Date: June 15, 2010
by: Kurt Schultheis | City Editor


To read the complete story on Monday's hearing, click here.

To read a timeline of the Longboat Key Club's redevelopment projects, click here.

To read reactions from Longboat resident and community leaders, click here.

To read letters to the Editor about the Town Commission's vote, click here.

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Currently 5 Responses

  • 1.
  • Gene, your resignation speaks for itself,
  • William Kary
    Wed 16th Jun 2010
    at 12:04pm
  • 2.
  • Facts:

    1) Key Club pays less than 40 thousand in land taxes a tear
    2) Key Club generates perhaps half of 360 thousand in bed taxes a year


    How does that pay for 50 million for sand?

    We pay the town manager more than that each year.

    Let's not start making mountains out of molehills.
  • gene jaleski
    Tue 15th Jun 2010
    at 11:03pm
  • 3.
  • Patrrick, VERY WELL STATED! Who's the "Joker" in this deck of cards?

  • William Kary
    Tue 15th Jun 2010
    at 9:22pm
  • 4.
  • To the Longboat Key Commission,
    The commission has approved a redevelopment project that the Longboat Key Club has rejected as "not feasible". The plan was put together by the mayor, two lawyers or maybe three, the planning director, and commissioners(?) during an exhausting 72 hour period of consultation. Well guys and lady, I hope you have a plan B that will address the needs necessary for this island community to move forward because what you approved lacks a developer. The LBKC has left the table and takes its $400 million dollar project with it. Now you have to figure out how to get redevelopment on Longboat Key going with $0.00.
    You are going to spend 40 to 50 million dollars for sand. This sand is to last last maybe 4 years? Negatiations are continuing with town employees over pay and pension issues. The unfunded liabilities of the current pension plans could be 25 million come October of this year. The north end of the island is washing away and homes and roads are threatened. Property values are projected to fall another 10%. Tax revenues will not be adequate with out a tax increase or a decrease in services, the Colony is toast, and that new beautiful "Welcome to Longboat Key" sign seems a bit inappropriate. The mayor hopefully has an ace in the hole or else all he did was overplay a weak hand and say seeya to $400 million dollars. But maybe Bob White will invite IPOC, the commission and the planning staff to a meeting at the massive Sarasota Yacht Club Convention Center to discuss the implementation of your redevelopment project. I suppose one could look back on all this and find some humor in this process except that it really is truly tragic.
    The voters of Longboat Key look forward to hearing about plan B

    Tue 15th Jun 2010
    at 4:11pm
  • 5.
  • You have got to be kidding me! George Spoll is now a developer? This is government at its worst and I am sorry to say that I have an investment in Longboat Key. Sadly, this is not a "good" thing for our Town.

    Gary L. Bender
  • Gary Bender
    Tue 15th Jun 2010
    at 3:03pm
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