Archive for November, 2017

Siesta Key Chamber Volunteer Trolley Tour 2017

Siesta Key Chamber Volunteer Trolley Tour 2017

November 30, 2017 | Comments (0)

The Chamber would like to thank Siesta Trolley, Best Western Plus, Tropical Beach Resort, Midnight Cove II, Siesta Sunset Royale, Peppertree Bay, The Inn on Siesta Key and Rent Siesta Now for their hospitality in hosting 25 Chamber volunteers on their annual accommodation tour.  Chamber volunteer accommodation tours are an invaluable means of advertising each […]

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Final sea turtle nesting numbers

Final sea turtle nesting numbers

November 30, 2017 | Comments (0)

Siesta was among three keys that broke their individual numbers this year for nesting sea turtles, Mote Marine has reported. Siesta had a total of 636 this year, Mote said, compared to 476 in 2016. Four of those were green turtle nests. Casey Key saw a drop year-over-year, however. The 2017 total was 1,853, compared […]

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Casey Key Road property owners win Coastal Setback Variance for kitchen, pool and gazebos seaward of Gulf Beach Setback Line

Casey Key Road property owners win Coastal Setback Variance for kitchen, pool and gazebos seaward of Gulf Beach Setback Line

November 30, 2017 | Comments (0)

By Rachel Brown Hackney SarasotaNewsLeader.com   The kitchen was the sticking point for Sarasota County Commissioner Nancy Detert. In the general context of a Casey Key Road couple’s request for a Coastal Setback Variance, however, her colleagues took a different view. They granted the variance on a 4-1 vote.   James S. and Molly A […]

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Expense of Midnight Pass parking lot raises questions

Expense of Midnight Pass parking lot raises questions

November 22, 2017 | Comments (0)

By Rachel Brown Hackney SarasotaNewsLeader.com Publishers Note: This property had the promise of adding close to 160 needed parking spots for this part of the Key. With the notation, the east end of the property is wetland and hammock, along with retaining the old SKUA building, the parking spots are now reduced to 50 plus. […]

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Judge agrees with City of Sarasota and Lido Key Residents Association in dispute over order of presentations and burden of proof in administrative law hearing

Judge agrees with City of Sarasota and Lido Key Residents Association in dispute over order of presentations and burden of proof in administrative law hearing

November 22, 2017 | Comments (0)

By Rachel Brown Hackney SarasotaNewsLeader.com   About six weeks before the hearing was set to begin in the case, a Florida administrative law judge ruled that it would be up to the Siesta Key Association (SKA), Save Our Siesta Sand 2 (SOSS2) and the Florida Wildlife Federation (FWF) to prove their contention that the U.S. […]

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Parking solutions for the Village

Parking solutions for the Village

November 22, 2017 | Comments (0)

Guest Commentary I've seen many articles about the parking and traffic problems on Siesta. About a year ago I suggested a comprehensive parking and traffic plan for the village. Commissioner Al Maio encouraged me to work with Mark Smith and county staff to consult and formulate a plan. After many meetings and a lot of […]

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Siesta Key business owners surprised by news of fiber optic cable project just before Crystal Classic

Siesta Key business owners surprised by news of fiber optic cable project just before Crystal Classic

November 21, 2017 | Comments (0)

By Rachel Brown Hackney SarasotaNewsLeader.com   Siesta Key business owners expressed worry in early November that installation of MCI fiber optic cable through Siesta Village could disrupt the busiest time of the year for restaurants and bars. After being surprised by the abundance of “locate paint” in the Village — which marks existing utility lines […]

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Vacant lots 162 Beach Road

County Commission votes 4-1 to approve purchase of parcel at 162 Beach Road

November 21, 2017 | Comments (0)

By Rachel Brown Hackney SarasotaNewsLeader.com   Although Sarasota County Commissioner Nancy Detert argued that the board would be setting a bad precedent, her colleagues on Nov. 14 voted in favor of purchasing the land at 162 Beach Road on Siesta Key for $1.4 million. Previous commissions turned down the owners on three occasions when they […]

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2 feet to be added to height of seawall at Ocean Boulevard site planned for Oceane condominium project

2 feet to be added to height of seawall at Ocean Boulevard site planned for Oceane condominium project

November 21, 2017 | Comments (0)

By Rachel Brown Hackney   On a unanimous vote, the Sarasota County Commission has granted a permit for the addition of 2 feet to the height of the approximately 350-foot-long seawall on the property slated for the six-unit Oceane condominium complex on Ocean Boulevard on Siesta Key. The development will face Big Sarasota Pass. The […]

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Parking and traffic complaints aired at SKA meeting

Parking and traffic complaints aired at SKA meeting

November 21, 2017 | Comments (0)

By Rachel Brown Hackney   Parking at Siesta Public Beach, traffic congestion and concerns about crime were the focus of questions directed at Deputy Chris McGregor of the Sheriff’s Office during the November Siesta Key Association (SKA) meeting. SKA Director Gene Kusekoski kicked off the comments, noting that drivers often are reluctant to stop for […]

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If you care about Siesta Key - Donate Now

If you care about Siesta Key – Donate Now

November 21, 2017 | Comments (0)

   Siesta Key Association continues its legal dispute with the Army Corp and the City of Sarasota. SKA's goal is twofold; protect Siesta Key, S. Lido Key, Bay Island and Bird Key from potential wave damage and protect the Big Pass sand bars which have formed. This is now a major Sarasota County water recreation […]

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Top Siesta Key news stories of 2017

Top Siesta Key news stories of 2017

November 21, 2017 | Comments (0)

By Roger Drouin From a Hurricane close call to a historic property sale in the heart of the Village, 2017 was a big year on the Key. Although the Key and surrounding areas escaped a direct hit from powerful Hurricane Irma, the storm left significant damage, including large downed trees, and left some without power […]

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