• From bridges to beaches, county improvements planned for Key

    From bridges to beaches, county improvements planned for Key

    | April 1, 2015

    By Roger Drouin As Sarasota county commissioners hone in on the county’s fiscal year 2016 budget, funding for several Siesta Key projects is beginning to take shape. At three separate meetings over the past two months, county commissioners discussed funding for infrastructure improvements on the Key—from a new Siesta wastewater lift station to repairs at […]

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  • Bob Stein Takes “Florida Casual” to a Whole New Level

    Bob Stein Takes “Florida Casual” to a Whole New Level

    | April 1, 2015

    By Robert Frederickson Dressed in shorts, a colorful shirt, and sandals, Bob Stein is easily mistaken for a wayward snowbird or tourist. Some that attended the Siesta Key Chamber of Commerce Awards Ceremony at TPC Prestancia can be excused if they jumped to that conclusion when he showed up in his trademark “Florida casual” attire. […]

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  • Siesta Key’s Artistic Entrepreneur Martha Smith

    Siesta Key’s Artistic Entrepreneur Martha Smith

    | April 1, 2015

    By Diana Colson Martha Smith grew up in a small harbor-front town called Mattapoisett, located near Cape Cod, Massachusetts, on Buzzards Bay. The youngest of five, the siblings all became artists in one medium or another. Like her brothers and one sister, Martha is a musician as well.  She attended SMU South Eastern Massachusetts University, now called […]

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  • Be Good To Yourself - Travel Light

    Be Good To Yourself – Travel Light

    | April 1, 2015

    By Diana Colson Jack and Hanna Gatkiewicz are the owners of MAIL PACK CENTER OF SIESTA KEY. Their motto of their business is BE GOOD TO YOURSELF – TRAVEL LIGHT.  The couple originally came from Krakow, Poland, one of that nation’s most historic and largest cities. Cited by UNESCO as unique among Europe’s beautiful cities, […]

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  • Is a Roundabout REALLY Needed?

    Is a Roundabout REALLY Needed?

    | March 1, 2015

    By Roger Drouin For architect and Siesta resident Mark Smith, all the traffic on the Key isn’t a bad sign—Siesta is the No. 1 beach, after all. “There are a ton of people out here,” Smith said. But the cars aren’t lessening on the roadways during peak times of the year, and now the Florida […]

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Big Pass Dredging Update

Big Pass Dredging Update

April 1, 2015 | Comments (0)

By Bob Stein On March 17, the City of Sarasota and the Army Corp of Engineers (ACOE) submitted a Joint Permit Application to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) to start the long permit process for dredging the Big Pass Shoal. Permits need to be approved by both the Federal Government and State of […]

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From bridges to beaches, county improvements planned for Key

From bridges to beaches, county improvements planned for Key

April 1, 2015 | Comments (0)

By Roger Drouin As Sarasota county commissioners hone in on the county’s fiscal year 2016 budget, funding for several Siesta Key projects is beginning to take shape. At three separate meetings over the past two months, county commissioners discussed funding for infrastructure improvements on the Key—from a new Siesta wastewater lift station to repairs at […]

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Bob Stein Takes “Florida Casual” to a Whole New Level

Bob Stein Takes “Florida Casual” to a Whole New Level

April 1, 2015 | Comments (0)

By Robert Frederickson Dressed in shorts, a colorful shirt, and sandals, Bob Stein is easily mistaken for a wayward snowbird or tourist. Some that attended the Siesta Key Chamber of Commerce Awards Ceremony at TPC Prestancia can be excused if they jumped to that conclusion when he showed up in his trademark “Florida casual” attire. […]

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Siesta Key’s Artistic Entrepreneur Martha Smith

Siesta Key’s Artistic Entrepreneur Martha Smith

April 1, 2015 | Comments (0)

By Diana Colson Martha Smith grew up in a small harbor-front town called Mattapoisett, located near Cape Cod, Massachusetts, on Buzzards Bay. The youngest of five, the siblings all became artists in one medium or another. Like her brothers and one sister, Martha is a musician as well.  She attended SMU South Eastern Massachusetts University, now called […]

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Soulfully Yours Donnarose

Soulfully Yours Donnarose

April 1, 2015 | Comments (0)

Q: Dear Donnarose, I’ve been dating this woman for 2 years. However, at this point, she said she needed some space, and I haven’t heard from her in a week. What are you getting on this? ~ Thanks, Jeremy A: ~ “Closing the door to accepting and appreciating yourself, opens the door for others to […]

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Arts on the Horizon!

Arts on the Horizon!

April 1, 2015 | Comments (0)

Compiled by Jaye Clements Do you enjoy Downtown?  How about Friday nights?  Here’s your line-up for Friday nights, Downtown! Every Friday Night it’s Live from Downtown – It’s Friday Nights! 6 to 9pm Friday night downtown is hopping… featuring Live performances by musician, entertainers & performing Arts in a different downtown Sarasota neighborhood each week.  Every month a new theme […]

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Be Good To Yourself - Travel Light

Be Good To Yourself – Travel Light

April 1, 2015 | Comments (0)

By Diana Colson Jack and Hanna Gatkiewicz are the owners of MAIL PACK CENTER OF SIESTA KEY. Their motto of their business is BE GOOD TO YOURSELF – TRAVEL LIGHT.  The couple originally came from Krakow, Poland, one of that nation’s most historic and largest cities. Cited by UNESCO as unique among Europe’s beautiful cities, […]

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Island Chatter

Island Chatter

April 1, 2015 | Comments (0)

Siesta Key Association Meeting Notes, MARCH, 2015 By Diana Colson Annual Breakfast Meeting The March 7th gathering was a grand success. A lavish Breakfast Buffet was served to a room filled with guests. The Call to Order came at 9:30 am, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance led by Tom Harmer, County Administrator. Committee Reports Catherine Luckner reported […]

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Is a Roundabout REALLY Needed?

Is a Roundabout REALLY Needed?

March 1, 2015 | Comments (0)

By Roger Drouin For architect and Siesta resident Mark Smith, all the traffic on the Key isn’t a bad sign—Siesta is the No. 1 beach, after all. “There are a ton of people out here,” Smith said. But the cars aren’t lessening on the roadways during peak times of the year, and now the Florida […]

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The Many-Faceted Career of Charlotte Marin

The Many-Faceted Career of Charlotte Marin

March 1, 2015 | Comments (0)

By Diana Colson Charlotte Marin‘s life centers around the water. She double-majored in Biology and Spanish at Eckerd College and now holds a full-time job working as a marine biologist in fisheries. This entrepreneurial and beautiful young lady founded Mermaid Swim School, and has built it into a thriving business. She recently founded a swimsuit […]

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SKA Working For You

SKA Working For You

March 1, 2015 | Comments (0)

23 years of Big Pass and island protection – SKA working for you  By Catherine Luckner, VP of SKA  The ebb shoal of Sarasota Big Pass and channel have no history of dredging. Consideration for this area to be dredged , for either navigation or sand source, have been excluded  based on its natural protective […]

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Spring is Coming to Siesta Key Beach

Spring is Coming to Siesta Key Beach

March 1, 2015 | Comments (0)

By Allan Worms, Ph.D., Wildlife Biologist (retired) Photos courtesy of Claire Herzog No matter the cool breezes — or even if you are a visitor and know there’s snow back home — SPRING is definitely on its way to Siesta Key Beach. AND HERE’S PROOF!! The photo is of a male Snowy Plover — one of […]

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