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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 »

Making sense of Longboat’s convoluted election

Making sense of Longboat’s convoluted election

Choosing candidates is akin to deciding between heads of cabbage at a market, the fact remains not all heads of cabbage are equal. This holds true on Longboat Key.

March 8, 2017 | Posted in Opinion, Stephen Reid | Read More »

Let’s stop watching the Colony Porn Channel

Let’s stop watching the Colony Porn Channel

When it comes to the Colony Beach & Tennis Resort redevelopment a bizarre form of land use porn has emerged and I hear otherwise sane people getting caught up in images and feelings that have little or no basis in anything resembling reality.

February 14, 2017 | Posted in Opinion, Stephen Reid | Read More »

Whittall fields tough questions on Colony resort plan

Whittall fields tough questions on Colony resort plan

The success of the proposal is contingent on gaining voter approval in March to add 180 residential units.

February 5, 2017 | Posted in Major Headlines, Real Estate, Top Box | Read More »

Town looks to purchase Amore Restaurant for $2.2 million

Town looks to purchase Amore Restaurant for $2.2 million

Rooks said he is “very emotional,” about the idea of selling the restaurant, which he bought for $1.2 million more than 10 years ago.

February 5, 2017 | Posted in Major Headlines, Real Estate, Top Box | Read More »

Longboat redevelopment rules bring fierce debate and dissent

Longboat redevelopment rules bring fierce debate and dissent

“I see some dangers in this getting out of hand and circumventing all that has come before us.”

February 4, 2017 | Posted in Major Headlines, Top Box | Read More »

Future Longboat Key defined by land use rules under review

Future Longboat Key defined by land use rules under review

According to Town Planning and Zoning Director Alaina Ray, 3,350 units on Longboat Key are non-conforming.

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

Town undertakes rewrite of land development regs

Town undertakes rewrite of land development regs

The Town of Longboat Key over the last two years has struggled rewriting some of the loosest codes in its charter.  The Town Commission in December reviewed a fundamental land use regulation that will affect the redevelopment of the Colony and other major properties on Longboat Key in December. This regulation, the Planned Unit Development [...]

January 2, 2017 | Posted in Major Headlines, Top Box | Read More »

Floridays North-end hotel vote fails by 78%

Floridays North-end hotel vote fails by 78%

This year another development plan for a hotel at the north end, the Floridays’ project, was voted down by residents.In fact, more than 78 percent of voters in both Manatee and Sarasota County portions of Longboat Key were against the referendum, which sought to allow the developer, Floridays, the ability to put up to 120 [...]

January 2, 2017 | Posted in Major Headlines, Top Box | Read More »