• Photo Gallery

    Photo Gallery

    | January 1, 2017

    Winters in Sarasota are wonderful! Beautiful weather at Siesta Key beach! Here are a few of our locals and visitors enjoying the beach…  Photos by Sarasota Photography / Jaye Clements                         

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  • Siesta Promenade

    Benderson Development to conduct studies for Siesta Promenade project

    | January 1, 2017

    The mixed-use project continues to prove controversial By Roger Drouin Development Project #2 What kind of mixed-use project can rise up at a large, key parcel of vacant land that was once a mobile home park? And what will the impacts be on bordering properties and neighbors? That was again the topic of another public […]

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  • “Ghostly” Landings Shopping Center to be sold at foreclosure auction

    “Ghostly” Landings Shopping Center to be sold at foreclosure auction

    | January 1, 2017

    Several parcels in the plaza could be sold Jan. 24 Roger Drouin The Landings Shopping Plaza could have a new owner by the end of January. And with that change in ownership, some potential changes could come to the plaza that has been plagued by vacant storefronts. Those changes could include retrofitted retail spaces and […]

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  • New residential structure at 6100 Midnight Pass Road

    New residential structure at 6100 Midnight Pass Road

    | January 1, 2017

    By Rachel Brown Hackney www.SarasotaNewsLeader.com Development Project #1  At the suggestion of Sarasota County Commission Chair Alan Maio, the owner of the property at 6100 Midnight Pass Road on Siesta Key has agreed to move a new structure with eight dwelling units completely landward of the county’s Gulf Beach Setback Line (GBSL). The original plan called […]

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  • Siesta Key Association moving forward on legal action

    Siesta Key Association moving forward on legal action

    | January 1, 2017

    Ever since the need to find a source of sand for Lido Key without impacting Siesta Key, the Siesta Key Association has worked diligently to find an appropriate solution. It has been our goal that no harm come to Siesta Key or Lido Key, that any project is designed to protect and ensure natural resources […]

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fishing report

Captain Jim Klopfer’s Fishing Report

January 1, 2017 | Comments (0)

Captain Klopfer / Adventure Charters / 941-371-1390 / fishingsiestakey.com January fishing in Sarasota is all about the weather, pure and simple. Angling success is determined by the ability to adapt to the existing weather conditions. Tides will often times be very low in the morning. Couple that with a northeast wind and the flats will not have very […]

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cassia cay

New Cassia Cay residential concept wins County Commission approval

January 1, 2017 | Comments (0)

By Rachel Brown Hackney www.SarasotaNewsLeader.com With Sarasota County’s Planning Services Manager having explained the unusual path leading to that point, the County Commission agreed unanimously on Dec. 14 to approve a residential plan with less density on about 13.3 acres fronting Little Sarasota Bay. The project is called Cassia Cay. Instead of the 152 condominium […]

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Sheriff’s Report Nov. 16 – Dec. 19, 2016

January 1, 2017 | Comments (0)

There were a total of 25 crimes reported on the Key between 11/16-12/19/16 11/20/16 Battery 1000 Block Old Stickney Pt. Rd. The manager of a south Siesta bar and restaurant reported there was a customer acting inappropriately with customers and staff members. The staff attempted to ignore the suspect and the man began to leave […]

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off key news

Off Key News

January 1, 2017 | Comments (0)

By Bob Frederickson Fake Sales? First it was fake news. Now with the recent holiday shopping season we’ve been hearing about fake ‘sales.’ California’s AG has taken legal action against Sears, J.C. Penney, Kohl’s and Macy’s for the retail equivalent of those fake news items that popped up during the presidential race with headlines like […]

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Opponents of potential Siesta hotel project argue against a county Comprehensive Plan amendment that would allow it

January 1, 2017 | Comments (0)

By Rachel Brown Hackney www.SarasotaNewsLeader.com Development Project #4 Although only a dozen members of the public showed up for a Dec. 7 neighborhood workshop on the subject, speakers were adamant that they do not want to see a hotel bring more density and intensity to Siesta Key. The focus of the session at St. Boniface […]

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Photo Gallery

Photo Gallery

January 1, 2017 | Comments (0)

Winters in Sarasota are wonderful! Beautiful weather at Siesta Key beach! Here are a few of our locals and visitors enjoying the beach…  Photos by Sarasota Photography / Jaye Clements                         

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Island Girl

Island Girl

January 1, 2017 | Comments (0)

This month's Island Girl is Katie of Clermont, near Orlando. A graduate of Florida State University, she earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree at LECOM. About her life Katie said, "I've worked so hard to get to this point in my life and I am so grateful to be able to wake up and say […]

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big pass and lido

Army Corps of Engineers tells County Commission an Environmental Impact Statement not warranted for Lido Renourishment Project

January 1, 2017 | Comments (0)

By Rachel Brown Hackney www.SarasotaNewsLeader.com The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) has informed the Sarasota County Commission that it does not believe an Environmental Impact Statement is warranted on its joint project with the City of Sarasota to dredge Big Sarasota Pass to renourish South Lido Key. In a letter to Commission Chair Alan […]

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Dear Donnarose

January 1, 2017 | Comments (0)

~Happy Anniversary Dear Donnarose! Wow! Jan 1st is the beginning of my 5th year with this column! I am beyond grateful to all of you who have supported my column since day one, and to Emy & Bob for having me on board. ~Blessings, and to all, a very Happy & Healthy 2017! ~Donnarose~♥ Q: Dear Donnarose, […]

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New Dairy Queen and other commercial space expected to open in 2017 on Stickney Point Road

New Dairy Queen and other commercial space expected to open in 2017 on Stickney Point Road

January 1, 2017 | Comments (0)

By Rachel Brown Hackney www.SarasotaNewsLeader.com Development Project #3 The owner of the property at 2121 and 2131 Stickney Point Road — just east of Siesta Key — hopes to open a new Dairy Queen and two speculative commercial buildings there in 2017, following unanimous County Commission approval of the rezoning of the site, the owner’s […]

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Siesta Promenade

Benderson Development to conduct studies for Siesta Promenade project

January 1, 2017 | Comments (0)

The mixed-use project continues to prove controversial By Roger Drouin Development Project #2 What kind of mixed-use project can rise up at a large, key parcel of vacant land that was once a mobile home park? And what will the impacts be on bordering properties and neighbors? That was again the topic of another public […]

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“Ghostly” Landings Shopping Center to be sold at foreclosure auction

“Ghostly” Landings Shopping Center to be sold at foreclosure auction

January 1, 2017 | Comments (0)

Several parcels in the plaza could be sold Jan. 24 Roger Drouin The Landings Shopping Plaza could have a new owner by the end of January. And with that change in ownership, some potential changes could come to the plaza that has been plagued by vacant storefronts. Those changes could include retrofitted retail spaces and […]

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