• In the March 18 edition, The Longboat Observer incorrectly characterized comments of Bob White, president of the Islandside Property Owners Coalition. White did not level accusations against Planning and Zoning Board member Walter Hackett. Asked for his response to rumors of alleged actions by Hackett, White said three sources informed him of the alleged activity. Hackett denies the allegations.
• In a photo depicting the Christ Church of Longboat Key, Presbyterian groundbreaking ceremony in the March 18 edition, the Rev. Graham Hart, executive presbyter at Peace River Presbytery, was incorrectly identified as Burt Borgelt.
+ Town manager wants pension study
Town Manager Bruce St. Denis will ask the Town Commission to fund a comprehensive study of the town’s three pension plans to analyze the costs associated with making any future changes to the town’s three pension plans.
PFM Asset Management LLC, the town’s financial adviser, would perform the study. The cost and proposed scope of the study, which could be complete in June, is still being analyzed.
+ P&Z will review Longboat codes
The Longboat Key Planning and Zoning Board will review a list of seven town code clarifications suggested by The Longboat Key Club and Resort at a special meeting 9 a.m. Tuesday, April 6, at Town Hall, 501 Bay Isles Road.
If another meeting is needed, the planning board has also agreed to meet from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, April 8, at Town Hall.
The seven proposed clarifications, club attorney John Patterson says, will eliminate code ambiguities and move the $400 million Islandside renovation-and-expansion project forward to a Town Commission vote without many legal challenges presented to the commission by attorneys for the Islandside Property Owners Coalition, which opposes the project as proposed.
+ Meetings & Agendas
• Town Commission Regular Workshop — 2 p.m. Thursday, March 25, Town Hall, 501 Bay Isles Road.
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22 Nia with Gail on Anna Maria Island
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
23 Nia with Gail on Longboat Key
11:30 am - 12:30 pm
23 Wine Tasting for Mote at Harry's on Longboat Key
4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
26 St. Armands Fine Art Festival
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
A Cinderella story
A 10-week-old miniature pinscher puppy found a “happily ever after ending” at the Celebration of Pets April 12, at the Sarasota County Fairgrounds.
Pharmacy brings dose of medicine to Publix
The in-store pharmacy of Longboat Key Publix opened Monday, approximately 16 months after the completion of the new store at 525 Bay Isles Parkway, in the Shoppes of Bay Isles.
Golfer scores victory with less than a stroke
The Longboat Key Masters Golf Tournament, which took place March 28 through March 31, at the Resort at Longboat Key Club’s Islandside and Harbourside golf courses came down to less than one stroke’s difference between first-place winner Kevin Preston and second-place winner Michael Russell, of Longboat Key.