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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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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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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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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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New boutique hotel on the island

October 1, 2017 | Comments (0)

If Siesta chiropractor wants to pursue hotel project, majority of County Commission decides, he can pursue a privately initiated zoning code amendment to ease street setback requirements By Rachel Brown Hackney SarasotaNewsLeader.com           The majority of the Sarasota County commissioners have agreed that a proposed amendment to the Siesta Key zoning regulations should be initiated […]

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Best of the Beach Club: 70 years and counting

Best of the Beach Club: 70 years and counting

September 1, 2017 | Comments (0)

By Charmaine Engelsman-Robins The slick, stylish nightclub marking its 70th anniversary this month (celebrated 9/2 featuring the Instigators) certainly belies the humble beginnings and questionable past of its seven decade history. Since 1947, the Beach Club has been many things to many people. There’s not much on record of the Beach Club’s earliest years. It’s […]

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FDOT designing drainage project to alleviate flooding on Higel Avenue near Somerset Cove Condominiums

FDOT designing drainage project to alleviate flooding on Higel Avenue near Somerset Cove Condominiums

September 1, 2017 | Comments (0)

By Rachel Brown Hackney SarasotaNewsLeader.com    Just as motorists in downtown Sarasota have learned to be wary of U.S. 41 near Gulfstream Avenue when it rains hard, drivers on a section of Siesta Key’s Higel Avenue know to watch out for flooding in one particular area. In 2014, a couple who lives on that segment of […]

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Siesta residents vow again to fight any revision that would figuratively open the door to a big new hotel on the island

Siesta residents vow again to fight any revision that would figuratively open the door to a big new hotel on the island

September 1, 2017 | Comments (0)

By Rachel Brown Hackney    Twelfth Judicial Circuit Court Judge Frederick P. Mercurio has granted a joint motion of Siesta Acquisitions LLC and Sarasota County to hold in abeyance a dispute over a June Board of Zoning Appeals decision regarding street setbacks for tall commercial buildings in the Siesta Key Overlay District. In the joint […]

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Paid Parking

Paid Parking

September 1, 2017 | Comments (0)

Siesta Key Association launches another survey    On Aug. 4, the SKA emailed its latest survey to members. This one is in response to a July 11 County Commission discussion regarding the potential for charging people to park at Siesta Public Beach. Commissioners indicated a keen interest in using the resulting revenue to boost mass […]

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Turtle Beach Campground getting water, sewer and electrical upgrades

Turtle Beach Campground getting water, sewer and electrical upgrades

September 1, 2017 | Comments (0)

By Rachel Brown Hackney    The Turtle Beach Campground will be closed through the end of September, Sarasota County staff informed the County Commission in July, so the water, sewer and electrical infrastructure can be replaced. By unanimous vote on July 12, the board approved the project without comment. The work was scheduled to begin […]

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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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