Archive for January, 2018

Sheriff’s Report December 21, 2017- January 23, 2018

Sheriff’s Report December 21, 2017- January 23, 2018

January 31, 2018 | Comments (0)

There were a total of 21 crimes reported on the Key between 12/21/17-1/23/18 12/26/17 Theft    Deputies were dispatched to Access 2 in reference to a theft. The victim, a 14-year-old female, advised that her red “Bose” Bluetooth speaker ($130) was taken while she was on the beach. Her friend had a pair of sunglasses […]

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Island Chatter February 2018

Island Chatter February 2018

January 31, 2018 | Comments (0)

Staff Report Lifeguards make a rescue in bitterly cold weather    On Jan. 3, the average Sarasota resident who has adapted to the balmy Florida winters was shivering on land. Yet, two Sarasota County lifeguards proved once again that first responders take their responsibilities very seriously, even in very uncomfortable circumstances.    Siesta resident Michael […]

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Siesta Key Village News

Siesta Key Village News

January 31, 2018 | Comments (0)

Siesta Key Village News February 2018 Staff Report A ‘symbol’ of the holiday season    Apparently, someone who may have been celebrating New Year’s Eve a bit too robustly hit the Village sign on the southern approach in the wee hours of Jan. 1.    The collision destroyed the solar panel as well as the […]

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A doozy of a start to DOAH hearing regarding Sarasota Big Pass

A doozy of a start to DOAH hearing regarding Sarasota Big Pass

January 31, 2018 | Comments (0)

By Rachel Brown Hackney    Another topic anticipated for SKA discussion was the Florida Division of Administrative Hearings (DOAH) proceeding, which began on Dec. 12 in Sarasota and ended up concluding a day early — on Dec. 18 — in Tallahassee.    The proceeding allowed the SKA and Save Our Siesta Sand 2 (SOSS2) to […]

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FDOT working on restriping and ‘Qwick Kurb’ devices to slow down vehicles and prevent accidents in vicinity of Siesta Drive/Higel Avenue curve on Siesta Key

FDOT working on restriping and ‘Qwick Kurb’ devices to slow down vehicles and prevent accidents in vicinity of Siesta Drive/Higel Avenue curve on Siesta Key

January 31, 2018 | Comments (0)

By Rachel Brown Hackney SarasotaNewsLeader.com    The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) is working on plans for restriping and the installation of “Qwick Kurb” devices at the intersection of Siesta Drive and Higel Avenue on Siesta Key, the president of the Bay Island Siesta Association announced to Siesta Key Association (SKA) members.       […]

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Sarasota Attorney Dan Lobeck

Variety of ‘bizarre laws’ enacted for condominium associations in 2017 legislative session, Sarasota attorney tells Siesta Key condo owners and directors

January 30, 2018 | Comments (0)

By Rachel Brown Hackney SarasotaNewsLeader.com    From term limits to websites to third-degree felonies, the 2017 Florida Legislature enacted a number of “bizarre laws” affecting condominium associations, a Sarasota attorney who has specialized in condominium law since 1980 told about 60 people during the Jan. 23 meeting of the Siesta Key Condominium Council.     […]

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Sarasota Mayor Shelli Freeland Eddie

Sarasota mayor convinces majority of City Commission to keep Big Pass dredging ‘insurance policy’

January 30, 2018 | Comments (0)

By Rachel Brown Hackney SarasotaNewsLeader.com    Sarasota Mayor Shelli Freeland Eddie convinced the majority of her colleagues in mid-January to keep $2.5 million set aside as an “insurance policy” in the event the proposed dredging of Big Sarasota Pass were allowed to proceed and resulting damage needed to be mitigated.         Reporting on […]

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siesta key beach access 2

Sheriff’s Office and county staff dealing with complaints about actions at 10 Beach Road parcel near Access 2 on Siesta Key

January 30, 2018 | Comments (0)

By Rachel Brown Hackney SarasotaNewsLeader.com    During the January Siesta Key Association (SKA) meeting, Sgt. Jason Mruczek, who heads the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office substation on Siesta Key, appeared to think he was going to have a brief time at the podium, as his monthly report was not a long one. Then one member of […]

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Demolition of old Siesta Key Fandango Café building approved

Demolition of old Siesta Key Fandango Café building approved

January 30, 2018 | Comments (0)

By Rachel Brown Hackney SarasotaNewsLeader.com    During a Dec. 7, 2017 Planning Commission public hearing, a Siesta resident noted in her remarks that the building that once housed the Siesta Key Fandango Café on Old Stickney Point Road was scheduled for demolition. SNL confirmed that in county records.    As of Jan. 5, the permit […]

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FDOT remains concerned about lack of documentation in traffic studies for Siesta Promenade

FDOT remains concerned about lack of documentation in traffic studies for Siesta Promenade

January 30, 2018 | Comments (0)

By Rachel Brown Hackney SarasotaNewsLeader.com    Almost exactly five months after Sarasota County staff notified Benderson Development Co. of a multitude of insufficiencies in the firm’s revised proposal for the mixed-use Siesta Promenade complex, Benderson responded to the county. However, based on copies of correspondence SNL has obtained between the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) […]

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‘David versus Goliath’ hearing wraps up; Advocates for Sarasota Big Pass expect judge’s decision soon

‘David versus Goliath’ hearing wraps up; Advocates for Sarasota Big Pass expect judge’s decision soon

January 30, 2018 | Comments (0)

By Roger Drouin    Peter van Roekens and coastal scientist Richard Gilmore went out on Big Pass with Captain Paul Oversmith on an evening in late July. They were on the lookout for speckled trout, and they discovered the fish were mating in Big Pass and the juvenile trout were using the seagrass beds.   […]

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Siesta Key Public beaches have never needed sand renourishment

Siesta Key Public beaches have never needed sand renourishment

January 30, 2018 | Comments (0)

Commentary by Bob Stein “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it” Siesta Key is a very unique island, one of the few islands throughout Florida with public beaches that never needed renourishment. As we await the Administrative Judge’s ruling from the December 2017 FDEP Administrative Hearing of challenges to the City […]

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