Archive for December, 2017

Sarasota County to demolish Sheriff’s Office training facility on South Midnight Pass property so people can use the site for parking

Sarasota County to demolish Sheriff’s Office training facility on South Midnight Pass property so people can use the site for parking

December 28, 2017 | Comments (0)

By Rachel Brown Hackney SarasotaNewsLeader.com    With the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office having formally vacated a training facility at 6647 S. Midnight Pass Road on Siesta Key, the County Commission unanimously has directed staff to demolish the structure and grade the land so the public can use the 14 paved parking spaces on the site. […]

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Planning Commission votes 8-1 to recommend County Commission amend Siesta Key zoning regulations to allow flexibility with commercial structures’ street setbacks

Planning Commission votes 8-1 to recommend County Commission amend Siesta Key zoning regulations to allow flexibility with commercial structures’ street setbacks

December 28, 2017 | Comments (0)

By Rachel Brown Hackney SarasotaNewsLeader.com    Eight of nine Sarasota County Planning Commission members have agreed that developers should have the flexibility to construct buildings taller than 35 feet as close as 2 feet to the sidewalk in three commercial zoning districts on Siesta Key. The lone “No” vote at the conclusion of a Dec. […]

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U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plans to take 1.7 million cubic yards of sand from Big Pass, instead of 1.2 million, expert witness testifies

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plans to take 1.7 million cubic yards of sand from Big Pass, instead of 1.2 million, expert witness testifies

December 28, 2017 | Comments (0)

By Rachel Brown Hackney SarasotaNewsLeader.com    Since the Lido Key Renourishment Project formally was unveiled to the public in September 2013, representatives of the City of Sarasota and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) routinely have referenced a range between 1.1 million and 1.3 million cubic yards of sand as the amount targeted for […]

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December Island Girls

December Island Girls

December 1, 2017 | Comments (0)

Photos by Jaye Clements / Sarasota Photography Our December island girls (l-r) are Sarah, from Punta Gorda, FL., Corinn, from Marietta, GA., and Josi, from Intercourse, PA. What better place for these former gymnasts to come together to celebrate best friend, Corinn’s 40th birthday? Sarah enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, and relaxing on the […]

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Arts on the Horizon

Arts on the Horizon

December 1, 2017 | Comments (0)

By Rodger Skidmore Why go to a museum?      Well, probably for as many reasons as there are works of art on display – paintings, sculptures, wall hangings, etc. But, of course, going to a museum entails a great deal of effort – finding a large block of time, putting on your museum shoes […]

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Gulf Front, Three Pools, and Dog friendly at Jamaica Royale

Gulf Front, Three Pools, and Dog friendly at Jamaica Royale

December 1, 2017 | Comments (0)

By Roger Drouin   Jamaica Royale is a beachfront resort of 175 units, including several style units — including one-story villas, two-story townhouses, and two towers featuring two-bedroom Gulf condos. The community is best known for its three heated pools, one directly on the beach, and its expansive stretch of private beach and miles of […]

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Sheriff’s Report October 18- November 13, 2017

Sheriff’s Report October 18- November 13, 2017

December 1, 2017 | Comments (0)

There were a total of 17 crimes reported on the Key between 10/18-11/ 13 /17 10/21/17 Theft Beach Rd. A man was riding his skim board on the beach near Access 2. He eventually left the area and forgot his board on the beach. When he returned approximately 30 minutes later, it was gone. He […]

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Notes from the Island Fishmonger

Notes from the Island Fishmonger

December 1, 2017 | Comments (0)

Welcome back snowbirds! Some of you don’t like the term “snowbird," but we don’t view it as a derogatory or negative term; rather more of an affectionate nickname. I never really put much time thinking of the definition of a snow bird. Maybe because it's obvious you got this nickname from flying south when the […]

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Siesta Sounds

Siesta Sounds

December 1, 2017 | Comments (0)

By Charmaine Engelsman-Robins       Is Al Fuller one of the most popular entertainers working in southwest Florida?  Gee, I don’t know … in the first 15 minutes of our interview he booked three unexpected new gigs via incoming phone calls, so what do you think?       If you’ve had any exposure to the area music scene over […]

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off key news

Off-Key

December 1, 2017 | Comments (0)

By Bob Frederickson From Project Delays to Mosquito ‘Hoorays!’ You’d Think This Was the Moon Shot… It’s official. With lift station 87’s completion date now slated for 2020, the oft delayed (and woefully over budget) city of Sarasota project will officially surpass the time-frame the nation needed to put the first man on the moon. […]

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Kennedy - Bartender of the Month

Kennedy – Bartender of the Month

December 1, 2017 | Comments (0)

Daiquiri Deck South Siesta Name:  Kennedy Hometown:  Sarasota, FL  How long have you worked at Daiquiri Deck? Of the five years working at Daiquiri Deck, I’ve spent the last two years working as a bartender.  I would have to say my chocolate martini is my most perfected drink. What was the strangest or funniest experience […]

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Dear Donnarose

Dear Donnarose

December 1, 2017 | Comments (0)

Q: Dear Donnarose, well, it's the holiday gathering time again when I have to tolerate my family.  Just once I'd like to show up without a tense stomach.  Any tips would be appreciated, N.S. A: “It's not how people will be when you show up.  It's how you 'show up' that determines how people will […]

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