+ PIC to address age-old questions
We all know Longboat Key never gets old.
But many of its properties are aging.
The Longboat Key Public Interest Committee (PIC) and the Longboat Key Revitalization Task Force will hold a public forum at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 24, at the Longboat Key Hilton Beachfront Resort, 4711 Gulf of Mexico Drive, to address issues related to revitalization.
The forum will address questions such as:
Is Longboat Key’s housing and commercial stock in need of revitalization? If so, does it need a facelift — or reconstructive surgery?
Tom Aposporos, president of the Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce and a member of the task force, will narrate a PowerPoint presentation compiled by task force Vice Chairman Tom Freiwald.
A panel discussion involving Mayor Jim Brown and representatives of commercial and residential groups will follow.
For information, visit lbkpic.com.
+ Town participates in waste collection
The town of Longboat Key will participate in the annual Island Community Household Hazardous Waste and E-Scrap Collection from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, at the Coquina Beach Gulfside parking lot.
Island residents and small businesses can dispose of household hazardous and electronic wastes such as old paint, computer components and TV sets for free.
The event is organized by Manatee County in conjunction with the island communities of Longboat Key, Anna Maria, Holmes Beach and Bradenton Beach.
Small businesses must call 798-6761 prior to the collection date for specific instructions.
+ Community roundtable scheduled
The West Florida Chapter of Community Associations Institute is hosting a free Managers’ Roundtable educational event from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 28, at the Landings Racquet Club, 5350 Landings Blvd., Sarasota.
Topics will include association address books and board members with an agenda. Appetizers, beer and wine will be served.
For more information or to pre-register, visit caiwestflorida.org or call 927-1910.
Meetings & Agendas
• General Employees Retirement System Special Board Meeting — 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 16.
• Longboat Key Town Commission Regular Workshop — 1 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22.
• Longboat Key Town Commission Regular Meeting — 1 p.m. Monday, Feb. 4.
• Code Enforcement Board Regular Meeting — 10 a.m. Monday, Feb. 11.
All meetings take place at Town Hall, 501 Bay Isles Road, unless otherwise noted.
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