Archive for August, 2017

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Sheriff’s Report June 20-July 18, 2017

August 1, 2017 | Comments (0)

There were a total of 40 crimes reported on the Key between 6/20-7/18/17                           6/24 Grand Theft  5100 Block Ocean Blvd. A man visiting the Key with his parents went into the Village after eating dinner with them. He visited several bars and […]

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Bartender of the Month - Taylor

Bartender of the Month – Taylor

August 1, 2017 | Comments (0)

Name of Bartender: Taylor Hometown:   Sarasota, FL Q: What’s your bartending experience and how long have you worked at Blasé Cafe? What drink have you perfected? A:  I have been officially bartending for a year. I have always done small bartending events but Blasé Cafe was my first bartender opportunity. I have been in the restaurant business […]

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Arts on the Horizon

Arts on the Horizon

August 1, 2017 | Comments (0)

By Rodger Skidmore Thanksgiving in August      The pilgrims arrived in the land of the Wampanoag and Mahigan on November 9th, 1620 after leaving England on September 6th. They were probably buying supplies in August of that year, but those free market acquisition activities are not what we are celebrating. The pilgrims that settled in America were […]

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Mike Granthon and The Beach Club

Mike Granthon and The Beach Club

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By Diana Colson  Mike Granthon has been running restaurants and bars since he was 15. Along with his partner, Chris Brown, he is now co-owner of The Beach Club as well as The Hub, The Cottage, and a soon-to-be-opened high-end restaurant, yet unnamed.  Located at the former site of Aaron’s Fish Camp, the new restaurant […]

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Call it a ‘debriefing’ about the Fourth

Call it a ‘debriefing’ about the Fourth

August 1, 2017 | Comments (0)

By Rachel Brown Hackney           Illegal parking, illegal fireworks, traffic congestion, fights over spaces at the public beach and lots of trash: It was pretty much a typical July Fourth holiday on Siesta Key, Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office staff, residents and Sarasota County Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources Department (PRNR) staff said during the July […]

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County Commission asks for draft amendment to Siesta zoning regulations that would lower setback requirements for commercial buildings, including hotels

August 1, 2017 | Comments (0)

By Rachel Brown Hackney SarasotaNewsLeader.com           A June 12 vote by the Sarasota County Board of Zoning Appeals has prompted not only legal action but also a proposal for an amendment to the county’s Zoning Code that governs all of Siesta Key.           With the consensus of the Sarasota County Commission on July 12, County […]

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Siesta Promenade plan revised to include 415 residential dwelling units and a 130-room hotel, plus commercial space, latest documents show

Siesta Promenade plan revised to include 415 residential dwelling units and a 130-room hotel, plus commercial space, latest documents show

August 1, 2017 | Comments (0)

By Rachel Brown Hackney SarasotaNewsLeader.com           Benderson Development has revised its plans for the proposed Siesta Promenade project to encompass 415 residential dwelling units, a hotel with 130 rooms and 140,000 square feet of retail and office space, as outlined in materials submitted to Sarasota County’s Planning and Development Department on June 28.           The […]

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On the Other Side of the Issue

On the Other Side of the Issue

August 1, 2017 | Comments (0)

As an Aug. 22 appeal hearing approaches, Bob Luckner, a longtime pipeline engineer, represents the community as he studies the technical nuisances of a controversial project. By Roger Drouin Bob Luckner has forty-five years of experience as an engineer, specializing in permitting and project management, since graduating from Virginia Tech with a Ph.D. in Engineering […]

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big pass dredging

Significant increases in wave energy striking Siesta and Bird keys to be expected if Army Corps of Engineers allowed to proceed with Big Pass dredging plan, SKA leaders say

August 1, 2017 | Comments (0)

By Rachel Brown Hackney SarasotaNewsLeader.com           The Siesta Key Association (SKA) has unveiled one of the key arguments it intends to make against the dredging alternative upon which the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) has settled for the proposed Lido Renourishment Project. During the nonprofit’s regular meeting on July 6, Robert Luckner, a member […]

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Big water fish market

Notes from the Island Fishmonger

August 1, 2017 | Comments (0)

We always have a lot going on during the summertime on the Gulf Coast but especially this summer of 2017. Siesta Beach has once again garnered the No. 1 beach status from Dr. Leatherman, MTV’s new reality series shot on Siesta Key beach aired the end of July, and the proposed Big Pass dredging is […]

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Residents raise worries about boom in towering Siesta Key houses designed for tourists

Residents raise worries about boom in towering Siesta Key houses designed for tourists

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By Rachel Brown Hackney SarasotaNewsLeader.com Call it a “tale of four houses.” In a two-block span, three new towering residences and one under construction epitomize for longtime Siesta Key residents the unwelcome changes that have been taking place on the island in recent years. The four-story structures at 547 and 551 Beach Road are advertised […]

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