Category: Feature

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

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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Siesta Key Island Chatter May 2018

Siesta Key Island Chatter May 2018

April 24, 2018 | Comments (0)

Staff Report Waterside Realty moves out of the Village    Tom Ward and partner Brian Livesey, owners of Waterside Realty moved their office from Siesta Key Village, south to Crescent Plaza.    Ward was proud to announce that they bought the new location. Ward went on to say, “We are a full service real estate […]

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Siesta Key's Bay Tree Club residents not giving up on effort to see crosswalk installed on South Midnight Pass Road

Siesta Key’s Bay Tree Club residents not giving up on effort to see crosswalk installed on South Midnight Pass Road

April 24, 2018 | Comments (0)

By Rachel Brown Hackney    Sometimes rules need to be broken for the greater good. That is the view Bay Tree Club residents have taken in regard to a situation they believe literally involves life and death. And they are not going to give up until they have tried every means of getting the rules […]

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Siesta Key Condominium Council dismayed with County Commissioners vote

Siesta Key Condominium Council dismayed with County Commissioners vote

April 24, 2018 | Comments (0)

By Rachel Brown Hackney    In the wake of the Sarasota County Commission’s 3-2 vote on April 11 to allow an amendment to the Siesta Key Overlay District zoning (SKOD) regulations, the Siesta Key Condominium Council (SKCC) expressed its dismay to its members.    In an April 13 email blast, SKCC President Frank Jurenka wrote […]

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Siesta Key Chamber’s events list ever growing

Siesta Key Chamber’s events list ever growing

April 24, 2018 | Comments (0)

By Roger Drouin The Easter Egg Hunt on Siesta Key this March was a big hit, says Ann Frescura, Executive Director of the Siesta Key Chamber of Commerce, which organized the event. “We had 150 children registered, and everyone really enjoyed it,” Frescura says. During the behind-the-scenes preparation leading up to the event, Frescura’s office […]

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Questions raised about how proposed Sarasota County/FDOT road swap could affect traffic planning in conjunction with Siesta Promenade

Questions raised about how proposed Sarasota County/FDOT road swap could affect traffic planning in conjunction with Siesta Promenade

April 24, 2018 | Comments (0)

By Rachel Brown Hackney SarasotaNewsLeader.com In its latest responses regarding the proposed Siesta Promenade project, filed with Sarasota County in late March, Benderson Development continues to propose the installation of a traffic signal at the intersection of Stickney Point Road and Avenue B and C. The latest traffic analysis report says that the closure of […]

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Siesta Key Island Chatter

Siesta Key Island Chatter

March 29, 2018 | Comments (0)

Siesta Key Chamber hosts 19th annual golf tournament The Siesta Key Chamber of Commerce, along with presenting sponsor, Conditioned Air, proudly announce the 19th Annual Chamber Golf Tournament, which will be held Monday, May 7, at TPC Prestancia – Stadium Course, located at 4409 Tournament Players Club Drive, Sarasota, 34238. This private outing presents a […]

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New Siesta Key Lift Station is operational; old wastewater treatment tanks to be decommissioned, beginning in May

New Siesta Key Lift Station is operational; old wastewater treatment tanks to be decommissioned, beginning in May

March 26, 2018 | Comments (0)

Siesta Key Lift Station Update By Roger Drouin    Sarasota County has completed construction of a new wastewater lift station on the Key — as part of a project to decommission the Siesta Key Wastewater Treatment Plant and replace it with a modern, storm-hardened, and much smaller lift station.    “The new pump station is […]

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New Siesta Key Association President Gene Kusekoski

New Siesta Key Association President Gene Kusekoski

March 26, 2018 | Comments (0)

By Bob Stein    Since Siesta Key is one of the few barrier islands in Florida that is not incorporated, the Island Associations and the Siesta Key Chamber are Siesta Key’s closest form of local government.  The Siesta Key Association is one of the largest and oldest associations in all of Florida representing a barrier […]

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Is now the time to consider Siesta Key beach paid parking?

Is now the time to consider Siesta Key beach paid parking?

March 26, 2018 | Comments (0)

Proponents say yes. Topic will be on the April 10 County Commission agenda By Roger Drouin     Now’s the time to consider paid parking at Siesta Key Public Beach, says Mark Smith, architect and past chair of the Siesta Key Chamber.         Charging non-county visitors for parking at the 900-plus spaces […]

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John Davidson – 60th Anniversary in Business

John Davidson – 60th Anniversary in Business

March 25, 2018 | Comments (0)

By Anne Johnson    People visiting Siesta Key today would be hard-pressed to visualize what it looked like in the 1950’s.  There were only about 3,000 residents, few businesses, no high-rises and miles of open beachfront.  It was beautiful, serene and waiting for the future.  John Davidson saw all the possibilities in that future and […]

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siesta key breeze trolley

“Worth It:” How the Siesta Breeze trolley came about for Siesta Key

February 27, 2018 | Comments (0)

By Roger Drouin    Back about eight years ago, Helene Hyland brought some photos of the Anna Maria Island trolley to a meeting of the Siesta Key Village Association (SKVA) board of directors.    Hyland told members that Siesta needed a similar trolley. An open air trolley, Hyland, a realtor and longtime board member of […]

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