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Siesta Fiesta sparks contrasting views

June 1, 2017 | Comments (0)

By Rachel Brown Hackney SarasotaNewsLeader.com Some business owners have made known their displeasure that vendors during the 39th Annual Siesta Fiesta were not placed north of the four-way intersection on Ocean Boulevard. Views about the quality of the show’s offerings are mixed, too, based on several interviews conducted. Produced by Howard Alan & American Craft […]

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Funds from Tourist Development Tax revenue account reauthorized for beach maintenance

Funds from Tourist Development Tax revenue account reauthorized for beach maintenance

June 1, 2017 | Comments (0)

By Rachel Brown Hackney SarasotaNewsLeader.com The Sarasota County commissioners recently — and readily — approved a request by the director of the county’s Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources Department for the continuation of a particular funding stream to help pay for beach maintenance. During the board’s April 26 regular meeting in Sarasota, Carolyn Brown explained […]

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New Siesta Key Association president Harold Ashby

New Siesta Key Association president Harold Ashby

June 1, 2017 | 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 island. […]

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Technology seen as one key to fighting red tide, Mote Marine volunteer tells Siesta Key Association audience

June 1, 2017 | Comments (0)

By Rachel Brown Hackney SarasotaNewsLeader.com Technological advances — including the use of drones — are among the keys expected to unlock the continuing mysteries of red tide, a 26-year volunteer at Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium told about 60 Siesta Key Association members during their May 4 meeting. Erin Tom “Tommy” Vaughan-Birch, a Florida native who […]

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Hotel Comp Plan amendment remains on hold

Hotel Comp Plan amendment remains on hold

June 1, 2017 | Comments (0)

By Rachel Hackney More than five months after representatives of a Siesta Key chiropractor held a neighborhood workshop on the initiative, Sarasota County staff has yet to receive a proposed Comprehensive Plan amendment that would allow hotels on redeveloped land zoned Commercial General (CG) on the barrier islands. That was the news from Matthew Osterhoudt, […]

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Last chance to solve parking concerns

June 1, 2017 | Comments (0)

The Sheriff's Training building, located at 6647 Midnight Pass Road will soon be part of the surplus property the County will either decide to retain or sell. Representatives from the Siesta Key Chamber of Commerce, Mark Smith and Siesta Key Association, Bob Stein, have met and discussed retaining the property with all the County Commissioners in the past two […]

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Sheriff’s Report April 19- May 16, 2017

June 1, 2017 | Comments (0)

There were a total of 16 crimes reported on the Key between 4/19 – 5/16 /17                       4/21/17 Burglary- Vehicle Public Beach A man reported an unknown person leaned inside his 2014 Ford Sedan while it was parked at the Public Beach lot and stole […]

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More on the cigarette litter campaign

More on the cigarette litter campaign

June 1, 2017 | Comments (0)

In April, Michael Shay — a longtime leader of cleanup efforts on the Key — informed SNL that Sarasota County had received a grant to help staff encourage people not to litter the beaches with cigarette butts. The county recently issued a news release about that initiative, which, it turns out, is focused on Siesta […]

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Judge puts Siesta Key Association challenge of Lido Renourishment Project on hold until after administrative hearing process has concluded, but city plans to withdraw from FDEP application

June 1, 2017 | Comments (0)

By Rachel Brown Hackney SarasotaNewsLeader.com A 12th Judicial Circuit Court judge ruled in late April that it was premature for the Siesta Key Association (SKA) to seek a court remedy for what it alleges is a City of Sarasota violation of Sarasota County’s Comprehensive Plan related to the city’s proposal to dredge Big Sarasota Pass […]

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Siesta Key Association survey on trolley service underscores popularity of the free program

June 1, 2017 | Comments (0)

By Rachel Brown Hackney SarasotaNewsLeader.com The free Siesta Key Breeze trolley service launched on March 20 continues to win rave reviews — a fact reinforced when the Siesta Key Association (SKA) announced the results of a survey it sent to more than 1,000 of its members. “[W]e have achieved over a 30% response — quite […]

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June Up & Down the Trail

June 1, 2017 | Comments (0)

County approves potion of Braves funding The City of North Port could be playing ball soon, as plans for a spring training facility for the Atlanta Braves have advanced. The plan is to transform a 70-acre vacant lot into a state of the art spring training facility. It's a project with a $75 million dollar […]

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June Siesta Key Round Up

June 1, 2017 | Comments (0)

By Rachel Brown Hackney MTV meets Siesta Key The Tampa Bay Times reported that MTV debuted its first commercial for a reality series set on Siesta Key while presenting its MTV Movie and TV Awards on May 7. The new show, Times staffer Christopher Spata wrote, is titled Siesta Key. The commercial — about 15 seconds […]

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