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Utility undergrounding moves forward on Key

Utility undergrounding moves forward on Key

After months of debate and cost analysis, the Longboat Key Town Commission moved forward in 2015 with a plan to underground power lines on Gulf of Mexico Drive. The issue was put to a vote in November and more than 62 percent said ‘yes’ to allowing the town to bond up to $25.25 million for […]

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Sand starved beaches to soon see relief

Sand starved beaches to soon see relief

The Year of 2015 proved to be one of watching erosion on Longboat Key’s beaches. On the south end of the key, in front of L’Ambiance and Sanctuary Condominiums, all of the recreational beach has eroded and the vegetative dunes are what remains. The town spent  the year applying for and waiting as government agencies […]

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Legendary Longboaters Katz, Lenobel, Dunn leave us in 2015

Legendary Longboaters Katz, Lenobel, Dunn leave us in 2015

Florence Katz, Hal Lenobel and Edith Barr Dunn were nothing short of legendary presences on Longboat Key for decades. Longboat lost them this year after each enjoyed a lifetime of accomplishment and influence.  Most recently, Florence Weisblat Katz, age 100, passed away at the Sarasota Bay Club on December 26, 2015. She was preceded in […]

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Courts help decide key Colony litigation in 2015

Courts help decide key Colony litigation in 2015

If one were to judge the progress or lack thereof at The Colony Beach and Tennis Resort by driving by the site on south Longboat Key, it would appear that nothing happened in 2015. But in fact, several key court rulings have moved the resort, which has been closed since Aug. 2010, closer to resolution. […]

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Moore’s Restaurant sold after 50 years of family operation

Moore’s Restaurant sold after 50 years of family operation

After 50 years of family ownership and operation, Moore’s Restaurant, located in perhaps one of the prettiest waterfront locations in the Historic Village was sold in July of this year. Sarasota restaurateurs Mark Caragiulo and Tom Leonard bought the business with the desire to completely renovate and modernize the menu as well as the 6,000-square-foot […]

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Voters say ‘Yes’ to Key Club

Voters say ‘Yes’ to Key Club

In one of the most anticipated votes in Longboat Key history, a majority of Longboaters said ‘yes’ to allow the Longboat Key Club to build up to 300 tourism units on its Islandside property. The results showed that of 3,669 votes cast, a total of 1,948, or 53 percent, voted in favor of the proposal. […]

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Peacock policy limits flock to 12 males

Peacock policy limits flock to 12 males

In July, the town commission decided zero females and 12 males are all they want to see remain on Longboat Key. That policy was in tandem with a budget to accomplish the culling of the peacocks that have lived in the Village on the north end since the early days of Longboat. The desire to […]

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Bayfront Park redevelopment plan a go

Bayfront Park redevelopment plan a go

A final plan to redevelop an expanded Bayfront Park was presented by Town Manager Dave Bullock to the commission in March 2015. The commission approved the plan and it is destined to be built in 2016 and will include a kayak launch, dog parks for both small and large canines, pickle ball, basketball courts, a […]

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