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North Longboat police patrols boosted by County

North Longboat police patrols boosted by County

County agrees to remove trash, pay for cops at north-end hangout.

April 19, 2018 | Posted in Major Headlines, Top Box | Read More »

Resident requests police presence

Resident requests police presence

‘There is a very small group of aggressive fishermen who are making it difficult for people to enjoy their houses on the water and for people to feel safe and secure in public swimming areas.’

October 12, 2013 | Posted in Major Headlines, Top Box | Read More »

Tree of Life

Tree of Life

Tree of life. Longboat Key’s north-end as photographed by Beth Brewer.

July 1, 2013 | Posted in Top Box | Read More »

Stay on Key with The Beer Can Blues

Stay on Key with The Beer Can Blues

It’s partly cloudy on Beer Can Island as I walk among the fallen gray trees that dominate the landscape here. Looking up, I flinch in surprise.

December 27, 2012 | Posted in Key Events, Key Life, Key Recreation, Top Box | Read More »

Beach plan shifts away from Beer Can island

Beach plan shifts away from Beer Can island

“Sand will wash away from Beer Can Island but the beach we care about most will remain,” said Bullock.

June 24, 2012 | Posted in Major Headlines, Top Box | Read More »

North end warned of rapid erosion

North end warned of rapid erosion

Town Manager David Bullock gave notice on Friday, April 27 to 360 North condominium owners that there is potential for the Gulf to breech their buildings in the event of a storm. “Their level of protection is diminishing with every storm,” said Bullock.

April 29, 2012 | Posted in Major Headlines, Top Box | Read More »

Highlights from a birding class

Highlights from a birding class

This February I taught a birding class at the Longboat Key Education Center where we went on three field trips in and around LBK. As birds don’t have schedules, don’t phone, email or text where they’ll be in advance, you never know what you are going to see. Here are some highlights from those birding walks.

March 22, 2012 | Posted in Key Life, Top Box | Read More »

Report reveals alcohol violation hotspots

Report reveals alcohol  violation hotspots

Police Chief Al Hogle released data this week regarding the number of DUI arrests and alcohol violations in 2010 and 2011 on Longboat Key — the predominant number of the alcohol violations occurred on Greer Island, which is owned by Manatee County.

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

Engineer warns of losing Beer Can Island to erosion if groin plan shifts

Engineer warns of losing Beer Can Island to erosion if groin plan shifts

Greer Island could erode away if groins are moved to the south. According to a report by the town’s engineering firm Coastal Planning and Engineering (CPE), if the proposed groins at the north end of Longboat Key are placed beginning at the 360 North Condominiums, and not north of Greer Island, the erosion at Greer Island would be so severe that the small island could eventually be lost.

February 4, 2012 | Posted in Major Headlines | Read More »

Birding all day

Birding all day

One day this past January, without planning it, I birded the whole day. Because of fog I didn’t get out until 10 a.m. On Whitney Beach there’s a white and black raptor flying under pebbly clouds. What is this mystery bird? It’s an osprey whose color is actually dark chocolate brown and white but looks black in dim light. Flap, flap, flap, glide; the raptor steadily wings its way down the beach. Higher and going in the opposite direction is another osprey. Trains on different tracks. Hey guys, you know each other?

January 6, 2012 | Posted in Key Life, Top Box | Read More »