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Residents, Mote react as red tide ravages tourism and marine life

Residents, Mote react as red tide ravages tourism and marine life

“The excess land-based nurtients flowing into Florida estuaries and coastal waters in stormwater runoff, rivers and creeks exacerbate the growth of harmful algae blooms.”

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

Ballot boxes bursting as Key Club decision looms

Ballot boxes bursting as Key Club decision looms

Redevelopment plans hinge on outcome as more than 52.5% of 6,370 mailed ballots have been returned.

May 11, 2015 | Posted in Major Headlines, Top Box | Read More »

Longboat Key needs a casino to go along with the new 12-story convention center hotel

Longboat Key needs a casino to go along with the new 12-story convention center hotel

If we need more tourists, the sensible thing to do is to OK the building of a large casino to go along side the new gigantic convention hotel, we are the process of approving.

May 11, 2015 | Posted in Opinion, Top Box | Read More »

Candidate countdown…

Candidate countdown…

Final debate of election brings strong answers and differences.
• Jaleski against tourism; others say it is manageable.
• How should we solve traffic on the Key? Candidates differ.
• Which candidates are ready to lead? Read the answers.
• How do we redevelop and keep our beauty and ambiance?
• Any lessons learned from the recent defeats in court? You decide.

March 3, 2015 | Posted in Major Headlines, Top Box | Read More »

Visit Sarasota County update on tourism

Visit Sarasota County update on tourism

Visit Sarasota County (VSC) would like to provide you with a quick update and the latest tourism numbers. There is an opening of the new Visitor Centers, the Sarasota Modern Festival, RIAF and welcoming thousands of women from around the world for the International Breast Cancer Dragon Boat Festival at Nathan Benderson Park. Visitors to […]

October 11, 2014 | Posted in Major Headlines, Top Box | Read More »

Resort tax in Manatee County sets another record

Resort tax in Manatee County sets another record

The Manatee County Tax Collector’s Office states that March set another monthly record for resort tax collections.  The resort tax collections division reported $1.7 million was collected for March resort taxes, the highest ever. The resort tax is the 5 percent paid on rentals of six months or less. The $1.7 million for March 2014 […]

May 28, 2014 | Posted in Major Headlines, Top Box | Read More »

Increased tourism no help to housing

Increased tourism no help to housing

It is time to permanently bury the myth that increasing tourism is the way to promote home sales in an upscale residential community.

December 9, 2013 | Posted in Opinion, Top Box | Read More »

Revised Longboat Hilton expansion plan submitted this week

Revised Longboat Hilton expansion plan submitted this week

If approved, the plan represents the first application for, and utilization of a pool of 250 tourism units voters approved.

September 23, 2013 | Posted in Major Headlines, Real Estate, Top Box | Read More »

Overcrowding Anna Maria Island

Overcrowding Anna Maria Island

There is a limit to growth especially when living on an island with limited space and resources.

August 26, 2013 | Posted in Opinion | Read More »

Extra story approved for Tourism zoned properties, Hilton property

Extra story approved for Tourism zoned properties, Hilton property

The Longboat Key Town Commission unanimously passed an ordinance that will allow an additional story of height — up to 15 feet— for a site plan utilizing tourism units from the pool of 250 tourism units approved by voter referendum five years ago. The Planning and Zoning board recommended approval as did Town staff and […]

June 12, 2013 | Posted in Major Headlines, Top Box | Read More »