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Michael Welly steps down with Longboat Key Club sale

Michael Welly steps down with Longboat Key Club sale

‘Welly has done an outstanding job over the past eight years in making the Key Club the main economic engine of Longboat. He should feel good about that.’

October 20, 2012 | Posted in Business, Major Headlines, Top Box | Read More »

Key Club, IPOC at legal crossroads

Key Club, IPOC at legal crossroads

With the Colony more or less in limbo until Federal District Appeal Court Judge Steven Merryday offers a final ruling and remedy, which is due any day, the Longboat Key Club Islandside redevelopment challenges continue unabated with several new twists and turns

September 3, 2011 | Posted in Major Headlines | Read More »

Déjà vu

Déjà vu

They say you have the experience of feeling sure that you have already witnessed or experienced a current situation, even though the exact circumstances of the previous encounter are uncertain and were perhaps imagined. I think I witnessed déjà vu all over again, as Yogi used to say, in Town Hall on a rainy summer day

September 2, 2011 | Posted in Opinion | Read More »

Tigers — developers

Tigers — developers

Late on another hot and humid August morning I headed over the bridges to the big city, Sarasota, for the monthly meeting of the movers and shakers of the county, the Tiger Bay Club. This is a test of endurance. Inside the pleasantly cool restaurant, Michaels on East, I heard what I took as a great remark, “You really have to like chicken to put on a jacket on a day like today.” Good line, eh?

August 26, 2011 | Posted in Opinion | Read More »

Positive still

Positive still

A few weeks ago, before my sojourn at sea, I wrote of my thoughts on the positive side of things around our island home. I meant what I said in that short piece. I even pledged future positive thinking. So positive I will try to be. That should be easy. There is so much

July 29, 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 »

Key Club Hotel checks in, checks out

Key Club Hotel checks in, checks out

Many Longboaters were thrilled last week when front-page news in the Longboat Observer stated that the Longboat Key Club would in fact build a hotel first, as soon as the legal challenges to its approved redevelopment plan are over

July 1, 2011 | Posted in Major Headlines | Read More »

Tigers still

Tigers still

It was a hot day in early June as I traveled to our big city, Sarasota, for the Tiger Bay luncheon. As is my want I try to attend these almost-monthly affairs to keep up on what is going on in the larger venue, to see who else is about and frankly to support our colleague and friend, Dr. Hal Lenobel. Tiger Bay has long been Hal’s baby

June 17, 2011 | Posted in Opinion | Read More »

Spoll forms task force

Spoll forms task force

Former Mayor George Spoll received a blessing from town commissioners to head up an economic revitalization task force. Spoll said the mission of the task force is to seek out ideas and concepts to encourage the restorations of amenities and services that he says have disappeared from the key over the past decade. Spoll sees […]

March 25, 2011 | Posted in In the news, Top Box | Read More »

Tigers all

Tigers all

I attended the monthly Tiger Bay luncheon meeting in Sarasota in early March. As I’m almost tired of saying: the crowd was good, the food only fair. The agenda for that Thursday was the appearance of Sarasota County Sheriff Tom Knight and City of Sarasota Chief of Police Mikel Hollaway. These two police professionals cover the city and larger county. They answered questions from the day’s moderator and from the floor

March 25, 2011 | Posted in Opinion | Read More »