Category: Feature

No action yet on Oceane luxury condominium project slated for Siesta Key

No action yet on Oceane luxury condominium project slated for Siesta Key

December 28, 2017 | Comments (0)

By Rachel Brown Hackney SarasotaNewsLeader.com    In mid-March, a broker associate with Premier Sotheby’s International Realty in Sarasota reported that if all went well, the first new condominium development on Siesta Key since 2009 would be underway in June or July.    Yet, the Ocean Boulevard site of the project remains vacant.  Fronting Big Sarasota […]

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Siesta Key Condo Council speaker bombarded with questions

Siesta Key Condo Council speaker bombarded with questions

December 28, 2017 | Comments (0)

   The guest speaker for the Nov. 14 meeting of the Siesta Key Condominium Council proved quite popular, it appears from the minutes of that meeting. Jeffrey Bajza, president of Ameriflood Insurance, addressed a variety of issues relating to condominium ownership.    For example, the minutes say, he reminded the members that condos are required […]

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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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Siesta Beach Concessions: A True Juggling Act

Siesta Beach Concessions: A True Juggling Act

December 1, 2017 | Comments (0)

By Trebor Britt   Entrepreneur and Siesta Beach concession owner, Warren Labonté, continuously juggles staff, merchandise and services to help visitors receive a seamless and enjoyable experience on America's number one beach. It's a bit more difficult than just keeping three balls in the air, as the complete satisfaction of our wonderful visitors lies in […]

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Parking and traffic complaints aired at SKA meeting

Parking and traffic complaints aired at SKA meeting

November 21, 2017 | Comments (0)

By Rachel Brown Hackney   Parking at Siesta Public Beach, traffic congestion and concerns about crime were the focus of questions directed at Deputy Chris McGregor of the Sheriff’s Office during the November Siesta Key Association (SKA) meeting. SKA Director Gene Kusekoski kicked off the comments, noting that drivers often are reluctant to stop for […]

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If you care about Siesta Key - Donate Now

If you care about Siesta Key – Donate Now

November 21, 2017 | Comments (0)

   Siesta Key Association continues its legal dispute with the Army Corp and the City of Sarasota. SKA's goal is twofold; protect Siesta Key, S. Lido Key, Bay Island and Bird Key from potential wave damage and protect the Big Pass sand bars which have formed. This is now a major Sarasota County water recreation […]

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Top Siesta Key news stories of 2017

Top Siesta Key news stories of 2017

November 21, 2017 | Comments (0)

By Roger Drouin From a Hurricane close call to a historic property sale in the heart of the Village, 2017 was a big year on the Key. Although the Key and surrounding areas escaped a direct hit from powerful Hurricane Irma, the storm left significant damage, including large downed trees, and left some without power […]

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Make Siesta Drive Safer

Make Siesta Drive Safer

November 21, 2017 | Comments (0)

By Rachel Brown Hackney    Safety issues on Siesta Drive — from Osprey Avenue to the Shell Road intersection with Higel Avenue — have been the focus of a group of Bay Island Siesta Association members since April, the association’s vice president recently told Siesta Key Association (SKA) members. Make Siesta Drive Safer has been […]

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Big Pass Shoal offers boaters a Margaritaville vibe while protecting Siesta Key’s shoreline

Big Pass Shoal offers boaters a Margaritaville vibe while protecting Siesta Key’s shoreline

November 21, 2017 | Comments (0)

By Robert Frederickson Michael Shay doesn’t need to rely on reports from high-priced consultants or pore over arcane papers on coastal erosion to understand the important role the shoals and resulting sandbar off Big Pass play in protecting Siesta Key’s shoreline. He can simply look out the window of his home at Siesta Town House […]

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The ever changing Village

The ever changing Village

November 21, 2017 | Comments (0)

By Rachel Brown Hackney SarasotaNewsLeader.com    If all goes as planned, a new upscale steak and seafood restaurant will be open no later than early January 2018 in Siesta Village, Island business owner Chris Brown stated in a recent telephone interview. “We think there’s a void” among Key dining establishments that that type of business […]

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