• FDOT says it would not perform traffic signal re-timing to accommodate Siesta Promenade project

    FDOT says it would not perform traffic signal re-timing to accommodate Siesta Promenade project

    | May 29, 2018

    By Rachel Brown Hackney SarasotaNewsLeader.com    The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) is seeking a number of clarifications from the consulting firm Kimley-Horn and Associates of Sarasota regarding its traffic studies for the proposed Siesta Promenade mixed-use project.    In a document he emailed to Kimley-Horn and Sarasota County Planning and Development Services Department staff […]

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  • Sarasota County Commission agrees to road swap

    Sarasota County Commission agrees to road swap

    | May 29, 2018

    By Rachel Brown Hackney    Before the end of September, Sarasota County is expected to take ownership of Midnight Pass Road from the intersection of Stickney Point Road to the intersection of Higel Avenue; Siesta Drive west of U.S. 41; parts of Bay Road and Osprey Avenue, which are designated State Road 758 west of […]

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  • History: The Dangers of Dredging

    History: The Dangers of Dredging

    | May 29, 2018

    By Philip M. Farrell, MD, PhD Sarasotans have had a long-term love affair of damaging nature… most of our historical environmental disregard is spurred by arrogance… Paul Roat, Siesta Sand, December 2013 [https://siestasand.net/sarasota-history-13/]    The primary weapon used to damage nature on the waterways of Sarasota County is the dredge. Dredging projects are generally motivated by […]

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  • Call for elimination of two potential dredging areas in Big Pass

    Call for elimination of two potential dredging areas in Big Pass

    | May 29, 2018

    By Rachel Brown Hackney    The Siesta Key Association (SKA) and Save Our Siesta Sand 2 (SOSS2) are using the recommendation of a state administrative law judge to ask the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) to eliminate two areas of Big Sarasota Pass as potential dredging areas for the renourishment of South Lido Key. […]

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  • Big Pass challenge legal expenses exceed $1.1 million

    Big Pass challenge legal expenses exceed $1.1 million

    | May 29, 2018

    By Rachel Brown Hackney    The City of Sarasota had paid a grand total of $685,953.16 as of May 1 in its fight to dredge Big Pass to renourish part of Lido Key Beach.    As of early April, the Siesta Key Association(SKA) had spent about $223,000 in its efforts to preserve the pass in […]

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Photo Gallery

Photo Gallery

June 1, 2018 | Comments (0)

Photos by Jaye Clements / Sarasota Photography     It’s summertime! Time to hit SK beach with family & friends… we are enjoying our lazy days of summer on Siesta Key!

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Capt. Jim Klopfer’s Siesta Key Fishing Forecast for June 2018

Capt. Jim Klopfer’s Siesta Key Fishing Forecast for June 2018

June 1, 2018 | Comments (0)

June will find Sarasota beaches lined with anglers in search of the ultimate gamefish, tarpon, especially early in the month.  Catching these giants is really not complicated.  Rig a 25 lb spinning outfit with 36” of 80lb flourocarbon leader and a 5/0 hook, then position the boat 100 yards off the beach and cast a […]

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Notes from the Island Fishmonger

June 1, 2018 | Comments (0)

THE SUPERFOOD OF THE SEA    For those of you who are health conscious yet picky about your veggies and want to eat healthy yet still insist on only food that tastes good, I have good news for you. Kale is out and Seaweed is in! Seaweed is quickly becoming the new superfood because of […]

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Sand Castles - A retirement community on the gulf

Sand Castles – A retirement community on the gulf

June 1, 2018 | Comments (0)

By Roger Drouin        Whispering Sands is located on the Gulf of Mexico and steps from the Village.    The community includes a total of 267 units, with 144 condo units situated in two towers directly on the beach. The grounds have a large natural lagoon, two swimming pools, clubhouse, and tiki hut. Whispering Sands is […]

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Siesta Sounds

Siesta Sounds

June 1, 2018 | Comments (0)

By Charmaine Engelsman-Robins    If you love piano music of any style, you’ll love John Hetherington, Fridays at Flavio’s Brick Oven and Bar.    There are a lot of people for whom childhood piano lesson memories are, shall we say, “less than great.” They suffer through for as long as their parents insist, practice as […]

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Arts on the Horizon

June 1, 2018 | Comments (0)

Music is busting out all over      Musical compositions are gems so June is dazzling, thanks to the Sarasota Music Festival, as old favorites and lesser known pieces are played by the Sarasota Orchestra, and by up and coming students of the invited faculty. Do you like Andre Previn’s dreamy, lush, sparkling mood pieces illuminating […]

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Siesta Key Bartender of the Month

June 1, 2018 | Comments (0)

Congrats with a tip of the hat and highlight to KIM, who bartends at THE HUB BAJA GRILL, located at 5148 Ocean Blvd, in the Village.  KIM’S hometown is right here in Sarasota.  Here’s a light-hearted Q&A on KIM as our bartender of the month.    What’s your bartending experience and how long have you […]

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Donnarose ~ Higher Living

Donnarose ~ Higher Living

June 1, 2018 | Comments (0)

         Welcome to the beginning of the second half of 2018.  How have things turned out regarding the intentions you set back in January?  For some of us, it may be a good time to reassess what happened in the first half of the year, and if needed, perhaps make a few […]

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Off Key

June 1, 2018 | Comments (0)

By Bob Frederickson From Modern Quests to Support Animal Pets Tales of Brave Ulysses? I-4 was recently listed as the number one, single most dangerous highway in the nation, which comes as no surprise to anyone who has traveled along it in recent years. The roadway was of course built to quickly funnel as many […]

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Siesta Key Chamber Events

Siesta Key Chamber Events

May 31, 2018 | Comments (0)

Siesta Key Chamber Announces New Membership Director The Siesta Key Chamber of Commerce proudly announces Ellen Lawlor as the new Director of Membership.  She originally moved to Sarasota from Dayton, Ohio in 1981 and lived and worked on Siesta Key for 10 years as General Manager of Midnight Cove II. She has had a successful […]

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Phillippi Shores Village apartments has a new owner

Phillippi Shores Village apartments has a new owner

May 29, 2018 | Comments (0)

Phillippi Shores Village apartments has a new owner, the 45 year old, 28 unit apartment complex recently sold for $2,050,000. The property was acquired by Berkshire Property Holdings LLC, an Orlando company.  This 15,808 square foot multi-family home sits on a 1.61 acre lot, built in 1977. The Landings gated community abuts the property to […]

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Siesta Key Sheriff’s Report April 20-May 23, 2018

May 29, 2018 | Comments (0)

There were a total of 18 crimes reported on Siesta Key between 4/20-5/22/18 4/20/18 Battery 5200 Block Ocean Blvd. Officers responded to a battery at a village bar. The victim stated he was sitting down eating when the defendant muttered something under his breath. The victim didn’t understand what the defendant said so he ignored […]

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