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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 »

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 »

Undergrounding: A critical but common sense choice

Undergrounding: A critical but common sense choice

This is a huge opportunity to make a critical but common sense choice for the good of all on Longboat Key now and in the future. Let us not “snatch defeat out of the jaws of victory”.

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

LBK Condos seek relief from undergrounding cost

LBK Condos seek relief from undergrounding cost

In the case of Spanish Main, homeowners will collectively pay more than $1 million to the Town in assessments to bury a line that is estimated to cost only $300,000 if they do it themselves.

February 27, 2016 | Posted in Major Headlines, Top Box | Read More »

The complaint with undergrounding…

The complaint with undergrounding…

“One organization on the North-end told me, ‘They (the Commission) hate us.’ Think of this: if George Spoll, Ed Zunz, Armando Linde and such a wide range of people think the undergrounding plan is unfair, their must be something to it.”

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

Discord erupts when Town looks for other undergrounding funds

Discord erupts when Town looks for other undergrounding funds

“This latest idea is a shell game of the most base nature I have ever seen. It is a shifting of cost. I’m just amazed that this is even being presented. I’m disgusted where we are right now.” – Commissioner Phill Younger
“To imply this is a shell game, I take insult. Nobody is doing anything under the covers here. There is nobody trying to deceive anyone here, or move anything around. The attempt is to bring the issue to an equitable closure.” — Mayor Jack Duncan

January 31, 2016 | Posted in Major Headlines, 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 »

Villagers protest town’s power line plan

Villagers protest town’s power line plan

“This is a very regressive tax system and sets a precedent that’s quite frightening with 28 percent of the people paying 70 percent of the cost.”

January 19, 2016 | Posted in Major Headlines, Top Box | Read More »

Undergrounding Longboat Key: Bullock’s brave new world

Undergrounding Longboat Key: Bullock’s brave new world

The holidays were certainly over on Longboat Key for Town Manager Dave Bullock as he started the New Year off with a six-hour commission meeting in front of more than 150 residents who displayed neither a shortage of words, opinion, facial expressions or gesticulations.

January 19, 2016 | Posted in Major Headlines, Top Box | Read More »