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Observer Longboat Key’s weekly newspaper since 1978


VOLUME 38, NO. 16



Longboat turns 60.

PAGE 17A NOVEMBER 19, 2015

Town vs. peacocks

Evicting the Village’s most colorful residents is not a simple process. SEE PAGE 3A



Courtesy photo

Dan Wade, event manager of the Longboat Key Club, models with daughter Carly at last year’s Taste of the Keys.

Michael Kors won’t get Taste of the Keys

Kristen Herhold

Francey O’Brien, Shirley Beachum and Evelyn Fresch were the grand marshals of this year’s Veterans Day parade on Longboat Key. The women served during World War II in the Women’s Army Corps and became close friends after meeting at the inaugural parade last year.

Parade: Veterans attend from every branch of military and era of service. SEE PAGE 20A


Wine, women and shoes INSIDE


Bullock turns down 4% raise Who turns down an extra $7,200? Town Manager Dave Bullock. But he hopes to net an additional 15 days of vacation time. SEE PAGE 4A

Michael Kors is one of Longboat Key’s most famous new property owners. For weeks, rumors have floated that Kors would participate in the Longboat Key Garden Club’s Taste of the Keys fashion show fundraiser Jan. 27. But alas, “Project Longboat” won’t become a reality, at least this season. Kors withdrew his commitment last week. But the show will go on. Instead, the Garden Club will welcome fashions from a store with home turf on the Key: J.McLaughlin, located in the Shoppes of Bay Isles. “I am very grateful to have J.McLaughlin as a partner in this event because they’re a quality brand, they’re local, and they’ve already supported community events,” Garden Club President Susan Phillips said. “They’re giving us a more enhanced show than we would’ve had with Michael Kors.” SEE PAGE 14A

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