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    SKA seeking more help with legal expenses

    | May 1, 2017

    By Rachel Brown Hackney The vice president of the Siesta Key Association (SKA) told members at the April 6 meeting that the organization expects to need another $80,000 to $100,000 as it pursues two types of legal challenges in the effort to prevent the dredging of Big Sarasota Pass to renourish South Lido Key Beach. […]

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    Siesta resident says judge’s ruling in North Beach Road case clears the way for his petition drive to overturn County Commission action

    | May 1, 2017

    By Rachel Brown Hackney SarasotaNewsLeader.com A 12th Judicial Circuit Court judge’s ruling in favor of North Beach Road property owners actually will help the fight to overturn the Sarasota County Commission’s decision to vacate a 357-foot-long segment of the road, Siesta Key resident Michael Cosentino told SNL. Late on the afternoon of April 12, Judge […]

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    162 Beach Road update

    | May 1, 2017

    162 Beach Road Update In October 2016, the Sarasota County Commission authorized County Administrator Tom Harmer and staff to negotiate with the owners of the parcels at 162 and 168 Beach Road in an effort for the county to buy the property. As Carolyn Brown, director of the county’s Parks, Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources […]

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    Sarasota County proposes $500-per-vessel fee for new management program at Turtle Beach Park

    | May 1, 2017

    By Rachel Brown Hackney A new Sarasota County proposal to expand a management program for commercial non-motorized watercraft from Lido Key to Turtle Beach has raised alarm among some business owners, while other are taking a wait-and-see attitude as they await more details. The biggest concern expressed in interviews is the county’s plan to charge […]

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    Siesta Promenade update

    | May 1, 2017

    FDOT considers potential roundabout on Stickney Point Road to deal with project traffic By Rachel Brown Hackney SarasotaNewsLeader.com Benderson Development Co. is considering reducing the number of residential units in its proposed Siesta Promenade project from more than 500 to a level between 300 and 350, according to a Pine Shores Neighborhood Alliance representative. At […]

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Photo Gallery

Photo Gallery

May 1, 2017 | Comments (0)

It’s summertime all year long, at Siesta Key Beach! (Photos by Sarasota Photography/Jaye Clements)                 

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SKA seeking more help with legal expenses

May 1, 2017 | Comments (0)

By Rachel Brown Hackney The vice president of the Siesta Key Association (SKA) told members at the April 6 meeting that the organization expects to need another $80,000 to $100,000 as it pursues two types of legal challenges in the effort to prevent the dredging of Big Sarasota Pass to renourish South Lido Key Beach. […]

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Notes from the Island Fishmonger

Notes from the Island Fishmonger

May 1, 2017 | Comments (0)

Soft Shell Crab 101 One of the sweetest, most tender and mouthwatering foods in the world is the white succulent meat from a Crab. Sometimes you have to work for it but a mouth full of butter dipped crab meat is one of life’s greatest pleasures. As of May 15th we Floridians say goodbye to our […]

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Q & A with Kendra Keiderling, of SCAT, on Siesta trolley’s first weeks on the road

May 1, 2017 | Comments (0)

All Aboard! By Roger Drouin Trolley service is now rolling on Siesta Key, and that means the sight of tropical-shirt wearing trolley drivers and bells ringing on the roads as passengers board and exit the trolleys. From March 20 to April 12, for the first 24 days of service, there were 39,185 passengers who hopped […]

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Siesta resident says judge’s ruling in North Beach Road case clears the way for his petition drive to overturn County Commission action

May 1, 2017 | Comments (0)

By Rachel Brown Hackney SarasotaNewsLeader.com A 12th Judicial Circuit Court judge’s ruling in favor of North Beach Road property owners actually will help the fight to overturn the Sarasota County Commission’s decision to vacate a 357-foot-long segment of the road, Siesta Key resident Michael Cosentino told SNL. Late on the afternoon of April 12, Judge […]

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Dear Donnarose

May 1, 2017 | Comments (0)

Q: Dear Donnarose, I've been trying to connect with my angels and guides. I know meditation is one of the best ways to achieve this. However, when I try to meditate, my thoughts get quickly scattered or I fall asleep. Any quick tips? ~VT A: “Meditating helps us to receive with ease, the answers that […]

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Vacant lots 162 Beach Road

162 Beach Road update

May 1, 2017 | Comments (0)

162 Beach Road Update In October 2016, the Sarasota County Commission authorized County Administrator Tom Harmer and staff to negotiate with the owners of the parcels at 162 and 168 Beach Road in an effort for the county to buy the property. As Carolyn Brown, director of the county’s Parks, Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources […]

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Sarasota County proposes $500-per-vessel fee for new management program at Turtle Beach Park

May 1, 2017 | Comments (0)

By Rachel Brown Hackney A new Sarasota County proposal to expand a management program for commercial non-motorized watercraft from Lido Key to Turtle Beach has raised alarm among some business owners, while other are taking a wait-and-see attitude as they await more details. The biggest concern expressed in interviews is the county’s plan to charge […]

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Spoil island plan spoiled again

May 1, 2017 | Comments (0)

By Rachel Hackney Brown SarasotaNewsLeader.com Once more, county plans to finish the restoration of Palmer Point Park have fallen by the proverbial wayside. This time, the action came in the wake of commission and staff efforts to find every conceivable dollar to help pay for several high-priority projects, including the North Extension of The Legacy […]

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Siesta Key Round Up

Siesta Key Round Up

May 1, 2017 | Comments (0)

By Rachel Hackney/Bob Stein SKA membership update During the April 6 SKA meeting, President Harold Ashby reported that membership already was 27% ahead of the total for last year. Moreover, he continued, the SKA has 432 new members — people who never had been associated with the nonprofit in the past. “That’s a lot,” he […]

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Administrative law judge sets August hearing dates for petitions opposing FDEP’s intent to issue permit for dredging of Big Pass

Administrative law judge sets August hearing dates for petitions opposing FDEP’s intent to issue permit for dredging of Big Pass

May 1, 2017 | Comments (0)

By Rachel Brown Hackney SarasotaNewsLeader.com A Florida administrative law judge has denied a motion by the Siesta Key Association (SKA) and three Siesta Key residents to delay an administrative hearing on petitions they and two other organizations filed in January. Their action responded to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Dec. 22, 2016 notice of […]

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Arts on the Horizon

May 1, 2017 | Comments (0)

By Rodger Skidmore Madea it ain't      But that could be a good thing. Tyler Perry has written a slew of movies starring the character Madea, an elderly black lady who gets into (and out of) a ton of predicaments. But while many of the various Madea movies have been presented as plays across the US, none […]

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