Archive for April, 2018

‘Happy Anniversary,’ Siesta Key Breeze

April 30, 2018 | Comments (0)

By Rachel Brown Hackney   Shortly after 2 p.m. on Monday, April 9, representatives of Sarasota County Area Transit (SCAT) and the Siesta Key Chamber of Commerce — along with County Commissioner Alan Maio and business owners — climbed aboard a Siesta Key Breeze open-air trolley, which was parked at the Village gazebo. They had […]

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Siesta Key Sheriff’s Report March 21-April 17, 2018

April 26, 2018 | Comments (0)

There were a total of 19 crimes reported on the Key between 3/21-4/17/18 3/26/18 Theft 100 Block Columbus Blvd. A woman visiting from Indiana reported the theft of two bicycles. She stated she had rented the bikes for her daughters who had ridden them to the community pool and left them out front. When they […]

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Sheriff’s sergeant addresses numerous complaints on Siesta Key

April 26, 2018 | Comments (0)

By Rachel Brown Hackney    Speeding boaters on the canals, loud partying at Beach Accesses 1 and 2, and dogs on the beach at North Shell Road were among the issues Siesta Key Association (SKA) members raised when Sgt. Jason Mruczek, leader of the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office substation on the Key, stood at the […]

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New zoning district and redevelopment plan for Stickney Point Road hotel win Planning Commission approval

April 26, 2018 | Comments (0)

By Rachel Brown Hackney    After winning plaudits from the neighbors and from Sarasota County Planning Commission members, a proposal to redevelop an old hotel property on Stickney Point Road near Siesta Key will undergo final review by the County Commission.    With a unanimous vote on April 5, the Planning Commission recommended the County […]

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CG/SKOD Text Amendment Revising the Street Setback on Siesta Key

April 26, 2018 | Comments (0)

By Mark Smith    The Siesta Key Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors voted on text amendment language that would allow commercially zoned properties that were large enough to have on-site parking to support a building taller than 35 feet to have the option to ask to be built closer to the sidewalk than 25 […]

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Class I Emergency Variance in Sarasota County to be good for three years, County Commission agrees, with $450 fee

April 25, 2018 | Comments (0)

By Rachel Brown Hackney SarasotaNewsLeader.com    In late January, the Sarasota County Commission asked staff to modify proposed changes in an ordinance that would allow owners of property threatened by acute erosion to keep sandbags in place for three years.    On April 10, Commissioner Alan Maio suggested one more tweak to the latest staff […]

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May 1 is the official start of the sea turtle nesting season

April 25, 2018 | Comments (0)

From now through the end of October, three different species of sea turtle will land on Florida’s Gulf coast beaches to lay their eggs. People can help sea turtles that nest on Florida’s beaches at night by leaving the beach as natural as possible. To do this, beachgoers should remove beach furniture and other obstacles […]

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Portable toilet removed from Siesta Key beach property

April 25, 2018 | Comments (0)

By Rachel Brown Hackney    At 9 a.m. on April 13, Siesta resident Mike Cosentino was due in Code Enforcement Special Magistrate Court to respond to Sarasota County’s Affidavit of Violation, issued on Feb. 1, regarding his keeping a portable toilet on his property at 10 Beach Road.    Early on the afternoon of April […]

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FDOT plans permanent improvements to 90-degree curve at intersection of Higel Avenue and Siesta Drive before county road swap takes place

April 25, 2018 | Comments (0)

By Rachel Brown Hackney    County leaders sent a letter on April 6 to the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), spelling out the latest details of a proposed road swap involving River Road and Siesta Drive, Higel Avenue, Midnight Pass Road and Stickney Point Road on Siesta Key.    A summary accompanying the letter includes […]

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Paid parking at Siesta Public Beach to be key part of future County Commission discussion

April 25, 2018 | Comments (0)

By Rachel Brown Hackney SarasotaNewsLeader.com    No date was set, but the Sarasota County commissioners agreed on April 10 to hold a formal discussion regarding the potential implementation of paid parking at Siesta Public Beach.    The suggestion came from Commissioner Alan Maio, who represents the Key as part of District 4.    In advance […]

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