• Photo Gallery

    Photo Gallery

    | May 1, 2015

    Beautiful weather for our beautiful island visitors. Photos by Jaye Clements/Sarasota Photography unless otherwise indicated.  

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  • Siesta Key to Celebrate 25th Fireworks Anniversary

    Siesta Key to Celebrate 25th Fireworks Anniversary

    | May 1, 2015

    As the Siesta Key Chamber of Commerce prepares for this annual event, they will be including a special guest this year to help celebrate its 25th anniversary. Her name is Cheryl Dooley, the historian for the 4th of July Community Fireworks, and the original coordinator for the first fireworks display. “We are pleased that Cheryl […]

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  • Concerns mount over Big Pass dredging

    Concerns mount over Big Pass dredging

    | May 1, 2015

    FDEP says Corps permit is incomplete  By Roger Drouin The planned South Siesta Beach Renourishment and the Lido Beach Renourishment are similar, in terms of the amount of sand included in the projects. But the similarities end there. The Lido Beach Renourishment involves additional elements—including the installation of at least two rock groins on Lido’s […]

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  • Artistic Jewelry by Diana Kahlenberg

    Artistic Jewelry by Diana Kahlenberg

    | May 1, 2015

    By Diana Colson Jewelry designer Diana Kahlenberg works from her gulf front home on Siesta Key. The stilted structure faces Big Pass in a setting of rare tropical beauty. The home was originally designed by Tim Siebert for author John D. MacDonald and his wife, Dorothy. The view is dramatic, and the building sits atop […]

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  • Beach Road plans to appear back before County Commission

    Beach Road plans to appear back before County Commission

    | May 1, 2015

    By Roger Drouin The property at 162 Beach Road, owned by Ronald and Sania Allen, is located water-ward of the Coastal Setback Line, and has historically flooded during past decades. More recently, Ronald and Sania Allen have been trying to build a home at 162 Beach Road, but those plans in 2013 and 2014 were […]

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Soulfully Yours Donnarose

Soulfully Yours Donnarose

May 1, 2015 | Comments (0)

Q: Dear Donnarose, a couple years ago I discovered my husband of 10 years was lying about money. We since resolved this issue, and all has been fine, well, regarding money that is. The problem is, I still resent that he lied to me. How do I know he won't do this again? ~Regards, Brenda […]

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Off Key

Off Key

May 1, 2015 | Comments (0)

By Bob Frederickson  From Local Sand Storms to Befriending Veterans “Spinning” the Facts in Brewing Lido/Siesta Sand Storm An informational meeting held recently in Sarasota by the Army Corps of Engineers to update the public on plans to re-nourish Lido Beach drew more than 100 citizens, many from Siesta. Of special concern to the Siesta […]

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Island Fishmonger

Island Fishmonger

May 1, 2015 | Comments (0)

We have all heard of and eaten the well-known and popular Florida Gulf fish such as our Groupers, Snappers and Mahi-Mahi. Well there are a few other very sustainable and good eating fish out there in the Gulf that you may have never heard of or at least have never had on your dinner plate. […]

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Photo Gallery

Photo Gallery

May 1, 2015 | Comments (0)

Beautiful weather for our beautiful island visitors. Photos by Jaye Clements/Sarasota Photography unless otherwise indicated.  

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Arts on the Horizon!

Arts on the Horizon!

May 1, 2015 | Comments (0)

By Jaye Clements As season winds down, you can still catch some pretty amazing shows in Sarasota! Exhibition throughout May – Trenton Doyle Hancock exhibition at the Ringling Museum. (thru Sept 13) http://www.ringling.org/events/trenton-doyle-hancock-emit-what-bringback-brought Exhibition throughout May Fan-tastic – a collection of more than 250 fans from different parts of the world. http://www.ringling.org/events/fan-tastic (thru June 28) Exhibition throughout May […]

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Captain's Fishing Report for May

Captain’s Fishing Report for May

May 1, 2015 | Comments (0)

Captain Klopfer, Adventure Charters 941-371-1390 http://fishingsiestakey.com  May is a transition month in Sarasota.  Although the calendar says it is still spring, by late May it will definitely feel like summer time.  Pelagic species such as king and Spanish mackerel will have migrated north, inshore fishing will be best early and late, and giant tarpon will […]

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Siesta Key to Celebrate 25th Fireworks Anniversary

Siesta Key to Celebrate 25th Fireworks Anniversary

May 1, 2015 | Comments (0)

As the Siesta Key Chamber of Commerce prepares for this annual event, they will be including a special guest this year to help celebrate its 25th anniversary. Her name is Cheryl Dooley, the historian for the 4th of July Community Fireworks, and the original coordinator for the first fireworks display. “We are pleased that Cheryl […]

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Beach Weddings

Beach Weddings

May 1, 2015 | Comments (0)

Lunsford Beach Wedding Best Friends Tie The Knot          story and photos by Trebor Britt Sovanne Ek and Eric Lunsford of Knoxville, Tennessee exchanged vows surrounded by family and close friends, at an intimate wedding ceremony along the Gulf of Mexico shoreline on Siesta Beach. Uniquely, a hepatitis B virus scare contributed to this fabulous couple […]

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Island Chatter

Island Chatter

May 1, 2015 | Comments (0)

Siesta Key Association meeting notes By Diana Colson Michael Shay called the meeting to order, and February Minutes were approved. Community Reports – Sheriff’s Office  Capt. John Walsh expressed appreciation for the fine work of Sgt. Scott Osborne, presenting him with a plaque for ten years of outstanding service on Siesta Key. Sgt. Osborne is being transferred to North Sarasota County. […]

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Migrating Shorbirds on Siesta Key

Migrating Shorbirds on Siesta Key

May 1, 2015 | Comments (0)

By Allan Worms, PhD., Wildlife Biologist (retired) Photos by Claire Herzog The beautiful bird seen here is a Black-Bellied Plover (Pluvialis squatarola) in full breeding plumage. It often visits our islands and if you walk the beach shore of Siesta Key during May you might see it as its breast colors darken prior to migration […]

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Off Islands

Off Islands

May 1, 2015 | Comments (0)

By Rodger Skidmore Whose got my car keys? Many remember the key clubs that were fashionable in the suburbs back in the 70s. Attend a party, throw your car keys in a bowl when you arrive, drink and have fun and, when everyone leaves, the women take a set of keys out of the bowl […]

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Concerns mount over Big Pass dredging

Concerns mount over Big Pass dredging

May 1, 2015 | Comments (0)

FDEP says Corps permit is incomplete  By Roger Drouin The planned South Siesta Beach Renourishment and the Lido Beach Renourishment are similar, in terms of the amount of sand included in the projects. But the similarities end there. The Lido Beach Renourishment involves additional elements—including the installation of at least two rock groins on Lido’s […]

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