• Big plans are put into motion for Siesta Promenade

    Big plans are put into motion for Siesta Promenade

    | July 1, 2014

    Construction may begin in Spring 2015 for vacant lot at the NW corner of Stickney Point Road and U.S. 41 By Debbie Flessner It may not be the first time plans have been made to develop the prime property at the corner of U.S. 41 and Stickney Point Road, but the Benderson Development Company is betting […]

    Read More

  • Homeless in Paradise

    Homeless in Paradise

    | July 1, 2014

    By Debbie Flessner In March of this year, the City of Sarasota shut down a homeless encampment in the city and moved its residents to the Salvation Army for a period of 30 days. What happened after that was something that surprised absolutely no one–the homeless moved on to other local areas. One of those […]

    Read More

  • Fight continues over Beach Road lot

    Fight continues over Beach Road lot

    | July 1, 2014

    Retired real estate magnate Ronald Allen and his wife Sania, a licensed real estate agent with Michael Saunders, are continuing the fight to build a home on a beachfront property at 162 Beach Road bought for $5.4 million in 2009. They’ve since sold one of the two parcels. The remaining land on which they asked […]

    Read More

  • Dennis Kowal— American Sculptor

    Dennis Kowal— American Sculptor

    | July 1, 2014

    By Diana Colson Dennis Kowal was born and raised in Chicago. As a child, he remembers sitting in the Music Box Theatre watching a movie. When the newsreel came on, exposing the audience to the first atomic bomb tests, the boy was so horrified that he hid beneath the seats. The experience so terrified him […]

    Read More

  • Photo Gallery

    Photo Gallery

    | July 1, 2014

    Yoli is this month’s island girl.  She’s from Botevgrad, Bulgaria and currently lives in Key West.  Although she’s only been to Siesta beac once, she loves it here.  She cherishes the time she spends with her son, enjoys working out, yoga, watching movies and traveling whenever possible. Yoli is a full time manager at one […]

    Read More

Big plans are put into motion for Siesta Promenade

Big plans are put into motion for Siesta Promenade

July 1, 2014 | Comments (0)

Construction may begin in Spring 2015 for vacant lot at the NW corner of Stickney Point Road and U.S. 41 By Debbie Flessner It may not be the first time plans have been made to develop the prime property at the corner of U.S. 41 and Stickney Point Road, but the Benderson Development Company is betting […]

Read More

Homeless in Paradise

Homeless in Paradise

July 1, 2014 | Comments (0)

By Debbie Flessner In March of this year, the City of Sarasota shut down a homeless encampment in the city and moved its residents to the Salvation Army for a period of 30 days. What happened after that was something that surprised absolutely no one–the homeless moved on to other local areas. One of those […]

Read More

Fight continues over Beach Road lot

Fight continues over Beach Road lot

July 1, 2014 | Comments (0)

Retired real estate magnate Ronald Allen and his wife Sania, a licensed real estate agent with Michael Saunders, are continuing the fight to build a home on a beachfront property at 162 Beach Road bought for $5.4 million in 2009. They’ve since sold one of the two parcels. The remaining land on which they asked […]

Read More

Island Chatter

Island Chatter

July 1, 2014 | Comments (0)

SKA MEETING, JUNE 2014 By Diana Colson CALL TO ORDER, MAY MINUTES APPROVED COMMUNITY REPORTS:  Code Enforcement:  Sarasota County’s John Lally reported that 39 cases have been written up over the past 4 weeks. Most concerned banners, outdoor displays, etc. He said that illegal rentals were absolutely going crazy.  Repeated rental issues are being sent to a […]

Read More

Siesta Key Round Up

Siesta Key Round Up

July 1, 2014 | Comments (0)

By Debbie Flessner/Emy Stein Siesta Key Village Maintenance Corporation (SKVMC) doesn’t renew current landscape maintenance contract Citing a “decline in service,” Mark Smith, chairman of the SKVMC, announced that the group is not interested in renewing Championship Landscape Maintenance Professionals’ contract. When Championship, a Ft. Myers-based company, won the contract in 2012, the SKVMC had […]

Read More

Off Key

Off Key

July 1, 2014 | Comments (0)

By Bob Frederickson From Animal Rights to Clueless in Seattle Some Animals More Equal than Others? I’m old enough to remember when the circus trains would pass through Sarasota on their way to the Ringling winter quarters in south county during late autumn and again in the spring when the red and blue trains – […]

Read More

Three Rarely Seen Imperiled Bird Species Are Nesting On Siesta Key Beach!

Three Rarely Seen Imperiled Bird Species Are Nesting On Siesta Key Beach!

July 1, 2014 | Comments (0)

by Allan Worms, PhD., Wildlife Biologist (retired) Snowy Plovers, a rare and beautiful little bird, listed in Florida as Threatened, have been joined on Siesta Key Beach by two additional imperiled species: Least Terns — the smallest of the American terns –  and the dramatic Black Skimmer! In previous editions of Siesta Sand we have […]

Read More

Arts on the Horizon!

Arts on the Horizon!

July 1, 2014 | Comments (0)

by Jaye Clements July is full of summertime fun! But, I’m sure you’ll be looking for a place to wind down after a day at the beach!  Here are some places to cool off, and enjoy the artsy Sarasota lifestyle… July 1 to July 6 – At the Hop – Florida Studio Theatre – A […]

Read More

Who’s Playing Tonight?

Who’s Playing Tonight?

July 1, 2014 | Comments (0)

    An interview with Andres Colin by Mike Sales Whenever Andres and I play in the village on the same day, I can expect to see him headed down the sidewalk, stopping to have a few words with all of his friends along the street…it just comes natural to him socialize, he’s that kind […]

Read More

News Up & Down the Trail

News Up & Down the Trail

July 1, 2014 | Comments (0)

  Up & Down the Trail Compiled by Sue Erwin and Debbie Flessner Venice Student wins music competition     It’s difficult for many senior high school students to stay on track and keep focused on future career goals. But for Venice High School senior Monica Gonzalez, it’s a top priority. Gonzalez recently won the William […]

Read More

Off Islands

Off Islands

July 1, 2014 | Comments (0)

by Roger Skidmore Is Blackbeard’s Treasure  buried on Longboat Key? Over the years there have been many maps produced showing that Blackbeard (William Teach) buried his pirate treasure, around 1718, in or near North Carolina’s Ocracoke Inlet just before he died. Newly discovered information points to buried treasure worth between $10 and $21 million being […]

Read More

Dennis Kowal— American Sculptor

Dennis Kowal— American Sculptor

July 1, 2014 | Comments (0)

By Diana Colson Dennis Kowal was born and raised in Chicago. As a child, he remembers sitting in the Music Box Theatre watching a movie. When the newsreel came on, exposing the audience to the first atomic bomb tests, the boy was so horrified that he hid beneath the seats. The experience so terrified him […]

Read More