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February 11, 2019 | Posted in Stephen Reid, Top Box | Read More »

February 11, 2019 | Posted in Stephen Reid, Top Box | Read More »

The cat who terrorized Christmas

The cat who terrorized Christmas

I should have seen the foreshadowing when Mickey, our troublesome cat, started drinking the funky water from the base of the Christmas tree stand.

January 1, 2019 | Posted in Opinion, Stephen Reid | Read More »

Lido Pavilion Plan and the Sarasota Commission reek worse than red tide

Lido Pavilion Plan and the Sarasota Commission reek worse than red tide

We love Sarasota a lot more than we love politicians. The three will be known as the trio who forever screwed up the Lido Beach Pavilion. They will be the three who devalued the gorgeous strand of calm beach and handed it off on the cheap. The only good that we will be able to salvage from the mess is after the very next election we will be able to call the trio “former” Commissioners.

September 11, 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 »

Vote for Pastor, Schneier, Langley and against the 2018 Charter

Vote for Pastor, Schneier, Langley and against the 2018 Charter

We never seem to replace the little Commission nametags in Town Hall — we just store them in a closet, dust them off and bring them out every couple years.

March 11, 2018 | Posted in Opinion, Stephen Reid | Read More »

Longboaters should vote ‘No’ on replacing our Town Charter

Longboaters should vote ‘No’ on replacing our Town Charter

Why should residents today want to approve a Charter change that effectively votes the voter out of future decisions, especially when those decisions will lead to indebtedness?

March 4, 2018 | Posted in Opinion, Stephen Reid | Read More »

Bullock managed the insanities of a Town Commission all while keeping a sense of humor

Bullock managed the insanities of a Town Commission all while keeping a sense of humor

The Town Commission has failed to create a zoning and redevelopment process to shape the future redevelopment of the Colony and other parcels in need of redevelopment.

January 20, 2018 | Posted in Opinion, Stephen Reid | Read More »

My Thanksgiving with Charlton Heston, Chopin, an English vegetarian and Mozart

My Thanksgiving with Charlton Heston, Chopin, an English vegetarian and Mozart

There is often something daunting about holidays which is conveyed in the fearful rhetoric we employ — “Did you get through the holidays?” “Did you pull off Thanksgiving?”

December 31, 2017 | Posted in Opinion, Stephen Reid | Read More »

Don’t be seduced; both Trump and the NFL players can be wrong

Don’t be seduced; both Trump and the NFL players can be wrong

I hate the way the dynamics of television urge us to become self-righteous and take sides.

October 15, 2017 | Posted in Opinion, Stephen Reid | Read More »