Archive for September, 2017

Photo Gallery

Photo Gallery

September 1, 2017 | Comments (0)

Families and friends manage one more beach day before the start of the school year. What better place to relax and unwind than on the No.1 beach in the USA!   For those planning to visit our island paradise, be sure to take advantage of our free trollies to get you to the beach and […]

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Best of the Beach Club: 70 years and counting

Best of the Beach Club: 70 years and counting

September 1, 2017 | Comments (0)

By Charmaine Engelsman-Robins The slick, stylish nightclub marking its 70th anniversary this month (celebrated 9/2 featuring the Instigators) certainly belies the humble beginnings and questionable past of its seven decade history. Since 1947, the Beach Club has been many things to many people. There’s not much on record of the Beach Club’s earliest years. It’s […]

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FDOT designing drainage project to alleviate flooding on Higel Avenue near Somerset Cove Condominiums

FDOT designing drainage project to alleviate flooding on Higel Avenue near Somerset Cove Condominiums

September 1, 2017 | Comments (0)

By Rachel Brown Hackney SarasotaNewsLeader.com    Just as motorists in downtown Sarasota have learned to be wary of U.S. 41 near Gulfstream Avenue when it rains hard, drivers on a section of Siesta Key’s Higel Avenue know to watch out for flooding in one particular area. In 2014, a couple who lives on that segment of […]

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Sheriff’s Report July 19 –August 21, 2017

Sheriff’s Report July 19 –August 21, 2017

September 1, 2017 | Comments (0)

There were a total of 38 crimes reported on the Key between 7/19 – 8/21/17                     7/21/17 Burglary –Residential 5000 Block Siesta Woods Drive A burglary was recorded on a residential security system. At approximately 2:47 a.m., a vehicle was seen driving down the short, dead-end […]

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off key news

Off Key

September 1, 2017 | Comments (0)

By Bob Frederickson A Day of Celebration for Snooty! September 10th will be a day long celebration of all things Snooty as the South Florida Museum in Bradenton remembers the life and times of its number one Cash-Cow…err, make that Sea-Cow, Snooty the manatee who died shortly after celebrating his 69th birthday last month. Depending […]

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‘SIN Party’ cancelled

‘SIN Party’ cancelled

September 1, 2017 | Comments (0)

By Rachel Brown Hackney   An Aug. 15 party planned with DJs on the sandbar in Big Sarasota Pass — announced late this spring on Facebook — never happened. The proposed event had raised more questions than answers. A business called Elemental Soul Productions located in the Tampa Bay area originally said on its website […]

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Siesta residents vow again to fight any revision that would figuratively open the door to a big new hotel on the island

Siesta residents vow again to fight any revision that would figuratively open the door to a big new hotel on the island

September 1, 2017 | Comments (0)

By Rachel Brown Hackney    Twelfth Judicial Circuit Court Judge Frederick P. Mercurio has granted a joint motion of Siesta Acquisitions LLC and Sarasota County to hold in abeyance a dispute over a June Board of Zoning Appeals decision regarding street setbacks for tall commercial buildings in the Siesta Key Overlay District. In the joint […]

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A letter sent out by SKA

A letter sent out by SKA

September 1, 2017 | Comments (0)

To Our Valued Siesta Key Association Members and residents of Siesta Key   You may have learned in local news that the Administrative Hearing of our Challenge to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s (FDEP) Notice of Intent to issue a Permit to Dredge Big Pass, which was scheduled for the last two weeks of […]

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Siesta Key Round Up

Siesta Key Round Up

September 1, 2017 | Comments (0)

By Rachel Hackney/Bob Stein As for break-ins … During the Aug. 3 Siesta Key Association (SKA) meeting, Sgt. Jason Mruczek, leader of the Sheriff’s Office substation on the Key, told the audience that 10 to 15 vehicle burglaries had been reported in recent weeks on the north end of the island. He mentioned incidents on […]

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About that new Siesta Drive fence

About that new Siesta Drive fence

September 1, 2017 | Comments (0)

By Rachel Brown Hackney   Motorists heading on and off Siesta Key in mid-August most certainly noticed that a fence and swing gate were being installed along the road just east of the north drawbridge, adjacent to the lookout over Sarasota Bay. In response to a question about the project, Jan Thornburg, senior communications manager […]

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Paid Parking

Paid Parking

September 1, 2017 | Comments (0)

Siesta Key Association launches another survey    On Aug. 4, the SKA emailed its latest survey to members. This one is in response to a July 11 County Commission discussion regarding the potential for charging people to park at Siesta Public Beach. Commissioners indicated a keen interest in using the resulting revenue to boost mass […]

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Differing viewpoints provided to SKA audience regarding North Beach Road vacation

Differing viewpoints provided to SKA audience regarding North Beach Road vacation

September 1, 2017 | Comments (0)

By Rachel Brown Hackney SarasotaNewsLeader.com   The Sarasota County commissioners did not have information about previous discussions of staff and their predecessors regarding potential repairs to North Beach Road when they voted 4-1 last year to vacate a 357-foot segment of it, a supporter of Reopen Beach Road told about 65 people attending the Aug. […]

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