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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 »

Longboat’s Turtle Gods may seek revenge on Town

Longboat’s Turtle Gods may seek revenge on Town

Right now, the biggest obstacle to the reproductive success of turtles on Longboat Key is Commissioner Phill Younger.

May 15, 2016 | Posted in Opinion, Stephen Reid | Read More »

Latest Longboat crosswalk plan to mar island entrance with FDOT signs

Latest Longboat crosswalk plan to mar island entrance with FDOT signs

Is an inferior, but cheaper solution, a good enough outcome?

April 15, 2016 | Posted in Opinion, Stephen Reid | Read More »

Trump and Sanders visit Longboat to help solve utility undergrounding fight

Trump and Sanders visit Longboat to help solve utility undergrounding fight

Donald Trump pulled into my driveway in a long black limo that sported a bumper sticker reading, “Big Hands Rule.” He finished listening to Flight of the Valkyries before he swaggered inside. Bernie Sanders later that night arrived in a 1971 Volkswagen bus. The bus had a bumper sticker that read, “Please inhale before voting.”

March 7, 2016 | Posted in Opinion, Stephen Reid | Read More »

Dealing with the high cost of resident Gene Jaleski and his power line burial fight

Dealing with the high cost of resident Gene Jaleski and his power line burial fight

It is far more malicious to use taxpayer’s dollars to pay attorneys and outside counsel to create the arguments to go after Jaleski in the first place — that is malicious and bullying.

February 15, 2016 | Posted in Opinion, Stephen Reid | Read More »

Engineering stupidity on Longboat Key

Engineering stupidity on Longboat Key

We have created not a safer way to cross GMD. Just the opposite: In fact, if you want to commit suicide, you do not have to drive to the Skyway to jump — just use the crosswalks on Longboat Key.

February 15, 2016 | Posted in Opinion, Stephen Reid | Read More »

Sarasota glow

Sarasota glow

The view from Lido Shores last week. Photo by Steve Reid.

January 31, 2016 | Posted in Top Box | Read More »

Longboat’s Electric Kool Aid Power Line Plan

Longboat’s Electric Kool Aid Power Line Plan

Perhaps all of this Undergrounding the Utilities mess has to do with the wrath of the Peacock Gods. Villagers should take a more benevolent view of the birds who up to now kept large financial assessments off of their properties. Think of them as the equivalent of the cows in India.

January 19, 2016 | Posted in Opinion, Stephen Reid | Read More »