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Tragic car accident, clear-cutting and a new beach bring light and dark to our holidays in Sarasota and Longboat Key

Tragic car accident, clear-cutting and a new beach bring light and dark to our holidays in Sarasota and Longboat Key

The City Manager made some critical errors this past year, but he did do one thing right. He would do well in baseball — hitting the ball successfully one out of three times ain’t all bad!

December 25, 2019 | Posted in Opinion, Stephen Reid, Top Box | Read More »

County cooperates with City in Lido Beach building plan

County cooperates with City in Lido Beach building plan

Amid dissent, the Sarasota County Commission votes 4-1 to allow beach building equipment to be staged at Ted Sperling Park on South Lido Key. The decision saves taxpayers $1 million.

December 25, 2019 | Posted in Major Headlines, Top Box | Read More »

Sarasota County, City battle over Lido Beach building plan

Sarasota County, City battle over Lido Beach building plan

Before it allows staging of equipment at its park, Sarasota County wants additional recourse if Lido Beach building erodes shoreline. Both City Attorney
and Manager argue the permit to dredge is replete with protections, remedies and monitoring and County refusal would cost taxpayers $1 million.

December 25, 2019 | Posted in Major Headlines, Top Box | Read More »

As Longboat dislikes roundabout, Sarasota furthers partnership with FDOT

As Longboat dislikes roundabout, Sarasota furthers partnership with FDOT

FDOT says the roundabout will slow traffic and create a more pedestrian friendly environment.

December 25, 2019 | Posted in Major Headlines, Top Box | Read More »

City seeks help from County in Lido Beach renourishment

City seeks help from County in Lido Beach renourishment

The City contends it will save hundreds of thousands of dollars by using Ted Sperling Park as a staging area and says the decision has to be approved in short order.

November 4, 2019 | Posted in Major Headlines, Top Box | Read More »

State of Lido Beach meets state of litigation

State of Lido Beach meets state of litigation

“This litigation has been a complex multi-year saga.”

September 25, 2019 | Posted in Major Headlines, Top Box | Read More »

Orchestra not heading to Payne Park

Orchestra not heading to Payne Park

“I am disappointed by the lack of leadership on your part on this issue. You are giving us no choices.”

June 17, 2019 | Posted in Major Headlines, Top Box | Read More »

Sarasota stalls Bayfront plan to define cost to taxpayers

Sarasota stalls Bayfront plan to define cost to taxpayers

No issue facing the City of Sarasota is of greater import than the redevelopment of its 53 acres that surround the Van Wezel and sprawl along the Bayfront. The Commission wants more time to vet the plan.

April 15, 2019 | Posted in Major Headlines, Top Box | Read More »

Lido Pool and Pavilion plan takes a final dive in City Hall

Lido Pool and Pavilion plan takes a final dive in City Hall

“For months I asked for documents regarding this lease agreement and nothing came forward. Then suddenly we had an executed agreement. It was very Machiavellian and done in secrecy. We need to get out of this and be done with it.”

February 24, 2019 | Posted in Major Headlines, Top Box | Read More »

The path forward in the Lido Pool plan

The path forward in the Lido Pool plan

The path forward in the Lido debacle is rife with wrong turns. We need to pay the Daiquiri Deck duo to exit the stage, accept the gift from Mark Walsh and then keep it simple, really simple.

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