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Life is curious

Life is curious

Life is a curious thing but on Longboat Key, it gets more and more curious.

February 18, 2012 | Posted in Al Green, 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 »

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 »

Town favors easing commercial buffer rule

Town favors easing commercial buffer rule

The Longboat Key Town Commission moved to change the rules that mandate a 10-foot buffer be created and maintained between commercial and residential properties

December 17, 2011 | Posted in Major Headlines | Read More »

Town talks tougher codes

Town talks tougher codes

“Something needs to be done,” said Longboat Key Commissioner Jack Duncan Thursday about what he calls “deplorable” conditions of construction material, parked cars in yards and the unkempt condition of nearby properties

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

Mission accomplished: Final piece in place

Mission accomplished: Final piece in place

When Vice Mayor David Brenner said he was “taking back” Longboat Key, most people thought it was just talk. However, in what must be some sort of record for a palace coup, Vice Mayor Brenner has not only forced out a highly regarded 14-year town manager, but he has placed in the job a replacement who will have to bow to his every whim

October 7, 2011 | Posted in Al Green, Opinion | Read More »

The journey behind our manager’s departure

The journey behind our manager’s departure

I called the town manager after the resignation agreement was signed, after he stepped down, after his 14-year career on Longboat Key was over. And he asked if I was looking for a quote. I suddenly realized that I had to stop working. I found myself attempting to be fake and do my job while a decent man that I have known for 14 years was driving home from work for the final time

September 16, 2011 | Posted in Opinion, Stephen Reid | Read More »

A legal fee by any other name

A legal fee by any other name

The town’s attorney fees may become a thorny problem. Not only are Longboat town government legal costs 30 percent higher since the Key Club filed for permission to expand its facilities and increase density, there now appears to be a question as to what the taxpayers are paying for, and what is being charged to the Key Club. Let me explain

July 8, 2011 | Posted in Opinion | Read More »

A minority report

A minority report

Last week I was talking with a fellow resident who also happens to be on the Board of Trustees at Penn State. We got to discussing local university issues. I mentioned that I thought one of his colleagues was a pain in the a**. He said it is beneficial to have someone like that on a board. It forces you to clarify and rethink your own position

July 1, 2011 | Posted in Al Green, Opinion | Read More »

Building fee plan rejected by town

Building fee plan rejected by town

A building fee study five years in the making was presented by Planning and Zoning Director Monica Simpson and was vigorously rejected by the Town Commission within ten minutes of her presentation at a June 16 workshop

June 17, 2011 | Posted in Major Headlines | Read More »