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City Planning Board votes against Lido Pavilion Plan

City Planning Board votes against Lido Pavilion Plan

“This is a perfect storm of incompatibility. Lido Pavilion is being robbed.”

September 16, 2018 | Posted in Major Headlines, Top Box | Read More »

Roundabout, Quay to transform Downtown Sarasota corridor

Roundabout, Quay to transform Downtown Sarasota corridor

Part of the contention, especially for Longboat Key residents, is the specter of a roundabout that is not only planned, but already funded.

September 3, 2018 | Posted in Major Headlines, Top Box | Read More »

Latest Bayfront developments: Sarasota Orchestra to exit stage as Van Wezel plans new hall

Latest Bayfront developments: Sarasota Orchestra to exit stage as Van Wezel plans new hall

The Master Plan to redevelop 53 Bay front acres in downtown Sarasota to reach Commission in the fall.

July 5, 2018 | Posted in Major Headlines, Real Estate, Top Box | Read More »

Fleetwood files to overturn St. Regis approval

Fleetwood files to overturn St. Regis approval

The Town has a month to respond. Plan to redevelop Colony at stake.

June 18, 2018 | Posted in Major Headlines, Real Estate, Top Box | Read More »

St. Regis Hotel moves ahead as attorneys battle for hours

St. Regis Hotel moves ahead as attorneys battle for hours

It was contentious. It was harrowing. But after two days of deliberations, Unicorp’s application to build a St. Regis Hotel and Residences received a 5-2 vote of approval for the first of two readings by the Longboat Key Town Commission last week.

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

Town, Unicorp give life to St. Regis plan

Town, Unicorp give life to St. Regis plan

Without an epidural and with numerous suitors claiming ownership rights to the offspring, Unicorp President Chuck Whittall, his attorneys and the members of the Longboat Key Planning and Zoning Board came together this past week and consummated the first signs of new life at the decrepit 17.6-acre site.

February 28, 2018 | Posted in Opinion, Stephen Reid | Read More »

Can Longboat Key really offer a fair hearing to the Colony redeveloper?

Can Longboat Key really offer a fair hearing to the Colony redeveloper?

Politicians are a lot like babies: they must be changed often and for the same reason.

February 18, 2018 | Posted in Opinion, Stephen Reid | Read More »

Longboat Key Election 2018: Candidates talk development rights, pickleball, marijuana and more…

Longboat Key Election 2018: Candidates talk development rights, pickleball, marijuana and more…

What are the three biggest challenges facing the Town Commission and how would you address these issues?

February 18, 2018 | Posted in Major Headlines, Top Box | Read More »

Colony drama unfolds on several Key fronts

Colony drama unfolds on several Key fronts

Unicorp submits revised site plan minus 24 units after contentious meeting. Final site plan heading to P&Z for review.

January 29, 2018 | Posted in Major Headlines, Real Estate, Top Box | Read More »

The Colony: How did paradise on the beach devolve into lawsuits, bizarre plans and inaction?

The Colony: How did paradise on the beach devolve into lawsuits, bizarre plans and inaction?

I find it hard to get on bandwagons. I do not wave flags for developers, but at the same time I see the rallying cry of Preserve Longboat Key as short sighted. Both are right and wrong.

January 21, 2018 | Posted in Opinion, Stephen Reid | Read More »