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    Key stories to watch in 2017

    | December 1, 2016

    By Roger Drouin In the upcoming New Year, some unresolved issues are going to take center stage, and several proposed projects could mean significant changes for the island. Siesta Sand takes a look at Eight Big Stories to watch in 2017 — from the question of what’s going to happen to Big Pass, to a […]

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  • Initial work on master pump station underway on Siesta Key

    Initial work on master pump station underway on Siesta Key

    | December 1, 2016

    By Rachel Brown Hackney www.SarasotaNewsLeader.com The new master pump station that will replace the Siesta Key Wastewater Treatment Plant will have triple redundancies and it will not be designed to allow any discharge into the Grand Canal, Sarasota County staff members told about 60 people during the November Siesta Key Association (SKA) meeting. While work […]

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    New county impact fees for seven types of services to go into effect April 1

    | December 1, 2016

    By Rachel Brown Hackney With Chair Alan Maio having made the motion, the Sarasota County Commission voted 4-1 on Nov. 8 to implement new impact fees for seven different types of services at the 100% level, effective April 1, 2017. Commissioner Carolyn Mason was in the minority on the decision, which followed a public hearing that […]

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  • Photo Gallery

    Photo Gallery

    | December 1, 2016

    So many families enjoying Siesta Key Beach…  There was a great turnout for the Siesta Key Crystal Classic! Great way to begin another holiday season. Photos by Sarasota Photography/ Jaye Clements.     

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    Cassia Cay residential development options win Planning Commission approval

    | December 1, 2016

    By Rachel Brown Hackney SarasotaNewsLeader.com One member did voice displeasure with the current owner’s seeking a fallback plan in the event the proposed sale of the property does not ensue. Nonetheless, the Sarasota County Planning Commission unanimously approved the rezoning of a 13.3-acre site on Little Sarasota Bay for a multi-family residential complex called Cassia […]

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Key stories to watch in 2017

December 1, 2016 | Comments (0)

By Roger Drouin In the upcoming New Year, some unresolved issues are going to take center stage, and several proposed projects could mean significant changes for the island. Siesta Sand takes a look at Eight Big Stories to watch in 2017 — from the question of what’s going to happen to Big Pass, to a […]

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December Boulevard Buzz

December 1, 2016 | Comments (0)

By Rachel Brown Hackney SarasotaNewsLeader.com A new look for the holiday season Just in time for the holidays, Siesta Village will be getting new banners with a seasonal theme, Siesta Key Village Association (SKVA) President Wendall Jacobsen reported during the Nov. 1 meeting. The project has been underway for months, he said. Kathy Elliott of Signarama […]

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Food trucks finally get relaxed regulations

Food trucks finally get relaxed regulations

December 1, 2016 | Comments (0)

By Rachel Brown Hackney SarasotaNewsLeader.com With changes having been made at their request in October, the Sarasota County commissioners on Nov. 8 unanimously approved a revised food truck ordinance that will eliminate restrictions between the mobile units and between the trucks and brick-and-mortar restaurants. Christina Walsh, director of activism and coalitions for the Institute for […]

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Captain's December Fishing Report

Captain’s December Fishing Report

December 1, 2016 | 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 between Stickney Pt. and Blackburn Pt. will be more productive under these circumstances.  After several days of nice weather, the […]

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Initial work on master pump station underway on Siesta Key

Initial work on master pump station underway on Siesta Key

December 1, 2016 | Comments (0)

By Rachel Brown Hackney www.SarasotaNewsLeader.com The new master pump station that will replace the Siesta Key Wastewater Treatment Plant will have triple redundancies and it will not be designed to allow any discharge into the Grand Canal, Sarasota County staff members told about 60 people during the November Siesta Key Association (SKA) meeting. While work […]

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1666 Hillview – A Piece of Sarasota History

December 1, 2016 | Comments (0)

A comprehensive exhibit and sale of work by the late Frank Colson will take place at the historic house and studio at 1666 Hillview Street on Saturday, December 10, from 10-4. The extraordinary property is rich with Sarasota history. Placed on the National Register in 1993, it was home to Colson School of Art for […]

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Island Fishmonger

December 1, 2016 | Comments (0)

Local Beer + Local Sea Fare = A Match Made in Heaven During a recent weekend getaway (or as we call it in Florida a "staycation") I realized that this month’s Island article was staring me right in the face.  As I sit on a beach in Islamorada, Florida in the Florida Keys (a place I often […]

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Off Key

December 1, 2016 | Comments (0)

By Bob Frederickson From Trump’s Key Sweep to Media’s Big Sleep Majority of Island Voters Supported Trump Although there is an assumption by many in-landers that folks here do at least lean a bit to the left of center in their politics, voters on Siesta Key supported president elect Trump by essentially the same margin […]

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News Up & Down the Trail

December 1, 2016 | Comments (0)

At the center of attention A second roundabout sculpture is in the works downtown, and it is already drawing attention. The city’s Public Art Committee decided Nov. 1 that a sculpture by local artist Jorge Blanco should be featured at the center of the planned roundabout at Ringling Boulevard and Orange Avenue downtown. The approximately […]

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Dear Donnarose…

December 1, 2016 | Comments (0)

Q: Dear Donnarose, I see all the people protesting against the outcome of the presidential election. But I also see others on social media bashing the protesters. I hate to admit it, but I tend to agree with the latter.  I just think enough is enough. Didn't we all get exposed to enough negativism during […]

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Siesta Key Village Association to be merged into Siesta Chamber as of Dec. 31

December 1, 2016 | Comments (0)

By Rachel Brown Hackney SarasotaNewsLeader.com A merger years in the making became reality in early November, when members of the Siesta Key Village Association (SKVA) voted unanimously to merge the organization into the Siesta Key Chamber of Commerce. The goal is “to enhance the overall representation and relations between the north and south ends of […]

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Who's Playing Tonight?

Who’s Playing Tonight?

December 1, 2016 | Comments (0)

An interview with Sara Nelms By Mike Sales I first heard about Sara when she started playing poolside at the Best Western Plus, Siesta Key Gateway on Friday nights. Other than the excellent performances on her “Lover, No Longer” album, I didn’t hear too much more about her until this interview, so I was pleasantly […]

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