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2013 Year in Review: Stories that shaped Longboat Key — The Colony, Cell Towers, Pension reform, Hilton, Planning with the ULI, Elections & more…

2013 Year in Review: Stories that shaped Longboat Key — The Colony, Cell Towers, Pension reform, Hilton, Planning with the ULI, Elections & more…

At the end of each year, Longboat Key News reviews the events and issues that shape the town and its future. Many events are ongoing and have been debated over several years and multiple commissions such as structural solutions to North End beach erosion, whether there should be a cell tower, as well as the [...]

December 31, 2013 | Posted in Major Headlines, Top Box | Read More »

Longboat employees plead, win back benefits

Longboat employees plead, win back benefits

Longboat Key general employees pleaded for the Town Commission to add two employee benefits back into pension policy under consideration at their regular meeting on Monday, July 1.

July 10, 2013 | Posted in Major Headlines, News Shorts, Top Box | Read More »

Fire dept. contract ratified; pension costs capped

Fire dept. contract ratified; pension costs capped

Longboat Key firefighters narrowly approved in a 16-14 vote a new employee contract that moves all current and future employees out of the town’s pension system, freezes the existing town pension plan, and moves the employees to the Florida Retirement System (FRS).

February 24, 2013 | Posted in Major Headlines, Top Box | Read More »

Picasso’s brush with Longboat Key politics

Picasso’s brush with Longboat Key politics

Everyone is overstating themselves with hyperbolic achievements and each is accusing the other of some horrible motive and behavior.

February 18, 2013 | Posted in Opinion, Stephen Reid, Top Box | Read More »

Welcome to the Hotel California Pension plan

Welcome to the Hotel California Pension plan

The Town can check into the state retirement system, but it can never leave and that may ultimately be a good thing.

December 16, 2012 | Posted in Opinion, Stephen Reid, Top Box | Read More »

Fire contract reached; proposal could end defined benefit era on Longboat Key

Fire contract reached; proposal could end defined benefit era on Longboat Key

The Longboat Key firefighters are less than happy to have agreed to a defined contribution pension plan after months of negotiation with Town Manager Dave Bullock. On Friday afternoon, the Manager’s bargaining team and the fire department union agreed to a three-year contract that the Manager will present to the Town Commission for consideration.

December 10, 2012 | Posted in Major Headlines, Top Box | Read More »

Firefighters’ plan offers to help pay down pension liability

Firefighters’ plan offers to help pay down pension liability

“I don’t want you to misinterpret what I am saying as we are close to an agreement. I am saying your proposal is sufficient to tweak our interest and look at in detail.”

November 18, 2012 | Posted in Major Headlines, Top Box | Read More »

Firefighter contract talks get hot

Firefighter contract talks get hot

The Town of Longboat Key narrowly avoided impasse in its contract negotiations with its Firefighter Union on Thursday

November 3, 2012 | Posted in Major Headlines, Top Box | Read More »

Longboat descends into the first level of pension hell

Longboat descends into the first level of pension hell

It does very little for us to solve the financial cost problem only to degrade the coverage or quality
of firefighter we can attract.

May 26, 2012 | Posted in Opinion, Stephen Reid | Read More »

Manager offers Longboat pension remedy

Manager offers Longboat pension remedy

In the face of spiraling unfunded liability costs, Manager Bullock proposes to freeze all employee pensions and convert to defined contribution model.

May 5, 2012 | Posted in Major Headlines, Top Box | Read More »