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More trucks working on county storm debris collection, with completion of first passes through areas anticipated in 90 days

More trucks working on county storm debris collection, with completion of first passes through areas anticipated in 90 days

November 1, 2017 | Comments (0)

By Rachel Brown Hackney SarasotaNewsLeader.com   Sarasota County is on track to complete the “first pass” of storm debris collection within 90 days, Assistant County Administrator Jonathan Lewis told the County Commission on Oct. 11. Additionally, County Administrator Tom Harmer reported that staff is working with the Gulf Coast Community Foundation and the Charles & […]

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Turtle Beach Campground upgrades delayed by Hurricane Irma

November 1, 2017 | Comments (0)

By Rachel Brown Hackney SarasotaNewsLeader.com   Although Hurricane Irma delayed the completion timeline from Oct. 1 to Nov. 1, the Sarasota County project to move power and telephone lines underground was well underway at Turtle Beach Park, Manager Kyle Carson told about 35 people during the Oct. 5 meeting of the Siesta Key Association (SKA). […]

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‘Sharrows’ coming soon to Ocean Boulevard

‘Sharrows’ coming soon to Ocean Boulevard

November 1, 2017 | Comments (0)

By Rachel Brown Hackney   During the February SKA meeting, President Harold Ashby talked about Sarasota County’s plan to paint “sharrows” on Ocean Boulevard where no bike lane exists, to make the road friendlier for cyclists.   The approximately 825-meter stretch of Ocean Boulevard from Beach Road, through the Village, to Treasure Boat Way is the area […]

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Paid siesta beach parking

County staff asked to hone proposal for public parking lot on South Midnight Pass Road and seek information about parking management consultants

November 1, 2017 | Comments (0)

By Rachel Brown Hackney SarasotaNewsLeader.com   When it comes to a paid parking approach for Siesta Key Public Beach, the director of Sarasota County’s Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources Department summed it up on Oct. 11: “It’s complex.”   In response to County Commission direction in July, Carolyn Brown reported to the board on the research staff […]

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Judge agrees to county motion seeking dismissal of another count in North Beach Road lawsuit

November 1, 2017 | Comments (0)

By Rachel Brown Hackney SarasotaNewsLeader.com           Twelfth Judicial Circuit Court Judge Frederick Mercurio has dismissed another count in the lawsuit Siesta Key resident Michael Cosentino filed last year over the Sarasota County Commission’s decision to vacate a 357-foot-long segment of North Beach Road.           In an Oct. 2 order, Mercurio agreed with the assertions Assistant […]

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Surviving Irma

Surviving Irma

October 1, 2017 | Comments (0)

By Roger Drouin  As Hurricane Irma continued to move north, on Monday morning, Sept. 11, many Siesta residents and business owners surveyed the damage left in the wake of the storm. Although the Key and surrounding areas escaped a direct hit, the powerful storm left significant damage, including large downed trees, and left some without […]

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County Commission says owners of two Siesta Key parcels can take the county’s offer for the land or take the county to court

October 1, 2017 | Comments (0)

By Rachel Brown Hackney SarasotaNewsLeader.com           On a 4-1 vote, the Sarasota County Commission essentially told the owners of two parcels on Siesta Key’s Beach Road that they can accept the $2,850,000 the county is willing to pay for the property, or they can file suit against the county for preventing them from building homes […]

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Possible road swap

Possible road swap

October 1, 2017 | Comments (0)

By Rachel Brown Hackney Sarasota County staff has been in discussions with staff of the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) about potentially assuming ownership of roads on Siesta Key in exchange for the state taking River Road, County Administrator Tom Harmer told the County Commission on Sept. 13. Improvements long planned for River Road — […]

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Sarasota man charged with using pellet gun to shoot a person near Siesta Village

Sarasota man charged with using pellet gun to shoot a person near Siesta Village

October 1, 2017 | Comments (0)

By Rachel Brown Hackney SarasotaNewsLeader.com    The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office has charged a Sarasota man with Aggravated Battery with a Deadly Weapon in connection with the alleged Sept. 5 shooting of a person with a pellet gun in Siesta Village, the office has reported.     The incident occurred in the 5200 block of Ocean […]

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New boutique hotel on the island

October 1, 2017 | Comments (0)

If Siesta chiropractor wants to pursue hotel project, majority of County Commission decides, he can pursue a privately initiated zoning code amendment to ease street setback requirements By Rachel Brown Hackney SarasotaNewsLeader.com           The majority of the Sarasota County commissioners have agreed that a proposed amendment to the Siesta Key zoning regulations should be initiated […]

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Best of the Beach Club: 70 years and counting

Best of the Beach Club: 70 years and counting

September 1, 2017 | Comments (0)

By Charmaine Engelsman-Robins The slick, stylish nightclub marking its 70th anniversary this month (celebrated 9/2 featuring the Instigators) certainly belies the humble beginnings and questionable past of its seven decade history. Since 1947, the Beach Club has been many things to many people. There’s not much on record of the Beach Club’s earliest years. It’s […]

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FDOT designing drainage project to alleviate flooding on Higel Avenue near Somerset Cove Condominiums

FDOT designing drainage project to alleviate flooding on Higel Avenue near Somerset Cove Condominiums

September 1, 2017 | Comments (0)

By Rachel Brown Hackney SarasotaNewsLeader.com    Just as motorists in downtown Sarasota have learned to be wary of U.S. 41 near Gulfstream Avenue when it rains hard, drivers on a section of Siesta Key’s Higel Avenue know to watch out for flooding in one particular area. In 2014, a couple who lives on that segment of […]

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