Archive for March, 2017

Photo Gallery

Photo Gallery

March 1, 2017 | Comments (0)

They’re smiling because they’re at the best beach in the country, enjoying the best winter in the country! Siesta Beach has again been named the top beach in the U.S. in the 2017 TripAdvisor Travelers' Choice Awards, an honor it received in 2015. Siesta Beach is often ranked among the top beaches in both the […]

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Sand Castles - Excelsior, Gulf to Bay

Sand Castles – Excelsior, Gulf to Bay

March 1, 2017 | Comments (0)

Serene, from Gulf to Bay, at Excelsior By Roger Drouin A tornado came from the Gulf at 3:30 a.m. Jan. 17, 2016 and bore down on Excelsior Beach to Bay Condominiums. Several storms landed in the area that evening, including the tornado that hit Excelsior condominiums on the Gulf before crossing Midnight Pass Road and […]

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Sarasota news

Up and Down the Trail

March 1, 2017 | Comments (0)

By Roger Drouin Downtown shuttle gets rolling A free, on-demand circulator will be rolling in the heart of the city. The new transit shuttle service was slated to make its debut in downtown Sarasota after the City Commission voted 5-0 Feb. 6 to approve a contract with The Gotcha Group, a Charleston, S.C.-based transportation company […]

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Siesta Key Round Up

Siesta Key Round Up

March 1, 2017 | Comments (0)

By Rachel Hackney/Bob Stein Letter to the Editor My comments are in response to the front page of Siesta Sand, February 2017 issue, Ms. Hackney’s excellent article re History of Midnight Pass. It was widely known that ‘owners’ started the campaign to fill in Midnight Pass, and many folks were unaware of names, dates, etc. […]

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Siesta Promenade News Brief

Siesta Promenade News Brief

March 1, 2017 | Comments (0)

Rhana Bazzini has not given up her dream of turning the site of the proposed Siesta Promenade mixed-use development into a park. During the June 2, 2016 Siesta Key Association (SKA) meeting, she told Benderson Development’s director of development, Todd Mathes, that she felt a park would be the best use of the approximately 24 […]

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Updates on bicycle safety

Updates on bicycle safety

March 1, 2017 | Comments (0)

Sarasota County staff is planning to paint “sharrows” on Ocean Boulevard where no bike lane exists, SKA Director Harold Ashby told the approximately 50 people attending the nonprofit’s February meeting. The goal in putting down these images of bikes with directional arrows, he said, is to remind motorists that they have to share the road. […]

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Administrative challenges to Big Pass dredging remain on hold while FDEP weighs appropriate response to SKA’s plan to file suit

Administrative challenges to Big Pass dredging remain on hold while FDEP weighs appropriate response to SKA’s plan to file suit

March 1, 2017 | Comments (0)

By Rachel Brown Hackney SarasotaNewsLeader.com Administrative challenges the Siesta Key Association (SKA) and Save Our Siesta Sand 2 (SOSS2) filed in response to the state’s plan to issue a permit for the dredging of Big Sarasota Pass remained on hold in late February. That resulted from the SKA’s Jan. 19 filing of notice with the […]

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Big water fish market

Notes from the Island Fishmonger

March 1, 2017 | Comments (0)

Where's the fish? During the spring, when the beaches are crowded and the population is plentiful, us Siesta Key locals are asked for advice on a daily basis. What to do, which restaurants are good and especially where is the fish? All good questions but it is surprisingly hard in Sarasota to find a good […]

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siesta promenade

Siesta Promenade traffic studies and other analyses should be completed by end of March

March 1, 2017 | Comments (0)

By Rachel Brown Hackney SarasotaNewsLeader.com With a consultant for Benderson Development getting traffic studies underway for the firm’s proposed Siesta Promenade project, questions remain about whether the Sarasota County Commission is following the appropriate steps in considering the mixed-use development for a Critical Area Plan (CAP). Asked in a Feb. 16 telephone interview about the […]

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Arts on the Horizon

Arts on the Horizon

March 1, 2017 | Comments (0)

By Rodger Skidmore The Hurricane that missed Sarasota      Hurricane season is June – November, and October is one of the season’s peak months. The areas affected include the Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea and Gulf of Mexico. The storms usually form off the southern edge of Africa and are driven west as far as […]

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Captain Jim Klopfer’s March Fishing Forecast

Captain Jim Klopfer’s March Fishing Forecast

March 1, 2017 | Comments (0)

Adventure Charters 941-371-1390 March is a great month to fish on Siesta Key.  It is the first month of spring, both on the calendar and outside.  The list of available species is long; snook, redfish, trout, pompano, cobia, king and Spanish mackerel, sheepshead, flounder, snapper, grouper, jack crevelle, and sharks just to name a few. […]

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More North Beach Road updates

More North Beach Road updates

March 1, 2017 | Comments (0)

Bollards finally in place Sarasota County’s chief engineer, Isaac Brownman, confirmed on Feb. 2 that the long-awaited bollards were installed in late January at the southern end of North Beach Road. Dennis and Wendy Madden had been working on the project for months, Dennis Madden told SNL in late December 2016. He and his wife […]

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