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Colony demolished, St. Regis approved as ownership battle continues into 2019

Colony demolished, St. Regis approved as ownership battle continues into 2019

For years, it appeared as if the legal battles between the ownership interests of the former Colony Beach & Tennis Resort were eclipsing any real progress toward redevelopment. This situation changed dramatically in 2018. On March 16, the Longboat Key Town Commission approved a plan to allow 166 St. Regis Hotel rooms and 78 St. […]

January 13, 2019 | Posted in Major Headlines, Top Box | Read More »

Red tide plagues beaches

Red tide plagues beaches

Red tide was persistent starting in the summer of 2018 in Southwest Florida, from Collier County up through Pinellas County. Longboat Key and Sarasota were no exception. The town not only monitored the situation daily for dead fish and concentrations of red tide, it has done so since Aug. 2, when the effects of the […]

January 13, 2019 | Posted in Major Headlines, Top Box | Read More »

Coyotes prowl Longboat, Sarasota

Coyotes prowl Longboat, Sarasota

Longboat’s and Sarasota’s newest residents, coyotes, continue wandering neighborhoods.

January 13, 2019 | Posted in Major Headlines, Top Box | Read More »

Longboat plans to bolster north-end beach

Longboat plans to bolster north-end beach

Town of Longboat Key Commissioners in 2018 directed town staff and Olsen Associates, the town’s beach engineering firm, to progress forward with the permitting of five groins at the north end of the island. The commission decided, temporarily at least, to only build four. The reason for the contingency plan on the fifth groin is […]

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Three contested seats made for heated 2018 election on LBK

Three contested seats made for heated 2018 election on LBK

Incumbent Ed Zunz narrowly held on to his District 5 seat in 2018 against challenger Randy Langley with a vote of 1,409 to 1,297 in the March Commission election. Zunz did not win in Manatee County, but made up the difference in Sarasota County. In Manatee County, Zunz earned a total of 451 to Lagley’s […]

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LBK power lines heading underground

LBK power lines heading underground

Longboat Key’s undergrounding of the island’s utilities began staging this month, and will begin no later than the first quarter of 2019. Also in December 2018, the commission voted to approve $49 million in bonds via a resolution. The bonds were first voted on and approved by Longboat Key residents to pay to underground all […]

January 13, 2019 | Posted in Major Headlines, Top Box | Read More »

Longboat Key News In Print — December 28, 2018 edition

Longboat Key News In Print — December 28, 2018 edition

Click to open up the edition and then click to open up the page full size just as it was printed.

January 1, 2019 | Posted in In Print | Read More »

Langley, Haycock vie for Longboat Commission seat

Langley, Haycock vie for Longboat Commission seat

Longboat Key residents Randy Langley and Mike Haycock will soon be appealing to voters to replace incumbent Commissioner Jim Brown.

January 1, 2019 | Posted in Major Headlines, Top Box | Read More »

Town says ‘No’ to sales office at Colony site with 4-3 vote

Town says ‘No’ to sales office  at Colony site with 4-3 vote

“If you deny this, I will not be able to start until Spring of next year. If you delay this, and your code is unlike hundreds of other cities in the state of Florida, it will delay us by one year,” said Whittall.

January 1, 2019 | Posted in Major Headlines, Top Box | Read More »

Sarasota plans more roundabouts and St. Armands traffic calming

Sarasota plans more roundabouts and St. Armands traffic calming

Spoll referred to the raised devices as traffic calming speed tables and encourages residents to cut through the residential neighborhoods around the Circle to show an element of protest against the plan if it manifests.

January 1, 2019 | Posted in Major Headlines, Top Box | Read More »