With the Longboat Key's building department hitting record-breaking permits numbers this year, the town is searching to find extra staff to keep up with a contractor demand for permits.
During turtle nesting season, visitors, residents and businesses are encouraged to move their belongings away from the beach to help turtles. Many, however, are leaving items behind, which can cause problems for nesting turtles.
The $504,061 increase from Longboat Key property value increases, along with other line item adjustments, reduces an estimated $426,000 deficit to $389,675.
Town Manager Dave Bullock recommends a millage rate that’s flat at 2.1763.
The property appraiser offices in Manatee and Sarasota counties are reporting a 5.3% increase in island property values.
Zota Beach Resort, the new name of the former Longboat Key Hilton Beachfront Resort, will open in late 2016.
The Colony Beach & Tennis Resort Association is assessing unit owners $29,000 apiece in the next fiscal year to garner $6.8 million in settlement cash.