Archive for December, 2013

Photo Gallery

Photo Gallery

December 25, 2013 | Comments (0)

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Midnight Pass: lessons learned after 30 years

Midnight Pass: lessons learned after 30 years

December 1, 2013 | Comments (0)

By Paul Roat Sarasotans have had a long-term love affair of damaging nature. We’ve scraped, scoured, cleared, filled, circumvented, and paved Mother Nature to the point that she can barely pick herself off the ground without help — and while she’s down, we keep kicking away at her. While we lament past destruction, and point […]

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The Creative World of Kenny DeCamp

The Creative World of Kenny DeCamp

December 1, 2013 | Comments (0)

By Diana Colson The creative life of Kenney DeCamp is one that is truly unique. In the 1970’s while working as an orthopedic Physician’s Assistant (PA) at Patterson Army Hospital in New Jersey, Kenney met Bruce Springsteen. He soon became involved with the production company that was booking Bruce’s first band, Steel Mill. They brought […]

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Sand struggle looms eternal

Sand struggle looms eternal

December 1, 2013 | Comments (0)

Commentary by Stan Zimmerman A fifty-year plan to use sand dredged from the ebb tide shoal of Big Pass may turn into a half-century battle over climate change, sea-level rise and the fiscal sanity of beach renourishment. The City of Sarasota and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have a $49 million plan to take […]

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Sip, Savor and Spread Holiday Cheer

Sip, Savor and Spread Holiday Cheer

December 1, 2013 | Comments (0)

By Maureen Rooney Siesta Key Wines 5238c Ocean Blvd, Siesta Key Village ‘Tis the season for celebrating with family and friends and sharing great holiday wines! Wine has traditionally been used for gifts of welcome and always spreads holiday cheer. Consider surprising your connoisseur with an impressive Napa Cabernet Sauvignon like the 2007 Trinitas this […]

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Beach Weddings

Beach Weddings

December 1, 2013 | Comments (0)

Our Wedding in Siesta Key Story by Adam Emery and photos by Maggie Dillon Designs My wife and I and our three children first visited Siesta Key as a side trip on our annual Orlando vacation in 2011.   All of us immediately fell in love with the awesome beach community and the gorgeous beaches.  When […]

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Flood Insurance Reform Act’s Shock Therapy

Flood Insurance Reform Act’s Shock Therapy

December 1, 2013 | Comments (0)

Flood Insurance Reform Act’s Shock Therapy: A Cure Worse than the Underlying Disorder? By Robert Frederickson Harvey Vengroff is moving to Belize. As a successful businessman and investor he can afford to live just about anywhere. His companies, including Vengroff and Associates, have made him a wealthy man, primarily through work in the debt collection […]

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Who's Playing Tonight?

Who’s Playing Tonight?

December 1, 2013 | Comments (0)

An interview with Kara Nally by Mike Sales The first time I heard Kara Nally, was at SKOB. She was guest hosting the open mic, with Sandi Grecco, singing a little, introducing the various participants and making the rounds to make everyone feel welcome. Every time I go to see her, like on Thursdays at […]

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Midnight Pass still provokes debate after 30 years

Midnight Pass still provokes debate after 30 years

December 1, 2013 | Comments (0)

By Paul Roat Even though it’s been 30 years since Midnight Pass closed, the conversation is still going on strong. Midnight Pass, an inlet separating southern Siesta Key to Casey Key, was what coastal engineers called a migrating inlet. The pass’s waters threatened to erode two South Siesta Gulffront homes in its northern trek in […]

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Beach Reads

Beach Reads

December 1, 2013 | Comments (0)

~~“Who Asked You?” by Terry McMillan c.2013, Viking    $27.95 / $29.50 Canada   383 pages Book review by The Bookworm Sez, Terri Schlichenmeyer You can’t fix everything. That’s a hard lesson to learn, no matter who you are. You can’t swoop in and make things right when they’re not yours to correct. You can’t throw money at […]

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Siesta Key Association Celebrates Its 65th Year

Siesta Key Association Celebrates Its 65th Year

December 1, 2013 | Comments (0)

By Diana Colson Community Reports, Code Enforcement Parking:  John Lally, Code Enforcement Officer, addressed the group. He said the Sheriff’s Department would do their best to enforce parking this winter. There are 150 new parking spots, but 450 are needed. “It’s kind of sad that tourists get here and can’t find a place to park,” […]

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Season of excesses, or perhaps excuses

Season of excesses, or perhaps excuses

December 1, 2013 | Comments (0)

By Paul Roat “I was misinformed.” Those three words have been used to cover a flood of misdoings over the years. The phrase is also the recent catch-all for a flood of problems that are washing over property owners in Southwest Florida. Congress approved sweeping changes to flood insurance regulations and premiums last year. Those […]

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