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Rotary, Police & Fire: They are what makes a community great!

Rotary, Police & Fire: They are what makes a community great!

The afternoon was like good lovemaking — an event you thought might last 15 minutes stretched for an hour and a half and everyone left with a smile.

May 27, 2017 | Posted in Opinion, Stephen Reid | Read More »

Waves of Light

Waves of Light

Night descends on Lido Shores. Photo by Steve Reid

May 16, 2017 | Posted in Key Life, Stephen Reid, Top Box | Read More »

The frozen cat I buried on Good Friday

The frozen cat I buried on Good Friday

I tried to take the turn into the driveway slowly so our cat, Popsicle, who was now melting in a brown box, would not bounce around in the trunk.

May 15, 2017 | Posted in Opinion, Stephen Reid, Top Box | Read More »

Who should ride on Longboat’s infamous Mayor-go-Round?

Who should ride on Longboat’s infamous Mayor-go-Round?

We do not need a return to the past when commissioners cavorted behind the scenes with developers.

March 18, 2017 | Posted in Opinion, Stephen Reid | Read More »

Making sense of Longboat’s convoluted election

Making sense of Longboat’s convoluted election

Choosing candidates is akin to deciding between heads of cabbage at a market, the fact remains not all heads of cabbage are equal. This holds true on Longboat Key.

March 8, 2017 | Posted in Opinion, Stephen Reid | Read More »

The toxic turkey that threatened our family

The toxic turkey that threatened our family

He looked like Robert Duvall walking around a bombed out landscape in Vietnam relishing the smell of turkey in the morning.

November 30, 2016 | Posted in Opinion, Stephen Reid, Top Box | Read More »

Darkness Circles St. Armands

Darkness Circles St. Armands

November 13, 2016 | Posted in Key Events, Key Recreation, Top Box | Read More »

Town close to falling into litigious Colony quagmire

Town close to falling into litigious Colony quagmire

Our community leaders are once again playing chicken with lawsuits, development rights and how to go about applying the rules in a fair and equitable manner. And it could all affect the outcome at the Colony as well as the chances that the Town gets sued.

September 25, 2016 | Posted in Opinion, Stephen Reid | Read More »

Undergrounding: Longboat Commission masters the art of clumsy defeat

Undergrounding: Longboat Commission masters the art of clumsy defeat

The voters of Longboat Key wanted to see their neighborhoods undergrounded. This was their chance. It looked like the Commissioners were carrying the football for the community across the line and victory was at hand.

July 9, 2016 | Posted in Opinion, Stephen Reid | Read More »

Fire Department contract difficult yet necessary

Fire Department contract difficult yet necessary

This is something we cannot do on the cheap. We cannot pretend we exist in a vacuum. We are in a market of paramedics and firefighters. They have an actual market value. We cannot allow our dislike of pensions, unions and negotiations to get in the way of what is best for the taxpayers of Longboat Key.

June 5, 2016 | Posted in Opinion, Stephen Reid | Read More »