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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Durante dog, owner well after raccoon run-in
Last week, we reported on a scuffle between a black dog and a group of raccoons that occurred at dusk near Joan Durante Park.
Golfer scores her first hole in one
Liz Lang scored her first hole in one July 8, on the Resort at Longboat Key Club’s Harbourside White Course, while celebrating her friend, Jane Hunter’s birthday.
Tiny trio tours safety facilities
Commissioner Lynn Larson’s three grandchildren, Zander, 9, Zora, 8, and Zoe Ramsey, 5, got a close-up look at what Longboat Key police and firefighters do to keep residents safe earlier this month, during a tour of the police and north fire stations.