• 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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  • Photo Gallery

    Photo Gallery

    | April 1, 2015

     Lots of visitors last month.  You can tell by the big smiles, all enjoyed the beautiful weather and #1 beach in the USA…  Can it get any better than this?   (Photos by Sarasota Photography unless otherwise stated.)  

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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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Island Fishmonger

Island Fishmonger

April 1, 2015 | Comments (0)

Smoking Fish -A Florida tradition by Scott Dolan For 15 years now I have been roaming the state of Florida eating, selling, and studying the Florida seafood industry. Seafood has always been a passion of mine…maybe because it tastes real good! Anyway, I have been in every fish market from the Eaton Street Seafood Market […]

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Pearls and Perils Confronting Birds on Siesta Key Beach*

Pearls and Perils Confronting Birds on Siesta Key Beach*

April 1, 2015 | Comments (0)

By Allan Worms, Ph.D., Wildlife Biologist (retired) Photos by Claire Herzog Beautiful Siesta Key Beach, lauded for its brilliant white sand and swimmer friendly shoreline – – is also exceptional for its outstanding bird life. One of its most beautiful birds is the very small Snowy Plover hen seen nesting. Snowy Plovers blend perfectly into […]

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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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Who's Playing Tonight?

Who’s Playing Tonight?

April 1, 2015 | Comments (0)

  “The Daisy Dukes Band” – A local band with a Siesta Key connection By Mike Sales One weekend, when passing through downtown after a gig, I saw a bus with a trailer that read, “The Daisy Dukes Band”, parked in front of the Gator Club. My immediate thought was; “they must really have their […]

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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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Photo Gallery

Photo Gallery

April 1, 2015 | Comments (0)

 Lots of visitors last month.  You can tell by the big smiles, all enjoyed the beautiful weather and #1 beach in the USA…  Can it get any better than this?   (Photos by Sarasota Photography unless otherwise stated.)  

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