• Pine Shores resident takes on Benderson's Siesta Promenade project

    Pine Shores resident takes on Benderson’s Siesta Promenade project

    | October 1, 2014

    By Debbie Flessner “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” –Margaret Mead, American cultural anthropologist Pine Shores neighborhood resident Sura Kochman may be fighting an uphill battle as a representative of her community’s small alliance group, but that is not […]

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  • Oh Mamma Mia!

    Oh Mamma Mia!

    | October 1, 2014

    Family, food hallmarks at Oh Mamma Mia! Restaurant By Paul Roat/Bob Stein Although you may expect to enjoy a fine Italian meal when you go to Oh Mamma Mia! Restaurant, you will leave as a member of an extended Italian family. Chef Giuseppe Urbano will offer a hello from his post at the open kitchen. […]

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  • The World of Bix Mannion

    The World of Bix Mannion

    | October 1, 2014

    By Diana Colson Bix Mannion is a contemporary impressionist painter who focuses on the portrait, the figure and its relationship to its environment. Born in 1960, his background is unique. Bix tells the story in his own words: “I was born on the Mainline of Philadelphia, where my entire family was involved in both business and […]

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  • Got Sand?

    Got Sand?

    | October 1, 2014

    Sand Sculptor to the Stars By Brian Wiglesworth Last month here in “Got Sand?”, I suggested the readers write to me and ask me any questions they may have about sand sculpting. One question came up over and over again, “what’s the best sand sculpting job you’ve ever had?” When I made that suggestion I […]

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  • Beach Weddings

    Beach Weddings

    | September 1, 2014

    TWO J’S FROM TWO C’S UNITE ON SIESTA BEACHBy Trebor BrittA light gulf breeze and powdery white sand set the stage for another breathtaking Siesta Beach wedding. Julieth Mazo of Medellin, Colombia and Jarrod Gelling of California, exchanged vows surrounded by family, and close friends at an intimate wedding ceremony held on stunning Siesta Beach recently. Even […]

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Q & A with Nora Patterson: Champion of Siesta Key

Q & A with Nora Patterson: Champion of Siesta Key

October 1, 2014 | Comments (0)

By Roger Drouin Because of term limits, Nora Patterson will step down from the County Commission dais Nov. 5. Siesta Sands caught up with her to talk about the big Siesta issues—from parking to density battles to the U.S. Army Corps proposal for dredging Big Pass—and what she plans to do with some free time […]

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Property damage in Siesta Village

Property damage in Siesta Village

October 1, 2014 | Comments (0)

By Debbie Flessner It’s not even season yet, and a rash of vehicle-related property damage has been taking place in Siesta Village over the past few weeks. While Buccaneer Landscape Management is still settling into its new contract for the maintenance of Siesta Village, there are already several accidental damage issues that will need to […]

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Pine Shores resident takes on Benderson's Siesta Promenade project

Pine Shores resident takes on Benderson’s Siesta Promenade project

October 1, 2014 | Comments (0)

By Debbie Flessner “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” –Margaret Mead, American cultural anthropologist Pine Shores neighborhood resident Sura Kochman may be fighting an uphill battle as a representative of her community’s small alliance group, but that is not […]

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Oh Mamma Mia!

Oh Mamma Mia!

October 1, 2014 | Comments (0)

Family, food hallmarks at Oh Mamma Mia! Restaurant By Paul Roat/Bob Stein Although you may expect to enjoy a fine Italian meal when you go to Oh Mamma Mia! Restaurant, you will leave as a member of an extended Italian family. Chef Giuseppe Urbano will offer a hello from his post at the open kitchen. […]

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The World of Bix Mannion

The World of Bix Mannion

October 1, 2014 | Comments (0)

By Diana Colson Bix Mannion is a contemporary impressionist painter who focuses on the portrait, the figure and its relationship to its environment. Born in 1960, his background is unique. Bix tells the story in his own words: “I was born on the Mainline of Philadelphia, where my entire family was involved in both business and […]

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Got Sand?

Got Sand?

October 1, 2014 | Comments (0)

Sand Sculptor to the Stars By Brian Wiglesworth Last month here in “Got Sand?”, I suggested the readers write to me and ask me any questions they may have about sand sculpting. One question came up over and over again, “what’s the best sand sculpting job you’ve ever had?” When I made that suggestion I […]

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Beach Reads

Beach Reads

September 1, 2014 | Comments (0)

by Terri Schlichenmeyer The Bookworm Sez, LLC  “A Wolf Called Romeo” by Nick Jans c.2014, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt             $26.00 / $33.00 Canada                267 pages Your dog just can’t get enough of “catch.” Yes, he has plenty of toys, and just picking one up incites a glint-eyed round of the game. Nothing, apparently, […]

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Who's Playing Tonight?

Who’s Playing Tonight?

September 1, 2014 | Comments (0)

An interview with Mike Tozier by Mike Sales Mike Tozier is one of those singer/guitar players with a complete mastery of the interpretation of cover songs. His guitar playing is accomplished to the point of being able to present the iconic parts we all know and love, so while the song remains totally recognizable, he […]

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Got Sand?

Got Sand?

September 1, 2014 | Comments (0)

Common Q&As by Brian Wigglesworth If you haven’t caught this column before, I’m Brian Wigelsworth and I am one of only about 250 Master-class sand sculptors in the world. I’m also the creator of the Siesta Key Crystal Classic, the world’s largest ‘doubles only’ master sand sculpting competition, held right here on Siesta Key, Nov. […]

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Beach Weddings

Beach Weddings

September 1, 2014 | Comments (0)

TWO J’S FROM TWO C’S UNITE ON SIESTA BEACHBy Trebor BrittA light gulf breeze and powdery white sand set the stage for another breathtaking Siesta Beach wedding. Julieth Mazo of Medellin, Colombia and Jarrod Gelling of California, exchanged vows surrounded by family, and close friends at an intimate wedding ceremony held on stunning Siesta Beach recently. Even […]

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Sheriff's Report

Sheriff’s Report

September 1, 2014 | Comments (0)

  There were a total of 29 crimes reported on the Key from 7/22 – 8/18/14 7/29/14 Misdemeanor Disorderly Intoxication, Resisting Arrest Without Violence   5000 Block Ocean Blvd An officer responded to a disturbance at a bar in the village. At the time of his arrival, bouncers were holding a male subject on the ground. […]

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St. Michael's Welcomes Father Leo Smith

St. Michael’s Welcomes Father Leo Smith

September 1, 2014 | Comments (0)

By Diana Colson In August, St. Michael’s Church on Siesta Key welcomed Father Leo Smith as their new Associate Pastor. His journey to the priesthood is fascinating. Born in Boston in 1954, Fr. Smith grew up in a town called Milton, a suburb of Boston. (It was also the home town of the first George […]

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