year old method.

May 27, 2013 | Posted in Major Headlines, Top Box | Read More »

Mar Vista debacle latest in damaging decisions

Mar Vista debacle latest in damaging decisions

We have now squandered so much energy on bad land-use processes and decisions that every grandchild of every land use attorney in the Southwest Florida region has college, their first car, first two weddings and house paid for by our mistakes.

May 27, 2013 | Posted in Opinion, Stephen Reid | Read More »

Mar Vista back on agenda

Mar Vista back on agenda

In the wake of resident protest, Longboat Commission has on agenda for Monday a discussion and possible vote to reconsider approval of the site plan.

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

Mar Vista expansion creates complaints in historic Longboat Village

Mar Vista expansion creates complaints in historic Longboat Village

Neighbors say 331 possible patrons will flood residential area.

May 14, 2013 | Posted in Major Headlines, Top Box | Read More »

Fashionable fun hits runway at Longboat Key Club

Fashionable fun hits runway at Longboat Key Club

Longboat Key friends of fashion, fine food and frolicking with friends came out to the watch runway contestants at the Garden Club’s annual Taste of the Keys fashion show. Modeling area fashions were local celebrities including Town Manager Dave Bullock, Village resident Rusty Chinnis, restauranteur  Ed Chiles, Longboat Key Education Center President Susan Goldfarb, Key resident […]

February 7, 2013 | Posted in Key Events, Key Life, Top Box | Read More »

Manatee County attracts tourism without depleting resources

Manatee County attracts tourism without depleting resources

Manatee County is receiving recognition for its ability to attract tourism without depleting its natural resources. The county has been selected for the upcoming Sustainable and Authentic Florida Conference. The event will be held October 17-19 and will explore how place-making can help post-recession Florida continue to attract investors, newcomers and visitors. Organizers of the […]

July 28, 2012 | Posted in News Shorts | Read More »