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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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Sheriff’s Report October 18- November 13, 2017

Sheriff’s Report October 18- November 13, 2017

December 1, 2017 | Comments (0)

There were a total of 17 crimes reported on the Key between 10/18-11/ 13 /17 10/21/17 Theft Beach Rd. A man was riding his skim board on the beach near Access 2. He eventually left the area and forgot his board on the beach. When he returned approximately 30 minutes later, it was gone. He […]

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Guest Commentary

Guest Commentary

December 1, 2017 | Comments (0)

To the City of Sarasota and Sarasota County, I am shocked that the city of Sarasota still supports and plans to go forward with the Army Corps of Engineers plan to dredge Big Pass to re-nourish Lido Beach. The Army Corps of Engineers recommends dredging Big Pass to get sand for Lido Beach (1.2 million […]

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Siesta Key Round Up

Siesta Key Round Up

December 1, 2017 | Comments (0)

Staff Report A bit of an ‘oops’ regarding a dock license agreement The request was listed on the Sept. 26 County Commission Consent Agenda of routine business items under a Planning and Development Services Department heading. And thanks to a unanimous vote of the board approving most of the Consent Agenda — including that item […]

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Siesta Key Chamber Volunteer Trolley Tour 2017

Siesta Key Chamber Volunteer Trolley Tour 2017

November 30, 2017 | Comments (0)

The Chamber would like to thank Siesta Trolley, Best Western Plus, Tropical Beach Resort, Midnight Cove II, Siesta Sunset Royale, Peppertree Bay, The Inn on Siesta Key and Rent Siesta Now for their hospitality in hosting 25 Chamber volunteers on their annual accommodation tour.  Chamber volunteer accommodation tours are an invaluable means of advertising each […]

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Final sea turtle nesting numbers

Final sea turtle nesting numbers

November 30, 2017 | Comments (0)

Siesta was among three keys that broke their individual numbers this year for nesting sea turtles, Mote Marine has reported. Siesta had a total of 636 this year, Mote said, compared to 476 in 2016. Four of those were green turtle nests. Casey Key saw a drop year-over-year, however. The 2017 total was 1,853, compared […]

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Casey Key Road property owners win Coastal Setback Variance for kitchen, pool and gazebos seaward of Gulf Beach Setback Line

Casey Key Road property owners win Coastal Setback Variance for kitchen, pool and gazebos seaward of Gulf Beach Setback Line

November 30, 2017 | Comments (0)

By Rachel Brown Hackney SarasotaNewsLeader.com   The kitchen was the sticking point for Sarasota County Commissioner Nancy Detert. In the general context of a Casey Key Road couple’s request for a Coastal Setback Variance, however, her colleagues took a different view. They granted the variance on a 4-1 vote.   James S. and Molly A […]

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Expense of Midnight Pass parking lot raises questions

Expense of Midnight Pass parking lot raises questions

November 22, 2017 | Comments (0)

By Rachel Brown Hackney SarasotaNewsLeader.com Publishers Note: This property had the promise of adding close to 160 needed parking spots for this part of the Key. With the notation, the east end of the property is wetland and hammock, along with retaining the old SKUA building, the parking spots are now reduced to 50 plus. […]

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Judge agrees with City of Sarasota and Lido Key Residents Association in dispute over order of presentations and burden of proof in administrative law hearing

Judge agrees with City of Sarasota and Lido Key Residents Association in dispute over order of presentations and burden of proof in administrative law hearing

November 22, 2017 | Comments (0)

By Rachel Brown Hackney SarasotaNewsLeader.com   About six weeks before the hearing was set to begin in the case, a Florida administrative law judge ruled that it would be up to the Siesta Key Association (SKA), Save Our Siesta Sand 2 (SOSS2) and the Florida Wildlife Federation (FWF) to prove their contention that the U.S. […]

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Parking solutions for the Village

Parking solutions for the Village

November 22, 2017 | Comments (0)

Guest Commentary I've seen many articles about the parking and traffic problems on Siesta. About a year ago I suggested a comprehensive parking and traffic plan for the village. Commissioner Al Maio encouraged me to work with Mark Smith and county staff to consult and formulate a plan. After many meetings and a lot of […]

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