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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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Sheriff’s Report August 22- September 19, 2017

October 1, 2017 | Comments (0)

There were a total of 19 crimes reported on the Key from 8/22-9/19/17                         8/24 Burglary- Vehicle Public Beach A man reported a vehicle burglary that occurred in August. His car had been parked at the public lot when someone entered his car and […]

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Vacant lots 162 Beach Road

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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Literally sweating it out

Literally sweating it out

October 1, 2017 | Comments (0)

By Rachel Brown Hackney While many Sarasota County operations were returning to near normalcy by the afternoon of Sept. 14, residents still without power were the most frustrated. As of 4 p.m. Sept. 14, Florida Power & Light Co. reported that 67,000 customers in the county had no electricity, out of the 218,840 affected by […]

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Siesta Key Crystal Classic dates announced

Siesta Key Crystal Classic dates announced

October 1, 2017 | Comments (0)

  The 2017 Siesta Key Crystal Classic International Sand Sculpting Festival will be held Nov. 10-13, organizers have announced.   This will be the eighth installment of the event on Siesta Public Beach, which will feature 24 “of the premier master sand sculptors from all over the world,” competing for first place on the No. 1 […]

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Shop Local Card to make its debut

Shop Local Card to make its debut

October 1, 2017 | Comments (0)

The Siesta Key Chamber of Commerce is preparing to kick off a new promotion at the end of September, inviting people to “Shop, Dine & Stay Local.” Cards that will be valid for 12 months will offer specials from participating restaurants, retail stores and accommodations, Ann Frescura, the Chamber’s executive director, reported at the Chamber’s […]

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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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Coast Guard reducing number of daily openings on Siesta drawbridges

Coast Guard reducing number of daily openings on Siesta drawbridges

October 1, 2017 | Comments (0)

Early on the morning of Sept. 6, the U.S. Coast Guard announced that it will indeed be reducing the number of openings of the north Siesta Key drawbridge and the Stickney Point Road drawbridge from three times an hour to twice an hour. The change will go into effect on Oct. 5, the Coast Guard […]

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Round House on Sandy Hook Road wins county historical designation

Round House on Sandy Hook Road wins county historical designation

October 1, 2017 | Comments (0)

By Rachel Brown Hackney Standing at 172 Sandy Hook Road North on Siesta Key, the one-story octagonal, wood-frame structure built in 1952 is famous not only because of its design but because of its designer: Mary Rockwell Hook. The second woman to graduate from the prestigious Ecole Des Beaux-Arts in Paris, in 1906, Hook had […]

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Be wary of scam artists while pursuing repairs, Sheriff Tom Knight warns the public

Be wary of scam artists while pursuing repairs, Sheriff Tom Knight warns the public

October 1, 2017 | Comments (0)

Staff Report After a hurricane strike, unlicensed contractors and illegitimate handymen typically come into a community, sheriff says. The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office is reminding the public in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma “to be aware of unlicensed contractors and other service providers trying to take advantage of residents who experienced property damage.” While cleanup […]

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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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Decommissioning of Siesta Wastewater Treatment Plant continues on schedule

Decommissioning of Siesta Wastewater Treatment Plant continues on schedule

October 1, 2017 | Comments (0)

As Siesta Isles residents continue to deal with the physical manifestation of the project, Sarasota County staff has reported to the state that three phases of the project to decommission of the Siesta Key Wastewater Treatment Plant are at least 80% completed. In a July 24 update to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP), […]

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