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An everybody issue

An everybody issue

August 1, 2017 | Comments (0)

By Rachel Brown Hackney                 During the July SKA meeting, audience members voiced frustration that insufficient public attention is being paid to the potential dredging of Big Pass to renourish about 1.6 miles of South Lido Key.                 One man told the directors it was his first time attending an SKA meeting, and he was […]

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Siesta Key Round Up August 2017

Siesta Key Round Up August 2017

August 1, 2017 | Comments (0)

By Rachel Brown Hackney SarasotaNewsLeader.com More funds for the south Siesta Beach renourishment           During the County Commission’s June 20 budget workshop, Rob Lewis, director of community and intergovernmental relations for the county, reported that the county was successful in obtaining about $5.9 million more from the state to pay for the South Siesta Beach […]

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Residents raise worries about boom in towering Siesta Key houses designed for tourists

Residents raise worries about boom in towering Siesta Key houses designed for tourists

August 1, 2017 | Comments (0)

By Rachel Brown Hackney SarasotaNewsLeader.com Call it a “tale of four houses.” In a two-block span, three new towering residences and one under construction epitomize for longtime Siesta Key residents the unwelcome changes that have been taking place on the island in recent years. The four-story structures at 547 and 551 Beach Road are advertised […]

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Potential for a new public parking lot at 6647 South Midnight Pass steaming ahead

Potential for a new public parking lot at 6647 South Midnight Pass steaming ahead

July 1, 2017 | Comments (0)

By Rachel Brown Hackney Lin Kurant, manager of the county’s Real Estate Services Division, had identified the 1.84-parcel as owned by the county’s Utilities Department, with a structure on it used for training purposes by the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office. Although the commissioners were talking about surplus property the county could sell, Kurant recommended the […]

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Board of Zoning Appeals splits 3-2 in supporting county zoning administrator’s interpretation of the street setbacks required for tall buildings on Siesta Key

Board of Zoning Appeals splits 3-2 in supporting county zoning administrator’s interpretation of the street setbacks required for tall buildings on Siesta Key

July 1, 2017 | Comments (0)

By Rachel Brown Hackney SarasotaNewsLeader.com It all came down to a question of the correct interpretation of the Sarasota County Zoning Code involving potential commercial redevelopment on Siesta Key. In a case focused on an application from a Siesta Key resident, the county’s Board of Zoning Appeals voted 3-2 to affirm the county zoning administrator’s […]

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Back at it, Cosentino is not giving up on North Beach Road

Back at it, Cosentino is not giving up on North Beach Road

July 1, 2017 | Comments (0)

By Rachel Brown Hackney For a couple of months, Siesta resident Mike Cosentino stopped making appearances at County Commission meetings. He was back at it on May 23, as the board held two regular sessions in Sarasota. On May 23, Cosentino voiced admiration for Commissioner Nancy Detert, who was elected last fall, but he indicated […]

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Siesta Key Round Up - July

Siesta Key Round Up – July

July 1, 2017 | Comments (0)

By Rachel Brown Hackney/Bob Stein Help for Brian Wigelsworth During the May 17 Siesta Chamber membership meeting, Chair Mark Smith reported, “We have very sad news.” Brian Wigelsworth, Siesta’s own master sand sculptor who originated the idea for the Siesta Key Crystal Classic, “is battling throat cancer,” Smith said, “and he doesn’t have any insurance.” […]

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Hunt underway for next Jo-To building tenant

Hunt underway for next Jo-To building tenant

July 1, 2017 | Comments (0)

By Rachel Brown Hackney One of the new owners of the building that for years housed the Jo-To Japanese Restaurant in Siesta Village says it probably will take two to three months to decide on the best new tenant. “We’re still in the looking process,“ Jim Syprett said in a June 13 telephone interview. Syprett […]

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Beach Road charter amendment effort continues

July 1, 2017 | Comments (0)

If successful, the charter amendments would cost the county $450,000 to hold a countywide special election, timing may get tricky By Roger Drouin Sarasota County residents continue to sign a pair of petitions related to the increasingly tense fight over a 357-foot stretch of Beach Road. There are two separate charter amendment initiatives spurred by […]

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County asks Circuit Court to throw out another count in Cosentino lawsuit over the May 2016 North Beach Road vacation

County asks Circuit Court to throw out another count in Cosentino lawsuit over the May 2016 North Beach Road vacation

July 1, 2017 | Comments (0)

By Rachel Brown Hackney SarasotaNewsLeader.com With one partial summary judgment ruling already having gone against the plaintiff in the case, Sarasota County is seeking a second one relating to the County Commission’s May 11, 2016 vacation of a 357-foot-long segment of North Beach Road. In a June 2 filing in 12th Judicial Circuit Court, Assistant […]

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Owner seeking coastal setback variance to build house completely seaward of the county’s Gulf Beach Setback Line of protection for property owners

Owner seeking coastal setback variance to build house completely seaward of the county’s Gulf Beach Setback Line of protection for property owners

July 1, 2017 | Comments (0)

By Rachel Brown Hackney SarasotaNewsLeader.com As sand has continued to accrete on Siesta Key’s beach, more and more property that once was completely or partly underwater has become increasingly attractive to developers. Still, within the past four years, the Sarasota County Commission has remained stalwart in denying petitions for Coastal Setback Variances to allow new […]

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Holiday trash, embracing for the month of July

Holiday trash, embracing for the month of July

July 1, 2017 | Comments (0)

By Rachel Brown Hackney Sarasota County Commissioner Alan Maio told SKA members during their June regular meeting that he and his colleagues on the board had received emails — and he already had talked with staff — about the Memorial Day garbage “from our visitors.” He commended representatives of Siesta organizations — including the SKA […]

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