+ PIC supports Islandside project
The Longboat Key Public Interest Committee (PIC) recommends that the town’s electorate vote for District 3 candidate David Brenner, District 1 candidate Lynn Larson and at-large candidate Phillip Younger in the March 16 municipal election.
PIC has also stated it supports the Longboat Key Club and Resort’s Islandside renovation-and-expansion application, but still has concerns over water and traffic issues that it believes may arise from the project.
The PIC Board and attending PIC members said the committee participated in an objective and complex fact-finding and deliberative process as a predicate for its recommendations.
District 1 candidate Mayor Lee Rothenberg and at-large candidate Hal Lenobel declined to appear before the board. In a statement, the PIC board said their decisions not to attend“deprived PIC of valuable assessment information and caused its evaluations of those candidates to be based entirely on their records.”
+ Town government extends invitation
The Longboat Key Town Commission is inviting its citizens to enroll in four classes offered as an opportunity to learn more about the town’s government, its functions and responsibilities.
Classes will be offered from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. on four consecutive Wednesdays in March, at Town Hall, 501 Bay Isles Road. The classes will be held March 10, 17, 24 and 31.
For more information, call Susan Phillips, assistant to the town manager, at 316-1999, Ext. 243.
+ Swine flu vaccine offered at Bayfront
The Bayfront Park Recreation Center, 4052 Gulf of Mexico Drive, will be hosting the Sarasota County Health Department, which will offer a free swine-flu vaccine clinic from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 17 and Feb. 24.
For more information, contact Sarasota County Health Educator Dianne Shipley at 861-2852.
• Phillip Younger is a candidate for the at-large commission seat currently held by Hal Lenobel.
+ Meetings & Agendas
• Town Commission Regular Workshop — 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 18, Town Hall, 501 Bay Isles Road.
• Key Club and Resort Islandside renovation-and-expansion hearing — 9 a.m. Friday, Feb. 19, Temple Beth Israel, 567 Bay Isles Road.
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8 Sarasota Music Half Marathon
7:00 am - 6:00 am
12 Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce Networking Luncheon
11:30 am - 1:30 pm
14 New Exhibit "Oh Baby" Life Cycles of the Seas
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
17 Hospitabull Evening 'A Taste of Israel'
Gauls celebrate sweet 60
On Jan. 29, Jack and Joan Gaul will celebrate their 60th anniversary.
Dora Walters goes by the book for readers
You saw her byline countless times during her 26 years at the Longboat Observer, but now, retired Senior Editor Dora Walters’ byline appears on her new book, “Rewind…Playback: A Collection of Life’s ‘Little’ Memories.”
Encore opening celebration
Members of the Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce gathered for a ribbon-cutting event Jan. 20, at Amore by Andrea.