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LBK power lines heading underground

LBK power lines heading underground

Longboat Key’s undergrounding of the island’s utilities began staging this month, and will begin no later than the first quarter of 2019. Also in December 2018, the commission voted to approve $49 million in bonds via a resolution. The bonds were first voted on and approved by Longboat Key residents to pay to underground all […]

January 13, 2019 | Posted in Major Headlines, Top Box | Read More »

To Dig or Not to Dig – That is my question

To Dig or Not to Dig – That is my question

Does a small affluent seasonal community, of mostly retirees, require two super high capacity fiber optic networks?

October 16, 2018 | Posted in Opinion | Read More »

Neighborhood power line burial effort surges ahead

Neighborhood power line burial effort surges ahead

Bullock expects the construction to underground all of the utilities on Longboat Key to take no more than three years.

October 16, 2017 | Posted in Major Headlines, Top Box | Read More »

Vice Mayor talks Longboat future

Vice Mayor talks Longboat future

“The Community Arts Center will be a great thing for Longboaters who don’t want to run into Sarasota and it will allow plays, concerts, and ballet companies the opportunity to perform on the island.”

April 12, 2017 | Posted in Major Headlines, Top Box | Read More »

Town approves franchise fees to soften undergrounding impact

Town approves franchise fees to soften undergrounding impact

Commission decides to use up to $5 million non-ad valorem fees and revenue to help defray the cost for some residents.

September 25, 2016 | Posted in Major Headlines, Top Box | Read More »

Commission to retackle, rethink neighborhood underground plan

Commission to retackle, rethink neighborhood underground plan

Town to consider options including pledging franchise and utility fees to help pay down the $23 million cost of the project. Cost could drop by almost $4,000 for some property owners.

September 25, 2016 | Posted in Major Headlines, Top Box | 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 »

Longboat voters approve undergrounding

Longboat voters approve undergrounding

A total of 2,031 Longboaters — more than 55% — voted in support of undergrounding neighborhoods.

March 15, 2016 | Posted in Major Headlines, Top Box | Read More »

Will all of Longboat be undergrounded?

Will all of Longboat be undergrounded?

If the vote passes, every overhead line on Gulf of Mexico Drive and on every side-street and property, would be buried within five years.

March 14, 2016 | Posted in Major Headlines, Top Box | Read More »

Undergrounding: We need a more community friendly way

Undergrounding: We need a more community friendly way

The way the town commission has gone about funding their underground power line project has been a more divisive process than any other endeavor in the history of our island.

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