• Parking and traffic complaints aired at SKA meeting

    Parking and traffic complaints aired at SKA meeting

    | November 21, 2017

    By Rachel Brown Hackney   Parking at Siesta Public Beach, traffic congestion and concerns about crime were the focus of questions directed at Deputy Chris McGregor of the Sheriff’s Office during the November Siesta Key Association (SKA) meeting. SKA Director Gene Kusekoski kicked off the comments, noting that drivers often are reluctant to stop for […]

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  • If you care about Siesta Key - Donate Now

    If you care about Siesta Key – Donate Now

    | November 21, 2017

       Siesta Key Association continues its legal dispute with the Army Corp and the City of Sarasota. SKA's goal is twofold; protect Siesta Key, S. Lido Key, Bay Island and Bird Key from potential wave damage and protect the Big Pass sand bars which have formed. This is now a major Sarasota County water recreation […]

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  • Top Siesta Key news stories of 2017

    Top Siesta Key news stories of 2017

    | November 21, 2017

    By Roger Drouin From a Hurricane close call to a historic property sale in the heart of the Village, 2017 was a big year on the Key. Although the Key and surrounding areas escaped a direct hit from powerful Hurricane Irma, the storm left significant damage, including large downed trees, and left some without power […]

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  • Make Siesta Drive Safer

    Make Siesta Drive Safer

    | November 21, 2017

    By Rachel Brown Hackney    Safety issues on Siesta Drive — from Osprey Avenue to the Shell Road intersection with Higel Avenue — have been the focus of a group of Bay Island Siesta Association members since April, the association’s vice president recently told Siesta Key Association (SKA) members. Make Siesta Drive Safer has been […]

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  • Big Pass Shoal offers boaters a Margaritaville vibe while protecting Siesta Key’s shoreline

    Big Pass Shoal offers boaters a Margaritaville vibe while protecting Siesta Key’s shoreline

    | November 21, 2017

    By Robert Frederickson Michael Shay doesn’t need to rely on reports from high-priced consultants or pore over arcane papers on coastal erosion to understand the important role the shoals and resulting sandbar off Big Pass play in protecting Siesta Key’s shoreline. He can simply look out the window of his home at Siesta Town House […]

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December Island Girls

December Island Girls

December 1, 2017 | Comments (0)

Photos by Jaye Clements / Sarasota Photography Our December island girls (l-r) are Sarah, from Punta Gorda, FL., Corinn, from Marietta, GA., and Josi, from Intercourse, PA. What better place for these former gymnasts to come together to celebrate best friend, Corinn’s 40th birthday? Sarah enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, and relaxing on the […]

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Arts on the Horizon

Arts on the Horizon

December 1, 2017 | Comments (0)

By Rodger Skidmore Why go to a museum?      Well, probably for as many reasons as there are works of art on display – paintings, sculptures, wall hangings, etc. But, of course, going to a museum entails a great deal of effort – finding a large block of time, putting on your museum shoes […]

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Gulf Front, Three Pools, and Dog friendly at Jamaica Royale

Gulf Front, Three Pools, and Dog friendly at Jamaica Royale

December 1, 2017 | Comments (0)

By Roger Drouin   Jamaica Royale is a beachfront resort of 175 units, including several style units — including one-story villas, two-story townhouses, and two towers featuring two-bedroom Gulf condos. The community is best known for its three heated pools, one directly on the beach, and its expansive stretch of private beach and miles of […]

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Sheriff’s Report October 18- November 13, 2017

Sheriff’s Report October 18- November 13, 2017

December 1, 2017 | Comments (0)

There were a total of 17 crimes reported on the Key between 10/18-11/ 13 /17 10/21/17 Theft Beach Rd. A man was riding his skim board on the beach near Access 2. He eventually left the area and forgot his board on the beach. When he returned approximately 30 minutes later, it was gone. He […]

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Notes from the Island Fishmonger

Notes from the Island Fishmonger

December 1, 2017 | Comments (0)

Welcome back snowbirds! Some of you don’t like the term “snowbird," but we don’t view it as a derogatory or negative term; rather more of an affectionate nickname. I never really put much time thinking of the definition of a snow bird. Maybe because it's obvious you got this nickname from flying south when the […]

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Siesta Sounds

Siesta Sounds

December 1, 2017 | Comments (0)

By Charmaine Engelsman-Robins       Is Al Fuller one of the most popular entertainers working in southwest Florida?  Gee, I don’t know … in the first 15 minutes of our interview he booked three unexpected new gigs via incoming phone calls, so what do you think?       If you’ve had any exposure to the area music scene over […]

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off key news

Off-Key

December 1, 2017 | Comments (0)

By Bob Frederickson From Project Delays to Mosquito ‘Hoorays!’ You’d Think This Was the Moon Shot… It’s official. With lift station 87’s completion date now slated for 2020, the oft delayed (and woefully over budget) city of Sarasota project will officially surpass the time-frame the nation needed to put the first man on the moon. […]

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Kennedy - Bartender of the Month

Kennedy – Bartender of the Month

December 1, 2017 | Comments (0)

Daiquiri Deck South Siesta Name:  Kennedy Hometown:  Sarasota, FL  How long have you worked at Daiquiri Deck? Of the five years working at Daiquiri Deck, I’ve spent the last two years working as a bartender.  I would have to say my chocolate martini is my most perfected drink. What was the strangest or funniest experience […]

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Dear Donnarose

Dear Donnarose

December 1, 2017 | Comments (0)

Q: Dear Donnarose, well, it's the holiday gathering time again when I have to tolerate my family.  Just once I'd like to show up without a tense stomach.  Any tips would be appreciated, N.S. A: “It's not how people will be when you show up.  It's how you 'show up' that determines how people will […]

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Siesta Beach Concessions: A True Juggling Act

Siesta Beach Concessions: A True Juggling Act

December 1, 2017 | Comments (0)

By Trebor Britt   Entrepreneur and Siesta Beach concession owner, Warren Labonté, continuously juggles staff, merchandise and services to help visitors receive a seamless and enjoyable experience on America's number one beach. It's a bit more difficult than just keeping three balls in the air, as the complete satisfaction of our wonderful visitors lies in […]

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Capt. Klopfer's December Fishing Forecast

Capt. Klopfer’s December Fishing Forecast

December 1, 2017 | Comments (0)

   December is a month that will test an angler’s ability to adapt to current conditions.  Water quality will vary throughout the area as passing cold fronts churn up the Gulf of Mexico.  The flats north and south of the passes will be more productive under these circumstances.  After several days of nice weather, the […]

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Guest Commentary

Guest Commentary

December 1, 2017 | Comments (0)

To the City of Sarasota and Sarasota County, I am shocked that the city of Sarasota still supports and plans to go forward with the Army Corps of Engineers plan to dredge Big Pass to re-nourish Lido Beach. The Army Corps of Engineers recommends dredging Big Pass to get sand for Lido Beach (1.2 million […]

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