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An everybody issue

An everybody issue

August 1, 2017 | Comments (0)

By Rachel Brown Hackney                 During the July SKA meeting, audience members voiced frustration that insufficient public attention is being paid to the potential dredging of Big Pass to renourish about 1.6 miles of South Lido Key.                 One man told the directors it was his first time attending an SKA meeting, and he was […]

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Chamber turns down Seafood & Music Festival invitation

Chamber turns down Seafood & Music Festival invitation

August 1, 2017 | Comments (0)

By Rachel Brown Hackney                 When the Siesta Key Chamber of Commerce conducted its quarterly meeting for members in May, Bill Kinney of Paragon Fine Art Festivals had a spot on the agenda to talk about his second Siesta Beach Seafood & Music Festival, set for Dec. 2-3 on Siesta Public Beach.                 The inaugural […]

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Siesta Key Round Up August 2017

Siesta Key Round Up August 2017

August 1, 2017 | Comments (0)

By Rachel Brown Hackney SarasotaNewsLeader.com More funds for the south Siesta Beach renourishment           During the County Commission’s June 20 budget workshop, Rob Lewis, director of community and intergovernmental relations for the county, reported that the county was successful in obtaining about $5.9 million more from the state to pay for the South Siesta Beach […]

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Paid parking at Siesta Beach a potential solution to traffic congestion on the island, county commissioners agree

August 1, 2017 | Comments (0)

By Rachel Brown Hackney SarasotaNewsLeader.com           Given continuing frustrations of residents and visitors trying to find parking spaces at Siesta Public Beach, the Sarasota County Commission directed staff to work on proposals, including charging a fee, whose revenue could be used to provide more mass transit options.         County Administrator Tom Harmer said staff would […]

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Amendment to county Zoning Code designed to help Code Enforcement officers prove cases of illegal short-term rentals

August 1, 2017 | Comments (0)

By Rachel Brown Hackney SarasotaNewsLeader.com           As the No. 1 Beach rankings have brought more and more attention to Siesta Key since 2011, property owners have capitalized on increased demand from visitors for accommodations — including single-family homes, Sarasota County Code Enforcement officers say.           “I get lots of emails [about […]

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Sheriff’s Report June 20-July 18, 2017

August 1, 2017 | Comments (0)

There were a total of 40 crimes reported on the Key between 6/20-7/18/17                           6/24 Grand Theft  5100 Block Ocean Blvd. A man visiting the Key with his parents went into the Village after eating dinner with them. He visited several bars and […]

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Mike Granthon and The Beach Club

Mike Granthon and The Beach Club

August 1, 2017 | Comments (0)

By Diana Colson  Mike Granthon has been running restaurants and bars since he was 15. Along with his partner, Chris Brown, he is now co-owner of The Beach Club as well as The Hub, The Cottage, and a soon-to-be-opened high-end restaurant, yet unnamed.  Located at the former site of Aaron’s Fish Camp, the new restaurant […]

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Call it a ‘debriefing’ about the Fourth

Call it a ‘debriefing’ about the Fourth

August 1, 2017 | Comments (0)

By Rachel Brown Hackney           Illegal parking, illegal fireworks, traffic congestion, fights over spaces at the public beach and lots of trash: It was pretty much a typical July Fourth holiday on Siesta Key, Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office staff, residents and Sarasota County Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources Department (PRNR) staff said during the July […]

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County Commission asks for draft amendment to Siesta zoning regulations that would lower setback requirements for commercial buildings, including hotels

August 1, 2017 | Comments (0)

By Rachel Brown Hackney SarasotaNewsLeader.com           A June 12 vote by the Sarasota County Board of Zoning Appeals has prompted not only legal action but also a proposal for an amendment to the county’s Zoning Code that governs all of Siesta Key.           With the consensus of the Sarasota County Commission on July 12, County […]

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Siesta Promenade plan revised to include 415 residential dwelling units and a 130-room hotel, plus commercial space, latest documents show

Siesta Promenade plan revised to include 415 residential dwelling units and a 130-room hotel, plus commercial space, latest documents show

August 1, 2017 | Comments (0)

By Rachel Brown Hackney SarasotaNewsLeader.com           Benderson Development has revised its plans for the proposed Siesta Promenade project to encompass 415 residential dwelling units, a hotel with 130 rooms and 140,000 square feet of retail and office space, as outlined in materials submitted to Sarasota County’s Planning and Development Department on June 28.           The […]

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On the Other Side of the Issue

On the Other Side of the Issue

August 1, 2017 | Comments (0)

As an Aug. 22 appeal hearing approaches, Bob Luckner, a longtime pipeline engineer, represents the community as he studies the technical nuisances of a controversial project. By Roger Drouin Bob Luckner has forty-five years of experience as an engineer, specializing in permitting and project management, since graduating from Virginia Tech with a Ph.D. in Engineering […]

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Significant increases in wave energy striking Siesta and Bird keys to be expected if Army Corps of Engineers allowed to proceed with Big Pass dredging plan, SKA leaders say

August 1, 2017 | Comments (0)

By Rachel Brown Hackney SarasotaNewsLeader.com           The Siesta Key Association (SKA) has unveiled one of the key arguments it intends to make against the dredging alternative upon which the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) has settled for the proposed Lido Renourishment Project. During the nonprofit’s regular meeting on July 6, Robert Luckner, a member […]

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