Archive for November, 2017

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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Make Siesta Drive Safer

Make Siesta Drive Safer

November 21, 2017 | Comments (0)

By Rachel Brown Hackney    Safety issues on Siesta Drive — from Osprey Avenue to the Shell Road intersection with Higel Avenue — have been the focus of a group of Bay Island Siesta Association members since April, the association’s vice president recently told Siesta Key Association (SKA) members. Make Siesta Drive Safer has been […]

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Big Pass Shoal offers boaters a Margaritaville vibe while protecting Siesta Key’s shoreline

Big Pass Shoal offers boaters a Margaritaville vibe while protecting Siesta Key’s shoreline

November 21, 2017 | Comments (0)

By Robert Frederickson Michael Shay doesn’t need to rely on reports from high-priced consultants or pore over arcane papers on coastal erosion to understand the important role the shoals and resulting sandbar off Big Pass play in protecting Siesta Key’s shoreline. He can simply look out the window of his home at Siesta Town House […]

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The ever changing Village

The ever changing Village

November 21, 2017 | Comments (0)

By Rachel Brown Hackney SarasotaNewsLeader.com    If all goes as planned, a new upscale steak and seafood restaurant will be open no later than early January 2018 in Siesta Village, Island business owner Chris Brown stated in a recent telephone interview. “We think there’s a void” among Key dining establishments that that type of business […]

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Photo Gallery

Photo Gallery

November 1, 2017 | Comments (0)

Sun, Sand and amazing weather… Paradise Found! We all love Siesta Key! (Photos by Sarasota Photography/Jaye Clements)                              

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Redevelopment proposed for hotel on Stickney Point Road

Redevelopment proposed for hotel on Stickney Point Road

November 1, 2017 | Comments (0)

By Rachel Brown Hackney                 A limited liability company that owns the Siesta Key Palms Hotel and Resort at 1800 Stickney Point Road has filed a rezoning application with Sarasota County to allow the redevelopment of the 1-acre site.                 Sarasotaville of Siesta Key also wants to reactivate the Tourist Resort Redevelopment (TRR) zoning district […]

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Warning about South Siesta Renourishment assessments

Warning about South Siesta Renourishment assessments

November 1, 2017 | Comments (0)

By Rachel Brown Hackney                 An SNL reader sent an email on Sept. 29, saying, “We have found the proposed south Siesta Key beach assessments in the 2018 Notice of Proposed Property Taxes to be varying from 0 to $1700 for the same units in our complex.”                 In the spring of 2016, the county […]

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