The Longboat Observer’s June 26, 1980, issue reported that the first Jewfish Key lot had been cleared for a home that Cortez resident Raymond Guthrie was building.
“Town officials warned Mr. Guthrie that it would take firemen and policemen a little longer than usual to answer a call and that he might be a little lonely without town services, but he reportedly understands,” the article stated.
+ The luck ran out for Lynches’ leprechaun
The Lynches Landing leprechaun could have used a dose of Irish luck. He lost his ice cream cone after code-enforcement officials determined the cone constituted a sign.
Owners Chris and Ethna Lynch replaced the cone with a shovel. But the leprechaun lost the shovel to the only storm of June 1998.
The Longboat Observer asked for suggestions on what should replace the shovel and offered a few that related to another dispute between the Lynches and town officials: A bouquet of seagrapes? A weedwhacker? A bowl of sea turtle soup?
+ Longboat Key Club project is a go
The Longboat Key Town Commission voted 6-1 to approve the Longboat Key Club & Resort’s proposed $400 million Islandside expansion and renovation project June 30, 2010. All it took to get there were 23 public hearings, $5 million in Key Club planning expenses, $40,000 in town expenses and $1 million in expenses for the challenger, the Islandside Property Owners Coalition (IPOC).
The mood was jubilant among supporters that day. But in December 2011, Judge Charles E. Roberts issued a writ of certiorari, quashing the development order. The 2nd District Court of Appeals upheld the lower court’s ruling last August, effectively killing the application.
+ Classic Cops Corner
6/24/00 — 1:59 p.m. 5500 block GMD. Suspicious Circumstances. Subject received a letter saying the world’s rotation would reverse on July 4. Subject was advised in letter that “when air traffic ceases, it will be time to act.”
+ Marker created grave situation
Times looked grim in the Longboat Observer’s June 26, 1986, issue, which features the below photograph.
But no one died. The plaque was a town marker to honor the people who donated property to form a nature preserve in Emerald Harbor.
At least one resident complained to the Longboat Observer that the marker was “tombstone-like.”
And we have to admit: It is a dead-ringer for something you’d see in a cemetery.
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8 Sarasota Music Half Marathon
7:00 am - 6:00 am
12 Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce Networking Luncheon
11:30 am - 1:30 pm
14 New Exhibit "Oh Baby" Life Cycles of the Seas
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
17 Hospitabull Evening 'A Taste of Israel'
Gauls celebrate sweet 60
On Jan. 29, Jack and Joan Gaul will celebrate their 60th anniversary.
Dora Walters goes by the book for readers
You saw her byline countless times during her 26 years at the Longboat Observer, but now, retired Senior Editor Dora Walters’ byline appears on her new book, “Rewind…Playback: A Collection of Life’s ‘Little’ Memories.”
Encore opening celebration
Members of the Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce gathered for a ribbon-cutting event Jan. 20, at Amore by Andrea.