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New Siesta Key Association President Gene Kusekoski

New Siesta Key Association President Gene Kusekoski

March 26, 2018 | Comments (0)

By Bob Stein    Since Siesta Key is one of the few barrier islands in Florida that is not incorporated, the Island Associations and the Siesta Key Chamber are Siesta Key’s closest form of local government.  The Siesta Key Association is one of the largest and oldest associations in all of Florida representing a barrier […]

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Is now the time to consider Siesta Key beach paid parking?

Is now the time to consider Siesta Key beach paid parking?

March 26, 2018 | Comments (0)

Proponents say yes. Topic will be on the April 10 County Commission agenda By Roger Drouin     Now’s the time to consider paid parking at Siesta Key Public Beach, says Mark Smith, architect and past chair of the Siesta Key Chamber.         Charging non-county visitors for parking at the 900-plus spaces […]

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John Davidson – 60th Anniversary in Business

John Davidson – 60th Anniversary in Business

March 25, 2018 | Comments (0)

By Anne Johnson    People visiting Siesta Key today would be hard-pressed to visualize what it looked like in the 1950’s.  There were only about 3,000 residents, few businesses, no high-rises and miles of open beachfront.  It was beautiful, serene and waiting for the future.  John Davidson saw all the possibilities in that future and […]

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“Worth It:” How the Siesta Breeze trolley came about for Siesta Key

February 27, 2018 | Comments (0)

By Roger Drouin    Back about eight years ago, Helene Hyland brought some photos of the Anna Maria Island trolley to a meeting of the Siesta Key Village Association (SKVA) board of directors.    Hyland told members that Siesta needed a similar trolley. An open air trolley, Hyland, a realtor and longtime board member of […]

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County commissioners direct staff to simplify process for residents to install sandbags to protect homes from severe shoreline erosion

County commissioners direct staff to simplify process for residents to install sandbags to protect homes from severe shoreline erosion

February 27, 2018 | Comments (0)

By Rachel Brown Hackney SarasotaNewsLeader.com    First, they made it clear to staff that they want the process to be easier for the public. Then the Sarasota County commissioners continued until April 10 a public hearing on an amendment to the county’s Coastal Setback Code regarding the handling of emergency measures property owners may take […]

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Three vying this year for County Commission District 4 seat

Three vying this year for County Commission District 4 seat

February 27, 2018 | Comments (0)

By Rachel Brown Hackney SarasotaNewsLeader.com    One candidate already has dropped out of the race, but two others — including a Democrat — have filed papers to run against incumbent Sarasota County Commissioner Alan Maio for the District 4 seat.    The newcomer in the race is Wesley Beggs, who filed on Feb. 8.   […]

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Siesta Promenade applications still incomplete, county staff decides after completing review

Siesta Promenade applications still incomplete, county staff decides after completing review

February 27, 2018 | Comments (0)

By Rachel Brown Hackney SarasotaNewsLeader.com    Once again, Sarasota County staff members have cited a number of insufficiencies in documents Benderson Development Co. has submitted regarding its proposed Siesta Promenade mixed-use project.    Among the information missing from materials the firm provided the county in December 2017 is an updated traffic impact analysis, “which addresses […]

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Legal bills in Big Pass case approaching the $1 million mark

Legal bills in Big Pass case approaching the $1 million mark

February 27, 2018 | Comments (0)

By Rachel Brown Hackney SarasotaNewsLeader.com    The City of Sarasota and two nonprofit organizations altogether have paid close to $1 million in legal fees as they have wrangled over the proposed dredging of Big Sarasota Pass to renourish a 1.6-mile stretch of South Lido Key Beach.    The city’s legal bills through December 2017 totaled […]

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Sarasota mayor convinces majority of City Commission to keep Big Pass dredging ‘insurance policy’

January 30, 2018 | Comments (0)

By Rachel Brown Hackney SarasotaNewsLeader.com    Sarasota Mayor Shelli Freeland Eddie convinced the majority of her colleagues in mid-January to keep $2.5 million set aside as an “insurance policy” in the event the proposed dredging of Big Sarasota Pass were allowed to proceed and resulting damage needed to be mitigated.         Reporting on […]

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Sheriff’s Office and county staff dealing with complaints about actions at 10 Beach Road parcel near Access 2 on Siesta Key

January 30, 2018 | Comments (0)

By Rachel Brown Hackney SarasotaNewsLeader.com    During the January Siesta Key Association (SKA) meeting, Sgt. Jason Mruczek, who heads the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office substation on Siesta Key, appeared to think he was going to have a brief time at the podium, as his monthly report was not a long one. Then one member of […]

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Demolition of old Siesta Key Fandango Café building approved

Demolition of old Siesta Key Fandango Café building approved

January 30, 2018 | Comments (0)

By Rachel Brown Hackney SarasotaNewsLeader.com    During a Dec. 7, 2017 Planning Commission public hearing, a Siesta resident noted in her remarks that the building that once housed the Siesta Key Fandango Café on Old Stickney Point Road was scheduled for demolition. SNL confirmed that in county records.    As of Jan. 5, the permit […]

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FDOT remains concerned about lack of documentation in traffic studies for Siesta Promenade

FDOT remains concerned about lack of documentation in traffic studies for Siesta Promenade

January 30, 2018 | Comments (0)

By Rachel Brown Hackney SarasotaNewsLeader.com    Almost exactly five months after Sarasota County staff notified Benderson Development Co. of a multitude of insufficiencies in the firm’s revised proposal for the mixed-use Siesta Promenade complex, Benderson responded to the county. However, based on copies of correspondence SNL has obtained between the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) […]

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