By Bob Stein
FDOT to discuss intersection change
The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) is considering some changes at the intersection of Stickney Point Road and Midnight Pass Road. L.K. Nandam, District Traffic Operations Engineer and Michael Kautz, Highway Safety Manager will make an informal presentation at the Sept. 3 Siesta Key Association meeting, said FDOT spokesman Robin Stublen. The officials want to start a discussion about the possibility of removing the right-turn lane from Stickney Point Road onto Midnight Pass Road. This change would create a more traditional intersection and right-turn movement, according to an Aug. 10 email from Carolyn Eastwood, Interim County Engineer for Sarasota County, to County Commissioners. Other changes/enhancements to the heavily-traveled intersection could be discussed at the SKA meeting.
Let’s clean up the beach
The 2015 International Coastal Cleanup is scheduled for Saturday, September 19, 8 am. As in the past, Siesta Key Association will partner with Keep Sarasota County Beautiful and help clean the Siesta Key Beach from Point o’ Rocks to Beach Access #2, including the Beach Accesses. T-shirts, trash bags and gloves will also be provided to all volunteers. To register, please call 941-861-5000.
Party on the Pass
On Sunday August 23, a couple thousand people attended the “Party on the Pass” on a sand bar in Big Pass. The organizers, Suncoast Waterkeeper and the Siesta Key group Save Our Siesta Sand 2, are calling for a thorough environmental study of the proposed dredging project with an Environmental Impact Statement. The ACOE's permit application for the project is still pending before the State of Florida. Sarasota County is awaiting the results of a peer review from Atkins North America. The review is expected to be completed by the end of September or early October.
Come join the fun
The Siesta Key Chamber of Commerce is seeking volunteers in their Visitor Center. As a volunteer you will have fun sharing all the wonderful attractions, and helping visitor’s find accommodations, places to shop, and eat. It’s a great place to become active and involved in the Siesta Key community, whether you’re are full time or seasonal resident. As a volunteer, you will also have the opportunity to attend Chamber networking and special events. If you are familiar with the local area, have some computer knowledge, and the ability to handle a busy environment, please contact, Mia Leone, Visitor Center & Volunteer Manager at 941-349-3800 or stop by the Chamber office at 5114 Ocean Boulevard.
Religious Education for Children
St. Michael’s the Archangel Catholic Church is hosting a “Registration Day” for all children grades 1st – 10th interested in Religious Education classes for the 2015-2016 school year. You can either register your children now by calling 349-4174 ext. 308 or join us for our Registration Day on Saturday, August 29th before and after the 4pm Mass and again on Sunday August 30th after the 8am and 10:30am Masses in the main vestibule of the church. Classes begin on Wednesday, September 30th from 5:15pm to 6:15pm. St. Michael’s is located at 5394 Midnight Pass Road on Siesta Key.
Sunset Farm-to-Table Dinner on Siesta Beach HAS BEEN CANCELED
Unfortunately, this outdoor event that was scheduled to take place Saturday September 12, has been canceled due to lack of participants. A minimum of 35 diners was required to host this event.
This would have been the first Summer dining along the beautiful shoreline of Siesta Beach for this Farm-to-Table Dinner.
For additional information, contact Sarasota County at 941-861-5000 or online at www.scgov.net/parks.
Nora Patterson Bay Island Park
SAVE THE DATE: Friday, Sept. 18 •10 a.m.
The County will officially rename Bay Island Park to Nora Patterson Bay Island Park, located at 946 Siesta Drive. Patterson, often described as the “Champion of Siesta Key” for representing the island during her years as a county commissioner, was an unflagging advocate for water access.
In March, County Commissioner Chairwoman Carolyn Mason publically introduced the idea of re-naming the park, and at its May 5 meeting, the County Commission approved the designation with a unanimous vote. “Nora Patterson is a very special person to me,” Mason said. “This is only a small gesture to thank her for her very large contributions to Sarasota County over the years. She has been, and will continue to be, a leader for this community.”
Boardwalk Eats and Sweets
The new eatery in Siesta Key Village wants to thank everyone for the gracious welcome to the Village and the Key since they opened in July. The owners announced adding Paninis to their menu. New specials also were added, giving seniors and families a break on prices. Seniors 60 years + receive a 20% discount from their entire bill on Mondays, while on Tuesdays Kids, 10 and under, EAT FREE. The restaurant is located at 217 Avenida Madera between Solorzano’s Pizza and Subzero Ice cream.
World Lacrosse Beach Tournament
Date & Time: September 19 (8AM-4PM) and 20 (9AM-NOON)
The first annual World Lacrosse Beach Tournament and Festival will be held on the #1 beach.
The 3v3 beach lacrosse tournament will be open to boys and girls broken down into the following age groups: Ages 7/8, 9/10, 11/12, 13/14, 15/16, 17/18. All teams will be guaranteed fun within each age division. You may have up to 5 players on a team. Find the sponsorship letter tab on the website and then find your friends and sign up.
A highlight of the youth event will be the Exhibition game for Pro Beach Lacrosse. It will be in Speed Lacrosse format of 3v3. In addition to the beach tournament games, there will be live music, beach games, watersports and much more that will help create a festival atmosphere.
Check out their website for more information on this fun sport.
Siesta Beach Family Fun Day with 5k Run
Date & Time: September 26, from 8 – 11 a.m.
Join the fun in this free event to promote living a healthy and active lifestyle. Lots of local vendors and giveaways accompanied by a fun run 5k. Registration for the run is free and on-site that morning.
This event is hosted together by Sarasota County Health and Human Services and Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources. Contact: Hillary Woodcum 941-861-2997.
The Siesta Key Chamber of Commerce is in good hands as the Board of Directors search for a new Executive Director
Mia Leone – Visitor Center & Volunteer Manager – Responsible for running the Visitor Center and managing volunteers for the Siesta Key Chamber of Commerce.
Chamber Ribbon Cutting for New Business
Another new member to join the Siesta Key Chamber of Commerce is TNT Freedom Fishing Charters. This company is a veteran owned local fishing charter business and they're Siesta Key residents. Father and soms; Captain Tony Sr. and Captain Tony Jr. co-own this operation and meet each client at Hidden Harbor Marina located at 7700 South Tamiami Trail. They enjoy educating patrons on their favorite sport and are currently offering a 20% discount to veterans. You can book a trip by calling 941-400-2452 or visit their website: www.tntfreedomfishingcharters.com