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FDOT responsible for Longboat traffic pile-ups

FDOT responsible for Longboat traffic pile-ups

Each time the bridge went up, there was an instant three-mile standstill because of traffic volumes.

March 18, 2017 | Posted in Major Headlines, Top Box | Read More »

Rapid erosion steals sand from Inn on the Beach

Rapid erosion steals sand from Inn on the Beach

“There is no real usable beach at Inn on the Beach for pretty much their whole waterfront property. All of their dune walkovers are in the Gulf. When you come to a beach resort, we realize there is an expectation that there will be a beach.”

May 15, 2016 | Posted in Major Headlines, Top Box | Read More »

Bullock says summer dredging will remedy clogged New Pass Channel

Bullock says summer dredging will remedy clogged New Pass Channel

The channel is officially unnavigable. Some boaters want steps taken to keep it open. Town says dredging will remedy.

March 15, 2016 | Posted in Major Headlines, Top Box | Read More »

New Pass numbers do not justify changing bridge schedule

New Pass numbers do not justify changing bridge schedule

Last spring, the town commission urged the manager to see if there was any way to modify the frequency the New Pass Bridge is opened to allow boats to navigate to and from the Gulf.  Last Tuesday, they were told “No.” To help examine the issue, retired U.S. Coast Guard Admiral Steve Branham conducted a […]

September 20, 2015 | Posted in Major Headlines, Top Box | Read More »

It’s time to think big

It’s time to think big

Recent sewer line breaks beneath Gulf of Mexico Drive give, or should give, our town pause. Sewers and the pipes that carry sewage were installed in the early ’70s, approaching their 40th year in service.

March 31, 2012 | Posted in Opinion | Read More »

The limits on growth?

The limits on growth?

Recent sewer line breaks beneath Gulf of Mexico Drive give, or should give, our town pause. Sewers and the pipes that carry sewage were installed in the early ’70s, approaching their 40th year in service. Line breaks are always a nuisance to all. They usually happen when least acceptable, in this case at the height of the “season” with accompanying peak flows

April 23, 2011 | Posted in Opinion | Read More »

Scallops disappearing from Sarasota Bay

Scallops disappearing from Sarasota Bay

Longboaters, including Sarasota Bay Watch President Rusty Chinnis, joined forces to count scallops last weekend. The findings were not encouraging. In fact, the population of scallops in the bay has plummeted since the Sarasota Bay Watch group held its first scallop search in 2008.

August 27, 2010 | Posted in In the news, Top Box | Read More »

Home free

Home free

A green sea turtle rehabilitated at Mote Marine Laboratory was released Friday, July 2 from Longboat Pass in Manatee County after successful treatment for a boat strike injury. Boats have struck a record number of sea turtles in Sarasota and Manatee county waters this year, according to Mote staff, who caution boaters to keep a careful eye out for turtles and other marine life during Labor Day Weekend.

August 27, 2010 | Posted in Key Life, Top Box | Read More »

Big Pass, New Pass inlet management plan underway

Big Pass, New Pass inlet management plan underway

Sarasota County commissioners will receive and consider the final inlet management plan for Big Pass/New Pass, which began in 2005 with an assessment of existing and needed data.

July 30, 2010 | Posted in In the news | Read More »