From local politics to Key development and new business ventures, these seven leaders will impact Longboat life in the new year.
1. Brian Kenney. His company, Juliani Kenney Investment Capital LLC, purchased the struggling Whitney Beach Plaza in December for $3.7 million. Now, he will work to bring traffic back to the north end.
2. Ed Chiles. The longtime Anna Maria Island and Longboat Key restaurant owner thinks a pro-business attitude will bring a sense of community to the island.
3. Jim Eatrides. The Longboat Key resident and business owner must face a group of citizens this year who are against placing a cell tower on the north end of the island.
4. Jay Yablon. Colony Beach & Tennis Resort Association President Jay Yablon believes a historic renovation of the resort can be accomplished.
5. Susan Landau. The self-proclaimed foodie plans to spice things up with a new event this season.
6. Jack Duncan. Harbourside resident Jack Duncan is now the District 2 commissioner-elect after another resident bowed out of the race in December.
7. Tom Aposporos. The Longboat Key, Lido Key, St. Armands Key Chamber of Commerce president puts his politics, business and theater background to work.
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A fitting tribute
A day after receiving an Ageless Creativity Award from the Ringling College/Longboat Key Center for the Arts in honor of their late father, Ed Brickman, daughter Carol Diamant and son Eli Brickman held a celebration of life service Saturday.
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Philadelphia University presented Longboat Key resident Harold Ronson with its “Leadership in Philanthropy” award Oct. 11, at its Homecoming Dinner Dance.