Archive for December, 2015

Siesta Beach Improvement Project Nearing Completion

Siesta Beach Improvement Project Nearing Completion

December 1, 2015 | Comments (0)

By Bob Frederickson The $21 million Siesta Beach improvement project is on track to meet the county’s original goal for completion by early 2016, with Sarasota County project manager Brad Gaubatz telling Siesta Sand last week he expects ‘substantial-completion’ by January 21st, 2016. It won’t come a moment too soon. Early signs point to increased […]

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The 6th Annual Siesta Key Crystal Classic International Master Sand Sculpting Festival

The 6th Annual Siesta Key Crystal Classic International Master Sand Sculpting Festival

December 1, 2015 | Comments (0)

And the winners are…           FIRST PLACE –  Tender Loving Care by Enguerr and David (Brussels) and Leonardo Ugolini (Italy)  SECOND PLACE  & PEOPLE'S CHOICE  Free Minded by Melineige  Beauregard (Canada) and Joris Kivits (The Netherlands)  THIRD PLACE  "Godzilla" by Abram  Waterman and Morgan  Rudluff (Santa Cruz CA)  The weather was […]

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Ocean/Higel drainage project addresses Flooding problems

Ocean/Higel drainage project addresses Flooding problems

December 1, 2015 | Comments (0)

by Roger Drouin Sarasota County’s stormwater division has plans for a drainage project that would do more than just alleviate major flooding on Higel Avenue and Reid Street. The project would replace an open drainage ditch on Ocean Avenue with a buried pipe while filtering pollutants and debris from stormwater. Replacing the unsightly “mosquito ditch” […]

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Sarasota news

News Up & Down the Trail

December 1, 2015 | Comments (0)

By Roger Drouin & Debbie Flessner MainStreet/Hollywood 20 Plaza sells  The Sarasota Main Street Plaza has been sold. Last month, entrepreneur Jesse Biter and fellow Sarasota investors David Chessler, along with golfer Greg Norman, and Eric Baird, finalized the purchase of the 8.6-acre Main Plaza, which houses the Hollywood 20 movie theater. The group purchased […]

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Siesta Key Round Up

Siesta Key Round Up

December 1, 2015 | Comments (0)

By Bob Stein Commission OK’s concrete shade structures  Some additional changes are coming to Siesta Public Beach. On Nov. 10, the Sarasota County Commission approved a Gulf setback variance allowing construction of a new sidewalk and replacement of wood shelters with eight concrete shade structures at Siesta Key Public Beach. The eight structures are in […]

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Siesta Key Marina under new ownership

Siesta Key Marina under new ownership

December 1, 2015 | Comments (0)

By Debbie Flessner Throughout the more than 50 years the Siesta Key Marina has been in business, it has remained a favorite spot for both visitors and locals to store and rent boats for a day out on the water. But the new owners of the 3 1/2-acre property hope to turn it into much […]

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sheriff's report siesta key

Sheriff’s Report

December 1, 2015 | Comments (0)

  There were a total of 29 crimes reported on the Key from 10/20-11/ 15/15 10/25/15 Petit Theft A purple ladies bicycle, valued at $299.99, was stolen from in front of The Old Salty Dog Bar. The bike was left unlocked while the victim was inside the Bar. 5000 Block Ocean Blvd, 11/1/15 Burglary –Vehicle, Public Beach  […]

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Bartender of the month

Bartender of the month

December 1, 2015 | Comments (0)

Chrissy currently works at Gilligan's Island Bar & Grill located in Siesta Key Village.  She's been a bartender for 29 years and describes herself as a kind, a little bit funny, and mildly forgetful.  She loves swapping stories with visitors.  One of her memorable stories was when she convinced OJ Simpson to autograph his own […]

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Fishing Forecast for December

Fishing Forecast for December

December 1, 2015 | Comments (0)

Captain Klopfer Adventure Charters 941-371-1390 http://fishingsiestakey.com December is a month that will test an angler’s ability to adapt to current conditions.  Water quality will vary throughout the area as passing cold fronts churn up the Gulf of Mexico.  The flats between Stickney Pt. and Blackburn Pt. will be more productive under these circumstances.  After several […]

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Off Islands

Off Islands

December 1, 2015 | Comments (0)

By Rodger Skidmore The long way home Many people come to live here or to spend the winter months along the Gulf Coast of Florida, but few pass through on the way from one place to another. Last month one person did as part of a ninety-seven year journey home. Yes, he was born a […]

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Photo Gallery

Photo Gallery

December 1, 2015 | Comments (0)

This Veteran's Day was especially meaningful for residents and visitors on Siesta Key.  It allowed them the opportunity to raise funds for the Wounded Warrior Project while meeting legendary football player and T.V. personality, Terry Bradshaw at Captain Curt's.  Bradshaw had a barrel of Four Roses Single Batch Bourbon made specifically for him and decided […]

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Will New Beach Road Medians Impede Fire Trucks/Emergency Vehicles?

Will New Beach Road Medians Impede Fire Trucks/Emergency Vehicles?

December 1, 2015 | Comments (0)

By Bob Frederickson  Island resident Diane Erne worries about emergency vehicles, especially fire trucks, being able to get through the area when traffic is heavy and busses or large delivery trucks are blocking the way. “I was driving through there recently and was stopped behind a stopped bus when I noticed the new medians, Erne […]

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