A car thief made a splash April 3, 1997, when he drove a stolen Chrysler Lebaron into a swimming pool behind a Schooner Lane home.
Police attempted to pull over the speeding driver who fled, reaching speeds of more than 80 mph before skidding into the backyard pool.
The man, who had apparently hotwired the car, fled the scene on foot.
Meanwhile, the owner of the Chrysler was left with a sinking feeling.
“That’s the last convertible I’ll ever buy. It only had 40,000 miles on it,” he told the Longboat Observer at the time.
+ Look how far we haven’t come
Has it been a half-decade already?
During the first week in April 2008, the Longboat Key Club and Resort unveiled its proposed $500 million Islandside renovation-and-expansion plan.
It included a luxury 222-unit hotel, 261 condominium units, a resort meeting center, wellness center and spa and a new Rees Jones-designed golf course.
The Longboat Key Town Commission approved a scaled-back $400 million plan two years later.
The 12th Judicial Circuit Court quashed the ruling; the 2nd District Court of Appeals upheld the lower court’s ruling.
For better or worse, five years later, the Key Club has a new owner — Delray Beach-based Ocean Properties Ltd. LLC — but no new hotel or condo units.
+ Let freedom ring
The town celebrated the bicentennial anniversary of the ratification of the U.S. Constitution in 1987, with plans to line Gulf of Mexico Drive with U.S. flags.
The Colony Beach & Tennis Resort joined the celebration, displaying eight flags on the property. But the town ordered the Colony to take its flags down April 3, 1987, because it was in violation of Longboat Key’s flag ordinance, which only allowed three flags to be displayed in the right of way.
The Colony had 48 hours to remove its excess flags.
+ Classic Cops
April 6, 1985 — 6:10 p.m. 1600 block of GMD. Assisted man with handcuff on left wrist, placed there by his lady friend; reason unknown.
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22 Nia with Gail on Anna Maria Island
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
23 Nia with Gail on Longboat Key
11:30 am - 12:30 pm
23 Wine Tasting for Mote at Harry's on Longboat Key
4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
26 St. Armands Fine Art Festival
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
A Cinderella story
A 10-week-old miniature pinscher puppy found a “happily ever after ending” at the Celebration of Pets April 12, at the Sarasota County Fairgrounds.
Pharmacy brings dose of medicine to Publix
The in-store pharmacy of Longboat Key Publix opened Monday, approximately 16 months after the completion of the new store at 525 Bay Isles Parkway, in the Shoppes of Bay Isles.
Golfer scores victory with less than a stroke
The Longboat Key Masters Golf Tournament, which took place March 28 through March 31, at the Resort at Longboat Key Club’s Islandside and Harbourside golf courses came down to less than one stroke’s difference between first-place winner Kevin Preston and second-place winner Michael Russell, of Longboat Key.