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Court weighs how to determine ‘true value’ of Colony property

Court weighs how to determine ‘true value’ of Colony property

What is the value of 17.2 acres situated on Longboat Key and boasting one of the best Gulf-front beaches in Florida?

March 9, 2019 | Posted in Major Headlines, Top Box | Read More »

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 »

Klauber was our driving force in so many ways

Klauber was our driving force in so many ways

Dr. Murray Klauber and his early decisions and astute leadership made our area the great restaurant and hospitality destination we know today.

December 2, 2018 | Posted in Opinion | Read More »

Murf Klauber: Building a legacy through family, passion and fun

Murf Klauber: Building a legacy through family, passion and fun

The energy, passion and imagination of Murf Klauber made an impression on generations of Longboaters. All along, he worked with the family he loved.

December 2, 2018 | Posted in In the news, Major Headlines, Top Box | Read More »

Colony demo starts slowly as Unicorp buys final 5%

Colony demo starts slowly as Unicorp buys final 5%

Contractors ripped off a few dilapidated wooden balconies mainly as a symbolic gesture for the crowd of reporters and interested onlookers. On Tuesday, Unicorp did consolidate final ownership of the outstanding commercial interests at the Colony.

September 2, 2018 | Posted in Major Headlines, Top Box | Read More »

PattiGeorge’s demolished; Colony clearing comes next

PattiGeorge’s demolished; Colony clearing comes next

The demolition is to make way for a new waterfront restaurant by the owners, the Columbia Restaurant Group.

August 27, 2018 | Posted in Major Headlines, Top Box | Read More »

Can Andy Adams be shamed into selling his Colony units or will the courts decide?

Can Andy Adams be shamed into selling his Colony units or will the courts decide?

From the mid-rise Klauber ran the operation like a benevolent dictator with his Sperry Topsiders, snug white shorts and shirts that even a Fauvist on LSD could not envision.

April 1, 2018 | Posted in Opinion, Stephen Reid | Read More »

Longboat Key and the Colony are the greatest shows on Earth

Longboat Key and the Colony are the greatest shows on Earth

We are right now the land of two divine spectacles: The Town Commission election and the approval of the St. Regis Hotel and Residences. This past week was especially exciting since at long last a new vision was approved to replace the morbid and moribund Colony Beach & Tennis Resort.

March 17, 2018 | Posted in Opinion, Stephen Reid | Read More »

Town, Unicorp give life to St. Regis plan

Town, Unicorp give life to St. Regis plan

Without an epidural and with numerous suitors claiming ownership rights to the offspring, Unicorp President Chuck Whittall, his attorneys and the members of the Longboat Key Planning and Zoning Board came together this past week and consummated the first signs of new life at the decrepit 17.6-acre site.

February 28, 2018 | Posted in Opinion, Stephen Reid | Read More »

Can Longboat Key really offer a fair hearing to the Colony redeveloper?

Can Longboat Key really offer a fair hearing to the Colony redeveloper?

Politicians are a lot like babies: they must be changed often and for the same reason.

February 18, 2018 | Posted in Opinion, Stephen Reid | Read More »