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Fire contract passes 4-3

Fire contract passes 4-3

“If we are to have a Fire Department and Paramedics we must be competitive.”

June 20, 2016 | Posted in Major Headlines, Top Box | Read More »

Town working hard to erode our Fire/EMS team

Town working hard to erode our Fire/EMS team

In this instance, at this moment in time, something that is critical is under a threat from our own Town Commission.

September 20, 2015 | Posted in Opinion, Stephen Reid | Read More »

Florida State University flunks Longboat’s firefighter pension

Florida State University flunks Longboat’s firefighter pension

Longboat Key’s Firefighter Pension fund received the lowest possible ranking from Florida State University in its latest report card for Florida’s municipal pension funds.

October 5, 2014 | Posted in Major Headlines, Top Box | Read More »

Longboat Key Election 2014: Candidates talk pensions, taxes and Longboat beauty

Longboat Key Election 2014: Candidates talk pensions, taxes and Longboat beauty

On March 25, Longboat Key voters must decide which commissioners to elect in two contested races, in the At-large seat is L’Ambiance resident Irwin Pastor who is running against Country Club Shores resident Armando Linde. Commissioner Terry Gans is running against Bayou resident Ray Rajewski for the District 3 seat. Commissioner Lynn Larson is running […]

February 23, 2014 | Posted in Major Headlines, Top Box | Read More »

Town at stalemate with Police Department

Town at stalemate with Police Department

In a July 24 letter, Longboat Key town labor attorney Reynolds Allen wrote to the police union attorney Diane Morton-Bailey that since the Police union has not accepted any of the town’s three offers, the town will proceed with the impasse procedure immediately. The police union decided not to accept any of the town’s three […]

August 10, 2013 | Posted in Major Headlines, Top Box | Read More »

Longboat hits impasse with police union

Longboat hits impasse with police union

The town declared an impasse with the police union on July 19 and the Longboat Key Police Union is attempting to hold a vote to decide which of three retirement options offered by the town is acceptable. The union had until Thursday to make a final decision and since no decision was made the impasse […]

July 29, 2013 | Posted in In the news, Major Headlines, Top Box | Read More »

On Monday, May 20, Longboat Key Town Commission agenda

On Monday, May 20, Longboat Key Town Commission agenda

Pension plans on town agenda Town pension plans will be discussed at the Longboat Key Town Commission’s regular workshop on Monday, May 20. Commissioners will review a proposed ordinance that freezes the Firefighters’ Retirement System pension plan. After the discussion, the ordinance will be forwarded to a special workshop meeting later the same day for […]

May 20, 2013 | Posted in Major Headlines, Top Box | Read More »

2012 YEAR IN REVIEW — Town shifts away from pension risk

2012 YEAR IN REVIEW — Town shifts away from pension risk

One of the final turning points of 2012 was the Fire Department pension negotiation. Town Manager Dave Bullock had been negotiating fire pension discussions wherein both sides had agreed to a defined contribution model or a straight wage increase. Then in the last weeks of December, Bullock returned to the negotiating table and offered the […]

January 2, 2013 | Posted in Major Headlines | Read More »

Town reversal: Defined benefit plan offered to Longboat Firefighters with cap on taxpayer liability

Town reversal: Defined benefit plan offered to Longboat Firefighters with cap on taxpayer liability

The Town of Longboat Key through Manager Dave Bullock made a complete shift from last week’s fire pension negotiation wherein both sides had agreed to a defined contribution model or a straight wage increase. Instead, on Tuesday of this week, the Town Manager returned to the negotiating table and offered the firefighters a pared-down version of a defined benefit plan that would put all employees in the Florida Retirement System and cap the cost and liability to Longboat taxpayers at 13% of payroll.

December 12, 2012 | Posted in Major Headlines, Top Box | Read More »

August doldrums

August doldrums

PETER O’CONNOR Guest Columnist opinion@lbknews.com I’ve learned in my avocation that things move either too fast or too slow. Here on Longboat Key in July and August there is little going on, at least on the surface. This is by design. Our founders pictured a community of part-timers, with most decamping their ‘winter’ digs for […]

August 10, 2012 | Posted in Opinion | Read More »