Planning and Zoning Board member Walter Hackett surprised his board members Tuesday, Jan. 19 with a list of 102 businesses on the island that have closed in the last five years.
“It’s alarming,” said Hackett at the board’s regular meeting at Town Hall. “Keeping Longboat, Longboat is becoming quite a challenge.”
Hackett brought to the board’s attention that out of the 102 businesses lost, 15 restaurants and 12 medical services have closed in the last five years.
Wrote Hackett in a memo he distributed to the board and the Town Commission: “Longboat Key is rapidly changing. Service stations, restaurants and other businesses are closing and tourist units are converting to residential. If no action is taken in response to these changes, we will have a very dysfunctional island in which to live.”
Hackett said the town “can plan and support a course of prosperity.”
Below is the list of businesses, as presented by Hackett, that have closed in the last five years.
Avenue of the Flowers
Dr. Don Malnati — Chiropractor
Phillip’s Men’s Store
Patchington Ladies Store (now open November to May)
Zodiak Fine Jewelry
Longboat Creations Florist
Hallmark Card Shop
Branch Banking & Trust (BB&T)
Golf Manufacturer’s Outlet
Network Video Store
Iguana Have Fun
Dr. Ed Carlstrom — family practice
Orange Blossom Restaurant
Mattison’s Culinary Outfitters
Arvida Realty Services
Shoreline Builders of SW Florida
Safe Harbour Yacht Sales, Inc.
Weikert Real Estate
Coldwell Banker Real Estate
Shell Service Station
Realty One Real Estate
Prime Source (reduced from 2,400 square feet to 1,200 square feet)
Richard Nelson (open October to January)
Island Pursuit Inc.
Bentley Wholesale Jewelry
Global National Highway
Bertram Burk Consultant
Sky Sotheby’s International Realty
Transport Systems, Inc.
Lisa Pyror Massage
ADA Executive Search
Elizabeth Cupo, LMHC — mental health counseling
Mason Construction Co.
Dr. Douglas Black — Island Vision Care
The Little Salon
Bob Parrish Accounting
Maureen’s Palm Grille
Ships ’N’ Shore Travel Agency
A Beautiful Florist
La Dee Da Gift Shop
Wallace Fine Art Gallery
Café on the Bay
Colony Beach & Tennis Resort
234 condo hotel units / non-performing
Tastebuds Gourmet Market & Wine Shop
Colony Beach Apparel Shop
Colony tennis operations / non-performing
Whitney Beach Shopping Center
PePe’s Mexican Restaurant
Latitude 27 Realty Group
You Dirty Dog Grooming
Longboat Key Flower Shop
LBK Frame Shop & Gallery
Cottage Accents Furnishings
Whitney Beach Condo Mgmt. Co.
Plaza @ 5610 (5610 GMD)
Dr. R. Tschida — dentist
Cedars Maintenance Co.
Lou Brown’s Kitchen & Bath Showcase
Waldridge Attinger Construction Co.
Barry’s Salon & Boutique
Longboat Key Pest Control
Dr. Michael E. Jasin — facial rejuvenation
Dr. John Mengelberg – dentist
Dr. Nan Rosenberry — veterinarian
Dr. Robert Gordon — dentist
Bay Isles Medical Center
Chevron Full Service Station
Stanford Financial Group
Anna Molinari Hair Salon
Harbourside Deli/Grill (Moorings)
Silver Beach Resort
Sun ’N’ Sea Resort
The Sea Stable
Juice & Java
Lynches Landing Bar & Grill
Albritton Fruit Co.
Wicker Inn — to be converted to residential
Towne & Shore Real Estate Co.
Longboat Food Mart & Convenience
* Businesses that have closed and again re-opened are included in this list.
Contact Kurt Schultheis at firstname.lastname@example.org
Currently 2 Responses
- The raw statistics are a little misleading. Yes, perhaps 102 businesses have closed. But some new businesses have replaced some of those that have closed. For example, Maureen's closed but Cafe on the Bay took its place. Cafe on the Bay closed but Lazy Lobster took its place. Orange Blossom closed but several restaurants have succeeded it, including the Re Federico currently there. Walter's points are well made overall but some qualifications are needed to bring things into perspective. Overall he's right on. We need reinvestment in business as an island community. Let the Key Cub expansion happen!
- and if the LBK expansion is rejected there will be more.
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