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Colony ballot language vote leads to tussle on Commission

Colony ballot language vote leads to tussle on Commission

“Tonight there is one simple issue before you, you will have important and controversial issues before you in the future, but I believe voters are expecting to vote on this issue.”

December 21, 2016 | Posted in Major Headlines, Top Box | Read More »

Voters say ‘No’ to LBK hotel plan. What’s next?

Voters say ‘No’ to LBK hotel plan. What’s next?

“I voted against it because it was an overreaching plan that was way too big and Floridays was despicable in its mailings to the residents.”

September 5, 2016 | Posted in Major Headlines, Top Box | Read More »

Longboat decides power line fate

Longboat decides power line fate

Voters will decide on Tuesday whether to pay $25.25 million over 30 years to bury power lines and place fiber optic cable along the length of the Key.

November 2, 2015 | Posted in Major Headlines, Top Box | Read More »

Let’s get on with it

Let’s get on with it

While I’m glad to see the much better voter participation, I continue to be perplexed by the continued difference between turnouts in our two counties.

June 9, 2015 | Posted in Opinion | Read More »

Ballot boxes bursting as Key Club decision looms

Ballot boxes bursting as Key Club decision looms

Redevelopment plans hinge on outcome as more than 52.5% of 6,370 mailed ballots have been returned.

May 11, 2015 | Posted in Major Headlines, Top Box | Read More »

Longboat Key needs a casino to go along with the new 12-story convention center hotel

Longboat Key needs a casino to go along with the new 12-story convention center hotel

If we need more tourists, the sensible thing to do is to OK the building of a large casino to go along side the new gigantic convention hotel, we are the process of approving.

May 11, 2015 | Posted in Opinion, Top Box | Read More »

Beach bond vote validated

Beach bond vote validated

The 2014 beach renourishment project can now proceed as planned. Longboat Key voters passed a beach bond referendum in March this year, which would allow a $16 million beach renourishment project to place white sand along Longboat’s beaches, as the town does approximately every 10 years. Unfortunately, the vote was deemed invalid when it was determined the town did not sufficiently advertise the beach bond referendum in the newspaper

August 5, 2011 | Posted in Major Headlines | Read More »

Law threatens key density vote

Law threatens key density vote

Mayor Jim Brown is requesting assistance from state officials in keeping Longboat’s ability to increase its density. Brown sent e-mails this week to Rep. Ray Pilon, Rep. Jim Boyd, Sen. Mike Bennett and Sen. Nancy Detert to ask for their assistance in obtaining an amendment to HB7202, which was signed into law by the governor and will prohibit the town from holding any referendum on the town’s Comprehensive Plan amendment. This means town could not hold a referendum to increase the allowable density on the island

June 24, 2011 | Posted in Major Headlines | Read More »

What does he know, and when did he know it?

What does he know, and when did he know it?

The question I am most often asked is how I stay in touch with the goings on the key to be able to write a column each week. The answer is that the issues that come up are almost always issues that have been faced in the past. One of the arguments against term limits is that

June 9, 2011 | Posted in Al Green, Opinion | Read More »

The proposed Longboat Key Community Center

The proposed Longboat Key Community Center

In 2003 Longboat Key voters soundly defeated a referendum to fund a planned new community center at Bayfront Park. The 2011 plans for a new community center at the same location basically involve combining the 2003 community center plans with the 2009 Sarasota County Park Plans into a single project

June 9, 2011 | Posted in Opinion | Read More »