+ 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.
3 Manatee Audubon -- OPEN HOUSE at Felts Audubon Preserve
8:00 am - 11:00 am
19 Jewels on the Bay Showhouse
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
21 Taste of the Keys & Fashion Show
8 Sarasota Music Half Marathon
7:00 am - 6:00 am
Program to honor Sally Shapiro
Longboat Key resident Sally Shapiro loved music, and a special musical program her husband, Sam, organized will honor her memory.
Key of Sea seeks new voices
Key of Sea Chorus, which sings at assisted-living and retirement homes in the Sarasota area, is inviting new members to join.
Learn more about LBK Foundation
Want to know more about the Longboat Key Foundation, which is embarking on a $1 million fundraising drive, as reported in the Dec. 18 issue of the Longboat Observer?