Archive for April, 2017

County’s land development and zoning regulations to be updated and combined into single, user-friendly document

County’s land development and zoning regulations to be updated and combined into single, user-friendly document

April 1, 2017 | Comments (0)

By Rachel Brown Hackney SarasotaNewsLeader.com Months ago, Sarasota County Commissioner Alan Maio began mentioning that it was coming. On Feb. 28, staff won unanimous board approval to make it a reality. Called a Unified Development Code, it will be an extensive update of the county’s land development and zoning regulations, Matt Osterhoudt, director of the […]

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Construction could begin this summer on first new Siesta Key condominium development since 2009

Construction could begin this summer on first new Siesta Key condominium development since 2009

April 1, 2017 | Comments (0)

By Rachel Brown Hackney SarasotaNewsLeader.com Almost exactly five years ago, representatives of the Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast — based in Osprey — appeared before the Siesta Key Association (SKA) with a proposal for a pocket park on almost an acre of land perched on Big Sarasota Pass. The property for years has offered […]

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The eclectic entrance of Blasé, photo by Joel Fried

Culinary Celebration

April 1, 2017 | Comments (0)

Over 20 years, a bar where Elvis and Mariyn sat, and acclaim came to Blasé Café By Roger Drouin When Cynthia Breslin opened Blasé Café twenty years ago, she had only one indoor table and one chef. Over the years, the restaurant has expanded several times, adding a vintage martini bar from a historic hotel […]

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New SKA President Harold Ashby talks of plans to expand the organization’s membership

New SKA President Harold Ashby talks of plans to expand the organization’s membership

April 1, 2017 | Comments (0)

By Rachel Brown Hackney SarasotaNewsLeader.com Members welcomed a new president during the 2017 Annual Breakfast Meeting of the Siesta Key Association (SKA). Harold Ashby, who joined the board in early 2016, accepted the gavel from Vice President Catherine Luckner during the March 4 event, which was held at St. Boniface Episcopal Church. “I didn’t expect […]

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Serenity at Dolphin Bay

Serenity at Dolphin Bay

April 1, 2017 | Comments (0)

By Roger Drouin Dolphin Bay is a gated community of 52 units within three buildings located on the Intracoastal Waterway and Little Sarasota Bay. “The community really maximizes the serenity of being on the water,” says realtor Bob Ruiz, of Key Solutions Real Estate. The panoramic water views provide for nature views by day and the lights […]

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Off Key

Off Key

April 1, 2017 | Comments (0)

By Bob Frederickson The End of an Era in Sarasota Voters in Sarasota have decided to shake things up on the city commission, preferring political newcomers Jennifer Ahearn-Koch, Hagen Brody and Matin Hyde over incumbent Susan Chapman and former commissioner Fredd Atkins for two at large seats on the board. The three newcomers will face-off […]

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Slow-churned and made fresh daily ice cream equals success for this small island business

Slow-churned and made fresh daily ice cream equals success for this small island business

April 1, 2017 | Comments (0)

By Diana Colson THE ORANGE OCTOPUS offers delicious handmade ice cream in 24 luscious flavors. Located in Captain Curt’s Plaza at 1220 Old Stickney Point Road, it serves ice cream in cups or homemade waffle cones, signature sundaes, milk shakes, and root beer floats. It also has a full espresso bar with cold and hot […]

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Siesta Key Round Up April 2017

April 1, 2017 | Comments (0)

By Rachel Hackney/Bob Stein Transition to quarterly Chamber meetings On Feb. 15, the Siesta Key Chamber of Commerce conducted its first quarterly meeting for members, beginning a tradition proposed in the wake of the Chamber’s absorbing the Siesta Key Village Association (SKVA). Last year, after SKVA members voted to approve the Chamber’s taking over their […]

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Free Ride open-air trolley begins a six-month pilot program on Siesta Key

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By Rachel Brown Hackney SarasotaNewsLeader.com “It’s a big deal,” was the common refrain as representatives of the Siesta Key Chamber of Commerce, Sarasota County, RideRight Transit and members of the public gathered in front of an open-air trolley on the morning of March 20 in Siesta Village. Sarasota County Area Transit (SCAT) — with the […]

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Who’s Playing Tonight…an interview with TJ Hitt

Who’s Playing Tonight…an interview with TJ Hitt

April 1, 2017 | Comments (0)

By Mike Sales It probably comes as no surprise that my favorite part of Siesta Key is the impressive pool of talent on display at the many live music venues in the relatively small area of the village where I can always count on discovering another favorite. TJ Hitt, was playing just across the street […]

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Siesta Key Association files complaint in 12th Judicial Circuit Court to prevent dredging of Big Pass

April 1, 2017 | Comments (0)

By Rachel Brown Hackney SarasotaNewsLeader.com The Siesta Key Association (SKA) filed a complaint in the 12th Judicial Circuit Court on March 9 in an effort to stop the dredging of Big Sarasota Pass to renourish South Lido Key Beach. The action came 50 days after the nonprofit notified the City of Sarasota, the Florida Department […]

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