Currently 5 Responses
- Gene, your resignation speaks for itself,
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.
- Patrrick, VERY WELL STATED! Who's the "Joker" in this deck of cards?
- 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
- 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
23 LBK Chamber of Commerce Networking Luncheon
11:30 am - 1:30 pm
25 Manatee Audubon -- Bird walk at Leffis Key
8:00 am - 2:00 pm
15 Being your best self
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
29 Santa Jaws at Mote Aquarium
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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A fitting tribute
A day after receiving an Ageless Creativity Award from the Ringling College/Longboat Key Center for the Arts in honor of their late father, Ed Brickman, daughter Carol Diamant and son Eli Brickman held a celebration of life service Saturday.
Alma mater honors Harold Ronson
Philadelphia University presented Longboat Key resident Harold Ronson with its “Leadership in Philanthropy” award Oct. 11, at its Homecoming Dinner Dance.