+ Coalition supports incumbents
Islandside Property Owners Coalition President and L’Ambiance resident Bob White sent an e-mail to select Key residents Feb. 22, urging them to vote for and send campaign contributions to Mayor Lee Rothenberg and Commissioners Peter O’Connor and Hal Lenobel.
White insinuates that all three incumbents “are committed to preventing overdevelopment and retaining the integrity of the town’s zoning code.”
Their opponents, including District 3 candidate David Brenner, White says, “want to increase the amount of commercial development and tourist activity” on the island.
White urges residents to write a check of $250 or more to support Rothenberg and O’Connor, noting that Lenobel is not accepting contributions.
Key Club General Manager Michael Welly said he was disappointed to read the e-mail and called it unfortunate.
Said Welly: “It seems the residents who live in the two most massive buildings in Islandside (L’Ambiance), now want to dictate through their money what happens up and down the island.”
+ O’Connor: ‘You are a big dime’
Commissioner Peter O’Connor told Longboat Key Club and Resort officials Feb. 19 at the Islandside renovation-and-expansion hearing that he was frustrated with the continuances, calling the applicant “a big dime.”
So far, the town has spent $34,090.80 on the hearings at both the Planning and Zoning Board and Town Commission levels.
Broken down, this amounts to $9,680 to rent Temple Beth Israel, $19,022.21 for the rental of audio equipment, $4,088.32 for advertising the hearings and $1,300.27 for lunch and refreshments for the planning board and commission. Extra hours that many town employees have spent preparing for and spending time in the hearings cannot be calculated.
+ Meetings & Agendas
• Town Commission Regular Meeting — 7 p.m. Monday, March 1, Town Hall, 501 Bay Isles Road.
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- IN ORDER FOR LONG BOAT KEY TO SURVIVE AND THRIVE THERE MUST BE CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT AND BALANCE ON THE ISLAND--INCLUDING NEW DEVELOPMENTS WHICH ENCOURAGE TOURISM AND COMMERCIAL DEVELOPMENT. THE ISLAND SHOULD NOT BE TURNED INTO A GRAVEYARD---WHICH IS WHAT IT WILL BECOME WITH THE ATTITUDE OF THE OBSTRUCTIONIST COMMISSIONERS WHO ARE OUT OF TOUCH WITH THE MAJORITY OF POSITIVE MINDED ISLANDERS.
Hat's off to Dee Pelton, volunteers
Dee Pelton held a luncheon that will be tough to top.
Youth sailors descend on City Island
Approximately 250 people hit the water Saturday, April 20 through Sunday, April 21, for Sailfest. The regatta, Sarasota Youth Sailing's biggest fundraiser of the year, included four classes of competition — Optimus, 420, Laser and Multi-hull — and a barbecue feast.
Book club sunsets for the season
The Sunset Beach Book Club, in its 10th year, ended this season with a luncheon and discussion of the book “Gone Girl,” by Gillian Flynn, April 18, at Lazy Lobster. Discussion moderator was Ricki Carroll. Together, the group read five books this season.