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Parking and traffic complaints aired at SKA meeting

Parking and traffic complaints aired at SKA meeting

November 21, 2017 | Comments (0)

By Rachel Brown Hackney   Parking at Siesta Public Beach, traffic congestion and concerns about crime were the focus of questions directed at Deputy Chris McGregor of the Sheriff’s Office during the November Siesta Key Association (SKA) meeting. SKA Director Gene Kusekoski kicked off the comments, noting that drivers often are reluctant to stop for […]

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If you care about Siesta Key - Donate Now

If you care about Siesta Key – Donate Now

November 21, 2017 | Comments (0)

   Siesta Key Association continues its legal dispute with the Army Corp and the City of Sarasota. SKA's goal is twofold; protect Siesta Key, S. Lido Key, Bay Island and Bird Key from potential wave damage and protect the Big Pass sand bars which have formed. This is now a major Sarasota County water recreation […]

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Top Siesta Key news stories of 2017

Top Siesta Key news stories of 2017

November 21, 2017 | Comments (0)

By Roger Drouin From a Hurricane close call to a historic property sale in the heart of the Village, 2017 was a big year on the Key. Although the Key and surrounding areas escaped a direct hit from powerful Hurricane Irma, the storm left significant damage, including large downed trees, and left some without power […]

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Make Siesta Drive Safer

Make Siesta Drive Safer

November 21, 2017 | Comments (0)

By Rachel Brown Hackney    Safety issues on Siesta Drive — from Osprey Avenue to the Shell Road intersection with Higel Avenue — have been the focus of a group of Bay Island Siesta Association members since April, the association’s vice president recently told Siesta Key Association (SKA) members. Make Siesta Drive Safer has been […]

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Big Pass Shoal offers boaters a Margaritaville vibe while protecting Siesta Key’s shoreline

Big Pass Shoal offers boaters a Margaritaville vibe while protecting Siesta Key’s shoreline

November 21, 2017 | Comments (0)

By Robert Frederickson Michael Shay doesn’t need to rely on reports from high-priced consultants or pore over arcane papers on coastal erosion to understand the important role the shoals and resulting sandbar off Big Pass play in protecting Siesta Key’s shoreline. He can simply look out the window of his home at Siesta Town House […]

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The ever changing Village

The ever changing Village

November 21, 2017 | Comments (0)

By Rachel Brown Hackney SarasotaNewsLeader.com    If all goes as planned, a new upscale steak and seafood restaurant will be open no later than early January 2018 in Siesta Village, Island business owner Chris Brown stated in a recent telephone interview. “We think there’s a void” among Key dining establishments that that type of business […]

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More trucks working on county storm debris collection, with completion of first passes through areas anticipated in 90 days

More trucks working on county storm debris collection, with completion of first passes through areas anticipated in 90 days

November 1, 2017 | Comments (0)

By Rachel Brown Hackney SarasotaNewsLeader.com   Sarasota County is on track to complete the “first pass” of storm debris collection within 90 days, Assistant County Administrator Jonathan Lewis told the County Commission on Oct. 11. Additionally, County Administrator Tom Harmer reported that staff is working with the Gulf Coast Community Foundation and the Charles & […]

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turtle beach campground

Turtle Beach Campground upgrades delayed by Hurricane Irma

November 1, 2017 | Comments (0)

By Rachel Brown Hackney SarasotaNewsLeader.com   Although Hurricane Irma delayed the completion timeline from Oct. 1 to Nov. 1, the Sarasota County project to move power and telephone lines underground was well underway at Turtle Beach Park, Manager Kyle Carson told about 35 people during the Oct. 5 meeting of the Siesta Key Association (SKA). […]

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‘Sharrows’ coming soon to Ocean Boulevard

‘Sharrows’ coming soon to Ocean Boulevard

November 1, 2017 | Comments (0)

By Rachel Brown Hackney   During the February SKA meeting, President Harold Ashby talked about Sarasota County’s plan to paint “sharrows” on Ocean Boulevard where no bike lane exists, to make the road friendlier for cyclists.   The approximately 825-meter stretch of Ocean Boulevard from Beach Road, through the Village, to Treasure Boat Way is the area […]

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Paid siesta beach parking

County staff asked to hone proposal for public parking lot on South Midnight Pass Road and seek information about parking management consultants

November 1, 2017 | Comments (0)

By Rachel Brown Hackney SarasotaNewsLeader.com   When it comes to a paid parking approach for Siesta Key Public Beach, the director of Sarasota County’s Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources Department summed it up on Oct. 11: “It’s complex.”   In response to County Commission direction in July, Carolyn Brown reported to the board on the research staff […]

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North Beach Road

Judge agrees to county motion seeking dismissal of another count in North Beach Road lawsuit

November 1, 2017 | Comments (0)

By Rachel Brown Hackney SarasotaNewsLeader.com           Twelfth Judicial Circuit Court Judge Frederick Mercurio has dismissed another count in the lawsuit Siesta Key resident Michael Cosentino filed last year over the Sarasota County Commission’s decision to vacate a 357-foot-long segment of North Beach Road.           In an Oct. 2 order, Mercurio agreed with the assertions Assistant […]

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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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