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+ Turtles nest on Longboat
The first sea-turtle nests of the season on Longboat Key were laid May 15. One of the nests was laid in front of The Colony Beach & Tennis Resort, and another was laid in front of Club Longboat. Above, Longboat Key Turtle Watch members Diana Schumaker, Alison Albee and Mark Benjamin remove the eggs from the nest at Club Longboat to relocate them to north of the Broadway boardwalk to protect the nest from beach-renourishment activities. Nests typically hatch about 60 days after the time they were laid.
tourism by Roger Drouin | City Editor
Residents oppose 30-day P&Z board shuts door on short-term rentals. After listening to both sides of a proposal to change the town’s 30-day rental rule, the Longboat Key Planning and Zoning Board decided Tuesday not to forward the issue to the Town Commission. The decision shuts the door on what many businesses owners thought would have provided a needed boost during the upcoming slow-summer months. On one side, business leaders said weekly rentals would help attract tourists to the island during the summer. Meanwhile, about a half-dozen residents spoke out against changing the rental ordinance. Residents such as Peggy Annette told P&Z members that short-term rentals would degrade their neighborhoods. Annette said the change would help businesses, but it would also place an unfair burden on residents living near
Residents participate in a poll.
homes that are rented. The Bayview Drive resident said it appeared as if the proposed change was being “shoved down our throats.” Marbury Lane resident Rosemary Dilgard portrayed an image of partying, cars parked on narrow streets and excessive damage. “For sure, changing this rule will alter the peace and tranquility,” she told board members. Former Longboat resident and president of the Public Interest Committee Betty Blair said that “it was a disaster” in the 1980s, before the town approved a minimum 30-day rental period. “People were breaking things in homes, partying outside and playing rock music, and, in general, it was very bad,” Blair said. Gail Loefgren, president of the Longboat Key, Lido Key, St Armands Key Chamber of
P&Z tweaks policy Commission could vote on reconstruction ordinance as early as June 15.
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by Roger Drouin | City Editor
To thank the more than 30 volunteers who participated in WUSF’s Radio Reading Service, the station took them out to Harry’s Continental Kitchens for lunch May 11. Since November 1988, the volunteers have read local newspapers on air for visualimpaired listeners from
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Commerce, attempted to address concerns by telling residents that the chamber is only looking to try out weekly rentals during a trial period for one or two summers. Blair replied that a trial period would disrupt permanent residents.
+ Farewell luncheon
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Thursday, MAY 18, 2006
What more could a 3-year-old wanna-be cowboy want for a special birthday treat than to ride a beautiful horse. Nate Atkins celebrated his birthday May 10, and eagerly climbed into the saddle. Led by Peggy Creadon, of Pony Parties, Nate rode Star all around the neighborhood. It was quite a sight for Bogey Lane residents, with many coming out of their homes for a closer look. The plans had been for pony rides for all Nate’s birthday guests, but there were no takers. Nate was just as happy not to have to share. He enjoyed his ride so much there was a shower of tears when his mother, Kelly Atkins, tried to get him out of the saddle.
The Longboat Key Planning and Zoning Board directed town staff Tuesday to make a final round of minor changes to a post-storm reconstruction policy. Board members went through sections of the proposed ordinance with Town Attorney David Persson, and after more than two hours of discussion, voted to direct Persson to make revisions before the policy is forwarded to the Town Commission. The commission will begin reviewing the policy at its workshop Thursday and could vote on the first reading of the ordinance as early as June 15, Persson said. “This is an extremely important document for everyone on Longboat Key,” said Chairman Sandy Gilbert. The new policy applies only to non-conforming properties that are destroyed during a hurricane or other involuntary event. Sections of the policy are modeled after Marco Island’s reconstruction policy, while
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The Longboat Observer THURSDAY, MAY 18, 2006
OUR TOWN continued from 1A the Sarasota Opera House in downtown Sarasota. Because of the renovations to the opera house, the program will move to Tampa. Along with other volunteers at the luncheon were Longboaters Doris and Joe Miller, and Bert and Marlyn Dorman (pictured), who have read for the program for years.
+ Landlubber thanks hosts
After realizing that it would be impossible to cover the Sarasota Bay Cup Regatta by land (after all, the boats were racing offshore in the bay), Community Editor Kat Wingert finally accepted one of the many offers to cover the event on the boat of a Bird Key Yacht Club member. Despite her inclination to stay on solid ground, her hosts, John and Michael Tendall, made sure she was comfortable rather than queasy during the race, as did the companions aboard the Tendallsâ€™ boat, Rebecca and David Taylor. For the superb pictures, great company and even more spectacular steering skills that kept her stomach somewhat at ease, she is extremely grateful. Their hospitality goes unmatched.
+ Ch-ch-ch changing
Golfers at the Longboat Key Club will need to say their farewells this week to Golf Tournament Director and Group Coordinator Tim Conaway. Friday, May 19, is his last day at the club, for he is
Gentle Harlequin Great Dane needs place to live on Longboat Key. Ownersâ€™ building doesnâ€™t allow pets. Joint custody arrangement only. Monthly rent and all expenses paid.
Please contact Ellen at: 410-961-5626 or 941-383-7627
THE REST OF THE CLAN â€” In an April 29 wedding ceremony on the beach, Kathleen Pringle became the bride of Christopher Banan. In the May 4 issue of The Longboat Observer, we published a photo of the bridegroomâ€™s family. Not to be outdone, the Pringle side of the family sent us a photo of the brideâ€™s family, who also traveled from all over the United States to be at the wedding. leaving to move up a rung to serve as the assistant golf professional at The Oaks Country Club in Osprey.
+ Katz makes tracks
Florence Katz, founder of the Temple Beth Israel choir and community activist, is moving. A longtime resident of Lido Key, Katz is making the move to the Sarasota Bay Club next month. After a couple bouts of bouts with illness, Katz said, â€œMy children are insisting I move.â€? But 91-year-old Katz said, â€œJust because I am moving that doesnâ€™t mean I wonâ€™t be out and about.â€?
four-door, with 50,000 miles and in good running condition. The price is $3,500. Contact Alan at 383-3521 for more information. A 1995 Subaru Legacy was sold previously. Checking out the car are Alan and Pat Ackerman.
+ The Lordâ€™s blessing For the second time this season, a generous donor has given a car to The Lordâ€™s Warehouse. It is a 1999 Cavalier,
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