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Colony fire ruled “Suspicious,” investigation closed

Colony fire ruled “Suspicious,” investigation closed

A fire on the top floor of the mid-rise building at the former Colony Beach & Tennis Resort on Saturday, Sept. 22, will not be further investigated and has been ruled “suspicious” by the Longboat Police Department. Police Chief Pete Cumming said he believes either it was intentionally set or workers cutting wires in the […]

September 27, 2018 | Posted in Major Headlines, Top Box | Read More »

Bayfront redevelopment wins support

Bayfront redevelopment wins support

After more than five years in the making, the master plan to develop 53 acres of City-owned land along the Bayfront has been approved by the Sarasota City Commission.

September 27, 2018 | Posted in Major Headlines, Top Box | Read More »

Emergency sand due to hit Lido mid-November

Emergency sand due to hit Lido mid-November

Last week, the Sarasota City Commission unanimously voted to allow Sarasota City Manager Tom Barwin to execute a contract for almost $4 million in sand slated for the highly eroded Lido Beach. Two bids have been submitted, one for $3.943 million by Coastal Dredging LLC, and the other by Weeks Marine for $4.825 million. City […]

September 27, 2018 | Posted in Major Headlines, Top Box | Read More »

City Planning Board votes against Lido Pavilion Plan

City Planning Board votes against Lido Pavilion Plan

“This is a perfect storm of incompatibility. Lido Pavilion is being robbed.”

September 16, 2018 | Posted in Major Headlines, Top Box | Read More »

Longboat to fight FDOT data for Downtown roundabout

Longboat to fight FDOT data for Downtown roundabout

‘We ought to evaluate with a full season of traffic, before proceeding.’

September 16, 2018 | Posted in Major Headlines, Top Box | Read More »

Longboat may hire consultant over feared Sarasota roundabout

Longboat may hire consultant over feared Sarasota roundabout

The prospect of any road design that could impede exiting the island is troubling.

September 11, 2018 | Posted in Major Headlines, Top Box | Read More »

City lends final approval to Lido sand project; emergency beach building to start in Fall

City lends final approval to Lido sand project; emergency beach building to start in Fall

The long-term project to stabilize the Lido Key shoreline is predicated on dredging a portion of the accumulated sand in Big Sarasota Pass and depositing it on about 1.6 miles of south Lido Key Beach.

September 11, 2018 | Posted in Major Headlines, Top Box | Read More »

Roundabout, Quay to transform Downtown Sarasota corridor

Roundabout, Quay to transform Downtown Sarasota corridor

Part of the contention, especially for Longboat Key residents, is the specter of a roundabout that is not only planned, but already funded.

September 3, 2018 | Posted in Major Headlines, Top Box | Read More »

Latest Bayfront developments: Sarasota Orchestra to exit stage as Van Wezel plans new hall

Latest Bayfront developments: Sarasota Orchestra to exit stage as Van Wezel plans new hall

The Master Plan to redevelop 53 Bay front acres in downtown Sarasota to reach Commission in the fall.

July 5, 2018 | Posted in Major Headlines, Real Estate, Top Box | Read More »

Sarasota Commissioner Hagen Brody demands apology from Commissioner Willie Shaw

Sarasota Commissioner Hagen Brody demands apology from Commissioner Willie Shaw

“I’m one of those little colored folks that all you white folks done spoke for that don’t understand none of this,” Commissioner Willie Shaw said.

July 4, 2018 | Posted in Major Headlines, Top Box | Read More »