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How do we fight an avalanche of stupidity on Longboat Key?

How do we fight an avalanche of stupidity on Longboat Key?

It is a classic legislative bait and switch. Voters were sold the idea of allowing the reconstruction of an existing building. But now, 10 years later, the push is to forever make all of the existing units “conforming” in new zoning districts and then set new redevelopment parameters.

May 29, 2017 | Posted in Opinion, Stephen Reid | Read More »

Longboat narrowly averts planning disaster

Longboat narrowly averts planning disaster

It is the low density, the reduced size and scale of the island that makes Longboat unique and a tranquil oasis in a state that generally assumes the position of ladorsis when developers approach.

May 27, 2017 | Posted in Opinion, Stephen Reid | Read More »

Town tables major land-use rules

Town tables major land-use rules

“I’m not sure we’ve thought through the ramifications,” said Commissioner Randy Clair.

May 27, 2017 | Posted in Major Headlines, Top Box | Read More »

New Longboat rules to affect Colony, building heights and rebuild rights

New Longboat rules to affect Colony, building heights and rebuild rights

The stakes could not be higher. The future look of the island, the evolution of property values and the protection of development rights all intersect.

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

The people have spoken

The people have spoken

It is clear from the last three referendum votes that residents on Longboat Key no longer wish to have more hotel/motel rooms in their community.

April 12, 2017 | Posted in Opinion | Read More »

Can we talk?

Can we talk?

I hope the commission slows down and makes a concerted effort to get input from the greater community before forging ahead. Especially since they have been shown to be almost completely out of touch with their constituents when it comes to increased density.

April 12, 2017 | Posted in Opinion | Read More »

The rebuilding of Longboat Key

The rebuilding of Longboat Key

The biggest challenge confronting our community is minimizing negative impacts of the rebuilding process on neighborhoods and preserving the low profile charm that makes our island so desirable.

April 9, 2017 | Posted in Opinion | Read More »

Longboat building heights define debate

Longboat building heights define debate

“Why 80-feet? Was that just pulled out of the air?”

April 9, 2017 | Posted in Major Headlines, Top Box | Read More »

Residents demand stricter building height policy

Residents demand stricter building height policy

“I wish I could take a wrecking ball and remove this atrocity.”

March 18, 2017 | Posted in Major Headlines, Top Box | Read More »

Village peppers candidates with heated questions and reactions

Village peppers candidates with heated questions and reactions

  STEVE REID Editor & Publisher sreid@lbknews.com The Longboat Village hosted what looks to be the final public showdown between this year’s crop of commission candidates. The event was part of the Longbeach Village Association’s monthly meeting and allowed At-Large candidates Jim Brown and Gene Jaleski as well as District 4 candidates Jack Daly and [...]

March 8, 2017 | Posted in Major Headlines, Top Box | Read More »