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Photo Gallery

July 1, 2017 | Comments (0)

Siesta Key Beach… Summertime Fun! So many wonderful visitors enjoying the white powder-fine sand of our beautiful No.1 beach.   Photos by Sarasota Photography / Jaye Clements~                       

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Potential for a new public parking lot at 6647 South Midnight Pass steaming ahead

Potential for a new public parking lot at 6647 South Midnight Pass steaming ahead

July 1, 2017 | Comments (0)

By Rachel Brown Hackney Lin Kurant, manager of the county’s Real Estate Services Division, had identified the 1.84-parcel as owned by the county’s Utilities Department, with a structure on it used for training purposes by the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office. Although the commissioners were talking about surplus property the county could sell, Kurant recommended the […]

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Island Resident Wins Sonja Henie Award

Island Resident Wins Sonja Henie Award

July 1, 2017 | Comments (0)

By Diana Colson In May, Siesta Key’s own Judith Thomas was presented with the 2017 Sonja Henie award at the Professional Skaters Association banquet held in Franklin, Tennessee. This much-coveted award has been given annually since 1996 and is bestowed upon a female Professional Skater or Coach who has brought recognition to the sport in […]

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Absolute Brightness

Arts on the Horizon

July 1, 2017 | Comments (0)

By Rodger Skidmore George Orwell’s Newspeak      In Orwell’s novel, 1984, “blackwhite”  referred to the usage of a word with the understanding that it meant its opposite. Thus, when the leaders spoke of peace, everyone understood them to mean war, and it is sometimes the same with theater. When one says Absolute Brightness everyone […]

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A Vision for the Best

A Vision for the Best

July 1, 2017 | Comments (0)

By Roger Drouin Every time Michael Holderness drove by the Siesta Beach Resort & Suites, in the past, he thought about the potential. The only official hotel on Siesta, the property had seen more glorious days as a small, yet popular tourist mecca that was built in the fifties. Now, Holderness is working to put […]

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Board of Zoning Appeals splits 3-2 in supporting county zoning administrator’s interpretation of the street setbacks required for tall buildings on Siesta Key

Board of Zoning Appeals splits 3-2 in supporting county zoning administrator’s interpretation of the street setbacks required for tall buildings on Siesta Key

July 1, 2017 | Comments (0)

By Rachel Brown Hackney SarasotaNewsLeader.com It all came down to a question of the correct interpretation of the Sarasota County Zoning Code involving potential commercial redevelopment on Siesta Key. In a case focused on an application from a Siesta Key resident, the county’s Board of Zoning Appeals voted 3-2 to affirm the county zoning administrator’s […]

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July Bartender of the Month

July Bartender of the Month

July 1, 2017 | Comments (0)

Name of Bartender: Alex Hometown: Saline, MI           How long have you been bartending? 6 years Q: What was the strangest or funniest thing you experienced at work? A: I love when people dance at bars and the energy it can spread. With that in mind, this young lady was dancing with her friends in […]

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Back at it, Cosentino is not giving up on North Beach Road

Back at it, Cosentino is not giving up on North Beach Road

July 1, 2017 | Comments (0)

By Rachel Brown Hackney For a couple of months, Siesta resident Mike Cosentino stopped making appearances at County Commission meetings. He was back at it on May 23, as the board held two regular sessions in Sarasota. On May 23, Cosentino voiced admiration for Commissioner Nancy Detert, who was elected last fall, but he indicated […]

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Capt. Jim Klopfer’s Fishing Forecast July 2017

Capt. Jim Klopfer’s Fishing Forecast July 2017

July 1, 2017 | Comments (0)

   July fishing can be excellent, but tactics need to be a little different and windows of opportunity are smaller.  It is simply too hot to fish in the middle of the day.  Early morning will be the most reliable time to fish, evenings are good too, but frequent thunderstorms can make planning a trip […]

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Siesta Key Round Up - July

Siesta Key Round Up – July

July 1, 2017 | Comments (0)

By Rachel Brown Hackney/Bob Stein Help for Brian Wigelsworth During the May 17 Siesta Chamber membership meeting, Chair Mark Smith reported, “We have very sad news.” Brian Wigelsworth, Siesta’s own master sand sculptor who originated the idea for the Siesta Key Crystal Classic, “is battling throat cancer,” Smith said, “and he doesn’t have any insurance.” […]

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Hunt underway for next Jo-To building tenant

Hunt underway for next Jo-To building tenant

July 1, 2017 | Comments (0)

By Rachel Brown Hackney One of the new owners of the building that for years housed the Jo-To Japanese Restaurant in Siesta Village says it probably will take two to three months to decide on the best new tenant. “We’re still in the looking process,“ Jim Syprett said in a June 13 telephone interview. Syprett […]

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Beach Road charter amendment effort continues

July 1, 2017 | Comments (0)

If successful, the charter amendments would cost the county $450,000 to hold a countywide special election, timing may get tricky By Roger Drouin Sarasota County residents continue to sign a pair of petitions related to the increasingly tense fight over a 357-foot stretch of Beach Road. There are two separate charter amendment initiatives spurred by […]

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